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Bringing in the Closer

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‘Cats battle Rams for playoff spot

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University mulls iPad mandate Mark smith managing editor All full-time ACU undergrad students may be required to have an iPad by August 2013. Team 55 sent an email to incoming freshmen encouraging them to choose an iPad from the Mobile Learning Initiative selection because all full-time undergrads would be required to have an iPad in the fall of 2013. However, George Saltsman, executive director of Educational Technology, said the email was supposed to say that Team 55 expects this change but it isn’t set. “We anticipate students to be required to have an iPad by then, but we don’t know for sure,” Saltsman said. “We’re in the planning process now.” Team 55 will send another email soon to incoming freshmen to clarify its intent. Saltsman said should students be required to have an iPad, he didn’t know if they would have to pay for it or if the university would provide it. “There’s an assumption digital textbooks will ultimately save students money” he said. “We don’t know yet how they will be paid for.” Saltsman said data shows an overwhelming majority of students won’t need smartphones when they come to campus, and digital textbooks may be more popular then. “Eighty-six percent of incoming freshmen are projected to already have smartphones before getting here,” he said. contact smith at

Mandy Lambright Chief photographer

Ruby Poole, sophomore nursing major from Frisco, demolishes a cantaloupe at the Alpha Kai Omega and Trojan Fruit Smash rush at Will Hair Park.


Gibson takes first steps toward recovery Marissa jones page 2 editor Justin Gibson, sophomore social work major from Gatesville, continues to recover after his scooter crashed with another vehicle on March 30. After the accident, Gibson was in critical condition and remained in a coma. Doctors said it was possible that he might lose his speech and his ability to read and hear. However, Gibson’s recovery did not go as expected.

Gibson’s girlfriend, Melissa Mason, junior psychology major from New York City, said that Justin has made an incredible recovery. “They didn’t ever expect Justin to get to this point and especially not a week and a half after he woke up from his coma,” Mason said. “They didn’t expect him to wake up from his coma 12 days after the accident. They estimated three months to two years. It’s been amazing. It’s a miracle. It’s all God.” Mason said Gibson is currently awake, walking

Mason said, “We still don’t know if there are going to be deficits or not, or if he’ll go back to being completely healed. It’s all up in the air.” The ACU community’s support of Gibson has imMelissa Mason junior psychology major pacted him and his friends from new york city and family. “Justin knows that all with the help of a walker, ery. He continues to suffer of ACU is praying for him. cognitively very aware, from double vision in one I told him that the first day eye, a torn ACL and head you met for Chapel after and he is talking. Gibson plans on return- injuries. He is currently the accident, the whole ing to Gatesville to live with only able to talk in a whis- Chapel was about him. He his parents and participate per due to a damaged vocal said ‘really?’ and then he in outpatient care in Dal- cord. At this point, the last- fist pumped,” Mason said. las a couple of times a week ing effects of Gibson’s acci- “He’s blown away by how many people care about until he makes a full recov- dent are unclear.

A lot of people have said to me that they used to have trouble believing in God, and Justin’s situation made them feel that God is real and that He cares about us.”

him and are coming together to support him. It’s the same for us. We just feel so blessed that we have so many people that are supporting us and are praying for him constantly.” Faculty, such as Dr. Scott Perkins, a professor of the Department of Psychology, who are connected to both Gibson and Mason have made the trip to the Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas that Gibson is receiving treatment at. Dr. Perkins is one of Masee gibson page 5


Student releases album to raise mission trip funds psychology major from Illinois, knew that sendStudent reporter ing out fundraising letters would not be enough, A junior psychology major so she decided to put her is selling an original piano musical talents towards a album on iTunes with pro- good cause and recorded ceeds benefiting her sum- an entire album of original piano pieces. mer mission trip. “I’ve wanted to make an When it came time to raise money for her World album for a while and had Wide Witness trip to Hara- the music to do so,” Nikolaus re, Zimbabwe this summer, said. “This mission trip game Caroline Nikolaus, junior me the motivation to finally

Carole-Marie Wiser

record and release because it was going to be for a purpose and good cause, not just to make me feel better about being an artist.” Nikolaus began piano lessons in kindergarten and continued until she reached high school. Along the way she also picked up playing clarinet and guitar. By the time she started her senior year, she was in jazz band, wind ensemble,

choir, show choir, church choir and the praise team for her youth group. “My family is a singing family, we grew up belting it in the kitchen, car and everywhere else,” Nikolaus said. “It’s in my blood and I thank God he’s given me these talents to play.” Although Nikolaus has been on several mission trips before, including places such as: Honduras,

Oregon, Poland and Bulgaria, this will be the first mission trip that will last longer than two weeks. She is hoping that this experience will help decide if she is interested in more long term mission work. While she is in Zimbabwe, she will be working with local organizations and churches to help with orphan care, vulnerable children care, youth ministry and compas-

sion ministry for a time span of two months. The album entitled Speak the Language - A Mediation features eight songs and is available on iTunes for $7.92. Reviews posted on iTunes state that this album is “a perfect study and relaxation mix” contact Wiser at

inside news




Department of Biology to offer new course next fall

Weather patterns leave students ill prepared

See more photos of this year’s spring rushes

The Optimist, Morris & Mitchell name leaders for next year

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All day - Habitat for Humanity World Record Volleyball


3 p.m. Habitat for Humanity World Record Volleyball


All day - Habitat for Humanity World Record Volleyball


9 a.m. Student Dietetic Association



All day - Habitat for Humanity World Record Volleyball


All day - Habitat for Humanity World Record Volleyball

2 p.m. Luke Burnam senior recital

4 p.m. ACU Baseball @ Angelo State

8 p.m. GATA Formal

6 p.m. Alpha Kai Omega Formal

Chapel checkup

announcements The ACU Student-Athelete Advisory Committee will be hosting the 2nd Annual Run for Wishes on May 5 from 8 - 9:30 a.m. Register at Registration costs $15. The Students’ Association is looking for a Chief Communication Officer. To download an application, visit Applications are due Friday at 5 p.m. in the Students’ Association office.

