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Tuition to increase nearly 4 percent


marissa jones


editor in chief

ACU Theatre presents a free opera, Susannah

Though tuition will increase 3.88 percent next year, it is the smallest percentage increase in more than 15 years. The 2014-2015 year’s tuition will increase by $1,100, from $28,350 to $29,450. Meal prices will not be increased.

This continues a trend from last year’s increase of 5.9 percent which also was the smallest increase in fifteen years. Compared to Baylor and TCU’s nearly 6 percent increase and almost 5 percent increase at Harding and Lipscomb, Dr. Allison Garrett, vice president of the university, said she is pleased with the university’s efforts to

make ACU a viable option for students. “We work to keep ACU affordable without compromising on the quality of education,” Garrett said. Kevin Campbell, chief enrollment officer, said the university tries to set the price of tuition earlier in the year. They began last May. “The no. 1 factor for pricing is how students are

responding to the current price,” Campbell said. “We base it upon what we’re hearing from our students and try to control costs for our current students, and find where we feel like is a right and appropriate balance.” The university’s pricing model for the next several years will likely continue this way – with more increases around 3 - 5 percent with the

annual block tuition model, Campbell said. “Even though no one wants a price increase, this plan actually helps us accomplish our goals as an institution which is to to save students cost on their degree and to reduce the amount of time to graduate which will help bring down student see tuition page 3

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OPINION Though swimming and sleeping are important parts of summer, the Editorial Board reminds students to not waste those months

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SPORTS Women’s tennis travels to Omaha for final matches of the year



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NEWS Anthony Williams runs for his fifth term for Abilene City Council Page 3

SPORTS Corbin Renner finishes third in Southland Conference golf tournament Page 8

Deanna romero chief photographer

Top left: Reilly Cox, sophomore graphic design major from Austin, gives chicken to a student rushing at the Trojan event. Top right: Sigma Theta Chi members act out skits at their “Camp Siggie” event in front of a crowd of rushes. Bottom: Trojans share fried chicken and a game of dodgeball with rushes on Thursday.

The fight against cyber-crimes After phishing attempts, ACU increases awareness of potential cyber-attacks

NEWS The annual Red Thread fashion show will raise funds for its fifth year Page 3

OPINION Marissa Jones writes about her ongoing hunt for an internship Page 4

ONLINE VIDEO Watch the JMC Newscast for an update on the latest news on campus


denzil lim student reporter Doug Mendenhall, instructor of journalism and mass communication, checks his email every night before shutting his laptop and going to bed, not expecting any form of danger to threaten the safety of his home. However, without his knowledge, a surge of data has begun to transmit from his ACU Banner account.

Thousands of data bytes of valuable information have been accessed by foreign entities. In a matter of minutes, Mendenhall’s hard-earned salary had been transferred to an out-of-state account. “They went in and changed my direct deposit information to a bank that’s in Tennessee. I had never heard of it before,” Mendenhall said. The hackers were quick and f lawless. Before Mendenhall could real-

ize something had gone wrong, they were in and out faster than any physical robbery. ACU’s decision to become a more tech-savvy campus has allowed the university to provide information faster than people can keep up with. With just with the swipe of a screen or a scan of a code, anyone with a connection to the Internet is capable of feats that individuals in the 90s could only dream of. Improvement in the cyber world contributes to society, but many have begun to take advantage of its capabilities. Like the suspicious van on the corner of the street, an email with a link asking the user

to step in for a moment may not be as safe as one would think. The rise in availability of all kinds of technology at the university

through the internet. The threat of more hackers sneaking their way into ACU’s servers through phishing emails has caused the university to increase awareness about They went in and changed cyber crimes. Rerouting Money to my direct deposit informaOut-of-State Banks tion to a bank that’s in In November 2013, evTennessee.” ery ACU email account received a notice to click doug mendenhall on a link that began an instructor of journalism cyberspace and mass communication organized, attack. After the first encounter with suspicious has put ACU on a better messages, some individupath toward higher edu- als who opened the webcation. Though the cam- page lost personal inforpus is a safe place with mation. However, by Dec. little crime, the techno- 3, six ACU employees had logically-filled campus their salary rerouted to unknowingly gave crimisee cyber page 3 nals a route onto campus

Students must purchase iPads for courses tommy evans student reporter Unlike in past years when mobile devices were distributed to students, students must purchase their own iPads for several courses that will require students to own an iPad in the fall 2014 semester. This includes all incoming freshman; and upperclassmen may be required to purchase one as well. According to an email sent out by Dr. Robert

Rhodes, provost, many 100-level courses will require the iPad as an instructional tool. The iPads will allow teachers and students to collaborate more easily in the classroom and give them the opportunity to utilize apps to enhance learning. Some of the courses include Life and Teachings of Jesus, Cornerstone and Quantitative Reasoning. “We have chosen to lead the way in pursuing the future of learning, because we know our stu-

dents will live and work in a world that doesn’t yet exist,” Rhodes said. This is the second action in ACU’s mobile learning effort, following the 2008 Mobile Learning Initiative, which issued students iPhones for classroom use. This, paired with the AT&T Learning Studio and awarding faculty Mobile Learning Research Fellowships, has allowed ACU to be at the forefront of mobile learning innovation. Morgan Mosley, soph-

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omore nutrition major from Coppell, said the iPads will add to the learning capabilities of students and benefit classroom interaction between classmates and faculty. “I think it will enrich the classroom by providing hands-on learning for the students,” Mosley said. “Some classes will also have the textbooks available for the iPad and this will make the students more resourceful.” According to an Office of the Provost web-

page, students enrolled in courses in fall of 2014 marked with a “(T)” are tablet-designated courses and will require an iPad or an iPad mini. The iPads are available for purchase in the Campus Store but may be purchased from any retailer. They can be charged to a student account as long as the student is enrolled in a tablet-designated course. contact the optimist at

