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Thursday, September 9, 2010
Vol. 117, Issue 3
Auburn firefighters provide fire safety demonstration for theatre students Emily Clever Copy Editor
Firefighters undergo 240 hours per year of special training, but with a few hours of educating the public, most fires can be prevented. “Our job is to train others to put ourselves out of business,” said Rodney Hartsfield, deputy fire chief. “If we can train them to put the fire out or not to have fires caused, then put us out of business, we want it to happen.” » Turn to FIRE SAFETY, A2
False fire alarms burn campus cash Daniel Chesser News Editor
New chief flight instructor lifts program to new heights Eric Austin Campus Editor
After several months of turbulence, the Auburn University flight school appears to be back on level wings. Wayne Ceynowa will be the school’s new chief flight instructor. “Auburn is very fortunate to be able to attract someone with Mr. Ceynowa’s credentials,” said Joe Hanna, director of aviation and supply chain management. “Wayne’s experience will be a tremendous asset to our entire program and will be particularly beneficial to our students.” Ceynowa is enthusiastic about his new post. “It’s certainly the reputation of the school that is impressive,” Ceynowa said. “It’s also very impressive that the University has its own airport.” Ceynowa comes to Auburn with several decades of flight experience. He will leave his post as a training manager at
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. “I’ve been in this business for several years, and I always enjoy trying new things,” Ceynowa said. The Auburn flight school has faced uncertainty since an incident on the afternoon of May 28 that led to the resignation of former Chief Flight Instructor Rae Williams. Williams and former flight student Berry Brown crashlanded a Cessna 172 RG. Because of a communication breakdown between the two, the landing gear was not deployed, causing damage to the plane’s underbelly and propeller, according to Hanna. Both Williams and Brown were unavailable for comment. However, in a Twitter post, Brown confirmed the crash. “Crash-landed a plane last Friday during a check ride… not fun,” he posted on June 1. Williams resigned shortly
after an FAA investigation of the crash determined the incident was a result of human error. “He felt he had lost the confidence of some of the leadership within the program to lead,” Hanna said. “And at that point, he felt it was in the best interest of the program to resign.” The loss of the chief flight instructor changed Auburn’s flight program from an FAA Part 141 designation to Part 61. Because of the change in classification, the program could no longer issue exams for flight certification itself. Instead, the program has been forced to bring in an outside examiner to certify its pilots. Ceynowa is not ignoring the recent incident. “In a situation like that you have to look at the bases of training to see what’s in place now and if anything needs shoring up,” Ceynowa said.
Smoke, shower steam and burnt microwave products are causing fire alarms to go off on campus and might hurt some tenants’ pockets after a warning. The annual contract with the fire department for firealarm response is $267,850, according to Jack Lee, Auburn’s director of financial services. “The critical thing to remember is the alarm systems are doing exactly what they are asked to do,” said Lee Y. Lamar, amar, Auburn fire chief. “The type of sensor have a criteria they have to meet, according to the National Fire Protection Association standards.” Every time an alarms sounds, the Auburn Fire Department is required to respond to the call and arrive on the scene in moments to secure the perimeter. “We send a minimum of one ladder company, three engines and a battalion,” Lamar said. “So you’re getting quite a few people and quite a few resources on campus
to check what is going on.” An average of two calls are made to campus per day, but the funds are previously contracted by AUFD and the University, according to Lamar. The sensitivity of the alarms are correct, but the other problems revolve around people who use the facilities, including residents and workers, according to Lamar. “You (the resident) learn the first time, don’t keep doing this,” said Kim Trupp, director of Auburn University Housing and Residence Life. “We do L have $150 charge on that because we want residents to be responsible.” No negligence charges have been issued yet, according to Trupp. Unannounced drills are also done to prepare students and staff, she added. “What is happening is typical for a brand new academic year,” Trupp said. “Actually, our fire alarms are greatly reduced at the Village compared » Turn to ALARMS, A2
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Crime Reports for Sept. 3 – Sept. 9, 2010
DUI Arrests in the City of Auburn Sept. 3 – Sept. 9, 2010 Dwayne T. Colbert, 20, of Enterprise College Street at Glenn Avenue Sept. 3, 8:30 p.m. Evan M. Hallmark, 21, of Birmingham Shelton Mill Road Sept. 4, 3:26 a.m. Daniel C. Gonzales, 33, of Mobile Bellwood Place Sept. 4, 7:53 p.m. John T. Miericke, 21, of Dallas, Texas South Donahue Drive at South College Street Sept. 4, 8:55 p.m.
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Sept. 3, North College Street– Shoplifting reported. Three bottles of Budweiser beer. Sept. 4, Wire Road– Theft of property reported. Various credit and debit cards, one Outback Steakhouse giftcard, one Florida driver’s license, one Auburn University ID card, $20. Sept. 5., East University Drive– Unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle reported. Various debit cards, one Chanel purse, one social security card, one Georgia driver’s license, one GPS unit, $50
Sept. 5, Dekalb Street– Burglary and theft of property reported. One Pavilion HP laptop computer, one Mario Kart video game, one Tiffany silver necklace and bracelet. Sept. 5, South Donahue Drive– Theft of lost property reported. One Vera Bradley purse, one Canon Powershot 1000 digital camera, one debit card, one Auburn University Ignited card, $55. Sept. 5, East Thach Avenue– Unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle reported. Various purses,
one wallet, various debit and credit cards, one cell phone. Sept. 6, Stonegate Drive– Burglary of residence reported. One HP laptop computer, one Verizon wireless card, various rigngs. Sept. 6, West Magnolia Avenue– Unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle reported. One pair of Costa Del Mar sunglasses, one Apple iPod Touch, one Springfield .40 caliper handgun. — Reports provided by Auburn Department of Public Safety
Christopher R. Barnes, 23, of Birmingham Hwy. 27 at West Samford Avenue Sept. 4, 9:34 p.m. Marco P. Garcia, 18, of Mazadlan, Mexico Logan Square Apartments Sept. 5, 3:41 a.m. Colin A. Walter, 19, of Ogden, Utah South Donahue Drive at Heisman Drive Sept 7, 2:07 a.m.
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“You have to look at the program’s strengths and weaknesses.” Hanna said the program faced some issues during the absence of the flight instructor, but they were addressed on a student-by-student basis. The hiring of a new chief flight instructor will eventually enable the program to return to a Part 141 certification, though the exact time frame is not clear. Ceynowa is set to
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to this time last year because people are getting used to the location of the smoke detector.” Burnt microwavable foods are a problem in the Village because of the proximity of the detector in the kitchen. “Popcorn is the big one no matter where you are living on campus,” Trupp said. “In the Quad, the smoke detector is located right outside the bathroom.”
begin as the new flight instructor on Oct. 4, but “ultimately the FAA has control over the certification,” Hanna said. “It is dependent on their decision about whether we get our certification back.” Regardless of when the certification is back in place for the flight school, Ceynowa is ready to begin his new post. “When I made my visit to Auburn, I met some very friendly people, and I am looking forward to working with them,” Ceynowa said.
Students are asked to crack the window in the showering area, but some new residents are unfamiliar with the consequences of steam escaping and setting off the alarm. Mandatory meetings are held at the beginning of each semester to inform newcomers of the rules and regulations of dorm life. Pranks are not typicall the problem, and a guide to residential living is also available online, according to Trupp.
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Students from the Theatre Technology I class sit with their ABC fire extinguisher in the ampitheater.
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Students combated a flaming bucket with fire extinguishers as fire safety officials monitored their PASS method technique Wednesday morning. The fire safety demonstration was part of the Theatre Technology I class taught by Robin Jaffe, production manager and faculty technical director for the theatre, and National Campus Fire Safety Month, which takes place during September. The PASS method is to first Pull the pin on the fire extinguisher, Aim the nozzle or hose at the base of the fire and Squeeze the handle in a Sweeping motion. Fires require oxygen,
fuel and heat, and the object of firefighting is to remove one of the three key elements. “Put the wet stuff on the red stuff,” Hartsfield said is a motto of the Auburn fire department. Kenny Harrison, University fire safety manager, said poor housekeeping and carelessness are the most easily prevented fire safety hazards. “Elementary school students are more in tune with fire safety than adults,” Harrison said. “And that’s sad. But the reason is, once a month, in elementary school—grades K-12— state fire laws requires that a fire drill be made.” Jaffe was involved in a 1999 Auburn Theatre fire that was caused by lighting equipment placed near old
curtains. Most theatre curtains contain fire retardants, Jaffe said, but these curtains were old and needed to be replaced. Jaffe said because of a lack of experience with theatre equipment, the fire department at the time wasn’t sure how to fight the fire. Jaffe said he was pulled out of an ambulance to help the fire department and put his hands into a flame to pull down the curtain, suffering third degree burns as a result. “I looked at the flame and I thought, ‘this is going to hurt later,’” Jaffe said. Jaffe said the entertainment aspect of theatre causes them to be around fire hazards frequently, such as during scenes
using torches or lanterns and use of hot electrical equipment, and they need to be prepared. “I don’t like fire,” said Jessica Cohen, freshman theatre major. “My mom always says that she thinks I was burned in the last life or something, because I have always just been terrified. If the fire alarm goes off at home, I’m out the door.” Hartsfield said he responds to less than one fire a year on campus, but in the community that number is much higher, especially during the colder months. “Fire safety is not only our responsibility or the fire department’s responsibility, it’s everyone’s responsibility,” Harrison said.
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2010
Auburn University researchers receive funds to investigate effects of oil spill Nicholas Bowman Writer
The National Science Foundation, an independent federal agency, has awarded Auburn University niversity researchers $700,000 via five grants to investigate estigate how the oil pollutants released as a resultt of the Deepwater Horizon explosion will affect the he Gulf Coast ecosystem. Ming-Kuo Lee and James Saunders of the College of Sciences and Mathematics are working with Alison Keimowitz from Vassar College to determine the effects of oil on arsenic crystals and mercury in the coastal wetlands. A variety of bacteria in the wetland waters feed on oil contaminants. timulate the “If you have a high influx of oil, it can stimulate activities of natural bacteria,” Lee said. “These activities can potentially release the toxic metals.” Active bacteria consume oxygen in the water, and in this environment, solid arsenic can be dissolved into the wetlands. It could then be absorbed by bacteria and plankton and transferred up the food chain, increasing in concentration until the toxins pose serious health risks for humans. Lee’s research will begin in October and will last
about one year. One of the grants will be used to purchase a FlowCAM. “The FlowCAM is a specialized laser microscope that can very rapidly identify planktonic planktoni organisms as large as 3 millimeters, down to 3 microns,” said Anthony M Moss of the College of Sciences and Mathematics. Moss was one of the n names attached to the FlowCA FlowCAM grant. “Sea water flows thr through tubing in front of the mic microscope optics, and a very fast camera records t object as it an image of the moves by.” devi will arrive in The device October and will be accompanied by FlowCAM technicians to instruct Moss and the other researchers in its use. Stephen Bullard, from the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures, is studying parasites of fish as biosensors. Parasites can grow within a fish or can attach to its exterior, and many parasites must travel between multiple hosts.
“We hypothesize that if any one of the parasite’s required hosts is missing, we will observe a lower abundance of that parasite species, or that parasite will be eliminated from the ecosystem,” Bullard said. If the dispersant-mixed crude oil is affecting the hosts, the number of parasites should be affected similarly. Kenneth Halanych is participating in additional NSF research with the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of New Hampshire. They hope to achieve a better understanding of the biodiversity of benthic zones of small animals living in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as how man-made disasters such as the Deepwater Horizon spill will affect them. Benthic zones are communities of aquatic life at the lowest level of a body of water. Other grant winners included Prabhakar Clement, Clifford Lange, Ah Jeong Son and Dongye Zhao, from the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, who were awarded an NSF Major Research Instrumentation grant to construct a laboratory to serve the engineers while they research the effects of crude oil and dispersants on a soil and water environment. The FlowCAM grant was awarded to Moss, Kenneth Halanych and Mark Liles of the College of Sciences and Mathematics, and Alan Wilson of the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures in the College of Agriculture.
Five University barn owls fly free over Auburn Alison McFerrin Staff Writer
The eagles that fly in Jordan-Hare Stadium aren’t the only birds that can draw a crowd. Five barn owls took flight from Town Creek Park last Thursday. The Southeastern Raptor Center at Auburn University staff released them after several months of rehabilitation. “Four of them came from Albany, Ga., and they were found as orphans,” said Liz Crandall, raptor rehabilitation specialist. “One was an adult that came from Montgomery, Ala., and she was just underweight.” Cars lined the road in front of Town Creek Park, and the open field was filled with people eager to see the release. “I heard about it on the radio this morning, and then a friend e-mailed me about it,” said Russ Jenkins, a teacher at Drake Middle School, who brought his whole family out to see the owls. Lindsey Phillips, junior in forestry and wildlife science, is a student employee at the Southeastern Raptor Center. She and many other student volunteers were at the park to aid in the release. Phillips said the owls have only been at Auburn since the beginning of the summer. The timing for when to release them was based on how they were doing medically. “We do flight evaluations,” Phillips said. “So it’s based on how high they can get, how much elevation they can get off the ground, how long they can
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Shawn Smith, junior in wildlife science, holds Jiffy, a young Mississippi Kite, for attendants to get close.
stay in the air, how well they perch, those kinds of things.” The barn owls were independent after Thursday. Phillips said Auburn would not tag or track them in any way. This policy begins when birds are first taken in by the Center. “What we want to do is take all precautions to not imprint them, so that they are still releasable,” Crandall said. “We do our best to not expose them to humans a lot, to limit our time with them.” Human involvement is limited to the rehabilitation of the birds. This involves providing a proper diet, a flight cage, protection from predators and a “foster parent,”
Crandall said. “We don’t name them because they’re wild birds,” she added. “We give them numbers. We don’t want to treat them as pets or anything like that.” Student volunteers released the owls as the audience cheered. In true Auburn fashion, like the eagles on game day, the last owl circled the silo at Town Creek Park before flying away. The birds took off in different directions, and Crandall said that is not uncommon. “One study that was done in Utah showed that they could go anywhere, from less than a mile from where they were born to over 900 miles,” Crandall
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A wildlife science volunteer holds an owl for spectators to see up close.
said. “Usually, they want to go far enough that they don’t breed with their siblings or anything like that.” The four birds found as orphans were from the same clutch, which means they were hatched at the same time. There is some uncertainty as to how these
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birds will fare in the wild because of unpredictable circumstances, but Crandall said their chances are good. With the ability to hear and see in almost complete darkness, to determine the size and type of prey just by listening, and to fly soundlessly, these
birds’ main challenge is finding a habitat, Crandall said. “There’s no reason why they shouldn’t be able to hunt on their own, to find a mate or anything like that,” Crandall said. “As long as they can find a suitable habitat, they should be OK.”
