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Volumo 77 Number 54 Pago 2
Friday April 21 1989
SA should be Christian first
To the Editor
As a close follower of the Darren Duvall "scam" I was very upset
with some letters and an editorial in the April 19 issue of the Optimist.
They did a terrible job of representing the students.
The responsibility of senators and executive officers is first to act as
Christians and do what is morally and ethically right and second to
represent the students. In the Senate meeting on April 17 the senators
had two choices: either forgive Duvall for violating the election policy
or uphold section 1 (i) of the policy for 1989 elections. This is the real
issue. Whether the senators sided one way or the other I applaud the
job that all the senators have done. They have stood as young Christian
men and women with integrity and moral and ethical values.
Election Committee member
Senior political science major
Elvis reaches from beyond
To the Editor
It's amazing that Elvis has been dead for 12 years yet he still reaches
out from the grave and affects our lives in ways we could never expect.
Take the Students' Association election for instance. Who could have
imagined that for a mere $37.50 Elvis would have caused such a panic
and uproar at ACU? Who could have imagined that one appearance by
Elvis would have caused such a wide margin at the polls? Who would
have guessed that the SA would step on the "King's" blue suede shoes?
As America has named Elvis the ''King of rock'n'roll" the student
body has named Darren Duvall president of the SA.
Elvis has spoken and so have we.
Junior public relations major
Junior radioTV major
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Senior human communication major
Duvall: remember my goals
To the Editor
Despite my best efforts to remain so I will not be your Students'
Association president next year. I wanted very much to represent you to
the Board of Trustees the administration and the community but I
made a mistake. My intention never was to break the rules but unfor-
tunately I found myself over the prescribed budget. No matter my in-
tentions the rules were broken and according to the rules of the con-
stitution I cannot run again. Game over as it were.
In my last semiofficial act as your quasi-SA president I would ask
three things from the students:
First be sure the constitution is rewritten to avoid gray areas and
loopholes which close I have found without warning. Questionable
rules properly enforced can be used to override student wishes. Make
a solid student-oriented constitution that will let the students have a
say about things that are this important.
Second don't forget the fact that to borrow a line from another ex-
president for 'one brief shining moment' 120 people cared enough
about something on the Senate floor to be there and shake the ivory
tower. If you keep doing that and vote based on who represents you
best then things will have to change. Too bad it had to come to some-
thing like this to get rid of student apathy but if all it costs is my
presidency then I'd trade it in a minute for a student body that is inter-
ested and takes pan in student government. That was what I was after
in the first place.
Third pick up the banners where I left off and don't quit until you
as a student body are getting what you want from the S A. I'd like to be-
lieve that you chose me as president because you liked my views on
things like executive tuition students on the Board balanced SA activi-
ties pride in the school and representation on the SA. Let whoever
becomes president know these are still things you are interested in and
want to see addressed.
Thanks to all the people who gave me cards hugs handshakes and
support through this whole shameful ordeal. You made it a whole lot
easier. Forgive me for causing this mess because it is my fault and if
you are hacked at Senate forgive them as completely as you do me. I
wish the next SA president significantly better luck and I wish the stu-
dent body a fun involved year with SA.
Keep the faithl
Senior biology major
SA projects go unnoticed
To the Editor
During the last seven months the Students' Association has brought
two fabulous concerts and other super activities while receiving little
After April 17 it seems 18 members of the Senate of which I am
part have finally received the notice they've wanted all year. However
it's the type of notice we are very undeserving of.
When we as Senate officers were elected we came in with the
understanding that our first duty was to uphold the constitution
Last Monday that understanding played a very important part in the
dismissal of Darren Duvall but not without the attendance of some ISO
concerned students. Now the air is full of strife and dissension.
The decision we have made is final. I apologize if my vote has caused
anyone pain and suffering but it was integrity that made my vote. I
Corinthians 13 says "love keeps no record of wrongs." Let's please put
all this behind and come back together as Christians and friends.
