That constant thump of bass wasn't coming from the grand opening of Whiskey Dix. It wasn't from Tin Roof or Rumorz either.
It was coming from Circle Park.
The Campus Entertainment Board hosted a "Rave DJ Duel" for the fall rendition of Vol Night Long from Friday night into Saturday morning.
Chandler Lennon, senior in public relations and director for Vol Night Long, said that the event was partly inspired by student input.
"At the end of every year, they survey the students," Lennon said, "and the number one thing students say they want is programming free for them to do on campus that doesn't involve substance, drinking, drugs and whatnot."
The substances of choice for the event were Papa John's Pizza and Red Bull, a combination that made sense to attendee Shelby Smith, freshman in management.
"College students are broke and they love free stuff," Smith said.
At 11p.m. a replenishment of the Red Bull supply was on its way as students trickled in and out of Circle Park.
"It's been really cool," Lennon said. "At first we had to get through the whole awkwardness of starting the thing, because a lot of people were here, but they were just chilling outside because they didn't want to be the first ones to go in. But once we finally got past that, it got going. A lot of people come and a lot of people leave at the same time."
There were four disc jockies at the event, two of them playing hip hop and R&B music, while the other two spun electronic and dubstep tunes.
"One of the concepts that I liked about doing this event is that I wanted to promote local talent, local UT talent," Lennon said. "And they're all UT students or have been. It promotes what we have here, instead of going out and bringing people in. We have talent on campus that needs the promotion. They were more than happy to play here."
"I think it's a good idea for promoting sober parties and stuff like that," Bryce Ault, undecided freshman, said. "I think they should do this more. The free pizza is awesome. They just need to promote it more."
Ault, along with fellow undecided freshman Rekesh Ali, heard about the event from a friend.
"I was like, what, it's in Circle Park, that's crazy," Ali said. "I like how it's student-ran, and I don't see any staff members around here."
Lennon said he wanted to provide something more applicable to the college demographic as opposed to a "carnival-type" event.
"The point of this party is to move kind of into a rave, that's more a college type of event that our age group, freshman and sophomores specifically, are interested in coming to," Lennon said. "It's to move away from that type of party that you'd see in high school, that's high school sponsored, to a concert, party-type thing."