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Above: The freshman class rehearse for Sing Song in Bennett Gymnasium. Right: JP Ralston and Matt Varner practice their Sing Song faces in Foster Science Building with the men of Gamma Sigma Phi.

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University’s SACS accreditation reaffirmed jozie sands copy Editor The university’s efforts over the past several years to satisfy its regional accrediting body have succeeded. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools notified the university late last semester that its accreditation with the organization has been reaffirmed. What’s more, the reaffirmation comes with no required monitoring or probationary period, said Dr. Nancy Shankle, chair of the university’s Reaffirmation Leadership Team. Faculty members from other accredited universities represented Georgia-based SACS during a visit to campus last year, and the SACS decision means no more monitoring will be necessary until the 2021 evaluation. Shankle said only seven percent of the institutions audited by SACS last year were not required to present followup information regarding faculty credentials.

“We demonstrated compliance with a whole range of requirements within that first go around,” Shankle said. Accredited institutions are required to provide two separate documents as part of the SACS reaffirmation process. The Compliance Certification is an audit of the requirements prescribed by the organization and the federal government. The other document is the Quality Enhancement Plan, which at ACU focuses on undergraduate research literacy. SACS is one of six regional accrediting bodies recognized by the federal government. The university achieved accreditation in 1951 and has maintained it since. Sacs Campus Visit Shankle said she knew the process was going well when members of the accreditation committee started canceling meetings during their onsite visit in the fall.

“They had already answered their questions,” Shankle said. Shankle and the rest of the Reaffirmation Leadership Team, Dr. Tom Winter, professor of social work and former vice provost, Dr. Tom Milholland, director of Institutional Research and Assessment, and Dr. Phyllis Bolin, director of Pursuit QEP, had to demonstrate that ACU’s general education program was comprehensive and that the students are meeting the student learning outcomes through assessments. Shankle said some questions remained related to the new CORE curriculum. Because the SACS visit was the same year the new curriculum was implemented, students hadn’t finished the first semester and their learning couldn’t be assessed. “We collected evidence from the end of the fall semester, a year ago, and then the spring semester,” Shankle said. “We said, ‘Here’s the assessment we did under the

sighted vision for transformative learning experiences for students,” Bolin said. The QEP group examined each facet of the Pursuit plan in detail, met with faculty and students and Dr. Phyllis bolin director of pursuit quality enhancement plan questioned many across campus about the plan for Pursuit and its implemenold gen ed, here’s the plan future student learning, tation during its onsite visit for our full new gen ed and said Dr. Phyllis Bolin, di- last April. “They were very complihere’s what we’ve done dur- rector of Pursuit QEP. ACU’s QEP, Pursuit, is de- mentary and made no recing the first year.’ And then signed to build a community ommendations for the QEP,” we crossed our fingers.” Shankle said ACU’s track of research, scholarship and Bolin said. “That is good because a recommendarecord showed the accredi- creative expression. “Pursuit will benefit tion means that they believe tation committee that ACU would implement the plan students because under- there are significant probwell, so it didn’t assign any graduate research is an lems to be addressed.” Because of the positive exciting way to engage in monitoring reports. an academic discipline in- response, the team began side and outside the class- to implement the QEP in Focus on Research room,” Bolin said. “It also earnest in fall 2011. Shankle said it is in the The other document leads to a deeper underrequired as part of the re- standing of their chosen best interest of ACU and its students to maintain acaffirmation process was academic discipline.” The focus of Pursuit, re- creditation. To be in good the Quality Enhancement Plan. While the Compli- search literacy, was chosen standing with the federal ance Certification looks after an intense process government, a university at what the institution has of conducting discussions must be accredited by one done in the past, the QEP with faculty, staff students of the six regional accrediting bodies. examines the plan the uni- and alumni. see accreditation page 4 “It is a broad-based farversity has for enhancing

Pursuit will benefit students because undergraduate research is an exciting way to engage in an academic discipline inside and outside the classroom.”

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Women’s basketball hopes to break losing streak this weekend

Steward and Colbert news parody shows provide vital education to public

Students continue rehearsals as Sing Song approaches

Local sports league features new basketball tournament in sports expo

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All Day - Men’s tennis Team Intra Squad Match


All Day - Indoor Track @ Air Force Combined Events Meet in Colorado Springs 11 a.m. Praise Day in Moody Coliseum


All Day - Indoor Track at New Mexico Invitational in Albuquerque



12-7 p.m. World of Wheels Car show @ Abilene Civic Center

The 2012 Springboard Ideas Challenge is now open for registration. Students can submit a mini-business plan for a chance to win up to $10,000. Early registration deadline is March 1. Visit coba/griggscenter/springboard to learn more about the competition.


All Day - Last day for pass/fail and credit/ non-credit

2 p.m. Women’s basketball vs. Texas Womans in Moody Coliseum 7 p.m. Men’s basketball vs. Arlington Baptist in Moody Coliseum

Chapel checkup

Announcements Applications for Chapel Exemptions due to work schedule must be turned into the Chapel Office or the Depot today.


ACU Leadership Camp staff Students interested in particiapplications are now avail- pating in a Spring Break Camable in the Campus Center paign can sign up in the SBC basement. office in the lower level of the Campus Center. For more inIBH Sing Song is still looking formation on campaigns that for people who want to be still need members, or to sign involved in a Sing Song act. up, contact Everyone is welcome. Email for details. Pre-sale Tickets for STOMP, coming Feb. 21, are on sale World Wide Witness is still through Sunday . A portion of receiving applications for every pre-sale ticket will go toSummer 2011. For more in- wards the Red Thread Moveformation visit www.acu. ment. Visit www.abilene.celebedu/worldwide-witness.

The SLVR office is looking for a part-time grad student intern. The position requires a three semester commitment and may be available during this coming summer. For more information, contact with the subject line “Interested in Grad Internship.” Students who want to be involved in the ACU Undergraduate Research Festival may apply online at www. Deadline is Feb. 3.

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Police Log Log Police

Weekly Stats for Jan. 17 - JAN. 24, 2012

01/17/12 4:30 p.m. HARASSMENT: ACUPD filed a report from an ACU student who had received harassing messages from a known person.

