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Friday, October 24, 2008 :: Vol. 97, No. 18 :: 2 sections, 22 pages :: www.acuoptimist.com
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No. 2 ACU football team to take on Tarleton State at Shotwell Stadium
‘Supernanny’ reality show auditioning families in Abilene
Intramural Legend: Club sponsor plays 37 years and counting
Students to spend fall break restoring damaged city By Sondra Rodriguez Student Reporter
Nearly two dozen students will travel to Houston for fall break to help restore the suburb of Clear Lake, which was hit by Hurricane Ike in mid-September.
Emily Garrison, who works in the Volunteer Student-Learning Center, said about 20 students signed up for the trip so far. “We have over 20 who are interested but we’re still working on the details, and once we get those, we can finalize our list,” she said.
The group will leave Thursday afternoon and return to Abilene on Sunday. Garrison said volunteers plan to spend Thursday traveling, work Friday and Saturday and then return on Sunday after worship at Clear Lake Church of Christ. The group will stay at
the church building as well. Garrison said she is not sure what exactly they will be doing but plans to do whatever is needed. “It just depends on what the people need,” she said. See
It’s a great way to touch someone’s life. No one plans on this happening; our lives can change at any minute. :: Emily Garrison, Volunteer Student-Learning Center volunteer
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Special Homecoming Stories Inside This Issue:
2008 Musical to open Friday
Opinion Page Editor
The Elvis-themed 2008 Homecoming Musical, All Shook Up, opens Friday at 8 p.m. at the Abilene Civic Center. Tickets range from $5 to $18 for the opening night performance and successive performances, Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. The musical features 24 Elvis Presley songs, creating the soundtrack for the story of a motorcycle-riding, guitar-playing roustabout who romances a small-town girl with big dreams. Seth Bazacas, senior musical theatre major from Ocean City, N.J., plays “Dennis” in the musical, a character Bazacas described as lovable, goofy and a “typical nice guy who ends up finishing last.” Bazacas said he hopes the comedy of the production, which he compared to comedy in acuoptimist.com shows like Little Shop of Horrors, will appeal See a video with clips to the student body. of the Homecoming “It’s funny,” Bazacas Musical ‘All Shook Up’ said. “It is just a blast. The whole show is high energy the whole time.
By Laura Acuff
Wildcat Weekend Pg 8A
Behind the Musical Pg 4A
ACU Class Reunions Pg 5B
Set design for show
Elvis lives at Homecoming Parade
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By Colter Hettich Features Editor
Elvis has left Midland, and he is on his way to Abilene. No Elvis-themed event would be complete without an Elvis impersonator, so Dee Carter will do his best to fill the King’s shoes. In addition to multiple performances and appearances throughout the Homecoming Weekend, Carter, complete in classic Elvis attire, will lead the 2008 Homecoming Parade as grand marshal. During his time at ACU, Carter sang with the men’s Glee Club and a quartet. After spending several years in California with the musical group Silver Creek, he returned to Texas and almost dropped music entirely. But 10 years ago, after a fateful Elvis performance at a church party, he got back into the business. “I started getting calls to do birthday parties and such. The more serious it got, the more serious I got,” Carter said. Homecoming attendees will get to see Cart-
Zak Zeinert :: chief photographer Jonathan Bragg, senior theatre major from Rowlett, and Jenavene Hester, senior theatre major from Abilene, interact during an All Shook Up dress rehearsal Wednesday night.
er in four or five different costumes and a Broadway Wig Company Elvis wig. He watched All Shook Up on Broadway and called ACU as soon as he heard the Homecoming Musical choice. “I get a lot of kick out of [performing]. It’s just a whole lot of fun,” Carter said. “Some people don’t like Elvis, and that’s fine. I tell people up front I don’t live his lifestyle.” Spectators who do not see the grand marshal will have plenty more opportunities to get a taste of Elvis. “All the floats this year were encouraged to choose an Elvis song and incorporate it into their float,” said Samantha Adkins, coordinator of alumni projects. “It will be interesting.” The parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. and is scheduled to end by 10:30 a.m. at the latest. Eighteen floats and other entries will file down East North 16th Street and Campus Court, spreading Wildcat pride. Five judges will decide the winners of the traditional float See
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Physical Resources director to leave after 14 years By Michael Freeman Managing Editor
As several departments plan on moving to the Bob Hunter Welcome Center at the end of the semester, an effort to reorganize some of the departments’ staff positions and responsibilities is currently under consideration. One such department that will be reorganized is the Department of Physical Resources
and its director of which is leaving at the end of the month. Bob Nevill, director of Physical Resources, Nevill has worked at ACU for nearly 14 years, the last four at his current position. He served as the director of com-
puting and network services for his first decade at ACU. “I do believe in the mission of ACU; the time I have spent here has been the best,” Nevill said. “I would not trade anything for the 14 years I’ve spent here.” During his time in the computing and network services department, Nevill was involved with setting up the campus-wide network, installing the Enterprise software
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that includes Banner and helping in early Web development. When he switched to Physical Resources, he worked with contractors and oversaw the construction of the Conflict Resolution Center, the Education Building, Barret Hall, the Lunsford Walking Trail, the Bob Hunter Welcome Center, the artificial turf at the football practice field, the Jacob’s Dream statue and renovations to the “World Famous Bean”
and Sikes Hall. “I’ve been really fortunate to be part of a growing and improving environment rather than a maintaining one,” Nevill said. “We do maintain and we take a lot of pride and that, but the real excitement is the change part. It’s been fun.” Scot Colley, associate director of Physical Resources, will be taking over Nevill’s responsibilities when he leaves on Oct. 31. During his career,
Nevill worked as a consultant, a cable-television station manager, city manager and a technical analyst for a military aircraft manufacturer. He is still looking for his next career choice. “There’s no question there’s something very special about ACU, its mission and its people,” Nevill said. “Unlike a lot of other places, See
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What is your favorite part of Homecoming?
a. The football game. b. The parade and carnival. c. The musical. d. Seeing all my old friends.
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3 p.m. ACU Soccer at Texas A&M Commerce
2 p.m. ACU Football vs.Tarleton State
8 p.m. Homecoming Musical, All Shook Up, at the Abilene Civic Center
8 p.m. Homecoming Musical, All Shook Up, at the Abilene Civic Center
1 p.m. ACU Soccer at Texas Woman’s University 2 p.m. Homecoming Musical, All Shook Up, at the Abilene Civic Center
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Announcements The Medical Clinic is offering flu shots to students, faculty and staff Nov. 20 in the Campus Centers Living Room from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Shots are $25 and can be paid by using cash, check or by charging to a Banner account. Be sure to check the Student Events Calendar for information regarding the upcoming Criminal Justice & Military Career Fair Oct. 28 and the Graduate School Fair Oct. 29. The intramural 4x4 soccer deadline is Oct. 27. The cost is $125 per team. Participants must bring their completed team rosters and payment to Bennett Gym. Games will begin Nov 4.
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Volunteer Opportunities St. John’s Episcopal School needs volunteers at various times from Oct. 20 to Oct. 26 to help set up, run booths and tear down its carnival. The annual G. V. Daniels Recreation Center Fall Festival needs volunteers Oct. 31 from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Volunteers will assist with game booths and hand out candy to kids. Rose Park Recreation Center needs volunteers for its Halloween Carnival Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. This will be a safe alternative for trick or treaters, and volunteers are needed to operate booths and pass out candy. The Junior League of Abilene needs volunteers for its annual Christmas Carousel, Style Show and Kids Event beginning Nov. 6 through Nov. 9 at the Abilene Civic Center. Help is needed different times each day for a variety of jobs. The Grace Museum is always in need of volunteers. The minute
visitors walk through the door, the experience in the museum relies on capable and trained volunteers. For more information about volunteer opportunities at The Grace, please call 673-4587. The Center for Contemporary Arts needs volunteers to greet patrons, answer phones and help with gallery shows. Three-hour shifts are offered every Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and/or 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The gallery is located on 220 Cypress St. in downtown Abilene. For more information, contactSaybra Giles at 677-8389 or check out the organization online at http://www.center-arts.com/. Find out volunteer opportunities by visiting the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center’s Web site at www.acu.edu/vslc and clicking on Volunteer Opportunities. For more information or to sign up to help, contact the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center in the Bean Sprout.
Corrections/Clarifications Jack Rich was misidentified in the Optimist Oct. 22. His actual title is Senior Vice President and Chief
Investment Officer. We apologize and regret the error.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Breakfasts connect alumni, members By Molly Byrd Page 2 Editor
A time where old and new social club members bond through story-telling and food is exactly what ACU students and alumni will experience Saturday from 6-8 a.m. Each social club will organize a breakfast for Homecoming in honor of alumni who were active members in the past. The current members serve the alumni food before they sit down and join them. The breakfasts include speeches from the club officers, pledge skit performances and reports on the year’s progress with each social club and pledge class. Luke Pinson, Frater Sodalis president and senior accounting major from Cookeville, said the breakfast is a time when the alumni can reflect on what they gained by being in club and how it helped them in their life experiences.
“We have a lot of really old alumni, so it’s a rich and good experience,” Pinson said. Social club members will hear some of their stories and hopefully learn from them, he said. After the attendees complete their meals, the members, new and old, will join together in singing their club song. Taylor Sturgis, Galaxy president and senior financial management major from Dallas, said singing at the end of the breakfast with all the old Moonies is always fun. “Waking up at 6 a.m. is a struggle,” Sturgis said. “But it’s definitely worth it because I look forward to seeing old friends and meeting old alumni.”
Friday, October 24, 2008
Sing Song prep already underway
Early Risers Various past and present social clubs will have Homecoming breakfasts at various venues around the city Saturday. Individual invitations were mailed by each social club. ALPHA KAI OMEGA n 7 a.m., Fairway Oaks Country Club, 34 Fairway Oaks Blvd.
By Brittany Vaughn Student Reporter
DELTA THETA n 6:13 a.m., Abilene Woman’s Club, 3425 S. 14th St. FRATER SODALIS n 6:30 a.m., Rosa’s Cafe and Tortilla Factory, 1026 N. Judge Ely Blvd. GALAXY n 6:30 a.m., Cypress Street Station, 158 Cypress St. in downtown Abilene GAMMA SIGMA PHI n 6 a.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 4449 Ridgemont Drive GATA
n 6:30 a.m., Teague Special Events Center
KAPPA DELIAN SHRI n 8 a.m., 255 Hedges Road, home of Juanita (Turner ‘83) Stovall. For directions, call (325) 691-1505 KO JO KAI n 7 a.m., Abilene Civic Center, 1100 N. 6th St. in downtown Abilene PHI QUAG MIRE n 7 a.m., Towne Crier Steakhouse, 818 Hwy. 80 East SIGMA THETA CHI n 6:30 a.m., Abilene Country Club, 4039 S. Treadaway SUB T-16 n 7 a.m., Abilene Country Club, 4039 S. Treadaway TRI KAPPA GAMMA n 7 a.m., McKay’s Bakery, 266 Cypress St. in downtown Abilene
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Reunions offer chance to reconnect By Rachel Morris Student Reporter
The Good ol’ Days
Along with plans to attend the Homecoming Parade, a special Homecoming Chapel, the Homecoming Musical, the ACU football game and many other activities, alumni also will celebrate by catching up with old friends and graduates at the various class reunions. Nine class reunions are scheduled for the 2008 Homecoming Events, including the classes of 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998 and 2003. A reunion is also scheduled for the Golden Anniversary Club, which embraces all graduating classes prior to 1958. “We have gotten away from formal programs so alumni have the chance to catch up, since Homecoming weekend is already so busy,” said Kama Cadle, Alumni Events Coordinator. “The Golden Anniver-
Nine class reunions are scheduled for the 2008 Homecoming.
sary Club is the one reunion where we do have a formal program since a lot of alumni are from around Abilene.” The classes are invited to the Reunion Mixer on Friday from 5-8 p.m. in the mall area between Moody Coliseum and the Campus Center. It is not until Saturday that each class will attend a separate reunion dinner at 6 p.m. at various locations throughout Abilene, including the Campus Center Living Room for the Golden Anniversary Club’s dinner. The deadline for reservations was Oct. 17, and no refunds will be given without 72-hour notice. “Due to the economy, we’ve had a lower turnout
Preparations for the Sing Song, one of the biggest student productions on campus, already are heavily underway. At the beginning of October, the 2009 Sing Song Hosts and Hostesses were chosen. Now it is time to find the Class Act Directors and Freshman Ushers. Bright colored posters have been placed all over campus telling students whom to call if they are interested in filling one of these positions. This year the process of choosing directors and ushers will be different than in the past. Students’ Association, as well as the Sing Song CoChairs, will lead of the operation this year. “SA will be coordinating interviews for Sing Song Class Act Directors. [This year] students will sign up and interview with one of their SA representatives,” said Tom Craig, director of student productions.
Sign-ups last week ended, and interviews began Wednesday at 7 p.m., but if students still want to sign up and interview for one of the positions, they can contact one of their class senators. “These positions need to be filled by Monday, but students are welcome to sign up until that date,” said 2009 Sing Song Co-Chair Preston Woolfolk, junior political science major from San Antonio. Advanced ticket sales for Sing Song will be on Friday from 5-8 p.m. in the Campus Center during the Homecoming Carnival and Saturday from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Campus Center during the football pre-game party. Online ticket sales begin Nov. 3. Prices for the student preshow on Feb. 19 will be $10, Feb. 20 will be $16 and Feb. 21 will range between $14, $16 and $18, but the night show will be $22.
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Due to the economy, we’ve had a lower turnout than in past years.
Students decorate halls, show spirit
:: Samantha Adkins, coordinator of Alumni Projects
By Ruth Ramsey
than in past years,” said Samantha Adkins, coordinator of Alumni Projects. “Although, with gas prices dropping, some alumni within a few hours drive have decided to come out.” In addition to class reunion activities, the nine reunion classes are in a friendly competition to increase their support for the ACU Annual Fund. The classes are participating in a race to see which can raise the most money for the fund and get the highest participation percentage. The competition will run until Dec. 31. So far, the class of 1983 has raised the largest amount at $165,290 with
23.1 percentage participation. However, a close runner-up is the class of 1963 with a total of $149,739 and the highest participation of 27.6 percentage. As of Oct. 17, the nine classes have donated a total of $787,138 toward the ACU Annual Fund, which benefits all ACU students in the mission to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world. For more information about the 2008-09 Class Reunions, contact Alumni Relations Office at 800-373-4220 or 674-2622.
