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It is a chance to hang out with friends but also kind of a goodbye party.” -Jacob Ray, senior Graphic DEsign major from Mio, Mich.

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Gallery worker Shawna McDanel, senior graphic design major from Early, arranges student work on the walls of the Shore Art Gallery in preparation for “Stuff on Walls” senior art show. The show’s reception will begin at 7 p.m. Friday.

art and design

Art ‘stuffs’ Shore Gallery with senior work David Singer Arts Editor Art students produce scores of work during their years at ACU that range from paintings to drawings to digital creations. Senior art shows give these students a chance to take the art that has piled up in their lockers or garages and display them for professors, parents and fellow students to see. The first senior art show of the year will open Friday, hosting the work of five students set to graduate in December. The show, titled “Stuff on Walls,” will exhibit work by Erika Ito, Stephanie Kennedy, Stewart Youngblood, Jacob Ray and Aaron Cavitt. Cavitt, a senior youth ministry and graphic design major from Abilene, said

the title for the show came as sort of a joke. “We wanted to come up with something deep and philosophical but then thought why not do something funny,” he said. Seniors not only have a chance to display about 10 works each but also get to gain experience in setting up a gallery for a show. Students are given a chance to design every aspect of the show from the works displayed and gallery decorations all the way down to the refreshments. “It is a lot more work than I was expecting,” Cavitt said. “But it is going to come together really nicely.” These experiences not only translate into a career in the arts but also offer many seniors a chance to show their friends what

they have been creating and leave their mark as they graduate from ACU, said Jacob Ray, senior graphic design major from Mio, Mich. “It is a chance to hang out with friends but also a kind of goodbye party,” said Ray. “It’s a way to show them what you’ve done here at ACU.” The department will host two senior shows this fall for students graduating in December and many more in the spring from those graduating in May. The gallery opening for “Stuff on Walls” will take place Friday at 7 p.m. in the Shore Art Gallery. Students can also visit the gallery during work hours until November 17. daniel gomez chief Photographer

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ACU Art and Design seniors began hanging their collected work from the past few years Wednesday morning in the Shore Art Gallery.

social clubs

‘Beloved’ to resurrect Zeta Rho women’s social club We got a really good group of girls together,” Rose said. “But features editor it turned out that, because of the shifts in power in adA girls’ service group on ministration and the changes campus is taking on the they brought with pledging, challenge of transforming they didn’t want to add aninto a recognized girls social other variable to the mix. So, club. Beloved, which started we were encouraged to start last year, will continue to ex- as a student organization,.” Rose said they have alist as Zeta Rho, a social club that was founded at ACU in ready done service work 1944 but has not been ac- and fundraisers during their time as an organization, intive since 2000. Shannon Rose, senior biol- cluding a Valentine’s Day ogy major from Abilene. was flower fundraiser benefiting one of the girls interested in the Red Thread Movement, a non-profit on campus. restarting Zeta Rho last year. “We had in mind that we “It really took off last year.

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When I first heard about the club, I felt it was something that I had been looking for.”

Tara lowe sophomore elementary education major from springtown

would work towards being a social club, and we got a core group together, which was essential,” Rose said. Rose and the other cofounder, Shawna McDanel, started the club because they felt ACU needed another option when it came to girls’

social clubs. Many clubs have caps that limit admittance, and offering Zeta Rho as another option for girls to look into will enable more girls to get involved on campus, Rose said. “I dropped out of the second ranking during rushing because I realized that the girls that I would be pledging with in other clubs were not who I wanted to be associated with. It’s not what I really wanted,” said Alysa Isenhower, sophomore family studies major from Abilene. “I felt the need to do something different. Instead of conforming to

something, I wanted to help create something.” Isenhower said she thinks Zeta Rho is profound because, throughout ACU’s history, it keeps coming back. She said good things never truly die. “When I first heard about the club, I felt it was something that I had been looking for,” said Tara Lowe, sophomore elementary education major from Springtown. “The fact that we’re finding ourselves in Christ instead of in club is a big part of why I wanted to be a part of this, because I think it’s important to not lose sight of that in a social club.”

Since Beloved started as a service project, service is going to remain a big part of Zeta Rho activities, Lowe said. The main roadblock that Zeta Rho has faced is finding on-campus sponsors for the club. “I feel advisors would be proud of us if they are involved,” Lowe said. The group’s next meeting is Nov. 16th at 9 p.m. in the Shore Art Gallery. For more information, contact Rose at contact sutherland at

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Space Jam to conclude Sadie Hawkins’ week

Read why state legislation’s future vote on CAL’s is good news for students

See more photos from the LSC tournament online

ACU sophomore Matt Preston takes his music to the next level

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9 a.m. ACU Entrepreneur Bootcamp in the Hunter Welcome Center




9 a.m. ACU Entrepreneur Bootcamp in the Hunter Welcome Center

7 p.m. Senior Art Show in Shore Art Gallery

1 p.m. Crash Course 2011 in the Brown Library

8 p.m. Sadie Hawkins Week - Space Jam outside the Campus Center

2 p.m. ACU volleyball vs. Cameron in Moody Coliseum




8 a.m. ACU club hockey vs. Sam Houston State University


3 p.m. Spring registration opens for sophomores 7:30 p.m. Percussion Ensemble concert in Cullen Auditorium

10 a.m. ACU club hockey vs. Stephen F. Austin University

7:45 p.m. Deep Dish Philosophy discussion in the Mabee auditorium

1 p.m. Lone Star Conference Soccer Championship

7 p.m. ACU football at A&M Kingsville

Announcements Early registration for the Zumbathon will begin Friday at 10 a.m. in the Campus Center. The Zumbathon will take place Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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“Stuff on Walls,” a Senior Art Show featuring the work of Aaron Cavitt, Erika Ito, Jacob Ray, Stephanie Kennedy and Stewart Youngblood, will take place Friday from 7 - 9 An interest meeting for Study p.m. in the Shore Art Gallery. Abroad China will take place Friday at 11 a.m. in COBA 301. ACU Entrepreneur Bootcamp Students who study abroad will take place Friday and Satin China will spend 14 days urday in the Hunter Welcome in Hong Kong and seven days Center. This event is designed in Beijing. The purpose of the for individuals who want to be program is to accelerate glob- entrepreneurs or who have an al competence, integrate faith idea for a business. Registration with business, expand cultural cost is $99 before Tuesday, $249 horizons and develop knowl- after Tuesday. The Griggs Center edge through experience of for Entrepreneurship and Philocal business and culture. lanthropy will host the event.

The Shinnery Review will present Crash Course 2011, a workshop in non-fiction, fiction and photography, Saturday from 1 - 4 p.m. in the Brown Library room 235. Featured speakers will be Heidi Nobles, Al Haley and Nil Santana. Participants will learn how to improve their work and get it published in the Shinnery Review. All majors are welcome. Snacks will be provided.

The discussion will take place Nov. 7 in the Mabee Auditorium classroom from 7:45 - 9 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Honors College.

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Ethnos will take place Nov. 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium.


