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Friday November 3 2000
Volume 89 Number 20 Abilene Christian University Department of Journalism and Mass Communication www.ncu.eduoptlmlst
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do have the opportunity to vote for local state and national
leaders on Tuesday. Citizens voting in Precinct 404 where
ACU is located may cast their ballots at University Church of
Christ on Tuesday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Early voting is at United
Supermarket on Judge Ely Boulevard until 9 p.m. Friday.
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coverage of national and local
issues important to students.
The environment Page 7
The impact of swing states on the
national election Page 6
Candidates running for Distnct
17s U.S. Representative Page 10
Education Page 7
appointments as a cam-
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How the electoral col-
lege works Page 6
mentary Page 8
It wasn't a light from heaven that confirmed
where Hardld Christian was in 1986 and where
God intended for him to stay. Instead it was a room
filled with thick black smoke from a barbecue
cooker that caught on fire. Smoke so thick Harold
remembers he couldn't see himself
That room was Harold's Bar-B-Q Restaurant and
it was filled with customers in town for ACUs
Homecoming. It took 45 minutes for the fire
department to douse the fire and clear the smoke
but when Harold was able to see again he realized
not one of his customers had left Thirteen years
later Harold is still amazed about what happened
"I have never heard of any dedication like that
and that day is one that I will always remember" he
says with a smile
But dedication like that is how Harolds Pit Bar-B-Q
was founded The restaurant began as his fam-
ily's endeavor and has maintained a family atmos-
phere that has customers returning
In 1949 Harolds father Hal Lee Christian started
selling barbecue out of the family's house in
Winnsboro Hal who went by the name "Tobe"
named the restaurant Tobe Pit Bar-B-Q and shortly
after opening the family had to add an extra room to
their house to accommodate all their customers.
But the town of Winnsboro was so small that
earning a decent living through a restaurant was
hard so in 1950 Tobe moved the family business to
Taylor. In 1955 a man ate at the restaurant and
enjoyed it so much he suggested Christian move
the restaurant to Abilene and in 1956 Tobes Pit
Barbeque relocated for the third and final time
The name of the restaurant changed in 1971 from
Tobes to Harolds Pit Bar-B-Q and this seemed to
foreshadow events to come. Harold had been work-
ing there since he was 10 years old and in 1981 he
became the owner of the family business.
Tobes Pit Bar-B-Q was the first integrated restau-
rant in Abilene Harold said starting the eventual
removal of the walls between different races.
"My father said if he couldn't have whiles and
blacks eat in the same room he wouldn't own a
restaurant" Harold said. "We never had any prob-
lem with it and I think our customers appreciated
what we did." .
Just as society has changed since tne 1950s the
restaurant has changed a great deal since its begin-
nings. Originally there were four tables and two
booths The restaurant had no kitchen no bath-
room and sawdust floors. Today it has numerous
Harold Christian owns Harold's Pit Bar-B-Q at
business slows down on Wednesday night.
tables and booths a bathroom and a kitchen that
cooks up some of the best barbecue in Abilene
Through all these changes however the restau-
rants ideals have never swayed It has always
sought to provide good food on consistent basis
with personal service Harold said.
"We are not like Taco Bell saying 'Hi let me take
your order and move you along'" Harold said
"Communication with our customers is very
important to us."
Harold said his favonte part of owning a restau-
rant is getting to know the people who eat there.
N. 13th and Walnut streets He relates after
"I know my customers" he said "I know their
names who their kids are when they are sick and
when they have problems."
And this sense of belonging is what keeps peo-
ple coming back even after they have left Abilene.
"Homecoming Sing Song and Lectureship are
my favonte times of the year because people who
come back for these events come and eat here"
Harold said. "I remember them they remember me
and it Just like old times."
And Harold said he doesn't see anything chang-
ing in the future.
During the early stages of World
War 1 three Howard University stu-
dents could not have known they were
starting a fraternity that would spread
across the United States and the world
Their fraternity Phi Beta Sigma has
Even though the fraternity has no
affiliation with ACU three students are
making history as the first ACU stu-
dents to pledge Phi Beta Sigrna.
Scan Jones senior communication
major from Dallas James Vamer junior
undeclared major from Fricndswood;
and Louis Taylor sophomore account-
ing major from Sherman are part of the
line Sensational Blue Tidal Wave
which is the same as a social club
The students are not pledging a
chapter on the ACU campus but the
fraternity is taking steps toward a city-
wide chapter that would include stu-
dents from Cisco Junior College
Hardin-Simmons University McMurry
University and ACU Jones said
After talking to Cynthia Cooke
director of Student Organizations the
possibility of having a national fraterni-
ty on campus was unlikely Jones said
"The current policy is that we are
not Inviting any national fraternity or
sororities to have chapters here at
ACU" Cooke said
Abilene has a strong local culture
that supports our individual student
organizations Cooke said!
"We have a strong local system of
organizations that are centralized on
our campus and do not have affiliations
with other campuses" Cooke said "Wc
try to be open to new groups that try to
charter that are just ACU based "
Cooke said ACU would have not
been gaining much by inviting national
fraternities such as Sigma Chi Alpha
which was denied a local charter in
"We want to really value what we
have among our alumni who were
Involved in our older clubs" Cooke said.
However students can become
involved in local organizations that
extend to the national level such as the
J Please see CLUB Page 5
Pledging nears end as pledges become members
It has been five weeks since Bid
Night and many pledge classes have
Pi Kappa Carps became Pikes
Tuesday night. Three former PI Kappa
pledges - Ryan Komorowski Brandon
Carter and Travis Tidmore - said thev
are looking forward to having some
Iree time. The most dlllicult part ot
pledging Carter said was time management.
During pledging the Carp like
other pledges had varied responsibili-
ties. Homecoming grubs and flag foot-
ball had to be squeezed into already
busy schedules. But things changed
"A lot of free time just poked up"
The three men sounded excited at
the prospect of free hours: time that
could be used for all sorts of things
Maybe Tidmore said he could find a
job. Or clean his room.
Sunday night NuNus became
Kojies. Morgan Johnson and Robya
Wise two former NuNus both had the
same reaction to the news that pledging
was over- relief
"Its difficult because you're so busy
and you have to be sure that you really
set your priorities
straight" said Wise
major from Coppell.
'Also during the last
week of pledging a '
member of Wise family died. The
event put things in perspective she
"A lot of free time just
poked up." '
not the world. There are other things
outside of club that are much more
important" she said
Not all clubs have made their
Marc Usrey and Matt
Bozeman two .sopho-
Galaxy are still waiting
f - So when do they
hope to become members? Within the
next week? " fW
Our hope has been in ' the next
"You have to realize that pledging Is minute" Usrey said.
"The sooner the better' Bozeman
Both Novas said they have enjoyed
getting to know the men in their
pledge class Bozeman said the friend-
ship between pledges Is different than
the friendships that develop between
guys as they sit around In the dorm
talking. . -' fV-"
"We've gone through really tough
stuff with these'guys" Usrey said. I
They agreed that the worst partsiof
pledging were giving up the tlmeUt
demanded and not knowing what was
going to happen next.
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