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CORE undergoing more changes

INSIDE NEWS Local churches create projects and plans to interest college students Page 3

NEWS Sing Song to conduct info meeting for hosts and hostesses Page 3

melany cox online managing editor Administration has made more changes to the Core curriculum this year, including the aiddition of special topics, new order of courses and a smaller number of required hours. The Core curriculum is part of the general education program. Dr. Nancy Shankle, assistant provost for general education, said

while not a lot of changes are being made to the general education program, several adjustments have been made to Core. Shankle said as they were reviewing curriculum and assessment results from last year, they realized they had some things out of order in the curriculum. In the past, freshmen would take Cornerstone during their fall semester, and write a research paper. However, they would usual-

ly take English 112, the class that would teach them the skills of writing a research paper, during the spring semester. Instead of writing a research paper before receiving instruction about writing a college research paper, Cornerstone students are now being assigned to create an annotated bibliography of sources they could use to answer a research question. English 112 is now a prerequisite for

the second Core course, in which students will be required to write a research paper. Shankle said administration added new Spotlight speakers and revisions to the Core class curriculum. “Every year, teachers will revise their curriculum to see what’s working, what needs to be sharpened,” she said. “We’ve sharpened some of the assignments there and we’re providing more resources for teach-

ers and the teachers are working together to prepare notes, so that’s all behind the scenes.” Shankle said these changes were introduced to help the teachers, because there are many new teachers in Cornerstone this year. Over 30 sections of Cornerstone are being offered this semester. In the Core curriculum, Shankle said the faculty see core page 5

NEWS Zeta Rho to lead different pledging process Page 3

OPINION ACU’s move to Division I won’t immediately affect most current students

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OPINION Samantha Sutherland challenges you to revive Abilene’s music scene page 4

OPINION Lindsay Palmer argues small actions are first steps toward help Page 4

SPORTS Lexi Sterling scores goal in final minute to give soccer team win

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mandy lambright CHIEF Photographer Freshman Ashlee Nacole, member of the ACU cheerleading squad, joins fellow cheerleaders, athletes and fans in singing “Oh Dear Christian College” after the Wildcats’ s 51-0 shutout of McMurry in Shotwell Stadium. For full analysis of the game go to Page 6.


Res halls install security cameras samantha sutherland features editor The Office of Residence Life Education and Housing and the ACU Police Department began working together this summer to equip all residence life dorms with security camera systems to improve campus security. John Delony, assistant

dean for Residence Life and Education, said the project, which is expected to be finished within the next month or so, will not be complete until all residence hall facilities have full security camera systems set in place. “We aren’t doing it to track the coming and going of students, it is more about safety and it allows students

to know they are in a safe place,” Delony said. Partial systems have been in place in Sikes, Barrett and Mabee Halls for the past five years or so, and new systems will be added to the remaining halls. “It is one more layer ACU is putting on for the safety of students,” Delony said. “It’s easy to take it for granted; many assume that

nothing can go wrong on a Christian campus.” Delony said installing cameras is something he has wanted to do for a while and this past year they were finally able to fund the project. “I’ve felt since I got here, that I would feel safer with our students having a secure camera system,” Delony said. “We take security

pretty seriously. I’ve never heard someone say they wish we didn’t have cameras, and the student surveys about how safe they feel here always come back astronomically high.” Delony said desk managers at each of the dorms will have access to a monitor see security page 5


Volleyball team splits in season-opening tournament Page 6

New partnership to help fight poverty marissa jones


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NEWS Former student Ben Miller featured on CNN, Daily What

PHOTOS Check out more of our photos on Flickr

VIDEO The first Ken Collums Show aired on Saturday, now available online

ACU has partnered with CitySquare to help eradicate poverty in Dallas. Students, especially those who are a part of the Honors College, are joining with CitySquare to utilize their majors to help develop relationships with the people and community. Larry James, the director of CitySquare, was invited to speak in Chapel and explained the purpose of CitySquare on Tuesday. “CitySquare is a faith based nonprofit human and community development corporation,” James said. “We’re here to stand

CitySquare’s goal of creating relationships with and opportunities for the impoverished in a way that preserves their humanity and allows them to help others. “There’s got to be something going back and forth in terms of resources, and in that mix everybody is changed,” James said. “It’s all about building community. It’s all about recognizing the importance of individualism but understanding the way to really mandy lambright chief Photographer achieve individualism is to Larry James, a representative from CitySquare in Dallas, speaks to students in Chapel be connected to a commuas a part of Missions Week. nity you really value.” Dr. Stephen Johnson, with our neighbors to erty and to help folks move dean of the Honors College, overcome poverty to strike out of it.” expressed his excitement at the root causes of povJames emphasized about the partnership in a

video produced by the Honors College. “As I began to learn more and more about CitySquare and all the different systemic ways they’re approaching poverty, it occurred to me, as it did to many of my colleagues, that this represented departments in which we were teaching and degrees that we offered,” Johnson said. “Almost any degree we offer, you can find an expression there. Students can step into a place where their learning meets life and meets God’s love and desire to mend the world.”

