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Tower Gets 'Lit'
|As familiar as the sight of the University Tower is to
students, ex-students, and "furriners," it is not too often that you find
someonewho knows the system by which the Tower is lighted, whether it be orange, white, or
a mixture of both.
A switchman doesnt turn the lights on the Tower every night, for that is taken care of by a photo-electric cell atop the Tower. When day-light intensity is less than one foot-candle the floodlights come on, the clock beams, and the read obstruction light goes on. At midnight the floodlights are dampened; then, at dawn the photo-electric cell shuts off the power.
But, as smart as the Tower is about lighting itself up, it doesnt know when the University wins sports contests, championships, or has holidays. In that case the orange lights are turned on by hand.
The color scheme which the Tower sports on various occasions is as follows:
Daily Texan. November 1950.
3 May 1999
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