UT’s 101st Homecoming Week kicks off Sunday

On Sunday, “Homecoming 101: Intro to Rocky Top” events will begin and continue throughout the week, leading up to the Homecoming parade from Circle Park to the Strip on Friday and the football game against the Golden Eagles of Southern Mississippi on Saturday.

For the first time in 30 years, the Homecoming parade is returning to Cumberland Ave.

Nate Hogan, president of the Student Homecoming Committee, says that the city of Knoxville asked for the parade route to be moved to the Strip to promote more local involvement.

“It will be nice to see the integration with the Knoxville community,” he said.

The Student Homecoming Committee is one of the many campus organizations that worked to plan various events.

According to Hogan, they began preparing for the events in March, and the University Homecoming Committee began planning this year’s Homecoming as soon as the last one ended.

There are 46 individual events taking place all over campus over the span of next week. One of which is the Slime Trivia, which Hogan is particularly looking forward to.

“[The] Slime Trivia, which happens on Wednesday, is going to be where contestants will be asked trivia questions about random topics, some even UT related,” he continues, “and if they get it wrong, they get slimed!”

There will be other events throughout the week for students who do not want to get messy. On Monday, the Black Cultural Programming Committee will host the Homecoming Comedy Show, the Homecoming Fashion Show, which is hosted by People of Style and Education, will take place on Thursday and there will be number of tailgating events on game day. A full list of these events can be found on the Homecoming events page.

The parade on Friday will feature fierce float-creating competition between a number of student organizations, as well as the Little Vol Walk for children under 10-years-old to ride along in the parade and then head to Little Vols at the Ballpark afterwards. Leading the parade will be Del and Dane Bryant. Their parents were the acclaimed songwriters Boudleaux and Felice Bryant, who penned “Rocky Top”.

Due to the parade float line-up at 3 p.m., two lanes of Lake Loudoun Blvd will be closed for an hour. Shortly after that, Volunteer Blvd from Lake Loudoun Blvd to Cumberland Ave will be closed from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Cumberland Ave will be closed from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. for the parade and post-parade celebration.

For more information check out the University of Tennessee Homecoming page.

Featured image by Jenna Beaudin

Edited by Taylor Owens

Vol Night Long features glow in the dark rave, Volapalooza lineup revealed

The Campus Events Board hosted its second Vol Night Long this semester, “Glow Up,” on Friday, Feb. 17.

The event showcased a rave with a live DJ, free glow sticks, bracelets and free food.

Apart from recent club hits, such as “Bad and Boujee” by Migos, the DJ played a few throwbacks including, “I Want to be Your Lady Baby” by INOJ and Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” With a decent sized crowd and upbeat set list, the attendees seemed to enjoy their night.

There were many things to do while waiting for the Volapalooza lineup announcement such as a photo booth, ping-pong and a back-light game.

Volapalooza is one of the largest campus directed events that invites many artists to perform on the last day of spring semester classes at Worlds Fair Park. In previous years, headliners included Portugal. The Man, Lupe Fiasco and Passion Pit.

Many attendees looked forward to the announcement of Volapalooza and voiced concerns of who they think should be playing.

“I feel like we should have some more local bands at Volapalooza,” Perry Baines, an attendee, said.

However, there were others who disagreed and wanted more mainstream headliners. One of those attendees was Malik Furman.

“I want to see Change the Rapper and Young Thug to make an appearance on the headline,” Furman said.

At 11 p.m., the event organizers announced the lineup. It includes: X Ambassadors, Coin, Pell, DJ A-Wall, Mountains Like Wax and Electric Darling, with more announcements coming soon.

Edited by Kaitlin Flippo

Featured Image by Adrian Godboldt