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Presidential race left uncontested campaign and inform students of his goals for next year. Editor in Chief “To be honest, I kind of wish there had Connor Best will run uncontested in the been another person running, because it Students’ Association presidential race. would help with discussion of SA and effecBest, junior political science major tiveness of it,” Best said. “But I am excited from Sacramento, Calif. and chief devel- about four people running for vice presiopment officer and parliamentarian for dent and the discussion it will bring.” SA, said even though he doesn’t have an Best said multiple people running for opponent in the election, he would still the vice president spot, would increase

New rules for employee endorsements, Page 4

Linda Bailey

TANNER FREEMAN // Staff Photographer

Connor Best, junior political science major from Sacramento, Calif., and Jared Elk, senior political science major from Savoy, address questions during the weekly SA meeting.

the amount of ideas presented and create better advocacy for the student body. Candidates for vice president include: n Katherine Handy, sophomore English major from Plano, see ELECTION page 4

Jammin’ Out


Contest winners to fund ventures Christina Burch Page 2 Editor

Aspiring entrepreneurs with top mini-business plans were awarded at the Springboard Ideas Challenge awards dinner Thursday. Cash and in-kind prizes were granted to select business ideas under the Student Division, the Community Pre-Revenue Division, the Community Post-Revenue Division, the Most Fundable Award and the Social Entrepreneurship Award. The winners were recognized and awarded at the Springboard Ideas Challenge awards dinner, where several businesses featured exhibits. The keynote speaker for the evening was Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva, a nonprofit organization that helps struggling entrepreneurs allocate funding to support their business ambitions. Jim Litton, J.D., director of the Griggs Center for Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy, said he was excited about participation from ACU students this year and that he looks forward to helping those interested in launching their new ventures.

DANIEL GOMEZ // Chief Photographer

Emily Schuster, freshman animal science major from Red Oak, tries to knock down Nick Tatum, sophomore family studies major from Lubbock, at the Post Break Jam Summer Beach Bash on the Campus Mall outside Moody Coliseum on Thursday.

Social Clubs, Students’ Association provide post-break entertainment


Jeff Craig, Managing Editor

CU students had a chance to break out of the mid-semester doldrums with Post Break Jam, three days of outdoor activities designed to build community and decrease stress. The social clubs, Students’ Association and Campus Activities Board worked together to sponsor the event. Tyler Allen, senior exercise science major from San Antonio, worked on the committee to make PBJ a reality. He said the event was the

together and get to know each other.” PBJ began Monday with a concert featuring Find more photos of the fun four campus bands. Tuesday, students could by visiting our website or get free ice cream and watch a movie outside scanning this QR code. on the wall of the Campus Center. Thursday, a beach bash was held on the campus mall with creation of some social clubs who saw a need free food, T-shirts and bounce houses. for a campus-wide event after spring break. Allen said PBJ never would have happened “It started with clubs just wanting to work without the cooperation of the social clubs and together to unite students, regardless of support from SA. whether they are in a social club,” Allen said. “We now have this event where we can all get see PBJ page 4

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Accrediting board visits campus, approves QEP

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through Wednesday to complete the on-site evaluation, the last phase of the The Southern Association reaccreditation process. of Colleges and Schools They gave their recommenaccepted ACU’s plan to dations to Dr. Phil Schubert, increase research literacy president of the university, across campus as a part and a committee of faculty of the university’s reac- members representing ACU creditation process. on Wednesday. Members of the SACS SACS will give its ofvisited ACU on Monday ficial report at its annual

Christianna Lewis Senior Reporter

inside feature ACU’s last theatre production of the semester, The Pirates of Penzance, will provide energy and laughs. page 5

While the SACS reviewed ACU’s progress over the last 10 years, the university’s greatest challenge was demonstrating DR. PHYLLIS BOLIN // chair of the its plans for the future, QEP development team Bolin said. The SACS has meeting in December, but “The SACS Onsite Com- recently required colleges Dr. Phyllis Bolin, associate mittee was very complimen- and universities to put toprofessor of mathematics, tary about their visit to ACU,” gether a Quality Enhancesaid the informal review Bolin said in an email. “We ment Plan to meet reacwas encouraging. are thrilled with the results.” creditation standards.

The SACS Onsite Committee was very complimentary about their visit to ACU. We are thrilled with the results.


sports Wildcat baseball goes for its fourth-straight LSC series win against Eastern New Mexico this weekend at home. page 8

Bolin served as the chair of the QEP Development Team. The team produced a plan called “Pursuit,” which centers on increasing students’ research literacy. The QEP will use the CORE curriculum to introduce underclassmen to the basics of research, see QEP page 4


news The men of Galaxy will conduct their annual Kirk Goodwin 5K this weekend. All proceeds from the event will go toward Samantha Bahl and her family.

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calendar & events Friday

11 a.m. Praise Day in Moody Coliseum 8 a.m. Texas Christian Schools Interscholastic Tournament at various locations across campus



7:30 a.m. Texas Christian Schools Interscholastic Tournament at various locations across campus 8 a.m. Kirk Goodwin 5K Run starts at the Hardin Administration Building

6 p.m. Softball at Texas Woman’s University 7 p.m. Baseball vs. Eastern New Mexico University 7:30 p.m. SHADES show in Cullen Auditorium 7:30 p.m. The Pirates of Penzance in Fulks Theatre 10 p.m. The Pirates of Penzance talk-back in Fulks Theatre



2 p.m. The Roads to Home in the Van Ellis Theatre at HardinSimmons University



11 a.m. Chapel in Moody Coliseum

2 p.m. The Children’s Performing Arts Series presents Pippi Longstocking at the Paramount Theatre

2 p.m. Baseball vs. Eastern New Mexico University 7:30 p.m. Abilene Adult Chorus Concert at the Williams Performing Arts Center Recital Hall 7:30 p.m. SHADES show in Cullen Auditorium

ACU Police Tip of the Week Avoid financial scams. If you receive any kind of offer where a subject asks you to cash their check, keep a portion of the cash as your payment and then mail the remainder back to the company, this is likely a scam. Do not cash the check and report this to police.

