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A group of students bundle up and brave the rainy, wintry weather outside the McGlothlin campus center. The weather is expected to get warmer into the weekend.


MANA raises awareness in visit to campus marissa ferguson online editor Many students were confused Monday morning when they noticed the 1971 Winnebago parked in the middle of campus. Mark Moore, CEO of MANA Nutrition, explained the phenomenon in Chapel on Monday. The RV, deemed the Manabago, has been traveling the states for the last few years, letting people know that “feeding kids is groovy.” The Manabago, with its chrome wheels

and twice pipes, is a mission carrier for MANA, or Mother Administered Nutritive Aid. Moore spoke in Chapel about his company’s product, RUTF, which stands for Ready to Use Therapeutic Food, accompanied by the Manabago’s two roadies, Alex Cox and Mark Slagle. Moore also led a Chapel forum later that evening encouraging students to get involved. Their Chapel presentations, which included pictures and video, attested to the importance of the MANA’s mission.

I’m glad to see that another organization is doing something about malnutrition in the world.”

which is a simple mixture of peanut butter, dried fortified milk and vitamins, to treat children diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition. MANA nuCaitlin Phillips trition particularly targets International studies major children younger than age from Vienna, Va. six. So far, the company has stations in Rwanda and Guatemala to hand “It was shocking to see out the mixture packets. “Proper nutrition is the children in the Anderson Cooper video,” said really important for chilCaitlin Phillips, sopho- dren because, like the more international stud- forum said, malnutrition ies major from Vienna, Va. leads to stunted growth, “I’ve never seen malnour- lower marriage age, a less healthy community ished children like that.” MANA designed RUTF, overall and unfortunately

death,” Kara Stutesman, sophomore pre-med and journalism major from Carl Junction, Mo., said. The mission of MANA is to treat children before the damage is too great. Brain growth stops at the age of six, and if young children receive poor nutrition their brain development is permanently stunted. To combat this deficiency, RUTF provides the same nutrients as a high protein snack and a glass of milk. “I’m glad to see that another organization is doing something about mal-

nutrition in the world,” Phillips said. “It’s good to see that kids are getting saved.” The Manabago will continue on its journey around the states, hoping to reach their goal of saving the lives of 10,000 children by Christmas. For more information on the Manabago, visit, and for more information about MANA, visit http:// contact ferguson at


Popeye’s president to present at COBA luncheon

It’s always great to hear from Christian leaders in your future profession.”

faith and how it influenced their career, Pittman said. “It’s always great to hear from Christian leaders in your future profession,” said Will Mack, sophomore accountWill Mack ing major from Boerne. sophomore accounting Pittman said COBA major from boerne has advocated the role of “missionary in the market to where they are now and place” for some time. Pittgive words of advice to the man also said an objective next generation of business of asking Christian speakers to speak about their leaders,” Pittman said. Though the speakers are faith has been to show stunot limited to Christians, dents that religion and cawhen a speaker is Chris- reer success can co-exist. “We want students to tian they are encouraged by COBA to speak about their walk away seeing success

and seeing people that are still committed believers,” said Pittman. In addition to presenting for an audience, the speakers also engage in conversation with students. A goal of the series is for the students to have real conversations with real people not associated with ACU, Pittman said. Pittman also said a recently developed goal is for students to hear about career paths that started in college rather than after a degree is earned. Pittman said any and all students are invited to attend the luncheon. Admis-

sion is free, but a limited seats are left. Interested students should register online at Faculty and staff are also welcome to attend for a ticket purchase with a FOAP for $10 at the same website. For more information about the distinguished speakers visit www.acu. edu/academics/coba/ student-oppor tunities/ programs/speakerseries. html.





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curtis christian student reporter The College of Business Administration will continue its Distinguished Speakers Series this fall with Cheryl Bachelder, president and CEO of AFC Enterprises, parent company of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. Bachelder will speak at a luncheon at 11:45 a.m. on Nov. 3 at the Robert D. and Shirley Hunter Welcome Center. She is one of eight significant figures of the corporate world that has

spoken since the series was initiated in 2000. Past speakers include:Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS; Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell Inc.; and Jim Lentz, president of Toyota Motor Sales USA. Inc. Amanda Pittman, marketing associate of the COBA office and coordinator of the Distinguished Speaker Series, said the purpose of the series is to give students opportunities to learn from some of the most successful people in business. “Speakers come and share stories of their path

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6 p.m. ACU women’s soccer at Midwestern State


6 p.m. Freshman Carnival at University Church of Christ 7 p.m. Me Addiction Tour in the Hunter Welcome Center


2 p.m. ACU football Pink Out game vs. A&M Commerce at Shotwell Stadium


6 p.m. Trojans Grub 7 p.m. ACU volleyball at Eastern New Mexico


1 p.m. ACU women’s soccer vs. West Texas A&M 2 p.m. Guest Artist Series: Dusty Woodruff in the Williams Performing Arts Center Recital Hall 7 p.m. Frater Sodalis Haunted House

The Freshman Carnival will take place Friday from 6 - 9 p.m. in the University

11:30 a.m. Sadie Hawkins Week at Sharky’s 7 p.m. Frater Sodalis Haunted House 7:30 p.m. Orchestra Halloween Concert featuring Dusty Woodruff in Cullen Auditorium

chapel checkup


The Me Addiction Tour, featuring comedian Bob Smiley, Speaker Reg Cox and Worship Leader Phil Joel, will take place Friday at 7 p.m. in the Hunter Welcome Center. Students who attend can earn three chapel credits.


7 p.m. Frater Sodalis Haunted House

7 p.m. Frater Sodalis Haunted House

The men of Frater Sodalis will host “The Return to the Haunted Island” Friday - Monday beginning at 7 p.m. The event will be located on loop 322 between Highway 80 and I-20.


