The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 75, No. 35, Ed. 1, Wednesday, January 27, 1988 Page: 2 of 6
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" 'Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy. Blessedare
the pure in heart for they will zee God. Blessed are the peacemakers
for they will be called sons of God ' "Matthew 5:7-9.
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reflect the official policy of the ACU administration.
Signed columns represent the views of the authors.
Don't silence Alarm
because of its looks
The Students' Association has
proposed that the rock group The
Alarm be brought to ACQ and we
hope the Faculty Music Review
Board will agree despite the group's
The Alarm has more to say about
moral questions in our society than
most pop bands. And few if any
references to drugs sex or even ma-
terialism can be found in their
lyrics which is rare among many
pop rock and country groups these
The Alarm is a popular hard-rock
band cut from the U2 mold; it deals
with topics like peace and freedom
rather than the old rock cliches like
girls cars and becoming rich and
famous. If The Alarm can be criti-
cized fof toythingrit'ls for Being too
Few pflp" bands with'the wide ap-
peal of The Alarm would be better
suited to an ACU audience.
Resist the temptation
to hate policemen
A homeless man shot and killed a
Dallas police officer after being urg-
ed on by some of the onlookers
Perhaps no one at ACU would
have urged the homeless man on if
present at the scene; but the hatred
toward policemen which motivated
the onlookers to encourage the kill-
ing exists in many of our hearts.
Policemen arc convenient people
to dislike. They give us speeding
tickets and parking tickets and seem
a little too straight-laced.
But while policemen certainly are
Thank you library staff
for working 'til 11 p.m.
Time is an essential element to a
student in college but is often dif-
ficult to obtain.
The recent decision by library
administration to remain open until
11 on week nights gives college stu-
dents the extra time desperately
We know the workers of the
library do not enjoy working until
11 each night but 9-11 p.m. is a
PLANS TO USE
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Kevin Man hall
Dr. Charlie Mailer
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The band members look like a
typical rock band but we do not be-
lieve in judging a book by its leather
cover rather than its content. If the
members of The Alarm wore short
hair and coat and tie rather than
long hair and leather would the
group be more acceptable despite
the fact that its lyrics already are ac-
ceptable? Granted other pop acts available
might be less visually and lyrically
disturbing than The Alarm but of-
ten the less disturbing an artist is
the less original or challenging the
artist is. If an artist or band or per-
son is going to make a stand for any-
thing a chance exists that someone
will be ofTended.
The Alarm's message is challeng-
ing but it 'lacks the immorality'bf
most rock bands. We believe the
Alarm would provide the entertain-
ment that many ACU students
want but haven't gotten.
not blue knights in shining armor
they are on the whole sincere men
trying to make Abilene as safe as
The knowledge that certain on-
lookers urged the homeless man to
shoot the Dallas policeman left that
city's police force with a feeling of
Poor relations between the police
and citizens only hurt officer per-
formance. Let's not let Abilene
policemen feel unwanted. If a police
officer abuses his power hate the ac-
tion not the entire police force.
prime study time for college stu-
dents. Some don't even begin study-
ing until then.
On the other hand some study 24
hours a day.
Either way we appreciate the
library workers who will give up
their time to provide us time. Many
times we have wished the library
could remain open longer and
thanks to the recent decision it will.
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letters to the editor
To the Editor:
I went to an interesting SA meeting
last week to hear the SA movies
discussion. Brian Davis opened the
meeting with a prayer about the im-
pending discussion beseeching the
Lord to "not let emotions guide us."
I commend the SA's discussion of
the movie situation. It was very civil.
A number of good comments were
But what distressed me was Cary
Roberts statement concerning the
Jan. 20 Optimist editorial that dealt
with Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby's address.
Hobby's address was a part of the SA
Major Speakers Series.
In the few minutes that Roberts
Major Speakers Series chairman
spoke he slammed the editorial. He
felt the Major Speakers Series had
been done a great injustice because
the Optimist had the audacity to pro-
duce an editorial that went against
the program possibly stunting its
growth. Roberts added he would no
longer cooperate with the newspaper
concerning future major speakers.