The ACU Department of Music presents the Spring Orchestra Concert featuring Dr. Paul Piersall. The concert will be held on May 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium. Admission is free. Call 325-674-2199 for more information. University Church of Christ is holding a neighborhood block party on April 29 from 6-8 p.m. on the east side of the UCC gym. This event will include food, games, a petting zoo, a bounce house and live music. Admission is free.

The Service Action Leadership Team wants you to bring your old clothes, room stuff, plastics, cardboard, glass, paper and aluminum to recycle on May 5 from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. in the University Church parking lot. Free Cajun Cones will be provided. The Students’ Association is looking for a Chief Financial Officer to work next to the Executtive Treasurer and manage the SA budget. Download an application at www.acustudents. com/administrativeofficers.

2nd Annual SDA 5k and Pet-athon will be held on Saturday at Red-Bud Park. Registration is available in the Campus Center this week. Tickets are $15 for the 5k, $7 for the Pet-a-thon and $20 for both. 5k registration comes with a shirt. Also sign up for a $1 raffle ticket. The Office of Multicultural Enrichment presents Combined Multicultural Chapel to celebrate the closing of the spring 2012 semester on May 3 in Business Building Room 201.

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Police Log Police Log

Weekly Stats for April 17 - April 24, 2012

04/17/12 10:30 a.m. THEFT: An ACU student reported the theft of her cell phone from a bench in the SWRC. Case is open. 04/20/12 9:25 p.m. BACK UP OFFICER: ACUPD assisted an APD unit at a disturbance call at The Grove. A tenant who had been locked out of his apartment was throwing his shoe at his window to get his roommate’s attention. He struck a neighbor’s window and the frightened tenant called the police. 04/22/12 3:05 p.m. THEFT: An ACU student reported the theft of money from his room at Mabee hall. Case is open. 04/23/12 3:05 p.m. BURGLARY OF HABITATION: An ACU student reported the theft of his iPod touch from his room at Mabee Hall. Case is open. 04/23/12 6:00 p.m. THEFT: A campus guest reported the theft of his iPhone 4 from the SRWC.

Police Tip of the Week: Never leave valuables such as wallets or iPhones laying around unattended in the SRWC while you work out. Use the secure kit lockers provided.

Administrative Activity 8 Arrested Subject 4 Assist 5 Back Up Officer 1 Building Lock/Unlock 5 Check Building 88 Criminal Mischief 1 Disturbance 1 Escort 1 Fight 1 Fingerprinting Service 4 Information Report 2 Investigation Follow Up 5 Lost Property 2 Monitor Facility/ Lot 1 Motorist Assist: Jump Start 5 Motorist Assist: Other 2 Motorist Assist: Unlock 10

Noise Violation 7 Other 7 Parking Lot Patrol 1 Parking Violation 1 Patrol Vehicle: Maintenance 7 Patrol Vehicle: Refuel 8 Public Service 1 Random Patrol 1 Report Writing 2 Sex Offense 1 Suspicious Activity 3 Theft 3 Traffic Stop 7 Warrant Service 2 Total Events: 199

Volunteer Opp0rtunities Abilene Hope Haven needs volunteers from May 4 through May 6 to help in a variety of ways with their annual youth soccer tournament. The event will be held at the Abilene National Soccer Complex at 3025 Maple. Contact Alan Jeter at 325-677-4673 or alana@ or Kathy Reppart at 325-6774673 or Ben Richey Boys Ranch is looking for volunteers for their annual Ben Richey Boys Ranch Clay Break Classic on May 5 for shifts throughout the day from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Duties will include set up, helping on the clay-break range, clean up and variety of other tasks during the event. Contact Patty Dunn at 325668-0557 or Karen Martin at 325-668-9554 or e-mail The Abilene Zoo is looking for volunteers to help with general labor such as grounds cleanup and painting any weekday at any time between noon and 4 p.m. The Zoo is located at 2070 Zoo Ln. Contact Joy Harsh at 325-676-6487 for more information. Child Protective Services needs volunteers for clerical work as well as volunteers who can organize a playroom. Volunteers are needed any weekday anytime between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Child Protective Services are located at 3610 Vine St. Background checks are required and are done at the center. Background checks usually are cleared in about two weeks. For more information call V. Danette Cummings at 325691-8214. Medical Care Mission is looking for volunteers to assist medical or dental staff with patients any weekday from 8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. For more information contact Dave Kraly at 325-676-3104 or email Abilene Hope Haven Inc. needs volunteers to provide childcare while parents are in class, any evening Monday-Thursday from 6:45 - 8:15 p.m. Abilene Hope Haven is located at 801 S. Treadaway Blvd. For more information contact Kathy Reppart at 325-6774673 or visit The Abilene Boys and Girls Club needs help any weekday between 3:30 - 6 p.m. helping children of all ages with games, art, gym time, reading and computer skills. Locations are 4610 N. 10th St. or 1902 Shelton St. Contact Mark Denman at 325-672-1712 for more information. Volunteers are needed to enjoy a free lunch with students at Bonham Elementary School on a weekly

