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Baylor blood runs green and gold

Sept. 20, 1996

Chelsa Dunn/ The LariatTwo young football fans show their green and gold spirit at last year's Homecoming game.

By Theresa D. Jacoby

Lariat Reporter

Most people don't start thinking about which college they will attend until they are halfway through high school. But green and gold runs through the veins of three Baylor siblings from Houston, and they probably considered Baylor as one of their choices before they knew what it meant to go to college.

Lacy Rogers Bain, a senior, Liz Bain, a junior, and Bo Bain, a freshman, are part of a family of fourth generation Bears. Their family has watched Baylor evolve through the years and take its current shape, from the strict rules and dress codes of the early 1900s through the middle part of the 20th century.

The Bain family has witnessed everything from the first 'All-University Sing' to the Miracle on Fifth Street, the first dance on Baylor's campus.

The history between Baylor and the Bain family began over 100 years ago. In 1893, Araminta Inez Lacy Rogers not only set foot on campus for the first time, she also started a legacy that has survived today through her daughter, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Anna Jane Rogers followed in her mother's footsteps and attended Baylor in the 1930s. She met Frank E. Bain Sr. whose mother was the dorm mother at Russell Residence Hall. Anna and Frank soon married and had three children who were also destined to become Baylor Bears.

Evelyn Bain Craig, the oldest of the three and a member of the class of 1957, was actually on the first Sing committee. The youngest of the three, Frank E. Bain Jr., graduated with the class of 1965

Frank Bain's children, Liz and Bo, said they never felt any pressure to go to Baylor just because they came from a long line of Bears. However, Lacy said she felt some pressure at first, but knew she belonged here when she visited the campus.

'I visited just out of honor for my dad ­ I felt like I owed it to him,' Lacy said. 'I loved Baylor the minute I got here...I really felt like this was the right place for me.'

The Bain children grew up constantly hearing Baylor stories of all kinds.

'Baylor is in our family,' Liz said. 'It was always talked about.'

Bo said that he thought the most interesting stories were the ones where he could see how Baylor has changed between then and now.

The Bainses all agree that because everyone in the family has gone to Baylor for their college education, it has created a common bond among the family members.

'I think it [Baylor] made me appreciate my family a lot more,' Lacy said.

'My cousins and I have Baylor in common, so we can share the same traditions; we all can appreciate the stories.'

Shouldn't a family with such rich Baylor history, have a brick in the Burleson Quadrangle?

The family thought so. In fact, there are two bricks to commemorate the Bainses' generational bond, one for the Rogers side of the family and one for the Bain side.

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