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Pride Day a ‘huge success’

Published: Monday, February 4, 2013

Updated: Monday, February 4, 2013 18:02

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Paige Walker, staff photographer

Megan Strickland, a junior RTV major of Center Ridge rejoices over winning the craziest fan award at the ASU vs South Alabama game on Thursday at the Convocation center. The craziest fan award is part of Pride Day.

The Student Activities Board partnered with the Department of Athletics on Thursday to host its annual A-STATE Pride Day.

Students, faculty and staff gathered in the Student Union to celebrate and watch the awards ceremony.

Natalie Eskew, assistant dean to the Leadership Center, sees A-STATE Pride Day as a traditional event to support the men and women’s basketball team.

“During this day Student Activities Board encourages our students to wear school colors and show off their ASU spirit and pride,” Eskew said.

Women’s basketball coach Brian Boyer spoke, motivating students to support the teams and fill the stands to cheer them on.

Students from SAB also spoke and handed out awards.

Darla Fletcher, the director of Enterprise Technical Services, won the Scarlet Bella Award, the Baptist Collegiate Ministries’ ‘Naked Guys’ won the Alpha Wolf Award, Megan Morris won the Howler Award and Sodexo won the Office Decorating Competition.

“I think one highlight aside from the awards is always the Office Decorating Competition,” Eskew said. “Our offices that participate get more and more competitive each year and it was very hard for the judges to select an overall winner because so many of them were extremely creative.”

SAB also gave away prizes to students who spun a prize wheel.  These included a stuffed wolf, t-shirts, headbands and beanies.

“The prize wheel is always a large hit with our students and they love to get a chance to win something free,” Eskew said. “Students seemed to really have a great time.”

During the ASU v. South Alabama game on Thursday night in the Convocation center, SAB held the “craziest fan competition”.

The winner, Megan Strickland, a junior RTV major from Center Ridge, explains her emotions when she heard her name announced, “I was excited because I did this last year. I was like, ‘I got this in the bag,’ but then they didn’t say my name. This was kind of like my ‘on a mission’ year,” Strickland said.

Strickland represented BCM and received $100 from Athletics. “Yeah, I was on a mission to get the win.”

Strickland believes she stood out from the other contestants because of her ‘crazy face paint’.

“I was trying to look spirited, but then I looked kind of like a freak from the night. I probably scared the judges,” Strickland said.

Strickland wanted to mix the Indian and the Red Wolf mascots together in her costume but said, “Instead I turned out looking more like a thriller character; kind of like a resurrected Indian.”

When asked why she decided to compete, Strickland said, “I just kind of did it. I’m kind of crazy anyways. I’m a Red Wolf fan. I’ve been one since I decided to come to school here. What’s more fun than cheering for the Red Wolves? Doing it crazy. Go Red Wolves!”

This year the award ceremony location was changed to the first floor of the Reng Student Union where many more people were able to enjoy refreshments and hear the award announcements, Eskew said. “ASTATE Pride Day was a huge success this year,” Eskew said. “I think everyone that participated from students to staff really enjoyed themselves.”


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