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Thursday, September 9, 2010
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Customers enjoy live music as the bartender prepares drink orders at Olde Auburn Ale Houseâ€™s reopening Thursday, Sept. 1. The building formerly housed Strutting Duck.
Olde Auburn Ale House reopens doors Chelsea Harvey Staff Writer
The Olde Auburn Ale House celebrated its official reopening Sept. 1 with live music and no cover. A mix of students and nonstudents attended. Paul and Josh Acoustic began the evening at 9 p.m. with a series of selections ranging from classic rock to blues, often taking requests from the audience. â€œIf we know half the chords, weâ€™ll try it,â€? said Paul Gross, one half of the guitar duo. Therapy took the stage at 11:30 p.m., changing the atmosphere with a set of originally-written soul and jazz pieces. Alfred Body, band member, said, â€œItâ€™s hard to put us in one category. Weâ€™re really eclectic.â€? Both groups of musicians expressed enthusiasm about the venue. â€œAbsolutely love it,â€? Body
said. â€œItâ€™s not too much, and itâ€™s not too little. It caters to a certain comfort level.â€? The building now known as the Ale House operated as the Strutting Duck through the spring. The Ale House occupied the same building prior to the opening of the Strutting Duck approximately one year ago. The reason for the switch back has not been publicly disclosed. â€œIt didnâ€™t work out, so we went back to this,â€? said James Joshua Motley, general manager. Russ Widhalm, patron of the Ale House, greeted the venueâ€™s reopening with enthusiasm. â€œItâ€™s not a â€˜collegeâ€™ bar,â€? Widhalm said. â€œThatâ€™s the big draw.â€? Widhalm said he stopped coming to the bar while it was occupied by the Strutting Duck. â€œA big reason I stopped coming here is they
switched to the Duck, and they got rid of the brewery,â€? he said. â€œThat was a big draw for me. They used to make their own beer.â€? The brewery was one of the major features of the old Ale House before it became the Strutting Duck. State law indicates that only certain historical buildings can be used as breweries. According to Motley, the Ale House was once used as Auburnâ€™s printing press. â€œThe only reason they could brew in this building was because it was a national historic site,â€? he said. Although the bar has not reopened its brewery, Motley said there is a possibility operations may resume on a smaller scale in the future. With or without the brewery, Motley is hopeful about the barâ€™s future success. â€œItâ€™s had its ups and downs, but hopefully, itâ€™ll
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Alex Norred, junior in business, attempts a shot on the 8 ball at Olde Auburn Ale Houseâ€™s reopening Wednesday night. The Ale House celebrated with live music and drink specials.
be nothing but ups from now on,â€? he said. The Ale House features a new menu starting this week with a move toward more traditional pub food. It will also host live entertainment throughout the week. â€œSometimes we have
shows on Wednesday or Thursday, but we always have shows on Friday and Saturday,â€? Motley said. The bar is host to a traditional Irish session Tuesdays at 7 p.m. â€œItâ€™s very unique to here,â€? Motley said. â€œI donâ€™t know anyone else who
does that.â€? The Ale House will be open Monday through Saturday, with the bar operating from 3:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. and the kitchen open from 5 to 10 p.m. The kitchen will make an exception for brunch Sundays following home football games.
GRE gets makeover Mary Gillman Writer
Practicality isnâ€™t a word usually associated with the Graduate Record Examination, but beginning in August 2011, some practical changes might make the test less threatening. The test will have the same basic parts as before, but it will be updated to better suit present-day graduate school applicants. â€œThe revised test is going to have a much more testtaker friendly design,â€? said Dawn Piacentino, director of communications and services for GRE. Previously, test takers had to learn a specific testing style that was unique to the GRE. â€œTest takers will
really appreciate the changes because it will allow them to use natural testtaking strategies,â€? Piacentino said. T h e test will h a v e qu e s tions that better reflect the types of things students will be doing in graduate school, Piacentino said. Nancy Bernard, director of Student Career Services, said the most beneficial change will be with the technology and computer updates. Previously, the GRE was taken on basic, low-tech and restricted computers. On the revised GRE, there will
be an on-screen calculator and options to edit answers and go back to previous questions, Bernard said. Another change is in the verbal reasoning portion of the test. â€œThey are changing the verbal reasoning to be more related to topics and to involve
higher-level cognitive skills,â€? Bernard said. â€œWith the vocabulary, I didnâ€™t really see the point. Now it is going to involve more cognitive skills and trying to assess the test takersâ€™ ability with reading and skills.â€? Debra Worthington, associate Âť Turn to GRE, A8
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Bar crawl raises money for Gulf Coast Darcie Dyer Writer
Auburn’s downtown bars and restaurants helped raise $2,300 Thursday during Crawl for the Coast, a fundraiser benefiting those struggling from the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Participating venues drew a crowd by opening their doors with live music and specialty prices. The nine-hour event, organized by 2009 Auburn graduate Walter Ager, included 11 bands and eight bars. Of the participating bands, 10 were local and played at no cost. Wristbands to participate in the bar crawl were $25 and guaranteed access to all the participating bands and businesses. Ager also had T-shirts made to raise awareness about the cause. “All the proceeds are going straight to the nonprofits,” Ager said. Stephanie Ryan, communications officer at the Community Foundation of South Alabama, said she has been working with Ager since early August. “I was immediately impressed by Walter’s compassion for others and his desire to take action to help those in need,” Ryan
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LavaLamp plays funky ‘70s tunes at SkyBar Café to a groovy crowd Thursday night as part of Auburn’s Crawl for the Coast.
said. “He also shared with me his goal to reach out to other SEC schools to continue the fundraiser in other towns. We hope Alabama will accept Walter’s challenge to raise more than Auburn.” The Disaster Relief Fund will support programs in Baldwin and Mobile
Citizen takes aim at vague city gun laws Laura Maxwell
that he thought there was some ulterior motive in Managing Editor not responding to his conTuesday’s City Council cern the first time, but that meeting started with a she wasn’t clear on what bang… sort of. his current concern was. Lengthy discussions “I’m not ready to change about amit if we only biguity have one between person I’m not ready complainstate and local laws to change it if we ing about c o n c e r n - only have one person it,” said ing concouncilc e a l e d complaining about man Arthur w e a p o n s it.” Dowdell, on public Arthur Dowdell, explaining property councilman he feared and dehe would bate about open a Pantraffic-calming devices dora’s Box by reacting to a were the main topics of the single complaint. meeting. Since no final decision Donald Sirois, an elec- was made, Eckman said tion volunteer coordinator nothing will come of the for the NRA and resident discussion unless someof Auburn, made a com- one brings it up again. plaint about signs statAnother hot topic at the ing that handguns were meeting was traffic calmnot allowed in particular ing devices. buildings, which brings Although two men exinto question the conflict plained their concerns between what the sign says about how emergency veand state law. hicles would navigate a City Manager Charles traffic circle, the Council Duggan pointed out that approved making the trafif Alabama’s law is taken fic circle between South literally, it suggests a per- Cary Drive and North Doson who has a permit and nahue Drive. knowingly has intent to do A three-way stop sign bodily harm may even take was approved for the ina handgun onto the prem- tersection of Kimberly ises of public schools. Drive and Ferndale Drive “The city has known this in efforts to help the flow at least since June 2008 of traffic. and has taken no action to Aubie made an appearresolve the matter,” Sirois ance at the end of the meetsaid in reference to the ing to recognize four Lee sign. “Nothing’s been done. County Special Olympics What I’d like to know is athletes and their coach, why no action was taken.” who represented Alabama Councilwoman Sheila in the 2010 Special OlymEckman said she felt bad pics USA National Games.
counties that address the unmet basic needs of fishermen and individuals working in the seafood industry who are struggling as a result of the Gulf Coast oil spill, Ryan said. The Community Foundation of South Alabama, Greater New Orleans Foundation, Gulf Coast
Community Foundation and Greater Escambia Community Foundation are four of the nonprofit community foundations that Ager is working with to guarantee that the proceeds reach families in regions affected by the oil spill. Auburn students
participating in the Crawl were pleased to see Auburn spearheading a charitable event. “I thought it was a great way to get recognition for local artists and local restaurants while raising money for a great cause, especially because another oil rig just broke,” said
Mary Baker Maund, senior in marketing. “It brought a good crowd and good business and publicity for the bar,” said Tommy Boardman, senior in business and 1716 employee. “We felt good about the proceeds going to such a good cause. I think it was great for Auburn, and other schools should join in.” Mr. Jr. was the local band playing at 1716. “Ager really knows how to throw an event,” said Ross Wall, junior in biosystems engineering, Mr. Jr. band member and close friend of Ager. Ager hopes that the large turnout, marked by the sellout of Big Gigantic at Bourbon Street, will encourage other schools to host Crawl for the Coast events. “We have a bunch of extra T-shirts, so we’re going to go to other schools and just put them on and see what we can do,” Ager said. “We’re thinking whatever away games we have will probably be the best way to time it.” Ager said future events at other schools could be slightly different than Auburn’s. Details about future events will be posted on the event’s Facebook page, “Crawl for the Coast.”
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Campus safety ain’t no joke Eric Austin firstname.lastname@example.org
Obama’s plan packs tax punch President Obama revealed the details of his latest plan to jumpstart the slowing economic recovery, proposing more than $180 billion dollars in tax cuts for businesses and infrastructure projects. Not surprisingly, Congressional Republicans have already come out in opposition to the plan. Ironically, the party of “tax cuts” seems to forget this in a polarized election year in which any chance of a legislative victory for President Obama will be obstructed. While Obama’s plan is ambitious, the major development of the week has to be his drawing of a line in the sand against the extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest two percent of Americans. Tuesday, the president said he wouldn’t allow the huge tax breaks for the rich to continue, signaling he will allow a return to the rates of the Clinton era. By no coincidence, the Clinton era was a time of unprecedented economic growth. For this proposal, Obama must be given the highest praise. While some Congressional Democrats have been wavering on the issue, a signal from the leader of the Democratic Party that there will be no compromise on this issue should rally the Party to ensure these tax cuts are not extended. And rightly so. In a time with almost 10 percent unemployment, a never-ending housing crisis and the largest inequality of wealth we have seen in decades, why should the most fortunate among us enjoy lucrative tax rates? The economy is not and has never been stimulated by lining the pockets of the superrich. The “trickle-down” theory of wealth has been repudiated time
and again. History has shown that the key to a strong economy is a strong middle class with the power and the confidence to spend. If the enormous inequality of wealth and ever-shrinking middle class were not reason enough to let the tax cuts for the rich expire, how about the national debt? Conservatives love to scream about the ballooning national debt and place the blame on Democrats for their spending and stimulus. Have they no memory? Do they not remember that when President Bush took office, Clinton had left behind a budget SURPLUS? It was two unnecessary wars that cost billions of dollars a month that set off the huge increase in government spending. And how did President Bush address the issue of funding the war? He cut taxes for the group that brings in the highest revenue! The stimulus undoubtedly aided the national debt, but the tax structure created under the Bush administration along with the horribly expensive wars is the root cause. President Obama is right to let these tax cuts expire. If conservatives are serious about cutting the deficit and stimulating the economy, it would be nice to see them get tough and do what needs to be done, not babble on about cutting programs like Social Security and unemployment benefits. The President’s decision not to compromise signals once again he is on the side of the 98 percent of Americans who are simply trying to make ends meet, while the GOP continues to suckle at the teet of the wealthy donors who put them in office.
The Auburn University campus is idyllic. Students frolic in fields, tossing Frisbees, sunbathing, studying and swapping sundry stories. The sun always shines. Strangers greet other strangers with smiles. Cats lie with dogs. It’s a beautiful thing. But, even in Auburn, small town America incarnate, safety is an issue. We’re more than two years removed from the 2008 death of Lauren Burk which shook the campus and community, bringing national attention to our Southern oasis and forcing all present to ask just how safe Auburn is, campus and town. While a tragedy of such magnitude has not been repeated, only last year, at least 12 citizens were involved in pedestrian accidents. After the numerous carmeets-person accidents, the University installed five generator-powered lights to help light darkened Magnolia Avenue. The lights, which were ugly and loud, showed the University was at least trying to improve pedestrian safety, even if it damaged Auburn’s oh-so-important aesthetic. Two red-lettered warning signs were placed on crosswalks on Magnolia and various other high-risk crosswalks around campus, all but forcing drivers to stop for oncoming pedestrians.
These signs served their purpose—drivers are now more apt to stop for walkers. A new problem arose, however. The signs are bolted to the street and sometimes cause for awkward and, depending on the location, dangerous turns, such as at crosswalk signs near Chickfil-A. The signs have also disrupted traffic flow. Some drivers don’t seem to realize they only have to stop when pedestrians are present. They aren’t stop signs; they’re there to remind drivers to yield to pedestrians. Even with increased crosswalk awareness, students still jaywalk with reckless abandon. The attitude seems to be,
“I’m not in danger. No one’s around. Who cares?” Which is often true, but mistakes happen. Mistakes like the dozen or so which ended with sirens and ambulances. University cops threatened to begin ticketing jaywalk offenders and even gave “warning” tickets for a few days, but nothing came of the threat. To get the attention of a college student, hit his or her wallet. They’ll gnash teeth and complain, but the desired result—less jaywalkers, safer streets—will be accomplished. The University should be applauded for the morning and afternoon crosswalk guards on Donahue. These guards allow the droves of students walking from the Village to campus
Delicious tacos with a side of diversity Did you know Opelika has a taco truck? An actual truck that sells freshly-made, authentic tacos and assorted Mexican food? It doesn’t look like much, this taco truck, with its single naked lightbulb and its inconspicuous darkened tire and auto repair store parking lot location on Opelika Road. But there’s something there, something which separates it from all other Mexican restaurants in Auburn and Opelika. Maybe it’s the food. The taco truck, Lili’s Food officially, offers tacos, tortas, burritos and quesadillas all with a variety of meat, everything from steak to beef tongue to spicy pork. The tacos are served double-shelled and open with onion and cilantro
plus lime and a green spicy sauce. Maybe it’s the speedy service. The combo waiter/cashier was friendly and helpful. He spoke English and Spanish and readily explained different menu offerings, even when talking to a clueless gringo. Maybe it’s the price. Two tacos will cost you $3. Throw in a Coke or a Sindral Mundet and you’re looking at $4.50. Couple that with the evening hours, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and you’ve got a great early late-night eating option in Opelika. But, most likely, what sets the taco truck apart is the atmosphere. The zoom of passing cars mixed with the hum of the truck’s lone generator.
