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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Vol. 119, Issue 37, 16 Pages

Gay marriage raises debate

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Austin Lankford CAMPUS REPORTER

The Supreme Court began hearing arguments concerning same-sex marriage on Tuesday, March 26. For some, this is a step closer to equality and others a step further away from tradition. Joni Swope, senior in German language and literature, is the director of social affairs for Spectrum, which is Auburn University’s Gay-Straight Alliance. Swope said Spectrum has not planned anything on campus that coincides with the events going on in the Supreme Court. Swope did say however, that the group has been talking a lot about it during their weekly meetings and they are doing things on an individual basis to support same-sex marriage. “There is definitely excitement throughout the group and we are all very hopeful,” Swope said. “We are hoping for the best and preparing for the worst.” Swope said that even if the Su-

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preme Court doesn’t rule in favor of same-sex marriage, the issue won’t just disappear. “We are not going to drop it,” Swope said. “It is not just going to go away if it doesn’t get passed this time and we will just work that much harder.” Swope said the struggle isn’t just to be able to say, “I do” at an altar. “It is about all the rights that are attached to the title of marriage,” Swope said. “Insurance, inheritance, hospital visitation and decision-making and adoption are all things that go along with marriage.” Swope also said that she understands that marriage is viewed by society as a sacred institution. “I understand that it is a hot button issue, and I think marriage in general is a hot button issue,” Swope said. “People are entitled to their opinions, but not entitled to opinions that affect or dictate other peoples’ rights.” COURTESY OF FORREST CORTES

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Forrest Cortes, left, senior in biomedical sciences and Brandon Patterson, a graduate student, are in a committed relationship.

Sexual assault report was falsified

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Melvin Todd performes his first “Ink” challenge on Oxygen’s ‘Best Ink.’

AU alum inked in fame, featured on ‘Best Ink’ Kelsey Davis INTRIGUE REPORTER

Melvin Todd, a born artist and former Auburn student, will be competing this season on Oxygen’s new show, “Best Ink.” Hosted by Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy, the show takes viewers through the fiercely competitive nature of the

tattoo industry, and features some of the most talented tattoo artists in the nation. After devoting the majority of his life to his art, Todd does not fail to shine brightly among them. “I’ve been drawing since I can remember, honestly,” Todd said. “It pretty much led me to go to Auburn back

in 2003.” While at Auburn, Todd studied graphic design and began his career as a tattooer at local parlor, Voodoo Needle Tattoo, where he landed his first apprenticeship almost completely by chance.

A sexual assault reported near campus Tuesday, March 19, was falsified, according to Auburn Police. An Auburn Police report filed March 19 at 10:19 p.m. described a black female being the victim of first-degree rape (strong arm) near the 1110 block of West Samford Avenue between 9:45 - 10:15 p.m. The female who filed the report was not a University student. A press release from Auburn Police Monday, March 25 confirmed that no such incident occurred. “After an extensive inves-

tigation, the Auburn Police Division has determined that the alleged sexual assault, reported did not occur. There was, in fact, no incident in the area of West Samford Avenue near Lem Morrison Drive or any other location. At no point was the individual who filed the report, students, or any other citizen in danger. The case is closed.” According to an Auburn University Weekly press release, the suspect was a muscular, college-aged white male with a beard or other facial hair.

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Grad programs ranked in top 100 from World Report Austin Lankford CAMPUS REPORTER

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The U.S. News and World Report recently ranked several of Auburn’s graduate programs in the top 100 in the country. According to the report, the program rankings updated this year include those from the College of Education at 78th and the College of Business’ on-campus MBA program at 75th, which is 13 spots higher than last year. The report also ranked a number of engineering graduate programs in the top 100. Industrial is ranked 31st, aero-

space 43rd, chemical 50th, civil 50th, electrical 51st, computer 62nd, materials 66th and mechanical 77th. The College of Education’s Rehabilitation Counseling program ranked 17th in the report. Daniel Gropper, associate dean of graduate and international programs in the College of Business, said he is pleased with where the programs in the business school are now, but wants to continue to make improvements. “The biggest thing is that we try to do high-quality programs and that is more impor-

tant than chasing the rankings,” Gropper said. “We want to do high-quality programs and also promote them so we can get recognition, which in turn helps our students in the job market as well as the university.” Gropper said the rank has to do with GMAT scores as well as the reputation of the programs. Gropper also said the business school ranks are based on the average salary of the students coming out of school. The rank is also based on the percentage of students who have a job by graduation

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and up to three months after graduation.

“Salaries have gone up and the placement rate has gone up and I would attribute that both to an improving economy and also to the work from the folks in our department,” Gropper said. Gropper said the main thing is to keep improving on behalf of the students. “We want to continue to do a good job in the classroom and continue to help the students improve their skills so they are able to receive quality jobs,” Gropper said.

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DUI ARRESTS IN THE CITY OF AUBURN MARCH 20 – 27, 2013 ■ Cody Mcghee, 22, Auburn Thursday, March 21, 1:46 a.m. on South College Street ■ David Garner Jr., 23, Auburn Thursday, March 21, 2:31 a.m. at South Gay Street and East Samford Avenue ■ Stephen Blalock, 23, Auburn Friday, March 22, 10:56 a.m. on East University Drive ■ Gregory Thompson, 54, Auburn Friday, March 22, 11:23 p.m. on Perry Street ■ Madison Morrison, 23, Auburn Friday, March 22, 2:27 a.m. on East Magnolia Avenue ■ Christopher Vaughn, 20, Fairfax, Va. Saturday, March 23, 2:40 a.m. on West Magnolia Avenue ■ Benjamin Caruthers, 35, Auburn Saturday, March 23, 2:32 a.m. on West Glenn Avenue ■ Sarah Helms, 34, Opelika Monday, March 25, 11:18 p.m. at East University Drive and Moores Mill Road ■ Nathan Kinnick, 22, Winchester, Va. Wednesday, March 27, 2:09 a.m. on North Dean Road

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CRIME REPORTS FOR MARCH 20 – 27, 2013 March 20-21 – Beard-Eaves Court Second-degree theft of a laptop, backpack and laptop case between 7:30 p.m. March 20 and 1 p.m. March 21

March 23 – Rick Drive Third-degree burglary of a television, iPad, digital camera, watch, jewelry and U.S. currency between 11 a.m.–7 p.m.

March 21 – Breckenridge Court Third-degree criminal mischief between 5–11:59 p.m.

March 23 – Opelika Road Third-degree theft of a pair of gym shorts between 9–9:30 p.m.

March 25 – Lee Road 12 Third-degree burglary of prescription medication and U.S. currency between 1–8 p.m.

March 21 – East Glenn Avenue and North Dean Road Left the scene of an accident between 5:30–5:35 p.m.

March 24 – Mell Street Third-degree theft of a mountain bicycle between 2–8 p.m.

March 26 – Lee Road 137 First-degree criminal trespass between 10:50–10:56 p.m.

March 21-22 – Lee Road 137 Second-degree burglary of a game console, controller and video games between 11 p.m. March 21 and 5:30 a.m. March 22

March 25 – Alahill Road Third-degree burglary of a laptop, television and digital camera between 7:30–11:30 a.m.

March 24 – Shug Jordan Parkway Second-degree criminal trespass between 12:01–12:19 a.m.

— Reports provided by Auburn Department of Public Safety

New director of Honors College to start in June Becky Hardy CAMPUS EDITOR

Melissa Baumann, recently hired director of Honors College and assistant provost of undergraduate studies, hopes to bring her experience and enthusiasm from the North to the South. Until her position at Auburn starts in June of this year, Baumann will continue work at Michigan State University as the associate dean of the honors college as she has for past the 24 years. “I attended schools in Michigan and Ohio,” Baumann said. “I have never lived in the South before. When I visited (Auburn) it didn’t feel much different. It was a really friendly place and everyone was so warm and welcoming.” Michigan State’s honors program is approaching its 60th year. “We have a very well regarded honors program here at Michigan State and some

of those things we do, that maybe we take for granted, but that work really well are things that could translate to other institutions,” Baumann said. “I’m hoping to take some of the things we do now at Michigan State and bring them to Auburn.” Baumann was chosen out of many applicants, but was given the position after traveling down to participate in an open forum with two other candidates. “Dr. Baumann was really the top pick of the committee and then that recommendation came to me,” said Constance Relihan, associate provost for undergraduate studies. Unlike at Michigan State, Auburn’s Honors College does not have students staying in the program for all four years. “In general we want to do everything we can to encourage long-term membership in the (honors) college,” Bau-

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» From A1 He visited the shop only to accompany his roommate who was looking to get a tattoo. At that point, Todd had never even stepped foot in a tattoo parlor, but was hired on the spot. Nathan Voodoo, owner of the shop, still remembers the day he met Todd. “Melvin asked if we were hiring. I told him we were and asked if he had any samples of his work,” Voodoo said. “While I was tattooing his buddy I noticed that he was sitting on the floor drawing on a piece of paper. By the time I finished his buddy’s tattoo, Melvin had filled the page with a whole bunch of stuff. It looked good, and I told him he was hired.” From there, Todd’s tattoo career flourished, as he became the go-to tattoo artist in the Auburn area. Locals who worked and went to school with Todd remember him as being humble about his art, despite his obvious talent. “He was always learning. He never had any ego, I loved that about him. He was an awesome artist, but he acted like he was the worst artist. He was always trying to learn more and more and more.” said Erik Javor, co-worker and fellow

mann said. “Right now a lot of members are stopping after their first or second year. We would like to see that membership continue until they graduate because there are benefits.” Baumann said her main responsibility will be highlighting and strengthening the Honors College. “My focus will be assisting staff and students to make this a more robust and a fouryear experience,” Baumann said. “I would also love to build the scholarships up.” Baumann will be responsible for more than just directing the Honors College. “She’ll be working closely with the Honors College as its director, but also the director for undergraduate research and the director for the interdisciplinary studies will report to her as well,” Relihan said. “She’ll be helping out in a number of other ways, so it was really impor-

student with Todd. All the while, Todd was working on developing his brand, Loveless Society. The brand focuses around an unorthodox cupid like character. Cupid finds himself at what seems like a deadend job because people don’t fall in love the way they used to, Todd says. “I’m trying to get people to really acknowledge what they love and face it and keep it in their life. I kind of show that through art,” Todd said. After leaving Auburn, Todd moved to Atlanta and began working at City of Ink, a tattoo shop well known throughout the country. The shop differs from others with its art gallery feel, and ustom designs it offers. “The customers come in, they talk to us and they give us a real piece of who they are,” Todd said. “We come up with a really unique tattoo that I make custom for them, so it’s really great.” While in Atlanta, Todd heard about open auditions being held for Best Ink, and won out among the crowd after a successful tryout. The show keeps competitors and viewers on their toes from the very beginning. Each episode features a “flash challenge,” a challenge designed to test the artists outside of their tattooing abilities, and an “ink challenge,” a tattoobased competition. Within the first 10 minutes of the show, Todd

tant to get someone who had that expansive background and was able to wear more than one hat.” Relihan believes that Baumann’s engineering background will entice more students from various colleges to be a part of the Honors College. “For a long time, or at least in a lot of people’s minds, the Honors College has been maybe more associated with liberal arts and not necessarily the science disciplines and we want to change that,” Relihan said. “We want students from all colleges to understand that the small classes, the focus on interdisciplinary research and activity and intellectual conversation is open to everybody.” Although she has never lived in the South before, Baumann and her family are looking forward to the change. “It’s a challenge and I’m an engineer so I love challeng-

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George Flowers, dean of the graduate school, oversees all of the graduate programs. Flowers said having graduate programs that are well ranked and recognized is absolutely critical to the success of the individual programs as well as the university. “It is important for the stu-

seeing if they can allow some students into their labs for some types of honors experience.” Relihan gives some advice for the Northern newbie. “There are things that are going to be different,” Relihan said. “My advice would be enjoy ‘winter.’ We know it’s not a real winter, but just enjoy the changes and make sure your air conditioning works.” Baumann looks forward to becoming a part of the Auburn Family this June. “It’s not just the weather,” Baumann said. “I’m actually very excited about this decision and I can’t wait to start.”

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is strapped into a harness and lifted six stories high to compete in the first “flash challenge.” “I don’t think anything I could do in my tattoo career could ever get crazier than that. I mean, they started out with a bang right from the beginning,” Todd said. Despite the more than shaky start, competing on Best Ink is an experience Todd says he wish-

es he could do a million times over. “Every year I just want to become a better artist, and being on the show has opened me up to that,” Todd said. “Being around such high level talent just makes you want to keep striving.” To watch Melvin Todd compete on Best Ink, all should tune in to Oxygen on Wednesday, April 3, at 9 p.m.

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Melvin Todd, center, performes his first ‘Flash Task:’ spray painting a self-portrait on the side of a 6-storybuilding while being suspended in mid-air.

