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It helped us grow closer together and learn more about each other.” -Tara Lowe, sophomore elementary education major from Springtown

SPRING SELECTIONS Three social clubs began spring pledging with Bid Night on Friday

Every part of the night was intentional. Everything was about building up the group, and rebuilding it as a whole.”

so it was great to see Bid Night finally happen,” Managing Editor Lowe said. “It helped us to grow closer together and learn more about each Pledging returned to camother.” pus Friday night as three soJake Hall, sophomore cial clubs accepted pledges music major from Springfor spring Bid Night. Jake Hall Students pledged to sophomore elementary education town, pledged Pi Kappa on men’s clubs Frater Sodalis major from springtown Bid Night. He said Friday night was an encouraging and Pi Kappa and the recently rechartered women’s jor from Springtown and experience. “Every part of the night club, Zeta Rho. The pledg- co-recharterer of Zeta Rho, photos by adrian patenaude stafff Photographer ing process will last three said Bid Night was an excit- was intentional,” Hall said. “Everything was about Top: Zeta Rho pledges participate in Bid Night activities. Below: Frater Sodalis pledge ing experience. weeks this semester. “We’ve been working building up the group, and David Gasvoda, sophomore English major from Houston stands with fellow pledges Tara Lowe, sophomore elementary education ma- on this for a long time, see clubs page 3 on the steps of the Administration Building.

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Phillips remembered for joyous spirit, smile But he was remembered Editor in chief for an infectious laugh Matt Phillips, son of Dr. and an upliftMark Phillips and Dr. Laura ing spirit. At a mePhillips, died Sunday night at age 16. Phillips was a morial ser- Phillips sophomore at Abilene’s vice Tuesday at Hillcrest Academy of Technology Church of Christ, Matt was Engineering Math and Sci- described by many as an ence. Matt’s sister, Allison outgoing, funny and lively Phillips, is a freshman mar- teenage boy. He was nickketing major and a mem- named the social director of ber of the university’s vol- his family. “Every week after church leyball team. Matt was born with os- he would ask people to eat teogenesis imperfecta, a ge- lunch with us,” said Laura, netic disorder also known assistant professor of manas “brittle bone disease.” agement sciences. “He en-

Hannah barnes

joyed people of all ages.” She said her son enjoyed math, science, robotics and playing video games. “He was very sweet,” Laura said. “But he was the biggest trash talker when he played games.” Matt was born in Beech Grove, Ind., and lived in Stillwater, Okla., before moving to Abilene in 2004, when he was 8. Through his life, said family and friends, Matt did not let his brittle bone disease slow him down. “We didn’t know until after he was born that he had it,” Laura said. “He just went with the flow, did what he

him from doing things he enjoyed and sharing laughs with others. “He was always telling jokes that he thought were hilarious but weren’t actually very funny,” Laura said. “He loved having college Dr. Laura Phillips students over for dinner assistant professor of management sciences and he loved going to ACU sporting events.” Inspired by Matt, in could. He just kept going.” He frequented university 2008, social club Gamma baseball, basketball and vol- Sigma Phi raised more than leyball games, and he twice $16,000 during a 68-hour tagged along with his par- volleyball tournament to ents on Study Abroad trips help fund research into to Oxford, England. While curing brittle bone disthe disorder kept Matt in a ease. Two years earlier club wheelchair, it did not stop members raised $8,500 bi-

He just went with the flow, did what he could. He just kept going.”

cycling to Malibu, Calif., from Abilene. Matt was the president of the robotics club at his school, was interested in rockets and was an avid reader. Abilene High School sophomore Jackson Pybus said he enjoyed playing video games with Phillips and said his good-natured optimism inspired others. “A lot of people knew him,” Pybus said. “He impacted a lot of lives.”

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Tuesday morning power outage interrupts campus

a typical, short power outage.” Hunter Turner, sophomore information technology major from Trophy Club, said the blackout almost forced him to change jeanetta norris junior music education major his lunch plans. from ft. worth ‘”I was going into the Bean when the power went out,” Turner said. situations. outage alerts if we know “They had to stop making “We get a lot of calls the power will be out for food but I was able to get asking why we didn’t a long time or the outage some before they ran out. send out an ACU Alert,” is a part of an on-campus It was also really smoky he said. “We only send emergency. This was just in there.”

Jeanetta Norris, junior music education major from Ft. Worth, said she was in a meeting when the lights went out. “I was upset when the power came back on because I have a piano test today and I didn’t want to take it,” Norris said. “I was hoping classes would be canceled for the rest of the day.”





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Students react to the closing of the Abilene PacSun location

“The power went off on the main campus and up Managing Editor and down Judge Ely Boulevard, Ambler Avenue A power blackout caused and Highway 351,” Ellison by an American Electric said. “The power stayed Power transmission line on at the police station, problem darkened cam- Barret Hall and Smith and pus and much of North- Adams Halls.” Ellison said the ACU east Abilene late Tuesday morning for about 20 police station receives a flood of calls whenever the minutes. ACU Police Chief Jim- power goes out, and he said my Ellison said the lights the department often gets stayed on west of Campus questions about issuing an ACU Alert during these Court.

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I was upset when the power came back on because I have a piano test today and I didn’t want to take it.”

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WEDNESDAY 02.01.12










All Day - Last day for 80 percent refund

All Day - 60 percent refund begins

11 a.m. Praise Day in Moody Coliseum

All Day - Last day to enter courses for summer

1 p.m. ACU Softball vs. East Central @ St. Mary’s

4 p.m. ACU Baseball vs. Arkansas Tech @ ACU

3 p.m. ACU Softball vs. St. Edwards @ St. Mary’s

7:30 p.m. ACU Choirs Concert in the WPAC Recital Hall

All Day- Women’s tennis vs. A&M Kingsville, McMurry, Prairie V 2 p.m. ACU baseball vs. Arkansas Tech Double Header @ ACU

Chapel checkup

Around Abilene Feb. 01

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7 p.m. The UCC Campus Ministry will offer an opportunity for community outreach including tutoring ESL students, visiting with shut-ins, serving children of refugees and more. Volunteers will meet in the UCC Family Room.