Cheryl Bachelder, President of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and CEO of AFC Enterprises, Inc., will speak in the Hunter Welcome Center Thursday at 11:45 a.m. as part of COBA’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

Center. This training event is designed for individuals who want to be entrepreneurs or have an idea for a business. Registration cost is $99 before Tuesday, $249 after Tuesday. The Griggs Center for Entrepreneurship and PhilanthroAll students are encouraged An interest meeting for Ka- py will host the event. to wear pink to the football nakuk Kamps will take place game on Saturday to support Thursday at 8:30 p.m. in the Flu shots will be available in ACU athletics and Breast Onstead -Packer Biblical Stud- the Medical & Counseling Cancer Awareness Month. ies Building room 103. Partici- Care Center for $15. The Medpants will be able to get infor- ical & Counseling Care Center A Graduation Fair will take mation and do interviews. is located at the northeast entrance of the Royce and Pam place in the Hunter Welcome Center Tuesday from 10 a.m. - ACU Entrepreneur Boot- Money Student Recreation 6 p.m. This fair is only for stu- camp will take place Nov. and Wellness Center. dents graduating in Dec. 2011. 4-5 in the Hunter Welcome Church of Christ gym. There will be live music, contests and more. Tickets can be purchased for $5 in the Campus Center every day from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Ticket includes the cost of a gift and food.

Police Police Log Log

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Weekly Stats for Oct. 11 - Oct. 18, 2011

10/11/11 2:45 p.m. HARASSMENT: An ACU student reported that a female former student has been trying to contact him at school and work, through Facebook and had even called ACUPD asking officers to contact him. The female former student apparently has romantic intentions which are not mutual. The male student requested ACUPD’s assistance in getting her to cease her attempts to contact him. Officers made contact and advised the female as to applicale harassment violations she could be charged with. 10/13/11 11:35p.m. NOISE VIOLATION: ACUPD responded to a call of a loud noise disturbance in University Park Apartments. Officers heard a very loud TV and conversation in an apartment and contacted the tenant who promptly turned down and quieted the guests. 10/15/11 1:15 a.m. FIGHT: APD dispatched ACUPD to a reported fight in the hallway of The Grove apartments. ACUPD and APD officers responded and found the hallway clear and no fights on the premises. 10/17/2011 5:25a.m. RECKLESS DRIVING: ACUPD received a report of vehicles being driven recklessly in the Abilene Christian School parking lots. Officers checked the lots but found the offenders had left the area; no violations noted. 10/19/11 1:40 p.m. SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY: ACUPD received a report of a suspicious male in the Campus Center. Investigation revealed that the male was truant from Cooper High School as well as being reported to APD as a runaway. The runaway was turned over to juvenile authorities. 10/19/11 6:30 p.m. THEFT: Three ACU student athletes working out in Powell Fitness Center reported the theft of their iPhones from a counter area inside the center. 10/20/11 8:50 p.m. STAND BY: University Park management requested ACUPD to stand by while an employee was being terminated. 10/20/11 2:20 p.m. INTOXICATED PERSON: ACUPD officers assisted APD in dealing with an intoxicated person near N. Judge Ely and EN 10th Street. The suspect was arrested for disorderly conduct and public intoxication. 10/24/11 12:10 a.m. OTHER: A Gardner Hal desk worker reported unknown subjects in a white SUV throwing eggs at persons walking on the Lunsford Trail. 10/24/11 8:44 p.m. PROWLER: A local landlord contacted ACUPD about a possible prowler at a student rental house in the 600 block of College Drive. ACUPD officers contacted three tenants who stated that an unknown person had tried to pry open their back door. The suspect left in a dark SUV. Officers checked the house and immediate area but were unable to locate the vehicle. Police Tip for 10/11 - 10/18: Help keep our residence halls secure - NEVER prop open locked entry/exit doors and ALWAYS report suspicious persons or activity that you see on campus.

Accident - 6 Administrative Activity - 4 Assist - 2 Attempt to Locate - 1 Barricades - 2 Bicycle Patrol - 2 Building Lock/Unlock - 17 Check Building - 9 Citation Issuance - 2 Civil Disturbance - 2 Direct Traffic - 2 Escort - 1 Fight - 1 Found Property - 3 Harassment - 1 Hit and Run - 2 Investigation Follow Up - 1

Lost Property - 1 Medical Emergency - 2 Motorist Assist: Jump-start - 7 Motorist Assist: Unlock - 21 Noise Violation - 2 Other - 7 Parking Violation - 4 Patrol Vehicle: Maintenance - 6 Patrol Vehicle: Refuel - 7 Report Writing - 1 Suspicious Activity - 2 Theft - 4 Traffic Stop - 12 Wrecker Service - 1

Total Events: 136

Weekly Stats for Oct. 18 - Oct. 25, 2011 911 Call - 2 Accident - 1 Administrative Activity - 11 Alarm - 2 Animal Call - 1 Assist - 6 Attempt to Locate - 2 Barricades - 4 Building Lock/Unlock - 12 Check Building - 7 Disturbance - 2 Drug Activity/Offense - 1 Found Property - 2 Incident Report - 1 Information Report - 4 Intoxicated Person - 1 Investigation Follow-Up - 6 Lost Property - 2

Medical Emergency - 2 Motorist Assist: Jump-start - 8 Motorist Assist: Unlock - 11 Other - 5 Parking Violation - 6 Patrol Vehicle: Maintenance - 1 Patrol Vehicle: Refuel - 7 Prowler - 1 Pubic Service - 1 Special Assignment - 1 Stand By - 1 Suspicious Activity - 4 Theft - 2 Traffic Hazard - 1 Traffic Stop - 3

Total Events: 120

Police Tip for 10/18 - 10/25: If you need assistance, especially in an emergancy, always call ACUPD first. Caling your landlord or your parents and then calling the police only delays response and could make a tragic difference.

Volunteer Opp0rtunities The Oakridge Church of Christ is looking for volunteers to help with Trunk-Or-Treat on Saturday 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 Love and Care Ministries needs volunteers for their annual Tent Revival Nov. 6-9 beginning at 6:30 p.m. each evening. Love and Care will provide food, clothing, haircuts, flu shots and more to those in need in the Abilene community. Each evening will also include praise, worship, prayer, and guest speakers. Volunteers can register at newsite/?page id=2091. Communities in Schools needs volunteers Nov. 11 from 1 - 3 p.m. or 5 - 9 p.m. at Ortiz Elementary School located at 2550 Vogel St. Volunteers will play games with children from 1 - 3 p.m. or help set up, run booths, and take down their Fall Festival from 5 - 9 p.m. Volunteers can work at one or both events. Contact Sheila Ashford at 325-671-4945 ext. 5351 or email The American Business Women’s Association needs volunteers Nov. 11 - 13 for various daytime and evening shifts to help with an event at the Abilene Civic Center. Volunteers will help primarily in the main

concession stand. Contact Sydnye Moore at 325-6922633 or 325-428-1024 or email The International Rescue Committee is collecting coats, hats, jackets, gloves and blankets for refugees in Abilene who came to the U.S. with few possessions and who will need warm clothing. Donations can be dropped off daily from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at 3303 N. 3rd St., Suite D. For more information contact Aly Shanks at 325-675-5673 ext. 19 or email The Big Brothers Big Sisters program is looking for volunteers to participate in Lunch Buddies. Bigs and Littles will enjoy lunch together at the child’s school once a week. Students can earn Chapel credit for each visit. Big Brothers Big Sisters is also looking for volunteers for its Community Based program. Bigs are matched with Littles in a one-on-one relationship and spend four to six hours per month together in the community. To sign up or learn more visit or call 325-674-3113. 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 325673-4586 or visit the NCCIL website. Noah Project Inc. needs volunteers to help answer Breakfast on Beech Street is looking for volunteers to help set up, 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.


