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Vol. 118, Issue 10, 16 Pages
SGA petitions to increase higher education funds Hayley Blair ASSOCIATE CAMPUS EDITOR
Since 1948, Better Relations Day has allowed major organizations from Alabama and Auburn universities to share ideas and promote joint causes together. “This year Alabama is coming to us for the day, and we match up positions within the SGA, so I’ll be with Alabama’s vice president all day,” said SGA Vice
President Vanessa Tarpos. “We take them around Auburn and have a lot of discussion to share resources and ideas.” One of the resolutions they discussed Wednesday with Alabama representatives was a petition to the state legislature to increase higher education funds. “About two weeks ago the University of Alabama equivalent of our SGA vice
president approached me for Better Relations Day about both of our senates passing the same resolution together,” Tarpos said. “We’ll be sending copies to elected officials in Montgomery. Gov. Bentley will get one. What we’re thinking about doing is putting both of the SGA logos on the same sheet.” Austin Gaddis, senate communications direc-
tor for Alabama’s SGA, said they approached Auburn to help promote this deal in hopes that having both of Alabama’s major universities support the resolution will make an impression on representatives in Montgomery. “It is our hope that this display of unity toward a legitimate state policy issue will be able to influence officials in Montgomery to take
our concerns and leverage them toward real progress in funding,” Gaddis said. The goal for higher education funding is to have at least one-third of the money from the education trust fund, and at this point there is approximately 28 percent. “The budget allocations have already occurred this year in the spring,” said Kir-
This is just a general statement of our concern over the decrease in funding over recent years.” —Kirby Turnage SGA PRESIDENT
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Number of flu shots decrease Lane Jones STAFF WRITER
Flu shots may not be as popular this year as they have been in the past. Fred Kam, director of the Auburn University Medical Clinic, said he estimates the clinic treats a few hundred cases of the flu every year. “Generally, we give out more than 600 vaccines,” Kam said. “This year I don’t think we’ve done 200.” Kam listed several reasons students may choose to forego the shot. “Some people don’t want to get a shot,” Kam said. “For some people
it’s the money. Others just don’t feel they’re going to get the flu. It’s a ‘not-me’ syndrome.” Meghan Dooley, sophomore in radio, television and film, said she doubts the effectiveness of flu shots and whether they’re worth the investment. “They’re pretty expensive, and I don’t think they do much,” Dooley said. “I’m not a huge fan of shots in general, but if I thought I was going to get sick this winter or fall, I would get one. But I don’t think I am.” Cassie Boyd, a pharma» See FLU, A2
Synthetic marijuana, also known as “spice” or “K2,” has recently drawn attention and been seized by the state.
Student recovers ABC Board takes the ‘spice’ out of life after bus accident Natalie Yarid
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In the last two weeks, the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has seized more than 39,500 packages of synthetic marijuana across the state. Synth eti c marijuana, commonly known as “spice” and “K2,” has been available for purchase at convenience stores and tobacco shops across Alabama. The substance was packaged and sold in the form of spice, incense or potpourri. “These substances have been wrongly presented as a safe and legal alternative to marijuana,” said Don
Williamson, state health officer. Before the hype surrounding it, the substance was available for approximately $9 per packet, but as people began to use the substance inappropriately, and word began to spread the price increased to $29 per packet. As health issues began to surface resulting from the use of synthetic marijuana, public officials realized there was a huge problem with this substance. “It is far more powerful than marijuana,” said Jim McVay, director of health promotions in chronic disease at the Alabama De-
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Danielle O’Mahoney is recovering with her family after being struck by a Tiger Transit bus in the early morning of Oct. 18. O’Mahoney, senior in hotel and restaurant management, was running with a group of more than 100 cadets when she was struck in the head by the driver’s side mirror of a transit bus traveling the opposite direction. Col. Joseph Fetsch, Air Force ROTC commander and professor of aerospace studies, said all the necessary precautions
Bentley signed an executive order allowing law enforcement agencies to seize synthetic marijuana. partment of Public Health. “People have taken it and sprayed it with chemicals thinking it is like marijuana, but these chemicals
are so powerful that a lot of people are ending up in the emergency room.” » See SPICE, A2
One staff member went to run after the bus to get it to stop.” —Col. Joseph Fetch COMMANDER AND PROFESSOR, AIR FORCE ROTC
were taken. “We had people up front with relfective vests, and they go ahead and stop traffic in any intersection that the group is » See BUS, A2
Engineering students make their mark on the last frontier Robert E. Lee ASSISTANT CAMPUS EDITOR
The Auburn family will soon have a place in outer space. AubieSat-1 will be launched from Vandinburg Air Force Base in Lompoc, Calif., Friday. It is the first satellite built entirely by undergraduate students to be launched into space, and the first student-built satellite to be accepted by NASA from Alabama.
“We want to get Alabama on the map,” said co-engineer and junior in wireless engineering Andrew Slaughter. AubieSat-1 was built by more than 100 previous students and was finished by six current undergraduates in the Auburn space program. “The program has been in the running for 10 years, but it took about four years to build,” Slaughter said. The satellite has two pur-
poses: to communicate to Auburn students by transmitting a location beacon, and examining the decay of solar cells, the primary cells in outer space, Slaughter said. If communication is received, the satellite will transmit “War Eagle” to confirm a successful signal. Kyle Owen, co-engineer and sophomore in electrical and computer engineering, said he was excited about building a satellite
that would eventually orbit the Earth. “Every time the thought came across my mind and every time the cube was in my hand, the sheer thought of that is mind-boggling,” Owen said. Slaughter said the process of building the satellite was much more applicable to the real world than a school assignment. “It was very industry like,” Slaughter said. “There was definitely a lot of pressure.”
Not all satellites are huge. The AubieSat-1 is small enough to sit on a desk.
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DUI ARRESTS IN THE CITY OF AUBURN OCT. 21 – OCT. 25, 2011
CRIME REPORTS FOR OCT. 21 – OCT. 25, 2011
■ Juan M. Moreno, 30, of Guanajuato East Samford Avenue at East Glenn Avenue Oct. 24, 6:37 p.m. ■ Andrew K. Morton, 20, of Fort Benning. Ga. Woodfield Drive at South College Street Oct. 25, 4:06 a.m.
EDUCATION by Turnage, SGA president. “This is just a general statement of our concern over the decrease in funding over recent years. It has gone up this year ever so slightly, but we’d like to get back to that 33 percent.” Turnage said student representatives from both universities often send delegates to Montgomery, and he hopes they will see how much they both contribute to Alabama’s economy. “We believe strong research universities like Auburn and the University of Alabama are a big part of the state’s economy and are a necessary tool for our economy to be healthy statewide,” Turnage said. The universities are col-
Oct. 21 — West Glenn Avenue Theft of property reported. One patio end table.
Oct. 22 — Lee Road 674 Burglary of residence reported. One surveying tool and one laser.
Oct. 24 — West Magnolia Avenue Theft of property reported. One mountain bike.
Oct. 21 — West Longleaf Drive Theft of property reported. One 15foot duckboat, one galvanized trailer and one motor.
Oct. 22 — Panda Court Burglary of residence reported. One Xbox and one TV.
Oct. 24 — Sanders Street Theft of property reported. One bag of charcoal.
Oct. 21 — North Donahue Drive Theft of property reported. Copper wire, 1,800 feet.
laborating on the sister trees, which have been planned since the poisoning of the Toomer’s Oaks. “We’re looking to plant them in the next few weeks,” Turnage said. “There will be one tree planted on Auburn’s campus and one planted on Alabama’s as a testament to our rivalry and that we’re bigger than what one crazed fan may have done.” The horticulture department is looking into which trees will be best suited to survive on the grounds of each university. “It’s simply a tree that somewhat symbolizes what happened, but more importantly, because it’s located on both campuses it shows that we appreciate each other’s traditions,” Turnage said.
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» From A1 gonna run across,” Fetsch said. “Everyone is in reflective gear.” He said there were staff members at the front and back of the three-column group running on the right side of the road. A third staff member followed in a van. “It was about eight minutes or seven minutes before sunrise,” Fetsch said. “It was definitely light out, but the sun wasn’t up yet. The run was going to be done before the sun would come up so that nobody would be driving looking
Oct. 22 — Tabglewood Avenue Breaking and entering of a vehicle reported. One cellphone and one cellphone charger.
into the sun and maybe not see anybody.” Fetsch said the bus did not immediately stop after hitting O’Mahoney. “One staff member went to run after the bus to get it to stop,” Fetsch said. “The bus kept going a bit up the road. They didn’t stop until they passed everyone, or even start slowing down.” Capt. Tom Stofer with the Auburn Police said there is an ongoing accident investigation, but the driver of the bus hasn’t been charged or cited with anything. O’Mahoney’s fellow cadets responded quickly after the accident.
