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KNOXVILLE — Students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will be sleeping outside overnight to raise money for Knox Area Rescue Ministries and increase awareness of homelessness.

UT’s chapter of Phi Beta Sigma is participating in the fraternity’s National Sleep-Out on Thursday, Sept. 25. Students will gather in the Humanities Amphitheater from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

The fraternity will collect money and donations of clothing, canned food and blankets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Pedestrian Walkway on the same day.

The Sleep-Out is one of several events for the fraternity’s Sigma Week. Other events focus on voting and youth literacy.

“Phi Beta Sigma is committed to serving the community. We hope these events will show students and others what type of impact can be made once problems in today’s society are addressed,” said Michael Russom, UT’s Phi Beta Sigma president.


Michael Russom, Phi Beta Sigma, (901) 825-6956,

Elizabeth Davis, UT media relations, (865) 974-5179,