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Social media connects alumni to students in art department

Posted on April 24, 2015 | Filed under Arts & Culture,Showcase | No comment

Six students have won first place in various sessions of the semester-long ACU A&D Instagram Competition facilitated by the Department of Art and Design. The competition serves as a way to connect current art students with alumni. Every two weeks, a department alumnus judges the miniature competitions. Six winners have been named so far: Anne-Marie Coffee, senior […]

Five-tool star shortstop does it all for ACU softball

Posted on April 23, 2015 | Filed under Features,Showcase,Sports | No comment

Freshman shortstop Peyton Hedrick has been tearing up the Southland Conference this season, and that’s a bit of an understatement. Despite the team’s 4-17 showing in the conference and 10-31 overall record this season, Hedrick’s individual performance had proven she is more than her team’s record. At second in the conference in batting average, SLG […]

Shooting the stars

Posted on April 22, 2015 | Filed under Features,Showcase | No comment

Dr. Jason Holland, professor of mathematics, teaches students about discreet algebra and math theory. But hanging on the walls of his office in Foster Science Building are photographs of nebulae, galaxies and star clusters – and they’re all taken by Holland himself. Holland discovered his love for astrophotography in 2012 after he got his first […]

Baseball snaps losing streak in walk off fashion

Posted on April 21, 2015 | Filed under Showcase,Sports | No comment

The Wildcats ended their weather-delayed weekend series against Sam Houston State in walk-off fashion. After freshman outfielder Taylor Fajardo sent the game into extra innings with a two-run homer to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, junior shortstop Kyle Carroll needed just one pitch to give the Wildcats a one-run win with a solo home run […]

To kick or not to kick the Yik

Posted on April 17, 2015 | Filed under Editorials,Showcase | No comment

The Office of Multicultural Enrichment is fighting one of the most powerful forces in the history of civilization: the Internet. The “Kick the Yik” campaign was launched by OME in response to the abundance of racist, sexist and offensive yaks on the controversial app. They are encouraging students to delete the app from their phones. […]

Competing for the Cup: Gomez tries out for spot on Colombian National Soccer team

Posted on April 16, 2015 | Filed under Features,Showcase,Sports | No comment

From the day she was born, she had Colombian blood running in her veins and a soccer ball at her feet. Sophomore midfielder Maria Gomez, who finished her second season playing for the ACU women’s soccer team last semester, also just finished training in the Republic of Colombia for the chance to represent her country […]

Giving Up Perfect: How my view of success was redefined by a tumor

Posted on April 14, 2015 | Filed under Features,Showcase | No comment

Nothing stood in the way of my perfect senior year. I had just finished the dream internship as a production assistant for The Daytripper, one of my favorite shows, in my dream town, Austin. I returned to school in August ready to take on my last year of college. The list of opportunities in front […]

Speaker from UN Women Skypes in with faculty, students

Posted on April 14, 2015 | Filed under News,Showcase | No comment

Dina Deligiorgis, a representative from UN Women, spoke to ACU faculty, staff and students Tuesday about the progression of gender equality and how to end violence against women. Deligiorgis is a knowledge management specialist for UN Women, a United Nations organization that was created to address the issue of gender inequality. “From a young age, […]

Successful Grand Opening at the Wes Kittley Invitational

Posted on April 14, 2015 | Filed under Showcase,Sports | No comment

The grand opening of the new Elmer Gray stadium was successful for the Wildcat’s track and field team. With two victories and 34 top-five finishes, ACU held their own against tope Div. I competition at the home opening Wes Kittley Invitational. The Wildcats faced big opponents – TCU, Texas Tech, South Plains and Western Texas […]

University technology policies are causing confusion

Posted on April 8, 2015 | Filed under News,Showcase | 1 comment

Most students walk into class and immediately pull out their laptops or iPads. However, Kaitlyn Kanis approaches class differently than the average iPad-toting ACU student by forgoing electronics during class. When Kanis sits down in the classroom, she pulls a pencil and paper from her backpack and takes notes the old-fashioned way. “I prefer using pencil and paper and traditional […]

It’s in his blood: MLB player’s son continues family business as Wildcat

Posted on April 7, 2015 | Filed under Features,Showcase,Sports | No comment

From the day he was born, freshman Cody Huson had baseball in his blood. His father, Jeff Huson, played for nine teams over the course of his 12-year MLB career, and now, Cody is looking to make a name for himself at ACU in the sport his father passed on to him. Cody was born […]

Breaking down the 2015 SA Executive Office candidates

Posted on April 7, 2015 | Filed under Editorials,Showcase | No comment

Whether it’s during national, local or even Students’ Association elections, the Optimist has had a long-standing tradition of endorsing candidates. The purpose of endorsing, like everything else on the opinion page, is to start a conversation. It gets people talking, not just about the candidate the editorial board thinks is right for the job, but also […]