The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 89, No. 20, Ed. 1, Friday, November 3, 2000 Page: 5 of 10
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Curriculum now includes wakeboarding class
"It's a great opportunity to
have some fun" Land said.
Land also said all students
arc encouraged to sign up for
the class even if they have no
Equipment for the class will
be provided by West Texas
Wakeboard Camp a
Students may now sign up
for a wakeboarding class to be
offered this summer at Fort
The class is the first of its
kind at ACU.
It will be available in
both the Summer 1 and
Summer II sessions for one
hour of credit.
Students in the class
will spend about four
hours during every class
Organizers said provide
all the materials and equip
ment needed lor the class.
Students are expected
to pay a $250 lab fee in
addition to the standard
Organizers also said have
shown several students
already interested in the class.
"We've had a lot of interest
so far" said Chris Land an
Athletic Department staff
member and wakeboarding
"1 think students need to
have something like this to do
in the summer" Land said.
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Kiwanis Club or Rotary Club Cooke said.
"Those arc off-campus groups that do positive off-
campus activities" Cooke said. "If that is what people
choose to do then it is OK. If it is a valuable experience
for our students to be involved in then 1 support things
that arc positive."
After receiving permission from the ACU administra-
tion to pledge Phi Beta Sigma Jones Varner and Taylor
began pledging activities.
Abilene has experienced its recent share of rain but
the men said it is nothing compared to the rain they are
going to bring to the ACU campus - a "rain" of cultur-
"It is going to be devastating and shocking like noth-
ing ever seen before" Jones said.
The pledges have already attracted attention with
their attire -blue sweatshirts and blue and white masks
- but students and administrators have understood
"I think students need to
have something like this to
do in the summer. It's a great
opportunity to have some
company owned by Jeff
Strickland who is also a stu-
dent. Strickland said ACU should
get most of the credit in
making the class available.
"They're one of the first
schools in this area to offer a
class like this" Strickland
said. "It really is a big deal."
Wakeboarding generally is
not considered a mainstream
sport but it Is something peo-
ple can enjoy for a long time
once they learn how to do it
"People can learn it with
the class" Strickland said
"Then they can take it and use
it throughout their lives."
University and other
schools in Dallas all have
expressed interest to
Strickland about adding
similar wakeboarding class-
es to their catalog.
"The interest in this
whole thing has been phe-
nomenal " Strickland said
Along with Land Joey
Powers a junior exercise
sports science major at
McMurry will serve as the
primary instructor for the
Powers has competed in
statewide wakeboarding tour-
naments and is a certified life-
guard. For more information
about the wakeboarding class
contact the Exercise Science
Department by calling Ext.
Jeff Strickland organizer of the new wakeboarding
class stands with his wakeboard by the Bible building.
The pledges also do not talk when they are wearing
"We act a certain way not to be rude but to send out
a sense of focus among our peers" Jones said. "We have
to be focused to learn vital information that is prudent
to join Phi Beta Sigma.
"We have become closer with a lot of information to
learn through studying homework and just being
Students had the opportunity to learn more the fra-
ternity last Friday when the pledge presented them-
selves to their pledge dean Jason Thomas a 1995 grad-
uate of St. Johns University and an employee at Dyess
Air Force Base.
Thomas brought Phi Beta Sigma to Abilene and
Jones Varner and Taylor expressed interest in joining.
"Having knowledge about the fraternity was key"
Jones said. "There is an opportunity to have a chapter
in Abilene. I love social clubs on campus but they do
not have national affiliation.
"We can see people when we graduate from college
who have the same Greek letters through the network-
ing of Phi Beta Sigma throughout the world."
Ironically Jones and Taylor arc members of Phi Beta
Epsilon an ACU social club.
The last Greek letters in Phi Beta Sigma and Phi Beta
Epsilon resemble the letter "E" in the alphabet.
"Some of our brothers in Phi Beta Epsilon know we arc
pledging" Jones said. "The key is how far we can broad-
en our experiences. Social clubs arc great on campus but
we want to broaden our horizon to a national level.
"1 want to have pride 30 years later when 1 can tell
my son if he wants to be a Sigma at ACU I am the one
who helped start the line. There is a lot of love and
instant bonding from people in other national fraterni-
ties through networking and having connections in the
Phi Beta Sigma whose motto is "Culture for Service
and Service for Humanity" was created to organize a
Greek-letter fraternity that would truly emphasize the
high ideas of brotherhood scholarship and service.
Today Phi Beta Sigma which has included Nelson
Mandela and George Washington Carver has blos-
somed into a community of international organization
of leaders with 1 10000 dedicated men in more than
700 chapters across the United States Africa Europe
and the Caribbean.
Big BrothersBig Sisters of
Abilene works with Wildcat
Kids a similar organization
sponsored by the Students'
Association to see that events
and plans go smoothly.
Big BrothersBig Sisters is a
community service organization
that aims to improve chlldrcns
lives by pairing them with adult
"The volunteers basically
spend one-on-onc time with the
child for at least two hours a
week. They are there to establish
a friendship and to Improve
competence confidence and
caring in the children" said
Meredith Aim case manager at
Big BrothersBig Sisters.
ACUs organization Wildcat
Kids pairs children with stu-
dents. The students and Kids
attend scheduled group activi-
ties once a month and are
encouraged to spend time with
each other aside from the group
meetings said Mindy Mahaffey
sophomore elementary educa-
tion major from Roby.
Mahaffey serves as one if the
co-chairs for Wildcat Kids.
Although the two organiza-
tions arc of the same format and
goal they do not conduct activ-
Aim said about 150 coltege
students are involved in Big
College students Aim said
work well with cither organiza-
tion because they provide flexi-
bility and are mature enough to
be responsible but young
enough to have the energy that
"The kids and the ACU peo-
ple really seem to enjoy Wildcat
Kids" Mahaffey said. "It really
helps the kids a lot. Its time for
them to get away and see a
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The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 89, No. 20, Ed. 1, Friday, November 3, 2000, newspaper, November 3, 2000; Abilene, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101681/m1/5/: accessed May 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.