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About the Author

I’ve lived in Alabama almost my entire life. It has shaped me into the person I am today. The following stories are an eclectic reflection of my experiences here. My hope is that you find the following stories to be of interest and maybe you will learn a little something along the way.

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Table of Contents

4. Pets in College 6. The Foods of Thanksgiving 8. Fall Lawn Maintenance 10. A Message from the President | Alpha Kappa Psi 12. The Seven Students You’ll Meet in College 14. Local Haunted House Guide

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Pets in College Properly Taking Care of Your Furry Friend By: Alice Gribbin

Cat at Shelter // Lee County Humane Society

Dog at Shelter // Lee County Humane Society

College can be a time when students begin to feel homesick and miss their pets. It is not uncommon for many students to expand their Auburn family by adopting a new furry friend, or two, during their time at school. The two most popular shelters in the Auburn area are Lee County Humane Society and For Paws Boutique. These shelters are a great place to begin your search when looking for a new friend. Even some of the local veterinarians sometimes have an animal they are trying to give a new home. Before adopting a pet, there are many questions that students need to ask themselves. 1. Do I have time to properly take care of a pet? It’s a big responsibility to commit to taking care of another life. Depending on your school workload, you may not have the time to adequately give to your pet. Dogs especially require a lot of attention that some students find they can’t give. If you really want some company, consider getting a low-maintenance pet, like a hamster or fish. 2. Does my housing allow pets? If you are living in the dormitories on the Auburn campus, then you already know that they have a strict no-pet policy. However, there are many apartment complexes that are pet-friendly in town. Just make sure to check that they don’t have a rule against certain

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dog breeds, such as pit bulls. Most importantly, do not try to sneak a pet in a complex they are not allowed. If your apartment complex finds out, you may find yourself kicked out or fined. 3. Do I have the finances to take care of a pet? Pets are expensive. You have to buy toys, food, water, shots, cages and trips to the vet when they get sick. On average, dogs or cats can cost you over $1,000 in the first year of ownership. So make sure that you have the money before splurging on the adoption fees.

On average, dogs or cats can cost you over $1,000 in the first year of ownership. 4. What am I going to do with my pet after college? Keep and love it forever. If your answer is anything other than that, then don’t get a pet. Too many college students end up dumping their pets off at the local animal shelters because, for some reason, they can’t keep it after they graduate. The shelters in Auburn get over crowded during the summertime each year because students can’t make the commitment to keeping their pet. Your pet is your friend, and it will never understand why it got left at the shelter after four years of bonding with you.

Dog Owner // Wikimedia

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The Foods of Thanksgiving Cooking Healthy for the Holidays By: Alice Gribbin

Auburn, Ala.---Thanksgiving is a day that is dedicated to giving thanks and eating. There are many components to a Thanksgiving Day meal such as side dishes, desserts and the main courses. However, no meal is the same in every household. Each family has their own traditions of how to serve dinner on this holiday that make it special. Some families serve up mashed potatoes, cornbread, stuffing, others enjoy creating their own casseroles. Desserts can range from pumpkin pie to turkey themed cupcakes for the little ones. There are some households that even make their own Thanksgiving cocktails.

Family at Dinner // Wikimedia

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Chante Myles, a regional agent in human nutrition, diet and health with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System adds her own twist to dinner, “I add sweet potato chips to my Thanksgiving day meal because sweet potato provides vitamin A, C and fiber and you are still able to enjoy the natural sweetness.� Typical Thanksgiving foods are not particularly nutritional because they are high in fat, sodium and sugar, according to Myles. If some families are looking for healthy alternatives, she suggests they try swapping out pies for sugar free desserts or adding olive oil when cooking collard greens.


“In my opinion, the best way to cook a turkey is to grill the turkey because you can add vegetables on the grill and it cuts the cooking time down on the meal,” said Myles, “In addition, the fat content is drained from the turkey.”

- Plan two weeks ahead of time what you are going to cook. - Trim the fat from the turkey. - Provide plenty of vegetables because they will make you feel full and less likely to reach for the unhealthy foods.

Mashed Potatoes // Free Stock Photos

No matter the circumstance for your holiday meal, remember that there is no right way to do it. However, if you are cooking the Thanksgiving meal for the first time, Myles has a few tips to share:

Turkey in the Oven // Extension Daily

“In my opinion, the best way to cook a turkey is to grill the turkey because you can add vegetables on the grill and it cuts the cooking time down on the meal...”

Carving the Turkey // Satya Murthy // Flickr

Of course, these side dishes are great, but the main event of the meal is the turkey. Some different ways to cook a turkey are roasted, grilled, smoked and crock pot turkey. With so many options, it can be easy for someone to feel overwhelmed when cooking this big bird.

