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A play you should know ACU theatre performs for one weekend Arts Page 5 vol. 102, no. 41

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NEWS SAND’s Zumbathon comes back for its third year after being cancelled because of ice


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SPORTS ACU baseball welcomes Missouri and Kansas State over the weekend

Two animal shelters offer discounts on animal adoptions

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OPINION The Editorial Board advocates for a change in exercise science credits

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SPORTS Men’s basketball travels to Nicholls State for their last road game of the year

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Rescue the Animals and Abilene Animal Shelter have sales on pets who need a place to call home. The shelter is offering a $20 discount and a $20 rebate to anyone who adopts an animal.

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NEWS Students and professors prepare for the undergraduate research festival Page 3

NEWS ISA will host its annual food fair featuring foods from China, Thailand, and Honduras Page 3

OPINION Marissa Jones asks people to give Comic Sans a break – sort of Page 4

ARTS Find out who was nominated for this year’s Oscars Page 5

NEWS Student bands try out for a place in the annual Spring Fest Page 3

ONLINE VIDEO Watch a recap of this week’s news on the JMC Network’s newscast


Rachel Fritz page 2 editor Rescue the Animals, SPCA has teamed up with Abilene Animal Shelter to find homes for animals. Abilene Animal Shelter is offering a $20 discount during the month of February, and potentially during March, to anyone who adopts an animal from the shelter along with a $20 voucher for a

mail-in-rebate to spay or neuter the adopted pet. “Basically, what we’re doing is partnering with the city of Abilene in an effort to get animals adopted,” said Paul Washburn, president of Rescue the Animals, SPCA. “The city doesn’t have a budget to advertise for the shelters, so we use our funding to advertise and help get the word out for Abilene.” Rescue the Animals,

The number of adoptions has tripled since 2008, and the number of animals put to sleep has gone down tremendously.”

“The sales work extremely well,” Washburn said. “The number of adoptions has tripled since 2008 and the number of animals put to sleep has gone down tremendously.” Paul washburn By partnering with lopresident of rescue the animals, spca cal shelters, Rescue the Animals, SPCA is able to avoid euthanizing aniSPCA has conducted this mals who are no longer sale in previous years and able to stay in the pound. saw a positive outcome “We’re slowly bringeach time. ing about a change to how

people view their animals,” Washburn said. “I think they’re realizing they need to find homes for their unwanted animals and do what’s best for the animals instead of taking them to the pound.” The goal of this partnership is to encourage more people to adopt an animal locally before the animals are sent to see adopt page 3

Clogged pipes flood Chambers Hall jesse harper staff videographer The Chambers Hall offices experienced flooding from the clogged sewage pipes underneath campus. The sewage pipes, which collect waste from all over campus, run throughout parts of ACU. The sewage pipe underneath Chambers became clogged and caused the basement offices in the building to flood on Tuesday. Built in 1929, Chambers is one of the buildings on the current campus. It is

slated to be demolished in the next few years and turned into the HalbertWalling Research Center as part of the $30 million science construction project. Dr. Cole Bennett, chair of the Department of Language and Literature, said it was a hectic morning for those who work there. “My office is located in the basement, but I was upstairs when the flooding started to take place,” Bennett said. “Suddenly, people started fleeing upstairs where I was, saying that the basement offices were flooding.”

Bennett said facilities management was contacted immediately after the flooding started and sent a team of plumbers to address the problem. “The plumbers rushed to the scene immediately and began to work on the problem,” Bennett said. “They explained that the sewage pipes had become clogged which caused all the waste to come up through the drains and even toilets in the Chambers basement.” Bennett said actual sewage had flooded Chambers but no major damage was

evident in the aftermath. “There was minimal damage but maximum annoyance,” Bennett said. “The carpets and the walls are definitely the most damaged and only about half the offices in the basement had significant amounts of flooding.” Bennett said WFF Custodial Services, ACU’s janitorial service provider, arrived promptly after the incident. “I was really impressed with how fast they arrived on the scene to service and clean the Chambers basement,” Bennett said. “They

contributed so much with those vacuums that sucked up the sewage water.” Darren Campbell, senior psychology major from Allen, said that he noticed commotion from Chambers that morning. “I saw trucks and plumbers walking towards Chambers Hall, and immediately thought to myself, it was a bit unusual to see more than one plumber on a single job,” Campbell said. contact the optimist at

Student groups prepare for Film Fest matthew sloan student reporter ACU’s 10th annual Film Fest is in full swing as student teams are working to put together their short films by the March 17 deadline. Ten teams are signed up to compete in the annual competition, which is the most in the event’s history. Teams put together films no longer than 10 minutes that pertain to the year’s theme. Film

Fest’s theme this year is “Shift.” Film Fest co-chair Lucius Patenaude, senior multimedia major from Phrae, Thailand said, “The themes are supposed to be extremely general to get people thinking while also giving some sort of cohesion to everything that is produced. For me, it was pushing for a change. When I wrote my script, I thought ‘how can my characters change?’ and that’s how I went with shift.”

Groups of about five students comprise a team, and each team submits a video for judgement. The films will all be seen at an annual awards Gala scheduled for March 21. Each film is required to have at least three control elements to challenge the students to think creatively when constructing their script. Control elements this year include a gold watch, a bar of soap, a bent spoon, a half-eaten bagel and a spinning top.

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Past winners for categories such as “best director” and “best picture” have enjoyed not only bragging rights, but a cash prize as well. “The cash prize this year has not been determined yet,” Patenaude said. “In the past, the awards have gone up to $500 and a cool plastic trophy.” However, many students choose to participate because of the expesee film page 4

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A poster advertises the 10th annual Film Fest.