Entries for the Miss Frontier Texas Scholarship Competition will be accepted through Nov. 21. For more information visit

Jared Mosley and Dr. Suzie Macaluso will host a Deep Dish Philosophy discussion about sports and culture titled “Ex- Flu shots are available in treme Makeover: the Impact the Medical and Counseling of Conference Realignment.” Care Center for $15.

The Optimist

Police Police Log Log

Weekly Stats for Oct. 25 - Nov. 01, 2011

10/26/11 1:10 p.m. THEFT: An ACU student reported the theft of his HP notebook computer from Edwards Hall. 10/27/11 11:45 p.m. INTOXICATED PERSON: ACUPD investigated the report of an intoxicated student at a male residence hall. The student was referred to ACU Judicial Affairs. No citation/arrest was made. 10/28/11 6:20 p.m. ALCOHOL INCIDENT: ACUPD investigated the report of students in possession of alcoholic beverages in a residence hall. The incident was referred to ACU Judicial Affairs for administrative action. There was not enough evidence for citations to be issued. 10/30/11 2:55 a.m. NOISE VIOLATION: ACUPD investigated the report of a noise violation in the 900 block of EN 12th Street. The occupant was contacted and advised to end the party or lower the volume. The occupant was in compliance when ACUPD departed. 10/30/11 3:36 a.m. NOISE VIOLATION: ACUPD investigated a noise violation call in the 2400 block of Madison Ave. The occupant was contacted and advised to end the party or lower the volume. The occupant was in compliance when ACUPD departed. 10/31/11 Overnight BURGLARY OF MOTOR VEHICLES: ACUPD investigated the report of three vehicles which were burglarized overnight in the Smith-Adams parking lot. All three vehicles had been left unlocked. 10/31/11 10:45 p.m. TRAFFIC STOP: Citizens reported a vehicle driving on the Lunsford Trail. Officers located the vehicle still driving on the Lunsford Trail at Teague Boulevard. The student driver was identified and issued multiple citations.

Accident - 1 Administrative Activity - 3 Alarm - 3 Alcohol Incident - 1 Animal Call - 2 Assist - 5 Attempt to Locate - 1 Building Lock/Unlock - 3 Check Building - 18 Disturbance - 1 Escort - 1 Fight - 1 Hazard - 1 Information Report - 1 Intoxicated Person - 1 Investigation Follow-Up - 13 Maintenance: University Assets - 2 Medical Emergency - 2

Monitor Facility/Lot - 3 Motorist Assist: Inflate Tire - 2 Motorist Assist: Jump-start - 6 Motorist Assist: Other - 3 Motorist Assist: Unlock - 14 Other - 4 Parking Violation - 2 Patrol Vehicle: Maintenance - 6 Patrol Vehicle: Refuel - 6 Random Patrol - 1 Report Writing - 4 Suspicious Activity - 5 Theft (Non-vehicle) - 2 Traffic Stop - 6 Unlawful Restraint - 1 Welfare Check - 3 Total Events: 135

Police Tip of the Week: Vehicle Burglaries are again on the increase on and around campus. Don’t make it easy for crooks. Make sure you ALWAYS LOCK YOUR VEHICLE and hide your valuables.

Volunteer Opp0rtunities 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 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 325-6714945 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 Oakridge Church of Christ needs volunteers to help with a children’s Bible Class. The class will take place every Wednesday night until Dec. 21 from 7 - 8 p.m. Volunteers will help with singing Bible songs, sanitizing toys and playing with kids. Free dinner is included with the service. For more information contact Emerald Lemmons at 325-3701327 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 - Friday. They need

help around the adoption center with general cleaning, socialization of the animals, helping potential adopters and other tasks. Contact Mindi Qualls at 325-698-7722 or email rescuetheanimalsvolunteers@ The center is located at 5933 S. 1st St. ACU Treadaway Kids is looking for volunteers to work with underprivileged kids Thursday evenings from 6 7:30 p.m. at the University Church of Christ. For more information contact Samantha Manski at 325-674-2828. Meals on Wheels Plus needs volunteer drivers to deliver afternoon meals to seniors and adults with disabilities Mondays - Fridays between 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Drivers must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license. Training is provided. A Chapel exemption is available if delivery time conflicts with Chapel. Contact Jessica Stewart at 325-6725050 or email The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature is looking for volunteers to work Tuesday - Saturday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. or 1 - 3 p.m. Volunteers will greet patrons, assist with art activities, sell books and make visitors feel welcome. Help is also needed for special events like exhibit openings. The Center is located at 102 Cedar St. For more information contact Debby Lillick at 325-673-4586 or visit the NCCIL website. 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. The Abilene Zoo is looking for volunteers to help with general labor such as grounds cleanup and painting any weekday at any time between noon and 4 p.m. The Zoo is located at 2070 Zoo Ln. Contact Joy Harsh at 325-676-6487 for more information. The House That Kerry Built is looking for volunteers to assist in the day care of medically fragile children any day Monday - Friday from 8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Contact Dave Kraly at 325-676-3104 or email for more information. The Betty Hardwick Center is looking for volunteers to participate in Special Olympics by helping mentally/

physically challenged people play games such as basketball, track, and/or bowling Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Center is located at 801 Cypress St. Contact Angel Seca at 325-690-5235 for more information. Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers to help with various construction tasks including carpentry, painting, cleaning up, installing cabinets and other tasks. Volunteers are needed any day Monday - Saturday anytime from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Contact Steven Legget at 325-670-0489 or email Young Life Ministries needs volunteers Mondays, Tuesdays and weekends from 6 - 9 p.m. Volunteers will hang out with kids, experience leadership roles, serve others and introduce kids to Christ. Young Life is located at 1917 S. 6th St. For more information contact Chuck Rodgers at 325-676-1211 or email The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers for a variety of needs including sorting items in the thrift store, helping in the kitchen and/or doing yard work. Times are flexible, and help is needed Monday - Saturday. The Salvation Army is located at 1726 Butternut St. For more information contact J.D. Alonzo at 325-677-1408 or visit Abilene Hope Haven Inc. needs volunteers to provide childcare while parents are in class, any evening Monday - Thursday from 6:45 - 8:15 p.m. Abilene Hope Haven is located at 801 S. Treadaway Blvd. For more information contact Kathy Reppart at 325-6774673 or visit the Abilene Hope Haven website. The Food Bank of West Central Texas needs volunteers to help sort and stock food and other items any weekday Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Food Bank is located at 5505 N. 1st St. For more information contact Janice Serrault at 325695-6311 or The Abilene Boys and Girls Club needs help any weekday between 3:30 - 6 p.m. helping children of all ages with games, art, gym time, reading and computer skills. Locations are 4610 N. 10th St. or 1902 Shelton St. Contact Mark Denman at 325-672-1712 for more information. Medical Care Mission is looking for volunteers to assist medical or dental staff with patients any weekday from 8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. For more information contact Dave Kraly at 325-676-3104 or email