— Reports provided by Auburn Department of Public Safety
“Initially they made sure to try to comfort the cadet that got hit,” Fetsch said. “One cadet was talking to her calmly and holding his hand on her face where she was cut badly and where the blood was coming from to put pressure on the wound. A staff member was making sure she was in a safe place so that she wouldn’t get run over by the next car.” Several attempts to reach multiple cadets who witnessed the incident were unsuccessful. Fetsch said the subcontractor who operates the Tiger Transit buses is covering O’Mahoney’s medi-
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Gov. Robert Bentley and Williamson used an emergency order to make the possession or sale of the chemical compound found in synthetic marijuana substances illegal. “We are asking store owners and operators to remove these products from their shelves,” Bentley said. “And we have instructed our law enforcement agencies to take possession of any that they find for sale. “Since the substances within these products have been scheduled as controlled substances, it will be illegal to make, sell, possess or use these dangerous drugs.” The effects of synthetic marijuana differ from the effects of traditional marijuana. “Word got around and people started experimenting with it,” said Lee Coun-
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cy resident, has noticed a similar decrease in students and faculty coming in to get the vaccine. “Last year and the year before there was that big scare with the swine flu,” Boyd said. “Maybe it has dropped off a little bit because people don’t feel as concerned, but it’s still very important to get the shot because the flu is still going around.” Both Kam and Boyd said they encourage all students to receive the flu shot. The headaches, muscle aches and nausea caused by the flu disrupt daily life, inhibit academic success and ruin holiday plans. “Imagine that you’ve just spent hundreds or even a couple of thousand dollars for your one-week vacation,
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and you lose the three to four days it will take to get over the flu,” Kam said. “For $25, it’s a good investment.” Kam said some students are concerned the flu shot will actually cause the illness, but he assures his patients that this is not a risk with the injectable vaccine. “That’s theoretically impossible,” Kam said. “You can’t get the flu because this is not a live virus in the flu vaccine.” Boyd said she believes the misconception arises from students who fall ill before the vaccine has the 10–14 days to become effective. “The flu shot takes about two weeks to start having an effect,” Boyd said. “So if you do get sick it’s not due to the fact that you got the flu shot, it’s that you were exposed to the virus before it kicked in.”
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ty Sheriff Jay Jones. “Next thing you know it started to become a serious health concern. People were exhibiting signs of delirium and different types of things that can lead to serious health issues.” After seizing the remaining packages, the legislature will push to make the law permanent. “What we have done so far is work in conjunction with ABC enforcement division to seize the substance from the locations where these products were being sold,” Jones said. “No arrests are being made in the initial push.” However, charges will be filed against stores that continue to sell the products. Capt. Tom Stofer with the Auburn Police Division said the substance has been for sale in Auburn, but it is currently being taken off shelves and seized from businesses.
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Ghost hunter brings spooks to Auburn Megan Smith WRITER
There’s a rattling noise down the hallway. A blast of cold air blows and the floor creaks where no one is standing. It could be the ghost of the Confederate soldier Sydney Grimlett. John Zaffis, ghost hunter from the “A Haunting in Connecticut” episode of the Discovery Channel’s “A Haunting” series, will be doing a presentation on Nov. 1 in the Student Center Ballroom at 7 p.m. “It is the day after Halloween, but we thought the Halloween spirit would still be there,” said Kaitie Gallahue, special projects director of UPC. “Ghosts aren’t scary unless you believe in them; they have as much power as you give them,” said
Nathan Kelly, senior in accounting. There will be lots of new Auburn students there, Kelly said, but probably not many upperclassmen that have been into the brick building on College Street. The first 40 students who arrive will receive wristbands allowing them to go on a ghost hunt in the Auburn Chapel, Gallahue said. Kelly said he’s been in the chapel a few times, but going in with a ghost hunter would definitely bring him a new perspective on the place. The chapel was built in 1851 and is the second oldest building on campus. During the Civil War, the church was used as a hospital for Confederate sol-
diers. “I might just go,” Kelly said. “There might be some eccentric people attending that I’d like to meet.” Michelle Murphy, UPC adviser, said this is the second time UPC has brought a ghost hunter to campus since she joined the staff. A different ghost hunter came to Auburn a few years ago, but he is no longer in business. “One of the committee members brought the idea to us,” Gallahue said. “The member was really interested in what would happen if we found a ghost. We just fell in love with the idea.” The episode “A Haunting in Connecticut” led to a movie with a similar title. During the episode, commentators said it was
so horrifying to film that some of the ghost hunters left the profession. Zaffis will be sharing his experiences as well as the techniques he uses with the attending students. “They get to use the tools that he uses and get a feel of his work,” Gallahue said. Kelly said he expects the 40 students to find lots of creepy stuff, especially if they are using the special tools that Zaffis is bringing with him. “It’s about as creepy as any other old church,” Kelly said, “but then again, I never went in there looking for a ghost.” Gallahue said UPC is hoping for about 200–250 people to attend. There will be refreshments during the presentation.
Textbook reserve service invites feedback Chelsea Harvey CAMPUS EDITOR
An electronic survey may change the way the textbook reserve program operates. “What we’re trying to do is improve the books in the textbook reserve, making sure we’re up to date and making sure we’re serving the people who use the textbook reserve,” said Kirby Turnage, SGA president. The survey is available as a Google document and includes questions such as whether the student has used the textbook reserve in the past, how the reserve can be improved and whether there are any books the student would
like to see added to the program. Cara Tupps, creator of the survey, said its results will determine any possible changes to the program. “It’s actually not necessarily going to be changed too drastically,” Tupps said. “The reason that I created the survey was basically what we’re focusing on this year is trying to get more people, I guess increase the knowledge base that we have about it. ” Tupps said she had seen about 20 or 30 responses so far, and the feedback was mixed. “Bascially we’ve had some good feedback,” Tupps said. “We’ve also
had a lot of people say they won’t use it because their books aren’t supported, or they just didn’t know about it.” Tupps said there are no plans to close the survey soon. “My plan was to keep it open-ended as long as we needed it to be and tell people about it at the reserve because Google will keep it up as long as we have it,” Tupps said. “So if they want to refer people who do use the reserve to go take it and go have a continuous feedback system, then we can do that. Or if we just needed it for this month to try to regroup and see what we need to do as far as
marketing goes, then we can do that, too.” Turnage said the SGA is emailing the survey to various campus organizations to increase student interest. Tupps said she emailed the survey to several student organization listservs as well. “So if we get an overwhelming response of, ‘We need to add more books,’ or something like that, then of course we will do that,” Tupps said. “But right now the only thing that we’re trying to change is getting more people to know about the program.” SGA can be contacted for access to the Google document link.
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WEGL hosts rave Lane Jones WRITER
Instead of packing up your costume and settling in for a night of studying, WEGL wants you to go wild at its rave in the Student Center Ballroom. Starting at 7 p.m. Halloween night, the WEGL rave offers students a free oportunity to celebrate the holiday and still make it to their classes the next morning. Along with black lights, glow sticks and nonstop music, there will be a costume contest with a $100 cash prize. “I want to do something for Halloween, but I’m always really busy on Monday nights,” said Jordie Keeley, sophomore in biomedical sciences. “An on-campus event would be the perfect balance.” Darius ‘Slim’ Merchant, senior in hotel and restaurant management, will be the event’s emcee. “Halloween’s on a Monday this year, so there’s not a whole lot you would want to do,” Merchant said. “You don’t want to go get wasted at the bars. I’ve got an 8 o’clock on Tuesday. This way people can get interactive and express them-
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selves.” Brian Long, WEGL promotions director, sees the rave as a chance to capitalize on recent popularity of dubstep and techno music around Auburn’s campus. “We’ve been noticing a lot of the music genres that are being played around town lately, especially around downtown,” Long said. “I thought rave music would be perfect with the Halloween vibe.” The rave will feature the Atlanta group Escape From LA, as well as two local DJs: Backspace and Andy B. Long hopes that a successful event this year will make it possible in the future. “We’re trying to make this an annual event so that if we get enough awareness for it, we could actually start raising money for, say, the general scholarship fund,” Long said. Long is partnering with other campus organizations to attract as many students as possible. “We’re going to have Eagle Eye shoot it while we’re doing the event,” Long said. “We’re also going to be streaming it live over the airwaves at the same time.”
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TA makes calculus less scary Anna Claire Conrad STAFF WRITER
There are lots of things to be afraid of during the Halloween season, but calculus shouldn’t be one. “I think math can be intimidating for a lot of people,” said Glenn Hughes, graduate teaching assistant for the mathematics department. “I believe that if you approach it and talk about it in a casual way, like you would any other subject, that can take away the fear factor associated with higher-level mathematics.” Originally from Houston, Hughes is a graduate teaching assistant for several calculus classes. “I got my undergrad degree at the University of Houston, and now I’m working toward my master’s degree here at Auburn,” Hughes said. He said mathematics was not the path he initially wanted to take. “I had a couple false starts,” Hughes said. “I was in the Army for four years, and I was original-
ly a physics major to begin with. One specific undergrad math course opened the door and showed me that it’s less about just cold, hard computations and that it’s more about interlinking various abstract concepts together. I guess you could say it’s more like art.” Hughes said he strives to help his students view calculus in this way. “I often hold a lot of office hours,” Hughes said. “Generally, I spend six hours outside of the classroom the week before the test holding informal review sessions for my students.” Joshua Chu, senior in applied mathematics, said Hughes will work with his students for as long as it takes to solve a problem or understand a concept. “I had Mr. Hughes for Calculus I, and he was easily one of the best teachers I’ve had,” Chu said. Hughes said he keeps his standard for success high, but he does not want to exclude anyone from
reaching that peak. “I hold myself responsible for putting forth as much effort as I can to helping the students do as well as they possibly can in the class,” Hughes said. Chu said Hughes goes above and beyond what is expected of GTAs. “He tries really hard to make sure you understand the information, even if at first you don’t,” Chu said. “He is very approachable. There’s a lot of professors on campus that make it hard to talk to them and get a concise answer to your problem.” Hughes said he wishes he had been taught in the manner that he teaches. “I have noticed my students’ grades have improved as a whole, but I make an effort to focus on the individual, not just the class as a single entity,” Hughes said. “I believe that the more comfortable the student is with the subject and the instructor is directly related to the student’s success rate.”
