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‘All Auburn Blue Day’ approved by City Council Nathan Simone Online Editor
Auburn residents will have two chances to go “all in” this weekend, as a resolution making Friday, Oct. 5 “All Auburn Blue Day” was approved by City Council at the Oct. 2 meeting. Auburn High School head coach Tim Carter was recognized by the Council for his achievements with the football team. Auburn High had been nationally selected by ESPN to televise its Oct. 5 game against Montgomery’s Carver High School. Carter and the team are asking fans to wear all blue to show their pride in Auburn High and local athletes for the national audience. Carter was grateful for the recognition and thanked the Council and supportive fans. “Well you know, the Council wanted to recognize our team,” Carter said. “It’s a big-time game. There’s two Auburn commitments, Auburn University commitments. I think that added to the excitement of it. But we’re both two topranked teams. You know it’s just a big showdown.” Tickets for the game are available starting Oct. 1 and can be purchased in the Auburn High athletic office from 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Councilwoman Sheila Eckman briefly advocated for the city to improve its public transportation system, based on information she gathered at a recent conference in Washington, D.C.
We have a perfect example in Tiger Transit and how well that works.” —Sheila Eckman Auburn City Councilwoman
“ We have a pseudo-public transportation with LETA,” Eckman said. “Someone that wants to use it has to call a day in advance. It’s a tedious thing. There’s nothing that people can just rely on.” Eckman admires the model Tiger Transit provides. “We have a perfect example in Tiger Transit and how well that works,” she said. “I think as we grow and get into a situation where we need one, we’ll get something like that.” Clay Phillips announced UPC’s first Bodda Getta Bash, a public pep rally and concert to be held in Bibb Graves Amphitheater Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. Bizilia’s Café’s outdoor permit request was approved. Six city employees were recognized for their service and dedication to the city. The purchase of one $86,002.84 Bobcat Compact Track Loader was approved, for use by Water Resource Management. No citizens came forward during Citizens’ Communications.
After-hours advising caters to late-night students Becky Hardy Campus Reporter
Students who have trouble reaching their advisers can worry no more. A new service called Tiger Adviser has come to the rescue. Tiger Advising is a program that offers after-hour advising services to students. “This gives students one more opportunity to get advice on how to be successful at Auburn,” said Provost Timothy R. Boosinger. Tiger Adviser is a new collaborative program on campus between SGA and the Office of the Provost. “Advising was one of Owen’s big platforms,” said SGA Chief-of-Staff Collier Tynes. “Making it easier for students to access advisers.” Along with Parrish’s vision, Tynes put her experience into the idea as well. “I went on a COSGA retreat, and when I was there, there was another university that talked about having a kiosk of all this important information in it,” Tynes said. “And I thought how that would be such a great thing for Auburn.” Many complaints have been filed about contacting advisers on time, so this would be a way to help get
rid of that problem, said Constance Relihan, associate provost for undergraduate studies. “The advisers we have are doing a great job, but some students have said that it is difficult to get appointments that will work around their class schedule,” Boosinger said. Tiger Advising’s main purpose is to offer general process information for students, Relihan said. “Students will not be able to get a pin number or specific advising on, say, which journalism class is best for you to take for your career plan,” Relihan said. “This program will help students help themselves by getting information more easily. It’s set up to make sure the students know who their advisers are, how do they change they major, what does it mean to gap a course, how do they read their degree works audit and how do they go about taking courses at another school over the summer.” The questions students should ask should only take about five minutes to answer, said Julie Huff, special assistant to the provost for projects and initiatives.
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Vol. 118, Issue 16, 16 Pages
Former football players’ trials delayed for testing Zeke Turrentine Community Editor
The trials of former Auburn football players Dakota Mosley, Michael McNeil and Shaun Kitchens were postponed again as the court is waiting for further test results on evidence, according to attorneys for the accused men. The three are to stand trial for robbery charges brought in March 2011 after an armed robbery of a mobile home off Wire Road. Police said at the time they recovered a gun–later found to be former football player Michael Dyer’s–and stolen goods from the home in the car upon pulling the group over. Dyer testified he and the other players were smoking synthetic marijuana and that the group said “they were going to hit a lick,” or go rob someone. Goodwin, Dyer said, wanted him to go because he knew of his handgun. He said he turned down tagging along for the ride and believed that Goodwin took his gun from his apartment. Antonio Goodwin, another former player, was also in the car. He recently received a prison sentence of 15 years after his convic-
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Antonio Goodwin received a prison sentence of 15 years for his involvement in a March 2011 robbery.
tion in April. He was given a sentence in the middle range of what
the state recommends for robbery like this.
Beam me up, Aubie
AubieSat1 successfully relays ‘War Eagle’ back to earth Caitlin Wagenseil Writer
When AubieSat1, the first satellite ever built by Auburn students, transmitted the words “War Eagle” back to earth this past summer, it was confirmation of a successful mission. Planning for AubieSat1 began in 2001, led by Jean-Marie Wersinger in the physics department. “This was the first satellite by Auburn, and it was so new to everyone that it took a long time to really get something developed,” said Kyle Owen, junior in electrical and computer engineering. “Oct. 27, 2011 was when it was launched, but the summer before that was when 90 percent of it was built.” Alex Lewis, sophomore in electrical engineering, heard AubieSat1 respond firsthand. “I was working under Dr. Wersinger with Andrew [Slaughter], and we all flew out to Montana to get the ‘War Eagle’ and all the successful transmission.” While the mission was ultimately successful, it was very touch-and-go at first. “Initially, it was not a success because we were worried that we did not employ antennas or that our transmitter was stuck in a low-power state,” Owen said. “We were having a really hard time hearing it, so I built a transmitter that could be carried around, and we basically blasted AubieSat1 until it responded, and it did.” While Owen was not there in person to hear it respond, he received a phone call shortly afterward. “I got a call from Dr. Wersing-
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AubieSat1 in the development stage, pictured above.
er and I almost cried, because up until that point, we knew it was there; it was beckoning to us and spitting out some random Morse code every couple of minutes,” Owen said. “We could hear it every time it came around, but it was not until we blasted it with that much power [1500-watt amplifier] that it finally said ‘War Eagle’ to us.” Owen said AubieSat1 was built completely from scratch. “ We made the boards, we put the components on and soldered everything together,” he said. “By the time we shipped it out, we were so ready to just be done with it; we had spent so much time on it, and we were just hoping for the best, but really expecting the worst.” Because of AubieSat1’s success,
plans are in the works to build another satellite. “We just started this semester working on an AubieSat2,” Lewis said. “We’re going to find out in the beginning of November if we get the $900,000 grant, and if we get that, then it’s the green light for the go-ahead on AubieSat2.” John Klingelhoeffer, auburn graduate and former president of two different commercial satellite companies, is the technical consultant working with the team of students who built AubieSat1. He said the second satellite shouldn’t be as lengthy of a process.
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■ Clinton Mooney, 22, Birmingham
Sept. 27–Oct. 2
Monday, Oct. 1, 8:22 p.m. on East University Drive
■ Vergie Frazier, 50, Opelika
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2:44 a.m. on North College Street
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2 a.m. at Opelika Road and Dekalb Street
■ Stephanie Hamer, 22, Auburn
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■ Benjamin Jones, 32, Scottsboro
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■ Shellut Parker, 61, Auburn
■ Morgan Slaven, 18, Deerborne, Mich. ■ Laney Hargett, 20, LaGrange Ga. Avenue
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2:45 a.m. on North College Street
■ Victoria Jones, 23, Auburn
Monday, Oct. 1, 6:43 p.m. on Perry Street
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Auburn students take part in fitness challenge Becky Hardy Campus Reporter
Maxim Magazine and Body Fortress fitness company have teamed up to encourage students across the nation to exercise. A total of 10 schools are participating in the fitness challenge, including Auburn. “At each school we set up obstacles like monkey bars, pullups, situps and there’s a vertical jump,” said Kelsey Laport, media manager for Body Fortress. Everyone is invited to give it a try, Laport said. “You just, of course, have to assure us that you are in a physical condition
that you are able to do it,” Laport said. There will be a total of 20 winners, a male and female student from each school, by the end of the tour. “In order to be the ‘top dog’–there’s a male and a female ‘top dog’–you just have to be able to get the most points by completing those fitness challenges,” Laport said. The public will then vote on its favorite 20 ‘top dogs’ from each school to win the prize, she said. “Each winner will win an all-expense-paid trip to Maxim Spring Break 2013 at Panama City Beach,” Laport said. Although the original plan was to test students physically, the rainy
weather on Oct. 1 forced the challenge to resort to a plan B, Laport said. “This was one of the few instances where we were unable to secure an indoor location, so trivia was our backup plan,” Laport said. “We wanted to make sure the students here could still participate and we didn’t want to penalize anyone for the fact that it’s raining.” Throughout the day, the table in the Student Center attracted a couple hundred people, although not all filled out the trivia sheet, Laport said. “About 30 to 40 people have filled out the trivia,” Laport said. “It is more of an intensive process because you
have to sign up and fill out the questions.” Some questions were really general, like ‘what does BMI stand for?,’ Laport said. “The University of Central Florida has the highest score so far,” Laport said. “The second school is Florida State.” The schools were first picked by votes of the general public. “We put a list of top 100 football schools online and people were able to vote on which ones we should go to,” Laport said. “Then we logistically went through the 100 schools that were picked and reached out to the campuses to see if they would al-
low us to have the event, if there was enough room for it and stuff like that.” Maxim and Body Fortress hope to enlighten their key demographic of 18 to 34-year-olds while visiting Auburn. “Body Fortress sells premium workout products, like weight protein, vitamins,” Laport said. “All things that will help you during your workout and recovery.” Although everything did not go as planned, Maxim and Body Fortress enjoyed their time at Auburn, Laport said. “We’re really excited to be at Auburn,” she said. “It was a really beautiful campus, and everyone was very receptive and nice to talk to.”
