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One dead, many injured in ACU bus accident

Anabel Reid, 19-year-old sophomore environmental science major from Petersburg, was pronounced dead at the scene after an accident on U.S. Highway 83 near Ballinger involving a shuttle bus transporting 12 Department of Agriculture and Environmental Science students, three faculty members and a faculty spouse from ACU to Medina. The one-vehicle accident occurred about nine miles […]

Photo Gallery: Bus crash claims life of student, injures many

16 students and faculty from the ACU Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences were traveling to the Medina Children’s Home for their annual service trip. Their bus drifted off the highway, flipped end-over-end into the right-hand ditch and landed on it’s wheels with almost the entire body ripped away from the frame. Anabel Reid, 19, […]

Video: ACU officials comment on fatal bus crash

ACU police chief Jimmy Ellison and public relations director Grant Rampy hold a press conference to comment on a fatal bus crash involving students and faculty. Video/editing by Philip Miranda

Varner announces resignation

Jeanine Varner, provost of the university, announced this morning she will be stepping down from her position, effective this fall. “I am sorry to announce that at the end of this academic year, I will complete my service as ACU’s Provost,” Varner said in an email sent out today. “I have loved working with the […]

English teacher loses battle with cancer

Vickie Smith, instructor of English, died Saturday after a battle with cancer. Smith graduated from Midwestern State University in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree. She earned her master’s from ACU in 1992, and began teaching full time at ACU in 1995. Dr. Phil Schubert, president, informed faculty and staff of Smith’s passing Saturday evening in […]

BREAKING NEWS: Burst pipe floods Zellner, crashes server

A pipe burst in Zellner Hall Thursday morning, flooding the building’s third floor and crashing the university’s server. Zane Dennis, executive director of facilities and campus development, said a hot water pipe running to an air conditioning unit froze and burst, causing the flood. “When you have extreme temperatures like this, all of our weaknesses […]

Heavy rains flood Don Morris Center

A strong line of thunderstorms rolled through the Big Country on Saturday morning, bringing heavy rains and flooding the Don H. Morris Center. Saturday’s rains marked the second time this semester the Don H. Morris Center has suffered damage because of rain waters. A storm in August brought mud and water into the building and […]

700 passengers stranded at Abilene Regional Airport

A crowd of more than 700 passengers crammed Abilene Regional Airport on Wednesday afternoon as severe thunderstorms rolled through North Texas, causing major flight diversions at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. “We are a primary diversion airport for DFW, so diversions are common,” said Don Green, Director of Aviation for Abilene Regional Airport. “But this is […]

ACU golf wins Lone Star Conference Championship

The ACU golf team won the Lone Star Conference Championship on Tuesday, led by impressive performances from Cyril Bouniol and Alex Carpenter, who tied for the individual title. The LSC title was the Wildcats’ first since 1995 and the fifth in team history. The Wildcats entered the final day of the tournament just three shots […]

Knox receives Brian Piccolo Award from Bears

The Chicago Bears awarded former Wildcat and current Bears’ wide receiver Johnny Knox with the Brian Piccolo Award on Tuesday, according to the Chicago Tribune. Knox and six-time Pro Bowl center Olin Kreutz were honored with the annual award given to a Chicago Bears’ rookie and veteran. The award honors players who demonstrate courage, loyalty […]

Wildcats drop triple-overtime heartbreaker

The ACU Wildcats’ season ended in heartbreak Thursday night. UCO stunned Abilene Christian 111-105 in a triple-overtime thriller in Bartlesville, Okla. The Wildcats had an opportunity to win the game in regulation. Head Coach Shawna Lavender called timeout with 2.9 seconds left, but ACU was unable to get a shot off, leaving the score at […]

Optimist to publish on new Apple iPad

The Optimist, ACU’s student-run newspaper, will be available on Apple’s new iPad device when it premiers in 60 days, making it the first collegiate student publication to take advantage of Apple’s latest technology. Dr. Cheryl Bacon, chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, says students and faculty already are working to achieve the […]

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