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Vol. 119, Issue 35, 16 Pages
Shooting sends two to EAMC
Full recovery expected for Hyatt House Apartment shooting victims Chandler Jones COMMUNITY REPORTER
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Bo Jackson was voted best athlete of all time by ESPN through a fan-voting system. Jackson is the only athlete to be named an All-Star in two professional sports, football and baseball.
BO KNOWS BEST Bo Jackson voted ‘Greatest Athlete of All Time’ by ESPN Sport Science and Sportscenter
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Jackson’s speed qualified him for the U.S. Olympic Team for track and field, but he pursued football and baseball instead.”
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The case of Ronieta Shonette Thomas-Yates, of Auburn, dominated the Auburn City Council meeting Tuesday, March 5, as her mother and cousin spoke at Citizen’s Communications. Marsha Thomas, Yates’ mother, requested that the Council order all the records of the Auburn Police Department pertaining to her daughter’s case be given to the Alabama Bureau of Investigation for a “complete and thorough investigation,” Thomas said. “I truly believe that if it is turned over and someone else looks into it, a fresh pair of eyes, a lot of unanswered questions could be answered for us,” Thomas said. “And we will definitely find out what happened.” Yates passed away Thursday, June 21, 2012, from what Police ruled a suicide.
According to Thomas, Yates was found in her apartment’s guest bedroom with a loose, thick, white cable cord wrapped around her neck three times. Yates was associate director of The Counseling Center at Auburn University at Montgomery. “We believe that the theory of suicide was adopted initially and caused the Auburn Police Department to not do a first-class investigation,” Dejuan Ghoston, Yates’ cousin said. “We are asking again the ABI be allowed to take over the entire investigation.” The family believes that many crucial pieces of evidence were overlooked, including a wine glass and physical evidence from the body. “My heart goes out to Ms. Thomas,” Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson said.
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In a follow-up poll done by ESPN’s SportsNation, 30 percent of fans say that Jordan should have won.
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Mother wants to reopen alleged suicide case
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The legend of Bo continues to grow. After beginning with a bracket of 16 athletes representing a variety of professional sports from the past century, Jackson aced Roger Federer, knocked out Muhammad Ali, outscored Michael Jordan and ran over Jim Brown to take the title of ‘Greatest Athlete of All Time.’ The contest was a collaboration between SportsCenter and ESPN Sport Science. The victor of each match up was determined by ESPN sports “scientist” John Brenkus by comparing the measurables and accomplish-
ments of each competitor. “Jackson’s speed qualified him for the U.S. Olympic Team for track and field, but he pursued football and baseball instead,” Brenkus said in his case for Jackson on ESPN. “At the 1986 NFL combine, his time of 4.12 seconds in the 40 is still the fastest ever measured at any NFL combine -and more than a tenth of a second faster than the modern combine record of 4.24 set by Titans running back Chris Johnson.” Jackson is also the only athlete to be named an AllStar in two professional sports — baseball and football — and won the Heisman Trophy in 1985.
At 9:27 a.m. Saturday, March 2, Auburn police responded to calls of a shooting at Hyatt House Apartments on Gay Street. According to Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson, two men were taken to the East Alabama Medical Center after suffering multiple gunshot wounds. In a press release, the Auburn Police Department identified the victims as Randy L. Holland, 20, of Auburn and Lorenzo O. Jackson, 24, of Opelika. Holland was taken to EAMC for a gunshot wound to his right leg and Jackson had gunshot wounds to both legs. “They are in the ICU at the hospital,” said Paul Register, assistant chief of the Auburn Police Department. “It ap-
pears that they probably will recover.” The police are in search of persons of interest, but have not released a motive. Dawson said the investigation is still in the preliminary stage. No University students were involved. “We’re still looking at several possibilities and still have an on-going investigation,” Register said. “We’ve interviewed numerous people. We’re getting further into the case. We just don’t want to release any details about suspects or anything like that right now.” The police believe this to be an isolated incident and are allowing traffic flow and people into their homes. “We ask the community for prayers,” Dawson said.
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The shooting occurred Saturday, March 2, at the Hyatt House Apartment complex on Gay Street. Both male victims were hospitilized.
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Marsha Thomas holds a picture of her daughter, Ronieta Shonette Thomas-Yates.
“I can only imagine what she’s going through losing a daughter, but there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the daughter committed suicide.
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Wayne Smith has been confirmed by the state Senate as an at-large member of the Auburn University Board of Trustees. “It is a very humbling honor to be able to be on the board,” Smith said. “I am excited about the opportunity.” Smith graduated from Auburn in 1968 with a degree in secondary education and received a master’s degree in school administration in 1969. He then received a degree in healthcare administration at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas in 1972. A Birmingham native, Smith now lives in Nashville, Tenn. He has been in Nashville for 17 years and is currently the chairman, president and CEO of Community Health Systems, which has 135 hospi-
tals in 29 states. Over the years, Smith has stayed involved at Auburn. He has been on the Foundation Board for five years and is also a member of the Auburn University Research Advisory Council. Smith has also received awards for his involvement and with the University. In 2011 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alumni Association.
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DUI ARRESTS IN THE CITY OF AUBURN FEB. 28 – MARCH 6, 2013
Thursday, March 7, 2013
CRIME REPORTS FOR FEB. 28 – MARCH 6, 2013
■ Erin McCall, 20, Atlanta, Ga. Saturday, March 2, 1:14 a.m. at Debardeleben Street and East Glenn Avenue ■ Christopher Rowell, 26, Auburn Saturday, March 2, 6:43 p.m. at MLK Drive and Jordan Street
Feb. 28 – Biggio Drive Second-degree theft of a wallet, credit cards, a debit card, driver’s license and U.S. currency between 3–5:30 p.m. Feb. 28 – Webster Road Third-degree burglary of a playstation and video game between 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
■ Zachary Holmes, 33, Auburn Tuesday, March 5, 9:54 p.m. on West Magnolia Avenue
Feb. 28-March 1 – South Donahue Drive Auto breaking and entering between 9:30 p.m. Feb. 28–9:30 a.m. March 1 March 1-2 – Foster Street Third-degree burglary of a television between 4 p.m. March 1– 1:55 a.m. March 2
March 2 – Hemlock Drive Third-degree criminal mischief report between 2:30–2:35 a.m. March 2 – Foster Street Third-degree burglary of two televisions, an Xbox and video games between 7–11:30 p.m.
March 4-5 – West Glenn Avenue Auto breaking and entering between 10:30 p.m. March 4–12:45 a.m. March 5 March 5 – North Dean Road Third-degree theft of a wallet, gift card and U.S. currency between 9:40–9:50 a.m.
March 2 – West Magnolia Avenue Second-degree theft of an iPhone between 1:30–4:30 a.m.
March 5 – Shug Jordan Parkway Left the scene of an accident between 6:15–6:22 p.m.
March 2-3 – Commerce Drive Second-degree criminal mischief report between 2 p.m. March 2–9 a.m. March 3
— Reports provided by Auburn Department of Public Safety
March 4 – Moores Mill Road Harassment Report
CGSA connects faculty, students with pie Chemistry Graduate Student Association holds first Pi Day fundraiser Jordan Dale WRITER
In celebration of Pi Day, the chemistry faculty is placing their fate, and their faces, in the hands of their students. The Auburn University Chemistry Graduate Student Association is hosting its first Pie Day, which includes a contest to pie your professor. Students can purchase a vote for $1 and choose the professor they want to be pied. Students will be selected at random from the votes cast to see who receives the opportunity to pie the winner. Jessica Crumbly, Walter Casper and Nick Klann serve as presidents for CGSA. Crumbly said the money will go into the CGSA fund to sponsor future events and
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Jackson has the second most votes with 24 percent. While this title is in no way universal, and everybody is entitled to their opinions, Bo’s selection as ‘Greatest Athlete’ with a comparatively short
compensate the winning faculty with gift cards. The eligible faculty members are Eduardus Duin, Christopher Easley, Holly Ellis, John Gorden, Peter Livant, Howard McLean, Konrad Patkowski, Michael Squillacote and Stephen Swann. Voting ends Thursday, March 7. Crumbly said that the number of faculty members pied would be contingent on the number of votes. If the votes are spread among a few faculty members, each might receive multiple pies to the face, or if there is a clear front runner that faculty member might be the sole victim of the barrage. The predicted winners for the contest are reported as Libody of work speaks to what he was able to accomplish in the time that he had. Other athletes included in the bracket were Carl Lewis, Michael Phelps, Tony Hawk, Pele, Jackie Robinson, Mark Allen, Tiger Woods, Wayne Gretzky, Anderson Silva, Willie Mays and Dale Earnhardt Sr.
vant, Squillacote or Swann. Livant and Squillacote, teach freshmen and sophomore level classes and have a large amount of exposure, with students who either love, or loathe them. “Squillacote may be up there,” Casper said. “Though this isn’t for some sort of revenge.” Crumbly said the faculty volunteered and the competition is purely for fun, though some students are enjoying the opportunity to get back at their professors. “I’ve voted for Squillacote and I’m sure he’ll win,” said Billy McCann, graduate student in computational organic chemistry. “He’s the bane of any organic chemistry student’s life. He shall receive jus-
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“We are trying to do our best to get this resolved. We ask for prayers for the two young men in the hospital.” Dawson said he doesn’t remember any incidents like this in the past. “We are still interview-
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KATHERINE MCCAHEY / ASSISTANT PHOTO EDITOR
Bo Jackson holds up part of the Auburn sign at the mens basketball game against Vanderbilt Saturday, March 2.
Smith says he hopes to help the board by drawing from his personal experience gained throughout his career. “I hope my many years in healthcare and that level of experience is helpful,” Smith said. “I think you can draw a lot of comparables between healthcare and education and hopefully that will help as well.” Smith is happy with the direction the University is going in and says leader-
tice.” Swann, lab coordinator for freshman chemistry, is considered the dark horse in the competition. “I would guess Swann because he has so many students that have gone through his labs,” Crumbly said. “Even though some students are in different general chemistry labs, they all see Swann.” Some students are showing their support for CGSA in other ways. “I’m going to vote for all of them because it’s for a good cause,” said Holly Medlen, junior in biomedical sciences. CGSA also organizes tailgate cookouts for football games and has had fundraisers such as Deck the Halls for a Cause . ing people and talking with folks. We have not identified anybody positively,” said Paul Register, assistant chief of the Auburn Police Department. Register said both victims will recover. Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call Auburn Police Division at (334)-501-3140 or anonymously at (334)-246-1391. ship is a big reason Auburn is such a great place. “Auburn has a great faculty and that is a big reason we are bringing in such quality students,” Smith said. “I think President Gogue is an outstanding president in every respect in terms of the job that he does.” Smith is looking forward to serving on the Board of Trustees. “I have a lot to learn even though I have been around the University for a long time,” Smith said. “I want to help Auburn continue to be the great university that it is.”
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“Hopefully, to help bring some closure to Ms. Thomas I am going to ask the ABI to come in and investigate the case themselves.” Dawson has agreed to turn over records to the ABI. “You know, you always look back on cases to see where you did some things better. But there is nothing major wrong with this case. It
just a sad, sad situation.” In other Council actions: n Th e Council al so passed resolutions for alcohol consumption in the Entertainment District on A-Day and two new intersections using grant money given from the state. n The City Council resolved to close Magnolia Avenue from Wright Street to Gay Street and College Street from Thach Avenue to Glenn Avenue on Saturday, April 20 for A-Day festivities and the final rolling of Toomer’s Oaks.
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Marsha Thomas and her family say a pray after the city council meeting Tuesday, March 5.
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Gorden said fun activities like Pie Day are an effort to facilitate relationships between I think Pi Day is a faculty and students. great idea. CGSA “Students are used to us has really made standing up in front of them telling them what’s imporan impressive tant, but it’s not always fun,” effort to get Gordon said. more student Gorden said approximately 1,900 students take freshinvolvement.” men chemistry during the —Haley Medlen spring semester. JUNIOR IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES “It’s not so much a competition between us as a way to The Pie Day Contest is an get students to interact with us effort to expand and increase outside of the classroom,” Gortheir presence on campus. don said. “I think Pie Day is a great Pi Day is celebrated Thursidea,” Medlen said. “CGSA has day, March 14 because of really made an impressive ef- spring break. The CGSA’s confort to get more student in- test results will be revealed volvement.” March 8, at 3:14 p.m. at the Another candidate, John chemistry building lawn.
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Stocking up on business experience Becky Hardy CAMPUS EDITOR
Auburn’s Investment Club continues in second place behind Alabama, in the Student Investment Fund Competition, sponsored by Stern Agee, a Birmingham-based investment bank. Auburn, Alabama, Georgia and Ole Miss, were each given $50,000 to buy and trade stocks this past September, by Stern Agee. The competition will continue until Monday, April 1. The school who earns the most profit, any money more than $50,000 by the end date, will be the winner. The winner will receive 100 percent of their returns back from Stern Agee to donate to their respective college of business, but the losers will still receive half of their returns to donate to their college of business. So far Alabama is first with just above nine percent, while Auburn remains in second with a little above six percent. The club splits up its members into seven sectors including technology and communications, energy and utilities, basic materials and metals, financial institutions, services,
consumer goods and health care. At each club meeting, each sector’s leader presents companies they think the club should invest in. “Things can get pretty heated depending on the companies or sectors,” said Juan Castano, president of investment club. “Ultimately I make the final decision on whether to invest or not, but I really try to be as democratic as possible. If I see the majority of our club is not for the idea, I wont do it.” The club’s biggest competition this year is the University of Alabama. “One of our goals is actually to beat Alabama, so in order to do that we have to come in first, which is what we all want to do,” said Zachary Stevens, vice president of services sector. The club’s progress since September has been a rollercoaster ride, Castano said. “Right now we are sitting at about six percent, so we’re close to making that goal,” Castano said. “We were losing money in December, we were actually in the negative. That was a scary time, but we’ll be able to recover.”