Freshman vice president
Senate plans ignore Band
To the Editor
The ACU Band plans its concerts at least a year in advance in order
to prevent scheduling conflicts between the band and other campus
organizations. One of the band's scheduled concerts was conducted
The Students Association planned a concert featuring Restless Heart
on the same date. Whether the person in charge of scheduling this con-
cert for the SA simply did not check to make sure that this date was
free orjust did not care that the band already had a concert scheduled
for this date is not clear. The fact remains the scheduling conflict has
justifiably upset many members of the band. Not only did the Restless
Heart concert potentially draw people away from the band concert but
band members who would like to have seen Restless Heart in concert
obviously did not get a chance to do so because of their commitments to
This recent lack of respect for band members and their performances
is appalling especially because it stems from a source such as the SA
an organization dedicated to serving the students of ACU of which the
band members comprise a large majority. Having musical groups which
are as renowned as Restless Heart scheduled to perform at ACU is nice
but it would seem logical that in the future such concerts be conducted
at times when other activities are not scheduled.
Senior secondary education major
SA needs judicial system
To the Editor
We arc beset by a constitutional nightmare. Duvall or not Duvall?
That has been the question. But whose job is it to decide these constitu-
tional issues? The judicial branch right? Wrong. No official judicial
Is there nothing to check the power of the Senate and the executive
officers? If not constitutional abuse is not merely possible but virtually
inevitable. The founding fathers of the United States knew that even
good men given the opportunity and enough time would abuse un-
checked power. So they created a judicial branch to keep Congress and
the president in line.
The first job of next year's Senate should be to establish a judicial
branch when the constitution is overhauled. I suggest it be comprised
of three students and two teachers preferably ones knowledgeable con-
cerning matters of government.
Until that time I suggest something radical: that the administration
be given the job of interpreting this sticky constitutional mess. They're
the only ones without a conflict of interest.
Senior news-editorial major
Duvall has student support
To the Editor
The students' best interests were not in mind during the recent
"Chinese fire drill" that has occured in the Students' Association office
this week. Being a graduate student I basically am not aflected by the
SA so I can give an objective point of view.
Duvall did not win the election by exceeding $100 in campaign spen-
ding. He could have won that election just on the fact that he ran last
year. Duvall was elected by the students to be their president to rep-
resent them. It does not take a brain surgeon to realize how good of a
president Duvall would be. He received 515 votes in the original elec-
tion and he had more than 100 people at the Senate meeting voicing
their support for him. The Senate meetings this year have not tallied a
total of more than 100 spectators combined. Putting these facts
together you could imagine what kind of student support Duvall would
have next yc4r as SA president.
It appears to me tjiat our illustrious SA president does not have the
students' interests ill mind. Why should he if he is going to graduate?
This election may not affect me but it does affect my brother who will
be a student here next year.
If the students want Duvall as their president they should write him
in on the ballot in the special election. The SA has to count the vote or
the election is invalid.
Graduate human communication major
Editor's Note: The election policy passed Wednesday for Mon-
day's special election states "There will be no write-in can-
didates." SA handles meeting well
To the Editor
I would like to commend the Student's Association for the way they
handled their open meeting Monday. Each senate member voted what
they believed to be right stood by what they believed and behaved in
an extremely Christian manner. They voted not because of the peer
pressure of a demanding audience or against Darren personally but the
SA voted on what they trulybelieved in their own hearts would uphold
the constitution of the SA. The way they voted could have been and
. may be detrimental to their reputation and may result in losing friends.
I don't understand or comprehend how the SA doesn't get much
credit or recognition for all its hard work and when the members make
a decision and stand by what they believed the constitution stood for
they get mistreated by the students and immediately hated. These 38
students have met once a week and worked at their office hours dili-
gently plus they are at every special activity which takes time out of
their lives. They also met Saturday for an hour and a half simply
because they were asked to be there. They were by no means required
to take time out of their weekend.
We should take a look at our own Christian attitudes and re-examine
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the way we treat people. No matter how each member voted I believe
they voted the way they believed was Christian and tried to abide by
the rules. We should stand behind and support our SA when upholding
the morals of this school. After all we did vote them into the SA.
Senior psychology major
Senate must be role model
To the Editor .
In the case of the recent Students' Association election "scandal
concerning the petty $30 or less excess that Darren Duvall violated
let's focus our attention on the question: Are our SA members repre-
senting us as role models?
