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Tigers lose first, prepare for Cats By ABBY ALBRIGHT Sports Editor

Auburn (5-1, 2-1 SEC) was handed its first loss Saturday against the Arkansas Razorbacks (3-2, 1-2 SEC), 44-23. Although the Tigers rushed for 242 yards, 21 yards more than the Razorbacks, they were unable to pull off a win. “They are really good,” said head coach Gene Chizik in a press conference before Saturday’s match up. “You can’t average almost 450 yards a game and not be good at what you do. Their quarterback is very efficient, and if you follow coach Petrino, that’s a trademark. It is reminiscent of the quarterbacks he had at Louisville. They have a great overall scheme. They are well coached and play hard, but it is very similar to the things he has done in the past.” Senior running back Ben Tate had a career

game, rushing 22 times for 184 yards, scoring two touchdowns. Senior quarterback Chris Todd completed 15 of 28 attempts for 133 yards and wasn’t intercepted. Junior wide receiver Terrell Zachery and freshman running back Onterio McCalebb rushed for 60 and 23 yards, respectively. McCalebb scored the third of the Tigers’ three touchdowns. Auburn was down the entire first half, entering halftime trailing 27-3. Tate and McCalebb answered the Razorbacks in the third quarter, rallying the Tigers to a 34-23 difference. Auburn was unable to complete the comeback in the fourth quarter. The Tigers return home Saturday to take on the Kentucky Wildcats (3-2, 3-0 SEC) at 6:30 p.m. The game is to be televised on ESPNU.

Plans for sports complex begin By BRIAN DESARRO Staff Writer

A $6.5 million soccer and track facility was added to the list of ongoing campus construction projects as the University broke ground Oct. 1. The new facility, scheduled to open July 1, 2010, will be directly between the existing soccer complex and the HutsellRosen Track. The 22,000-square foot, two-story building will house nine coach’s offices, locker rooms for each sport, training rooms, equipment rooms and team lounges. “It’s an opportunity

to be in a first class facility here at Auburn,” said track and field head coach Ralph Spry. “This is something new that we have not had access to before and everybody is very excited to be able to call this facility home.” As part of the University’s move toward being more environmentally friendly, the facility will also be certified with a LEED silver rating. “It’s a process you go through from design and construction through occupancy that says the way you are building this facility will be envi> Turn to FACILITY, A2


Michelle Teslik, a senior in English, recycles her belongings at Recycle Auburn on North Donahue Drive.

Auburn slips to ‘C’ average By THEADORIS MORRIS Staff Writer

Auburn University’s sustainability efforts received a “C” on the 2010 Sustainability Report Card. Auburn received a “D” for its sustainability in 2008 and a “B” average in 2009. But the University dropped to a “C” average in 2010. The report cards were released Oct. 7, which included 332 colleges in all 50 states and Canada. The purpose of this green report card is to identify colleges and universities that are leading with regard to sustainability efforts, according to www.greenreportcard. com. “Ultimately, that’s about where we are,” said Matthew Williams, program director of the Office of Sustainability. “I believe


Recycling is just one of nine categories judged on the Sustainability Report Card.

we have done a lot of good things, but we have a good bit of a way to go.” College Sustainability Report Card Web site defines sustainability as meeting the needs of the present without compro-

mising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. “It’s disheartening, we’re doing all of this stuff and working really hard,” said Scott Russell, president of Environmental Awareness

Organization. “We feel like we are improving to standards, obviously we are not perfect and there is a laundry list of things to improve on, but we have incorporated a lot of new things into our building, global warming and research.” The report card is an evaluation of campus and endowment sustainability activities at colleges and universities that aims to provide accessible information for schools to learn from each others’ experiences and establish more effective sustainability policies, according to www.greenreportcard. com. “The grade is kind of subjective I think,” said Austin Greenwalt, a senior in finance. “It comes down to what every person does on campus, and it is hard > Turn to REPORT, A2

Campus administers vaccines By JILLIAN CLAIR Staff Writer

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Nurse Practitioner Patie Keeney (right) demonstrates how the nasal spray is given to Kate Chandler.


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H1N1 flu vaccines will be available free for Auburn students and employees in Student Center Rm. 2223 today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. “I highly encourage people to read the official Web sites about the vaccine in advance and come prepared,” said Dr. Frederick Kam, medical director of the Auburn University Medical Clinic. There will be about 1,000 vaccines this week, and more will be available as the University receives them.

Most H1N1 vaccines will be administered through a nasal spray, Kam said. Injections will be available as well, but not immediately. However, the difference in the vaccines is not just in the way they are administered. The nasal spray is approved for people ages 2 to 49. It is not approved for pregnant women or those with underlying health conditions, although they are recommended to receive the injection when it becomes available. “The nasal spray is a Live Attenuated Influenza Virus, while the injection

is not,” said Amanda Aldridge, spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control. LAIV vaccines are safe and effective, said Sharon Roberts, an immunology professor at Auburn. “We know that our bodies respond more strongly when we are infected with a live virus,” Roberts said. “Attenuated means less strong, which in the case of viruses, means that it will not cause serious disease.” Side effects of the LAIV vaccine may include runny nose, nasal congestion, > Turn to VACCINE, A2

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to tell if an entire campus is sustainable just by one ranking.” Surveys and data from each of the participating schools were collected from summer 2009 for six sections: campus management, administration, climate change and energy, food and recycling, green building and transportation. A campus survey covering the categories of administration, climate change and energy, green building, student involvement and transportation was one of four surveys sent to each school.

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ronmentally friendly,” said Randy Byars, director of athletic facilities construction and planning. “For instance, a lot of the building materials are recycled, several of the carpets are made from recycled materials and the sources used to supply the materials are all local in order to reduce the environmental impact from trucking in resources.” Byars said this new facility is being built at the right time because the current locker rooms and coach’s offices are in Beard–Eaves Coliseum, which is scheduled to be demolished after the completion of the new coliseum. “As of right now, we have both boy’s and girl’s locker

Other surveys included a dining services survey covering the food and recycling category, an endowment survey covering the endowment transparency, investment priorities and shareholder engagement categories and a student survey focusing on the activities of campus environmental and sustainability groups. “They changed the way they calculated the grades between the years,” Williams said. “This is the third year we’ve been involved and we don’t even know in some categories how we were scored exactly.” The grade each school received was calculated

rooms in the coliseum,” said Laurel Pritchard, a senior in nutrition and a distance runner. “I think it will definitely benefit us because it will be so much closer to the track, because otherwise you have to go park or walk to the coliseum, change and walk or ride to the track.” The addition of locker rooms and coach’s offices directly beside each sport venue, Byars said, will be essential both during practice and before and during games. Soccer head coach Karen Hoppa said her team is most excited about moving out of the coliseum and into a new, personalized facility. “The building is old and the locker rooms are small so just moving into a brand new facility that is our own

cough, chills, tiredness, sore throat and headache. Kam recommended all students get the vaccine, but said certain groups should act quicker. “First should be those who have significant underlying health problems that put them at greater risk if they were to become infected with H1N1,” Kam said. Second are healthcare workers and students who would put others at risk if infected, such as nursing and pharmacy students. Third are those under age 24. The CDC recommends receiving both H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines. The process of making, testing and transporting the vaccine has caused the delay in distribution to the public.

“The development of a vaccine is a complicated process,” Aldridge said. “The actual strain must first be captured before they can begin to create the vaccine, which then has to go through rigorous trials to ensure safety.” Like seasonal flu vaccines, H1N1 flu vaccines will eventually be available in Alabama through public clinics. “There will be sufficient supplies, but it will be weeks before we have enough for public clinics,” said Dr. Jim McVay, director of health promotion and chronic diseases for the Alabama Department of Public Health. ADPH plans for vaccination clinics to begin in school systems across Alabama the first week in November, McVay said. Alabama will receive 2.8 million doses of the H1N1 flu vaccine by January 2010.

by numerical points each school earned in proportion to its policies and practices for the indicators in each category, according to the green report Web site. The grades were based on certain characteristics. If a school earned at least 70 percent of credit for those categories it earned an “A.” It took 50 percent to earn a “B,” 30 percent to earn a “C” and 10 percent to earn a “D.” The nine equally weighted category grades were totaled to calculate a grade point average on a 4.0 scale. The GPA was then translated into an overall sustainability grade, rang-

ing from “A” to “F,” using a standard grading scale. “The grading is a tough and inexact science,” Williams said. There were nine categories that received grades. “The schools are chosen because they are doing something, so even a failing grade is better than not doing anything at all,” Williams said. “We are getting more and more sustainable.” Auburn has numerous projects in the works for the campus and the community from working on providing layouts to show how green a building is, to ideas for better and more convenient transportation, Williams said.

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CRIME REPORTS Oct. 5 - Oct. 11, 2009 Oct. 6, Lee Road – Larceny reported. Twenty shirts, 800 DVDs and 10 pairs of blue jeans. Oct. 8, Creekside 650 Dekalb St. - Theft reported. One gray Honda metropolitan scooter. Oct. 9, 101 N. Debardeleben St. - Theft reported. One Alabama state flag. Oct. 11, East Glenn Avenue – Criminal mischief reported. Auburn University lab keys reported stolen. One full size mattress reported damaged. - Reports provided by Auburn Department of Public Safety home, our own place just for soccer and track at one location is what we are most looking forward to,” Hoppa said. Spry said getting these facilities closer to the actual sport venue is something that has been much needed. He also pointed out that this won’t only benefit existing team members, but it’s also expected to be a major boost in recruiting efforts, drawing in talent from around the country. “When you recruit student athletes, you have to show them first-class facilities to send a message of commitment to that sport,” Spry said. “This facility shows the University has a total commitment to the sport of track and field at Auburn.” When planning the

building, it was important to create a modern and efficient space that will be a “major compliment” to both sports in order to be shown off to potential athletes, Byars said. Another major priority when planning the building was to add features the coliseum currently lacks. One such feature is the addition of team lounges, which will serve as a team meeting place before and after each game. “We end up meeting in the scholarship room at the coliseum so the team lounge will be a great place that’s big enough to house our entire track team, and both boys and girls can just walk in and use it,” Pritchard said. The contractor is Hardin Construction out of Atlanta.

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Students take Adderall, not prescribed By SAMUEL SOLOMON

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Lorenz, assistant clinical professor at Auburn’s Harrison School of Pharmacy. “My first question is ‘Where are they getting them from?’” Most students don’t seem to be having much difficulty acquiring Adderall, said Doug Hankes, director of Auburn Student Counseling Services. “There is a lot of sharing of medication,” Hankes said. One Adderall dose costs about $5, which makes

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Results from an online poll of 10,298 people on our Web site,

Thirty-two percent of people have taken psycho stimulants such as Adderall without a prescription, while only 13 percent are prescribed, according to information taken from an online poll of 10,298 people conducted through The Plainsman Web site. “Hearing those results, that is almost half of the student body taking psycho stimulants,” said Ray

it affordable to students. However, there are other ways of paying for it. “I may have traded it for beer before,” said Kevin, a sophomore in mechanical engineering. Adderall is not necessarily viewed as a gateway drug, Lorenz said. However, the high cost of other drugs may make them a gateway to Adderall. “I knew a coke addict,” said Alexis, a sophomore in marketing, “She

switched to Adderall, because it does the same stuff and is so much more affordable.” The drug, an amphetamine, is prescribed for Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder. It works by raising levels of certain chemicals in the brain, allowing the user to focus, while ignoring the body’s signs of hunger or fatigue. Side effects of the drug may cause people to be > Turn to ADDERALL, A4

State money helps fund anti-poverty By JUSTIN WARD Staff Writer

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One version of the new signs gives the former name of the street, in addition to the new name.

City replaces street signs By MARY-GLENN SMITH Staff Writer

New street signs are popping up all around Auburn. Public Works Department, which is responsible for providing engineering and construction services for the city of Auburn, is in the process of removing the white concrete street markers and replacing them with new, standard street name signs. The sign replacement project will proceed outward from downtown Auburn until all of the old concrete street markers have been replaced, according to the City of Auburn Web site. City crews will begin installing the new reflective signs on streets in the downtown area. “The signs are being

changed to improve day and night visibility and legibility,” said Brandy Ezelle, City of Auburn traffic engineer. The installation of the new street signs is a project of the traffic engineering division of Auburn’s Public Works Department. The Traffic Engineering Division investigates complaints regarding traffic problems and monitors traffic volume information in order to improve safety and efficiency. It also maintains Auburn’s traffic signals, signs and pavement markings and is responsible for the design and implementation of bike paths. All of the concrete street markers at city intersections will be replaced with more visible standard street signs. “The standard sign will be dark blue with a white

border and white letters,” Ezelle said. There will also be black signs in historic parts of Auburn with the former name of the street on the sign in smaller print. Two hundred new signs will be installed throughout the city and will cost approximately $300 each. “Prior to the cement markers, the street names were not even marked,” Ezelle said. “The cement markers were originally selected as a decorative and vandal resistant option at a reasonable cost.” The length of construction time is unknown because the replacement schedule for the signs will be determined by available funding. “I’m glad to hear the city is getting new street signs,” said Adam Bright, a senior in engineering. “The white concrete signs

were hard to see.” The replacement of the concrete street markers that sit low on the ground may not be a big deal to some people, but they have caused some problems for several residents. “I never understood why the signs were on the ground,” Bright said “You couldn’t see the street name until you were right up by the sign. I have missed the road I was looking for several times because of that. I just had to turn around and go back.” Many people think the replacement of the concrete street markers will be a good change. “The old signs were sometimes difficult to locate so I think it is a positive change for the city and the people that live here,” said Clarke Kerby, a senior in finance.

Last Wednesday, Gov. Bob Riley announced more than $18 million in federal stimulus funding aimed at helping lowincome individuals and families achieve self-sufficiency and emerge from poverty. “The governor is glad to give back to communities all over Alabama,” said Todd Stacy, press secretary for Riley. “All of the programs chosen give a foundation to aid lowincome families.” This is all a part of a nationwide $2.5 billion stimulus package that will attempt to end poverty. Although the governor only recently announced the funding for Alabama, several regions have already received money and are currently putting it to use. The Community Service Block Grants were awarded to regional community service agencies all over Alabama. The agencies will use the funding for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for job training, education opportunities, providing better nutrition and housing, establishing community volunteering programs and offering income management and credit counseling. One of the charities is the Alabama Council on Human Relations Inc. in Lee County. It received nearly $630,000. Nancy Spears, CEO of ACHR, said there’s not

a time line for when they will see the first dollar. However, once they have the money, it will go toward several helpful programs. “It will go towards programs that enhance community action,” Spears said. ACHR has been promoting and implementing programs that improve economic conditions, education and racial relationships for all people since 1954. ACHR is a non-profit group funded exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. The goal of ACHR is to increase self-efficiency and overall improvement in the quality of life for those in need. The money will go toward programs such as Head Start, WIC, the Community Services Block Grant programs and Housing Counseling to residents of Lee County. Janet Burns, assistant director of ACHR, said their programs emphasize jobs and training. “We’re going to help people go back to school,” Burns said. “GED and preGED expansion programs. There are still a lot of people in the area without that.” The program is even sending some of its own staff to college to earn degrees, Burns said. The governor chose 22 charities to fund. The charities were chosen based on guidelines provided by the U.S. De> Turn to POVERTY, A4

Alabama is best in the South for healthcare coverage By JUSTIN WARD Staff Writer

Alabama is leading the South in healthcare coverage, according to the Auburn University Center for Governmental Services. The report drew its statistics from U.S. Census data and said the rate of persons without health insurance in 2008 is 11.9 percent, which is also the lowest rate for Alabama this decade. Don-Terry Veal, the di-

rector of the Center for Governmental Services, was encouraged by the numbers. “The latest figures confirm that Alabama’s diverse economic growth and policies are allowing employers and the government to work together to provide more Alabama residents with regionleading healthcare,” Veal said. Auburn University researchers found the state leads the South in per-

centages of the population having both private healthcare coverage and employment-based coverage. At 68 percent, private healthcare plans are the most common in Alabama, although six of every 10 residents have employment-based health coverage. The data also said 96 percent of children in Alabama have health insurance. This is the highest rate of coverage for any

state, and the highest rate ate director of the Center for Alafor Govbama in ernmenthis detal Sercade. vices. “So It’s been a “O ur it’s likely slow steady process public that emo p i n i o n over the past 10 years.” p l o y e r s , surveys workers, David Hill, c h i l d find that associate director, w e l f a r e AlabamiCenter for Governmental a d v o ans place Services cates and a great lawmakdeal of ers all are emphasis on family and children,” responding to this priorsaid David Hill, the associ- ity by ensuring that a high

percentage of children get covered by some type of healthcare plan.” This is heavily attributed to ALL Kids, a SCHIP program. ALL Kids, which began 12 years ago, has given government-subsidized insurance to children from families whose income is between the poverty line and double the poverty level. From 1999 to 2001, 28 to > Turn to HEALTH, A4

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“jittery” or paranoid. However, the drug is not without health consequences. Over an extended period of use, those who take it may suffer weight loss or become addicted. “I think it is extremely useful,” said Stuart, a senior in forestry and wildlife sciences, “but that is a bad thing because it is pretty addictive too.” The most serious long-

term side effect is chemical dependence, Lorenzesaid. Chemical dependence occurs when the brain depletes the chemicals used to focus on a task. It then becomes reliant on Adderall to raise those chemical levels back to normal, Lorenz said. Hankes said he used to work with an individual who used AD/HD medication he bought from people to help him focus. “By the end of their career, they felt they could

not create or be creative without taking the mediation,” Hankes said. One reason some students are so keen to use Adderall is the pressure associated with college. “It’s a lot easier to get out of bed in the morning knowing you can pop a pill and are hot-to-trot and do something,” Stuart said Use of psycho stimulants is nothing new, as it has been common on college campuses for years, said Gordon Sacks, department head for Au-

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burn’s Harrison School of Pharmacy. “When I was a student here 20 years ago, people used NoDoz, which is essentially coffee in a pill,” Sacks said. However, despite its popularity, some say students may not be completely aware what exactly they are getting themselves into. “I think it is a misperception among college students that it is not a drug, and it really is a drug,” Lorenz said.

