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A student publication of Abilene Christian University since 1912

Friday, March 9, 2018 Vol. 106, Issue 23


NICHOLAS CROMWELL PHOTOGRAPHER Henry Adams, senior accounting major from New Braunfels, celebrates a play at a match against Rice University March 2.

CALENDAR 3/12-3/16 •

Spring Break

3/20 •

Friends of ACU Library banquet at 6 p.m.

3/22 •

Meek Blood Drive from 12-5 p.m. outside Zellner Hall

3/23 •

TEDxACU in Fulks Theatre all day

Spoken word poetry with Speak Piece at 7:30 p.m. in the Hunter Welcome Center The Cabinet Paint Fest at 8 p.m. at 201 Mesquite Event Center

BOX OFFICE MARCH 2-4 1. Black Panther $66,306,935 2. Red Sparrow $16,853,422 3. Death Wish $13,010,267 4. Game Night $10,412,496 5. Peter Rabbit $10,005,177






University to update LGBT policy “ BY HALEY REMENAR EDITOR IN CHIEF

The senior leadership team will update the student handbook for the next academic year to clarify policies for same-sex relationships. Students who are employed by the university will not be permitted to be in a samesex relationship. Dr. Phil Schubert, university president, said the SLT created the policy based on the guidelines provided by the Board of Trustees. The Board has affirmed marriage between one man and one woman. Schubert said the current policy prohibits students from sexual activity or same-sex marriages because they would not fall under this definition of marriage. The new policy

will clarify the sexual stewardship policy for student workers specifically. The university will not release official language of the new policy until the 2018-19 Student Handbook is published in August. “It’s consistent with where we’ve been as far back as any of us can remember,” Schubert said. “The further clarification is that employees would also be asked to refrain from same-sex dating relationships.” The handbook currently states: “Abilene Christian University affirms the biblical model, in which sexual relations are experienced only within the marriage bond between a man and a woman. Relationships or their behavioral expressions outside of this example are

not condoned by Abilene Christian University and are subject to disciplinary or other appropriate action.” There will be no changes to the reporting of violations, and Schubert said a report or allegation would result in conversations on a case-by-case basis with the employee in question. The rule does not apply to students who are receiving scholarship funds from the university. Only paid employees of the university would fall under this rule. The university will not ask about a person’s sexuality at the time of their application to work or attend the university. “We have a responsibility to be clear about our expectations of conduct for students and employees,”

We have a responsibility to be clear about our expectations of conduct for students and employees” DR. PHIL SCHUBERT UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT

Schubert said. Several church-affiliated universities, including Harding University and Hardin-Simmons University, have sought to be protected from discrimination lawsuits by filing for Title IX religious exemptions provided by the Department of Education. Schubert said the Board of Trustees has decided not to request a waiver for ACU at this time. Gabby Thompson, co-leader of Voice, a stu-

dent group for LGBT education and support, said it seems like the policy will hold student employees to the same standards as all employees. “If the university is trying to treat everyone equally, then they’re going to treat all their employees the same,” said Thompson, a senior communications major from New Braunfels. She said the role of Voice is not to react to policies, but to serve students through education and support. “Voice is going to continue to do whatever we can to do our mission of supporting and educating students,” Thompson said.  HRR13B@ACU.EDU

TEDxACU to discuss breast cancer, bullying BY STELLA WIESER COPY EDITOR

The fourth annual TEDxACU conference will tackle serious topics, from breast cancer to bullying. Speakers from the Abilene community, professors, students and others will join together to present talks to the local community from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 23 in Fulks Theater. TEDxACU is an independently organized event based on the bigger TED talks that take place around the world. The theme this year is “6 Words,” so each speaker’s talk has a six word title. Tickets can be purchased online or at the TEDxACU table set up in the Campus Center. They are $20 for ACU students, $30 for ACU faculty and staff, $40 for ACU alumni and $50 for general admission. Jackie DeMuynck, junior communication major from Cedar Park, is a student committee intern and part

of a team of 11 students who have helped Dr. Lauren Lemley, assistant professor of communication, organize and coordinate TEDxACU this year. The team has been working since December to promote the event, recruit speakers and get it ready for action this year. “I think TEDx is a really cool opportunity to be involved in this international TED community at a very close to home spot,” DeMuynck said. “Abilene, you wouldn’t really think would have something as big as TED in it, but it’s here.” Tatiana Cordts, sophomore biology major from Rockwall, was drawn to speak at TEDxACU about her testimony after being encouraged by one of the officers in her social club who is on the board for TEDx. Her talk is titled “Inflammatory Breast Cancer: Rare, Not Impossible.” “I’m discussing the topic of self-advocation,” Cordts said, “and I’m bringing

awareness to a pretty rare disease called inflammatory breast cancer, or IBC, and my mom has it, so obviously it means a lot, and it’s very close to home.” To speak for TEDxACU, Cordts had to submit a three-minute video, which gave an overview over what she would be discussing, and then wait to hear back until organizers emailed her and let her know she had been accepted to speak. “It’s an idea worth sharing,” Cordts said. “So it’s basically just to bring awareness about anything and everything that’s important to this day and age in this society... it doesn’t have to be medical or anything, just anything that’s important and could benefit.” Dr. Steven Moore, associate professor of English, said he had always heard great things about TEDxACU from faculty and students who have participated in the past. Lemley invited him to apply to speak, and several weeks later, he applied.