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Prospective students introduced to ‘WC’ christina burch multimedia managing editor Prospective students now can catch a glimpse of Wildcat life with the help of a magazine. The new publication, The WC, was distributed to the homes of 20,000 students who have shown an early interest in the university, said Kris Evans, director of enrollment marketing. “Colleges today are starting to recruit students at an earlier age, and we knew we had to get in that game,” Evans said. “Instead of sending out more marketing types of

publications and emails, we decided to make something cool and relevant to them.” The first issue of The WC was released this fall and features a variety of tips for prospective Wildcats. The 16-page magazine includes sections such as “College Prep: What you Can Do NOW to Get Ready for College” and “Ask a Wildcat” for high school students looking to get a leg up on the college process. “We realized that most of our information was for students who were ready to apply and not for those freshman or sophomores

who just wanted an early look,” Evans said. In the welcome by President Phil Schubert, students are encouraged to utilize the new publication to help make the big college decisions that will soon await them. “My hope is The WC will serve as a source for you to find helpful hints for college preparation and to set high expectations for what a college experience can be for you one day,” Schubert said in the foreword. The WC includes a special section coined “The Wall,” where students can go beyond academics and

My hope is The WC will serve as a source for you to find helpful hints for college preparation.”

cial note of the common styles and discussion topics when creating The WC, Evan said. In addition, the team worked with a third party company that aided kris evans in the fashioning of the director of enrollment magazine. marketing Evans said he encourages readers to visit www. assimilate into ACU life to exwith the help of QR codes, plore and provide feedtexting opportunities and back of the magazine. Readers who ‘like’ the Faonline links. The university enroll- cebook group WC Magament marketing team vis- zine by Abilene Christian ited local grocery stores University can participate to research which types of in contests, like five stumagazines the high school dents who responded to demographic was purchas- a post on Oct. 4 and won ing. The team took spe- free Sing Song tickets.

Evans said The WC has produced positive feedback almost immediately upon its release. “We went ahead and took a chance,” Evans said. “It’s exciting because parents are saying their students are reading the magazine cover to cover.” Prospective Wildcats can stay tuned for the next issue, a 32-page publication that will be released spring 2012. To receive The WC, visit and “Click to Subscribe.” contact burch at


Museum debuts contest for Miss Frontier Texas samantha sutherland features editor Beginning next semester, female students across Abilene will be able to compete for the new title of “Miss Frontier Texas.” Frontier Texas!, a downtown museum, is hosting the Miss Frontier Texas scholarship competition to create an opportunity for female college students to win a scholarship for $3,000. The project originated with a group of ACU students at ACU student advertising and public relations firm Morris & Mitchell who wanted to help Frontier Texas! find a fun way to engage the local college community. Amanda McVey, senior advertising and public relations major from Round Rock and Morris & Mitchell account manager, said the contest will put 25 contestants through a series of challenges. Each challenge will incorporate historically accurate frontier skills in a fun way that rewards deserving girls with academic scholarship. “We are looking to find girls of character and determination who are academically strong but also who are really highly respected by peers and faculty,” McVey said. “It is a scholarship competition, so we are looking for girls who have applied themselves in school.” Katie Beth Ware, senior advertising and public relations major from Colleyville and Morris & Mitchell promotions manager, said the competition is open to college-age women with freshman, sophomore or junior hours who exhibit leadership and a willingness to learn new things. The contestants will apply historical facts they learn from the staff at Frontier Texas! to the competition challenges. “The success of this competition is going to be due in part to the applicants, so we

want to get girls that are excited about it and who have an interest in being a leader and putting effort towards a long-term goal,” Ware said.

This competition speaks to girls who want to prove they’ve got what it takes.”

amanda mcvey senior advertising and public relations major from Round Rock

McVey said this scholarship competition will stand out from other academic aid opportunities – and community events as well. Women will learn anything from how to shoot a rifle, saddle a horse, cook a traditional meal and even pitch a tent for the overnight portion of the competition. “The greatest thing about Miss Frontier Texas, though, is that all of the girls will be taught,” McVey said. “This reinforces the academic side of the scholarship competition, but it also levels the playing field. Contestants with zero previous knowledge of the Texas frontier can still prove to be deserving of the scholarship money through their willingness to learn and try something new.” McVey said the competition is going to be entertaining for contestants to be a part of, and the organizers envision it as an event that the Abilene community can get involved in and come out and watch for fun. “This competition speaks to girls who want to prove that they’ve got what it takes,” Ware said. “It’s a competition for real women.” The competition will take place in the spring and applications are being accepted now. Applications can be found on contact sutherland at

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Laura Quile, senior elementary education major from Trophy Club, puts gives Jessica Scmidt, sophomore nursing major from Carlsbad, NM, a makeover in the Campus Center Store Wednesday.


Shinnery Review offers workshop jozie sands opinion page editor The Shinnery Review will conduct a series of workshops Saturday afternoon to prepare students’ work for submission to the campus literary magazine. The Crash Course will take place from 1-4 p.m. Saturday in the Learning Studio Core Classroom. Workshops will begin at the top of every hour, and food will be available. Al Haley, associate professor of English, will lead the fiction workshop at 1 p.m.; Heidi Nobles, instructor of English will lead the non-fiction workshop at 2 p.m.; and Nil Santana, instructor of


Sadie’s week to end with movie marissa ferguson online editor Friday will conclude Sadie Hawkins Week with the showing of the movie Space Jam at 8 p.m. outside of the Campus Center in the mall area. Sadie Hawkins week began on Monday with tickets redeemable for free food at Sharky’s Burrito Company. The giveaway, hosted by the Campus Activities Board, provided complimentary food and drinks throughout the week for local hotspots near campus. The Board also partnered with student favorites, such as Nikki’s Swirl Shoppe and Monk’s Coffee Shop, offering two tickets redeemable for offers that day only. However, in the tradition of Sadie Hawkins, only women were allowed to request tickets. Ana Rodriguez, sopho-

more psychology major from Plano, said the Board’s purpose for Sadie’s Week is to boost student involvement and activity throughout campus, especially for freshmen. “This week, we’re more about giving friends and girls an opportunity to come and meet new people and to just have free activities they can do throughout the week,” she said. “We tried to be a little more creative this year in terms of having an open mic night and having a movie outside.” The event also served as an opportunity for women to ask men on dates. However, it has become increasingly popular for women to just invite friends. “We’re just trying to promote more of a guy/girl kind of thing, maybe not even like a date but just as friends,” Rodriguez said. Mallory Delaney, sophomore elementary education major from Keller, took

