Another semester is coming to a close and few students have spent it working as hard as those on the Optimist staff.
In addition to balancing schoolwork and other on-campus activities, we somehow manage to put in long hours writing stories, designing pages, updating the website and editing photos and videos. Through it all, deadlines are [...]
The “ACU difference” is a phrase that has become cliché because of its excessive use on campus, but is rarely delved into with any depth. So, we present 10 things that separate ACU from state schools and vice versa:
State schools have co-ed dorms: Just the thought of co-ed dorms is enough to make ACU alumni squirm [...]
The university hires only faculty who are members of Churches of Christ; however the Optimist recognizes significant benefits to hiring faculty members from outside that single religious group.
The Faculty Senate recently conducted a survey at the request of the Board of Trustees regarding faulty church membership requirements. The survey results showed a majority of faculty [...]
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, while students are counting their blessings, here is a list of 10 things to be thankful for at ACU.
Starbucks in the Brown Library: The beautiful caffeine supplier to tired, free-time deprived and homework-hounded students. Without this heroic café, already-busy students would be forced to drive 14 minutes out of the [...]
1,650 minutes per semester.
1,650 minutes ACU asks of its students, to sit and soak in what has been planned from the start of the bells to the closing, “You’re dismissed.”
The mandatory credit count is a constant source of iPhone game-time and gripes.
But lately, Chapel-going has grown a little more painful.
Last Thursday, the evening Chapel forum [...]
Thanksgiving already gets overshadowed by the Christmas rush. Some people seem to think the calendar skips from October to December. For example, Starbucks broke out the red holiday coffee cups the day after Halloween.
To add insult to injury, ACU students are only given three days off from class to celebrate Thanksgiving. This is not enough [...]
The NFL offensive line just got a little more offensive. Players of late have hurdled over the line of scrimmage so many times, with everything from murder charges to fake girlfriends, that the league of old is nearly unrecognizable. Are we keeping up with the latest in sports or the newest reality TV show?
The latest [...]
Don’t have time for sleep? College students who skip on sleep are taking huge risks with their health and grades. They think the “norm” is to pull all-nighters most nights and only get three hours the other nights. This is far from the truth. Sleep provides physical and mental benefits you can’t get from anything [...]
The attendance policy at ACU is a pain when the semester wraps up and winds down.
Understanding the material and making good grades on all of the tests isn’t enough to keep up the grade point average anymore. If students miss class, they are in danger of losing their chance to get their desired GPA. By [...]
Wi-Fi is the key to turning a paper in on time. The term “Wi-Fi” obviously stands for, “Will I Find Internet,” because that’s always a mystery on campus.
Somedays you may find the odds are in your favor and this elusive Wi-Fi will grace you with its presence. But Wi-Fi could not care less about that [...]
No one would ever think of texting or blindfolding themselves while using a chainsaw, and the same logic should apply to driving a car. Most students would argue that they are safe drivers if they don’t drink and drive, but this assumption is far from the truth. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, [...]
In part one of this two-part editorial, the Editorial Board discusses why instrumental worship should be implemented in Chapel. Click here to read the opposing argument.
It’s hard to believe allowing instrumental music in Chapel is still even a debate on ACU’s campus when it seems clear that change is needed.
As of this year, more than [...]