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A woman with tall, blue hair by the name of Marge Simpson will soon be gracing the cover of America’s premier gentlemen’s magazine, Playboy. The result is likely a mixture of The Simpsons 20th anniversary and a 31 percent drop in the magazines advertising sales.

A Portland, Ore., man assaulted his exgirlfriend and then impaled her bright purple Betta fish, DeLorean, against a wooden floor. Sarah Harris, the victim, plans to get a memorial tattoo of the fish, and wants her attacker, Donald Fite, to pay for it.

An upstate New York woman was arrested for DWI twice in one night. Talitha Gorea was stopped at 7 p.m. for traffic violations. Police found an opened container and an ecstasy pill. She was released to a family member and received a court appearance ticket. Less than five hours later she was spotted speeding in the wrong direction on a one-way street. She was once again above the legal limit.

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29 percent of children in Alabama were covered by a public plan. Under ALL Kids, this number has risen to 37 percent. “If you look at the time series on this it’s not a single sudden prioritization,” Hill said. “It’s been a slow steady process over the past 10 years.” The program has expanded to cover 300 percent of the poverty level as of Oct. 1. Parents pay a fee for their children to participate in ALL Kids. Parents who enter the program because of the expansion will pay $100 for each child covered every year. There is a ceiling of $300 per family regardless of the number of children covered. ALL Kids also works to educate doctors, schools, nurses and others about the changes so they can recommend it to parents. Cathy Caldwell, the director of the Children’s Health Insurance Pro-


partment of Health and Human Services, which made the funding available. Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is going to administer the awards. Opponents of the package argue it’s just

gram, encouraged parents to get assistance. “If you have uninsured children, apply today,” Caldwell said. Auburn’s county-bycounty analysis found location has a significant effect on healthcare coverage. Counties with a high amount of state employees have lower rates of uninsured. Counties with higher percentages of poor and elderly covered by Medicaid and Medicare also have lower rates. However, there are still more than half a million residents who are without health insurance, including 78,000 children. ALL Kids Children Health Insurance is expanding to include a majority of the 78,000. Although Alabama leads the South, Hill said it stands in the middle of the pack when compared to all 50 states. In his study, Hill said he didn’t see a significant difference between Republican and Democratic states when it came to healthcare coverage.

another way for people to live off of the government. They contend there needs to be some sort of accountability for those that go on the program. “There are a lot of people with only a sixth grade education,” Burns said. “And, although it takes a while, but we get them their GEDs.”

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New security technology scans behavior, not luggage By DANIEL WALLACE Staff Writer

The next generation of homeland security may not require the customary X-ray scans or pat downs that have become commonplace in airports around the globe. Instead, the new line of defense is aimed at spotting potential threats by targeting certain biological signals that may be given off by an individual who may be likely to commit an offense. Although still in its developmental stages, the new equipment called “Future Attribute Screening Technology” is under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security for eventual use in airports. “We know your body gives off certain physiological signs when you are planning on doing something ‘bad,’” said John Verrico, science and technology spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security. “What we are trying to figure out is which combinations of these signals would be a potential warning sign.” These signals are recorded by sensors. Biolidar, an eye-safe laser, reads heart rate and respiration, while an eyetracking device measures pupil dilation. Other sensors measure everything from skin temperature to the degree of restlessness a suspect displays. This information is then fed into an algorithm,

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which creates an analysis for security personnel to scrutinize. Paul Ekman, a consultant to the F.A.S.T. program, said he is still cautious about how much emphasis should be invested in this technology. “Is it possible?” Ekman asked. “Yes, but is it feasible? I think probably not at this point in time.” Ekman, whose company is responsible for training behavioral detection officers for organizations like the FBI and the TSA, said he thinks that, in addition to this system, other areas of security should be improved. “I think more should be done on the human front,” Ekman said. Even Verrico said as exciting and beneficial as this technology may sound, it will never replace the human element of security. “What we are trying to do is provide the existing security personnel with additional information which isn’t apparent to the naked eye,” Verrico said. Verrico described the test results as being “better than chance” at determining people with “bad” intentions. However, some skeptics may need more to be convinced of the need for this experimental new technology. “It’s sort of like they don’t know if it will be effective,” said Lillie Coney, the assistant director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a “watchdog” group on the

frontline of protecting consumer privacy. “We do know that it is costing the taxpayer money though.” The cost of the project, which is reported to have exceeded $20 million already, isn’t the only reason for concern, Coney said. “It poses some privacy issues because it is the collection of information without consent,” Coney said. While researchers maintain the system is not designed to retain information at this point, civil libertarians, such as Coney, are concerned that this could change at any point. “Right now they say that they don’t retain data, but that is just a matter of policy,” Coney said. “The problem is that policy could change at any time. It needs to be a matter of law that they will not be allowed to retain data they have collected using this system without consent.” Coney said she thinks this poses a problem. “It is very serious,” Coney said. “Believe me, you don’t want your name in any kind of government database of any kind for being a potential threat.” This system is not designed to infringe on personal privacy. It is less invasive than current security methods and will reduce the number of people taken in for secondary screening, Verrico said. “We want to get to a point where we give Americans back the freedoms they had before 9/11,” Verrico said.

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So long, cement signs; hello, clarity, modernity As the great Sam Cooke once said, “It’s been a long, long time coming, but I know a change gonna come.” Yes, we’re going to equate song lyrics about equality and racial harmony to illustrate how excited we are about the city of Auburn’s latest move to finally change their street signs. We wish we could try to write some sort of mock ode or praise for the old cement street signs, but, quite frankly, we aren’t going to miss them much at all. Their only real benefit seemed to be that they were far less likely to be stolen, but we think that’s only because there are so few people who have the desire or time to try to undertake such a Herculanean task. Of course, even if some misguided soul were to try and steal one of them, they would likely have a doozy of a time trying to find the one they wanted, especially at night. We all have a fairly intimate knowledge of Auburn’s main roads, but at night, the city’s smaller backroads and neighborhoods become a labyrinth that makes us begin to wonder when the Minotaur was going to make an appearance. Even in the daylight, it was hard to read the squat cement posts, especially for those of us with corrective lenses. A few of us have had to pull over a few

times to get our bearings. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark had an easier time in the Pacific Northwest. Of course, when we say new signs, we mean the standard street signs that adorn corners in the rest of the civilized world. It isn’t so much that Auburn is getting ahead of the times so much as it is returning to a level of parity with the rest of the country. The new signs aren’t without their problems, however. Our editor isn’t a fan of the font, and suggests a sans serif font rather than a serif, even if our news editor doesn’t know what “serif ” means. (Of course, Elli’s taste is circumspect, as she thinks Georgia is an appropriate font for almost any occasion.) The signs are also placed higher than standard street signs, but we have a feeling this is to deter theft and vandalism. We’d even go so far as to recommend putting Gay Street’s signs as far up as possible. As for what to do with the cement signs after their retirement, we humbly suggest chucking them into the ocean. A) It gets rid of the ghastly things. B) They could form a man-made coral reef, supporting a new, delicate ecosystem. Either way, we all win.

HIV vaccine a much-needed advance When you hear any announcement regarding the success of a potential HIV vaccine, you can’t help but feel some form of hope and joy. We all know what horrible problems HIV and AIDS cause in this world, and we all long to hear of a day when we don’t have to worry about those dark spectres any more. We hope, we rejoice, but we analyze what we hear. It’s the most effective vaccine to date, but it’s only 30 percent effective. As some would say, that means it’s 70 percent ineffective. Also, if it’s 70 percent ineffective, that means there were certain people in the test study that could have been and probably were infected with HIV. We hope the subjects knew the risks involved, as we hate to think such a celebrated medical breakthrough came with the added price tag of infecting more people with the disease we are attempting to cure. At this point, it’s not certain if the vaccine is only effective against a particular strain of HIV or if it has applications for the eradication against any other strains. There are many details still to be worked out and discussed, but we are

still impressed by the numbers. Three out of 10 were successfully vaccinated. We can develop a vaccine. This is a disease that killed an estimated 14, 561 Americans in 2007, increasing the total number of American deaths attributed to HIV and AIDS at 583, 298. These numbers pale in comparison with the global numbers, especially the epidemic in Africa. At the end of 2007, the African continent reported an estimated 1.5 million deaths due to HIV and AIDS. If some human force were killing this many people, there would be immediate action taken against them. This viral enemy is far more difficult to fight, as ignorance and lack of resources help to continue its spread. Even a semi-working vaccine shows us that we can start to win this fight. We have to keep pushing for further developments, and keep funding the crucial research and experimentation that leads to these magnificent breakthroughs. This development may not be the dawn of a new day, but the dawn draws nearer. There’s joy in that.

Adam Cooner

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Premature prize for president President Barack Obama, winner of the 2009 Nobel Peace prize, was awarded for the things he might one day accomplish. He might find a peaceful solution in Afghanistan; he might successfully halt Iran’s uranium enrichment program; he might reverse global climate change (since apparently that is criteria as Al Gore was co-winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize). I am sickened the committee would give the award in anticipation of what he might accomplish. It doesn’t seem like one of the most sought after, well-respected awards given out to the most influential peace advocates of the last century would be given to someone who might do something. I always thought the awards were given for concrete achievements. After all, teachers do not hand out A’s to students who might do well the night before the test. Alfred Nobel’s will clearly states the Peace Prize should go “ the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.” While the decision is up to the Nobel committee, and there is some ambiguity within the wording of Nobel’s will, I am curious as to what rational was used to dance around concrete language like “shall have done.”

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The committee officially states the award was given for “playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting” as well as “Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.” Al Gore must feel kind of cheated, after all of the lectures, books, and even a 90-minute documentary on the severity of climate change, and he got to share the Nobel. That is a low blow considering Al Gore invented “Green” (at least more so than he invented the Internet). And if we really want to talk about what is really green, let’s talk about China, a nation of 1 billion people with one of the world’s fastest growing economies set to invest in green technology. “China has doubled its installed wind power capacity every year for the past five, and is on pace this year to supplant the United States as the world’s largest market for new installations,” said Peter Fairley, in an article from MIT’s Technology Review. And if we want to talk about reducing the world’s supply of nuclear weapons let’s get Iran to stop their research. A country, which for decades has been ques-

tioned about its uranium enrichment facilities and lied again and again. A country with leaders immature enough to lie to the world community is too immature to hold a share of the world’s most destructive weapon. When he does that, I will gladly acknowledge him as a true candidate for the award. I understand that it is not Obama’s fault. I understand that this has created more problems for the Obama Administration than good. I think the president handled it in the most appropriate manner he could. I can see Obama as a future recipient of the Nobel peace prize. His nomination itself is suspect as nominations for the award were due by Feb. 1. This means at the time of nomination, Obama had been in The White House for little more than a week, barely enough time to learn how to find The White House lavatory. There was also no shortage of candidates for the Nobel committee this year, a record number 205 people were nominated. The Nobel Peace Prize is one of the most prestigious awards, held by the most renowned promoters of peace on the planet. The Nobel committee is tainting the value of its award by giving it prematurely for abstract reasons. Samuel Solomon is associate news editor of The Auburn Plainsman. You can reach him at 844-9109.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

The routine of parental visits

Lindsey Davidson

When the parents come to visit their young, aspiring offspring during the grueling years at college, there are always three things that happen. One: you clean. Laundry gets done for the first time in weeks. The floors are swept and vacuumed. And if you are feeling really outgoing, or you are sucking up, the place is dusted. The mountain of dishes is properly stored in the correct location. You must make your parents believe your living hole is spotless all the time. But they know. Don’t kid yourself. Two: free food. That’s a given.

All the friends you haven’t seen in weeks come out from hiding for that upscale dinner. And there is that trip to Wal-Mart where you pick out every piece of food that could possibly fit in or around your kitchen. Because you know it has to last you until they make that trip again. Three: the talk. It starts with the basic ‘How are classes?’ Then it subtly progresses to ‘What are you going to do with your life?’ If you are like me, you try to prep the answers, but they never come out the way you intend, because parents are masters at catching you off guard. As my dad and I were having this seat-squirming conversation this weekend, I realized how the common grounds of our lives continue to grow more and more with each meeting. I’m at that stage where my parents aren’t sure where to put me on the child/adult spectrum. I still feel as if I need

to downplay my time at Bonnaroo, but at the same time I’m trying to one-up my dad in college stories. Times are different between our generations though. My mom can’t believe I’m showing her my hookah because she’s reminiscing on her childhood. But I’m trying to explain the legality of my crystal novelty. My stepdad jammed out to Johnny Cash while I’m trying to convince my parents that Sunset Rubdown and Frightened Rabbit are real bands, and I’m not making up going to concerts. Then my dad is asking for advice on my younger siblings. Then I’m taking those stories to my friends as we sit around and use that phrase we swore we would never use, “Kids these days.” Does that make me old? Anyways, my parents now ask what kind of beer or wine I want when I go home. Where do I go from that?

I still want to have to feverously clean when they come to visit. Well, maybe not that one, but I still want the free food. And my parents keep me in check. I live and breathe the independence, but I still need the questions. If I they didn’t ask what I was doing with my stagnant life, I would probably follow Spencer around in the hopes of becoming part of the band. I don’t think we ever grow out of answering to our parents. My mom still asks my grandmother for advice on a great number of aspects of her life. I’m sure I wll mimic those same actions. Needless to say, I look forward to the next visit. I’m running low on munchies and the T-shirts are becoming the everyday wear. Lindsey Davidson is the editor of The Auburn Plainsman. You can reach her at 844-9108.

“I knew a coke addict. She switched to Adderall, because it does the same stuff and is so much more affordable.” -Alexis, a sophomore in marketing, discussing the abuse of the prescription drug Adderall

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President’s Nobel Prize win justified, should cause pride, joy Editor, The Auburn Plainsman There has been a lot of outcry over the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to President Obama, considering the president is only 10 months into his first term and the deadline for nominations was two weeks into his presidency. While the Nobel Peace Prize has always been a politically motivated award (given to two critics of George W. Bush during his eight years in office – Jimmy Carter and Al Gore), and while the Nobel Prize itself was created to restore some luster to Alfred Nobel’s tarnished name, there is no question that the Nobel Peace Prize is a prestigious award and a great honor.

We should be proud of American’s Nobel Peace Prize laureates, like Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and now, Barack Obama. But it raises the question: what exactly did President Obama do to deserve such an award? Even an Obama supporter like myself realizes ten months of groundwork is hardly enough to warrant a Nobel for accomplishments. But if we look at the changes in the world’s attitude towards America since November, and the changes in America’s attitude toward the world since January, we see progress. A revitalized effort to eliminate nuclear arms, a renewed call for peace in the Middle East, an unequivocal denunciation of torture, and heavy lifting in the fight against global warming are all signs of what President Obama is not. It’s clear that President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for not being President Bush, and for that we can all be thankful. Alex Roberson sophomore, political science

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Small investments a key to bigger successes Michelle Wilder

The small things in life are the most rewarding. When someone smiles on campus as I pass by, when a cashier at Chikfil-A says “My pleasure” or when a teacher puts “Good job” at the top of an assignment, these gestures make my day. It may not seem like it, but small things can make a big difference. I hope the small things I do will make a difference later in life when I am searching for a career. Two years ago, I saw an advertisement for Teen Vogue Fashion University in New York City. The weekend-long

conference would be open to anyone interested in fashion, meeting designers and learning from the magazine editors how to get a foot in the door of the fashion/magazine world. Boy, was I interested. Of course, I applied. But my first thoughts were, “Why would a magazine in New York City accept someone from Podunk, Ala., (actually Holly Pond, but just as bad) who will probably never have a chance in the fashion world?” “Will the proper, up-scale designers and editors laugh my Southern accent back home?” These doubts made me try even harder. Much to my surprise, I was accepted, Southern accent and all. The next month I boarded a plane for the first time in my life and was on my way to arguably the

greatest city in the world. I would soon stand in the presence of figures in fashion that I have only been able to see on the glossy pages of the magazine, much less ask questions and be in the same room with. While in New York, I attended seminars by Vera Wang, Tommy Hilfiger, Tim Gunn, Redken hairstylists, Maybelline New York make-up artists and all of the editors at Teen Vogue, and then saw all the sights and shopped till I dropped. It was jaw dropping being surrounded by so many people at one time and looking up and not being able to see the tops of buildings. Where I live, I can drive to the top of the tallest building (a parking deck). Standing on top of the Empire State Building, overlooking the buildings probably four times taller

than the lowly parking deck I am used to, was life changing. In two weeks I get to go back to the Big Apple for the fourth annual Fashion University. I applied again because I hope it will be beneficial to me in the long run, and because it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Well, second to living in Japan for a month. The month after high school graduation, a friend and I traveled to Japan to live with my aunt and uncle for our senior trip. We had to navigate around cities with signs only in Japanese and then ride the subway and train (also with signs only in Japanese) back to where we were living. Not being able to speak or read Japanese was a huge obstacle, and being surrounded by people that a) only spoke that

language and b) looked at me funny because I have blond hair, was even more shocking. People could just tell I did not belong there. One taxi driver in Tokyo picked us up in the pouring rain and asked (in perfect English) where we needed to go. We slowly said, “Outback Steakhouse,” thinking he may not understand, and he said, “Oh, Outback Steakhouse? No I don’t know. I don’t speak English.” He proceeded to kick us out of the back seat and drive off, leaving us in the rain once again. Seriously, he was speaking English, but doesn’t speak English? After about four taxis wouldn’t take us to the restaurant, I decided I must need the exercise, so we walked to Outback. I overcame these obstacles by learning key

phrases of their language and wearing a hat to cover up my hair. Although attending the fashion conference and living in a different country for a month may not seem like such a big deal, I hope one day a prospective employer will notice the small things I did and be impressed. Maybe the optimistic perfectionist I am will be rewarded. Maybe the extra effort I put forth at my part-time job or broadening my cultural horizons by living in a different country will stand out. Maybe the small investments I make now in trying to get as much experience as possible will lead to big success later in life. Michelle Wilder is the associate copy editor of The Auburn Plainsman. You can reach her at 844-9108.

