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THURSDAY, January 21, 2010

Vol. 116, Issue 15 32 Pages

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Alumnus recalls first step BLAKE HAMILTON ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR

If one were to dig up an issue of The Plainsman from early 1964, one would find a story describing Jan. 4 as being “just another day on The Plains.” This was the day Harold A. Franklin arrived in Auburn, soon to be the first black student at Auburn University. Franklin had just graduated from Alabama State University and was living in Montgomery, seeking an institution where he could do graduate work. “We got to the point where Hood and Malone had desegregated Alabama and we needed someone to desegregate Auburn.” Franklin said. “Since I lived in Montgomery and I filled all the requirements.” Compared to the turmoil

associated with integrating State wasn’t accredited.” Members of the Auburn other southern colleges, particularly the University Board of Trustees wished of Alabama and the Uni- to avoid the same scenes versity of Mississippi, Jan. that had taken place at Alabama and modeled their 4 was just another day. Franklin’s arrival came approach on Clemson University’s seven months afuneventful adter Gov. George mission of it’s Wallace, who, first black stuin his inaugudent, Harvey ral speech, proGantt. claimed “segDean Ralph regation now, Draughon segregation said his goal tomorrow, segwas to “preregation forvent the foever,” stood in cusing of the schoolhouse FRANKLIN public opinion door in Tuscaupon Auburn loosa to prevent black students from enroll- University,” and “to present no target, or, as small ing. Franklin’s first two appli- a target as possible, to the advocates of integration.” cations were rejected. Registration day was to “When Auburn turned me down it wasn’t because be before the other stuI was black, at least that’s dents returned. The camwhat they told me” Frank- pus was sealed to all but lin said. “They turned me authorized faculty, staff down because Alabama and security, and desig-

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Harold Franklin walks through the Auburn campus during 1964.

nated secure routes to Franklin’s classes were organized. Before Christmas break, Draughon had established a series of special rules to be applied upon the stu-

‘The pit’ closes permanently

dent body’s return. These called for students to take firearms home during the break and deposit them at the

New club inspires students to give back DREW THOMPSON

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The B-zone Petrie Lot, commonly referred to as “the pit” is permanently closed and covered with construction workers and equipment. The pit is located north of Jordan-Hare Stadium between the stadium and Petrie Hall. “The lot is permanently closed and Duncan will be relocated,” said David Ve-

dder, manager of parking services. The lot is closed because the Tiger Transit route takes the busses down Duncan Drive and left on West Thatch Avenue. “The angle is too steep for buses right now,” Vedder said. The pit will be filled in and a new transit route will be paved with an outlet on South Donahue Drive. Parking services plans for a more level road for the busses to exit from the

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The B-zone Petrie Lot is closed permanently to parking.

Transit station without a hill to climb. When the project is completed, the remaining section of West Thatch Av-

enue will be turned into a pedestrian walkway. For more information, call the Parking Services’ office at 844-4143.

Former vet dean’s career honored MICHELLE WILDER CAMPUS EDITOR

Auburn veterinary dean emeritus John Thomas Vaughan received the Distinguished Educator Award by The American Association of Equine Practitioners. Vaughan, a 1955 graduate of Auburn and former president of AAEP and the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, accepted the award in Las Vegas during the President’s Luncheon at the 55th Convention Dec. 8. “It’s always a great honor to be recognized by your peers,” Vaughan said. “I’ve been a member of that organization since 1961, and in that time I have acquired a great number of

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John Vaughn received the Distinguished Educator award.

friends worldwide, so that is very significant to me. I was greatly touched.” Vaughan, who is now retired, was actively employed at Auburn for a little more than 38 years, but said he still remains active

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in that he makes regular calls into the dean’s office. Upon graduating with a veterinary degree specializing in large animal surgery and medicine in 1955, Vaughan immediately became a professor at

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Auburn. In 1970, he went to Cornell University as a professor of surgery and director of the large animal hospital. Vaughan remained at Cornell for four years, then he returned to the deanship at Auburn in 1977 for 18 years. He retired in 1995. “(Returning to Auburn) was a homecoming, and I like to think that my association with the students, and with the faculty, was always the high point of my professional career,” Vaughan said. Being a native Alabamian, born and reared in Tuskegee, Vaughan said returning to Auburn was rewarding. “My mother’s family has > Turn to VET, A2

Auburn University student leaders say students must give back to Auburn, which has given so much to the students. The Student Development Board, a new organization at Auburn, consists of 31 students and 10 staff members. SDB is designed and organized to represent the student body, with the campaign slogan “It Starts With One.” The goal of SDB is to encourage students to give back to the University and create a philanthropic culture at Auburn.

