Saddle Tramps carry Bangin Bertha, a bell on a trailer, to all home football games and homecoming events. Bertha was designed in 1959 by Saddle Tramp Joe Winegar, and was donated by the Santa Fe Railroad. Bangin' Bertha is considered a spirit-raiser and a big tradition at Texas Tech. On September 28, 2012, the Big 12 Conference banned artificial noisemakers while the ball is in play and the once the offense reaches the line of scrimmage. Failure to comply will result in a 15 yard penalty.
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“Reputation is not of enough value to sacrifice character for it.”
—Miss Clark, U.S. charity worker. As quoted in Petticoat Surgeon, ch. 9, by Bertha Van Hoosen (1947)