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Task force reviews stewardship code, LGBT conduct

A task force established by the university’s administration is in the process of reevaluating university policies dealing with sexual conduct under a framework provided by the Board of Trustees earlier this semester. Once finished, members of the task force will advise the Senior Leadership Team on whether to change the policy or leave it as […]

To my future employers: pick me, pick me

As I look back on my time here at ACU and working on the Optimist, I can’t help but get sentimental. Sure, that might be the pre-finals sleep deprivation getting to me, but I am so blessed with all the life skills I’ve acquired through my time as editor. I can’t wait to share my talents with […]

Schubert retains support of board during continued divorce process

Almost two years after a divorce filing and reconciliation in early 2015, Dr. Phil Schubert has told faculty and staff he and wife Jamie are finalizing plans for divorce.   After Schubert addressed a faculty and staff meeting on Tuesday, Dr. Barry Packer, chair of the Board of Trustees, sent an email to members of […]

Christian Service Center seeks to rebuild after fire destroys facility

“Clothing, computers, furniture, toys– we had a huge toy room– they’re gone.” Jim Clark was in a meeting at Highland Church of Christ Saturday evening when his cellphone began ringing. He answered to a volunteer at the Christian Service Center saying the building was on fire. Clark, executive director for the Christian Service Center for the […]

Study Abroad updates programs in Montevideo, Leipzig

The university administration is considering updates to the study abroad programs in Leipzig, Germany and Montevideo, Uruguay. During the February board meeting, a motion was made and approved to delegate to the Finance Committee the authority to approve the purchase and renovation of a property at a total cost not to exceed $4.7 million in Leipzig. In the […]

IRC collects donations for fair

The International Rescue Committee’s Abilene office is accepting donations for a donation fair March 11. The IRC, a nongovernmental organization focused on global humanitarian aid, relief and development, is looking for gently used household items to help refugees better establish their new lives here. Katie Tan, volunteer coordinator, said when families first arrive the IRC is able […]

GATA gives back to alumna with Sing Song victory

Saturday night was full of emotion for many participants of Sing Song, but perhaps none more than for the members of GATA. The women’s social club won first place overall in Sing Song for the first time since 1986, when they shared the trophy with the women of Ko Jo Kai. With a chance to break a 34-year […]

GATA, Galaxy and sophomores take home the trophy

For the first time since 1986, the women of GATA brought home the Sing Song trophy. The men of Galaxy came back for a win since their last one in 2008, and the sophomore class chalked up its thirteenth win in Sing Song history. GATA director Macie Liptoi said breaking the 34-year losing streak left her […]

Why college journalism is the toughest thing I’ve done

I know you probably read the headline and rolled your eyes as you’re swimming in algorithms and DNA sequences, but hear me out. In the past three and a half years, I’ve learned that no other major could leave me as badly bruised as journalism has. Here’s why: We aren’t given the luxury of keeping […]

Campus Court bids farewell to 40-year florist

After 40 years of candy baskets, floral arrangements, weddings and mums, Bitsy’s Flowers is finally moving off Campus Court. Bitsy Gregory, the owner, closed the doors in May of 2013, but didn’t sell the property until last Friday. It may have been two years coming, but Bitsy finally handed over her keys and left for […]

Latin American program starts anew in Montevideo

A semester in the making, Casa ACU officially closed its doors Dec. 31. Though the university’s contract with the church leasing the building ended, the program will continue. However, the long-term goal of a homestay program will most likely be put on hold for fall 2016. Instead, Stephen Shewmaker said students will be living in a […]

Arrington announces campaign for AISD board of trustees

Jeff Arrington announced his campaign for Place 1 vacancy on the Abilene Independent School Board yesterday afternoon. Arrington, associate professor in the Department of Engineering and Physics, and his family have been involved in reading events, PTA meetings and science demonstrations in AISD schools since his children were students in the district. “Over the course of […]