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Home Improvement New central classroom tops long list of changes to come by 2020
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Top Left: A possible layout for the problem-based learning classrooms, including round tables with multiple electrical outlets. Bottom left: Possible layout for informal classroom settings. Middle: Possible layout for the tiered lecture classrooms. Far Right: A possible blueprint for flat flexible classrooms, which would hold from 32-120 seats.
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Haley Center will soon be rivaled by a new building in order to accommodate up-to-date facilities and technologies. A new central classroom facility is among the numerous objectives that facilities management hopes to complete by 2020. These objectives also include updating Haley Center, along with many other older buildings on campus, to add new and more innovative features. The other buildings on campus targeted for improvement are Parker Hall, Allison Hall, Spidle Hall, Funchess Hall and Upchurch Hall. Comer Hall, the textile engineering building, Mary Martin Hall, Dudley Hall and Greene Hall are expected to be renovated between 2011 and 2020 as well, said Jim Carroll, committee member representing facilities management. The central classroom facility does not have a set place for construction on campus yet, but is expected to be about 160,000 square feet, which is approximately three times smaller than the Haley Center, said Emmett Winn, chairman of the central classroom facility program committee and associate provost.
The committee has looked at many different universities for which types of classrooms work best, including MIT, North Carolina State, Emory University and Georgia Tech.” —Jim Carroll committe member for facilities management
“There are no specific dates of the start or end of the construction at this time,” Carroll said. The new central classroom facility will have many modern features, including four different styles of learning spaces, such as tiered lecture classrooms, flat lecture classrooms, flat flexible classrooms and problem-based learning classrooms. The tiered lecture classroom will come in two sizes, one with a
170-student limit, and the other with a 300-student limit and will include a wheelchair-accessible ramp down one side. The flat lecture classrooms will hold up to 120 students and will give the students more space to work. They will also allow the option to move the tables around to accommodate any teaching style. The problem-based learning classrooms will hold between 36 and 72 students. This type of classroom is set up in a group format in which three groups of three students will sit at the same round table to work together in class. “The committee has looked at many different universities for which types of classrooms work best, including MIT, North Carolina State, Emory University and Georgia Tech,” Carroll said. The classrooms in the new building are planned to not only replace the current classrooms in Haley Center and Parker Hall but also to reimagine classroom collaboration for current and future generations of students and faculty at Auburn University, Carroll said. Core classes from all colleges will be taught in the new building.
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Auburn University Campus Objectives 2011–2020
■ Improve older Academic Buildings Haley Center Parker Hall Funchess Hall Allison Hall Upchurch Hall Spidle Hall ■ Construct new central classroom facility/facilities ■ Construct a new Student Wellness and Sustainability Center ■ Create the Health Science Center/Campus ■ Replace the Small Animal Teaching Hospital ■ Renovate student housing facilities: Sewel Residence Hall & Dining Replacement, Renovation of Hill Dorms ■ Construct/Renovate Athletic Faclities ■ Redevelop Old Coliseum site ■ Increase Parking ■ Renovate architecturally significant Acadmeic Buildings Comer Hall Dudley Hall Textile Building Greene Hall Mary Martin Hall ■ Construct College/Department specific research facilities ■ Construct other facilities as funding may allow
Alumnus lands job with Apple with a click of a button Toi Garcia Writer
Brad Cink, a recent graduate from Auburn, was granted a position at Apple, and it all started by sending an email. Cink, a Mobile native, majored in industrial engineering. In the summer of 2011, Cink had an internship at the Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., in product marketing. While in Cupertino, Cink had the opportunity to meet Tim Cook, CEO of Apple. They found they had a lot of things in common. Cook is also from Mobile and majored in industrial engineering at Auburn. After interning, Cink applied for a handful of jobs with the company. “One Sunday night I sent Tim Cook an e-mail, and by the next morning he had already emailed me back,” Cink said. “People are just peo-
Maybe it was luck, but it was one of those situations that I’m happy it worked out.” —Brad Cink Auburn Alumnus
ple. Cook may be the CEO, but he’s actually a very approachable person.” Spencer Moore, former member of Auburn SGA with Cink, said, “the two had a good report, and when the opportunity to return to California and work at the company arose, Brad jumped at the chance.” To follow up, Cink flew back out to Cupertino and went through an interview process, through which he was able to land a position with the company.
“Maybe it was luck, but it was one of those situations that I’m happy it worked out,” he said. Currently, Cink resides in San Francisco, Calif. “Brad’s persistency and dedication led him to where he is today,” said William Hardison, senior in chemical engineering. “Not only is he a hard worker, but his intuitive way of thinking separates him from other circles of people.” Cink said while he was at Auburn he “always recognized I needed to be involved.” During his time at Auburn, Cink was a part of Tiger Tuesdays, the War Eagle Girls and Plainsmen, a fraternity and stayed involved with SGA for three years. Cink has always been a positive person, Moore said. “This was especially evident in SGA,” he said. “We would often have
meetings where the challenges to certain problems seemed insurmountable. There would be a lot of complaining and people saying that something couldn’t be done.” Moore said he never heard that kind of talk from Cink. Moore also said Cink was responsible for a lot of the dining changes on campus. Other than being involved with campus activities and other changes, Cink was also a representative for Apple at the Auburn bookstore. He ran for SGA president in 2010 and lost but was then appointed executive vice president. Moore said he has no doubt Brad is excelling in his new job. “He was always at his best when he faced challenges, and I imagine working at one of the most profitable companies on Earth can present some interesting challenges,” he said.
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After completing an internship with Apple, Brad Cink, Auburn alumnus, emailed Apple CEO Tim Cook and was granted a job interview. He currently works for the company and lives in San Francisco, Calif.
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Crime Reports for Sept. 7 – Sept. 11, 2012 Sept. 7 ---- N. Gay Street Left scene of accident at 4:00 p.m.
Sept. 8 — Dekalb Street First-degree rape reported between 1-6:30 a.m.
Sept. 8 — W. Longleaf Drive First-degree rape, second-degree theft in an apartment reported at 9:30 a.m.
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DUI Arrests in the City of Auburn September 7 – September 11, 2012 ■ Matthew Hannigan, 19, Gainesville, Fla. Friday, Sept. 7, 7:37 p.m. S. College St. ■ Sarah Rudder, 20, Tucker, Ga. Friday, Sept. 7. 9:39 p.m. ■ James Krik, 23, Opelika Saturday, Sept. 8, 2:50 a.m. Cox/Longleaf Street
Food Pantry built for students in need Becky Hardy Campus Reporter
Alabama is the second hungriest state in the nation with more than 25 percent of its residents suffering from lack of food security, but a new campus food pantry aims to change this. “Food insecurity is on the rise and impacts all ages,” said Katherine Hettinger, Coordinator of Student Advocacy and Case Management. “Alabama is the sixth poorest state with 19 percent of its residents living below the poverty line.” Hettinger defines food insecurity as a person who does not know from where their next meal will come. The Campus Food Pantry will provide students with non-perishable food items. “The Campus Food Pantry will be a confidential environment for students in need to receive assistance,” Hettinger said. The Campus Food Pantry is an initiative run by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs that started inApril 2012.
The goal of The Campus Food Pantry is to take care of the Auburn family. “The Food Bank of East Alabama reports that 15,220 people in Lee County, about 10 percent of the population, are defined as food insecure,” Hettinger said. “We know that Auburn University students are accessing the Food Bank of East Alabama and other food pantries in the area. We believe it is important that the Auburn Family take care of its family members, and that is why we wanted to establish a food pantry on campus.” The Campus Food Pantry hopes to help the surprising number of students struggling to get food, said King. “Our goal is to help every student who walks through the Campus Food Pantry door,” King said. King said the new food pantry can’t succeed without student contributions as well. “The Campus Food Pantry combines student advocacy with community service by allowing Auburn students to assist one another,” King said.
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ESPEROS is a charity organization based in Austin, Texas that began in the fall of 2011 with a goal of spreading hope. More specifically, ESPEROS is an effort to aid less fortunate families of developing countries that cannot afford to send their children to school. Those involved with the company believe education provides hope for the future of individuals, as well as families and communities as a whole. It focuses on aiding less fortunate families of developing countries that cannot afford to send their children to school. ESPEROS hopes to partner with other organizations that build communities within their respective countries. Oliver Shuttlesworth, founder and CEO of the organization, said he founded ESPEROS after witnessing the effects of stagnancy in rural Central America. “It was a combination of a few trips I took there to gain experience working at a dental clinic in the Dominican Republic and visiting family in Costa Rica and Nicaragua,” Shuttlesworth said. “I thought of creating it after seeing some of the challenges they faced and what they desired for their children.” Currently, ESPEROS is working with Fonkoze, a non-profit for children in Haiti. “Fonkoze was one big draw for us,” Shuttlesworth said about choosing Haiti. “They’ve been on the ground in Haiti for about 20 years now and they work with all Haitians. It is an exciting partnership because we can actually see the impact it makes.” Shuttlesworth said that of the 865 Fonkoze employees, only seven are non-Haitians. This ratio empowers the people of Haiti to build the community. ESPEROS sells canvas backpacks made in the US for $20 each. Profits go to Haitian children of the Chemen Lavi Miyò, or Pathway to a Better Life, a program that is sponsored by Fonkoze. “Each backpack sold sponsors one year of a child’s educa-
Another option the committee looked at was adding more informal learning spaces. “It’s a way for the students and teachers to better communicate with each other after class, instead of blocking the hallways,” Winn said. The new building will also be stocked with computer plugs for students to charge their laptops while
in class. Along with extra technological amenities, each classroom in the new building will have all available wall space covered by whiteboards. W h en th e c ommitt ee members, including SGA President Owen Parrish, visited other universities, they noticed most of the classrooms were covered with writing space. “There wasn’t any space that you couldn’t write on,” Parrish said.
