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The Auburn Plainsman A Spirit That Is Not Afraid

THURSDAY, February 18, 2010

Vol. 116, Issue 19 32 Pages

Semesters’ days set to decrease soon MAXWELL NEWFIELD ASSOCIATE CAMPUS EDITOR

In a move which few Auburn students are likely to object, the University Senate decided to shorten the length of spring and fall semesters. The proposed changes, which passed 2 to 1 in the Senate, will go into effect in the fall of 2010. The new semesters will have between 70 and 73 days excluding finals, whereas the current semesters always consist of 75 days of class. “It sounds odd, but it’s how other schools do it,” said Kathryn Flynn, professor in forestry and

Our goal is for each semester to be 73 days. I suspect it will be somewhere around 72.” Kathryn Flynn, head chair for University Senate wildlife sciences and head chairwoman of the University Senate. “Our goal is for each semester to be 73 days. I suspect it will be somewhere around 72.” Flynn said the primary motivation for shortening the semesters was to help students organize graduation plans. “When students got their

grades, particularly in the winter, graduation would fall on the last day of work ( for faculty),” Flynn said. “Students had little to no time to carry out any appeals because all of the offices were closed.” SGA President Jacob Watkins said he does not think the couple day decrease to the schedule will

cause any significant changes on campus. “I don’t think it will make a huge difference,” Watkins said. “I supported it. It won’t really change anything and who doesn’t like a few more days off from class?” The short amount of time between the end of finals and graduation caused problems for both students and faculty, Smith said. In some cases, graduation and the following semester would overlap, such as the fall semester of 2009 when graduation for summer classes occurred after the fall semester began. Flynn said she was a supporter

of the proposal because it will allow teachers more prep time, it will give students a little more of a break between semesters and it will allow the University to carry out its functions smoothly. “There are some classes where this will present a challenge,” Flynn said. “It can definitely be a challenge to fit everything in. But then some classes seem to be a lecture or two too long.” Flynn said she thinks ultimately the change will be for the best. “Schools that have this type of schedule, they’re high-caliber schools, they make it work,” Flynn said. “We think it will be a win-win for everybody.”

PACT bills approved to save 45,000 contracts DANIEL CHESSER ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR


Mardi Gras on The Plains was held on the Concourse for the University. UPC handed out beads, masks, refreshments and king cake.



Meghan Gheesling, freshman in early educating, prepares to celebrate Fat Tuesday.

Although it may not be quite the same as Bourbon Street, the town of Auburn was filled with the spirit of Mardi Gras for Fat Tuesday, Feb. 16. UPC led the Mardi Gras celebration on campus with a table full of Mardi Gras staples. “We have all sorts of beads, chocolate coins, masks, king cake and moon pies,” said Ann Geoghagan, sophomore in hotel and restaurant management. “And we have fun.” This is the second year UPC has celebrated Mardi Gras on campus. Geoghagan said UPC typically does something to celebrate holidays such as Mardi Gras or Valentine’s Day.

“Really we’re just trying to promote UPC,” Geoghagan said. “We’re handing out free stuff which is usually how we get people to come to UPC events.” Stephanie Cox, junior in marine biology, said even though events like the Mardi Gras celebration are used to promote UPC, she still thinks they are rewarding. “It’s just fun to give back to the students; to give them something differ> Turn to MARDI, A2

UPC spend student fees for ‘free’ movies DAVIS POTTER WRITER

While students are here at Auburn to receive a quality education, they also need occasional breaks from their studies. Whether it’s music, sports, crafts, social events or any other activity, students are constantly looking for ways to escape the everyday stress of classes.


The University Program Council is doing its part to provide students with more on-campus entertainment by increasing the number of movie showings this school year. After showing 16 movies last year, UPC is scheduled to show 22 this time around, including 11 in the spring semester. The quality and diversity of the movies played a large part in scheduling additional showings this year, said UPC Presi-

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dent Sharné Rice. “Lately, there have been a lot of good movies out,” Rice said. “This semester, I think the variety is different.” Rice said this semester contains a mixture of comedy, drama, action and other movies after mostly going with comedies during the fall semester. UPC also wanted to show a wide variety of movies that

Contracts for prepaid college tuition will be fulfilled after a period of uncertainty in a struggling and down economy. Two different but similar bills have been approved to go to the full House for debate on the issue of the Prepaid Alabama College Tuition Program. These bills will ensure college tuition the state of Alabama is paid for the 45,000 children whose parents bought contracts in the state’s prepaid college tuition program. “I think it is still going to be a tough battle,” said Richard Huckaby, cofounder and V.P. of Save Alabama PACT. “But I think this is the solution that is worthy of hard work from everyone involved.” The Alabama Senate voted 33-0 for a plan to transfer $236 million over eight years to the state’s Prepaid Affordable College Tuition program last week. “This vote shows that the senators are fully aware of the problem in the state of Alabama with the PACT program,” said Democratic Rep. Craig Ford of Gadsden. “And that they want to address the issue.” The House Education Appropriations Committee also voted unanimously on a bill that will guarantee payment of all current contracts. “This is to serve the people who have bought a contract with the state of Alabama regarding the PACT pro> Turn to PACT, A2



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DUI Arrests in the City of Auburn Feb. 10 - Feb. 14, 2010 Brian P. Hale, 27, of Auburn Auburn Feb. 10, 2:00 a.m. Tina L. Gibby, 30, of Alexandria, La. South College Street Feb. 11, 4:09 a.m. Demetrius D. Foreman, 30, of Opelika Shug Jordan Pkwy. / AL Hwy 14 Feb. 14, 12:01 a.m. Tyler N. Countryman, 24, of Montgomery North Ross Street / Opelika Road Feb. 14, 2:31 a.m. Justine A. Foster, 19, of Raymond, Maine Auburn Church of Christ Feb. 14, 3:10 a.m.

CRIME REPORTS Feb. 10, - Feb. 14, 2010 Feb. 10, 213 Mell St. – Theft of property reported. One blue anatomy book.

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gram,” Ford said. Senate Bill 162, written by Sen. Ted Little, does not limit state universities’ ability to raise tuition on students with PACT contracts. The rival bill is House Bill 228 and was written by Ford. “If we don’t act now the state is going to be spending more money defending lawsuits than paying for PACT students,” Ford said. “Because the state is going to have to defend itself with taxpayer’s money.” Both of these bills allow the same amount of $236 million over eight years for funding, but one puts a 2.5 percent increase cap on tuition per year for PACT students. “The bill is for sure and my bill (House Bill 228) has a cap on tuition increase for PACT students for the universities,” Ford said. “Sen. Little’s bill is like a bot-

tomless pit.” The idea of tuition caps is not a popular one among universities. The Alabama Education Association teachers have lobbied to encourage a cap on tuition for the PACT program, saying a bailout would cost much more than $236 million. “I foresee my bill being passed,” Ford said. “Negotiations will be made over the two bills with the hope of compromise between them.” Either one of these bills will put an end the 20-year-old PACT program when all current contracts are paid. “These bills ensure the PACT program contracts continue through their duration to completeness,” Huckaby said. “At that point in time the PACT program as we know it is over.” Huckaby said he is hopeful for a college tuition program in the future, but he said it would not come back in its current form.

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Feb. 10, 500 Block of Webster Rd. – Theft of firearm reported. One gray Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun. Feb. 11, Stonegate Mobile Home Park – Theft of property reported. Two black TV/radio/VCRs, assorted DVDs, one brown Coach purses and assorted costume jewelry.

Feb. 11, Stonegate Dr., Stonegate Mobile Home Park- Theft reported. One Dell Latitude Laptop, one silver Smith & Wesson .38 caliber wood handle revolver, one black 32” Sanyo flatscreen TV and two 24-packs of Budweiser beer. Feb. 11, Wire Rd.– Burglary and theft reported. One black HP computer, one blue HP computer, one black Logitech webcam, assorted clothing, one silver Fossil watch and $100.

Feb. 11, S. College St. – Theft reported. One black 40” Samsung

Feb. 14, S. Brookwood Dr.- Unlawful breaking and entering vehicle and theft reported. One Apple Macbook Pro. Feb. 14, S. College St. – Unlawful breaking and entering vehicle and theft reported. One black Colt .38 special handgun with brown handle and one green pistol holder with Winchester ammunition. - Reports provided by Auburn Department of Public Safety

The Auburn Plainsman receives Best College Newspaper award

Jillian D. Curl, 20, of Riverdale, Ga. South College Street at Heart of Auburn Feb. 14, 3:49 a.m.


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The Auburn Plainsman was named Best College Newspaper at the Best of South competition at the annual Southeastern Journalism Conference. Along with this regional honor, The Plainsman also received three other awards including Journalist of the Year, Best Web site and Best Press Photographer. Ellison Langford, news editor,

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ent, something to eat on the way to class,” Cox said. “Everyone definitely enjoys it.” Geoghagan said the king cake was her favorite part of the UPC Mardi Gras celebration. According to Geoghagan, king cake is a sweet, doughy cake which is similar to “a donut crossed with a cake.” Geoghagan said traditionally a baby figurine is placed inside the king cake. Whoever finds the baby is said to have good luck for the next year, but

placed ninth as Journalist of the Year. She was chosen by a selection committee comprised of former recipients of the award. Langford has served on staff for a year. The Plainsman’s Web site, www., ranked eighth overall in competition with schools that included mediums of newspaper, broadcast, yearbook and radio. Rod Guajardo, managing editor, ranked second as Best Press Photographer.

they also must buy the king cake for the following year’s celebration. Cox said she was unsure whether or not the UPC cakes contained baby figurines. “I don’t know if we have a baby in them or not,” Cox said. “I think they said something about it being a choking hazard. I wouldn’t want to find the baby anyway because then you would have to buy 30 cakes for everyone next year.” Melanie Butler, senior in industrial design, said the possibility of finding a baby did not affect her decision to pick up a piece of


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would appeal to all students. “We’re trying to target everyone and not just a particular type of student,” said Brandie Battiste, films assistant director. “Hopefully, with more variety and having more of (the showings), we’ve chosen something that at least everyone will have liked.” The boost in showings isn’t going to cost UPC any extra money. Battiste said the organization will use leftover funds from its annual budget to pay for the extra showings. The films committee uses its best judgment when deciding which movies to purchase. The committee receives a list of movies from Swank Motion Pictures that are currently in

He served on the photo staff for a year. This year’s competition included 330 eligible entries from 32 member schools in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee, according to the press release. Judges for the competition came from states outside the SEJC’s member region and included 22 journalism professionals from newspapers, broadcast outlets and magazines across the country.

king cake. “They could be poisoning me right now and I wouldn’t know, or care,” Butler said. UPC also distributed another Fat Tuesday essential: Mardi Gras beads. “Everyone really likes the beads, they’re really part of the Mardi Gras spirit,” Cox said. Cox said people did not have to perform any unsavory acts to receive beads, they could just ask for them. Meanwhile, in the town of Auburn, The Bank Vault brought the spirit of the French Quarter to Toomer’s Corner.

theaters, but are not yet available on DVD. The list is trimmed down by selecting the movies with the highest rankings. After the highest-rated movies have been selected, the committee picks the final group of movies based on what it thinks the students will enjoy. Some students are looking forward to the extra showings. “I think it’s awesome just because you can see (a movie) before it comes out on DVD and watch it with your friends and stuff,” said Scott Morrison, junior in biomedical sciences. “It’s right there on campus.” Morrison said he also believes the additional movies could give students more flexibility with their schedules. “If they did it once a month, and

“We’ve got The Good Doctor playing and our normal drink specials plus three dollar hurricanes,” said Victoria Hollis, bartender at The Bank Vault. Although The Bank Vault did not have any king cake to offer, they did have their classic one dollar tacos for all those who wanted to splurge before Lent. Hollis said events like Fat Tuesday are great days to celebrate at The Bank Vault. “There’s always a lot of people coming out, listening to music, pretty much just having a really fun time,” Hollis said.

if you can’t come that one day, then you miss out on that whole month,” Morrison said. “But if they show more (movies) more often, there’s more a likelihood you could go.” There are six showings left on the slate for the spring semester. The showings will wrap up with the stadium movie April 19. “Star Trek” will be shown on the Jordan-Hare Stadium Jumbotron this year. Battise said the stadium showing is a big hit with students and a great way to end the year. “The stadium movie is an immensely big event,” Battiste said. “It’s pretty much the event that we wait for all semester.” The next movie showing by UPC is “The Men Who Stare at Goats” in Haley 2370 at 7 p.m. tonight.

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Attorney General Troy King said in a press release yesterday that the raid on VictoryLand by Gov. Bob Riley’s Task Force on Illegal Gambling was the incorrect approach to solving the state’s issue with gambling. King said Riley and the Legislature should allow citizens to vote on gambling. The Alabama Supreme Court has never made a de-

finitive ruling on the legality of electronic bingo, King said. “As recently as Nov. 13, 2009, the Supreme Court expressly stated that the question of the legality of electronic bingo in Alabama had not been brought before it, and, therefore, they were expressly declining to answer it.” King said the raid on VictoryLand was inappropriate. “I have never seen a more illadvised and reckless approach to a legal issue than the current approach now being un-

dertaken by the governor’s task force,” King said. “Rather than moving quickly in a court of law to obtain the answer, the task force has regrettably chosen drama, intimidation and force.” King said Riley and the task force have ignored laws, such as equal enforcement of the law, equal protection of the law and due process under the law by raiding VictoryLand. “I am duty bound to inform the governor when it is the legal opinion of this office

and its lawyers that his actions are questionable or potentially expose our state to devastating liability,” King said. King proposed Riley implement a three-step plan to rectify the problems the raids have caused. First, John Tyson, commander of the task force, should seek declaratory judge-

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Schoolchildren sit outside Wrights Mill Road Elementary School and wait to be picked up after school.


A USA Today Special Report published in 2007 on toxic air surrounding America’s schools listed four local Auburn city schools in as low as the 38th percentile of national rankings. The report, titled “The Smokestack Effect,” used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency model and the help of University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Political Economy Research Institute to determine the air quality surrounding specific schools. Andrea Folmar, assistant principal of Auburn Early Education Center, was surprised to find her school listed in the 41st percentile. Folmar also said she was not aware of the study “When I look at the weather channel, (Auburn’s) air quality seems to be fine,” Folmar said. Following the path of industrial pollution, USA Today generated a map of nearly 128,000 schools listing approximate levels of toxic chemicals found in the air based on 2005 emissions reports.

Although members of the EPA were involved in this study, there is still questions concerning the methodology of USA Today’s study. Dawn Harris, external affairs with the EPA, was not supportive of USA Today’s results. “That article didn’t take many different factors into consideration,” Harris said. “Such as if (the school or industry) is existing.” The Opelika Facility of Westpoint Home was listed as one main polluter responsible for toxic chemicals in Auburn schools’ air. However, this facility hasn’t had industrial plants operating for the past two to three years when the study was conducted. Interface Flooring System Inc. of LaGrange, Ga., was also listed as a main pollutant contributor for Auburn schools. However, the information the study provided regarding the facility may have been false, said Wendy Porter, director of environmental management for IFS. Porter said this is because USA Today made assumptions

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How important are aesthetics?

How changes will affect the appearance of the University influences safety projects ELLISON LANGFORD NEWS EDITOR

Haluk Yapicioglu was released from a rehabilitation facility Wednesday and is doing well after being struck by a car two weeks ago, said Barbara Swanson of the College of Engineering. Yapicioglu is a post doctoral fellow in the College of Engineering. He was struck by a car while crossing Magnolia Ave at approximately 8:23 p.m. Feb. 4. Yapicioglu is the first victim of a pedestrian-vehicle accident in Auburn this year. However, he is only one of between nine and 11 pedestrians who were hit by vehicles from 2009 until now. These statistics have been a significant motivation behind the recent projects started by the city and University. “Accident statistics play a large role in deciding which roadway projects get done,” said Catherine Love, civil engineer in the facilities division of Auburn University. “Be it lighting or be it drainage, be it pavement markers or signage.” Two people hit by cars and critically injured in 2009 were Mary

Hammett, an employee in the Ralph Brown Draughon Library, and Shou Ju Chen, a visiting scholar. Hammett was life flighted by helicopter to Columbus Regional Medical Center after she was struck crossing South College Street Sept. 28, and Chen was life flighted from the Auburn-Opelika Robert G. Pitts Airport after being struck on Magnolia Avenue Nov. 6. Both had been crossing those streets at night. Nine traffic accident reports were provided regarding accidents in the past 13 months. However, additional documentation says there have been as many as 11 people hit by vehicles in the past 13 months. Of the nine reports provided, all but one of the accidents occurred either in the later afternoon or night. All but three of the pedestrians were hit on Magnolia Avenue. Those three were struck on South College Street. Accidents like these have played a part in motivating the University to repaint sidewalks and install more lighting along Magnolia Avenue.

