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We learned that almost simultaneously there was a large grass fire off of Lowden and Highway 351.” -Jimmy Ellison, ACU Police Chief

Mandy lambright staff Photographer Smoke fills the sky as a brush fire behind the Coca-Cola plant rages during the day causing a power outage in the surrounding area.

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Brush fire creates campus-wide blackout melany cox page 2 editor The campus-wide power outage on Wednesday afternoon was the result of a transformer that blew out during a brushfire that ignited the area near Highway 351 and East Lowden. The fire began around 1 p.m. in an area that once served as Abilene’s landfill. Shortly after the fire started, a transformer exploded, leaving several homes, businesses and the entire ACU campus without electricity. Power was restored to the area shortly after 1:30 p.m., and the perimeter of the fire was contained. By 2 p.m. the flames had consumed 75 acres. On Wednesday night the Abilene Fire Department reported in an information update that approximately 150 - 180 acres had been burned. In addition to the fire department, the

Texas Forest Service responded with ground personnel, equipment and aerial tankers. Fire fighters predicted the flames might last for several days. No injuries were been reported, but the fire department urged residents in the area to remain vigilant. The cause of the fire has not been determined, but it was speculated to have been started by another transformer explosion. However, the transformer that caused the power outage exploded after the fire began. The sudden loss of electricity was a shock to many people on campus. “I was in Core and we were all sitting there just talking at the beginning of class and then a loud noise sounded and the electricity shut off,” said Rachel Easley, a sophomore pre-dental major from Belton. The blackout occurred as many people were in the middle of lunch, said Nan-

cy Lozano, a cashier in the Bean. “Our kitchen went totally dark,” Lozano said. “People were still coming in so we continued to serve them. I wrote their [student identification] numbers down and did it like that until the lights came back on.” Lozano could only describe students’ reaction to the sudden plunge into darkness as “Woah!” ACU Police Chief Jimmy Ellison said the department initially believed campus’ loss of electricity was due to a simple power failure. “We quickly learned that not only did the main campus lose power but a large surrounding area lost power,” Ellison said. “We learned almost simultaneously that there was a large grass fire off of Lowden and Highway 351.” Ellison said many people became more concerned about the power failure when

they noticed the billowing smoke that could be seen from campus. “We began to be inundated with calls about ‘Is the fire on campus? Is that what’s knocked the power out? Do we need to evacuate the campus?’” Ellison said. “Our roll then became, from an emergency management standpoint, to alert the campus community that it was simply a power outage caused by a brush fire off campus, and we did that via ACU ALERT.” Students who subscribed to ACU ALERT received a text message or email informing them of the situation shortly after the power was restored. Ellison said there was never a direct threat to the campus. He credited the Abilene Fire Department with their early arrival and admitted that, had the wind been stronger, the fire could have been more dangerous. Ellison advised everyone to remain calm in events like

daniel gomez chief Photographer Firefighters from the Abilene Fire Department open a fire hydrant near the blaze to get water and help contain the progress of the fire. The fire was caused by a power line transformer that exploded just north of I20 and North Judge Ely Blvd.

power outages and encouraged students and faculty to call the ACU Police Department if they have any questions. He reminded the student body that a large number of people on campus are not enrolled in ACU ALERT and are not benefitting from the updates sent out through that system.

“I think this is another good reminder that everyone needs to register with ACU ALERT,” Ellison said. “It’s free, it’s easy and it ensures that you get emergency information.” contact cox at mkc09b@acu.edu

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ACU takes No. 1 spot in U.S. News region rankings Samantha Sutherland features editor ACU commanded attention in this year’s U.S. News and World Report rankings which recognized it as the number one “Up-andComing” university in the western region. The award is determined through a survey conducted each year of the president, provost and chief enroll-

ment officer at each university in the western region. ACU was the most selected university for the ranking out of 160 schools on the list, said Kevin Roberts, chief planning and information officer at ACU. ACU has won this award three of the past four years in the No. 1 spot, said Grant Rampy, director of public relations. “‘Up-a nd-Com i ng ’ implies that the school

has suddenly risen, and there’s something in it that points to a rising above, Rampy said. “But if you look at it in terms of them asking the top folks running schools, ‘Hey, who do you hear about?’ and they keep saying ACU, it shows that we keep hovering in this very talked-about level.” There are two known extremes of schools, Roberts said. Some, like

Stanford, are notorious, while others struggle to keep their doors open. Between those extremes are schools people begin to notice more and more, which is what the “Up-and-Coming” award recognizes. These are schools that will be a force to be reckoned with. ACU also moved up in ranking to the 17th spot from 19th on the U.S. and World Report scale of the

best schools with masters institutions in the Western region, a remarkable feat, Roberts said. “A movement of two places doesn’t sound like much, but that’s more than any school in the country in any of the regions,” Roberts said. “That movement is really unheard of.” U.S. and World Reports uses an algorithm that weighs different factors

more heavily than others, including alumni giving and class size, and analyzes all the schools within the same scale category, Roberts said. “Given the number and breadth of things they ask in the 300 question survey, they can probably capture the full essence of what a university is like,” Roberts said. “It’s at least an objective way to rank order of universities, and continuing to move see ranking page 4

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2 p.m. ACU Women’s soccer at Eastern New Mexico

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1 p.m. Freshman Follies

Sunday

2 p.m. ACU volleyball vs. Eastern New Mexico

6 p.m. Entra a La Plaza at the Hunter Welcome Center Pavillion

3:15 p.m. Freshman Follies

8 p.m. Freshman Follies in Cullen Auditorium

6 p.m. ACU football vs. Angelo State

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1:30 p.m. ACU Women’s soccer at West Texas A&M 5 p.m. Homecoming Queen nominations online

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11 a.m. Randy Harris in Moody Coliseum 5 p.m. Homecoming Queen nominations online

