Put a Hex on the Aggies

Monday night marks the annual UT tradition of the Hex Rally. Each year, the university comes together to root on their football team against Texas A&M.  This pep rally dates back to 1941 when a local fortune teller advised university students to burn red candles the week leading up to their game in order to break the “jinx” A&M had put on the UT football team. Of course, the Longhorns won the match-up and the tradition has stuck ever since.

This year’s rally will feature speeches from head football coach, Mack Brown, strength and conditioning coach, Jeff “Mad Dog” Madden and players from the team. Tthe Longhorn Band, Texas Cheer and Pom, Redefined Dance Company, and the Ransom Notes will perform before the ritual of lighting those red candles. Why should you attend this year’s Hex Rally? Besides the fact that our football team is awesome this year and has a shot at going to the National Championship, Emmily Attyah, UT sophomore and the co-director of special events and rallies for Texas Exes Student Chapter gave me various reasons why she loves the rally and thinks everyone should attend.

“It is a way we can all come to together in a fun atmosphere to root against our enemy,” said Attyah, “It makes you definitely feel proud you can say you are a Longhorn.”

As co-director of special events and rallies, Attyah plans both of the main pep rallies at UT (against Oklahoma and Texas A&M). Her job involves designing a t-shirt for the event, booking an emcee, notifying student organizations, planning with the football team, designating the space, leading her committee, finding the candles, and creating a playlist for the preshow.

“There is a lot of work, communicating and planning that goes along with this job,” she said.

Attending the Hex Rally should be on the list of things every Longhorn should do at least once. Head over to the Main Mall tomorrow night at 8 pm and put a Hex on A&M. Texas Exes Student Chapter will be hosting an after party at Austin’s Pizza on the drag immediately following the rally.

“I suggest everyone to come to at least one rally because even though we are one of the largest universities,” said Attyah, “the rallies really show how united we are.”

4 Responses to “Put a Hex on the Aggies”

  1. November 22, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    I love this tradition! I’m in APO and we will be dropping the flag from the main building. Mad Dog is definitely one of the best motivators around, I hope everyone goes and supports our team as we try to finish the regular season undefeated! If anyone if your blog is looking for a place to have a good beer during the game, check out our beer blog at http://austinbrew.wordpress.com/

  2. November 22, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Such a great time to be a Longhorn! The Torchlight Parade for OU weekend is also a lot of fun and I agree with Adam that Mad Dog is powerful to watch. Everyone should come out so we can smash the Aggies.

  3. November 24, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    I’m so upset that I missed this years rally. I’ve never been to any of the rallies and now I won’t be able to go to anymore since I’m graduating in May. 😦

  4. November 25, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Hilarious Post about the “History of the Aggies”. Must read for any Longhorn fan!!


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