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Thursday, November 4, 2010
Vol. 117, Issue 11, 24 Pages
Gubernatorial Election Robert Bentley (R)
58% Ron Sparks (D)
Milaika Pickard, Keshonda Carrier, Alli Smalley and Sierra Sims volunteer at the Summer J.A.M. at the AUMC.
Auburn athletes give back Nicole Loggins Writer
Cory Luckie is busy with baseball practices, the biomedical sciences curriculum and sorting through potential medical schools. Despite a hectic schedule, he makes time to give back to the Auburn community. Junior pitcher Luckie said players visit Little League practices not to instruct, but to show support for young, ambitious baseball players.
“The kids just love older baseball players who play for a college team,” Luckie said. “They just love being around older guys, and we love it, too, because we feel like we’ve actually done something. It’s not about instruction: It’s about making an impact on a child’s life.” Luckie, who was voted SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, said giving back to the community is part of being a member of the Auburn family. “It is so important, but it’s a
the British Library for more than 150 years. Writer With the help of Gary Mullen, The 50th-anniversary celebra- Auburn professor emeritus, color tion of Ralph Brown Draughon transfers were made from Gosse’s Library Nov. 5 will include a spe- notebook for Auburn Libraries to cial presentation of the 3 mil- use in the mid-‘90s. lionth book added to its vast colA decade later, JCSM staff used lection. the transfers to make digital The newest addition to the li- photos. The museum used the brary, “Science and Art in Letters photos for small exhibitions to from Alabama and Entomologia go along with its Audubon collecA l a b a m e n si s” tion. by entomolo“The tradigist Philip Henry tion is to make After 200 Gosse, has been a significant acyears, it’s a work in progquisition of rare ress since the time for his book to books,” said Bonmid-1990s. nie MacEwan, “The book get published.” dean of Auburn is a way to cellibraries. “After Bonnie MacEwan, ebrate art and 200 years, it’s Dean of Auburn libraries science… maktime for his book ing available to get published.” something that’s really rare and The University’s millionth book is about Alabama,” said Marilyn was a Bible from the 1500s given Laufer, director of the Jule Collins by president Harry Melvin PhilSmith Museum of Fine Art. pott, who served from 1965-1980. According to Encyclopedia “This addition is so important of Alabama, Gosse arrived in because (MacEwan) wanted to be Alabama on a steamboat that able to produce, instead of buy, landed at Mobile in 1838. He then the 3 millionth book,” Laufer said. spent eight months on a cotton Mullen worked with the Gosse plantation in Dallas County near family and gained permission to present-day Pleasant Hill. reprint the images in the origiWhile in Alabama, he kept a nal notebook from the British notebook of watercolor paintings Library. and sketches of the different bugs Laufer said the British Library he found. was cooperative and helpful in Until now, the images from » Turn to BOOK, A2 Gosse’s notebook have been in
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The story of Auburn’s 3 millionth book Sarah Hansen
cliché,” Luckie said. “Everyone says that Auburn is all about family, but I think the reason that is, is because student-athletes are so able to be able to go into the community.” Volunteering within the community not only boosts fan morale and community support, but also gives athletes a sense of accomplishment. “It’s a very good feeling knowing that you made an impact on
Four Loko popular despite sobering health concerns Courtney Smith Writer
The party may be over for Four Loko at Central Washington University, but in Auburn it’s still going strong ( for now). Last month, nine students from Central Washington University were hospitalized and several others were reported sick after drinking large amounts of the alcoholic beverage Four Loko at a party, prompting the school to temporarily ban the brew from campus. The Auburn Medical Clinic has not yet heard of any students becoming sick from drinking Four Loko, said Dr. Shannon Cason. Then again, he said, few people are willing to admit they come into the clinic because
they were drinking. “We are concerned about it, though,” Cason said. “It’s quite a potent drink, but as far as we know, there have been no specific cases reported.” For Caleb Reeves, senior in building science and bartender at Ariccia’s in the Hotel and Conference Center, one time was all it took for him to swear the drink off. “It sneaks up on you,” Reeves said. “You don’t feel like you’re that drunk, then all of a sudden it’s like being hit by a ton of bricks.” Reeves said he drank six Four Lokos once as part of a challenge. He didn’t get » Turn to LOKO, A2
Coat drive honors student Katherine Haas Writer
“She was always unfailingly true to herself, and she touched the lives of everyone who came in contact with her,” Norris said. “She made a difference in the world before she ever had a degree.” The coat drive ended Tuesday when the Social Work Club and Maegan’s mother, Gloria, presented the coats to the Lee County Department of Human Resources. Meagan Dickey, Social Work Club president, said most of the coats will go to foster children who move frequently and are unable to take all their belongings. “They kind of go from house to house, and it’s not really permanent,” Dickey said. “A
In memory of a “charmingly rebellious” Auburn student, children in Lee County will keep warm this winter. In October the Social Work Club ran a coat drive dedicated to summer 2010 graduate Maegan Moore, 22, who died in a car accident Aug. 18 in Birmingham. Rebecca Norris, senior in human development and family studies, knew Maegan since high school. She said charmingly rebellious is a term Maegan’s older brother coined to describe his sister, who graduated MAEGAN with a degree in social work.
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Crime Reports for Oct. 29 – Nov. 4, 2010
DUI Arrests in the City of Auburn Oct. 29– Nov. 4, 2010 Richard D. Randolph, 30, of Tuskegee Ala. Highway 14 Oct. 29, 7:32 p.m. Reshma Y. Patel, 19, of Winterhaven, Fla. Center Place at Martin Avenue Oct. 31, 4:14 a.m. Samuel F. Cox, 30, of Opelika Highway 29 South Oct. 31, 5:08 a.m. Ashley R. Talley, 27, of Opelika South College Street Oct. 31, 10:05 a.m. Ronald W. Caldwell, Jr., 47 Old Camp Road at South Donahue Drive Nov. 2, 12:51 a.m.
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the process of producing the book. Funding for the book came from the will of Caroline Marshall Draughon, MacEwan said. “We see (the book) as not just science, but art,” Laufer said. “We decided to put both Mullen and Littleton as authors— Mullen as the scientist and Littleton as the humanitarian.” It was Auburn’s original hope that the Gosse family would give the notebook to the library, but they decided to keep it in England. “Gosse didn’t like living in Alabama,” Laufer said. “In his eyes, slavery was an abomination. Living on plantation property didn’t suit him well. While in Alabama, he taught as a grade school
teacher, which didn’t suit him well either.” Although he didn’t like Alabama, his works are now available for purchase within state lines. The book can be purchased at the JCSM gift shop, the JCSM online store and the AU bookstore. Attendees of the 50th anniversary celebration can receive an autographed copy from Mullen and Littleton. A website of Gosse’s work in affiliation with the book release will go live Nov. 5 as part of the celebration and tribute to Gosse. “It was a conscious goal to make the book available and accessible to the masses,” MacEwan said. “To view the book, several copies will be made available in RBD Library in the stacks, and also a copy will be placed in Special Collections.”
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Oct. 27 — East University Drive Theft of property reported. One werewolf mask. Oct. 29 — Biggio Drive Theft of property reported. One pair of Costa Del Mar sunglasses, one pair of Flight headphones. Oct. 30 — Richland Road Theft of property reported. One 50-inch Insignia plasma TV, one Apple iPod Touch, one Sony PlayStation 3, miscellaneous clothing, one set of Ford F-150 keys, one surge protector.
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sick, but Reeves said he never wants to try them again. According to Foodsafetynews.com, the problem with the drink is its high levels of caffeine and alcohol. One can has a 12 percent alcohol content, about the same as six cans of beer, and as much caffeine as two cups of coffee. The stimulant and depressant don’t cancel each other out. The caffeine provides a boost of energy and postpones the feeling of inebriation, allowing people to continue drinking more
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lot of times they take their clothes in a trash bag because they don’t have time to grab anything, and they leave stuff behind.” Carolyn Hunter, resources officer for DHR, said coats were taken to The Big House Foundation in Opelika for distribution. “School teachers call and tell us about children who come in with no coat when the weather changes,” Hunter said. “The coats will definitely be used, and we appreciate the drive they are sponsoring in the name of Maegan Moore.” DHR director Jan Burke was among those who accepted the coats. “The fact that we can have a family join together in celebration of this young lady is an amazing thing,” Burke said. “What
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someone’s life, whether it be for five minutes or whether it be for an hour,” Luckie said. Senior basketball player Alli Smalley enjoys giving back to the community by going to Storybook Farm and volunteering with children. “It’s just a really cool place and a cool experience for us—just getting to play with all the kids that are there—and it’s a cool environment with it being outdoors with the
Oct. 30 — Graves Drive Theft of property reported. One wallet with attached keys, one Visa debit card, one Auburn student ID, one health insurance card, $11. Oct. 31 — Opelika Road Unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle and theft reported. One Talladega NASCAR press credentials. Oct. 31 — Hudson Terrace Burglary and theft of property reported. One 32-inch Insignia TV, one Gateway computer, two
Seiko watches, one Rampage bow. Oct. 31 — Joye Pass Theft of property reported. Three pumpkins. Nov. 1 — Harmon Drive Theft of property reported. One 13-inch MacBook Pro. — Reports provided by Auburn Department of Public Safety
than they normally would. “I had way too much energy for how much alcohol I consumed that night,” Reeves said. “My heart was racing, and I was breaking out into a sweat just sitting still.” Bonita Marin, employee at The Goal Post, said the single cans of Four Loko are one of the store’s top sellers. “At first, you could only buy it in Georgia, and everyone was looking for it,” Marin said. “When it came here, it really hit big.” Clara Kirby, cashier at the TK Store 17 on South College Street, said college students aren’t the only
ones hooked on the drinks. People of all ages ask for them all the time, Kirby said, and the store often sells out of them. Four Loko has four main ingredients: taurine, guarana, caffeine and alcohol. Taurine is an amino acid found in the human body, located in skeletal and cardiac muscle tissue. Guarana is a naturally caffeinated South American berry and is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Marin and Kirby said they are aware of the drink’s reputation and ban in other states but have not heard any backlash
from local students. “I don’t really have an opinion either way if we should sell it or not,” Kirby said. “It’s not necessarily supposed to be good for you, but I think in moderation it’s OK.” Reeves said if anything, there should be a ban on the amount of alcohol mixed with caffeine. It would be more appropriate, he said, to set an alcohol content limit than to ban Four Loko entirely. “I wouldn’t be against a ban,” Reeves said, “but I think limiting the amount of alcohol that can be sold in a can would probably be better.”
she stood for and what she stands for will go on in the form of this contribution in the lives of these children.” Friends of Maegan hauled in bags containing 160 coats as Gloria shared photos of her daughter with DHR workers. “It’s a wonderful benefit and timely for the fall,” Hunter said. Maegan’s younger brother, Nick Moore, said the purpose behind the drive reflects his sister’s giving nature. “I’d have to say she had the most one-of-a-kind personality and was the happiest person, willing to help anyone,” Nick said. Emily Myers taught Maegan and said she left a lasting impact on the social work program. “Maegan was a sensitive and caring student with a gift for understanding the needs of others,” Myers
said. “Each of the faculty who had her in class felt as though she was going to be an excellent social worker due to her ability to establish rapport with clients and due to her caring nature.” Last spring, Maegan interned at Three Springs Residential Center in Tuskegee, where she worked with juveniles charged with criminal offenses. “In a very short time, she became a welcome addition to the treatment team,” said social work professor Angela Burque. “Regardless of the juvenile offenses, Maegan always demonstrated a respect for their worth and dignity and hopefulness in their ability to grow.” Dickey said she believed Maegan’s confidence was an asset to her future. “She wasn’t afraid to stand up for things that
she believed in,” Dickey said. “I feel like she would have done really well in her career as a social worker because of that.” Along with family and friends, Norris wears a purple bracelet in remembrance of Maegan, who she said was notorious for dressing in the color purple. “I will never be able to wear purple again without thinking about Maegan and the impact she made on me,” Norris said. Norris attended Vestavia Hills High School with Maegan in Vestavia Hills, where her family lives today. “The coat drive is perfect to have in Maegan’s memory because it benefits those in need, just like Maegan did for everyone around her,” Parker said. “The world will not be the same without Maegan Moore.”
fields and animals,” Smalley said. Local volunteering benefits both athletes and the communities in which they live. “It’s good for the fans to see us out in the community giving back to them because the support they give to us is huge,” Smalley said. “And we always want to give back to them and show our appreciation.” Smalley said the Auburn family mentality is essential to her as well. “It has a lot to do with the Auburn family,” Smalley said. “It should be a
pride thing with everybody, that you should want to give back to the community because everyone loves Auburn and loves Auburn athletics and the community as a whole, and so we should support the Auburn family in that way.” Senior running back Mario Fannin said he enjoys volunteering at elementary schools and The Boys and Girls Club. “I love kids, playing with them, interacting with them and just learning more about them and being a role model,” Fannin
said. Being a role model is something that Fannin takes seriously, and he said he is constantly wary of how his actions may be perceived by a younger audience. “You’re a major influence, especially in Auburn, being a football player or an athlete, period,” Fannin said. “You have a lot of little kids that look up to you and see you on TV, and you just want to be able to be perceived as a great role model. “You don’t want to set the wrong kind of image for a kid to look up to.”