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Jeff Ramsey in the Auburn Public Works Department said the city has looked into building a crosswalk from the library to the Auburn University Hotel & Dixon Conference Center, but said the amount of lanes and the high speed of traffic makes it a bad idea. “We felt like if we encouraged people to cross at that location we would really be setting someone up for a fatality,” Ramsey said. “Once you get into speeds of 35, 45 miles an hour, you’re really not going to survive a collision.” However, the city is still making changes in other parts of the city such as Magnolia Avenue. Temporary generator-powered lights have been added along the south side of Magnolia Avenue. The lights will illuminate Magnolia Avenue until permanent lights are installed closer to July. The lights will be installed along the south side of Magnolia Avenue rather than on both sides. Duggan said the lights are designed to illuminate the entire street from one side. The city and University often > Turn to SAFETY, A4

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Association names “Friend of Planning” LAURA MAXWELL ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR

The Alabama chapter of the American Planning Association has named local planning commission member Warren McCord “Friend of Planning” for 2010. This category is for nonelected officials who offer their time and service to the field of planning. Comments from his nomination letter were read to the community at the Feb. 11 planning commission meeting. These comments acknowledged his passion for what he does, his participation in meetings,

his input which provides alternative perspectives on different issues and his desire to provide information to the public through local media. McCord received a congratulatory standing ovation for his service to the local community. McCord has served Auburn since 1975. He will receive the award March 18 during the Annual Planning Conference in Tuscaloosa. In other business during the short meeting, the commission approved annexations for Water Oak Ridge, McLendon Place and Brookhaven Farms Subdivision.


ments in several counties to find out if electronic is permitted in each county’s constitution, King said. Second, Tyson and the task force should determine whether sufficient evidence exists to keep gambling facilities closed and to close others, King said. “Third, in light of the fact that we anticipate these facilities will abide by court instructions, Mr. Tyson should not risk harm to law enforcement or the public with further warrantless raids,” King said. “The elected district attorneys in the various circuits can continue to enforce the criminal laws there.” Todd Stacy, governor’s

office press secretary, said Riley relied on King to interpret gambling laws. “It wasn’t until 2008 until our legal experts realized that not only was this stuff not bingo, it fit squarely under the definition of illegal slot machines,” Stacy said. “The governor acted on good faith from the attorney general that his legal interpretation was correct. It turns out that, obviously, it was not.” Stacy said Riley targets gambling because he is trying to uphold the law. “The governor took an oath to uphold the constitution and enforce the law,” Stacy said. “Turning a blind eye to what is clearly illegal activity would be a direct violation of that oath.” VictoryLand was raided Feb. 1, and since then, all

Thursday, February 18 ,2010 its facilities have closed. VictoryLand officials blame Riley for the closing of all of their facilities. “The employees of VictoryLand, Quincy’s Triple Seven and The Oasis Hotel thank you for your support,” says the VictoryLand Web site. “Unfortunately, we are temporarily closed due to Bob Riley’s attempt to destroy VictoryLand.” Stacy said it was the choice of VictoryLand officials to close. “Only the Quincy’s Triple Seven Casino was the focus of law enforcement,” Stacy said. “Obviously the hotel wasn’t, obviously the dog track wasn’t. They have other venues out there that are completely fine, but for some reason, they closed down all of them.” However, VictoryLand

was a source of jobs and a large part of the economy in Macon County. The VictoryLand sign next to Interstate 85 claims closing has cost Macon County 1,400 jobs. The governor’s office sent a response team to counsel people who have lost their jobs, Stacy said. Earl Martin, economic developer for Shorter, said the closing of VictoryLand will not destroy the economy. “Of course VictoryLand is important to the area, and there are a lot of people who live around Shorter and neighboring towns who worked at VictoryLand,” Martin said, “but it’s not the be-all, end-all for Shorter from an economic development standpoint. Shorter plans to keep on keeping on and grow and prosper.”

City council recognizes, thanks SGA representatives LAURA MAXWELL ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR

Anna Twardy and Trevor Ramsey received recognition for their hard work serving as the director and assistant director of city relations for the SGA during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. Ramsey reminded those attending the meeting of the races for SGA president and vice president, as well as the race for Miss Auburn. He also said there will be a blood drive Feb. 17 and 18 held in the ball-


about factors like wind conditions. Porter said the emissions information that was used was not current and that the corrected data is now available to the public on EPA’s Web site. Other factories listed were Duracell of LaGrange, Ga., Intermet of Columbus, Ga., and Norbond of Lanett. In the article’s methodology description, USA Today acknowledges some schools may have closed since the 2005 reports, but suggests that the information was used to create a more comprehensive study using what was most obtainable. Although this may create a more thorough examination, Harris said he does not think USA Today’s methodology took other factors of emissions into consideration, such as automobiles. “The study doesn’t take

room on the third floor of the Student Center. This will be the last blood drive of the year. Ramsey said next year it is hoped bone marrow swabs can be incorporated. Ten local residents attended the City Council meeting Feb. 16 to call attention to the issue of Auburn High School students parking off campus in nearby residential areas. The citizens explained their primary concern was safety. David Trouse said the students’ cars parked along roads leave less

into consideration if the school is near a highway,” Harris said. With Auburn Early Education Center listed in the 41st percentile of the EPA’s National Rank, only approximately 52,000 of the almost 128,000 schools have worse air quality. Folmar said she is not worried about these statistics. “It doesn’t sound good,” Folmar said. “I’m not sure if there’s been anything done to fix it or not. I think Auburn does everything to keep our kids safe.” Folmar said she is concerned about automobile emissions, which USA Today did not address. The EPA is launching a new study of air emissions surrounding schools. For the next six months, 63 schools in 22 states, including four in Alabama, will be monitored. Harris said this was the beginning of a detailed study, which in the future may include more schools depending on the results.

than 18 feet for two lanes of traffic, which he said is insufficient. Another concern is the safety of pedestrians crossing roads. According to the residents, these vehicles block mailboxes and trash cans, preventing residents from receiving those services. The group agreed that there are no spaces for an emergency vehicle to park near a home should there be a crisis. Moreover, there is no room for residents or their guests to park along the curb. The citizens have dis-

cussed this with Auburn High School officials. The school’s handbook states that students are not permitted to park off campus to attend school, but the school cannot enforce this policy. The Council said it would look further into the issue. The installation of a camera security system for the Municipal Parking Deck that will cost $32,291.28 was approved by the Council. A representative from Kodiak Management


work together to determine how projects like installing lights along Magnolia Avenue will be carried out. “We front one side of it so we have an interest, in not only the way it looks, but also the safety because we realize that most people that use Magnolia are in some way affiliated with the University,” said Catherine Love, civil engineer in the facilities division. The aesthetics of the area surrounding the University play a “very” important part in how the University and the City of Auburn approach their joint projects, Love

Company, LLC requested a taxpayer waiver for $17,261.50. University Heights at Auburn is owned by 30 people. These people recognized there are serious financial issues with the property. The property was initially under the management of Evergreen, but Kodiak has taken over management. The representative said Evergreen failed to pay a business license fee on time for 2009. The first month the fee is late, 15 percent interest

said. “People often make their decision whether to come to Auburn or not on the matter of first impression,” Love said. “And their very first impression is not the inside of a classroom or the inside of a stadium, it’s the outdoor experience. It’s what they can see from the road generally.” City Manager Charlie Duggan agrees. And Love and Duggan acknowledged that because Auburn’s characteristic appearance is such a strong influence on why many students come to Auburn, maintaining aesthetics is a huge priority when the city and University consider construction projects.

is charged. After the first month, the interest rate increases to 30 percent as defined by state law. He requested the fee be waived so the money saved could go to help improving the property. The representative said the impact of the fee would be severe because of the current conditions of the property. Council members said they were conflicted about whether to waive the fee, but settled on allowing the financial director to arrange a payment plan.

The University places such a strong emphasis on maintaining its aesthetics that a set of design guidelines was created within the last 10 years that require things such as buildings and light fixtures be designed a certain way, Love said. However, Duggan and Love said that, as important as aesthetics are, the obligation to abide by them would not necessarily prevent a safety-related project from being carried out. “We care a lot about having a very good-looking town,” Duggan said. “So we don’t want to compromise that to an extent where people find Auburn less appealing. But we also don’t want to do it at the cost of making things less safe for people.”

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In a blur of bouncing curls and stocking feet, girls danced and dined with their fathers last week at one of Auburn’s traditional Valentine’s Day celebrations. The 21st annual DaddyDaughter Date Night, organized by Auburn Parks and Recreation Department, was held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at the Lexington Hotel. The event offered fatherdaughter bonding activities, including dinner from Chick-fil-A, photographs by Flip Flop Foto and a dancing contest with music by DJ Ozz. “It’s such a special time for the two of us — a time when I can be with just her,� said Pete Forster, accompanied by his 5-yearold daughter, Ella. “I feel that a lot of dads spend more time with their sons, so this is a great chance for me to spend time with only my daughter.� The event had more than 1,400 participants for the entire weekend. “The event has grown because girls have their dads to themselves,� Hall said. “A lot of them also plan to come with their best friends.� Some girls get their hair and makeup done professionally, and some dads arrange for a limo to drop them off at the event, Hall

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Dads dance the night away with their daughters at the 21st Daddy-Daughter Date Night.

said. Jonathan Ball paused while his 5-year-old daughter, Faith, sat on the ballroom floor to take off her small, white shoes that matched her white dress with a thick turquoise sash. Then, Faith grabbed her father’s hand and pulled him onto the crowded dance floor. “The dancing is definitely our favorite part of the night,� said Ball, a secondyear participant. “Chicken Dance,� “Electric Slide� and “Macarena� usually make an appearance in the dance contest,

Hall said. “At the end of the night, the staff looks around during the last three songs to award the first, second and third prizes for the dancing contest — ‘Dancing Queen,’ ‘Twinkle Toes’ and ‘Fancy Footwork,’� Hall said. “A lot of dads, who typically don’t dance, go crazy to help their daughters win the contest.� Forster said he and Ella have attended the Date Night for three years and plan to return next year. “We’ve been practicing our dancing, and we’re going for the big trophy tonight,� Forster said.

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Every girl receives a Valentine goody bag containing candy, bracelets, headbands and other treats. Michael Chambers, with daughters Zaria, 8, and Ambriah, 9, said he also plans to bring his granddaughters to the Date Night next year. “This is our chance to bond,� Chambers said. “I’m a single parent, so I hope that the prestige of being out and dancing will show my daughters how much I appreciate the work they’re doing in school and how much I appreciate them putting up with me.�

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SGA elections do matter, take pause before you vote You have important choices to make today, students of Auburn, choices that will forever impact The Plains for you and the generations of Auburn family members who come after you. The Student Government Association elections are today, and the candidates for office represent a wide array of directions for Auburn’s future growth and well-being. We worry you do not fully realize the power you have right now, and we want you to know what your vote really means this year. At stake in this election are a vast array of issues and problems facing our campus. You may not realize it, but the SGA does actually have a fair amount of power on this campus. The SGA Senate’s Organizations Board gets to decide what groups have a right to form and be a part of life on this campus. The SGA also gets to allocate your $15 student activity fee. While your $15 alone may not seem like a lot, when combined with the activities fees of Auburn’s other 24,136 students, the number is given greater meaning: $362,055. $362, 055 is only the student contribution to the fund which usually tops out at well over $1 million each year. The activity fee is only a small part of the money controlled by the SGA. The activity fee is just the money that affects what bands and acts the UPC brings to Auburn, the publication of the Glomerata and Auburn Circle and the airwaves of WEGL and Eagle Eye, among other things. A budget of $1 million is just one of the piles of money the SGA distributes on this campus. The SGA president has the added responsibility and power of choosing a cabinet, handpicking the people who run our campus blood drives and major events. These same students lobby on your behalf as student ambassadors in the Capitol hallways of Montgomery and the world at large. The SGA are our student leaders, and they have the powers to affect us all. Proposed constitutional changes are a rallying cry for the SGA this year, changes mainly to do with the Jurisprudence Court. There will be new executives, a student chief justice and attorney general, as the Jurisprudence Court will become the venue for organizations and activities projects with grievances against the SGA. There is a great deal at stake in these elections, but we don’t realize it. Why? Honestly, it’s because the SGA campaigns are treated in a sophomoric fashion. The campaigns act as giant pep ral-

lies, throwing out slogans, candy and coupons like some sort of demented, vote-grabbing Mardi Gras float. Platforms and issues are seldom discussed outside of the usually unwatchable debates; concourse dancing and chants are given prevalence instead. Not since the days of Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall have votes been so blatantly bought, as students trade their votes for discounts to Moe’s and TCBY. Many of us know several students who vote simply based on the quality of coupons given out. Why do we encourage this behavior? Why do we let the candidates do this? In some ways, we are getting what we deserve. By treating these elections as if they were little more than pep rallies and coupon machines, we, as a student body, continue to travel down a dark and frightening path. What we would like to see is an SGA executive group that actually follows through on the promises made in its collective platforms. Sadly, the best of intentions exhibited in those well-meant platforms end up being left by the wayside when the realities of their jobs set in. Rare is the executive who follows through on such promises. Jacob Watkins’ victory in securing the Toomer’s Ten was a remarkable feat, and his name will go down in the annals of Auburn’s history as one of the more effective SGA presidents. We are happy to see pedestrian safety present in the platforms of several candidates. Environmental sustainability, financial responsibility and student affairs all get head-nods from the candidates as well. Bully for mentioning the issues, candidates, but not one of you offers any concrete plans as to how you will accomplish these goals. However, this may not truly be the candidates’ fault. Their predecessors also lacked concrete plans for implementing their agendas as well. We need to expect more from our student representatives. We must hold them accountable for the promises they make and question them on the issues facing students on this campus. As a campus medium, we assure you we will do everything with in our power to make sure the SGA and their actions will be covered. We will not waver or fail in our efforts to make sure that you, the electorate, will continue to be informed about the new executives and the people who will come after them. But, for now, Auburn, take pause before you vote and look at the candidates’ platforms. Make your vote an informed one. Your vote matters. Vote well.

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A6 Thursday, February 18, 2010 Staff Column

I’m sick of getting excuses Sneezing. Coughing. Aching. Chills. You’ve got a cold. And there’s no cure for it. There’s no reason to go to the doctor and no reason to talk to a pharmacist. But even though you don’t need to visit a doctor to figure out what’s wrong or to treat your symptoms, you need to visit one in order to get a school excuse. That’s right. You have to pay money to be excused from class. We pay the school for each class we take. So we have to pay to attend class, as well as pay to miss class? This doesn’t seem right to me. In fact, I’m infuriated by the thought of it. A few days ago, I called the Auburn University Medical Clinic. I told the receptionist that I was sick, but didn’t need to see a doctor in order to know what was wrong with me. I asked her if I could get an excuse if I went in and talked to someone about it. She said no. I would have to pay for a visit to the doctor in order to be excused from class. I find it interesting that the University sends e-mails to students asking them not to go to class if they are sick, but only provides us with two or three “unexcused” absences.

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Calling these “unexcused” irks me. So because we’re not willing to pay money to have someone give us information we already know, suddenly being sick is inexcusable? Not all illnesses need to be treated by a doctor. Sometimes you just wake up feeling miserable. And with all the stress students deal with throughout the school year, I think it’s perfectly plausible that they may not feel well enough to go to class more than a couple times a semester. The university setting is extremely stressful by nature. Students have to balance school, work and extracurricular activities, as well as make time for their family and friends. When this balance is off, individuals become stressed. I can’t speak for others, but when I get stressed my immune system decides to shut down. I get sick, and it is common for me to run fevers of at least 103 degrees. (No, that is not an exaggeration.)

When this happens, there typically isn’t anything a doctor can do for me. It’s my body’s common response to stress, and I know exactly how to treat it. I’m not going to spend money for a doctor to tell me that I’m sick, and I’m certainly not about to drag myself out of bed and drive myself to the medical clinic. In this economy, not all of us are blessed enough to have great insurance plans that cover a significant amount of medical costs. We shouldn’t have to spend our hard-earned money when it doesn’t need to be spent. I realize there are the slackers out there who would never attend class if it wasn’t required. So what? Fail them if they can’t complete assignments in a timely manner. I don’t understand why the honest students should be punished because of the laziness of others. I believe that the University should reconsider its attendance policy. While I understand that the intent is good, in practice it proves to be unreasonable and unrealistic. Laura Maxwell is assistant news editor of The Auburn Plainsman. You can reach her at 844-9109.