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tion in Haiti,” said Kathy Recker, vice president of business operations. According to Vice President of Community Outreach Jenna Hutchens, the company hopes to develop partnerships in areas of need in the U.S. as well. The company also sells T-shirts that sport the ESPEROS logo, and totes will be available this fall, according to Hutchens. Recker and Hutchens agreed the company’s goal is to get as many people involved as possible. “We keep the designs simple so that our products appeal to an array of people,” Hutchens said. According to Recker, ESPEROS has launched a campus club program to raise awareness of its existence and its platform. Recker said her responsibilities include making connections with campus representatives to create an ESPEROS campus club at each interested college or university, as well as connecting with the community to raise awareness of the importance of education and the lack of access to it. “We are excited to get other passionate people involved with what we do,” Recker said. “We’re always looking for help in spreading the word so that we can impact the lives of even more children.” Eight schools such as Georgia State and Oklahoma State are already participants of the campus club program. Hutchens said the company is looking into other opportunities through the campus club program as well as in trade shows, farmers markets, and other events. “Also, on each individual table in lecture halls, there were projectors so you could write on a piece of paper and project that.” Collier Tynes, SGA chief of staff, remarked to the committee about the lack of light in the Haley Center and how important that is to students. “I know that every classroom that I’ve been in did not have a window, which makes it difficult to learn in,” Tynes said. Carroll said every class-
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Travel hoppers have whirlwind tour of Europe The AU Alumni Association offers opportunities to visit classic European locations Chandler Jones Writer
The Auburn Alumni Association and War Eagle Travelers are recruiting students for the Fifth Annual Classic European Graduation Tour. The tour is open to everyone, but it retains an emphasis on alumni and seniors. The tour is a 10-day trip to London, Paris, Milan and Rome. There is also a six-day extension to Pompeii, the Greek Islands and Athens. “Those are the ones everyone wants to go to when they’re in Europe anyways,” said Milan Dekich, student travel ambassador. “It is the Classical European Tour, so you’re going to all the classical cities.” The tour is set for May 14– 23, 2013 or, with the six-day extension, until May 29. The price is $2,225 for the 10-day trip, with an extra $985 for the six-day extension. The price includes two museum tickets in Paris, fast passes through lines at big names such as the Eiffel Tour and Big Ben, a boat cruise in Paris, admission into the Coliseum and travel arrangements. Some meals are included in the tour, but not all. Dekich said this gives the group an opportunity to try local cuisine. “They give you a lot of freedom,” Dekich said. “This is not a hand holding kind of tour.” The trip also offers experiences such as a Moulin Rouge show or a recent popular favorite, the London Pub Crawl. “This is super relaxed, this is just fun,” Dekich said. “I don’t want any learning going on. I just want pure fun, people enjoying themselves and expe-
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riencing new culture.” The informal setting for the trip allows students to experience culture on their own terms. The morning tours show the group where everything is, and the participants are free the remainder of the day to explore on their own. Tanja Matthews, alumni programs coordinator, said there is a level of personal responsibility for those involved with the trip. “If you calculate everything that you are getting and everything you are doing, if you try to do that on your own it would cost you that or more because you’re trying to figure out personal transportation,“ she said. “The value is not just monetary; it equates to the group experience, the safety of the
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The religion of college football If you have watched our past two games, you know we aren’t doing so hot. Our loss to Mississippi State was somewhat of a shock. Of course, an 0–2 start doesn’t mean we are doomed for the rest of the season. But we definitely need to improve. After our win at the national championship two years ago, we have been in a steady decline. So we think it’s a good time to take a look at what football means to us. Auburn has just as many, if not more, academic accolades as it does football honors. If you never pay attention to your AU Daily tab in AU Access, however, you probably don’t know about all the strides we have made in the non-sports related world. In the South, where college football has become a religion, saying we should also be proud of our academic achievements is blasphemy. Schools around here are supposed to place a priority on football, and anyone who says otherwise is a heretical nerd. We’re aware some would say the church of college football is just something that has always been around. However, we feel the need to question why this phenomenon exists. Football is a fun game to watch. It’s fast, violent and loud, especially when you are
in Jordan-Hare. Home games are a boon to the local economy, and Auburn memorabilia makes a lot of money for any company that can afford to license the AU logo. All this is from a high-profile research university, but nobody really cares about that. Football is a business pretending to be a tradition. Yes, it makes us happy; it makes us proud; but it also makes us money. Making money is certainly not a bad thing, and we are definitely not saying our football team is worthless. But we do think it’s important to ask why we care more about a football team that simply produces money than we do an academic body that educates, makes monumental scientific discoveries and instills valuable life skills. We think our pride needs to extend past our football team. We should embrace the University many of us call home. Our faculty roster is great. We have a wealth of bright minds who are experts on everything from Keynesian economics to spiders. Why can’t we celebrate education for a little while? Auburn football is a great tradition, and we will always stay faithful to our Tigers. However, the bloated giant that is the college football industry has overshadowed our academic prowess.
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How to Burn Coaching staff is to blame for Tigers’ woes a Smoker Benjamin Croomes Opinion@theplainsman. com
For the past eight years, I have been a smoker. I know the health risks, but I still do it. I know that I am addicted, but that doesn’t keep me from smoking. Simply put, I don’t feel like quitting right now. When I want to quit–probably after I graduate and finals are no longer a part of my life–I will. That is my decision and no amount of draconian anti-smoking rules and regulations will change my mind. Banning smoking in restaurants, bars, or even in whole towns makes no sense to me. Why do anti-smokers feel they have the right to be so strict in a society that prides itself on allowing its members some personal freedom? If you want to create designated smoking areas, that’s fine. But outright bans of tobacco are absurd. The recent campus regulation that requires smokers to be at least 25 feet away from a building is fine with me. I don’t see how they are going to enforce it, but that’s their problem. This regulation has all the potential, however, of turning into a prohibition of tobacco on campus. I chuckle a little when I think about how they will enforce that. Maybe they will get more glorified mall cops to walk around and hand out arbitrary citations. The stigma around smokers has gotten out of control. I’ve been called disgusting, crazy and stupid for no other reason than my smoking. I don’t think drinking is all too smart or healthy either, but I don’t go to Sky Bar and call everyone there a revolting lush. Cessation programs that are run in conjunction with the school of pharmacy seem like a joke to me. I can understand the motivation behind the programs, but their sudden appearance alongside the new 25-feet rule looks like foreshadowing to a smoke-free campus. I may sound like I’m fighting a losing battle, and it is starting to look bleak for smokers like me. I’m 26 years old, but when I hear anti-smokers getting in a hissy fit, I feel like a child who is being told what to do. Adults should be allowed to do what they like, that is, within reason. I hope this regulation will not go any further. But I’m not holding my breath, which is hard to do anyway. The Editorial Board Robert E. Lee
Everybody told me I was “out of line” and “we hired great coordinators” and to just wait and see. Really? Auburn could be beat by Temple, and you people still believe that Loeffler is the best coordinator we could get? It’s not our players (past three years’ recruiting classes have been in the top 10 or top five). It’s the coaching staff ! The players gave up! Why? Probably because they don’t believe in the system! Chizik is a joke bringing in a coach from the Big East (worst conference in the Football Bowl Subdivision) to coach Auburn’s offense and “get back to smash mouth football.” What a (expletive) joke! Frazier showed one of the worst performances by a quarterback I’ve seen in my 40 years. But Frazier isn’t a bad quarterback; I saw him play high school ball.
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The adage says “football is religion in the South.” I’m nowhere near naive or blasphemous enough to liken athletes to deities or even demigods, but there is some truth in the statement as to how it is received by the community. For half the year, a large amount of people congregate in the same place on almost the same day every week to chant and cheer— and yes sometimes pray—for victory for whichever team has their allegiance. Those opposed to the amount of money poured into collegiate and professional football point out that those finances could be applied elsewhere such as roads, schools, etc. Why follow people from high
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coached our offense and actually stood on a table fighting for us to recruit Cam Newton because Chizik thought we were “well enough with Trotter.” We all saw how that panned out last year. Even our 1998 team, who lost its “piglet” coach after he quit, could beat the team we have now being coached by the staff we have now. If we are the strong Auburn family we claim to be, and if we want to beat the best and be the best, then we have to have the best damn personnel, coaching staff, assistants and everyone else on down the line all the way to the best fans who demand and will never again settle for anything less for any reason. War damn eagle! Ashley Mangham Mass Communications
College football has a unifying power
Look at Ohio state, LSU, Vanderbilt, South Carolina—the list goes on and on and extends well beyond the SEC. If we, as Auburn, are the family everyone talks about and wears shirts, etcetera proclaiming, then why are we standing idly by and just taking it where the sun doesn’t shine? Either we get serious about our program and spend the money and get the best damn coaches available (and yes, I mean a new head coach as well), or we can just get used to grabbing our ankles and taking a pounding and wait as we let ourselves slide to the literal bottom of the conference behind Vandy, Kentucky, Ole Miss and already Mississippi State. Chizik has done nothing any other mediocre coach couldn’t do. He didn’t recruit our national championship team; Malzahn
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Our defense is pathetic as well. The dismal 2008 team could beat this team (coached by the current staff) any day of the week! It’s time to wake up, Auburn! I love Auburn and have all my life, and I will until the day I die; I only want the best for our family, University, team, students and everyone else alike. Just think and look back. Google it if you have to. Look at programs that had coaching changes because the staff they had wasn’t a “fit” and only pulled them down further. The big-name universities all went out and hired the best coaches available, and look where they are and where they’re headed! Look at our hated in-state rival. They spent the money, but look at where they were during the “Mike Era” of coaches and look where they are now and what they’ve done and are doing.