Monday’s Sharky’s freebie opportunity to de-stress after pledging. “I went with a girl who is not in club, so it was good to be able to hang out with her,” Delaney said. “We got a burrito, chips and a drink for free, which was nice.“ Sadie’s Week supports the local businesses, which are fully reimbursed for the giveaways. “It’s good for the businesses because they get new customers, especially with freshmen who don’t really know a lot about the town. They get to try new things,” Rodriguez said. “We normally have about 200 meals given out. We’ve found that the girls come wait in line [for tickets], and we would be out of tickets by 10 minutes from when we started giving them out.” contact ferguson at

art and design, will lead the photography workshop at 3 p.m. Juliana Kocsis, senior English major from Littleton, Colo., and editor of the Shinnery Review, organized the workshops to help students improve their submissions. Students can expect to learn the basic pointers of how to improve their writing and photography. This crash course is meant to give students a basic understanding of how to begin or improve a piece for submission to the Shinnery. “Each session is only 45 minutes long. It literally is a crash course. Instructors will offer pointers and tips to help make reasonable improvements to your writ-

ing,” Kocsis said. “In fiction writing, for example, he might talk about how to start a story, how to write a good first line or how to develop plot.” Kocsis said ACU’s literary magazine is a quality magazine, making it a significant potential portfolio or resume feature for art or English students. “We submit the magazine to several competitions each year,” Kocsis said. “Being published also looks great on job and graduate school applications.” Many people don’t think they are up for submitting something, said Marshall Fox, senior English major from Waco. They either don’t have some of the key methods in approaching a

story or the courage to sit down and actually put out a creative work. “The three professors are some of the best in their fields,” said Fox. “They are very good at eliciting creativity from students. The Shinnery wants to encourage that.” The Shinnery Review is released during the spring semester at an event called the Black Tulip. The published work is showcased and performed at the event. “We want to promote creativity,” Kocsis said. “We want to promote the arts on campus.” contact sands at


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Student’s association

SA to build community to close semester ris allows congress to spend anything at or below the news anchor designated amount from the congressional budget fund, The Students’ Association which currently has $4,165. Congress unveiled plans Executive treasurer Carson for final arrangements for Henley, senior pre-dental Christmas lights on cam- major from Colleyville, said pus, a “Christmas Slam” that he expects it will actually event and a new award at cost about $2,000 to $2,500 through a contract with the Wednesday’s meeting. “We’re bringing the ACU company Barefoot Lawns. Lights are planned to go community together,” said executive vice-president Ju- around the Campus Cenlianne Hart, senior political ter and on 27 trees near science major from Austin. the GATA fountain and the The resolution to fund up Onstead-Packer Bible Buildto $3,000 for Christmas lights ing. Henley said the goal is on campus passed unani- to have the lights up at least mously. The bill presented one week before the Thanksby COBA representatives giving holiday break. In addition, SA is folJ.P. Ralston and Amy Mor-

farron salley

lowing the model of Taylor University to host the first Christmas Slam on campus. Hart said SA is partnering with the office of Student Life and John Houser, assistant director of athletic operations, to create new traditions for basketball games.” This isn’t really about the basketball team, it’s about getting ACU together,” she said. Hart said Chapel is the only time the entire ACU community comes together, but most students don’t attend during the last two weeks She hopes the Christmas Slam, scheduled for Dec. 10, will be an alter-

who did not finish the hours, five did not begin hours. This is the first year congress members have been required to keep a record of hours worked. Sophomore Treasurer Keaton Tucker worked the most, 7.5 hours and during the meeting was awarded the first Congress Member of the Month SA Accountability certificate. “I was surprised,” said Despite last Wednesday’s reminder for members of Tucker, the sophomore treacongress to fulfill office surer and finance major from hours by Friday’s deadline, Lakewood, Colo. “When I join nearly half did not. Four something, I’m in it 100 perclass officers and twelve cent, and so I give it my all.” building representatives did not complete the requirecontact salley at ment of four hours and two hours, respectively. Of those native. The event will have giveaways during halftime, a teddy bear toss and maybe an appearance from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. “I hope it’s something that goes well and continues throughout the years,” Hart said.

The following Congress members were absent Wednesday’s meeting.

Chad Kelley Junior Treasurer Nolan Bryan Mabee Rep Andrew Saucedo Bible Building Rep Josh Gill Off-Campus Rep Brandon Wilson Off-Campus Rep


Flu shots available now keyi zhou student reporter The Medical and Counseling Care Center is offering flu shots to students, faculty and staff. ACU has been offering flu shots to students, faculty, staff and their dependents for eight years. The Care Center has relocated to the southwest corner of the Royce and Pam Money Recreation and Wellness Center. All people six months of age and older should get flu vaccines. According to the Vaccine Information Statement of the Department of Health and Human Services. Each person needs one dose of influenza vaccine each year. A person can be infected with influenza any time of the year, but cases mostly occur from October through May. People with the following conditions should wait to have vaccines:

those who have any severe allergies, severe reactions after a dose of influenza vaccine, those who ever had Guillain-Barre Syndrome and people who are moderately or severely ill. However, people with a mild illness can usually get the vaccine. Mireya Reyes, sophomore marketing major from Monahans, got a flu shot at the Care Center about three weeks ago. “I had mild flu at that time and it was getting worse,” Reyes said. “My mother is a nurse, and she suggested me to get a flu shot. I think the shot helped me recover sooner.” As much as the vaccines can help people, they could possibly cause serious problems too, according to the Vaccine Information Statement. Some mild syndromes, including soreness, headache and fatigue, last about one or two days after the shot. But the vaccine can

increase risk for seizures caused by fever, and, under certain circumstances, it can cause life-threatening problems. Sandy Razafinjoelina, junior business management major from Madagascar, had a flu shot on campus at ACU. She experienced some mild reactions, like running nose and fatigue, but recovered very soon. Wilson White, junior history major from Ozona, had a different story though. “I don’t believe in flu shots,” White said. “I had daniel gomez chief Photographer one before, but it made A piece of creative three-dimensional artwork is displayed inside an art classroom. me really sick.” Students can go to the Care Center to be counseled by doctors before taking the shots. One flu vaccine costs $15. Students can also go to other local pharmacies to get vaccines. “I used to just get right street. Pine was built in zane goggans 1881, making it one of the into the Lawrence Brothers contact zhou at student reporter for gas. Now I have to turn oldest streets in Abilene. “You got a street that is around in the intersecThe City of Abilene is 130 years old – it’s going to tion,” Hash said. “It didn’t working on concluding need some improvements,” kill me, but I have noticed a $1.7 million, yearlong Carter said. “We are trying the change.” Carter said that area of construction project on to provide safety improveone of the city’s most im- ments, which are a benefit the median is being adjusted to accommodate to the citizens.” portant roads. Not everyone likes that issue. Pine Street is getting a Businesses seem to be face lift after years of ser- the new changes to Pine, vice. New pavement and however, particularly the impacted by the median curb work is being done median. Raymond and as well. Lucas Almonza, to the street many visi- Carroll Hall, a married Subway sandwich arttors take into downtown couple, like to meet each ist, said he has noticed a Abilene. A median, built other at Subway on Pine decline in the number of to accommodate trees and Street everyday for lunch. sandwiches being made bushes, has also been built Raymond drives south per day. Almonza said while Carroll travels north the Pine Street Subway through the road. Pine Street stretches from work. The new medi- is making about 120 less across downtown, to Hen- an extends too far out for sandwiches per day, a dedrick Hospital, past Har- Carroll to drive into the cline he credits to the new din-Simmons University entrance of Subway any- median. Concerns like these more; instead she now has and up I-20. Landscaping will be to make a u-turn to get to have been taken into the consideration of Carter one of the next priorities the parking area. “That turn has been a and the construction team. in shaping the new look for Pine. Trees are ex- problem for us.” Hall said. The vision for Pine Street pected to line the median “Someone really needs to is to be one of the premier streets in Abilene, in looks as well as smaller bushes fix that. It’s a hassle.” Hazel Hash said she has and in safety. so drivers do not have “Our hope is that the their vision of the roads trouble with getting into impaired. Extra curb and the Lawrence Brothers citizens will be pleased and weed work will go along store when coming in from that it will serve them for a the south. Hash used to be long time,” Carter said. with landscaping. Chad Carter, Abilene’s able to pull into the store city engineer, said Pine with ease, but now the mecontact goggans at Street is in need of some dian is blocking her normal work, given the age of the pull-in spot.