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social clubs

Delta Theta unable to renew club charter alikay wood copy editor Women’s social club Delta Theta will be unable to recharter this fall. It has been almost a year since Delta Theta lost their charter when their sponsors resigned. Although members of the club have

been working since January to regain their charter, as of now there are not enough members for them to become an active club again. ACU professor of communications Kristina Davis, a former Delta Theta sponsor, says that she was not contacted to be a sponsor during the attempt to recharter. She was not sur-

prised by this since it was her resignation that led to the club eventually losing its charter. “Delta Theta is a great club that prides itself in being genuine and authentic, and in my experience they can come back stronger than ever,” Davis said. “That’s what I want most for them.”

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Club members said they won’t stop trying to rejoin the other social clubs on campus. “We fought for our place in Delta Theta so we will fight to stay,” said Brittany Ellis, senior family studies major from Haslet. “I would not say it is any different than what any member of any other club would do.”

The remaining members of Delta Theta began the process of contacting new sponsors and attempting to renew their charter in January. Ellis said they had been moving in a good direction all semester and thought they’d be able to return to campus in the fall in time see charter page 5

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6 8:30 p.m. Seekers of the Word auditions



11:30 a.m. Sing Song Host and Hostess information meeting




4 p.m. ACU soccer vs U of Neb.-Kearney


4:30 p.m. Tailgate Rush 6 p.m. ACU Football vs. TAMU-Kingsville

5 p.m. Pledging Info Meeting 8 p.m. Edwards Open Mic Night

Chapel checkup

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Around Abilene Sept. 5

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5:30 p.m. Loaves and Fishes Fellowship will take place in the multi-purpose room at Hillcrest Church of Christ.

6 p.m. The Mall of Abilene will celebrate Fashion’s Night Out with shopping, a fashion show, food, live music, in-store giveaways, beauty makeovers and more to support the fashion industry through full-price merchandise.

All Day - West Texas Fair and Rodeo begins. This old fashioned county fair features entertainment, livestock and horse shows, carnival rides and a wide variety of foods. The fair is located at Taylor County Expo center.

8:30 a.m. The XStream Autoclean Mudslinger Fun Run is located at FM 600 and Seabee Park Rd. The run will include 9 obstacles and 5 mud pits.

@acuoptimist The Optimist Police Log Announcements Students interested in joining The Wildcat Reign can sign up at thewildcatreign. com. The Wildcat Reign serves to provide students the ability to facilitate Wildcat pride on campus and serves as a linking point between students and Wildcat athletic events.

Seekers of the Word, a drama ministry group, will be holding auditions Sept. 5 at 8:30 p.m. in Bible 130.

ACU Speech and Debate Team is seeking new members interested in speech and debate. For more information email Dena Counts at or text/ The ACU Roller Hockey Club Team is call 325-428-6699. accepting new members who are interested in playing roller hockey. For more Job and volunteering opportunities are information on the team, you can post on open through this year’s Summit Sept. A general information meeting for Sing the ACU Wildcat Hockey Facebook page 16-19. Contact for Song host and hostess auditions will be or email at more information. held in Cullen Auditorium on Sept. 6 at 11:30 a.m.

Dan Austin, co-founder of will be coming for a Speaking Forum in Hunter Welcome Center on Sept. 12 at 11:45 a.m. Students interested in running for Student Association Congress can pick up petitions in the SA Office. Virtuous Sisterhood is having a root beer float social on the patio outside the Bean Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Volunteer Opp0rtunities 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 325-691-8214. 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 325-677-4673 or visit 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-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 or call 325-674-3113. New Life Alliance is looking for volunteers to help with their after school program on Monday-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 House That Kerry Built is looking for volunteers to assist in the day care of medically fragile children any day Monday-Friday from 8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Contact Dave Kraly at 325-676-3104 or e-mail medicalmoose@ for more information.

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 The center is located at 5933 S. 1st St. 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 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-Friday from 9 a.m-4 p.m. For more information contact Becky Moody at 325-677-6815 or e-mail Volunteers are needed to read to Taylor Elementary School students Monday-Thursday afternoons at UCC from 3:15-4:30 p.m. Enter through the south entrance. Contact C.G. Grey 325-668-2842. 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 email 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 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@ 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. College Heights Friendship House needs child mentors Monday-Thursday from 3 - 5 p.m. Contact Dusty Garison at for more information. Center for Contemporary Arts needs a gallery assistant to greet patrons, answer phones, and answer basic questions about the Center and its programs. This oppotrunity is open Tuesday-Friday. The Center

for Contemporary Arts is located at 220 Cypress Street. For more information contact Jessica Dulle at 325677-8389 or visit: The National Center For Children’s Illustrated Literature is looking for volunteers to greet patrons, assist with art activities, sell books and make visitors feel welcome. Help is also needed for special events like Artwalk and exhibit openings. The NCCIL is located at 102 Cedar St. For more information on times and dates contact Debby Lillick at 325-673-4586 or visit: http:// Breakfast on Beech Street is seeking volunteers to help set up, prepare and serve breakfast to homeless/lower income folks any Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 5:30 a.m. or Tuesday at 5 a.m. B.O.B.S is located at First Christian Church on 3rd St. and Beech St. Service times must be scheduled in advance. To serve on Mondays contact Jody Depriest at 325-669-3312 or To serve on Tuesdays contact Allen Daugherty at 325-660-6949 or To serve on Wednesdays contact Jane Harvey at 325-695-0092 or To serve on Thursdays contact Margaret Beasley at 325692-4149 or To serve on Fridays contact Rachel Brown at The Christian Ministries of Abilene: Food Pantry is searching for volunteers to greet and interview neighbors, do computer entries, shop with neighbors, take groceries to vehicles, bag, stock and pick up orders on Mondays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m.-2:15 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m.11:45 a.m. The Food Pantry is located at 701 Walnut St. For more information contact Camilla Becton at 325672-1890 or email HomeFront Apartment Ministries is looking for volunteers to serve the families withing the apartments surrounding the Mission Abilene church. For more information call Heath at 325-665-2489. For additional volunteer opportunities visit: www.acu. edu/campusoffices/ccsl/ministry-service/volunteeropportunities/