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school to college to their careers when they do nothing more academic than take classes required to play a sport while the majority of intellectuals go unnoticed by mainstream America? It’s because football is something to believe in. Whether your team is a perennial championship contender or trying to become one, the act of rooting for your team is unifying. You may not know the 80,000 strangers sitting around you wearing the same colors and singing the same songs, but the fact that you share these things and a common loyalty is gratifying patriotism on a smaller scale. For that day, your social circle expands exponentially and a simple “War Eagle!” will earn a similar reply, high five or even a beer. Besides being a unifying force, football’s presence in the media makes it accessible to the masses because the results are viewable and tangible. As valuable as the valedictori-
ans and scholars of our generation are, it’s much more difficult to track the progress of an individual’s mind than the body. There aren’t channels showcasing the country’s greatest engineers or doctors and there aren’t stat sheets for the number of structures built or the number of lives saved. I’m not saying athletes are more important than degreed professions. I’m just explaining why it is popular, and that’s because football, above all else, is entertainment. Whether it’s Batman versus Bane or Auburn versus Alabama, the act of having somebody to champion and fight for the name stuck on your bumper, embroidered on your shirt or tattooed in a place your mother would frown upon is inspiring. For Southerners, football is just another excuse to do what we already do best. As for the questions regarding the financial side of football,
the proceeds from tickets, jerseys, food, hotel rooms and everything that goes into a game day weekend all go back into the community, and it’s no secret Auburn generates the majority of its capital from football season. There is a reason the majority of schools in the South are hesitant to dissolve their football programs. In New Orleans in 2005, the Saints franchise was forced to use San Antonio as its “home field” while the city was rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina. The following year, the team returned to the Superdome, and its subsequent success brought together a shattered community in a way I had never seen before. Simply put, people need something in which to emotionally invest. It’s not religion, but for something that inspires that amount of unfailing loyalty, dedication and common interest, why not believe in it?
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Bringing diversity to the downtown scene Tapas lounge to introduce ‘more than just tacos’ Sydney Callis Community Reporter
Auburn University alumnus Jason Berger is opening a new restaurant on Magnolia Street called En Fuego Tapas Lounge. After getting a call from his friend Mike Slocum about the open space, Berger decided to return to Auburn to open the restaurant. Berger said Slocum wanted him and his company, Escape Restaurant Group, to open the restaurant. “We thought about what Auburn wanted, or what Auburn does not have and how to put it in this huge space,” Berger said. The 11,000-square-foot restaurant will have two floors, a sit-down fine dining area upstairs and a lunch, happy hour and lounge area downstairs. Berger returned to Auburn approximately a month ago for the construction of En Fuego. With football season in full swing, he said he wanted to open as soon as possible. “Our timeline has been compressed to less than a month,” Berger said. “If you ask anybody to open up a restaurant in a month they’ll tell you you’re crazy. But we have to do it; we have to work as hard as we can.” En Fuego will be open this week for a private VIP event with Auburn University bas-
ketball coach Tony Barbee, but Berger said he wants to be open for everyone by Sept. 22 for the Auburn vs. LSU football game. En Fuego will only have the first floor in use when it first opens, giving them time to finish the second floor. “It’s stressful just trying to put everything together, but I think it’s going to be so worth it,” Berger said. The accelerated opening schedule makes for more than just stress. The amount of hours and work spent on the job have also been taking their toll. “I always thought coming back to Auburn I’d have so much fun, but it’s not fun,” Berger said. “All I do is come to work from 5 to 12 a.m., go home and sleep and do it again,” Berger said. Even when he is out of the office and restaurant, Berger said he is still working. “Normally I’m on the phone a lot, on the computer a lot, texting a lot and watching to make sure everything is going right,” Berger said. Despite its Spanish name, Berger said the restaurant is not just a place to come and eat tacos. “I stand outside on the front and people come by and say, ‘oh, it’s a taco place coming in
here, that’s a big thing,’” Berger said. “It’s much, much more than just tacos. It’s not strictly Spanish, but we want to bring something with a spin.” The menu will feature many different varieties and styles of food on tapas, or small plates. The tapas allow customers to try a variety of foods and share with their friends and family, Berger said. Along with having delicious food, Berger wants En Fuego to be known as having a great atmosphere that entices people to come and spend time. “We want to have awesome food,” Berger said. “Food that makes people ask if you’ve tried it, and then when you get here make you want to hang out because there’s a cool vibe to the place.” Berger said while he was attending Auburn, there were only three or four bars. “If you want to get a great meal, come here,” he said. “If you want to hang out with your friends, also come here. It’s not your run-of-the-mill college bar.” He said if he ever came back it would be to open another bar and restaurant. “This is us coming back and giving it a shot to see what happens,” Berger said. “I hope we’ll be received well. Get ready.”
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The inside of the newest addition to downtown Auburn’s bar scene, En Fuego, is still under construction. Owner Jason Berger has been working to open the venue by LSU weekend, Sept. 22
Downtown AUtumn Nights rings in new entertainment district Sydney Callis Community Reporter
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From left: Auburn students Zach Welman, CJ Jackson, and Sergio Gallardo recently launched a website, The Handle, to provide a forum for people to discuss their opinions on a variety of topics, including everything from politics to sports.
New student webzine offers readers variety of content, continued discourse Caitlin Wagenseil Writer
A website launched in April by three Auburn University students provides a forum for students to discuss a wide range of topics. The website, www.thehandlemedia.com, includes something for everyone: blogs and articles on politics, culture, science, money, sports and even music. The forum invites people to contribute their own ideas on topics relevant to them. “Having a discussion is what we want in the first place,” said co-creator Sergio Gallardo, junior in economics and political science. “Our discussions are honest and productive.” Co-creator Zach Welman, sophomore in English and philosophy, agrees. “What I want is for us to be that starting block for people,” Welman said. “I don’t want people to take our articles as the end-all be-all of what we have to say—we want it to start discussion, not be the end of conversation.” According to co-creator CJ Jackson, sophomore in philosophy and economics, constructing the website was easier than expected with the help of WordPress. Coming up with the name was the challenge.
“We were so incredibly full of ourselves title-wise,” Gallardo said. “We were coming up with the most hardcore names like Apollo—just very vague things that meant nothing, but sounded awesome.” On a trip to Plains, Ga., Gallardo, Welman and Jackson were in a small antique store when they spotted a wall full of handles. “Someone just said ‘the handle,’” Welman said. “I heard it and immediately said that works on so many levels,” Gallardo said. “It’s perfect actually—it kind of helps us wrap around what we do.” The Handle has 10 permanent writers and usually also publishes material from another five to six occasional writers. “We’re always looking for people to write,” Welman said. Luckily for writers, there isn’t a rigorous selection process to determine who writes for the site. “Our dying principles in writing are don’t be a jerk, and don’t lie,” Jackson said. “If you can do that, we’re quite open.” “We just want people to write about what they want to write about,” Welman said. While The Handle began with just friends of the creators writing, it has now expanded far beyond that.
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The Handle was launched in April. The website has 10 permanent writers, but additional writers are welcome to contribute.
“Now we have kids that are at different universities that write for us,” Gallardo said. “While they’re not necessarily here at Auburn, they talk about issues that affect us here.” The website’s copy editor Grace Moss graduated from Auburn last year, and is a working editor in New York. “I very much expected her to stop and move on to her actual paying career,” Jackson said. “But she hasn’t yet, and
we’re grateful for that.” The Handle is a work in progress, but there are high hopes for the future. “I guess the big thing I want is for more people to read it and more people to be engaged by it,” Welman said. “At the very end, not everybody is going to have the same interests,” Gallardo said. “But the amazing thing about The Handle is it’s such an easy idea to share, and someone can right away love it.”
Auburn’s new ordinance allowing an entertainment district near Toomer’s Corner will be enacted for the first time tomorrow, Sept. 14 . The event, Downtown AUtumn Nights, will kick off the first home football game weekend of the season from 6 to 9:30 p.m. “We wanted to sort of expand the game day experience,” said Jennifer Fincher, vice president of Communications and Marketing for the Auburn Chamber of Commerce. The event will start with a pep rally led by the Auburn University cheerleaders, Aubie and the marching band, Downtown AUtumn Nights will offer students, visitors and community members an alternative way to celebrate Auburn football the night before the game against Louisiana Monroe. “Instead of starting on Saturday with tailgating and the game, we want to start on Friday so everyone who’s coming to town, all our visiting fans and our alumni, have something fun to do to start their weekend,” Fincher said. The Swingin’ Medallions will be performing at the event. Formed in 1962, the band, called “the party band of the South,” is still touring after 50 years. “The band’s been going strong all these years, and we have three sons of original Medallions in the band,” said Robby Cox, drummer for Swingin’ Medallions. “Plus we have one original Medallion left in the band.” Made famous by their 1966 album “Double Shot of My Baby’s Love,” the Swingin’ Medallions’s signature tune has been played on TV shows such as “Ally McBeal” and “American Dreams,” according to medal-
lions.com, the band’s website. With 50 years in the business, the band has played several notable concerts, including playing a show with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band during Springsteen’s concert in 2009 in Greenville, S.C. Based in Greenwood, S.C., the band has both Clemson Tiger and South Carolina Gamecocks fans, but band members said they are looking forward to their performance in Auburn. “We play all over the place,” Cox said. “So we’re going to come down and play, and we’ll be glad to be there.” Downtown AUtumn Nights is a collaboration between the Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau, the Auburn University Athletic Department, the city of Auburn, the Auburn Alumni Association and the merchants downtown. Some of the shops downtown will be open later on Sept. 14 for the event, and there will also be a few other vendors set up along the streets for people to visit. Made possible by the new ordiance this is the first time patrons will be allowed to walk around the streets with drinks. “It allows people to leave restaurants and bars with an open container,” Fincher said. “No coolers are allowed, but you will be able to go into a bar and restaurant and buy a drink and bring it outside. It is just for this event.” Magnolia Avenue and College Street will be closed for the duration of Downtown AUtumn Nights, and there will be many public safety officers present, Fincher said. Downtown AUtumn Nights will return Friday, Nov. 16 with the band Chevy 6 to celebrate in Auburn before the home game against Alabama A&M University.
