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This week, the University of Texas at Austin revealed its memorial for the victims of the Tower shooting – a single piece of granite that features the names of the 16 victims of the mass shooting along with the Latin inscription "Interfectum."

Well, as the Statesman's Ralph K. Haurwitz pointed out, that inscription isn't exactly the most appropriate verbiage for the memorial. But why? 

We asked Karl Galinsky, a Latin expert and longtime UT Austin professor of the classics – who, incidentally, first arrived on campus just weeks after the shooting in 1966 – three simple questions about the dustup.

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Fifty years ago Charles Whitman began a rampage that left 16 dead with dozens injured. Today the University of Texas at Austin will rededicate its memorial to the massacre.

Today's ceremony will take place in the shadow of the Tower at the Tower Gardens memorial site, often called the Turtle Pond.


Courtesy the Briscoe Center for American History

Out of the Blue: 50 Years After the UT Tower Shooting” is Texas Standard’s oral history on the anniversary of the first public mass shooting of its kind. Throughout the week, we'll be bringing you more stories, like this one, about the impact the shooting had on Texas and the world.

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Out of the Blue: 50 Years After the UT Tower Shooting” is Texas Standard’s oral history on the anniversary of the first public mass shooting of its kind. Throughout the week, we'll be bringing you more stories, like this one, about the impact the shooting had on Texas and the world. 

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From Texas Standard:

Out of the Blue: 50 Years After the UT Tower Shooting” is Texas Standard’s oral history on the anniversary of the first public mass shooting of its kind. Throughout the week, we'll be bringing you more stories about the impact the shooting had on Texas and the world.

The University at Texas at Austin motto is meant to inspire: "What starts here changes the world."

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