Abilene Christian College - Prickly Pear Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1982

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MathfComputer Science ACM programming team The computer age is here. In businesses of all kinds and in many homes, computers are as commonplace as Monday Night Football. When the expertise necessary to operate computers was combined with the American spirit of competition, the next logical step was computer programming as a sport. Yes, computer programming entered the nation's sports arena. And yes, ACU hada team. ACU's Association for Computing Machinery programming team won the ACM South-Central Regional Programm- ing Contest in Arlington. The four- member team then advanced to the na- tional competition in Indianapolis at ACM's annual winter meeting. However, the team failed to place at nationals. Cary Gray, team captain and senior math major from Abilene, explained how computer programming teams competed. "Each team is given six problems to solve by programming with FORTRAN," he said. "The objective is to solve as many of the problems as possible within the time limit. The team to solve the most problems in the shortest time is the winner." Computer programming may not have seemed like a strenuous sport to some, but Gray said the competition was intense. "It's funny when the competitors are serv- ed lunch at the terminalsg sometimes nobody will stop to eat.', The meets usually lasted about four hours, he said. Competition in those four-hour meets usually was of very high caliber, Gray said. Before 1977 ACU had to compete in Divi- sion II of the ACM competition because the school had no graduate program it computer science. In 1977 the rules were changed an- schools were allowed to compete i whichever division schools thought woul- be the most competitive for their teams ACU immediately transferred to Divisio I and has placed in either regional or na tional meets since 1975. Preparing for a meet against such tougl This page: bottom - Bob Johnsor freshmanfrom Lubbock, takes notes in B Green's math class. Opposite page: top - Stacy Brecheen talks to her math instruc tor, Carol Williams, after a test,' bottor left - Mathematics and computer scienc faculty membersg bottom right - In FORTRAN lab Marty Pyle works on program. www, N ,iv-W ani' 170 MathfComputer Science

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