8 p.m. ACU Swing Cats meeting will be held in Studio B of The Rec Center. Open membership is offered for a limited time.

7 p.m. The Frank Arnold Ministries Gospel Concert will be held at the Abilene Civic Center. Admission is $20-25 per person.

7:30 p.m. The Taylor County Expo Center will host the monster truck show, “Thunder Slam”, featuring AMP Tour Monster Truck, FMX and the Motorcycle Demolition Derby. Admission is $15-30.

7:30 p.m. The ACU choirs concert will take place in the WPAC Recital Hall. Admission is free.

7:30 p.m. The Abilene Community Theater presents “Love, Sex and the IRS.” Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 12 and younger and $8 for students.

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Police Log Announcements 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 Mar. 1. Visit www. to learn more about the competition.

Students interested in participating in a Spring Break Campaign can sign up in the SBC office in the lower level of the Campus Center. For more information on campaigns that still need members, or to sign up, contact

The Images of Aging Photo Contest is accepting entries through Feb. 24. ACU Leadership Camp staff applica- Students with questions or comments tions are now available in the Campus regarding the contest may email imCenter basement. IBH Sing Song is still looking for people who want to be involved in a Sing Song act. Everyone is welcome. Email for details.

The Study Abroad Office is accepting applications for all study abroad programs. Several departments will be taking students to locations around the world this summer. English, Psychology, Art and Design, COBA, Communication, Music, Bible and Pre-Health majors are encouraged to apply. Programs are also open to non-majors. For more information, email the Study Abroad Office at study_abroad@acu. edu, call 325-674-2754, visit www.acu. edu/studyabroad or go to the Study Abroad Office in Room 124 of the Hardin Administration Building.

Students who want to be involved in the ACU Undergraduate Research Festival may apply online at researchfest. Deadline is Friday. The Newsboys along with The City Harmonic, Abandon and Anthem Lights World Wide Witness is still receiv- If your work schedule requires to miss will be playing at the Abilene Civic Cening applications for Summer 2011. For chapel, Chapel Exemption Request ter at 7 p.m. as part of the “God’s Not more information visit forms are due within two weeks of your Dead Tour” on Saturday. Tickets cost worldwide-witness. first day of work. $25 at the door.

Submissions are now being accepted for the 5th Annual Student Art Contest for Summit. Any current ACU student is encouraged to submit their original artwork, photography, drawing, painting or other creation to communicate the Summit theme. The 2012 Summit theme is “intimacy.” Students need to submit their art digitally to summit@ by Feb. 15. One work will be awarded $100 and used to advertise the 2012 Summit. The ACU Table Tennis Club is looking for members. Interested students should contact The ACU Tenaska Campaign will hold a workshop in the Campus Center Living Room on Saturday from 9 a.m.-4p.m. Meals and snacks will be provided throughout the day.

Volunteer Opp0rtunities Volunteers are needed to help with the Newsboys “God’s Not Dead World Tour” Concert on Saturday 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 Saturday to help with the annual West Texas Sports and Fitness Expo at the Abilene Civic Center. Help is needed in three 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. and 1:15 p.m., and would involve spending lunch time with students and having a positive impact on their lives. Contact Jason Shaw at 325639-3745 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. 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. 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 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 .

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. 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 Mar. 20 to May 3. Volunteers can help anywhere from one to six hours per week for the duration of the program. Volunteers must attend training on either Mar. 6 or 8. Contact Beth Byerly at 325-660-3465 or e-mail Disability Resources, Inc. is looking for volunteers to assist developmentally disabled residence. Help is needed with activities, art projects, reading books, exercise activities, assisting with vocational training needs and other interactions Monday through Friday from 9 a.m-4 p.m. For more information contact Becky Moody at 325-677-6915 or email The Minter Lane Church of Christ is looking for volunteers Wednesday nights from 6-8 p.m. Volunteers will eat with children from kindergarten to 12th grade and help during class time. Contact youth minister Joshua Alkire at 325-201-5342 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 needs volunteers to help with general labor any weekday between noon and 4 p.m. Contact Joy Harsh at 325-676-6487 for more information.


campus news

wednesday 02.01.12


SHADES, Sanctify to combine for concert mark smith managing editor SHADES will merge with Sanctify for an annual performance in April. SHADES, a multicultural student step organization, and Sanctify, a new student hip-hop dance group, looked to schedule separate concerts in Cullen Auditorium but only one weekend was available in the auditorium. The two groups decided to merge their shows into one, and will perform on April 13-14. Brandon Bolden, senior psychology major from St. Louis and head captain of SHADES, said the merger was disappointing at first but the groups are looking forward to joining forces to make the show even better. “There are some SHADES members in Sanctify, and we’ve performed together,” Bolden said. “Every show is better than the one before, but this one will be a show you’ll remember for a long time.” The name SHADES represents the diversity within the step group. Bowen said

destiny hagood Staff Photographer file photo courtesy of daniel gomez

The SHADES step team performs during the 2011 Homecoming parade. the tight-knit members of the group embrace their differences. “We like to include people from different backgrounds and cultures who desire and enjoy glorifying God with their talents,” Bowen said. “We’re a family first of all, and we make

sure our family is in tact.” Sanctify is a hip-hop dance group officially recognized as a student organization last year. The group’s purpose is to explore and express the cultural impact of hip-hop movement in a Christian context.

Annique Dentino, freshman psychology major from Lubbock and Sanctify member, said she’s looking forward to the joint performance and the opportunities it offers. “It’s going to be awesome because it’ll be a combination of both step-

Members of the hip-hop company Sanctified practice for Sing Song. ping and hip-hop dancing,” Dentino said. “This year’s show will feature more dancers and a longer show, which will only make it better.” Bolden encouraged all on-campus students to plan in advance to buy tickets to one of the two

evening shows. “The show is definitely going to bigger, more fun, more exciting than ever before,” he said.

