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Dancing into the Sunset

vol. 101, no. 39

friday, february 22, 2013

Omega’s co-founder looks forward to group’s future after her graduation

1 SECTION, 8 PAGES

events INSIDE

Roundup to honor Smith’s passion

OPINION In the age of raunchy comedies, movies with substance prevail

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NEWS

jocelyn nederhoff

Church of Christaffiliated university creates LGBT scholarship

student reporter

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Lindsey Lee Smith’s favorite pastime was country western dancing. To honor her love for two-stepping in her trademark red cowgirl boots, students have organized a benefit dance concert on Saturday in her honor. The Lindsey Lee Red Boot Roundup, from 8-10:30 p.m. in Bennett Gym, will allow students to participate in Smith’s passion of dance while raising money for the Lindsey Smith Scholarship Fund. Smith, 20, was killed in a head-on accident on TX36 on Jan. 25. She and five friends were headed to the Grand Ole Oplin dance hall for a night of two-stepping. “If Lindsey could dream up an event, this is what she would do,” said Anna Fullerton, junior psychology major from Garland and one of the event coordinators. “She would love this dance, and

ACU students crowd around a table at the Study Abroad fair to write notes to their friends studying abroad in Oxford, Montevideo and Germany.

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NEWS Students, production team preparing for FilmFest competiton Page 3

SPORTS

Women’s basketball reaches 20 wins on the year Page 8

SPORTS Athletics reaches deal with Adidas to sponsor all teams Page 8

NEWS COBA dean on postdoctoral fellowship away from campus Page 4

sing song

The man with 4 golds Senior reflects on 4 Sing Song wins as director

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NEWS SA continues conference request funding acuoptimist.com

NEWS Instructor conducts smoking survey for dissertation acuoptimist.com

VIDEO Sing Song hosts, hostesses highlight fun of performing together

“The man with a plan.” That’s how classmates refer to senior family studies major from Plano, Nick Tatum. With the senior class’ win last Saturday, he is now “The man with four Sing Song golds.” However, before ACU, Nick Tatum never attended, much less heard of Sing Song. Tatum began his freshman year as a music major, but quickly changed to family studies. When the opportunity to interview for class director came around, Tatum found Sing Song could be a way he could still be involved with music.

“I did some research and realized that this was something I would enjoy doing,” he said. “I got some friends together to interview with the Sing Song co-chairs, and the rest is history.” In February 2010, the freshman class donned redcoats as the British Royal Guard, seen as the underdogs then. Even then, the Sing Song novices were confident in their act. Tatum said many of his fellow freshman participants would say practices were intense. “Being new to the Sing Song scene,” he said, “I wanted to make sure that our act was perfect in order to do well in the competition.” And then the class of 2013 won. Their victory was the first time a freshman class had won overall since 2006. But the winning did not end. The next year, the class won see tatum page 4

social clubs

ZP pledges get in, Pi Kappa still waiting “After we got in we took a ton of pictures, ate cupcakes and laughed with one another about our faZeta Rho has nine new vorite pledging moments,” members as of Wednes- said Jordan Dockery, sophday night. The girls’ club omore nursing major from brought their pledges San Antonio. into their sisterhood afLJ Hood, junior youth ter two and a half weeks and family and psycholof pledging. ogy major from Franklin, New and old members Tenn. and pledge mom for celebrated the growth of Zeta Rho, said “I’m excited their sisterhood through to see how they will bless reminiscing about pledg- their sisters and commuing. nity with their unique and

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Nick Tatum and the senior class celebrate their fourth straight Sing Song win.

I’m excited to see how they will bless their sisters and community.”

“I’m excited to have someone pour into me and then I get to pour into people who come into Zeta Rho later,” Dockery said. Spring and fall pledging lj hood zeta rho pledge mom have allowed Zeta Rho to add to their number year round. awesome talents when “We feel like we are cathose combine with the pable of having the same talents of our members.” impact and intentionalDockery is looking for- ity in the spring as in the ward to the mentoring that fall, and we’re thankful for the other women in Zeta that,” Hood said. Rho can provide. Two men’s clubs, Pi

Kappa and Frater Sodalis, also participated in spring pledging. Nine Pi Kappa pledges are still waiting to get into the club and anticipate that to be soon. The Frats only had one spring pledge, Josh Walters, who got into club after about a week and a half of pledging.

contact greene at keg09b@acu.edu

events

SAA to conduct auditions for SpringFest flickr.com/acuoptimist

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

We are reaching out to all of the acts from last year.”

play for varying amounts of time. managing editor Last year, SpringFest featured seven bands, all of The Student Alumni Assowhich included at least one ciation is welcoming bands ACU student. Zack Morzack morgan to audition for this year’s senior biology major gan, SAA president, said he second annual SpringFest. from Keller would love to give groups Similar to JamFest in the the opportunity to play for fall, SpringFest is an event following Spring Break. SAA the student body. that occurs the weekend is looking for 6-12 bands to “We are reaching out

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Abilene Christian University

to all of the acts from last year, in addition to the acts that auditioned to play at Jamfest, and the groups that played together during Freshman Follies,” said Morgan, senior biology major from Keller. “Additionally, we are looking for ways to get groups or individuals that we do not know of to

audition.” Auditions will begin Feb. 28 in Gym D of the Rec Center at 5 p.m. Interested performers can contact Morgan at zjm08a@acu.edu. “I’ll help them arrange a time in our interview schedule, and we will hear them see concert page 4


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saturday All Day - Softball ACU Tournament 7 p.m. Baseball vs New Mexico Highlands 7:30 p.m. Title of show - ACU Theatre 9 p.m. Scope screening “Sound of My Voice”

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All Day - TRK - Lone Star Conference Championship

All Day - TRK - Lone Star Conference Championships

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All Day - ACU Women’s Tennis vs Butler

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All Day - Northern Trust Interviewing in Career Center

All Day - Softball ACU Tournament 1 p.m. Baseball vs New Mexico Highlands

7:30 p.m. Title of Show - ACU Theatre 8 p.m. Lindsey Lee Smith Red Boot Round Up

Chapel checkup

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Announcements ACU Theatre presents its winter musical comedy, [title of show] in Fulks Theatre Feb. 22-23. For tickets, call 325674-2787. Spots are still available on Spring Break Campaigns going to various locations. For more information contact Liz Lurz at evl09a@acu.edu, Wilson White at www09a@acu. edu or stop by the SBC office in Bible 322. In the Red Fashion Show is having a casting call Feb. 26 from 4-7 p.m. in the Campus Center Living Room.

