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students’ association INSIDE OPINION The newly elected SA officers address ACU with guest columns

Elected officers preparing for terms josh garcia managing editor

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J.P. Ralston won the runoff for Students’ Association executive treasurer. Voting for president, vice president and treasurer took place Wednesday and Thursday. After tallying the results Thursday evening, Dylan Benac was declared SA’s next president, with Rodney Johnson securing the position of vice presi-

position in the initial election. Ralston received 558 votes; Eidson received 373 votes; and Goodman received 224 votes. To win, a candidate must earn more than 50 percent of the vote. Ralston earned 49.5 percent benac johnson of the vote, just short of vicdent. However, The election tory. of treasurer was too close to Ralston and Eidson call. squared off Friday in a runRalston, junior finance off. A total of 710 students major from Plano, ran voted. Eidson, sophomore against Tyler Eidson and see elections page 4 Karsten Goodman for the


mandy lambright chieF Photographer J.P. Ralston, junior finance and accounting major from Plano, won Friday’s runoff election with more than 60 percent of the vote.

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Runners fear how Boston bombs will change sport

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NEWS Writing Center to host Write Nights Page 3


FUNDRAISING Student event raises more than $1,500 for Parkinson’s research

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Baseball team takes last 3 of 4-game series, 1 game behind first place in LSC Page 8

SPORTS Softball team sweeps 3-game series vs. Angelo State Page 7

asia todd design editor Annelise Hernandez, senior psychology major from El Paso, serves up pancakes at the ‘Pancakes for Parkinson’s’ event in Gardner Hall.

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NEWS Black students share their experiences as minorities Page 3

NEWS SAA receives awards for student advancement Page 3

Another “boys vs. girls” competition raised more than $1,500 for Parkinson’s disease research with breakfast food. On Thursday evening, about 250 students came through the Gardner West lobby to enjoy pancakes, live music and socializing with other students at the Pancakes for Parkinson’s fun-

draiser event, led by Addie Schmitz, sophomore youth and family ministry major from Grapevine. Residents from women’s residence halls competed against men’s halls to see which side could donate the most before the night was over. IHOP donated the pancakes, and student bands Jane and the Gentlemen and The Dogwoods performed. Addie’s father, Gary Schmitz, has fought Parkinson’s for 13 years and spoke


about his gratitude and struggle with the disease. Addie, a resident assistant in Gardner Hall, said she is glad that ACU helped the researchers get closer to a cure. “It meant the world to me to see everyone wanting to help out and support it,” Addie said. “The place was packed within 15 minutes and I was crying tears of joy that that many people cared. It really inspired my dad and my parents got to see the ‘ACU difference.’”

Brandy Rains, also a Gardner RA, said it was touching to see how the disease has affected Addie and her family. “Being on Gardner’s staff with Addie made this event more than just donating to a good cause,” said Rains, junior art education major from Fort Worth. “I love seeing what the ACU community can do at events like this.”

ACU endurance athletes believe the bombing in Monday’s Boston Marathon has negatively changed the sport forever. Two blasts exploded near the finish line a little more than four hours into the race, sending the crowd and exhausted runners into a panic. The explosions killed three people, including an 8-year-old boy, and injured dozens more and caused major cities around the nation to heighten their security. Jonathan Martin, president of the ACU Triathlon Club, said race organizers

The sport of marathon will never be the same.”

jonathan martin president of the triathlon club

will now have to tighten security. “Every race is going to have to prove their races are safe,” said Martin, junior biology major from San Antonio. “The sport of marathon will never be the same.” Drew Boles, a member in the Triathlon Club, ran the Austin Marathon in Febmid-March. A total of 30 sion I. handicapped seats were inScot Colley, executive di- ruary. He said he fears the stalled. rector of risk management bombings and the precauThe project would nor- and construction, was un- tions the organizers may take will discourage people mally have been completed available for interview. from participating. during the summer, but it “It’s already a hassle to would have interfered with contact garcia at cosmetic work being done see boston page 3 for the transition to Divicontact smith at

Moody finishes wheelchair ramps

ONLINE NEWS Theatre chair chosen as director for New York festival

VIDEO ‘Footloose’ will entertain audience for two more weekends

ties Act of 1990, the project aimed to provide accessible managing editor seating for individuals with disabilities. ADA requires The construction project in that establishments, includMoody is now complete. ing universities, accommoAs part of ACU’s continu- date for disabled individuals ing efforts to comply with where feasible. the Americans with DisabiliConstruction began in

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Senior drops 100 with SRWC’s help cristina williamson student reporter

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In 47 weeks, Prentis McCarty, senior criminal justice major from Houston, reached a life changing weight loss goal of 100 pounds through the Royce and Pam Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center. McCarty’s challenge began

when a friend asked him to run a half marathon. Initially he hesitated, but through encouragement of friends McCarty finished the race. However, this mccarty was only the start. McCarty’s workouts started out slowly as he began to reach his

intended goal. He started out his program with the help of the SRWC staff by running for five minutes on treadmill at an average speed 3 times a week and then cycle for 10 minutes 2 times a week. “You have to start slow and progress each week, never give up once the pain comes,” he said. Each week McCarty pushed himself to run or cycle for another

minute longer. He became a vegetarian and began eating right and eventually added weights to his workout. As of Friday, McCarty has hit his goal of losing over 100 pounds in 47 weeks. He is planning on trying to loose another 10 pounds before his one year mark on May 14. see mccarty page 4


Co-chairs preparing for 2014 show of ‘love’ brock niederhofer student reporter

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

Although Sing Song only ended two months ago, new co-chairs for next year’s “What About Love?” show have already been selected and will be hard at work for the next several months. The new co-chairs for this coming year are Amanda Clary, junior accounting



major from Denton; Ashley Crisp, sophomore communication disorders major from Dallas; Brady Johnson, junior multimedia major

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of last week,” said Mark Jackson, director of student organizations and programs. Co-chair interviews were open to all students. This year, 10 students apjohnson morgan plied and went through the from Round Rock and Zeke process of a 20-30 minute Morgan, sophomore psy- interview for each applichology major from Keller. cant. That list was narrowed “We had [co-chair in- down to four finalists. terviews] all last week, so “In recent times we’ve

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had anywhere from three to five co-chairs,” said Tom Craig, director of student activities and productions, “but the norm is typically four.” Jackson said the students who applied were asked several questions during their interviews about this coming year including “Why do you want to do see show page 4

