Linda Dean Goolsbee, Baylor Alum
Baylor Graduate Finds Alumni Bond By DOUG WILLIAMSON Staff Writer Thousands of Baylor University graduates have flocked to town this weekend hoping to see the Bears whip the Raiders. All around the campus and in hotel rooms throughout Waco, stories and fond memories of the green and gold will be told and retold. Linda Dean Goolsbee, a 1963 Baylor grad, recently described some of the evolutionary changes which have taken place at **Jerusalem-on-the-Bra 20 S.,, Her recollections were printed in the Aug. 16 Los Angeles Times, "Perhaps I’ve finally discovered the true tie that binds all Baylor University alumni. I’m surprised, frankly, that it turns out to be the one thing I always considered Baylor's greatest disadvantage; its strict codes of student dress and behavior.” She wrote that at a recent meeting of Southern California graduates of Baylor the main topic of discussion was the rules and regulations. In 1924 Baylor girls were prohibited from going into town without a chaperone Curfew in 1955 was 8.30 p.m., but was finally extended to 9 pm. for freshmen girls in 1961. In 1972 it was changed to 12:30 a.m. “What a headache it must have been for Baylor administrators to try regulating the manners and morals of 9,000 students at the largest of all Southern Baptist universities. And what delicious fun we had trying to outsmart them?” During Mrs Goolsbee’s Baylor days, rumors said that /jirls found smoking anywhere would have the words “Caught in immoral conduct” stamped on their permanent records. “Most of us came from teetotaling families and so it was at Baylor that we had our first drink ” “While dancing was barred on the Baylor campus, as it still is, the local Episcopal and Roman Catholic churches held weekend dances during the *50s, and these were eagerly attended by Baptist kids anxious to put one over on the administration." It was not until the ‘60s that Baylor organizations could sponsor dances and even then, they had to be called “functions,*’ Girls were not allowed to have cars on campus in the ‘60s, so they would find boys to register the girl’s cars on campus. One 1955 graduate actually met his wife that way. “At 35 I can look back now and see that the petty regulations, frustrating as they were, served one useful purpose in life. I had all the pleasure of being a flaming rebel without having to take drugs, drop out, get arrested or anything else that might be permanently damaging. “Today, I even rememoer my college years with chuckles instead of regrets, and with genuine fondness for fellow students, teachers and particular courses,"