Abstract submission for the Undergraduate Research Festival is now open. The 5th annual ACU Undergraduate Research Festival will be Apr. 4-5. To submit your abstract or get abstract writing tips and information on the review of abstracts go to the Research Festival Blog at blogs.acu.edu/researchfest. The Office of Multicultural Enrichment and Black Students Association presents “Ruth” the 14th annual Black History Production on March 1-2 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance in the Campus Center or $7 at the door.

ACU Department of Music host the Brock McGuire Band, the finest in traditional Irish music on Feb. 28 at 7:30pm in the WPAC Recital Hall. There will be a short lecture at 7:00 p.m. John Micah is teaching Practical Applications of Karate Techniques Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. The first two sessions are free. Scope is screening and hosting a critical discussion of “Sound of My Voice” Feb. 22 at 9 p.m. in the Honors College Student Lounge.

The ACU Feral Cat Initiative will have an information booth in the Campus Center Feb. 22. Student Social Work Association is hosting the Second Chance Dance in Bennett Gym March 1 from 7-10 p.m. Admission is one hygiene product to donate to the domestic violence shelter. Freshman Devo is Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Chapel on the Hill. Zane Wither is speaking.

Police Log Police log 2/14/2013 2:45 a.m. An area resident called reporting a suspicious male knocking on her door previously at 2:00 a.m. Photo ID indicated the male was the same as mentioned in the previous entry. Resident was advised to call immediately, without delay, so police can respond and deal with the individual.

Weekly Stats for week of feb. 12-FEB. 19 2/17/2013 1:13 a.m. ACUPD was requested to investigate a loud party in the 700 block of EN 14. A large post-Sing Song party was underway. The party was disbanded. 2/17/2013 4:31 a.m. A UP tenant reported a loud disturbance, possible assault in a nearby apartment. ACUPD investigated and found no assault but disbanded the gathering.

2/16/2013 2:03 a.m. A tenant requested ACUPD to investigate a loud noise party at The Grove, bldg. 5. The non-ACU tenants were advised to Police Tip of the Week: Avoid keep the noise down and they complied. financial scams – Be suspicious if someone offers to pay you a 2/16/2013 2:34 a.m. fee for depositing someone else’s ACUPD was requested to check for a check into your account, then prowler at a residence where the tenant’s wiring them the money to a difdog was barking. ACUPD checked the ferent account. area and found everything in order.

Accident Administrative activity Alarm Animal call Assist Attempt to locate Barricades Building lock/unlock Check building Disabled vehicle Disturbance Escort Fingerprinting service Foot patrol Found property Hit and run Information report Intoxicated person Investigation follow up Maintenance: University assets

2 Monitor facility/lot 15 Motorist assist: 2 Jumpstart 1 Other 3 Unlock 1 Noise violation 4 Other 12 Parking lot patrol 105 Parking violation 1 Patrol vehicle: 2 Maintenance 6 Refuel 1 Prowler 11 Public service 2 Random patrol 1 Report writing 3 Special assignment 1 Suspicious activity 6 Suspicious person 4 Theft (non vehicle) Traffic stop

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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 laura. mcgregor@acu.edu. St. John’s Episcopal School is seeking volunteers to paint metal playground equipment anytime MondayFriday after 3 p.m. and Saturday anytime. For more information contact Rebecca McMillon at 325-695-8870 or flores@stjohnsabilene.org. 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: http://www.center-arts.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 rescuetheanimalsvolunteers@yahoo.com. The National Center For Children’s Illustrated Literature is looking for volunteers to greet patrons, assist with art activities, sell books and make visitors feel welcome. Help is also needed for special events like Artwalk and exhibit openings. The NCCIL is located at 102 Cedar St. For more information on times and dates contact Debby Lillick at 325-673-4586 or visit: http://www.nccil.org/index.htm. The 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 cmapantry@aol.com.

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 robertabrown51@ hotmail.com. For more information on the program visit: http://www.uccabilene.org/ministries/csc.htm. 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 Monday-Friday between 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Drivers must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license. Training is provided. For more information contact Samantha Barker at 352-672-5050 or visit: http://mealsonwheelsplus.com. 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 325-677-1408 or visit: www.satruck.com. 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 325-672-6061. 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 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 ale.al@suddenlink.net. To serve on Wednesdays contact Jane Harvey at 325-695-0092 or jharvread@aol.com. To serve on Thursdays contact Margaret Beasley at 325-692-4149 or mbeasley5@suddenlink.net. To serve on Fridays contact Rachel Brown at rdb08a@acu.edu. Christian Homes & Family Services is seeking volunteers to do minor landscaping such as raking, trimming bushes, minor apartment repairs and general upkeep MondaySaturday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information contact Shaylee Honey at 325-677-2205 or Shoney@ ChristianHomes.com. 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. 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: www.acu. edu/campusoffices/ccsl/ministry-service/volunteeropportunities/


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students’ Association

SA launches competition to improve ACU joshua Garcia managing editor Rebecca Dial and the Students’ Association are providing students with the opportunity to improve the university through the Greatest Idea Challenge. The Greatest Idea Challenge is a competition that encourages students to present a plan for addressing an issue on campus. The winner will ultimately present his or her idea to the administration for implementation next year. SA officially announced the challenge on Monday through social media and email. Rebecca Dial, SA ex-

ecutive president, said last year’s SA president, Conner Best, helped inspire her to come up with the idea. “I am very aware that SA does not represent all of the students on campus and we don’t have a monopoly on good ideas,” said Dial, senior political science major from Lexington, S.C. “I just wanted to create a way for students to get more involved.” “There’s such a disconnect between students and administrators of the higher level, and so really bringing those two together for students to talk directly to administrators and administrators to hear directly from students what they think should be done to

improve the school.” The challenge will include three levels of competition. The first round entails completing a short video detailing the issue

I just wanted to create a way for students to get more involved.’ rebecca dial sA executive president

being addressed, including a proposed solution. “Those will be judged by a committee of some ACU staff members,” Dial said. “We also have four

students who sit on the Student Life Committee as student representatives, they will be judges, and I will be a judge as well.” The semifinalists will be announced the Monday after Spring Break and invited to a workshop on March 23 to help them further develop their ideas. They will then present their ideas to the strategic review team, who will be in three person panels and comprised of upper level administrators. “It will be a more involved presentation to them than just the video,” Dial said. The finalists will present to the senior leadership team, which includes Dr. Phil Schubert, ACU presi-

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Benjamin Starkey, Theatre Major from Garland, Texas, and Darby Rich, Elementary Education Major from Rockwall, Texas, check out the World Wide Witness booth inside the Bean.

