Vol. 98, No. 19
Faces In the Crowd
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009
BREAKING NEWS, VIDEOS, PHOTOS, DISCUSSION AND EXCLUSIVE CONTENT STUDENT LIFE
Free activities, food available for Sadie’s Week Emily Loper Contributing Reporter Female students will line up after Chapel every day this week, while men on campus hope for an invitation to one of five free Sadie Hawkins events. The Campus Activities
Board is sponsoring free, offcampus activities for Sadie’s Week this year. Erika Goldman, senior family studies major from Denver, said the CAB office will pick up the tab for five “dates” during Sadie’s week. Women can pick up two tickets in the McGlothlin Campus
Center after Chapel each day and invite someone to join them in that day’s activity. “It doesn’t necessarily have to be a date,” Goldman said. “It’s a great opportunity to get a group of friends together and enjoy something fun provided by ACU.” Goldman, CAB officer,
said most of the participating businesses have welcomed students for Sadie’s Week, as well as for the Free Nights Out sponsored by CAB throughout the semester. Tara Shoemaker, junior see SADIE page 4
QUICK FACTS Sadie’s Week provides five opportunities for the ladies to take the guys on a date, courtesy of the Campus Activites Board. Monday: free ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery Tuesday: free coffee from Starbucks n Wednesday: free burritos from Sharky’s Burrito Co. n Thursday: one hour of free miniature golf or bowling and a $10 arcade card at Prime Time n Friday: hypnotist at 7 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium n n
After receivin g more than four times th seasonal flu eu vaccinations , ACU studen sual number of community are facing tw ts and the Abilene o months of
taboo topics Bailey Neal Contributing Reporter
Every Wednesday night, women living in Adams Hall get together for “Sex Talk and Tea Night,” a discussion group where women can share their thoughts about relationships. The women began gathering last year because they wanted a safe place – among a group of friends – to talk about common issues. The tradition carried over to this semester, and so far, seven girls have come to the meetings. Abby Youngblood, social work major from St. Louis, with the help of fellow Adams Hall resident assistants Abby Hill and Abby Register, chose Wednesday nights to sit down and talk with sophomore residents and other female Residence Life members; these conversations frequently turned back to the topics of sex and relationships. “Last year, I was an RA in Adams, and some girls in my hall were in my room one night just asking questions about sex and what God thinks about it,” Youngblood said. “We were able to have a discussion on that and ask questions that people didn’t think they were able to ask
Colter Hettich Editor in Chief The ACU Medical Clinic has administered its last seasonal flu vaccination and likely will see no more this flu season. The clinic ordered 1250 doses this semester – more than four times the number administered in past years. Michelle Drew, nurse practitioner at the ACU clinic, said medical facilities traditionally begin offering seasonal flu vaccines Oct. 1, but the university’s clinic started during the last week of August. “We’re on a waiting list to get even another shipment,” Drew said. “So many of the manufacturers have switched over to producing H1N1 [vaccinations],
so the supply is very tight.” In addition to a diminishing supply, Drew also said people who normally do not consider getting vaccinated have sought flu shots this year. The seasonal flu typically begins circulating Nov. 1, but the body needs a few weeks to build the antibody response needed to fight the virus, so Drew thinks the campus is well-prepared for the season. “Hopefully, this will mean that instead of getting their flu shot when it’s already circulating, their bodies have actually had the time to build up the bodies and have the protection they
should have,” she said. The university has yet to offer a vaccination for the virus that has earned the most media – the H1N1 strain, also known as the swine flu. The state has prioritized which clinics will receive H1N1 vaccines first, based on their population’s risk for complications, the most common being pneumonia. Areas with high concentrations of pregnant women and young children are at the top of the list. “We first became aware of H1N1 in see FLU page 4
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Get 7-8 hours of sleep each night. If you contract the virus, stay home and rest. Anyone with the flu should avoid public places.
Cover your coughs or sneezes with your elbow. This is the best way to prevent the virus from traveling via your hands.
Wash your hands thouroughly and often. Hand washing can greatly reduce your risk of contracting the influenza virus.
Eat healthily and exercise. Vitamin supplements are helpful, as well. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water.
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Scam scare reinforces importance of security Casey Oliver
ing on the Internet. Wilson said she first Contributing Reporter learned of the scam when A faculty member’s e-mail she was awoken at 5 a.m. was hacked by an unknown Tuesday by a phone call from a friend who rescam artist last week. Lorraine Wilson, asso- ceived a suspicious e-mail ciate professor of exercise from her. “I was called early in science, was the victim of what ACU Police called a the morning by a con“common scam” circulat- cerned friend who was
checking to make sure I was all right,” Wilson said. “She told me she got Wilson an e-mail from me saying I was in need of money.”