The dangling light creating a halo which encompasses the scattered plastic table and chairs, adding mystery to the night. Spectral faces hovering on the edges of the light, almost convincing customers’ they’re not in Opelika but some sublime South American city full of mischief and night-life possibilities. At night, with the right light, even the parking lot of AB Tires looks exotic. Not that a patron is likely to totally get lost in Latin American longing. Take a step back and you realize you’re sitting in the parking lot of a closed mechanic shop across from Clayton Homes and adjacent to a Pizza Hut. But, still, it’s nice to imagine, because it’s easy to forget the supposed ancillary people in life—the janitor,
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to cross in a timely fashion. Safety is a year-round issue, but September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month. This month, the University’s Department of Public Safety and Security will host various events to highlight safety issues and improvements around campus, such as the above crosswalk improvements as well as newer additions, such as the campus’ new state-of-the-art P.A. system, which will “alert students by voice of any emergency on campus, from fires to bomb threats.” ( from “Campus safety takes priority in September” C1) Campus safety is a constant battle. New threats and dangers appear constantly. Constant vigilance is the only defense. Be smart, be safe.
the construction worker, the gas station cashier. Taking that time out to chat with people you’re not likely to encounter any other way will remind you how big our world is. Rote routine robs us all of chances to broaden horizons; consider the other and gain much-needed empathy. The best way to combat the malaise of everyday existence is to step outside preconceived boundaries. To every now and again take an unplanned trip to a new location. To eat at a new restaurant or order a different meal at an old one on whim. To make daily decisions which snap you into conscious thought. You live in a large world. Don’t let your mind be small. Try the taco truck.
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COMMENTARY Don’t be an UnAuburn student section
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Rod Guajardo firstname.lastname@example.org
After nearly two years of clinging to my coveted press pass, my glorious return to the student section of JordanHare Stadium occurred this Saturday. Aside from the mass crowds and loss of vocal chords, both of which were expected, the Auburn family I was huddled with seemed to be a bit more like the distant cousin who you don’t want to associate with in public places. While I realize that I may be generalizing the entire student body into one category of fan, the behaviors displayed in the student section
were intolerable and frankly unAuburn. After fighting through hoards of orange-and-blue clad fans, our seats were acquired after confronting several fans who were attempting to save half a row of seats. First rule of the student section: no saving seats. Learn it, love it, live it. One, maybe. Two, your pushing your luck. Half a row of seats, no way. Luckily, those fans seemed to understand and frankly were just waiting on someone to call them out because they posed no resistance in allowing us to sit there. Congratulations, you thought you could cheat the system by placing shakers on the bleachers. Wrong. The other row of seats in front of us got quickly occupied by a gaggle of freshman students who climbed over the railing quicker than a group of Bama fans packing into Walmart to see an unde-
served BCS trophy. While you may be thinking I am generalizing these students as freshmen, you are wrong. I know they are freshmen because they wouldn’t stop telling us they were freshmen. Why, you say? Why would one repeatedly annoy someone during a season opener Auburn football game with something as insignificant as collegiate grade level? The answer: alcohol. The student was already belligerently intoxicated after taking his seat and then also revealed a disposable flask with liquor that he mixed in with his stadium soda. This happens all the time. It’s no big deal. I don’t patronize this one student for something hundreds of people do each game. My problem is not with the fact that the alcohol was brought into the stadium. It is more regarding the au-
“Nobody is actually like that on the Shore, except for some of the guidos.”
dacity the student had to do so. This is your first game as an Auburn student. Enjoy it. There will never be another. However, that doesn’t mean you need to get completely obliterated, sneak liquor into the game and have your girlfriend take you home half way through the first quarter. At a risk of sounding like an after school special program, that is merely not the Auburn way. Realize that there are rules and criteria for sitting in the student section. Represent yourself as Auburn men and women, and realize that none of your actions go unnoticed, even if you don’t remember them. And for God’s sake, don’t be that guy. Rod Guajardo is editor of The Auburn Plainsman. You can reach him at 844-9109.
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3/5ths Compromise—A final solution for The Gays
Kate Davis email@example.com
What I’m about to advise may seem radical, but I implore you to see the reason in my suggestion. As a long-time admirer of Mr. Jonathan Swift, I am writing to offer a solution to the problem of The Gays that I think Mr. Swift would be proud of.
Although Swift’s ideas were frowned upon, I believe that mine will seem quite tame now that people have had centuries to get used to this forward way of thinking. The issue of The Gays has long been debated, but everyone skirts around an actual solution, and the real question: how much of a person do these undesirables count as? I propose a reinstatement of the 3/5ths compromise, not in regards to votes, but to marriage. This proposition is made taking in consideration the views of both Gay Rights Activists and Anti-Gay Enthusiasts. While The Gays are acknowledged as more than half a person, they also do not count as equals among us.
In this way, everybody wins. In terms of marriage, I propose the undesirables receiving three out of five staples of marriage. One: The can be allowed to divorce in order to have equal misery as the rest of us. Two: They can only adopt children whose parents have disbanded their straight relationship; by this clause, it is obvious they will not be able to spread their influence as it is clear that straight people make better parents than gay people and never give up their children. Three: They may be married by law. I exclude, of course, marriage under God because with the inclusion of divorce clause, that would simply be hypocritical if they were to implement it, and would
be seen in the same light as if they were to mix their fabrics! I also exclude the right for a tax stipend, as we are in a recession. To those who may feel as though this 3/5ths Compromise is a throwback to racial discrimination, I assure you I intend this clause to extend to Gays of all races, gender and culture. I may be many things, but I am NOT a racist. Hopefully this suggestion will be considered thoroughly and, perhaps one day, be implemented as the social norm.
—This column is meant for satirical purposes. The views expressed are not representative of The Auburn Plainsman nor its staff.
Enjoy every day, Open your mind, time flies fast stop with the hate
Laura Maxwell firstname.lastname@example.org
I wish I’d known as a freshman what I know now. I’ve always been introverted. I can be my fun, silly self when I’m comfortable with people, but until I reach that point, I keep to myself. I wanted to relax my first few months. I thought I needed time to adjust to college life and didn’t want to put too much on my plate. I applied to get in a couple of organizations, but didn’t make the cut. So I gave up and stopped looking for ways to get involved. In some ways, that was a good thing. I believe everything happens for a reason, and I ended up where I needed to be. But I could have gotten there faster with more effort. By volunteering for The Plainsman, I found something I had fun doing and made great friends along the way. I also found a major that I love. That never would have happened if I didn’t make the decision to go outside of my comfort zone. I don’t want others to make the same mistake I did by waiting so long to get involved. O-Days was held last week, so as you could probably tell, there are numerous campus organizations. Join one that is relevant to your major, or join something just for the
fun of it. Not only will it give you the opportunity to make friends, but it will also look great on a resume. I also suggest studying hard and making the best grades you can your first year of college. For many people, there’s at least one class in college that just kills your GPA. It’s a lot easier to recover from it if you have a strong GPA to begin with. It’s important to develop strong study skills as a freshman. A lot of it has to do with time management. As hard as it can be to motivate yourself to study a little each day, it makes it a lot less stressful when tests roll around. Don’t be worried if you don’t know exactly what you want to do with your life. I would have loved to be one of those people who always knew they were destined for a certain career. But it’s OK to be a little confused right now. College is about discovering yourself, so it’s fine to keep your options open and be open to new possibilities. Somehow it all works out as it’s meant to. And, finally, remember it’s OK to have fun. While grades are important, it would be a shame to look back on your college years and not have fond memories of your time at Auburn. Take it from someone who has pushed through to earn her undergraduate degree in three years. Time goes by fast. Try to enjoy every moment while you’re here at Auburn. Go to football games. Go to UPC events. Take advantage of all the fun events the school and com munity have to offer.
The Ground Zero mosque debate is getting old, I know. When it started eating up sections of newspapers and consuming chunks of airtime on all the news networks, I rolled my eyes, thinking the debate would be over soon. After living peacefully and happily in a 98 percent Muslim country this summer and having several Muslim friends in Auburn, Muslim-phobia seemed irrational. Surely, I assumed, everyone knew terrorists are not representative of an entire culture or religion, just as Christian extremists like the Westboro Baptist church crazies don’t represent the United States or the Christian church as a whole. So, I’ll admit, I didn’t follow the debate much. I understand the sensitivity of the issue, butI thought it was soley based on the proximity of the mosque to Ground Zero and would blow over quickly. Then, a couple of weeks ago in my agriculture law class, I was shaken into the sad reality of the seriousness of the ignorance pervading our culture. We were discussing the First Amendment. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…”
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The discussion quickly turned from interpreting the Constitution in relation to the Ground Zero mosque to my classmates raising their hands to spew regurgitated, uninformed assumptions about Muslims out to the rest of the class. For example, one of my classmates said that Muslims make it a goal to reproduce faster than the culture they immigrate into as a means of increasing their influence in society. He gave an example, claiming that Muslims in Europe reproduce five times as much as the Europeans they live among. I have also traveled to Europe, where there is a negative birth rate because abortion and birth control (neither of which are encouraged in traditional Islam). I don’t think that equates to Muslims strategically out producing Europeans. However, being uninformed isn’t what pisses me off. What makes me livid is the
perversion of Christian teachings into a holy war against Muslims. Another classmate actually said (I’m paraphrasing), “I think we should let them build (the mosque) so they have to pay taxes on it. That’ll just give us more money to build bombs to go blow ‘em up with.” Others in the class who previously talked about their Christian faith chuckled. I will ask you the same questions I asked my class following this comment. Have you ever actually talked with a Muslim? Are you remembering these people are all mothers, daughters, brothers and friends, just like you? Are there not Muslim Americans who are as patriotic as you are? Aren’t there crazy, radical people in every culture, religion and race? We need to evaluate what we say before we say it. How can we justify defending our “Christian values,” yet speak of “blowing people up” who have never heard the truth of Jesus’ message? Ethnocentric, arrogant, uninformed attitudes and opinions are not appealing, and they certainly don’t promote peace, spread the Gospel or ensure national security. Travel. Talk to people. Don’t hate.
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Thursday, September 9, 2010
Friday block parties return to Auburn Jeremy Gerrard Writer
Kicking off Friday evening, the block party took control of downtown Auburn, flooding the area with a sea of orange and blue from Auburn fans, students and alumni. The block parties, which are in their second year of operation, will be held every Friday before home football games from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and offer a variety of live music, activities and food to engage the Auburn community and promote a family-friendly environment. “Our main goal is to give the people from out of
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professor in communications and journalism at Auburn University, said students have taken Latin classes to prepare for the vocabulary on the GRE, but it did not help significantly. The vocabulary on the revised test will no longer be out of context, she said. Updating the test has initiated a change in the scoring. “Because the verbal and quantitative portions are changing, we are changing the scoring scale,” Piacentino said. The previous scoring scale for the verbal and quantitative reasoning portions was 200-800 in 10-point increments. The new scale for both will be 130-170 in one-point increments. By compressing the scale, missing a question will not cause such a drastic change in score, Bernard said. The preparation required for the test, however, is not expected to change. Many resources on the GRE website are open
town and the locals something to do on Friday night before the game,” said Eric Stamp, president of the Auburn Downtown Merchants Association and owner of Stamp merchandise, both sponsors of the event. “If we do our job in reaching the other schools and other fans that are coming, then we’ll get to draw them downtown so they can appreciate what we’ve got, which we’re pretty proud of.” The block party featured activities like face painting and balloons for children and music by The Good Doctor, a local band. The Good Doctor’s lead singer and guitarist,
to test takers, including sample questions and free downloads of software to simulate the revised test. “They have a lot of resources online and students need to take advantage of that,” Bernard said. There are also various preparation books available for purchase. “This is a positive move on their part as a better indicator to see if students are ready for graduate school,” Worthington said. “We are always looking for ways to evaluate incoming students, and our experience is that GRE scores are not always a good indicator, so we look beyond the GRE, at recommendations, GPA and writing samples.” Piacentino advises students to become familiar with the test before they take it. “For anyone that wants to take the test, but does not need to until next year, they should take it in August or September of 2011 for a discount of 50 percent off,” Piacentino said. The GRE costs $160 in the United States, and the 50 percent discount is valid during August and September of 2011.
Austin Gray, said the band was excited to be asked to be part of this event this year. “It’s a really cool thing how they can block off the streets downtown like that and get a crowd you might not usually get at the bar scene around here, so it’s good exposure for us,” Gray said. While representation from the Auburn student body was not as prevalent, many alumni and fans took the time to bring their families downtown to enjoy the festivities. Auburn resident Seth Granberry won the crowd’s affection with his orange-and-blue unicycle
and jump-roping tricks. The city occasionally asks Granberry to perform at events, but at the block party, he donated the entertainment out of his love for Auburn football and its fans. “I’m just an Auburn fan,” said Granberry, who turned 68 this year. The block party was well-received by attendees. “We loved it,” said Kristin Vardaman, Auburn resident and mother of three. “We love coming down here and letting them (her children) run loose and enjoy the music, check out all the vendors and get something to eat.”
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Ashley Sanders dances with her 4-year-old daughter Reese at the downtown block party Friday.
