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

It was free food, fun and games as one of the most anticipated events of the fall semester took place on Friday, Sept. 30, in the LSU Quadrangle and Exxon Quad. The annual LSU Fall Fest celebration welcomed more than 30,000 new and returning students, faculty and staff to campus.

2011 LSU Fall Fest.
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Fall Fest, which serves as the university's official welcome back celebration, began with the entrance of The Golden Band from Tigerland, Golden Girls and LSU Cheerleaders and a welcome from LSU Chancellor Michael Martin, Student Government President Cody Wells, Miss LSU Christina Famularo and Homecoming Student Committee Chairperson Tanaya Yidin on the Fall Fest Stage. The emcees – Jeff Martinez, station manager at KLSU, and Kaitlynn Fish, host of "The Ramen" on Tiger TV – kept the entertainment on the stage flowing throughout the two-hour event.

Following performances by the band and LSU spirit squads, the crowd was entertained by the Tiger Girls and the LSU Ballroom Dance Club. The LSU Greek councils also hosted the Love Purple, Live Gold Yard Show with performances by the LEGACY Dancers; Zeta Phi Beta; Delta Sigma Theta; and a unity step that included members of Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Gamma, Delta Zeta, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Phi Mu, Pi Beta Phi and Zeta Tau Alpha. The event concluded with a performance by Da Future, featuring their single, "Tiger Bait," which appears on "Geaux Tigers," the new CD of official LSU music.

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.

Those in attendance were served their choice of free hamburgers, sausage po-boys and chips. Local vendors also gave away various food and drink items in both the LSU Quad and Exxon Quad.

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This year also saw the launch of the first LSU SCVNGR trek through Fall Fest. SCVNGR is a location-based mobile game and, through the use of students' cellphones, LSU is hoping to get students more involved in on-campus activities and help those students forge a lasting connection to the university. Competitors for the Fall Fest trek were given a variety of challenges to complete – taking a photo with LSU's Waldeaux, naming the first four words of LSU's official fight song and scanning QR codes at various tables, among others. With each completed challenge, competitors are awarded points, and the competitors with the most points are going to be awarded prizes.

The Fall Fest SCVNGR trek winners will be notified by noon on Tuesday, Oct. 4. Among the prizes for the winners are an autographed football signed by LSU head coach Les Miles, a "Park like the Chancellor" parking tag for one week of parking in the chancellor's lot and tickets to Tigerama. For more information on LSU SCVNGR, including how to download the application, visit www.lsu.edu/scvngr.

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. Last year, 60 percent of the waste from Fall Fest was recycled and 20 percent was composted, leaving only 20 percent of all Fall Fest waste as trash.

In an effort to alleviate hunger in the Baton Rouge area, the LSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, working with the Shaquille O'Neal CHAMPS/Life Skills program, coordinated the Southeastern Conference's Together We CAN food drive, while the Homecoming Committee is organizing the annual CANapalooza event.

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In support of the Together We CAN food drive, fans donated canned goods at home sporting events and at the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes. The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee members from the 12 Southeastern Conference institutions collected nonperishable food items and financial donations to support their regional food banks, including the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

Beginning on Monday, Oct. 24, LSU students, faculty and staff can donate canned food items to the CANapalooza event in specially marked barrels in locations including Middleton Library, the Student Union and Patrick F. Taylor Hall. On Thursday, Nov. 10, and Friday, Nov. 11, volunteers will use the donated canned food items to build a replica of Tiger Stadium on the LSU Parade Ground. At the conclusion of CANapalooza, the canned food will be donated to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

LSU's Fall Fest is one of several events throughout the year are made possible thanks to generous donations to the university by the following sponsors: Coca-Cola, Campus Federal Credit Union, ExxonMobil, Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers, Ricoh, Shell, LSU Bookstore and LSU Dining.

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