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HIV vaccine study offers new promise By ELLISON LANGFORD News Editor


Saturn’s ring was discoverd by astronomers using infrared wavelenghts of light to see the space-borne dust.

Astronomers find ring around Saturn By SAMUEL SOLOMON ing other wavelengths of Associate News Editor light, in this case infrared, to see the space-borne Saturn’s rings captivat- dust. This ring is not like ed Galileo when he saw them for the first time the flat thin rings people typically imagine circling nearly 400 years ago. But, last week, NASA’s Saturn. This new ring is Spitzer Space Telescope thick, similar to a motordiscovered what Galileo cycle tire, Best said. missed — a gigantic halo. The ring consists of “This is one supersized a thin band of ice and ring,” said Anne Verbisc- dust starting approxier, an astronomer at the mately 3.7 million miles University of Virginia in away from the planet and a press release. “If you stretching as far as 7.4 could see the ring ( from million miles away. This discovery may Earth), it would span the width of two full moons’ hold the answer to a cenworth of sky, one on either tury-old question about one of Saturn’s moons, side of Saturn.” The ring hasn’t been Iapetus, which lies withseen until now because it in this newly discovered was not seen in the visible halo, Best said. Iapetus has an unususpectrum of light, said Steve Best, research engi- ally dark side, which has neer for the Auburn Space baffled astronomers for centuries. Some specuResearch Institute. Scientists began us- lated it was in some way

caused by Saturn’s darker moon Phoebe, Best said. “The beautiful, detailed colored images of the rings of Saturn sent back by Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecrafts in the early ‘80s fascinated people around the world,” Best said. “(However), these images still did not explain the appearance of Iapetus.” Astronomers who are convinced Phoebe had a role in this phenomenon went searching for evidence of a potential dust cloud generated by the moon. “It was thought perhaps some of the debris from Phoebe was impacting and coating Iapetus, making it dark,” Best said. That is exactly what Verbiscer and her colleagues found. Spitzer’s infrared lenses

were able to spot the cool band of dust sparkling under infrared light. “The particles are so far apart that if you were to stand in the ring, you wouldn’t even know it,” Verbiscer said in a press release. The ring’s observations were made before Spitzer exhausted its coolant reserves in May. The telescope is now on its “warm” mission. “This recent discovery is the result of man’s insatiable thirst to explore, learn and understand the world and universe around him,” Best said. “Now finally, using modern technology of space-based telescopes, it appears we understand slightly better another small detail about immense, infinite universe we live in.”

A clinical trial of an HIV vaccine regimen was shown to have some effect in preventing HIV infection. The trial was conducted in Thailand on more than 16,000 participants. “The results are encouraging,” said Mitchell Warren, executive director for the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition. “And, for the first time, have demonstrated that an AIDS vaccine can actually provide at least some level of protection against HIV.” The trial was the world’s largest study of an HIV vaccine regimen, according to a GSID press release. During the trial, 74 placebo recipients became infected with the virus, but only 51 of the vaccine recipients became infected. The vaccine had an approximate success rate of 30 percent. “This is a promising step,” said Lance Ignon, spokesman for Global Solutions for Infectious Diseases, “but it is only one step in many more that lie ahead before we can say that we have a safe, effective HIV vaccine.” However, researchers are not sure what this means for every HIV strain in existence. Thailand has a predominance of the

strain Clade E, which is different from strains in regions like Africa and North America. “While the results are very encouraging and exciting,” Warren said, “it doesn’t change the fact that we need many other kinds of AIDS vaccines in clinical trials and in laboratory tests as well. So it’s an exciting addition to our information, but the need for a whole range of diverse approaches is still very much at the center of the search for an AIDS vaccine.” The AIDS Vaccine Conference in Paris Oct. 19 through 22, may answer some of these questions, said Elizabeth Adams, medical officer for the National Institutes of Health. The NIH financially and scientifically supported the study. After the conference, when the findings will be more publicly displayed, Adams said there will be more discussion about the future of the product and how the study achieved its results. However, it is not likely this vaccine will be available for administration to the public. “I think it’s important to recognize that this vaccine, although the result was very promising scientifically,” Warren said, “no one is thinking about licensing this vaccine.”

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Elif Ozgormus paints children’s faces at Oktoberfest. Ellison Langford / NEWS EDITOR

German Café Locals walk for awareness opens in time for Oktoberfest Opelika residents wear pink for the fifth “Think Pink” breast cancer awareness walk in Opelika Saturday.



Alpen Café and Bakery brought traditional German cuisine to the Auburn area by hosting its first street party for Oktoberfest Saturday. The restaurant is in historic downtown Opelika off Ninth Railroad Avenue. It served up schnitzel and brats along with a boot full of beer for the patrons inside while entertaining people on the street with face painting, bobbing for apples and guessing the number of nuts in a boot. “We opened three months ago, so this is our first chance to host an Oktoberfest event,” said Nathan Park, restaurant manager. “The Alpen Café is a traditional German restaurant and

bakery. We asked the city of Opelika to block off the street for Oktoberfest, but it was only on a small scale this year. We plan to host an even bigger event next year.” Oktoberfest is an authentic celebration that is celebrated in Germany and around the world. It began Oct. 18, 1810, as a wedding celebration for Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of S a xehi l d burg h ausen , and they invited all of Munich to attend, an unprecedented occurrence. Approximately 40,000 people attended the first Oktoberfest and now 10 million people celebrate it annually. “I wore a traditional lady’s tunic and a flower headdress to commemorate the event, while the > Turn to CAFE, B2

Pink was the color of choice for participants in the fifth annual “Think Pink” breast cancer awareness walk in historic downtown Opelika Saturday morning. Opelika Main Street, East Alabama Medical Center and the American Cancer Society hosted the event, which featured a one-mile walk, live entertainment and a reception for participants in the walk. Velinda Wheeles, director of Opelika Main Street and an 11-year cancer survivor, said five years ago she learned EAMC did not yet sponsor an event during October for breast cancer awareness month. Wheeles said she told the hospital she would love to do something to raise awareness in the area. “We met for about an hour, we walked away and

‘Think Pink’ is now what it is,” Wheeles said. “We have grown every year.” More than 500 people pre-registered for this year’s event, Wheeles said. Registration was $12 including a “Think Pink” T-shirt, and all proceeds benefited the breast cancer foundation at EAMC. “Last year, we raised almost $5,000 with ‘Think Pink’ to help women in this area pay for their mammograms,” Wheeles said. Colleen Alsobrook, breast health navigator at EAMC, said she received a donation check for $2,000 from a charity tennis match a few weeks ago. “Other people have given donations as well,” Alsobrook said. “All proceeds go toward our fund for under served or under insured women to get mammograms.” Alsobrook said donations for the event included the food available for

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Above: Participants wear signs to honor cancer victims. Below: Participants sign names to remember those family members and friends with breast cancer.

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Student receives the crown Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity hosts Miss Black and Gold pageant for scholarship By MICHAEL HANSBERRY JD Schien / PHOTO STAFF

Above: Andrea Jemison is crowned Miss Black and Gold, winning a $500 scholarship. Candace Brown was second place and Faith Kashaa was second runner-up. Below: The local soul and jazz band, Therapy, entertains the crowd at the Miss Black and Gold pageant.

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Students came out last Friday night to attend Alpha Phi Alpha’s 27th Miss Black and Gold Scholarship Pageant in the Student Center. Three contestants competed in the 45-minute competition, vying for the first place prize of $500 and a chance to compete in the next round this Saturday in Montgomery. The event kicked off with a performance from Therapy, a local seven-member, neo-soul and jazz band, and a dance routine was performed by AU Rhythm,

the University’s rhythm and dance team. Graduate student in political science, Marvin Price, and last year’s Miss Black and Gold, Jessica Alexander, hosted the pageant. The contestants, Candace Brown, a junior in English, Faith Kashaa, a sophomore in biomedical sciences, and junior Andrea Jemison, started the competition with the swimsuit portion. Then the ladies went into the talent portion where Brown sang a soulful rendition of Etta James’ “At Last.” Kashaa sang “Hero” by Mariah Carey and Jemison danced.

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Next was the evening wear competition where the ladies showcased their gowns. After a piano performance by Alexander and a question-and-answer round about Michelle Obama, Jemison was announced as the winner. Kashaa was second runner-up and Brown came in second place. “I’m thrilled about it. I’m at a lost for words really,” Jemison said. She said she planned to participate when she first heard about the pageant on Facebook. “It’s an awesome opportunity to even be in the pageant and furthermore

to win it,” Jemison said. “I totally intend on doing everything I’m required to do and more.” Joshua Agee, pageant co-chair and community service chair, said the fraternity has been working on the pageant since the summer, and the girls have been practicing since the beginning of this semester. “The pageant highlights young ladies on the campus that are successful and are involved in the community,” Agee said. “We ask them a series of questions in the interview portion about their life goals. It’s our chance to give > Turn to PAGEANT, B2

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these girls to showcase their talents and receive scholarship money.” Agee said in order to compete in the pageant, the girls must be University students and raise at least $300. He said proceeds from the event benefit chapter functions and community service events throughout the year. Allysa Barber, a junior

in psychology, said she attended the event because she’s always heard good things about the pageant and wanted to see what it had to offer. “I want to see these women compete for the scholarship and excel in what they want to do,” Barber said. “I’m here to support members of the Greek community and I may be a participant one day.” The Omicron Kappa Chapter of Alpha Phi Al-

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pha Fraternity Inc. was established at Auburn University in May 1982. Its biggest community service projects are junior hunts and Easter egg hunts at Boykin Community Center, the Big Brother/Big Sister Program and Bone and Homeless for a Day According to the fraternity’s Web site, 116 members have been initiated into the AU chapter and there are 16 members with varying majors.

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Participants bring their canines to the breast cancer awareness walk in Opelika.

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Nathan Clark poses in traditional German lederhosen at Alpen Café and Bakery.


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men wear lederhosen,” said Elif Ozgormus, a student in industrial engineering. “I celebrate Oktoberfest every year, because of my family’s German heritage.” Auburn University German club came out to participate in the festivities. “The German club celebrates Oktoberfest together every year, even though it has been small celebrations in the past,” said Richie Rizvan, German club president. “This year was new, due to the

recent opening of Alpen Café and Bakery. We felt it would be a great way to celebrate, because of the restaurant’s theme and German emphasis.” The German club promotes activities as an outlet for Germans and German language enthusiasts in the Auburn area to have a place to connect socially and strengthen their language skills. The German club’s main activity is Stammtisch, or a round discussion, at the Ole Auburn Ale House two Thursdays a month. They are in the process of planning more activi-

ties outside the University like Oktoberfest and promoting the club’s presence in the Auburn area for future foreign language learners. “My favorite part of Oktoberfest is the feeling of camaraderie you feel when celebrating with other people, especially other Germans,” Rizvan said. “It is a fun time when you can eat, drink, listen to music and enjoy the company of others. Oktoberfest is also about a sense of tradition, and in carrying on that tradition, you really feel as though you are doing something special.”

participants. Local businesses provided refreshments. “We’re very fortunate,” Wheeles said. “We’ve had so many wonderful people within our community that have donated items.” Wheeles said the main goal of the event was to stress the importance of early detection. “It is not an old person’s disease,” Wheeles said. “I was diagnosed with breast cancer in my 30s, and I had a 10-month-old.” Alsobrook said one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. “I hope I will never have to hear my daughter say, ‘Mom, I have breast cancer,’” Wheeles said. She said one way the event raised awareness was by providing information about breast cancer. “What we are offering is a one-mile informational walk (with) ‘did you know’ signs along the way,” Wheeles said. “It has helped me along my way with survivorship.” Wheeles said participants could also gather more information from

the different tents set up along Main Street. “I think we all have a big stake in this,” Wheeles said, “because everybody down here has had someone within their life that has been touched by breast cancer. This is their way of remembering their loved ones.” Participants had the opportunity to wear handwritten signs on their backs in honor of someone in their lives who had breast cancer. “It gives you chill bumps to think this many people have been touched by cancer,” Wheeles said. “At the same time, you know you’re doing a good thing.” Participants were treated to a reception featuring live entertainment from Lee County Junior Miss Addie Garner, as well as a dancing ensemble called the Yahooters. “We figured we’re just a bunch of yahoos, so we call ourselves the Yahooters,” said Donna Layson, a fouryear cancer survivor and member of the Yahooters. “We have a great time.” Layson said the Yahooters have been in four Christmas parades and the Alabama governor’s inaugural parade.

The Yahooters won a $1,000 award for another parade in Montgomery. “We’re not like the Rockettes or anything, but we try,” said Sylvia Whorton, a member of the Yahooters, whose sister is a two-anda-half-year breast cancer survivor. In addition to the live entertainment, several shops in downtown Opelika were open and offered participants in the walk special sales and discounts. Michelle Murphy and Collins Henderson, who both work for UPC at Auburn, said they were participating in the event for the first time. Murphy and Henderson said they have had relatives or close friends affected by breast cancer. “Any time you can bring awareness to something, get other people involved and let them know about the disease and how it can be fought, that is a great cause,” Murphy said. Alsobrook said she and her co-workers look forward to it every year. “We’re just trying to get the word out and have this as a celebration for life and the fact that early detection can save lives,” Alsobrook said.

Oct. 15, 2009 Water: Three States (Phase II) - Exhibition Time: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Location: Biggin Gallery 101 Biggin Hall


The Committee of 19 poses with Aubie displaying the cans they collected at the Beat Hunger Bash.

PINK hosts Beat Hunger Bash By BRITTANY COSBY Campus Editor

Auburn’s finest chefs came out to the Sigma Chi house for the grill-off for Victoria’s Secret PINK Beat Hunger Bash Tuesday. PINK and the Committee of 19 hosted the event to support Auburn’s War on Hunger for Hunger Awareness Week from Oct. 12 to 17. The grill-off winners will be announced at the Kentucky game. Attendees brought two non-perishable food items to donate to the cause. Committee of 19 collected the cans to add to the Beat Bama Food

Drive. PINK raffled off freebies, and live music was provided by Ernest Goes to Jazz. “As PINK interns, we picked a charity on Auburn’s campus to support and we chose hunger awareness,” said Jenna Nash, a junior in public relations. “This is our big event we hosted and it is a good way to get everyone out to support the cause in a fun atmosphere.” The grill-off participants chose their own special recipes to get above the competition in the taste test. “I grilled New York strips with a parsley and garlic chalets and red

pepper flakes,” said Jimbo Irvin, a freshman in chemical engineering. “I think this is a great way to draw attention to the Committee of 19 and create an even bigger effect than they have had so far.” Another grill master shared his special secret recipe for the cook-off. “I marinated four 12ounce ribeyes in a mustard sauce with a Worstershire dry rub,” said John Yates. “The dry rub was made from brown sugar, powdered ranch, garlic salt and pepper. I wanted to participate because I thought it was a really good idea to promote hunger awareness.”

Free food was provided by businesses such as Domino’s and Daylight Donuts. Chick-fil-A got in the spirit by providing anyone who donated five cans a free chicken sandwich and donating 10 percent of profits to hunger awareness. Aubie, along with the Tiger Paws, came out to get people in the giving spirit. “We as Tiger Paws wore PINK attire and came out to mingle and to show our support for the cause,” said Hannah Milton, a junior in accounting. “We show up to several philanthropy events to help out when organizations request it.”

Miss Auburn University Scholarship Pageant Interest Session for students Time: 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Location: Auburn University Student Center, Room 2326 Oct. 16, 2009 Line Up. Stand Up. Speak Up...Against Hunger and Speak Up...Against Hunger: A Women’s Issue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Haley Center Concourse

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Students celebrate through traditional Indian dance Sunday night.

The story of Diwali is re-enacted at the festival in the Foy Student Union ballroom

Indian Student Association celebrates Diwali By ALISON McFERRIN Staff Writer

Happy Diwali 2009! Diwali is an Indian celebration that took place on campus in Foy Student Union ballroom this past Sunday. Diwali means “an array of lights.” It is a celebration of the victory of good over evil; the main focus is lamps being lit to expel darkness from around and from within. “It’s a new beginning,” said Pratyusha Patel, a second year pharmacy student.

Patel, who is originally from Zambia, described Diwali as a bit like Thanksgiving. “It is a time for family and friends and good food,” Patel said. The Diwali ’09 celebration on Auburn’s campus was hosted by the Indian Student Association in conjunction with the Indian Cultural Association of East Alabama. Other involved organizations included the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, the International Student Organization, the Auburn Asian

Association and the Muslim Student Association. The event featured performances by young children and adults, who sang, danced and performed skits to showcase Indian culture. The origin of Diwali comes from the Hindu Puranas. They believe when evil overtakes the world, Vishnu comes into the world to defeat it. Lord Rama of Ayodhya, an incarnation of Vishnu, was exiled from his home. He later defeated the demon Ravana and was welcomed back to Ayodhya as a hero.

Ask a Professor: How are calories counted in foods? “There are actually two ways that the count of calories can be determined, if you are referring to the numbers that you often see on food boxes at the grocery store. First, there is a technique where you can actually go into a lab and put whatever food product you have into what is called a calorimeter. You put it in, ignite the food, and, when it begins to burn, energy is released. You determine the amount of heat being put off by that particular item, then you can then use a mathematical conversion to attain the number of calories burned. The second technique involves using a type of computer software to plug in the recipe for the food. If you know that a food has a certain amount of digestible carbohydrates, fats or proteins in a serving, you can just plug it in. For example, some basic fats contribute nine calories per gram, some carbohydrates provide four proteins and some proteins have four, etc. You can go through this program and plug those values in, mathematically calculating the caloric value.”