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Saturday, April 2 Tuesday, March 29 6:25 p.m. The ACU Po- 1:15 a.m. The Abilene lice Department was Police Department asnotified of a hit-and-run signed the ACU Police crash in the 1300 block Department to respond of Cedar Crest. Officers to a noise violation in located the vehicle and the 700 block of EN 13th identified the driver, an Street. Officers issued a A log of the ACU Police DeACU student. Officers warning, and the subject partment’s daily activities will issued the student a complied. be printed on this page of 1:20 a.m. The ACU Pocitation for his involvethe Optimist. first lice Department received ment and for The leaving the Police Log scene. will appear Friday. a report of a very loud noise violation in the 2100 block of Campus Wednesday, March 30 4 p.m. The ACU Police Court. Officers issued a Department received warning, and the subject a report of a 20-to-30- complied. year-old man asking for money door-to-door. Sunday, April 3 The subject was report- 11:48 a.m. An ACU adedly becoming angry ministrator notified the and yelling at residents ACU Police Department who denied him money. that someone had stolen Officers located the a statue from the front suspect, who claimed of the Education Buildto be a door-to-door ing and then placed the salesman. The suspect statue in the GATA Foundid not have a vendor’s tain. Officers retrieved permit with the City of the statue and notified Abilene, and officers Physical Resources to asked him to leave the return and secure the statue. area. Report all suspicious activity to the ACU Police Department at 674-2305.

7:30 p.m. The Pirates of Penzance in Fulks Theatre

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volunteer opportunities Just People, Inc. needs volunteers from 10 a.m.2 p.m. for the Abilene Kite Festival on April 16 at Red Bud Park. Volunteers can help facilitate safety measures and assist festival participants. For more information, contact Justina Thompson at 6722118 or email International Rescue Committee Students can work with refugees who moved to the United States, teaching English, helping with homework and mentoring. Volunteer times are flexible. Call Daina Juryka-Owen at 675-5643 ext. 16 to make an appointment. For more information on the International Rescue Committee, visit Mesa Springs Healthcare Center needs volunteers 8 a.m.-5 p.m. any day of the week to help with fun activities for the residents, including playing instruments, calling bingo and sitting and talking. All help is appreciated. Contact Laura Reynolds at 692-8080 or lgreynolds@

Dyess Youth Center needs help with a Ping Pong Exhibition from 4-6 p.m. every Friday. Volunteers will preside over tournaments and help with an exhibition for the students. Transportation will not be provided, and volunteers cannot have any sexual assault charges or charges pending. For more information, contact Sheri Frisby at 696-4797, or email sheri. Windcrest Alzheimer’s Care Center needs volunteers to clean out and organize closets any day Sunday-Friday at any time during the day. Contact Chris Stephenson to arrange a time at 6921533 or clstephenson@ Abilene Youth Sports Authority needs volunteers April 16-17 for a basketball tournament they will host at Abilene High School and Cooper High School. Students can help sell tickets and assist in the concession stand 8 a.m.- 9 p.m. Contact Katie Miller at 692-2972 or email

National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature Students can assist with art activities, sell books and welcome visitors from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-3 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. For more information, contact Debby Lillick at 673-4586, or visit Ben Richey Boys Ranch is seeking volunteers for its upcoming Annual Clay Shoot on April 30. Volunteers will be pullers at stations, help with registration or coordinate raffle ticket sales. Training will be given for both shifts at 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 11:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Free T-shirts and dinner are included for volunteers. Contact Patty Dunn at 665-4058 for more information. Madison Middle School is looking for male volunteers to participate in a weekly “Boys2Men” lunchtime program for eighth grade boys. Speakers will address different aspects of growing up. Contact Jeff Womack at 692-5661 or

Abilene Hope Haven is seeking volunteers for childcare any night, Monday-Thursday from 6:45-8:15 p.m. For more information, contact Kathy Reppart at 677-4673. Aimee’s Art Studio is seeking volunteers from 9-10 a.m. or 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, to assist with homeschool fine arts classes. No formal art skills or training is required. The studio is a five-minute walk from ACU’s campus. For more information, contact Aimee Williams at 672-9633. Just People, Inc. Volunteers are needed to tutor adult GED students. Volunteer times are flexible. Contact Justina or Alana at 672-2118 for more information, or email The Salvation Army Volunteers are needed at the 1726 Butternut St. Salvation Army to sort and price items and help with kitchen or yard work. Volunteers are welcome any time MondaySaturday. Contact J.D. Alonzo at 677-1408, or visit for more information on the program. Center for Contemporary Arts needs a gallery assistant to help with exhibit setup and preparation. The work can be done any time from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday. Call 677-8389 or email Betty Hardwick Center Volunteers are needed in several departments at the Betty Hardwick Center, specializing in mental health. Students can help mentally and physically challenged people play games, run track and go bowling. Students can volunteer from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on MondayFriday. Contact Angel Seca at 690-5235 for more information.

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announcements Equine-Assisted Learning Workshop The University Counseling Center is hosting a workshop on dating and marriage. Current students who are either engaged or in a serious relationship are invited to partake in ground activities with horses and learn about the roles, struggles and personalities of intimate relationships. To reserve a spot, contact Steve Eller at Study Abroad Fall 2011 Spaces still are available in the Oxford and Montevideo Study Abroad Programs for Fall 2011. Students can enroll in CORE 120 and CORE 220 in Oxford, and $1,000 scholarships are available for the Montevideo Study Abroad Program. For more information, visit the Study Abroad Office in Room 124 of the Hardin Administration Building. Relay 4 Life The Freshman Action Council are selling Relay 4 Life shirts in the Campus Center. Shirts are $10 and are available in four colors: pink in support for Breast Cancer, blue for Prostate Cancer, gold for Childhood Cancer and purple for General Awareness.

Online Summer Courses Registration for online summer courses now is open. Students can choose from 15 courses, and each course is three weeks long. For more information, visit www.acu. edu/summeronline. Relay for Life The American Cancer Society is organizing Relay for Life to raise funds for cancer research and to honor and celebrate the lives of cancer survivors and fighters. The event is from 7 p.m.-7 a.m. on April 29-30 at Elmer Gray Stadium. To sign up with an Abilene team, click on the Relay for Life myACU log-in ad or visit Team Tatum Walk/Run for a Wish The ACU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is raising funds to help fulfill the wish of Tatum Kate Flaming, a local girl who was diagnosed with ALL Leukemia in 2009. Students can help support Flaming by participating in the Team Tatum Walk/ Run for a Wish 5k on May 7. Pre-registration is $15 and walk-up registration is $20. To learn more about Flaming’s story, visit www.caringbridge. org/visit/tatumkate.