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The residence halls will look a little different this week with a campuswide contest for the best decorated hall. The week’s theme will be Homecoming, and each of the halls is given the challenge to show their best school spirit. All of the decorations will be in the school colors, purple and white. Erin Gray, assistant director of Nelson Hall and a senior Bible major from Granbury, said the decorating contest will be something all the halls will do for the entire school. “This week we are doing Homecoming, and there will be another contest for Halloween,” Gray said. “The dorms will focus on decorating the outside, so everyone can see them, and it will make the campus look ready for Homecoming.” The resident assistants had a meeting last week to begin the first contest and talk about the upcoming ones. The extent of the dec-
orating is up to the students to complete, but the RAs will aid in the overall design. The hall with the best outside decorations will be given $500 to use for the entire building. Jordan Ellis, a resident assistant for Mabee Hall and a sophomore Bible major from Georgia, said Mabee split up the decorations according to each floor. “Each hall will have a different thing to do, but it is a challenge because we will have to be done before Friday,” Ellis said. Many ideas for decorations came with obstacles; some of the male residents at Mabee Hall wanted to do lighting, but it is against the rules in the residence hall policy guide. The contest will end Friday morning, and the judges will visit each hall. The decision of the winning hall will be announced Saturday morning.
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Friday, October 24, 2008
Pledges, student groups construct parade floats By Brandon Tripp Staff Videographer
ACU students are preparing for the Homecoming Parade this weekend by constructing perhaps the most extravagant and eye-catching part of the parade—the floats. Club and organization members are gathering supplies, tools, manpower and ideas to begin their float construction for this year’s parade. The floats must follow a specific set of guidelines in order to be entered into the competition for best overall float. The float route will start on East North 16th Street at Sikes Hall and will finish on Campus Court past Edwards Hall. The float must first relate to the Homecoming theme, and float ideas must be pre-approved by the Alumni Association. The theme for this year is
“Go! Cat Go!” from Elvis Presley’s hit Blue Suede Shoes and in relation to the Homecoming Musical, All Shook Up. In addition to complying with the theme of this year’s Homecoming, social clubs and organizations must meet various structural requirements set forth by the Alumni Association. The float cannot exceed 19 feet wide and 13 feet tall, so as to avoid tree branches and other lowlying objects. Brad Miller, junior service activities coordinator and float director for Gamma Sigma Phi, has been busy sketching possible float ideas and prepping for construction, which began earlier this week. “It has been a lot more work than I thought; it takes a lot of planning,” said Christina Perkins, keeper of the crown for Alpha Kai Omega. “For us, it’s been like building two
floats; we had to build a whole wooden sub structure and then build on top of that.” For social clubs, building the float is not just about constructing the float and winning the competition. It is an opportunity for provisional members to get to know one another better by spending many hours at the various float construction sites. “I think they (provisional members) have done a great job doing the work that is required to build this float,” Perkins said. The long hours and hard work students put into the floats will be on display in front of hundreds of spectators and judges at Saturday’s Homecoming Parade, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
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Zak Zeinert:: chief photographer Caitlin Deatherage, sophomore animal science major from Happy Valley, Ore., and Annika Ringle, sophomore art major from Springdale, Ariz., cheer moments after ACU’s win over West Texas A&M on Oct. 18 in Canyon. A large pack of ACU fans made up the more than 20,000 people that filled Kimbrough Stadium for the game.
Host of fun awaits Homecoming crowd at Saturday carnival By Colter Hettich Features Editor
The ground between Moody Coliseum and McKinzie Hall will transform into a playground for all ages Friday afternoon. If participants think they know what to expect, a 25-foot inflatable Elvis might make them think again. The 2008 Homecoming Carnival, which will be from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, will offer visitors and regulars of ACU campus three hours of fun,
traditional carnival foods and a surprise musical guest. In the early ’90s, social club members operated every attraction. Alumni event coordinator Jama Cadle, who has worked as the event coordinator for eight years, said she now relies on student involvement to help run the carnival. “We just saw a need because students in club are stretched pretty thin this time of year,” Cadle said. “We kind of kicked it up to a different level but we still really rely on students.”
For $3, visitors, students, faculty and alumni will receive a wristband that earns them endless action throughout the carnival, as queues allow. But students, faculty and staff arriving between 4:30-5 p.m. can purchase their wristbands at a discounted $2. “I really would love to see more students participate,” Cadle said. “It’s a fun event, and there is something for everybody.” A petting zoo, four facepainting stations and three
bounce houses are sure to draw children, but students and adults will not be left out. Laser tag, an obstacle and seven inflatable games, including a Velcro wall and rock wall, will give the older crowd a chance to have fun as well. For those who do not fancy such attractions, this year’s carnival food should provide a few reasons to attend. Traditional carnival foods, like turkey legs, sausage-on-astick and cotton candy, will be sold individually. Students
also will be able to enjoy the same items inside the “World Famous Bean” for the cost of a meal plan. Students eating the Bean food can choose to eat inside or under the big top outside. More than 500 wristbands were sold last year, and Cadle said she hopes to see even more attend Friday.
WildCAT CARNIVAL A myriad of events will be available to those who attend the Homecoming Carnival Saturday from 5-8 p.m. n Laser tag n Obstacle course n Face painting n Petting zoo n Velcro wall n Inflatable games n Bounce houses Cost: $3 at 5 p.m; $2 from 4:30 - 5 p.m.
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Friday, October 24, 2008
Top Left: Seth Bazacas, senior musical theatre major from Ocean City, N.J., watches Jonathan Bragg, senior musical theatre major from Rowlett, woo Alyssa Vidos, senior theatre major from Waxahachie. Top Middle: Will Christoferson, senior theatre major from Abilene, and Cara Leahy, junior theatre major from Ballwin, Mo., dance on stage with Laurel Stowe, senior theatre major from Brentwood, Tenn., and Bragg. Top Right: Elena Stephenson, senior theatre major from Lansing, Kan., latches onto Bragg’s arm, while the ensemble looks on with shock and disbelief at Bragg’s dance lesson. Below: Christoferson and Michelle Alexander, senior theatre major from Round Rock, share a kiss.
Follow that dream The cast of this year’s Homecoming Musical, All Shook Up, takes audiences to a small, conservative town where Chad, fresh out of jail, shakes up the status quo. Photos by: Zak Zeinert, chief photographer Left: Bragg, Hester and ensemble dance across the stage in one of 26 song performances. All Shook Up features classic Elvis favorites, including Jailhouse Rock, Heartbreak Hotel and Love Me Tender. Above: Bragg strums his guitar, while the ensemble joins him in a rendition of C’mon Everybody. Right: Jenavene Hester, senior musical theatre major from Abilene, rebuffs the unwitting advances of Vidos in Let Yourself Go. Far Right: Bragg puts his arm around Joseph Clingan, senior theatre major from Austin, and Jasmin Richardson, senior musical theatre major from Round Rock, encouraging them not to fear love.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Musical allows cast to follow dreams
By Rachel Swearingen Contributing Reporter
The best experiences in life come from following a dream, and that is what the plot of the Homecoming Musical, All Shook Up, tries to communicate. The characters in the show all have dreams to fulfill, and each go about ful-
started at Harding University in Searcy, Ark., where he bounced from major to major. He eventually came to ACU and decided to try out for the theatre program. “I just decided to dive in headfirst and I’ve really enjoyed it,” Bragg said. “I could see myself doing this for a job.” Bragg’s character is one
We’re all gonna try and make it in New York ... We’re going to have kind of an ACU support group out there. :: Jenavene Hester, senior musical theatre major from Abilene
filling them in very different ways. Of course, the actors and actresses in the roles have dreams too – so they bring those real-life dreams to the characters and make them come alive. Jonathan Bragg, senior theatre major from Rowlett, who plays Chad, the leading role, never imagined he would be a theatre major at ACU. He
of those guys who have plans to follow their dreams. Bragg said that is how he relates to Chad, a charismatic rebel, who has just been released from prison. Chad turns off the highway and lands “in a square little town, in the middle of a square state… in the middle of a square decade,” according to the line in the play.
“Chad has some problems, but his advice to follow dreams – it’s good, and we should all try to follow our dreams,” Bragg said. “I wouldn’t be where I was today if I hadn’t done that. It’s a good message for people who are in between places like I was.” Jenavene Hester, senior theatre major from Abilene, plays the leading role of Natalie, a mechanic who falls in love with Chad when he shows up in the town. Hester grew up doing theatre – her father, Adam Hester, is the chair of ACU’s Theatre Department. “I love musical theatre,” Jenavene Hester said. “This role has been really fun and challenging.” In the musical, Natalie is a tomboy – and Hester said she found that aspect hard to relate to personally. Natalie even dresses as a boy so she can be around Chad more often and calls herself Ed. She and Bragg also took motorcycle driving courses for the show because neither had ever ridden one, and they both ride in the musical. “Theatre is fun because you get to do things you wouldn’t
Zak Zeinert :: chief photographer Above Left: The ensemble dances to Jailhouse Rock. Above: Jasmine Richardson, senior musical theatre major from Round Rock, puts on stage makeup before the show. Below: Will Christoferson, senior theatre major from Abilene, sings with Michelle Alexander, senior theatre major from Houston.
normally do,” Hester said. “That’s one of the reasons I love it so much.” Hester said to relate to Natalie, she focused on Natalie’s energy, spunk and how she fell head-over-heels for a guy. “We’re a lot alike in that aspect,” she said. Another of the leads, Seth Bazacas, plays Dennis, the lovable sidekick who never really seems to get noticed by anyone. Bazacas, senior musical theatre major from Ocean City, N.J., said he started performing in community theatre at a young age and never stopped. “I competed in gymnastics, music and theatre – so everything just kinda dove-tailed into doing theatre in college,” Bazacas said. “I just really have a passion for the arts.” Bazacas said while he and his character do not have many things in common, he still found ways to relate. “There’s never a character you can’t relate to,” Bazacas said. “That’s the beauty of theatre. Dennis is one of those nice guys who finishes last and has low-self esteem – but he’s quirky, and I can relate to that.” Bazacas also said Dennis wears his heart on his
sleeve, and Bazacas has a tendency to do the same. Jasmin Richardson, senior musical theatre major from Houston, plays Lorraine, a 16-year-old hopeless romantic who happens to be black and falls in love with a white boy. “We’re separated by class and race,” Richardson said. “So that makes it hard to be in a relationship.” To relate to Lorraine, Richardson said she used her romantic side. “I’m not as lost and absorbed as she is with romance stories, but I’m sort of a hopeless romantic,” Richardson said. “It’s not a far-fetched similarity – we’re both kinda cuckoo.” Richardson became involved in theatre in middle school and then got the lead her senior year of high school in The Wiz, reinforcing her love of theatre. All four actors dream of eventually moving to New York City to start their careers after graduation. “We’ve got a lot of connections there already, so it won’t be too hard for us,” Hester said. Bazacas said he has connections as well in New Jersey. “We’re going to have kind of an ACU support group out
there,” Bazacas said. “We’re all gonna try and make it in New York.” As for their future careers – most aspire to Broadway, but both Hester and Bragg’s dream roles are in the musical Light in the Piazza, which is already an off-Broadway musical. Richardson said she would love to reprise her role of Aida she had last year in ACU’s Homecoming Musical – but on Broadway. “That would be an amazing experience for me,” Richardson said. And Bazacas hopes to one day fill the role of Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys. “It’s a great character because of the heart he had for music, the passion he had, and the music is fantastic,” he said. But until those dreams come true, the stars are putting all their focus on All Shook Up. “We practice 35-40 hours a week,” Richardson said. “We don’t sleep much.”
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Friday, October 24, 2008
Homecoming Queen nominees Alumni come back for Chapel prepare for weekend events By Daniel Johnson-Kim Editor in Chief
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The Homecoming tradition continues at ACU — many students and alumni will participate in the parade, attend yet another Chapel and cheer for the Wildcat football team. While a plethora of students attend these events, a select group of women have the privilege to participate in this year’s Homecoming Queen nominee traditions. To launch the Homecoming festivities, the Homecoming Queen nominees will attend Friday’s Chapel. After Chapel the 10 nominees will participate in the Queen’s Tea, which will be in the Williams Performing Arts Center at 3 p.m. and will last for about an hour. On Saturday the nominees will ride a float during the Homecoming Parade, which starts at 9:30 a.m.; afterwards at 10:45 a.m., they
will be introduced at a special Chapel, along with the Coming Home Queen court. “The tea has been going on for a long time; it’s a well established tradition,” said Betsey Craig, director of Alumni Relations. “It’s a fun time for the nominees to visit with friends, family and club members and to take pictures and enjoy one another’s company.” The event is an inviteonly festivity honoring this year’s nominees and paying tribute to the Homecoming court from 10 years ago. In all, 20 female students and alumni are allowed to invite 10 women each to enjoy refreshments with them and one another’s company. “I’m inviting women from my family and best friends on campus,” said Jamie Lynn Spires, president of Ko Jo Kai and senior communication major from Arlington. “I’ve
been honored being apart of this year’s Homecoming. I just love ACU and being involved with everything is great and humbling.” Saturday at the Wildcat football game against Tarleton State, the Homecoming Queen finally will be unveiled during halftime after a day filled with floats, a tea and early morning breakfasts. However, after the 2008 Homecoming Queen is announced, the Queen and nominees still will have a job to fulfill 10 years later for their Homecoming court reunion. “It’s been really neat; I feel honored,” said Sarah Sparks, senior marketing major from Memphis, Tenn. “It will be great to see all the girls in 10 years and to see the campus and how it’s changed.”