Relay for Life starts season Sloane Hudson WRITER
Auburn University is teaming up with the American Cancer Society for the 2012 Relay for Life. “The American Cancer Society is the largest nonprofit health organization in the world, and the many Relay for Life events held nationwide have helped ACS fund over $4 billion in cancer research,” said Luis Rodriguez, junior in political science and event chair for Relay for Life. Students are preparing for the relay with Paint the Campus Purple, a booth set up throughout this week on the Concourse by the University’s Relay for Life committee. Students are encouraged to participate in fun activities and receive informative handouts throughout the week. “It’s a fun, exciting way
to learn more about the American Cancer Society as well as meet other students that have been affected by the disease in some way,” said Emily Atchison, senior in industrial and systems engineering. Paint the Campus Purple kicked off Monday with “Relay like it’s 1985,” the year of the first Relay for Life. “Tata Tuesday” was the theme Tuesday in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Wednesday’s theme, “A World Without Cancer,” was one of the more serious events of the week, according to Atchison. “We are out on the Concourse this day to show how cancer affects people in a global perspective,” Atchison said. Thursday’s theme is “Making More Birthdays,” which is a slogan of ACS.
It consists of a party on the Concourse to celebrate the many birthdays made possible through advancements in cancer care, research and medicine. Paint The Campus Purple will come to an end with “Fight Back Friday” to honor those battling cancer now and in the future. The weeklong promotion is intended to encourage students to sign up for Auburn’s Relay for Life, to be held March 30 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next day at the Hutsell-Rosen track. “The event is composed of numerous teams—between eight and 15 people—that raise money individually,” Rodriguez said. “We are always looking for cancer survivors to attend the event, so we encourage anyone who has beaten the disease to participate.” Anyone is welcome to sign up for the event.
Brick Oven gives part of profits to student Hayley Blair ASSOCIATE CAMPUS EDITOR
On Thursday, 15 percent of the proceeds from Brick Oven’s sales will go to help Molly Welch, a journalism student who was a junior in February 2008 when she was injured in a debilitating traffic accident. “A few months ago Molly emailed me and said, ‘My mom and I want to treat you guys to dinner to thank you for everything you’ve done,’” said Judy Sheppard, associate professor of journalism. “Then Dr. Carvalho arranged the fundraiser and we managed to merge that.” The journalism faculty have done a lot to help Molly graduate as she deals with the disabilities caused by her accident. “I remember she did practicum in the summer of 2010, and she just insist-
ed on going,” said journalism professor John Carvalho. “Her mother would park and she’d get there early enough to walk, even though it took her an hour to walk from the parking lot. She’d walk slowly, and we’d talk and everything. It’s been a long road for her.” Molly will be having dinner with the journalism staff and Aubie at the Brick Oven on Gay Street to thank them. “They’ve done so many things,” Welch said. “It’s not easy, but they made it easier by making classes that weren’t supposed to be online online, and they made classes that were two days a week only one. They’ve just been wonderful.” Molly worked at Brick Oven for a year before her accident, and her employer, Jeff Finkhauser, was happy
to host the fundraiser. Finkhauser has done philanthropy nights before, but said he’s working on special student deals from 5–9 p.m. to bring more people in for Molly. John Welch, Molly’s dad, said the money will go to a special program in the Shepherd Center called Beyond Therapy. “It’s a need-based program that addresses the individual needs of the patient,” John said. “It’s somewhere around $90–100 an hour and she’s been doing this program for 3 years now, so it’s been a long, arduous road in terms of covering medical expenses.” Molly said the problems she faces are mostly physical, and, because her vocal chords were scarred when she was getting treatment, speech is an issue as well.
“I have to worry about my speech all the time and if people can hear me cause sometimes they have to just pretend that they can,” Molly said. “Also, because my right side is so much more rigid than my left I have to worry about making sure there’s something on the left to grab onto.” Molly will graduate this semester and hopes to work in public relations with the Shepherd Center or the Centers for Disease Control. “I feel like a huge weight will be lifted off my shoulders,” Molly said. “It will just be so amazing to be done with school. I’m tired of being a student.” Molly will be continuing her therapy at the Shepherd Center and hopes to be able to drive a custom-made car by December.
Wednesday, 2 p.m., Langdon Hall According to J. Emmett Winn, associate provost, the Board of Trustees has expressed support for the building of a new general classroom facility. A meeting will be held to discuss this possibility. Anyone is welcome to attend.
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Council concerns delay redistricting Jaimen Perez WRITER
Redistricting plans for Auburn are at a standstill after failing to receive unanimous consent necessary to vote. Auburn City Manager Charlie Duggan said the U.S. Department of Justice requires Auburn to submit the city’s redistricting plan for review, or pre-clearance. “Some of the requirements they’ll be looking at are how the new plan impacts incumbents, how it impact voters—specifically minority voters—and how
it changes things with respect to geography,” Duggan said. He said the key is making the districts fair in the eyes of voters. “The main reason for redistricting is to be assured that there’s essentially the same numbers of voters in each one,” said Councilwoman Sheila Eckman. “For instance, we’re growing more to the south and to the north, so (without redistricting) you’d have too many people in one ward, and fewer in another ward.” The redistricting plan
hit a roadblock at the Oct. 18 meeting when Councilman Arthur Dowdell denied unanimous consent to vote on the proposal. Dowdell said there’s a conspiracy afloat in Auburn, and he’s considering a lawsuit against the city. He said the issue is multifaceted. “It’s more than just about the redistricting,” Dowdell said. “If you look at the development that’s going on in Auburn, you know that there’s a conspiracy to box in the black community.” Dowdell said far more
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blacks are moving out of Auburn than into the city,
largely because housing for minorities is limited. “It looks to me like there’s an underground conspiracy to downsize the city of Auburn,” he said, “so that only rich whites and students can live in Auburn at the expense of poor blacks and poor whites. That’s not right.” Dowdell said his lawsuit would address both the composition of the council itself and his claim that while the district he represents is predominately minority, there isn’t a majority of voting-age blacks.
“(The proposal) will show up on the next council meeting for the second reading, and for the second reading it’s just a majority vote in order to pass it,” Duggan said. Duggan said Dowdell’s options are to offer amendments or to motion to table the item altogether. “I need more time to look at it,” Dowdell said. “I don’t agree with it. I know that it has to be a unanimous decision, and I don’t want it to be a unanimous decision.” » See DOWDELL, A6
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Zaid Kayyali, sophomore in international business, Brandon Batchelor and Seth Clayton plan to travel 12,000 miles across the U.S. to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.
Bikers ride miles of smiles Friends use hobby to change the world Natalie Yarid ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
One Auburn student and his friends plan to go the distance for cancer awareness and prevention. Zaid Kayyali, freshman in international business, and friends Seth Clayton, Brandon Batchelor and Kyle Sebestyen are trying to prove that a few young men can make a difference in the world. Kayyali and Sebestyen came
up with their idea in March while riding their motorcycles on back roads and talking about how they would like to positively impact others. “We have all wanted to change the world,” Kayyali said. “That is one thing that brings our group of friends together. We want to be larger than life.” The plan is to make a motorcycle trip across the United States to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The trip will begin in June 2012 and last approximately 50 days. Fundraising events will be held in large cities throughout the trip, including Birmingham, Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle and Miami.
