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ASU students band together to protect 'A' Mountain

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By Rob Murphy, FOX 10 News - Bio

TEMPE, Ariz. (KSAZ) -- With the Duel in the Desert taking place Saturday between the Sun Devils and Wildcats, the Guard the A Group -- a group of ASU students banded together to protect the 'A' during rivalry week, has been camping overnight to ward off pesky University of Arizona predators trying to paint the gold 'A' Wildcat Red.

The Sun Devil Gold 'A' on top of A Mountain located near the Sun Devil Stadium goes back to the year 1938 when the 'A' was put in place.  In 1952, the 'A' was destroyed by explosives and the yearly ritual of guarding the 'A' began.

Dan Turbyfill, the Advisor for the Student Alumni Association leads the Guard the A group and told FOX 10, "We have someone up there all the time. We actually have a base camp right at the base of the actual 'A' itself."

He goes on by saying "It's a pride thing. That 'A' represents us as a university and to have it vandalized with Wildcat Red on it is a slap in the face."

Turbyfill and his fellow guards will be there 24-7 until the game starts Nov. 30th at 7:30pm at Sun Devil Stadium.

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