SDB provides an organized way to distribute gifts given by the students to their department of choice. “We were asked to be on the SDB because we are leaders on campus, and we would hopefully inspire other students to give back to Auburn in any way they see fit,” said Lena Hulse, junior in Spanish international trade. SDB allows students to give to their passion point, said Hank Galbreath, SDB adviser. “This probably got going through student leadership,” Galbreath said. Hulse said Auburn is > Turn to CLUB A2

Law Fair gives students options MAXWELL NEWFIELD ASSOCIATE CAMPUS EDITOR

Some people may not associate scholars with fairs, but Thursday, Jan. 21, the two will come together in the Haley Center lobby. The event is the Auburn University Law School Fair and it will be hosted by the Pre-Law Scholars Program. “It’s an opportunity for students interested in entering law school to meet with representatives on

a personal level,” said Dorothy Littleton, a political science professor and director of the Pre-Law Program. “Each school will have a table and at least one representative and materials available for distribution.” Littleton said the event will feature representatives from 43 different law schools from all over the country. Students can expect to talk to admissions officers from well established > Turn to LAW, A2

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CRIME REPORTS

DUI Arrests in the City of Auburn Jan. 1 - Jan. 14, 2010

Dec. 21, 2009 - Jan. 14, 2010 Dec. 21, Kappa Sigma 145 East Drake Ave. – Burglary and larceny reported. One Gateway laptop, one replica single-action revolver, one 12’ HDMI cable, one Sony Playstation 3 and six PS3 games.

Christopher D. Berry, 22, of Opelika Auburn Drive/Brookwood Drive Jan. 1, 1:46 a.m. Jonathan B. Massaquoi, 21, of Gwinnett, Ga. Gentry Drive/Opelika Road Jan. 1, 2:39 a.m.

Dec. 23, Chi Phi 319 N. College St. – Larceny-theft reported. One black

Macareo Hernandez, 25, of Mexico Exit 54 I-85 Northbound Jan. 1, 4:26 a.m.

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Choi W. Young, 28, of Seoul, South Korea N. Donahue Dr./ Luverne Ave. Jan. 3, 1:42 a.m. Kathleen A. Hormel, 21, of Decatur Cheng-Du Chinese Restuarant Jan. 4, 12:45 a.m. Lauren A. Powell, 21, of Locust Grove, Ga. Church of Christ 721 S. College St. Jan. 13, 11:33 p.m. Jacqueline M. Zook, 22, of Akron, Ohio Creekside of Auburn 650 Dekalb St. Jan. 14, 12:16 a.m.

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ROTC building if they had to bring them back. They also forbade the congregation of large groups during registration and only allowed for the distribution of universityapproved pamphlets or newspapers. Aside from isolation in on-campus housing and social situations, Franklin’s stay was uneventful. “I’ve been to Auburn any number of times and I don’t mind coming to Auburn,” Franklin said. “I’m not the kind of person to carry a grudge. Nobody struck me physically, but had they struck me

physically there would have been a grudge for the rest of my natural life. I would have struck back.” Franklin went on to complete his master’s degree in history at the University of Denver and taught at Alabama State, North Carolina A&T University, the Tuskegee Institute and Talladega College. Auburn awarded Franklin an honorary doctorate of arts in 2001. “We’re going to keep on struggling,” Franklin said. “We’re going to do what we know to be right, and then go on to make men and women out of ourselves; to make a positive contribution to society.”

Dec. 30, Hyundai of Auburn 645 Opelika Road- Auto theft reported. One gray 2006 Hyundai Sonata.

one of the lowest schools in the SEC in the rankings for students giving back. Students noticed their peers were not giving back to the University and decided to make a change. SDB representatives said they want people to realize that it is not so much the amount that they give, but the fact that they have given. “It is important to return to your school what your school has given to you,” Hulse said. “There is a reason that we are all at Auburn and that is because we love it. By giving only a dollar you are still giving to something that you believe in.” Giving back to the school can also be done by getting involved in their community, said Lauren Batts, assistant adviser of SDB.