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11:00 a.m. Meek Blood Center

11 a.m. University Scholars Chapel

All Day - Project Merge

9 p.m. Siggie-Moonie Rush

5 p.m. Gamma Sigma Phi Rush

All Day - Tennis LSC at Southlake

7 p.m. Frater Sodalis Rush

2 p.m. Softball at Eastern New Mexico

7 p.m. Ko Jo Kai Rush

7 p.m. Baseball at Tarleton

7:30 p.m. ACU Jazz Band Concert

7 p.m. SHADES Show

2 p.m. Baseball at Tarleton

9 p.m. Pi Kappa Rush

7:30 p.m. Footloose ACU Theatre

7:30 p.m. Footloose ACU Theatre

8 p.m. Freshman Formal

8 p.m. CC - Abilene Philharmonic

Chapel checkup

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All Day - Project Merge All Day - Tennis LSC at Southlake All Day - Track at Michael Johnson Classic 12 p.m. Softball at Eastern New Mexico

Around Abilene April 17

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12 p.m. As part of the “Art in the 21st Century” series, a showing of the movie “Protest” will be at The Center for Contemporary Arts, 220 Cypress St. Free admission.

8 a.m. A fishing tournament 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Lake Fort Phantom Hill. Registration is open from 8-9 a.m. at Johnson Park. Admission is $5 for scouts and $10 for nonscouts. Proceeds will benefit Hawley Girl Scout Troop 7123. For more information call 325-669-9777.

8:30 a.m. A church-wide yard sale fundraiser will be open from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 3302 State St.

11:30 a.m. Songfest Celebration will be 1:30-5 p.m. at Northwest Church of Christ, 1141 N. Willis St. A hamburger and hotdog cookout will be 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission is free. For more information call 325-518-2238. Police Log Announcements Shades Step Squad presents Reminiscing the 90’s April 19 and 20 starting at 7 p.m. in Gym D of the SWRC. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 pre-sale and $7 at the door. Tickets will be sold in the Campus Center from 11-2 p.m. April 15-19.

The Brown Library is looking for a few students from different majors to help plan the next library learning space. The meeting will occur April 22 at 11:45 a.m. in the Adams Center Bamboo Room. The 58th annual ACU Rodeo will be April Lunch will be provided. To sign up click 25 at 6:30 p.m. Registration is currently on the link in the ACU announcements. in the Campus Center from 11:30 a.m.The ACU Career Center is now on Pin- 1:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. The 30th annual Kirk Goodwin Run will terest. Go to April 27. Register at www.TheKGR. center to begin following the boards com. from the ACU Career Center Pinterest today. Upward Bound is still looking for male summer advisors to come work with high school students for six weeks this summer.

ACU Theatre presents Footloose April 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27. Half-price tickets are available after 7 p.m. on the day of the performance. You must show your ACU Student ID at the WPAC Box Office. Alpha Kai Omega is hosting a Kickball Tourney to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life April 22-23. You can sign up on IMleagues. com. Sign ups will also be available in the campus center April 15-17 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

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

ies to vehicles, bag, stock and pick up orders on Mondays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. The Food Pantry is located at 701 Walnut St. For more information contact Becky Almanza at 325-673-1234 or The Christian Service Center is seeking volunteers to help assist with filling requests for items such as clothing, bedding, kitchen utensils, etc. from the donation center, sort and organize donations and occasionally pick-up donated items. Volunteers are needed every weekday and the first Saturday of each month between 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. For more information contact Roberta Brown at 325-673-7561 or at For more information on the program visit: http:// The Food Bank of West Central Texas needs volunteers to help sort and stock food and other items any weekday Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The Food Bank is located at 5505 N. 1st St. For more information contact Janice Serrault at 325-695-6311 or abfoodbk@camalott. com. Meals on Wheels Plus needs volunteer drivers to deliver afternoon meals to seniors and adults with disabilities MondayFriday between 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Drivers must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license. Training is provided. For more information contact Samantha Barker at 352-672-5050 or visit: http:// The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers for a variety of needs including sorting and pricing items in the thrift store, helping in the kitchen and/or doing yard work. Times are flexible. Volunteers are needed throughout the week MondaySaturday. The Salvation Army is located at 1726 Butternut St. For more information contact J.D. Alonzo at 325-677-1408 or visit:

The House That Kerry Built is looking for volunteers to assist in the day care of medically fragile children any day Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. or 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Contact Keith Loftin at 325672-6061. The International Rescue Committee is seeking volunteers to work with refugees who recently moved to the U.S., teaching English, helping with homework and mentoring. Contact Susanna Lubango to make an appointment at 325-675-5643. The Covenant Place of Abilene is seeking volunteers to lead singing and/or play piano for residents. For more information contact Ann Erwin at 325-793-1144. University Place is seeking volunteers to help with the resident birthday party for residents the third Wednesday of each month at 2:30 p.m. For more information contact Linda Tijerina at 325-676-9946. Breakfast on Beech Street is seeking volunteers to help set up, prepare and serve breakfast to homeless/lower income folks any Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 5:30 a.m. or Tuesday at 5 a.m. B.O.B.S is located at First Christian Church on 3rd St. and Beech St. Service times must be scheduled in advance. To serve on Mondays contact Jody Depriest at 325-669-3312 or jody.depriest@gmail. com. To serve on Tuesdays contact Allen Daugherty at 325-660-6949 or To serve on Wednesdays contact Jane Harvey at 325-695-0092 or To serve on Thursdays contact Margaret Beasley at 325692-4149 or To serve on Fridays contact Rachel Brown at Christian Homes & Family Services is seeking volunteers to do minor landscaping such as raking, trimming bushes, minor apartment repairs and general upkeep Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information contact Shaylee Honey at 325-677-2205 or Shoney@

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



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Students share minority experiences in discussion Denzil lim staff videographer

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Sara Bishop, freshman biology major from Longmont, Colo., signs in at the Sigma Theta Chi Camp Siggie rush.

Though this year’s student body has the highest diversity percentage of any class, there are still many issues minorities have to face. The last Sundaes on Mondays of the semester addressed the experiences of minorities at ACU. Byron Martin, director of the Office of Multicultural Enrichment, moderated the conversations with students Kenyon Jackson, senior psychology major from Oxnard, Calif.; Catherine Narvaez, president of Hispanos Unidos and senior sociology major from San Antonio; and Gabriel Elorreaga, vice president of Hispanos Unidos and senior political science major from San Antonio.