COURT Caroline Kennemer, senior in biomedical sciences, has different views. “My faith tells me that marriage was created to be between a man and a woman,” Kennemer said. “I have great friends who are gay and I love them and I think they should have the legal rights of marriage, but I believe that it should just be called something else.”

es,” Baumann said. “This just sounds like something fun to do. I have two daughters that have graduated now and have moved on, so I thought ‘Well if I’m going to make a change, this is a good one to make.’” Listening to students will be the main mission for her new position, Baumann said. “Hopefully I won’t be doing much talking because I want to listen to them and see what they think,” Baumann said. “When I visited campus, they had some very definite ideas that would help benefit them.” Another point Baumann wants to focus on is allowing students both in and out of the Honors College to have more opportunities to work with professors in research. “From what I’ve seen you have fabulous faculty at Auburn and they’re very research active,” Baumann said. “From my viewpoint I’ll be talking with the faculty and

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dents in those programs and if you have well recognized graduate programs, other academic programs across campus benefit,” Flowers said. Flowers attributes the strength of the programs mainly to the faculty. “The mentoring that the faculty provides the students is first rate,” Flowers said. “We also have outstanding students who are interested in our programs as well as fan-

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Pat Dye and Spring Fling comes to the Plains Jherrica Luckie WRITER

After six months of planning, the school of forestry and wildlife sciences will host their first “Spring Fling and Outdoor Expo” Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6 at the Crooked Oaks Hunting Preserve and Quail Hollow Gardens. The two-day event, will begin with a night of food and entertainment starting at 4 p.m. and will be held at former Auburn head football coach Pat Dye’s property in Notasulga, will cost attendants $100 dollars per ticket. “One of the things that Coach Dye has been a leader at since he retired in coaching is giving back to Auburn,” said Heather Crozier, director of development for the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. Crozier said that all of the proceeds from the event will be put toward scholarships and student support such as funding conference trips and school clubs. “I feel the same way about forestry as I do football, we need to be number one,” Dye said. “We need to be able to hire the best professors and attract the best students. A scholarship might be the difference in us getting a super star student and not getting one. There are certainly a lot of smart kids that don’t have the financial means.” Crozier said they hope to raise a minimum of $50,000 at the event and plan to make it an annual fundraiser for the school. The night will include a silent and live auction where people can bid on a large variety of donated items such as a Paula Dean signed cookbook, club-level seats to the 2013 Auburn/

Alabama football game, a guitar signed by Vince Gill and Amy Grant, a seven-day stay in Alys Beach and a football signed by St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher to different Auburn and Alabama sports memorabilia, jewelry and rounds at local golf courses. Jamie Ogle, store manager of Sun South in Auburn, donated an air compressor and John Deere paintings to be auctioned off at the event. “Coach Dye and Auburn University are very good customers for us and we like to help out whenever possible,” Ogle said. While the auctions take place, appetizers made by Conecuh Sausage and a buffet provided by the Organized Seafood Association of Alabama will be served to the guests. Students in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences will be volunteering their time by serving food and helping with various aspects of the weekend. While eating dinner, attendants can also listen to live music by Kidd Blue, a local band covering jazz, 80s and rock ‘n’ roll songs, watch demonstrations by the EcoDogs, detection dogs used in the study and research of natural resources or take a tour of the Japanese maple trees at Quail Hollow Gardens along with many other activities. Lynn Huggins, director of sales and marketing at Quail Hollow Gardens, said the guest will also be able to visit with surprise special guest appearances on Friday night. “The Spring Fling and Outdoor Expo is important for generating funding for educational purposes in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, and also for demonstrating some

I feel the same way about forestry as I do about football, we need to be number one.” —Pat Dye FORMER AUBURN HEAD FOOTBALL COACH

of the important research, educational and outreach activities that we do in the school,” said Todd Steury, assistant professor of wildlife ecology involved with the EcoDogs. Purchasing a Friday night ticket also includes admission to the “Outdoor Expo” occurring the following day and gives them a first look at all of the venue. Attendance to the expo portion of the event from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. the following day will cost each adult $10 and can be purchased the event, while children 12 and under can attend for free. Huggins said the expo will feature a mix of outdoor-related venues including Beck’s Turf Farm, Yellawood, Alabama Power and The Wildlife Group, where people can receive information about all things outdoors and make purchases while listening to music, watching demonstrations and viewing Pat Dye’s farm, which are just a few of the things that will be offered that day. “By partnering with Coach Dye we hope to give the school more exposure as well as offsetting some of the budget cuts the school is experiencing,” Crozier said.

EPortfolio promotes student’s work Eva Woghiren WRITER

The new ePortfolio project on Auburn’s campus is a highly designed and individually managed website that helps students organize and display their course work online for future employers to easily access. After extensive research and several other ideas were placed on the table Margaret Marshall director of University Writing Program brought ePortfolio to light. “The question we are trying to answer is: now that you are done with your degree and you want to go on to graduate school or get a job, how do you represent the learning that you have done so that people outside the institution can understand it,” Marshall said. The idea behind the project is to be a window into student

classes. When an employer looks at transcripts, they can see an ‘A’ in, for example, economics, but what does that ‘A’ really mean? With ePortfolio students are able to put online samples of work or projects done in class with details describing them, what they are calling artifacts. “I’m an English major so I know I am a good writer, but I realized when I started putting together my ePortfolio and looking at all that I have done and the themes of my work that I had a lot of skills that I hadn’t even realized,” said Laura Elmer a graduate assistant helping with the development of the project. According to Marshall’s research when students do an ePortfolio they begin to see the relationship between their different classes and how and why they are connected.

“The other big thing about ePortfolio is that it makes your work real, instead of turning in an assignment and getting a grade then never looking at it again,” Elmer said. “With ePortfolio, students are eventually going to show it off to a public audience so they want to continue working on it to make it really good so it is worth something.” Eportfolio is a tool that helps students grow and displays their communication skills as well as shows how they have progressed through the years. Currently, ePortfolio is being used at more than 84 different universities including Boston University and Virginia Tech. It is also an international program. “I would use the system to make myself more market-

Kansas drummer speaks to College of Business March 20 Ben Hohenstatt WRITER

40 years, 14 studio albums recorded, 30 million records sold and one message for Auburn University students. “It’s one word: passion.” said Phil Ehart, drummer for the band Kansas. “That’s what gets you through.”

Ehart became the first guest to speak as part of the college of business’ Business of Music Series Tuesday, Wednesday March 20. Ehart passed along the lessons he learned over 40 years as a member of a band and 25 years handling managing duties of Kansas.

House United Building Project May 5-11, 2013, Lee County, AL

Applications now being accepted! Volunteers from the University of Alabama will team up with volunteers from Auburn University to build a house. Limited number of spaces remaining. For additional information and application visit, www.auburn.edu/houseunited or contact Joyce Thomas-Vinson, thomaj5@auburn.edu, (334)844-5117.

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able in the future, I think Eportfolio gives employers another dimension to look at besides a resume,” said Earl Myers, sophomore psychology and English. “Not only does it show that you are more technically savvy as a student, but it is also an in depth dimension of who you are, whereas a resume is just a list of all your accomplishments.” “We would never turn down people that want to participate in ePortfolio, in fact they can go to the writing center, the career center and the digital media lab for help, but because this is so new to us we don’t want to invite everyone at once,” Marshall said. To learn more about the ePortfolio project, visit the website at www.auburn.edu/writing/eportfolios. For the full story visit ThePlainsman.com.

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Updyke to serve six months after guilty plea Sydney Callis COMMUNITY EDITOR

Harvey Updyke confessed to poisoning the Toomer’s Oaks Friday, March 22, bringing an end to a two-year saga and the beginning of a healing process for the University and Auburn fans worldwide. Below is a timeline of events detailing Updyke’s crime and subsequent court case dating from the beginning in 2010 to the final verdict in 2013.

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Harvey Updyke, University of Alabama fan, poisons the oaks at Toomer’s Corner after the Auburn comefrom behind win at the Iron Bowl Nov. 26.

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Updyke calls into The Paul Finebaum Show under the moniker “Al from Dadeville” and confesses to poisoning the 130-year-old trees after the 2010 Iron Bowl. “Let me tell you what I did,” Updyke said. “The weekend after the Iron Bowl, I went to Auburn because I lived 30 miles away, and I poisoned the two Toomer’s trees. I put Spike 80DF in ‘em. They’re not dead yet, but they definitely will die.” Updyke ended the call by saying, “Roll damn tide.”

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Updyke is arrested on a warrant for criminal mischief in connection to the poisoning of the oaks. Also, former University of Alabama students founded Tide for Toomer’s, a Facebook group for Alabama fans to donate money to aid the effort to save the trees.

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Updyke attends a preliminary hearing, and is scheduled to appear before Lee County Grand Jury May 2011. Updyke is charged with one count of criminal mischief, which is a class c felony.

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Lee County District Attorney’s Office files a request for a gag order in the case against Harvey Updyke. Accord-

ing to court documents, “the district attorney’s office asked the Lee County Circuit Court to seal the records, restrict access to future court proceedings and prohibit the parties in the case … from speaking to the press and public.”

May 26

Updyke waves his arraignment and pleads not guilty to poisoning the oaks at Toomer’s Corner, claiming innocence by mental defect or disease. At the time, Updyke is charged with two counts of first-degree criminal mischief and two counts of desecrating a venerated object and vandalism or theft of property from a farm-animal or crop facility.

June 16

Lee County judge Jacob Walker III denies the gag order requested by the district attorney in the case. The judge decided that only records concerning mental evaluations would be sealed.

Sept. 28

Updyke calls into the Paul Finebaum show to apologize. “I just want to tell the Auburn people that I’m truly sorry for all the damage I’ve done,” Updyke said. “I’m not asking for sympathy. All I’m asking is forgiveness. I want the people that’s Christians to understand I’ve done a lot of good in my life.”

Nov. 3

Lee County Judge Walker grants Glennon Threatt’s request to step down as Updyke’s lawyer, Updyke’s trial is delayed

2012

Jan. 27

Updyke’s new lawyer Everett Wess approached Walker with four motions. Wess said some of Updyke’s felony and misdemeanor charges should either be dropped or lessened.

June 18

Updyke’s case begins with a deposition from chemical expert from Mississippi State.

June 19

Updyke confesses to The Plainsman reporter Andrew Yawn.

June 20

Updyke’s lawyer denies Updyke’s

confession, and Yawn is subpoenaed and put under a gag order.

Aug. 15

Updyke’s lawyer seeks change of venue. Sept. 20 Attorneys Margaret Brown and Andrew Stanley are appointed by Judge Walker to defend Updyke after his sixth lawyer, Wess, was granted his request to be excused due to financial issues.

Sept. 24

Updyke is arrested in Hammond, La. on charges of terrorizing at a Lowe’s Home Improvement store.

Oct. 11

Updyke’s lawyers file a motion seeking Updyke’s temporary release from Lee County Jail to undergo medical treatment in Louisiana.

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Updyke’s lawyers request an observer to evaluate the jury pool for Updyke’s trial.

Feb. 13

Updyke’s bond was revoked and was held at Lee County Detention Facility to be held until his trial on Monday, April 8.

March 12

District Attorney Robbie Treese withdrawls opposition to a change of venue. The case is moved to Elmore County.

March 22

Updyke pleads guilty to poisoning the Toomer’s Oaks. Updyke was sentenced to three years in jail and will remain incarcerated until he has served at least six months in jail. After being released, Updyke will have five years of supervised probation, which includes a 7 p.m. curfew. Also, as a part of his probation, Updyke is banned from entering any property owned by Auburn, from attending any collegiate athletic events and from talking with the media.