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Alumni coming back to ACU’s campus for Homecoming will have the opportunity to relive an ACU staple: Chapel. Like the Homecoming Parade, Carnival and football game, the tradition Homecoming Chapel is on the schedule for the 2008 Homecoming. The special Chapel service will be Saturday at 10:45 a.m., following the Homecoming Parade. Dr. Jack Reese, dean of the College of Biblical Studies, will speaker at Saturday’s Chapel, and Adam Looney, ACU alumnus and worship minister at the Greenville Oaks Church of Christ in Allen, will lead worship. Looney, who also will lead singing in Chapel on Friday, said he led singing in Chapel many times during his college years at ACU and is looking forward to worshiping with the ACU community once again. “It brings back a lot of wonderful memories of when [my
wife and I] were in Chapel,” Looney said. “It’s just going to be great to be singing with the ACU community again; it’s an honor to be able to do so.” Betsy Craig, director of Alumni Relations, said the Homecoming Chapel always has a large crowd because people trickle in after watching the parade. She said unofficial sections would be marked off for various social club members and pledges to sit in. The Homecoming Court will be introduced, and the Coming Home Court, which is comprised of Homecoming nominees from the past, also will be introduced to the Chapel crowd. Young Alumnus of the Year, Jared Brown, will be honored at the event, Craig said. “Because Chapel is such an integral part of your experience at ACU, it’s one of alum’s favorite memories, and a lot of people come,” she said. Craig said Elvis, alumnus Dee Carter who will impersonate the iconic singer, would be in the building for
Chapel, and the program will include Dr. Royce Money, president of the university, and Tim Yandell, president of the Alumni Association. Looney said he planned on leading contemporary as well as traditional songs at the Chapel. “I’ve come at it with a blended approach,” Looney said. His wife Stacia Looney, also an ACU alumnus, and their fiveyear-old daughter Jenna and three-year-old son Jonathan also will be at the Chapel service, Looney said. He said he is looking forward to reliving one of his favorite ACU traditions and enjoying the weekend with his family. “I really loved Chapel,” Looney said. “I enjoyed it, and it was a great tie to come together to sing and worship. I loved connecting with friends; it was about relationships and it was about worship for me.”
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Paramount Theatre to show international short films By Heather Leiphart Student Reporter
Abilene’s historic Paramount Theatre will once again sponsor the 10th annual 24fps International Short Film Festival Friday and Saturday night from 7-9 p.m. Student and independent filmmakers from across the globe submitted their 20-minute films; five more minutes allotted than last year. An official jury then narrowed down over 200 entries to the 20 selections that will be shown. Paramount artistic director Barry Smoot created the festival to attract a younger generation than what the theater normally
draws. Historically, Paramount showcases classic movies, but the festival provides entertainment that is cutting-edge with varied entries from around the world, he said. Beginning in 1999, the festival was originally called WESTfest until the name change to 24fps in 2005. The festival has only allowed international entries since 2001, but its national recognition is clearly evident in this year’s selections, with submissions from France, Spain, Sweden, Germany and the United Kingdom. Even Bosnia-Herzegovina joined the competition with the first 3Danimated film ever produced
in the country, Smoot said. The contestants usually create the films in their native languages, but all have English subtitles. “[The Paramount] is a very high profile building because it’s on the national register of historic places. It’s a beautiful place for a film to be shown,” said Smoot. “That’s why filmmakers from across the globe are excited to have their films shown here. We have films from people making them in their own homes to independent production companies just getting started with friends and colleagues.” Along with five extra minutes allotted to contestants,
another change this year is the addition of the Young Filmmaker Prize, a reward reserved for artists ages 13 to 18 years. “The whole point of the festival at the beginning was to promote student filmmakers and give them a chance to exhibit their films in an actual venue,” said Robert Erin Leeper, media consultant. “As we’ve progressively gotten more and more submissions from much higher caliber filmmakers, it wasn’t really fair to the students who are being shown against all these potentially short film Oscar nominees. [The award] helps the festival stick to its original purpose.”
In addition to the Young Filmmaker Prize, five other cash awards are presented by a judging panel of artists, critics, writers, filmmakers and educators. The awards include the Grand Jury Prize, the silver medal, the bronze medal, the Horizon Award and the Audience Award. The Horizon Award is presented to the outstanding student film created as part of an undergraduate, graduate or specialized arts school curriculum, according to the Web site. The Audience Award provides viewers a chance to vote for their favorite en-
try. These prizes, along with additional trophy and certificate awards, are presented Saturday night at the end of the show, and a live band will perform afterward. Smoot said the Friday and Saturday showings are two different programs. Attendees who want to see all 20 competition films need to attend both nights. “After I saw the film festival last year, I’ve been looking forward to it all year,” said Dan Connell, sophomore psychology major from Abilene. “It was amazing.” E-mail Leiphart at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, October 24, 2008
‘Supernanny’ to audition in Abilene Prospective students By Laura Acuff Opinion Page Editor
ABC’s hit show Supernanny is bringing a casting call to Abilene from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Abilene Family Expo 2008 at the Abilene Civic Center. The show features experienced, professional nanny Jo Frost as she helps families struggling to function with misbehaving children; casting director Johnnie Raines said producers will be searching for a variety of situations at the Abilene casting call. While Raines said the demand for casting calls had been growing across the state, Abilene, specifically because of its college student and college-employed population, offers a unique pool of potential participants, including single or young mothers and professors. “Everyone thinks [professors] are just so perfect,” Raines said. “But actually, maybe they teach just fine
when it’s students, but when it comes to their own kids, maybe there are some challenges they could present to Supernanny, and maybe she could help them.” While the number of families the show can accept is limited to the number of shows ABC orders, Raines said, there is a “really, really good chance” that at least one family will be chosen from the Abilene community. “We get thousands of people who want Jo to come to their house across the country, so we have to be really certain that we’re making the right decision,” Raines said. “We’re looking for families who really want the help and are interested in making a positive change in their lives. And also, you know, we look for families who would be an inspiration to other families.” Interested families may report in person for the casting call on Saturday. There, they will fill out an application explaining why
they need the help of a Supernanny, chat with producers and take a picture. “We’re really interested in talking with moms and dads about why they would like Jo Frost to come to their house,” Raines said. “It’s more of like a meet-andgreet than an audition.” Families who want to avoid the in-person casting call can apply online or call the show’s hotline at 877-SUPERNANNY (877-626-6984). “Sometimes moms and dads are a little busy, so they might not be able to make it on a Saturday,” Raines said. “Sometimes they’re just embarrassed, and they’d rather not go to a casting call where they might bump into the neighbors or friends or whatever, and they’d rather do it online in the privacy of their own living room. It just depends.” Raines also said a certain stigma that might deter some applicants also accompanies the show, which by nature requires parents to admit shortcomings in childrearing skills.
“I think that it’s really courageous to ask for help, and the families who let the stigma get in their way — I hope that one day they will be courageous enough to say, ‘hey, I need some help with these problems,’” Raines said. Unlike other reality shows like Fear Factor and The Biggest Loser, Supernanny is not meant to embarrass participants. “Unlike a lot of reality shows, Supernanny is really trying to affect positive change,” Raines said. “Jo Frost, she’s not just a TV show host. She really believes what she does. She’s a bestselling author and she’s become one of the leading childcare experts in our country. And it’s kind of like a catchphrase that we use, but she actually is America’s No. 1 nanny.”
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to tour ACU campus By Camille Vandendriessche Assistant Copy Editor
The Fall Wildcat Premiere Weekend starts Friday to give prospective students a significant overview of the campus and a taste of the school spirit during Homecoming Weekend. One hundred and six high school juniors, seniors and transfer students who plan to attend ACU next fall, registered for the event, which starts Friday at 8 a.m. and ends Saturday at noon. Prospective students are encouraged to attend the football game at 2 p.m. and the Homecoming Musical All Shook Up Saturday at 8 p.m. or Sunday at 2 p.m. The Admissions Office expects a greater turnout this year than last year’s 140 visitors, said Sarah Sparks, senior marketing major from Memphis and student visits leader. Sparks said more prospective students already have visited the campus on Preview Days, which take place most Mondays
and Fridays during the school year, and she expects several walk-ins for this weekend. “We have more activities to offer this year,” Sparks said. “More people on campus are involved this year.” Sparks said this year the resident assistants will be giving residence hall tours. She also said the schedule will be more flexible for prospective students, who can create their own timetable by picking among the many activities offered at different times of the day. “We have a bunch of different activities,” said student visits manager Whitney Mann. “[Prospective students] can make their own schedule.” Mann said the Admissions Office started to receive registrations in the summer for the Premiere Weekend, and several prospective students are coming from out of state; one of them is coming from Alaska and another from Virginia. E-mail Vandendriessche at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Culture Show aims to create unity, entertainment on campus By Lydia Melby Arts Editor
On Nov. 14 and 15, ACU students will have the rare opportunity to experience multiple cultures and countries all at one time, without all the hassle of travel and passports, when the International Students’ Association presents the 2008 Culture Show. “Students get to teach their audience about their different cultures, and they have something from home that they have to offer,” said Laura Blake, adviser for ISA. “The audience is entertained but also gets to learn something about a place they may never travel
to, and they get a glimpse of something different.” The theme of this year’s culture show is “Unity,” and the show will feature 22 original performances each of which highlight a different culture or tradition. In addition to the performances, students will present related skits in accordance to the theme. Blake said that while the emphasis is on international cultures and traditions, American students are participating this year, as in years past. “Most of the acts have international students in them, but several of the acts have a really diverse group of students in them; like the Filipino act has
students from probably eight to 10 different countries in it, and there are several like that,” Blake said. “There are American students in some acts and the skits, and some acts that are kind of staples, like Swing Cats and SHADES, are always in it. Culture is definitely not an exclusive term.” Auditions for the Culture Show finished last week, said the show’s director Crystal Chavez, sophomore elementary education major from San Antonio, who also is the secretary for the Milonga dance group. The acts were chosen based on the willingness and level of preparation of their performers.
“Basically everyone who auditioned this year got to be in the show. Right now we are just watching the acts, making sure everything is ACU appropriate and making sure they are all coming along well,” Chavez said. “We wanted to see culture in some way and we looked for people that are prepared and dedicated, people who wanted to show how many cultures and many different kinds of people there are on campus.” Chavez said the theme of “Unity” was picked because it reflected the intentions of ISA and the running theme found in the between-act skits. Blake also compared this year’s theme to the overall pur-
pose of ISA, and said, “The main idea with ISA is to be a resource for international students, for them to feel understood and accepted, and we also have lots of American students involved in ISA and we love that. It’s all really welcoming.” Both Chavez and Blake said they were confident in the outcome of the show and hoped the audience would appreciate all the different levels of diversity the show would offer. “I just hope that it goes well; I want everyone to just be fascinated with the show,” Chavez said. “I really want to help promote more cultural awareness…and I hope the show will put all of us who
worked on it in a positive light and represent our work well.” Blake said the show is always a big hit and seems to resonate well with its audience; it also offers much in the way of experience for its performers. “It is always lots of fun to see students from several different countries working together in their performance, and it’s a great experience for them,” Blake said. “There are students learning how to lead, students learning how to serve, learning how to work together to pull something big off. It’s very student-driven, and that’s really exciting to watch.” E-mail Melby at: email@example.com
FROM THE FRONT / CAMPUS NEWS
Friday, October 24, 2008
Musical: Show’s story aims to deliver lighthearted fun Continued from page 1 It’s tongue-in-cheek, corny humor the whole time. It’s Elvis set more contemporary.” Production director Adam Hester, professor and chair of the Department of Theatre, said All Shook Up falls into the category of “jukebox musicals,” which strives to put stories to an artist’s songs. Another example of a jukebox musical is Mama Mia, a well-known Broadway play and recent movie. While some jukebox musicals struggle to find appropriate context for song numbers, Hester said All Shook Up boasts an impressively appropriate plotline while still maintaining comedy. “To me the storyline, albeit it’s campy, and it’s meant to be lighthearted and fun and kind of tongue-in-cheek, it is very good,” Hester said. “Every song really finds its appropriate place.” With several returning seniors claiming experience from leading roles in last year’s Homecoming Musical, Aida, Hester said this
year’s cast already is familiar with many of the technical aspects of working in the Civic Center, including the physical adjustments of performing in a larger venue and using microphones. Bazacas said the show also affords roles to all of this year’s senior musical theatre majors. “It’s almost like the show was picked out perfectly for our senior class,” Bazacas said. While Hester’s daughter, Jenavene Hester, plays a prominent female role in the musical, Hester said he has heard no suggestion of nepotism, especially in light of the experience Jenavene gained in New York this summer, working for a professional theatre company. “I think Jenavene has probably proven her own skill set in a way that I think people understand,” Hester said. “I think she’s talented in her own right, and she certainly does her work. I think she’s well-respected among the students and well-liked. I don’t think that’s an issue. Everyone seems to be really
supportive of each other.” Hester said this year’s seniors have grown into a closely bonded group, all of whom understand the theatre process. In addition to benefiting ACU financially and the students with opportunities, Bazacas said the Homecoming Musical reflects positively on the work ethic and professionalism of students while simultaneously allowing a unique insight into the mutual support of community. “Everyone truly has each other’s back,” Bazacas said. “It’s really an ensemble show. There’s not that feeling of any stars. There’s just, really, a feeling of unity. Everybody prays for each other. Everybody takes care of each other. It’s really been a fantastic and uplifting picture of community and a great experience.” Tickets for All Shook Up may be purchased by calling 1-325-674-ARTS.
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Zak Zeinert :: chief photographer Seth Bazacas, senior theatre major from Ocean City, N.J., gives advice to Jonathan Bragg, senior theatre major from Rowlett, on how to use poetry to win a girl in the Homecoming Musical, All Shook Up.
