Reinstate the rivalry
Collaborate with UT and A&M Athletics and Aggie students to reinstate the A&M football game
For 118 years, the Texas v. Texas A&M football game embodied Longhorn tradition. Sadly, in 2011, it was played for what was assumed to be the last time. We have already spoken with Texas Athletics, Texas A&M students, and the Texas Exes alumni network; together, we will coordinate a statewide movement with students, alumni, and fans of both universities all coming together to support the game’s return. The key to reinstating the rivalry game is to work closely with UT Athletics and maintain an open dialogue with Texas A&M Athletics until we have reached our final goal. While our future non-conference schedule means we cannot play immediately, it is important that we work closely with athletics and consider realistic solutions to make this dream a reality. Without a doubt, playing our oldest rival will provide Longhorns a yearly tradition to rally around.
Increase the impact of UT’s day of service, The Project
The Project is UT’s largest service event, bringing in up to 2,000 students who contribute almost 10,000 hours of service in a single day. While the impact of The Project cannot be discounted, universities like Texas A&M and Villanova have nearly half of their student bodies participate in similar projects. We believe there is room for significant improvement at UT. We will encourage and incentivize student organizations to participate by sponsoring a site, using Student Government resources to enhance The Project’s current outreach efforts, and working with the Department of Diversity and Community Engagement to increase the amount of student management and control within The Project. We hope to ingrain The Project into Longhorn culture, and expand one of our most impactful traditions.