FilmFest

Students gearing up for film contest linsey thut student reporter Students are working diligently on finishing films for ACU’s FilmFest 2013, many taking advantage of the lengthened production process in this year’s competition. Students had a chance to begin working on films in the fall and turn in a rough draft of their movie before Christmas break for critiquing. The films were returned back to them after Sing Song with suggestions from reviewers so they could fine-tune their work before turning in final products on March 19. “We’re going to have a lot more time editing,” said Cannon Spears, junior vocational missions major from Blue Ridge and co-chair of FilmFest. “Last year for FilmFest you had about a week for editing. This year we are doing about three weeks for

editing.” Participants are learning more about the movie making process through classes and workshops presented by FilmFest. The co-chairs are hoping more time spent on production results in more imaginative finished products. “When you have longer to do it, you have more time for creativity, more time to stretch your imagination, find better avenues to do certain things,” said Stephen Estrada, sophomore business management major from San Antonio and co-chair of FilmFest. “When you’re on a time crunch of five weeks, like before, you have to be a little more compacted.” Students will have the chance to mingle with some of the industry’s best. Judge Randy Brewer, an ACU alumnus, is the owner of Revolution Pictures located in both Nashville and Los Angeles. Chris Young, another judge,

is a screenwriter and professor at UCLA. Matt Maxwell, the founder of FilmFest will also be a judge. Tom Craig, director of Student Activities, said participating in FilmFest is great way for people interested in visual arts to network. “It opens you up to people in the industry which is a rare opportunity for people at the undergraduate level. You have the opportunity to sit down and talk with them not just about your film or work, but about opportunities in the industry,” said Craig. “It’s a great springboard not just for information, but for contacts.” The six movies that receive the most awards will be shown at a red carpet gala event at the Paramount Theater on March 22.

contact the optimist at jmcnetwork@acu.edu

local

Interior design majors to serve family madline orr copy editor Interior design majors will redesign and renovate a local Abilene residence using their talents, skills and support from local businesses. Students have named this service venture “Project Merge,” in hopes of strengthening the bond between ACU and the Abilene community. The project is a yearlong effort but the actual renovation will take place in April. Project Merge began last year. This year students will continue the initiative with Morgan Hudson, senior interior design major from Abilene, as the team leader. “This year we want to make it a hub or center for the whole community to fellowship,” Hudson said. “We get to use what we’ve learned in the classroom to give something back, but this way [the

residents] will be paying it forward giving something to the community.” Brandon Young, assistant professor in the Department of Art and Design, is the faculty advisor for Project Merge. He said the project is still in its infancy stage, being only its second year. “Part of the challenge is figuring out our initiative with the community at large,” Young said. Project Merge is completely driven by donations. This year the leadership team, which consists of three senior and three junior interior design majors, is hoping to raise around $15,000. They will renovate everything from plumbing and electric to paint and furniture. The leadership team has been searching for the right family since the beginning of this semester. The selection process involves meeting several families in their homes

first, then narrowing it down to one family. They are hoping for around 150 volunteers to help between Friday and Saturday the weekend of the renovation. “We want the entire student body or whoever can help involved,” Hudson said. The renovation process will start by taking everything out of the house and cleaning it top to bottom. Then they begin with plumbing and electricity, finishing with paint and other cosmetic needs. The students head up all of the work. “Project Merge is most successful as a student-led initiative,” Young said. Anyone interested in volunteering or donating furniture, contact Morgan Hudson at mmh09b@acu.edu. contact orr at mco10b@acu.edu

dent, and his senior level advisers. “The finalists will be judged and the winner will be announced April 19,” Dial said. “It’s a really great way to talk to administrators who are really high up and can get things done.” The winner will receive a $2,000 prize and will meet with administration to have his idea implemented. Runner-ups will receive $1,500 and $1,000 respectively. “Even if your idea isn’t selected as one of the top three winners, senior level administrators have heard it,” Dial said. “There’s a possibility they can work on it in other ways with you even if you don’t win in this

competition.” Joseph Austin, SA executive treasurer, said he is excited about the challenge and will be participating himself. “If you don’t get it this year, there’s always next year,” said Austin, senior accounting and pre-law major from Houston. “Greatest Idea Challenge doesn’t just expose students with great ideas, it exposes administrators.” Submissions must be sent to jac08b@acu.edu by March 8. Visit acustudents. com for full details and rules of entry. contact garcia at jtg10b@acu.edu


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administration

COBA dean hard at work katie greene page 2 editor Dr. Richard Lytle, dean of the College of Business Administration, has been on post-doctoral fellowship with the organization CEO Forum since October 2012. Lytle has spent the time away from the ACU campus working on two large projects. Both of these projects are focused on leadership in college-aged students. “Leadership has been a passion of mine for 20 years and I hope these projects will be helpful and fruitful to the next generation,” Lytle said. Lytle’s first project is with Wake Forest University in conjunction with Duke University. This group is building a curriculum dealing with leadership based on faith and values. The project will begin beta testing the first week of June and launch in the fall of 2013. Lytle’s second project involves research about next generation leadership through senior Christian CEOs passing on their knowledge to a younger generation. Lytle will do personal in-depth interviews with 50 Christian CEOs before the end of the project. Jennifer Golden, director of COBA Connections, is paralleling Lytle’s work by hosting

focus groups with millennial students about what frustrates or worries them about for their future in the workforce. “We want to capture the wisdom of senior Christian CEOs and pass that on to the next generation,” Lytle said. One of the planned outcomes of this project is an alumni program allowing alums in the mid-professional area of their life to be mentored by CEOs. These emerging leaders will benefit from the experience and knowledge of senior CEOs. Dr. Monty Lynn, associate dean of the College of Business Administration, has picked up some of Lytle’s responsibilities in his absence. The college has missed Lytle’s presence, but has not struggled in his absence. “We have a strong faculty and staff team who lead and serve exceptionally well,” Lynn said. Lynn hopes to learn from Lytle’s experiences during his post-doctoral fellowship. “We anticipate learning from Rick’s experiences and reflection with Christian leaders in the marketplace. His work is at the heart of what we aim to do at ACU,” Lynn said. contact greene at keg09b@acu.edu

