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vol. 101, no. 31

friday, january 25, 2013

Women’s basketball wins sixth straight game, tied for first in LSC


health INSIDE OPINION Lance Armstrong let us all down by doping, then lying

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MACCC, students fighting flu kirsten holman staff reporter The flu season is at its peak and many students have already suffered the consequences. It was a rough first week back at school for Rebecca Fowler, junior English major from Coppell, who contracted the flu on Jan. 14,

the day school started. Her fever lasted for three days and she remained contagious for another. She is still recovering and has a minor cough. “My housemate, Whitney, got the flu two days before me and then I caught it from her. Now three of our friends in Whitney’s and my Sing Song section have it,” Fowler said. “If you start

feeling sick, go to the doctor right away.” Fowler is one of many who have dealt with the flu this season. She is also one of many who received the flu shot and still contracted the flu. “My whole family and I get the flu shot every fall and have since I was little,” Fowler said. “In the past, it’s been great at prevent-

ing the flu, but this year the doctor said it was only about 60 percent effective. Even though it didn’t prevent me from catching the flu this year, the doctor said it made my case much less severe.” The flu is a contagious respiratory illness prominent in the winter time, especially January and February. The seasonal flu


typically lasts one to two weeks and is characterized by a sore throat, coughing, muscle aches, nausea, chills, headaches, a runny nose and a fever of more than 100 degrees. Dr. Ellen West, physician and director of the Weber Medical and Counseling Care Center, said more see flu page 4

dining services

JMC students ‘pay it forward’ to thank alum for generous donation

Den closes, Starbucks renovation plans ahead

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NEWS Alum introduces ACUspecific app on campus for classroom networking

gabi powell features editor The campus begins New Year resolutions of its own, as students bid adieu to the Den and await Starbucks upgrades. Anthony Williams, chief business services officer, said though details are not concrete, the Brown Library Starbucks can expect to see the start of its makeover this summer. “No dramatic updates,” Williams said. “I think we have an excellent dining program here on campus, we just want to better it. Anytime we do anything in retail, we always get input from stakeholders around campus.” In December, Williams said renovations could happen as early as this semester, but collaborations with campus organizations, such as Student Life and ResLife, are still ongoing about what specific changes will

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SPORTS Men’s basketball keep playoff hopes alive with three-point win Page 7

SPORTS Former football coach’s future uncertain after Texas Bowl win Page 8

NEWS Three social clubs preparing for spring pledging Page 3 mandy lambright chief photographer Freshmen Brooke Crisp, international studies major from Dallas, and Hannah Hogg, elementary education major from Dallas, work on Sing Song costumes in Gardner East Lobby.

NEWS SHADES, Sanctify looking for new members

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15 professors promoted, tenured mark smith

Bloodmobiles seeking higher student donor turnout Page 4

ONLINE NEWS A few spots still remain available on Spring Break Campaigns

editor in chief The university secured a more consistent future faculty roster during the Christmas break. Dr. Robert Rhodes, provost, approved the tenure and promotion of 15 assistant professors. These faculty members will receive a continuous contract, rather than a yearto-year one, and will be promoted to associate professors, effective this fall.

Rhodes said tenure gives associate professors the security of employment at ACU as long as their positions exist. The process leading up to tenure typically lasts six years, as an assistant professor collects and establishes a portfolio of his or her work in teaching, scholarship, research and service that meet certain criteria. Once a tenure-track faculty member reaches the requirements, committees of senior faculty members


Dr. Shelly Sanders

Dr. Orneita Burton

Dawne SwearingenMeeks

Dr. Mikee Delony

Dr. Steven Moore

Dr. Sam Stewart

Dr. John Ehrke

Dr. Laura Phillips

Dr. Qiang Xu

Dr. Tim Head

Rick Piersall

Dr. Alan Lipps

Dr. Cynthia Powell

review his or her portfolio before the provost will ultimately approve the promotion.

Dr. Joe Stephenson

Dr. Steven Moore, assis- otic, it was also enjoyable. tant professor of language “The most challengand literature, said while see tenure page 4 the tenure track was cha-


VIDEO New statute brings completion to Lunsford Trail project

Houston college shooter injures 3 Maintenance worker caught in cross-fire; news hits close to home for some at ACU take shelter. The shooter was identified as 22-year-old Terry Foster, reports KHOU. Foster, Three people were injured accompanied by his friend, by gunfire Tuesday in a 22-year-old Carlton Berry, got shooting on the North Har- into an argument with a man ris campus of Lone Star Col- named Jody Neal. A half-hour lege in Houston. later, Foster confronted Neal The shooting occurred again, this time with gunfire. outdoors in the college’s Neal and Berry were center courtyard at ap- wounded. Bobby Cliburn, proximately 1 p.m. Students a maintenance man, was were warned to evacuate or caught in the crossfire. A

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VIDEO International students gather to share a weekly meal and worship


fourth person was hospitalized due to a medical condition agitated by the shooting. Foster has been charged with aggravated assault but has not been detained. Berry was originally identified as a shooter on Tuesday. He remains charged with aggravated assault and is still hospitalized due to wounds he received during the gunfire, according to a CBS News report.

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Campus reopened late afternoon Tuesday. Jimmy Ellison, ACU police chief, used to work in Beaumont, one hour from Houston. He said the recent rash of shootings is horrific and sad. “It can happen anywhere, anytime. Always be alert, think through things in your mind about what you would do, where you would go, where to hide,” Ellison said. “When things happen, if you’ve already thought through that situation beforehand, you’ll be that much more mentally prepared to


deal with it when it happens.” Ben Clardy, sophomore history and English major from Houston, lives within 10 minutes of Lone Star College. “My best friend’s girlfriend at home goes to Lone Star. The first thing that I did when I heard about it was make sure that she hadn’t been there at the time,” Clardy said. “It’ll be a really big tragedy in the community, really difficult to come back from.” contact garcia at



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saturday 7 p.m. Jeremiah’s Hope Benefit Concert


sunday 10 a.m. Men’s Basketball at Angelo State U.


