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UT cancels traditional torchlight football rally

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 01:14

The University of Texas has cancelled a traditional torchlight football rally after the August violence in Charlottesville. Diane Hodges reports.

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This weekend, the football team at the University of Texas-Austin plays arch-rival Oklahoma. But for the first time in 100 years, there will be no torchlight rally the night before the game. Alumni cancelled the rally, citing the violent demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia. One woman was killed when a white supremacist allegedly drove his car into a crowd of protesters. The weekend of demonstrations began with this torchlight parade by white supremacists. NAT SOUND: "you will not replace us. you will not replace us." In a statement, the UT alumni said they want to make sure everyone at the school feels safe and welcome. Students agree. {Sarah Elizondo} "It's pretty controversial with the torches and everything, what happened in Charlottesville. I'm totally on board with not doing that this year." {Micky Wolf/UT Student Body VP} "The idea of having the students coming together, the football team coming together, all of that is still going to be there." But for this year at least, it will go on without any torches.

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UT cancels traditional torchlight football rally

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 01:14