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ymous comments about other students via ask. fm, which would then be posted to the account. The Twitter account @ The Twitter account ACUCrushes was issued is one of many like it on a cease and desist warn- college campuses across ing from the university Texas and in the country, last Tuesday. including Baylor, UniverSince its creation on sity of Texas and Hardin Oct. 7, the popular ac- Simmons University. count has gained over Stacy Campos, sopho1,200 followers. more nursing major from @ACUCrushes allowed Garland, has been menstudents to submit anon- tioned on @ACUCrushes

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In the spirit of Thanksgiving, students, faculty and staff share what they’re thankful for

but was not fond of the attention. “I don’t care for it,” Campos said. The rising popularity of the Twitter account resulted in more than 400 tweets, some of which could be considered lewd or offensive. As a result, the university (@ACUedu) mentioned @ACUCrushes in a tweet on Nov. 12 that contained a link to the warning.

“We wanted to make you aware that posts on your Twitter account may violate Abilene Christian University’s Anti-Harassment Policy,” the warning stated. “In other words, you are risking the possibility that someone may file a harassment complaint against you.” The warning also instructed the account holder to stop posting and warned against contact-

ing anyone who could file a complaint. The warning was issued under Title IX of the Education Acts of 1972, which states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program see Tweet page 4

Block tuition encourages minors

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NEWS The university and student groups work to create opportunities for students to recycle Page 3

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SPORTS Renata Marquez’s connection to basketball brings her close to her dad

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NEWS Students will perform slam poetry at Starbucks to raise funds for Wishing Well Page 3

OPINION The editorial board gives a list of top ten ACU specific things students should be thankful for

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SA works to regulate when the Tower of Light shines purple to encourage tradition Page 3


Senior theatre majors Owen Beans, from Greenville, Illin., Alex Bonneau, from Dallas, and Jace Reinhard, from Greenville, Illin. perform in Next to Normal. Next to Normal is showing every day at 7:30 p.m. until Monday.

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OPINION Kirsten Holman implores the members of Duck Dynasty to visit ACU Page 6

ONLINE VIDEO Watch a recap of this weekend’s Pink Run, a 5k fundraiser for breast cancer

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Bomb call-in chalked up to mistake eric terrazas

The ACU baseball team finishes up the Purple vs. White World Series

Block tuition has made it easier for students to graduate with minors. ACU has Since offering block tuition beginning the Fall 2012 semester, ACU has gradually increased the number of students graduating with minors. “In May 2010 we had 124 degrees awarded with minors, in May 2011 we had 95 degrees awarded with minors, in May 2012 we had 126 degrees awarded with minors and in May 2013 we had 132 degrees awarded with minors,” said Lisa McCarty, assistant director of institutional research. Block tuition allows undergraduate students to take up to 36 hours a year at a f lat rate, which reduces the cost of a degree. Students are able to save up to $17,500 over three and a half years. The goal of block tuition is to help students and their families pay less for an education and reduce debt after graduation. Block tuition has not necessarily made more students want to add minors, but it has made it easier for those who do. “My mom and dad weren’t too sure about me minoring in something because of the cost of classes, but when they found out about block tuition they were more on board with it,” said Kariana Williams, sophomore vocational ministry

Student reporter The sidewalk talk initiative resulted in sidewalk potential threat, as ACUPD received a call about a suspicious box in front of Moody. In the 13 years that Chief Jimmy Ellison has been a part of ACUPD, he has never heard of any bomb threats on or around the ACU campus. “The positive thing here

is that people are observant and report suspicious activity,” Ellison said. A staff member mistook the small chalk box set out for student use by the benches in front of Moody for a small bomb. Resulting in police officers investigating the suspicious box, which they found to be merely a chalk box. Ellison mentioned that while ACUPD has had a few suspicious devices reported, they have all resulted to be

completely harmless. He also said that the bulk of these calls were soon after the attacks of 9/11, when people were on a more high-alert. Lieutenant Randy Motz added that while reporting suspicious activity is a good thing, making a false report about a bomb threat is a very serious matter and can result in a Class A misdemeanor. Class A misdemeanor is the most serious, non-felony offense which can result in the defendant paying up

to a $4,000 fine and spending up to a year in jail. The Texas Penal Code Section 42.06 states, “an offense under False Alarm or Report is a Class A misdemeanor unless the false report is of an emergency involving a public primary or secondary school, public communications, public water, gas, or power supply or other public service, in which even the offense is a state jail felony.” Chief Ellison said that a

simple solution to avoid this in the future would be to make the chalk box less suspicious looking or placing it in a less suspicious manner. “We definitely don’t want to be accused of chalk harassment, but we’re glad that that’s all it comes down to,” said Ellison. “So, thankfully, the score lies at 1-0, chalk to bombs.” contact The optimist at

Elevator Pitch picks entrepreneur finalists Brittany Jackson copy editor The Springboard Elevator Pitch competition, brought to ACU by the Griggs Center for Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy, announced its top 10 finalists Tuesday afternoon. Jim Litton, director of Griggs Center for Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy, helped organize Entrepreneur Week at ACU, which kicked off the

challenge. “For the Elevator Pitch competition, it’s a way for students to take that first step of sharing their ideas and getting some feedback through the competition, have some fun and, possibly, win some money,” Litton said. The competition allows students of ACU to pitch a two-minute entrepreneur idea in front of a panel of judges. This year, there were about 30

SPRINGBOARD COMPETITION FINALISTS GreenStrip, Troy Bonneau, Tyler Eidson Grickets , John Blackwell vcard, Rudy Garza Man Cave Heaven, Shane Birchfield and Barrett Corey

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Wednesday 11 a.m. African Aware-

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ness Week booth in the Campus Center 7:30 p.m. ACU Theatre performs “Next to Normal”



5 p.m. BestSemester Interest Meeting in COBA Room 301 5:30 p.m. Against the Grain Senior Art Show


7 p.m. Volleyball at Grand Canyon University


8 p.m. Showing of the movie “Chronicle” in Zellner

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9 a.m. Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Zumbathon 12 p.m. Women’s Basketball at North Texas Classic

7:30 p.m. Jazz Ensemble Concert

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5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Hillcrest Church of Christ is hosting a free Thanksgiving potluck during its “Loaves and Fishes Fellowship” meal in its Multipurpose Room.

11:30 a.m. Lawn Baptist Church is hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner.

8 p.m. The Abilene Ballet Theatre presents “The Nutcracker” at the Paramount Theatre. Tickets are $10 for students and $25 for adults. For tickets call 325-6750303.

10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. There will be a Model Railroad Open House at 2324 Moore Street. Admission is free.