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Eat Healthy, Be Active workshops help prevent obesity Becky Hardy CAMPUS EDITOR

With Alabama being ranked the fourth most obese state in the country, Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Disease and Health Promotion of Alabama developed the ‘Eat Healthy, Be Active’ workshops available throughout the state. Each workshop lasts six weeks. Each workshop addresses the foods people should eat to stay healthy, how to cook those foods, along with types of exercise people should do three or more times a week. “The main goal of the workshop is to teach people how to eat healthy and become or maintain physical activity that is based on the dietary guidelines of Americans and the 2008 physical activity for Americans,” said Onikia Brown, assistant professor of nutrition and extension specialist at the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. “The workshops are done through science-based advice that help prevent obesity and the risk for major chronic diseases.” Participants of the workshops will learn what types of food to buy at the store as well as easyto-grab snacks that are still nutritious. “For example, there are snackable peppers, which may seem off putting, but there’s small peppers that can be found in the produce section that all you need to do is rinse them off and pack them up,” said Valerie Conner, extension specialist at the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. “People pop grapes in their mouths all the time, but you can also pop cherry tomatoes in your mouth too.” The beginning sessions focus more about

what to eat and what not to eat. “One of the first sessions we’ll have people try different types of spices because we’re trying to move people away from sodium,” Conner said. “We’d rather them season their snacks with herbs and spices and let them see how it would fit in their food preparation. We’ll let them go in and try different foods, so they don’t go out wasting their money purchasing it if they don’t like it.” Along with people throughout the communities of Alabama, these workshops also target students. “College students are also at a very transient time and this workshops would really help (them),” Brown said. “It would equip them with tools that would give them a higher quality of life as they move onto the next phase of their life. It would also help them in their current phase of life, just to keep them actively thinking about eating healthier and keeping them physically active.” The workshops also address healthy choices at restaurants for students to choose from. “Also if you’re living in your own apartment preparing your own meals, one of the workshops it shows you how to make healthy recipes with a slow cooker,” said Helen H. Jones, extension specialist at the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. “It can teach them how to make healthy meals at a low cost and have more time for studying.” Although there has not been enough data to see actual changes within diet and amount of weekly exercise of the participants, Brown said that participants have come up to her to show

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Each workshop focuses on specfic topics such as easy exercise routines and eating healthy.

their gratitude for the program. “By the end of the six-week workshops we’ve found that people have changed the way they shop, the way they prepare their meals, the way they think about physical activity,” Brown said. “Participants would come up to me and say ‘I’m so glad I’m here. I’ve learned so many things.’” Brown offers some tips on eating healthy and staying active for students looking to keep motivated. “When you plan out your day it should include your planned eating and physical activity,” Brown said. “If you plan out your meals, you’ll know what you are going to eat, when you are going to eat, so it’s not a mad dash to the vending machine where you’ll be eating a high calo-

rie, low nutrient snack.” With appearance being a huge part of a young person’s life, Jones said eating healthy and staying active is the way to keep that part of their life in check. “Another thing young people like to do is look good and be able to dance and move around if they eat healthy and stay active then they can do that,” Jones said. All Upcoming workshops are on Saturday from 9–10 a.m., and dates include March 30, April 13 and 27 and May 25. All sessions are located at True Deliverance Holiness Church in Auburn. For more information call Helen H. Jones at (334) 201-6775.

Tigers on Wall Street network to prepare for their futures Kailey Miller CAMPUS REPORTER

While some people were getting tan at the beach or heading up north to ski, other Auburn students went to New York and experienced Wall Street for their spring break. Frank Oprandy, director of graduate career services in the office of professional and career development, took 12 Auburn students on a four-day trip to Wall Street to help them begin networking for their futures. “For this last trip every visit but one was either facilitated or led by an Auburn graduate,” Oprandy said. The group visited places like Goldman Sachs, the New York Stock Exchange, Bloomberg, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch and the Office of Controller Currency. At the end of the trip, the students met with Auburn alumni. “Alumni met with our group, some of them in the financial industry, some of them not, but all of them willing to help,” Oprandy said. “From a networking perspective if they weren’t in the industry they might know somebody in the industry so they were very willing to connect our students with people that could help them.” This is the third trip that Auburn has organized for students to visit Wall Street. The group consisted of both graduate and undergraduate

students. “The best part of the trip was definitely the visit to Bank of America/Merrill Lynch,” said Matthew Humphry, first year masters of finance student. “It was really interactive, we went out on the trade floor and were able to interact with people who were actually trading and then afterwards we met with an investment banking recruiter that recruits Bank of America/Merrill Lynch and he gave us great insight on . . . what it takes to make it into Wall Street.” The students also had free time to explore New York. They saw Time Square at night, went shopping on Fifth Avenue, the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Plaza. Some students used their free time for interviews and networking on their own. “The idea of the trip is to build up your network,” said Ralph Reed, Junior in finance. “We were meeting with people from different sectors of the bank, they were telling us what they do on a daily basis.” Rigby Coleman, junior in finance, said that Oprandy did a phenomenal job running the program. Many of the students said that the trip made them realize how much they would have to do to get to Wall Street. One of the people that they talked to had

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Auburn students visited sites in New York City such as the Wall Street bull, Merrill Lynch and NYSE.

made 11 trips to New York and went to 30 other places before getting a job at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. “It was inspiring to hear that it could be done for an Auburn student if you’re willing to put in the work to do it,” Coleman said. Humphry said he would go back again.

Auburn wins Tree Campus USA Designation Kailey Miller CAMPUS REPORTER

For the fourth time, Auburn University has won the Tree Campus USA designation from the Arbor Day foundation. The award has five criteria that include having a tree campus advisory committee, having a campus tree care plan, having a campus tree program with dedicated annual expenditures, having an Arbor Day observance, and having a service learning project. Gary Keever, professor in the department of horticulture, compiled the information and submitted it based on what has been done at the university, which awarded Auburn with Tree Campus USA status. “It’s prestigious in the sense that it gives us a positive publicity about tree planting on campus,” said Art Chap, professor in the school of forestry and wild life sciences and professor in forest biology. “It also encourages service projects from faculty, staff and students, it’s very all inclusive and it made the university aware of the value of trees. We meet these particular criteria every year and it includes everything from spending a certain percentage of the budget on trees such as tree planting, removal and pruning,” Chap said. Chap was involved in the writing aspect of the award while Keever took the lead,

Chap said. The Arbor Day Foundation is a non-profit organization that began in 1972, said Gail Riese, communications and marketing specialist. It enhances trees and tree protection. “Its primary mission is to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees,” Riese said. “I think that this particular designation of being a tree campus USA really recognizes the university’s achievements when it comes to best tree management practices.” Auburn has several recognitions of Arbor Day on campus, Chap said. In the last few years it has been a tree give away at the arboretum. The facilities management landscaping staff maintains more than 600 premium acres, which is land that does not include things like the woods or arboretum, Riese said. The Tree Campus USA designation has to be recertified each year, which means Auburn must resubmit their information each year. “We have these five standards as a bench mark and we have to continue to show that we meet these standards,” Keever said. “New trees are being planted all of the time, as you walk around campus you may see some of the workers with landscape services pruning trees and doing various other things to promote their health.” The university has also con-

service-learning project. Auburn students have participated in this aspect of the It’s prestigious in criteria. “The school of forestthe sense that it ry and wildlife sciences stugives us a positive dents planted more than 600 Longleaf pine seedlings on publicity about campus,” Riese said. “Its actutree planting ally been part of an ongoing services learning project that on campus. It they have been involved with also encourages for the last two years.” service projects Auburn was the first school in Alabama to be recfrom faculty, staff ognized for this award and is and students.” now using the award to pro—art Chap mote trees on campus including proper maintenance, PROFESOR IN THE SCHOOL OF FORESTRY AND WILD LIFE Chap said. SCIENCES AND FOREST BIOLOGY Riese believes that by receiving this award, it demontracted with two firms that will strates the university’s comhelp develop a campus land- mitment to its natural resourcscape master plan. es by establishing and sustainvww It will serve as a template ing the healthy campus comfor Auburn for the next 30- munity. 40 years in terms of planting “It recognizes that the unitrees on the street and provid- versity has made a commiting guidelines to help Auburn ment to its trees both in terms make decisions to create a uni- of planting more trees, taking fied campus where trees play care of those trees and proan important role, Keever said. moting the awareness and As part of the criteria for benefits that trees have in our this award, there must be a lives,” Keever said.

“I’m getting ready to go work an internship with IBM in Texas doing mergers and acquisitions,” Humphry said. “I’m coming back to Auburn to finish my last semester of my degree and from there I’m hoping to work in mergers and acquisitions, potentially with one of these major banks.”

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So long and good riddance From a purely journalistic standpoint, Harvey Updyke is a treasure. His ability to make news that is interesting and entertaining is priceless. However, we’re glad his trial is over, and we’re even happier he’s going to jail. After Updyke’s multiple confessions — including one to our own Andrew Yawn — it’s great to breathe a sigh of relief and bask in his decision to finally plead guilty. It’s been fun watching him wear blue jeans to court, get into a fight over a lawnmower and grow a handlebar mustache, but enough is enough. Hopefully the long saga of the man who poisoned Toomer’s Oaks is finally over. And maybe when the roots are pulled up from the corner of Magnolia and College, we can at last close this sad and strange chapter in the Auburn and Alabama rivalry. We would like to see our relationship with the Bammers take a more civil tone, but we’re

not holding our breath. Most likely, there are hundreds more overtly fanatic, obese buffoons just like Updyke who won’t let civility happen. Perhaps, that is the lesson we should take away from all this. It’s just football, right? In our previous Updyke-centered editorials, we asked Barners and Bammers alike to take a long hard look at how much of their lives they devote to football. If you did, then good for you. We hope you learned how goofy it looks when you take a game so seriously. If you didn’t, we want to encourage you to give it a try, again. The idea of football being a religion in the South is ridiculous, for most of us anyway. Yet we still adhere to the yearly rituals of tailgating, binge drinking and fanatically cheering for athletes who make their schools millions while they don’t make a cent. Football is fun to watch, and it’s apparently a good business. But when you start poisoning

trees because your team lost, then it’s no longer a game, it’s an obsession. So what do we do? A good place to start would be by letting Updyke fade away. Of course, suggesting this in a publication that has gotten a few thousand extra website views because of Updyke is deeply ironic, but hopefully you can see past that. Unless something crazy happens while he is jail, such as the spirit of Bear Bryant taking Updyke up to heaven in a golden chariot pulled by elephants, we probably won’t have much more to say about him. And that is a good thing. We can only laugh at the behavior of a fanatic for so long until we realize we might just be laughing at ourselves. After all, the rivalry between Auburn and Alabama is all about proving who is better, but in that pursuit we lose what makes us great schools and football fans in the first place. Instead we all turn into Updykes.

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Respect: the new R-word Six years ago I walked into my first class of high school. I took my seat in between two teenage boys: one was a year older than me and the other had Down syndrome. At some point in the class, the boy older than me called a fellow classmate a retard. The next day of class, the boy with Down syndrome was not in his seat and would not be for the rest of that semester. He voluntarily left the class. From genocide and forced sterilization to now having living institutions and education in schools, one would agree that humanity has made great strides in the treatment of the people with disabilities. However, what people are forgetting about is the fact that every time someone’s lips utter the word “retard” or “retarded” they are setting humanity back decades. Whenever I speak up and have asked someone not to use those words they

simply reply in a nonchalant manner, “it just means stupid” or “it is just part of my vocabulary”. What people do not understand is that when you say the word “retard”, you are always referring to people with an intellectual disability. Having those words come out of your mouth whether you mean it in that context or not is insulting and hurtful for many people around you. If it means stupid or dumb, then say that. Why go through the trouble of insulting an entire population? It seems easy enough…you would think. Even after the banning of the words “retard” and “retarded” in the governmental world as well as the medical one, I still do not believe people understand exactly what they are saying. The definition of “retard” is to make slow; delay the development or progress of (an action, process, ect.). Ironically enough, the term “mental retardation” was created as a nicer alter-

native to the other offensive names that were being used. People need to understand that it may not be the word itself that is offensive but the connotation and meaning that we put behind it behind it. People should always look around them and think about what they are saying before actually uttering the words. Are you alone? Sitting on a bus, office or in a classroom? If you took one second to look around your environment you would see that you are standing next to a sister on a bus, in a board meeting with a dad and taking a test with friend. A sister, dad, friend, grandparent, mother, teacher, brother, and someone with an intellectual disability are always surrounding you, no matter where you are. So pledge to ban the r-word, and create a new one: respect.

