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Being editor changed me for the worse

Being editor in chief of the Optimist this year changed me for the worse. For obvious reasons, this job made me a worse student. Lines were blurred between the work I was doing for class and the work I was doing for the next day’s paper. I couldn’t remember what would affect my GPA and […]

Shooting the stars

Dr. Jason Holland, professor of mathematics, teaches students about discreet algebra and math theory. But hanging on the walls of his office in Foster Science Building are photographs of nebulae, galaxies and star clusters – and they’re all taken by Holland himself. Holland discovered his love for astrophotography in 2012 after he got his first […]

Jennings wins treasurer run-off by 29 votes

Morgan Jennings was elected the 2015-2016 Students’ Association executive treasurer in the run-off election Tuesday. Jennings beat Chuck Oputa by 29 votes. Jennings, sophomore accounting major from Abilene, said she was nervous about the race from the beginning. “Chuck and Cameron were great and I was super nervous about everything,” she said. “It definitely wasn’t […]

Jennings, Oputa to run-off for executive treasurer position

The 2015-2016 Students’ Association president and vice president have been elected after a delay in obtaining the Student’s Association election results from None of the candidates for the executive treasurer position were able to obtain a majority of the vote leading to a run-off election between Morgan Jennings and Chuck Oputa will be early […]

On-campus bike rental business grows quickly

UBikes, the on-campus bike rental service that launched last semester, added more bikes to its fleet this week. The student-run business, whose parent company is Wildcat Ventures, saw enough demand in its first four months of operation, allowing it to purchase five new mountain bikes and two new cruiser bikes, bringing its total inventory to 15 bikes available […]

Mary’s Paleteria: Ice pop culture

Mary’s Paleteria is a splash of color to anyone traveling down the bleak South Treadaway Boulevard. Between an abandoned gas station and a gravel road, Mary’s bright pennant flags and painted tropical murals can’t be ignored. Mary’s is the only paleteria in Abilene, serving a variety of Mexican inspired delights, including paletas. A paleta is […]

The worst party trick ever

I haven’t watched TV or loyally followed a single show in over a year. I honestly can’t say the last time I watched something on Netflix. No, I didn’t give it up for Lent or intentionally make some vow against TV. I promise I’m not a pretentious freak – I have nothing against TV, and […]

Johnson resigns from SA presidency, Carter takes office

Rodney Johnson has resigned as SA president. Beau Carter, formerly vice president, has assumed the position. Chris Riley, vice president of Student Life, informed Congress of Johnson’s decision and read a letter from Johnson explaining his decision at Wednesday’s SA meeting. Johnson was not present at the meeting. “This year has not been easy for me […]

Drop in oil prices has minimal impact on endowment

The university’s $370 million endowment saw an energy impact of less than 2 percent on its value as oil and gas prices fell dramatically from last September to the end of December. Jack Rich, ACU’s chief investment officer, said initially the endowment has not been hurt that significantly by the drop in energy prices despite having a […]

Board appoints three new trustees

The ACU Board of Trustees appointed three new members at its February meeting during Sing Song weekend. Jana Hanner, Elise Mitchell and Randy Owen were voted to the university’s governing body and help comprise the 35 members of the board. Hanner (’81) is the comptroller of Hanner Chevrolet GMC in Baird, about 20 miles east of […]

How the ACU bubble fuels the sexual assault cycle

I have never been more aware of the existence of the “ACU bubble” or convinced of the sense of conservatism on our campus until last Friday when the Optimist reported on a student who was indicted for sexual assault. Not all, but a good sum of students reacted to the story in a manner that […]

Former members of Congress visit with students

Two former congressmen visited with various student groups and classes on campus Monday and Tuesday. Former Rep. Dan Miller of Florida and former Rep. Nick Lampson of Texas last served in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2003 and 2009, respectively. Both are part of a nonprofit organization called The United States Association for Former […]

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