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Students bring poetry to life


INSIDE NEWS Students encourage others with chalk messages Page 3

SPORTS The women’s basketball team starts practice in prepartion for their season

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NEWS The physics and engineering club looks to join a national society Page 3

OPINION The editorial board discusses what it would look if ACU shutdown like the government

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Morgan Roberson, senior exercise science major from Abilene,checks GATA pledges’ formal colors after Chapel.

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Pledge classes reach record high Rachel fritz

Students to serve on a new Maker Lab Advisory Board Page 3

SPORTS The newly formed disc golf team plays in their first championship Page 6

NEWS The first case of flu is reported on campus Page 2

OPINION The president of the Republican club shares his feelings about the government shutdown Page 4

SPORTS The sports staff predicts the outcome of the ACU vs. Pitt. State football game this Saturday Page 6

ONLINE VIDEO Watch social club pledges participate in Bid Night activities

Staff reporter This year’s pledge class has been one of the largest in ACU’s history, despite an unclear number of students who have de-pledged. As of Tuesday, a total of 392 students – 154 men and 238 women – are pledging social clubs. About 450 total students registered to pledge in mid-September. Pledging can be a daunting process, but it hasn’t broken the spirits of Flame Stephanie Jordan, sophomore multimedia major from Sumter, N.C. “It’s an interesting experience. It’s nice to get to know other people,” Jordan said. “If I didn’t think it was worth it, I wouldn’t be pledging.” The pledging process can also be strenuous for

PLEDGE CLASSES Alpha Kai Omega- 50

Frater Sodalis- 5

GATA- 56

Galaxy- 33

Ko Jo Kai- 63

Gamma Sigma Phi- 57

Sigma Theta Chi- 63

Pi Kappa- 10

Zeta Rho- 6

Sub T-16- 18 Trojans- 31

club officers. “I think this year’s pledge class is great,” said Meg Boutros, junior psychology major from Bourne and chaplain of Alpha Kai Omega. “It’s just crazy because it’s a lot bigger than previous years. But I just think it’s so great. I’m really excited.” Boutros said that despite the demanding nature of

the pledging process, the rewards it reaps make the experience worthwhile. “I would say to look at pledging in a positive way,” Boutros said. “They are probably stressed and frustrated with all the activities going on, but those are the things that made me close to some of my best friends now. I would just encourage them

to stick it out. Pledging helps build community because they go through that hard time together.” Two students have already withdrawn from the pledging process, said Mark Jackson, associate director of student organizations and programs. While students de-pledge for a number of reasons, it’s not something clubs encourage. “De-pledging can be a good thing if the student has a valid reason, like if something happens back home,” said Jackson. “It can be a bad thing because the club they accepted a bid for voted for them and wanted them in their club.” What students may not realize is that de-pledging can affect students who were not chosen to participate in the pledging process. “They may have taken the spot of someone else who re-

ally wanted to pledge,” Jackson said. “Some might say, ‘I didn’t really know the club that I chose, but that’s what rushing and teas are are all about.” There is no question that pledging is challenging, but with the right perspective and club compatibility, it can be a rewarding experience. “My advice would be to not take pledging too seriously - it’s supposed to be fun,” said Sarah Holley, junior social studies for secondary education major from Spring and chaplain for Zeta Rho. “Do your best but don’t let it stress you out. Be intentional about building relationships. Friendship is really what makes club great.”

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New classes able to fill Core requirements Eric Terrazas Student reporter More classes will be available to count for Core credit, including classes from Natural Science, Social Science, Fine Arts/Humanities and Cultural Awareness. Two faculty councils have approved new courses to meet the Core requirements. The University General Education Council and

University Undergraduate Academic Council have developed criteria for courses to be included in these fields of study. Dr. Nancy Shankle Jordan, assistant provost for general education, oversees and manages the development of Core. “The council has spent the last two years developing the criteria and reviewing courses that departments submitted for consideration

in the menus,” Jordan said. Jordan said that a major revision that has been made to the Core curriculum was due to the faculty vote in February 2012 to change the number of integrative courses from to nine hours from 12 hours, including CORE 110 and 210 as well as BCOR 310, which counts as a Bible credit. “The faculty also approved a two-hour general education elective and the

cultural awareness requirement,” Jordan said. One course that went through the revision process and was approved last month, is JMC 100 Media Issues, which will count as a social science choice. Many departments have already submitted the courses they want the council to review, but any department that wants to submit a course can still do so, Jordan said.

This revision, however, has not changed the total number of hours required for general education. “The current Core curriculum requires the same number of hours to complete as the old general education plan, 56 hours,” Jordan said.