These trusted people have been elected to serve our student body and
uphold Christian values. One member of the S A has been seen in the
past year on several occasions violating school rules specifically drink-
By attending ACU we are "silently" pledging to uphold school rules
and Christian values. We realize as Christians we all sin and continual-
ly make mistakes. We are not writing this to be hypocrites but we are
saying that members of the S A are making a statement and moral
obligation when they choose to represent this school. If they make such
a big deal out of the students' own money wouldn't it be a scandal to
make a big deal out of affecting students' lives?
Junior marketing major
Junior communication disorders major
Bean diners unthoughtful
To the Editor
I have been somewhat concerned with the insensitivity of the students
who dine in the cafeteria. I am addressing these students as a whole of
course. Some of us however set an exemplary example but my moun-
ting concern is for the students who are apparently "disabled" when it
comes to "bussing" their own trays.
This incongruity does indeed reflect on the student body as a whole
especially this year's freshman class. I acknowledge this as a valid
and unequivocal statement. The "disabled" masses are many instances
the freshmen. It's a sad and disheartening scene to behold. They the
freshmen along with others are net contented only with theif lack
of responsibility and maturity but they gencrall are crude when it
comes to the workers who try to "keep-up" with these students.
The worst part of this heinousness is the fact that it is occurring on a
Christian campus where a focus of caring and excelling are
to be the foremost aspects thereof. The word missing in the former
sentence is also what these irresponsible students seem to be missing
Once again I am addressing mainly the freshman class but for those
of you who are in this class and take care of your dining paraphernalia
I commend you and your Christian values.
Sophomore business administration major
Coverage of library helpful
To the Editor
Thank you for the good coverage the Optimist has given library issues
this school year. The editorial calling for more financial support for the
library on Feb. 7 the interviews with students who mentioned the need
to improve library holdings on Feb. 17 the editorial reminding stu-
dents of the need for a quieter library on Nov. 1 1 and now Amanda
Appleton's fine "in-depth" article on March 31 concerning the library's
overall quality all were pertinent and help to call attention to a sometimes-overlooked
I do want to clarify one aspect of the March 3 1 article. Amanda
quotes statistics showing ACU third in the state in number of titles
held and fourth in number of titles added per year. These figures are
from tables comparing only private four-year institutions. Perhaps that
was obvious from the specific references made to such schools as Rice
Baylor and Trinity; perhaps not. It is better to remove any doubt.
I think ACU faculty and students have some blessings to count when
they look at this library but it's also true some shortcomings cry out to
be remedied. We appreciate the assistance of the Optimist staffand all
others who are interested in a better library for ACU.
Director of the Brown Library
Students must monitor SA
To the Editor
As Walter Kelly said through his cartoon character Potto. "We have
met the enemy and they is us."
When I ran for senator last year I brought in a petition missing two
signatures and asked what to do. Two current Senate members offered
to forge signatures and proceeded to do so despite my objections. I
came back and talked to another Senate member who gave me 10 extra
minutes to collect signatures. I did collect those plus two to make up
for the fake ones. At the time I thought that was enough. I no longer
We could get into other important issues: Mike Carr's voting in
Monday's 18-14 decision the use of Senate members in the ballot col-
lection (again) and the conflicts of interest presented by club and fami-
ly ties within the school.
But our worst problem is our unwillingness to police ourselves. Our
own immature attitude toward taking responsibility for the direction of
our own campus life constantly is reflected by our behavior in elections
clubs school and Chapel.
I do it too. I could have withdrawn my petition or refused the 10-
minute extension no one else got. Instead I told myself I had two real
signatures to replace the fake ones convinced myself that justified the
extra time and breathed a deep sigh of relief when I didn't win.
We need more than just strong rules. We need strong senators who
won't look the other way. We need strong candidates who police their
own campaigns. We need strong students who won't dismiss these
complaints as "petty and tacky or as technicalities less major than
bribing voters or fixing ballots.
Two of this year's presidential candidates ran last year and I chose
both at the time. My confidence in each has been shaken by the whole
mess as has my faith in others I chose for the Senate. I am most disap-
pointed though in myself and the others who have created an at-
mosphere in which we don't speak until spoken to. The people who lay
themselves out as silent doormats are as guilty as those who walk on
We're our own worst enemies.
Senior English major
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