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Baylor traditions span generations

Jan. 31, 2001

Alumni recall their days on campus, big events


Staff writer

Occasionally one can still hear a lost freshman asking, 'Brooks? Armstrong? Pat Neff? What are these?'

When it comes to the names behind the buildings, Fred Owen, a 1931 Baylor graduate, can tell many stories about their activities on campus and what they were like as people. He was enrolled when Samuel Palmer Brooks was president, Armstrong was collecting books and Pat Neff was working his way toward the presidency of Baylor. Owen's father was a friend of George W. Truett, after whom the seminary was named.

Owen is on campus auditing two classes, taking another at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary and celebrating Traditions Week, which runs through Friday.

A tribute to the Immortal 10 and all former members of the men's basketball team will occur at halftime of the men's basketball game against the University of Oklahoma tonight.

On Thursday, Founders Day, many museums and sights in Waco will give special tours to celebrate the bond between the town and the university. The week will conclude with the remembrance of students who lost their lives in World War II. The 125 lamp posts built to honor the students will be marked with American flags.

C. Douglas Snider, who graduated in 1974, said he always remembers the very last basketball game of his career as a part of Baylor traditions.

'It was a tradition to announce all seniors at the last home game of the year,' Snider said. 'I had the flu and didn't contribute much in the way of points and rebounds, but they announced me anyway. That meant a lot.'

Snider also said the singing of The Baylor Line was special to all the athletes.

'The Line is definitely one of my favorites. I think it is close to every Baylor grad's heart,' Snider said. 'While few of us could sing, it always meant a lot to us.'

Owen, whose parents also attended Baylor, said he remembered the dedication ceremony of Waco Hall. He said a man standing next to him took off his big hat and said, 'This must have set some good Baptist back a good bit.' That man was Will Rogers, the featured performer at the ceremony.

'I think Dr. Armstrong, Dr. Brooks, Dr, Dawson had essentially the same attitude as now,' Owen said. 'That is science and religion is not at war with one another, they are complementary. I have found there are no final answers in religion or science.'

Owen said he still thinks fondly of the campus.

'I find it a very friendly campus,' Owen said. 'I find its students serious in their work. I suspect the academic standards here are as favorable as anywhere, including Harvard, Princeton, and Notre Dame. In addition, Baylor has a Christian outlook that some of those schools have lost.'

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