Wilson’s friend received an e-mail claiming Wilson was stranded in the U.K. without a passport, money or credit cards. The e-mail was asking for friends to send money quickly so Wilson could make an appointment at the U.S. Embassy. Wilson said she imme-
VACCINATIONS HAVE become a hot topic, thanks to the threat of the H1N1 virus. Are they necessary? Dangerous? Our editorial board fills you in. Page 6
diately sent a mass email to ACU faculty explaining what happened, then contacted her email provider, AOL, to report the situation. Wilson said the AOL representative told her she had been the victim of e-mail spoofing, a technique commonly used in
spamming to obscure the origin of an e-mail. Once the spammer had her password, the email was sent to all of Wilson’s contacts using a return address almost identical to Wilson’s. Wilson learned more see SCAM page 4
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Should the government mandate vaccines? a. Yes, it’s their responsibility to keep us safe. b. No, it is a private decision. c. Doesn’t matter. I do what I want. Homecoming 2009
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Campus Day Wednesday, October 28, 2009
CALENDAR AND EVENTS
11:30 a.m. Sadie’s Week at Sharky’s Burrito Co. 1:30 p.m. Graduate and Professional School Fair 3 p.m. Spring 2010 Registration: Honors, Study Abroad and graduate students 8 p.m. Frater Sodalis Haunted House
5 p.m. Art Show and Silent Auction at the Paramount Theatre
6 p.m. Free Fall Festival at the Mall of Abilene 7 p.m. ACU Volleyball vs. East Central Community Showcase at the Paramount Theatre 8 p.m. Sadie’s Week at Prime Time Frater Sodalis Haunted House
9 a.m. Susan G. Komen On the Go 5:30 p.m. ACU Soccer vs. Midwestern State
Students can play a free hour of miniature golf or bowling at Prime Time at 8 p.m. Oct. 29 as part of Sadie’s Week. Free $10 arcade cards are also available. Museum, a play in two acts by Tina Howe, will be performed at 8 p.m. Oct. 29 at The Grace Museum. A dessert reception will follow the performance. Call the Grace Museum at 673-4587 for tickets.
A Third World Craft Fair will take place from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 30 at the First Christian Church. The craft fair will ensure artisans in 38 countries receive a fair price for their products. Call 676-1130 for more information. The Paramount Theatre will present its Community Showcase benefiting Connecting Caring Communities at 7 p.m. Oct. 29. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children Call 232-8241
for tickets. Hayrides will be given between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. Oct. 30 at 6638 E. Interstate 20, between Exit 292B and 294 on the north access road. Rides last between 45 and 55 minutes, and tickets are $8. Call 660-4747 for more information. The Frater Sodalis Haunted House will take place 8 p.m. Oct. 30 and 1 a.m. Oct. 31 at Play Faire Park. Tickets are $8, and concessions are available. Susan G. Komen On the Go will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 30 in the mall area. The event is part of the movement to end breast cancer. Komen On the Go’s pink vehicle is coming to campus to demonstrate how students can take charge of their health and engage in the fight against breast cancer. The Gift of Water Benefit Concert will take
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6 p.m. Third World Craft Fair 7 p.m. The Gift of Water Benefit Concert Sadie’s Week: Hypnotist 8 p.m. Frater Sodalis Haunted House Fright Night at Frontier Texas
Announcements A free hypnotist show will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in Cullen Auditorium as part of Sadie’s Week.
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9:30 p.m. Johnny Cooper Concert at the Lucky Mule Saloon
Free Sharky’s kid’s meals will be available from 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 28 as part of Sadie’s Week.
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place at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Hunter Welcome Center. The concert will feature the band Revolution playing its high-energy Celtic music and Randall Goodgame, singer and songwriter from Nashville. Proceeds will go toward building a new water well in an Afghan village. The event will be sponsored by nonprofit organizations Eternal Threads and Wishing Well. Tickets are available at the door for $10 each or two for $16. The Paramount Theatre will show The Shining at 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. Oct. 31 as part of its monthly film series. Tickets are $6. To order, call the box office at 676-9620. Spring Registration for Honors, Study Abroad and graduate students will begin at 3 p.m. Oct. 28.
Volunteer Opportunities Disability Resources needs volunteers for its annual Pumpkin Patch Oct. 1-31. Slots are open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. Volunteers will sell pumpkins, drive hayrides and take pictures. Contact Kathy Deatherage at 673-4820 for more information. The Salvation Army needs volunteers to help shoppers select Angel Tree toys, keep Angel Tree records, label items, and receive gifts. Contact Cecilia Barahona at 6771557 for more information. Christian Service Center needs volunteers to fill requests for clothing, bedding, kitchen utensils, etc. from the donation center. Volunteers may work Friday or Saturday from 12-4 p.m. Contact Jim Clark at 673-7531 for more information. The Junior League Of Abilene needs volunteers to serve lunch and bus tables at its Christmas Carousel Luncheon. Contact Diane Stearns at 806 773-3821 for more information. G. V. Daniels Recreation Center needs volunteers for its Fall Festival from 5-9 p.m. Oct. 31. Contact Justin Whiteley at 6766443 for more information. The International Rescue Commitee needs volunteers to help set up apartments before refugees arrive. This includes shopping for household supplies, assembling furniture and putting away kitchen and food items. All volunteers are required to attend an IRC volunteer orientation and must be available during weekday afternoons. Reliable transportation and the ability to perform minor physical labor also required.
