Legend of Texas Western College campus gator prank turns 60

EL PASO, Texas - The University of Texas at El Paso offers Gator Camp as part of its fall orientation program to encourage new students to make their mark on campus as a handful of undergraduates did 60 years ago this month.

Those students "borrowed" a live, 6-foot, 400-pound alligator from San Jacinto Plaza in downtown El Paso and left him in the second-floor office of Howard A. Quinn, Ph.D., professor emeritus of geology, during the overnight hours of Dec. 10-11, 1952.

While a legend in some campus circles, many of today's Miners, including faculty who are alumni, are unfamiliar with the tale of Oscar the Alligator and how he made a brief but memorable visit to what was then called Texas Western College.

Read the full article at UTEP's news website.

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