Ike: Students to serve Houston Parade: ACU Police Continued from page 1 Garrison said she has been on campaigns like this in the past and expects to do similar projects this time. “We cleaned up a park, helped clean up a church, cleaned out flooded and damaged furniture from people’s homes, took down branches — lots of manual labor,” she said. “Basically whatever is needed at the time.” By the time the hurricane hit Houston on Sept. 15, it was ranked as a Category 2, which means wind speeds range from 96-111 mph, causing devastating damage to homes, businesses and entire communities. Garrison said residents never plan for a disaster like this, and
she is encouraging students to consider the trip. “It’s a great way to touch someone’s life,” she said. “No one plans on this happening; our lives can change at any minute. It’s hard when everything you own is ripped out of your home and put out on the curb.” James Woodroof, junior interdisciplinary major from Nashville, said he plans to attend the trip. “I’ve sent a few e-mails saying I’m interested,” Woodroof said. “I’m hoping everything works out so I can go.” Woodroof said he thinks helping in Houston will be beneficial for both student volunteers and Clear Lake residents. “I feel like it would be a very
good way to spend my fall break,” he said. “It would be very useful to the people down there who need help.” Garrison said service opportunities like this happen suddenly, but it is not too late to sign up. “You never know [of] these opportunities until they are in your lap,” she said. “People who are still interested are more than welcome to contact me.” For those who cannot make the trip during fall break, the VSLC is planning another trip after the week of finals, but details have not been finalized. Those interested in the trip during fall break can contact Garrison at email@example.com. E-mail Rodriguez at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nevill: warn of closed roads Director to leave Physical Resources Continued from page 1
competition; entries must be present before 6:30 a.m. to qualify. The parade will begin at ACU Drive South, between Sikes Hall and the Williams Performing Arts Center. After turning west onto East North 16th Street, the procession will make a right at Campus Court and end in the Edwards Hall parking lot. “The public can expect the parade route to be closed and sealed off between 9-9:15 a.m.,” said ACU chief of police Jimmy Ellison. “If students or others are parked on the interior of the cam-
The following streets will be closed for the Parade: n ACU Drive South n Campus Court n East North 16th Street
Continued from page 1 pus when the parade route is closed, they’re stuck until the parade route re-opens.” Ellison also said any car left on ACU Drive South — between East North 16th Street and Teague Boulevard Circle — “past Friday night” will be towed.
ACU is very conscious of a higher calling and try as much as possible to live up to that. That sense of who we are is something you carry with you for all time, and certainly I’ll take it with me wherever I go,” Nevill said.
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Seekers of the Word prepares for year of skits, ministry By Katie Hoffman Student Reporter
Drama flows through the atmosphere as Seekers of the Word radiates Shalom to a wide range of audiences. Many hoped to participate in this year’s ministry, and faith, service, commitment and talent harmonized when the group adopted six of the 35 who tried out at auditions. Although auditions were competitive, President Leslie Spainhower said she knows this year’s group is God’s
choice, she added, “Prayer and fasting as a group are very important to the process. We believe that God knows better than we who needs to be a part of His ministry and we try very hard to be open to His leading in the decision-making process.” Those who made the cut diligently met the first six Saturday mornings of the semester and continue meeting every Wednesday in the Biblical Studies Building. There they create a skit that transmits the Gospel in an en-
tertaining, unimposing and transformational manner. Members write, direct and perform skits ranging from serious to funny. Rehearsals prepare the group for three to four out-of-town trips each semester and various in-town gigs such as their performance at the Freshman Devo on Thursday. Since balancing work, worship and play is sometimes stressful, members incorporate fun into group time. “We are more than just a drama group, or even a min-
istry team; we are a family,” Spainhower said. Preparing for the final outof-town trip to Camp Hensel in November, members continue typical practice: beginning with a devotional, working on acting skills and character development and ending with prayer requests and group prayer. This year, Seekers of the Word planted the seeds of love, grace and the Gospel in the hearts and minds at a battered women’s shelter, Middleton prison, an Odessa
retreat, a Temple church and even a fifth quarter in Salado. The versatility of the Seekers of the Word group shines through as members serve wherever needed — often chaperoning and acting as group leaders. “We really enjoy getting to meet people and make relationships with them. It’s the best part of going on trips,” Spainhower said. Members’ passion for bringing the Gospel to life in the modern day awakens audiences to Jesus as healer,
protector and friend; in all of life’s chaos, Seekers of the Word brings the focus back to God, Spainhower said. “I think your typical church kid has heard the story of Jesus so many times,” she said. ”But seeing it presented in a different way, whether that is through drama, art, music, whatever, it can have a new, powerful impact that it didn’t have before.”
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Friday, October 24, 2008
Homecoming Schedule of Events • 12:30-3:30 p.m. - Alumni in Action Mini-
cus, Foster Science Building, Walling Lecture Hall
Conference, Foster Science Building,
• 6:30 p.m. - Wildcat Sports Hall of Fame
Walling Lecture Hall • 3 p.m. - Queen’s Tea, Williams Perform-
• 8-4 p.m. - Wildcat Premiere Weekend
Celebration and Letterman’s Reunion, Teague Special Events Center
ing Arts Center
Chapel on the Hill, Biblical Studies
• 5 p.m. - Artist Talk, Shore Art Gallery
• 5-8 p.m. - Homecoming Carnival, Mall
• 8:30 a.m. - .W. Kelley Homecoming
• 7 p.m. - JamFest, on the lawn behind the Zona Luce Building • 8-11 p.m. - Physics Department Open
area near the GATA Fountain • 5 -8 p.m. - Sing Song Ticket Sales,
Golf Classic, Abilene Country Club • 11 - 11:30 a.m. - Chapel and pep rally,
House, Foster Science Building • 8 p.m. - Homecoming Musical: All Shook
Campus Center • 6:30 p.m. - 23rd Annual Chemistry Cir-
Up, Abilene Civic Center
2008 Homecoming Queen Candidates
Jamie Lyn Spires
Saturday: • 6-8 a.m. - Social Club Breakfasts, various
Library Atrium • 9:30 a.m. - Homecoming Parade, Beginning
• 8 a.m. - Noon - Wildcat Premiere Weekend, Campus Center, Living Room • 8-9 a.m. - Students’ Association Alumni
Reception, Morris Center, JMC Network
ending after Edwards Hall on Campus Ct.
Student Media News Lab, Room 210
• 10:45 a.m. - Homecoming Chapel, Moody • 11 a.m. - Track and Field Letterman’s Cookout, Elmer Gray Stadium • 11:45 a.m. - A Cappella Chorus Concert,
Homecoming Reunion Breakfast, Biblical
Williams Performing Arts Center, Recital
Studies Building, Room 250
Hall, Room 111
• 8-9:15 a.m. - Band and Orchestra Alumni Reception, Williams Performing Arts Center, Fry Band Hall • 8-9:15 a.m. - Alumni and Friends of Family and Consumer Sciences Reunion Coffee, WACU Museum • 8-9:30 a.m. - Undergraduate Bible Reception, Biblical Studies Building, Lower Rotunda • 8-9:30 a.m. - Volunteer and Service-Learning
• 11:45 a.m. - COBA Reunion/Networking Reception, Mabee Business Building, Atrium • 11:45 a.m. - Communication and O.H.R.D. Alumni Reception, Morris Center, Room 134 • 11:45 a.m. - Department of Education Reception, Education Building, Curriculum Materials Lab, Room 116 • 11:45 a.m. - Department of Exercise Science and Health Alumni Reception,
Center and Service Action Leadership
Gibson Health and P.E. Center, Rooms
Team’s 10-Year Celebration (Come-and-
233 and 234
Go Brunch), Campus Center, Bean Sprout • 8:30 a.m. - W Club Coffee Reception for Former and Current Members, Brown
• 11:45 a.m. - JMC and Student Media Alumni
on East North 16th Street. at Sikes Hall and
and Family Therapy Offices
• 11:45 a.m. - Department of Marriage and Family Therapy Alumni Reception, Biblical Studies Building, Department of Marriage 10 a.m. - Class of 1983 Worship Service, Biblical Studies Building, Chapel on the Hill
• 11:45 a.m. - Speech–Language Pathology Majors Reception, Morris Center, Room 117 • Noon - Pre-game Party, mall area by the GATA Fountain • Noon - Sing Song Ticket Sales, Campus Center • Noon - Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and AES Club Barbecue, Hillcrest Church of Christ, Multipurpose Room • 2 p.m. - Homecoming Football Game– ACU vs. Tarleton State University, Shotwell Stadium • 6 p.m. - Reunion Dinners for Classes of 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and the Golden Anniversary Club (classes prior to 1958) • 7 p.m. - Flag Football: Frater Sodalis Alumni vs. 2008 brat class, Larry C. “Satch” Sanders Field • 8 p.m. - Homecoming Musical: All Shook Up, Abilene Civic Center • 2 p.m. - Homecoming Musical: All Shook Up, Abilene Civic Center
October 24, 2008
Behind the Team: Devoted fan, father gives support By Grant Abston Sports Editor
Div. 3-0 3-1 2-1 2-2 1-2 1-2 0-4
ACU WTAMU Tarleton St. MSU TAMU-K Angelo St. ENMU
Overall 7-0 7-1 7-1 5-2 5-3 3-5 1-7
Volleyball Team WTAMU Tarleton St. MSU TAMU-C TX Woman’s
Div. 6-0 7-2 5-2 5-3 5-3 3-4
Overall 22-4 17-7 21-6 13-8 16-10 16-8
ACU* *8th out of 14 teams
Zak Zeinert :: chief photographer David Boles watches from the sideline as ACU plays East Central University on Oct. 4.
Players and coaches routinely watch film after every football game, often eating breakfast while breaking down the previous win or loss. But one particular session last season began with a surprise— doughnuts and burritos from one of ACU’s biggest fans “Every time I show up, they ask me where the doughnuts are,” David Boles said. For every home game on the schedule, David wakes up on Saturday mornings and makes the three-hour trip to Abilene with his wife Teisha from their home in Colleyville, just northeast of Fort Worth. The Boles make this trip every week to watch their son compete with one of the top football programs in the nation. But David’s love for ACU football runs much deeper; just ask the
players and coaches. Doughnuts might seem like a small contribution, but David has been behind the football program ever since his son Ryan, junior business management major, began attending ACU in 2005, and he contributes much more than doughnuts and burritos. David began playing football in peewee, competing throughout high school where he played safety and fullback for Richland High School. After graduation, David attended two years of Tarrant County Junior College before starting his own business. Despite not playing football in college, David’s passion for sports never left and continued to play an important part in his life. “I started my own business in college and never looked back,” David said. “My college was actually HKU, See
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Women’s Soccer Team
Div. 6-1 4-1-1 4-1 3-2-1 3-2-1 TX Woman’s 3-2 MSU 3-3 NE St. 2-2-2 ENMU 2-5 East Central 0-5-1 SW Okla. 0-6 WTAMU Angelo St. TAMU-C Central Okla. ACU
Overall 12-2-1 10-4-2 10-2-1 9-4-3 7-5-2 8-6 9-6 5-6-3 8-8 4-8-2 2-13
Football ACU 52, West Texas A&M 35
Volleyball ACU 3, Texas Woman’s 1
Sunday Soccer ACU 3, SW Oklahoma State 0
Tuesday Volleyball ACU 3, Texas-Permian Basin 2
Upcoming Friday Soccer ACU at Texas A&M-Commerce, 3 p.m.
Saturday Cross Country LSC Championships, 2 p.m.
Football ACU vs. Tarleton State, 2 p.m.
Volleyball ACU vs. Central Oklahoma, 7 p.m.
Sunday Soccer ACU at Texas Woman’s, 1 p.m. :: Home games listed in italics
NOTES n Outside hitter Jennie Hutt earned LSC South co-Offensive Player of the Week honors after Hutt recording 18 kills and 12 digs in ACU’s 3-1 loss to Texas A&MCommerce and 16 kills and 14 digs in ACU’s 3-1 win over Texas Woman’s. It was the second time Hutt received LSC Offensive Player of the Week honors this season. n Goalie Crissy Lawson earned LSC Goalkeeper of the Week honors after helping ACU shut out Central Lawson Oklahoma on Friday. Lawson tied a season-high with nine saves in ACU’s 1-0 win over the Bronchos. Lawson also helped ACU defeat Southwestern Oklahoma State 3-0 on Sunday to improve ACU’s LSC record to 3-2-1.