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7:30 p.m. ACU Theatre: The Glass Menagerie




8 a.m. Kirk Goodwin Run


1 p.m. Women’s softball vs. Houston Baptist University

2 p.m. Women’s softball vs. Houston Baptist University

8 p.m. Freshman Formal


5 p.m. Gamma Sigma Phi Crawfish Rush 5 p.m. Zeta Rho Paint Rush 9 p.m. Sigma Theta Chi and Galaxy Rush

7:30 p.m. ACU Theatre: The Glass Menagerie 7 p.m. Red Thread Fashion Show at Windsor Hotel


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SALT is hosting the annual recycle day at 1 p.m. on May 5 at University Church of Christ. Free Cajun Cones will be served to anyone who donates an item. The 2nd Annual Sanctify Spring Showcase will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the amphitheatre. Tickets are $5 pre-sale and $7 at the door. The ACU Opera will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Abilene Civic Center. The show is titled Susannah. For more information, visit AbileneChristianOpera.

The annaul Red Thread Fashion Show will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Windsor Hotel. Tickets are on sale for $7 in the Campus Center, but are $1 off if you “like” the Red Thread Fashion Show Facebook page. The International Students Association is looking to hire a script writer to write a short script for the annual Ethonos Culture Show. For more information, contact Denzil Lim at dkw11a@acu. edu or Guinia Wooden at

The ACU Dead Day Disc Golf Tournament will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 5 at the Wildcat Disc Golf Course. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $3 for singles or doubles and $5 to enter both. For more information, contact Deonna Shake at shaked@ ACU Theatre will perform The Glass Menagerie at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Fulks Theatre. Tickets cost $15. To purchase tickets, visit or call 325-674-2787.

Zoe, ACU’s Gospel Ensemble, will perform in the ACU Gospel Fest ay 5 p.m. on May 3 in Cullen Auditorium. Guest choirs from different cities, mimes, praise dancers and more will perform. Admission is free. ACU Volleyball will host the Finals Fun Fest volleyball tournament on May 3 at Sanders Intramural field. Cost is $60 per team with a maximum of five players. For more information an to register, contact Ijeorna Moronu at or 325-674-2383.

Police log

SELECTED ACUPD CALLS FOR THE WEEK 04/16/2014 11:35 a.m. A student’s automobile was vandalized (keyed) overnight while parked on ACU Drive North between Morris Hall and the UP apartments. 04/19/2014 10:55 p.m. Officers found four non-ACU affiliated males inside Elmer Gray Stadium; they had crawled under the gate to gain entrance to the locked facility. They were warned about trespassing and released. 04/20/2014 12:11 p.m. ACUPD assisted APD on a reported domestic disturbance call behind McDonalds Restaurant. 04/20/2014 7:23 p.m. An area resident notified ACUPD of an apparent domestic disturbance occurring in the street in the 2100 block of Lincoln. Investigation revealed no disturbance had occurred. 04/20/2014 11:56 p.m. At APD’s request, ACUPD officers responded to a burglary call in the 600 block of EN 18th Investigation revealed that no burglary had occurred but a theft had been committed, possibly by a known acquaintance. 04/22/2014 5:48 a.m. APD dispatched ACUPD officers to a disturbance at the drive-up window at McDonalds; there was no disturbance, merely a language barrier. Weekly Stats For Week of April 16 - April 22, 2014 - Total Events: 358 ACCIDENT 1 CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 1 MEDICAL EMERGENCY 2 RANDOM PATROL 1 ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITY 8 DISTURBANCE 1 MONITOR FACILITY/LOT 2 REPORT WRITING 6 ALARM 2 DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE 2 MOTORIST ASSIST: INFLATE TIRE 1 SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT 1 ANIMAL CALL 1 ESCORT 1 MOTORIST ASSIST: JUMPSTART 2 SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY 2 ASSAULT 1 FOOT PATROL 11 MOTORIST ASSIST: UNLOCK 6 SUSPICIOUS PERSON 1 ASSIST 3 FOUND PROPERTY 3 OTHER 3 TRAFFIC STOP 1 BICYCLE PATROL 4 INCIDENT REPORT 1 PARKING LOT PATROL 10 WELFARE CHECK 1 BOOT/UNBOOT VEHICLE 2 INFORMATION REPORT 1 PARKING VIOLATION 1 BUILDING LOCK/UNLOCK 21 INVESTIGATION FOLLOW UP 9 PATROL VEHICLE: MAINTENANCE 4 There will be several large sporting events BURGLARY (RESIDENCE) 1 LOST PROPERTY 2 PATROL VEHICLE: REFUEL 9 under way on the north side of campus on CHECK BUILDING 223 MAINTENANCE: UNIVERSITY ASSETS 5 Friday and Saturday of this week. Expect congestion, delays, and closures.

Alameda Neighborhood Association needs 5-25 volunteers to help go out into 28 alley blocks to pick up trash and help clean up the neighborhood on April 26. Teams will go out and walk the alleys picking up trash and picking up bulk items that have been left in the alleys or from senior citizens who have made previous arrangements to have bulk items picked up. Volunteers will meet at Alameda Community Center at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Denise Davidson at 325-370-3642 or hofabilene@ Beltway Park Baptist Church is seeking volunteers to help with special needs children in their program Kingdom Kids. Volunteers would be needed on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. For more information, contact Sharla Sanders at 325-692-6540 or

Volunteers are needed to help with daily activities organized by the staff at Chisholm House. This could involve playing board games, helping with arts and crafts and helping with a walking club. For some of these tasks volunteers may be asked to lead a group or work along side a staff coordinator. Volunteer opportunities are from 2-4 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. daily. Contact Larissa Blankenship at 817-578-9296. The Noah Project is seeking volunteers to help with tasks such as answering phone calls, providing child care and doing maintenance and housekeeping. To volunteer call 325-676-7107.

