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Shooting victim’s condition improves mark smith managing editor

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Fairgoers, Jessica Rodkey, senior accounting major from Helotes, and Brittany Polnisch, junior art major from Baytown, fly through the blue sky on a ride at the West Texas Fair and Rodeo.

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University tailors nursing school jozie sands opinion editor ACU’s new School of Nursing will move into the former home of Abilene Educational Supply on Campus Court across from the Administration Building by the fall of 2013. The about 10,000-square-foot space was gutted over the summer to make room for new construction and eventually the program. To lead development of the new program, Susan Kehl has moved from

the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing and has begun writing the curriculum. While the university is still working to hire all the needed faculty members and complete the facility, this year’s freshmen will be the maiden class of the School of Nursing. The juniors and seniors who make up the nursing program can expect two or three classrooms, each able to handle 50 students, office space for the faculty and clinical adjuncts, two simulation labs and a commons area

for students, Kehl said. “I’m working with consultants and advanced practice nurses,” Kehl said. “It’s a collaborative effort and we want to end up with an excellent product for our students. I want it to be designed so it is efficient and conducive to student learning.” The School of Nursing will start out with two or three full-time faculty and a few clinical adjuncts, Kehl said. The clinical adjuncts are necessary to satisfy the Texas Nursing Board’s requirement that

one faculty member supervise every 10 students during clinical work. Students will care for patients in a variety of situations under faculty supervision during clinicals. Specific locations are not yet set, but will include hospitals, the public health department, school settings, nursing homes and clinics. “Students are exposed to nursing practices in all types of health care settings before graduation,” Kehl said. Before students begin

caring for the ailing during their clinicals, they will be introduced to patient care theory and practice in the nursing simulation lab. Simulation labs will be similar to actual hospital units with mannequins instead of patients. Students will learn using mannequins varying from low to high fidelity. High fidelity mannequins are programmed to provide physiological responses such as changes in vital signs, pupil size, lung sounds and abdominal see Nursing page 4

Family and friends of the 21-year-old Hardin-Simmons University student shot in the head last week by a tenant at the Mesquite Square apartment complex say they have been amazed at his rapid recovery since the incident. After spending several days in a coma at Hendrick Medical Center, Jacob Allen was alert and in fair condition Tuesday and may be released as soon as Thursday. “He’s really been improving,” said his wife, Jessica Allen, an ACU junior early education major also from Brownwood. “It’s incredible.” Allen, a senior HSU business major from Brownwood, was working in the Mesquite Square apartment complex office around 5 p.m., according to police and media reports, when John Lee, a 73-yearold resident at the apartment complex, entered wielding a .38 caliber gun. When Lee began shooting at Allen, striking him one in the temple, Allen’s co-worker, Joshua Steed, struck Lee with a chair, disabling him, and subdued him until police arrived. Allen and Lee were taken to Hendrick, where Lee later died from blunt force trauma to the head, according to preliminary autopsy reports. Police and family are unsure of the motive for the attack, but Ryan Lynn, an ACU alumnus and close friend of the Allens, said Lee had been displaying sporadic behavior and making unusual complaints to the management office in the weeks leading up to the shooting. “A few days before the shooting, he’d made amends with management and showed gratitude when they fixed his air conditioning unit,” said Lynn. “Then he came out of nowhere and attacked Jacob. It could’ve been dementia or Alzheimer’s – no one really knows.” Allen is expected to be released within the week, Lynn said, possibly as soon as Thursday. After the condition he’d been in when he first arrived in the intensive care unit, his improvement has been “nothing short of a miracle,” his friend said. “The outlook was not good when he first got here, Lynn said. “He was in a coma for about four days. In fact, a couple days ago he came down with pneumonia. But he’s doing great now.” Allen was awake, responsive and even showed a humorous outlook at the attention he’s been getting from newspapers. He did have one complaint, though. “All the newspapers have been getting my age wrong,” Jacob Allen said. “I’m 21.” contact cox at mkc09b@acu.edu

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Immersion and Service Expo introduces students to various organizations.

Former SA president’s stalking and assault charges dropped.

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11 a.m. Part-Time Job Fair at the Hardin-Simmons University Pond Area

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5 p.m. Ko Jo Kai Rush; Trojans Rush

Friday

7 p.m. Frater Sodalis Rush; GATA Rush

9 p.m. Gamma Sigma Phi Rush

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3 p.m. “Identifying Me” at ACU Rhoden Farm 5 p.m. ACU Women’s soccer vs. Incarnate Word

7 p.m. ACU volleyball at A&M Commerce

Saturday

2 p.m. ACU volleyball at Texas Women’s 4 p.m. ACU football at Cowboys Stadium 7 p.m. Opening Reception for Summers Abroad by Jack Maxwell in the Shore Gallery

9 p.m. Alpha Kai Rush; Galaxy Rush; Sigma Theta Chi Rush

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8 a.m. The West Texas Fair and Rodeo will take place at the Taylor County Expo Center.

8 a.m. The West Texas Fair and Rodeo will take place at the Taylor County Expo Center.

8 a.m. The West Texas Fair and Rodeo will take place at the Taylor County Expo Center.

8 a.m. The West Texas Fair and Rodeo will take place at the Taylor County Expo Center.

12 p.m. The movie Little Ashes will be shown at the Center for Contemporary Arts. Admission is free.

7:30 p.m. Abilene Community Theatre will show The Guys. Tickets are $5-$10 per person.

2 p.m. HSU Women’s Soccer will play Concordia University.

2 p.m. HSU Women’s Soccer will play UT Tyler University.

4 p.m. HSU Men’s Soccer will play Concordia University.

4 p.m. HSU Men’s Soccer will play UT Tyler University.

7:30 p.m. Abilene Community Theatre will show The Guys. Tickets are $5-$10 per person.

7:30 p.m. Abilene Community Theatre will show The Guys. Tickets are $5-$10 per person.

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announcements A Part-Time Job Fair will take place Hardin-Simmons University on Sept. 14 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. For more information contact the Career Center at careers@acu.edu.

