New UT students participate in school traditions

10:27 PM, Aug 15, 2011   |    comments
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UT's welcome week continued on Monday night with the new freshman class getting a first hand look at some university traditions as well as taking part in some fun activities. 

Chancellor Cheek officially welcomed the incoming freshman class to "Torch Night" on Monday evening after a day of welcome week activities. 

Students lit candles to pass the torch from one class to other and sang the alma mater in what is one of Tennesee's longest traditions. "It's a tradition for me personally because both my parents went to UT, and I have been coming to football games since I was a baby, so I am excited," said Freshman Chris McCabe.

Meanwhile, vandalism is normally frowned upon, but on UT's campus it was encouraged. The class of 2015 had their first chance to "Paint the Rock." 

Hundreds of members of the class spray painted their names on the way to the torch night ceremony. The new class also got a sneak peek inside Neyland Stadium as the Night at Neyland event.

They ran through the T and got to spend time on the field, which is something most of the freshman have never done before. "It's awesome I've always been in Neyland but never on the field, so it's a first time experience and I'm just so excited. I'm glad to be here. I'm glad to be a Vol finally," said freshman Anna Mitchell.

"I've never been in here before so I'm so excited.It's way bigger than I expected," said freshman Alexandra Greene. 

Members of the UT coaching staff taught the new Vols all do the athletic traditions and cheers. 

Freshman put their school sprit to the test, they all came together to create a Power T on the field for an official class picture.

Meanwhile, other freshman took part in a dance party at Presidential Court. Two large TV screens showed music videos while music blasted throughout the area. 

"It's pretty awesome with all the lights and everything...and it's part of the college experience so wooooo!" said freshman Zari Parafaite. UT puts on the dance party for the new freshman class every year.

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