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

 - Class of 1983

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The eternal waters of prank The GATA Fountain has always been an ob- :ct of humility. Pranksters have found it to be ie most decorative hang nail on campus and mis year brought some knew ideas to fountain ecorating. To start things off right the maintenance epartment painted the inside of the fountain Q Q .. ..,,, . izgp. i . . ki A ..t. W . K , K . . .. ---- ..... i X r . tttt ' x we-. ' 5-1' . 5 f L . .... : .E .... ' r - -. . .Z ..,. I . K I K C , I I . M e iv gr- . - rg ...... . 5 " ' if .- .a...m....,...ta ei ,,,. . , ttt. sr, , au. ,,,. fi 0 rotected by "law." Wllal One of the biggest attractions on the in- 'amural basketball court couldn't make a 360- .am dunk or a 20-foot sky hook. But he could all a foul louder than any other referee in rhool, and his exaggerated signals would have iade a mime jealous. Phillip Dutton attracted attention when he :fereed a basketball game because he threw all f his boundless energy into the task. The pressures of making split-second deci- ons and hearing hisses from fans were not new ar Phillip. 'Tm flamboyant. I do it with style," e said. "The worst thing you can do is make a rishy-washy call. The second worst thing you an do is not make it automatically." Phillip applied that same philosophy to every spect of his life - from waiting tables at Steak nd Ale to writing Optimist stories to being a usband. He returned to ACU last year after tree years away and quickly became a well- nown campus figure. He started writing Optimirt sports stories in ie fall as part of a class, but he was so en- iusiastic about assignments that the sports :litor began giving him more work. By the end f the spring semester, Phillip wrote several :ories per issue and knew practically everybody ven remotely concerned with ACU sports. "l've always loved sports. If they gave egrees in sports, I'd be a Ph.D," Phillip said. But it takes more than a love for sports to lay them, and Phillip's 5-foot-6-inches limited is athletic aspirations. Still, he wanted to be in- olved in sports, and refereeing and reporting 'ere two ways he chose to do that. Phillip said e chose sports journalism so he could bring ie excitement of a sporting event to others the brightest, chalky blue they could find. The color of blue wasrft that badg you pro- bably became accustomed to it. What was bothersome was when it stopped looking blue and started turning brown. Putting live fish in the ol' water hole was cer- tainly better than dead ones, and it was original. But no one took the fish out until they had finally died and bloated. Eventually someone decided to change the color of the water to red, then green, then rust. When a big event was coming up like Sing Song, the ptanksters got real creative and soaped the fountain. CBe serious, that trick should be listed in the handbook as a weekly eventj Two students found out the rim of the foun- tain made a good track on which to ride their unicycles. Now that's inventive! Our token oasis had suffered through toilet seats, Fort Phantom Lake signs, a dead cow, turtles the size of a small Doberman, enough soap to wash every student's clothes for a month, endless 's your deal. who werent there. Phillip admitted that he had not channelled his energy wisely when he was a student here from 1975-78. "I wanted to get an education, but I wanted to have fun more than I wanted to get an education." Thus he became known for his crazy antics. One day Phillip and some friends began talking about shaving their heads. Phillip said he would shave his head for 5100, and the guys quickly collected the money. The next day Phillip came to school with a smooth scalp and a new pair of boots. But he regrets that action. "I really wish I'd never done it because of the stupidity of it all. I realize that the reason I did it was because I wanted to be popular, and what I became was infamous. I clon't want to be remembered for that. I want to be remembered for something that was productive for the school." Phillip was placed on academic suspension at the end of the fall semester of his senior year and he returned home to Hurst, where he met his wife, Stephanie. He worked for a steel con- struction company for three years, and while taking classes at Tarrant County junior College decided to return to ACU. The couple agreed that returning to Abilene was one of the best moves they could have made. But Phillip still was concerned about what others thought of him, saying he was afraid people saw him only as a flamboyant character on the field or court and that made them shy away from getting to know him on a deeper level. "I think I have some worthwhile qualities that many people don't see," he said. ...nfs I Scott Mallory and Alan Rlch pioneered a new fountaln sport. numbers of bodies sailing into it, live fish, dead fish, shoe polishings and once even an attempt to jump it on a bicycle. But the most refreshing, creative and harmless gag to date occurred at graduation this year. Someone placed three inflatable ducks in the fountain and put up a warning, "Posted -- No Hunting." Thank you, kind joker, for saving us from the fountain gag blues. - Charles L. Pullen Phil? Even if nobody else saw that worth, Stephanie was a true fan. "He's everything any girl would ever want. He makes you happy." Kevin Wishard, an Optimirt sports staffer, probably came closest to capturing the true spirit of Phillip: "You can say what you want to about him, but if I had to swim the ocean, I'd want to do it with Phillip." - Tammy Fielder f' K. 1 It :-:a 1 ft i r

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