No. 2 ACU turns attention to No. 17 Tarleton State By Grant Abston Sports Editor
After defeating West Texas A&M on Saturday, the Wildcats jumped to No. 2 in the nation, their highest NCAA Division II ranking ever, and put themselves in position to win their first Lone Star Conference Championship since 1977 and first South Division Championship since 2002. The Wildcats handed West Texas A&M its first loss of the season and moved to No. 1 in the regional rankings, taking the top spot from the Buffs. The Buffs fell from No. 4 to No. 11 in the nation, while ACU moved up one spot to No. 2 and matched their best start since 2006 when the Wildcats started 7-0. The Wildcats now turn their attention to No. 17 Tarleton State, which enters the game 7-1 after defeating Eastern New Mexico 42-21 Saturday. “Tarleton is a great team, and they have lost one game,” said head coach Chris Thomsen. “The team that has been undefeated the last two years has lost; last year they were 8-0, and we beat them; and two years ago we were 7-0 and we lost. There’s a trend there
Football that history tells us we need to overcome and play a great game to beat them and play at our highest level.” The Texans enter Saturday’s game with one of the top defenses in the LSC, ranking No. 1 in total defense, allowing just 259 yards a game. The Texans also rank first in scoring defense (15.29) and pass defense (181) and will try to limit an ACU offense that ranks No. 1 nationally in total offense. The Texan defense is led by defensive back O’Lindsey Brown (44 tackles) and linebacker Marcus Phillips (41 tackles). Cornerback Dee Collins leads the Texans with two interceptions, and defensive linemen Jamaal Steamer and Josh Douglas have combined for 11 sacks. Offensively, Tarleton State ranks third in the LSC in scoring offense (36 points a game) and fourth in total offense (396 yards a game). Tarleton ranks second in rushing offense behind ACU and is led by running back Roderick Smith, who averages 103 yards a game and has scored 12 total touchdowns. Quarterback Scott Grantham has thrown for 1,483 yards and 12 touchdowns and will throw
to wide receivers Eric Foreman (421 yards) and Devin Guinn (370 yards); the two have combined for seven touchdowns. “They are a pro-style offense with two great running backs,” Thomsen said. “Their quarterback is a great player and threw six touchdowns last year. They have three top-flight receivers, a solid offensive line and a defense that is No. 1 in total defense. It will take our best game of the year to win.” The Wildcats enter the game with the top offense in the nation, averaging 552 yards and 53 points a game. Quarterback Billy Malone is the top-rated passer in the nation and averages 328 yards a game. Malone also has thrown for 24 touchdowns and broke the LSC record for passes attempted last week, having 1,218 passes attempted for his career. Malone will be throwing to wide receiver Johnny Knox, who became only the second Wildcat receiver in program history to post two 200-yard receiving games. Knox leads the team with 35 catches for 733 yards and eight touchdowns. Wide receivers Edmund Gates (473 yards and five touchdowns) and Jonathan Ferguson (316 yards and two touchdowns)
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will add to the Wildcats’ passing attack. After setting the LSC record for all-purpose yards last week with 409, running back Bernard Scott will enter Saturday’s game as the nation’s leading all-purpose runner, averaging 240 yards a game. Scott has rushed for 1,119 yards and 13 touchdowns this season and ranks first in the LSC in rushing. Scott is second on the team in receiving with 563 yards and five touchdowns and has rushed for more than 100 yards in every game this season. After rushing for 268 yards last week, Scott passed Wilbert Montgomery as ACU’s all-time leading rusher with 3,284 yards in just 20 games. Defensively, the Wildcats rank first in the LSC in rushing defense, allowing just 67 yards a game, and are second in total defense, allowing 291 yards a game. Linebacker Mike Kern (37 tackles) and safety
Nick Fellows (34 tackles) lead a Wildcat defense that ranks No. 1 nationally in turnover margin at plus three a game. The Wildcats have 14 interceptions and 16 fumbles recovered this season and have scored seven defensive touchdowns. Defensive ends Aston Whiteside and Vantrise Studivant have 11.5 sacks on the season and will be important in disrupting the Texan offense. “We have to make sure we focus on the job at hand,” Thomsen said. “Anytime you win the week before, you got to bounce back, win or lose, and come back with a great week of practice and prepare like we always do.” The Wildcats will play Tarleton State on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Shotwell Stadium for ACU’s Homecoming game. The undefeated team has lost the last two games in the series as Tarleton defeated ACU (7-0) in 2006, and ACU defeated an 8-0 Texan team in 2007, 70-63. The winner will have the upper hand in the race for the conference and division championship, as ACU will look for its first 8-0 start since 1950.
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Volleyball team wins second straight, improves to 3-4 in LSC By Chandler Harris Assistant Sports Editor
The volleyball team won its second consecutive match on Tuesday, defeating TexasPermian Basin 3-2 (25-18, 1925, 20-25, 25-23, 15-11). In the first set, ACU won the first point and never
Volleyball looked back, leading the entire game. The Falcons rallied from down 11-4 back to within three at 12-9, but that was as close as they would get the rest of the set. Freshman outside hitter Jennie Hutt led the Wildcats with
nine kills in the first set. The Wildcats led the second set 10-6 before the Falcons stormed back winning 12 out of the next 16 points, taking an 18-14 lead. The Wildcats kept it close to the end, pulling within 22-19, but the Falcons won the final three points for the set. Amithy Henry led the
Falcons with six kills in the second set. The third set also belonged to the Falcons, who came out to a 9-6 lead. The Wildcats rallied to tie it three times at 9-9, 10-10 and 12-12, but the Falcons pulled away, winning five of the final seven points for the set victory. Krystal
Polk led UTPB with five kills in the third set. Sophomore middle blocker Jordan Schilling also had five kills to lead ACU in the third set. In the fourth set, it looked as if the Falcons would close out the Wildcats, but ACU did See
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Volleyball: 4-4 Central Oklahoma next for Wildcats Continued from page 1B not quit. The Wildcats trailed 5-0 but came back to tie the set at 14-14. With the score tied 18-18, the Falcons scored four straight points to take a 22-18 lead. The Wildcats answered, finishing the set by winning seven of the last eight points and taking the momentum into the fifth and final set. The fifth set went back and forth with the Wildcats leading for the most part. ACU led 11-10 and finished strong with Hutt getting two kills in the final four
Wildcat points to seal the set and the match. Hutt had a team seasonhigh in kills with 23, followed by Schilling with 19. Hutt (23 kills, 21 digs), sophomore setter Ijeoma Moronu (59 assists, 25 digs) and junior outside hitter Erin Curry (12 kills, 18 digs) each had a double-double. “We came out really well in game one,” said head volleyball coach Kellen Mock. “We didn’t put up a really solid block in games two and three. We ended up playing pretty well in game four and were solid in game five.”
Mock said the entire match was up and down; the Wildcats played with a little different lineup than usual. “Aubree Vick made her collegiate debut and played well for us,” Mock said. “Shawna Hines was still out, but people are stepping up playing positions they are not used to and doing a good job of that.” Mock said that Schilling has played consistently for ACU. “We have gotten a lot of great things out of Jordan Schilling,” Mock said. “She usually doesn’t lead us in stats but she is always in the top
two or three. We needed some points at crucial times, and she stepped up and delivered.” Curry is filling in gaps for the team, while Hines is injured, Mock said. “Curry had her best rightside match last night,” Mock said. “She is one of those players we can depend on to produce consistently, and it has been fun to watch her play this season.” This is the second time the team defeated Texas-Permian Basin this season. On Sept. 16, the Wildcats defeated the Falcons 3-0. With the victory, ACU
moves to 16-8 overall, surpassing its win total from last season with eight matches remaining. The Wildcats are 3-4 in LSC play and are tied with Cameron for the final spot in the LSC tournament. Before the game, Hutt was honored with LSC Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second time this season. The Wildcats played Southwestern Oklahoma State on Thursday, but results were unavailable for press time. On Saturday, the Wildcats will play Central Oklahoma at 7 p.m. in Moody Coliseum.
“It’s a big match for us,” Mock said. “They beat us last year and still have a good team, even though they lost a few players from last season. I’m excited to see how the girls are going to play. It is definitely good for us to play on our home turf. I hope to have a lot of fans come out to watch us after the football game.”
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ACU prepares for two-game road trip against A&M-Commerce, Texas Woman’s By Ryan Cantrell Sports Writer
The Wildcats will travel this weekend for a pair of crucial conference games. Friday afternoon, they will take on Texas A&M-Commerce at 3 p.m. They will play their second match
Soccer of the weekend on Sunday against Texas Woman’s in Denton. These matches are crucial for the Wildcats for playoff implications as the season nears an end. After a slow start, the Wildcats are unbeaten in
their last four conference games, going 3-0-1. They are coming off two big wins last weekend and looking to continue their momentum. “We take into account the feeling we had after winning two games in one weekend and start from there,” said midfielder Kendall Cooper.
“We recognize our mistakes and then critique them in practice to better ourselves for the next game we have.” The Wildcats will face a good team in Texas A&MCommerce. The Lions have a strong conference record at 4-1 and an overall record or 10-2-1. Their only con-
ference loss was to Central Oklahoma, which the Wildcats defeated 1-0 Friday. The Lions are led by Megan Lasley, who leads the team in goals and assists with 14 and nine respectively. Chelsey Haight is second on the team in goals with seven; she also has two assists
on the season. “We expect Commerce to be a good team,” assistant coach Thomas Pertuit said. “We lost to them last year 3-1. They are second in the conference defensively in goals allowed to us, so we expect a See
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Cross Country LSC streaks at stake By Jeff Craig Sports Writer
The cross country teams look to continue their lengthy period of dominance over conference foes at the LSC Championships Saturday in Kingsville. ACU’s supremacy is no recent phenomenon. The men’s team has won an unprecedented 17 straight LSC titles, while their female counterparts have won an impressive seven straight titles themselves. Head coach Sam Burroughs is in his first year at ACU and recognizes
Cross Country the tradition of excellence that surrounds the cross country team. “It’s an honor to keep this tradition going, and hopefully we’ll have many more over the next few years,” Burroughs said. The streak of consecutive championships by the men’s team is particularly impressive. The last time a school other than ACU won the LSC title George H.W. Bush was president, and his son George W. was managing general partner of the Texas Rangers
baseball club. Burroughs recognizes that nothing is given but fully expects his men to win an 18th straight conference title. “The guys will do well,” Burroughs said. “Barring any accident, they should win.” On the women’s side, Burroughs expects things to be much closer. He said he expects some stiff competition from the squads of West Texas A&M and Tarleton State as the Wildcats guns for their eighth straight title. Burroughs said that if his runners perform up See
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Friday, October 24, 2008
Frat Favre: ‘Satch’ plays 37 years of intramural football By Daniel Johnson-Kim Editor-in-Chief
Six men huddle in a circle, while the quarterback draws a play on his hand with his finger. “Line up with four guys on the left, and everyone rainbow across,” whispers Jeff McDuff, senior accounting major from Indianapolis. “Satch, you hike the ball and peel off to the left. When it opens up, I’ll try to find you.” “Got it,” the center says in response. Each player slowly jogs to his position on the line. Satch grips the ball. He hikes it, and four receivers curl to the right. The defenders quickly follow. McDuff tosses the ball away from the action toward a sprinting 55-year-old man wide open in the left corner of the end zone. “Nobody suspects him!” McDuff shouts after Larry “Satch” Sanders pulls down the ball for the touchdown. “I told you to watch Satch,” one defender shouts at a teammate. “I did and I still got burned,” the college student yells back.
The ‘Old Guy’ Brady Hilton loves it when opponents underestimate Larry “Satch” Sanders; it’s an advantage when they write off the “old guy.” “We were playing Galaxy, and one of their guys warming up asked me, ‘Is that guy playing with you, how old is he?’” said Hilton, who has played with Sanders for two seasons on the Frater Sodalis alumni intramural football team. That is the general reaction to seeing Satch playing on Larry “Satch” Sanders Intramural field. But the field carries his name for a reason; don’t judge the center by his blue knee braces. “They don’t see him as much of a threat because he’s older,” Hilton said. “That is until he’s down field 10 yards, uncovered, and they’re getting beat by him.” Satch, the nickname Sanders has carried since his junior year of high school, has served as the senior sponsor for the men’s social club for more than 30 years and has been playing intramural football for 37 consecutive years. His first season at ACU was in 1971 when he and men living on the third floor of Mabee Hall competed together. There, his love affair with intramural football began. “It was just very, very exciting to be absorbed into the game,” Sanders said of the beginning of his career. “To become excited from that close fellowship you have as a team. That’s when I discovered what a huge game this was.” Hailing from the small city of Fair Lawn, N.J., Sanders came to Abilene Christian College
Emily Jorgenson :: staff photographer Left: Sanders watches from the sideline during an intramural game this season. Right: ‘Satch’ runs upfield in 1976, his senior year.
to pursue a degree in sports medicine and physical therapy. He was drawn to the school after reading a story about ACU quarterback Jim Lindsey in Sports Illustrated. Although the only things he knew about Texas came from what he read and saw on the television, Sanders was intrigued by the West Texas university with a worldrenowned athletic program. “I thought of the possibility of riding a horse to class and watch tumbleweeds blow across the campus,” Sanders said, admitting his misconceptions of Texas. He later changed his major to mass communication and worked as the photographer for the student yearbook. But his immersion in ACC’s student life and intramural football truly began after he pledged Frater Sodalis the fall of his sophomore year. Although he was playing essentially the same game with Frats as he played as a freshman, he said there was a visible difference. “It was everything I experienced at the dormitory level and added an aspect of pride we just couldn’t experience outside of club,” Satch said. “It really added a lot of value to winning.” He began as a defensive end, moved to receiver and cornerback and has played a myriad of positions during his more than three-decade career. The format has changed — from flag football to two-hand touch, from 8-man football to 7-man football and now to 6-man football — but regardless of the changes to the rules, Sanders remains devoted to the game. So devoted that he has played every season in spite of various injuries. Satch stayed in Abilene after graduation in the spring of 1976. He became a Frats’ sponsor in 1979 while pursuing a graduate degree in mass communication and working at Keaton Kolor, a local photography store, all the while playing intramural football. “One of the privileges of being a sponsor is an open door to continue your engagement
in intramurals,” Sanders said. Moving from team to team, and always playing with Frats, Satch has played with generations of intramural athletes. He suited up for the “Frats Team 1,” a team that plays in the more competitive league of the Intramural Department, until 1984. While age and injury slowed him down — three knee surgeries, cartilage damage, two shoulder surgeries and a handful of broken fingers to name a few — Sanders has remained a regular on the Frater Sodalis’ roster. When he is not playing football, Sanders is the marketing director for Exceptional Brands, LLC, where he coordinates advertising for franchise restaurants in the West Texas area. Sanders is also the CEO of Missile Base Enterprises, which is focused on the historic preservation of the Cold War era Lawn Atlas Missile Base in Lawn. In the off-season, Satch stays in shape by playing racquetball, and he said he always is ready for a pickup football game. Although he has endured several injuries, his doctor encourages Satch to stay active. In fact, because he is an insulin dependent diabetic since the seventh grade, he must stay active, and intramural football is exactly what the doctor prescribes, Satch said. Often the most vocal player on the field, Satch screams “Ball!” when a quarterback releases the ball into the air, “Hey, Hey, Hey!” when someone he is defending attempts a catch and uses his wisdom to draw up plays in the huddle. “Satch is just like everybody else on the field,” said Jeff Duncan, ACU alumnus and quarterback for the Frat alumni team. “We treat him like everyone else; he’s part of the team.”
