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Letter to the Editor: Science, objective truth, and democracy at stake in ‘bathroom bill’ fight

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Posted on May 10, 2016 | Filed under Letters to the Editor | No comment

By Adam Nettina Aside from egregiously misrepresenting the concern many people have over the issues created by the so-called “bathroom-bills,” Mercedez Hernandez has shown a fundamental disregard and contempt for the real problem of allowing individuals to use a public restroom of their non-biological gender. It is not only an issue that opens up the […]

Conversations need to be started about LGBT students

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Posted on April 28, 2016 | Filed under Editorials,Opinion | No comment

The Board of Trustees has released a framework for a task force created by the university administration intended to help it in the process of evaluating the university’ sexual stewardship code. The reevaluations come as a reaction to the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court case of July 2015 that federally required each state to recognize same-sex […]

Transgender rights can’t be ignored

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Posted on April 28, 2016 | Filed under Columns,Editorials,Opinion | No comment

After the civil rights movement of the 1960s, it is often thought the fight for equal rights was won a long time ago. But for transgender Americans, the fight for those rights is an uphill battle. Only 18 states have laws that prohibit discrimination based on gender identity, and out of the remaining states that have no such […]

To my future employers: pick me, pick me

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Posted on April 28, 2016 | Filed under Columns,Opinion | No comment

As I look back on my time here at ACU and working on the Optimist, I can’t help but get sentimental. Sure, that might be the pre-finals sleep deprivation getting to me, but I am so blessed with all the life skills I’ve acquired through my time as editor. I can’t wait to share my talents with […]

University is right to focus on retention, but will central advising help?

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Posted on April 22, 2016 | Filed under Editorials,Opinion | No comment

The university is making plans to centralize its advising system that will take advisers out of various departments and colleges and put them in a single location. Advisers will be housed under enrollment and marketing beginning in August. University officials say it will allow advisors to take advantage of new software called Degree Works to […]

ACU Athletics lacks transparency needed for Div. I reputation

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Posted on April 14, 2016 | Filed under Editorials,Opinion,Sports | No comment

A lot of students, faculty and alumni had an opinion when they found out head track and field and cross country coach Keith Barnier was relieved of duties and would not return after three years with the university. Some thought it was a justified move. Others thought it was madness. Based on our responsibility as media to […]

Athletics release of Barnier raises several eyebrows, and it should

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Posted on April 12, 2016 | Filed under Columnists,Opinion,Sports | No comment

Less than 48 hours after our track and field team dominated at its annual Wes Kittley Invitational, head coach Keith Barnier was relieved of his duties, effective immediately, according to director of athletics Lee De Leon. Three years ago, when Barnier arrived at Abilene, he was tasked with carrying a legendary track and field team through a […]

Move to central advising system may not be best for all

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Posted on April 10, 2016 | Filed under Editorials,Opinion | No comment

The university’s Senior Leadership Team recently proposed that academic advising move away from the department-specific advising system to a central advising center. Such a sweeping change would have a huge impact on students and faculty and this sort of change should be carefully considered and discussed across campus before being enacted. Whether you have a […]

Panama Papers illuminate international issue

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Posted on April 8, 2016 | Filed under Editorials,Opinion | No comment

Just days ago, a massive leak of documents, titled the Panama Papers, exposed the way the world’s richest utilize tax havens to hide their money and evade taxes. The leak was the largest in history, consisting of 11.5 million documents from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. The 2,600 gigabytes of files detail how Mossack […]

Miitomo is Miitertaining and Miiddicting

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Posted on April 7, 2016 | Filed under Columns,Editorials,Opinion | No comment

Miitomo is the first mobile app made by Japanese game developer, Nintendo, and is already a worldwide hit. After launching on March 31 worldwide, it skyrocketed to the No. 1 free app on Apple’s iTunes store and No. 2 on the top free Android apps behind Facebook Messenger. Miitomo is a social media app that […]

MLK Jr. Speech to be remembered

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Posted on April 1, 2016 | Filed under Columns,Editorials,Opinion | No comment

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the one time out of the year where schools, communities, and churches from all around the country stop not only to remember the great leader that MLK Jr. was, but to remember the famous words that struck our nation today. However, it seems that for the condition our country is in […]

The value of higher education: Is it worth it?

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Posted on March 31, 2016 | Filed under Columns,Editorials,Opinion | No comment

ACU seems to be taking into account that the price of its education needs to match the value of its education, as the university offers a plethora of resources and opportunities students can’t get at many other places while growing in a spiritual community while constantly finding ways to improve the university to promote innovation. […]