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ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY • DEPARTMENT OF IOURNAUSM AND MASS COMMUNICATION • VOL. 86, NO. 37 • FEBRUARY 6, 1998
Entertainment show brings ACU to Abilene
By Sidney Sdurhmartn
Opinion Plage Editor
Plugged-In, a new television show at
KUF-TV7, is being touted by the pro-
ducers as a “kind of Regis and Kathie Lee
show with a college-like twist."
The student-produced show is the
brainchild of electronic media majors
Kayla Belle, freshman from Nellysford,
Vk., and Tim Jones, sophomore from
However, the show, which will air for
the first time Thursday at 6 p.m., fea-
tures a cast and crew of more than just
journalism and mass communication
"We have a big mix of people * said
Belle, who co-produces with Jones and is
in charge of the show's advertising and
The 30-minute entertainment show
will feature musical guests, hot issues.
“Our format is completely spot
Anything can happen, and tl
news, movie and video reviews and
“People are going to turn it on and
boom! say, Whatk this?*," Belle said.
The show will be “live to tape," mean-
ing the show will be taped all at once but
‘Our topics are formal but the presen-
tation is informal," Belle said.
She and Jones worked together last
semester on another KUF-TV7 show
called On the Ball, which covered sports
for the three Abilene universities, and
led to the idea of Plugged-ln.
“We don't like sports, and one thing
we thought all college students like is
entertainment," Belle said.
To find a volunteer cast and crew for
the show, posters were hung and word
The result was a 17-member assort-
ment of students who are a majority of
freshmen and sophomores and one
senior, Belle said.
“A lot of people got in front of the
camera for the first time and had talent
Morris Center Wednesday to do the flr^ upcoming topics in the show,
full run-through of the show. ^ The show has several sponsors such as
Belle informed the students they will Park Central 6, Pizza Hut, The Mono-
start making their own commercials tgrammer, Videoviile and Copy Stop, to
produce the show
is how the real
- Tim Jones
and potential," she said
The cast and crew will take turns
doing various jobs so that “no one is just
on camera," Belle said.
Most of the 17 volunteers gathered in
the production control room of the Don
soon, and cast member Cowboy
Garrison, freshman psychology major
from Milano, warned them about getting
their filming done early because it takes
“three hours two shoot it, and we’re
going to take 20 minutes of tape and air
45 seconds of that."
Then the show members moved into
the studio next door to begin the taping,
with anchors and broadcast journalism
majors Tiffany Caliison, junior from
Wichita, Kan. and Mike Smith, sopho-
more from Levelland, starting the show
The rehearsal Included a multitude of
laughs and nervous chit-chat as the stu-
dents waited patiently in-between com-
mercials and teasers for their cue to
Teasers are attention-getting clips of
provide prizes, movie passes, fliers, T-
shirts and free pizza during tapings.
Plugged- ln is scheduled to tape 11
episodes this semester.
KUF-TV7 manager J.R. Kessler is the
show* executive producer. The televi-
sion station is run by the Department of
Journalism and Mass Communication.
Plugged In is the only show ACU pro-
Jones saitf the show “gives us experi-
ence and the chance to get a product
“How we produce the show is how the
real world works," he said. “Hopefully
this will get the department producing
Belle said she hopes the show will
bring "ACU to Abilene and Abilene to
l ' f ;v'
Step by step
Shane Hughes, sophomore Bible major from Denver, Colo., monitors the Shades Stepping Group as they rehearse for the Second Annual
Black History Production. The performance is In Cullen Auditorium 7 pm Friday.
Stepping out on the town
Production to honor African American students’ heritage, culture
By lulie O'Neill
As part of Black History Month, Essence
of Ebony will present their 2nd annual
Black History Production 7 p.m. Fpday in
Vonna Lary, Essence of Ebony president,
said the production was created to provide
‘enlightenment, education, motivation and
‘It is vital that all people understand
every aspect of history," said Lary, sopho-
more electronic media major from Dallas.
‘This includes learning about cultures that
directly and indirectly affect our society as
individuals and as a whole."
For „ Essence of Ebony
social liaison, the production is a way to
share her experiences as an African
American with others.
“Growing up, I wondered if black people
contributed anything to our country," said
Jackson, sophomore broadcast journalism
major from Houston. "I've since learned
that they were the backbone of this nation,
and I am proud to be part of such a rich
Jackson said the collective history of
African Americans is shared through the
production, which includes songs, skits.
poetry readings and monologues as well
as stepping routines
All of these types of performances con-
vey what Jackson calls an “Afrocentric per-
spective" that Essence of Ebony is trying to
share with the student body.
Lary said one of the missions of the
Essence of Ebony organization is to pro-
mote cultural awareness.
“We want to help this school understand
that differences in cultures exist," she said.
“These differences should be honored, not
Tickets are on sale in the Campus Center
ticket windows for $3 per person and will
also be available at the door.