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Texas legislation to vote on CAL proposal Hannah Barnes editor-in-chief Texas voters will reconsider and vote on a series of constitutional amendments Tuesday. One of these amendments is Proposition 3, in which the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board seeks voter authorization to issue bonds for the purpose of funding student loans. This loan is known as the College Access Loan. The CAL program offers a low, fixed interest rate and is exclusive to Texas residents. Daryl Horn, associate director of Counselors for Student Financial Services, believes the CAL has “proven to be a very important part of [students’] financial plan for taking care of college expenses.” “Students recognize it as the best choice out there,” Horn said. The CAL’s interest rate sits at 5.25 percent while

other private loans hold a much higher rate like the Federal PLUS loan, which has an interest rate of 7.25 percent. The THECB estimated that students who acquire a $20,000 CAL would save $7,500 in interest payments over 20 years when compared to the Federal PLUS loan. After all scholarships and grants are applied, 30 percent of ACU students are able to pay their balance without loans. The remaining 70 percent rely on loans to complete payment. Of this 70 percent, 367 students use the CAL, equaling about $5.7 million. Of those who use other loans, 302 students use the Federal PLUS loan, and 211 students use other private student loans. Gabe Elorreaga, junior political science and prelaw major from San Antonio, uses the CAL as a means of financial aid for his schooling. “Without the CAL, I re-

ally wouldn’t be here,” Elorreaga said. “Every year it determines whether I can come to ACU or not.” Those eligible for the CAL program must: 1) be a Texas resident; 2) be enrolled at least half-time; 3) meet the satisfactory academic progress requirements set by ACU; and 4) receive a favorable credit evaluation or provide a cosigner with good credit standing. The CAL program has been reauthorized in six elections since 1965. The THECB continues to promote the bond-funded program as the seventh election approaches. Early voting ends Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Taylor County Department of Motor Vehicles. Voting begins Nov. 8. To find their voting district, students can call the Taylor County Elections Office at 674-1216. contact barnes at



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DOUBLE Sophomore steps up to the call of musical ministry By David Singer It came as a surprise. “I never really thought I’d be recording or producing music as a sort of ministry,” said Matt Preston, sophomore ministry major from Abilene. But that is exactly what he has ended up doing under the moniker M.A.Double, derived from the spelling of his first name: “M-A-Double-T”. “As far as my interest in hip hop, it really goes back around middle school,” Preston said. Playing for his father’s youth football team while still in middle school, Preston created relationships with people who would form his future love for hip-hop.

and creative metaphors,” Preston said. “But at the same time, my passion for Christ is so much that it is going to be a metaphor that overflows with Jesus.” Christian hip-hop artists have grown in number and popularity in recent years. Preston attributes this to an increase in quality from the past. “Quality-wise, it is up there with the stuff you hear on the radio,” Preston said. “Junior high kids need that. They need stuff they can listen to and enjoy and at the same time it is giving them a message that will help them in life.” Ministry and hip-hop are two things that many

When people put labels on what hip-hop can’t do as far as ministry, He loves to exceed that.”

Matt preston sophomore ministry major from abilene

Carpooling with other football players introduced preston to the new brand of music and he quickly grew to love the style. “It really exposed me to a different culture that I hadn’t seen growing up.” By high school he had purchased his own microphone to just “mess around with” What began as making fun songs with friends soon turned into something more. “It kind of birthed a little passion in me to make music,” Preston said. Although he grew up believing himself to be a Christian, it wasn’t until the summer after high school that Preston considered himself saved. “The Lord totally showed me his love and radically transformed me.” His microphone suddenly took on a new life. What was once a toy, Matt Preston now viewed as a tool. Preston posted songs on Facebook and received positive feedback from many of his friends. Just months later, in November 2010, he released his first mixtape, Thank Him Now. Preston’s brand of Christian hip-hop contains lyrics heavy with figurative language that preach and entertain simultaneously. “I like to make funny

would not consider related, but Preston argues that it is actually their differences that bring them together. Despite the way hiphop is negatively viewed in many circles, Preston views it as a perfect medium for God’s message. “Some people think that there is no way hiphop could ever be holy,” he said. “But sometimes the Lord loves to show how much greater He is than what our minds think. When people put labels on what hip-hop can’t do as far as ministry, He loves to exceed that.” The ability to combine Christianity and modern music has quickly become a new and powerful way to worship. “It’s different than a sermon, and it’s different than just traditional worship,” Preston said. “You can have good music that you like to listen to, and at the same time you can put a sermon in a song. It’s good for people to hear that whether their intentions are to get a sermon or not.” Preston had his first chance to perform at JamFest this year. “I love performing at ACU just because friends and family get to come,” he said. “I look out at the crowd and see all these people I’m familiar with, and they are just

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Matt Preston, sophomore ministry major from Abilene, performs to the JamFest crowd under the name M.A.Double.

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Preston met with the Optimist to discuss his history with music and his plans for a future in Christian ministry. having a great time.” With live performances and the release of his mixtape, Preston said he is beginning to accept that God will use musical ministry in some way in his future. “He has got me ready to where I can continue doing


it and I can keep progressing as an artist. Anything that I do with the music is going to kind of flow into what I do when I’m done with music.” Preston has three singles available on iTunes, and his first is still available for free

for Him, and I want Him to use it. I try to just stay out of the way as much as I can and just try to relay the message He wants me to relay.” contact SINGER at

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online. Details can be found on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. He expects to release his second album in early 2012, titled Pass the Salt, based on Matthew 5:13. “The Lord’s provision has definitely been over me,” Preston said. “My music is

ACU alumnus Dusty Woodruff revisited campus Sunday and Mondayto perform in the guest artist series hosted by the Department of Music. Woodruff, who graduated from ACU with a degree in music, now plays in The Athens Guitar Trio and heads the guitar department at Augusta State University in Augusta, Ga. Lynette Walters, office manager for the Department of Music, said the department brings several performers to campus throughout the year. “We try to bring back at least one alumni. This year

we’ve had two that are pursuing higher degrees,” she said. After he performed a solo guitar concert Sunday night, Woodruff was featured in the following night’s Halloween show with the ACU orchestra. “The orchestra concert featured Dusty on Monday night, and that was very well attended,” Walters said. “We’ve always had good numbers for each of the guest artists.” Walters said the guest artist series’ are always well received by students studying music and non-majors alike. “We bring guest artists in to inspire and encourage students in their studies and show the next level of excellence that they can achieve through a lot of hard work,”