basis. This would be sometime between 10:00 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., and would involve spending lunch time with students and having a positive impact on their lives. Contact Jason Shaw at 325-639-3745 or e-mail Meals on Wheels Plus needs volunteer drivers to deliver afternoon meals to seniors and adults with disabilities Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Drivers must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license. Training is provided. A Chapel exemption is available if delivery time conflicts with Chapel. Contact Jessica Stewart at 325-672-5050 or email The Big Brothers Big Sisters program is looking for volunteers to participate in Lunch Buddies. Bigs and Littles will enjoy lunch together at the child’s school once a week. Students can earn Chapel credit for each visit. Big Brothers Big Sisters is also looking for volunteers for its Community Based program. Bigs are matched with Littles in a one-on-one relationship and spend four to six hours per month together in the community. To sign up or learn more visit www. or call 325-674-3113. Disability Resources, Inc. is looking for volunteers to assist developmentally disabled residence. Help is needed with activities, art projects, reading books, exercise activities, assisting with vocational training needs and other interactions Monday through Friday from 9 a.m-4 p.m. For more information contact Becky Moody at 325-677-6815 or e-mail bmoody@ Volunteers are needed to read to Taylor Elementary School students Monday through Thursday afternoons at UCC from 3:15-4:30 p.m. Enter through the south entrance. Contact C.G. Grey 325-6682842. Da’ Cipher 360, a program for at risk children, is looking for volunteers on Monday evenings from 5-8 p.m. at the Rose Park Activity Center, 2625 S. 7th St. Volunteers can help in a variety of ways including helping with set up, learning activities for kindergarten-3rd graders, tutoring 4th-8th graders, and assisting with clean up. Contact Alvina Scott at 847-333-7026 or e-mail

New Life Alliance is looking for volunteers to help with their after school program on Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. You will help with snacks, homework, crafts, games and other activities in addition to mentoring and building relationships with youth. Contact Ashley Kee at 325-672-1636 or e-mail

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 Monday-Saturday. 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 through Friday from 8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Contact Dave Kraly at 325-6763104 or e-mail for more information.

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

Rescue The Animals is looking for volunteers anytime between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. They need help around the adoption center with general cleaning, socialization of the animals, helping potential adopters and other tasks. Contact Mindi Qualls at 325-698-7722 or email rescuetheanimalsvolunteers@ The center is located at 5933 S. 1st St.

Access Learning Center is looking for volunteers to help elementary school kids with homework, reading, computers and games. The center is located at 2102 Ambler Ave. For more information contact Bret Hines at 325-670-9727. Call ahead to schedule a time to volunteer.

Young Life Ministries needs volunteers Mondays, Tuesdays and weekends from 6-9 p.m. Volunteers will hang out with kids, experience leadership roles, serve others and introduce students to Christ. Young Life is located at 1917 S. 6th St. For more information contact Chuck Rodgers at 325-676-1211 or email

College Heights Friendship House needs child mentors Monday - Thursday from 3 - 5 p.m. Contact Dusty Garison at for more information. For additional volunteer opportunities visit: www.


campus news

friday 04.27.12


Co-founder’s graduation to leave hole in group jimmy isbell staff reporter

mandy lambright chief Photographer

The men of Gamma Sigma Phi host their 19th annual Crawfish Rush across Campus Court as apart of spring rushing.


Student groups select new leaders edward isaacs sports editor Mark Smith and Arielle Moncure have been chosen to lead the Optimist and Morris & Mitchell for the 2012-13 school year. JMC Network advisers and university administrators chose Smith, sophomore convergence journalism major from Powhatan, Va., to be editor-in-chief of the Optimist. He has worked for the student-run paper since February of last year and served as managing editor since August. “A couple months after working as a sports reporter I accepted the position of managing editor,” Smith said. “I didn’t have any experience in page design or news but it worked out really well.” Smith said he learned much of the design aspect

from Hannah Barnes, s e n i o r graphic design major from El Paso and current editor in Smith chief of the Optimist. “Hannah is very good at design,” Smith said. “We worked well together because I’m more journalism based. I’ve learned a lot about design from her which will help me next year.” One change Smith would like to incorporate next year deals with online content. “A change you can count on next year is news being put online faster,” he said. “I would also like to further converge and integrate different areas of the newspaper and video and photos.” Smith plans on making

the newsroom more efficient. “I want there to be more open com mu n iMoncure cation between page editors, photographers, video staff and reporters so we don’t miss any opportunities.” Moncure, junior Ad/ PR and psychology major from Leawood, Kan., was selected as group account director for Morris & Mitchell, the student-run advertising and public relations agency. Moncure said Morris & Mitchell is a great opportunity for students to get real-world experience while they are still in school. “I’ve had a great time with it so far,” she said. “It’s very similar to a real Ad/PR agency because we’re working with vari-

I want to keep up the high standards and make sure everyone has a good experience with it.” arielle moncure junior ad/pr and psychology major from Leawood, kan.

ous clients on campus.” This was Moncure’s first semester with the agency. “Morris & Mitchell is relatively new but the leadership in the past has been phenomenal,” Moncure said. “I want to keep up the high standards and make sure everyone has a good experience with it.” For more information, visit the Optimist online at or Morris & Mitchell at www.

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The World’s Backyard cofounder will be graduating in May, leaving the future of the non-profit uncertain. Bradyn Boone, senior finance major from Abilene, created the non-profit organization in 2009 with his brother Jason, ACU alum. Bradyn said he wants dependable and capable person to replace him after he graduates. “I’d like to know the person, whoever that may be, is fully committed to growing this ministry with the same values we hold in our mission statement,” Bradyn said. “We value commitment rather than a lot of members.” The World’s Backyard’s mission statement is, “expand the Kingdom of God by raising children out of physical, emotional, and spiritual poverty through sports, discipleship and the power of Jesus Christ.” They meet every Wednesday afternoon to minister God’s love to these refugee children. “It was just Jason, me and a soccer ball at the start,” Bradyn said. “God just took it and had a way better plan than we ever envisioned. God turned playing soccer with 15-20 kids a week into getting to know them, and maybe getting a chance to talk to them about Jesus.” These refugee children come from many different countries in Africa, and relocated to the U.S. with their families for various reasons. The International Rescue Committee, a nonprofit that provides service in the wake of disasters, helped them relocate to the United States. Abilene is one of 22 locations in which IRC plants refugee families. In 2009, the Boone brothers went to Highland Oaks, an apartment complex off of Sayles Boulevard, to play a game of pick up soccer. They ended up

