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vol. 101, no. 36

wednesday, february 13, 2013

17-point victory not as close as it appears





CBS dean candidate cancels interview

OPINION Indiana Jones scene provides allegorical take on Valentine’s Day

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josh garcia managing editor

NEWS SHADES and Sanctify add new members after auditions Page 3

NEWS Blood Drive receives more donations than last year Page 3


Men’s baseball splits first home series 2-2, now 4-4 on the season Page 6

SPORTS Softball Catcher Lydni Smith ends series with walkoff homerun Page 6

photos by adrian patenaude staff photographer Above:Virtuous Sisterhood member Denysha Taylor, junior speech pathology major from Waco, dances during Cultural Crossover, an event hosted by the Office of Multicultural Enrichment. Below: Dr. Ron Morgan, professor of history, stops by the Hispanos Unidos booth.


Students share culture samples from Nigeria, Greece and more

ONLINE NEWS Springboard Challenge winner launches art gallery website

NEWS Shinnery Review accepting submissions


gabi powell features editor

Spring enrollment dips, but interest in new enrollment is up

VIDEO Houston Church impacts Wildcat baseball team

PHOTOS Check our Flickr for the latest shots on campus during Sing Song week

OXFORD Marissa Jones, our Oxford correspondent, details her latest experiences abroad theoxfordcommablog.

During Saturday night’s basketball games, the Moody track was crowded with tables, giving the community a taste of culture in celebrating the first annual Cultural Crossover. The Office of Multicultural Enrichment-sponsored event showcased Greece, Nigeria, the Czech Republic, the U.S., Spain and Mexico at the Crossover, with campus international student clubs putting on display food, music and information from their own country. Rodney Johnson, an OME student staff member, said they even showcased cultures on ACU’s own campus that go overlooked. “It created an environment that al-

lowed people to celebrate where they come from and who they are, which is what the Office of Multicultural Enrichment is all about. We strive every day to be a voice of culture and acceptance for this campus and its students.” Jamilah Spears, junior communications major from Covina, Calif., and President of the Virtuous Sisterhood club, ran a table representing Nigeria. Their space served a Nigerian dish consisting of tomato stew, rice and a fried plantain with up-beat Nigerian music playing in the background. “The crowd seemed to have enjoyed the table. Especially when we prompted them to dance or take a taste of the food,” Spears said. But it was the student group Hispanos Unidos who walked away with the $100 prize awarded by OME for

the best booth contest. Their members prepared a spread of quesadillas, tacos, Spanish rice and salsa music and flags of different Hispanic countries. Liz Chavez, senior psychology major from San Antonio, works with the Office of Multicultural Enrichment and helped with planning the event. “A few people would pass, making double takes because they did not know what was going on,” she said. “But when they found out there was free food, they quickly returned for some and got to learn about the different cultures. It was a hit for our first event ever like it.” Chavez said Cultural Crossover is sure to become an annual event with hopes of more student clubs participation in the future to provide the community with some global perspective. “It helps enrich students at ACU who do not have much of an opportunity to get to know different cultures around the world. It is a way to bring the cultures to our very own school and what better way than with food and music?” Chavez said. contact POWELL at


Students seek visitation revision madeline orr copy editor Residents of A. B. Barrett Hall are requesting help from university staff to extend visitation hours for guests of the opposite gender. J.P. Festa, sophomore multimedia major from McKinney, is the Barrett Hall representative for the Students’ Association. He is proposing more visitation hours, possibly on weekends, in addition to the currently allotted Thursday 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. hours. “I always want to have someone to come hang out,

to play games and watch football on the weekends when I have actual free time,” Festa said. Festa will meet with Dr. John Delony, associate dean of students, on Wednesday to discuss his proposal. “I’m always in favor of finding ways that students can be in community without having to leave campus,” Delony said. Previously, Barrett did not have a lobby or common area like other dorms on campus, other than The Den coffee shop, making it difficult for students of the opposite gender to congregate. The Den closed at the beginning of this semester.

Festa said he hopes to get the momentum for a new visitation policy started and to get the university on board. “I’m completely on board with reexamining [the policy],” Delony said. Delony said the process involved listening to students’ opinions to compile data, then working with the Student Life team to develop a policy. “I like hearing student voice because that is the right place and the best place to start,” Delony said. Caitlin McKnight, sophomore speech pathology major from Pittsburg, Kan., is a resident of Barrett Hall.

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“I think it would be awesome. Especially because we’re all 19, 20 or older – at that age we can handle it,” McKnight said. Student Life has yet to consider a policy revision. Delony said he is less concerned with the timing of a policy and more with whether it is the right thing to do. “My plans are just for Barrett Hall but I think it would be great for every dorm,” Festa said. “It’s something the students would definitely appreciate.” contact orr at

Dr. Eddie Sharp, pulpit minister at University Avenue Church of Christ in has sharp Austin, w i t h d ra w n his candidacy for dean of the College of Biblical Studies. Dr. John Weaver, chair of the CBS dean search committee, thanked Sharp for his consideration and service in an email on Monday. “After a process of discernment, Dr. Eddie Sharp has withdrawn from the CBS dean search,” said Weaver, dean of library services and educational technology. “He and his wife have concluded that their future remains in congregational ministry with the University Avenue Church of Christ in Austin.” Sharp began preaching in 1971 as a junior at ACU and was the preaching minister at University Church of Christ in Abilene for 28 years. He and his wife Annette moved to Austin in 2008. Sharp is also a member of the ACU Board of Trustees. Sharp said he and Annette enjoy working with each other at University Avenue and considered the decision together. “We want to be able to make decisions that are formed by faith, covered in see CBS page 5