Generational Game It does not happen often,
so Satch cherishes every catch and every touchdown that comes his way. “Every one of those catches are just emblazoned,” Satch said. But it’s the generational relationships, not the occasional catch, that keep Satch in the game. Football is his gateway to building a relationship with the men who pledge Frater Sodalis. While other sponsors invite members over for dinner or get to know them at club meetings, Satch plays football. “There is just no way an adviser can establish relationships like I establish by sharing competition, by being on the practice field, by spending that time playing football,” Satch said. His teammates were and are fathers and sons, uncles and nephews, cousins and brothers — all are Frats and all call Satch a teammate. Don Hilton played with Satch in the ’70s when he was in his “prime.” His son Brady plays with Satch today, and although several gray hairs separate the seasons when each man played
with Satch, both say he is a true teammate and friend. “Satch is a sponsor to some, a friend to a lot of people and an intramural football player,” Brady Hilton said. “I believe the guy has a true passion to play flag football. I’ve seen people my age play with less passion than he does.” Brady said his father Don never spoke much about his intramural football days. Satch offered insight into that portion of his father’s life after discussing it with Brady. That generational tie is what Sanders says keeps him going after all these years. “I think it’s great; I would do it too if my knees would let me,” Don Hilton said. The men of Frater Sodalis recognized Satch’s devotion to Frater Sodalis when they decided to name the intramural field the university shares with Taylor Elementary, something Satch said he knew nothing about. A campaign began in 2003 to raise $75,000 to install lights and build an entrance to the field. Donations poured in from Satch’s past teammates,
and more than $80,000 was raised for the field. Satch may be one of the few people who are able to enjoy a facility named after them, but he is not unrealistic about the continuation of his career. While his body continues to age, he hopes for three more seasons so he can play competitively with his son, Keith Sanders, a freshman at ACU. If Keith, marketing major from Abilene, decides to pledge Frats as a sophomore and plays on the same team as his father, Sanders said he might consider hanging up his knee braces. Keith, who was named after a former teammate and mentor of Satch, understands his father’s dream of sharing the intramural field with his son. He feels a bit pressured and humbled, but said one of the reasons he chose to come to ACU was because of the camaraderie he witnessed watching his father play football. “I grew up on the field as much as anything else,” Keith said. “I think it keeps him sane; he loves it, and there is no doubt about that.” Satch does not know if he has three more years left in him but uses the chance to play with his son as fuel for his aching body. “That is the one thing I’m dreaming of. That would be the ultimate conclusion, the ultimate scenario to end my Frat career — to be a part of Frat football with my son,” he said. If he does retire after playing with his son, he will have played 40 years of intramural football. But he admits the game may lure him back. “I may pull a Brett Favre, you never know,” Satch said.
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Soccer: First postseason on horizon for Wildcats Continued from page 2B defensive game. They have a good offense as well with Lasley in the middle. If we can contain her and put the ball in the net, we should win.” The Wildcats will square off against Texas Woman’s on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Pioneers have a 3-2 conference record and are 8-6 overall. They are led offensively by Chastity Hayter, who has scored six goals this season. The Wildcats currently are tied for fourth in the conference and need to finish sixth or better to make the post-season. This has been a team goal from the beginning of the season. “We just need to keep the girls working hard,” Pertuit said. “They know their goal,
which is to make the post season and do well there. We just need to keep the girls focused, maintain a positive attitude and keep them healthy.” After this weekend’s games, the Wildcats finish their season at home against West Texas A&M and Eastern New Mexico.
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Cross Country: Tough schedule ahead for ACU Continued from page 2B to their highest level, they can bring yet another title back to Abilene. “The girls have to run up to their capabilities,” Burroughs said. “They don’t have to run the race of their life, just run well. If they run up to those capabilities, they will definitely be in the hunt.” Burroughs said he has made the teams concentrate on their stamina and training lately and recently sent four of his men to compete at the University of Arkansas’ Chile Pepper Festival. At the meet, Julius Nyango finished fourth, Cleophas Tanui finished 11th, Amos Sang finished 21st
and Charles White came in 72nd. This event served as a good warm up for the team as it prepares for a grueling month of action. After the LSC Championships, the men will drive to San Antonio next weekend for the regional championships, and from there, hopefully, on to the NCAA Division II national championship in Slippery Rock, Penn., where ACU will again run for national glory.
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Boles: Program honors loyal fan Continued from page 1B hard knocks university.” David’s son Ryan found his way to football a little differently, choosing basketball at a young age. Then, David introduced Ryan to racing motorcycles, a passion David developed early in his childhood that he hoped he would be able to pass onto his son. David had begun riding bikes when he was nine years old and talked his parents into buying him his own bike for his 13th birthday. At the time, David was racing bikes as well as playing football but had to make a choice. “My coach helped me choose motorcycles because he wouldn’t let me play,” David said. Much like his father, Ryan was given the opportunity to ride bikes, but the decision for Ryan was much easier, despite having a father who rode motorcycles professionally and was nationally ranked in the ’70s. “He rode one night at the track and fell and got hurt,” David said. “He threw his hands up and said he was done.” Ryan played basketball for Nolan Catholic High School before transferring to Fort Worth Christian High School. But after a fall-out with the basketball program, he turned his attention to football. Ryan played for the Fort Worth Christian Cardinals, and David did whatever he could to help Ryan and the football program by sponsoring the team or helping out with pep rallies. FWCHS helped promote ACU to Ryan, and he and his family made the trip to ACU for a recruiting and orien-
tation day. While Ryan was given the option to go wherever he wanted, he felt comfortable at ACU and wanted to remain close to home. During Ryan’s first year at ACU, David noticed something wrong with the football program. Unlike other programs, David had a hard time differentiating between the coaches; some were dressed in wornout ACU shirts, while others wore different colored jerseys. David joked with head football coach Chris Thomsen, telling him that the coaches needed to look good to play good. Coach Thomsen agreed, and David set up a deal with the coaches to get new uniforms. “[The uniforms] were used, and you couldn’t tell who the coaches were because they had different jerseys or shirts on and didn’t match,” David said. “I said, ‘come on guys, what’s going on here? You have to look good and match.’”
David got a deal through Athletic Supply and supplied the coaches new apparel from head to toe. “Guys know my dad, and I look up to him in so many ways, and he’s the guy what I want to be like, not just because he is my dad but because he works his butt off, and giving is such an important thing to him.” Prior to this season, David was presented a football helmet that included autographs of some of the players, a thank you for his support and involvement with the football team. “Ryan’s a guy that shows up and practices hard and has great enthusiasm and works really hard,” Thomsen said. “[David] has been a real support and encouragement to our program since Ryan’s been here.” The gift was something David will remember forever. “It is something that reminds me of a Visa commer-
cial,” David said. “Jersey: $14; football pants: $30; and an autographed helmet from Coach T: priceless. It’s a history-type thing, and I’ll have it forever, and some of those guys will go pro, so you can’t put a value on it.” Ryan entered the 2008 season as a backup, but David has attended every game, junior varsity or varsity over the past four years, and has supported not only his son but also the entire football program. However, he has enjoyed the success of this year’s team and knows that accomplishments lay ahead. David said he has enjoyed seeing the program’s transformation from four years ago. He said Thomsen and his staff know what it takes to develop a championship team. “I will bet you 100 dollars they will win the championship, David said. “They are that good.” E-mail Abston at: email@example.com
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From left, Ryan, David and Tiesha at Shotwell Stadium during a game last season.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Scenic designer steals show By Chelsea Hackney Student Reporter
David Utley may not be the star of this year’s upcoming Homecoming Musical, All Shook Up, but he will certainly make it shine this weekend, surrounded on stage by his handiwork. Utley is this year’s scenic designer, and by the look of things at the Abilene Civic Center, the stage is fit for the King himself. Utley is not a stranger to the ACU theatre scene. He completed his undergraduate work in design at ACU before continuing on to graduate school at the University of Texas in Austin, where he graduated with a master’s degree in scenic design. He now lives in New York, although his work as a freelance set designer takes him around the country, including back to Abilene several years ago for the 2003 Abilene Shakespeare Festival, where he designed and assisted in building the sets for both Hamlet and the Tempest. “It was an honor and a pleasure to come back,” he said
about his work this semester, which included the fall show Moonlight and Magnolias as well as All Shook Up. As if two shows were not enough, Utley said, in fact, this is his fifth show in two months, with his last show, Beauty and the Beast, opening the night before he flew to Abilene. “I’ve been going since about last February. I’m running on Red Bull and coffee,” he said. Despite the busy workload, Adam Hester, chair of the Department of Theatre, said Utley is still an incredibly hard worker and a team player who attempts to capture the vision of the director in every detail of the design. “The show makes so much sense when you work collaboratively like that,” Hester said. Utley said the music, aptly enough, was the key to the design, as it is the case with most of his work. He said he always listens to songs that match the show’s mood while he is designing. “After a while, the music starts to infuse your design,”
he said. The end result, of course, matches the fun, upbeat tempo of the musical. “This show is way over the top, so I took the research I did on ’50s towns and made them much more flamboyant,” Utley said. “All of the pieces are very big, with bright colors.” Although Utley did all of the designing, students did much of the set construction. “One of the strengths of this program is that it’s a liberal arts program,” Utley said, which means theatre students are expected to experience all aspects of theatre, which Utley pointed to as a reason for his accomplishments. “Any success I’ve had since I left has been on the foundation that they gave me.” Hester said he enjoyed working with Utley as a student and now as a colleague. “He’s really gifted, and it’s great that our students will get to watch him and work with him,” he said.
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Study Abroad artists showcase skills By Ruth Ramsey Student Reporter
Zak Zeinert :: chief photographer ACU alumnus David Stotts (‘96) delivers his speech after receiving the Gutenberg Award Thursday night. The award honors alumni who have impacted the field of journalism and mass communication.
Painting in a classroom with concrete walls and desks is nothing compared to painting in Venice or Rome. This past summer’s study abroad art majors will showcase the watercolor paintings they created while traveling all over Europe. The exhibition is at the ACU Cockerell Gallery at 113 N. 2nd St. downtown. Dan McGregor, assistant professor of art, said this showcase is a must-see. “If there is one show students see this year down-
town, this one has to be it,” he said. About 40 watercolors are on display for the monthlong exhibition. The overall mood of the exhibition is meant to have a vintage feel. The paintings exhibit places in Europe, and students either created them on site or later from a photograph. “After traveling to Europe and seeing the European artwork, it shapes how the student views art because when you go to the museums you can’t help but feel the passion and interest,” McGregor said. “I can remember the
first time I went to Europe and all I wanted to do was religious art because of how prevalent it is there.” Abilenians are encouraged to “experience the salt-laden breezes of Venice, the sundrenched vistas of Tuscany and the soaring medieval spires of England through the eyes of talented student artists,” according to the Cockerell Gallery’s Web site. The exhibition will continue until Nov. 1, and the art gallery is open weekdays until 4 p.m. E-mail Ramsey at: email@example.com
Endorsement: Obama, our candidate
wo qualified men emerged from the exhausting nominating process as their party’s choice for the office of the President of the United States. Sen. John McCain is a man who has fought for his country at home and abroad and has shown through his more than 25 years as a Congressman and Senator that he is not afraid to clash with his party or work across the aisle to get things done in Congress. Sen. Barack Obama is a man whose rise in politics has taken the lawyer with a “funny name and big ears” to the top of his party. Obama’s unique American
Board Breakdown The Editorial Board voted on which candidate to endorse for the 2008 presidential race. The votes are as follows. n Sen. Barack Obama: 5 n Sen. John McCain: 4
success story has reignited hope in government, and he promises to bring the change most Americans say they want to see in the White House. Each of these men have spent almost two years on the campaign trail trying to convince the American people, pundits and party
faithful each is the right man to inherit a host of domestic and foreign crises facing the nation after eight years of Republican rule. Each man has laid out his policies — in debates, at rallies, on television, on the radio and on the Web. Both men have been the subject of and have survived political attacks. Both of these men are qualified, talented and proud Americans. Only one of these men is the leader this country needs as it faces unprecedented domestic problems and inevitable foreign policy decisions: Sen. Barack Obama. We believe Sen. Obama has risen above Sen. McCain in the race to the White House as the leader that is more qualified to address the host of difficult decisions this country’s next leader will face come Jan. 21. We endorse Sen. Obama as the candidate this country needs in its time of economic and foreign crises. The primary issue on voter’s minds is the current status of the global market and the future of the American economy. Neither candidate has lain how they exactly plan to approach this problem nor how they would trim their proposed budgets to address this issue, but Obama has earned our confidence and the confidence of the American people when it comes to the economy, according to several national polls. Obama’s focus on maintaining American competitiveness by improving education — a front that President Bush failed to make progress on — shows his knowledge of how
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America has succeeded in the past: innovation. The most effective way to engender innovation is by supporting education. Sen. Obama’s pragmatic approach and sincerity of speech is refreshing when compared to the hot-tempered and erratic tone of Sen. McCain during the campaign. As seen by the variety and volume of his supporters, Obama appeals to a diverse demographic and has earned the majority of Americans’ confidence when it comes to the economy. Obama aims to fight the economic inequality generated during Bush’s presidency by proposing tax cuts for the staple of the American economy: the middle class. Sen. McCain’s desire to continue Bush-style tax cuts and his apparent disinterest and ignorance on economic issues shows how he is not the man this country needs in its time of economic crisis. We are drawn to Obama also because of his ability to mend America’s damaged image throughout the globe during Bush’s years at the helm. Obama is a comsmopolitan who has shown time and time again that he will work with our allies and take steps away from the calloused and condescending foreign policy of McCain and the man he voted with 89 percent of the time since 2001. As for the two wars our country continues to fight, Obama has been steadfast in his insistence to withdraw American troops from Iraq — a war that we unjustly entered — and refocusing the effort in Afghanistan. We believe this approach is correct, as the men who attacked our country on Sept. 11, 2001, are in Afghanistan and the mountains of Pakistan, but we worry that Obama will abandon the progress that the surge of troops have brought in Iraq. In this precarious moment in American history, this country needs change. We believe Obama is the right man to bring that change, and is more prepared than his opponent to guide this country out of the perilous waters we have been sailing for the past eight years.
