Coming in as a new Buff, it is time to get you caught up on our traditions. We wouldn’t want you looking lost at any event. Soon you’ll be a seasoned veteran on University traditions, however as a student, you will continue to learn about new ones during your time at WT.
A great place to look for fun traditions is the Buffalo Courts Alumni Center, where you can also purchase your class ring!
West Texas Wednesdays – On Wednesdays we wear maroon. (Hope you picked up on that Mean Girls reference, hint hint) West Texas Wednesday is an informal tradition that students and faculty at WT observe in light of celebrating the university color (Maroon, of course). Many times, organizations or campus departments will award students for wearing maroon on Wednesday and/or posting on social media using the hashtag #WestTexasWednesday to show your Buff pride. Simple enough, wear maroon!
Founders Hall Buffalo– In Founders Hall dormitory, a buffalo is located on the lobby floor. Imagine this, a student is walking along minding their own business, and BOOM, they accidentally step on the beloved buffalo. This student is now obligated to pay their respects and kiss the buffalo. Word of advice: If you don’t want to get stuck smelling someone’s shoe remains, steer clear of the Founders floor buffalo.
Homecoming: (read below)
Pigskin Revue– This is the annual Homecoming pep rally, traditionally held in the Box, where the Homecoming court is announced! You don’t want to miss it.
Work-A-Thon– Work-A-Thon is a wonderful way to raise money for your campus organization, and at the same time, benefit the West Texas A&M University campus and the community of Canyon. Every participant receives breakfast and a t-shirt. The event is a great way to build relationships with other buffs involved on campus and serve members of the community!
Parade– Many local vendors from the community join the parade along with campus organizations who participate in a contest for the best float! They march through campus in front of students, alumni, faculty and community members sporting their buffalo spirit wholeheartedly. Check out this link to watch the 2017 Homecoming Parade! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW-Il-UEUDo
Buffalo Stampede- TOUCHDOWN BUFFALOS! Here comes the WT mascot being lead by the Herdsman across the football field in all their glory. This is one of many ways to get the crowd excited at football games.
Wagon Wheel Rivalry- A tradition started in 1986 gives possession of the wagon wheel “trophy” to the winner of the West Texas A&M vs Eastern New Mexico football game. ENMU’s Dallan Sanders reached out to a WT administrator with the idea of a traveling trophy and the two decided on a wagon wheel. The “trophy” is now set on the stadium hill of the host school and the victorious team charges up the hill to take possession of it at the end of the game. Each team has won the wagon wheel 14 times since 1986 (the game was not played in 1991 or 2010). vs. Eastern New Mexico. The ENMU Greyhounds are one of the University’s biggest and most well-known rivals. If you never attend any other football game, the Wagon Wheel game is one you should not miss.
Buffalo Cookies– If you don’t know about the famous buffalo cookies, you will soon. Buffalo cookies were originally created by a campus cook, Mrs. Iola Stephens. While visiting her hometown in New York, she discovered a buffalo cookie cutter and so the legend began. She brought it back to campus and University life has been much sweeter since. Many students call them life changing and as the saying goes, you can’t eat just one.
Lastly, the heartbeat of our school, the Fight Song! The University Fight Song was written by Jack Curtice and can be heard at many Buffalo sporting events. Learn it and learn it well, baby buffs. Knowing the fight song is just part of the experience, and if you never learn it you’ll just look silly.
“On, on Buffaloes,
We are right for the fight tonight;
Hold that ball and hit that line,
Every buffalo will shine;
And then we’ll fight for maroon and white,
And we’ll roar for the old varsity;
We’ll kick, pass and run
Till those ________ are done;
And we’ll bring home the victory!
W – T – A – M, WTAM, Fight! Fight! Fight!”
Attend Buff Branding and get the chance to learn the fight song in full spirit! We cannot wait to see you there Buffs!