Summer Camp Fair

Summer Camp Fair

7 p.m. Zeta Rho Rush

3 p.m. Peace Corp Info Session

5:30 p.m. Women’s Basketball vs Angelo U.

5:30 p.m. Women’s Basketball vs West TX A&M 7:30 p.m. Men’s Basketball vs West TX A&M

Chapel checkup

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Announcements Students interested in joining The Wildcat Reign can sign up at thewildcatreign. com. The Wildcat Reign aims to provide students the ability to facilitate Wildcat pride on campus and serves as a linking point between students and Wildcat athletic events. ACU Leadership Camps is looking for college students to serve on summer staff. Pick up an application in Room 10 in the lower level of the Campus Center

Abstract submission for the Undergraduate Research Festival is now open. The 5th annual ACU Undergraduate Research Festival will be April 4-5. To submit your abstract or get abstract writing tips and information on the review of abstracts go to the Research Festival Blog at Images of Aging Photo Contest is accepting submissions through Feb. 8 at

COBA Connections Cafe in Mabee Business Building is now serving La Popular burritos and Mission Lazarus Coffee. Premarital Counseling Chapel Series begins Feb. 7 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Chapel on the Hill. Each session earns one chapel credit. The registration deadline is Jan. 31 and costs $35 per couple.

Jeremiah’s Hope Benefit Concert hosted by Frater Sodalis will be Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. at Cullen Auditorium. Tickets for students with ID will be $10 and for adults will be $15. Artists include The Ones You Love, The Dogwoods, The Mighty Kong and Brianna Gaither. Hispanos Unidos Chapel is held on Thursdays in the Bible building room 120.

ACU Baseball will be at Minute Maid Park Feb. 1-4. A pregame party will be held Feb. 2 at 5 p.m.

Police Log Police log 01/15/2013 2:30 p.m. COBA staff reported the theft of an Apple TV device taken sometime during the holidays from Mabee Business Building room 217.

Weekly Stats for week of Jan. 15-Jan. 22 01/19/2013 2:20 ACUPD was contacted about a male knoocking on neighborhood doors and asking for money. The male was located and advised to not solicit funds.

01/16/2013 A student reported that his 2012 Chevy Cruze was struck by an un- 01/20/2013 4:28 A student reported that known vehicle whose driver fled the someone had deflated all four of her scene after the collision. vehicle’s tires while it was parked in the South Lot across the street from Gardner 01/18/2013 9:48 Residents reported a Hall. prowler/prowlers banging on the front door and howling. Four officers respond- 01/21/2013 2:20 UP staff reported the ed but the suspects left prior to officers burglary of a Pepsi machine and theft of arrival. all the coins. 01/19/2013 3:45 ACUPD assisted APD on a possible burglary-in-progress call at a residence in the 600 block of College. No suspects nor any evidence of an offense were found.

Police Tip of the Week: Remember to make sure you are enrolled in ACU ALERT. Registration is fast and free at www.acu. edu/acualert.

Accident Administrative activity Alarm Assault Assist Building lock/unlock Check building Criminal trespass warning Disturbance Escort Foot patrol Found property Hit and run Incident report Information report Investigation follow up Lost property Maintenance: university assets Monitor facility/lot

1 Motorist assist: 18 Inflate tire 1 Jumpstart 1 Unlock 5 Other 11 Parking lot patrol 100 Patrol vehicle: 1 Maintenance 2 Refuel 7 Prowler 11 Random patrol 1 Report writing 2 Suspicious activity 1 Suspicious person 1 Theft 4 Traffic hazard 1 Traffic stop 1 Welfare check 8 Total Events: 248

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Volunteer Opp0rtunities The Center for International Education is looking for conversation partners for international students to practice English, conversations and cultural learning. Partners meet for one hour each week at a time and place determined by the partners. For more information contact Laura McGregor at 325-674-2821 or laura.

donated items. Volunteers are needed every weekday and the first Saturday of each month between 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. For more information contact Roberta Brown at 325-673-7561 or at robertabrown51@ For more information on the program visit:

St. John’s Episcopal School is seeking volunteers to paint metal playground equipment anytime MondayFriday after 3 p.m. and Saturday anytime. For more information contact Rebecca McMillon at 325-695-8870 or

The Food Bank of West Central Texas needs volunteers to help sort and stock food and other items any weekday Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The Food Bank is located at 5505 N. 1st St. For more information contact Janice Serrault at 325-695-6311 or abfoodbk@camalott. com.

Center for Contemporary Arts needs a gallery assistant to greet patrons, answer phones and answer basic questions about the Center and its programs. This opportunity is open Tuesday-Friday. The Center for Contemporary Arts is located at 220 Cypress Street. For more informa tion contact Jessica Dulle at 325-6778389 or visit:

Meals on Wheels Plus needs volunteer drivers to deliver afternoon meals to seniors and adults with disabilities Monday-Friday between 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Drivers must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license. Training is provided. For more information contact Samantha Barker at 352-672-5050 or visit:

Rescue the Animals is seeking volunteers to take pictures and videos in preparation for the launching of their new website as well as maintenance of the site after the launch. This opportunity is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. For more information contact Kathy Walker at 325-677-7722 or

The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers for a variety of needs including sorting and pricing items in the thrift store, helping in the kitchen and/or doing yard work. Times are flexible. Volunteers are needed throughout the week Monday-Saturday. The Salvation Army is located at 1726 Butternut St. For more information contact J.D. Alonzo at 325-677-1408 or visit:

The National Center For Children’s Illustrated Literature is looking for volunteers to greet patrons, assist with art activities, sell books and make visitors feel welcome. Help is also needed for special events like Artwalk and exhibit openings. The NCCIL is located at 102 Cedar St. For more information on times and dates contact Debby Lillick at 325-673-4586 or visit:

The House That Kerry Built is looking for volunteers to assist in the day care of medically fragile children any day Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. or 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Contact Keith Loftin at 325-672-6061.