The Optimist Police Log Announcements Weekend Campaigns are traveling to Oklahoma City the Nov. 22- 24 to distribute Thanksgiving goods. The trip is free. For more information email

Tickets are on sale for the ACU Theatre Department’s performance of “Next to Normal” at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 19 - 24 in Fulks Theatre. For information on tickets call 325674-ARTS or visit

The Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is hosting its third annual Zumbathon from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Nov. 23. Students may buy presale tickets in the Campus Center for $10 and will receive 3 raffle tickets. Tickets at the door are $12 and include 1 raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets are $1. Refreshements will be provided.

Season of Caring is partnering up with Love and Care Ministries to donate items to the homeless. Students can take part by donating household items and food in the Campus Center from 12 - 6 p.m. on Nov. 13 - 22. Students may also volunteer at the drop-off truck in the mall area of the Campus Center. For more information visit

Switchfoot will be performing at 6 p.m. on Nov. 24 at the Abilene Civic Center. Student ticket prices cost $20, or tickets can be purchased at the door for $30. To purchase tickets visit itickets. com or call 800-965-9324.

Students are invited to attend the ACU Winter Band Concert featuring the ACU Big Purple Band, Trumpet Choir, Brass Quintet and Woodwind Quintet. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 25 in Cullen Auditorium. Admission is free.

BestSemester is holding an interest meeting from 5 - 6 p.m. on Nov. 21 in COBA Room 301. BestSemester offers study abroad trips to China, India, Australia and more. Chinese food will be served at the meeting. For more information visit

University Park Apartments is offering student housing over Christmas break. Call 325-738-4600. Space is limited. Mingle and Jingle featuring Aaron Watson is at 6:30 p.m. at Dec. 2 on the Front Lawn.

Volunteer Opp0rtunities Friends for Life is seeking volunteers to help with both elderly residents and independent living elderly. Nursing home service opportunities include visiting, playing games, reading to the blind and assisting in arts and crafts. Independent living service opportunities include mowing lawns, grocery shopping and changing light bulbs. To volunteer contact Cecilia Barahona at 325672-2635 or The Noah Project is seeking volunteers to help with tasks such as answering phone calls, providing child care and doing maintenance and housekeeping. To volunteer call 325-676-7107. Love and Care Ministries is looking for volunteers to help with sorting clothing, stocking their food pantry, assisting in prayers in their prayer room and serving food to the homeless. For more information call 325670-0246. Volunteers are needed at the BCFS Abilene Transition Center for event planning and setup, assisting in teaching life skills classes, accompanying transport, visiting homes and/or assisting in construction of facilities for assisting in the betterment of male and female youth ages 15 - 25. This opportunity is open each morning Mondays through Fridays. Students interested must contact Johnny Nguyen at 325-692-0033 or The Betty Hardwick Center is seeking volunteers for the Human Resources Center to help with filing and organizing. This job requires someone with attention to detail who wishes to learn more about Human Resources. The job is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. If you are interested, please contact Martin Walker at 325-690-5235 or mwalker@bhcmhmr.or. House of Faith is an organization that seeks to take Jesus to neighborhood children. Volunteers are needed to help with the various programs they do throughout the week. Backyard Bible studies are hosted Mondays and Wednesdays and a youth program takes place on Thursday evenings. The organization is seeking volunteers who can commit to a specific day a week. House of Faith lasts from 3 - 5:30 p.m. To volunteer or gain more information contact Amy Jeffers at abj09a@ or call 832-331-5324. Rescue the Animals is seeking volunteers to work at the adoption center performing a variety of tasks, from playing with the animals to working in the office. For more information visit their website at The Abilene Zoo is looking for volunteers to help with general labor such as grounds cleanup and painting any weekday at any time between 12 - 4 p.m. The Zoo is located at 2070 Zoo Ln. Contact Joy Harsh at 325-676-6487 for more information.

Breakfast on Beech Street is seeking volunteers to help set up, prepare and serve breakfast to homeless/lower income folks any Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday at 5:30 a.m. or Tuesdays at 5 a.m. B.O.B.S. is located at First Christian Church on 3rd St. and Beech St. Service times must be scheduled in advance. To serve on Mondays contact Jody Depriest at 325-669-3312 or jody.depriest@ To serve on Tuesdays contact Allen Daugherty at 325-660-6949 or net. To serve on Wednesdays contact Jane Harvey at 325-695-0092 or To serve on Thursdays contact Margaret Beasley at 325-692-4149 or To serve on Fridays contact Rachel Brown at The National Center For Children’s Illustrated Literature is looking for volunteers to greet patrons, assist with art activities, sell books and make visitors feel welcome. Help is also needed for special events like Artwalk and exhibit openings. The NCCIL is located at 102 Cedar St. For more information on times and dates contact Debby Lillick at 325-673-4586 or visit The Center for International Education is looking for English speaking students to be paired with international students for English practice, conversation and cultural learning. Partners meet for one hour each week at a time and place determined by their partners. To volunteer contact Laura McGregor at laura. Volunteers are needed to help with daily activities organized by the staff at Chisholm House. This could involve playing board games, helping with arts and crafts and helping with a walking club. For some of these tasks volunteers may be asked to lead a group or work along side a staff coordinator. Volunteer opportunities are from 2 - 4 p.m. or 6 - 8 p.m. daily. Contact Larissa Blankenship at 817-578-9296. The International Rescue Committee is seeking volunteers to work with refugees who recently moved to the U.S., teaching English, helping with homework and mentoring. Contact Susanna Lubango to make an appointment at 325-675-5643. The Christian Service Center is seeking volunteers to help with filling requests for items such as clothing and bedding from the donation center, sort and organize donations and occasionally pick up donated items. Volunteers are needed every weekday and the first Saturday of each month between 9 - 12 p.m. and 1 - 4 p.m. For more information contact Roberta Brown at 325-673-7561 orrobertabrown51@hotmail. com. Visit htm.