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Thursday, September 13, 2012
Grant allows Prison Arts + Education project to continue Zeke Turrentine Community Editor
Auburnâ€™s spirit will continue to be felt in a dozen statewide prisons after a $50,000 grant for the schoolâ€™s prison education project was awarded on Aug. 30. The National Endowment for the Arts gave the grant to the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project. The decade-old project brings approximately 50 artists from around Alabama to six different correctional facilities to teach approximately 15 courses. Courses include poetry, Southern literature, African American literature, short story writing, and multimedia art. â€œIn order for people to improve their lives, they need access to opportunities to grow,â€?
said program director Kyes Stevens in a press release. â€œThe continued support from the NEA allows the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project to support engaged artists to teach visual arts within a population who profoundly benefit from the experience.â€? The APAEP started in 2002 with one poet-teacher as the Alabama Prison Arts Initiative with support from various groups, including the Alabama Humanities Foundation. Over the years, funds have come from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Alabama Arts Car Tag fund, the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham and the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation. APAEP won its first NEA
funding in 2003. This is the sixth time it has received a NEA grant. The initiative became a full-time part of the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in 2004. In 2008, APAEP moved to the Department of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and became a part of the Outreach project. Since the beginning, the project has been a partner of the Alabama Department of Corrections. Courses have been offered in 10 of ADOCâ€™s 18 facilities. The school says NEA Art Works grants are meant to â€œsupport the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and
powerful art, lifelong learning in the arts and the strengthening of communities through the arts.â€? Of the roughly 30,000 prisoners in ADOCâ€™s facilities, estimates say about 65 percent do not have high school degrees. For this reason, the teachers try to create the best environment possible for learning in their sessions. The classes are taught on a college entry level and run 12â€“14 weeks. Credit is offered for the classes in the form of CEUs, or Continuing Education Units. The program tried to limit class size to 15â€“20 students in the past and now caps all courses at 25. Teachers have come from a broad background, including some that
hold a Ph.D., professionals and graduate students. â€œEducation is good for everybody,â€? Stevens said. â€œCreativity feeds people. It does something on a soul level.â€? The program hosted its first public display, â€œArt on the Inside,â€? in Biggin Hall in 2009, allowing the University community to see what its professorsâ€™ and fellow studentsâ€™ teaching was helping to produce. Many of the works, which include writing and drawing, are portraits of lives that led to and included serving prison time. Recently APAEP is an outreach scholarship created by Barb Bondy, assistant professor of art/exhibitions and lectures coordinator. The school partners with the University of Alabamaâ€™s
MFA Creative Writing program and allows the two collegesâ€™ students to interact with each other and new professors, while serving Alabamaâ€™s inmates as well. APAEP says â€œwhile not everyone is qualified, or even interested in teaching a class in a prison, there are a number of ways to get involved with APAEP.â€? The Books Behind Bars program accepts donations for reading and teaching materials and is taking books for this semester. You can contact APAEP if you would like to learn about working more directly with the program and you can also donate through a link on its University website, auburn.edu/ apaep.
Alumni benefit from new administrator Becky Hardy Campus Reporter
Dwayne Brown, Auburn 1990 graduate, worked his way up from volunteering to becoming assistant vice president of alumni affairs. After starting to volunteer with alumni affairs about three years ago, Brown put his people skills to good use to claim his new position. â€œI got to know the team very well as I worked at the hospitality tents before each home football game and several other alumni events,â€? said Brown. â€œWhen the assistant vice president position became available, I knew that was where I wanted to continue my career.â€? The process of choosing the new AVP was long and comprehensive, he said. â€œThe process started with the application, then a search committee was formed to nar-
row down the applicants,â€? Brown said. â€œThe process ended with several interviews.â€? Brown and his wife, Regina, both graduated from Auburn and returned in 2007. Brown graduated with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. Brown started off his career after graduating from Auburnâ€™s Navy ROTC program. â€œI served as an officer for eight years before becoming a service manager for Cintas uniform company,â€? Brown said. Brown later continued perfecting his leadership skills with more managerial positions at Targets in Panama City Beach, Fla. and Tiger Town. Brown said the leadership experiences he has had over the past 20 years, in which he has led over 250 people at a time, has prepared him to be the new AVP.
â€œAs part of being a leader, I have had extensive experience in strategic planning, motivating, training and developing personnel and team building,â€? Brown said. â€œI have also trained customer service representatives, drafted communication and marketing plans, trained interns, recruited students, and coordinated events.â€? Along with leading large groups, Brown has also gained experience and expertise in financial management and organization skills. Brown understands his duty to Debbie Shaw, vice president of alumni affairs and the alumni board of directors. â€œI feel like it is my responsibility to provide (them) with the best processes to ensure our association operates efficiently,â€? Brown said. Brown hopes to bring lots of eagerness and willingness to
I (want) to take care of our alumni in every way possible and to get to know them personally.â€? â€”Dwayne Brown Assistant vice president of Alumni Affairs
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(From left) Former ISA Vice President and mechanical engineering research assistant Hamed Ghaednia, current vice president and graduate student in industrial systems engineering Mohammadnaser Ansari and Shahab Derhami, Phd student in industrial engineering, cook joje kebab for the barbecue.
Barbecue-goers revel in kebabs and kinship Nathan Simone Online Editor
Food, fun and fellowship welcomed more than 70 people of different cultures and academic standing to the Iranian Student Association’s IranianAmerican Friendship Barbecue on Sept. 8. The barbecue at Martin Luther King Park was an attempt of the IRSA to seek new members of differing backgrounds and become more actively involved in the Auburn community. President and graduate student in chemistry Dana Lashley said the IRSA was founded to help Iranian students find each other in Auburn and help each other adjust to living in the U.S. “When I first got to Auburn, I had no idea that there were any other Iranians in the area,” Lashley said. “But then we found each other and it kind of grew to be a family.” Originally composed of graduate students, the IRSA is now seeking to broaden its membership to all students and residents, regardless of political or religious affiliations. “Originally, all the events were private because we weren’t an official organization,” Lashley said. “Now we want to invite American students and our other friends to be a part of IRSA.” From 1 to 6 p.m. Iranian pop music accompanied food, which included traditional Iranian dishes such as joje kebab (chicken kebab), mast khiar (yogurt sauce with cucumbers, spices and green onions), polo (white rice) and zereshk polo with morgh (rice with sour berries, saffron, spices and chicken). The “barbecue” of Iranian cuisine is typically chicken, instead of pork, that has been marinated for three days and
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The cuisine at the barbecue included joje kebab (chicken kebab), mast khiar (yogurt sauce with cucumbers, spices and green onions), polo (white rice) and zereshk polo with morgh (rice with sour berries, chicken, saffron and other spices).
served with a variety of rices and sauces. Most attendees learned about the barbecue through IRSA’s Facebook page or This Week @ AU, including Moroccan graduate student in architecture Asmaa Benbaba. “I found the event through Facebook, and I now plan on going to the other events this semester,” Benbaba said. “I like the (Iranian) culture, especially the music…anything that is a mix of cultures and diverse is interesting to me.” Secretar y and graduate student in physics Vahid Mirkhani, who led the IRSA’s O-Days table to recruit new members, explained the premise behind expanding IRSA. “Americans and Iranians don’t know each other because of the political issues that we have,” Mirkhani said. “The IRSA is not politically or religiously oriented towards anything. We’re trying to introduce our culture and people to Americans and others. We’re a friendly people and we’re try-
ing to show it.” Mirkhani said Iran is similar to the U.S. in that it is a multicultural country, with residents who speak Arabic, Turkish, Farsi and Urdu, among other languages. Matthew Bennett, sophomore in business, said IRSA’s enthusiastic table at O-Days is what persuaded him to join IRSA and attend the barbecue. “The great thing about this (barbecue) is that it’s a cultural rift, in a way,” Bennett said. “This isn’t what you see in the news: these are real, fun, down-to-earth people who are getting an education just like us at Auburn.” The IRSA has more planned for this semester. First, it will host Michael Kozuh of the history department, who will give a speech titled “The Behistun Monument in Kermanshah and Early Persian History.” IRSA will celebrate Yalda Night on Dec. 21, a Persian Winter Solstice celebration that dates back to ancient Persia.