The conversation was held in the Mabee Core Classroom from 8-9 p.m. The topic ranged from facing subtle racist remarks to the ignorance of not knowing the difference between ethnicity and culture. Some students explained their experience of racism through stereotypes. “The most memorable experience happened in my freshmen year. My roommate and I were Hispanics, but my hall would call us Mexicans,” Elloreaga said. “Once, after winter break, we received a card from the hall saying, ‘Merry Christmas Mexicans.’ My roommate and I just had to let it go and laugh about it.” The students went on to discuss remarks people make unknowingly. Elorreaga said the problem is not

about the noticeable attacks but rather the ones that are not noticed such as not using the correct terms when referring to race or nationality. Students also expressed the difficulties of acclimating to American culture. Common themes included a lack of interaction, language and cultural barriers and different types of food. As the discussions came to a close, each student gave a word to define their ACU experience: wealth; ignorance; unexpected; eye opening; shocked; stereotypical; challenging; controversial. Students also explained, in one word, what was missing in ACU: unity; acceptance; openness; representation. Martin concluded the discussions asking what

could be done to make the students feel more accepted. As some felt it was not easy to give a single solution for their problems, the students conversed on whether, as minorities, ACU truly cared for them and about representing them properly. “Though ACU is about a 100 years old now, it is still young when it comes to working with diversity,” Byron said. “What is a norm now will change as we work to address these problems.” Byron said the best way to address the issue was to discuss it. “I think when we talk about it then people will start to hear about it,” he said. contact lim at


Alumni Association wins regional awards other schools from surrounding states and Mexico. copy editor SAA is an organization that serves as a liaison beThe Student Alumni Asso- tween ACU alumni and curciation was recognized by rent students, creating events the Council for Advancement for both to interact and enjoy. and Support of Education, reThey received awards for ceiving three awards as an af- Outstanding Organization, filiated student advancement Outstanding Tried and True program. Program and Outstanding InCASE ASAP District ternal Program. Awards highlight the achieve“We can now say we are ments of student advance- an award-winning organizament programs. SAA com- tion,” said Aubree Sellinger, peted in a district with 32 former vice president and

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now president of SAA. “It gives us more qualifications and credibility.” SAA will advance to the national level and attend the CASE ASAP Network Convention where the district winners compete and the overall winners will be announced. “With the Alumni Board especially, it shows we are more credible, can receive more funding and can do more activities,” said Sellinger, junior family studies major from Grapevine.

Each award was received for a separate event or program that SAA submitted. They were recognized for the spirit shirts passed out to freshmen during Welcome Week, as well as the King of Campus Court competition that was introduced during Homecoming last fall. “After three years of restarting the program, following a 15-year hiatus, we’re getting back on track,” said Samantha Adkins Senior Alumni Relations Officer.

Adkins said she is proud of the current SAA student leadership. “They’ve done an outstanding job building a program from scratch and adding more to our current events,” she said. SAA officers will attend the CASE ASAP 40th Annual Network Convention this August in New Orleans. They will attend workshops and meet student leaders in education advancement from all over the continent.

“The conference is a great opportunity for us to learn from other student organizations,” Adkins said. “We get to showcase one of our own programs that we won an award for.” SAA will present some of their activities and programs to other student advancement organizations attending the conference. contact orr at


Write Nights offer group literary guidance megan robinson student reporter The Writing Center will host Write Nights April 17 and April 23 from 6-10 p.m. in the Brown Library Core classroom. The night of April 17 is targeted toward students in ENGL 112 while April 23 is intended for students in ENGL 107. However, any student is welcome.

Dr. Cole Bennett, director of the Writing Center, decided to start Write Nights after hearing about the success of evening workshops at other universities. “The concept is simple: bring whatever you are working on, at whatever stage of the process, and join others who are working on the same assignment,” Bennett said. The purpose of Write Night is to help students

who are taking multiple sections of the same class with the same assignment. “Our first-year composition sequence, ENGL 111 and 112, have similar essays all falling due on the same date,” Bennett said. “So an event like this provides a night for them to work together, eat snacks and ask questions of Writing Center tutors.” Grace Hall, assistant director of the Writing Center

and instructor of English, supervised and tutored students at the first Write Night. “The atmosphere is relaxed and collaborative, with free snacks provided and a conducive work environment,” Hall said. Twenty-five students attended the first Write Night on April 2. “I’d love to see the room filled with students working on their assignments, busily churning out essays and

getting help when needed,” Bennett said. “This is how most writing gets done—it’s a messy process of cranking out words, paragraphs and sentences, sometimes getting help from others.” The remaining Write Nights will focus on the ENGL 112 research paper and the final ENGL 107 paper. “Particularly with 112 students, Write Nights are great because you can get

tutors to help you with citations and MLA formatting as you write, rather than after you’ve already tried and gotten frustrated,” Hall said. For more information on Write Night or for assistance writing a paper, go to the Writing Center on the main floor of the library. contact the optimist at


Friday Golf Scramble to honor Jinkerson linsey thut student reporter Students are invited to play in The Jinkerson Golf Scramble this Friday to raise funds for the Darryl and Cindy Jinkerson Study Abroad Scholarship Endowment. The Golf Scramble will honor the memory of Darryl Jinkerson, former professor of management, who died of a heart attack in October. Amanda Carpenter, senior elementary education major from Abilene and

youngest daughter of Jinkerson, said golf was Jinkerson’s favorite sport. “Since this is our one fundraiser, we thought why not do something that was his passion and that could bring in a lot of people, a lot of fun, and as well as a lot of funds for the scholarship,” said Rachel Goodman (‘11), Jinkerson’s daughter. Goodman said Jinkerson often golfed at the Abilene Country Club, which is why the tournament will be played there on Friday. Students are encouraged to come in teams of four,


Boston: Finish line bombs kill 3, injure dozens continued from page 1 get checked into races, and now costs and security could go up” said Boles, junior physics major from Waco. “I don’t think this sport will ever be the same.” Boles had been training to run in this year’s Boston Marathon with a friend, but he got busy with school and his friend changed his mind, so Boles set his sights on next year’s race. “The Boston is what every marathoner wants to run at least once,” he said. “I still want to go next year if I qualify, but my parents might have different things to say about that.” Boles said he hasn’t yet

comprehended how tragic the bombings were. “I still haven’t wrapped my mind around it,” he said. “It’s really sad. I’m still shocked that people died.” According to a report by Fox News, President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel identified the explosions as an act of terrorism. Whether the act was from a domestic or foreign threat remains unclear. Likewise, the FBI and Boston police have no suspects and have not identified a motive.

