The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 88, No. 49, Ed. 1, Wednesday, April 5, 2000 Page: 1 of 8
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Abilenp Christian University Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
April 5 2000 Volume 88 Issue No. 49
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(Above)LaShanda Quin sophomore political science major from
Cedar Hill discusses topics related to cultural awareness with
Dr. Kelly Hamby professor of education and director of Univer-
sity Studies during Monday night's dinner in the Hilton Room.
Bob Gomez and Dave Merrill coordinators of multicultural
enrichment were honored for their work this year.
(Right)Gary Haugin president of International Justice Mission
speaks with faculty and staff in the CTE Wednesday after his
Chapel speech. He is here during One Week activities.
Women's forum to cover
several enticing subjects
One Weeks women's forum "Advan-
cement of Women in a Growing Soci-
ety" will be conducted at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday in the Hilton Room.
Christina Campos Wallace gradu-
ate assistant in the Communication
Department and KTAB reporter will
moderate the panel which includes
four of ACUs leading women.
Mimi Barnard instructor of English;
Loretta Long assistant professor of
history; Jeanene Reese adjunct pro-
fessor of undergraduate Bible; and
Cindy Roper assistant professor of
communication will take part in the
The forum is expected to cover the
Is society generally uncomfortable
with women in highly visible author-
ity positions? Is our campus comfort-
able with it?
Has feminist become a dirty
word in Christian circles? Is the
What are the tensions women
often feel in balancing their roles as
mothers and professionals? What
generally happens if they choose only
one of these?
What does ACU do well to
empower women? What could it do
Sexist language: De we hear it in
the classroom and workplace? How
do we as Christians address this sen-
sitively? How can women effectively con-
front sexual harassment? Why are we
often hesitant in difficult circum-
stances? ACUs womens social clubs have
worked to support the forum some
committing to wear their jerseys in a
gesture of support.
Cultural Awareness Committee
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The purple bikes arc back.
Friday at Chapel Dr. Jim Cooke chair of
the Industrial Technology Department
announced the rcintroduction of the Pur-
ple Bike Project.
Cooke started the project last year but
had to pull it from the campus because of
stolen lost and ruined bikes'.
However Cooke along with Christians
United to Respect the Earth the Depart-
ment of Industrial Technology and other
volunteers continued to work to Improve
"The purple bikes arc a shared resource
commonly owned and free to all for cam-
pus use" Cooke said. "We must treat these
old bikes gently."
The bikes that remained from the first pro-
ject were repaired and many additional
bikes were donated. In all H bikes wxre
included in the new Purple Bike Project.
The purpose of the project is to provide
intra-campus transportation reduce traffic
Please see Bikes page 8
For five days the Campus Activities
Team provided men an excuse to ask
women out: Casanova Week.
Casanova Week a week when men were
encouraged to ask women to go with
them to the free activities provided by
CAT lasted Thursday-Tuesday.
The various activities students could
participate in included seeing Mission
Impossible at the Paramount Theatre on
Thursday participating in the create-a-datc
contest on Friday attending an ACU
baseball game on Saturday skating at The
Skating Place on Monday and eating sun-
daes at the Silver Scoop on Tuesday.
Kaley lhfe director of Campus Activities
said while bad weather kept many from
attending Saturdays baseball game against
West Texas A&M University about 200 peo-
ple attended the showing of Mission Impossi-
Anne Kaminski junior accounting and
finance major from Rockwell and a mem-
ber of CAT said the movie was fun for
those who attended but the crowd was
not as large as the CAT had expected.
Kaminski said the smaller attendance
was either because of the weekday timing
or because many people had already seen
But those who did attend said they
enjoyed the evening.
"It was the first time 1 have ever partici-
pated in Casanova Week and I thought it
was a lot of fun" said Darren Keyes
senior business administration and inter-
national studies major from Fort Worth.
Keyes said he and his roommate Dale
Carter senior youth and family ministry
major from Detroit attempted to have a
creative date Friday night in the spirit of
Casanova Week. The two took their dates
out to eat and to an art show. The winners
of those who competed in the competi-
tion for the best creative date will be
announced later in the week.
Online voting successful despite access problems
In the first student election with an
online ballot 89 percent of voters
participated online last week.
OI the 915 students who
voted for Students' Associa-
tion executive officers 811 chose
to vote online.
Students could access the voting
Web site through a link on the Webmail
login page. They were asked to enter
their network passwords and their stu-
dent ID numbers before voting to pre-
vent them from casting more than one
A voluntary survey at the end of the bal
lot asked students to rank the conve-
nience of online voting on a scale of
1-5; the average rank was 4.6.
k Cody McCain freshman
fe nhvsics maior from Dumas.
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and designer of the online voting
Web site said online voting was
adopted to offer people with busy
schedules the chance to vote on their
"It seems that the process was well
received" he said.
Despite the popularity of online voting
some students were unable to participate
in the election.
Houston Shearon freshman missions
major from Atlanta said he was unable to
access the Web site on Wednesday.
McCain said that the access problems
resulted from a lack of storage space on
"We used a new server for the page and
it was unable to handle the volume on
information that was stored on it" he
Students and staff at the Adams Center
for Teaching Excellence were able to
resolve the problems in a matter of hours
and students were able to resume voting.
Matt Tapic Bible ministry major from
Orlando and SA president-elect said he
was pleased with the online system. He
plans to use online voting more through-
out next year.
A Web site for SA Is under construction
and will be complete by next fall. In
addition to the information and
announcements that will frequent the
page Tapie said surveys about campus
needs will be on the page for students to
"1 think that online voting is an excellent
way of serving students" he said. "We are
bringing voting to them instead of hoping
that they will come to SA."
Although Tapie said he was pleased
with the initial try of online voting he
said the effort should not stop there.
"It went well but there are some rough
edges that we need to iron out" he said.
McCain agreed and said this yearis
experience will allow better preparation
for future online voting.
"Now we can focus on slowly moving
the voting process over to the Internet
and making the system more user friend-
ly" he said.
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