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Abilene PacSun lease ends, store closes katie jenkins contributing reporter The Pacific Sunwear store in the Mall of Abilene closed last week after the local retailer chose not to renew its lease. Laurie McAdams, marketing and specialty leasing manager for the Mall of Abilene, said that a replacement store has not been officially determined yet. Students who shopped at PacSun are sorry to see the store go, but they look forward to seeing what new store will take its place. “I loved PacSun,” said Annique Dentino, freshman psychology major from Lubbock. “I was really excited to see that the Abilene mall actually had one. I would like to see it change maybe into an Urban Outfitters or

I was really excited to see that the Abilene mall actually had [a PacSun].” annique dentino freshman psychology major from lubbock

H&M, but those are high hopes.” Dylan Brugman, sophomore political science major from Aurora, Colo., would also like to see PacSun replaced with a popular brand. “I think it’s a bummer that PacSun is closing, but I wouldn’t mind seeing an Urban Outfitters or Gap put in to replace it,” Brugman said. Other students mentioned they would like to see retailers such as Urban Outfitters, H&M, Zara, Topshop, Sephora, Nike or Forever 21.

A specific timeline concerning the search for a new retailer has not been released. The Mall of Abilene, on Buffalo Gap Road, contains more than 90 retailers. A list of these can be found at The mall is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Shoppers may also download the Mall of Abilene App, which features the mall directory, news and offers, upcoming events, services and more. “We’re always looking for opportunities for our customers to have a good shopping experience when they come to the mall,” McAdams said. contact jenkins at

brittany williams Staff Photographer

The space once occupied by PacSun is now empty in the Abilene Mall.


Theatre department to run ‘Proof’ thru Sing Song destiny hagood staff photographer “Proof,” the story of mathematical genius, mystery, drama and humor, will open Feb. 9. The play will be put on by the Department of Theatre and directed by Adam Hester, chair of the department. Hester has high expects the play to intrigue and humor the audience. “It won Tony awards for

best play,” Hester said. “It’s really well respected.” “Proof,” written by David Auburn, is about a woman, Katherine, who grieves over the loss of her father, a mathematical genius. She tries to prove that an amazing equation found among her father’s personal items belongs to her. “‘Proof’ is a play that tries to take on this fascinating issue about what is the balance between genius and madness,” Hester said.

The cast of this play consists of two seniors, Jamie Patterson and Michael Siemek, a sophomore, Rachel Faulkner and a seasoned actor, Michael Duran, who will play Katherine’s father. Michael Siemek, senior theatre major from Colleyville, will portray the character of Harold Dobbs. “I loved that we picked this play because it’s so different from a lot of the dramas that we’ve been doing,” Siemek said. “It still

fits in with the ACU the- out the West Texas Christmas Carol at the Historic atre’s mission statement.” Paramount Theatre. “This is a very, very This competition funny show in a way and doesn’t require prior it makes you think,” Sieknowledge, just the mek said. Proof will run in Fulks ability to learn.” Theatre Feb. 9-11 and 16jeff salmon 18 and will have a full set executive director on stage. of Frontier Texas! “It will have a full façade of a house on set Lauri Simms, a local in- with imitation grass and strumentalist, will create lots of practical lighting,” original scores for “Proof.” Hester said. The play also will show She played music through-

during Sing Song weekend. “I know that we will sell out every single night,” Siemek said, “everyone will have to decide to see Sing Song this night or the other way around.” For more information on “Proof,” go to www.acu. edu/academics/cas/theatre/ productions/season1112/ proof.

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mobile learning

Instructor, students create iPhone app leigh foith online managing editor After several years of research and development, an education-based app created by ACU faculty and students is now available for all Apple devices. Mitzi Adams, instructor in ACU’s Department of Teacher Education, worked alongside three other ACU students to develop an application called “Count On It.” Adams applied her 25 years of teaching experience to find a way to effectively and efficiently communicate math fundamentals

to children, educators and parents. “I kept asking myself the question, ‘How is it that some students develop proficiency regardless of my approach and others do not?’,” Adams said. “I wondered if there was more involved than just the method of teaching.” While pursuing a Masters of Mathematics in Elementary Education, Adams came across the term, “subitizing.” Subitizing is essentially the ability to look at a number value and know immediately what that value equates to. Adams found that through extensive research, there was a relation-

ship between deficiency in basic math skills and poor subitizing skills. Clement Ho, junior computer science major from Bejing, China, was hired as the mobile developer of the “Count On It” iPad app in December 2009. Over the past few years, Ho has taken on the responsibilities of developing and designing the website accompanying the mobile application to make the the application more user-friendly. “We’ve spent a lot of time enhancing the user interface, making it visually appealing and creating good user experiences for our customers,” Ho said. “We

abacus, a key feature for both visual and auditory learners, and a quiz function. The creation of “Count On It” required more than just extensive research. Admitzi adams ams felt that the use of ACU teacher education students and their skills instructor would be much more beneficial and cost effective. “I learned that to a hire needed to focus our attention on making the applica- a company would cost me tion easy to use and under- tens of thousands of dolstand so that our customers lars,” Adams said. “I did not can take advantage of this have that kind of money to spend. I wondered if there useful tool.” “Count On It” is made up might be students here at of four functions applicable ACU with the skills and into math education: Quick terest.” Lyndon Willoughby, seAdd and Add It Up, each used for strengthening men- nior graphic design major tal math abilities, a virtual from McKinney, used his

I wondered if there was more involved than just the method of teaching.”

graphic design background to bring a more polished look and unifying theme to the app. Willoughby benefited from the hands-on experience and feels better equipped in his future job search. “I have learned a ton from ACU’s Graphic Design department, but handson work is so useful before graduating.” he said. “It was really beneficial for me as a student to work on something that was actually going to be released into the market.” contact foith at


Summit encourages entries for Student Art Contest david singer arts editor

matthew sewell staff Photographer

Chelsea Butts, sophomore two-dimensional art major from Bedford, works on an art project in the Don Morris Center.