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Phone repair store to open in McGlothlin Allison Brown staff reporter Starting Oct. 7, Phone ER will open for business to treat and repair the ACU student body’s smartphone and tablet ailments. Phone ER, the newest of four Wildcat Ventures companies, is an oncampus smartphone and tablet repair service run out of the Campus Store. Students will be able to drop off their broken

phones, tablets, or even laptops up until 3 p.m. on Mondays at the Campus Store’s technology counter, and within 24 hours later, their devices will be available for pick up. Because the Phone ER is partnering with the Campus Store, repairs will be charged directly to student accounts. Whether it’s a cracked screen, broken home button, or the infamous water damage, students now have the opportunity to have their phones fixed

at reasonable prices right here on campus. This completely student-led, student-run company offers competitive prices in the phone repair market, with repairs of equal professional quality. Any component on the iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy or Android phone will be able to be repaired by Phone ER’s service technicians. Brandon Avedikian, Masters of Accounting student, is the vice president of Wildcat Ventures.

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“In addition to its great accessibility and affordability to students, the Phone ER will provide 90-day warranties on each repaired product,” Avedikian said. Cade Isham, Masters of Accounting student and CEO of Phone ER, said, “We’re all college students here, and not everyone has cash just right off the top. This is giving students and opportunity to fix phones on campus with no hassle. It is something that

needs to be here.” With ACU being such technology-driven campus, Islam said Phone ER’s services to the student body will be a great asset to the owners of broken or damaged mobile devices. For more information on drop-off, prices, or any other questions, email

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4 p.m. Soccer vs. Central Arkansas University


8 p.m. ACU Swing Cats Fall Stomp



1 p.m. Volleyball vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi


1 p.m. Soccer vs. Oral Roberts


2 p.m. Football at Pittsburg State University

2 p.m. Career Center Employer Information Session 8 p.m. Guest Artist Concert-Matthew Sintchak and Cheryl Lemmons

8 p.m. Jazz Ensemble featuring Swing Dance Concert


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The Crossing Cafe, located on the first floor of the Business Building, is now open. Business hours are 7:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. MondayFriday. They serve breakfast burritos, kolaches, hot coffee and an assortment of snacks and drinks. COBA is hosting a study abroad trip in Costa Rica, Honduras and Nicaragua with Jarrod Brown, the founder of Mission Lazarus on Jul. 27-Aug. 10. For more information, email the Griggs Center at

The Career Center is hosting a Linked-In Headshot Photo Booth 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sept. 23, Oct. 16 and Nov. 5 in the Campus Center. Students can recieve help setting up LinkedIn profiles at booth. The ACU Fishing Club is conducting the 1st Annual Bank Fishing Tournament from 5-10 p.m. on Oct. 11 at Lake Fort Phantom. A prize will go to the contestant that catches the biggest catfish. Open to members, nonmembers, faculty and staff. For more information, contact Jackson Conway at

The ACU Swing Cats host their annual Fall Stomp event, featuring the ACU Jazz Band, on Oct. 4th in the Elks Ballroom. Admission is free and there will be beginner dance lessons. Students interested in creating animations or graphics are invited to join the Digital Entertainment Technology Club. Meetings are 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in room 201 of the Mabee Business building. Men who want to study abroad can call Stephen Shewmaker at 325-513-9240.

The ACU Theatre is now selling tickets for the homecoming musical Les Miserables. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Oct. 18-19 and 2 p.m. Oct. 20. Tickets may be purchased online at theatre or at the box office 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Sing Song Host and Hostess Auditions will be Oct. 7-8. Men who want to join the Shades Step Squad are invited to audition 8 p.m. on Oct. 3 in the Rec Center.

Police Log Police log SELECTED ACUPD CALLS FOR THE WEEK 09/25/2013 9:11 p.m. Police responded to reports of a fight involving seven people between McDonald Hall and the Administration building. Officers were unable to locate anyone. 09/26/2013 12:25 p.m. Aramark staff reported a disturbance with a student refusing to pay at the Bean. 09/29/2013 6:29 p.m. Police responded to the report of two pickups with numerous occupants in the truck beds, speeding around the campus. 09/29/2013 1:45 a.m. Police responded to a report of a female using the restroom in the Mabee Hall Parking Lot. Unable to locate.




Police Tip of the Week: Stay aware and informed. The ACUPD Annual Clery Crime Statistics Report for calendar year 2012 is now available online at acu. edu/acupolice or come to ACUPD for a free copy.

