[quote]I guess I am a definite minority on this site: I like the changes.
Well, that's the truth. But I maybe you're just too new to see your baseline of UTA expectations ripped out and changed. I felt the same way at one point many moons ago. For example, I considered it a good thing when they blocked the streets through the middle of campus and made a pedestrian mall. A certain amount of change is inevitable and good. But possibly some old former cadets did not like the change. Let me see if I can make a quick list of changes I've seen:
ASC to UTA - 1967
Rebels to Mavericks - 1971
Red trim added to athletic uniforms - some time in the 70s. Prior to that we had blue and white.
Carlisle Cannons - first appeared or reappeared in the 70s or 80s. There were six of them in 1985. Now only two are left.
Davis Hall renamed Brazos Hall - the 80s?
Official UTA ring. It changed three times between 1966 and 1971. Several times since.
Alma Mater. Tune was "Finlandia" until it was changed in approximately 1965. Changed again in 2012.
Fight Song. Changed from Dixie to something else in 1971. That one flopped, so they changed it to "The Whip" in the early 70s, then also the theme from "Giant." Recently "The Whip" and "Giant" have been played as a medley. Neither tune has a verse or bridge, but just a chorus. (I hope the guy who re-wrote the Alma Mater will fix the fight song.)
Red to Orange - 2010 or thereabouts. Truly an outrage, based on the rumor that the Regents have mandated the change.
I'll think of others, but those are the most memorable to me. BTW, my "Official UTA Ring" has the ugly horse with one horn. I wish I could trade it in for one with a rebel flag on it.
By the way, Duck - thanks for posting this. I knew the first half of the fight song was the whip (having heard Texas Tech play it - as well anytime I've gone to the FW Stockshow rodeo), but had never heard the last part was taken from the theme from Giant
. Good to know that. We almost need to put together a history of traditions.
I can barely remember Johnny Reb riding around the Memorial Stadium track on a horse after each touchdown - and have seen the pictures of the rider on the back of the horse with horns at Turnpike Stadium, too. That used to be an institution. So to an extent, the horse connection has been here for some time.