playing with about 20 kids for a couple of hours before leaving them with a deal – the kids would bring their friends the next week and the Boone brothers would bring more soccer balls. More than 50 kids showed up for the second meeting. Every Wednesday afternoon, about 50 ACU students volunteer to spend time playing sports, reading the Bible, and worshiping Jesus with refugee children. Each volunteer has to go through an on-site orientation before working with these children. Some students, like Steve Oh, marketing/advertising major from Seoul, South Korea got involved with TWB by receiving a class project at the beginning of the semester in Dr. David Wright’s marketing strategy class. Oh and his classmates had to choose a non-profit organization to help market and advertise the organization to the ACU community. “We chose this organization because we saw how much of an impact it had on the refugee children. Just to be able to laugh, play, and have fun was something they didn’t really receive on a day to day basis,” Oh said. The World’s Backyard partners with Southern Hills Church of Christ to pick up the kids at five different apartment complexes. With about 80-140 kids each week, they meet at Madison Middle School. “I would love to have more student volunteers, but I think the big deal for us is commitment. If this is something that God has really placed on your heart, then that’s what’s going to keep you coming back. We want committed people to come at least once a week to minister to these children,” Boone said. For more information about TWB contact

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interior design

CIDA reviews, accredits Interior Design Program Accreditation through CIDA involved a three-day on-site review along with other requirements. DurThe Interior Design Pro- ing which, the students gram in the Department displayed hand and comof Art and Design re- puter-generated renderings ceived full reaccredita- and illustrations, archition through the Council tectural plans, hand-built for Interior Design Ac- models, essays, blog posts, completed assignments creditation. “Accreditation pro- and exams, research, and motes achievement of tactile representations of high academic standards, design solutions. Faculty and students while making interior design education more re- filled the Shore Art Galsponsive to students and lery with an archive of societal needs,” said Kitty student’s work and curWasemiller, instructor in riculum materials for the the Department of Art and site review. The programs Design and director of the produce a written selfstudy to chronicle eviinterior design program.

staff report

dence of how these standards are achieved in the curriculum. After the site visit, the materials prepared by the department and the evaluations from the campus visits were sent to be reviewed before a final opinion was passed April 16. CIDA accreditation programs are evaluated based on 16 standards; these include: Global perspectives, human behavior, professional and business practices, regulations, environment, systems and controls, and aesthetics. CIDA accredits programs that provide aca-


Biology to begin bug course nikki wilson staff reporter The Department of Biology will offer a new course called Medical and Veterinary Entomology next fall. This course is an introduction to the study of insects, with a prerequisite of general Biology. This is the first time the course has been offered at ACU, and the 12 seats are filling up quickly. Dr. Qiang Xu, assistant professor of biology, specializes in Entomology. Xu said students can expect to cover topics such as diseases and how they are transmitted. “This course addresses a lot of diseases transmitted by insects, like malaria, yellow fever etc. Those diseases are still around so we need to put effort is preventing that from happening. Stu-

dents will learn what cases those diseases, and I think it’s a good idea for my Xu students to take advantage of that,” he said. Ashlann Wood, freshman pre-vet major from Conroe, says that she’d want to check out the course and believes it would benefit her major. “I would love to take it because it seems really interesting to see how diseases effect both animals and humans. Even though it has to do with bugs, I’d still take it. It would definitely benefit me,” Wood said. Xu said not only medical or science majors can benefit from taking this course, but students in other majors as well.

“I would like to prepare the students better if they want to peruse a degree in Entomology, but it also goes well with any students in pre-health concentrations. Students who are interested in medical missions in places like Africa, they need to be aware of certain diseases and this course would prepare them for that,” he said. Next fall Xu is expecting several students to enroll in the class, and hope to continue teaching the course to prepare students in Entomology the best he can in years to come. “I never want my students to be at a disadvantage when going to MedSchool, and this class will only help them be further prepared,” he said. contact wilson at

Accreditation promotes achievement of high academic standards.” michelle nix director of the interior design program

demic preparation for the professional interior designer. CIDA is also the only interior design collegiate accrediting body for programs that seek accreditation through a process of self-evaluation and peer review, said Kitty Wasemiller. All students who graduate with the CIDA ac-

credited degree from ACU are eligible to sit for the NCIDQ licensing/credentialing exam and thereby apply for registration in states providing this opportunity. So the accreditation affirms the excellence of the programs outcome. “This is very important because all students who graduate from a CIDA accredited degree program are able to sit for the NCIDQ licensing exam. Graduates who pass the NCIDQ are eligible to apply to the states licensing board for registration. “Being a Registered Interior Designer is very im-

portant because it opens up job and networking opportunities,” said Melanie Bartholomew a senior interior design major from San Antonio and the president of the ACU American Society of Interior Design. Beginning in the fall, a minor in interior design will be available for interested students. For more information about the major or minor in interior design, contact the Department of Art and Design. contact the optimist at