campus news

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Student life

Churches aim to get students involved Neely Borger Staff reporter Several churches are banding together this year to create the Fusion Retreat geared toward getting students around Abilene involved in a local church. With the start of a new school year, many students are excited about getting plugged into activities both on and off campus. Churches such as Southern Hills, Beltway Baptist, Hillcrest and Highland are popular among university students, offering various opportunities to get involved with the college ministry. Last year, Beltway started College Park, a worship night for college students at the Paramount Theatre on Wednesday nights. Students gathered for a time of prayer, worship, fellowship and Bible study. Keith Roberson, the university minister at Beltway Baptist, said the Beltway staff dives right into preparing for the college ministry. “We pray a lot,” Roberson said. “This is a critical time in college stu-

dents’ lives, and we want to help them connect with each other and with God through our ministry. We teach on themes that are very critical and cater to the lives of college students.” Southern Hills is also planning activities to help college students get involved. On Wednesday nights at 7 p.m., their class offered include Barefoot Church class, choir class and The Story Class. The Southern Hills college ministry also provides a Sunday morning pancake bar at 9:45 in the gym before class, as well as Sunday night life groups at 6 p.m. On September 7-9, Southern Hills will join several other college groups in attending the Fusion Retreat, a time designed to bring unity among various colleges, meet Christian students from other universities and grow closer to God. Tim Savage, the university intern for Southern Hills, said he believes the beginning of a semester is the perfect time to get involved with a church. The Southern Hills university ministry begins this

semester with its annual Campus Ministry Kickoff on Sunday at 6 p.m. Hillcrest, another popular Church of Christ in Abilene, is also offering students ways to get involved. They offer Sunday worship at 9 a.m., Bible class at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday night LIFT service at 7 p.m., university life groups on Sunday nights, and online Bible studies. For more information and ways to get involved contact Justin Hatfield, the university minister at Hillcrest. Highland Church of Christ also provides several opportunities to get involved in church activities. Sunday service meets at 8:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., and the university class meets at 9:45 a.m. The Highland university ministry is also going on the Fusion Retreat. The retreat costs $35 and includes a free t-shirt, transportation and food for the weekend. Beltway Baptist, Highland, Southern Hills and Hillcrest are only a few churches university students attend in Abilene. Churches are making an effort to get students in-

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SA executive president, Rebecca Dial, senior political science major from Lexington, S.C., passes out Collegiate Cards at Welcome to Abilene. volved in their ministries and help them feel welcome. Maddie Pounds, a new freshman at ACU, is excited about trying out different churches in Abilene.

“There are so many perfect place to find a ways to get involved great home church.” with different churches,” Pounds said. “I can’t wait to keep trying different contact Borger at churches and meet more people. Abilene is the

student life

Auditions begin for Sing Song hosts and hostesses hostesses an opportunity to learn more about the Sports Video Editor process of auditioning for Sing Song. It only takes two words to “This is good because sum up one of ACU’s lon- it’s when they receive all gest standing traditions: their information. And we Sing Song. try to give them as much Students having junior time as we can to prehours or more are wel- pare,” Craig said. come to join Tom Craig, It is an important time director of student ac- for students who are intivities and productions, terested to receive valuin Cullen Auditorium able information and get a immediately after cha- chance to learn more about pel. The purpose of the the audition process. interest meeting is to “At the meeting we will give potential hosts and also open up audition

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sign ups,” said Craig. “You can sign up for an audition time slot.” There will be exactly a month for students to begin preparing for actual auditions. However, there are always those that have already gone above and beyond the one month between the meeting and auditions. Often times students begin to prepare several months before auditions. Each year an eager crowd waits for auditions, but only the few

Typically we will have around 50 people sign up for auditions, each person with three and a half minutes to perform two songs.” Tom Craig director of student activities and productions

most qualified are selected. Along with vocal and performance ability, hosts and hostesses are expected to be in good standings with the university. That means a minimum of 2.5

GPA and no probation, including chapel probation. “Typically we will have around 50 people sign up for auditions, each person with three and a half minutes to perform two songs,” said Craig.

Craig suggested that for auditions, students select two pieces of music that showcase their range. There is no prototype or template as to what makes a proper Host or Hostess, but Craig said that variety on stage is what makes the performers shine.