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4 p.m. Men’s Baseball vs. Grand Canyon University

2 p.m. Men’s Baseball vs. Grand Canyon University

7:30 p.m. ACU Theatre: 100 Saints You Should Know

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Springboard Ideas Challenge registration is open. Teams must submit an application along with a minibusiness plan online. Registration costs $10 and all submissions must be turned in by 5 p.m. on March 7. For more information, email Registration for the Kirk Goodwin Run is open. Applicants can register for the Run the West half marathon for $80 or the classic 5k for $20. The race will be on April 26. To register, visit

ACU Rodeo registration opens March 3 in the Campus Center. The rodeo will be hosted by the Agricultural and Environmental Science Club. Cost is $100 per team of four. General admission is $5 or $8 for two. The Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is hosting the 3rd annual Zumbathon from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturday in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Cost is $5. Tickets are on sale in the Campus Center from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Students’ Association will host an intramural dodgeball tournament Friday and Saturday. Students will receive a free tank top for participating. Cost is $30 for teams of 6-8 players. To register, visit The Black Students Association is hosting Skate Night from 11 p.m.-1 a.m. on Friday at the Skatin’ Place. Cost is $4.

Intramural Outdoor Soccer registration is open until March 5. Cost is $75 per team. To sign up, visit www. Law school scholarship applications for Baylor and Pepperdine Law Schools are available through the Political Science department in Room 220 of the Hardin Administration building. Application deadline is March 4 at 4 p.m. For more information, email Carmen Price at or call 325-675-2005.

Police log

SELECTED ACUPD CALLS FOR THE WEEK 02/19/2014 12:55 p.m. An ACU student reported the theft of their rent payment money order from the University Park Office rent drop box. The money order was cashed by an undetermined person. Investigation Open. 02/20/2014 2:10 p.m. Two students reported the thefts of their calculators from their Gardner Hall dorm rooms. One student subsequently found her calculator; it had not been stolen. 02/21/2014 1:15 p.m. While walking south in the 1500 block of Ave D toward Smith-Adams Hall, a female student was approached by 2 males and 1 female in a car. The driver stopped, made inappropriate remarks to the student and then continued north on Ave D. Officers were unable to locate the vehicle. 02/22/2014 12:35 a.m. APD received a call of a loud noise disturbance in UP Apartments. ACUPD responded and found several tenants playing video games and talking very loudly. Warning issued and compliance obtained. 02/24/2014 6:15 p.m. Unknown suspects defaced six posters displayed in the Campus Center depicting upcoming campus construction projects. Weekly Stats For Week of Feb. 18 - Feb. 25, 2014 - Total Events: 349 ACCIDENT 1 ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITY 7 ALARM 1 BACK UP OFFICER 2 BARRICADES 9 BICYCLE PATROL 2 BUILDING LOCK/UNLOCK 32 CHECK BUILDING 183 CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 1 DISCHARGE OF FIREARM 1 DISTURBANCE 1



REPORT WRITING 4 SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT 2 STAND BY 1 SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY 5 THEFT (NON VEHICLE) 4 TRAFFIC HAZARD 2 WELFARE CHECK 1 Never prop open doors into a residence hall, this opens up an entire building to outside thieves/burglars.

Volunteer Opp0rtunities New Life Alliance is searching for tutors, Khan Academy coaches, junior acheivement teachers and volunteers for its upcoming Easter program. For more information, contact Ashley Parker at 325-672-1636 or The International Rescue Committee in Abilene needs your help in welcoming refugees to our community. We are seeking the following donations: hygiene and cleaning supplies, bed linen, towels and kitchen items (dishware, silverware, pots/pans etc). Donations are accepted Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. or by appointment. Their office is located at 3303 North Third Street Suite D in Abilene, Texas. For more information contact MariePascale Manishimwe at 325-675-5643. Treadaway Kids is looking for more students and volunteers to join the group. For more information, contact Carly Henderson at JUMP @ Abilene North Apartments is seeking students to asssist in teaching the Gospel to at-risk low-income children. Students must be avaliable to volunteer from 4-5:30 p.m. on Mondays. Service opportunity begins Jan. 27 and lasts until April 28. For more information, contact Caroline Thompson at 281-782-2956 or Friends for Life is seeking volunteers to help with both elderly residents and independent living elderly. Nursing home service opportunities include visiting, playing games, reading to the blind and assisting in arts and crafts. Independent living service opportunities include mowing lawns, grocery shopping and changing light bulbs. To volunteer contact Cecilia Barahona at 325-672-2635 or cecilia@ Volunteers are needed to help with daily activities organized by the staff at Chisholm House. This could involve playing board games, helping with arts and crafts and helping with a walking club. For some of these tasks volunteers may be asked to lead a group or work along side a staff coordinator. Volunteer opportunities are from 2-4 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. daily. Contact Larissa Blankenship at 817-578-9296. Volunteers are needed at the BCFS Abilene Transition Center for event planning and setup, assisting in teaching life skills classes, accompanying transport, visiting homes and/or assisting in construction of facilities for assisting in the betterment of male and female youth ages 15-25. This opportunity is open each morning Mondays through Fridays. Students interested must contact Johnny Nguyen at 325-692-0033 or The Noah Project is seeking volunteers to help with tasks such as answering phone calls, providing child care and doing maintenance and housekeeping. To volunteer call 325-676-7107.

