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daniel gomez chief Photographer Students and onlookers admire the fireworks light up the sky over Faubus Fountain Lake after the 2011 Homecoming festivities and JamFest.


Plans to propose budget cuts underway hannah barnes editor-in-chief Faculty and staff are waiting to hear the university’s plan to cut costs over the next two years. Because of this year’s lower freshman enrollment, Dr. Phil Schubert, president of the university, and his Senior Leadership Team expect to propose more budget cuts to the Board of Trustees for fall 2012. The next board meeting will take place Nov. 11-12, and results of its decisions could be announced as soon as midNovember.

The university already made cuts to its annual budget over the summer in anticipation of the lower enrollment. Last month, Schubert and the SLT asked division heads, including faculty chairs, to come up with 15 percent reduction plans in each of their areas as part of an exercise to help identify where cuts could be made. The STL includes Schubert, Dr. Jeanine Varner, provost, and other members of the administration. Varner said the SLT is looking at the plans submitted by each department chair and will create a detailed plan to lower univer-

sity spending. Schubert said he has a “pretty significant concern about the instability and volatility in our economy.” Schubert said the SLT is taking the steps to be proactive and working with ACU’s divisions and departments across campus to look at a range of potential ways to achieve savings. “Obviously we are going to be focused on those areas where we can save money and reduce cost that don’t have an adverse impact – on the student experience, on learning in the classroom and on the heart of what we do here at ACU,” Schubert said.

We realize the sensitivity, and we will do everything we can to try and minimize the impact on jobs.” Dr. Phil Schubert president of the university

“We want to focus instead on looking at peripheral areas of the university’s operations that don’t have a direct impact on students and being able to reduce cost as much in those areas.” Because about 70 percent of the university’s expenses go toward salaries, Schubert said any signifi-

cant cuts would likely affect jobs. “We realize the sensitivity, and we will do everything we can to try and minimize the impact on jobs,” he said. “This is a place where personnel is at the heart of what we do.” Dr. Rusty Towell, chair of the Faculty Senate and chair of the Department of Physics, said reaction among faculty to the prospect of more cuts in university spending has been varied. “They’ve heard or interpreted the different statements individually,” Towell said. “Some faculty are very concerned – there’s a chance for reduced fund-

ing. Other faculty are less concerned because they are busy teaching classes and focusing their job. It spans the whole gamut.” Varner said budget concerns began in 2008, but the university chose not to make any reductions in hopes of an “uptick” in enrollment. “We are at a point where we feel like we have to make some pretty substantial budget reductions, so our budget will be balanced for the future,” Varner said. Overall fall enrollment fell by 170 students, much of that attributed by university officials to a sharp see budget page 4


Collier crowned queen at 2011 Homecoming game julie coppedge student reporter Arielle Collier was crowned Homecoming queen during halftime of the football game on Saturday. The crowd, decked in purple, cheered as the senior vocal performance major from Mesquite accepted the crown, all smiles. Collier was one of ten female ACU students who were nominated for Homecoming queen. The women were nominated based on their activity on campus, said Samantha Adkins, senior alumni relations officer. “You are looking for

women who are involved on campus and who represent ACU well,” Adkins said. “It’s important to see someone who is involved in many aspects.” Collier has been visibly involved in many aspects of campus life. She is an A Capella Chorus member, opera performer, Big Purple Marching Band section leader, class representative and Alpha Kai Omega Sing Song director, to name a few of the positions that have kept Collier busy throughout her years at ACU. Five years ago, ACU wasn’t even on Collier’s radar. Collier’s mother said a friend suggested that she

“I’m excited; I’m so proud of her; I’m happy for her,” Nick Collier said. “I hope she keeps up great success throughout her life.” Collier exited the field to Samantha adkins a crowd of friends and famsenior alumni ily waiting to congratulate relations officer her. She had no words to express how she felt. “I am excited and speechvisit the campus. “It’s been history ever less. My head is so jumbled since,” said Collier’s mother. right now,” Collier said. Though just a title to “She’s loved it, I’ve loved it — this has been the best choice some, Homecoming queen she could have ever made.” is an honor to Collier. “I feel very honored that Nicky Collier, uncle of Arielle Collier, joined her I have gotten the chance to adrian patenaude Staff Photographer on the field during the half- inspire people and to just time presentation. He said have an impact on people’s Arielle Collier, vocal performance major from Mesquite, he was more nervous than lives,” Collier said. “I think is honored as the 2011 Homecoming queen during halfshe was. see queen page 4 time at Shotwell Stadium.

You are looking for women who are involved on campus and who represent ACU well.”

inside features


Students and alumni participated in various Homecoming activities

Check out cartoonist Ben Miller’s take on past tuition at ACU

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Abilene Christian University

Sing Song


Read about the recently announced Sing Song hosts and hostesses

Nation-wide “Me Addiction” tour to stop on campus next week

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Wednesday 10.19.11




11 a.m. Come to the Quiet in Moody Coliseum


11:30 a.m. Food and Business Association bake sale in the Campus Center


11 a.m. Small Group Chapels


11:30 a.m. Food and Business Association bake sale in the Campus Center



FALL BREAK - NO CLASS 4 p.m. ACU Women’s soccer at Texas Women’s


2 p.m. ACU volleyball vs. Texas Women’s in Moody Coliseum 8 p.m. ACU football at Midwestern State

7 p.m. ACU volleyball vs. A&M Commerce in Moody Coliseum

Around Abilene

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10 a.m. The Disability Resources Inc. Pumpkin Patch will be open until dusk at 3602 N. Clack Street.

6 p.m. The Josh Abbott Band will perform at the Lucky Mule Saloon with the Black Matches. Tickets are $15 per person at the door. Ages 18 and up must present a valid I.D.

12 p.m. Wild West Fest will take place at Lytle Bend Ranch and will last through Saturday. Tickets cost $35 in advance, $50 at the gate.

1:30 p.m. The HSU football team will play Texas Lutheran University at Hardin SImmons University. Tickets cost $5 - $10 per person.

7 p.m. Haunted Abilene will take place at the Swenson House. Tickets cost $15.

9 a.m. The Cancer Services Network Run Together 2011 will take place at Frontier Texas. The 5K and 1-mile fun run and walk will honor those who have survived or fought cancer. Cost to participate is $20 - $35.

12 p.m. Rothko will be shown at the Center for Contemporary Arts as part of the Mid-month Movie Matinee. Rothko is a documentary based on Mark Rothko’s famous painting “Maroon and Black.” Admission is free.

7:30 p.m. The Maraca2 Percussion Duo will perform a concert at McMurry University. The McMurry Percussion Ensemble will be featured. Admission is free.

7 p.m. The Jordan World Circus will take place at the Taylor County Expo Center. Tickets cost $13-$17 per person.