Walters said. The series is a collaborative effort between colleges, Walters said. Some of the presentors are professors from different universities, a few of which have gone on to do bigger performances. “It’s great to see professionals making a living doing what they love, and that’s producing music,” Walters said. The Manhattan Piano Trio is scheduled to perform next in the music department’s guest artist series on Nov. 21. The series continues into next semester, beginning again with the Texas Boys Choir on Feb. 28. contact neal at


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Texas voters must support CAL loans ACU is an expensive school, and most students need help to pay for it. In fact, only 30 percent of students pay tuition without loans. What does that mean for those of us who just can’t afford that? After searching for scholarships and grants, the final possibility is a loan. Private school loans have an extremely high interest rate, which may deter students from accepting them. However, there is one loan available to Texas residents that is more reasonable in several aspects. The College Access Loan has a fixed interest

rate of 5.25 percent, significantly lower than the Parent Plus Loan or other privately funded loans. Texas voters will decide Nov. 8 whether or not to continue the CAL program. A CAL is a great option for students, and Texas voters need to keep it available to students. The CAL program is funded by bonds – not tax-payer dollars. For this reason, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is able to keep the interest at a low, fixed rate. This alone should be the deciding factor for voters. The CAL program

supports itself and does not add any burden to the state’s debt. The bonds pay for tuition; the student repays via loan payments. Taxpayer money plays no role. Compared to other loans, CAL saves students a lot of money. The Federal PLUS loan comes with a 7.9 percent interest rate. If students have a $20,000 CAL loan, they will save $7,500 in interest payments over twenty years in comparison to the PLUS loan. High interest rates make repayment of loans a struggle for many students. The CAL program

makes the loan process more affordable. The CAL creates less debt at a lower interest rate. The CAL loan is also the most common loan on campus. About 200 students use private loans; about 300 students use Federal PLUS Loans; and 367 students use CAL for a total of $5.7 million. It is important that we support legislation that continues the CAL loan. It aids a significant portion of ACU’s student body and other institutions across the state. The CAL offers stu-

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the issue Texas voters are being asked to decide whether to keep the College Access Loan program.

our take CALs are no burden to taxpayers but rather a crucial help to ACU and other university students.

dents a manageable loan to help their pursuit of higher education. We must vote Nov. 8 in order to continue this program. Encourage your friends and family to vote as well. Let’s continue to help students across the state afford their college experience. To find your vot-

ing district, call the Taylor County Elections Office at 674-1216. Early voting ends tonight at 7 p.m., and voting begins November 8.

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The NBA lockout, crux of American downfall WHOA! IS ME


The NBA lockout will have tremendous effects on our nation, effects which will span much more than sports. A quick hypothetical study reveals that if players and owners cannot compromise and bring this great game back to our courts, the United States will fall into disrepair. NBA players will soon begin to drift towards European leagues. Lebron James will likely “take his talents” down to some French beach to play for a team of pencilmustachioed ballers who can not le dunk. Dirk Nowitzki will return to Germany, where he can complain about calls in his native language. And Mark Cuban will be left to exchange his millions for stacks of Euros. At least we won’t have to always work. But in my heart videographer and the staof hearts I know I was just a tion’s van. And then my big watch Michael Jordan advojerk to them. I should’ve at moment came. I smiled as cate the Hanes ComfortSoft well, this is awkward mark smith big as my face would allow, waistband any longer. least gotten their numbers. By 2013, almost every 6’6” That’s not how I was fa- opened my eyes and mouth really wide, and passed in man with a smooth baseline mous though. jumper will have emigrated A local news station was front of the camera. Then I looked at the overseas. In an attempt to filming the parade. As I I met Jon Foreman last week- station was to be in the an- walked through the streets cameraman. He gave me a settle, owners will clearly nual spring parade the city of the Florida capital, I was thumbs up. I’ve never felt so be forced to lower their exend. pectations and offer incredput on every year, and they coming closer and closer to cool. No big deal. It’s not that I’ve never been ible salaries to the expatriate I really haven’t met many needed one extra person to my brush with fame and forin the spotlight since then. A players. famous people. (Jon Fore- participate in the parade tune. However, these former The video cameraman few months later I was feaman may not even be con- with them. You might already be fig- was walking along the side- tured on the front page of the American stars will have sidered famous in your inner uring out where I’m going walk, filming the passing Tallahassee newspaper, and since fallen in love with circles.) floats. One important note of course now I’ve reached driving their Lamborghini’s I have been famous with this. I got to be in the parade, that should be made: he was celebrity status as managing on the left, the alluring acthough. editor here. But nothing can cents of foreign women and in my direct path. I was on TV one time. It handing out candy. I had a decision to make. really compare to seeing all maybe even the lack of open A couple of girls my age was so cool. I remember it yelled out, “Hey, you’re cute! Do I walk behind him, poten- of my teeth, complete with container laws. They will like it was yesterday. tially tripping on the wires braces, on local television for deny the offer, choosing to I was 13 years old once. Can we have some candy?” stay put in their “flats” and I didn’t give them the can- that trailed behind him, or one full second. This was about six years ago. reap the benefits of universal I was in eighth grade, and I dy. The bag had one piece walk directly in front of the healthcare. left, and it had my name on camera and be popular? was weird. In an effort to follow their The choice was obvious. I 88.1 WAY-FM was a radio it. contact smith at idols, college ball players will I like to think I taught slightly changed my direcstation in my hometown of doubtlessly forgo the Duke Tallahassee, Florida. The them that flattery doesn’t tion so as to go between the


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Perkins: University slashes liberal arts strengths There are critical differences between a corporation and a university, but those would be hard to find when looking at the way our university has decided to handle the upcoming budget cuts. While a corporation is only concerned with its bottom line and cuts are made to those areas losing money, a university is supposed to be holistic in financial woes so as to not compromise one academic discipline over another. Yet at ACU, a supposed liberal arts university, it is the liberal arts that stand to lose ev-

erything with the pending cuts. While more than five departments in Arts and Sciences will be merged or realigned, the Colleges of Biblical Studies and Business Administration are left disproportionately unaffected. From a corporate perspective this is understandable, as those departments have the most students, alumni donors and attachment to university image. However, these actions are unconscionable in the context of a university where a broad liberal arts education means all

departments and disciplines are valued equally. Thus in the context of Christian higher education where stewardship is the goal, the long-term preservation of a quality education in all disciplines should be the aim. As a sociology major who will be pursuing my Ph.D. in sociology I’m saddened to see my department dissolved completely and my degree merged with another separate discipline. This shows an utter lack of respect for the social sciences by treating our degrees and departments like chess pieces. If ACU

editorial and Letter Policy Unsigned editorials are the opinions of the Optimist and may not necessarily reflect the views of the university or its administration. Signed columns, cartoons and letters are the opinions of their creators and may not necessarily reflect the viewpoints of the Optimist or the university. The Optimist encourages reader response through letters to the editor but reserves the right to limit frequent contributors or to refuse to print letters containing

Blue Devils for studying the classics at Oxford. Any memory of college basketball will soon seem as far off as a talented Houston Rockets team. While this will most likely lead Dick Vitale out of the country, this is a small reward for the consequences soon to materialize. After the fifth consecutive cancelled season, TNT will be forced to fill the gap left by the NBA with more singlefemale-cop-who-doesn’tplay-by-the-rules dramas. These played out plot lines will unquestionably drive audiences to rioting around the nation. The epicenter of turmoil and tumult will most likely be Los Angeles, where locals have gone stir crazy without the ability to pompously parade about their love for the otherwise hated Lakers. The nation will begin to decay and the NBA lockout would prove the turning point in our great country’s history. While none of this can be guaranteed, it is clearly the obvious sequence of events as we enter November without 12-foot fade-aways, textbook passes and the opportunity to laugh at Charles Barkley as he attempts to pronounce words. This could very well be our future. However, after watching their dating pool flee via British Air, the entire Kardashian clan can soon be expected to stamp those passports. Totally worth it.