Grace Point Church is looking for creative students with craftsmanship skills to volunteer for Vacation Bible School. Volunteers will be creating props, sets and decorations in preparation for the program. For more information, call Ruth Gregory at 325-675-5060.

The Betty Hardwick Center is seeking volunteers for the Human Resources Center to help with filing and organizing. This job requires someone with attention to detail who wishes to learn more about Human Resources. The job is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. If you are interested, please contact Martin Walker at 325-690-5235 or mwalker@

The International Rescue Committee in Abilene needs your help in welcoming refugees to our community. We are seeking the following donations: hygiene and cleaning supplies, bed linen, towels and kitchen items (dishware, silverware, pots/pans etc). Donations are accepted Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. or by appointment. Their office is located at 3303 North Third Street Suite D in Abilene, Texas. For more information contact MariePascale Manishimwe at 325-675-5643.

House of Faith is an organization that seeks to take Jesus to neighborhood children. Volunteers are needed to help with the various programs they do throughout the week. Backyard Bible studies are hosted Mondays and Wednesdays and a youth program takes place on Thursday evenings. The organization is seeking volunteers who can commit to a specific day a week. House of Faith lasts from 3-5:30 p.m. To volunteer or gain more information contact Amy Jeffers at or call 832-331-5324.

Treadaway Kids is looking for more students and volunteers to join the group. For more information, contact Carly Henderson at

Breakfast on Beech Street is seeking volunteers to help set up, prepare and serve breakfast to homeless/lower income folks any Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday at 5:30 a.m. or Tuesdays at 5 a.m. B.O.B.S. is located at First Christian Church on 3rd Street and Beech Street Service times must be scheduled in advance. To serve on, Mondays contact Jody Depriest at 325-669-3312 or jody.depriest@ To serve on Tuesdays contact Allen Daugherty at 325-660-6949 or To serve on Wednesdays, contact Jane Harvey at 325-695-0092 or To serve on Thursdays, contact Margaret Beasley at 325-692-4149 or mbeasley5@suddenlink. net. To serve on Fridays contact Terry Stremmel at terry.

JUMP @ Abilene North Apartments is seeking students to assist in teaching the gospel to at-risk low-income children. Students must be available to volunteer from 4-5:30 p.m. on Mondays. Service opportunity begins Jan. 27 and lasts until April 28. For more information, contact Caroline Thompson at 281-782-2956 or Friends for Life is seeking volunteers to help with both elderly residents and independent living elderly. Nursing home service opportunities include visiting, playing games, reading to the blind and assisting in arts and crafts. Independent living service opportunities include mowing lawns, grocery shopping and changing light bulbs. To volunteer contact Cecilia Barahona at 325-672-2635 or cecilia@ Love and Care Ministries is looking for volunteers to help with sorting clothing, stocking their food pantry, assisting in prayers in their prayer room and serving food to the homeless. For more information call 325670-0246.

Univerity Place is seeking volunteers to help with resident birthday parties for residents on the third Wednesday of each month at 2:30 p.m. For more information, contact Linda Tijerina at 325-676-9946. The 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.

The Christian Service Center is seeking volunteers to help with filing requests for items such as clothing and bedding from the donation center, sort and organize donations and occasionally pick up donated items. Volunteers are needed every weekday and the first Saturday of each month between 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. For more information, contact Roberta Brown at 325-673-7561 For more information on the program visit csc.htm. Big Brothers/Big Sisters offers two volunteer programs. Lunch Buddies pairs volunteers with a little brother or little sister to have lunch with once a week for 30 minutes. Lunch Buddies has a preferred time of 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The Community Based program pairs volunteers with a little brother or little sister that they will hang out with two to four times a month. Both programs require committment to the program for 12-18 months. To sign up, stop by the Big Brothers/Big Sisters office at 547 Chestnut St. or contact Randy Woods at 325-674-3102. The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers for a variety of needs such as sorting and pricing items in the thrift store, helping in the kitchen and/or doing yard work. Times are flexible and volunteers are needed Monday Saturday. The Salvation Army is located at 1726 Butternut St. For more information contact J.D. Alonzo at 325-6771408 or visit Meals on Wheels Plus needs volunteer drivers to deliver afternoon meals to seniors and adults with disabilities Monday-Friday between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Drivers must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license. Training is provided. For more information contact Samantha Barker at 352-672-5050 or visit Christian Ministries Food Pantry needs volunteers to help with tasks such as cleaning up, stocking shelves and bagging flour. It is looking for students who can make a commitment of 1-3 hours a week. For more information contact Becky Almanza at 325-673-5295 or balmanza7@ The Center for International Education is looking for one male and one female volunteer to serve as conversation partners with ACU scholars who are looking to improve their English language skills. Volunteers will be required to spend one hour a week practicing conversation, but the day, time, and location are up to the students to decide. For more information or to volunteer, contact Leanne Moore at 325-674-2821 or

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Red Thread raises awareness with fashion price Bahcall student reporter The Red Thread Fashion Show will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday downtown at the Windsor Hotel for the fifth straight year. The fashion show partners with Eternal Threads, and its purpose is to raise awareness and funds to help end sex trafficking in Nepal. The theme of this year’s show is “Power Through the Red” with the hashtag

