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Volume 33, Issue 11
INSIDE ON CAMPUS
An enduring icon of the university for 70 years, the Tower stands as a symbol of excellence and opportunity
Another class of Longhorns began their journey at The University of Texas at Austin on Aug. 28 with the traditional Gone to Texas welcome party on the Tower steps. The Tower will become a familiar site to them over the next several years and a place where students will eventually find themselves again at the end of their journey, celebrating commencement.
A symbol of academic excellence and personal opportunity, the Tower represents accomplishment, success and over the years has also unified the university and the community in times of sorrow and remembrance. Through its lighting configurations, the Tower marks days of remembrance, recognizes campus-wide events, honors achievements and celebrates athletic victories.
The Tower is not only a source of pride for students, alumni, faculty and staff, but also the people of Austin and Texas. Countless generations have walked past the 307-foot tall Tower since it was completed in 1937 and while times have changed, the Tower and what it represents have remained constant.
The building is truly the symbol which its designer Paul Cret intended, "the image carried in our memory when we think of the place."