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Police Log announcements The Food and Business Association will host a bake sale in the campus center through Oct. 20 from 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. The goal of the bake sale is to raise funds for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a non-profit organization. Students interested in a summer internship at a church or other ministry organization should send an electronic copy of their resume to by Oct. 20. ACU’s Annual Internship Interview Day is Nov. 8. The Student Recreation and Wellness Center is offering free group exercise classes through Oct. 22. Starting Oct. 24 the group exercise membership will be offered at half price through the end of the semester. A concert featuring Switchfoot and Anberlin will take place in Moody Coliseum Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Student tickets cost $15. Tickets for groups of 10 or more cost $15. For more information visit www. or call 325-660-2477. Because the lead singer of Anberlin had to leave the tour early due to a family emer-

gency, two members of the band Story of An information meeting for Leadership Summit will take place Oct. 26 at the Year will be filling in on vocals. 11 a.m. in COBA 301. All majors are Ring and graduation announcement welcome, and no prerequisites are resales will take place Oct. 24-26 in the quired. Leadership Summit will take Campus Store. place in Frontier Ranch, CO Jan. 3-9. Participants can earn 3 credit hours. MANAbango will be visiting campus Oct. 24-25. MANAbango is a cross-country The Me Addiction Tour, featuring cotour to spread the word about MANA median Bob Smiley, Speaker Reg Cox nutrition. Their goal is to save 10,000 and Worship Leader Phil Joel, will take kids from malnutrition by Christmas. place Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Hunter The MANAbango visitors will be locat- Welcome Center. Students who attend ed in the campus mall for the duration can earn three chapel credits. of their visit. They will be welcomed by ACU SIFE in Chapel and will have a The 25th annual Carmichael-Walling Chapel forum on the 24th. After Chapel, Lectures will take place Nov. 10 in the students will have the opportunity to Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Builddonate money to help children affected ing Room 114. The first lecture will take by malnutrition. There will be a cof- place at 4 p.m.; the second lecture will fee house presentation on the 25th for take place at 7:30 p.m. This year’s lecstudents who are interested in learning turer will be Steve J. Friesen, the Louise Farmer Boyer Chair in Biblical Studies more about MANA. in the Department of Classics at the All students are encouraged to wear University of Texas in Austin. The lecpink at the volleyball game on Oct. 25 tures are free and open to the public. and the football game on Oct. 29 to support ACU athletics and Breast Can- A Grad School Application Workshop cer Awareness Month. will take place in the History Depart-

ment office Nov. 12 from 2 - 4 p.m. The office is located in the third floor of the Administration Building. History professors will be available to help students with their grad school applications. All majors are welcome. The Medical and Counseling Care Center Grief Group will meet in the new MACCC every Tuesday until Nov. 29 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Grief Group is a free meeting for those who are grieving the death of someone close to them. Flu shots will be available in the Medical & Counseling Care Center for $15. Makeover Mondays will take place in the Campus Store every Monday from 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Students can stop by to try new beauty products or consult with the staff members. Blood, Sex, Sweat & Dirt, a Chapel Forum by the ACU Social Justice Clubs, will take place in the Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building Room 144 Tuesdays at 11 a.m.

Volunteer Opp0rtunities Global Samaritan Resources needs volunteers to assist with cleaning up the Bastrop area affected by the recent wildfires. Volunteers will leave Oct. 20 at 7:30 a.m. and return Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. Transportation and meals will be provided. There is no cost for volunteers. The deadline to sign up is 5 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Service Learning and Volunteer Resources Office, located in the lower level of the campus center. Volunteers are needed to help the Abilene Volunteer Weatherization 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 necessary. Contact Stacia Ellison at 325-668-2062 and leave a message or email 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, working the booths, face painting and running games for the kids. To help with either event contact Emerald Lemmons at 325-370-1327 or email 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 The center is located at 5933 S. 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 driver’s license. Training is provided. A Chapel exemption is available if delivery time conflicts with Chapel. Contact Jessica Stewart at 325-6725050 or email

The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature is looking for volunteers to work Tuesday Saturday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. or 1 - 3 p.m. Volunteers will greet patrons, assist with art activities, sell books and make visitors feel welcome. Help is also needed for special events like exhibit openings. The Center is located at 102 Cedar St. For more information contact Debby Lillick at 325-673-4586 or visit the NCCIL website. Noah Project Inc. needs volunteers to help answer hotlines and do other office work any weekday at any time depending on the volunteers’ schedule. Training will be provided. For more information contact Yvonne Myers at 325-676-7101. Breakfast on Beech Street is looking for volunteers to help set up and prepare and serve breakfast to homeless or lower-income visitors any weekday. The event begins at 5:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 5 a.m. on Tuesdays. Serving time is 6:30 - 7:15 a.m. B.O.B.S is located at First Christian Church on N. 3rd Street and Beech Street in Downtown Abilene. For more information visit the First Christian Church website. The Abilene Zoo is looking for volunteers to help with general labor such as grounds cleanup and painting any weekday at any time between noon to 4 p.m. The Zoo is located at 2070 Zoo Ln. Contact Joy Harsh at 325-676-6487 for more information. The House That Kerry Built is looking for volunteers to assist in the day care of medically fragile children any day Monday - Friday from 8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Contact Dave Kraly at 325-676-3104 or email for more infomation. The Betty Hardwick Center is looking for volunteers to participate in Special Olympics by helping mentally/ physically challenged people play games such as basketball, track, and/or bowling Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Center is located at 801 Cypress St. Contact Angel Seca at 325-690-5235 for more information. The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers for a variety of needs including sorting items in the thrift store, helping in the kitchen and/or doing yard work. Times are flexible, and help is needed Monday -

Saturday. The Salvation Army is located at 1726 Butternut St. For more information contact J.D. Alonzo at 325-677-1408 or visit Abilene Hope Haven Inc. needs volunteers to provide childcare while parents are in class, any evening Monday - Thursday from 6:45 - 8:15 p.m. Abilene Hope Haven is located at 801 S. Treadaway Blvd. For more information contact Kathy Reppart at 325-6774673 or visit the Abilene Hope Haven website. Abilene Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has various opportunities for volunteers ranging from visiting with residents to helping with Bingo. Volunteers are needed Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 2 - 3 p.m. The Center is located at 2630 Old Anson Road. For more information contact Rita Raymond at 325-673-5101 or email The Food Bank of West Central Texas needs volunteers to help sort and stock food and other items any weekday Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Food Bank is located at 5505 N. 1st St. For more information contact Janice Serrault at 325695-6311 or The Abilene Boys and Girls Club needs help any weekday between 3:30 - 6 p.m. helping children of all ages with games, art, gym time, reading and computer skills. Locations are 4610 N. 10th St. or 1902 Shelton St. Contact Mark Denman at 325-672-1712 for more information. 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 anytime from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Contact Steven Legget at 325-670-0489 or email sleggett@ Westgate Church of Christ needs volunteers to help with their prison ministry. Help is needed with the women’s ministry, Family of Offenders support group meetings and more. Volunteers will work at the Middleton Unit and/or Taylor County Jail. The project is ongoing and times vary. For more information contact Jeff Thigpen at 325-829-4149 or email


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Money guides basics to relationships keyi zhou student reporter The Department of Sociology is offering students the chance to improve their relationships under the guidance of Pam Money through the one-hour class Relationships 101 every Wednesday. Money, the wife of Dr. Royce Money, chancellor of the university, has master’s degrees in Education and Marriage and Family Therapy. This is the first semester the course has been offered, and about 20 students are taking the course – only four of which are male. “This is an opportunity to help students learn about relationships,” Money said.