Rigby Coleman, chief operating officer for the investment club, said the whole market had been down-turned in the beginning of the competition, making for a difficult start. “We’ve separated ourselves from everyone else,” Coleman said. “We’ve come a long way from when it started out.” Marlin Jenson, adviser for the investment club, said that he does not help much with the competition. “Stern Agee wanted it to be a student-run organization, so I just answer questions if they have them,” Jensen said. “If they want to invest in something they get a coalition from the group that this is something they want to buy or get rid of.” Joseph Ashley, director of the M&A and IPO group, believes that the club has a decent chance of winning. “We’re in competition with mainly Alabama and Georgia,” Ashley said. “We’re definitely in the position where we can make a run, but who really knows, it’s very unpredictable. We’re near the top right now, so we definitely have a good chance at winning.” Joining the club and partic-
CMYK Magazine to feature Patterson as a top creative Kailey Miller CAMPUS REPORTER
Virginia Patterson, senior in graphic design, will have her work featured in CMYK Magazine’s “Top 100 New Creatives” issue. Once a year, CMYK Magazine has a contest that is open to students and non-professional designers, Patterson said. Those who apply can submit an unlimited amount of images, but Patterson submitted approximately 10. “It’s open world wide and then they go through and select the top 100 images and then you become one of the top 100 new creatives,” Patterson said. Patterson submitted 10 images that feature one specific project that she created. “She chose to work with a company that she made up called Locavore, and it’s about eating local food,” said Ray Dugas, professor of graphic design. “She created a new identity for that company and she did an add campaign featuring adds illustrated with photography and hand lettering.” Patterson said that she is passionate about eating locally. Patterson sent in her designs last year. All designs were created over the course of the previous year.
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The work that was selected was done in Dugas’ class, graphic design one, and was selected for the portfolio category, Dugas said. “It’s a big honor and it’s a really well known publication in the design community and perhaps among non-designers too,” Patterson said. “It’s a big honor to be featured in it.” Robert Finkel, assistant professor of graphic design, currently has Patterson as a student. Finkel said that Patterson deserves to have her work featured in the magazine. “I think for Virginia to be in there is just a testament to her abilities and to her talent,” Finkel said. “It’s also a testament to the graphic design program here at Auburn; while we are a regional department school in a lot of ways, we do still have talent that can compete on a national landscape.” Patterson said that she has participated in other publication contests similar to this one. She believes it’s an easy way to get her work out there. “As visual designers, the only way you can present your work is visually and it’s really important to showcase it to as many people as you can,” Patterson said. “It’s important to be proactive in whatever career you are following in order to be successful.”
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Patterson is self-motivated, creative and very smart with her designs, Finkel said. She oversees all the details of a project as well as the larger concepts by communicating with typography, color and shape, Finkel said. “She’s a great student to work with, she’s highly focused and she is very smart, bright and easy to work with,” Dugas said. “She’s really serious about her career and she has formulated strong background in the history of design and I think she plans on attending graduate school in graphic design too.” Patterson confirms plans for graduate school, saying that she hopes to teach design in the future. More information on Patterson’s work can be found at http://digd.auburn.edu/ graphicdesign/ or her website virginiapattersondesign.com.
ipating in the competition is great experience for any student in a business major, Castano said. “The opportunity to handle real money, real investments and seeing real returns to help the college of business is invaluable,” Castano said. Being in the club also allows for opportunities that a regular business student would not have, like having access to the Bloomberg Terminal, investment software that allows people to research bonds and stocks “It can improve your outlook to the industry as a whole because you’re exposed to so many names and you’re close to people with the same interests,” Ashley said. Castano said there is a strong possibility for Auburn to catch up to Alabama. “We’re definitley hopeful,” Castano said. “Personally our goals are to stay profitable, meet our benchmark and beat Alabama.” The club has an open-door policy year-round and meets in Room 0005 in Lowder every Tuesday night. For more information contact Juan Castano at jpc0014.
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Residence hall Olympics promotes student involvement Kelsey Davis Intrigue writer
Campus Recreation in collaboration with the Resident Hall Association hosted the first Residence Hall Olympics, Sunday, March 3. All were invited to come out to enjoy a day of outdoor games as a competition between residents of The Hill, The Quad and The Village. “We were trying to think of ways to increase physical activity on campus and have all of our residents who live on campus to come out and have it be like a field day,” said Joseph Gray, an intern with Campus Recreation. “We ended up talking with the Residents Hall Association and putting together our olympics event,” said Gray. The Hall Olympics featured larger events such as kickball, ultimate frisbee and tug-of-
war, as well as smaller “minute to win it games” such a jump roping. Whichever residence hall scores the cumulative high in these events will be the winner of a pizza party, in addition to smaller individual prizes for the quicker games. “It’s really just for fun and for the residents to come out and be able to have a good time, and to also learn about all that the Residence Hall Association has to offer,” said Stephanie Daniels, a hall director for The Village. All students who live on campus are members of the Residence Hall Association, and are invited to attend programs and events put on by the RHA. Upcoming for the Residence Hall Assocation will be a “study breaks” event during finals.
“We’ll have food and games when finals come up so everyone can take a study break,” Daniels said. Audrey Ross, a sophomore in math and Spanish as well as resident of Sasnett passed the time playing two square with friends. “I’m a fitness instructor, so I was going to work the kick ball game and the parachute event,” Ross said. “There’s not that many people out right now though, so I’m kind of just messing around.” Gray says that the Residence Hall Olympics will become a yearly event for students. “We (Campus Recreation) are trying to really push for big campus physical activities, maybe something like outdoor Zumba,” Gray said. “We’ve got a lot of visions for what we want to do.”
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Psychological Services Center offers ADHD group for students Kailey Miller Campus Reporter
The Auburn University Psychological Services Center will offer a psychoeducation group for college students that have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It will be designed for undergraduate or graduate students and will focus on topics that are relevant to college students who have a diagnosis of ADHD. Topics will include things like learning a variety of study strategies that can be helpful for people who have ADHD, managing stress and mood and making sure that relationships are healthy. The group will cover different topics each week for six weeks. Various staff members will lead the meetings so that the
group can hear different perspectives at each meeting. The Psychological Services Center offers assessments for college students who think that they might have ADHD. In some cases, a student might do well in their middle school and high school years, even though they have ADHD. Because of this, the student might not receive a diagnosis for ADHD until they go to college and find that the ADHD symptoms then really start to interfere with their academics. This means that these students have less education about what it means to have ADHD and how to handle it in a college environment. The Psychological Services Center also provides a range of counseling services that are open to students as well as community members.
The fees at the Psychological Services Center are based on the income of the individual coming in, and vary among patients. Everyone who works in the Psychological Services Center is a graduate student getting a PHD in clinical psychology. The graduate students are supervised by licensed clinical psychologists The most common reasons clients go to the Psychological Services Center are anxiety and depression. There is another counseling center on campus called the Student Counseling Center. The Student Counseling Center provides free services to students for up to 10 counseling sessions. It is common for the students to go there first, unless there is a particular reason
why they would prefer going to the Psychological Services Center instead. Because of this, the Psychological Services Center sees a lot of community members in addition to students. The other service, Student Counseling Services, exclusively sees Auburn students. The primary services they provide are individual counseling, group counseling and consultations for when a student, faculty or staff member are concerned about someone, said Brandy Smith, licensed psychologist at Student Counseling Services. “We also provide outreach for certain events that are going on nationally, or if a professor or someone wants us to come to their class or organization to talk about a particular issue or services, then we
will go and provide that outreach,” Smith said. Staff members include graduate trainees, or graduate clinicians who are pursuing their doctoral degrees in either counseling psychology or clinical psychology, Smith said. There are no fees for students unless they don’t show up to their appointment or if they cancel or reschedule without giving 24 hours notice. Student Counseling Services decides which type of counseling would be best for each client by having them do an intake which is divided between computer information that the student fills out and an inperson conversation. The process for assigning clients to specific clinicians is a different process. “We address who we have that needs to be assigned to a
clinician and we determine it based on three things,” Smith said. “Based on the student’s schedule, based on any counselor preferences the student has and then based on who’s going to be the best clinical fit as far as being able to address the presenting issue.” Lauren Klipsch, freshman in nursing, said that she would completely trust either one of these services. Smith said that the top three presenting issues that Student Counseling Services deals with are clients feeling depressed, clients who have anxiety and clients with interpersonal issues that can relate to family, friends or romantic relationships. The Psychological Services Center will provide the ADHD group every Tuesday, starting March 19, from 5-7 p.m.
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Glitz, glam and gams shined bright at Auburn Spectrum’s What-A-Drag! event hosted Saturday, March 2. Spectrum acts as a campus political, social, educational and support group for the LGBTQ community and its allies. Spectrum hosts weekly meetings, which range from educational, political and social, such as the yearly What-ADrag! fundraiser. What-A-Drag! was established five years ago in order to raise awareness about the transgender community and
money for related charities. The term “transgender” is an umbrella term that encompasses anyone who is nongender-conforming (e.g. transsexual, bigender, agender, genderqueer, genderfluid, etc). Tickets for What-A-Drag! were $5. Half of the profits went to Spectrum to cover administrative costs, and the other half (along with any tips given to performers) will be donated to the scholarship fund of the Southern Comfort Conference, an annual transgender conference. The showstopping performances throughout the night
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were Broadway worthy, complete with an opening version of the Star Spangled Banner (Whitney Houston style), purple wigs, skin-tight dresses and neon makeup. The 24 song set list ranged from modern-day hits such as Maroon 5’s “One More Night” and Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” to an electrified delivery of “Dude Looks Like a Lady” by Aerosmith. In staying true to Spectrum’s adage, the show closed with a moving rendition of Seasons of Love, a classic from the best-selling Broadway musical, RENT.
When asked how it felt to be crowned king, performer Butch Cassidy (stage name) explained that she was overwhelmed. “It means so much to finally win this year,” Cassidy said. “I am proud to embrace who I am, not just for myself but for my community and Spectrum, as well.” The newly crowned Queen, wishes to remain anonymous, “I got up there and did my thing. I wish to remain anonymous out of respect for my family; however, I am proud to walk that stage and embrace who I am.”
Star Spangled Tiger Nights Success Daniel Cannaday Writer
A few times every semester the Student Center undergoes a transformation. Decorations pop up around formerly austere columns. Tables overflowing with food replace Papa John’s and Chik-fil-A, while the ballroom becomes the Verizon store. Friday, March 1, the Student Center took on a less scholarly role to host Tiger Nights: Aubie Across America. The event, spanning the top two floors of the building, included a DJ, reptile and bird exhibits, a casino in the ballroom and several other activities, free of charge. “Well, it’s a party! No, but seriously it’s an event put on by
the (University Program Council),” said Laura Barnett, senior in finance. Half of the ballroom was transformed into a mini-casino, where students played poker for a chance to win prize baskets stuffed with goodies. Jennifer Lolley’s reptile exhibit has seen several Tiger Nights. Lolley is promoting the Louise Kreher Ecology Preserve, a 120-acre forest on N. College Street laced with hiking trails for adventurous students. Tiger Nights typically draws 1,200–1,500 students and is a well-established Auburn tradition. A tradition that promises to continue well into the future with nights like these.
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Auburn Alumni start beach vacation rental business
CONTRIBUTED BY JACOB WATKINS
Rent Gear Here offers services in primarily the 30A area, such as South Walton and Destin. They will be expanding their services to Okaloosa Island (Fort Walton Beach) and Panama City Beach.
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With spring break almost here, Rent Gear Here, a business started by Auburn alumni, provides any beach goer the equipment they need to have a good time in the surf and sun. Rent Gear Here offers rentals for everything from bikes and trailers to beach chairs and other beach equipment. “We strive to be the one stop shop for all your vacation needs,” said Jacob Watkins, managing partner. “Our idea is to have everything available to a family with one call instead of having to call many different businesses.” Phillip Poundstone, managing partner, created the business last May.