Volunteer Opp0rtunities Alliance for Women and Children is seeking volunteers to care for children on weekdays from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. To learn more contact Toni Brown at 325-677-5321 or info@ The Center for Contemporary Arts needs volunteers to greet patrons, answer questions about the gallery and answer phones. Volunteer opportunities are avaliable Tuesday-Friday between 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and the second Thursday of every month for Artwalk from 5-8:30 p.m. For more information contact Jennifer Parks at 325-677-8389. Love and Care Ministries is looking for volunteers to help with sorting clothing, stocking their food pantry, assisting in prayers in their prayer room and serving food to the homeless. For more information, call 325-670-0246. House of Faith is an organization that seeks to take Jesus to neighborhood children. Volunteers are needed to help with the various programs they do throughout the week. Backyard Bible studies are hosted Mondays and Wednesdays and a youth program takes place on Thursday evenings. The organization is seeking volunteers who can commit to a specific day a week. House of Faith lasts from 3-5:30 p.m. To volunteer or gain more information, contact Amy Jeffers at or call 832-331-5324. The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers for a variety of needs such as helping in the kitchen and/or doing yard work. Times are flexible and volunteers are needed Monday-Saturday. For more information contact J.D. Alonzo at 325-677-1408. Meals on Wheels Plus needs volunteer drivers to deliver afternoon meals to seniors and adults with disabilities Monday-Friday between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Drivers must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license. Training is provided. For more information contact Samantha Barker at 352-672-5050 or visit

The Food Bank of West Central Texas needs volunteers to help sort and stock food and other items MondayFriday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The Food Bank is located at 5505 N. 1st St. For more information contact Janice Serrault at 325-695-6311 or Christian Homes & Family Services is seeking volunteers to do minor landscaping such as raking, trimming bushes, minor apartment repairs and general upkeep Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For more informationcontact Shaylee Honey at 325-677-2205 or Big Brothers/Big Sisters offers two volunteer programs. Lunch Buddies pairs volunteers with a little brother or sister to have lunch with once a week for 30 minutes. Lunch Buddies has a preferred time of 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The Community Based program pairs volunteers with a little brother or sister that they will hang out with two to four times a month. Both programs require committment to the program for 12-18 months. To sign up stop by the Big Brothers/Big Sisters office at 547 Chestnut St. or contact Randy Woods at 325-674-3102. Volunteers are needed at the BCFS Abilene Transition Center for event planning and setup, assisting in teaching life-skills classes, accompanying transport, visiting homes and/or assisting in construction of facilities for assisting in the betterment of male and female youth ages 15-25. This opportunity is open each morning Mondays through Fridays. Students interested must contact Johnny Nguyen at 325-692-0033 or The Betty Hardwick Center is seeking volunteers for the Human Resources Center to help with filing and organizing. This job requires someone with attention to detail who wishes to learn more about Human Resources. The job is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. If you are interested, please contact Martin Walker at 325-690-5235 or

The Center for International Education is looking for English speaking students to be paired with international students for English practice, conversation and cultural learning. Partners meet for one hour each week at a time and place determined by their partners. To volunteer contact Laura McGregor at laura. Abilene Hope Haven Inc. needs volunteers to provide childcare while parents are in class, any evening Monday-Thursday from 6:45 - 8:15 p.m. Abilene Hope Haven is located at 801 S. Treadaway Blvd. For more information contact Kathy Reppart at 325-6774673 or visit Access Learning Center is looking for volunteers to help elementary school kids with homework, reading, computers and games. The center is located at 2102 Ambler Ave. For more information contact Bret Hines at 325-670-9727. Call ahead to schedule a time to volunteer. Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers to help with various construction tasks including carpentry, painting, cleaning up, installing cabinets and other tasks. Volunteers are needed any day Monday-Saturday between 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Contact Steven Legget at 325-6700489 or email Young Life Ministries needs volunteers Mondays, Tuesdays and weekends from 6 - 9 p.m. Volunteers will hang out with kids, experience leadership roles, serve others and introduce kids to Christ. Young Life is located at 1917 S. 6th St. For more information contact Chuck Rodgers at 325-676-1211 or email clrodg@wrproperties. com. For additional volunteer opportunities visit: www.

Clinic confirms first flu case on campus Laura benson student reporter The ACU clinic has confirmed their first case of the f lu this semester. The case confirmed last week is the only confirmed case thus far.

Julie Danley, ACU registered nurse, said, “There is a virus going around that is similar to the f lu, but that just isn’t the f lu. The way to tell the difference is that a virus will have a gradual onset, but f lu symptoms will occur more suddenly.”

Danley recommends that students come to the clinic because they can prescribe to patients with the f lu Tamif lu. While it may not cure the f lu, it will shorten and lessen the intensity of it. “The best thing you can do to prevent the f lu

is to wash your hands and get a f lu shot,” said Danley. “I think taking a lot of medicine isn’t always the best choice but I do believe in vaccines… the f lu shot will keep the outbreak of f lu down and will protect those that are immune compromised like

infants and elderly.” Steve Rowlands, director of the ACU counseling center, got his f lu shot a week ago. “You just have a sore arm for one day,” Rowlands said. “I think its a wise thing to do because if you do get the f lu, you’ll

be out for a week.” Flu shots are available at the ACU clinic for $17, which is one of the lowest prices in town for flu shots.