911 Call 1 Administrative Activity 7 Alarm 1 Assist 4 Building Lock/Unlock 9 Burglary of Motor Vehicle 1 Check Building 21 Direct Traffic 1 Disturbance 2 Drag Racing 1 Fight 1 Hit & Run 1 Information Report 2 Investigation Follow up 10 Loitering 1 Lost Property 1 Maintenance of University Assets 1

01/18/12 12:48 a.m. DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE: ACUPD assisted APD at a domestic disturbance at The Grove Apartments 01/19/12 9:24 a.m. 911 CALL: A 9 year old visitor to the Lunsford Trail activated Sikes Emergency Call Box and shouted profanity at the call taker. The child was found and instructed on the impropriety of his actions. 01/15/12 3:40 p.m. HIT & RUN: An ACU student reported that his pick up had been struck by a hit and run driver while the truck was parked in the Mabee/Edwards lot. 01/20/12 11:00 p.m. NOISE VIOLATION: An area resident reported a “loud party” in the 500 block of College. The ACU student tenants were advised to turn outside music off and take the party goers inside. Further they were advised to extinguish a fire that was burning in a trash can. 01/22/12 2:15 a.m. NOISE VIOLATION: ACUPD was advised of a loud party in the 400 block of college; Officers disbanded the party.

Monitor Facility/Lot 4 Motorist Assist: Jumpstart 6 Motorist Assist: Other 3 Motorist Assist: Unlock 4 Noise Violation 5 Other 5 Parking Violation 9 Patrol Vehicle: Maintenance 3 Patrol Vehicle: Refuel 4 Public Service 1 Random Patrol 1 Report Writing 6 Special Assignment 1 Suspicious Activity 4 Theft 1 Traffic Stop 5 Total Events: 117

Police Tip of the Week: ACUPD welcomes everyone back for the Spring Semester and wants to remind everyone that the public is the first line of defense in fighting crime: If you see suspicious activity, call ACUPD immediately.

Volunteer Opp0rtunities Volunteers are needed to help with the Newsboys “God’s Not Dead World Tour” Concert on Feb. 4 at the Abilene Civic Center, 1100 North 6th St. The concert will also feature Anthem Lights, The City Harmonic, and Abandon. Help is needed beginning around 9:00 a.m. and throughout the day to help unload equipment from buses, set up equipment, take tickets, handle merchandise, help with take down after the concert, and any other associated tasks. Contact Susan Conwell at 325-437-1184 or e-mail Abilene Youth Sports Authority needs volunteers on Feb. 4 to help with the annual West Texas Sports and Fitness Expo at the Abilene Civic Center. Help is needed in 3 hour shifts from 8:30-11:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m., and 2:00-5:00 p.m. Volunteers will take tickets, sell concessions, and help with the various contest booths and stations. Contact Katie Miller at 325-692-2972 or e-mail Volunteers are needed to enjoy a free lunch with students at Bonham Elementary School on a weekly basis. This would be sometime between 10:00 a.m. & 1:15 p.m., and would involve spending lunch time with students and having a positive impact on their lives. Contact Jason Shaw at 325-639-3745 or e-mail Meals on Wheels Plus needs volunteer drivers to deliver afternoon meals to seniors and adults with disabilities Monday-Friday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Drivers must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license. Training is provided. A Chapel exemption is available if delivery time conflicts with Chapel. Contact Jessica Stewart at 325-6725050 or email The Big Brothers Big Sisters program is looking for volunteers to participate in Lunch Buddies. Bigs and Littles will enjoy lunch together at the child’s school once a week. Students can earn Chapel credit for each visit. Big Brothers Big Sisters is also looking for volunteers for its Community Based program. Bigs are matched with Littles in a one-on-one relationship and spend four to six hours per month together in the community. To sign up or learn more visit www. or call 325-674-3113. The House That Kerry Built is looking for volunteers to assist in the day care of medically fragile children any day Monday through Friday from 8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Contact Dave Kraly at 325-676-3104 or email for more information.

Rescue The Animals is looking for volunteers anytime between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. They need help around the adoption center with general cleaning, socialization of the animals, helping potential adopters and other tasks. Contact Mindi Qualls at 325-698-7722 or email rescuetheanimalsvolunteers@ The center is located at 5933 S. 1st St.

The Betty Hardwick Center needs volunteers to participate in Special Olympics by helping mentally/physically challenged people play games such as basketball, track, and/or bowling Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Center is located at 801 Cypress St. Contact Angel Seca at 325-690-5235 for more information.

Child Protective Services needs volunteers for clerical work as well as volunteers who can organize a playroom. Volunteers are needed any weekday anytime between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Child Protective Services are located at 3610 Vine St. Background checks are required and are done at the center. Background checks usually are cleared in about two weeks. For more information call V. Danette Cummings at 325-691-8214.

HERO, Hendrick Equine Rehabilitation Opportunities, is looking for volunteers to help with their spring program by assisting their clients as they ride horses for therapy. No experience with horses is necessary. Help is needed Tuesdays and Thursdays from March 20 to May 3. Volunteers can help anywhere from 1 to 6 hours per week for the duration of the program. Volunteers must attend training on either March 6 or 8. Contact Beth Byerly at 325-660-3465 or e-mail

Young Life Ministries needs volunteers Mondays, Tuesdays and weekends from 6-9 p.m. Volunteers will hang out with kids, experience leadership roles, serve others and introduce students to Christ. Young Life is located at 1917 S. 6th St. For more information contact Chuck Rodgers at 325-676-1211 or email

Medical Care Mission is looking for volunteers to assist medical or dental staff with patients any weekday from 8:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For more information contact Dave Kraly at 325-676-3104 or email medicalmoose@

Abilene Hope Haven Inc. needs volunteers to provide childcare while parents are in class, any evening Monday-Thursday from 6:45 - 8:15 p.m. Abilene Hope Haven is located at 801 S. Treadaway Blvd. For more information contact Kathy Reppart at 325-677-4673 or visit Communities in Schools needs volunteers at Ortiz Elementary School on Feb. 17 from 1-3 p.m. to play board games with elementary school students who are celebrating their perfect attendance for the fourth six weeks of school. Volunteers will need to bring a photo I.D. Contact Sheila Ashford at 325-671-4945, ext. 5351 or email Da’ Cipher 360, a program for at risk children is looking for volunteers on Monday evenings from 5-8 p.m. at the Rose Park Activity Center, 2625 S. 7th St. Volunteers can help in a variety of ways including helping with set up, learning activities for kindergarten-3rd graders, tutoring 4th-8th graders, and assisting with clean up. Contact Alvina Scott at 847-333-7026 or e-mail Care Inn of Abilene is offering various opportunities for working with the elderly and is looking for volunteers who can play a musical instrument and would be willing to perform in the evening. Care Inn is located on S. 7th Street. For more information call Sally Diaz at 325-692-2172 .

Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers to help with various construction tasks including carpentry, painting, cleaning up, installing cabinets and other tasks. Volunteers are needed any day Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Contact Steven Legget at 325-6700489 or email ACU Treadaway Kids is looking for volunteers to work with underprivileged students Thursday evenings from 6-7:30 p.m. at the University Church of Christ. For more information contact Samantha Manski at 325-674-2828. Access Learning Center is looking for volunteers to help elementary school students with homework, reading, computers and games. The center is located at 2102 Ambler Ave. For more information contact Bret Hines at 325-670-9727. Call ahead to schedule a time to volunteer. The Abilene Boys and Girls Club needs help any weekday between 3:30-6 p.m. helping children of all ages with games, art, gym time, reading and computer skills. Locations are 4610 N. 10th St. or 1902 Shelton St. Contact Mark Denman at 325672-1712 for more information. The Abilene Zoo is looking for volunteers to help with general labor such as grounds cleanup and painting any weekday at any time between noon and 4 p.m. The Zoo is located at 2070 Zoo Ln. Contact Joy Harsh at 325-676-6487 for more information.


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Sing Song nears, rehearsals continue leigh Foith online managing editor Sing Song season is in full swing, bringing historymaking dance numbers, unique musical arrangements and themes that have never been done in ACU’s Sing Song history. There will be 14 upstage acts in the Feb. 17-18 shows, and several dance numbers by the hosts and hostesses as well as on-campus groups Omega, Sanctify and SHADES. The production process of Sing Song requires a regimented timeline of rehearsals and prop building and costume preparation. This week, the upstage acts are finishing up their lyrics so they can integrate choreography. Meredith Morgan, senior music education major from Arlington and director of Sigma Theta Chi’s Sing Song act, is surprised by how well the show is coming together this early in the process. “Everything is going really well thus far. We’ve learned our music and started choreography. It’s fun to see how excited the girls are about the act.” Morgan said.

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The men of Galaxy social club practice their Sing Song act Wednesday night in a Mabee Business Building classroom. “It’s great to see all the work we did before the show finally falling into place.” Tom Craig, director of Sing Song, is excited about integrating unique aspects to the show’s arrangement. “There is quite a bit of dance in various capacities in the downstage numbers.

We’re incorporating different styles such as tap, interpretive and classic samba moves.” Craig said. “It’s a much broader picture than what we’ve seen in years past, which is exciting for the participants as well as the audience.” Every year, the song

choices and dance numbers for the hosts and hostesses are tailored to the specific strengths of the hosts and hostesses group. This year, the show includes more technically complicated vocals. One song will be performed in Portuguese with the inclusion of a percussion

ensemble, something that has not been done in recent Sing Song history. Jocelyn Groves, junior pre-med/biology major from Lubbock and one of the Sing Song hostesses, feels honored to be a part of a production with a unique theme that will appeal to a variety of audience members. “The show is full of oldies our grandparents will love and a few current performances that speak to a younger audience,” Groves said. “The theme ‘Wild at Heart’ is very relevant to the songs that were selected and we hope to communicate that message as the show progresses.” Carly Branscum, junior Ad/PR major from Ft.Worth and Sing Song downstage co-chair, is enjoying the evolution and progression of the different acts involved in Sing Song. “Ever since dance groups were integrated into the show, dance has become a vital part of the flow of the production.” Branscum said. “The hosts and hostesses are practicing even more than usual to make sure the show goes smooth-

ly and is received well by the audience.” Sing Song weekend, Feb. 17-18, is only three weeks away and participants and directors are feeling the pressure as opening night nears. One act, the IBH Sing Song act, is still accepting members. Craig is interested to see how the acts translate their themes and ideas for the show. “I can’t wait to see the energy that this show will bring to Moody Coliseum as a whole. We have individual numbers with a lot of power, and it will be exciting to see them all come together in one big show,” Craig said. “By the time the audience leaves, they’ll be speechless. The show is exciting and will be full of surprises this year.” There will be three Sing Song performances. One Feb. 17 at 8 p.m., and two on Feb. 18 at 2 and 8 p.m. To purchase tickets for Sing Song 2012: Wild at Heart, visit singsong. contact foith at


Rec Center rejuvenates healthy activity on campus christina burch student reporter Home and exhausted from a full day of classes, Alex Sheffield, senior psychology pre-med major from Irving, tightens the hot pink laces on her black Adidas running shoes, grabs her water and iPod and is out the door. What awaits Sheffield besides her usual regimen of 40-minute cardio and 15-minute weights is fellow psychology major and fitness friend, Meagan Wilcox. “We’re perfect workout partners because we are opposites in motivation,” Sheffield said. “She’s the motivator to get us out the door and into the gym, and I’m the motivator once we’re there.” Like Sheffield, many students are taking to the 113,000 square-foot Royce and Pam Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center. The facility has sparked a campus-wide interest in complete wellness, rejuvenating the entire exercise and social community alike, say faculty and students at the new Rec Center. As a “retired” softball player, Sheffield said she had lost touch with the fitness routine of her high school days. Lifting weights and other muscle-building workouts had taken a backseat once she enrolled in college, and Sheffield said she was forced to look for an outside gym. “I never did get a gym membership because I thought it waste of money, especially being a poor college student,” Sheffield said. But as “the Bank” unveiled last September, Sheffield said she was able to tap back in to her fitness regimen. “It’s free and close,” Sheffield said. “We’re already paying top fees as a student so I feel like it’s a better use of my time and money.” Brookelee Galle, sophomore Ad/PR major from Eula, said even as a Rec Center employee she uses the facility regularly. “I did not work out at all last year, and now I work out at least twice a week,” Galle said. “Working out has become such a social thing.” Stationed at the front desk, Galle said she sees more students than ever during the intramural season for indoor sports like waterball and volleyball. “And there’s always people asking if they’re hiring,” Galle said. “They like working out here so they think it would be a fun place to work, too.” As the newest and one of the largest facilities on campus, “the Bank” ri-

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Erika Tanaka, sophomore advertising and public relations major from Conroe, exercises using the new equipment in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. vals the Campus Center as ACU’s socializing hotspot. According to assessment data, the Rec Center houses hundreds and even thousands of students, faculty and staff members daily. Joel Swedlund, director of facility operations, examines the Rec Center’s weekly statistics to make sure the facility continues to appeal to all people and at every level of fitness. “People work out for a

lot of different reasons but the social aspect is one of the major reasons why college students do,” Swedlund said. He said the Rec Center is busiest from 3-7 p.m., when most students are done with classes, and is most attended on Mondays and Tuesdays, when the “weekend guilt,” he said, begins to set in. So far, the most attended day at the Rec Center has brought in over