“No one had really heard of the business when we started and we effectively marketed and did really well last summer even though we started late,” Poundstone said. “We expect to grow probably 10-fold what we did last year.” Currently Rent Gear Here is located in the 30A area of South Walton as well as Destin. This summer they will expand their service territories to include 30A, Destin, Okaloosa Island (Fort Walton Beach) and Panama City Beach. Poundstone and Watkins hope to expand their business to cover all vacation hot spots. “We don’t want to just be at beaches,” Poundstone said. “We want to be in any vacation destination. We want
to be renting skis and snowboards and tubes in Colorado. We want to be in Whistler, Canada; we want to be in Utah. Really anywhere that someone takes a vacation, we will eventually want to help rent them items that are going to make their vacation more enjoyable.” Watkins has a created a detailed three to five to 10 year growth strategy for the company. “We want to make sure our services are top quality before we go into the next area,” Watkins said. Poundstone and Watkins met during freshman year as Auburn students and fraternity brothers. “We were both involved in different organizations on
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campus, so we were able to team up with a lot of things on campus while we were at Auburn,” Watkins said. “We’ve been good friends since Phillip started the company last spring.” Rent Gear Here has been nominated for an award by 30A.com, a website that many 30A area visitors go to see where the best places to go are and rent items. The business has been nominated under the non-dining category. “If we were able to be in the top five we would be featured on their website for the entire year as the top five hot spots for bike and beach services in the 30A area,” Watkins said. “A lot of our customers will visit that website and be looking for who’s the best bike and beach place to rent from here and that will be huge for us to be on their website as that.” On the voting survey, Rent Gear Here is currently ranked No. 14. “We’re really hoping to use our Auburn base and Auburn supporters to help us along,” Watkins said. “We know Auburn likes to get behind their alumni. We really believe with their support we could be number one.” To vote visit 30A.com and click on their blog that con-
Don’t be afraid to take a risk. I’ve been working in different jobs for a while and if you just take the chance and the opportunity is there. Our generation has a lot of opportunites to serve customers and serve the generations above us if they just take the risk.” —Jacob Watkins MANAGING PARTNER
tains their voting link. Participants will go through a short survey and vote for their favorite business to be featured on the website. These Auburn alumni will never forget their roots, especially when that means offering Auburn students and alumni special deals. “We definitely encour-
age them to call us and tell us they’re Auburn alumni or Auburn students and we’ll offer a discount to them and make sure to take special care of them,” Watkins said. Poundstone said there are many people out there willing to help people start their own businesses. “You’d be amazed at how many people are retiring and have had successful businesses that just want to give back and get nothing out of it,” Poundstone said. Although starting a business may be difficult all that matters is who you surround yourself with, Poundstone said. “Really you can make anything work,” Poundstone said. “There’s no such thing as a bad idea. It’s just really making the commitment to follow through on that and not giving up.” It all starts with an idea, Watkins said. “Find mentors,” Watkins said. “Don’t be afraid to take a risk,. I’ve been working in different jobs for a while and if you just take the chance and the opportunity is there. Our generation has a lot of opportunities to serve customers and serve the generations above us if they just take the risk.”
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Opinions Thursday, March 7, 2013
Place your bets on education In Alabama, gambling is illegal, technically. According to the state Criminal Code, any game of chance is strictly forbidden. That means if a game requires no skill to play or win – and you make a bet on it – you are on the wrong side of the law. A lottery, casino games, and bingo machines all fall into the category of games of chance. However, betting on games that require skill, such as greyhound racing or friendly wagers on a football game, is legal. Also, if a game of chance takes place on a Native American reservation, it’s probably all right. We say probably because the state is currently suing the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in order to close their casinos. But we’re wondering why it all can’t be legal. All you have to do is look at the states with legal gambling to see how we could benefit. Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee certainly aren’t paradigms of economic growth, but they seem to have a leg up over Alabama. Specifically, Georgia, home of the HOPE Scholarship, appears to value education a little more than Alabama does. Since 2006, HOPE has awarded more than $3,000,000 to approximately 900,000 students, and it’s completely funded by a lottery. Alabama, on the other hand, only has a handful of grants and scholarships available, and the competition for each makes it even harder to
qualify. So we say it’s time to get rid of the draconian restrictions on what could be a boon to our public education system, from kindergarten to college. We understand the money from gambling could be misappropriated – Alabama is certainly not a corruption-free state. But we believe if it can work in Georgia, which has just as spotted a past as Alabama, it can work here. Given the continued national economic downslide and the recent sequestration measures, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to have a few extra million lying around. Of course, legalizing gambling, or even just a lottery wouldn’t solve all our financial woes, not even close – Alabama’s state debt as of august 2012 was $60.57 billion – but we can’t imagine a situation where the extra revenue wouldn’t be necessary. We doubt the average Alabamian is going sell his or her children to buy lottery tickets, and hardcore gamblers will do what they do with or without anyone’s permission. Legalizing gambling is not going to turn the state into a hot bed of heathen activity. Simply put, tuition is ridiculous and our public schools are falling apart, and we don’t have the money to fix the situation. We see gambling, specifically a lottery, as the best way to get that money.
Gun restrictions unnecessary, misunderstood Robert Lee editor@ theplainsman.com
Recently a federal court in Illinois ruled a person’s right to carry a concealed weapon was not protected under the second Amendment. Colorado, however, recently refused to reconsider a past ruling that says the state’s ban on concealed carry is unconstitutional. So which is it? This contradiction leads to an interesting prediction. Will the supreme court rule whether concealed carry is protected under the second amendment? Whether they do is beside the point. Our right to concealed carry should not be under question and the bickering back and forth regarding banning certain weapons and re-
stricting our usage of them is ludicrous. The rights given to every U.S. citizen by the constitution are exactly that, rights. Meaning they are understood truths that every citizen has the opportunity to take advantage of. If you don’t want to carry a concealed weapon, so be it. Don’t want to own a gun? Fair enough. I can’t force anyone to own a gun, and the government shouldn’t force restrictions upon ownership. America was not founded by a government who restricts their citizens of obvious rights. It is already a vetted process to receive a permit for a handgun, so owning one to carry and protect yourself is logical. Having a weapon close by to protect your family is something that should forever remain an option if you so choose. The government can have my taxes, but they can’t something from me
that is supported and written in the second amendment. Regardless of how advanced our guns have become, banning assault weapons is ludicrous. First, the misconception of what exactly an assault weapon is needs to be set straight. An AR-15, what CBS calls “the most popular rifle in America, is not an assault weapon. They are designed as semi-automatic weapons for civilian use. The “AR” stands for ArmaLite, the company that first began developing them in the 1950s. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines an assault rifle as a rifle “designed for military use.” The AR-15 are not designed for that purpose. The government can’t and does not need a hand in everything. Universal background checks are also a logical and obvious necessity to owning a gun, but limiting the amount of bullets in a clip just seems petty.
New security shuttle policy Bianca seward copy@theplainsman. com
Auburn’s security shuttle, affectionately known to students as “the drunk bus,” has recently changed its policy to limit its nightly stops to a particular part of campus. A part that arguably needs safe rides more than any other. You would think a change in policy would warrant a University email, a poster on campus, or maybe even a tweet. But no notice was given. No, I had to find out through a friend. The following story was confirmed by my own experience and by Cameron Boozer, who is head of the night transit security shuttle. On Friday night, after watching three buses cruise down old row, apparently ignoring the huddled masses awaiting a ride. Finally one stopped. After three people got off, emptying the bus completely, this student ducked the van’s short doorframe and moved to slide into the first pew. The
driver told the student they weren’t allowed on the bus. He informed her that only two busses would now be allowed to pick-up students from old row because too many students had complained that there were excessive stops made on old row. The student backed out of the bus and waited for a van with old row clearance to come by-20 minutes later. In the fall of 2012, the night transit security shuttle elected to reduce the number of pick-ups on old row, the end of West Magnolia Avenue. The security shuttles are now on either the blue team or the orange team. The blue team vans, which make up only three of the nine vans that run on an average night, are allowed to pick up students from old row, new row and Ramsey hall. The other six vans, called the orange team, are not cleared to pick up any students from those locations. As a part of the security shuttle policy and promise to students, it “offers a safe ride from any on-campus location to any on-campus location from 6 p.m. – 7 a.m.” The only exceptions listed to this rule are home football game evenings, summer sessions, official Au-
burn University holidays and now apparently, old row. Boozer argued that the security shuttle vans are not meant to cater to the students on the fraternity rows. He said that the Toomer’s Ten Night Transit line is meant to pick up the students on old row, new row and downtown, it is not the job of the security shuttles. “We help them out from time to time but we are not going to have our whole fleet to pick up one student and take them from party to party,” Boozer said. I understand that Boozer and the night security shuttles wouldn’t want to have a certain part of campus monopolize their time. However, Boozer’s suggestion that students take Toomer’s Ten home instead of relying on the security shuttle, is a good, but unrealistic suggestion. The point of the security shuttle is to provide students with a guaranteed safe ride home at any point in the night. Toomer’s Ten stops running at 2:30 a.m. and only runs every 30 minutes. What are you supposed to do if you miss the bus? Walk home? Drive home? Neither of those seem like safe ways home to me.
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Conning the pros Andrew Yawn
In professional football, athleticism may be the door, but experience and savvy are the keys. The 2013 NFL Draft is approaching, the combine has come and gone, and most professional scouts probably feel wiser having seen these kids run, jump and lift weights. But what does any of it mean? Each year, draft pundits endow certain players with one very poisoned word: upside. Did he produce in college? Not so much. But the fact that he can run in a straight line faster than the proven, productive players apparently means something to the guys with the clipboards. For instance, in 2009, the Oakland Raiders selected wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey with the No. 7 overall pick after he was clocked at 4.3 seconds in the 40 yard dash. Until that point, Heyward-Bey was a relative unknown. In his NFL.com player profile for the 2009 Combine, he was described as an “unpolished” track star who played football to make friends. He also had the worst production of his career in 2008. Still, Heyward-Bey went from relative unknown to a top-10 pick. His stats that year? Nine receptions on 40 targets for 124 yards and a touchdown. That’s right. He caught less than a quarter of the balls thrown to him. Granted, Heyward-Bey has improved in recent years, but is still nowhere near valuable enough to qualify being a top 10 selection. He’s also just one of many “freak athletes” to be drafted high in past years based on potential. Vernon Gholston (drafted No. 6 overall), Aaron Maybin (No. 11) and Tony Mandarich (No. 1) all lured teams in with rock hard abs
and chiseled features that would make Derek Zoolander jealous. Never heard of them? There’s a reason for that. Gholston benched 225 pounds more times than anybody, Maybin was a one-year wonder in college, and Mandarich was once called “the greatest offensive line prospect ever” by Sports Illustrated. Most, if not all, Americans have seen a football game. There are no weights, no cones and rarely do players run as fast as they can in a straight line. I’m not against combines or pro days. They provide great publicity for players trying to establish a career doing what they love to do. In the end, however, investing in measurables can hinder the scouting process. Take James Laurinaitis. For the past eight years — four with Ohio State and four with the St. Louis Rams — Laurinaitis has not missed a game and led his team in tackles almost every year. In college, he was a unanimous first-team All American, won the Nagurski and Butkus Awards for best defenisive player and best linebacker, respectively, and was the unquestioned leader of his team. After graduating from Ohio State, Laurinaitis’ stock dropped because he ran a 4.82 forty. The horror. Laurinaitis fell from possible top pick to the second round. He subsequently won the starting job in his first professional training camp. The combine is useful, but scouts must avoid getting enamored by glamour stats and remember what they saw on film. Football is entertainment for the fans, but it’s business for the folks trying to win a Super Bowl. Since 2009, the Oakland Raiders have drafted all three 40 yard dash champions: DeMarcus Van Dyke (2011, 4.28), Jacoby Ford (2010, 4.28) and Darrius Heyward-Bey (2009, 4.30). Last time I checked, even the fans are regretting those decisions.
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In Alabama, reading isn’t just fun, it’s fundamental Amber Franklin Writer
Courtesy of Alaina Marie Guzman
Artist Sarah Scott prepping the piano for The Keynote Project at her home studio for its unveiling Saturday, March 9, at The Gnu’s Room. This is the first project from the Auburn branch of The Keynote Project.
Music spreads in Auburn with The Keynote Project Sonya Lovejoy Freelance Multimedia
Launching Saturday, March 9, The Keynote Project is incoporating more art and music into the Auburn community through a bedazzled and restored piano. Alaina Marie Guzman is the founder of Auburn’s The Keynote Project and working toward her bachelors in Sociology at Auburn University. “We have rallied the artists, chosen the locations and we have nearly a dozen, donated pianos,” Guzman said. “What we need is a larger voice, a call of invitation to share, mingle, play, and celebrate our loveliest village in all its diversity and talent.” The Keynote Project gathers donated pianos, restores and paints them, then places them in various locations around Auburn for the community to use and enjoy. “Youth groups gathering for hymns, spontaneous jam sessions with a couple guitars or sports fans encircling an impromptu rendition of our fight song,” Guzman said. “These are just a few of the beautiful possibilities that the canvas of street pianos can portray.” In 2012, Guzman was chosen for an internship with the Powell Music Group, a tour management agency. “Across the street from that night’s venue was a grassy lot crowned by a gazebo and a beautifully painted piano,” Guzman said. “We joyfully crowded around the instrument and held an impromptu jam session, joined by many of the town’s friendly, welcoming locals. I thought that this was a great idea and wanted to bring that inspiration back home with me.” In the months since then, Guzman’s research revealed that this concept exists around the U.S. and worldwide. In many places, the enjoyment of music is still a luxury and formal music training is impractical or impossible. Even here in the U.S., young children wishing
to learn music education often struggle finding practice space or unrestricted access to an instrument. Carlyn Bridges, an Auburn resident, said she believes that The Keynote Project is important for keeping art alive and diverse in Auburn. “This project is great because it showcases each artist’s talent and provides the opportunity for citizens to play and showcase their talent,” Bridges said. “It is a cool way of bringing together artwork and music.” The aim of The Keynote Project is to utilize the resources already in the community to promote arts and music education. The first valuable resource is the pianos themselves. Nearly a dozen pianos have been donated by Auburn community members, music supply stores such as Spicer’s Music and even generous funding from local thrift stores such as Harvest Christian Thrift. Teams, representing all facets of the Auburn community, design the art for the pianos. These teams are composed of Auburn students, professional and local painters and even groups of elementary school children. Community members can still contact The Keynote Project to be added as a piano art team. Auburn’s new Keynote Project kicks off Saturday, March 9 at The Gnu’s Room, at 3 p.m. The design of Sarah Scott, a New Zealand native, will be unveiled. This event is a free, pet and family friendly event and all are encouraged to bring an instrument and celebrate the fellowship of music and arts education. The Keynote Project currently has a dozen donated pianos they plan to have installed this spring, with each location’s details being announced beforehand. Teams of local artists have been selected to get the pianos ready for placement. To get involved, contact The Keynote Project through Facebook, Twitter or email at email@example.com.