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Children play in the sugarcane and sorghum field on the grounds of the Lee County Historical Society. Sugarcane produces more juice, but sorghum is easier to grow in the South; therefore sorghum syrup is a Southern specialty. Sorghum is native to Africa and was brought to North America during the Colonial period. Since then, farmers have harvested it every fall.
A Soppin’ Good Time STORY AND PHOTOS BY JILLIAN CLAIR
Lee County Historical Fair, Syrup Sopping Day provide syrup, history, entertainment for 39 years
John Stenson, 45, of Auburn, feeds sugarcane through a mill to extract juice. The mill is driven by a pole pulled by a horse, which children take turns riding. The juice is then heated and used to make syrup.
(Left) Jeff Monroe, 49, of Five Points, has been making sorghum syrup for seven years. The process of making sugarcane syrup and sorghum syrup is almost identical, but the two come from different plants. An important step in the process is straining the starch out of the liquid as the water evaporates. (Right) Kevin Tillman, 49, of Cullman, carries his grandson James Scott Lackey on his shoulders during Syrup Sopping Day Oct. 30. Both Syrup Sopping Day and the Historical Fair are geared toward families, featuring activities such as bungee jumping, rock climbing, chicken exhibits and pony rides.
Although Syrup Sopping Day and the Lee County Historical Fair are two separate events, they work together every October to bring thousands of people to the tiny town of Loachapoka, which has a population of less than 200. This year, the festivities were held Oct. 30. Separated by Alabama Highway 14, the two events possess different attractions—Syrup Sopping Day with its endless vendors selling everything from candles to Christian Tshirts, and the Historical Fair with its Colonial demonstrations, old-fashioned music and authentic Lee County artifacts. The Historical Fair began first and has been an annual Loachapoka event in October for 39 years, said Deborah McCord, president of the Lee County Historical Society. “The purpose of the Historical Fair is to invite people in to see the old-time crafts and to let them experience what pioneer life was like in Alabama back in the mid-1800s,” McCord said. “The syrup is not the main thing. The syrup was brought in just because it was something that farm-
ers did in the fall, so we thought, ‘Well that would be a good way to bring people in.’” Some people prefer the Historical Fair to Syrup Sopping Day. “I think it feeds the senses,” said 28-year attendee Marty Hoerr of Auburn. “There’s history here. People are selling their wares they made—it just embraces so much of human life in this festival. I think it’s fed a lot of people’s passions.” Others, like Brittany Quinn, 23, of Beauregard, choose to attend only the Syrup Sopping Festival every year. Quinn said she has been coming to the Syrup Sopping Festival her entire life. She now brings her 2-year-old daughter, Mackayla LeGear. Quinn said her favorite part of the day is the selection of Dixie Outfitters’ shirts, University of Alabama merchandise and funnel cakes. Of course, she also loves the Hardee’s biscuits served with syrup. “The syrup and the biscuits is awesome,” Quinn said. “We always get a whole bunch of jars of the syrup and bring it back.”
Syrup Sopping Day at Loachapoka features hundreds of vendor booths, live music, southern food, unusual entertainment and, of course, Hardee’s biscuits drenched in locally made syrup.
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Oct. 28, 2010
THURSDAY Open Mic Night @ Student Center Starbucks, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Argentina Film Festival: “The Custodian” @ Student Center Room 2216, 8 p.m. 7
Historic Downtown Christmas Open House @ downtown Opelika, 1 p.m.
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$2.40 Oct. 14, 2010
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Nov. 4, 2010
Free outdoor Zumba @ East Alabama Medical Center parking deck, 5 p.m.
Armed Services “Beat UGA” blood drive @ Student Center rooms 2222 and 2223, Men’s basket- 9 a.m. to ball vs. Co4 p.m. lumbus State @ Arena, 7 p.m.
Women’s Health and Wellness Chocolate Festival @ Student Center quadrant 2200, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Veteran’s Day Veteran’s Day service in Auburn @ Veteran’s Memorial on Glenn Avenue, 10 a.m.
Meet designer Jill Schwartz at The Villager downtown, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Gaming tournament @ Student Center game room, 7 p.m.
Board of Trustees meeting, Auburn University Hotel, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Ag Roundup @ Alabama Farmers Pavilion on Donahue, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Football vs. TennesseeChattanooga (HC), 12 p.m.
Football vs. Georgia, 2:30 p.m.
Men’s basketball vs. UNC Asheville @ Arena, 8 p.m.
Veterinarians, kennels give mixed advice about dog flu Kelly Parrish Writer
Before boarding dogs at area kennels, pet owners must have their animals inoculated with the H3N8, or canine influenza vaccine. Christen Bromberg of For Paws Boutique in Auburn said her facility will be requiring the vaccine for all boarded dogs as of Nov. 15 because several veterinarians in the area recommend doing so. Dogs in 30 states, including Alabama, have been diagnosed with canine influenza, or dog flu. Dogs have no natural immunity to the virus, and it spreads quickly through contact with contaminated objects. However, while the virus can spread between infected and uninfected dogs, humans are not directly at risk. “There has never been any recorded case in humans—canine influenza is different than human or seasonal influenza,” said Carol Rubin of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga. Symptoms of canine influenza are vague, usually including a mild cough and runny nose lasting 10 to 30 days. In some serious cases, secondary bacterial infections such as pneumonia can develop, potentially leading to death. However, dog flu is easily treated with antibiotics. The mortality rate is less than 1 percent of all infected cases.
Diagnosing the cause of the symptoms requires special blood-sample testing because it is difficult to distinguish from kennel cough and other respiratory diseases, according to Ted Albert, veterinarian at South College Veterinary Clinic. “The cases I have had have responded well to tetracycline,” Albert said. “That’s more characteristic of a bacterial infection than a virus.” Boarding kennels, racetracks, dog shows and shelters are the types of highdensity situations where dogs could come into contact with the flu. The vaccine must be given in two doses, two to four weeks apart. “There is a vaccine available, and it seems to be effective and without side effects,” Rubin said. “And if the dog is in a situation to get exposed to it, it might be a good idea to get vaccinated.” Albert also offers the canine influenza vaccine. “We carry it because we’ve had a number of people ask for it,” Albert said. “I know some of the local kennels require it before you can board your dog, like For Paws.” Albert said there are some dogs that are at higher risk and probably should be vaccinated, such as the snub-nosed breeds, like pugs and bulldogs, and dogs that have pre-existing lung diseases or congestive heart failure. “My concern is adding another vaccine to an ever-growing list of vaccines at a time when people are already vaccine-shy
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Ted Albert of South College Veterinary Clinic and Stephanie Elliot, junior in animal science and clinic employee, vaccinate Labrador retriever Max for kennel cough.
and hurting financially,” Albert said. “What I do not want to see is someone skipping their dog’s heartworm preventative or passing on getting a microchip because they are afraid their dog is going to die from influenza.” If money is the deciding factor, go for
the heartworm or flea preventative, Albert said. “It’s not one I really recommend to most people, but then I don’t go down and get a flu shot every year myself,” Albert said. “I do recommend the kennel cough vaccine though.”
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Alligators trudged their way into the Forest Ecology Preserve on North College Street for the fourth annual Creepy Wonderful Critters celebration. The event, which happens every year before Halloween, drew more than 200 children and adults who came to see and touch the snakes, reptiles and insects brought in by volunteers and local pet stores. “We love to do stuff like this to educate people,” said Daisy Griffin, volunteer and naturalist at the preserve. “They come out to see nature, hike and have a good time, and it’s really important for kids to experience this for developmental reasons.” Previous creepy critter events featured bats, spiders and snakes, with alligators joining the list this year. According to Ecology Preserve administrator
Jennifer Lolley, they are looking to get wolves for 2011. “Each year we try to bring an animal in that people are maybe a little afraid about,” Lolley said. “Once you learn about them, you see they are wonderful creatures, and they all have a place in the web of life.” Seven American alligators made the trip from their home at Alligator Alley in Summerdale, including three hatchlings from September, three 3-yearolds and one 6-year-old that was too big to be handled and stayed in its contained area. Auburn graduate and Alligator Alley employee Evan Wheeler brought the alligators from the farm in Summerdale, where they house 300 alligators in their 50-acre facility, which contains more than 20 acres of natural cypress swampland. Wheeler discussed his job with the children, how they feed the alligators
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Evan Wheeler from Alligator Alley shows a live alligator to a crowd of children at the Ecology Preserve Oct. 30.
and how he has almost been bitten a few times. “A lady once told me, ‘Young man, didn’t you go to college so you don’t have to do dangerous stuff like this?’ and I said, ‘Ma’am, this is a lot safer than the stuff I did in college,’” Wheeler said. Among all the alligators at Alligator Alley, Wheeler
mentioned one named Captain Crunch, which holds the world record for bite strength at 2,982 pounds. As the kids held the alligators, many of the families explored the 120acre preserve that is open every day of the year and has more than five miles of trails.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Four Loko fad in full swing at Auburn Not sure if you’ve been paying attention, but the “in” drink these days is Four Lokos, a 23.5 ounce energy drink containing 12 percent alcohol. Drinking just one Four Loko is said to be equivalent to consuming a six-pack of beer and two cups of coffee. Just one. And that one can only costs about $2. Four Loko, named for its four main ingredients—taurine, guarana, caffeine and alcohol—comes in nine different flavors, everything from fruit punch to strawberry kiwi, but it’s not a drink you sip for taste. Students drink Four Lokos for one reason—it gets you drunk, posthaste. “It sneaks up on you,” said Caleb Reeves, senior in building science ( from “Four Loko popular despite sobering health concerns,” A1). “You don’t feel like you’re that drunk, then all of a sudden, it’s like being hit by a ton of bricks.”
As Four Loko is a large, brightly-colored can that looks similar to a regular energy drink, one meant to be consumed quickly for energy boosting, the tendency is to down one Four Loko and reach for another. Bad idea. The caffeine masks the effect of the alcohol, giving the impression of relative normalcy. That is, until the caffeine wears off. At that point, you’re loco. Like Reeves said, a ton of bricks. Probable outcomes for the rest of your evening: public nakedness, calling your girlfriend various synonyms of strumpet, multiple trips to either Checker’s, Taco Bell or Waffle House. Four Loko has another name, “blackout in a can.” In all likelihood, Four Loko is a fad. A mixture of word-ofmouth buzz and vague rumors over legality in Alabama
“I had way too much energy for how much alcohol I consumed that night. My heart was racing, and I was breaking out into a sweat just sitting still.” Caleb Reeves, senior, building science from “Four Loko popular despite sobering health concerns,” A1
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Are you participating in the Beat Bama Food Drive? Yes
has piqued the curiosity of many students. It is no doubt a drink aimed and marketed for college students. The colorful can resembling a normal energy drink, the massive amounts of alcohol and the added caffeine to decrease the effects of alcohol while increasing energy levels for prolonged partying are all alluring to the college-aged
seeker of debauchery. Four Loko isn’t a “bad” drink. No more than any liquor or beer is “bad.” Students, and people in general, should simply know what they’re drinking. Realize what you are consuming and the effect it will have on your body, both during and after. Consume your Four Lokos in moderation or suffer the
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Friday’s SGA amendment vote important for all students Tomorrow, students will be able to vote on an amendment that would give students and student organizations the ability to file complaints against an SGA member or decision. If the amendment passes, the SGA, which has the ability to allocate large chunks of your money, will be held more accountable for its decisions and its decision making process. This accountability would be monitored by a Jurisprudence Court comprised of six student justices and a faculty adviser who would oversee the proceedings.
As of now, there is no official outlet for students or student organizations to bring complaints directly to the SGA. That’s why this amendment is important. Approving this amendment would make for a more transparent government, one which will actually have to answer directly to students and student organizations for its actions. A more transparent SGA being held accountable for its actions sounds like a great idea. The SGA can seem like a shadowy group
of over-achievers doing who knows what for who knows who. Like politics on a larger stage, sweeping changes are often promised from the campaign pulpit only to be conveniently forgotten once candidates take office and realize what those pontificated promises actually require. Making any governmental process, even the processes of a college government, more transparent and more ready and capable to deal with the public and its problems is good. The SGA should be applauded for being open
and honest about the amendment—an amendment which would seemingly limit its power and leave the group open to criticism. “We’re trying to do our best to let students know what these amendments are so they don’t skip them this time,” said Ashley Nichols, SGA vice president and senior in political science ( from “SGA tries again to pass amendments,” B1). “We really want this campaign to stand out this time.” In fact, the SGA has been on the Concourse most of the week letting students
know about the upcoming vote and its importance to students. So bravo there, SGA. The amendment was on the ballot during the last SGA elections last spring, but failed to pass. This semester, the amendment will be voted on in conjunction with the Miss Homecoming elections. To pass, a two-thirds majority with at least 25 percent of the student body voting must approve the amendment. “Overwhelmingly, people were in favor of passing,” Nichols said. “It was
simply that there needed to be a few more people voting on the amendments.” The second amendment up for vote would remove the clause in the SGA constitution that says the SGA senate must meet in the summer, something which hasn’t happened in years, according to Nichols. So sometime tomorrow between class and naptime, log onto AU Access, click on the Tiger-I tab and cast a vote for SGA accountability. The SGA is spending your money. Be heard.
