Students will be able to enjoy a safe, fun-filled evening of free activities at the TRECS Friday night with "Vol Night Long," an annual event organized by the Campus Entertainment Board, which begins at 10 p.m. and lasts until 2 a.m. Saturday morning.
With a student I.D., students can expect free activities, games and food. There will also be raffle prizes and competitions for students to join and win other prizes.Anna Lewis, a senior in journalism and electronic media, helped organize the event. She wants students to realize that there are safe ways to have fun and meet new people on a Friday night while also getting involved on campus.
"The goal of 'VNL' is to provide the UT student population with a free event that they can stay at until the event ends at 2 a.m.," Lewis said. "We like to give students an alcohol-free environment where they can come and meet new people, play fun games and discover even more opportunities to be involved in UT's campus."
There will be three to four inflatables, including a life-sized version of the game Twister, jousting and obstacle courses. Craft projects will also be available for students to work on and take home with them. They will be able to make their own key chains and street signs to put up in their dorms or apartments for decoration.
Laser tag is another big activity on the list of available things to participate in at this year's "VNL."
Martin Leamon, a junior in accounting, attended "Vol Night Long" his freshman year and enjoyed the alternative option for Friday night fun.
"I thought it was a fun event to go to and hang out with friends," Leamon said. "They had a lot of activities going on and big inflatables. And you can't turn down free food. It was a nice change of pace from the normal parties me and my friends would usually go to on the weekends."
This year's theme is "Block Party" and it will offer a number of field games that students can play such as a three-legged race, potato sack race and egg on a spoon race.The ultimate goal of "VNL" is to provide students with a safe, substance free environment and to participate in said activities instead of other, potentially dangerous alternatives.The event will have a DJ on hand playing music for students to listen and dance to while engaging in the various activities available and meeting new people.
Past "Vol Night Long" events have included Apple products as prizes, dodge ball and basketball competitions, a karaoke booth, video games and photo booths. In recent years more than 1,000 students have attended the event and given positive feedback.
The Office of Student Activities and the Campus Entertainment Board encourages all students to branch out from their typical Friday night and attend "Vol Night Long" for a chance to get more involved on campus and meet new people. Most importantly, Vols can enjoy a fun and safe time, all night long.