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Inconsistent weather toys with life Dearest weather, While we have enjoyed the last year full of snow days spent out of class, sunny days spent in the pool and those few weeks in between of actual, decent weather. It is time to make up your mind. We simply can not take any more of your mother nature inconsistency. You fluctuate daily, if not hourly, leaving us to question the choice between jacket and scarf, boots or sandals. This semester alone, you have been re-

sponsible for chilly legs, wet shoulders and even a little moisture under the arms. Do you not owe us just a shred of decency? Just as the sun and tuition rises every morning, do we not deserve the same consistency from you? We constantly look to men and women who claim to know you so well only to be left hurt and confused when you betray their very predictions. If a knowledgeable meteorologist can not even ascribe a basic percentage to your chance of

precipitation, how can we be expected to understand your ways, much less, decide if we should pack an umbrella? There are people across the world who would love water. So, in the interest both ours and their happiness, please stop delivering unwanted afternoon showers to our otherwise beautiful days. And it is not just the rain, but also the heat, that leaves us to question your motives. Just as it is easier to smile then frown, it must require

more on your part to produce a 100° squelcher. Triple digits are for slot machines and All-Star basketball games. Grant us a day off and let’s both relax at a comfortable 75°. With the summer quickly approaching (although the corresponding temperatures seem a bit ahead of schedule), we understand you have certain weather related duties that you must fulfill. We know that temperatures must rise but your constant attempt to win

Oh Dear, Christian College

the issue The weather has been playing games with our emotions this semester.

our take The best way to solve this problem is through open conversation.

awards with your “record highs” can have some negative effects on us. You can get recognition other ways, you know. So this summer, instead of heat, let’s set record lows

Ben miller

in sunburn, air conditioning bills and forest fires. Truly, yours. contacT the optimist at


Classifieds: Lazy college student looking for intern WHOA! IS ME



A better campus for a better tomorrow well, this is awkward

mark smith

Isn’t the Campus Center great? It’s got the Food Court, Campus Store, mailboxes, the WORLD FAMOUS Bean, random couches and tables making great obstacle courses, and of course, those nice LCD TVs that you can never hear. Oh, and that random “Living Room” that doesn’t do anything. I’m not complaining. But even the best campus centers can use improvements. Abilene lacks Chipotle. Sharky’s is good, but man I miss me some Chipotle. The Food Court could make the best of additions by moving the fountain drinks to the center, where the Pop-Tart shelf is now, and install a convenient Chipotle food line.

More than 41 million people like Coca-Cola on Facebook. Eight million poor misguided souls have instead chosen to like Pepsi. Through extensive scientific research, I found several of my friends actually like both pages. That’s like rooting for both OU and Texas, both Obama and Romney or both . That’s not allowed. You have to choose. The choice is clear. The only reason why we have Pepsi is to remind us how sad the world would be without Coke. Coke is clearly better and more liked than Pepsi. So of course it makes sense that ACU is a Coke-free campus. I’m inclined to start a petition to end Pepsi’s monopoly

over campus. My distaste for the Coke-wanna-be grows every day I see Pepsi in the campus center with no competition from its superior. Those soda fountains must change from Pepsi products to Coke, and the sooner the better. Chip chop chip. I’d like to see the mailroom add telegrams to their list of services. Hipsters love taking vintage-looking photos with vintage cameras and texting is just a primitive form of talking on the phone, so isn’t this just the natural progression? Whether it be a hipsters-only thing or free for everyone to claim as something they like to do, telegrams were the way of the past and will be a prominent part in our futures. Whosaysshoeshinestands are limited to airports? Let’s throw one of those in next to that chalk wall that has no chalk with it. Let’s install a stable platform that hangs above the middle of the campus cen-

ter. On it we could add a barber shop. No, not just a barber, maybe a legit hair salon. Why stop there? How about a hair, nail and massage salon/spa thing with a name in a foreign language? Nah, we’d never have that at ACU. I got it. The platform hanging above the campus center will be a dance floor. The Students’ Association dance in the Hunter Welcome Center required a dance surface to be brought in for that occasion. This would be a permanent place to get yo groove on. I don’t expect for ACU to fulfill all of my requests. I’ll even settle for a station that students can bring any of their belongings to be sprayed in an odorless substance that would repel all beetles, moths and crickets. And the Coke thing. I want Coke. Make it happen ACU. contact smith at

Description: I am looking for a hardworking, self-motivated student to serve as a Classwork Intern during Fall 2012 and assist in classwork and homework from the 16 hours of classes I will be taking. Classes will cover a range of subjects and intern will be expected to spend 3-5 hours each night on homework. Required experience: The ideal candidate should be a current university student and have at least two (2) semesters experience with a college course load. An ideal candidate has experience with essays, book reports, research papers, Powerpoint presentations and speeches. Strong writing skills, ability to communicate with professor and knowledge of collegiate life are a must. Applicant has no problem putting my name on their work. Stage acting experience and ability to “be me” during group projects, presentations or studentteacher meetings is an added bonus. Required skills: The ideal candidate has good time management skills and is comfortable with extremely late nights, early morning and busy weekends. Applicant should have strong work ethic but no ethical problem with doing my homework. Again, can’t stress this enough. I hope you’re fine with cheating. Applicant is not easily distracted and will have no problem working while I watch television and

check my Facebook. Compensation: Applicant will receive the chance to work alongside a wonderful student (me) and build their resume and portfolio. Intern will gain experience with university work which will benefit them in the future. This is an unpaid

Applicant should have strong work ethic but no ethical problem with doing my homework. Again, can’t stress this enough. I hope you’re fine with cheating.”

internship. How to apply: Please send a resume padded with volunteer work and inflated job titles, a portfolio full of your best school work and a writing sample explaining why cheating for me and deceiving my professors will not, in any way, compromise your morals. Additional information: If an intern fits well into my day to day school life, there is a possibility of the internship continuing into the spring semester. That internship will also be unpaid. contact singer at

hashtagACU I wish we had class service. Like room service. I could really use a smoothie and an egg sandwich.

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I guess everyone has a judas amongst their friends.

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Jesus is coming back soon. This APRIL heat is just plain crazyyyshaikakabaja.

10:06 p.m. Apr. 25

Got the email from ACU PD & got my hopes up that something remotely dangerous & exciting might be happening at ACU. But its just parking...