Abilene Adult Day Care needs volunteers to help call Bingo. Volunteers are needed every Monday at 1:30 p.m., except the third Monday of the month, when volunteers are needed at 10:30 a.m. Contact Donna at 7933519 for more information. Meals on Wheels is looking for volunteers to deliver hot meals to seniors and adults with disabilities each week. Volunteers may work once a week, Monday-Friday, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Contact Elisabeth Rodgers at 672-5050 for more information. Literacy teachers are needed at the International Rescue Commitee. Volunteers will help refugees learn to read and write. All volunteers are required to attend an IRC orientation and a literacy workshop and must commit to two-four hours per week for three months. The Salvation Army needs volunteers to help with the application and interview process for new clients for the Christmas Angel Tree. Contact Cecilia Barahona at 677-1408 for more information. The First Baptist Church needs volunteers to reorganize and rearrange supplies and educational materials in the children’s department. Volunteers are needed 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 12-31 at the First Baptist Church on 1333 N. 3rd St. Contact Cassie Irwin at 675-8106 for more information.
October 28, 2009
Speakers stress gender issues Adrianna Castaneda Contributing Reporter Four prestigious female speakers came together to discuss current global events and their local impact at the fourth annual International Women’s Symposium in the Hunter Welcome Center on Saturday. The theme was Making a Difference, and speakers addressed topics of education, economy and the status of women worldwide. The Abilene branch of the American Association of University Women, led by President Jeannie Best, organized the event as a way to address societal issues regarding gender.
The AAUW has been promoting education and equity for women and young girls since 1881 and has an active role in providing a voice and promising a future for women, according to the AAUW Web site. Hasina Raharinomenjanahary (’09), spoke about the lives of women and young girls in Madagascar. Maria Viera-Williams, AAUWTexas international affairs liaison and membership diversity chair, encouraged involvement in national and international issues affecting women. Linda Egle, founder and CEO of Eternal Threads, shared stories
of her work with women in India, Nepal, Afghanistan, Madagascar and Thailand. She addressed other topics, including the education of females in these countries, human trafficking of girls in Nepal and the opportunities for women to receive loans and establish small businesses. Brenna Troncoso, professor of political science at McMurry University, delivered a presentation titled Human Trafficking: Notes from Central Texas, in which she addressed misconceptions people have about human trafficking and what Texans are doing to address the problem. “It’s exciting to see that these issues are be-
QUICK FACTS Speakers at the fourth annual International Women’s Symposium on Saturday: Hasina Raharinomenjanahary Maria Viera-Williams, AAUW-Texas international affairs liaison n Linda Egle, founder and CEO of Eternal Threads n Brenna Toncoso, professor of political science at McMurry University n n
ing discussed in Abilene, and I hope the conversation continues,” Troncoso said. Information regarding AAUW membership and similar upcoming events can be found on the organization’s Web site, www.aauw.org. contact Castaneda at
KELSI WILLIAMSON Staff Photographer
Jenna Henderson, senior English major from Plano, looks at a packet of Airborne while the immunity-boosting supplement dissolves in a glass of water.
Treadaway families meet volunteers, leaders Bailey Neal Contributing Reporter ACU’s campus group Treadaway Kids is shifting its focus to parents during a cookout sponsored for kids and families involved in the program. The purpose of the cookout, planned for Thursday, to give group leaders the chance to connect with the parents of the children they mentor weekly. “Our focus is on the leaders getting to know the families,” said Samantha Manski, assistant director of the Volunteer and
There is always potential for parents who are either overlooked and exhausted or that just don’t really care. SAMANTHA MANSKI Assistant Director of the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center
Service-Learning Center. “They get to do that each week with the kids, but the parents may be distant for a little while until they get a foundation of trust.” Student volunteers and Residence Life staff members worked together to coordinate the free cookout. More than food, though, Manski said it is an opportunity to minister
to parents – the first such event for the organization. “I’ve been a part of Treadaway Kids as an adviser for several years now,” Manski said. “I know that a cookout or a picnic is something that has been talked about every year. It’s something that they all have wanted. We finally have leaders and advis-
ers that are capable of making it happen.” Manski estimated about 210 people could show up if every child in the program brings three family members. The children involved in Treadaway Kids usually come from high-risk neighborhoods, on occasion, student leaders see the effects of parental neglect, according to the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center’s Web site. “There is always potential for parents who are either overworked and exhausted or that just
don’t really care,” Manski said. “More detached parents may very well be stressed, but if the kids have parents that aren’t interested in this, they’re probably not interested in anything the child does.” Megan Thomas, president of Treadaway Kids, said she is determined to grow closer to the families and is particularly excited about the cookout. “A big part of the mission of Treadaway Kids is to change, in a broader sense, the community of Abilene, and through that, we want to change
the way these kids are looked at,” said Thomas, senior biology major from Round Rock. She encourages the leaders of Treadaway Kids to express to parents the great things about their children. “I think the cookout is a good example of people who just want to be loving and caring and be literally showing the love of God in action,” Manski said. “The first thing you have to do is build relationships.” contact Neal at
Scouts travel to Tonkawa Ben Warton Contributing Reporter Students will trek to Camp Tonkawa for a camping trip with the ACU Venturing and Scouting group Friday. Just outside the city limits, group members will enjoy shooting, archery, canoeing, nighttime devotionals and a late-night Capture-the-Flag game, said Nathan Williams, director of Venturing and Scouting relationships. The group planned this trip to bring members closer together, said Sommerly Simser, associate adviser for the group. “We saw that many members of the group didn’t know each other that well, and we realized that there was a need for us to do some sort of small-group activity,” said Simser, senior broadcast journalism major from Las Vegas.
