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INSIDE NEWS Physicists gathered at ACU for the Texas Physics conference Page 3

OPINION The Editorial Board discusses the tension that occurs when Hollywood adapts the Bible for movies

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NEWS Red Thread hosts a 5k to raise funds and awareness Page 3


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Check out the photo gallery of ACU basketball’s past season

Top: Students gather at the Paramount for the 10th annual FilmFest. Left: Nick Tatum and Hannah Chappell sing with Pulse at FilmFest. Right: FilmFest hosts Caleb Pierce, junior theatre major from Coppell, and Amanda Clary, junior accounting major from Denton, clap after announcing an award.

FilmFest awards Patenaude, Knapp grace coan student reporter

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NEWS A murder mystery written by Dr. Willerton will be performed tomorrow Page 3

Students dressed up in their finest Friday evening at the Paramount to participate in the 10th annual FilmFest gala to celebrate the winners of the competition. “I didn’t really know what to expect but I had a really great time,” Koenig said. “It was different coming from theatre doing films at a different medium.” David Porter is a sophomore theatre major from Ijamsville, Md., and directed the movie Wedded Wicket Residents.

“I really like directing,” Porter said. “Working with actors is something that I’ve always loved, being able to bring people together and use their talents to tell a story.” Tim Holt, director of Nerf Wars II, said his team members tried to take the judge’s critiques that they received last year and apply them to this year’s film. “We were kind of getting familiar with the process,” said Holt, junior digital entertainment technology major from Plano. “The process of making a film is always insane, but this year I think it was a little bit

smoother.” The first floor of the Paramount was packed with ACU students for the viewing. “Yes, it’s a competition, but this is just awesome; the event is so cool,” Holt said. “It’s just for the love of film.” Holt said he is considering pursuing a career in the film industry. “It’s a crazy industry. It’s full of lots of challenges, lots of heartbreak and lots of success,” Holt said. “It’s going to be a journey.” Students attended a come-and-go brown-bag

2014 FILMFEST WINNERS Best 24 Hour film: Working Title

Best Actress: For Always, Rachel Faulkner

Best Production Designer: For Always, Eric Pitney

Best Actor: Dreamer, Will McInerney

Best Writer: It’s Locked, Best Technical Director: Kyle Knapp Id Infinity, Denzil Lim Best Director: It’s Best Producer: Nerf Locked, Kyle Knapp Wars II, Stephen Estrada Best Picture: For Always, Lucius Patenaude

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Project recruits students for #lifeonthehill

OPINION Marissa Jones lays out the endless cycle of chronic procrastination Page 4

SPORTS ACU men’s basketball ends their first season in Div. I

logan sartain student reporter Everyday life as an ACU student will be on display in Enrollment Marketing’s latest campaign aimed at perspective students. Project #lifeonthehill will follow the lives of six to eight ACU students through

Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, Vine and YouTube for a semester at a time, said Kris Evans, director of Enrollment Marketing. “Our hope is that these students will be able to share their college experience at ACU in their own words,” Evans said. And social media is the best way to reach perspective

students, Evans said. “Research shows 1318 year olds receive over 70 percent of their daily information through social media channels,” Evans said. This idea was formed to address two problems that were brought up through surveys of high school students that turned down ACU. The first was that the

perception of student life at ACU did not measure up to other schools in the eyes of perspective students, Evans said. The second problem is that there is not enough interaction between perspective students and current ACU students, said Amanda Pittman, Marketing Manager at ACU.

This project will address both problems by showing perspective students what life looks like at ACU from the perspective of an authentic ACU student, Pittman said. “High school students are searching, like, ‘What’s it like to really go there? Are there hot girls? Are there goodsee recruits page 3

Chapel, forums dedicate week to justice

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The fifth annual Justice Week came back to ACU bringing more domestic and international justiceseeking organizations for students to learn about. Abbey Moses, sophomore political science major from Abilene, is the cochair for this year’s justice week. There is a lot to be excited about this year,” Moses said. “We have more domestic as well as international organizations that are coming to campus.” Moses said students should look forward to several organizations sharing powerful ways to get involved with the justice

community, both international and domestic. “I am most excited about Compassion International because they are doing a lot of work with hunger relief which is a life or death issue,” Moses said. “I worked really hard to get them on campus.” Brandy Rains, senior art education major from Ft. Worth is the chair for Justice Week. Rains served as co-chair last year and was part of the planning committee the year before. She planned most of the events for this year’s Justice Week. “I started looking at organizations this summer and started planning it all out in August,” Rains said. “I wanted this year to draw more interest to students.” Rains agreed with Moses

about balancing domestic and international missions. Students can buy a T-shirt after Chapel on Friday, and volunteer at the West Texas Food Bank to help fight hunger in this region. Students can also attend a forum by Compassion International that works to eliminate hunger internationally. “This year is different because all the organizations do work both stateside and globally,” Rains said . Some of the organizations may not be popularized by students on campus, but Rains said after attending the forums, students can expect to see what amazing goals they have. “Out of everything I do at ACU, being submerged in the social justice culture

