University of Texas Traditions

The Tower

This is the University's most recognizable landmark and symbol since it was made. The tower stands at 27 feet tall. Which is taller than the Texas capitol building. The Tower is most visible on nights following athletic victories or to recognize faculty, staff, and student achievements. At the top of the Tower is a four-sided clock painted in gold leaf. Every fifteen minutes, the Tower’s 56-bell Knicker Carillon chimes. three times a week, Tom Anderson, the university’s carilloneur, plays songs as students go off to their afternoon classes—just as he’s done since 1956.
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"The Eyes Of Texas"

This was a song written in 1903. ever since, the “The Eyes of Texas” is recognized worldwide as the alma mater of The University of Texas. You’ll hear it played before and after athletic events, at official university events or any time Longhorns are gathered together for a common cause. The lyrics to the song are:
The Eyes of Texas are upon you,
All the live long day.
The Eyes of Texas are upon you,
You can not get away.
Do not think you can escape them
At night or early in the morn-
The Eyes of Texas are upon you
'Till Gabriel blows his horn.
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Bevo is the mascot of the sports teams at the University of Texas, a Texas longhorn steer with burnt orange coloring. Since 1966, Bevo has been present on the sidelines of Texas football games. In the fall of 2004, Bevo XIII the Bevo to see the most football victories in the university’s history retired, and a young Bevo XIV took its place on the sidelines to continue the tradition of one of college’s most popular mascots. Bevo is one of the most recognized college mascots and has even been called "the toughest-looking animal mascot in sports". Since 1945, the care of Bevo during his transportation and appearances has been entrusted to an honorary organization of undergraduate students called the Silver Spurs.
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