The goal is to raise $144,000 for cancer awareness, prevention and cures. The ongoing battle against cancer was not chosen at random, but had personal meaning for the four men. “The issue at hand really hit home when one of my best friends, Houston Edwards, was diagnosed with cancer, and I saw the struggle he was going through,” Clayton said. “That is what made us decide we wanted to do something about it.” Edwards has had cancer twice. He was first diagnosed with testicular cancer and then lymphatic » See MOTORCYCLE, A6
Opelika’s Halloween event is like most, featuring creative costumes and tasty treats. But this party has a twist: the guests of honor are all canines. The annual Howl-o-ween will feature a combination parade and costume contest for man’s best friend from 5–7 p.m. Monday. Pam Powers-Smith, director of Opelika Main Street, said they originally thought of having a traditional type of event, but wanted to do something more original. “At the time we had a dog store down the street, so she was like, ‘We should really focus on dogs only,’” Powers-Smith said. “And all the merchants were for it.” This year’s event will feature dogs and their owners in a parade beginning at 6 p.m. Before or after, pets can go trick-ortreating and receive dog treats from downtown shop owners. But it’s not only fun for canines. “Half the people dress up themselves, and half the people don’t, but the fact that it’s on Halloween this year, I think everybody will probably dress up,” Powers-Smith said. In addition to being a fun community event, Howl-o-ween serves as a fundraiser for Rescue K911, a no-kill home for dogs in Camp Hill. “It really encourages us because we get to see pet owners with their lovingly dressedup dogs,” said director Loraine Weaver. Weaver and her husband Larry began the ministry 14 years ago. They now care for 121 dogs with the help of 12 volunteers,
It’s not just to have fun. It’s also helping a great cause.” —Pam Powers-Smith DIRECTOR, OPELIKA MAIN STREET
the operation funded entirely through donations. “We will keep them until they’re adopted,” Weaver said. “We cannot take in any more until some are adopted.” Powers-Smith said Rescue K911 will receive all profits from Howl-o-ween. Registration is $10, or $25 to be a V.I.P., or Very Important Pooch, and be placed near the front of the parade. There is no cost to watch. Weaver said proceeds will help with their latest project: Shadow’s Rest. “It is going to be a home for our elderly and handicapped dogs,” Weaver said. “We have several dogs with cancer, we have several dogs that are blind, we have several dogs with heart problems. “It’ll be a big room full of cozy beds and just a more home-like atmosphere.” People can register for the parade at Taylor Made Designs in downtown Opelika prior to the event, or the night of beginning at 5 p.m. Powers-Smith said prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. “I think dogs, pets, are certainly a lot of people’s passion,” Powers-Smith said. “I’m kind of hoping they think about that. It’s not just to have fun. It’s also helping a great cause.”
Lee County Humane Society offers treats, not tricks LCHS scares up an adoption bargain Kristen Oliver WRITER
Looking to adopt a pet? Now’s the time to do it. The Lee County Humane Society currently has a freecats and discounted-kittens deal, but they are topping it with a Halloween adoption party Friday. “We’re going to do adoption fees by the donation of the adopter’s choice,” said Stacee Peer, the shelter’s director of public relations
and development. “If they want to donate $1 or if they want to donate $100, it’s totally up to the adopter.” The shelter is also extending its adoption hours for the event as an additional incentive. “Our regular adoption hours are from noon until 5, and we’re actually going to stay open later until 7, so that’s something special that we’re doing for it,” Peer said. The event is open to anyone looking to adopt. “We’re inviting families and college kids to come to the shelter,” Peer said. “You can wear your costume if
you want to. All staff members are going to be dressed up for Halloween. Kids can trick-or-treat. We’ll have candy and stuff like that.” The shelter has approximately 15–20 dogs, 10–12 puppies and about 20 cats and kittens. “We adopted a Maltese,” said Ally Barnes, a sophomore in psychology whose family lives in Opelika. “Her name is Bella, and we got her in 2008. It was really easy, and I remember a lot of stuff being included, like her shots were all done. It was an easy process.” Peer said the shelter provides nearly anything the
adopter needs for his or her pet. They have collars for dogs and puppies and $5 cat carriers. Barnes said anyone looking to adopt should consider going to a humane society. “I would always recommend adopting from humane societies over getting dogs that are bred because humane societies have animals that are really in need of homes,” Barnes said. Some students may think adopting a pet in college is too much responsibility, but many think it’s a good idea for them. “I want to adopt a pet
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Stacee Peer, LCHS director of public relations, feeds one of the cats available for adoption. while I’m still in college,” said Cheyenne Rudowski, sophomore in art history. “I would definitely adopt
from the humane society because I’d like to save an » See LCHS, A6
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» From A5 animal in need.” Peer said the donated adoption price is entirely new for the shelter. “It’s the first time we’ve ever done this before,” Peer said. “We’re really excited to see how people react to the donation amount of their choice for all the puppies and adult kennel dogs and kittens and cats, too. We’re
hoping it’s going to really empty out our cages.” Rudowski said she thinks the promotion will be a success. “I think it’ll show how people love animals and how far they’re willing to go,” Rudowski said. “I think it will be successful because it’s flexible for people who don’t have much. They’re naming their price, but also able to donate what they can in their budget.”
DOWDELL » From A5
Dowdell said his main issue is he doesn’t believe there’s a majority of votingage blacks in his district. “In looking at the numbers, we don’t believe it’s possible to create a ward in Auburn that has a majority of minority members that are above the age of 18,” Duggan said. “Someone could look at the overall city and say that what we are achieving is that minorities feel comfort-
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cancer of the abdomen. “He has basically been a hero to all of us,” Kayyali said. “We saw the type of struggle, pain and misery the cancer has put on him. While the cancer had such a negative impact on him,
able living in all parts of the city.” Councilman Tom Worden said not having enough voting-age members is common to many districts. “I just don’t think his district is any different than others,” Worden said. “I’m supportive of Councilman Dowdell. I just want to hear what he’s going to say.” Dowdell, however, said he finds Auburn’s intentions suspect. “It’s the greed of the developers along with some
backdoor deals involving city officials that’s going on,” Dowdell said. “I’m planning on voting against anything the developers are doing at this point. “We know what’s going on, the city manager knows what’s going on, and we’ve got to be concerned.” Dowdell said if the redistricting plan passes, he will have grounds to file a lawsuit. “I don’t have to accept it,” Dowdell said. “I’m an elected official, and it’s my dis-
trict. I should have had a hand in it, to decide what I want in my own district. And that’s what’s going to make the judge say, ‘He’s right.’” Worden said if the council does not adopt an ordinance, the current proposal will go into effect automatically in six months. “It will be the plan we were presented with at the last meeting, which shows the new reapportionment that our city staff worked on tirelessly to get created,” Worden said.
he never stopped smiling.” Edwards’ persistence to be joyful throughout cancer treatment inspired the men to title their event “12K Miles 12K Smiles.” During the 12,000 mile journey, they plan to take 12,000 pictures, and the only requirement for each picture is a smile.
Along with the photos, they plan to create a video documentary to help prove to the world a difference can be made. Right now the riders are looking for sponsorship, donations and people willing to support a good cause. The majority of the plan-
ning must be completed before the ride begins, but for now they hope to gain acceptance and support. “Everyone knows somebody who has been directly affected by cancer,” Kayyali said. “We think this is a great way to touch people’s hearts and bring them together.”
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Public office not the place for paranoia Arthur Dowdell has a history of taking action without thinking. He’s the Auburn City Councilman of Ward 1 who in 2009 removed rebel flags from the graves of Confederate soldiers and was forced by the City Council to apologize for desecrating gravesites, which are private property and protected by the First Amendment. He also has a history of speaking without thinking. In the midst of his celebrity as a desecrator of graves, he laid out his idea for a new City Council. “If (the mayor is) going to have to have voting powers, then we should have a seven-member council with the mayor voting and being one of those seven. I think that would be fair, with two of the council members being black.” Dowdell has now graced us with more racially charged inanity. “It looks to me like there’s an underground conspiracy to downsize the city of Auburn,”
he said, “so that only rich whites and students can live in Auburn at the expense of poor blacks and poor whites.” It seems only logical that the chief concern of the City Council and developers in Auburn would be conspiring to undermine the livelihood of minorities and the poor in Auburn. Thank goodness our social crusader has come along to rid our town of the Illuminati. Does Dowdell really believe that his constituents are under attack in Auburn? If so, then we have a deeply paranoid man on the council. We do not accept Dowdell’s ideas. At best, they’re ridiculous, irrational and irresponsible. At the heart of it, we have a difficult time convincing ourselves that this man can even truly believe these things. We think the councilman is using this game of “us versus them” to secure his voters on his side. What better way to keep winning reelection than to become the champion against the spectre of a villian?
Even more concerning is that he’s leveling part of the blame on fellow city officials, rather than just the ever-contemptible land developers with better things to do than concern themselves with Dowdell’s petty politics. Making accusations against hardworking members of our community with no support for your claims is unacceptable behavior from a man who represents part of our town. “It has become too expensive for the black community to continue living in Auburn, so they are moving out to Opelika,” Dowdell said in 2009. “Opelika is welcoming them with open arms.” This is a statement from 2009. The numbers just don’t back it up. In 2000, the black population of Auburn stood at 16.8 percent. In 2010 it stands at 16.6 percent. Those figures certainly don’t reflect the Trail of Tears-style exodus he’s claimed. Even more concerning is Dowdell’s lack of respect for
the minority population of Auburn he claims to represent. “The poor just can’t afford to live in Auburn,” he said. “The city hasn’t been fair in regards to providing housing for minorities.” This statement also comes from 2009. What exactly is minority housing? Is he referring to low-income, governmentsubsidized housing? Are the minorities he claims to represent not offended and insulted by the idea that they need assistance because of their skin color? The simple truth is that the ideas Dowdell has expressed in the past and continues to express do nothing for the city of Auburn. They are regressive. They are fearful. But most importantly, they are false. We can’t be certain about Dowdell’s intentions, but we do know that until he provides the community with quanitifiable proof to back up these wild accusations, his yammering about lawsuits and conspiracies will remain just that.
