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The perfect match: De Leon and ACU together at last

It was because of a classic.
A sports classic that is. He never had to go through the stress and pressure of deciding where to go, because he already knew. He knew from a very young age as a kid. He knew it was the place for him, and he would do whatever it took to [...]

The Samaritan that Sims built

In the last three years, Terry Bradshaw, Laura Bush and Condoleezza Rice have made visits to Abilene. Three years ago, the Abilene nonprofit, Global Samaritan Resources, hired a new executive director, Danny Sims. The timing is not a coincidence.
Convincing celebrities to come to West Texas is one of the more external ways people have noticed [...]

Third trip’s the charm

On Aug. 27, Mandy Rama boarded a plane to finally return home, alongside 10 other students.
Rama, a sophomore family studies major, has a different experience than her classmates – she was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, and has been waiting to return for the last 13 years.
“I want so badly to [...]

Remembering the Greatest Generation

“If you love me, you won’t leave.”
Ken Lewis’ mother screamed at him from the front door as he as he left his Meriden, Connecticut, home to enlist in the U.S. Army. Two weeks later, July 14, 1944, he was on a troop train bound for Camp Blanding, Florida, and 17 weeks of infantry training. He [...]

Epps proves excellence on both sides of the ball

From offense to defense to special teams, ACU junior Jonathan Epps can do just about anything on the football field.
Epps is second on the team in all-purpose yards with 788 behind freshman redshirt running back De’Andre Brown’s 949 yards coming from passes and kick and punt returns. He also plays a key role on the [...]

Track coach Graham continues to recover in Colorado

It could happen to anyone.
Young or old, freak accidents happen all the time. The difference is when those freak accidents hit home.
Twenty-nine-year-old Drew Graham was no exception. Graham, an assistant track and field coach, was a recent victim of an accident in which his life was put in jeopardy after a swimming accident left him [...]

Voter voices at the polls

Howard Collier has lived in Abilene 29 years, and has voted in every election since he moved here from Lubbock. But to him, voting is not the most important thing in life.
“Voting comes number two; number one is prayer,” Collier said. “It’s my own personal conviction, but my beliefs are to pray, vote and buy [...]

On the Hedge of Glory

He’s sweet but spiky, curious but complacent, sharp but soft. His pastimes include hiking up shirt sleeves and hiding under beds. His name is Cashew, but his friends refer to him as Cash or Cash-Money.
Oh, and he’s a hedgehog.

On Sept. 6, Ali Rakestraw, junior biology major from Boulder, Colorado, drove two and a half hours [...]

Gilbert’s hot start continues for Wildcats

So far this season, wide receiver Cedric Gilbert has scored at least one touchdown in every game. That’s six straight games of scoring points. Even more impressively, those numbers are off just 15 catches in the season.
Gilbert turned down several larger Div. I offers to come to ACU last fall from Cisco College and redshirted [...]

She gets buckets: Mitchell leads way for ACU

No one saw it coming. At least, not with a group of seniors leading the way. Not with a solid group of upperclassmen, led by four seniors who had spent the last three years building ACU soccer into the dominant program that it is today. No one saw it coming, but that doesn’t mean it [...]

Two goalkeepers anchor ACU defense

The Wildcat soccer team stands at 7-7-1 overall and is second place in the Southland Conference with a record of 4-2-1.
They have outscored their opponents by a small margin this year at just 24 to 19 goals, but what sets the team apart is its two sophomore goalkeepers.
Amassing 83 saves between the duo over the [...]

Entra a la Plaza serves up culture

A Spanish version of Be My Baby blasted over loudspeakers as several hundred waited for the festivities of Entra a la Plaza to begin Friday night. While they waited, some had their faces painted, and others bounced around in the inflatable obstacle course. The aroma of cheese, beef and spices filled the air as the [...]