Spirit and traditions

Prime mover: Leading the evolution

George Beakley Jr.’s eldest son remembers his father as having been “a tough guy” and a “stern taskmaster.” George Beakley III intends that description as one of praise.

Yes, the longtime professor and engineer could be demanding of students, assistants and even colleagues, but he was a model of self-discipline and commitment to his work, his passions and pastimes, Beakley III says.

ASU celebrates return of Homecoming festivities

A time-honored tradition at Arizona State University, Homecoming is back this fall after a pandemic pause, bringing together students, parents, alumni and the ASU community to celebrate their Sun Devil spirit.

The university will celebrate Homecoming this year with multiple events Oct. 24–30, culminating in a football game against Washington State at noon Oct. 30.

“During the seven days that mark Homecoming, students can expect a week full of celebrations on every campus,” said Sage Vu, student Homecoming director.

Hidden gems at ASU

There are scores of campus guides, directories and maps for Arizona State University. They’ll get you to your classes, show you where the nearest coffee is, and point out where to study, exercise and eat.

This is not one of those guides.

We're sure you can find the student union and the fitness center on your own. So this is a guide to the historic, the weird and the wonderful on all four ASU campuses. "What is that thing?" you might wonder. We’re here to answer that. 


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