Homecoming Week Comes to a Close

New King and Queen crowned Saturday night

By Mason Hightower
On November 4, 2020

Photo by Madison Wallace:
Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity members wave as they finish Saturday mornings homecoming parade

ASU’s student body continued the Homecoming celebration for the entirety of last week. Fall Fest, Dance and Chant Finals, the Homecoming Parade, a concert, King and Queen Ceremony and fireworks show made up the second half of the week.

Fall Fest was held Thursday evening and featured yard games and festivities hosted by various student organizations.

The Homecoming Committee hosted a tie-dye T-shirt booth where students could create their own patterns. 

Greek organizations gave out candy and talked to students about Greek life. 

ASU’s newest student organization, Angelo Skate, provided cornhole boards for students to play. There was also a mechanical bull that students rode.

Angelo Skate President Brice Linde said he managed to stay on the bull for a total of 34 seconds, though observers in attendance expressed skepticism to the claim.

Sanitation, mask-wearing and social distancing were enforced throughout the event by Special Events staff and the Homecoming Committee.

The Dance and Chant Finals were held Friday evening in the Junell Center. Pi Kappa Alpha, Kappa Delta Rho, Delta Zeta and AMAS competed for the title of Dance and Chant champions. The groups performed with Mardi Gras themed music with references to Disney movies and popular TikTok trends throughout the show. Ultimately, it was Delta Zeta who took home the first place title.

The next morning, ASU’s Homecoming Committee gathered in the softball field parking lot at 6:30 a.m. to start preparations for the Homecoming Parade. Organizations began pulling in with their trailers at 8 a.m. Decorations adorned the floats in colors of purples, greens and golds traditionally associated with Mardi Gras. Kappa Delta Rho even featured some of their members dressed up as characters from Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog”. The parade, which included over 20 floats and vehicles, took off at 10 a.m. ASU President Ronnie Hawkins Jr. led the parade on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Finally, Saturday evening at LeGrand Stadium, the King and Queen Ceremony was held to finish off the Homecoming festivities. The event began with a series of performances and speakers. Sarah Delgado, Vail Springer, Dr. Heather Lehto and Dr. Javier Flores spoke to the students, offering encouraging words and entertaining anecdotes, mixed in with performances from ASU Cheer and Angelettes. Then, Atlanta-based a cappella group, Kazual, performed several medleys of music hits from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s, including genres of rock and roll, R&B, country, pop, hip hop and more. Homecoming coordinator Teresa Winegeart awarded Kappa Delta Rho with this year's Homecoming Spirit Stick.

All of these events culminated in ASU crowning a new Homecoming King and Queen. Eryck Rodriguez and Linda Abernathy respectively took the titles with smiles and were honored by the applause of their friends and peers. As they walked off the field, the fireworks show began and the lights and sounds closed out Homecoming 2020.

 

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