Arneka S. Reeves, 28, of Opelika Moe’s Southwest Grill 114 Magnolia Ave. Jan. 2, 12:56 a.m.

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Dec 28, AU Federal Credit Union. – Sharon Nichols of Auburn. Possession of forged instrument. One counterfeit $50.00 bill.

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Alex Godines, 23, of Guatengo N. Donahue Dr./Spencer Ave. Jan. 1, 8:42 p.m.

Mario Barajas-Medina, 44, of Mexico Walgreen’s Pharmacy 765 E. Glenn Ave. Jan. 14, 12:07 p.m

Panasonic surround sound, one black Samsonite suitcase, one large silver Marmot backpack, 18 Playstation 2 and Xbox 360 games and 53 DVDs.

Dec. 23, Chi Phi 319 N. College St. – Burglary and larceny reported. One mini-fridge (Black w/ silver doors) and one 27” plasma flatscreen TV.

Brian O. Barker, 31, of Opelika Exit 50 I-85 Northbound Jan. 1, 3:58 a.m.

Carl Michael Hewitt, 27, of Fort Knox, Ky. Annalue Dr./Thorpe St. Jan. 14, 3:15 a.m.

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been in Alabama since 1832, and my father’s family has been in Alabama since before the Civil War, so we have a great deal invested in the state of Alabama,” Vaughan said. “To return to Auburn from Cornell seemed like a step down to others, but to me it was a step up.” Vaughan said the greatest reward of returning to Auburn was investing his career in his alma mater. “(The most rewarding part of my job) is the cooperation and respect of the faculty and students,” Vaughan

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law schools such as the University of Georgia School of Law and Vanderbilt University Law School or brand new programs such as Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. The Law School Fair is the first event of its type the Pre-Law Scholars Program has hosted. Littleton said she thinks the Law School Fair will benefit anyone interested in applying for law school, soon or in the future. “A lot of times students are reluctant to telephone the office of a law school they’re interested in, they may be a little intimidated by that,” Littleton said. “So this is getting them a chance to have a one-on-one conversation with a representative in person, which is a good thing. Even though most of these materials are

Jan. 13, The SkyBar 122 W. Magnolia Ave.– Theft/pickpocket reported. One Compass Bank checkbook, one Compass Bank debit card, one Citi Visa credit card, one Auburn University ID card, one Alabama driver’s license and one brown leather wallet. Jan. 14, Papa John’s N. Donahue Dr.- Robbery reported. Two pizzas and two two-liter sodas. - Reports provided by Auburn Department of Public Safety

“I think that Auburn students are already involved in their community and the only reason they haven’t given to Auburn is because no one has told them about it,” Batts said. Every member of SDB has given to their community, Batts said. “We want to lead by example,” Batts said. “If one person, say, gives $20 and you challenge your friends and fellow students to give $20, it causes a ripple effect.” Batts decided to give her contribution to The Southeastern Raptor Center. “We hope that when we go talk to friends or we talk to the other students on campus that they’ll see that it is something that we’re passionate about and it will trickle down to them,” Hulse said. Galbreath said he has been in Auburn since 2003 and has worked with different development programs.

“Upon doing so, that brought me in contact with different student groups,” Galbreath said. “More recently I’ve had the pleasure of talking to a couple of the SGA presidents.” Galbreath is working with the current SGA President, Jacob Watkins, who is the main leader of SDB. “I’ve seen a couple of presidents and more recently Jacob has a real interest in (philanthropy) from the student’s standpoint,” Galbreath said. SDB is encouraging all students to take part in the campaign and take the time to educate themselves on the importance of giving back to Auburn financially and find out ways they can play a part, Watkins said. Students interested inSDB should contact Galbreath at (334) 844-1431 or hank.galbreath@auburn.edu, or Lauren Batts at (615) 243-0729 or lauren.batts@auburn.edu.

