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INSIDE ARTS ACU is home to a varitey of student a capella groups

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SPORTS Women’s basketball goes 2-2 during their homestand in Moody Coliseum

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OPINION The Editorial Board talks about the pros and cons of Buzzfeed

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Students gather to Moody Coliseum to remember the Rwandan Genocide. The Honors College partnered with Rwandan students who performed songs and dances native to Rwanda. The documentary, “Rising From The Ashes”, was shown, and speakers discussed Rwanda’s past and future.

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Students and faculty got the opportunity to watch the remarkable story of how cycling legend, Jock Boyer, moved to Rwanda, Africa to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of forming a national team. Rising from Ashes, a documentary by T.C. Johnstone and narrated by actor and ex-

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managing editor Students who were in Ukraine a few weeks before riots broke out are keeping up with the developments as violence escalates. Ukraine protests arose in late November. Riots in Kiev have since formed, with protestors fighting to become part of the European Union. According to CNN, demonstrations began as a peaceful method of opposing Ukrainian President

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The Maker Lab purchased a Google Glass that will For a recap of this soon be available to stuweek’s news and dents for check-out. The sports, check out the optical device allows stunew JMC Network dents to pursue their interests for development newscast available in the wearables field of online technology. The Google Glass is still in development and obtainable through closed invite only. Even if one is able to grab a spot, there is still a fee for the glass. The glass is an optical, head-mounted display much like using Read more at a smartphone in a handsacuoptimist.com free format. It is capable

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From April of 1994 to July 15, 1994, it is estimated that from 500,000 to a million people were killed, resulting in the elimination of nearly 20 percent of the Rwandan population. “I hope that through the movie, students will come to appreciate the way in which we are connected to the rest of the world,” said Dr. Stephen Johnson, dean of the Honors College. “Because we are human, we are all

connected. It is important that we remember one of the most tragic moments of human suffering and injustice.” When Johnson and others in the Honors College first heard about the documentary, their goal was to find a way to bring the movie to ACU to share with students, faculty and staff. “We learned about the film and began exploring see rwanda page 3

Viktor Yanikovych’s rejection to signing the EU charter. Instead, he chose to form closer relations with Russia. However, since declaring independence from the Soviet republic in 1991, the people of Ukraine have attempted to recover from decades of soviet rule. This has resulted in a general distaste for Russia. As of Tuesday, NBC reported six people have been killed, with hundreds more injured in the intensified clashes with police forces. Brantly Houston, junior ad/PR major from Abilene,

was in Ukraine just weeks before the riots broke out. He and his classmates were able to see the demonstrations before they became tainted with violence. “It felt like you were walking through history,” Houston said. “I think some of us were kind of nervous and didn’t know what to expect, but it was totally calm and tame at the time. But I can see how it could very easily turn violent.” Houston said the demonstrators set up in Kiev’s Independence Square was a mix between the “Les Mis”

barricades and Hoovervilles. Inside, many protestors camped out, with someone either giving a speech or singing Ukrainian songs on a make-shift stage without ceasing. Savannah Pybus, freshman art education major form North Richland Hills, was also on the trip. “They’re really fighting for it because they’re trying to be as anti-Russian as possible,” she said. “They want to be their own country; they just want to be Ukraine.” Pybus and Houston ac-

companied the Hillcrest Church of Christ university group on a mission trip to Kolenski, Ukraine from Dec. 27 – Jan. 4. They and about 14 other students volunteered with Jeremiah’s Hope, a non-profit organization that works with atrisk children in Ukraine, to host camps for the children of Kolenski. Pybus said many children of the area are from troubled households, with their parents regularly becoming intoxicated to fight see riots page 3

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Rising from the Ashes tells the story of how four young Rwandan men were led by Boyer to train and try to create the first national cycling team from Rwanda. The documentary shows the past of each of the four cyclists, and discusses what they had to endure to reach their dream. During the early 1990s, tribal conf lict rocked Rwanda as the Hutu tribe began to cleanse the nation of the Tutsi tribe.

Ukrainian riots resonate with students Brittany jackson

The ACU Winterguard wins last December’s Christmas Slam, but some students think the competition was unclear

ecutive producer Forest Whitaker, brings to life the struggles that are still prevalent in modern day Rwanda. The Chapel forum took place Wednesday night in Moody Coliseum. Before the showing, there was live music performed by Rwanda natives. After the conclusion of the documentary, there was a question-and-answer session for those who wished to discuss the movie in depth.

of almost every function found in a phone through voice-commands or a touch-menu on the frame. Nodding one’s head or saying “Ok, Google” will activate the Google Glass. The Maker Lab was able purchase a Google Glass a month ago because of the early action of Dr. Brian Burton, assistant professor of information technology. Burton applied for a Google Glass spot last summer when they were first unveiled. “When Google Glasses was first announced, I saw it as a natural outgrowth of what ACU has been doing with mobile computing,” Burton said. “It was the next evolu-

tionary step in where mobile technology was headed. So I thought, let’s get one on campus so we can start developing on them.” Burton received his spot in December and passed it on to Lyndell Lee, Maker Lab educational technology specialist. “Rather than buying it for just one department, especially since the amount of time they’ll have to use it is pretty low,” Lee said. “Dr. Burton approached me for buying one that can be used by the whole campus. So the Maker Lab bought it.”

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The ACU Ministry Events Office has opened the annual Student Art Contest for Summit. Students are encouraged to submit original artwork, photography, drawings or other artwork to communicate the Summit 2014 theme. The selected work will be rewarded a $100 prize and will advertise the 2014 Summit. All submissions should be emailed to summit@acu.edu by Feb. 21.

Sanctify Hip Hop Company will be having auditions in Studio A of the Student Recreaction and Wellness Center. Auditions will be Feb. 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Feb. 8 from 8 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Student Recreation and Wellness Center will host a Superbowl party at 5:15 p.m. in Gym D on Feb. 2. Food will be provided.

University Park Apartments will be hosting its annual Sing Song Open House Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The College of Business Administration Crossings Cafe is taking orders for Valentine’s Day cookies until Feb. 11. Cookies are $5.50 each.