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University names Who’s Who top scholars ment, have senior standing with the university, have Staff Reporter completed at least 90 hours ACU has nominated 108 of of coursework and demonits top students to be listed in strated leadership ability, said the 2011 Who’s Who Among Tina Fleet, administrative asStudents in American Univer- sistant to the vice president sities and Colleges directory. of student life and dean of Who’s Who lists top scholars students and associate vice who have demonstrated lead- president of student life. “ACU sends a list of all ership on campuses across the nation and offers scholar- eligible seniors to colleges and departments across ships for these students. Students eligible for nomi- campus and asks departnation must meet a minimum ments to nominate a given grad point average require- number of their students Laura Gasvoda

based on the size of the department,” Fleet said. The Office of Student Life also sends a copy of eligible students to offices that are directly connected to student life such as Service-Learning and Volunteer Resources, the Center for Christian Service and Leadership, Students’ Association, Leadership Camps and others, Fleet said. “Students can be dually nominated by their college and another office on campus. Often, nominated stu-


dents stand out in multiple areas,” Fleet said. ;ACU has developed guidelines for its departments and colleges to use when selecting students in addition to the national standards, Fleet said. The university asks departments and colleges to nominate students who demonstrate scholarship ability, participate in academic and extracurricular activities, demonstrate service and leadership, potential for future achievement, leadership,

honesty, service, integrity and dependability. The national list of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges is published once a year in book format and is available for purchase. Scholarships are also available for students on the list. Bethany Bradshaw, senior English major from Henderson, is on the 2011 Who’s Who list. “Although I do not plan to purchase the book, because

I am a college student with limited resources, it is still an honor to be included,” Bradshaw said. In 2010, three scholarships were awarded nationwide. The largest was $5,000 in value and the least was $2,000. The scholarships are awarded at random, not based on merit as the entire list is assumed to demonstrate merit. contact Gasvoda at


Design students win awards Marissa Ferguson Staff Reporter

SANDRA AMSTUTZ // Arts editor

Pirates invade the stage during The Pirates of Penzance, showing Friday and Saturday.

Spring musical debuts improved technology Bailey Griffith Copy Editor

This spring’s musical comedy follows a group of misfit pirates with a soft spot for orphans who continuously loot their buccaneer benefactors. The Pirates of Penzance, originally written by Gilbert and Sullivan in 1879, will be performed at Fulks Theatre in the Williams Performing Arts Center on Friday, Saturday and April 14-16 at 7:30 p.m. Kari Hatfield, assistant professor in the Department of Theatre, is directing the production. “It’s a very ridiculous plotline with very fun music and a lot of comedic elements,” Hatfield said. “We’re using the whole space. Audience members need to be OK with possibly having their personal space invaded at times.”

Amy Simpson, administrative coordinator of the Department of Theatre, said the actors will move in and out of the audience throughout the production. Simpson also said the department is building an entire pirate ship to sit onstage for the production. In addition the ship, the production is using a new line of technology that allows the music conductor to conduct recorded tracks using a Wii remote. “Normally, when you’re using recorded music, you’re kind of tied to what they record,” Hatfield said. “The system that we’re using is called Right On Cue Systems. They created these performance tracks that were conduct-able and sound like you’re singing with an actual live orchestra.” Hatfield said she chose this specific production for its capacity to further train

the department’s students in more classical elements of theatre. “We wanted to do it because it’s really an iconic piece of musical theatre. I wanted it to be a technical challenge for (the students),” Hatfield said. “It has a huge cast, and that is also a bonus for us. It’s a very fun family show.” Hatfield said the play has a focus on different types of beauty in life, including art and poetry. “We find out that’s why the pirates go into this line anyway; it’s more about the poetry of it than the piracy of it,” Hatfield said. “That’s something that really resonates with us – the importance of beauty and art and how that enhances quality of life and relationships.” contact Griffith at

Three ACU students were honored for their creation in hotel design for the 25th annual Brass Ring design competition for interior designers. Ashley Ohlhausen, senior interior design major from Abilene, received the bronze award for her design, “Mareas Vivas Hotel.” Alex Potess, senior interior design major from Lubbock, and Lisha Cottrill, junior interior design major from Cedar Hill, both received honorable mentions for their work as well. With more than 1,600 entries, ACU was the only private university that earned awards. Kitty Wasemiller, professor of art and design, said that students had many categories to choose from entering this year, and that any material designed throughout the year was permitted for submission.

“The projects the students chose to enter in this time were all nonresidential and commercial,” Wasemiller said. “They were futuristic hotel designs for 20 years in the future, so that was interesting. The competition simply required that it be a commercial project, so their work was in there competing with hospitals, restaurants and a wide array of other things.” The background for the revolutionary designs were based off hospitality. “Our goal was to find technology that would be different than anything we know now,” Cottrill said. “Since it’s set 20 years in the future, I had to imagine what kind of things would be invented by then.” The biggest obstacle in designing the art, Cottrill said, was trying to create an establishment that met the needs of a futuristic society. “The most difficult part was trying to imagine what kind of needs people would

have in the future that could be settled with technology,” she said. “For example, a lot of the stuff that I came up with had to do with self-service and individualization, like walls that would change colors depending on what person was staying in that room for that weekend.” Wasemiller said the design competition boosts student drive, in both extracurricular aspects as well as possible careers. “Any time you have a winning entry, it definitely gives you a level of confidence confirming how you are in competition against your peers,” Wasemiller said. “That is always a big plus I will usually see in a student’s drive knowing that they have competed successfully. It makes them more bold and more capable in doing their next assignment to a greater degree just because of that confidence level.” contact Ferguson at


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QEP: Program PBJ: SA funds week of events to encourage field research Continued from page 1

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and then give students a chance to participate in research as they go deeper into their majors, Bolin said. “There will be opportunities outside of the classroom and in the classroom for students to do research with a faculty member,” Bolin said. “To facilitate that, we’ve helped to set up grants professors can apply for that provides stipends for professors and students to cover their extra work.” Grants for students and faculty to perform and present research will be available in the fall, Bolin said. Each major is encouraged to develop or revise a capstone project students can perform before graduation. “Pursuit” is designed to allow students to understand and experience how research is preformed in their field of study, Bolin said. The research will allow students to find their unique passions within their fields of study and open doors for employment and graduate school, Bolin said. Students have had positive reactions to the QEP, especially to the grants it provided, said Jeremy Foo, sophomore

political science and public relations major from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He was one of several students Bolin asked to represent the QEP to students at the Campus Center last week. Many science students Foo spoke to said they were already involved in research, and other students were in programs that enabled them to perform research. Foo said he believed “Pursuit” would be most beneficial to freshmen and students who didn’t understand the value of undergraduate research. “I saw this as an opportunity for students to take ownership of their degree,” Foo said. “Research allows you to become an expert in your field.” Foo said he believes that the QEP will work together with ACU’s 21st-century vision to enable students to be outstanding world leaders. However, to be most effective, both students and professors will have to take the time necessary to produce quality research. “I really hope everyone takes this opportunity,” Foo said.