The Christian Ministries of Abilene: Food Pantry is searching for volunteers to greet and interview neighbors, do computer entries, shop with neighbors, take groceries to vehicles, bag, stock and pick up orders on Mondays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. The Food Pantry is located at 701 Walnut St. For more information contact Becky Almanza at 325-673-1234 or The Christian Service Center is seeking volunteers to help assist with filling requests for items such as clothing, bedding, kitchen utensils, etc. from the donation center, sort and organize donations and occasionally pick-up

The International Rescue Committee is seeking volunteers to work with refugees who recently moved to the U.S., teaching English, helping with homework and mentoring. Contact Susanna Lubango to make an appointment at 325-675-5643. The Covenant Place of Abilene is seeking volunteers to lead singing and/or play piano for residents. For more information contact Ann Erwin at 325-793-1144. University Place is seeking volunteers to help with the resident birthday party for residents the third Wednesday of each month at 2:30 p.m. For more information contact Linda Tijerina at 325-676-9946. Breakfast on Beech Street is seeking volunteers to help set up, prepare and serve breakfast to homeless/lower income folks any Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 5:30 a.m. or Tuesday at 5 a.m. B.O.B.S is located at First

Christian Church on 3rd St. and Beech St. Service times must be scheduled in advance. To serve on Mondays contact Jody Depriest at 325-669-3312 or jody.depriest@ To serve on Tuesdays contact Allen Daugherty at 325-660-6949 or To serve on Wednesdays contact Jane Harvey at 325-695-0092 or To serve on Thursdays contact Margaret Beasley at 325-692-4149 or To serve on Fridays contact Rachel Brown at Eternal Threads is seeking volunteers to help with packing and organizing shipments, labeling products, errands and cleaning any weekday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information contact Pam Early at 325-672-6000 or pam@ Christian Homes & Family Services is seeking volunteers to do minor landscaping such as raking, trimming bushes, minor apartment repairs and general upkeep MondaySaturday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information contact Shaylee Honey at 325-677-2205 or Shoney@ The Abilene Public Zoo is seeking volunteers to help clean/feed animals, assist zookeepers and assist with educational classes any weekday any time between 12 p.m.-4 p.m. They are also seeking volunteers to help with general labor such as grounds cleanup and painting any weekday at any time between noon and 4 p.m. For more information contact Joy Harsh at 325-676-6487. Hill Resources is seeking volunteers to encourage and entertain mentally delayed individuals Monday through Friday any time between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information contact Michelle Espinoza at 325-673-3346 or The Oaks at Radford Hills is seeking volunteers to participate in activities, go on outings and provide social stimulation for residents any day at any time. For more information contact Michelle White or Sonia Serrato at 325-672-3236. Rescue the Animals is seeking volunteers to work at the adoption center doing a variety of tasks including cleaning, socializing and grooming the animals Monday - Saturday from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. For more information contact Mindi Qualls at 325-698-7722 or The CAC Department is seeking volunteers to participate in Special Olympics, by helping mentally/physically challenged people play games and sports Monday-Friday



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JMC department gives back to community Staff Report During department Chapel on Tuesday, Dr. Cheryl Bacon, professor and chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, announced that the JMC department received a donation of $500,000. Elise Smith Mitchell, president and CEO of Mitchell Communications Group in Fayetteville, Ark., said she chose to make a donation to the JMC department because it changed her life and prepared her for her career in public relations. “Supporting their work to prepare the next generation of leaders in my field is a great honor and just one small way I can try to repay the department for all they did to help me succeed,” Mitchell said. “I am particularity passionate about the student-run advertising and public relations agency, Morris & Mitchell, and wanted to ensure it would grow and thrive for many years to come.” Mitchell called Bacon before Thanksgiving last year to offer the donation. Bacon informed the faculty of the donation the next week. “I wanted to involve the faculty in thinking through priorities because she specifically wanted to help us address some unmet needs; things that we didn’t already have underway or didn’t already have fundraising underway for,” Bacon said. She said the faculty brainstormed and established priorities, then she discussed the ideas with Mitchell. Bacon said the faculty were “thrilled.” “It’s just such an amazing gift to an academic department,” Bacon said. “For

an academic department to receive an unsolicited gift of that size is remarkable. It has never happened to us before.” Bacon said half of the donated money will be used to create an endowment for Morris & Mitchell, the student-run advertising and public relations agency. She said the rest of the money will be used for three purposes. “One, it’ll create a fund to help us better focus on diversity issues in curriculum and in instruction,” Bacon said. “That’s an important standard for accreditation. It’s one we have struggled with, and Elise is very passionate about diversity issues, so she has designated a portion of it for that.” Bacon said a portion of the money will be used to create a new multimedia student entity for the multimedia majors. She said the money will also support Morris & Mitchell until the endowment “kicks in.” She said when she made the announcement during Chapel, the students clearly recognized the magnitude of the gift. Bacon said while she was researching Mitchell Communications Group she found a story about employees who were given the opportunity to give back to their community in Arkansas. She decided the JMC department should do something similar as a way of saying “thank you.” “I just felt like, to honor her and thank her, but to do it in a way that would be meaningful to her, not just waving a banner or something, it should be something she would appreciate and that she would do. And she was elated,” Bacon said. In response to the donation, students from

mandy lambright chief photographer Students and faculty from the JMC department pray before the student groups left to donate $200 each to parts of the Abilene community.

three branches of the department found ways to give back to their community during an event called “Pay it Forward.” After receiving the news of the donation the students present at Chapel divided into three teams: Morris & Mitchell, KACU and the JMC Network/the Optimist. Each team received $200 cash and were instructed to go into the Abilene community and “pay it forward.” The groups left immediately after Chapel and were instructed to return by 1:30 p.m. to share their experiences. Hailey Thompson, senior Ad/PR major from Al-