Kara Zenni Junior Social Work

Ain’t Gonna Play Slum City Slum City is a row of makeshift shelters erected in front of Auburn University's Student Center with the intention of showcasing poverty around the world. I believe the intentions of the builders of Slum City are honorable. I think they're trying to do good work. But I believe they're going about it the wrong way, for several reasons. Poverty Over There Vs. Poverty Right Here Several of the shelters have signs with country names – I saw India, Cambodia and Kenya. It was a very windy day and I thought some of the signs might have blown away, because the other shelters were unmarked. One difficulty with the way the "city" is set up is that is suggests that poverty is something that happens to unfortunate people of color in faroff places. That's particularly sad given that 1 in 5 people living in Lee County, Alabama – home of Auburn University – live below the poverty line. (The poverty line itself is a poor measure of quality of life. In 2012, the poverty line for a family of four was $23,000. So if you and your partner have two children and make $24,000, you live above the poverty line, but it sure doesn’t feel like it.) All Of [Insert Country Name] Looks Like This I'm also uncomfortable

with the image this creates in the mind of the public that, for example, "Kenya" equals "slum." This reinforces the stereotypical image of the "Dark Continent" as a place of poverty, savagery, lack of technology. But have you ever seen photos of Nairobi? It looks like any modern American city. The same is true for Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia. Hear me clearly: I do not mean to suggest that poverty is not real in these places. I'm simply pointing out that labeling a cardboard hut "Kenya" or "India" or "Cambodia" is too simplistic and misleading. Why Are Poor People Poor? In large part, it's because of us. Look at what we wear. If you took off everything you're wearing that was made in far-off country with poor labor standards, would you be reading this naked? I know I'd be writing it that way. The reason I can buy work shirts for $9.99 each at a chain store is because someone suffered to make them. The same is true for our food. How can a fast food place sell five tacos with meat in them for $1 if someone down the production line isn't being paid far below a living wage? The cars we drive, the gas that powers them, the clothes we wear, the food we eat, the elements in our smart phones

and laptops – these all come from the labor of people without whose poor compensation we'd be paying much, much more. False Distance The effect of Slum City, in my opinion, is to create a false distance between the observer and the observed. Surrounded by multi-million dollar buildings, with a Starbucks and a Chick-fil-A just a few feet away, it's easy to feel like this is a museum exhibit or a look at something with which the viewer has nothing to do. That's just not true. We're able to live the way we live because other people live in places like Slum City. And even engendering feelings of "gosh, this is horrible, those people must be suffering," isn't enough, unless those feelings are tied to concrete action. OK, So What Do We Do? As students and community members, the main thing we can and must do is ask how to craft better campus policies to confront some of these realities. This could cover everything from the paper used to the food served to the way employees are paid. These questions aren't easy to ask, and they're not easy to answer, either. The people who run the university have a budget to answer to and they don't have complete freedom to change course. But work-

ing together, there are ways to make changes that could mean a real difference in people's lives. Moreover, it's time to stop thinking of poverty as something that happens far away. For example, how many Auburn students and staff qualify for food assistance? Do they receive it? If not, let's help them register for programs such as SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). I encourage you, as you explore these questions, to adopt the solidarity model. Go to the communities you think might need help and ask them what they need. Don't assume. Don't swoop in to "save" people. Figure out how to help with the plans these communities already have and the work they're already doing.

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The Best Netflix movies that you haven’t seen yet Rachel Suhs DESIGN@ THEPLAINSMAN. COM

I enjoy movies as much as the next student, but between the rising prices of movie tickets and the limited selection of a one-theater town it gets pricey and mundane. With so many different ways to watch movies, with Redbox and Netflix and other methods of rentals it doesn’t make sense to stick with one only one option. Netflix can be one of the cheaper choices but are the options really worth paying for? Of course there are a handful of somewhat new films, but other than catching up on TV series one season at a time, the selection seems scarce and only full of indie films or ones you missed in theatres for good reason. While it may not be the best source for the latest blockbusters, Netflix has some pretty cool movies, if you’re willing to search for them. To cut some of your searching time, here are few you should add to your instant queue. Red Lights Possibly one of the best movies I’ve seen in the past year, “Red Lights” is an engaging thriller about two researchers exposing the fake psychics. Starring Robert DiNiro, Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy, this is a suspenseful film that you shouldn’t miss if you have access to a Netflix account.

Good Intentions Again, I believe the people who built Slum City thought they were doing the right thing. But poverty is a systemic issue, not a set of random circumstances. And it starts right here at home, with our actions and with the lives of our neighbors, rich and poor. Let's take down Slum City and start building a better community right here, right now.

The Fall With all the CGI that makes movies like “Oz the Great and Powerful” so gorgeous, this film does with actual settings and vibrant costumes. Set in California during the silent film era, this film follows a young immigrant girl who befriends a depressed stunt man during her stay in a hospital. The rest follows with some of the most beautiful and captivating storytelling I’ve seen.

Jason Crane

Safety Not Guaranteed If you haven’t watched an indie movie on Netflix, you obviusly haven’t been using your

Netflix account much. Rather than going through the plethora of Sundance picks, “Safety Not Guarenteed” is a gateway film into the world of independent movies. The film focuses on three magazine reporters investigating a personal ad looking for a time-traveling companion. This is definitely one of the most interesting looks at the usually over done idea of time-travel. Brick From the same director that brought you “Looper,” this one stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a detective story set in a modern high school rather than the 1940s. It may take a while to get into the cadance of the dialogue, but it pays off for any one who follows the story to its end. Killing Bono Like the title teases, the story focuses around an Irish musician with a longstanding distain of the U2 front man as he struggles for recognition to compete against his famous former schoolmate. Based off a true story, there are plenty of hilarious twists and turns to this colorful film. Tucker & Dale vs. Evil Anyone who enjoyed “Zombieland” or “Cabin in the Woods” will get a laugh out of this horror-comedy. A retelling of the young kids attacked in the woods, this movie focuses on the misunderstood, well-meaning rednecks who are trying to help some teenagers who keep getting killed. Let the Right One In Yes, this one is in Swedish, but stick with me, it’s worth it. If you’re going to watch any foreign film, I would suggest this one. This Swedish horror flick returns to the world where vampires are terrifying rather than sparkly. The Decoy Bride For anyone craving a romantic comedy, this is an obvious pick. As an acclaimed English writer attempts to marry his A-list fiance, a small town Scottish girl is hired to avert the paparazzi. Hilarity ensues in way American chick-flicks has failed to achieve.

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It’s not Jan. 1, but it’s Persian New Year Chandler Jones COMMUNITY REPORTER

Sale no Mobarak! The Iranian Student Association celebrated Norouz Saturday, March 23, at the Busch Center on Thach. Norouz is the Persian New Year and Sale no Mobarak means Happy New Year to You in Farsi. “Norouz, which is our new year, means, ‘New Day’ and it’s the first day of spring,” said Navideh Noori, graduate student in Forestry Wildlife Sciences. “We celebrate that. Spring is the beginning of regrowth.” Noori is an Iran native and serves as the IRSA’s Treasurer. She has been in America since 2011. “I think it is the biggest event and tradition in Iran for us,” Noori said. “This celebration is for the family. It’s like your version of Thanksgiving.” Members of the IRSA came together for Norouz by making customary dishes, replicating traditions and celebrating the culture.

“Iranians love to stay up late,” said Dana Lashley, IRSA President and graduate student in chemistry and biochemistry. Each member made and brought their own traditional Persian dish. “A lot of Persian gatherings are about food. The sharing of food is really important,” Lashley said. “Most Persian food is decorated, you also feast with your eyes. It’s not uncommon that you see any dish on the table that has little flowers or what not.” Norouz is such a monumental day that it is measured down to the exact moment. According to Bahareh Ramezan Pour, native Farci-speaker and graduate student in Mechanical Engineering, it is possible to have guests even as late as 4 a.m. “New Year in Persian dates back 3,000 years,” Ramezan Pour said. “We have a different calendar. We celebrate a special day, special minute and special second, because the way the moon and the earth revolve around each oth-

er in a special second the spring will start.” In Iranian cultures it is customary to celebrate with family, which is why she said she’s glad to have this celebration. Ramezan Pour said. “Because in these days, you would like to be with your family. It is really important to have someone else with you.” They also decorate a Haft-Seen table; a celebratory altar that includes seven items all starting with the Farci letter “seen.” The specific meaning and items used are particular to families, but the IRSA had plants, an apple, rose water, vinegar, garlic, cookies and a goldfish each symbolizing everything from earth to love to rebirth. They had member musicians play classical Persian music played on piano and Santour, a traditional Persian instrument. They had 40 in attendance, 25 of which were members. The remaining 15 were guests, and the celebration didn’t end until well after midnight.

Small investment in local community grows big dividends in the economy Abigail O’Brien COMMUNITY WRITER

Not everyone with the dream of starting their own small business has been met with success. But according to a recent report by the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, which identifies a small business as one with less than 500 employees, the small-business world is an important part of Alabama’s economy. The report states that small businesses “represent 96.9 percent of all employers and employ 49.0 percent of the private-sector labor force.” Lolly Steiner, president of Auburn Chamber of Commerce said that out of the chamber’s 890 members, 99 percent are small businesses. Steiner said she has seen the entrepreneurial spirit on the rise. She specifically pointed to Auburn as a fertile ground for small businesses. “People want to come back here and so, if the very thing they want to do is not here, then they have the opportunity to create it themselves.” Steiner named various small business-

es in the Auburn community that have found success, noting that those who succeed must not only have good product, but also a well-run business she said. Nazmi Ozokur is the owner of Island Wing Company, a new restaurant that opened in August on West Glenn Avenue. While the restaurant is part of a franchise, Ozokur said the Island Wing Company is individually-owned, the first in the nation and will spread out from Auburn. “I’m originally from Turkey,” Ozokur said. “I moved here in 2001 with $800 in my pocket… It’s almost like you could consider this the American dream.” Ozokur said that he enjoys the restaurant business and that success is found in the small things. Steiner also stressed the hard work that goes into starting a small business. “Especially when you have a little taste of the corporate world and you don’t think twice about your check being there on the 15th and the 30th,” Steiner said. “It’s something you never worried about. But if you work for a small business owner, then you better be good at what you do

and you better be a part of that success of that business or your paycheck could be in jeopardy.” Steiner also said two reasons she feels small businesses have grown recently are related to the city’s sales tax revenue and business license fees being up. In comparing Oct. ‘11 through Jan. ‘12 to the same time period this past year, the sales tax revenue and business license fees were both up 2.21 and 2.5 percent respectively, Steiner said. Another factor that may help the small businesses represented in Auburn is its diverse community Steiner said. “Being a college town offers a very unique client base to a retailer, from a restaurant standpoint to a boutique standpoint,” Steiner said. “Because you have a wide range of citizens.” Ozokur also said the city’s varied population is helpful. “A lot of people are stopping by Auburn for 4 years, 5 years and they’re going to move on and move to different states and different places, so this is kind of like a hub to be able to actually capture people from every single state,” Ozokur said.

Everyday, you drink it and bathe in it. Some days you have to walk to class in it. You can swim in it and use it for a variety of different reasons. Water is something many people do not have to worry about. They don’t have to worry about where it’s coming from or if it is clean. But that’s not true in many parts of the world. “One Water,” a film by Sanjeev Chatterjee, shows the relationships that humans around the world have with water and the water crisis happening around the globe. The film is being shown at the Jule Collins Smith Museum April 2–5 as part of Auburn University’s Research Week. “It started with the very simple instinct of bringing visual evidence of the waterstressed relationship of human beings to water,” Chatterjee said. For the film, Chatterjee traveled to 22 countries and filmed various interactions of people and water. The film has four versions: nonverbal, feature, concert and television, each differing in length and content, Chatterjee said. The nonverbal version, which is 22 minutes long and has footage from five different countries, will be shown for the Research Week presentation. “This was the first version of the film, and the idea was to bring visual evidence, bring something [I] saw to life for people,” Chatterjee said. Chatterjee said the film is meant to generate discussion about water and the different issues that people face, such as water scarcity and problems with water drinkability. Jay Lamar, director of operations in the Office of Special Programs, is helping to lead a discussion panel after the screening of “One Water.” Lamar also helped create this year’s annual edition of “Auburn Speaks,” a publication that showcases research efforts being conducted at the University. This year, the book’s focus was water, Lamar said. “I hope that in regards to ‘Auburn Speaks’ and ‘One Water,’ students take the book, come to the session and come back with a fuller understanding of the significance of water and our world today,” Lamar said. Water and awareness of water crises should be fa-

If I please, I can take a long shower right now, or I can empty my pool and fill it up at no significant effort. But, that’s not true for most of the world.” —Sanjeev Chatterjee FILMMAKER

miliar to students who followed this year’s Miss Auburn campaign. Tara Jones, who was elected Miss Auburn, ran on the platform “Tara for Water,” raised thousands of dollars and called attention to the water crisis around the world. “Having Miss Auburn focused on water speaks to the engagement of our students and their understanding that they are in a position to leverage a lot of resources to work toward issues that are important to all of us,” Lamar said. “I think the power of students here at Auburn to address those issues is just enormous.” However, many students do admit to not being aware of the issues with water. “Living on the coast most of my life, I’ve never been anywhere that water scarcity was a problem,” said Stephen Striepe, senior in finance. Chatterjee said his background exposed him to water scarcity, making it something he relates to on a personal level. Having lived in India for some time, Chatterjee saw first-hand evidence of water scarcity in some areas around the country. Now, living in Miami, Chatterjee said he doesn’t see as much evidence of water scarcity and other water related issues, even though Miami is a water-stressed city. “If I please, I can take a long shower right now, or I can empty my pool and fill it up at no significant cost or effort,” Chatterjee said. “But that’s not true for most of the world.” More information about the film and other activities surrounding the film can be found at its website, onewater.org. Tickets for the event, which is free and open to the public, can be reserved at jcsm.auburn.edu.

