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

 - Class of 1982

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Abilene Christian College - Prickly Pear Yearbook (Abilene, TX) online yearbook collection, 1982 Edition, Page 260
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All-American ' ptimi t' add edition Students used to picking up the Op- timist each Friday had to change their reading habits some as the newspaper add- ed a Tuesday edition. The size of each issue ranged from 12-20 pages. Editor Doug Mendenhall, a senior news-editorial major from Yakima, Wash., said the Optimist made the move to publishing twice weekly for several reasons. "We thought that having two issues each week would help us keep our readers much more up to date on campus events," he said. An increase in the number of students working for the newspaper through mass communication courses was another reason for the expansion, Mendenhall said. He also said that "publishing biweekly is much better training for anyone who even- tually plans to work for a daily newspaper? In addition to covering campus events, the paper tried to confront issues and pro- blems faced by students, he said. In-depth articles discussed topics ranging from students frequenting nightclubs to anorex- ia nervosa to the importance of grades and graduate school. A major source of controversy throughout the year was the newspaperls policy of reporting the names of students arrested on criminal charges, Mendenhall said. 1 3 g Lkg, xg Y. wxswiiws t ,...t. R. , . , ..s. ..,,. I 4 .... ,, .,., ,.",- see. s ii... fi -- 256 the Optimist on Tuesdays The Optimist accumulated a number of honors during the year. It received an All- American rating from the Associated Col- legiate Press for the fall and spring semesters. The paper has received 13 All- American ratings in l4 semesters. In the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association competition, the staff received 16 awards, including third place for overall presentation. The Optimist adviser, Dr. Charles Marler, was honored as TIPA Adviser of the Year for his work with the Optimist and students. On April Fool's Day the staff took a break from the two-papers-a-week routine to concoct the Pessimist, a satiric newspaper. This page: top - At the mass com- munication banquet, Mark Stockdale, junior news-editorial major, is initiated into SPJ, SDX,' center - Dr. Charles Marler, adviser of the Optimist, listens to a discussion about upcoming conventions, bottom right - Members of the Optimist staff' bottom left - Linde Thompson, senior news-editorial major, presides at an SPA meeting. Opposite page: top - Mike Hammer states the SPJ, SDX initiation oath while Doug Mendenhall, editor of the Optimist, repeats it,' left - Scott Russell, assistant sports editor, works to meet deadline. Right - Mendenhall discusses editorial policy with an Optimist reader. FRONT ROW - Cindy Stocking, Brenda Zobrist, Robin Ward Monica Hart Rachel O Rear Elise Smit Linde Thompson, Barbie Shelton. ROW 2 - Rodney Goodman George Brown Tammy Fielder Sum Caldwell, Kelly Tolson, Charles Marler, Kent Barnett Donna Garrett ROW 3 Ron Thompson Ma Stockdale, Kevin Wasner, Doug Mendenhall, Jeff Slatton Scott Russell Jeff Leving Wes Thornton

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