Although next years Summit is still months away, the preparations have already begun. The Summit Student Art Contest is calling for entries of creative pieces to be displayed throughout Summit next fall. This will be the fifth year that the contest has been held in an attempt to bring the arts into Summit activities. “Too often Christians think of the expression of their faith as something that is done verbally or in written form,” said Brady Bryce, Director of Ministry Events. “They leave out the performed arts or – in this case – the visual arts and actual artistic pieces. This lets us stretch the bounds of how we think and imagine an event and to think about it artistically.” Brady believes that art can play just as important of a role with Summit as a speaker or other presentation. “Art tends to evoke,” Bryce said. “It may be the best language to point to God. Rather than speak it, always concrete in black and white, sometimes we just need to be evoked and prodded towards something that is far beyond us, something we can only begin to conceive of and imagine.” The contest asks for students to submit art of any medium that portrays next year’s theme, “Intimacy.” The theme comes from the biblical story of Hosea and Gomer, a showing of undying love.

“It is a theme that evokes quite a lot,” Bryce said. “It is pointing to the kind of love relationship that God has with us. In spite of our sin and the ways we reject God, he maintains intimacy. I’m hoping that someone can visually express what that looks like. That kind of deep persistent love that will help people think about intimacy in new ways and point them towards true intimacy with God.” Past winners include graduate James Davies, a two time winner, Richard Diaz, Jr., and Leanne Kawahigashi, sophomore art major from Fort Worth. Winning pieces have consisted of photography, painting and design. Although the exact role of the winning piece has not yet been determined. Bryce said that once a winner is chosen, the piece will be incorporated into Summit through the magazine, t-shirts or in some other manner. Along with the chance to have their artwork used as a feature in Summit, the winning student will receive a cash prize of $100. Artwork should be submitted digitally to before Feb 15. “It is nice to involve students in as many ways as possible,” Bryce said. “This has been a way that allows students to put their thumbprint on Summit and it is always exciting to see what they put together.” contact singer at


Directory reinstates instrumental Churches of Christ marissa jones page 2 editor Churches of Christ with instrumental worship services have been returned to listings in a national directory of the religious group after being left out for more than three years. A national directory of Churches of Christ in the United States omitted 21 churches from in its 2009 edition because they used instrumental music in at least one Sunday morning service. That directory publisher, Nashville-based 21st Century Christian, has reinstated the church-

es that use instrumental music to the 2012 directory. This change was made along with a change in how the directory defines a Church of Christ. The the decision returns The Hills Church of Christ in North Richland Hills, one of the nation’s largest Churches of Christ, to the directory’s pages. Churches that continue to identify as part of the Church of Christ religious group and whose music is historically a capella will be included in the future directories whether worship services include instruments, according to the publisher’s website.

Dr. Douglas Foster, professor of church history and the director of the Center for Restoration Studies, acknowledges this as a positive revision to the directory. He said, a church might not want to remain identified with its heritage, but churches should not be dropped because someone else makes the decision. “It recognizes the desires of congregations whose history and identity are clearly in the Churches of Christ, but who have chosen for the sake of outreach and evangelism to include services that use instruments,” Foster said.

We all want to draw close to the Lord, but He developed us to draw near to Him in different ways.” samuel Skeirik communication graduate from Knoxville, Tenn.

Congregations that differ from the typical Churches of Christ have always been included in the classification, he said. Even though ACU is recognized as a Church of Christ university, students are given the opportunity to worship in a variety of ways on campus. This including the small group Chapel, Im-

mersion, which features instrumental music. Samuel Skeirik, communication graduate student from Knoxville, Tenn., appreciates diversity in worship. “Different people learn best through different means: visual, auditory, kinesthetic, logically. I feel like it’s the same with worship,” Skeirik said. “We all want to draw close to the Lord, but He developed us to draw near to Him in different ways. One may be moved by a solidly constructed sermon, whereas another may find God in the dance of worship or the singing of song.”

But in most worship settings at ACU, the music will continue to be a cappella, said Foster. “I think the university will continue to honor the heritage of a cappella singing [in major worship assemblies], not because it is the only legitimate form of Christian worship, but because it is a wonderful tradition that encourages all to participate and that lends itself to allowing us to truly ‘sing to and encourage one another’,” Foster said. contact jones at


Clubs: Bid Night marks beginning of three weeks of spring pledging

do it too.” Hall said the idea of uplifting community within rebuilding it as a whole.” the club intrigued him. Lowe said she’d planned “I was looking for on being a part of Zeta Rho brotherhood outside the since spring of last year. dorm,” he said. “I love the “I found this at the end tara lowe sophomore elementary education major guys in my hall, but I’m of freshman year and defrom springtown looking forward to spendcided that it was for me,” ing time with guys who are she said. “I’m really looking “I’m an RA in Mabee as long as fall pledging,” my age and I don’t have to forward to getting to know the girls in the club better.” Hall, and a few of the oth- Hall said. “Then I learned be an RA around.” Hall said he decided er RA’s in the dorm told more about the club, what to pledge Pi Kappa about me they were going to it stands for and what the contact smith at a week before the spring pledge Pi Kappa because guys in the club are like, the process wouldn’t last and I decided I wanted to deadline. continued from page 1

I found [Zeta Rho] at the end of freshman year and decided that it was for me.”


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INK Perspectives on tattoos change with the culture


he way college students perceive their image has adapted and changed significantly in recent years. It has increasingly become the norm for college students to express themselves through tattooing, which has become a more popular and accepted form of art and culture. And for many Christians, tattoos can also serve as an expression of their faith and beliefs. A glance around the ACU campus affirms that, despite the stereotypes that may be associated with private Christian colleges, there are still a good number of students who choose to express themselves, and their faith, through tattoos. Amy Wages, junior exercise science major from Vancleave, Miss., has a full sleeve of tattoos covering her left arm. She said she never planned on having a sleeve when she got her first tattoo at age 17, but she has had about 25 hours’ worth of tattooing added since she got her initial cross tattoo. Wages said many of her tattoos hold special meanings for her. When she looks at her tattoos, she is reminded of the need to cherish life and to extend grace to others. “I don’t usually share the stories behind my tattoos because, for me, it’s not really about receiving attention,” Wages said. “I’m actually quite conservative; I just like tattoos. More people are getting them because they’re trendy or because they do want attention, which to me is kind of the wrong reason to do it.” Some people use charm bracelets to represent different things they like, Wages said. She uses tattoos to serve the same purpose, only hers are permanent. “It’s just expressing who you are and the things you like,” Wages said. “The fact that I have tattoos doesn’t mean I’m not a Christian, especially when some of mine are faith-based tattoos.” Aaron Johnson, junior health promotion and psychology major from Houston, has 15 tattoos and each portrays a message about God. “I think it can open doors,” Johnson said. “I’ve had a lot of people ask about them and it’s just another chance to share my testimony and what I believe about the Lord.”