The Betty Hardwick Center is seeking volunteers for the Human Resources Center to help with filing and organizing. This job requires someone with attention to detail who wishes to learn more about Human Resources. The job is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. If you are interested, please contact Martin Walker at 325-690-5235 or House of Faith is an organization that seeks to take Jesus to neighborhood children. Volunteers are needed to help with the various programs they do throughout the week. Backyard Bible studies are hosted Mondays and Wednesdays and a youth program takes place on Thursday evenings. The organization is seeking volunteers who can commit to a specific day a week. House of Faith lasts from 3-5:30 p.m. To volunteer or gain more information contact Amy Jeffers at or call 832-331-5324. Breakfast on Beech Street is seeking volunteers to help set up, prepare and serve breakfast to homeless/lower income folks any Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday at 5:30 a.m. or Tuesdays at 5 a.m. B.O.B.S. is located at First Christian Church on 3rd Street and Beech Street Service times must be scheduled in advance. To serve on, Mondays contact Jody Depriest at 325-669-3312 or jody. 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 Terry Stremmel at terry.stremmel@ 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 Love and Care Ministries is looking for volunteers to help with sorting clothing, stocking their food pantry, assisting in prayers in their prayer room and serving food to the homeless. For more information call 325670-0246. Univerity Place is seeking volunteers to help with resident birthday parties for residents on the third Wednesday of each month at 2:30 p.m. For more information, contact Linda Tijerina at 325-676-9946.

The Christian Service Center is seeking volunteers to help with filing requests for items such as clothing and bedding from the donation center, sort and organize donations and occasionally pick up donated items. Volunteers are needed every weekday and the first Saturday of each month between 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. For more information, contact Roberta Brown at 325-673-7561 For more information on the program visit 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. Big Brothers/Big Sisters offers two volunteer programs. Lunch Buddies pairs volunteers with a little brother or little sister to have lunch with once a week for 30 minutes. Lunch Buddies has a preferred time of 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The Community Based program pairs volunteers with a little brother or little sister that they will hang out with two to four times a month. Both programs require committment to the program for 12-18 months. To sign up, stop by the Big Brothers/Big Sisters office at 547 Chestnut St. or contact Randy Woods at 325-674-3102. The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers for a variety of needs such as sorting and pricing items in the thrift store, helping in the kitchen and/or doing yard work. Times are flexible and volunteers are needed Monday Saturday. The Salvation Army is located at 1726 Butternut St. For more information contact J.D. Alonzo at 325-6771408 or visit 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 Christian Ministries Food Pantry needs volunteers to help with tasks such as cleaning up, stocking shelves and bagging flour. It is looking for students who can make a commitment of 1-3 hours a week. For more information contact Becky Almanza at 325-673-5295 or

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Undergrad researchers present at festival denzil lim student reporter The ACU Undergraduate Research Festival is in the process of organizing its sixth annual research conference. While faculty is preparing for the logistics and schedule of the event, students are working hard to present their research. The Undergraduate Research Festival will be in the Hunter Welcome Center on April 1. The event will begin as early as 8:30 a.m. The festival will stage more than 120 presentations, compromising of 52 poster and 75 oral presentations. The number of students participating has grown by 40 presentations and 50 students. Out of the 165 attending students, 158 of them are

ACU students and the other seven students are from McMurry University and Lubbock Christian University. Students began submitting their abstracts in January and were notified last week if they were accepted for the research festival. Those who qualified are now in the process of registering and working on their presentations. Students have the option to present individually or in groups. Dr. Autumn Sutherlin, associate professor of biochemistry and director of undergraduate research, is leading the ACU Undergraduate Research Festival for the second time. “There are two types of presentations,” Sutherlin said. “There’s oral presentations where you get up and give a speech, and poster

presentations which almost goes back to the old science fair but more sophisticated.” The students are assisted by faculty mentors during the research process. The research festival faculty committee also prepared three sessions where students can go in and get help on how to make a poster. In addition, the ACU Speaking Center is offering help to students. “They have mentors to help them, but we are also trying to give them some other pathways to help,” Sutherlin said. Faculty judges will be present during the research festival to evaluate the participants’ works. There are two sets of prizes for the oral and poster presentations. The judging is divided out into the different research fields and assessed with ru-

brics. The top two or three presentations from each category will receive a $100 prize, and those who score above a certain minimum are also eligible for door prizes. “The science, technology, engineering and mathematics is one category,” Sutherlin said. “Social sciences and arts and humanities will divide up into their own categories.” The committee is still in the process of recruiting judges and Sutherlin said they will need 50 to 60 of them. The deadline for the presentations is the week before the festival to allow for time for preparation. Sutherlin is looking forward to the Research Festival as it will include different types of research from all academic areas.

“I enjoy seeing how well our students do. You kind of walk in and look how professional everyone is,” she said. “Looking back at what the research festival was and is now, it makes you think this is a real, professional conference.” Parker Gordon, senior music and political science major from Stephenville, is participating in the research festival. Gordon’s working title for his research is, “In the Shadow of Bayreuth, How the Music of Richard Wagner (pronounced as ‘Vagner’) Influenced the Architect of the Third Reich.” The Bayreuth is an opera house that is still owned and maintained by the Wagner family. Gordon said even Hitler visited the Bayreuth and had a good relationship with the

Wagners. “My study is mostly about how Wagner’s music has a connection with the times of the Third Reich,” he said. He is currently working with his mentor, Dr. Mikee Delony, assistant professor of English, who wanted him to participate in the festival. Sutherlin said as more students participate in the research festival, the number of presentations that can be staged in a day is right at its limit. It is possible the event could turn into a two-day conference next year. More information about the festival can be accessed from the ACU Undergraduate Research Festival blog at contact the optimist at

