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|Orange Lights Now Mean Only That the Current Is Turned On|
|Life is getting mighty complex.
Used to be, when the University's Tower was bathed in orange light, everybody knew that the Longhorns had won an athletic victory. That was before Progress set in, however.
Now, instead of looming as a white-lighted obstacle in the airport traffic pattern, the Tower will be half-and-half some evenings, lighted in alternate layers of orange and white other times, and goodness know what other combinations can be worked out to complicate the electrical maintenance men's work.
The Texan, always first with the best in ideas, hastens to advise the Thrower of the Switch on some really illuminating innovations which have been worked out (in rough detail) in the Journalism basement.
For Easter why not light office windows in the form of a gigantic cross, and woe unto the eager English professor who insists on working late if his office is outside the "white."
For Christmas, window lights can outline the shape of a 300-foot Christmas tree, with alternate red and green lights adding the Yule spirit. Tiny bonfires could illuminate the Greek cupola.
July 4 is a cinch. Red, white, and blue spotlights. Also good for V E-Day, V J-Day, and other patriotic evenings which the University feels called upon to celebrate.
What we really need is a second tower for football victories, saving the first shaft for patriotic occasions and assorted "special" days. The projected Coliseum's tower could stand as the shrine of athletic prowess, and the academic tower would be over and above foolish football. The switching equipment will soon break down under the strain if one tower is to bear the brunt of dozens of celebrations each year.
Just to see that you have the new regulations straight, test yourself: how will the Tower be lighted when Texas ties for second place on Commencement Day? What's the pattern for Hallowe'en?
Hail to thee, Victory-Graduation-Christmas-Easter-VEDay Lights. Long may ye burn, amidst all the confusion.
Daily Texan. October 8, 1947.
3 May 1999
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