The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 88, No. 23, Ed. 1, Wednesday, November 10, 1999 Page: 1 of 8
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Abilene Christian University Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
November 10 1999 Volume 88 Issue No. 23
Things to do
in Abilene page 3
Cards can bury students
College students are bombarded with
credit card applications.
Credit card debt is a nationwide prob-
lem for college students and many
administrations have forbidden on-cam-pus
solicitation according to several
Many ACU students own credit cards
but some say a certain maturity Is needed
to use the cards responsibly.
The average undergraduate reportedly
has about $1800 In credit card debt and
about one-fifth of students owns four
cards or more.
The common attraction foe students
seems to be convenience.
Emily Chaffin freshman pre-major from
Warren Mich. said she frequently uses
her credit card because it is easier than
carrying cash and it delays payment.
Chaffin said she pays the card's balance
monthly but the danger arises when stu-
dents don't keep track of thelf spending.
Students who budget and spend less
than their limits allow will have no
trouble with debt Chaffin said. She
said the credit card marketers who set
up Inthe Campus Center do not always
explain what owning a card entails
"It looks so easy" she said. "Students
don't think they'll go In debt but I think
the people selling them do; they know
how irresponsible people can be."
Administrators across the country agree.
More than 300 colleges and universities
have banned credit card marketing on
campus and about 140 more will do the
same by the fall of 2000 according to
Some students seem to be aware of
credit card solicitation problems on
Laura Sadler junior English major
from Abilene said many marketers tar
get college students to take advantage
of their inexperience.
Sadler said credit cards are easy to use
for everyday services like pumping gas.
She said this convenience leads to trouble
for many students.
"If you don't have all your money you
can pay It later but many students don't
realize how the Interest adds up" she
Students should keep personal limits in
mind when they decide whether to own
credit cards Sadler said.
"You just have to make a promise to
yourself that you're not going to go crazy
on a $300 shopping spree" she said.
Bradley Gilbert junior marketing man-
agement major from Granbury said cred-
it card marketing should be allowed on
campus but students should be aware
that they need to stay responsible.
He said "I think some of them can be
suckered into something they don't know
Actions serve louder
through acts worship
'Not all of them could speak the language
but they could dig. And paint. And play with kids
The 14 students and three facul-
ty members who spent last week-
end in Piedras Neeras. Mexico
found that speaking was not the
only way to communicate.
"We were able to communi-
cate love and joy and friend-
ship" said Jan Meyer coordina-
tor of educational development.
"We were able to share our
labor and our food. We were
able to pray and worship
together even though we speak
A group of students who
worked at Leadership Camps
last summer spent last weekend
working with the Vida Nueva
(New Life) Ministries in Piedras
The tnp was organized by Lizzie
Blucker senior social work major
from Denton and Jason Pahules
senior integrated marketing com-
munication major from Houston
with the help of Meyer and Bob
Strader director of Leadership
Blucker worked with Vida
Nueva as an intern during the
fall of '98 which spurred the
weekend mission effort.
"While Lizzie served as an
intern there last year many of
her ACU friends wanted to visit
and see what she was doing"
Meyer said. "When Bob Strader
heard what the ministries were
about and how visiting groups
could help them he organized a
mission trip. This year we
repeated the experience because
it was such a great experience
for those who went last year."
Other than car troubles occur-
ring on Friday before the group
left town the trip had relatively
few problems this year Pahules
"All in all though one word:
textbook" Pahules said. "Noth-
ing went wrong and everything
went right. How often does that
happen on trips?"
While in Piedras Negras the
group spent time worshiping
with the youth group painting
digging and leading activities for
the children who lived in the
"I hope that they saw God
through us and I believe they
know how much people want to
help them" said Emily Camp-
bell senior social work major
from Holliday. "I think they
affected us more than the other
way around. They are great peo-
Ele who believe in the work God
as for them."
Blucker said this kind of work is
what fuels Vida Nueva Ministries.
"One of the reasons VNM
exists is because of the prayers
and support of groups that go
down to work" Blucker said. "I
Please see Mexico page 8
Story by Wendy Waller
Kelly Akens senior English major from Abilene and Darin Campbell speech and
student success instructor move dirt as they work to level land for the Vida
Nueva Ministries (New Life) in Piedras Negras Mexico. Fourteen students and
three faculty members worked in Mexico last weekend.
Student laptops experiment successful so far
Fourteen students have been
using laptop computers on loan
from ACU this semester.
The laptops were issued for free in
August to all the students in a ran-
domly chosen learning community.
A learning community Is a group
of incoming freshmen who take
certain classes together. Students
using the laptops are taking their
freshman English communication
and Bible classes together.
