Walk to University of Texas
• Walk in the University of Texas
The University of Texas, founded in 1883 and located in Austin, one of the oldest and most respected in the United States.
Today the University has 51 000 students, a produces every year about 12 000 students. The university consists of 17 institutions with 50 faculties that produce students with a bachelor's, 116 master's faculties and 78 departments for candidates. Budget research work of the University is $ 644 million, and the total university budget is $ 2.14 billion. The average salary of professors was $ 130,000, a total staff of the University has 24 000 employees, of whom more than 1000 are professors and heads of scientific papers.
Today we take a walk along the university campus and I'll tell you about the traditions and history of the university, as well as a look at where students learn.
First, to digress for those who are not quite familiar with US universities. Of the many universities in the US, less than a hundred are large and well known.
Each university has its own unique color and symbols, usually in the form of animal images. Symbolism of the University of Texas - is a head of a bull longhorn breed (Texas Longhorn), and the color - dark orange in combination with white. Actually, on this unique character it is very easy to identify the students and graduates of any major university.
The University opened its doors to the first students September 15, 1883. Slightly more than 300 students gathered in the unfinished main building of the university and listened to it the first rector, Professor John Mallet.
The Rector welcomed the students and said only one phrase: "If in Texas and is a first-class university, its appearance will be required to force Texans general and the government, but more often it is the appearance of the work will be required of students of the university."
Center of the University is considered to be the main 94-meter-high and 27-storey tower built in 1937. The campus is located in an area of 423 acres, however, the main tower can be seen from any point of the campus.
In fact, the tower itself is part of the university main building, which was the main library. Today, throughout the campus, there are 17 libraries, two of which are major.
The reading rooms of the main library on the ground floor, and the top 27 floors of the tower served as the repository of books. Upon receipt of the order necessary books, library card is sent from the reading room upstairs where librarians (mostly moving on skateboards among the bookshelves) found the right book and sent it back for a special book elevator. Reader waited his book no more than half an hour.
The whole story is written in the past tense, t. To. The building underwent a major overhaul that changed his appearance. Main library grew and moved to two large new building constructed in 1963 and 1977. The main tower of the office located in a quiet room that can still learn from the students.
As in any American university here has its own stadium, where play football. The stadium, built in 1955, has been in operation to this day. In 2013, the stadium did overhaul with partial replacement of floors and supporting elements. Stadium capacity is 100 119 seats, making it one of the largest among the university stadium.
In the games room for all is still not enough, so that it was possible to build a large-sized stadium. So in 2012, in spite of the strict control of the entrance of spectators with tickets to the stadium somehow passed students are very willing to cheer for their university. That evening at the stadium there were 101,851 people, a record of its capacity.
All the architecture inside the campus is sustained in the same style, but there are exceptions. For example, a student center. The building is designed for homework in groups and not only so in so many different classrooms, computer and engineering rooms, and so on. Due to the fact that I was on the campus of the University of the day on Sunday, and even in the summer, all buildings were closed and the entrance into the carried out only by a student card, take a picture of anything inside the buildings, I could not.
Sometimes you can find pleasant surprises.
the campus itself is surrounded by greenery, a walk at the weekend on its territory is very nice.
Although the sign stating that it is a gymnasium, a sports hall. Total gyms at the university three. In 1995, this hall was made major repairs costing $ 23.6 million. In this room is mainly lovers of team sports, t. To. The room has basketball, tennis and volleyball courts, a running track around the perimeter of the room, as well as rooms for Racquetball and table tennis.
By the way, where there is room for the fans, where you can cheer on your favorite team, looking at the match on a big screen TV in the company of friends. Well, of course, there is a pool, without it anywhere.
All the same topic of oil in Texas is not relegated to the background even at the university. This is not a chair, this drilling rig, that's what they looked like 100 years ago. With this drilling was drilled one of the deepest wells of the time, "Santa Rita 1," the depth of 931 meter. This is a very deep, given that the yard was in 1921.
The most interesting thing that the well drilled only four people, and as many as 20 (!) Months. None of the four did not know whether there is oil here, but drilled on luck. In the end, May 28, 1923, the well exploded and flooded all around oil. So one of the oldest on the date Texas fields were discovered - the field "Bon".
Well, the next time - University of Houston, Texas.