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What Scotland and Texas have in common

Here’s your geography lesson for the day: Scotland has been a part of the United Kingdom, along with England, Wales and Northern Ireland, since 1707. About 300 years later, Scotland voted whether to remain in the UK and finally decided last week that they would stay.
But what if this historic Scotish movement was replayed somewhere [...]

See how SA allocates students’ money

On Wednesday, the Students’ Association presented its proposal for the fall budget and passed it after making a few amendments. This year SA received $90,000 total from the university.
Included in every student’s tuition is a fee that goes to SA. The idea is that, in turn, this money will be spent in ways that benefit [...]

A skeptical Congress is right to arm rebels, FSA

In the U.S. House of Representatives’ vote taken Wednesday, Congress approved Obama’s plan to combat ISIS by training Syrian rebels. The House was split 273 in favor and 156 in opposition of the amendment.
Though the plan is now approved, exactly what it will look like in action is unsure. President Obama has made it very [...]

The Editorial Board’s opinion on open-house hours

Last Monday, freshmen and sophomores all over campus could be heard rejoicing because more open-house hours were finally extended. And it’s about time.
Students of the opposite sex will now be able to visit each other’s dorm rooms on Wednesday and Thursday nights instead of having to find on- and off-campus places to hang with their [...]

Changes in pledging requires support from Student Life

Chris Riley, vice president of Student Life, said he hopes changes to the pledging process ultimately encourage more participation across the student body.
“We want to try to provide opportunities for as much participation as we can in clubs,” he said. “We want to think of ways for clubs to be more successful for the types [...]

Apple’s latest announcement lacks innovation

After nerds around the world counted down for weeks in advance and tech sites speculated for months, Apple unveiled its newest products yesterday. But despite the anticipation and suspense, the only real news was that they named their smartwatch Apple Watch instead of iWatch.
The opening video touted that Apple was “seeing things different.”
“Those words mean [...]

The Yik Yak effect: students speak out

“No login, no password, no traces; simply anonymous.”
That is the motto of Yik Yak, the messaging app that allows students to make anonymous posts to be seen by anybody using the app in the surrounding area, or, in our case, on campus.
We have received two letters to the editor in response to the Optimist’s decision [...]

Kent Brantly’s medical bills worth the cost of awareness

Kent Brantly has been a major topic of discussion since contracting Ebola virus in July. It would seem that after remaining courageous in the face of a deadly disease, as well as testing an experimental cure, he’d receive nothing but praise.
However, that’s not the case. One of the major objections to Brantly’s mission was the [...]

We challenge the Ice Bucket Challenge

With the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on the rise and hundreds joining each day, critically thinking about the challenge before participating is crucial.
The challenge consists of pouring a bucket of ice cold water over your head, then naming a few other people to do the same in less than 24 hours, or donating money [...]

Opinion page encourages dialogue across campus

The word “opinion” often finds itself tossed around in the same conversations as the words “conflict” or “disagreement.” This is unfortunate because it gives “opinion” a negative connotation, rather than suggesting some of the other rich benefits that opinions bring not just to our conversations, but also our communities.
The goal of the opinion page in [...]

A few changes could improve the exceptional

As the school year comes to an end, reflections and meditations on our institution of education are a necessity. These reflections inevitably lead to an internal list of improvements ACU could make that we have graciously decided to document for the posterity of this magnificent university.
Our first suggestion is that GATA Fountain be given a [...]

Surviving the end of days (aka graduation)

A few hundred students this week are stumbling around with little to no sleep and the weight of their future on their shoulders. It’s easy to pick out the seniors from the crowd this week as graduation swiftly approaches.
Graduating used to be fun, when moving from the second to the third grade meant an end-of-the-year [...]