Prescription pills trumped by medical marijuana Becky Hardy Campus Reporter
During a monthly meeting of the University’s College Democrats, the members welcomed the discussion of an influential side of health care. The organization accepted a request from Christopher Butts and Ron Crompton of the Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition to speak at its monthly meeting. AMMC supports a bill that would legalize the use of medical marijuana in Alabama and protect the citizens who use it. AMMC’s goal is to get its bill, modeled after Americans for Safe Access’s bill, passed as soon as possible. “Our fight is to protect people like us, who will and are benefiting from (the use of marijuana),” said Butts, copresident and chair of the board of directors for AMMC. Crumpton, co-president and executive director of AMMC, wants to make it clear the organization is only for the protection of the citizens who will benefit from the medical marijuana license. “We are not for the general legalization of marijuana,” Crumpton said. “We are all about providing safe access.”
Advising » From A1
Tiger Advising is not a replacement for students’ college adviser by all means, Relihan said. “Students really need to talk to people in their department about that,” Relihan said. “We really want the people who know the most about the specific questions students ask about to be the ones that are giving
Jacob Dean, president of College Democrats, said this issue directly affects his organization’s members. “One of our members has Crohn’s disease and would benefit greatly from the legalization of medical marijuana,” Dean said. Dean believes there are other good reasons for the legalization of medical marijuana. “Our prisons are overcrowded, under-funded and the state is going bankrupt right now,” Dean said. “Medical marijuana could greatly benefit our state financially.” AMMC brought its ideas to Auburn’s campus with the goal of gaining supporters, said Butts. “We’re going anywhere to find people like College Democrat members that will help support this legislation and help us get the word out,” Butts said. “We need everyone to talk to people in their circle of influence and outside their circle of influence, and let them know that this legislation is up.” Dean believes Auburn, as well as other college campuses, are the perfect place to find politically involved individuals.“Students are much more aggressive for these types of policies, whether it’s homosexual marriage,
medical marijuana or the war policy,” Dean said. “Even Auburn would be a favorite supporter of the medical marijuana.” The reasoning behind Butts’ and Crompton’s advocacy for the legalization of medical marijuana stems from their rough pasts. “I’ve suffered from a back injury since 1992,” Butts said. “A lot of the pills the doctors gave me were to
counteract the first three pills I was put on. And before I knew it, I was taking 10 pills a day.” Butts’ addiction cost him a lot more than the money in his pocket. “I eventually lost a job, a marriage and relationships with my children, who are grown now,” Butts said. Crompton suffered from a fractured vertebra that then developed into spinal stenosis and caused him
to develop ulcers from all the pills he was prescribed. “Having one major medical condition to deal with turned into two because of the pills given to me because of my first problem,” Crompton said. “I developed more problems, including chronic nausea.” Both turned to marijuana to escape the clutch of prescription pills. “These pills that the doctors had me on propel you into the deepest, darkest depression you could ever think of,” Crompton said. “If it was not for my son, I would not be here right now.” Butts argued marijuana is safer because it is a botanical plant. “It’s just like rosemary,” Butts said. “Botanical herbs are not approved by the FDA as drugs. Marijuana should be given that same thing.” Dean hopes to spread the word on the medical, not recreational, uses of marijuana to help the bill pass. “I didn’t know medical marijuana had all those uses, so if more people could learn about the uses, not the recreational use, but the medical, then a lot more people would be aware and able to support this bill,” Dean said.
the students this advice.” Tiger Advising will be located in room 2143 in the library, near the learning commons. It will be open from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. The time is perfect because most students are in the library around those times, Huff said. Relihan said if demand is heavy they will open advising Sunday through Thursday. Two formally retired advisers will
be coming back to Auburn’s campus to help out at Tiger Advising. Along with past academic advisers, Tiger Advising is also looking for peer advisers to help out as well, Relihan said. “Peer advisers are people who have been here at least a year and have at least a 3.0 GPA and preferably people who have been Camp War Eagle counselors, student recruiters or peer advisers in their college,” Relihan said. “Basically we are looking for someone
with some sort of background in advising.” One academic adviser and one peer adviser will be on-call at all times during the respective hours. “It’ll be really nice to have our perspectives put in as students and then advisers,” Tynes said. “It can only be done with the advice from a lot of people.” The advising will only be made by walk-ins. “We are ordering restaurant-style
pagers because there is really no dedicated waiting area right there, but students will be in the library, so there are plenty of places to sit,” Relihan said. As well as the advising in the office, Tiger Advising hopes to have a fully stocked website of information available to the students, Huff said. If Tiger Advising becomes really popular, the service may look into online chat opportunities. Tiger Advising will be open Oct. 1.
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Pictured from left to right, Kyle Owen, Dr. J.M. Wersinger, Andrew Slaughter, Rebecca Lin and Ian Locklar, are part of the group of students who built AubieSat1.
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“I think Auburn has enough experience now that the next one won’t take as long,” Klingelhoeffer said. Owen said he expects a completely new transmitter design for the second satellite.
“It will have more amateur radio capabilities, and we’ll be able to take a walkie-talkie and actually talk to the satellite and have it echo back down, which is going to be really cool,” he said. Klingelhoeffer said the teamwork aspect is most important. “No one in the industry works in an all-engineer-
ing group, or an all physics group,” he said. “There’s going to be all sorts of people you have to work with.” Klingelhoeffer said he has had a lot of fun working with the students. “A thing that they had their hands on building is up there in space, beeping away and sending messages,” Klingelhoeffer said.
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UPC and SGA become partners in new event Becky Hardy Campus Reporter
SGA and UPC collaborate for Auburn’s first annual Bodda Getta Bash. This event will be held on Oct. 6th starting at 5p.m. “It is a joint pep rally and concert event,” said Collier Tynes, SGA chief of staff. “Basically there’s going to be the cheerleaders, Aubie and a couple guest speakers.” The speakers will be coaches Trooper and Luther Taylor. During the rally there will be a chance to win a Verizon wireless cellphone. Afterward, Trot Line will perform a concert. This will be the only pep rally and UPC concert during the football season.
“In the past years we’ve done a couple of pep rallies during the fall and this year we really wanted to focus on one larger pep rally that we could really celebrate the Auburn family,” said Sarah Beth Worsham, SGA executive vice president of programs. “The vision behind it is to have one big celebration that everyone could come to, instead of just multiple pep rallies during the season.” The collaboration between groups was helpful in planning the event said Worsham. “They’re really great at what they do with fall concerts and big events,” Worsham said. “Being able to work with them has allowed SGA to supply a con-
cert, which is something we wouldn’t have been able to do with a normal pep rally.” Worsham said she expects 30,000 people to attend. “That’s really the ballpark number that we are shooting for,” Worsham said. “It is open to students and the community as well. We’re hoping that with a lot of people coming in for the game this weekend, we’ll have a lot of people attend and it be a large event.” Worsham hopes to expand Bodda Getta Bash and continue it into upcoming years. “We hope that this is something that becomes an Auburn tradition and something that in ten years we’re all excited to come back to and be a part of,” Worsham said.
‘Missing’ professor found Hayley Blair Campus Editor
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TOP: Isaac Brown and Ana Habib film the e-waste processing machine named “David II” at Creative Recycling in Morrisville, N.C. The machine was named in reference to the Goliath amount of e-waste being created in the United States. MIDDLE: Workers at iByte in Fortaleza, Brazil assemble desktop computers. BOTTOM: Isaac Brown films children burning the plastic coating from copper wires at a dumpsite in Accra, Ghana. The toxic chemicals released from the burning is extremely caustic to developing bodies.
Filmmakers discuss AU’s place in ‘Terra Blight’ Nathan Simone ONLINE EDITOR
As customers in the U.S. clamor for the latest iPhone, some citizens in developing countries are still dealing with the poisonous effects of the old model. It’s not the new technology consumers buy that causes problems, but what becomes of the hazardous materials that are thrown away instead of recycled. Two filmmakers, Isaac Brown and Ana Paula Habib, are trying to create awareness about this preventable situation with their new documentary, “Terra Blight.” The filmmakers presented the film Sept. 24 in Langdon Hall, as part of the film’s 2012 Awareness Tour. In focusing on the life cycle of the computer, the film explores the invention and heavy use of computers in America, a manufacturing plant in Habib’s native Brazil and the eventual disposal of outdated machines. Some from the federal government and the Environmental Protection Agency here in the U.S. are brought to a dump in Ghana. Ironically, the film shows some of the final African recipients of this “e-Waste” have no idea what computers are actually used for, only that they contain precious metals. Brown said the concept for the film started 10 years ago when he was doing a photojournalism project about different squandered resources. He said he started to become “increasingly disturbed by how much the U.S.A. wastes as a culture.” Brown and Habib agreed Auburn has been one of the most receptive campuses so far.