“It’s hard, especially for freshmen, to relate and communicate with people they don’t know. With this trip, we get to learn more about each other and hopefully become a stronger group.” The trip will be a chance to scout out potential officers, as well. “We also wanted to have this trip so that members could see who stands out as leaders in the group,” Simser said. The trip is one of many the group has taken since it started operating on campus. Several members of the group went on a 12day backpacking trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico this past summer, Williams said. The Venturing program is a coed group designed for ACU students up to age 21. Any student can join, although it is made up primarily of students who were in-
volved with Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts; many of the members receive scholarships for their achievements in scouting. Several attempts were made to launch the program in the past, but this is the group’s first year as an official campus organization, Williams said. The group meets for Chapel in the AT&T Theatre in the Hunter Welcome Center every Wednesday and is open to anyone. Members of the group who are receiving scholarships are required to attend and be as active in the group as possible, Simser said. For more information about the ACU Venturing and Scouting program, visit the ACU Venturing Facebook group.
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October 28, 2009
Flu: No more shots
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and young children are at the top of the list. “We first became aware of H1N1 in April, and that’s why it’s taken so many months for this vaccine to be available,” Drew said. “The Center for Disease Control has taken their time and not
rushed so that they know they’re making a vaccine that’s safe.” Texas’ Department of State Health Services began reporting hospitalizations and admissions due to the H1N1 virus to Intensive Care Units Sept. 20. The department began reporting deaths April 15. Region 2/3, which includes Tay-
lor County, has reported 198 hospitalizations – 20 of them in an ICU – and 14 deaths. The state of Texas reported 726 hospitalizations – 150 of which were admitted to an ICU – and 95 deaths, which included the death of a Mexican child. contact Hettich at
Scam: E-mail hacked Continued from page 1 about Internet scamming, and she said she knows how to defend herself in the future. “I changed my password to something more complicated, and I will continue to change it on a frequent, regular basis,” she said. Tsunami Hernandez, sophomore information technology major from
Abilene, said anyone could have been the victim in this situation. “It’s a lot easier than some people might think to get scammed over the Internet,” Hernandez said. “Spammers have gotten smarter, and it’s not just about avoiding suspicious links anymore.” Wilson’s biggest piece of advice is simply to exercise caution.
“Honestly, we’re all just sitting ducks, and this could have happened to anyone,” she said. “The most important thing is to carefully read all of a suspicious e-mail before you click on anything.”
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Sex: Tea and conversation before.” Jodi Bell, sophomore psychology major from Monrovia, Calif., said, “Sex Talk and Tea Night has allowed us to really get to know each other.” She said being a part of these open discussions has been a great bonding experience for the girls in the hall.
Pam Money, wife of Dr. Royce Money, president of the university, has been making the rounds among residence halls since the beginning of the semester, speaking to both male and female students about relationships. The topics of her presentations have inspired discussions at Sex Talk and Tea Night. “In general, everyone
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KELSI WILLIAMSON Staff Photographer Benjamin Wiese, freshman youth and family ministry major from San Antonio, slacklines in front of the Brown Library on Tuesday afternoon.
that went to Pam Money’s event loved it and loved what she had to say,” Youngblood said. “As Smith and Adams, we want to have more events with the girls and the guys talking about relationships, kind of spinning off of what she’s done.” contact Neal at
the semester. Tara Shoemaker, junior family studies major from Houston, said Monday’s event included free ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery, and participants received coupons for free Starbucks coffee Tuesday. Tickets for Sharky’s Burrito Co. and Prime Time Family Entertainment Center will be available Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. CAB Officer Shoemaker said this year is different from Sadie’s Week in the past because Friday’s event features a hypnotist show starring volunteers from
the audience at 7 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium. Steve Rizzotto, junior business marketing major from Sugar Land, said students look forward to this week and Casanova Week in the spring. He said Sharky’s and Prime Time are two of the most popular events; students have been known to line up even before Chapel to make sure they get a ticket. “Sadie’s Week is really great because it informs students of the CAB office and what they do for students,” said Rizzotto, CAB officer. “It also gives students a chance to have fun things to do at night for free.” Goldman said Sadie’s
Week is a positive experience for everyone involved. Students enjoy the time spent with their peers without having to worry about money, the businesses involved benefit from the exposure on campus and CAB takes pride in the success of the activities. “This is my fourth year planning Sadie’s Week, and everyone in the CAB office really enjoys seeing students getting so excited about involvement in school-sponsored activities,” Goldman said.
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October 28, 2009
Page 5 LEFT: Pamela Rush (right) of Lubbock and Shelley Ferguson (left) of Houston try to keep cool at the 2009 Homecoming game. Rush’s daughter, Katie, and Ferguson’s son, Chris, both ACU students, were married in August.
