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Baseball team splits series with Arkansas Tech

You can’t force moments like that to happen, but it happened.” -Jeff Frankenstein, keyboardist of the Newsboys

Newsboys reign in ‘God’s Not Dead’ show Brittany williams student reporter Abilene Civic Center was packed with Newsboys’ fans Saturday night. Concert goers carried posters that read “God’s Not Dead!”, the title of the Newsboys’ latest album and tour. The album was released in November and intended to be an encouragement listeners, said Jeff Frankenstein, the keyboardist of the Christian pop-rock band. “If God’s not dead, then let’s worship him,” said Michael Tait, lead singer of the band, “We serve a living God.” Frankenstein said the message behind the album is that as Christians we have sometimes made our own gods, but God is still the same as He has always been, and He has not gone away or changed in anyway. “God is alive…in so many

If God’s not dead, then lets worship Him. We serve a living God.”

Michael Tait lead singer of the newsboys

ways he’s alive,” Frankenstein said. Frankenstein said the band felt it was time to revisit the worship style. God’s Not Dead emerged as a rock driven worship album that includes original songs and other well known songs, such as reworked versions of Hillsong’s “Mighty to Save” and “Forever Reign” “In some parts, it felt more like a worship service, not really a concert,” said Taylor Franklin, sophomore from Terrell. Newsboys were founded in 1985 in Australia. Over their 27-year career, News-

boys have seen six of their 21 albums certified gold, five Dove award wins and four Grammy nominations. In 2009, Michael Tait, formerly of dc Talk, stepped into the role of the lead singer. Kevin Max, formerly of dc Talk, collaborated with Newsboys both on the title track of God’s Not Dead and at concert Saturday. Frankenstein said that it was cool watching the two being reunited in the studio and to see how their friendship had grown since their dc Talk days. “You can’t force moments like that to happen, but it happened,” Frankenstein said. The tour will run through May 6 and the album is available in stores now. For more information about the album, tour, and the band, visit photos by Brittany williams staff Photographer

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Above: Michael Tait of the Newsboys performed Saturday night at the Abilene Civic Center. Below: Anthem City opened for the Newsboys.


Police Chief elected president of state association a ssociat ion for law enmanaging editor forcement on college Police Chief Jimmy Elli- and universon was elected president sity campusof the Texas Association es. The orgaof College and University nization is Ellison Police Administrators last affiliated with the Texas month. He will serve a Police Chiefs Association, one-year term as president and Ellison has also been for the 2012 calendar year. asked to serve on the execHe is the first ACU-af- utive board of the TPCA. Ellison said he’s been infiliated officer to serve as volved with the organization president of TACUPA. Ellison said he was hon- since he entered campus law ored to be elected to serve enforcement in 2001. “It’s a very well-respectas president. “I felt honored to be nom- ed organization across the inated, much less elected,” state,” Ellison said. “TAhe said. “I have great respect CUPA has very slowly become the voice of campus for this organization.” TACUPA is a statewide law enforcement in Texas,

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especially in matters of legislation that might affect campus safety.” Ellison said that in addition to his term as president, he will also serve on the executive board of the Texas Police Chiefs Association, a larger group of police chiefs in the state. “They have granted our association a position on their executive board so TACUPA will now have a voice in TPCA,” he said. “I was asked to serve on their executive board separately but in addition to president of TACUPA.” Ellison said he doesn’t plan to bring a lot of change to TACUPA, but will make any improve-

The ACU Police Department is looked up to around the state. When he came to ACU, he changed the department from a team of security guards to a complete police department.” Rich woodard patrol sergeant for acu police department

ments he finds necessary. “Our association has done a great job of establishing the organization as a well-respected organization,” he said. “I want to continue maintaining the work of the TACUPA.” Ellison worked in the Beaumont Police Department for 18 years before coming to ACU more than a decade ago. He said his

background in municipal policing helped better prepare him for his service as ACU Police Chief and as president of TACUPA. “Having this blend of both municipal and campus policing experience better equipped me for this position in TACUPA and helps me recognize which issues are specific to municipal, campus or

both types of police work,” he said. “We think we have a quality, professional police department, one that students can be proud of, and we’ve been working to bridge responsibilities and abilities from campus and municipal policing.” Rick Woodard, patrol sergeant in the ACU Police Department, said Ellison has helped to make ACU a leader in college and university police departments. “The ACU Police Department is looked up to around the state,” Woodard said. “When he came to ACU, he changed the see ellison page 4

inside features




An ACU student talks about his life with Asperger’s syndrome

Read why the Puppy Bowl was the biggest event on television this weekend

Students’ Association passes spring 2012 budget

First black ACC undergraduate student to speak at Chapel, forum

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Abilene Christian University

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6 p.m. Women’s basketball @ West Texas A&M



5 p.m. ArtWalk


9 p.m. ACU TheatreProof @ Fulks Theater


2 p.m. ACU Baseball vs. Colorado Christian Double Header @ ACU 2 p.m. ACU Softball vs. East Central Double Header @ ACU

8 p.m. Men’s basketball @ West Texas A&M


Saturday All Day - ACU Men’s tennis @ Rice and Prarie View All Day - Women’s tennis @ McNeese St.

6 p.m. Senior art show @ the Shore Art gallery

Chapel checkup

Around Abilene Feb. 08

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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.

5 p.m. ArtWalk will take place in downtown Abilene. Admission will be free.

5:30 p.m. The Grace Museum will hold an opening and reception for the exhibit ‘Faith and Family’ by Sedrick Huckaby. Admission is free.

10 a.m. Eternal Threads will be having an open house featuring a special Valentine’s Day sample sale.

7:30 p.m. The Paramount will be showing the musical, Moulin Rouge. Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for students, seniors, military and children.