App provides classroom networking joshua Garcia managing editor An ACU alum stopped by campus Tuesday and Wednesday to introduce an ACU-exclusive application. Stoodify, created and marketed by Ryan Dunagan (‘08), along with John Critz and Ryan Smith, is a new app aimed at providing an academic social network experience. Students can use Stoodify to create study groups, share notes and find study partners. Dunagan, Critz and Smith offered free sunglasses and t-shirts to interested students. Smith said Stoodify is a great alternative to Facebook for classwork. “You download the app and because we’re already tied into the school’s server and database, it’s pre-populated with all your classes, your classmates, your courses, your documents and everything. It’s an easy way to get in touch with your classmates,” Smith said. “It’s all distilled down to this one experience.”

adrian patenaude staff photographer ACU alumnus Ryan Dunagan and his team parked an Airstream trailer on campus for the launch of their iPhone app, Stoodify. John Critz, pictured here, programmed Stoodify as a collaboration tool for students. This is his fifth startup.

Dunagan and Critz have been working on Stoodify for the last two years. Dunagan said the app is exclusive to ACU, but may be expanded to other universities in the fall. “We’ve been talking with ACU for a year or so, just iterating on feature set and making sure the legal side was taken care of as well as the data import,” Dunagan said. “ACU is the pilot school.” Stoodify is only available

on Apple devices, but Dunagan said this may change. “Android is coming, but we don’t have a hard date set yet,” Dunagan said. Students can try Stoodify free for 30 days. The app can then be purchased for $30 from the App Store and is charged to one’s student account. contact garcia at

social clubs

Three clubs preparing for spring pledging Katie Greene page 2 editor Frater Sodalis, Pi Kappa and Zeta Rho social clubs are offering spring pledging this semester. Rushes for these clubs began Tuesday and will continue up until Bid Night on Feb. 1. Spring pledging is only two and a half weeks as opposed to five weeks in the fall. Victoria Sun, sophomore youth and family ministry major from Plano, said she was too busy to pledge in the fall, so she’s glad to have the opportunity to pledge for Zeta Rho. The shorter time commitment allows Sun, and others like her with busy schedules the chance to participate in a social club here on campus.

“I think a lot of students just write off social clubs because they don’t have time to pledge in the fall,” Sun said. Spring pledging also allows small clubs to grow in numbers year round. Becca Clay, a senior speech pathology major from Salt Lake City, Utah and president of Zeta Rho, said, “We did it last spring so we felt like in order to grow more spring pledging was the best option for us.” Numbers are not the only reason for spring pledging. Zeta Rho, which re-chartered their club with spring pledging in spring of 2012, recently had a club vote and decided to offer pledging this semester to give more girls the opportunity to pledge. “People have different schedules like girls that

studied abroad or girls that are RA’s, so this is more realistic to them,” Clay said. While guys have two choices for spring pledging, girls only have one choice of club. “I wish more clubs did spring pledging, because it would be cool to experience the different clubs rather than the choices be limited to just one or two clubs,” Sun said. Students interested in spring pledging need to register online before Jan. 30 at 5 p.m. For registering and more information on spring pledging visit http://www. html. contact greene at

len and Morris & Mitchell account director, helped organize the Chapel and led the Morris & Mitchell group. Her group drove to Books-a-Million and bought bargain books to be donated to the “Alliance for Women and Children.” The books would be distributed among elementary schools in Abilene. “The woman at the front desk was so sweet and so excited,” Thompson said. “She wanted to know all about what we were doing today and what the other groups were doing. She wanted our contact information so that she could send a thank you note.”

The KACU group drove to Hendrick Medical Center and met a woman in the emergency room who needed help paying her rent. They donated their $200 to pay for half of her rent. The group from the JMC Network/the Optimist spent half of their money on five $20 Walmart gift cards, which they distributed to individuals in need throughout the store. They donated the remainder of their money to Meals on Wheels Plus. Bacon said she sent Mitchell a text message later that day to explain what each group had done with their money.

“I was incredibly touched to hear from Cheryl about the ‘Pay it Forward’ event,” Mitchell said. “Giving is a priceless experience, and I am so glad that the department is showing students why it is important to be a leader who gives. It changes you for the good, and for good.” Melany Cox and Kirsten Holman contributed to this report. For a video report, visit

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Two dance groups pursing new members theatre, so we’ll have some spots that will need to be filled,” Kilpatrick said. “We encourage evTwo dance groups on eryone in Sanctify to put campus are actively look- school first.” ing for new members Kilpatrick, junior ad/ with spring tryouts as PR major from Mesquite, they prepare Sing Song said Sanctify plans to be performances. SHADES step team has For the first time, we had been conducting tryouts an all-girl group. But we each night this week, and will again Friday evening have missed the variety in the Onstead-Packer men have traditionally Biblical Studies Building room 115 from 8 - 10 brought to the group .” p.m. It’s the first time the victoria jones group will welcome open senior psychology tryouts. major from dallas “For the first time, we had an all-girl group,” said Victoria Jones, SHADES head captain. picky when selecting new “But we have missed the members from the audivariety men have tradi- tions. tionally brought to our “We’re not taking a group.” full group like we did Jones, senior psychol- last semester,” he said. ogy major from Dallas, “We’re going to need, at said the SHADES tryouts the most, about five new will consist of two steps members. The tryout and a dance. dances won’t be as hard “Nothing too diffi- as last time, but we will cult,” she said. be picking people on a Sanctify, an on-cam- tougher scale.” pus hip-hop dance group, The Sanctify tryouts will be conducting its location has yet to be set, own tryouts on Feb. 4. Ja- but the group will advercob Kilpatrick, Sanctify tise the auditions next captain, said the group week on campus. has lost a few members and wants to replace them for its spring shows. contact smith at “This semester we have a lot of people in Members of Sanctify (top) and SHADES (bottom) perform during Christmas Slam last month.