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but can be paired with other students if they come alone. Ticket prices are $75 for students and $100 for nonstudents and include a shirt, two meals and the expenses of the game. The game starts at 8:30 a.m. Another passion of Jinkerson’s was studying abroad. Goodman said her father traveled to Oxford, Honduras, China and Australia. Carpenter and Goodman said Jinkerson took care to get to know each one of the students traveling with him, often cooking homemade meals for the students and

even ordering them late night pizzas. “He did really love the students that were studying abroad with him,” Goodman said. All proceeds will benefit the Darryl and Cindy Jinkerson Study Abroad Scholarship Endowment, a scholarship that was started by Dr. Phil Vardiman, associate professor of management in the College of Business. “I saw that as a way to honor his memory,” Vardiman said. “He was an excellent teacher and he had a passion for students.”

Since Jinkerson left a legacy of helping students, Vardiman said the scholarship will aid students that study abroad with COBA. “He had a gift with students, where he could work and relate with them well,” Vardiman said. “I’ve had many students tell me how much he inspired them.” Goodman and Carpenter said they hope the Jinkerson Golf Scramble will become an annual event to raise funds for the scholarship. “We want to make it possible for students to study abroad,” Carpenter said.

T-Shirts from the Jinkerson Golf Scramble will be on sale in the Campus Center for $12 the week after the event for students who cannot attend the event but still want to help. For more information on the Scramble or to register online, visit http://www.acu. edu/news/2013/130405-inaugural-jinkerson-scholarshipscramble-to-honor-dr-jinkerson.html.

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Elections: Officials planning ahead continued from page 1

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Men’s and women’s dorms compete to raise money at the Pancakes for Parkinson’s event on Thursday.

management major from College Station, earned 281 votes; Ralston earned 429, or 60.4 percent, of the vote. Ralston said he was glad for the campaigning to be over. “Tired is the best word to describe what I’m feeling right now,” he said. “I’m extremely excited.” Ralston has served as the COBA representative in SA Congress since enrolling in ACU. He said he was inspired by Carson Henley, who served as treasurer in the 2011-2012 school year. “That’s kind of where the passion began,” Ralston said. “I really wanted to get involved in the Abilene Christian community.” Ralston met with Benac and Johnson over the weekend to determine what their cabinet will look like. “I want to start getting to see and know all the different groups on campus,” Ralston said. “I’m going to

make a packet on how to fundraise, and I’m going to work with these groups to do that.” Three positions still need to be filled in the executive cabinet: executive administrator, chief financial officer and chief communications officer. Hiring will take place over the next few weeks. Benac, junior political science major from Beorne and current SA vice president, said he, Johnson and Ralston discussed what they were looking for in filling these seats. “I felt like it was important for us to know where we stand on hiring the rest of the cabinet,” Benac said. “We are looking for people that work well with the team and can meet the needs of the Students’ Association.” Ralston intends to eliminate the conference request fund, a line item in the congressional budget set aside for student groups taking trips. This semester, approximately $6,500 was placed

in the conference request fund, but over $40,000 was requested. Joseph Austin, current SA treasurer and election co-chair, said he supported Ralston’s plan. Austin said the little amount of money SA is able to grant specifically in conference requests would best be spent elsewhere. “I’m talking to departmental advisors and budget coordinators about why they’re not giving money for conferences, because this is a pressing concern for Students’ Association,” said Austin, senior accounting pre-law major from Houston. “I’m going to invite JP in on some of these meetings.” Austin will remain treasurer until May 2. He will spend a few weeks after that making sure everything is financially in order for next semester. contact garcia at

sing song

Show: Fire, harnesses remain unallowed need to have organization, communication, vision, the this?” and, “What role do ability to see the big picture you see yourself in?” and relate how Sing Song “In a nut shell it’s a job impacts students, faculty, interview, so we’re looking staff, guests and the univerfor the best person with sity.” the right skillset who we While many students think can accomplish the won’t be thinking about job best,” Craig said. “They Sing Song until sometime continued from page 1

next semester, these four co-chairs will start preparing for the show next week. They will be responsible for brainstorming ideas for the show, coordinating the process of putting together a production team and coming up with ideas to make next year’s show great.

Co-chairs have the responsibility of coming up with ideas along the lines of songs for the hosts and hostesses on the down stage, auxiliary items such as merchandise, props for the show, sound and lighting and anything else they feel would improve Sing Song.

“Some of the perennial questions we get are ‘What about pyrotechnics?’ . . . and ‘Can we use harnesses for the down stage groups to make them fly?’” Craig said. To the dismay of some students, the answer to both of these questions is

always no, due to several safety and liability reasons. However, Sing Song cochairs have come up with several new and innovative ideas over the years. contact the optimist at


McCarty: Faith played big part in weight loss portant for people to treat their lives as temples. McCarty said faith played “The advice that I can a big role in his success. give people is to be com“I give all praises to Je- mitted, to have dedicasus Christ, my lord and tion,” he said. “Your life is savior,” he said. “Without worth so much more with him, I couldn’t have done than being unhealthy.” it.” The SRWC has a variety McCarty said it is im- of ways to exercise. The continued from page 1

facility is 113,000-square feet and includes three racquetball courts, four basketball courts, a bouldering wall, a 41-station cardio center, an aquatic center and a jogging track. The center also provides students with a healthy snack bar, a leisure pool, a

patio for relaxation, nutrition counselors and group studios. The SRWC provides a place for students to stay involved, hang out with friends and enjoy staying physically active. The center was built on the foundation of pro-

gramming excellence in fitness and wellness, informal recreation and instructional programs. With the efforts of a high qualified and enthusiastic staff, they strive to ensure a quality recreational experience for the entire ACU community.

