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THURSDAY, November 19, 2009
Tigers conquer Iron Bowl of Pool
Vol. 116, Issue 13 32 Pages
Tubbi and Martin This comedy duo won Last Comic Standing, has been performing for years. By JORDAN DAILEY Assistant Campus Editor
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The Auburn swimming and diving team won the Iron Bowl of Pool this past Thursday. Turn to D3 for complete coverage and more photos from the event.
Fraternity enforces drug tests By ELLISON LANGFORD News Editor
Sigma Alpha Epsilon is the first fraternity on Auburn’s campus, and the first SAE chapter in the nation, to require its members to undergo drug testing. However, the fraternity is currently only testing officers, pledges and brothers who live in the house. But officials say it is working up to eventually testing all 120 members. “It’s common knowl-
edge for anybody’s who’s around college campuses that Auburn University has a drug and alcohol problem,” said chapter adviser Greg Smith. “And this is just one of the ways for us to say, ‘Hey, we’re gonna be part of the solution, not part of the problem.’” The change began when Smith proposed the idea of drug testing the members to House Corporation. House Corp. is a group of fraternity alumni who own > Turn to DRUG, A2
The comedy duo Tubbi and Martin had students laughing as they took home first place at Thursday’s Last Comic Standing. A crowd gathered in the Student Center Ballroom to hear competitors battle it out for the winning title. Joshua “Tubbi” Mays and Martin Morrow have known each other since attending Hewitt-Trussville High School together. The pair graduated one year apart and then both headed to Auburn. “All the material I wrote somehow involved multiple people,” Morrow said. Unsure of how to deal with the dilemma, Martin said he thought of using a sock puppet to fill the space in his material. “I asked Tubbi to do it with me because I felt he was the funniest of our group of friends,” Morrow said. “The rest is history.” This is the first year the two have participated in Last Comic Standing as a duo. “Martin has performed at least twice in this contest, and it was my first year to ever be a part of it,” Mays said. “I’m out of school, and it’s Martin’s last semester so he wanted to take one more shot at it and see what we could do.” Morrow said the group was influenced by a variety of styles. “Other comedians have tried to
describe our style as a mix of sketch d stand-up,” Morrow said. and The The pair agreed their individual comedic styles make them nier together. funnier “It’s different, even looking at it ourselves we know it’s different, but to us that’s ood thing,” Mays said. “It’s a good d to be different nowahard ys.” days. Morrow said a big partt of the group’s stylee “comes m Tubbi’s from kward and awkward
soft-spoken demeanor intertwined with my high energy.” They both have separate solo stand-up sets, and Morrow said those situations allow people to more accurately observe their > Turn to COMEDY, A2
UAB, UAH change insurance policy By ELLISON LANGFORD News Editor
The University of Alabama at Huntsville and the University of Alabama at Birmingham have changed their employee insurance policies, because some officials say the new policy will enable them to attract higher quality faculty to their staff. The new insurance policy extends coverage to an adult dependent that shares a primary residence with the covered UAH employee, has lived with the employee for at least 12
consecutive months and is not married, a relative or under 19. “We want to compete for the best minds in the country,” said Ray Garner, director of public affairs at UAH. “What we wanted to do is be able to lower barriers to bring them to our area.” The modified policy provides coverage to common law marriages and couples who are living together, but are not married. Since gender is not specified in the policy, this extends coverage to homosexual couples. UAH conducts its insurance en-
rollment period during November. The university employees can modify the way their insurance provided through the university. However, as of Tuesday night, Garner said no one had applied under the new policy. The policy of Auburn University is modeled after the Public Education Employees’ Health Insurance Plan that the state follows that requires a couple to be married for the employee’s partner to be covered. > Turn to POLICY, A2
After loss, Auburn ready to face Alabama By NICK VAN DER LINDEN Associate Sports Editor
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Sophomore defensive lineman Nick Fairley sacks Georgia senior quarterback Joe Cox.
After coming up short between the hedges, the Auburn Tigers Football team (7-4) prepares for its biggest rivalry game: the Iron Bowl. The Tigers came out firing on all cylinders holding the Bulldogs to negative four yards in three plays on its first possession. The Tiger offense scored touchdowns on its first two possessions to make it 14-0 with 3:15 left in the first quarter. “I’m very proud of our team,” said head coach Gene Chizik.
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“We just kept coming at them and coming back after jumping off to a quick start. This one is a tough one to handle tonight.” The Bulldogs scored 17 unanswered points to take the lead for the remainder of the game. Auburn tied the game at 17 after a 37-yard kick from junior kicker Wes Byrum with 2:08 left in the third quarter. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Georgia senior quarterback Joe Cox threw a 47-yard pass to junior split end Tavarres King to set up a 11yard touchdown run by sopho-
more tailback Caleb King. On the pursuing kickoff, junior defensive back Demond Washington took it 99 yards for the sixth longest kickoff
return in Auburn history to tie the game at 24. The Bulldogs scored the > Turn to FOOTBALL, A2
20th Anniversary of Iron Bowl Location: Jordan-Hare Stadium Time: 1:30 p.m. CDT Televised: CBS
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