The registration deadline for the Springboard Elevator Pitch Competition is Sept. 21. This competition allows participants to submit ideas for new products, services, or business concepts. To register go to www.acu. The Service Action Leadership Team edu/springboard-elevator-pitch. (SALT) is accepting applications until Sept. 16. SALT is for anyone with a The Virtuous Sisterhood will host an ice heart for service. cream social on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. For more information email klh08a@acu.edu. “Identifying ME,” an Equine-Assisted Learning Workshop, will take place at ACU Women for ACU will host a luncheon Rhoden Farm Sept. 16 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 29 at 11:30 a.m. in the North Space is limited. Email steve.eller@acu. Lobby of the Williams Performing Arts edu to reserve your spot or ask questions. Center. To RSVP call 829-1470.

ACU Upward Bound is now hiring tutors to serve the students of AISD. Contact the Academic Development Adviser at 325-674-2514 or visit the office located on the first floor of the Brown Library. Tutors wil be paid. For more information visit www.acu.edu/upward_bound. Anyone interested in joining the ACU Table Tennis club can email bph08a@ acu.edu for more information.

them on Twitter: @ACUFCA or join their mailing list: http://eepurl.com/eGEOI Anyone interested in joining the Wildcat Hockey Team can find the group on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ ACUWildcatHockey or e-mail the team at ACUHockey@gmail.com. The team represents ACU in the Southwest Collegiate Hockey league as a club sport.

The Medical & Counseling Care Center The ACU FCA will meet every Thursday is located in the northwest entrance of at 9 p.m. in the Campus Center Living the Rec Center. To make medical appointments call 674-2625. To make Room. For more information follow counseling appointments call 674-2626.

Volunteer Opp0rtunities Volunteers are needed for The Community Celebration, an Abilene wide event, on Oct. 1 for shifts between 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The celebration will take place at the North Park Friendship House at 2701 Hickory St. (on the corner of Hickory & Lowden, north of HSU). Volunteers will help with a seed spitting contest. Contact the Service-Learning & Volunteer Resources office in the lower level of the Campus Center by Sept. 15. Eternal Threads needs volunteers to help this week, Sept. 12-16, between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. with unpacking shipments from overseas vendors, counting inventory and tagging merchandise. Contact Pam Early at 325-672-6000 or email pam@eternalthreads.com The location is 101 Walnut St. (corner of N 1st St. and Walnut). The Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place on Sept. 24 from 7 a.m. - 12 p.m. Volunteers will help set up tables, serve refreshments, register walkers, etc. The event will take place at the Rose Park Senior Activity Center located at S. 7th & Barrow Streets. Contact Libby Connally at 325-672-2907 or email libby.connally@alz.org. The annual Putt “Fore” Children Miniature Golf Tournament needs volunteers on Oct. 1 between 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. This event will take place at Prime Time located at 4541 Loop 322. Volunteers will help set up for the event, register teams, act as course monitors, decorate tables, pass out goody bags, and help with

clean up after the event. Contact Shelia Cory at 325376-1110 or email scory@daynurseryabilene.org. Cancer Services Network needs volunteers on Oct. 6 between 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. to help unpack chair covers, confirm number with packing list, place covers on 540 chairs, unload auction items and help with other tasks for their auction event. This will take place at the Abilene Civic Center, 1100 N. 6th St. Contact Nancy Estes, 325-672-0040 or email nancyestes@cancerservicesnetwork.org HERO is looking for volunteers to walk alongside a horse while supporting and assisting a client Oct. 4 - Nov. 17 in one hour shifts from 1 - 5 p.m. at the Taylor County Expo Center. Volunteers must attend training sessions either Sept. 22 at 4:30 p.m. or Sept. 27 at 2:30 p.m. Allow 2 hours for training session. Contact Beth Byerly at 325-660-3465 or email herocoord@netzero.com for more information. Disability Resources Inc. is looking for volunteers to help with their annual Pumpkin Patch. They need help unloading pumpkins at 5 p.m. on Sept. 29. They also need help with the kids’ arena and selling pumpkins through Oct. 31. Shifts will vary between 10 a.m. - dusk Monday - Saturdays and 1 p.m. - dusk Sundays. The Pumpkin Patch is located at 3602 N. Clack St. For more information contact JoAnn Wilson at 325-673-7829 or email jwilson@driabilene.org. The Office of Ministry Events is looking for student workers to help during Summit. Volunteers are

needed to help with childcare, technology support, registration, labor and rePlay recording. Shuttle service drivers (must be 21 or older) and receptionists/dispatchers are also needed. For more information or to sign up visit the ACU website. The AISD Early Childhood Program needs volunteers to work in the children’s area Oct. 13 from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. This includes air castle supervision, face painting, etc. Program will be at the Abilene Civic Center located at 1100 N. 6th St. For more information contact Mary Mcleod at 325-794-1368 or email mary.mcleod@abileneisd.org. Meals on Wheels Plus needs volunteer drivers to deliver afternoon meals to seniors and adults with disabilities Mondays - Fridays between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Drivers must be at least 18 years old and have a valid drivers license. Training is provided. A Chapel exemption is available if delivery time conflicts with Chapel. Contact Jessica Stewart at 325-6725050 or email volunteer@mealsonwheelsplus.com. Rescue The Animals is looking for volunteers anytime between 1-5 p.m., Monday through Friday afternoons. 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@yahoo.com The center is located at 5933 South 1st St.

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Pitch your business idea to win $1,500 in Springboard Eleveator competition Marissa Ferguson online editor Students have the opportunity to win $1,500 in two minutes or less in the Springboard Elevator Pitch competition. Those with an idea of a business venture must present a concise pitch in about the same amount of time as an elevator ride. “It will challenge an individual to be able to explain his or her business

idea in the same amount of time it would take to ride from the first floor to the twentieth floor in an elevator,” Dr. Richard Lytle, Dean and professor of marketing of COBA, said. “It forces students to be concise and deliberate to the point about their business idea.” Individuals or pairs wanting to participate must register by Sept. 21, and submit a $10 entry fee. The first round will take place on Sept. 27. Participants will devise their

pitch and record it in the AT&T Learning Studio in the library in front of a panel of judges. Dr. Lytle, who will serve on the judging panel, says the panel will be assuming the position as a group of potential investors. “The first thing we’ll be looking for is if they can clearly articulate their idea. If I can’t understand what they’re talking about, I’m not going to invest.” Dr. Lytle said. “The second thing is we start thinking about could this actually become

reality, could it be what we might call commercialized, could it go to market?” Hayden Jordan, assistant director for the Griggs Center, said the final round of judging will take place on Oct. 5. The final ten teams will present their pitch to a live audience as well as a panel of judges in Hart Auditorium. Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the event. “We will award cash prizes to the winners, and then students may get more involved with the Griggs