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Jarrod Brown, founder of Mission Lazarus, speaks to students at a forum Monday night. is my favorite environment to be in,” Rains said. “I love being with people who genuinely care about bringing change and go about it in innovative ways.” Organizations participating in Justice Week in-

clude Mission Lazarus, Blood-Water Mission, Redeemed Ministries and Compassion International. contact the optimist at

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Wednesday 2 p.m. Men’s Baseball

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vs. Texas College 3 p.m. Women’s Softball vs. Hardin Simmons


5 p.m. Seekers of the Word Fundraiser at Jason’s Deli



6 p.m. Men’s Baseball vs. University of the Incarnate Word


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8 a.m. Tour of Abilene 2 p.m. Women’s Sofball vs. Texas A&M Corpus Chriti

6 p.m. ACU Rodeo

2 p.m. Men’s Baseball vs. University of the Incarnate Word

3 p.m. Fall 2014 registration: seniors

Chapel checkup


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11:45 a.m. Mark W. Albers, vice president of Exxon Mobil, will speak in the Hunter Welcome Center as part of the ACU Distiguished Speaker Series.

7:30 p.m. HSU Theatre will perform Sweeny Todd in Van Ellis Theatre. Admission is $7.

12 p.m. The Back Porch of Texas will host the 4th Annual Outlaws and Legends Music Fest.

9 a.m. Buffalo Gap Historic Village will host a series of six Primitive Tools and Trapping Survival classes. Participants will learn how to make tools from what nature provides and trap and catch their own dinner. Cost is $45 for all six classes and $10 for single classes.

6:33 p.m. Beltway College Park at the Paramount Theatre. Police Log Announcements 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 at 4 p.m today. For more information, email Carmen Price at or call 325-6752005.

The ACU Undergraduate Research Festival will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. on April 1 in the Hunter Welcom Center. Visit to view the full schedule.

The ACU Kinesiology Club will have a pickle ball tournament. Teams of two may enter for $10 and first and second place winners will receive a prize. The tournament will be from 5-11 p.m. on April 4-5 in the Student Recreationa and Wellness Center. For more information, email or

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 ACU Rodeo registration is tomorrow. The Upward Bound Summer Academy is on April 26. To register, visit www.kirk- rodeo will be hosted by the Agricultural and seeking students to work as student Environmental Science Club at the Taylor advisors this summer. For more inCounty Expo Center Horse Barn tomorrow. formation, contact D’Angelo Sands at General admission is $5 or $8 for two. 324-674-2514.

Sigma Tau Delta is sponsoring a poetry contest with a first place award of $100. Students may submit up to three poems, or three pages, to participate. Submissions should be turned into Chambers 308 by 5 p.m. on March 31. The Department of Language and Literature and The Shinnery Review will host the sixth annual Culp Professor Reading at 7 p.m. Thursday in the library CORE Classroom. Dr. Chris Willerton will present his research in detective fiction followed by a live murder mystery performance. Admission is free.

Volunteer Opp0rtunities Beltway Park Baptist Church is seeking volunteers to help with special needs children in their program Kingdon Kids. Volunteers would be needed on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. For more information, contact Sharla Sanders at 325-692-6540 or Grace Point Church is looking for creative students with craftsmanship skills to volunteer for Vacation Bible School. Volunteers will be creating props, sets and decorations in preparation for the program. For more information, call Ruth Gregory at 325-675-5060. New Life Alliance is searching for tutors, Khan Academy coaches, junior acheivement teachers and volunteers for their upcoming Easter program. For more information, contact Ashley Parker at 325-672-1636 or aparker@ 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 2-4pm or by appointment. Theirr 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@ 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. 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 325-670-0246. 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

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 University 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. 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. Rescue the Animals is seeking volunteers to work at the adoption center performing a variety of tasks, from playing with the animals to working in the office. For more information visit their website at The Abilene Zoo is looking for volunteers to help with general labor such as grounds cleanup and painting any weekday at any time between 12-4 p.m. The Zoo is located at 2070 Zoo Ln. Contact Joy Harsh at 325676-6487 for more information. 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 St. and Beech St. Service times must be scheduled in advance. To serve on Mondays contact Jody Depriest at 325-669-3312 or 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 325-692-4149 or mbeasley5@ To serve on Fridays contact Terry Stremmel at Big Brothers/Big Sisters offers two volunteer programs. Lunch Buddies pairs volunteers with a little brother or 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 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 National Center For Children’s Illustrated Literature is looking for volunteers to greet patrons, assist with art activities, sell books and make visitors feel welcome. Help is also needed for special events like Artwalk and exhibit openings. The NCCIL is located at 102 Cedar St. For more information on times and dates contact Debby Lillick at 325-673-4586 or visit The International Rescue Committee is asking for Digital TV Converter Boxes to accompany several older televisions for refugees within Abilene. Drop offs are requested at the office located on 3303 N. 3rd Street, Suite D from 2-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesday. This is a helpful way to make a difference in the lives of refugees who recently resettled into the local community. For more information, contact Marie-Pascale Manishimwe at 325-675-5643. The Food Bank of West Central Texas needs volunteers to help sort and stock food and other items any weekday Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The Food Bank is located at 5505 N. 1st St. For more information contact Janice Serrault at 325-695-6311 or 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 325-677-1408 or visit www. The Christian Service Center is seeking volunteers to help with filling 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 9-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. For more information contact Roberta Brown at 325-673-7561 orrobertabrown51@hotmail. com. Visit htm. 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 The Center for Contemporary Arts needs a gallery assistant to greet partons, answer phones and answer basic questions about the Center and its programs. Volunteer opportunities are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Tuesdays-Fridays. For more information contact Jennifer Parks at 325-677-8389 or