Kiesel Park open for hunting, for Easter Eggs that is Anna Claire Conrad WRITER

The Easter Bunny is coming to town on Saturday, March 30, during the City of Auburn’s 32nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Kiesel Park sponsored by Wells Fargo. This event is free to the public, and children ages 12 and under are invited to hunt for the 35,000 stuffed Easter eggs hidden over a four-acre area throughout the park. Live music from Van Riggs from the 97.7 Kicker FM Morning Show, soft drinks, balloons,and the opportunity to have your child’s picture taken with the Easter Bunny will also be available at this event. The Kiwanis Club of Greater Auburn will also sell hot-

It’s a great chance for all of the Auburn families to come together at one of our beautiful parks and enjoy a free morning and afternoon of spending quality time together having a lot of fun.” —Alison Hall AUBURN COMMUNITY AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS DIRECTOR

dogs and hamburgers, and proceeds from these sales will benefit families in need throughout the community. According to Becky Richardson, the City of Auburn Parks and Recreation director, as many as 5,000 children have attended this event in the

past to hunt for eggs in Kiesel Park, and she expects a similarly successful attendance this year. “Kiesel Park is big enough so that each age group will have plenty of room to hunt in, and we will have plenty of eggs,” Richardson said.

“Enough so each child will find quite a few eggs and prizes.” Most of the 35,000 eggs scattered throughout the park will contain small treats and prizes. However, there will also be 15 prize eggs hidden among the rest, including a $25 Visa Gift Card Golden Egg and a stuffed pony for each age group, all courtesy of Wells Fargo. There will be four age groups divided among the four acres filled with eggs: ages 3 and under, 4–6 years old, 7–9 years old, and 10–12 years old. All hunts will begin promptly at 11:15 a.m. in their assigned locations. Families are encouraged to get to the park by 11 a.m. at the latest to avoid any

traffic that may build up and to find a place to sit during their respective hunts. “We have a lot of families that bring a blanket and set up a picnic and stay afterwards and just make a day out of it,” Richardson said. “A lot of families that buy the hamburgers and hot dogs especially stay and hang out all day. It’s a big event that’s a lot of fun for everybody.” According to Alison Hall, the community and special programs director, this event, like Kiesel Park, but they are excluded from the hunt. “This event is definitely dog friendly as long as the dog is on a leash or voice command, but they are not allowed to participate in the hunt or go

in the hunting grounds while a hunt is taking place just because that would get a little crazy,” Hall said. “But we definitely encourage everyone to bring the family pet out for this fun event.” Hall also said this is one event you won’t want to miss. “It’s a great chance for all of the Auburn families to come together at one of our beautiful parks and enjoy a free morning and afternoon of spending great quality time together having a lot of fun,” Hall said. “This is also a great chance to highlight the park and remind families that, especially with spring just starting, we have this beautiful park available year round for them to enjoy.”


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Mud Mania run aids Hudson Family Foundation Jordan Dale WRITER

Mud Mania, a boot camp style 5k run embedded with 23 obstacles, occurred Saturday, March 23. The race was located at Fad J Farm, nine miles outside of Auburn’s campus. Participants ran in 30 minute heats of 300 participants each for a total of more than 1,400 participants. Obstacles throughout the 5k race included creek runs, hay bales, climbing walls, mud pits and even a muddy slip and slide. Registration for the event was $45, which included a T-shirt and access to candid photos taken during the event. Proceeds went to the Hudson Family Foundation, an organization whose mission is to make an impact in the lives of children with a need for assistance. The 5k’s first obstacle was a stretch of ankle deep mud, removing all illusions that participants could finish Mud Mania without getting dirty. Still, guys and girls alike tried to skirt the mud, only to face other obstacle later that forced them to get muddy. Others embraced the dirtiness, finishing the race caked in mud. “We were just trying to finish as muddy as possible,” said Morgan Hall, senior in graphic design. Mud Mania provided wash stations for participants who did not feel at home covered in mud, but Gabe Gotthelf, event coordinator, encouraged participants to remember it was only mud. “You can go home and take a shower, and then you’re clean again,” said Gotthelf. In the 9 a.m. heat, conditions for Mud Mania were cold and rainy, but participants said the conditions set the mood. “I was psyched up,” said Will Frye, doctoral student in clinical psychology. “It set the atmosphere for the mud run. You have all these wild dudes running shirtless and it amps you up.” Frye had the fastest time for this year’s Mud Mania at 18:18, beating last year’s time of 24:06 by Nathan Rouse. Frye said he looked up times from last year and set his expectations around them, training for Mud Mania like any other race. “I just did my normal stuff. I ran and worked out,” Frye said. “I went to a sorority formal last night and didn’t get a ton of sleep; that may be the training trick.” Mud Mania is different from other mud runs because the event is tailored to a wide range of athleticism. While other mud runs are de-

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Particpants in Mud Mania on Saturday, March 23, fought their way through 23 messy obstacles, including jumping through tires, running through dirt mounds, mud pits and a creek before reaching the finish line.

signed to test, or even break participants physically, Mud Mania is designed to be challenging, but not impossible. “The long treks through the mud were hard because of slippery mud, and running up the river in waist-deep water because it was so cold,” said Abby Carr, senior in graphic design. Harper Power, participant of the race, ducttaped his shoes so the mud would not pull them off. The final obstacles of the race were a 15-foot climbing wall, followed by the deepest mud pit of the event. “You’re tired at the end and you’ve gotta climb that,” Frye said. “That and running through the last mud pit; it was waist-high deep and you had to crawl through it.” Costumes were a major part of what made Mud Mania so fun to watch. James Bradley and Garrett Hyatt, participants of the race, were part of a group that dressed like the Avengers. They had about 19 in their group. Bradley dressed and painted himself like the Hulk, and Hyatt dressed as Batman. Members of their group also included Robin, Wonder Woman and Superman. Other costumes included tutus, business attire and even six people dressed as William Wallace.

Melina Sevlever, doctoral student in clinical psychology, said the biggest challenge was the smell. “The mud kind of smelled like manure if I’m being honest,” Sevlever said. For people who wanted to stay mud-free but still have a good time, there was a spectator area that overlooked some of the muddier obstacles of the race. The event staff said planning for Mud Mania was an arduous and involved process.

“It takes six months of planning for one day of racing,” Gotthelf said. Gotthelf said the event went much better than last year’s Mud Mania. “Last year was a nightmare,” Gotthelf said. “We learned so much that contributed to the success of this year.” Participants and staff alike are looking forward to next year’s Mud Mania. “Next year I’ll be ready,” Hyatt said. “I’m going to show that mud who’s boss.”

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Gus Malzahn talks to his players before the first of many spring practices Wednesday, March 27. Malzahn has preached that it is a “new day” at Auburn and will try to get his players in the right mindset before next football season

Day one of football spring practice

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The Tigers started spring practice later than any other team in the SEC. Now Gus Malzahn is trying to get his team caught up in a hurry. Malzahn delayed the beginning of spring practice to accommodate more strength and conditioning training, a necessity for any team learning such a high tempo system. At 8 a.m. Wednesday, that training was put to the test in Auburn’s first practice. “Very fast for the first day,” said wide receiver Trovon Reed after practice. “But Coach Russell pushes us and trains us for this fast paced offense.” Reed is one of the Tigers who is already familiar with Malzahn’s expectations from Malzahn’s stint as offensive coordinator under Gene Chizik. However, Reed said that Chizik would slow the team down occasionally, something Malzahn has no thoughts of doing. “Coaches set the tone of each drill,” Malzahn said. “When it’s individual time, we’re going to slow down. But when we’re in a team setting, we’re going to be flying around.” And yet, Malzahn isn’t delusional about his team’s abilities. He’s not expecting them to know every play and formation. On the first days of practice, Malzahn simply wants to teach his team, well, how to practice. “I told our team at the very end of practice that we just need to learn how to practice at the pace, intensity and tempo offensively and defensively,” Malzahn said. “The Xs and Os, they’ll come, but our main focus right now is learning

I told our team at the very end of practice that we just need to learn how to practice at the pace, intensity and tempo offensicely and defensively. Our main focus right now is learning how to practice.” —Gus Malzahn FOOTBALL COACH

how to practice and being able to process things by learning how to practice fast. “We didn’t play fast enough today. We really weren’t even close, but we’ll get there.” While Malzahn and his players insist that last season is no longer looming overhead, the head coach did admit some players had “mental scars” from the team’s 2012 debacle. With a new system comes a new mentality, however, and the players seem eager to take the lead, something lacking from the team the past few seasons. During the 2010 national championship season, Reed was one of the youngest wide receivers on the roster. Now he’s one of the oldest and the speedster is looking to step up for his younger teammates. “My goal is to become a leader on and off the field,” Reed said. “I did my time here. I saw what

it takes to win. I went out there with Darvin Adams and Terrell Zachary. I know how to win, now I have to brainwash the younger receivers.” Sophomore linebacker Kris Frost attributes the lack of leadership to the team’s lack of success but said the change in coaches, system and structure has helped the team come together. “When you’re having a hard time in the win category and everything it’s hard to really have a leader, have somebody step up when times are hard,” Frost said. “It’s a lot easier to lead when everything’s going great. Compared to last year, I feel like guys are making it a priority to lead and show how important this season is.” Wednesday was the first day practicing new installations and safety Demetruce McNeal said his defense only learned approximately four plays. Instead, the coaches are focused on fundamentals. “This spring’s going to be more about us,” Malzahn said. “It’s going to be very basic, just the basics of our offense and defense and getting very good at a few things.” Quick Hits: LaDarius Owens, used as a defensive end and linebacker in his Auburn career, will be practicing solely at linebacker for now. Sophomore tight end Chris Landrum is also moving back to his high school position of linebacker. Wide receiver/return man Quan Bray, a former high school quarterback, saw some time with the quarterbacks Wednesday and could possibly see time as a wildcat-type player. Linebackers Justin Garrett and JaViere Mitch-

Malzahn watches his team Wednesday, March 27.

ell were the first to work out in the “star” position of defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson’s 4-25 defense. Malzahn emphasized after practice, however, that there is “really no such thing as a first unit or second unit now.” Demetruce McNeal said he felt like a robot last season and secondary coach Charlie Harbison’s relaxed approach makes him feel more comfortable as a ball-hawking centerfield-type safety. Malzahn hardly watched the quarterbacks throw individually, but said collectively, “they threw the ball decent.”

Tigers run through first two rounds of WNIT John Burns SPORTS EDITOR

The WNIT is in full swing and the Auburn women’s basketball team has cruised through the first two rounds, with double digit victories against UAB and Western Kentucky. The Tigers’ most recent victory came against Western Kentucky, a contest that ended 84–66 in favor of Auburn. “Of course, much credit to my young ladies,” said coach Terri Wil-

liams-Flournoy. “They really had to hang in there and they really had to fight. Western Kentucky was a team that kept coming at us. They played extremely hard. They hit a lot of shots at crucial times, but kudos to our team for just continuing to stay in there and fight hard. (Tyrese Tanner) and Hasina (Muhammad), you look at their points and you see how well they played, but I think overall as a team, we played really well.” The road only gets more difficult

from the second round, and the Tigers had to face Tulane in the round of 16 Wednesday, March 27 at the Auburn Arena. Williams-Flournoy’s team is familiar with the Green Wave, as they earned a 70–65 victory at Tulane’s home stadium in New Orleans. “I remember that we were struggling extremely hard to win that game,” Williams-Flournoy said. “They play hard. They’re a very good team, well-coached team. It was a

tough game for us there. We really had to come back and play extremely well in the second half to get that victory.” The Tigers have hosted every game they have played in the tournament so far, and the players credit that to some of the success that the team has had. “It’s great,” said senior guard/forward Blanche Alverson. “I think we play really well at home. I think our crowd fuels us and we’re really com-

fortable with our gym, and we shoot the ball well, and play good defense. I feel like we’re more aggressive at home, so I think it’s awesome.” The Tigers entered the game with a record of 18–14 compared to Tulane’s 24–8 mark. In the two teams’ previous meeting, Auburn overcame a 16-point halftime deficit to defeat the Green Wave Nov. 28.