Bringing food brings love My grandmother died recently. The doctors said her 90-year-old body couldn’t handle the stress from the emergency brain surgery she had just undergone, but in reality it was just time for her to go. Before my grandmother, I had never lost a close family member. Her death made me ask myself many questions. Questions such as, “What was the last thing I said to her?” or “Is there really an afterlife?” Unfortunately, I did not have time to ponder any of these questions because I was bombarded by enough fried foods, dips, snacks and desserts to rival any Iron Bowl Tailgate. That’s right; I was able to partake in one of the South’s finest traditions, bringing excessive amounts of food to a grieving family. Within 12-hours of my grandmother’s passing, my kitchen counter looked like the banquet scene from “Hook,” only not quite as colorful and with less homeless children. As I absentmindedly picked at my next-door neighbors world famous

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carrot cake, I began to wonder why people were flocking to my house to drop off their baked goods. Right around the time I finished a piece of exceptionally well-made fried chicken, I realized the simplest reason why food is an excellent gift. It was really convenient to have a mess hall’s amount of food in our house. Whenever we were running to the funeral home, or on our way out the door to mass, it was really convenient to have a smorgasbord of snacks to pick from. And then after long days of funeral planning, it felt amazing to have a home cooked meal without having to do any of the preparation. All of those people thought to bring over some food because they wanted us to know they were thinking of my

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family. Any great chef will tell you a dish must be prepared with love, so by bringing us a meal, my friends and neighbors were bringing my family a little bit of their love. All of those lasagnas, soups and pot roasts were a tangible way to measure just how much our acquaintances care for us. Now that my grandmother’s funeral has come and gone, the only thing left to do is to return all of the Tupperware containers to my various neighbors. Though the food may be gone, I will never forget the incredible outpouring of support I received from my friends, both food related and otherwise. I also realize I need to get really good at making at least one dish sometime soon. Should something tragic happen to one of my friends, I would like to bring them a little Southern comfort that doesn’t come in a glass bottle. Maxwell Newfield is associate campus editor of The Auburn Plainsman. You can reach him at 844-9109.

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People go crazy over a few beads, cups attention was kept by the bright colors and child-like atmosphere of the themed parades. For the weekend, age doesn’t exist. You can’t tell a 40-yearold woman apart from a 4-year-old boy with all the excitement and need for cheap presents launched from atop the floats. I’m not sure how many kids I raced for footballs, cups and stuffed animals. The blinking tambourine seemed to the popular pick on our corner of St. Charles. Of course some little squirt stomped on the one I grabbed once he realized he wasn’t going to get it. The people get vicious with their need for 25 cent bead necklaces and $1 knickknacks. Dads were leaning over their kids on the ladders reaching for any possible

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Beads. Costumes. And lots of shiny things. Honestly, what other toys are needed to keep anyone entertained for a weekend of craziness in New Orleans. The better half of my weekend was spent yelling “Cups! Cups!” as goliath wooden floats made their way through the jammed crowds of children strapped to the tops of ladders. Of course the debauchery of Bourbon Street was appealing, but my


COMMENTARY object thrown in the air. (All for their child, of course.) Bourbon Street has lots to offer, especially when I was with a group that had never spent a Mardi Gras in the chaotic mixture of jaded locals and neurotic tourists. The young gentlemen in my group were like children in a candy store. The balconies provided a throne for the boys to bestow their goodies (beads) upon the crowd. At one point on one of the nights, a mass of dollar bills were thrown from the balcony, and the streets went wild. You would have thought they were $100 bills. We are in a recession; every dollar counts. With that, everyone seemed to be on a mission for the $8 green, oblonged grenades that only two

places sold on the whole street. There was a moment of complete stillness within the crowd because of the over-capacity of people in the street in front of one of these places. It felt like Walmart on Black Friday. The best part about getting through the immobile herd was looking to the right and seeing the silhouette of Jesus just one block over. The weekend was a success overall. We came back with no tickets, added jail time, tattoos or broken bones. We did, however, bring back a few awards for the wall. Lindsey Davidson is editor-in-chief of The Auburn Plainsman. You can reach her at 844-9021.

Quote of the Week: “Unfortunately, we are temporarily closed due to Bob Riley’s attempt to destroy Victoryland.” -The Victoryland Web site, on the recent anti-gambling crusade led by Gov. Riley

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Last week’s question: “What should be done about taboo words in our language?” >They should not be used: 32 percent >They should be used: 56 percent >Unsure: 12 percent

This week’s question: “Did you vote in the SGA elections?” >Yes >No Go to to vote.


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On misplaced blame, anger Editor, the Auburn Plainsman I have been a ticket holder for men’s basketball at AU for the past 26 years. I am dismayed, even shocked, that a recent editorial in The Plainsman asks for the resignation of Jeff Lebo, the men’s basketball coach. The problem with the men and women’s basketball teams are neither the coaches nor the players, but the lack of community support for the team. Look how well, for example, the men’s basketball team did when Kentucky came to town and we had a full house. I would note that a writer on ESPN recently called Auburn the worst town in the entire SEC when it comes to fan support. And that writer is correct. Fan support is the problem, not our coaches. Moreover, whatever happened to the idea of “the Auburn family?” Do we badmouth our own families in public when things are not perfect? There’s something missing when folks criticize a coach before the end of the season. This is not the time to be critical. Rather, it’s the time to rally around our coaches and our players. I see our men and women’s teams practicing and playing hard day in and day out. The men’s basketball team has lost something like nine games by five points or less. The effort is certainly there. Also, how can we expect our coaches to bring in topnotch players when there’s little fan support for men and women’s basketball and when the locker rooms and facilities for basketball are ‘shamblesville’ compared to other SEC teams like Tennessee? Instead of belly-aching, we need to rally behind our team and let Jay Jacobs and Dr. Gogue decide on the future of our coaches. I, for one, trust their judgment, rather than that of fair-weather fans.

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Dunkerly teaches, hoops ELLISON LANGFORD NEWS EDITOR

She walks about the room adjusting hand positions and correcting body movements. She has to lean close to her students’ ears to be heard over the music echoing off the walls.

It’s a Tuesday night at Katina Dunkerly’s hula hooping class at the Frank Brown Recreation Center. During Hoopla, as her class is called, Dunkerly, 25, encourages novices and guides experts how to better handle their hoops. “I love hooping,” Dunkerly said, “and I’m really wanting to try to just spread the word of hooping wherever I go. I know it sounds weird, but I don’t think I’ve ever been in a bad mood when I’ve been hula hooping.” Which was exactly what Dunkerly had to do when she first came to Auburn, as it was difficult for her to find fellow hoopers. Dunkerly said she was


Jacob Gallagher pets Huckleberry, a horse at Storybook Farm, during the Cowboy Roundup Saturday night.

Buckaroos party with their moms BETHANY DONALDSON WRITER

As a green John Deere rolls along the hayfield, boys dressed in cowboy hats and boots hold their moms’ hands and run across the mud-crusted driveway to the dark green Storybook Farm barn. Storybook Farm hosted its Cowboy Roundup Saturday, Feb. 6 and 13. The Roundup gave mothers and sons a chance to spend time together Valentine’s Day, while dads and little sisters were dancing the night away at the annual dance hosted by City of Auburn Parks and Recreation. “The manager of Longhorn Steakhouse came up with the idea,” said Dena Little, owner of Storybook Farms. “He is a parent of a little girl and boy, and he thought it would be a fun thing for his little boy to have something to do while he and his daughter were at the dance.” Longhorn Steakhouse took part in the fundraiser by donating a meal. For $30 participants enjoyed a steak dinner, hayride, bonfire and got to meet the horses. Little said the fundraiser gives her non-profit publicity at a time when nonprofits usually have trouble gaining attention. During the night, moms and their sons decorated black horseshoes with crayons while a bonfire blazed outside. Horses awaiting visits in their stalls included Paddington Bear, Captain Hook and Little John. A banquet-style table was set up throughout the barn for mothers and sons to grab their dinners and eat as they pleased. “There are not a lot of

fundraisers at the beginning of the year,” Little said. “This gives us a chance to gain awareness for the cause.” Kristen Jackoway and her son Russell said they heard of the event because Russell used to attend Storybook Farm. “Meeting the horses was my favorite part,” Russell said. “Paddington Bear was my horse when I came here.” Lindsay Jordan, senior in communication, worked as an intern during the roundup and said Storybook plans to make the event an annual one. Jordan said approximately 60 children attended. Diane Sharski and her son Jacob were among the couples there. Sharski said the event gave them a chance to have a motherson night. Both mother and son agreed that meeting the horses were their favorite part of the night. Storybook Farms is a nonprofit organization that uses therapeutic horseback riding to help children overcome disabilities. The farm features horses and other farm animals named after characters from children’s books. Storybook provides therapy for several different disabilities. University students are some of the usual volunteers at the ranch that help care for the horses and help the children interact with the animals. “There is no charge to the families,” Little said. “We currently see about 600 children per week and work with five local school systems that bring their inclusive special education department to Storybook.”

able to find a few, but she resorted to forming a Facebook group to get more people interested. Now she teaches classes for beginner and advanced hula hoopers at the rec center. “I’m really happy that I’ve gotten it started here in Auburn and that its really starting to spread,” Dunkerly said. “A lot more people are getting into the hooping and seeing what it’s all about and having fun with it.” But Dunkerly won’t be whirling her rings on The Plains much longer. Soon she’s moving to the Keys to pursue an internship related to her other passion — special education.

She’ll be doing dolphinassisted therapy to teach children with behavioral disorders like autism. “Which has actually been my job since I was 13,” Dunkerly said. “So I’m really excited about that. I’m like, ‘Oh, I get to live in the Keys and play with the children I love and the dolphins that I love.’” Regardless of whether the student is a special needs child or someone who can’t get their hoop to stay off the ground, Dunkerly loves to teach. “Being able to teach someone or help someone do something that will improve their life I just find absolutely rewarding,” Dunkerly said.

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Katina Dunkerly teaches hula hooping classes and special education children in Auburn.

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Who are your SGA candidates? President

Vice President Brad Cink

Ashley Nichols

junior, industrial engineering

junior, political science

3.10 GPA

4.0 GPA

Ballot #1

Ballot #1

“I will be the voice on economic and sustainability issues and will advocate the betterment of our University through technology and communication. I will continue to seek cost-reduction for students and pursue a mutually beneficial relationship with the Board of Trustees in order to effectively communicate student interests and hold our university accountable for an affordable, quality education. Through federal grants, I would like to install bike shelters on campus to protect these valuable investments, and I propose a Sustainability Day (to convey the message of sustainability). Televisions at Tiger Transit hubs would allow media outlets on campus to deliver publicity for upcoming events. I would also like to create a subset of the University Web site to promote student interaction. Also, a forum could be created for students to coordinate carpools and to buy and sell goods within our campus community.”

“I will encourage faculty to post their syllabi on Auburn’s Web site and institute an online syllabus database. This will allow students to better understand the course and view the required textbooks in advance so they will be prepared to handle the cost. In light of the recent pedestrian accidents on campus, I hope to improve pedestrian safety by working with the AU Administration and the City of Auburn to place more lighting near crosswalks on Magnolia and other high traffic areas. Due to the number of campus meetings at 5 p.m., I will encourage the university to allow students to park on campus at 4:45 p.m. in A and B zones without receiving a parking ticket. As a way to further cut textbook costs I plan to develop a textbook checkout program at the RBD Library over the upcoming year.”

Brandon Gillespie

Kurt Sasser

junior, international business

junior, human resource management

2.78 GPA

2.98 GPA

Ballot #2

Ballot #2 “I would like to improve pedestrian safety. The way I would like to go about this is by educating students and re-engineering some of the poorly lighted crosswalks. I would like to improve the availability of the Student Center to students. The way I want to do this is by opening up the Student Center for 24 hours so students will have access to it all the time, not just certain hours. I want to improve how we can better communicate our needs and wants to the administration and the Board of Trustees. I would like to hold open forums where all student are able to come and share there concerns with the SGA.”

Daniel McCarty

“I want to improve the lack of opportunity for students to prepare for life in the job market by making it easier for them to volunteer in a variety of programs and by making it easier for them to study abroad. To this, I want to form a program called “Volunteer Days” in order to have volunteer organizations, or just organizations that need volunteers, come and recruit student volunteers for different projects at least twice a semester. Also, I would like for the SGA to team up with Office of International Education (OIE) to more effectively push students to study abroad. I also would like to improve Camp War Eagle by making it a better experience. I want to form a committee of students to discuss ways that we can make it a shorter, more convenient, more exciting and more personal path-oriented experience.”


junior, international business

junior, political science

3.09 GPA

3.88 GPA

Ballot #3 “Academic advising must be improved across the board. I plan to work with administrators to have a legitimate peer advising program that can answer the simple questions and alleviate some of the time that our professional advisers are tied down with. When there are in excess of 650 students for every adviser, we have a problem. I also want to work with the Office of the Provost to initiate a new program that will actually put the power in the students’ hands when it comes to registration. This software will allow students to see what classes they have taken and which they still need to take in order to graduate. I would like to see our Honor Code improved so that it is a system written by students, written for students and governed by students. I want the student government to be a government for every student. I mean that SGA should give Auburn’s +300 organizations the tools that they need to succeed, we should be the bridge between each student and administrator.”

Spencer Moore

Ballot #1 “The SGA treasurer needs to make sure that the SGA’s budget is balanced, but must also ensure that Auburn students know how their money is being spent. To make certain that this happens I will work with the Senate Budget and Finance Committee to require all Student Activity Projects, including SGA, to submit their monthly expenditures which will then be posted on the University’s Web site. All Auburn students are members of SGA so I hope to make SGA more responsive and open to the needs of Auburn students. I propose monthly meetings hosted by SGA Executive Officers where members of the Auburn student body can share their ideas and concerns.”

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Atheists, agnostics unite in disbelief BREE BOWEN WRITER

The acronym AAA has a whole new meaning on Auburn’s campus. Auburn Atheists and Agnostics is a new studentled social group for the non-religious community. Poojit Ravikumar, sophomore in management information systems and president of the group, said his organization was born out of the AAA Facebook group he joined when he came to Auburn last year. “I was like, ‘This fits me,’ so I joined,” Ravikumar said. At the time, the Facebook group had few followers, but as group members began to converse, Ravikumar and others de-

cided they wanted to make the online group an actual campus organization. After creating a constitution and bylaws, the group had to go in front of the organization board, which, after saying a prayer, voted on whether to make AAA an official campus group. “Everyone on the organization board kind of looked at each other, but they all ended up saying yes,” Ravikumar said. Religion may be a touchy topic in the state of Alabama, but AAA is going full steam ahead with already 25 group members. “The one thing the organization board tried to get us on was a grammatical error,” said Seth Denney, freshman in electrical engineering and physics

and vice president of the group. After officially becoming a group Feb. 1, Ravikumar said he was surprised to receive e-mails from several Auburn professors as well as people in the Auburn-Opelika community, thanking him. Christopher Chabot, freshman in aerospace engineering, and communication director of the group, said the group’s goal is not to convince and convert people into becoming atheist or agnostic, but to spread awareness and acceptance and provide a venue for people with similar ideas to come together and share those ideas in a comfortable environment. “They really kind of lacked this type of club

here at Auburn,” Chabot said. “To have a Muslim group, a Jewish group, multiple Christian groups of all different sects and to not have a group where free-thinkers and nonreligious people could get together was kind of mind boggling.” The group has many plans for the future, such as working with the Secular Student Alliance, which holds conventions and brings different groups of the same nature together, and the Humanist Gala, a group of Auburn-Opelika residents that meet to discuss similar topics. Group members are quick to assert that AAA is not a debate group. “We’re trying to inform people so if they do get into a debate or discussion

Miss Auburn Candidates Alisha Walker

Lauren Ketron senior, English

junior, international business

Ballot #1

Ballot #2

with someone whose beliefs differ, then they won’t have to resort to ‘uh-huh’ or ‘I know it’s true, but I don’t know how to say it,’” Denney said. The group is also not strictly limited to talking about religion, or lack thereof. Ravikumar said AAA group meetings are also a time for friends to get together, have a good time and be a part of something. “It’s a different lifestyle, what we believe in,” Ravikumar said. Even after growing up Christian, Ravikumar realized through observation and talking with others that his views greatly differed from that of mainstream religion. “There’s a lot of us, hun-

dreds in Auburn, that feel this way,” Ravikumar said. “I was worried about saying that because there’s so many negative connotations with being atheist or agnostic.” Denney said, just as with Christianity, there isn’t one clear cut way to define being atheist or agnostic. “It’s a very finely segmented spectrum,” Denney said. Chabot said AAA is also a rights and activist group of sorts. “If we see something going on that’s persecuting anybody, it doesn’t matter if it’s religion or race, we can stick our finger out and say that’s wrong,” Chabot said. “It doesn’t matter what you believe; it’s humanistic rights at stake here.”