Money said she hopes to equip students to develop good relationships and avoid destructive ones from a healthy, Christian perspective. She also wants to change the dating style on campus. “Some students do not date at all while some others get too serious about a relationship in which they may leave God out, putting another person as the most important thing in life” Money said. “Cohabiting also happens on campus, and is not Christian or healthy.” Money teaches her students to find out who they are as individuals before they start dating. She said it is more important for students to understand who they are than how they feel about their current crush.

She also encourages students to have friends of the opposite sex who stay just friends. “Without good relationships with friends of the opposite sex, a person cannot be well-rounded,” Money said. Money said hesitancy is a big hindrance keeping students from creating good relationships. The class also encourages open communication between the two genders and helps students to know what the opposite sex thinks. “About clothes, guys are much stricter than girls,” said Money. “Many people just don’t know what the opposite sex is thinking.” Interaction plays a crucial part in the class. Money said

adrian patenaude Staff Photographer Pam Money leads a discussion on modesty in her Relationships 101 class.

she expects students to be actively involved. A lot of time students, like Kelly Lytle, senior marketing from Abilene, find connections between

the course and their lives. “I have heard Mrs. Money speak before, and she had so much wisdom,” Lytle said. “I think relation-

ships with others are such an important part of life. I know I will be making relationships for the rest of my life and I want to be the best person I can be.” Lytle said she loves learning about people’s motivations and how they interact with each other but wishes the class met more often and that there was more time for Money to share her personal stories and experiences. ACU may continue offering the class next year. Students who are interested can get more information from the Sociology Department. contact zhou at


Me Addiction tour to stop in Abilene Friday mark smith managing editor

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Alyssa Stanley, sophomore interior design major from Dallas, performs among other members of the Alpha Kai pledge class during the Homecoming Parade.

The “Me Addiction” tour will bring comedian Bob Smiley, speaker Reg Cox and a former member of the Newsboys, Phil Joel, to campus Oct. 28. Cox, minister at Lakewood Church of Christ in Colorado, worked in ACU administration for 15 years until 2002. He said the tour is focused on helping Christians realize the “me first” mentality and understand how it needs to change. “Christians mean well but don’t recognize how insidious the lie of self-gratification-above-all-else has become,” Cox said. “We accidentally elevate what we perceive we want or need over all else.” Jen Rogers, director of student ministries, said that the tour’s ministry and message will speak to students and faculty alike. “The heart of the “Me Addiction” tour is that a lot of people are asking the question, ‘What’s in it for me?’ which is a very self-

focused question,” Rogers said. “As Christians, we should focus on asking, ‘What’s in it for Him?’” Cox, Smiley and “Me Addiction” founder Glen Villanueva are ACU alumni. Rogers said the university wanted to bring both the familiar names of alumni and the nationally recognized names of Smiley and Joel. “I’ve seen a lot of reactions to the news that we are bringing this tour to ACU,” Rogers said. “Most people either know Reg or Glen from their time on campus or Bob Smiley from his standup, and others recognize Joel’s name from when he played for the Newsboys.” Some students, like Jesse Luebbert, sophomore math major from St. Louis, say they are looking forward to the tour’s stop in Abilene. “I appreciate how Bob Smiley uses humor to teach Christian values,” Luebbert said. “I think administration has made a good decision by inviting the tour to ACU.” Rogers said Villanueva will speak in Chapel on

Wednesday and Thursday next week. Cox will speak Friday at both morning Chapel and the forum that will take place next Friday night from 7-9 p.m. in Hunter Welcome Center. Cox said that this tour is an example of the mission of ACU in action. “There’s a revolution to join, a church to plant, an inner city to save, a foreign shore to explore and a billion lives to save, but none of this is available to the Christian stuck in the me-addicted mire of selfworship,” Cox said. “We’re coming to town with a message and I pray that this message will become an invitation to many to join the ‘What’s in it for Him?’ revolution.” Students will receive three Chapel credits for attending the full Friday night Chapel forum. To learn more about the “Me Addiction” tour, the speakers or the message, visit contact smith at


Department chooses to remain quiet about ranking melany cox page 2 editor The College of Business Administration was ranked No. 1 for the number of students to receive jobs after graduation in March 2011. COBA chose to remain silent about the results. Dr. Rick Lytle, dean of the COBA, said the ranking was a great recognition. Even so, COBA remained discrete about its placement. “Here’s why we didn’t make a big deal about it,” Lytle said. “It’s a little bit of ‘apples to oranges.’ They were ranking MBA programs. We don’t have an

MBA program. Our only master’s program in business is accounting. So the ranking was our master’s of accounting graduate placement rate versus all other MBA placement rates in the United States.” U.S. News and World Report ranked COBA as the highest graduate school for students who were able to get jobs within three months of graduating. COBA was ranked along with 140 other business schools that provided information about undergraduate employment. COBA achieved a 97 percent rate of students who graduated with a master’s

of accounting and were employed three months after they graduated. Lytle said that COBA was excited about the ranking but that it was a bit misleading. “We haven’t downplayed it in the sense that we denied it, but we haven’t made a big deal about it,” he said. Lytle said that when prospective students come to ACU, he tells them about the accounting program’s 97 percent placement rating, but he does not bring up the ranking by U.S. News and World Report. He said he believes the placement rating would


Paramount Theatre to host Halloween movie, Carrie destiny hagood staff photographer The Paramount Theatre will show the 1976 horror/thriller by Stephen King, Carrie this Halloween weekend. The Halloween movie showing has been an opportunity for students to experience the theater’s decorations and twinkling lights for the past 20 years. The Paramount theatre is a “magic, nostalgic, elegant space,” and “students will remember it as a part of there college years,” Hukill said. The Paramount Theatre, now 81-years-old, is home to many annual events in both the Abilene and ACU communities. H.O. Wooten built the theatre in 1930. It was fully restored and renovated in 1986. “It stands as an icon for the revitalization of the city’s downtown district,”

which Hukill said the Paramount was pleased to host. “We are delighted anytime ACU chooses the Paramount as its destination for Demarco Howard special events,” Hukill said. senior 3-D art major “We love having students in from Houston the building.” The theatre will put on an according to the Paramount international short film festival Nov. 4 and 5. Over 750 enwebsite. Betty Hukill, executive tries were submitted this year director of the Paramount, and 30 films were selected. Demarco Howard, seworks with ACU and other organizations to plan events nior 3-D art major from in the theatre. The theatre Houston, performed and has recently hosted private helped coordinate the parties, weddings, anniver- dance discovery show, sary parties, rush parties for “Pieces” at the Paramount ACU social clubs and vari- during spring 2011. “They get the job done ous dinner parties. The theatre hosted when any request comes ACU’s Welcome Week Tal- their way,” Howard said. ent Show this year. ACU “They make you happy with students and guests filled the product they are trying the entire space. Amy Archer, senior nursing major contact hagood at from Pflugerville, helped organize the talent show,

They get the job done when any request comes their way.”