“So far, I have to say that Auburn was the most ready school,” Habib said. “They took the time to make fliers about what’s happening to the school’s computers, but inform students what they can do individually as well. We felt that our true goal was met at that screening, because not only were we able to give them information, but then connect them with local recycling programs.” The screening was hosted by the Office of Sustainability as part of the Campus Conversations program and enlightened students about recycling their computers, as well as how the University discards unnecessary electronics. Matt Williams, program manager for the Office of Sustainability, said the screening prompted a lot of positive discussion among students, faculty and University departments. “It was one of the best showings we’ve ever had,” said Williams. “We were really proud of the turnout, the discussion afterward and with how engaged and involved everybody was. It was such an excellent field for bringing everyone up to speed and helping everybody see where we need to be shifting the system as a whole.” In the film, the recycling company Creative Recycling Systems (CRS) is profiled as an efficient way to reduce and re-use electronic waste because of its ability to separate and sell most of the materials used in electronics. Auburn has been a pioneer in working with CRS for many years. Bill Capps, surplus property manager for the University, has been working with CRS for approximately six years and tries to recycle any University electronics that are either unwant-
ed or unable to be sold at warehouse auctions. “I like knowing that when their use is over, that they’re going to a better place,” Capps said. “We try and send to CRS whenever possible, no questions about it.” After viewing the film and seeing the dangers of improperly disposed electronics, Capps said machines such as computers should be considered hazardous waste material and recycled if possible. “With all the lead and other stuff inside, none of this should ever go into a landfill,” Capps said. Students also have the option to donate their personal electronics to the National Cristina Foundation, a nonprofit that allows electronics to be re-used by others in need. For now, students do not have anywhere on campus they can donate used electronics, but the city of Auburn, in partnership with electronics recycler CompuPoint, allows donations at the recycling center at 365-A North Donahue Drive. Habib explained that the film is not anti-technology, but pro-recycling and pro-awareness. “By no means are we telling people to stop using technology, or that technology is bad,” Habib said. “We couldn’t have made this film without technology. The goal of the film is to try and empower the audience to demand products to be made greener and disposed of properly or recycled, if possible.” For more information about the film and to get involved with recycling efforts, visit terrablight.com, auburn.edu/ projects/sustainability or cristina.org
On Sept. 30, police sought help from Auburn in a welfare check on engineering professor Saad Biaz after a domestic incident at his home. AU Daily sent a message to campus subscribers in hopes they would have information about Biaz’s whereabouts. “(Biaz) left home walking this morning after a domestic incident at his place of residence and has not been heard from since,” the message said. “There is no indication that harm has befallen him, but police are asking the university community for assistance.” Capt. Tom Stofer, public re-
lations officer for the Auburn Police, said Biaz has been found unharmed, but would not give further details. Biaz is now back in his office and said the welfare check was unnecessary. “I believe there was a lot of exaggeration about this,”
Biaz said. “I just walked from home to Kiesel Park without a cell phone.” The community search did yield results, and Biaz said the police found him easily. “When I was returning from Kiesel Park, walking again, a person stopped and asked ‘are you so-and-so?’” Biaz said. “I said yes, and she said ‘they are looking for you. Do you allow me to call the police and say that I saw you?’ I said ‘sure, you do it,’ because I did not have a cell phone myself. And that was it.” Biaz said he is grateful to the many people who have called to check on him, but wanted everyone to know there is no cause for concern.
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tween bummed-out and clinically depressed. Yet we can’t help but roll our eyes at the idea of two political automatons repeating the same tired catch phrases. Even if you believe in everything they say, it’s all just a bit repetitive and artificial. President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney couldn’t be any more different, but all their pandering is starting to sound the same. We could really use some candor and a fresh point of view, which are two things in short supply during an election year. If only they weren’t so focused on their media presence and could have an actual, intelligent debate on the issues that matter most. Because this editorial goes to print before the first debate, we can only speculate on the amount of mundane drivel they will lay on
handled was that there was no consideration for students who kept trying, night after night, to see the play. There was no carry over for those students who had put their names on the “stand-by” list but were not fortunate enough to have their name called at the last minute for that night’s show. If you happened to be number 14 on the list and there were only 13 no shows, your name would not then be placed at the top of the list for the following night’s show, you would have to roll the dice all over again the next night. If the Telfair Peet Theater is interested in serving the student population to the greatest of its abilities and is serious about its commitment to enriching our understanding and appreciation of theater, instead of trying to capture every potential nickel and dime, they should consider the value of setting aside a designated number of seats for students for each performance so that we too may enjoy a night out at the theater without feeling like chumps. Jonathan McKinney Post-Baccalaureate Industrial Design
Kristin Easterling Senior English
the public. We hope that maybe Obama will break character and let the world know how tired he is being called a Muslim socialist. Maybe Romney will say he is tired of being called a non-feeling aristocrat. Although, all we can really hope for is a some chuckle-worthy gaffes. America seems to be more divided than ever right now. Conservatives and liberals are turning their arbitrary political labels into an excuse for hatred. We need to drastically change our political process by shunning those politicians who wish to stick to the old script of rhetoric and embracing those who talk about legitimate issues. That won’t happen with this election, but we can start the ball rolling now. Vote for whichever candidate you want to, but don’t think they will ever be honest with you.
Letter to the Editor
Trickle down theater: a letter to the Telfair Peet Dear Telfair Peet Theater, In attempting to see the first production of this theater season, I found the entire process to be a profoundly frustrating experience. It was harder to get a ticket to this show than a popular Broadway play. There was no reservation option available to students, neither online nor at the ticket window. And what’s more, there were no ticket scalpers hawking tickets outside, 10 minutes before the show, or an after-market where the highest bidder could lay claim to one of these truly elusive tickets in advance. I made three attempts to see the show and each time, due to the combination of a lack of available tickets and an ill-conceived ticketing reservation process, I was unable, along with a good number of other frustrated students, to see the performance on any of those nights. Might I offer a few points of perspective from where I stand as well as a suggestion or two on how to possibly make the experience of seeing a performance at your hall more accessible to students? To be clear, I am happy to see that
there is a lively interest in the theater arts and that each and every night of the “Nickel and Dimed” run was sold out–that is a good thing no matter how you slice it. But I find it disappointing that the theater first chooses to value the prospect of selling each and every seat before then considering the impact of how that might “crowd-out” the student body from seeing their peers perform on stage. I understand that funding is always at the top of the list of priorities. I understand that to continue to put on performances and improve the quality of future productions, money needs to come from somewhere, but I think it is worth reminding the theater that it is a university theater. It should seek to serve both the paying public as well as its students, even if the economic bottom line is subject to a haircut. It is also worth noting that students, in effect, through tuition, additional registration fees and the like, subsidize the cost of operating facilities like the Telfair Peet Theater, particularly us “out-of-staters.” The fact that the structure of your tick-
et reservation process is such that as students who would like to see a performance, free of charge, we are left to hope and pray that all the seats are not sold out so that we may have a chance to possibly get a trickle down ticket (I’m pretty sure Barbara Ehrenreich would object). Asking students to show up two hours before that night’s production to simply put their name on a list and wait around in hopes that there are enough no-shows by the start of the performance so that their number can be called is not only an inefficient strategy from a production standpoint, but it makes the students feel like second-class theater goers. This is poor community relations management and they should know better. I propose that the theater set aside a certain number of seats for students for each performance— available through an online reservation process—ensuring that a student who is interested in seeing a play at the Telfair Peet Theater will eventually have a chance to do so. A major issue with the way this most recent performance schedule was
Plainsman misleading about West Longleaf The article concerning the apartment complexes on West Longleaf Drive reeked of poor journalism and sensationalism. First, the tragic shooting that occurred on Saturday, June 9 could have happened at any of Auburn's many apartment complexes. Tragic incidents such as what happened that night occur in quiet neighborhoods and in gang-infested cities. It is ludicrous to think that because of one terrible incident, these complexes are suddenly less safe than any other complex in Auburn. Second, the word "rape" can mean many things. By no means do I excuse those who violate a person sexually without consent, but there is a difference between drugging a drink and a shadowy figure in the bushes waiting for their next victim. This article conjures up those images. Yes, I understand that Auburn Police will not release information regarding an investigation, but with the many daily runners on West Longleaf, shadowy lurkers are not the problem. Finally, the reporter did not consult with any of the properties on West Longleaf, particularly the two pictured, University Heights and University Village. The managers of these properties were given no opportunity to defend their security. Any parent who may pick up The Plainsman on a campus visit would see this article and count these complexes out, when they are both wonderful places to live, simply because of poor reporting. How is that fair to their business? The Plainsman should be supporting Auburn businesses. I am a proud, three-year resident of University Heights. I have never felt unsafe or threatened here. I walk along West Longleaf on a regular basis, and I am passed by multiple Auburn Police Department cars, so this "low patrol" mentioned in the article is blatantly false. I read The Plainsman crime reports and the OA News crime reports, and I see reports of theft all over the city Heads up, people are stupid and they get desperate and think stealing is the way to go. It doesn't really matter where you live. Basically, I want The Plainsman staff, other residents on West Longleaf, other Auburn students and my wonderful managerial staff to know that any of the apartments or houses on West Longleaf are a great place to live.