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Physicists meet on campus for conference allison brown student reporter The Department of Engineering and Physics attended the Texas Physics Conference on campus over the weekend. The conference takes place every year at different college campuses across the state, and this year marked the fifth time for it to be at ACU. “You know how in your science textbooks there’s pictures of scientists all

together at a conference? This is sort of that,” Dr. Jess Dowdy, professor of physics and assistant department chair said. Professors, students, politicians and investors from across Texas made up the 200 conference guests on campus last weekend. Dr. Rusty Towell, chair of the Department of Engineering and Physics and professor, said three main themes were discussed over the course of the conference. The keynote speakers presented about the future of

energy and nuclear power, physics education and quantum optics. “Some of our speakers were nationally and internationally known,” Towell said. “They are real leaders in their field and it was an honor to have them on campus.” Two ACU alumni were among these renowned speakers. Jeff Kimble and Thad Walker presented research on quantum optics, the study of light on the smallest scale. ACU students and faculty

also attended, presented and helped make the weekend happen. Ryan Pinson, senior physics major from Cookeville, Tenn. was one of the student presenters at the conference. Pinson gave a presentation over the research he conducted in the summer of 2013 at Brookhaven National Lab in Long Island, N.Y. “I have presented in class before, like most college students, but this one had a different feel,” Pinson said. “This was a very profession-

al atmosphere. It was much more a feeling of, ‘This is the real world.’” A number of topics were covered over the weekend, some more technical than others. Subjects like nuclear energy, quantum optics and even the social and cultural aspects and implications of such fields were discussed. “I think we presented a conference that the average person could’ve gone to and got something out of it,” Dowdy said. “That was our goal.” The conference also pro-

vided an opportunity for ACU to display what the future of the Engineering and Physics Department would look like. “It’s certainly an exciting time for us because obviously the new buildings and the excitement there,” Towell said. “This gave us a chance to highlight some of the strengths of our department.”

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Death In Dark Glasses debuts at reading micah hermsdorf student reporter Three professors and one student will perform Death in Dark Glasses during the Culp Professor Reading Thursday. Death in Dark Glasses is a live murder mystery written by Dr. Chris Willerton, Culp professor of English. It will debut during the Culp Professor Reading from 7-8 p.m. in Mabee Library Auditorium. Admission is free, and refreshments will be provided along with live entertainment. The event marks Willerton’s three-year project,

Detection!, his Culp Professorship research focusing on detective fiction. The Culp Professorship is an endowed professorship awarded competitively for three-year terms. Recipients have reduced teaching loads, a research budget and must pursue a major professional project. Willerton chose detective fiction as his project. “I attended an international conference in England on detective fiction in which many countries were represented. It’s a booming field,” Willerton said. “Back in the twenties and thirties, reading and writing murder mysteries was considered ‘the recreation of the noble minds’

because so many aristocrats and government leaders went in for it.” Willerton will give his Culp presentation on Thursday, accompanied by his murder mystery. “At each Culp Professor Reading, I’ve summarized or read from my conference papers and then given a little entertainment,” Willerton said. Willerton’s first Culp event featured an improv murder mystery in which the audience voted on who committed the crime. Last year, he decided to imitate radio murder mysteries from the 1940s, in which faculty members read from a script,

crowding up to the same microphone.” “That was a hoot,” Willerton said. “It was fun, and we got a very good recording out of it.” This year’s event promises to be nothing short of entertaining. In between Willerton’s Culp research, his live murder mystery will be performed by Dr. Jeanine Varner, Dr. Joe Stephenson, Audrey Schaffner, senior English major from Vernon, and Willerton. Schaffner is the only student who was asked to act in the Culp Professor Reading event. “His offer was not only exciting and enticing, but I

was incredibly honored that he would ask me to join the cast,” Schaffner said. “It was a no-brainer. I said yes immediately.” Schaffner said she is most looking forward to working with a few of her favorite professors. “It’s my last year, and each of these highly respected scholars has contributed to my education,” Schaffner said. “It’s a ton of fun just to rehearse and practice with them.” Death in Dark Glasses should put a new, innovative twist to a classic murder, said Schaffner, and she is hoping for a good turnout, as is Willerton.

