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

 - Class of 1983

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set before "You can come here and rest from the world and not do anything," she said. "If you were in New York City, you'd be working hard and pushing Christianity because the laborers are few, but down here there are so many that you can slough off." Gina King, a senior who transferred from West Texas State University after one semester, found ACU far different from WTSU, where "they don't think anything about going out on any night of the week and getting plastered" and where premarital sex was "pretty common." "It was strange to come from there where nobody even said the world God and much less uttered a prayer and then coming here," she said. Gina said ACU students and administrators made their decisions from a Christian viewpoint, "Then because you are around so many good people, you tend to make more deci- sions that are Christian. There's a much greater temptation to do things that aren't Christian at a state school," she said. Laura Lee Meinhardi, senior home economics education major, transferred to ACU after two years at Harding University. She said, "ACU is a little bit more part of the world than Harding was because of its location, the size of the school and the type of people that come here." She said Harding was in a small-town, sheltered at- mosphere and ACU was in a city with more - and closer - opportunities for non-Christian conduct. called the 'ACU Club,' " she said. "If something like that happened, some people would be out of school. You just don't hear about those things at Lipscomb." Irma Christian had watched ACU and its standards for 60 years. She graduated from ACU in 1928, taught at ACU and in Abilene Christian schools for 55 years, and attended Chapel daily during the 1982-83 year. Her students included jack Pope, now chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court, and the late Batsell Barrett Baxter, who was one of Lipscomb's presidents. "The success of the great people who have gone here is due mostly to the Christian principles," she said. Mrs. Christian said she had seen some loosening of stan- dards at ACU in the last several years, but said she thought she saw a trend for the better among students, with fewer students fighting the school's standards. Both Mrs. Christian and Nelson said they thought the ad- ministration was overly concerned with money. Nelson said, "I just don't think there's much of a sense of mission in our administration. I think our administration is more conscious of the university's prestige than of the mission of God." He also said he thought the administration was not only concerned that ACU survive in difficult economic times, but that it grow in numbers to enhance its prestige. "I don't see them explaining the growth that ACU is going to do in terms of God being glorified or that we can equip more A school's rules influence the type to go to that school, she said, and attend ACU would not enirolliin stricter rules. Myra Lowe, junior Lipscomb College for two the fall of 1982. She said but to do God's mission in the world." were evident in ACU's attempts to standards. Teague said, "We can always those things where you have to have limit to the possibilities bad codified

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