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Student Competitions


Banner Competition

Monday, October 7, 2013 at 10:00 am

Location: Leadership Center, Reng Student Union 2nd Floor

Competition Rules:

  1. A sheet will be provided to each organization wishing to participate in the event. The sheet may be picked up from the Leadership Center after Noon on Thursday, October 3, 2013.
  2. Banner must display the theme and spirit of Homecoming and Arkansas State. Also, the name of the organization must be displayed on the banner.
  3. Banner must be turned in by 10:00 am on Monday, October 7, 2013 to the Leadership Center located on the 2nd floor of the Reng Student Union, Suite 2067.
  4. Banners will be displayed at the ASU football game. Any organization that wishes to keep their banner should take the sheet down immediately following the game. All others will be trashed.
  5. A complete sketch of the banner should be submitted with the packet on September 30, 2013.
  6. Judging will occur on Monday, October 7, 2013 and winners will be announced on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, during the “Who Wants to be a Mascot” Competition on Heritage Plaza Lawn at 12:15p.
Judging Components Maximum Points
Creativity & Originality 30
Appeal & School Spirit 30
Adherence to Theme 30




Steppin’ at A-State: A Tradition

Monday, October 7, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Location: ASU Convocation Center


Competition Rules:

  1. All students and student organizations are encouraged to participate, but each student organization is allowed to sponsor only one performance.
  2. All participating individuals and organizations must be present and ready to perform at the Convocation Center by 6:15 pm on October 7; however, the Convocation Center will be available for rehearsal starting at 5:00 pm. Only individuals directly involved in the group’s step show performance will have access to the Convocation Center. All other individuals should enter at the Red Entrance when the doors open at 6:30p. No seats will be allowed to be saved.
  3. The show must be between 5-12 minutes in length. Points will be deducted if an organization does not stay within this time limit.
  4. Participants will draw for the performance order during the mandatory Homecoming meeting, and participants will then do their walk through in that order during the rehearsal time if they are choosing to do a walk through. The walk through will primarily be used to check music and positioning of each portion of the participants’ show, but will not be used to practice the entire routine. Each organization will be allowed seven minutes to do their walk through.
  5. Music must be on a formatted CD, labeled with organization name, and edited. No tapes will be accepted. Music must be submitted no later than Friday, October 4, 2013, by 11:00 am to the Leadership Center, Reng Student Union – 2nd floor, Suite 2067. Two copies of your music are required. All songs played must be edited for content and must not have any profanity.
  6. Attire during the event should remain tasteful and appropriate for this type of performance.
  7. Be respectful of all participating organizations and ASU staff! Disrespectful and unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated, and groups may be disqualified.
  8. Below is an example judging sheet.

Judging Components Maximum Points
Creativity/Originality/Appearance 75
Precision of Step 75
Adherence to Theme 50
Crowd Appeal 25
Time Frame 50
Sportsmanship 25




“Who Wants to be a Mascot” Competition

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Location: Heritage Plaza Lawn, Reng Student Union

Competition Rules

  1. Any students are encouraged to participate. Organizations are encouraged to have at least one individual to participate in the “Who Wants to be a Mascot” Competition, but may not have any more than three individuals representing one organization.
  2. The designated individual(s) should arrive at the fountain in front of the Reng Student Union, by 11:50 am on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, in order to compete. Participants will be placed in performance order at that time, and will be led from the fountain, inside the Reng Student Union, and out to Heritage Plaza prior to the event. Participants will be announced, one participant at a time, to showcase their best school spirit and effort at being a mascot!
  3. Costumes must be appropriate, respectful, and in good taste. Failure to do so will result in immediate disqualification.
  4. Below is an example judging sheet:
Judging Components Maximum Points
Creativity & Originality 30
Adherence to Theme 30
Appearance & School Spirit 30




Howl Fast Are You?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at Noon

Location: Heritage Plaza Lawn, Reng Student Union

Competition Rules

  1. This competition will be set up with “Minute to Win It” type activities.
  2. All student organizations are encouraged to compile a team to participate in the Howl Fast Are You competition. Each team may have up to four individuals participating, but please note that not all events will require four individuals to participate. Individuals may select who they choose to participate in that challenge.
  3. Each student organization may only sponsor one team.
  4. The entire team must be present at Heritage Plaza Lawn by 11:40 am on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, in order to compete.
  5. Each team will need to wear the same color or alike shirts. You will not be disqualified, but it is strongly encouraged.
  6. The team with the fastest combined times on each station of the competition will be awarded the winner! Alternate places will be awarded based on results.