8 p.m. Freshman Follies

announcements A Tailgate Party will take place in the Bean from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Sept. 24 to celebrate ACU football’s first home game. There will be food, entertainment, games and giveaways. Participants are encouraged to wear purple. Homecoming Queen nominations will be taken online Sept. 23 - Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. For more information visit www.acu.edu/queen. An interest meeting for Leadership Summit, a January short course, will take place Sept. 28

chapel checkup at 11 a.m. in COBA 301. Lead- northwest entrance of the ership Summit will take place Rec Center. To make mediJan. 3-9 in Frontier Ranch, CO. cal appointments call 6742625. To make counseling Women for ACU will host a appointments call 674-2626. luncheon on Sept. 29 at 11:30 a.m. in the North Lobby of the Leadership applications for Williams Performing Arts Cen- Spring Break Campaigns are ter. To RSVP call 829-1470. available in the lower level of the Campus Center. ApplicaThe Virtuous Sisterhood and tions can be picked up from OME will have a Financial/ 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. They can also Scholarship Event Sept. 29 at be downloaded by emailing 7 p.m. in the Onstead Packer acusbc@gmail.com. Biblical Studies Room 114. ACU Upward Bound is now The Medical & Counseling hiring tutors to serve the stuCare Center is located in the dents of AISD. Contact the Ac-

ademic Development Adviser at 325-674-2514 or visit the office located in the Brown Library. Tutors will be paid. For more information visit www. acu.edu/upward_bound. Flu shots will be available in the Medial & Counseling Care Center for $15. Makeover Mondays will take place in the Campus Store every Monday from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Students can stop by to try new beauty products or consult with the staff members.

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Police Log The ACU Police Department did not provide the Police Log this week because of technical difficulties. Police Tip of the Week: Remember that ACU ALERT is how ACU communicates emergency information. The service is free and enrollment is easy. You can enroll via acu.edu/acualert or via text message. Simple text “acualert” to 79516, then reply yes when asked if you wish to enroll into ACU ALERT.

Weekly Stats for Sept. 13 - Sept. 20, 2011 911 Call - 1 Abandoned Vehicle - 3 Accident - 1 Administrative Activity - 2 Animal Call - 1 Alarm - 3 Assist - 2 Attempt to Locate - 1 Bicycle Patrol - 2 Building Lock/Unlock - 8 Check Building - 17

Disturbance - 4 Domestic Disturbance - 2 Hit & Run - 1 Investigation Follow Up - 5 Lost Property - 1 Loitering - 1 Medical Emergency - 1 Maintenance University Assets - 1 Monitor Faculty Lot - 1 Motorist Assist - 27 Noise Violation - 3

Other - 5 Parking Violations - 7 Patrol Vehicle - 4 Patrol Vehicle: Refuel - 7 Public Service - 1 Report Writing - 3 Suspicious Activity - 6 Theft - 2 Traffic Hazard- 3 Trespasser - 1 Wrecker Service - 1

Volunteer Opp0rtunities Volunteers are needed for Balloon Fest, the annual hot air balloon festival sponsored by Optimist Club Unlimited of Abilene. The festival will take place Sept. 23 - Sept. 25. Hours are from 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. The event will take place at Redbud Park, S. 32nd and Buffalo Gap Road (behind Southern Hills Church of Christ). Sept. 23-24 volunteers will sell tickets, food, drinks and t-shirts, work in the various booths, etc. On Sept. 25 help is needed to take everything down and pack up items. Contact Pat YoungBaack at 325-668-3224 or email Pyoung@ag.tamu.edu. 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. 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 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.

sary. Contact Stacia Ellison at 325-668-2062 and leave a message or email stacia.ellison@dads.state.tx.us.

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 a training session Sept. 27 at 2:30 p.m. Allow two hours for training session. Contact Beth Byerly at 325-660-3465 or email herocoord@netzero.com for more information.

The Oakridge Church of Christ is looking for volunteers to pass out flyers to their neighbors on Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. to spread the word about their Trunk-Or-Treat. Volunteers will meet at the church building located at 3250 Beltway South for coffee and hot chocolate. Heph’s Burgers will provide lunch. The church is also looking for volunteers to help with Trunk-Or-Treat on Oct. 29 from 6 - 9 p.m. at the church building located at 3250 Beltway South. Volunteers will help with setting up booths, running the booths, face painting, and games for the kids. To help with either event contact Emerald Lemmons at 325-370-1327 or email emeraldlemmons@gmail.com.

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. The AISD Early Childhood Program needs volunteers to work in the children’s area Oct. 13 from 3:30 p.m. - 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. Volunteers are needed to help the Abilene Volunteer Weatherzation Program on Oct. 22 from 8 or 9 a.m. 1 p.m. The group winterizes homes of 40 -50 elderly, disabled, or low income families. Many tasks are associated with this project. No experience is neces-

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. 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.


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Hispanos Unidos to celebrate anniversary “This is going to be the greatest event we have had staff photographer in years.” Entra a la Plaza will be Hispanos Unidos kicks off take place Friday from 6-9 the year with its annual En- p.m. in front of the Hunter tra a la Plaza event for its Welcome Center. The event will feature a DJ, a maria20th anniversary. Dr. Pat Hernandez and chi band, Mexican dancers Bob Gomez founded His- and more. Hispanos Unidos is a panos Unidos in 1991. Hispanos Unidos will big part of ACU’s Mexican, work to make it’s sixth Entra Hispanic and Latino coma la Plaza special, said Elroy munity on campus, said its Johnson, senior marketing new president, Catherine major and events coordinator Narvaez, junior sociology for the office of multicultural major from San Antonio. Entra a la Plaza is an extenenrichment from Frisco. “It’s going to be bigger tion of that, Johnson said. “Entra a la Plaza is a great than ever,” Johnson said.