-Leonard N. Bell, professor of nutrition and food science

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Thus, Diwali was created. Patel described how her family has always celebrated Diwali. “It is out with the old, in with the new,” Patel said. “You clean up the house, and then you light every corner to cleanse it and rid it of evil spirits.” Suresh Mathews, an assistant professor in the Nutrition and Food Science Department, said what he remembers most about Diwali is the fireworks. “You don’t really go to bed on the night of Diwali,” Mathews said. “There aren’t organized

fireworks displays, but pretty much every family lights fireworks and sets them off. It’s so beautiful.” Mathews, who had two children participating in Sunday night’s performances, said he thinks it is important for the children to see and participate in Diwali events to connect them to their heritage. More than 200 people came to celebrate Diwali, whether by participating in or just watching the different performances. Though most were from the Auburn area, people also came from

Columbus, Ga., Montgomery, Tuskegee and other surrounding cities. The chief guest of the night was Ainsley Carry, vice president of Student Affairs. In addressing the audience, Carry said, “This is a very special event. We hope Diwali can continue to grow on our campus.” The evening ended with a meal of authentic Indian cuisine in the Auburn Student Center. (Story of the origin of Diwali was abbreviated from www.diw a l i c e l e b ra t i o n s . n e t )

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Auburn wins at PSA meeting Vet student By JORDAN DAILEY

with genistein, a compound found in soybeans that affects humans and chickens. Genistein is similar to estrogen and can have different biological effects in species. “Nearly all poultry in the U.S. and much of the rest of the world are fed a combination of corn and soybean meal, and thus are consuming relatively large quantities of genistein,”

nent. Associate Campus Editor “My research has a number of objectives,” StevenAuburn’s Department of son said. “Among these Poultry Science racked up are determining…whether at the annual meeting of genistein can reduce fat the Poultry Science Assoaccumulation in the liver, ciation in North Carolina. also a problem for huFive current students mans.” or faculty and one former Stevenson is also the Auburn graduate student poultry judging coach for were recognized for their Auburn. Her class meets accomplishments. Tuesday and Thursday Jessica Butler, a curfrom 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the rent graduate student poultry research farm. working with profesProfessor Patricia A. sor Pat Curtis, was Curtis won the Phibro elected by a group of Extension Award. I am responher peers as a student Curtis’ research inrepresentative to the sible for being the voice cludes poultry and egg PSA board of directors. of the next generation products relating to mi“I am responsible crobial safety, processof poultry scientists.” for being the voice ing technology, qualof the next generaity control, waste water tion of poultry sciand water reuse, accordentists,” Butler said. Jessica Butler, ing to PSA’s Web site. Butler will serve a Curtis has received PSA student two-year term in her representative numerous other awards position. Her duties infor her academic clude Web site mainawards, including the tenance, serving as a li- Stevenson said. 2005 Poultry Products Reaison between the board In her research, Ste- search Award, the 2003 and the student group venson uses High Per- American Egg Board Re“PSA Hatchery” and the formance Liquid Chro- search Award and the organization of a forum. matography to measure 2000 American Distance Lindsay Stevenson, an- the amounts of genistein Education Council’s Excelother graduate student in found in the eggs, feed and lence in Distance Educathe Department of Poultry blood of female chickens. tion Award. Science, was also recogSome of these effects Two Auburn faculty nized. include “improvement of members, Edwin T. Moran She won the Maurice bone density, reduction of Jr. and David A. Roland Stein Fellowship Award, cholesterol in the blood… Sr., were inducted into the which encourages re- and effects on the repro- Fellows of the Poultry Scisearch promoting efficien- ductive development and ence Association. This is cy and profitability in the function of some species,” a status recognizing propoultry industry. Stevenson said. fessional distinction and Stevenson received the Stevenson’s research has contributions to the field $1,000 award for her work a defined human compo- of poultry science without

concern to longevity, according to PSA’s Web site. Moran joined Auburn’s faculty in 1986, developing a program to continue his research in broiler nutrition, further processing, meat yield and broiler production quality issues. The honoree’s teaching focused on graduate students, examining feedstuff use by the gastrointestinal system. His teaching coordinated with his research at the time. Roland has been a member of Auburn’s faculty since 1976, when he began teaching undergraduate and graduate nutrition and conducted basic and applied research. In 1992, he was awarded a Distinguished University Professorship. Roland’s early research developed a new method of feeding allowing the integration of econometrics and environmental control into nutritional programs. He has continued to work closely with the egg industry, allied industry and primary breeders to ensure his research is made available to the industry. Nancy Joseph, one of Moran’s former graduate students, received the PSA Early Achievement Award for Industry. Joseph developed programs dealing with traceability and bacterial monitoring.

receives scholarship By JORDAN DAILEY

Roger Saltman, DVM, MBA, the director of cattle veterinary operations Jonetta Tabor, a third- at Pfizer Animal Health, year veterinary student emphasized the need for at Auburn, was awarded large animal veterinarthe 2009 American As- ians. sociation of Bovine Prac“With fewer than 10 titioners Foundation- percent of graduating Pfizer students Ve t e r i f r o m nary StuU.S. vetd e n t This scholar- e r i n a r y Scholar schools ship further empha- i n t e r ship. “I am sizes the importance e s t e d v e r y in large of ... veterinarians.” grateful animal for the medisupport cine, this Jonetta Tabor, scholaras I seek Auburn veterinary ship proto fulfill school student gram remy goal of beinforces coming a the need large animal practicing for the younger genveterinarian,” Tabor said. eration’s interest in our Eleven recipients were field,” Saltman said. chosen, each receiving Tabor’s decision to $5,000 in scholarship pursue large animal money to be used to- medicine was not made wards an education in without prior experience. large animal medicine. The award recipient was “A truly outstanding raised on a 300-head beef group of recipients has cattle operation. been named for this in“This scholarship furaugural group of scholar- ther emphasizes the imships,” said Gatz Riddell, portance of food animal DVM, AABP executive veterinarians and revice president. “AABP is minds me they are only a excited to see such dedi- small number of today’s cation to the bovine vet- graduating veterinarerinary medicine field.” ians,” Tabor said. Associate Campus Editor

Auburn Homecoming Top Five jGRASP gets grant By BLAKE HAMILTON

after one scores high enough, recommends it to the NSF program director. Auburn computer sci“We submitted the apence professor James plication once and it was Cross and his jGRASP nicked up a bit,” Cross said. research group have re- “We revised it and the secceived an award from the ond time got funding.” National Science FoundaThe money is primartion of $250,000. ily devoted to supporting The group, whose name a research assistant who stands for Graphic Repre- is a professional engineer. sentations of Algorithms, Auburn takes 40 percent Structures and Processes, of the money, while the has created a development remaining amount goes to environthe research ment that assistant. provides vi“The vice Lots of sualizations schools are using it...” p r e s i d e n t to make for research James Cross, software gets the professor more commoney that prehensive. the Uni“This has been a long versity takes,” Cross said. running project,” Cross “That doesn’t have anysaid. “It has been called thing to do with the grant, jGRASP since about 1998, it’s just overhead. We get when we received our first what’s left.” NSF grant. This is about The team’s research the fourth we’ve gotten in in applying the funds is a series of them.” devoted to generating a The project started out new version of the softas a reverse engineering ware called a canvas view. project where these visu- In this version, users can alizations were generated. place items side by side on It became useful in the a “canvas.” CS1 and CS2 engineering One of the greatest imcourses at Auburn and is plications of this software, often put in conjunction Cross said, is that it carwith Java software, which ries the Auburn University makes up the “j” in jGRASP. name. “Lots of schools are usThe program is used ing it now,” Cross said. around the world, from “We’re approaching 400 Russia to local institutions separate institutions, such as Georgia Tech, each ranging from universities of which becomes aware of to community colleges to the work of Auburn engihigh schools. Usage this neers. fall is up as much as 80 per“Last year we had over cent, which is something two million uses,” Cross we didn’t quite expect.” said. “We’re on track this Application for the grant year to have 2.75 million. is competitive, as it took Every time they start up the team two years to at- the program ‘Auburn Unitain. The submission is versity’ flashes up, so we’re reviewed by a panel who, spreading our good name.” Assistant Campus Editor

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Campus Events Thursday, Oct. 15 Hunger Week: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in various areas, more information at Art Exhibit in Biggin Hall: Water: Three States (Phase II) Exhibition in Biggin Gallery from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Office of University Outreach Presents Engagement and Service Learning Colloquia: Speaker Barbara Jacoby of the University of Maryland will speak on “Outreach Engagement and Service Learning” from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Student Center Rm. 2222

Camp War Eagle Information Session: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Student Center Rm. 2222 Asian Film Screening Series #4: Chinese film “Silk,” 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Haley 1203 Miss Auburn University Scholarship Pageant Interest Session: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Haley 1203 Softball vs. Darton CC: 7 p.m. in Jane B. Moore Softball Complex Spectrum Alliance presents “Milk”: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Student Center Rm. 2223 Friday, Oct. 16

Softball vs. Southern Union: 5 p.m. in Jane B. Moore Softball Complex

Hunger Week: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in various areas, more information at

JCSM Presents Third Thursday: Joni Mabe the Elvis Babe: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in JCSM.

High School Counselor Visitation Day: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Auburn University Hotel

Art Exhibit in Biggin Hall: Water: Three States (Phase II) Exhibition in Biggin Gallery from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Office for the Vice President of Research Presents Michael M. Reischman: Michael M. Reischman, deputy assistant director for engineering of the National Science Foundation, will speak in Shelby Center Rm. 1103 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Line Up. Stand Up. Speak Up... Against Hunger: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on the Haley Center Concourse. E-mail stillam@ for more information. Line Up. Stand up. Speak up... Against Hunger: A Women’s Issue: Presented by the Women’s Resource Center and Committee of 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Haley Concourse. E-mail stillam@auburn. edu for more information.

U.S. Steel Tailgate: 11 a.m. to noon on the Shelby Center’s Kingsley Courtyard Fisheries Seminar: Ryan Earley of the University of Alabama, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Swingle Hall Rm. 303

Saturday, Oct. 17

Tuesday, Sept. 20

Football vs. Kentucky: 6:30 p.m. in Jordan-Hare Stadium

Art Exhibit in Biggin Hall: Water: Three States (Phase II) Exhibition in Biggin Gallery from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Alumni Hospitality Tent: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the Wallace Center Lawn Sunday, Oct. 18

Football, Fans & Feathers: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Southeastern Raptor Center, Shug Jordan Parkway Volleyball vs. Florida: 6 p.m. in the Student Activities Center

Soccer vs. Kentucky: 1 p.m. in the Soccer Complex Volleyball vs. South Carolina: 2:30 p.m. in the Student Activities Center Monday, Oct. 19

Home Run Derby: Featuring Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson. 6 p.m. at Plainsman Park. More information at Gaming Tournament: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom Soccer vs. Vanderbilt: 7:30 p.m. in the Auburn Soccer Complex

Art Exhibit in Biggin Hall: Water: Three States (Phase II) Exhibition in Biggin Gallery from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Auburn University Black Student Union Presents Freestyle, Fish, FUN and Stroll-off: Co-sponsored by Panhellinic Council, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom

Education Interview Day: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Seminar: Speaker Terry Connors will speak on “The Forensic Science of Wood and Paper Evidence,” 11 a.m. to noon in SFWS Rm. 110 Camp War Eagle Information Session: 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in Student Center Rm. 2223 JCSM Presents Elvis’ America: 1956: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Jule Collins Museum of Fine Art JCSM Presents 1956 Film: “The Girl Can’t Help It,” 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art


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Auburn hosts BEST robotics event By AUBRIE DAVIS Staff Writer

Screaming fans, loud music and noisy drums echoed through the Student Activities Center Saturday for the annual War Eagle BEST competition. Middle school and high school students from across Alabama traveled to Auburn to compete in an intense robotics competition. Twenty-four teams participated in the event, which lasted nearly seven hours. Robby Ingenloff, a freshman at East Memorial Christian Academy, said this was his first BEST competition. Ingenloff was the spotter for the team and gave directions to the driver operating the robot. Ingenloff said BEST is offered as a class for all students at East Memorial Christian, and the team meets every day to work on the robot. “It only took two days to build our robot, but it ended up taking a few months because we had to do changes,” Ingenloff said. The preliminary round of the competition began at 11 a.m. and lasted until 3:30 p.m. During this round, teams competed in a series of three-minute, round-robin matches. The robots moved inflatable globes, tennis balls , aluminum cans and ra-


Students from Episcopal Day School work on their robot during the annual War Eagle BEST Robotics Competition.

quet balls to designated areas in order to earn points. Competitors were given a chance to make changes to their robots after each match. They were provided a tool kit and set of game rules by which to follow. The semi-finals and the championship rounds followed the preliminary round. At approximately 5 p.m.,




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awards were presented to Lee-Scott Academy that came in first place, Stanhope Elmore High School in second, Auburn High School in third and Episcopal Day School in fourth. Teams that placed in the top four were the robotics game winners for the day. The BEST Award was presented to the team which best embodied the concept of Boosting Engineering, Science and Tech-

nology. Wetumpka High School, Episcopal Day School and Stanhope Elmore High were awarded the BEST awards. A variety of other awards were presented including Best Spirit and Sportsmanship and Best Table Display and Interview. Jordan Hollis, a sophomore at Auburn Montgomery, attended the competition.

Hollis said he is the alumni mentor for Stanhope Elmore High School, and he was part of the BEST club at Stanhope Elmore when he attended school there. He said he gives ideas and hints to the students from previous experience. Hollis said he enjoys helping out and loves seeing the kids excited about the competitions. “Seeing the creativity

each year and the new robots is really fun,” Hollis said. War Eagle BEST is one of 39 BEST Robotics Competitions in the U.S. It is held annually on Auburn University’s campus. Auburn signed up as a hub, or a local competition site, in 2001. BEST is a non-profit organization based in Dallas. Its mission is to “inspire students to pursue careers in engineering, science and technology through participation in a sportslike science and engineering-based robotics competition.” According to BEST’s official Web site, more than 750 middle and high schools and more than 11,000 students participate in the competitions. Katy Prince, a senior in biomedical sciences at Auburn, volunteered at the War Eagle BEST competition. She said she enjoyed the competition because of the loud environment. “It’s fun because everybody’s excited,” Prince said. “The schools bring bands and do cheers and it’s just a great experience for the kids.” Wetumpka High School, Episcopal Day School, Stanhope Elmore High School, Lee-Scott High School and Auburn High School will return again in December for the South’s BEST Championship, also held on Auburn’s campus.

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Speaker discusses importance of engineers By BLAKE HAMILTON Assistant Campus Editor

If one were to try to name the most influential policy makers in this country, congressmen, CEOs and special interest groups might come to mind. However, according to William Wolf, former president of the National Academy of Engineering, scientists and engineers are a large part of the passing of local and national legislation. Wolf presented “Responsible Citizenship in a Technological Society” in Broun Hall last Thursday as part of the Samuel Ginn Distinguished Lecture Series.

“For 11 years I sat right the floor, he was asked if at the nexus of science, the CAFE standards, the m e a su re technoloments degy and poltermining icy,” Wolf ...Lawmaking the threshsaid. “The old of gas real ques- bodies ask...‘can we mileage in tion that cars, could l a w m a k - fix it?’ That’s where be raised ing bodies engineers come in.” while usask when less faced with William Wolf, ing gasoline. any issue former president, involvW o l f National Academy ing techand the of Engineering nology is Academy ‘can we fix said this it?’ That’s was feasiwhere engineers come in.” ble, and the bill was signed Wolf cited an instance into law. when Congress consulted “After that, the autohim and the academy makers were not big fans about an energy bill. of ours,” Wolf said. “They Before the legislation accused us of violating was finalized and sent to the laws of physics, among

other things. What we were saying was the truth, though, and we were able to provide 40 technologies to help raise that standard.” Though part of the presentation focused on the unsung power held by technological authorities, the major point Wolf made was that normal citizens should make themselves more aware of these issues and their scientific influences. “The vast majority of Americans don’t know enough about science and technology to make informed decisions when voting,” Wolf said. “What does it mean when a country calls itself a democracy and its people can’t dis-

cuss one-third to half of the policy issues that legislators are discussing?” Wolf said our society should strive for two changes in this area. First, we should try to proactively involve more engineers in the process. Second, we should educate the broader population on these issues and their implications. Several of the attendees were struck by the scope of this goal and the authority Wolf brought to his presentation. “The presentation was thought-provoking and Wolf made a good point that engineers need to take a bigger role in the formation of policy,” said David Elton, a geotechni-

cal engineering professor. “He made a good point in saying that most people don’t know how technology influences policy and gave good examples to prove it.” Wolf ’s long list of international honors was listed to give credibility to his claims. The scope and preciseness of his goals were also admired among the faculty present. “He’s obviously very smart and well organized,” Elton said. “Because of his work with the national institution he had a much longer view and, therefore, a wealth of knowledge on the subject. He had a lot to offer the members of the engineering department in the audience.”

Auburn engineers develop virus filter software By BLAKE HAMILTON Assistant Campus Editor

Recent outages on Web sites like Facebook and Twitter are a problem for users. Computer engineers at Auburn may have the solution. John Wu, Tong Liu, Andy Huang and David Irwin are engineers who have created software for computer systems called Identity-Based PrivacyProtected Access Control Filter (IPACF). “Denial of Service (DoS)

and distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks involve an attempt to make a computer resource unavailable to its intended users,” Liu said in a written introduction to the team’s research. “A DoS attack can be used to affect a complete network or even a whole section of the Internet.” In the case of commercial Web sites, Liu said, these attacks are simply for malicious purposes. They exist only to disrupt busy networks and generally cause problems

for problems’ own sake. However, DDoS and DoS attacks can also be used to exploit a system’s response and break through firewalls, often accessing private networks and resources. “Methods for configuring a network to filter out known DoS attack software and to recognize some of the traffic patterns associated with a mounting DoS attack are available,” Liu said. “However, current filters usually rely on the computer being attacked to check

whether or not incoming information requests are legitimate or not.” IPACF protocol filters out threats while still allowing users with legitimate passwords to access protected resources. A filter value is presented with a pseudo-ID only one time, making it close to impossible for attackers to forge these numbers and get through the system. The program uses lightweight hashing to create the coding values used to filter attacks. These mea-

sures keep the program from slowing down processing power on computers. Wu said users don’t sense that attacks are under way on their computers, making it possible for the network security teams to keep them active and trace them to their control centers. “For humans, there is no difference,” Wu said. A stumbling block projected for the software is that the transfer of information may add to resources needed by the

server. Tests have been positive, however, proving that servers sustain minimal degradation, extra processor usage or information transfer delay. In fact, it takes a mere six nanoseconds for the IPACF to screen information packets commonly identified with DoS attacks. Wu said this research, once able to effectively trace attackers, will hopefully result in a commercial software that can be used in business networks.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK On the Concourse Jenna Robinson, freshman in English

Did you do anything in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month? “No, but that doesn’t mean I like breast cancer.”

