The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 88, No. 29, Ed. 1, Friday, January 14, 2000 Page: 1 of 6
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AllUKE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
ACU BOX 29208
ABILENE TEXAS 79699
Sports: Kiser's contract not renewed athletics to name new coach next week ACCENT i
Abilene Christian University Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
January 14 2000 Volume 88 Issue No. 29
Professors' New Year hymn
performed in Rome page 3
Recruiter raising African-American interest
ACU began an approach to recruiting
African-American students this year that
has resulted in more applications to the
university than ever before.
Aaron Ashford associate director of
admissions recruits students from about
35 predominantly African-American
churches across the state whereas other
recruiters work around one metropolitan
"It's proving very effective they're get-
ting the effort shown to them that hasn't
been shown in the past" Ashford said.
"A little over a year ago we recognized
there needed to be an increase of the
percentage of minority students on
Mark Lavender director of recruiting
said this method has been effective By
December more African-American stu-
dents had applied to ACU than in the
entire year before.
Thirty-four African Americans applied
last year and 24 enrolled Ashford said
the 38 applications so far this year are a
good start to meeting some goals.
"This is way ahead of last year" Ashford
said "We have a goal of 100 to apply and
50 to enroll so we're on pace for both."
Ashford has worked in admissions and
recruiting for several years but this is the
first year in his new position. He said his
new title associate director of admissions
is meant to help the recruiting effort.
"Thats an effort to get into the churches
to lend credibility to what we're doing"
He said he works the same way he
always has checking on admission sta-
tus working with financial aid encourag-
ing prospective students to visit the cam
pus and visiting students' churches and
homes except he now works across a
much larger geographical area.
Ashford said recruiters play an impor-
tant part in students' college decisions.
"This is a real nunuring time for the fam-
ilies" Ashford said. "Some don't have any
real experience with ACU and have only
their perceptions. We try to give them a
good positive feel about the university."
for game show
Noemi Schott freshman social work major from Houston looks on as Bob Gomez coordinator of Student Multicul-
tural Enrichment and Spiritual Life and Phyllis Wilson Sing Song director meet with campus minority groups.
Sing Song planning practices under way
Even before returning to class
this semester some students
were at work practicing for Sing
Groups have seven hours per
week to rehearse for Sing Song
under school rules. Cynthia
Cooke dean of students said
many groups arc already taking
advantage of possible practice
time although not all groups
have begun practicing.
Cooke said adding Sing Song
preparation to students' lives is
often a balancing act.
"We always want to remind stu
dents their academic life Is most
important" Cooke said. "Anytime
you're trying to balance things
you've got to prioritize. lib a valu-
able learning experience. Thats a
skill that will be useful forever."
Cooke said something different
about this year's show might be
some other campus groups per-
forming downstage where the
hosts and hostesses perform.
She said these groups wouldn't
participate in the competition
but would just perform special
numbers for the audience.
Cooke said Bob Gomez coor-
dinator of Student Multicultural
Enrichment and Spiritual Life
is helping coordinate a special
multicultural number. Students
in Hispanos Unidos Essence of
Ebony and the International
Students' Association could
begin to sign up for the act
Directors meet on Thursday
nights and this week turned in the
final lyrics for their acts. At the end
of each week directors submit the
number of hours their group
rehearsed dunng the week.
Cooke said students' practice
schedules have changed over time.
She said groups often used to meet
for an hour a day but now some
groups practice fewer times a week
with longer practices.
Mens social club Galaxy will
practice three nights a week to
prepare for Sing Song and is now
working on learning notes and
rhythms said director J.P Con-
way senior Bible major from
Women's social club GATA is
also working several nights a
week and director Jessica Reese
said she wants the club to have
productive practices that leave
some time for fun.
"We want to have really intense
practices but we've also tried to
disperse times of sharing in
there" said Reese senior English
major from Abilene
Reese also directed her club last
year and said balancing disci-
pline and fun is a key part of
leading a Sing Song act.
JefTjoncs wants to be a millionaire.
Jones junior broadcast journal-
Ism major from Abilene has bat-
tled to get on the Who Wants to be
a Millionaire game show.
"I've been watching it ever since
it started" Jones said. "I'm a game
show freak and this one particu-
larly caught my interest." Jones
took action and called the show.
"I've gone through and passed
the test three times now" Jones
The test consists of a series of
three questions that have to be
answered. The questions range
from easy to hard. Jones said one
of the questions he received
required him to put the names of
African city capitals in order from
south to north.
"1 was kind of proud of myself
to make it througn those three
Please see Jones page 2
Dean Adams dies
leaves legacy at ACU
President Bushs 816th "Point of
Light" and the citys first Pride of
Abilene recipient Dr. Walter H.
Adams died Dec. 23 at age 96 at
Radford Hills Convalescent Center.