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Fall Lawn Maintenance Your Grass Will Thank You By: Alice Gribbin

Auburn, Alabama --- The weather is changing, which means fall is finally here. During this time of year, people wonder how they can ensure their lawns stay healthy.

“Fall is the time to put down preemergent herbicide to keep winter annual weeds, such as Poa annua, henbit, chickweed and more from coming up,” Han said.

When it comes to mowing your lawn, Alabama Extension Specialist David Han suggests you follow the 1/3 rule just like they do all year. When it gets to 1.5 times the growing height, it is time to mow. Han is also an Auburn University associate professor in Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences.

Usually during the fall, people don’t need to worry about weeds because they primarily show up in the spring and summer. This makes fall the perfect time to take preventative measures to stop future weeds.

“Southern grasses are growing slower because of cooler nights and shorter days. You may only need to mow every two or three weeks,” Han added. It is also okay not to water your lawn during the fall because the lawn will go dormant if it is dry, but this will not harm the lawn. Han says watering your lawn once a week is more than enough because growth rates of grass go down when the average daily temperature falls below 75 degrees. He warns that any more water is just watering the weeds.

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“Southern grasses are growing slower because of cooler nights and shorter days. You may only need to mow every two or three weeks.” Usually during the fall, people don’t need to worry about weeds because they primarily show up in the spring and summer. This makes fall the perfect time to take preventative measures to stop future weeds.


Weed // Wikimedia

Flower Being Planted // Free Stock Photo

Lawn Being Mowed // Pixabay

Grass Being Watered //Pixabay

There are a variety of grasses that people can put on their lawns if they want something with less maintenance. Han said that centipede grass requires less mowing and fertilizer inputs, however, weeds can be harder to control. Bermuda grass requires less water than other grasses, but needs more fertilizer and grows fast so you will need to mow it more often. If you want an easy way to keep your lawn green in the fall, Han said that is it perfectly fine to spray paint your lawn green. “Just don’t use oil-based spray paints, you need to use a water-based paint,” Han said, “Turf paints can come in spray cans, or in bulk for applying with a sprayer. The latter is better for painting large areas.” The top three mistakes people make when maintaining their lawn is irrigating too much, not mowing the lawn enough and over fertilizing. Han said that if people avoided these mistakes, they are 90 percent of the way to achieving a healthy lawn all year long.

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A Message from the President | Alpha Kappa Psi Chapter President of the Nation’s Largest Academic Fraternity By: Alice Gribbin

Elizabeth Zimmerman is a senior majoring in accounting from Fairhope, Alabama, and became president of the fraternity earlier this year. Zimmerman first rushed AKPsi in fall 2014, after she switched her major from pre-med to accounting and decided to get more involved in the business school.

“It looks amazing on your resume,” Zimmerman said, “And you gain so may invaluable business and communication skills that help you throughout your life and career...” Two years after being involved in the fraternity, she decided to run for president when she noticed that some of the members were getting tired of the same events every year. Zimmerman wanted to implement her new ideas to keep things fresh and fun.

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Elizabeth with her Dad // Elizabeth Zimmerman

Her time at AKPsi has greatly impacted her college career. She said that without the fraternity, she would never have met her best friends, gotten offers from internships, gained networking opportunities and learned interview and leadership skills. She strongly recommends AKPsi for incoming freshman.

“I am so passionate about AKPsi and I wanted to motivate others by helping the organization back up.”

Portrait of Elizabeth // Elizabeth Zimmerman

Alpha Kappa Psi is the oldest and largest professional business fraternity in the United States. Students of all majors pledge every year to find their place and gain hands-on experience for the business world.


“I am so passionate about AKPsi and I wanted to motivate others by helping the organization back up,” Zimmerman said. Coincidentally, Zimmerman’s father was the founding president of AKPsi after he created the first chapter on Auburn’s campus in 1989. For Zimmerman, the best part about being the president is seeing the results that she puts her time and hard work into. “Ultimately, seeing members enjoy AKPsi on the same level that I enjoy it lets me know that my message is getting across and I am doing something right, “ Zimmerman said.

“Ultimately, seeing members enjoy AKPsi on the same level that I enjoy it lets me know that my message is getting across and I am doing something right.” Her main advice for incoming freshman is for them to be the initiator in any situation. Starting this early will help create the personality and communication skills that employers want to see. “Start the conversation, introduce yourself first...” Zimmerman said, “This is the start of being a leader...be brave, be fearless, be the initiator.”

