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Adventure the Great is not just a band on the constant search for its next local gig with hopes of making it big. It’s a project created for the search of true happiness; happiness that differs from the materialistic gains and lecherous lifestyles that are typically associated with the music industry. It has become a collaborative effort to share with others that finding happiness is an adventure, and a great one at that. “It all started with a philosophy,” said Chandler Jones, creator of the epic project. As he talks, he sips Lipton green tea, which the band jokingly refers to as “Chan Chan Juice” because of his perpetual consumption of a gallon’s worth at every practice. He sits across the small wooden table that is set against the wall in the middle of his living room that doubles as practice space for the band. The house he and the band’s bassist, Robert Fowler, share is nicknamed “the tree house,” with its small and aged wooden structure. Jones continues explaining the birth of his brainchild, beginning with the discovery of the band’s founding philosophy upon his introduction to Stephen Chbosky’s “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” at age 14. “A theme in the book is the word ‘infinite,’ and that was my anthem back then,” Jones said. “I lived by it.” Jones compared himself to the main character of the book, which he described as a seeker of moments of bliss and moments of complete spontaneous happiness that combine to create “infinite moments.”


Main: Adventure the Great includes (from left) Capi Jenkins, Kelsey Reynolds, Chandler Jones, Robert Fowler, Sean Bowman, Reno Reynolds and Bethany Whitehead. Top: Adventure the Great lead singer Chandler Jones strums his guitar during band practice at his residence on Armstrong Street Tuesday night.

Middle: Bethany Whitehead sings harmony and plays tamborine in Adventure the Great. Above: Capi Jenkins plucks fiddle strings to the rhythm during band practice. Right: Sean Bowman tunes his cello before band practice for Adventure the Great.

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The example he gives of an “infinite moment” from “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is a moment of bliss the main character and his friends experience as they cruise through a tunnel with the windows down and music playing. Then, there is a moment of spontaneous happiness they experience as they come out of the tunnel to witness a burst of skylight. “All these elements combine to create a feeling of ‘infinite,’” Jones clarified. “I became obsessed with this philosophy. His dedication was to seeking these sensations and answers to what create these moments, as I made my own throughout high school. Then, I saw them as ‘adventure moments,’ and began to develop this band.” Jones then said after its conception the band drew further inspiration from Jack Kerouac’s quest for truth and beauty in his autobiographical book “On the Road.” A specific part of the novel Jones said has greatly influenced the band’s performance is when the author visits a jazz club in San Francisco where a saxophone player creates a “moment” for the entire audience.Jones says that in these “moments,” the universe connects and everything is how it should be. “The goal for Adventure the Great is to inspire others to seek these moments that are the complete essence of life and to discover and create them through music,” Jones said. Jones said the band was called “the Adventure” until the summer after his freshman year. He said he spent an eye-opening summer as a camp counselor and hiking guide in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and felt the need to add “the Great” to the end of the band’s name.

“It’s not just about discovering and seeking (these moments), but Adventure the Great is the process of the soul that lies in all of us and it’s about releasing that,” Jones said. “Upon releasing that, these moments are created.” Jones’ artist management internship at Street Talk Media in Nashville this past summer spurred even more contemplation. “This question kept racking my brain to discover what beauty is,” Jones said. “I realized that that is the core of our music and what we write: to seek and question the answer of beauty.” Now that he and the rest of the band are back in Auburn after a summer of being away, Jones said they have had more time to work on new material. He explains there is no formula for this process. Of his role as songwriter, Jones said he has been writing songs since he was 11 and that it is one of his greatest passions in life. Another adventure Jones said molded the fate of Adventure the Great is a spur of the moment, weeklong trip to Chicago in search of inspiration. He and his friend purchased a Megabus ticket at the last minute with plans of couch surfing once they arrived. “It was the peak of the summer and our last day in Chicago,” Jones said. “I decided to swim Lake Michigan in the freezing cold water. I was floating on my back in the lake. “An infinite moment was created in the sensation where half of my body was freezing and half of my body was burning. As I looked up to the see the skyscrapers of the city, I realized that this was the perfect example of a moment being created.”

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The Auburn Plainsman

Thursday, August 30. 2012

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Recently, my girlfriend has become obsessed with rabbits. While normally this would be OK because they're kind of awesome and cuddly, she's adamant that I get one and take care of it—just so that she can play with it! She has offered to help out with taking care of it, but our schedules are both so busy that I don't think it's a reality. I don't really think I have time to keep any pets (my fish recently died of neglect...). She keeps bugging me about it, but I DON'T WANT A FREAKIN' RABBIT! Lane, what should I do? Sincerely, I don't want to chase a rascally rabbit around my apartment

Dear “I don’t want to chase a rascally rabbit around my apartment,”