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AUBURN MAN GIVES NEW MEANING TO “TAKE A KNEE” Derek Lacey Associate Campus Editor
At halftime of Saturday’s game against Arkansas State, the War Eagle Girls and Plainsmen lined up on the field to be introduced to the Auburn faithful. Either by fate or coincidence, Danny Feltham and Meghan Kaple were lined up side-by-side in the middle of the field. Feltham had been waiting for this day for five months, ever since he got the idea while eating with his friends at Momma Goldberg’s Deli. He had asked permission from Kaple’s parents, bought a ring and planned it out perfectly. “I pulled the ring out of my pocket as last names were being called, and there was a pretty big eruption from the student section,” Feltham said. “I’m awful with secrets, and I had tried to keep this one; probably everybody in Auburn knew but her.” » Turn to YES, B2
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UPC offers zesty Mexican cooking experience Metia Harris Writer
The University Program Council hosted a Mexican Cooking Workshop Sept. 2 in Spidle Hall, where students were able to feed their zesty sides. “It was good practice,” said Kelsey Hayes, sophomore in anthropology. “We’re making sexy quesadillas.” Participants took part in preparing the meal before getting to enjoy their delicious hard work. “I enjoy teaching those classes because I love the interaction with the students,” said chef Carol Duncan. “More than anything, I hoped to inspire the students to want to do more cooking for themselves. Again, my goal is to inspire students and people in general to go to farmers’ markets, buy their own food and prepare their own meals. I want everyone to know that food does not or should not come from a
box and that the cooking experience itself nourishes the body, mind and soul. Food is all about love and is meant to be shared.” Students got their cook on with grease, steak, pineapples and more. “It is here to entertain the students and take them away from stress of classes and work,” said Matthew Ciuros, director of the UPC special projects committee and junior in engineering. “It is to give them something healthy and fun, for that is part of the Auburn experience: to be a part of something and grow for the future.” More than 20 students attended the workshop. “I have wanted to do this for two years, just wanted to have fun and adventure,” said Michael Storms, sophomore in chemical engineering. One group of students made quesadillas using beans, corn, wraps and more.
“We just want to know how to cook,” said Chris Ahmed, junior in marketing, and Chynna Dulac, junior in nutrition science and pre-physical therapy. “We always come to workshops. We wanted to do Mexican style.” Quintilyn Parker, senior in biomedical sciences, said she came to the workshop to learn how to make better food, since she already knew how to cook basic Mexican dishes. “I am teaching another class Oct. 14, and I hope to teach more in the spring,” Duncan said. “My passion is working with students who want to learn more about cooking for themselves. I always receive lots of positive feedback and e-mails from students who attend these classes. They tell me that they are cooking more for themselves and ask me for further advice. I am willing to coach them further.” More classes will be held later this year.
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Green onions are cut at Friday’s cooking class, adding kick to the dishes.
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Thursday, September 9, 2010
Year-long efforts begin for Relay for Life Eric Austin Campus Editor
Almost one in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. It is these staggering numbers that keep the Relay for Life team working, not just in the spring, but all year long. Relay for Life takes more than a year to plan, it but has become an expected tradition for the spring semester, as hundreds of students and community members take to the track to walk in the fight against cancer. Along the way, they raise awareness and thousands of dollars that The American Cancer Society pours into research and services for victims.
“Every time I give a speech to a group of people I always ask who has been affected by cancer,” said Kelley Andrews, senior in communication and the publicity chair for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life committee in Auburn. “Every single one of them raises their hand.” Andrews does not exaggerate. Despite that the event won’t take place until April 2011, chapter visits are already underway to fraternities and sororities in an effort to build teams. “The more people we have participate, the less each individual has to push themselves,” said Emily Simpson, senior in biomedical sciences and chair of Relay for Life at Auburn.
For Andrews and Simp- leading a Relay for Life son, the fight against can- team at her high school. cer has not always been Andrews looks at the one of raising money and effort that goes into Relay getting people to walk for Life no differently than around a the effort track. it took her It has entire fambeen real ily to battle Cancer and perthe disdoesn’t discriminate. sonal. ease. A n - It doesn’t care if you’re “ Fa m i drews is male, female, your lies and one of friends color or your age. nine cancome tocer survigether, and Emily Simpson it becomes vors in her Chair, Relay for Life a part of family. She has your normal, evbeen involved in Relay for Life eryday routine,” Andrews since she was a young said. It is this spirit of the child. Simpson’s mother was community against a comdiagnosed with breast can- mon evil that Relay for Life seeks to foster in Auburn. cer in 2005. “Cancer doesn’t One year later, she was
discriminate,” Simpson said. “It doesn’t care if you’re male, female, your color or you age.” This reality is hammered home every spring at Relay for Life. “My favorite part of last year’s event was cheering for the survivors during the opening lap,” said Michelle Duplantier, undeclared science and math sophomore. “Knowing that they were students my own age and a part of the Auburn family made it a unique experience.” Duplantier walked with her sorority last year and said she would encourage anyone to participate this year. “To be involved in something like this at such a young age is great,” Simpson said. “And it doesn’t
stop at college. You can do this for the rest of your life.” While chapter visits have already begun, the year of cancer awareness will pick up in early October with the weeklong “Paint the Campus Purple” event. The week will feature daily publicity events to raise awareness and to encourage people to sign up for Relay for Life. “A cure will never be possible if it’s not for the outstanding volunteers in our communities that inspire, encourage and impact,” Andrews said. Experience has taught Andrews and Simpson that with enough fight, anything is possible. This same fighting mentality will go into Relay for Life in 2011.
Class of the Week: Architecture course builds new perspectives J.P. Kelsey
available this semester. The focus of the course is significant buildings throughout world history and the impact they have had on architecture. Many of the buildings discussed are unique and esoteric, but display how architecture can be applied in different contexts. “I wanted them to understand that when they saw architecture as a building, they were dehumanizing it,” Burleson said. “They were making
the architecture more like an industrial design project that was designing a machine or an object building.” Dan Bennett, dean of the College of Architecture, Design and Construction, said the course has been offered at Auburn for about 20 years. “The course gives students a better understanding of what architecture is and how it benefits them,” Bennett said. Even though the class
Crosby, senior in biomedical sciences and Feltham’s fraternity brother and To top off such a unique roommate. “I knew that he was proposal, both Feltham’s and Kaple’s parents were planning on proposing for in attendance because it about a year, but I didn’t know the was parents’ day or how weekend until about for the War a month Eagle Girls We met ago,” Crosby and Plainsin high school. I said. men. Crosby “ O u r played baseball, was sitparents and she was my ting with and famFarmHouse ily made it diamond doll.” fraternity over to sing the Alma Danny Feltham, in the stusecMater with Senior, finance dent tion when us,” Feltham Feltham said. Luckily, the parents did proposed. Crosby stood up and not tell her about what was waiting for her at half- got his camera out while time, even though they the War Eagle Girls and had been tailgating to- Plainsmen were being angether all day. nounced, much to the conAnother person who fusion of his fraternity. kept the secret is Cameron “It was the equivalent of
scoring a touchdown for us,” Crosby said. “We went wild basically.” The newly engaged couple celebrated their fourth anniversary in July. Kaple knew the big question couldn’t be too far away. “I expected it sometime this fall, but not on the 50yard line,” Kaple said. They met when Kaple moved to Birmingham from Texas, and their relationship began in New Orleans during a mission trip after Hurricane Katrina. “We met in high school,” Feltham said. “I played baseball, and she was my diamond doll.” The wedding is planned for June, but no church is booked yet. Feltham said they were trying to register at his parents’ church in Birmingham. It will be tough to match the scale of the proposal at the wedding.
You don’t have to be an architecture major to appreciate artful architecture. “(The ‘Art of Architecture’ is) really the only class that we have that students outside of the discipline can find out more about architecture,” said James Burleson, associate professor in the College of Architecture, who is teaching one of the two sections
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of architecture. “I think it’s difficult to get the artistic side of architecture to translate to the pragmatic side or to some of the aesthetic offerings it has,” Burleson said. “I wanted the students to make the human connection, that it’s the architecture of people that gets infused into these artifacts, these buildings. It’s the same way as how a painting becomes more than just paint on a canvas.”
Amanda Breen, undeclared freshman, is enrolled in Burleson’s class to satisfy a fine art requirement. “When I looked at a building, I just saw a building,” Breen said. “This class has made me more aware of the work that goes into creating structures.” Burleson said there’s a personal connection between buildings and architecture. “Architecture can really lift one’s spirits,” he said.
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Danny Feltham, senior in finance, embraces his new fiancee, Meghan Kaple, senior in human development, throwing a triumphant fist into the air. Feltham proposed to Kaple Saturday.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
HONOR STEPPING TRADITION UNITY
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Christopher Love, John Dansby, Jeremy Foster, Anthony Wells and Chris Neal of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. warm up before the Unity Yard Show.
Joshua Agee, junior in graphic design, sports his glasses and tie as he leads the line while stepping with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. outside the Student Center.
NPHC HOSTS STEPPING SHOW TO PROMOTE UNITY AMONG AU STUDENTS
Spectators sit on the stairs in front of the Student Center to watch fraternities perform at the Unity Yard Show.
Mario Jones of the Sigma Delta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. steps with members of his fraternity.
Most students know stepping as just another kind of performance art. But to the students who perform, it is a cherished tradition, much like rolling Toomer’s Corner or dodging the Auburn seal when walking in front of Langdon Hall. “Stepping is a rich tradition of all the National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations,” said Reynard Butler, current Polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. The Unity Yard Show, an event held by the Auburn University Black Student Union, included stepping performances and was intended to promote unity among the Auburn student body. Outside the Student
Center last Wednesday afternoon, the event drew a large crowd of students that encircled the steppers and climbed up the stairs on the concourse. “We worked really hard at it,” said Andre Hamilton, of Alpha Psi Alpha Fraternity Inc., “about three weeks to a month.” Hamilton said his organization’s involvement in the Unity Yard Show helped the Greek community grow closer and showed campus they are united. For Butler, stepping is a way to maintain tradition and help brothers bond and boost fraternity morale. “Stepping is a part of the very fabric of Kappa,” Butler said.
Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. show their support for the fraternities brothers and steppers at the Unity Yard Show on Wednesday afternoon.
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Elizabeth Broun, director of the American Art Museum at the Smithsonian, gives a lecture on the history of art from the era of the Great Depression.
Appreciating the art of the Great Depression Chelsea Harvey Staff Writer
The Great Depression came to life in the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art last Thursday. The museum was host to Elizabeth Broun, director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, who conducted a lecture titled “1934: Artists Respond to the Great Depression.” The event was organized in collaboration with Auburn University’s Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities and was one of a series of programs on Alabama’s Works Progress Administration. “We’d hoped to really draw attention to Alabama’s WPA history, which is very rich,” said Jay Lamar, director of the Center for the Arts and Humanities. The lecture began at 4 p.m. in the museum’s auditorium.
Its focus was to bring awareness to the way art was affected by federal sponsorship during the Great Depression and how it portrayed the lifestyles and attitudes of the time. “The arts are truly a mirror of whatever time and place they were made,” Broun said. Broun began with a brief discussion of the history of the public works project during the Great Depression. “Along comes the Great Depression and with it one of the finest experiments of federal patronism of the arts,” she said. The project began in December 1933 and was closed in June 1934. During this time, approximately 3,600 artists were registered with the program, and almost 15,000 works of art were produced. Following this introduction, Broun began a slideshow of works of art
The arts are truly a mirror of whatever time and place they were made.” Elizabeth Broun director, American Art Museum produced during the Great Depression. The art featured in the slideshow is a collection of 56 pieces held by the Smithsonian, all produced under the public works experiment. “These artists were told only one thing: go paint the American scene,” Broun said. The art in the slideshow expressed several different attitudes toward life during the Depression, with many pieces focused specifically on industry. “What they (people during the Great Depression) needed was work,” Broun
said. “And so workers are celebrated.” Works in the slideshow expressing this attitude included “Gold is Where You Find It” by Tyrone Comfort and “Natural Power” by Raymond Skolfield. Other works of art conveyed an optimistic view of life during the Depression, with many pieces portraying normal activities without the despair one would expect them to contain. Agnes Tait’s “Skating in Central Park” was another example. “In 1934, there were just plenty of people out of
work who were ready to put on their skates and go skating,” Broun said. Multiculturalism was another surprising subject portrayed by artists of the Great Depression. Since many artists of the time were immigrants, they embraced the variety of cultures present in America. Broun said such works of art were “a reminder that the American scene could encompass some thoroughly broad subjects.” She concluded her presentation by restating the idea that the public works experiment was an integral part of American history. “The point here is how this little six-month period captured something quite extraordinary and wonderful,” she said. “It’s kind of a special moment where we could see what would happen if artists were truly brought in.” The event was attended
by a mix of students and nonstudents. “We were hoping to bring in people to the museum who had not been there before,” Lamar said. “Also to get faculty, students and townspeople to sort of have that common experience of having dialogue and engaging in question and answer.” Audrey Maze, graduate student in public administration, was especially interested in paintings that showed the positive side of the Great Depression. “I was interested to see how art did depict what life looked like back then and what people wanted it to look like,” she said. The lecture was her first experience at the museum, but she said she hopes to return in the future. The museum expects Broun’s lecture to be the last in this particular series, but will announce upcoming events throughout the semester.
Raptor demonstration continues with tradition Elizabeth Fite Writer
The Southeastern Raptor Center kicked off the football season with its first “Football, Fans and Feathers” event of the year Friday. Friday’s show consisted of raptor demonstrations by a red-tailed hawk, a black vulture, three species of owls and four species of falcons. The show ended with a demonstration by War Eagle VII, the golden eagle affectionately known as Nova. “Football, Fans and Feathers” takes place every Friday at 4 p.m. before home football games. The event is sponsored by the education department of the Southeastern Raptor Center, a division of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. “We’re not open to the public like a zoo is,” said
Roy Crowe, eagle consultant education specialist at the Southeastern Raptor Center. “We just don’t have the staff for that, and this is an opportunity for us to give the general public a chance to come and see the birds.” First-time visitors to the event, Jamie Donaldson and 2-year-old son, Luke, enjoyed the up-close-andpersonal aspect of the show. “For him to actually be able to almost touch the birds is as close as you’re ever going to get,” Donaldson said. “I think it’s a really good hands-on experience—it makes the kids interested, and it makes them want to learn more about birds.” The event was particularly exciting for the children. “You get to see them up close, and they can fly over your head,” said Kenley McCombs, 10. “I think that’s really cool.” McCombs was
introduced to the show by her friend Hannah Dyal, 9, a six-time veteran of the show who favors the screech owl demonstration. “We love the show— they beg to come,” said Hannah’s mother, Cappy Dyal. “We bring family, we bring friends. We love it. The kids get excited about it. All I had to do was say the first game’s Saturday.” After the raptor demonstrations, guests have an opportunity to visit with the birds, ask questions and take pictures. According to Crowe, the show has evolved since its beginning four years ago. “The quality of the program has greatly improved with the free flight,” Crowe said. “When I first came here in 2000, the only bird that flew free was the eagle, and now in the fall, we’ll fly eight or 10 or 12 birds free.” Crowe said the birds enjoy being a part of the show.
