Volapalooza brings end of year celebration for UT students, celebrates 15th anniversary

Volapalooza ended the semester with a bang for UT students.

Since 2003, Volapalooza has taken place on the last day of classes and has featured musical acts from every genre. This year’s lineup featured X Ambassadors, COIN, Pell, Luke Pell, Mountains Like Wax, Electric Darling and DJ A-Wall.

The event was moved from Worlds Fair Park to Thompson-Boiling Arena due to inclement weather; a move that upset some students.

Allie Barnes, a UT student, remarked on the move.

“I understand that they had to move it here because of the weather, but I still wish we could have been outside,” she said.

Many students, however, were happy with the move saying they enjoyed the “concert environment more than the festival vibe.”

The show featured two stages, one for local bands and the other for bigger acts. Concert goers could go back and forth between the two stages in between acts. The event also featured many different vendors giving away free items like Coca-Cola, water, t-shirts and free henna tattoos.

The free henna was the most popular booth of the night with some students waiting almost three hours. Volapalooza also featured many different food trucks with items like corndogs, ice cream, burgers, fries and many other options.

Hunter Malone, a student who attends Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, drove in for Volapalooza. He said he made the drive because of the personal connection he has with X Ambassadors.

“X Ambassadors have really helped me through many difficult times in my life. Some of their songs got me through some very dark times when I was battling depression,” Malone said. “They’re part of the reason I am alive and seeing them live reminded me of where I am now, loving myself for who I am.”

Volapalooza proves that there is much more to music than meets the eye.

Images by Gabrielle Harman

Edited by Kaitlin Flippo

Students participate in Spring Hoedown, support new scholarship fund

UT students danced to show their support for a new scholarship for college hopefuls on Thursday at the Spring Hoedown.

This event was open to any UT student as long as they were 18 years or older, according to Brigitte Passman, President of the Spring Hoedown.

“We’re trying to raise money to start a scholarship fund for any upcoming UT students that show a need for the scholarship.  The scholarship will be hosted through an endowment through the Tennessee 4-H foundation,” she said.

The entry fee was $3 if RSVP’d, otherwise, it was a $4 at the door. All entry fees are in support of the fund.

“It’s the first annual Hoedown, and it’s something we hope to continue every year to help high school students get into college,” Passman said.

Though the evening started slow, with only around a dozen students at the start of the event, but it quickly doubled in size and remained that way for the rest of the event.

Over 30 UT students and staff were on the dancefloor at once, dancing to hits such as “Ice Ice Baby,” “Footloose” and “Rocky Top.”

Some of UT’s cheerleaders were on the dancefloor, waving their pompoms around and showing off some of their routines. During “Rocky Top”, they cheered their best and encouraged everyone to follow their lead.

Other activities were available for those who didn’t feel like dancing. The Sigma Alpha sorority sold various baked goods, from brownies to small cakes for 50 cents, and a hacky sack game was set up on the sidelines of the dance floor.

Other activities included a boot decorating contest, and a later square dancing contest. Oakley Perry, an agricultural leadership education and communication double-major, who also serves as the Vice President of the Spring Hoedown was the DJ.

While Perry did manage the music, he acted as the dance leader of a lot of the dances by demonstrating to less experienced dancers how some of the old classics were done.  He showed some new students how to dance along to “Footloose,” and danced with the cheerleading squad to “Ice Ice Baby.”

Dr. Arthur Leal, assistant professor of Agricultural Leadership Education and Communications was the sponsor of the event.

For more information on the Hoedown, click here.

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Featured video by Thomas Ferrell

Edited by Kaitlin Flippo


UT bands perform final concert of semester

Thursday, April 13 marked the final performances of the University of Tennessee Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble during the 2016-2017 school year.

Each ensemble honored its seniors in honor of their last performances in Cox Auditorium.

UT’s Concert Band performed first under the direction of Interim Assistant Director of Bands Fuller Lyon. They performed “Shine” by Michael Markowski,  “Sinfonia VI: The Four Elements” by Timothy Broege and “Foundry” by John Mackey. Percussionists played non-traditional instruments such as salad bowls, mixing bowls, and pile of wood in the last piece of their set.

UT’s Symphonic Band continued the evening conducted by Associate Director of Bands Michael Stewart. They performed “Nobles of the Mystic Shrine” by John Philip Sousa, “Incantation and Dance” by John Barnes Chance and “Arabesque” by Samuel Hazo.

Andrew Northcutt, whose brother Aaron plays trumpet in Symphonic Band, believed the first piece “[sounded] kind of like a circus.”

UT’s Wind Ensemble performed last under the direction of Director of Bands Donald Ryder. They performed “ZING!” by Scott McCallister, “Avelynn’s Lullaby” by Joel Puckett and “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral” by Richard Wagner.  The last piece made use of the organ fixed in the center left wall of Cox Auditorium.

Images by Alex Overlay

Edited by Lexie Little