The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 78, No. 34, Ed. 1, Wednesday, January 24, 1990 Page: 1 of 6
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Wednesday January 24 1990
UNIV 100 to continue in fall
By Katie Hooten
Members of the faculty voted 8-1 to 26 in
favor of continuing the University 100
program required of all freshmen last
semester at a faculty meeting Friday.
Decisions for the particulars of the
course will be decided later said Dr.
Dwain Hart Dean of the College of Pro-
The class which met Tuesdays during
Chapel was designed to help students ad-
just to college life said Hart who con-
ducted the meeting.
He said the freshman year is a critical
time for students because many of them
are making serious future decisions.
"Wc have a greater responsibility than
We realize to help these students decide
what to do" Hart said.
Other schools offer courses similar to
Unive shy 100 that have had good success
rates said Dr. Jerilyn Pfeifcr vice presi-
dent for academic services. However the
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Candlelights for life
Holding her Infant child Anna Pam Bouchollo with her
husband Dan graduate biblical studies major right medi-
tates during a pro-life candlelight vigil conducted Monday
Pro-life vigil lights night
Night fell on Taylor County Courthouse
as hundreds of pro-life activists gathered
with candles in hand. One by one com-
munity leaders took the microphone to
share a word of prayer a testimony or an
exhortation. The vigil was underway.
Monday night marked the third con-
secutive year for a memorial service in
honor of the aborted fetuses in America.
The Pregnancy Counseling Service a
pro-life pregnancy counseling center
Sponsored the event. Dr. Leonard Allen
president of PCS announced for the event
and opened with a brief prayer.
Allen associate professor of Bible said
he hoped the event would make a power-
ful testimony to God's regard for life. s
"Wc arc here to commemorate the'un-
Students Association Special Activities
Committer chairman Craig Hutchins
resigned Jan. 16 "to spend more time on
his studies" said SA president Wcs
"Being my last semester I have a lot go-
ing on with school and have some outside
tthings on my mind" said Hutchins
senior marketing major from Hurst.
"I felt that I couldn't give special activi-
ties 100 percent" he said.
As committee chairman Hutchins coor-
dinated Beach Bash III the tri-collegc
movie night at the Paramount and Sadie
Hawkins week Smith said.
He said the executive officers chose a
replacement and he will install the new
chairman Wednesday If the senate ap-
proves the new selection.
professors at ACU arc not sure if the con-
tinuation of University 100 should rest
with other colleges' success rates.
Unfortunately University 100 was
plagued with problems from the start. One
of the biggest problems was communica-
tion Hart said.
He said parents and students were un-
aware that the course was required and
that they would be charged for it. He said
the faculty members needed more time to
prepare to teach the class.
The committee appointed to evaluate
University 100 consisted of Dr. Preston
Harper Dr. Jim Mankin Helen Towell
Dr. Nathan Kling and Dr. Robert
The committee members thought they
did not really have enough time to fully
evaluate the course said Dr. Dan White
committee chairman. However White
said they did'talk to students and teachers
and shared their ideas in the four commit-
The committee members said the only
born who will never be born...Wc are
witnesses standing up for the cause of
life" he said.
Prior to the vigil PCS received calls
asking if it was going to be a militant
demonstration in light of the recent abuse
to pro-life activists said PCS Director
"It's not a rally" Cash said. "There's
going to be praying and singing."
Before the introduction of each speaker
Allen asked for a period of silent medita-
tion and reflection for the unborn
Justice of the Peace Sam Motta said in
his experience as a minister he has seen
God's blessings on America deteriorate.
"I have no doubt that God's blessing is
upon us as a nation" Motta said. He said
Christians must examine their hearts and
ask what they are doing to deal with the
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tries to Keep her composure vthlle comedian Cathy Sorbo jokes during the
"We Cain Make You Laugh" game show sponsored by the Students'
Association Saturday night In Cullen Auditorium.
thing they really agreed on was that the
concept of University 100 was good.
Suggestions the committee proposed
wete making the course optional em-
phasizing the students rather than the
course grouping the students according to
their majors or interests grouping all the
freshmen together occasionally to listen to
guest speakers and grading the course.
Ballots used to evaluate the course caus-
ed a great deal of confusion said Merlin
Mann assistant professor of journalism
and mass communication.
Besides asking whether to keep Univer-
sity 100 the ballots also had places to vote
on a one-hour required course that met
twice a week as'a regular class.
To many faculty members voting on
whether the class would continue and
voting on the specifics of the class were
two completely different things.
The committee decided the faculty
members would vote on keeping or
discarding the course and the specifics
would be decided later by a revision com-
noy Cad WtWoOptimitl
night on the steps of the Taylor County Courthouse. Mon-
day marked the 17th anniversary of the landmark Supreme
Court decision in Roe vs. Wade.
problems of America and better a position
Motta told the' crowd to address pro-
blem situations with exhortation never
with a sense of condemnation. The an-
swers are in God himself and Christians
need to seek the Lord together in-
terceding for one another he said.
Since the Supreme Court legalized abor-
tion nationwide in 1973 with the Roe v.