Jeff Rhodes, sophomore in business

“Not that I can remember.”

Stephanie Roberts, junior in psychology

“I took notice of Samford while it was lit up.” Houston Mahoney sophomore in theatre performance

“I wore ribbons and pink some days.”

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Wesley Atkins, a junior in anthropology, gets a massage to help relax. Massage therapy is offered at the Auburn Medical Clinic Monday and Friday at 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and occasional Saturday mornings.

Massage Therapy offers body retreat By THEADORIS MORRIS Staff Writer

Instead of going to spas with unaffordable prices or driving out of town to get a relaxing massage, the Auburn community can have stress relieved and pains soothed at the Massage Therapy at Auburn Medical Clinic. “Massage Therapy is

more than a luxury or occasional treat; it is a valuable component of a well-rounded healthcare regime,” said Terri Gore, the masseuse at AUMC. “It’s for everyone from infants to senior adults and isn’t just a luxury.” Gore’s specialties are Swedish or relaxation massage, medical and sports massage, trigger point therapy, A shiatsu,

pregnancy massage and hot stones. “I didn’t know anything about this, I had no idea that we had a massage therapist on campus,” said Laura Wetzel, a sophomore in math education. There are three types of massages offered on the massages and bodywork menu. The first special that is offered is the Therapeutic

Massage with hot stones that reduces stress and improves circulation for $35 for half an hour, $65 for one hour and $90 for an hour and a half. “The power of positive therapeutic touch has both physical and mental benefits,” Gore said. “It can ease chronic pain, reduce tension, relieve headaches, boost the immune system, restore flexibility

and promote restful sleep.” Five percent of the clientele go for relaxing and others for pain relief, and it has even helped athletes return to their sport one week following their session, Gore said. “Massage relieves pain by stimulating the endorphins which are the body’s natural pain killers,” Gore said. “It can assist in post surgery rehab, relieve dis-

comfort of serious illnesses such as cancer or simply provide a much needed and well deserved retreat from the daily stresses.” The second type of massage that is offered is the Hot Stone Massage, which massages away tension and relaxes sore muscles with warm, smooth stones for $80 per hour. > Turn to MASSAGE, C2

Students relax, de-stress after midterm week By CALLIE GARRETT Assistant Intrigue Editor


Sharond Holland (center), a senior in Spanish, and Nikata Miller, a senior in music education (right), stretch during yoga.

Yoga club nurtures body, mind By LINDSEY GRUBBS Staff Writer

Auburn University’s Art of Living Yoga Club is more than the average fitness class struggling with the downward facing dog pose and sweating due to the chattaronga. Vivek Patil, a graduate student in mechanical engineering, said it has changed his life. Auburn’s Yoga Club teaches the principles of the Art of Living Yoga course where the class emphasizes not just physical exercise, but healthy living in general. "The word yoga means ‘union’ in Sanskrit, the language of ancient In-

dia where yoga originated,” said P.K. Raju, Thomas Walter Distinguished Professor of Auburn’s Mechanical Engineering Department. “We can think of the union occurring between the mind, body and spirit." Participants are taught, through breathing exercises, stretches and meditation, to focus their minds on the present moment, putting aside outside distractions and future worries. The course teaches techniques that can be practiced every day to reap benefits for years. The Art of Living organization is a non-profit worldwide organization that teaches programs such as yoga

to uncover the human spirit, peace and joy. Founded in 1982 by humanitarian leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, it is now accredited by the United Nations as a non-governmental organization that has one of the largest volunteer bases. The organization not only offers programs to locals, but also assists in disaster relief areas around the world. CNN reported in July 2007 that thousands of participants in India spent days practicing the Sudarshan Kriya breathing techniques > Turn to YOGA, C2

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Midterms can have a harmful effect on the body, both mentally and physically. It is important to take time out of a day to destress and relax. “Common techniques we might specifically recommend for managing stress or anxiety include breathing, relaxation, imagery and mindfulness techniques,” said Ann Marie DelSignore, senior staff clinician for Auburn University Student Counseling Services. She said it is important to use these techniques in a more proactive than reactive manner to encourage students to prevent stress. It is vital to manage things before they become stressful, rather than relying solely on response to stress. “There is quite a bit of variation in techniques and activities that people find helpful for managing stress,” DelSignore said.

“It is recommended that people utilize multiple methods for managing stress.” She said this is important because if a person primarily relies on exercise to manage stress and suffers an injury, that person may be at risk for coping with his or her stress. “I like to reward myself after exams with peanut butter M&Ms,” said Kaitlyn Gar, a freshman in prepharmacy. Everyone has his or her own techniques for recovering from exams. Lindsey Stephens, a freshman in political science, said she prefers to take long naps after her exams to recuperate. Stress can also have an effect on one’s diet and lead to poor nutrition. “If you are stressed going through exams, that compromises or dampens your immune system and it will not work as well,” said Robert Keith, a nutrition professor. “There are a lot of studies showing eating > Turn to DE-STRESS, C2

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taught in the Art of Living courses. Many of the benefits of the program have been proven to be physical exercise from the yoga positions and the ability of de-stressing the mind and body through meditation and breathing. According to medical journals and scientific data research, yoga has been proven to reduce levels of stress by actually reducing cortisol in the body, also known as the "stress" hormone. Yoga is also proved to support the immune system and relieve anxiety and depression. Such practices also have been found to enhance brain function by increasing mental focus. “By harnessing the power of yoga we gain the three-fold advantage of ‘Fitness + Freedom from Stress + Happiness,’” Raju said. “One of the far-reaching benefits

of yoga is the uncanny sense of awareness that it develops in the practitioner of an impending health disorder or infection. This in turn enables the person to take preemptive corrective action.” The club’s next event, The Art of Living Yoga Empowerment Service (YES+), will feature week-long meditation and yoga classes beginning Oct. 20 through Oct. 25. Weekdays the class will meet from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. The course fees are $250 for students and $350 for the public. “Just close your eyes and think of someone you love and see how you feel in the body,” said Gautham Jeppu, president of Auburn’s Art of Living Yoga Club. “Do you feel happy? Now think of someone you hate. Do you feel tension? There is a connection between the emo-

tions we feel and the sensations in the body. There is lot of stress that goes into our system.” YES!+ is for college and young professionals to teach participants how to deal with emotions and stress through school and other life predicaments. The course will also teach coping skills by learning to relax the body. “When I took this program I realized that this so important because never at or school or at home was I taught how to handle emotions,” Patil said. “It is really important that we handle them properly so we can be a better human being.” The Art of Living Yoga Club meets every Friday at the Auburn Chapel from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information on the national Art of Living program visit http://us.artof living. org. To sign up contact Gautham Jeppu at


healthy will improve your immune system, so you are less likely to get sick.” When someone is stressed, they often turn to alcohol to help them sleep at night, with which Keith does not agree. “If you’re trying to fall asleep at night, do not use alcohol,” Keith said. “It disturbs normal sleep, if you drink alcohol to go to sleep, you might be groggy or sedated. It does not allow you to get a good normal night of sleep.”


“If the person has never had a massage before, a 30 minute session is a good place to begin because you get see if the therapist’s touch is going to work well for you,” Gore said. The last session on the menu is the Japanese Facial Massage that exfoliates and rejuvenates the face

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009 He said he suggests students to relax according to their own lifestyle. Go outside for a walk, get some place that is peaceful, watch a movie on TV or read a book, whatever is most relaxing. Being sleep deprived can increase one’s stress level. Making sure to get enough sleep during exams can help prevent stress. “Sleep is essential for maintaining good brain functioning, which is of course essential for processing, retaining and recalling information,” DelSignore said. “Therefore,

getting adequate sleep prior to an exam is vital for supporting optimal functioning.” She said the most common amount of sleep suggested for college students is seven to eight hours nightly. “The key factor here is to maintain a regular sleep schedule and stick to that prior to exams,” DelSignore said. “Changing your sleep schedule prior to an exam is not particularly recommended.” Stress can affect the body, resulting in lack of nutrition and sleep.

and neck for $60 per session or $165 for a package of three. Auburn students and staff receive discounts by saving $5 on half an hour and $10 on other sessions. “With students spending as much as they do on pedicures and manicures, if they try her one time they would want to come back,” said Amy Campbell, director of accounting graduate

programs. “She is the best thing.” There is also a warmer on the massage table so no matter what the temperature is in the room the client can be comfortable, Gore said. “I know I have done a good job if I leave them wanting more,” Gore said. “I don’t know of any better place to use my gifts than Auburn University.”

War Eagle Girls, Plainsmen honor team By CALLIE GARRETT Assistant Intrigue Editor

The War Eagle Girls and Plainsmen have been the official hosts of Auburn University since 1935, serving many roles. “On gamedays we have multiple responsibilities,” said Sam Poteat, a senior in finance. “Three couples show up three hours before game time to the Alumni tent where we help assist the Alumni Association and mingle with alumni. Everybody else shows up two hours before game time for Tiger Walk, where

we stand at the end of it right inside Gate 10 and cheer on the team.” WEGP have the honor of hosting private parties for the Auburn family and are recognized on Pat Dye Field inside Jordan-Hare Stadium. “When you turn away from the field and look into the stands and see the 87,451 fans, you realize that you are truly blessed to have this unique perspective and serve the University in this way,” Poteat said. He said as a senior this year, it will be difficult to

see a new group next year on the field, and he feels that he has taken this experience for granted. President of WEGP Stuart Stone said he agrees that the experience of gameday is incredible and indescribable. “To get to feel the electricity in the stadium is awesome,” Stone said. “It puts a completely different perspective on being in Jordan-Hare to get to look up from the field to the stands and to hear the fans during the build up for the game.” Being a part of WEGP

offers many opportunities to learn behind the scenes information on Auburn as well as improve personable skills. “I enjoy knowing how the intricate workings of our University administer the community and their dedication to bettering our University,” said Leesa Marie Koestler, WEGP vice president of alumni. Poteat said he enjoys having the opportunity to meet and greet Auburn’s Board of Trustees and many other public figures. “These people are at the top of Auburn's

structure and with that you sometimes forget that they are normal down-toearth people,” Poteat said. Stone said it is just a joy getting to serve Auburn in whatever way it needs. Koestler said she has mostly learned people skills and appreciates the communication techniques she has gained. “Communication is such a valuable tool to have in a skill set,” Koestler said. “In terms of serving our University as a leader, it is much more vital to be able to understand others, rather than to be

understood.” Poteat said being a Plainsman has played a large role in his life, and he has learned so much in the past two years. “I'm not a Plainsman because I get to where a cool orange jacket on a weekly basis,” he said. “I'm a Plainsman because I have a love for Auburn and a desire to serve and give back to this institution that has given me so much.” Stone said for those interested in trying out for WEGP, tryouts will be February 2010.

Campus Rants ● I had formal this weekend and during the dance one of my roommates thought it would be hilarious to run around and pinch everyone’s nipples. ● I hit someone’s car in the parking lot on campus and tried to run without them noticing. Turns out they were in their car and chased after me to make me pull over. It was the ultimate embarrassment.

● I had an upset stomach and I was riding the transit to my morning class. It was one of those upset stomachs where you even question going to class, but I decided to brave it. On the transit I couldn’t help but relieve the pressure by passing some gas. Everyone sitting next to me knew exactly what was going on because my stomach was making horrible noises and the smell was terrible.

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Oct. 15 Auburn Roads Enjoy a night (or several nights) of entertainment at one of Auburn’s premier parks. Kiesel Park is the perfect setting to listen to the enchanting sounds of local and regional musicians. Bring the family, the picnic supper, your lawn chairs and maybe even the family dog and enjoy a free, relaxing evening under the stars. Begins at 6 p.m. at Kiesel Park - 520 Chadwick Lane and is free to the public. Oct. 16 Ellis in concert Rising star Ellis brings her “joyful, unpretentious folk music” to Auburn as part of the Sundilla Acoustic Concert Series. Begins at 7:30 p.m., $50, venue on Thach Avenue.

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Employers look at e-image By LINDSAY RODGERS Staff Writer

Networking. It’s the No. 1 way to get a job, but with all of the social networking sites out there, students may begin to tread in dangerous waters if they aren’t careful. A study by ExecuNet, an executive search firm, found 77 percent of recruiters run online searches to screen candidates before the interviewing process. Thirty-five percent of these recruiters said they have eliminated candidates based on the information they found. “My mom is the president of a company located in Atlanta, and she has always stressed the importance of a clean e-image,” said Ashley Puchalla, a junior in business administration, “Not only do you look bad, but it makes the company look bad as well.” Some online areas students should regulate include Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Flickr and blogs. According to Monster. com, take down any pictures including alcohol. Even if the drink is in a Solo cup, the suggestion of alcohol in pictures looks unprofessional and can give the potential employer the wrong impression. Avoid posting anything

provocative. This includes pictures, videos, YouTube videos, photo comments, regular comments, quotes, song lyrics and e-mail addresses. “When you’re in a field like mine, keeping a clean e-image is important because school systems are not only looking at what kind of person you are, but whether you’ll be a good role model for children,” said Erin Hale, a senior in elementary education. Watch the language. Anything sexually or racially prejudice makes the potential candidate look closed-minded and rude. Even if it’s written by someone else, putting it on a personal profile, blog or Web site makes it appear to be that person’s view. Check the site regularly. Everyone has been a victim of an embarrassing photo, comment or video of themselves popping up on their Web site or networking site. This is why it’s important to check the site often. Google yourself. If there’s any information posted on the Web that could be harmful to future careers and opportunities, contact the sites to see if it can be removed. Also, companies such as ReputationDefender and International Repu-

tation Management have formed to help people who have had their reputations tainted online. They help get posts and pictures removed and assist in setting up new, more flattering Web sites that will help acquire jobs. Be discreet. Many networks offer a “private setting.” This is a great feature because only friends that have been chosen are allowed to see the profile. New features allowing users to block photos and comments are also available. Even with these new options, keep in mind that nothing is private when it comes to the Internet. Despite the warnings given, social networking sites are a great opportunity for the job search. Sites like LinkedIn, a business-oriented networking site, allows users to post resumes, search for jobs and research the companies for which they are interested in working. “LinkedIn is a great networking site for students looking for job,” said Nancy Bernard, Director of Career Development Services. “We highly recommend Auburn students to utilize this resource.” Having a clean, professional e-image will set the average job candidate apart from the rest.


An interesting dinner choice

Contributed by Ellison Langford, senior in journalism

Gator Recipe Cook Time: 15 minutes Level: Easy Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients Uncooked gator meat All-purpose flour Self-rising cornmeal Garlic powder Onion powder Cajun seasoning Vegetable Oil Salt Pepper Tip: If the meat is wild, soak overnight in buttermilk to get rid of the gamey taste.

Directions 1) Slice the gator into strips like you would chicken. 2) Heat a pan of vegetable oil on the stove. The oil should be deep enough for the strips to float in it. 3) The burner should be turned on high. If you flick water droplets in the oil, they should sizzle. 4) Mix enough of the half-flour and half-cornmeal in a bag or Tupperware container to batter all of the meat. 5) Add a liberal amount of the spices to the flour and cornmeal mix and combine. 6) Batter the meat in the flour, cornmeal and spice mix. 7) Fry the battered meat in oil for two to three minutes on each side. 8) When the stripes are dried, place them on a rack or plate of paper towels to drain.


Tailgating is an art form, a well-honed, celebratory practice that takes years to refine. But who’s got that kind of time? Here’s what you need to know now: Yes, you need a special sauce and, no, you should never underestimate the wet wipe. While we’re at it, here’s something else: there’s really no need to wait for your team to suit up–for that which we call a tailgate on any other day would taste as sweet. So stock up on supplies and head for an empty parking spot. Bring something to throw around if that makes it better.

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Party City offers many costumes and accessories for this year’s Halloween, such as fake teeth and gory make-up (left) and masks, wigs, mustaches and tiaras (right).

Preserve hosts 5K race By OLIVIA MARTIN Associate Intrigue Editor

The Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve will host its Ninth Annual 5K Trail Run at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. The Forest Ecology Preserve is 110 acres of forested lands on North College Street. “This is one of the few trail runs in our area,” said Jennifer Lolley, administrator of Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve. “People really enjoy the race in such a beautiful setting.” The preserve provides educational experience for children and adults, with programs such as a wildflower hike and, most recently, “Creepy Critters.” These activities, in part, rely on the funds raised by events like the fall 5K. Registration is $18 and will include a T-shirt; all proceeds benefit the preserve.

Nick Holler, race director, describes the route the runners will take. “It’s all on trails through the forest and around the homestead area,” Holler said. “Some parts you will have to watch your step, but overall it’s a great trail and we have it well marked so it will be easy to navigate. For those not familiar with the ecology preserve, runners will encounter a wildflower meadow, Longleaf pine demonstration forest and several other natural habitats.” Holler said they expect more than 90 runners of all ages. Lolley said they could receive even 150 runners and volunteers this year. Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female, first and second in each age group and a first master male and female. The prizes will be Kinnucan’s gift certificates of varying amounts. All run-


ners are eligible to win door prizes and will be provided refreshments. Kinnucan’s also provides numbers and coupons for all the runners. Another company donating its time and resources is Weston Solutions, an environmental restoration company with a branch in Auburn. Gigi Stokes, an accountant at Weston Solutions, explained its involvement with the race. “Our company issued a worldwide challenge in making a difference in our communities, so we called them up and asked them what they needed help with,” Stokes said. Employees will head to the preserve Friday before the race to clear debris for the runners. To register, go to www. or come between 6:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. the day of the race.

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The 5K trail route will cover most of the preserve, including the pond, Longleaf pine area and the homestead.