Relationships are hard to figure out, but there are some key facts to keep in mind. Behind every seemingly innocent comment is a strategic ploy to test your compatibility as a mate. Once you've been in a committed relationship for a while, you start thinking about The Future. Thoughts of The Future typically revolve around building a life together. She watched in horror as you let your poor goldfish, arguably much lower maintenance than a family, wither away from lack of love, so your track record is already pretty poor. Your girlfriend may be insisting that she thinks bunnies are adorable, but underneath the whimsical facade is a much more sinister plan to determine whether you are worthy of her affections. When the great Pat Benatar (and, more recently, Jordin Sparks) sang "Love Is A Battlefield," what they really meant was 'sometimes you have to feign interest in a domesticated house pet as an offensive maneuver.' You should buy that rabbit and, moreover, smother it with affection. Set it up in the most luxurious pet condominium money can buy and get severely offended when she mentions the cage is blocking the door and most of the TV. Sew tiny bunny-sized replicas of your own outfits and dress it each morning to match you. Name it after an ex-girlfriend and gently whisper 'I will always love you' to the rabbit whenever your girlfriend is around. In less than a week, you will have proven yourself as a caregiver and she will have developed a sudden and inexplicable allergy to rabbit dander.

Downtown Opelika has a not undeserved reputation for niche boutiques with inexplicable hours of operation. Even the proud few who would be interested in antique barber shop appliances or dip-dyeing their pets find themselves facing closed storefronts at 2:30 in the afternoon. Opelika needs some serious help marketing itself as an exciting destination for students. There’s only one way to get the college crowd flocking to the streets of downtown Opelika: the promise of young love. Downtown Auburn has its appeal, but when it comes to sweeping your sweetheart off her feet, Skybar just won’t cut it. Here’s how to make your date fall in love with you in downtown Opelika. Step 1: Take the trip to downtown Opelika. The gesture of embarking on a small but formidable road trip together provides an instant point of bonding, but it could go wrong unless you have a strategy in place before you leave. On your drive over, take whatever detours necessary to avoid the barren stretch of wasteland known as Opelika Road. Have a playlist ready for the ride, preferably a steady stream of indie darlings, peppered with few classics that the two of you can scream-sing to. The 15-minute ride might be the only chance you get to show your date you know every word to the Fresh Prince’s “Parents Just Don’t Understand.” Take advantage of that. Step 2: Give patronage to

the Overall Company. Already wildly popular (at least according to my Instagram feed), its distance from Auburn makes it a retreat. You will probably appear very cosmopolitan as you recline on the patio, gnawing on strawberry balsamic pops and applying filters to pictures of the setting sun together. Step 3: Hunt through Roland’s Thrift Store. Take your date on a stroll through the darling streets of downtown that end in front of the striped awning of Roland’s Thrift Store. Push your way through a crowd of chandeliers and animal hides to the front counter and strike up a conversation with Roland himself. Not only is he a hoot and a half, but he will undoubtedly make some pointed comments about what a cute couple you make. Laugh it off, all the while shooting surreptitious glances at your crush and imagining what your children would look like. Step 4: Commit a crime together. A taste of adventure is what makes a date memorable, and rooftops are very accessible in downtown Opelika. Once evening falls, start scoping out the sturdiest fire escapes, and when you find one, offer your date a boost. Good rooftops require a bit of bravery and even less upper body strength. The best rooftops require a grappling hook disguised as a hair dryer. Once you have coaxed your whimpering date into committing a Class A misdemeanor in the state of Alabama, convincing them to commit to a relationship will be a breeze!

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The Auburn Plainsman

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Local Brazilian musician sings his graces Nathan Simone ONLINE EDITOR

Pablo Dias knows no borders. For the 22-year-old native of Porto Alegre, Brazil, Auburn is another place where he is excited to live and perform amongst welcoming audiences. Brazil’s “Science Without Borders” program has allowed Dias and 100,000 other Brazilian foreign exchange students to come to the United States for a year to study majors in the sciences before returning to Brazil to graduate. Since January, Dias has been studying materials engineering at Auburn while also honing his guitar playing skills. Dias comes from a musical family and has been performing since he was 13 years old, when he was first allowed to play the piano in his neighborhood’s band. Dias credits his singersongwriter mother, Andréa Ribeiro, and his drummer father, Cleimon Dias, with inspiring his love for guitar and performing. Wanting to learn how to live on his own and create music, Dias left Brazil in 2010 to live abroad in London and perform on the street and in various venues. Dias has also performed in


22-year-old Auburn student and Porto Alegre, Brazil native Pablo Dias recently self-released a 9-track CD titled The Sound of Simplicity.

Buffalo, N.Y., where he had an engineering internship. In 2011, Dias moved back to Brazil to start recording an album in July, before moving to Auburn in January of 2012. Dias recently self-released a nine-track CD of his music, titled “The Sound of Simplicity” less than a month ago in Brazil. Much of the music on “The Sound of Simplicity” is inspired by Dias’ travels, with four of the songs sung in English and five in Portuguese. Complications involving his studio and producer being

so far away in Brazil pushed back the release date by almost a year. Originally, Dias wanted to release his music under the name “The Zero Project,” because many of the songs were composed when Dias was abroad and had next to nothing, physically and emotionally. He eventually realized he would like to use his own name. Dias doesn’t charge for his music, but the complications that come from this decision sometimes weigh heavy on his mind.