For most college students, it’s hard to imagine not being able to read. However, for many children in Alabama, the inability to read is a normal part of life. Jean Dean Reading is Fundamental, a program based out of Opelika that gives books to young children throughout the state of Alabama, is combatin illiteracy and giving students a chance to help. “We serve over 20,000 children,” said Cathy Gafford, executive director of Jean Dean RIF. “We have more than 500 sites over the state and serve kids in every county in Alabama and a few sites in Nebraska and Missouri. Most of our kids don’t have any other books in their homes.” Jean Dean RIF relies on volunteers to help them label, organize and pack books and keep the warehouse organized. “People sit and label books, that’s mainly what the volunteers do,” said J.M. Anderson, shipping and volunteer coordinator. “Sometimes we’ll have them actually pulling the orders that go to the different places.” As the shipping and volunteer coordinator, Anderson manages the warehouse and inventory and sets up appointment times for volunteers to come help at the warehouse. Most volunteers come to Jean Dean RIF with service groups, such as IMPACT, Circle K or a service learning class, but Mondays are the only consistent volunteer days. The weekend volunteer days are a little different from normal Monday volunteer days. “They’re a lot less hectic,” Anderson said. “Our last distribution is in April, and we’re already a third of it pulled already, so we’re really far ahead.” This year, volunteers are even more important to Jean Dean RIF. Recently, funding for national RIF was reduced, leaving Gafford with the tough decision to choose how to move forward despite funding cuts. “It’s been considerably more challenging,” Gafford said. “We had to make the decision to drop 8,000 of the kids we serve or bust it and try to come up with it – we decided to bust it
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and try to come up with it.” Jean Dean RIF has three major fundraisers: a pancake breakfast, which was this past weekend; a run to read, which takes place in November; and a ride to read, which will be June 1. They also receive funding and volunteer help from Kappa Kappa Gamma and Alpha Kappa Alpha, whose signature philanthropies benefit Jean Dean RIF. Meghan Dooley, senior in political science, has experience volunteering with IMPACT, the East Alabama Food Bank and reading to children at Tuskegee Elementary. “It was really eye-opening to see the struggle in Alabama, especially with illiteracy and access to reading supplies,” Dooley said. “As Auburn students, we need to give back to our community and I think places like JD RIF are great ways to give back.” Gafford is thankful that Auburn students are knowledgeable about socio-economic needs in the area and around the nation. “I’ve had a lot of students, high school and college, who had no idea there was anyone in this whole world that didn’t have a book in their home,” Gafford said. “But the young people I’ve had come through here, especially from IMPACT, are unbelievably knowledgeable.” This month, Jean Dean RIF has four weekend volunteer days: March 9, 10, 30 and 31. Students can call or email jdrifvolunteer@ gmail.com to make an appointment between 9 a.m.–4 p.m. March 9 and 30 or between 2 –5 p.m. March 10 and 31.
Kiwanis to hold Parent Fair Chandler Jones Community Reporter
Instead of the children getting taught life lessons, it’s the parent’s turn. The Kiwanis Parent Fair is here to offer an opportunity for just that. On Saturday, March 9, at the Auburn Methodist Church the Kiwanis Club teaches parents about children health issues, healthy food options and exercise. This is the fifth annual Parent Fair and the second annual Auburn Spring Classic. The Classic, created by Robin Kelley, is an 8K run and a kid’s 1K run. Elizabeth Ham has been with the Fair for four years and serves as the chief of exhibitors and programs.
They expect 100 in attendance, including Aubie. “Outside we’re going to have a petting zoo,” Ham said. “She has a miniature cow, a pot-belly pig, a duck, a rabbit and some things kids don’t get to put their hands on. That’s going to be a lot of fun. For-Paws Boutique’s is going to have some animals that are up for adoption so kids can maybe find a pet to grow up with. We are also going to have a moon-walk.” Inside will be the vendors, including a chiropractic company, 4H, Childcare Resource Center, Transformation Life Center and daycare schools. There will be many gift packages offered during the fair as well. Some of the packages are a free massage, two
tickets to the Auburn Tigers baseball game against Brown University on Sunday March 10, T-shirts and other prizes. Also, Panera and Wendy’s will be donating food for the fair that the public can eat for free. The Fair also features the Boys’ and Girls’ Rhythm Section. Ham has been working for three months with many Kiwanis Club members to complete this venture. The Fair consists of indoor and outdoor events. “If it were not for the support of people in the community, our sponsors that donate gifts and door prizes and participate out of the goodness of their heart this wouldn’t be possible,” Ham said.
Floral Trail encourages locals to stop and smell the roses Lance Davis Writer
Auburn Floral Trail will open Monday, March 11, and run through Sunday, April 21. The Floral Trail, sponsored by Auburn Beautification Council and promoted by Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau, is made up of three trails: a North Trail, a South Trail and an optional trail which runs through Auburn University’s arboretum. Each trail features different plants, most of which are typically Southern, and allows viewers to take in nature’s beauty. “It is the great floral trail that graces Auburn and the Southern heritage that we have, with all the beautiful floral aspects that are native to our area, like the native azaleas and some of the flowers and trees that you see,” said Catrina Cook, committee chair of Auburn Beautification
Council. The North Trail runs 3.4 miles, and the South Trail runs 10.5 miles. The optional trail runs through Auburn’s campus by the arboretum. Brochures with maps of the trails are available on the AuburnOpelika Tourism Bureau’s website. There will be a starting sign at the beginning of each trail, and signs will be placed along the trails to guide viewers. “We have an optional trail that’s outlined as the Auburn University Arboretum Trail, and that’s the president’s house there, because they have some beautiful blooms,” Cook said. “It’s actually three trails, but we call them the North and the South, and of course the optional trail is the University Trail, depending on if the streets are open.” The trails are accessible to all types of transportation. “You could ride your bike. A
lot of routes have bike lanes,” said Becky Richardson, parks and recreation director for Auburn. “It’s pleasant to walk. A lot of the streets have sidewalks, so people could walk it.” Floral trails in the past have drawn many people to the area, and the hope is the same will happen this year. “It’s not the biggest event we have by any means, but it’s just another opportunity for us to have something to showcase to visitors,” said Robyn Bridges, vice president of AuburnOpelika Tourism Bureau. “It’s just a good time of year to kind of celebrate that renewal and rebirth of the new season.” “We have businesses that come into town, we have industry that’s here,” Cook said. “And it’s always something for them to do, to just view Auburn in this beautiful light while things are blooming.” Participating in the trail gives a sense of pride to the
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Each trail in the Auburn Floral Trail features a variety of plants, including azaelas and dogwoods.
residents who live along the routes. “We have some other members that have been involved for a while, and one mentioned not long ago that somebody called and asked if their house was going to be on the
trail again, because they were going to do some work in their yard if they were going to be on the trail again,” Richardson said. “So it’s just kind of something that people take a lot of pride in and a lot of interest in.” Auburn-Opelika Tourism
Bureau will put photos from the trails on its website. “We do have a great slideshow that will be posted online on our website that you’ll see there,” Cook said. “I think it provides a great light for Auburn.”
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Alabama’s capital punishment laws garner disapproval Abigail O’Brien Community Writer
According to the Death Penalty Information Center, there are currently 202 people on death row. The Death Penalty Information Center also says that Alabama has had a total of 55 executions since 1976: six in 2010 and six in 2011 as the most current. Ryan Hamilton-Schumacher, Auburn alumnus of ‘07, lives in Birmingham and is against the death penalty. Hamilton-Schumacher said he became more aware of the issue at the end of his undergrad time at Auburn after reading a book by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a theologian in Nazi, Germany, titled: “The Cost of Discipleship.” “It was sort of a belief I held when I didn’t realize there was a term associated with it,” Hamilton-Schumacher said. The son of a retired Air Force colonel, Hamilton-Schumacher moved to Alabama when he was 18 and said he immediately recognized the strong Pro-Life movement in the state. Yet he said felt the strong undercurrent of pro-life was inconsistent, only stating life as sacred depending on circumstances. Hamilton said he saw Alabama’s
views as inconsistent “Life is sacred to a point,” Hamilton-Schumacher said of what he saw in Alabama’s views. While Hamilton-Schumacher said he feels life in prison is a far better alternative than capital punishment, he feels that even beyond that, the judicial system could be restored to deal with crime at a deeper level. “Our analogy is you lock people up, and then in ‘x’ amount of years, you go free,” Hamilton-Schumacher said. “So what did that do? That’s not restoring brokenness. That’s not helping someone get better.” He believes the system could be helped by restorative, rather than punitive justice. Under restorative justice, individuals may be worked with to determine why they committed the crime and what tendencies they have towards repetition. Shelley Douglass, runs Mary’s House Catholic Worker, a place in Birmingham that shelters homeless people, and said she has been involved in peace movements and even the civil rights movement since the 1960s and partners with any organization who is committed to ending capital punishment.
It’s a knee-jerk reaction because it sounds fair. A life for a life sounds right.” —Shelley Douglass Operator of MAry’s House Catholic Worker
Douglass said she saw the face of death row personally when her and her husband started corresponding with Leroy White, an inmate on death row in Atmore. White spent 27 years on death row for killing his wife and was executed by lethal injection in 2011. Douglass and her husband visited him for 11 years before he was executed. “They strapped him down to a table and they put tubes into his veinstubes that came out of a wall,” Douglass said. Three anonymous people then directed three liquids into White’s veins from the other side of the wall, Douglass said. By the time he was executed, White had made peace with his family as well as his wife’s and had mul-
tiple affidavits from different sources, including the prosecuting attorney who prosecuted him in the first place, to request he not be executed Douglass said. “It’s a knee-jerk reaction because it sounds fair,” Douglass said. “A life for a life sounds right.” Douglass said she sees the system as “capricious,” and fears that it does not represent the defendants well, saying that there is no public defender system for those convicted. Clay Crenshaw, assistant attorney general, chief of the Capital Litigation Division and Auburn alumnus of ‘85, said that while he feels the system for defendants can be strenuous, he does not feel they are misrepresented. Crenshaw said the process consists of three stages, involving 10 courts. In the case of trial and direct appeal, the defendant is appointed a lawyer Crenshaw said. While the defendant may not be appointed a lawyer when the case goes back into circuit court, the defendants are often represented by out-of-state law firms or other organizations who have many resources Crenshaw said. He also feels that because the defendant does go through so many
parts of the judicial process, errors should be spotted. “You have all of these levels of review, so certainly if somebody is truly innocent or there’s something invalid about their conviction, they should be able to prove it with all of these levels of review,” Crenshaw said. Another unique thing about Alabama’s capital punishment policy concerns its judges, something he feels is appropriate. “Alabama is one of three states that allows for the judge to be the sentence. The jury renders a verdict on either death, or life without parole and the judge, in certain circumstances can override that verdict,” Crenshaw said. “Judges sentence in every other kind of criminal case so why should it be different in a capital case?” Crenshaw said. Crenshaw said he feels capital punishment is appropriate in certain circumstances. “When I first came into this position, I was ambivalent really about the death penalty, it was, ‘OK it’s there’, but once you see these cases and some of the horrible acts that these folks do, it kind of makes you a believer,” Crenshaw said.
Southern Forestry Conclave to be held in Auburn March 14 Will Gaines Sports Reporter
Auburn will be hosting the 56th annual Southern Forestry Conclave for the first time since 2001 on March 14–16. There are 14 schools across the Southeast participating in the Conclave: Virginia Tech, North Carolina State, Clemson, Georgia, Florida, Auburn, Alabama A&M, Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech, LSU, Stephen F. Austin, Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas Monticello. “They bring a team anywhere from a small team of eight to a big team of 30,” said Tom Gallagher, adviser for the Forestry Club. “They
will compete in 18 physical events and eight technical events as a team and we tally up the team’s score and somebody takes home the trophy.” The technical events are pole classification, DBH estimation, wood ID, photogrammetry, timber estimation, wildlife ID, dendrology, compass and pacing. “The technical events are stuff we learn in class like tree identification and estimating how much timber is on a tract of land,” said James Robert Dearman, president of the Forestry Club. The physical events will be more of old school forestry stuff the participants do for fun. Those events
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are things such as knife throw, axe throw, log birling, archery, men and women bow saw and pole climb. “At the end of the two days we have an awards event and we give an overall winner for the physical side an overall winner for the physical side and then we give just an overall winner,” Dearman said. Every year the Conclave rotates between each of the 14 schools on who gets to host the events. “We have the sole responsibility for putting it on,” Dearman said. “Each year the Forestry Club of the hosting school puts on conclave, so this year the responsibility is on us. We have been doing everything
from raising money for sponsorships, and we have reserved Heritage Park and Cowboy Arena on Highway 280. Our students will also be the go-to people if the contestants have any questions.” Two schools, Stephen F. Austin in Texas and Arkansas Monticello, have dominated the competition for the past 56 years it has been going on, Gallagher said. Last year, however, Georgia took home the trophy. “They’ve kind of taken turns winning it for the last 25 years, and Georgia surprised everybody last year and won it,” Gallagher said. “Part of it is some schools are just
adamant about wining it. For example Stephen F. Austin’s mascot is a lumberjack, so that whole school lives this stuff. At Auburn we love it and just want to have a good time.” More importantly than winning the competition the conclave gives students a slight advantage when they head out into the job market. “You get to communicate with forestry students from different schools,” Dearman said. “Forestry is a pretty small industry and networking is a huge part in the industry. We’ve got several forestry companies coming and trying to talk to students and gauge interest in future job opportunities.”