Center if they want to pursue their business idea.” Although students need not be a business major, Dr. Lytle said the competition will help prepare for a business career. “It’s like every meal that you eat helps provide nourishment for your body. This is another value in our menu of offerings that would cause students to think about ideas, an idea generation and how you go about crisply articulating an idea whether it’s to you investor or mar-

keting team,” he said. “The notion of being able to clearly articulate an idea, and to influence others to want to participate really is a fundamental trait of leadership.” For more information on the Springboard Elevator Pitch, visit http://www. acu.edu/academics/coba/ griggscenter/springboard/ elevator-pitch/index.html.

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Library staff welcomes dean John Weaver Samantha Sutherland features editor John Weaver took on the role of new dean of library services and educational technology this year, taking over this year from former dean Mark Tucker. Weaver, formerly director of the Burke Library at Columbia University’s Union Theological Seminary, said he will continue the organizational changes his predecessor set in motion. These changes will focus on helping the staff communicate and collab-

orate more seamlessly. Weaver said conversation among faculty, students and librarians will be a key component to staying innovative in the years to come. “The next generation of students has been called digital nomads because they are able to study and learn in a variety of different places and not just in book stacks,” Weaver said. “So the library is increasingly a conversation center where the library learns from students about what their needs are.” The library is focused on creating spaces in which

students not only receive information but can create information, Weaver said. The AT&T Learning Studio is an example of how the library provides a place for collaboration and innovation. However, the library also has a rich tradition of print-based special collections and archives that are print based. Weaver said the library should continue to be good stewards of those materials and digitize them if possible. “I think that the library will always be a place where people will read and always be a place where people will receive support for their

reading,” Weaver said. “But the reality is that, increasingly, information resources are going online and the library should be a leader in developing tools and spaces that help students use those online resources.” The library collaborates with many different services to bring students the resources they need to learn and create, said Karen Hendrick, public services librarian and Learning Commons coordinator. Hendrick said students can go to the Library Consultation Room in the Learning Commons for help finding resources for

projects, have their paper checked in the Writing Center and work on their visual storytelling in the Learning Studio. The library’s webpage also was many digital resources including Credo, a resource which contains 500 online reference books complete with citations and a Journal Finder. Students who prefer reading books in print can have books delivered from any library in town as well as Howard Payne University’s library in Brownwood. Hendrick said a Tex Share card is also available in the library and allows stu-

dents to access books in any public or university library in Texas. Hendrick said students no longer just using print media or electronic media, but blending both together in novel and creative ways. “I don’t think it’s just one thing or the other, but it’s a whole new way of interacting,” Hendrick said. “All of this enables the students and faculty to collaborate and create together.”

contact sutherland at sns08a@acu.edu

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Fundraiser benefits Theatre Melanie cox Page 2 editor

daniel gomez chief Photographer

The iconic ferris wheel stands tall against the Texas sunset as fairgoers get a ride on the annual West Texas Fair and Rodeo attraction.

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New Chick-fil-A location to open meiqi zhang contributing reporter Chick-fil-A will add to its Abilene presence by opening a full-size restaurant near campus by the middle of next year. The fast food chain already has locations in southwest Abilene, one in the Mall of Abilene and in the Hilton Food Court of the Campus Center. Chick-fil-A serves chicken sandwiches, wraps, salads and other options. The chain has 1,579 locations in 39 states and the District of Columbia and is expanding, especially in Southern California and in the Midwest, according to its website. Brenda Morrow, Chickfil-A corporate public relations consultant, said Abilene’s first Chick-fil-

A opened in the Mall of Abilene in 1979, and in 2006 the company opened a freestanding location on South Clack Street. She said the building of the new site was almost confirmed and looked forward to opening yet another location. “We are just excited about coming into the community and being a neighbor there in Abilene,” Morrow said. Chick-fil-A offers a bonus to the first 100 customers on opening days. “The first 100 customers in line get free Chickfil-A for a year,” Morrow said. “The company’s new restaurant openings can have people camping out in hopes of being among the first to enter a new store.” Lisa White, senior international studies major from McKinney, said the Chick-fil-

A in the campus center does not offer enough options for her and is looking forward to a closer alternative. “I like the pepperjack sandwich, but I don’t think they offer at the campus center,” White said. Even so, she is a regular customer of the chain and hopes to find more choices at the new location. White did not know about the new Chick-fil-A opening, but she looks forward to a location to be convenient to ACU. “I like Chick-fil-A,” White said. “I like their food, they always have good service and friendly people work at the front.”

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On August 27 “Lights Up! 2011”, a fundraiser for the ACU theatre department took place in the the Williams Performing Arts Center. “Lights Up!” is a fundraiser presented by ACU Theatre alumni and features a play as well as the opportunity to attend a post-show cast party and have backstage access. This year the fundraiser featured Noises off!, a farce by Michael Frayn. The farce, which was shown Aug. 25 through Sept. 3, featured Adam and Donna Hester, Lindsey Rogers (‘03), Jeremy Varner (‘10), and costumes by Sandy Freeman. The show was directed by Gary Varner. In addition to viewing Noises Off!, participants in the fundraiser had the opportunity to attend the post-show party and have backstage access, depending on the amount of their donation. Other prizes included a student-led tour of the Williams Performing Arts Center, a VIP tour of the campus, red carpet treatment and party souvenirs, names listed in the playbill, shout outs, and more. Event co-chairs were Tim Covington and Lisa

‘Lights Up! 2011 was an enormous success, raising over $13,000 for the ACU Theatre. It was a joyous reunion of many ACU Theatre alums I haven’t seen in years...I’m looking forward to ‘Lights Up! 2012!’”

