Freshman Mass Meeting To Be Held Oct. 24

Oct. 18, 2001

by Rocio Reyna, Student Newswriter

The Baylor University Freshman Mass Meeting will be held at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Waco Hall.

The meeting is the first Homecoming event where freshmen learn about the "Immortal Ten." It also symbolizes the passing down of Baylor traditions to new students.

Walter Abercrombie of the American Football Coaches Association will speak on the importance of tradition. Keynote speaker, Neal Knighton, a Baylor alumnus and vice president for advancement of Buckner Ministries, will present the history of the "Immortal Ten."

The Immortal Ten were members of the Baylor basketball team who were killed in an accident on Jan. 23, 1927. En route to Austin for a game against the University of Texas, a train, the "Sunshine Special," struck their bus at a fog-shrouded railroad crossing near Round Rock. Only 12 of the 22 passengers survived, making it one of the worst athletic tragedies in the country's history.

The meeting will conclude with a candlelight service, "passing of the eternal flame," which symbolizes the passing down of Baylor traditions to the freshman class. After the meeting, students will walk down to Fountain Mall to build the bonfire. The job of the freshmen also will be to protect the flame until the night of the Homecoming pep rally, where the eternal flame will be used to light the Homecoming bonfire.

Freshman Mass Meeting has been held since 1928.

For more information, contact the Baylor Chamber of Commerce at 710-3322 or visit the Homecoming web site at http://www.baylor.edu/~Homecoming/ .

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