Women’s Hope offers free student STD, AIDS test
Time to come together to create ‘more perfect Union’
Editor, The Auburn Plainsman,
Editor, The Auburn Plainsman,
I want to respond to the Sexual Health Report Card that was published in the October 21 edition of The Plainsman. To say the least, it was distressing for us at Women’s Hope to see that Sperling’s BestPlaces actually published the statement that HIV testing wasn’t available to AU students or couldn’t be found. The same remark was made for STD testing as well—that it was not available and couldn’t be found for Auburn students. Both statements are false.
Women’s Hope Medical Clinic at 820 Stage Road here in Auburn, a very short drive from campus, provides both HIV testing and STD testing for both men and women at no cost to the student. And it’s totally confidential. In addition to HIV/ AIDS, we also test for chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis, trichomoniasis and HPV/genital warts. This testing is done at no charge to the student and, again, it’s confidential. Women’s Hope is on campus at AU every month eager to give out our testing information. We’re on the Haley
Center Concourse. If AU students see us there, please stop by and get all the info you need to be sexually healthy. We love AU students, and we’re here to serve.
Larry Webb executive director, Women’s Hope Medical Clinic
This past election cycle has revealed bitter divides between the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. Unfortunately, our long national discussion culminates in an election, and the work ends there. But today, as before the election, a man in Auburn seeks a job he cannot find. A woman in Opelika is secretly illiterate. And a child in Beauregard will go to school hungry. We in the Democratic Party, and we as Americans, have a social obligation to those individuals, and our fight for them
must not end on election night. We must continue to work every day to ensure those Americans less fortunate can share in that “more perfect Union” we have so long sought after. We call on Republicans, as we call on Democrats and Independents, to finally put aside our partisan differences so that, together, we might end the love of greed over giving, war over peace, hate over tolerance and the status quo over progress. We have now, as we do after every election, as we do every day, the opportunity to better the lives of all. It is not a modest endeavor.
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Robbi Beauchamp turns grief into a battle against cancer in honor of her beloved sister-in-law Mary Gillman Writer
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team,” Beauchamp said, “and they thought, because it was just a real hard blow for me since she was more like a sister, and I was grieving pretty hard, that would be a good thing for me to do to help process my grief and get involved.” Beauchamp is in her fourth year as the event chair for the Lee County Relay for Life. She tried to step down as event chair merely to give someone else a chance for the position, but decided to stick with it after others asked her to stay at least another year. “The thing that keeps me going is that cancer is always there,” Beauchamp said. “You always find a fresh reason to not give up because you feel like you are actually doing
something that’s helping.” The Relay for Life event takes place each spring, and the group has other activities throughout the year. Most people think of the event as a race, but it is called a relay because the participants tag off and rotate with others on the team for 12 hours, according to Beauchamp. The relay is an international event, and more than 3.5 million people participate every year. Although the event raises money for the American Cancer Society, Beauchamp said it’s not only about the money. “It’s about the relationship, and it’s about a community coming together for the fight,” Beauchamp said. “You can’t beat that in life.”
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Robbi Beauchamp, Relay for Life coordinator, wears a photo of her sister-in-law, whom she lost to breast cancer.
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The Auburn University Modeling Board raised money in style Thursday evening. It was the board’s first philanthropic event, Couture for the Cure. The fashion show was held at the Event Center Downtown in Opelika and featured fashion from various Auburn boutiques. The event raised more than $2,400 from presale tickets alone. All proceeds went to the East Alabama Medical Center’s Breast Health Program Mammogram Fund, which helps fund free mammogram screenings. Each member was required to sell five tickets at $12 each. Tickets were also sold at the door for $15, and donations were accepted. In addition to the fashion show, the event had a cash bar, food donated by local restaurants and live music by student Sam Rutledge, as well as a raffle
and silent auction. The modeling board members were grateful for the local businesses’ efforts to make the event a success. “Several businesses downtown sold presale tickets and donated food and clothes to make the show possible and to help with the raffle and silent auction,” said Caroline Schrader, senior in communication and assistant fashion show coordinator for the modeling board. The event has board members hopeful for future events. “We've always wanted to do a philanthropy,” said Andrea Jemison, modeling board president and senior in health care administration. “Over the past few years, we've been struggling to find a cause that we could relate to our organization's purpose, and breast care awareness seemed perfect.” For the complete story, go to www.theplainsman.com
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SGA tries again to pass amendments Major amendment would alter judicial structure Eric Austin
complaint against an SGA member or decision. Campus Editor The proposed amendTwo proposed amend- ment would give the Jurisments to the SGA consti- prudence Court that abiltution will be on the Miss ity, as well as remove the Homecoming ballot Fri- faculty adviser from the day, one of which will es- role of Chief Justice of the sentially create a new judi- court. cial structure for the SGA. Instead, a student will “It’s giving them (stu- be installed in that posidents) more opportunities tion. when it comes to having Should the amendment their voice heard by us,” pass, the court would have said Ashsix stuley Nichdent jusols, SGA tices, with We’re trying a faculty vice president and adviser to do our senior in overseep o l i t i c a l best to let students ing proscience. ceedings. know what these C u r - amendments are so T h e rently, the amendSGA has they don’t skip them m e n t a Juris- this time.” w o u l d prudence also creAshley Nichols, ate C o u r t an SGA Vice President a tt o r n e y that hears appeals general to made by commucandidates for office who nicate between the court are found to be in viola- and the SGA during cases. tion of campaign rules by Carol Myers, junior in the SGA Electoral Board. interdisciplinary studies, The proposed amend- SGA senator and chair of ment would broaden the the constitutional reform court’s function to provide committee in the senate, greater oversight of the said student organizations SGA administration. “are really wanting this be“Most of our counter- cause they need a voice parts in the SEC, they have within SGA, and that’s a process that a student what we need.” can follow if they want to Myers said the court will bring a charge against a be an outlet for student orstudent official or against ganizations to voice their an action that was taken,” concerns when the SGA Nichols said. determines the budget Auburn’s SGA currently for campus organizations has no formal outlet for a » Turn to AMENDMENTS, B2 student or group to file a
Hunter Rogers and Leah Kay ﬂirt with each other as well as danger, coming close to the mythical seal at Langdon Hall.
Auburn’s ‘Greatest Couple’ Hunter Rogers and Leah Kay are competing in a grand online contest for love; At stake: A 22.25-carat diamond ring Derek Lacey Associate Campus Editor
Auburn’s football team is well on its way to winning a championship ring, but Auburn’s best couple, Hunter Rogers and Leah Kay, are on their way to winning a ring with considerably more sparkle. The competition is Michael Hill’s Search for the World’s Best Couple, and the couple is Team Bartowski—Rogers, junior in chemical engineering, and Kay, junior in landscape design. Rogers and Kay derived their team name from the TV show “Chuck.”
“That’s how we would get to know each other,” Kay said. “Every week we would get together, and we would watch ‘Chuck.’ So since that’s what brought us together, we decided to pay a little tribute.” Couples must complete three challenges per week, and the final week consists of a single challenge—a video of a public display of affection. The specifics of the challenge won’t be known until it is presented to the couples. Teams with the most votes move up in the standings, and after the final week of challenges, the top six teams will go to a panel of judges, which ultimately decides the
winner of the competition. The winning couple will receive a 22.25-carat diamond engagement ring that has been appraised at a value of $322,000 at a reception in Chicago. Team Bartowski currently sits at No. 12 out of more than 5,000 competing couples, a drop of two spots from last week’s standings. “It’s just a really fun story, you know,” Kay said. “I mean as of right now we can tell our friends, ‘Hey, at one point at least, we were voted the 10th-best couple in the world.’” Trying to win an engagement » Turn to COUPLE, B2
Refugee camp simulation coming to Cater
You don’t have to live like a refugee, but the Committee of 19 wants to show you how Brent Godwin Assistant Campus Editor
There are currently 42 million refugees in the world, and none of them are in Auburn. “Our attitude is, ‘What, if anything, can we do about that?’” said Clark Solomon, senior in political science and Committee
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of 19 president. On Nov. 10-11, the Auburn University Committee of 19 is sponsoring a 24-hour simulation of a refugee camp on Cater Lawn. About 100-150 students are expected to participate. Refugees will set up their own tents, sleep in sleeping bags and eat
only the food that is rationed to them. There will be four people to a tent. Everyone has a story assigned to him or her to help create the atmosphere. There will be a medical tent, an education tent and a food tent, among the almost 40 tents that will serve as shelter for the
mock refugees. Refugee camps are usually set up after natural disasters, famines and wars. Students involved in the simulation will wear T-shirts that say “I am a refugee” all day. Students will still be allowed to leave to go to class, but otherwise will spend all their time in the camp. “When someone asks them about their T-shirt, they can say, ‘I represent a refugee in Darfur,’ or whatever story they have been assigned,” Solomon said. Solomon said he hopes this will stimulate conversations about what is going on and what can be done. To make the experience more realistic, ROTC guards will be posted around the camp for security, to enforce curfew and to guard the single entrance into and out of the camp. “When you live it for a while, it’s different than seeing it on TV,” Solomon said. Refugees are often displaced from other countries or different locations in their own country. In addition to hunger, another issue affecting people in refugee camps is safety. Many times they are treated hostilely, either for race or religion or ethnicity. “We know that hunger is not a one-dimensional issue,” Solomon said. Committee of 19 hopes that
with the simulation, students will gain a better understanding and awareness of the circumstances of refugees around the world. “This simulation will serve as a visual reminder,” said Harriet Giles, lead adviser to the Committee of 19. “It will make us aware that things that, to us, are out of sight, out of mind, are pressing issues in the world. “Often when we think of people that are hungry, we think of them being hungry in their homes. This is not always the case.” Committee of 19 modeled this simulation after the work done by the World Food Program after the Haiti earthquake, as well as the floods in Pakistan. “One of the first things they did was to streamline food distribution,” Solomon said. “They went in and built one of these tent cities within days.” Solomon said the committee was inspired after seeing a slum simulation put on by Servants in Faith and Technology. “After Hunger Week last year (in March), we started thinking about doing something on campus that would grab people’s attention,” Solomon said. Solomon said after someone suggested the idea of a refugee camp simulation, they took the » Turn to REFUGEE, B2
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idea and ran with it. The refugee camp simulation is made possible in large part because of donations from Sysco in Birmingham. Solomon said Sysco donated flour, butter and vegetable oil to make the meals served in the food tent during the simulation. Similar to the WFP, the simulation will only serve food to the women in the refugee camp. WFP has found that women are more likely than men to ration the food to their families. When men get the food first, they are more likely to sell it or for the food to be gone before it gets to the children. Solomon said the atmosphere of the camp will be serious. Students
will be asked not to bring their laptops, cell phones or any other electronic devices. “We want to make this as realistic as possible,” Solomon said. “Not because we are showing off or anything, but because we want to help facilitate conversation on campus about this issue.” During the day of the simulation, tours will be given of the camp to any professors, faculty, administrators or students who wish to see what the camp is all about. “One of the goals of this is to get people talking,” Solomon said. Nothing like this has been done before on Auburn’s campus. “We don’t have answers,” Solomon said. “We are just looking at ‘What is the problem? What can we do about it?’”
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Haley Fitzgerald and Daniel McClendon help build a house for Habitat for Humanity in Spartanburg, S.C. last March.
Alternative spring break provides unique student service experience Sarah Hansen Writer
Instead of going to the Florida Panhandle or on a cruise to Cancun for spring break 2011, students are choosing less exotic locales. Alternative Student Breaks, an Auburn service program, is sending students to Kissimmee, Fla., Johnson City, Tenn., and New Orleans, La., for spring break. Auburn’s ASB program is under the umbrella of Break Away, a national service organization focusing on training groups to participate in alternative break programs. Offered through the Office of Community Service, the program formerly went by the name Alternative Spring Break. By 2009, 14 students were sent to Charleston, S.C., to help out in the community. Program growth and development led to the name change because there are now more trips offered than just spring break. ASB is sending students to several domestic and international locations during the 2010-2011 academic year.
“This year, students will be traveling to Staten Island, N.Y., Hilton Head, S.C., Brunswick, Ga., the Dominican Republic, Ghana and Quito, Ecuador, in addition to the spring break locations,” said Matt Lawson, director of ASB. Applications for all trips are due by noon Nov. 12, Lawson said. The minimum GPA requirement for the trip is a 2.2. “Students who are getting involved in ASB should get ready to meet new people and step out of their comfort zones,” Lawson said. “They’ll need to be flexible because there could be a lot of different obstacles to get over.” Lawson said those students need to be ready to make new friends as well as benefit the community. “I went to Spartanburg, S.C., last year for SB10,” said Rachel Self, assistant director of domestic activities for ASB. “Even though it was such a short amount of time that I got to spend with the people because I had previous time commitment given to Camp War Eagle, it was the best spring break I had ever had. “I wanted other people to have the same experience I did last year, and I
wanted to see the program expand. So far, my favorite, yet most stressful part so far has been researching places to go because there is such a broad spectrum of places we could go.” One of Self ’s main responsibilities is to make contact with large service organizations that participants can work with on site, such as Katrina’s Kids in New Orleans, Collegiate Habitat and New York’s Project Hospitality. According to the ASB website, the winter break trip (Dec. 11-19) will help with animal rescue and rehabilitation, hunger and homelessness, and housing and community development and restoration. The weekend trip (Jan. 14-17, 2011) will aid in housing development. The spring break 2011 trip will help with child and adult disabilities, as well as housing and community development, and the summer trip (May 7-15) will focus on community development. “One of the best parts about ASB is that Auburn students can leave a handprint on whatever town they’re working with,” Self said.