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Gus Malzahn talks to Jeff Blake Tuesday, March 5 at Auburn NFL Pro Day.
Malzahn’s promises of a new day coming John Burns SPORTS@ THEPLAINSMAN. COM
Man, is anyone else itching for college football yet? I realize it’s only March and feels like January, but for me, waiting for what Gus Malzahn, his staff, and their crop of players are going to do next year is agonizing, only because it’s so far away. It’s 177 days away to be precise. I haven’t been as excited about an Auburn football team since I started hearing about how good that Cam Newton guy was, and how that offense in 2010 was tailored specifically to him. Think about the talent that developed on that team, under Malzahn, because despite what the haters say, Newton was absolutely not a oneman team. He was obviously the best player in football, but if he didn’t have an outstanding offensive line to block for him, a solid receiving corps to catch his passes, speedy and powerful running backs to run the QB option with and a defense that could hold fast when the team desperately needed it to, he would have just been another excellent quarterback on an average team. Oh yeah, Newton also had that genius Malzahn coaching the offense and calling the plays. Newton has left Auburn football for good, but Malzahn’s back, and he’s not just coaching the offense, he’s in charge of everyone and anything to do with Tiger football, and he certainly seems
to be the man who can not only handle the pressure, but exceed under it. “But dude,” you may say, “He’s never been the head football coach of an SEC team. In fact, he’s only been the head coach of one college team and that was Arkansas State.” That’s all true, but he led that team to a conference championship after being there for only one year. Then he moved to Auburn, hired an elite staff, and I mean one of the best in all of college football, recruiting and coaching wise, and locked in a borderline top 10 recruiting class all in just over three months. Now Malzahn and his staff have the task of getting this team’s confidence back, which won’t be easy, but they will do it. He will get the team’s confidence back because there is a ton of talent on the roster, but it was just poorly developed under the former regime. That may be an understatement, but I’d rather not talk about last season. There are roughly six months until the football players get to step onto a field again, six months to gain confidence and trust in one another, six months to learn offensive, defensive and special teams schemes, and most importantly, six months to believe they can and will be a force to be reckoned with next season. I don’t mean to suggest that the Tigers are a lock for any titles, but after a 3–9 (0–8 SEC) season they are a lock to improve, and they’ll probably score some exciting upsets against big teams along the way.
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Former Auburn defender Corey Lemonier runs linebacker drills for scouts Tuesday, March 5 at the Auburn Indoor Practice Facility.
Auburn NFL Pro Day Former Tiger football players showed up at NFL Pro Day Tuesday, March 5 to showcase their talents to scouts
Andrew Yawn SPORTS REPORTER
After numerous showcase games, workouts and interviews, all that’s left for Auburn’s 2013 NFL Draft prospects is to wait. Auburn’s Pro Day is over. With scouts from nearly every team on hand to scrutinize and speculate, former Auburn athletes worked to prove they belong with the elite. Here’s a breakdown of the top performers and the unofficial event results. Onterio McCalebb: McCalebb might have benefited the most from the extra publicity provided by Pro Day. He continued to run blistering — if unofficial — 40 yard dashes with his fastest being unofficially clocked at 4.29 seconds. Scouts who buy into game film more than drills can see his productivity if plugged into the right system. For those looking for workout warriors, McCalebb did not disappoint. While the main knock on McCalebb is his seemingly frail 168-pound frame, he completed 10 reps in the bench press — seven more than 313-pound guard John Sullen — showing that he has the upper body strength to take a hit. Mc-
Calebb’s only falter came in receiving drills. Teams willing to buy into his speed must know if he can also catch the ball out of the backfield, and McCalebb dropped two passes early. However, once in a rhythm, McCalebb looked fluid coming out of routes. Philip Lutzenkirchen: It was a tough day for Lutzenkirchen. Still only four months removed from hip surgery, Lutzenkirchen said he was still about two months away from being back to 100 percent. Still, Lutzenkirchen’s workout showed his tenacity and work ethic if anything. Intangibles are all the rage in the locker rooms of the NFL elite. Sure, his 4.96 second 40 didn’t turn any heads, but Lutzenkirchen was right when he said he’s “never going to be a blazer” and that he’s more of a “tape guy.” Lutzenkirchen also ran a 4.27 20-yard shuttle which would have ranked second among all tight ends at the NFL Combine. That combined with his receiving skills and the news that teams will be mostly watching his junior tape bodes well for a team taking a shot on the 6-foot3, 258-pound tight end playmaker.
Corey Lemonier: Lemonier decided to stand pat on his combine results and only participated in linebacker drills with former teammate Jonathan Evans. Lemonier said afterwards that his goal was to prove he can move like a linebacker, and he’s committed to being prepared for possibly playing outside linebacker in the NFL. Lemonier looked fluid in the footwork and reaction drills. Lemonier is also a high motor player, and he tried to show that by going all out in the drills. It’s unclear whether or not the decision to not compete in the 40, the bench press or the other drills will hurt his stock, but he still remains a candidate to go anywhere in the first three rounds. Emory Blake: In addition to a solid workout, Blake had a ringing endorsement from the man throwing him passes on Pro Day: his father and former NFL quarterback Jeff Blake. Emory Blake ran another sluggish 40, clocking in at 4.62 seconds. And yet, his vertical and broad jumps were second only to McCalebb. Blake also looked natural catching
the ball, although his routes could have been more precise. The 6-foot-3-inch wide receiver may lack premiere speed, but with his hands and experience, Blake could have earned himself a late round selection as a possession receiver. A.J. Greene: Of all the Pro Day participants who weren’t on the team last season, Greene might have helped himself the most. Greene opted to skip workouts last year, but was still signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent. After being cut right before the start of the season, Greene is once again trying to make a roster. He posted a respectable 25 reps in the bench press and looked powerful at the point of attack in lineman drills. Although he ran a 5.35 40, that time isn’t far off the 5.3 posted at the combine by Luke Joeckel, a consensus candidate for the No. 1 overall pick. One year later and one year wiser, Greene may have earned himself another training camp and another shot at the 53-man roster.
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Josh Bynes talks about winning Super Bowl XLVII Andrew Yawn SPORTS REPORTER
Former Auburn linebacker Josh Bynes has seemingly done it all. After helping Auburn to a national championship in 2010, Bynes was selected as an undrafted free agent by the Baltimore Ravens in 2011. One year later, Bynes cracked the starting lineup and helped the Ravens win their first Super Bowl since 2000. Bynes took some time off from celebrating recently to visit Auburn and reconnect with fans on The Plains. While in Auburn, I got the chance to speak to Bynes about his adjustment to the pros, the retirement of Ravens legend Ray Lewis and Auburn’s 2013 NFL Draft prospects. AY: You’re fresh off a Super Bowl victory. Talk about your journey from being an undrafted free agent to starting for the Super Bowl champions.
JB: It’s been a long, crazy ride. Going from where I started from — which is a hard long road, being undrafted and trying to fight to be on the roster each and every week — and just to come up, be active and start for the Super Bowl and actually win the Super Bowl is just crazy. I couldn’t ask for anything better. AY: You’ve been in the league for two seasons. How do you think you did in your first season as a full time contributor? JB: I think I did all right. For the first time starting and going through the whole season, playing special teams and everything like that, I think it’s only going to get better. My third year coming up is going to be even better. AY: How was the adjustment from playing middle linebacker in Auburn’s 4-3 defense to playing inside linebacker for the Ravens 3–4?
Ray (Lewis) taught me and the other libebackers on the team what it takes to play linebacker for 17 years ... I couldn’t learn from anybody better than Ray Lewis.” —Josh Bynes FORMER AUBURN LINEBACKER
JB: It’s a little different, but it’s kind of the same. It’s like an inverted 4–3 in a way. It’s really not that much of a difference. It’s just now, you’re not the only single guy in the middle. It helps. You’ve got two inside linebackers to help cover each other’s half of the field so it makes it even better to get down in there and take on blocks.
AY: Speaking of two inside linebackers, the guy you played alongside last season, Ray Lewis, is now retired after a Hall of Fame worthy career. What did his mentorship mean to you? JB: He meant a lot to me. Ray Lewis has taught me and the other linebackers on the team what it takes to play linebacker for 17 years as far as knowing the film and knowing what to do out there each and every practice and play and to maintain that for 17 years. And he does other stuff besides football. Football’s not going to make you. You want to change the game of football and be a person outside of football. That’s what Ray Lewis does. He’s just a great person. I couldn’t learn from anybody better than Ray Lewis, one of the best linebackers to play the game.
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Alverson is a 6-foot-3 senior guard and forward for Auburn women’s basketball team and was recently named SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year with a GPA of 3.6. The Andalusia native began playing basketball at the early age of four and with graduation just around the corner the question of following a career path of athletics or education is pertinent in her mind. She recently scored a career-high of 32 points on senior day against Mississippi State, adding her to the list at 22nd of alltime career scoring at Auburn, and also became the second Auburn woman and 33rd SEC player to record 200 3-pointers. “This was my last game here and it has been a great four years,” Alverson said. “I didn’t think about my shooting at the last game, I just came out and played.” Alverson said she was feeling a little anxious before the game because everyone always wants to have a good performance their senior day. Without the support of her teammates Alverson said she would not be as successful on or off the court. “I always look to her in every play, she is such a great player she makes my job so much easier,” said Najat Ouardad, senior point guard. Alverson was also recently named to the inaugural Allstate WBCA Good Works Team. Alverson is the only woman, from the five NCAA Division I players named, in the SEC to receive the award. According to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, the award recognizes a unique group of women’s college basketball student-athletes who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement including building homes for the elderly, leading basketball clinics, reading to students and working with children with hearing disabilities. She was recognized for her work with Ballin’ for Books, the book drive community service program she created. “Doing community service means so much to me,” Alverson said. “That is something that my parents have always instilled in us from an early age- that we need to give back because we are so blessed.” The organization raised more than 1,100 books in its first year, which were all
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Senior Blanche Alverson was named SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Miss Homecoming and was named as a member of the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team.
donated by the Auburn community and fans. The books were given to the Pine Hills Literacy Project, Loachapoka Library and several other reading programs. Alverson juggles school work, basketball, and Ballin’ for Books while maintaining a 3.68 grade point average. She is also a member of several honor societies and pursing a degree in biomedical sciences. Alverson said she struggled with managing time during her freshman year, but has since learned to manage it more efficiently. “I’ve realized that if it is important to you, you will make time,” Alverson said. “That’s really what I’ve focused on. I need to study even if that means staying up until three in the morning for a test.” Cindy Alverson, Blanche’s mom, is a special needs pre-kindergarten teacher and because they always talked with each other about giving back to the communi-
ty, the idea for Ballin’ for Books was given life. “I have always wanted something I could call my own,” Blanche Alverson said. “We are really happy with the success.” With numerous amounts of awards already under her belt, Alverson also added the title of Auburn’s Miss Homecoming to her long list of achievements. “With Blanche being as busy as she is, she still does everything we ask her to do,” said coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. “When we want her to get in the gym and work on her shot, she does that.” Williams-Flournoy said that it is going to be tough to see Alverson as well as the rest of the senior class leave. Alverson will not only leave a legacy on the community with her volunteerism, but also on Auburn University with her talent on the court.
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Tigers take down the Tide The baseball team won its fifth-straight Capital City Classic, an annual clash between Auburn and Alabama in Montgomery
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Eight strikeouts by Auburn’s Conner Kendrick led the Tigers to their fifth straight Capital City Classic, beating Alabama 6–3 in Montgomery Tuesday, March 5. A big fifth inning for Auburn put the team ahead 4–3 after scoring three runs and the Tigers never looked back, riding on Kendrick’s pitching to their ninth win of the season. Kendrick had eight strikeouts and allowed no runs or hits in his six innings on the mound. “I felt like I had command of more than one pitch tonight,” Kendrick said. “I could go fastball, change-up, and I
had a pretty good curveball tonight. The mix of those pitches helped out tonight for me.” The game remained scoreless until the top of the fourth, when Auburn first baseman Garrett Cooper scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Jordan Ebert. Alabama then capitalized off of two Auburn errors to score three in the bottom of the fourth, giving them the early lead. “I thought our team responded. I thought that was one of the biggest things we did today,” said Head Coach John Pawlowski. “We made some mistakes, but when (Alabama) got down 3–1 they were resilient. (Alabama) re-
sponded, they came back, and we found a way to win today.” Pitching for the Tigers, Dillon Ortman walked Alabama’s first two batters before Austen Smith hit a double to bring Brett Booth home, tying the game 1–1. Two errors by Auburn resulted in another two scores for the Tide, the first by Auburn shortstop Dan Glevenyak, and another immediately after by third baseman Damek Tomscha to give Alabama a 3–1 lead. Auburn retaliated quickly, scoring three in the fifth to take back the lead 4–3. After a RBI groundout by Cullen Wacker and an error by Alabama’s shortstop on a grounder by Garrett Cooper, the Ti-
gers tied the game 3–3. Then Alabama third baseman Kenny Roberts threw it over the head of Smith at first base, allowing Cooper to score and securing the lead for Auburn 4–3. With the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the ninth, Auburn’s Cooper had a single to left field, bringing in Tomscha and Glevenyak to build the Tiger’s lead 6–3. Kendrick stopped a Tide comeback in the bottom of the ninth with two strikeouts and a groundout. The Tigers look to continue their three-game winning streak Friday, March 8 at 6 p.m. when they take on Brown in the first of a three-game series.