He was fondly called "Dean
Adams" for his longtime role as
dean of students at ACU. He
earned his bachelor degree at
ACU and became an instructor of
mathematics In 1925
He became dean of the college In
1932 at age 29 making him one
of the youngest senior deans In the
United States and he served in
that role for 37 years.
President George Bush honored
Adams at age 88 Tor his "seemingly
tireless efforts" to clean up Abilene
As a student Adams was an asset
to the student body through ser-
vice in various offices on campus
as well as lettering in basketball
and baseball for four years He was
a college debater a member of the
mens social club Sub T-16 and a
member of the drama club.
He began his graduate work at
Stanford University and in 1929
when ACU moved to the new
campus on the Hill he took a
leave of absence- to work on his
doctorate at Columbia University.
Adams had two major goals: for
ACU to be admitted into the
Southern Association of Colleges
and Schools and to improve the
library He achieved both goals
and countless others.
After completing his dissertation
he became the first teacher at ACU
to earn a doctorate degree. He
wrote hundreds of letters to mem-
bers of the Churches of Christ in an
effort to upgrade the university with
additional teachers who had doc-
torate degrees. Aware a librarys
importance to higher education he
also focused on bringing the library
up to standard1
The greatest achievement of
Adams lifetime was recognized
when accreditation for ACU was
finally announced in 1951
In addition to his dedication to
ACU Adams also was selected by
the White House as a national
"Point of Light" His endless com-
mitment to polish and beautify the
City of Abilene and his leadership In
recycling efforts singled him out as
then-President George Bushs 816th
dally "Point of Light" in 1992
In 1992 the Walter H Adams
Center for Teaching Excellence was
established to pay tribute to Adams
and secure endowment funds for
faculty development and student
scholarships with an emphasis
placed on teacher preparation.
Funeral services were December
27 at University Church of Christ
with Dr. John Stevens George Bai-
ley Wally Adams Dr. Bob Hunter
Dr. Carl Brecheen Dr. Eddie Sharp
and Dr. C.G. Gray officiating.
Courtesy ofMarhctlng Services
SA approves initial budget
The Students' Association passed a $64000 spring
budget by a 36-10 vote during its first meeting of the
Committee allocations will be decided during SAs
retreat in Fluvanna Saturday.
All 10 of the votes against the budget came from
class officers. The three asnlors in attendance and
all four freshman officers all voted against the
SA executive officers made three changes to their
budget proposal this semester.
First the overall amount budgeted dropped from
the falls $83564 because SA receives less money
from student fees in the spring and It did not budget
all of the available money this semester.
"We matched the budget to meet spending instead
of budgeting almost everything we have and hoping
we spend less" said Brantley Starr treasurer.
The SA did not budget $12480 of the $16480 it
has in surplus.
Second executive committees such as Treadaway
Kids Spring Break Campaigns and Campus Enter-
tainment will split $18171 during Saturday
retreat. The committees' have been budgeted sepa-
rate amounts as part of budget proposals in the
"We've approved a lump sum and will let the com-
mittees divide it among themselves" Starr said
Executive committees had $22135 available to
them last fall.
"Typically spending is lower in the spring because
of Sing Song" Starr said of the lower amount allo-
cated to committees.
He said classes also spend less which is why they
have $9000 available to them $5000 less than last
Third Academic and Residential Representatives
no longer have budgets and will go through the
Appropriations Committee to fund their needs.
This is "so they can be liaisons to the student
request fund" Starr said.
Representatives had $3600 budgeted to them last
fall. Twenty percent of it was used.
Lashanda Quin sophomore political science major
from Cedar Hill; Joy Armes sophomore biology
major from New Braunfels; and Alicia Phillips
sophomore integrated marketing communication
major from Amarillo were elected to join SA this
Quln Administration Building representative and
Armes Foster Science Building representative were
elected in unopposed races.
Phillips sophomore senator won in a runoff elec-
H lot wr-c for Rl
SA Vice President Shanta Pandit and Kami
Edwards junior exercise science major from
Abilene talk in the ticket window Tuesday.
expert to address
faculty and staff
Dr. Vincent Tinto chair of the higher education
frogram at Syracuse University will address the
acuity and staff on student retention Friday.
Tinto leading authority on retention issues and
well known for his research on learning commu-
nities was invited to speak to assist the First-Year
Program in its initiative.
The First-Year Program designed to provide
integrated learning experiences inside and out--side
the classroom for students in their first year
came into effect In the fall. Dr Mark Davis for-
mer associate dean at Pepperdlne University took
on the role as dean of the First-Year Program.
Davis said Tinto was chosen because he is a
national expert on student retention
"One of the reasons we chose him to speak Is
his theory on academic and social integration"
A luncheon session will take place at 11:30 a.m.
in the Hilton Room of the Campus Center.
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