W W W. A C U O P T I M I S T. C O M

Moore will speak on the phenomenon of bullying in our culture in his talk titled “And The Tall Trees Were Silent.” He said that bullying seems to be everywhere

“I know so many people are talking about it, so I thought this would be a very timely topic, and I might as well share what went behind the scenes for me to cre-

So it’s basically just to bring awareness about anything and everything that’s important to this day and age in this society TATIANA CORDTS SOPHOMORE BIOLOGY MAJOR

right now, from elementary schools to colleges, from private schools to public schools, even into the workplace. After publishing a children’s book titled Theodore Thumbs, which deals with the topic of bullying, Moore was given the opportunity to talk to a number of different schools and conduct workshops and presentations at many different places.

ate that book that I wrote,” Moore said. “Since the theme is all about stories, and it’s about Ernest Hemingway with the shortest story that he’s ever written, I thought this was just a natural fit, so I just decided to go ahead and talk about that children’s story that I created.” ECW13B@ACU.EDU



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Interns to lead pre-marital counseling chapel series BY ASHLEY ALFRED STAFF REPORTER

The Counseling Center is set to revamp its six session pre-marital counseling chapel series, Prepare/Enrich, for engaged or soon-to-be engaged couples. Interns from the Marriage and Family Institute and School of Psychology will lead the series. The cou-

ples will attend six workshop sessions together, with two follow-up sessions in which each couple will meet for couples’ therapy with the team of interns. “There are so many things that I believe couples should get to know about themselves and the person they are marrying,” said Tyson Alexander, assistant director of the Counseling Care Center. “I

am hoping that the students who get to go through this series will learn more about what it is like to be a couple.” Throughout the series, couples will learn more about each other through a variety of topics to maintain strong communication with one another. The six topics are Strength and Growth Areas, Communication and Conflict Resolution, Roles & Fi-

nances, Spiritual Beliefs, Sex and Closeness, Flexibility and Family Origin. Alexander said that the reason behind the workshop is to put critical and core issues in front of you to discuss now, rather than struggle through them during the early years of marriage. The workshop was designed to help couples understand themselves and

their partners by setting a foundation for the relationship to grow. “This is such a beautiful way to begin the journey of marriage with your partner,” Alexander said. “You are communicating to each other that your relationship is important and that it is going to take work, and that you are willing to put in the work to make your

relationship stronger.” Students who attend the workshop will receive a certificate that will give them a $60 discount on their Texas marriage license.

tems from computers to Nintendo consoles,” said Matthew Smetzer, senior digital entertainment technology major from San Antonio. Esports is a growing trend in which people form teams to play video games against other teams around the world. According to ESPN, Power 5 college conferences are starting to form their

own teams to have yearly conference tournaments. states Mark Cuban has invested around 7 million dollars in a startup esports gambling company called Unikrn which allows people to gamble on online video game tournaments. He also started his own esports team called Mavs Gaming. “Esports effectively stands for electronic sports, and it’s

a new kind of sports that has taken off in recent years,” said Ryan Case, senior digital entertainment technology major from Palestine. “It’s competitive gaming where teams will form more professional based teams and what not and fight each other.” Wildcat E-Sports is part of an esports group called TeSPA (Texas Electronic Sports Association). There are other

colleges in Texas that are also part of this group. It costs $15 to join through ACU. Jessica Wininger, senior digital entertainment technology major from Fort Worth said she hopes that this club can help bring video game fans together. “Mostly we just want to reach out to anyone who’s interested in joining this community,” Wininger

said. “Anyone who’s interested in playing video games with other like minded people for a few hours every once in a while.” To learn more about this group and what they do, show up to one of their other LAN Parties this semester or one of their TeSPA events.


Wildcat E-sports get wired at first LAN party of semester BY BRIAN SWEET STAFF REPORTER

Wildcat ESports had their first official LAN Party of the semester this past Sunday on the third floor of Mabee Business Building. At the LAN Party, they had different video game consoles that members of the group brought. “We played a lot of games, we had a ton of different sys-


Pregnancy Resources to host Matthew West concert fundraiser


Pregnancy Resources of Abilene will host a Matthew West concert on April 2. The Pregnancy Resources of Abilene annually host

a fundraising banquet every spring known as “Life in Bloom.” “Bloom” functions as an opportunity for members of the community to learn more about the Pregnancy Resources of Abilene, how the center serves the

community and the goals and plans for the community during the upcoming year. This will be the center’s 14th year to host “Life in Bloom.” This year, keynote speakers include Max Lucado, J.C. Watts, Star Parker, Steve Ar-

terburn, Joe White, Rebecca St. James, Michael W. Smith, Pam Tebow, Bob Goff and Brad Stein. During the event, attendees will be able to have an intimate, acoustic dinner with Matthew West. Din-

ner will be catered by Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant. Ticket sales have been reopened, and anyone interested in attending the event can go online to www. events and sign up under

“Sign Up for Events.” Tickets are limited and available at $35 per person. The center was not available for statements at this time. HEB15B@ACU.EDU

Students team up with faculty to offer Passion Week events BY HANNAH JOHNSON STAFF REPORTER

Passion Week will celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ from March 25 to March 28. The four-day event will consist of spiritual formation events for students to earn chapel credits. Ryker Ratliff, sophomore youth and family ministries major from Garland, said anyone on and off campus can join in the

events at no cost. “It’s really just like celebrating his life and his death and resurrection,” Ratliff said. Robert Oglesby, director of Center for Youth and Family Ministry from Dallas, will also be a part of Passion Week. “I think this is the first time that they’ve done something like this,” Oglesby said. “Especially student-led.” The first day will have

a student-led worship night. This will include musicians, student worship leaders and have Oglesby as a speaker. Oglesby will talk on the topic of worship. The second day will be a time of prayer. This will feature Amanda Pittman and students will meet at Touchdown Jesus. Students will spread out and pray over the ACU campus before coming together at Jacob’s Dream. Pittman

the event’s 1958 founding, organizers expect it to attract a larger crowd than usual to commemorate this unique event. Rob McCann, public relations director for the Sweetwater Jaycees, expects a vast number of people as well. “We expect there to be 25,000 to 35,000 people attending this year,” Mc-