Annual faceoff keeps
HEATHER LEIPHART Staff Photographer
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“ACU Dad” Paul Howard from Joshua, father of red-shirt linebacker Ben Howard, cheers on the Wildcats against West Texas A&M. Howard said he liked the way ACU played during the game but was surprised at how tough an opponent WT ended up being for ACU. The Wildcats lost the game to the Buffaloes 32-21.
Homecoming football game unites generations
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TOP LEFT: Thirteen-month-old Lacy Leach of Del Rio plays in the grass at her first Homecoming game. Her mom, Courtney Leach, a 1999 graduate of ACU, said young Lacy is most excited by Willie the Wildcat, her little purple and white pom-poms and her balloons from the weekend. ABOVE: Senior political science major Daniel Burgner of Yorba Linda, Calif., cheers on the ACU football team at the 2009 Homecoming game. Burgner said Homecoming is his favorite weekend of the year, even more so than Christmas.
HEATHER LEIPHART Staff Photographer
BOTTOM LEFT: Ricky Mosley, father of ACU Athletic Director Jared Mosley, takes in what he says is at least his tenth ACU Homecoming game. Mosley attended ACU between 1973 and 1975 and was a student in COBA.
October 28, 2009
Students must make informed choice The last flu vaccination. Those are ominous words at a time when the Center for Disease Prevention and Control has identified nearly every flu virus this year as the 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus, or the swine flu. Between Aug. 30 and Oct. 17, more than 20,000 people were hospitalized in the U.S. with flu or pneumonia-related illnesses, conditions that led to almost 2,500 deaths in two weeks. Figures like these tend to cause anxiety, especially for people forced to spend long periods of time around others who might be carrying the disease. Nervous par-
ents, heavy media coverage and official White House statements are enough to create a panic on any campus, but before you trample little old ladies and small children in your race to the nearest clinic, pause for a moment. College students are considered to run the least risk of complications once contracting the flu, said Michelle Drew, nurse practitioner at the ACU Medical Clinic. The CDC targets the young, pregnant women and health care workers first. Of course, this year is atypical in the number and severity of cases, but in general,
students can avoid the flu without receiving a vaccination. Frequently washing your hands, getting adequate rest and avoiding others who are infected are reliable ways to lower your risk of illness. This does not mean students should not be vaccinated if the opportunity arises, and here is the crux of the vaccination debate. Although the scientific community has determined vaccines to be safe, effective and often essential to the prevention of contagious diseases, a few prominent voices continue to muddy the waters. Actor Jim Carrey and political activist
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. are among several public figures who believe vaccinations do more harm than good, citing debunked studies that spuriously link vaccines with autism and diabetes. It may be difficult for students to discern fact from fear, but there are some simple truths about the H1N1 vaccine. The National Institute of Health has been conducting tests of the vaccine since July, and it has been “well-tolerated,” acccording to Wired magazine. Critics also point to the H1N1 outbreak in the 1970s, when several cases of a neurological disorder, Guillain-Barré, were
By Jordan Blakey
Anxieties about the H1N1 virus may keep students from making informed vaccination decisions.
The decision to get vaccinated should be based on the facts, instead of fear or the opinion of a few individuals. linked to vaccinations. Since then, vaccination production has improved dramatically, and a 2003 study by the Institute of Medicine found no instances of the disorder caused by vaccines on the market today. As with any health decision, students should exercise common sense. Weigh the consequences
of not getting a vaccination – missing class or developing complications – against the inconvenience of walking to the clinic. Whatever your decision, just make sure it’s an educated one.
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Youthful belief provides solace Sondra Not Sandra Sondra Rodriguez
Outdated custom fails to save time Bread with Tomato Colter Hettich It’s not just me. Arizona and Hawaii act like they’ve never heard of it. Farmers hate it, and for good reason. If you have ever spent 30 seconds with a cow, you know the glazedHettich over, mymind-is-numb-and-I-likeit-that-way look they can give humans when we waste our time speaking to them. Imagine: you have milked your cows at 7 a.m. for the past seven or eight months, and one October morning, the state tells you to turn your clock back one hour. 7 a.m. is now 8 a.m., Old Bessie’s lactation appointment has passed, and you’re fumbling blindly for a pail because it is still dark as night outside. If that does not sound like fun to you, I don’t know what would.
Daylight saving was born out of a need to conserve resources. By turning the clock back an hour during the winter months, the sun seems to stay out longer, which translates to people keeping their lights off for another hour. In 1918, a federal law mandated that everyone in the nation observe daylight saving time. Less than a year later, the nationwide mandate was repealed and became the states’ prerogative. If you are not familiar with the lethargy our Congress typically exhibits when doing anything, particularly passing legislation, “less than a year” is fast. The Uniform Time Act of 1966 standardized the start and end dates for daylight saving time in participating states. The act also cited the apparently dramatic effects more daylight would have on “playtime for the children and youth of our Nation, … expanded economic opportunity … through the extension of
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American business owners: you don’t need an extra hour to shoot the bull on the conference phone with German pencil manufacturers who would rather be on their way home to hot schnitzel and a pint of their favorite lager. domestic office hours to periods of greater overlap with the European Economic Community,” according to www.nationalgeographic.com. So, now this is about appeasing some blithering, manky European businesses? American business owners: you don’t need an extra hour to shoot the bull on the conference phone with German pencil manufacturers who would rather be on their way home to hot schnitzel and a pint of their favorite lager. And whom are we kidding? American children are not outside. They are living as rock stars in their living rooms, thanks to the miracle of Guitar Hero. Plus, the lack of daylight decreas-
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es glare on the screen and increases contrast, giving little Timmy the only chance he has at beating Through the Fire and the Flames. Daylight saving began for a good reason, but the need is gone. Write your state representative. If Arizona and Hawaii can do it, we should have already.