ACU Police apprehends, arrests door-knocker melany cox online managing editor ACUPD arrested a suspicious male who was knocking on doors of off-campus residencies for several weeks and asking strange questions. The man was arrested Monday at about 3 p.m. for charges unrelated to the door-knocking. Police Chief Jimmy Ellison said ACUPD received a call about the man and officers located him near EN 14th St. and Avenue E. The man fled, but was apprehended after a short foot chase and taken to Taylor County Jail. The man was identified as James We l d o n Bradford, 38. Ellison said Bradford had a warrant for bradford his arrest issued out of Comanche county. He was on parole for burglary of a habitation and the warrant was issued for a parole violation. A story about a suspicious man knocking on off-campus doors was published in the Feb. 1 edition of the Optimist. Ellison said the police received a lot of see arrest page 5

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All Day - Career Center Mock Interviews

All Day - Valentine’s Day

10 a.m. Softball vs Grand Canyon

9 a.m. Softball vs Regis Colorado

11 a.m. Ash Wednesday service at Chapel on the Hill

6 p.m. Women’s Basketball at Midwestern State

12 p.m. Softball vs Nova Southeastern

9 a.m. Women’s Basketball at Cameron U

7 p.m. Sing Song

7:30 p.m. Title of Show - ACU Theatre

2 p.m. Sing Song

8:30 p.m. Ash Wednesday service at the Labyrinth

8 p.m. Men’s Basketball at Midwestern State


2 p.m. Men’s Basketball at Cameron U

8 p.m. Sing Song

7:30 p.m. Title of Show - ACU Theatre 8 p.m. Sing Song

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6:30 p.m. The Wagon Wheel Squares will sponsor a square dancing workshop at the Wagon Wheel in Tye.

All Day - A singing Valentine will be presented to your special someone at their place of work, at home or other place. $40 per Valentine presented on Feb. 14th. A male quartet will sing one of three songs and a picture will be made to remember the event.

12 p.m. The fourth annual Brown County Coin Show will be open at the Heartland Mall, 300 Early Blvd., in Early. Admission is free.

7 p.m. The annual Fur Ball will begin at the Abilene Civic Center. The theme is “Cow Dogs and Cowboys.” Tom and Lisa Perini will be the special guests, and will also be cooking the dinner. The Jim Ned High School Jazz Ensemble will perform, and dog costume and dance contests available. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children age 12 and under. Dogs will enter free. For tickets, call 325-672-4456.

The Optimist Police Log Announcements ACU Leadership Camps is looking for college students to serve on summer staff. Pick up an application in Room 10 in the lower level of the Campus Center.

The 6th annual Student Art Contest for Summit is open for submissions. The ACU Ministry Events Office calls any current ACU student to submit their original artwork, photography, drawing, painting ACU Theatre presents its winter musical or other creation to visually communicomedy, [title of show] in Fulks Theatre cate the 2013 Summit theme: Margins. Feb. 15-16 and 22-23. For tickets, call Submissions must be received digitally 325-674-2787. to by Feb. 15. One select work will be awarded a cash prize Spots are still available on Spring Break of $100 and used to advertize the 2013 Campaigns going to various locations. Summit. For more information contact Liz Lurz at, Wilson White at ww- Abstract submission for the or stop by the SBC office uate Research Festival is now open. The in Bible 322. 5th annual ACU Undergraduate Research Festival will be Apr. 4-5. To submit your Order your official Abilene Christian abstract or get abstract writing tips and University ring at the campus Feb. 11-13 information on the review of abstracts from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Feb. 15-16 from go to the Research Festival Blog at blogs. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Ad/PR club is selling Valentines for $1 each in the Campus Center Feb. 7-14 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

The ACU Wind Ensemble and Concert Band will be in concert Thursday, February 21st, 7:30 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium, featuring music by internationally recThe ACU Career Center is now on Pin- ognized composer-in-residence Carter terest. Go to Pann. Admission is free. center to begin following the boards from the ACU Career Center Pinterest Wishing Well is hosting an art competitoday. tion open to all students to support their next clean water well project. SubmisJoin the ACU Red Thread Movement and sions are to be inspired by the water crithe ACU Graduate School of Theology sis and all are due on Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. for an Ash Wednesday Service to be held to noon in the Shore Art Gallery next to on Wednesday Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. at the Cullen Auditorium. All forms of media Chapel on the Hill and 8:30 p.m. at the are acceptable. Two-Dimensional art Labyrinth. must be framed. The show will be hung in the Center for Contemporary Arts for Sing Song Vacation begins Feb. 14. Stu- the months of March and April and a redent night is Thursday at 7 p.m. in Moody ception will be held on March 21. Look to Coliseum. Tickets for students are $5 for inspiration if and tickets for Faculty and non-students needed. Contact Director Brandy Rains are $10. at with any questions.

Volunteer Opp0rtunities The Center for International Education is looking for conversation partners for international students to practice English, conversations and cultural learning. Partners meet for one hour each week at a time and place determined by the partners. For more information contact Laura McGregor at 325-674-2821 or St. John’s Episcopal School is seeking volunteers to paint metal playground equipment anytime Monday-Friday after 3 p.m. and Saturday anytime. For more information contact Rebecca McMillon at 325-695-8870 or flores@ Center for Contemporary Arts needs a gallery assistant to greet patrons, answer phones and answer basic questions about the Center and its programs. This opportunity is open Tuesday-Friday. The Center for Contemporary Arts is located at 220 Cypress Street. For more informa tion contact Jessica Dulle at 325-6778389 or visit: com/. Rescue the Animals is seeking volunteers to take pictures and videos in preparation for the launching of their new website as well as maintenance of the site after the launch. This opportunity is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. For more information contact Kathy Walker at 325-677-7722 or The National Center For Children’s Illustrated Literature is looking for volunteers to greet patrons, assist with art activities, sell books and make visitors feel welcome. Help is also needed for special events like Artwalk and exhibit openings. The NCCIL is located at 102 Cedar St. For more information on times and dates contact Debby Lillick at 325-673-4586 or visit: The Christian Ministries of Abilene: Food Pantry is searching for volunteers to greet

and interview neighbors, do computer entries, shop with neighbors, take groceries to vehicles, bag, stock and pick up orders on Mondays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. The Food Pantry is located at 701 Walnut St. For more information contact Becky Almanza at 325-673-1234 or