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way to portray or showcase Hispanic heritage month and to get the university and community involved with ACU’s diversity,” Johnson said. David Salinas, junior physical therapy major from San Antonio, said Entra a la Plaza was a meaningful celebration for him. “This event makes me feel proud to be Hispanic at ACU,” Salinas said. Last year Entra a la Plaza had an attendance of about 200-300. This year Hispanos Unidos expects around 600 participants, including prospective students and alumni, Narvaez said. John-

social clubs

New pledges to begin with Bid Night zane goggans student reporter ACU sophomores and other students will partake in the late-night procedures of Bid Night to pledge their respective social clubs Friday. Every fall at ACU, those with at least sophomore hours who wish to pledge a certain social club must undergo activities and events set up by the club in order to join. Bid Night is the beginning of the pledging process, which lasts five weeks. These activities are usually shrouded in mystery in order to uphold the traditions of the social clubs. Many of the social clubs have routinely practiced the same activities for many years. “All I can tell you is that the traditions that we do go back decades,” said Cody Bowden, president of Trojans. “We don’t talk about it unless you’re a Trojan.” Bowden, senior infor-

Rushing is such a hectic process, you gotta be yourself on steroids to make a first impression.” samantha stein sophomore accounting major from georgetown

mation systems major from Crowley, said the activities the Trojan-hopefuls will undergo are to help them bond with each other and with the current members of the club. Bowden said Trojans is a brotherhood that is focused on relationships and unity across campus and off campus. Trojans currently has 40 members and will offer 52 bids this year, said Bowden. He said he expects about 45 to 50 students to actually follow through with pledging, saying that some drop out during the process. The new members will double the size of the club this semester. “It’s going to be a big change, but it’s a change

that we want,” Bowden said. “Quantity is not the deciding factor for us; it’s quality.” Samantha Stein, sophomore accounting major from Georgetown, is planning on pledging Alpha Kai Omega. She recalls seeing Alpha Kai members dressed up in “funky” costumes around this time last year. “[Rushing] is such a hectic process, you have got to be yourself on steroids to make a first impression,” Stein said. “It’s kind of intimidating.” Stein is both eager and anxious for tonight’s looming pledging events, not knowing what to expect. “I think [tonight] is going to be crazy, and it’s going to be super tiring for sure,” Stein said. “I’m going to make sure I drink a whole pot of coffee.”

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son said the club chose to break with tradition by having the event in the Hunter Welcome Center rather than outdoors to give the event more of a “plaza feel.” Hispanos Unidos intends to conduct more events around the Abilene community than just Entra a la Plaza, Narvaez said. “I want to see the group expand into a bigger organization,” Narvaez said. Narvaez said she is very proud of her leadership team and plans on bettering her team by spreading to the Hispanic leadership council in Abilene. Hispanos Unidos

has a big job ahead of it, but with the help of Narvaez, Johnson and the leadership team, it will be in good hands, Johnson said. “They are doing a tremendous job,” Johnson said. Students interested in Hispanos Unidos can meet

its members Thursday at their special combined chapel with the Black Students Association and International Student’s Association. contact hagood at dah09a@acu.edu


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Student’s association

SA talks accountability for new members farron salley news anchor Members of the Student’s Association were reminded of their duties and warned of potential consequences of neglect at Wednesday’s meeting. After an overwhelming vote to grant $1,000 to the Student Dietic Association, SA president Connor Best addressed Congress

about committees, office hours and the possibilities of impeachment. “Any work you’re doing for SA will count,” Best said to Congress while explaining the policy. Class officers are required to work for one hour per week while academic building and residential hall representatives are required to work 30 minutes per week. If an officer or representative fails to meet the designat-

ed amount of hours worked for four weeks, or misses four meetings, they then become eligible for impeachment. Furthermore, any combination for lacking the two components can result in the degrading eligibility. Although a system of logging hours through a Google document was originally proposed, it was reversed by vice president Julianne Hart. She said, “I think it’s important you all

are in the habit of coming down [to the SA office].” SA then distributed money to students in need asked its members to sign up to serve on a committee in Congress. The external committee lead by the president, handles large-scale projects such as support of the TOMS event last year. The internal committee lead by the vice president focuses more directly with student life on issues such

as chalk and dance policy. The finance committee lead by the treasurer handles the appropriations fund worth $5,000 this semester. A cap of 16 members was placed on each committee and a full list of which members requested to serve on each committee can be found online at acuoptimist.com. contact salley at fls08a@acu.edu

There were several representatives that did not attend the meeting. The names are as follows:

Marc Gutierrez WPAC Rep Raul Garcia McKenzie Rep Christopher Sisk COBA Rep Diamond Cobb COBA Rep

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Family PreWeekend awaits prospective students David Singer arts editor Wildcat families will flock to campus this weekend for ACU’s Family Weekend. The annual event, which runs Friday and Saturday, includes a variety of events and a chance for freshmen to invite their parents to campus, said Hailey

Thompson, junior advertising/public relations major from Allen. Her parents visited her on campus at a past Family Weekend. “I remember it was really special because it was the first time I had gotten to see them since I had left home,” said Thompson. “It was nice to get a mom hug and have them treat me to supper and just spend

time with them.” Students and their parents have many choices for exciting events around campus. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Office of Multicultural Enrichment is sponsoring Entra la Plaza, which brings food, music and entertainment from Latin culture all the way to the Hunter Welcome Center. The feature event of the

weekend is Freshman Follies. Some of ACU’s newest students will host a musical variety show similar to Sing Song. Students and parents alike will have four chances to catch the performance with shows on Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m., 3:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Family Weekend also coincides with one of ACU’s biggest visit weekends for

prospective students. Visiting students and parents will have multiple chances to take campus tours and will also take part in departmental meetings, special interest sessions and dorm open houses. The Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center and Digital Learning Studio will be open to the public to allow prospective students to preview all of the oppor-

tunities available. Wildcat sports round out the weekend. The volleyball team battles Eastern New Mexico in Moody Stadium and a tailgate party will lead into the football teams home game against Angelo State at Shotwell Stadium. contact singer at dis08b@acu.edu