@ldalderete @BrianCJohnston_ @allisonlynn23

not doing anything productive in the JMC lab unless you count singing Celine Dion while peeling my skin.

Just overheard someone say they hit a squirrel on the way to class.. is it a coincidence that this week is rivalry softball week? #Ithinknot


@ treytres3 @jillkd

9:35 a.m. Apr. 26

That feeling you get when you answer a question your professor asked and he responds with an “umm...okay. Good try but NO.” #commlaw

8:25 p.m. Apr. 21

I’ve never been more thankful to attend ACU. #mcmurrysingsong


5:15 p.m. Apr. 26 9:23 a.m. Apr. 25

I just defended Justin Bieber in class...Kojie playlists have gotten the best of me. #rushseason

@taylorlangston @JaimeMetscher

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Workshop offers girls STEM experience Dr. Sarah Lee, assistant professor in the Departstaff reporter ment of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Dr. JenMiddle school girls from nifer Shewmaker, associthe Abilene area gathered ate professor of psycholfor an event called STEM ogy, coordinated the event. for Girls at ACU’s Money These women saw a need in Student Recreation and the Abilene community for Wellness Center April young girls to be exposed 21. This program brings to STEM last semester, so middle school girls and they worked together to primarily female ACU fac- make that happen. Shewmaker said they ulty together for a day dedicated to studying science, want to influence the way technology, engineering girls think. “These STEM areas and math.

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give girls a different way to look at themselves. While they’re getting messages through the media or their peers that who they are is all about what they look like, focusing on something they’re really interested in a strong field like STEM gives them a different identity. Things they know, what they learn and what they do, bring them back to real value and worth,” she said. Lee said the girls toured booths and activ-

ity areas where they interactively learned about STEM subjects. Projects in all subjects were there, including robotics from ATEMS High School, and several microscopes from ACU’s biology department were available for the girls to use. Creative hands on activities were available at every station. This event was the first of its kind, and the positive response from teachers and students around the Abilene community was

encouraging to Dr. Lee and Dr. Shewmaker. “From the response of ACU faculty wanting to join in, to teacher’s around town sending positive feedback in letters, we were really excited to see it come together and we’re excited for future events like this”, said Lee. Shewmaker said the middle school girls were not only exposed to a positive learning environment, but a new way of thinking of their own self esteem.

“We had two important goals we wanted to accomplish for this weekend. First to expose the girls to subjects that they may not really know or experienced before, and to give the girls female role models who are successfully pursuing careers in these fields. I think we are going to do that through this and in the events to come,” she said. contact wilson at


Gibson: Recovery exceeds expectations continued from page 1 son’s past professors. He was impressed with the way family and the community rallied around Mason and Gibson and the evidence of God in that support. “Melissa has found a place to stay that she

doesn’t have to pay for. She’s not in school right now so she can be with Justin. She’s had some of her family with her who have been very supportive, which doesn’t sound very miraculous, but is evidence of God being with them,” Perkins said. “I think the ACU commu-

nity has helped them tremendously.” Dr. Perkins’s past experience equipped him with insight into Gibson’s situation which was helpful for Mason. Perkins said, “Having worked with brain injury before, I think there is good reason to be optimistic for

Justin’s recovery.” Gibson’s story and recovery have also reverberated with those who hear it. Mason said, “A lot of people have said to me that they used to have trouble believing in God, and Justin’s situation made them feel that God is real and that He cares

about us.” Though Gibson’s recovery is not complete, he appreciates the support that has been shown and is already planning ahead. “I know Justin wants to say thank you to everybody. He never thought that so many people would care about him and would

be praying for him,” Mason said. “He keeps saying he wants to get better so he can go back to ACU for summer school. That’s what he’s talking about all the time.” contact jones at

Track & Field

‘Cats dominate field events at Baylor meet The men dominated the field events, as they sports reporter also were able to capture first place in the long jump Last weekend, the ACU thanks to Levance Wilmen’s and women’s track liams flying through the team travelled to Baylor for air on his way to a twentythe Michael Johnson/Dr. five foot jump. Also in the long jump, Pepper classic. In Waco, the ‘Cats won ACU’s own Jarvis Gotch five events, including Se- was able to secure second nior Nick Jones’ two vic- place, so the ‘Cats were tories in the shot put and well represented on the podium. discus. The fourth victory of “It is awesome to win at a place like Baylor at the the day came from BapMichael Johnson classic tiste Kerjean’s hammer because there is such his- throw that cleared all the other competitors by tory there,” Jones said.

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nearly ten meters. “It is good to see a lot of guys really pushing their marks and as a team, we are making a lot of progress and getting better,” Jones said. The ‘Cats were not just winning field events though, 400m hurdler Kevin Johnson won his event as well, showing that ACU could run and throw with anyone in the nation. On the women’s side, ACU was able to secure several provisional spots on their way to an excellent

showing in Waco as well. All three of the participants in the women’s hammer throw were able to set personal records on their way to provisional qualification. Alexis Wilder’s throw of 170-01 lead the way, while Shalaina Lakey and Lauren Hartwick were both able to send their hammer over 160 feet. The women’s team also set several personal bests in the track event on the way to even more provisional qualifications. In the individual events,

Shennae Steele, Ayesha Rumble, Emily Hill, and Chloe Susset all set provisional marks and will be seen in the NCAA championships. The women’s 4X100 meter relay team of Williams, Steele, Sydney Smith and Karolyn Palmer were also able to qualify for the championships with a time of just over 45 seconds. “It is always a good meet with a good track,” Head Coach Roosevelt Lofton said. “That and the atmosphere really helped our girls run well

and put up good times.” The Wildcats will be participating in the West Texas A&M Open and the Penn Relays in Philadelphia in the next few days, with a chance to see how they stack up against some teams in the Lone Star Conference and get some great competition on a national stage.