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Zombies to invade Buffalo Gap in 5K megan robinson student reporter The zombies are coming. The second annual Buffalo Gap Historic Village Zombie Run will take place May 4 in Buffalo Gap. The Zombie Run has three categories: Fast Food, Finger Food and Buffet Style. Fast Food is a timed 5K, Finger Food is an untimed 5K and Buffet Style is a one-mile family fun run/ walk. Race participants wear five orange flags. Every participant has a mission to run out of town to collect the cure for the “zombie disease.” On the run through Buffalo Gap Historic Village, people dressed as zombies try to pull off the runners’ flags. Finishing without flags means the participant did not survive the zombie apocalypse. Heather Reed, Buffalo Gap Historic Village website manager, is in charge of the event. Reed said she is a fan of the TV show “The Walking Dead.” She is also a

runner. “When I came across a website for the national Zombie Run called ‘Run for your Lives,’ it sparked an idea,” Reed said. “A Zombie Run would be a great way to raise money for the preservation of the Buffalo Gap Historic Village buildings while providing a fun, healthy, family activity for younger generations that may not typically visit the village.” The first Buffalo Gap Historic Village Zombie Run took place in Dec. 2012. Over 450 people participated in the running events and 50 volunteers dressed as zombies. Volunteers must have first aid/ CPR training. “All of our ‘zombie’ volunteers were members of the local law enforcement, fire departments, EMS, nurses, doctors and many airmen from Dyess,” Reed said. Anyone interested in running the race has the option to register individually, as a team of four or less, or as a spectator. The regis-

tration fee is $35 for individuals, $100 for a team and $10 for spectators. The individual student fee is $30. Bailey Jarvis, junior Ad/PR major at HardinSimmons University from Abilene, participated in the first Zombie Run. “I would warn people that the adrenaline involved makes it more tiring than your regular 5K,” Jarvis said. “It was really fun, kind of like a video game.” All participants receive a free t-shirt and water bottle. At the end of the race participants are invited to the “Apocalypse Party,” which includes food, live music and information about emergency situations from the American Red Cross and the State Department of Health. To register for the Zombie Run or get more information, go to https://bghvzombierun.webconnex. com/mayregistration.

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Nelson Hall residents exchange, donate clothes brittany jackson student reporter Nelson Hall residents cleared out their closets with a clothes swap April 9. After a day of each person looking at one another’s items the rest of the girls’ clothes were donated. Shannon Kaczmarek, area coordinator of Nelson and McDonald Hall, helped to initiate and organize this hall activity. As the associate director of Residence Life, Kacz-

marek has witnessed and participated in the event four times out of her five years on staff. The clothes swap is meant to encourage the freshman residents to go through their stuff and determine what they can leave behind. This year, at least a couple hundred shirts were donated, along with a multitude of pants, shorts, dresses, shoes, bags, scarves and belts. “A lot of people just throw their stuff away,” Kaczmarek said. “This is

an opportunity for it all to not be wasted, but to be used.” Each year the left over clothes are donated to a greater cause, either a nonprofit in town or an organization that will disperse them to people in need. This year, half of the clothes will go to the Christian Service Center, while the other half will help people outside of the United States. Ali Stratton, freshman nursing major from Beaumont, took the oppor-

tunity to serve the community even more and volunteered to drive the clothes to be donated. “I have a passion for community service… due to my school work load it’s hard for me to find time to volunteer,” Stratton said. “After sharing a bit of my heart about this with Shannon she encouraged me to take part in what they were doing… even though I am simply bringing clothes from one place to another, I still get to serve in some way.”

The remaining half of the clothes were given to Aaron McDermott, junior accounting major from Flower Mound. He and Eric Dice, junior criminal justice major from San Diego, held a garage sale this past Saturday to raise money for people in Guatemala. McDermott will give all of the money raised directly to impoverished people after establishing relationships with them through his mission work there this summer.

Kaczmarek said the Center for Christian Leadership and Service usually holds their own recycling event at the end of the semester. Students can bring what they want to get rid of and look for new things. Furniture, clothes, decorations and more can be donated and swapped out. Leftover items are donated to organizations in Abilene. contact the optimist at



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Above: The cast of Footloose performs its final number during dress rehearsal. Below: Owen Beans, junior theatre major from Greenville, IIl. leads the Footloose cast in a singing number. Bottom Left: Jacob Alexander, sophomore theatre major from Amarillo, and Amanda Jarufe, sophomore theatre major from Coppell, perform during a Footloose runthrough. Bottom Right: Cast of Footloose perform another musical number during full dress rehearsal.

Kick off your Sunday shoes protest against the law. For students, this parspecial contributor ticular musical prods both deep emotional wounds The ACU Department of and recent controversies. Theatre put on an emo- ACU revised its policy tional and lively showing that had banned dancing of the 1998 Broadway mu- at social events just last sical Footloose that had year. But more seriously, some audience members the student body has had quite literally singing out the doors. Based on 1984’s film Footloose, the musical is similar in most important ways. After moving from Chicago to the backwoods town of Bomont, teenager Ren McCormack discovers that his energetic personality and love of dancing are both firmly opposed by the older residents. Unbeknownst to Ren, the town was shaken to its core by tragedy after four teens met their demise in an alcohol-fueled car accident, prompting Reverend Shaw Moore to pressure the town council into banning dancing altogether. Moore insists that dancing encourages the evils of substance abuse and loose morals, and his wife and daughter feel hopelessly ignored by the staunch reverend. As Ren attracts the attention of Moore’s daughter, Ariel, and the ire of the town’s adults, the youth must ultimately decide whether to unite in

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to endure more than its share of tragic losses at the hands of vehicular accidents. Instead of seeing Footloose as a black-andwhite battle between tradition and youthfulness, the audience is able to empathize with those in the play who act out of

their grief and deeply understand what it means to find a way to move on from tragedy. Of course, it’s the actors and crew who truly make for a memorable evening. Jace Reinhard (Ren McCormack) definitively embodies the combination of

teenage angst and carpe diem attitude that brings life to silent Bomont, Pleasantville-style. But the best performance of the evening has to go to Jacob Alexander for his truly refined delivery as the Reverend Shaw Moore. Where some of the cast seemed

to have voices made raw by constant rehearsal, Alexander’s only weariness was the emotional burden of his character, a man struggling daily to balance his obligations to God and community with the needs of his family. As he cries out to God for guidance, the persona of a heartless antagonist falls by the wayside. What really has the audience on their feet is more than just acting, though. From Ren’s first heated dance number to Coach Dunbar’s hilarious tango with his basketball, the action, like Ren himself, “can’t stand still.” Simply the name Footloose brings back the urge to break out in the iconic titular song. It’s catchy. No fan of the ‘80s, rock, dancing, great acting or feeling alive will want to miss out on this one. Footloose will be running on Friday and Saturday nights for the next two weekends, April 20-21 and 26-27, in Fulks Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