6:30 p.m. Abilene’s three youth choirs present the show ‘Whimsical’ at the Hunter Welcome Center. Admission is $25 per person. Reservations Required.

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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. ACU Theater presents their winter drama, Proof, in Fulks Theater. The play will be showing on Feb. 9-11 and 16-8 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call 325-674ARTS or purchase tickets online at acu. edu/theater. The ACU Upward Bound Program is now hiring for Summer 2012. Call 325674-2713 or email for more information. Submit your application at the Brown Library, 1st floor. Application deadline is Mar. 16.

An interest meeting for FilmFest 2012 will be held on Feb. 8 at 11:30 a.m. in Cullen Auditorium after chapel.

Students interested in participating in a Spring Break Campaign can sign up in the SBC office in Room 31 in the lower level of the Campus Center. For more The Images of Aging Photo Contest information on campaigns that still is accepting entries through Feb. 24. need members, or to sign up, contact Students with questions or comments regarding the contest may email imThe Study Abroad Office is accepting plications for all study abroad programs. Submissions are now being accepted Several departments will be taking stufor the 5th Annual Student Art Contest dents to locations around the world this for Summit. Any current ACU student summer. English, Psychology, Art and is encouraged to submit their original Design, COBA, Communication, Music, artwork, photography, drawing, paint- Bible and Pre-Health majors are encouring or other creation to communicate aged to apply. Programs are also open the Summit theme. The 2012 Summit to non-majors. For more information, theme is “intimacy.” Students need to email the Study Abroad Office at study_ submit their art digitally to summit@, call 325-674-2754, by Feb. 15. One work will be visit or go to awarded $100 and used to advertise the Study Abroad Office in Room 124 in the 2012 Summit. the Hardin Administration Building.

The ACU Table Tennis Club is looking for members. Interested students should contact Students interested in research who want to be involved in the ACU Undergraduate Research Festival may apply online at The deadline is extended to Feb. 14. ACU is participating in Recycle Mania in order to become an environmental friendly campus. Cans, paper, plastic and cardboard will be collected in new dumbsters located in front of the Teague building until Mar. 31. The Images of Aging Photo Contest is accepting entries through Feb. 24. Students with questions or comments regarding the contest may email

Volunteer Opp0rtunities 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 Volunteers are needed to read to Taylor Elementary School students Monday through Thursday afternoons at UCC from 3:15-4:30 p.m. Enter through the south entrance. Contact C.G. Grey 325-668-2842. 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 Salvation Army is looking for volunteers for a variety of needs including sorting and pricing items in the thrift store, helping in the kitchen and/or doing yard work. Times are flexible. Volunteers are needed throughout the week Monday-Saturday. The Salvation Army is located at 1726 Butternut St. For more information contact J.D. Alonzo at 325677-1408 or visit 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. For additional volunteer opportunities visit: www.


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First black undergrad to speak in Chapel carole-marie wiser student reporter Dr. Billy Curl, ACU alumnus and member of the Board of Trustees, will return to ACU to speak in Chapel Feb. 20 as part of the university’s Black History Month events. This year marks ACU’s 50th year as an integrated campus. Dr. Curl transferred to Abilene Christian College as a junior in 1962, becoming the first black undergrad to register at the university. That year, ACC accepted black grad students and upperclassmen. Curl lives in Los Angeles, Calif., where he is an elder and minister at Crenshaw Church of Christ. He served as a missionary in Ethiopia for six years and has started more than 30 congregations. “I will be speaking about the journey I faced

as the first African-American student, the challenges that I faced and how it affected my life,” Curl said. A column in a 1945 issue of the Optimist sparked the 15-year debate concerning the integration of black students into the student body. The column signed “D.M.” argued for segregation within the university should black students be allowed to enroll. “If Negros were put in classes with whites, the Negros could not receive the greatest amount of good, for they would require special classes . . . The Negro surely had rather associate with people of his own understanding,” D.M. said in the column. Ten years later, a group of freshmen and sophomores wrote a letter to the editor challenging the university: “Every race on the face

of the earth is permitted to attend ACC except the Negro? Why?” In February 1961, Carl Spain, a lectureship speaker and Bible professor, challenged the college to end the integration policy. “A Methodist college will admit our own Negro preacher brethren and give them credit for their work. Baptist colleges in Texas will do as much. Our state universities will admit them. There is no law of our State or nation that will censor us. The Bible does not rule against it. Why are we afraid? The integrated schools of San Angelo, Texas, 90 miles from Abilene, are rated at the top in our nation. Are we moral cowards on this issue?” Spain said. Just more than a month after Spain’s lecture, ACC formed a committee that recommended that the

Every race on the face of the earth is permitted to attend ACC except the Negro? Why?” from a 1955 letter to the editor

Board of Trustees begin to accept applicants who met the standards for admission which led Curl to ACC. Complete integration did not occur until the fall of 1963, when black freshmen and sophomores were also allowed to enroll, according to Dr. John C. Stevens’ book, “No Ordinary University.” This was required to receive federal funding to pay for the construction of Foster Science Building. file photo courtesy of daniel gomez contact wiser at