Ask A Professor Why are yawns contagious?

“As far as I know, scientists aren't entirely sure why yawns are contagious. One theory I read states that people are merely unconsciously mimicking other people. Another theory I have seen suggests that perhaps it is a signal which might be passed on in a group to identify the need for sleep. This could have been beneficial for ensuring that a group would seek shelter for a night's rest, etc. But I have not read anything conclusive that explains why yawns are contagious.” -Matthew Kearley, biology professor

“I believe that one of the most important duties for Miss Auburn is to motivate the student body in giving back to the community around us. My vision would be to lead the student body in paying forward our gift of education to underprivileged students in this area. I hope to start an organization on Auburn’s campus called Students for Students that would enable us to be the solution by providing a student with the funding necessary to attend Auburn. While this may seem like a daunting task, consider the power that lies in Auburn’s numbers. If 87, 451 people handed me a quarter, I could give a high school senior their tuition.”

Alysha Kambeyanda

Katie Parrish

senior, industrial design

junior, nursing

Ballot #3

Ballot #4

“Unfortunately, the price to feed a child has risen to 25 cents a day. I believe now is a better time than ever to get students more actively involved in the initiatives to alleviate worldwide hunger problems. I am proposing an Auburn University Laser Tag Tournament that will allow us to raise money to contribute to the efforts of the World Food Programme. Held in the Student Center Ballroom, the bracketstyle tournament would carry out until the epic final round. My main goal is getting students more actively involved and creating more awareness about what can be done to fight the war on hunger, meanwhile having an awesome time.”

Kristi MeGahee junior, psychology

Ballot #5

“My platform focuses on meeting the educational and financial needs of students; primarily because two-thirds of students graduate from college in debt and there are students on Auburn’s campus who are in need of financial support. I will implement a financial literacy program that would be available to students to increase their knowledge on monetary concepts. I will also develop and raise money for a Student Crisis Fund that will aid students who are in need of finances to continue their education due to unanticipated needs.”

“I want to establish an efficient and personalized peer mentor program to benefit freshmen within each of the schools and colleges at Auburn University. From my own personal experience and from leading freshmen this past summer as a Camp War Eagle Counselor, I have seen the vital need for welldeveloped, specialized mentor programs for our freshmen. I envision this program as an effort to bridge the barrier between incoming freshmen and academic advising programs in each college/school on campus. Junior and senior students could have the opportunity to serve as liaisons between faculty and freshmen students.”

“I want to bring awareness to Plainsmen in Action for Wounded Soldiers. Many people do not know the challenges our veterans face when returning home from serving overseas, especially the ones who return home with an injury. Part of this is to also realize that we are at a point in time when veterans are not just our parents and grandparents, but we have reached the age where is it now our friends, brothers, sisters, cousins and the new generation of parents. Through Lima Foxtrot (non-profit rehabilitation center branch of Lakeshore Foundation of Birmingham). I would want to have many fundraisers throughout the year to raise money to send to the Lakeshore Foundation, to continue to make these camps possible.”

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The executive members of Auburn’s Interfraternity Council attended the Southeastern Interfraternity Conference in Atlanta in order improve fraternity operations on campus the weekend of Feb. 12. “This is an annual conference we go to every year where all of the IFC executive councils from every school in the Southeast come together for a threeday conference,” said Johnny Blankenship, vice president of public relations for IFC. “It features guest speakers who discuss all different areas of greek life like recruitment, public relations, drug and alcohol abuse — all sorts of areas.” Blankenship said the event was more than just a fun trip to the Peach State for the executives. “As far as the greek community goes in the Southeast, this is the greek event of the year,” Blankenship said. “It’s a well known event. It’s been around since 1966, so it’s not a new thing by any means.” Each member of IFC was able to attend information sessions designed specifically for their position. IFC President Tyler Sample said the focused information sessions were the most beneficial part of the conference. “I went on the presi-

dent’s track, which was mainly talks and meetings with all of the other presidents,” Sample said. “That lasted for about five hours on Friday. It focused on what we can do to better ourselves and our positions and how to work with the rest of the executives.” Blankenship said he thinks the public relations sessions he attended opened his eyes to newer, more effective methods for representing the fraternities on campus. “I guess I think, for me in particular, the info session on social media and how that can play a big role in recruit at rush process, as kind of portrayer of good stuff that fraternities do,” Blankenship said. “That’s one of the things that we can use to promote the good things that frats do. I realized before I went to the conference, but once I got there and saw it in action and how effective social media can be in portraying positive stuff now I think it’s something we just got to take advantage of.” Field Asbury, the treasurer of IFC, said the Auburn representatives made a good showing at the conference. “I ended up leaving with people asking me how we’d done things at Auburn,” Asbury said. “I didn’t think we’d done a

Contributed by Johnny Blankenship

Members of Auburn’s Interfraternity Council gather at the Southeastern Interfraternity Council Conference in Atlanta.

lot to prepare, but we were one of the most prepared groups there.” Not all of the weekend involved listening to lectures for the members of IFC. Blankenship said there was ample opportunity to fraternize with members of other universities fraternity councils and those experiences were just as helpful as the information sessions.

“It’s always healthy to come together with people that you wouldn’t normally get together with who are doing the same things as you,” Blankenship said. “All of these schools are going through challenges that were going through in Auburn. We wouldn’t have the opportunity to sit down and discuss these issues without the Southeastern IFC Conference.” Sample said his experi-

Ask a Greek Why did you join a sorority?

“Because it was a smaller community within a community of Auburn.”

- April Burgin, senior in English “To meet new people and get involved.”

-Katherine Lowe, sophomore in human sciences

“To make friends.”

ences with the other attendees could benefit Auburn’s greek life. “I thought it was really great to get to talk to other leaders in greek organizations from other schools in the Southeast, get to share ideas with them,” Sample said. “We’re having problems with on campus. I spoke with president of Alabama’s IFC — we’re struggling with judicial stuff and he had suggestions.”

Asbury said, in the end, the people of Auburn’s campus will benefit from the executive’s excursion. “It’s always a good time when you can get out of the University,” Asbury said. “It was a business trip and we really handled a lot of business. I came back with incentive and motivation to go forth and have an impact on the campus and the University as a whole.”

Greek Calendar Greek Weeks Feb. 21-27

March 21-27

Iota Phi Theta

Alpha Phi Alpha

Feb. 28-March 4 March 28-April 3

- Caitlin Baker, sophomore in psychology “I’m from out of state so it helped me transition to Auburn.”

- Maggie Cullen, sophomore in communication disorders


Phi Beta Sigma

March 7-13

April 4-10

Sigma Gamma Rho

Alpha Kappa Alpha

Other Events Jan. 12-Feb. 19 Greek Drive is accepting donations of used clothes, books, shoes, linens, small appliances and items for women and children in need. Collection bins are in Magnolia, Oak and Willow halls.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Honor band keeps arts alive MICHELLE WILDER CAMPUS EDITOR

After more than 850 high school band members applied for Auburn’s honor band, only 223 were selected to participate in the 19th annual Honor Band Festival last weekend. After auditions, participants were split into three bands—Tiger Band, Eagle Band and Wind Symphony—and spent two-and-ahalf days preparing for the final concert for friends and family Sunday, Feb. 14. “It’s great to see festivals like this alive and well,” said Brian Balmages, guest conductor and director of instrumental publications for The FJH Music Company Inc in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “We’re in a day and age where the arts are becoming increasingly scrutinized.” Balmages, who was contacted about a year ago to guest conduct at the festival, said being a guest conductor was an honor and

it was a great opportunity for him to work with the students. “The most important thing I try to leave with them is to make sure they’re always approaching music with a sense of passion,” Balmages said. “Being a musician is a difficult thing.” Balmages said being a musician is more than just playing notes from a page; he said it’s being able to communicate emotions to the listener. “You can make them get nervous, make them cry,” Balmages said. One participant of the 88 high schools represented, Jessica Mansel, ninth grade bass clarinet player from Pelham High School, said she feels honored to be able to participate in Auburn’s honor band. “It’s a really high honor because they only pick the best students,” Mansel said. “You get to see the campus and get to talk to college students and conductors to get your name

out there.” After being involved in band for six years, Mansel said it has always been her dream to be a member of Auburn’s marching and concert bands. “(Auburn is different) because it’s one of the big schools I’m looking at for college,” Mansel said. “You get to interact with others on campus and see what it may be like to attend school here.” Mansel said she has attended many honor bands and was chosen to march with Auburn’s band at the Ball State football game, in hopes of standing out from other band members wanting to be college level musicians. Balmages said advancing to the college level is an attainable goal for many of the honor band participants. “Some of the top honor band players play as well as some of the college players,” Balmages said. “(To reach that goal) you’ve got to have great internal mo-

tivation. It takes a great deal of self-discipline.” Rick Good, director of bands at Auburn and conductor of one of the honor bands, said high schoolers benefit greatly from participating in honor bands. “They get to see a university campus and interact with college students,” Good said. “It also reinforces what their high school band directors have taught them. A lot of times they stop listening to what they say.” Good said musicians have to be open-minded and honor band participation encourages them to do just that. Good advised high school students hoping to advance to the college level to stay motivated. “First of all, go to college,” Good said. “Second of all, don’t give up playing your instruments. You have to remember to motivate yourself because in college you have to have that mindset.” Jacob Brantley, senior in


Guest conductor Brian Balmages leads the Auburn Symphonic and Concert Band during the honor band festival.

electrical engineering and baritone saxophone player in Auburn’s concert band, also encouraged high schoolers to keep playing their instruments. “It’s all about getting involved,” Brantley said. “Most high schoolers don’t think they can do it at the college level, but you just have to have desire and a positive, hard-working attitude.” Brantley said the purpose of honor bands is for recruiting, similar to football.

One way the band recruits is with the help of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, national honorary service fraternity and sorority at Auburn. “We couldn’t do this without them,” Good said. “The best recruiters are students.” For more information on the AU Bands, Kappa Kappa Psi or Tau Beta Sigma visit, www.kkpsipi. org or student_info/tau_beta_ sigma.

Nomadic artist shapes life, style with uncommon art JILLIAN CLAIR STAFF REPORTER

Chia, a red jumpsuit and water are all Jeff Schmuki needs to create art. Schmuki has been a visiting artist and professor at Auburn for the past two semesters and has been traveling the country since Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Katrina devastated Schmuki’s neighborhood in Gulfport, Miss., and since then, he has become a nomadic artist, traveling to different parts of the country and the world. “I had a home, and now everything I own is now in a backpack, which is kind of liberating in a way,” Schmuki said. After the hurricane, Schmuki said his art

changed because of what he had seen and his need for portability in art. “I’m not interested in art that is static,” Schmuki said. “I’m interested in art that continually evolves and changes throughout the duration of the exhibition.” In Gulfport, Schmuki had a garden, and he said when he began traveling, he missed it. Because of his nomadic lifestyle, Schmuki became interested in chia, which does not need soil to grow. He began researching chia, and found that it is a source of protein, antioxidants and Omega-3s. “I thought it was amazing, and I started making sculptures, onto which I planted chia,” Schmuki said.

Chia can be grown hydroponically, or without soil, and Schmuki said this fit his nomadic lifestyle. “The lack of soil represents my lack of place or roots,” Schmuki said. “It’s all easily collapsible and it’s portable.” Schmuki said hydroponic gardening reduces water usage up to 75 percent and increases crop yields up to 300 percent. Schmuki wants to use his art to bring attention to issues like sustainability. Beauty is no longer the focus of his art. “I believe in doing more with less,” Schmuki said. “I will not have things own me like they do so many other people.” On first entering “Agritecture” at the gallery in

Biggin Hall, only the back of the exhibit is visible. Schmuki said he did this intentionally so people would have to enter the gallery and interact. “Because it takes me time to make art, they should spend some time thinking and experiencing it,” Schmuki said. Grass, chia, radishes, broccoli and wheat grass were grown on circles of felt hanging from floor-toceiling wedding organza fabric. Pumps set up at the end of each row and white irrigation tubes supplied the rootless plants with water and nutrients. A desk was placed next to the door, where Schmuki, often donning his red jumpsuit, would sit in the mornings and research,

answer questions and give tours of the gallery. The sounds of water pumps and short-wave radio transmissions from the aftermath of the hurricane filled the room. The exhibit consisted of 35 to 40 percent recycled material, and Schmuki said his project could easily be reproduced using materials from a local hardware store. Feb. 11, Schmuki gave a presentation about his project. Katie Jackson, an editor for the College of Agriculture, said it was nice to hear someone speak about how science and art could work together. Schmuki’s art will raise awareness and bring attention to the College of Agriculture, Jackson said.

“A lot of things he talked about are already going on here,” Jackson said. Andy Holliday, senior in studio art, said he was skeptical of Schmuki’s art at first, but changed his mind after hearing him speak. “I found it to be very encouraging to maybe even pursue something like this myself,” Holliday said. While at Auburn, Schmuki teaches a 3-D design class. “He’s really into recycled materials,” said Trey Howell, freshman in pre-graphic design. “Anything that you can recycle and reuse, he’s all for it. No pollution, no trash. We use everything.” Schmuki left Feb. 12 to be a visiting artist in Rome, Italy, for two weeks.

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Friday, Feb. 19

“Agritecture” an exhibition by Visiting Artist Jeff Schmuki 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Biggin Gallery 101 Biggin Hall

“Agritecture” an exhibition by Visiting Artist Jeff Schmuki 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Biggin Gallery 101 Biggin Hall

“Constructing Auburn Avenue as a Heritage Tourist Destination” Lecture by Dr. Joshua Inwood 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., 2225 AUSC

Auburn Symposium - Cross Cultural Perspectives on University Teaching and Learning 8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., AUSC Ballroom (& other rooms)

Informational Meeting for China Summer Abroad Program 4 p.m. - 5 p.m., Foy Hall 242

Baseball vs. SEMO 3 p.m., Plainsman Park

Watch & Learn Series: Four Little Girls 4 p.m. - 6:05 p.m., Multicultural Center Reading Room

Men of Every Color Leadership Symposium: Strengthening Our Bonds, Enhancing Our Communities” 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center

Softball - Tiger Invitational 5:30 p.m., Jane B. Moore Softball Complex

Softball - Tiger Invitational 12:30 p.m., Jane B. Moore Softball Complex

Saturday, Feb. 20

Equestrian vs. New Mexico State 1 p.m., Horse Unit

Men of Every Color Leadership Symposium 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center

Artist’s talk: Chris Mottalini 5 p.m. - 8 p.m., Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art

Auburn Symposium - Cross Cultural Perspectives on University Teaching and Learning 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Student Center Ballroom [& other rooms]

Men’s Tennis vs. Southern Miss 1 p.m., Yarbrough Tennis Center

Baseball vs. SEMO 3 p.m., Plainsman Park Softball-Tiger Invitational 3 p.m., Jane B. Moore Softball Complex Men’s Basketball vs. Arkansas (FSN) 6 p.m., Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum

Auburn on the Hill Information Session 1 p.m. - 2 p.m., Cater Hall Conference Room “Agritecture” an exhibition by Visiting Artist Jeff Schmuki 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Biggin Gallery 101 Biggin Hall

Tuesday, Feb. 23

Guest Artist Recital: Poinsett Piano Trio 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., Goodwin Music Building Recital Hall

“Agritecture” an exhibition by Visiting Artist Jeff Schmuki 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Biggin Gallery 101 Biggin Hall

Sunday, Feb. 21

SFWS Seminar - Steve Oak 11 a.m. - Noon, School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, Room 1101

Baseball vs. SEMO 1 p.m., Plainsman Park Softball - Tiger Invitational 2 p.m., Jane B. Moore Softball Complex

Monday, Feb. 22 L’ORA DEL CAFFE’ Italian Conversation Hour 3 p.m. - 4 p.m., Eagle’s Nest South (Haley Center)

Film: TRIMPIN: the sound of invention 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., Montgomery Performing Arts Center Dinner and a Movie

Double Feature: Twilight and the Twilight Saga - New Moon 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m, AUSC Ballroom

Wednesday, Feb. 24 “Agritecture” an exhibition by Visiting Artist Jeff Schmuki 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Biggin Gallery 101 Biggin Hall

Softball vs. Jacksonville State 5 p.m., Jane B. Moore Softball Complex

BSU Soul Food Bazaar 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., AUSC Ballroom

Hip Hop Dance Workshop 7 p.m. - 8 p.m., AUSC 2222 Environmental Awareness Organization’s “Green Living Workshop” 6 p.m. - 7 p.m., AUSC

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TV class debates family value trends MAXWELL NEWFIELD ASSOCIATE CAMPUS EDITOR

The Department of Radio, Television and Film offers a class that combines two popular college student activities into one experience: class discussion and television viewing. The class is TV and the Family, taught by Ric Smith, professor of radio, television and film. Smith said the class has a lot of interesting learning opportunities. “We look at how families are portrayed on television and how families use television and the impact that usage has on families both good and bad,” Smith said. Over the course of the semester, the class watch-

es clips of popular familybased television shows such as “The Simpsons” or “Everybody Loves Raymond” and classic shows such as “Leave It To Beaver” or “Good Times”. Smith said these viewings are used to discuss how families are portrayed on television and how those messages about families have changed over time. Keista Hough, senior in radio, television and film, said the discussion portion of the class is vital to its success. “The thing about Ric is he does a lot of discussion,” Hough said. “We talk about how we experience things and how we view things growing up. He

doesn’t say, ‘This is what I think.’ He asks us what we think.” Smith said the class forces students to think about television in a different manner. “One of the things students bring up as the semester goes along is how they annoy their friends with all of their observations,” Smith said. “There are things that you can look for that you wouldn’t normally think about. One of our discussions is always about product placement and how it can be involved as part of the narrative.” Liz Lambert, senior in radio, television and film, said TV and the Family has changed her entire television viewing experience.