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Baseball team to turn conference play around on Alabama Will Gaines SPORTS REPORTER

The baseball team will be looking to turn things around against Alabama on Thursday, March 28 after a rough start to conference play for the Tigers. “We’ve played 20 percent of our conference games and we’ve got 80 percent left. It’s what we’re going to do with that 80 percent,” said coach John Pawlowski. “There’s a lot of baseball left to play, and there is a lot of good left in this team, and a lot of opportunities to turn this thing into a positive. There is nowhere to go but up.” Auburn beat Alabama earlier in the season, 6–3, at the Capital City Classic in Montgomery on Tuesday, March 5. Having already beaten the Crimson

Tide earlier in the year should give the Tigers some needed confidence going into the Alabama series. “I think we look at it that anytime you can win a baseball game whoever it is against that you can always take some confidence from knowing that you’ve competed against them already,” Pawlowski said. Conference play has been going differently for both Alabama and Auburn. Alabama has opened conference play with two series victories including a series sweep over Georgia, while Vanderbilt and LSU have swept the Tigers. “They’ve been playing very well and done some great things and are off to a tremendous start in conference,” Pawlowski said. “We on the

other hand have not played well in conference. Every team is different at different points in the season so hopefully we can get back to the way we’re certainly capable of playing.” While it may be frustrating for fans to watch the Tigers lose it’s just as frustrating for the players and adds pressure to the team forcing them to try to hard. “I don’t know if they are necessarily feeling pressure. I think what’s happening is sometimes they feel that they need to do more than they are capable of,” Pawlowski said. “We’re looking for that big hit so they try to do to much and come out of their comfort zone a little bit or try to make that great pitch or make a tremendous play when we just need them

There’s a lot of baseball left to play, and there is a lot of good left in this team ... There is nowhere to go but up.” —John Pawlowski BASEBALL COACH

to settle in and play the way they are capable of doing and not try to do to much. They’ve continued to work hard and we just need to get them to settle in and play the way we are cer-

tainly capable of playing.” Though the Tigers are at the bottom of the SEC standings they are not focusing on where they are in the standings, but on the positives in that they have plenty of baseball left to play, and it begins with Alabama on Thursday. “From where we are in the league standings we haven’t talked much about, and we aren’t really going to other than the fact that they know where we are,” Pawlowski said. “We’ve got 80 percent left to go and I think we can take some positive in knowing we have a lot of baseball left to be played.” Auburn’s three-game series with the Alabama Crimson Tide will begin 6 p.m. Thursday, March 28 at Plainsman Park.


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Gymnasts Bri Guy, Petrina Yokay and Caitlin Atkinson were named All-SEC Monday, March 25 after competing at the 2013 SEC Gymnastics Championship Saturday, March 22 in Little Rock, Ark. “I’m excited that all three got recognized,” said Auburn coach Jeff Graba. “Receiving four awards is a big deal. It’s exciting for Petrina (Yokay) as a senior, but also that we have a freshman and a sophomore. It’s a good send off for Petrina, and it bodes well for the future with a freshman and sophomore getting awards as well.”

This is Guy’s second AllSEC award, as she received identical honors in 2012. Atkinson was named to the All-Freshman team for her performance on the season. Seven freshmen received All-Freshman awards while 19 gymnasts were honored with All-SEC titles. The Tigers posted the highest score in program history at the SEC Gymnastics Championship with a score of 196.550, which was good for fifth place. The gymnasts will see NCAA Regional action in Gainesville, Fla. Saturday, April 6.

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Malzahn talks spring practice Ethan Brady SPORTS WRITER

Spring practice starts Wednesday, March 27 for Auburn football and new coach Gus Malzahn says he’s excited to get back on the field with the Tigers. “I’ve really enjoyed everything up to this point,” Malzahn said. “But there’s nothing like being on that field. I’ve been excited probably since Sunday.” Malzahn briefly spoke with the media on Tuesday, March 26 regarding the state of the program heading into spring practice. He discussed the importance of strength and conditioning as well as being mentally prepared for practice. “We have to get our edge back, that’s physically and mentally tougher,” Malzahn said. “We’re going to be very physical during spring practice and we’re going to have the pads on and get after it with the basic fundamentals of football.” The second goal of spring practice for Malzahn is for the players to have a working understanding of the systems he will put in place. “We want our guys when they leave spring to have a very good understanding of their responsibilities in our base offense and defense,” Malzahn said. “The reason being is that this summer we want them to build on things and not develop bad habits.” Since being hired in December, there have been questions circulating Malzahn about starting positions, most im-

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Greg Robinson and Nosa Eguae battle on the first day of spring practice, Wednesday, March 27.

portantly at quarterback. The coach said that “every position is open” and it appears he’s going into spring practice with an open mind. “I’m trying not to have anything in the past, any preconceived ideas. When I say a new day, I’m looking for a fresh start,” Malzahn said. “I do know there are guys who have improved greatly since I’ve been here. There are also a lot of guys that I’ve never even watched, so our coaches are keeping an open mind about everything.” Malzahn did mention Kiehl Frazier and Jonathan Wallace, saying they will be getting a lot of reps in practice this spring, possibly putting them in the top candidates for the quarterback position. “We’ll probably start them

with equal reps.,” Malzahn said. “Probably the biggest concern is their arms. We have to protect their arms.” Freshman star quarterback recruit Jeremy Johnson was not mentioned in the press conference, but the 2013 Mr. Football award recipient is expected to compete alongside Frazier and Wallace. Known for his fast-paced, no-huddle offense, Malzahn wants the players to get used to his up-tempo coaching style in the spring so they will be ready to go in the fall. “We’re going to be a no huddle team. We’re going to learn how to play fast, practice fast,” Malzahn said. Malzahn also emphasized the importance of stressing discipline on the field and soon after, it was announced

that junior safety Erique Florence would not return with the team this year because of personal issues. Florence played sparingly in 2012 only recording eight tackles. Blake Burgess has graduated early and will also not be participating in spring practice this year meaning there are five players from last year’s team not returning to the Tigers. Defensive tackle Devaunte Sigler, quarterback Clint Mosely and offensive guard Christian Westerman were the previous three leaving the team. Malzahn looks to use spring practice to build a depth chart with an open mind and condition the players to his fastpaced type of play. A-Day, the annual Auburn spring game, will be Saturday, April 20.

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The Auburn softball team dropped two of three games against Alabama the weekend of March 22-24.

Softball team drops series to rival Tide Will Gaines SPORTS REPORTER

After upsetting Alabama on Saturday the softball team lost to the fourth-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide Sunday, March 24, 13-1 giving the series victory to the Tide. Alabama busted the game open in the bottom half of the third, scoring 11 runs after the first five batters all reached base before an out was recorded. “The game really spiraled away from us in that third inning,” said Auburn head coach Tina Deese. “Lexi (Davis) lost command

a little and they got their bats going.” The loss drops Auburn to a 21–13 overall record and 2–7 in the SEC. “There’s not a lot positive to take from this one,” Deese said. “We’re going to have to learn from this experience and use it to get ready for next week. We have a hungry Troy team coming in and then we go to Mississippi State and we’re going to have to be ready for both.” Auburn will return to action on Wednesday at 6 p.m. when the Troy Trojans travel to Jane B. Moore Field.

Baseball team swept in second straight SEC meeting Ethan Brady SPORTS WRITER

The Auburn baseball team was defeated 8–2 by No. 3 LSU Sunday, March 24, giving LSU the sweep of the Tigers after having 13 hits. A big first inning for LSU gave them the early lead by scoring four runs on Auburn pitcher Will Kendall.

Raph Rhymes reached first on a fielder’s choice as Alex Bregman was thrown out at second scoring Chris Sciamba for LSU’s first run of the game. Kendall then walked Jacoby Jones with the bases loaded to score Rhymes and Chris Chinea hit a two-run RBI to give LSU the early 4-0 lead. Auburn scored two runs Sunday, the first coming in the second inning from a

Blake Austin RBI single up the middle to score Garrett Cooper. The second run occurred in the eighth inning when Ryan Tella hit a sacrifice fly to right field and Mitchell Self scored from third. The Tigers are now 15–10 on the season and have yet to win an SEC match-up (0–6). Auburn will play at Troy Tuesday, March 26 at 6 p.m.


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A week in Auburn sports

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Auburn’s Olivia Scott swims the butterfly leg of the 400-yard medley relay Thursday, March 21. Scott went on to swim the fastest time in the 100-yard butterfly, becoming Auburn’s 33rd individual NCAA champion.

(Left) Aubie cheers with the women’s basketball team after their 80–57 victory against UAB Wednesday,March 20. (Right) Gus Malzahn speaks to the media at the spring presser Tuesday, March 26.

Baseball:

The baseball team had another tough week of SEC play when they traveled to LSU Friday, March 22 through Sunday, March 24. The Auburn Tigers lost all three games in Lousiania. Auburn fell by scores of 9–4, 5–1 and 8–2. The defeats left Auburn winless in their last six SEC games this season, as they were similarly swept by Vanderbilt the week before. Earlier in the week, Wednesday, March 20, Auburn did have a victory against Southern Miss by a score of 4–3 in 11 innings. After the four games last week and an 11–2 loss at Troy Tuesday, March 26, the Tigers’ record stands at 15–10 (0–6 SEC).

Women’s Basketball:

The women’s basketball team is still in the WNIT after two rounds of play, with victories coming against UAB in the first round and Western Kentucky in the second. The Tigers defeated UAB 80–57 and smashed Western Kentucky 84–66. Auburn played in the third round against Tulane at the Auburn Arena Wednesday, March 27. For more information on the result visit Theplainsman.com

Women’s Tennis:

The No. 18 women’s tennis team was lost to South Carolina 4–1 Friday, March 22 and were swept 4–0 by Florida Sunday, March 24. Doubles play was canceled because of to weather complications, so there were only four matches against the Gators instead of seven. The Tigers have now lost their last three meetings, after winning 14 straight, and will try to right the ship Friday, March 29 against No. 16 Vanderbilt at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.

Gymnastics:

The No. 12 women’s gymnastics squad posted a score of 196.550 at the SEC Gymnastics Championship Saturday, March 23, which is good for the highest score the group has ever posted in that competition. Auburn came in fifth place overall at the meet.

The Tigers will compete at the Gainesville Regional hosted by the University of Florida Saturday,April 6. The top two teams at the regional will advance to the NCAA Championships in Los Angeles, April 19–21. Gymnasts Bri Guy, Petrina Yokay and Caitlin Atkinson were honored with All-SEC titles after their performances at the SEC Championships in Little Rock, Ark.

Softball:

The Auburn women’s softball team lost two of their three games in a series against No. 4 Alabama in Tuscaloosa. They lost Friday, March 22 and Sunday, March 24 by scores of 8–0 and 13–1, respectively, but secured a 7–4 victory over the Tide Saturday, March 23. The Tigers’ record now sits at 21–13 (2–7 SEC).

Men’s Golf:

The No. 20 men’s golf team finished in eighth place at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate Tuesday, March 26. Senior Michael Hebert finished tied for 14th and redshirt freshman Jake Mondy tied for 22nd.

Men’s Tennis:

The No. 35 men’s tennis team split a pair of meetings last weekend, losing 5–2 to South Carolina Friday, March 22, but swept No. 18 Florida 4–0 Sunday, March 24. Both meetings were at the Yarbrough Tennis Center, and the Tigers record is now 11–6 (3–4 SEC). The victory against Florida was the men’s first home SEC win.

Swimming & Diving:

The women’s swimming and diving team earned 19 All-America honors March 21–23 at the 2013 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind. Olivia Scott became Auburn’s 33rd individual NCAA Champion by winning the 100-yard butterfly. The Tigers finished the meet in 13th place with 87 points.

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Baseball vs. Alabama, Auburn, at 3 p.m.

Baseball vs. Alabama, Auburn, at 6 p.m.

Softball vs. Mississippi

Georgia, Atlanta, at 6 p.m.

State, Starkville, Miss., at 3 p.m.

Swimming & diving, NCAA

Swimming & diving, NCAA

Women’s soccer vs

Men’s Championships, Indianapolis, Ind., all day

Women’s Championships, Indianapolis, Ind., all day

Track, Texas Relays,

Track, Yellow Jacket

Austin, Texas, all day

Invite, Atlanta, all day

March 29

Track, Texas Relays,

Men’s tennis vs. Vanderbilt, Nashville, Tenn., at 2 p.m.

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The defensive line is one area Auburn needs to improve on and the experience of Dee Ford and Angelo Blackson will help.

Austin, Texas, all day

They’re battling in the trenches

Swimming & diving, NCAA

Vanderbilt, Auburn, at 3 p.m.

Men’s Championships, Indianapolis, Ind., all day

Softball vs. Mississippi

Women’s equestrian,

Women’s tennis vs.

State, Starkville, Miss., at 6 p.m.

SEC Championship, Auburn, all day

Baseball vs. Alabama,

Women’s golf, Bryan

Will Gaines One of the strengths going into the 2012 football season was supposed to be the defensive line, but as the season went along Auburn could not keep up with the conference’s elite offenses. They couldn’t even keep up with the average offenses. In 2012 Auburn ranked 97th in rushing defense giving up 197 yards per game, and 70th in tackles for loss. These are two statistics that must improve if Auburn looks to regain its position as one of the elite defenses in the SEC, and it all starts with the defensive line play. Most would believe that with Corey Lemonier’s choice to forgo his senior season to enter the NFL draft would rob the Tigers of it’s only talent, but that is not the case. Auburn has adequate depth at the position going into 2013 and the players are finally experienced enough to start making noise in the SEC. Auburn will return eight defensive linemen that saw significant playing time last fall: Jeff Whitaker, Dee Ford, Nosa Eguae, Craig Sanders, LaDarius Owens, Angelo Blackson, Gabe Wright and Kenneth Carter. Of those eight, four are seniors and four are juniors.