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 325-695-6311 or Meals on Wheels Plus needs volunteer drivers to deliver afternoon meals to seniors and adults with disabilities Monday - Friday between 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Drivers must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license. Training is provided. For more information contact Samantha Barker at 352-672-5050 or visit The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers for a variety of needs such as sorting and pricing items in the thrift store, helping in the kitchen and/or doing yard work. Times are flexible and volunteers are 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 www. Big Brothers/Big Sisters offers two volunteer programs. Lunch Buddies pairs volunteers with a little brother or sister to have lunch with once a week for 30 minutes. Lunch Buddies has a preferred time of 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. The Community Based program pairs volunteers with a little brother or sister that they will hang out with two to four times a month. Both programs require committment to the program for 12 - 18 months. To sign up stop by the Big Brothers/Big Sisters office at 547 Chestnut St. or contact Randy Woods at 325-674-3102. Christian Ministries Food Pantry needs volunteers to help with tasks such as cleaning up, stocking shelves and bagging flour. It is looking for students who can make a commitment of 1 - 3 hours a week. For more information contact Becky Almanza at 325-673-5295 or Windcrest Health Care Center needs volunteers to help put up 11 Christmas Trees in their facility, wrap pictures with wrapping paper and put garland down the hallways from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Nov. 22 - Dec. 6. For more information contact Melissa Long at or 325-692-1533. The Center for Contemporary Arts needs a gallery assistant to greet partons, answer phones and answer basic questions about the Center and its programs. Volunteer opportunities are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Tuesdays - Fridays. For more information contact Jennifer Parks at 325-677-8389 or For additional volunteer opportunities visit: www.



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Campus groups work to improve recycling gabi powell features editor For the tree-huggers and env iromenta lly-minded, recycling on campus can be quite the challenge. Krista Cukrowski, junior digital entertainment technology major from Abilene, is the president of the new student organization, Wildcats for Sustainability, which is trying to combat this issue. “There is no standardization and, half the time, people have no idea what all can be recycled,” Cukrowski said. “Countless times, I’ve seen people put either non-recyclables into bins and then trashing the others.” Sean Branchaw, a senior mathematics major from Gaithersburg, Md., is the Wildcats for Sustainability vice-president. He agreed campus recycling is in need of renovating. “I think that ACU is very concerned with the environment, but I think that they could do a better job getting the word out,” he said. “They offer incredible recycling programs for students, but I think a lot of students do not even know about them. “ Branchaw said he hopes Wildcats for Sustainability can be the bridge connecting students with the recycling opportunities already in existence. Also, he would like to see a residence hall-wide recycling. “While some halls have programs in place, I would love every hall to have the opportunity,” he said. Corey Ruff, executive director of Facilities and Campus Management,

said recycling pickup is available for any building on campus, including residence halls. “The challenge we’ve had in the past is making sure that someone from the residences hall is available when the collection crew comes to pick up the recyclables,” he said. “Residence halls are secure buildings, so the collection crew can’t enter them like they can the other buildings on campus.” Ruff said the purchasing department is willing to work with each dorm to develop a plan that works for their hall. Futhermore, Branchaw and Cukrowksi said students’ participation in Wildcats for Sustainability has been thriving. “The only problem is that we have had trouble dedicating the time to setting up official meetings and creating an official member list,” Branshaw said. “However, we have plenty of interest from students we have talked to and I think the potential is there.” The group was unable to participate in the Campus Sustainability Day due to time constraints. However, Branchaw said they have successfully secured funds for a bike rack at Moody Coliseum, in addition to the second rack installed at the Rec Center. Ruff said one area he believes ACU could improve upon is better energy management. “There is a huge opportunity for ACU to save money by having better control and use of our energy,” he said. “Everyone on campus can help with this by making sure all their nonessential equip-

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Sophomore Logan Dyer, business marketing major Carrollton, uses the recycling bins located in the campus center near the Depot. ment is turned off before leaving for the day. In the facilities management world, we are always looking for opportunities to reduce energy consumption by replacing antiquated equipment with more energy efficient equipment. If we all continue to look for ‘green’ opportunities, we can make a huge impact on the energy savings at ACU.” Branshaw said practicing better sustainability

would support and help accomplish the university’s vision. “Leaders who are thinking globally will recognize that a life of waste and excess is not sustainable forever and it negatively affects the lives of those around us as well as the entire world,” he said. “Leaders who practice sustainability are doing their part to respect the earth that we have so graciously been given to

inhabit.” Cukrowski said students can promote good change by simply being aware of their own actions. “To me, the process is simple,” she said. “Turn over whatever you’ve been drinking, and see if there’s a little triangle. If there is, great, recycle it. If there isn’t, great, reuse it, repurpose it or find your nearest trash bin. It’s about changing the way

we consume and, most importantly, it’s about changing the way we think. Take a look at what you’re holding and ask yourself, ‘What else could this be?’” For more information or to request recycling pick-up, email

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Lighting up the night purple and white marci hoxworth student reporter The ACU tower is one of the most visible structures of Abilene, seen all over campus and even from Abilene’s highway. When lit purple, it blares Wildcat pride. The Students’ Association is working closely with administration and the maintenance crew to create policies so that the purple glow will have a

Giving purpose to the purple tower will give ACU what it has been lacking.”

bring pride to the tower. “I want to create a purple tower tradition,” Benac said. “Right now, the tower just glows purple every now and then, and I want dylan benac students to know why the Students’ Association tower is glowing, and to President take pride in the purple.” The tower normally prideful purpose in Wild- shines a bright white, but cat country. SA President gleams purple during maDylan Benac, senior po- jor campus events like litical science major from Summit and homecomBoerne, has been working ing. SA is working to stanfor a year to create and im- dardize the glowing of the plement a policy that will tower, so that every wildcat

will understand the reason for the purple. SA wants to put reason behind the purple light. They are hoping to create a page on the ACU website that students and alumnus can look to that will explain to them why the tower is glowing. “The policy will give the purple causality,” Benac said. “From a track national championship to an alumnus winning a major award in their field, when the tower glows, students

will understand that it is because something of significant value has happened at ACU.” The policy implementation is a slow-moving process due to the costly change. The towers are run by the short-staffed maintenance crew, and the change would add more to their already hectic agendas. “Hopefully the policy will be in place before the end of this school year,” Benac said. “It is a major

topic, but one that is very important to me.” The Student Administration is hoping the change will give campus a greater sense of unity. “The school lacks a visual representation of school spirit,” Benac said. “Giving purpose to the purple tower will give ACU what it has been lacking.”

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Wishing Well celebrates coffee for water will draw in a large crowd and also emphasize Wishing Well’s focus on social justice. The ACU branch of WishMitchell East, biblical ing Well will be holding text major from Austin, is a fundraiser tonight to the current chaplain for feature student-led enter- Wishing Well. tainment. “This event will gather Hosted at the Star- students and give them bucks off of Buffalo Gap, the opportunity to hear Wishing Well set the fun- their classmates share draiser up as a way to their talents like slam pohave entertainment that etry and music,” East said.