Cann said. The roundup this year is expected to host several bands at their venue. It will offer various attractions, food and merchandise. Much of these attractions can be found at the flea markets, funnel cake booths and gun and knife convention. Some attractions of the roundup include snake charming, gun and knife

interactive critique between the professors and the audience. Each event will start at 7:00 p.m. on their respective days. For more information, contact Ryker Ratliff at or Robert Oglesby at oglesbyr@

Ryker Ratliff, sophomore youth and family ministry major from Garland.

will discuss prayer and remembrance. The third day will have a communion at the Quad. Jerry Taylor will speak about Passover, communion and the Last Supper. The fourth day will have a showing for Passion of the Christ at Chapel on the Hill. College professors, including Randy Harris and Chris Flanders, will have a talkback after the film. The talkback will be an

shows, cook offs and dancing, among other things. “My favorite part in working the event is all the different kinds of people we get to meet,” said Mary Reeves, a member of the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce. “Being at the media booth, we see all the people that have come from far and wide from different states and even dif-

ferent countries.” The Rattlesnake Roundup holds many childhood memories, especially for those that grew up around it in their early childhood. Reeves is among those who grew up around the roundup. “When I was younger and didn’t work the event yet, I would always enjoy walking through the show barns and the coliseum and

seeing all the different types of vendors,” Reeves said. “But my absolute favorite thing to get are funnel cakes, I will always make time for one of those.”


Rattlesnake Roundup expects increased crowds for 60th year BY BRYCE LURKENS STAFF REPORTER

The Rattlesnake Roundup has returned to Sweetwater for its 60th year. The event opened its gates at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Nolan County Coliseum, and will be open all weekend through Sunday afternoon. Because this is the 60th year since


Events group hosts free, first-annual paint event for all students BY LAUREN FRANCO CONTENT MANAGING EDITOR

The Cabinet, which exists to plan free events for all students, will host ACU Paint Fest from 8-11 p.m. March 23. Ty Kelley, junior ITNS major from San Antonio and a student director of The Cabinet, said the event

stumbled across the desk of Caddie Coupe, director of student and parent activities, last year and has been done at a variety of other universities. While Coupe wanted to try it during Wildcat Week, it logistically did not work, Kelley said. The Cabinet team decided it would be better suited for the spring because fewer events take place during that time.

“Last year we did a concert with Coin, so this is kind of our big ‘targeting all student populations’ event,” Kelley said. “So we wanted something that would bring together every student no matter what club they’re part of or where they are on campus and just come together for a night of fun.” Prior to the event, students can sign up online to attend

and will receive a gift bag, a wristband for admission and a t-shirt. Students will be required to pick everything up on Thursday before the event in the campus center. Admission will also be offered at the event, but only a t-shirt will be offered at that time. “One of the advantages of doing this event instead of a concert is it costs less than a concert, so we get a lot more

opportunity to do other events,” Kelley said. “We still have about six events left for the semester, so we’re still going strong, and we have a lot of events targeted toward finals week and that area. The other thing is this event kind of appeals to more sections of the student population, whereas a concert, you may not like that genre. With this, we have a DJ so we can play

all different types of genres, and we think that this is more exciting. We think that it will be a more memorable experience than just a concert.” To register, go to https:// w w w.eventbr acu-pa int-fest-reg ist ration-43156329744. LMF14A@ACU.EDU

POLICE LOG SELECTED ACUPD CALLS FOR THE WEEK 03/02/2018 11:52 p.m. Neighbors reported a noise violation/loud music at a house in the area of 1600 Campus Court. Tenants were contacted, warned, and closed the party. 03/03/2018 1:15 p.m. A contract worker reported the possibility of having been visually recorded by another contract employee while they were in a restroom. Investigation continues. 03/04/2018 12:10 p.m. Neighbors reported a noise violation/loud music at a house in the 600 block of EN 16 th . Tenant was contacted, warned, and closed the party. 03/05/2018 2:00 p.m. An officer observed a subject on a bicycle looking into the driveway areas of residences and alleys on Cedar Crest. Subject was contacted, identified, interviewed and released. 03/05/2018 4:45 p.m. An area resident reported the theft of a large red shop-vac and extension cord from her carport in the front of her house. 911 CALL 3 ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITY 26 ALARM 2 ANIMAL CALL 3 ASSIST 2 BUILDING LOCK/UNLOCK 14 CHECK BUILDING 291 DIRECT TRAFFIC 1 DISTURBANCE 1 EVENT SUPPORT 2 FINGERPRINTING SERVICE 1


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POLICE CHIEF TIP OF THE WEEK: Have a safe Spring Break, make wise choices and make it back safely.


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Beltway to host Missions Garage Sale BY HOPE CORDES STAFF REPORTER

Beltway Park will host a Missions Garage Sale and will accept donations now through March 20 on Saturdays 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 6:30-8:30 p.m. “Our Missions Garage Sale at Beltway helps support over 300 shortterm missions teams that go out all around ALVIS the world to share the good news of Jesus Christ” said Berry Alvis, the Missions Pastor. “All proceeds go to team members.” The sale is annual, and whether you donate or shop, any support for their mission trips is appreciated. The sneak peek night is on Thursday March 22 from 7-9 p.m. and costs $5. The actual sale days are Friday March 23 and Saturday March 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The address is 1502 S. Treadaway, corner of Treadaway and S. 14th        For more information, visit or email Bradye McQueen at b r a dye m c q u e e n @ b e l t HCC14B@ACU.EDU

New bicycle club spins into action BY ASHLAN SMITH STAFF REPORTER

Two students have created a club on campus that focuses on building and creating community while cycling. Justin Rasco, junior criminal justice major from Little Elm, decided to create the cycling club with Sammy Rettinger, junior financial management major from Lake Sherwood, California. The club welcomes all levels ranging from beginners to advanced riders. There are currently 15 members, and the group is accepting new members at no charge. “It’s a great spot for people to join since we do not have any fees,” Rasco said. “We welcome anyone who wants to come and join.” The club is registered with the USA Cycling to compete in the South Central Collegiate Cycling Conference. “As long as you have a bike and want to get out there,” Rettinger said, “nothing is stopping them from our side from joining.”