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Bloodmobiles seeking student donations Wyatt Morgan staff reporter The Meek Blood Center will have two bloodmobiles parked in between the Brown Library and Hardin Administration Building on Wednesday and will be accepting walk-in blood donations. Students interested in giving blood show up to either bloodmobile between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., with a

photo ID and a full stomach. Frances Baker, the donor recruiter for Meek Blood Center, emphasized the importance of giving blood. “There is no substitute for human blood, and this is why we encourage any willing participate to give this precious gift,” Baker said. Cancer patients are typically the number one users of the blood donat-

ed at these drives. Baker hopes to have more than 100 students participate in Wednesday’s blood drive. The last time the bloodmobiles visited ACU only about 50 participants showed up, possibly due to the rainy weather that day. Baker said blood is always in high demand, but especially lately because many regular donors have not been able to donate because of the flu case outbreaks this season.

“I feel like the students at ACU are service-oriented and willing to participate in things as important as this,” Baker said. Tanner Hamilton, sophomore biology major from Fort Worth, is a frequent blood donor. “Giving blood is a simple act that makes an enormous difference in the life of someone in need of a transfusion,” Hamilton said. “There isn’t much easier or more fulfilling

than knowing someone is benefitting from a mere 45 minutes taken out of my daily schedule.” In the past, individuals who had received tattoos or piercings within 12 months were prohibited from donating blood. However, Baker said that rule has now been waived if the tattoos or piercings were received in Texas. This rule was in place to completely eliminate the possibility of hepatitis de-

fecting a donated blood supply, but stricter regulations have been set in place at Texas tattoo and piercing parlors, minimizing the risk. Donors will not leave the bloodmobiles emptyhanded. Baker said donors may receive a t-shirt and plenty of snacks.

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Flu: Clinic administers 500 vaccinations continued from page 1 dents have come into the medical clinic this year than they did last year for the flu, and she has administered somewhere near

500 vaccinations. Flu shots at the ACU Medical Clinic are $15 for students. She thinks it is important to get the flu shot because it has been recommended by the CDC (Centers for Dis-

ease Control and Prevention) and lowers the chance of hospitalization or death. “No vaccine has 100 percent efficacy,” West said. “The flu vaccine is made up new every year based

on projections of what strains will be most prevalent. This year’s vaccine is about 70 percent effective, so there are some strains in circulation that are not covered by the vaccine. The

people who get the vaccine and then get the flu are still much less severely affected.” West’s advice to stay healthy is to get the flu shot, wash your hands well and

often, get plenty of sleep and don’t eat or drink after others. contact holman at


Tenure: Faculty gain promotions continued from page 1 part of it was to have that excitement and joy for teaching and also devote as much time for research and scholarship,” Moore said. “I love working with students, but I had to give the same commitment to research.” Moore said despite the great challenges the process presented, it will be worth it. “I truly love working at this place,” he said. “When

you love what you do, you try to line things up so you can be there for a long time. I’m very thankful to God and my colleagues that it’s finally over with and I can concentrate all my efforts into teaching.” Rhodes said the number of faculty granted tenure depends entirely on the number of eligible tenure-track faculty. The high number of applicants meant for the high number of faculty who

receive the promotion.

When you love what you do, you try to line things up so you can there for a long time. ” francis baker donar recruiter for

“Some years, such as this year, there will be several applicants and some there will be few,” Rhodes said. “Each

faculty member is reviewed independently.” Dr. Jonathan Camp, assistant professor of communication, was promoted to associate professor as well. Dr. Glenn Pemberton, associate professor and former chair of Bible, missions and ministry, will be promoted to professor. contact smith at

dining services

Coffee: Dining Services listens to student input continued from page 1 es will be made. “We want to get some more input from students– we’re sticklers about that,” he said. This spring, meetings between Williams, staff and students will offer Dining Services a better idea where improvements can be made. Hunter Milliner, junior accounting major from Plano, made a suggestion about what he would like to see included in the update. “It’d be cool if they had a second register for when it

gets busy,” he said.

We are going to be looking how we can make improvements at all dining locations. ”

Anthony williams chief business services officer

Williams said upgrades are not exclusive to the Starbucks, though. “We are going to be looking how we can make improvements at all campus dining locations,” he said.

Even with the promise of improvements, some students will still miss the Den coffee shop. “It’s a shame it’s closing down, that’s where a lot of my friendships developed freshman year, more students should have taken advantage of that place,” Milliner said. With the Den’s close, dining staff at the location were relocated to the Brown Library Starbucks.

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WORSHIP @midnightworship


Photos courtesy of Instagram uploads from Midnight Worship participants. Midnight Worship is located at: University Baptist Church 2141 Grape St.

“Midnight Worship has such a unique commity of people that choose to spend their with Christ like I have never experienced before.� Friday Nights in corporate worship. Everyone is like family and push me in my walk ~ Andrew Godfrey, freshman Christian ministry major from Frisco






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Armstrong’s victories become failures the issue Lance Armstrong admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs to help him win his titles after denying allegations for years.

our take Armstrong’s doping has defaced the Livestrong Foundation and canceled his accomplishments.