“He tells us all of these little facts you’d never think of,” Lambert said. “Right now we’re discussing the remote control and how it can distance us from everything else or how people use it as a way to control everything around them.” Smith said the class does not take a stance on television’s role in the family. Both positive and negative aspects of television are discussed in class. “The positive side of television is that it can create a genuine family moment,” Smith said. “The downside is the opportunity cost. If a child is watching television then they’re not studying or out playing ball with their friends. Lots of things

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are lost on television time.” Smith said ultimately he hopes TV and the Family teaches students to look beyond the basics of television shows. “I hope it helps students learn to be critical thinkers,” Smith said. “Critical doesn’t mean negative. You may critique a show and

decide you want to watch it or decide that it is not for you. I think people will find must-see-TV may not be must-see at all.” TV and the Family is available only for students who have taken the prerequisite classes in the Department of Communication and Journalism.

Aerospace researches air flow, here and there DREW THOMPSON ASSISTANT CAMPUS EDITOR

From supersonic wind tunnels to laser scanning technology, aerospace engineering is not lacking research to be performed. Kyle Lynch, first year master’s student in aerospace engineering, is taking advantage of both the wind tunnel and laser scanning technology. Lynch has been using the Pulse Burst Laser System in cooperation with the supersonic wind tunnel and in development of a high-speed, 3-D flow

We just call it a laboratory to emphasize the scientific nature of our work.” Brian Thurow, head of Advanced Laser Diagnostics Lab visualization technique. “We use (the laser) for a lot of testing projects,” Lynch said. “Typically we will spend a few weeks on one project with the laser as we build on the other projects.” Lynch has been working with the 3-D scanning la-

ser for 3 years. Lynch uses the Pulse Burst Laser System, developed at Auburn, to burst laser pulses at repetitions of more than 1,000,000 pulses per second. The bursts occur in 68 pulses within one tenthousandth of a second

(.0001), Lynch said. The laser pulses are scanned using a mirror that rotates on a 2-D plane. This means the mirror can rotate only horizontally, vertically or diagonally and only in a straight line. These scanning patterns are being tested to capture the formation of an air mass passing through a 1.2 inch diameter round, lowspeed jet. The air comes out of the jet at approximately 10 mph, Lynch said. Lynch sees how air moves with great detail

thanks to the cross-sectional images captured by the high-speed camera as the lasers pulse. The laser can pulse so fast that the high-speed camera is the limiting factor in these experiments, making new camera technology an important factor in research potential. The high-speed camera frames are assembled to make 2-D images which are compiled to make a 3-D figure of air flow. “Our lab focuses on the use of lasers to make measurements in turbulent flows,” Thurow said.

Thurow is head of the Advanced Laser Diagnostics Laboratory which houses the laser system. “The Advanced Laser Diagnostics Laboratory doesn’t have a specific location as we use our equipment and techniques in various other laboratories,” Thurow said. “We just call it a laboratory to emphasize the scientific nature of our work.” Thurow said the lab visited Florida State University last summer and used it to make some measurements in one of the laboratories there.

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SAA supports Haiti by collecting shirts DREW THOMPSON ASSISTANT CAMPUS EDITOR

Members of the Student Alumni Association will leave for Oxford, Miss., for the Affiliated Student Advancement Programs District 3 conference today at 1 p.m. The conference is centered on spreading ideas among different universities. Starting last Wednesday, Matthew Cox, junior in accounting and SAA president, started collecting shirts on the Concourse with the help of his fellow SAA members in preparation for their appearance at the ASAP conference at Ole Miss. Cox said the T-shirt drive is for the benefit of those affected by the earthquake in Haiti. “Any kind of shirt will work at this point,” said Wendy Norred, senior in health administration and SAA vice president of campus relations. Norred said it did not even matter if the shirts were clean before they were donated. “We are taking (the shirts) to a conference who will clean them all,” Norred said. All kinds of shirts were collected at the tent SAA set up on the Concourse. “Long sleeved, short sleeved and even sleeveless,” Norred said.

The SAA members had a plastic bin filled with various donated shirts. SAA contacted news groups who spread the word of the shirt drive as far as Columbus, Ga., Cox said. SAA has received help from the Auburn community, Cox said. As of last Wednesday, the Auburn University Marching Band had collected around 300 shirts, Cox said. All the shirts that were collected will be taken to the conference today. The conference will include the University of Georgia, University of Florida, University of Tennessee, University of South

Proposed SGA Constitutional Amendments Article II, Section 3: “The amendment removing the specification of Summer Senate attendance.” Article V, Section 7: “The amendment changing the requirement for the election of SGA Vice President and Treasurer to 40% of the popular vote, to coincide with the requirements for the Presidential election.” Article VI, Section 1: “The amendment changing the structure of the Jurisprudence Court so that a student serves as Chief Justice and the appointed faculty member as the Court’s advisor also amending the Court to have seven student justices, instead of six.” Article VI, Section 2: “The amendment adding the position of Attorney General to the Judicial Branch of the SGA.” Article VI, Section 3: “The amendment that allows members of the Jurisprudence Court to serve for two concurrent terms and stipulates that no member of the Judicial Branch can serve on any other SGA Branch or be involved in elections, whether through elections board or through serving on a campaign staff of a candidate.” Article VI, Section 4: “The amendment that allows chartered student organizations and Student Activity Projects to appeal decisions of the SGA branches to the Jurisprudence Court.” Article VI, Section 5: “The amendment adding the stipulation that the Court must inform involved parties of its decision within 48 hours of the hearing (except in cases involving elections, which must be within 24 hours).”

Article VI, Section 6: “The amendment that states that those wanting a hearing with the Jurisprudence Court must deliver their complaint to the Attorney General.”

Carolina and University of Mississippi. ASAP evokes slight competition but the bottom line of the conference is to support Haiti and increase relations amongst District 3 schools. “We want to bring the most T-shirts, but it is all for charity,” said Mitchell Holston, sophomore in marketing and SAA executive vice president. Fifteen members of SAA are traveling to the ASAP convention at Ole Miss to represent Auburn University, Holston being one of them. SAA is the only Auburn organization representing Auburn at the ASAP conference. “Last year was the first major year we went because we gave a presentation to about 200 people,” Cox said. The presentation was on SAA structure. “This year we are presenting a new design,” Norred said. This year’s presentation is “A Blueprint for Growth,” which explains how to build a SAA like Auburn did in 1999. SAA is the largest organization on campus with more than 3,700 members, Cox said. The ASAP conference starts today and lasts until Sunday, Feb. 21.


Ragan Hart, sophomore in exercise science, stops by the SAA table on the Concourse to assist SAA members with their hunt for T-shirts.


The sounds of classical guitar floated throughout the auditorium at the Jule Collins Smith Museum last Thursday evening. Classical guitarists Chad Ibison and Valerie Hartzell were brought to Auburn by the Chattahoochee Valley Classical Guitar Society. “We come here all the time because of the Chattahoochee Guitar Society,” Ibison said. “It’s a great honor for me to get to play here.” Hartzell said she taught Ibison classical guitar, so the two were definitely familiar with each other’s playing. “They brought my old teacher here, and my professor, Dr. Andrew Zohn, thought it would be a good idea to have her and me play the same concert,” Ibison said. Zohn, an associate professor of guitar at Columbus State University, said the two had not initially planned to play together. “We were supposed to have an American guitarist here named Mitchell Burka,” Zohn said. “He had to cancel at the last minute, but we were able to get Valerie.” Zohn said it was an interesting pair because Hartzell was Ibison’s original teacher and now Ibison is ready to graduate from Columbus State. “We figured this would be kind of an interesting, kind of themed concert,


Classical guitarist Chad Ibison plucks at his six-string at the Jule Collins Smith Museum Thursday, Feb. 11. Ibison was joined by his former teacher, Valerie Hartzell, in the concert.

teacher and student,” Zohn said. Ibison said he’s always loved classical music. “I started playing seriously in 2005,” Ibison said. “And I’ve been playing guitar since I was about 4.” There is a lot of training involved with putting on a classical guitar concert. “Depending on the repertoire you’re doing, I would say a good six months,” Ibison said. “Typically, you want to practice

at least three to four hours a day, with a couple days of the week where you do a massive, like eight hours.” The training and preparation is grueling and can get lonely, as Ibison said he doesn’t typically practice with anyone else. “It’s usually normally always by myself,” Ibison said. When he does practice with company, Ibison said it’s more to work on technique than the piece of

music. “We’ll start a technique, where we all kind of improv together,” Ibison said. Ibison said technique, in particular hand technique, is important for playing classical guitar. “The right hand is a real critical thing in classical guitar,” Ibison said. “It’s a very strange thing plucking the strings because you have to do it in a particular way.” Ibison’s hands have been manicured to be a classical guitarist. His right hand had long fingernails for plucking the guitar strings, while his left hand had regular nails. Ibison compared playing classical guitar to an Olympic event, like curling. “What a person’s having to do on a single guitar is so ridiculously hard that that’s part of the mystique to it,” Ibison said. Arash Noori, a Columbus State grad student, works with Ibison and said the Olympic comparison is the best way to describe classical guitar playing. “That is the best definition to sum up the aesthetics of guitar playing,” Noori said. Ibison said he gets his inspiration from a few sources. “When I was growing up, I liked (Andrés) Segovia because that was kind of like the old master,” Ibison said. “I like the British guy, Julian Bream, and things like that.”

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Eating disorders destroy self image Rod Guajardo / MANAGING EDITOR

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week offers an opportunity for those who have been dealing with a hidden sickness to seek help BRIAN DESARRO ASSISTANT INTRIGUE EDITOR

Paula Abdul, Fiona Apple, Victoria Beckham, Kate Beckinsale, Kelly Clarkson and Princess Diana all have one thing in common. All of these women struggled with and overcame an eating disorder. Feb. 21 marks the beginning of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, bringing attention to something usually kept behind closed doors. “Warning signs may be hard to see because individuals are often very secretive about eating disorder behaviors,” said Jenna Silverman, senior staff clinician at the Auburn University Student Counseling Services. “But some of the signs that are easier to notice include spending an excessive amount of time exercising, avoiding eating in front of other people or social activities including food, hiding food to binge on later, wearing oversized clothes to hide one’s body, making excuses for skipping meals and using a lot of appetite suppressants.” Because of ethical limitations on

the study of eating disorders, not much is known about how they develop and what the exact causes of them are. Annette Kluck, assistant professor, said some of the things people believe may contribute to the development of eating disorders include genetics, dieting, poor body image and media influence. “Having peers who engage in problematic eating may increase risk, having family members who engage in problematic eating may increase risk, but again, there is no way to say with absolute certainty what causes eating disorders,” Kluck said. Eating disorders have many side effects, Kluck said, the most severe being death. “The suicide rate among individuals with anorexia is very high,” Kluck said. “It actually has the highest mortality rate of any psychological disorder.” Kluck also said the changes that can happen during purging behaviors can cause electrolyte imbalance, decreased potassium level, teeth erosion, malnourishment, loss of menstrual cycle, loss of hair and even the gaining of body hair.

In order to prevent the development of eating disorders, Silverman said moderation is key. “Instead of going to extremes with diet and exercise, try for a balance of many different food types in modest amounts and throughout the day,” Silverman said. “Our bodies are more likely to be at a healthy weight when we have a steady source of energy. Too little sends our bodies into starvation mode and lowers our metabolism as well as make it more likely for us to overeat later in the day.” Silverman said finding a type of exercise that is enjoyable is also important, because sticking with it becomes easier when it is fun, rather than punishment for the body. The trend toward “healthy living,” along with the media, is a driving factor behind the prevalence of eating disorders. According to, 42 percent of 1st through 3rd grade girls want to be thinner; 91 percent of women recently surveyed on a college campus had attempted to control their weight through diet> Turn to DISORDER, C2

Info box: Anorexia Nervosa Symptoms - Resistance to maintaining body weight, intense fear of weight gain, denial of low body weight, disturbance in shape evaluation and loss of menstrual periods in menstruating women Warning signs - Dramatic weight loss, preoccupation with weight or dieting, anxiety about gaining weight, denial of hunger, consistent excuses to avoid mealtimes and excessive exercise regime. Consequences - Starvation, slow heart rate, low blood pressure, osteoporosis, muscle loss and weakness, hair loss, growth of a downy layer of hair all over the body in order to keep it warm and death. Bulimia Nervosa Symptoms - Intake of a large amount of food followed by a feel of losing control over eating behaviors, self-induced vomiting, laxatives, fasting or compulsive exercise. Warning signs - Evidence of binge eating, evidence of purging behaviors, unusual swelling of the jaw or cheeks, discoloration of teeth, creation of schedules around binge-and-purge sessions and withdrawal from friends and activities. Consequences - Electrolyte imbalances that can lead to death, inflammation and rupture of the esophagus from frequent vomiting.

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Women are not alone, more than one million men are affected by eating disorders BRIAN DESARRO ASSISTANT INTRIGUE EDITOR

During National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, a lot of attention is paid toward the portrayal of the female body image and the nearly 10 million women who suffer from a life threatening eating disorder. What is not focused on is the statistic that more than one million men in this country are fighting the same battle, many with little to no knowledge of how to get help. “Many people still believe that eating disorders only affect females, so they may not be looking for eating disorder symptoms in males,” said Jenna Silverman, senior staff clinician at the Auburn University Student Counseling Services.

“There tends to be greater stigma for men to talk about having any kind of mental health struggles, let alone concerns about their body image.” Because of this, Silverman said that men are much less likely to recognize or seek out help for an eating disorder from friends, family or mental health professionals. Annette Kluck, assistant professor, said there are many factors leading to there being less awareness about men’s eating disorders. “The diagnostic criteria for anorexia originally included, and still does, the loss of a menstrual cycle for menstruating women,” Kluck said. “Just from a diagnostic standpoint, the focus is on women.” In addition, Kluck said one factor leading to anorexia diag-

nosis was being underweight, which is not so in cases of the disorder in men. “The ideal body type for women tends to emphasize thinness, while for men it is muscular size,” Kluck said. “For women with anorexia, they are going to be noticeably underweight, which may not be true for men. It is always harder to identify people with a problem when they appear to have a normal weight.” Symptoms of men’s eating disorders, Silverman said, include over exercising, limiting food intake, avoidance of entire food groups like carbohydrates and extreme insecurity about or focus on the body. Men are also more likely than women to abuse or misuse nutritional supplements or other muscle-building substances,

such as the supplement creatine. Silverman said she believes this is because men are under similar pressure as women to appear a certain way. “Men may feel more isolated and ashamed in their struggles with body image concerns,” Silverman said. “At times, this pressure can be even more difficult since men may be less likely to talk with other men about how they feel about their bodies or how these feelings affect their self-esteem. Hopefully, as awareness increases about eating disorders and negative body image among men, more men will feel comfortable talking about their concerns and seeking help.” This is beginning to improve in recent years, however, as more men begin to report eating disorder symptoms. “This increase might be due

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ing, with 22 percent dieting “often� or “always;� and 35 percent of “normal dieters� progressing to pathological dieting, with 20 to 25 percent of those progressing to partial or full syndrome eating disorders. “There has been increased pressure on both men and women to be ‘healthy’ which is often confused with being underweight,� Silverman said. “Each person’s healthy body weight and size is different and what is healthy weight for one person is unhealthy for another. Remember that physical health is not just based on what you eat, but also on lifestyle including alcohol and substance use, activity level and stress management.� Silverman also said people should be aware that a lot of money is tied up in convincing people they need different “diet� products, from

gym memberships to diet pills. For students who are worried that they or someone they know may have a disorder, options are available. Silverman and Kluck both suggested visiting the Student Counseling Services, where they can help figure out what is going on and offer treatment option. If an intervention with a friend is needed, Silverman suggests doing it in a private place and to express concerns gently. “Be sure to give him or her support for how she might be feeling,� Silverman said. “Be prepared that this person may respond with anger or denial at the time, but may later appreciate your effort and care.� For National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, AUBIE EDA will be co-sponsoring the Love Your Body Day, which focuses on appreciation for all body types, and other events during the week.