As long as you have a bike and want to get out there, nothing is stopping them from our side from joining”


The club is looking for all skill levels, and whoever wants to enjoy getting out there and having a fun time while meeting new people. “It’s a great opportunity for anyone who is willing to ride with us,” Rettinger said. To join, email Justin Rasco at and download the Strava app and join the group ACU Cycling Club. ADS15E@ACU.EDU



Students’ Association sent out an email on Feb. 20 including four resolutions to be voted on through a link. One of the questions caused controversy, leading Congress to void the ballot and resend an email including eight total resolutions to vote on. SA President, Danny Burke, a senior marketing major from Tulsa, Oklahoma said the question, asking whether or not the student trusted the decisions of SA congress, was unintentionally confusing. “Some of the verbiage on exactly what was said did not come across the way it was intended, and so the first question was ‘Yes, I trust the decisions of SA Congress,’ or No, I would like to vote on each resolution individually,’” Burke said. “I guess by default it means if you don’t pick the first one, you’re distrusting, which is not the intent, it just means yes, ‘I voted these students in I trust them.’” The original four include: C.R. 94.05, Interview for Treasurer – Last year, no one ran for treasurer, and “there was a little bit of fear, if no one qualified runs, someone could have picked up a petition and got 300 of their friends to sign the petition and then they become treasurer and have no kind of financial background,” Burke said. C.R. 94.07, Same Ticket – Chris Riley mentioned it last summer, Burke said this year, Congress wanted to elect two people who knew each others goals and knew each other personally to push Congress forward. “They wanted to ensure that a president and vice president that could work together. In the past, there’s been a president and vice president going in opposite direction creating tension, and congress never actually does anything or moves anywhere.” Candidates wishing to run alone are still welcome to run on their own. To run, students do not have to be part of Congress. C.R. 94.11, Student Government Association – “Now, by clarifying ‘Student Government Association,’ the student congress is a body of students that govern how students operate. Student Government Association clarifies what we do, but also keeps us accountable. C.R. 94.15, Congress Member Voting Rights – This resolution, set in place by Kevin Shurtz, is to amend a typo in the constitution. Referring back to Article II, at some point a new article was added and it should be moved to Article III. The new email included four resolutions, and Kelley said the new ballot will likely include a reworded form of the original question, because they still want to have the convince available to


C.R. 94.05, Interview for Treasurer

Last year, no one ran for treasurer, and “there was a little bit of fear, if no one qualified runs, someone could have picked up a petition and got 300 of their friends to sign the petition and then they become treasurer and have no kind of financial background.

C.R. 94.07, Same Ticket

Chris Riley mentioned it last summer, Burke said this year, Congress wanted to elect two people who knew each others goals and knew each other personally to push Congress forward.

C.R. 94.11, Student Government Association

“Now, by clarifying ‘Student Government Association,’ the student congress is a body of students that govern how students operate. Student Government Association clarifies what we do, but also keeps us accountable.

C.R. 94.15, Congress Member Voting Rights

This resolution, set in place by Kevin Shurtz, is to amend a typo in the constitution. Referring back to Article II, at some point a new article was added and it should be moved to Article III.

C.R. 94.13, CCO to Press Secretary

Chief Communications Officer was voted to be changed to Press Secretary. Some of the main functions those students. Each piece of legislation available for viewing before voting. “We added four more resolutions to an email that we sent out to the student body,” Kelley said. “Basically, we had students who had concerns about how the voting process went on the first ballot, so we took this opportunity to add the new resolutions that were passed in congress to the same ballot, voided the original ballot to address those concerns, so now we are just doing one ballot with the proper procedure in place and we are adding more.” Burke said when he was elected, he wanted to address a couple of major issues including operational efficiency – making sure there was no wasted time or effort and the second was communication with the student body. “SA has historically failed, I think, at communicating with the student body, including last fall, so some of the next resolutions are going to be put in place, if they pass, to make sure those kinds of things don’t happen anymore,” Burke said. C.R. 94.13, CCO to Press Secretary – Chief Communications Officer was voted to be changed to Press Secretary. Some of the main functions of Press Secretary would be communicating with The Optimist, having interviews and columns for flow of information. They would be in charge of releasing official statements regarding important issues of congress, and perform all public relations responsibilities, Burke said. C.R. 94.16, Budget Allocation for Student Organizations – Every year, more and more student organizations request money from SA. As of now, only 45% of the SA budget is allocated to student organizations, but with the resolution, it would

be raised to 60%. “The slices of pie get smaller and smaller when it comes to money,” Burke said. “We are now able to give more money to student organizations, which is what SA does. If we want to build community, we want to build and provide students an opportunity to grow in leadership positions. It’s putting our money where our mouth is. We want to give students more money, we don’t want to hoard anything, we want to serve students.” Kelley said the primary function now is to serve and allocate money to student organizations, so the primary source of the budget should reflect that. C.R. 94.22, Executive Admin to Chief of Staff – Burke said Congress really wanted

of Press Secretary would be communicating with The Optimist, having interviews and columns for flow of information. They would be in charge of releasing official statements regarding important issues of congress, and perform all public relations responsibilities.

C.R. 94.16, Budget Allocation for Student Organizations

Every year, more and more student organizations request money from SA. As of now, only 45% of the SA budget is allocated to student organizations, but with the resolution, it would be raised to 60%.