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Maker Lab creates student advisory board daniel zepeda sports editor Students’ Association and the Brown Library are searching for students to serve on the newly created Advisory Board. The board members will assist in overseeing the Maker Lab. Students’ Association president, Dylan Benac, senior political science major from Boerne, is the head of the search, and is looking for students who will be responsible and

genuinely care about the future of the Maker Lab. “We are looking at all kinds of students who can represent the student body here at ACU,” Benac said. “They need to spend a large amount of time in the lab so they can recognize what issues need to be addressed and fixed. They also need to be able to teach. If someone comes into the lab needing help with the 3-D printer or laser cutter, they need to know how to operate the machine and be able to teach others

how to use it safely.” The SA office sent out an interest document online for those interested in the opportunity. “What we really want is for there to be an equal representation of the student body on the board,” Benac said. “We want the board to ref lect what we envision the Maker Lab to be like: a place that all students of all majors can come to learn. We want the students chosen to already have an idea of what the maker movement is all about.”

The Maker Lab was created as a 6,000 square foot lab in the library as a place where creation is king, as part of the maker movement. Benac said the idea is that students and teachers can go to a place on campus where there is complete equality to create, collaborate and even learn from each other. Through the sharing of ideas and use of new equipment, they can work together to solve reallife problems in the ACU, Abilene and even Dallas communities.

What we really want is for there to be an equal representation of the student body on the board.”

partnership in CitySquare who are on the ground in Dallas recognizing real life problems. What if we were able to find solutions in the Maker Lab? How dylan benac awesome would that be?” Student Association The Maker Lab advisoPresident ry board is set to meet on Wednesday to establish “What our long term what the next step will be. goal for the Maker Lab The lab itself is expected is, is that students and to open to all students teachers will be able to and faculty Homecoming see real life problems and weekend. think ‘I can fix that’ or ‘I can design a solution in contact zepeda at the lab,’” Benac said. “We have people through our

McDonald Hall residents chalk up encouragement james eldred staff reporter McDonald Hall’s bonding activity turned into a campus-wide conversation last week when the residents of the dorm’s second f loor anonymously chalked the sidewalks with encouraging messages on the evening of Sept. 22. Resident assistant Julia Curtis, sophomore English major from Mexico City, Mexico, and about 20 of her residents set out around 9:30 p.m. to constructively graffiti the walkways. “I remember seeing encouraging messages last year,” Curtis said. “They really encouraged me for that week, so I thought we should give that back.” Laura Harris, freshman undeclared major from Little Rock, Ark., enjoyed the activity. “We dressed up in all

black and took some ninja pictures,” she said. “We looked ridiculous.” Humor played an important part in the messages, Curtis said. About half were meant to be comical. Student reactions to the quotes were largely positive – posts on Twitter and Instagram applauded the messages, and some students went out of their way to avoid stepping on the encouragements. While the messages originally spanned over most of the walkways, the sprinkler system posed an obstacle for certain areas. The sidewalks in front of McKinzie Hall were decorated, but the statements were washed away early in the morning because of the watering cycle. Curtis said she was pleased with later erasures, however. “The rain washed it away perfectly on Saturday,” she said. “It was

there for a week, and then it was gone.” Curtis thought the experience was more beneficial to the her hall than to the recipients. “The point was to be anonymous because we didn’t want to be recognized for it,” she said. “I think we grew closer as a hall by serving other people.” Curtis said she also thought the activity was a good bonding experience. “I think when you’re encouraging someone, you give the encouragement you want to get,” she said. “It’s really neat to see what the other girls wrote, just to see what was on their hearts. It’s really special to be able to express what’s on your heart, too.” deanna romero Staff Photographer

Freshman Reed Rivers, vocational missions major from Juneau, Alaska, stands outside in the mall area, lending a listening ear to all.

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Physics and engineering students together form PEEPS marci hoxworth student reporter The Physics and Engineering departments came together this year to create an all-inclusive club, PEEPS. They invite students from all departments to join. PEEPS, which stands for Physics Education, Engineering and Physics, is the new name for the Society of Physics Students, a club on campus since the ‘70s. The club changed its name after the Physics and Engineering departments joined forces this past year. Dr. Michael Daugherity, assistant professor of

engineering and physics, is the advisor for the club. “We really stress unity and cooperation. It is important that incoming students don’t decide that they’re only interested in one area and ignore everything else,” Daughterity said. “We needed a term to refer to all of the students in the department.” PEEPS is looking to grow from its current 50-person membership into a much larger club through the addition of the engineering department and outside student involvement. Andrew Miller, senior physics major from The Woodlands, is the presi-

We really stress unity and cooperation. It is important that incoming students don’t decide that they’re only interested in one area and ignore everything else.” dr. Michael Daugherity Assistant professor of engineering and physics Peeps advisor

dent of PEEPS. “Most of our members are engineering or physics students, but anyone who has an interest in science is welcome to join,” Miller said. The club remains a local chapter in the national organization SPS, but is hoping to gain accreditation in Institute of Electrical and Electronic