Shake the Dust: A Senior Art Show will open Feb. 7 in ACU’s on-campus Shore Art Gallery at 5:30 p.m. The Premarital Counseling Chapel Series begins Feb. 6. The series will be six sessions long with a two-hour follow-up with a counselor. The cost is $35 per couple and, upon completion, couples will be eligible to receive a $60 marriage license discount from Twogether Texas. For more information, email tim.ehrhart@acu. edu.

Women who would like to donate their old prom dresses, accessories and shoes can email aet12a@acu.edu for more information on how to donate to the charity Prom Queen. Donations will be accepted until Feb. 7. ACU Filmfest submissions are being accepted now through Feb. 1. Students can pitch ideas to Flim Fest teams for a chance to receive feedback from professional filmmakers. Submissions must be a 100 word synopsis and sent to ajp09c@acu.edu.

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SELECTED ACUPD CALLS FOR THE WEEK 01/22/2014 8:00 a.m. A student reported having been assaulted by a known suspect in a UP apartment; investigation continues. 01/22/2014 6:00 p.m. A non-ACU affiliated male was found by Library staff to be viewing pornography on a public computer in the Brown Library. ACUPD issued him a Criminal Trespass Warning and removed him from the campus. 01/23/2014 5:33 a.m. ACUPD conducted a welfare check on a distressed student who reportedly had mentioned potential self-harm. 01/24/2014 7:16 p.m. A reported suspicious male entered Barret Hall. Subsequent investigation revealed that he was a student reporting for a meeting he did not know had been cancelled. 01/25/2014 2:35 p.m. A Morris Hall resident reported a criminal mischief, stating that her ex-boyfriend had damaged her car by knocking both side mirrors off and denting the door. Case open, charges pending. 01/26/2014 4:26 a.m. ACUPD responded to an attempted suicide in progress on the West Campus-North Lot. The person was transported to the hospital for treatment and mental health evaluation. Weekly Stats For Week of Jan. 21 - Jan. 28, 2014 - Total Events: 336 SUICIDE (ATT & ACTUAL) 1 911 CALL 1 CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 1 MOTORIST ASSIST: UNLOCK 8 SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY 1 ABANDONED VEHICLE 1 CRIMINAL TRESPASS WARNING 1 OTHER 4 SUSPICIOUS PERSON 3 ACCIDENT 3 DISTURBANCE 2 PARKING LOT PATROL 15 THEFT (NON VEHICLE) 1 ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITY 16 FOOT PATROL 17 PARKING VIOLATION 4 TRAFFIC STOP 2 ALARM 2 INFORMATION REPORT 1 PATROL VEHICLE: MAINTENANCE 1 WELFARE CHECK 3 ASSIST 3 INVESTIGATION FOLLOW UP 14 PATROL VEHICLE: REFUEL 7 BUILDING LOCK/UNLOCK 19 LOST PROPERTY 2 RANDOM PATROL 11 January & February are often our most BURGLARY (MOTOR VEHICLE) 1 MAINTENANCE: UNIVERSITY ASSETS 1 RECKLESS DRIVING 1 severe winter weather months. Make BURGLARY (RESIDENCE) 1 MONITOR FACILITY/LOT 3 REPORT WRITING 6 sure you are registered and current with CHECK BUILDING 203 MOTORIST ASSIST: JUMPSTART 9 SEX OFFENSE 1 ACU ALERT. Go to acu.edu/acualert CITATION ISSUANCE 1 MOTORIST ASSIST: OTHER 2

Volunteer Opp0rtunities The International Rescue Committee in Abilene needs your help in welcoming refugees to our community. We are seeking the following donations: hygiene and cleaning supplies, bed linen, towels and kitchen items (dishware, silverware, pots/pans etc). Donations are accepted Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2-4pm or by appointment. Theirr office is located at 3303 North Third Street Suite D in Abilene, Texas. For more information contact MariePascale Manishimwe at 325-675-5643. Treadaway Kids is looking for more students and volunteers to join the group. For more information, contact Carly Henderson at cah10a@acu.edu. JUMP @ Abilene North Apartments is seeking students to asssist in teaching the Gospel to at-risk low-income children. Students must be avaliable to volunteer from 4 - 5:30 p.m. on Mondays. Service opportunity begins Jan. 27 and lasts until April. 28. For more information, contact Caroline Thompson at 281-782-2956 or crt12a@acu.edu. Friends for Life is seeking volunteers to help with both elderly residents and independent living elderly. Nursing home service opportunities include visiting, playing games, reading to the blind and assisting in arts and crafts. Independent living service opportunities include mowing lawns, grocery shopping and changing light bulbs. To volunteer contact Cecilia Barahona at 325672-2635 or cecilia@friendsforlife.org. Volunteers are needed to help with daily activities organized by the staff at Chisholm House. This could involve playing board games, helping with arts and crafts and helping with a walking club. For some of these tasks volunteers may be asked to lead a group or work along side a staff coordinator. Volunteer opportunities are from 2 - 4 p.m. or 6 - 8 p.m. daily. Contact Larissa Blankenship at 817-578-9296. Volunteers are needed at the BCFS Abilene Transition Center for event planning and setup, assisting in teaching life skills classes, accompanying transport, visiting homes and/or assisting in construction of facilities for assisting in the betterment of male and female youth ages 15 - 25. This opportunity is open each morning Mondays through Fridays. Students interested must contact Johnny Nguyen at 325-692-0033 or jnguyen@bcfs.net. The Betty Hardwick Center is seeking volunteers for the Human Resources Center to help with filing and organizing. This job requires someone with attention to detail who wishes to learn more about Human Resources. The job is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. If you are interested please contact Martin Walker at 325-690-5235 or mwalker@ bhcmhmr.org.

House of Faith is an organization that seeks to take Jesus to neighborhood children. Volunteers are needed to help with the various programs they do throughout the week. Backyard Bible studies are hosted Mondays and Wednesdays and a youth program takes place on Thursday evenings. The organization is seeking volunteers who can commit to a specific day a week. House of Faith lasts from 3 - 5:30 p.m. To volunteer or gain more information contact Amy Jeffers at abj09a@ acu.edu or call 832-331-5324.