SRWC gears up for annual Zumbathon linsey thut features writer The third annual Zumbathon, which was originally scheduled for November, and has been rescheduled to Saturday after being postponed because of icy weather. The event, which lasts from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., is being hosted by Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, or SAND, to raise money for

its events. Shelia Jones, associate chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, said the money goes towards state and national conventions. Tickets for the event are $10 in the Campus Center, as well as at the door. Taylor Newhouse, senior nutrition major from Montgomery and president of SAND, said the Zumbathon was started three years ago when Zumba was a new form of exercise and there

weren’t classes offered at the Student Recreational and Wellness Center. “We kind of want to keep it the same thing so people recognize it as something fun and want to come do it again,” Newhouse said. The event will keep the same Hawaiian theme as originally planned in November. Newhouse said there will be raffle baskets, snacks and a contest for the best Hawaiian costume. “It’s a fun, friendly envi-

ronment for people to want to be active,” Newhouse said. Ruthie Swedlund, a Zumba instructor, will be one of the instructors along with Audrey Smith, an ACU graduate and Tiffany Weatherford, junior communications major from Argyle. Swedlund said she is passionate about fitness. “I believe in the power of mind, body and soul when it comes to health and fitness,” Swedlund said. “I be-

lieve without those three elements true change doesn’t happen.” Swedlund also said students should join the Zumbathon to help raise money for SAND. “I think people should support SAND because it supports a group of students who will graduate to minister and care for sick and struggling people throughout the world,” Swedlund said. “SAND and its organization will help

equip and prepare its students to be successful in the ministry they have been called to.” Newhouse said through SAND she wants to learn how to be the hands and feet of Jesus. “I want to empower individuals through balanced and healthy complete nutrition,” she said. contact thut at

SAA hosts student entertainment auditions price bahcall student reporter ACU’s Student Alumni Association is preparing another Spring Fest for the student body. There will be returning bands and some new student bands. Auditions for bands were held earlier this week. The process of selecting bands and the line-up is still in progress. John Alan Archer, senior family studies major from Pflugerville is overseeing auditions for the third year in a row. “You can expect some

ACU favorites that have been around for several years as well as some brand new student bands,” Archer said. “It will be a very fun and exciting event for everyone.” The bands try out in front of a panel of judges consisting of Student Alumni Association members and students who have musical knowledge and experience. “[An act] makes the cut determined by the sound of the group, the performance ability, the genre and how that fits into the overall set list, as well as the expected crowd it would bring,” Archer said. Drew Ritchie, junior Bible

major from Lake Jackson and vice president of SAA is heading the Spring Fest event. “I want Spring Fest to be something that people would be willing to pay money for, even though it’s free,” Ritchie said. “We’re putting it on because we want to give the musician an opportunity to show their skills in front of their friends at ACU. I hope people see Spring Fest as something ACU wanted to do for the students, not to gain money, but for the students to have a good experience listening to and preforming in front of their friends.” Ritchie said the main at-

traction of Spring Fest is the student bands. However, there also might be a snow cone stand, lemonade, popcorn and other attractions to make it the best experience possible. “The Student Alumni Association tries to do things that benefit the alumni, such as homecoming dinner, but we also try to do things that benefit the student body,” Ritchie said. “We want to get bands who the students might never get the opportunity to hear play, so they can come to a concert and hear some of the best musicians at ACU on stage.” Spring Fest will take place

ISA samples cultural foods brittany Jackson managing editor International Students’ Association will be hosting its annual International Food Fair at 6 p.m. on Saturday in the Hunter Welcome Center. The fair, a tradition dating back more than four years, is filled with food, games and competitions. Butter Saowatarnpong, sophomore business management major from Chi-

ang Mai, Thailand, has been helping plan the event as an officer of ISA. “We want everyone to get a little taste of everything and come out and join us in eating food, like everyone likes to do,” she said. Each year, the amount of food being offered depends on groups that agree to help out. Hispanos Unidos, Students’ Association and the African Students’ Association are involved in the event, adding to the cultural

diversity and food. This year, food from 13 places such as China, Thailand and Honduras, will be sampled at the event. Guinia Wooden, vice president of ISA and junior nursing major from Mission, and the other officers have been planning the event since the beginning of the semester. “I hope that they will leave the event making new friends from different parts of the world and learning

about other cultures,” she said. “I am excited for the whole thing.” Last year, the event had so many attendees it ran out of food, but ISA officers are ensuring the same mistake doesn’t happen again. Only 150 students will be able to attend. Each attendee must acquire a ticket through an ISA officer. contact jackson at

Adopt: Animals discounted from page 1 the pound where their time is limited. “February is a slower time for the shelter so we have this sale to generate foot traffic and get people in to adopt animals,” said Aaron Vannoy, animal services manager of Abilene Animal Shelter. The shelter has partnered with Rescue the Animals,

SPCA in hopes to increase the amount of adoptions within the community. “Part of why this month is usually slow is economic,” Vannoy said. “It’s 4-6 weeks after Christmas so all the Christmas bills are coming in and the weather is unpredictable, so we’re doing whatever we can to get people to come in.” Despite the drop in adop-

tions, this special offer has proven to increase the number of adoptions made. “The price does drive some of our adoptions,” Vannoy said. “We’re just trying to save as many animals’ lives as we can.”