ter’s of accounting is the only graduate program that COBA offers. “For some reason, that was difficult to communicate with U.S. News and World Report,” Johnston said. “They still kept putting Dr. Rick Lytle dean of coba us into a group of graduate schools – of business programs that have graduate cause prospective master’s programs, most of which, students seeking a busi- if not all, have more than a ness degree, rather than an master’s of accounting.” Johnston also said he accounting degree, to condoes tell prospective busisider attending ACU. Tim Johnston, assis- ness students about COBA’s tant dean of professional good placement rates, but development and career the ranking by U.S. News connections, said that he and World Report has nevexplained to U.S. News and er been brought up. “We chose not to proWorld Report that a mas-

The ranking was our master’s of accounting graduate placement versus all other MBA placement rates.”

mote this as a university,” Johnston said. He said university leaders discussed how to handle the ranking and decided that promoting it, considering what the study was trying to say, was not the proper thing to do. The department chose to keep its integrity by refusing to misrepresent itself. “Even with U.S. News and World Report saying, ‘We’re not backing off of it’, we backed off. I was proud about that, because that’s honest,” Johnston said. contact cox at


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Student’s Association

Excess SA funds reallocated for future use farron salley news anchor The Students’ Congress shuffled money after funds were left stagnant in the budget designated for conference requests. Despite an extended application deadline for student groups to request money from SA to attend out-of-town conferences, $1,200 remained in the budget. The only group that took advantage of the extension was the ACU Locavore Club, which requested $450 from congress and was granted the full amount. Still, SA Executive Treasurer Carson Henley, senior pre-dental major from Colleyville, lead Congress along the steps

to reallocate the money so it would not go to waste by the end of the semester. “You have the power to appropriate the money,” he said to Congress. “I want this for conferences, but there’s so little demand.” Congress juggled options for how to spend the money. Propositions were made to split money and distribute it evenly to each class budget, adding $300 to each. Other suggestions were for Congress to adopt a non-profit organization or to fully grant the money to the appropriations committee. But the only idea that culminated into a full motion debated on the floor was made by Harding Administration Building Representative Dylan Benac, sophomore political science

major from Boerne. Benac motioned that all of the money be granted to the general congressional budget fund. “It gives us the options to do what we want with that money,” he said. If the money were allocated to the appropriations committee, only about onethird of Congress would have the power to decide how the money would be spent. Benac said other money distribution ideas limited accessibility and classes could still use money by making requests through a congressional bill Congress could vote on. “It was something to be used for the whole Congress,” he said. “Now we have the opportunity to do things bigger and better.” A resolution to support

funding Christmas lights on campus was also passed during the meeting. Presented by COBA representatives J.P Ralston, sophomore business finance major from Plano and Amy Morris, sophomore marketing major from Houston, the resolution was a prequel to a formal bill that Congress will also vote on. “We’re just trying to get Congress aware,” Morris said. Executive Vice President Julianne Hart, senior political science from Austin, explained resolutions generally come before bills that will likely make a large dent in the budget. She said resolutions help guarantee congressional support. “Otherwise it’s useless work,” she added. Before the meeting’s ad-

journment, each committee gave an update to congress. The external committee met for the first time last week to discuss the mobile learning initiative, the possible addition of a bike kiosk on campus and suggestions for a graduation speaker. The internal committee met for the second time to address residential hall visitations, upcoming student body surveys and ordering t-shirts for Congress. The appropriations committee announced they met with six student groups and have granted a total of $2,200 with $2,800 remaining in their fund for the semester.

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

Andres Saucedo Bible Building Rep Brandon WIlson Off-Campus Rep Keaton Tucker Sophomore Treasurer

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Chancellor, minister remember Ellison at service bethany morgan student reporter Helen Ellison, a beloved and well-known groundskeeper at ACU for 33 years, died this month at age 78. Ellison was born to Oscar and Emma Lee Ellison of San Antonio on May 15, 1933, and died on Oct. 9, 2011. Ellison lived her life intellectually disabled and was placed in Austin State School at a young age. She came to Abilene in 1968 and lived at Marbridge House for Women, where she developed life skills for living independently. Ellison worked for ACU in dormitory maintenance and groundskeeping. There she found her way into the hearts of many students and faculty for two generations. In the fall of 1991, she was named an honorary member of Ko Jo Kai by members of that social club and was honored

by the city of Abilene on Nov. 19, 2001, which was named Helen Ellison Day. She retired from the university 10 years ago but remains in the memories of many faculty, staff and alumni. Sarah Burrow, ACU alumna from Hurst, invited Ellison to her home for many holiday breaks and remembers Ellison for her attitude. “She gave a good example of living like Christ. She was giving and gracious,” Burrow said. A memorial service for Ellison took place on Oct. 13 at University Church of Christ. Ellison was a member of the church and attended regularly. Brent Isbell, minister at UCC, gave the opening remarks at the memorial service. “She probably knew more people on campus than anyone else,” Isbell said, “because she was gen-

uinely interested in you.” Dr. Royce Money, president for ACU 1991-2010 and current chancellor of ACU, provided the obituary and memorial message at the service. “Most of you remember Helen by her beautiful smile, cheerful and positive outlook on life and her familiar ‘I love you,’” Money said. Money shared many stories and quotes from Ellison at the memorial. Money remembered countless occasions when Ellison stopped him as he rushed through campus. “After our brief encounters, all of my priorities would be rearranged back to what they were supposed to be,” Money said. “I would be blessed by God.” Ellison was given many awards by the faculty, staff and students. She was awarded the Service Award in 1988 and the Unsung Ser-

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Helen Ellison performs her landscaping duties in 1997 vant Award in 1997 and was honored with a retirement event in 2001. The students voted Ellison to be one of the grand marshals of the 1999 Homecoming Parade.

Ellison was remembered “That’s what God wants us in the memorial for her loving to do, isn’t it?” attitude. Money quoted her in the final words of his speech. contact morgan at “I love everybody,” ey recalls Ellison saying.


Queen: Collier honored continued from page 1 that’s my ultimate goal — and I think that’s everyone’s goal, really — just to see how many people you can impact and to make a name for yourself in this world.” Next year the role of Homecoming queen will look a little different, according to Adkins. Besides outlawing campaigning, ACU hopes to add a little weight to the honor. “We don’t really ask our Homecoming queen to do much. She receives the award and that’s basically it,” Adkins said. “After this year, we’ve decided it

I’m going to be a better student and a better role model on campus. Arielle Collier vocal performance major from mesquite

definitely needs a little bit more than you get a crown and you get attention for a little bit. There needs to be more — maybe you represent the alumni office or you get some scholarship with it or something like that.” Although Collier received no job representing the alumni office and no

scholarship money, she intends to positively accept new found attention. “I’m going to be a better student and a better role model on campus. I’m more aware of what I’m doing at times,” Collier said. During her four years at ACU, Collier set out to do one thing: make a difference. Winning homecoming queen helped her realize the reality of her accomplishment. “I guess this means that I did,” Collier said. contact coppedge at


Budget: Faculty involved in reduction plan continued from page 1 decline in the total number of graduate students. Freshmen enrollment fell by about 12 percent yearto-year, the largest decline in more than 20 years. “We did see a bit of a drop-off in the size of our freshman class,” Schubert said. “Our budget is fine for the current year – we feel very confident we will achieve the goals and be in

a very healthy position – but that is not our concern.” Schubert said his greatest concern is the university being prepared for the future. Towell said faculty members have shown an interest in being involved in the process. Last week, Faculty Senate passed a resolution suggesting that proposed budgetary realignments be justified in terms of the university’s vision and mission.

