The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 88, No. 44, Ed. 1, Wednesday, March 8, 2000 Page: 1 of 8
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Darrell Scott wanted to be introduced simply as the father of
Rachel Scott a victim of the Columbine shooting before he spoke
in Moody Coliseum Monday.
And Mark Lewis coordinator of Spiritual Development and Cam-
pus Ministries in CamDus Life.
did just that.
"Please welcome to the podi-
um Rachel Scott's dad."
Darrell Scott's message was not
to taiK just about his daughter and
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how she had impacted his life spiritually but to address violence. And to
help youth and community leaders bring about change for the good.
The message was not meant to make people feel depressed or
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Students inspired by speaker's positive message
A spiritual event.
These words are not the typical words
many people have chosen to depict the
However that is exactly how it was
described by Darrell Scott father of
Rachel Scott one of the 13 victims in the
"A father with a message on my heart"
as he called himself he said that the Col-
umbine tragedy had a divine purpose and
that his daughter did not die in vain.
Scott's message left a lastinc immer
sion on maijiy of the people who attend-
ed the assembly Monday night in
Justin Bell junior missions major from
Littleton Colo. and graduate of
Columbine High School said that he was
touched by Scott's faith and passion for
"It's easy to try to fit in have a good time
and be intent on the here and now and
not to focus on the eternal things" he said.
Bell said he was convicted to focus on
the eternal and not to depend on what is
happening in his life to bring him joy
but to depend on God's forgiveness and
aivme plan lor joy.
Although Scott's message mingled in
many moments of laughter and spiritual
uplifts he did discuss his first few
months of sorrow. He described how
tasks such as getting out of bed seemed
"There is something unnatural about
losing a child" Scott said.
Larry Henderson faculty member of the
Mission Department said "Scott's mes-
sage should remind us of the value of
each moment each day wc have with
One of Scott's closing remarks was that
to see a change in a man we must sec a
change in his heart and this is only pos-
sible through God's presence in our
Blake Encalade sophomore Youth and
Family major from Arlington said trial ini-
tially he didn't want to attend the assembly
because he was afraid the story would
leave him depressed; however he said he
was moved by Scott's faith in Christ.
"I never saw God in the situation until
now-lt has been eye-opening" he said. "I
feel uplifted and inspired; I feel that it is
my job to be Christ to people."
A group called Love Your Neighbor as
Yourself formed tn the fall semester.
LYNAY is part of the Center for Building
Community which was founded in 1994
by Dr Gary McCalcb executive director
of the center and vice president of the
university to propose solutions to the
crises of community.
LYNAY focuses on preparing students to
be effective builders of community by
developing the concept of sen-ant leader-
ship McCalcb said.
"How do you build community? You
build better servant leaders." McCalcb
To build better servant leaders the mem-
bers meet every Monday for two hours to
hear from different speakers. These sessions
arc geared to develop leadership skills in
the members McCaleb said.
Members arc also required to complete
30 hours of community service each
semester. Last semester the 69 members
of LYNAY completed 770 hours of com-
Volunteering creates an awareness of
giving of self which is important to the
servant-leaders concept McCalcb said.
"A society that is consumed with getting
is not as likely to build as strong a com-
Please see LYNAY page 8
Tickets are on sale for ACUs "Evening
at the Meyerson."
The performance which is at the Mey-
erson Symphony Center in Dallas will
include more than 200 performers and
take place at 7:30 p.m. April 3.
Tickets are on sale at the University
Events office Ext. 6700 located in Gib-
son 107. You can purchase individual
tickets for $15-$35 or box scat tickets for
This is the third "Evening at the Meyer-
son" in 10 years.
The program will feature: Russian Clas-
sical Jazz African-American Spiritual
Opera Percussion from Ghana Africa
Spanish piano music original composi-
tions by Dr. Sally Reid professor of
music and David Kncupper.
Beth Holland coordinator of ACU
Foundation and corporate relations said
"It is a very varied program an interna-
Holland is the coordinator between the
marketing and music departments of this
The six student groups performing are:
the A Cappella Chorus the Collegiate
Orchestra the jazz ensemble opera
workshop percussion ensemble and
symphonic band. The Collegiate Orches-
tra includes students from McMurry
Hardin-Simmons and ACU.
Holland said "The box seats arc ele-
gant luxurious-very nice." The extra
cost of these tickets is a direct contribu-
tion to ACU. Those who" purchase one of
the individual tickets before March 10
will receive a 10-perccnt discount.
The Meyerson Symphony Center can
mmm i seat aDout twv.
Campaigners preparing for spring break departures
Spring break is quickly approach-
ing and Spring Break Campaign
members are beginning the final
preparations for their trips.
Most campaigns arc on track and
ready to go on their missions.
"We're still trying to finish a few
payments for plane tickets bu.t
most campaigns are on schedule"
said Malt Wallace senior youth and
family ministry major from Abilene
and chair of the SBC committee.
Some changes have been made
in the last month.
The Detroit campaign folded
because of lack of interest.
Also during the past few weeks
some people dropped out of their
Four people found out they had
to go home to be with family Wal-
One person will not be able to
get a refund on the money for the
trip he had to drop. Those stu-
dents who do find replacements
will get their money back.
Students still have a chance to go
if they want to fill the vacated
spots said Kami Edwards junior
secondary education major from
Abilene and secretary of the SBC
Excitement continues to grow as
the time to leave approaches.
"At the beginning there didn't
seem to be a lot of excitement but
now they're more excited and
involved" said Lysandra Cabrera
junior business administration and
international studies major from
Craig Colo. and a Guatemala cam-
Some students are excited about
going on their first SBC.
"I'm excited to go because Its my
first campaign and we get to work
with lots of children" said Jennifer
Martinez sophomore elementary
education major from Richland
Hills and Virginia Beach Va cam-
Its exciting because "You get to
meet new people get out of the
routine life and serve God" Mar-
SBC committee members believe
these campaigns will have a posi-
tive influence on those involved.
"Spiritually and emotionally lives
will be touched" Edwards said.
The ACU students will probably
get more out of these trips than
the people they are going to serve
A devotional for campaign partic-
ipants will be Thursday at 9 p.m.
"Wc will have a focusing devo-
tional and time of prayer" Wallace
Members of the faculty and staff
will sing and pray for the cam-
paigns during the meeting.
The devotional will focus on
helping students prepare for the
trips they are about to take Wal-
The devotional will be conduct-
ed in the Beauchamp Amphithe-
ater if the weather is not cold or
rainy. Otherwise it will be moveJ
to the Hilton Room of the Cam-
On Friday and Saturday 29
campaigns will fly to places
across the United States and other
countries to begin their missions.
About 590 people will take part
in these campaigns.
Campaigns will return March
18 except for the Salt Lake City
campaign which will return
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