Engineers and American Society of Mechanical Engineers because of the addition of the engineering department. “When we become a student chapter of these organizations depends on student involvement and what ways they’ll be able to benefit the engineering students that are now moving through our pro-

Post office considers email alerts shera niemirowski student reporter The post office is considering using email as a way to let students know their package is in their mailbox. While the campus post office has considered this in the past, they said it was not worth it and would not be a successful initiative. “We have considered email in the past but because of our lack of staff and student labor, it is just less labor intensive for us to do it with the call notice slips,” said Nita King, supervisor of Window Services. Slips have always been the standard, but now more than ever, students are plugged into technology. Emmanuel Rindiro, sophomore accounting and finance major from Kigali, Rwanda, said he would appreciate emails being sent out. “I don’t want to go to the office randomly to check for a package. It can be inconvenient to repeatedly go there,” said Rindiro. Since all students are now required to have a device, email is much more reliable and students almost constantly check

their updates. “I would use it because I think it’d be helpful to know that a package came instead of going to your mailbox all day and nothing is there,” said Christian Fugar, sophomore nursing major from Cypress. However, King said that between budget cuts and lack of student labor, it is more economical for the post office to continue with simple slips. “Email is a good way to reach students, but the call notice system is less work for the office and much more efficient,” King said.

“The email is a bit more of mail slips because of the time consuming because lack of student labor. we have to pull up each and every student who received a package.” contact the optimist at King said another issue would be the few students who do not check their email. “We have noticed that students don’t always check their emails, and some packages sit in their box all semester,” said King. King said the mail office may look more seriously at the email initiative in the future, but will focus on the less difficult procedure

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gram,” Miller said. The club invites students from across campus to join them in this semester as they work on innovative new projects, including rebuilding a retro golf cart and f loating an iPhone into the atmosphere. Dr. Tim Head, assistant professor of engineering and physics, serves as coadvisor of PEEPS.

“If students want to get involved, Chapel is a good place to start and find out what is going on,” Head said. PEEPS Chapel meets on Wednesdays in Walling Lecture Hall and is open to all students.

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What if the ACU ‘government’ shuts down? ulty and staff? Let’s say one group demands the Congress failed to pass a spending bill Monday night, which removal of CORE, while resulted in a government shutdown. another group refuses to give the class up. Neither groups are open to comour take promising. As a result, The Editorial Board presents predictions for what would certain parts of ACU are happen if a similar situation occured at ACU. forced to shutdown. U.S. government serRepublicans and Demo- to a budget that destroys vices said to be crucial to crats refuse to budge and Obamacare, we find our- our national security and pass a spending bill, leav- selves at an impasse. public safety, such as those ing no end in sight for the It seems ridiculous, shut- written into permanent government shutdown. ting down the government law – like the military, the Because Republicans will because Congress can’t post office and air traffic only agree to pass the agree, but imagine a world control – will keep running. budget if Obamacare is where this happens to ACU. So the closest thing ACU delayed or defunded and What if a irreconcil- has to a military, the ACU Democrats won’t agree able division split the fac- Police Department, would

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continue to protect us, and I guess the workers who watch to make sure people don’t slide and glide in Chapel would still have a job. Other nonessential services and programs? Shut down indefinitely. Just like national parks across America, Kojie Park would be forced to close. There would be no need to respect it. National museums and memorials have been closed as well, so our very own Tower of Light would be forced to shut off its lights. Oh, wait. Sorry, science majors. The science department

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would be incapacitated just like government research commissions and programs, including NASA, have been, in most part, shutdown. Though, our dedicated science majors would probably continue their research despite it all. Most food stamps will continue to be mailed for a month, but anything after that? Nope. So, Bean Bucks just became a precious commodity. Though there’s been no sign of anarchy in America yet, chaos might ensue in the dorms. No money for desk managers

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means no curfew. The Piano Man, the members of Team55 and Chapel singers would have to find other gigs during the shutdown. Hopefully our faculty and staff would straighten out their differences over CORE in an efficient manner, but in the mean time, both groups would continue to be paid. So what about classes? Yes, they would continue.

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Government begging for an extension


By Parker Gordon, senior music and political science major from Stephenville As of Oct. 1, the federal government is shut down. A contributing factor to this has been the debate over funding Obamacare which, believe it or not, is a normal and healthy response for a governing body. Good laws become good laws when they go through the write, rewrite, and editing process – just like good college papers. Discussion and debate leads to more thoughtful and well drafted pieces of legislation. Even if we can get by with writing a thrown-togetherthe-night-before paper, we know it’s not our best work and is not going to be the quality it should be. That being said, the federal government is now at the point that we in college would call “begging the prof for an extension.” Actually, the government already has. In the real world, the paper would get a zero and a “too bad, plan ahead next time.” But this is the federal government and real life rarely has much of an impact on those who are in charge of making the rules. So what now? Congress effectively continues as usual, but the everyday citizens start missing out on services like visiting national parks and monuments, hundreds of thousands of federal employees don’t go to work (and don’t get paid) and faith in the economy takes yet another downturn. It’s not good. Eventually, Congress will attempt to find some sort of compromise that will allow more funding for the federal government to continue functioning. It will happen. It’s not the end of the world.