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Film: Students begin video productions from page 1 rience and sense of accomplishment that Film Fest offers to its participants. “Getting more quality material for my demo reel is a great thing to add to the experience because people love to see that you have been involved in creative projects like this,” said Rachel Smith, senior English major from Wiggins, Colo. “Also, I am doing it for fun because I have always wanted to

do Film Fest since I was a freshman and this is the first year I have been able to do it.” Creating a video for Film Fest is time-consuming, meaning those who participate need to be committed to spending hours working on their videos. “The timeline varies from year to year because new people organize it every year,” Patenaude said. “Usually the production is about a month. This year I am shooting to make a

nine-minute video. I have already shot about two hours of video and I have about 30 seconds of edited footage. It may take about 20 hours of shooting.” Although many teams have already begun shooting video, students who are interested in submitting a video are still eligible to do so before the scripts deadline of March 7.

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April 3 on the basketball court outside the Student Recreation and Wellness Center.

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Exercise reqs are too demanding for some the issue All students are required to take two exercise science classes in addition to Lifetime Wellness.

our take While this system has benifits, it puts unnecessary strain on student athletes and students who already excercise regularly.

Several years ago ACU instituted a policy that ACU students must complete two exercise science courses and a Lifetime Wellness class. The goal of this requirement is very reasonable; ACU wants students to learn about health and wellness in practical ways.

The timing was also perfect because the Student Recreation and Wellness Center was set to open and would provide space for a wide variety of fitness classes. The problem with this rule is not the motivations behind it but that there is no way for students who

are already exercising to opt out of the classes. Student athletes spend hours practicing and conditioning each week. For many, playing a collegiate sport is the equivalent to having a job. These students spend hours exercising each week and must maintain good grades and any other extracurriculars on the side. Forcing these students to take exercise classes is a waste of their time because they are already active in their sport. Spending three hours a week to receive a one hour

exercise credit that does not pertain to their degree should not be a requirement for student athletes. There are also students who exercise and educate themselves about health issues on their own and do not need additional classes on the subject. ACU students run marathons and triathlons, they play intramurals and pick up games. Many students use the SRWC on a regular basis and take the classes offered there. It is unnecessary for ACU to require more physical activity from students

who are already meeting standard exercise criteria. The purpose of the SRWC is to provide space for students to exercise and socialize on their own. While on some levels it is good that ACU has made it a requirement for students to make exercise a part of their college experience, this requirement should not apply to students who are already doing this. One of the most important aspects of college is learning how to be an adult and take responsibility for your own life. The motives behind

the exercise requirement seek to educate students about fitness but forcing these classes upon students who have already taken this responsibility upon themselves places an unnecessary burden on them. The current exercise requirement needs to be adjusted to allow students who are already exercising to opt out of these classes so their time is not wasted. contact The Optimist at

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Comic Sans: A tale of snobbery THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID


You know those things everybody loves to hate? – things like Core, Nickleback, Nicolas Cage. And, of course, Comic Sans. If you think you know anything about fonts, odds are you’ve laughed scornfully at a poster that committed the most deadly of design sins of using Comic Sans. You probably did this pretentiously to your friends or, really, anybody that would listen. You can find several websites, t-shirts and clubs devoted solely to banning Comic Sans. I know I frequently make fun of the font. Heck, I did yesterday. But this most-loathed font? It deserves some respect. Comic Sans was created by Microsoft typeface designer Vincent Connare. He was inspired to create the font when he noticed a trial copy of a Microsoft software package that was created to be user friendly. But the software package used Times New Romans– a font Connare thought seemed too severe and serious for its purpose. His solution was creating Comic Sans based off of the lettering used for graphic novels. Though it wasn’t used for this particular software, it was used for a later Microsoft project. When it was included as an available typeface in the Windows 95 operating system, Comic Sans spread like the plague. Every church, school, small business and grandmother used Comic Sans for every purpose. And so, comically, the font that was developed to better fit a context was misused in all of the wrong contexts. The world got fed up with

Comic Sans started a revolution. People started caring about typography.”

the overuse of Comic Sans, and a worldwide cult-like hatred of the font exploded. But the world owes something to this bullied font. Comic Sans started a revolution. People started caring about typography. Twenty years ago, no one thought about fonts. Now, everyday people use fonts intentionally to convey an emotion or to capture a desired tone. If you’ve never thought about what font you use, I promise, you are influenced by people’s font choices whether you know it or not, so, at the risk of sounding overdramatic, use your fonts for good. Even Comic Sans can be used for good. There is a time and a place for Comic Sans. Good luck trying to find that time or place, but it’s out there. And Connare, the designer of Comic Sans. You’d think the poor guy would have entered a witness protection program by now, but he takes the ridicule surprisingly well. He often uses it as a conversation starter at dinner parties. So the next time you start to ridicule this persecuted typeface, pause and remember what it’s done for the world, and then go ahead and make fun of it because it really is pretty silly.