“You can get dozens of hours of detective stuff on television and can stream anything, but how often do you see it live?” Willerton said. Willerton expressed his interest to pursue writing murder mysteries after he retires. With his three-year Culp term nearing an end, he said Death in Dark Glasses is a fun way to wrap up his professorship. “We are a gang of teachers and one student,”Willerton said. “We are doing it for the love of doing it.” contact the optimist at

Red Thread schedules events for semester brittany jackson managing editor The Red Thread organization will host two events later this semester to promote social awareness of world injustice. Maggie Amerine, a high school senior from Abilene, collaborated with Abbey Moses, sophomore political science major from Abilene and president of Red Thread and others to host the 5K run after spending the summer volunteering with Eternal Threads in Abilene. “I hope that it helps them to be able to reach more girls that are in sex trafficking and help them restart their lives even more so,” Amerine said. Amerine and Moses said they are using the event as a way to get high school students involved in human trafficking activism.

The event has become a large part of Amerine’s senior project, concluding her high school experience. “I wanted to do kind of a big project just to end my high school years and that chapter of my life,” Amerine said. “So I decided that was a good way to do it, because I love Eternal Threads.” As part of Justice Week, the 5K event will raise funds for Eternal Threads. Though the money will not go directly to the organization, Eternal Threads is a parent organization of Red Thread and will therefore receive benefits. “Our club believes very strongly in using whatever talents you have to fight injustice and everyone’s talents are different,” Moses said. “Maggie’s talents and passions drove her to a 5K and so we wanted to support her

in that.” The 5K will take place Sunday at Highland Church of Christ. Students can sign up in the Campus Center throughout Justice Week. The organization’s second initiative started to evolve last October when three students in the club were invited to speak on a panel at the Texas Human Trafficking Summit. “We have seen, I guess just working through specific people who are directly involved in the injustice of human trafficking,” Moses said, “it’s very important to have legislation that supports the victims and supports the eradication of the issue of human trafficking from the root of it.” As a first step, Amerine and Red Thread are planning lobby days for students to sign petitions against the in-

justice of human trafficking. “So, on the demand side of human trafficking, we are working to write letters and make phone calls to our Senators and direct representatives in the United States government,” Moses said, “and basically ask them to step up leadership in different pieces of legislation, whether it’s the Trafficked Victims Protection Act or it involves the Trafficked Persons Report office.” Moses said the lobby days are not set, but will most likely occur mid to late April in the Campus Center. “The general idea of those days will be to say, ‘We are citizens of the United States of America and we want to see the U.S. step up and take leadership in a global fight against human trafficking.’ And also we would like to see the eradication of human

Recruit: Students hashtag for marketing production from page 1 looking guys? What do you do on the weekends?’” Pittman said. “These are all the things they talk about in movies and TV shows. Is that really what’s happening?” The project is looking for students that have had positive experiences at ACU and want to share them with perspective students. They are looking for students with different backgrounds, interests and personality types, not just “poster children of ACU,”

Pittman said. “We know you can have a positive experience and look like a wide variety of students,” Pittman said. The project will highlight the diversity a student will experience attending ACU, Pittman said. “There’s a place for everybody here, it doesn’t all look the same,” Pittman said. “The common thing is that they’re all here.” The Enrollment Marketing staff is working with the project hope to “usher and not prevent,”

students from telling their stories, whatever they may be, Pittman said. “I would hope, ultimately, that we will expose perspective students to a unique and honest perspective of what it’s like to be a student,” Pittman said. Cast members will be encouraged to share not only positive experiences they have at ACU, but also hard and trying times, Pittman said. Applications to be a cast member in the fall are due at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday,

Fest: Films debut participants’ talent from page 1 lunch Friday afternoon in the basement of the Campus Center, during which the FilmFest judges told students about their film careers. “It’s crazy not to create more opportunities for students to have that advantage,” said Tom Craig, director of student productions. “They’re here, so why don’t we create this situation where our students get the benefit of all the mind power that is here on campus. These are people that are writing films, editing films, casting all right now.” In addition to the lunch, the judges stayed the day after FilmFest to discuss with students how to improve their films. “The judges have already told me that the level of film production amongst our students

is excellent,” Craig said. “We’ve had some of our FilmFest judges offer our students internships just from getting to know them while they are here at FilmFest.” The panel of judges includeded Randy Brewer, Brent McCorkle, Christina Johnson, Will Bakke and Kari Hatfield. “I want more ACU students out there telling good stories,” said Randy Brewer, founder and executive producer of Revolution Pictures. “We need more people that believe in good values and have a message to share that is positive,” Brewer said. “Ten years ago, they didn’t have a learning studio,” Brewer said. “A lot of things that have changed in the last 10 years, FilmFest has put a spotlight on some things that were needed.” Kari Hatfield, assistant

professor of acting and theatre history, said she was honored to be included among the other judges. “I know how hard it is to put together a film,” Hatfield said. Lucius Patenaude, senior multimedia major from Phrae, Thailand, and Katheryn Cansino, graduate accounting major from George West, served as co-chairs for FilmFest. “God created art, He created beauty, so we should just create those things that come from an upwelling of just reverence for Him and wanting to communicate who he is,” Patenaude said. “It offers an opportunity for people to express what they know about life and what they know about God.” contact the optimist at

March 26. “If you have any doubt, apply,” Pittman said. The application includes a one to three minute video in which applicants talk about three of their favorite experiences at ACU and one struggle they have faced at ACU, Pittman said. To apply go to https:// lifeonthehill.squarespace. com. contact the optimist at

trafficking within our own borders and not just abroad, because that’s a big issue that people forget,” Moses said. “There are, on any given day in Texas, more than 600 women being sold via the Internet, alone. It’s important to our club to focus on the domestic issue as well, and it can affect Abilene and how we can affect change in our local communities before we

can affect change globally.” She said any student wanting to be involved in Red Thread and its mission can join the members in Chapel every other Thursday in Bible room 127.