The Christian Service Center is seeking volunteers to help with filing requests for items such as clothing and bedding from the donation center, sort and organize donations and occasionally pick up donated items. Volunteers are needed every weekday and the first Saturday of each month between 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 - 4 p.m. For more information contact Roberta Brown at 325-673-7561 orrobertabrown51@hotmail.com. For more information on the program visit http://www.uccabilene.org/ministries/ csc.htm.

Rescue the Animals is seeking volunteers to work at the adoption center performing a variety of tasks, from playing with the animals to working in the office. For more information visit their website at http://www.rescuetheanimals.org/volunteer.

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.

Breakfast on Beech Street is seeking volunteers to help set up, prepare and serve breakfast to homeless/lower income folks any Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday at 5:30 a.m. or Tuesdays 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@ gmail.com. To serve on Tuesdays contact Allen Daugherty at 325-660-6949 or ale.al@suddenlink. net. To serve on Wednesdays contact Jane Harvey at 325-695-0092 or jharvread@aol.com. To serve on Thursdays contact Margaret Beasley at 325-692-4149 or mbeasley5@suddenlink.net. To serve on Fridays contact Rachel Brown at rdb08a@acu.edu. 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 http://www.nccil.org/index.htm. The Noah Project is seeking volunteers to help with tasks such as answering phone calls, providing child care and doing maintenance and housekeeping. To volunteer call 325-676-7107. Love and Care Ministries is looking for volunteers to help with sorting clothing, stocking their food pantry, assisting in prayers in their prayer room and serving food to the homeless. For more information call 325670-0246. Univerity Place is seeking volunteers to help with resident birthday parties for residents on the third Wednesday of each month at 2:30 p.m. For more information, contact Linda Tijerina at 325-676-9946.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters offers two volunteer programs. Lunch Buddies pairs volunteers with a little brother or little sister to have lunch with once a week for 30 minutes. Lunch Buddies has a preferred time of 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. The Community Based program pairs volunteers with a little brother or little sister that they will hang out with two to four times a month. Both programs require committment to the program for 12 - 18 months. To sign up, stop by the Big Brothers/Big Sisters office at 547 Chestnut St. or contact Randy Woods at 325-674-3102. The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers for a variety of needs such as sorting and pricing items in the thrift store, helping in the kitchen and/or doing yard work. Times are flexible and volunteers are needed Monday - Saturday. The Salvation Army is located at 1726 Butternut St. For more information contact J.D. Alonzo at 325-677-1408 or visit www.satruck.com. 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 http://mealsonwheelsplus.com. Christian Ministries Food Pantry needs volunteers to help with tasks such as cleaning up, stocking shelves and bagging flour. It is looking for students who can make a commitment of 1 - 3 hours a week. For more information contact Becky Almanza at 325-673-5295 or balmanza7@sbcglobal.net.

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Students develop video games in 48 hours Tommy Evans student reporter Several students spent 48 hours last weekend designing, developing and creating their own games to participate in the Global Game Jam. Global Game Jam is an international event that challenges participants to design a game within a twoday period. The event takes place once a year, toward the end of January, with contestants starting by watching an introductory video

that reveals the theme for that year. The participants then have 48 hours to brainstorm, design, create and submit a game that is based on the theme. Dr. Brian Burton, assistant professor of information technology, was the site coordinator for the Abilene area, oversaw the students who were participating. “It gives good exposure to game development and shows what you can accomplish in 48 hours,” Burton said. Burton has been the site director for each year the

students have participated in the jam. He intends to continue coordinating the event with any ACU students interested in learning and getting experience in game development. ACU had three teams registered to participate this year. The teams worked on a side-scrolling game, a topdown game similar to Galaga and some mini-game concepts. Austin Graham, a digital entertainment technology major from Corpus Christi was one of the participants in the jam. Graham based

his game on reflection and sought to create an abstract plot that was designed to challenge the players’ mind and even, in one instance, force the player to break the rules to win. “I liked the concept of reflection,” Graham said. “I also wanted to make a game that was challenging, so I thought of ways to confuse and hinder the player.” This was Graham’s first time participating in the Global Game Jam and said, though he was recovering from his lack of sleep, that participating in the Global

Game Jam was well worth the effort and he plans on doing it again next year. He also hopes to grow the level of student involvement. “I encourage others to come out next time even if they don’t have programming knowledge,” Graham said, adding that the most time consuming elements were designing the art and creating the story for the game not the programming. Susan Gold, a game designer who wanted to create a fun event where participants could come together, share ideas and push them-

selves creatively, founded the Global Game Jam in 2008. The event had participants from 63 countries and had more than 3,000 games created over the weekend. Participants are encouraged to use new technology and push their skills to see what they could create during the time limit. “It’s a great opportunity to take risks and test out ideas you have always wanted to try,” Burton said. contact the optimist at jmcnetwork@acu.edu

Winterguard wins Christmas Slam prize Kirsten Holman copy editor Students who attended the Christmas Slam in December reaped the benefits of prizes, free pizza, Christmas Slam T-shirts and the opportunity to support the men’s and women’s basketball teams. Only one organization with the most tweets and attendance received the high-dollar prize. ACU Acuity Winterguard won $1,000 for having the most members tweet and attend both games. Acuity Winterguard is a section of the colorguard program that performs indoor dance routines with flags, rifles and sabers.

