The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 77, No. 16, Ed. 1, Wednesday, October 19, 1988 Page: 2 of 8
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Wednesday ..October 19 1988
Lying in bed Wednesday night I
decided what my answer would be. I
would say no. I would say I did not
want to make any compromises.
The telephone rang Thursday morn-
ing. The call was for me and I knew I
would have to give my answer to the
female voice waiting on the line. I had
made my decision; I had taken all
aspects into consideration.
"Hi Terri how is everything going?"
She told me she had a few more pro-
blems to compound our first one.
Terri Pierce ACU's account execu-
tive at Taylor Publishing Company
has worked with me for 13 months
producing the 1988 Prickly Pear while I
served as editor of the Prickly Pear
Terri and I have encountered produc
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Queen's job much
The race has begun. The primaries
are over. The conventions are long
gone. The nominees have been chosen.
All 11 of them.
Being nominated for Homecoming
Queen is a lot like running for the vice
presidency. You have to smile a lot and
wave at people but generally you end
up standing around.
But why would anyone want to seek
the office of Homecoming Queen? The
Queens have very little power. They
must be scrutinized by every member
of the electorate.
And just like the vice presidential
candidates their ideological stand on
the issues doesn't matter that much so
long as they look like a Homecoming
Finally they must meet strictly en-
forced guidelines the electorate has es-
tablished. The most important
guideline and understandably so is be-
ing female. The whole idea of the office
of queen hinges on that feminine
But following closely behind that re-
quirement is the understood club rule.
Nominees must be members of a cam-
Kenneth R Pybu - Editor m Ctwel
Rebekah Gibbt Wednetday Edition Editor
Tom Craig Friday Edition Editor
Krltti Buchart Managing Nevnj Editor
Cindy keeper Opinion Editor
0wn Treat Spcrti Editor
Julie Fiuptria Fealuree Editor
Cody Moon - A&E Editor
Roy Cad Whit Duel Photographer
Jut Sugars Wadneaday Aaaignmenta Editor
Blake Dunnavant Fnday Aasignmama Editor
Kevin Marahal Detign Editor
Jonathan Wat Santa Stan Wntar
John Paul Browntow Start Photographer
Wandy Hombaker Start Photographer
Tarti Waal - Wadnaaday Copy Editor
Amanda Appiaton Fnday Copy Editor
Qratchan Schulu Auoctate Nawa Editor
Mary Banks Aaaodata Sporta Editor
Dr CruuteiH Martar Adviaw
Donna Southarland Advartiaing Managar
Eric McMJUn Ad Product on Manager
FnU Millar Ad Production Managar
Sharta Smelting - Ad Salas
Hotty Howard - Ad Salas
Mike Alexander Circulation Diractor
Sherrl Wo jtarman Ctawihed Ad Managar
Th Optimal foundad in 191 J. ia pubUehed eemi-week-(y
aicapt during tha summar vacation and linal siamina-
tiona by etudenta In th Journalism and Mas Communica-
tion Department ol AMene Christian University AMene
The Optlmial la associated with the Associated Cos.
legist Press the Teias Intercollegiate Press Association
the Southwestern Journalism Congress the Associated
Press and the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Press Associa-
tion Th Optimist la charter member or the ACP Hat ol
Editorial opinions appearing In Hie Optimist or vaa ot
the editorial board and do not pecessarily reflect the ol-
tidal policy ot th ACU administration and signed columns
and cartoon represent the individual views ol the authors
tion problems with the graphics in the
book for months. We have corrected
and rc-corrected the problems in three
sets of proofs.
The majority of the book is printed
now; it was scheduled to be shipped to
Abilene Friday. When I monitored the
press run I discovered that headlines
Terri and I had corrected were not cor-
rect. I had to make a decision.
I knew the decision I faced affected a
lot of ACU students. I had the right to
make the publishing company correct
the mistakes we supposedly had cor-
rected. But I kept wondering if I had
the right to make the student body wait
two more weeks for its yearbook.