Alpha Kappa Psi Emblem // Wikipedia

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The Seven Students You’ll Meet in College Who Will You Meet in Class? By: Alice Gribbin

College is a jungle. It can be an overwhelming experience for incoming freshman to leave the comfort of home and venture into the unknown by themselves. However, this doesn’t have to be a bad thing if you have the right preparation. I’ve discovered that over the years there is a pattern of students that cycle through every classroom. Below is a list of the seven students you’ll meet in college. 1. “The Buzzer” Their phone does not have an off switch. They are the busy bee of staying connected, whether that be through texting or social media. (Tip: Do not sit behind them in class. Chances are they are watching the latest cat video on their laptop.) 2.”The Revived” Where has this guy been all year? This student always seems to disappear from class until it is the day of an exam. Students in Class // Wikimedia

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3. “The Moocher” They never have so much as a pencil. Are we even sure they are in the right class? (Tip: Beware, they’ll constantly ask for your notes.) 4. “The Chomper” What’s that munching sound behind you? Oh, it’s just the student whose backpack doubles as a pantry. (Tip: Be their friend. They may share.) 5. “Curve Wrecker” This one is pretty obvious. 6. “The Dreamer” No, I don’t mean that they have big plans for their future. They can be identified with droopy eyes and slumped shoulders. (Tip: Watch out for snoring.) 7. “The Study Buddy” This is your new best friend who’ll get you through the class in one piece. (Tip: Remain their friend even after you’ve finished the course.)

Smiling Student // Flickr

Students on their Phones // Wikimedia

I’ve discovered that over the years, there is a pattern of students that cycle through every classroom.

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Local Haunted House Guide Celebrating Halloween Down South By: Alice Gribbin

The season of screams is upon us. October is here, which means that people will be gearing up for this year’s haunted houses. Auburn resident Madison Marion enjoys attending the attractions each year. “I like going because it’s like a horror movie you can’t pause,” she said. “You actually experience it.”

For more information, visit www.sleepyhollowauburn.com. Pope’s Haunted Farm

Below is a rundown of local haunted houses to get you in the Halloween spirit.

Pope’s Haunted Farm is located on Lee Road 724 in Salem, Ala.

Sleepy Hollow Haunted Farm

This attraction is hosting four big events for $15 each for guests to experience this year.

This spooktacular haunted farm is located at 929 County Road 14 in Auburn. This year Sleepy Hollow has expanded its traditional haunted house for even more Halloween fun. The farm also features a huge haunted maze and a haunted hayride. Each attraction is $13. If scary isn’t your style, then visit the free petting zoo or take your family to participate in the games they will have set up for children to enjoy.

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Sleepy Hollow Haunted Farm will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 7:30 to 11 p.m. starting from Oct. 7 to Oct. 29. There will be special Halloween hours on Monday, Oct. 31 from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

The “Zombie Paintball Safari” is a wagon ride through the woods where each rider will be given a paintball gun filled with 100 paintballs to shoot zombies as they attack. You can double your ammo for an extra $5. The “Haunted Hayride: The Hunted” is an over half mile ride through the woods featuring more than 40 live actors and state of the art animatronics.

“I like going because it’s like a horror movie you can’t pause...”


The “Haunted Barn: Times UP!!!” is a walkthrough experience with more than 30 different scenes, animatronics and live actors.

“FINN’s Funeral Home” is a walk-through experience featuring different rooms that are themed around the legend of Billy Parker and the Beulah Witch.

The “Haunted Forest: The Darkness” is a walk into a forest with more than 30 live actors. This event is said to be the most frightening than any of the other attractions.

“The VILLAGE of the Dead” is another haunted walk-through where guests will go on a journey that the villagers of Beulah experienced many years ago, including the zombie nest, Parker Shack, the Sanitarium and more.

Marion has been to Pope’s Haunted Farm for the last two years and looks forward to going again with her friends this year.

“The Spinal Tap” is an interactive experience where your deepest fears are brought to life where performers are allowed to touch you. Participants will experience darkness, tight spaces, clowns and much more. (Beware, a waiver must be signed before entering)

“The haunted barn is my favorite,” she said. “I’d like to expand my horizons and venture onto what other activities they have to offer.” Pope’s Haunted Farm will be open Fridays and Saturdays from through Oct. 29 from 7:30 to 11 p.m. It is also open on Sunday, Oct. 30 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. For more information, visit www.popeshayride.com.

The hollow will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30 to 11 p.m. through Oct. 29. For more information, visit www.haunted-hollow.com.

The Haunted Hollow: Funeral Home & Casket Company, LLC

Haunted Auburn Walking Tour This will be the fourth year that the Haunted Auburn Walking Tour will take visitors to see the haunted hot-spots of Downtown Auburn.

This haunted hollow is located at 1000 Ben Brown Road in Valley, Ala. This attraction has three events for $12 each for victims to experience.

Local paranormal experts Brandon Stoker and John Poe will be leading the free tour as they tell the secrets and legends that the City of Auburn has to offer. Haunted House // Funcheap

The tour will be operating Fridays and Saturdays during the month of October from 2 to 10 p.m.

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