1726 Butternut St. For more information contact J.D. Alonzo at 325-677-1408 or visit:

The Christian Service Center is seeking volunteers to help assist with filling requests for items such as clothing, bedding, kitchen utensils, etc. from the donation center, sort and organize donations and occasionally pick-up donated items. Volunteers are needed every weekday and the first Saturday of each month between 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. For more information contact Roberta Brown at 325-673-7561 or at For more information on the program visit: http://

The International Rescue Committee is seeking volunteers to work with refugees who recently moved to the U.S., teaching English, helping with homework and mentoring. Contact Susanna Lubango to make an appointment at 325-675-5643.

The Food Bank of West Central Texas needs volunteers to help sort and stock food and other items any weekday Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The Food Bank is located at 5505 N. 1st St. For more information contact Janice Serrault at 325-695-6311 or abfoodbk@camalott. com. Meals on Wheels Plus needs volunteer drivers to deliver afternoon meals to seniors and adults with disabilities MondayFriday between 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Drivers must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license. Training is provided. For more information contact Samantha Barker at 352-672-5050 or visit: http:// 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 MondaySaturday. The Salvation Army is located at

The House That Kerry Built is looking for volunteers to assist in the day care of medically fragile children any day Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. or 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Contact Keith Loftin at 325672-6061.

The Covenant Place of Abilene is seeking volunteers to lead singing and/or play piano for residents. For more information contact Ann Erwin at 325-793-1144. University Place is seeking volunteers to help with the resident birthday party for residents the third Wednesday of each month at 2:30 p.m. For more information contact Linda Tijerina at 325-676-9946. Breakfast on Beech Street is seeking volunteers to help set up, prepare and serve breakfast to homeless/lower income folks any Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 5:30 a.m. or Tuesday at 5 a.m. B.O.B.S is located at First Christian Church on 3rd St. and Beech St. Service times must be scheduled in advance. To serve on Mondays contact Jody Depriest at 325-669-3312 or jody.depriest@gmail. com. To serve on Tuesdays contact Allen Daugherty at 325-660-6949 or To serve on Wednesdays contact Jane Harvey at 325-695-0092 or To serve on Thursdays contact Margaret Beasley at 325692-4149 or To serve on Fridays contact Rachel Brown at Christian Homes & Family Services is seeking volunteers to do minor landscaping such as raking, trimming bushes,

minor apartment repairs and general upkeep Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information contact Shaylee Honey at 325-677-2205 or Shoney@ The Abilene Public Zoo is seeking volunteers to help clean/feed animals, assist zookeepers and assist with educational classes any weekday any time between 12 p.m.-4 p.m. They are also seeking volunteers to help with general labor such as grounds cleanup and painting any weekday at any time between noon and 4 p.m. For more information contact Joy Harsh at 325-676-6487. Hill Resources is seeking volunteers to encourage and entertain mentally delayed individuals Monday through Friday any time between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information contact Michelle Espinoza at 325-673-3346 or mespinoza@ The Oaks at Radford Hills is seeking volunteers to participate in activities, go on outings and provide social stimulation for residents any day at any time. For more information contact Michelle White or Sonia Serrato at 325-672-3236. Rescue the Animals is seeking volunteers to work at the adoption center doing a variety of tasks including cleaning, socializing and grooming the animals Monday - Saturday from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. For more information contact Mindi Qualls at 325698-7722 or The CAC Department is seeking volunteers to participate in Special Olympics, by helping mentally/physically challenged people play games and sports Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For more infomation contact Angel Seca at 325-690-5235. For additional volunteer opportunities visit: ministry-service/volunteer-opportunities/



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Bloodmobile adds donors megan robinson staff reporter

curtis christian Staff Photographer

Jacob Kilpatrick, sophomore family studies major from Mesquite and captain of Sanctify Dance Co., leads a flash mob during halftime of the men’s basketball game against Tarleton State University.

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ZP sings with small numbers laura benson student reporter Zeta Rho and the sophomore Sing Song classes were expected to have the lowest Sing Song participant numbers this year. However, this turned out to be only partially true. Zeta Rho is right on the line of being able to participate with 27 participants. The minimum amount of people required to compete is 25. Janessa Beach, sophomore math education major from Van Alstyne, is directing the Zeta Rho act. Beach has no prior choir experience, nor did she do Sing Song last year. How-

ever she has organization skills, and was a drum major her senior year of high school, as well as a section leader her sophomore and junior year. “It’s our first year back in the game [because] we re-chartered,” Beach said. “We’re trying to get a good basis to build off of. It’s definitely harder not having as many girls… we can’t say, ‘you must be here or you’re not in the act,’ because we are so close to that 25 mark.” Though Zeta Rho does have a variety of obstacles to face, Beach is still positive about their act. She reminds the group during every practice that it is not

about what they are getting out of Sing Song, but that they are using this as an offer of worship to God. They start off every rehearsal with a worship song and a prayer. “I’m really pumped,” Beach said. “It’s going to be a good year for us… I think it will be good quality for the quantity we have.” Beach is grateful for all the help she is receiving from other club directors. She has always been one to root for the underdog, and this time she’s it. Kealey Fabian, sophomore biochemistry major from San Antonio, is directing the sophomore

class. There were rumors that the sophomore class had a low number of participants. Fabian said she believes people thought the sophomore class had fewer people because of the low number they had as a freshmen act. However, she is proud of the group, saying they have “worked hard and given it their all.” Fabian rated her current stress level and confidence, on a 1-10 scale, as seven for both. She said she believes, “it’s really anybody’s game.” contact the optimist at