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It looks to me like there’s an underground conspiracy to downsize the city of Auburn.” —Arthur Dowdell DOWDELL A5
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I typically start planning my Halloween costume for the upcoming year after the current Halloween festivities. But since being in college, I haven’t wanted to dress up. What is this nonsense? Anyone who has ever met me knows that Halloween is my favorite holiday. I absolutely love everything about it. The 13
Nights of Halloween on ABC Family, haunted houses, Halloween decorations, spookythemed foods, even that chill that crawls up your spine just before you fall asleep after watching a horror movie. I love it all. More than anything, I love dressing in costume. Or, rather, loved. Last year I almost refused to dress up at all. My water polo team was competing in a tournament in Atlanta, and the last thing on my mind was what costume I would wear. My friends convinced me that since I’m am a redhead I should go as a leprechaun. Even though I didn’t necessarily want to conform to that stereotype, I caved,
and a leprechaun I was. This is the first time I’ll be in Auburn for Halloween, and I am beyond excited. I have already decked my apartment out with Halloween decor. I’ve planned a menu out with lots of creepy delights. I even found a costume for my roommate’s dog. There’s only one thing missing: What am I supposed to be for Halloween? What hurts the most is that I don’t want to dress up this year. I’ve bought a costume that I don’t even like just so I have something to wear. I’d much rather wear a nice outfit, have people over to celebrate at my apartment and have a good time minus the
need to dress in a goofy or overly sexy costume. When I was younger, I would have a costume planned out a whole year in advance. Now, I’m reluctant to dress up at all. What has happened to me? Where did the youthful, eager, hold-nothing-back attitude I once boasted go? I sincerely hope this doesn’t mean I’m growing up. Next thing you know, I’ll start balancing my checkbook and going to bed at 8 p.m. Maybe I should dress as the hit 1954 Mary Martin version of Peter Pan, because I don’t wanna grow up.
On the fence about ‘Occupy?’ Wait a while and watch Nick Bowman OPINION@ THEPLAINSMAN.COM
The Occupy movement is a new, exciting thing for a lot of people. There are certainly those who have profoundly negative things to say about the movement. However, this hasn’t stopped a large number of people across the United
States from siding with the protesters. To me it looks like a fresh coat of paint for a house that people have, time and time again, refused to live in. This is the big American sale for socialism and state power cloaked in a cheerful populist message. We’re on the people’s side, they say. We’re the 99 percent, they say. We want to bail out people not banks, they say. These are all very nice messages. They give the people prepared to commit to the cause the ammunition they need to carry out the big sell to you undecided.
The problem is that these are also vague messages, and probably untrue messages. To say that there aren’t radical influences floating about the tent city of Zuccati Park would be untrue. To say that there aren’t entities ready to supply this movement with serious cash would be untrue. What I’m suggesting to those of you that are undecided about the group, just wait and watch. Read about these people. Keep an eye on the protests, the arrests, the groups taking part, the shifting message, the overarching goals. I don’t want you to
come to my side, I want you to think for yourself before you grab some paper and write your own “I am the 99 percent” sob story. All I ask is that you give this movement, which has now spread globally, the thoughtful scrutiny worthy of any force capable of drastic, fast-paced global change. Ask yourself, “Who is responsible for success and my failure? Does someone else hold me back? Is the American way unfair? Is capitalism unfair? Is there a better way?” Just, for a little while, wait and watch.
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ley’s confidence will enable him to make smarter desicions on the field and to remain collected under stress. “That’s one thing that I can say I’m extremely proud of him,” Chizik said. “During the game when things didn’t look good and things weren’t going our way, I never saw anything in the game that indicated to me that he was losing confidence or didn’t feel like he could get the job done.
Steven Clark isn’t your typical punter. Standing at 6-feet, 5-inches and 226 pounds, Clark resembles a pass-catching tight end more than special teams standout. But for Clark, his size doesn’t necessarily translate into more powerful punts. “Because as far as punting goes, it’s more of a technique than actually power and stuff like that,” Clark said. “Because some of the best punters are guys who don’t have a ton of muscle on them.” Clark has been working on that technique this season, which has led to him being named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week twice this season. “I’ve learned through coaching what it’s supposed to be, so it’s just a matter of doing it every time,” Clark said. “It’s different between knowing what to do and actually doing it, so I’m just trying to do it. I’ve been really trying to get the technical part down first this year.” Clark stood at 6 feet entering his freshman year of high school, which he said was big for his high school’s standards. With his size he was shuffled around from offensive tackle to defensive end to tight end throughout high school, but knew his future was at punter. “I saw a guy kicking a ball at our first practice freshman year, and I had kicked a little before, and I thought I could kick it farther than that,” Clark said. “I did good that year for our freshman team at punter. After that season was over, my high school coach told me to go to a couple of camps, and I might could start next year. I went to one camp that summer, and I started the next year.” With no offers from any colleges entering the summer of his senior year, Clark decided to attend Jamie Kohl’s kicking camp. Clark credits Kohl, the director of one of the most prestigious kicking, punting and snapping camps in the nation, with helping him through his recruiting process. “Jamie Kohl kind of coached me through the recruiting process because I didn’t know how the recruiting process worked,” Clark said. “I went to his camp, and that’s how I started getting offers. Going into my senior year, I didn’t have any offers. I went to that camp at the end of July, and I think I got my first offer from Purdue the first week of August. Then, in September I came down for the West Virginia game and was offered (by Auburn).” Far away from his hometown of Kansas City, Mo., Clark wasn’t concerned about the distance between Alabama and his home state. “I came here and really liked it. I wasn’t worried about how far away from home it was,” Clark
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After dropping from the Associated Press poll following a 45– 10 loss to the No. 1 LSU Tigers away in Baton Rouge, La., last weekend, the Auburn Tigers are looking to heal bruised spirits with a victory over the Ole Miss Rebels Saturday evening. “We’re excited about being able to come back home and play another night game here at home,” said coach Gene Chizik. “It’ll be exciting. We’ve been gone the last three out of four weeks against some tough road opponents, so it’s always nice to come back home and play in front of our home crowd for a 6 o’clock game.” Since 2000, Auburn is 24–4 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in night games that kick off at 6 p.m. or later. The Tigers return home for only the second time in five weeks to enter their 36th meeting with the Rebels. Auburn leads the series with a 29–6 record. “We have a great challenge for us this week,” Chizik said. “We’re playing an Ole Miss team that is extremely talented. It’s the best 2–5 team in the country. They’re very dangerous, and they’re very good in a lot of different ways.” While Chizik had only positive things to say about the opposing team, Ole Miss is 0–4 in the Southeastern Conference so far this season. The Rebels have lost 10 straight games against SEC opponents dating back to last season. Auburn has won eight of the last 10 games against Ole Miss and shut out the struggling team 51–31 away in Oxford last October. “This is a very good football team,” Chizik said. “They were probably a play here or a play there away from winning five or six football games. “They had a touchdown against Georgia called back on a punt return. They were a play away from beating Arkansas and BYU, so again, I think the record is not indicative of how good they are. “They have a lot of speed, a lot of athleticism, and we’re going to have to play really well to be able to come out with a victory, but we’re excited about the challenge.” Based on Chizik’s comments at Tuesday morning’s weekly press conference, it seems sophomore Clint Moseley will continue as the starting quarterback ahead of junior Barrett Trotter against Ole Miss. Moseley had been on the bench until two weeks ago, when he replaced Trotter at halftime during the Florida game. “I think when we gave him
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Freshman wide receiver Trovon Reed escapes LSU’s defense in the first half of Saturday’s game.
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Rueben Randle is chased by Neiko Thorpe while scoring LSU’s third touchdown in the first half. time to throw, he did some nice things,” Chizik said. “I think there are some things he could have done better and improved on, obviously. “For his first game and being in an environment like that playing against a defense that was as good as they were, and him being under stress as much as he was, I think when he had opportunities to make plays, I thought he did a nice job of that. “He’ll continue to improve, I don’t think there’s any question about that, and we expect him to
We have a great challenge for us this week. We’re playing an Ole Miss team that is extremely talented.” —Gene Chizik FOOTBALL COACH
do that this week.” Chizik is hopeful that Mose-
Auburn soccer prepares for season finale against rival Alabama Christina Santee SPORTS EDITOR
The No. 22 Auburn soccer team will enter its final regular-season match Friday evening, traveling to Tuscaloosa to challenge the No. 78 Alabama Crimson Tide in their annual soccer Iron Bowl at 7 p.m. The Tigers (11–8–2) are 5–4– 2 in conference while the Crimson Tide (8–7–3) are 3–5–2 in the SEC. “I think going into Tuscaloosa is always a very difficult place to play,” said coach Karen Hoppa. “Our defense needs to have an effort like we did against Georgia for sure because they’re going to be dangerous and high energy at their place.” Following a scoreless draw with the Georgia Bulldogs Thursday evening that went into dou-
ble overtime and a loss to the No. 19 Tenneesee Volunteers Sunday, the Tigers are eager to bring home one final conference win to end the season. Including Georgia, Auburn has played in seven overtime matches this season, going 2–3– 2 in those seven matches. Five of those overtime matches have come in the final seven matches of the season. And despite two ties for the season, Auburn has completed its fifth 10-win season in the last 11 years. Auburn failed to score Sunday night after struggling offensively for the majority of the match. The Volunteers outscored the Tigers 2–0 thanks to an effective defensive performance. ALEX SAGER / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR
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Senior midfielder Katy Frierson keeps the ball from Georgia’s Susannah Dennis and Jamie Pollock.