C.R. 94.22, Executive Admin to Chief of Staff

Burke said Congress really wanted to make sure it wasn’t just a name change, but the titles identify the purpose of the position as well as drawing students into Congress. Burke based job description on the White House Chief of Staff which oversees the actions of staff, manages the President’s schedule and who can meet with the president.

C.R. 94.23, SAO to Marketing Director

In the past, Student Activities Officer has been a liaison between Campus Activities Board, because Kelley is CCO as well as part of CAB, Burke said he has been able to fulfill the role, and it was unnecessary to hire the additional person. Burke also said with the CAB office right down the hall, there is no point to the position. to make sure it wasn’t just a name change, but the titles identify the purpose of the position as well as drawing students into Congress. Burke based job description on the White House Chief of Staff which oversees the actions of staff, manages the President’s schedule and who can meet with the president. C.R. 94.23, SAO to Marketing Director – In the past, Student Activities Officer has been a liaison between Campus Activities Board, because Kelley is CCO as well as part of CAB, Burke said he has been able to fulfill the role, and it was unnecessary to hire the additional person. Burke also said with the CAB office right down the hall, there is no point to the position. Burke said in his time

at ACU before being president, he never remembered voting on anything to amend the constitution, so he had no clear gauge of how much student participation was normal. “I’d probably say it’s a little bit lower than what I expected, but not by a lot,” Burke said. Kelley said the challenge is that SA does not have a voting platform, but is still trying to adhere to policy and procedure that is democratic and fair. Previously, students had to login with their ACU email for access, but because of technical problems, banner ID is now the primary form of identification. A new voting link for students to vote on each individual resolution will be sent out on March 19.




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Does the Academy hate box-office hits?


Record breaking box-office hits are never nominated for Oscars, despite making hundreds of millions of dollars in days.


The judging criteria for the Oscars does not align with the public’s opinion of a good movie. Every year more than 25 million people crowd around their TV to watch the prestigious Oscars. The Oscars are full of surprise, awe and sometimes a little confusion. The movies that it seems every American has seen, such as Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Beauty and the Beast, never even made an appearance. Star Wars: The Last Jedi has grossed over $1.3 billion worldwide, putting it at No. 9 on the list of top grossing movies in history. Beauty and the Beast is in the same boat, earning over $1.2 billion worldwide. The box office sales and rating of these movies prove, without a

doubt, that the world loves these movies, but why didn’t the Oscars reflect this? If we look at the winner of Best Picture in the 2018 Oscars, The Shape of Water,  it sits at number 48 on the list of top grossing movies just for 2017. The movie cannot even compare to the amount of commercial success that the two previous movies have had, yet it won best picture of the year. The movies Get Out and Dunkirk were some of the few movies that made appearances who also made it on the list of top grossing films. Get Out is a wonderful movie, and both box office and Academy

awards prove this, but most movies do not fit this small exception. A movie about having an emotional connection with a fish-man won best picture while record break-

ing movies, such as Wonder Woman and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, were not even nominated. The judging criteria for the Oscars obviously doesn’t align with the gen-

CARTOON BY ERNESTO GUAJARDO eral public, but should it? movie, or is it the result of What everyone around the hype before the movie even world regards as the best comes out that brings evmovies of the year aren’t erybody to the theater? recognized by the Academy. Is the box office sucEDITOR@JMCNETWORK.COM cess a reflection of a good

confused the world, or at least the western hemisphere, on what Christianity is? I think so. We’ve lost the definition of the word evangelical. Sure enough, a quick google search will lead to you defining it as a belief in the gospel and holding strongly to the doctrine of salvation by faith alone. That’s a good definition. But if we can pull that up so quickly, why are we talking about evangelicalism ending with differing degrees of Trump approval ratings? Here’s what’s happened. The world defines evangelical as a set of people who hold certain moral stances, those moral stances leading

them to follow blindly into one political platform. Now, I’m not here to say that your religion should not influence your morals or your politics. It should be pervasive in both. But I fear we’ve let our American political system have more influence on our lives than our belief in the gospel, which has lended to this confusion. In essence, we’ve answered the American “what” but left the world blind to the theological “why.” The world should be able to define evangelicalism as a people who believes in a holy God who sent his Son to save sinful man, not people who lean right because they have some fuzzy belief about

good works pleasing God. Again, your belief in Jesus Christ and your faith in him causes your mind to be renewed, and part of your renewed mind has to do with your theological positions influencing your moral reasoning. We should maintain that. But we cannot tote morals as the end all be all, lest we fall on the dysfunction of either political party. And, on another hand, we should not give the world grounds to think we are the kind of people to follow a political system blindly. For example, if your theological understanding of the value of life is truly biblical, it will probably lead you to

different sides of the political spectrum on multiple issues. Ergo, the sanctity of the life of a baby and an immigrant are equal. As I said, the political system in America cannot end evangelicalism because God will preserve and persevere his church. He already does it in global political climates far worse than America. The issue is not solely with CNN thinking that’s possible. The issue is with evangelicals being unclear on what our primary focus is. Show the world you trust in Jesus, not a party platform.

than an average amount of times. It isn’t that I don’t like my classes or professors, it’s that I just have so many things I need to get done. But I’ve come to realize maybe it isn’t an issue of prioritizing. It’s an issue of respect. Yes, professors get paid to teach us, but they also spend hours creating lectures, grading papers (sometimes) and finding material that is relevant to the class. There are a handful of teachers who make it obvious they care for their students more than they do the class. Attending class shows respect for the work professors do outside, and inside,

of the classroom to prepare us for our careers. I know I’m not one to talk, especially given the fact that I skipped all of my classes today, but I think it’s important to be conscious of the way skipping class makes professors feel. So, thank you to all of the Doug Mendenhalls, the Robert Oglesbys and the Lorraine Wilsons of the ACU campus. Thank you for showing relentless grace to students, and thank you for meeting us where we are to become incredible students and people.

