The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 78, No. 31, Ed. 1, Friday, January 12, 1990 Page: 1 of 6
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Abilene Christian University
Volume 78 Number 31
New absence policy in
By Wendy Werkholicr
Wednesday Copy Editor
A new university-wide attendance policy
has been implemented for the spring
semester to deal with attendance pro-
blems said Dr. Royce Money vice presi-
dent and provost. '
"No university-wide policy existed be-
ore and each professor was free to decide
lis own policy" Money said.
A policy enacted by Dr. C.G. Gray
when be was provost attempted to deal
with the problems but enforcement was
not consistent and the policy was unsuc-
cessful. "At the heart of this is wHat to do whh
absences of students who are representing
the University" Money said. He mention-
ed students who participate in athletics
rmisic livestock judging and other activi-
ties. Money said the policy is an experiment
On the campaign trail
State Treasurer Ann Richards speaks to
Taylor County Courthouse Wednesday
Lectureship to focus on Luke
By Wendy Werkhelser
Wednesday Copy Editor
Speakers at the 72nd Bible Lectureship
will focus on & specific book of the Bible
Luke for the first time in the Lec-
tureship's history said Dr. Carl Brcchcen
Brcchcen said theme lecturers and class
instructors will explore the theme "Luke:
A Gospel for the World" by drawing
rom the text to discuss problems facing
the Church of Christ today during the
Lectureship Feb. 18-21.
'.He said each Lectureship theme in the
past has been a specific topic with lectures
and classes drawn from various books in
the Bible rather than one book.
The nine theme lectures the biblical
forum the 2 p.m. lectures each day and
one men's and one women's class have
been compiled in a book which will be
available for purchase at Lectureship.
Brecheen said Lectureship books have
been printed for nearly every Lectureship
in ACU's history.
Brecheen said this year's Lectureship
will offer many lectures and classes of in
Bogle vacates position
as SA class senator
.Editor In Chief
A general election for sophomore class
Senator will be conducted Tuesday to
replace Amber Bogle sophomore business
administration major from Fort Worth
who did not return to school after the
The election will be conducted from
11:30-5 p.m. in the ticket window of
McGlothlin Campus Center.
"It was a surprise to all of us" said Wcs
Smith Students' Association president
about Bogle not returning.
Sophomores interested in running for
.the open position of sophomore class
Senator can pick up petitions in the SA of-
fice said Smith senior art major from
Candidates must turn the petitions in
for the spring semester. It will' be review-
ed by the faculty and administration at the
end of the semester and a decision will be
made at that time regarding whether the
policy will remain as it is be revised or be
.eliminated he said
All students should receive a copy of the
policy by Friday Money said
The policy states that students par-
ticipating in school activities will not be
penalized for activity-related absences if
the students meet each of five provisions.
First the activity must be ''approved by
the Vice President for Academic Affairs or
his designated deputy as an activity requir-
ing students to miss class meetings on
Second the student must be ''officially
designated by the director of the activity
as a member of the group required to miss
Third the student must report to the
teacher before missing the class "to pro
supporters at the
during a stop in
called for economic
terest to students including the theme lec-
tures classes on angels and on the Holy
Spirit and a session called "Reading the
Bible Through Third-World Byes."
He said he selects a group of theme
topics for lecturers to choose for their ses-
sion according to what their interests are.
"Almost every year two or three of them
will come up with their own topics. I give
them some leeway" Brecheen said
Classes ere geared to whatever the
teachers are especially interested or
knowledgeable in he said.
Dr. Jim Mankin chairman of the
Department of Undergraduate Bible and
Ministry will be a theme lecturer opening
night. He will speak on "The Rich Fool"
at 7:30 Feb. 18 in Moody Coliseum.
"The Gospel of Luke is perhaps the
most beautiful account of the life of Jesus.
We believe it's the only book written by a
Gentile. Luke talks more about non-Jews
women Samaritans" he said.