2,400 visitors. “The health industry and media are making us more and more aware of the challenges we face as a nation when it comes to high obesity rates,” Swedlund said. “We don’t want our students and employees to be one of those statistics, and we are starting to do something about it.” Dr. Kerri Hart, director of fitness and training programs, said that although the facility was a long time coming, she is pleased that the university was able to create a center for students, faculty and staff. “Our goal was to have a complete wellness facility where different types of individuals would feel comfortable doing the things they like to do,” Hart said. She said she loves to witness people using the facility in a multitude of ways. “It’s so fun to see how the building transforms throughout the day,” Hart said. “You have the early morning enthusiasts at 5:30 a.m., by mid-morning, you’ve got the kinesiology and nutrition students, and by 3 p.m., there are people in every space.” In addition to Technogym fitness equipment, visitors of the Rec Center can use a Wellness System Key, which can log users’ workouts and goals. To use the Wellness System Key, visitors complete an online questionnaire called an Aspiration Finder. The Aspiration Finder surveys an individual to find her desired workout emphasis on power, fun, sport, balance, move and shape. The Wellness System Key utilizes the results of the

Aspiration Finder, along with a strength and cardio test, to compile a personalized fitness plan for each user. “Knowing the technology wizards that our students are, I know they’ll think it’s cool,” Hart said. Hart said the prescribed plan and tracking system within the key is perfect for those who need guidance but don’t want or can’t afford personal training. Like many other workout companions, Sheffield and Wilcox repeat their Rec Center routine four to five times per week. But in addition to improving her physicality, the center is instrumental in strengthening her spiritual life, Sheffield said. “As accountability partners, Meagan and I have that time at the gym to catch up on what happened that day,” Sheffield said. “If one of us says we’re struggling with something and need to talk, we’ll go walk the track. We take that time at the gym to work out but also to be uplifted and encouraged by one another.”

Those acts of service may not always be obvious, but they’re happening.” dr. kerri hart director of fitness and training

The theme verse for the Rec Center is Mark 12:30, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Hart said she believes that in practicing physical fitness within a community, we can reach that goal of complete wellness. “Picking up a weight for someone else – that’s service. Showing someone how to use a machine – that’s service,” Hart said. “It just embodies the whole idea of keeping your body in shape to allow you to serve other people. Those acts of service may not always be obvious, but they’re happening.” contact burch at


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Frontier Texas! announces contestants marissa jones staff reporter Thirty-three women plan to tap into their inner frontier woman after being chosen to compete in the Miss Frontier Texas pageant for a chance to win a $3,000 scholarship. Local museum Frontier Texas!, along with the help of the ACU studentrun Ad/PR agency, Morris & Mitchell, organized the pageant to help the museum become more involved with the college community. The museum was also glad to have the ability to support a local student’s education, said Jeff Salm-

on, executive director of Frontier Texas!. The competition originally called for 25 women who exhibited strength of character and resourcefulness. However, eight more contestants than initially planned were chosen. “With the quality of the applications and the resources available to us, there was no reason not to choose the 33 of them,” Salmon said. Although the majority of the candidates are ACU students, they represent a variety of majors and backgrounds and local colleges. Salmon stressed that this pageant requires well-

rounded women with academic knowledge and a willingness to participate. Lyndi Trammell, freshman speech language pathology major from Santo, said she is excited to participate in the competition. “I’ve never been in another pageant, but compared to what I see on Toddlers and Tiaras, Miss Frontier Texas is way more hands on than normal pageants and isn’t about outer beauty.” Trammel said. “It’s about being a frontier woman which takes gumption.” Throughout the competition, the contestants will be given points for participating in and executing several activities and tests.

This competition doesn’t require prior knowledge, just the ability to learn.” jeff salmon executive director of Frontier Texas!

These points are cumulative and, at the end, will determine the winner. Last Tuesday, the contestants met and were given an overview of the competition for the first time. They toured the museum and received notebooks that included information about Frontier Texas!. The contestants will be given a written test on

Feb. 21 covering information they learned from the notebook and the tour. They then will receive a cooking lesson from Tom Perini, owner of Perini Ranch Steakhouse, and a lesson on the life skills necessary for a frontier woman to survive. The candidates will take lessons on shooting a .50 buffalo gun and saddling and riding a horse and will attempt to perform what they’ve learned. Twelve semi-finalists will be chosen after this challenge. The final challenge will be on March 23-24. The semi-finalists will set up a camp site and perform their frontier skills. After

camping overnight, they will take part in a frontier obstacle course. Six finalists will be chosen to participate in the cooking challenge. For this, finalists will cook their food over an open fire. A panel of celebrity judges will score the food, and Miss Frontier Texas will then be crowned. “A good number of the contestants have never ridden a horse or shot a gun.” Salmon said. “This competition doesn’t require prior knowledge, just the ability to learn.” contact jones at


Youth sports expo to offer new basketball tournament mark smith managing editor The West Texas Sports and Fitness Expo will feature a new basketball tournament in the event’s seventh year in Abilene. The last day to sign up for the expo’s first annual 3-on3 basketball tournament was extended from Friday to Tuesday. Teams can still register to play in men, women and co-ed divisions for youth and adults. The expo is sponsored by the Abilene Youth Sports Authority and will take place the Abilene Civic Center on Feb. 4. Other events during the expo include the Lawrence Hall Chevrolet Quarterback Shootout, the Texas Farm Bureau Virtual Golf Long Drive Shootout and the Fast Pitch Shootout, among others. Coordinators of the event expect the expo to be a fun family event for the entire Abilene community. “It’s an exciting day for the community,” said Katie Miller, sports information coordinator of AYSA. “There will be lots of things to do; it’s a very high-energy event.” Jon Smith, executive director of AYSA, said he’s most looking forward to the new basketball tournament. “I’ve wanted to do a basketball tournament like this for a few years,” Smith said. “It’s a perfect fit for the atmosphere for the expo.”