said. “I say that because being in the administrative circle sometimes puts you at odds, and it’s sometimes difficult to maintain a foot in both camps, but I like to think and, I would hope that my older associates would agree, that I always tried to put the faculty and students of the college over the concerns of the central administration that sometimes were at odds.” Sally Baker, director of marketing and public relations at AAEP, said the recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award is someone who has made a significant impact on the development and training of equine

practitioners, either in an academic setting or as a mentor. Some factors included are how many students have been impacted by the individual and that person’s dedication to promoting excellence in equine practice. “Dr. Vaughan’s 40-year career in veterinary medicine has touched more students than can be counted,” Baker said. “Many of his former students say that Dr. Vaughan was the mentor who most influenced their careers.” Baker said Vaughan is a “tremendous ambassador” for equine medicine.

available on the Internet these days it’s still nice to have that personal relationship so if you have questions later on you have the business card of a person you feel comfortable calling.” Paul Pless, the assistant dean of admissions at the University of Illinois College of Law, said law school fairs are just as important to school administrators as they are to students. “Even though we are a state school, 51 percent of our student body is from out of state,” Pless said. “It’s important to us to have that kind of diversity in our classrooms.” For Pless, a diverse classroom is essential to education at the University of Illinois. “For students at a state school like Auburn, they may not have considered another school like the University of Illinois,” Pless said. “I would

say for any event we go to, if we get one student then it was worth whatever we spent.” Tyler Evans, senior in political science, is looking forward to the Law School Fair as well. As president of the Pi Lambda Sigma Pre-Law Honor Society, Evans helped organize the Law School fair. “This is the first time we’ve actually had this big of a showing,” Evans said. “As far as I know, in terms of something this big, I think it’s the first.” Evans said people who want to gather information at the fair should plan to devote some time during their day to attend, as Pi Lambda Sigma is anticipating between 300 and 500 people throughout the day. “This will definitely be beneficial for the students because these law schools come to them; they just have to step out their front door,” Evans said.

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Construction affects Wire Road traffic PATRICK DEVER ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

The bridge on Wire Road crossing over Choctafaula Creek is being replaced this spring to meet regulations for safety. Project manager Bryan Wood said the replacement, which began Jan. 11, should be completed

and ready for students and residents to drive on by April 11. “The bridge has reached the end of its useful life,” Wood said. The three month project costs $441,000, Wood said. The new bridge will be longer and extend the Wire Road Bikeway so that it reaches Chadwick

Lane. “We’re making it a few feet longer and widening it for a bike lane,” Wood said. J.R. Smith, Auburn graduate of 1986 and resident of the Tamplin Farms neighborhood off Wire Road, said the project is similar to another bridge in Auburn that was recently replaced.

“They’re going to widen it somewhat like the one they did on Beehive Road,” Smith said. With the bridge out, Wire Road traffic will be diverted from Martin Luther King Drive to detour on Webster Road on the east side and Chadwick Lane on the west > Turn to WIRE, A4

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Construction on Wire Road will temporarily detour drivers.

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A man and his son walking during the marathon.

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JESSICA SHADDIX The Darden House at 1323 Auburn Street in Opelika was originally owned by Dr. John W. Darden, the first black doctor to practice in Lee County. It was restored by the J. W. Darden Foundation.

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roles as leaders and benefac- away the house was sold, eventually foreclosed on and tors in the community. NEWS EDITOR “Everybody loved Dr. then stood vacant for years. But it was later purchased Darden,” Phillips said. “You The white-washed boards could just tell when Dr. by the J. W. Darden Foundaand shutters of a building of- Darden spoke in our church, tion and restored because of its cultural significance. ten house more than just the people appreciated (it).” The foundation continues While Darden was serving family who lives inside it. It can house the inspiration Opelika’s black residents by the history of treating Opelika meeting their medical needs, residents in the house. of a community. “It is being used right now his wife opened their home The hope of a people. for social events, as a wellness center,” Phillips One such edifice particularly for said. “People go there to have is the Dr. John W. youth and promi- blood pressure and anything Darden House on nent black lead- dealing with wellness (taken Auburn Street in ers such as care of). .” Opelika. It is because of the foundaGeorge Washing“The Darden ton Carver and tion’s interest in preserving House has a lot of Booker T. Wash- the heritage of the home that culture to it,” said it was added to the historic ington. Yvonne Brown PhilPhillips said register in August 2009. lips, former presi“Basically, the national regDarden offered dent of the Darden and ister is the nation’s official list Foundation. “Know- DR. J. W. DARDEN etiquette charm lessons to of properties that are worthy ing the culture of of preservation,” said Edson the Darden House and what it the girls she knew. Every Christmas she host- Beall, a historian with the means to this area will mean national parks service. “It ofthat other people would try to ed a party. fers protection from “And that’s what keep their property preserved federally funded and restored and processed.” we looked forward projects.” Darden was born in 1876 to, going to Mrs. The nomination and moved to Opelika from Darden’s house submitted by the for a Christmas North Carolina in 1902. foundation cited Phillips “He came to Opelika be- party,” the significance cause one of his friends was said. of the house and As Darden working in Tuskegee and the prominent role told him that if he came here grew older and Darden played in to Opelika, there was not a his health detethe community. black doctor in Opelika, and riorated he closed JEAN DARDEN However, some he would be able to make a his practice downthink having the decent living here,” Phillips town and continued treating patients in his house placed on the register said. is just the beginning of what During the first half of the home. He used his screened porch they would like to see done 20th century there was no hospital in Lee County that as a waiting room and had an for the house. “I would love to see the treated blacks. Phillips was examining room in the home. However, for almost two de- Darden house turned into delivered by Darden in her cades the Darden House was what it should be, an Africanfamily’s home. American cultural center,” During their time in Auburn not used for anything. After the Dardens passed Phillips said. the Dardens established