vitamins? Something that I have learned throughout the years is that it is not about eliminating things from your diet. That is not how you become healthier, and that definitely isn’t what health is. To me, health is eating foods that nourish my body but also eating foods that I crave. It is going out to dinner with my friends and ordering what sounds good, not what I think is the “healthiest” thing on the menu. Somewhere along the way we have lost what health really is. Society has branded health as this weird game of

trying to eat as little calories as possible and work out as much as we can, and that is the farthest thing from the true picture of health. Health and “healthy living” is eating food that makes your body feel good (physically and mentally). Health is moving your body in a way that feels good because you can and you like it, not because you hate your body and you want to change it. Health is managing stress in beneficial, self-loving ways and making sure you get adequate sleep. Health is not something you arrive at, but it is rather a journey. And I think that is pretty cool.

Political systems, religion and morality, oh my! I’M JESS SAYIN’

JESSICA CLARK VIDEO DIRECTOR Senior Multimedia Major Dallas, Texas

Yesterday, CNN posted a Facebook story on evangelicals’ approval rate of President Trump. At the end of the story, CNN made the claim “a lot of people are starting to ask whether this is the end of evangelicalism as we know it.” They may be right about American Evangelicalism, but for all the wrong reasons. Let me start with the

point: there is no political climate that can snuff out the church. When CNN says people are wondering whether this is the end of evangelicalism as we know it, they are suggesting certain political affiliations cannot hold water for a set of people who hold a certain moral standing. Is that evangelicalism? Have we muddled the term evangelical so much that we’ve

“The bell does not dismiss you, I do.”



LAUREN FRANCO CONTENT MANAGING EDITOR Junior psychology and convergence journalism major Fort Worth, Texas

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“I just don’t understand why classes are mandatory if I’m paying $45,000 a year for them.” Don’t act like you haven’t said, or at least thought it before. Probably among the top five most prevalent questions, I would argue, of the ACU experience—Why do professors get to take attendance and penalize us for not showing up to class

when we pay more for the class than some people pay for a whole semester? I opened up WordPress to write a column about why mandatory attendance was so ridiculous and unnecessary, but after staring at a blank screen for 10 minutes, I think I might have changed my perspective (at least a little bit). Of all students on campus, I think I skip class more


Senior nutrition major Midland, Texas

I bet we can all think about a time that someone around us was either on a diet or talking about one. Someone is not eating dairy, one person is gluten free and a whole group of your friends are doing whole 30 for a “cleanse.” Am I right or am I right? But what happened to simply eating all of the foods? It’s okay to eat your fruits, vegetables and whole grains because they make you feel good physically, but also eat that ice cream cone or piece of cake because they make

you feel good mentally, although I cannot sit here and tell you that a big salad with all the macronutrients (protein, fat, carb) have the same number of vitamins and minerals as a donut. That just is not true. However, I can say that instead of constantly going on a new diet or cutting out a different food group, how about we eat that salad or green smoothie because it makes us feel good, but also eat foods that we crave that aren’t totally packed with

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Keeping Up

With The Psychs


(L-R) Kylie Richter, Sarah Gallup and Kaylee Jackson prepare to present their reserach at the annual Southwestern Psychology Association convention in April.

Combining interesting topics and impressive data collections, three graduate students prepare to present their group and individual studies at the Southwestern Psychology Association



ith straight faces sprinkled with the occasional nose ring, three female psychology graduate students sit on the leather couches in the Brown Library. Preparing to present in Houston at the Southwestern Psychology Association convention in mid-April, these students have learned to juggle classes and various research projects all while trying to advance their studies and provide the best presentation possible for their designated topic titled Parenting Variables and Offspring Adjustment: Conclusions, Considerations, and Conjectures – a study based on the different types of parenting styles and how they affect children within the realms of their maturity, social media anxiety and attitudes towards seeking therapy. Kylie Richter, clinical psychology major from Valley View, said the presentation will be broken up between the three based on the subtopic each person chose. Richter, the most talkative of the three, said her portion of the research primarily focused on the idea of the fear of “missing out” when they are not live on social media and what type of parenting style is correlated to such behavior. In her study, Richter found that more participants with neglectful parents would have a higher rate of fear of missing out. Therefore, Richter said it connects to other theories such as social media jealousy and the need to constantly be updated on someone’s life, relationship or status. “Based off what I found, if you have a high level of fear of missing out, you are more likely to engage in those abusive social media behaviors,” Richter said. “You’re more likely to constantly check your phone or be constantly checking updates, or if your phone is in the other room, you have withdrawal symptoms because you have a fear of missing out. And then, neglectful parenting styles were more associated with the fear of missing out.” Combining both her current findings and her previous research, Richter is eager to see how this study can impact future education for other scholars and practices. “A lot of my undergraduate research dealt with social media jealousy and how that plays into relationships,” Richter said. “So, with the way technology is growing and people are more constant on their phones 24/7 – the comparison between the amount of time people are checking their social media accounts and how that is affecting our lives. Just from my past and experience with cyberbullying, I wanted

to know what kids are going through these days because as we get older there are resources that we aren’t aware of, and just figuring out what is causing certain things and hopefully, this progresses the research to find other things.”