Alum to direct local theater show sarah fatheree student reporter Recent ACU grad Josh Tumblin (’11) seeks to empower community through theater with his production of “Just One of Those Things.” Ever since Josh Tumblin was a child he always knew the arts were his calling. After participating in various performances and majoring theater, Josh took on the challenge of directing Abilene Community Theater’s newest production, “Just One of Those Things.” “Just One of Those Things” is a romantic comedy set in the 1950’s. The story follows a young woman traveling by train to her country wedding. Because she lost her lug-

gage, she is forced to spend the night in a train station where she meets a janitor with a romantic soul and a penchant for classic movies. With her fiancé making his way toward her, the young woman finds herself in an evening of whimsical thinking and questioning everything she’s ever wanted. “Just One of Those Things” is a contemporary homage to the romantic comedies of the past. “I’ve never participated in community theater before, that’s been kind of a transition, which has actually been quite delightful. I’m used to working with people that have an over bearing amount of knowledge about theater,” Tumblin said. “It’s refreshing to work with people that are new to performing, who

come in with a whole new level of enthusiasm that I can watch make those first few discoveries.” Tumblin feels it’s his responsibility to give as many people a chance to try theater as he can. “Whether it is an audience member, an actor or crew member, whatever they feel like doing I want to involve them,” Tumblin said. “Abilene Community Theater shares this view and really wants to involve the community as much as possible – it’s just a matter of finding an outlet for them.” After 57 years of production, Abilene Community Theater has been actively empowering the community through incorporating diverse levels of talent and allowing


Swing Cats membership open to students brookelee galle student reporter ACU Swing Cats is welcoming new members through Feb. 23. No partner is needed and a membership fee of $30. Dr. Cole Bennett, associate professor of English and founder of Swing Cats, said experience isn’t required. “It is so much fun, and you don’t have to know a thing about it,” Bennett said. “You just have to be interested.” The club’s main objectives are to learn and perform. The Swing Cats preserve American dance styles from the mid-20th century through practice. The teaching committee instructs progressive lessons. Wyatt Oden, senior finance major from Bulverde and president

of Swing Cats, has been a part of the club for four years and said he’s glad to be part of such an exciting group of people. “Everyone can learn to dance,” Oden said. “If everyone learns how to swing, it would make the world a better place.” Bennett said membership has fluctuated between 40 and 150 students since the club was founded in 2003. Whitney Noel, junior English major from Elgin, Okla., and secretary of Swing Cats, joined the club two years ago. “I fell in love with it,” Noel said. Swing Cats has performed at many universities through the years. The members are preparing for Sing Song 2012. “We are really excited about Sing Song,” Noel said. “It’s going to be really fun.”

The club performs within the community as well: dancing at retirement homes and Abilene events, including the Abilene Philharmonic. Along with their pres-

You don’t have to know a thing about it. You just have to be interested.” dr. cole bennett founder of Swing Cats

ence on campus and in the community, the Swing Cats participate in the Southwest Lindyfest, an international event in Houston in the middle of March involving hundreds of dancers.

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audiences to select future productions. “Abilene Community Theater is truly for the community. We wouldn’t function with out our patrons. They are the heart of the theater,” Kim Baker, office manager for ACU said. “Each year we have patrons pick a production they want to see next. We believe our viewers should have a voice for what they want to see the next season.” Production tickets will go on sale Mar. 5 at the Abilene Community Theater box office for $10 for adults and $8 for students, seniors and military. Just One of Those Things will run Mar. 8-10, 15-17 and 23-24. contact fatheree at

Dr. Billy Curl, ACU Trustee and board member, opened the 2011 Summit last semester in Moody Coliseum.


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Steelers running back emphasizes trust marissa jones page 2 editor Pittsburgh Steelers running back Baron Batch spoke to ACU’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes Monday about the importance of trusting God. Batch grew up in Midland and played football for Texas Tech before he was to the NFL in 2011. But on during the last day of practice before preseason, Batch tore his ACL and was out for the season. His journey has made for a story he enjoys sharing with others. “I enjoy speaking to students because I like to tell the stories of what I’ve experienced, and I like relating with the audience,”

Batch said. “Speaking is being able to do a passion I have and to make it a part of my job.” Batch explained how, through the transitions of his life, he has come to relearn what trusting God truly means. He emphasized that trust isn’t something you can suddenly develop; it is a constant process. After Batch tore his ACL, he said he was presented with the choice to question God or to faithfully follow Him. In that moment, he decided to thank God which was one of the hardest things for him to do. “You can’t grow spiritually when you’re comfortable,” Batch said. “It’s only when you’re uncomfortable that you can really grow closer to God.”

Jordan Williams, an undeclared freshman from Austin, appreciated Batch’s message. “What really hit home to me was how persistent he was. After the injuries he had, I probably would’ve quit football. He was fully trusting God,” Williams said. “Trust is a process, though. It’s hard to be going somewhere you don’t know and continue to trust God.” Batch also stressed the importance of finding a passion and pursuing it. As an undeclared major, Williams found this relevant to his own situation. “He made it clear it’s very important to find what your passion is, not just in sports, but in all aspects of life,” Williams said. “That’s something I need to work

on because I don’t know what that is right now.” Shelby Shipley, found Batch easy to relate to because of their common bond as athletes. Shipley, a junior speech pathology major from Brownwood, said, “Being an athlete really connected me to him. He knows what it’s like to go through the grind of sports and the pressure from your coach, your team, your family. That really spoke to me.” Batch is a part of the I Am Second movement and frequently shares the story of his faith with college students and on his website and blog,

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Former Texas Tech and current Pittsburgh Steelers running back Baron Batch speaks to members of the Abilene Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Hart Auditorium.