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On your mark. Get set. Race toward cancer awareness. The 10th Auburn Classic Half Marathon was held Saturday, Jan. 16. It was for a good cause in an effort to raise money for the Cancer Center of East Alabama Medical Center. The 13.1 mile race began at 7:30 a.m. and stretched across Auburn. It started in the Ogletree Shopping Center near Moore’s Mill Fitness. Runners made their way around the parking lot, down Ogletree Road, left down Wright’s Mill Road and then onto Shell Toomer Parkway. Once the runners reached the halfway point near Chewacla State Park. They then made their way back to the finish line. The race was walkerfriendly. Those who chose to walk were encouraged to start early so they would finish with the majority of the participants. Aid stations quenched participants thirst with water and Gatorade and were set up every two miles. The stations also helped runners stay hydrated throughout the duration of the course. Race director Tracey Buckingham said the first runners usually end in a little over an hour. The bulk of runners end in about two hours. “It’s really rewarding

to finish and to reach the goal that you set,” said Kyle Cannon, freshman in chemical engineering. “The feeling you get after finishing is worth it all.” With more than 200 participants trying to beat the clock, Cannon clocked in at almost two hours with the time of 1:44:40. Cannon, who finished first in the 19 and under age group, said this was his first time doing a half marathon. Cannon said he had been training for the past two months. He also said he did better than he thought he would. Before the race began he said his goal was an eightminute mile. He hoped to finish in an hour and forty-five minutes. He achieved his goal by 20 seconds. Cannon finished 22:10 after the first place participant. The overall winner, Jason Reneau, 33, clocked in at 1:22:30. Reneau said his favorite part about the race was the people cheering for him and the other runners. Reneau said he felt bad for his encouragers because he wanted to thank them, but said he didn’t have enough breath to do so. Reneau received an acrylic platter trophy and $100 prize for his victory. All participants of the half marathon received a medal and an Under Armour long-sleeve running shirt at the finish line. > Turn to RACE, A4


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the old bridge was a rut in his bike route. “When you hit that side. bridge and you meet “It’s the best alterna- oncoming traffic or you tive for traffic,” Wood have traffic coming besaid. hind you,” Smith said. The city has set up “You have barely enough multiple detour and room for two cars.” “bridge out” signs from The detour will only Shug Jordan Parkway to affect one Tiger Transit where the road is actu- bus, the “long run” Wire ally blocked off. Road bus. Smith said he thinks The University managresidents who live in the er of transit services, Rex area aren’t going to like Huffman, said this isn’t the extra drive around the first time something the construction of the like this has happened to bridge. the “long run” route. “It doesn’t affect me “It happened last senow,” Smith said, “but mester and we had to when I go to Lochapoka, deal with it then,” HuffI have to go around a lit- man said. tle ways.” Although the bus now However, Smith said has to take a detour, he thinks the city is be- Huffman said no stop ing proactive in replac- will be lost. ing the “We’ll bridge s t i l l now inh a v e If it collapsed one bus stead of w a i t i n g there would be caan hour for an acat the cident to lamity and name call- s a m e happen. t i m e s ,” ing and so forth.” “ I f he said. J. R. Smith, “It afit colAuburn resident f e c t s lapsed, t h e r e t h e would be general calamity and name call- population more than it ing and so forth,” Smith does us.” said. Smith said he thinks The widening of the the Wire Road bridge bridge for the bike lane isn’t going to be the only will provide cyclists a bridge to be replaced safe way to cross the soon. bridge. “They have another The current bridge is bridge that they’re gotoo narrow and doesn’t ing to have even more of provide enough room for a problem up on North multiple vehicle traffic. Donahue, just north of Smith said he’s look- Yarbrough school,” Smith ing forward to having said. “It’s going to really the bike lane on the new effect people up in Cambridge because he said den Ridge.” >From A3