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“We want to give them a platform for people to appreciate them.” East also expressed his excitement for the slam poetry portion of the entertainment. “The poetry in particular usually focuses on social justice, which is what we’re all about,” East said. According to East, all the donations will come from the generosity of the


crowd, but they will also have a merchandise stand set up in the Campus Center that morning, where students can buy T-shirts and other items. In regards to a specific target goal or benchmark Wishing Well is trying to reach with the donations, East said they don’t set a goal. “We are looking to raise as much as possi-

ble,” East said. “We don’t set a goal on how much to raise mainly because we want to raise as much as we can.” East expressed excitement about the fundraiser and the entertainment, seeing it as a great opportunity to not only raise awareness for social justice and Wishing Well, but to showcase some great student talent.

“It’s a great way to throw social justice and art together in one big pot and stir it up,” East said. The fundraiser will be open to the public and held at the Starbucks on Buffalo Gap tonight, beginning at 8 p.m. with no set ending. contact the optimist at


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COBA conducts study on virtual hiring employees caroline hardie student reporter Students can earn money for participating in a virtual hiring study done by COBA and Information technology professors. Assistant professor in marketing, Dr. Ryan Jessup, and assistant professor of computer science, Dr. John Homer, started the research study of virtual hiring. Senior psychology major from Abilene, Levi Ritchie, also participated in the study. Ritchie said they started testing human partici-

pants in the summer, but the actual study started much earlier than that. “It began when Dr. Ryan Jessup and Dr. John Homer started the earliest conceptual steps involved in professional academic research,” Ritchie said. “Still, further back are the many studies into behavior that set the foundation for this study and continue to guide our research.” Ritchie explains that even though it is a study on virtual hiring, it is not only limited to COBA students or people in the human resource field. “Interestingly, neither

Dr. Jessup nor Dr. Homer specialized in human resources, and the research, while it can be related to business fields, is more of a broad study into decision-making than it is specifically COBA related,” Ritchie said. The study is mainly meant to address how people make decisions. Ritchie said the study is about judging applicants based on a set of criteria, not through normal interview methods. “For us, it means judging applicants based on a set of criteria, and deciding which, if any, to hire,”

Still further back are the many studies into behavior that set the foundation for this study and continue to guide our research.”

checks to determine who to hire.” Ritchie explains that they are looking for people will all different kinds of backgrounds to participate in the study. “Any student who hasn’t already tried, can levi ritchie and should participate senior psychology in this study, as long as major they’re at least 18 years from abilene old.” Ritchie said. “Some students may believe that Ritchie said. “This is not, they’re at an inherent disobviously, how the hiring advantage because they process works in real life. have no human resourcYou spend several days es experience, but we’re looking over applications, looking for participants listening to interviews of all kinds and have no and doing background preference for business

students over everyone else.” If just participating in the study isn’t enough incentive, all participants are paid for their time. “Participants actually get cash payment on-site as soon as they’re done” Ritchie said. “Anyone will make at least four dollars if they complete the study, and, based on their performance in the task, they can make up to five times that much.”

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Tweet: @ACUCrushes account gets crushed by university from page 1 or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” “Some examples of sexual harassment include: sexual innuendos, jokes or comments, disparaging remarks to a person about his or her gender or body and displaying or transmitting sexually suggestive electronic content, including emails and texts,” said Wendy Jones, ACU’s Title IX coordinator. The consequences for violation of Title IX can result in anything from verbal warning to expulsion, Jones said. “Above and beyond the policy, I hope the conversation that is occurring on our campus is that we should hold ourselves to a much higher standard than the world does,” Jones said. “We

are a Christian university and I would hope our Christianity would reflect Christ in all aspects of our lives, including our social media identity.” However, to some students the warning may seem a little extensive. Taylor Crumpton, freshman psychology major from Coppell, is one of these students. “I found it funny that they were issued a warning because I didn’t see @ACUCrushes as a form of harassment,” Crumpton said. The account has not tweeted, but has not been taken down, after the warning was issued last week. deanna romero Staff Photographer contact the optimist at

Jonathan Pruitt, senior criminal justice major from Recife, Brazil, spikes the ball during an intramural volleyball game.

Proposed city ordinance on soliciting, panhandling Chief Jimmy Ellison of the ACU Police Department said, “You don’t want people standing in The Abilene City Council the roadway soliciting has discussed restricting for any reason in an inthe boundaries of solic- tersection that is already iting and panhandling accident prone, specifidue to certain safety con- cally the ones they are cerns. addressing. The only one The Abilene Police De- that would have an impartment identified cer- pact on the ACU campus tain areas of solicitation would be the Ambler Avand panhandling that are enue restrictions which considered high-traffic would go from Grape areas prone to accidents. Street to East Lake Road.” One of these intersecThe other possible artions is particularly close eas of restriction, accordto campus. ing to the Abilene Report-

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er-News story “Public can chime in on possible solicitation and panhandling ordinance change,” are as follows: Buffalo Gap from South 27th Street to Antilley Road, Southwest Drive from Winters Freeway to Catclaw Drive, Business I-20 from U.S. Highway 83 to North Judge Ely Boulevard, South 14th Street from Willis to Butternut Street, Judge Ely from East South 11th Street to East North 10th Street, Treadaway Boulevard from East Highway 80 to South 11th Street and Treadaway from South 27th Street. “Some of the intersections have had collisions where solicitation has been involved but not involving any ACU students

or employees that I know of,” said Ellison. The Abilene ReporterNews said this ordinance will restrict people under the age of 17 from soliciting in roadways, and require those who solicit to wear ref lective vests. Panhandling will be prohibited within 50 feet of vulnerable areas such as automated teller machines, public parking garages and entrances and exits of banks and restaurants. Soliciting and panhandling won’t be banned every where in Abilene, but only at dangerous intersections where safety should be a top priority. “I would say, overall, I don’t see it having any impact on the campus because, typically, we

don’t see any solicitation from that roadway any way, or any roadways around campus,” said Ellison. “If it’s an organized student activity, typically the university offices would have to approve of those activities and would likely not approve a club activity or anything involving roadway solicitation because of the potential danger. So, I would say, based on the locations that they have on the proposed ordinance and based on the fact that university students typically aren’t involved in roadway solicitation for any purposes, I don’t see it having any impact on the campus or the students.” However, these proposed restrictions could

effect other people. The Abilene Reporter-News said the proposed ordinance could affect the fire department’s annual Fill the Boot Campaign where they collect money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the vendors who sell the Abilene Reporter-News paper at various intersections and even high school kids who fundraise. The change is still not final. The Abilene City Council sent the proposed ordinance to stage two of the process and will reconvene on Nov. 21 for a public hearing.

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Block: Tuition plan alters degrees from page 1

graduating on time, but because of block tuition, major from Belton. I will be able to take some Block tuition has also other electives without it made it less costly for costing me extra,” Wilstudents who stay longer liams said. than four years as an unStudents are able to dergraduate student. take more electives and “I’m not sure if I will be have more opportunities to study abroad with the f lexibility that block tuition offers in the amount of hours that students take.