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Next step crucial for Students’ Association By Dylan Benac, president-elect of the Students’ Association The dust is settling from two long weeks of campaigning and three hard days of voting. There are still random bits of evidence that our student body elected next year’s executive officers, but for the most part the campaign material is down and life goes on. For many students the Students’ Association returns to being the office in the basement of the McGlothlin Campus Center where you go to get a collegiate card or money for an event. At least that is

what it seems, but in reality the work is just beginning. In the next three weeks the elected executive team of the president, vice president and treasurer will be hiring an executive administrator, chief financial officer and chief communication officer. All of these positions are key to making sure that the Students’ Association is able to meet the needs of student groups and facilitate conversations between the administration and students. Much like the elected officers, the hiredon team members are

paid, work a set amount of hours per week and get the pleasure of serving the student body. So where do we go from here? I want to answer that question in two different ways. First off I want to encourage you to be involved in student government on our campus. In my opinion, we needed an election like the one we just had. Students needed to see that the Students’ Association has value and the executive officer positions are more than mere titles. Beyond that, I want to challenge you to be an active participant in the

decisions that are made university will be making cate you, write a letter to in this next year. Run for a in this next year. If you fail the editor of the Optimist, create a petition or write If you fail to have an opinion you are doing an injustice an appropriate email to a to the countless students attending ACU in the next University administrator. By having an opinion and couple of years.” voicing it, you are having an impact on ACU. So where do we go from here? I will say it plainly. We move forward, looking to the Lord for guidance, and always seeking Congress position, repre- to have an opinion you are to make sure that ACU is sent your fellow students, doing an injustice to the better at the time we leave and serve your university. countless students attend- than when we arrive. The second way that I ing ACU in the next couple want to answer that ques- of years. More than that, tions is to say that it is vital I encourage you to voice contact the optimist at that you have an opinion your opinion. Come to the about the decisions our SA office and let us advo-

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ACU can expect significant budget changes By JP Ralston, treasurerelect of Students’ Association I’d like to first start off by saying thank you to everyone who went out and voted Wednesday, Thursday, and more importantly, Friday. Your voice as a student has significant power! I am extremely excited to begin working with all of the student organizations on campus, and begin working with Dylan and Rodney, the newly elected president and vice president. My plan as Students’ As-

I want to help each individual group grow in the upcoming year, allowing them to make a more significant impression on ACU’s image.”

sociation’s executive treasurer, besides injecting the funds from the conference request fund back into the fall and spring budget, is becoming an asset to helping students raise funds on campus. If the student organizations on campus are seeds, I want them to see me as the fertilizer. I want to help each individual group grow in the upcoming year, allowing them to make a more significant impression on ACU’s image. I want campus events to be awesome, and sometimes awesome requires more funds from just Students’ Association. I want the groups to see me as their friend who wants

to help them reach their goals, not the guy who tells them how much money they are allowed to spend. I am planning on creating “Fundraising 101,” guides for all students to have access to, teaching them how to raise money in different places. Some people are made to run organizations, make their ideas come to life, and make a lasting impression on our campus. Sometimes, fundraising isn’t in that person’s goals. I want to help them understand the values in learning to fundraise, so they can go above and beyond any limitations set before them. To the students who are reading this now, and have already planned out what they need in the fall budget from Students’ Association: Be excited. Dylan, Rodney and I are already preparing for next year’s plans. We are fired up and ready to hit the ground running the first day of school in the fall semester. We want to be as transparent and as friendly as possible to every student on campus. We encourage each student to come and talk to us in our offices under the Campus Center about any concerns, thoughts, or prayers they have. Once again, thanks again for all the student support during the election process last week. Don’t forget to apply for the executive administrator, CFO, or CCO if interested. Be prepared student body: The “Dream Team” is almost here. contact the optimist at

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VP to create an active Congress By Rodney Johnson, vice president-elect of Students’ Association I am very excited about this upcoming year. I feel like Students’ Association is in a unique position in that we as an organization have the opportunity to make a huge impact on this campus. As the executive vice president, my job will mainly deal with the internal affairs of the student body, like events and overseeing the congressmen by promoting accountability. Next year, I plan to work closely with the athletic department. I would like to see SA partner with it in order to increase attendance at games. I would like to create more things, like Christmas Slam, that give us the ability to rally

around our student ath- like to possibly create a ibility of the Students’ Asletes while also promoting small group Chapel for sociation office. We want our student organizations. Students’ Association students to feel welcome to come to the office and to always be aware of what I feel like Students’ Association is in a unique position is going on. This will rein that we as an organization have the opportunity to quire us to develop more social media initiatives make a huge impact on this campus.” and creative ways to reach the student body. Overall, I’m excited about being able to be a part of making ACU a more connected and vibrant campus and I cannot wait to serve you. Please be in I also want to do more sur- because I think it would prayer that the Lord will veying of the student body greatly benefit us as an or- move through us as an orto see what things they ganization. Chapel would ganization and use us to think have worked and make us more cohesive, bless this university. what things have not. It is relational and accountmy goal that this commu- able with one another all nication be an opportuni- of which are crucial to bety for students to present ing a successful congress. I ideas as well. want to work closely with contact the optimist at I also have plans to de- the chief communication velop congress. I would officer to increase the vis-

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‘Cats are streaking after sweep jimmy isbell sports reporter

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Senior shortstop Sara Vaughn throws to first base at Wells Poly Field. The ‘Cats swept Cameron this past weekend.