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Sophomore quarterback Clint Moseley faces pressure from the LSU defense.
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“I felt the same way Sunday just watching him. I expect the same thing in practice today. I’m real proud of the way that he carried himself and handled all the adversity that we had and encountered Saturday. I feel like he did a great job with that.” Junior wide receiver Emory Blake will remain out for his fourth consecutive game after sustaining an ankle injury against South Carolina earlier this month. Chizik was reluctant to state that Auburn’s active receivers have been able to effectively compensate for Blake’s absence. “I think it’s been too sporadic,” Chizik said. “I think it’s been very sporadic. At some points, you see these really nice catches, and other times you see
them drop balls in their hands. “I would like to see more consistency in terms of catching the football from all of our receiving group. “The fact of the matter is, like any place on your team, when somebody is out, somebody has to step up to the plate with consistent play. “I’m not saying they haven’t done anything good, I’m just saying the level of consistency from that group that we are going to need to win games needs to be better.” The fact that sophomore safety Demetruce McNeal and senior safety Neiko Thorpe lead the team in tackles isn’t an issue for Chizik, but it does question the effectiveness of the rest of the defensive front. “Our goal is obviously to get better every week,” Chizik said. “Whether our
safeties are the top three tacklers or they’re in the bottom three, I don’t think that necessarily tells the tale because a lot has to do with what type of offense you’re facing or tackles down the field after completions, or are they tackles ‘cause their runs broke the line of scrimmage consistently or are they runs that they are making at the line of scrimmage ‘cause they were outside the wide plays and they did what they were supposed to do? “So I’m not really into all the stats and who gets what particularly when it comes to the tackles because you don’t really know how they unfold. “I’m concerned when the other team is scoring points. I’m not really concerned with who’s making the tackles.” The game will be televised by ESPNU.
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Despite the 2011 Auburn baseball team only hitting 39 home runs on the season, which was 47 fewer than the national leader, baseballs are guaranteed to be soaring out of Plainsman Park Friday night. The baseball program is hosting its eighth annual Celebrity Home Run Derby, which is partnered with the Hudson Family Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Lee County, at 7 p.m. “My hope is that the Auburn family will come out to watch some of the great players that have come through Auburn in the recent years hit some home runs and raise some money,” said coach John Pawlowski. Admission is a minimum $2 donation at the gate. “Our goal is to make this into a premiere fundraising event for both the Auburn baseball team and the Hudson Family Foundation,” said Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson. “Having moved back into the Auburn area and raising a family here, we want to give back to the community as much as we can. “This is a win-win for our foundation and for the Auburn baseball program.” The participants will include some Auburn greats from the last decade. Hudson, a former Tiger and national player of the year, will be one of the two Atlanta Braves competing, along with former Auburn
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said. “People back home would ask me why I liked Auburn, and I told them there were just a lot of nice people here. Just in the South in general, everyone always is really nice if you give them the time.” Clark noted the intensity for football is greater in Auburn than in Missouri. “It’s a different atmosphere,” Clark said. “It was nothing like I had ever experienced. That’s why I liked it, though. I like the fans, how passionate they are about football. In the Midwest, we like our foot-
catcher David Ross. Both Hudson and Ross played for Auburn in 1997 when the Tigers went to the College World Series. Others involved in the event include manager of the Gulf Coast League Braves and former Auburn letterman and Mississippi Brave Jonathan Schuerholtz, former Atlanta Brave Wes Helms and recent Auburn players Hunter Morris and Brian Fletcher. Last year’s individual home run derby winner Kevin Patterson and retired seven-year MLB veteran and current Tigers undergraduate assistant coach Gabe Gross will also play. The format of the derby will remain the same as last year, with two teams consisting of four sluggers each competing in four innings. Each team will have one hitter per inning. Once everyone has hit, the participant with the most home runs will be named the individual champion, and the team
with the most home runs will be the overall champion. Last year, then-senior Patterson hit an individual-high 11 homeruns that led the Blue Team to a 36– 15 victory over the Orange Team. More than $2,000 were given in donations from the crowd, alumni home run hitters and sponsors. This year’s sponsors are the Auburn/Opelika Tourism Bureau, Cooks Pest Control, King Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, Marco’s Pizza and Tiger Rags, which all made a minimum $500 donation. There will be raffle tickets sold for $5 before and throughout the event by Diamond Dolls. Scott Duval, director of baseball operations, said there will be 12–14 prizes, including two foursomes of golf, four tickets to the Hudson Family Foundation Benefit Concert the weekend of the Samford football game and a Braves ticket package. Duval also said there will be raffle winners assigned to each participant in the competition to receive an autographed item from that competitior. “Partnering with Tim and Kim and the Hudson Family Foundation takes our event to a new level,” Pawlowski said. “At the end of the day, we want to blow our past efforts out of the water, and we certainly have an all-star cast participating in the home run derby.”
ball, but it’s just a different level here. I’ve seen little kids crying here after losses, and that’s not something you see back home.” An example of that passion was on display as Auburn took on the Florida Gators in Jordan-Hare Stadium Oct. 15. Clark was an integral part to the Tigers’ victory. The lack of strong offensive play put a premium on field position and special teams, and Clark provided a spark for the Tigers by averaging almost 40 yards per punt and forcing the Gators into an average starting field position on their own 26-yard line.
Clark’s biggest punt was his last, which was fumbled by Robert Clark of the Gators. The fumble allowed Auburn to regain possession and drive for a field goal that put the game out of reach for the Gators. “I don’t know how much I have to do with all of that stuff,” Clark said. “There’s nothing I did special to those balls that he dropped. I just kicked them. I kicked them well, though. I didn’t realize how big of a turning point that last one was until we were lining up for Cody to kick, and I thought they were about to have the ball, but now Cody is about to ice the game. It was great.”
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“We’ve got to be really good at possession so we can keep the ball for long periods of time and create quality chances,” Hoppa said. Following the shutout, Tennessee improved to 13– 5–0 overall and 6–4–0 in the SEC and jumped over Auburn in the SEC standings with one regular season match remaining. Friday could prove to be more of a challenge than the Tigers bargained for, as the Crimson Tide shut out the Volunteers 1–0 Thursday.
For the Alabama game, obviously we want to win. I think we’ll just focus on coming out hard on defense.” —Bianca Sierra SOPHOMORE DEFENDER
Alabama also tied Georgia with a score of 2–2, all the more reason for the Tigers to be determined heading into Friday night’s match. The Tigers will have to
perfect their approach in order to score goals and defer others attempted by the opposing team, a task the Tigers have struggled with. “For the Alabama game, obviously, we want to win,” said sophomore defender Bianca Sierra. “I think we’ll just focus on coming out hard on defense.” Following Alabama, which takes place at 7 p.m. Friday, Auburn will play Georgia for a second time Nov. 3 at the SEC tournament in Orange Beach, Ala. The Tigers will then travel to Tallahassee, Fla., for the NCAA Tournament scheduled for Nov. 12.
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Cross-country resting for conference championship Bianca Seward WRITER
The Auburn cross-country team will head to Maryville, Tenn., for the SEC Championship Monday. Coming off strong finishes for both the men and women at the Oct. 15 Crimson Classic, the team is tailoring its practices to allow for more rest with the hope of finishing strongly at the Halloween weekend championship meet. Kane Grimster, freshman in pre-journalism and SEC Freshman of the Week the last week of September, said he believes the strength of the competing teams will challenge the Tigers. “ We’ve encountered teams of this caliber earlier in the season, so we are definitely prepared and looking forward to the competition that the SEC will offer us,” Grimster said. The men finished second at the Crimson Classic in front of Ole Miss, Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama. The women came in seventh place, but Alissa Fisher, junior in physics, and Elizabeth Briasco, sophomore in nutrition and di-
etetics, each achieved personal bests. Although half of the team are freshmen, they feel confident in the training provided by coach Mark Carroll. “I feel confident that the training coach Carroll has given us and the schedule we’ve had this season will give us the best opportunity to perform well at the SEC championship,” Grimster said. Grimster said because the Tigers have already competed against the best teams in the nation, the level of competition the SEC will present won’t be anything unfamiliar to the team. He said he feels the team has learned a lot throughout the season and gained valuable experience that will be helpful at the SEC Championship and future meets. Briasco said that while cross-country primarily places its focus on individual performance, the team works hard to run for each other. And as a member on one of the youngest teams competing in the SEC, Briasco said the amount of training
they have received this season builds confidence. “It’s difficult racing against girls who have two or three more years experience on us, but that’s where heart and determination come into play,” Briasco said. “When it comes down to guts and running not only for yourself, but for your family, I know our girls will pull through with some amazing times.” In his three years as coach, Carroll has led the women’s side to a seventh place finish at the SEC Championship in 2009. “On the men’s side, if everyone has a good day, we have the potential to be a top three or four team,” Carroll said. “On the ladies’ side it’s a little more unclear where we stand, but everybody is in good health and a good place to run.” In regards to practice, Carroll said he believes there is nothing to be gained from excessive training the week before. “This week is about resting up and getting ready for the race,” Carroll said. “The work has already been done this season, and we believe we have the potential to finish strongly.”