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social club

Zeta Rho chooses different approach to pledging kara stutesman staff reporter September at ACU means the social clubs are preparing for the frenzy that is rushing. This year, Alpha Kai, Kojies, Siggies, and GATA will be joined by a new club, Zeta Rho. After a twelve-year hiatus, Zeta Rho rechartered last spring and has been received with open arms by the other clubs. This is their first go at rushing/ pledging and the ladies are taking a slightly different approach. The president of Zeta Rho, Becca Clay, a senior speech pathology major,

said that their pledging wasn’t going to be much different than other clubs, except in one area. “We have chosen to highlight academics, service and scripture, said Clay. “At least a third of our pledging hours are homework, pure study hours, in the library.” Laura Jane Hood, junior youth and families ministry major and pledge mom of Zeta Rho, said that translates into about four hours a week of studying. The prospective pledges and rushees like junior kinesiology and pre-physical therapy major, Carly Henderson, are receiving this with gusto.

We have chosen to highlight academics, service and scripture.” becca clay senior speech pathology major from salt lake city

“I like that a third of their hours are study hours, especially because I have a lot of homework,” said Henderson. “Lots of GPAs normally drop during pledging.” Besides the mandatory study hours, Zeta Rho also wants to include those who may have limited time but would really like to pledge.


Bonfire accidently attracts fire department melany cox online managing editor A bonfire started at Lake Ft. Phantom by eight ACU sophomores the evening of Aug. 19 was interrupted by the sudden arrival of two fire trucks. Meigan Gardner and Eric Schinske were two of the eight sophomores present during the bonfire. “Basically we all just went out to hang out and catch up about our summers,” said Gardner, advertising and public relations major from Atlanta, Ga. “We just got some wood and went out to the boat ramp out past Wal-mart and started a bonfire,” said Schinske, social work major from Argyle. Gardner said she went to the lake with friends she had made during her freshman year. They came back to Abilene to help with Welcome Week and wanted to spend some

time together before starting the new school year. Gardner said they started the bonfire around 11 p.m. Schinske said the fire had been burning for almost 40 minutes when the Abilene Fire Department. drove up. “We just saw the lights and were kind of confused,” Schinske said. The firemen got out of the trucks and asked the students if they knew Taylor County was under a burn ban. Because the students just returned to Abilene, some from out of state, they said they were unaware of the burn ban. According to the Texas Forest Service, there are guidelines for outdoor burning. When a burn ban is in effect all outdoor burning is banned. The burn ban for Taylor County was issued in early July. The firemen said someone from across the lake had seen the fire and called the fire department.

We just saw the lights and were kind of confused.” Eric Schinske social work major from argyle

They told the students they were not in trouble, but the firemen did put out the bonfire. Schinske said they had bonfires at the lake frequently last year and they just wanted to “kick off the year.” He said the firemen were nice about the event and even took pictures with the students. Gardner said the firemen were laughing with the students and asked where they were from. “They were really cool about it,” Gardner said. contact cox at

Hood said, “We value diversity and we value girls who have strong convictions, morals, and ambitions. Because of this we have a strong desire to have Res Life staff as members, as well as student athletes and girls who work full-time.” What do the other clubs think of this? The secretary of Zeta Rho, Tara Lowe a junior elementary education major said, “The other clubs have been extremely supportive and I have had nothing but encouraging things said to me.” Right now the Zeta’s are just excited to be a part of the pledging process and a part of the club

scene on ACU’s campus. “Every club has their own unique aspect but we are all united in the fact that we are brothers and sisters in Christ,” said Lowe. “That bond cannot be broken.” As for what they hope of this years pledge class, Clay has strong expectations. “My hopes is that girls

will find where they belong whether that is with Zeta or not. And that pledging will be an encouraging and uplifting experience for everybody.”

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Division move won’t bring immediate change EVAN’s marks

evan marks

the issue The university’s move to Division 1 has been surrounded by fanfare, excitement and even a few naysayers.

our take As exciting as it is, students will not see any immediate changes to their day on campus.

The move to Division 1 will literally be a game changer. Goodbye, Angelo State and Tarleton. Hello, Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin. It will be exciting to see ACU moving on to bigger and better things. To see how we measure up to these new schools. To be able to put a D1 school on our resumes. To be out of the same division as McMurry.

After all of the hype dies down, students will not be seeing many immediate changes.

It’s great. But the reality is, after all of the hype and excitement dies down, students will not be seeing many immediate changes. In fact, most will graduate before anything new is truly implemented. The administration will be working hard behind the scenes,

but nothing will surface for a couple of years. ACU won’t even be able to see a football postseason for five years. And although there is a plan in place for a new stadium, there is no plan in place to build it. The university has no intention of spending money on a stadium unless a Bruce Wayne type benefactor rises up and donates a small fortune to the cause. Know any volunteers? If not, ACU will continue sharing Shotwell with good ol’ Abilene High and Cooper. The athletes on campus, however, will feel the impact of the division change more quickly. ACU has traditionally been known for picking up athletes who had the skill for D1 but not the grades. It will be interesting to see how the higher academic standards will affect the student-athletes we receive. This change also means more scholarship money available for athletes though the guidelines for distributing scholarships have changed as well. ACU will not only be required to

change who it recruits but the way it recruits. The move to D1 could also promote more excitement directed towards sporting events. A bigger division could mean bigger crowds and bigger spirit.