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Cell phones save the day Personal trials with cell phone myths, tricks SARAH PHILLIPS STAFF REPORTER

Most college students own cell phones for texting and calling their friends and family. But when it comes to being in danger, these little devices have a few tricks that can make a difficult situation much easier to handle for everyone. The first and most important information is to know the worldwide emergency number for mobile phones. Even out of service, dialing 112 will find the nearest network and can connect you to an emergency service. In fact, if you have a cell phone that locks itself to prevent “pocket calls� but has a keypad on the outside, dialing 112 will unlock it. When I had the old school square Nokia cell phone, I tested this theory and I was surprised that my phone actually unlocked itself. Now that I have a touch screen, unlocking itself isn’t possible because the numbers can’t be displayed, so unfortunately I have to unlock it myself or open it to a keypad in order to get help. Benjie Walker, communications administrator with the City of Auburn Public Safety, doesn’t suggest dialing 112 first. “During an emergency, 911 is who you should


Automatic car locks can be activated over cell phone signals, coming through for students when they are in a bind.

call,� Walker said. “During a non-emergency you should call the City of Auburn’s Public Safety at (334) 501-3110.� A second trick your cell phone may be capable of can help those who are often forgetful with their keys. Usually when someone locks their keys in the car they call the locksmith, but if they have a keyless entry spare at home they may have wasted 50 dollars by not calling a friend by the spare. With this trick, a person can call a friend or family member on their cell phone from his or her own cell phone and have them click the keyless entry as they hold their phone about a foot away from the door. I haven’t had a keyless for two years after my battery died and all of my

roommates have let theirs die. Even my parents don’t have a functioning keyless entry, so I couldn’t exactly test this myth. Lewis Stargill, retail customer support at Verizon Wireless, tested this out and said it doesn’t work. “I think it’s a myth,â€? Stargill said. “They do have apps you can get for blackberries‌ (but) I tried it and it didn’t work.â€? The third interesting myth may help out those who are constantly charging their phone and worry they might not have enough battery power in an emergency situation. Dialing *3370# is supposed to activate a hidden battery power. Your cell phone should restart and show a 50 percent increase in charge. My phone keeps a relatively long battery charge, but I allowed it to get low

in order to test this out. Unfortunately, after dialing the numbers nothing happened. I even pressed send to try to activate it and an operator informed me that my call could not be placed as dialed. “I’d rather keep a charge on my cell phone than worry about some code,� said Sabra Sweetland, senior in hotel and restaurant management. A fourth trick that cell phones are rumored to perform can be helpful if your phone becomes lost or stolen. All cell phones come with a unique serial number and to find it you can dial *#06#. I don’t know if my phone just doesn’t like to activate weird numbers, but dialing this and pressing send yet again didn’t work. Stargill suggested looking at the phone’s battery for the serial number instead and notifying the network. “We can put phones on the lost or stolen list,� Stargill said. “Once they’re on this list they can’t be used.� The last and most helpful function a cell phone can give you is free information. Dialing 411 charges a person over a dollar for each call. Instead of using the network 411, there are other similar, but free options. 1-800-FREE411 or 1-800373-3411 is one option. Stargill also suggested 1-800-GOOG411 or 1-800466-4411, an option from Google that gives a caller a larger amount of information. “It’s amazing what cell phones can do now,� Sweetland said.

Tutti Frutti offers healthier dessert options with frozen yogurt and fruit SARAH PHILLIPS STAFF REPORTER

There’s a new place in town to satisfy those sweet tooth cravings. Monday, Feb. 8, Tutti Frutti, a self-serve frozen yogurt shop, opened in downtown Auburn across the street from Samford Hall, where Cambridge Coffee was located. With 45 different flavors of yogurt available and near limitless options, this shop offers competition to the larger ice cream and frozen yogurt chains. Peter Lee, the general manager, is excited to bring the variety to Auburn. “This is a different and new trend,â€? Lee said. “A couple of years ago it became popular‌ and now it’s all over California Texas, New York and Miami.â€? Along with the variety of yogurts. Tutti Frutti also offers a broad selection of toppings including fresh fruits and nuts. “I know all the fruit is fresh, because I cut it every

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Tutti Frutti, a frozen yogurt shop, opened its doors Feb. 8.

morning,â€? said Katie Tingey, employee and sophomore in fine arts. Sprinkles and other candy toppings are offered but with the new health trend, Lee expects many to enjoy the produce options more. “It’s become popular with the younger generation‌ thinking about the health profits,â€? Lee said. “(Yogurt) is a non-fat side of food. There are lots of nutritious benefits‌. It’s even lactose free for those who aren’t tolerant.â€? Unlike most yogurt shops, Tutti Frutti does not have set prices for what

they offer. For forty-five cents an ounce, customers can decide what type of yogurt and toppings they would like in either a small or large cup. “I like that it’s self service,� said Morgan Ellis, graduate student in structural engineering. “You can test it without committing.� Ellis enjoyed her choice of a large cup with peach yogurt, strawberries and walnuts. “You’re satisfied because you’re the one doing it,� Tingey said. After the next two to

three weeks, Lee hopes to be able to offer a selection of premium coffee. “We’ll have lattes, cappuccinos and iced coffee,â€? Lee said. “I’ll have the best prices I can get.â€? Fresh fruit smoothies will also become available. One of Lee’s biggest focuses is making his shop student-friendly. Free WiFi is already available and once his shop becomes more stable he hopes to offer specials. “I’ll issue coupons and have gift certificates available,â€? Lee said. “I’ll also have customer specials‌ such as buying five (yogurts) and getting one free.â€? Tutti Frutti is open from 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily and is a short walk from campus. “It’s really quick,â€? Tingey said. “You can be in and out in five minutes.â€? After two weeks of being opened, customers would already recommend this shop over competitors. “For frozen yogurt, this is the best choice,â€? Ellis said.




Corey Smith performs new CD at SkyBar NICOLE EMMETT WRITER

No stranger to Auburn, musician Corey Smith will be performing at SkyBar Café tonight for the first time this year. “It feels familiar; it’s kind of like my home territory,” said Smith, who has been performing in Auburn for the last four years. The show is set to begin at 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, according to Dan Grider, owner of SkyBar Café. “Tickets are currently available on the Corey Smith Web site, and we will have tickets available,” Grider said. Anyone who listens to his music knows Smith is a Georgia Bulldogs fan, but Smith said he also loves the Auburn atmosphere.

“I’m glad I have played big venues like Chastain Park, but I like going back closer to the fans,” Smith said. “I like the intimacy of it.” Smith said he plans to perform a mixture of old songs with new ones from his latest album, “Keeping Up With the Joneses”. Digitally released in November 2009, the title of the album encourages listeners to do the opposite. “It is about just making the most of what you have and struggling to grow and be better,” Smith said. “You’ll never be happy if you are always concerned about impressing everyone else.” As for the topics of his new material, the 32-yearold songwriter said it is not all about drinking and letting loose. “I hope people will find that it is better and more

mature than my other stuff,” Smith said. “There is more meaning there.” Among the deeper themes about life and love, Smith said, there are still songs for his collegeaged fans. “‘$8 Bottle of Wine’ is a song that I think will resonate with younger people wanting to have a good time,” Smith said. Erin O’Neil, senior in communication, said she can relate to Smith’s older songs about college life. “I like his acoustic sounds, and you always know what to expect when you see him,” O’Neil said. O’Neil said she has been to two of Smith’s shows, one at a fraternity house in Auburn, and one at a bar in Milledgeville, Ga. “I prefer his shows in small bar settings because everyone there actually wants to hear his music,”

O’Neil said. Janet Gunnels, senior in public relations, said she enjoys Smith’s music because he is an artist who sounds just as good live as he does on his albums. “I have only seen him once, but it was so much fun,” Gunnels said. “I am excited to see him for a second time.” Aside from working on his New Year’s Resolutions of drinking less, exercising more and being kinder, Smith will be busy this year with approximately 150 tour dates. Smith said while on stage he frees his mind from everything else and hopes his fans will do the same tonight. “I hope they are coming to have a great time, let their troubles drift away and lose themselves in the music just like I do,” Smith said.

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Café JB Roberts,  SkyBar Poptart Monkeys


“Death of the Party” is the debut album of Chicago-area native Kyle Kinane, 32. Recorded at the legendary Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles, Kinane’s hour-long album is a hell of a debut. A major point of Kinane’s album is how being placed into a gifted class in high school is what led him to all the hard, soul-crushingly boring 9-to-5s he works. “I’m 32 years old,” Kinane says. “I have a fantastic imagination. I have no applicable job skills.” Kinane lamenting being encouraged to use his imagination all the time, at the expense of learning real skills in auto-shop or welding classes like his classmates, is a sentiment many a liberal arts grad fearing graduation will relate to. One of the jobs Kinane tells us about is his time working as a forklift operator for an outfit that sells gourmet cake decorations. A forklift accident leads to a desk job, where he must attempt to cold-call people and try to sell them on cake decorations he knows they do not need. Kinane earned a creative writing degree from Columbia College in Chicago, and while he may now say that was a poor choice career-wise, I feel like it really helps him as a comic. Kinane has shorter “joke”


jokes, but some of his bits can last four or five minutes, which can be an eternity if a comic can’t keep a crowd interested. But Kinane maintains that interest, because he knows how to pace a story, and by peppering in funny details and building tension, he gives the crowd the payoff they want at the end of each story. One of the longest bits is Kinane’s riff on insomnia and how it leads many to become “midnight scientists,” running hypothetical “what-if ” situations through their head all night. Kinane’s experiment is based on barbecuing with a volcano. It’s incredibly thorough and he wrenches every bit of humor he can out of it, and it doesn’t come close to getting old.

Other highlights include an awkward recounting of having to watch his friends’ kids, Sanyo’s attempts to ruin his day before it starts and his imagining of the secret life of the namesake of the Trader Joe’s grocery store. “Death of the Party” is an incredibly grumpy album, and while the negativity is pointed toward Kinane’s own life, it’s never close to pitiful. Many comics make their mark with clever insights into the flaws of other people, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but Kinane’s hilarious album is the result of an honest, uncomfortable look at his mistakes and achievements.

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FASHION “Fashion fades, Only style remains the same.” oco Ch hanel -Coco Chanel

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Floral prints can transition easily from day to night

Side braids Nudie Nails—dark colors are out Head bands—inspired by Alice in Wonderland Light-wash jeans

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Combine cool colors with bright accents to update classics

Military inspired army jackets Cut-outs Strong shoulder blazers, tops, etc. More pastel or neutral colors Very tailored pieces Mix-n-match bold prints

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Top a light, ssexy striped look with w a bright head bband to keep it fresh and modern

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Tips for guys: A well fitted silhouette is always good. It can even give a T-shirt a tailored look. The denim/ chambray shirt and vest trend should continue; it’s a good one. You can pair a good quality dark chambray shirt with any non-denim casual pant and you’re in the game. I’m not a flip-flop guy but pair these two with a good white or brown flip-flop and you have a nice casual spring look.

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High-waisted shorts Over-the-knee boots Bold tribal prints Lingerie pieces Leather Stacked skinny belts Accent zippers Knee length socks Boyfriend cuts Oversized watches Feather accents Shirt dresses

Nike shorts with leggings Uggs with skirts or shorts Asymmetrical hemlines Empire waisted tops Highwater jeans Thick plastic belts Tiered accessories Cargo pants Layered minidresses over jeans Animal print Denim mini-skirts Excessive zippers

Don’ts: Personally I think Sperrys are getting a little overkill, a good low-cut (Converse) All-star could replace those for almost half the price, while giving you more wardrobe depth. Sperrys are cool, but it’s becoming monotonous; don’t completely trash them.

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Guy’s Guide: Get ready to trim, tone, tan From tanning beds to new wardrobes, guys prep for spring, summer DAVIS POTTER WRITER

With spring break quickly approaching and the summer break just three months away, some students have booked their vacations well in advance while others are still trying to decide where they want to go. Regardless of the destination, preparation can be just as important as the trip for some students, and the process is in full swing as students aim to look their best for some fun in the sun. That means men, too. While women are known for hitting the salon and spa to look great on their vacation, the men aren’t far behind. “(Men) want to look good on the beach,” said Shelley Martin, employee at The Tan Essentials. One place benefiting from the men’s need to get in shape quickly is the

gym. Gold’s Gym has seen an increase in the male turnout since the start of the new year, which is normal, said fitness consultant Zach McCrory. “Towards the end of January and the beginning of February, you’ll start seeing (men) come in a lot,” McCrory said. McCrory said men have started going to two-a-day workouts to get in more work in a short period of time. The goal for men, McCrory said, should be to tone the body and to balance the workouts. “If you focus on one body part, then you have one body part that’s getting bigger and the rest of it is staying the same,” McCrory said. “Balance is everything, and you want to stay proportioned.” Dieting is also a big part of the men’s routine, McCrory said. “(Men) will start dieting, trying to clean up your diet,” McCrory said. “Not so much fast food and going and eating a lot more chicken and a lot more fish.” In addition to working on their muscles, men also want to work on their skin. Tanning beds have become increasingly popular with men, Martin said. Men usually make up about 10 percent of the sa-


Jackson Pugh, a student at Southern Union State Community College, goes in for a quick session in a tanning bed.

lon’s customer base, Martin said, but that number goes up in the beginning of the year. “We always do get a little bit more heavy with male population for Spring Break tanning,” Martin said.

Martin said she believes the convenience of tanning salons makes them more appealing to male students. “It’s easier to tan here than it is to lay out in the sun, because before spring break it’s not that warm,”

Martin said While traditional tanning beds are still the popular choice for men, Martin said the salon now offers spray tanning, which a few male customers have already used. “We’re starting to try and promote (spray tanning) a little bit,” Martin said. “Some people like sunless better than actually laying in the bed just because of the health option of it.” Some men are also getting rid of their body hair, which is better known as “manscaping.” “As we get closer to Spring Break, we definitely have a whole lot more people come in for waxing,” said Alison Bonner, director of One Eighty Wellness Spa. Bonner said the spa offers chest and back waxing for men, with the latter being the more popular choice. This is the second year the spa will be open for Spring Break, and Bonner said she expects more men to take advantage of its services. “I’m sure we’re going to have more guys come in this year than we did last year because I think (waxing) is becoming more acceptable,” Bonner said. For some men, the preparation for spring break and summer trips wouldn’t be complete without the

proper attire. Ryan Robertson, senior in building science, said men’s clothes could depend on what kind of trip they take. “I’ve been on cruises a few times for spring break and I had to bring nicer clothes for that,” Robertson said. “If I just go to Destin or something, then I just wear regular clothes.” However, if guys are going beyond the basics to prep for spring break and summer vacations, they are keeping it quiet. “I think (men) kind of keep it secret,” said Margaret Ann Killam, junior in public relations. “If guys do do something for spring break, you don’t hear them talk about it.” However, Killam said going overboard can be unattractive to the opposite sex and cautioned men to not go too far. “I know very few girls, if any at all, that want the Fabio-looking or David Hasselhoff body,” Killam said. “We don’t want the overly dark, processed-looking skin with washboard abs.” Killam said men can be attractive with their personalities as well as their physical attributes. “Don’t worry about (getting the perfect body) because the girls are worried enough for everybody,” Killam said. “Don’t stress out about it.”