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Wildcats ready for weekend conference tournament bryson shake sports reporter Following losing three of its last four regular season games, the Abilene Christian softball team will have a steep hill to climb as the team embarks on the Lone Star Conference postseason tournament this weekend. The Wildcats will first encounter fourth seed and defending conference champion West Texas A&M Friday at 4:30 p.m., and if ACU wins, it will play the second of two semifinal games Saturday at 2:30 p.m. against either topseeded Angelo State or No. 8 Cameron. The conference championship will be on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. The conference championship now follows a single elimination format, unlike past years where it

was a double elimination format. “Yeah, this is the first year the conference is doing the single elimination format,” head coach Bobby Reeves said. “This means that we have to come to play every game and treat it as if it is our last. There is no safety net of one loss like years past, so we have to bring it at all times.” The Wildcats are looking to rebound off of a rocky week last week. ACU began last week in third place with a 14-8 record in conference play, but lost the rubber match Tuesday night at No. 15 Angelo State and then lost two of three at Midwestern State. Those defeats paired with wins by West Texas A&M and Tarleton State dropped ACU (19-15, 1511) to fifth place, meaning the Wildcats will have to battle against the upper half of the bracket to reach

the conference championship game. This is the Wildcats’ first tournament appearance since 2009 when they lost consecutive games to Angelo State in the finals, and the first for Reeves, in his second year at the helm for the Wildcats. “It has been awhile since we have been in this position,” Reeves said. “But we can’t dwell in the past. Every season is a fresh slate, a new start. We are playing for the present right now.” There is only one current Wildcat who was on the 2009 roster that made it to the tournament, and that is senior Brianna Fowlkes. Besides Fowlkes, the rest of the ACU roster is chalk full of novices in regard to conference tournament experience. “We have a young group, a lot of whom are in there first year playing at ACU,”


Fight: Team to battle 1st place Rams from page 6 LSC), on the other hand, are jammed in the bottom three with Tarleton State University and Cameron University. “Angelo plays with a lot of confidence which makes them a good team,” Bonneau said. “We’re going to have to bring our Agame and play with a lot of intensity every single inning.” The ACU bullpen had a nightmarish series with TSU. With three outs away from recording a doubleheader sweep, the ‘pen gave up three free passes in the seventh inning and allowed all of them to score resulting in a Tarleton comeback, 3-2. The next day the bullpen was whacked around for seven runs in the final three innings pitched in a

10-8 defeat. Infielder Rodge Macy is not worried about a let down at Angelo State. “We’ve persevered throughout the entire season from tough losses,” he said. “It shouldn’t have any affect on this weekend.” Angelo State won 3 out of 4 over Cameron last week to improve to an impressive 20-4 at home. The Rams had no trouble with the Aggie pitchers as they recorded 31 hits and 18 runs. Their pitching staff posted an ERA of 2.25. ASU is third in the conference in team batting average (.309). The top four individual batters are Lee Neumann (.387), Toby Semler (.356), Ryan Greer (.340) and Brett Parsons (.336). All four are ranked among the LSC’s top-20 hitters.

Neumann leads the team in home runs with five while Greer is the RBI leader with 40 and the top base stealer (25). The ‘Cats also have several top-20 offensive players. Senior Duncan Blades is 12th in the conference in hitting with a .356 average and third with 16 doubles. Infielder Chuck Duarte is fourth in batting average (.378). Tyler Eager ranks in the top five in hits, runs, doubles, triples and total bases. Duarte has been red hot the last month of the season. He has raised his average 78 points hitting .565 since April 1.

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Reeves said. “But softball is softball no matter the circumstances surrounding the game or things like that. I have complete confidence in the girls that are out on the field.” Offensively, the Wildcats have distributes the load in a relatively equal manner with everyone producing. Keanna Winkfield leads the team in batting average (.378), runs scored (34), hits (59) and total bases (72). Kim Briggs and Lyndi Smith are tied for the team lead in homeruns (7) and Briggs leads the team in RBI’s (37) by a considerable amount. The ACU pitching staff has been lights out most of the year. Junior Caitlyn Crain leads the charge on the mound with a 13-6 record and a 2.36 earned run average. Sophomore Peyton Mosley boasts a 2. 35 ERA and

is 11-7 on the year. Junior Shelby Hall has a 2.86 ERA and is 5-2 this season. “The great thing about all of us pitchers is we have each others back,” Crain said. “Everyone is so gifted, but there are days where we

can just be off, so it’s so reassuring to know that one of the other two can clean up the mess.” contact shake at

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Carpenter earns academic award Austin Gwin sports editor ACU student-athlete Adam Carpenter was named the Lone Star Conference’s 2012 Academic Golfer of the Year only a week after his twin brother Alex was named the 2012 LSC Golfer of the Year. “The fact that Alex and I both received the two player of the year awards is exciting for us,” Adam

said. “Alex and I constantly work together and use our personal gifts to help one another. I know this is the reason behind our success. I could not ask for a better twin brother.” Adam becomes the fifth ACU athlete to win an Academic Player of the Year honor this year joining Julie Coppedge (soccer), Jennie Hutt (volleyball), Erik Forrister (cross country) and Micah Hermsdorf (women’s tennis).

Although Carpenter has only competed in nine events since his freshman season, he has maintained a stellar GPA in the classroom. He has only made one B in his five semesters in college giving him a 3.96 GPA. “Receiving the award is a combination of two very important goals of mine: achieving excellence in the classroom along with excellence on the golf course,” Adam said. “I believe the

Lord has blessed me with the ability to do both, and I work hard at constantly giving Him my all.” Despite his lack of recent success on the green, his teammates, especially his brother, are still supportive of his in-classroom efforts. The golf team will play in the regional meet on May 7-9 in Jefferson, Mo. If they qualify, they will make their second straight trip to nationals which will be one week later.