Creating a game environment that promotes tradition and pride is important to ACU’s growth. The school has begun this movement with changes such as creating the new spirit group, Wildcat Reign. Looking at

other D1 schools, ACU’s game spirit seems a bit lackluster. Right now, ACU is biding its time, putting its ducks in a row and growing before it is able to move the university in a new direction and

dominate the Southland Conference. The changes are exciting, but ACU won’t feel any different tomorrow. contact the optimist at


Abilene live music scene needs new life VAGABONDAGE


The music scene in Abilene is alive, but ill. Upon arriving in Abilene, students hailing from larger cities with flourishing music scenes are generally shocked at the sparse selection of live music here. For those that don’t want to listen to the live background music of Lucky Mule Saloon or Midnight Rodeo, there are few options outside of an occasional Monk’s show and Rose Park’s dwindling hardcore scene. Combining all venues, students are lucky if they can find one decent show every two

months to check out. So why is it so hard to find a show around here? There are a handful of notable bands and artists that have come out of Abilene: the Rocketboys, Close Your Eyes, the Light Parade and Aaron Watson. It’s even the home to the legendary Happy Fat. So shouldn’t more music be available here? A reoccurring problem I have seen over the years that contributes to decreased future shows is poor attendance at past shows. It’s discouraging to

the people that are willing and able to put together a show when no one attends. In an industry that survives on live performances, attendance is crucial in facilitating growth. But it isn’t just Abilene that is to blame, lack of attendance at live performances is plaguing the nation. A handful of Christian music festivals that have been running for decades set up their tents for one final year this summer before calling it quits, while other festivals suffered from alltime low attendance. Touring bands, especially smaller ones, have had to re-route to smaller venues and dozens upon dozens of tours were cut short or called off due to lack of turnout and the inability of the venues to pay them.

With many band’s record sales coming in rather low and tours flopping, is it correct to assume that the music industry is dying a slow death? No! More music is being produced today than ever before. So, what keeps students in this day and age trapped in the comfort of their dorm rooms instead of out exploring the select few things Abilene has to offer? First, a problem shared with all of America: students have a plethora of entertainment at their fingertips. Not only can they download music and view concert footage from the comforts of their dorm room, but they can Instagram stalk their favorite bands and feel as if they are heavily involved as a fan without having to get in their car and dish out $15

at the door. Many assume that the economy and tight finances account for the decline in attendance as well. However, in a study posted on Forbes, it was predicted that, as people have less and less available money in their expendable income, they will begin using a greater percentage of their money on experiences and less money on manufactured products. So, it is all a matter of personal preference and what experiences each student is choosing to have. Perhaps it all comes down to festering attitudes of low expectations. People don’t usually come to Abilene expecting to be blown away with a thriving music scene, so maybe when they hear about events, they don’t even

bother checking them out for fear they will be a flop. Regardless, Abilene is missing out on opportunities left and right to cultivate its own music scene. Despite Abilene’s mediumsized population, it could still be a decent stop for touring bands. For bands touring through Texas, Abilene is often looked at as part of the tour routing because of its convenient location between Dallas and cities further west that have already been booked. Many booking agencies, however, end up discouraged by the lack of venues and the poor projections for turnout. So, they skip over it entirely or opt for the bands to take a contact SUTHERLAND at


You don’t have to do everything to do something CALL ME, MAYBE


We hear about poverty almost every day here at Abilene Christian University. We hear how children die and how we can and should help them. We hear about it so much, that we become immune to what we are told. It’s not that we don’t care; it’s just that it no longer affects us. The orga-

nizations that come to speak are often daunting. They require a lot of time, money and commitment. None of which a struggling college student has. However, there are some things that have horrible effects that we can easily help change. Diarrhea kills over a million people each year. Re-

hashtagACU 1:26 p.m. Sep. 3 10:00 a.m. Sep. 3

I’m pretty sure ACU is one of the only universities in the nation that have class today.


for all yall tryna get chapel exemptions, be ready to get exempted from HEAVEN smdh sinners

@DaChapelGuy says that 80% of those deaths are within the first couple months of a child’s life. Death by diarrhea sounds odd because it’s not something people usually talk about. It shouldn’t be something that kills so many people, but it is. It is caused by unclean water and kills one child every 26 seconds. Normal people with a healthy immune system recover from diarrhea within hours, but individuals already weakened by malnutrition often die of dehydration. says that

12:29 p.m. Aug. 31

can we just talk about the ‘an open letter to welcome week relationships.’ in the optimist? I feel like someon’es a mind reader. #acu


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to save them? You don’t have to be able to help everyone in order to help someone. You don’t have to be able to donate a lot in order to donate a little. Charity Water donates 100% of what you give and has no minimum. You can donate $2, $5, or $10 dollars. You have the resources, you have the information, you just have to make the choice. Four children died from diarrhea while you were reading this, assuming you took at least two minutes. According to Rehydrate. org, while you sat in Cha-

pel today 68 children died from diarrhea. By the end of just one of your classes, 136 children have died. By the end of your week, 23,000 children will have died from diarrhea alone. These aren’t just numbers or statistics, it’s a child’s face. A child that is dying from something as simple as diarrhea. We can’t do everything, but we can do something. What will you do?

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Sedona & I decided if we had $1 for every picture of chapel on instagram, we wouldn’t have to pay rent ‘til we graduate.