Thirteen student organizations were involved in the Christmas Slam Contest, and 918 students registered to compete. “We are very thankful to win and were very excited to participate in the Christmas Slam,” said Rebecca Mathis, Acuity Winterguard director. “Our winnings will go toward our 2014 competition season. This upcoming weekend we will have our first performance with the North Texas Colorguard Association in Aledo. These contests will continue in different venues across North Texas through the end of March.” Mathis said expenses include travel, equipment, uniforms, props and regis-

tration fees. “Acuity Independent Winterguard is very grateful for all of the many ways the University has supported their program,” Mathis said. “We are looking forward to representing ACU and its values as we reach out and perform for middle school, high school and collegeaged students across North Texas.” Students’ Association Executive Vice President Rodney Johnson said the Christmas Slam Contest was never just a social media competition. “The competition was two-fold,” said Johnson, junior finance/pre-law major from Odessa. “Social media was the first aspect and at-

tendance to the basketball games was the second portion. The overall goal and purpose of the competition was to boost support for our men’s and women’s basketball teams and get people to their games. We used twitter as the social media outlet for the competition.” Members of student groups and organizations who participated in the Christmas Slam Contest tagged #ACUCHRISTMASSLAM in their tweets during the competition. Johnson said the contest was open to all student groups and organizations. However, some students thought the competition was unclear and poorly broadcasted.

“I think that the whole campaign was handled poorly,” said Phillip Lamborn, political science major from San Diego, Calif. “The rules were never clearly laid out to the student body.” Lamborn said the winner should’ve been announced on Twitter. He said he found out who won because he has class with an SA officer. “I love how it got students involved and at the game, but the contest itself was handled poorly and made the contest feel pointless,” he said. On the night of the Christmas Slam, more than 2,100 people attended the men’s basketball game, and more than 1,200 people attended the women’s basket-

ball game. “I was very pleased by everyones participation in the Christmas Slam competition,” Johnson said. “It is always refreshing to see our school rally around something. Overall, I believe the contest accomplished its purpose.” Johnson said he hadn’t seen that many students attend a basketball game in the years he has been at ACU, and he hopes to use this strategy again. “Thank you to all clubs and organizations that participated,” Johnson said. “Let’s keep supporting our student athletes.” contact the optimist at keh09c@acu.edu

Riots: Ukrainians fight for independence from page 1 off the region’s frigid weather. “It’s hard to express how truly awful it is for them, because they don’t necessarily know that the life they have is sad, which is sad in and of itself,” Pybus said. She said the riots are mostly contained in the Kiev area and aren’t affecting the villages of Kolenski or Jeremiah’s Hope, yet. “That’s what they’re really worried about; they’re worried about them spreading. And if it does spread, the children and those families that are so poor won’t have any means to protect themselves,”

Pybus said. “That’s a scary thought, thinking of those kids not having the ability to protect themselves from that.” Most recently, Ukrainian protestors took to occupying government buildings as a demonstration technique, with many arrests ensuing their actions. On Wednesday, Ukraine’s parliament passed an amnesty law, claiming to release demonstrators from prison only after others vacate the government buildings. The riots continue to rage on, with Ukrainian citizen’s desire for independence from Russia fueling the flames. CNN said Ukraine’s decision can be

seen as a turning point between the West – the EU and the United States – and Russia. If Ukraine were to join the EU, the West’s reach would infiltrate further into the east, but at the same time, Russia would view it as losing traditional territory. Pybus said she wished students would become more educated on world conflicts, such as Ukraine’s. “I would encourage people to be more informed about Ukraine, because Justin Beiber is on the headlines about getting arrested instead of more than four people dying in Kiev,” Pybus said. “That’s really sad to me, that’s just awful.”

Houston said students should not only be aware of the conflicts, but be an advocate for resolve in any way possible. “I would encourage ACU students to pray for a country. I’m praying for Ukraine now, but just pick one,” Houston said, “because there are going to be situations all around the world that we just have no idea about. It’s a good practice to just be in prayer and intercede for people halfway around the world. Because I got to go, I can see, concretely, where the needs are.” Brantly Houston Contributor contact Jackson at bkj12a@acu.edu

Rwanda: Cyclists’ story showcased from page 1 the possibility of screening the film on campus early last fall,” Johnson said. “The film will also be screened in Dallas and Fort Worth following the ACU event.” Not only did students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to view the movie, but they also had the ability to hear from the Rwanda cyclists themselves. “Thankfully, the producers arranged for the four of them to be here with us on campus for this great event,” Johnson said. “They flew in on Tuesday night before the showing on Wednesday.”

The next morning at 7:00 a.m., members of team Rwanda, Abraham and Obed, joined students from the ACU Cycling Team for a 25 mile ride. “It was pretty extraordinary,” said Liz Lurz, senior business management major from Boerne and founder of the ACU Cycling Team. “It was totally awesome to ride with them. How often can you say that you rode with two members of team Rwanda? We had a deep connection, and that was that we love to ride.” Nancy Ndekwe, a sophomore business major from Rwanda, was pleased when she heard the announcement of the Chapel forum.

“When I first heard about what was going on, I was a little shocked, but at the same time very happy,” Ndewke said. “To know that they thought of this idea and that they also want people to remember what happened is very special.” For Ndewke, it is important that the horrors of Rwanda are not forgotten. “I want people to understand that just because you have bad things happen in your past, it doesn’t define who you are,” Ndewke said. “It’s how you move forward, and I think a lot of people got to see that with the movie. This is my history, and the film provided a great way for people to see what really is

Glass: Lab offers glasses from page 1 pus. So the Maker Lab bought it.” Lee said he has been testing the glasses and is looking out for anyone who would want to develop software for the glasses. “When you’re wearing it, you’re prone to gawkers,” Lee said. “But it is really interesting... There is no lag in getting information with the glasses.” Burton said wearing the Google glasses is a different experience than what he expected. “The screen is on the corner of your right eye and it is much more menu-driven. As we’re progressing it is very exciting to see where it is

headed,” Burton said. Lee did not mention a specific date but said the glasses will soon be available to check-out at the Maker Lab. “Folks who are in an active development project on it are subject to a process for checking it out,” Lee said. “It’s not department-specific and is open to anybody who has a passion for Android development.” Burton’s game development class has had a chance to try the glass and start developing it. “One of the ideas we are playing with right now is facial recognition program,” Burton said. “A professor could wear it into class and it basically would take attendance

and also call the students by name.” While Google glasses now cost about $1,500, the company aims to release them on the market at about the same price as an iPhone. Burton is encouraging his students to develop software on the device as there is a niche in the job market for individuals who can program for Google glasses. “If you can write software for it, it’s going to be like an open door way,” Burton said. “The demand for people with these specialized skills is going to be huge.”