The Meek bloodmobile saw an increase in participants during the blood drive on ACU campus Jan. 30 with the collection of 48 pints of blood from 69 donors. Most of the donated blood stays in Abilene at either Hendrick Medical Center or Abilene Regional Hospital, but Meek Blood Center also supplies blood to 17 hospitals within a 125-mile radius of Abilene. Frances Baker, donor recruiter for the Meek Blood Center, also acknowledges the importance of donating blood. “People are in situations where they need a blood transfusion to live,” Baker said. “And they are at the mercy of someone who has healthy blood.” People are permitted to give blood every 8 weeks. In fact, the Meek Blood Center has over a dozen consistent donors. “This May, we have a man who will hit the 100 gallon mark,” Baker said. “It is important to establish a habit in college, don’t wait for a crisis.” Annelise Hernandez, senior psychology major

from El Paso, participated in last week’s blood drive. “Giving blood is such an easy way to give back to those in need,” Hernandez said. “We often don’t take the time of day to donate because of time or not seeing the point.” The destination of the donor’s blood isn’t always known, but Annelise was notified when her blood was used. “I got a phone call one day and was told that the blood I donated here at ACU was used to help save a person involved in an accident,” Hernandez said. “Hearing that strengthened my belief in the importance of donating.” Giving blood is considered community service and fulfills community ACU service hours with the submission of proper paperwork. Students interested in donating blood can go to the Meek Blood Center located at 1150 N. 18th on the first floor of the Cedar Mall Building. The Meek bloodmobile will be back on campus April 17.

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SHADES and Sanctify add new members Emmett Niland student reporter

tion, Sanctify has added six new members. The new members are Tavia Richard, Noa Dowl, Sarah Dominick, Hannah Knight, Lizzie Elston and Bekah Smith. “We plan on doing more flash mobs and various performances around campus since we have received so much positive feedback from our last flash mob on Jan. 22. So keep an eye out for us,” said Jacob “KP” Kilpatrick, Sanctify captain and junior AD/PR major from Mesquite.

The members’ names are Cierra Fitzgerald, Samantha Martinez, Delilah Shearod and Kren Fernandes. Both groups have performances coming up in the next few weeks. Sanctify is gearing up for their spring show. The theme and venue have not yet been decided but the show will be April 5, 6 and 7 on campus. Tickets will be $5 presale and $6 at the door all three nights. SHADES will be performing in a talent show at the

Sanctify Hip Hop Company and SHADES Step Squad each added new members as they prepare for their upcoming performances. Both groups held auditions last week, which resulted in six new members for Sanctify and four new members for SHADES. SHADES and Sanctify are both on-campus groups in the Office of Multicultural Enrichment. SHADES Both groups are excited and are doing great work, so performs step dancing and Sanctify performs hip-hop we really want to get as many people as we can to dancing to promote culturcome out and support them.” al diversity. “Both groups are excited and are doing great work, byron martin so we really want to get as director of multicultural enrichment many people as we can to come out and support them,” said Byron Martin, director of multicultural SHADES also hosted au- Abilene Civic Center toenrichment. ditions last week and have night at 7 p.m. After last week’s audi- added four new members. Both groups also per-

study abroad

French language students to study abroad melany cox online managing editor Students studying French will have the opportunity to study abroad in Lille, France, May 31 through July 7. Yann Opsitch, instructor of French, said the program developed because he had been thinking about it since he began teaching French. He and his wife used to take students to France almost every summer to do mission work, but he wanted to take students who would study French. Opsitch and his wife will be leading the group during the summer. A French minor was added to the language department last semester, allowing students to take more French courses. Opsitch said the number of students taking French has increased since the minor was added. “The logical thing with the minor is that, since you have that many hours to do advanced French, I always thought that it would be good to do at least a good portion of those courses in France,” Opsitch said. “Because, if you’re in the country, you see people, you talk to people, you’re immersed in the language.” The program is open to students who have completed Intermediate French I

and II. The course work over the summer will include six hours of advanced French. “But it’s going to be a teaching that will be more based on visiting places, interaction with people, do reading, of course, but it’s going to be more an immersiontype class,” Opsitch said. Lille is located in northern France. Opsitch said students will be staying in a brand-new youth hostel in the older part of the city. “It’s a youth hostel, but

It’s going to be more an immersion-type class.”

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very clean,” he said. “It’s got every thing you need. They can cook, they have a kitchen. It’s a good price, a very good price.” Opsitch said, in addition to a weekend trip to Paris, they are planning to visit other areas in northern France and Belgium. He said he believes the France trip will become a yearly Study Abroad event. He hopes the students will not only be able to “immerse” themselves in the language and culture, but also overcome stereotypes.

Chase Beakley, junior international studies major from Odessa, is signed up for the summer program in France. “Language is a big part of global studies, and it’s kind of pointless to take a lot of language if you’re never going to bring it to speaking efficiency,” Beakley said. “And really the only way you do that is to go and force yourself to listen and understand and use it in real life and real time.” Beakley said he hopes to have a fantastic experience and make job connections, as well as improve his language skills. “I don’t have to be a wordsmith or a public speaker, but I’d like to be able to say that I can speak two languages,” he said. “And also, I think the more time you get to live somewhere where you’re not familiar with the culture or part of it, the better you are prepared for global studies. So that’s going to help me a lot.” Excluding airfare, the cost of the program is $3,800. Students interested in the program can pick up applications in room 124 in the Hardin Administration Building. contact cox at

formed during halftime of the men’s and women’s basketball games on Saturday. These performances were part of the first annual Cultural Crossover event host-

ed by OME. about the group during the Victoria Jones, SHADES event. captain and senior psychology major from Dallas, contact the optimist at said they wanted students to be able to learn more


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There are no winners on Valentine’s Day maintain your uncomfortable smile as your partner opens your gift—which is almost certainly useless, and likely overpriced as well. Not to mention automatically tease-worthy.

the issue Every year, Valentine’s Day forces everyone to acknowledge their romantic situations.

our take Whether in a relationship or not, Valentine’s Day will likely be uncomfortable.