The students were issued the
laptops from ACU on an experi-
This is kind "of a pilot program for
laptops" said Sherry Rankin Eng-
lish instructor for the students using
the computers. "ACU wanted to see
what kind' of feedback they would
get from students using them."
Students who were issued the
laptops say the computers have
"I think they've helped me" said
ana Sloan freshman broadcast
ournalism major from Wood-
ands. "We use the laptops
nstead of blue books when we
write in-class essays in English. I
New model laptops similar to
the ones the students are using
can cost anywhere from $2000-
3000. If the students return the
laptops with any kind of damage
they are only required to pay $100
because of an insurance policy
supplied by the university.
Both public and private schools
across the country have been
implementing laptop programs for
the last 3-4 years.
School officials have said the
generation of students now in
middle and high school needs to
learn how to use technology like
laptops to be competitive in
todayfc marketplace according to
a recently published article in The
Officials also said many students
of these programs some of which
are sponsored by computer com-
panies like Microsoft and Toshiba
nave shown major academic
1 TURKEY H
The students who trav-
eled to Turkey will pre-J
sent the video from their
trip and answer questions
after Chapel Wednesday J
' in the Hilton Room.
See page 6 for a column
from Turkey native Doga
The Balkan Summit was con-
ducted on campus Friday and
Saturday to Increase missionary
efforts in the Balkan region.
The summit began Friday as Dr.
Royce Money ACU president
"We need to display the Lord-
ship of Jesus Christ and spread
the Gospel across the world"
Money said during the welcome
Along with Money Jack Reese
dean of the College of Biblical
Studies also welcomed the sum-
"It is good to see people looking
for ways to serve the Lord cross-
culturally" Reese said during the
On Friday sessions about
"Balkan History" were given by
Mladen Jovanovic an evangelist
from Zagreb Croatia.
Along with Jovanovic Dr. Jeff
Childers associate professor of
undergraduate Bible and min-
istry spoke Friday about "Beliefs
and Practices of the Orthodox
Dr. Prentice Meador pulpit
minister of the Prestoncrest
Church of Christ in Dallas and
assistant secretary of the Board of
Trustees was the second speaker
Friday afternoon about "The
Challenge of the Balkans."
"The challenge of the Balkans is
to see the Balkans...in the terms of
the cosmic love of God" Meadors
On Saturday Dr. Sonny Guild
instructor of Bible at ACU spoke
on "Recruiting and Training Mis-
sion Teams." Sessions about
Yugoslavia church involvement
and panel discussions were also
"The war in Kosovo was the
inspiration of this event" said
Joy Crouch co-chairman of the
summit and missionary. "The
UN and troops were not solving
the problems to the fullest
extent. The good news of Jesus
Christ could only do that"
Crouch spent most of the last
10 years of her life doing mission
work in Zagreb and a total of 30
years in Croatia as a missionary.
A great deal of planning went
Into this event Crouch said. The
summit was being planned since
last April when the Kosovo situa-
tion first started to evolve.
"I don't think that people realize
the ethnic tensions and unrea-
sonable hatred in the Balkan
area" Crouch said. "God is defi-
nitely needed there."
Please see Balkans page 8
KACtJ pledge drive earns campus station $29355
Workers and listeners of KACU-FM
rejoiced Thursday as the fall pledge drive
ended with its goal exceeded.
The 10000-watt community station
began the pledge drive on Oct. 23 and
raised $29355 surpassing its goal of
The success of the pledge drive will keep
the non-profit broadcast station on the air.
KACU is g part of National Public Radio
and although the university covers part of
the expenses money must be raised to fund
the remaining expenses each semester.
The money raised during the pledge
drive will cover dues to NPR student-staff
paychecks and the electric bill.
Celia Danforth development director at
KACU said In comparison to last springs
pledge drive the station did well.
The workers involved in the pledge drive
show their appreciation for any size of
donation given by an individual with a gift
"The individuals who donate money to
the station usually receive a coffee mug as
a thank-you gift" Danfdrth said.
Listeners as well as KACU staff and mem-
bers of the Abilene community talked
about their appreciation of the station.
Michael Hagerty junior journalism
major from Devine works as a radio
announcer for KACU. Hagerty said the
pledge drives often create a fun atmos-
phere at the station.
"We get free food and a lot of local
celebnties come In like Bob Bartlett from
KTAB and Dr. Royce Money" Hagerty said.
Hagerty said he worked the last day of the
pledge drive and enjoyed the suspense of
not. knowing whether they would reach
Jon Adams senior architectural graphics
major from The Woodlands said he Is
thankful for the success of the pledge drive.
Adams said he enjoys listening to KACU on
Sunday mornings on the way to church
"I love listening to the gospel music" he
said. "I find it really inspirational."
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