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going on and informing the public on the truth.” Rising from Ashes was produced by two nonprofit organizations. Gratis 7 Media Group and Project Rwanda contributed $800,000 to the film. In 2012, the Rwanda cycling team began to develop Africa’s first all-black, all-African team to attempt the greatest cycling event in the world, The Tour de France. contact zepeda at djz11a@acu.edu

Citizens riot in Indepence Square in Kiev, Ukraine. Students traveled to Ukraine over winter break.


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6 things to love and leave about Buzzfeed the issue Buzzfeed’s entertaining and informative website has been increasing in popularity.

our take While Buzzfeed is amusing and user-friendly, it over-simplifies content and should not be used as a primary news source.

“OMG”, “WIN”, “FAIL”, “EPIC”, “LOL”, “WTF” banners flag your entrance. An instant assault of information and amusement is waiting upon the doorstep of Buzzfeed’s flashy site. Are you looking to browse GIF slideshows of cats, dogs and hedgehogs? The site has plenty in stock. Perhaps you’re curious to find out which Nintendo character you are or which Hogwarts House you would be sorted into? Buzzfeed’s quiz-

zes overfloweth. Every possible subject is touched, every micro-targeted, online population is reached. Its wide allure has led to a viral visitor count, 130 million visitors counted during the month of November, confirming there’s proof in the buzzing. And while the ability to curate lists, quizzes and news is quite the cyber feat, Buzzfeed cannot be both the Times & Twitter. 3 Things About Buzzfeed to Love and Leave:

Love: 1. Reader-friendly lists. We will demonstrate the successful tactic by keeping your attention for the duration of this article with the simple separating and spacing of sentences. Our brains process listed information more quickly and retain it much easier. The method makes Buzzfeed’s content comprehendible and accessible and therefore, encourage site visitors to read on. 2. Real news is getting foot traffic. The sly slipping of a news article in between “22 Reasons Why Straight White Boys Are Actually The Worst” and “29 Denim Brands You Totally Forgot Existed” gives Buzzfeed browsers the chance to actually make their visit constructive. The

site has made it possible for a person to be up-to-date even by only eyeing a headline mid-scroll. 3. Building repertoire. At its infancy, Buzzfeed acted as a site collecting trending links from across the World Wide Web. Ever since, the site has been working to add more wellrespected elements to make it more versatile. Leave: 1. Simplified Contents Generation Y has often been defined by its digitally overloaded brains incapable of long-form reading. Thus, Buzzfeed’s article-list hybrids, “listcles,” are the site’s hallmark. However, defaulting to this method neither informs nor challenges its readers, only feeding lazy interpreting of content.

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2. News, Schmooze The more outrageous, the higher up the totem pole Buzzfeed feels to publicize it. Though it generates newsworthy material, the site does not identify itself as primarily a source of news. As a consequence, Buzzfeed is not held responsible to the journalistic practices of the reputable news sites. Instead, it takes credit by paraphrasing the particulars and linking the longer, but vital news elements. The site has been under fire for copyright infringements and questioning of its “fair use.” While it can be useful for being briefly primed on an issue, its contents are compressed and void of unbiased reporting. 3. The Coat of Too Many Colors

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They advertise, they report and they entertain, knighting Buzzfeed an undeclared medley of news and pop culture. This also means the site is infiltrated by “Sponsored Posts,” serving as undercover advertisements to credit for its $200 million valuation. The site is six years young, with a lot of upgrading to grow on. You can’t business in front and party in the back, Buzzfeed. We can appreciate the attempt to marry both the profound and fun. But, for the millions of Buzzfeed virtual visitors, we encourage readers to be aware what exactly they’re clicking into. contact The Optimist at jmcnetwork@acu.edu

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Just get up and get going I’M SORRY, MS. JACKSON

BRITTANY JACKSON MANAGING EDITOR

I never thought I’d get where I am from where I was. A year ago, I was a nervous freshman in a class filled with sophomores, learning how to write the basics of a news story. I didn’t know if I’d be good at this reporting stuff, and the mere thought of interviewing people all over campus was enough stress to induce a chronic eye twitch. Just three classes into the course and I was already questioning the sanity of my career choice. Today, I am the managing editor of this university’s student newspaper. To clarify, I’m not bragging. I’m not even attempting the ever-popular humble brag. This is tough, more so than I ever imagined. What I’m trying to say is that I decided on something, and I worked to get it. And besides gender, ethnicity and/or appearances, there isn’t so much of a difference between you and me. You know what you want to do, so go and do it. Yes, that’s easier said than done, but what if you just haven’t tried hard enough? I’ll admit I could have done better on countless projects and exams. I could have applied for that one position. I could have taken initiative sooner. And who knows,

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Solomon: Sin should not be praised Response to “Our demand leads to celeb supply” published Jan. 24. By Mathew Solomon, junior information technology major from Austin Ms. Alicia Wood, To begin this response I must say that you make a valid point. The reason why Cyrus has accumulated so much fame is due to our societies’ sick fascination with celebrity immorality. I understand that the underly-

ing message of your piece is to convey this idea but I cannot stand by quietly when you praise this person’s ability to manipulate our society with these sinful acts. By calling Cyrus a “genius” you are indirectly empowering her fiendish and obscene acts against humanity. A solid portion of your column delves into Miley Cyrus’s downfall from a Disney channel role model to a forgotten teen star and then her recent reviv-

al into a twerking deity. Now I believe you used this portion of your piece to develop some background for your argument and I have absolutely no problem with that. What I have a problem with is how you portray Cyrus’s revival story. I feel like you describe Cyrus’s comeback into popular culture as if someone would describe the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The overall tone of her comeback tale should not resemble that of triumph. Instead it

should sound like a story of humanities struggle to fight the temptations of Satan. Overall I genuinely believe you did not intend to praise the hideous depravity of Miley Cyrus. I just think that sometimes people unintentionally applaud sin and it’s our job as Christian warriors to help our brothers and sisters fight it.

