Topic: UT Heritage Society

Tower shines orange tonight

Feb. 27, 2012
Tower shines orange tonight

In celebration of its 75th anniversary, the university's Tower will shine orange with "75" in the windows on the evening of Monday, Feb. 27.

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Twenty-five years of Texan hexin'

Nov. 22, 2010
Twenty-five years of Texan hexin'

In 1941 University of Texas at Austin students met with a local fortune teller to put a hex on Texas AandM and stop the jinx the Aggies had on the Longhorns.

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Happy birthday to "Hook 'em" hand sign

Nov. 11, 2010
Happy birthday to "Hook 'em" hand sign

The "Hook 'em, Horns" hand sign turns 55 years old today. How did our beloved and omnipresent hand sign come to be?

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Why ancient alphabets adorn a university icon

Sept. 6, 2010

When then-Harvard University Professor John Huehnergard and his wife and colleague Jo Ann Hackett first visited The University of Texas at Austin last spring, they couldn't help but notice the ancient Phoenician and Hebrew letters that adorn the Tower.

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UT's most storied building uncovered

July 15, 2010
A worker removes dirt from Brackenridge Hall's stone tile entryway.

Workers digging a retaining wall on the East Mall got quite a surprise earlier this month when they discovered the remains of one of the university's most legendary buildings -- Brackenridge Hall.

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