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the treatment for diarrhea is Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT), a mixture of water, salt, and sugar that replenishes the lost fluids in the body. All those items are handled by us every day and we take them for granted. We waste them. We throw them away or put them in a drawer. We like to use them to enhance taste, but there are millions who need these simple items to stop a tragedy. To save an innocent life. What if it was your brother or sister’s life who was hanging in the balance? Would you do whatever you could


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Lost a heart knot ring at the intramural fields :( if you find one its mine and I would especially love you


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Core: Admin adds requirements, offerings Continued from page 1 voted on going from 12 hours of Core to six hours of Core, plus a class that is labeled as a Bible course. “It has the Bible prefix, but it is an integrative, team-taught experience,” she said. In the combined Bible and Core class, called BCOR, there will be a Bible professor and a non-Bible professor team teaching. Dr. Shankle said the theme for that class is “God and

the Good Life.” “It’s talking about what kind of theological perspectives we can draw on as we make choices about our calling, our lives and how we can have a better understanding of biblical perspectives on all of the areas of our lives,” Shankle said. Shankle also said “Identity and Community” is being offered this semester as a special topic. The class combines what was two three-hour courses into one.

She said BCOR and “Identity and Community” are under development and are being taught in pilot sections this semester. “Identity and Community” has gone through council and has been approved, but BCOR has yet to go through council. Shankle said they plan to have it developed significantly to take to council later this semester so it can be included in the catalog for the spring semester. She said one of the big-

gest changes has to do with the connection to Pursuit, the Quality Enhancement Plan on information, literacy and research. The QEP is part of the university’s requirement to enhance the students learning experiences. Dr. Phyllis Bolin, director of Pursuit, said they needed to plan an initiative that would benefit students, so a committee decided the topic would be “Research Literacy.” “We developed that top-

ic into various components that will enhance a students ability to do research, then try to find ways to fund research activities for students with faculty and fund students opportunities to go and present their research at conferences,” Bolin said. Bolin said because Core was coming out about the same time as Pursuit was being developed, they tried to house parts of Pursuit within the Core. “We felt like we wanted

to reach out to all students, instead of just a select few. So we started with looking at things in Cornerstone, and then kind of built from there,” Bolin said, “There are pieces of our initiative within each Cornerstone class, and within Core 210 and the new BCOR class we will end up having ways for students to work at learning research skills.” contact cox at


Security: Surveillance to benefit dorm safety Continued from page 1 that displays footage from external cameras, which enables them to alert ACU Police of any suspicious activity they observe going on outside of the dorms. The rest of the cameras, such as hall and lobby cameras, can only be accessed through the ACU Police Department. “The police department controls access to the system,”said Jimmy Ellison,

chief of police and director of public safety. “We are using it for investigative efforts only and access is very highly restricted.” Ellison said the cameras will primarily be used by the ACU Police for investigative leads to crimes that occur, which will give them critical evidence regarding the crime. External cameras will cover all areas where an intruder may gain entry into the buildings. Cameras will also assist in deterring

We are using it for investigative efforts onli and access is very highly restricted.”

“I think this is a great example of ACU’s commitment to a safer campus and also ResLife’s commitment to providing the best residence halls they can,” ElliJimmy Ellison son said. ACU police chief Other camera systems on campus can be found in the Student Recreation and burglaries of cars and dorm Wellness Center, the Camrooms and will be a neces- pus Center and in dining sary tool should a critical areas. Ellison said there are incident, such as a school plans to add a few cameras shooting or abduction, oc- to select locations on camcur on campus. pus that will afford the ACU

Police Department a broad view of certain parking areas where they have had problems with car burglaries in the past. Ellison said funding is always tight, but he would like to expand the camera system even more and have full systems in parking lots and in other administrative and academic buildings in the future. “It’s my sincere hope that students view this as ACU and the police de-

partment’s commitment to providing as safe an atmosphere as we can for them to live and learn in,” Ellison said. “Unfortunately, I think today’s society necessitates the need for you to have certain tools in your arsenal, and camera systems are one of those tools.”

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Charter: Delta Theta to continue fight for recharter vice hours and drafting a new vision for the future for pledging. of the club. However, it Last spring, Delta Theta was then decided that the completed all the stipula- club needed to add two tions outlined in order for new advisors, because them to regain club status, the advisors they had in including community ser- place did not feel they Continued from page 1


had enough experience to advise the club without extra assistance. This new stipulation brought the total number of advisors needed up to six. Ellis said a club must have 10 members to be

recognized, and after the graduation of three members and the loss of another, Delta Theta was unable to recharter. Ellis said the news that Delta Theta would be unable to return was “dev-

astating” and they had all ished for something that wanted the club to be able was out of our control,” Elto recharter. lis said. “I think the hardest thing for me to wrap my mind around is that this is contact wood at such a great group of en and they are being pun-


Athletics have begun Rout: Wildcats blank McMurry Moneyball sequel Continued from page 6

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The Oakland Athletics put together a magical run in 2002 that may never be repeated. Billy Bean took a group of guys that couldn’t get on the field anywhere else and turned them into a division winner launching a phenomenon that took the baseball world by storm. Moneyball was born and stolen by big market teams, and within a couple of years the A’s were thrust back to the basement with all the other small market teams. Except for the occasional joke the Oakland A’s were back to irrelevance. But this year, ten years after the historic season that inspired a Hollywood classic, those pesky A’s are back at it, stealing headlines and smoking teams like the Red Sox and Angels on their way to the national spotlight. They are the 29th best team in the league in terms of hitting for average, and their defense is mediocre in every way, but somehow, the A’s just keep winning. Oakland is nineteen games over .500 with less than a month to play. October baseball is a possibility for Billy Bean’s squad despite a lineup of guys past their prime or in their first year as a regular player. Meanwhile, the Oakland pitching staff continues to dominate, and carry the team to the promise land. We may not be able to name any of the guys in their rotation, but they take the ball every fifth day and take turns shutting down powerhouse lineups such as the Rangers and Angels.

