The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 87, No. 32, Ed. 1, Friday, January 29, 1999 Page: 1 of 8
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Wl Could Be HfftOfS: Brian Nations sophomore computer science major from Van leads members of men's social club
Frater Sodalis during Sing Song practice in the Bean Tuesday night The theme of the club's act is Superman.
In the Sing of Things
togtthtr costumts and
thcrnts as Sing Song ntare
Classes and clubs continue to adjust and
perfect their Sing Song acts with varied
themes costumes and participation in prepa-
ration Tor the Feb. 19-20 event
Willie fomc acts originally had waiting
lists due to the limit of 105 people per act
most arc now at or under the limit.
The sophomore-class had about 30 women
on a waiting list to begin with but after prac-
tices sorted and the school year got back into
full swing the number dwindled to only 92
This presents a problem for Kelly Wilson
sophomore class Sing Song director.
"The deal that we got on our costumes was
only if wc bought 100 of them" said Wilson
sophomore music major from San Antonio.
"Wc won't get the discount if we don't get
The sophomore class theme (s police offi-
cers and the costume will consist of navy blue
tants with a light blue stripe down the side a
ight blue shirt with a silver badge and a navy
blue hat. Wilson said she hopes more people
will sign up so there will be at least 100
Unlike the sophomores members of the
senior class didn't order their costumes - they
went all the way to Mexico to get them.
The senior class theme is Mexican-
boys and members of the act went to Acuna
Mexico to purchase 100 Mexican blankets
which will be draped over the shoulders as
part of the costume said Randal Scnter
senior claw Sing Song director and music
major from ClcbUme.
The blanket a sombrero and khaki pants
will make up the costume that the seniors will
wear in their act
The freshman class is silverware and the
junior class is going on safari.
Womens social club Ko Jo Kai also has a
simple costume to fit the clubs theme. Mem-
bers will be dressed as Minnie Mouse and
their costume co'nsists of a red polka dotted
dress and mouse ears said Sarah Siburt Ko Jo
Kai Sing Song director.
However the costumes aren't whats impor-
tant about sing song said Siburt senior music
major from Abilene.
"Kojie Sing Song is so much fun because as
we work toward a common goal we also
develop closer friendships" said Siburt who
was m Sing Song hostess last year.
Emily Campbell womens club Tri Kappa
Gamma Sing Song director agreed that the
people are what make Sing Song fun.
"My favorite part is seeing everyone there
every night and having fun" said Campbe.ll
senior social work major from Holliday.
The women of Tri Kappa Gamma will be
bowl.crsvand their putfit will consist of a blue
silk bowling shirt "and black silk pants.
Between SO and 60 members are in the act.
The men of social club Galaxy have 84 par-
ticipating as boxers. Their costume will
include athletic shorts a T-shirt and a robe.
Mens club Pi Kappa however has a more
complex costume for the theme of mari-
onettes. "We have a Robin Hood-type hat a white
shirt suspenders and green pants" said Dan
Kuyper sophomore biochemistry major from
Pi Kappa has about 87 people participating
in thr puppet act
The act of womens club GATA originally
had reached the limit of 103 people but now
is down to only 100 said Jessica Reese GATA
Sing Song director and junior Bible major
This year the women of GATA will be ush-
ers and the costume is made up of a red vest
red bow tie black pants with a red stripe and
a red hat
The themes of mens clubs Gamma Sigma
?hl and Frater Sodalis are matadors and
Superman respectively. Themes of womens
clubs Sigma Theta Chi and Delta Theta ate
Annie and Morton salt girls respectively.
Mens club Knights will not be participat-
ing in Sing Song this year.
Story by Wendy Waller
Students are growing in num-
bers at ACU. However they are not
Currently enrolled at ACU are
229 international students and 29
new international students en-
rolled this semester said Ted Pres-
ley executive director of the Cen-
ter of International and Intercul-
Presley said a woman from
Albania is also attending ACU this
semester making it the first time
this country has been represented.
"Fifty-five countries are repre-
sented at ACU" said Kevin Kehl
assistant director at the CUE. "Of
the 29 International students
attending ACU 22 different coun-
tries arc represented."
Many of the international stu-
dents come from Africa South and
Central America the Caribbean
Europe Asia and Canada.
Among the 29 new internation-
al students are four transfers five
graduate students and a combina-
tion of 20 undergraduate and ESL
"Spring enrollment is typically
smaller with international students
-just like with the American stu-
dents" Kehl said.
However statistics for this
year's spring semester show that
about 38 more students attend
ACU this semester than in the fall
bringing the school population to
Only 855 students returned out
of the 960 entering freshman class
last semrtter said Lisa McCarty
institutional researcher at the
Office of Institutional Research
"Spring enrollment is always 6
to 7 percent less than the fall
semester" McCarty said.
For this semester among the
224 new students enrolled 52 are
freshmen and 99 are graduate stu-
dents McCarty said.
Kehl said the CUE has already
sent out applications to interna-
tional students for this years fall
"In the next six months we hope
to have more international stu-
dents here than we did last fall.
Let's put it this way: we're on
draws mixed reactions
Fans plan for Bowl bashes
The Super Bowl was tuned in on
the big-screen television with the
sound turned down low. As soon as
the commercials came on some-
one grabbed the remote control
and set the volume at a level above
that of the noise in the room.
A room full of friends stopped to
hear what was going on.
