As the MEDIC Regional Blood Center's twenty-fifth annual "Battle of the Orange and Blue" comes to a close this week, the Volunteers need every spare drop and donation to try and outdistance the Wildcats.

At Tuesday night's close, only thirteen donors separated Tennessee from Kentucky, with the Vols holding the line with 1,075 donations to Kentucky's 1,088.0. SGA President Adam Roddy encouraged students to get involved in meeting the community's pressing need for donations. East Tennessee medical facilities typically use 300 pints of blood a day.

Students can donate in the UC from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday ad Friday, in Suites 223-255. The MEDIC Headquarters will also be open for donations at 1601 Ailor Avenue from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Those who donate at the MEDIC headquarters will receive a free Regal Cinema movie pass, and those that donate at the other locations will receive a free T-shirt, a free small pizza from Papa John's and a free cholesterol screening.

The blood donated will help supply blood centers in Kentucky and Tennessee throughout the busy holiday season.

For more information, visit www.medicblood.org or call 865-524-3074.