Johnson said he sees himself as a canvas for Christ and he wants his life to glorify God. “I think that it’s important that I blend in visually in the world,” Johnson said. “The Lord puts me in a lot of darker places to be a light and I’m able to blend in with people that are a little more rough around the edges.” Johnson said some people will look at him and be intimidated, but if they were to take the time to get to know his heart they would see that God lives inside of him. “There is judgment. That’s what we do as humans, we judge each other based on looks and actions and words,” Johnson said. “Sometimes I think that maybe I’m viewed as marked, scarred or dirty. I mean, the tats and the dreads can be a bit much, but it’s me, and I love it, and I wouldn’t change it.” Justin Lloyd, junior exercise science and health promotion major from Elizabeth, Colo., said he came into the church later in life and a lot of the older people in his church were not big fans of his tattoos. “People always argue that your body is a temple,” Lloyd said. “I just say that I choose to keep mine decorated.” Lloyd said he does try to stay healthy in other aspects; he just likes to have a little bit of ink on him. Brittany Williams, junior journalism major from Rockwall, said she believes this generation is more of an independent generation, so there is a different take on tattoos now. “They’re a work of art in their own sense,” Williams said. Williams said her decision to get tattoos was not a rebellious act; it was just something she wanted to do. “I don’t think there’s any blanket rule for tattoos, it depends on the individual belief,” Williams said. “Even my pastor’s daughter has tattoos.” Dr. Jean-Noel Thompson, vice president and dean for Student Life, said there is no current ACU policy against tattoos. There is only language discouraging the display of anything that could be considered offensive or inappropriate to the mission and Christian standards of ACU. “My guess is that there was probably some enforcement against getting tattoos somewhere in ACU’s history,” Thompson said. “What we have now is a broader standard in our dress code.” Thompson said he believed there are probably new ways of thinking about tattoos now. He said, in the past, it seemed tattoos were acquired as an act of being different and standing out, whereas now it is more to be a part of something and to follow along with what others are doing. “I think we should have, as Christians, a reasonable standard in terms of what we cover our bodies with and knowing how they affect people around us,”

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Top: Justin Lloyd, junior exercise science and health promotion major from Elizabeth, Colo., displays a few of his tattoos. Left: Aaron Johnson, junior health promotion and psychology major from Houston, has tattooed his arm with a piece that represents the fruits of the spirit. Right: Amy Wages, junior exercise science major from Vancleave, Miss., has been adding to her full sleeve since she was 17. Thompson said. “Scripture is clear about our bodies being temples and that, unlike any other action we take, there needs to be extra caution in how we take care of ourselves physically and spiritually.” Thompson said that those considering getting a tattoo should first ask the real reason behind why they want to do it and to determine what it is they want to accomplish through it. He said to pray and determine if it would be contributing to the kingdom or if it would be distracting from what God is calling them to. “We cannot judge a person by the fact that they have a tattoo or if they have a pink streak in their hair,” Thompson said. “We live in a community where we value honoring God and one another. If there is something inconsistent with that mission, then we should respectfully address each other.” Wages, Johnson, Lloyd and Williams each said they currently plan on getting more tattoos.


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House churches satisfy many, but not all, needs Christians are coming out of the mega church phase in search of a more intimate form of worship, and rightly so. Since the first century, the church has taken many shapes, and most – if not all – have been a reaction to the dominant church at the time. We are living one of those hairpin turns now. In past few years, Christians have started to veer from from the mega churches that swept the worship landscape in the early 2000s for a more intimate, discussion-based setting.

They got tired of the faceless droves and oneway messages that filled the super-sized auditoriums and sanctuaries of Protestant churches across America. In increasing numbers, Christians are finding the close-knit community they seek in a living room. A 2010 study shows that 10 percent of Christians report that they worship in a house church setting. The typical house church is made up of 1015 people who meet in a member’s house. Instead of forming a larger con-

gregation as membership rises, churches split off ameba style. This forms a network of small groups of Christians who travel from between houses to worship. The small size of a house church makes the biblical discussion and familiarity between members missing from large congregations easy to participate in. Lessons often consist of all of the members of a church discussing a topic or verse that is relevant in their life at the time. This type of spiritual learning works well in

an age where people like to participate in learning through discussion and where an expert can be found online when needed. While the house church is satisfying on a spiritual level, problems arise when it comes to other forms of support. Because of the reduced number of people it can be hard for the members to support each other in monetary terms. If one member gets in a bind, the others have to dig deep to help out. And it takes more from each member to help out with-

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the issue House Churches are gaining popularity in the realm of Christianity.

our take These smaller churches serve well for spiritual development, but they fall short in other areas.

out the larger membership to spread the debt over. One of the roles of the church is to serve as a community of support to its members and others who need help. The members must form a spiritual and economical safety net.