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. This holiday is no good for anyone. Couples are forced to awkwardly exchange gifts and profess affection. In case you were wondering, chumps who are in love should probably acknowledge it more than once a year. Being mandated to do so by a traditional An-

glican and Lutheran holiday also wrecks any pretense of being genuine. Valentine’s Day a relationship booby trap. That’s why the first scene of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark is set on Valentine’s Day. It’s all a big allegory. Look it up. It shouldn’t be hard to

ing plenty pathetic, they secretly dream of a day when enough people are in Congress to officially convert the holiday to Single’s Awareness Day. Sympathy also must be

In case you were wondering, chumps who are in love should probably acknowledge it more than once a year.”

Singles do their best to pretend they don’t mind being alone on a day praising romance. As they open cards from their moms, feel-

extended to elementary school students. Horrifyingly, they must buy and distribute Valentines to all their classmates. Imagine their

squirms as they confront the unrestrained mushy gushiness! Meanwhile, their teachers are almost undoubtedly in the back of the classroom, snickering and watching Raiders of the Lost Ark over and over again. Who can we blame? No one really even knows how this mess got started. There are at least three different Christian saints named Valentinus. The most popular holiday origin myth is that one Valentinus (or maybe all three) fell in love with a jailor’s daughter while imprisoned and wrote her a letter before his execution in the

third century. But we can’t put all the blame on Valentinus or his would-be lover. The holiday really took off in the high Middle Ages, when the nobles considered formal romantic gestures proper and fashionable. And the whole thing might have just been a Christian coup of some Roman romance festival. Whatever the case may be, we are stuck with a nowin holiday. Single, partnered, young or old, good luck tomorrow. contact the optimist at

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Lent provides second chance PASS THE PUNS, PLEASE


If New Year’s resolutions seem to be withering, fear not, Lent has come to pass. I always had deemed Lent the strike-two event for resolutioners, the non-Catholics bandwagon jump for those who postponed January 1st goals. The pre-Easter preparation is a traditional Catholic ritual held 40 days prior to Holy Week, a time set to give up pleasures as a form of penance. While some Catholics celebrate in the traditional manner of marking their foreheads with ash to commence the fasting season, others allow Sunday the day of the week to forgo the forgoing. Jesus withstood demonic temptation in the form of food and power in a mockingly-hotter-than-Texas cli-

Lent offerings should be chosen by personal conviction, a fasting that hurts.”

mate, but withholding one hour of the convenience of a cell phone is unfathomable in 2013. Last year, Twitter ironically used its online platform to survey its users’ chosen Lent sacrifices. The analysis, published on the Christianity Today blog, looked at a series of 300,000 tweets to predict this year’s restraints. Topping the list with a word count of 13,937 was “Twitter” itself, closely fol-

lowed by “Chocolate.” The ranking words ranged from “McDonald’s”(1,249), “Makeup”(539) and 2,000 Twitter-ers who vowed to give up “Giving up on things.” The choosing of what habit to cut seems to be as difficult, if not even more, than the actual abstinence. Because this is an addiction, the inability to see our own dependencies, or simply the refusal to relinquish “it.” Lent demands community support and accountability, because self-denial is not natural in our mortal makeup. While 453 tweets from the investigation declared users’ 40-day declaration to refrain from “Laziness,” participating in Lent itself is a time of spiritual exercise. Lent offerings should be chosen by personal conviction, a fasting that hurts. Lent’s request to starve some tendencies is a way of making room for bettering beyond what New Year’s resolutions offer. Tomorrow, Valentine’s couples will dine on naked strawberries. For the next 40 days, the caffeine-reliant will appear unresponsive. Facebook status “likes” and Twitter retweets will reach an all-time, virtual low. The profanity-prone will swear off the swearing. TV times will reflect Amish values. And Easter chocolate bunnies will never be more appreciated. Lent provides the chance to clean house with spiritual reflection, and I am the first to confess, there are quite a few cobwebs in my own. contact powell at

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Today in ballet I learned that some girls don’t need to be in a room filled with mirrors.


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No there’s not a tiny man inside my body, that is my voice. #singsongprobs



Travel more fun than vacationing DISTURBANCE IN THE FORCE MELANY COX

Texas is a big state and the United States is a big country, but it’s surprising how many people can say they’ve never left the U.S., or even Texas. Oh, and that vacation to Cancun where you sat by the pool and drinks came with little umbrellas doesn’t count. That’s not a different country, it’s a tourist trap. Travel can seem like an ominous thing. It’s exhausting and stressful. And that’s not including packing. J.R.R. Tolkien put it best in his book The Fellowship of the Ring, when he said, “It’s a

dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” He wasn’t kidding. That’s what makes travel so intimidating: the journey into the unknown. Even if you’re traveling to a place you’ve been before, you never know what might happen on the journey. It’s time to embrace the thrill of the quest. This doesn’t mean focusing solely on the destination. There are lessons to be

learned en route, but they are not always obvious. Interesting people can be met on trains, buses and planes. The best way to see a city or country for what it really is is to travel like the natives do. Once you reach your destination, soak up as much as you can. This means going beyond the landmarks marked on the itinerary. Do your best to find the differences from your own culture and study them. Studying a new location and culture doesn’t require using the scientific method or hours of observation with a clipboard. It involves expanding your perceptions, a.k.a, trying new things. Food is the best way to educate yourself. And no, eating at a McDonalds or KFC in Europe does not count. Food speaks volumes about culture, location and

