The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 77, No. 54, Ed. 1, Friday, April 21, 1989 Page: 3 of 6
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Friday April 21 1989
"How good and pleasant it is when
brothers live together in unity!"
One ingredient of becom-
ing loving brothers is
sticking together in
times of crisis in
times of celebration and when in
Stephen Shcwmakcr sophomore
and Doug Hush senior both have
attended ACU since their
freshman years. But this year
Shcwmakcr and Hush returned to
Abilene with one extra item each: a
Despite the numerous
possibilities for a family disaster
the two sets of brothers have suc-
ceeded in recognizing their per-
sonal differences and special simi-
larities as they interact daily on a
Steven Miller a friend of the
Shcwmakcr brothers for about
seven years thinks Stephen is
quieter and "more laid back" than
David who "goes out and gets
things." Miller who attended
Dallas Christian High School with
the Shewmaker brothers says the
pair's personalities are very dif-
ferent. Stephen the oldest of three
Shewmaker sons came to ACU as
a freshman last year.
' Stephen says he anticipated his
brother following his tracks to
Abilene because both of their
parents are alumni and the family
has many friends associated with
"Both of us just kind of grew up
coming here" he says.
With David at ACU the
brothers have learned to cooperate
with one another like they did in
high school even when the two
are sharing the same car. "If he
needs a car he has access to it"
says Stephen. "It works out pretty
good because I use it more than he
And living in separate dorms has
almost eliminated the tendency to
share one another's clothes as they
did at home in Rowlctt. But David
says sometimes he joins his brother
to take care of domestic duties.
Doug and Kent Hush
Doug and Kent Hush
would agree that the
relationship is not
unlike their wn in many respects.
Kent is a freshman and Doug
plans to graduate in the spring but
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Stephen and David Shewmaker
"We've washed clothes together
before so that's kind of exciting"
he says sarcastically. David can be
comical frequently but the unde-
niable grin and eyes that squint
with laughter show he isn't
More appealing to the pair than
doing laundry is getting together to
watch a good college football game
As a defensive back for ACU's
football team David has spent
much of his time in workouts. He
says Stephen sometimes watches
the difference in age is not a nega-
tive factor in the relationship.
Doug serving his third year as res-
ident assistant in Mabee Dormito-
ry says Kent was one of the main
reasons he stayed in the dorm.
Doug isn't an RA on his
him during scrimmages and offers
advice about his performance.
David said Stephen's interest in
the ACU football team has kept
the brothers close.
Both agree they "get along bet-
ter" than before arriving at ACU.
"I really didn't know what was go-
ing on at all in his life in high
school" says Stephen. "We both
just kept to ourselves but I can
understand him more now." David
echoes his brother's feelings and
agrees that they don't argue as
much "until summer rolls
brother's hall but Kent says just
living close to him has made his
freshman year a little easier. "It's
helped a lot that I have Doug
here" he says.
And even though Doug says he
"didn't have to push" his brother
But with brothers so close in
age some sibling rivalry is in-
evitable. "They're both very com-
petitive" says Miller. "They
always like to come out on top. I
think they got it from their father
because he's that way."
David says that because both
brothers have busy schedules he
doesn't get to spend as much time
with Stephen as he would like. But
he says some of his most enjoyable
times are when he joins Stephen
and his friends. "I just like going
to come to ACU he seems to have
had some definite influence on
Kent in other ways.
Both brothers are accounting
majors and Kent says Doug advis-
ed him to take a business class in
high school that encouraged both
of them to consider accounting as a
Now that Kent is at ACU he
consults his older brother about
homework problems. "But he
doesn't need my help" laughs
Kent. Both brothers were named
to the Dean's Honor Roll last
semester and Kent recently re-
ceived an Excelling Award from
the College of Business.
"Kent's idol is Doug" says
Michael Boykin a friend of the
Hush's. And "Pretty well every
friend that Doug has Kent has."
Doug and Kent also work in the
Learning Enhancement Center
Doug as a business lab assistant
and Kent as a math tutor. And
when they're not bumping into
each other in the Business Build-
ing or the LEC Doug and Kent
probably won't be too far away
from one another. "If we don't talk
at least 15 minutes a day it's a
weird day" says Doug. The two
try to sit near each other in Cha-
pel and they play basketball on
the same intramural team.
And if they aren't playing
basketball during the week they're
siuing near each other at Baker
out to eat with them and being
crazy" he says.
If the two aren't together
Stephen usually tracks down his
brother sometime during the day.
He looks for David in Chapel and
tends to wonder where his brother
might be if he doesn't find him.
"It's just good to see him" he
In an age when showing concern
and making time for a brother
might be considered old fashioned
Stephen and David would rather
have brotherhood their way.
Heights Church of Christ Sunday
morning. "We just naturally see
each other even if we don't neces-
sarily talk about anything impor-
tant" says Kent.
Boykin says that he doesn't see
many dissimilarities between the
brothers. "They're like twins"
says Boykin who commonly
mistakes Kent's voice for Doug's
when he hears him speak.
The Hush brothers are most
alike when it comes to their sense
of humor Boykin says although
Doug and Kent agree that Doug is
the more outgoing of the two.
"I'm more of an introvert than
he is" says Kent "at least at
first." His reddish hair compared
to Doug's brown hair is about their
only other noticeable difference.
"We do everything a lot alike"
agrees Doug. "It's like we're best
friends pretty much." The two
claim they've always been able to
avoid arguments. "We never really
fought at home either."
And Kent believes he acts the
same toward his brother as he did
during high schoolin Glenwood
Although Doug and Kent have
been in school together just one
year of high school and one year of
college their bond will outlast the
"He's not just a college buddy"
says Doug "He's my brother."
by Julie Stigers
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