Get Your Horns Up!

The Classic Symbols of UT explained


Hook ‘Em – One of--if not the most-- recognizable hand signs in sports, “hook ‘em” allows everyone to show school pride and spirit. The sign can be made by extending the index and pinky fingers while placing the thumb over the bent middle and ring fingers. Harley Clark brought the sign to UT in 1955, and ever since then it has been a sign that people all around the world use to identify with the university. 

Bevo – The official mascot of UT athletics, Bevo is the burnt orange longhorn that is at every home football game and whose horns appear all around campus. The first longhorn was introduced to the school in 1916; since then there have been 13 other Bevos. Bevo XIV, our current mascot, keeps this almost century-long tradition alive for the University.

Hex Candles – In 1923, after 18 years of consecutive losses in football to Texas A&M at Kyle Field, some UT students consulted a local fortuneteller to end the jinx on the team. She told them to burn red candles on the week before the game to hex A&M. Now, each Monday before the Thanksgiving game, UT holds the Hex Rally as a way of helping bring the team to victory. 

Albino Squirrel – Legend has it that an albino squirrel can be found scurrying around campus. If seen by a student on the day of a test, the squirrel brings good luck and a guarantee that of an A on their exam, regardless of how much the student studied. Although there are claims that some white fox squirrels live on campus, that rumor does not make an appearance by one to be any less lucky.

UT Rings – Receiving a class ring is part of any collegiate experience, but the UT rings also represent a great level of academic achievement at one of the country’s top universities. The traditional design consists of the UT seal with the Latin motto of the university (“Disciplina Praesidium Civitatis”/”Education is the safeguard of democracy”) on top, the graduation year on one side and the longhorn mascot, Texas Exes logo, and the words “The eyes of Texas are upon you” on the other side.

The Tower – The tallest and the most iconic structure of the university, the UT Tower is the center of all major events, rallies and ceremonies for the entire university. French architect Pail Cret designed the 307=-foot building that opened in 1937. The Tower lights up orange for a variety of reasons, such as the football team winning, a UT NCAA team claiming a championship, a new president being inaugurated, or any other event that celebrates an achievement of the University. The Tower also displays the graduating year of each class the night before classes start and again on the day of their graduation. There are a variety of ways that UT uses the Tower to show school pride and accomplishments, and it surely won’t get old to see these feats displayed on this school’s landmark.