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Table Tennis Club faces uncertain future erin coldewey student reporter Three years after its foundation, the future of the ACU Table Tennis Club is uncertain despite growing interest in participation. With the impending graduation of its founding members Brady Campbell, senior psychology major from Abilene, and Ben Hayes, senior management major from Richardson, the club’s future is unclear. “Whether the club grows to include it’s own designated space, intercollegiate competition, intramural games, and national tournaments or not depends on what happens next year when Benjamin and I are gone,” Campbell said. He is hopeful students and professors involved in Table Tennis Club will keep it alive after he graduates. “We have a ton of interest,” Campbell said. “Be-

tween the dozens of students and professors, competition from visitors from other universities, and participation in Dallas tournaments, the club could become something very large. I know that several professors and many students will keep interest high after I’m gone. I hope that the club will eventually expand to provide for a larger community.” “There used to be an even larger ping pong community at ACU, but the ping pong room, previously located in the campus center basement, was torn down despite constant interest,” Campbell said. Table Tennis Club meets for casual play below the campus center, Monday nights, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday-Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., there are no membership fees and anyone is welcome. “Our presence is felt anywhere there is a ping pong table. We just practice,

compete, build community and enjoy the game.” said Benjamin Hayes, senior business processes management and information systems major from Richardson, and current president of the club. Since 2009, Table Tennis Club has grown to include 45 total members, continues to hold regular practices and maintains a consistent playing schedule. “It’s exactly what I wanted to do with my ping pong skills,” Hayes said. “Whether you want to challenge the best on campus, you want to get a bit better or you just want to come hit around and talk you are welcome to join,” Campbell said. For more information about Table Tennis Club, contact Benjamin Hayes ( matthew sewell staff photographer contact coldewey at

Ben Hayes, senior management major from Richardson, plays table tennis in the lower level of the McGlothlin Campus Center.


Downtown ArtWalk to focus on ‘Love and Lust’ elizabeth weiss student reporter The restaurants, galleries and booths of downtown Abilene will be open for ArtWalk Thursday and sporting the theme “Love and Lust.” The main events will be between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. The event happens the second Thursday of every month. February’s theme celebrates Black History

Month and the upcoming Valentine’s Day. During the walk, most of the restaurants downtown will be open and there will be musicians both downstairs and upstairs in the Center for Contemporary Arts. A new nonprofit animal shelter called Paws Angel be giving puppies away. Many galleries will open different types of shows, and everything is free. Jackie and Ray Warmsley cre-

The community can be exposed to so many different things at the same time.” bird thomas curator of learning experiences

ated one of the four shows at the Center. The Warmsleys’ show is entitled “Free at Last.” Specific events made freedom

a strong element in their work, said Jackie. “I married him in 1984 and then he was incarcerated in 1986. So I’ve been loyal to him and waiting on him during that time, so freedom means a lot to me too,” Jackie said. Bird Thomas, curator of fun learning experiences at the Center for Contemporary Arts, said that everyone should check out all of the galleries during the walk.

“The whole reason for ArtWalk is so that the community can be exposed to so many different things at the same time,” Thomas said. Jackie Warmsley (’80) received her Social Work degree from ACU in the first graduating class of the Department of Social Work. She began a degree in art at ACU, then came back to receive her degree. Jackie Warmsley is the daughter of Don Morris.

The Don H. Morris building, built in 1978, namesake. Morris was president of ACU from 1940 until 1969 and then became chancellor from 1969 until 1973 under Dr. John Stevens’ presidency. Morris is ACU’s longest serving president and the first alum to serve in that role. contact weiss at


Adams Center continues search for next director farron salley multimedia managing editor Changes are coming to the Adams Center for Teaching and Learning as a result of personnel changes and vacancies. “The search committee for the next Director of the Adams Center began its work in January,” said Dr. John Weaver, dean of library and educational technologies. The committee consists of seven professors from multiple disciplines on campus. Weaver aims to fill the position by end of the

calendar year. “I know the search committee is committed to finding the right person for this important role, even if it requires an extended search,” he said. Dwayne Harapnuik, former director of faculty enrichment in the Adams Center, left during the summer to become assistant provost at Concordia University College of Alberta in Canada. And Jackie Hughes, who served as digital media designer, left to become instructional technology coordinator at Ferris State University in Michigan. Dr. Nancy

Shankle is serving as the interim Director of the Adams Center. “Spots will be filled,” said Nuria Hall, administrative assistant in the Adams Center. “We’re waiting to see what happens with the budget.” Sally Sanchez, who served as assistant instruction designer for ACU Online, was laid off at the beginning of the school year. She was recently rehired as the new summer online manager in the Adams Center. “I’m here to support faculty in Blackboard, instructional design and as an edu-

role will move toward more instructional design,” she said. “The change comes If a faculty member with block tuition.” The switch to block needs something, we’ll tuition in the fall will refind a way to meet that sult in more classes offered during the summer. need.” For Sanchez, that means nuria hall the development of new administrative assistant courses and the revampin the Adams center ing of others. The Adams Center helps Sanchez has already improve classroom techmet with half-a-dozen nology and encourages teachers this month, but faculty to do research. Sanshe expects her position chez found a unique aprequirements and involve- proach to the job through “subject ment to change in the up- working with matter experts” – teachcoming year. “I anticipate that my ers – to help them relate to cational media developer,” Sanchez said.

students. “They know their stuff, but they don’t know how to impart it so that a student will grasp it,” Sanchez said. “We want [students] to get it and enjoy getting it.” Despite the changing of the guards in the Adams Center and the still vacant position, Hall is confident that the job will still be done. “If a faculty member needs something, we’ll find a way to meet that need,” she said. contact salley at


Ellison: Chief elected TACUPA president continued from page 1 department from a team of security guards to a complete police department. He completely changed the image around.” Dr. Jean-Noel Thompson, vice president and dean for student life, said he recognized Ellison’s potential early last year. “I nominated him for the TACUPA Outstanding Police Administrator award, and he won,”

I think it’s a direct reflection of his high level of professionalism and overall character.”

Dr. jean-noel thompson vice president and dean for student life

Thompson said. “I think it’s a direct reflection of his high level of professionalism and overall character.” Thompson said Ellison

has developed the ACU Police Department since he came to the university more than 10 years ago. “Rarely do you see a chief of police so well-

connected and respected,” he said. “It’s fantastic for the university that one of ours is achieving such high honors.” Ellison jokingly declared his first executive action as president would be shortening the name of the organization. “TACUPA is too long,” he said. contact smith at



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Leslie lewis staff Photographer

Blane Singletary stationed at the microphone where he records the weekely Eye on Entertainment segment.

