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Memorize the new escort digits: 242-1122

Let's say you had one too many drinks at a post move-in party last weekend and are feeling a bit tipsy. Normally you would rely on the good old Escort Service to take you safely home to bed. Imagine your shock, then, when you call the trusty number and find that it's out of service. That's right. 964-6400 is no longer the University's most important phone number. The Escort Service has been operating under a new number since July: 242-1122. So before you go out and find yourself stuck at a party in the wee hours of the morning, memorize the new digits because the out-of-service message on the old number does not give out the new digits. So why the change? According to University Police Sgt. Melissa Fielding, Suncom, a wireless phone company operated by AT&T, began sponsoring the Escort Service in July. Previously, the Escort Service used a pricey cell phone plan to take calls from students in need of a ride. The bills with this plan often came in at $1,300 per month. "The Escort Service is highly demanded, and there are lots of expenses," Fielding added. Now, the Escort Service can operate more efficiently and economically -- if students actually know the number.

2,500 ain't bad

Sixteen thousand new seats and sparkling white pillars have made the stroll down Alderman Road a whole new experience. The recent expansion of the Carl Smith Center and Scott Stadium is enough to inspire awe in onlookers and bring excitement to this Saturday's game against Brigham Young, the Cavalier's first home season-opener in 12 years. So should we be worried, then, that there are there 2,500 reserved seats still available for the first home game? "Labor Day is not helping us with selling tickets," University Sports Marketing Director Andrew Rader said. "We also did not come off of a national championship year," he said. Even though there are a couple of factors working against ticket sales, the sports marketing department still is excited about the game, Rader said. This Saturday's game will boast the largest college football crowd in the state's history. To add to the frills, WCYK New Country 99.7 will hold a call-in contest this week with the grand prize a spot in a stadium luxury box with country music singer Chad Brock, who will sing the national anthem and perform at the halftime show. People can call the radio station this week to be one of the day's three winners and earn a ticket to a Chad Brock concert Saturday night at the Doubletree Hotel. One name will be drawn from the week's winners Friday morning for the grand prize luxury box seat. Remaining tickets can be purchased for $30 at the Athletic Ticket Office on the second level of Bryant Hall next to the stadium.

Compiled by Julie Hofler and Adam Justice Odds Ideas? Call Ryann at 924-1092