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ring got mixed responses from the parents of Team Bartowski, especially since they’re not engaged. Leah said her mother responded with, “Well, I guess Hunter really does believe in Santa Claus.” Her sister said Hunter was the only person she knew that would enter a national-level competition with no doubts about his ability to win. Voters choose the best of the week’s entries, or challenge responses, and must have an active Twitter or Facebook account to verify their vote. Michael Hill is an entrepreneur from New Zealand who opened his first jewelry shop in 1979 and today has more than 250 stores in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United States. Hunter and Leah’s relationship began the spring semester of their freshman year, a few months after meeting at a friend’s house. The beginning of their relationship was anything but typical, with Hunter on a mission trip in Timbuktu and Leah studying abroad in England. Keeping in touch through e-mail and Skype, Team Bartowski handled the distance without a hitch. “For the first six months of dating, we had been in two different countries longer than we’d been in the same spot,” Kay said. Kay first heard of the competition after an episode of “Keeping up with the Kardashians.” While watching “E! News,” a commercial for the competition came on featuring Kim Kardashian. A few days later, she told Hunter, and they decided to have a go at the enormous ring. “After the first couple of days, we broke top 100,” Rogers said. “Then less than a week later, we are in the top 10, so I mean it’s kind of like we’re not in it to win it, but we might as well try and win while we’re in it.” The voting ends on Dec. 1, and the ring is presented to the winner on Dec. 15, giving the judges only a few days to choose the winner from the top six finalists. Just making the top six is grounds for reward, though, with numbers one through six receiving an engagement ring, hand-selected by Michael Hill from one of his personal collections.
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every year. “I’ve never heard of a formal complaint from an organization,” Nichols said. “But they may feel like they can’t without this judicial process.” The second amendment would remove the clause in the SGA constitution that says the SGA senate must meet in the summer. Nichols said the senate has not met for a summer session in years and that it was merely archaic language that needed to be removed to update the constitution. The two amendments were on the ballot in the last SGA elections in March, but they failed to pass. For an amendment to pass, it must clear the senate and then be approved by a two-thirds majority in either the fall or spring elections. However, at least 25 percent
of the student body must cast a vote for or against the amendment for the results to count. “Overwhelmingly, people were in favor of passing,” Nichols said. “It was simply that there needed to be a few more people voting on the amendments.” Nichols and Myers said they are confident they have gotten the word out about the amendments and are optimistic they will pass this time. “We’re trying to do our best to let students know what these amendments are so they don’t skip them this time,” Nichols said. “We really want this campaign to stand out this time.” Voting for the amendments will be held Friday on the Tiger-I tab under AU Access. Students will have the opportunity to decide on the constitutional amendments while voting for Miss Homecoming. If the amendments fail, the SGA will have to wait until the spring to propose them again.
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Diwali celebrates Indian culture, traditions Alison McFerrin Staff Writer
From traditional Indian folk dances to the more widely known Bollywood, Diwali 2010 was a snapshot of Indian culture. “It’s the Indian equivalent of Christmas,” said Arjun Angral, graduate student in mechanical engineering and president of the Indian Student Association. “It’s the biggest festival we Indians celebrate.” Diwali was co-presented by the ISA and the Indian Cultural Association of East Alabama. Diwali is the Indian festival of lights, the celebration of the victory of good over evil. “What we normally do at Diwali is people light up their homes with oil lamps, and they enjoy
fireworks,” Angral said. “They make sweets. They go to each other’s homes.” The Diwali celebration in Foy ballroom Oct. 30 showcased Indian music and dance, with performances by members of the ISA and the ICAEA. It also featured a guest speaker, K.M. Venkat Narayan, professor at Emory University. “We do about 10 events a year, and this is the biggest,” said Sushil Bhavnani, professor of engineering and faculty adviser for the ISA. “I think they put a lot of hard work into this.” Bhavnani said it takes about a month of planning to pull everything together for the Diwali celebration each year. This was the 25th time the event has been held on Auburn’s campus.
Lela Anderson from Montgomery attended Diwali with her brother Richard, who was adopted from India. “I liked the skit about the parents and the kids,” Anderson said of a comedic skit called “My Life is Desi,” which highlighted the fusion of American and Indian culture. “That just totally cracked me up.” About 500 people attended the entertainment portion of the Diwali celebration, which was followed by a buffet dinner in the Student Center, featuring many Indian dishes. “It’s equal measure—the entertainment program and the dinner,” Bhavnani said. “The entertainment program, of course, is a lot of people that aren’t trained necessarily, but
are enthusiastic and do share their talents well. I think everybody had a good time.” Diwali is Nov. 5 this year. “It’s based on a lunar calendar,” Angral said. “But we did it today because this was an awaygame weekend, and this is the only time we could have done it.” Angral said his favorite part of Diwali is puja, an event he hasn’t experienced in the past two years because of being away at college. “It’s a special ceremony where you worship God,” Angral said. “I’m a Hindu—a lot of Indians are. So in Hinduism you have a lot of different incarnations of the same God that everyone believes in. So it’s just a ceremony where you worship God, thank
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Swati Baskiyar and Teja Ramapuram perform in an act called Kathak Dance: Mohe Panghatpe, Saturday.
him for all he’s given you, ask him for his blessings.” Angral said another Diwali tradition he misses is the fireworks, which weren’t featured this year. “You cannot just do
fireworks anywhere here,” Angral said. Angral and his friends usually have a potluck dinner and enjoy good times together to celebrate Diwali.
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Awareness served with chocolate on top The Women’s Resource Center presents the Chocolate Festival, an effort to raise awareness about women’s issues with some sweets on the side Libby So Writer
To inform and provide generous amounts of chocolate—that is the purpose of the Women’s Health & Wellness Chocolate Festival, Thursday, Nov. 10. For $5, Auburn women (and men) have the opportunity to attend the festival and browse tables of different state health divisions and organizations while sampling four servings of locally donated chocolates. “It’s great for women or anyone who wants to know more about their body, and chocolate is a good way to learn about it,” said Danielle Burton, senior in political science and volunteer in the publicity and board operations of the festival. The festival is sponsored
by the Auburn University Women’s Resource Center and the Women in Science and Engineering Institute. It is also supported by various local pastry shops, restaurants and volunteers. The event is held in two parts: a fundraising 5K run Nov. 7 and the main festival Nov. 10. This is the Chocolate Festival’s second year, and organizers expect to sell about 200 tickets this year. There will be 26 expos and 11 tables of chocolate, said Amye Schooley, the diversity initiatives coordinator for the WRC. Schooley said she believes the chocolate factor draws in people. “That’s how we get people to come,” Schooley said, “because everybody loves chocolate. And so while they’re there, we educate them about women’s
health and wellness.” However, she believes there are reasons to attend the event other than the chocolate, including massage therapists, hearing clinics, gyms, health food stores, a silent auction and games geared toward health and wellness issues, with prizes like hour massages, manicures and pedicures. Each year, the planners of the festival choose an area charity to receive a portion of its funds. This year, the festival benefits Cindi’s Library, which provides free brochures, Internet access and books for cancer patients at East Alabama Medical Center and their families. “I really enjoy planning these kinds of events,” said Jenny Tillman, senior in human development and family studies and coach
of the Chocolate Festival. “We always love to see what it entails after working on it for several days and months. “I really want to do something in this job field. Also, it’s a neat way to meet people and build relationships.” To participate or volunteer at upcoming Chocolate Festivals and fundraisers, pick up an application at the festival. To participate in the 5K fundraiser, register online at w w w. a u b u r n . e d u / wrc, or print the application form and take it to the event with $15 in cash or check. Forms can also be taken to 311 Mary Martin Hall or the event location at the Mell Street entrance to the RBD Library. “We have everything
from dark chocolate to chocolate truffles to cupcakes to cakes,” Schooley said. “I mean, it’s any kind of chocolate that you could possibly imagine.” The main festival will take place Nov. 10 from noon to 3 p.m. in
Student Center Room 2200. Tickets can either be purchased in the Women’s Initiatives Office located in 311 Mary Martin Hall or at the event location while tickets are still available.
Sasser, FCA and Williams Ministries ignite Auburn Chelsea Harvey Staff Writer
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Crystal Johnson, senior in biomedical sciences and prepharmacy, takes notes during Intro to Africana Studies, a class that looks into the development of the Africa we know today.
History class delves into the development of Africa Alison McFerrin Staff Writer
“The darkest thing about Africa has always been our ignorance of it,” said George Kimble, a geographer born in 1912. The same holds true today. “Africa is something that everybody ‘knows’ about and they talk about, but there’s not a lot of understanding of why Africa developed the way it did,” said Ethan Trevino, adjunct professor of history and instructor for the course. Intro to Africana Studies is a typical lecture course, but Trevino tries to encourage class discussion. “There are three discussions,” Trevino said. “I give them a reading from somebody who wrote it at the time, then they read it, and then we have discussion questions.” Students can choose one of those discussion questions about which to write an essay for the exam. Students said learning the hows and whys of African development has been a revelation, helping them to understand the continent and its history.
“It’s pretty interesting to see some of how the world political views came about and how they took effect and how that shaped how we are in this world today,” said James Mitchell, junior in sociology. Trevino is teaching the class for the first time. “The person who was going to teach it, at the last minute, had to bow out, so I came in,” Trevino said. The class is required for the Africana history minor, and it counts as credit toward the history major. “I polled the kids to figure out why they were taking it,” Trevino said. “The majority of the class wanted to know about Africa in particular and how it got the way it did and how it functions the way it does.” Mitchell said he likes to learn about Africa as a continent and see how it developed into the state it is today and why they have some of the problems they have. The class’s main focus, however, has been economics. “I’m trying to show them how money and profit moves the world, in a way,” Trevino said. Trevino said much of the
history of Africa revolves around actions taken for monetary gain. “The British seizing control of Egypt, or you know, South Africa, was in a lot of ways to control trade to and from India,” Trevino said. “Getting control of Kenya was because they wanted to protect India, not because they were interested in Africa in and of itself, necessarily.” Ashleigh Davis, junior in psychology, said she took the class because she wanted to know more about Africa. “I don’t know that much about the history, but it’s interesting to me,” Davis said. “I might minor in it.” Trevino said he hopes this course will make students more aware of the history and development of Africa. “The first thing I asked was, ‘What is Africana studies?’” Trevino said. “And the students were like, ‘Pfft, we hoped you would know.’ “I said, ‘You know what, I’m not going to tell you because there’s no good answer, but hopefully you’ll have a better idea of what it is by the end of the course.’”
Auburn will host its first student Christian revival in 10 years Thursday at the Auburn Arena. The highlight of the night will be a message by keynote speaker Rev. Chette Williams, chaplain for the Auburn football team. Coach Gene Chizik will also speak at the event. Williams said although an official topic has not been announced for either speech, “Ignite Auburn” is both the title and theme of the night. “We really wanted to ignite our students,” he said. “That’s why we came up with that topic.” Williams said he hopes students will walk away from the event with a renewed spiritual awareness. He was inspired to organize the event last spring when he noticed that other Christian events on campus didn’t seem to be attracting many students. “I think it all started back when the Will Graham Festival went on,” Williams said. “I guess the burden, I think it was— that’s what I want to call it—it was just a heavy burden that was placed on me and my wife after the Will Graham festival. We didn’t see a whole lot of participants for it from students and athletes on campus.” The planning for the event began this past summer. “Ignite Auburn” is officially sponsored by
Williams and the Auburn who would like to answer Fellowship of Christian their call to ministry—if Athletes. anyone feels the need to It was organized by get prayed over or wants representatives from to talk to someone about many student organiza- what’s on their heart, tions, including various that’s the purpose of the athletic teams and the counseling,” Gilchrist Student Government As- said. sociation. Live music will include “SGA’s not doing any- Haley Morgan Smith, Dathing directly with it,” vid Manning and Jimmy said Kurt Sasser, senior in Needham. human resource manageAccording to Sasser, ment and SGA president. guest musicians were “As a student body, SGA carefully selected in an endorses all campus min- effort to appeal to all muistries.” sical tastes. Individually, Sasser has “The goal in selecting volunthe musiteered cians is with the to include “Ignite all culturWe want Auburn” al backto plant c o m grounds,” the seed mittee Sasser to orga- Thursday. From said. “If nize the there, we just want it you want event. r o c k , H e to grow.” we’ve got said he it. If you Kurt Sasser, want rap, hopes SGA President t h e we’ve got event it.” will not be the last of its Doors will open at 5 kind. p.m., and the event will “This is kind of the take place from 6 to 9 planting seed,” Sasser p.m. said. “This is something Students with other that we want to grow obligations are encouroff of. We want to plant aged to come for as long the seed Thursday. From as they can. there, we just want it to “Anyone can show up,” grow.” Sasser said. “If you’ve got Danielle Gilchrist, something at 6 and can’t member of the FCA Lead- get there until 7 o’clock ership team, said the or 7:30, come on. Don’t night will feature live mu- worry about the starting sic, student testimonies times necessarily.” and prayer counseling for Gilchrist said although those who request it. “Ignite Auburn” is a Chris“Basically, if someone tian revival, it is open to has a calling—they don’t any interested student. know Jesus, or someone “We actually encourage who would like to rededi- non-Christians to come,” cate their life, or someone she said.