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Tango lessons twirl into town By MAX NEWFIELD Staff Writer

Rick and Lynda Wilson have communicated through their dancing shoes for 17 years. “The Argentineans call tango dancing a conversation without words,” said Rick Wilson, an Argentinean tango instructor. Tango first caught the Wilsons’ attention when they saw a National Geographic special on Argentinean tango stars Miguel Zotto and Milena Plebs in 1992. “We saw this couple tango dancing, and we were so struck by the quietness in the communication and the movement in their feet,” Rick said. “We said, ‘This is the one we want to do.’” Rick said he and Lynda attended their first tango lesson in Atlanta shortly after they saw the National Geographic special. The Wilsons started teaching Argentinean tango lessons in 1996. “Argentine tango is the

original tango; it comes from a particular region of Buenos Aires in the late 1800s,” said Lynda, Rick’s partner in tango instruction. “Ballroom tango is a modern departure that began in the U.S. in the ’30s.” They differ in their vocabulary, posture and music. “When you watch Argentine tango you really see a different art form,” Lynda said. Rick said the rich music of Argentine tango allows the dance to lend itself to improvisation. “When you learn tango you learn direction changes, pattern changes and walking changes,” Lynda said. “There is a lot of freedom in direction. It’s a walking dance of improvisation.” The Wilsons want to bring the dance of improvisation that they love to Auburn. “We knew a small core of tango dancers in Auburn from teaching in Columbus,” Lynda said. “Last No-

vember in Montgomery, some of them recruited us to come teach in Auburn. We started classes in January in the Frank Brown Recreation Center with 12 dancers, and we’ve been going steadily ever since.” Mary Cho, an Auburn resident and student of Rick and Lynda, said the Auburn tango community is fortunate to have them. “The tango dance population is very small in Auburn,” Cho said. “We have four or five couples, and Montgomery has about two couples. The new beginners class has about five people in it.” Cho said she thinks everyone can enjoy tango dancing. “It is great for your health, it’s good for your mental because you have to memorize so many things, and it’s exciting,” Cho said. “It’s just so pretty. It is difficult because there are so many layers, but there are so many things to learn that you can never stop.” Lynda said she would

like to see more students in the tango classes. “We have had a couple,” Lynda said. “We would love to have more students. They bring a balance to the group because they are social, artistic and mildly athletic.” Cho said she agreed that the tango community would benefit from the addition of younger members. “We need a lot more young people,” Cho said. “Most young people like to do swing and ballroom. Tango is subtle; there is a lot of skill, and it’s very challenging. I believe if we keep promoting, it will be more popular.” Rick and Lynda offer beginner classes Tuesday evenings at Dean Road Recreation Center. For more information about the lessons, visit Cho said people should not let their lack of dance ability or skills stop them from attending lessons. “If I can learn, anyone can,” Cho said.

Joe Random Charlie Welden junior, biomedical sciences ABOUT JOE: Age: 20 Hometown: Birmingham Availability: In a relationship Greatest fear: The dark Hobbies: Hunting and fishing Random fact: I worked on the alligator farm in Louisiana. Callie Garrett / ASSISTANT INTRIGUE EDITOR

Charlie Welden wishes he was Superman.

Favorite childhood drink? Root Beer Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Trek, for sure.

What is your least favorite aspect of Facebook? How everyone can stalk each other. I do not log into it anymore because everyone already knows everything about everyone.

What female celebrity would you marry? Carrie Underwood

What superhero would you be? Superman, because he can fly.

Are you superstitious? No

Are you a good multitasker? Yes


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SHARPS AND FLATS Pete Yorn album sticks ★★★ STARS After spending a career opening for more well-known acts (this summer it was Coldplay), Pete Yorn doesn’t enjoy much commercial popularity. His case is only further hampered by the Swedish band with a similar namesake — Peter, Bjorn and John — who struck melodic gold with their whistlin’ hit, “Young Folks” in 2006. However, the New Jersey-born singer-songwriter is also talented in his ability to create whistle-worthy melodies. What prevents Yorn from joining the ranks of other great American singer-songwriters, like Jeff Tweedy, Conor Oberst and Ben Gibbard, is his inability to pen lifealtering lyrics. While Yorn’s verses are an improvement from the teenage angst drivel that personifies high school radio stations, they are only a minor improvement that could perhaps be safely dubbed a liquor-induced college whine. “Back & Fourth” is Yorn’s fourth studio LP and follows the melodic traditions of his other albums. The opening track, “Don’t Wanna Cry,” is perhaps the catchiest on the CD, but its lyrics are also the most unbearable. After a couple of listens the song will inevitably be stuck in your

head for the remainder of the day, but you’ll be embarrassed for allowing it to create this home in your brain. Other songs on the album are less likely to be scoffed at by your friends, but they still won’t be known for their lyrical prowess. Many are littered with something I call “Pete paradoxes,” or traditional phrases written with an opposing twist that make them unconventional and place them on the brink of being insightful. One such phrase, “It all worked out quite wrong,” is used in the song “Social Development Dance,” which is the strongest on the CD. Other notable tracks on the album include “Shotgun,” a playful track that, with the addition of an acoustic guitar and bongos, would belong on a Jack Johnson album, and “Four Years,” a song whose bridge elevates it into the top five on the CD. While “Back & Fourth” contains no philosophical breakthroughs, its catchiness will provide Yorn fans with an enjoyable distraction before they once again resolve their attention to “musicforthemorningafter,” Yorn’s first LP and littleknown masterpiece.

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J.J. Giambrone stands at the site of Woodstock, a music festival in a small town in the Catskills Mountains. Giambrone attended the first Woodstock in 1969.

Professor revists Wookstock On Friday, Aug. 15 of 1969, three friends and I left in two cars to a small farm in Bethel, NY., to attend a concert billed as three weekend days of “Peace and Music”. I was a 19-year-old from a small town just North of Philadelphia. I was a rising sophomore, who had not traveled much and had never been to a concert of more than $150,000. My first outdoor concert was held a few months prior to Woodstock in the Atlantic City (AC) race track. That concert was well organized, covered from the elements and had ample food, water and bathroom facilities. It was well run, secure, and profitable for the organizers. It was to be so different from the Woodstock event, which caused us to be unprepared. The AC event and the

Monterey Pop Festival in California one year before were the genesis for the Woodstock event. The Woodstock venue was to be held in a small town in the Catskills Mountains on a 300 acre farm, which is in the south central part of New York about two and a half hours from New York City. This area is known for farming and recreational facilities and was made famous in the Movie “Dirty Dancing” starring the late Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Beale. The town of Woodstock was chosen since it was known for arts and crafts and home to pop performers such as Bob Dylan and “The Band.” However, the local population did not want a large group of “stoned hippies” trashing their town. The concert organizers then

found Max Yasgur, who owned a 600 acre dairy farm in the nearby town of Bethel, a small farming community. It was mainly pasture in a bowl shaped in the country with few neighbors. However, it had only two small roads in and out of the area, which would later cause “shear mayhem.” The organizers quickly built a large stage and make-shift metal fence and found a number of top rock and flock bands, which filled three days of music. Tickets were $18 for three days and were sold in North Eastern Music shops. Quickly 185,000 tickets were sold, so the organizers made provisions for about 200,000 people. However, little did they know that many people would show up Wednes-

day and camp out in small tents. By Friday the crowd had swelled to more than 300,000, so the organizers removed the fences and let the remaining people in free drawing throngs more mainly from New York. When my group finally arrived Friday afternoon we saw cars parked everywhere and the roads were totally blocked. Since we did not know how far the concert was and it started to rain, we decided to spend the night in our cars. This was fortuitous since a large stormed moved in and blew away most of -Written by: J. J. Giambrone Poultry Science Department

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REEL REVIEW ‘RULE #1: CARDIO, RULE #2: DOUBLE TAP’ If you’re purchasing a ticket for a movie with a title like “Zombieland,” you can expect a film that doesn’t take itself too seriously, provides some good laughs and sprinkles in the appropriate amount of zombie violence. Well, with director Ruben Fleischer’s outrageous, post-apocalyptic comedy, what you expect is what you get. For a mix of comedy and horror, it certainly isn’t Shaun of the Dead (to be honest, what is?), but “Zombieland” provides laughs through subtle, witty remarks as well as physical, energetic comedy. It probably won’t have you burying your head in your chest like the twins in “The Shining” will do to you, but there are enough surprise scares and buck shot exploding zombies to warrant the horror subgenre. The flick begins following loner college kid Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) on his trek through a desolate, zombie-infested

country to Columbus, Ohio. The quiet, methodical character credits surviving this long to not ever being tied down to close friends or family, but more importantly, his 31-point list of survival rules. Columbus’ humorous, yet effective list includes items like “3. Beware of bathrooms” and “18. Limber up.” These personal reminders to Columbus cleverly pop up in text that interacts with the rest of the environment throughout the movie as he narrates his struggle at surving in the cannibal-ridden country. After a few triumphant run-ins with flesh-hungry cannibals thanks to these tips, Columbus comes across redneck and badass Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), because apparently in a world swarmed with ravenous undead, survivors go by the name of their hometown rather than their own. Tallahassee loves firearms and prides himself

on his unmatched zombie-killing abilities, but his passion for a good Twinkie has him on a mission to find the world’s last golden sponge cake with creamy filling. Tallahassee and Columbus form an unlikely duo and continue their journeys together, before shortly running into Witchita (Emma Stone), who is on a mission to take her younger sister Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) to Pacific Playland so she can recapture some of her childhood that was wasted on trying to survive in a zombieland. The foursome rally together, battling the undead and despite Wichita’s trust problems, Columbus begins to develop feelings for her that go beyond zombie-slaying comrades. The events that ensue throughout “Zombieland” mix consistent laughs with just enough zombie gore stuck in between. There are times, however, when it seems to struggle between its two

genres, either running dry of laughs or not producing the sense that the characters are ever actually in danger. Naturally, the audience sympathizes with the narrating and charmingly shy and self-conscious Columbus. And how can you not love a cowboy-hat-wearing, shotgun-toting zombie slayer spouting off lines like “It’s time to nut up or shut up” played by Woody Harrelson? But there’s never any worry for Tallahassee surviving because he’s so adept at what he does — dispatching the undead. The two female protagonists, however, never flesh out their back stories and the only real sympathy for them is the fact they’re two lone, young women battling against a violent, toothy end. A lack of character development makes it hard to really care about these two characters, which makes it difficult to fear for their fates.

However, once you push the lacking horror elements aside and realize “Zombieland” certainly preoccupies itself with providing the laughs rather than the scares, it’s simply a fun and entertaining movie set in a likewise world. What’s refreshing about “Zombieland” is that it knows its place and doesn’t try to set a new standard in the horror world, which is a pitfall trap most zombie films can’t seem to hurdle. It sets out to be noth-

ing more than entertaining, acknowledging it’s a film centered around once-dead, flesh-eating creatures, and the result shows. This kind of intelligent restraint puts “Zombieland” in my books as the best zombie-centric film since Spain and 2007’s “REC” (and in case that reference entices you to watch it, bring a change of pants because “REC” IS scary).

-Review by Julian Kersh

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Express Oil Change provides car care tips for students 1. Perform regular maintenance. 2. Prepare for long trips. 3. Ask the right questions when it comes to fixing your car. 4. Get regular oil changes. Blakeley Sisk / ASSISTANT PHOTO EDITOR

B.J. Moore, an employee at Express Oil Change, performs a regular inspection and oil change. Keeping oil changed regularly will keep the car running and in good shape for a long period of time.

October calls for car care By DAVID CRAYTON Staff Writer

Looking for tips on how to take care of a car? Talk to automobile technicians, they have no problem giving students advice. This October marks the emergence of an annual event called Fall Car Care Month. The technicians at Express Oil Change, on South College Street, participated in this event by providing tips on how to keep a car running smoothly. Head technician Ben Burchfield said the number of students that visits the shop fluctuates. “It can vary,” Burchfield said. “It really depends on

the time of the year. This time of the year, we probably get 50 to 60 students.” The Express Oil Change crew said they get a lot of customers every day. One of the main reasons students go to their shop is for an oil change. Burchfield said keeping the oil change accordingly will keep the car running for a long time. “The most important thing is to get it changed every 3,000 miles,” Burchfield said. He said people tend to wear down their car when they drive around town for a long time. “One thing I notice is a lot of people drive around town, which is pretty

hard driving on your car,” Burchfield said. “They’ll go 10,000 miles and that’s rough driving for your car.” Technician Brad Streetman said students tend to neglect their cars. “The main thing we see that they neglect on a car is changing the oil, flushing the coolant system and changing the fuel filters,” Streetman said. Streetman suggested students save money and learn to take care of their car on their own time. “I know a lot of students don’t have a lot of money,” Streetman said. “If you keep your car maintained, then it’s not going to cost you a lot of money at one time to repair it.”

Technician B.J. Moore said the most important part for students to watch is the instrument panel. “It has all of your gauges on it and it tells you whether it’s running hot, or if you are low on oil, the speed you’re going and how much gas you got in it,” Moore said. Moore said it is important for everybody to take care of their car at all times. He sees a lot of people come in who haven’t been doing that. “Some of them think you just get in, pump gas and drive,” Moore said. “Some of them don’t really care. Most of them come in here and they’re 3,000 miles over on their oil change.”

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Weekly Horoscopes Aries (March 21 - April 19): Venus glides into Libra this week, which is perfect for negotiation and romance. If there have been any issues this is the time to talk them over.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20): An aspect with Saturn on Monday makes this a very constructive day in which you will be able to knuckle down and get a lot of things done.

Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22): Jupiter turns direct on Monday, which is good news if you have been hoping for some positive changes at work. Any symptoms that have troubled you will soon be resolved.

Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 23): People around you appreciate your point of view and love the way you handle your issues. Jupiter turns direct in your love affairs zone, which is perfect for budding love relationships.

Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18):Jupiter will turn direct in your sign this week, which will bring more opportunities and lucky accidents your way. Watch out for those coincidences that may lead to an interesting opportunity. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21): Monday and Tuesday may bring the chance of a lucrative deal. Venus then moves into Libra, which is excellent for networking and generally enjoying life. You may find that you pick up more business by mixing and mingling and generally having a laugh, than you will by working flat out at the office.

Cancer (June 21 - July 22): All your hard work should pay off as your savings and investments bring a greater return your way. It is also a much better time to request a loan or mortgage. Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19): Try not to be too manipulative on Thursday when Venus squares Pluto. Be willing to consider other points of view if you want to be successful. Jupiter turns direct in your personal financial zone, which means you are about to reap a handsome reward for all your work.

Gemini (May 21- June 20): On this day, you bring a feeling of hope to all who are lucky enough to know you. There’s nothing that you can put your finger on, it’s just a radiance of possibility around you. Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21): Venus squares Pluto on Thursday, so you may have some very passionate ideas about a certain love relationship. If you find yourself getting obsessed, this might be something you want to nip in the bud as it could turn out to be your downfall. Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22): There may be a temporary cash flow crisis on Tuesday, but it really is minor - don’t worry. Plan ahead for this and have some spare money with you, just in case. Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20): Venus moves into Libra on Wednesday, so it’s time for you to balance your accounts and ask your bank manager for a loan or additional overdraft protection.

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The reason they call it Fayettenam The Auburn Tigers were handed their first loss Saturday at the place where winning streaks go to die. It’s always tough to win a game after a game as physically and emotionally draining as the one against Tennessee. It’s even harder when playing against three different opponents. The first opponent was the Razorbacks. The Razorbacks put up 495 yards of total offense behind their 6-foot-7 sophomore quarterback Ryan Mallett. Red-Shirt senior running back Michael Smith didn’t have a rush go for negative yardage and averaged 8.1 yards per carry. Their defense was suffocating in the first half and played well enough in the second half to keep the Tigers normally potent offense at bay. Three Auburn fumbles added to the Razorbacks’ defensive success. Second, the Tigers were playing against themselves. Auburn head coach Gene Chizik always talks about playing against impostors on the field. Those impostors were in full attendance in Fayetteville. The passing game wasn’t clicking and the offensive line had trouble keeping senior quarterback Chris Todd out of trouble. Auburn allowed three sacks, one more than it allowed in the previous five games combined, bringing the season total to five. Todd was out of charac> Turn to DEVER, D2

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Junior defensive end Antoine Carter sacks Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett Saturday. The Razorbacks beat the Tigers 44-23.


Interceptions: 1 Fumbles Caused: 1 Sacks: 1 Punt Returns: 1 Punt Returns Yds.: 15 Tackles for Loss: 4 Touchdowns: 0 Total Yds. Against: 495

Interceptions: 1 Fumbles Caused: 1 Sacks: 3 Punt Returns: 2 Punt Returns Yds.: 19 Tackles for Loss: 5 Touchdowns: 0 Total Yds. Against: 361

Auburn prepares for Kentucky By NICK VAN DER LINDEN Associate Sports Editor

The Auburn Tigers (51, 2-1 SEC) will return to Auburn this week after playing two games on the road to take on the Kentucky Wildcats (2-3. 0-3 SEC) for the first time since 2005. The Tigers are coming off a 44-23 loss against the Arkansas Razorbacks who knocked the Tigers out of the AP Top 25 for the second straight year. Auburn trailed 27-3 at halftime, but came out firing in the second half. With 7:56 left in the third quarter the Tigers scored 20 straight points to make it a 34-23 game. Arkansas sophomore running back Dennis Johnson returned the ensuing kickoff 70 yards to the Auburn 30 to end the third quarter. The Razorbacks made

it 41-23 on Broderick Green’s second touchdown of the game. Senior running back Ben Tate led the team with 184 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns, including a career-long 60-yard touchdown run. Auburn holds a winning record of 24-5-1 over Kentucky and has not lost to the Wildcats since 1966. In preparation for Saturday’s game, the Tigers spent the week going over assignments and correcting mistakes from the Arkansas game. “We’ve got to coach better, and the players have to play better,” said defensive coordinator Ted Roof after Sunday’s practice. “All the mistakes that were made were correctable, we just have to learn from them.” The Tigers have won 15 consecutive games against the Wildcats and

scored at least 41 points in each of the last four meetings and scored 27 rushing touchdowns and six passing touchdowns in the last seven meetings. Sophomore wide receiver Darvin Adams and junior wide receiver Terrell Zachery have a combined 40 catches for 716 yards and nine touchdowns. They entered the season with a combined five catches for 42 yards and no scores. Tate leads the SEC, ranked eighth nationally in rushing (120.7) and has four 100-yard rushing games this season. The Wildcats are coming off a 28-26 loss to South Carolina last Saturday gaining 360 yards, the most allowed by South Carolina all season. Kentucky will be with> Turn to KENTUCKY, D2


Senior running back Ben Tate runs for a 60-yard touchdown against Arkansas Saturday. Tate rushed for 184 yards.

