Prickly Pear, Yearbook of Abilene Christian University, 2002 Page: 27
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96 years: Opening Chapel
CU's oldest tradition contintued on August
27, 2001: ACU began its 96th year with
Students, guest speakers and Abilene community
members were among many that attended the ceremony.
The Big Purple started the assembly by playing
the Olympic theme song. During the performance,
students represented their respective states and
nations by marching with their flag in the annual
Parade of Nations. More that 100 flags were represented.
Joel Ruch, senior missions major from Canada,
carried the Canadian flag. To better represent his
country, Joel wore a hockey uniform while carrying
the flag with a hockey stick.
"This was my year to volunteer for the parade,
and I wanted to do something special," Joel said.
This year the flags were moved to the floor of
Moody Coliseum instead of on stage so the huge
American flag would not hide them when it was
dropped from the ceiling.
Dr. Royce Money, university president, began
with a welcome to all the students and faculty. The
traditional reading of Acts 17 proceeded the introduction
of special guests to the university. Students'
Association president Jason Mida, senior communication
major from Tyler, spoke on the importance of
ACU's history and heritage.
"We are all witnesses today to ACU heritage,"
Don Crisp, chair of the Board of Trustees, was the
featured speaker. Crisp, president of the Rosewood
Corporation in Dallas, focused on the Christian
aspect of the university.
The assembly ended with a performance of "The
Battle Hymn of the Republic" by the A Cappella
Meagan McCurley, junior business major from
Houston, said she feels a strong sense of patriotism
each year as Opening Chapel concludes with the performance.
"It's a great start to a new year," Meagan said.
"You can see positive attitudes in so many faces."
More than 100 flags were held by students this year in the
traditional Parade of the Flags. photo by Stacie Danley
Students are led in "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name," which is the
first song sung in Opening Chapel every year. photo by Rafael
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