As soon as the commercials
were over and the program came
back on Sarah VanHorn turned the
volume back down to a low mur-
mur. She returned to munch on
her bowl of popcorn.
That was last years Super Bowl
and as usual the commercials
were often more interesting than
the game said VanHorn senior
elementary 'education from Frank-
This years game Super Bowl
XXXIII between the Atlanta Fal-
cons and the Denver Broncos
should be no different.
"Sadly the beer commercials are
the best" VanHorn said.
Not only do some college stu-
dents enjoy the commercials but
they also enjoy the many other
aspects of what is perhaps the
biggest sporting event in America.
For instance VanHom likes to
watch thtSupcr Bowl with a whole
group of female friends.
Brad Raphclt sophomore hu-
man resource management major
from Pearl Miss. said he plans to
spend Super Bowl Sunday at the
- Brad Raphelt
home of Al Pickett sports editor
for the Abilene Reporter-News
Pickett and Raphelt are mem-
bers of the same congregation.
Joe Sallee sophomore industrial
technology education major from
Belton pwas to take in the action
from the home of his adopted
Others like Tim Spain sopho-
more youth and family ministry
major from Martin Tenh. have to
wotk through some or all of the
Despite the wide variety of plans
people have made for Sunday
night one traditional guest must
be present wherever the game is
Ryan Campbell sophomore
missions major from Thousand
Oaks Calif. said he knows his
favorite Super Bowl snack.
"Pringles" Campbell s&ld "be-
cause once 1 pop I can't stop."
Whether snacking or partaking
or a full meal eating has become a
big pan of Super Bowl festivities
"Its just the fact that any major
television event brings people
together" he said. "Usually when
people come together thercs food.
Thais mainly because those people
are leaving their home and most of
the games take place around din-
An opportune time for fans to
restock thelv snack plates and refill
their drinks is the half-time show.
This years performance will fea-
ture musician Stevlc Wonder.
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More than 100 students have
received postcards from Playboy
magazine soliciting for subscrip-
t For only $9 Playboys postcards
are claiming to be able to "make you
happy" with nine issues of the mag-
azine. However many of the stu-
dents receiving the magazines unso-
licited postcards depicting a woman
in a negligee aren't so happy.
The trademark Playboy bunny
has been showing up In campus
mall boxes and even at some stu-
dents' homes for the past couple of
weeks. The postcard offers $9 mini-
subscriptions at a student discount
The Campus Life Office has
received notes from students com-
plaining about the postcards.
Dean of students Wayne Bar-
nard announced in Daily Assembly
last Friday that ACU did not give
out a mailing list of students to the
magazine but that the postcards
had to legally be delivered to stu-
dents' boxes because they were
mailed first class.
Campus Post Office employees
said they have seen mixed reac-
tions from students who have
received the postcards - more tlian
100 of which were delivered to
campus boxes - ranging from
amused to upset
Justin Clem senior marketing
major from Dallas said he shares a
mail box with his girlfriend who
discovered the Playboy postcard
first and asked him about it
"1 was embarrassed at first" he
said. Clem said he wanted to know
how the magazine had gotten his
Brent Pennington assistant dean
of students said some students
resented receiving licentiousness
mail at a Christian university.
"I know of no one who gets a
subscription to Playboy" he said.
Post Office employees said if
students do subscribe to porno-
graphic magazines the material is
placed in white envelopes and
must be picked up separately.
Students are also encouraged to
Male students were not the only
ones to receive Playboy postcards
Female students with gender
crossover names have received
them as well.
ACU is not the only Christian
university to have students solicit-
ed for subscriptions; Oklahoma
Christian University students have
received Playboy promotions as
Barnard said students wanting
to have their names removed from
the Playboy mailing list can fill out
a form at the Post Office.
Campus nears 100 Y2K compliance
Operating lab computers on Jan
1 should be as easy as it is now.
The Infamous Y2K problem has
been fixed on a majority of campus
computers according to specialists
from Team 55 and Information
Team 55 cleaned out lwrd drives
and reinstalled software on all the
lab computers over live Christmas
break said James Stephenson Team
55 consultant and Junior marketing
major from Ocean Springs Miss.
While reinstalling the software
they also installed a program that
fixed the Y2K bug making them
Y2K compliant Stephenson said.
While all the lab computers
have been fixed some administra
tive computers still have the bug to
About 90 percent of the com-
puters that run administrative soft-
ware are now Y2K compliant said
Bob Ncvill manager of Computer
and Network Services at Informa-
tion Technology They have spent
the lost several months creating an
inventory of campus computers
that need to be fixed.
Information Technology has put
up a website to inform students
about the problems associated with
the Y2K bug as well as ways to fix
it Ncvill said. The sites address is
The Y2K problem is a bug
embedded into many older Intel-
based computers. The internal
clock tfer records dates on these
computers only records the last
two digits of the year. When Jan. 1
2000 arrives some computers will
record the year 1900.
Team 55 and Industrial Technol-
ogy do not yet have any software
available for students to fix their
own computers. However several
stores are selling software to fix the
The Campus Store does not
have any Y2K software In stock
but they can order software to fix
the Y2K bug. Students who wish to
order software can call Mike Bar
row in the Computer Outlet at Ext
A variety of Y2K software such
as Detect 2000 Y2000 and Fix
2000 Pro can also be purchased at
Hastings and CompUSA ranging in
price from $5 to $40.
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