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Budget plan to cut more jobs

About a year and a half ago, Dr. Phil Schubert stood before a packed Hart Auditorium, twice, to give details on a plan to cut $10 million from the university’s budget. The two-year plan, effective in May 2012, called for elimination of about 35 university positions. A handful of those positions, most of them in […]

Flemings raise about $12K in fundraiser

In one packed night at Chick-Fil-A, Lance and Jill Fleming raised about $12 thousand for their charity they created in honor of their son, Rex. Rex Fleming died in November from a two-year-long fight with cancer. He spent a lot of time in Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, undergoing chemotherapy treatments and surgeries. He […]

Some final thoughts from our fearless leader

I graduate from college in a week. And it seems like only three years I was graduating from high school. The Nostalgia Effect I may have had a shorter stay at ACU than most, but that doesn’t mean I’m not sad to be leaving my dear Christian College, nor does it mean I haven’t acquired […]

The tale of a simple sports reporter turned Chief

I have a confession to make. During my first semester at ACU, I rarely read the Optimist. I didn’t find it interesting. I didn’t care about administration changes, campus events or what the editorial board thought about iPads in the classroom. I was happy to be an ignorant, happy, social freshman journalism major with visions […]

Baby faces, unite in youthfulness

I do not look like I’m 12 years old. I look 15. And I’m OK with this. As a freshman, I did look 12. But a couple years at the Optimist will put the age in your face real quick. At the beginning of my first Christmas break of college, I flew from Abilene to […]

Class attendance policy is helpful

I respectfully disagree with the rest of the editorial board. Mandatory class attendance is a good thing. I quickly realized in our meeting that I was outnumbered, but I still wanted to share the opposing view. Yes, students (or their parents) pay to go to class, so the argument that they should be able to […]

Fertilizer plant explodes in West, students from area worry about home town

A fertilizer plant exploded Wednesday evening in West, about 20 miles north of Waco, reportedly killing several people and injuring many more. While national and local newspapers and news stations are reporting conflicting numbers of those killed and injured by the explosion, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported Thursday that an estimated five to 15 people were […]

Feeding frenzy: Sharky’s continues to attract students

Emily Teel, sophomore art major from Abilene, sees her friends every time she’s at work. Teel works at Sharky’s Burrito Co., the popular build-your-own-burrito restaurant located near the Abilene Christian University campus. One of the few burrito places in Abilene, it is frequented by many students from ACU and Hardin-Simmons University, as well as Abilene […]

Flapjack fundraising: Student event raises money for Parkinson’s research

Another “boys vs. girls” competition raised more than $1,500 for Parkinson’s disease research with breakfast food. On Thursday evening, about 250 students came through the Gardner West lobby to enjoy pancakes, live music and socializing with other students at the Pancakes for Parkinson’s fundraiser event, led by Addie Schmitz, sophomore youth and family ministry major […]

Endurance runners fear Boston bombings will change sport

ACU endurance athletes believe the bombing in Monday’s Boston Marathon has changed the sport forever. Two blasts exploded near the finish line a little more than four hours into the race, sending the crowd and exhausted runners into a panic. The explosions killed three people and injured dozens more and caused major cities around the […]

Weather didn’t get the memo: It’s springtime

Don’t put away those sweaters just yet. The weather just can’t seem to make up its mind. A cold front brought Tuesday’s high temperature of 93 degrees down to below the freezing point on Wednesday morning. With the 62-degree drop came a little more than an inch of rain and some pea-sized hail. The Wednesday […]

Associate dean to leave for Tech

Halfway through his late morning meeting with ResLife area coordinators, Dr. John Delony realized that it was his favorite day of the year: April Fool’s Day. That’s when he realized why all of his staff was late for the meeting. “They do this every year,” said Delony, associate dean of students, as he pointed to […]

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