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I learned two things about myself last weekend: I’m “tiger bait,” and I never want to go back to Baton Rouge. It didn’t matter if it was before, during or after the game, LSU fans were going to taunt me. And 99 percent of the time it was with two words: tiger bait. My previous trip to Baton Rouge, which was for the 2007 game, didn’t allow me the full effect because we arrived late and left immediately after the game. With that said, I was excited to experience a gameday on LSU’s campus. We arrived early enough Saturday to tailgate and get an idea of what Baton Rouge is all about. In hindsight, I wish I had just believed the stereotypes and stayed in Auburn. There weren’t any urine bombs thrown in my direction, nor was I physically harmed. However, I think the standard for verbal harassment is set by Bayou
The level of disrespect left me speechless.” Bengal fans. Every fanbase has fans who talk trash; that’s a given. But when two boys who couldn’t have been more than 10 years old were yelling “tiger bait” at me on my way to the stadium, I realized what I was getting myself into. Judge if you want, but my friends and I left the game in the middle of the third quarter. The initial plan was to avoid traffic, but we ended up on a tour of campus after a few wrong turns walking back to the car. On the walk, which stretched probably a mile, we were harassed by LSU fans of every kind. I wasn’t surprised by college students celebrating in the way LSU students do, but I was stunned when I found myself being yelled at by grown men. And guess what they almost all yelled? “Tiger bait.” Clearly the fanbase doesn’t have anything else
to say to opposing fans. Either way, it made its point. A few fans got creative, though, and there was one comment that caught my attention, and I felt crossed the line. “How’s your tree?” asked one student. The level of disrespect left me speechless. Ultimately, the trip made me realize how great Auburn is. Here, we may talk trash, but most fans are more interested in celebrating our victories than reminding others of their defeat. Maybe we aren’t known for being one of the hardest places to play in the nation, but we also don’t have people refusing to visit our town because of the way numerous people treated them. We also may not be 8–0 and No. 1 in the country, but we haven’t had players suspended for failing drug tests and fighting at bars either. Maybe I’m a sore loser or making excuses for our 5–3 season, but, at the end of the day, I’d much rather be an Auburn Tiger than anything else, because we have class.
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Lady Tigers hungry to reach NCAA Tournament in 2011 Brandon Miller ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
Coach Nell Fortner is busy putting the finishing touches on this year’s women’s basketball team after falling short of the NCAA Tournament last year. “Last year was somewhat of a disappointment for us after not making the NCAA Tournament after being granted a spot to host it, so these kids are hungry,” Fortner said. She said that disappointment has shown in improvements on and off the court. “The team chemistry really determines on how well your team will do that season,” Fortner said. “They
have worked extremely hard during the offseason, and we have a lot of experience coming back.” Auburn is young, however, with only three returning seniors on the team this year: guard Morgan Jennings, guard Parrisha Simmons and forward/center Chantel Hilliard. Because of this, Fortner said many players will need to produce. Sophomore forward Jassany Williams gained a lot of experience last year, so Fortner said she expects a good year from her. Fortner also said she thinks sophomore guard Courtney Strain can take the team to the next level.
“(Strain) doesn’t have the 3-point range that Blanche (Alverson) and Camille (Glymph) do, but she has such a quick release,” Fortner said. “I feel good about that experience coming back with that young freshman class.” Freshman guard Hasina Muhammad is a new addition creating buzz in the gym. The Memphis native averaged 17.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 3.9 blocks and 2.6 steals per game as a high school senior. “Hasina fits in very well,” Hilliard said. “She listens to coach Fortner and everybody else every day. We can
tell her something and she responds very well to it. We can tell her to change her feet in play, and the next time she remembers and does it on her own.” Two major changes will affect the team the most this season. The first is a new defensive package. “The first few days of practice we have just worked on getting the fundamental of the defense down and making sure that we have the technique right,” Alverson said. “We have had a lot of repetition of the plays to make sure that we are comfortable with it.” Fortner said the defense focuses on putting pressure
on the ball in an attempt to force opponents out of their comfort zone. The other major change will affect every NCAA women’s basketball team this year. The 3-point line has been moved back a foot to the equivalent of the men’s line. “If you don’t have those bombers on the team, it will make a difference,” Fortner said. “We have worked hard with our post players during the offseason, so with the line being moved back and people with the ability to hit that three from that far out, it will open up the inside for us.” Auburn hosts its only exhibition Sunday against
Georgia College and State University at 2 p.m. The Tigers don’t play a regular-season home game until Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. against Belmont. With two weeks remaining before taking the court in the Nov. 11 season opener against Mercer, Fortner said she believes this year’s team may be good enough to make the NCAA Tournament. “I have never really been a conservative coach in saying what we want, but I do believe it is,” Fortner said. “As far as their attitude goes, I believe we can take it to that place, and that is the emphasis—we want to be in that NCAA Tournament.”
Volleyball hopes to dig out of losing streak Graham carr WRITER
The volleyball team hopes to snap a six-game losing streak when it faces Ole Miss in Oxford Friday. Coach Rick Nold said he feels Auburn (9–13, 3–9 SEC) can build on its last game, in which the team gave No. 24 Kentucky all it could handle before falling 3–2 in five sets. Ole Miss (6–14, 1–6 SEC) has the worst overall record in the SEC, but Nold said Auburn will not underestimate the Rebels. “Ole Miss is very athletic and a good blocking team,” Nold said. “So it will come down to who does better serving and serve receiving.” Junior outside hitter Sarah Bullock said the losing streak is not one the team wants to continue, but the Tigers have some work to
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Sophomore Courtney McDonald attempts a spike Sunday at home against Kentucky. do if they are going to end it against Ole Miss. “We really need to work on serving tougher, playing defense better and finishing our kills,” Bullock said. “There is no one thing we did great against Kentucky, but we need to build off that game.” S ophomore mi d d le
blocker Courtney McDonald said the team’s tough stretch is the result of worrying about the team on the other side of the net, rather than their own play. “Individually we were really good against Kentucky, but when we work as a team, that is when we play our best,” McDonald said.
Nold said this road game will come down to which team most wants to finish out the season on a high note. “We have got to make sure we keep them out of their system,” Nold said. “While for us, we need to keep ourselves in our system.”
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Top five treats for Halloween 1
Candy corn is a seasonal favorite everyone loves to munch on.
A ghoul’s hand, a popcorn-filled glove with M&M fingertips, is a fun, spooky snack.
Roasted pumpkin seeds are a quick fix and easy to eat on the go.
Fun-size candy is a staple treat of Halloween and is great to have on hand in case of surprise trick-ortreaters.
Halloween cookies are fun to decorate and eat.
Trunk-or-treat ministers fellowship for community Rebecca Croomes ASSISTANT PHOTO EDITOR
With Halloween fast approaching, some families are looking to go car-to-car instead of door-todoor in trunk-or-treats all over Lee County. Trinity United Methodist and Greater Peace Missionary Baptist churches, however, will go all out with trunk-or-treat at Orangefest 2011. A trend taking off late last decade, trunk-or-treat is when a church group or a community decorates the trunks of their cars and fills them with sweets. Children show off their costumes and fill their candy bags in what some parents believe to be a safer environment than traveling door-to-door around town. Opelika’s Trinity United is partnering with nearby Greater Peace to host its second-annual Orangefest, which includes a trunk-ortreat Sunday from 4–7 p.m. Amy McKay, organizer at Trinity United, said the churches simply want to invite the community to find fellowship at a free event. “Orangefest, I would say, is a community outreach,” McKay said. “Kind of a Halloween alternative for the community and just a way for us to reach out and welcome them to come to our campus and see what we’re about.” McKay said everyone hands out candy and prizes from their decorated trunk, her favorite last year being one converted into a karaoke stage. McKay said while children are welcome to wear costumes if they want, Orangefest is more about fall fellowship than a Halloween
themed party. “It’s more pumpkins and orange,” McKay said, “definitely more fall festival.” The Auburn Christian Student Center held its own trunk-ortreat devotional Tuesday night. Mary Brinkerhoff ministers to the ACSC with her husband Jim, and sh e planned t h e i r t r u n k- o r treat. She said the devotional alway s t ake s place the Tuesday before Halloween as a way for students to connect with members of the Auburn Church of Christ, but still have time to celebrate Halloween on their own. “Our main purpose is to promote resident-student relationships with the residents at church because the residents are the ones who decorate their trunks and hand out food,” Brinkerhoff said. In addition to sweets, attendees got what every college student loves any time of year: a free meal. Volunteers decorated their cars and served students in the ACSC parking lot. One trunk had sandwiches, another had fruit, chips and drinks and the rest were filled with candy. There also was a costume contest for attendees.