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Trainer Roy Crowe shows off War Eagle VII, Nova, Friday at the Southeastern Raptor Center.
“They would like to go out there and kill a rabbit,” Crowe said. “We don’t let them do that, so this is the best part of their day. The later in the year it gets, the better the birds fly.”
Most of the birds’ handlers are Auburn student volunteers from wildlife, biology and zoology backgrounds, but any student is welcome to volunteer at the Raptor Center.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services owns all the birds in the show. Auburn is permitted to keep and use the birds as long as they are for educational purposes.
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On the Concourse What did you think of the halftime proposal? “I thought it was adorable. I probably would’ve fainted if I were her.”
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Campus safety takes priority in September Miranda Dollarhide Associate Intrigue Editor
Nestled between endless miles of trees and cotton fields, Auburn looks like the safest place on Earth. However, with recent pedestrian accidents and the death of Lauren Burke in 2008, September’s National Campus Safety Awareness Month is more important than ever. Chance Corbett, associate director of public safety and security, takes students’ safety seriously. “Something could happen anywhere you’re at, from Walmart to on campus,” Corbett said. Corbett said NCSAM is important not only because it reminds students of campus safety, but because it reminds the employees as well. In accordance with NCSAM, the Department of Public Safety and Security will be hosting various events during the month of September. Corbett said they will be creating handouts and e-mail notifications as well as giving talks to various University organizations. “We are working on several things to try to make sure all procedures are up-to-date,”
sign up for AU Alert because it Corbett said. Even though the University is the best way they can comis dedicating a full month to municate with everyone. However, campus safety is campus safety awareness, remaining safe on campus is not not limited to knowing about emergencies as extreme as intended for only 30 days. “Our department tries to bomb threats and campus preach safety to campus 365 shootings. Corbett said people should days, every day,” Corbett said. One of the newest safety fea- be more aware of their surtures to be added is a state-of- roundings. To put students’ the-art public minds at ease, the announcement department has system. With eight difThere is nev- added more security guards and ferent locations, the new P.A. sys- er a time you can’t get continues to run tem alerts stu- from point A to point the night security shuttle. dents by voice of “There is never any emergencies B without help.” a time you can’t on campus, from get from point A fires to bomb to point B withtreats. Chance Corbett, out help,” Corbett Corbett said associate director of said. they can be conpublic safety and security But, not all stutrolled from the dents take advanpublic safety oftage of the public fice or remoteactivated from the parking lot. transportation provided. If students are going to walk “We try to change with the times,” Corbett said. “If we can alone, they should remember improve something, we will try not to walk in dimly lit areas and bring a buddy with them, to change it.” With new technology come Corbett said. Corbett said he does not better ways for students to stay safe, but Corbett advocates us- want to scare anyone. “The campus is a very safe ing the features already set in campus,” he said. “We are place. Corbett said students should proud of that.”
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Here’s the situation on the Jersey Shore COURTNEY SMITH WRITER
If you meet any Auburn students from New Jersey, don’t expect them to give you a fist pump. While the media’s latest obsession is following the antics of Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, of MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” natives from New Jersey say that’s not how the Garden State really is. “Visitors are kind of disappointed to see that the people there aren’t like they’re presented on the show,” said Melissa Edwards, senior in special education. Edwards, from Princeton, N.J., said she is indifferent to the show. “I can see why it’s entertaining,” Edwards said. “It’s good to sit and laugh at it, as long as people
know that’s not really how it is.” Edwards said when people hear the words “New Jersey,” they automatically think of tan and made-up people. “Once people get to know me, they realize that I’m not like that,” she said. Edwards said she thinks part of the reason why there’s such a stereotype is because producers choose one club and one beach and only film that. Parts of the Shore are like that, but not all of it, Edwards said. Madelyn Timmins, junior in animal sciences, grew up on the actual Jersey Shore and said many of the people on the show are exaggerated. “Nobody is actually like that on the Shore, except for some of the guidos,” Timmins said. Timmins said she thinks the show is entertaining
and enjoys watching it with her friends. “It’s one of those shows that you mock while you’re watching it,” she said. “We have to see what’s going on in ‘Jersey Shore’ so we can tell people what’s right about it and what isn’t.” Even though she is able to laugh at it, Timmins said she thinks the show has cast a bad image and made New Jersey the butt of everyone’s jokes. “It’s not like other reality shows, such as ‘Rock of Love,’ because on those shows only the contestants are ridiculed,” Timmins said. “With shows like ‘Jersey Shore,’ the whole state is put in the spotlight and made into a laughingstock.” Other shows, like Oxygen’s “Jersey Couture,” Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” and Style Network’s “Jerseylicious,” are all cashing in on
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(L-R): Michelle Irwin of Boston College, Charlotte Scrivani of Virginia Tech, Madelyn Timmins of Auburn and Lindsey Setaro of the University of Delaware party it up on the Jersey Shore.
the public’s recent obsession with all things Jerseythemed. Edwards has been to the store from “Jersey Couture” and said the owners seem to put on more of a performance since the cameras are there. “The show gives New Jersey a slightly better reputation, since the customers don’t behave overthe-top like the owners,” Edwards said.
Edwards described the women of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” as “crazy.” “I personally do not know anyone like them,” Edwards said. “Not everyone in New Jersey is rich or acts like that.” Timmins watches “Jerseylicious” and said the people on the show act like some of the people she knows. “I know some people
who are actually like that,” Timmins said. “You don’t see anyone else like that around here.” Edwards said she thinks it’s funny how people are obsessed with the shows and are amazed there are now at least five shows out there all about New Jersey. “Don’t judge New Jersey off of the people you see on television,” Edwards said. “We’re not all Italian, and we’re not all rude.”
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Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box. In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss until the tomatoes are evenly coated, and transfer to a baking sheet. Bake the tomatoes for 2025 minutes, or until they become soft. When the pasta and tomatoes are done cooking, combine them in a large serving bowl with the spinach and Parmesan cheese. The heat of the pasta and tomatoes will wilt the spinach. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Serve warm. Serves: 6-8 Written by Kerry Fannon / WRITER
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Cupcakes and conversation with Food Network editor Maria Baugh graduated from Auburn in 1987. Between then and now, she has worked her way up from assistant copy editor to managing editor of a major publication.
Q What is your role as part of the Auburn Magazine advisory council?
There are a few goals that came up in the meeting: how to increase readership, increase people getting the magazine, and how to integrate social media more effectively into the magazine. Everybody that is on the advisory board brings their different kind of experience in publishing, or some people in advertising or just from the media world, to see if we can help in any way for the Auburn Magazine.
couple of years—but I figured out that journalism was the direction I wanted to go in. I always think of Auburn, and I loved the journalism department here: Mickey Logue and Jack Simms and all the great professors and instructors. That’s my best memory—finally finding journalism at Auburn because that changed my life.
loves to remind me of that regularly, but I am becoming a cook because of the magazine—that’s how good it is. It can take someone like me and give them some ability to do it. So I’ve been in fashion and celebrities with “Glamour,” “InStyle” and “Teen People” early on, which is an area I loved. I love that world, and I felt really fortunate to be anywhere near it.
Q You started at “Teen People” as part of the launch,
Looking at your career, you have worked extremely hard to get where you are. What was it like going from assistant copy editor to managing editor in four years at Child Magazine?
Q You graduated from Auburn in 1987. What are
A It was hard work, and it was also a great team with
some of the biggest changes you have noticed since then?
a wonderful editor, a woman named Freddi Greenberg, who was a great mentor, and she really helped get me to have the confidence and have the experience to get to that position as managing editor. It was a magazine of a certain size, so it wasn’t a huge magazine, so in many ways that helped. I was able to get involved with a lot of different departments, and I got to learn so many different things in every department, so it was a perfect foundation for me to go there as a managing editor out into other titles.
Well, traffic is just as bad as it always has been. It may have even gotten a little worse. Parking is still crazy, too. Physically, the campus has changed so much, with so many new buildings. The progress is great, and obviously, we have to keep expanding. The college gets bigger every year, which is a testament to how great it is. But I think that is the biggest change I’ve noticed around campus—just trying to find my way around campus with it as developed as it has become.
Q What is your fondest Auburn memory? A I have a couple. The first one is Bo Jackson. I had the privilege of being here at school when he was here and got to see him play, so that’s the first one. The other one was at Auburn—it took me a
which was responsible for the fastest startup of any magazine in publishing history. What was that like?
A That was an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, to be on the launch team of a magazine. It was priceless. There were four or five of us just starting out, and we didn’t have the green light to publish yet. It was still being kicked around within the upper levels of Time Inc. The CEO of Time Inc. at the time was Don Logan, and he is an Auburn grad. So as soon as I got there, which I am not taking any credit for the support we got for “Teen People,” but I have to say the first thing I did was e-mail him and say “War Eagle! War Eagle! War Eagle!” and he couldn’t have been nicer, and he e-mailed me back and said “War Eagle,” and every time I would see him, I would feel really special having a connection with him.
Before transferring to Food Network Magazine in January, you had previously worked at “Glamour,” “House & Garden,” “InStyle” and “Teen People.” What was it like going from primarily women’s fashion and style magazines to a food magazine?
Q Tell me a little about your cupcake business, Butter
A Completely different world in many good ways. It
girls, but not Auburn grads unfortunately. Pam Nelson and Linda Lea are my two partners in the shop. We wanted to start a business and do something around food. We immodestly thought that maybe we could make a better cupcake. There are a lot of serious cupcake shops in New York, but we thought we could offer something different. It wasn’t until Pam left her job in finance right about the time the economy was about to go south. It was like the Great Depression was coming, and we just signed our life away with this lease, but so far it has turned out really well. The shop is doing well, and it has been a great adventure for us.
makes a little more sense to know that I own a cupcake shop in the East Village with a couple of friends, so I have some interest in food. I am not a good cook at all though, so there is some irony that I am at Food Network Magazine. My family
A My partners are two very good friends, southern
Q Could you also tell me a little about the scholarship you have in your name?
My partner and I really wanted to do something for the school. It just felt like a way to pay back a little bit and give someone else an opportunity, who might not have it otherwise, to get what they wanted and to do something with journalism. The way I look at it, personally, is it is a way to say thank you to the school or the karmic world, and I feel really fortunate and grateful.
Q I have to ask. What is the best thing you ever ate? A Well, I have to say the best thing I have ever eaten is a banana cupcake with a chocolate French butter cream icing. The second best thing I ever ate was Guthrie’s, which is where I am going tomorrow for lunch. Interview by Brian Desarro
MTV Video Music Awards 2010 Quick Look Date: Sept. 12
Main Categories: Best New Artist, Best Collaboration, Best Dance Music Video, Best Female Video, Best Hip-Hop Video, Best Male Video, Best Pop Video, Best Rock Video, Video of the Year
Time: 8 p.m. Host: Chelsea Handler Performances: B.o.B., deadmau5, Drake, Eminem, Florence + The Machine, Jason Derulo, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Linkin Park, Paramore, Robyn, Travie McCoy, Usher
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A day in the life of Jairo Rosa There aren’t many people more important to incoming freshmen than their dorm Resident Assistants. For Jairo Rosa, junior in aviation management and second-year RA in Tiger Hall, being an RA is about giving back to the residents. “I came down here from the Bronx, New York, not knowing anybody, and one of my first friends was my RA,” Rosa said. “He was a really cool guy. What he was for me, if I can be that for someone else, that would make my time here at Auburn just a little more worthwhile.” Rosa said the duties of an RA include making themselves available to the residents for any issues that may arise. “Our duties are pretty much to monitor the building and make sure everything is fine,” Rosa said. “All maintenance issues that residents might have, I will contact maintenance to get the problem fixed. Also, on the academic side, you are a friend and counselor to them, giving them any advice they may need.”
Typical desk-duty day for Jairo
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Jairo Rosa sits at the front desk of Tiger Hall, making himself available to students for any maintenance or personal issues that may arise.
10 a.m. - Wake up and eat breakfast. Shower and get all the morning hygiene out of the way. Noon - 3:50 p.m. I go to class and try and do some homework in between classes. 4 p.m. - I head over to the Village to grab something to eat before my desk duty shift starts. 5 p.m. - This is when I usually try and do my homework for my aviation classes. 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. - This is when I am on desk duty. During this time, I sit at the front desk and either socialize or work on homework. It is basically a time where the RAs are available for the residents, setting up activities and being there for advice.
¡Fiesta de Opelika! Auburn gets a taste of the rising food truck trend, where authentic Mexican food and customer service are a priority. Alison McFerrin Staff Writer
At the intersection of Airport Road and Pepperell Parkway, in the parking lot of AB Tires, a food venue appears every night at 7 p.m. One table and six chairs make up the dining room. It’s a place most people know as “the taco truck.” At “the taco truck,” which is called Lili’s Food, Artemio Trujillo sells tacos, tortas, burritos and quesadillas, along with chips and drinks. “It takes a lot, you know, for us to come over here and bring clean food,” Trujillo said. “We do quality. We try to buy everything from Sam’s. That way I know I’m buying good quality meat.” Trujillo said the taco truck has always been a family business. “My dad’s been doing it since ’85, back in California,” Trujillo said. The family moved the business to Texas in 1995, and Trujillo said he started
working in the concrete business in 2001, but quit in 2009. “I didn’t have no job by that time in Texas,” Trujillo said. “So we had the trucks already. I said I’m gonna do the same as I used to do, and I already know how to do it.” Trujillo and his family moved the taco truck to Auburn in April of this year. “My sister, she married a guy here in Alabama,” Trujillo said. “She said there is not that many taco vendors over there. So I said ‘OK, I’m going to give it a shot over there.’” That seems to have been a good decision. Trujillo said he has about 50 customers per night, mostly from the Hispanic community. One of those customers is Sergio Mata, who said he’s been to Lili’s Food five or six times. “I live here in this place, in Midway Manor,” Mata said. Midway Manor is right across the street from Lili’s Food, so Mata said it’s
convenient. “I like everything.” Those in the Hispanic community, however, aren’t the only ones who have taken an interest in Lili’s Food. Jordan Yarbrough, senior in exercise science, and Daniel Ballew, senior in microbiology, had seen the taco truck in passing and have been to eat there several times. “It’s going to become a regular thing,” Ballew said. Yarbrough said he and Ballew have already started to become friends with Trujillo. “I think that’s what’s gonna take us back, the relationships,” Yarbrough said. Both have made it their goal to get the word out about Lili’s Food. They have started a Facebook fan page and are hoping to get Trujillo to bring the truck to a party they are planning for October. “It’s a different experience than a restaurant, but that makes it fun,” Ballew said.