Tigers’ fall ball in full swing Auburn softball plays fall exhibition games By ANDREW SIMS Online Editor

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Sophomore catcher Elizabeth Eisterhold bats against Chipola Thursday.

Auburn Softball won both of its games in Thursday night’s double header against Chattanooga State and Chipola Junior College out of Florida. The Tigers defeated Chattanooga 4-1 and Chipola 2-0. Sophomore catcher Elizabeth Eisterhold hit a home run to finish off Chattanooga State, and senior pitcher Anna Thompson recorded a shut out against Chipola. This is the team’s second week of fall competition. The fall season is a time in which all the players finally get to see how each one of them meshes into one team.

“Fall ball is the most important part of the season in my opinion,” Thompson said. “This is when the returners really get a feel for what the new girls are capable of and vice versa. The new girls also get a chance to feel what a real collegiate game will be like even though we aren’t playing SEC teams, there is still a lot of great competition.” As a senior, Thompson said the rest of the team is looking for her to step back into a leadership role come spring. “This fall season has been absolutely incredible and I give it all to the team that we have,” Thompson said. “From a senior’s perspective I want to leave on a high note. I want to know that after I am gone the caliber of

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athletes coming in is only getting better. If this team is any indication I have no doubt in my mind that Auburn Softball is going to be a force to contend with.” The Tigers are battling injuries this fall season. Sophomores Morgan Murphy and Lauren Guzman and junior Lauren Schmalz are all nursing injuries before the spring season. Guzman said it’s rough being injured and watching the team play, but it is encouraging her to increase her training and rehabilitation. “Waiting just makes you crazy,” Guzman said. “I guess when > Turn to SOFTBALL, D2

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Senior defender Walter McFadden intercepts a Ryan Mallett pass over Arkansas receiver Cobi Hamilton at the 1-yard line.

out its starting quarterback, Mike Hartline, who was injured in the third quarter and has undergone an MRI test. Head coach Rich Brooks said juniors Will Fidler and Morgan Newton would compete for the starting job for Saturday’s game against Auburn. “We will work Morgan Newton; we will Will Fidler,” Brooks said in Monday’s press conference. “We will determine at a later date who will take the majority of the snaps in the game.” Brooks said his decision on who will be quarterback is

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009 based on decision-making and play-making and that some of the offensive scheme will be cut. In his conference, Brooks praised Auburn on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. “These Auburn backs are very dangerous,” Brooks said. “They’re physical and fast. Todd is doing a great job of executing the offense. He is a hard guy to sack because he gets rid of the ball.” Sophomore wide receiver/ quarterback Randall Cobb is second in the SEC in receptions per game (4.6) and sixth in receiving yards per game (62).

Cobb is also second in the SEC in punt returns and fifth in all-purpose yards (130.8). On the defensive side, senior tackle Corey Peters had seven tackles and a career-high 2.5 quarterback sacks against the Gamecocks making him SEC Defensive Lineman of the week. Kentucky enters the game averaging 25.2 points per game and is allowing 26.8 points per game. The Tigers are giving up an average of 27.2 points per game and scoring an average of 38.3. Saturday’s game will be televised by ESPNU and kickoff at 6:30 p.m. CDT from JordanHare Stadium.

Rugby gains experience from tournament By DAVID CRAYTON Staff Writer

Auburn Rugby Club traveled to Statesboro, Ga., Saturday to compete in the Georgia Rugby Union Tournament. It played Armstrong Atlantic and Georgia Tech, defeating Armstrong 25-14 and losing to Georgia Tech 0-55. “It was a good learning experience, but besides that, we had a lot of inexperienced players going,” Vice President Michael Strong said. “Considering all, it didn’t go very well,

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ter too. Saturday was the first game this season Todd hasn’t thrown for a touchdown. It was evident from early on that he was in a funk when he overthrew a wide open Terrell Zachary down the left sideline. No receivers had more than three receptions and the leading receiver only had 32 yards. On the whole, the offense only had 108 yards

but it was good for every- tastic job,” Strong said. “He was the first guy to hit one that went.” Strong said the team of their biggest guy.” T e a m 37 is undemember feated in Caleb Faexhibition ruki said matches We don’t teammate and is 2-5 dance around very Michael in tourR u p l e n a m e n t much, we try just to was a big game play. beat them.” part of the Strong Michael Strong, w e e k e n d . specifirugby vice president Faruki said cally gave praise to Ruple finished one one member of the team, Michael of the games with a disloPair, for his efforts over the cated shoulder. Strong described his weekend. “Michael Pair did a fan- team strategy as wanting

to just beat the other team. “Our strategy is usually a pac-ball kind of thing,” Strong said. “We try to beat them into submission. We don’t dance around very much, we try to just beat them.” Team member Peter Ehrensperger said it was a decent tournament for the whole team. “Our first game, we did play a pretty game; we won that game,” Ehrensperger said. “We kind of got lazy in the second half, let them come back and score a few. Our second game, we were just tired. They jumped

blamed on the officiating, but the officiating should not have had as big an influence on the outcome as it did Saturday. Auburn was penalized eight times for 56 yards. In particular, two defensive pass interference penalties were called against Auburn and gave Arkansas first downs inside the red zone. The calls were blatantly wrong. One was called on junior linebacker Josh Bynes, but the ball was touched before he made

contact with the receiver. The second one was called against junior linebacker Craig Stevens. The referee saw Stevens’ hand clenched in a fist on the Razorback receiver’s back. He threw the flag and there was nothing there. Arkansas was able to take full advantage of these penalties and put 13 points on the board. The loss, however, came early enough to humble the Tigers before they begin the daunting second half of the season.

of total offense in the first half, but turned up the production in the third quarter. Senior running back Ben Tate was the only player who seemed awake for the 11 a.m. CDT start. Tate had a career day on the ground, rushing 22 times for a career high 184 yards. His 60-yard touchdown carry in the third quarter was the longest of his career. Finally, the Tigers were playing against the referees. Losses should not be

on us early and it was all downhill from there.” Faruki said the tournament was not great in his eyes. “It’s mainly a bad experience for me,” Faruki said. “We didn’t take this tournament serious as we do take for the ones later on.” Faruki and Ehrensperger said they have rituals they perform before each game. “I just focus on what I need to do, go over my job in my head and just get ready to do it,” Ehrensperger said. Faruki said he likes to

study other rugby games and motivate his teammates. “I usually watch rugby games online or something like that, listen to music or talk to my team about how we’re supposed to play the game,” Faruki said. The team said it is looking forward to a rematch with Georgia Tech over Halloween weekend. The team is preparing for the Breast Cancer Tournament Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla., and the SEC Tournament Saturday Oct. 24 in Birmingham.

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Senior pitcher Anna Thompson pitches against Chipola Thursday. The Tigers won the game 2-0.


I get 100 percent better I will be hungry to play.” Coach Tina Deese said she is confident about how the team is meshing with the new talent that has arrived. New talent such as freshman in-

fielder Kelsey Cartwright earned Gatorade Player of the Year honors in Tennessee at Goodpasture High School. “So far I have been very pleased with the play of our freshmen,” Deese said. “We have a lot of new faces and these games have really helped them. Overall, these games have been good in helping us build

some cohesiveness as a team and working on getting a better feel for each other in game situations.” The Tigers will play their next Thursday double header of the fall exhibition season tonight at Jane B. Moore Field with the first game against Southern Union at 5 p.m. and the second game against Darton Community College at 7 p.m.

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10 Questions for Gray 1. What is your favorite Auburn tradition? -I think that the eagle flying over the stadium is awesome! I get chills every time. 2. What do you like to do in your free time? -I like to travel and play with our two dogs Homer and Sampson. 3. What is your favorite sport to watch on TV? -I love watching college football.

Women’s Tennis Coach Gray By PATRICK DEVER Assistant Sports Editor

Women’s tennis head coach Tim Gray is in his fourth year at Auburn. The Greenville, S.C., native has been playing for most of his life and coaching since the late 80s. “I’ve been playing tennis since I was about 10 years old,� Gray said. Gray played two years of collegiate tennis at Washington College in Chestertown, Md. His senior season, he competed in the Division III national championships in singles and doubles. He said he began coaching in 1986. “My first college coaching job was at Widener University in Pennsylvania,� Gray said. He has been coaching at different colleges and universities around the country for 23 years. Gray has coached at Widener, Washington College, Eastern Michigan University, Florida Southern College and now Auburn. He said coaching tennis is different from coaching other sports.

GRAY “The hardest thing about coaching collegiate tennis is that there are six balls in play at one time,� Gray said. “In tennis, there are six matches taking place at one time.� Gray said it is difficult to manage all six matches at once. “It’s hard to be in six different places and managing momentum becomes quite a challenge,� Gray said. Gray took over a team that posted a 6-15 record during the 2004 season. In his three years since coming to the Plains, the Tigers have won a share of the SEC West title, have advanced to the NCAA tournament,

have reached an ITA team ranking of No. 27 in the nation and a 15-10 record in 2007-2008. He has also coached Auburn’s first ever women’s tennis All-American. Senior Fani Chifchieva earned All-American honors in 2007 and was ranked as the No. 16 player in the nation. Gray said that Auburn’s rich athletic tradition brought him to coach here. He said he likes “coaching in the SEC at a great institution like Auburn.� Auburn has four seniors on this year’s squad along with three freshmen. Gray said the team will miss its seniors from last year, but is excited for the new talent this year. “We graduated some very good players last year in Alex Haney and Whitney Chappell,� Gray said. “They provided a lot of wins.� He said experience will be the team’s biggest need this year. “We’ve brought in some talented players,� Gray said. “We’re young, but I think we’re hungry.

4. What is the greatest tennis match you’ve ever seen? -Greatest tennis match I’ve ever seen was in March of 2007 when we beat the University of Georgia. They were #1 in the nation! We rolled Toomer’s Corner after the match and for a small group we did a pretty good job. 5. If you could play a match against anyone in the world, who would it be? -Rod Laver. He’s the only man to ever win all four majors in a calendar year, and he did it twice. 6. What is the coolest place you’ve played at? -I played at the USTA National Tennis Center in NY, where they host the US Open. 7. Who is your favorite professional tennis player? -I always admired Michael Chang. He was much smaller than his peers, yet got the most out of his talent and always competed with passion. He was and is still a gentlemen on and off the court too. 8. What is your favorite place in Auburn? -My favorite place in Auburn is sitting at home in our adirondack chairs playing backgammon with my wife, Christine.(who is also my assistant coach). 9. How do you measure success on/off the court? -Most people look at wins/losses as the sole determination of success. I’m a big believer in process. That’s putting the time in and doing the small, ordinary things extremely well, everyday. No shortcuts, ever. 10. Favorite quote? -Abraham Lincoln- “It’s better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak up and remove all doubt.�

Fan Randoms talk about AU football What position do you think needs to improve over the rest of the season? -Wide receivers, because I feel there are times when Todd hits them on target but they drop the ball. What game are you looking forward to in the second half of the season? -LSU, because they are one of our biggest rivals aside from Alabama.

Who is your favorite player? -Josh Bynes, because I got to know him on a more personal level last year.

MATTHEW COWLEY junior public administration How many football games have you attended this year? -Five out of the six. Which game was your favorite? -Tennessee, because we were not expected to win. Halfway through the season, how would you grade the football coaching staff? -B. They have developed the team and I can definitely see progress.

Who is your favorite for the Heisman this year? -Tim Tebow How do you tailgate? -I am a Plainsman so I just travel to many different tailgates. Do you like the “All the Above� video or the “Family Reunion� video better? -“All the Above.� What is your favorite gameday tradition? -The eagle flying. Will you go see Bo Jackson participate in the celebrity home run derby tomorrow night? -Yes. football coaching staff? -I like the overall approach and technique and the emphasis on unity. What position do you think needs to improve over the rest of the season? -The defense overall. What game are you looking forward to in the second half of the season? -Ole Miss, because I’ll get to wear my Halloween costume.





Who is your favorite player? -Wes Byrum. Who is your favorite for the Heisman this year? -Time Tebow.

WHITNEY WALKER senior Spanish and international trade How many Football games have you attended this year? - Four, all of the home games. Which game was your favorite? - Louisiana Tech, because it was great to see the morale of the team back up from last year. Halfway through the season, how would you grade the

How do you tailgate? -I have a tailgate with my roommates and my friends. Do you like the “All the Above� video or the “Family Reunion� video better? -“All the Above.�

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Freshman outside hitter Katherine Culwell digs the ball against Ole Miss Oct. 2. Auburn defeated Ole Miss 3-1. It was the first time the Tigers beat the Rebels since 2004.

Tigers suffer 2 conference losses By DANIEL CHESSER Staff Writer

Auburn Volleyball Team (11-7, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) lost this weekend, but spirits remain high among players and coaches. “We keep our minds on the games,” said head coach Wade Benson. “The road trips also allow us to have conversations about everything.” Friday the first stop of the Tigers’ trip was in Lexington, Ky., where they lost to the 10thranked Kentucky Wildcats (16-1, 6-0 SEC), 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-11). “Kentucky’s crowd was loud and in our faces,” said junior middle block-

For the Wildcats, outer Lauren Mellor. “It was a lot easier to warm up side hitter Sarah Menbefore the Tennessee doza and middle blocker Lauren Rapp combined game.” Junior outside hitter for 24 kills. Setter Sarah Rumely’s Morgan Johns and fresh42 assists man outalso conside hittributed ter Sarah We just made to KenBullock t u c k y ’s led Au- too many errors in victory burn’s over Auo f f e n s e the clutch.” with a Wade Benson, burn. “We ran shared head coach the mideight kills dle attack in the match against Kentucky. better,” Benson said. “We “We came in strong need to be more consisand ready to play on the tent, but we just made road,” Johns said. “We too many errors in the were the underdogs, and clutch.” we knew we had to play Kentucky head coach with more heart than our Craig Skinner (100-41) opponent.” received his 100th career

win with this victory over Auburn. Kentucky has now beat Auburn in the last three meetings making the Wildcats’ overall record against Auburn 26-9. Sunday the Tigers also lost on their next stop in Knoxville, Tenn., against the University of Tennessee Volunteers (12-5, 5-2 SEC), 3-0 (23-25, 23-25, 20-25). This game was played under the theme “Dig for the Cure” in an effort to raise awareness for breast cancer in October. Fans wearing pink were allowed free admittance, according to “I felt like the road trip was a good experience,”

said junior setter Sara Shanks. “It gave us time as a team to reflect and bond without the distractions of school.” Tennessee has also defeated Auburn in the last three meetings making the Vols’ overall record against Auburn 21-12-1. Tennessee remains undefeated at home this season. “We came out well against Tennessee,” Benson said. “Being a young team, we need to learn to maintain our focus and move forward after these losses.” Mellor led the team, tying a career-high 11 kills and six digs. Shanks also got her first double-double of the season, with

four assists and 10 digs. “Our errors killed us,” Mellor said. “We need to play more solid with confidence and work on the simple aspects of the game.” For the Volunteers, outside hitter Kayla Jeter had 12 kills and outside hitter Nikki Fowler had 10 kills and 10 digs. Middle back Kylie Marshall and libero Chloe Goldman also both had 14 digs a piece. Goldman is one dig away from Tennessee’s all-time record, according to Auburn Volleyball Team faces the Florida Gators in its next match at home Friday at 6 p.m.

Auburn Volleyball ‘Digs for the Cure’ Friday Auburn to play Florida in support of Breast Cancer Awareness By DANIEL CHESSER Staff Writer

Auburn University Volleyball Team (11-7, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) fell to the University of Tennessee Volunteers (12-5, 5-2 SEC) and the 10th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats (16-1, 6-0 SEC) this past weekend, but the team’s outlook is positive for the upcoming match against Florida (12-3, 6-2 SEC) Friday at 6 p.m. “We are moving forward in the right direction,” said head coach Wade Benson. “We need to have a larger home-

court crowd for this weekend’s upcoming matches against conference teams that include Florida and especially South Carolina.” Auburn is 6-2 at home this season so far. The team’s next task at hand is going up against the Gators in the Student Activities Center. The game is also available on GameTracker provided by CBS College Sports online. “I am pumped,” said junior setter Sara Shanks. “We are ready to work hard in practice this week, and this past weekend has helped us learn

what mistakes we need to work on as a team this upcoming week.” This Friday’s match will be Auburn’s first of two meetings with the Florida Gators’ volleyball team this season. “Florida is good, but any team in the SEC can be beaten due to the toughness of the conference,” said junior defensive specialist Liz Crouch. Nationally 6th-ranked Florida is coming off a 3-0 loss (28-26, 25-20, 25-22) to Louisiana State University (13-4, 7-1 SEC) leading up to this Friday’s match with Auburn.

“I am excited about playing the Gators,” said junior outside hitter Morgan Johns. “I hope we have a big crowd Friday night to support ‘Dig for the Cure.’” East Alabama Medical Center of Opelika is raising awareness for breast cancer. The first 300 fans will receive a pair of pink “Dig for the Cure” sunglasses, according to “We have a three-year plan to turn this program around,” Benson said. “Next year being the third year, we have been surprisingly productive so far, but we will contin-

ue to work hard because we are never satisfied unless we win.” This year’s team is the first to have a winning season since the 1999 team. The young team has 10 new players, eight of which are freshmen, and not a single senior member. “Being a junior, I have seen the rebuilding process of this team,” said junior middle blocker Lauren Mellor. “I came to Auburn University to play and use my love for volleyball to help turn this program around.” The team will be prac-

ticing all week before it goes up against the next two SEC opponents, Florida and the South Carolina Gamecocks, this weekend. “This week we need to focus on the fundamental details in practice,” Shanks said. “High intensity and an ability to close when we are ahead is the key to winning.” The Tigers’ next match after Florida is against South Carolina at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at home. The Florida Gators have their next match against the Georgia Bulldogs Sunday at 12:30 p.m. in Athens, Ga.