Blane Singletary finds identity outside of Asperger’s syndrome


very Friday at noon, Blane Singletary’s voice comes over the radio at KACU to give listeners an overview of what’s new in Abilene entertainment. One week, Singletary, senior electronic media major from Abilene, will be busy covering the latest events and another he may be conducting an interview with a well-known musician. What most listeners don’t know is that Singletary was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. However, this condition that has historically been considered debilitating didn’t hinder his success in broadcasting. In fact, it may have done the opposite. “Even with friends and people I’ve met, I don’t come right out and say I have Asperger’s,” Singletary said. “I used to not say it, I was ashamed of it, but I’ve overcome it. It’s not going to completely define me.” Asperger’s syndrome is a high-functioning form of autism and is a lifelong condition. People with Asperger’s struggle to interact socially with others. Although they will usually have difficulties learning, those with Asperger’s tend to be as smart as or smarter than the average student. Asperger’s syndrome wasn’t considered an official diagnosis until 1994. According to Asperger’s Association of New England’s website, about one in every 250 people has Asperger’s and 50 percent of those people aren’t even aware of it. Now, narrower definitions of autism will decrease number diagnosed even further and narrow down who is eligible to receive aid for certain treatments.

Struggles Singletary was diagnosed with Asperger’s when he was in fifth grade. Singletary’s mother said he was a good student and had good grades. However, she noticed that he was rather antisocial and did not feel comfortable around crowds. Beckendorf put Singletary in a private school, which kept him from ending up in a special education program and enabled him to stay mainstreamed with other kids. Singletary’s teachers suggested he might have some disability, so she brought him to a child psychiatrist who finally diagnosed his condition as Asperger’s. “I remember thinking, ‘Why is this a problem?” Singletary said. “I didn’t see it as an issue.” Beckendorf said Singletary struggled with bullies in school because of his anti-social tendencies. One day he stood up for himself when another boy unzipped his backpack and caused all of his books to fall out. He then began learning how to handle the bullying better and made more attempts to be outgoing despite his Asperger’s. “Something clicked and I accepted that I did have it and that I should try to overcome it,” Singletary said. “When you’re younger and images are all-important, it does feel unfair that I had it while everyone else was fine.” Since Asperger’s was so new at the time Singletary was diagnosed, the teachers had to be educated on what it was and how to help him. The main adjustment they made was simply to give him more time to complete tasks. “Some parents see that their kid is a little bit different, and they’re afraid to accept it,” Beckendorf said. “Blane’s doctor used to say that if God made everyone

Success Singletary started hosting and producing the Eye on Entertainment broadcasts two years ago. What started out as a two minute segment quickly grew into a 15 minute segment. The show is now approaching its 136th episode. “I’d love to make the show go national if I could get some financial backing and hire a team of reporters,” Singletary said. “That’s one of my goals.” On top of his broadcasting success, Singletary also writes for the Optimist editorial board, dabbles in film, creates his own musical mash-ups, is a video game fanatic and is a student manager at KACU. All of Singletary’s activities involve talents that he has displayed since an early age. “I’ll go back and find audio cassettes where I will be introducing little skits,” Singletary said. “I liked playing it for my parents and for anyone who wanted to listen and it just kind of stuck.” Jean Beckendorf, Singletary’s mother, said he was initially diagnosed with a hearing auditory dysfunction. She had noticed that, when he was about two years old, he had a hard time focusing and listening and she began taking him to a speech pathologist. “Blane’s always spoken very well from all this speech and language therapy because he learned from the ground up how to pronounce everything properly,” Beckendorf said. Singletary said others tell him he is especially good at articulating. “I’m not sure if that’s what gave me my edge for broadcast but it certainly helped,” Singletary said.

alike, this would be an incredibly boring place. Everyone’s wired a little differently but you’re going to be very good at what you do.”

Socializing When Singletary entered college, he said he made more of an effort to interact socially with others and build confidence. “I still feel like I have some social shortcomings at times,” Singletary said. “I’ve been working to try to be more outgoing and I think I’ve done that pretty well, and the radio is helping quite a bit.” Singletary is known among his friends for his sense of humor and has a reputation for keeping groups of peers entertained with his wit and creativity. “I think that’s what’s changed – confidence,” Singletary said. “I’ve noticed I’m becoming more accepted and I’m feeling like I’m a bit more popular.” When he came to ACU, Singletary enrolled in the Alpha Scholars Program, a service for students with documented disabilities, just in case he decided he needed some help. Now, he has found that he doesn’t really need it. He believes that how well he is doing in school reflects just how much he has overcome the disorder. Singletary’s father, Blane Singletary senior electronic media Steve Singletary, said he major from abilene is now good at boldly interacting with others. “On karaoke night, he’s the first one up there,” Singletary’s father said. “There isn’t anything he’s never rose to the occasion for. He does anything that’s expected of him.”

“My mind just works differently than other people’s so I’ve come to accept that, it’s just one thing that makes me unique,” Singletary said.

Strengths People with Asperger’s tend to concentrate on a narrow scope of topics that interest them, which allows them to become strongly skilled and highly knowledgeable in those specific areas. “In some ways it is a gift,” Blane said. “It gives me skills that other people don’t have.” In fact, some have argued that both Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton may have had Asperger’s syndrome. Singletary’s father said he does not think Asperger’s has hindered Blane at all when it comes to accomplishing the things he sets out to do. His mother said that he expects perfection from himself and once he gets something down it’s mastered. “My mind just works differently than other people’s so I’ve come to accept that, it’s just one thing that makes me unique,” Singletary said. “They thought Albert Einstein had it and people still regard him today as a genius.” Singletary said that, though many view Asperger’s as a hindrance, he sees it as a source of many of his talents and strengths. His experiences with it have given him an appreciation for what he has and have shaped his ability to overcome things. “It’s just the way God makes us and He has a plan for all of us,” Singletary said. “For me, maybe He wants me to be a great broadcaster someday.”