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The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art opened an exhibit Saturday, Sept. 8 titled, “Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy.” The exhibition is composed of 107 of the 117 original paintings in the “Advancing American Art” exhibition. Assembled in 1946, the exhibition was created to showcase America’s advancements in art. “We have reassembled the historic exhibition called ‘Advancing American Art’ that was assembled by the United States Department of State in 1946,” said Dennis Harper, curator of collections and exhibitions at JCSM. “It was part of a cultural tool of the state department where they were trying to confront communism.” “Back here at home, where there was a very conservative political agenda that was taking place in Congress; they were upset with the idea that taxpayer money was used to purchase these things that many people found objectionable,” Harper said. “Then they found out some of the artists themselves were socialist or communist even, and they got upset.” After funding for the project stopped, it was decided to sell them. However, the closing of “Advancing American Art” provided an opportunity for API to forge its way into the art world in hopes of creating an art museum. “Having this extraordinary modernist art collection was
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in many ways one of the impetuses behind building the museum,” said Marilyn Laufer, director of the JCSM, in a press release. Auburn won 36 of the works from the silent auction, Harper said. Some of the paintings have been together in past shows, but the new exhibit puts more together than any previous exhibition. After the silent auction, the University of Georgia bought 10 paintings and the University of Oklahoma bought 36 pieces. Three years ago, Harper said they decided to put back together the collection. “I found receipts and documents from the 1940s in Washington, D.C. in the National Archives,” Harper said. “We found who had originally bought it and tried to contact relatives of those people to see what happened with
those works.” Harper said a little luck, research and a lot of time went into finding the paintings in museums, homes and schools across the country. However, 10 of the original works remain lost. Harper said although the works are not the most famous or created by the famous artists, they all present a snapshot of life in America during that time period. Harper believes this is an exhibition for everyone. “Even if you don’t think about the history and just want to see some fine painting, I think it’s a nice break,” Harper said. The exhibition will remain at JCSM until Jan. 5. From there, it travels to the art museums at the universities of Oklahoma, Indiana, and Georgia.
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Southern Living sniffs out the best southern college tailgates Eva Woghiren
er southern colleges, appears on the list for voters to choose from. That gives Auburn University students, alumni, and fans 17 days to vote for Auburn and also to enter for a chance to win a $2,500 cash prize. “It’s so cool to have our college recognized in the 20 schools because tailgating really does mean so much to us here and it’s good to know that
It has always been a huge debate which college in the south has the best tailgate. Now that question is being put to the test. Southern Living magazine is hosting the “South’s Best Tailgate Party,” sweepstakes going on from Sept. 15 until 11:59 p.m. Oct. 1, 2012. Auburn, along with 19 oth-
everyone who reads that magazine will see that if we win,” said junior Hayley Smith. The sweepstakes is applicable to any legal US resident that is at least 18 years of age or older. You can vote and enter the sweepstakes two ways; by using your mobile device or online entry. The grand prize winner will be selected on Oct. 15 and will
be notified by email, but must respond within 10 days to collect the cash. As for which schools might give Auburn a run for its money in the contest, Ole Miss and University of Florida has come up. I’ve heard Ole Miss has some killer tailgating, the grove is specially catered to tailgates before the game,” said junior Natasha Niemann.
LSU is also a top contender according to other Auburn students. “Auburn definitely should win, no doubt,” said Sam Kniskern, recent Auburn graduate. “I already graduated and still come back for the games. We may call Auburn God’s country, but when it comes to game day it’s all about tailgating and Maker’s. It just never gets old.”
High school friends are a blessing, not something to grow out of Zeke Turrentine
This past Sunday, two former students of my high school, Pelham, were shot and killed along with a former student of Huffman High School. Both schools are in the Birmingham area. I wasn’t particularly close with either of the two killed from Pelham, but it was still a very poignant and striking moment. Two 22-year-olds and a 19-year-old, were gone just like that. A fiancée and her two year old baby, mothers and fathers and countless other family members and friends were deeply affected. It happened in a neighborhood where it
Many people leave high school and home for college and immediately want to leave all their old friends behind. They want to start completely fresh and maybe redefine themselves. Nothing is wrong with this mindset. It’s perfectly norma,l in fact, and sometimes is just what someone needs to rejuvenate their academic and social lives after they’ve left their parent’s house. However, sometimes it really pays to hang on to your high school friends.
seems like half the high school lives. Word spread relatively quickly that another former student, one many of my friends played football with and knew as a generally goofy guy had been arrested as the only suspect in the shooting. One of the victims’ mothers, who in one of many heartbreaking twists to the story lost an older son just two years ago, said she was told the murders were execution styles and over a $40 drug debt. The fact that I didn’t know any of the four people involved means it was admittedly not as
difficult to deal with as what I know many of my other former classmates are going through, but it still was a weird night and next day, keeping up with news on the investigation at the house on Chandabrook Drive. Being in Auburn with people from home, particularly Pelham people, made it a little more comforting. Just knowing you could talk about it to someone and it didn’t come across as an abstract face in a crowded space full of other victims. These friends had concrete ideas and exact memories of one or two or all of the
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Auburn needs win Saturday to avoid historically bad start an easy win at home against ULM, or so they thought. Then the unthinkable happened. The Warhawks marched into Bryant-Denny Stadium and shocked the Tide nation. Alabama was a measly 6-4 at the time, but the loss was no more expected than when you order a well-done steak and it comes out rare. Now it is Auburn’s turn to host the Warhawks. Coming into the year, this match-up was described as an easy win, a given if you will. Now it’s a must-win. The last time Auburn started 0-3 was under coach Earl Brown in 1950. Those Tigers finished the season 0-10. In Auburn football’s 110year history, only three teams have gone 0-3. The 2012 Tigers are desperately trying to keep it that way. Last week’s game in Starkville put all of Auburn’s blemishes on display. There was the lack of protection from the offensive line; the missed tackles from the defense; the missed routes from the receivers and the sub-par play from the quarterback. Nothing seemed to go right. In the 28-10 defeat, Auburn’s offense put up just 216 yards, while its defense allowed Mississippi State to run for 166 yards and throw for 222 yards. In two games, Auburn has just one offensive touchdown. The red zone has become a Bermuda Triangle of sorts, leaving no signs of offensive production in its 20-yard span. The coaches and players know this. They know the pressure that has been put upon them. They know what has to be done. Now they just have to execute. Come Saturday, the Tigers have two options: lose and become the first team in 62 years to start 0-3, or win and begin an uphill battle with all eyes on the SEC Championship.
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Auburn has made recent additions to Jordan-Hare, such as this new illumuniated Auburn logo, to attract more fans and enhance the game day atmosphere. The Tigers are 3-0 in home openers under Gene Chizik and the team is 20-3 at home the past three seasons.
Auburn returns to Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday on upset alert against the upstart University of Louisiana at Monroe Warhawks Andrew Yawn Sports Editor
As the Tigers prowl into Jordan-Hare this weekend, a team that began the season with numerous questions is still trying to find the answers. Auburn is 0-2 this season after losses to Clemson and Mississippi State and is looking to avoid a third straight loss before they reach the meat of the conference schedule. What would normally be considered a cupcake game has had the stakes raised by their opponents’ stunning upset of then-No. 8 Arkansas last week. The Warhawks overcame a 21-point deficit in the third quarter and won the game 34-31 in overtime, the first time a Sun Belt Conference team has defeated a top 10 team. Now they look to play the spoiler at Auburn. Auburn is a 17-point favorite to defeat ULM, but Gene Chizik, for one, is not taking the game lightly. “This was not fluke, this is a good football team,” Chizik said Monday, Sept. 10. “Certainly us being 0-2 right now, the level of urgency for the week is definitely high, but it’s high all the time. They un-
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derstand right now that this is not a game that we’re going to walk in and it’s going to be a blowout and that’s good for our team.” Despite Arkansas’ 31 points, the Warhawks’ defense terrorized its opponents’ offense, shutting down running backs Knile Davis and Dennis Johnson and knocking starting quarterback Tyler Wilson out of the game with a barrage of pressure. After watching the film, Chizik is wary of the threat ULM poses to Auburn’s porous offensive line. “Schematically it’s very challenging,” Chizik said. “Their defense is kind of like dealing with an option offense. The last two or three years they’ve been tops in their league in rush defense so it’s hard to run the football. Then they get after you really
dialing in on the pass protection and getting to your quarterback.” Auburn has allowed four sacks so far this season and countless hurries, giving quarterback Kiehl Frazier little time to go through his progressions. After the loss to Mississippi State, Frazier said he was continuously watching the defensive line and that he made mistakes on about 75 percent of his passes. According to Chizik, however, the team’s problems are not only his to bear. “I would say that’s a young guy putting a lot of pressure on himself and wanting to shoulder the blame, because he feels like he can play better,” Chizik said. “It’s a team game, and Kiehl is one of many that want and need to play better, but we’ve got to coach better.”
And yet, for a team that recorded 550 yards of offense – 481 from quarterback Kolton Browning–it may be the offense Chizik has to worry about most. Browning had 412 yards passing and 69 yards rushing, including a 16-yard touchdown scamper on fourth and one in overtime to win the game. “The thing that he does really really well is he makes plays with his feet, and I don’t mean carrying the ball,” Chizik said. “It’s not just running the ball, he buys a lot of time with his feet giving receivers time to get open.” Auburn is not lacking experience, though. Onterio McCalebb had four carries for 56 yards and a touchdown when the teams last met in 2010, and senior wide receiver Emory Blake had a 94-yard catch and run for a touchdown. That catch still stands as Auburn’s longest play from scrimmage in history. One notable roster move was the team’s decision to switch defensive back Robenson Therezie to running back, although it’s unknown how much he’ll play. The game is set for 11:21 a.m. at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Frazier is right choice at QB...for now Andrew Yawn Sports@ theplainsman. com
Here we go again. It’s a new year and a new quarterback controversy for the Auburn Tigers, but the scene is somewhat similar. Last year, Barrett Trotter was named starting quarterback, and his ball management and a stout rushing attack led Auburn to a 4-1 start. Then his play began to slip. On the Oct. 8 road game against Arkansas, Trotter finished with his worst stats of the season, completing six of 18 passes for 81 yards and an interception. Afterward, Gene Chizik brushed off questions of whether there would be a change at quarterback. “Barrett is our quarterback today and he is our quarterback Saturday,” Chizik said after the game. That Saturday, against Florida and under the lights of Jordan-Hare Stadium, the quarterback situation was exactly as Chizik said it would be – until the second half. Auburn had been using then-freshman Kiehl Frazier in a wildcat role as a spark plug to Auburn’s stalling offensive engine and continued to do so that game.
