The Moonlight Prowl is a nighttime campus tour packed with anecdotes of student life, campus architecture, and UT history. With content drawn from newspaper accounts and the University Archives, the Prowl is intended to help personalize the University, explore its history, and have some fun.
How to Impersonate the University President * The Dean who Flooded the Library
World War I Recruits the University * How UT Students Integrated the Drag
UT’s First Mascot: A Dog Named Pig * Who Put the Alligator in Littlefield Fountain?!
The Early Years of UT Football * The Choice of Orange and White * And more!
Where do we meet? We’ll gather on the Main Mall in front of the UT Tower.
How long is the Prowl? The Prowl is a 1 1/2 – 2 hour walking tour, with “sit-down” stops along the way.
Do I need to RSVP? RSVPs are not required, but appreciated, so I’ll have some idea as to how many to expect.
Can anyone attend? Everyone is welcome. But parents who want to bring small children are cautioned that the wee ones generally get bored quickly, and want to either race down the South Mall or jump into Littlefield Fountain. Parents wind up chasing after their future Olympians and miss the tour.
What if it rains? If at all possible, the Prowl will go on rain or (moon)shine. Some of the best Prowls have taken place under a steady sprinkle. If it’s raining, bring umbrellas and we’ll adjust the tour stops to be mostly indoors. If there’s a severe storm at Prowltime, or one is imminent, we’ll look at rescheduling.
Do I need to bring flashlights? Nope. I’ll bring the Official Prowl Flashlight, known around NASA as the “OPF.”
Is this an official UT program? No, the Moonlight Prowl is not sponsored by the University of Texas. Think of this as a hobby that’s gotten out of control. I enjoy learning about the University’s history and sharing what I’ve discovered.
This will be Prowl number 580. A little history about the first tour is here.
The Daily Texan covered the 500th Prowl here.
In 2000, the Moonlight Prowl was a “Best of Austin” choice in the Austin Chronicle here.
See you on October 3rd!