Smith said the coordinators are expecting the highest turnout in the event’s history. In addition to the sports events, the expo will also feature demonstrations from exhibitors and autograph signings from local athletes, including the Abilene Ruff Riders and athletes from ACU, HardinSimmons University and McMurry University. The expo’s proceeds will go to benefit two causes: an AYSA scholarship fund for the youth of Abilene who can’t afford the cost of organized youth sports and the Beltway Park mission. While the Abilene Youth Sports Authority created the event and proceeds do go to benefit the youth in the Abilene area, the West Texas Sports and Fitness Expo is for the entire community. “All of our activities are available to adults as well as youth,” Smith said. “There isn’t another event like this in the area so we really want to see a good turnout.” Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children under 12 years old. The expo will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. To find out more about the expo or the basketball tournament, visit, email or call (325)-692-2972.

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A young basketball fan enjoys the Harlem Globetrotters’ performance in Moody Coliseum Tuesday night.


Documentary to highlight Argentina’s Dirty War hannah barnes editor-in-chief The documentary “Las Abuelas de la Plaza de Mayo and the Search for Identity,” which highlights the impact of Argentina’s Dirty War, will be shown on campus Monday at 6 p.m. in Room 114 of the Onstead-Packer Bible Building. The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Center for Peace and Justice and ACU’s Graduate School of Theology will sponsor the screening. Dr. Charlie Tuggle, pro-

fessor of broadcast journalism at the University of North Carolina and coproducer of the film, presented Dr. Cheryl Bacon, chair of the JMC department, with the opportunity to show the film. “When I first looked at it, it struck me as something that would be of interest to several departments on campus,” she said. “It is important for students to see that their peers are doing big things.” The documentary tells the story of the impact of Argentina’s Dirty War, which took place from 1976 to 1983. During this time, the military dicta-

torship set to wipe out the resistance. About 30,000 people were kidnapped and murdered, including 500 mothers. “Their babies wound up with military supporters – the real grandmothers have been looking for their grandchildren ever since,” Tuggle said. “This is what our story is about: the search for the missing grandchildren.” Tuggle began working on this two-year project after a few of his students researched and wrote their own pieces on Las Abuelas, which means “The Grandmothers,” and Argentina’s Dirty War.

It highlights the idea that all of us have to be interested and involved in the human rights fight.” Dr. Charlie Tuggle co-producer of the documentary

“I became very interested in the culture, the country, the history of the story of Las Abuelas,” Tuggle said. “So I went back to Argentina in 2009 with my family.” Tuggles’ youngest daughter wrote a followup piece on Las Abuelas during their last stay in Argentina. After crafting

a nationally recognized piece, Tuggle and his two daughers wanted to further pursue the story. “We decided that these little news stories that we were doing doing were only scratching the surface,” Tuggle said. “So we decided, ‘Why don’t we do a family documentary.’” Tuggle was part of an accreditation review team that came to visit ACU in 2006. Because of Bacon’s relationship with the producer, ACU is the fifth university to screen the film. “I’ve been out there for a visit and got to know Dr. Bacon,” Tuggle said. “When I started to market

the film, I wanted to go to people I was familiar with and people who were familiar with me.” Las Abuelas is scheduled to show at 90 universities, four of those being international. Tuggle said this has been a “fun project to work on,” mainly because he is doing it with his daughters. “It’s also an important project,” Tuggle said. “It highlights the idea that all of us have to be interested and involved in the human rights fight.” contact barnes at


Accreditation: Complete reaffirmation doesn’t require monitoring continued from page 1 “Professors who do research cannot receive any grant money unless we are regionally accredited, and students can not receive any federal loans unless we are accredited,” Shankle said. ACU also has a dozen or more specialized accreditations, which would not be possible without the regional accreditation. Several departments and colleges

are a few of those areas. “It covers every aspect of the university, and all of these rules are important because when we receive this accreditation it shows dr. nancy shankle chair of the reaffirmation team other universities that we are fully accredited,” Shankle said. “Our students’ deThe accrediting body grees are more valuable berequires that they present cause they are coming from data concerning all aspects an accredited university.” of the university. Student life, library and learning recontact sands at sources, the board of ees and financial resources

Students can not receive any federal loans unless we are accredited.”

have achieved accreditation within their fields. But the Reaffirmation Leadership team must prove the university’s worth in more than just an academic realm.



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Love, Sex and the I.R.S.

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Friday 01.27.12



Colbert, Stewart humorous and yet informative Stephen Colbert is running for president. Satirically, of course. Colbert, who recently received 5 percent of the vote in a South Carolina primary, announced in January his plan to campaign for “President of the United States of South Carolina.” Many consider the satirical news anchor’s campaign to be degrading in that it makes light of the American political process. Many of their laughs come at the expense of politicians and governing bodies. Colbert, Jon Stewart and others like them have great importance in the political education of Americans. Colbert and Stewart each host a 30 minute

parody news show on Comedy Central. The comedian, news anchors keep their audience watching using humor, but they are actually responsible for delivering national and world news to the masses. Stories such as campaign finance reform are transformed from stuffy news articles published by the mainstream media into a couple minutes of educational entertainment complete with fog machines. Each show features respectable guests ranging from President Obama to Martha Stewart. Through their humorous coverage of major events, there is a basis of substance that helps enlighten the view-

ers to our current world news. Although not intended to be a holistic source, these shows provide daily news in a more palatable fashion. Colbert and Stewart’s shows do not go unnoticed. Television ratings from the summer revealed that The Daily Show attracts about half a million more viewers than most Fox News prime time shows. The Daily Shows’ 2.3 million viewers are bested only by The O’Reilly Factor. On the same day that Ron Paul struggled to draw 100 people to his rally in North Charleston, Colbert was speaking to a crowd of 3,000 less than 20 miles away. Colbert’s most recent

escapade is his ownership of a super political action committee. He explained the changes in federal campaign finance laws to many who probably wouldn’t have ever taken the time to educate themselves through other avenues. He recently teamed up with Jon Stewart to show his audience how Super PACs are being used since the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC which allows corporations to raise unlimited amounts of money for specific candidates. However, candidates are not allowed to be involved or coordinated with their respective Super PACs. So when Colbert announced his candida-

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the issue Stephen Colbert makes a run for the Presidency of the United States of South Carolina.

our take Colbert provides political knowledge for people who might not receive it otherwise.

cy, he passed leadership of his super PAC to Jon Stewart. Through this, Colbert has shed light on the fact that, just as Stewart and Colbert are no strangers, many super PACs also have strong connections to the candidates despite a legal requirement banning coordination. Romney’s super PAC is run by his former law yer and Rick Perry’s super PAC is run by his former

chief of staff. Some candidates share a staff with the Super PAC that supports them. W hile this may be considered a mocker y because they poke fun at politics, Colbert and Stewart help inform and enlightened many Americans about today’s news. contact the optimist at