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College towns will be college towns dents are similar in how little they care about student government. At election time, students plug their ears and march through the West Mall twice as fast. Sound like the Campus Center yet? In last spring’s executive officer election at ACU, more than 1,850 students voted. Which was less than 35 percent of our student body. According to the Daily Texan, in 2011 only 15.7 percent of the UT students voted for their executive officers. I’m sorry SA—I know that we should care that you control our money, but the numbers don’t lie in Abilene or Austin. Finally, it’s eerie how similar Austin and Abilene are when it comes to the number of homeless people. I find it ironic how high Abilene’s homeless population is considering our outrageous number of


Since moving to our state’s capital nearly two months ago, people often ask me what the biggest differences between Austin and Abilene are. They are numerous and they are obvious. So instead I’ve set out to find some similarities between these two A-towns, even if they are few and far between. It seems that a college town is still a college town no matter the size. Frat guys will be frat guys and feral cats will be feral cats, no matter the school’s religious affiliation (or lack thereof). Starting with those frat guys, it turns out that

labeling it a social club rather than a fraternity makes no difference in their brotherly bondage. Similar to the custom of clustering together in Chapel or the Campus Center, bros in Austin also travel in packs. And like ACU, they’re easy to spot because they’re all wearing the exact same thing. As the chinese say, “The nail that sticks out gets hammered down.” Do not be an individual, be a bro. (Not to be sexist here, this can also apply to women’s social clubs/sororities.) Second, ACU and UT stu-

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churches (106 recognized on ACU’s website alone). Granted, some of the “drag rats,” as they call the beards who linger around UT campus, are actually fairly welloff students doing some soul searching for a semester. But for the high number of actual homeless people I see around Austin, I’m often reminded of my journeymen friends out west. Some of these similarities are obvious and some not so much, but it’s fun to search for them underneath all the differences. And if you come visit me in Austin, I can show you the Trap, Neuter, Return program I’ve started for all the frat guys—I mean feral cats in my neighborhood. contact ORR at

hashtagACU Feb. 24 11:33 p.m.

All these ACU accounts.. Like I have plenty of hw y’all can help me do if y’all are really that bored in all your free time..?


Feb. 25 11:17 a.m.

If a tweet about sex chapel doesn’t end up in the Optimist this week I may have to leave this college.


Feb. 25 8:55 p.m.

“Okay everyone who is dating please stand” “Wow we are being singled out..... Literally” @ mariabelllla @lesliesnider7 #chapel #acuprobs


SOS: I’ve been in Core way too long. I just giggled when the prof said “pillage the village” #help #losingmymind

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S/O to @PianoManMike for playing “Baby, it’s cold outside” in the bean today. #itscoldanditsawful


“One does not simply walk into Mordor”... Really? because I just walked into chapel... Pretty sure Sauron is here himself. #1000Degrees #ACU


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Feb. 25 10:05 p.m.

Walking around the library barefoot eating waffles. I think I’ve hit an all time low.

It went from being a pie social to a chapel forum #wowwowwow




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Midterms are next week aka if you’re sitting at my favorite study table in the library I WILL forcibly remove you. #youwerewarned

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Student teams shine in studio premiere This Week Brantly Houston ARts reporter

The ACU Theatre opened “100 Saints You Should Know” in Culp Theatre on Thursday night. The show, classified as a “studio premiere,” serves as a platform for students to direct and design a mainstage production. The theatre returns to gritty subject matter, a theme for the current season, after the lighthearted production of “Is He Dead?” closed last weekend. The play by Kate Fodor deals with a priest in a spiritual crisis and his mother, a single mother and her daughter and a teenage boy struggling with his sexual identity. The play touches upon themes such as desire, religion, the existence of God and right versus wrong. Senior Matthew Silar makes his ACU mainstage directorial debut with this piece. Silar’s potential is apparent, and his creative choices shine in the show. His concept of the cross is strong and the design team incorporates this concept in both subtle and obvious ways. Costume designer Alex Eddins dresses each character in garb that effectively communicates social class, age and character traits. Eddins, a junior, includes crosses in her costumes on different levels to tie into the show’s concept. The set was designed by senior Amanda Martin. Her simple set acts as a slate for the play’s filmic nature and its beautiful blue tones match the story’s feel. The set features a tree which is called for in the script. This unique set piece helps further Silar’s concept in both symbolic and literal ways. The five person cast works co-

hesively to share this story. Junior Ryce Garren leads the cast as Matthew and shines in a monologue near the end of the first act. Taylor Hunt, a junior, gives a strong performance as Theresa. Hunt’s ability to portray a lost woman attempting to be strong resonates with audience members.Sophomore Kaitlyn Sacco effectively portrays Colleen, an elderly woman, despite her young age. She creates a persona beyond her years through her posture and mannerisms. The stand-out performances come from freshman FaithAnn Jones and sophomore Jon Tlapek. Jones portrays Abby, the angsty, drug-using daughter of Theresa, in a gritty and authentic performance. She has audience members frustrated with her character while sympathizing at the same time. The actions she plays are strong. Tlapek creates an exceedingly strong character with his portrayal of Garrett. The audience has no trouble believing he is an awkward, confused teen who just wants to be OK. He leaves the audience wishing his character had more stage time. “100 Saints You Should Know” is a compelling show that leaves the audience with a lot to think about. The show has its remaining performances on Friday at 7:30 and Saturday at 2:00 and 7:30 in the Williams Performing Arts Center’s Culp Theatre. Tickets are available online at or by contacting the box office at 674-2787.

Friday, February 28 ACU Theatre presents “100 Saints You Should Know” in the Fulks Theatre of the Williams Performing Arts Center. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $15 per person. Saturday, March 1 Abilene Idol is holding auditions for their annual competition at the Mall of Abilene. There is a $25 on site audition fee and auditions are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Krewe of Barkus, an annual parade for dogs will take palce at Nelson Park. The parade begins at 9 a.m. and admission is free. Leslie Lewis staff Photographer

A Foraging, Navigation, Orienteering Survival Class will take place in Buffalo Gap from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The class costs $10 per person. Tuesday, March 4 The ACU Orchestra Concert will take place in Cullen Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.