#EndIt. Supporters will wear a giant red “X” will on the back of their hands to spread the word about the show and sex trafficking. The show will consist of about 30 ACU students who will model clothes donated by Betty and June and Ya Ya Gurlz, all while wearing the Red Thread Movement bracelets to remind audience members of the purpose for the show. Nikki Wilson, junior ad/ PR major form Houston, is in charge of the fashion

show this year. “I got involved with the show on a volunteer basis and I’m actually the one heading up the show now,” she said. “It’s an exciting and energetic event held at the Windsor Hotel, that really brings the ACU and Abilene community together.” In the past years, students from the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications organized the show and raised more than $3,000. Brenna Jefferies, senior

ad/PR major from Bartonville, is in charge of promotions. She managed social media outreach, sold tickets in the Campus Center and came up with marketing tactics, such as putting up posters around town. “My favorite aspect has been getting to watch people come together and support a cause that we are passionate about,” Jefferies said. “Students are getting involved in a cause that doesn’t affect them personally, but they know what

is at stake. They know that sex trafficking is something that must be stopped.” Abbey Moses, president of the ACU Red Thread Movement, said she enjoys seeing talented individuals use their skills to fight against human trafficking. “Some people imagine that they can’t be involved in the fight against injustice because they don’t have the right talents,” she said. “But that is totally not true; each talent, each gift that we have can be used to help

others. The fashion show is a great example of people using special skills to benefit others.” Tickets are $7, but $6 if you “like” the Red Thread Fashion Show page on Facebook. A bracelet will be included in the price of the ticket. Tickets will be available for purchase at Betty & June, in the Campus Center and at the door. contact the optimist at

Williams runs for city council position denzil Lim student reporter Anthony Williams is running for his fifth term in office for Abilene City Council. Early voting starts April 28, and the election is on May 10. Williams, chief business services officer at ACU and Place 3 city council, has been working hard for the upcoming elections. He has begun door-to-door campaigning and meeting with the citizens of Abilene to hear their interests and problems from potholes to solid waste issues.

“Abilene is my hometown,” Williams said. “I love Abilene, and I think we’ve done some very significant things in our community and I want to be part of that process to make Abilene as good as it can be.” In Nov. 2001, Williams was elected to fill an expired term in the city council. He officially began in May 2002 and has been in office for 12 years. “I have been heavily involved on local communities and boards,” he said. “My leadership progressed, and an individual asked me to consider running when an open seat was available.”

Abilene is my hometown. I love Abilene and I think we’ve done some very significant things in our community.” Anthony Williams Chief business services officer

The city council has seven members: three from the north side and another three from the south. The mayor oversees the council agenda. Moreover, each year, a mayor pro tempore is selected among the members. Williams has held the title for four

years and serves as a temp to Mayor Norm Archibald when the mayor is unavailable. “We’ve had a healthy team environment,” he said. “Although there are times we have opposing views, I think, for the most part, we’ve worked together in a collective manner that has put the interests of Abilene in the forefront.” A full term in the city council is three years and elections are organized after each term has ended. “I have always loved the way the government works and am fascinated about the whole political pro-

cess,” Williams said. This term’s election will present a challenge for Williams because he will have an opponent, Joseph Cochran, running against him. According to the Abilene Reporter-News, Cochran has raised $55 against Williams’ $6,883. Cochran has lived in Abilene for seven years and has had different jobs. He has worked in sales, business management and a as contractor for the Reporter-News in the past. “When I run, I think I’m the very best selection and I try to articulate that to the

citizens,” Williams said. “A part of what makes the system we have is that everybody has an opportunity to run and be part of the process. At the end of the day, it’s up to the citizens of Abilene to see if that person is the best candidate.” Williams said he is confident he is the best candidate and looks forward to the results. If he wins, William said he has plans to concentrate his time on the water issues around Abilene and cities alike. contact the optimist at

Attacks: Cyber hackers threaten user safety from page 1 two banks in Tennessee and Virginia, while a total of 17 myACU accounts had been accessed by outside users. Mendenhall was one of the six employees who did not receive a payment to their account. Mendenhall said the hackers went into his ACU account and changed his direct deposit information to the out-of-state bank. When he checked his banner, he saw the other bank and routing information that was not his. The fake emails were constructed very well. Users could not tell whether it was phishers attacking or an official message. When the problem first began in November, ACU pushed for password changes across campus. Although password changes were met with some unhappy users, a periodical change in passwords helps increase security for everyone. Kevin Roberts, vice president of planning and operations, said the next step for the university was for IT to investigate computer files. “This is a great reminder of why it’s so important to be diligent about your passwords, that they are secure and changed routinely,” he said. “If you receive an email that seems suspicious or looks odd, don’t respond to it. Call and ask the help desk.” According to an article by Microsoft on tips for creating a strong password, your first line of defense

should comprise of: At least eight characters Does not state your user name, real name, or company name Does not contain a complete word Is different from previous passwords Contains uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and a variety of symbols on the keyboard Lastly create acronyms of events, easy-to-remember information or sentences For example, a strong password would look like, “M^Rii<32$ho9” from a simple sentence, “Mary loves to shop.” Lieutenant Randy Motz from the ACUPD said the issue with the cyber-attacks is that ACU’s network was not breached in any way; The phishers simply fished people with baits who clicked the suspicious link and were sent to another location off ACU’s servers. When the user is no longer within ACU’s security, any information given at that point is unprotected. Motz said ACUPD has collected as much information as it could and turned the case over to the FBI. They have not received any new information. “The phishing attempt was not random,” Motz said. “A few other places in other states were attacked by the same perpetrators. It was very well-organized.” Authorities are aware of about 30 other universities who suffered the same attack.