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“It came about because the social clubs worked to create a committee,” Allen said. “Without SA this never would have happened.” SA Chief Development Officer Connor Best said SA allocated $4,400 to fund the event, which he called an overall great success. “It’s been a great chance to come out and have a good time with lots of people you may not know,” Best said. “Anytime we can do things like that it’s a good thing. Ideally, this will become an annual tradition.” Jessica Brown, sophomore marketing major from Arlington, attended Thursday’s event with the bounce houses. She said she enjoyed the opportunity to get outside for an afternoon. “I wish we had stuff like this more often,” Brown said. “It was a great

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Brenna Jefferies, freshman communication major from Bartonville, plays in a bounce house Thursday at the Post Break Jam. Three inflatable games were set up on campus. chance to hang out.” Genise Burnett, sophomore speech pathology major from Long Island, N.Y., also attended Thursday’s event. She said she was impressed

at the feeling of community generated by the event. She would also like to see more events like it. “It was just a very relaxing community

event,” Burnett said. “It’s great to see ACU students together like this.”

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Win: Contest urges innovation Continued from page 1

“The process helps participants move one step closer to making their idea a reality, provides valuable feedback from judges and a chance to win significant cash prizes,” Litton said. Litton said he encourages students with an idea or an interest in entrepreneurship to compete in next year’s competition. Joey Hatton, freshman youth and family ministry major from Sugar Land, is a fan of the Springboard Ideas Challenge on Facebook, where he won a restaurant coupon for “liking” the contest’s page. “Students who are passionate about their business ideas are able to share them and are given support,” Hatton said. “Whether it’s from professors or other professionals around them, they are encouraged to continue in their busi-

ness endeavors. I don’t know if any other university gives students that opportunity.” Hatton said that he would consider entering the contest if he had a business idea that he believed could be successful. “This contest shows that ACU really cares about their students and their future outside of ACU,” Hatton said. Hatton said that he was excited at the possibility of being involved in or hearing about the next big business idea. “I’m more supportive of the competition knowing that it’s happening here on the same campus I’m attending,” Hatton said. “Knowing students are already successfully thinking and maybe starting businesses here is pretty cool.”

quick facts Springboard announced winners of the competition in three divisions, and also handed out two individual awards to entrants. Student Division n 1st Place – Scholar Sphere: Asa Kusuma and Tim Johnston n 2nd Place – iMedical Online: Clayton Selby and Seth Thomas n Honorable Mentions – The Cellular Trap: Tyler Nolan, John Stevens and Derek Zimmerman; Chas Quisenberry; Super TwinBEAR: David Galaz, Chen Gong and Patrick Yan; and WalkThru: Joshua Archer, Chase Cobern and Justin Durko Community Pre-Revenue Division n 1st Place – Landman IO: Chad Hutchins n 2nd Place – Knox City Hometown Variety: Sheri Baty, Ezekial Duke, Marla Hawkins and Steve Pepper n Honorable Mentions – Carter Eyewear: Dr. Troy Carter and Tyler Lewis; and Cordell’s: Jason Beard and Joy Beard Community Post-Revenue Division n 1st Place – Indivijual Custom Eyewear: Randy Barnett n 2nd Place – Advantage Cubed: Coty Woolf n Honorable Mentions – Enchilada Express: Chris Norton; Urban Male Salon: Lindsey Soria; and Dream Spectrum Design: Charles Caddell and Shawn Altman Most Fundable Award n Landman IO: Chad Hutchins Social Entrepreneurship Award n Suffer Not the Children: Christina Batten and Kevin Batten

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Election: Four to run for vice President Continued from page 1

Julianne Hart, junior political science major from Austin, n Rebecca Dial, junior political science major from Lexington, SC, nNatalie Fleet, junior management major from Abilene. Heath Bracken, sophon

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more marketing major from Salado; and Carson Henley, junior biochemistry major from Colleyville will run for treasurer. SA vice president Jared Elk, senior political science major from Savoy, said although he thinks other students on campus could probably challenge Best in the race for president, he thinks Best will pull SA forward. “If possible, I would like to see someone run just to make sure he stays focused, works hard and stays humble,” Elk said. “But I’ve worked with him for the past year and I, personally, would have a hard time justifying anyone could do a better job.”

SA adds new regulations to endorsements After years of gray areas in the subject of endorsements, SA Vice President Jared Elk said student employees of the university cannot publicly endorse or disparage a candidate of the SA executive office election. Elk said the new rule mostly pertains to individuals or groups who have a lot of influence over large blocks of students such as SA officers and Residence Life employees. All SA officers and ResLife employees were notified of the changes, Elk said and RAs will only be allowed to put signs in lobby areas of dorms with RD permission. The rule also limits SA officers from publicly stating support or opposition of any candidate. The election committee will enforce the new regulations, and candidates are responsible for informing their supporters of the changes.

Elk said the thinks Best’s visions, desires and teamwork this year will transfer over to next year, along with some plans and goals they didn’t have time to accomplish during this year’s administration. Best agreed, saying he plans to complete many projects next year that will

be left unfinished at the end of the spring semester. Campaigning for executive offices began Thursday and will run through next week. Candidate debates will begin at 8 p.m. on Tuesday and students can receive two Chapel credits for attending. Elk said students could get involved with the debate early by leaving comments in the form of questions on videos of the candidates at Also, Elk said students will be able to text and email questions to the candidates during the debate. The candidates will address campus at 11 a.m. during Wednesday’s Chapel and voting will begin at 11:30 a.m. through 5 p.m. Wednesday through Thursday. contact Bailey at


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Abilene Events FRIDAY Aaron Gillespie, Timothy Palmer, & Confession Booth 7 p.m. Monks Coffee Shop

SATURDAY Bee Butler feat. Isaac Wright 8 p.m. Monks Coffee Shop

THURSDAY The Bright Light Social Hour, Hunters & Gatherers, and Hungry, Mother 7:30 p.m. Play Faire Family Fun Center

ACU Events FRIDAY & SATURDAY SHADES show 7:30 p.m. Cullen Auditorium

TUESDAY The Consul 2 p.m. Cullen Auditorium

App of the Week IntoNow Social Networking


IntoNow is somewhat of a hybrid between Shaazam and IMDB. Simply hold the microphone of the device up to a television and the app will identify what show and episode is playing. IntoNow can identify any episode that has aired in the past five years. Once an episode is indentified the user is provided with links to its IMDB, Netflix and iTunes pages. IntoNow is a free app available for devices with at least iOS 4.0.