Lawrence Holland in conjunction with the ACU Alumni Office. In a message posted to the online website for “Lights Up!” Covington and Holland said, “ The arts community is a tough one. It is full of dichotomy, diversity and darkness. It is also ripe with potential for the culture changing, transforming presence of Jesus.” Adam Hester, chair of the department of theatre, said, “’Lights Up! 2011’ was an enormous success, raising over $13,000 for the

adam hester chair of the department of theatre

ACU Theatre. It was a joyous reunion of many ACU Theatre alums I haven’t seen in years. Co-chairs Lisa Lawrence Holland and Tim Covington along with Amy Burns McCall worked tirelessly to create an amazing and beautiful evening. I’m looking forward to ‘Lights Up! 2012!’”

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Former SA president’s charges dropped christina burch multimedia managing editor A district court judge cleared the name of former Students’ Association President Daniel Paul Watkins last month, ending a six-month legal battle in Virginia. Watkins, a 2009 graduate and law student at University of Virginia, left the Albemarle County Courthouse a free man after the presiding judge dropped Watkins’ charges of stalking and assault. Watkins declined to comment for this story, citing legal advice. The former SA executive president was the subject

of local and national news reports in September 2008. Watkins, an African-American, reported finding a noose in his chair in the SA offices. ACU Police Chief Jimmy Ellison said his investigation was inconclusive, and the department made no arrests. In March 2009, Watkins was impeached in a 25-5 vote from the SA Congress, citing irresponsible leadership, manipulation, disrespect and unethical behavior. Watkins’ impeachment charges were unrelated to the noose incident, SA representatives said. “The events brought an unfortunate and negative light to the university,” Ellison

said. “But students responded very well and communicated that it did not reflect ACU as an institution.” Ellison said he remembers Watkins as a nice student who had a good relationship with the department. Ellison said he had not heard from the former student until news of Watkins’ stalking and assault charges surfaced online. “In some ways the Internet and 24-hour news really have an impact on the public,” Ellison said. “The fact that he was totally vindicated is just another example of never assuming until the facts are heard.” The third-year law student was arrested in May

and charged with one count of stalking and one count of assault of an ex-girlfriend, a fellow classmate at UVA. She reported that he had threatened and assaulted her in February, according to media reports. Ellison said it is common for the public to rush to judgments on cases that receive such state and national attention. “Initial charges are just that,” Ellison said. “Often all the facts do not come out until the trial. It’s wise to remain objective until they do.” Judge William Barkley found the testimony of Watkins’ ex-girlfriend insufficient to convict Watkins, according to news

reports. The judge granted Watkins a defense motion to drop the charges after the ex-girlfriend admitted to not believing Watkins’ alleged threats administered in February. “That’s our court system, you’re innocent until proven guilty,” Ellison said. Connor Best, current SA executive president and an SA representative in 2008-09, said the impeachment process was challenging, but SA ultimately believed they had made the right decision. “It was very unfortunate but he was a really talented, smart and charismatic guy,” Best said. “He worked really hard at getting people into SA.”

Best, senior political science major from Sacramento, Calif., said the controversy surrounding the impeachment had no lingering effects, and SA harbors no negative feelings towards Watkins. “I was saddened to hear about the charges but I’m happy to hear they were dropped,” Best said. “He has a really bright future, and I hope the best for him.”

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Cuts shutter Student Success program hannah barnes editor-in-chief In the wake of lower enrollment numbers, the university has discontinued the Student Success program. Student Success is an academic program designed to aid students looking to increase their academic potential. The program offered up to four credit hours. Jeanine Varner, provost of the university, attributes the loss of Student Success to the university’s budget cuts. “Budget cuts played a part in that we eliminated the Student Success area,” Varner said. The cut of Student Success resulted in two faculty not returning full time: Vickie Cardot, associate director of Student Success, and Hilary Walton, instructor. Cardot has continued working as an adjunct professor of ACU. Scott Self, director of Alpha Scholars Program and former

director of Student Success, recognizes the cut as “purely a financial decision.” “The university could not afford to keep running the program with current cutbacks,” Self said. Faculty involved with Student Success were all laid off in the process, Self said. Some members were rehired in a different capacity. The effects of the cut are still unknown. One Student Success class is being taught this semester. “We don’t know the effects,” Self said. “The university is admitting fewer students who require those services. We may not have a need in the future that we had in the past for that kind of program.” The largest class the Student Success program had in the past consisted of 172 students. This semester, only 75 students are part of the program. This drop has to do with the university recruiting more students with a

higher GPA and ACT score. “With that change in the academic rigor of students coming in, the need has gone down,” Self said. There are several areas in which the university will make up for the loss of Student Success. Students will continue to have Alpha Academic Development, the Writing Center and departmental tutoring as means of academic aid. “The university remains committed to ensuring that students have all of the resources needed,” Self said. “Student Success may not have been part of that.” Aside from the faculty members let go due to budget cuts, there were 17 faculty members that did not return.

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Faculty no longer at the university Retired • • • • •

Dr. David Wray, biblical studies Dr. Nicki Rippee, exercise science Dr. Paul Ammons, social work Dr. Bill Culp, social work Dee Kirby, communication disorders

Working elsewhere • Dr. Caron Gentry, political science • Dr. Tim Coburn, information technology and computing • Dr. Florah Mhlanga, agricultural and environmental science • Dr. Fortune Mhlanga, information technology and computing • Dr. Sally Gary, communication • Dr. Robert Huff, mathemetics • Dr. Gary Tucker, ACU Online • Dr. Karan Duwe, teacher education • Sherry Baisden, family studies • DeeAnn Shepherd, accounting • Laura Dillman, exercise science

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Michael Ortiz, junior information technology major from Monahans, tries to dodge a flag pull by Ian Crowder, junior from El Paso, during an intramural football game Monday evening.