The fact remains that the Athletics are the best story in baseball, mainly because they win games. They are a coach’s dream and the American League’s nightmare. Good pitching, timely hitting, and an intangible magic that gives opposing teams an eerie feeling that tonight just isn’t their night. Small market teams are not supposed to win. The Rangers and Angels are supposed to leave the poor A’s in the dust because they are “a small market team.” But Oakland is breaking the mold again, leaving the rest of America wondering if this is the year that David conquers Goliath. Maybe A’s fans will finally get to dance in the streets after the fall classic. It’s hard to fall in love

The fact remains that the Athletics are the best story in baseball, because they just win games.”

with baseball, because it isn’t fair. Baseball does not have a salary cap. So unlike football, basketball and most other sports, the deck is stacked against teams like the Oakland Athletics. That’s what makes their success so enchanting. So keep your eyes peeled this fall, because you just might see a magical season come to fruition in October. And maybe, just maybe, we could all be watching Moneyball two.

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Darian Dulin had his guys flying around the field making plays on the back end, while the front seven simply dominated their assignments. The Wildcat secondary broke up six passes and Angel Lopez picked off McMurry quarterback Jake Mullin for good measure. L.B. Suggs also had a monsterous game, making nine solo tackles and forcing a fumble on a vio-

lent hit that sent the home crowd into a frenzy. Despite a huge lead in the second half, the ‘Cats defense remained stingy and left McMurry fans shaking their heads as the War Hawks were unable to keep the game close. The Wildcats pitched their first shutout since September 30, 2006. McMurry failed to convert on eight fourth down opportunities, leaving the Wildcats with short fields and red zone chances

galore. The purple and white took advantage of the McMurry aggressiveness and were able to take out their starters with a 44 point cushion in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, the Wildcats did not leave the game unscathed. Linebacker Chris Summers left the game with a lower leg injury and could miss significant playing time. The Wildcats will face a tougher test next week when they welcome LSC

opponent Texas A&M Kingsville to Shotwell Stadium. Coach Collums will put his perfect record as a head coach on the line against a Javelinas team that played the ‘Cats close in 2011, losing 42-34.

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Freshmen: New ‘Cats flourish Continued from page 6 the ThunderWolves and were defeated, 3-2 (21-25, 25-22, 25-15, 20-25, 15-10). The ‘Cats closed out the weekend by shutting down another Oklahoma team, Southeastern Oklahoma, 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-22). Pregame jitters got the best of the Wildcats when they met St. Edward’s. The match stuck out like a sore thumb compared to the other three contests. The Wildcats, as a team, had only a .096 hitting percentage and committed 29 errors. Sophomore Sara Oxford led the ‘Cats with 17 kills but she also had 11 attack errors. Freshman outside hitter Jennie Loerch

We learned how to put the team together so that we could defeat our opponents. When we came together at the end, it was a lot of fun.”

recorded eight kills in the match and had 10 errors. Mock and Riley said the team might have been overanxious against the Hilltoppers. “We had a hard time servicing, passing and getting the ball to go over the net,” Mock said. “It was not indicative of who we are as a team. But we did have four freshman girls playing in their first college match. For anybody the first game

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of the season is somewhat nerve racking.” “We weren’t connecting like we should have,” Riley said. “We all knew it was bad and it spiraled downward from there.” Despite the minor hiccup, Mock and Riley were happy with the overall results of the tournament. “Every game we played this weekend, we got better as a team,” Mock said. “Pueblo and St. Edward’s

did challenge us which was good.” “As we played we learned from our mistakes,” Riley said. “We learned how to put the team together so that we could defeat our opponents. When we came together at the end, it was a lot of fun.” ACU will get back on the road this weekend when they travel to Denver, Colo. for the Colorado Premier Challenge. Their opponents will include No. 2 University of Tampa and No. 25 Colorado School of Mines.

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Newcomers step up in tournament edward Isaacs sports editor New wildcats stepped up during the first volleyball games of the season. The newcomers made an immediate impact on the team’s performance last weekend on the road. The ‘Cats begin the 2012 season with a 2-2 record. The team won against Southeastern Oklahoma State Univer-


sity and Southwestern Oklahoma State University and lost to St. Edward’s University and Colorado State University-Pueblo in the St. Edward’s / St. Mary’s Tournament on Friday and Saturday. Freshman setter Sarah Siemens had 40 assists, three kills, seven digs and two block assists against Southwestern Oklahoma State. Middle blocker Corrie Reeder and Loerch combined for 16 kills against

Southeastern. Libero Madison Hoover posted 21 digs in the Colorado StatePueblo match. “Madison and Jennie have been clutch players for us,” head coach Kellen Mock said. “You can tell they have a real understanding of the game. Sarah and Corrie really started to connect towards the end of the weekend and Corrie came a long way in her block.” “We lost some good

players from last year,” sophomore outside hitter Rachel Riley said. “We needed some freshman to step up.” Riley had a good two days herself. She smashed 10 kills in the contest against the Bulldogs and recorded 18 kills along with a .607 hitting percentage versus Southeastern. “When the team started to jive more, I got excited and started rolling,” Riley said. For the season opener,