“I would say that block tuition makes it easier to have a minor because it let’s me take classes when I need to without paying more or staying an extra semester,” Briana Toplin, sophomore biology premed major from Keller, said. “It’s more beneficial in that I can hopefully graduate on time.” For some students, adding a minor was not

hard to do because of block tuition. “My adviser informed me that I would only have to take one more class to get a minor, so I did,” said Erik Soulek, senior information systems major from San Antonio.

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Contest: Griggs center supports entreprenuers from page 1

Finalists will present their quick pitch in front entries. of a live audience and Out of all of the appli- panel of judges at 11:30 cants, only 10 emerged as a.m. on Thursday in Hart finalists. Auditorium. Free lunch Zach Carstens, one of will be offered and the the finalists and sopho- public is encouraged to more biblical text and come and support friends English major from Col- or classmates presenting. lege Station, created “SeA winner will be anrial Story” with his broth- nounced directly after er, Alex. the presentations. “Our idea was a selfThe first-place pitch will publishing website, it’s win $1,500, with second kind of like Netflix but place receiving $750 and with books,” Carstens third place winning $250. said. “So books will be orThere will also be a ganized like TV shows that student choice award, alanyone can sign up for and lowing students to choose write their own stories.” their favorite idea.

It’s an oppurtunity to have fun, celebrate their hard work and promost entrepreneruship...”

Jim Litton director of the griggs center

“It’s an opportunity for [the students] to have fun, celebrate their hard work and promote entrepreneurship on campus,” Litton said.

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“I’m thankful for all my omlette regulars. Seriously, I love you, babies.”


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“I’m thankful for modern dental care & hygiene, and especially the invention of the tooth brush.” Krista Cukrowski Junior digital entertainment technology major


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“I’m thankful to be surrounded by Christian love and influence. I get to wake up in a dream everyday and for that I give thanks! Happy Thanksgiving, Wildcats!”

“I’m thankful for boats.” Ben Avery Junior ad/PR major


“I’m thankful for my best friend, running partner and buddy for scuba diving , Paige Snodgrass. She is always there to make sure I don’t make a fool of myself, which I do quite often.” J.P Ralston Students’ Association executive treasurer


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“I’m thankful for my leadership positions on campus. I love having a relationship with my residents and creating student leaders who value culture and community.”

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“I’m thankful that God has given me 33 years of work and ministry at ACU, where lives are transformed by Christ for so many through the years. May their tribe increase!”


“I’m thankful the Psychology Department is in Chambers Hall. Whenever I get lonely, the crickets and beetles are always there with an encouraging word or a shoulder/thorax to cry on. Mr. Checkers, my office beetle, is turning out to be quite a therapist. But seriously, I love this old, quirky, historical building.” Dr. Richard Beck Professor of Psychology


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Ten things to be thankful for (ACU edition) the issue Thanksgiving is a time to remember everything that makes our lives better.

our take This list gives ten examples of things ACU students in particular can be thankful for.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, while students are counting their blessings, here is a list of 10 things to be thankful for at ACU. 1. Starbucks in the Brown Library: The beautiful caffeine supplier to tired, free-time deprived and homework-hounded

students. Without this heroic café, already-busy students would be forced to drive 14 minutes out of the way to the nearest Starbucks for an energy boost. Ain’t nobody got time for that. 2. The GATA Fountain: What is ACU without this

iconic sewer-spewing centerpiece? Over the years, students have bonded over the tradition of dodging its milky brown spray on especially windy days. 3. Feral cats: The only way to get around the “no pets” rule in dorms. Simply walk out the front door of any dorm, or perhaps between the Bean and the Bible building where the precious felines reside, to receive all the warm fuzzies without the responsibility of an actual pet. 4. Chapel forums: Two words: life savers. Lets be honest here, qithout these

lovely Chapel-credit redeemers how else would students achieve 55 credits? This is right up there next to the end-of-year Chapel survey (worth two credits). 5. Dr. Richard Beck: What will he be dressed as today? It’s anyone’s guess. Thanks for always keeping students on their toes, Dr. Beck. 6. The Bean’s cookies: Terribly, horribly delicious and addicting. Also, the most beloved way to gain that freshmen fifteen. 7. The loud guys on the top row of Chapel: No Praise Day would be complete without these guys

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screaming “Highways and Byways” at the top of their lungs and over-enthusiastically doing the motions. 8. The Piano Man: The man responsible for helping the Bean stay classy. Thanks to him, students feel like they are eating in a five-star restaurant daily. 9. Nancy in the Bean: Swiping students in with a smile since 2010. 10. The “ACU Difference”: Yes, it’s time for a cheesy one. All joking aside, ACU provides students with a tight-knit community it’s hard to

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find elsewhere. No matter what sport, social club, dorm or even religion, students have a connection with one another. This connection shows every time students who have never met smile at each other on their way to class. Whether students want to admit it or not, the ACU Community, with all its ups and downs, is quite magnificent. So, dear Christian college, we love you. contact The Optimist at


Duck Dynasty shouldn’t neglect their ACU fanbase By Kirsten Holman, staff writer and senior journalsim major from Austin Duck Dynasty needs to visit ACU because it just so happens to be “no-shave November,” resulting in the best display of beardness all across campus. I don’t know about you but, at this point, I’m feeling a little left out considering the Duck Dynasty brothers have visited everyone but us. Duck Dynasty has visited Rochester College in Rochester Hills, Mich., Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., Harding University in Searcy, Ark., Lipscomb in Nashville, Tenn., Faulkner in Montgomery, Ala. and Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond, Okla. What is wrong with us? What did we do? Who in the Robertson family has a personal vendetta against us? Maybe we don’t live where enough trees grow, or maybe they have heard that we are boring. We can match their bushy beards, sweet-tea sippin’, fun-loving personalities. We love to have fun. In fact, we have so much fun we don’t even call it fun. It’s called “praise day” in Chapel or “taco Tuesday” at Rosa’s. Just imagine what a Chapel forum would be like starring the Duck Dynasty family. They would ride in on one of their Gators, showering the audience with duck calls like candy in a parade. They would tell us funny stories as we get comfortable in our seats, share how their faith has impacted their lives and even let us ask useful questions like, “How do you grow your beard so long?” and, “What does squirrel taste


