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Letter from the editor | SEPTEMBER 2019

Emily Adams Keplinger


It’s September, a time when we can look forward to cooler weather as autumn arrives. And with the change of seasons comes so many fun traditions, all intended to draw you back outdoors. Take that annual weekend ritual — football. No matter which team you cheer for, tailgating is likely to be part of your social scene for the next few months. Whether you are in the parking lot of an arena or in a grassy area, like “The Grove” at Ole Miss, serving favorite food specialties to family and friends makes the game more of a party. 

Over the last nine years, University of Memphis fans have seen their parking lot party space elevated to new heights with the addition of “Tiger Lane.” For the 2019 season, U of M Athletics and Learfield's Tigers Sports Properties have entered into a new partnership to provide “Tiger Tailgates” presented by Hicks Convention Services. Tiger Tailgates will offer Tigers fans and fans from opposing teams access to premium tailgate services such as the option to order tents, fencing, outdoor furniture, ice coolers and more.

Here are a few fun Tiger facts you can drop into conversation while getting pumped for a game (from http://historic-memphis.com/memphis-historic/normal-school/normal-school.html).

First year the Tigers had a football team? 1912, the year the school opened.

Name of the school at that time? West Tennessee State Normal School  

By what other names has the university been known? Memphis State College, Memphis State University, and the University of Memphis.

What was the school’s tuition in 1912? The school was tuition-free for all Tennessee students. The only cost for students during the school’s early days was a $2 registration fee for each term (only $1 for the summer). Non-Tennessee residents had to pay $12 tuition per term, plus the $2 registration fee.                   

How did the team get its “Tiger” nickname? When the football team first took to the field, they didn’t have a nickname. Called “the Blue and Gray Warriors” (after the school’s colors), and ”the Teachers” and “the Tutors” (after the school’s founding as a “normal school” for the “education and professional training of teachers for the public schools of the state”), the name “the Tigers” is said to have come about from students shouting, “We fight like Tigers” during an after-game parade.

Happy Fall Y’all!