The 1940s makeshift music group of student known as the Nauseating Nine left a legacy of laughs on campus, students as fans and administration with frowns.
The group’s humble beginning can be traced back to childhood friends Joe Clayton (’50) and Bill Scott (’50) growing up in Shawnee, Okla. After a move separated the childhood friends, the two [...]
They clock more hours at the Williams Performing Arts Center than home. They have a better attendance record than football player mothers. They are “bandies.” They are a family. They are The Big Purple.
For Audrey Schaffner, junior English major from Vernon and two-year Pit Captain in the band, buying into the family business took little [...]
Highland Church of Christ’s Jonathan Storment is known for his on-stage, caffeinated nature. Since being christened to the church’s head pastor pulpit three years ago, he engages the sanctuary with visual aids and colorful stories every Sunday at 10:15 a.m. and once more at 5 p.m. But on a late Thursday afternoon, there is no [...]
Like mother, like son.
Graduation announcements have been sent out and congratulation cakes have been ordered. Come May 11, while most parents will be in the audience snapping pictures of their child collecting their diplomas, Jo Ann Evans will follow her son Bryan Evans to receive her own.
Jo Ann Travis Evans first arrived on ACU campus [...]
Emily Teel, sophomore art major from Abilene, sees her friends every time she’s at work.
Teel works at Sharky’s Burrito Co., the popular build-your-own-burrito restaurant located near the Abilene Christian University campus. One of the few burrito places in Abilene, it is frequented by many students from ACU and Hardin-Simmons University, as well as Abilene residents.
Red rubber balls bounce off bodies and battle cries are belted. The annual Students’ Association sponsored tournament proves dodgeball is no longer a playful playground sport. Last week, Release the McCracken, the infamous team of teachers, returned to the court to make a second run at schooling their students in a whole new classroom.
Release the [...]
Weaving through the streets of Abilene is a miniature history lesson – at least for those who look past the signs and into the names printed in the standard white Clearview font.
Texas and Pacific Railway brought Abilene into existence as the railroad began spreading west toward California. Several Taylor County businessmen and ranchers convinced the [...]
Mark and Laura Phillips live in an ACU residence hall for the first time since 1986, when Mark lived in Mabee Hall and Laura in Gardner. Since then, they have married, earned doctoral degrees and acquired a lot of things.
Now, they live in Nelson Hall. Most of their belongings are in storage.
“We’re living on minimal [...]
Story by Katie Cukrowski
Cheers erupt in Moody Coliseum when the sharply dressed worship leader starts waving his arms back and forth in front of him.
“To this day, I don’t understand why [Highways and Byways] strikes a chord with students,” laughed Dr. Moore.
Eleven years ago, Steven Moore, assistant professor of English, was scheduled to lead Chapel, [...]
He opens the weight room between 5 and 6 every morning and doesn’t go home before 6 or 6:30 p.m. He creates fitness plans for all 14 of ACU’s competitive sports teams specifically structured to each sport’s needs. He has the lofty task of ensuring the athletes are fit and ready for their coaches.
Eric Overland [...]
“The man with a plan.” That’s how classmates refer to senior family studies major from Plano, Nick Tatum. With the senior class’ win last Saturday, he is now “The man with four Sing Song golds.”
However, before ACU, Nick Tatum had never attended, much less heard of Sing Song.
Tatum began his freshman year as a music [...]
Story by Tom Fullerton
ACU is famous for a campus teeming with family legacy. For Tom Fullerton, Lucy Hamilton Fullerton, their four children and ten granddaughters, lineage takes the form of a stuffed plush toy.
In 1953, Tom Fullerton returned to what was Abilene Christian College at the time, from his short time in the military. Lucy [...]