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February 5 1999 Friday Volume 87 Number 34 Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
Blackhawk available for SA-soonsored concert
. The Students' Association Campus Con-
certs Committee announced Wednesday to
the Student Senate that country western
group Blackhawk is available to present a
concert on campus April 9.
After Concert committee chairman
Randy Porter senior youth and
family ministry major from
Lcvelland outlined the cost of
the concert. Students' Association
officers passed the decision to bring
The Campus Concerts Committee
chose Blackhawk as its second choice for a
concert after contract negotiations with
another country western group. Diamond
Rio fell through in December Porter said.
Blackhawk will cost $15000 he said
$8000 less than Diamond Rio's price.
Covering the cost of the group and con-
cert production requires selling 1500-
2000 tickets Porter said.
The concert will be in Moody Coliseum
with 4000 seats available and reserved
tickets will be sold for $6 $10 $12 $15
first to ACU students and then to the
general public he said.
Committee treasurer Paul Pasaril-
la senior biochemistry major
from DeSoto said Diamond Rio
did not have a concert scheduled
on April 17 but was going to be
booked around that day in other areas of
the United States.
The two alternate dates the country
western group suggested were too early or
late in the semester.
Diamond Rio did not receive the Con-
cert Committee's contract until after the
music group had booked most of their
spring shows Pasarilla said.
The committee waited this year for Sen
atcb approval of the band and the commit
We want to have
enough time to do
the concert well.
- Randy Porter
tecs budget he said before sending the
contract to the band
After hearing the' news over Christmas
break Pasarilla said committee members
discussed via e-mail the possibility of
sending a proposal to Blackhawk.
Wednesday was the band's deadline for
accepting or rejecting the proposal he
"We want to have enough time to do the
concert well" Porter said.
Senate members and executive treasurer
Jason Schumacher junior business man
agement major from Arlington approved a
$10000 request for Campus Concert
Committee's spring budget.
Pasarilla said this money will cover pro-
duction costs of the concert and some
costs for the band.
The new Appropriations Committee
which will handle student requests Tor
money and other budget issues will con
duct its first meeting Thursday SA execu-
tive president Kevin Underman senior
Bible major from Belmont Calif. said.
The committee will hear and vote on a
student request presented by Katie Rea-
sons senior exercise science major from
San Antonio for the Exercise Science
Department trip to New Orleans for the
American College of Sports Medicine
Health and Fitness Summit Exposition
April 14-18. The department is requesting
$700 to help fund the student trip.
Appropriations Committee members
are Senior class president Blair Thomas
human communication major from Dallas;
senior class treasurer Jason McCuiston
international business major from Hills-
dale Mich.; senior class vice-president
Grant Garret marketing major from AbU
Icne; junior class senator Jason Booker
junior art and marketing major from Kil-
gore; junior class senator Dale Carter
See Senate page 8
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The Physics Department wel-
comed physics professors frpm
across the United Stales on Tues-
day to continue ongoing research
of the proton particle inside the
About twice a year 16 physics
professors assemble to collabo-
rate and study data from an
The experiment completed
about 18 months ago involves the
study of the contents and struc-
ture of the proton particle. The
professors are meeting to analyze
and study the data of their results.
"We have discovered that the
proton particle is made up of three
Quarks" said Dr. Donald Isen-
hower associate professor of
physics. "Surrounding these
Quarks are a sea of Quarks Anti-
Quarks and Gluons. We axe cur-
rently studying' the Anti-Quark
Visiting physics professors
came from the Argonne National
Lab in Chicago; the University of
New Mexico New Mexico State
and Los Alamos National Lab in
New Mexico; Texas A&M; Val-
varaiso University; and Fermi
National Lab In Chicago
Representing ACU were Dr.
Michael Sadler professor of
physics and Dr. Paul Schulzc
professor and chairman cf the
AClfe Physics Department Is
one of the few private schools in
the nation to receive grants. The
Department of Energy funds about
80 universities and ACU has been
involved for several years.
Isenhower said many of the
national labs use ACU students as
assistants and have been extreme-
ly impressed with diem. "They say
our undergraduates are hard-
working eager and very helpful"
The ACU students have left
such a good impression with the
different faculties they are regu-
larly asked to return Iscnhowcr
said. In the past 17 years ACU has
employed more than 50 students
In physics research.
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FHCST COMC FmST SfRVCD: Members of Sub T-16 take the stage one at a time to be auctioned off to the Bean
Sprout crowd Thursday after Chapel. Earnings from the auction will go toward the Jim Lindsay Memorial Fund.
On the Block
Club raises unexpected
amount of funds through
auction for memorial fund
Students packed the Bean Sprout Thursday
after Chapel to witness the proceedings of
mens social club Sub T-16s auction.
The auction in which club members were
sold to the highest bidder for things like dates
and housework raised about $2500 for the
Jim Lindsay Memorial Fund.
Michael Miller Sub T president and junior
management major from Dallas said the auc-
tion went much better and more smoothly
than he anticipated it would.
He said auctioneer Scott Mlchencr was
"fabulous and made the show run."
Miller who was purchased for $200
said" We made far more Uian we thought ve
were going to get."
He said the club will definitely have anoth-
John Davidson senior accounting major"
from Cookevllle Tenn. went for $70 to Ash-
ley Cox sophomore undecided major from
Dallas in the auction.
"We had some security who would bid $30
See Auction page 8
Story by Julie ONeill
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A murder in southeast Texas last June fol-
lows residents of Jasper everywhere they go.
The 'alleged racially driven dragging death of
James Byrd Jr. has even affected students at
"I know every time someone hears I'm from
there they automatically think I'm preju-
diced" said Merry Lacy junior human commu-
Lacy said she was shocked when she first
heard about the gruesome murder. She said
Jasper is not a prejudiced town. Lacy described
the community as a typical normal Texas town
with about 10000 residents and a 4A high
She said that demographically there arc an
equal number of White and Black residents.
"I was embarrassed" said Katherine
Gorhum senior math major.
Gorhum grew up in Jasper and said she
remembers a division in the cultures there but
does not recall any. sort of racism.
Gorhum said the media have painted a
skewed picture of Jasper.
"The media have made a mockery of this
town" she said.
Both women however feel the murder has
brought residents there closer together and has.
dissolved racial barriers.
They said their concern Is not for the city
but for Its reputation
"I don't want the town to be judged; I dont
want me to be judged" Lacy said.
The first of three defendants is now on trial
for the slaying.
Both students from Jasper agreed on the out-
come they would like to sec
"I'd like to see them proven guilty 1 think
'they're guilty" Lacy said.
No trial date has been set for the other two
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