After the statement a number of
I agree with the Optimist editorial
and think Roberts' emotional appeal
Why take money from a fund all
students contributed to for a lun-
cheon only 100 could attend? Fur-
thermore why conduct it off cam-
pus? The same affair could have been
conducted on campus where more
students would have had an opportu-
nity to attend. A luncheon could have
been conducted with an open address
The argument might have been
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'It is well'
Faith crucial during trying times
"When peace like a river attendeth my
When sorrows like seabillows roll;
Whatever my lot
Thou hast taught me to say
'It is well
it is well
with my soul.'
And Lord haste the day
when my faith shall be sight
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll
The trump shall resound
and the Lord shall descend
Even so it is well with my soul. "
The gentleman who wrote these
words understood a lot about faith.
He and his family were moving from
England to America. His wife and
children were to sail before him and he
was to ride another boat later to meet
them and establish a home in the
That home never was to be.
that campus facilities are not as nice
as the Abilene Country Club. But
what is the program for impressive
show or to enhance the academic op
portunity of ACU students?
Granted every student won't be
pleased by every speaker. Certain
speakers will appeal more to certain
people Even so don't the majority of
students have the right to benefit
from speakers such as Hobby
especially after they pay their
In this same meeting the Senate
voted to keep SA movies because the
majority of students wanted them and
weren't ofTended by them. Docs the
majority idea not apply to major
I think the Optimist is only trying
to be fair. Sometimes being fair in-
cludes criticism and those criticized
need to take the chance to improve. I
hope this issue has been constructive.
Much can be learned.
Tom Craig Juntor
To the Editor:
Tonight I heard two of the most
stunning performances I have ever
witnessed. The first was Melanic
Smith whose fabulous voice was a
delight to my ears.
The second was John Paul
Brownlow whose camera and poor
timing were the talk of the recital.
First he committed a fairly pardon-
able breach of etiquette by entering
in the middle of a piece. His second
mistake was harder to excuse.
The soaring phrases of a beautiful-
ly executed Mozart aria were punc-
tuated by the obnoxiously audible
clicks of your photographer's camera.
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The boat carrying his family was
caught in a storm and his loved ones all
As he sailed several days later on the
second boat he wrote of a faith I can
Peace like a river is what most of us
have in our lives every day. Sure we
have our ups and downs but life flows
fairly smoothly for the most part.
The sorrows like seabillows are the
times that are quite a bit more difficult
to understand. Many of us have not had
to face that kind of suffering yet.
Others have and still do each and every
With that in mind Whatever my
lot.. .it is well with my soul is one of the
Not once not twice but at least 15
times he clicked the shutter with no
regard for the performer or the au-
dience. Not only does sound carry
well in Cullen the recital was being
Smith was poised enough to con-
tinue without interruption but such
behavior on Brownlow's part is in-
Even without a knowledge of con-
cert etiquette common sense would
advise taking pictures at a rehearsal
or during the applause.
Needless to say this kind of pro-
blem reflects very poorly on the Op-
timist. In the future you would be
wise to brief your representatives on
manners before they embarrass you
Andrea Redntck senior
Editor' Note: We apologize for the
inconsideration displayed by taking pic-
tures during the recital We will observe
proper etiquette in the future.
The Optimist encourages reader
response in the form of letters to the
editor; however we reserve the right
to refuse letters based on personal at-
tack defamation or erroneous infor-
mation. We reserve the right to limit
frequent writers and to edit for
length or error. Letters should not be
more than 375 words long.
Letters should be addressed to
"Letters to the Editor" and mailed to
ACU Box 8203 Abilene Texas
79699. All letters should include the
writer's name classification
hometown and telephone number.
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most difficult phrases to utter.
I never realized the intensity those
They say"Lord I accept whatever
comes to me ... unconditionally" not
"Lord I accept whatever comes to me
... as long as it's good" or "Lord I ac-
cept whatever comes to me ... as long as
it's not too much for me to handle."
It simply means "Lord I accept
because I have faith you are with me
and will help me learn from the things
that are pleasurable as well as the
things that seem to hurt the most right
Faith is difficult And sometime it's
difficult to understand. I know I have
it but sometimes I forget it or don't re-
ally understand how I'm able to hold
on to it.
Someday our faith shall be sight. To
me that means we will not only believe
but we will understand why we were
able to believe even during the
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