Top left: The actresses playing the daughters of Major-General Stanley look on with concern. Bottom left: Caleb Robinson (center), junior theatre major from Abilene, portrays Major-General Stanley among a group of pirates and daughters during his feature musical number. Right: Andrew Lang, freshman theater major from Abilene, portrays one of the many dynamic pirates in The Pirates of Penzance.

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Energetic cast works hard for laughs Sandra Amstutz Arts Editor

On Thursday night, the ACU Department of Theatre premiered its final production of the academic year. The Pirates of Penzance, directed by Kari Hatfield, assistant professor of theatre, weaves a tale of tender-hearted pirates, an incompetent police force, a major general, a bustling group of sisters and a young man trying to find his place among them all. The play, written in 1879 by Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert, makes use of a very large cast and is filled with constant comedy

and music that will make you want to join the dance numbers on stage. Jace Reinhard, freshman theatre major from Greenville, Ill., holds the role of Frederic, the naive pirate apprentice that longs for love and a civilized life. Reinhard fills his performance with charm and remains fresh faced throughout fast-paced musical numbers and a plot that requires him to interact with almost every cast member. Frederic’s nurse, Ruth, is played by Kelley Barker, junior theatre major from Mesquite, who really comes alive in the second act. Providing the play with its most operatic moments is Brynn Smith, sophomore theater major from Fort Worth,

who plays Frederic’s beloved, Mabel. Smith beautifully procures the show’s most challenging notes and provides calm moments among the craziness. Mabel’s father is Major-General Stanley and is nobly portrayed by Caleb Robinson, junior theater major from Abilene. Robinson doesn’t break a sweat when he takes on the iconic and ridiculously rapid song, “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General.” In addition to these lead characters are the pirates, Major-General Stanley’s daughters and policemen that aren’t afraid to fill the theater and interact with the audience. The daughters maintain a balance of fear and flirtation while the policemen create an air of uniformed ineptitude. Having the most obvious fun on stage are the pi-

rates. These men fill the show with weapons, dancing and acrobatics. While all the cast members work well in the various groups, two stand out because of their excellent comedic timing. Andrew Lang, freshman theatre major from Abilene, and Brittany Taylor, senior theatre major from Saginaw, never miss an opportunity to provide a laugh. Amid this large cast, the character that will constantly grab your attention is the Pirate King. Peter Hargrave, junior theatre major from Amarillo, performs this role with never-ending energy. In contrast to Frederic, the Pirate King has no qualms about his profession and relishes being as rakish and audacious as possible. Hargrave’s affection for this character shows as he excitedly milks his every move for comedic effect. In addition to his abounding body language, Hargrave improvises great pieces of dialogue during hectic scenes that are worth paying extra attention to.

Tying together all of these performances are an amazing set of songs. The music of The Pirates of Penzance maintains relevance despite being over 130 years old. Many of these numbers will most likely be recognizable because they continue to be sampled and parodied to this day. The Pirates of Penzance is a classic that almost should be required viewing for any cultured individual. However, more important than its history, is its ability to provide plenty of laughter. Shows will continue Friday, Saturday and April 14-16 at 7:30 p.m. in Fulks Theater. Tickets are $15 and can purchased at the Williams Performing Arts Center box office or online at www. contact Amstutz at

Arthur Apr. 8

(Warner Bros.)


Apr. 8

(Focus Features)

Your Highness Apr. 8


Soul Surfer Apr. 8


Born to Be Wild Apr. 8

(Warner Bros.)


(Magnolia Pictures)

Apr. 8

Exodus Fall (Oakhurst Pictures)

Apr. 8

DVD The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Summit Entertainment)

Apr. 8

The Paranoids Apr. 12


Heartless Apr. 12

(IFC Films)

Country Strong (Sony Pictures)

White Material (IFC Films)

Apr. 12 Apr. 12

MUSIC Foo Fighters Wasted Light

Apr. 12

Atmosphere The Family Sign

Apr. 12

Bell X1 Bloodless Coup

Apr. 12

Crystal Stilts In Love With Oblivion

Apr. 12

Brett Dennen Loverboy

The Feelies Here Before

Apr. 12 Apr. 12

Holy Ghost! Holy Ghost!

Apr. 12

Low Peter Hargrave, junior theatre major from Amarillo, raucously portrays the Pirate King. Photos by SANDRA AMSTUTZ // Arts Editor


Apr. 12

Meat Puppets Lollipop

Apr. 12

Agnes Obel Philharmonics

Apr. 12

Panda Bear Tomboy

Apr. 12

The Pretty Reckless Light Me Up

Apr. 12


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April 8, 2011


AT&T Learning Studio benefits students What can the AT&T Learning Studio and its 8-foot screen do for you? More than you might expect. The studio offers students and faculty $1.8 million dollars of revolutionary technology, a friendly staff and spacious work areas found in no other location on campus. Computers in the Learning Studio come equipped with a host of design and editing programs such as Photoshop, Flash, Illustrator and Final Cut Express.

Students and faculty who don’t own all the necessary tools can still complete multimedia projects by using the Learning Studio during library hours. The studio also provides convenient and spacious work areas. Students can reserve small group meeting rooms and studios to record podcasts, practice speeches and interviews and use other audio and video equipment. Students can use these areas to map out group projects and display laptop or mo-

bile phone content onto bigger screens. But the Brown Library’s third floor center does not stop at providing top-of-theline equipment and group workspaces. Dr. Kyle Dickson, director of the studio, said they will offer tutorial classes, focus groups and media specialists to answer all users’ technology questions. These experts will transform ideas into realities and eliminate the over-used excuse, “I don’t know how to do that.” When students and faculty need to work off cam-

The Funny Funnies

pus, they can check out audio and video equipment to create personal, course and campus projects without shelling out hundreds of dollars on equipment. Students have already used the studio to edit FilmFest submissions and personal videos. They’ve filled dry erase boards with words, phrases and pictures in collaboration rooms. They’ve used the large iMac screens to design graphics and posters. The Learning Studio has checked out cameras,

the issue

With a new Learning Studio in the library many students and faculty are not aware of services offered.

our take

Students now have the facilities, equipment and instruction to develop both recreational and class multimedia projects. batteries and recorders to students working on media projects for classes. Although some students and faculty may perceive the Learning Studio as just a new room on campus with colorful walls and a multitude of Apple products, in reality, the center fosters creative learning across disciplines.

