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Annual TCM Day at UTEP invites various participants

By: Jamel Valencia
EL PASO, Texas - Students, staff and faculty at the University of Texas at El Paso are celebrating a tradition that has been around since 1920. 

TCM Day is the oldest student tradition at the university.

The annual rite of passage started when UTEP was known as the Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy to initiate new engineers and geologists into the Order of St. Patrick, the patron saint of engineers.

Those friends of UTEP joined engineering majors Friday to whitewash the "M" on the mountain off of Sun Bowl Drive, kiss the Blarney Stone in front of the engineering building and walk the Long Green Line.

This year the annual tradition took a twist.

"Instead of painting green lines to divide the university, engineering students will lead the Long Green Line and the other festivities throughout the day," said Gabby Gandara, director of engineering students.

For more about the TCM Day, go to tcm.utep.edu http://tcm.utep.edu.

"This will be a new and stronger TCM Day that will last the next 100 years or more of UTEP life," said Gandara.