The 100th anniversary of the University of Tennessee's Carnicus skit competition took place this past Saturday, April 14.
Student groups performed comical skits with themes such as Scooby Doo and the Mystery of the Missing Orange Pants, Aladdin and the Fight for Fraternity Row, and Alice in Knoxland.
Performances aimed to make the audience laugh and included jokes about campus life and pop culture. Many of the skits centered on the UT football program and coach Derek Dooley, while others made light of tuition increases and technical difficulties at the university.
Alpha Omicron Pi and Alpha Delta Pi teamed up to present their rendition of Monsters, Inc. which took home the first place trophy.
"This year of Carnicus was especially important to me, seeing as it was my last," said Innis who directed the Monsters, Inc. skit, "It made it even better going out with the win."
Second place honors were split between Chi Omega, who presented "The Sound of Music and the Vol Trap Family Volunteers" and Phi Mu and Delta Gamma who performed "Alice in Knoxland." Kappa Sigma joined Kappa Delta to win third place with "Big Orange Clue," a skit incorporating elements from the classic board game "Clue."
Carnicus is one of UT's best traditions. - Logan Innis, UT student and Carnicus director
Logan Innis, a UT senior and a Carnicus director, has taken part in Carnicus for the past four years.
"Carnicus is one of UT's best traditions because it gives organizations a chance to show their true colors," she said.
Carnicus began in the early part of the 1900's as an event called the June Jubilee, which was held every spring to celebrate the end of classes, which eventually evolved into performances by the Glee Club and student and side shows. The event acquired a circus aspect in 1912, and by 1925, it included a carnival held in the winter and a circus held in the spring. Eventually, the All Students' club combined the events to form Carnicus, which eventually evolved into the skit competition that UT students know today.
The 100th anniversary returned to the circus theme to commemorate the event's history on campus. The program listed long-time members of All Campus Events as "ring masters" and new ACE members as "forty milers".
The student groups prepared for the performances for several weeks, writing scripts, learning songs and dances, and preparing all costumes and props.
"Hearing our names called and knowing all our hard work paid off was a feeling I'll never forget," said Evy Doak, a member of the first place performing group. "As a senior, it will be one of my favorite memories from my four years at UT."
ACE also announced the winners of the coveted ACE Cup at Carnicus, which went to Kappa Delta. The ACE cup is awarded to the student organization who had the most success in ACE events throughout the year, including All-Sing, Homecoming, Vol Challenge, and Carnicus.