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The presidential election is less than a month away, which means it’s time for the candidates to get serious How do presidential candidates get serious? They have debates. Over the past year, they have been taking cheap shots at each other through attack ads and campaign speeches, but now they get the chance to meet face to face. It will be a match of wits and political rhetoric. Two men enter; one man leaves. Two more presidential debates will happen over the next three weeks, and we’re aready teeming with boredom . Don’t get us wrong, we definitely care who wins—a lot is at stake this time around. The economy is down, unemployment is up, Honey Boo Boo has a TV show and our national mood is somewhere be-
Letter to the Editor
The art of tailgating, an American experience It requires the following items: - One grill - One keg - One football game - One backyard full of the people you love. I had the pleasure of going to my first official tailgate for the Auburn/LSU matchup, and as I was welcomed into a lively backyard with hugs and smiles, I decided it was something that needed to be properly documented. An explanation of the culture tailgating can only be properly done through the empirical. Close your eyes and imagine the following: the sound of candid laughter, blaring iHomes and shouted count-offs for keg-stands; the sight of a crowded beer pong/flip-cup table; and the scent of barbecue and sweet jambalaya tinging an perfect day. Believe me, for a word that is thrown around The Editorial Board Robert E. Lee EDITOR Chelsea Harvey MANAGING EDITOR
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as recklessly as a football, it was a perfect Saturday afternoon, with all the Aubeauties and LSCuties looking absolutely exquisite. But I digress. Orange, blue and gold-adorned people walked their dogs down Magnolia, kids and babies with Auburn and LSU face paint threw around a football and even a few hostile jeers from diehard fans were everywhere—all in good sport though. As I watched generations of families and friends that I consider as my own kinfolk rally together for this three-or-so hour game of strength and endurance–the endurance is key, for at this point, it’s safe to say, we had been drinking—I remember sitting at a table and talking to one of my good friends from LSU, who had traveled all the way down for the weekend along with his family and many of his friends, that even if you were not a big football fan, you have to admit that you couldn’t help but be
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swept up in this ancient and festive novelty we know as the tailgate. Only in America. I say only in America because nowhere else will you witness people devoted to their collegiate teams take time and pride to just kick back and watch, as one of my friends called it, “the best spectator sport.” Coming from the perspective of a multicultural household, my parents never had experiences like this when they were growing up in India. I remember trying to explain to my mom exactly what a tailgate consisted of, but I realized to truly know is to be here. To be walking down Glenn and see people comfortably camped on the side of the road, with their TV generators and beers in hand, screaming at pass-interference calls. It’s comforting to know that in a society where our future looks more unsure by the minute that we can still take time out of our week and appreciate the simplicity and spirit of
a tailgate. I remember one of my teachers last semester talking about the working culture of America. From establishments being open 24 hours a day to working a 60-hour week and only getting paid for 40, we are constantly taught by society and culture to be working—to be independent—that not constantly earning money is irrelevant. Whereas in countries such as Spain, they indulge in siestas and take time out of the day to shut down, relax and recuperate. Obviously, these siestas have their advantages and disadvantages, but I do believe we have our own versions of siestas, and they are known as tailgates. So come down here, join your family and bring a couple of chairs. Gautham Sambandam Sophomore Pre-journalism Plainsman Volunteer
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Community Thursday, October 4, 2012
Community speaker stands up against suicide Alethia Russell Writer
On Monday, Oct. 1, the East Alabama Medical Center’s Health Resource Center in Opelika hosted a speaker whose focus on the effects of depression and suicide helped show the importance of support groups in the community. Special guest Doris Smith shared her story with the audience in hopes it would save a life or inspire a life that has been touched by suicide. Smith, of Atlanta, lost her only son Oct. 4, 1992 to suicide. His name was Mark. Smith said 27-year-old Mark was a multi-talented and very active person who seemed to have it all together. However, Smith did not know her son was the victim of a mental illness she now believes to have been undiagnosed and untreated depression. She had always thought Mark was shy and reserved, but never suspected he was depressed. Just days after finding Mark with a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head Sept. 30, she lost him to brain swelling caused by the wound. Smith donated all of his organs. Although she lost her only son, she did not lose her purpose. She has now become an advocate for organ donations, suicide and bereavement support groups, as well as campaigning against clinical depression, particularly in the African American community where, after her loss, she
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Doris Smith of Atlanta spoke at East Alabama Medical Center Oct. 1 about the impotance of suicide awareness. Smith, who lost her own son to suicide, explained the signs and effects of suicide and depression and described ways community members can get involved in anti-depression and suicide campaigns.
faced many stigmas that suggested suicide and depression discriminated based on different factors. Doris Smith said she wants Mark’s life to be a lesson to all that suicide and depression do not discriminate against race, age, economic status, ed-
ucation or gender. She said it is important for people to understand clinical depression is a serious illness and that learning the signs and symptoms can put a stop to this disease and put an end to the loss of lives. “I did not know that depres-
sion is a disease and can be treated,” Smith said. “I did not know that you could get counseling and treatment.” Smith said people should know what resources are available for them in their community and utilize them if needed.
Although not all depressed people are suicidal, Smith said 90 percent of people who commit suicide have a diagnosable and treatable psychiatric illness such as depression. In situations such as these, intervention can be the difference between life and death, so
people should take the time to know the signs of depression, such as changes in eating or sleeping patterns, withdrawal from family and friends, mood changes and loss of interests in favorite activities. Fifty to 75 percent of all suicidal people give some warning of their intentions to friends and families, so every word should be taken seriously. At Auburn University, students can make an appointment or drop by Student Counseling Services in the Auburn University Medical Clinic located on Lem Morrison. There is no charge for counseling center services. When people are experiencing symptoms of depression, it is important for them to know they are not alone, and there is someone they can talk to. Those who have been touched by suicide or would like to become an advocate of anti-depression and suicide campaigns can visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) website at www.afsp.org and sign up to participate in an “Out of the Darkness Walk.” These walks are 2–5 miles in communities nationwide to help raise funds to treat, educate and research clinical illnesses that lead to suicide. Beginning Spring 2013, campus organizations can start “Out of the Darkness” campus walks by visiting www.campuswalks.org and registering their teams.
Art and censorship hot topics at JCSM Sydney Callis Community Reporter
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Aubie the Tiger pets Max, a one-year-old English bulldog owned by Bobbie Hackett, at Woofstock, a charity event held by the Lee County Humane Society, at Kiesel Park Saturday, Oct. 29.
Every dog has its day at Woofstock festival Corey Arwood Writer
The Lee County Humane Society’s Woofstock turned 84 in dog years last Saturday, Oct. 29, with 2012 being its 12th year at Kiesel Park promoting the peace, love and spaying or neutering of all K-9 kind. Crowds of both people and dogs were gathered at the annual event, each with their own form of entertainment; from live music, to bathing areas and all of the information booths, vendors and inflatable playgrounds in between. As a shelter, the LCHS’s main goals are to rescue animals and provide them for adoption while aiding in the elimination of pet overpopulation and raising awareness about the issue. The LCHS began the Woofstock event in 2000. “Our main objective is just to celebrate our mission, and to celebrate people and their dogs, and their love of dogs , and especially those who have
adopted from our shelter,” said Stacee Peer, LCHS’s director of public relations. “It’s really special to us for our staff to be able to come out, and our board members to be able to come out, and see all of the animals who have gotten a home because of our shelter, here at the park.” Woofstock serves as a sort of reunion for staff members and those dogs who were previously adopted from the LCHS, but it also provides an opportunity for dogs currently being housed at the shelter. According to Peer, seven dogs were brought to the event, which began at 9 a.m. By 2 p.m., five had been adopted. “We’re doing more adoptions out here than we normally do,” said Bobbie Yeo, executive director of LCHS. “We do adoption events out at Petco pretty regularly on Saturdays and we’ll adopt two to four on a good weekend.” As a main supplier of animals to the LCHS, the city of
Auburn’s Animal Control Division had a tent set up at Woofstock in an effort to raise awareness about the services they provide, city ordinances and preventative measures that can be taken toward greater pet safety. “If people’s dogs that are running at large, or what have you, would have tags on, we could get them home to you,” said Conan DeVine, lead animal control officer. “And that’s our choice, we would rather bring them home than take them to the Humane Society and stress the animal out or overwhelm the shelter,” The animal control division picks up nearly 1,000 dogs each year. The amount it deals with varies seasonally. The beginning and end of semesters bring higher numbers as new students come to Auburn with their pets and previous students leave, often leaving them behind, Devine said. The “Fixit Waggin’” was also
parked at Woofstock this year. The Fixit Waggin’ is a service provided by the Alabama Animal Alliance Spay/Neuter Clinic. Once a month the “waggin,” a large moving-truck, is driven to Auburn from the clinic’s location in Montgomery. At 7 a.m. the truck is parked at Surfside Waterpark to pick up the animals that have been scheduled to be spayed or neutered. They are then driven to the clinic and brought back to Auburn at 5 p.m. “We usually get back to our clinic about 8, 8:15, finish surgery around 1 in the afternoon, so that they can have about three, or three-and-ahalf hours to recover from the surgery,” said Dewey Phillips a veterinary technician at the clinic. “Then we load them up and bring them back.” Information on how to adopt a pet, foster a pet, donate or volunteer at the LCHS can be found at its website, leecountyhumane.org.
