Downtown Phoenix campus joins ASU Homecoming festivities by hosting dance

Arizona State students gathered inside and out of the AE building on Tuesday night for the annual homecoming dance. (Sierra LaDuke/DD)
Arizona State students gathered inside and outside of the AE building on Tuesday night for the annual homecoming dance. (Sierra LaDuke/DD)

Arizona State University kick-started their 2015 Homecoming week, and the Downtown Phoenix campus was no exception.

The Programming and Activities Board organized the homecoming activities, which included Tuesday’s Homecoming Golden Gala dance downtown. ASU Undergraduate Student Government Downtown also helped the downtown PAB plan their homecoming activities.

Downtown PAB President Becca Smouse assisted the PAB’s on the Polytechnic, West, and Tempe campuses with their homecoming efforts. She said the relationship between the four PABs was strong and cohesive.

“All four locations kind of work together to put on different events, and every location has its signature event,” Smouse said.

The 2015 Homecoming festivities kicked off Sunday with Sparky’s Challenge: a 5K and 10K run at the West campus. On Monday, Tempe hosted comedian and host of “The Soup” Joel McHale at the Wells Fargo Arena.

Lisa Travis, a sophomore journalism major, saw the comedy show and plans to attend more of the homecoming week festivities.

“I was dying the whole time laughing,” Travis said. “It was so great and there was a great turnout.”

Upcoming Homecoming Events

The festivities will continue on Thursday as the downtown Phoenix campus hosts their annual FestDevil event on Taylor Mall, offering free food, entertainment and a dunk tank that will hold college deans, faculty and staff.

Later on Thursday, the Polytechnic campus will host The Devils Royale: Casino Game Night from 8-11 p.m., where a live DJ, non-alcoholic “mock-tails” and a photo booth will be available to students.

The focus will turn back to Tempe on Friday afternoon as the ASU men’s basketball team starts their season against Sacramento State at 5:30 p.m.

Following the game will be the traditional Lantern Walk up “A” Mountain.

The homecoming parade will take place on the Tempe campus on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. The parade, which begins on the corner of University and Myrtle, is open to the public and followed by a block party.

“Two of the downtown students are actually going to be announcing for the entire parade so, when you go to the parade and the block party and you hear someone talking, those are going to be the downtown voices of PAB,” Smouse said.

Correction: November 11, 2015: A previous version of this article referred to the homecoming dance as the City of Lights Dance. It has now been corrected to the ‘Golden Gala’ homecoming dance.

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