Lyndi Smith and Madison Buckley dialed long distance this past weekend sealing Abilene Christian’s series sweep over the Aggies of Cameron University. The pair combined 10for-13 with six runs and seven RBI’s throughout the series. The three-run walk-off in game two from Smith added to her already superb season as a fearless hitter. “It was great for Madison and I to have home runs together in the same game so we could jump for the lead,” Smith said. Smith’s batting average (.370) is second behind leadoff hitter Keanna Winkfield (.399), but leads the team with 43 RBI’s, twenty more than Winkfield. She hopes to reach double digits in home runs with nine so far in the regular season. Buckley finished the weekend 8-for-10, with six of her eight hits in game one. The team won a close game Friday night, 5-4, but won both of the doubleheaders on Saturday 10-2 in five innings based off of the softball run rule. “Getting the sweep this series was crucial for us

because it gave us momentum in to the next week being that we have San Angelo and Eastern New Mexico this week,” Smith said. Caitlyn Crain (11-9) earned her fourth save of the year striking out two of the last four batters she faced in the first game. She finished the series 2-0 recording eight strikeouts. She was in command of the majority of her pitches. “It felt great to finally play like we know we can and get a sweep,” Crain said. “I feel pretty confident that we’ll do what we need to do to get the wins,” she said. “We’re just trying to take it one game at a time.” The wins over Cameron elevated the ‘Cats season and conference records to 24-20 and 8-10. The success from this past weekend drives the Wildcats to perform at their best level with only seven games left. The team played a doubleheader yesterday against San Angelo, and finishes the weekend playing Eastern New Mexico in a three-game series at ENMU.

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Brooks and Stark show skills at WT Open daniel zepeda sports reporter The Wildcat’s track and field team competed over the weekend at West Texas A&M Open and Multi competition. ACU got great performances from seniors Cassie Brooks and Matthew Stark, as they each recorded personal best. “Overall I feel like the team did very well,” sophomore Lauren Hartwick said. “There were a lot of personal records and it gave us the opportunity to perform where conference will be held. We had some

girls move up on the list for nationals as well so that is always very promising.” Brooks took home victories in the 100-meter hurdles, shot put and long jump. She placed among the top three through the first three events, and then finished fourth in the 200-meter dash (25.28) before coming back with a win in the long jump (18-2.25/5.54m) and runner-up showing in the javelin (109-8/33.42m). Her marks in the long jump and javelin were both personal bests, as was her first-place throw in the shot put (40-

4.25/12.30m). Brooks finished the weekend with 4,954 points – a personal record by 153 points. “Cassie started the weekend off right for us,” Hartwick said. “She did awesome in her multi and set the foundation at WT for us.” Stark won four events en route to scoring 6,276 points – bettering his previous career best by 172 points. He finished his first day with personal bests in the 100m (11.32), long jump (21-8.75/6.62m), shot put (34-1.5/10.40) and the 400m (51.11). During the second

day of competition, Stark won the pole vault (145.25/4.40m) and 1500m (4:50.26) with a personal record in the javelin (14011/42.96) sandwiched in between. “I have mixed emotions on my performance,” Stark said. “Overall, I got a personal best in the decathlon and got a few personal bests in the individual events along the way, but fell short of my expectations in some of the other events.” “It’s always exciting to improve your score but frustrating at the same time when you realize

how many points you left on the track.” Also for the Wildcats, freshman Andrew Hudson took first in the discus (167-3/50.97m) and hammer (166-4/50.71). Sophomore Osei Allyene-Forte finished first in the 400m (49.38) and Hartwick registered a career best of 169-9/51.74m in the hammer throw, moving her into the top 20 nationally and into fifth on ACU’s all-time performance list. “The team is doing very well and we have overcome every obstacle that we have faced,” se-

nior Jordan Geary said. The Wildcats return to action next Saturday for the Dr. Pepper/Michael Johnson Classic hosted by Baylor’s Hart-Patterson Track and Field Complex in Waco. “I think that we will be in a good position at the end of the season,” Stark said. “As always, conference will be a dog fight for both the men and women, but I think that we have the talent and determination to win conference and have a shot at nationals as well.” contact zepeda at


Intramurals to be capped with ceremony emmett niland student reporter The intramural office is hosting the intramural sports closing ceremonies to cap off the end of the spring season. The event will take place April 30 at 9 p.m. in Bennett Gymnasium. “We will have be giving out awards, we’ll have a slide show, and we’ll have free sundaes,” said Kyle Pinson, assistant

intramural director. “Everyone is invited. It’s going to be a lot of fun and it will be a great way to end our intramural season.” With the intramurals season winding down, the university total point leaders are coming right down to the wire. Points are awarded for first and second place finishes along with participation points. For men’s intramurals, Galaxy holds a slim lead with Gamma Sigma Phi

Intramurals are a great way to get involved. If you’re not playing intramural sports then you’re not getting the full ACU experience.”

trailing by just 40 points. Galaxy finished in first place in the champion league for waterball along with a first place finish in the pledge league for f lag football. GSP gained

has a chance to be the overall point’s leader for women for the third consecutive year. GATA is in second place with Ko Jo Kai in third. The Siggies gained darci halstead junior family studies major points for winning both from odessa the champion league and the rec league for volleypoints for its first place ball while GATA came in finish in the champion first place in the chamleague in both f lag foot- pion league for waterball. ball and volleyball. Over 3,000 students For women’s sports, participated in intraSigma Theta Chi is lead- mural sports at ACU this ing in total points and year. Darci Halstead, ju-


Race: Lone Star Conference up for grabs after wins from page 8 Cameron. They won the first game 2-1. Carter Hahn (7-2) was filthy on the mound in that contest. He gave up just four hits in a complete game effort while striking out nine Aggies. The nightcap included another solid pitching performance by a ‘Cat. Aaron Lambrix threw 6.2 innings, but got a no-decision in a 4-3 final. ACU might have had luck on their side to help secure the victory. The Wildcats had two outs in the top of the seventh and led 2-1 before a couple of hits and two errors put the team in a 3-2 hole. However with one out in the bottom half of the inning, Giusti earned a walk to bring up Kyle Conwell as the game-winning run. Conwell was walked and replaced by pinch-runner Mason Smith.

Schuetze then stepped in the batter’s box and smashed a single to left to plate Giusti and move Smith into scoring position. Luckie followed as a pinch-hitter and struck out swinging for the second out. But Bonneau had both runners moving to avoid an inning-ending double play. Cameron’s catcher tried to gun down Smith at third, however his throw sailed high into left field and Smith scored the game-winning run. “There’s times you just have to try and make something happen,” Bonneau said. “That time luck went our way.” With very few arms out of the bullpen, ACU has really benefited from its starters going deep into ballgames. “Right now we’re relying on six guys,” Bonneau said. “It’s given them (starters)

confidence knowing they’re by a 2 p.m. doubleheader expected to pitch six or sev- on Saturday and a 1 p.m. en innings. They’ve been game on Sunday. good enough to do that.” The ‘Cats and Texans contact isaacs at will begin their series at 3 p.m. on Friday, followed

nior family studies major from Odessa, participated in nine intramural sports this year. “It’s been a really fun year this year,” Halstead said. “Intramurals are a great way to get involved. If you’re not playing intramural sports then you’re not getting the full ACU experience.”