JMC Network

JMC continues fundraising for Marler endowment Christianna lewis copy editor

The technological needs of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications were not pressing when Dr. Charles Marler began working there in 1974. “As of the late 70s all you needed to have to go into print was a typewriter,” Marler said. “Nowadays you have to have the tools.” When Marler, professor emeritus of journalism and mass communication and senior faculty member,

became chair of the department in 1987, he struggled to keep the journalism program in step with emerging technology. “One of my biggest problems every year was not having enough money beyond budget and fees for upgrading technology,” Marler said. Although he is no longer chair of the department, Marler is still working to keep JMC students equipped with the learning tools they need to be prepared for the modern world of convergence journalism. The Charlie and Peggy

Marler Endowment was approved a few years ago in honor of Marler’s contributions to the university, said Dr. Cheryl Mann Bacon, chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication. Marler chose for the endowment to go towards funding the purchase or repair of the JMC department’s technology outside of the university budget. The university has budgeted that the JMC department be resupplied with hardware and software every three or four years, Marler said. If a computer or camera

dies in year three of that cycle, the Marler Endowment can be a fall-back supply for the department to use. Although the endowment has been established for a few years, the JMC department has only begun to promote it within the past year, Bacon said. The department has also begun raising money for the JMC HD project, a $500,000 initiative to convert the JMC studio camera’s and televisions to high definition. Now is an ideal time for the department to make this update, Bacon said. Broadcast and cable TV, as well as

many internet sites, have moved to HD, and the price of HD products has also dropped drastically. The JMC department was urged by a visiting committee comprising valued advisors of the department to make this upgrade, Bacon said. A studio enhanced with HD equipment would benefit all students in the JMC department, Bacon said. Whether a student is studying convergence or broadcast journalism, public relations or multimedia, he or she will benefit from having experience in the most upto-date equipment and soft-

ware. Preparation for today’s world of mass communication is the goal of the JMC department, she said. We’re committed to a convergence media education,” Bacon said “We know that to be able to keep up with our competition we need to make the appropriate upgrades.” Bacon said the JMC HD project does not have a target date set for completion, but the JMC department is having productive conversations with potential donors. contact lewis at cll09a@acu.edu

university

Ranking: ACU top up-and-coming in West continued from page 1 full essence of what a university is like,” Roberts said. “It’s at least an objective way to rank order of universities, and continuing to move up in that is something we’re proud of and want to continue to try and do.” In the past several years, ACU has become more and more prominent in many of places: the press, newspapers, magazines, publications by faculty, presentations and more. Some of it has to do with mobile learning, Roberts said, but the publicity is not limited to that. There are a number of accomplishments that are coming together that are not limited to iPhones or success on the football field, and the recognition is a combination of all of these things. Roberts said he was proud of what the univer-

sity is accomplishing. “I think for a long time our combination of southern gentility and Christian ethos made us sound like we were just some little old school in West Texas,” Roberts said. “The reality is, it’s not true. We’re a nationally, globally competent, qualified university… We really are one of the only places in the world with the intersection of faith and scholarship that we have here.” Out of a list of 1,600 schools that included Harvard and Princeton, ACU and 17 others were recognized as having an outstanding freshman experience. Roberts said he sometimes found it almost difficult to believe how well ACU compares with other schools, but the evidence from third parties was very encouraging. “You start to see some of this coming out in

national recognition ,and you see that we are the best there is when it comes to this ‘Up-andComing’ piece and that we were one of the 18 schools that had the best first year experience,” Roberts said. ACU was also ranked third in the western region in regards to Best Undergraduate Teaching. The other two on that list were Trinity University and Santa Clara University, which are great universities, Roberts said. “I want students, faculty, and staff to recognize how special what we have here is,” Roberts said. “This familiarity sometimes makes it hard for us to see that, but what we have is really unique, it’s really special and it’s not the same kind of education you can get at any other school.” contact sutherland at sns08a@acu.edu

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ABOVE: Dora, the focus of the film, recieved cataract surgery to replace her vision. RIGHT: A Zambian village gathers around their radio to listen to 90.5, a station set up by Zambia Mission. BELOW LEFT: Massingill, director of the film, does most of her work as a photographer. BELOW MIDDLE: Austin Siabenzu, the station’s DJ, also leads a program called “Hello Patient” which allows hospital patients to contact their villages. BELOW RIGHT: K.B. Massingill, co-director of Zambia Missions, speaks at the radio tower’s opening ceremony. BOTTOM: Dora sees for the first time after receiving cataract surgery. Courtesy of jessalyn massingill

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Double vision Massingill’s film of both sight and the future david singer arts editor After spending a full month in Zambia, Jessalyn Massingill set out on the task of condensing hundreds of hours of raw footage into a 35 minute film documenting the positive impact Zambia Mission

has had on the country. Massingil, a former ACU student from Abilene, has spent 14 of the last 15 summers in Africa with Zambia Mission, an organization co-directed by her father, K.B. Massingill. Her film Nawona: The Way You See premiered at The Paramount on Sat-

urday night to a crowd of nearly 600. “It has been a year and a half process,”Massingill said. “I knew before hand that I didn’t want to make a regular documentary.” Massingill said the film was about vision – both literally and physically. The film simultaneously follows

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a Zambian woman gaining eyesight through cataract surgery and the opening of a local radio station that brought the community into global communication. Both of these stories could not have been possible without work from Zambia Mission. The organization has been working for years to help provide educational and health services to Zambia. The medical sector has been operating for 17 years. What started as a team of 11 that served 500 patients has grown tremendously. This year the mission provided more than 16,000 Zambians with medical, dental and ocular services with their team of 120. Ellie Hamby, an Abilene resident, serves as co-director of the medical sector. She has been traveling to Zambia

on mission work for 32 years and spent six years living in the country. “I think the goal of the organization is to show the love of Jesus by reaching out to the needs of other people,” Hamby said. Through medicine drives, local service projects and mission work in Zambia, the organization has been able to erect a hospital with in Zambia as well as a radio station which helps to pass information between villages. “I love the people,” Hamby said. “We are touching the untouched and they are so receptive and appreciative.” Hamby was present at Saturday’s event and saw Massingill’s film. “I thought it was wonderful,” Hamby said. “Jessalyn is passionate about [the cause] and you could tell from that film.”