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The next two weeks in sports March 7
Men’s golf, Tiger Invitational, Grand
Women’s basketball vs. LSU,
National Lakes Course, Opelika.
Duluth, Ga., at 7:30 p.m. at the Arena at Gwinnett Center
Nashville, Tenn., at 2 p.m.
Women’s tennis vs. LSU,
Softball vs. Tennessee State, Baseball at Kennesaw State,
Auburn, at 3 p.m.
Kennesaw, Ga., at 5 p.m.
Baseball vs. Brown, Auburn, at 6 p.m.
Swimming & diving, NCAA Zone
Softball vs. Florida, Auburn, at 6 p.m.
B Diving, Knoxville, Tenn., all day.
Women’s gymnastics vs.
Men’s golf, Tiger Invitational, Grand
Lindenwood, Auburn, at 7 p.m.
National Lakes Course, Opelika.
Women’s golf, Darius Rucker
Invitational, Hilton Head, S.C., all day.
Men’s tennis at. LSU, Baton
Softball at Middle Tennessee State, Murfreesboro, Tenn., at 2 p.m.
Rouge, La., TBA.
Tuscaloosa, at 5 p.m.
Jay Prosch is the likely candidate to take over the role of H-back this fall after Phillip Lutzenkirchen graduates.
Baseball vs. Vanderbilt, Auburn, at 6 p.m.
Tight ends and H-backs
Women’s tennis at Alabama,
Softball vs. Florida, Auburn, at 1 p.m. Baseball vs. Brown, Auburn, at 3 p.m. Men’s basketball at. Mississippi State, Starkville, Miss., at 4:30 p.m.
Track, NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, Fayetteville, Ark., all day.
Women’s golf, Darius Rucker Invitational, Hilton Head, S.C., all day.
Women’s tennis vs. Arkansas,
Softball vs. Georgia, Auburn, at 6 p.m.
Softball vs. Georgia, Auburn, at 1 p.m. Men’s tennis vs. Alabama, Auburn, at 1 p.m.
Baseball vs. Vanderbilt, Auburn, at 2:15 p.m.
Women’s gymnastics at Pittsburgh,
Auburn, at 1 p.m.
Pittsburgh, Pa., at 6 p.m.
Softball vs. Florida,
Baseball vs. Vanderbilt, Auburn, at 1 p.m.
Auburn, at 1 p.m.
Softball vs. Georgia, Auburn, at 1 p.m.
Baseball vs. Brown, Auburn, at 1 p.m.
Softball vs. Florida State,
Women’s golf, Darius Rucker Invitational, Hilton Head, S.C., all day.
Auburn, at 5 p.m.
Baseball vs. Alabama State,
Men’s tennis vs. Arkansas,
Auburn, at 6 p.m.
Fayetteville, Ark. TBA.
Swimming & diving, NCAA Zone B Diving, Knoxville, Tenn., all day.
Baseball vs. Southern Miss, Mobile, at 7 p.m.
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The Plainsman has a look at who is most likely to contribute to these positions Will Gaines SPORTS REPORTER
No player will be more missed, not only for his play on the field but also for his positive image to the Auburn family, than tight end Phillip Lutzenkirchen. Lutzenkirchen finished his career at Auburn with 59 catches for 638 yards and 14 touchdowns, including the famous touchdown catch in the 2010 Iron Bowl to give Auburn the fourth quarter lead over the Crimson Tide. This offseason Gus Malzahn and his staff will be working to find his replacement and developing more tight ends into Malzahn’s offensive philosophy. The Tigers did not sign any tight ends or H-backs in the 2013 signing class so they will rely on talent currently on the roster. That should not be a problem with most of the players being hand picked for Malzahn’s offense. Returning tight ends will be CJ Uzomah, Brandon Fulse and Ricky Parks. Malzahn’s offense relies more on receivers than pure tight ends so the low number should not be a problem for the Tigers. Uzomah finished the 2012
season nicely replacing Lutzenkirchen after his late season injury. He finished the year with seven catches for 136 yards and a touchdown. Uzomah is a great threat in the passing game, but is still learning the position after switching from receiver his freshman year and playing quarterback in high school. He could be more of a slot receiver than a true tight end. Fulse has all the intangibles to succeed as a tight end in the SEC. At 6-foot-4 and 249 pounds, he has plenty of size to play the position, but has had problems catching the ball in his first two years on the Plains. If that improves he could be a real threat this fall. Ricky Parks was a highly decorated recruit coming out of high school, but like Uzomah he played quarterback. After being redshirted in 2012 trying to learn the position, he could surprise people in 2013 if he masters Malzahn’s offense. Another position that is important to this offense is the H-back. The H-back is basically a fullback, but does have similarities to the tight end position. Malzahn’s offense works
best when it has a true Hback that can clear holes in the defensive line, and catch passes out of the backfield. Auburn had this in 2009 and 2010 with Eric Smith. In 2011 Lutzenkirchen handled this role, along with tight end, but was handicapped by having to handle both duties. This time around the offense should have an excellent H-back in Jay Prosch. Prosch is a prototypical fullback and should fit in nicely with Malzahn’s offense. With most of Auburn’s running backs being undersized it will help greatly to have Prosch clearing the way. He has also proven that he can be a threat with the football after receiving five catches in 2012. While this will not be his bread and butter it will be nice for the Tigers to not be forced to move a guy like Uzomah or Fulse into the backfield on pass plays. The tight ends and Hbacks could be a position group that surprises people by developing into a great weapon for the Tigers in 2013. These players have decent depth and fit the role Malzahn will be looking for in his spread offense.
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Josh Bynes was a contrubutor to the 2010 Auburn BCS National Championship winning team as well as the Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl XLVII winning team.
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is going to happen, and I’m just going to take this opportunity and go with it.
AY: Lewis played strong side linebacker most of the time, and although you might not take over his exact position, is there any kind of pressure to fill the void left by his absence?
AY: You were an undrafted free agent once. With Auburn players taking the field for Pro Day March 5, what do they need to do to prepare for the draft and shine in the eyes of the scouts?
JB: It’s no problem at all. I play both, I know the positions so I love playing right there on the inside. Right there in the middle is where I’m best suited, and that’s where you’re going to get the best qualities out of me. I’m just looking forward to the opportunity to play and start this year. Whatever happens
JB: They don’t need to do too much. Just be the same player you’ve always been and try to boost it to one extra level to get their attention and show what kind of player you are. Coaches right now already watched the film, and know what you’re capable of doing. It’s just an extra little showing right in front of you.
They get to see you up close and personal. The only thing they can do is take care of business on Tuesday, and whatever happens on draft day happens. I thought I did a pretty good job. I thought everything was in place for me, and I didn’t get drafted. And if you don’t get drafted, trust me, teams are going to be calling them to pick them up as a free agent. When you get picked as a free agent, you’re still going to have an opportunity. You might not get the signing bonus and all the other stuff, but at the same time you’ve got the same opportunity all these other guys have. You just have to make the best of it and hope that one day you’ll get there and make it.
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Emory Blake catches a pass for his father Jeff on Tuesday, March 5 at Auburn Pro Day
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40-yard dash (all times unofficial): Onterio McCalebb, 4.29 Travante Stallworth, 4.48 Daren Bates, 4.53 DeAngelo Benton, 4.56 Nate Taylor, 4.59 Emory Blake, 4.62 T'Sharvan Bell, 4.64 Jonathan Evans, 4.71 Philip Lutzenkirchen, 4.94 A.J. Greene, 5.35 John Sullen, 5.72
Daren Bates, 15 Jonathan Evans, 14 Travante Stallworth, 13 Onterio McCalebb, 10 Nate Taylor, 8 T'Sharvan Bell, 7 DeAngelo Benton, 7 John Sullen, 3
es Travante Stallworth, 9-feet, 9-inches Philip Lutzenkirchen, 9-feet, 4-inches A.J. Greene, 8-feet, 7-inch John Sullen, 7-feet, 9-inch
Vertical jump: 20-yard shuttle: Onterio McCalebb, 37 in. Emory Blake, 36 1/2 Travante Stallworth, 35 1/2 Daren Bates, 33 1/2 Philip Lutzenkirchen, 32 John Sullen, 26 1/2 Broad jump:
Bench press: A.J. Greene, 25 reps
Emory Blake, 10 feet Daren Bates, 9-feet, 9-inch-
Onterio McCalebb, 10-feet, 1-inch
Onterio McCalebb, 4.23 s. Travante Stallworth, 4.33 Daren Bates, 4.68 DeAngelo Benton, 4.41 Nate Taylor, 4.17 Emory Blake, 4.24 T'Sharvan Bell, 4.10 Jonathan Evans, 4.45 Philip Lutzenkirchen, 4.27 A.J. Greene, 4.53
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Rob Chubb blocks a shot from Vanderbilt during the second half of the game Saturday, March 2.
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Auburn’s Cullen Wacker is hit by a pitch against Alabama at the Capital City Classic Tuesday, March 5.
A week in Auburn sports Men’s Basketball:
The men’s basketball team lost its seventh game in a row to Vanderbilt 62–55 Saturday, March 2 at the Auburn Arena. The Tigers cut the score to as little as five points, but it turned out to be too little too late as there were only 18.4 seconds left on the clock. Auburn has only two regular season games left before the SEC Championship.
The baseball team won three of their four baseball games last week. The biggest win of the week came Tuesday, March 5 against Alabama at the Capital City Classic in Montgomery. Before the game, the players shaved their heads to promote cancer awareness. The Tigers rallied from a two-run deficit to win a fifth straight Capital City Classic. The Tigers defeated Eastern Illinois Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3, but fell short to Eastern Illinois 11–10.
The women’s basketball team split their last pair of regular season games, falling at Vanderbilt 59–44 Thursday, February 28 and defeating Mississippi State 74–65 at Auburn Arena Sunday March 3. The game against Mississippi state was Senior Day and no one in the building performed better in their final game than Blanche Alverson, who scored a career-high 32 points and moved to 22nd all-time at Auburn in career scoring.
The No. 17 women’s tennis team extended its white hot winning streak to 12 matches in a row, which is an Auburn women’s tennis record. Victories 11 and 12 came against Mississippi State Friday, March 1 and Ole Miss Sunday, March 3. The women have now improved to 12–1 (2–0 SEC) with their first and only loss coming against North Carolina in the first meet of the season.
The No. 11 women’s gymnastics team defeated yet another opponent as it knocked off Maryland 196.825–195.300 Friday, March 1. The score of 196.825 marked the Tigers’ sixth-consecutive meet with 196.000 or more points. Toi Garcia posted a seasonhigh 9.875 on the vault, Meagan Walker had a career-high 9.925 on uneven bars and Caitlin Atkinson had career-highs on the beam (9.900) and the floor event (9.950) on her way to her fourth all-around title of the season.
The Auburn women’s softball team won four out of five games at the War Eagle Classic, which spanned from Friday, March 1 to Sunday, March 3. The Tigers defeated Middle Tennessee State, Gardner-Webb, Charlotte, and Southern, but fell to Minnesota Saturday, March 2. The Tigers will next see action against Florida at home March 8–10.
The No. 2 Auburn women’s equestrian team maintained its winning ways by defeating No. 8 TCU Sunday, March 3 in the Tigers’ final regular season event. Two riders were honored with February Rider of the Month Awards. Christina Lin was honored for equitation over fences and Stephanie Rucci was honored for horsemanship. Auburn will be the No. 1 seed for the inaugural SEC Championship which will take place March 29–30 at the Auburn University Horse Center.
The No. 20 men’s golf team won its third tournament of the season and the 11th of coach Nick Clinard’s tenure at the Samford Intercollegiate Tournament at the Hoover Country Club Tuesday, March 5. Vanderbilt finished in second place, but were 11 strokes behind the Tigers. All-American Senior Dominic Bozzelli finished tied for second, sophomore Michael Johnson tied for seventh and David Zickler finished 13th.
The No. 32 men’s tennis team dropped a couple of heartbreakers 4-3 to No. 10 Mississippi State Friday, March 1 and 4-3 to No. 13 Ole Miss Sunday, March 3 at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. With those losses the Tigers fell to 8–4 (0–2 SEC), but will have a chance to redeem themselves at LSU Friday, March 8, and at Arkansas Sunday, March 10.
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Intrigue Thursday, March 7, 2013
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As per tradition, Auburn fans flock to Toomer’s Corner to roll the famed oaks after a win. This tradition has been sacred to Auburn for more than 40 years and will continue even after the trees have been removed.