If you’re going... ■ Where: Auburn Arena ■ When: Thursday, Nov. 4 ■ Who: AU football chaplain Rev. Chette Williams, football coach Gene Chizik, artists Haley Morgan Smith, David Manning and Jimmy Needham
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Savvy money man teaches financial wisdom Brent Godwin Assistant Campus Editor
For some students, falling into debt is as easy as sleeping through class. Peter Bielagus, known as the “young person’s financial adviser,” said the No. 1 reason students drop out of college is money management. Bielagus spoke to a crowd of about 150 students in the Student Center Ballroom Thursday night about how to start putting more money in pockets today. “I came out tonight because I want to learn more about financial planning,” said Brooke Glassford, senior in public relations. “My professor sent me an e-mail about this event and told me that I should come and that I would get extra credit. I learned some cool things, and I’m glad I came.” As a freshman at Miami University in Miami, Fla.,
Bielagus said spending $450 on a night out was a regular occurrence. By the end of the year, he found himself $5,000 in credit-card debt. Through reading books on personal finance and attending numerous seminars, Bielagus began to save his money and work his way out of debt. “When I was 19 years old, I had a financial awakening,” Bielagus said. “I decided I was through buying stuff to try to impress other people. It is expensive and lonely.” Bielagus’ main advice to students is to start saving now, even if it is just one penny a day. “Many students think they can’t start saving until they have more income,” Bielagus said. Bielagus suggested students record every penny they spend for a month. At the end of the month, it will be obvious on what things you do and don’t
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Financial adviser Peter Bielagus spoke to students Thursday evening about spending and saving money.
want to spend your money. “I drive a 1999 Mercury Sable with 173,000 miles on it because cars aren’t important to me,” Bielagus said. “However, you will see that car parked in front of an ocean-view house.” Bielagus speaks about 60 times a year to college students to advise them on how to make better
financial decisions. “I’ve been speaking for about six years now, and one of the things I love to get from students is the emails when they follow up with me,” Bielagus said. “I get success stories all over the map.” Bielagus shared information with Auburn students that he said isn’t
always common knowledge. For instance, Bielagus said many students don’t know that soon after they turn 18, the three credit agencies, Equifax, Experian and Trans Union, begin to keep track of all their spending, borrowing and applications for jobs and credit cards. This information is compiled in a credit report, which contains a credit score. “Students will say, ‘I didn’t even know I had a credit report, and I checked and there’s all this bad, false information on there,’” Bielagus said. “Using the techniques that we talked about in the lecture, students will get those credit reports clean.” More disturbing is that people with common last names, such as Smith or Jones, have a 90 percent chance that there is a mistake on their credit report that is not their fault.
“The main thing I got out of tonight was to be aware of your credit report and how you handle your finances because in the long run it will either benefit you or be detrimental to you,” said Martin Slattery, senior in human resource management and business administration. Bielagus’ suggestion is to visit the site www.annualcreditreport.com at least once a year for the rest of your life. “The interesting thing is I also hear back from students four or five years later, and they say, ‘Peter, I saw you as a freshman. I listened to your talk. I was going to do a lot of that stuff, but I never got around to it. Now that I’m graduating, I need to pay attention to this stuff. I signed up for my company’s retirement plan.’ So even the e-mails that I don’t get right away, I do get them several years later,” Bielagus said.
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EA Sports brought its Invasion Tour to Auburn’s campus Tuesday, promoting the re-release of a classic game—NBA Jam. Students were invited to play the game and given T-shirts.
Hungry to win: Students compete in Theta Chi’s hot dog eating contest Tuesday afternoon. All proceeds go to help Adaptive Recreation and Athletics.
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On the Concourse Who are you supporting for Miss Homecoming? “Victoria Bennett, because I like her cause ‘Giving back to Auburn.’”
–Bridget Carroll, sophomore, business
“Emily Brown. She’s a great girl, and she supports education—she’s an education major.”
–Slay Huff, junior, finance
“I really don’t know anybody that’s running for Miss Homecoming.”
–Katrina Lark, freshman, undeclared
“Honestly, I don’t know who the candidates are.”
–William Wallace, freshman, software engineering
“I don’t know any of them, so I don’t know who to support.”
–Kara Zenni, freshman, undeclared
“I don’t really know yet.”
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AUBURN ICON CELEBRATES 30TH BIRTHDAY
Pioneering one of the greatest traditions in college football, Auburn’s beloved golden eagle,Tiger, turns 30 this year Photo submitted by Southeastern Raptor Center
Alison McFerrin Staff Writer
Fans of Auburn football, all 87,000 of them, will be saying “happy birthday” in addition to “War Eagle” to a high-flying member of the Auburn family Saturday. Tiger, Auburn’s sixth War Eagle, is 30 years old, and this weekend is a time to remember why she is so special. “We flew the bird the first time just from the goalpost to the center of the field,” said Roy Crowe, eagle consultant and education specialist for the Southeastern Raptor Center. “And the crowd just went crazy.” Watching the eagle circle Jordan-Hare Stadium is one of the most highly anticipated parts of every home football game. Tiger is the golden eagle that started the famous pregame ritual 10 years ago. “It was actually the former director Joe Shelnutt’s idea,” Crowe said. “He had seen my personal birds fly and wanted to know if I could train the eagles to do that.” Crowe began training Tiger to do, essentially, what she was born to do.
“We’re just modifying the behavior that they have in the wild,” Crowe said. “They circle around looking for food, and when they see it, they swoop down on it. “So we get them to circle around the stadium looking for food on the lure that we have, and when they see it, they swoop down and grab it. So we’re just using operant classical conditioning to change the bird’s behavior.” The feat can be reduced to basic mechanics, but there’s something magical about the eagle’s flight that cannot be ignored. “I think that seeing an eagle do what it was designed to do, which is soar over an open area, stirs a lot of emotions in people,” said Marianne Hudson, raptor specialist at the Southeastern Raptor Center. Tiger’s first flight was in 2000, but eventually it was time for her to pass the gauntlet on to Nova and Spirit, the eagles that now take part in the pregame tradition. “Her last flight was at the Georgia game in 2006, and that was the day she was retired,” Hudson said. Tiger still has a busy life after
her retirement. “The choice was made to retire her before she was too old to do it,” Hudson said, “so she was retired in time to still enjoy some of her retirement.” Retirement for this golden eagle includes being involved in educational presentations and serving as a wildlife ambassador. Tiger will be honored during halftime of the Nov. 6 Homecoming game. A big part of the commemoration will be the dedication of a pencil sketch of Tiger by Stephen Malkoff, a nationally known pencil artist. “When she flies, everything else takes second stage,” Malkoff said. “It doesn’t matter what colors you have on. When that eagle flies, there’s just something very, very special about it.” Tiger started a tradition that has awed fans of every team, making the eagle flight one of the most cherished traditions in college football. “There are a lot of people who are attached to that bird,” Crowe said. “The bird lived here on campus for so many years, and there’s a whole generation of people who remember Tiger.”
A BIRTHDAY PRESENT FOR TIGER THE EAGLE
Kicking the kissing disease Mononucleosis, or mono for short, makes the rounds every winter, so protect yourself by learning the facts about the virus first Annie Faulk Writer
Cooties aren’t just for kindergartners. Be careful who you kiss—you might contract mononucleosis. The Epstein-Barr virus causes mono, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is the one of the most common of human viruses in the world. “The transmission of the virus requires intimate contact with the saliva of
an infected person,” according to the CDC. Kissing is not the only form by which the virus is transmitted. It often spreads easily through common objects, like door handles, keyboards or handrails. “Mono can be transmitted through coughing or sneezing into your hand and then shaking or holding hands with another person,” said Teresa Gore, assistant clinical nursing professor. The illness spreads in
close quarters, like dorms, or other high-traffic areas such as libraries. Sharing utensils or drinking after someone transmits the virus as well. “I’ve had mono twice— both times I drank after a friend and contracted the virus,” said Kathryn Weiland, freshman in international business. “You would have thought I would have learned my lesson the first time. And both experiences were awful.” This is a rare experience,
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It can take four to six weeks for symptoms to appear, and the symptoms usually resolve in one to two months, according to the CDC. Symptoms of mono include swollen lymph glands, sore throat, headache, loss of appetite, weakness, fatigue and fever, according to the Mayo Clinic. “If rest and a healthy diet don’t ease your symptoms within a week or two or if your symptoms recur, see your doctor,” advises the Mayo Clinic. If doctors suspect mono, they may conduct simple blood work like a mono spot test to check antibodies or a white blood cell count to confirm a diagnosis. The virus is extremely
difficult to prevent, according to the CDC. However, prevention is the key to avoiding mono. Like most illnesses, practicing good hygiene is helpful, as well as avoiding drinking after friends, sharing utensils or, of course, kissing someone suspected of having mono. Cleaning dorms or apartments frequently can also limit vulnerability to the illness. “There is no cure,” Gore said. “Rest is the most important step someone can take to recover.” Gore said doctors will often prescribe antibiotics to relieve other symptoms associated with mono. If you do suspect you have mono, visit a doctor immediately and avoid prolonged, personal contact with others.
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Shanetta Pendleton, junior in public relations, creates a sustainable sign for the Bare on Campus awareness campaign.
Mini landfill promotes sustainability Chelsea Harvey Staff Reporter
The Auburn Public Relations Student Society of America will transform part of Haley concourse into a landfill Friday in an effort to promote environmental awareness on campus. “We’re going to use a tarp to make sure we don’t actually litter,” said Shanetta Pendleton, junior in public relations and member of PRSSA. “Then we’re going to put stuff on it, like trash—stuff that people could have easily put somewhere to be renewed, but didn’t.” The PRSSA is a nationally recognized organization that gives students experience with work in the field
of public relations. “Experience is one of the biggest things that people have told us that you need to have, so that way we do things like this,” said Maggie Daley, senior in public relations and president of Auburn PRSSA. The Auburn PRSSA recently entered a competition along with 19 other universities around the nation in connection with Solo Cup Company. The theme of the competition is titled “Go Bare on Campus.” According to Pendleton, the goal of the competition is to advocate environmental awareness on campus while campaigning for Solo’s new line of environmentally friendly products.
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The mock landfill, which will be on the Haley concourse 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, is just one part of Auburn PRSSA’s participation in the competition. “The concourse is only a one-day thing, but the whole ‘Go Bare on Campus’ will be also doing other events to try to promote it also, up until November the 29,” Pendleton said. The PRSSA will be involved in events such as the Communication and Journalism Department’s tailgate on Saturday, where it will make sure items used at the tailgate are recycled. The 20 competing universities have created Facebook pages for their campaigns where people can vote for their favorite
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Which is your favorite War Eagle? Nova Have you ever had mono? No, but I had pneumonia. What is your favorite play? Why? Phantom of the Opera, because I love the music. If you could be someone from a play, who would you be? Christine Daae Are you participating in Homecoming events? Yes, I am rocking the War Abby. If you had to listen to only one song for the rest of your life, what would it be? Anything Peter Gabriel What is the most exciting thing about fall fashion? I like layering and getting to wear sweaters again.
Have you ever participated in a food eating contest? No What class would you nominate as the class of the week? Honors Tech. and Culture If you could add any book to the library, what would it be? “A Wrinkle in Time” What is your favorite homecoming tradition? Hopefully the parade–I have never participated before. If you were in the Miss Auburn pageant, what would be your talent? Soccer juggling When did you know you wanted to do mechanical engineering? Pretty much my whole life–I wanted to be a rocket scientist, and I could go into aerospace with mechanical engineering.
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Theatre to electrify audiences with Machinal Sara Weeks Writer
Love, murder and the 1920s are just a few words that preview Auburn Theatre’s upcoming production, “Machinal.” The curtains will rise Nov. 11-19 for the performance of Sophie Treadwell’s play. “Machinal” is an American expressionist play based on the factual events of Ruth Snyder’s trial, the first woman executed by electric chair. Snyder was a young woman who was tried and ultimately found guilty of murdering her husband with the help of her lover. A few months after the trial, Treadwell’s play was produced. Treadwell changed Snyder’s name to Helen Jones, played by Kylee Wofford, senior in musical theatre. “This play is a play I have wanted to direct for a number of years,” said Heather May, director of the play. “It is very interesting and compellingly stylized; it looks at issues regarding human relationships in a mechanized, technologywritten world.” Instead of fully relying on the sound equipment
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Cast members rehearse for Auburn University Theatre’s upcoming production of the American expressionist play “Machinal.”
for recorded sound effects, a soundscape will be done live backstage. “The sounds heard in the play are being conducted by people closing binders or sweeping backstage,” said Bree Windham, senior in theatre and the production’s dramaturge. Windham, who was
responsible for doing historical research on the play, thinks the main thing people forget is theatre is not limited to performing. “This play is really exciting because it incorporates historical background, but also has this awesome art history background as well,” Windham said.