“Everyone cares about the university and sees it from a slightly different angle,” Towell said. “Faculty want to make sure what is central to the university is supported and maintained. Perhaps other things, even if they are desirable, will have to be cut.” contact barnes at



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Students celebrate and participate in the many ACU homecoming traditions.

and going

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Top Left: Purple-clad ACU fans show their Wildcat pride during the Homecoming football game against West Texas A & M University. Top Center: Arielle Collier, vocal performance major from Mesquite, and her father embrace after receiving the honor of being named the 2011 ACU Homecoming Queen at halftime of the Homecoming football game at Shotwell Stadium. Above: Samantha Stien, sophomore accounting major from Georgetown, performs along with other members of the Alpha Kai Omega pledge class during the 2011 Homecoming Parade. Right: Will Morgan, senior accounting major from Longview, gives a solo performance during JamFest 2011. Bottom Right: Bonnie Kellum, senior psychology major and current GATA member from Lucas, taps into her inner wickedness during GATA’s Wizard of Oz themed performance in the 2011 Homecoming Parade. mandy lambright staff Photographer


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‘Occupying’ won’t get you anywhere More than 3,000 people have “occupied” Wall Street for the past month. Really, they are milling about Zuccotti park in Manhattan, and the rest of the world has followed suit. These “protests” have broken out in many major cities and small towns around the world. London, Rome and Los Angeles saw large protests last week, and an Occupy Abilene event is scheduled for early November. The Occupiers claim to be the voice of the people mistreated by big business. According to their

website, they are “the 99 percent that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the one percent.” But, the actual demands of the masses range from better government oversight to canceling personal student loan debts. Parts of their platform have a legitimate place in political discourse; the rest is tripe born of a restless generation and a bad economy. Though they don’t have organization or reasonable demands, the protesters do have numbers

and the Internet on their side, which the Egyptians showed us this summer is powerful. On Monday, Facebook listed more than 125 Occupy-related pages, and one of every 500 Twitter hashtags was #OWS. But this isn’t Egypt. We don’t have a crazy dictator in office, and our political process works fairly well. The protesters’ complaints and pathetic pleas for the government to solve all of their problems won’t change any minds or policies unless they become involved in policymaking through the tra-

ditional routes. Running for public office may be less fun than camping out with your friends, but it’s much more effective. Many of the protesters are young, unemployed and have a college diploma sitting with the rest of their belongings in a bedroom at their parent’s house. They are fed up with a tough job market, outrageous student-loan debt and the prospects of entering the real world. As our generation enters the world of taxes, public policy and personal responsibility, we need

Oh Dear, Christian College

Ben miller

the issue The Occupy Wall Street movement is protesting class disparities, though their demands are unclear.

our take The movement is immature and will not inspire real change in our government.

to realize it is our turn to inf luence our government. Generation Y doesn’t want to grow up, but we still want our way. A child sees throwing a fit as the best way to achieve a desired result, and that’s why a New York City park looks like an elementary

school yard. Throwing a temper tantrum to achieve a goal is a juvenile tactic, and sitting in a park for a month, living on donations, is nothing more than that. contact the optimist at


Double contractions: A linguistic revolution well, this is awkward

mark smith


Steve Jobs created the iPhone. Einstein had his theory of relativity. Coke invented happiness in a bottle. Journalists don’t usually offer new ground breaking innovation. Until now. Well, ground breaking and innovation may be too strong of a choice for words. But I do bring something new from my line of work. Double contractions. As soon as I wrote that I realized that sounds like it would have to do with a pregnant woman going into labor with twins. And now that I have your attention I will explain my actual proposal. Should’ve, he’d and wouldn’t are grammatical nothing standing in the way teriorated in two decades of contractions. It’s a simpligrad school in favor of the fying tool to shorten two of a little swing time. The Student’s Associa- youthful precision of a pre- words into one. tion would become the city med student. And as for a fire Why stop there? council. People might care department, we are the only Let’s say you are a femore now that they are in generation that rightfully male and you have a charge of things bigger than appreciates the gleaming friend named Joe. You are glory of a little blaze. I say let talking to him about gothe structure of meal plans. Some of you may worry ‘em burn. ing to a concert, and he Students, now that you mentions that he’s going what we will do without professors. Simple. Gradu- have been sufficiently con- to invite a mutual friend, ate assistants will teach all vinced, we must begin chas- Bob, to go with the two classes. I don’t know about ing them out as soon as pos- of you. You may or may you, but all of my GA’s have sible. The elderly and the not have an enormous been knowledgeable and children will be easy, you can crush on Joe and are tryhelpful. They do much more pretty much talk them into ing to get him to go with than just grade papers and anything. However, we must you alone because you unite to defeat those middle just know he will fall in play Angry Birds. As you leave your classes, aged men and women who love with you. So you say, which would begin after have ordered us around our “He’dn’t want to go to a lunch, you could return to whole lives and now plan to Taylor Swift concert.” Joe, your recently abandoned, use the welfare money that impressed with your imfully furnished houses for we rightfully earned work- pressive use of the double some good ol’ collegiate fun. ing night shifts last summer. contraction, agrees to go If we are willing to work to the concert. UnfortuLines will be shorter and drives will be quicker after together and get our hands nately he brings his girlkicking out our leisurely-na- dirty, we could quickly shave friend you didn’t know tured preceding generation. this city’s average age down about. That’s awkward. Some may fear our new to the mid-20’s. Only then Then Bob finds out about lack of infrastructure, but I will we no longer simply live this plot against his hapcontend that all will be fine. in Abilene. piness, because you both We will live in the col- know he loves T-Swift. With all the 30-something meth addicts gone, we won’t lege town. The moral lesson here need police. When it comes is don’t talk about people to medical emergencies, I when they’aren’t present. contact singer at will gladly forgo a 40- yearThe lesson influenced by old who has physically denovation is the fluid usage of

An Oddest Proposal: College town WHOA! IS ME


Students of Abilene, Despite our three universities, the phrase “college town” does not immediately conjure up thoughts of the Key City, most likely due to our downtown-closes-at-9 attitude. Areas like Austin, Dallas or Lubbock are the true youth-friendly locales. We need this to change. So I petition we do something. We must become a literal college town. By that I mean a town solely owned, operated and inhabited by post-puberty, pre-adulthood men and women. I mean a city that caters to our every need because it is more for-us-by-us than a matching blue and yellow sweat suit. I mean a place where even Sherlock Holmes could not sniff out the scent of a single senior citizen. So I implore you, students of Hardin-Simmons and