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Puppy Bowl VIII: A super cute alternative Millions of people turned on their television, Sunday night, to watch one of the most anticipated sporting events each year, the Puppy Bowl. Sadly this was not the case. Instead, most people tuned into a game between humans playing with some oblong ball and an overproduced halftime show headlined by a 50 year, old plastic surgery commercial. What many Americans did not realize is that just a few clicks of the universal remote could have replaced those jersey clad,

overpaid, hind leg walkers with a field full of our favorite four-legged furry friends. This year’s Puppy Bowl, hosted by Animal Planet, featured two hours of puppy footage on a small, replica football field. The eighth annual event feature commentary and many other aspects that mirror it’s human counterpart. There are endless reasons why your Sunday night should have favored tail wags over penalty f lags but, we will just throw you a bone with a

few. Let’s open with the main attraction, puppies. They are the pinnacle of evolution (or creative design). In no way can a human stand up to these compact canines. Rob Gronkowski would most likely punch you if you told him to “sit.”. And if you accidentally stepped on Eli Manning, we doubt he would still lick your face. If you prefer sweaty homo sapiens, so be it. We will be with the puppies whose ball actually squeaks. Should a human foot-

ball player do something respectable, he may garnish a cheer from a group of females whose career consists of “rooting,” “pom-poms” and something called a “round off quadruple back handspring.” In what can only be considered a step up, a perfect puppy play is rewarded with an “oink” from this years newest edition, The Piggy Pep Squad. Dressed in miniature skirts (with a tail hole of course), we would prefer the pigs over a pyramid of people any day. If you still aren’t con-

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Tangents aren’t exclusive to geometric equations, however. They’re also prominent in my brain. As one thought enters and leaves my brain, so often it reminds me of something completely off-topic but is just barely related. The process repeats until I’ve gone from talking about what to eat for lunch to complaining that I don’t shop at Hollister because I’m never confident that I’m still in the men’s department. Then my friends act like I’m weird. And no, I didn’t try on women’s clothes at Hollister. My tendency to stray

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completely off topic can be harmful in the classroom. I often miss important notes in class because while listening to the lecture, I notice how the professor’s tie is off-center. This leads me to wonder how many different knots there are to use when tying a necktie; I know there are more than a couple but I know nothing about them because I have to look up a video tutorial on YouTube and tie whatever that video says to do. YouTube sure has gotten big all of a sudden. That reminds me of an early episode of the Office, when Michael Scott said, “I hope YouTube comes down to film this.” That is one of my favorite quotes from that show. I miss Michael. The show isn’t as good without him, and lately Andy just seems like he’s turning into Michael, which is just wrong. See what I mean? It’s a problem. Luckily my grades haven’t suffered due to my over-working brain. Just think, if I could put all this thinking to really constructive use rather than realizing that I don’t actually like Jim Carrey’s movies (with two exceptions), who knows what I could accomplish. I know I’m not the only one who deals with tangents outside of the math lab. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not.

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‘Cats begin season hot, go 3-1 in tourney bryson shake sports reporter The ACU softball team competed in its first tournament of the season last weekend in San Antonio and came away with a 3-1 record. The Wildcats (3-1) started off the season on a rough patch, losing 6-3 to East Central in the season opener, but had no problem rebounding quickly en route to winning the next three games by a combined score of 12-3. “It was definitely a first game for us,” assistant coach Ashley Reeves said. “We came out nervous, especially offensively. We can swing it a whole lot better

than that game showed. After that one, we got all the preseason jitters out and came to play the rest of the tournament.” Back-to-back homeruns in the third inning by the Tigers’ Emily Kennemer and Ali Manship played a big part in the game and the four-run third inning. “We started out strong and came out quick, but those homeruns took a toll on our team,” Reeves said. ACU starter Peyton Mosley, sophomore, retired the first six batters of the game before allowing a walk to start the third inning. Shelby Simmons then hit a RBI double followed by the Kennemer

and Manship homeruns. The Wildcat defense then contained the Tiger offense until the seventh when they scored when it scored two more runs. Sophomore Lyndi Smith hit a solo homerun in the fifth and Megan Brigance scored the game’s first two runs on a double in the first inning. In Thursday’s nightcap, late inning homeruns by Courtney Flanary and Sara Vaughn gave the Wildcats some insurance in their 6-2 win over St. Edwards. Flanary’s two-run homerun in the fifth inning was a pinch-hit effort that extended the Wildcats’ 5-1 lead. Vaughn’s homerun was a solo shot in the sixth.

ACU’s first three runs were scored thanks to a fielding error made by St. Edwards Paige Sandahl. With the bases loaded and two outs, Sandahl misplayed a Brianna Fowlkes comebacker. In her ACU debut, pitcher Caitlin Crain, transfer, allowed only one run over six innings of work. Shelby Hall relieved Crain in the ninth. “Caitlin came in and did a great job in her debut,” Reeves said. “We couldn’t have asked for a better performance.” In Friday’s first game, Texas A&aM-International was blanked by pitchers Peyton Mosley and Hall, who combined to throw

a five-hit shutout, and led the way to a 4-0 win. Mosley started the game and Hall relieved her in the second inning. Hall only allowed three baserunners over the final six innings. “Shelby came in and did a great job getting groundballs and letting our defense do a lot of the work,” Reeves said. “We were clicking on all cylinders,” Hall said. “All of our pitchers performed really well.” In the second game Friday, ACU trumped Rollins College 2-1 behind the arm of Crain once again. The Odessa College transfer threw seven innings and allowed seven

hits in the effort. Rollins scored its only run in the fourth inning. The Wildcats scored their pair of runs in the third. Senior Sarah Martinez blasted a homerun to lead off the inning, and Kimberely Briggs picked up an RBI on a single. ACU was slated to play two games Saturday, but the games were cancelled due to rain. The Wildcats will be back in action at 2 p.m. Friday as they host the Witten Inn Classic.