How many cyclists can you name? Lance Armstrong single-handedly popularized cycling for Americans. Calling him the sport’s U.S. poster child would not be an exaggeration. But Armstrong’s story extended far beyond the sphere of cycling. He epitomized professional sport. He pushed

past the limitations of the human body and triumphed over cancer in the process. He set records. He showed the world what was possible through hard work and a strong will. Cancer patients, athletes, the average Joe– he inspired everyone. Then he disappointed everyone. In October, the Inter-

national Cycling Union stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and banned him from cycling for life. They accused him of doping; he maintained his innocence. At first, it was easy to side with Armstrong, an American hero, and just dismiss the UCI’s claims as biased or malicious. But last week, Armstrong confessed to Oprah (of all people). Every one of his Tour de France records had been a lie. His accomplishments became meaningless. The hope Armstrong gave to cancer patients, athletes and the average

Joe was stripped away from dation would likely never more difficult to forgive. them like his own titles had have been established– or The inspiration he providbeen. been so successful– if Arm- ed came from his victories in cycling, against seemEvery one of his Tour de France records had been ingly all odds, and he has now robbed his supporta lie.” ers of that. Athletics demonstrate what humans can achieve. Cheating, doping, is a loop in the system and corrupts a sport’s purpose. If you can’t abide by the Armstrong damaged the strong had not been such a rules, or aren’t having fun, reputation of Livestrong prolific cyclist and public you may as well quit. as well, an organization he figure. His cheating helped Winning is absolutely founded to support those make Livestrong possible. worthless, meaningless, if diagnosed with cancer. The But with its public image you didn’t actually win. budget for 2013 is 10 per- so damaged, the future of cent lower than 2012, ac- Livestrong is in question. contact the optimist at cording to a report by News Armstrong is not Tiger Daily. Ironically, the foun- Woods. He will be much

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Michael Young no longer ‘Mr. Texas Ranger’ GANGNAM STYLE EDWARD ISAACS

Thank you Michael Young for showing me what a selfless professional athlete looks like. It is sometimes hard to get a picture of that in this “show me the money now” sports world we live in. You may have heard, earlier this offseason, Young waived his notrade clause and accepted a trade to the Philadelphia Phillies. He is expected to become their regular third baseman for the 2013 season. It is hard to imagine Young without TEX AS written across his jersey and a blue hat with the signa-

It is hard to imagine Young without TEXAS written across his jersey and a blue hat with the signature T stitched on it.”

ture T stitched on it. Young did what was best for his career and I do not blame him for leaving. He wants to receive regular playing time and, at age 36, that was not going to happen in Texas. He would have been a designated hitter as a Ranger this upcoming season, though not a full-time DH. He also would have seen very limited playing time in the field with the emergence of young stars Jurickson Profar and Mike Olt. True franchise players are rare in number. With athletes seeking the most money for their contracts and the best opportunity to play every day, it is

hard to find a player who has only been with one team his entire career. Young fit that mold until now. For 13 seasons he was the face of the Texas Rangers. He provided stability in the middle of the Rangers lineup day in and day out. He never asked for a day off and never complained about anything, even if it was not an ideal situation. Young was asked to change positions two times for the betterment of the team. He joined the organization as a second baseman but moved to shortstop in 2004 to make room for Alfonso Soriano. In 2009, he was forced to move again to give prospect Elvis Andrus a chance to play. He was not happy about the second transition and made that publicly clear; however he also realized it was what was best for the organization. And if there’s one thing we have learned about Michael Young’s philosophy, it is put the team before yourself. Always. How did Young perform in those transition years? In 2004 he hit .313 with 22 home runs and 99 RBIs. In 2009 he batted .322 with 22 HRs and 68 RBIs. I don’t think he let it affect his play. Self less. Every sports team needs that one person who will step up and be a leader in the clubhouse. The Phillies found their guy. Young may be playing in a different venue to end his career, but he is still and always will be “Mr. Texas Ranger.”

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‘Lincoln’: Dusting off dreams PASS THE PUNS, PLEASE


A poll of today’s kindergarten class shows that when asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” the bygone favorite “President of the United States” is out with the floppy disks. Or that is what I imagine the results would show. First Female President of the United States was my actual dream. Since the beginning of my braces age, I was on a patriotic high to change this country for the better. But somewhere between high school career aptitude tests, voting being deemed “uncool” and an exposure to presidents’ crucifixions, the dream lost all its appeal and my prez calling was shoved into a box and under the bed. And then in the theatre for “Lincoln,” the antipolitics found themselves wishing for one of those powdered wigs, wishing for a gavel to give their “Yea” or “Nay” to an act that could change the course of history. There I was, revisiting that box with a dust-collect-

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In the Japanese creation story, the first female character dies giving birth to fire. Ladies, count your blessings.


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ing dream. The audience’s round of applause once credits rolled were worthy of resurrecting Lincoln in the theatre. Critics could analyze the cinematography, brilliant acting, a script strewn together by fortune-cookie caliber quotes. Critics could simply say “Lincoln” accomplished what all movies set out to do. Seven Golden Globe and twelve Oscar nods to boast, director Steven Spielberg did something different in the telling of a tale any American with a middle school history class under his belt could narrate. David Brooks, a columnist for The New York Times, wrote a raving review of the movie, how “Lincoln” stood out to a society weary from the hum-drum of CNN versus Fox. His column “Why We Love Politics” reads, “The movie portrays the nobility of politics in exactly the right way.” The president of the United States of the Mac genera-

tion has been reduced to a caricature, a National Inquirer cover, a go-to topic to weed out the enemy. This media-drenched culture has over-humanized our elected head with approval ratings and breaking news of personal life “dirt.” While doing so, this generation has diminished the desire for the next to be a figurehead for ethics like that evidenced in “Lincoln.” Have the room amenities at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue been downgraded? Did the job become more taxing? (No pun intended.) Did America accomplish all noble causes that call for a commander-in-chief? An argument could be made that a change in generational values or media exposure to be responsible, but what is certain is this: The White House is in need of a new coat of paint. “Lincoln” showed a country that gave its president value and allowed him a voice, in contrast to today’s treatment of him as the USA’s whipping boy. “Lincoln” reminded the American culture no rally of fake fondness for the sake of “patriotism” is needed, but this country still has so much left to do and so many people to do it.