McMurry, abandon your false gods and join us in making this city ours. Together, we can immensely improve the Big Country by ousting anyone old enough to remember when there wasn’t an Internet. Classmates, you seem a little hesitant to raise your torches and pitchforks and chase soup-kitchen-volunteering-grandmothers and crew-cut-with-a-touch-ofgray-business-men out of town. So I offer the benefits. Have you been looking for a job? Good news: 100,000 positions just opened up. Take your pick. You could work the checkout counter at Bed, Bath and Beyond or even as a real estate agent in our town’s soon-to-be-wideopen housing market. And remember, the kids are gone, too. So when you are done greeting people at the entrance of Walmart, there is

the double contraction. I came up with the idea of double contractions about two years ago. But that’s all it was then, just an idea. Now is the time to distribute, infiltrate and saturate the masses for the promotion of this idea, and ultimately, my own name, a term that brings up 37 million results in a Google search. If you add in David, my middle name, to that search the results go up to 200 million, because logically that makes no sense. You probably think I’m done with my new offerings to society. There’s no way I could talk about searching my own egotistical name on Google before finishing my latest and greatest innovation services announcement. Well, you’re mostly right, but I do have one last thing to add for the bettering of mankind’s daily life. Elsewhere is a word. It essentially means somewhere else. Therefore, logically, elseone and elsethings should also be added to the English language. Yeah, I’m mostly going to stand behind my double contractions idea. That still sounds like a woman pregnant with twins going into labor. Mark’s note: Apparently Shakespeare used double contractions almost 400 years ago, if and when he was alive. I mean, there’s a movie coming out to prove he wasn’t even a real person. So maybe I am the first real person to use double contractions, which makes me think I’m cooler than I really am. What I’m trying to say is no one uses double contractions though they should, and I hate reading Shakespeare plays. The end. contact smith at

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“to me the divorce rate is like, depressing.” – some dumb girl in my Families In Society class. #theACUdifference @ overheardACU



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In the bible building waiting for class and a random guy comes up and asks to pray for me right there. This is why I love acu. @overheardACU


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Stereotypical ACU students: we use our iPhones for “This Little Light of Mine.” @overheardACU

The King and I was incredibly enjoyable... But ultimately imperialistic and a little racist. #ACU #homecoming



Words used in English department chapel: sundry, heretofore, prattling, imperceptible. #pretentious? #ACU #ACUdifference


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Cross COuntry

Susset, Pike pace cross country teams kristin goodspeed sports reporter Juniors Chloe Susset and William Pike both won individual championships at the Midwestern State Carnival last week. The men’s team ran its first 10K of the season, coming in second, while the women placed third in their first 6K. “It was a difficult course with bumps and zig-zags, but I never leaded,” Susset said. “I waited until the last kilometer to make the difference. It was the fastest 6k

of my life, and I cannot wait to race on the same course at the regional conference.” The Wildcats faced Eastern New Mexico University in Wichita Falls, Kan., whose men’s team won the meet. ENMU men’s team placed second at the conference meet last year and is ranked first in the conference poll this season. ENMU came in 8th overall at the Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree on Oct. 1, while the Wildcat men’s team finished 23rd. “No, we’re not yet where we want to be or need to be to accomplish our goals, but

we’re working towards it, and we’ll get there,” Pike said. The team has progressed from where it was at the beginning of the season, Pike said, and will continue to get better before the conference meet on Oct. 22. “We do have the talent on our squad to compete at the conference, regional and national level, but we’re going to have to all get healthy and train with intensity and purpose for the remainder of the season,” Pike said. Head coach Chris Woods said he believes

We do have talent on our squad to compete at the conference, regional, and national level.” william pike Junior Runner ACU XC Team

both teams will achieve their goals. “I’ll never guarantee a win as it comes, but I guarantee we’ll be a very competitive team,” Woods said. “We’re going to put a team out there who can win a championship.” Woods said the Wildcats were able to get good

practice at the Midwestern State course because the regional conference will be held at the same course on Nov. 5. Both teams traveled to San Angelo for the Angelo State Invitational Tuesday. Woods said they used the meet as a training tool to mentally prepare for the Lone Star Conference Championships, which will also take place at Angelo State. The men and women were not striving to set a new personal record this time around. “I’m not expecting anybody to go up here and drop

an amazing PR because we’re tired,” Woods said. “That’s how we are actually preparing for conference.” Woods said the men and women loaded up with two meets in a one-week span but will now taper off and let their bodies rest. After the men and women freshen up, Woods said, they’ll sharpen their skills right before the conference meet. “We’ll be ready to roll,” he said. contact goodspeed at


ACU well-represented at national tourney Wildcats send four to tournament

Hans Hach and Julia Mongin each competed in the singles divisions, while Hannah Kelley and Micah Hermsdorf paired up to take on the doubles division. The tournament consisted of Division II and III taylor langston schools with players ranked sports reporter in the top 5 in the nation. “This was my second Some of the nation’s most year to play in the tournaelite players took the ment and hopefully not my court last weekend at the last, I hope I get to go back ITA National Small Col- again next year,” Hach lege Championships and said. “But being a returner four of ACU’s very own helped me feel more comwere there to represent fortable and strong about how I would perform.” the Wildcat Nation.


Hach has ruled in several Division I tournaments this year and that experience may have assisted in his preparation for this tournament. “At this level of play it doesn’t matter if you are a Division I athlete or a Division II athlete. Everyone there is really good and every game is a competitive one.” Hach said. After a successful win over BYU-Hawaii, Hach lost narrowly to the No. 3 seeded Concordia and won the last match against Christiaan Lee- Daigle of Queens

Being a returner helped me feel more comfortable and strong about how I would perform.”

game to finish third while the doubles duo of Hannah Kelley and Micah Hermsdorf faced the returning rival of Lynn University. “We knew it would be a hans hach tough match. Lynn has beat tennis player us for the past two years in ACU Tennis Team Nationals and this year goUniversity to snatch the ing in No. 2 they were an even bigger treat,” Hermsthird place finish. Julia Mongin returned dorf said. “But we played to the tournament for the really well and ended up second year in a row to beating them first off, so bring home another third that felt really good.” BYU was the team to place finish for the Wildbeat, and the story was no cat Tennis program. Mongin defeated Ivan of different for the doubles Lynn University in the final pair who went 6-2,6-2 in

a tough loss for the third place finish. A fourth place finish came after a loss to the No. 4 ranked team in the nation, Lewis University. “There were really tough teams so I think that it has really helped playing really good teams early on. We have to continue stepping up our competition and that starts early.” Hermsdorf said of the Division I players faced prior to last weekend’s championships. contact langston at


