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This year features new tiger spirit medal, parade entry, and alumni party. And then there was that prank!
by Susie P. Gonzalez
April is known in San Antonio as the month for Fiesta, so just in time for the citywide celebration, Trinity University unveiled an interdisciplinary major combining culture, arts, and engineering for its new Fiesta major. Of course, this happened on April 1, a day also known as "April Fools' Day."
Launched on the University's home page, the faux announcement included a video with students sharing their excitement to learn about "ticket ripping etiquette" and "balloon wrangling." The page showcased two stellar professors – Leeroy the Tiger and El Rey Feo (the Ugly King.)
The new curriculum, which allows for 124 hours of electives, includes:
In the spirit of fun, biology professor Bob Blystone suggested adding biology courses studying "Neural transmission effects of molar Margaritas" and a lab for "Genetic engineering of chicken cascarones." A future course would analyze foot pressure among Fiesta Flambeau marching bands.
Reaction to the new major was swift. Social media outlets lit up with tweets and posts along the lines of "Good one!" Some alumni commented, tongue-in-cheek, that they wished the major had existed when they were on campus.
On the serious side, the Trinity University bookstore has begun selling 2015 Fiesta medals designed by marketing communications artist Venetia "Vee" Dubose featuring the new tiger spirit logo. A limited number of medals are available for $4.
Alumni will gather on Monday, April 20 for the Fiesta Cavaliers River Parade near the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, and between 30 and 35 alumni will function as balloon wranglers as they wend their way through the 2.6-mile route through downtown streets holding onto a huge, 40-foot tiger balloon for the Battle of Flowers Parade on Friday, April 24.
Susie P. Gonzalez, director of public and media relations in the Office of University Communications, can be reached at susie.gonzalez [at] trinity.edu.