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When I was little, I believed clouds represented those in heaven. After all, they are above u s , where we bel i e v e Heaven to be, a n d Rodriguez they are watching over us like they promised – or like we’re sure they would have promised if our pets could talk. You may dismiss this idea as the foolish thoughts of a child, but first, think of how many times you’ve seen a cloud shaped like an animal – perhaps one you lost years ago. Think of the times you’ve tweaked your perception so a cloud looked like a person or even something that reminded you of a person. What if you allowed yourself to feel the comfort provided by this foolish idea? Keep in mind, a 6-year-old girl with a curly mess of hair she’ll never grow into, wearing patched overalls and platform Sketchers, developed this theory. I’ve grown up a little. I learned what clouds are, what they are made of and that science tells us a cloud is not friends and family I’ve lost or even the dog that died when I was 11. But, I can’t seem to let go of the belief that when I look up, I might see someone I miss for just a moment before
they’re taken away with the breeze. Hold onto beliefs like this. Hold onto the thoughts you used to comfort yourself when you were young – don’t let science, fact or rationality prove you wrong. Somehow, when we were young, we created fantastical theories to protect ourselves from fear, pain and sadness. We taught ourselves to be comforted after the loss of a loved one by looking up. Those
I can’t seem to let go of the belief that when I look up, I might see someone I miss for just a moment before they’re taken away with the breeze. theories are still in our minds; we just tend to silence them for the “grown-up” approach or rationale. Maybe if we can hold onto that innocence, that naiveté, we’ll find a little more peace during the times in life that make us hurt.
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October 28, 2009
Loss: Red zone inefficiencies haunt Wildcats Continued from page 8
After a 16-yard reception by Ben Gibbs late in the first half, the Wildcats faced first and goal from the 4-yard line. After a short rush and an incomplete pass, Gale attempted to connect with Edmund Gates, but Gates came down out of bounds. ACU settled for a field goal on fourth down and took a 6-0 lead into halftime. Gale echoed Thomsen regarding the offense’s poor execution. “We just need to be more consistent,” Gale said. “We play good at times, but you can’t afford to be inconsistent against a good team. In the red zone, everything is magnified, so we have to come out with more points than six when we
are down there as much as we were last week. “ The Wildcats struggled to move the ball with consistency in the second half. The score remained 6-0 until early in the fourth quarter, when Guinn returned an ACU punt 57 yards for a touchdown. Fred Thompson blocked the attempt to hold the score even at 6-6. However, the offense could not move the ball well enough to generate points. The Wildcat defense broke with 4:32 left in the game when Scott Granthem connected with Jahmeel Hobson on a 75yard touchdown pass. The Wildcats drove the ball back into Tarleton territory, but turned it over on an unsuccessful fourth and 17 after Gale failed to hit Edmund Gates with 1:53
left in the game. ACU got the ball back one more time with 10 seconds left after a Tarleton punt, but it didn’t help. The Wildcats ended the game with two incomplete Hail Mary attempts. This marks the first time the Wildcats have not scored a touchdown in a game since a 31-0 loss against Angelo State in October 2001. The Wildcats drop to 7-2 overall and 2-2 in the LSC South, while Tarleton moves into a two-way tie with Texas A&M-Kingsville after the Javelinas escaped Eastern New Mexico 38-31. ACU will square off against Kingsville in the final home game of the season at 2 p.m. Saturday.
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The Wildcats look on from the sidelines during Saturday’s game against Tarleton State.
Title: Wildcats dominate LSC championships again Continued from page 8
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The Wildcat defense played well, but it wasn’t enough as ACU fell to Tarleton State.
Destiny: Playoff hopes hinge on last two games Continued from page 8 plus a stumble by corner back DuMaurier Jordan, helped the Texans come from behind for the win. ACU surprisingly is still in control of its own destiny. The two remaining teams on the Wildcats’ schedule are ranked ahead of them in the new regional rankings, which currently have ACU in the No. 7 spot. Midwestern State blew by Central Oklahoma this weekend with a 43-16 victory and now sits in the spot ACU held last week, No. 4. Before the Wildcats get to Midwestern, they must get by Texas A&MKingsville this weekend. The Javelinas staved off an upset by Eastern New Mexico with a 38-31 victory. They are in the playoff picture at No. 5
as of now, but they likely would be eliminated from real contention if they lose either of their last two games. If the Wildcats can win both games, they should end up with the No. 5 or No. 6 seed. Missouri Western, sitting in the third spot right now, just lost to an unranked Missouri Southern and somehow managed to stay put, despite an upset win by Tarleton. It would have been best if Tarleton and Kingsville had gotten ahead of Missouri Western, simply for the fact that it looks better in a win. But the Wildcats cannot worry about anyone else, because they must win both games to advance to the playoffs. It would also be nice if they were convincing wins, just to remove any doubts
voters might have. Should ACU lose another game, making it to the postseason would require some very serious help. It would take losses by a few teams and mercy on the part of the voters to get the Wildcats in at that point. I certainly hope the offense can find a way to get it together before this weekend, when they face an extremely tough Kingsville team.