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Lacrosse Hostesses fundraise for club team By HELEN NORTHCUTT

They also attend all home games and some away games. “The hostesses sell T-shirts Auburn Lacrosse Hostesses and other merchandise at the organization serves as the spirit games to help fundraise for our for Auburn Lacrosse. team,” said Addison Barden, a The goal of lacrosse hostesses lacrosse player. is to support The hostthe men’s laesses also keep crosse team at the time and its games and at the It is also a good score as individual games. organization for girls players. Each member of the “I enjoy that played lacrosse in team is given a watching the games and high school and want to hostess as his “little sister.” learning about be close to the sport.” The “little the sport,” said Leslie Bruton, sisters” bring Vice President vice president the players Leslie Bruton. “I Gatorade and had never even treats to every seen a game before joining the organization, game as well as make them postand it is a very interesting sport ers. The “little sister” is kept a seand fun to watch. I also enjoy the trip we take to an away game ev- cret to the player until the end ery year since it’s a good time to of each game, when his personal get to know the other girls.” “little sister” is revealed. The lacrosse hostesses host “Throughout the year we have several fundraisers throughout several events with the guys, so the year to raise money for the the hostesses get to know the players better and after a proteam Intrigue Editor

gressive dinner with the team in the spring each hostess receives a ‘big brother,’” said Jenna Rhine, president of lacrosse hostesses. Lacrosse is an organization that encourages girls to be hostesses since the sport is not widely played in this state, and the players enjoy having a big crowd cheering for them. “It is also a good organization for girls that played lacrosse in high school and want to be close to the sport, but don’t wish to join the Auburn girl’s team,” Bruton said. Each year the hostesses try to attend at least one away game. This coming spring they are going to Athens, Ga., to watch the men’s lacrosse team play against UGA. There are usually members that go to more than one game, but only one is mandatory. The hotel bills and other expenses are covered in dues. “Last year all the girls traveled to our away game,” Barden said. “To see that many Auburn fans in the stands at an away game is awesome.”


Top row: (left to right) Lauren Jennings, Sydney Gootee and Wendy Norred. Bottom row: (left to right) Jenna Rhine and Kali van Bebber.

Rhine has been an officer in lacrosse hostesses for three years. She said being in the organization has shaped her life for the better, and being an officer has opened up many opportunities for her. “My favorite thing about lacrosse hostesses is the friendships that are made, not only with the hostesses, but with

Frierson shines, leads team in scoring By ABBY ALBRIGHT Sports Editor

Sophomore midfielder Katy Frierson leads the Auburn Women’s Soccer team on and off the field. Frierson ties with senior forward Rebecca Howell for the most goals scored this season, each scoring four of the Tigers’ 21 goals this season, earning the team its 5-6-3, 2-4-0 SEC record. “(The team has) such chemistry on and off the field and genuinely enjoy one another,” Frierson said. The Homewood native started playing soccer when she was 5 years old in addition to other activities and when she was 11 her main focus became soccer. A graduate of Homewood High School, Frierson was a member of the Birmingham United 90 Club Team and the U-23 National Team the year it won the 2008 Nordic Cup in Falun, Sweden. Frierson was the youngest player on the U-23 roster and the only player that plays for an SEC team. SoccerBuzz had Frierson ranked as No. 7 recruit in the nation, and she is the highest ranked recruit to sign and play for Auburn. Her freshman year at Auburn, Frierson was named SEC Freshman of the Year, SEC All-Freshman Team, Soccer America All-Freshman Team, SoccerBuzz Freshman All-American and All-Region team and All-Rookie Second Team. For Auburn, she earned Team Offensive MVP, Rookie of the Year and the Coaches Award. With her awards and top-ranking statistics, Frierson has made her mark at Auburn in only two years. “My personal goal for the team at the beginning of the season was to go undefeated in the SEC and win the regular season championship,” Frierson said. “But after several tough losses, that’s not realistic anymore. Now I would say we just need to come together as a team and re-

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Sophomore midfielder Katy Frierson works the ball past an Arkansas defender Oct. 2. The Tigers defeated the Razorbacks 2-1.

spond from this tough stretch in our season and go 5-0 in our next five games.” The team most recently fell to No. 7 South Carolina and No. 14 Florida. However, it has a lot of games of which to be proud. “Tying UNC, the No. 1 team in the nation, was a great moment,” Frierson said. “It was a total team effort and we all got a glimpse of what it’s like when we truly play for one another.” The Tigers played the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill Sept. 20 and held them to a scoreless double-overtime tie. Frierson said the team is working hard to come together and “take care of business” in the regular season. “This year it’s been a bit tougher finding that player and overall rhythm,” Frierson said. “But our midfield unit has been playing very well together. ‘JPro’ (Jenni Prescott), Chelsea (Yauch) and I have been playing together for a while so we’ve

picked up on each others’ tendencies and strengths. They’ve both had great years and do their jobs so well that it gives me more freedom to push forward and create.” Frierson said she is working to improve her shooting and defending and to stay mentally focused and not get easily frustrated. “But when it comes down to it, I just want to help our team and seniors get to a new level in Auburn soccer and do my role as best as I can to achieve that team goal,” Frierson said. As for her post-graduate plans, Frierson said she is not sure if she is ready for “a big girl job yet,” but she would love to play soccer professionally She is also considering coaching because she loves the sport so much. Frierson will be in action with the rest of her team when Auburn takes on Vanderbilt at home Friday at 7:30 p.m.

the lacrosse players as well,” Rhine said. “I have met so many amazing people through this organization and have fostered so many great friendships that will last the rest of my life. I can definitely say my four years in college would not have been the same without the people I have met through being a lacrosse hostess, and I am so thankful.”

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Tigers beat by Gamecocks, Gators Auburn Soccer Team looks forward to having a home advantage over Vanderbilt and Kentucky this weekend By CRYSTAL COLE Staff Writer

Heartbreak was the name of the game for the women’s soccer team this weekend as it suffered road losses to South Carolina (12-0-1, 4-0-1 SEC) and Florida (10-4-1, 4-1-1 SEC). The losses dropped Auburn’s record to 5-6-3, 2-40 SEC. Auburn held South Carolina to zero goals throughout the game and into overtime. In the 73rd minute, senior midfielder Chelsea Yauch came close to snapping the scoreless tie, but a solid defensive play from South Carolina slowed her progress. The winning shot came from Samantha Diaz-Matosas, when she cleared an unassisted goal from 20 yards out in the 98th minute of play. The Tigers finished the match with seven shots, three of those on frame. South Carolina took 17 shots in the game. Freshman goalkeeper Amy Howard, the SEC saves leader, had seven saves. During the Florida game

Sunday, the Gators took an early lead 20 minutes in, as Angela Napolitano made her first goal of the season. The Tigers had few scoring opportunities with only four shots in the match. Their first scoring opportunity didn’t come until a little after halftime, a long shot that Florida goalkeeper Katie Fraine easily stopped. The next opportunity didn’t arrive until the 69th minute, when Jessica Rightmer’s shot from outside the six was deflected over the crossbar by a Florida player for an Auburn corner. The resulting serve found senior forward Caitlin King’s head, but her attempt was wide of the net. Howard had three saves during the game, upping her season total to 80. Head coach Karen Hoppa attributed part of the losses to playing Top 15 teams on the road. “With the South Carolina game, we actually played really well and had a lot of chances to win and just got very unlucky in overtime,” Hoppa said. “At Florida, we played really

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Freshman goalkeeper Amy Howard kicks the ball out of the box against Arkansas Oct. 2. The Tigers won the game 2-1.

well until the last 13 minutes.” Hoppa said the team is going to focus most of its energy this week to creating more chances on goal. “Our biggest issue is we’ve got to find a way to score goals,” Hoppa said. “We haven’t scored in three games and that’s a problem.” With a few of the senior starters out with injuries,

the team has been forced to make adjustments to its formation, not an easy task mid-season. “We started the season as an old team, but with the injuries became a young team quickly,” said senior midfielder Jenni Prescott. “That’s a challenge we need to overcome.” Prescott also said with both games, the team had

opportunities on which it didn’t capitalize. Both games were the opposing team’s senior night, which drew a large fan base against the Tigers. Junior defender Sammy Towne said playing on the road is like playing a goal down and having to play that much harder. She said the team needs to be more consistent in the backfield and with saving goals. “We’re asking the questions right now, too,” Towne said. “What do we have to do? We’re trying to figure it out ourselves.” Prescott said the team has great chemistry together and are all best friends, but needs to figure out how to bring that onto the field. The Tigers look for a win this week, hosting Vanderbilt Friday. Vanderbilt, who has yet to win a road game, is also coming off losses. The team lost three straight conference games in Nashville last week. Vanderbilt’s only conference win this season came against Tennessee in an overtime thriller. The team is averaging 16.1 shot at-

tempts per game while the Tigers are right behind them with 14.1 attempts per game. In the series history between the two teams, Vanderbilt leads 6-5-2 with Auburn winning the last three meetings. Friday’s game will be a power pink game in support of breast cancer awareness and the team will be decked out in pink uniforms. “It’s always fun to wear pink,” Towne said. The team wore pink for the Vanderbilt game last year. Towne said these games really mean a lot to the team, especially since several of the girls have had family members who battled the disease. Prescott said she feels beat down after this weekend, but is optimistic and doesn’t want those feelings to carry over this week. “When you’re at home, you have that vibe and that energy that can push you through so much,” Prescott said. “We still have five games and we’re not out of it yet by any means.”

Auburn Equestrian Team shoots down Skyhawks, 12-7 By NICK VAN DER LINDEN Associate Sports Editor

No. 3 Auburn Equestrian team (3-1) defeated Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks (0-2) 12-7 last Friday. The Tigers posted a 6-4 score in Hunt Seat and 6-3 in Western while taking all four Most Valuable Player awards. “As soon as we got there the entire team was ready to compete,” said head coach Greg Williams. “To be on strange horses in a new location I found that the freshmen handled it really well.” The Tigers lost for the first time last week to the South Carolina Gamecocks, and Williams said he was happy his team re-grouped and took care of business. “To win on the road is always good, but to win in such a dominant fashion is what was really great,” Williams said. The meet had to be moved into one arena due to heavy rain causing the meet to last approximately seven hours. Auburn started with a 3-2 win in Equitation over the Fences and was led by MVP Chelsea Anheuser who defeated Madeline Brown 85-78 on horse Cash.

“I felt great about my ride,” said senior Hunt Seat rider Chelsea Anheuser. “I had a good horse and a great course. On the flat I had a tough horse that was tough to get going, but I just did the best I could.” Other Auburn winners included senior Hunt Seat rider Katie Breedlove and junior Hunt Seat rider Anna Schierholz, bringing the total Hunt Seat score to 6-4. Freshman Western rider Indy Roper won her third straight MVP in the Horsemanship event, beating Candice Fulcher 72.5 - 68.5 on the horse Sissy. Roper was joined by junior Western rider Mary Casey, the only other Tiger to win the Horsemanship event. Tying with a score of zero because a penalty were Auburn’s freshman Western rider Casey Fowler and TennesseeMartin’s Heidi Grimm. Auburn won Western Reining 4-1, led by junior Western MVP rider Paige Monfore who beat Stephanie Sanders 66.557.5 on Bee. Monfore was happy with the win and believed the team won because of great team spirit. “After fences and horsemanship we were almost tied and

decided to all come together and talk about our plan,” Monfore said. “We made a pact to finish strong and we did.” Since the Tigers did not host the meet, they had to ride on unfamiliar horses, which Monfore thought of as an advantage. “It makes it a little bit easier because when you know the horse you know what to look out for,” Monfore said. “You don’t just get on and ride and you don’t trust your instinct. When you travel, all you trust is your instincts and you just get on the horse and ride.” The Tigers host fifth ranked Texas A&M (1-0) who are coming off a 11-8 win over Fresno State Sunday afternoon at the Brazos County Expo Complex. The Aggies took three out of the four MVPs, starting with senior Equitation rider Christina Heine who beat Nicole Roworth 82-76. Roworth was joined by sophomore Equitation rider Hannah Soibelman who posted a 24-point win over Lanie Madrazo. The meet will be Friday at 3 p.m. CST at Auburn Equestrian Center. The meet is open to the public and admission is free.

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Senior Western rider Kim Pope rides against the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Tigers prepare for final season in Beard-Eaves Memorial By NICK VAN DER LINDEN Associate Sports Editor

Auburn’s Men’s Basketball team starts practice Friday in preparation for the 42nd and final season in Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. The Tigers have a lot to look forward to with the return of senior guard and leading scorer DeWayne Reed, leading three-point shooter senior guard Tay Waller and senior forward Lucas Hargrove off a team that recorded the second

most wins in Auburn history, going 24-12. “We’re very excited about the start of the new season,” said head coach Jeff Lebo. “We start Friday at 5 o’clock with the first official practice and are excited to finish in the arena and going into the new one.” Lebo said they will have some new faces on the team this year, but is excited about having experience in the back court with Reed and Waller. Reed ranked third in the Southeastern Conference

with 1.9 steals, sixth in assists with 3.7 and 17th in scoring with 13.2 points per game. He averaged 16 points and 3.7 rebounds in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT). Waller averaged 12.1 points last year and ranked second in the SEC making 100 three-point field goals, which also ranked second on Auburn’s single season chart. He ranked third in the SEC, shooting 36.8 percent from three-point range and finished the

season strong. He averaged 13.8 points and shot 42.5 percent from threepoint range in the final 12 games. Auburn lost three fouryear starters in Quantez Robertson, Rasheem Barrett and Korvotney Barber, but has highly rated newcomers to provide an extra boost. Such players include 6-foot-8 junior college transfer Kenny Gabriel, three-time Class AAA All-State selection Andre Malone, two-time firstteam Class 4A All-State

pick Earnest Ross, 6-foot10 freshman Rob Chubb and 6-foot-9 freshman Ty Armstrong. “It’s probably the most solid class we have seen,” Lebo said. “I think we have guys that want to work. I think we have some guys, too, that are body wise, for high school kids, a little bit more ready like Malone, Ross and Ty Armstrong. Auburn fell short of reaching the NIT final four with a 74-72 loss to Baylor in the quarterfinals. Lebo believes it will help the team realize what they

need to do in order to become even better. “We got a taste of what it was like to win,” Lebo said. “We had so many meaningful games coming down the stretch that we handled very well. It seemed every game grew with importance and for our guys to be able to play in those types of games is very valuable to the group.” Auburn will begin with an exhibition game against Miles Nov. 6 at Beard-Eaves followed by the season opener against Niagara Nov. 13.

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Auburn anglers finish Top 5 in regional event By MARY-GLENN SMITH

sity and the AU Bass Club. “We didn’t have many places where there were a lot fish,” Auburn University Bass Rochell said. “We just went to Club anglers Sam Rochell and some spots I had found the J.T. Murphy traveled to Lake weekend before and ended up Guntersville Saturday to rep- catching six keepers.” resent Auburn in the National Murphy gave credit to his Guard FLW College Fishing partner for their success. Southeast Division event. “The fish we caught were Despite the adverse weath- because of Sam; he really put er conditions on the lake, us on them,” Murphy said. “I Rochell and was lucky to Murphy manbe fishing with aged to reel in him.” six fish weighThe top five We just went ing a total of finish on Lake to the same spots I 14 pounds, 1 Guntersville had found before and also qualified ounce. “It was a ended up catching six the pair for pretty grueling a spot in the day between keepers.” Southeast Dithe wind and Sam Rochell, vision Regionrain; the weathAuburn angler al Championer just wasn’t ship. too good,” said “We threw Murphy, a senior in exercise several different things early science. “We were fortunate and didn’t have much luck,” to get the bites we got and to Rochell said. “Then J.T. really catch the fish we caught.” figured out the particular spro The pair finished fourth in frog they wanted to eat, so we the tournament out of 40 boats threw that and it worked.” with anglers from southeastRochell and Murphy will ern universities, including SEC join other Auburn anglers rivals University of Alabama, Richard Peek, Caleb Rodgers, University of Tennessee, Uni- Shaye Baker and Dennis Parkversity of Georgia, University er, who qualified for the chamof South Carolina and Missis- pionship earlier in the year at sippi State University. the first Southeast Division “I went up to the lake and event on Lake Okeechobee in practiced the weekend before Florida. and did not do good at all,” “The championship will be a said Rochell, a poultry science lot of fun,” Murphy said. “It’s a graduate student. “But I found pretty big deal for college ana few spots that I thought glers with money on the line. might pay off later.” It’s going to be pretty intense.” For their fourth place finThe three-day televised ish, Rochell and Murphy were championship event will be awarded a $3,000 check to Nov. 21 to 23 on Lake Monroe split between Auburn Univer- in Sanford, Fla. The event will Staff Writer

consist of 20 boats — the top five teams from each of the four qualifier events. “We’re really excited about the championship,” Rochell said. “I’m going try to put in a little time before hand and get down and there a figure out what is going on and where the fish are.” The champions of the Southeast Division Regional Championship will win a brand-new Ranger 177TR boat wrapped in school colors for the school they represent and $25,000 to bring back to their bass club. “I am just looking forward to fishing in Florida,” Rochell said. “The FLW is going to put on a big show for us; it will be a good time, and I like our chances of winning.” A top five finish at the regional championship will qualify anglers for The National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship against collegiate anglers from across the country. The team from Young Harris College of Georgia took home first in the tournament with six bass weighing a total of 19 pounds, 8 ounces. Kennesaw State University finished second with three fish weighing in at 14 pounds, 11 ounces. Just ahead of Auburn was the Tennessee team with six fish weighing 14 pounds, 3 ounces, just 2 ounces more than what Rochell and Murphy brought in for Auburn University Bass Club. Faulkner University anglers rounded out the top five with four bass weighing 13 pounds, 5 ounces.

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Auburn anglers J.T. Murphy and Sam Rochell speak on stage with an FLW representative after weighing their fish at the National Guard FLW College Fishing Southeast Division event on Lake Guntersville.

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Murphy and Rochell represented Auburn Saturday at the National Guard FLW College Fishing Southeast Division event.

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