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The redemption of politics will not be found if John Williams’ patriotic soundtrack is played over the speakers of the next Senate meeting. Nor will an increase of documenting President Obama’s best and brightest have America in a kum-ba-ya-an chant. “Lincoln” captured an American reverence that will not and could not be made about a president of this generation that would appease both red and blue crowds. And the fault is not the man whom we voted into the Oval Office; it is ours. Because being elected as President of the United States to serve our country used to be deemed honorable. As Brooks concluded, “Politics doesn’t produce many Lincolns, but it does produce some impressive people, and sometimes, great results.” Here’s to you, Spielberg, or Tommy Lee Jones, or Daniel Day-Lewis, or Abe for reviving dreams of old. “Lincoln” did not reroute my career path, I am simply saying that Gabrielle Powell doesn’t look too bad next to a checkbox. contact powell at

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Freshman Brown buries Rams matthew sloan assistant sports editor The men’s basketball team kept their postseason dreams alive by outlasting Angelo State on the road 59-56. The Wildcats fought through significant foul trouble in the first half as guards Eric Lawton, Elliott Lloyd and Parker Wentz tallied early fouls. The bench brigade of Caleb Carr and T.J. Brown gave the Wildcats solid minutes in the first half and kept ACU in striking distance going into half time. “Caleb is a kid that has worked hard every day in practice and hasn’t gotten a ton of opportunities yet this year,” head coach Joe Golding said. “Caleb played eight minutes in the first half, had no turnovers and did a great job of getting other guys involved. We have 11 guys on our team right now, and I always tell them you never know when you’ll get your opportunity.” In the second half, Eric Lawton took over the game, finishing the game with 18 points including four makes from behind the arc. Meanwhile, senior Dosh Simms was cleaning up on the glass, snagging 12 boards to go along with his 13 points to earn a double double. Simms played almost the entire game, only coming out for nine seconds. Down the stretch, the ‘Cats won the game with a suffocating defensive performance. Angelo State went scoreless for over 13 minutes against the tough 2-3 zone that the Rams could not solve. ACU also struggled to score points for much of

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Freshman guard T.J. Brown looks down the court in Moody Coliseum. Brown helped the ‘Cats squeak past Angelo State, 59-56 on Wednesday night, which kept the team’s playoff hopes alive. the second half, leaving the score tied at 54 with a minute and a half left. Coming out of a timeout, Brown buried a threepointer from the corner to give ACU a lead they would not relinquish. “T.J. played 30 minutes on Wednesday night, and he really played great,” Golding said. “T.J. can shoot the basketball for

us, and the last week or so we have been telling him to embrace his shooting ability and be a threat out there on the floor. He also took three charges for us last night, so he played well on both ends of the floor as a true freshman.” Cornelius Cammock chipped in with 12 points and eight rebounds in 22 minutes of play. Steven

Werner grabbed eight rebounds and blocked a shot while manning the middle of the zone. “Cornelius did a great job of bouncing back after the Kingsville game and was big for us in San Angelo,” assistant coach Brian Burton said. ACU needed a victory after they lost to Texas A&M Kingsville on the

road last Saturday. The ‘Cats were unable to get going in the first half, and ran out of time as a furious comeback attempt came up nine points short. ACU will finish off rivalry week with another game against Angelo State tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. in Moody Coliseum with a chance to continue to climb up the Lone Star

Conference standings. “Our guys know that Angelo is plenty good enough to come in here and beat us,” Golding said. “We better be ready Saturday, it’s a big game for both teams, so it should be a good one.”

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First: Wildcats climb atop the Lone Star from page 8

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Junior guard Mackenzie Lankford avoids a defender in Moody Coliseum.


Bowl: Thomsen achieves first D-I win from page 8 quarterback Seth Doege, which stalled several potential game-tying drives in the fourth quarter. Tech also had a goahead touchdown reversed by replay then had a field goal blocked after a 15-yard personal foul penalty by tight end Jace Amaro. Minnesota responded by driving 79 yards for a touchdown to lead 31-24 with 13:07 left in the game. Despite all the sloppiness and penalties, Thomsen and Texas Tech were still able to score 10 points in the final 70 seconds to stun the Golden Gophers. Defensive back D.J. Johnson’s interception with less than a minute to play helped set up Bustin’s game-winning field goal.

Kliff Kingsbury was named Tech’s head coach for next season and took over as soon as the bowl game ended. Despite only a one-year stint with TTU, Thomsen will reportedly leave for an offensive line coaching job at the University of California-Berkeley. Thomsen was the head coach at ACU for seven seasons (2005-11) and was one of the most successful coaches in Division II during that time span. The Wildcats achieved 61 wins and made six straight trips to the NCA A D-II playoffs while Thomsen held the reins. In 2007 Thomsen led the ‘Cats to their first 10win season since 1977. ACU had one of the best offenses in the nation under Coach Thomsen. They led all of Divi-

sion II in scoring offense in 2007 (49.2 points per game). The squad was also second in total offense (544.8 total yards per game) and sixth in passing (314.0 yards per game). Thomsen graduated from ACU in 1993. He played tight end for the Wildcats and remained at the school after graduation. He worked his way from offensive line coach to recruiting coordinator, offensive coordinator, assistant head coach and finally to head coach. Prior to Thomsen’s arrival in 2005, ACU had not won a Lone Star Conference championship since the 1977 season.

