Panhellenic hosts lip sync competition

This sorority had the "letter K" and performed songs from artists including Katy Perry and Kanye West.
The Alpha Delta Pi sorority had the etter “K” and performed songs from artists including Katy Perry and Kanye West.

Junior Panhellenic hosted “Lip Sync 2014” in order to raise money for The Circle of Sisterhood and Habitat for Humanity Thursday, Nov. 6 and Friday, Nov. 7.

The competition requires each pledge class to choreograph a five-minute long dance and lip sync routine to a mix of songs relating to an overall theme, while a yearly selected panel judges each routine’s creativity, facial expressions, energy and audience excitement.

“My favorite part of the whole experience was getting to know all of my sisters and having a final result to be proud of,” said Zoe Resmondo, a member of Zeta Tau Alpha’s pledge class.

This year’s theme was “No matter the letter, we are all Greek together,” where each chapter was only allowed to use songs from artists whose first names began with the letter they chose.

Kristen Claiborne, UT sophomore and Delta Zeta pledge, said that Lip Sync was one of the toughest things she had ever done.

The judges made their final scores from a combination of both nights.

First place went to the ladies of Alpha Omicron Pi, second place went to the women of Delta Zeta, and third place when to Alpha Delta Pi.

“We all agreed that the women of AOPi deserved that win,” said UT freshman and Alpha Omicron Pi pledge Taylor Nelson. “You could tell they worked hard and they absolutely killed it on stage.”

“I don’t come from a dancing background, so I definitely had to put in the extra work, but I am so happy I did it and I am so proud of my sisters,” Claiborne said.

Further, Delta Gamma won Best Costume and Chi Omega won the Philanthropy Award.

“It’s great to see all of the chapters coming together to support such awesome charities like The Circle of Sisterhood and Habitat for Humanity,” said Resmondo.

Edited by Courtney Anderson

Boo at the Zoo gives children safe trick-or-treat alternative

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Volunteers at Boo at the Zoo dress up as different characters to take pictures with the children who attend.

Creating lifelong memories for over 28 years, Boo at the Zoo is a fun fall event for the whole family to enjoy. Children of all ages are encouraged to attend this festive event, held during the month of October at the Knoxville Zoo. The event includes a haunted carousel, which is the only one of it’s kind in East Tennessee, along with music and games at the Monster Mash Tent and trick-or-treating with costumed characters who roam the zoo.

Elizabeth Durham, a junior at UT, volunteered to dress as Thing 1 because Boo at the Zoo was a service project that she found to be interesting and enjoyable.

“When I heard there was a service event that involved dressing up in Halloween costumes and handing out candy to trick-or-treaters at a zoo, it sounded like so much fun that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity,” said Durham.

Costumed volunteers also got to hand out candy and dance with the children at the Monster Mash Tent.

Boo at the Zoo provides children with a safe and alternative way to trick-or-treat, which many people, including the volunteers, find delightful. Children got to trick-or-treat with their favorite cartoon characters, while the adults got to see the shining faces of their children in a safe and fun environment.

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Edited by Jessica Carr

Opinion: North’s abilities crucial against Gamecocks

The Vols have prepared all week for a game against South Carolina that could have huge impacts on this team and the future of Butch Jones.

UT has to win three out of its next four games in order to reach a bowl game, something no player on this team has done. In order to keep their goal alive, they will most likely try to take advantage of one matchup in particular: Marquez North and any South Carolina cornerback unlucky enough to get in his way.

It was the game against South Carolina last year when North displayed his staggering abilities and established himself as the number one wide receiver. He showed off with a spectacular one-handed catch in the closing minutes that allowed the Vols to complete the comeback win against the then 11th ranked Gamecocks. He finished the game with only three catches but had a career high 102 yards.

All of the cornerbacks listed on South Carolina’s depth chart are 5’11” or shorter, and there is only one player older than a sophomore. North stands an almost half foot taller at 6’4” and is always hard to bring down because of his very muscular 220 pound frame. South Carolina is 73rd in the country in pass defense, allowing 230 yards per game, according to That is right on par with the Big Orange offense, who averages 228 per game through the air despite playing much more stout defenses.

Depending on who gets the start at quarterback, North may have a bigger role. If the redshirt sophomore Josh Dobbs starts, fans can expect more designed runs and a better arm. However, if senior Justin Worley is able to return from injury, the Vols will use North much more often in the intermediate range. Whichever QB is out there, expect him to be looking North’s way early and often.

Edited by Will Lomas

Warlick speaks at sixth annual Pink Ribbon Celebration

This year’s theme was “Reason for Celebration.” Each table was decorated, representing different occasions people celebrate throughout their lives.

The Grande Event Center was flooded with shades of pink Thursday night as the sixth annual Pink Ribbon Celebration benefiting The Compassion in Action Fund took place.

This event included a dinner with live entertainment for breast cancer survivors and their families. This year’s theme was “Reason for Celebration.” Each table was decorated, representing different occasions people celebrate throughout their lives.

The live entertainment featured music from both Dave Barnes and The Temptations Revue. The hosts for the evening were WBIR-TV News Anchor Robin Wilhoit, Valerie from local radio station B 97.5 and Comedian Leanne Morgan, who has attended the event from its beginning.

“When you see these women, they know what is important in life. They know how to laugh and have a good time,” Morgan said.

Also featured was Lady Vols Head Coach, Holly Warlick, who shared a testimony about her family’s battle with Breast Cancer.

“My grandmother was diagnosed in 1978. At that time everything was a whisper, no questions, no tears… it was cancer,” Warlick said.

“…breast cancer is a battle, and I think my sister and grandmother both had the courage to face it,” she continued.

The night concluded with a silent auction and a personal statement from one of the event organizers, Deborah Mauldin, who is a survivor herself.

“I remember coming to this event six years ago, only a few months after I had been diagnosed. I didn’t want to go, but I left with this new perception. I wanted to get involved in the event. I wanted to touch peoples lives,” Mauldin said.

Edited by Ryan McGill 

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