“We usually have 175 students or so that participate,” Brinkerhoff said. “It’s always a very wellattended event. It’s something everybody really looks forward to.” While the ACSC celebrated fellowship among the congregation, organizers of Orangefest are preparing for a big show. The festival and trunkor-treat will stretch across the entire church campus. “We take up the whole block from Eighth to Ninth Street,” McKay said. “That whole block w i l l be activities.” McKay said the churches would continue to host Orangefest at no cost to visitors as many years as possible to spread their message. “It’s just sharing the love of Jesus with the community,” McKay said. Turnout for last year’s Orangefest was more than 1,500, McKay said. She said organizers are planning for approximately 2,000 this year. “It was a lot of fun last year,” McKay said, “a lot of faces that I had never seen. That was wonderful, to see a lot of people on our campus that I had never met before.” » See TRUNK, B6
Leni Ivanosky poses in her handmade zombie costume.
Creativity costs less Raye May ASSOCIATE INTRIGUE EDITOR
This Halloween some are using their creativity to be extra creepy. Leni Ivanovsky, senior in social work, said she will be dressing as a zombie for the third year in a row. Ivanovsky makes her zombie costume every year by ripping up old clothing and wearing makeup and fake blood. “I think it's kind of like a waste of money to buy your costume,” Ivanovsky said. “Especially for girls, you're just going to dress like a slut anyway. Why not just wear your bra out? It's going to be cheaper, and at least you can re-wear your bra.” Ivanovsky said it is basically the same price to make a costume as to buy one, and cos-
tumes can always be made more intricate by buying accessories from specialty stores like Party City. “Most girls are more creative when it comes to making costumes,” Ivanovsky said. “Why are you going to spend like 40 bucks on a ladybug suit? Ladybugs are not sexy.” Ward Kennedy, senior in English, said he is more impressed with women who make their own costumes. “As far as respect goes on Halloween, I respect a girl a lot more who has made her costume and spent time on it than just buying one of these $50 ones,” he said. Kennedy said his mother made him Indian and cave» See COSTUMES, B6
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resident families better. because they don’t just hand them the food, but they interact with them and ask them questions,” Brinkerhoff said. “Like some of them will make them sing a song or do something before they’ll give them their treat.” For more information on Orangefest, call Trinity UMC at (334) 745-2632.
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Brinkerhoff said she thinks ACSC members value their trunk-or-treat experience. “In addition to getting a free meal … and the camaraderie of dressing up and having fun doing that, I do think that they get to know some of our
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these costumes is that there’s no reference to pop culture,” Kennedy said. “I think that those are the better costumes. Whenever I see a costume that’s something that happened very recently, I know what it is like immediately.” Kennedy said the more timely costumes also add humor to Halloween. Kennedy and Ivanovsky both said it was easier for men to make their own costumes than women. “All they have to do is put on pants and a shirt and be like, ‘I’m Vince from ‘Entourage,’’” Ivanovsky said. “Guys can just wear whatever they want.” For men, finding a costume is as simple as digging though your closet, Kennedy said. “Last year I wore this jacket and a fedora, and I was Indiana Jones,” Kennedy said. Jessica Issiac, senior in elementary education, said she has always worn homemade costumes.
“My mom always made my costumes as a kid, and I started making my own once I got old enough,” Issiac said. “I like to be creative and original with my outfits instead of buying cookie-cutter outfits from the stores. Plus it gives me a good excuse to go to Hobby Lobby.” Issiac said making your own costume is cheaper than buying from specialty stores, and it isn’t difficult to do. “Party City costumes cost, what, $35–45 per outfit plus accessories? I paid about $20 for all the supplies this year,” Issiac said. “You just have to find the right inspiration. The hardest thing I did was fight my sewing machine.” Issiac said she bought supplies for her costume at Hobby Lobby, the thrift store and donations from friends. She is making a Las Vegas showgirl outfit and has been working on it since September. Paul Stockman, recent
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graduate in broadcast journalism, said the one reason to buy a costume rather than make one is the novelty of the costume. “If you see something and you’re just like, ‘I’m not going to make that,’ like an Angry Birds costume or a gorilla suit,” Stockman said. “You’re not going to make that at home. It also depends on the price.” Ivanovsky, Kennedy and Stockman all said that it is worth the time and effort to dress up and enjoy Halloween, regardless of one’s age. “You can do costume parties up until you’re 80, as long as you’re hanging out with other 80-year-olds,” Stockman said. “You’re never too old to dress up.”
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Pumpkins good for more than pies Becky Hardy ASSISTANT INTRIGUE EDITOR
So many ideas, so few pumpkins. Creativty stretches further than just carving pumpkins for the fall holidays. Decorating pumpkins with paint and other props take them to the next level. The popular activity of carving pumpkins, however, is not forgotten this October on Auburn’s campus. The College of Architecture, Design and Construction is holding its annual pumpkin carve Friday in the Dudley Court-
yard, where anyone can carve pumpkins and show off their creativity. Eli Groman, CADC Ambassador, suggested using reliable tools when carving pumpkins. “Those little cheesy ones always break. Not fun,” Groman said. Groman has seen his share of talented pumpkin carvings. “You name it—I’ve seen it,” Groman said. “There was a pretty nice Obama caricature pumpkin last year.” Groman said traditional pumpkins, like the jack-o-
If you paint faces on them, they will last almost forever.” —Marie Foshee SALES AND TRIP COORDINATOR, FARMER IN THE DELL PUMPKIN PATCH
lantern, are easier to carve. “Purely geometric: two eyes, a triangle nose and a toothy smile,” Groman said. “It’s just so iconic, easy to visualize and execute for all ages.”
Marie Foshee, sales and trip coordinator at Farmer in the Dell Pumpkin Patch, said there are many holiday ideas involving pumpkins. Because pumpkins begin to rot shortly after carving, painting pumpkins is a cleaner and longer-lasting alternative. “They don’t last a long time, especially if it’s warm outside,” Foshee said. “Maybe two weeks if you carve them. If you paint faces on them, they will last almost forever.” Pumpkins can also be used for holidays other than Halloween and
Thanksgiving. “My friend paints them white and paints a snowman face on them,” Foshee said. “She then stacks them to make the pumpkins look like a snowman.” Other than decorations, pumpkins can also be used in many traditional fall foods. “We frequently make traditional pumpkin pies and pumpkin bread,” Bell said. “I have also had a pumpkin-based soup and a frozen pumpkin ice cream pie. Many pumpkin recipes can be found online.” Leonard Bell, professor of
food science, said not all of the pumpkin is edible. “The edible parts of the pumpkin would be the inner flesh and the seeds, both after cooking,” Bell said. “The outer shell and the goopy strings are disposed of.” Since cooking with pumpkin can be tricky, Bell said buying canned pumpkin saves time when preparing dishes. “The most difficult thing about cooking with pumpkin is getting the inner flesh from fresh pumpkins,” Bell said. “It is difficult and time consuming.”
Natural autumn sights, colors inspire indoor decorating Natalie Yarid ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
Budget or no budget, decorating with the colors and sights of the season can be done. “The most important thing to remember when decorating for fall is to use live foliage and plants, not artificial ones,” said Katherine Bailey, interior designer and owner of Moxii, a decorating shop on College Street. Decorating with gourds is a wise investment because they can also be used in delicious recipes. “Ten to 12 gourds combined with fall foliage can become an elegant, but nat-
Sticks, acorns, branches of turning leaves, even goldenrod can be beautiful in a vase.” —Katherine Bailey OWNER OF MOXII
ural centerpiece or mantle decoration,” Bailey said. Vases and bowls add to these arrangements and can be inexpensive. “It’s OK to repurpose a few things within your
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home for fall decor,” Bailey said. “Vintage vases or milk bottles of all shapes and sizes filled with decor from your yard. Sticks, acorns, branches of turning leaves, even goldenrod can be beautiful in a vase.” Seasonal plants and flowers can be used to make easy, inxpensive arrangements. “Right now the prettiest things out there are the mums,” said Caleb Mediros, designer at The Flower Store. “They are a very inexpensive flower. Daisies are also a pretty flower right now.” Mediros said indoor flower arrangements usu-
Kerry’s recipe of the week
Ingredients: 16 ounces Pumpkin Pie Mix 16 ounces Ricotta cheese 1 graham cracker crust 8 ounces whipped topping
Directions: In a food processor or blender, combine the pumpkin pie mix and ricotta cheese. Blend until combined. Pour into the prepared pie crust. Chill in the fridge for 4 hours. Top with the whipped topping and chill for an additional 2 hours.
ally last about a week and a half, while outdoor mums can last for about a month, depending on the mum. Reds, oranges and yellows are the classic fall colors, but this year try using a few unique accent colors instead. “Burnt orange, metallic and teal are the popular colors this fall,” Bailey said. “A great way to pull these colors into your home are through throw pillows on your chairs and sofa.” Don’t skip over small ideas that add a lot to the home. Pull out soaps, coffee flavors, linens and more everyday things that represent the season.
RAYE MAY / ASSOCIATE INTRIGUE EDITOR
Plants like goldenrod can be used in arrangements.
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Thursday, October 27, 2011