Any professor that assigns projects/tests/ papers during Sing Song week should be required to join an act. #idontthinktheygetit


So excited for GSP’s “I Wanna Be A REOckstar” Sing Song Act. It’s a complete tribute to Nickleback, and I just know everyone will love it

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Jack Black would have an awesome sing song face. #SingSong


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people. Even if you don’t like it, it’s fun to say you’ve tried something exotic. Getting away from sites populated by tourists is another way to get the most out of your travel experience. The tourist population often skews views about a certain place. Instead, try exploring off the beaten path. Travel is not only a great way to enjoy yourself, it is an educational experience that can give you something that a textbook or classroom cannot. It’s like embarking on a quest in an epic tale, but you get to live it. The next time you have the chance or opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and travel, don’t even think about it. Just go.

Ihop isn’t very international after all. No more pancakes for me. Seems like something the pope could work out. #randyharrispope2013



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On a scale of Sub-T to GSP, how much do YOU care about Sing Song?


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NO games this week. Enjoy singing and doing the same motions over and over on stage.


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I currently have no idea what is going on in any of my classes. #singsong


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Drinking caffeine like it is water #singsong


Just told off my prof about assigning a paper during Sing Song week jk but I did raise my voice jk I said nothing but I’m not happy about it


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men’s basketball

Overtime unfriendly to ‘Cats matthew sloan assistant sports editor The men’s basketball team faced off against Tarleton State in a crucial Lone Star Conference matchup, but fell just short with a 75-70 overtime loss. The solid defense coupled with efficient shooting led ACU to an eight point half-time lead at 31-23. “We were hitting some shot early and stretched it out to an eight point lead,” head coach Joe Golding said. “Against Tarleton that is good. We got stops in the zone and they missed some shots and we were able to get the rebounds.”

Despite outrebounding Tarleton State in the game, the ‘Cats struggled to pull down rebounds in the second half . “In the second half they were able to hit more shots,” Golding said. “I don’t know how many they hit late, maybe five out of six. But we did not rebound the ball well from about the ten minute mark to about the five minute mark and gave them extra opportunities.” Tarleton State surged ahead in the second half, and held a two-point lead with under a minute to go when Steven Werner’s dunk tied the game and pushed it to overtime. With a crowd as ram-

bunctious as any in the last few years, ACU took the court with a chance to get a home victory. But some questionable foul calls coupled with clutch shooting from the visitors put the Wildcats away. “The crowd was unbelievable,” Golding said. “I want to give credit to our students. I really appreciate them giving us a home court advantage tonight, and they carried us late in the game by being active and loud.” Eric Lawton finished with a game-high twenty points, including six three-pointers. Werner had 17 points and nine rebounds, and Elliott Lloyd finished with eleven

points. Dosh Simms had eleven rebounds. “I love seeing our athleticism and the three ball,” ACU fan Nolan Bryan said. “We have gotten better at making shots and playing as a team.” ACU will take on Midwestern State tonight with an opportunity to continue their success on the road. “We have been good on the road this year, we are 3-3 in the Lone Star on the road,” Golding said. “Our next three are on the road, and we have to find a way to steal a couple on the road.” contact sloan at

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Eric Lawton hits a three-pointer in Moody Coliseum.


Women’s team continue early season surge brittney johnson sports reporter The men’s tennis team had a challenging weekend starting Thursday as they traveled to Kentucky and to Tennessee, totaling five matches in the course of three days. Thursday, the Wildcats celebrated a good start to their long weekend winning both of their matches in Kentucky. The team went 6-3 against the University of Southern Indiana and 6-1 overall facing Murray State

University. The ‘Cats had two of six victories in their singles matches against Southern Indiana, but the team was able to make a comeback winning all three of their doubles matches. “We just have to work out the rough edges and play more matches,” head coach Hutton Jones said. Friday, the Wildcats’ luck ran out in Tennessee, where they lost three games straight. The team first faced off against Belmont University, where they won half of their singles matches

and only one of three of the doubles matches. Hach triumphed against the Bruins, winning first his singles match against Renato Antun 6-3, 6-2 and later his doubles match, partnered with Nicklas Wingord to defeat Henrique Norbiato and Fernado Mussolini 8-4. While trying to use a different approach against Belmont, the doubles pairs were switched, but were returned when they went up against Lipscomb University. As the men concluded their long weekend, they challenged Austin Peay State

We just have to work out the rough edges and play more matches.”

University and Oklahoma Christian University, at home, Saturday. The Wildcats started strong against OCU, winning all of their doubles hutton jones matches and all but one of tennis head coach their singles matches. Julia Mongin could not match with an old Foe, BarUniversity. Hach was one of bora Bozkova losing in her the players of the day, win- singles match, but made ning the only singles match. a statement when paired He defeated Sean Bailey 6-2, with Brittney Reed. Mongin 2-6, 6-3. Partnered with Ja- and Reed defeated Bozkova son Proctor, the duo won and partner Angie T Quezathe only doubles match of da 8-5. the day 8-6. The team continued The men played Trinity in high spirits challeng-

ing Trinity University. They came out on top with a 9-0 victory. “The group of girls we have, are pretty disciplined and love to compete,” said assistant coach John Walker. Both the men’s and women’s teams will play a double header Saturday against Hardin Simmons University and Western New Mexico University.