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Lili’s Food, parked in the parking lot of AB Tires in Opelika, serves tacos, tortas, burritos, quesadillas and platos from its main serving window seven days a week.
Yarbrough said the food can compete with other Mexican restaurants because it is authentic. From beef tongue to spicy pork, Lili’s Food offers flavors and tastes you won’t find just anywhere. “Sometimes you don’t really even know what you’re getting,” Yarbrough said. “It’s really good for people who are adventurous with food.” Considering the growing interest in food trucks in America, especially in bigger cities, Ballew and Yarbrough said having a
taco truck with authentic Mexican food is great for Auburn. “It’s kind of cool that Auburn can jump on that bandwagon,” Ballew said. Trujillo said the most important thing in running the taco truck is giving good service to the customer. “Everybody seems to be real nice here,” Trujillo said. “I really like the city. Quiet. Not much traffic.” Trujillo said he would like to have a restaurant one day. “We’re not too familiar
with the city yet,” Trujillo said. “Eventually, we will open up one, if we can.” In the meantime, Trujillo is working to improve the taco truck business. Lili’s Food will soon give way to Lili 2, a new taco truck he just bought from Texas. “Maybe I’m gonna have two locations, but I’m not sure yet,” Trujillo said. He said they will keep the current location, but may also set up the second truck somewhere else. Lili’s Food is open from 7 to 10 p.m., seven days a week.
Sushi chef gets creative in the kitchen Abby Townson Writer
It’s fresh, it’s homemade, and thanks to one man, it’s ready and raring to go. When it comes to providing sushi for Auburn University dining, Kyaw Soe Lin is on a roll. Responsible for keeping Auburn’s campus stocked with fresh sushi, Lin produces an average of 250 boxes a day at the Student Center’s Outtakes alone. Lin, 33, came to the U.S. from Myanmar when he was 15 years old. He has been making sushi since 2001 and now has his own company, Tsunami Sushi. “I wanted to be my own
boss,” he said. Lin said he likes the creativity involved in making sushi. “It’s fun,” Lin said. “Sushi is a creative food.” Lin’s company also provides sushi for the Krogers in Auburn and Opelika, for Fort Benning in Georgia and for Columbus State University. While Lin makes the sushi for the Village and Outtakes himself, he said he has eight other chefs working for him at other locations. Lin said he gained his knowledge of the art of sushi-making from many places, specifically at culinary school. “It’s all about taste,” he
said. “If it looks good and crunchy eel, a flavor he tastes good, people are go- has developed. He said he has no least ing to love it.” favorite. Among “Everythe varieties thing’s fun of sushi ofIf it looks to make,” fered at OutLin said. takes are the good and tastes California good, people are e mOuttakes ployee roll, cream Tonya Johncheese roll, going to love it.” son, 38, said crunchy the sushi is shrimp roll, Kyaw Soe Lin, the store’s dragon roll, Sushi Chef most popufull moon lar item. combo, ma“They love it,” Lin said. rina combo, veggie combo “It tastes good.” and many more. Lin said the reasons Lin said it is hard to tell what the most popular people love sushi differ from person to person. kind is. “Whatever you make, Some enjoy it as a diet they buy,” he said. food, while some love the Lin’s favorite is the taste and don’t care about
what ingredients are in it or its nutritional benefits. Reid Bishop, freshman in undeclared business and already a sushi lover, recently discovered the sushi offered at Outtakes. “I was walking by, and I saw the Olo Sushi sign,” Bishop said, “and I thought, ‘All right, I’ll just try it.’ Ever since then, like every other day, I’ve been to get sushi.” Brittney Beatty, freshman in pre-nursing, often gets sushi twice a week on campus. Her favorite is the crunchy shrimp. “I love sushi,” Beatty said. “I eat it whenever I can.” Lin also takes special
sushi orders. Customers can now request sushi to suit their individual tastes. Leave a written request ahead of time with the worker at the register, and then come back later to pick it up. For sushi enthusiasts, or individuals who simply want to learn to do it themselves, Auburn is offering a free, single-session class where students can learn the art of making sushi. The class will be Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. in Terrell Hall on the Hill. The class has 16 slots, Lin said, but they fill up fast, so students should sign up now.
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Prepare yourself. Before going out on a date, get ready for all the awkward silences and forced conversation. Have some answers ready for those typical first-date questions, and think of hot topics to keep the discussion going.
Represent your true self. Some people think it necessary to primp themselves beyond recognition. Dress appropriately while still keeping your personal style visible. The most important thing to remember is to be confident in yourself.
Keep yourself in check. When trying to meet your significant other, remember your first priority should be talking to people. Don’t let yourself get sloppy by having too much to drink or letting yourself get too loose. Get involved. The best way to meet people is to get involved in different campus and community events. Join that club you were eyeing last week at O-Days, volunteer with that organization or start a study group with those people in your class.
Maintain a support system. Surround yourself with people who support your dating goals rather than those who are always negative about dating and relationships. They will only bring you down.
Don’t be uptight. Remember dating for what it is: dating. Part of the process is putting yourself out there and socializing with people outside of your regular social sphere. Most people have something to offer, and whether you find someone to date or not, you may end up with at least a friend or two.
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Take breaks. Maintaining an enthusiastic attitude and self-confidence can be tiring, so take breaks whenever you feel yourself getting tired. Recharging your batteries every once in a while is a must. Don’t feel pressured. Remember, you are never obligated to call him back or meet her for that drink. Only go as far as you are comfortable, and don’t put yourself in situations you don’t want to be in.
Be realistic. Dating, for most people, is based on the whole package: personality and looks. The package you present is what other people are basing their opinion of you on, so try to do the same for others.
Don’t be afraid. The whole point of dating is to find someone to date. Don’t let yourself pass up the chance for love just because you are playing the field. Written by Brian Desarro / INTRIGUE EDITOR
Bookstore brings popular authors to campus Sara Weeks Writer
That long line at the bookstore isn’t just for textbooks and Auburn gear this fall. The Auburn University Bookstore is also host to book signings by various authors. “During the fall, I usually aim to get authors of football books,” said Margaret Hendricks, general manager. “I want someone of interest, someone who people will be excited about.”
This week’s featured signer was Auburn graduate Chad Gibbs, author of “God and Football.” “God and Football” is a memoir of Gibbs’ experiences traveling to 12 Southeastern Conference football games and tailgates in an attempt to discover why college football has become, in a sense, a form of worship for some football extremists. “The reason I wanted to do it was after Auburn’s 2008 season (5-7 overall and 2-6 in the SEC),” Gibbs said. “I wondered, ‘Why is
this so important to me, and why do I let it affect me the next day and the way I worship God?’” Born and raised an Alabama fan, Gibbs said he visited Auburn his senior year of high school on a whim and fell in love with the campus. He graduated from Auburn in 2002 and now resides with his wife in the Auburn-Opelika area. One author Hendricks said she is particularly excited about is Greg Mortenson, author of “Three Cups of Tea.” Mortenson will be
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Jamie Krywicki, head pastry chef, returns her lemon custard crepe cake to the display.
Café plans to serve beer J.P. KELSEY STAFF WRITER
The Crepe Myrtle Café has been dabbling in more than just crepes. According to Ian Ware, general manager, the café is developing the idea of implementing a “beer garden” into the unique atmosphere it already has. The café, which opened last year, has slowly evolved by adding different things to the menu, as well as different attractions. “I’ve worked at several different kinds of restaurants, and there is definitely something different about this place,” he said. Ware said the café strives to be unique and offer more eclectic items. “We are trying to encourage a casual setting,” Ware said. “There is a big fireplace on the property that is surrounded by trees and flowers. In about a month, we are going to be serving alcohol out there.” In addition to expanding the beverage menu, Ware said he is expanding the food fare as well. “The menu had originally been influenced by German pastries, but the changes to southern-style baking have been a suc-
cess,” Ware said. “I like how this place is He has also introduced different from any other a specialty item to the place in Auburn,” she said. menu that hasn’t been “Everybody gets to do a seen before. little bit of everything, so “Me and my buddy Sam I have gotten a chance to introduced bleu cheese- do some baking and work pimento cheese to the with the pastries.” world,” Ware said. “It’s kind The café is located off of like pimento cheese, but South Donahue Drive, with a few things added. It tucked away behind has been a pretty popular the trees and flowers of item on the menu.” “Blooming Colors” nursJamie Krywicki, senior ery. in interior design, has John Braswell, co-owner been honing her pastry of Crepe Myrtle Café and skills at Bloomthe café. ing Colors, “ I ’ v e said he I like how this originally been baking since I place is different wanted to was a kid, start a café but work- from any other place that was ing at the in Auburn .” based on café has sustainallowed ability. me to be “We use Katy O’Bryan-Flannery more cre- junior, human development all fresh ative and vegetables add cerand ingretain touches to some of dients in our food,” Brasthe pastries they have,” well said. she said. “ I have been “We have a farmers’ working a lot with cup- market located right in cakes recently. I just made front of the store, and all some that look like sun- the produce comes from flowers. I have also done local growers.” nontraditional cupcakes, According to Braswell, like Boston cream pie and the café hopes to keep blueberry.” growing and is explorKaty O’Bryan-Flannery, ing different avenues that junior in human develop- will give Auburn residents ment, has been with the something unique that café since it opened. they will enjoy.
coming to the new Auburn Arena Oct. 26 from 1 to 10 p.m. The event is free for Auburn students. The No. 1 New York Times best-seller “Three Cups of Tea” is a tale of Mortenson’s journey to promote peace through helping establish schools in remote regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan that have been crippled by poverty and acts of violence. “I’m really excited about Mortenson coming,” Hendricks said. “I think everyone on campus is. We
don’t see an author of that stature that comes very often. This is going to just about be the biggest book signing we’ve done.” Mortenson will feature two of his other books, “Stones into Schools” and his children’s book, “Listen to the Wind.” By having the book signing in the Arena, the event will be open not only to students, but also members of the community. Thom Gossom, author of “Walk-On,” will be at the bookstore Sept. 18 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Ray Glier, author of “What It Means to be a Tiger: Pat Dye and Auburn’s Greatest Players,” will also be there Sept. 18, Oct. 23 and Nov. 13. Times are contingent on game times. Former Auburn coach Pat Dye and former Auburn players will be at the book signings as well. “I love that the authors of these books come,” said Kayla Payne, graduate student in communication disorders. “It makes me feel more connected to the book, and that is a cool feeling.”
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Written by Ben Bartley / OPINIONS EDITOR
Aquarius: Your fascination with “Toddlers & Tiaras” is causing your friends concern. Turn off the tube and hit the bars with some friends. It will make them feel better.
Aries: Build a shrine to Cam Newton. He is your god. Worship him and his motorized steed.
Leo: Sell your dad’s rare coin collection on eBay and couchsurf around Europe. He’ll understand.
Cancer: Take the trash out, wash the dishes and fold your laundry. Expect a surprise visit from your parents this weekend.
Sagittarius: Sleep in tomorrow. You deserve the time off after four consecutive nights out.
Pisces: Don’t talk to any guy on the bus wearing gym shorts and $2 flipflops. He ain’t gonna put a ring on it.
Libra: If you spend another dime at Chick-fil-A, your TigerCard may just explode. Change it up and walk downtown for dinner this week.
Gemini: This isn’t your week. Roll again.
Scorpio: You will soon meet a dark mysterious stranger. He wears a mask and enjoys carving the letter Z on people and inanimate objects. Be careful.
Capricorn: Your inspirational montage song: Bon Jovi’s “Wanted (Dead or Alive).”
Virgo: Look in the mirror and ask yourself, “Am I a winner?” Repeat until the answer is yes.
Taurus: Annnd you’re not the father.
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Newton earns SEC honors after break-out game against Arkansas State Saturday Crystal Cole Sports Editor
Junior quarterback Cam Newton ran his way into Auburn history books Saturday night. Newton’s 171 rushing yards on 15 carries against Arkansas State was a school record for a quarterback. Head coach Gene Chizik said the quarterback had plenty of preseason expectations from fans and media and handled them well. “He’s very competitive,” Chizik said. “He puts a high level of pressure on himself, good or bad or indifferent. That’s just kind of the way he is because he’s such a competitor. He
expects a lot out of himself.” In Newton’s debut game, he ran for two touchdowns, passed for three and accounted for 357 yards of total offense. These stats earned the quarterback SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors. Newton said he knew he had a good game, but after talking with offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, knew he could do better. “I missed key throws that I felt as if I could make on a regular day,” Newton said. “As far as it being a first game, I think I got a lot of jitters out. I’m just going to have to get more comfortable being the every-down quarterback relatively quickly.” Newton’s 71-yard touchdown run was the longest run from
scrimmage since Tristan Davis’s 75-yard sprint against Kentucky in 2005. Newton said maturity is the biggest change he has made since backing up Tim Tebow at Florida. “I was too young and naïve to notice it, but now that I look back on the things that I have done, I just laugh about it and am really somewhat embarrassed,” Newton said. “I had a good leader that I could look up to in Tim Tebow. I look at the things he did and try to do the same things he did.” Looking ahead to tonight, Newton faces an opponent he is all too familiar with. Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen was the offensive
coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Florida while Newton was at the school. Newton said he has respect for Mullen, but can’t wait to play Mississippi State. Newton added telling Mullen he would be playing for Auburn was one of the hardest things he’s had to do. “It was probably one of the hardest decisions I’ve made in my recent life,” Newton said. “I had to go through so many people to see what they think, whether my family or the closest people toward me. It felt best that my career would be played in Auburn.” Chizik said even though Newton was highly recruited by Mississippi State, he feels it’s
water under the bridge. “Those things are in the past, and he has to go out and play football,” Chizik said. “We haven’t even talked about it. He’s focused on being a better teammate and a better football player and helping Auburn win.” Tonight, when the stadium lights fire up in Starkville, Newton looks to improve upon his Auburn premiere with an offense in which he is confident. “If you have a lot of guys around you that are set on what they’ve done in the past, you are really not going to get anywhere,” Newton said. “These guys here are hungry and eager to be great. Good to great, that’s our saying.”