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Top: Ryce Garren and Taylor Hunt perform in “100 Saints You Should Know.” Left: FaithAn Jones gives a gritty performance as troubled teen Abby. Right: Kaitlyn Sacco portays an elderly woman and Ryce Garren plays a priest.

Oscar Predictions

Our predictions for the winners of the 86th Academy Awards

Best Actress Nominees Winner

Amy Adams (American Hustle) Cate Blanchett ( Blue Jasmine) Sandra Bullock (Gravity) Judi Dench ( Philomena) Meryl Streep ( August: Osage County)

This year’s Oscar race for Best Actress is loaded with former winners and nominees. Although Amy Adams gave a strong performance, Cate Blanchett was a powerhouse and a favorite to win.

Best Actor Nominees Winner

Rated PG-13

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Christian Bale (American Hustle) Bruce Dern ( Nebraska) Leonardo DiCaprio ( The Wolf of Wall Street) Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) Matthew McConaughey ( Dallas Buyers Club) This race is filled with underrated actors. Matthew McConaughey and Christian Bale’s dramatic physical transformations give them a leg up but Leondaro DiCaprio has been shunned by the Academy for years and it’s time for him to finally reserve credit for his work. Rated PG-13

Best Animated Feature Nominees Winner

The Croods Despicable Me 2 Ernest & Celestine Frozen The Wind Rises The stunning thing about this category is the movie not included, Monsters University, a Pixar masterpiece, was not even nominated. Without its formidablel competiiton Frozen will inevitably emerge victorious. This creative story and beautiful music make it a sure winner.

Nominees American Hustle Captain Phillips Dallas Buyers Club Gravity Her Nebraska Philomena 12 Years a Slave The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Directing Nominees Winner

Best Picture

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American Hustle (David O. Russell) Gravity (Alfonso Cuaron) Nebraska (Alexander Payne) 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen) The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorcese) Every nominee in this category is deserving of an award but Alfonso Cuaron’s innovative vision and breathtaking execution make him deserving of the Oscar. Gravity was one of the boldest pictures of the year and was executed flawlessly because of Cuaron’s seamless vision.

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The front runners for this year’s Best Picture award are American Hustle, Gravity and 12 Years a Slave. Gravity is a work of visual art and should be rewarded for its creativity and incredible cinematography but it is unlikely to take home the night’s top prize. The quality of American Hustle has been a subject of some debate, putting the glitzy film at a disadvantage. 12 Years a Slave has been universally heralded by critics and audience goers alike. This moving piece has a the best chance of edging out the competition.

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friday 2.28.14

Wildcats face final road test Saturday daniel zepeda sports editor The men’s basketball squad will take on McNeese in their final road game of the year on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Lake Charles, La. The Wildcats have been on an offensive tear recently, averaging 104 points per game over their current three-game winning streak. Their biggest moment of the streak came during their past home game when they not only set the team record, but also tied the Southland Conference record with 21 three-point field goal makes in the win against Southwest Adventist, 124-57. ACU, winners of four of their last six, owns a 2-9 conference record and an 11-17 overall record. The Wildcats had three non-conference games before returning to Southland play Thursday night against Nicholls State. As a team the Wildcats average 71.7 points per game, good enough for seventh in the conference. On defense, the team allows 71.3 points a contest which is ranked fifth in the league. Over their home stand, ACU held opponents to just 64.0 points per game on 38.9 percent shooting, 7.3 percent lower than what

they have held teams to all season long (46.2). “We’ve really been moving the ball well which has led to a lot of our success,” sophomore guard Parker Wentz said. “We have to be sure though to come out strong, and maintain great defense from start to finish.” Junior guard Julian Edmonson and Wentz have helped fuel the Wildcats toward their recent success. Over their three-game home winning streak, Edmonson averaged 25.3 points per game on 62 percent shooting from the field along with 1.6 steals per contest. He has reached double digits in points scored in all but one of the Wildcats previous 12 games. Wentz has not been far behind, as he averaged 23.3 points per game, 6.3 assists per game and managed 2.6 steals per game. Wentz’s 10 assists in the Wildcats blowout win over Southwest Adventist was the first time an ACU player reached double digits in assists in a game since 2007. Currently, Wentz leads the Southland Conference in all three-point shooting categories, including percentage (.45) and made per game (2.5). “My teammates have done an awesome job of


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Sophomore forward Riley Payne is greeted by the bench in ACU’s win last week. moving the ball and getting me the ball when I’ve been open,” Wentz said. McNeese (8-18, 6-8) has lost four of their last five games coming into Saturday’s game. The team averages 66.8 points a game, second to last in the conference, and allows 76.3 points to opponents. They have done a solid job this year at protecting home court, going 5-3 at Burton Coliseum. The Cowboys are led by senior guard Ledrick

Eackles who averages 16.5 points per game. Nearly 70 percent of his points have come from either beyond the arc or from the foul line, in which case he leads the conference in three-point attempts and is in the top ten in free throw attempts for this season. Junior forward Desharick Guidry is a hand full on the boards, as he averages a near double double with 10.5 points a game and 8.2 rebounds per game. At just 6’5”, Guidry leads the

Southland in rebounds per game. The two teams come into the game attempting more three-pointers than anyone else. The Wildcats average 40 percent from beyond the arc, compared to the Cowboys 30 percent. The game can be heard locally on 98.1 FM the Ticket.