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Highland Church of Christ hires alumni over summer to fill open positions Meagan Freeman student reporter Three ACU graduates accepted positions with Abilene’s largest Church of Christ congregation this year. Early in the summer Ben Siburt, Brandon Scott Thomas and Matt Pinson filled the roles of executive minister, worship minister and director of communications, respectively, at Highland Church of Christ. Ben Siburt, who graduated in 2000 with a degree in biblical text, accepted the position of executive minister at Highland. He oversees all of the minis-

tries of Highland Church of Christ. As the new worship minister, Brandon Scott Thomas, who graduated in 1992 with a degree in communications, is in charge of the worship aspect of the church’s mission. Matt Pinson, who graduated in 2003 as an advertising and public relations major, serves at the director of communications. He manages any communication the church sends out, such as bulletins, mailings and websites. The men said they all agree that their time at ACU helped shape the success they have seen in their min-

istry careers. Pinson said he believes the education he received at ACU trained him for this role. “I felt very prepared going into the work force,” Pinson said. Thomas said ACU prepped him for serving God’s call of ministry. “ACU equipped me to think ministry happens no matter what type of job you have, to be a Christian leader no matter what job you’re in,” Thomas said. All three men had ties to Highland Church of Christ during their time at ACU. Even though each moved away after graduation, none of them hesi-

tated when they received the job offer. Siburt is an Abilene native. Though he also moved out of Abilene after graduation, he said he is happy to be back at Highland. Pinson said after graduation he moved to Nashville. When he heard about the position at Highland, he knew that was where God wanted him to be. “Lots of us went to Highland while we went to ACU, so getting to move back to Abilene was exciting for me. It’s a nice little town,” Pinson said. “We had missed it since we graduated.” Thomas said he has al-

ways loved Highland. “I’ve talked with Highland over the course of the years about worship stuff,” Thomas said. “I dreamed about how cool it would be to work at Highland.” The men were selected for their roles by a worship committee and a search committee. They join a number of other Highland Church of Christ employees who are also ACU alumni, such as preaching minister Jonathan Storment, who finished graduate school at ACU in 2007. Siburt, Thomas and Pinson said they find working at Highland to be a blessing. Siburt said he enjoys

being able to work with the staff of Highland. Pinson said he also thinks the staff makes the position even more fulfilling. “I love the staff and the elders of Highland. The leadership is awesome,” Thomas said. “Highland is awesome.” But the men said there was one more thing that made their jobs great. “We get to invite people into an experience with God,” Thomas said. “It’s the biggest honor and privilege. I love that part.” contact freeman at

study abroad

Study Abroad at Oxford explores Spain, Portugal christianna lewis copy editor Students and faculty members of ACU in Oxford spread their cultural and intellectual wings last week as they toured the southern regions of Portugal and Spain. The tour, which included visits to a Christian environmentalist group, Christopher Columbus sites and a Spanish dance performance, was designed to enrich their classroom experience in Oxford, said Dr. Ron Morgan, professor of history and director of ACU in Oxford. The excursion began in Lagos, Portugal, where the students visited A Rocha International, a Christian environmental group committed to habitat protection through the theology of creation care, Morgan said. Part of A Rocha’s work includes monitoring bird populations that find food and shelter in coastal wetlands as well as working within the legal system to protect the rare ecosystem from developers. Along with the Portuguese director, Marcial Felgueiras, the ACU travelers viewed flamingos and herons in the wetlands and witnessed the technique of measuring, weighing and banding a variety of birds. Dr. Dan Brannan, professor of biology currently teaching in Oxford, said he was impressed by the distinctly Christian way that A Rocha pursued both conservation of the wetlands and the scientific observation of migratory birds. “Saving the planet by serving and conserving the garden is fulfillment of our first employment by the Creator,” Brannan said. “A Rocha serves as a great example of this.” The ACU community shared a worship service around the theme of God’s creation and the Christian’s role as steward at the end of the week, Morgan said. A number of students shared how the visit to A Rocha has

opened their eyes to a neglected aspect of Christian discipleship. Taylor Edwards, junior advertising and public relations major from Houston, said she previously had not given a great deal of attention to creation care or environmental causes but was impressed by the ways different cultures viewed their resources and chose to use them. A Rocha helped her see the connection between Christianity and conservation. “While visiting A Rocha, it was made clear to me that environmental care is not something only some Christians are called to do. Rather, creation care is an integral part of the walk for every single person who chooses to follow Christ,” Edwards said. “The A Rocha visit heavily informed [my outlook], and I’m beginning to change the way I think about resource consumption.” The week also examined human rights issues and Christian responses. In Portugal, students saw the first African slave market of the Atlantic slave trade. Also, as part of their international studies course, students studied a 16th-century priest named Bartolomé de las Casas, who defended Native American rights as a response to his conversion. Morgan said Las Casas was chosen as a study topic to raise questions about power and domination in today’s world. After exploring his life, Laura Baxter, sophomore communication sciences and disorders major from Katy, said the priest reminded her of Old Testament prophets like Isaiah or Jeremiah. “If this [Old Testament] message of social justice is what God wanted to get across to his people, what does this say about His concerns for the way we should worship and conduct ourselves?” Baxter said. The visit to Spain included a close historical focus, capitalizing on Morgan’s research interest in Spanish and Latin