National Collegiate, Browns Summit, N.C., all day

Auburn, at 6 p.m.

Track, Yellow Jacket Invite, Atlanta, all day

March 31

Track, Texas Relays,

Kentucky, Auburn, at 11 a.m.

Women’s tennis vs.

Austin, Texas, all day

Men’s tennis vs. Kentucky,

Swimming & diving, NCAA

Lexington, Ky., at 1 p.m.

Men’s Championships, Indianapolis, Ind., all day

Women’s golf, Bryan

Women’s equestrian,

National Collegiate, Browns Summit, N.C., all day

SEC Championship, Auburn, all day

April 1

Women’s golf, Bryan

Auburn, at 6 p.m.

Baseball vs. Wofford,

National Collegiate, Browns Summit, N.C., all day

March 30

Softball vs. Mississippi State, Starkville, Miss., at 1 p.m.

These eight know what to expect when the season starts and with new defensive line coach Rodney Garner bringing in new teaching methods, positive things could be in the future for this group. Lemonier will be missed, but Ford could be just as productive if he stays healthy in his senior season. Also, LaDarius Owens is a player that has a lot of potential. A guy that was originally a linebacker when he arrived at Auburn now is a defensive end. He possesses the athletic ability to be a force on the end, but his success will depend on how quickly he picks up Ellis Johnson’s new defensive scheme. Whitaker is probably one of the most experienced players on the defensive line, but has not yet been very productive. He needs to improve if he wants to continue playing with this group. If not for injuries Wright would probably be the best player on this defensive line. After taking a very serious approach to his offseason training, to ensure that he stays healthy, he could be a breakout player this fall. Ben Bradley is a new face that fans can expect to see on the line next season. After signing with Auburn, out of Hutchinson Community College, he is

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probably looking at seeing playing time early in his Auburn career. “We needed depth up front. This guy is very athletic and very strong,” Gus Malzahn said of Bradley on signing day. By already being enrolled at Auburn and being able to participate in spring practices, Bradley will have a good chance to compete and earn playing time this fall. Another player that could see some early playing time is incoming freshman Carl Lawson. Lawson was a major get for this new coaching staff after he reaffirmed his commitment to the new staff just days before signing day. “I’m going to say this about Carl Lawson,” Malzahn said. “I really felt like he’s one of the keys to this class. “He hung in there with us when a lot of guys went south, and he provided a stability, on the defensive side specifically, to have the class that we did. He’s a phenomenal player, a phenomenal person, an Auburn person, he loves Auburn.” He may not be a starter, but Lawson will see playing time this fall. With returning experience on the defensive line, Coach Garner’s philosophy and quality depth the Tigers should be much improved on the defensive side of the ball.

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Behind the scenes with Behind the Glass

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Anna Beth Jager Intrigue reporter

Looking for a classic black cocktail dress? Or maybe a flowy, hippiechic top is more your style? In a small town like Auburn, finding a place to shop for original looks isn’t always the easiest task. The one mall we have is a bit lackluster and while online shopping has its perks, there’s no guarantee that what’s ordered is true to the color online or will even fit in all the right places. Being trendy is a constant struggle. Luckily, there are a few key boutiques scattered around College Street that satiate any fashionista’s needs. One in particular has a completely unique vibe, with various collections for any and every fashion taste. Behind the Glass, with its rustic decor and vibrant pops of color, has a little something for everybody and any occasion. Behind the Glass is an Auburn hot spot known for its trendy, eclectic merchandise, but it hasn’t always been the store we know and love today. It was opened in 1987 by current owner Donna Young. Its focus back then, however, wasn’t on trendy highwaisted shorts or adorable scalloped crop tops. Instead, it served as a coffee shop, art gallery, bookstore and children’s clothing store. In fact, clothing wasn’t even the main focus in Behind the Glass until 2006. Home decor held the floor and the front window display, while clothes were upstairs where Yogafly now resides. Chloe Popwell, general manager, Young’s daughter and senior in apparel merchandising, said there’s a rich history behind the beloved boutique. “The cafe closed down in ‘98, and in 2006 the clothes moved from upstairs to downstairs where they are now,” Popwell said. “(We’ve) always been passionate about clothes and home decor. Clothes have always been our strongest viewpoint.” In its early days, Behind the Glass sold clothing with more earthy, hippie vibes. Now it has a multitude of choices with varying prices and popular brand names such as Free People, Citizens of Humanity, Ark & Co. and Level 99. They get shipments in on almost a daily basis. “I feel like since we’re such a big store we have a lot of variety,” Popwell said. “And I think what’s really great is yes, we’re a Free People pop-up store, so we have those kinds of price points that are a little higher, but we do have lower price points that are still really

Being an established boutique is not an easy task and I think having those same loyal customers throughout all the transformations of the store brings character to the place.” —Paige Dean sales manager

cute and trendy as well.” Behind the Glass gives each customer the capability of completing an entire head-to-toe look in one visit. Paige Dean, sophomore in accounting and sales manager at the store, was a dedicated customer long before she worked for the boutique. “BTG has always been my go-to place since I enrolled at Auburn,” Dean said. “Whether it be a formal or a night out, I always went there. The workers seemed to genuinely love their jobs and I wanted to be a part of that.” Dean believes that Behind the Glass is unique solely based on its attention to customer service. “When you walk in the store, we all genuinely want to help you find exactly what you're looking for and help you look your best,” Dean said. “The staff is a family and I think that is felt throughout the store every day.” With its history comes many loyal customers who have been along for the entire ride. Dean said it’s always fun to see people come in who remember when the cafe was upstairs. “Being an established boutique is not an easy task and I think having those same loyal customers throughout all the transformations of the store brings character to the place,” Dean said. Behind the Glass’ personality shines in every part of the store, with giant murals of artwork spread across the walls, hanging sunflower vases in the front windows and sunglasses, frames, candles, jewelry and other knick knacks displayed around fashion-forward mannequins. One step inside and the store’s vibrant personality practically screams at you. Store manager Sarah Bretz be-

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Clothing and gift merchandise aren’t the only appealing visuals in Behind the Glass. The store displays whimsical seasonal decor on the ceiling, walls and along the stairs that adds to the personal charm.

The store’s upstairs section, which was renovated in summer 2012, displays more clothing and their plentiful sale section.

lieves the store’s history has an important reflection on what it has become in the past 25 years. “I definitely believe the store's past is important. I mean, all of us as hu-

A customer peruses the jewelry racks in Behind the Glass, which include fashionable and affordable pieces.

man beings have a past (and) history that makes us who we are today,” Bretz said. “We all have undergone trials and blessings that have shaped us into the person we are.

In the same way, BTG has received transformations, blessings and trials. That's how we ended up where we are now. Twenty-five years later and still kicking!”

Local band Lonely Wolves to launch first original EP Caitlin Wagenseil Intrigue reporter

After playing at The Hound this past Saturday, March 23, with Teacup and the Monster, Kyle Humphrey and Matt Pike of local band Lonely Wolves have set their sights on recording and releasing their first EP. When Humphrey and Pike sat down and played together for the first time, both knew instantly they were going to form a band together. Add Humphrey’s dog into the mix, who he said looks like a lonely wolf, and they had a name for their band. Both being huge Led Zeppelin fans, their sound ranges from rock ‘n’ roll to blues, and even to southern. Pike describes Lonely Wolves as “Basic, to the point, two guys playing music.” And with the help of WEGL broadcaster Scott Waters, they’re doing just that by making music for the upcoming EP. “We did something for

WEGL and Scott recorded it,” Humphrey said. “I just felt comfortable with him—I was like, ‘This guy knows what he’s doing.’ He was really encouraging and wasn’t intimidating at all, so we went right back to him.” Both are excited about where they’re going to be recording the new music. “We’re actually going to be able to use a building that Richard Patton is letting us use. It’s just a bare wall building that has a lot of history in it and a lot of great sound,” Pike said. After previously recording a video in that same building, Pike and Humphrey knew it was where they wanted to record the EP. “I never thought I’d be able to do that,” Humphrey said. “I always just thought it would be in a studio, but it’s in this awesome building.” Because Lonely Wolves has been playing so much lately, the band mates are excited to

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Kyle Humphrey and Matt Pike comprise the duo Lonely Wolves.

relax for a while and hone in on recording their EP. That’s not to say, however, they don’t love performing live, even if they sometimes get nervous. “I remember the first time we played, my knees locked and you could just see my legs shaking,” Humphrey said. “But I think each time you

play you get more comfortable with it—it’s like I know what I’m doing with my fingers and my hands, and you just get so involved with the sound rather than what people perceive you as.” Pike agreed, adding it was all about the comfort level. “It’s a lot easier in this band

than it has been in any other. It’s been a great ride for sure,” Pike said. As for future hopes, both agreed as long as they get to keep playing and making music, they’ll be happy. “Just getting our music out there and hoping people enjoy it,” Pike said. Humphrey added that because the band is still in its beginning stage, he would like to see more opportunities for them to play later on. He said that musicians always want their music to be appreciated. The Auburn/Opelika area is becoming more of a music hub with a growing number of people appreciating music. Both Humphrey and Pike are adding to the evolving scene, along with Richard Patton. Humphrey said Patton is opening a studio in Opelika called Cotton Seed Studios. He added that the studio is in an ideal spot and that Patton hopes to turn Opelika into an

Athens, Ga. type place where bands would be drawn to. Eventually, Humphrey said Patton would like to have the studio be a place where a band can stop in and record a song while touring from one place to another. Pike added that Patton is going to turn Opelika into something really special. “It’s just something that this area has needed for a long time to push local artists and let that marinate so other people can hear it,” Pike said. “We’re trying to push in with that so that in 10 years we can be like, ‘Oh yeah Opelika is a big music scene and we started there,’” Humphrey said. For more information on Lonely Wolves, check out the website at facebook.com/LNLYWLVS. The expected release of the EP is by Sunday, May 5. “We could do a nice little Cinco de Mayo release party,” Pike said.


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Tribal fusion belly dancing: an art form for all Caitlin Wagenseil Intrigue Reporter

After being a dancer for 25 years, it’s safe to say that local belly dance instructor and performer Seraphina, who goes only by her stage name, knows what she’s doing. Beginning with ballet and training in classical Russian technique, Seraphina sadly succumbed to an injury that wouldn’t allow her to continue dancing on pointe so she decided to begin studying other styles of dance. “I stumbled across belly dance at a Renaissance festival and fell in love instantly,” she said. “Over the years I’ve had the privilege to learn under various teachers in different styles of belly dance—the style I gravitate toward is modern fusion, the combination of classical belly dance, modern dance and elements of world folk dance.” Seraphina has been involved in belly dance for more than 16 years, and has taught it for more than a decade. “To me, belly dance is as much an art as ballet or any other style of dance. It takes years of hard work, dedication and practice to become a professional, but it’s also accessible to the beginner and offers a fun and engaging work out,” she said. For the past five years, Seraphina has been teaching tribal fusion belly dance classes in Auburn. “Tribal fusion is a branch of American tribal style that combines the fundamental moves of classical belly dance with folk dances of the Middle East and India,” she said. “This particular style puts an emphasis on isolated muscle control and correct posture.” She added that each class session focuses on a different aspect of the dance as a whole,

To me, belly dance is as much an art as ballet or any other style of dance. It takes years of hard work, dedication and practice to become a professional, but it’s also accessible to the beginner. —Seraphina belly dancing instructor

from choreography to musicality. Recitals also play an important role in her classes. Seraphina said the recitals are a great way for students to overcome their fears and increase their overall self-esteem. “If you can get up in front of strangers and dance, you can do just about anything,” she said. Additionally, having the chance to teach her students and watch them grow is something Seraphina cherishes. “They each have different strengths and weaknesses, but seeing them realize this is when I know I’ve done my job,” she said. “I learn so much from each of them and I’m thankful for every single one.” While not as well known to some, belly dancing is a great way to stay in shape, both physically and mentally. “It’s a rewarding experience,” Seraphina said. “You walk in the door feeling uncertain and nervous, but you leave the class with a new con-

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To close out the recital held on Monday, March 25, Seraphina’s entire class performed a group circle dance.

fidence and awareness.” Additionally, she said students who are dedicated and work hard have the chance to become members in the student troupe Gypsy Blues Belly dance, which is Auburn’s premiere belly dance performance troupe. She keeps up her dedication to her students even though she is battling the illness Endometriosis. She has struggled with this illness for more than 15 years and said there are days when it limits her beyond her control. “Dancing is literally my way of life—teaching has been my only source of income for several years as I continue to battle my health,” Seraphina said. “I take it very seriously. But I use my story to inspire others to reach for their dreams and to prove that anything is possible despite adversity.” Despite this illness, Seraphina is still able to perform, and

Nicole German, graduate student in psychology, performed with a prop.