Mankin said he has attended Lec-
tureships since 1959. He taught a class in
1961 and was a theme lecturer in 1985.
He said he is excited about the chance to
address the audience in Moody.
with 100 signatures and I.D. numbers of
other sophomores by 5 p.m. Monday.
"I'm having to stay home because I
didn't meet my parent's stipulation on my
grades" Bogle said.
She said it was not because of any grade
requirement of ACU. "I was not kicked
out from ACU and I want everyone to
Her parents wanted her to regroup and
realize why she is at ACU Bogle said.
She said she will return in the fall and
will run for an SA office.
Bogle said she and her parents (ire com-
pletely happy with ACU but because they
are paying her full tuition they decided
that Bogle should put out more effort.
She said the withdrawal from school is
not punishment but just time for her to
think about her studies apd how she will
improve next year. '
vide evidence that the conditions above
have been met and to arrange to make up
the work in a way and at a time acceptable
to the teacher."
Fourth the student must not have "al-
ready missed 20 percent ojnore of the
total meetings of the class (usually 9
MWF meetings 6 TTh meetings or 3
meetings of a one-day-per-weck class);
misses should include both regular
absences and misses permitted under this
And fifth the student gnust have
"satisfactorily made up thcaftiissed work
within the time limit and' in the way
agreed Upon by the student and the teach-
er" under the third provision
The policy was developed by the Deans
Council which is composed of the deans
of the five colleges and the University
Academic Council which isxomposcd of
faculty members he said. 1
Money said students who violate some
a Democratic candidate for governor
growth and reforms in education.
"I used to dream about having the
chance to speak to this size of an au-
dience" he said. "And you talk about
fabulous singing five to six thousand
people together. It's a great gathering of
Two other lectures also will be offered
opening night. Dr. Adron Doran of Lex-
ington Ky. will speak on "Fishers of
Men" in the Hillcrcst Church of Christ
Auditorium Dr. Frank Pack of Malibu
Calif. will discuss "The Waiting Father"
in the University Church of Christ
"People have choices opening night. It's
kind of an exciting thing'' Mankin said.
He said he appreciates all the work
Brecheen doe? for Lectureship.
"Dr. Carl Brecheen has done such a
great job with this. You know he's been
Lectureship director for over 20 years"
Brcchcen said the 1990 Lectureship will
be his 21st. He began in 1970 as the assis-
tant to J.D. Thomas and took over the
directorship in 1971.
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Todd Forrester freshman marketing major frorrt Edmond Okla makes the
climb to the third floor of the Administration Building before class Monday.
portion of the policy will be able to appeal
to the dean of their college for review of
"We like to have a standard rule but can
deal with exceptions on an individual
basis" he f aid.
Money said he hopes "students see this
as something beneficial to everybody not
Shcrie Morgan junior music education
major from Roxbury N.J. and a member
of Concert Chorale and Symphonic Band
said the policy "seems fair as long as the
student doesn t get penalized if the person
in charge of the trip doesn't do his share
like putting his name on the list of people
going ori the trip."
Dr. Carley Dodd chairman of the
Communication Department said he
thinks the policy is very reasonable. He
said the limit of absences 20 percent of
the total class meetings is good and the
policy allows for work to be'made up.
By Mallisa Endsley
Wednesday News Editor
Dr. Daniel Brannan assistant professor of
biology received a $25000 Cottrcll Col-
lege Science Grant from Research Corp.
to study enzyme activity in a bacterium
that he discovered and named.
Brannan will research the enzyme
ribulose-1 5-bisphnsphate carboxylase (or
RuBisCo) in the bacterium Thermothrix
RuBisCo is the "key carbon dioxide-
fixing enzyme in the universe" rcsponsi-
Thermothrix thiopara which literally
means "hot hair that loves sulfur" is'
ptentiful in the hot springs of New Mex-
ico and Yellowstone National Park
Although the enzyme has the same func-
tion in all organisms containing it
RuBisCo operates at a higher temperature
in Thermothrix thiopara he said.