The memoirs of a procrastinator KNOCK ON WOOD ALIKAY WOOD ARTS EDITOR

I used to be a motivated, disciplined person. I turned things in on time. I never missed a class. I actually did the assigned reading and had never laid eyes on the demonic destroyer of literature that is Sparknotes. That was before. It was before Fall Break, when I was hopeful and naive, telling myself that “this semester will be different!” This weekend, I watched six Hallmark Christmas movies. Six. I was finally able to get myself out of bed and attempted to go to the li-

brary, but while driving there, a Miley Cyrus song came on the radio and I drove around the block seven times in order to listen to it before finally giving up on studying and going home to watch more Hallmark movies. I don’t know why I bother pretending this system will change. I go through the exact pattern of laziness and panic every single semester. Why do I do this to myself? Because the sheer panic I will feel during finals week is far better

motivation than the satisfaction of being prepared. I will finally make the dreaded descent into the lowest level of the library (otherwise known as The Dungeon or The Chamber of Secrets). I abandon normal sleeping patterns and basic hygiene. At some point I will have a mental breakdown and vow to never do this to myself again. Then, adrenaline will kick in and I will ride a wave of terror and exhaustion to the end of the semester. When the war has ended, I will emerge victorious. I will get good grades because, for some reason, this ridiculous system works for me. Let me be clear: you should not try this at home. Most people perform better having slept,

showered and not attempted to cram a semester’s worth of work into a single night. But there are the few, the proud, those who freely choose to abandon all school work until finals week. Those who are confident that the pure fear they feel during finals will be motivation enough to succeed. To these comrades I offer salutations and blessings. May the spirits of those who have gone before you guide you to passing grades. May God look on you with pity and your professors with grace and, of course, may the odds be ever in your favor.

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like?” These are the questions that need answering. Sure, you might not be the biggest fan of Duck Dynasty and you might not love the great outdoors as much as the Robertson family does. You might not even be one to go camping without an air mattress (wimps). You still have to admit, it would be cool to have the Duck Dynasty family visit the ACU campus. Then, when you are old and gray, you can say you were

They would ride in on one of their Gators, showering the audience with duck calls like candy in a parade.”

famous by association. Grow out the beards and get your camo paraphernalia on, because the Duck Dynasty family need to see we are totally serious about this. So serious that we would be willing to dye our underwear camo. So serious we would dedicate a whole day each week to the camo fashion style until they notice us, where every teacher and student must wear camo. Beards are optional, but highly encouraged. Maybe they will visit us if they see a certain level of dedication and mountain-man stature, but preferably in November when the beards are at their finest.

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When the guy printing your project yells “OH YOU”RE KIDDING ME!”, from the back room. #ohno #whathappened


The only reason I wish I was in a social club is for the socials and formals. #iwannago #IVolunteerAsTribute


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The group of guys next to me is legitimately planning to “fish for white girls” with pumpkin spice lattes..this Wednesday on campus.... #uh


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Ate a grasshopper today in my missions class!! #acudifference #protein


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Students should show up for home games FROM BEHIND THE CAMERA


I’ll never forget looking forward to my first college basketball game as a college student; the packed coliseum, the way the energy bounces off the fans and onto the court of seemingly unreal athletes. Then I went to ACU. Now, I’m not saying it was bad, but it was pretty sad. There were maybe a couple hundred people and, of those, I could count the involved fans on my two hands. This was opening night of the season; it was supposed to be great.

I’ll be the first to admit I can easily turn into a crazed basketball fan. Basketball is what makes me tick, comforts me when I’m in my lowest times and is the reason for some of my best celebrations. Last season went by and nothing much changed, so you can imagine my excitement now that we’re officially Div. I. There hasn’t been a home game yet, but the guys have been working hard on the road. The team is 0-4, but that’s deceiving.

We tipped off against Duquesne in Pittsburg, Penn. Restaurants in downtown Pittsburg rooted for ACU, pictures of support were posted on the streets and people on Twitter were clearly showing their ACU pride. The Wildcats then traveled to New York and fell to St. Bonaventure. L.D. Williams had 18 points but the team had 18 turnovers, resulting in 23 Bonnie points. Our new guards are better than ever, with Harrison Hawkins consistently shooting smooth threes and leader Parker Wentz holding the team together with his solid experience. New sophomore forward Austin Cooke has been a valuable big man, also shooting strong off the threepoint line.

We took on powerhouse Maryland and led at the half, but we couldn’t keep up in the second half, going scoreless for the last 14:12 of the game. ACU felt the effects of their month-long road trip against Iowa on Sunday and were outplayed on both ends of the court, leaving with a 103-41 loss. And we continue the grueling road trip with TCU. All week, my TCU friends and family were going on and on about how they were ready to win. ACU? Nothing. Furthermore, TCU just finalized plans to completely remodel their basketball coliseum over the next two years, and ACU has already begun remodeling Moody. That said, we as students have to

make that happen. I think it was meant to be that the first team we play close to Abilene also wears purple - it was a great foil to the all-too-often lack of purple Moody holds on a game night. Head coach Joe Golding has been steadily building a team that continues to get stronger and more athletic. I think back to the volleyball game against Texas Tech earlier this fall. It was a Big 12 team and all odds were against us, but guess what? We won and over 1,300 people showed up to support. After that game, the number one thing the volleyball team remembered was the environment of Moody and the support they felt as they fought for the win. We need

to use that as inspiration as we go into this new chapter of Div. I basketball. Support our team, show up to Moody, stand up, cheer and wear that purple. I’d like to go into Moody and be bombarded by the sea of purple I experienced at TCU, but with the Wildcat logo on every shirt, and hear those ‘Cats roar for their proper place in Div. I. As former Hoosier, coach Bobby Knight said, “There have been a lot of people that have been involved in basketball: coaches, administrators, fans and nobody, nobody, any more so than students over the years.” contact niemirowski at

Basketball connects Marquez to her dad jimmy isbell sports reporter Renata Marquez, a senior basketball player, grew up just 30 minutes north of Houston in Conroe. She began playing basketball at the age of five when her father made a court for her and her sisters to play outside in their backyard. She played her high school basketball at Willis High, just outside of Conroe, where the mascot was also a Wildcat. “I was always shooting, playing one on one after school with my sisters, and my dad coached me to be a better player every day,” Marquez said. As an 11-year-old, Marquez set a high goal to earn a scholarship and play collegiate basketball at any level. She was determined to receive such a scholarship. Her father quickly recognized her love for the game of basketball, so he decided to help her out in any way he could. Mr. Marquez began to build a rebounding machine made out of a few PVC pipes, volleyball nets and a tomato cage. The machine would be placed underneath the net to receive the made shot, then it would travel through the pipe down to the shoot to be passed back to her. “It worked extremely well and I never needed anyone to rebound for me,” Marquez said. “I just realized over the course of the past two years how much I love this game and how my father helped me to never lose that love.” As a freshman and sophomore, Marquez was a little lost. She had some tough times due to not receiving some of the playing time she thought she would and not focusing on her studies as much. Through the help of prayer and assistance from her family, she turned her spirits around and began to work harder than she ever had. Over the past two seasons, Marquez has been a hardworking player. In addition to her performance on the court, she has been succeeding in nursing school, as well. “Day in and day out, regardless if I’m having an on or off day, I make sure that I go hard in everything I do,” Marquez said. “The one thing I can control is my work ethic.” In regards to this year’s team, it is young. A young team calls for a lot of leadership early, and Marquez believes she has to step us a senior to lead this team to some victories this year. Marques said any young team has its ups and downs, but this positive, young team yearns to make a statement early against veteran teams. “This team works hard; we have a lot to learn this year, but I am proud to be a part