events

Concert: Bands to audition soon continued from page 1 play,” Morgan said. “We are looking for as many groups to audition as are interested.” SpringFest is being funded by SAA and the Students’ Association. Jamilah Spears, SA executive administrator, said SpringFest was successful last year. “We’re hoping to bring back the same community and fun,” said Spears, senior communications major from Covina, Calif. Spears said SpringFest

will feature a petting zoo and a mechanical bull. “We’re going to bring back Cajun Cones,” Spears said. “We are planning to partner with a lot of student groups to do games and activities outside as well.” SpringFest will begin at 4 p.m. on March 23 and will take place on the lawn near Faubus Fountain Lake. The concert will start at 7 p.m. Admission is free. contact garcia at jtg10b@acu.edu

curtis christian staff Photographer

Nika Maples, 2007 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year, speaks during a Monday afternoon Chapel forum about her time as an ACU student.

education

Pepperdine introduces LGBT scholarship mark smith editor in chief A university affiliated with the Churches of Christ has introduced a scholarship for which the recipient needs to demonstrate commitment to the betterment of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual community. Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., announced last week that it will begin accepting applications for the “Frank James ‘Buddy’ Vinci and George B. Ellsworth Scholarship,” a new need-based scholarship awarded to candidates who emphasize service, volunteerism or extra curricular activities dedicated to improving the mental and physical health of the LGBT community. The donors, Vinci and Ellsworth, wanted to support Pepperdine students who have actively demon-

strated sensitivity to pressures LGBT people face, said Jerry Derloshon, Pepperdine’s senior director of Public Affairs. “The scholarship is consistent with Pepperdine’s longstanding commitment to provide a welcoming and safe environment for students regarding sexual orientation,” Derloshon said. “Whatever their orientation, no matter their religious views or traditions, or ethnic backgrounds, Pepperdine ahs been committed to values of kindness, compassion and respect for all. As an institution of higher learning, Pepperdine respects the right of individual members of our community to hold different viewpoints and affirms that those with differing views should be treated with dignity and respect.” Derloshson said the university is still holding to its Christian values, affiliation to the Church of Christ and

stance on sexual relationships in its Student Handbook. “Pepperdine affirms that sexual relationships are designed by God to be expressed solely within a marriage between husband and wife,” he said. “As an institution, Pepperdine’s policies respect and promote this viewpoint. The Vinci and Elleworthe Scholarship signals only a continuation of the commitment to fostering a healthy environment for all of our students.” Ed Kerestly, ACU’s director of Student Financial Services, said ACU does not have a similar scholarship and he is “not aware of anything in the works to do so.” Sexual immorality, including pre-marital heterosexual and homosexual activity, is a Category Two violation of the ACU Student Handbook. As recently as December of 2011, Pepperdine refused

to recognize a gay-straight alliance group, “Reach OUT,” as an official student organization, according to the Pepperdine Graphic, the university’s newspaper. Mark Davis, Pepperdine’s dean of students, said the GSA would conflict with the school’s religious stance on sexual morality and did not “believe it is possible for a LGBT student organization to maintain a neutral position.” It was the fourth time the university rejected an application from a GSA. However, in the university’s School of Public Policy’s career services page, students can search through links to career opportunities, including nonprofits like the Gay Men’s Health Crisis and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network.

contact smith at mds10a@acu.edu

campus

Wishing Well informing with art katie williamson student reporter Wishing Well will be collecting art submissions at the Shore Art Gallery Saturday for their first art competition. During the months of March and April the art will be on display at the Center for Contemporary Arts. There will be a reception for the artists on March 21 during the Abilene Art Walk. The competition is open to all students and will support efforts for Wishing Well’s next clean water well project. Wishing Well is a student-led social justice organization committed to bringing clean water to people around the globe. The subject of the show

is, “What does water look like?” Students are encouraged to create art that reflects their perception of water. “For example, you could portray how you see water as an accessible resource and commodity to us or you could show the injustices you see around the world when some countries lack access to resources like water, health, and education due to the water crisis,” said Wishing Well’s student director, Brady Rains, senior art education major from Fort Worth. ACU students and members of the Abilene community are being asked to support this cause by bringing one dollar to vote for their favorite piece. One dollar gives clean water to one person for a year.

“This event highlights the global need for clean water and promotes local artists. Having the exhibit open during Art Walk makes it even more accessible. We will raise funds; we will raise awareness. What’s not to love about that?” said Dr. Curt Niccum, associate professor of New Testament and Wishing Well faculty sponsor. “I’m particularly eager to see the numerous ways people interpret water. The juxtaposition of Rwandan and American artistic renderings will, I think, tell an amazing story.” Submissions are to be inspired by the water crisis and all are due on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon in the Shore Art Gallery next to Cullen Auditorium. All forms of media are accept-

able. Two-dimensional art must be framed. “I’m a little nervous because we have never done anything like this before,” said Rains. “This is by far one of the biggest and most public events we have attempted so it has been challenging. However, we experience a lot of success with our events that are student focused and different from the typical fundraising scene.” Students can look to www.wishforwater.com for inspiration. For questions they can contact director Brandy Rains at blr09a@ acu.edu.

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events

Roundup: Lindsey Smith’s parents to attend benefit concert continued from page 1 it is the ideal way to honor her.” Fullerton performed in Seekers of the Word, a student religious drama group, with Smith. Seekers and other groups will perform to honor Smith. Muddy Creek, a band that regularly plays at the Grande Ole Oplin, asked to play, and ACU student Alec Beustring will DJ the event. ACU hip hop company Sanctify will perform to honor Deanna Romero, freshman international studies major from Omaha,

Neb., and Rebehak Cherniss, freshman Ad/PR major from Katy, who are members of Sanctify and were injured in the accident with Smith. A large number of ACU students and individuals close to Smith are expected to attend, including Smith’s parents Todd and Linda Smith. “Todd and Linda are amazing and a true testament to having faith in troubled times,” one event coordinator said. The student chose to remain anonymous to keep the focus on Smith. Kyndal Coleman, junior

accounting major from San Antonio, looks forward to the event and what it stands for. “I’m excited to see the ACU community take an activity that was so close to Lindsey’s heart and turn it into an event that will honor her life and bring joy back to our spirits,” Coleman said. The name of the event, Red Boot Roundup, came from Smith’s favorite accessory- her red cowgirl boots. Students are encouraged to wear red to coordinate with the theme. The event is free, but a $10 donation at the door is

preferred. Shirts will also be available for $5 to support the cause. If students cannot attend and wish to contribute a monetary donation, they can send it to ACU Student Life at ACU Box 29004. “Dancing was Lindsey’s favorite thing to do,” Fullerton said. “She was the best dancer I knew, and dancing gave her the most joy. We are excited to honor her through this unique event.”