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I recently met a woman who started her own business. Prior to her leap of faith, she worked for a major company, made good money and lived comfortably. Then her life changed. After she became pregnant, she was forced to stay on bed rest for the final 20 weeks of her pregnancy. It was during this time that she decided to quit her job and follow her dreams. She began her company from absolutely nothing, finding a factory and workers across the world and completed samples of her products before giving birth. Now her product is sold in major department stores all over the nation. She has been featured in various magazines and has become extremely successful. She took a chance and was successful. She pursued her dreams and made them come true. Then she pushed things even further. She wanted to change the world, and she is well on her way to doing so. Some of her products are created to benefit a greater cause. So she urged me to do the same. She urged me to chase dreams and make them happen. She urged me to believe that even I can change the world. This woman is Darbie Angell. She began her company without fear; she just went for it. Her career has taken off, and her dream to change the world is coming true. Along with many beautiful dinnerware sets, Darbie has one special collection called “Madison’s April in New York.” Madison was a young girl from Texas that suffered and died from


ACU appropriate ‘Bend and Snap’ Farron height

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Over the Christmas break, many “ring by spring” dreams came true. Most likely if you didn’t get engaged in the last two months, you know at least one person who did. So what about the rest of us? Us – the single, maybe ready-to-mingle type girls. Don’t worry, ladies. We still have options. You can always turn to Holly wood. My all-time favorite way to get a guy’s attention was modeled so well for me by Reese Witherspoon. Who could forget the bend and snap on Legally Blonde? Of course, there are always more expensive options. Pam Money’s Rela-

This requires the proper outfit that won’t be too revealing if you stand up or sit back down to praise. A cross necklace or James Avery jewelry rules supreme. Next, you have to be on tionship 101 class will be the prowl. Know where offered again in the fall. the target is sitting so you We’re all going to be pay- know which card reader he ing back student loans, you is most likely to swipe out. As soon as you hear might as well learn to get a “Chapel is dismissed,” “Go cute date in the process. But I’ve got an even bet- and be merry” or any of the ter solution. It’s economi- other tag lines that signify cal and efficient. The sim- it’s over, attack. Be cunning but not a plicity of the bend and snap has finally met it’s Chris- creeper. There will be lots tian match with the slide of people trying to slide and smile. The slide and out, and you need to be at smile is a custom ACU guy- the front of the line when grabbing technique – and he’s there to swipe – this unlike the slide-andglide, may require waiting in won’t get you in trouble the crowd for him to catch up. with Mark Lewis. When he is about to slide These are the steps to the proper execution of the his card, move in like you were about to swipe. He’ll slide and smile: First, you must be alert pause to wait for you to in the jungle that is Chapel. swipe and then you look at

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him and smile as you slide your card. If he doesn’t wait for you to swipe, he probably won’t hold a door open for you either, so I suggest count your losses and move on. But if you make it this far, try to say something briefly about Chapel or swiping like “I really enjoyed the speaker today,” or “We’re never going to get out of here.” That’s it. The bend and snap of ACU. If anyone tries this, let me know how it turns out so I can compile my accuracy ratings like Elle did. Also, you should know that I’m still single, so feel free to take any advice with a grain of salt.

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ACU Rec Center fail: Not allowing fans to watch from the track. Forced to stand on the side line. No fan is safe.


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Walked in to an empty classroom, not bc I went to the wrong room, but because class got cancelled silly! Oh could there be a better feeling?

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Lost my purse, wallet, camelback water bottle, and a new pair of black pumps all within a week. Lord help me.

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Our conversation ended with a quote from Steve Jobs. “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holds the ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things; they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who do it.”

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She urged me to chase dreams and make them happen. She urged me to believe that even I can change the world.”

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3rd week in and I’m already skipping my 8 o’clock. I’m pretty proud of myself for making it this long actually.!! #boasting #sosad

Leukemia. Darbie’s effort to commemorate Madison and desire to donate part of the collection’s proceeds is inspirational to many, be it the housewife or the vice president of Macy’s Inc. What is the lesson? We can change the world, so believe it. It is easy to think that one person can’t do much, but it just isn’t true. Another lesson? Think different and be your own person. Don’t follow trends; think for yourself.

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Men’s Basketball

Blowout: Bell, Wildcats slash Patriots

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Junior guard Kendall Durant stares down a Patriot defender Saturday in Moody.

I love it when the crowd gets excited inside Moody.”

points on four dunks. Cooper rose above the Patriot defense and brought Wildoutscore the Patriots forcat fans to their feet with ty-two points to twelve in every rim rattling jam. the paint. “I love it when the “It was good for us to get da-juan cooper crowd gets excited,” Cooour big guys going today,” freshman forward per said. “It wasn’t just me Williams said. “We are going acu men’s basketball getting open, it was the to need them to play well.” point guards having conThe Wildcats continued the trend of first half domi- provements I could make fidence that I can go up nance at Moody Coliseum, to help the team more but and get it.” The Wildcats will put heading into the locker I am playing well.” Zach Williams and Eric their two game winning room with a 52-25 lead because defense lead by Kibi were also able to get streak on the line Tuesinto double figures, with day night in Moody Colipoint guard Antonio Bell. Bell also took over the fourteen and sixteen points seum when they return to game on the offensive end, respectively. What may be LoneStar Conference play scoring twenty points, in- even more impressive is against the Midwestern cluding four shots from that each of the 11 Wildcats State Mustangs at 7:30 p.m. deep, and only missed one scored at least four points against the Patriots. shot in the entire game. In the second half, “I think I am right contact sloan at where I want to be,” Bell freshman Da-Juan Cooper said. “I have a lot of im- stole the show with eight from page 8

track and field

Bain earns automatic qualifying mark Bryson Shake Sports reporter Three meets into the young 2012 outdoor season, and the Abilene Christian Track and Field team has three athletes who have automatically qualified for nationals. Junior hurdler Dennis Bain was the most recent to add his name to that list, as he won the 60-meter hurdles with a personal record time of 7.95 seconds last weekend at the New Mexico Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. “I really learned a lot after competing in the first two meets of the season,” Bain said. “I really challenged my competitors in New Mexico and dug deep. I don’t know, the times just came as a result.” In the preliminary race,