Students and faculty should take AT&T’s advice to “Rethink Possible,” by taking advantage of the available equipment, open workspaces and media specialists to generate a multitude of wellcrafted projects.


By Morgan Davis

League, players should negotiate Rounding the Bases By Brandon Tripp


Faith alleviates fallibility of plans Conscientious Conjecture By Laura Acuff

On June 6, 1944, many thousands of men thundered up heavily fortified beaches in France during the Allies’ Operation Overlord effort to turn the tide of World War II. While the D-Day InAcuff vasion succeeded, thousands of men lost their lives. Some sank to the depths immediately, cut down as soon as they hit the roaring surf. Others made it to the beaches only to fall in combat with Axis soldiers. Perhaps a more harrowing fate belonged to those caught in between – the ones whose feet felt the sandy shore before suffering wounds that left them gasping for breath as the rising tide approached, drawing nearer with each heave of the ocean.

Fallen comrades, woundAnd then I remembered the most ed farther up crucial aspect of any of my plans: God. the beach, And the way I see it, no matter how watched helplessly as their detailed my plans, I’m not big enough brothers in to derail his. arms drowned in the tide, devoured slowly by the on- and C for almost every sce- be good — whatever I did, coming waves. nario. A former Girl Scout, I could be fulfilled. I’ve seen death. I’ve I’m always prepared. And then I remembered watched it snatch children Any workload seems the most crucial aspect of from their parents, friends manageable, no task any of my plans: God. And from their loved ones and looms too daunting and the way I see it, no matter would-be survivors from no curve ball careens too how detailed my plans, I’m their intending rescuers. crazily, as long as one has not big enough to derail his. But I’ve never faced it. a plan. Heaven forbid, we ever So I can’t say with any When I began planning find ourselves actually certainty which of the for life after ACU, those stranded on a beach, ofwounded soldiers’ posi- plans became scarily am- fering our mortality for the tions was actually the biguous. When people safety and peace of man. worst, in examination of asked where I would go But the sacrifice of those their situation on that and what I would do after who did, serves as a conD-Day Invasion. But I do graduation, I wasn’t even stant reminder that at some know which soldier I envy sure which continent to point in life, we all will feel least, which fate I would tell them. helpless to some extent. dread most: the woundAs a planner, the mulAnd when the waves ed warrior cut down, lis- titude of variables began roll in and I find myself or tening helplessly as his to tie my insides in a knot those I love floundering, friends drowned nearby, of nerves. I’m glad my plans aren’t crying for help he could An evening with friends the last defense. not administer. finally calmed me down. As a goal-oriented indi- They reminded me that contact Acuff at vidual, I develop a plan A, B wherever I went, life could

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draft prospects, who are normally invited to New York to be at the draft, not attend because how could they possibly want to shake the hand of the man that is keeping them from playing. This is just one more reason that the more this thing drags out, the more we see fans jumping from the players’ side and into the owners’ corner. Thankfully, at least one of the top prospects, Von Miller of Texas A&M, has already come out and said regardless of the NFLPA, which technically doesn’t exist, he will attend the draft and

Litigation is now the buzzword in regards to the NFL and the NFLPA’s labor dispute. That is because neither side has been able to work at the negotiating part of neTripp gotiations that were taking place a few short weeks ago. Now most fans have beef with both sides mostly because they threaten to ruin many a fall season for NFL fans, but DeMaurice Smith It’s high time that has been the most Smith be shown baffling and unbelievable negothat just because he tiator ever seen is a lawyer, doesn’t in a labor dispute mean everything since most of us have been alive. needs to be solved He has the playin front of a judge. ers convinced that they are indeed hurting for cash, which will shake the commisthey are not. In reality sioners hand. if the players had their It’s high time that way, they would be mak- Smith be shown that just ing more money than the because he is a lawyer, owners. But, I have never doesn’t mean everything known a business where needs to be solved in front the employee makes of a judge. The more we more money than the look at the day the NFLPA employer. It’s just not a decertified the more it good business idea. becomes clear that Smith The players are had no intention of agreeclaiming that NFL own- ing to any terms with the ers are low-balling them NFL because the NFL on projections for rev- came in during the early enue over the next four afternoon and offered the years. Here is the deal: players a deal which, for The owners are project- all intents and purposes, ing those numbers, yes, is what they wanted. but as we have seen in Smith shot it down and the last couple of years basically told the NFL to those projections are not shove off and he wanted always met. When those this to go down in court. projections are not met So until both sides wise the owners have to eat up, especially the nonexthe money they fall short istent NFLPA, NFL fans on. So in essence, the across America and the players want the NFL to world will have to prepare take all the risk without to sit down on Sundays and being rewarded. watch bowling on ESPN. Smith and the rest of the players have also contact Tripp at asked that the top 17

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‘Team first’ mind-set critical for tennis success Mark Smith

Sports Reporter

The ACU men’s tennis team will be in Oklahoma over the weekend for three matches against three different schools, including one Division I team. The men will take on Oklahoma State University, part of the Big 12 Conference, at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Cowboys will host the Wildcats in Stillwater, bringing a 3-9 record into the match with the Wildcats. OSU has lost five straight matches to Division I opponents.

