Sparky the Sun Devil is the official mascot of Arizona State University. The Arizona State mascot previously was an owl, then later changed to a bulldog. The student newspaper, State Press, ran articles urging ASU to replace the bulldog. On November 8, 1946, the Arizona State student body voted to make the change, 819-196. On November 20 the student council made it official. The following day, the first Arizona State team played as the Sun Devils. Two years later an alumnus and Disney illustrator by the name of Bert Anthony designed Sparky, an imp with a pitch fork, and it is rumored to be in Disney's image as retribution for being fired earlier.
The Victory Bell
The Victory Bell, mounted outside the southeast entrance of Sun Devil Stadium, was a gift to Arizona State students from Judge Ross Jones in the 1960s. Ringing the bell calls students and fans to the stadium before each home football game. After a victory, the number of rings accounts for the number of points scored by the Sun Devils that game. The ASU Victory Bell weighs half a ton and is believed to have been brought from Michigan on the Santa Fe Railway and delivered to Winslow in 1879.
The Lantern Walk began in 1917 as a passing of the torch from the senior class to the junior class. Each senior was provided a paper lantern, and the class climbed to the top of Tempe Butte while the juniors followed in darkness. Upon reaching the summit, the juniors formed a semicircle around the seniors. Each class president spoke and class songs were sung. Then the seniors passed their lanterns to the juniors and walked down the butte in darkness. The junior class then carried their lanterns down the mountain, having received the duty to maintain the honor of their school. Since 1990, the Lantern Walk has become a tradition on the Friday night before Homecoming weekend. ASU students, alumni, faculty and staff carry lanterns to the summit of Tempe Butte. In this way, they honor their alma mater, as did the class of 1917.