College students know that going out can get expensive. Food, drinks, covers, tickets and other expenses that arise during the night can take a big chunk out of your budget, but Campus Entertainment Board plans to pick up the tab tonight.
The Board’s semi-annual “Vol Night Long” is happening from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the University Center, and the substance-free event is bigger and better than ever.
Several months ago, the committee designated a subgroup to take charge of planning the event. Edie McCants was named chairperson for the Fall 2006 edition of “Vol Night Long,” and with her leadership, the number of available activities has skyrocketed.
“We’re involving other organizations for the first time,” said McCants. “The beauty of that is you get to experience the talent and uniqueness of a more diverse audience.”
Some of those organizations include The United Residence Halls Council, Meditation Society, Yoga Club, Video Game Club, RecSports, Lady Vols, Vols and the Knoxville Police Department. In addition, Apple Computers and UT Catering will be providing services. Every group supports the idea of a substance-free event on campus and is proud to offer alternative activities fighting alcohol and drug abuse.
When students arrive, their student ID can serve as admission for themselves and one non-UT guest. They will then have unlimited access to all of the free events happening on the University Center’s main floor as well as the Down Under in the basement.
“We’ve really stepped it up,” board vice-chair Jenny Cavanaugh said. “We’ve gone from three events to 20, and we’re expecting a huge crowd.”
A highly anticipated new activity is Room 223’s transformation into a Relaxation Room complete with an oxygen bar, massages, yoga and meditation.
The “ThinkFast” Trivia Game Show is taking place in the UC Auditorium from 10:15 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. A $200 cash prize will be awarded to the team who correctly answers the most pop culture related questions. Students can come with pre-formed teams or sign up for teams once they arrive.
“The game show will be really big,” said McCants. “It’s a regional event. The winners get to go to Murfreesboro and have a chance to win $5,000.” Lasting all four hours in the Ballroom will be super inflatables such as a gladiator joust and bungee run, a great live DJ for dancing and scavenger hunt giveaways. The Cherokee Lounge will feature a ‘Create Your Own Bumper Sticker’ station, airbrush tattoos and several talented caricature artists drawing portraits for students to keep. Old Time Photos will be taken in Room 224, and a Beer Goggle Obstacle Course and Sobriety Test will happen in the Gallery Concourse. Students can also drop by the Brown Lounge to use the Apple E-mail Check station and visit the ‘Make Your Own CD’ Karaoke Booth.
Continuing the tradition, the Down Under will be open all four hours for unlimited bowling, billiards and video games free of charge. Gaming enthusiasts can even participate in the “Halo” Tournament on the big screen. UT Catering will serve its new and improved breakfast for all four hours so hungry students will not have to wait in a big line at midnight. Snacks, drinks and mocktails will also be available in the Crest Room during the entire event. “I’m really excited about this year’s Vol Night Long,” said committee member Brittany Chunn. “There’s so many events, and it’s going to be much bigger. I’m just happy to be working with it.”
Publicity for the event has also been amped up with Facebook, word-of-mouth and community involvement. “Bruce Pearl is even announcing it at the pep rally,” said Chunn. The committee hopes that students will continue to spread the word. Attendance is expected to be over a thousand this semester.
Area restaurants have donated gift certificates to be handed out as door prizes, and a number of iPods will be awarded as well. “Vol Night Long has really grown to be a huge event on campus in the past few years, and we think this year will be the best yet,” said McCants.