“It’s always fun for the team when we go up against Division I teams,” said junior Eldad Campbell. “But we try to play every match with the same level of discipline and intensity, whether we’re up against Division I or Division III. We always compete with a high level of professionalism.” The Wildcats will have no time to rest after facing OSU, as the men have a doubleheader Sunday, taking on East Central University and Southeastern Oklahoma State. Both Sunday matches are

against Lone Star Conference rivals. “We can’t control the outcomes,” Campbell said. “We can control our effort, and I guarantee everyone on the team will be giving 110 percent every day.” Campbell is ranked among the top 10 singles players in the Lone Star Conference, but is not letting that distract his focus. “When I go out on the court, my No. 8 ranking won’t determine whether or not I win the match; how I compete is what’s important.” Sophomore Hans Hach is the No. 1 ranked singles

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player in the conference, and he and his doubles partner, junior Jake Hendrie, are the No. 3 team in the nation. “I’m proud of my rankings but this is all about the team,” Hach said. “We are ranked ‘nothing.’ We need to keep getting tougher in order to win regionals, and then nationals.” The men are coming off a weekend in the Southeast U.S., losing a match against Auburn UniversityMontgomery last Saturday and defeating Columbus State University the next day, moving their record

We are ranked ‘nothing.’ We need to keep getting tougher in order to win regionals, and then nationals. HANS HACH // sophomore tennis player for the ACU Wildcats

to 13-8 on the season. After the weekend, the No. 7 Wildcats have a short break before taking on Cameron University on Wednesday at 3 p.m. The matches will take place on the ACU campus at Eager Tennis Center, where ACU students can get free hot dogs and Dr Pepper. “It’s

a big match,” added Hach. “If we win we will host regionals; we need people to come out.” This weekend’s match will be the last match for the men’s tennis team to host this season. contact Smith at



Reeves: Schedule will toughen up Continued from page 8

DANIEL GOMEZ // Chief Photographer

Jason Harris winds up to pitch against Delta State. The Wildcats play at home Friday and Saturday against Northeastern State.

Preview: Runs will spark wins Continued from page 8

from Southeastern Oklahoma, ENMU managed to plate just 10 runs in three games. ACU’s bats should not find runs difficult to come by against the second worst pitching staff in the LSC. The Greyhounds have allowed double-digit run totals in eight of their 19 conference games this season, second worst in the conference. ACU will also rely on a newfound pitching product on their staff. Sky Va-

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lenzuela has become one of Bonneau’s go-to relievers since he made the transition to the mound just two weeks ago. During those two weeks, Valenzuela has an ERA of 1.23 allowing just one earned run in his 7.1 innings of work, striking out six during that time. “Having him on the mound has been wonderful,” said Bonneau. “He is such a smart player and he has good stuff.” If the last four season series between these two teams is any indication, the

Having him (Valenzuela) on the mound has been wonderful. BRITT BONNEAU // Head Coach of ACU baseball

Wildcats should be well on their way to moving into the top six in the conference. ACU is 12-4 over the last four seasons, nearly doubling up the Greyhounds in runs scored with an average of 8.8 runs per contest. The Wildcats and Greyhounds will open their series Friday at 7:05 p.m. at

Crutcher Scott Field. The series will conclude with a doubleheader Saturday. The first pitch for the first game of the day is scheduled for 2:05 p.m., and the second game is scheduled to start at 4:35 p.m. contact Tripp at

contact Shake at



Wind: Wildcats finish second Continued from page 8

and should not be taken lightly no matter their recent history. “Texas Woman’s is going to show up and play like they always do. They do the little things right and have a way of getting wins,” Reeves said. The Texas Woman’s offense runs through leadoff hitter Bailey Vrazel. The freshman leads the team in four major offensive categories, including batting average, runs, hits and stolen bases. “She is what makes that team so dangerous. Her ability to get on base and make opposing teams pay is something we’ve been focusing on in practice this week,” Reeves said. “We have to limit her when we’re on defense.” Vrazel is TWU’s offensive catalyst due to her ability to make things happen on the basepath. She leads the LSC in stolen bases (49) and is second in Division II in stolen base efficiency. This is something that ACU catcher Erin Gilliland will try to limit, and she is ready for that challenge.

“They are a very sound team on the basepaths. They take advantage of every opportunity to run and will no doubt challenge me. We’ve really been working on limiting bad throws and having clean exchanges in practice so we can keep the damage to a minimum. It’s our goal to keep Vrazel off the basepaths,” Gilliland said. The Wildcats enter Friday’s game on a three-game losing streak, but are hopeful that things will go accordingly against TWU if they get back on track offensively hitting the ball and continue to improve defensively. “You know, every team goes through small hitting droughts like we did last weekend. It’s part of the game. But we’ve been focusing on hitting this week in practice and I feel like we’ll be ready for this series,” Reeves said. Abby Burns, a TWU softball player, was recently diagnosed with leukemia. To allow her teammates to attend an event in support of Burns, the teams will play two games Friday and one game Saturday.

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for the 12th time this year as senior Bouniol led the tournament after the opening two rounds were marred by strong gusts that toyed with other golfers. Bouniol hung tough though and played consistently enough for a high finish. Bouniol and Carpenter were joined in the top 10 by junior Tyler Sheppard. Sheppard shot the same as Carpenter and finished alongside him in ninth.

the Wildcats made a late rally and won their first conference championship since 1995. Not only did the Wildcats have success at the team level, but CYRIL BOUNIOL // senior golfer for Bouniol and Carpenter the ACU Wildcats shared the individual title Next week the Wildcats Antonio on April 18-19. after Carpenter birdied will take a much-needed The Wildcats are one of the 18th hole of the final break after having tour- the favorites in the event round to force a tie. naments in the past two along with the other two weekends. The break will teams from the top of the also provide the ’Cats an leaderboard last weekend, opportunity to prepare for UCO and Cameron. the Lone Star Conference Last year at the concontact Gwin at Championships in San ference championships,

Everybody gave his best. We just got beat by a UCO team that played an unreal round Tuesday.


Lockout: Fans feel pain when game is business Continued from page 8

the lockout is a huge problem because it is not just billionaires arguing with millionaires; this is something that will affect the entire sports world and the American economy as a whole. I personally believe that an agreement will eventually be made between

the owners and players. However, considering where both parties stand right now, it seems like an agreement is still a long ways off. Lockouts are the worst things that can happen to a serious fan of any sport in one. The NFL is in a lockout and one with the NBA is looming on the horizon as well.

I plead to you athletes and owners that you remember the game that you love, and stop being selfish and come to an agreement. If not for yourselves and your well being, do it for the fans because the fans need this more than you do. contact Cantrell at

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Standings BASEBALL Team


Tarleton St. 15-6 SE OK St. 15-6 SW OK St. 17-7 UIW 16-8 WTAMU 13-8 Cameron 13-8 ACU 12-9 TAMU-K 13-11

Ovrl. 25-7 19-12 26-10 19-12 24-11 20-11 19-14 17-15



7-2 ASU ACU 6-3 UIW 5-4 Tarleton St.5-4 WTAMU 4-5 TWU 4-5 TAMU-K 3-6 ENMU 2-7

Ovrl. 30-5 21-20 20-18 17-16 27-11 21-17 22-19 10-28




April 8, 2011

Bouniol carries ’Cats despite weather

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“It was pretty rough trying to control your golf ball when the Weather It seems as though since Channel said to secure no other golfers have been your patio furniture and able to stop Alex Carpen- that it was hazardous for ter, the weather had to people to drive small vestep in. High winds and hicles,” Carpenter said. colder temperatures halt- “But for the conditions, ed Carpenter’s hot streak I was proud of how our for a week, at least at the team hung in there.” UCO/Kickingbird Classic Defending Division II in Edmond, Okla. Car- national champion Cyril penter finished in ninth, Bouniol led the Wildcats, shooting 11 over par for finishing in a tie for third the tournament. behind three consecutive

Austin Gwin Sports Editor


It was pretty rough trying to control your golf ball when the Weather Channel said to secure your patio furniture ... ALEX CARPENTER // sophomore golfer for the ACU Wildcats

rounds at two over par. “It was tough playing such extreme conditions,” Bouniol said. “It showed us that no matter what the conditions are we are a very competitive team.”

