May 7 2020

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Crimson and White

In 1894 the official student newspaper was named The Crimson White, evidence that the school colors were well established by that time.

Crimson Tide

UA’s football team was first known as the Thin Red Line or the Crimson White. As the story goes, that changed on a soggy day in 1907, when Alabama went to Birmingham to play heavily favored Auburn. Birmingham’s iron-rich soil turned to a sea of red mud which stained Alabama’s white jerseys. The team fought Auburn to a 6-6 tie and sports editor Hugh Roberts of the Birmingham Age-Herald is supposed to have said the team played like “a Crimson Tide.” The name has been ours ever since, according to Crimson Tide lore.

Yea Alabama!

Yea, Alabama! Drown ’em Tide!
Every ‘Bama man’s behind you,
Hit your stride.
Go teach the Bulldogs to behave,
Send the Yellow Jackets to a watery grave.
And if a man starts to weaken,
That’s a shame!
For Bama’s pluck and grit have
Writ her name in Crimson flame.
Fight on, fight on, fight on men!
Remember the Rose Bowl, we’ll win then.
So roll on to victory,
Hit your stride,
You’re Dixie’s football pride,
Crimson Tide, Roll Tide, Roll Tide!!

The Elephant

The University of Alabama is the only major university with an elephant as a mascot. Like many of our traditions, multiple origin stories exist, but it seems we can again credit a sports writer.

In 1930 Everett Strupper of the Atlanta Journal wrote of his shock upon seeing the immense size of Coach Wallace Wade’s varsity players when they charged the field against Mississippi: “It was the first time that I had seen it and the size of the entire eleven nearly knocked me cold, men that I had seen play last year looking like they had nearly doubled in size.”

A fan is supposed to have yelled out, “Hold your horses, the elephants are coming!” Strupper and other sports writers adopted the moniker “the red elephants” for the crimson-wearing team.

While the elephant quickly became a team symbol, it was not until the 1979 Sugar Bowl that the official costumed elephant mascot Big Al made his debut. He has been beloved of the UA family ever since.

The Capstone

Shortly after Dr. George H. Denny became president of The University of Alabama in January 1912, he began referring to the school as the state’s “capstone” of higher education. Denny was a strong believer in the power of supportive relationships between all levels of schooling. He viewed the University as the top of an educational edifice that began with elementary and high schools across the state and reached all the way to the Tuscaloosa campus.

Denny Chimes

So beloved was Dr. Denny by students, they began a fundraising drive to build Denny Chimes, erected in his honor in 1929. The 115-foot campanile (a free-standing bell tower) contains a carillon of 25 brass bells that marks the hours and plays concerts, patriotic songs, memorial tributes, the school fight song and the alma mater.

Our Alma Mater

The UA Alma Mater is titled “Alma Mater.” It has no other name and needs none. When the chimes ring out the alma mater every day at noon, all of campus recognizes the song written in 1908 by UA undergraduate Helen Vickers. The lyrics are set to the tune of the 1850s ballad “Annie Lisle,” a popular choice at the time for college songs.

Alma Mater Lyrics

Alabama, listen, Mother,
To our vows of love,
To thyself and to each other,
Faithful friends we’ll prove.
Faithful, loyal, firm and true,
Heart bound to heart will beat.
Year by year, the ages through
Until in Heaven we meet.
College days are swiftly fleeting,
Soon we’ll leave their halls
Ne’er to join another meeting
‘Neath their hallowed walls.
Faithful, loyal, firm and true
Heart bound to heart will beat
Year by year, the ages through
Until in Heaven we meet.
So, farewell, dear Alma Mater
May thy name, we pray,
Be rev’renced ever, pure, and stainless
As it is today.
Faithful, loyal, firm and true
Heart bound to heart will beat
Year by year, the ages through
Until in Heaven we meet.

Ceremonial Mace

Few things represent us more completely than the ceremonial mace, crafted from one of our oldest and most famous trees, the Gorgas Oak.

The Gorgas Oak, believed to be older than the University, was finally brought down by a windstorm in 1982. From its wood Sebron E. Kelly, retired superintendent of building maintenance at UA, and other maintenance employees lathed part of the 52-inch pedestal and the entire head of the mace, which is set with four bronze castings


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