American cultural history. The group toured a monastery where Christopher Columbus began to organize his first voyage. Would-be ACU pirates scrambled up the rigging in replicas of Columbus’s first three ships, Morgan said, and then came face-to-face with the famous navigator’s mortal remains in the Cathedral of Seville. Caroline Nikolaus, sophomore psychology major from O’Fallon, Ill., was thrilled when the group attended a performance of flamenco, a genre of Spanish music and dance that she studied last semester. She said watching the art form she’d studied and meeting the performer afterward helped her connect with the culture. “You feel a part of something bigger when for a moment two cultures come together and understand the music and art that is being created and enjoyed,” Nikolaus said. “That night was sincerely emotional due to the [mutual] appreciation for art, music and culture. I will never forget it.” The Oxford program is always looking for new ways to enrich courses through travel excursions, Morgan said. The program will have an excursion to Italy next semester and will return to Spain next fall for two weeks, where it will offer an Honors Colloquium titled “Soccer and Globalization.” Morgan said Study Abroad and the travel excursions it offers allow students and faculty members to learn and grow through new experiences. “One of the major benefits of off-campus programs like ACU in Oxford or Latin America is that the location becomes like a co-teacher, enriching the whole social, academic and spiritual experience,” Morgan said. “These experiences continue to enrich the lives and broaden the outlook of ACU students who choose to study abroad.” contact lewis at

mandy lambrighT Staff Photographer

The recently announced 2012 Sing Song hosts and hostesses from left to right: Brynn Smith, junior musical theatre and theatre education major from Fort Worth, Seth Womack, junior musical theatre major from Justin, Jocelyn Groves, junior biology major from Lubbock, Chris Randell, senior business marketing major from Abilene, Isaac Wright, junior exercise science major from Abilene, and Corinne Morris, junior electronic media major from Abilene. Read more about Sing Song 2012 at


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Student’s association

SA members fail to fulfill first round duties farron salley news anchor The Students’ Association spent time bonding on Wednesday while over three-fourths of the congressional body hasn’t met the required office hours and two members have already resigned. The Williams Performing Arts Center no longer has a representative in congress and students living off campus are down one representative. SA executive president Connor Best, senior political science major from Sacramento, Calif., said Jeremy Seal, the off-campus representative, resigned recently, but Marc Guiterrez, the WPAC Rep-

resentative, resigned much earlier in the year. “It wasn’t so much resigning,” Best said. “It didn’t seem like there was a need.” Best said neither of the former members attended the SA retreat and he didn’t feel the need to make them verbally resign before congress, a practice traditionally exercised. Both former members followed the Students’ Association constitutional guidelines by submitted their resignations to the president in writing. Best said he believed members would be discouraged from making formal resignations if they had to stand before congress, yet there was no other form of communication to inform other members of congress

about the transition. Most members of congress, including some cabinet officers, didn’t know about the resignations. Best said he didn’t know of a good way to communicate resignations to SA members. However, he said he would look into sending an email through the departmental secretary to the students in any of the six majors offered in the WPAC who no longer have representation. Although Best discourages appointments to congressional positions in the middle of the semester, any student interested in joining SA could be nominated by the executive president. A student could fill the seat with the support of twothirds of congress.

And more seats could open. Only eight members of the 38-seat congress have finished their first month of hours. Twelve members of congress have not begun to fulfill those duties. Members become eligible for impeachment after missing four congress meetings, four months of office hours or any combination thereof, said Rebecca Dial, chief development officer and junior political science and finance major from Lexington, S.C. All class officers are required to complete four hours of office work per four weeks, and all representatives are required to complete two hours. contact salley at

There were 20 representatives that had not finished required office hours. The 11 listed below have not started theirs yet. Go to to see the full list.

Richard Elmore Admin Rep

Katy Morrical Off-Campus Rep

J.P. Ralston COBA Rep

Josh Gill Off-Campus Rep

Cameron Bearden Edwards Rep

Matthew Ray Senior President

Colton McCoy Freshman Vice President

Mackenzie North Senior Vice President

America Nava Gardner Rep

Connor Vansteenberg Edwards Rep

Brandon Wilson Off-Campus Rep


Career Center offers Discovery guidance keyi zhou student reporter The Career Center has offered three Discovery courses to help students find future careers that fit their individual talents and personalities. The five-week Discovery course has taken place every semester on ACU campus for four years. This semester, two sessions are drawing to the end while the newest one started last week. Cynthia Cooke, career development manager, said some students come to the university without any defined path while some have already declared a major, and the program is a good way to confirm their choices. Some students know what majors they want to study but do not know what oc-

cupations they want to pursue. The course is not only for freshman but for all students at ACU. Cooke said the course is based on the understanding that God has uniquely gifted every person. “Selecting your occupation should be a spiritual pursuit,” Cooke said. “The program allows students to know how God has uniquely created them and know the occupation choices that are good for them. We all share a common call that we live to honor God throughout our occupational choices.” Cooke said she illustrated the importance of selecting the right career by asking students to write down their names and hometown then move the pens to their nondominated hand and write again.

If you take the course seriously and create a relationship with Mrs. Cooke you will get a lot out of it.” drew ritchie freshman biblical text major from lake jackson

“It takes a lot of effort to accomplish the task,” Cooke said. “That is an example saying that if you pick a career that does not suit you naturally, it will be awkward and tiring, and you will not be able to perform your best.” About 100 students attended the three sessions this semester. Most are freshmen, like Drew Ritchie, freshman biblical text major from Lake Jackson. He said the course was helpful for him by encouraging him and the other

students to think about potential careers from a new perspective, even if the class didn’t generate an immediate answer for what every student should do. “From the course, I realized more of my strengths and weaknesses and learned more about my personality,” Ritchie said. “If you take the course seriously and create a relationship with Mrs. Cooke, you will get a lot out of it.” Blair Bloemke, freshman biology major from Dallas, also said the Discovery was a great choice for her. “The personality tests that were given were very helpful,” Bloemke said. “Not only did it tell me which job would suit my personality the best but I also learned a lot about myself. All of the jobs that were suggested were

mainly in the medical field, or call which really encouraged the Career Center at 325me to pursue my dreams -- 674-2473. to become a doctor.” To earn more about the contact zhou at Discovery course, ed students can visit www.



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“Switchfoot has been my favorite band since I was 12 years old. They’ve really developed over the years; you could say I grew up along with the songs. That’s what’s bonded me to them, that’s what’s made them my favorite band. These guys are some of the last few people in the music industry who know what they’re doing with their own freedom. It’s really awesome to see musicians take control of their music.”

It was really uplifting to be there.