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becomes a university that only values business and Bible majors, then it can no longer claim to be exceptional, innovative or real. Moving forward I would urge the university to reconsider these cuts and value all students and faculty, or it should go ahead and file for incorporation. Jared Perkins Senior Sociology Major from Peru, Ill.

An error in the editorial titled “Budget cuts ref lect national woes,” which ran Nov. 2 in Vol. 100 No. 19 of the Optimist, implied that

certain members of the faculty were asked to retire early; in reality, they were given the option to retire early.

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Entire departments/ professors/staff being cut & u blame it on the ECONOMY? I THOUGHT YOU TOLD US you raised tuition to pay Profs more!? #ACU

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Upset: ‘Cats finishing season with a bang

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Jennie Hutt and teammate Neely Borger team up to set a wall against an Angelo State University attack attempt. The Wildcat volleyball team was able to defeat 16thranked ASU in 3-2 sets in Moody Coliseum. continued from page 8 The ‘Cats were ahead early 8-5 ASU however, tied it at 8-8 on a kill by Celeste Bonter. From there, neither team could build a larger advantage than two until the Wildcats, on a kill from Sara Oxford, gained a 20-17 lead. Junior Kalynne Allen ended the first set with a kill. ACU hit .279 in the set and .220 for the entire match. Allen had 14 kills, 18 digs, and a .294 hitting percentage at the end of the five-set thriller. Angelo State hit .222. Debbie Ohl was the leader for the Rambelles with 18 kills. Maddie Huth also contributed with 15 kills and five blocks. During the second set, ASU didn’t make the mistake of falling behind. Angelo hit an impressive .311 average nevertheless, the Wildcats hung tight. The Rambelles scored five of the last seven points to insure the victory. In game three ASU clearly had the momentum, building a lead of 1813. ACU never lost hope, though. A 6-2 run featured three kills, a block and assist from Oxford. A rejection by Borger and Haley

Angelo has had the season we wish we would’ve had, but now the girls are proving to themselves and everyone else it’s possible to play at their level.” Kellen Mock Head Coach ACU volleyball

Rhoads inched the Wildcats to within a point at 20-19. Angelo would get one more point before Abilene Christian came to life, racking off four straight kills and grabbing the lead, 23-21. Rhoads assisted all four attacks. She finished with a career high 63 assists. For the second time, Allen finished off the set with a kill. Mock has been preparing the team for these types of circumstances. “We practice those scenarios all the time. When a situation like that occurs, the girls aren’t scared to try and win the game.” Hutt was confident in the team even when they were down. “We played like we were ahead. When we were out there everyone was calm. It didn’t matter what the score was be-

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The ACU volleyball team celebrates together at Moody Coliseum Nov. 1 against No. 16 Angelo State. The Wildcats’ win in five sets is one of the highlights of their 2011 season. The team will honor its three seniors Saturday. cause we knew we would come back.” Unfortunately, the Wildcats looked as though they lost focus in the fourth set. The team committed 10 errors contributing to a measly -.091 hitting percentage. The Rambelles ended the match on an 8-2 run. The ‘Cats quickly switched gears in the final

game. Key to the set was the 3-0 lead build up by ACU immediately after the disappointing fourth-set performance. The match came to a close in exhilarating fashion. Hutt’s 21st kill and a block by Borger/ Riley gave the Wildcats the edge after a 13-13 tie. The win was huge in Mock’s view. “Angelo has had the sea-

son we wish we would’ve had, but now the girls are proving to themselves and everyone else it’s possible to play at their level.” Kelsie Edwards quietly set the school record for most digs in a single season with 583. ACU plays Cameron for the final game of the regular season in Moody Coliseum on Saturday, Nov. 5

at 2 p.m. This will be the last regular season game for the three seniors on Mock’s squad: Edwards, Hutt, and Aubree Vick. “It’s Kelsie, Jennie, and Aubree’s last match in Moody Coliseum,” said Mock. “We are going to miss them.” contact Isaacs at


Harlem Globetrotters to visit campus in January Taylor Langston sports reporter The Harlem Globetrotters have entertained millions with their outlandish performances and unconventional basketball skills, and the action is coming to ACU on Jan. 24. The Globetrotters will return to Moody Coliseum this January for the first time

since their last visit in 2008. ACU administration and students alike are looking forward to greeting the highflying superstars. “I love that they are coming to campus,” said Hannah Watson, junior nursing major from Abilene. “It helps to promote ACU for one thing, and it’s fun to watch because they are just so talented.” The group began 85 years ago and has since de-

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veloped into a worldwide sensation famous for its creative and comical performances. The team’s website said the squad has also broken down some barriers. “The team toured the world, breaking cultural and social barriers along with basketball records. They were the first team to play basketball in Europe. In 1950, a Globetrotter named Nathaniel ‘Sweetwater’ Clifton became the

first African-American player to be drafted by the NBA,” according to the team website. Notoriety from the visitors stretches farther than just the small ACU community to bring in members of the Big Country. “I grew up in Abilene and attended the show in 2008 right before I came to ACU,” Watson said. “For a group that travels all over the world to come to Abilene is

a big deal and will raise a lot of local attention.” Director of Athletics Jared Mosley expects this year’s show, like many before, will be a sell out. “The show is a good chance to receive exposure for our campus, but beyond that it’s just a good chance to bring the community in, primarily individuals who may not have any connection with

ACU sports,” Mosley said. ACU will open its doors for the community to join in the action; tickets can be bought online for $23 for the upper levels, $33 for lower levels and $63 on the floor. Tickets can be purchased at contact langston at


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Five set to compete at regional meet kristin Goodspeed sports reproter After coming in second and fourth place overall at the Lone Star Conference Championships, head coach Chris Woods is reevaluating cross country’s strategy for the next step. Only three men and two women will run at Wichita Falls on Saturday in the NCAA II South Central Regional. Though the Wildcats won’t have enough members to make a full team, the runners could qualify individually for the national tournament.

“I just want to take those individuals that I feel have the best opportunity to qualify for Nationals individually,” Woods said. “It’s been a year unlike any other year we’ve had here at ACU in recent history. Every decision I make is for the team to move in a forward direction.” The five runners going are William Pike, Erik Forrister, Fabian WesselTerharn, Chloe Susset and Alyse Goldsmith. Pike said the rest of the team is taking a short amount of time off and will begin training for track season in a couple of weeks or so.

