Baylor History, February 2004

February 5, 2004
Feb. 1, 1933 -- With the Great Depression in full force, money is in such short supply at Baylor that trustees today are forced to begin paying faculty and staff only 50 percent of their salaries in cash. The remainder is credited to faculty and staff accounts, to be paid at a future date when funds are more plentiful.

Feb. 1, 1971 -- Strecker Museum begins exhibiting a rock brought back from the moon by Apollo astronauts. The exhibition, which attracts the largest audience in the shortest period of time in the Museum's history, features a gray olivine basalt approximately 3.5 billion years old. It is sealed in a special container filled with an atmosphere of dry nitrogen.

Feb. 3, 2003 -- As Dean of University Ministries Todd Lake opens Chapel in Waco Hall, a Noze Brother walks on stage and hands Lake a pingpong paddle -- just seconds before 4,000 pink pingpong balls are released from the ceiling above him. Lake, who begins swatting the balls out into the audience, said later, "It was pretty funny."

Feb. 23, 1932 -- Baylor trustees unanimously elect their chairman -- former Texas Governor Pat M. Neff -- as the man to succeed the late Samuel Palmer Books as University president. Neff, saying only that he will give the matter "my most thoughtful consideration," takes until March 19 to finally accept the presidential offer.

-- Compiled by Randy Fiedler
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