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Nursing: technology to elevate education continued from page 1 sounds. Students will be able to make an assessment and provide the proper response in real time. “The Simulation Lab will allow students to perform procedures, document care given and eventually be tested on immediate nursing responses,” Kehl said. “All of these skills are taught in a safe setting so when they go into an actual clinical setting they will have already performed the thinking.” Having the School of Nursing on campus will encourage nursing students, Kehl said. Along with being part by the life and rhythm of campus they will have more op-

portunities to join forces with other departments. “I look forward to working collaboratively in research and service to local and global communities. Faculty and students can potentially participate in interdisciplinary research,” Kehl said. Angela Salvatore, freshman nursing major from Wethersfield, Conn., looks forward to the new learning environment along with the on-campus location. “We will have such a great program and building. And the technology will help us prepare for the tests we have to pass to become a Registered Nurse,” Salvatore said. Every aspect of higher

education nursing programs in Texas, public or private, must be accredited through the Texas Board of Nursing. All of the curriculum, plans and practices must comply with the standards set by the TBN. Once those regulations are satisfied Kehl will submit for national accreditation with the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education. “Any school of nursing that is viable and wants to prepare students for advanced practice must have national accreditation,” Kehl said. contact sands at jgs07a@acu.edu


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Mobile learning needs nudge ACU’s Mobile Learning Initative has reached a proud turning point: every student on campus has an Apple device. Now is the university’s chance to take off with Mobile Learning. The problem presented by students without devices is gone. Apple touts a massive selection of nearly 500,000 apps which make communication more efficient, free time more fun and studying for Organic Chemistry a little more bearable. But at ACU, paper quizzes, a map in the back of a planner and a schedule only accessible on myACU still meet students in the classroom. And ACU only offers a handful of apps

via Apple’s App Store. ACU SA Vote, an app, allowed students to vote for amendments in 2010. And ACU Connected, created for the Connected Summit, provided information about speakers and schedules. However, both of these apps were made for a specific event and are now outdated. ACU MindWire, which allows professors to publish study materials for students, is rarely used and hasn’t been updated since 2009. For a university that so heavily promotes mobile learning, we have created little programming to allow these devices to better our education. While

myACU is mobile friendly, ACU still lacks an application to bring a range of university information together in a convenient form. Stanford’s campus app, iStanford, does many of the things that would be nice in an ACU app. Students can browse and enroll in courses, view athletic news, schedules and scores, access a campus directory, check their student account, follow local events, search an interactive map and even find books in the library, all in one app. While we look forward to (hopefully) seeing all this in an app we propose a smaller-scale, ACU-specific app: the ChapApp.

The ChapApp would provide students with their Chapel credit status at their fingertips and send notifications when the student is on the verge of Chapel probation. The content of Mark Lewis’ weekly Chapel email would be as easily accessible on Friday as it is on Monday – no digging through email inboxes necessary. It can be hard to get a good idea of what Small Group Chapels are available each semester. The ChapApp would make a complete list readily available and easily updated. Chapel Forums add great variety to the Chapel experience, but they

the issue ACU touts its Mobile Learning Initiative, but students don’t feel the change in their classes.

our take Chapel would be a great place to begin implementing ACU specific Apps.

tend to sneak up at odd afternoon or evening hours. A push notification from the app would remind students of added Chapel opportunities. A large-scale ACU specific app that isn’t a bookmarked website would make checking grades simple and keeping track of classes and assignments effortless. An application could make our time in and out of the classroom more

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productive and beneficial, but a great place to start is with an app for Chapel. Apps for ACU are the key to the success of ACU’s vision of mobile learning. Putting the device in the students’ hands is not enough. ACU needs to take the initiative and create the apps students need. contact the optimist at jmcnetwork@acu.edu

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Lengthy and short words compete for dominance

Artsy majors deserve respect

well, this is awkward

mark smith

read that one before continuing with this or forever hold your piece of cake. (Shouldn’t that be the real phrase? That’d be more of a punishment than being silent. Have you ever tried to hold a piece of cake while you’re sleeping?) If you really stopped as soon as I said stop reading this now, you wouldn’t know what I wanted you to do. But you didn’t listen to me did you? What are you, my ex-girlfriend? I’m going to write about It carries a lot of that for my next column. meaning, like an Not the issue of people enormous proverbial listening to me, but girlfriends in general. wheelbarrow.” Back to long words. Ever notice how the longer the word, the more impressed you are with the author’s intelligence? Or is that just me? When people use big Ladies and gentlemen, words, sometimes I am welcome to my second col- unable to comprehend the umn, which, as promised, meaning of the communicator’s reasoning. I hate deals with long words. Exclusive is a big, fancy asking, “What does that word. It carries a lot of word mean?” I live in Virginia. I always meaning, like an enormous proverbial wheel- told people “I’m from Virbarrow. I used this word ginia,” but I learned exin my last column. Stop actly why I never phrased reading this now and go it, “I’m a Virginian.” The hardest part about my job as managing editor is writing headlines. Well, that and making sure all my minions get their stories in on time. Designing pages is difficult as well. So is ping-pong. But headlines are the worst. They never fit. The best trick is finding words that are very short but carry a lot of meaning. Sometimes I get so frustrated that I just start yelling in the newsroom.

Virginian is kind of a longish word, but that chick was definitely not impressed with my intelligence when I said it. Sometimes shorter words are impressive too. My professor just used the word “conduit” nonchalantly. I looked it up online instead of stalling class to ask him to explain himself. I still don’t really know what it means though. Should I have admitted to writing this during class? Not enough of this column is actually about long words. I’m not going back and re-writing any of it, class is almost over. Besides, it’s my second column. Sophomore slumps are expected. I’m a sophomore by years too, so this is like double jeopardy, we’re fine. Oh wait, what is we’re fine? That Office reference just happened. This’ll be better next time. When I talk about girlfriends. Even though I don’t know anything about them. Maybe I’ll write about multi-tasking instead, I know a lot about that. I haven’t decided yet. This is known in the world of mass media as a “cliffhanger.” contact Smith at mds10a@acu.edu