The combination of politics and fine arts is once again the topic of discussion at Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. Thursday, Oct. 4 at 5:30 p.m., the “Life Interrupted” film series will have a screening of “Cradle Will Rock.” “This film, which was made in 1999, is about a 1930s event that actually took place,” said Scott Bishop, curator of education at the museum. “A musical drama, which is quite leftist, is censored and attempts made to stop its production. There’s a strong parallel between politics and culture in the film.” Focused on censorship and the arts, “Cradle Will Rock” was written and directed by Tim Robbins and features performances from Hank Azaria, Joan Cusack, John Cusack, Bill Murray and Susan Sarandon. Chase Bringardner, assistant professor of theatre, will be introducing the film and leading the discussion after the showing. The “Life Interrupted” film series ties in with the current exhibition at Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, “Art Interrupted.” “’Life Interrupted is tied in thematically with ‘Art Interrupted,’” said Charlotte Hendrix, communications and marketing specialist at JCSM. “‘Art Interrupted’ is our current exhibition of 107 of the original 117 works of ‘Advancing American Art.’” Bishop said the works that made up “Advancing American Art” were chosen to be sent abroad and represent and demonstrate “American ascendency and cultural diplomacy.” However after a controversy surrounding the “Advancing American Art” exhi-
bition, it was closed early. “‘Advancing American Art’ was assembled by the State Department in 1946 and was intended to tour internationally.” Hendrix said. “But after criticism from politicians it was revoked.” Both the exhibition and the film demonstrate the power and influence the arts can have on the political atmosphere of the time period. Through both the series and the exhibition, JCSM is working to demonstrate the impact of art’s influence in politics and culture. “It’s about modernism; it’s about the political and cultural spirit of the time,” Bishop said. Bishop said JCSM welcomes visitors to view the exhibition every day for free, and she recommends taking the time to view the exhibition before the film showing. “The galleries are open until 5 o’clock, and we’re open every day of the week,” Bishop said. “It’s a big exhibition that’s worth coming over and spending time having a look at.” The films that are part of the “Life Interrupted” film series are specifically chosen to demonstrate the strong connection and influence art can have in society. “All of the films deal with sort of that connection between politics and art,” Hendrix said. Admission to the showing is free, and desserts and drinks will be provided by the JCSM café, Bishop said. The next film in the “Life Interrupted” series will play next week, Thursday, Oct. 11. “Intruder in the Dust” will be shown at 5:30 p.m. “Art Interrupted” remains at JCSM until Jan. 5, 2013, and JCMS is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.– 4:45 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
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Thursday, October 4, 2012
Toys for Tots gets the holidays started early Sydney Callis COMMUNITY REPORTER
The Auburn Police Department kicked off the 2012 Toys for Tots drive Tuesday, Oct. 2. “The Toys for Tots program has been around for a real long time,” said Auburn Police Capt. Tom Stofer. “It’s for a real worthy cause. It’s to benefit children that are no so fortunate as we are during the holiday season.” They toys, which go to children in the local area ages 3–8, can be dropped off at any Auburn Police Station and Auburn Fire Station. Uncle Bob’s Self Storage is also a drop off location for the Toys for Tots toy drive after offering two of their locations. The Uncle Bob’s locations at 1231 Gatewood Dr. and 2020 S.
College St. are accepting toys. “They have one location on the north side of town and a location on the south side of town, so they’re convenient drop off spots,” Stofer said. “So besides the fire departments and the police department here in town, you can certainly use the Uncle Bob’s drop off points.” All of the unwrapped toys collected for the Toys for Tots toy drive will be organized into age appropriate categories before distribution. Also, all toys donated must be new. The original Toys for Tots toy drive started in 1947 by Maj. Bill Hendricks, a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. Hendricks and his group of Marine reservists collected more than 5,000 toys for distribution in
Los Angeles, Calif. according to the Toys for Tots website. The Lee County chapter of Toys for Tots is one of more than 700 across the country. “The Toys for Tots program is a large program, and we pitch in to do our part,” Stofer said. To register a child to receive a toy, persons must visit the Auburn Police Division on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m.–11 a.m. Parents or guardians must bring a picture ID, the child’s social security card, birth certificate and two of the following: current water bill, current electric bill or a lease or rental agreement. Stofer said it is important to help needy children in the area because the current economic situation might mean they do
not receive any presents during the holiday season without help. “Especially during these tough economic times, it is even harder for some families to provide for their children during the holiday season, so this is just a good way that citizens can pitch in and help needy children at this time of year,” Stofer said. Registration ends Nov. 14, but gifts can be donated until a week before Christmas. “The week before Christmas is when we actually start delivering the gifts, so citizens can donate gifts all the way up until that time,” Stofer said. “That is when the gifts will be distributed to needy children.” Volunteers from the fire department and police depart-
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“The best way citizens can help us is simply by bringing in a new, unwrapped gift, and we’ll handle it from there,” Stofer said.
ment organize the donated gifts into age-appropriate categories before delivery at that time and then distributing them.
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Sports Thursday, October 4, 2012
Freshman QB Wallace continues to make strides Ali Jenkins SPORTS@ THEPLAINSMAN.COM
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Kiehl Frazier was used sparingly in a backup/wildcat role when the Tigers faced Arkansas in 2011.
Worst of the West John Burns SPORTS@ THEPLAINSMAN.COM
Two one-win teams will clash Saturday when Arkansas visits JordanHare Stadium to play SEC West rival Auburn. Both teams have had a sub-par year to date, and each will be in search for its first conference victory. The Razorbacks and Tigers are a combined 0-4 in conference play. In recent years, the Auburn vs. Arkansas rivalry has helped decide who would win the Western division, but in this particular meeting, it may decide which team is set to finish last. Granted, it is not even halfway
through the college football season, but an 0-3 record to begin SEC play does not bode well for any team. The game will feature quarterbacks Tyler Wilson and Kiehl Frazier facing off in what will likely be an offensive slugfest. Both defenses are weak when compared to the rest of the SEC, and each will have its hands full with the opposing offense. The Arkansas defense has given up around 510 yards a game this season and almost 350 of those are through the air. In its two SEC games, the team has scored a whopping 10 points to its opponents’ 110. Auburn has not been spectacular on defense either, but it isn’t giving up astonishing yardage and points like Arkansas. Through its two SEC
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Fans hang their heads as Auburn looks up from the bottom of the SEC standings two years removed from winning a national championship.
games, Auburn has given up 40 points while scoring only 20. The Tigers only gave up 10 defensive points to LSU in a game that could have gone either way, and the team will need to take that momentum and use it against quarterback Tyler Wilson and his wide receivers. While the Razorback defense has had some trouble, the offense averages more than 400 yards a game. Auburn’s offense, meanwhile, averages just under 300 yards a game, and has sputtered and completely stalled at times. It’s difficult to judge how a game between teams that are underachieving will turn out, but the Tigers have one big thing going for them: coaching. With the loss of Bobby Petrino this offseason, Arkansas was dealt a massive blow to its seasonal expectations. The Razorbacks are learning that it is almost impossible to replace a coaching power such as Petrino in a short time. While the team should be improving at this time of the year, it is almost as if they are getting worse. Auburn, on the other hand, is visibly improving every game. It’s been said a hundred times, but the Tigers are young, and young players require and thrive under good coaching. Gene Chizik and his staff must be giving the team just that, because the defense has noticeably improved, and so has Kiehl Frazier. Frazier may not be a top SEC quarterback, but with every game he gets better, and he will look to prove it against the weak Arkansas defense this weekend. Kickoff will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 on ESPN 2.
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Wallace holds promise of production. Jonathan Wallace is barely five months out of high school, but he’s shown Auburn’s team and fans he can hang with the big guys. It’s rare to see a true-freshman quarterback leading a team. It’s even more rare for that same truefreshman to make his debut during prime time on ESPN against the No. 2 team in the nation. Wallace did just that on Sept. 22, and he did it well. He had 15 yards on three carries and two key first downs after coming in as the wildcat quarterback. “It’s great,” Wallace said when asked about his role in the game. “We’re a team. We’re going to do whatever we can to get some Ws. Just being able to help the team out, it’s big.” Despite playing a limited role, Wallace proved to the nation what the coaches already knew: he can be an offensive threat in a defensively stout SEC. “Jonathan has made a pretty consistent track in terms of improvement out of practice, and we like his poise,” said coach Gene Chizik. “He is an extremely intelligent young man when it comes to the game of football. He was very successful in high school with his team, and he earned the right to play. That is as simple as I can put it, and he will continue to earn the right to play some more.
Chizik said he was proud of the young quarterback’s play during the LSU game. Wallace was able to do what was asked and not turn the ball over, qualities Chizik has said he values in quarterbacks. “It is tough getting in there for the first time in a game like this and being productive,” Chizik said. The 6-foot-2-inch, 197-pound quarterback knows how important the position is, dating back to his days as a Central-Phenix City Blue Devil. In his senior season he led his team to a 12-2 season and the semifinals of the 6A AHSAA playoffs, passing for 1,761 yards and 12 touchdowns and running for another 891 yards and 28 touchdowns. Wallace understands he isn’t expected to produce similar numbers in his current role, but that hasn’t deterred him from learning the offense and establishing himself as a team leader. “That’s just something that I have to do in being one of those guys that’s behind them,” Wallace said. “I have to be willing to work hard when I’m not the ‘guy.’ I have to work hard and play with them and know what’s going on in case something happens. I always have to stay ready.” Chizik and the coaching staff have praised Wallace’s work ethic and maturity since he first came to the Plains. “He’s a very confident young guy,” Chizik said. “He picks things up well. He makes good decisions. He’s a tough kid. All of those things together gave us confidence that he could get into a game and be productive.” If last Saturday’s game is any indication, that respect is only going to grow.
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Jonathan Wallace gained 15 yards on three carries against LSU.
