Resolution 04-18: UTA MASCOT CHANGE

Number 04-18
Description Change UTA handsign
Authored by UTA Cheerleaders
Sponsored by Rasha Ramadan
Date Submitted Tuesday, September 28, 2004
Date Considered Tuesday, November 23, 2004
General Body Vote Thursday, January 1, 1970
Committee Committee Affairs
Result Killed By Committee
Remarks FAILED - This would be like many in the Southland Conference and would not increase spirit at the university.
Whereas The mascot of UTA has changed from the Hornets, to the Junior Aggies, to The Blue Rebels, to the Rebels, and finally to the Mavericks, and we have found that the Mavericks mascot has stayed with UTA the longest, and is still in effect today; and
Whereas The UTA mascot was named after Samuel A. Maverick and many feel we therefore need a school hand symbol that will represent the Maverick; and
Whereas Sam Maverick was an American pioneer who did not brand his cattle and we know therefore that the hand symbol we now have is inappropriate as the term 'Maverick' first referred to an unbranded cow, which is not a 'Shorthorn' that students make with their fingers to represent the school mascot; and
Whereas The shorthorn hand symbol does not represent the 'bigger faster and stronger' direction of UTA, and the new two fingers and thumb will be sign of our new make-over direction; and
Whereas The term first referred to an unbranded cow, and over time the term acquired the additional meaning of an unbranded man, one without ties to the community, a loner, someone whose style or activities depart significantly from the norm.
Be It Further Resolved That The UTA mascot be changed to represent the original Sam Maverick with the use of a different hand sign, the first and second finger sticking up touching each other and the thumb sticking out to the side in the same formation as a small arm; and
Be It Further Resolved That The resolution and change be adopted immediately to start introducing it to the crowds at games and at school functions, as well at the 2005 Convocation.