The Brand (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 89, No. 7, Ed. 1, Monday, November 19, 2001 Page: 1 of 8
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Forecast: Showers of a different nature
"The heavens declare the glory of God the
skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day
after day they pour forth speech; night after
night they display knowledge. There is no
speech or language where their voice is not
heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth
their words to the ends of the world." Psalms
Every so often the heavens offer a
glimpse of something so spectacular that it is
impossible to deny the existence of God and
the Leonid Meteor Shower is one of these
This meteor shower occurs annually and
produces roughly twelve meteors per hour.
However this year was special in that once
every 33 years the shower is magnified and
produces about 1 000 meteors per hour. The
storm will not reach this magnitude again
Many people took the opportunity to brave
the cold night in order to see this rare sight. A
number of astronomy students from HSU
Brookhaven College and Cisco Junior
College traveled to the Hendrick Home Ranch
in Lueders Texas to spend the weekend at a
meteor shower party. Other students opted to
view the shower from more personal loca-
tions. HSU student Jo Lemmons her husband
James and nephew Casey viewed the meteor
shower from Hilltop Park on Highway 83-84
from 2 a.m. to 3:25 a.m. and were privileged
to see 30 meteors streak across the sky.
However with the cloud cover continually
blocking vision they relocated to Oldham
Lane until about 4:25 a.m. and saw 50 more
meteors for a grand total of 80.
"The key was following the clouds" Jo
said "if we could find a break in the clouds
we saw meteors galore. However there were
times when the shower was so strong that
many of them came bursting through the
clouds. It was my husband's first viewing and
we enjoyed spending the time together."
While Jo Lemmons and her family went
south to find the meteors others ventured only
a small distance from their dorm.
Stanci Hensarling and Melanie French
gathered in the Shelton Stadium bleachers and
were amazed mainly by the cloud cover.
Huddled together on the top bleacher with
Stanci's astronomy book they saw two mete-
ors before turning in at 3 a.m. "One of the
meteors flew over our heads close to the con-
stellation Pleiades also deemed "The Seven
Sisters" and the other near "Draco" the drag-
on constellation" Stanci said.
Many times the heavens and God seem
silent in our lives however on this weekend
Psalm 19 took on new meaning for students
and truly they know that "Their stars voice
goes out into all the earth their words to the
ends of the world".
Hunter Hall Closes
It was announced to students Thursday that
Hunter Hall a women's dormitory will be
closing its doors to students until further
The decision was made for two main rea-
sons. First of all there were only 39 residents.
The other dorms have enough room to hold
them though space will be tight.
"We're going to be crowed" said Lange
dorm director Jill Stowe in a dorm meeting
Sunday night. "There will even be someone in
the show room."
Lange and Ferguson are have all rooms
reserved. If there is still a demand private
rooms will be taken away.
The second reason the decision was made
to close Hunter is because the administration
is looking to save money and it is not cost
efficient to hire a new dorm director and con-
tinue to run a dorm for only 39 girls.
While Hunter RAs will lose their dorm
they will not lose their jobs. Instead they will
move to fill vacancies in Lange and Ferguson.
However because of the move no new
women RAs will be hired for the spring
Those looking to sign up for a new room
can do so at the housing office at 670-1252.
On Thursday night Dr. Mark Long held a
captivated audience with a remarkable lecture
on the inner folds of the Muslim religion and
what is occurring in Afghanistan.
Dr. Long is an accomplished speaker and
professor of Arabic at Baylor University; he
has extensive knowledge of the religion and
has had the privilege of teaching all major
and minor branches of military officials in
Dr. Vernon Davis the dean of Logsdon
School of Theology introduced Dr. Long and
the panel of Logsdon professors that would
help conduct interviews among the panel was
Dr. Smith also of Logsdon and Mr. Miller
head of the philosophy department as well as
representatives from the School of Business.
Dr. Long started his lecture with a general
outline of what drives Bin Laden and the his-
tory that formed the Al Quaeda network of
The lecture took an in depth look at the
origins of the Muslim faith and where it is
possibly headed and the turns and twists it has
taken. With a great wrap up and a strong
prayer Dr. Long headed to his chair at the
panel and was asked specific questions as
well as questions from students about Islam
the Koran and the general Arabic race.
Overall the lecture was a very well articu-
lated event the Logsdon forum did a very
respectable thing in bringing Dr. Long to
HSU with all the recent events that have hap-
pened it was both an honor and a privilege to
have some deeper insight into what is going
on and the influence that these events are hav-
ing upon the world.
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