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Hollywood uses Bible stories to entertain the issue Filmmakers are taking famous stories from the Bible and turning them into full-fledged movies.

our take When a Bible story is adapted for the big screen the spiritual meaning can get lost in the cinematic experience.

One of the popular trends in Hollywood recently has been adapting famous Bible stories into movies. The original popularity of some of these projects such as The Prince of Egypt and The Passion of the Christ spawned a growth in religious and secular portrayals of spiritual stories.

Several religious-based film companies have begun releasing films based on biblical principles and attempting to bring Christianity into mainstream entertainment. Some of these films have sparked controversy, such as Son of God, which has been criticized

for portraying Jesus as a model and westernizing the gospel. This week, Noah, a movie based on the famous biblical character and directed by Darren Aronofsky, will be released. Aronofsky has received criticism for saying that his version of the story would be far removed from biblical tradition. The scandal that has arisen surrounding the release of Noah raises the question of the purpose of these movies. Aronofsky claims that the movie is a theatrical interpretation,

The Bible wasn’t written for entertainment.”

the stories are unquestioningly valuable for cultural and spiritual growth, they are not always great for cinematic satisfaction. Movie heroes need to be sympathetic and get us on their side. If Noah allows all the humans on earth to perish so that his family can survive without even struggling with the massacre, audiences are not going to root for Noah. The Bible wasn’t written for entertainment. Hollywood’s recent attention to biblical narratives is wonderful for providing visual context and sometimes

not a spiritual rendering of the story. Cinematically, this makes sense because many biblical stories would not translate well to the big screen without a little tweaking. The problem with translating the Bible to the big screen is that while

compelling story lines, but is not meant to be a spiritual experience. Audiences expecting Noah to be completely true to the biblical account and engage in a religious experience with the movie will be disappointed. As Christians, we shouldn’t expect movies to be a spiritual experience. It is unrealistic to place our spiritual expectations on secular filmmakers who are seeking to entertain, not evangelize. contact The Optimist at

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The process of procrastination THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID


There’s a soccer ball sitting in the yard next door. It’s mine. I think one of my friends kicked it over there, and it’s been sitting there for months. I keep meaning to go get it, but tomorrow always seems like a better time to do it. So it just keeps sitting there. I am a chronic procrastinator, which leads to many all-nighters, many last-minutes, many adrenaline rushes. Twenty percent of the population label themselves chronic procrastinators, according to Psychology Today. I wonder how accurate that number is. Some people might’ve just never gotten around to completing the survey. Being a master of procrastination, I understand pretty clearly the circular cycle of procrastination. If you find yourself going through this process in multiple areas of your life, odds are you’re a chronic procrastinator. Here are the steps: 1. Wishful thinking. When you receive an assignment or task, you immediately promise yourself that you won’t procrastinate – not this time. You’ve learned your lesson. This time will be different. But you also understand that the project isn’t due for ages. 2. Forgetful thinking. What assignment? Oh, that assignment. You’ve still got plenty of time. And if you started now? Well that’d be silly. Anyways, you’ve got lots of other things to do. 3. Active avoidance.

Twenty percent of the population label themselves chronic procrastinators, according to ‘Psycology Today.’ I wonder how accurate that number is.”

You’re running out of time, but you’re not running out of excuses. You know the deadline is coming soon, but, you’ve officially reached a stage of denial. This is the first step of utter procrastination. It’s similar to being guilty of pre-meditated murder instead of the spontaneous kind. You receive longer jail time. 4. Crunch time. This is the adrenaline junkie’s favorite stage. It’s now or never, baby. How did you let it get to this point? This is just ridiculous. There’s no way you’re going to finish. What have you done? This is the worst thing ever created, ever. Hurry, hurry, hurry. 5. You made it. Barely. It was close, but rejoice, you’re done. You promise yourself that you won’t procrastinate again. But don’t worry about anything just yet, you deserve a break. Repeat. But what if something you need to do doesn’t have a deadline? Well, just look at my soccer ball in the next yard over. contact Jones at


FilmFest taught lessons for life cheaper to fix things on paper rather than during post-production. It’s the same with life. If I take the initiative to grow now, I’ll be better off when the next stage of life comes my way. 3. Be honest. Technical aspects of production will go obsolete, but storytelling always resonates. I never want to lose the ability to be vulnerable. I didn’t win Best Screenplay like I hoped, but several people said my story touched them personally. In the end, honesty is what creates the individual impact that really matters. 4. Don’t play it safe. Now is the time to dream big. I want to take on projects that are beyond me. I want to watch films I love and try to make even better ones. I want to set impossible goals,