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ACU the team faced St. Ed- ASU ward’s in Austin and lost, UIW 3-1 (25-13, 25-13, 24-26, TAMU-K 25-17). ENMU ACU turned things MSU around in their second TSU game by shutting out former Lone Star Conference Commerce foe Southwestern, 3-0 (25- WTAMU 23, 25-13, 25-21). The team traveled to volleyball San Antonio for the second day of the tourna- Team ment. Where they played ASU Commerce see freshmen page 5 Kingsville TWU ENMU WTAMU ACU Cameron TSU MSU UIW

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briefings Football moved up one spot in the American Football Coaches’ Association Poll released on Monday. The Wildcats jumped to No. 9 in this week’s poll. The top seven teams remained unchanged in the AFCA poll. They were only a few upsets in NCAA Division II last week. Sophomore defensive end Nick Richardson was named the Lone Star Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week for his showing against McMurry. Richardson had three sacks in the first quarter and one in each of the next three quarters.

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Running back Travis Tarver II stretches for the goal-line against McMurry on Saturday night. Tarver II had nine rushes for 37 yards and scored two touchdowns. He also had two catches for 54 yards. The Wildcats shut out the War Hawks 51-0.

matthew sloan sports reporter The Wildcats started their 2012 season by completely dismantling the McMurry War Hawks 51-0. The Wildcats struggled offensively early in the game but still hung 21 on the War Hawks in the first half and continued their onslaught in the last 30 minutes. Despite McMurry’s best efforts, they could only hope to contain wide out

Taylor Gabriel, who had more than 100 yards receiving in the first half and finished the game with two total touchdowns. Throughout the game, the Wildcats had three different running backs find the end zone: Charcandrick West, Travis Tarver and Marcel Threat, who finished the game with 88 yards and two touchdowns. “O-Line did a great job, tight ends put in work and fullbacks did a great job,” Threat said. “We stressed

preparation all week so it really feels good to come here and show out in front of the fans.” Head coach Ken Collums kept the McMurry defense on their toes by mixing in running and passing plays to perfection. The ‘Cats were successful in power formations and out of the shotgun, and gave the War Hawks more than they could handle. The Wildcats ran the ball all over the McMurry defense, including be-

hind left tackle Will Latu, who shoved around the War Hawk defense like rag dolls all night long. Latu’s physicality set the tone for the rest of the offense to open up gaping holes for several running backs wearing purple and white. Quarterback Mitchell Gale also had a big game, throwing for 290 yards and a touchdown in three quarters of work. Not to be outdone, the Wildcat defense flew around all night long and frustrated the prolific Mc-

Murry offense. The ringleader for ACU Saturday night was Nick Richardson, who tied a school record with six sacks in his debut in the starting lineup. “I feel more comfortable with my hand on the ground, it gives me a better ball to get off,” Richardson said. “I’ve got to keep pressing forward, stay humble and stay hungry.” Defensive coordinator

‘Cats scrape across last minute goal assistant sports editor Senior defender Lexi Stirling’s free kick gave ACU a 1-0 edge over Our Lady of the Lake in the final minutes of the game Sunday against Our Lady of the Lake. With only two minutes to go, the Wildcats’ corner kick was cleared down the field and picked up by Stirling. Stirling was side tackled on the spot, drawing the foul. The free kick sailed down the sideline with just enough spin to cross into the far corner of the net. The ‘Cats maintained good control of the ball, remaining on offense for nearly the entire game. However, the Saints defense was aggressive, and the Wildcats had difficulty answering with definitive goals. ACU finished with 28

total shots, and 7 on goal. Senior midfielder Julie Coppedge and senior forward Krista Grimm led the team in shots with 6 each. Along with Stirling’s goal, Coppedge came close with a shot in the first half, and sophomore midfielder Megan Turner fired one at the crossbar just short of the net with seconds to play. Senior goalkeeper Arielle Moncure got to rest most of the game as the Saints did not post a single shot on their stats. The Wildcats are now 1-1 after Sunday’s match and the 2-0 loss against Dallas Baptist last Thursday. ACU prepares to take on Nebraska-Kearney on Friday, and Missouri Southern on Saturday in Joplin, Mo. contact goin at

Wide receiver Edmond Gates was signed by the New York Jets less than 24 hours after being released by the Miami Dolphins. Defensive end Aston Whiteside was signed to the Chicago Bears practice squad. He was an undrafted free agent.

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Running back Daryl Richardson had nine carries for 36 yards for the St. Louis Rams in their game against the Ravens.

season on Saturday, Sept. 8 against Texas A&M University-Kingsville at Shotwell Stadium. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. Soccer travels to Joplin, Mo. to face the University of Nebraska at Kearney on Friday at 4 p.m. They also play Missouri Southern University on Sunday at 12 p.m. The volleyball team travels to the Colorado Premier Challenge in Denver, Colo. Friday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept. 8. The Wildcats open up the tournament on Friday when they play The University of Tampa at noon. (MT) and Colorado School of Mines at 3:30 p.m. (MT). Golf opens its season next Monday and Tuesday in Abilene at the Charles Coody West Texas Intercollegiate.

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Forward Krysta Grimm pushes the ball upfield on Sunday against Our Lady of the Lake.

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