The Wildcats finished second as a team but they were nowhere close to host Central Oklahoma University. UCO was easily the best team on the second day of the tournament and

In the playoff hunt

n The

women’s soccer team defeated Hardin-Simmons University on Wednedsay in a shootout at the HSU Soccer Complex. Andrea Carpenter scored the Wildcats’ lone goal. This is the third time the teams have scrimmaged each other, and ACU has won each contest over the defending Division III national champions.

Player Profile

The baseball team will host Eastern New Mexico on Friday at 7:05 p.m. The team will then play a doubleheader Saturday starting at 2 p.m at Crutcher Scott Field. n

Softball will travel to Dallas to play Texas Woman’s University Friday at 5 p.m. and then play a doubleheader Saturday starting at 1 p.m. n


Lockout goes far beyond players

unwelcoming to the Pioneers too, as they are on a five-game losing skid. But Reeves knows that they are a dangerous team

When millionaires argue with billionaires, who wins? I do not know which side wins, but I do know who loses and that is the fans. On the surface, the NFL lockout is between Cantrell the players and the owners. Both sides are arguing over salaries and contracts. They quarrel over how many games will be played and how much money rookies should be receiving as a signing bonus. I know the NFL is a business, first and foremost, just as all professional sports are businesses. I am not here to argue that players should not get paid or that owners should not make money. The main problem with this is that the lockout is bigger than just the dispute between the owners and players. The fans are the ones that truly get locked out in this situation. Just think about Fantasy Football next year. Besides all of the companies that make money from this selling magazines or managing leagues, NFL Fantasy Football is a huge industry that will be directly locked out next season. Something interesting to think about is if the NFL will use replacement players. This would actually make Fantasy Football very interesting, but not as fun because nobody would know who to draft. This possibility intrigues me, but personally I would rather have Peyton Manning as my quarterback than Shane Falco. Jobs have been affected, considering everyone who works with an NFL team or with a stadium is currently not needed. The economy will take a huge hit, considering people will not be spending money on tickets or games. This is not just about the players or owners; the NFL lockout affects people and families all across the country. America needs professional football. America needs the NFL. Even if you are not an NFL fan,

see REEVES page 7

see LOCKOUT page 7

The Lone Star Conference partnered with Texas Woman’s University in support of TWU’s Abby Burns, who has leukemia. Through merchandise sales, the LSC raised $2,200 in support of Burns last weekend at the LSC Crossover Tournament.


see WIND page 7

Just a Bit Outside Ryan Cantrell


J.R. Roland, outfielder from Renton, Wash., has had a productive season for the Wildcats. The junior is in the top five for Roland the Wildcats in 10 different offensive categories. Roland ranks third in batting average (.357), second in slugging percentage, second in on-base percentage, third in hits, fourth in RBIs and third in total bases. He is a transfer from Salt Lake Community College, where he led the team in batting average, home runs and doubles as a freshman. He was also a first team all-region pick as a sophomore for the Bruins.

ran off with the victory beating the second-place ’Cats by 19 strokes. Cameron University rounded out the top three, four strokes behind ACU. “Everybody gave his best,” Bouniol said. “We just got beat by a UCO team that played an unreal round Tuesday.” It looked as if the Wildcats would put a player at the top of the podium

DANIEL GOMEZ // Chief Photographer

Cameron Bankston makes a catch in the outfield. The Wildcats have won their last three conference series to continue to hang around in the race for the sixth and final playoff seed. ACU will need to keep winning in order to clinch a spot in the LSC playoffs.

The Wildcats have won to stay alive in the playoff picture Brandon Tripp Sports Director

The Wildcats look to continue their recent roll in the Lone Star Conference this weekend against an Eastern New Mexico team that has struggled to score runs this season sitting in

last place in runs scored for the year. ACU has managed to stay relevant in the conversation for the LSC Championship Tournament field. The Wildcats, currently in seventh, have won seven of their last nine LSC games to put them just one game out of the sixth and final spot in the LSC tournament field. “We all know what we have to do,” said ACU Head

Coach Britt Bonneau. “We know if we don’t win, we don’t go to the tournament, and these guys have been great.” With the recent surge the Wildcats have moved into the top five in the conference in batting average and runs scored in conference. However, Bonneau’s squad is still struggling on the mound. ACU pitching is allowing an average of 7.77 runs per game during

their stretch of seven wins in nine games. Pitching may not present too big of a problem for ACU since the Wildcats will face the third worst batting team by average in the LSC. The Greyhounds come into the weekend batting just .288 as a team, well below the LSC average of .311. In a weekend series with the LSC’s leading team, Savage Storm see PREVIEW page 7


ACU maintains second in LSC Bryson Shake

Assistant Sports Editor

The ACU softball team is looking to rebound off a 1-4 weekend at the Lone Star Conference Crossover Tournament last weekend as they head to Denton to take on Texas Woman’s on Friday and Saturday. The Wildcats (21-20, 6-3) had a subpar showing at the LSC Crossover Tournament, yet are still second in the LSC South standings behind No. 10 Angelo State. As the conference schedule progresses, every game for the Wildcats from here on out is critical as the conference postseason tournament looms on the horizon. “Our schedule is dwindling down, meaning that

DANIEL GOMEZ // Chief Photographer

Melissa Mendoza hits against the University of the Incarnate Word earlier this season. every series from here until the end of our conference schedule is crucial. We have to bring our ‘A’ game to every game and play to the best of our ability in order to be where we

want to be,” Head Coach Bobby Reeves said. Texas Woman’s (4-5, 21-17) will be a formidable opponent for the ’Cats. The LSC Crossover Tournament proved to be

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