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championships, but it’s good to be a part of the tradition.” The Wildcats have spent much of the season hampered by injuries. The 2009 LSC Championships were the first chance the team had to compete together as a healthy unit. National polls predicted the Wildcats would face a stiff challenge from Tarleton State; the Wildcats entered as the nation’s No.18 team, while Tarleton held the No. 17 ranking. The Wildcats proved the pollsters wrong by running away from Tarleton State and the rest of the LSC field. ACU collected only 33 points, while second-place Tarleton State lagged far behind with 75 total points. ACU’s Amos Sang captured the individual title in 24:44.0 with his teammate Cleophas Tanui crossing the line second in 25:21.0. Sang’s triumph extended ACU’s streak of individual conference champions to nineteen consecutive wins. Freshman Colby Delbene crossed the line in fifth place with a time of 26:04.0. “Amos is where I expected him to be, head and shoulders above the rest of the field,” Burroughs said. “Cleophas and Colby
Amos is where I expected him to be, head and shoulders above the rest of the field. SAM BURROUGHS Head Cross-Country Coach
also finished right about where I expected.” The Wildcat’s other two top-five finishers were Daniel Maina and freshman Spencer Lynn. Maina finished 12th in a time of 26:41.0, and Lynn finished right behind him in 13th with a time of 26:46.0. Jacob Schofield and Will Pike finished 34th and 36th, respectively, but did not finish among ACU’s top five runners, and thus, their points did not count toward the overall team score. Lynn, a native of White Oak, caught the attention of his head coach. His 13th place finish far exceeded expectations, prompting Burroughs to call Lynn the “standout of the race.” On the women’s side, a tough season continued. The Wildcats finished in eighth place with a score of 193. Midwestern State secured back-to-back team titles with a score of 70 points. Angelo State finished second with a score of 73 points. Freshman Chloe Susset continued to be a bright spot for the women’s
team. Susset crossed the line in sixth place with a solid time of 24:12.2. She was honored among the top individual finishers and was named to the allConference team. Next up for the crosscountry teams is the 2009 NCAA South Central Regional tournament Nov. 7 at Grover Nelson Park.
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Standings FOOTBALL Ovrl. Team Div. Tarleton St. TAMU-K ACU MSU Angelo State SE Okla. WTAMU TAMU-C Central Okla. NE State ENMU SW Okla. East Central
6-1 6-1 5-2 5-2 5-2 4-3 4-3 3-4 2-5 2-5 2-6 1-7 0-7
8-1 8-1 7-2 7-2 6-3 6-3 4-5 3-5 2-7 2-7 2-7 1-8 0-9
VOLLEYBALL Ovrl. Team Div. 10-0 WTAMU 8-1 ACU 6-3 TAMU-C Angelo State 6-3 5-4 SE Okla. 5-4 TAMU-K East Central 5-4 5-4 MSU TX Woman’s 4-5 Central Okla. 4-6 Tarleton St. 3-6 Cameron 3-5 2-8 SW Okla. ENMU 0-10
26-3 22-5 21-7 14-13 20-11 16-9 14-16 9-21 14-14 12-15 8-18 8-17 5-26 5-20
WOMEN’S SOCCER Ovrl. Team Div. Central Okla. ACU WTAMU MSU TX Woman’s TAMU-C ENMU SW Okla. Angelo State East Central NE State
6-2 5-2-2 5-2-1 5-3 5-3 4-3 3-5 3-5 3-6 2-5 1-6-1
12-5-1 10-5-2 11-2-2 11-3-2 7-8 9-6 8-9 6-10-1 9-8 5-6-2 5-9-1
Scores SATURDAY Football ACU 6, Tarleton 13
Volleyball ACU 3, Cameron 2
SUNDAY Soccer ACU 0, West Texas A&M 0
TUESDAY Volleyball ACU 2, Texas-Permian Basin 1
THURSDAY Volleyball ACU at East Central University, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY Soccer ACU at Midwestern State, 5:30 p.m.
Women’s Basketball ACU vs. Lubbock Christian, 7 p.m.
SATURDAY Football ACU vs. TAMU-Kingsville, 2 p.m.
Volleyball ACU at SE Oklahoma St., 7 p.m.
October 28, 2009
Wildcats run for 19th-straight LSC Title Jeff Craig Sports Reporter The Wildcat men’s cross-country team captured its 19th consecutive Lone Star Conference title at the LSC Championships in Canyon last weekend. The victory maintained the longest streak of consecutive conference titles in NCAA Division II and ensured a run of dominance that began in 1991 would not end
with this season. Head Coach Sam Burroughs, in just his second season as head coach, saw his team recover from an up-and-down season to give a dominating performance at the conference meet. “From an overall team perspective, we ran really well,” Burroughs said. “It feels really good to keep the streak going. I wasn’t here for the first 17 COURTESY OF LONESTARCONFERENCE.ORG
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The ACU men’s cross-country team captured its 19th consecutive LSC title Saturday.