When the government shut down this morning, I didn’t hear trumpets announcing Jesus’ return and that life as we know it has ceased to exist. The real issue is that we need to move away from this cycle of putting something important off until the last minute and risking failure. This is where you come in. The most important job for a citizenry is to remain informed about what is going on and to speak out when we see something we know is wrong. Living

in isolation and apathy towards government is a dangerous position to take. As much as you would like to ignore politics, politics will not ignore you. Take charge, read the news, become informed and speak out. Politicians do listen. Love him or hate him, Ted Cruz listened to his constituents and stated their positions on the floor of Congress for 21 hours, reading hundreds of letters and tweets from ordinary citizens who spoke out about an issue. This was repre-

sentational democracy at work. The people spoke and their representative in government listened. So do this: tell Congress to stop procrastinating as if governing were some sort exam to cram for. They’ll get us through this shutdown in their own time, but we must send a clear message not to let this happen again. Your vote is your voice – let it be heard.

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I spent a week of summer vacation at the beach with my family. My parents, sister, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and I loaded our cars and caravaned to Surfside Beach, a tiny town nestled on the Texas coast. We stayed in a rented beach house named the “Boat House,” a blue dwelling situated on Coconut Road off the Blue Water Highway. For most people, a trip to the beach doesn’t seem that unusual. However, this was the 17th year my family spent our annual week on the coast. Most of my favorite memories growing up involved spending time with my family. My grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles all lived close enough that I could see them throughout the year, not just on the holidays. I didn’t just have one Thanksgiving and one Christmas per year, I had three. One at home and two with each set of grandparents. Everyone made it a priority to be there. In addition to a beach trip with my mom’s side of the family, we went on ski trips in Colorado every other year with my dad’s side. Beginning in kindergarten, my papa took me to every high school pep rally until I was in seventh grade. Afterwards he would take me to Sonic and let me order whatever I wanted. My cousins and I spent our time playing outside, climbing trees, inventing new games, watching Disney movies and try-

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ing to beat the “Oregon Trail” computer game in one sitting. There were picnics, cook-outs, Sunday lunches, 4th of July parades, family photo sessions, worship song sing-alongs, road trips, game nights and hours spent sharing stories. My parents empha-

Those happy moments I shared with my family are not gone. I’ve just been given different oppertunities to make new ones.”

sized the importance of spending time together. When I was still in high school I sometimes resented this. But as soon as I came to college I realized just how special my family is and how much they mean to me. Now every moment I get to spend with them seems even more special. I’m not saying my family is perfect. We have our quirks and f laws, just like every other family. Those happy moments I shared with my family are not gone. I’ve just been given different opportunities to make new ones. So I will take advantage of every opportunity I have to stay in the blue house on Coconut Road. contact Cox at

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I’m gonna assume that when I start writing about punching people in the face in a career analysis paper it’s time to stop and go to sleep


Apparently “Yahweh” is our best guess and the original spelling of the word is just “YHWH”. I really hope it’s supposed to be “Yoohwooh”


Every time I hear the bell tower, I think, “well done Quasimodo, well done.” #acudifference


Teacher cancelled our judicial class tomorrow due to government shutdown. I AIN’T EVEN MAD!!!

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This Week Friday, October 4 The Annual Grand Jamaica festival begins at 5:00 p.m. Located on Treadway between North 8th and 10th Street. ACU Swing Cats host Fall Stomp at the Elks Club Ballroom at 7:00 p.m. Free admission. Saturday, October 5



Nelson Park Festival Gardens hosts Mingle with your Mutt from 6:30 to 11:00 p.m. Free admission. The second day of the Grand Jamaica Festival begins at 11 a.m. Located on Treadway between North 8th and 10th Street. Leslie Lewis staff Photographer

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Al Haley performs his own poetry alongisde students at last week’s Poetry Slam.