However, after Trotter completed 2 passes in the first half for 33 yards and a touchdown, Chizik began the second half with backup Clint Moseley with the team up 7-6. Moseley gave Auburn fans hope with four of seven passes completed for 90 yards in the second half and drove the Tigers to 10 more points in the fourth quarter to ice the game. Moseley had the fans’ optimism if not their trust going into the second half of the season with the team at 5-2. But he was not the answer. Moseley disappointed in his five starts, never breaking 170 yards passing, having all three of his interceptions returned for touchdowns and finishing the season with a 62-yard outing in a 42-14 Iron Bowl blowout at home. Moseley had a chance for redemption in the Chick-filA Bowl against Virginia, but a first quarter ankle injury returned him to the bench and allowed Trotter one final victory for Auburn. Trotter opted not to return for his senior season, and the fans turned to Frazier. If anybody could take Auburn back to championship form, it was him. Or so they thought. Frazier beat Moseley out for the starting job and took the field against Clemson on
Sept. 1 in his first start. You know the rest. Now, the torches and pitchforks are out again as fans clamor for a change. This week, Chizik reiterated Frazier was his starting quarterback, and who else could you expect? Moseley is still recovering from a shoulder injury and Chizik said he could play if needed, but he isn’t 100 percent healthy yet. Zeke Pike is now playing tight end for Louisville and freshman Jonathan Wallace is too green to start now. The coaches raved about Wallace’s development in learning Scot Loeffler’s offense, however the three-star recruit has had too little experience with the first team and no experience commanding a huddle during a collegiate season. If Chizik pulls Frazier for Wallace and the team continues its current path to the SEC cellar, he risks the confidence of two potential quarterbacks for next season. If Moseley is promoted to field general, the results may be the same as last year with Auburn yet to play LSU, Arkansas, Georgia, Alabama and newcomer Texas A&M. The Sept. 15 matchup against University of Louisiana at Monroe is exactly what Frazier and Chizik need to
evaluate the offense’s progress: a high pressure game at home against a team Auburn should have the ability to beat. Emphasis on the “should.” Frazier could reduce his turnovers and redeem the “dual-threat” moniker that made him such an attractive prospect to begin with. He could also continue to struggle and watch the defensive line more often than the wide receivers. Either way, by Saturday, Chizik will know exactly what he has in the 20-year-old. Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan threw five interceptions in his first road game against Tennessee in 1969. Jason Campbell struggled mightily his first two years before he caught on and eventually helped lead Auburn to an undefeated season in 2004. Even Cam Newton struggled throwing against Mississippi State in 2010, when he squeaked Auburn by the Bulldogs on 11 of 19 passes for 136 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Frazier could be an eventual great or another recruiting bust, but it’s too early to tell which way the pendulum will swing. For now, Frazier will continue as the starter and the Auburn faithful should remain exactly that.
It doesn’t matter if Auburn wins its next 10 regular season games, the Tigers 0-2 record ranks 2012 in the top 10 worst starts in Auburn football history. Since football came to the Plains in 1902, Auburn has gone 0-2, or worse, only eight times. But forget about the dismal start; Auburn has a chance to put a strike in the win column Saturday in its home opener against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks. Yes, those same Warhawks that upset the then-ranked No. 8 Arkansas Razorbacks last week in Little Rock, Ark. Arkansas went into the game as 30.5-point favorites and came out 1-1. The squad dropped out of the Top-25 completely, leaving Razorback fans, and the nation, wondering, “what just happened?” Valid question. ULM joined the Football Bowl Subdivision in 1994; ULM’s last winning season? 1993. That’s right. The Warhawks haven’t had a winning season since they arrived in Division I. But the losses suddenly seem okay when games like last Saturday’s happen. ULM knows its place. It will never be a title contender, but it doesn’t have to be. By beating top-ranked teams, especially the powerhouses of the SEC, the Warhawks make a statement to the nation: Don’t count us out. Its win over Arkansas isn’t the first upset ULM has pulled off in recent years. Think back to Nov. 17, 2007. With one week to go before facing its hated rivals in the Iron Bowl, Alabama had
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Senior running back Onterio McCalebb had nine touches on offense against the Bulldogs. For a player that ranks 15th alltime among Auburn rushers in yardage and 4th in yards per carry on that list at 6.46, the ball must be in his hands more than nine times a game. He showed his speed and elusiveness on his 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, but only gained 4 yards on eight carries and had one reception for 7 yards. The last time McCalebb faced ULM, he averaged 14 yards per carry.
Kiehl Frazier had five turnovers, three interceptions and two fumbles in his second career start. Auburn now ranks No. 118 in the nation with a -2.5 turnover margin a game. Auburn’s plan to start winning starts with protecting the football, and the team already has seven turnovers in two games with six of those coming from Frazier and one from running back Tre Mason. Auburn must keep its defense off the field and keep the ball away from ULM quarterback Kolton Browning. Doing so will win the game and not doing so may lose Frazier his job.
Defensive back Demetruce McNeal led the team with 18 tackles. While Chizik divulged that those tackles aren’t that exorbitant when the scheme calls for a safety in the box, that number also confirms Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell’s ability to consistently move the ball past the linebackers and the defense’s inability to wrap up players before the second and third levels.
Auburn’s red zone blues continued to haunt the blue and orange as the team failed to score a touchdown in the red zone for the second game in a row. Auburn’s first drive of the second quarter went down to the State 6-yard line and ended in kicker Cody Parkey’s seventh consecutive made field goal dating back to last season. On that drive, Auburn rushed 11 times with four different players for 25 yards and had no passing attempts.
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Former Tiger Bonner leads team in scoring, wins WNBA Player of the Week Andrew Yawn Sports Editor
Drafted fifth overall out of Auburn in 2009 by the Phoenix Mercury, DeWanna Bonner came off the bench earning three straight WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year Awards. Now in her fourth season, her first as a starter, Bonner is earning even more accolades and was awarded the Western Conference Player of the Week Award. Bonner started the week leading the Mercury to its first win in 10 games with 24 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal and a block in a 75-68 win over the Seattle Storm. Bonner followed that game with a 22-point, ninerebound effort two days later in a win against the San Antonio Silver Stars. Bonner’s play was not a one-week wonder, however, and the former Tiger has experienced a mercurial rise to stardom in the starting role. This season Bonner is second in the league with 20.8 points per game and ranks seventh in rebounds, steals and blocks. The season has been less stellar for the team as a whole as the injury-riddled Mercury limped to a 7-21 record. For head coach Corey Gaines, Bonner is a reason for optimism heading forward. “DB is definitely the bright spot here,” Gaines said. “She’s valuable because you can move her around to so many different spots.” Bonner, officially listed as a guard and a forward, has shown her versatility at a variety of positions and racking up a variety of stats. Gaines said that alone can’t describe Bonner’s impact, though. “ You’re not even getting defensive part of that,” Gaines said. “You can have a five and she can guard a five. Then she can switch off to a
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Sophomore forward Mary Coffed fights a Texas Tech defender for possession Saturday night. Auburn would go on to win 2-1.
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Sophomore forward Chelsea Gandy-Cromer makes a high pass Saturday night against Texas Tech.
Women’s soccer avoids losing record, wins 2-1 Corey Atwood Writer
Senior goalkeeper Amy Howard and junior defender Bianca Sierra had some of the highlights of Auburn’s Sept. 8 win against Texas Tech University, with Howard saving 10 different times and Sierra scoring two free shots. Sierra’s first shots of the season were also her first goals of the season, and they both occurred in the first half of the game. With a final score of 2-1,
Texas Tech put on the heat, our defense really played strong, and Amy Howard played fantastic in goal, and that was a real strength for us tonight as well.” —Karen Hoppa HEAD COACH
Auburn’s record improved to 4-3-0 while TTU’s dropped to 5-2-0. Overcast weather didn’t deter Auburn fans from crowding the stands, even as the threat of rain loomed in the distance, and fans weren’t let down. The game was a constant pursuit from goal to goal that left neither team in possession of the ball for too long. “In the first half we were really good offensively,” said head coach Karen Hoppa. “We held the ball. We changed the point. We created a lot of opportunities, and got two good goals.” Hoppa said she was impressed with the team’s defense of the narrow lead. “And I think in the second half our defense stepped up,” Hoppa said. Texas Tech put on the heat, our defense really played strong, and Amy Howard played fantastic in goal. That was a real strength for us tonight as well.” Forty-two minutes into the first half, TTU made its only goal, as junior midfielder Jessica Disabella scored her first goal of the season.
TTU attempted 16 shots throughout the game, while Auburn attempted eight. Both teams racked up the fouls with TTU getting nine and Auburn reaching 14. Yellow cards were handed out to one TTU player and to three Auburn players. After the game, Hoppa said she was proud of the entire team’s performance and that the game was a total team effort. Auburn began practicing for the beginning of conference play right after the game. On Friday, Oct. 14, Auburn will welcome the Missouri Tigers to the SEC at home in the first SEC game of the season for the team. After that, the Tigers face two teams they defeated in the 2011 SEC tournament with Florida at home and LSU on the road. From there, the team travels to College Station, Texas to challenge the other conference newcomer, Texas A&M, and then returns home for a four game slate at home versus South Carolina, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Tennessee.