Bain posted a time of 8.11 seconds, but trumped that when it mattered. That time tops his previous best time by .46 seconds and makes him ACU’s first automatic track qualifier. Bain joins the company of thrower Nick Jones and triple jumper Amanda Ouedraogo, the other automatic qualifying Wildcats. In addition to his hurdles performance, Bain placed third in the 200-meter run, posting an NCAA provisional time of 22.13 seconds, and ran the first leg in the 4x400 meter relay, which also recorded a provisional time of 3:19.62. That relay team is composed of Osei Allyene-Forte, Banjo Jayesimi, Jordan Geary and Bain. “I’m really not a big fan of the 400,” Bain said. “But God blessed me with the talent to run that also,

I really learned a lot after competing in the first two meets of the season.” Dennis Bain Junior hurdler Acu track and field

so I’m looking forward to glorifying Him through that and helping my team in the process as well.” Geary, a junior sprinter, ran a provisional time of 21.88 seconds in the 200-meter, as did junior college transfer Shennae Steele, who recorded provisional times in the 200-meter (25.14 seconds) and 60-meter (7.72 seconds). Junior decathlete Parker Petty also provisionally qualified last weekend at the Air Force Academy Team Challenge in Colorado Springs, Colo., placing


Tennis teams begin tough schedules edward isaacs sports Editor The men’s and women’s tennis teams are beginning their 2012 spring seasons this weekend. The men will travel to Kentucky, while the women stay in Abilene and face four opponents including Lone Star Conference foe Texas A&M University - Kingsville. Head coach Hutton Jones is confident in both the guys and girls clubs this spring. “I have a high hopes for both of these teams,” said Jones. “The potential is there to have a better season than we’ve ever had. We’ve been very successful in the past and with the pieces we currently have there is no reason we can’t go a step further this year.” “Both squads are in the top 10 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, so we have solid teams,” said Jones. “My goal this spring however, is to progress through the season, play better tennis, and get

stronger physically. Our tough schedules in combination with a lot of double-headers should allow us to do that.” The guys have been as far as the quarterfinals of the Division II tournament, while the girls have reached the semifinals twice. The men were supposed to have a match-up against the formidable University of Oklahoma on Jan. 24, however it was cancelled. As a result, they play Murray State University at 9 a.m. and the University of Southern Indiana at 2 p.m. in Murray, Ky on Friday, Feb. 3 for their first two matches of the season. On Saturday, Feb. 4 the men travel to Richmond, Ky and face-off against Eastern Kentucky University and Northern Kentucky University at 1 p.m. (ET) and 6 p.m. (ET), respectively. The team ends their road trip in Lexington, KY on Sunday, Feb. 5 by playing NCAA Division I school and South Eastern Conference member University of Kentucky. The Wildcats are ranked in the top 20 in the preseason

poll. The time for the clash is yet to be determined. Jones said the meets this weekend are designed to give the ‘Cats plenty of match play. “The guys play three solid Division I schools. Eastern Kentucky won their DI conference last year and Murray State is always good. Playing four and five matches in one weekend puts you two weeks ahead.” The women’s squad has one more match on Saturday, Feb. 4 before Kingsville. At 9 a.m., the Wildcats play Prairie View A&M University. Sunday, the ‘Cats take on Division I opponent Sam Houston State University at 12 p.m., then later finish off the weekend against the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. The Permian Basin match starts at 5 p.m. “We should be competitive against some of the Division I schools,” said Jones. “I want my guys and girls to have the desire to win each match no matter contact Isaacs at


Ranked: ‘Cats look to avenge last season from page 8 Reeves said. “They could end the year with five or six teams in the top 25 in the nation.” Texas Woman’s sits in front of the Wildcats in fifth place with 142 points, while ACU is just seven points back at 135. Rounding out the LSC are Tarleton State University, Cameron University, Texas A&M-Kingsville and Eastern New Mexico University. Another benefit of having the smaller LSC means

that the Wildcats will get to play more non-conference games, and the Wildcats are taking full advantage by playing in four regular season tournaments before conference play begins, said Reeves. “We are playing a little bit tougher schedule this year than we did last year,” Reeves said. “Hopefully we can use that to our advantage.” The ‘Cats will start their season in San Antonio at the St. Mary’s Tournament before they conduct the ACU Whitten Inn Classic.

After the six home tournament games they will hit the road again, first to Wichita Falls for the Midwestern State Classic and then to Denton for the Texas Woman’s Crossover. All four tournaments lead up to the Wildcats first conference game which will be Mar. 2 in San Antonio against Incarnate Word.

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eighth out of 24 competitors in the heptathlon. Petty tallied a personal record 4,836 points, which ranks him ninth among NCAA Division II heptathletes. He recorded a personal record in six event included in the heptathlon, including a time of 9.12 in the 60-meter hurdles. “I finally put a whole heptathlon together in Colorado,” Petty said. “There are still quite a few events I can improve my times and distances with, so the goal will be to work on those to get a better provisional mark.” Petty posted those marks despite tweaking his groin in the first round of the long jump, so he hopes to improve his long jump and all the others alike. “I tweaked it in the long jump starting off,” he said. “I’m not really sure how I

finished. But I’ll be healthy at the next meet and hopefully that will allow me to perform better.” Senior Lavance Williams matched his personal record in the long jump, recording a leap of 24-6.5, which ranks second in Division II. Junior thrower Shalania Lakey and transfer thrower Alexis Wilder finished second and third in the weight throw with NCAA provisional marks of 54-03.25 and 54-02.50, while Nick Jones fell close to five inches shy of the provisional standard despite producing a winning toss of 57.00.25. Lauren Hartwick and Milo Parsons each finished fifth with distances of 51-03.50 and 50-03.50. Jones won the shot put with a distance of 5807.50, and on the track in

Mew Mexico, Karla Hope (400-meter), Chloe Susset (mile) and Lexus Williams (60-meter hurdles) each recorded provisional times in their events. ACU athletes have recorded 16 provisional marks in the young 2012 outdoor season, 12 of which happened last weekend. Petty said that is a testament to the depth of their team this year. “Our team has definitely taken a different role this year,” Petty said. “Last year, we had the four studs, and this year the team is more unified and everyone is contributing and doing their part in a more unified effort.”

