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Thursday, January 9, 2014


Dowdell requests council reform

Family Voices Those roaming downtown stopped to talk about Auburn’s 34–31 defeat against FSU


Heartbroken. Very Heartbroken”

—Connor Mcnara


—Edward Louis Washington


I’m sad. I didn’t feel we played the best game.” — Jordan Ebert

We never thought we’d be in this position. We are blessed to get this far. We just have a better outlook for the future.” —Caleb Wilson


I’m sad we lost. Our defense fell apart. We should know better than any one not to give up in the last half of the game.” —Heather Tuten


Chandler Jones / Ashtyne Cole


Collapse. Defeat. Devastation. Determination. Family. All in. These words resonate down College Street as students, fans and alumni recall the latest surprise in Auburn football. The AU wires suspend bare and the cold reflects the mood of Auburn’s citizens after the Tigers buffer a heart-wrenching defeat. A few Auburn students and fans stopped to share a few words on how the game and season affected them. Freshman to seniors, from Connecticut to Tennessee, Auburn University’s 31-34 loss to Florida State University has a deep impact on them all. Jenna Brown, junior in marketing and firstyear Auburn student, said she couldn’t have come at a better time. “Anyone can look at what this team has done and realize anything is possible,” Brown said. Fellow sportsman and baseball player, Jordan Ebert, sophomore in physical education, just couldn’t talk about it. “It’s sad,” Ebert said. “We were better than them.” Ebert said he was watching the game at 17/16, and even after the game ended the


Ashtyne Cole


Auburn City Councilman and modern-day civil rights activist Arthur Dowdell has been Auburn needs a facelift. calling for racial reform in Auburn for years. With 2013 coming to a close and a new Auburn looks like a woman year on the rise, Dowdell has a resolution this who looks older than she year: to see the Auburn City Council reorga- really is and weather-beaten. nized, downsized and racially proportionate. With the help of Montgomery attorney Ju- Auburn needs a facelift lian McPhillips, Dowdell’s plan for council and it needs it quick.” improvement is being drafted. —Arthur Dowdell “We have a plan drawn up with the help of CITY COUNCILMEMBER some experts in Montgomery, and we are going to present it to the Justice Department in Washcil,” Dorton said. “The type of ington D.C.,” McPhillips government we have is under said. “We are asking for a state law. The option of a five reorganization of the Aumember city council would burn City Council.” require state action.” The reorganization Dowdell believes the would include dropping change needs to take place to the size of the nine-memreflect the population of Auber council to that of a burn. Dowdell also said the five-member council. city needs a city manager that DOWDELL Dowdell and McPhillips will justly serve the needs of are asking that a 3:2 raAuburn. tio of white to black councilmen be a stip“We need a city manager who will be reulation. sponsive to people of all races and colors,” There are eight white councilmen, with Dowdell said. “Auburn is 35 percent blacks, Dowdell as the only African American hold- and we need to change the system; look eving a seat. erywhere. We are behind, and our city coun“We used to have two blacks on the Coun- cil needs to change.” cil, and we only had three whites,” Dowdell According to the 2010 census, whites said. “That’s not progress. That’s us going make up 71.3 percent of Auburn’s populabackwards.” tion, and African Americans make up 22.7 Dowdell’s plan centers around the idea of percent of Auburn’s population. representing the minorities that reside in AuCharlie Duggan is the acting Auburn City burn. He feels the minority groups of Auburn Manager and does not believe Dowdell’s are under a sort of “taxation without repre- plan will work. sentation.” Duggan said the problem lies in the way “We pay taxes and work here; we are not the council would have to work, with two going to be at the bottom of the totem pole in districts guaranteeing to elect two minority this town any longer,” Dowdell said. members. Auburn’s population would have Dowdell has served on the council since to be split in five different ways. 1994, and in his time served he has not been “I would be shocked if the Justice Departa stranger to controversy. ment or Washington would spend any time In 2009, Dowdell removed confederate on this,” Duggan said. “The government here flags placed on graves in an Auburn ceme- makes a point to do everything we can for the tery, citing them as racist. employees and residents of Auburn in a raceHe has also been trying to address the is- neutral fashion. We believe everyone should sue of the black population of Auburn mov- be treated equally.” ing toward Opelika because they do not feel Duggan believes Auburn’s government they are welcome in the Auburn area. succeeds in addressing the issues brought to David D. Dorton, Director of Public Af- them. fairs for the city of Auburn, disagrees with “People have been hiding behind the city Dowdell’s view of why black residents are manager, (and) saying he runs the city,” moving out of the city. Dowdell said. “He doesn’t know what’s go“People of all races, income levels, etc. ing on; he has no idea. He needs to underfeel comfortable living in any section of Au- stand he works for us, all nine of us. If he burn, which is a good thing for any commu- doesn’t like it, then he doesn’t need this job.” nity,” Dorton said. Dowdell and McPhillips believe the JusDorton has discussed the plan Dowdell is tice Department will be sympathetic to their trying to pass and believes it is not possible cause and what they are trying to accombased on the demographics of the city. plish. Their main goal is to update Auburn The city’s demographics do not support and have the City Council reflect the resithe idea that there could be fewer council dents. wards and guarantee greater minority repre“Auburn needs a facelift,” Dowdell said. sentation of the City Council. “Auburn looks like a woman who looks old“They want to change the type of govern- er than she really is and weather-beaten. Aument we have by creating a new city coun- burn needs a facelift, and it needs it quick.”