The preparation of this production has been a quick, intense process. The cast, which began rehearsing Oct. 14, consists of 18 actors and one understudy for a 30-character cast. “Because of the huge ensemble piece that the actors are responsible for, this play has been a labor
of love for many people, and in a way that is very unusual,” May said. “It has been really exciting to work on a hugely collaborative project, and the students involved have really risen to the occasion.” One thing on which May and Windham agreed was the movement of the play is unique and entertaining.
“There are snippets that take the audience from one point to the next, and in these, grand decisions are being made by our main character,” Windham said. “But the audience has to reserve all of their preconceived notions of how they feel about something until the end when something big happens. Then they have to decide at that time. It’s really cool.” Opening night is Thursday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Auburn Theatre box office or online. Tickets are free to Auburn students with a valid ID, $10 for faculty and $15 for the general public. “I have read parts of ‘Machinal’ before and really look forward to seeing how the Auburn Theatre performs it,” said Carrie Harts, junior in biomedical sciences. Windham said he extends an invitation to everyone to come enjoy and support Auburn’s local art. “It is maybe one of my favorite plays we’ve done,” Windham said. “It is definitely worth seeing.” The play premiered Sept. 7, 1928 in Plymouth Theatre in London.
Behind the scenes with Kylee Wofford The senior in musical theatre plays the lead role in Auburn University Theatre’s presentation of “Machinal.” After curtain call, Wofford focuses on graduating and her future in acting How long have you been acting? Technically, since I was little because we would always do stuff in school. But serious acting came when I was a senior in high school. I was Ado Annie in “Oklahoma.” Had you considered studying acting before then? Not really. I think it was really my high school professor. Also, ‘cause when I did community college shows my sophomore and junior year, he was the director, and so once he became a professor at the high school, I was like, “I think this is definitely something I want to do.” Why did you choose musical theatre as opposed to regular theatre? I started singing way before I did anything relating to theatre, like singing at
church and stuff when I was little. My mom’s really musically active as well—she plays piano and sings, and that’s something I’ve always wanted to keep doing. Could you talk a little bit about your role in “Machinal?” So, the play is “Machinal” by Sophie Treadwell, and my character is titled “The Young Woman,” and her actual name is Helen Jones after she gets married. That is later stated. And it’s based off of the 1920s trial of Ruth Snyder. She was accused of murdering her husband. The reason that this was such a big trial, and celebrities even came to the trial is that she was the first woman that was ever electrocuted in the United States. So basically, throughout the play she’s just suppressed by society, and everything in her world is so claustrophobic, and every decision is made for her, and that’s the struggle she has throughout. And once she meets someone that completely gives her this freedom, she’s completely changed, and that leads her, in essence, to the crime she commits. What’s the best part about playing that role? This has been the biggest challenge for me, which is exciting. This summer, I was in a musical that was just really happygo-lucky, and you have to work so much harder to find why she’s struggling, and how it’s a different struggle with each other character. Because it’s not the same with her mother as it is with her husband, and it’s totally different when she’s with the lover. And so it’s just been really something to dig my teeth into. What other roles have you had at Auburn? I’ve done all musicals. Everything I’ve done at Auburn since freshman year has been a musical. The last one that I did was, I was Logainne in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” which was also fun having a lisp. What are you favorite kinds of roles to play? Out of everything I’ve ever played, Logainne was definitely my favorite. Because it was a musical, but it was also this insanely wound-up little child that, just,
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Kylee Wofford, lead in Auburn University Theatre’s “Machinal,” poses backstage.
something that I never experienced in my whole life. And especially with the whole lisp thing, it was just a complete switch. So I really enjoy playing really character-y sort of things. What are some of the challenges of moving from performing musicals to nonmusicals? Normally in a musical, if you’re feeling something that you can’t even describe in words, you burst into song. And that’s another outlet for you to express yourself. And it’s difficult in this play for me. I don’t have that outlet, and the character is so internal that it’s such a struggle in so many ways to keep that contained, but also to have that energy that you would normally have singing. You just have to always be on your toes. Once you’ve graduated, what do you hope to do with yourself? I want to travel for sure. Because I’m young, and I’m like, “Hey, there’s no better time than now because in a few years I’m probably gonna want to settle.” So I just want to be auditioning everywhere I want to audition and not leaving any place out because of location. I don’t know. It’s a scary thought. But I’m definitely excited
to get out of Alabama—that would be nice—and then hopefully New York or L.A. in a few years. If there were one dream role you could play, what would it be? This will be in so many years from now, but I want to be Mrs. Lovett in “Sweeney Todd,” hands down. I have recently become super obsessed with that since I saw it this summer. It’s just so fun. Once again, it’s character-y and so out there, and I love that kind of stuff. If you had any advice for new performers, what would it be? People say this all the time, but I’m just gonna reiterate that: If you’re not literally in this 100 percent, if you could think of one other thing that you would rather do, do it. Because if you’re not literally 100 percent invested and you’re not ready to do the work, then it’s really not gonna be worth it to you in the end.
Chelsea Harvey Staff writer
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A day in the life of Susan High Family-owned and operated since 1961, Flowersmith’s has been a part of Susan High’s life for as long as she can remember. “I love it,” High said. “It has been my lifelong job. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.” As manager, High does everything from stocking merchandise to greeting customers.
High said her favorite part of the day is talking with customers and greeting them when they come in. To her, they are old friends. When she is not busy in the store, High enjoys Auburn football. “We have been lifelong fans,” High said. “A plus is that my nephew plays for Auburn.”
Typical Schedule 4 a.m. Wake up, get dressed and ready to come to work.
5:30 a.m. Arrive at work.
5:45 a.m. Do a lot of book work. Clean up and stock the store. Get ready for the day’s custom-
8 a.m. Store opens. Get the morning orders up. On Mondays the phone rings frequently. 10 a.m. Start putting out stock. Shipment comes in for the flowers. 11:30 a.m. We are busy with walk-in customers who are on their lunch break. 1 p.m. Straighten up again. Clean and start finishing the day with last-minute orders. 4 p.m. We have more walk-in customers coming from work. Look over orders for the next
day and finish any prep work.
5 p.m. Leave the store and go home. Cook dinner, clean house and wash clothes: house-
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Susan High, Flowersmith’s manager, arranges a bouquet of ﬂowers for a client.
7:30 p.m. Relax. Usually I read, but it depends on what is going on. 9:30 p.m. Bed.
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Fun Runs, 5Ks lead as most popular form of fundraising Lacing up your running shoes allows participants to stay physically fit, raise money for various community organizations, philanthropic groups Chelsea Harvey Staff Writer
Running is not just a form of exercise in Auburn. It is also one of the community’s most popular forms of fundraising for organizations around Auburn. Alvin Walls, president of the Auburn-Opelika Running and Track Association, argues the activity is used for fundraising even more often than for
physical fitness. “It’s kind of primarily more about raising money than it is about running,” he said. Despite the motive for running, participants in the races tend to be people who enjoy both the competition and exercise involved with running in any 5K race. “We’re a group of runners and walkers and some people that are just interested in health, and we’re trying to promote
health and running,” Walls said. AORTA organizes a number of its own races for charity and provides finish-line results for a fee at events held by other organizations. Walls said he has seen the events benefit a variety of causes, including
cancer research, the East Alabama Food Bank, relief efforts in Haiti and efforts against domestic abuse and international injustice. Races are so frequent t h a t f r o m week to week, they often overlap. “One Saturday last spring, there were six 5K
races within 15 miles of Auburn,” Walls said. The popularity of races as opposed to other forms of fundraising is attributed to several different causes. Meha Jha, director of the Student Government Association’s Fall 5K, which was held Oct. 17 to benefit Plainsman in Action for Wounded Soldiers, said the races are popular because they are easy to organize. “I think the reason why
5K runs are successful, they’re really not as difficult to plan,” she said. “I think it’s something that can be put together.” Walls, however, disagreed. “It is not an easy fundraiser,” he said. “There’s work involved in it. There are sponsorships.” According to Walls, the greatest challenge he faces in planning a race is having to set a date and time that works for the majority of racers.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Leo: The experience is in your hand.
Pisces: Everything everyone has ever told you is a lie. Flee to the hills and begin anew.
Scorpio: Your spirit animal demands your respect and would like its authority recognized. Your spirit animal is a female dog. Taurus: Stock up on bananas, mushrooms and turtles, and play Mario Kart on Magnolia. Wreck three cars and you win.
Aquarius: Stop licking your roommate’s cheddar cheese slices and putting them back in the fridge. We know you love licking cheese, but that’s just unnecessarily malicious. Cancer: Fairy Godmother Cam Newton has decided to grant you two wishes. One of which must involve Gus Malzahn.
Libra: Your brain says “delicious,” but your stomach says “not Chick-fil-A again!” Capricorn: Time to hop on the Auburn football bandwagon. Apparently we are doing well or something.
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Sagittarius: Note to self: TKO Dance Parties are not an excuse to act a fool or not wear deodorant. Gemini: Spamming your coworkers e-mail is not a good idea. Just stick to family members and pets. Virgo: No matter how much you hope it will, vitamin C will will not cure Chlamydia. Written by Ben Bartley / OPINIONS EDITOR and Brian Desarro / INTRIGUE EDITOR
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Clue 4: APYL
Clue 2: LEOR
Clue 5: TGASE
Clue 3: PRCTIS
Bonus: Use circles to solve
Aries: The end of the semester is near. If panic has not set in, just glance at a calendar. It will.
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Place the numbers 1 to 8 in each of the octagons such that the numbers are not repeated in any row, column or diagonal.
The numbers along the edges, top and bottom are the sums for the numbers in the diagonal that begins or ends at that number.
The number in each diamond is the sum of the numbers of each of the four faces that border that diamond. The numbers that border the diamonds do not have to be unique.
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STUDENT SECTION SHAKER ETIQUETTE How many times have you been hit by a rogue shaker? Just in time for Homecoming, learn the proper way to use your shaker at the football game without causing bodily harm to innocent fans
Avoid beating fellow fans in the back of the head when Auburn scores. Don’t fling your shaker directly in front of you where unsuspecting spectators are standing. Shakers should not be used as weapons.
Show your excitement by shaking your shaker high above your head. By keeping your shaker higher, you can avoid hitting those in front of you, behind you or yourself. Close games cause enough anxiety. Don’t add stress by attacking innocent bystanders.
Across the stage, down the aisle College is challenging enough, but balancing schoolwork and wedding planning is no piece of (wedding) cake Abby Townson Writer
For engaged students, the challenge of planning a wedding while taking classes can turn wedding bells into alarm bells. Lauren Larue, senior in history, will graduate in December. She and her fiance, David Topping, senior in political science, have set their wedding for June 4, 2011. Trying to achieve her envisioned wedding with a balance of traditional and modern e l e ga n c e w h i l e working to graduate often creates a demanding schedule for Larue. “Oh my gosh,” Larue said. “It’s so hectic. It really is.” Larue admitted that when she gets immersed in planning her wedding, her classes suffer. Staying up late thinking about wedding details, browsing wedding websites on her computer and other facets of planning for the big day threaten to eat up her time. Besides issues of time, Larue said she feels frustrated about having her parents pay for her wedding in addition to tuition and living costs. “I feel ungrateful, being, like, ‘Can I have more money for the wedding? Can I have more money?’” Larue said. Despite the challenges, Larue said she is happy with the way planning has gone. “I wouldn’t say that there’s any disadvantages you can’t get past,” Larue said. For Larue, one of the main advantages in planning her wedding while in college is having so many people nearby who can give her help and advice, whether it be roommates, friends or sorority sisters. Another advantage, Larue said, is even though Auburn is a small city, there is more inspiration for her wedding here than in her hometown of Blountsville.