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In her fourth year, DeWanna Bonner is in the top 10 in points, rebounds and minutes played per game.
one. It’s something that we thought that about her when I first saw her play at Auburn. I thought that that’s what she’d be able to do and she’s just put it all together.” While Gaines scouted Bonner at Auburn during her sophomore year, Gaines said he had a tip from an unlikely source: her father. “I kind of fell upon her by accident,” Gaines said. “I was coaching the (WNBA development league) in Bakersfield, and her father was also there, and he mentioned ‘hey, I’ve got a daughter’ and being a coach you always hear that...but she was the real deal.” “We had a lot of injuries so it gave me the chance to step up, and I just played basketball,” Bonner said. “I just stayed aggressive, tried to get the open shots.” Teammate, two-time WNBA champion and threetime Olympic gold medalist Diana Taurasi said that, despite the team’s record, Bonner’s emergence as a leader is a primary reason the team has stayed competitive. “DeWanna has had a break out season and has shown the ability to be a go-to player,” Taurasi said. “Not only with her play but her leadership. This is has been a tough season but this team has
DB is definitely the bright spot here, she’s valuable because you can move her around to so many different spots,” —Corey Gaines phoenix mercury head coach
come out and played hard every night and she’s been a catalyst for that.” Bonner has improved each year since 2009 and now ranks among the elite. As she sits atop the WNBA rankings and continues to add to her skill set, Gaines said Bonner is only just beginning to grasp her potential. “She’s just realizing what she can really do now,” Gaines said. “She added the threepointer last year, and she’s always been kind of a great defensive player and can guard any position...She’s starting to be a problem for opposing teams.” “I thank my teammates and all my coaches,” Bonner said. “It’s definitely a great accomplishment.”
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Josh Peyton was in his third deployment in Iraq when he realized something was missing. Auburn was in the midst of a national championship season, and Peyton, an Auburn graduate, had no way to talk to his family and friends during Auburn games. He then began to think of a solution. “What I wanted to do was create a product that connected friends through football in a tailgate environment,” Peyton said. After two years Peyton’s problem has been solved. The solution is a new app Peyton created for the iPhone called YellowFlag. YellowFlag is the only social network app completely devoted to professional and college football. Users of YellowFlag pick their favorite college and professional football teams after downloading the app and set up ‘huddles’ with friends and family to discuss and debate their favorite teams during the game. “Using the YellowFlag, app fans can track, connect and share real-time updates of college football games anywhere in the world,” said Scott Robertson, president of Robertson Communication Corp., a group that represents YellowFlag. “It’s kind of like a tailgate party in your pocket.” Peyton uses the app to keep in touch with college friends, military friends and people in his fantasy football leagues. “Whether your friends are on vacation, a different part of the U.S., or a different part of the world, they can talk during live football games as if they are at a tailgate,” Peyton said. “It’s been amazing to be able
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Auburn players in the NFL: Week 1 Andrew Yawn Sports Editor
While current Auburn players struggle in collegiate play, their predecessors began their quest for the Super Bowl last week. Cam Newton completed 23 of 33 passes for 303 yards, a touchdown and an interception, but lost to Tampa Bay 16-10. Nick Fairley had his second career sack for Detroit against St. Louis and finished with two quarterback hits on Sam Bradford. Jerraud Powers was named the starting cornerback for the rebuilding Indianapolis Colts, and he responded with six solo tackles, one tackle for a loss and two passes deflected. Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas connected on both field goal attempts from 24 and 28 yards as well as an extra point. Former Thorpe Award recipient Carlos Rogers is coming off a Pro Bowl season for the San Francisco 49ers and began his 2012
campaign with four solo tackles and a sack. Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Devin Aromashodu caught all three passes thrown to him and ended the game with 61 yards receiving with a long of 26 yards. Running backs Ronnie Brown of San Diego and Ben Tate of the Houston Texans saw limited action in the first week. Brown finished with five rushes for five yards, but caught all five passes thrown his way for 26 receiving yards. Tate had similar numbers and posted 28 yards on eight touches. Miami Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby had nine tackles, six solo and one for a loss, in Miami’s loss to Houston. Four former Tigers are out for the season. Running backs Tristan Davis and Mario Fannin (knee) and offensive linemen Brandon Mosley (ankle) and Lee Ziemba (knee) have been placed on injured reserve.
Women’s tennis dominates season debut John Burns Sports Reporter
The Auburn women’s tennis team began its season at the Auburn Fall Invitational Sept. 7, and the ladies are already in sharp form. The Tigers began their schedule Friday and looked exceedingly comfortable on their home courts at the Yarborough Tennis Center. The team started hot by winning 14 of 15 matches in both singles and doubles on the opening day of play. Freshman Ashley Kitchens notched two singles wins on Friday and a doubles win with sophomore partner Lauren Levant. Not to be outdone, Levant matched Kitchens with a pair of singles wins. Seniors Plamena Kurteva and Paulina Schippers both celebrated two singles wins and a doubles win. Junior Jackie Kasler also won both of her singles matches on Friday. Teaming up with sophomore Jen Pfeifler the pair won in doubles on opening day as well. “I am very pleased with
our performance,” said head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner. “Making five out of six singles finals [after day one] was a great way to start.” When Saturday rolled around, the Tigers were prepared to continue their good work on the home courts. Kasler had a perfect Saturday, winning her doubles title with partner Pfeifler and her singles title. “Kasler stands out as someone just coming back who’s got a lot of confidence,” Longbotham Meisner said. “She’s really worked hard this summer, so winning her flight as well as winning the number one doubles flight was great.” “I felt good,” Kasler said, “I felt like I played solid, I played smart. I just felt comfortable and wasn’t nervous.” Kasler cited being confident in her game as the difference in her performance from last year to this. “I think I’m more confident in who I am as a player,” Kasler said. “I know my game style and I don’t like to stray away from it. I just play my game, and I think that’s why I was successful.”
Kitchens capped off the weekend and won her singles flight. She also teamed up with Levant to win their doubles flight on Saturday. “[Kitchens’] energy was great, her confidence and just her overall play really stood out to me,” Longbotham Meisner said. “It could go either way with a freshman, especially with the first tournament, but I think that since we had it in Auburn made it very comfortable for her.” Kurteva capped off the victories on Saturday with a singles title of her own. “I think for the first tournament this was very good,” Kurteva said. “My energy was very good. I felt like I was very consistent, and that was actually one of my goals for the weekend… I felt like I was playing with a much better backhand, and something that I have worked on a lot is my return in doubles, and I believe that I have improved that.” Kurteva said she was pleased with her play this weekend, but she acknowledged there is always room for
improvement. “I want to add a bit of aggressiveness to my game,” Kurteva said. “And obviously it’s just the beginning of the season, so more things will probably come up.” The Tigers finished an excellent Saturday by winning five out of their six singles finals despite a slight delay due to rain. “I’m very pleased at how fit the girls came back, “Longbotham Meisner said. “They’re mentally and physically ready to go, which is always a blessing when you have a summer off. They all trained. The returners all trained during the summer… We’re going to take it one tournament at a time, and we’re going to keep looking at tape because each person is more individualized in the fall, but we don’t really have a team goal as yet.” The Tigers will continue practicing hard until their next tournament, the UNLV Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev., Sept. 23-25. Shortly after the team will travel to Pacific Palisades, Calif., for the Riviera/ ITA All-American Championships Sept. 29-Oct. 7.
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There’s a law in Alabama that prohibits masks in public, but that doesn’t drag down the impact the disc jockey duo of Dead?Wait! has on Auburn’s music scene. Their villainous masks and comic book-like origin story on whatisdeadwait.com fit well with their persona on stage. The pair tore up pages of textbooks at a show after finals week, and they almost ruined the stage lighting at Bourbon Street Bar from the ruckus that ensued. Offstage, they’re a couple of mysteriously reserved, timid guys still in masks struggling to get a few words out at first. “A lot of people don’t really know this, but they say they’re really ugly underneath,” said manager Alessio Summerfield, junior in radio, television and film. “I get a lot of panicked phone calls in the middle of the night," he said. “They’ll go through a lot of tracks and then just scrap them.” The duo seems to strive to protect not only its image (hence the masks), but also its musical image. “You can’t be afraid to start over,” Dead?Wait said. “We don’t suck, but if our tracks suck, we make it not suck and start over.”
Dead?Wait! call Auburn their home, and they began creating and sharing their music through SoundCloud in 2010. Summerfield and public relations represenative Isaac Lim then played some tracks on their WEGL91.1 radio show, and Dead?Wait! was picked up soon after to DJ live. “We liked what we had going on,” Dead?Wait! said. “We also didn’t have any money.” Summerfield booked their first show in February 2011 at the former Independent venue. Since then, Dead?Wait! has
played about 13 shows around Auburn, from house parties to their personal favorite show at last spring’s Adult Swim Carnival. “We’ve never had to ask for a show,” Summerfield said. “Dead?Wait! told me not to go begging for shows, and I think that’s pretty cool.” Dead?Wait! holds a booking philosophy of only playing one or two shows every couple of months, and according to Summerfield, it creates a sort of forced scarcity. “It makes it an event, different from DJ’s that you can ex-
Rebecca Croomes / Photo Editor
The pair behind the masks are only known as Dead?Wait!, a local DJ duo currently working on its second EP. Top photos by Rebecca Croomes.
pect to see play four nights a week,” Summerfield said. Dead?Wait! frequently uses DJ equipment like MIDI controllers, laptops and analog synthesizers on stage or “whatever our brains tell us at the time,” Dead?Wait! said. “We like to switch it up every once in a while. We also just throw in some crazy sample and just repeat it a thousand times. People love that.” Dead?Wait! said they prefer recording their music in the woods, as their first EP “Do You Hate It Yet?” was recorded there because “music has lots
of timbre from the woods.” The collaboration with John McMeans of H.Y.D.R.A. on “Do You Hate It Yet?” is the first of many to come according to the pair, as well as a collaboration with local artist SexChange on the up-and-coming unnamed EP. “ We like H.Y.D.R .A.,” Dead?Wait! said. “He brings a lot of real music into the equation. He’s really talented, and he mixes and brings his own instrumentation.” Currently, Auburn’s New Media Club and Charlie Harper, junior in radio, television
and film are directing a claymation video for Driving Hybrids, a track off “Do You Hate It Yet?” Plans are also in the works for a video of a track off the new EP directed by Brock Hanson, senior in radio, television and film, videographer John Henderson and Summerfield. Prompted by the help raised to promote Dead?Wait! with videos, Tshirts and shows, Summerfield recently created Project Dead?Wait!. “We’re trying to get people from the community and students involved in the arts,” Summerfield said. “I kind of used Dead?Wait! as a catalyst to get students interested in directing videos.” For upcoming shows and to download tracks, visit facebook.com/wearedeadwait or whatisdeadwait.com.