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sing song

Tatum: Senior leads class to 4-year sweep third class in ACU history to sweep all four years. again. And then won again While every year proved twice more. a winning feat, for Tatum, Under Tatum’s direction, the Sing Song offseason was the class raked in a trophy short-lived. count of four consecutive “Each year, I started Sing Song victories, dressed planning the acts in full as Brits, cupids, Pharoahs earlier and earlier,” he said. and the Oz gang. “I would have a plan for the Last Saturday, the se- next year only a few weeks nior class became only the after the previous Sing Song continued from page 1

has finished.” Executing a quality act is developed over a long period of time, Tatum said. After Sing Song details had been set, he would take a few days at the beginning of winter break to arrange the music for each of the class acts Even with early preparation, the winnings were no

walk in the park. This is the first segment of this feature on Tatum. Grab a copy of the Optimist on Wednesday for the rest of the story.

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SWEEPING CAMPUS OFF ITS FEET photos by mandy lambright ChIEF Photographer

Kelcie Broom, senior art major from Richardson, TX shows off some of her dance moves.

Co-founder recounts Omega’s beginning Wyatt morgan arts writer To Kelcie Broom the 24th and final letter of the Greek alphabet, Omega, doesn’t necessarily signify the end, but merely the continuation of worship and expression through dance. The senior art major from Richardson created the Omega Dance Co. four years ago with former Wildcat Sarah Boleslawski. As the dance company prepares for its spring show slated for the weekend of April 13 in Cullen Auditorium, Broom shared information about the origins of Omega, the goals which the group of dancers wishes to achieve, and the direction she hopes that the company will take in the future. “As I got to ACU my freshman year, I danced at a studio in town and soon after

was encouraged to start a dance company on campus,” Broom said. With the help of Boleslawski, the two spearheaded the operation and coined their newfound contemporary and jazz dance group, the Omega Dance Co. “[The name Omega] was pulled from God’s name of the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and end. We are the last part of it. It isn’t about what we are doing personally per-se, but it’s more about what Jesus is doing through us.” As the group has grown and matured over the past four years, they have performed at the Ethnos Cultural Show, Sing Song, Shades and Sanctify shows, as well as their own spring shows. This year the theme for Omega’s upcoming spring show in April is “Consumed.” “There are dances for different things that we tend to get consumed in, like

perfection, fashion, or money and of course the good things that we get consumed in being grace and Jesus’ love” Paige Berry, junior art major from Houston and a member of Omega, shared her excitement about the upcoming

My teammates are my sisters, and it’s really cool to do what you love, with those you love, for the people you love’ Paige Berry Junior Art major from Houston

spring show. “My teammates are my sisters, and it’s really cool to do what you love, with those you love, for the people you love.”

Through fundraising efforts, by the time of their spring show, Omega hopes to purchase a Marley floor, a specially coated surface for dancers to temporarily cover the existing stage in Cullen that can be rolled out just for performances. Broom looks forward to Omega not being the only ones to profit from this venture. “This type of floor is something that all dance groups would benefit from – because the floor in Cullen is splintery.” As she leaves Abilene after graduating in May with the hope of becoming a dance instructor for a high school drill team, Broom is hopeful for the company’s direction.

contact Morgan at jwm10c@acu.edu


Opinion

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Editorial

The Oscars: Substance still takes the gold the issue There is a lack of depth among former Oscar recipients and current popular movies.

our take This Sunday’s event might prove otherwise, with nominations reflecting historical happenings and current issues.

Last weekend at the box office, the raunchy littlesubstance comedy Identity Thief took in a whopping 23.6 million dollars. Much further down the profit totem pole, the four-Golden Globe, eight-Oscar nodded Silver Linings Playbook raked in a mere 6 million. This year’s domestic box office hit a record 10.8 bil-

lion dollars and the number of tickets sold increased for the first time in three years. With that statistic in mind, where is the justice for the award-winning films? Hollywood history has shown a clear distinction between movies taking home the trophies and those taking home the profit. The Herald Sun report-

ed that most best-picture candidates have struggled to surpass 100 million dollars at the box office. Last year, of the nine Oscar bestpicture nominees, only The Help managed to pass that threshold. In more encouraging news, however, five of the nominated flicks, Argo, Les Miserables, Lincoln, Django and Life of Pi broke that 100 million dollar ceiling this year, with Zero Dark Thirty and Silver Linings Playbook close behind. The pendulum swing is finally giving quality movies not only critic recognition, but deserving rev-

enues as well. Formerly, award parties have been filled with viewers unfamiliar with any of the nominated or winning flicks. This Oscar season, there is more gambling than guarantee on which movies will take gold. This year’s trend of the best-picture nominations is a focus on historical happenings or current issues. Whether or not this has contributed to their box office popularity, what were once exclusive films for the cinematic snobs have now become accessible to the common theatre attendee. As the San Francisco

Chronicle said in regard to This is not an endorsethis year’s Oscar selections, ment for strictly drama “The movies have been de- genre films, simply well made ones. If American The pendulum swing audiences put their ticket towards these movies, Holis finally giving quality lywood will listen. The quality of movies offered will movies not only critic improve if we are putting money in the right pockets. recognition, but deservWe will always have Pitch Perfects, and Twilighters will ing revenus as well.” always be among us, but this year’s Oscars have given a hope in the cinematic future for those theatres to be more empty and less grossing.

bated, criticized, mulled over and tweeted. Above all, they’ve been relevant.”