The big picture is getting back on top of the Lone Star Conference.” chris woods head coach acu cross country

“As a coach I had to sit back and think about the big picture of each runner’s career over the next four or five years,” Woods said. “Although the immediate picture is ‘I’m not taking a full team to regionals,’ the big picture is getting back on top of the Lone Star Conference

in cross country, so that’s the direction we’re going in and plan on pursuing.” Woods wants to get cross country back on track and win the LSC title next year. “Recruiting can play a part of my decision because I do want to bring in a good class,” Woods said. “The guys I’m planning on bringing in need to feel confident and comfortable about the team they’re going to join.” Woods said the decision to not take a full team was tough but he thinks it was the best choice to make, especially for the

For the first time in program history, the ACU women’s soccer program is hosting Lone Star Conference’s conference championship tournament Nov. 3-6. The tournament is a six-team, single elimination tournament featuring six teams. “We are really excited about the opportunity to host the tournament,” ACU head coach Casey Wilson said. “It’s foreign to our program, but it comes with the territory.” The tournament welcomes the top six Lone Star Conference teams and it is single elimination. The College of Business Administration faculty and staff assisted the historic event by donating the necessary money to buy a fence to surround the complex. The tournament could not take place without it.





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MSU ACU men. This way they can re- WTAMU group, rest and get healthy TSU for the indoor and outdoor TAMU-K track seasons, Woods said. UIW As for the women, ASU Woods has high hopes ENMU Susset and Goldsmith will Commerce finish in the top-5, qualifying for nationals. He’s excited for them and how volleyball well they’ve responded to Team training this season. Woods asks for the sup- WTAMU port of everyone and to ASU continue encouraging the ACU five who will be running TSU this weekend. TWU Cameron MSU contact goodspeed at TAMU-K UIW


Teams meet in tourney at ACU


Women’s Soccer

No. 1 ACU

No. 4 TAM-C

The key for the top-ranked Wildcats will be the same as it’s been all year: creating opportunities and establishing their style of play from the get-go. The team is at its best when its passes are connecting and there is open field to work with. LSC Offensive Player of the Year Andrea Carpenter is sure to be the focus of opposing defenses, so spreading the wealth offensively will be key. Goalkeeper Elliott London will play a huge part in the Cat’s potential success.

Commerce is entering the Lone Star Conference tournament at .500 (8-8). Against the Wildcats this season, the Lions have an 0-2 record. The Lions are led by sophomore Forward Brionna Minde, who has a team leading 10 goals and 26 points. Freshman Forward Jade Bell is second on the squad with 18 points. If Commerce is expecting to perform at a high level in this tournament, then these two will have to step up.


No. 2 MSU


The perennial LSC women’s soccer powerhouse, Midwestern State, is coming off a first round bye and a 1-0 overtime win over Eastern New Mexico. The 11-5-2 Mustangs boast experience and a veteran coaching staff that prepares well. Senior Kelsey Hill leads the offense with 27 points, and she will play a big role in how far the team goes this weekend. Goalkeeper Mallory Whitworth anchors a defense that has produced eight shutouts this season.


The Lady Buffs became the first No. 6 seed to win an opening round match in the LSC Conference Tournament since 2007 on Thursday in their win over ENMU, so the team will have momentum on its side. Forward Leslie Briggs is the catalyst for an offense that averages 1.53 goals per game, as she has produced 26 points on the season. WT split their two games against MSU this season, but MSU beat the Buffs 5-0 in their last meeting.

briefings Senior running back Daryl Richardson was named the Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Week following his play last Saturday, Oct. 29 against Commerce. Richardson ran for 170 yards and scored two touchdowns in the win. Football jumped up three spots in this week’s American Football Coaches’ Association poll relefased on Monday, Oct. 31. The team went from No. 19 to No. 16. Soccer will begin the postseason this weekend ranked No. 2 in the nation. Central Missouri is No. 1 despite having the same number of victories as ACU. Both the ‘Cats and Central Missouri have 17 wins, the most in NCAA DII.

EX- FACTOR Chicago Bears and wide receiver Johnny Knox had the week off but Knox has 19 receptions for 348 yards and no touchdowns on the season. Cincinnati Bengals running back Benard Scott recorded his best game of the 2011 season on Sunday, Oct. 30 against the Seahawks. Scott had 22 rushes for 76 yards and three receptions. The Bengals won 34-12. On the year, Scott has 52 carries for 161 yards and a lone touchdown.


Junior midfielder Julie Coppedge dribbles the ball across the Wildcat Soccer Pitch against West Texas A&M October 30 during the Cats’ 1-0 win over the Lady Buffs on Senior Day. West Texas is the number six team in the LSC Conference Tournament while the Wildcats are the top seed.

Danieal Manning, Texans safety, didn’t record any tackles this week against the Jaguars. Manning has 32 tackles and two interceptions so far on the season.



’Cats gain revenge on No. 16 ASU

The volleyball team plays Cameron at Moody Coliseum on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m.

edward isaacs assistant sports editor The Wildcat volleyball team gained sweet revenge on Tuesday, Nov. 1 against Angelo State University. In Moody Coliseum, ACU was able to defeat 16th-ranked ASU 3-2 with scores of 25-23, 20-25, 2523, 15-25 and 15-13. This was the Wildcats’ second match versus the Rambelles this season. The first resulted in a

five-set loss at Angelo State. The upset was complete after sophomore Neely Borger and freshman Rachel Riley recorded an enormous block. Riley had five kills and three blocks on the night while Borger assisted in seven blocks and one solo. Head coach Kellen Mock said she felt Angelo State matched up well with her girls. “You can see by two games, one going to each team, that we’re pretty

evenly matched,” Mock said. “We played well. It was one of our best opportunities to execute a game plan, and the girls did.” “Our front row did a great job. The first play of the game, the preseason offensive player of the year, Chelsie Gibson, went up for a swing, and Oxford stuffed her,” Mock said. “[Neely] Borger also did the same thing later in the match. It was fun to see.” Senior Jennie Hutt said the team never gave up.

“I was elated after the match,” Hutt said. “We were resilient, and as a result, it was a good win for us. Angelo is a great team, so we had to earn it. It shows we’re capable of doing anything we set our minds to. “ ACU moved up to 18-12 overall and 12-6 against Lone Star Conference opponents. Despite the loss, ASU still boasts a record of 26-4 and 15-3 in the LSC, good for second place in the conference.

The Rambelles had been fighting for first place with West Texas A&M University, but this loss puts them at the No. 2 seed for the conference championship with two matches still to play. The Wildcats stay put in third place, a game ahead of Tarleton State University. The theme of a backand-forth uphill battle for both teams became evident early in game one. see upset page 7

Women’s soccer competes in the Lone Star Conference Tournament at the Wildcat Soccer Pitch on Friday, Nov. 4. The team plays Texas A&MCommerce at 2:30 p.m. Football goes up against LSC foe Texas A&M-Kingsville in Kingsville at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5.

The Optimist Print Edition: 11.04.11  

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