The ACU tower is one of the most visible structures of Abilene, seen all over campus and even from Abilene’s highway. When lit purple, it blares Wildcat pride.
The Students’ Association is working closely with administration and the maintenance crew to create policies so that the purple glow will have a prideful purpose in Wildcat country. SA President Dylan Benac, senior political science major from Boerne, has been working for a year to create and implement a policy that will bring pride to the tower.
“I want to create a purple tower tradition,” Benac said. “Right now, the tower just glows purple every now and then, and I want students to know why the tower is glowing, and to take pride in the purple.”
The tower normally shines a bright white, but gleams purple during major campus events like Summit and Homecoming. SA is working to standardize the glowing of the tower, so that every wildcat will understand the reason for the purple.
SA wants to put reason behind the purple light. They are hoping to create a page on the ACU website that students and alumnus can look to that will explain to them why the tower is glowing.
“The policy will give the purple causality,” Benac said. “From a track national championship to an alumnus winning a major award in their field, when the tower glows, students will understand that it is because something of significant value has happened at ACU.”
The policy implementation is a slow-moving process due to the costly change. The towers are run by the short-staffed maintenance crew, and the change would add more to their already hectic agendas.
“Hopefully the policy will be in place before the end of this school year,” Benac said. “It is a major topic, but one that is very important to me.”
The Student Administration is hoping the change will give campus a greater sense of unity.
“The school lacks a visual representation of school spirit,” Benac said. “Giving purpose to the purple tower will give ACU what it has been lacking.”