“It appears to be part of a much broader effort on the criminals’ part,” Roberts said. ACU’s Defense in Depth Strategy Arthur Brant, director of networking services, said ACU’s cyber security employs a strategy known as Defense in Depth. “At the heart of this strategy, is the recognition that security requires multiple safe guards and these safe guards reside at various levels,” he said. ”Often, this strategy utilizes the analogy of an onion, which has many layers, to best illustrate what is implied with a Defense in Depth strategy.” The first layer consists of an overall firewall protection residing between ACU’s network and the internet connection. Similar to a gated community, only specific services and businesses are allowed through the firewall. This is seen in blocked sites that are not accessible from on-campus connection. The second layer is hostbased firewalls for individual servers on campus. In the event the primary wall was breached, this secondary fence acts as another layer of protection. The last layer of defense is the use of unique usernames and strong passwords that can be compared to owning a faculty/ student identification card. For added security, ACU also uses anti-virus softwares, such as Sophos, to keep software, servers, files and applications updated

Tuition: Increase smallest in fifteen years from page 1

higher tuition. Campbell said one hour debt levels,” Campbell said. at ACU is equal to almost Campbell said annual $1,100, the amount of the block tuition has been the increase. If a student enbiggest game changer for rolls in 31 hours in an acathe university. Two years demic year, he or she would ago, ACU switched from an break even with the price hours-based tuition cost increase. to a block tuition model, “Block tuition with a which gives students the opportunity to take from 24 to 36 hours in one school year for the same price. “Our early indications of block tuition are fantastic,” Campbell said. “We’re seeing retention is up. We’re seeing student debt levels down, and we’re seeing that students are more on pace to graduate on time or early.” Some universities use a fixed income model that sets a price for all four years of a student’s degree. Garrett said although schools with a fixed income do not increase tuition for current students, incoming students have to pick up that slack with a significantly

modest price increase, if students take advantage of it, actually reduces the cost of a degree much greater than a zero percent increase would,” Campbell said. contact jones at

and requires users to log into workstations. Elevating Awareness on Campus Chief Jimmy Ellison of the ACU Police Department said, “A number of ACU users were fooled by these phishing attempts and clicked on and followed the links, then provided their username and passwords.” Cyber-related crimes are becoming more frequent and increasingly complex because of the Internet, he said. ACU’s response to the phishing attempts is to continue to remind the campus that ACU would never provide a link to change passwords, but rather they would provide instructions, said Brant. “Official communications regarding passwords will come from the Helpdesk or Team55, not system administrators or webmasters,” Brant said, “and that users should never respond to emails requesting for personal or financial information.” ACU increased the frequency of this message and partnered with ACUPD to increase individual awareness. Each user has a role in ensuring ACU’s systems and services are secure. Kay Reeves, executive director of information technology, said IT has communicated with ACU through emails, blogs, newsletters, computer screen pop-ups and messages at login. “The best way to stop it is for users to be aware and

not fall victim to it in the first place,” she said. In a recent story by Optimist reporter Rachel Fritz, she listed a few things students, faculty and staff can do to not fall victim to phishing attempts. Official messages from ACU regarding password changes will always include instructions for making account or password changes – official ACU messages will never include a link to click on as a means of gathering or changing your information. Never respond to any emails requesting personal or financial information. Report suspicious emails by clicking on the arrow in the top right of the message (the Reply arrow drops down a menu) and choose “Report Phishing.” If you did click the link in this most recent phishing attempt email, and did enter your information,

change your password by using the “Change your password” link on MyACU, and also contact the ACU Helpdesk to inform Information Technology that you entered your information on a phishing attempt. If you ever have any doubts or concerns about an email you receive, never click on any links or otherwise reply with any personal information. Contact the ACU HelpDesk for verification and assistance. If the attackers are able to lead people away from the firewalls, stopping these phishing attempts is not an easy task. The only way to stop the hackers is to educate users about the dangers of emails requesting personal information.

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Lazy days of summer shouldn’t be so lazy the issue Summer is a time to rejuvenate, but sometimes students find it’s possible to experience too much relaxation.

our take It’s important to take advantage of the summer months to reenergize and plan ahead.

After a semester spent arduously attending classes, completing assignments, writing papers and studying for exams, weary college students want nothing more than to spend the summer months recovering mentally and physically. As tempting as it is to want to spend the entire summer sleeping late,

lying by the pool, catching up with friends and binge-watching Netflix, slacking off entirely is not an option. No one can afford to take three entire months off of life. Some students will pursue internships or look for jobs and attempt to make a profit. Other students will help staff summer camps or par-

ticipate in mission trips. Some will take vacations or spend time traveling. For some, graduating on time would not be possible without taking summer classes. Overcommitting oneself is not advisable, but students should be conscious that these precious months are a valuable time period that should be taken advantage of. Mental preparation is crucial and the summer months provide an opportunity to prepare for future semesters, or even the future as a whole. Use the time to consider which classes still need

to be taken and how to tackle the upcoming semester. Don’t put off decisions that will affect the upcoming years.

sleeping late may seem appealing at first. But readjusting to a schedule that includes 8 a.m. classes will make all those late nights regrettable. Use the summer months to develop a sleep schedule, and stick to it. Summer is also an ideal time to save money. Avoid falling into a financial pit next semester by buying groceries instead of eating out for every meal. Make a budget and stick to it. Avoid going out every single night and only buy what is necessary. If you decide to splurge on something, make it a memorable activity.