Auburn in the NFL Cam Newton – (QB, Carolina Panthers)
15-of-24 for 215 yards and two touchdowns. Nine carries for 86 yards and a touchdown. Newton’s fumble near the end of the fourth allowed the Falcons to come from behind and beat the Panthers. L ATL 30 - CAR 28
Ben Tate – (RB, Houston Texans)
Five rushes for 11 yards. Two catches for 3 yards. W HOU 38 - TEN 14
Takeo Spikes – (LB, San Diego Chargers) Two tackles and a forced fumble. W KC 20 - SD 37
Quentin Groves – (LB, Arizona Cardinals) One tackle. W ARI 24 - MIA 21
Karlos Dansby – (LB, Miami Dolphins) Seven tackles and one sack. L ARI 24 - MIA 21
Devin Aromashodu – (WR, Minnesota Vikings)
No catches. W MIN 20 - DET 13
Rob Bironas – (PK, Tennessee Titans)
Wide receiver Quan Bray has been suspended as a result of his arrest in Georgia last weekend for violating his driver’s permit. Bray was stopped in Carrolton, Ga. on Sept. 28 for excessively loud music and had an open container of alcohol in his car. Bray, however, was not drunk, according to Captain Swain Harris of the University of West Georgia Police Department. Similar to past player suspensions such as center Reese Dismukes’, Gene Chizik did not reveal the length of Bray’s suspension. Bray is the team’s third-leading receiver behind seniors Emory Blake and Philip Lutzenkirchen He has 11 catches for 82 yards on the season and is also the team’s primary punt returner, with five returns for 23 yards and one kickoff return for 21 yards. No other wide receiver has topped two catches this season.
No ﬁelds goals, but went connected on both extra point attempts. L HOU 38 - TEN 14
Spencer Johnson – (DE, Buffalo Bills)
Recorded zero tackles against a Patriots rushing attack that had two running backs break 100 yards. L BUF 28 - NE 52
Pat Lee – (DB, Oakland Raiders)
Five tackles and one pass deﬂection. L OAK 6 - DEN 37
Sen’Derrick Marks – (DT, Tennessee Titans) One tackle. L HOU 38 - TEN 14
Ronnie Brown – (RB, San Diego Chargers)
Caught three receptions for 50 yards. W KC 20 - SD 37
Nick Fairley – (DT, Detroit Lions) One tackle. L MIN 20 - DET 13
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Quan Bray will not participate in Auburn’s Oct. 6 matchup vs. Arkansas.
Running back Onterio McCalebb will remain a receiving threat out of the backfield and has seven catches this season. Sophomore Trovon Reed and freshman Sammie Coates will likely vie for the job outside, but neither has been spectacular this season. Coates has two catches for 34 yards, but the bulk of that was the 33-
yard touchdown he caught against the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Reed has one catch for 17 yards, but will likely return punts this week. Senior Travante Stallworth is also in the mix, but has one catch for 8 yards this season and has never managed to crack the starting lineup during his career at Auburn.
Carlos Rogers – (DB, San Francisco 49ers)
Three tackles and two fumbles recovered. W SF 34 - NYJ 0 Injuries: Philadelphia Eagles tackle King Dunlap missed the game with a hamstring injury for the second straight week. San Francisco running back Brandon Jacobs was also inactive and Dallas defensive tackle Jay Ratliff missed his fourth game with a high ankle sprain. Injured reserve: Tristan Davis – (RB, Washington Redskins) Mario Fannin – (RB, Denver Broncos) Brandon Mosley – (OG, New York Giants) Lee Ziemba – (OT, Carolina Panthers)
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Bianca Sierra scores on a penalty kick to spark Auburn’s comeback victory over South Carolina Friday, Sept. 28. Down 2-0, Freshman Alexa Allen drew a foul inside the box and Sierra converted in the 35th minute, and Auburn would go on to win 4-2.
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The Auburn women’s soccer team added two conference wins Friday and Sunday, winning 4-2 vs. South Carolina and 1-0 vs. Ole Miss. Despite going down 2-0 in the 20th minute against South Carolina, great team play sparked an Auburn comeback. The Tigers scored four straight goals to get the victory. Both of South Carolina’s early goals came off set pieces. The Gamecocks’ junior forward Danielle Au scored her first in the 14th minute with a nice finish from 10 yards out. Au grabbed her second of the match just six minutes later when she knocked a rebound off the crossbar into the net following a corner kick. The Auburn comeback started when junior defender Bianca Sierra converted a spot kick in the 35th minute, bringing the Tigers within a goal, 2-1. It was Sierra’s third goal of the season and the fourth of
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her career. The referee awarded the Tigers the penalty after freshman forward Alexa Allen was brought down in the box after a great individual dribble. The equalizer came 13 minutes into the second half from freshman midfielder Natalie Donaldson. The Tigers had a good buildup, ending with junior midfielder Maddie Barnes laying it off to Donaldson, who had a low-line drive deflected into the net from 20 yards out. The Tigers took the lead in the 65th minute when freshman defender Kala Faulkner beat her defender one on one and powered a shot into the near post past South Carolina sophomore goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo. Sophomore forward Tatiana Coleman’s wonder strike in the 76th minute sealed the victory for the Tigers. Coleman blasted a shot from 25 yards out into the right upper 90. “For us to be able to come from behind and put four goals on the scoreboard against a quality team like South Caro-
lina really shows the potential of this team,” said coach Karen Hoppa. Coleman came through for the Auburn Tigers yet again Sunday evening, scoring the only goal of the match, winning 1-0 over Ole Miss. She has scored in each of her last three matches, pushing her goal tally to four this season. Despite Ole Miss controlling much of the possession in the second half, senior goalkeeper Amy Howard and the Auburn defenders played a fantastic game and kept a clean sheet. It was Howard’s third clean sheet of the season and the 18th of her career. Ole Miss (9-4-0, 2-4-0 SEC) came close to breaking the 0-0 tie in the 48th minute when a header in the box struck the crossbar, before it was cleared away by Auburn defenders. Auburn (7-6-0, 3-3-0 SEC) found a great chance to go ahead in the 72nd minute when Allen fired a shot from the top of the 18-yard box just
wide of the post. In the 75th minute, Coleman collected a great ball from over the top, but Ole Miss sophomore goalkeeper Kelley McCormick rushed off her line to deny Auburn the lead. A minute later, Auburn got its revenge when junior midfielder Maddie Barnes played a through ball on the left to Coleman, who slid it past Ole Miss’ McCormick inside the near post. Hoppa was happy with the Tigers’ team effort and getting back to a .500 record in conference play. “This game was critical,” Hoppa said. “They are a great team and that makes this an incredible result for us. This helps us in the SEC standings and it helps us in the overall standings. We are back to having a winning record, which is critical for post-season concerns.” Auburn will take on Mississippi State Friday, Oct. 5, and Tennessee Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Auburn Soccer Complex.
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Auburn coach Terri Williams-Flournoy gives Blanche Alverson directions at the team’s first fall practice Monday, Oct. 1.
Senior profile: Blanche Alverson Annie Faulk Writer
Senior Blanche Alverson will soon graduate and just recently added a 2012 SGA Homecoming Top 5 nomination to her lengthy list of accolades. Still, with the 2012 season soon to be underway, Alverson’s main focus remains on her team “Blanche is the biggest leader on the team,” freshman forward/center Tra’cee Tanner said. “We love her to death. She’s like our team mom. We just look up to her and listen to whatever she has to say.” She began her senior season by starting all four games during the team’s summer Australian Tour and averaged 17.5 points per game during the visit. Fall practices are now underway. Now in her last season, Alverson is already looking ahead to March Madness. “As a team we have all the expectations to just make the NCAA tournament and do bet-
ter than we did last year,” Alverson said. “I really have high hopes for us, and we have great energy and great team chemistry this year, which is the best team chemistry we’ve had since I’ve been here.” Last season, as a junior, she was the first Auburn women’s basketball player to be named the SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year. She was also named to the Capital One Academic AllDistrict First Team, selected to the SEC Academic Honor Roll and SEC Community Service Team for her Ballin’ for Books campaign. This year, Alverson is one of four seniors on the team, but her success and leadership qualities draw the graditude of her teammates. “She is a great leader,” said guard Courtney Strain, a redshirt sophomore in exercise science. “She always informs us of everything. She is so intelligent. She is a great friend as well. She is always there for each one of us.” For three years, Alverson
and Strain have played basketball together. While Strain was in seventh grade, she played with Alverson on a travel basketball team. “We’ve worked so hard in practice and we just try to achieve every goal that we have,” Tanner said. “Our goal for conditioning was to be the best conditioned team in the country and we pushed every day to try to achieve that. So we try to achieve every goal we set forth.” Tanner said this is her first year playing with Alverson, but she has known her for about three years through her sister. The only time they have played with each other was the tournament in Australia. The team officially began the season Monday, Oct. 1 in the Auburn Arena practice facility. This season, Alverson will play both forward and guard. Alverson said the team had good energy during practice and already seems hungry to compete.
“I think we have high expectations, and we are looking forward to a good year,” Alverson said. Alverson also has a new coach this year in Terri Willliams-Flournoy, and Alverson said her coach is constructively critical. “She has fun at practice and makes us laugh, which is awesome,” Alverson said. “Our practices are hard and tough, but it’s fun too. We have a good time.” As for the homecoming nomination, Alverson said she was honored to be selected. “I get to represent what I do every day, so I am just excited about it,” Alverson said. Alverson’s main concern, however, is still her team. The senior hopes to pass, steal and shoot her team into the NCAA tournament. “I just really want to be a great team leader this year,” Alverson said. “Seasons are rocky. I just want to be there for my teammates all year long.”