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Swinging into season Baseball opens spring 2010 play Friday JAKE MASTROIANNI WRITER

As the calendar moves closer to spring and the hope of warm weather begins, the smell of fresh hot dogs along with the cracking sound of aluminum bats lets fans know that it’s that time of year again. The Auburn University Baseball team will be taking the field for the first time this season with a three game series against Southeastern Missouri starting Friday at 3 p.m. The Tigers look to improve from a 3125 overall record and 11-19 SEC PLAINSMAN ARCHIVES record last Illustration by: Abby Albright year

that left them just short of mak- around the clubhouse this year ing the SEC and NCAA tourna- in a sense that the guys are over ment for the first time since the process of a new coach and a new system,” Pawlowski said. 2003. “They under“We are cerstand what tainly excited our expecabout the upIt’s about getting tations are. coming 2010 We have a season,” said guys on base, bunting lot of leadhead coach guys over, hitting line ers who are John Pawlowsback, offenki. “These guys drives and trying to have worked really boost that on-base sively, from our team last extremely year, which hard. I like percentage.” the way our Hunter Morris, I think is goteam has gone junior infielder ing to be a huge asset to about their our team.” work ethic.” The offense will be led by juPawlowski is getting ready to serve his second year as Au- nior infielder Hunter Morris. “We try to be very profesburn’s head coach and hopes to see the team gain stability with sional about the way we go about our work as an offense,” experience. “It’s a little different feeling Morris said. “It’s not all about

just putting up two, three, four run innings and trying to compile those all the time by hitting home runs. It’s about getting guys on base, bunting guys over, hitting line drives and trying to really boost that on-base percentage, which is going to be really important in the long run.” Morris was named a preseason First Team All-American by Baseball America. Morris has a career batting average of .318 with 23 home runs and 82 runs batted in after playing in 104 games for the Tigers. “It’s huge for this University and for this baseball program (to be successful),” Morris said. “The people at Auburn deserve a lot more than what we’ve given them. We’ve got such good > Turn to BASEBALL, D2

Basketball falls to Miss. State, braces for Florida ANNA SCHIERHOLZ

ern Division’s co-leaders, falling to Arkansas Feb. 6 in Fayetteville and Mississippi State Saturday. WRITER “(Mississippi State) played great deThe men’s basketball team is preparing fense,” said sophomore Frankie Sullivan. for its game against the Florida Gators to- “You have to give it to them. We didn’t night after losing a heartbreaker to Mis- execute our sets like we are supposed to. sissippi State in overtime Saturday. We took some tough shots. We always Though the Tigers led 38-35 at the half, give ourselves great opportunities to win they were outscored by the Bulldogs 11-1 games, but we don’t make the plays to in overtime, falling 85-75 for their sev- win.” enth SEC loss. A highlight in the The loss pushed Auburn loss came from senior below .500, making it 12DeWayne Reed’s gameThey are a 13, 3-7 in the SEC. tying layup with 15 secAuburn faces a 17-8, typical Florida team, onds remaining in the 6-4 SEC Gator team in sending the Tigers which is a very good game, the O’Connell Center in to overtime. passing team.” Gainesville tonight at 6. But, Lebo said Reed “They are a typical Florhas had problems with ida team, which is a very his shooting percentages Jeff Lebo, good passing team,” said in league games. head coach head coach Jeff Lebo. “You look at his numTonight’s game is the bers when he (gets) into 156th meeting between the Tigers and conference play, his shooting percentthe Gators. ages are around 33 percent from the field Auburn has won 87 of the meetings, and under 30 from three in league play, holding an advantage over Florida, and that’s hurt us,” Lebo said. though Lebo is just 1-5 against the GaSenior forward Lucas Hargrove had tors. his second straight double-double game, Lebo’s one victory came in the team’s with 20 points and 10 rebounds. 61-58 win last year in the SEC Tourna“The one thing is we talked to him ment quarterfinals in Tampa. about making quicker decisions with the Tonight’s matchup is the fourth in a six ball,” Lebo said. “When he gets it either game stretch of playing on the road. being able to immediately put it on the The last two road games ended in over- floor, shoot it or pass it. Early in the seatime losses. The Tigers lost to both of the SEC West> Turn to B-BALL, D2


Senior guard Tay Waller attempts to dunk against Georgia last week.


The fastest growing sport in the nation has a home in Auburn. The Auburn University club lacrosse team is hosting the University of Tennessee tomorrow at 8 p.m. and Eastern Michigan University Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Auburn city fields on Shug Jordan Parkway. Auburn topped the Volun-

teers last year and has never played against the Eagles of Eastern Michigan. “UT was a very close game last year and they are off to a 2-0 start this year,” said Marshall Clark, junior defenseman. “EMU should be a very good matchup, even though we’ve never played each other.” Junior midfielder Anthony Generotti said Tennessee could make a run to win the Southeastern Lacrosse Conference.

“Last year they were a young team that gained a lot of wellneeded experience; they will be a contender for the SELC championship this season,” Generotti said. Junior goalie Alex Barnes said he is very familiar with how Tennessee plays. “I have played with or against most of their players throughout my high school career,” said Barnes, a native of Brentwood, Tenn. To the untrained eye, lacrosse can be a confusing

sport. It is a lot easier to understand than one might believe, however. There are 11 players in four positions on the lacrosse field: goalie, three defenseman, three midfielders and three attackman. The attackman are the offensive players. There has to be three players on the offensive side of the midfield at all times or the team is penal> Turn to LACROSSE, D2

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chemistry, and not only do we want to do it for Auburn University and we want to do it for this program, we want to do it for us as a family.” Auburn’s first 11 games will be at home at Plainsman Park. March 9 Auburn travels to Montgomery to play Alabama in the Capitol City Classic. Auburn came from behind in the top of the 9th last year to win the game 8-7 in the inaugural Classic. The Tigers will have another difficult road to the SEC tournament this year as six SEC teams were voted into Rivals. com preseason Top 25. As for its out of conference schedule, the team will be traveling to Tempe, Ariz., for a three game series against No. 9 Arizona State starting March 12.

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son, he held it. He pump faked and did a lot of other stuff and held the ball. He is much better when he makes an immediate decision with the ball. He has been making the right decisions for the most part with the ball.” Lebo said that one asset Hargrove brings to the team is his ability to take advantage of the players guarding him. Even with the size advantage of some on the MSU team Hargrove was able to score, an ability that will no doubt prove useful in Gainesville. “He’s the one areawhen people try to match up with us, they have the hardest time in who they are going to play on him,” Lebo said. “That’s where we have a little bit of advantage at times. He has a size advantage there.” Lebo also said he plans to capitalize where the Gators have been inconsistent this season.

“It’s always fun when you’re playing catch and you’ve got someone out there watching you practice,” said Stephen Kohlscheen, a junior college transfer. “That tells you it means a lot to people and the community. Obviously, I haven’t been in an SEC game yet, but I’m looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to playing in front of a lot people.” The great thing about the beginning of every season is teams are 0-0, and everyone thinks they have a chance of being good. Auburn hopes this is the year all its hard work is rewarded. “We know and we talk about it; we haven’t been to the (SEC) Tournament,” Pawlowski said. “We want to change that and get this program where it needs to be. This is a big year for these guys, obviously, and a big year for our program.”

“Where they have not been typical, they have been inconsistent shooting the basketball,” Lebo said. “I think that is where they have struggled at times where they have had really bad nights from three. That’s when they’ve lost games.” The last time the Tigers traveled to Gainesville, they were downed by the Gators, 72-56, after five lead changes and six ties. In recent play, the Gators lost to Xavier (17-7) 76-64 Saturday and to South Carolina (14-9, 5-4 SEC) 77-71 Feb. 10. Because of this losing streak, Florida is likely to come out tough against Auburn. Tonight’s game will be televised on ESPN and broadcast on Auburn ISP Sports Network. The game can be streamed on www.auburntigers. com and heard on XM Satellite Radio Channel 199, as well as on Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. CT.

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Junior goalie Alex Barnes clears the ball in front of the Auburn goal against Florida, Saturday.


ized. “The attack has to be able to move the ball around quickly while looking for an open man for an easy pass,” Clark said. “They must also be able to stop the opposing defense from clearing the ball.” Midfielders, or middies as they’re sometimes called, are the two-way players. “Middies are the workhorses of the game,” Clark said. “They must play offense and defense and are subbed out constantly to try and keep them fresh.” Generotti said a midfielder has the burden of needing to understand all the offensive plays while also knowing all of the de-

fensive schemes. “A midfielder must be very well conditioned,” Generotti said. “They are constantly running when they are on the field.” Midfielders and attackmen use the same stick, with a head that has a mesh pocket. “The stick is about 40 inches in length,” Generotti said. “The pocket cannot be deeper than the diameter of the ball.” Defensemen, along with the goalie, try to prevent the other team from scoring. “The defense must know where the ball is at all times and remain in between the ball and the opposing player at all times,” Clark said. Beside keeping the ball out of his net, the goalie

has the duty of making sure the defense knows where it’s supposed to be. “The goalie is also responsible for communicating with the defense,” Barnes said. “He needs to call out ball position and slides.” The defense is also charged with the task of clearing the ball after a shot or a turnover. Defenders play with a longer stick than that of the attack and the midfield, but still use the same head. “They have 6-foot poles to allow for extended checks,” Clark said. The goalie has the most different stick. “The length of the shaft may vary but the majority of goalies use sticks around 40-42 inches,”

Barnes said. “The head of the goalie stick is much larger than any other position and is limited to 12 inches at the furthest point across with no rules on pocket depth.” A lacrosse field has 13 lines. “There are two end lines, two sidelines six restraining lines that make up two restraining boxes, a halffield line and two wing lines,” Barnes said. From end line to end line, the field is 110-yards long and from sideline to sideline it is 60 yards. “The goalie has a 9-foot crease around him,” Barnes said. “Only the goalie and defenders are allowed inside the crease. If an attackman or opposing middie comes in, they get penalized.”



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Women work up a sweat during Turbo Jam.

For those who want to mix up their workout routine, Auburn’s Campus Recreation Department has introduced Turbo Jam within the lifetime and fitness program to better fit the workout needs of students. “We try something new every semester, and this semester is Turbo Jam,” said fitness coordinator Pamela Wiggins. Although Turbo Jam helps tone the body, it is mainly a cardiovascular exercise with many styles of kicks to work out both upper and lower body as well as add variety to your workout. “It’s a great way to stay in shape and have fun,” said group fitness instructor Megan Steele. “If you work out alone you often get bored with it and that’s why people quit, but if it’s a lot of fun like Turbo Jam you’re more likely to go through with the program.” The class is taught Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and consists mainly of women, but Wiggins said she hopes those numbers will change along with the program. “We will have our first male teacher this fall,” Wiggins said.

“He will teach yoga, an area where we see more guys because of the flexibility aspect, and hopefully bring in more people.” Wiggins said the program saw 8,500 participants total last year, a number that has already been reached this semester. “I think it is a fun class,” said Haley Hegetschweiler, senior in radio, television and film. “I like that it is fast-paced, and that there is loud music and I would definitely take the class again.” Wiggins said they are ahead of where they thought they would be at this time. “We started with six classes and are now to about 44,” Wiggins said. “Everyone is excited about the growth and hope to reach 20,000 participants by the end of the spring semester.” Wiggins believes a key to the survival of the program is to train students to be able to teach the Turbo Jam classes. As a result, the program offers free group fitness in-

structor training for those interested. “I’ve always enjoyed group fitness and all the energy that is involved in it,” Steele said. “When I had the chance to train I jumped at the opportunity and now I teach Step, Turbo Jam and Butts and Guts.” Wiggins said although the program is working, she would like to see an improvement in the communication within the program. “We’re starting an e-mail newsletter,” Wiggins said. “This way we can stay in touch and get information out there quickly to those who are interested in helping the program.”

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The Yellows fight to hold 2009 title ABBY ALBRIGHT SPORTS EDITOR

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Stefie Dominguez, junior in pre-nursing, shoots the ball against ACF 5 Monday during intramural basketball.

When Anna Lane started The Yellows, then The Oranges, her freshman year she had no idea they would be so successful at intramural basketball. Lane, junior in health administration, recruited friends she played basketball with at Grissom High School in Hunstville to join the team. The Oranges, a member of the women’s independent intramural basketball league, earned the title of 2009 women’s intramural champions and then went on to beat the sorority league champions. “I started the team when I was a freshman and now people ask to be on the team and it gets kind of hard because you can’t have too many people because of playing time,” Lane said. The Yellows, who remain undefeated, beat ACF 5 4211 with 6:50 left in the second half when the 30-point-lead mercy rule was enforced. “Most of the teams we’ve played were Christian Cen-

ters so they’re all nice about it,” Lane said. Their success has not gone unnoticed by friends and basketball enthusiasts. The Yellows had the biggest fan section of all of the women’s intramural teams playing Monday. Adam Fox, junior in physics, said he comes to all of The Yellow’s games to support his girlfriend, Lane. Lane’s friends usually recruit a big crowd to come. “I came to support my friend Anna who played basketball in high school,” said Britney Kelley, senior in psychology. “When she came to college she played intramurals and has always wanted me to come.” Although The Yellow’s games are often cut short because of the mercy rule, Gabby Meredith, junior in public relations, said she enjoys watching the fierce female competition. “It’s a really fun time and we all played in high school and it’s really cool to see how we play together now in college; it’s a good atmosphere,” Lane said.

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Anna Lane, junior health in administration, attempts to block an ACF 5 shot during The Yellows 42-11 win.









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AU Women’s basketball drops one to No. 23 LSU CRYSTAL COLE STAFF REPORTER

Unresolved offensive troubles cost the women’s basketball team (12-14, 3-10 SEC) another game as it fell to No. 23 LSU (17-7, 6-6 SEC) 75-51 Sunday. Auburn only managed to sink 4-of-21 field goal attempts in the first half and allowed LSU to score 21 points off 15 turnovers. “We missed easy shots, and when you miss easy shots, it affects your confidence more than when you miss tough shots,� said Auburn head coach Nell Fortner. “I thought in the second half we came out and did some nice things and competed hard, but LSU answered everything we tried to do.� Auburn was led by redshirt junior Jordan Greenleaf with 14 points and six rebounds. Senior center KeKe Carrier and junior guard Alli Smalley combined for only 14 points. LSU head coach Van Chancellor planned ahead to take out the Auburn offensive threats. “We were going to double Carrier every time she touched it,� Chancellor said. “Our defense in the SEC has not been what it should have been, but the last two games it’s been re-


Sophomore guard Morgan Jennings attempts to shoot against three LSU defenders.

ally good.� LSU had a strong team leader in guard Allison Hightower, who scored 37 points and brought down four rebounds. “She’s just a tough player,� Smalley said. “She was preseason player of the year, so obviously we know what we’re up against when we see her. She was knocking down shots, tough shots too. We would be contesting her shots and she was still knocking them down.� Auburn never held a lead and tied the game just

once at 4-4. Freshman guard Morgan Toles sank a pair of free throws before a 5minute Auburn drought. She said she could feel the offensive battle wearing the team out. “It was really frustrating; we would just settle for outside shots and we weren’t really attacking the basket,� Toles said. “We had a lot of careless turnovers that really were unforced.� Carrier hit the first shot in the second half, one of only two she would make

the whole game. Fortner said she felt bad for Carrier and felt she got beat up by defenders during the game. “People play her tough and it’s mind boggling to me the way teams play her the way they do when she doesn’t get the calls,� Fortner said. “I think this has happened to her all year long and I think she’s a hard person to officiate in a women’s game.� Auburn travels to Mississippi State Sunday. The Bulldogs are coming off SEC wins against South Carolina and Ole Miss. Smalley said the week off will be good for the women’s bodies and minds. “At this point in the season, every SEC team is tired because it’s so late in the season,� Smalley said. “It will be a good week for rest and also a good week to work and improve and get better at things that we need to work on.� Fortner said her team is struggling to overcome obstacles right now, but will be improving through the last few games. “We’re just in a little bit of a tough place right now, but it’s a perfect opportunity for them to build some character right now and come back and see how we can finish out,� Fortner said.


Members of the Dunkin’ Darlins sport Pink Zone T-shirts.


Beard-Eaves was a blur of pink Sunday, not because of awkward Valentine’s Day dates, but in support of breast cancer awareness. The women’s “Pink Zone� game against LSU was put on by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and sponsored by Alfa Insurance. Alfa contributed one dollar for the first 5,000 fans at the game to the Joy of Life Foundation and presented a check to the organization’s founder at halftime. “I’m really glad that they came out for this game, first and foremost because it is an excellent cause and to raise awareness and to raise money for breast cancer research,� said Auburn head coach Nell Fortner. Both teams wore pink warm-ups and the Auburn team sported pink socks and shoes laces. Fans were encouraged to wear pink, and the band also showed its support by wearing pink shirts. Attendees were confronted with statistics about breast cancer during timeouts and breaks. The slides encouraged women to do more research about the disease online and to get their yearly mammograms. Junior guard Alli Smalley said it was an honor to play for people struggling with the disease and fighting for their lives. “I know several people on our team have family members or friends who have dealt with breast cancer,� Smalley said. “Anytime there are fundraisers or community service for that we are usually involved and that’s something we enjoy doing and we want to be a part of now.�


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All-around Favorite coaching moment? Most recently, beating Georgia. That was just a huge milestone for our program. I think, overall, it’s just been the development of the team and the journey we’ve been on these last 11 years.