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The big game as viewed through the eyes of a classic Ones and zeros

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The football match up of the year has been set. The New England Patriots and the New York Giants will square off in Super Bowl XLVI. It sounds exciting, but sadly we have to sit through a little more than a week before we get to witness the outcome. And don’t get me started on how pointless the Pro Bowl is. Luckily, with today’s simulation technology, we can simulate the outcome. All you need to do is pick the two teams and let the computer I would yell, “Hey, I’m right play out the game. Electronhere!” Only to find that I ic Arts’ annual Madden NFL couldn’t even hear myself. simulation gets a lot of buzz It’s an out of body experi- especially since it has corence. “Ben was hanging rectly picked the winner in 6 around after Chapel, and the of the last eight Super Bowls. scoreboard fell and grazed Last year’s Packers/Steelhis head.” ers match up was one of those years that Madden was wrong, picking the Steelers to win in a very close game. But you wouldn’t believe what video game simulation picked the winner correctly: Tecmo Super Bowl. Yes, this 8-bit Nintendo game from 1991 was able to produce a more accurate result than EA’s ultra-detailed HD powerhouse. Granted, this was a special modified version of the NES classic, with updated rosters What if we all simultane- and a few other additions to ously thew a paper plane in make it play more like toChapel? How many consec- day’s NFL, but it still uses utive days could I sit behind the original game’s code at the speaker on the sing-song its core. These modifications stage before someone asked were done by Tecmo Super me to stop? Who would ask, Bowl’s extremely dedicated and how? What would hap- cult community, who regard pen if a giant lifted the ceil- the game as the greatest ing off? Would he think that American football sim of all such a large number of peo- time. ple in one place was creepy I recently picked up this looking, much as we are re- year’s edition, loaded it into pulsed by a large number of my NES console, and set ants under a rock? If you’ve the computer to control the read this far, I’m not alone in New England Patriots and these strange thoughts. the New York Giants in a pixelated matchup for the ages. Which team will reign contact MILLER at supreme? According to Tecmo, the

Fascinating questions in Moody you jumped as far forward as you could? How many oh dear, christian college rows down would you BEN MILLER make it? I think it would be quite a few, even if you possessed only moderate athletic prowess. The question is, As I recently illustrated, finished its descent and em- could you make yourself leap straight out from those Moody Colosseum looks bedded itself into the floor? I think it would take five rows? At the last second one like a flying saucer. Except it doesn’t fly, it just sits here seconds for everyone to be- might have second thoughts come aware of what was hap- and just trip down a single on our campus. But as I glance around its pening, and vacate the land- seat. Maybe if there were vast interior during Chapel, ing area. You’ll think about a giant mattress five or six I sometimes wonder what this next time your in moody, rows down, it would be sufwould happen if it lifted it- I guarantee it. What if you ficient motivation. I really self into the sky and flew off had the microphone as it hap- don’t know–but that’s why to some distant planet bear- pened? What would you say? it’s fun to think about. When Mark Lewis quiing its small sample of earth How would you motivate the people. Would the alien an- floor sitters to quickly move ets everyone for a serious announcement or prayer thropologists be satisfied in the right direction? There are several different request, for a brief instant I with the quality and variety things you could shout into imagine that he’s going to say of specimens? Hopefully, we would be that microphone to get ev- “Many of you know Ben Millabducted on a Monday, eryone to flee for their lives, er, either as the piano player when faculty rush in to fill but which would be the most in the Bean, or as the Optitheir reserved seats. Surely time efficient? After much mist. Well, I’m sure most you our alien researchers would thought, I think I would spit have heard about the injury want some professors in out, “Chapel is dismissed, already...” confused, I would have a great day!” and watch give a strange look to whomtheir samples. ever is sitting adjacent, only Do you ever think really the room clear. We all have odd day- to realize that no one is even strange things in Chapel? I frequently do. Every time dreams in our beloved col- looking at me. Then I would I look at Moody’s hanging iseum from time to time. If realize the seat I thought I scoreboard, I vividly imag- you’re ever bored in there, was sitting in is actually takine it falling to the ground. it’s your own fault. Just ask en by someone else. I’m not What if it made a huge crack- yourself thought-provok- even in a chair, I’m just there ing noise, fell a few feet, and ing questions about bi- in Chapel somehow, without just hung in the air by some zarre things, and you’ll be a physical body. Mark would continue, flimsy cables? How much fascinated. Have you ever sat at the “Right now Ben is still untime would it take for everyone on the floor to scurry out very top and wondered conscious at Hendrick Mediof its shadow before it finally how far you would get if cal Center...” Incredulous,

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Woke up 10 minutes before I had to leave for my 8:00, stepped in mud, now I’m just waiting for a bird to poop on my head.


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Patriots will come alive early in the game offensively, and the defense will back them up despite some great passes by the Giants’ Eli Manning. Both team’s quarterbacks will put up a pass completion rate of 50 percent in the first half, but some costly fumbles will put the Patriots well ahead. The Patriots will hold them down well into the second half as well. The Giants offense will attempt a comeback in the forth quarter with some superior running plays, but a botched onside kick will give the Patriots a great field advantage, allowing Ben Jarvus Green-Ellis to score the game winning touchdown. Final Score: Patriots 35, Giants 24. Now there’s no telling if this is exactly how the game will be played. This is just one simulation, and it could easily be run again and again producing different results. If this were a truly scientific study, the match up would be run thousands of times, and the average score of both teams would be used to predict the winner. Then again, there’s no telling if that would be how the game would go either. We really won’t know until it happens. It’s just fun to speculate and see how it all might play out, and if the real game matches up to the simulation, that’s even cooler. But one thing’s for sure, the game will be exciting. These are two of the greatest teams in the league, and hundreds of millions will tune in to watch them battle for the glory of the championship. And simulation technology from today and in the past will only enhance the experience. contact singletary at