Poetry expands beyond the classroom Richard Lyne Arts reporter When many people think of poetry, dull sonnets and incomprehensible free verse spring to mind. This art form, however, has found exciting new ways to live on. Last Tuesday the ACU English department’s Writer in Residence, Al Haley conducted his yearly Poetry Slam. Featuring performances by his ENGL 323/523 Poetry Workshop class and guitar interludes by Daniel Merritt, Haley’s slam was an opportunity for students to write and perform poems in ways that they may not have considered before. “Honestly, my early experiences with poetry were not good,” Haley said. “I considered poetry antiquated, irrelevant and something for old ladies.” After taking a poetry workshop in graduate school, Haley’s eyes, ears, heart and mind were opened to the incredible ways that good poetry can use language and emotion to communicate in ways that ordinary writing can’t. Slam is a genre that arose in the 1980s, not from scholars, but from everyday people performing in bars and jazz clubs. Assistant professor Steven Moore said slam is a style of poetry unlike any other, comparing it to rap, hip-hop and performance art. “There’s so much passion in the room, so much joy. Students have a new appreciation for poetry because of slam,” he said, citing the success of the National Endowment for the Arts with programs that encourage students to perform poetry. Often drawing on political topics or intensely personal subject matter, the

slam creates an environment where raw emotion and stage presence are inseparable from the words themselves. “We hide behind issues, and sweep problems under the carpet. Slam poetry gives voice to those things that we’re afraid to talk about,” Moore said. Those who see poetry as irrelevant in modern life should have sat in with Haley’s class and listened to the student who slammed with anger about her drunken father, the one who related his struggles with anxiety and the one who made her audience face up to religious hypocrisy on campus. Not a single poet was irrelevant or indecipherable, and every performance came from the soul of its creator. Many are willing to offer praise and admiration to a well-spoken rap artist, earning them recognition as a “wordsmith.” The similar subject matter and mindblowing rhymes of slam are a powerful way that one of the world’s oldest art forms continues to impact culture. It proves to Americans that art is alive and well in the spoken word. He said he remains optimistic that more students will continue to take poetry workshops and come out to future slams. “Why come to a poetry slam?” Haley said. “That’s easy. You get to be entertained, laugh, hold your breath, shout and wind up still thinking about the whole thing after it’s over. How are you going to say no to that?”

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ALBUM REVIEW Timberlake disappoints with ‘2 of 2” Richard Lyne Arts reporter Justin Timberlake returned this week with the release of the second part of his album, “The 20/20 Experience.” The album is anchored by the single “Take Back the Night” a smooth track with hints of disco that has already taken over the radio. “Take Back the Night” is followed by a slew of heavily syncopated songs regarding sex and women including, “Murder” and “TKO.” Catchy beats notwithstanding, one of the most frustrating aspects of “2 of 2” is the lack of consistency. Songs open with beautiful and unique hooks that stop as soon as the singing begins, there is no theme that connects the two albums

together and even internally, “2 of 2” is comprised mostly of singles and lacks an overarching theme. “2 of 2” contains only ten tracks but adds up to almost seventy minutes of listening time. No track is shorter than the four minutes and the longest is almost twelve. The extrenuous length of the tracks indicates an attempt at artistry that is not realized in the songs themselves. These lengthy songs are unnecessary and weigh down what could have been a much smoother f lowing album. The longest track on the album, “Not a Bad Thing” is almost twelve minutes and delivers the best moment on the record with the hidden track “Pair of Wings”, which begins six minutes into the song. What

starts as a Justin Beiberesque pop song transitions into a beautiful, acoustic melody that shows Timberlake at his rawest. This hint at the music Timberlake is capable of makes the rest of album seem stale and shallow in comparison. Timberlake album is exactly as expected: cocky, catchy and fun but it lacks musical progression from 2007’s “Future Sex/Love Sounds.” It’s difficult to buy into the image of Timberlake as a womanizing partier anymore when he got married last year. His life has progressed while his music remains stagnant. “2 of 2” is not a bad album. It delivers fun, catchy songs and will undoubtedly add to Timberlake’s wealth and fame. But it lacks substance and fails to

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Excitement builds for start of season reese gwin sports reporter There are few feelings in sports better than the hope that a new season brings. Like an Astros’ fan in March, everyone can be giddy about a zero in the loss column and a fresh year of opportunity. Wildcat basketball fans are feeling that excitement with a new season about a month away. The women’s team started practice on Monday in preparation for their first Div. I. season. The young team has already made a good impression. “As far as their intensity and effort, it has been really good,” said assistant coach, Kendra Hassell. With nine new freshmen the coach staff has put a special emphasis on learning and fundamentals. Luckily for them, the NCA A allows players and coaches to work together before the official start to practice. Coach Goodenough and her staff have spent the last month geting the freshmen up to speed with group sessions of

three or four players. Now in October, the ’Cats can hit the ground running with everyone on the same page. The ACU women will open the season on Nov. 8th, against Texas Lutheran. This will be the first of four consecutive home games. “The coaching staff is going to use these games to acclimate the young team and build excitement within the fan base. Coach Hassell said, “We always preach about having to win your home games.” The Wildcats will need to practice what they preach if they are to be successful. Their road schedule is much more daunting with games at Texas Tech and Texas Christian. Meanwhile, the Goodenough’s staff remains hopeful. Hassell simply said, “We will be ready.”





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Shooting guard Renata Marquez drives to the basket last season in Moody Coliseum. Marquez will need to shoulder a lot of the offense this season for ACU.