Bi-Fold Display Contest

Thursday, October 10, 2013, from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm

Friday, October 11, 2013, from 8:00 am – 2:30 pm

Location: University Loop Location

Competition Rules

  1. All student organizations participating in the Bi- Fold Display Contest will be provided a Bi-fold with each panel being 6 foot by 6 foot. Note the drawing in the following pages for further details.
  2. All displays will be constructed in the designated location on University Loop using the pre-made stand and tissue pomps. No paint or additional concepts may be added to the structure.
  3. Decorating of displays may occur during the following time slots: Thursday, October 10, 2013, at 10 am-11 pm and Friday, October 11, 2013, 8 am-2:30 pm.
  4. Organizations will be provided a case of red, black, white and grey tissue pomps. Each case of pomp includes 7,200 tissue paper pieces totaling 28,800 tissue pomps per display. Organizations are permitted to purchase additional tissue paper in any color at a local or national company at the expense of the organization. The Student Activities Board will purchase the provided tissue pomps from www.paradepomps.com.
  5. Displays will remain on the designated area on University Loop through Saturday, October 12, 2013. Reng Student Union staff members will remove the bi-fold displays from this location to store for next year.
  6. Teams have no limit to the number of participants; however, only members of the organization may participate in crafting the organization display.
  7. The bi-fold display must clearly incorporate the name of the organization assigned in some way in order to be eligible for judging.
  8. Groups are required to submit a sketch of the display by 11:00 am on Friday, October 4, 2013. Failure to provide the sketch will result in the organization being disqualified.
  9. Any organization found engaging in activity that is deemed inappropriate or destructive in any way will be disqualified and referred to Judicial Affairs.
  10. Judging will be Friday, October 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm.
Judging Components Maximum Points
Creativity & Originality 75
Appeal & School Spirit 75
Adherence to Theme 50




Float Display Contest

Thursday, October 10, 2013, from 10:00 am – 11:00 pm

Friday, October 11, 2013, from 8:00 am – 2:30 pm

Float Display Contest Rules

  1. Student organizations are encouraged to create a decorative display to represent them in the Float Display Contest.
  2. Teams have no limit to the number of participants; however, only members of organizations paired by the Homecoming Committee may participate.
  3. Funds in the amount of $300.00/float will be transferred into the on-campus account of each participating organization to assist with purchasing of supplies. These funds will be transferred within seven business days from October 1st, 2013, when registration forms are processed.
  4. The float must display the name of the organizations assigned in some way in order to be eligible for judging.
  5. Group pairing will be announced by noon on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, and locations for float construction will be assigned at that time.
  6. Groups are required to submit a sketch of the float by 11:00 am on Friday, October 4, 2013. Failure to provide the sketch will result in the organization being disqualified.
  7. Any organization found engaging in activity that is deemed inappropriate or destructive in any way will be disqualified and referred to Judicial Affairs.
  8. Judging will be Friday, October 11, 2013, at 3:00 pm.
Judging Components Maximum Points
Creativity & Originality 75
Appeal & School Spirit 75
Adherence to Theme 50




Deck the Halls

Residence Hall Competition

Location: Residence Hall Lobby/Clubhouse

Deck the Hall Contest Rules

  1. The purpose of the Deck the Halls competition is to promote Homecoming spirit within Residence Halls. This event is to increase the spirit among residents while creating #packpride throughout campus.
  2. Each residence hall complex will be considered one hall. Therefore, in instances where there are halls that have multiple buildings such as: Collegiate Park, Northpark Quads, Honors, The Village, or Red Wolf Den they will use their commons building.
  3. Decorating of displays may occur from 10 am – 10 pm.
  4. Teams have no limit to the number of participants; however, only members of the respective residence hall may participate in decorating.
  5. The lobby decorations must include the Residence Hall name in some way in order to be eligible for judging.
  6. Groups are required to submit a sketch of the residence hall plan by 11:00 am on Friday, October 4, 2013. Failure to provide the sketch will result in the organization being disqualified. Sketches will be approved by Residence Life and the Leadership Center staff.
  7. Decorations placed within the residence hall lobby/window must be first approved by a Hall Director. Below are guidelines to follow when preparing your decorations:
    • No items may be hung from the ceiling.
    • Items cannot obstruct walk ways.
    • No tape can be used (sticky tack or command strips are the best way to hang things)
    • Nothing can cover an electrical or light outlet. No extension cords.
    • No glitter.
    • All lighting must be left as it normally is (don’t change light bulbs or turn off lights)
    • All messes/construction materials must be cleaned up and participants are responsible for disposing of items in the appropriate dumpsters
    • Anything additional will be at the discretion of the individual Hall Directors.
    • All decorations must be removed and space put back in its original state within 48 hours of the Homecoming game.
  8. Only decorations in place at the time of judging will be judged. Decorations must be in place by 9:30 am on Friday, October 11, 2013, in order to be judged.
Judging Components Maximum Points
Creativity & Originality 75
Appeal & School Spirit 75
Adherence to Theme 50




“Yell Like Hell” Spirit Competition

Friday, October 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Location: University Loop by Homecoming Displays

Competition Rules

  1. All students are encouraged to participate. Organizations will need to prepare a chant or cheer to show the spirit and pride of Arkansas State.
  2. The overall spirit award will be given to the organization that shows the most spirit throughout the entire event and during the 3 minute spirit session each individual organization will be provided.
  3. Organizations will have the opportunity to have a designated 3 minute increment to individually show their pride without any other interference from other organizations. Organizations will perform in alphabetical order.
  4. Unsportsmanlike conduct towards other organizations will not be tolerated.
  5. Below is an example scoring sheet:
Judging Components Maximum Points
Appeal & School Spirit 50
Creativity & Originality of Chant 50
Crowd Appeal 50
Time Frame (3 minutes) 50
Adherence to Theme 50