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Society teaches barbecue judging BEN BARTLEY

since 1996. Harwell was the lead instructor for the Auburn COPY EDITOR class. First rule of barbecue “It happens to be the judging: love barbecue in largest (barbecue society),” all its forms — ribs, pulled Harwell said. “We have over 8,000 members right pork, brisket, chicken. Palates were tested and now. That’s worldwide, all paper towels devastated 50 states, the eight CanaSaturday at The Auburn dian provinces and 15 forHotel and Dixon Confer- eign countries.” KCBS started out as a ence Center during the Kansas City Barbecue So- group of about 40 friends ciety Certified BBQ Judg- who shared a common love of barbecue, Harwell ing Class. When completed, the said. “I had c l a s s , just learned w h i c h Check the taste costs $65 online for of smoked for Kansas City Barbevideo coverage food and knew I liked cue Society of this story. it,” Harwell members said. “So I and $95 for non-members, gives grad- went and bought a smokuates the opportunity to er. There’s a huge differjudge KCBS contests. ence between grilling and Ron Harwell of Trinity barbecuing. Huge differsaid he has been a mem- ence.” ber of KCBS since 1992 Table captains aided and a certified instructor Harwell in teaching prop-

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er barbecue judging techniques. One such captain was Mary Alice Robinson of Birmingham. “It’s something (me and my husband) go and do together,” Robinson said. “(My husband) is also here. He is in the back preparing boxes. He is also a certified judge and table captain.” Robinson is a certified judge. She said she took the judge certification class in 2007. As table captain, Robinson’s job was present-

ing brisket, pork, ribs and chicken for the future judges to rate on a scale of one to 10 based on texture, taste and appearance. Robinson has been all over the Southeast judging barbecue competitions. “It’s a hobby we have,” Robinson said. “We go for the fun, and we have made so many great friends.” For more information concerning the Kansas City Barbecue Society, including how to become a judge, visit kcbs.us.

City council authorizes resurfacing LAURA MAXWELL ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR

During its Jan. 19 meeting, the city council announced a list of expenses that will be going toward improving the city. Mayor Bill Hamm authorized $1,245,375 to go toward resurfacing various streets. “The planning commission would have to look at it and take a vote and

it takes the majority vote to get it up to us,” said council member Arthur Dowdell. “They make recommendations and we’d have to approve it. We’re the legislative body and they’re the recommendation body.” A $75,202.40 contract with Compliance EnviroSystems LLC was approved by the mayor to go toward closed circuit television inspections, cleaning, rehabilitation and root control services.

$22,695.00 was approved to go toward inspection and design to repair water damage to the roof of City Hall. City Hall will remain open when the repairs take place. A representative of the Auburn University Student Government Association announced that SGA elections will take place Feb. 14-18. The actual vote will begin taking place on the 18th. Should there need to be

a run-off election, the date scheduled is Feb. 22. On a lighter note, the mayor showed a YouTube video sent to him by the City council of Evanston, Ill. The two councils had placed a bet on the outcome of the Outback Bowl, each member rooting for the team of their home city. The loser of the bet would have to wear jerseys of the winning team to a city council meeting.

