posted on Jun, 21 2005 @ 04:07 PM
In 1920 a secret organization was formed by a group of students in the engineering school. It was called the L.K.O.T. The Loyal Knights of Old Trusty.
The purpose of L.K.O.T was to honor Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland (and of engineers). A student in the School of Electrical Engineering,
Ira B. Watkins,was the principal force and a founder of the organization.The L.K.O.T members wore black robes with a hood masking the face and white
numerals on the robes for member identification. A civil war cannon was obtained and called Old Trusty. St. Partick's Day was the main occasion for
firing the cannon although it was also fired during the night and at other times during the year. This was against the rules of the University and if
the members were identified it meant expulsion from school. Therefore the names of the members were only made public after graduation.The cannon was
kept hidden to keep the engineer's rivals, the School of Law, from stealing it.In later years, the L.K.O.T. was legalized by the University and is
composed of honor students from the engineering school. Each year one student is chosen to be Saint Partick and a queen is elected.