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Every wonderful old place is filled with stories. The UTEP campus is no exception, with its exotic Bhutanese architecture nestled in the whispering foothills of the Franklin Mountains. If you have ever wondered about the truthfulness of a story you have heard, this is the place for you. We identify those stories that are "Miner true" "Aggie bogus," or "toss up."


Miner True

Is there a mine on campus?

Yes. The practice mine was dug by students in the 1920s.

Was UTEP the first public university in Texas to fully desegregate?

Yes. Desegregation occurred in the fall of 1955.

Lake UTEP?

Believe it or not, yes, there was once a plan for a boating lake on the campus back in 1917.

Is Biggs Field named for a former student?

In 1925, the U.S. Army named the airfield at Fort Bliss after School of Mines student James "Buster" Biggs.

Aggie Bogus

Pancho Villa's gold in buried somewhere on campus

Sorry fortune hunters, but there is no evidence that Pancho Villa ever visited the campus.

Toss Up

Did John W. Kidd donate $800 to fund the early athletic teams?

While it was possible, it was more likely that John W. Kidd, while serving as faculty adviser to athletics, persuaded community members to support the team.

Test Your UTEP I.Q.

  • In 1952, several students placed an alligator into the office of Professor Howard Quinn. What was the name of the alligator?
  • How many students attended the first day of classes on September 28, 1914?
  • In what year were the first female students admitted to the school?
  • A burro has been a part of the schools heritage since its beginning. What was the name given to the live mascot who appeared during football games?
  • UTEP student Bob Beamon shattered the long jump record at the 1968 Mexico Olympics. How long did he jump? By how many inches did he break the previous record?
  • UTEP alumni F. Murray Abraham won the Academy Award for Best Actor in what 1984 movie?
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