Summer should be a time to rest and recharge, but responsibility remains.”

Physical recovery is also important. Make time to work out. Avoid the fast-food drive-thru. Staying up into the wee hours of the morning and

Don’t forget to make time for the family. Even if spending the entire summer at home is out of the question, set aside a week or a few weekends to be with the people who matter the most. Enjoy their company while you still can. Summer should be time to rest and recharge, but responsibility remains. Make the most of the heated summer months by staying on top of things and being proactive. contact The Optimist at

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The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the state of Michigan’s decision in a 6-2 ruling to end affirmative action at its public universities on Tuesday. This is not the first or final decision around the issue of a race-based admission process, nor any racial controversies in higher education for that matter. Obviously ACU is neither a public university nor located in Michigan. But when any Supreme Court decision is made, it easily creates ripple effects across the country. And with freshly opened discussions about race on ACU and Hardin-Simmons University campuses, even national decisions can become relative in Abilene. I don’t want to make a blanket statement that assumes a race issue over there is applicable to any race issue over here just because they have one word in common. And I don’t want to reopen the wounds that some local Abilene media have already caused in reporting on our student body. So if it’s not about having racial controversy in common, what does a court case on Michigan law have to do with offensive fake parking tickets in Abilene? They each made headlines about racism, but perhaps in both cases it was more realistic that the issue revolved around a need for voices to be heard. In SCOTUS this week, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, going out of his way to say that the case wasn’t about the constitutionality of racial preferences.

Let’s return to the First Amendment, to freedom of speech and advocating for all voices, voters and students alike, to be heard.”

It was to uphold the rights of Michigan voters to debate controversial issues and to defend democratic governance, even when it comes to policies regarding race. The court wanted voters’ voices heard. Many ACU students began to speak out about the racist incidents after they felt like administration wasn’t listening. J Sheppard, senior IT major from Oklahoma City, received one of the racially offensive tickets. “In the immediate days that followed, to me, it felt like the administration either wasn’t aware or wasn’t doing anything,” he said. It was then that students began to raise awareness of racism on campus via social media and white T-shirts. They wanted victims’ voices heard. Let’s stop arguing whether racism does or does not exist, in public university admissions or in ACU parking lots. Let’s return to the First Amendment, to freedom of speech and advocating for all voices, voters and students alike, to be heard. contact ORR at


The hunt for the elusive internship she finds it in a large cup of coffee, an interesting commodity this species has become increasingly reliant on for survival. Watch as the female clicks on yet another countless application from another company offering another internship. Notice how the student surprisingly doesn’t seem to care that the internship won’t pay her a cent for 30 hours of work a week and expects her to find housing in an expensive city. This seems cruel but it is a required ritual for her to perform in order to be accepted by her species. Failure to succeed in catching the internship means failure to graduate for this multimedia student. Humiliated, the stu-



Observe the female college student in her natural habitat. She sits, hunched and attentive, in front of her computer, her eyes glazed over and her wrists in danger of carpal tunnel as she furiously types and clicks. It is obvious she is not on a normal hunt. She seems especially agitated as she hunts this exceptionally elusive prey– the internship. Though she has stalked prey that seem similar to the internship, prey such as college and job appli-

cations, they now seem like child’s play in comparison to the arduous and agonizing process of finding the internship. Hunting the internship requires much sacrifice from the student. One of the most painful requirements of this chase is a ritual called the cover letter. It is astonishing how tedious and grueling one page of writing can be. She takes a wellearned break to find sustenance. Caffeine is what this huntress craves, and

dent would be forced to slink back home and live with her parents and find a job as a sales associate at a department store indefinitely. Her morale visibly diminishes after days and weeks pass without any encouraging word. The summer months quickly approach, and with them, unemployment. What’s this? An email from a possible employer? Alas, this turns out to be false hope, bringing nothing but rejection. A painful blow to the mighty student. But, still, she hunts for her prey. contact Jones at

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Help: not welcome in Instagram. No pics of all club rush. #piepride


Urgent: Someone bring me a snuggie in chapel. I can feel the hypothermia setting in. Section E. I’ll be waiting.


If a tour group ever came to my room they would see me napping about 89% of the time the other 11% would be twerking #thisiscollege


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Mom just sent me a picture of my graduation invitations.. #icantdoit #iwontdoit

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The Facebook creeping has begun. #springrush


Was just stared at for a while by a tour group, through the glass walls of a collaboration room... this is what it’s like to be in the zoo...



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Today I went to my last chapel, got my graduation announcements and tonight is passdowns in club. So like...graduation? #waitwhat #17days

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Heathens, get to chapel & outta my library tables. (Please note: Irony)


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Friday 04.25.14

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Friday, April 25


The 10th annual Buffalo Gap Wine and Food Summit will take place at Perini Ranch. Admission prices vary per event. The Noah Project Golf Tournament is taking place at 1510 E. Industrial Blvd. The event lasts from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Price varies based upon membership.

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Students performers rehearse for the opera.

ACU opera performs free show Alikay Wood arts editor The ACU Opera team hopes to introduce ACU students to the genre with “Susannah,” an Apocryphal story, this week. Jarrett Ward, senior vocal performance major from Houston and member of the marketing team for “Susannah”, said students should have more appreciation for opera music. “The music of opera makes you think, and often makes the listener experience emotions they did not expect,” Ward said.

Jennifer Magill, who plays Mrs. McLean, the antagonist in the show, agrees. “I love how opera and classical music has a power to tap into one’s emotions and take you on a musical journey,” said Magill, junior music education major from League City. “Susannah” is not a story found in the Christian Bible, but is a commonly told Apocryphal story. This version of the story is set in 1940s era Tennessee. While the production is completely free to students, the ACU Opera has still gone over the top with sets and costumes, even going so far as to cover the floor of the Civic Center with grass.