Will Rogers, sophomore multimedia major Arlington

"I wasn’t the biggest fan of Switchfoot. I hadn’t heard a lot of their music before the concert. I liked both Atomic Tom and Anberlin’s sets, but Switchfoot blew me away. Their music, performance and energy were all awesome.” Regan Dismukes, freshman multimedia major Henderson


“I got a Twitter account when I found out that Switchfoot was going to perform on campus because I knew Jon Foreman sometimes announced after-show performances through tweets after the main concert. He took suggestions, he listened to us sing, he waited long afterward to sign autographs and take pictures. He wanted to be with us as much as we wanted to hear him. You could tell he enjoyed what he does immensely. It was really uplifting to be there.”

This was their best performance.

Ryan Stice, junior youth and family ministry major Arlington

“I was disappointed that Stephen Christian [lead singer of Anberlin] wasn’t going to be there but I thought the Story of the Year guys did a really good job as his replacements. I’ve even checked out their band since Sunday. Atomic Tom had a really good performance as well. I hadn’t heard of them before but I thought they played well for a support band. Switchfoot’s performance was amazing. I’ve seen them in concert several times but this was their best performance. I especially loved it when Jon Foreman walked through the audience all the way around Moody.”

photos by daniel gomez Staff Photographer

Top: Jon Foreman, lead singer for the band Switchfoot, sings onstage in Moody Coliseum in front of hundreds of adoring fans. Middle: Phillip Sneed, vocalist for the band Story of the Year, filled in for lead singer Stephan Christian while making their stop in Abilene. Left: Jon Foreman gets up close and personal with the lucky students in the front row. Right: Jon Foreman stands on front row rail as fans excitedly reach out to touch him.

Trenton Carothers, sophomore actuarial science major Early

In Review:

admit this, but I had never seen The King and I. However, my lack of prior exposure allowed me to view the ACU production with fresh eyes and no preexisting biases. Now that I've seen it, I have no reservations in saying that The King and I is one of the best homecoming productions ACU has put on in years. From the opening notes of the Overture, I could tell sic,West Side Story, Phantom of Philip miranda staff videographer the Opera and countless oth- it was going to be a great ers have all been etched into performance. The Orchestra immediately put its best I grew up with the best of my mind since childhood. As such, it pains me to foot forward, and I was imBroadway – The Sound of Mu-

‘King’ succeeds through cast and craftsmanship

pressed by the professional quality of sound maintained throughout the admittedly long performance. As for the cast, every performer seemed to be giving it their all – the highlight being Ashley Parizek in her spectacular role as Anna. The rest of the cast were certainly not without their moments of glory as well. I was particularly impressed by Amanda Jarufe as Tuptim, whose crystal-clear voice very nearly stole the show more than once. Peter Hargrave was both imposing and endearing as the King, while Jon Schleyer

also gave a great performance as the King's eldest son. Everything else about the play was executed with the same level of craftsmanship and attention to detail that we've come to expect from the ACU theater department – the sets were immaculately constructed, the costumes were vibrant and the various supporting cast members and vocalists did an excellent job of setting the atmosphere (although I am still curious as to how they got so many small children to cooperate so well).

While the entire play was very well put together, a personal favorite part of mine was the play-within-the-play based on Uncle Tom's Cabin, which was an impressive performance in itself and a true delight to watch. I wouldn't be at all surprised if The King and I is remembered as one of the better ACU productions, and I'm excited to see what the theater department plans on tackling next. contact miranda at


friday 10.28.11



Students benefit from longer breaks Fall break needs to be longer. Many other universities get more days off from school for holidays and fall and Thanksgiving breaks than we do. This has to change. One day without classes isn’t a “break;” it’s a day when you turn your alarm off in your sleep. One day isn’t enough additional time to give many students a chance to travel home or to other potential destinations. Students from the east or west coasts don’t have enough time to travel home by car, and the expense of an airplane trip is usually not worth spending

for a weekend’s amount of time to visit. James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. gives students one full week off from school for Thanksgiving holiday. Those students now have the opportunity to travel and spend quality time with family and friends they haven’t seen in a long time whether they live close to or far from campus. Though they don’t get a “fall break,” less travel stresses and expenses and more break time become the more desirable situations. Let’s make this happen. Tuition rose last summer. We understand that the cost

of education is rising constantly and the increase is necessary for expanding student opportunities, yadda yadda yadda. But surely a longer fall break would help to cut down on expenses as students aren’t using up resources on campus and professors aren’t teaching. Maybe, just maybe, we can make tuition go down. We’re on to something here. The more break time we get, the less expensive school should be. Why not a full week of no school in the middle of the fall semester? How would that be different than spring break? Why stop at one week? Prices are dropping further

as break time is added. Let’s extend Thanksgiving break to a week as well. That’d be so nice to have so much time off from the stress of classes as the semester nears its end. What about those first two months of the semester? There’s no break at all between Opening Ceremonies at Chapel and fall break. Let’s take Labor Day and Columbus Day off too. And let’s not forget dead day. The university is still considering removing dead day from finals week. That’s ridiculous. Instead we should get dead week to be fully prepared for finals, since everyone studies all

Oh Dear, Christian College

Ben miller

the issue Students struggle to fit any travel into fall break because it is such a short holiday.

our take Students need all of the breaks to be longer so college won’t be so hard.

day long on dead day. That’s more like it: three and a half weeks of break time during the semester. This isn’t even counting the two weeks of classes you can skip using unexcused absences. Why don’t we just take the “going” out of “going to college”? We could just take online classes. Those are fun. That should bring

costs down even further as we learn and prepare for our careers from the comfort of our own homes. We’re all for higher education and learning practical application in real-life situations. Can’t it just be easier?

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How to choose the next U.S. President Minimally decent

Jozie Sands


It’s almost time to pick a GOP nominee. Primetime commercial slots are slowly filling up with political ads, politicians are scurrying around the country to participate in debates and newspapers are chock full of political stories. Keeping up with this mess can be a full-time job. But, lucky for you, none of that has to affect the way you vote. The only criteria you should use to decide whom to support during election season is the coif, the clothing and the charisma.

