The University of Texas and the Texas Legislature have been inextricably linked since 1883. For decades, decisions made inside the Capitol have affected the university's funding, admissions policies, growth, and overall direction. In all that time, university leaders have been prohibited from lobbying the legislature directly, and they still are to this day. That's where the Texas Exes and the UT Advocates come in.
Be part of one of UTs most cherished traditions. The official University of Texas ring is a time-honored tradition that links students with their UT experience. It is an emblem of academic achievement that designates the wearer as a proud Texas Ex.
On Thanksgiving Day in 1941, UT was to travel to College Station to take on the Texas Aggies. Texas A&M was having a banner season. Undefeated and ranked second in the nation by the AP, the Aggies had already won the Southwest Conference Championship. They also had a jinx on the Longhorns.
For the proudest of Texans, it's the most important day of the year. It's a holiday that no other state can claim. March 2 is Texas Independence Day, and it's observance on The University of Texas campus began with a missed class, a visit to Scholz' Beer Garden, and a spiked cannon.
In 1902, UT student Lewis Johnson played tuba for the Varsity Band, directed the University Chorus, and was the manager for just about every the musical performance on the campus. While he wasn't a composer himself, Johnson was determined to create a song for The University of Texas.
It's one of the best-known stories on campus. During a late night visit to Austin, a group of Texas Aggie pranksters branded the University's first longhorn mascot "13 – 0," the score of a football game won by Texas A & M.
The first rally began in 1916 before the Thanksgiving Texas vs. A&M game.
It's everywhere. Set foot on The University of Texas campus, and you'll find it in the front covers of library books, on the shoulder patches of UT police officers, inlaid on the floor in Gregory Gym, on brass plaques that recognize university donors, and in limestone ornaments adorning UT buildings. It's printed on university degrees, official stationery, and nametags. It's The University of Texas seal, now more than a century old.
While independent class cheers for freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors were shouted as early as the 1850s, the origin of campus-wide college yells coincided with the rapid development of intercollegiate athletics in the 1880s and 1890s.