Wade decision an estimated 25 million
babies havc been killed said Mark Lan-
caster pastor of First Church of the
"Abortion is not a birth control
method." Lancaster said "It is God who
has made us and not we ourselves."
Allen said at the end of the vigil "If the
darkness falls the light shines
brighterWhen the candles go out wc
need to be the light."
Pfeifcr who also had input on what the
committee decided said she thinks a Uni-
versity 100 council will be approved by
"The council would present the cost
and specifics of the class to the University
Academic Council" she said.
Dr. George Ewing professor of English
and an instructor of University 100 said
he thought "at times I felt like the stu-
dents should'vc had the concept."
"I hope my class did get something out
of it. I tried to give them $75 worth of
teacher. It may be certain teachers can
teach this class. I am confident I can't"
Dr. Jim Mankin chairman of the
Department of Undergraduate Bible and
Ministry also taught the course. He said
the professors he talked to had varying
opinions of the course but he approved of
"I think it is something everyone
needs" he said.
Dee Ann Harper 18 died in Humana
Hospital Tuesday afternoon after a two-
car accident on Loop 322.
Harper elementary education major
from Abilene was the freshman class sec-
retary and a member of Southern Hills
Church of Christ.
She was a 1989 graduate of Wylie High
Harper is survived by her parents Dr.
brother John Robert Harper senior
management major from Abilene
Dee Ann Harper
The Inter-Social Club Council con-
ducted its first all-club mixer Sunday at
8:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre.
The evening featured a talent show and
the ISCC's version of the television show
"The Dating Game."
Eight clubs entered acts in the talent
Each club selected its most eligible
bachelor or bachelorctte tq be a contestant
in the dating game's panel. Contestants in-
terviewed the panel and selected a date
based upon the responses.
The contestants on the women's panel
were Gaylynn Wells Laura Gist Sabrina
Boren Melissa Busc and Amy Ellis.
Scott Cheek junior biology major from
Piano chose Ellis Delta Theta panel rep-
resentative to be his date.
The second panel included Ben Warren
Chris Doggett James Jennings Chad
Mullins Cory Mullins Richard Bain and
Jennings Trojans panel representative
was chosen by Wendy Clayton senior bi-
ology major from South Bend Ind.
"I thought the mixer was an'overall suc-
cess" said Matt Duncan ISCC President.
"I would like to apologize however to
the people that might have been ofiended
by some of the responses that may not
have been appropriate" said Duncan
senior human communication major from
"Our main purpose in organizing this
mixer was so the clubs would realize how
much fun they could have when they all
got together" Duncan said.
Theatre p. 6
The play "Cyrano de Bergerac"
adapted by Dr. Lewis Fulks opens
Thursday for three weekends.
Basketball p. 4
Men's and women's basketball
teams went one for four in games
against Texas A&I and East Texas
Field Work p. 3
Missionary Keith Gafner meets the
physical as well as the spiritual needs
of the African people.
Drug cartel plots
to ambush Bush
NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. in-
telligence has received reports that
drug cartel members are plotting to
shoot down Air Force One when
President Bush flies to Colombia for a
drug summit next month according
to news reports.
CBS reported Monday the Secret
Service was checking the reports that
the drug lords were smuggling SA-7
shoulder-fired anti-aircraft: 'missiles in-
to Colombia for an attempt to shoot
down the nlanc.
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ENTERPRISE Ala. (AP) - FBI
agents investigating the' mail-bomb
ings that killed a federal judge and a
civil rights lawyer searched the
salvage business and hpmc of a man
who lost an appeal before a panel that
included the slain judge.
A published report Tuesday in-
dicated the agents may have been
looking for a typewriter used in letters
from the bomber. A relative pf the
man whose property was searched
said FBI agents asked family members
about an old typewriter but the
agents did not tell them why.
Soviet troops kill
to put out revolt
MOSCOW (AP) - Strife-torn
Azerbaijan was tense Tuesday after
rebellious lawmakers threatened to
secede unless Moscow withdraws its
troops and two soldiers were reported
killed as the occupying forces came
under renewed fire.
The KGB Tuesday described the
southern republic where Soviet
troops have killed dozens of people in
trying to put down" a nationalist
revolt as being on "the edge of the
Hopes for an end to the bloodshed
arose on Monday as Communist lead-
ers from Armenia and Azerbaijan
aereed to withdraw armed groups
from along the republics' border and
end clashes between thousands of
heavily armed militants.
Rallies niark date
of abortion ruling
WASHINGTON (AP) - President
Bush assured 73000 abortion oppo-
nents marching in the nation's capital
he was their ally and demonstrators
on both sides held rallies around the
country on the 17th anniversary of
Roe vs. Wade.
In a telephone hookup to
demonstrators across from the White
House Bush spoke Monday "of the
self-evident moral superiority of adop-
tion over abortion" and said he op-
posed the 1973 Supreme Court ruling
tt it legalized abortion.
The Optimist apologizes for repoi
ting in the Friday edition in the
Campus Calendar that the Lec-
tureship chorus performed Friday
night and the Lectureship jazz
ensemble jwrformed Sunday night
The Lectureship chorus and jazz
ensemble jjjjl perform Feb; J 9 and
Feb. 21 respectively.
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