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As the Peyton Manning saga continues, a much larger question lingers. Not many have addressed it, and those that have are split on the subject. Is little brother Eli – the one who had pillows wedged under his shirt as a kid so big brother could practice throwing at him – the better of the two professional Mannings? The easy answer, of course, is yes. What is the point of playing 16 games a year, plus the playoffs? Answer: to win a Super Bowl. It is what every team makes it’s goal at the beginning of every season (except maybe the Browns). If we talk about the best quarterbacks to ever play the game, we talk about guys like Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw, Tom Brady, Troy Aikman, etc. What is the one thing they have in common? Super Bowls. And lots of

them. Now, Eli has two. Only the four quarterbacks I mentioned have more than him, and both of his came against one of those quarterbacks. Do you remember who Peyton beat in Super Bowl XLI? Rex Grossman. I would say Eli’s Super Bowl wins, one against an undefeated team and both against the greatest coaching mind ever (Bill Belichek), are more quality than Peyton’s. Still not convinced? Think about this. Peyton played with what could be considered the best 1-2 receiver combo in history (Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne), yet won only one Super Bowl and choked more often than not in the playoffs. His career playoff record is 9-10. In eight of his 12 seasons (not counting 2011) as a pro, he led his Colts to 12 or more wins. In five of those eight seasons, the Colts did not even make it to the AFC Championship game, and

only made the Super Bowl twice. Eli’s playoff record is a much more healthy 8-3. Both Super Bowl runs involved beating the best teams, by record, in the playoffs the 18-0 Patriots in 2007 and the 15-1 Packers this season. In my mind, both Mannings deserve to be Hall of Famers, and both are great quarterbacks. But, as the 2011-2012 season comes to a close, doesn’t it seem while Peyton’s career looks in jeopardy, Eli’s is taking off? After winning the Super Bowl on Sunday, Eli now has as many championships as he has Sports Illustrated covers. Peyton has 12 covers and one title. Isn’t it about time we show little brother some love?

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Setbacks: Hopes of post-season play continue to fall into question from page 8 posely missed the last. In a desperate attempt to regain possession, Lankford fouled Alexis Williams with the rebound, allowing Williams to score two more. “Like I’ve said all year, we have to be able to play for 40 minutes,” Lavender said. This loss drops the Wildcats into 1oth place in the 11-team conference. In order to make the LSC Post-Season Tournament, the ‘Cats would have to jump up two spots in the polls, to number 8.

ACU is two whole games behind the 8th and 9th ranked teams; Eastern New Mexico and Texas Woman’s. Lankford led the game overall in scoring with 26 points, five rebound, four assists, and three steals, followed by Renata Marquez with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Abilene Christian’s tournament hopes are not entirely gone, as they have the chance to improve in several upcoming conference games. The ‘Cats hit the road Wednesday to take on

West Texas A&M, and then return to Abilene to face Eastern New Mexico in Moody Coliseum this Saturday to play Eastern New Mexico. “We are going to have to win some big games down the stretch in order to get into the Lone Star Conference tournament,” Lavender said. “We are capable of doing so, we just have to have everyone playing together every time that we step onto the floor.” contact GoIN at

college debut, went three for four, scored three runs, and drove in a pair. Macy had three hits and three RBI, while sophomore pitcher Brady Rodriguez nabbed the win, working two innings of one-hit baseball. In the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday, ACU was not able to figure out Arkansas Tech’s Aaron Luchterhand. Luchterhand pitched a seven-inning complete game. He allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out five. “He threw a lot of strikes and had good off-speed stuff,” Macy said. “We just got off our game.” The only runs the ‘Cats were able to muster came in the second on an infield single by Ryan Luckie that

scored Duarte and in the sixth when Macy scored on an error by ATU shortstop Cesar Abreu. The ACU offense was able to turn it around in the nightcap. They scored 14 runs on 14 hits but errors and sloppiness were prevalent on both teams. There were a combined 18 walks, seven hit batters, six wild pitches, and four errors. “When you’re facing a good hitting team, you can’t put guys on base,” Bonneau said. “You have to make them hit to give ourselves a chance.” The ‘Cats were able to surmount a comeback in the sixth down nine runs (17-8). It came up short though, after the Wildcats scored six runs on six singles, a walk, a sacrifice fly, and an error. The final game of the series was another offen-

sive outburst by both ACU and ATU. The Wildcats jumped out to a 7-1 lead after two innings. The Wonder Boys answered with seven runs in the top of the fourth. But ACU immediately responded with three runs in the bottom of the fourth to take an 11-8 lead. The ‘Cats would eventually score four more runs to secure the win and split the series, 2-2. “Obviously you don’t ever want to lose three or four at home, so we were looking to get a split of the series that last day,” Bonneau said. “We saw a lot of good things this weekend, but there are some areas we need to work on also.” contact isaacs at


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Junior infielder Travis Schuetze prepares to tag an Arkansas Tech player at second during a four game series this past weekend. The Wildcats split the series with the Wonder Boys two games apiece. Schuetze hit .313 and had four RBI.