Presidential elections drag a host of controversies behind them every four years: mud-slinging advertisements, rhetoric slip-ups and campaign inconsistencies. But above all, endorsements seem to ignite the most passionate allegiance and debate. Choosing a blend of coffee or a Friday-night movie is personal and might spark casual debate between friends. But put an Obama supporter and a McCain supporter in a small room together, and the punches are sure to fly — hopefully not literally. For many Americans, endorsing a candidate translates to aligning oneself with the candidate’s views on every issue. Were this the case, they would appear far less often. An endorsement does not necessarily mean the endorser agrees with every policy and stance; only that the endorser agrees more with the specified candidate than the alternatives. Newspapers began as what might be considered today entirely opinionated publications. As time progressed, more emphasis
Many of the current crises that America now faces are the result of poor planning and a lack of leadership. Sen. John McCain brings to the ticket a broad knowledge of military strategy and a long record of leadership stemming from his days as a captain in the navy and more than two decades in the U.S. Senate. He showcased his military forethought with his early support and proposal of the military surge in Iraq, now credited with much of the current success in that conflict. His energy plan combines multiple strategies for maximum effect and benefit, utilizing resources we already have. And, perhaps most importantly, he is no Bush. When debating the War in Iraq, Obama and McCain both repeatedly reference specific turning points. Obama points to the war’s start, and McCain mentions the troop surge. Unfortunately for Obama, we’re in the war already. Regardless of whether we had a right or a reason to topple the Iraqi government and enter the Iraq War, we did, and we cannot leave the country until we finish what we began. McCain believes in letting the Iraqis become their own people with their own functioning government. We need to stay long enough to make sure they are equipped to solve those issues rather than be destroyed by them. As to how long that will take, neither McCain nor top military generals can predict. Unlike Obama, McCain’s strategy does not include announcing our exit plan to the whole world, including our enemies. McCain realizes there are no “do-overs.” He accepts the situation for what it is and strives to proceed with American interests in mind. Although McCain has long been a supporter of the War in Iraq, which many, in hindsight, question in effect and necessity, he also has been a fierce critic of the administration’s handling of the war. He was not hesitant to call Donald Rumsfeld “one of the worst Secretaries of Defense.” McCain has demonstrated his ability to make difficult judgments even when it undercuts his own party. He will not be
Third party candidates offer alternative option
And don’t be swayed by the idea that if you do not vote for a Democrat or Republican, then your vote will not matter.
not feel bound to elect a Democrat or a Republican. Each third party candidate running in this year’s election advocates significant changes through their innovative policy platforms. If you feel caring for the environment should be a top priority in a president’s administration, you may want to vote for Cynthia McKinney, the Green Party presidential candidate. If President George W. Bush’s PATRIOT Act rubbed you the wrong way, you should take a look at Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party candidate, who firmly opposes the act. Or
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if you believe in supporting conservative family values in today’s secular society, Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party might be your candidate. And don’t be swayed by the idea that if you do not vote for a Democrat or Republican, then your vote will not matter. While a third party candidate has yet to win a presidential election, they have greatly influenced past elections. In 2000, Green Party candidate Ralph Nader received more than 2 million votes and subsequently was accused of taking winning votes away from Demo-
cratic candidate Al Gore. Eight years earlier, Independent Ross Perot won nearly 19 percent of the popular vote. And in 1912, Theodore Roosevelt ran as the nominee for the “Bull Moose Party,” finished second and won 27 percent of the popular vote and 88 electoral votes. If more Americans become aware that more than two candidates typically run in every election year, then maybe a third party candidate will one day be president. Until then, don’t be cajoled into voting for “the lesser of two evils,” but instead vote for the candidates who support the issues you care about and vow to passionately serve and protect this country.
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Every election year, millions of American voters head to the polls with one question in mind: “Which candidate is the lesser of two evils?” But, the question they should be asking is: “Why should I even choose between the lesser of two evils?” Believe it or not, there are more than a dozen parties other than the Democratic and Republican parties with candidates running for the highest position in the country this November. While you may not have heard of any of the third party candidates, they do not deserve to be overlooked. One of the cornerstones of the “American Dream” is choice. You have the opportunity to live practically wherever you want. You have the opportunity to have any job you want. And you have the opportunity to vote for whomever you want. Voters should
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four more years of Bush. According to the latest New York Times/CBS poll, voters believe McCain is more knowledgeable about world affairs by a margin of 23 points and believe McCain is better suited to be commander-in-chief by a margin of 21 points. Approaching the War in Iraq in significance, dwindling natural resources have pushed energy issues to the forefront of many Americans’
McCain brings stability and experience to the presidency. We know his record, and we know where his allegiances lay — with our country...
minds this election cycle. McCain supports a well-rounded platform with increased offshore drilling in addition to a reinvigorated exploration of renewable sources of energy. His energy policy hopes to decrease our dependence on foreign oil while increasing our own supply at home — all this while simultaneously decreasing our long-term dependence on the nonrenewable resource through researching renewable energy sources. McCain brings stability and experience to the presidency. We know his record, and we know where his allegiances lay — with our country, not his political party. In contrast, Obama’s appeal comes largely from the unknown, with scant record and little experience; McCain’s maverick ways stand ready to lead the country in proactive progress rather than the reactive experimentation of the inexperienced.
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‘Optimist’ endorses Ford for presidency Looking Back An editorial that ran in the Oct. 22, 1976 issue of The Optimist.
The Optimist staff has voted to endorse Gerald Ford for president. We believe Ford’s 28 years of experience in government and his record as President during the last two troublesome years better qualify him to be leader of the free world. As a leader in the House, Ford worked diligently on national problems affecting the entire nation. Ford’s opponent has never dealt with the machinery of national government. President Ford engineered considerable achievements in his two years as president. Gerald Ford came into office in bad times: a disgraced presidency, double-digit inflation, the beginnings of the worst recession since the 1930s and the final days of the Vietnam problem. We can now say that America is at peace in the world. Through President Ford’s lead-
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ership, the warring armies of the Middle East have been separated. The President has taken the initiative in the racial-torn states of South Africa, and continues to ease tensions with the Soviet Union and Red China. We can now say that the economy is on its feet again. Unemployment is slowly but surely going down as a record number of people are employed. Inflation has been cut in half, and the gross national product also steadily rises. Ford brought stability to the White House as well as to the nation. He now presides over what he calls a “healed society and an optimistic one.” With no apology, Gerald Ford is a common man. But as he has proven and will continue to prove that he can capably handle the presidency. We urge each voter to carefully consider who you want to lead this country for the next four years. And then show your concern by voting. We hope you join with us in a vote of confidence for Gerald Ford.
Editoral board presents opposing endorsements Looking Back An October 1988, political endorsement editorial demonstrates differing viewpoints through its split representation
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news editor, the A&E editor, the senior staff writer and the chief photographer, considered endorsing a candidate in this year’s presidential campaign. The board decided to endorse only if three-quarters
V.P. George H.W. Bush Experience, leadership qualities and a strong sense of the essentials needed to run this country effectively make Vice President George Bush the only logical choice for the presidency this year. Bush, through his 21 years with the government, has served in several capacities that enable him to fully understand the role of the presidency. He served two terms as a U.S. Representative from Texas. He served on the Ways and Means Committee and led the way for ethics reform in the House. In his role as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Bush was assigned to win support for the U.S. policy of recognizing both the Republic of China and Taiwan. Bush organized the campaign before Henry Kissinger visited Peking. Bush was chosen as chairman of the Republican National Committee in 1973 to help the GOP through the storms of Watergate. He served as U.S. liaison officer to China in 1974-75 for the purpose of opening doors and establishing contacts with the Chinese. During 1976-77 he served as CIA director. The work also taught him the importance of the ability to
make tough decisions and act on them. For the past seven and a half years Bush has been at the president’s side involving himself in many of the crucial decisions of the presidency. He graduated with a degree from Yale University, and he has clear-cut ideas for the economic future of this country. He opposes new taxes and supports a cut in the capital gains tax rate to 15 percent to spur investment. He understands the negative state of the federal deficit and supports a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget to help curb that deficit. Concerning foreign policy, Bush has supported aid to the Freedom Fighters in Nicaragua and Angola. He also supported the liberation of Grenada and the bombing of Libya as the right response to statesponsored terrorism. He favors a strong defense through nuclear aircraft carriers, a unilateral nuclear freeze, the MX and Midgetman missiles, B-1 and Stealth bombers. Bush also favors continuing the research, development and deployment of the Strategic Defense Initiative. Concerning domestic is-
sues, Bush strongly believes in family values and the importance of the family. He believes in being tough on criminals and protecting families. He supports tough mandatory sentences, opposes furloughs for convicted murderers and supports a federal death penalty for drug kingpins. He also favors a constitutional amendment to allow voluntary prayer in schools and opposes federal gun registration and a federal waiting period. He also opposes abortion except in the case of rape, incest or the life of the mother. These few issues give an idea of the overall character of George Bush. He understands the importance of family. He understands the importance of family. He understands the importance of protection from foreign and domestic enemies. He understands the economy. And his experience reassures that he is ready to step in and take charge of the presidency immediately.
of the members agreed to support a particular candidate. After discussing the two main presidential candidates’ stands on the issues, the board deadlocked at six supporting one candidate and four supporting
the other, failing to meet the three-quarters requirement. The editorial board decided to present an editorial in support of vice President George Bush and Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis. Those supporting
Bush selected a member of the editorial board to write in support of him, and the board’s Dukakis supporters selected a board member to write in favor of him.
Gov. Michael Dukakis Stagflation could return if our next president does not take quick action to break the cycle that already has begun. Only Michael Dukakis appears prepared to break the cycle of rising interest rates, accelerated inflation and stagnating economic activity that our massive deficit has begun. Second-quarter inflation for 1988 was a brisk 5 percent, almost double of this time last year — a far cry from the double-digit inflation of the Carter years, but the track takes us to the same place. Our country’s tight plant capacity, low unemployment and a cheap dollar cause inflation. To curb inflation the Federal Reserve hiked interest rates. Since April the discount rate has been pushed up a point-and-a-quarter and the prime rate up a point-andthree-quarters, according to the New Republic. Government borrowing already puts tremendous pressure on interest rates. Add to that inflationary pressure and interest rates almost inevitably will rise. Higher interest rates dampen economic growth, and if they climb too high
rates can become a source of higher inflation. Another spurt of inflation could prompt the Federal Reserve to jack up interest rates further. Then the stagflationary dynamic would catch hold and strangle prosperity. Stagflation looms over us because we have lived beyond our means for too long. Government borrowing causes inflationary pressure because it injects money into the economy and it pushes up interest rates by increasing the demand for borrowing. The way to escape the doom and gloom of stagflation is to take a big chunk out of our deficit quickly, explained New Republic writer Robert Kuttner. “The administration offers to guarantee a big reduction in the deficit by a certain date in mid-1989. In return, the Fed agrees to take its foot off the money hose,” he wrote. But Bush has shunned all the tools of quick deficit reduction, the only thing that can pull us safely through the economic storm on the horizon. He refuses to raise taxes. He never has offered support for Dukakis’ plan to clamp down on tax-cheaters. And the only spending cut in defense spending he could
come up with was to scrap plans to build a truck that represents about .1 percent of the defense budget. Bush’s deficit-reduction plan involves allowing longterm growth and bilateral defense spending cuts with the Soviets to chip away at the deficit. But this solution never would materialize because, while Bush is waiting, the Federal Reserve would clamp down on the deficitfueled inflation by hiking interest rates, and the stagflationary cycle would begin. But Dukakis has shown the flexibility necessary to take a quick bite out of our deficit. He supports tougher tax policies that would pull in additional revenues form would-be tax evaders. He said he would scrap redundant nuclear weapons programs. And he has stated that a small tax increase cannot be ruled out as a last resort. As governor of Massachusetts, Dukakis also has demonstrated the brilliant problem-solving and coalition-building skills necessary to pull the Federal Reserve and the Congress together on such a bold venture. Michael Dukakis possesses the tools to guide us safely through the storm.
Student considers settings, results of election night Looking Back A Nov. 4, 1960, political column by Dudley Lynch and accompanying art.
Break out the coffee pots, pass out the No-doze — Tuesday night we elect a new President and no redblooded American can sleep the hours away while our destiny is being determined. College Students — notorious for their night life anyway — will be among the millions of Americans who plaster themselves to a radio or television while Ed Murrow and David Brinkley “bring you upto-the-minute reports on the
latest election returns.” Television sets in all six ACC dormitories will burn throughout the long night until the magic electoral number is reached and then surpassed, making John Kennedy or Richard Nixon a prime candidate for ulcers during the next four years. Whatever is the decision, the night of November 8 should be underlined in red pencil as a “Night to Remember.” As students concentrate on their “42” hand in between reports on “Illinois, precinct 12” results, they might permit their minds to wander back 100 years ago to the election of 1860. The campaign had been
a bitter fight between Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. The outcome was uncertain until the final results trickled in from the outlying areas of this young nation, still 16 years away from its 100th birthday. Eventually Lincoln knew that he was the man in control of a locomotive soon to plunge down a deadly, steep incline ending in sickening death and destruction. Lincoln knew what was coming. No one could truthfully say what passed through that great man’s mind as he faced reality that night. November 8, 1960 may hold a similar fate for the man who emerges as the na-
tion’s executive. The United States again faces a choice of two systems. It’s not slavery that’s the issue, this time, but control — control of the government, the state, the individual. Which man, which party, which system can lead us forward or backward? The voters make their choice Tuesday. Then we’ll know which man America put where in the third graders’ poem on politics: _________, _________, He’s our man; _________ sleeps in the garbage can.