“There’s so much diversity here that it kind of makes you think about different things that you’d want to do,” Larue said. Larue said it is pointless to worry about the little details that ultimately will not be important on the big day. “What your mother’s half sister twice-removed is going to wear that day really doesn’t matter,” Larue said. Larue’s advice to other students planning their weddings is to not race through the planning process. “ Ta k e things slow, and really think through what you want,” Larue said, “because the worst thing, to me, would be to rush through it, just trying to deal with the stress, and then get there and it’s not what you wanted.” Michael Pair, senior in communications, will graduate in December. He and his fiancee, Anna Owen, plan to get married in Auburn on March 12, 2011. Pair said he wants his wedding to be fun and special, and though planning a wedding has put more on his to-do list for his last semester at Auburn, he said he thinks being in college gives him an advantage. “I have a lot more free time while I’m in college than if I had a full-time job,” Pair said. Pair said money and the uncertainty of employment once out of college are common challenges for students planning their weddings. “I don’t have the money to front for wedding stuff right now,” Pair said. “So it’s kind of a planning thing and not really a doing thing, which is a
disadvantage sometimes.” Pair said he wanted to be as involved as possible in planning his wedding, so he put as much responsibility on himself as he could. He also stressed the importance of the engaged couple working together to get things done. “I would say no matter how long or short your engagement is, just to push through everything,” Pair said, “because it really is a fun time, and it can all get done in good time.” Abigail McInnish, senior in public relations, is marrying Benjamin Sherman, Auburn graduate now in medical school. Their wedding is set for May 21, 2011, in McInnish’s hometown of Bay Minette. “It’s not as bad as everybody says it is,” McInnish said of planning a wedding her senior year. “People are going to tell you you’re crazy, but as long as you remember why you’re getting married, and it’s for the right reasons, it’s fine.” Though her wedding is a priority, McInnish said her first priority is school and graduating. McInnish’s advice to engaged students for balancing school and wedding priorities is that it is important not to try and tackle wedding details alone, but to ask for help from parents and friends. While wanting her wedding to be beautiful, McInnish said she does not stress about the little things. “It’s not going to be the most wonderful day because of the flowers, the colors and all the fun,” McInnish said. “It’s because your friends and family are there and because I’m getting married to the man that I love.” McInnish said it is important to remember what a wedding is all about and not get obsessed with the event. “If it works out, it’ll be great and beautiful,” McInnish said, “but if it doesn’t happen, I still get to marry him at the end of the day.”
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Staying on track
Before the season started, I predicted the Tigers would go 10–2 with losses to either Arkansas or LSU at home and Alabama in the Iron Bowl, but fortunately, that’s not the way it turned out. The Tigers are 9–0 and look to make a run at a conference, maybe even a national, title. Auburn convincingly beat Ole Miss 51–31, in a game which saw several big plays from players other than Cameron Newton. Demond Washington had a 95-yard punt return for a touchdown, Onterio McCalebb had a 68-yard touchdown run, and Michael Dyer had a 30-yarder to throw in the mix. Dyer led the Tigers with 180 rushing yards, making it the third game he’s rushed for at least 100 yards or more. Dyer’s 180 yards ranks third for most yards in a game by an Auburn freshman, and his 723 yards on the season trails Bo Jackson’s freshman year running record by only 106 yards. Washington earned SEC » Turn to Linden, D2
This Week in Sports FRIDAY Soccer 7:30 p.m. v. Florida or Vanderbilt Equestrian 11:00 a.m. v. Texas A&M Volleyball 7:00 p.m. v. South Carolina
Saturday Football 12:00 p.m. v. Chattanooga Equestrian 10:00 a.m. v. TCU
SUNDAY Volleyball 1:00 p.m. v. Florida
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A display in the Lovelace Hall of Honor features photos explaining the history of the annual Auburn vs. Alabama football game, the Iron Bowl.
Lovelace Hall of Honor relocates to the Auburn Arena with sports memorabilia, interactive displays and a wider audience appeal Alison McFerrin Staff Writer
At a school founded on spirit, legend and tradition, it’s only right that a place be set aside to commemorate Auburn’s bestloved stories and memories. That place, the Jonathan B. Lovelace Hall of Honor, has reopened. Formerly located in the Auburn Athletic Complex, the Lovelace Hall of Honor now occupies a prominent spot in the Auburn Arena and has been updated to something more impressive than it used to be. “It was in a room, so it was sort of boxed in, and
it was, mostly, appealed to a lot of the older crowd,” said Randy Byars, who oversaw the design and construction of the project, as well as researched what photos and memorabilia to include. “It was mostly just a lot of artifacts in cases.” The new Hall of Honor highlights great moments in Auburn sports history with interactive displays, hundreds of pictures and anecdotes, and some of Auburn’s most treasured sports relics, like Bo Jacksons’s Heisman trophy. “One of the things that Jay Jacobs wanted to do was to appeal to a much broader audience, agewise, in the new Hall of
Honor,” Byars said. Byars said they hoped to be able to do that with the interactive displays. “This device is called a GestureTek, and it’s a neat thing that kids love,” Byars said, demonstrating the mechanism used to operate what Byars calls the Spirit Theatre. By waving a hand inside the GestureTek device, visitors can choose from 25 short video clips that tell different stories about Auburn sports history. “What they’re meant to convey is, what is the Auburn spirit,” Byars said. “These are fun, and they were well done.” The Hall of Honor includes some sort of
tribute to each sport at Auburn, including 17 display cases that hold jerseys, pictures, trophies and sports equipment and also incorporate interactive displays for each sport offered at Auburn. “You can’t physically display every trophy you’ve got,” Byars said. “But if you do it through telling stories, interactive displays, stuff like that, to me it’s a lot more manageable.” The interactive displays will make it easier to keep the Hall of Honor updated as Auburn makes more sports victories in the years to come, Byars said. Upon entering the Hall of Honor, visitors will get
to experience a pseudoTiger Walk with a largescale mural of Auburn fans, cheerleaders and even the AU Marching Band. Motion-activated speakers provide the sounds characteristic to an Auburn game day. Forrest Buckner, sophomore in graphic design, said that is his favorite part. “I thought that really captured the Tiger Walk,” Buckner said. “I think it was great.” Some students are unaware that the Hall of Honor exists. “I haven’t heard of it at all,” said Hannah » Turn to Museum, D2
Undefeated Tigers prepare for Chattanooga Blake Hamilton Associate Sports Editor
Rolling off a 51–31 win over Ole Miss that saw junior quarterback Cam Newton collect his first receiving touchdown, No. 2 Auburn (9–0, 6–0 SEC) prepares for its 2010 Homecoming bout against Tennessee-Chattanooga (5–3, 4–2 Southern Conference). UTC enters the game after a painful 49–35 loss to Elon, in which the Mocs threw six interceptions. Coach Russ Huesman said avoiding injuries is first priority. “No matter whether we’re playing Auburn or Elon or Georgia Southern, we can’t afford injuries, and I don’t think this will be any different,” Huesman said. “We came out of Alabama last year healthy. Nobody was banged up, and I anticipate coming out of this one the same way.” Though Auburn has won its last 18 consecutive
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Auburn’s Terrell Zachery scores Auburn’s last touchdown against Ole Miss Saturday.
Homecoming games, coach Gene Chizik said his team will stick to its philosophy of taking the season game by game. “I don’t care if we’re
ranked one or 10 or eight,” Chizik said. “We have three regular-season games left. If we lose one of the three, then it’s going to be tough to proceed and do all of
the things that everybody is talking about every week on TV. The only thing that we do is talk about what we can do this week, and then we’ll do the same
next week.” Chizik said UTC will present a challenge for the Auburn defense because of its ability to switch between one and two backs in its rushing attack, as well as other weapons. “They have great ideas at quarterback,” Chizik said. “They throw a lot of quick routes out there when you give it to them. They throw the ball and stretch it vertically down the field when you give that to them. “There’s a great mixture of what they’re trying to do offensively.” Newton said he agrees with Chizik’s attitude toward the game, despite increasing national exposure. The quarterback continues to brush off questions regarding NFL aspirations, choosing instead to focus on the week ahead. “We have a chance right now to seize the moment, and we can’t have those » Turn to Football, D2
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Co-Special Teams Player of the Week and Paul Hornung’s Most Versatile Performances of the Week honors after a great showing against the Rebels. Washington returned five kickoffs for 176 yards, including a 95-yard return for a touchdown in the second quarter. His return for a touchdown was only the second of his career, while his 176 return yards are the third most in a game in Auburn history. Defensively, Washington had six tackles, intercepted a pass and had a pass break up. This performance showed the Tigers can still win even if teams contain Newton, something of importance if the Tigers want a shot at any title.
The Auburn Plainsman Saturday marks the 97th observance and 84th homecoming game for Auburn. Auburn won its 18th straight Homecoming game last year, breaking the record for the longest streak in school history, which had been set from 1953–69. Auburn has scored 25 or more points in 23 of the last 27 Homecoming games. This week a 5–3 Chattanooga team is coming to the Plains. Second-year Chattanooga coach Russ Huesman has the Moc football program heading in the right direction after a 6–5 record his first year as coach. The performance marked the Moc’s first winning season since 2005 and earned Huesman 2009 Southern Conference Coach of the Year honors.
The Mocs are coming off a 49–35 loss against Elon, and things aren’t looking any better this week. Auburn has the nation’s second-best offense, averaging 496.2 yards per game and will most likely play most of the second half with freshmen and the second string. Key players for the Mocs include junior wide receiver Joel Bradford and freshman defensive back Kadeem Wise. Bradford ranks first among Football Championship Subdivision schools in receiving yards and is fourth in receptions. Bradford hauled in 66 passes for 1,027 yards and seven scores, while Wise is tied for second nationally with six interceptions. Auburn should easily win this one and get ready for the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry.
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Maxwell, junior in secondary English education, “but I would go.” The Hall of Honor details time-honored Auburn football traditions, like rolling Toomer’s Corner, the War Eagle fight song and Spirit Walk, as well as tells the stories of great coaches and athletes
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types of selfish thoughts to run through our mind because it can be contagious and we don’t want that around here,” Newton said. “There’s a time and a place for everything. I’m not sitting up here and giving you a definite decision on how I’m feeling right now. How I’m feeling right now is Tennessee-Chattanooga and trying to dissect their game plan with Coach (Gus) Malzahn.” Leading Newton’s rushing attack is the Auburn offensive line, which Chizik described as what “makes it go.” Chizik singled out the line’s physicality as a team weakness after Auburn’s 27–24 win over Clemson. Since then, senior guard Mike Berry and in the history of each Auburn sport. “Some of the things we wanted to do in the overall theme of this Hall of Honor was to tell the Auburn story, what makes us unique, and what the Auburn spirit is all about,” Byars said. “You want to feel that emotion. You want to get some chill bumps or some adrenaline, or some warmth that
Thursday, November 4, 2010 the three other senior suffered an undisclosed linemen have helped the injury in Saturday’s game Auburn offense produce against Ole Miss, while an average of 352 rushing freshman wide receiver Shaun Kitchens hurt his yards per game. knee ear“ H e lier in the (Chizik) season. k n e w I don’t care “(Kitchwe had ens has) the poif we’re got to tential ranked one or 10 continue to be to work o n e or eight. We have on his of the three regular season g a m e ,” best ofgames left.” Chizik f e n siv e said. “He’s lines out Gene Chizik, t h e r e ,” head coach got a ways Berry to go, but sai d . we’ll con“He just called us out that tinue to work with him. we had the potential to be It’s Week 10, so there are even greater. We stepped some bumps and bruises. up to the challenge and We’ll have a better idea put it on our backs.” where everybody stands Injuries on offense have later in the week.” also become prevalent Auburn vs. Chattaas the season has pro- nooga kicks off at noon gressed. Sophomore tight Saturday in Jordan-Hare end Phillip Lutzenkirchen Stadium.
says, ‘Okay. I get it. I understand what the Auburn Spirit is.’” Buckner said the Hall of Honor seems more attentive to detail than its predecessor. “They really looked at how to capture different elements a little bit better,” Buckner said. “It just looked like it was put together a lot better and more forethought put into
it.” It took about a year and a half from the beginning of interviewing designers until the Hall reopened to put it all together. According to auburntigers.com, the Lovelace Hall of Honor originally opened in 1996. However, it has been closed since January 2008 in anticipation of its move to the Auburn Arena.
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Junior defender Heather Havron, prepares to pass the ball to a teammate against rival Alabama Friday.
Sophomore defender Christine Schweer, prepares to pass the ball downﬁeld against Alabama Friday.
Soccer keeps focus heading into postseason play against Georgia Auburn soccer wins SEC West and will play the University of Georgia in the first round of the SEC Tournament Peter McCaughan Writer
The women’s soccer team is on top of its game heading into the SEC Tournament. The Tigers are coming off an overtime thriller in which they beat Alabama 2–1 to wrap up the regular season. The win gave the team the SEC West division title, as well as coach Karen Hoppa’s 200th win as a collegiate head coach. With this win, the Tigers were also able to clinch a spot in the SEC Tournament. Heading into the first round, Auburn will face Georgia and will try to repeat the regular-season victory against the Bulldogs, which Auburn won 2–1. The Bulldogs, on the other hand, have lost their
past two games, against important to come out with the same energy and Tennessee and Auburn. That is not to say this intensity that got us to the team will be an easy test postseason and helped us beat them for the Tiin the first gers. place.” T h e Regardless C a t e D awg s of the day, said it will e a s be imporily blew by game or situation, tant for Alabama I think the best the Tigers 3–0. to keep S o p h o - thing about this up the m o r e team is that we all tempo midfielder know we’re being the entire Ana Cate game. said the supported by 26 T i g e r s other people” “I think should one thing not let its can Ana Cate, we sophomore midfielder i m p r o v e regularseason on is win over playing Georgia make them lose our game for an entire their focus. 90 minutes,” Cate said. “The toughest thing for “When we’re on and clickus will be mentally for- ing, there aren’t many getting that we beat this teams who can run with same team only a week us, but it will be important ago,” Cate said. “It will be from a mental standpoint
to sustain that energy for an entire game—not just when we’re down a goal or looking to close out the half.” Cate said this team is a family. “Regardless of the day, game or situation, I think the best thing about this team is that we all know we’re being supported by 26 other people,” she said. If the Tigers can come up with another victory in the first round against Georgia, they will face either Florida or Vanderbilt in the semifinals. The Tigers tied the Commodores and beat the Gators 1-0 in the regular season. The winner of the SEC Championship game is also guaranteed a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The SEC Championship will be televised on ESPNU at 2 p.m. Nov. 7.
