Waco: BU offers women experience they were denied as students

Freshmen and first-year transfer students run onto the field before the start of each home...
Freshmen and first-year transfer students run onto the field before the start of each home game. (File)(KWTX)
Published: Oct. 27, 2017 at 10:35 AM CDT
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Hundreds of women who graduated from Baylor between 1970 and 1994 return to campus this weekend for an experience they were denied as students.

About 750 alumnae will participate in a ceremonial run Saturday at McLane Stadium before the start of the Baylor-Texas game as part of the Baylor Line, the freshman group that floods the field to form a human tunnel through which the team passes as players take the field.

Anthropology professor Dr. Lori Baker, a Baylor graduate and the mother of a current student, says she’s excited to be part of the tradition for the first time.

“This is another barrier that we've broken,” Baker said.

“(It’s) something else we get to participate in and we're not going to have those barriers in the future.”

But Waco lawyer Sandy Gately, a Baylor and Baylor Law School graduate, who says she bleeds green and gold, won’t be among the women making the run Saturday.

“When I was at Baylor wasn't allowed, so I was never part of that tradition,” Gately said.

“A lot of things have changed since that time. I'm glad it's changed, I'm really excited and happy that women are allowed to do that but since it wasn't a part of my tradition, I guess it just doesn't matter that much to me.”

Both Baker and Gately say they’re happy about the school’s efforts to increase inclusivity.

The Baylor Line was formed in 1970 as a spirit group for first-year male students.

The next year the Baylor Sideline was created for women.

Not until 1994 did the Line morph into the coed group of freshman and first-year transfer students that runs onto the field before the start of each home game.

On Saturday the women will run in advance of the freshmen.