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Baseball welcomes Big XII teams





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Who’s Hot Sophomore guard Parker Wentz played well for the Wildcats over their home stand. He averaged 23.3 points ,6.3 assists and 2.6 steals. He also scored at an unbelieveable rate, shooting 61 percent from the field, 51 percent from threepoint range and 80 percent from the freethrow line.

briefings Softball will make its return to Lubbock this weekend for the first time since 1998 in the Texas Tech Invitational. Track and Field finished strong in the 2014 Southland Indoor Championships. Senior Reyare Thomas set the meet record on both days of competition in the 200-meter dash. Ryan Simmons, son of ACU great David Simmons, has committed to throw shot put and discus for ACU Track and Field next year. He recently earned a silver medal in the UIL State Track and Field Championships in Austin. With only three games left in the season, sophomore guard Parker Wentz currently ashlyn anthony Staff Photographer leads the Southland Sophomore pitcher Nate Cole brings his delivery out over the plate in the Wildcat’s 12-2 win over Arlington Baptist on Valentine’s Day. Cole went Conference in three5.0 innings, giving up four hits, a run and three walks, but struck out 10 Patriots to earn his first win of the season. point percentage (45%), three-point makes per “We host the Big XII “When cold fronts hit Texas A&M, Arizona, Okla- ated energy around campus game (2.5) and total matthew sloan champions in Kansas State,” those schools up north and homa and Arizona State since the announcement. sports director three-point field goals head coach Britt Bonneau they can’t play and they have later this season. However, “We have a lot of excite- made (71). The ACU baseball team will put their 5-1 record to the test this weekend against the defending Big XII champions. The Wildcats announced Monday that they will welcome Kansas State to Crutcher Scott Field, Sunday at 3 p.m. as part of the Bourland-Ardoin Classic. ACU will also play Missouri State Friday night at 7 p.m. and Grand Canyon University Saturday at 3 p.m.

said. “Then of course Missouri State, who everybody knows is a big hitting team, means we are going to see some competition we have never seen around here before. It is going to be exciting and I think the city of Abilene is going to enjoy it as well.” Bad weather in the north has caused many teams to cancel games, which helped Kansas State and Missouri State find their way to Abilene in search of better baseball weather.

already missed some games, they start looking south to find games,” Bonneau said. “I have known coach Hill at Kansas State for a while, so when he called and tried to fit in some games, we were eager for the opportunity and Grand Canyon was open for that. It turns out that we are going to have a really good classic down here this weekend.” The move to Div. I opened plenty of doors for the baseball team. ACU will face off against Texas Tech,

Kansas State and Missouri State will be two of the highest profile teams to play ACU in Abilene this season. “We are still very young, but we need to play this type of competition so we know where we need to be in three years,” Bonneau said. “We all know that this is a process that is kind of stepby-step. We just need to continue to do what we do well. If we do that and have fun we have nothing to lose here.” The games have gener-

ment around here,” Bonneau said. “For a big team to come and play at Crutcher Scott Field for Abilene is a lot of fun just talking about it.” The Bourland-Ardoin Classic starts with Kansas State vs. Grand Canyon Friday at 1 p.m. ACU’s first game in the classic will be Friday at 7 p.m. against Missouri State. contact sloan at

Golf travels south of border to Cabo emily seidel sports reporter ACU men’s golf will travel to Mexico for the Querencia Cabo Collegiate in Los Cabos this weekend. Following a strong fall season, the team began its spring schedule on Monday with the 51st annual Moe O’Brien Intercollegiate at the Lake Charles Country Club. Seniors Trey Sullivan and Ian Evans, along with juniors Corbin Renner and Luke Carpenter and soph-

omore Kaden Walters all travelled to Louisiana with head coach Mike Campbell to compete in the two-day, 54-hole tournament. Despite muddy field conditions, ACU tied for fifth, with Renner tying for ninth place overall with a total of evenpar (216). Now the same five Wildcats look ahead to their next competition on Sunday at the Querencia golf course, which is ranked the No. 1 course in Mexico by Golfweek Magazine. In contrast to Lake Charles, Los Cabos’ weather

is expected to be sunny and warm, with ideal conditions on the course. ACU will compete against 13 other schools, many of them powerhouses that represent the highest level of Div. I competition. The tournament, hosted by Southern Methodist University, includes Arkansas, Baylor, Houston, Kentucky, Louisiana State, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Coastal Carolina and UTC. Other local teams attending the tournament include Lamar, SMU and UT Arlington. The three-day tourna-

ment is the second of only six tournaments the Wildcats will attend in the spring, including the Southland Conference Championships at the end of April. The team had a notable fall season, which included a fourth place finish at the Territory Classic in Duncan, Okla., a third place finish at the Charles Coody West Texas Intercollegiate tournament in Abilene, and a second place finish at the Harold Funston Invitational in Huntsville. Another highlight of the fall was Renner’s individual

medalist title win at the Charles Coody tournament. With such success against solid Div. I teams in the fall, the Wildcats hope to use their experience rolling into the spring season. “The team is looking good as of right now,” Renner said. “We played pretty well in Louisiana considering the conditions, but I think we have a good chance of doing some big things this semester.” contact seidel at

Senior tennis star Micah Hermsdorf was named the Southland Conference’s player of the week on Tuesday. Follow @OptimistSports on Twitter for the latest ACU sports news.

Upcoming Softball has a double header Friday in Lubbock against Sam Houston and Rhode Island. The games are at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. repectively. Baseball plays Missouri State Friday at the Crutch. First pitch is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Women’s basketball travels on the road to face McNeese State at 1 p.m. Saturday. Men’s basketball plays its final road game of the year against McNeese State. Tip off is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday.

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