Can the fans actually ‘ring responsibly?’
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With only four days of preparation following the
Tigers’ 52-26 victory, Auburn has no time to waste to prepare for a stellar Mississippi State team. Mississippi State is coming off a convincing 49-7 win over Memphis Saturday, a game which saw the Bulldogs rack up more than 500 yards of total offense, 372 coming from quarterback duo Chris Relf and Tyler Russell. The duo will more than
likely share playing time tonight creating threats not only in the short passing game, but down the field as well. Since the Bulldogs don’t have a go to running back like they did in Anthony Dixon, I expect the Bulldogs to mainly be a threat through the air. As long as the Tigers continue to pressure the quarterback, they should
be able to force some turnovers, something Auburn failed to do Saturday. I see the Tigers playing several running backs, since the Bulldog defense is now forced to take Newton into account as a vital running threat. Looking to stop the run for Mississippi State is AllAmerica candidate Pernell McPhee, whose defensive line held Memphis to only
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41 rushing yards. Although the Bulldog defense is fast, physical and will challenge the Tigers’ offensive line, fatigue will set in somewhere in the fourth quarter. This gives the Tigers the opportunity to run the ball at will. Since the game is played on a Thursday night, it will be broadcast on national television, and Mississippi
State is well aware of this fact. Both schools have high expectations for their teams, and a conference loss would be detrimental this early in the season. Head coach Dan Mullen has stressed this is an important game and all the pieces are in place for State to pull an upset. » Turn to LINDEN, D2
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The fans will be loud and ready, and starting this year, Bulldog fans will be allowed to ring cow bells during games (not that they haven’t in the past). The new rule allows fans to openly bring bells into the stadium, ring the bells before games, at halftime, during timeouts and following a score.
If you ask me, those are all the times when it doesn’t matter if you ring it or not. The University is urging fans not to ring the bells at any other time because they would be fined. Are you kidding me?! They really expect fans to “ring responsibly?” Everyone knows that every third down those bells will be ringing as loudly and as obnoxiously as the
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vuvuzela of the World Cup. Not only that, but I’m pretty sure the University wouldn’t mind spending a few extra bucks to beat a top 25 opponent on national television. If Auburn shows up tonight and plays with as much emotion as Mississippi State most likely will, they should take care of business, while improving to 2-0 and continuing their run at an SEC West title.
p o o c S e h T Football 9/9 @ Mississippi State University @ 6:30 p.m. Women’s Volleyball * 9/10 vs. Oregon State @ 7 p.m. Women’s Soccer 9/10 @ University of Southern California @ 9:30 a.m. Men’s Golf 9/10 - 9/12 Carpet Capital Collegiate All day @ The Farm in Dalton, Ga. Women’s Tennis 9/10 - 9/12 SEC Fall Coaches’ Classic All day
Women’s Volleyball * 9/11 @ College of Charleston noon vs. Cincinnati 4:30 p.m. Women’s Soccer ** 9/12 vs. Cal State Fullerton @ 1 p.m. Women’s Golf 9/13 - 9/15 NCAA Fall Preview All day @ College Station, Texas
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Senior linebacker Josh Bynes brings down Arkansas State quarterback Ryan Aplin.
Tigers look to follow up win in SEC game Crystal Cole Sports Editor
The Auburn football team travels to Mississippi State for its first conference game tonight, just five days after the win over Arkansas State. Auburn leads the series against the Bulldogs 58-23-2, with a 11-4-1 advantage when playing in Starkville, Miss. Head coach Gene Chizik said both teams are in offensive transitions and both focus on more rushing yards. “Their run game is extremely challenging because they have a lot more of the option feel in their game,” Chizik said. “It’s very challenging, and on top of that, it seems now they’re throwing the ball much better than they did last year.” In Saturday’s game against Memphis, Mississippi State rushed for just 197 yards, but passed for 372. Defensively, the Bulldogs held Memphis to 41 rushing yards, nine first downs and 237 yards of total offense. Head coach Dan Mullen said his team was excited to begin SEC play. “We have a tough opponent in Auburn, who had a great win last week,” Mullen said. “We’ll have our challenges because they have a solid offense and
an explosive defense, but I am looking forward to the challenge of playing this game.” Davis Wade Stadium is notorious for fans ringing cowbells in celebration and to throw off opposing teams. With stadium capacity for 55,082 fans, noise could be distracting, especially to younger players. This season, new rules have been put in place to limit bell ringing to times when the ball isn’t live and when Mississippi State scores. Chizik said his team will be ready for any level of noise tonight. “Every stadium in the SEC has tradition and passion for the game,” Chizik said. “You’re going to get the noise, and whatever happens on Thursday night, we’ll be prepared for.” Junior quarterback Cam Newton has played in situations where he couldn’t hear inside a stadium, but hopes the cowbells remain at home. “That’s something our coaching staff is going to have a fun time trying to scheme up with that,” Newton said. “We’re just going to go out there and do what we signed up to do, play football.” In week one, both teams had similar numbers in total offensive plays and first downs.
Chizik said his defense has to improve significantly to compete against Mississippi State. “They do a lot of things that challenge you in terms of a lot of motions and tight end trades and a lot of movement that try to get you out of being in the right spot obviously,” Chizik said. “They do what they do, and they are really good at it. They don’t need to change anything.” Mullen was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Florida while Newton was playing. After his move to Starkville, Mullen heavily recruited Newton until the decision was made to attend Auburn. ““I am never confident on a recruit till that piece of paper comes through on a fax machine, but yes, I recruited Cam and recruited him when I was at Florida and he was in high school in Florida,” Mullen said. “It appears he decided to go closer to home.” One thing both coaches can agree on is the short week interfering with preparation. “Your schedule is set, so it is tricky to balance the practice time and rest time,” Mullen said. “Normally, Sunday is a recovery day and Tuesday is your most physical day of practice. Now, you look at Tuesday, and it is like a Thursday for you.”
Circuit training works many muscle groups in short time Emily Adams Photo Editor
Forty seconds may sound like a short time, but every moment counts during circuit training at the Student Activities Center. The class, offered Monday through Thursday at 5 p.m., combines cardio and weight training for a fullbody workout. “It’s appealing because it’s almost like personal training,” said Rob Davis, class instructor and sophomore in hotel and restaurant management. “The class is mostly girls, and a lot of them don’t feel comfortable in the weight room, or they don’t know
what to do. It’s also not embarrassing like a dance class can be, where you have to be coordinated.” The class consists of 10 exercise stations. Participants start at different stations, doing as many repetitions as they can in 40 seconds. There is a 15-second recovery time to move to the next station. The goal is to visit each station four times during a class. “I like that it’s intense,” said Lindsey Donfrancesco, senior in human resources management. “I used to be on the Auburn soccer team, and we would do circuit workouts like this. It’s not like some
classes you go to that are really easy.” Amy Feigleson, senior in communication disorders, said she has been going to the class for two years. “I’m a lot more toned,” Feigleson said, “and I feel like my arms are stronger than they have ever been.” The class has exercises for each of the major muscle groups. “A lot of us hate the mountain climber—it’s really hard,” Donfrancesco said. “One of the good things about the class, though, is that there is a lot of variety. Every class is different, and it works on everything—cardio, legs, abs and arms.” Donfrancesco said the
intensity of the class intimidates some people. “The first couple of times you come, you’re going to be really sore the next day, which actually scares a lot of people away,” Donfrancesco said. Participants control the number of repetitions they do to meet their fitness levels. Davis said the class is good for college students because it offers personalized attention and a flexible schedule. “Of course, it’s better if you come on a regular basis, but you’re not going to fall behind if you miss a few classes,” Davis said. The class routine frequently changes to work
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Seniors Lindsey Donfrancesco, Christie Kibler and Caitlin Hollis do ab exercises Tuesday at Circuit Training.
muscles differently and meet participant’s needs. “I feel like our teacher is always more personable,”
Feigleson said, “If you say you want to work a certain part of your body, they’ll change it to fit you.”
New coach, new attitude for lacrosse Blake Hamilton Associate Sports Editor
As it gets cooler on the Plains, Auburn women’s lacrosse prepares to heat up the field. The 24-woman club team experienced some reshuffling in the offseason, including the rise of Stephanie Grant, sophomore in sciences and mathematics, to its presidency. “I didn’t really like my high school team, so I wasn’t sure about playing at Auburn,” Grant said.
“But when I came to the information meeting, the girls seemed to love each other.” Among the things Grant said the team needs to improve from last year is conditioning. Arriving to remedy that is Janna Faulkner, the team’s de facto coach for 2010. “I played Division I lacrosse at Duquesne,” Faulkner said. “I just graduated, and I just want to keep helping and be a part of the sport. I’ve been coaching for a long time
in high school and middle school, so this is going to be a step up doing college.” Faulkner said her fiance played lacrosse while a freshman at Auburn and enjoyed it enough to recommend the club to her. “I ended up getting on the website and contacted them,” Faulkner said. “I said ‘Hey, I’m coming down for a year and would really like to be a part of the team somehow, so if I could help out, be an assistant or be a coach, I’d really love it.’” Faulkner said one
hindrance to the team on and to really help to is that it is largely self- give some one-on-one atcoached. t e n t i o n ,” When Faulkn er women s a i d . We want to who act as “Since c o a c h e s redeem ourselves it’s really are playhard to do ers them- against some of the that while s e l v e s Florida teams.” you’re and run playing, drills with I think that’ll give the team, Stephanie Grant, a better they can’t lacrosse team president position make crito help tiques with some of the condiand, thus, improvements. “My role is really to over- tioning.” Another advantage of a look and see what’s going
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Junior defender Heather Havron (left) battles for the ball with junior midfielder Casey Short (right) during Friday night’s game against No. 5 Florida State. Auburn won 3-2.
Junior midfielder Katy Frierson runs past freshman Florida State defender Kassey Kallman during Friday night’s game. Frierson scored the game winner in double overtime.
Tigers prepare for West Coast battle Taylor Jones Writer
Since the Auburn women’s soccer team defeated No. 5 Florida State, it looks to beat the 2007 national champions University of Southern California. “We have to get better, stronger, faster and apply pressure,” said junior defender Heather Havron. The Auburn women’s soccer team recently pulled off a huge win after star junior midfielder Katy Frierson blasted the ball into the back of Florida State’s net in double overtime. The USC Tournament begins Friday in Los Angeles, Calif., with play ending Sunday. Along with Auburn, the teams involved in the tournament are the USC Trojans, the Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks and the Cal State Fullerton Titans. The USC women’s team has been a powerhouse in women’s soccer in recent years, winning the NCAA Championship in 2007.
The Trojans finished the 2009 season ranked 19th with a record of 12-7-2. This year, USC returns eight starters and 13 letterwinners. Ali Khosroshahin has coached the Trojans for two seasons, accumulating an impressive record of 36-8-4. Going into the USC Tournament, the host team is currently 2-1-2, with wins against Texas Christian and Purdue. USC and Cal State Fullerton are both possessionstyle teams, and Auburn has several challenges. “We are a young team, with a lot of young players, and we switched our formation,” said senior forward Ashley Marks. While many people may not be familiar with Northern Arizona University, the Lumberjacks are a legitimate threat to any team it plays. Coach Andre Luciano is in his 10th year with the Lumberjacks, having led NAU to the NCAA tournament in 2008 and 2009, winning the Big Sky coach
of the year in those years West Conference. as well. The TiT h e tans won L u m the Big West berjacks ChampionWe know f ini sh ed ship in 2005, the 2009 what we can do, and 2006 and s e a s o n we are just going to 2007. 10-9-2 This seaand have keep doing it.” son, the Tiwon the tans return Big Sky 18 players. Ashley Marks, ChampiAmong senior forward the returnonship for the ing are past two junior foryears. ward Stacey Fox, senior In the Big Sky Coaches midfielder Danielle BitonPoll, Northern Arizona ti and senior goalkeeper is favored to repeat for a Shannon Simpson. third straight championThe Titans are led by ship. coach Demian Brown. The Lumberjacks return So far in 2010, the Titans 10 starters and 17 letter- are 2-2-0, which includes winners, including star an upset victory against senior defender Kristi An- No. 18 UNC Greensboro. dreassen, junior forward The Auburn Tigers come Jenna Samora and senior into this tournament conmidfielder Brenna Boles. fident, with wins against The Lumberjacks have Tennessee Tech, Milwauhad a slow start to the 2010 kee, Florida State and season, with a current Western Carolina. overall record of 0-2-2, but The only loss this year they will look to surprise was a 0-3 defeat at the in the USC Tournament. hands of Marquette in the The Cal State Fullerton MKE Cup. Titans compete in the Big The Tigers were picked
Gabbing with Gray Robert Lee Writer
Christine Gray is bringing some color to women’s tennis. Gray, a successful tennis player in college, turned the love of the sport into coaching.. Three years year ye a s ag ar ago ago, o, Gray o, Gra G raay was at W Wellesley ellesl elle sley ey College Col ollege olle leege g in Massachusetts, ach chusset etts, where wher wh eree she held a sseven-year eveen ev en-yeaar tenteennure as head eaad co ccoach oach of the the women’s tennis teenn niss team. tea eaam. m. She then en n ccame am me to to AuA Au uuburn, finding din ng ssuccess ucc cces cces e s with w th wi the tennis is p program rogram and loving thee Auburn spirit. “Havingg the opportunity to be a head coach at Wellesley built my skill set tremendously,” Gray said. “It helped me to perform at a high level and further my ability to coach here at Auburn.” Gray led Wellesley to four straight New England women’s and men’s Athletic Conference Championships from 2004 to 2007. To top that, she also earned two individual NEWMAC sportsmanship
awards along the way. Dating back to 2004, Gray has been named coach of the year on eight different occasions, something most coaches find hard to earn once. In May 2004, Gray was inducted into the Rhode Isla Is l nd la Scholar-Athlete Island Hall of Fame. Hall “T To be recognized recog oggni nize zed ze d in any anyy “To sp por ortt iss sspe p ciiall,” Gray pe Gra rayy ssaid. aid d. sport special, “B Butt it it me m anss a little an liitt litt t le le extra extra “But means reco re co ogn g ized ed d for ffo or both bot oth h to bee recognized a ad ac dem emic i s and and sports. sp por orts orts ts. academics It’s Itt’ss something som som met ethi hingg I aam m ve very ry proud prou prou pr oud d of of.f.” Gray G Gr ay showed leaderlead ade ad dership even before taking tak akin in ng on a professionall role, role ro le serving as captain of the 1991-1992 Brown University varsity women’s tennis team. While attending Brown, she furthered her leadership by earning a bachelor’s degree in international relations while leading her team to the Ivy League Championship in 1991. After leaving Brown, Gray was a bit unsure of where to go with her newfound life.