evolving around different aspects of parenting styles and behaviors, each researcher has taken the responsibility to thoroughly understand her portion of the study. Sarah Gallup, clinical psychology major from The Woodlands, said it was important for each member of the group to invest the necessary time and effort for her presentation. With a stillness in her voice and a ‘no nonsense’ type of personality, Gallup decided to focus her portion of the study on the communication between college students and parents and whether it hindered or helped the students’ performance and maturity. Gallup said she first became interested in the concept of codependency after seeing the effects of it within her own family and through her own experience as a college student. “In my undergraduate years, I would call my mom all the time, like literally every day with some sort of panic, but it just took some time for me to transition,” Gallup said, revealing a faint smile. “But for the people who don’t know how to do things on their own, that codependency could cause some negative outcomes. They could become more depressed and not develop that self-efficiency and be dependent on their parents so much. I’ve definitely overcame it.” After receiving the data, Gallup was sure she had the right hypothesis. Viewing codependency as a negative outcome, Gallup was shocked to find that codependency for students with their parents was shown as a primarily a healthy relationship. “If someone is more codependent on their family, I always thought that would make them more depressed, and so I was just curious on how that codependency could affect their well-being and their self-efficiency,” Gallup said. “My interest is in parenting styles and how that was implemented in my childhood.” And with a simple yet sharp tone, Gallup said “but, of course, more research needs to be made.” Juggling other projects at the same time, including a study on emotional support animals and motivational success, Gallup hopes to continue her codependency study by researching how technology plays a role – does having a cell phone make it easier to let go of parents or harder?


aking a completely different route, Kaylee Jackson, clinical psychology major from Kempner, decided to take a more analytical approach. Realizing the social media issues addressed in Richter’s study and codependency tactics in Gallup’s, Jackson wondered why millennials aren’t attending therapy. Jackson said she had begun to notice the various issues and problems millennials were going through and wondered why they won’t seek guidance from a therapist. Could it be that depending on the parenting style of the millennial directly correlated their chances and views of seeking outside help? In a very casual fashion, Jackson said the reason millennials keep many of their issues to themselves or splash them across their Facebook statuses is because they choose not to seek therapy. “Given that our generation has this really big negative connotation surrounding us and society telling us that we are terrible, the question is ‘Why aren’t we going to therapy as much?’” Jackson said. Within her project, Jackson categorizes the characteristics associated with millennials including entitlement, narcissism and helicopter parenting and see if they play a role toward the attitudes toward therapy. “Our attitudes are a good indicator of whether we will engage in a specific activity or not,” Jackson said. “Our hypothesis is that higher levels of narcissism, entitlement and helicopter parenting will all show negative attitudes toward therapy and seeking it out. It’s interesting because it’s becoming more and more destigmatized towards therapy and that it’s OK to see someone. Yet, there are still these barriers that are keeping millennials from seeking it out and figuring out why that is.” While she is still in the data collecting process, Jackson hopes the stigma surrounding the idea of therapy will cease. “I think it’s important for everyone to go to therapy,” Jackson said as Richter and Gallup respond with “preach,” “amen” and “I second that.” Responding to Jackson’s remark, Gallup said she believes everyone can grow, and you don’t have to have a problem to seek therapy. “I think it’s helpful, and to have someone there just listening to you is great,” Gallup said. “Just to have someone unbiased listen to you, and you’re constantly surrounding yourself with people who think like you, so you never get a second opinion on anything,” Richter said. “Therapy is dedicated to just you, and it’s kind of empowering to go.”

“Research kind of builds upon itself,” Richter said. “By educating ourselves along the way, we can provide the best care possible.” Kylie Richter

clinical psychology graduate student

“Yeah, therapy is a place that is just dedicated to you and only you, and it’s just this place where you can say whatever you want, and it’s different than going to your parents or friends,” Jackson said. “Going to therapy doesn’t mean something is wrong with you. Go to therapy for anything and everything.”


s future therapists and current researchers, Jackson said it’s important to research broad topics like parenting styles and its minor components. With hopes of graduating soon, these students understand the necessity of conducting valid research for future scholars and practices. “Good research produces good practice, and good practice informs good research,” Jackson said. “For us to be practitioners, I think we have to know what works. As therapists, it’s really easy to sit in a room for fifty minutes and just not do a whole lot. But in research, we have to know what works for our clients and what is keeping people from coming into our offices. I think it’s important to inform practitioners.” Along the same lines, Richter and Gallup agreed that it is important to know the causes for some of these issues to know how to help. Within her own research, Richter wants to know how can scholars find a way to keep students from the fear of missing out – what solutions can be made to adjust to their anxiety ingrained lifestyle? “Research kind of builds upon itself,” Richter said. “By educating ourselves along the way, we can provide the best care possible.” Scrambling to write their thesis and last presentation notes before the big symposium, the three return to their laptops and daily tasks in swift as the focused graduate students they are.




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STANDINGS Men’s basketball Team


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Women’s Basketball Team

COURTESY OF SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE Sophmore guard, Dominique Golightly, drives into the paint for a shot. The Wildcats defeated New Orleans 88-66.

Woman’s basketball take first Southland win BY MAX PRESTON ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR

The Wildcats wrote their name in the history books Thursday afternoon when earning their first-ever victory in the Southland Conference Tournament by a dominant score of 88-66 over New Orleans. ACU played like it was possessed in the second-half, scoring 58 of its 88 points, with 29 coming in each quarter, after managing only 30 points in the first-half. The women went into halftime up by only one with the score at 30-29.

The Wildcats came out firing in the second-half though, starting the third-quarter on a 15-6 run to extend the score to 45-35. New Orleans then outscored ACU 7-3 between the 4:20 and 3:15 mark of the third-quarter to close its margin to six points, however, the women prevailed and closed the quarter on an 11-4 run to stretch its lead to 13 points. In the fourth-quarter, ACU stayed hot, remaining in a double-digit lead the entire time and eventually jumped out to a 21-point lead at the 2:58 mark. The

women would then cruise to the buzzer with a 22-point lead and capture the milestone victory. Sophomore guard Dominique Golightly, who earned ESPN3’s player of the game, said her team was always prepared to come out and play well in the tournament. “Like I’ve always mentioned, we’ve always tried our best to learn from our mistakes and losses in the past,” Golightly said. “Continuing to encourage each other and remind one another that this is what we’ve worked so hard for kept us going.”