In remembrance of our beloved oak trees Auburn alumus creates website to commemorate the years of celebration at Toomer’s Corner
Caitlin Wagenseil Intrigue Reporter
While the oaks at Toomer’s Corner will ultimately come down, they will not soon be forgotten as the spirit and tradition of rolling Toomer’s Corner will live on in many ways. A recently launched website, “Letters to Toomer’s,” offers members of the Auburn Family an opportunity to say in a letter what Toomer’s has meant to them. The website says it best. “Here’s your chance to say thank you—and goodbye—to these beloved members of the Auburn Family.” As one Tiger fan said in his letter to the trees, “No time captures the bond of the Auburn Family more than the time spent under the Toomer’s Oaks.” Another fan’s letter reads, “You served a great purpose, you will be dearly missed. War Eagle forever.” The sentiment is continued in another letter, “You may have fallen, but your ability to hold the hearts of everyone who has ever shared your shade will never be forgotten.” Auburn University alumnus Seth Griffin created the website just two weeks ago. A final rolling of the trees is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, after the A-Day spring football game. Griffin said he and his wife were talking about bringing their new baby down to Toomer’s for the final celebration when the idea for the website came to him as a way for people to have a chance to say goodbye to the beloved trees. For Griffin, his letter to Toomer’s reflects his memories of growing up and spending time at Toomer’s with his parents and grandparents. “My mom passed away about 10 years ago, and I always wished I could take my kids to Toomer’s because it’s just a place I feel connected to her, and able to share memories of her with my kids—I was upset that I wasn’t going to have that anymore,” he said. “The letters to me are a way for everybody to
The letters to me are a way for everybody to memorialize their own story for whatever their own experiences have been at Toomer’s. It’s a way to set those stories in stone.” —Seth Griffin Auburn alumnus
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memorialize their own story for whatever their own experiences have been at Toomer’s,” Griffin said. “It’s a way to set those stories in stone so that maybe my daughters and future kids and generations can read the stories and know that there’s more to this corner than what they may see.” As for the name of the site, it was no difficult feat for Griffin to come up with. He said the “Letters to Toomer’s” name was his initial thought and that it seemed fitting since each person could write a tribute to the trees and share their own individual experience and story about Toomer’s. Growing up going to games and rolling Toomer’s Corner, Griffin said he’s never known what it’s like to not be an Auburn fan. “I think my first time down was a game when I was 6 months old. My grandparents took me to
literally every game, my whole childhood. I don’t really have a first memory of going to Toomer’s because it was just always a memory,” he said. Anyone who knows anything about Auburn knows about the oaks at Toomer’s Corner. Griffin said he loved when friends would visit and he could show them the trees being rolled after a big win. “It was always a good way to start the night after a game,” Griffin said. “Whenever I’d bring people down, I’d say ‘you have to see Tiger Walk, and you have to see Toomer’s. It was always fun living vicariously through other people, and watching them see it for the first time.” Griffin first heard the trees had been poisoned around the same time his daughter was born. He said he had always looked forward to the opportunity to show his children the trees at Toomer’s Corner.
“I took my daughter when she was 8 weeks old from Chicago down to Auburn just to take her to Toomer’s Corner in case it wasn’t going to last long because at first nobody knew if they were going to die immediately or if it was going to take a while,” he said. Griffin and his wife are expecting their second child in the next couple of weeks and they hope she’ll be born in time for them to bring her down for the final celebration in April. As Griffin poignantly put it, “Her first time (seeing the trees) will be her last time.” Griffin hopes to see new trees rather than a structure replace the oaks. “It would be fantastic if it could be saplings from the old tree so that there’s still some sort of connection there,” Griffin said. “But I definitely think the tradition will continue.” Griffin said he plans to keep the website up indefinitely. “I think people will continue to have their stories to tell,” he said. Those interested in reading the letters or submitting one of their own should go to letterstotoomers.com. Letters submitted may be chosen for publication in a future Letters to Toomer’s book.
Unprotected Tide time makes for a nasty Crimson rash Anna Beth Jager Intrigue Reporter
Spring break is just around the corner, and Auburn students are crossing their fingers for lots of sunshine and perfect tanning weather. But with spring break comes bad sunburns and multiple opportunities to irreparably damage our skin without even realizing it. When it comes to protecting skin from the sun’s rays, knowledge is power. We know the risks of too much sun, but understanding ways to protect ourselves can save us the trouble of wrinkles, brown spots and even skin cancer. Adam Sturdivant, a co-director of Auburn’s Health Promotion and Wellness Services, knows that the correlation between sun exposure and skin cancer is irrefutable. “We often forget that our skin is our largest organ,” Sturdivant said. “As our first line of defense from all sorts of microoganisms it is crucial that we properly maintain it.” Sturdivant stresses the importance of keeping skin protected and staying hydrated while out on the beach. “Staying hydrated will help your skin keep you cool,” Sturdivant said. “If your skin stops sweating, you are suffering from dehydration and should start chugging water indoors for a while. A good rule of thumb would be to reapply sunscreen as often as you refill your drink.” Director of Auburn’s Health Promotion and
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Wellness Services, Eric Smith, is a skin cancer survivor and while doctors consider him “damaged goods,” he’s determined to help others avoid the same fate. “When I was younger I was out in the sun all the time,” Smith said. “I was a lifeguard and probably didn't wear sunscreen nearly enough. To this point, I have already had skin cancer once. The sad part is, it's totally preventable.” There are many ways to protect your skin, but Smith stressed the importance of sunscreen.
“Apply it about 15 minutes before you go out and reapply throughout the day,” Smith said. Sturdivant also emphasized the incredible importance of covering your skin any time you go outside. It doesn’t take a sunburn to create a great tan. It’s possible to achieve it simply by being smart and patient. “If you want to have a summer glow, just go outside and enjoy the actual summer sun safely,” Sturdivant said. “Wear lots of sunscreen at first, then you can use less toward the end of your trip
to tan a little without as much risk of burning.” Using and reapplying sunscreen is a simple task that can prevent a lifetime of future skinrelated issues. According to The Huffington Post’s “Twelve Tips to Protect Your Skin,” the FDA mandates that a bottle of sunscreen’s sun-fighting abilities is effective for three years. That’s how long you can expect a bottle to work at maximum strength; but when in doubt, throw it away. Being aware of your sunscreen’s effectiveness is extremely important, as well as knowing to reapply after activities such as swimming that may wash it off. Another way to protect your skin is to stay away from tanning beds as they produce dangerous cancer-causing radiation. According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, using tanning beds before the age of 30 can increase the risk of getting melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, by 75 percent. Rather than put yourself at risk, use other sunless means to create a healthy glow, such as bronzers, spray tans, airbrushing and lotions with SPF. This spring break, try to remember that your skin is a living, breathing organ that deserves protection. “If you see a fellow Tiger who looks like they are turning a little crimson, be a pal and help him or her out,” Sturdivant said.
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Thursday, March 7, 2013
Google answers all Kelsey Davis Intrigue writer
I’ve been occupying my time lately by doing a little field research with Google. That’s the official way for me to say that I’ve spent an unhealthy amount of time entering random words into the Google search bar to see what suggestions it automatically fills in. I think if I word it right, I can put this activity on my resume. Here are the highlights of Google’s search suggestions for the word “why”: Third option that comes up after typing the word “why”: • Why is my poop green? Woah man. I don’t really think that’s a question you should be relying on Google to answer for you. If my poop were green, I’d be frantically dialing 911, or at least poison control. Fourth option that comes up for “why”: • Why is chitlin so tough? First off, what the hell is chitlin? Why are Google users in desperate need of finding out its substance? And why is it tough? I started browsing the results a little, but then I saw the word “skeleton” had something to do with it, so I threw up in my mouth a little and closed out of the page in a rush of panic. Some things are better left unknown. Second option from the bottom for “why”: • Why is Chief Keef in jail? Uh, excuse my ignorance, but who is Chief Keef? I’m still not exactly sure why he’s incarcerated. Google did tell me that he’s getting baptized the second he gets out though, so we’re happy for him. Seventh question for “Why is c”: • “Why is Caillou bald?” For those of you unaware, Caillou is a ballin’ ass 4-year-old cartoon boy that kids these days watch like we did Tommy on Rugrats. He’s inappropriately bald for his age, and I’m ashamed of myself for never thinking to question why a cartoon child should be afflicted with early onset baldness. I wish I could congratulate the massive population who did, and cared enough to ask Google why. Apparently there’s a cult following concerned with the growth of Caillou’s hair, because an entire list of questions about it appeared. Inquiries include, “Why is Caillou’s head so bald?” and “Why is Caillou bald he only four.”
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Results for “Why are Americans so”: • Stupid, fat, obese, obsessed with guns...in that order. Easy now, Google. I don’t know what kind of communist China man has been soiling your search history, but I think the words you’re looking for are “incredibly good looking, superior at Nascar racing, etc.” P.S. Fat and obese are synonyms, idiot. Second option for “Why is food”: • “Why is food so important?” What? Are you kidding me?! Food is important because it tastes good and we love it and we’re Americans and obese, you moron. Wait a minute... Llama related questions: • Why do llamas wear hats? • Why are llamas so awesome? I can only assume that llamas wear hats because they’re awesome and vice versa. These guys should communicate better. Third option for “Why are mu:” • Why are mustaches popular? If you have to ask, you’ll never know. Most philosophical question: • Why is bacon so good? Google can never answer this because the deliciousness of bacon will never be able to be put into words. It’s the holy grail of all meats combined. I do admire all with Internet connection who went in search of unraveling this mystery, but like the contents of chitlins, some things are better left unknown.
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The salad bar at Au Bon Pain offers numerous healthful combinations for lunch and dinner.
Healthy eating options on campus Caitlin Wagenseil Intrigue reporter
For busy college students, eating healthy can sometimes be a challenge. The USDA recommends a balanced diet from five main food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy products. While it might be hard to incorporate these groups into a daily diet, it’s not impossible. Healthy meals can be found in many locations on campus if a little effort is made, even in the most unexpected places. Au Bon Pain There is an abundance of healthy meals here. For breakfast, a small apple cinnamon oatmeal along with a wholewheat skinny bagel is a quick, easy and healthy meal to start the day. For lunch or dinner, salad choices include the caesar asiago, the Mediterranean chicken or the Thai peanut salad. You can also build your own salad, and pick from a selection of low-fat dressings including light olive oil vinaigrette and fat-free raspberry vinaigrette. Low-calorie soups, sandwiches and wraps can also be found here. Denny’s All Nighter You might be surprised at some of the healthy options Denny’s offers. For breakfast,
egg whites and turkey bacon strips make a healthy combination. Low-fat yogurt and veggie-burgers can also be found. Whatever you do, if eating healthy is your goal, you probably want to stay away from the 1,520–calorie Grand Slamwich. Chick-fil-A While the fried chicken nuggets here may be delicious, try to steer toward grilled chicken as a healthier option. For lunch or dinner, try the chicken caesar cool wrap with a fruit cup instead of waffle fries. Healthy salads include the chargrilled chicken garden and the chargrilled chicken and fruit salad. Low-calorie dressings are light Italian and fat-free honey mustard. Lupton Deli An array of healthy lunch options can be found here, including the veggie sandwich with hummus, and the Aubie on white sub with roast beef. Perfect Pasta at The Village The whole-wheat penne pasta, or the grilled shrimp are healthy but filling options. Outtakes While bags of chips, candy and soda can be found in abundance, healthy snacks and even meals can also be
found. Fresh sushi as well as wraps and ready-to-go salads are all available. A combination of hummus and pretzels plus yogurt, can serve as a great healthy snack between classes. Joann’s Scrambled eggs are offered for breakfast, and for lunch, you can never go wrong with vegetables. Try the vegetable medley, which includes an array of lightly seasoned vegetables. A second healthy option is the tofu marsala, which includes lightly grilled tofu in a wine and mushroom sauce. Nathan’s For vegetarians, and those looking for a healthy option at Nathan’s in Terrell, a veggie burger is offered. AU-Some Salads Ordering a salad is always a healthy choice. AU-Some salads, located in The Village, allows you to build your own salads. After building your salad, try to stick with a low-fat dressing to keep the meal as healthy as possible. AU Smokehouse For a healthy lunch choice, try the grilled tofu with fresh ginger and sesame seeds, along with a side of green beans or lightly seasoned broccoli.
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Get organized with Evernote Elizabeth Wieck intrigue@ theplainsman. com
There comes a point when a need for organization requires more than notes on an iPhone, lists on brightly colored PostIt notes and a weekly planner. Some things in life are too important to lose track of. Evernote offers a solution for just that. Virtual notebooks filled with notes are the bread and butter of the app. You can create and name notebooks, and then place as many notes in them as you wish. Although they are called notes, they are not simply for short blurbs or reminders. Notes can hold anything you want–pictures, lists, audio files and PDFs–of any length and size. Evernote has a number of usable features that sync across multiple platforms– including all Apple products, Windows desktop and phone, Blackberry and Android. While the idea of the syncing “cloud” is not new, Evernote allows for easy access to everything in just one place, available on your desktop and
smartphone. A unique feature of Evernote is its ability to search for text inside of images. If you’ve placed a picture that has any sort of text on it–whether it be in handwriting or typed– it’s able to be read and found through the search engine. Additionally, you can use a “web clipper browser extension” to save entire Internet pages to your notes. That long list of books I’ve wanted to read, of artists I want to listen to, pictures of
ideas to redecorate my room and, yes, even a list of clothes I want to buy are a few of the main things I use Evernote for. So if I’m reading a magazine, perhaps in a car on a trip, and come across the name of a new band that I want to listen to, I’ll add it to a note in the application and can look it up later when I get back to my computer. While I don’t use it for taking notes and organizing for classes, that’s certainly a viable option. It would be easy to arrange notebooks as classes and have notes as individual class days, allowing for simple retrieval and printing of notes for tests. Similarly, you can use Evernote for research, meetings, recipes, trip itineraries or anything in your life that needs an organizational push in the right direction. I originally thought that Evernote would be an app that I’d download and never use, pushed back to the last page on my iPhone’s menu. It’s true: I don’t use it much on my phone. The desktop application is where it really shines. There’s a reason it’s a mainstay on the top free downloaded list on Apple’s App Store. I didn’t know how much I needed it until I got it.
