As the magazine of the Texas Exes, The Alcalde has united alumni and friends of The University of Texas at Austin for nearly 100 years. The Alcalde serves as an intellectual crossroads where UT's luminaries - artists, engineers, executives, musicians, attorneys, journalists, lawmakers, and professors among them - meet bimonthly to exchange ideas. Its pages also offer a place for Texas Exes to swap stories and share memories of Austin and their alma mater. The magazine's unique name is Spanish for qmayorq or qchief magistrateq; the nickname of the governor who signed UT into existence was qThe Old Alcalde.qEssays, for example, had previously been required only of those students seeking scholarships or applying to Plan II. ... I understand why they do it, though, because you dona#39;t want to get just piles of applications from kids who really dona#39;t care.