The Charisma

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Andrew Jackson was the first politician to harness the forces of charisma to bypass his constituents’ common sense and wipe his slobbery mouth on some poor child’s forehead; the American tradition of baby kissing was born. You may ask, “are you talking about the seventh President of the United States who looked like Dracula’s grandfather?” Yes, I am. Charisma and good looks don’t always come as a set. Almost 200 years later the only thing that can The Coif separate parents and Great hair is one of the their babies is a wellmain indicators of a dedi- seasoned politician. Parcated public servant and a ents go to great lengths to true American. The more keep their children away time a person spends work- from germs, risks and of paper the size of the ing toward a better America strangers, but when they Chick-fil-A receipts we the thicker and more luxu- get around politicians throw away in the Cam- rious their hair becomes. the babies just f ly out of pus Center. On it was my This is why Donald Trump their arms. $107 court fee. Was this dropped out. This man has shaken evmy court? If you are only able to ery hand, hugged every old I handed over my debit put five minutes into your woman and absorbed the card ready to end this search for the right candi- spittle of every person in that dreadful experience, but date look at their hair. If you autograph line. Who knows then I read a yellow warn- can spare another 10, here what skin disease or flavor of ing taped on the Plexiglas. are some more tips. the flu he is carrying. Apparently, a failure to This ability to silently cooperate with the clerk The Clothing persuade people to willingly would land me in conact against their better judgtempt of court. Everybody knows the ment is the most important I asked what would hap- old proverb, “Teach a man quality a president can pospen – hoping that I would to stock a tie rack, and he sess. It gets things done. finally see some real action. will never make a bad doSomeday we will find a The previously grim-faced mestic policy decision.” president who can walk woman giggled again and The ability of a leader into North Korea with only sarcastically told me she to dress powerfully is es- a smile and out with all of would walk around and sential to her success as Kim Jong-il’s enriched urahandcuff me. leader of the free world. nium – and grandchildren. On that note, I was out. Not only does a president So, don’t spend time lisSmall town courts may work need to be intelligent, tening to the all their talk for the bumps in Mayberry’s trustworthy and dedi- or political rubbish, their road, but it totaled my judi- cated, he must also have dress and ability to charm cial dreams. an eye for fashion. Presi- are what really matter. dents need make tough decisions under pressure, contact salley at contact sands at like pick out a matching tie-shirt-sock combo.

Mayberry meets the 21st century I gasped in dismay. Jozie’s reaction was the opFarron height posite, roaring laughter. Farron Salley After the accident, Jozie was always good for a ride, though she conveniently asked if I saw a bus coming my direction A month ago I had an un- road tracks, across from a at every intersection. Too soon. As to why I chose pleasant run-in with a Cit- Latin dance club. We went through a metal her to come to court reyLink bus. Thanks to a misunderstanding concerning detector where the jean- mains a mystery, because the ticket, I showed up in clad “security guard” told she even asked the clerk if court a day away from being us to turn our phones off. she would get a reward for Yeah right. I went to the turning me in. a wanted criminal. My “court” appearance Going to court seemed clerk behind the desk eager like a fun activity for some- to find out where I could went downhill from there. one minoring in political go defend my innocence. The clerk finally cracked a science and finds the judi- Little did I know she would smile – at Jozie’s question – before asking me to raise cial process appealing on issue my sentence. The woman behind the my right hand and put my a general level; so naturally I invited a friend. I later Plexiglas partition met left one on the traffic viorealized what a mistake me with a cold stare. She lation I signed. At this, Jozie could that was, and how differ- opened my file and typed ent a local court is from away without making eye barely stand up straight contact, then she said I for laughing so hard. Law & Order. Jozie and I started at the came just in time. “Why?” Even I had to chuckle at not being given a Bible to wrong courthouse - hoping I asked. “It’s been a month,” she swear on. I would be near the sentencThe woman briskly ing of the road rage murder replied. “We were going to case. My courtroom was on put a warrant out for your snatched my plea and returned with a tiny slip the other side of the rail- arrest today.”

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Just saw three @ACUDining workers driving a golf cart around a curve and screaming #sofunny #mademymorning

Thanks to the worker at chick-fil-a in the campus center I just got a free lemonade because of my shirt! #RangerFan @ overheardACU



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Quote from my astronomy text book: “Stars don’t comb their hair, of course, but they are hot.” Thank you. I had no idea. #acudifference


Texas A&M=infested with squirrels. ACU=infested with cats #rodentproblems

Watching the classic “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” on this freezing, rainy day, in Sociology! #ACU #ChristmasInOctober



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I realized I’m wearing ACU shorts, ACU sweatpants, ACU shirt, and an ACU sweatshirt. Now I’m writing papers until my hands fall off. #rainy


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Friday 10.28.11


#19 ACU vs. Texas A&M-Commerce Game Preview




The Wildcat offense wasn’t the problem in last Saturday’s embarrassing loss to Midwestern as Gale and Co. racked up 547 yards of offense. This week, they get a very favorable matchup against a weak Commerce defense.

After four games of shut down defense from the Wildcats, they imploded. Midwestern racked up Madden-esque numbers with 740 yards of offense and 70 points. It appeared the defense just gave up.

The last time these two teams met was the last overtime game for the Wildcats. The legendary Cotton Bowl provided the backdrop for a sloppy night of football that may go down as one of the most exciting ACU games.

The Lions have allowed at least 39 points in every conference game except one. Commerce is 0-7 this year, and it doesn’t look like they will get their first win this Saturday. This is the right opponent coming at the right time for the Wildcats. The offense will look to take out some frustration after getting demolished. Expect the Wildcats to come out guns a’blazing and put up some big offensive numbers in the first half.

Although the defense could get away with a poor performance against Commerce, it needs to regain it’s confidence. The rest of the season might be a cakewalk, but the playoffs won’t be. The D needs to show that it can bounce back, and Commerce gives them a great opportunity to do so. Just last week the Lions allowed five sacks which means Aston Whiteside could have a field day

Commerce tied things up at 14 with a 20-yard touchdown pass with 32 seconds left in regulation. On the first play of overtime, ACU safety Drew Cuffee picked off the Lions and took the interception 81-yards for the game-winning score. Cuffee though is no longer on the team, so if we have another overtime game, Coach Thomsen will have rely on someone else to make the big play.

