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Duck Dynasty stars should stop by ACU

Duck Dynasty is a good show. It has its fair share of haters. It’s not the most intellectually stimulating show, and it’s probably somewhat scripted, but it is still good entertainment. It highlights the way of life for filthy rich rednecks. It’s hilarious, it has a strong connection with faith and it is great television. […]

Out of the box: The Phillipses and Delonys return to the dorms

Mark and Laura Phillips live in an ACU residence hall for the first time since 1986, when Mark lived in Mabee Hall and Laura in Gardner. Since then, they have married, earned doctoral degrees and acquired a lot of things. Now, they live in Nelson Hall. Most of their belongings are in storage. “We’re living […]

‘The Office’ takes new look for final season

The Office found a new way to interest fans: drama. The show isn’t the same without Michael Scott. Viewers feared the worst as Season 8 began, and their worries came true: it wasn’t as funny, it wasn’t as interesting and it wasn’t as good. Many point to Season 4, or the beginning of Pam and […]

Creek project to link city parks

The first phase has begun on a multi-decade-long project that will ultimately serve to make Abilene prettier and give residents a fun place for recreation and economic expansion. And it’s all thanks to one nonprofit and a bunch of toilet water. The Cedar Creek Waterway will link six Abilene parks with trails along Cedar Creek […]

Interim named dean of CBS

Dr. Ken Cukrowski has been appointed to dean of the College of Biblical Studies. Cukrowski has served the position in an interim capacity since last March. Dr. Robert Rhodes, provost, sent an email to faculty and staff announcing the appointment on Thursday evening. “Dr. Cukrowski brings extensive experience to this role, including 14 years in […]

How to deal with another tuition increase

ACU raised tuition again, and, not surprisingly, students are upset that their $26,770 will no longer cover the cost of taking 24-36 hours. Next school year they must pay $28,350. So, in the spirit of making financial cutbacks for the greater good, let’s examine how ACU students could save some green to make these terribly […]

Tuition to rise nearly 6 percent next school year

While on-campus undergrads will have to pay $1,760 more to attend ACU next school year, the tuition hike is less severe than it has been in 15 years. Tuition for the 2013-14 academic year will rise 5.9 percent from $26,770 to $28,350, or $790 per semester. The overall cost for students on campus will increase […]

Garrett appoints interim dean, Williams to lead search committee

Dr. Jean-Noel Thompson, vice president for student life and dean of students, will leave ACU at the end of this week to move on to a similar position at Faulkner University. Dr. Jan Meyer, executive director of the Center for Christian Service and Leadership, will take over for him in an interim capacity. Anthony Williams, […]

University to mandate incoming students to have iPads in 2013-14

iPhones are out. iPads are in. The university’s Mobile Learning initiative is moving into Phase II. Beginning in the fall, all incoming students will be required to have iPads for use in the courses. ACU will only distribute iPads to students; iPhones and iPod Touches will no longer be options. Dr. Robert Rhodes, provost, said […]

ACU, HSU students to stand for total of 27 hours of charity

According to the “End It Movement,” 27 million people are in slavery today. College students across the country are partnering to raise awareness by stand for 27 hours next week. On Monday, ACU students will set up in the McGlothlin Campus Center to stand together from 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. as part of the “Stand for […]

Old is the new new

The print edition looks a bit different today, huh? One hundred school years ago, just six years after what would become ACU was founded, the Optimist was born. The front page of Vol. 1, No. 1, looked just like this one today, except the entire page was one opinion piece by Robertson Lafayette Whiteside, the […]

Pepperdine introduces LGBT scholarship

A university affiliated with the Churches of Christ has introduced a scholarship for which the recipient needs to demonstrate commitment to the betterment of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual community. Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., announced last week that it will begin accepting applications for the “Frank James ‘Buddy’ Vinci and George B. Ellsworth […]

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