Student Megan Slator performed a fast-paced dance with castanets.

Instructor Seraphina performed a Japanese-inspired dance at a recital.

has a performance coming up next month in Columbia, S.C. She said she feels blessed to have been given the opportunity to perform across the nation. “When an audience member smiles, laughs, or even cries, I know that I’ve been successful in that performance,” Seraphina said. As for her hopes for the future, she would like to see

more people give belly dance a chance. “As a teacher, I hope to reach more students and inspire them to become serious dancers. In turn, I hope they continue sharing this art with others for years to come,” Seraphina said. Seraphina’s tribal fusion belly dance class is held in 7-week sessions, and classes meet every Monday from 5:30 to 6:45

p.m. The spring session opens April 22 at the Event Center Downtown in Opelika. For more information, Seraphina encourages those interested to go to her website at http://seraphina.vze. com, or email her at otakubellydance@gmail.com. “Belly dance is for everyone regardless of age, gender, skin color or size—everyone is welcome to join,” Seraphina said.

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Have you ever been to a McDonald’s after a night downtown? Or maybe Waffle House is more your thing? An All Star Special or a double cheeseburger at one in the morning always seems like a good idea. Domino’s and Papa John’s are walking distance from the bars as well, leaving Auburn students with multiple options to satisfy drunk munchies. Each of these joints are constantly hopping every weekend in the wee hours of the morning with loud, intoxicated customers looking for the perfect midnight snack. The strange things people do after the sun sets in these restaurants are stories the employees aren’t likely to forget. McDonald’s employee Jailene Rodriguez said things get incredibly loud and crazy during weekend night shifts. “Some (people) will fall asleep, some just go into the bathroom and pass out,” Rodriguez said. “Sometimes they are covered in throw up.” Whenever this happens, Rodriguez usually lets her manager handle it. McDon-

ald’s gets so packed on the weekend nights it’s hard to move around without touching another person. Similarly, Papa John’s and Domino’s have an overflow of customers hankering for some pizza. Mordecai Little, a former Papa John’s employee now at Domino’s, has seen his fair share of drunken antics working in both pizza joints. “I used to work at Papa John’s and on a game day this guy passed out in a booth,” Little said. “We were trying everything to wake him up. We slammed trays down in front of him, one guy shook and slapped him and he still didn’t wake up. Eventually he woke up and just stumbled his way out.” From people passing out in their own throw up to people defecating in trashcans, the stories are endless and usually ridiculous. For Waffle House employee Jasmine Bell, it’s always the same rowdy crowds with something new every night. “I’ve come in one night and there was a pair of underwear on the floor,” Bell said. With situations like these along with multiple fist fights

and verbal clashes, Bell has seen it all. “You can get cussed out at any moment, or you can get somebody whose going to hit on you and flirt,” Bell said. Bell mentioned a case where an argument sparked between two young women who were at opposite sides of the restaurant. “(One) girl was talking loud as mess, and the other girl at the other end of the bar told her to shut the heck up, but in a worse way than that,” Bell said. “And they were just arguing across Waffle House.” A casual argument over chocolate chip waffles seems like a solid evening and an entertaining one for the employees. Endless shenanigans in all these popular fast food joints every weekend leave each employee with a supply of stories they won’t soon forget. Now, why isn’t Taco Bell on the list? The popular mexican restaurant, famous for a Dorito-shelled taco and a Mountain Dew slushie, has decided to remain a mystery because when we tried to interview them, they said bluntly, “What happens at Taco Bell stays at Taco Bell.”


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Stage hypnotist to appear at Supper Club Kelsey Davis Intrigue wrtier

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It’s OK if it’s a Snapchat Kelsey Davis Intrigue Writer

The act of taking selfies in public used to be something shameful, reserved only for 7th grade girls with disposable cameras. But now saying, “Hold on, let me respond to this Snap Chat” and making a :D face at the camera is just as casual as saying, “Hold on, let me respond to this text real quick.” It’s bizarre. Aside from that one glaring detail, there are a few more completely uncalled for things that I’ve seen Snap Chat used for. Ironically, most of them were either sent or received by me.

Making yourself into a bearded lady

Dr. Holiday, performing hypnotist and comedic act, will take the stage at 10 p.m. Thursday, March 28, and Thursday, April 4 at the War Eagle Supper Club. The always tuxedo-clad Dr. Holiday has been practicing in the field of hypnosis for upward of 50 years, and knows how to put on a fun yet tasteful production. Auburn is not a new home for the shows of Dr. Holiday. “I’ve been coming to Auburn for about 28 years now,” Dr. Holiday said. “I’ve done shows campus wide and in some of the clubs and restaurants.” Dr. Holiday has put on shows for homecoming week back when Foy was the current student center, as well as performing for the Auburn Tigers football team. When he takes the stage, Dr. Holiday will take a few minutes to explain what hypnosis is. After taking up to 16 volunteers from the crowd for on stage participation, he then begins to lull them into a state of hypnosis in which they go on a vacation to Hollywood. “I tell them that they’re going to become actors and actresses and that this is their big break, so it has to be done in front of a live audience,” Dr. Holiday said. “Thereby, the noise or the applause around them doesn’t bother them because they know that they’re causing it.” Once volunteers have successfully entered a full state of hypnosis, they begin performing for the crowd an array of different activities from directing traffic, impersonating Michael Jackson to competing in an imaginary Olympian horse race. Performances are catered toward the audience, and can be more untraditional acts that aren’t typically expected.

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Dr. Holiday lulls Citadel students into a state of hypnosis during a show.

“I’ll do a Chip ‘n’ Dale review for the guys. Sometimes if I have time the guys get pregnant and deliver babies,” Dr. Holiday said. “I do just a lot of funny stuff. A lot of role reversal stuff. It’s interesting to watch the individual personalities carried out in their own particular way.” The trick behind hypnosis is entering into a dream-like state and feeling as though the situation being described to the volunteers is real. Benefits from entering a hypnotic state reach farther than just getting a few laughs from the audience. “I always give my participants a suggestionsso they’ll never fall asleep at the wheel while driving,” Dr. Holiday said. “When it comes to students, I combine that with remaining relaxed during examinations and recalling everything they have studied. Also at

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the end, I’ll allow people to give themselves suggestions for self-improvement.” Though volunteers are the starts of the show, the crowd also greatly contributes to the atmosphere. “People in the audience of course are providing laughter and fun and energy and providing inspiration and motivation for people on stage to even be more entertained,” Dr. Holiday said. Whether it be a matter of enjoying entertainment, or gaining successful study techniques, Dr. Holiday promises the show will not disappoint. “I find out the sugar and spice they want in the show,” Holiday said. “Some people want more spice, some people less spice. I think about where these people are in life, and I adapt it to their world.”

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Opelika’s Patton at the helm of establishing thriving art scene Sheyda Mehrara Volunteer

The grass growing between the steel tracks reveals this small mill town’s still waiting for the arrival of change. Yet, the answer isn’t coming in the form of cargo. Among Opelika’s visionaries is Richard Patton who refuses to remain idle in an effort to revive the community. “I never thought I would come back to Opelika after leaving for school,” Patton said, echoing generations of young adults who swear off their hometowns. “I thought I was done with it forever.” At that time, he felt suffocated by his suit and tie job in Birmingham. Corporate insurance left him empty because it lacked Patton’s passion for music. “I hated everyday that I went into work,” said Patton. “I was making more money than I knew what to do with, but I wasn’t happy.” As he now sits in the Overall Company coffee shop surrounded by like-minded people, he’s at ease with tousled blond hair and worn blue jeans. “My mother called me, and that house that’s on the corner of 2nd Avenue with the columns is what brought me back home,” said Patton, recalling 1995. Barbara Patton, prior to becoming Opelika mayor, needed her son’s help to transform the historic, but dilapidated, Heritage House into a functioning bed and breakfast. Even while running the Heritage House bed and breakfast, he still felt there was something missing in the community. “I knew that if I was going to live and stay here, I needed places to go that I would enjoy,” Patton said. “Opelika needed a nightlife.” After nine successful years in the bed and breakfast business, his mother put the Heritage House back on the market. Yet, Opelika was still business by day and empty by night. “I had a building downtown that was a fitness center and I sold off all the fitness stuff,” Patton said. “I decided to make a bar that I would actually want to go to.” The timing was perfect for Patton and his wife, Mary, to indulge in their shared love of music. Together they opened Eighth and Rail, a tavern and café, in 2001. Eighth and Rail led the downtown nightlife revival, and people started to take notice. “If everything went right in my life, I probably would still be running Eighth and Rail,” he said. However, a divorce from Mary in early 2011 drove Patton a crossroad. The thought of spending time alone surrounded in the environment they built was too difficult, so he decided to sell the name and

building in 2011. “I thought since my marriage was over, the music part of my life might be over,” Patton said. He spent the following months contemplating the next chapter of his life. It was either run away to Greenville, S.C., or delve into the properties he had bought right across the tracks from Eighth and Rail. “I prayed to God for guidance,” Patton said. “I asked him to close doors if it wasn’t right to stay, but doors flew wide open.” He decided to pursue this opportunity and invest into the 14 pieces of property he owned in downtown Opelika to cultivate the arts community. “I was reminded that there was life to be lived regardless of Mary,” said Patton. “I fell back in love with music for what it really was. Instead of being painful, it became beautiful and uplifting again.” Patton felt the shift in his life come together at his grand opening of the The Railyard in May 2012, at which more than 1,500 people attended. The new art gallery and music venue serve as the beginning of his vision for the art district. “Eighth and Rail was about me,” Patton said. “Now it’s all about what I can do for the community.” With the help of other Opelika residents like Rob Slocomb, friend and band member of Martha’s Trouble, Patton has turned his attention to another integral piece of Opelika’s renaissance. “I’m opening a building that’s open to all creatives that just need a space,” Patton said. “It’ll serve as an incubator where they can all gather.” He plans for this creative hub to foster artists to feed off one another’s energy. Ultimately, creating something more powerful. “It’s a daily fight for me because everything I own is invested in those buildings over there,” said Patton, revealing the risks of his vision. “For me to put this all together and survive financially is a tough battle.” When asked what motivates him to get up every morning, he begins to roll up the sleeve of his blackand-white checkered shirt. “I’ll show you,” he said, exposing a simple tattoo on his left forearm. It reads, “On purpose, for a purpose.” “I had to realize that no matter who we are, we were all made for a reason,” Patton said. “There’s a reason why I’m here.” Although he’s part of an army of individuals pushing for Opelika’s renewal, Patton serves as a drummer boy for the pack. He shares future plans to recruit those willing to listen. And if you listen closely, his song sounds like an awaited train carrying change.

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Established in 1937, War Eagle Supper Club, 2061 S. College St., is one of the oldest bars in the city of Auburn . Cory Hattier, co-owner of the Supper Club, said that the club opened as a brothel and a gambling house, and in the 1970’s became a club and started to serve pizza and hamburgers. The Supper Club is now strictly a club. Supper Club is a membership only club and one can be purchased for $2. There is also a lifetime gold membership that can be purchased for $200. “This membership allows to get through the line faster and it’s a nice way to beat the lines on football weekends,” said Hattier. The Supper Club offers a shuttle bus that picks people up and drops them off free of charge. They just ask you tip the driver. Hattier said the original shuttle bus was a school bus that broke down and was parked in the back of the club. They turned it into a bar, which is known as the shot bus and is one of the main attractions of the club. Lane Sellers, bartender of eight years, said the club attracts many different crowds from college students, to people just stopping through, to an older crowd. The club offers a variety of music from rap to country to hard rock for its different crowds and bands like Splendid Cha-

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os, to Velcro Pygmies, to 17th Floor. Every Saturday night, the club has Ricky Luis, former lead guitarists for rock band Santana, on the acoustic stage out back. “Everybody has a good time. That’s the whole goal of the supper club is that everybody has a good time,” Hattier said. Christy White, a bartender at the club said the people and the interactions are her favorite parts of the club. “You get to see some crazy stuff,” White said. Hattier said the club is also used for bands to practice because there really isn’t anywhere for bands to practice anymore. It can be rented for different events including formals and wedding receptions, and the Supper Club will celebrate its 75th anniversary the second week of July that will feature the Velcro Pygmies. “If you come here when the Pygmies are playing and you don’t have fun, you just don’t like to have fun,” Sellers said. The club is open Thursday through Saturday starting at 10 p.m. You can contact the bus for rides by calling 334-707-7143 and for updates, events and Supper Club souvenirs, visit wareaglesupperclub.com. “This is the oldest tradition in Auburn and is still the oldest bar in Auburn,” Sellers said. “We are still the most fun , legally, you can have after midnight in Auburn.”

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