Win: ACU gets redemption from page 8

Even so, the defense didn’t break. It stopped the Buffs on fourth down. end zone. “I give a lot of credit Wide receiver Jamaine Sherman made an ESPN to Coach Johns [the deTop 10 Plays worthy when fensive coordinator] for he caught the pass to wid- coming up the schemes en the ACU lead to 21-10. to beat them,” Whiteside Gale threw the ball to said. “I also have to thank back shoul- the rest of the defensive destiny hagood staff Photographer Sherman’s der, and Sherman soared, line for working their tails Andrea Carpenter strikes the ball at the Wildcat Soccer Pitch. coming down with the off throughout the game.” Both teams got points football in the end zone. “I thank my coaches for early in the fourth quarter. Spencer Covey botched giving me the opportunity to make that play,” Sher- a snap on a punt, and West man said. “Mitch knows Texas recovered inside the I am a leaper. He put it ACU 10-yard line. One play later, Vaughan up there and gave me a found Brittan Golden for a chance to make a play.” On West Texas’s ensuing touchdown. The Buffaloes weren’t possession, the defense The streak – alive at nine bent, allowing the Buffa- done either. from page 8 matches – seemed to be loes to get to the red zone. They faked the extra point the greater our chances of in jeopardy, but the No. 2 Wildcats came up with a coming through are.” The wins improve ACU’s win in comeback fashion. “Angelo State always record to 13-0-1 and 9-0-1 in LSC play, which is the presents a challenge to our best in the program’s his- team whenever we play tory and tops in the con- them,” Wilson said. “They ference and region stand- play very physically and do a great job preparing. ings currently. “TSU had an emotional Incarnate Word played Games like these are a tesfrom page 8 high coming out of the lockhost to the ’Cats in San An- tament to both teams.” Angelo State’s Lauren In the assists category, er room,” said Mock. “They tonio, Friday and ACU was looking to avenge the lone Carenes scored the game’s Rhoads set the pace at 38. were louder and more agstain on their record, which first goal in the 10th minThe Wildcats didn’t gressive than us. When the was caused by the Cardinals. ute following a loose ball look or play like them- girls calmed down however, The team did just that, as in the goalmouth. selves in the first set but, it shifted toward our side.” That was the game’s found their rhythm with a Tarleton State pulled it beat UIW 2-0. Sophomore within three late (23-20), Whitley Lindholm and ju- lone offensive action until 6-0 lead in the second. nior Krysta Grimm scored Holton scored the equalizACU led by six points but a kill by Hutt put the for the Wildcats, and goal- ing goal in the 72nd min- (14-8) again in the second ‘Cats one point away from keeper Elliott London made ute off a pass from junior after an attacking error by 1-1 match tie. defender Lexi Stirling. ACU would do just that five saves in the effort. TSU’s Flynn Harrell. “I was in the back, and I This win marked the Mock said her team two plays later following an’Cats’ eighth straight win saw Ashley running free, so I started off sluggish but fi- other error on a TSU player. The third and fourth since its tie with the Car- just tried to kick it as hard as nally found their tempo. I could, and it landed at the dinals on Sept. 16. “We started off a little slow sets, the ‘Cats made sure “This was a game where feet of Holton, and she put it but our intensity built from to gain and maintain an our girls definitely wanted in,” Stirling said. “It was real- game one to game two, game early lead the entire set. In the fourth, the Texanns to come out on top,” Wil- ly a freak thing, I’m just glad two to game three, and so on. it turned out like it did.” son said. The team’s block improved in had three consecutive attackHolton then secured the games three and four which ing errors. Seven kills by Hutt Lindholm scored her third of the year in the 61st win in the overtime period also helped out a bunch. The and three by Riley helped spur minute off a cross from with a kick in the 100th min- girls just keep getting better.” the Wildcats on to victory. senior Lyndsey Womack, ute, when she gained control and Grimm scored hers in of a loose ball from goalkeepthe 80th minute off a pass er Danielle Edwards with a mere 15 seconds remaining from Ashley Holton. Despite being outshot in the first overtime period. London’s save percent9-8, the Wildcat defense claimed its eighth shutout age jumped to .913 as a result of the match, and of the year. “We knew we were go- ASU’s goalkeeper Morgan ing to have to hit Incarnate Harrison had four saves. “Our mentality is not Word with different angles of attack instead of pound- we need to score, but we ing in from the middle or the need to create opportuniback,” Wilson said. “We did ties to capitalize on,” Wilthat well in the second half.” son said. “When you have Sunday, a pair of late a team with as many talgoals from Holton coupled ented players as we do, all with a season-high 11 saves it takes it time.” from London equaled the prolonging of ACU’s wincontact Shake at ning steak in a 2-1 win over Angelo State.

Streak: No. 2 ’Cats retain perfect record

tinued its dominance until the clock hit double zeros. The Wildcats finally earned redemption at Homecoming, beating their archrival by 10 points. “I told Richard Havens ... Jamaine Sherman Wide Receiver that we had to get this [win] ACU Football against West Texas, and we got it,” Whiteside said. Next week the Wildcats and ran the ball for the twopoint conversion, slimming will have another critical game. The Wildcats will the ACU lead to 21-18. After a long kick return by play Midwestern State in Charcandrick West, Gale went Wichita Falls. The Mustangs and back to work and hit Justin Wildcats are the only Andrews on a seam route. Andrews, with no WT two remaining unbeaten defenders around him, teams in Lone Star Contook the ball the rest of ference play. the way for the score to quickly put the ’Cats back contact GWIN at up by two scores, 28-18. The ACU defense con-

Mitch knows I’m a leaper. He put it up there and gave me a chance to make a play.


Team: Wildcats prolong streak Edwards completed a historic milestone earlier this season when she passed Jessica Mayes’ varsity record of 1,578 digs for most all-time in ACU history. Edwards started out the year ranked 11th with 1,238 digs and has averaged 4.66 per set since then. Other former Wildcats who Edwards passed in this journey include Mock (4th - 1,510) and two of her teammates, Grae Grimes (3rd - 1,570) and Liz Snoddy (2nd - 1,573). “It’s really exciting,” said Edwards of her accomplishment. “It’s something I didn’t know much about until I heard people talking about it. I’m just happy to be on the top 10

list with my coach. That’s my only job as libero, so to be able to provide that many digs for my team is exciting.” ACU’s next game is Thursday against Texas A&M University-Commerce in Moody Coliseum at 7 p.m. Despite Commerce’s record, Mock feels the Lions can beat anybody on a given night. “Commerce is a good team. Their athletic, smart, and they block really well. We shouldn’t expect them to go down without a fight,” Mock said. contact isaacs at


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ACU, McMurry could form rivalry Austin Gwin sports director A dead rivalry might be given new life next season. From 1938-1971 ACU and McMurry met every year on the football field. That rivalry could be renewed in the 2012 football season. Both ACU Director of Athletics Jared Mosley and McMurry Director of Athletics Ron Homles have confirmed that talks have taken place to try and schedule a Wildcats and War Hawks game next year. “This has the potential to be a good rivalry game,”

Mosley said. “It can be a game the community is interested in. We will see where these talks go, but as they move into Division II, it certainly makes it more attractive for us.” With McMurry moving to Division II next season, it gives ACU a potential crosstown rival in all sports. The sport that might benefit the most from McMurry’s upgrade, however, is football. According to Mosley, the Wildcats are always looking for non-conference opponents in football located near Abilene. This year the Wildcats were able to play Western Oregon at Shotwell and

only had to travel a few hours to Cowboy Stadium for their game against North Alabama. Nothing is final, however, as Mosley and Holmes both stressed that a deal is not done between the two schools. “I’d still say we are quite a ways from having anything finalized,” Mosley said. “Where we play and how we handle tickets are some roadblocks that we still need to figure out, but we are definitely in those conversations, trying to get something worked out.” If the game between the two schools were to take place, it would be played

at Shotwell, since McMurry’s Wilford Moore Stadium couldn’t accommodate the crowd that ACU would bring to the game, accord Mosley said. Football might not be the only sport to benefit from McMurry’s transition to Division II. The War Hawks could play the Wildcats in nonconference games in every other sport. “We don’t really play them in any sports right now because of our need to schedule DII opponents,” Mosley said. “Their move opens those doors.” Beginning in 2012, the War Hawks will be a part of the Heartland Conference,

which features schools such as Dallas Baptist University and the University of Texas-Permian Basin. ACU has played these schools in sports such as basketball and volleyball, so there is no reason to think that a cross-town rivalry wouldn’t be formed in those sports. “Hardin-Simmons and McMurry have had a great rivalry for the years that they have both been in Division III,” Mosley said. “With McMurry moving up fans, I’m sure, will gravitate towards ACU and McMurry and make it a rivalry.” contact gwin at


standings football





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

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





12-1 11-1 7-4 8-5 7-5 6-8 5-7 5-9 4-8

21-2 22-2 13-10 10-12 13-11 10-11 11-9 11-10 12-9





9-0 6-3 5-4 4-3 4-5 4-5 2-6 1-9

13-0 8-3 7-6 6-5 5-8 7-6 4-6 1-11



Revenge fuels Homecoming win ’Cats upend Buffaloes in 28-18 win austin gwin sports director


Defensive end Aston Whiteside rips through a West Texas A&M offensive lineman Saturday at Shotwell Stadium. Whiteside had four sacks and was constantly in the WT backfield.