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Put class before Sing Song acts WELL, THIS IS AWKWARD MARK SMITH

Sing Song is fun. Always a friendly competition, students look forward to the event’s outcome because they know if they don’t win, some of their friends will, and then everyone is happy. Ideally, that would be the case. Instead, if you didn’t know Thomas Hobbes was talking about life, you’d think he was describing Sing Song as “nasty, brutish and short.” Forty years ago, Optimist columnist John Williams wrote that, “Student rehearsals have reached the point where they interfere with other activities.” Earlier this month, if your Sing Song practice schedule didn’t interfere with your entire life, you weren’t practicing enough. Sub T-16’s act wasn’t just entertaining; it was needed. It’s good to see a club enjoy its time in the spotlight and make fun of itself (and ACU) at the same time. While the men of Sub T don’t care enough to seriously compete in the 57-year-old A Capella tradition, they are necessary. The show needs that counterbalance from the other clubs who care a little too much. “Sing Song is also a competition, and that’s what makes it fun,” say the Sing Song co-chairs each year, and that’s true. But when the amount of time spent preparing for the three judged performances becomes overwhelming, it makes winning too important. It makes some participants trash talk others and put them down, sometimes causing a division between friends and classmates. It makes some people care

more about winning, in an event that means absolutely nothing to anyone outside the ACU community, than everything else, including school. It makes club members complain that their club wasn’t in one edition of the Optimist as much as another one, which was “hurtful” to many other members. The grad class had it right. The smallest group in the mixed category, these guys are busier than you (freshmen, if you think you’re busy now, just wait. It gets worse) and they still put in lots of hours to perfect their performance. Not for the trophy, but for the love of Sing Song. They made art funny and entertaining, which isn’t easy to do. If they had had a bigger group, the Optimist’s Hal Hoots probably would’ve predicted them to finish in the top 3 of mixed voices. Speaking of which, if the Optimist predicts your act to win, prove it right. If it predicts you to not finish first, prove it wrong. Complaining does nothing. Sing Song shouldn’t be about beating rivals. It shouldn’t include neglecting schoolwork. It definitely shouldn’t make life more stressful. It should be about having fun with your friends, creating enjoyable performances and memories. Rivalries will continue and some groups will win and many will lose each year. My hope is that the losers and winners both realize Sing Song is not more important than grades. contact smith at mds10a@acu.edu

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Answering the tough questions BETWEEN THE BOXES LUCIUS PATENAUDE

What exactly makes a question hard? 5x^2 + 19x + 12, that’s a relatively difficult question. X could be any number of answers. “Are you going on that mission trip?” “Will you buy this house?” “Should we take him off the ventilator?” These questions only have two answers to pick from: yes or no. Why is it when faced with them we are likely to think or say, “That’s a hard question?” Solving for X is a hard process for me. But frankly, I do not care an iota what X is. Whether I get the

answer right or not means little to me. I have no personal investment in the answer. X = -31/5 (tweet @acuoptimist and let me know if I got it right). X can have an infinite rage of answers. “What car do you want” may have a hundred answers. “Do you want kids” has only two. A hard question is hard because it personally impacts us. And in reality it is not even the question that is hard, it is the thought that goes into the answer that is tough. I feel like people don’t

like thinking in this day and age. We would rather feel something than think it. Many times I have responded to a question with, “I’ll think about it.” Then I don’t. When the person asks for an answer

life. A responsible person takes the time to sit down and think. But who likes responsibility? Not me. I would rather go with my gut. In this time of busyness and short attention spans we have lost the disciI feel like people don’t pline to stop and consider. I think it is important to like thinking in this day plan a little and not rush about making decisions and age. willy-nilly. Thought is maintenance for our life. It helps us determine who we are socially, spiritually, economically. However, there is a time for everyI end up whipping one out thing. A time to think. A based on instinct, a feel- time to go with the moing. ment. A time to be still and Putting thought into know. something takes effort and time. It can be hard, especially with quescontact patenaude at tions whose answers will lrp09bb@acu.edu permanently impact our

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Police on their way because crazy lady called on homeboy that asked me on a date. #laundrymatlivetweet

@kate_morrical

Maybe next time ACU should ask its graphic design faculty and students for input before spending so much on a very crappy logo.

10:14 a.m. Feb. 20

Haven’t have English this week. And it’s been fantastic.

@hayleysissy

@megankateteel

@ACUsports we gotta fix that kerning between letters A & C in the new logo. Its giving all #GraphicDesignStudents an eye twitch #justsaying

@oksana2404 12:43 p.m. Feb. 19

While practicing my speech, I accidentally said that Jesus spanked a fig tree. This does not bode well.

@MorgBear62

Brought my lunch to class and just remembered we are watching birthing videos today. Awesome. #chickfila #childdevelopment

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Made coffee this morning. Forgot to add the coffee. Tuesdays are rough.

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sports

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baseball

Baffle: Pitching duo shuts down McMurry from page 8 just two hits in his first save of the season. Offensively, the Wildcats jumped all over McMurry’s pitchers. The squad whacked nine hits and were aided by five McMurry errors to go along with nine walks. Travis Schuetze, Rodge Macy and Chuck Duarte all recorded two hits apiece and infielder Seth Spivey scored three ACU runs. The ‘Cats pulled away in the sixth with three runs crossing the board to make their lead 7-2. The team then added more fuel to the fire when they scored three more runs between the seventh and eighth innings. Duarte knocked in Schuetze on a RBI single to make it 8-2 in the seventh and in the eighth, a

It’s great when you have an offense ... It takes a lot of pressure off the pitcher when you can score runs.”

walk and an error led to the final two runs. “Having Kyle Giusti back in the lineup, who was out with an injury for 14 days, has really helped,” Bonneau said. “We’ve got guys hitting in the seven, eight and nine holes who were in the top of the lineup last year. When they stick to their game, they can score a lot of runs.” Herrera has enjoyed the offensive production early this year. “It’s great when you have an offense,” he said.

jordon herrera starting pitcher acu baseball

“It makes you want to throw strikes. It takes a lot of pressure off the pitcher when you can score runs.” ACU plays a four-game series against New Mexico Highlands University this weekend at Crutcher Scott Field. Game times are 7 p.m. Friday, a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. and a 1 p.m. Sunday start.

contact isaacs at jei08a@acu.edu

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Second baseman Seth Spivey drops back to make a running catch.

golf

Wildcats win UIW Spring Tourney jimmy isbell sports reporter The winner’s podium bled purple and white this past weekend as four Abilene Christian golf players finished among the top 10 at the 2013 James S. Litz Memorial Tuesday. The tournament consisted of Lone Star Conference foes, Tournament host Incarnate Word and Midwestern State. The first day of play

ended with senior allAmerica Alex Carpenter and junior Trey Sullivan tied for first place at 2-over 146. The two struggled the final day when each of them shot eight-over 80 to drop to a sixth place tie. The veteran, Carpenter and Sullivan helped the Wildcats finish the first day of tournament play with a two-round total of 591, which held a comfortable 11-shot lead over second-place