The FilmFest judges are on their way home after an incredible weekend, and as always, I’m left with my mind reeling and heart swelling with a grand mix of emotions. I’ve been involved with FilmFest for the past four years, so this weekend has been especially significant to me as I look back over my college career and look ahead to life after graduation. Each year, I’ve learned something new about filmmaking, but this year I started to realize

that those lessons are applicable to life in general. 1. Build a team. It’s impossible to make a film by myself. And why would I want to? Filmmaking is a beautiful collaboration. I can’t make a life by myself, either. Instead, I want to surround myself with exemplary people who will help me tell a more meaningful story. 2. Ask for critique. And I shouldn’t learn to just receive it gracefully; I should seek it out. Screenwriters workshop their screenplays because it’s so much

because then I’ll go farther than I ever imagined. Why would I waste my time on predictable achievements? It’s that last point that really strikes me. Every year at FilmFest, I’m inspired to dream bigger. But it always scares me and I end up playing it safe. Now that I’m graduating, I find myself looking for a stable job in a safe environment. I choose the realistic path for fear that my dreams won’t come true. To quote one of the FilmFest entries, “Being a realist is always easier than being a dreamer.” Yes, it’s terrifying to dream and the possibility of failure is real. But what’s life if not a risk? contact Patenaude at

hashtagACU March 21 9:01 a.m.

The bus can’t decide whether to watch the dark knight rises or frozen. The result is Frozen Rises #LetItRise #DoYouWantToBuildABatman


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“There should be a Taco Bell on campus.” Yeah, totally. *secretly glad that there’s not because then I would have no money/pants that fit*


March 24 1:29 a.m.

Fire alarm at 1:30 in the morning. Thank you girls down the hall.


March 24 8:50 a.m.

Thanks ACU, because of curfew I can’t go to @ SoyTophu car to get my chocolate milk that I forgot. #christianschoolprobs #cravings @ACUProbs

March 24 1:48 p.m.

S.A.G.A. Students Against Group Assignments.


One of those days where the entire ACU Theatre is gonna be like “Just working for that nap time. NAP TIME IS THE GOAL!”


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March 23 9:40 p.m.

That ring by spring fever be comin in at ACU like a epidemic.


There’s a petting zoo on campus but where will I be? Taking an anatomy lab practical.


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n the bird hierarchy, sparrows are lowest on bird-watchers’ “must-watch” list. They possess no unique skills and are, in all, quite unexceptional. But Jesus gave special regard to the slighted sparrow, that if birds were cared for, surely we would be, too. At Redeemed Ministries, women in its program go by the same name. Rather than being tagged as “survivors” or “victims”, they are named Sparrows, a reminder they are human beings who are “of more value than many sparrows”. Founded in 2005, the Houstonbased non-profit is working to combat a growing sex trafficking epidemic in the middle of one of the nation’s most trafficked areas. Husband-and-wife team, Bobbie and Dennis Mark, joined Redeemed in March of 2006 and began to understand the bigger issues surrounding women once they exit sex trafficking or sexual exploitation. “We began focusing on aftercare and mobilizing the Body of Christ to meet the needs of those victimized by sexual exploitation,” Executive Director Dennis Mark said. Awareness has brought this issue closer to the surface. “However, the emphasis now needs to placed on the process of healing from sexual trauma caused by sexual exploitation,” Mark said. “Many people still don’t understand the time, energy and resources required to bring about holistic healing, and simply removing a woman from exploitation will not work.” Many women required years of restoration and rehabilitation to overcome the months or years of abuse, he said. Redeemed set its core objectives to include outreach, aftercare and advocacy. The most important resource Redeemed volunteers can offer is consistent contact with the women, bringing care-packages to the brothels and letting them know they are prayed for. Numbers are difficult to track due to human-trafficking being mostly underground. But if you thought Texas was immune to the human trafficking, you have been fooled. “In every city, every town and every population,” Mark said. “The reality is that many do not understand it or simply ignore it.” Kaylen Runyan, senior communications major from Houston, spent her summer interning with Redeemed, handsdeep in work not for the faint-ofheart.

25 percent

“I have never experienced such beautiful and tragically sad times,” she said. “I watched women relapse and return to their former life. I watched women receive news of health issues they were unaware of. I watched women shake from utter fear out of running into their pimp at a Walmart. But I also watched women sing to Jesus, make a scrapbook for their daughter, cry from laughing so hard and crumble

attending doctor appointments and meetings with case workers, art therapy, personal reflection time, physical activity and worshipping alongside the Sparrows.


he days with the women in the safe house were my favorite days,” she said. “I was able to see the redemption in store for them as they worked through more difficult experiences