Brannan said he docs not know yet the
full practical value of this research project
but he said the ability to synthesize carbon
dioxide quicker at a higher temperature
could be useful.
ACU received the first $12500 install-
ment of the grant Jan. 2 and Brannan is
determining whether the project's budget
can accommodate salaries for two or three
undergraduate science majors to par-
ticipate. Participation in research funded by the
Cottrcll College Science Grants has en-
couraged and inspired many students to
follow careers in science according to a
letter to President William J. Teague from
John P. Scha'efcr president of Research
"An emerging shortage of U.S. scien-
tists threatens the vitality and future of
science education and research" Schaefcr
wrote. "These grants made to both public
and private predominantly undei graduate
schools have been expanded in the hope
that this will help to alleviate the short-
age." Brannan said he never would have
chosen the field of microbiology if a pro-
fessor had not asked him to participate in
a research project his senior year of col-
lege. He said he will collaborate with Ohio
State University learning information
from experts there to teach to his under-
graduate assistants here.
Brannan said he has been told he also
will receive an $18000 sub-contract from
the Department of Energy to study Ther-
mothrix thiopara in ridding coal of sulfur.
Sociology Club p. 5
A new club has been formed to ac-
quaint students with sociology in the
Religion p. 3
Modern Samaritans are trapped in a
religious war while church and state
battle at home.
Basketball p. 4
Men's and women's basketball
teams drop Lone Star Conference
openers against Angelo State.
AT&T sues MCI
for deceptive ads
NEW YORK (AP) - American
Telephone & Telegraph Co. sued
rival MCI Communications Corp. for
allegedly stealing thousands of its
long-distance customers with decep-
tive telemarketing practices.
The suit filed Wednesday in U.fi.
District Court in Newark N.J. said
MCI and its telemarketing agent Pi-
oneer Telctcchnologies of Sergeant
BlufT Iowa sometimes lied to AT&T
customers or switched customers'
long-distance phone services withbut
their consent a claim MCI strongly
w m.5v.u jjirtnugs ajjj sccKs an
unspecified amount of damages.' ''- "
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Bexar
County Courthouse janitors almost
threw out a murder case when they
threw out some of the evidence with
trash they found in a courtroom.
Defense lawyer Dan McCauley
who represents Andres A. Medrano
who is accused of beating his wife to
death asked for a mistrial Wednesday
after it was determined that some of
the prosecution's evidence was miss-
ing. District Judge Sharon MacRae
eventually ruled against the mistrial
and allowed the trial to continue but
not before the testimony in the case
turned from crime to trash collection.
Prosecutors had shown jurors the
clothing Marjorie Medrano 46 was
wearing Sept. 10 1988 when she was
slain. The evidence was then placed
in brown paper bags and left over-
night in the courtroom.
Maria Carmen Castro a courthouse
janitor testified that she told another
cleaning woman to dispose of the
trash in the courtroom including the
contents of the brown paper bags.
Other janitors then detailed for the
court how bags of trash were taken
outside the courthouse and put into a
trash bin for transportation to the
MEXICO CITY (AP) - The por-
trayal of Mexican law enforcement in
the NBC miniseries "Drug Wars"
was unfair and statements following
the broadcast that drug corruption is
entrenched in Mexico are inaccurate
the government says.
"President Carlos Salinas de Gor-
tari considers the fight against drugs a
national priority" Mexico's Foreign
Ministry said in a statement Wednes-
day. The television miniseries a
dramatization of the 1985 slaying jn
Mexico of U.S. Drug Enforcement
Administration agent Enrique
Car .arena was broadcast Sunday
through Tuesday nights
Lloyd Siegel executive producer
for special broadcasts at NBC News
said the Mexican Embassy in
Washington had declined to have a
representative interviewed for one of
the 15-minute news segments that
followed the program each night
Nonetheless Siegel said (Mexico's
efforts to combat drug trafficking
especially in the last year were prais-
ed in other interviews and the net
work's reporting was accurate.
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