Saturday not only included the premiere of Nawona but also food, an auction, door prizes and a great chance to learn about the organization and its plans for the future. “I was happy with the turnout,” Massingill said. “That was partly because I just let go and knew that even if 10 people showed up then that is how the film would make its impact.” Presently, Massingill has no intent for any subsequent films. “I don’t have a plan for the future,” she said. “I had a plan and it ended Saturday night.”

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zambia mission’s history traces back to the 1920’s during church of christ mission trips to what was then northern rhodesia. the organization has grown over the years to include a variety of medical and educational services. All these things are made possible through fundraising, donations and volunteers. to find out how you can help, visit www.zambiamission.org

Why we can wear white in winter Lauren Fink contributing reporter Fall has arrived, but that doesn’t mean you have to eliminate white

from your wardrobe this season. So ignore grandma’s advice that you should keep it out of your closet until Memorial Day. For centuries, white has been worn in the summer as a way to keep cool. Darker clothing absorbs heat while white clothing tends to be of a lighter material. This trend came more out of

function than fashion and soon turned white into the color of summer. Marking the end of summer, Labor Day became a time to show a change in seasons with a change in wardrobes. In the 1950’s, this tradition became a rule. Panty hose, kitten heels and other trends of the era haven’t remained, so why are we still banishing

white after Labor Day? The fashion legend, Coco Chanel, made white a year round staple in the 1920’s. Trends she began influence every designer and have yet to go out of style. We should listen to Coco, not our grandmothers. Runway shows for fall 2011 featured many white and pale neutrals for this season. Designers like Valentino, Alexander Wang

and Theory had very pale collections that included colors like whites, creams and greys. Even from the conservative side, J. Crew’s latest catalog featured a model in a white cable knit sweater and white cords paired with black accessories . So when it comes to fahion, ignore grandma. So go for that white winter coat or wear those white

skinny jeans you spent all summer looking for with a bulky sweater and riding boots. Pair your white with navy and your pale and dark neutrals with neon, like citrus or aquamarine. But beware, you still must have a fall mind set. So leave those white linen pants at home. contact fink at lmf09a@acu.edu


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Editorial

Crimes show need for caution Safety is not enough of a concern for many Abilene residents. In fact, it almost never crosses our minds. We live in Abilene, after all, the shiny brass buckle of Bible Belt, America. Small town feel, three Christian universities – most would think we live in one of the safest environments. This is where a problem occurs. Sure, we live in a “Christian bubble,” but we are definitely not in a crime-free zone. Bad things still happen, even in the smallest of towns. On Aug. 29 and Sept. 5, 2011, two rapes were reported. Both victims were

alone in the Abilene Mall parking lot, late into the night. The Abilene Police Department continues to work toward catching the perpetrator(s). Initially, they formed a undercover operation. They later assigned uniformed officers to the mall parking lot during nighttime hours. Obviously, crime cannot be avoided altogether. No matter what efforts the police may make, violence will take place. Nevertheless, it is important to recognize that average citizens can and should take preventative measures. Here are a few safety tips that could help keep you out of harm’s way.

1) Don’t try to be the hero. We all have a plan of action if someone were to attack us. We would jab them with our car keys and kick them while they groan and moan in pain on the ground. Instead of sticking around, though, it would be so much smarter to run. Don’t try to win the battle by fighting to the death. 2) Stay away from potentially dangerous situations. Sure, some situations are not obviously dangerous. But walking the Lunsford trail by yourself at midnight is obviously dangerous. Going out alone at 3 a.m. is

obviously dangerous. Removing oneself from situations like these is always the best option. 3) Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If it’s nighttime and you have to trek through a dark, vacant parking lot to reach your car – call a security guard to escort you. From experience, we know this is can be embarrassing or even somewhat annoying. But it definitely is comforting knowing you have a form of protection. 4) Be aware of your surroundings. We walk in and out of stores with our eyes glued to our cell phones. We dig for our keys while standing beside our cars,

Oh Dear, Christian College

Ben miller

the issue Recent crimes demonstrate that even a cozy little town like Abilene isn’t as safe as it seems.

our take Students should be aware of the risks they are exposed to and take steps to minimize them.

rather than having them out and ready to go before stepping foot outside. While doing this, we tend to forget where we are. We must remember that while in public places, such as malls, parks and parking lots, there are or may be people around. Pay attention to who and what is around you at all times. The assaults that took

place last month should remind us that despite how safe the Abilene community is, we are still at risk to be victims of crime. A few small changes to attitude and behavior can reduce that risk, and it is worth it. contact the optimist at jmcnetwork@acu.edu