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floor that we are the better team. Our biggest strength is that we do not just have six players who can contribute. All eleven teammates are all capable of contributing and making a difference in the game.” Kelsey Smith contributed 14 points, while Savannah Smith added a career high 13 points. Junior Renata Marquez had a game high 21 points and continued her superb play. Earlier this week, Marquez was named Lonestar Conference offensive player of the week. She averaged 19.5 ppg and shot 61 percent from the field, including 4-7 from the three point line. Marquez also accumulated eight rebounds, six assists and eight steals in the wins over Incarnate Word and Kingsville. “She’s been playing amazing ball and has re-

ally been one of our go to players this year,” Kelsey Smith said. The win on Saturday matched the Wildcats win total from last season, as they finished with a 12-14 record. This year, the team has made vast leaps forward and have proven they are a team to be reckoned with. “I definitely believe we have made a statement this year,” Savannah Smith said. “At the beginning of the year, we were picked to

finish seventh in the Lonestar conference. We loved that because we were ready to blow everyone’s expectations and prove people wrong. Our team saying has been ‘exceed expectations’; I would say we are doing that very thing.” The Wildcats will play San Angelo again on Saturday at Moody Coliseum. contact zepeda at


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briefings The ACU Wildcat softball team was picked to finish in fourth place in the Lone Star Conference preseason poll. The Wildcats finished in fifth place last year after going 30-18. The enitre pitching staff will be returning for ACU this season. Junior forward Renata Marquez was named the Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Week last week. Marquez averaged 19.5 points per game over her last two games. Tickets for the men’s and women’s Lone Star Conference basketball mandy lambright chief Photographer championships in Allen Senior center Kelsey Smith drives the ball to the basket in Moody Coliseum. The Wildcats defeated Angelo State on Wednesday for their are now on sale. It sixth straight victory. They are tied for first in the LSC with Midwestern State. costs $32 to buy tickets to all seven sessions our win was our perseI believe that every time we step on the floor that out to be a very different for students and $45 daniel zepeda verance,” senior Kelsey story as the Wildcats went dollars for adults. sports reporter

Smith said. “We played as a team and got the win.” The Wildcats women’s ACU shot only 27 perbasketball team secured cent for the game, but their sixth straight win their defense was able to on Wednesday against play big as they earned San Angelo, 53-39. The the win in San Angelo. win put the Wildcats The Wildcats also seat 13-3 overall and ties cured a victory on Saturthem for first place with a day against Texas A&M 8-2 Lone Star Conference Kingsville, 76-61. record. ACU controlled the “The biggest key to pace for the most part of

the first half, but allowed their lead to slip away as they went into the break with a 40-37 lead. “We just have to make

we are the better team.”

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sure that we keep our intensity up and play hard all the way,” junior Savannah Smith said. The second half turned


on a 23-8 run which gave them a 60-48 lead with 8:38 left in the game. The Lady ‘Cats would lead by as many as 19 points, but finished with a 15 point win. “The overall team performance is unstoppable,” Savannah Smith said. “I believe that every time we step on the

The baseball team is ranked sixth out of eight teams in the 2013 Lone Star Conference Preseason Poll. The Wildcats finished sixth last season in the conference. Angelo State was picked to finish first and Texas see first page 7 A&M-Kingsville was chosen second.

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Thomsen takes Tech to the top edward isaacs sports editor One game, one win. Former ACU head football coach Chris Thomsen got the first win under his belt as a Division I head coach on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. Thomsen led the Texas Tech Red Raiders to a nail-biting 34-31 victory over the University of Minnesota in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. He was named Tech’s interim head coach on Dec. 10 when former head coach Tommy Tuberville departed for the University of Cincinnati. Thomsen served as the

Senior Steven Werner has been in double figures in each Werner of his last five games. Werner is in his first season wearing purple and white after transfering from Sam Houston State. The 6’8’’ center is averaging 12.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game this season. Werner has also registered 18 blocked shots.

offensive line coach for the Red Raiders this season after seven years as the head coach at ACU. Coach Thomsen watched anxiously as sophomore kicker Ryan Bustin squeaked a 28yard field goal through the uprights as time expired, giving Texas Tech its third straight bowl win (2009 Valero Alamo Bowl and 2010 Ticketcity Bowl) and 15th bowl victory overall. The Red Raiders had to overcome 13 penalties, including four personal foul penalties, and two interceptions by senior file Photo

see bowl page 7 Chris Thomsen watches his team from the sidelines. He coached the ‘Cats from 2005-11.

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Ouedraogo leaps into Nationals jimmy isbell sports reporter The winner’s circle at this past weekend’s Texas Tech Masked Rider Open was full of purple and white. The invitational meet drew in a large crowd filled with 1,000 student-athletes representing 27 schools at the D-I and D-II levels. Four-time all-American Amanda Ouedraogo’s triple jump distance of 41 feet0.25 inches qualified her for another NCAA Indoor Championships this winter. A seasoned ACU veteran

Upcoming The track team will finish up their meet at the New Mexico Invitational Saturday.

Both ACU basketball teams will play host to from Hauts ing her at a high level. drew Hudson, had little to “I’m thinking about be- Angelo State at 5:30 de Seine, Freshman phenom, no experience when hurling ing ready in two more weeks and 7:30 p.m. in Moody F r a n c e , Johnathan Farquarshon the weight, but was a 2012 when we start conference Coliseum Saturday.

Ouedraogo is known for taking a big risk in ouedraogo last year’s I n d o o r Nationa l Championships when her first place finish triple jump was her first attempted jump. (Most test the first jump, but she just went for it). Assistant track and field coach Jerrod Cook has gotten to know her pretty well the past few years coach-

from the Bahamas, won the 55 meter sprint recording the fastest opening time of 6.33 seconds and then lowered his time to 6.30 to win the event. Farquarshon was just one thousadth of a second shy of former alums Larry Jones and Ralph Roberts. He is ranked 6th out of all D-II athletes which places him very close to ACU’s all-time top 10 55 meter sprinters. Junior transfer -and former football player at Oklahoma State University, An-

regional qualifier for OSU in the discus. “He placed second at the meet and improved his performance prior to last week’s meet,” Cook said. “He has come so far in such a short amount of time. What really separates Hudson from the competition is he puts in so much of the wrench time outside of practice.” Baptiste Kerjean took first place for the second consecutive time in the 35-pound weight throw at a distance of 17.70 meters.

play to compete at my highest level. I hope to throw at least 18 meters before nationals to push myself in nationals,” Kerjean said. Half of the team traveled to the Air Force Academy on Tuesday while the other half traveled to Albuquerque for the New Mexico International. Results of the meets will be posted on the homepage. contact isbell at

The men’s and women’s basketball teams will also take on West Texas A&M Tuesday at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at home.

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