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hannah barnes

I am a graphic design major. I came into college as a speech pathology major, which – don’t get me wrong – is an amazing field. I just could not see myself doing it every day for the rest of my life. When I made the big switch, I realized I was going from a scientific, clinical profession to a purely creative one. So I began taking art classes. Although challenging and time-consuming, I really enjoyed them. After taking my art basics (drawing, 2D design, etc.), it was time to move into my graphic design classes. My first one was Basic Visual Communication. The name makes it sound like a fairly simple class, right? Wrong. It was tough. My classmates had several allnighters in the art building in which we traced type on a light table. The 8 a.m. class caused me to question whether or not my new major was right for me. After the first couple of projects, I started feeling it. I recognized this would not be an easy major. I kept pushing. Others outside of the art department did not

feel similarly, however. When they would ask my major, I’d tell them I was graphic design. “Oh so yours is a fun, easy major,” some would reply. “Fun? Easy? Are you kidding me?” I’d think to myself. Those stressful, handcramping all nighters were neither fun or easy. I’d hold back from confronting their accusation. “Yes, fun,” I’d say through clenched teeth. Sure, I enjoyed what I was doing. Actually, I enjoyed what I was doing after it was done, when I could see the finished product printed and mounted on midnight black mat board. I did not enjoy the fact that others took what we graphic designers did for granted, but as a sophomore in college, a newcomer to the graphic design world, I did not know how to defend my hard work. Last summer, after conquering a number of graphic design and art courses, I realized that graphic design is more than just making something pretty on the computer. So one day, a man at church began talking to

me about school. I told him my major, and he replied as many other adults to. “Your major is graphic design? Good luck finding a job,” he said. Annoyed, I immediately began pointing out examples of graphic design around the room we were standing in.

I enjoyed what I was doing after it was done, when I could see the finished product printed and mounted on midnight black mat board.”

“That poster - graphic design. This label - graphic design.” He was quite surprised that I so boldly addressed his error. Rather than simply taking his comment as I had so many others, I proved him wrong. And it felt really good. So this one is for you, graphic designers and artists. To all the late-nights drawing, shading, painting, and building – the time spent is not in vain. Thanks for making the world a prettier place. contact barnes at hab07a@acu.edu

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A customer’s Paleta bar is hand dipped in chocolate.

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MARY’S PALETERIA Location: 601 Treadaway Hours: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily Price Range: $1.50 - $3.25 per ice cream Featured Item: Cheese ice cream in a small waffle cone $1.99

The shop’s exterior is an explosion of bright colors and murals.

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Eateries off the beaten path help students escape from ‘the usual’. PHOTOs AND STORY BY SAMANTHA sutherland, FEATURES EDITOR

THE LOFT Location: 226 Pine Street Hours: Mon. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Price Range: $3.25 - $6.95 for an entree

The restaurant overlooks a boutique.

Harsha Kareti, kitchen manager, showcases the clay oven that is used to bake their Naan bread.

FRESH NATURAL FOOD CENTER

TAJ MAHAL

Mary’s Paleteria is an ice cream shop that offers students a chance to expand their palates. “We have more natural flavors,” said Norma Marin, a cashier at the shop. With its 17 flavors of creme bars, 21 fruit bars, 27 ice cream flavors and several unique fruit drinks, there are a wide variety of flavors and textures available to choose from.

Featured Item: Grilled chicken in tomato basil wrap with raspberry Chipotle sauce. $5.95

The Loft entertains a slightly more feminine crowd and provides a quaint atmosphere to enjoy creative sandwiches and wraps alongside other menu items, said Courtney Windham, a waitress at The Loft. “Everything is made from scratch and you don’t find that a lot anymore,” Windham said. The restaurant offers several salads with organic lettuces and spring mixes and there are several gluten free and vegetarian options. The store is over 100 years old, Windham said, and it started by selling casseroles out of the department store’s second floor.

UNIQUE

The restaurant interior features rich colored furniture and decor.

Location: 4534 Buffalo Gap Road Hours: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily Price Range: $7.99 - $9.99 for entree Featured Item: Palak Chicken $7.99 The newly opened Taj Mahal restaurant lets students broaden their tastebuds. It offers the only genuine Indian cuisine in Abilene, said Chy Phillips, senior math and international studies major from Abilene who waitresses there. “Even in a small town like Abilene, people want to taste different things,” said Harsha Kareti, kitchen manager. The ingredients are from India and food is cooked fresh. “We want you to come back again and again,” Kareti said.

Featured Item: Thai Chicken Sandwitch $6.95

Location: 2534 South 7th Street Hours: 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. daily, Sunday for brunch and Friday from 5 - 9 p.m. Price Range: $6.95 - $8.95 for an entree The Natual Food Center, which functions primarily as a health foods store, has built a menu that is organic and natural but tastes gourmet, said Cindi Love, store owner. The center grows its own bean sprouts and uses raw sugar and grass fed beef. “We create a warm, friendly and welcoming environment,” Love said. They also have live music each Friday night.

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The restaurant is located inside a health foods store.


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volleyball

Errors: ’Cats struggles continue at tourney continued from page 8 Hutt with 13 and Borger with 10 – almost half of the team’s total of 50. This feat was diminished by the fact that ACU had a hitting percentage of only .107 compared to the Hilltoppers’ .224. St. Edward’s also recorded nine blocks. The Wildcats turned their fortune around in the second game of the day against the Dustdevils. Borger and Johnson both had hitting percentages above .400. Borger had a team-high 13 kills (.524) and Johnson had 41 assists and 12 digs (.429 hitting), while ACU won by margins of 2517, 19-25, 25-16 and 25-22. Also Sara Oxford added to the victory with eight kills. But the ‘Cats couldn’t end Saturday’s tournament with a winning streak. They lost to Edinboro University of Penn-

sylvania (25-23, 25-19, 26-24) and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (21-25, 25-18, 32-34, 26-24, 15-6). Similar to the St. Edward’s loss, ACU had a lower hitting percentage than Edinboro, which proved costly as ACU dropped three straight sets. Hutt and Johnson led the way for the Wildcats. Hutt had 11 kills behind Johnson’s 28 assists. ACU had a 2-1 set advantage in the final game of the Invitational against Permian Basin and was three points away from edging out a win, but they could not get in the lead. A service error on Hutt and a service ace by Melissa Lusk gave the Lady Falcons a 23-22 lead. The Wildcats came back to tie the score at 2424, but the Lady Falcons scored the last two points

of the set and evened the match at two sets apiece. Permian Basin used that momentum to take over the fifth set. They lead 11-6 before scoring the final four points of the match to seal the deal. “We have to increase our ability to block the other team,” said Mock. “On the good side, we were able to string together some great rallies. I saw a lot of hustle plays on the court. We just aren’t putting together enough good points to win matches.” “We need to keep working on our defense,” said Johnson. “We did work well as a team unit.” The story of the tournament for ACU was unforced errors. The ‘Cats had 37 attack errors, seven service errors, and five ball-handling errors. “Errors were the difference in our wins and losses,” John-

