The East Campus Mall is another hub of activity on campus, as students pass through here every day in between classes. The Jackson School of Geosciences, located here, is one of the largest academic geoscience communities in the world. Several world-renown research units are based here, and it has one of the largest combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment of any major earth science program. The prestige and size of this program means that students are sure to have the opportunity to learn from respected professors, and have access to the latest information and developments in the field.
One of the most significant aspects of the East Mall is the Martin Luther King Jr. Statue, installed in 1999. Diversity is an important aspect of UT, and as you can tell by looking around you, Longhorns come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Not only do you gain an academic education at UT, but you also learn a great deal about other cultures during your time spent at here. The MLK statue is a physical representation of what every UT student cherishes: that diversity and an open mind is what will lead to a brighter, more successful future for all of us. UT students really believe that "What Starts Here Changes the World."
As you're walking down the East Mall, if you are lucky, you might get to see the "albino squirrel" that inhabits this area. This little guy is known for his unusually pale appearance and his friendly countenance. He is also known for being the subject of UT lore. According to legend, if you see the albino squirrel on the way to a test, you will get an A! If you keep walking toward the stadium, you can't miss the East Mall Fountain-- especially if it is windy! The gusts of wind may spray you with water as you walk by! Don't forget your emergency poncho!!