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Sexual health forms now available online through Qpid.me Anna Beth Jager Intrigue reporter
Have you ever been curious to know whether someone you know has a sexually transmitted disease? Or more importantly, a potential hook-up? It’s not an easy topic to discuss freely, but with new website QPid.me, the conversation just got that much easier. A tool that’s been called the modern “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours,” QPid.me hopes to make the awkward “Have you been tested?” question easier, allowing you to have your test results at your fingertips. QPid.me creator, Ramin Bastani, has always been an entrepreneur with a knack for solving problems. The idea behind QPid.me came after Bastani was slapped in the face for admitting to a girl he was hooking up with that he was concerned she might have an STD. An unfortunate, completely awkward event that led to a great idea. QPid.me is something that allows people to have their own medical history at their fingertips, a tool that will ultimately increase the likelihood of individuals getting tested, decrease the chance of dishonesty about being tested and lessen the awkward tension that is usually inescapable during these conversations. According to Bastani, signing up for QPid.me is easy and fast. “Let’s say you want to get your status verified by Qpid.me,” he said. “In under three minutes, you can go on the site and give us basic information about yourself and tell us where you were tested, and we auto populate the medical release form for you and you sign it on the website. Then you hit send and it is directly faxed to the healthcare provider. They fill out the information you request and fax it directly back to you.”
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Records that aren’t necessarily easy to obtain are suddenly readily available whenever needed. You can even text a certain number and your results can be sent to your phone. “We just make it really easy to access your medical records that sometimes aren’t so easy
to get,” Bastani said. “We empower you to share that information in a totally private way with whoever you want.” QPid.me is a way to have more assurance both you and your partner are healthy. It is incredibly useful, especially for college
students, because it encourages responsibility, regular screening and makes sure any health records you need to see are readily available. Bastani also pointed out that there is no way anyone else can access your records unless you show them yourself. It is completely private. “You can share with someone else, but they can’t check you randomly,” he said. “They can’t just look for you. You can’t have different people you hooked up with trying to find you.” What’s really fascinating about this website is how social media is being used to slow down or stop the spread of multiple diseases and make people aware of their bodies and health. Results stay up to date as well because QPid.me requires each user to be tested at least annually or they won’t allow your information to be shared with others. And not only is the website expanding, but there is an iPhone app coming out soon that has a hilarious, unique way to share results with other people. “In about three months we’ll have an iPhone app, and I can basically put my iPhone on top of yours and start humping or, like, doing sixtynine, and it sends results to your phone,” Bastani said. “That’s the kind of stuff we want to do to make this more fun.” QPid.me tests for HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, hepatitis C antibody, HPV vaccine and hepatitis A vaccine. It does not, however, verify herpes or HPV because tests for these diseases aren’t necessarily accurate or results may not show up immediately. The whole idea of QPid.me, according to Bastani, is to encourage and empower people to make better health decisions. Signing up is free and can ultimately save a lot of time, trouble and awkward tension between future partners.
Adventures abroad: eating dog Jordan Dale writer
The natives of Thailand are known for eating almost anything. “Is that your dog?” our translator Mind asked. When we responded yes, she simply said, “I’d eat it.” While she was trying to be funny, it became apparent that if it was put in front of her, she probably would have eaten it. Thailand had the most eclectic food options of any country that I have been to, with a similar variation in people who prepared them. In Chang Rai, we lived at the epicenter of the clash between tourism and nativism. While tourism was a major source of income for the people of Chang Rai, our local contact told us that behind the façade of friendliness, the majority of the people wanted tourists to get whatever they came for – whether sex, exotic foods or seeing the sights and leave. In short, the natives believed tourists were interfering with the tradition of Thailand, or even destroying it. A local night market served some of the most unusual foods I have ever seen. We ate grubs, locusts, crickets, unidentifiable meats and insects and the more common pad Thai. Twenty-hour Internet cafés, equipped with computers and an Internet connection that could be comparable to Auburn’s labs, were a common occurrence in a country that is one of the poorest in Asia. We were taken 20 miles outside of Chang Rai to a small village whose people elected to live in the hills instead of the city. Their houses were made from wood with grass roofs that offered a modicum of protection from the rain. The materials provided almost no insolation in a country that could get surprisingly cold at night. The people of the hill tribes were more welcoming than the people of the city. It could have been because somewhere in those 20
miles of travel we shirked our tourist titles and transitioned into something more acceptable. Some of the children had never seen a white person, and we were told later that their fear of us was inspired by childhood tales that naughtiness would make the “white people come punish them.” We connected with the people of the tribe almost immediately in a way that transcended language. We were forced to make a connection that did because our understanding of Thai was limited, and their understanding of English was non-existent. Like other places in Thailand, pregnant dogs and puppies littered the dusty ground, chasing chickens and cautiously antagonizing the larger, more aggressive roosters. Our favorite puppy, Skip, loosely resembled the famous Jack Russell Terrier from “My Dog Skip,” and bravely barked at the roosters and wrestled with other puppies. We played a game with similar rules of shuffleboard, where a marker would be placed and each team member would take turns throwing a ball as close to the marker as possible. We ate rice that had been wrapped in bamboo and placed over the fire to cook. After peeling back the bamboo, the result was a gooey paste that had a sweet taste to it. In addition, because the village wanted to honor their visitors, we were offered meat that was almost inedible because of its toughness, but we graciously accepted so we would not offend them. Afterward, the men and women separated. While we could not understand much of it, we did learn something that we elected not to tell the women until nearly a month later. We attempted to sleep on bamboo slats that would have made the makers of the Sleep Number Bed cringe. In the morning, we said our goodbyes and thanked them for their hospitality, spending extra time saying farewell to the people we connected with. “Has anyone seen Skip? I wanted to hug him goodbye,” said one of our female team members.
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Natives of the small village outside of Chang Rai live in small houses made from wood and grass.
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Members of the band are Jeremy Lyon, Daniel Blum, Rob Fidel, Patrick Glynn and Zak Mandel-Romann.
Indie rock band Tumbleweed Wanderers rolls into Auburn Ben Hohenstatt Writer
A tumbleweed blew through Auburn from the West Saturday, but it wasn’t the lazy, meandering patch of weeds typically associated with the word. Tumbleweed Wanderers, a band that hails from Oakland, Calif., displayed their classic rock and folk influenced sound Saturday at The Hound in Auburn. “We’re an indie rock take on folk music,” said Jeremy Lyon, singer and guitarist for Tumbleweed Wanderers. While Lyon is the lead guitarist, he said all band members take turns soloing and singing, creating a dynamic sound. Tumbleweed Wanderers, whose other members are Zak Mandel-Romann, Patrick Glynn, Daniel Blum and Rob Fidel, can trace their roots back to Lyon’s and MandelRoman’s mutual appreciation for the “O Brother Where Art Though” soundtrack. Lyon said Tumbleweed Wanderers also consider My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Pink Floyd and The Band to be among some of their primary influences with guitarists George Harrison, David Gilm-
ore and Jack White particularly affecting Lyon’s style of play. These influences shine through in a sound which not only emulates classic folk and rock, but puts a modern sheen on the sound. The band is not currently signed to a label, but has sold as many as 600 copies of their album in three weeks. Tumbleweed Wanderers are currently touring the South and southwest, but have traveled as far as Montreal and Toronto. “We’re an international touring band now,” Lyon said. The goal of the quintet’s tour is to test out and hone material for a new EP. “We’re trying to push our sound a little further,” Lyon said. Lyon also said despite the band’s recent Southern tour it has yet to hear an actual “Freebird” request. “We are working an Allman Brother’s Band song though,” Lyon said. Tumbleweed Wanderers’ Saturday show at The Hound was open to all ages despite its 10 p.m. start time according to Matthew Poirier, co-owner of The Hound. All of the money collected at
the door went to the band according to Poirier. “We want to support local music, support regional music,” Poirier said. Poirier said he envisioned The Hound as an establishment with the goal of being a local watering hole with emphasis on a fun atmosphere. Tumbleweed Wanderers also created the sort of good vibrations Poirier had envisioned. “We want to provide escapism,” said Lyon. “We’re trying to give the audience an experience.” The Tumbleweed Wanderers are, however, living up to their namesake and traveling. They were at The Green Room in Athens, Ga., March 5 and The Glass Cactus in Grapevine, Texas today, March 7. But while the band was traveling through the area they wanted to be sure to take everyone along for less literal travel. “We want to take people on a journey,” Lyon said. Saturday, March 2, Tumbleweed Wanderers created a genre bending sonic adventure, and according to Lyon they were more than happy to take the audience along.
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Thursday, March 7, 2013
One woman’s trash is another’s treasure Callie T. Ward Assistant copy editor
Spring is right around the corner, and with that means emptying out your closet and swapping out those dark, baggy sweaters for bright shorts and sandals you’ve had stuffed under your bed. While cleaning out your closet can be a tedious and somewhat tiring task, you will probably find clothes back there you haven’t seen in ages, or even forgot you had (I know I did this weekend). After purging and debating on what to keep and what to toss, you’ll start to wonder, what am I going to do with all of this? Toss the garbage cans aside because those clothes can be your ticket to some major cash. There are a few options in Auburn that will gladly accept your hammy downs, and get you a chunk of change in the process. Fringe Consignment Boutique With locations in Auburn and Downtown Opelika, this local hotspot allows women to sell name brand clothing for cash. According to their website, items will be placed to sell and the consigner then receives 40 percent of the selling price, and 50 percent if the item was more than $100. While some of us may not be up to date on our fashion forward skills, Fringe’s website explains that they use their fashion expertise to determine what is trendy, in high demand and how much to offer you for it. A few brand names that they look for include Steve Madden, BCBG, Ann Taylor, LOFT, Michael Kors, J. Crew and Anthropologie brands. Their Downtown Opelika store is located at 125 S 8th St., and the Auburn location is at 2436 E University Drive. Check out fringeofope-
lika.com for more details. Plato’s Closet Many people have heard of this nationwide consignment store that buys and sells your “gently” used clothing. The process at Plato’s Closet is simple, you bring in your clothes, let the employees mull them over (in the mean time you can shop around for yourself), they will then make you an offer of what they want and how much they’ll pay and then they’ll give you cash. The Auburn location has its own website that allows buyers and sellers to gain inside access of “what’s hot” (what they are buying and selling), so you don’t have to waste your time lugging garbage bags full of brand names they won’t accept. Be your own consigner Why waste time going through a middle man to sell your clothes when you can do it yourself? Molly Stone, senior in apparel merchandising, stopped taking all of her clothes to consignment stores because it wasn’t as much fun splitting the profits. After wondering what to do with her abundance of clothes and shoes, Stone created “Re:Wear,” a consignment business in which she takes pictures of clothes she wants to sell and puts them up on social media networks such as Instagram and Facebook. While she has done pretty well in her business thus far, she explains that it is always better to show clothes to girls when they are with their moms because they have more money to spend. While Stone accepts cash and checks from friends, she is sticking to a cash-only policy for strangers. For more information, or to purchase some of Stone’s clothes, visit “Re:Wear” on Facebook.
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Falin Williams, Devon Dalton, Sara Hopkins and Courtney Davis work on various aspects of post-production in the Eagle Eye office.
Lights, camera, action: behind the scenes with Eagle Eye TV Michael Hill Writer
Eagle Eye is Auburn’s student run news station, funded through SGA, and has been around for 20 years providing entertainment for Auburn’s campus. The TV station produces five television shows including the news, Wake up Auburn, The Jungle, the sports show and AU X Factor. “The Best thing about working at Eagle Eye or just working in TV in general is that every day is different,” said Caroline Harrell, station manager. “There is never a day that is the same thing. We are always meeting different people.” Harrell said that shows produced by Eagle Eye are live-to-tape, meaning that they are filmed live but are not always aired live. Depending on what is happening during the week, it typically takes anywhere from two to six hours to complete a show. “I have worked on a project that took 15 hours of work before the production was complete,” Harrell said. Amanda Redfoot, news director, runs the only live show at Eagle Eye. “I delegate the packages, I keep up with our anchors and I also have to write the scripts, build the graphics and direct and produce the show,” Redfoot said. “It takes planning and preparation.”
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Redfoot said she typically has 11 people working under her including a technical director, a floor director, an avid, an audio person, a prompter, two cameras and four anchors. The crew does a run through an hour before the show is aired. Harrell said that the studio space that Eagle Eye has is small, but it has character, and although it is small, you are forced to be creative with it and figure things out. “I am constantly amazed with the people that work here because they are constantly figuring out different ways to use it,” Harrell said. Taylor Davis, junior in radio, television and film, said she joined because she was looking for hands on experience in the field she is aspiring to be a part of being in such a competitive industry. “I needed something that would give me more than what I get in the classroom, and Eagle Eye exceeded my expectations,” Davis said. “I am getting experience with camera operations, editing, reporting, anchoring and becoming much more comfortable with it all.” Davis said Eagle Eye is one of her favorite things she has been involved in at Auburn and believes it will be the one that benefits her the most. “Experience doesn’t matter,” Harrell said. “We are Auburn students teaching
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