Jared Mosley, director of athletics, met with the Students’ Association on Wednesday to address rumors about how ACU’s move to Division I sports will affect campus life.
Formerly, students were able to enter games for free by presenting their ACU identification cards. However, this semester, a new policy was implemented that required students to visit a website to receive their free ticket. SA members have been critical of the changes in ticket policy and have speculated they were connected to the move to Division I. However, Mosely said the move to Division I was not related to ticket changes.
“I know rumors are floating around that we’ve changed from IDs to the ticket system so that we can eventually charge you guys for tickets to go to athletic events,” said Mosley. “That is not the case. Our plan moving forward is to continue to offer students free admission to games and contests.”
Mosley said alumni took advantage of their student IDs to get into games for free and the quality of last year’s ticket vendors, including customer service, was poor. Under the new ticket system, profits can now be generated from alumni through a more reputable ticket vendor.
Mosley said there is no requirement for ACU to add additional athletic facilities, but is interested in conducting renovations and possibly building an on-campus football stadium in the near future. There will be no significant increases in tuition as a result of the move to Division I.
“All of our planning has been to minimize the institution’s investment into the actual transition process,” Mosley said.
Dr. Brady Bryce, director of ministry events and assistant professor of ministry in the Graduate School of Theology, also met with the SA to receive feedback from this year’s Summit and to discuss ideas for future Summit sessions. Congress members were generally positive about many aspects of Summit, but were critical of the question-and-answer segments that followed the speeches in Moody, dubbing them unnecessary.
Bryce addressed the condition of Dallas Willard, who was scheduled to speak during Summit but was unable to do so because of surgery. Willard, professor of philosophy at the University of Southern California, was recently released from the hospital. Students expressed interest in having Willard speak at Summit in the future. Bryce said he also would like to bring Willard to Summit.
“I consider him top of the list of people who have been influential in my life,” Bryce said. “I would love to be able to have him here.”
Conference fund requests continued this week.
The Students’ Association granted:
• Swing Cats- $250 for the Buddy’s Big Band event
• The Students Social Work Association- $115 for the North American Christians in Social Work Annual National Convetion
• The Ad/PR Association- $225 for the American Advertising Federation luncheon and agency tours
•The Student Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management- $200 for the Human Resource Southwest Conference.
SA meetings are open to all students. Meetings are conducted on Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. in the Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building room 114.