The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 77, No. 33, Ed. 1, Friday, January 27, 1989 Page: 2 of 6
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Volume 77 Number 33 Pago 2
Friday January 27 1989
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Trip something special for small passengers
"Joy Bus ride the Joy Bus. What
kinds of kids ride the Joy Bus? Fat kids
skinny kids kids with golden locks tall
kids short kids even kids with purple
socks. Ride the Joy Bus ride the Joy
Bus the bus kids love to ride" one
more time "the bus bus kids kids
love to ride."
As the ycllow-and-brown bus roughly
crawls down the neighborhood streets
the song is sung at the top of 20
children's voices. They sing with such
enthusiasm that other travelers and pe-
destrians look even though they may
And because the song is sung so
much the words are muddled. It
sounds like one long word and people
who do not know the song can't make
out the words.
The song is one of the children's
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He's suction-cupped to America
Pinned to the inside of a car window
screaming for air. People park their cars
and walk away from him without so
much as a backward glance.
It makes a person wonder what kind
of detached lives these people lead.
Why Garfield anyway?
If anybody deserves such a tormented
position it's ALF. Talk about worth-
less. The voice alone of this so-called
alien creature is enough to pluck at the
nerves of the most mild-mannered per-
son. Or how about Miss Piggy? What a
whiner. She could stand to hang and
sweat for a few days without food.
Whoever decided to distribute
suction-cupped Garfields to easily in-
fluenced followers has nothing to be
proud of. Who knows what this type of
ruthless character has in mind next.
Some say it's the same guy who in-
vented the ant farm.
Perhaps he's also responsible for the
whole Pet Rock concept as well. It
seems just about anything this guy can
grab and imprison is fair game for sell-
ing. And as long as folks keep buying
Garfields for mounting Garfields will
be mounted. Until somebody suggests
something better to hang.
It wasn't enough to dangle little
yellow cards with little silly sayings
like "Wife in Trunk" and "Flirt on
Board." Americans could not be
satisfied with words alone.
The whole crazy situation is kind of a
reflection of our society in general we
want to see all the bloody stuff not just
read about it.
It may be a bit far-fetched but the
thought of what these hanging Gar-
fields could lead to is somewhat scary.
An innocent member of our social
system being punished for no apparent
Set Garfield free and stick something
to your windows that deserves to hang.
Julie Stigers KfB
favorites. But then again so arc all the
other songs. "I've been Redeemed"
must be sung at least twice on the way
to Bible class and on the return trip.
When "I Want to See" is sung each
bus rider must be named so he will
know that all the other riders want him
in Heaven with them.
Something special can be seen in
these children. They aren't just run-of-the-mill
children. Their eyes sparkle
and they smile even when others may
think they have nothing to be happy
The bus pulls up to the first rider's
house. It isn't your ordinary house.
Two old cars arc out front. One is miss-
ing two tires and is jacked up on one
side. A person wonders if the other one
The yard is not landscaped like the
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ISCC pledge recommendations
worth administrative examination
The Inter-Social Club Council has
taken a step toward compromise by
submitting a list of six proposals to
the administration in an attempt to
keep the official fall pledge period at
Though some of the proposals
could be improved and others
dropped accepting them and leaving
the pledge period at six weeks would
best serve all involved.
The faculty and administration's
major concerns with the present
pledge period are its sometimes
lethal effect on pledges' grade point
averages and the damage to school
facilities caused by club activities.
Because ACU is a learning institu-
tion first and a social institution sec-
ond the deans have a definite right
to be concerned with the academic
welfare of students club pledges or
not. They also have a definite right
to protect school property.
To reduce these problems some
professors and administrators have
suggested two- or three-week pledge
periods. However limiting the
length of the pledge period could
also limit its usefulness.
The pledge period exists to in-
struct pledges about their club to
form a loyalty to the club and to in-
troduce the pledges to club
A two- or three-week period might
work for the instructional purpose
but would fail in the other two pur-
poses. Forming an emotional bond with a
social club requires longer than a
few weeks. Even with the present
period new club members often
drift away and do not participate in
club activities for months at a time
because they have not developed a
club loyalty. That problem would be
compounded by a shortened pledge
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ACU campus. Weeds are taking over
The paint on the house is peeling off
and the house itself looks as if the wind
could blow it over. Toys are scattered
across the yard unlike the yards where
other mothers make their children
bring them in. Where are their parents
anyway? No one is at the door telling
them to have a good time and to
Five children come out of the house.
It sure looks small to hold so many
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The ISCC proposals
1. Requiring three hours of ISCC monitored study hal
each week for social dub pledges
2. Instituting ISCC-eponsored progress reports signed
by professors and Instructors three weeks Into the the
3. Raking the minimum grade point average (or
pledging from 2 0 to 2 1 5
4 Preeentlng an award. In monetary or other form to
the pledge dees with tha highest average OPA.
S. neetrictlng duba to onry three nights of pledge ac-
tivity. Including dub meetinge and pledge dass
meetings with a warning from the dean for tha first of-
fense and with tha pledges automatically becoming
members on the second offense.
8. Fining duba lor messy dub meeting rooms or dam-
aged school property ISO for the first offense and
$100 lor the second.