October 24, 2008
ACU puts on its ‘Blue Suede’ show By Lydia Melby Arts Editor
reak out your dancing shoes and get ready to shake those hips, because ACU Theatre is serving up a rockin’ good time with All Shook Up. Homecoming 2008 is a celebration of all things Elvis, and the Homecoming Musical is no exception. When a free-wheelin’ jailbird comes roaring into a stuffy little town on his motorbike one summer afternoon, he sets off a chain of events that jolts the townspeople out of their stupor, and before you know it, chaos and frantic coupling ensue as people start falling in love right and left. A musical set to Elvis Presley hits, All Shook Up tells the story of Chad, a self-proclaimed delinquent “roustabout” who turns the townspeople’s staid way of life on its head with his leather jacket, tight jeans and swinging pelvis. The town’s mayor and her faithful sheriff have done a pretty bang-up job of squelching any kind of passion, rowdiness and fun from the atmosphere, and the townspeople are ready for a revolution. The repressed tension is palpable, and when Chad provides the catalyst to release their suppressed sexual energy, the townspeople begin “fallin’ stupid in love with each other like nobody’s business.” This play borrows heavily from Shakespeare in its themes. Despite the general confusion, a few false starts, a pair of forbidden “star-crossed lovers” and a case of mistaken identity a la The Twelfth Night, everything works out in the end with a bit of “Midsummer’s” magic. The main theme of the show is, ostensibly, love, but the heavy undercurrent of hormones gives the show an unexpected edge, as do the hints of gender-identity crisis and latent homosexuality. Although All Shook Up might be the campiest show I’ve seen in years, the actors take what they’ve been given and run with it, turning what very easily could have been a noisy exhibition of adolescent sentimentality into a rousing performance that perfectly highlights the vocal and dancing talent present at ACU today. All eight of the leads belt their hearts out, and each deserves their own moment in the
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The cast of All Shook Up performs renditions of Elvis hits such as C’mon Everybody (above) and Let Yourself Go (below). spotlight. The chorus numbers are exciting and grand, and the ensemble expertly walks the line between exuberant and overwhelming, and it’s impossible to leave without a smile on your face. Jonathan Bragg, as Chad, sustains his swaggering charm through each number, and while he lays on the schmaltz a little too thick at times, his superb voice could carry him through anything. He holds the James Dean/Elvis Presley persona well, and his character’s sexual confusion in the I Don’t Want To number is channeled to perfection. Bragg has the hardest character of the show because his part is written so over-thetop that it’s difficult to humanize, but he manages to hold his own while wowing the crowd with his pure vocal talent. Jenavene Hester shines in her role as Natalie, the quintessential small-town tomboy longing for bigger things, and her talent and work ethic are impressive. Hester has gained a good deal of acting and vocal maturity since we last saw her in Aida, and her vocal range is stunning as she switches effortlessly from her female character to her male alter-ego. Her usual sugary sweetness is toned down considerably although it still escapes at times. Hester shines in
her aggressive performance of A Little Less Conversation and her line, “Shake the hand of a brand-new fool,” provides one of the few emotionally genuine moments of the show. Seth Bazacas is lovable and vocally faultless as Dennis, the nerdy sidekick, and his naïve eagerness makes viewers wish the love triangle had turned out differently. Michelle Alexander is a powerhouse in her role as Sylvia. Her numbers are performed excellently, and she brings a refreshing bit of human realism to the hormone driven plot. Jasmin Richardson plays the bubbly romantic teenager Lorraine with believable and dedicated energy, and her voice is naturally breathtaking in every number she performs. Richardson’s ‘battle of the pipes’ with Alexander in That’s All Right is awe-inspiring, and the two make it one of the most enjoyable songs of the show. Will Christoferson is solid in his usual character performance as Jim and pulls off his middle-aged identity crisis humorously. Although Christoferson is not as vocally strong as his counterparts, his effort is admirable, and his hesitance is believable in his role. Joseph Clingan amps up the adolescent awkwardness in his
part of Dean, the repressed mayor’s son. Clingan’s vocals are sound, but he doesn’t really shine until act two in Right Now. Though his part is small, when he takes the time to actually act his lines, his earnest animation is endearing. Rebekah Wheeler has a ton of fun with her role as the loveto-hate-her mayor and is vocally astounding at the end of Devil in Disguise. Finally, Alyssa Vidos commands the spotlight and your full attention as she sensuously slinks her way through scene after scene as the museum curator Miss Sandra. While her over-modulated sexpot speaking voice is a little too much at times, her show-stopping Let Yourself Go is the standout performance of the show, and in conjunction with the ensemble of ‘statues,’ it competes with Jailhouse Rock for the “Best Musical Number” award. Vidos also deserves some sort of award for her athletic feat of running and dancing in milehigh stillettos. The main spotlight stealer, however, is the phenomenal set. This brightly elaborate construction is one of the best I have seen overall and is easily the best I have seen for a musical. It provides the perfect vehicle for the extravagant dance
numbers, and, when the lights come up in certain scenes, it will make the audience gasp. Scenic designer David Utley deserves the highest praise for his visionary imagination and also for his mechanical expertise, for the set also is near perfect technically, as each major scene change is executed smoothly in minimal timing. Two high points to look for: the contraption that first functions as a cell block for the opening number and then becomes the stair platform for an amusement park ride is a feat both visually and mechanically, and the stationary bicycle is a delightful visual trick. The choreography is another element in this production that definitely merits praise. With the intimidating number of songs present in the musical (26), other companies might have tried to play the choreography on the safe side in order to keep their actors from running out of energy before the second act. However, from the explosive first number, Jailhouse Rock (which almost needs its own review due its dynamism and perfect execution) to the rousing finale, the dancing remains volatile and exuberant. The intricate choreography requires an immense amount of energy and concentration from
the cast, but the actors are equal to the challenge. The ensemble is expertly divided into sections, according to talent and experience, and each different set of dancers melds smoothly in the larger numbers. Payton Jones, Carlee Cagle, Jeremy Varner and J. Mendl are four dancers that deserve special recognition for their talent and enthusiasm; keep your eye on them during the bigger numbers. The orchestra, directed by Dr. Stephen Ward, is superb as usual. The music in the show is so enjoyable that even those in the audience with little knowledge of or affection for Elvis will leave the Civic Center humming the various tunes. The light and costume designers also deserve a nod for their vision and consistency, especially for a musical of this size and magnitude. All Shook Up is perfectly produced, packed and performed. The plot is thin, and you won’t find a lot of room for deep acting in any of the characters; but after all, it is a musical, and the whole point is to have a good time. This show succeeds in providing this, but its hackneyed almost-message of racial acceptance turns the audience off to any possible communication on the theme of general tolerance. The adolescent lovers, Lorraine and Dean, are kept apart due to the prejudices of their parents, but in the end, their hormonal infatuation is held up as the standard of true love. As troubling as this is, even more so is the fact that the two are only deemed acceptable as a pair when a discovery is made concerning the true racial identity of one. This revelation is necessary but done in extremely poor taste, and the cast members are noticeably uncomfortable with this plot point. The ACU Department of Theatre deserves sustained applause for the effort poured into this show. Although All Shook Up mangles its message about interracial relationships, its vivacity is immensely enjoyable, and its primary message comes through loud and clear. In the words of Earl the Sherriff, “Sometimes, a little indecency is good for you.” Well, at least it is when Elvis is involved. E-mail Melby at: email@example.com
Friday, October 24, 2008
JamFest promises stylistic diversity By Joel Dallas Student Writer
This year’s multiple stage carouselambra of sound known as JamFest will feature the full monty of ACU’s musical talent on the lawn behind the Zona Luce Building Friday at 7 p.m. The tonal spectrum represented ranges from subtle acoustic acts such as Kara Dubose and Alex Howard to the rollicking face-melting energy of The Rockin’ Extensions and new arrivals, Swing the Lead. JamFest will be emceed by Stephen Munoz (lead singer of Swing the Lead) who has commissioned me to put out the good word that there will be prizes, free stuff and all kinds of crowd involvement to keep things alive in between sets. The addition of a second stage also should keep the vibrations rolling smoothly with less downtime in between performances. I had the opportunity to listen to a Swing the Lead practice session Tuesday and I must admit I left the bombed out basement they practice in worried and skep-
tical. However, and this is a MAJOR however, later that same night I heard them open a show at Red Bud Park, and my paradigm was violently shifted. Simply put, they threw down. I was impressed by the raw energy they channeled behind a sophisticated smashing of cymbals (Andy Munoz on drums) and funky guitar breakdowns (Zak Zeinert on lead guitar). Above the roar of screaming amps boomed the fierce attitude of punk driven lyrics. Swing the Lead adds a touch of originality to its PopPunk genre by performing with dual-lead vocals sung by rhythm guitar Stephen Munoz and bassist Matt Tate. Swing the Lead will be a band to anticipate at JamFest. I also spoke with senior guitarist Mason Shirley of The Rockin’ Extensions who was disappointed about the restrictions of this year’s JamFest, particularly that TRX only will be allowed to play a six-song set due to the massive lineup of artists and time restraints. Nonetheless, he said they will bring a “power packed
awesomeness” show to the festival. I figure that would be the least we can expect from TRX, who is one of the few bands I’ve seen capable of covering Free Bird in an enjoyable fashion. Look for their CD titled Love Train at JamFest, as well as a new release soon. In the event you do not like a loud rock-n-roll ruckus, then have no worries because there are a cornucopia of acoustic and melodic folk type performers slated to take the stage, soothing any bleeding ears. I was fortunate enough to get a hold of Kara Dubose last-minute style via Facebook (of all places) to ask her several questions about her musical style. She will be playing a set of Indiefolk relaxed acoustic pieces. She plays solo and likes her shows to have a laid back “intimate coffee house feel.” Dubose draws from her wide range of musical tastes, forming a style reminiscent of Jewel or Kari Jobe, yet she is comparably unique. Also, Fair Forms with brothers Paul and Jacob Knettel and Claire Hardin is sure
Jamfest lineup Swing the Lead The Rockin’ Extensions Alex Howard & Logan Watts Fair Forms Lucas Wright Cade Davis & Tyler Johnson Jeremy Robinson Stephanie Saxon Jay Burnam Kara Dubose Robby Brown
to bring peaceful vibrations into the air. They have a sound rooted in arpeggiatied piano play, laying down fluid progressions over which vocals and guitar are woven. JamFest will be their grand debut, which will be an exciting thing to witness. Perhaps I am biased as a musician, but I know JamFest will be a sweet experience because there is a metric ton of talent performing this year. So, grab a blanket to sit for the slow songs and a good pair of shoes to dance for the raging ones and have a ball with all your pals at JamFest Friday.
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Jozie Sands :: staff photographer Guitarist Morgan Shirley and singer/guitarist Andrew Duge of The Rockin’ Extensions (top) and Swing the Lead (bottom) are two of the headlining acts in Jamfest this year.
University Chorale and A Cappella collaborate for Homecoming By Cody Veteto Chief Videographer
The ACU Department of Music will shake a few things up during Homecoming this year with a concert and musical. The students and faculty in the music department are excited for their upcoming Homecoming concert on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. because
their previous production yielded great success. The chair of the music department, Dr. Gary Straughn, said the previous Oct. 17 choir performance “was almost a sellout,” leaving only thirty seats unoccupied for the concert. The turnout made it a good concert showing for the WPAC Recital Hall. Straughn said the University Chorale, which sang for the concert, is composed of fresh-
man music majors as well as anyone on campus who wants to participate in the choir. The University Chorale and the A Cappella chorus often sing together, featuring more than 100 voices, and Dr. Paul Piersall, director of the University Chorale, said their participation in the annual Homecoming concert has been a tradition for years. “[The concert] is a great way for the Abilene com-
munity and our friends and former students to see what the ensembles are doing,” Straughn said. The performance features student compositions. The Chorale will perform an arrangement of classical music to Spirituals, and the A Cappella choir will perform another arrangement, including some songs that were dedicated to the alumni chorus by students.
“We always have a full house for the Homecoming concert,” Straughn said. “It’s usually standing room only.” Not only is the music department sponsoring a concert that should bring a full crowd this year, but many performers also will be involved in the musical. “Students and faculty perform in the orchestra pit for the Homecoming Musical, All Shook Up, Straughn said.
An upcoming concert for the department is the second annual Christmas Vespers, which is a combination of choirs, orchestra and organ. For a complete list of ACU concerts, check the music department’s Google calendar that can be found on the ACU Web site.
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Friday, October 24, 2008
Student Congress supports local non-profit organization By Daniel Johnson-Kim Editor in Chief
Students’ Association Congress unanimously passed the first piece of legislation presented to congressmembers this school year, voting to allocate funds to sponsor two SA teams for a nonprofit bowling tournament in November. Mabee Buisness Building representative Trevor Brunt, presented the legislation, which called for Congress to donate money to participate in “Bowl for Kid’s Sake,” an event organized by Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Abilene. Brunt, who works at Big Brothers, Big Sisters, said he decided to present the legislation to formally illustrate SA’s commitment to the event. Congress will sponsor two teams, and the money for the event will come from the Congressional discretionary fund, which before had more than $4,500 for Congress to spend. Teams are required to raise at least $350 to participate in the event, which will be on Nov. 15. “All of the money Bowl for Kid’s Sake generates will be used to sustain matches,” Brunt said. In presenting the legislation, Brunt explained to Congress how ACU has a long and strong commitment to Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Abilene. Brunt said more than 140 students volunteer through BBBS of Abilene’s various programs, and two SA teams participated in the “Bowl for Kid’s Sake” fundraiser last year. Brunt said several other ACU
Zak Zeinert:: chief photographer Jeff Arrington, associate dean of Student Life, explains the new advertising policy on campus to the Students’ Association Congress Wednesday.
student groups participated in the past, and it is a good way to show support for the local office of the nation-wide nonprofit organization. “They’ve done it for the past two years I believe,” Brunt said of SA’s involvement with the event. Also at Wednesday’s meeting, Dr. Jeff Arrington, associate dean of Student Life, explained the new advertisement policy that prohibits the pasting of signs on sidewalks, glass doors and walls and the chalking on sidewalks. Arrington said the Student Life office was planning to find alternative methods of advertisement students can use in the future to advertise events and student groups. Although Dr. Arrington admitted there existed few methods to currently advertise other than posting an ad on the MyACU homepage, the Student Life office might buy kiosks,
relocate flat-screen televisions in high traffic areas that would advertise events and make it easier for students to post ads on MyACU. “We’re looking at the process in which MyACU is processed to make that more accessible,” Arrington said. Congress will not meet on Oct. 29 because the SA officers and congressmembers will help coordinate and attend, “Wii the People,” a political forum and debate featuring students and faculty members on that day SA is co-sponsoring the event with the JMC Network.
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Published on Jun 10, 2009