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One half of Dead?Wait! and John McMeans of H.Y.D.R.A. perform last year at Pebble Hill.
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Thursday, September 13, 2012
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Some of the red flags in a relationship are universal, like if he’s rude to your friends or if she’s an Alabama fan. There are some indicators that get overlooked, though. As your self-declared guide to affairs of the heart, I have compiled a cheat sheet of relationship deal breakers. They are terrible at text messaging. Break up with them if they have texted you any of the following. A "good morning" before 11 a.m. A variation of the single-letter "K" as a response. ‘Hey' or 'hey what's up' accompanied by a winky face emoticon. Furthermore, any text message without appropriate punctuation will be interpreted as a passive-aggressive attack and immediate grounds for dumping. They are destroying your Netflix queue. There are sev-
eral milestones you hit during a long-term relationship. Celebrating holidays together. Meeting the parents. Exchanging SAT scores. There will come a point in every relationship when your significant other innocently asks for the password to your Netflix account. It starts innocently enough, with a couple episodes of “Pretty Little Liars.” But pretty soon, your recommendations are suddenly filled with eerily specific categories that Netflix claims are based off of your taste preferences. You have no interest in ‘Romantic Crime Thrillers Featuring a Strong Canine Lead’ or ‘Movies Where Two Characters Fight A Lot Because of How Much They Feel For Each Other and Also There’s A Scene In An Airport.’ But you know who does. They are emotionally unavailable. You’re looking for a relationship with a future. You don’t want to endure this thing for another six months only to find out they aren’t into the whole “emotional investment” thing. This is sometimes hard
to tell right away, so I’ve developed a foolproof, two-step method to quantitatively test whether someone is a heartless monster with no capacity for love. Have them watch the Disney-Pixar film “Up.” If they don’t cry within the first 10 minutes, dump them. They are too emotionally available. I know what I said above, but there’s a limit to the amount of sweet nothings someone can whisper before you are ready to kick them to the curb. This kind of overbearing relationship is characterized by public displays of affection, baby talk and nauseating nicknames including (but not limited to) any dessert-based comparison. Dump them if they’ve ever posted your name online with more than one exclamation mark next to it. There is a way to conduct a healthy relationship that doesn’t involve posting Facebook status updates about it in 15-minute increments. You deserve someone who realizes that.
My father and I get along really well, better than most I think, but recently he's been trying to push a "father/son" hobby on our relationship. I'd probably be all for it if it was paintballing, shooting .45s, going to South America or brewing our own beer. But no, he's hell-bent on making pickles. PICKLES. He already planted the cucumbers in my parents' garden, bought a whole bunch of seasoning/ brine and has been trying it on cucumbers that he's found at farmers markets and Whole Foods. I want to support my Dad (it seems like he's kind of going through a mid-life crisis), but this obsession with pickles is a tad absurd. My mom agrees, and everyone's getting a little sick of the refrigerator in the basement being full of pickle experiments. Lane, HOW DO I MAKE IT STOP?! Sincerely, Pickle T. Willyburg You're lucky to have a father who endeavors to make your life more like the heartwarming films of our childhood. I can't tell you how difficult it is to orchestrate that kind of kooky comedy on your own (trust me, I've planted enough banana peels to know). Did Robin Williams' kids complain when he invented Flubber? Did Eddy Murphy's kids complain when he started having in-depth conversations with wacky zoo animals? Did my roommate complain when I kept leaving banana peels outside her bedroom door? Well yeah, she did, but she's a real drag. You might not be able to see it now through your pickle-induced panic, but you're fortunate to have a dad with such quirky hobbies. In a world where Snooki's unborn child already has a three-year television contract, there is no story too boring to meticulously document and then broadcast to the entire nation. This could be your ticket to stardom, kid. So grab your old man, slap on an apron and a smile and film your pilot episode.
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Local artist promotes art through photo app Instagram Gray Gill Writer
Emily Morris / Assistant photo editor
Former Auburn student Mike Leigh’s talents range from music, art and acting. He promotes his perspective of art through Instagram to allow people to easily view it.
He dropped out of Auburn University on two different occasions. His childhood was spent exploring São Paolo, Brazil. As a young adult, he lived in a commune in New York City and hung out with gypsies in Miami. Now, once more, he is calling Auburn his home and his muse. His name is Mike Leigh, and he may be the most interesting man in Auburn. More specifically, Leigh is an artist who has explored several different modes of art over the course of his life. Leigh sees different art forms as essential to figuring out his creative life. “All these modes of art, they’re just tools,” Leigh said. “I guess I’m just trying to find to figure out how to use tools. I’m trying to figure out what the most effective tools are.” Currently, his tools of choice are paintbrushes, pens, acrylic paint and white cardboard. Leigh prefers to paint and draw on cardboard rather than canvas because it’s cheap and accessible. Leigh describes his style of painting and drawing as minimalistic. Most recently, he completed a series of portraits on his trademark white cardboard where the entire picture is drawn with one continuous line. “It’s a portrait with the purpose of there being some mental triggering between text and visual,” Leigh said. “There’s one that’s blatantly about sororities, about diet drinks, about having sex and having babies.” Leigh is adamant his goal is not to offend any one person or group, for that matter. “It’s not offensive,” Leigh said. “It’s just one perspec-
tive on something. What you have hanging on your walls isn’t going to change who you are, but it’s going to affect the things going on inside you.” As far as promoting his perspective, Leigh has used the popular picture-editing app, Instagram, to take pictures of his art and allow people to easily view it. Recently, he set up a popup art show in the alleyway between Moe’s Original Bar B Que and Auburn Hardware. Leigh believes the =unlikely location said just as much as the art itself. “Some people don’t even want to be in alleyways,” he said. “To just get someone who’s just walking by to step into this alleyway…to see something I drew.” Leigh cannot recall a specific moment when he realized his passion for art and expressing himself creatively. “I’ve always been drawing or painting,” he said. “My mother’s a painter. She started that when I was about 10 years old. So I’ve been around that. I’ve had a few art classes here and there. I lived in São Paolo for a while. There was so much graffiti there and my mind was invaded with all of these strong images.” Leigh believes his time in Auburn, since he first arrived his freshman year up till now, has been conducive to his growth as an artist. He fell in love with the Plains when he attended University swim camps throughout high school. When he came to Auburn as a freshman, he hoped to earn a walkon spot on the Tigers’ swim team; however, due to overrecruiting, there were no available spots left for Leigh to try out. Instead of being discouraged, Leigh took advantage of his free time to explore more
artistic outlets. “That’s when things really started to get weird,” Leigh said. Throughout the next few years, Leigh said he found friends who had creative goals similar to his own. They went on to promote and garner respect for local bands, as well as introduce Auburn to outside bands through house shows. Leigh has been focusing on music lately as well. Over the past summer, he wrote and recorded eight songs using his voice and an electric guitar. Other than music, Leigh enjoys working with film photography, developing the film himself. While in school at Auburn, Leigh began acting as well. It was theater that called him to Miami and New York, where he attended Circle in the Square Theatre School, an acting program. Leigh said he approaches life and his art with the desire to be aware of exactly what he experiences in each moment. He said he strives to embrace not only the good moments, but the painful ones as well. “That’s what life is,” he said. “It’s up and down. It’s not being afraid, but just going forward.” Leigh isn’t worried about the future. “It’s always going to be the next five years,” he said. “It’s never going to get here. I’m worried about the moment. I think my job right now is to study human emotion ;through music, through theater, through painting, through drawing, through cooking and drinking and spending time with people.” “There’s something big missing in my life, and I’m trying to find it. I’m 24; I don’t have a degree, but I’m doing what I want to do,” Leigh said.
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Intrigue Editor Melody Kitchens and Copy Editor Jenny Steele each showcase their top two picks for Spring 2013 from New York Fashion Week. Sketches by Lane Jones.
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Thursday, September 13, 2012
1. Rebecca Taylor takes what could be the overdone peplum top trend and refines it with a slimmer bodice and pairs it with printed, baggy, cuffed pants. -MK 2. Army green will still be seen next spring, and Boy by Band of Outsiders keeps it fresh with a sheer paneled top and a classic blazer. -MK 3. This piece reminds me of something Salvador Dali would’ve designed for his wife, Gala. The spine print and red ostrich feathers are surreal and almost macabre–the model looks like she’s been gutted–in the prettiest way possible. It’s gorgeous and irreverent as well (just like the famed Surrealist), and high fashion needs a dose of that every now and then. -JS 4. Catherine Malandrino’s collection exudes femininity. Pastels and an overwhelming use of creamy white were paired with detailed knitwork, mesh and sequins. My favorite piece by the French designer used laser-cut fabric to create matching geometric patterns on a cream blouse and shorts. The sheer sleeves are ethereal and practical for spring. -JS
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