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Barber leads golf to glory on the green Eric Yabor Writer
Blayne Barber, Auburn’s redshirt sophomore golfer, almost never made it to the Plains. Just a few years ago, he was at the University of Central Florida with no intentions of transferring. The No. 8 men’s golf team owes much of its success to Barber, as he leads the team in subpar rounds and is tied for second for rounds at par or better. Previously, Barber tied for fifth place at the Jerry Pate National, made third place at the Carpet Capital Collegiate and tied for first place at the Bridgestone Collegiate with the Tigers. For all his success on the golf course, Barber owes much of it to coach Nick Clinard, who recruited Barber out of high school for Central Florida. “I think his work ethic in the classroom and on the golf course is outstanding,” Clinard said. Despite the praise, Barber said the best way to win tournaments is by simply going step by step. “I really don’t do anything special or out of the norm,” Barber said, “You’ll do well if you just relax.” Clinard, who has coached Barber for four years, was lured away from his head coaching position at UCF and is now in his second year as Auburn’s head coach. Barber promptly followed him. Barber’s freshman year at UCF during the 20082009 season ended with him leading the team in scoring average with 71.14. That year, the Clinardcoached Knights won the Conference USA Championship. With Clinard playing such a major role in his rise to prominence, Barber felt obligated to transfer.
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Sophomore Blayne Barber chips the ball at the Bridgestone Collegiate in Greensboro, Ga.
“I really just came be- found the transfer to be a cause he was coming good decision. up here,” Barber said, “I Not only are the Tigers thought in the top he was 10, but a great Barber has I certainly guy. I found the want to be thought town and he was a professional. I’m campus to a great going to continue be fun and coach interestto work hard and that had ing. a lot of achieve.” “I love knowlAuburn, Blayne Barber, and I love e d g e sophomore the people, about golf. and I love “I reeverything ally don’t think I would be about Auburn,” he said. where I am today without “The people here are genuhim.” inely nice.” Barber said he has Barber said he wishes to
eventually become a professional golfer. “I certainly want to be a professional,” Barber said, “I’m going to continue to work hard and achieve.” Clinard said he has strong confidence that his protégé Barber can succeed at the next level of play. “He’s a big-time player,” Clinard said. “I think his future is bright and his potential is unlimited.” Barber is currently ranked in the top 10 in the world for amateur golfers. The next men’s golfing event will be Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla.
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Bass sports club places twice at regionals Emily Adams Photo Editor
The bass sports club earned third- and 10thplace finishes at the Southeast regional championship in the National Guard FLW College Fishing Tournament Oct. 21– 23 at Lake Monroe, Fla. Anglers Shaye Baker and Jordan Lee finished third with 31 pounds, qualifying for nationals in April and winning $5,500 for the club. Caleb Rodgers and Kiron Browning took 10th with 13 pounds. Baker and Lee did well after a slow start, said team adviser Jann Swaim. “It was a tremendous effort, considering they were in 10th or 11th after the first day,” Swaim said. “So it was a good effort on their part to finish where they did and make it back to nationals again.” Lee said he was pleased with their third-place finish. “We were both excited,” Lee said. “Top five was just as good as first place to us because you get to move on to the next level.” Baker, who placed third at nationals last year, said he is ready to compete again.
Anglers Shaye Baker and Jordan Lee celebrate after a third-place ﬁnish at the Southeast regional college ﬁshing tournament.
“We were one pound shy of the $100,000 mark last year, and that qualifies you for the next level, so we’re trying to get there this year,” Baker said. To prepare for nationals, Baker and Lee will make trips to Knoxville, Tenn., where nationals will be held April 10-12. “You wouldn’t think you
could practice much for fishing, but each lake sets up differently,” Baker said. “There are places fish congregate depending on the time of the year, so we’re going this winter to narrow down where we want to fish during the tournament.” Baker compared preparing for a tournament
to doing schoolwork. “You do a lot of research for it,” Baker said. “There’s no end to how much stuff you can do before you get to the lake. A lot of work goes into it prior to getting out there with a rod in your hand.” Lee said the best way to make improvements is to stay sharp.
“Every day we go out and learn something new just by putting in time on the water,” Lee said. The club will host the Fall Classic Tournament at Lake Martin Nov. 18-20, where about 30 colleges will be invited to compete. Baker said the team is getting ready to host this event, as well as practicing
for qualifiers for the spring traveling team. “We’re going to work on mental preparation for a tournament,” Swaim said. “The second thing we’re going to be working on is how to work together as a team and communicate better and try to put personal goals aside and look for the goal of winning for Auburn University.” Working with a team on a traditionally individual sport is beneficial, Lee said. “I fish all around on my own, but with the Auburn team, it’s about the camaraderie of all the guys,” Lee said. “It’s kind of like our own fraternity.” Traveling is an added bonus, according to Baker. “We’ve had the opportunity to travel all over the country fishing for the University,” Baker said. “That’s probably been the best thing about it, is getting to travel around as much as we have and not having to pay much.” Club members include 35 men and one woman. The team holds qualifiers before each tournament to determine the top eight who will represent Auburn. Membership is open to all Auburn students.
Soccer season a success despite no nationals bid Katie Brown
While the season proved to be a success for Auburn, Writer the team struggled at reWhile the season may gionals, with tough combe winding down for the petition from the Univermen’s club soccer team, sity of North Carolina and the future remains bright. the University of Florida. “Although we did not The team finished the make nationals like we ex- weekend 2–1 after bepected to, I think this sea- ing eliminated in the first son has really shown some round of the tournament. promise for the years to “The season was a bit come,” said junior forward of a ride,” said senior outBrian Boyett, president of side fullback and captain the team. Wes Ormond. “The team Leading seemed up to reto be gionals, the g e t t i n g We put in a men’s socbetter lot of hard cer team and betwas ranked work on the practice ter, and No. 1 in the field, and it showed we were region. really come game time.” The Tioptimisgers had tic going Wes Ormond, defeated senior outside fullback into last teams such weekas Alaend. bama, Samford, the Uni“Getting knocked out so versity of Central Florida early at regionals was a bit and Columbus State. of a shock to us.” The Tigers outscored Because of the loss at retheir opponents this sea- gionals, the Tigers’ chance son 35-10. at a nationals bid is slim. “We won the UniverEven with the disapsity of Florida Invitational pointment from regionals, Tournament for the first Boyett is confident about time and ended the season the future of the team afwith a 10-1 record,” Boyett ter the high turnout of talsaid. ent during tryouts.
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“We had a record turnout at tryouts,” Boyett said. “I think we had over 100 new players try out, which is huge, considering the 60 or so we normally have. Picking the team was harder than ever.” While the team has 17 returning players and an unusually large roster of 37, the freshmen on the team made an impact this season. “The young talent we picked up was incredible,” Boyett said. “Several freshmen earned starting positions very early in the season and were instrumental in our success. They are the future of this program.” After three years on the team, Boyett said he is convinced that this year’s team has something special—chemistry. “Overall, the biggest strength of this team was its great chemistry,” said senior center-midfielder Andrew Wallace. “It was a very close team with everyone willing to put the team above themselves.” Not only was the team’s chemistry strong, but they kept the drama to a minimum.
Junior Cameron Payne ﬁghts for possession in Auburn’s 3-2 win over Georgia Southern.
“We put in a lot of hard work on the practice field, and it showed come game time,” Ormond said. “Maybe our biggest strength was keeping things
relatively drama-free, which is hard to do sometimes with that many guys, so much at stake and no coach.” Though the Tigers will
probably not make the trip to nationals, the season is not over. Auburn faces the University of Georgia Nov. 12 at the Wire Road complex.
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McGhee brings best out of women’s basketball Rachel Shirey Writer
Assistant women’s basketball coach Carla McGhee shoots to make a difference in the team both on and off the court. McGhee has been assistant coach for three seasons. Before coming to Auburn, she worked in the WNBA office and later coached for South Carolina. “I love this game—basketball has been great to me, but at the end of the day, it’s a game,” McGhee said. “I’m hoping it’s a game that’s going to help prepare everybody for life.” McGhee said being a coach is both challenging and fulfilling. She said she wants to make a difference in the lives of women. “I think we have a great group of young ladies here,” McGhee said. “I always look at them like they are coming in as young
girls, and when they leave serious, not even underhere in four years, I want standing the magnitude them to be women. They of what it could lead to, understand what it’s going and I was good,” McGhee to take to be said. “Basically, successful in I would say my the world.” junior year in McGhee high school, it said one of hit me that peothe most reple were saying warding asthat, ‘This kid is pects of besomething speing a coach cial.’” is seeing McGhee later the athletes went on to be a grow and be member of the MCGHEE successful. U.S. women’s “Coach McGhee is pretty national basketball team awesome,” said Chantel in 1996, where she won an Hilliard, junior in political Olympic gold medal. However, her experience science. “I like her intensity when we are out there isn’t the only thing she on court. She brings out contributes to the team. “She’s very energetic the best in people, so when you are having a low prac- and exciting to have on tice or something, she’ll the court, especially with those 5 a.m. workouts pick you up.” McGhee got her start in when everybody is basibasketball when she was cally half asleep still,” said in seventh grade because Jassany Williams, freshshe was taller than her man in radio, television classmates, including the and film. “She really brings a lot of energy to the pracboys. “I did it not really being tices.”
McGhee also has a 12-year-old son, who she says influences her decisions and her ability as a coach. McGhee said she believes she has more empathy and compassion because she is a mom. “I look at it like I’m more than a coach,” McGhee said. “Some days I’m a parent, some days I’m a counselor, some days they just need someone they can talk to. Some days I’m a disciplinarian—‘I’ve got to tell you, you were wrong, and we are gonna get it right.’ Some days I might just be their big sister, and some days I’m invisible.” McGhee said she has done her job if she can encompass all those roles. Off the court, McGhee said she enjoys shopping, reading and bowling, and also tries to reach out to close friends and family. McGhee claims family values steered her career and is the reason she ended up at Auburn.
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Volleyball returns home for three-game stretch Nick Van Der Linden Assistant Sports Editor
The volleyball team (16–10) returns home to continue the quest for its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance. The Tigers will take on South Carolina (5–18) Friday, followed by No. 1 Florida (20–1) Sunday at the Student Activities Center. The Tigers last faced South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., Oct. 17, defeating the Gamecocks 3–0. Senior middle blocker Lauren Mellor led the Tigers with seven blocks, while Alyssa Davis had six in the three-set win. Sophomore outside hitter Sarah Bullock finished with 11 kills and three blocks while senior libero Liz Crouch had a teamhigh 16 digs. Although the Tigers walked away with the win last time, Benson said this time it will be no guaranteed victory. He said he believes the Gamecocks have gotten better and will most likely change their offense from a 6–2, with two setters, to a 5–1. “I believe that they found out that working
with one setter gives them a little more consistency,” Benson said. The Tigers will continue its homestand Sunday against the No. 1 Florida Gators. The Tigers last faced the Gators Oct. 15 in Gainesville, Fla., where Auburn lost 3–0. Benson said during that game he tried several different lineups and tried to give more people playing time. Junior outside hitter Kelly Fidero led the Tigers with eight kills against the Gators while also recording seven digs. Freshman setter Chelsea Wintzinger recorded 14 assists and 11 digs. The Tigers were winless last weekend after 3–0 losses at No. 22 Tennessee (19–5) and Kentucky (13–11). Benson said the weekend was disappointing, especially against Kentucky. “In Lexington, we came out a little tentative in game one,” Benson said. “In game two, we were in control, we were taking it to them, but we did not come through with the swings. We didn’t put the ball away.” Bullock recorded 11 kills on the day, Fidero finished
with six, and freshman outside hitter Kathia Rud had five and two blocks. Defensively, Crouch had 10 digs and was backed by freshman outside hitter Vesela Zapryanova, who recorded nine digs. Kentucky senior middle blocker Lauren Rapp and junior middle blocker Becky Pavan each finished with 10 kills. Auburn also suffered a 3–0 loss earlier that weekend in Knoxville, Tenn., against the nationally ranked Lady Volunteers. “They played absolutely phenomenally well on all cylinders and are in my opinion the best team in the conference, even though they lost to Florida,” Benson said. Senior outside hitter Morgan Johns recorded 10 kills for the Tigers and finished the match with a .364 attack percentage. Bullock tallied five kills and was followed by Rud with four. Bullock and Rud also led the defensive effort, each finishing the game with seven digs. Crouch finished the night with six digs. The South Carolina game is set to start at 7:00 p.m., and the Florida game will start at 1 p.m.