ACU used huge passing plays to beat West Texas A&M, winning the Homecoming game 28-18. Quarterback Mitchell Gale threw for 305 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wildcats to redemption. In 2007 and 2009, the Buffaloes beat the Wildcats during their Homecoming games. However, that was not the case this year. Leading the defense was Aston Whiteside, who had four of the Wildcats’ eight sacks and pressured the West Texas offense all game. “It’s amazing,” Whiteside said. “My high school coach always told me that big-time players made big-time plays in big-time games. This was a big-time game, and we made the plays to win.” West Texas defense dominated the first quarter, as ACU had the ball four times and was unable to convert a single first down. However, ACU’s defense held their own and kept the high-powered Buffalo offense to only a field goal in the first quarter. During the first quarter, Gale was sacked twice on the first drive, but in the second quarter he delivered a momentumshifting pass. At his own 4-yard line Gale hit tight end Ben Gibbs for a 75-yard pass and run.

Gibbs broke open on a slant route and with West Texas expecting a run, was in open field. He was caught and pushed out of bounds at the West Texas 20-yard line but not before giving ACU new life. Three plays later, Richardson pounded the ball to the end zone, giving the Wildcats their first touchdown of the game. It didn’t take long for the Wildcats defense to match the offense. With West Texas driving, running back Khiry Robinson took a Dustin Vaughan pass and rumbled ahead down the ACU sideline. Safety Darien Williams met Robinson and took the ball out of his hands. The Buffalo turnover turned into more ACU points as Gale again drove the Wildcats down the field. Reggie Brown finished the job to give the Wildcats a 14-3 lead. West Texas was quick to respond and finally got a touchdown on the board late in the second quarter. Vaughan found receiver Jeremy Watson for a 12-yard strike to bring the Buffs back within one score at 14-10. After halftime the Wildcats came out strong. But, the defense held the Buffaloes to a punt while the offense converted its second big drive of the game. Starting on their own two-yard line, the Wildcats methodically drove down the field. Gale completed two third downs on the drive, the second one going for six points. On third-and-10, Gale threw a jump ball into the see win page 7


Wildcats gain crucial LSC win edward isaacs assistant sports editor The Wildcat volleyball team was able to come away with a huge victory Saturday afternoon, Oct. in Stephenville. The ‘Cats defeated Tarleton State University 3-1 (14-25, 25-21, 25-20, and 25-22) behind Senior Jennie Hutt’s 18 kills and a .529 hitting percentage by Neely Borger. The Texanns dropped to 13-11 on the season (7-5) and have lost three in a row. ACU, on the other hand, improved to 13-10 overall and 7-4 in the Lone Star Conference. This win marks the ‘Cats third straight victory. The Wildcats also moved up one spot in the LSC standings to third place, a half-game ahead of Tarleton State. ACU ended the match with a .237 hitting percentage and overcame recording as many errors as kills in the first set.

TSU hit .216 but only collected a .189 and .027 hitting percentage in the second and third sets, respectively. The Texanns’ mistakes ended all three sets won by the Wildcats. TSU finished with 28 errors, seven of them being service errors. The ‘Cats have now outblocked its opponents for the ninth straight time including this match, 8.0 - 6.0. Hutt, Borger, Sara Oxford and Freshman Rachel Riley all contributed with three blocks apiece. Head coach Kellen Mock knows the Wildcats’ wins wouldn’t come as easy without all the blocks. “Our block has always been a big part of our game. It puts the other team at a disadvantage and they get more hesitant on their swing as a result.” Kelsie Edwards led the team with 15 digs followed by Haley Rhoads with nine and Madelyn Robinett and Michie Johnson with eight. see team page 7

briefings The Wildcat football team moved to No. 9 in the American Football Coaches’ Association poll released Monday, Oct. 17. After the win against West Texas, the ‘Cats improved to 5-1 and 4-0 in the LSC. The Buffaloes, who were ranked No. 17 dropped to No. 24. ACU defensive end Aston Whiteside was named the Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, Oct. 17 after a stellar performance versus West Texas. Whiteside had three sacks and seven tackles. William Pike was named Cross Country Runner of the Week on Friday, Oct. 14. Pike won the 10K at the Midwestern State Carnival on Saturday, Oct. 8.

EX- FACTOR Chicago Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox had two receptions for 41 yards and no touchdowns against the Vikings on Sunday, Oct. 16. The Bears won big 39-10. Bengals running back Bernard Scott had his best statistical game of the season on Sunday, Oct. 16 versus the Colts. Scott had 11 rushes for 29 yards and one reception for five yards. The Bengals won 27-17. For the year, Scott has 30 rushes for 85 yards and one touchdown. Danieal Manning, Texans safety, recorded seven solo tackles and two assists on Sunday, Oct. 16 versus the Ravens. Despite Manning’s effort, the Texans lost 14-29.

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Sophomore defender Brie Buschman stops an ENMU offensive threat on Oct. 7

No. 2 ’Cats extend streak to nine games has been at the forefront of bryson shake the team’s mind. sports editor If the team continues to play at this pace, it will The No. 2 ACU women’s be creating an opportunisoccer team has empha- ty to prolong its season in sized the importance of the Lone Star Conference creating opportunities the national tournament as well. this season. That opportunity was Creating opportunities to score goals, begin offensive heightened last weekend, attacks with crisp passing as the Wildcats won both and sound communication of their scheduled games,

beating Incarnate Word 2-0 Friday and Angelo State in comeback fashion 2-1 Sunday. “Our goal as a team every game is to create opportunities for players to excel and take advantage of,” head coach Casey Wilson said. “The more opportunities we create, see streak page 7

The volleyball team plays here on Thursday, Oct. 20 against Commerce at 7 p.m. The ‘Cats then face Texas Women’s on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. Soccer travels to Denton on Friday, Oct. 21 to play Texas Women’s at 4 p.m. The team then travels to Commerce and play Sunday, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. Football goes up against LSC foe Midwestern State in Wichita Falls on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m.

The Optimist Print Edition: 10.19.11  

A product of the JMC Network of student media at Abilene Christian University.

The Optimist Print Edition: 10.19.11  

A product of the JMC Network of student media at Abilene Christian University.