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Lights, bells signal victory

Nov. 6, 1998


Staff Writer

When Baylor wins at Floyd Casey Stadium, the resulting celebration can be seen and heard on campus.

Pat Neff Hall has a tradition of showing the outcome of the Baylor football games.

'Every time we win a football game, three of the largest bells play a celebrative tune,' said Herbert Colvin, university carillonneur.

Colvin said he rushes back to the bell tower and rings the victory bells for six minutes. If it is a day game, the bells will ring at 6 and 7 p.m.

'When students hear Baylor bells ringing they can know it is because we won the game,' Colvin said.

Bradley Simmons, a Dayton senior and Baylor Chamber of Commerce member, said Chamber or Baylor Housekeeping also race to flood the tower with green light, symbolizing a Baylor win.

'Other than a win, the tower is white,' Simmons said. 'The lights are mainly focused on football wins, and we do it in the spring for baseball.'

Simmons said the green light is a tradition most students do not know about.

'You can see it lit up green from four miles away,' Simmons said. 'If it is lit green it means something good happened. It gives you something to be proud of and shows spirit that Baylor needs.'

Candace Weddle, aGreenville senior and carilloneur, said most people do not realize the uniqueness of Baylor's carillon tradition.

'I don't think many people have an idea that the carillon is rare and that it is played by people,' Weddle said. 'We are lucky to have it.'

Colvin said Waco has two of the 10 carillons in Texas, and homecoming will mark the 10th anniversary of Baylor's McLane Carillon. Baylor will celebrate the anniversary of the bells with a commemorative recital featuring Loyd Lott, a carilloneur at First Baptist Church of Corpus Christi, at 5 p.m. today.

Colvin said the bells are a nostalgic reminder of his student days at Baylor.

'At 10:45 p.m. the bells would play 'Lead Us Not Into Temptation' or ''Have Thine Own Way Lord' because that was the time the girls needed to be in the dorms,' Colvin said. 'I remember we would rush our dates home and the bells would be ringing while we were telling our dates goodnight.'

Michelle Scarrott, a Simi Valley, Calif., graduate student, said the bells provide enjoyment for both current students and returning alumni.

'It can be a unifying experience,' Scarrott said. 'It's something that we can all hear at the same time on campus.'

Dr. Martha Lou Scott, dean of student campus life, said the green light was installed in the late 1970s or early 1980s and is a reminder for alumni who saw Pat Neff's green shadow as students.

'It goes along with a lot of other traditions,' Scott said. 'When others ask what the green image is, it gives them an opportunity to explain our heritage.'

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