Learn the Miner Traditions, Chants and Fight Song

By Chris Lechuga
Posted: 09/01/10

During every football game, there are a number of Miner spirit activities that are used to pump up the crowd and the team. Follow these UTEP traditions to take part in supporting the Miners on the field.

UTEP PICK HAND SIGNUTEP PICK HAND SIGN

The UTEP hand sign represents the main tool used by miners, the pickaxe. UTEP athletes, students and fans use it to show pride in the school’s famed mining tradition.

To make the hand sign, make a fist and extend the pinky finger and thumb (see picture). When cheerleaders yell “Picks up!,” fans are to hold their pick hand signs up in the air. It is also used during the UTEP chant while the words are being yelled out.

The proper motion for the pick is a downward spiking gesture. Starting by the ear, move the arm downward as if the pick is striking the ground.

UTEP FIGHT SONG

Out in the West Texas town of El Paso,
Home of the river they call Rio Grande,
Down on the border, the town of El Paso,
Home of the Miners the best in the land.

Fighting to win, the Miners of UTEP,
(Men) Long live the College of Mines!
(Women) The College of Mines!

(Together) Loyal forever we’re standing together,
Onward to victory orange and blue,
We will be true!

Out in the West Texas town of El Paso,
Home of the river they call Rio Grande,
Down on the border, the town of El Paso,
Home of the Miners the best in the land, hey!

[Chant]

YouTube Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkzCCXNov5Q

UTEP Chant

X=Clap

X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X (8 claps)
Go Miners Go!
X-X-X-X (4 claps)
Fight Miners Fight!
X-X-X (3 claps) Go!
X-X-X (3 claps) Fight!
X-X-X-X (4 claps)
Win Miners Win!

STADIUM YELL

Before the game and during the fourth quarter, follow the UTEP cheerleaders as they lead the crowd in the stadium yell. Fans on one side of the Sun Bowl yell “Go!” as the other side responds with “Miners!” Look for the cheerleaders along the sidelines as they put up signs with the word your side of the stadium should yell.

 
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