Tuesday, March 18, 2014

"T" stolen from Georgia Tech sign on Tech Tower.

The University of Georgia isn't the only school in the Peach State affected by crime in the past 24 hours or so. Georgia Tech has seen it's first successful attempt of "Stealing the T" for the first time in 13 years.

For non-Techies, "Stealing the T" is a mischievous Georgia Tech tradition* where a student or students use the engineering skills they have learned at the North Avenue Trade School to remove one of the four T's from the "Tech" signs that surround the Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Administration Building (a.k.a Tech Tower). The "T" on the building's east side, facing the Downtown Connector in Atlanta where I-75 and I-85 converge is the traditional T stolen. The last successful "Stealing the T" happened in 1999, when a group of Georgia Tech students removed the "T" from Tech Tower. A photo allegedly exists of the "T" "vacationing" in West Virginia, but apparently is currently not archived online. It has yet to be returned, as school officials promised to take legal action against the person or persons involved.

An unsuccessful attempt to "Steal the T" happened in 2001, when the offending students were caught in the act. Georgia Tech officials have officially banned, citing the possibility of injury or death to the perpetrators. Tech students with the urge for kleptomania have since resorted to removing "T's" on the campus wherever they can find them. They are also accused of stealing a T off the sign in front of Virginia Tech's Lane Stadium.

*If stealing the T off the sign Tech Tower sign is a tradition, then Mark Richt losing control of his players is a tradition.

(via @mattnelson1994)

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