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Students, Faculty and Staff Enjoy LSU's Sesquicentennial Fall Fest

One of the most anticipated events of the fall semester took place on Friday, Sept. 17, in the LSU Quadrangle and Exxon Quad. The LSU Sesquicentennial Fall Fest celebration welcomed more than 30,000 new and returning students, faculty and staff to campus.

The annual event, which serves as the university's official welcome back celebration, began with the entrance of The Golden Band from Tigerland, LSU Golden Girls and LSU Cheerleaders and a welcome from LSU Chancellor Michael Martin, Student Government President J Hudson, Miss LSU Alexandra Armstrong and LSU's reigning Homecoming Queen Melissa Landry on the Fall Fest Stage.

Following performances by the band, LSU spirit squads and the Tiger Girls, the National Pan-Hellenic Council hosted a Greek Organization Showdown with performances by several LSU fraternities – Phi Beta Sigma, Iota Phi Theta, Omega Psi Phi and Alpha Phi Alpha – and sororities – Zeta Phi Beta and Delta Sigma Theta.

More than 50 tables representing both campus units and area businesses were set up in the LSU Quad and Exxon Quad with information and giveaways, while several activities were available, including University Recreation's climbing wall in the Exxon Quad.

Those in attendance were served their choice of free hamburgers, sausage po-boys and chips at the Food Court located in the LSU Quad, and items from Smoothie King, Domino's Pizza and Subway at the Food Court located in the Exxon Quad. Local vendors also gave away various food and drink items in both the LSU Quad and Exxon Quad.

The Shaquille O'Neal CHAMPS/Life Skills program kicked off the 2010 "Together We Can" food drive at Fall Fest. Beginning Friday, Sept. 17, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee members from the 12 Southeastern Conference institutions started collecting nonperishable food items and financial donations to support their regional food banks. Over a period of 10 days ending on Sunday, Sept. 26, LSU will be collecting canned food to donate to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

Now in its fourth year, the "Together We Can" food drive collected a record 7,417 pounds of food for the food bank last year and is looking to break that record this year. LSU student-athletes collected items at the Shaquille O'Neal CHAMPS/Life Skills table in the Exxon Quad during Fall Fest. In addition, there will be bins at the entrances of the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes during the full 10-day period.

In continuing with the eco-friendly efforts of the Green Tiger Project at LSU, Fall Fest participants were encouraged to recycle or compost their waste in marked receptacles throughout the LSU and Exxon Quads. In 2010, almost 75 percent of all Fall Fest waste was either recycled – 53 percent – or composted – 20 percent. This represents a 12 percent reduction of landfill waste compared to 2009 when 45 percent of the waste from Fall Fest was recycled and 16 percent was composted.

Coca-Cola's Recycling Education Vehicle, or REV, was also located on Tower Drive throughout the day. The REV is a self-contained vehicle equipped with video screens, interactive displays and games designed to educate consumers about the benefits of recycling. REV's visit 250 cities throughout the United States and Canada each year, serving as Coca-Cola's ambassadors for recycling.

For more information about Fall Fest, visit www.lsu.edu/students/fallfest or contact Nancy Little at 225-578-3859 or nlittl1@lsu.edu.

LSU's Sesquicentennial Fall Fest was one of several signature activities taking place throughout 2010 as part of the university's Sesquicentennial Celebration. Sesquicentennial-related events throughout the year are made possible thanks to generous donations to the university by the following sponsors: Campus Federal Credit Union, Baton Rouge Coca-Cola Bottling Company, AT&T, Raising Cane's, ExxonMobil, Entergy and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.

For more information on LSU's Sesquicentennial Celebration, visit www.lsu150.com.