There will be gunshots, drama, gossip, grand sets and beautiful singing.”

Hembree plays Susannah at the Saturday night show, and is grateful for the opportunities and relationships ACU opera provides. “ACU opera is made up of hard working students who build our own bree hembree sets, make or find our own costumes senior vocam performance and raise our own money,” Hembree from north richland hills said. “Susannah” has two casts with “All of the aspects of this opera are performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday bigger and better than we have done and Saturday at the Civic Center. Stubefore,” Ward said. dents will receive free admission. “There will be gunshots, drama, gossip, grand sets and beautiful singing,” said Bree Hembree, senior vocontact wood at cal performance major from North Richland Hills.

Switchfoot’s Fading West tour is coming to the Abilene Civic Center. Tickets are $20-25 per person and the show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 25 Wylie will host its Spring Clean Flea Market at Wylie Christian Crhuch from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday admission is free to the public. ACU Opera will present “Susannah” at 7:30 p.m. at the Abilene Civic Center. Admission is free to students. Sunday, April 26 Buffalo Gap is putting on their Historic Village Zombie Games from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tickets for teams of four are $100. “Dance Under the Stars” will take place at Abilene State Park from 7:30 9:45 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person.



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The Saturday night cast of “Susannah” rehearses the opera at the Abilene Civic Center.

Concert Preview Switchfoot’s ‘Fading West’ tour comes to Abilene brantly houston arts reporter The Grammy Award-winning band Switchfoot will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Friday night at the Abilene Civic Center. The band is in the midst of several projects. Switchfoot was scheduled to perform in November of last year but had to reschedule because of weather complications. “We were really looking forward to [performing in Abilene] and were really bummed out,” said Jerome Fontamillas, backup vocalist and instrumentalist for the band. “This show is like our return.” He also hinted at what Switchfoot fans can expect at the performance. “It’s definitely a rock show,” he said. “We’ve added a few lighting spectacles.” Switchfoot’s latest album, Fading West, debuted at #6 on the Billboard charts. The band will be able to perform songs from the new album because of the concert’s postponed date. In addition to a new album, the band has also released a documentary-style film, also entitled Fading West.

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Photo courtesy of Switchfoot “We decided to embark on a journey around the globe to find inspiration for what we wanted to do next,” Fontamillas said. “We decided to document that in the film.” The film follows the band as they explore surf spots around the world. Fontamillas said the band wrote songs while they travelled and those pieces eventually became the album

Fading West. The band will conclude its current tour in about two weeks. Fontamillas said Switchfoot’s next big project is their 10th annual Bro-Am, a surfing contest and benefit concert in July. The event raises awareness and funds for homeless children in the San Diego, California area. “A lot of people come out to sup-

port and raise awareness,” Fontamilas said. “They get a front view of who these kids are.” For ticket information about the Friday night show, contact the Civic Center Box Office at 676-6361. contact houston at

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Women play final match in Omaha daniel block sports reporter The inaugural Div. I Southland Conference regular season may be over for the Wildcats’ tennis teams, but there is still one tournament left to play. The men’s and women’s teams will compete in the 2014 National Invitational Tennis Tournament hosted by the University of NebraskaOmaha this weekend. The tournament features other teams from around the nation that, like the Wildcats, are ineligible for post-season play because of NCA A regulations regarding the transition from Div. II to Div. I. “We’re not through yet. In fact, we’re treating next week’s event like it’s nationals - that’s why we’re calling it the National Invitational Tournament,” head coach Hutton Jones said. The tournament takes place Saturday and Sun-

day with the women’s team playing one match each day. The first matchup will be against the host team, UNO, which is a member of The Summit League. The Mavericks hold a 7-11 record on the season, while the Wildcats enter play with an impressive 17-5 record. Sunday’s contest will be against Grand Canyon University, a member of the Western Athletic Conference and owners of an 11-6 record on the year. The Wildcats have not faced either team prior to this weekend. “We will have the same mindset as if this were any other conference match and take them just as seriously,” junior Brittney Reed said. “We expect to play tough teams and we expect them to fight hard. If we compete physically and mentally, only then will we have the chance to win.” jarred schuetze Staff Photographer This will be the final Sophomore Kaysie Hermsdorf was selected with her collegiate competition sister, Micah, by being named to the All-Southland for seniors Micah Herms- Conference women’s tennis team. dorf and Emily Conrad.

The two upperclassmen have led the Wildcats to a successful first season in Div. I athletics. The Wildcats have proved to everyone that they have always been a Div. I team, said Reed. “We were right there with every team in the conference and I can’t wait for next year to continually show everyone what ACU is made of,” he said. Conrad and her doubles partner, sophomore Nada Marjanovic, enter the tournament with a 15-9 record in doubles. Marjanovic led the Wildcats with a 17-4 singles record. “I am excited and sad at the same time to play my final doubles matches with Emily,” Marjanovic said. “We will be looking to put together everything we’ve learned and done throughout the season to finish well.” contact block at