To allow the mistakes to run would
be a compromise; to keep the students
waiting would be a pain.
pus social club.
In this year's breakdown Sigma
Theta Chi members account for five of
the 1 1 nominees Kojies have three
Kappas enter the Queen arena for the
first time with two and Regan Harwell
comes in as the sole GATA in the lot.-
The presidents of four of the five
clubs are among the nominees in-
cluding one past president and club co-
founder Lisa Layne Herndon.
Lisa is the only married nominee.
Four of the nominees are getting
degrees in education three in business.
Two of the nominees are mass com-
munication majors one is human
communication and Kim Couch gets
extra points for having the toughest ma-
Kim also gets extra points for being
vice president of the SA Senate. Cara
Kenneth R. Pvbus MyB
Chapel quitters hurt themselves
To the Editor
This letter is written in response to a situation regarding the outstanding Chapel
presentation made by Jim McCormick Oct. 1 2. For those who were able to attend
"the entire message the reward was great.
The specific situation referred to however involves those who were unable to
follow the man through his conclusion. These two groups became rather conspicuous
at 1 1 :30 a.m. cither by physically getting up and leaving the assembly or mentally
leaving by choosing instead to talk to thctr neighbor.
The writing of this letter was not brought about by any felt need to scold these indi-
viduals because that's done on a regular basis. Rather it was written out of a sense of
identification with these individuals and at least some regret on the part of one who sat
through several similar opportunities in Chapels of years past and failed to take advan-
tage of many of them.
As McCormick said most individuals on their own will eventually come to unders-
tand a lot of what he was saying. Yet what a difference it could make tn one's life if
he or she could just take the time and put forth the effort to learn it now at 20 instead
of later at 60 after so much of the opportunity to use it has passed. From one who all
too often in college dismissed such opportunities take advantage of them now.
Joe F. Alexander
Assistant professor of marketing
bad agenda to
Tom Craig BPM
I tried to put the problem in a long-
range perspective. Would I remember
in 20 years the telephone calls from
students asking about their book or
would I remember that I knowingly
allowed mistakes to be printed in a
book that generated a great deal of
pride for the university.
I decided to get rid of the mistakes.
The answer to delay the book came
more easily after Terri told me she had
found more mistakes. Some pictures
Lee McCaleb is the only other Queen
nominee on the Senate.
Many times the vice presidential can-
didate is chosen because of the region
of the country he is from. The same
holds true for the queen nominees.
Four of the women are from the
Dallas area and three are from the
Houston area if you count Melissa
Warpula whose parents just moved to
Oklahoma. One is from Austin two are
from out-of-state and one is an Abile-
nian. Hair color doesn't seem to matter in
this race. Six brunettes were
nominated four are blondes and Amy
Figgins is the groups only redhead.
The race for Homecoming Queen
might not be as tough as the one for
vice president. They might not be
asked the tough questions.
We might not all be watching the
candidates hoping to catch a gaff on
foreign policy or Iran-contra.
The candidates don't have to cam-
paign in state after state hoping that
they will receive a mandate from the
people Oct. 29.
But I still can't wait until the debates.
and names were out of order. I could
not stand for errors of that nature.
No yearbook is flawless and I know
the 1988 Prickly Pear will have its
share of mistakes. But at least I will
know I tried my best to prevent as
many mistakes as I possibly could. I did
Most people make compromises all
the time. Sometimes a compromise pos-
itively affects people; at other times a
compromise has adverse effects.
Positive compromises stem from de-
nying yourself a portion of your
pleasures or requests so others can en-
joy a portion of their pleasures or re-
quests. Adverse compromises stem front an
assortment of things such as not taking
time to think about consequences of
Proposals to repair
highways good idea
The new developments in the
West Texas road system proposed
by the Texas Highway Commission
to work on three major highway pro-
jects would benefit Abilene's
economy and safety.