I definitely feel like this team can make it to, and win the national championship...”

for the rest of the year and I am still in shock that its my last semester of college golf, but I’m excited for what God has in store for me after college alex carpenter as I pursue my career in senior professional golf.” acu golf Sophomore and defending Lone Star ConSt. Mary’s and 14 strokes ference Freshman of the over the Mustangs of Year, Corbin Renner, finMSU, who finished third. ished fourth overall, tied “I definitely was not with Midwestern State’s happy with the way I Santiago Gomez. played this week,” CarRenner has made a penter said. “I’m excited name for himself over the

past two tournaments last fall when he finished first at the 2012 Bruce Williams Invitational in San Antonio. Renner shot a 12-under 204. Carpenter attempted to win his 17th career tournament title, but fell five shots behind first place Austin Jordan of tournament host Incarnate Word. The team doesn’t suffer any from having young inexperienced players; which means

many of them have been in high-pressure situations in which they’ve reacted well. “I definitely feel like this team can make it to, and win the national championship this year in Pennsylvania,” Carpenter said. The team looks forward to play in Austin for the St. Edwards Invitational on March 4th. contact isbell at jri10a@acu.edu

lacrosse

Team prepares for Huntsville invitational emmett niland student reporter The men’s club lacrosse team has started conducting regular practices as they get ready to face off in an upcoming tournament. The team has a 20man roster and has been practicing three times a week in preparation for the 2013 Lone Star Alliance Invitational in Huntsville. The tournament will take place in April and will give ACU its first

game experience against the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and Stephen F. Austin State University. “It feels really great to finally get out on the field and start practicing,” said Aaron Johnson, junior art and psychology major from Oakton, Va. “Right now we’re working on a lot of stick drill and fundamentals to really get a solid base before we start working on live, game speed situations.” “I never thought ACU was going to have any

I never thought ACU was going to have any kind of organized lacrosse team...”

aaron johnson junior art and psychology major from oakton, va.

kind of organized lacrosse team so I’m really happy because it’s been something I’ve been hoping for for several years.” A contribution from the Student’s Association has helped the team work toward their goal of raising $18,000, which they

will need to be able to participate in a full season next spring. If the team meets their fundraising goal, they will be able to join the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association. Lacrosse is played as a spring sport in this league. They will

have games every weekend and will be playing for a chance to compete in a national collegiate tournament. Parker Tennet, freshman nursing major from Houston, is the club’s president and is helping the team prepare on the field, as the team doesn’t have a coach. “It wasn’t that long ago that this was all just an idea so that fact that it’s come together so well is really exciting,” Tennet said. “It feels great to finally be able to practice. The contribution from

the student congress has really helped us in reaching that goal.” The team is excited to finally be out on the field but is still short of its $18,000 goal. They are hoping for more support from the community so they can compete in a full season next year. Anyone interesting in donating can contact Parker Tennet at (832) 623-3176.

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softball

‘Cats claim bronze bracket in NFCA Classic jimmy isbell sports reporter The ACU softball team (95) struggled this weekend at the start of the NFCA D-II Leadoff Classic, but they found themselves sitting pretty by the end of the tournament with a bronze bracket win. On Friday, the team had no problem getting on base, but they couldn’t seem to find their way home. The ‘Cats fell short to the Antelopes of Grand Canyon University 5-2, and the Sharks of Nova Southeastern 5-3. The ‘Cats had many runners in scoring position in the first, third, fourth and fifth innings versus the Sharks, but couldn’t quite capitalize. The experienced Peyton Mosley (2-2) did not start the day off as she expected, but she finished as usual. By the bottom of the second inning, the Sharks, had a 5-0 lead. Mosley’s pitching was superb for the latter five innings. Her defense stepped up when they didn’t let a single runner touch third base the rest of the game. The Wildcat offense has struggled the past few games, but after recording 11 hits against the Sharks, they couldn’t quite make the comeback

they hoped for. Junior, Courtney Flanary finished Friday going 3-for-4. Lyndi Smith, Madison Buckley and Keanna Winkfield held their own on the offensive side as well. Saturday was a different story for the Wildcats. The pitching of senior Caitlyn Crain and Mosley left batters confused. Crain pitched her first complete-game shutout of the season against the Rangers of Regis University, 6-0. She later recorded her first save against the Chargers of New Haven. “It feels good to have a good full game under my belt,” Crain said. “Our defense also played really good that game, and our hitting came around great.” Mosley struck out a season-high seven and walked only one batter against the Chargers. However, the Chargers recorded five runs against Mosley in the four innings she pitched. Crain left the Chargers scoreless until the seventh inning when she let a few hits earn two runs. ACU’s offense was unstoppable as they recorded eight hits ending the game 11-7. The team defeated No.6 in the nation MinnesotaState Mankato Stompers 5-2 and California State University, San Bernardino 8-3 on Sunday. Mosley started

It was a tough team to face, but I just worked each batter one pitch at a time, and knew that my defense was behind me.”

against the Stompers pitching a complete game. “It was a tough team to face, but I just worked each batter one pitch at a time, and knew that my defense was behind me,” Mosley said.

1-11 this season. Their lone victory came against Eastern New Mexico University (2-14). “I think we will definitely carry our success peyton mosley over to next weekend,” starting pitcher Crain said. “I think as a acu softball team we’re starting to mesh really well, and see The team hopes to our potential.” carry over their winning ways against regional rival Texas-Permian Basin of the Heartland Conference for a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday. The Falcons are only

ACU is 10-0 all-time versus Permian Basin. Its most recent victory was a 2-1 contest in the 2012 Best Western Premier Spring Fling hosted by Texas Woman’s University. contact isbell at jri10a@acu.edu


