Saturday, April 14 will mark the 100th year students have performed in UT's annual Carnicus skit competition.
Presented by All Campus Events (ACE) Committee, Carnicus will be held in the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. The theme this year is "The Circus Returns: 100th Anniversary of Carnicus" highlighting the long-standing tradition's roots.
A century ago, students held a carnival in the fall and celebrated the end of the school year with a circus themed activity called June Jubilee.
In 1929, the two events were combined and George Abernathy, a member of the All Students Club, gave it the name "Carnicus". In earlier years, Carnicus included a parade, skits, a dance and other student activities.
Today, the tradition of Carnicus continues to reach the UT community as students perform skits that they created for judges and audiences.
"The competition will include ten organizations performing a variety of skits that tie into popular movies, TV shows and holidays-all with a touch of college humor," an honorary preview in last month's issue of "Torchbearer" said.
Various UT organizations competed last week in front of ACE Committee members for a chance to participate in the event. Selected teams will advance to compete on stage with various themes such as "The Hangover", "Alice in Knoxland" and "Monster's Inc."
The performances begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for UT students, $13 for faculty and $15 for the general public at the door. Tickets can be purchased for students, faculty and staff at the Central Ticket Office in the UC. Tickets can be purchased here for the general public.