The proposals include:
Improving the interchanges at
Loop 322 and U.S. Highway 8384
and at U.S. Highway 8384 and An-
tillwy Road and widening Loop 322
between Maple Street and Farm
Improving the route between
Texlinc and Galveston by upgrading
parts of it and making it the Port-to-Pldins
Highway called Intrastate
Improving the Border to Border
Highway that runs from north of
Wichita Falls to Brownsville
Getting around Abilene would be
much easier and fewer accidents and
deaths on the Abilene interchanges
would be caused.
Bill Wright speaking for Abilene
Sexual assault victims
need support of friends
Unfortunately most of us have
heard stories of someone being
raped sexually assaulted or sexually
Some of us may have had to help a
family member or friend through
such a crisis or we may have expe-
rienced an assault ourselves.
The time following an abuse often
is painful and emotionally draining.
During the initial crisis and
throughout the long-term process of
recovery the victim needs the sup-
port and encouragement of friends
In supporting the victim knowing
some of the issues he must work
through and eventually resolve may
The victim is often forced to con-
front life issues of vulnerability loss
of control disruption of pcrsonhood
and grief. Following a sexual assault
victims commonly feel fear anger
sadness helplessness and sometimes
They may worry their friends will
reject them and they may feel all
alone. Some will block or deny their
feelings to protect themselves from
the emotional pain of the trauma.
An individual who has experi-
enced a sexual assault goes through
three phases of recovery. In the first
the individual feels disorganized and
faces acute emotional reactions and
During this stage crisis counsel-
ing and reassurance by friends and
family may help support the victim.
Friends and family may help by
maintaining a calm attentive and
concerned demeanor which validates
particular actions denying your own
morals because of how you think you
might appear if you speak out and not
adequately preparing yourself for a par-
ticular class or event.
People must be judicious when they
consider a compromise. Although the
yearbook will be delayed a few more
days I think people will be pleased
with the final product.
If people make decisions in haste or
without thinking the effects could last
as long as the life of a book.
Although the delivery of a yearbook
may be a trivial concept in the full con-
text of a college career its production
process teaches people the importance
of considering the degree of their job
performance responsibility to others
and rank of their priorities.
to the state highway commission
said "There have been a lot of acci-
dents at those intersections and im-
provements arc needed. And we
would also like to sec the widening
of Loop 322 to a four-lane divided
road. This would create a four-lane
belt around the city."
The Intrastate Highway 1 and the
Border to Border Highway will
bring many travelers and truck
drivers through Abilene and
therefore help the economy.
Also students from anywhere
north of Abilene who drive through
Texline or Wichita Falls will have a
much easier trip on a four-lane
highway than on two- lane road's
with dimly painted lines and very
narrow lanes. Currently when a
commuter meets a truck he- has to
pull off on the shoulder in order to
The proposal are much needed for
West Texas will help Abilene's
economy and will provide safer
ways of travel.
the person's emotions and conveys
the message that he will not be re-
jected. Secondly the individual begins to
cope with the crisis and reorganizes
his life. Sometimes during this
period the individual may make
lifestyle changes to cope with his
fear. He may turn to his friends and
family for additional support and he
may benefit from long-term profes-
In the third phase the individual
begins to integrate the experience in-
to his life. He regains control of his
life and returns to the level of func-
tioning prior to the assault.
The time it takes for an individual
to adjust and work through an
assault or abuse depends on the per-
son the experience and the quality
of help and support he receives.
Some individuals may have dif-
ficulties going through particular
steps and some may need to re-work
their reactions to a past assault or
abuse. Being patient with someone
you are supporting through the
crisis or with yourself if you are still
trying to cope with an assault is im-
portant. Be willing to encourage someone
to seek extra help through counsel-
ing or a support group.
The Abilene Rape Crisis Center
offers crisis intervention including a
24-hour hotline counseling services
and support groups. They can be
reached at 677-7895.
by Terry Cannon marriage and
family therapist for the University
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based on personal attack obscenity defamation erroneous In-
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frequent writers and to edit for length or error '
Daa.s?.addfe.ss etor8 0 "Editor" and mail to ACU Box
6203 Abilene Texas 79699
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