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West campus Homecoming schedule is spooky-good

October 20, 2010

If a man is judged by the company he keeps, Arizona State University’s West campus should score highly during the upcoming “Devilish Homecoming 2010” celebration at West Thunderbird Road and 47th Avenue. After all, Linda Blair, Dracula, Sparky and ASU’s next top talent will be featured during the weeklong festivities, Oct. 25-29.

Homecoming culminates on Oct. 30 in Tempe with a parade, block party and football game pitting ASU’s Sun Devils against the Cougars of Washington State University at Sun Devil Stadium.

“Our students have worked hard to put together a great schedule of events,” said Elizabeth Langland, ASU vice president and dean of the West campus-based New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. “Each year there are new twists, as well as the more traditional events. The schedule of events is a wonderful prelude to Saturday’s schedule in Tempe.”

Here’s a look at what’s on tap at the West campus during Devilish Homecoming 2010:

Sparky’s Spooky Haunted House/Carnival
6-9 p.m., Oct. 25, Fletcher Library Lawn

The carnival is a West campus mainstay, featuring such attractions as a laser tag maze, slingshot trampoline and more.  Sparky’s Spooky Haunted House is unveiled this year and is sure to put a little fright in the night. Contact:

Movies on the Lawn: "The Exorcist"
9 p.m., Oct. 25, Fletcher Library Lawn

Turn back the clock to 1973 and join Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair and Max von Sydow for 122 minutes of demonic action in a film, "The Exorcist," that became the most profitable horror flick of all time and one of the highest earning movies in general. Contact:

“Fear the Fork” Games
3-5 p.m., Oct. 26, Fletcher Library Lawn

From three-legged races to tug of war, the Fork Games return in 2010 and feature spirited contests and spooky treats. Contact:

Sun Devils Etiquette Dinner and Networking Reception
5-7:30 p.m., Oct. 26, La Sala Ballroom, University Center Building

Improve your dining skills and mingle with employers and alumni. Learn about proper table manners, place settings, body language, handling food accidents and tricky foods, practice your networking skills and much more. Dinner seating is limited, so RSVP by Oct. 22 to Contact:

Flag Football Tailgate & Tournament
Featuring Half-Time Hot Wing-Eating Contest
6 p.m., Oct. 26, Las Casas Residence Great Lawn

An annual favorite, a big-time griller BBQ gets underway at 5:30 p.m. Flag football kicks off at 6:30 p.m., and the popular wing-chowing competition begins at 8 p.m. (between elimination and championship games). T-shirts for participants and champions! Contact:

New College Faculty Expo
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 27, Fletcher Library

A cerebral event that highlights the research and creative works-in-progress of New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences faculty and students. The Expo reflects the wide variety of cross-discipline explorations and collaborations being conducted during this year’s food theme, “Much Ado About Food.” Contact:

Devilish Haunted Ball
7-11 p.m., Oct. 27, La Sala Ballroom, University Center Building

The Haunted Ball is no stranger to Homecoming at the West campus. Dance the night away in the La Sala Ballroom in this semi-formal Halloween-themed event. Contact:

Pitchfork Pep Rally
Noon, Oct. 28, Fletcher Library Lawn

Sparky, the ASU Spirit Squad and special guests make each week’s Pitchfork Pep Rally the place to be at noon. Faculty, staff and students rally together Oct. 28 to get psyched for the Homecoming game vs. Washington State. Wear Sun Devil gear and win great prizes. Contact:

4th Annual Sparky’s Star Search
7 p.m., Oct. 28, La Sala Ballroom, University Center Building

Break out your talent and compete for great prizes and the chance to stake your claim to ASU’s top talent. Cheer on fellow Sun Devil stars-in-the-making at this annual tradition and do so while enjoying free snacks! Contact:

Homecoming Float Building
Oct. 29th- 30th, time and location TBA
It takes two days to build a winning float! Help build the West campus float for Saturday’s Homecoming Parade in Tempe. Contact:

For more information about the West campus Homecoming schedule, visit the ASU Homecoming site, Click on “All homecoming events” in the lower right corner.