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August 2008

Release Date: Aug. 13, 2008

ASU Students to Get Rambunctious

Angelo State University students will begin the fall semester with some pageantry and play during the revamped Rambunctious Weekend, Aug. 22-24.

Hamburgers will be served to students and parents from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Pavilion or regular food service will be available at the ASU Food Service Center and the University Center.

The weekend’s events begin in earnest when new students and their parents join the ASU faculty and staff at 2 p.m. Friday for the Fall Convocation on the floor of the Junell Center’s Stephens Arena. The convocation will have all the splendor of a graduation ceremony with a welcome by ASU President Dr. Joseph C. Rallo and the presidents of the Student Government Association, Faculty Senate and Staff Senate. Students should arrive at the Junell Center by 1:30 p.m.

After the convocation, students will dive into a variety of activities, starting at 3:30 p.m. in the Junell Center’s auxiliary gym with PlayFair. The national interactive program is designed to instill teamwork and a feeling of community, while enabling new students to make friends, have some fun and get comfortable with their new surroundings in a non-threatening setting.

Students leave PlayFair with a feeling of campus unity and school spirit after being energized by leader-directed activities. The goal of PlayFair is to encourage students to stay at ASU all four years and to increase their multicultural awareness.

Later, student organizations will be on hand to acquaint new students with opportunities to join campus groups.

Brisket will be served from 5-7 p.m. at the Pavilion and students can sign up for recreational games including inflatable equipment. Among the inflatables are “Quarterback Blitz,” “Rocky Mountain,” “Ultimate Obstacle Course,” “Pedestal Joust,” “Lazer Tag,” “Sumo Wrestlers” and “Mechanical Bull.”

Besides the inflatables, the Pavilion will be set up Friday from 5-9 p.m. for a caricaturist, a couple doing balloon art and body painting and a booth where students will be able to make their own music DVDs. The nationally popular “Tune In” game will offer $1,000 in cash and prizes from 9-11 p.m. in the Pavilion. The game allows the audience to play along as contestants listen to popular songs and try to come up with the titles. The 90-minute-long event contains 20 categories with five questions each.

Activities run late into the night at the Houston Harte University Center on Friday and Saturday. ASU’s cheerleaders will sponsor two movies each night from 11 p.m.-3 a.m.

“The Bourne Ultimatum” and “Superhero Movie” light up the screen Friday night, while “Accepted” and “Bank Job” are scheduled for Saturday night. Video games also will be available during that time.

The Center for Human Performance will be open noon-3 a.m. Friday and Saturday and noon-7 p.m. Sunday for playing basketball, working out in the weight room, swimming and playing racquetball. University Recreation and Intramurals also will conduct competitive games at various times and locations around campus. Besides mud football, students can play dodge ball, kickball, grass volleyball and mud tug-of-war.

At 1 a.m. Saturday, students will receive Rambunctious Weekend T-shirts at the UC and the sites of competitive games.

Saturday, games turn wet from noon-4 p.m. in the Pavilion area with water inflatable games, including “Slip ’n’ Dip,” “Palm Tree Water Slide” and “Predator Water Slide” to cool things off. Saturday evening, students will fuel up with a fajita cookout at the Pavilion from 5-7 p.m., sponsored by Baptist Student Ministries, United Campus Ministries, Christian Campus Center, Newman Center and Chi Alpha. Local restaurants also will have food samples available.

Activities kick in again from 5-9 p.m. Saturday at the Pavilion. Besides getting a caricature, students can tool around on two-wheeled, self-balancing electric Segway scooters, a magician will try his sleight-of-hand on them and they can make souvenir ASU key chains and photos. Amid all of those activities, the ASU cheerleaders and Ram Band will put on a pep rally at 7:30 p.m., also at the Pavilion.

The Pavilion continues to hop Saturday from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. with a block party featuring live bands and a DJ, sand volleyball, washer pitching and carnival food.

The weekend will be capped Sunday with two major events. A multicultural reception sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Activities will be from 2-4 p.m. in the Mary Massie Residence Hall lobby. At 7 p.m., nationally known motivational speaker Elaine Penn will present “College Rocks,” an interactive program sponsored by the Department of Residential Programs in the Center for Human Performance.

Sponsors of the Rambunctious Weekend include the Center for Student Involvement, the University Center Program Council, the Student Life Office, the Department of University Recreation and Intramurals, the Department of Residential Programs and campus student organizations.