Paige otway Staff Photographer Renata Marquez perepares to shoot a three in Moody Coliseum earlier this season. Marquez is the only senior on the team and has lead them to an undefeated start.

of the first ACU women’s basketball team as a Div. I program,” Marquez said. Marquez has the right to have high expectations not only for herself as a senior, but the expectation for ACU’s teams to make a statement in the Southland Conference to leave the program in a good state.

Marquez has high expectations both love to have the opportunity to keep playon and off the court. She plans to graduate ing this game I’ve loved since I was five,” and work as a registered nurse in the emer- Marquez said. gency room or intensive care unit. Her other option is to keep playing the game and contact isbell at she is hopeful to play overseas. “I don’t know where, but I know I would

Playoffs? Playoffs?! Not for ‘America’s Team’ The Dallas Cowboys will not win the NFC East division this year or make the playoffs. Yet another disappointing season seems all but certain. This season, like every season, was going to be the year the Cowboys figured it all out and put together a Super Bowl season. It has been fun, from my prospective, to watch this dream slowly shatter and see fans lose hope as 11 weeks of football have played out. “America’s Team” improved to 4-3 and sat atop a weak NFC East as they destroyed the Eagles 17-3. They fell to 3-5 and the Giants looked like one of the worst teams in the NFL at 2-6. The cowboys looked like a team finally putting it all together, on both sides of the ball. The division was pretty much handed to them and seemed all but sealed at this point in the season. Then they had to travel to Detroit, which would be the start of the power shift in the East. Romo lead his team to

what seemed to be a third straight win to build a larger lead in the division as he threw a touchdown to take a 10-point lead with six minutes left in the game. The defense then allowed an 80yard drive and the offense was held to a field goal with one minute left after a holding penalty that killed the clock. So, with one minute left and no timeouts, Stafford made two huge throws of 17 yards and 40 yards. At the one-yard line with time running out, down six, Stafford runs a QB sneak and they steal a victory for the Cowboys leaving them at 4-4. It is easy to place blame on the QB, especially Tony Romo, but he has been exceptional, throwing 2,681 yards and 21 touchdowns compared to six interceptions. That’s good enough for a 98.3 rating, which would be the second highest of his career. This season is on the defense and offensive play calling. A defense that is

on pace to allow more yard than any other team in NFL history and have already allowed four 400 yard passers through 10 games. A defense that allowed an NFL record 40 first downs to the Saints. They have been pathetic and without Sean Lee for 3-4 weeks things could get even worse. On the other side of the ball, there is no consistency. One week, they give the ball to Murray 26 times and he runs for 175 yards, then the next week he only gets 14 touches for 70 yards. When healthy Murray needs 20 or more carries per week because he is averaging 4.9 yards per carry. Jason Garrett must love watching Romo throw the football, but that is no recipe for victory. The Cowboys are 132-133 over their last 265 games, they have two playoff wins since 1996, making them tied for the second fewest, and haven’t had a record above .500 in three seasons. Why is greatness expected when they have been average, at best, for so long? After the Lions game was when I realized the Cowboys were the same ole ‘Boys. When opportunity knocks, they slam the door shut. Now at 5-5 they

have allowed the Eagles to claim the top spot in the division and the rejuvenated Giants are one game back after a four-game

winning streak at 4-6. How and the Giants. big is that game next week against the G-Men? contact bahcall at In a must-win game for each team, give me the Eli


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Steaks are high in intersquad series emily seidel sports reporter ACU Purple managed to pull off a 9-6 victory against ACU White in a neck-to-neck tiebreaker game which held an even score until the ninth inning, to win the inaugural three-game Al Scott Fall World Series at Crutcher Scott Field Saturday afternoon. With the score tied at 6-6 going into the final inning, freshman Cameron Bonifant lifted a double into left field with bases loaded to score teammates Seth Spivey, Tyler Eager and Cameron Sterne, who

started the two-out rally after taking a pitch to the helmet from ACU White reliever Nick Palacios. Following the final out from his team, ACU Purple pitcher Ty Walker kept White from scoring again. Though he gave up two singles and a walk to load the bases with two outs, he ended the game with a strikeout to Taylor Waters, clinching the series victory for Purple. The teams were evenly matched throughout the series. Purple took an early lead in the first game on Thursday, jumping ahead 6-0 in the first inning after a hit-by-pitch, a walk, two errors and a series of hits

from the strong lineup. White tried to come back, plating four runs throughout the remainder of the game, but Purple’s momentum was too strong. They took game one with a final score of 12-4, putting them only one win away from a series sweep. But as strong as the Purple lineup was, game two saw them stumped by the sharp pitching from White, which was clearly not ready to go home without a fight. Starter Kevin Sheets struck out five batters in as many innings and allowed only three hits, while Stuart Patke struck out six more after coming in to

We still have some work to do over December and January, but I predict a strong opening season.”

Also, based off of all three games being highscored for both teams, the team displays a very strong offense, which will likely be the key to success in its Emil litterer first season of Div. I play. Infielder “I think we have prepared ourselves for the spring very well this fall,” start the sixth. said infielder Emil Litterer. White was able to score “We still have some work to three runs in the ninth in- do over December and Janning off of pitchers Levi uary, but I predict a strong Broeske and Nick Palacios, opening season. This is a but Purple’s six runs were good group of guys who able to get them the win. hustle and put in a lot of With neither team back- hard work.” ing down until the last out of the game was made, Saturday’s tiebreaker proved contact seidel at that ACU baseball is petitive and resilient.