TAMU-K ASU “We’re excited about UIW the chance to compete WTAMU against the best teams TSU in the region,” Alex said. ACU “We played really well as Cameron a team the last two rounds at conference and have ENMU been working hard on the things we can improve on softball so that we put our best stuff on the line next week Team ASU in Missouri.” TWU WTAMU contact GWIN at TSU ACU MSU UIW Cameron ENMU TAMU-K

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briefings Softball is ranked No. 5 in the NCAA Division II South Central Region softball poll for the second straight week. Angelo State is ranked No. 1 followed by Emporia State, Central Oklahoma and Missouri Western State. Senior long jumper LeVance Williams and junior sprinter Shennae Steele were named the LSC’s Track & Field Athletes of the Week on Wednesday. They were both recognized for their performances at Baylor’s Michael Johnson/Dr. Pepper Classic. Junior Adam Carpenter was named the Lone Star Conference’s Academic Golfer of the Year on Monday. To be eligible for this honor, studentathletes must maintain at least a 3.30 grade point average and be at least a sophomore academically and athletically.

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Seniors Jennie Hutt (left) and Nick Jones (right) won the 2012 Paul Goad award, an annual ACU award honoring the top male and female athlete of the year. Hutt smashed 518 kills in her senior season. Jones is ranked No. 1 in Division II in both the shot put and discus.

Natalie goin sports editor Nick Jones and Jennie Hutt received the Paul Goad award Tuesday night, an annual ACU award given to the most accomplished male and female athlete of the year. Jones, a senior standout in the shot put and discus competition this year, is on his way to claiming a fourth and fifth NCAA national championship. Hutt, also a senior, has been instrumental in the volleyball team’s success all four years. Although the track and field season is still under

way, Jones has already left his mark on the 2012 season. After his first appearance in both the shot put and discus competition this year, Jones has held the No. 1 spot in the NCAA Division II rankings in both events. He is favored to win both in the NCAA Division II National Championship in May. No NCAA athlete has ever won four outdoor national championships in a row in discus, and Jones is hopeful to be the first this year. In discus, Jones holds the top mark out of all collegiate athletes, regardless of division with his throw of 203 feet, 3 inches. It is the

third-best mark in all Division II history. Jones also has the thirteenth-best shot put throw in all collegiate athletes this season with a mark of 62 feet, 4.5 inches. Jones won the indoor individual national championship in shot put in March. He has won the outdoor individual national championship every year he has competed in discus, winning three times in 2008, 2009, and 2011. Hutt has had a significant impact on the volleyball team’s success the past four years, playing with outstanding numbers on the court. “I was pretty surprised

I won,” Hutt said. “It was a huge honor and blessing not only for me, but also for my team and coaches.” Hutt is no stranger to LSC recognitions, winning Player of the Week twice this year. Hutt recorded 518 kills in her senior season, ranked sixth nationally in that category. She averaged 3.78 kills per game, 46th in the country, and third in the conference. She also recorded 32 kills in a single match this year against Incarnate Word, the second team-high in Wildcat history. Her 4.20 average points per game put her at 60th nationally, and second in the LSC. Hutt also received sev-

eral post-season awards. In addition to being voted the LSC All-Academic Player of the Year, she was selected as first team NCAA Division II academic all-American, and received honorable mention all-American. “It’s an honor to go out on, and the topping to my experience here at ACU,” Hutt said. Jones is the first track and field athlete to win since Nicodemus Naimadu in 2007. Hutt is the fourth volleyball player to win the award since 2006.

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‘Cats fight for playoff berth at ASU edward isaacs sports editor

matt sewell staff Photographer

Senior infielder Duncan Blades waits on the ball at Crutcher Scott Field against Tarleton State University. The ‘Cats lost 3 out of 4 to the Texans.

The Wildcats enter the last weekend of the regular season fighting for the remaining two spots in the Lone Star Conference Tournament. The Angelo State University Rams stand in the ‘Cats way. A four-game series with No. 19 ASU begins Friday at 6 p.m. in San Angelo and goes into Saturday with a doubleheader at 4 p.m. The series concludes with a 2 p.m. Sunday contest. After losing a disappointing 3 out of 4 games versus the Texans last week at Crutcher Scott Field, the Wildcats dropped from fifth to sixth in the LSC. The team could miss out on the playoffs for a second straight year if it

Sophomore Courtney Flanary has been impressive in her first season with the softball team. A outfielder/infielder who transfered from Sam Houston State, Flanary is batting .351 with 39 hits in 44 games played. She has knocked in 22 RBIs and is third on the team in runs with 26.

This has been a team that can rise to the occasion and I think we’ll play well this week.” Britt bonneau head coach acu baseball

does not win at least three games in San Angelo. “This has been a team that can rise to the occasion and I think we’ll play well this week,” said head coach Britt Bonneau. “We know what we have to do.” ACU is not the only team with something to lose this weekend. The Rams (32-14) are currently tied for first place in the conference with Texas A&M UniversityKingsville at 16-8. The ‘Cats (24-22, 11-13 see fight page 5

Softball plays in the LSC Tournament Championship on Friday and Saturday in Denton. The team begins the tourney against West Texas A&M on Friday at 4:30 p.m. The baseball team will face LSC opponent Angelo State in San Angelo beginning on Friday. The four game series starts at 6:00 p.m. Men’s tennis competes in the NCAA Division II South Central Region Tournament at the Eager Tennis Pavilion Tuesday. Their first match is against Northwest Missouri State at 11:45 a.m. Women’s tennis also competes in the NCAA Division II South Central Region Tournament Tuesday in Abilene. The team’s first match-up will be against either St. Edwards or Central Oklahoma at 9:45 a.m.

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