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Junior starting pitcher/outfileder Ty Taylor slides underneath the second baseman’s glove at Crutcher Scott Field over the weekend. The Wildcats took three-of-four from the Cameron University Aggies.

Team wins three straight to edge Aggies edward isaacs sports editor The Wildcats were shutout 8-0 in the first game against Cameron University but strong starting pitching, like it has for most of the season, allowed the team to win the final three games of the series and take threeof-four from the Aggies. “Those were probably the biggest wins of the year,” said head coach Britt Bonneau. “It’s going

to be hard to not make the conference tournament now. That’s a good feeling to have.” The ‘Cats remain in second place in the Lone Star Conference with a 25-16 overall record and a 13-7 mark in the LSC. Tarleton State, who is in first place, lost to Angelo State on Sunday, so their lead on ACU is down to one game. The Texans and Wildcats will play a four-game series in Stephenville this weekend. TSU enters the

series at 14-6 in the conference. ASU is third at 11-9 followed by Incarnate Word, West Texas A&M and Texas A&M-Kingsville. Sunday’s finale was a 12-4 romping. The squad blew the game open when they scored five runs in the fourth inning. Utility-man Travis Schuetze got the rally started with a leadoff double. He later scored on a Kyle Yorkman single to make it 2-0. With the bases loaded

four batters later, Seth Spivey hit a ball over the glove of the second baseman to drive in two runs and make the score 4-0. First baseman Tyler Eager would then smack a double and infielder Kyle Giusti singled him and one other runner in making it 6-0. Giusti recorded three hits on the day and drove in four runs. The Wildcats came back and scored six more runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Infielder Chuck Duarte singled in Schuetze making it a 7-3 game. A walk to Rodge Macy to load the bases followed by another walk to Ryan Luckie made it 8-3. Starter Ty Taylor tossed six innings while scattering seven hits. He allowed just two runs and improved to 4-4 on the year. Saturday, the team swept a doubleheader against see race page 7


Women take down D-I War Eagles brittney johnson sports reporter It wasn’t all sunshine in the Sunshine state for the Wildcats this weekend as both teams ended their regular season with a two day tournament in Pensacola, Florida. Friday, it was a battle for the better cat as the the Wildcats matched with the Tigers of Auburn University. The men’s team fell 1-8 under the pressure, while the women’s team came out on top with a 5-3 win. Borja Cortes gained the only team point from his singles match where he defeated Othmane

Lalami 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-4. The women’s team gained points for 2 of 5 of their singles matches and all three of their doubles matches. Laura Mongin challenged M. Fernanda Vargas 6-1, 6-0. Kaysie Hermsdorf was also victorious 6-1, 7-5 in defeating Morgane Zowczak. Day two in Florida proved to be a repeat of disappointment as the men’s team went 1-8 against the University of West Florida. Hans Hach was the only point received for the team, as he took on Kevin Duros 7-6, 7-5. The ladies were able to hold their own, beating

West Florida 5-4. There were 3 of 6 of the singles matches won and only 2 of 3 doubles. Micah Hermsdorf matched with Monika Kochanova 6-3, 5-7, 6-4. Mongin defeated Mariana Sonnervig 6-3, 6-1, and Jamie Lee Denton went up against Fernada Amaral 5-7, 6-2, 6-4. M. Hermsdorf and Hannah Kelley along with duo Brittney Reed and Mongin served up a 8-5 in their doubles matches. Despite the women’s team missing superstar senior, Julia Mongin due to injur y, they were able to finish the season strong, adding two wins

to their streak making it a total of nine games in a row. “It was hard [for the whole team] without Julia,” sister Laura Mongin said. “But we [managed] to play good matches.” Overall the team dominated this season going 21-5 with an undefeated 5-0 in conference. The men’s team has faced a lot this season, and is still growing together. They were 12-14 overall and 1-2 in conference. Both teams will be heading to the Lone Star Conference Championship in Southland this weekend to defend their conference titles. “We played tougher

matches this season,” Mongin said. “ We are more than ready for the conference championship.” At the end of the battle for conference and division champs, both teams will have to say good-bye to seniors Alfredo Desiati, Tucker Mueck, Hannah Kelley, and sisters Laura and Julia Mongin. “As a senior, I couldn’t have asked for a better last season,” Kelley said. “I think our team as a whole has matured through having to step up in various matches.”

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ACU places 2nd in LSC tournament Team Standings Team

Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Total

Midwestern State University

297 292 285 874

Individual Standings Pos. Golfer School Score 1 Saintiago Gomez MSU 209 2 Corbin Renner ACU 216

Abilene Christian University

303 302 298 903

Cameron University

309 301 305 915

3 Derek Oland MSU 217 4 Jeremy LeGuen MSU 220 5 Alex Carpenter ACU 221

Texas A&M-Commerce

307 310 307 924

West Texas A&M University

313 309 305 927

6 Logan Leggett WTAMU 223 7 Kason Childress Commerce 225 8 Austin Weaver Cameron 226

University of Incarnate Word

305 308 316 929

T9 Trey Lawson Cameron 227 T9 Cullen Stahl Cameron 227

Former ACU running back and Harlon Hill winner Bernard Scott signed a contract to stay with the Cincinnati Bengals. Scott tore his ACL in his final year under contract with the Bengals last season. Scott will compete with BenJarvis GreenEllis for the starting running back spot next season.

Who’s Hot Heptathlete Matthew Stark dominated the West Texstark as A&M Open. Stark had a career-best day in the 100m, long jump, shot put and the 400m. All of these great performances allowed him to take first place in his outdoor season debut. The rest of the ACU heptathlon competitors also had a good showing, as the Wildcats were able to sweep the podium by securing second and third place as well.

upcoming The men’s tennis team takes on McMurry University Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. at home. The baseball team plays at Tarleton State University Friday at 3 p.m. in the first game of an important four game set. The softball team plays at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. against Eastern New Mexico University in a Lone Star Conference matchup. The men’s and women’s tennis team plays in the Lone Star Conference tournament Saturday all day long.

The Optimist - 04.17.13  

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