Big win on the Prairie For ACU matthew sloan sports director The ACU football team travelled to Prairie View A&M looking for their eighth straight winning season and secured a 65-45 victory. “We liked our matchups offensively versus their defense,” head coach Ken Collums said. “Offensively, they moved so fast. They might have been the fastest offense we have ever faced, just as far as their operating time goes.” Senior quarterback John David Baker finished his college career by breaking an ACU record. Baker’s five total touchdowns brought him to 40 total touchdowns. Baker also threw for 485 yards, which was good for third-most in ACU history. “From not calling plays this year and getting to watch him play, he is a fun guy to watch,” Collums said. “I would buy a ticket to go watch him play. As a coach, when you can recognize that even in the moment is pretty special.” Senior running back Charkandrick West had a historic day for the Wildcats. West ran for 155 yards and four touchdowns, giving him 35 career touchdowns, which is the fourth best mark in ACU history. West also went over 2,000 career rushing yards in the victory. “You could tell that he felt really good going into the game,” Collums said. “When he broke that first level he was running as fast as he has ever run before. I know it makes him feel really good knowing he was able to finish the way he did.” Several wide receivers also had huge games for the Wildcats. Senior Darrell Cantu-Harkless had six catches for 131 yards, Taylor Gabriel had seven catches for 94 yards and Demarcus Thompson had 87 receiving yards and a touchdown. Darian Hogg had 40 yards and tight end Jamie Walker caught two touchdowns. ACU’s offense piled up 692 yards of total offense after facing the Panthers, who dropped to 5-6 after the loss. The two teams combined for over 1,200 yards, due in large part to ACU’s explosive offense and the Panther’s hurry-up style. Defensively, ACU held

sports editor The men’s basketball teamed was completely dominated from start to finish as the Wildcats suffered their worst defeat in the 91-year school basketball history on Monday with a 103-41 loss to Iowa in front of a 14,000 plus crowd. The 62-point deficit tops the 51 point loss suffered by the winless 1990-91 team to West Texas A&M, 127-76. “Iowa is a Big 10 team that won 25 games last season and returns almost their entire team,” assistant coach Brette Tanner said. “It was a great experience for our guys. It gave them an opportunity to see what we are striving to be one day.” The now 0-4, Wildcats were held to 26 percent

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briefings The October Student Athletes of the Month: Neely Borger: former Lonestar Freshman of the Year for volleyball, 114 kills, five aces and 58 blocks on the year. She is a marketing major with a 3.92 GPA.

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Senior quarterback John David Baker scrambles to throw the ball on the run to an open reciever. In the Wildcats final game of the season on Saturday, Baker set the ACU single season record for most touchdowns scored with 40 for this year. Baker had 35 passing touchdowns and five rushing touchdowns for the Wildcats first year of Div. I. their own against one of the best offenses in Football Championship Subdivision. Senior Angel Lopez went over 100 tackles this season with a whopping 17 against the Panthers, including 13 solo tackles. “When a team snaps the ball that many times, somebody better have that many tackles or they are going to score,” Collums said. “Angel

is where he is supposed to be. He is very knowledgeable and the fact is that the safeties run the show in our defense.” Chris Summers also reached double-digit tackles with 10. Defensive end Nick Richardson had double-digit sacks this season after recording two sacks Saturday afternoon and also forced a fumble.

Senior defensive end Kolby Rowe also recorded a sack in the victory. The Wildcats finished 6-5 in their first season as a Div. I team, beating three Div. I schools in the process, including Prairie View A&M. ACU will begin Southland Conference play next season. “We always talk about how society is full of men

who don’t finish well, and we want to be finishers,” Collums said. “That’s what we talked about leading up to the game. We wanted to finish this thing right so we could all walk away with the table set for the future.”

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shooting for the game and were 3-23 from the threepoint line. ACU’s lone upside was that, as a team, the players converted 1012 free throws attempts on the night. Junior guard LaDarrien Williams led ACU scorers with 12 points, five rebounds and two assists. Junior guard Harrison Hawkins was the only other Wildcat to finish the game with double digits in points with 10, three rebounds and a steal. The Iowa Hawkeyes, who have high expectations coming into the year and are already 4-0, finished with 62 percent shooting, including 43 percent from downtown. They won the battle inside, outscoring ACU by 30 inside, and won in the rebounding category 36-30. Iowa also played more efficient basketball, forcing ACU to com-

mit 19 turnovers, compared to the Hawkeyes’ five. Senior guard Roy Devyn Marble led all scorers with 27 points on 9-13 shooting. Freshman guard Peter Jok added 15 points on 6-8 shooting along with three assists and two steals for the Hawkeyes. Junior center Gabriel Olaseni and senior forward Zach McCabe each had 10 points. ACU fell behind early but was able to cut the Iowa lead to 12, 31-19. But, after a 15-3 run by the Hawkeyes, the Wildcats went into halftime trailing 46-22. Fatigue played a huge factor as the Wildcats were outscored 5719 in the second half. “I think the guys were just tired,” Tanner said. “We have put them in a very tough situation with all of this travel and the opponents we are playing. We will be better be-

cause of it in the long run.” This game marked the fourth game the Wildcats have played out of state, including two different time zones in the past week alone. ACU is nearly halfway finished with their ridiculous season opening schedule, as they have five more games to play before their home-opener on Dec. 3 against Hillsdale Baptist. They’ll play in San Angelo, Cincinnati, Ohio, and then a final trip to the east coast with two games in Baltimore, Md. “This experience has brought us closer as a team and has brought an unbelievable amount of good publicity to ACU,” Tanner said. “Somebody told me we were trending in the top 50 in the Washington DC area during the Maryland game. What these players

are doing for this University is amazing.” ACU also took on the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs on Tuesday night in Fort Worth. The Wildcats will now travel to San Angelo for the Angelo State Classic. They will play Western New Mexico University on Friday at 5 p.m. and then face off against Northern New Mexico College on Saturday at 5 p.m. “We are still in the building process with this season,” Tanner said. “However, if the players continue to work hard and compete every day in practice than we will have a chance to do well. It is entirely up to them and how they continue to grow.”

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Brie Buschman: earned her second Captial One All-District team honor in three years and named to the second-team Southland Conference. She is a communications major with a 3.96 GPA. Erik Forrister: former Lonestar Academic Runner of the Year and recorded his best 8K of the season two weeks ago. He is a physics major with a 3.71 GPA. Blake Rudd: 30 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries for the Wildcats this season. He is an organizational management major with a 3.52 GPA.

Upcoming Men’s basketball plays Western New Mexico Universtiy on Friday at 5 p.m. and then takes on Northern New Mexico College at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Volleyball takes on Grand Canyon University Friday at 7 p.m. and then plays Incarnate Word at 2 p.m. on Saturday for their season finale. Women’s basketball plays University of North Texas on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

The Optimist - 11.20.13  

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