Commission elects new officials LAURA MAXWELL ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR

In addition to typical business, the Planning Commission also held elections during its Jan. 16 meeting. “The nine members are appointed by the mayor with confirmation by the City council for 6-year terms,” said Warren McCord, planning commission member. “Our bylaws

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For the first time, along with the half marathon, the East Alabama Medical Center contributed and sponsored a Children’s Half Marathon at 10 a.m. It’s purpose was to include the children of adults participating in the original marathon. In order to participate, all 150 children had to bring proof that they walked or ran 12.5 miles before the race. During the fall semester, the children were encouraged to walk or run about one mile per week during their physical education program. “One of the elementary schools has made it their passion,” said race director Tracey Buckingham. “And we have almost a hundred children com-



say we select our own officers. So what we did tonight was reaffirm Dr. Sparrow as the chair and the vice chair, who was absent today, Mr. Williams.” Twelve Stones Holding Co. LLC was granted preliminary plat approval for a residential subdivision consisting of approximately 63.4 acres of land off of Lee County Road 56. These lots will not be able to be subdivided without meeting city require-

ing from Wright’s Mill Elementary School.” The children ran the remainder of the marathon requirement around the Ogletree Shopping Center parking lot to complete their half marathon. Buckingham said she likes the race because it goes to a great cause and raises awareness of cancer to children and gets them in shape and active at a young age. All the children who participated received a medal and a T-shirt at the finish line. Concluding the day’s events was an after party sponsored by Adams Beverages in the Moore’s Mill Fitness Center. Snacks and beverages were provided to all participants. The race was sponsored by the Auburn-Opelika Running and Track Association.

ments, such as putting in public streets. Moores Mill Golf Club was granted a preliminary plat approval for the development of lots to be used for a single-family subdivision. “We have residential areas which allow people to live there in one living unit which is bedrooms, kitchen, cooking facilities and that sort of thing,” McCord said. “And you have to be related by blood, marriage

or adoption and one other person. That pretty well describes the single-family neighborhoods.” Multi-family neighborhoods are those in which the residents do not have to be related. The difference between the two is significant in Auburn. The city of Auburn is also working on expanding the Frank Brown Community Recreation Center to include a senior center.

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COMMENTARY The Auburn Plainsman Editorial Board Lindsey Davidson Editor

Cliff McCollum

Rod Guajardo

Opinions Editor

Managing Editor

Ellison Langford

Abby Albright

Ben Bartley

News Editor

Sports Editor

Copy Editor

Michelle Wilder

Tom Hopf

Callie Garrett

Campus Editor

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Intrigue Editor

Our View

Slouching towards equality With Martin Luther King, Jr. Day having come and gone this week, we thought it necessary to reflect on the state of our nation, to see how far we’ve come as a nation and to see how far we’ve still got left to go. In a span of a little more than 40 years, we’ve gone from being a nation where black people couldn’t vote to a nation with a black President. That’s something at least. However, we are not yet where we should be. We still have miles to go before we reach the mountain top King spoke of. We’re a nation divided, a people so obsessed with our personal identities and roles. We emphasize the personal self over all else, and fail to notice the joys and benefits to be found in reaching out and learning something new. We sequester ourselves into groups that help support our constructed identities, groups that bind us together by race, location, gender, sexual identity, religion, politics or any other value from a long laundry list. We exclude ourselves, creating comfortable cliques we may never branch out of, limiting what we can discover about the world around us. In a perfect world, we wouldn’t need racial quotas, affirmative action or even our own Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. In a perfect world, we would take it upon ourselves to find out more about

other people and other customs, finding a spirit of kinship and togetherness in the bonds of humanity. The world we live in still desperately needs all of those things and could do with a great deal more. The good folks at the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs can host all the forums and seminars they can think of, but they won’t truly be effective until we begin to change what’s in our hearts and minds. Diversity is no longer an issue of skin tone, as gender and sexual identity are also moving to the forefront as critical issues. We preach tolerance, as if tolerance were a virtue to be revered. Tolerance allows us to “be patient with or indulge the opinions of others.” Tolerance is simply recognizing someone else’s right to exist. You can still hate them; you just don’t show it. We think it’s time to throw up the “Mission Accomplished” banner on tolerance and begin to move towards true equality and understanding. This will not be an easy process. Change does not and should not come easily if it is change worth having. Treat everyone with kindness and respect, not because you expect the same treatment in return, but because that’s what we should do. Or, to quote John 15:12: “This is my commandment: that you love one another, just as I have loved you.” Show love, Auburn.