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Although the Students’ Assoc-
iation Senate awarded an unallo-
cated request to a group of fresh-
men who are planning a retreat
Friday through Sunday, many
questions were still left unanswer-
ed after its meeting Wednesday.
The request was made by Matt
Tapie, a freshman Bible major
from Orlando, Florida. The mo-
ney is needed to help cover costs
of the retreat, which almost 200
freshmen had signed up for.
tapie said tire' retreat is not
being organized by a formal
but by a group of freshmen who
conduct Wednesday Bible studies
at 10:01 p.m. in the Bean Sprout.
The group decided almost three
weeks ago to have the retreat,
which they originally hoped to
make free of charge. However,
because donations were not com-
ing in as expected, leaders of the
freshman group decided to
charge the students $13 each.
Adam Hawk, freshman class
treasurer and human resource
management major from Abilene,
said approximately 90 freshmen
have already paid for the retreat.
As of Wednesday afternoon,
the group still needed a total of
$1700 to cover the cost. How-
ever, Tapie could only ask for a
$500 request because of Senate^
10 percent rule. The rule states
that a group can only ask for 10
percent of the current unallocat-
ed fund, which was $5,000.
Previous to the request at Se-
nate^ meeting, the freshman
group received $500 from SAk
freshman class fund and $500
from the SAk Spiritual Life Com-
mittee. Tapie said at the Senate
meeting that freshman representa-
tives would also be going to local
churches to ask for donations
Following Tapie’s presenta-
tion, many Senate members be-
gan to express the opinion that
Senate should not only give the
freshman group the $500 they
asked for, but also dip into the
Brecheen honored for educational contribution
By Shelly Weed
Carl Brecheen said when he
walked into a meeting of the
Christian Education Association,
he wasn't expecting four of his
grandchildren to be there.
"When 1 saw them, 1 figured
they were honoring me for some-
thing." he said.
He was right
Three weeks ago, Brecheen
received the Christian Excel-
lence Award, an annual award
presented by the Christian Edu-
cation Association that “chooses
someone who has made contri-
butions to Christian education,
and honors those folks,” said
Brecheen, professor of Bible and
director of the Bible Teachers
cheen has a
long history of
ACU and con-
tributing to the
Brecheen has BRECHEEN
taught at ACU 1
for 37 years and was Teacher of
the Year in 1970. The College of
Business Administration also sel-
ected him as Teacher of the Year
In addition, Brecheen said he
and Paul Faulkner, professor
emeritus of marriage and family
therapy, have been conducting
Marriage Enrichment Seminars
for 13 years.
Brecheen was a part-time edu-
cation minister at University
Church of Christ and has been an
elder there for 20 years.
“Being honored for excellence
in that award is really euphoric,"
Brecheen said. "1 feel like I've
won an Oscar."
Brecheen added that in 1980 a
video filmed at a Marriage En-
richment Seminar actually did
win him an Oscar, for Out-
standing Religious Film Series.
The Oscar sits on the top shelf of
a bookcase in his office.
, i a
Senate’s newly-created Turning
Vision into Action (TVA) fund
and supply the additional $1200
the group needs for the retreat.
The TVA was created by views
expressed at its biannual retreat.
Senate members plan on using
the fund of approximately
$16,000 to ‘meet the students
where they are" and provide
Matt Moreland, SA Executive
President, said he did not expect
the situation to turn into such an
“My reaction was that Senate
is taking this money (TVA[ we
have seriously," Moreland, • se-
nior biology major from Spring,
Once taking money from the
TVA fund was brought up. Senate
discussed pros and cons of donat -
ing more than the requested $500.
The first vote was conducted
to decide on the unallocated, re-
quest. Eligible voting members of
Senate passed the $300 request.
Executive officers then tried to
poll what the entire Senate
thought of using the TVA fund.
The executive officers decided
they should not make a decision
right then and recessed the meet-
ing saying the matter would be
Moreland said they decided to
let the storm settle and wait until
the morning to see if the fresh-
men received money from chur-
ches. Tanie’s’ attempt to collect
money from local churches re-
sulted in a total of $300.
The officers decided Thursday
afternoon they would hold off on
donating any additional money
and consider the issue further
next week after the retreat.
As of Thursday evening. Hawk
said the remaining money to be
collected was around $1000.
Moreland said if it is not col-
lected before leaving for the
retreat Friday afternoon, the rep-
resentatives who planned the
event will float the cost for the
time being. Senate will discuss
the matter further to decide if
money out of the 1VA fund
should be reimbursed.
David Wray, vice president of
the Christian Education Assoc-
iation and chairman of under-
graduate Bible, said Brecheen has
been a model of exemplary
Christian education over the
years and is an excellent teacher
“He hasn't just thought about
it, but hek done it," Wray said.
Wray said Brecheen has
touched thousands of people
through his role as director of the
Bible Teachers Workshop.
Brecheen said he thinks his job
is the greatest in the world.
"I wouldn’t change a thing. If
I had a million dollars, 1 would-
n't move. 1 love my work," he
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