ACU preps for high scoring Huskies collin wieder assistant sports editor ACU baseball heads to Houston Friday to begin a three-game series against the number two Southland offense, Houston Baptist University. ACU enters the game with a 14-23 overall record and a 4-7 Southland record. Houston Baptist enters with an 18-19 overall record and a 7-11 record in the conference. The Wildcats enter this series coming off their first loss ever to McMurry University Monday but gained two solid wins over the weekend against Stephen F. Austin University. One of the wins featured the first complete game shutout by a Wildcat pitcher in nine years. Sophomore pitcher Garrett Demeyere went nine innings walking zero batters and allowing only four hits. “I felt real good. I mean I had all my pitches going, which was helpful,” Demeyere said. “They had a lot of lefties in the lineup, so just sticking to the game plan and throwing inside was effective. Winning the series was a confidencebooster for sure going into this weekend against Houston Baptist.” The performance of Demeyere and senior Brady Rodriguez showed the Wildcats have two solid starters, but they still lack a third. ACU has featured eight different starters on the mound this season. Head coach Britt Bonneau said the Wildcats are continuing their search for a third pitcher this weekend as they head to Houston. “We are still trying to search for that Friday

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The ACU golf team wrapped up the Southland Conference tournament on Wednesday in McKinney with a win for Sam Houston State. Junior Corbin Renner shot a third-round 72 to finish in third. The rest of the team combined for a 316 and took eighth place. Senior Trey Sullivan shot a 78 in his last round as a Wildcat and tied for 16th individually. Freshman Kyle Karnei’s 84 was good enough for the third slot on the team. Kaden Walters finished the tournament with an 87, and Luke Carpenter had his best round of the week with an 82.

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12-6 12-6 12-6 10-8 10-8 10-8 10-8 10-8 9-9 5-7 7-11 7-11 4-8 2-16

27-14 23-19 21-20 27-14 24-16 22-15 22-18 20-19 22-18 12-24 18-19 16-24 14-23 10-26

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32-13 24-20 19-21 21-19 18-24 16-23 18-24 20-29 17-22 13-30 17-30 19-26

Who’s Hot Junior Corbin Renner finished out his golf year on a strong renner note as he was one of the leaders in the Southland Conference Championships. Renner led ACU to eighth place and finished third overall by shooting two under par (214) through the three days of the tournament. Renner estabilshed himself as an elite player for ACU.

briefings Juniors Borja Cortes and Guilherme Gesser were named AllSouthland Conference first-team doubles. Sophomores Marco Bensley and Jason Proctor, along with freshman Nico Agritelley named honorable mentions. Senior Micah and Sophomore Kaysie Hermsdorf were selected to the second All-Southland Conference women’s tennis team in doubles. Micah was also selected to the first All-Conference singles team. Former New York Yankees’ legend Bobby Sophomore designated hitter Heath Beasley flies out to the outfield in the Wildcats game against McMurry this past Richardson will visit weekend. The Wildcats will prepare for its game against Houston Baptist this weekend. The team is 2-8 in their last ACU on April 29 to talk 10 games. about his faith, his life in night guy so we will have the second-best team .300. The Wildcats begin baseball and his career to figure out how to take batting average in the They are led by fresh- their series against HBU with the Yankees. jarred schuetze Staff Photographer

care of this first game,” Bonneau said. “We are going to continue to work hard on trying to find the right defense to put out there.” The bullpen will need to show up against Houston Baptist, which boasts

Southland. They are lead by Jordan McCoy, who is batting .389 with 23 runs batted in. The offensive game for the Wildcats has continued to be strong this season with four different players still hitting above

man phenom Brandon at 2 p.m. and continue Grudzielanek, who is until Sunday. hitting .373 with a teamleading 29 runs batted in. Seth Spivey enters with his great season intact with a .371 batting contact wieder at average, three home runs and 11 doubles.

Renner earns third overall finish sports reporter


Zach Cabra led Sam Houston State to the Southland victory, while also stealing away the individual title with a 72. Pep Angles from Central Arkansas had led the tournament the two previous days, but things fell apart for him on Wednesday at the bitter end. He bogeyed 17 and double bogeyed 18 to lose to Cabra by a single stroke. Renner missed out on the first spot by four strokes, but his consistency over the three-day period was remarkable nonetheless. He fired a 71 on Monday, a 71 on Tuesday and capped it off with a 72 on Wednesday. He made a run on the front nine on Wednesday, shooting a 31. He even claimed a tie for the lead

This entire week was an incredible learning experience for me. Watching Corbin (Renner) and Trey (Sullivan) handle themselves this season has been invaluable.”

outstanding guy,” Renner said. “We will, for sure, miss his personality.” Fans saw a glimpse of the future at conference through the play of Karnei. The true freshman stepped up big in the second half of the spring season, making the last Kyle Karnei two tournaments and Freshman filling the third slot. ACu golf “This entire week was an incredible learning experience for me,” Karfor a few holes. While his and Sullivan next year. nei said. run eventually came to Sullivan’s last round “It is something I can an end, his month of April came exactly a year fol- take with me the next was still impressive. lowing spinal fusion sur- three years. Watching Renner finished the gery. Corbin and Trey handle spring season with three Despite the operation, themselves this season top-10 finishes. he did not miss a single has been invaluable.” The ACU team will say tournament all year and goodbye to two seniors was consistently competfollowing the conference itive behind Renner. contact gwin at tournament; the Wild“Trey was not only a cats will lose Ian Evans great teammate but an

Sophomore pitcher Garrett deMeyere was selected as the Southalnd Conference’s pitcher of the week. Be sure to follow @OptimistSports on Twitter for more stories and the latest ACU sports news coverage.

Upcoming Track will continue its competition in Des Moines, Iowa through the weekend. Baseball plays game one of its road series against Houston Baptist at 2 p.m. Friday. Men’s and women’s tennis travels to Omaha, Nebraska. to compete over the weekend. Softball takes on Houston Baptist Saturday in a doubleheader at 2 and 4 p.m. in Abilene.

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