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maybe I would be so much more than I am now. But what matters is that I awake each morning and know that, today, I possess the power to do whatever I set my mind to. Today is the last day of January. Thirty-one days ago you had the chance to make resolutions. You either stuck with those wishes – go you, that’s awesome – or you let them fade. If you’re of the latter category, such as myself, I urge you to forget those resolutions. They were wishes, idealizations of what the distant future could hold. Instead, make decisions. Focus on one day at a time. Tackle the little things first. Stuck in the “latesleeper” cycle? Wake yourself up early to watch the sunrise. Putting off that essay until a divine revelation intercedes? Read the materials, pick up a pen and write. Want to do better on that next pop quiz? Choose to study now, instead of getting lost on social media until 1 a.m. Mornings are tough, commitments get in the way and your overall essence may beg you to rest for just a little longer. I urge you to get up and get going. contact Jackson at bkj12a@acu.edu

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This Week Friday, January 31 The Monster X Tour comes to the Taylor County Expo Center a 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $17-32. ACU’s A Capella Chorus performs a concert in the Williams Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Saturday, February 1 The Bugout Basics Survival Basics Class is being offered in the Buffalo Gap Historic Village from 9-11 a.m. The cost is $10 for one class or $45 for all six classes.

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The Abilene Civic Center hosts the West Texas Sports and Fitness Expo, which includes basketball games, food and more. Tickets are $2 for adults and the event lasts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, February 4

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Members of Pulse peform at their 2012 Christmas Concert at Monks. Pulse performs several concerts throughout the year.

Pulse a capella hits the right note

Bryan Collier is offering a Master Art Class at The Grace Museum from 4-6 p.m. The class is free with a reservation.

The tradition of a capella music is alive and well at ACU

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Brantly Houston ARts reporter A capella music has been at the forefront of pop culture in recent years. With Sing-Off winner, Pentatonix, the Barden Bellas of Pitch Perfect, the Dalton Academy Warblers on Glee, and a plethora of a capella cov-

ers on YouTube, we have had no shortage of instrument-free pop tunes. The ACU campus, rooted in the a capella tradition because of its Church of Christ origins, has its own contribution to the a capella cover scene. Nick Tatum, graduate student of communication from Plano, founded

Pulse A Capella three years ago with Carrie Baker (’12) and senior graphic design major, Megan Teel. “Pulse is a way for people to use their gifts of singing in a smaller setting,” Tatum said. “That was the original thought behind it.” Tatum also said ACU is the ideal place for an a capella group because of its Church of Christ roots. “I would argue that there aren’t as many talented a capella singers without training any-

Pulse is a way for people to use their gifts of singing in a smaller setting”

Nick Tatum co-Founder of Pulse

where other than ACU because we’re surrounded by it,” he said. “It’s a great utilization of a skill that already exists.” Still a member of the group, Tatum arranges

music for performances as needed. He said by establishing a presence on campus, he hopes the group can tackle bigger projects such as performing at admissions events and create a recordings. Pulse will conduct auditions at the beginning of the Fall semester. The group performs a handful of lighter concerts throughout the year and ends with a culminating concert in the Spring.

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ACU’s A Capella Chorus continues long tradition Alikay Wood arts editor Because of ACU’s Church of Christ background, a capella music has been an important part of university culture. One of ACU’s oldest a cappella groups is the A Capella C h o rus, directed by Jeff Goolsby. From a young a g e Goolsb y k n e w Professor Goolsby that music was “the only thing” he wanted to do. He graduated from ACU in 2001 with a degree in music

education and now conducts the University Chorale and A Capella Chorus. The A Capella Chorus was founded in 1932 and initially focused exclusively on singing hymns and other religious songs. As the music program at ACU grew, so did the variety of music the Chorus performed. “The core of our repertoire has not changed,” Goolsby said. “What has changed is the range of music the choir studies and performs.” In the 82 years since its founding, the A Capella Chorus has been experimenting with instrumental accompaniment and different styles of music, but Goolsby said their focus always returns to the “core beauty and richness of the human voice.” “We celebrate and continue to build on to our a cappella heritage,” Goolsby said.

The core of our repertoire has not changed. What has changed is the range of music the choir studies and performs. ”

Jeff goolsby director of choral activities

A Capella Chorus is designed to be a “musical laboratory” where musicians can feel comfortable expanding their musical knowledge. The chorus is designed to welcome non-music majors and encourage musical creativity from all participants. Goolsby appreciates the way movies like Pitch Perfect and shows like The Sing Off have made a capella music popular in mainstream culture and wishes

ACU had more groups in this pop genre. The A Capella Chorus is kicking off its Spring tour tonight with a concert in the Williams Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Listeners will be treated to a wide variety of music including the group’s signature song The Lord Bless You and Keep You, American folk music and separate performances from the men and women. “I want A Cappella to contribute in deep and meaningful ways to the life of this university and the Abilene community,” Goolsby said.

arts editor The next installment in the theatrical adaptation of The Hunger Games series doesn’t open in theaters until this November, leaving loyal fans hungry for similar plots. Luckily, dystopian novels have risen in popularity in recent years and there are plenty of other options to tide fans over until the next movie. Dystopians are commonly defined as stories that take place in a future gone wrong, usually due to an overbearing government or environmental crisis. They first rose to popularity in the 1950s with the release of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and 1984 by George Orwell. In film they have been represented by movies like Total Recall, Gattica and I Am Legend. The genre was brought back to the forefront of literature in 2008 with the release of The Hunger Games by Suzanne

Collins. The trilogy has become one of the most popular series in the world and inspired an extremely successful film series. In the wake of Collins’ success, many other writers have come forward with their own take on what the future might look like. The most successful of these books is the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. Roth wrote the first book while in her senior year of college and it immediately became a bestseller. Divergent tells the story of a

society where people are divided into five factions based on one dominant trait of their personality. Tris, the main character, chooses bravery over selflessness and is inducted into Dauntless, a brutal faction dedicated to the eradication of fear. The movie adaptation, starring Shailene Woodley as Tris, comes out in March. Other successful series include Delirium , Lauren Oliver’s story of a world where love has been labeled a disease and is surgically removed from the brain during the teenage years and Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi which takes place in an environmentally destroyed world where people spend their lives in the realms, perfect simulations of reality. Readers looking for a significant love story will also enjoy Shatter Me by Taherah Mafi and Matched by Ally Condie. Shatter Me centers around a girl whose touch kills anyone she comes in contact with and her cap-

ture by a brutal soldier who wants to turn her into a weapon. Matched is set in a society where teenagers are matched to their future spouse by a government system at age 17. Many of these books are written by females from a female perspective but James Dashners The Maze Runner is dominated by males. After waking up in an elevator that transports him to a trapped village of boys surrounded by a maze, Thomas becomes a maze runner, the most coveted