Coaching with the family CRYSTAL COLE STAFF REPORTER

It’s amazing to wake up every morning and go to work with someone you love and your life partner.”

During her 11-year coaching career at Auburn, gymnastics associate head coach Rachelle Thompson has coached some of the highest scoring Tigers, all while wear- the center of attention,” ing five-inch heels. Thompson said. Thompson competed Thompson is a native at the collegiate level for of Baton Rouge, La., but LSU. That finished her background degree at makes it Auburn. She easy for the graduated gymnasts to summa cum relate to her. laude with “ S h e a bachelor’s knows what degree in edwe’re going ucation. through at At Auburn, this time,” Thompson said sophohelps coach THOMPSON more gymalongside nast Allyher husband, son Sandusky. “For her head coach Jeff Thompto have a background of son. doing awesome at LSU, The pair actually met she knows what it takes at Auburn during her seto win.” nior year at the NCAA reWhile at LSU, Thomp- gion championships. son was an All-Ameri“We actually saw each can from 1988-91 and other from across the won the SEC All-Around gym, if you will,” ThompChampionship in 1991. son said. “He asked me to She was also a finalist do his training camp and for the Honda-Broderick a year later we were marAward, presented an- ried.” nually to the collegiate Thompson said she woman athlete of the enjoys working with her year. husband every day. Thompson was the first “It’s amazing to wake gymnast for LSU to score up every morning and go a perfect 10.00, which she to work with someone recorded on floor against you love and your life Florida in 1991. partner,” Thompson said. “I loved getting out “I’m not going to say it’s on the floor exercise be- easy all the time, we have cause I do have one of our disagreements, but those colorful person- through the years we’ve alities and love being worked out a system to

Rachelle Thompson, associate head coach deal with our problems.” Sandusky said it is fun having both of them as coaches and enjoys watching them together. “It’s entertaining because they can be complete opposites sometimes,” Sandusky said. “So if you kind of get upset with one coach, you can just go over to the next.” Coaching was not something Thompson saw in her future while she was at LSU. “When I was a gymnast, I had the whole white picket fence in my head of getting married and have kids and be a stay at home mom,” Thompson said. “Then I met Jeff and he was a coach and we got the job at Auburn.” The couple has two sons together, Parker, 14, and Griffin, 12. Thompson said she was initially devastated about never having a girl, but now understands why things worked out they way they did. “God gave me 19 young women that I deal with every day,” Thompson said. “Our oldest son loves coaching and loves being in the gym and is actually working in our gymnastics academy

now.” Thompson has used her knowledge to lead several Tigers into the record books. 2008 graduate, Julie Dwyer, recorded the second-best beam score in school history, who Thompson coached. Dwyer earned a 9.950 during a meet at Denver University in 2008. Dwyer was ranked second nationally on beam for three straight weeks. In 2006, Dwyer became the only Auburn Tiger in history to earn All-American honors on beam. Dwyer also recorded the second-best score in Auburn history on the floor exercise in 2007. also Thompson coached two Tigers to a perfect 10.00 score. Both were recorded on beam, one from Sally Cantrell, graduated 2002, and the other from Rachel Tarantino, graduated 2005. Sandusky said Thompson is a good motherly figure for the girls and really cares about the team. “Her door is always open for us to go talk to her,” Sandusky said. “She’s very supportive and if you need something, she will more than go out of her way to try and help you.” Thompson said she loves watching athletes and the gymnastics program grow at Auburn. “From where we started 11 years ago, to see where we are now, it’s really amazing,” Thompson said.

Favorite activity outside of coaching? It’s kind of sad, but I am always thinking about gymnastics. I’m pretty obsessed with the girls on this team. Favorite winter Olympic sport? I guess figure skating, it’s similar to gymnastics in the judging and the scoring and the individuality once they’re out there. BlackBerry or iPhone? BlackBerry. I’m addicted to it. I sleep with it; it sits by my bedside pillow. Favorite Auburn restaurant? Amsterdam’s if I’m going to have a sit-down dinner, but late night I love going to Little Italy. Little known fact about you? That I absolutely hate shopping. It is a huge chore for me to actually go out and find all of my outfits for the season. I hate putting on make-up and getting dressed. I’ve never had a manicure or pedicure or any of that.

Favorite TV show? I’m a reality junkie, and I love Project Runway and the Real Housewives of New York.

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Sandusky off the mat CRYSTAL COLE STAFF WRITER


Sophomore gymnast Allyson Sandusky performs her routine on the beam against Alabama.

Allyson Sandusky used gymnastics as a way to balance out living with four brothers when she was younger, but now she is using her talent to win awards. The sophomore was recently named SEC Gymnast of the Week, the first gymnast for Auburn to receive the award this year. “It’s an awesome feeling for Auburn to be recognized and for me to be recognized,” Sandusky said. When Sandusky was younger and growing up in Brookeville, Md., she played on the monkey bars often. Her mother put her into a gym to try and get her to learn safety skills. Sandusky said the coaches kept pushing her to get involved with the gymnastics program. After a while, Sandusky grew tired of the sport and said she thought about quitting often in middle school. “I would get to a point where I had a rough day, I didn’t want to go to the gym, I thought about quitting, but my mom was always there to help me and she pushed me forward and was always there for me,” Sandusky said. In her freshman year, exactly a year before winning her current honor, Sandusky was named SEC Freshman Gymnast of the Week. Currently, Sandusky leads the team in vault, uneven bars and the beam. She also ranks in the top-50 nationally on those apparatuses. Associate head coach Rachelle Thompson said she calls Sandusky the team’s cruise control. “She has a way about her that she can just hit a button and go out there and do and compete,” Thompson said. “This year she has really grown and has been hitting her routines in practice, giving her even more confidence in the meet.” Thompson said the coaches are hesitant to put her on the floor exercise because of how valuable she is in other events.

Getting from Maryland to Alabama may sound like a big jump for some, but Sandusky said she always wanted to go to college in the South. “Being part of a team in the SEC is awesome,” she said. “Auburn had a great program for education and gymnastics and I really liked the coaches when I met them.” As a member of the gymnastics team, Sandusky is around 18 other women daily. While other women might find this stressful, Thompson said Sandusky gets along well with everyone. “She truly does just fit in wherever she is,” Thompson said. “Everyone just likes Allyson.” Sandusky said she feels like the team has grown closer this season. “Last year we had some cliques on our team, but this year we are a happy family,” Sandusky said. Looking into the future, Sandusky isn’t sure about what she will do. She said she hopes to get a job and be able to make some money. She said she might coach gymnastics as a volunteer, but couldn’t see making that her career. Sandusky had her best meet in the historic win against Georgia three weeks ago. That night, she hit a 9.85 on vault, a 9.8 on bars and finished out with a 9.825 on beam. “I’m not going to say she was a surprise, because we recognized early on how much of a competitor she was,” Thompson said. “I really expect her to continue to develop and get better and better at her routines.”

Gymnastics tops Kentucky CRYSTAL COLE STAFF REPORTER

The Auburn Gymnastics team (2-4, 2-3 SEC) missed the snow Friday for an away meet at Kentucky (14, 3-4 SEC) and came away with its second win of the season 196.400-195.425. The Tigers had their best floor performance of the season to seal the win. This was a turnaround from just three weeks ago at LSU, when the floor was the women’s worst event. “LSU wasn’t a very fun meet, but it happened for a reason and it really helped us because everyone’s mentality was ‘I got to hit my routine or else the team will be mad at me or the coach will be mad at me,’” said sophomore Kylie Shields. “You can’t work like that, you have to work because you love doing it and that’s what really changed, and we build confidence from loving what we’re doing and you can see it in the numbers.” Associate head coach Rachelle Thompson said the floor routine is always the last event to come together for gymnasts because of training and measures the women take for safety. “A lot of times we don’t train on the competition floor, we do a lot of stuff with soft landings and push back actually putting them on the hard floor because of injuries,” Thompson said. “Physically our gymnastics on the floor event has improved, but it’s more of the girls gaining more confidence and

making the floor routines in the meets and getting more secure in their landings.” The Tigers started out the meet on the uneven bars. Sophomore Allyson Sandusky led the team in the event, scoring a 9.9. Senior Carmen Nelms hit a 9.8 for the second consecutive meet and freshman Petrina Yokay nailed a strong 9.85. Sandusky, who was recently named the SEC Gymnast of the Week, said winning away was encouraging. “Since we were going up against another SEC school, it’s always good to have our team go out there and try to do our best and hit our routines every single time we go out,” Sandusky said. “Getting a win at Kentucky was awesome, especially since it was a travel meet for us.” Kentucky started the night on vault and Auburn led after the first rotation, 49.100-49.075. The second rotation saw strong performances from Auburn on vault, but Kentucky’s Storey Morris hit a 9.875 on bars. Auburn’s lead was cut to 98.15097.975 going into the third rotation. Thompson said the team didn’t take the meet lightly and knew the Wildcats were a strong vault and floor team. “You can never, ever take an SEC school for granted and Kentucky has had huge improvements this year in gymnastics,” Thompson said. During the third rotation, the Wildcats strug-

gled on beam, scoring a 48.300 as they were forced to count a 9.55 and 9.525. Auburn scored its highest floor exercise of the season with a 49.100 and extended its lead to almost a point going into the final round. The Tigers finished on beam, with junior Rachel Inniss earning a 9.925 and her second beam title of the season. It was the highest individual score Auburn has seen all year. Auburn has a bye week this week and will return to competition Friday, Feb. 26. The Tigers will host Florida, currently ranked No. 4. Sandusky said she is looking forward to some time off. “It’s very important that we rest our bodies, but still train as hard as we normally do, because we don’t want to get out of the groove that we normally have by having a meet every weekend,” Sandusky said. “It’s a good time for us to physically and mentally rest our bodies.” Thompson said the women need a break at this point, and she believes the team is on the right track competitively. “What I do is take all of our scores from our meets and pull out the girls’ top scores and, when you add them all up, the total is competitive with the top teams in the country,” Thompson said. “There’s no reason why we can’t go out in the second part of the season and score within five to six tenths of that and make it to the national championships.”

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sports, D7

Softball wins in Ariz. BLAKE HAMILTON

contain the Sun Devilsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; explosive hitting. ASU scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR and went on to carry the day 142. The Auburn Softball team â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a leadoff batter so I need dished out two grand slams last to get on more,â&#x20AC;? Clyde said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unweekend at the Kajikawa Classic fortunately, I have to see more in Tempe, Ariz., last week, beat- pitches so more strikes go by and ing Texas Tech, Notre Dame and I get lower in the count, so I have Wisconsin. to build back up.â&#x20AC;? The Tigers A u b u r n opened the bounced back SatAlthough tournament urday against Texlast Thursday weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not there by any as Tech, highlightagainst Washed by Clydeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grand ington, the means, (this weekend) slam. The hit broke defending na- gives us a good, solid a one-run game in tional chamthe fourth inning, foundation.â&#x20AC;? pions, but fell moving Auburn 5-0. Auburnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up 6-1, a score Tina Deese, that would remain senior pitcher head coach to the end of the Anna Thompson recorded game. 13 strikeouts â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kristaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grand and made two hits, but it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t slam was a surprise,â&#x20AC;? said Auenough to lift the Tigers past the burn head coach Tina Deese. heat of Washington pitcher Dan- â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no doubt about that ielle Lawrie. one. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not often that your slapâ&#x20AC;&#x153;We thought we had it in the pers get a big grand slam hit like bag against Washington but that.â&#x20AC;? things didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t turn right,â&#x20AC;? said Auburn played Notre Dame sophomore outfielder Krista later in the day, scoring four Clyde. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hung in with the best runs in the third inning alone. so now we know we can do that. Irish pitcher Jody Valdivia came Our hitting is getting back on into the game with an 18-game top, we work great together and winning streak which was ended have great chemistry. As a whole by such players as Auburn junior I think we need to build up our outfielder Caitlin Stangl, who confidence. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of fallen off went 4-4 on the day, tying a team and we need to pick it back up.â&#x20AC;? record. The Tigers next faced Arizona â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think, overall, in terms of State Friday but were unable to building confidence offensively,

the win helped the athletes,â&#x20AC;? Deese said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We saw the ball well, we put some runs on the board, we generated some offense and manufactured some runs just like we said we would do, so I think that, although weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not there by any means, it gives us a good, solid foundation.â&#x20AC;? The Tigers closed off the series against Wisconsin, pulling off their third straight win 7-0 due in part to sophomore infielder Amber Harrisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first career grand slam. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the third inning, when Stangl and freshman infielder Kelsey Cartwright were walked to load the bases. Harrisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grand slam, followed by two fifth inning runs by Clyde and Stangl, gave Auburn the win. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coming off those first two losses it was nice to revamp and come out with a winning record,â&#x20AC;? Harrison said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just excited to see where our team is headed this year. I think that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to do well in our conference.â&#x20AC;? After hitting the road against Georgia State yesterday, the Tigers open the home season in the Tiger Invitational Friday through Sunday against Ohio, Nebraska, Central Michigan and SIU-Edwardsville. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that we have a much better understanding of where we were after the last three games than we did the first three,â&#x20AC;? Harrison said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We learn from the good stuff as well as the negative stuff.â&#x20AC;?



Jenee Loree throws a pitch at Jane B. Moore field during play in 2009.

Equestrian prepares for busy weekend MIRANDA DOLLARHIDE WRITER

The sounds of galloping hooves, cheering fans and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bodda Gettaâ&#x20AC;? after a win have become custom for the No. 2 Auburn Equestrian team. Coming off of a win against South Carolina, Auburn will face No. 10 New Mexico State Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Auburn Horse Unit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we ride like we have been riding, we will be in good shape,â&#x20AC;? said head coach Greg Williams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had practice today and it felt lackluster, but after two days off from the snow, that is to be expected.â&#x20AC;? Even with Auburnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 7-2 record, riding against New Mexico State will have its share of challenges. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we are coming off a big weekend,â&#x20AC;? said freshman western rider Mallory Campbell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are ready to go, but now we have to work

hard. It is unnerving knowing we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had as many practices as we wanted, but we have stepped it up.â&#x20AC;? Auburn will face tough competitors Saturday as well as tough climate conditions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The cold weather messes with the horses,â&#x20AC;? said freshman hunt seat Lindsay Portela. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are fresh and excited. They are difficult when they are fresh. Also, fans donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like to come out when it is cold. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like to sit in the cold.â&#x20AC;? Williams said the women are accustomed to practicing in the rain and cold. It gives the women an advantage over other teams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we got to compete when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dry, that would be unheard of,â&#x20AC;? Williams said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our girls usually suck it up and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t complain. They just go out there and ride.â&#x20AC;? After losing to South Carolina, the team immediately started preparing

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for the next meet. For the meet against New Mexico State, Auburn will prepare differently than in past weeks. They are not only riding Saturday against New Mexico State, but must keep in mind their make-up meet Sunday against Oklahoma State. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Preparing for the next meet depends on where we are going,â&#x20AC;? Williams said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The riders this weekend are very different. We have a lot of riders for both days. They are going to have to pull all their forces on Saturday and the highest concentration on Sunday.â&#x20AC;? With Auburn at No. 2, the women are not letting it get to their heads. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a great honor to be No. 2, but one thing our coach says is even if we are first, we are going to be chasing,â&#x20AC;? Portela said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are still going to act like we are coming from behind.â&#x20AC;?



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Results as of Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Curling What: Players slide stones down a

narrow lane of ice, trying to stop them as close to the target area as possible. Teammates sweep in front of the stones to improve accuracy.

Where: Vancouver Olympic Centre.

Luge What: Players race down an icy track lying on a luge designed for one or two competitors.

Where: Whistler Sliding Centre, Vancouver.

When: Feb. 17

When: Feb. 16-27 2010 Storyline: Princess Anne of

Great Britain traveled to Vancouver specifically to see the Great Britain curling team.

2010 Storyline: Georgian Luger

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What: Players slide down a steep,

Where: Whistler Olympic Park,

Where: Whistler Sliding Centre,



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When: Feb. 18-19

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2010 Storyline: Shelley Rudman of

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