son said. “There were some close games we might have pulled out had we not made those mistakes that we did.” ACU volleyball’s first SideOut Club social begins Tuesday at Moody Coliseum immediately after the Wildcats’ 7 p.m. match vs. Incarnate Word. “The SideOut Club is the launching of our volleyball’s supporters club,” Mock said. “We are trying to see if people in the Abilene area, ACU students, parents, and other supporters would like to spend time and socialize with us,” she said. “After SideOut Club matches, we’d like for these people to come eat a meal with us and contribute to the club. It’s a great opportunity to get involved.” mandy lambright staff Photographer contact isaacs at jei08a@acu.edu

golf

Middle blocker Sara Oxford extends her arms as she blocks a shot in Moody Coliseum Tuesday night.

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Home: ACU places second A Call to Action for fans The Wildcats shot a 4-overpar 288 on Tuesday (after time sporting ACU purple a 279 on Monday), but the Bronchos from Central Oklato cheer me on.” Carpenter placed along homa shot a 6-under-par 282 with sophomore Trey Sul- to finish first at 563 after day livan tying for fourth at 138 two of the tournament. ACU finished second (69-69); freshman Corbin Renner 23rd at 146 (70-76); at 567 (279-288) with Our Drew Norries, tying for 38th Lady of the Lake in third at at 149 (75-74); and Ian Ev- 571 (288-283), West Texas A&M in fourth at 575 (287ans tying for 52nd at 153. continued from page 8

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288) and Midwestern State in fifth at 577 (285-292). Last year at the Charles Coody West Texas Invitational, the Wildcats were leading by one stroke going into the final round of the tournament. Central Oklahoma entered the final day down one stroke to ACU, but shot a final round 281 to finish nine-

under for the tournament. Freshman Trey Sullivan finished for a tie for ninth, while Alex Carpenter finished in fifteenth. The Sports Jedi The golf team will return austin gwin next Monday and Tuesday at the Dornick Hills Classic Consider yourself lucky bein Ardmore, Oklahoma. cause we are in the heyday of ACU athletics. We have a contact gasvoda at top ranked football team, voljrc07d@acu.edu leyball and soccer teams that both went to the NCAA tournament and a golf team that is ranked No. 1 in the nation. Of course the typical staples of the ACU athletic department – cross country and track and field – are as strong as ever. We have an opportunity presented to us this weekend that will be offered to only five other Division II schools this entire season. Our football team will play in the same stadium the Dallas Cowboys. How cool is that? Now, I am not naive enough to think that we will fill half of that stadium with fans decked out in purple and white, but due to our proximity to the stadium, we can get more fans there than a school located in Alabama, right? The fact that I have doubts that we can bring more fans than a university that is over 6,000 miles away from Arlington is shocking, especially when our football team is so good. But the doubts remain. The truth is that you, the ACU student body, have set

Diversity: Four players score

destiny hagood staff Photographer

Junior forward Krysta Grimm strikes the ball from the side of the soccer pitch in a matchup against Dallas Baptist earlier this season. Grimm is tied with Andrea Carpenter for the team lead with nine points.

continued from page 8 Senior Lyndsey Womack piled onto the lead, scoring in the seventy-second minute spurred by a Grimm pass once again. For Womack, it was her first goal in two years after missing last season due to a torn ACL injury. “I got moved to center mid in the second half and had an opportunity to penetrate through the defense and get a quality shot off,” she said. “It feels so good to feel like I contributed to the game, and I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to put the ball in the back of the net. My teammates set me up with the perfect scenario, and I’m glad I was able to

It feels so good to feel like I contributed to the game, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to put the ball in the back of the net.” lyndsey womack senior midfielder for WOmen’s soccer team

finish it off.” In a poll released Tuesday, the Wildcats were ranked No. 12 by the National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America poll, which is released weekly. This is the highest ranking in the program’s fiveyear history, and the Wildcats are one of two Lone Star Conference teams in the poll. St. Edwards, ranked No. 2, is the only team in the region

p.m. and Angelo State at 1 present in the poll. The Wildcats (4-0) begin p.m. on Sunday. a two-game home stretch contact Shake at beginning Friday, as they bxs09a@acu.edu host Incarnate Word at 5

a precedent of not showing up to support your Wildcats. Our volleyball team has been good for years, but they are winning in an empty gym. The same goes for soccer. Our girls are winning in front of their parents and a handful of fans. This isn’t little league baseball. This is top tier collegiate sports and we as a school need to come out and support all of our teams. Although I am not a native Texan, I am aware that football reigns supreme in the fall and will always have the most fans. But I have been to other Lone Star Conference schools where fans come in drones to watch the other sports. Ask any volleyball player why it is hard to play at West Texas and they will say it is because of the atmosphere created by their fans. Why can’t that be us?I urge you all as Wildcat sports fans to not waste this opportunity. Not only should you try to make the trip to Arlington to experience what will be a game that is marked down in the ACU record books and forever remembered on campus, but come support the other sports teams in their endeavors. ACU is a putting a great product out there for you. Take advantage of it.

contact gwin at agg07a@acu.edu


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GOLF

Carpenter’s round propels team natalie goin sports reporter ACU finished second at the Charles Coody Intercollegiate Tournament the last two days here in Abilene. The recently No. 1 ranked team finished just behind Central Oklahoma but still had a great opening to their season. Coach Mike Campbell was very pleased with how his team performed in their first contest and expects the team to continue to grow. “We had a two-shot lead after the first day,

and we were in the final groups of tee times.” He explained that this was a good position for his team to be in. “That is a good situation for the young guys to be in because it’s all part of the maturation process, and they were growing as a team this tournament.” Central Oklahoma was ranked third in nation going into the tournament, returning with their starting five golfers from the national tournament. “They are very experienced, but we hung right there with them,” Campbell