column

Perks and pitfalls of the only child Farron height

Farron Salley

I’ve always been a little envious of my friends who battle in the family wars of sibling rivalry. Growing up as the only child and the only grandchild of the family has it’s perks, but many are unaware of the equally large pitfalls that go along with the territory. Christmas was nice no matter how good or bad I was. Whenever I wanted to tell a joke, the whole room was all eyes and ears – which should have been a red alert because I’ve never been very funny. Don’t get me wrong, I love to be the center of attention, but as I got older I wished some of the spotlight haloing around me ter when you visit people, could just wear a suit and would dim. and visiting people is a tie like any normal perAs the only child, the lot better when there’s son...) And this is most im- pressure is all on you. oh dear, christian college Ben Miller food. You may even learn portant: Halloween is on a Parents are like sharks. I how to cook something school day for the first time could never give my mom for yourself, which I hear in several years. Don’t let the privilege of putting an is an important skill after it pass you by. Don’t let any “honor child” sticker on university living. So find of this pass you by. the bumper so I had to College is a unique time place before Netf lix and a griddle and make panother ways to supply Don’t waste the few find of life. It may be the best Facebook; people just cakes in the dorm lobby. her with good material for precious years when conversation. time of our lives, and pulled more pranks. This Maybe you could just inis the only time in your vite someone over for cewe’re living it right now. you’re old enough to Since I would never Someday far in the fu- life you have such free- real. Just make sure you make the Whiz Quiz team, plot great things, yet my next stop for celebrity ture we’ll hear a song on dom, such immunity. know where to find bacon the radio or see some pic- Don’t waste the few pre- in Walmart by the end of young enough to be status was to take the athture reminiscent of these cious years when you’re college. The good memoletic route. easily forgiven.” Then again, how much brief years. It will bring old enough to plot great ries that have stuck with smiles, perhaps tears, or things, yet young enough me from previous years can you gain from playing maybe just a warm feeling to be easily forgiven. Work usually involve food, so sports against your furby? to our hearts. The college as a group. Plan things go make some. The first time I tried to play years are truly a rare and with your friends. Know soccer, I lifted for the bigprecious opportunity, yet where your professors of- Dress how you want gest kick my stubby little Seriously, however the how often do we appreci- fices are. Find how cheap legs could handle. Not only College is a time of great did I miss the ball comate them while they pass? you can buy miniature heck you want. You won’t And so, for our collective army men online. Always have this freedom in the freedom. It’s probably the pletely, but still managed benefit, I shall here de- look for unlocked doors, business world. This is only time you can put on a to fall and stain my khaki scribe a small selection of and never forget the in- your chance – your chance swimsuit and ride around pleated skort with grass. I to grow a beard worthy of town in a pickup bed full was semi-decent in basketmany ways to make your herent hilarity of Jell-O. legends. Your chance to of water. So get your work ball and track, but that all college experience all it tie-dye socks. Your chance done and enjoy the time ended when the other girls Dine with friends can be. Even if it’s just frozen to make cardboard ar- to make memories. hit a growth spurt and my pizza, get together and mor. Your chance to pilPull more pranks legs weren’t longer. Truly, our generation attempt to survive with- lage goodwill for anything Well, now what? By this contact miller at falls behind here. The out campus dinning for a with stripes. Look on eBay point, I was in middle school bwm07a@acu.edu world was not a boring night. College is a lot bet- for hats—or capes. (Or you and not exactly as cute as I

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College: you’re in it now, kid

once was, but my mom still wanted to invite a clown to my twelfth birthday party. She did, by the way. I had no choice but to accept that I would always be treated a few years younger than I was, but the expectations were for someone a few years older.

Whenever I wanted to tell a joke, the whole room was all eyes and ears – which should have been a red alert because I’ve never been very funny.”

My mom wanted me to look at which AP high school classes I would want to take when I entered middle school. She wanted me to start planning for college when I went to high school – she probably should’ve prepared more on the financial end for that. Oh well, I’ll leave sibling rivalries to those who actually have siblings. Competing with someone who has the same genes as you is one thing, trying to match the rest of the world is another. Being the only child made me a more self-reflective person, whether I use that ability to make better judgment calls is another story. And if nothing else, I’m the biggest people person you’ll ever meet.

contact salley at fls08a@acu.edu

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Power outage in the #ACU library. Whose more angry about this, people who lost their unsaved work or the people waiting in line @starbucks?

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The power goes out in class and my teacher didn’t know how to teach without the PowerPoint. #technology @ overheardACU

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Rushing is...absolutely fabulous. But in a neverwanttogothroughthatagain kinda way. #ACU

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(freshman girl standing in front of Foster science building) “Idk how to get back to Gardner from here” @overheardACU

Apparently a Transformer malfunctioned, causing the power outage on campus. All of our problems can be traced back to Michael Bay #ACU

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FRIDAY 09.23.11

Angelo St. (3-0) vs.#10 ACU (1-1) Game Preview

Offense

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ACU

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ACU

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ACU

Despite the loss and low score last week against North Alabama, the ’Cats offense actually fared well. Mitchell Gale threw for 390 yards and the rushing attack hit the century mark against a very good Lion defense.

Take away the first 10 minutes of the first quarter against the Lions and the defense was spectacular. The final touchdown for the Lions came from a fumble recovery and the ACU D even blocked a field goal.

The ACU/ASU rivalry is a much bigger deal for the Rams than it is for the ’Cats. With wins against the Rams lately, this has become just another LSC contest although the proximity of the schools lend itself to a rivalry.

Last week the ACU’s offense couldn’t get out of its own way with penalties and turnovers. This week however, the Wildcats will be playing in a familiar venue against a familiar foe. Angelo has always struggled against ACU and hasn’t beaten the ’Cats since Coach T’s reign started. With receiver Jamaine Sherman starting to learn the offense, it opens up a deep threat for Gale, something that has been lacking so far this year.

The defense is again all it is cracked up to be. With Whiteside seemlingly able to play any position on the defensive line, the Wildcats are a force. Angelo State might be 3-0, but they have a first-year coach and a first-year quarterback who have yet to face a presence like Whiteside. The Rams will still put up some points, but don’t expect it to be a lot.

The only problem that Angelo St. might present against ACU is newness. ACU has seen Josh Neiswander under center for the Rams in the three of the last four seasons. This year it will be Blake Hamblin quarterbacking while rookie head coach Will Wagner calls the shots. Previously an assitant at Northwest Missouri, Wagner is familiar with ACU and will bring that knowledge to the table on Saturday.

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It’s is tough being 1-1 after losing a game that appeared winnable. I think that Coach T, Gale and the ’Cats will be hungry for revenge and what better team to take it out on than the Angelo State Rams. In front of a home crowd under the West Texas night sky, ACU will not disappoint. The stars will be out and will shine brightly on Shotwell.

Penalties, turnovers, and disappointment were the overriding themes of last week’s game, and all are things that derive from a lack of focus and mental stability. Expect those issues to be fixed and the Wildcats to make a statement against an Angelo State team that is feeling good at 3-0. ASU has always struggled against ACU, and expect no less at ACU’s home opener.