Golightly put up 22 points and had a dead eye beyond the arc as she knocked down six three-pointers, falling just one short of the Southland Tournament game record. Sophomore point guard Breanna Wright also put on a show scoring 23 points and passing for eight assists. The women as a whole shot 62.5 percent in the second-half along with an outstanding 72.73 percent from three-point range. Golightly said Head Coach Julie Goodenough was a big factor in driving her team to the win.

“Coach Goodenough continues to tell us to be the team that loves each other more on the court,” Golightly said. “I think we did a great job of expressing that out on the court with a great team win.” With this win, the women will now move on to a second-round match with No. 3 seed Central Arkansas Friday. Tipoff is set for 1:30 and will once again be covered by ESPN3 and 98.1 FM. MJP14B@ACU.EDU

Men earn historic CIT tournament invitation BY JONATHAN RAITZ SPORTS DIRECTOR

Despite a 69-59 win over Incarnate Word to close out the regular season, the Wildcats postseason future was unclear. But on Wednesday afternoon the men found out their season would continue, as they accepted an invitation to the Collegeinsider. com Tournament (CIT). ACU was knocked out of Southland Conference Tournament contention just 15 minutes after its game against UIW ended, as McNeese State defeated Lamar 69-60. Eventually it was Texas A&M-Corpus Christi leapfrogging both ACU and McNeese to grab the final spot in the Southland tournament. Senior guard Drake Green said it was a good feeling to find out his career as a Wildcat will continue for at least one more week. “After the Incarnate Word game we found out that the team we needed to lose actually won, so a lot of people were kind of down about that, but we moved past it,” Green said.”We were all really excited but also nervous because we never really

LAUREN FRANCO CONTENT MANAGING EDITOR Graduate transfer, Tevin Foster, retreats from the defense. knew what was going to happen, or how [the postseason] could work out because this is all new to all of us too, but it’s a good feeling to know that we are going to be able to play again and get to compete.” The Wildcats finished the season with an overall record of 16-15 and secured a winning regular

season record for the first time in the last 10 years. But the team will have an opportunity to add more entering its first Div. 1 postseason tournament. The men finished the season in a little of a slump, falling in four of their last five, but head coach Joe Golding said the team is excited to begin a journey in which

they control the narrative. “Any time when you have a good season I think you want to be able to finish on your own terms,” Golding said. “Incarnate Word we were able to get the win but we didn’t get the rest of what had to happen for us to get to Katy. But now when you have the chance to go to

postseason play, you control your own destiny. Now we know if we win we advance if we lose we go home, so we’re going to end this season on our terms now.” The team will find out who it will play this weekend at the conclusion of the conference tournaments. The first games will be played Monday, March 12, with the championship game closing out month on the 30th. ACU’s three biggest wins so far this season came over Bowling Green, Air Force and Texas State, all during the non-conference portion of the schedule. The Wildcats also defeated Sam Houston State during conference 75-72. The Bearkats are the fourth seed in the Southland Conference Tournament. In last year’s CIT saw the Wildcats’ conference rival, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi make it to the championship game, before falling to St. Peter’s 62-61. This year is also the 10th anniversary of the tournament. JMR13B@ACU.EDU

Softball ‘netting’ too many homerun balls BY JONATHAN RAITZ SPORTS DIRECTOR

After several years of being pelted by homeruns out to left field, the Poly Wells Field scoreboard finally got some protection. Along with replacing the panels that were broken by long balls, the department of athletics enclosed the front side of the board with a net to prevent it from the Wildcats’ onslaught of heavy hitters. Last season alone the team hit 37 home runs, led by senior Peyton Hedrick, who had 15 of her own. “I can’t give a number of how many times I’ve hit the scoreboard,” Hedrick said. “But many of us, especially the older girls like Holly [Neese] and

HOLLY DORN STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER The net at Poly Wells Field guards the front portion of the scoreboard from homerun balls. Bri [Barnhill], have been hitting the scoreboard quite a bit over the years. I don’t remember the first time hitting the board,

but we always had a fun time doing so.” Unfortunately for Hedrick and the rest of the Wildcat hitters, they will

no longer have the satisfaction of hearing their hits, in practice or in games, clang off the board. However, Hedrick said the

team might be able to hold on to a few more balls now, and if you look closely you can still see the dents from past hitters. “It depends on how hard you hit the ball and what part of the scoreboard you hit, but some balls stay inside the scoreboard, some bounce out,” Hedrick said. “There are still a bunch of dents on the board.” ACU debuted the net this past week in a double-header against Bowling Green. The Wildcats won both those games 3-2 and 8-4, and with the one lone homerun of the series, the net seemed to do its job. JMR13B@ACU.EDU

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PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Women’s Basketball

The women’s basketball team made history by winning its first SouthGolightly land Tournament game ever, and Golightly played a huge part in it. She was honored with ESPN3’s player of the game scoring 22 points and made six three-pointers which put her one shy of the Southland Tournament record. Wright was also a big factor in the women’s win over New Orleans Thursday Wright afternoon. She led the team with 23 points and passed for eight assists. Wright gets a chance to lead the Wildcats to another victory Friday afternoon against Central Arkansas.


The Baseball team improved its record to 10-1 with an 11-0 win over Dallas ChrisWatts tian Wednesday evening. Watts was the leading player in the game going 3-for-4 with three RBIs. His team will now enter Southland play with a weekend series against Incarnate Word starting Friday at 6:30 p.m.

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