Cheek, Summitt and Pearl Paint the Rock, Welcome Students

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Welcome Class of 2014!

Painted in neon orange spray paint on one of the campus’ most recognizable landmarks, the message was hard to miss. Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek, women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt and men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl painted The Rock on Sunday to welcome the freshman class.

Joining the chancellor and coaches were several members of the campus administration and UT Spirit Squad. Despite the heat, the group worked to paint the message for students to see as they made their way to Welcome Week events on Sunday.

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“The Rock is one of UT’s most beloved traditions, so what better way to publicly welcome our new students?” said Cheek. “It’s a great opportunity to introduce them to a campus tradition and show the students how happy we are to have them here. This is an excellent class – our most academically accomplished ever – and we’re excited to see what they’ll achieve as UT students.”

Pat Summitt jokes with onlookers while painting UT's Rock

a welcome message to the class of 2014 is painted on the Rock

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