ACU is looking for a jumpstart against Angelo State after losing to North Alabama. The Wildcats need a game where they perform well from start to finish. I believe the team will do that at Shotwell Stadium. Despite the Rams coming into this game undefeated, ASU hasn’t played a formidable opponent like the ‘Cats. Expect ACU to score early and often.

The number of turnovers and penalties in last Saturday’s last game suggest that the ‘Cats defeated themselves in a such a close match-up. After losing to UNA, the ACU will return to the field eager to correct these mistakes. The Rams come into this game 3-0, but they have yet to play a team with the skills and potential that the Wildcats have.

Even though several Wildcat drives stalled against North Alabama, the ‘Cats still managed to put up over 490 total yards while holding the Lions to only seven second-half points. If ACU can cut down on mental errors and become a more consistent team, then they should be able to come away with an easy win against Angelo State.

After a tough loss against North Alabama, ACU will come out ready to make a good showing against Anglo State. It is going to be a bad day to be playing for the Rams, who will be going on the road to face a talented team looking to assert their dominance over a LSC foe. This home opener will probably turn into a rout.

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soccer

Road: ’Cats ready for storied rivalry from page 8 The team is paced by Paola Loya, who leads the team in assists and goals. She, along with four others, share the team lead with two goals apiece. The Zias average 1.57 goals per game while only giving up 0.86. The team averages over 3 corner kicks per contest as well. “We have to come out hard against them and hope they are not riding the momentum train,” Carpenter said. “If they are, we need to stop it quick with our style of play.” Head Coach Casey Wilson said the team needs to play its game to come

out on top. “We cannot let them dictate the pace of the game. We need to establish our playing style and have them cater to us,” Wilson said. “They are a very good team and have the talent to give any team it plays a fit.” The Lady Buffs (4-3,12) come into the game after a 3-1 over Texas Woman’s last Sunday. Forward Leslie Briggs leads their offense, as she has six goals and two assists on the season. Depth also is a strong suite for the Lady Buffs, as nine players have scored goals this season. WT averages 2.43 goals per game, while only al-

lowing 1.14 against them. “West Texas is solid all around. They are a super aggressive team who likes to play a fast paced game,” Wilson said. “We need to dictate the pace and have them play our style and not the other way around.” Buschman said the key to stopping the WT offense is working as a unit. “We are going to have to work together on defense to hold off their quick players,” she said. ACU averages 2.67 goals per game and only allows 0.67 against them. Junior forward Krysta Grimm leads the Wildcats with five goals and 13 points, and Carpenter is a close second to her

volleyball

Home: Team hopes “Black Out” and home crowd will provide motivatation from page 8 playing away from home and have played only one match in Moody (1-0). Borger is ecstatic to finally have a couple of home games slated on the schedule. “I’m so happy to be playing in front of a home crowd,” Borger said. “It’s always a breath of fresh air to play in front of our fans and get that extra confidence boost.” Eastern New Mexico is 3-10 overall with only one win against conference teams (1-5). The Zias beat Texas A&M University-Kingsville in the West Texas A&M Tournament in Canyon. ENMU’s other two wins were versus Adams State College and Oklahoma Panhandle State University. The Wildcats defeated the Zias in one clash last season 3-2. ACU ranks, as a team, among the top five squads

in the conference in hitting percentage (4th, .200), kills (4th, 12.92), and assists (4th, 12.08). Hutt leads the LSC individually in kills (4.75 per set) and in points with 5.17 per set. Haley Rhoads ranks fourth in assists per set with 9.93. ENMU ranks last in the LSC in hitting percentage (.079), assists (8.78 per set), and kills (10.04).

For regular-season home volleyball games, students, faculty and staff can get into Moody Coliseum free of admission with a valid university-issued ID card. Children ages 12 and under can also be let in for free. Adult general admission tickets are $5. contact isaacs at jei08a@acu.edu

with four goals and nine points on the season. The Wildcats rank first in the Lone Star

Conference in five major offensive categories, but its defense has been dynamite too, causing

three shutouts already. contact shake at bxs09a@acu.edu


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Golf

Depth paces ACU to second place natalie GOin sports reporter

The Abilene Christian golf team competed in the Dornick Hills Classic in Ardmore, Okla. the past two days, battling once again against Central Oklahoma, and finished the tournament with a second place finish. Both teams are ranked very highly among the Division II teams, and their constant fight to the top remains the theme of each tournament this season. After Monday’s rounds, the Wildcats staked their claim to second place with two rounds of 293 and 293

for total of 587, while the Bronchos led the tournament with 287 and 292 for a total of 579. ACU was on top of the leaderboards after day one of the Charles Coody West Texas Intercollegiate tournament last week in Abilene. UCO shot well enough on day two to overcome the close margin. At this week’s tournament, the Bronchos kept the lead both days, pulling away 26 shots ahead of the Wildcats. Head Coach Mike Campbell said playing against good teams like UCO better prepares the Wildcats for the spring season, which paves the road to nationals.

Everything we do gets us in a better position to achieve our ultimate goal this spring.”

rankings came out with freshman Corbin Renner tied at third at 3-over-par 143, (73-70) sophomore Trey Sullivan tied for fifth mike campbell, at 5-over-par 145, (70-75) head coach, and junior Alex Carpenter acu golf team tied for 15th at 9-over-par “It’s really good experi- 149 (75-74). Despite the first ence for the younger players,” Campbell said. “Every- rounds, Carpenter showed thing we do gets us in a better up Tuesday prepared to position to achieve our ulti- come back, ultimately leading the Wildcats with mate goal this spring.” The ’Cats came in sec- a seventh place finish. He finished at 1-over-par ond behind the Bronchos, who finished at 884, beat- 71 with a total of 210 points. “I didn’t play my best on ing the third place St. Edwards team by two strokes. Monday,” said Carpenter. Arkansas-Fort Smith fell “I was able to come back on at fourth at 895, and Cam- Tuesday and play very well, and I’m very happy to finish eron in fifth at 897. Monday’s individual on top for ACU.”