cross country

Men’s XC twenty year streak comes to close kristin goodspeed sports reporter The ACU men’s cross country team suffered its first defeat in 20 years after traveling to San Angelo on Saturday for the Lone Star Conference Championships. Spenser Lynn, sophomore from White Oak, and William Pike, sophomore from Newnan, Ga., ran on the team that won the 19th LSC title two years ago. Pike was also part of last year’s 20th championship. Lynn said they’ve been on a winning team and to lose isn’t acceptable. “We know we failed in our objective to defend our LSC championship and extend the winning streak to 21 years,” Lynn said. “Not everyone is satisfied with the race they ran, and we have to closely examine why that’s the case. In a way, I feel like we let down the men who came before us and won so many titles.” Freshman Fabian Wessel-Terharn, from Ever-

swinkel, Germany, led the Wildcats with a fifth place win. Teammates Lynn, Erik Forrister, Pike and Marshall Holland followed, all grabbing a top-20 spot. Eastern New Mexico University took hold of the LSC title. Lynn said ENMU performed “spectacularly” and showed that they deserved the gold. The men of ENMU made vast improvements in the past few years, and this year, their hard work paid off. ACU men’s team was dealt an unfortunate hand, with three top runners unable to race a majority of the season due to injury. Lynn said Achilles tendonitis took him out of training for 16 months. It wasn’t until a week before school started that he was able to get back on track. However, more muscular problems earlier this season prevented him from achieving the fitness level he desired for the LSC race. “I went in with confidence in what I had. In essence, I was playing the

I see this defeat as an opportunity for this porgram to grow and reach new heights.” spenser lynn Sophomore runner ACU CROSS COUNTRY

‘fake it until you make it’ card and hoping it all worked out.” Lynn believed the team reached a point where it took victory for granted, thinking because the runners from past years worked hard to win, victory was a guarantee. He hopes the loss will serve as a wake up call for the team, so it can grow closer together and make the necessary sacrifices to return to its winning ways. “I see this defeat as an opportunity for this program to grow and reach new heights rather than the turning point which future ACU runners will look back on and say ‘that was when the glory days ended,” Lynn said. Chloe Susset, a junior


Sweep: ‘Cats remain strong at home from page 8 She also had a team best .333 hitting percentage. In game one she rallied off four consecutive points that ended a 19-19 tie. Mock said Oxford was all over the court on Tuesday. “Sara was able to do something productive no matter where the ball was. She is a difficult hitter for opponents to stop and has come a long way thus far.” “Everyone is shining right now,” Mock said. “We’ve overcome a lot of adversity. It’s fun to see one player have a great match and the other girls rally behind her.” Oxford contributed defensively as well with four blocks. Borger, co-conference defensive player of

Everyone is shining right now. We’ve overcome a lot of adversity.” kellen mock head coach ACU Volleyball

the week, had five of the team’s nine deflections. Setter Haley Rhoads recorded 50 or more assists for the fourth-straight time in addition to nine digs. The ‘Cats hit .170 as a team while Tarleton hit a similar .167. Kelsie Edwards led ACU with 20 digs. Hutt and Allen were not far behind with 13 and Madelyn Robinett put up 12. The Wildcats go back on the road to Eastern

New Mexico University and play at 2 p.m. (CST) on Saturday, Oct. 29. Allen emphasized the importance the ENMU game has on the rest of the season. “Saturday is a big game. ENMU was a turning point in our first meeting. It would be good to win going into the last week of conference matches.” “The team is peaking at a good point,” Allen said. “We’re sharing roles evenly. It’s exciting to be a tight-nit group at this point in the season because its changed how we play on the court and the overall results have been obvious.” contact issacs at


Contain: Team to honor seniors Sunday

We’re going to have to really come together as a defensive unit to shut [West Texas A&M] down.”

play well when they travel here,” Buschman said. “They have some great lar season’s close as the midfielders that we had Wildcats play host to rival trouble shutting down, West Texas A&M. so we’re going to have to The Lady Buffs (7-8-1) brie Buschman really come together as are riding a two-game losSophomore defender ing streak going into their ACU Women’s Soccer a defensive unit to shut them down.” game Friday against EastSunday will mark Seern New Mexico. This game may have standings and can leap West nior Day for three Wildcat players, as Lyndsey playoff implications for Texas with a win Friday. West Texas A&M has Womack, Elliott London West Texas as the team is looking to hold off Incar- been in a skid as of late, and Ashley Holton will be nate Word for the sixth and losing four of its last six honored before the game. final spot in the conference conference matches, but tournament. The Cardinals Buschman still is not takcontact shake at trail the Lady Buffs by one ing this game lightly. “West Texas will always point in the conference from page 8

from France who won the silver medal for ACU women, said cross country had less recruits this year, and it makes no sense to compare the results of this season’s outcome to past years. “Everyone has to understand we aren’t running with the same team every year,” Susset said. “We have a great coach, and the guys train hard and are improving. We need to remember that with the athletes we had, the guys still got second behind maybe the best team of the region.” With the women’s team coming in fourth place overall, Susset said it won’t be competing at Regional’s. However, she thinks the team will be more in its elecontact goodspeed at


Friday 10.28.11




No. 1 ACU notches second team title natalie goin sports reporter ACU’s golf team claimed their second team title of the season Tuesday. The Wildcats swept the team title at the 54-hole Bruce Williams Memorial Invitational in San Antonio, and Alex Carpenter claimed his third individual title of the season. After the first round on Monday, the ‘Cats were tied with Incarnate Word at a score of 293, but after the second round they established the lead. The next two rounds

of 4-under-par 284 and 9-over-par 874 secured another win for the team. The Wildcats finished five strokes ahead of Northeastern State. Head Golf Coach Mike Campbell was very pleased with how his team performed. “I’m very proud of the whole team,” Campbell said. “Every single player did very well, and it showed in our team score.” Following ACU, Northeastern State finished at 879, and Incarnate Word finished third at 887, followed by Newman at 907 and Arkansas-Fort Smith at 910.