Mark’s Remarks

I think we played well until the second half. I was disappointed. I thought we were going to win.”

Identity Thieves getting thriftier Mark Fierro COMMUNITY@ THEPLAINSMAN.COM

—Scott Reeves


crowd broke out a chorus of “It’s great to be an Auburn Tiger.” Heather Tuten, server at Mellow Mushroom, said even when she showed up to work at 4 p.m. she couldn’t find a parking spot. Tuten said Mellow Mushroom had little turnover, and when the game started most were settled in for the game. Tuten said we blew it, but that she remains by the Auburn Creed’s “I believe in Auburn and love it.” Edward Louis Washington, freshman in biomedical science, said this season has been a roller coaster. “(I’m) very heartbroken,” Washington said. Scott Reeves, junior in accounting, thought we were going to win. “It wasn’t until the end of the season did I look back and think of us as good,” Reeves said. “We got better with each game.” Conner McNara, freshman in communication, and Anna Elliot, freshman in public relations, watched the game with Alabama fans. McNara could only describe it as a collapse. As the wind ruffled the few strips of toilet paper, lone camera man Henry Williford walked with his camera down looking for pictures of a rolled Toomer’s Corner that he’ll never get.

People are most familiar with the identity theft involving someone trying to use a person’s name for financial gain, but a new type of identity theft is arising. Synthetic identity theft entails an identity thief making a new identity for a victim, but altering it so credit bureaus create sub files for the new accounts. This form of identity theft is much harder to detect, because when the victim checks their credit the sub files will not show on the credit report, leaving the victim oblivious. For example, a synthetic identity thief could use Billy Gump’s actual Social Security number, but misspell his name as Bily Gump so the credit bureau makes a sub file for the victim. The thief could also use another name that is not attached to the victim’s Social Security number. According to Frank Abagnale, theft expert and whose life’s work is told in Catch Me if You Can by Leonardo DiCaprio, once a thief becomes you, what he or she can do as you is only limited to the imagination. It

is unlimited. For example, an identity thief could use a person’s name to apply for a job, loans or impersonate a person to commit a crime. Once the identity thief lets the accounts become delinquent, the creditor has debt collectors come after the victim because the creditor is unaware an identity thief made the account. It can take time for the victim to prove the accounts are not theirs, and, in the meantime, debt collection companies are relentless in trying to get the money back. The synthetic identity theft can also hurt the victim’s ability to get credit because the accounts will be delinquent, thus negatively impacting that person’s credit. I suggest monitoring your Social Security number. Regular credit monitoring will not catch synthetic identity theft so it is important to look at your Social Security earnings report. Also, enroll in an identity monitoring service. Things to look for in an identity monitoring service are that: the company will search records for evidence of variations of your name, Social Security number, and evidence that your Social Security number has become associated with different names. Abagnale and I recommend shredding personal or sensitive documents.

City Corner Jan. 9:

Jan 12:

The Auburn Arts Association receiving submissions for the Sunrise 2 Sunset Exhibition. Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center by Thursday, at 5 p.m.

Bridal Expo. Marriott at Grand National. 1–4 p.m. 18 and older.

Jan 10:

Tim Hudson Family Foundation Weekend. Performances by Jeff Foxworthy and Rascal Flatts, following dinner and auction. For more information, call Jenny Hall at (334) 707-9007 or email

Pierce Pettis with Sundilla. 450 Thach Avenue. 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. $15 admission.Visit for more information.

Jan 23 – 24:

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