“When I left college, I loved the concept of coaching, but I decided to teach instead,” Gray said. “However, with my educational experiences at hand, it eventually lead me to coaching tennis.” Today, Gray ccontinues to prove herself in the Auburn tennis department. depar Al Alth lth hou ough tthis ough h s is her hi Although tth hird ird se ir seas aso as on aatt Auburn, on third season the pla the th p pl layerrs ag gre r e that her players agree pres essen encee iss ssomething ence o presence spec sp ecia ec ial.l.l ia special. “She “S She h is very very ver ry positive about ab boutt wh what hat at sshe hee d does,” said Caroline C Caro Ca aro rolli line line ne Tho ornton, rnto rn to o sophomore mo oree on on the the tennis tenn team. “She “Sh “S he h has as a very calming ca effect on the players that really translates on the field.” Gray helped lead senior Fani Chifchieva to the NCAA Division I singles championship. With her husband Tim Gray as head tennis coach, the Grays make an unstoppable duo. “Coach (Christine) Gray is all about hard work on the court, strictly business,” said freshman Emily Newton.
in the preseason SEC Coaches Poll as favorites to win the SEC West. Junior defender Heather Havron is determined to succeed. “We can’t ever back down,” Havron said. With players such as team captains Frierson and Sammy Towne, the Tigers have no intentions of backing down. Frierson has been named America’s top soccer player by TopDrawerSoccer.com. She has also been placed on the Hermann Trophy Watch List, as well as the preseason All-SEC and AllAmerican teams for 2010. Another key player for Auburn is sophomore goalkeeper Amy Howard. Last year, Howard led the SEC in saves, with 121. Howard was also named to the 2009 SEC All Freshman team and was awarded the Rookie of the Year award for the 2009 Auburn team. “We know how capable we are,” Marks said. “We are really confident, and we are just going to take our confidence up every
game. We know what we can do, and we are just going to keep doing it.” Under coach Karen Hoppa’s direction, the Tigers expect big things this year, including two victories in the USC Tournament. In 11 years with Auburn, Hoppa has accumulated a record of 125-85-19. Hoppa said the timing for the tournament isn’t favorable to the Tigers because of the past weekend of games. Hoppa emphasized how the scouting reports for USC and Cal State Fullerton will be essential to the preparation of the Tigers for the tournament. “Luckily, this week we saw Florida State, and I think they will have similar styles to the California teams, so we are going to have to look at what we did that allowed us to be successful Friday night and try and build on that,” Hoppa said. Auburn plays USC at 5:30 p.m. Friday and Cal State Fullerton at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Getting to know Gray Why did you choose Auburn? To be with my husband, and the amazing Auburn spirit Who is your most recent inspirational sports figure? Boston College linebacker Mark Hertzlich If you could coach one other sport, what would it be? Volleyball What is one thing that not many people know about you? I used to be a competitive figure skater. What’s your prediction for the Super Bowl? Patriots all the way!
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Fans cheer on the Auburn soccer team Friday night at the “Cram the Complex” event. The team beat Florida State 3-2 in double overtime. The team plays in Los Angeles tomorrow.
Fans squeeze in the soccer complex Rachel Shirey Writer
Hundreds of soccer fans began to “cram the complex” for the game against the Florida State Seminoles 6 p.m. Friday, reserving seats and sporting free promotional Auburn hats. Parents, children and students dressed up in their favorite Auburn wear. Coach Karen Hoppa said she hoped the event would draw a huge crowd to cheer the team on to victory. “The fans were lining the fence, and they were cheering the whole time,
Drew Robertson, senior and they encouraged us when there was a lull in in industrial and systems engineering, the game,” said it took said Katy the group 45 Fr i e r s o n , It was a minutes to get j u n i o r ready for the midfielder. great crowd, and game. There “We were so was also it absolutely made excited,” Roba group the difference.” of six stuertson said. dents who “There wasn’t painted Karen Hoppa, even a place their bodsoccer head coach for six of us ies and to sit together dressed up in the stands. for the game. It was packed out— One man sported a Mo- crammed, so to speak.” hawk, and six friends had The lettered friends endA-U-B-U-R-N spelled out ed up lining the fence. Robertson said he on their stomachs in alterlikes to support the girls’ nating orange and blue.
teams because they don’t get enough credit for the amount of work they do. “Just to look over in the crowd and see so much orange and blue and so many faces was really encouraging for us,” Frierson said. Before the start of the game, members of the Auburn soccer team stormed the stands. They threw fans miniature white soccer balls with an Auburn logo and the individual’s name and jersey number. Children wrestled for the souvenirs. “I think all the fans and players were really
excited,” said Sam Linhart, sophomore in exercise science. “Everyone was a lot louder and more interested in the game.” At halftime, Aubie danced his way through the stands. The mascot took pictures with families and fans went out of their way to visit with him. “It’s great when we have fans,” Frierson said. “It really just makes the game so much more fun, and it creates a different atmosphere, and it makes us play to reach the next level, and we hope they enjoyed it and that they will come back out.”
The “Cram the Complex” event was organized by the soccer team’s marketing department. “It was a great crowd, and it absolutely made a difference, and what a performance, and what a show the girls put on for that fantastic crowd,” Hoppa said. “It made a huge difference for us.” The soccer team defeated Florida State University 3-2 in double overtime. The game marked the first win against a top-5 team since the 2004 victory against Florida. The victory was also the first against Florida State since 1995.
The Auburn baseball coach’s annual camp showcases high school talent Eric Yarbor Writer
Though baseball season won’t get started until February, Plainsman Park is far from dormant. Auburn’s ongoing baseball camp is an opportunity for young, aspiring high school players to showcase their skills to scouts and coaches. The camp, open to all, attracts players from all over the Southeast and states as far away as Texas. Third-year head coach John Pawlowski said Auburn is dear to some of these players, many of whom saw Saturday’s football game and stayed for the long weekend to find experience at the next level of play. “(The players) seek opportunities to showcase their abilities, so they actually seek out us,” Pawlowski said. “We’re trying to find athletes. Camps are a very good way for us to see these kids. We look out for different things, and some guys really stand out.” Pawlowski is a living testament to the success of these types of camps, as he attended one hosted by Clemson University during his sophomore year in high school and, in turn, was recruited. “You never really know who’s watching, so you go out there and play with passion,” Pawlowski said. “There’s a work ethic and passion that goes with it. You can outwork the person to your left and right, and next thing you know, you find yourself on the team.” The camp, which ran Sunday and Monday, consists of a series of different drills, but mostly
centers around players catching pop flies, fielding ground balls and making quick throws to the other bases to make would-be plays. The second half is a mock game, where the players truly show what they’re worth in actual competition. Parents and siblings packed the stands and sought shade in the blistering summer heat, rooting for their kids and enjoying the concessions. Last season, Pawlowski guided the Tigers to an SEC West championship and said he admires their productive season, but still remains unsatisfied with the results. He said the Tigers’ immediate goals are to win the SEC tournament and make the playoffs. “We have 17 new faces on this team,” he said, leaning back in his chair under a picture of Bo Jackson hitting a home run. “We want to keep the excitement and energy and enthusiasm surrounding the program right now.” An SEC Championship, if achieved, would be the 10th in school history and the first in more than 10 years. Before last season, the last time the Tigers made post-season play in consecutive seasons was from 1997–2003. During this time, they made seven straight play-off trips that included a conference title and a College World Series appearance. “Auburn is a very special place,” Pawlowski said. “There’s a great history of tradition here, not just athletically, but academically as well. This is a place where student-athletes prepare for life.”
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Former Tiger honored Nick Van Der Linden Assistant Sports Editor
Former Auburn standout Jill Palmer, now known as Jill Adams, will be inducted into the Valley Central High School Hall of Fame in October. “I’m very honored that they chose me,” Adams said. “This is only their second year doing the Hall of Fame, and that I was nominated and selected is just great.” Valley Central High School is located in Montgomery, N.Y., but Adams
said the distance didn’t matter. “I am fortunate enough to be able to take two of the girls that I coach with me to New York,” Adams said. “We will visit upstate New York, and because it’ll be fall, it will be very nice.” Adams, a native of New York, has lived in Auburn for more than 14 years after being recruited by former Tiger coach Bill Wilkins and playing for the Tigers from 1995-98. Adams still holds the record for goals scored at Auburn, and said playing for the Tiger was the most fun she’s had.
“If I could, I would go back and do it all again,” Adams said. “I am very fortunate to have the relations that I have from playing this sport.” As a forward, Adams was named to the AllSoutheastern Conference Second Team all four years of her career, while being named SEC Player of the Week in 1995 and 1997. Although her playing days are over, the love of the game is not. Adams coaches the 94 girls of the Auburn Thunder soccer team and led them to a DII State League Championship in 2007.
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Bullock on the rise Alex Groves Writer
With a “can do” attitude, sophomore volleyball player Sarah Bullock is on the fast track to making a name for Auburn volleyball. Bullock, a business major from Allen High School in Allen, Texas, helped her team win first team AllDistrict all four years of high school and won AllArea her junior year, helping her club team finish second in the USAV Junior Olympics. Coming from a family full of Nebraska Cornhuskers, Sarah went against the grain, coming to the Plains for her first official college visit. She fell in love and said the family atmosphere is what drew her in. The 5-foot-10 outside hitter earned a starting role on the team her freshman year, and started in 31 matches for the Tigers last year. One game that stuck out for Bullock was the game
versus LSU. “She could do whatever she wanted that game,” said head coach Wade Benson. Benson said against such a big team, Bullock was more than impressive. She also made the SEC All-Freshman Team by leading the team in kills and attempts, with 296 and 889, respectively. This year, Sarah continues to shine. As the “cheerleader” on the team, she keeps everyone’s spirits up. “Sarah is the person you want on the court with you,” said teammate Kelly Fidero, outside and right side hitter from Temecula, Calif. “She brings the energy. Sarah is a momentum player and can get the entire team to work hard.” Bullock won MVP of the War Eagle Invitational, in which Auburn swept Troy, UT Martin and Mercer, finishing off Georgia Southern for the championship. “I was just really feelin’ it that day,” she said. Bullock led offensively in
the three games she played in the tournament, averaging 4.57 kills per set and totaling 20 kills. “She couldn’t be stopped,” Benson said. “No one could touch her.” This weekend at the Blue Raider Bash in Murfreesboro, Tenn., Auburn started slow, losing its first matches of the season to Miami and Duke, but then went on to beat Middle Tennessee and Southern Mississippi for a strong finish. Bullock stood out in the game against Duke with eight kills and 11 digs. “Sarah is constantly improving and is gaining a leadership role on the team,” Benson said. “She is competitive, confident and has a can-do attitude. We look forward to see what else Sarah can do this year, as she is said to be working on her ability to change her shot selection to have more effective hits. We have a lot to look forward to this year from Sarah and the Auburn Tigers volleyball team.”
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Volleyball prepares for OSU, Charleston, Cincinnati Katie Broun Writer
After playing in the Blue Raider Bash over Labor Day weekend, the Auburn women’s volleyball team is moving forward to play in another talent-filled tournament this weekend. The C of C Classic will pit Auburn against Oregon State, College of Charleston and Cincinnati; however, the team hopes to take its experiences from this past weekend to help them at the C of C Classic. “We are learning from this weekend, and the things we need to work on
will be much better next hopes to improve in is weekend,” said Katherine closing its matches. “We would be up by a Culwell, an outside hitwhole lot ter and of points, finance and we just major. Our passing c o u l d n ’ t The Ticlose out gers, who is really on its game. the games,” now have We’ve been working a C u l w e l l a record said. “We of 6-2, lot on that.” still need lost to to work on Duke and Miami Katherine Culwell, k e e p i n g in three outside hitter the focus throughout sets at the whole the Blue Raider Bash, but bounced game and match.” Auburn, 2-2 at the Blue back to defeat Middle Tennessee and Southern Miss. Raider Bash, had an emoAnother area the team tional game with Middle
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Tennessee, defeating them in five close sets (24-26, 2518, 18-25, 25-23, 15-10). “The overall highlight was beating Middle Tennessee because they are a really good team,” said Sarah Bullock, pre-business major and outside hitter. With the C of C Classic around the corner, the Tigers face some tough competition in Oregon State, 3-4, College of Charleston, 5-2, and Cincinnati, 6-1. “Cincinnati and College of Charleston are probably top 50 teams, and Oregon State is in the Pac-10,” said coach Wade Benson. “If we went 2-1, we’d be
happy, but 3-0 would be an excellent achievement for us.” Auburn could face challenges from College of Charleston outside hitter Whitney Russell, who was recently selected as Southern Conference Offensive player of the week, and from Cincinnati’s intimidating 6-1 record. Also, Oregon State has shown impressive blocking skills, with only 12 errors and 117 block assists, compared to Auburn’s 22 block errors and 81 block assists. While next weekend will be highly competitive, the
Tigers remain confident in their passing skills, which were evident at the Blue Raider Bash. “Our passing is really on its game,” Culwell said. “We’ve been working a lot on that.” This tournament will be the Tigers’ last opportunity to gain extra experience before tough conference matches against LSU and Arkansas. Auburn will play in Charleston, S.C., against Oregon State Sept. 10 at 3:30 p.m., followed by College of Charleston at noon and Cincinnati at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 11.