Halloween was last week, and what is better than smashing pumpkins on the campus of Old Dominion University? The annual Pumpkin Drop, sponsored by the ODU Society of Physics Students (SPS), has been a popular fall tradition for over two decades. This year the competition may have been the most intense ever. Each entrant - usually teams of students - was challenged to build a portable contraption that could "catch" a pumpkin dropped from atop the nine-story Batten Arts and Letters Building. Photos by Chuck Thomas and David B. Hollingsworth.