The team played pretty solid. It’s good for everyone, especially the new players .” mike campbell head coach, acu golf team

said. “Going into this tournament I knew we had a young team, but we also have a good mix of veterans.” Campbell certainly does have a group of outstanding returning players, such as junior All American Alex Carpenter. He agreed that the team is off to a great start. “The team played

pretty solid,” he said. “It’s good for everyone, especially the new players to get experience playing college golf.” Carpenter finished first Tuesday in the individual tournament, shooting a final round of 69 to win it for the first time. “I put too much pressure on myself in the past,” Carpenter said. Playing in a home tournament added pressure to win, and he said lowering his expectations paid off. Carpenter shot even par on the front nine with a pair of birdies offset by

a pair of bogeys. He was 2-under-par on the back nine, dropping in birdies on the par-4, 431-yard 13th hole and the par-5, 571-yard 17th hole, which helped him in his victorious effort. Carpenter was also excited to win here in Abilene. “It was special to pull out a win at home in front of all of my friends, especially my girlfriend Maggye Jordan,” Carpenter said. “She was in the gallery supporting me the whole see home page 7

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Variety fuels ’Cats to victory

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volleyball

Women’s Soccer

briefings ACU’s Alumni Relations Office announced Friday, Sept. 9, that the pregame party at Cowboy Stadium as part of the Lone Star Conference Football Festival is sold out. Wildcat fans will still be able to join the Dr. Pepper End Zone festivities prior to the 4 p.m. kickoff. Fans who are interested should go through Entrance B, or section 244 from inside the stadium. The women’s soccer team jumped 12 spots to No. 12 nationally, as ranked by the NSCAA national poll, which is released weekly. Midwestern State is the only Lone Star Conference school in the poll. Destiny hagood staff Photographer

Ashley Holton dribbles past a Dallas Baptist defender in a game earlier this season. In Holton’s second full game following a leg injury, the senior scored her first goal of the season. Holton had two assists in the team’s last game against Central Oklahoma and has four points on the season.

bryson shake sports editor

The No. 24 ACU women’s soccer team prolonged their winning streak Sunday, beating Truman State 4-2 in a non-conference, neutral site victory. The Wildcats (4-0) had an array of players contribute to the scoring, as four different players each scored in the effort. Senior Ashley Holton kicked off the scoring, putting the ’Cats on top 1-0 after scoring a mere eleven minutes into the game. The All-American forward got off a quick shot

that went past Truman State goalkeeper Jayne Grisham. “Like I’ve always said, scoring first and early is such a confidence booster for our team. Doing so shows that we’re here to play ready to go,” Head Coach Casey Wilson said. “Once again, when we did it, things went in our favor I’m glad we’re continuing to do so.” Freshman midfielder Madison Brown added to the Wildcats’ offensive attack, making the game 2-0 in the thirty-second minute. That goal was the first of Brown’s young career at ACU, and she follows

Like I’ve always said, scoring first and early is such a confidence booster for our team.” casey wilson head coach, acu women’s soccer.

suit behind her freshman teammate Sarah Schoch, who scored her first collegiate goal last week. “Anytime we can get our outside mids attacking towards the goal, good things are going to happen,” Wilson said. “Madison penetrated the box and put a foot on a ball that the goalie initially stopped and had no

chance of stopping. I’m very proud of her.” Coming out of the half down 2-0, Truman State forward Olivia Hayes cut the score in half, scoring off of a pass by Kelsey Twellman in the sixtyfirst minute. The score really energized the Truman team, and junior Julie Coppedge knew how important it was for the Wildcats to respond quickly to make the game a comfortable twogoal deficit. All-American Andrea Carpenter took that into her own hands, and scored a goal not one minute after Hayes goal.

Carpenter received a pass from Krysta Grimm and then sent the ball to the back of the net. “Krysta made an amazing pass through traffic to me that put me in a great position to finish it off,” Carpenter said. “She’s the one that made it happen.” With the goal, Carpenter now has four on the season and has a teamleading 10 points. The sophomore is beginning her second year much like she did in her freshman campaign en route to a school record 22 goals and 48 points. see diversity page 7

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Errors prove costly in San Angelo didn’t do a very good job of being in control and efficient on assistant sports editor our side of the court,” she said. “It wasn’t the best weekend for The ACU volleyball team hit us, but there are a lot of things their first bump in the road this we can learn from it to move weekend when they traveled to forward.” Sophomore setter Caley San Angelo. The Wildcats competed in Johnson agreed with Mock. “We struggled this weekend. the Angelo State Invitational on Friday and Saturday where We didn’t click as a team, and they played four opponents, we had too many errors. Those were teams that were excited to losing to three of them. Head Coach Kellen Mock beat us because they hadn’t in was a little disappointed by her a while,” she added. “We have to always be on the attack since team’s performance. “We played a lot of teams opponents are out to get us and last weekend that challenged take advantage of every mistake us, but at the same time we we make.”

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mandy lambright staff Photographer

Setter Caley Johnson tips a ball up for teammate Sara Oxford Tuesday night.

The first day of the tournament the Wildcats posted a 1-1 record, losing first to St. Edward’s University 3-1 before defeating Texas A&M International University by the same score. The No. 25 ‘Cats competed at a high level in their first set against St. Edward’s, earning a victory with a score of 25-19. However, the tide quickly shifted, and the Hilltoppers took the next three: 25-13, 2518 and 25-17. Jennie Hutt and Neely Borger combined for 23 kills – Hutt

EX- FACTOR Chicago Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox began his third season right where he left off from last year. He had three receptions for 60 yards against the Atlanta Falcons. The Bears won the game 30-12. Bengals running back Bernard Scott saw limited playing time in his first game of the ‘11 season. He had four carries for three yards and zero touchdowns in their 27-17 win over the Clevland Browns. Last season, Scott had 299 yards rushing on 61 attempts and 60 receiving yards. Danieal Manning, Texans safety, had two solo tackles against the Colts on Sunday, Sept. 11. Houston won 34-7.

Upcoming The volleyball team will travel to Commerce on Thursday, Sept. 15 to play Texas A&MCommerce at 7 p.m. Soccer faces the University of Incarnate Word at Wildcat Soccer Pitch at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16.

Football plays the University of North Alabama in the Lone Star Conference Festival in Cowboys Stadium on Saturday, see errors page 9 Sept. 17 at 4 p.m.


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