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Letter to the editor: There is no war on police

By Taylor Crumpton Last week, The Optimist’s Editorial Board released an editorial piece entitled  “War on Police Will Not Solve Anything”. The author did an excellent job of combining the nationalistic feelings inspired by September 11 with the recent loss of an Abilene Police Department officer, crafting an editorial piece that displayed the way white Americans think about the innocent black lives lost and the Black Lives Matter movement. The Black Lives Matter movement is about police accountability and the removal of the systemic barriers that enable and condone its racial practices. The main issue is a lack of accountability for various actions against the African American community. Oscar Grant, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Trayvon Martin are just a few of the innocent black lives that were taken because of the lack of accountability that exists within our current police system, leaving the black community to mourn […]

Letter to the editor: Editorial inaccurate in implications

By Adia Johnson There was an anonymously written article published on police brutality on September 11, 2015. I, along with many other African American students, found the article offensive and would like to meet with you to discuss our reasoning and to take measures to prevent similar future articles. In order to touch on why […]

Letter to the editor: SA still a value to students despite less student involvement

The Optimist Editorial Board thinks that the best leaders on our campus “have better places to be” than the ACU Students’ Association. We disagree. SA is blessed with the unique opportunity to serve the entire student body in a multitude of ways. Most importantly, SA serves as the voice of the student body to both […]

Letter to the editor: Indictment hurts student’s image

Hello, my name is Heather and I am writing in response to the “Grand jury indicts former student” article. I read the Editorial Board’s, “Why we report on indictments of students” article and all of the points could have been directly addressed without disclosing the student’s name in the first article. I understand that points 1 […]

Yikkity Yak, don’t come back

Pretty please with a cherry on top, stop putting any posts into the Optimist that come from the social media sensation “Yik Yak.” You’re not helping anybody, you’re not representing our students well, and you’re certainly not “reporting” when you put Yaks into the paper, regardless of whether they are good, bad or ugly. Speaking for […]

Yaks create a level playing field for all ideas

There has been a lot of talk about Yik Yak at ACU since it’s grown in popularity, as well as some fairly adamant comments about whether “yaks” should be featured in the Optimist. Some feel that the yaks can be mean and because the Optimist is publishing a few yaks a week, they are endorsing […]

Letter: Reminder to save water

By Cheyenne Barry, freshman accounting major from Henrietta, Tommy Lininger, sophomore criminal justice major from Sacramento, Calif. and Danqing Zhu, freshman international studies major from Fauzhou, China. We would like to send out a friendly reminder to all ACU faculty and students to conserve as much water as possible. The water supply here in Abilene […]

Solomon: Sin should not be praised

Response to “Our demand leads to celeb supply” by Mathew Solomon, junior information technology major from Austin Ms. Alicia Wood, To begin this response I must say that you make a valid point. The reason why Cyrus has accumulated so much fame is due to our societies’ sick fascination with celebrity immorality. I understand that […]

Emery: Son encouraged by Chapel audience

Wednesday morning, Abilene Christian Elementary Students performed their Christmas program during Chapel. My son had a solo part. He got flustered and had to start his song over. The ACU students in attendance cheered for him and encouraged him before he restarted and after he finished. That really meant a lot to him and he […]

Coan: Referees should enforce Waterball rules

By Grace Coan, sophomore Ad/PR major from Colleyville Waterball has become one of the most popular sports here at Abilene Christian University. Students varying from different social clubs, majors and classifications participate in this epic event. The players on the “field”, an indoor swimming pool, wait eagerly for the sound of the whistle before they […]

Schubert: SBCs will continue

This is President Phil Schubert’s response to a previous Optimist story found here: Last week, the Optimist published an article titled, “ACU drops Spring Break Campaigns.” While unintentional, the information reported was inaccurate and the result of some misunderstandings. ACU is not dropping Spring Break Campaigns, and we will continue our commitment to provide year-round […]

Wood: Response to ’50 Shades of women’s roles’

Response to “50 Shades of women’s roles” by Gary Wood from Sacramento, Calif. Alikay and Editor, I applaud your pluck. Nevertheless, some of your brush strokes are a wee bit broad.  Assuming  that “Fifty Shades of Grey,” is about dominance and submission, the assertion that these ideas are central to traditional Christian teaching is unacceptable. […]