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Split: ACU’s home debut ends with a 2-2 record quality starts like that out of our guys,” Bonneau said. pitcher Ty Taylor crossed Saturday, the ‘Cats the plate three times. Jor- played a double header in don Herrera tossed another 30-plus MPH gusts. The gem to improve to 2-0 on conditions limited the two the season. He allowed five teams offenses. ECU won hits over six innings and the first contest 3-0 and gave up just one earned ACU pulled out a 2-1 victory run. in game two. “We need to keep getting The Wildcats had five Continued from page 6

hits in the first game but stranded 11 runners on base and three errors in the field led to all three Tiger runs. “Leaving guys on base is heartbreaking in baseball,” Schuetze said. “It hurts even more when they’re in scoring position. That’s something we need to build on as

the season progresses.” In game two, ACU was down 1-0 in the sixth until catcher Rodge Macy drove in two teammates with a two-out single. Schuetze had three hits on Saturday and is batting .455 for the season with four RBI. Taylor took the mound in game one and Carter

Hahn (1-0) toed the rubber in game two. Both pitchers combined to throw 13.0 innings and allowed just one earned run. The series finale, Sunday, was a 10-5 loss for the team. The Tigers scored five runs in the third inning off of starter Austin Palmer (02) which broke a scoreless

game. ECU would hold on to the lead until the final out in the ninth. The Wildcats will be off until Sunday when they take on McMurry at Walt Driggers Field. contact issacs at


Campus Personal Protection Act revisited katie greene page 2 editor Texas lawmakers are revisiting a bill that will allow concealed handguns on college campuses for people with concealed handgun licenses due to recent shootings such as the one at a Lone Star College in the Houston area. According to the Huffington Post, this bill, called the Campus Personal Protection Act, is now up for debate in a session that started Jan. 8 and runs until Memo-

If someone wants to rob me ... and they know it’s possible I may be armed, they are going to think twice about it.” jamie elswood senior exercise science and criminal justice major from san antonio

rial Day. This bill failed to pass after its introduction in 2011. ACU’s 2012-2013 Student Handbook states, “Any firearms…are strictly prohibited on university

property.” The bill does allow private institutions such as ACU the ability to “adopt rules, regulations, or other provisions prohibiting license holders from carrying handguns on premises that are owned and operated by the institution.” Ian Merriman, senior criminal justice major from Denton, is hoping the bill passes and that ACU will agree to let students conceal and carry. “I’d be OK with ACU having their own course, where in order to carry on ACU campus you have to pass ACU’s

course,” Merriman said. Jamie Elswood, senior exercise science and criminal justice major from San Antonio, believes passing this bill will make ACU a safer campus. “If someone wants to rob me of my laptop, iPhone and wallet on my way back to my car after my night class and they know it’s possible I may be armed, they are going to think twice about it,” Elswood said. Merriman and Elswood both participate in Students for Concealed Carry, a nation-wide group supporting students protect-


CBS: Committee to meet again Continued from page 1 prayer, informed by godly wisdom and conducive to further spiritual transformation,” Sharp said. “We knew that the work as dean of CBS would not allow the same kinds of ministry or the same working together.”

There are two remaining candidates for CBS dean: Dr. Ken Cukrowski, interim CBS dean, and Dr. Mark Hamilton, associate dean of the graduate school of theology. Sharp said both were Christian scholars and leaders of the highest quality. “I have known and


Arrest: Suspect fled from police shortly Continued from page 1 feedback about the man from the story. “Since that time we’ve had a lot of calls and complaints about him,” Ellison said. Ellison said the story generated additional calls. He said they were able to piece together the information, identify the man and determine he had a warrant for his arrest. Ellison said

they have been looking for him actively since then. Ellison said he was grateful for the information ACUPD received and he continues to encourage people to be cautious when opening their doors to strangers.

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loved Ken and Mark for many years,” Sharp said. “I believe they will lead CBS into greater and greater service in the Kingdom of God as they lead the college to shape the lives of majors and non-majors into the image of Jesus.” The CBS search committee met Tuesday

morning and are planning to meet again next week. A final announcement is expected to be made in March, but the decision will not be rushed.

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ing themselves on college about concealed carrying campuses. The group will laws on college campuses. be hosting “The Empty Holster Protest” from April contact greene at 8-12. This protest is an tempt to spread awareness


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women’s basketball

Shooting spree spurs win daniel zepeda sports reporter The Wildcat women’s basketball team faced off against Tarleton State on Sat. Feb. 9 at Moody Coliseum. The Lady ‘Cats took the game convincingly, 8670 and moved to 17-4 on the season, including 12-3 in the Lone Star Conference. Tarleton is now 15-5 and 11-3 in the LSC. The win ended ACU’s eight game losing streak against Tarleton and move to 9-2 when playing on their home court. The Wildcats also move into second place in the LSC, while Tarleton falls to third. “Defensive stops allowed us to get high percentage shots in transition so I would definitely credit the defense for the win,” head coach Julie Goodenough said. The first half was extremely close as neither team was able to establish much of a lead. With 5:30 left in the half, ACU led 3330 behind great shooting from junior Mack Lankford behind the arc. The Wildcats then went on a 22-6 run, behind an explosion of three point shots, none bigger than a last second steal and a buzzer beating three by sophomore Sadie Dickinson to give the Wildcats a 55-36 lead at the half. “Mack [Lankford] and Sadie [Dickinson] ran away with it at the point,” senior Kelsey Smith said. “They both made really big heads up plays and pushed our lead,” senior Kelsey Smith said. “We just hit more big shots and locked down on the defensive end.” The second half showed a greater emphasis on defensive pressure from the Wildcats as they forced Tarleton into bad shots and hustled to grab more rebounds. ACU pushed the lead up to nineteen with 11:34 left in the game as senior Kelsey Smith converted on her second three point play of the night. Tarleton was able to cut