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’Cats try to stop slide against TWU Natalie Goin Sports editor Coach Shawna Lavender and the women’s basketball team look forward to facing Texas Women’s University this Saturday as a chance to redeem themselves from a tough losing streak that has become a frequent trend this season. ACU lost two heartbreakers in the final minutes of the second half this past week in a home-andhome series with Angelo State. After those losses, the Wildcats are looking for a win this Saturday to improve their performance in conference, and boost confidence amongst the players. “Having two back-toback games like that, we felt that we had a good chance to win one of them,” Lavender said. “This next

game; it’s a game we have to have.” The Cats’ played TWU in their first conference game on the road in Denton, and lost a close one on the road. The Wildcats were able to regain ground as they got focused and at one point were able to cut the score by one, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the 4-point deficit, leaving the final score at 68-74 Pioneers. But the team is confident that this game is the one to pull them out of their slump. “They are definitely beatable, it’s just a matter of us doing it,” freshman center Paige Parliament said. “We want to go into this game and mess with their record a bit. We have nothing to lose, so we’re just going for the win.” The Wildcats will take on the Pioneers Saturday

in Abilene. Coach Lavenders says that a home game will be good for the girls, especially if there is a good fan base. “Being at home helps a lot,” Lavender said. “If we can get the momentum going, we can get on a roll and start finishing people off.” And with TWU’s 1-5 record on the road, the ‘Cats have a very good chance. “At this point we are just trying to end on a good note,” Parliament said. “If we can get it going this weekend, I like our chances.” ACU has nine games left in to improve their record. The Wildcats and the Pioneers will take the court Saturday Jan. 28 in Moody Coliseum. Tip off at 2 p.m. contact GWIN at


Hillari Adam dribbles down the court against Tarleton St. The Wildcats play on Saturday.

Track and Field

Wildcats hit road for meets in Colo., N.M. Bryson Shake Sports Reporter The ACU track and field program will attempt to add to the ten athletes that provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championship Meet Friday and Saturday as the team travels in two separate directions. The multievents athletes – Parker Petty, Matthew Stark and Cassie Brooks will travel northwest to Colorado Springs, Colo. to compete at the Air Force Combined Events Meet at the Air Force Academy while the remaining track and field athletes will be in Albuquerque, N.M. for the New Mexico Invitational.

“The goal for all of these meets is still to qualify as many athletes, either provisionally or automatically, for Nationals,” head coach Roosevelt Lofton said. “That goal and purpose will remain the same until the national meet is upon us. It’s all about representation.” The ACU men’s team enters the meets ranked No. 17 by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association Poll, while the women are slated No. 24, two spots below their preseason No. 24 ranking. “We don’t care a whole lot about those rankings or place a lot of importance on them,” senior thrower

This is an important weekend for us. We really need to compete at a high level and leave it all on the track.

Nick Jones said. “All we care about is competing to the best of our ability. If we do that, we will see the results we’re shooting for as a program.” Petty and Stark have to score 4600 points or higher in the heptathlon to provisionally qualify, and 5,152 points to clinch a spot at the national meet. “This is an important weekend for us,” Stark said. “We really need to

meter relay. Sprinter Jordan Geary currently holds the nation’s tenth fastest time in the 400-meter run of 49 seconds last weekend in Lubbock en route to proMatthew Stark JuNior visionally qualifying. ACU Track and Field Hurdler Dennis Bain compete at a high level ranks in the nation’s top and leave all that we have 20 in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.18 secon the track.” Brooks, the lone repre- onds, and Lexus Williams sentative for the women’s echoed Bain with her time team in Colorado Springs, of 8.78. “For those who have alColo., has to know 3,300 or more points in the pen- ready qualified, now is the tathlon to provisionally time to work on improvequalify and 3,813 to join ment,” Lofton said. “If Nick Jones and Amanda we can post better times Ouedraogo at the indoor and put ourselves in betnational meet. She has al- ter standing, that will be a ready provisionally quali- positive for all of those who fied as a part of the 4x400 have already qualified.”

The ACU men’s 4x400 meter relay of senior Paris Robertson, Osei AllyeneForte, Banjo Jayesimi and Geary recorded the seventh fastest NCAA DII mark at 3:18.38, while Brooks and her team, which was composed of Shennae Steele, Ayesha Rumble and Karla Hope posted a top-10 time of 3:54.61. Steele and Robertson are also provisional qualifiers in the 60-meter dash with respective top times of 7.72 and 6.91, both posted at the Air Force Academy in December. contact Shake at


Fun: Trick shots, dunks highlight event “The Globetrotters have appeared in their own were Jacob “Hops” Tucker, movies and TV shows and Big Easy Lofton, Bones have been seen by hunMillien, Tiny Sturgess, and dreds of millions of people in 120 countries,” accordStretch Middleton. “Hops” was the 2011 ing to the team website. Mosley is optimistic college slam dunk champion while attending Illinois about the possibility of the College. He is only 5’10,’’ the Globetrotters returnhowever he has a 50-inch ing in the near future. “The group always tries vertical jump. In other words, he can get his eyes to work Abilene into their schedule,” said Mosley. “I horizontal with the rim. Tiny is the tallest Har- think they will still be inlem Globetrotter in his- terested in playing here.” Antwine wouldn’t mind tory. He stands 7’8” and was recognized by Guin- viewing another Globeness World Records as the trotter exhibition. “I would definitely go World’s Tallest Professionsee it again if they decide al Basketball Player. The group has been to come back next year.” around since the late 1920’s, but weren’t known as the Harlem Globetrotcontact isaacs at ters until a few years after the team was formed. from page 8


Left: “Bull” Bullard plays patty-cake with the referee. Right: Jacob “Hops” Tucker dunks despite his 5’10” frame.


Ranks: Home stand opens 2012 season from page 8 two top votes and 105 points. Angelo State and ACU ended up tied for fourth with 91 points. The Wildcats did receive one first place vote. “My main goal is to get this team to know each other in the middle of battle,” Bonneau said. “Over the last four or five months this team has bonded more than others have in the past. This team wants to be a team that people will talk about.” ACU will begin play at home on Friday, Feb. 3 against Arkansas Tech University. The Wildcats will play 18 straight at home before going on their first

road trip in mid-March. “It’s nice because we will have an actual preseason before conference play. We have time to form a team for conference, and we need these home games to come together because on the road, we will be tested.” After their opening series against Arkansas Tech the Wildcats will continue their non-conference schedule. Also during the long home stand, the ’Cats will play Colorado Christian University, Southern Arkansas and East Central. Against Arkansas Tech next weekend the Cats will play four games including a double header on Feb. 4th.

The Wildcats will host the Whitton Inn Classic and will play Eastern New Mexico, Cameron, and Tarleton State in non-conference games against LSC teams on March 2. The ’Cats finally go on the road March 10 to Cleveland, Miss. to face Delta State. After a three game series with the Statesmen, the Wildcats will start conference play. “This year we play three of the top four teams in the conference on the road,” Bonneau said. “We are going to have to learn quickly how to play on the road.”