The Auburn men’s and women’s cross country team soared into the 2012 season with three consecutive wins at the Trojan Invite, the Auburn Invite and the Azalea City Classic, making them an undefeated team. Kane Grimster, a sophomore on the men’s team majoring in journalism, was named SEC runner of the week Tuesday, Sept. 11. Grimster came in first place at the 6K Auburn Invitational, the team’s only home meet of the year. This was the second time Grimster individually won first place and the third time he had placed in the top 10 in his career. Although this was the first race of the season for him, he was able to successfully compete at the meet and acquire the sixth-best time in the country. At the Azalea City Classic on Saturday, Sept. 15, hosted by the University of South Alabama in Mobile, all of the men’s runners finished in the top eight, and sophomores Niklas Buhner and Grimster finished in the top three. Auburn came in first place at the classic, beating South Alabama by 22 points, and four of the men broke personal records. “The team is a lot stronger than last year’s,” Grimster said. “We graduated two seniors, so we have a lot of returning runners who have made large improvements from last year.” At the classic, the wom-
en’s team finished in the top 12. Lizzie Briasco, a junior in nutrition-dietetics, finished 12th. “I feel really good about the team,” Briasco said. Compared to last year, the team had a lot more depth between the freshmen and the returners with valuable experience, she said. Briasco was confident to say overall she was pleased with the team dynamic and attitude this year. “I think we’re on the right road to being the most valuable team in the SEC,” Briasco said. “This weekend will be the most competitive race so far. There are a lot of bignamed schools, so it’ll be one of those races where we’ll focus on personal records.” The team had its first loss at the 11th Annual Greater Louisville Classic hosted by the University of Louisville at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park Saturday Sept. 29. The men finished 13th and the women 26th. “This was our first meet against national ranked teams,” said head coach Mark Carroll. Although they couldn’t keep the undefeated streak alive, they still finished strongly, he said. “We’ll just have to move forward from here,” Carroll said. “There will be more intense workouts as we head to SEC’s and regionals.” Grimster is looking forward to competition of the SEC championship meet as well, then onto the regional meet with the goal of qualifying for nationals, she said.
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A week in Auburn sports
Tennis- The men’s tennis team began the fall season with the three day Silverado Resort & Spa College Tennis Invitational in Napa Valley on Sept. 28. The team kicked off the season by winning 15 of their 16 matches. Auburn swept Saturday and Sunday, but sophomore Lukas Ollert was dealt the team’s only loss by California Polytechnic State University’s Marco Comuzza. Ollert won the first set 6-2, but Comuzza came back to win the last two 6-3, 6-3. The team then travelled to Tulsa, Okla. for the ITA All-American Championships. Junior Daniel Cochrane lost in three sets to Oklahoma junior John Warden, but won his consolation match 6-2, 6-1 over Stanford’s Matt Kandath. The women’s team also began their All-American Championships and won four doubles matches. Partners Jackie Kasler and Jen Pfeifler advanced to the qualifying round, but lost a close match 8-9.
Equestrian- In Auburn’s first meet of the season, the No. 3 ranked Auburn equestrian team won a narrow victory over No.5 Oklahoma State at the Auburn University Horse Center. The team won 10-9 after falling behind 5-4 at the break. Indy Roper, Jennifer Waxman and Elizabeth Benson each earned an MVP award giving Auburn three of the possible four available at the event. The team now looks to ride this momentum into South Carolina where they take on the Gamecocks on Thursday, Oct. 4.
Golf- Playing in the World Amateur Team Championship this past
weekend, Auburn junior Marta Sanz shot rounds of 73, 71, 72 and 72 to finish the tournament tied for 22nd at even par and help the Spanish team to a fifth place finish. The Auburn men’s golf team finished in sixth at the Olympia Fields Invitational in Illinois. This is the second consecutive top-10 finish for the No. 6 ranked team. The Tigers finished the tournament with a 35-over 875 for the tournament. No. 8 Arkansas won with a final score of 14-over. At the Ryder Cup, former Auburn golfer Jason Dufner played in his first ever Cup in Medinah, Ill. Dufner was a stalwart for the American team and won 3 of his four matches. His only loss came in Saturday’s fourball match when he and partner Zach Johnson lost by one to Europe’s Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter. Europe defeated the U.S. team for the second straight year with a score of 14.5-13.5.
Softball- The fall schedule for softball has been announced. The
Tigers will play eight exhibition matches, two on each Thursday of October, at home. On Oct. 4, the team takes on Shelton State and Lurleen B. Wallace Community College to begin the series of preseason games. Chatanooga State, Snead State, Central Alabama, Southern Union, Pensacola, and Faulkner State fill up the remainder of the games throughout the month.
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Fifth annual Farmer in the Dell Pumpkin Patch opens Rebecca Moseley WRITER
Off of a dirt road about five miles down Highway 14 is a place where smashing pumpkins isn’t the headline band for a grunge concert. It's a chance for people of all ages to participate in a messy and challenging good time. On Thursday, Oct. 4, the Foshee family’s Farmer in the Dell Pumpkin Patch will open for its fifth year and will be open from noon until dusk Thursday through Friday and all day Saturday. The gate will open every day of the week beginning Oct. 15. Visitors often come in groups to sift through the vines to pick their own pumpkins for holiday carving with no entry fee. Last year, more than 800 tour groups, including school groups, birthday parties, sorority and fraternity swaps and families of all sizes tailgated with tents and blankets, took hayrides and enjoyed a corn trough. Groups can call ahead for tables to be set up so they can bring tools for carving the pumpkins out by the patch
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Mark Foshee prepares the trebuchet, or pumpkin launcher, for Thursday’s opening.
and avoid making a mess inside. Parents and teachers relax on hay bales while students of all ages choose their pumpkins, with younger children choosing from the smallest and older children choosing from the mid-sized pumpkins. There is also a trebuchet and a smaller slingshot where
participants can sling the pumpkin of their choice. “You can actually feel it in the ground when it shakes,” said Mark Foshee. Fifteen to 20 pound pumpkins of all shapes are available for purchase before being slung 100 yards from the catapult. “The weirder shaped they are, the weirder they fly
through the air; and the more symmetrical, the more evenly they fly,” Foshee said. Customers also really enjoy the chicken pen at the patch, said Hayden Foshee. Micah Fern, a friend of the family, performs a trick for customers where he makes a chicken fall asleep in his hands. Many student groups make a day out of it by bringing
their lunch and rotating activities. “We have families that come every year, and it's neat to see the children grow up,” said Marie Foshee. “We tell the children it’s like hunting Easter eggs because you really gotta look for the pumpkins among the vines.” Marie said the family clips a lot of the larger vines and
stickers that surround the smaller pumpkins for the smaller children. 22-year-old Luke Foshee attends school in Tennessee and helps with planting the pumpkins and working at the patch during his fall break. He and his brother Mark thought of the idea of the Farmer in the Dell Pumpkin Patch after viewing an episode of the television show "Little People Big World," where the cast sets up a pumpkin patch. “We wanted to be able to grow things where people could clip them off the vines, because usually the pumpkins you buy for the holidays travel from Atlanta,” Mark said. “It’s cool to show how they grow green and are orange when you buy them.” Last year’s biggest pumpkin was 80 pounds, and this year the Foshee boys’ goal is to have at least one of their pumpkins reach 100 pounds. “They always come out there to find the biggest one,” Marie said. Marie also said the family usually grows more than they sell, as not to disappoint any customers toward the end of the season.
Pope’s Haunted Farm returns with new 3-D haunted house Melody Kitchens INTRIGUE EDITOR
5 Fall away from summer fashion Transition your summer wardrobe into the cooler weather of fall with pieces like simple dresses and peplum tops paired with tights, boots and oversized jackets or vests to keep the slight chill at bay.
The 19th annual Pope’s Haunted Farm in Salem is back with an all new 3-D haunted house. According to Troy Pope, owner of Pope’s Haunted Farm, guests will enter the haunted house in 3-D glasses for the five-hour event. “Everything is illuminated with black lights and everything is painted with flourescent paints,” Pope said. “That’s what gives the effects; the oranges and reds look like they’re floating, and the blues look like they’re further away. We play off that with our scares, and we’re able to pull off a lot of illusions that you can’t do in a regular dark haunt.” Pope’s Haunted Farm
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opens Friday, Oct. 5, from 7:30-11:30 p.m. Eastern time and will run until Oct. 31. Past events like the haunted barn, forest and hayride are also returning this year. “The scariest event would probably be the barn or the forest for college-aged students,” Pope said. “The hayride, as far as overall attendance, is the most popular.” Pope said the preparation for this large-scale event is year-round.
“It basically takes the month of November to get packed up and put away, and then we generally take a month off,” Pope said. “The first of the year we start back designing and making new things and work all the way up till this Friday.” Tickets for Pope’s Haunted Farm are $12, and the 3-D event is an extra $5. For tickets and directions to Pope’s Haunted Farm, visit popeshayride.com.
Jack-o’-lantern is one of many uses for pumpkins Don’t toss the insides and seeds of the pumpkin just yet. From roasting the pumpkin seeds to using the puree in biscuits, here’s seven alternative ways to use your pumpkin.
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1. Make pumpkin puree Ree Drummond of thepioneerwoman.com has an easy, step-by-step recipe for pumpkin puree. 2. Planter Cut your pumpkin in half, scoop and carve the insides out and use this bowl-like shape to plant small flowers.
3. Roast the seeds as a snack Separate the seeds from the goop, toss them in butter and salt and place them on a non-stick baking sheet in 300 degrees for almost an hour. 4. Body butter Combine pumpkin puree, coconut milk and a pinch of cinnamon for an easy DIY lotion.