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PICK: Pitt

Pitt State quarterback Anthony Abenoja has thrown 17 touchdowns in his first four games and a couple of rushing touchdowns as well. Pitt State also has a running back that is already over the 400 yard mark rushing with eight scores to his credit. Meanwhile the ACU offense has plenty of players to fear as well, which means both defensive coordinators will have their hands full Saturday afternoon.


The Pitt State defense mirrors the Wildcat defense in that they both pride themselves on turnovers. Pitt State has forced seven turnovers so far this year, while the Wildcats have taken the ball away 15 times in the first five games. ACU also has two players that have registered 40 tackles so far this season in Angel Lopez and Thor Woerner. The turnover battle may tell the story of this game, which puts the burden on each defense to make big plays.

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ACU will use the past two losses as motivation against a strong Pitt State. The wildcats will rise up to the challenge and win.

Even though the weather is supposed to be bad, there will be a ton of points scored Saturday. ACU’s ability to create turnovers and take care of the ball will be critical and may decide the outcome.

ACU will use their loss to Tarleton to push them this week. The Wildcats won’t back down easy in a hostile environment.

Pick: ACU 41-39

Pick: ACU 48-41

Pick: ACU 57-50

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The Gorilla’s are a tough team. Our offense and defense are going to have to be flawless to help pull this one out. Should be another close match-up.

Pitt State has been hot the last few weeks and has an undefeated record. The Wildcats don’t have the momentum that Pitt State does. Pitt State wins 44-35.

ACU should rebound after a dissapointing loss last week. The offense should get back into rhythm behind JD Baker and Charkandrick West.

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Pick: Pitt 44-35

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ACU bounces back from a tough last couple of weeks and pulls out a win in Pittsburg. The WIldcats should win a close one 35-31 and get back in the win column.

After our first loss to a good Redbirds team, the Wildcats will look to get back on track. Tarleton alwyas provides great games, and our offense will continue to score and the defense won’t slack.

ex- factor Clyde Gates had 3 receptions for 24 yards in the New York Jets (2-2) 38-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans (3-1). Daryl Richardson recorded 12 carries for 16 yards as the St. Louis Rams (1-3) fell to the San Francisco 49ers (2-2) Thursday night, 35-11. Danieal Manning had 3 tackles in the Houston Texans (2-2) loss to the Seattle Seahawks(4-0), 23-20. Former Cincinnati Bengals running back Bernard Scott was released as he recovers from a torn ACL that has sidelined him so far this year.

briefings Senior soccer player Jacey Ferrara scored a goal in her match against her sister and Sam Houston State last week. ACU won the match 2-0.

Pick: ACU 31-28

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The women’s tennis team won 15 matches over the weekend in Idaho at the Boise State Jack Taylor Classic.

Upcoming Pick: ACU 35-31

Pick: ACU 42-24

Disc Golf team prepares for road trip price bahcall sports reporter The newly formed disc golf team is going to the Texas Collegiate Disc Golf Championship Oct. 26-27. Once there, they’ll work to earn a shot at nationals they need to finish in the top two of their respective region. The sponsor of the team, Deonna Shake, instructor of exercise science and health has found some naturals to head to the qualifier. Lead by Nelson Goldsmith, junior finance major from Abilene who recently shot a hole in

Women’s soccer will play the University of Central Arkansas today at 4 p.m.

Football travels to Pittsburg State Kansas one during class, and Cory I have going to the qualifier. Center. the wildcats answer the on Saturday to take on Nickodam, senior interna- We are going to leave our While looking for classes call?” along with a flyer for the Gorillas at 2 p.m. tional studies major from Burleson. There is a possibility that Chris Perkins, junior political science major from Abilene, Brian Lang, sophomore business major from Abilene and Hunter Clinton, senior social work major from Keller will also make it to the qualifiers. “We have always had a couple of ringers in the class who have already come in with the game, which is what happened this semester,” said Shake. “I am really excited about the guys

mark whatever that mark is.” The competition is going to be ample but Shake says it doesn’t matter if a participant is Div. I or Div. II, a true disc golf player comes with the physical and mental skill set it takes to win. “Every one starts at zero and these guys are excited and have a heart for it so anything can happen,” Shake said. This journey started four years ago when ACU was building the new Student Recreation and Wellness

that would not require gym space, disc golf came up in Shakes’ department and she volunteered to teach the class. At one of the conferences she attended, Shake met Jay Reading, who happened to be a world champion disc golfer and a course designer. After raising enough money, ACU built a course behind Smith Adams. It has since been enjoyed but the students, and the class has been filling up every semester.Shake says Jay Reading sent her a text reading, “Will

the Texas Disc Golf Championship. When Shake realized the skill level in the class was pretty high, she knew a few would be interested, so she replied to Reading saying, “On it.” “I am hoping we can gain momentum to do this every year wherever it is held, springboard off this to make a disc golf club team.”

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