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Softball ranked sixth in pre-season Austin Gwin sports director One year after just missing a playoff spot, the Wildcat softball team was picked to finish 6th in the Lone Star Conference Preseason poll. Last year, the ‘Cats season came down to the final weekend, but ACU lost a tiebreaker with Texas Woman’s and fell just short of the final playoff

spot in the LSC Postseason tournament. This season, the Wildcats were picked by coaches, sports information directors and writers to finish in the LSC’s top eight, which is good enough for a playoff berth. “I don’t pay much attention to the rankings in the preseason,” head coach Bobby Reeves said. A slimmed down Lone Star Conference also gives the Wildcats a better chance

at a playoff spot. Only 10 teams remain in the LSC eliminating the North and South divisions. Last year, the top four teams from each division made the tournament. This year the teams with the eight best records will advance. “I would say getting into the playoffs this year would be easier,” Reeves said. “I don’t know if you can say anything about the LSC being easy though.”

The top four teams were all tightly bunched at the top of the rankings. Finishing atop the poll was Angelo State. The Rambelles received 232 total points from voters as well as eight first-place votes. Right behind ASU with 214 points was Incarnate Word, whose baseball team was picked by the same group to win the LSC. Just two points behind Incarnate was West Texas A&M with 212. The Lady

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Buffs won last years tournament and garnered seven first-place votes. Just behind WT fell Midwestern State. Despite their fourth place ranking the Lady Mustangs nabbed nine first place votes to lead all teams, showing just how closely bunched the top four teams are. “The (LSC) may be the best (Division II) conference in the nation,”

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briefings The men and women’s track and field teams have been ranked No. 24 in the nation in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association pre-season ranking. Dennis Bain joins Nick Jones and Amanda Ouedraogo on ACU’s list of NCAA Championships’ automatic qualifiers in track. Bain is the first automatic track qualifier of the season. Aston Whiteside and Daryl Richardson were invited to the Players All-Star Classic at War Memorial Stadium. They will be playing for the South team this Saturday at 3 p.m. Central time. The teams will feature players from all levals of college football Softball is ranked sixth in the Lone Star Conference preseason poll. The ‘Cats finished with 135 votes, while No. 1 ASU had 232 votes.

Player Profile

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Junior guard Antonio Bell drives the ball to the basket Saturday, Jan. 28 in ACU’s 96-57 victory over Arlington Baptist. Bell lit up the board offensively, with twenty points. Four of his shots were from deep behind the arc. Bell only missed one shot the entire game. lington Baptist Patriots. The Wildcats started off the game with a three pointer by Kendall DuSaturday afternoon the rant and never gave up ACU men’s basketball team the lead. ACU was cold-blooded scored a season high ninety-six points on their way from three-point land to a 39-point rout of the Ar- over the weekend, shoot-

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It was good for us to get out there and play hard going into Midwestern.” Zach Williams senior guard acu Men’s basketball

ing nearly fifty-five percent from behind the arc. “It was good for us to get out there and play hard going into Midwestern,” senior Zach Williams said. “We got to see the ball go in the whole a lot today, so it was good

for us.” Arlington Baptist was also out manned in the paint and gave up tons of layups and open looks from close range. This allowed the Wildcats to see blowout page 7

WOmen’s BAsketball

Wildcats pick up key conference win natalie goin sports editor


Senior center Sarah Reno attempts a lay-up in Moody Saturday against Texas Women’s.

The Wildcats’ losing streak finally ended this weekend as the Wildcats rallied for the win late in the second half, fighting for the 69-57 win over Texas Women’s. “I was extremely proud of the way our girls played on Saturday,” head coach Shawna Lavender said. The ‘Cats, desperate to place high enough to attend the Lone Star Conference post-season tournament, were faced with a game in which a win was critical. ACU went into this game with a 2-9 conference record, putting them ninth in the polls. Only the top eight teams get a chance to play in the LSC tournament, and at this point in the season, the Wildcats are playing like they have nothing to lose. But the ‘Cats didn’t seem to have any problems taking care of the Pioneers, leading the de-

fending league champions nearly the entire game. Halfway through the second half, the Wildcats had a 48-43 lead, but that wasn’t enough to keep TWU from coming back to tie the score 48-48. But with just over seven minutes to go in the contest, ACU took control of the game, crushing their opponents 21-9. Kelsey Smith caught fire, scoring a game-high of 21 points, 19 of which were in the second half. The junior forward quickly shifted the momentum in the ‘Cats favor. “I felt like we executed very well both offensively and defensively,” Coach Lavender said. “We played with a lot of emotion and stayed in the game for 40 minutes.” Smith finished with 21 total points and 14 rebounds for her third double-double of the season, and ninth of her career at Abilene Christian. Mack Lankford, sophomore guard, finished with 16 points, four assists, one block and three steals.

This win improved the Wildcats conference record to 3-9 and 8-10 overall. The victory gives the squad some encouragement and momentum going forward as they look ahead to playing Midwestern State University this Tuesday. “Right now we are just taking it one game at a time and we are hoping to build off the momentum from our win on Saturday,” Lavender said. “Midwestern is a very solid team, but we feel like we match up well with them,” said Lavender. “The key for us will be to continue playing for 40 minutes and execute on both ends of the floor.” The Wildcats will return to action Tuesday night against the Mustangs in Moody Coliseum. Tip off is at 5:30 p.m.

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Zach Williams, senior from Dallas, transferred from Stephen F. Austin after his sophomore year. He is one of only two players to start every game for ACU this year. He leads ACU in scoring for the second consecutive season. Williams is a workhorse on the glass as well, snatching up the second most rebounds this year. Zach is also one of the best defenders on the team, leading the ‘Cats in blocked shots and steals. ACU will be counting on Williams to finish as a Wildcat by dominating on both ends of the court.

Upcoming The men’s basketball team will play Cameron in Lawton, OK on Saturday at 4 p.m. The women’s basketball team will face Cameron in Lawton, Okla. on Saturday at 2 p.m. The men and women’s track and field teams will compete in the New Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York, N.Y. on Friday and Saturday.

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