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briefings The Lone Star Football festival will take place at Cowboy’s Stadium in Arlington Mandy lambright CHIEF Photographer again next season. Left: “Scooter” Christensen dives down for the ball Tuesday night in Moody. Top Right: “Bull” Bullard shows off his basketball skills from a new Abilene Christian takes angle. Bottom Right: Globetrotters guard “Buckets” Blakes takes some time off the game to dance with students to the Village People’s “YMCA.” on Tarleton State Saturday, Sept. 15. tain fans with numerous I thought the turnout exhibition team also put was good considering the Kickoff at 4 p.m. EDWARD ISAACS weather,” Mosley said. on a show in Moody. stunts in addition to playSports Editor

ing a pickup game of basketball. Matthew Antwine, ACU students and the Abilene community were sophomore family studtreated to a night of high ies major from Maypearl, flying aerobatics, uncanny thoroughly enjoyed the basketball tricks, and elec- night. “It was entertaining,” trifying dunks on Tuesday, in a packed Moody Coli- Antwine said. “They got the audience involved seum. The world famous Har- which was cool. The funnilem Globetrotters made a est part was when Big Easy stop in Abilene to enter- got his pants pulled down

was good considering the weather.”

The Globetrotters usually draw large crowds during their tours across the world and this was no Jared Mosley exception. Families and Director of Athletics college students alike, ACU sports gathered together to view and he was just in his un- both a comical and creative performance. derwear.” Jared Mosley, ACU AthThis isn’t the first time the Globetrotters have letic Direcor, thought the made a quick visit to the event was a success. “I thought the turnout ACU campus. In 2008, the

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“Around 3,200 fans showed up to watch a fun performance.” The Globetrotter’s lineup has included All-Star and Hall of Fame basketball players such as, Wilt Chamberlain and Magic Johnson. Several of the players who showcased their abilities

ACU’s former defensive end Aston Whiteside recieved see FUN page 7 additional honors this weekend as he was added as an AllAmerican to three more NCAA Division II football teams.

Wildcats dominate in lopsided win MaTTHEW SLOAN SPORTS REPORTER Last night, the ACU men’s basketball team played a nearly flawless game against Paul Quinn College, winning the game 88-70. ACU pounded Paul Quinn on the boards from the start of the game, and the Tigers were unable to keep up with the highpowered Wildcat offense. The ‘Cats built a eighteen point lead after only one half of play, scoring a season high fifty-two first half points and leaving Paul Quinn in the dust. The Wildcats played stifling defense throughout most of the first half, leading to a plethora of Paul Quinn turnovers. Highlights in this game included stellar three point shooting by all of the ACU guards and monster dunks by seniors Eric Kibi and Zach Williams Despite a few runs by the Tigers in the second half, Paul Quinn College was unable to ever pose a real threat, and ended up losing this game by a considerable margin. Williams led the Wildcats in scoring with twentyone points, but he was not the only Wildcat that had a big game offensively. The Wildcats had three more players in double figures. Kendall Durant had 13 points, Dosh Simms finished with 12, and Kibi had 14 points to go along with his 10 rebounds. If the ‘Cats are able to take care of business

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Zach Williams, senior guard from Dallas, jumps up for the shot against Paul Quinn College Thursday night in Moody Coliseum. The win helped to boost confidence amogst the team, hoping to come back from a 2-8 LSC record. on Saturday afternoon against Arlington Baptist, ACU will be in a great position to make their late season surge by winning every game in their home stand. “These three home games in a row are important for us,” point guard Antonio Bell said. “We want to

gain some confidence and start making a statement about our team.” Momentum is always important in college athletics, and putting their slow start to LoneStar Conference play in the rear view mirror and finishing strong is the focus of every player in the ACU

locker room. “This game is big for us,” senior Ben Warton said. They have played well against some really good teams, so if we can get to .500 that will give us a huge confidence boost going into the last part of conference play.” The Wildcats have 9

more games to improve their conference rankings, having fallen to 2-8. The Wildcats will take on Arlington Baptist this Saturday, in Moody at 4 p.m. contact SLOAN at

ACU fourth in LSC pre-season poll Austin Gwin The baseball polls are out, and according to this year’s Lone Star Conference preseason rankings, the ACU Wildcats will start the year as the fourth best on the diamond in the LSC. LSC coaches, sports information directors and writers cast their ballots

Softball is ranked sixth in the LSC preseason poll released on Thursday. ACU received 135 votes, while No. 1 ASU had 232 votes ACU continues to discuss the possibility of joining the Southland Conference and moving up to Division I.


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The baseball team is picked to finish fourth in the Lone Star Conference preseason poll released on Wednesday.

for the conference, and the Wildcats, a perennial first place selection, will have to surprise to finish at the top. “There is a lot of uncertainty with us right now,” head coach Britt Bonneau said. “We have 25 new players while other teams are coming off of strong years. That should be a motivator for us.” Last year’s disappoint-

ing season ended without an LSC tournament appearance, a first for ACU, and probably contributed to the low ranking. Incarnate Word was ranked first after finishing last year’s regular season in first in the conference. The Cardinals received 13 of the possible 21 first place votes and 157 points. The Cardinals also were bestowed the honor of

having the LSC’s Preseason Pitcher of the Year on their squad in Kirk Jewasco, senior from San Antonio. Jewasco led the league in 2011 with a 14-2 record and amassed 103 strikeouts. He was last year’s Pitcher of the Year and also garnered first team all-LSC honors. 2012’s Preseason Player of the Year is West Texas A&M infielder Jess Cooper.

Although WT is ranked near the bottom of the conference in sixth, Cooper is bright spot in their lineup. Last spring the senior hit an astonishing .494 and had 50 RBI’s. Behind Incarnate Word in the rankings is Tarleton State who had one first place vote and 126 points, followed by Cameron with see RANKS page 7

Mack Lankford, has been an essential player for the Wildcats this season, leading in points scored everytime she is on the court. Lankford, sophomore guard from Weatherford, Texas, is the second leading scorer in the LSC South, averaging 19.3 points per game, including her careerhigh of 35 points. As the reigning Freshman of the Year, Lankton led the conference in steals, averaging nearly 2.3 a game last season. Heading into the end of conference play, Lankford will be a huge factor in improving the women’s basketball team’s 2-9 record.

Upcoming The men’s basketball team faces Arlington Baptist on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 4:00 p.m in Moody Coliseum. The women’s basketball team will play at home this Saturday Jan. 28 against Texas Women’s University at 2:00 p.m. The men and women’s track and field teams will compete at the Air Force Academy meet in Colorado Jan. 26-27.

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