The ACU softball team made a statement this past weekend as they improved their overall record to 5-3 hosting the Whitten Inn Classic. The team hosted Lone Star Conference rival Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds and the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos. The first day of the Classic started with a seemingly easy victory over Eastern New Mexico 8-3. The team struggled at

The Wildcats played .500 baseball this past weekend in a four-game nonconference series against East Central University. The series featured 30plus MPH winds and a game that had 11 walks, five hit batters and five wild pitches. The 2-2 weekend brought the ‘Cats overall record to 4-4, while ECU was pushed to 4-5 on the season. The squad has split the first two fourgame series of the year. The series opener was a 14-2 blowout for ACU, despite the team only recording six hits. ECU did not help its cause as it had three pitchers combine for 10 walks, five hit batters and three wild pitches. The Tigers also committed two errors.


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ACU announced their February ACU Student Athletes of the Month. Sophomore Golfer Luke Carpenter, senior baseball player Emmitt Niland, mandy lambright chief Photographer senior Tennis player Shooting guard Renata Marquez goes up for a layup in the Wildcats’ blowout win against Tarleton State on Saturday. Hannah Kelley and senior softball player the Wildcat lead to ten, afMack [Lankford] and Sadie [Dickinson] ran away and Smith all had 9 points Sara Vaughn were the ter their 11-2 run. With 2:00 and a combined 15 four players honored with it at the point.” apiece left, ACU was able to push rebounds. Tarleton was car- by ACU with the award.

the lead back to eighteen and hold on for the big win at home. Kelsey smith “It shows a lot about our center team and is a huge stateacu women’s basketball ment to be able to get the win against a great team like Tarleton,” Goodenough said. first half, on 9-14 shooting, points, 6 rebs. and was 9-10 ACU was led by a superb including 6-10 from three from the free throw line. performance by Lankford, point land. Junior Renata Marquez, who had 31 points, 25 in the Dickinson also added 20 freshman Kynzie Newman

ried by a 13 point-23 reb. performance by junior Kiara Wright and 21 points from junior Peyton Adamson. The Wildcats will take on LSC leader Midwestern State (18-3, 13-2) on Wed. contact zepeda at

the start when the Greyhounds held two early leads. The sixth inning shined some light when the team scored five unearned runs, after a few infield errors from the Greyhounds. The team was routed by 16th ranked UCO 2-1. The defensive battle came down to a close call at home plate, when ACU leadoff hitter Keanna Winkfield made her way from third to home after Madison Buckley attempted to bunt her in for the tying run. Winkfield was tagged out by UCO’s catcher Tori Collet.

Both of UCO’s runs were unearned when senior pitcher Caitlyn Crain loaded the bases after a series of walks. The ensuing two-run single in the third from UCO’s cleanup hitter Nicole Workman sealed the victory. Crain (1-2), threw a complete 118-pitch game against the defending South Central Region champions. “We knew that UCO was pretty tough, but then we got out there and played them like any other team,” Crain said. “As a pitcher, it’s always nice to have a good

defense behind you,” she said. “The freshmen really proved themselves this past weekend, and reacted to the pressure situations very well.” On Saturday, the ‘Cats sought out revenge and bested the Bronchos 6-5. With two outs in the bottom of the 7th inning junior catcher Lyndi Smith blasted a 2-0 pitch from UCO’s pitcher Kalynn Schrock. The ball soared over center field and hit the bottom left of the scoreboard. “At that point you don’t have anything to lose, but everything to gain.

Anyone who plays a sport wants to be in that position,” Smith said. Smith was surrounded by her teammates as she touched home plate. “Even if it had been me or anyone else, it’s like the whole team did it,” Smith said. “I was just as excited for them as they were for me.” This weekend the ‘Cats will be traveling to the desert in Tucson, Ariz., for the NFCA Division II Leadoff Classic. contact isbell at

‘Cats remain at .500 after feline fight sports editor



Former ACU wide receiver Johnny Knox has been released by the Chicago Bears. The Pro Bowl kickreturner has not played since his back injury in December of 2011. Knox’s future in the NFL is still up in the air because of the severity of his injury.


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“If you walk that many people you can’t expect to win,” said senior utilityman Travis Schuetze. “We wanted to make them throw strikes and they just didn’t that game.” Head coach Britt Bonneau gave his hitters credit for helping add to East Central’s frustration. “We took walks and we got hits when we had guys on base,” Bonneau said. “It was a combination of their pitchers not throwing strikes and us being disciplined. We also countered with their errors.” The game only went seven innings as the Wildcats won on the run rule. The team scored five runs in both the second and third innings to separate themselves early. Infielder Seth Spivey scored four runs from the leadoff spot and outfielder/

All ACU teams will be on the road this week and weekend because of Sing Song. Both basketball teams will be practicing in gym C in the Rec Center until the Sing Song stage has been taken down at the end of the weekend.

Who’s Hot Senior pitcher Shelby Hall has been outstanding hall so far this season. Hall has appeared in 3 games, including 2 starts, and still has a perfect ERA of 0.00. The senior from Ovilla has been mowing down batters left and right, throwing 11.2 innings and only surrendering five hits. Hall has won every game she has pitched so far, striking out 12 batters in the process. Hall should put her perfect ERA to the test again this weekend, as the Wildcats have five games in Tucsan, Arizona.

Upcoming The women’s basketball team plays at Midwestern State Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. The men’s basketball team wil travel to Midwestern State for a game at 7:30 p.m. The ACU softball team will host a double-header in Tucson, Arizona Friday against Grand Canyon University at 10 a.m. and Nova Southeastern University at noon.

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see split page 5 Third baseman Ryan Luckie throws to second baseman Seth Spivey for a double play.

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