said. “I wanted to pull on my combat boots, raid these brothels with a Jeep and take these women with me. But that’s not how it works. Because if that’s what I did, I would be kidnapping them, I would be taking them just like somebody else took them.” Human-trafficking has no clear-cut solution, because it has created a profitable cycle of supply and demand. “In the past, I think a lot of attention was spent on the ‘supply’, the victims,” said Runyan. “It’s taken quite a bit of time for society to understand these women as victims and not whores. Now, I think that we are finally starting to take measures to end the ‘demand’ side.” Prosecutors are at last starting to focus in on the “Johns”, the men that buy the sex, and working to bring them to justice, she said. Cases against pimps can be extensive, but have been more successful than any other time. hrough organizations like Redeemed and leaders like the Marks, the lives and reputations of Sparrows are being redeemed. “They seek justice until it is found,” Runyan said. “Seriously, these people do not sleep. Passions are temporary and can be futile without followthrough. Saying the Marks have a passion for what they do would be an understatement and an underrepresentation of who they really are. The Marks have a lifestyle that is completely centered around what they do.” Human-trafficking hits much closer to home than often realized, an injustice which demands action. “It is so important to do something and not be paralyzed by either the issue or our sense of insignificance,” Mark said. Mark said it is critical for young adults such as Runyan to get involved, because they are the ones with greatest energy and ideas when it comes to turning a social justice movement into social justice action. “As I drive through Houston I recognize brothels,” Runyan said. “I watch the way that girls act in risky areas of Houston, I notice strange dynamics between women and men’s interactions. My perception of trafficking and its increase has ruined me for the best.”


Senior Kaylen Runyan interned with Redeemed Ministries in Houston last summer. | deanna romero chief photographer

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

matthew 10:29-31 at the face of love.” unyan’s internship with Redeemed alternated between work in-office and in the field. Office work involved grant-writing to utilize more funds and training days for future volunteers working with Sparrows. “I was also heavily trained to track signs of trafficking through internet pages as well as how to interact with victims and the process they internally face,” she said. On the alternating weeks, Kaylen lived in the safe-houses,


than I will ever understand. I was able to be a friend and love women who had not had people love them. I was able to speak truth into women who had only been told lies. My work over the summer with these women was mostly spent trying to emulate Jesus’ love and truth to them.” Passionate for marginalized members of society, Runyan wanted a more radical means to halt human-trafficking before she began work with Redeemed. “I had quite the ‘bull in the china shop’ mindset,” Runyan

one quarter


of victims are trafficked through Texas

victims of trafficking are brought to the U.S. every year


of rescued victims are rescued in Texas.

average age of a girl’s entry into trafficked industries

Houston the I-10 corridor has been labeled the number one trafficking route in the country


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human trafficking form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others.

estimated number of brothels in Houston area

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5-1 4-2 4-2 4-2 4-2 3-3 3-3 3-3 2-4 2-4 1-5 1-5 0-0 0-0

13-12 14-8 14-8 14-9 12-10 16-8 11-9 11-15 10-12 10-12 14-11 6-14 8-12 6-15

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12-10 21-9 13-16 14-15 13-14 9-14 14-20 14-16 9-11 11-17 7-23 9-24

Who’s Hot Senior first baseman Kyle Kiusti had himself a series against Alabama Giusti A&M over the weekends. Kiusti hit .667 (8-12), collected three runs batted in, three walks, a home run, double and a stolen base for the Wildcats. His efforts helped ACU take game one of the series, 13-12, but could not win the series, falling 1-7 and then 8-9.


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Top: Fans cheer on ACU while the team plays on ESPN 3. Left Middle: Coach Golding talks with James Pegues. Right Middle: LaDarian Williams hits a floater in Moody Coliseum. Left Bottom: Pegues dunks in Moody Coliseum. Right Bottom: Cheerleaders root on the Wildcats.

Men conclude inaugural season as members of the Southland Conference daniel zepeda sports editor The Wildcats came into this year with a challenge that far exceeded past years: to compete and achieve success at the Div. I level. As new members of the Southland Conference, ACU was quickly faced with new challenging and daunting tasks. For the second year in a row, the Wildcats men’s basketball team would compete with a nearly entirely new roster with only two players returning. The team would also face a ten-game road trip, that stretched all over the country, facing teams such as Xavier, Iowa, Texas Christian, Maryland along with many other top nationally ranked programs, to begin the season. The challenging trip left the Wildcats with a dismal 2-8 record, but gained the program national recognition, as multiple games were broadcasted on Fox Sports 1, Fox Southwest and ESPN3. But with the looming trip behind them and living in hotel rooms in the past, the Wildcats finally returned home. No team in the nation was happier to play at home than ACU. With a month of basketball on the road, the men’s basketball squad returned to the hill to play four games in Moody Coliseum. The Wildcats averaged 92 points and limited Hillsdale Baptist, Bacone College and Open Bible College to just 52 points averaged throughout the games. The much need-

ed wins moved ACU to an early 6-8 record to end the 2013 calendar year. Just eleven days into the new year, the Wildcats played in a double-overtime thriller against Southland rival Southeastern Louisiana which ended in a 85-77 ACU loss, but saw a combined 59-point outburst from junior guards Harrison Hawkins (29 points) and LaDarrien Williams (30). The game against SELU would be the final game of the season for Hawkins and Williams, as injuries and academics would sideline the stars for the Wildcats, and leave the team with two voids to fill. Golding, along with his staff, was faced with that exact question, with only a few days to answer. Sophomore guard Parker Wentz, who was a role player in his first year and expected to provide a boost from the threepoint arc, quickly took over duties as the new starting point guard. Junior guard Julian Edmonson, who averaged just 12.3 minutes per game, saw his time on the court increase to 25.6 minutes per contest. The burden of the offense would fall to Edmonson and Wentz. ACU’s new backcourt performed well in their first games as the top offensive options. Through their first five games, Edmonson averaged 16 points on 41 percent shooting, while Wentz averaged 13.4 points. The Wildcats would face a tough challenge when the University of Central Arkan-