Wildcats control playoff destiny Super Regional Four
Brandon Tripp Assistant Sports Editor Last week’s playoff update seems to have been optimistic. ACU dropped a heartbreaker this past weekend and fell to 2-2 in the increasingly muddy LSC South. T h e offense moved the ball right Tripp out of the gate, taking it down to the Texans’ 10-yard line, but Mitchell Gale again struggled, throwing a pair of picks, his first coming on that drive. ACU made it into the red zone twice more in the first half, coming away with just two field goals. The second half was nothing short of a dismal performance by the ACU offense. Mark HEATHER LEIPHART Staff Photographer Sprague punted nine Defensive back Josh Wise sits on the sideline with a teammate after ACU’s loss to Tarleton times during the eveState on Saturday. It is the first time ACU has suffered back-to-back losses since 2006. ning, and that was with three ACU turnovers.
The top six teams from each of the four regions qualify for the playoffs. 1. Central Washington (9-0) 2. Northwest Missouri St. (8-1) 3. Missouri Western St. (7-2) 4. Midwestern State (7-2) 5. Texas A&M-Kingsville (8-1) 6. Tarleton State (8-1) 7. ACU (7-2) 8. Washburn (6-3) 9. Central Missouri (7-2) 10. Angelo St. (6-3)
The hardest thing for the Wildcats must have been seeing the defense hold the Texans, a team that has two rushers who combine for 160 yards a game, to -30 yards on the night – all for nothing. It was an awe-inspiring performance by the defense; the Texans were shut down offensively, and it looked liked six points would be enough to sneak away with a win. But all it takes is one big play, and that is what Tarleton got. A 75-yard strike by quarterback Scott Grantham, see DESTINY page 7
Turnovers and missed opportunities lead to loss Ryan Cantrell Assistant Sports Editor
ACU fell for the second time in as many weeks, this time at the hands of Tarleton State in a game that ended 13-6 Saturday night. Three turnovers and an inability to score touchdowns in the red zone hampered the Wildcats chances for a victory. ACU has been on the wrong end of the turnover battle in each of their losses. The Wildcat defense dominated the first half, allowing the Texans a negligible 48 total yards. Tarleton had just three first downs for the half and could not generate anything on offense.
GAME BREAKERS The Optimist picks players of the game and the play of the game. n Offensive Player of the Game: Tarleton WR Jahmeel Hobson, 8 receptions for 144 yards, 1 TD n Defensive Player of the Game: Tarleton LB Marcus Phillips, 12 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 1 INT n Play of the Game: With four minutes left in the game Tarleton WR Jahmeel Hobson got behind the ACU secondary to catch a pass for a 75-yard game-winning touchdown. However, ACU scored only six points in three red zone appearances, which proved costly. “Defense played really well, just didn’t execute,” said Head Coach Chris Thomsen. “We didn’t execute in the open field, didn’t execute in the tight red-zone, just didn’t execute. We have got to find a way to execute better on offense.”
The Wildcats’ second drive took them all the way down to the Texan 9-yard line. The Wildcats faced a third and goal situation when Mitchell Gale rifled a pass that deflected off the receiver’s hands and was intercepted. ACU had another opportunity to score points when Devin Guinn muffed a punt on the Texan 8-yard line. Reggie Brown rushed
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Darryl Richardson attempts to shrug off a Tarleton defender. on first and second down, and goal from the 1 and bringing the Wildcats to the forced a Wildcat field goal. 1-yard line. The Texan defense held Brown on third see LOSS page 7
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Briefs n Senior Jamie Meyer was named LSC South Preseason Player of the Year for the Wildcat women’s basketball team. Meyer averaged 14 points per game last year and helped ACU earn a berth in the NCAA regional tournament. The Wildcats are picked to finish third in the LSC South in preseason polls.
Wildcats continue winning ways with two victories Austin Gwin Assistant Sports Editor Every game this season is a must-win for the ACU volleyball team, and so far, the women are playing that way. The Wildcats have 10 straight wins after victories Thursday and Saturday night. The Wildcats easily shut out Midwest-
ern State on Thursday despite the fact Midwestern entered the game only one ranking behind the second-place Wildcats in the Lone Star Conference. Shawna Hines and Jordan Schilling both recorded double-digit figures in kills to lead the Wildcats to victory. Hines added eight blocks, and
Schilling posted a double-double with 16 kills. Ijeoma Moronu gave the ’Cats 38 assists in another outstanding performance. Saturday’s match against Cameron, however, proved to be a nail-biter. “Thursday was gorgeous; Saturday, not so much,” said Head Coach Kellen Mock. “But a win is
a win, and we’ll take it.” After the Wildcats built a 2-0 set lead, the Cameron Aggies stormed back with two set wins to force a decisive fifth set. “Cameron is the type of team that doesn’t die,” Mock said. “They took the momentum in the third game. We need to adjust quicker and not
give up the momentum.” Kills by Schilling and Jennie Hutt helped put away the Aggies in the fifth set. ACU scored the final four points in the set to win 15-10.
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