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The Invention position in the village, in search of a way out. Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave tells the story of a girl facing the end of the world brought on by an alien invasion. Although not strictly dystopian The 5th Wave deals with creates a similar setting and adds intrigue with the alien plotline. Dystopians are great reads because they draw from the reality of our world and paint a picture of what might happen if we do not take care of the future. They allow for extreme use of creativity, lots of adrenaline and big battles. The Hunger Games is a great story and takes a lot of credit for bringing dystopians back into popular literature but it is only one of many options available to readers interested in this genre.

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Wildcats travel to Lubbock for Open emily seidel sports reporter Track and field will head to Lubbock this Friday to compete in the Texas Tech Masked Rider Open. ACU will join McMurry and HardinSimmons at the indoor meet in its third weekend of Div. I competition, with high expectations for the Wildcats after two impressive performances this month. The spring season has started strong for the Wildcats, with 15 athletes turning in lifetime bests in their opening meet on Jan. 18 at

the Texas A&M Invitational. Last week in Norman, Okla., six of the team’s throwers and multi-athletes finished in the top five of their event. This includes a first place finish by Baptiste Kerjean in the men’s weight throw. With such strong showings under their belts already, the ‘Cats appear to be in good shape for this weekend’s meet in Lubbock. The success so far, however, does not mean the team won’t have obstacles to overcome in its upcoming contests. Junior Daniel Block, who finished second in the men’s 800-meters at Texas A&M, thinks the youth

and inexperience of the team can be a challenge, but they have the skills to progress and make a statement this season. “We’re a very young team, and most of us have only competed once so far, so we haven’t had too many chances to put down some big performances,” Block said. “The potential is definitely there, and a lot of the freshmen are positioning themselves to have successful collegiate careers in the future.” Assistant coach Jerrod Cook said what the team lacks in age and experience, they make up for in leader-

ship and preparation. He said the seniors are stepping up in their performances and guidance of the younger players, contributing to a stronger team with better timing, patience and poise during competitions. After the Masked Rider Open, ACU has less than a month to prepare for the Southland Conference Championships in Birmingham, Ala. from Feb. 25-27. Only one meet will take place during that time period, the New Mexico Collegiate classic in Albuquerque on Feb. 7 and 8. The Texas Tech and New Mexico meets will be

excellent opportunities for the Wildcats to face top competition and evaluate what to work on to place high in conference championships. Cook said preparation will center on mental readiness and teamwork. “Track is classified as an individual sport, but no one person can win a team title,” Cook said. “When you are competing for your team and representing your family, your performance elevates to an entirely new level.” contact seidel at eks13b@acu.edu

Women go 2-2 during homestand reese gwin sports reporter The ACU women’s basketball team is on the road to continue their Southland Conference play. They are fresh off a four-game home stand that left their conference record at 5-4 and their overall record at 12-8. While two games ended in losses, the ’Cats closed out strong with a win over Sam Houston State. They rediscovered their intense passion and timely scoring. The Wildcats will need that effort to carry over against Northwestern State University to be successful. Whitney West said it starts on the practice court. “In order for our intensity to carry over into this week’s games on the road, we are going to first have to carry the intensity into practice,” West said. “If we stay focused and work extremely hard in practice, I strongly believe that we will be able to carry that over into our games.” The only Wildcat trying to move on from Saturday’s big win is Senior Renata Maquez. Although she had a big bucket down the stretch, foul trouble prevented her from getting into the flow of the game. ACU needs Marquez and West to fire on all cylinders if they are to be at their best. Their leadership adds consistency to a predominately freshman line-up. The Northwestern St. Lady Demons are also anchored by nonfreshman. Sophomores Keisha Lee and Trudy Armstead lead the team in scoring. Their conference record rests at 3-4, and they are on a two-game slide. The Dimba twins should be a good match-up for Armstead, who has both size and athleticism. The Wildcats will not face a better post-player than SHSU’s Angela Beadle for the rest of the season, so ACU’s posts will be ready to face the Lady Demons in the paint. Lee’s speed could be an issue on the dribble-drive penetration, but ACU will have the bench advantage

standings Men’s basketball

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SFA SHSU TAMU-CC Nicholls St. UIW ORU MSU SELU NO NSU ACU UCA HBU Lamar

7-0 6-2 6-2 4-1 4-2 4-3 4-3 4-2 4-4 3-4 1-5 1-6 1-7 1-7

18-2 14-6 9-12 8-8 16-3 10-10 6-13 9-10 7-9 7-11 7-13 4-14 4-16 2-18

woMen’s basketball

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UCA Lamar ACU MSU SFA Nicholls St. ORU SELU SHSU NSU TAMU-CC HBU UIW NO

6-1 6-2 3-2 4-3 4-3 4-3 4-3 4-3 4-4 3-4 3-5 3-5 2-4 0-8

12-6 11-8 12-8 11-7 10-9 9-9 5-12 5-14 9-10 10-9 10-9 7-12 8-10 0-19

Who’s Hot Freshman forward Suzzy Dimba averaged 13.8 points per game, 12 rebounds, two blocks and a steal in the women’s basketball four game homestand.

briefings There will be a free T-shirt give away to the first 250 students at the basketball games on Thursday. The Wildcats lastsecond win over the Universtiy of Central Arkansas snapped a 27-game losing streak ACU had against Div. I opponents.

