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UT Tower Goes Dark. For Crickets.

UT Tower Goes Dark. For Crickets.

Leave it to the insect which shares a name with a very English sport, to make the University of Texas tower go dark unexpectedly. The famous (and infamous) UT Tower is a beacon of academics and sports in this city, lighting up to full capacity whenever one of the countless, awesome UT sports teams wins a game. Being summertime in Texas, though, some pesky insects are getting in the way. The following is from an official University email bulletin, that went out today:
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“As some of you may have noticed, there is a cricket infestation on campus particularly affecting the area of the Main Building and UT Tower. In an effort to control this cricket infestation, the university will not light the tower each night in the traditional manner. Brightly lit buildings are most likely to attract the largest numbers of crickets at night, so we hope to attract fewer crickets and control the cricket population by darkening the tower. Two lighting interruptions are scheduled to take place in the early evening on Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29, and Friday, August 3 through Sunday, August 5. Please note that this is only a temporary measure to keep the cricket population under control and cleanup at a minimum.”

Angie B. Brown
The University of Texas Austin
Facilities Services

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