Traditions T voting numbers lower than normal



By Drew Teague

Every year the student body votes on a T-shirt design to be worn the following year, but this year not many students are participating in the voting.

The UK Alumni Association established the Traditions T in 2007 to unite the student body, according to the competition website.

Gretchen Bower, alumni program coordinator, is in charge of the Traditions T. Bower said the shirts are a way for students to get involved and to show their pride.

“(Students) have a say in what the Traditions T will look like for next year,” Bower said.

The Traditions T began as a way to have students show what it means to be a part of the UK community, she said.

“It was started as a means to unite the University of Kentucky student body in celebrating what it means to be a Wildcat and to bring students together as a student section at all athletic events,” Bower said.

Bower said the competition is special, because students are in control of their shirt design from the designing stage to picking the official design.

“It is special because the Traditions T artwork is student-designed, and only students can vote on the winning design,” Bower said.

Bower said a lack of participation has shown for the 2010-11 competition, and she would like to see more students cast votes.

Students can vote for their favorite design at and have until May 7 to vote.

Currently enrolled students can vote and must enter their link blue ID and password to do so.

Bower said she hopes the tradition continues.

The five finalists have been chosen to be voted on, and the student with the winning design will receive a $500 cash prize, two UK men’s basketball student season tickets and five of the winning shirts, according to the website.

“It is truly a student tradition that we hope will continue to grow through the years,” Bower said.