sas came to Abilene. Trailing the majority of the game, ACU ignited a furious comeback to make it a one-possession game with less than a minute left. Free throws by sophomore forward Austin Cooke would tie the game with 21 seconds left to play and the ball belonging to UCA. On their possession, UCA drove the ball and scored on a dunk with 4.4 seconds remaining. Wentz inbounded the ball and went on what would be later called “the dash” as he drove the ball the entire length of the court, put up a lay-up to have it blocked but ruled a goal-tending violation, giving the Wildcats a frantic 7372 win. The win was ACU’s first Southland Conference win of the season, and first since 1973. Two games later, ESPN3 came to visit ACU, as it was the first nationally televised game ever to be shot at Moody Coliseum. The Sam Houston State Bearkats would face ACU as the Wildcats looked to continue their momentum. 1,500 fans packed Moody Coliseum, as the student section provided a true home-court-advantage for the Wildcats. After hanging in for as long as they could, the outmanned and overmatched Wildcats would fall, 51-70. The lack of a deep bench was a key factor that plagued the team for the majority of the season. With Hawkins and Williams out, followed by an injury to junior big man Alexsander Milosavljevic, the Wildcats found trouble in finding viable options to put on the court. Wentz averaged 30 minutes a night with Hawkins and Williams, but became a 40-minute player, as it be-

came habit for him to play the entire game. Younger players such as sophomore forwards Riley Payne and James Pegues, along with freshman Michael Grant were asked to step up and play quality minutes. Payne and Grant, with Wentz, Edmonson and Cooke would make up the Wildcats starting five for the majority of the second half of the season. Inconsistency, along with young, inexperienced players would see the Wildcats drop six of their next seven games, earning an 8-17 record. Most of the games exhibited the same story line, the Wildcats hanging in for the first half, but running out of gas as the games drew to an end. Despite the outcomes, their toughness and drive was on display every game, especially against Texas A&M Corpus Christi. In another comeback effort from the Wildcats, Payne was fouled and sent to the free throw line with 37 second remaining and the game tied at 68. He hit the first, but missed the second to give ACU a one point lead with 34 seconds left. TAMCC inbounded, drove to the basket and then kicked the ball out to an open man in the corner who would drain a highly contested three, to give the Islanders a twopoint lead. The Wildcats quickly inbounded the ball to Edmonson. In an attempt to pull off another miracle like Wentz had, drove the lane, only to be called for an offensive foul to end it and seal the deal on the Wildcats heartbreaking loss. Bouncing back from the tough loss, ACU would win their next three home games, and in record setting fashion. Against South-

west Adventist, the Wildcats scored 124 points, made a school record 21 three-point field goals and had six players finish in double digits. The 21 threes tied the Southland Conference record, and obliterated the Wildcats old record of 16. The final game of the season saw yet another tough loss to swallow for ACU fans. After battling all game, the Wildcats had possession of the ball, down three with seconds remaining. Edmonson would receive the inbound and launch a three that was just off the back iron, to finalize a 56-59 loss, and end the Wildcats first Div. I season. The Wildcats finished with an 11-20 record and a 2-12 Southland Conference record. With higher hopes originally planned, the team witnessed many reasons to be hopeful for in the future. For the first time in years, the Wildcats will return the same core group of players from the previous year. Wentz has established himself as an elite shooter from beyond the arc, as he led the Southland in three-point makes and percentage, and an overall offensive nightmare to opponents. Hawkins and Williams are set to return next year, young players such as Payne and Grant will only continue to get better and a new recruiting class will look to help the Wildcats for years to come. Although the first year was a challenging one for the Wildcats, it cannot be stated enough how difficult the move to Div. I truly is. But with the direction the team is moving in, big things can and will be expected. contact zepeda at

Softball took the series finale against the Universtiy of Incarnate Word, 3-0. Junior pitcher Emily Seidel gave up zero runs on three hits, and recorded five strikeouts in her seven inning complete game shutout to earn her second win of the year. Freshman softball pitcher Hannah Null set the ACU record with 17 strikeouts in their 1-2 loss to Hardin Simmons Tuesday afternoon. Baseball lost two of three to Alabama A&M over the weekend, as they won 13-12, but lost 1-7 and 8-9. Golf finished 13 at the Arkansas-Little Rock tournament. Junior Corbin Renner finished tied for seventh with a spring best of 223. Women’s tennis took on top ranked Northwestern State and Stephen F. Austin over the weekend. Both matches left ACU defeated with back-toback 3-4 losses. Follow @OptimistSports on Twitter for more stories and the latest ACU sports news.

Upcoming Track continues its outdoor season starting Wednesday at the Texas Relays in Austin and San Marcos. Baseball will host the University of Incarnate Word this weekend. Game one is at 6 p.m. Friday at the Crutch. Softball will play Texas A&M Corpus Christi in a double-header at 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday at Poly Wells Field.

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