edward Isaacs sports Editor The Wildcat baseball team split a four game series this past weekend against Arkansas Tech University at Crutcher Scott Field. The season opening game on Friday was won by the ‘Cats, 12-10. The Wonder Boys got the best of ACU on Saturday in two

seven inning games winning both contests, 6-2 and 17-14. However, the Wildcats were able to salvage a split with a 15-11 victory on Sunday. In Friday’s game, ACU scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to erase a 10-8 deficit. The rally was started by Freshman Tyler Eager, who led off with a double to center. Travis Schue-

tze then walked before junior infielder/catcher Rodge Macy tied the game by driving in Eager and Schuetze with his second triple of the day. “I was trying to be more patient,” Macy said. “I actually missed the pitch I wanted to hit, fortunately their pitcher made a mistake late in the count and I was able to take advantage of it.” Second baseman Chuck

Duarte secured the lead for the ‘Cats with a single to left-center that brought in Macy and made the score 11-10. Duarte scored the final run when senior infielder Duncan Blades reached base on a throwing error by the third baseman. Head coach Britt Bonneau felt the game was a see-saw match back and forth offensively. “Our hitters did a good

job of responding every time the other team scored,” Bonneau said. “They kept fighting.” “Chuck and Rodge were very consistent this weekend,” Bonneau said. “When the game was on the line they came through with a lot of big hits.” The star of the night was Eager who, in his

This Saturday, the men’s and women’s basketball team host Retro Sing Song Night in Moody Coliseum. Students are encouraged to dress in their favorite costumes of the past, or from this year’s act to the doubleheader against Eastern New Mexico. The games begin at 2 p.m. Freshman outfielder Tyler Eager was named as a LSC Diamond Player of the Week. Eager, in the teams first series, batted .500, going 8-for-19 with nine runs and seven RBI. He went 3-for3 with two RBI in his college debut.

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Antonio Bell, junior guard from Union City Ga., scored 29 points in the ‘Cats’ game versus Cameron on Saturday. Bell also had two assists, and was 6-for-11 in field goal attempts. He was five-of-eight behind the three point line. Bell transferred to ACU from Snead State Community College after his sophomore year. He averaged 18 points and 5.0 assists per game in his lone season with the Parsons. As a Wildcat, Bell is first on the squad in points per game and total points.

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Senior forward Ben Warton dunks the ball in Moody.

The men’s basketball team traveled to Lawton, Oklahoma to take on the Cameron University Aggies on Saturday. Unfortunately, ACU was unable to fight off a barrage of Aggie baskets in the second half and fell short 77-65. The Wildcats went into halftime down by only three points, but the Aggies took care of business in the second half by scoring forty-five second half points on fiftyseven percent shooting. “I’m not sure the reason, but we just were not able to come out with a lot of energy,” senior Ben Warton said. “Especially in the second half when we gave up a big run.” With eleven minutes to go in the game, the Wildcats made one last run in order to get within one point before Cameron University

took over the game by scoring five points in a row. Eventually, the Aggies would push their lead to fourteen points in with less than a minute to go. Despite the loss, the Wildcats had a couple of familiar faces scoring at will against the Aggies. Antonio Bell went on to lead all scorers with twenty-nine points on only eleven shots. To go along with Bell’s sharpshooting, Kendall Durant poured in twenty points in his debut as the starting point guard for the Wildcats. “I think we both just came out ready to play and get a win,” guard Antonio Bell said. “It is hard for a lot of teams to guard both of us.” The rest of the Wildcats were unable to get it going on the offensive end against the stout Aggie defense, combining for only fifteen points on six of twenty-nine shooting. With most of the ‘Cats

struggling from the floor, ACU ended up shooting only 38 percent. The Wildcats are 0-7 this season when they shoot less than forty percent in a game. With the loss Saturday, ACU remains in a tie for eighth place in the LoneStar Conference. The Wildcats have six games to go, including a big game on Tuesday on the road against the West Texas A&M Buffaloes. “It will have a different feel than just a normal conference game.” Warton said. “This game would definitely put us in a better spot to (make the tournament) so we need to come out with good focus.” The Wildcats will be in Canyon, Texas to play the West Texas A&M Buffaloes at 8 p.m. in the First United Bank Center. contact sloan at

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Wildcats continue to suffer setbacks said head Coach Shawna Lavender. “We gave them sports editor too many second chances.” Although the ‘Cats The women’s basketball maintained a consistent team’s conference record lead for the majority of suffered yet another set- the second half, it was back this weekend, as the never significant enough Lady Aggies of Cameron to come away with a win. The highest point defiUniversity stole a 58-54 win from the Wildcats in cit in the Wildcats’ favor was up to five points. Lawton, Okla. With just under 3:00 “We just weren’t able to convert down the stretch,” on the clock, Paige Par-

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We just weren’t able to convert down the stretch. We gave them too many second chances.” Shawna Lavender head coach ACU women’s baskebball

liament banked a threepointer that gave ACU a 52-51 lead, and less than a minute later made a

Upcoming The men’s basketball team will play West Texas in Canyon on Wednesday at 8 p.m.

The women’s basketball team will face West Texas in Despite Parliaments effree throw to make the Canyon on Wednesday forts, the Wildcats couldn’t score 53-52. “I saw I had the open maintain the lead, and at 6 p.m.

shot and so I took it,” said the freshman center. “It felt good to put us in the lead at the time.” But, Julie Paunovic of the Lady Aggies struck back with an offensive rebound for two, followed by a layup with less than a minute to go, making it a 56-53 game.

slowly fell behind. With only five second left in the contest, sophomore guard Mack Lankford was fouled on a three-point attempt. With a chance to tie up the game, Lankford made one shot and pursee setbacks page 7

The baseball team will compete against Colorado Christian at Crutcher Scott Field on Friday and Saturday beginning at 2:05 p.m.

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