Andrew Green of Central Oklahoma won the individual championship, finishing at 1-under-par 209. Corbin Renner finished tied for ninth at 221, sophomore Trey Sullivan tied for 18th at 225, and Ian Evans tied for 20th at 226. “Each tournament is a chance for our players to grow,” Campbell said. “After a great start in these past two contests, we’re looking forward to our next tournament in a couple of weeks.” The golf team will return October 10-11 at the Ryan Palmer Foundation Invitational in Amarillo, Texas. contact Goin at nsg10b@acu.edu

volleyball

’Cats determined to ignite Moody

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MSU ACU WTAMU UIW Angelo St. TAMU-K ENMU TSU Commerce

1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-1 0-1

2-0 1-1 1-1 1-2 3-0 2-1 1-2 0-3 0-2

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ASU WTAMU Cameron TSU ACU UIW TWU MSU TAMU-K

6-0 5-1 4-2 3-1 3-2 3-4 2-3 2-4 2-5

14-0 10-1 5-3 7-5 7-6 6-7 2-7 6-5 4-5

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ENMU ACU Commerce MSU ASU WTAMU UIW TWU

2-0 1-0 1-0 1-1 1-1 1-2 0-1 0-2

4-2 5-0 3-2 3-1 2-4 4-3 2-1 0-4

volleyball

Women’s Soccer

edward isaacs assistant sports editor

After having a tough threegame Lone Star Conference road trip where the Wildcat volleyball team went 1-2, the ‘Cats have returned home to play two LSC games at Moody Coliseum. The second of these two games pits ACU against Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Wildcats are attempting to end a twomatch losing streak. In the losses, ACU was the victim of consecutive five-set comebacks by the opponent (Texas Women’s University and University of the Incarnate Word). Junior Kalynne Allen feels the upcoming games are especially important for the Wildcats. “We’re excited more than anything because if we win the next two games it will be a huge confidence booster,” Allen said. “I know we’re capable of winning. There is so much talent on this team. It’s just a matter of working out the kinks.” “The last two losses have given us a determined attitude and lit a fire in several of the players,” Allen said. Sophomore Neely Borger believes the team needs to improve in several areas in order to win these two games.

briefings The ACU women’s soccer team rose to No. 8 in the nation after going 1-0-1 last weekend. The team was No. 12 last week, and continues to rewrite the record book. The Wildcats fell in striaght sets against the Lady Buffs from West Texas A&M on Thursday night in Moody. Jennie Hutt was named co-conference Offensive Player of the Week after her record breaking game against Incarnate Word last week. Lexi Stirling, ACU soccer player, was named Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week for her performances against Incarnate Word and Angelo State last weekend.

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Madelyn Robinett, sophomore outside hitter from Amarillo, listens to volleyball head coach Kellen Mock durring a team timeout. ACU fell behind in the third set against the West Texas A&M Lady Buffs at home in Moody Colesium. “Honestly, we need to start coming together as a team. The past couple of weeks we’ve been focused on individual stuff,” Borger said. “For us to improve we have to start playing together and talking more.”

Allen agreed that the ‘Cats need to finsh games better. “We’re learning to finish games. We have great skills,” Allen said. “Piecing them together is what’s missing right now.”

In ACU’s first home game on Sept. 13, the team kept Incarnate Word from mounting a comeback late in the match. Senior Jennie Hutt put on a show, as she recorded the second highest single-match kill

soccer

total in ACU history with 32. The Wildcat’s regular season record is 7-6 and the team is 3-2 in the LSC conference. The ‘Cats are 2-2 when

Bengals running back Bernard Scott was limited to only two carries for ten yards against the Denver see home page 7 Broncos. In two games this season, he has six carries for 13 yards and no touchdowns. The Bengals lost the game, 24-22.

Wildcats hope to make homecoming roadtrip a success bryson shake sports editor

destiny hagood Staff Photographer

Julie Coppedge, Amarillo native, side steps a defender in a game at the Wildcat Soccer Pitch.

Although Abilene Christian University’s Homecoming is still a few weeks away, four ACU soccer players are having their own homecoming event on the team’s road trip this weekend. The team plays Eastern New Mexico Friday at 3 p.m. in Portales, N.M. before heading to Canyon to play West Texas A&M at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Four players ­– Julie Coppedge, Brie Buschman, Andrea Carpenter and Sarah Schoch – are from the Amarillo area and call the northern Texas city home. “I am excited to play at WT because all through high school I practiced on

Chicago Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox had two receptions for 45 yards and no toudowns in the Bears second game of the season against the Saints. New Orleans won the game, 30-13.

their field, played with a lot of their players and went to their games,” Buschman, a graduate of Canyon Randall High School, said. Carpenter echoed that excitement, and mentioned how the reality of playing “at home” and the atmosphere it will bring is intriguing. “I am so excited to get to go home and have all my family and friends there to support me,” Carpenter said. “It’s going to be a great atmosphere.” But before the festivities begin in Canyon, the No. 8 Wildcats must deal with thee Zias of Eastern New Mexico. The Zias (4-2-1, 2-0-1) stand atop the Lone Star Conference standings, and are coming off a 1-0 win over Wayland Baptist.

Danieal Manning, Texans safety, had a good day against the Dolphins on Sunday, Sept. 18. He recorded two individual tackles and five assists while helping Houston get the win, 23-13.

Upcoming The volleyball team plays Eastern New Mexico University at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Moody Coliseum. Women’s soccer travels to Portales, N.M. on Friday, Sept. 23 to face Eastern New Mexico University at 3 p.m and then to Canyon to play West Texas A&M Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Football plays conference foe Angelo State at Shotwell Stadium on Saturday, see road page 7 Sept. 24 at 6 p.m.

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