“When you sell music, certain people will say ‘no’ simply because they don’t want to spend the money,” Dias said. “If you give them a CD for free, people will say ‘the least I can do is listen to it,’ but on the other hand, when you don’t charge, people think that the music isn’t that good.” While Dias may only be here for a year, his interest in music is always looking toward the future. Dias is taking classes that would normally be included in a music minor, but he will not be able to complete this

minor because of his short time here. Joseph Ikner, guitar and music appreciation instructor in the music department, has only been at Auburn since the semester started and said he sees potential in Dias. “He’s a very intelligent guy with tremendous talent,” Ikner said. “My job as an instructor is to help develop (students’) talent, find their musical voice and guide them in their careers.” Ikner’s qualifications include having self-released an album of classical guitar com-

positions titled “Joseph Ikner: Premiere” and performing as a concert and studio musician. Dias’ roommate and fellow “Science Without Borders” member, 23-year-old industrial engineering student Felipe Talhari, echoed Ikner’s statements on Dias’ talent. “We’re always fighting over music (in our apartment),” Talhari said. “I like more electronic music, but sometimes I’ll turn it off so that I can hear him play.” Talhari said he believes Dias has the talent to pursue engineering and music simultaneously. “I always joke with him that he should drop engineering and keep the guitar, but he’s a smart guy,” Talhari said. “I think he can do both. I encourage him not to give up.” In Auburn, Dias has performed at Zazu gastropub and the open mic night UPC hosts at the campus Starbucks, but he said he’s always looking for more venues to showcase his art. “The best sensation I ever have is when I’m on stage,” Dias said. “I’m going to play anywhere I can.” For a copy of “The Sound of Simplicity” or performance information, contact Dias at or 334-354-0009.

‘Southern Tatler’ tells tales to Auburn, Opelika area Caitlin Wagenseil WRITER

The Southern Tatler is a new magazine devoted to Southern lifestyle and community in the Auburn and Opelika area. It released its first issue in March, and the most current issue was released Monday, August 27. While the magazine may be new to the Auburn area, the Tatler title has a long history. “There is a London Tatler and a Hong Kong Tatler that date back to some of the world’s oldest magazines,” said Matthew Tse, publisher of The Southern Tatler. “I wanted to bring the essence of Southern society to the magazine, built upon the foundation of Auburn and how people perceive Auburn.” Growing up in Hong Kong, London and New York, Tse was introduced to the variety of Tatler magazines before coming to the University in 2006 to study engineering. “Auburn and Opelika have a lot more to offer than meets the eye, and I want my magazine to emphasize that,” Tse said. “Auburn is not just a college town, but a good place to live and raise a family.” In every issue of the magazine, there is a feature on a local businessperson. “We try to feature a local en-

trepreneur and show how people get to where they are,” said Megan Abato, operations director of the Southern Tatler. Allen Harris of the BaileyHarris Construction Company was featured on the cover of the June/July issue. Stephen Hollis of Hollis Lasik has also been featured, and so has Stacy Brown, the founder of Chicken Salad Chick. Readers will get a taste of everything in each issue, including local bands and events, a chef ’s section and home, travel and fashion sections. “A lot of people living in the Auburn and Opelika area don’t know what all is going on,” Tse said. “There are tons and tons of events—there are alumni parties, walk-about wine tastings, wine dinners hosted by different restaurants, art galleries and art shows, just a bunch of things going on that local communities should know about.” The fashion trend section in the June/July issue featured designs by Amirah Mahrous, an Auburn University graduate who has a boutique coming to Auburn later this year. With its long lists of events and portrayals of local businesses and restaurants, the magazine shows there is more

to Auburn than meets the eye. “Having a local magazine will inform people that events do go on, and that Auburn isn’t all about Skybar, 1716 and Quixote’s,” Tse said. Changes are being made and the next issue of the magazine will have a completely different layout after a re-design by Rebecca Williams, the magazine’s new graphic designer. “I design the layout, pick which photos are featured, edit and pick what colors to use,” Williams said. Publication and page count will both increase for the newest issue. “We are jumping up in page count on each new issue and pushing the publication to approximately 5,000 copies,” Tse said. While the magazine is still new, there are hopes for expansion in the future. “Five years from now we hope to bring our magazine to Newnan/Peachtree City, Atlanta, Birmingham and Miami,” Abato said. The magazine can be found at local doctors’ offices, vet clinics, car dealerships, hotels and restaurants. “You can also subscribe online for a $20 fee at,” Abato said.

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Intrigue section of the 8.30.12 edition of the Auburn Plainsman  
Intrigue section of the 8.30.12 edition of the Auburn Plainsman  

Intrigue section of the 8.30.12 edition of the Auburn Plainsman