5. Candleholder Using a baby pumpkin, carve a hole large enough for a tea candle on the top. 6. Biscuits Using a favorite biscuit recipe, add about 3/4 of pumpkin puree. 7. Smash and compost it Spread the smashed pieces over a compost area for extra nutrients.
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The evolution of the ‘Nort’: from the ’70s to today
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Katie Cornwell, sophomore in pre-business, continues the Nike short trend of today: Nike shorts paired with an oversized T-shirt and accessories like watches and bracelets.
With examples from 1977’s highwaisted gym shorts and fitted tank tops and 1995’s rollerblade and gym shorts fad to 2001’s monogrammed gym shorts, the infamous Nike shorts and oversized T-shirt trend of today is nothing new to Auburn. It’s the choice of most girls on campus, and as seen in 1984, the trend also carried over to the boys. Whether or not you want to embrace it, it seems it’s here to stay.
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We’re only halfway through the semester, but I have already exhausted my dining options around town. I cannot bring myself to eat even one more flatbread from Village dining, and if I go into Chipotle one more time, my affinity for burritos will finally have reached the level of addiction. So, in pursuit of something new, I’m making it a personal goal to eat at every single restaurant in the greater Auburn/Opelika area before I graduate, and I’m inviting you to join me. This is a detailed guide to our first destination.
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Location: Whispering Oaks Bed & Breakfast Restaurant in Opelika. Housed in a sprawling old plantation house, Whispering Oaks is Southern home cooking at its finest. With food so mouthwatering you’ll think your mama’s in the kitchen, it’s a break from the ramen-noodle squa-
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lor of college life. Our attire: Vintage hats, soft curls, lace slips, cotton dresses and red lips. For the fellas: suspenders, vests, tweed blazers, worn-leather boots, damp hair neatly combed and parted and a pocket knife. Other accessories include fresh-cut flow-
ers, gold-leaf Bibles and jewelry passed down from our great-grandmothers. Each of us should have a small silver blade concealed in the sole of our shoe, just to provide an air of intrigue. Assumed identities: We will refuse to acknowledge that this is not, in fact, antebellum-era South. We will speak in honeyed, drawling southern accents and insist on retiring to the front porch. We will persistently overuse phrases such as “I do declare” and “My stars!” The gentlemen will argue gruffly about politics. The ladies will faint frequently, preferably at the top of every half hour. Occasion: Right after a church service for Sunday brunch. We sit for a couple seconds in the sun-warmed car and bake, then we roll the
windows down and ramble on over to this antebellum home. We descend on the buffet and eat until we have to loosen the ties on our dresses. Cuisine: Mashed potatoes, fried chicken, fish, peach cobbler, red velvet cake, banana pudding, macaroni and cheese, cornbread, collard greens, roasted chicken, fresh vegetables, desserts as far as the eye can see. The buffet menu varies from day to day. All of the vegetables are fresh from local farmers. If you have room for desserts, there are pecan pies, banana pudding, coconut pies and more. Price: $8 buffet, eat until you bust. I’ve already pitched this as a reality TV show to a couple networks. MTV said no. VH1 said no. NBC said no. TLC is still considering it.
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Local band Outskirts moves to the center of attention
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(From left) Sierra Farr, Lisa Taylor and Brian Macleod of Outskirts have been on Auburn’s music scene since January.
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Outskirts is a three-piece band that blends the unique voices of vocalists Lisa Taylor and Sierra Farr into footstomping garage western with a little bit of country twang. Taylor, the band’s guitarist and vocalist, said she spent several months convincing Farr, bassist and vocalist, to sing with her. They got together to see how their unique voices would blend and started writing songs that day. “We got a collection of songs together and started playing,” Farr said. “We started doing shows, just the two of us. We did a few local art shows, a fun grand opening at Farmhouse and Bellwether comedy shows last fall.” After writing songs together and performing a few shows locally, Farr and Taylor decided they needed a drummer to complete their sound. It was at their second Bell-
wether show that they were approached by now-drummer Brian Macleod. “Working with them is exciting because you can feed off each other and you can grow and develop along the way,” Taylor said. “We are able to produce our music together over time the way we want it to sound. It’s harder to do that when you’re working alone.” Outskirts played its first show as a full band at the end of January. Their music is vocally driven with an emphasis on Taylor and Farr’s unique harmonies. “A lot of people describe us as folk, but I don’t think that we’re slow and pretty enough to be called a folk band,” Farr said. “I think the best description that we keep hearing, and I don’t think Lisa likes this description, but I think it’s an apt description is from people who have no idea what to expect and see us live who say it’s a Western punk band.”
Outskirts cited The Sandwitches, Those Darlins, Loretta Lynn and Nancy Sinatra as influences. “The music is definitely inspired for me from old fifties bluegrass sound,” Taylor said. “That’s not what we sound like now, but it’s where the sound came from.” When it comes to song writing, Farr said their technique involves an organic process of layering music with lyrics. “She might have guitar part that she’s been working on and I write a lot of lyrics, so we’ll both hum over it and see if it works well,” Farr said. “We can definitely finish each others sentences when it comes to music. She has great ideas and I help hone them in.” Farr said that the lyrics content of their songs centers around the idea of struggle. “We’re both in our thirties and neither of us have had simple lives,” she said. “We have both been very independent since the second that we finished high school.
Upcoming concerts in and around Auburn First Aid Kit Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta
Jack White Fox Theatre in Atlanta
Luke Bryan Farm Tour Adams Farm in Auburn
Silversun Pickups with Cloud Nothings and Atlas Genius Tabernacle in Atlanta
Mike Cooley of the Drive By Truckers and Local White Bread Standard Deluxe in Waverly
The Temper Trap TBA in Atlanta
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals Tabernacle in Atlanta
Shovels and Rope Standard Deluxe in Waverly
The Shins Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta
Hurray for the Riff Raff, Pine Hill Saints, Megan Jean and the KFB and Outskirts Standard Deluxe in Waverly
We’ve lived on our own and paid our own ways and had to fight a little bit for the things that we have.” Taylor said that one of the biggest obstacles facing the band is finding time to practice. “I have two jobs, Sierra has her job as a hairstylist and a daughter,” she said. “Our drummer also works full time. It’s hard to schedule our time to get together and write. We have the desire, we just don’t have the time.” When they do get the chance to perform, both Taylor and Farr said Outskirts has been given a warm reception in town. “The people behind the music scene in Auburn are really wonderful, thoughtful, genuine people when it comes to supporting creative people in this town,” Farr said. “When you reach out to this community, you find people who are really supportive of the arts and music specifically.”
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Locals learn the ‘write’ way at Auburn Writers Conference Chandler Jones Writer
The Auburn Writers Conference will meet for its third annual event later this month centering on writing identity and voice bringing regional authors and community together for panels and participatory workshops. The conference titled “The Winding Road: Travel, Identity and the Search for Voice,” will be held in The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center on Oct. 12 and 13. The conference gathers emerging and established authors from the University and community offering a relaxing atmosphere for open conversation about a wide range of writing genres such as fiction, literary fiction, young adult works, poetry and nonfiction. Friday’s schedule includes small-group workshops led by the conference’s featured authors. Dinner will be served accompanied by a performance from singer-songwriter Margaret Chapman. Saturday’s schedule includes speakers, panels, the
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keynote address and lunch with poetry by Keetje Kuipers, assistant professor at Auburn. The keynote speaker is Judith Ortiz Cofer, Franklin Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia. Introducing Ortiz Cofer will be Nick Taylor, an internationally renowned writer and former president of the Writer’s Guild. The workshops will focus on a variety of topics related to the theme with empha-
sis on personal voice, identity and character development. “We’ll have some different workshops on finding your voice as a writer, finding a voice for your characters,” said Outreach Associate for the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities Maiben Beard. “We have some on looking at plot and a lot on identity, identity as author or your character’s identity, one on self publishing, one on editing and collaboration and writing
from a character’s place.” The conference’s comfortable setting and informality will add to the unique quality of the conference. “It’s lunch. It’s entertainment. It’s network,” said Chantel Avecedo, associate professor at Auburn and alumni writer in-residence. “And the writers are really good about not bunching up together. They try to sit with students, with other attendees. It’s a once a lifetime thing, especially for undergrads, to
get sit at a table with The New York Times best selling authors.” Early registries were able to submit works to be previewed at the conference. The works were reviewed by Acevedo and Patricia Foster, speaker and Breeden scholar from the University of Iowa. “What was great about last year, the invited writers were sitting in on those rooms and listening and giving feedback to those who have not yet published,” said Acevedo. It is a chance for writers to learn something, make friends and get the support they need in their writing, according to Beard. “It’s always nice to see people who don’t really know each other come in and form this community of writers,” Beard said. “I think it’s really important as a writer. You probably feel alone sometimes. People come in and they form these groups. They are coming from all over the southeast, a lot of them are students or grad students, but a lot of them are people out the community who maybe working on a
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It’s a once in a lifetime thing, especially for undergrads, to get to sit at a table with The New York Times best selling authors.” —Chantel Avecedo Associate professor at auburn university, alumni writer in-residence
book or have always wanted to be a write, but never made that step.” Registration is open to the public. Online registration is available through the universities website and the deadline is Oct. 5. “It embraces a lot of different interests,” said Jay Lamar, director of Pebble Hill Center for the Arts & Humanities. “If there is a theme overall, it is opening your arms and saying come whoever you are and whatever you’re doing and find your place in this.”
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