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standings

women’s basketball

ACU reaches 20th victory daniel zepeda sports reporter The Wildcats captured their twentieth win of the season on Tuesday at Moody Coliseum with a victory over Texas Women’s University, 67-50. The Lady ‘Cats eclipse twenty wins for the seventeenth time in ACU history, and first since 2004-2005. “We have twenty wins this season, are ranked first in our conference and we are ranked second in the region,” senior Kelsey Smith said. “This shows that the ACU women’s basketball program is for real.” The win puts ACU at 20-4, 15-3 LSC and pushes their first place lead up to two games over second placed Tarleton (17-5, 133) with two games left in the season. The Wildcats improve their home court record as well to 10-2 after being 6-6 at Moody Coliseum last season. “We have worked so hard this season and have really had something to prove after having a disappointing past couple of seasons,” junior Renata Marquez said. “I also feel like we’ve exceeded a lot of expectations.” The Wildcats came out of the gates ice cold shooting from the field. They went into halftime with a 29-19 lead, shooting only 25.8 percent from the field, including 12.5 percent from beyond the arc. The ‘Cats were able to find the bottom of the basket easier and more often in the second half, as they scored 38 points and were sent to the free throw line a total of 31 times on the night. As a team, they shot 25-31 FT and were able to hold TWU to 38 percent shooting for the game. “We let them hang around for a while and didn’t do a good job of closing out and finishing,” Smith said. “The second half, we came out ready to play and ready to

The ACU Athletic Department continued their makeover by adding a new brand to their new logo. Earlier this week that Athletic Department announced that they have reached a three-year deal with Adidas, who will sponsor all of the ACU athletic teams. “Adidas came to us with a package that is going to allow us and our coaches to maximize their resources,” Director of Athletics Jared Mosley said. “The fact that we are going to be head to toe and all of our coach-

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Freshman guard Kynzie Newman drives past a Texas Woman’s player and shoots a layup in Moody Coliseum. do all the small things we had to, to get the win.” Junior Mack Lankford led all scorers with 19 points, including 11-12 from the free throw line to go along with three assists. Junior Renata Marquez also had a solid night, with 14 points and a handful of rebounds. Freshman Kynzie Newman contributed

10 points on the night, after knocking down two clutch free throws to put the Wildcats up for good. “I don’t think anyone besides the people on the team and the coaches know just how good we are,” Marquez said. “We have so many great players and players who can make big plays in big moments.”

Goodenough was honored before the game Tuesday with a unique ACU jersey commemorating her 300 career wins as a head coach. Several members of ACU and Hardin-Simmons athletic departments greeted her at half court to congratulate her. Goodenough won 188 of her 309 victories with

Hardin-Simmons from 1993-2002. The Wildcats will face Incarnate Word on Wed. Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m. on the road. The Wildcats defeated the Cardinals 76-65 in their previous meeting. contact zepeda at djz11a@acu.edu

ing and sideline apparel is gong to match what we are wearing on the field allows us to do things in ways that the other vendors couldn’t provide.” The Wildcats have never had a department wide apparel provider before. But with the move to Division I on the horizon, the department had the perfect opportunity to build their brand by partnering with Adidas. “I think it is really exciting to bring all of our sports under one apparel provider,” Mosley said. “It gives us a better opportunity to brand our program. With the new logo and the move into the Southland Conference

and Division I, it was a good opportunity to maximize our situation.” By connecting all of the ACU teams with one brand, Mosley hopes to add a sense of unity and professionalism to the program as they make the jump to Division I athletics. “When you look at Adidas, they have some pretty big name clients,” Mosley said. “Hopefully we can provide a mutually beneficial relationship that not only pushes our market and our brand but also provides some value to Adidas as they try to expand their presence in the college market.” Some ACU teams have become synonymous

with brands in the past, including the ACU tennis team. Both the men’s and women’s team have represented Adidas for years so the transition will be smooth for them. “It comes down to a company a regional person that is going to take care of you when you need this or that,” head tennis coach Hutton Jones said. “I felt like the Adidas guy that I have known for a while was really good. We have preferred Adidas here for a long time, so maybe this will be the start of a tradition.” The deal will also have financial ramifications for ACU that will provide them with some long-term stability with their apparel.

“Typically these deals include an outline as far as the price points on certain products,” Mosley said. “That will allow you to go out and budget and know the price points.” “On the marketing side, Adidas will provide us some incentives when we go out and host tournaments where we can utilize them for polo shirts and things like that so we can market them in a positive way. It is not just apparel it is truly a marketing agreement to help us leverage each others’ success and visibility.” contact sloan at mes10b@acu.edu

Herrera, Hahn baffle McM in win sports editor McMurry University did not stand a chance against Wildcat starter Jordon Herrera and reliever Carter Hahn. The duo combined to punch out 16 War Hawks in a 10-2 blowout win on Sunday. Herrera and Hahn came only two strikeouts short of tying an ACU single-game record, 18 by the 1993 team against Texas A&M UniversityKingsville. “I came out this offseason trying to right the wrong from last season,” Herrera said. “Pitching coach Elliott Cribby has really helped us out and you can see an improvement in the entire staff.”

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The ‘Cats improved to 5-4 after the victory and remain undefeated (70) in their history versus McMurry. “I think our guys played with a lot of energy,” said head coach Britt Bonneau. “That’s good to have when you’re playing a crosstown team.” Herrera now has a perfect 3-0 record and fanned seven batters in 5.0 innings of work. His only trouble spot was in the fourth when he hit McMurry’s leadoff hitter then two batters later gave up a two-run bomb to left field. Hahn took over for Herrera in the sixth and struck out nine War Hawks while allowing

briefings ACU released their Lone Star Conference Era starting five guards this week. Hunter Cooley and Randall Moore were the men that were honored. Deonna Moore and Anita Vigil were the women that were named to the all-Lone Star Conference era team. Women’s basketball is ranked No. 2 in the first NCAA Division II South Central Region ranking of the year. This is the highest the ‘Cats have been rated since the 1997-98 season.

Who’s Hot Women’s basketbll coach Julie Goodenough has had an Goodenough excellent first year in Abilene. In January, Goodenough tallied her 300th career coaching win against Incarnate Word, and her team is currently in position to win the Lone Star Conference. The Wildcats won their 20th game on Tuesday, and the team is currently ranked 2nd in their region. ACU has won five straight games, and the team has won 12 of their last 13 contests.

Upcoming The ACU baseball team hosts New Mexico Highlands University for a four game series starting Friday at 7 p.m. The softball team plays the University of Texas at Permian Basin Saturday and Sunday. The first game Saturday is at 2 p.m. The track and field team is in the Lone Star Conference meet Saturday and Sunday. mandy lambright chief Photographer

see baffle page 7 Infielder Chuck Duarte slides safely past the McMurry catcher on Sunday.


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