Almost every club requires
pledges to meet personally with the
majority of club members during the
pledge period. Many of th6 larger
clubs expect pledges to visit 10 to 12
members each week so they will
meet all the members by the end of
If the period were two weeks long
some pledges would be forced to
visit 30 members each week to meet
all the members. Some argue that
pledges could meet members after
they are declared members in two
week's time. However no incentive
would then exist for new members
to personally meet with older
Finally social clubs may have a
tendency to schedule all of the cur-
rent pledging activities during the
short two-week period a move that
could be just as detrimental to
For these reasons the ISCC is
right to try to preserve the current
pledge period. But some of their
suggestions may need to be
strengthened altered or dropped
The ISCC's suggested three hours
of required study hall is construc-
tive providing the program is con
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people. Three of the children have one
last name and the other two have a dif-
The smiling children race to the bus.
They are beautiful children but proba-
bly not in some people's eyes.
As the five step onto the bus an odor
wafts through the air which the
children will never notice. They are too
happy to see their friends on the bus.
The clothes they have on are dirty
and don't quite fit. Their hair is un-
brushed and their noses unwiped. But
they act as if they haven't a care in the
world. The Joy Bus has come and they
are happy. They love the affection and
attention of others. Maybe that is some-
thing they don't get at home.
What great attitudes these children
have. We worry about what we are go-
ing to wear tomorrow when maybe
ducted in the Brown Library or the
Learning Enhancement Center such
as the Athletic Department does
with athletes. But the program
should not consist of crowding a
group of 50 to 100 pledges in a
room and telling them to study.
Restricting organized pledging ac-
tivities to three nights out of the
week also is a good idea. However
devotionals and activities organized
by the club's pledge class should not
be included in the restriction.
Monetary awards for the highest
average pledge class GPA and fines
for messiness and damage to school
property might be a small help.
The ISCC's best idea is to raise
the minimum GPA of prospective
pledges. The council suggests rais-
ing it from 2.0 to 2.15. However
because some students must main-
tain a 2.5 to graduate the minimum
GPA to pledge should be raised at
least to" 2.25 if not higher.
The main problem with the
ISCC's list of suggestions is the
progress report system which would
allow the deans to keep track of how
the pledges are doing in their
Not only does this ring of the piles
of paper generated by the high
school "No pass no play" rules but
it also would place another burden
on the deans instructors and pro-
fessors who already grow weary of
However if a system could be es-
tablished so the instructors could
signify a student's progress quickly
and easily the progress report pro-
posal could work.
The ISCC has made a strong at-
tempt toward working out the pro-
blems that concern the deans and
the administration should seriously
consider the proposals and leave the
pledge period as it is.
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these children don't know where their
next meal is coming from or who's
their real daddy.
We complain about our adviser not
placing us in the right class having too
much homework and being
misunderstood by our friends.
What about the single mother who is
making minimum wage at Pizza Hut or
the high school dropout? Why weren't
we put into similar situations?
Why were we given parents who care
enough to sacrifice in order to send us
to college? We still complain. Maybe
we don't appreciate what we have. Or
maybe we don't want to think about
what others don't have.
These children appreciate the little
things in life that seem so trivial to
others. Riding the Joy Bus how fun
could that be?
Death is a cryptic enemy with no
real beginning or end. Death creeps at
times but is occasionally as furious as a
storm. Yet Reucl Lemmons faced death
and won as many have and many will.
In the Revelation to John we learn of
white robes victory crowns and what
it means to overcome death like Brother
Lemmons. We also learn of the
tremendous crowds that fight and battle
alongside each of us against Satan and
the powers of this world.
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Knowing Reuel Lemmons is gone
will stir different feelings and emotions
in all of us. But knowing that now he is
in a throng of allies beside us is a great
comfort. He has his robe his crown; he
Knowing he is in a better place is also
consoling because "we know that if the
earthly tent which is our house is torn
down we have a building from God a
house not made with hands eternal in
the heavens" said Paul in 2 Corin-
Paul reassures the impatient the
grieving the rejoicing and the unknow-
ing that God provides even in death.
God is certainly providing Brother
Lemmons with a more appropriate
So we see an irony in death: It is a
mystery yet we know many things
about it. Perhaps the most comforting
feeling comes from knowing that others
have tasted death before us. That may
be death's most universal trait.
Still we wonder why we must die
why we must bear the pain and loss
and why so many have gone before as
has Brother Lemmons. We wonder
when it will end and death no longer
will reign over us. Oftentimes in this
confusion we forget that someone has
already overcome for all of us.
Worthy is the Lamb because he was
without sin and sacrificed. He tasted
death like no one had before: Jesus is
the true pioneer.
Jesus says John and the writer of
Hebrews died once for all. He made
death His servant and now death serves
us too. God became just and the
Justificr only through Christ justifying
all of us in Him.
Jesus' death was both unique and
universal and it has made all death
unique and universal. So Brother
Lemmons has become a pioneer of
sorts like all of us may. Perhaps God
has a desire for us to be pioneers since
our confrontation with death is merely
another step that will show us to be like
So though each one of us approaches
death in the same way knowing and
wondering the essential thing to
remember is that death is available only
to pioneers. Thanks Brother Lem-
mons for showing us your victory.
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