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Sophomore guard Cemetra Jenkins pushes the ball down the court in their game against Sam Houston. The Wildcats are third in the Southland conference with a 12-8 record and 3-2 in conference. ACU also has a strong home record at 8-2.

ACU plans to host a cheerleading camp Feb. 8 prior to the ACU basketball games in Moody Coliseum.

acusports.com reported an attendance of with the hot-handed freshman guard, teams have fallen to Central Arkan- dogfight for a victory tomorrow. It will 1,250 for the women’s Jessica Elkins. sas and Lamar but picked up wins take an aggressive defense and a pa- basketball game “Jessica is a great three-point against Sam Houston. tient offensive to walk away the win- Saturday and 1,500 for shooter,” head coach Julie GoodACU did manage to beat Oral Rob- ner. the men’s game. enough said. “She has sparked us in erts, a team that beat Northwestern several games this year.” by 11. The Lady Demons finished in The ’Cats and the Lady Demons eighth in the Southland last season. have shared four opponents. Both The Wildcats will be in another

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Golding’s efforts should be praised SLOAN RANGER MATTHEW SLOAN SPORTS DIRECTOR

“We are going to win. That’s what I was hired to do, and I don’t like to lose. I won here as a player, and I won at Arkansas-Little Rock, and we are going to win here at Abilene Christian University.” These words by head basketball coach Joe Golding have rung in my head since February 2012 when Golding shared his vision of a revived basketball program outside the visiting locker room of Lone Star Conference champion, Tarleton State, after a 74-62 loss that ended ACU’s season. Although the team has not hung a banner in his first three years, I still think Golding is a heck of a basketball coach, and a winning program is closer than it seems. Golding was unable to recruit in his first season because he was hired after much of the year’s recruiting was over. However, the team won double-digit games for the first time in several years, despite having to suspend two of his top six players for off-the-court issues. Losing the best shooter on the team and maybe the best rebounder for a significant part of conference play left them only a game short of the LSC tournament. The Wildcats protected Moody Coliseum for the first time in a long time, posting a 10-6 record at home. Without a roster he se-

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lected and without two players he was counting on, Golding immediately made ACU competitive. In his second year, Golding finally got to bring in some of his own players. Golding’s top recruit was a transfer from Arkansas Little-Rock that was even better than advertised. Eric Lawton, the former San Diego State commit, was a scoring machine for the Wildcats. Lawton averaged 17.3 points per game and knocked down 46 percent of his threepoint attempts in his final season of eligibility before going to play overseas. Shooting guard Elliott Lloyd and center Steven Werner each scored 11.8 points per contest. Freshman Parker Wentz showed range from the parking lot, and has been able to put together a solid sophomore campaign as well. Another signee from Golding’s inaugural class is Riley Payne, who is starting games for the ‘Cats as a redshirt freshman this season. Unfortunately, the squad was ravaged by injuries. The best defensive player and heart of the team, Desmond Woodberry’s career was cut short due to concussion issues. Woodberry’s absence was coupled with the injury to a solid rebounder and defensive power forward in Jonathan King. King missed the entire year because of a

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Sophomore guard Parker Wentz voted onto the Capital One knee injury. As if that weren’t but the Wildcats still keep to win double-digit games Academic All-District 7 enough, backup wing Tyler fighting. for the third season in a row men’s basketball team Rodgers contracted mono Once again, they have a despite having a somewhat on Thursday. and was unable to give minutes off the bench, eliminating the team’s depth. Losing players would be crucial, as the Wildcats lost seven conference games by either one possession or in overtime. Adding a starter, a sixth man and an extra wing player to the rotation would have undoubtedly made all the difference in the world. The Wildcats still managed to win two more conference games than they had the previous year, which meant Golding was still making progress. Flip forward to this season where the Wildcats have moved up into Div. I. Moving up a division is never easy for a team, but ACU always fought hard against elite competition. ACU was trending on twitter in Maryland after the Wildcats had a lead over the Terps at halftime. This is the same Maryland team that plays Duke and North Carolina every year and won a national championship a decade ago. ACU took TCU to the brink on the road, but a couple of unfortunate bounces and swallowed whistles left them unable to secure the victory. ACU took Southeastern Louisiana into two overtimes before losing on the road. Golding’s team also claimed a victory against Central Arkansas in Moody Coliseum despite having its two best players out for the season. Harrison Hawkins and L.D. Williams are both unable to play for the rest of the year,

winning record in Moody Coliseum and another solid recruiting class. Freshman Michael Grant can hoop. As a true freshman, Grant has seen more playing time since the Wildcats lost a flurry of players, but Grant’s game improves every time he steps on the court. At 6-foot-5-inches, Grant has the size and length to play

snake-bitten program. In Moody Coliseum the Wildcats are 22-16 in the past three seasons. ACU did not even win 10 games either of the last two years before Golding came to Abilene. Last year, they posted double-digit wins at home. Progress has been slowed slightly by injuries and bad luck, but the results are still

Upcoming Men’s tennis will play against Tyler Junior College and Trinity Universtiy today at 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. They also take on McMurry at 6 p.m. Saturday night. Women’s tennis will compete against Wright State Universtiy at 11 a.m. today and then Cincinnati University later at 5 p.m. They will then play Xavier at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

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Men’s basketball head coach Joe Golding looks on as the men were defeated by SHSU, 70-51. Golding’s 31-43 record is not indictive of the job he has done for ACU.

Track and Field will travel to Lubbock to face Texas Tech today and Saturday.

Women’s basketball will play Northwestern on the road at 1 p.m. Div. I basketball, and he has impressive. The men’s bas- on Saturday. already shown the ability to score and play solid defense. Junior transfer Jacob Lancaster is shooting 52 percent from the field and has shown the ability to rebound as well. Julian Edmonson is also a junior transfer. Edmonson came from Middle-Tennessee State and has plenty of skills to contribute to a winning basketball team. The Wildcats are going

ketball program is heading in the right direction with every measurable statistic. Joe Golding is well on his way to building a winning program in Abilene, just like he promised outside the visiting locker room in Stephenville two years ago. contact sloan at mes10b@acu.edu

Men’s basketball will also travel to Northwestern this weekend to play at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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