I just always try to have fun and let my game do the talking.” alex carpenter Junior Golfer ACU GOlf Team

Alex Carpenter won his second straight tournament title Tuesday. He had a four-stroke lead going into the second round following a 6-under par 66 round the previous day. On Tuesday he shot rounds of 70-73 finishing at 1-under-par 209, capturing the individual title

over Northeastern State’s Casey Nelson. Carpenter has now won three out of the four tournaments he has competed in this fall. “It was very exciting to win my third tournament,” Carpenter said. “I just always try to have fun and let my game do the talking.” Out of the 28 tournaments in which he has competed, the junior allAmerican has won a total of 14 in his outstanding collegiate career. Campbell had nothing but complimentary words towards Carpenter. “Alex works hard and






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MSU has a great work ethic,” he WTAMU said. “It’s very difficult to ACU win a collegiate tourna- TSU ment, yet he has won half TAMU-K of the tournaments he has UIW ever played in his career. ASU That’s amazing and a testa- ENMU ment to not only the type Commerce of athlete that he is, but the type of person as well.” Alex Carpenter and volleyball the No. 1 ranked Wildcats will finish the fall season Team Monday and Tuesday at WTAMU the Marjorie Whitney In- ASU vitational in Ponte Vedra ACU Beach, Fla. TSU Cameron TWU contact goin at MSU UIW TAMU-K

Wildcats hope to close in style

Women’s Soccer

briefings Soccer earned the No. 1 seed in the Lone Star Conference Soccer Championship. The tournament will be the weekend of Nov. 3 to 6. Sophomore Neely Borger was selected as the Lone Star Conference CoDefensive Player of the Week. Borger has shared this award the past two weeks. This week Borger is sharing it with Midwestern State’s Kiara Jordan.

mandy lambright staff Photographer

Junior midfielder Katherine Garner prepares to kick a ball against Midwestern forward Mickey Brown in the team’s first matchup at the Wildcat Soccer Pitch. In that game, the Wildcats trumped the Mustangs 1-0. ACU will host MSU Sunday and the game will commerate the ACU seniors on the team.

bryson shake sports editor With a Lone Star Conference regular season championship and hosting rights for the LSC conference tournament already guaranteed, the No. 2 ACU women’s soccer team’s two games this weekend might seem to have little meaning. But, to the team and head coach Casey Wilson, these two games have infinite value. “Even with the season that we’ve already had, I still feel like we could

break out and have a great offensive outing in the games this weekend,” Wilson said. “We’re going to strive for that. The season is still going on, and we need to not take any game lightly.” Sophomore defender Brie Buschman echoed Wilson on the importance of the pair of games ahead. “We know that both teams are very capable of presenting challenges to our games against them,” Buschman said. “Our goal is to take things one game at a time and not get too ahead of ourselves despite what is or isn’t riding on

Our goal is to take things one game at a time and not get too ahead of ourselves.”

team has won its last five out of six matches. The combined scores of those games is 13-2, and that includes a 5-0 win over West Texas A&M and a 4-0 win brie buschman over Texas Woman’s. sophomore defender “Midwestern State is ACU WOmen’s Soccer playing very well right now,” Wilson said. “They are clicking on all cylinthe results of the games.” The No. 2 Wildcats (15- ders and present several 0-1) will begin their two- challenges to us.” Buschman said the key game stretch Friday in Wichita Falls as they take for ACU not falling victim on Midwestern State be- to the Mustangs’ hot streak fore closing out the regular lies in not conforming to season at 1 p.m. Sunday their style of play. “We have to come out against West Texas A&M. The Mustangs have early and establish our caught fire as of late. The presence and style of play

against them,” she said. “As long as we are controlling the game’s pace, we will have more opportunities to play our style of soccer.” The Mustangs are led by senior forward Kelsey Hill, who has scored nine goals and has 27 points on the season. “Midwestern is a very talented team overall,” Wilson said. “Containing their forwards will be difficult and is something we have been focusing on in practice all week.” Sunday marks the regu-

’Cats hope to win fourth straight assistant sports editor After defeating Tarleton State University Tuesday night, the Wildcat volleyball team has now won three matches in a row and completed a sweep of Texas A&M UniversityCommerce, Texas Women’s University and TSU, all at Moody Coliseum. The Wildcats beat the TexAnns 3-1 (25-23, 17-25, 2520, and 26-24) and stopped them from forcing a fifth set by dramatically coming back after being down 23-19 in the fourth set. The ‘Cats improved to 16-11 overall and 10-5 in the Lone Star Conference. Tarleton falls to 14-13 and 8-7, fourth in the LSC standings behind ACU, who is third. Head coach Kellen Mock was more than pleased

with the girl’s efforts. “Tarleton is an evenly matched team versus us,” Mock said. “I was excited with how we out hustled them.” The Wildcats kept themselves from entering the fifth set when the TexAnns fell victim to three straight attacking errors bringing the score to 23-22, TSU. The ‘Cats then gave Tarleton a two point advantage on an error. A kill from Sara Oxford and a key block from Jennie Hutt and Neely Borger tied the game at 24-24. The following play showed the kind of effort ACU has put forth in the second half of the season. Tarleton’s Flynn Harrell hit a ball that immediately sunk into the front court. However, a Wildcat defender rushed to it, getting just enough hand on the ball to pop it back over the net.

The TexAnns, not expecting a return, couldn’t recover the ball cleanly. The Tarleton coaching staff argued the point, but to no avail. “We have pushed these girls as hard as we could,” Mock said. “It’s working for us, and I’m glad to see the fight the team has responded with.” Junior Kalynne Allen agreed with Mock. “We’ve been practicing hard in order to overcome adversity,” Allen said. “To dig ourselves out of a hole is awesome. We showed a lot of heart.” The Wildcats advanced to 9-4 since the West Texas A&M University match on Sept. 22, and this win was their sixth out of the last seven matches. Oxford tied a career high of 20 kills on 42 attempts. see sweep page 7

EX- FACTOR Chicago Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox recorded three receptions for 53 yards against the Buccaneers on Sunday, Oct. 23. The Bears won 24-18 and are 4-3 on the season. Knox has 19 receptions for 348 yards and no touchdowns this season.

Cincinnati Bengals and running back Bernard Scott had the week off but Scott has over 30 carries for 85 yards and one touchdown see contain page 7 this season.


edward isaacs

The football team dropped out of the top 10 in the American Football Coaches’ Association rankings that were released on Monday, Oct. 24. The Wildcats went from No. 9 to No. 19 after losing to Midwestern State 70-28 on Oct. 22.

Danieal Manning, Texans safety, had one solo tackle and one interception on Sunday, Oct. 23 versus the Titans. The Texans won 41-7 and are 4-3 on the year. Manning has 32 tackles and two interceptions so far this season.

Upcoming The volleyball team travels to Portales, NM to play Eastern New Mexico on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. Women’s soccer faces Midwestern State in Wichita Falls on Friday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. The team then plays West Texas A&M at the Wildcat Soccer Pitch on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 1 p.m.


Sophomore Neely Borger smashes the ball against Tarleton.

Football goes up against LSC foe Texas A&MCommerce at Shotwell Stadium at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29.

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