Battling the unholy alliance: football and construction With construction now going on at the Wire Road bridge and in the “Pit” parking lot, it gives us the opportunity to revisit one of our favorite editorial chestnuts: construction. We’re fairly certain we write this editorial once a semester, but this time we came to a realization we had not previously been aware of: the odd connections between our football schedules and the timelines for Auburn’s construction deadlines. For example, the Wire Road Bridge project is scheduled to be finished by April 11, almost a week before the A-Day Game April 17. It does somewhat make sense that Auburn’s construction schedules follow the football ones. Gamedays turn Jordan-Hare into the fifth largest city in Alabama, so making sure those fans can get into town quickly and undisturbed is a priority issue. The football fans help drive our local economy. Many local businesses depend on their foot traffic to make ends meet. We understand the peak times for having construction projects done coincide with when they are being used less, and when football isn’t here, those

places don’t see as much use. We get it, but that doesn’t make it right. We kowtow a lot to the football program around here. We begrudgingly sacrifice already scarce parking for rabid fans in RVs that show up days before the game. We deal with road blocks and closures to divert gameday traffic. We know not to drive around in the hours before and after the games. However, we’re here, too. The students, faculty and staff at Auburn are also a huge factor in Auburn’s continued well-being. Without the University, Auburn would just be Opelika’s smaller sister city. The football fans are temporary invaders; we live here, work here and shop here year-round. Fans come and go, but this University is a market of tens of thousands of people who will always be here. Perhaps it’s time to start thinking locally, to take care of our own before we bow to the whims of the orange and blue clad invaders. We hope such a day will come, but we doubt it will.

Our Policy The opinions of The Auburn Plainsman staff are restricted to these pages. These unsigned editorials are the majority opinion of the twelve-member editorial board and are the official opinion of the newspaper. The opinions expressed in columns and letters represent the views and opinions of their individual authors and do not necessarily reflect the Auburn University student body, faculty, administration or Board of Trustees.

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Auburn is not Hockeytown Being a hockey fan and living in southern Alabama makes life difficult. I grew up playing every organized sport there is, except hockey. The game has always had my attention though. It’s probably because one of my earliest hockey memories is of the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals, where the Detroit Red Wings defeated my favorite team, the Philadelphia Flyers. I believe it is one of the more difficult sports to master because, well, it’s played on ice. A hockey player has to handle the puck, avoid defenders and balance on skates. It’s amazing how NHL players can incorporate all of those factors so fluidly into a game. The honor in the game also attracts me to it. It’s one of the only sports where a player can be called for taking a dive, a skill Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has mastered. They also get to fight. Every other sport frowns on fighting and usually hands out hefty fines to athletes that, for lack of a better term, drop the gloves. Hockey teams have players on their team who specialize in fighting. Ever since the owner’s lockout in 2004-2005, it has been nearly impos-

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sible to watch a hockey game on TV. I’ll only be able to watch seven more Flyers games this season at home. If I want to watch any of the others, I have to find a place that has the NHL Center Ice package. Listening to the online radio broadcast of games or receiving text message updates isn’t the same as getting to watch it. Even outside of the NHL, Auburn doesn’t have a varsity or club team like most schools up North. When I go visit my parents in Marietta, Ga., I always drive over to Kennesaw State University to watch its club hockey team play. It’s always a good time and I go out with the team to party after the games. It would be great if I didn’t have to drive across the state line to see a hockey game. I also like to hang out with other hockey fans, but they are few and far between in Auburn. Not a week has gone

by, however, that I haven’t argued with the sports editor Abby about whether the Flyers or the Washington Capitals are the better team. (I usually get snubbed because the Caps have beaten the Flyers three times this year.) There is a passion in hockey fans I don’t see in other fans. In football, I’ll root for another SEC team playing an out of conference opponent and chant “SEC” whenever we are playing an out of conference team. I cannot bring myself to root for another team from the Atlantic Division or the Eastern Conference of the NHL. I also can only hate Alabama in football, but in hockey, I find myself saying I hate almost every team Philly plays. I hope February brings some much needed relief with the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Women’s preliminary rounds begin Feb. 13 and the men’s begin Feb. 16. And, speaking of the Winter Olympics, who can forget the great Olympic past time of curling? I’m looking forward to it. Patrick Dever is associate sports editor of The Auburn Plainsman. You can reach him at 844-9109.

Customer isn’t always right I’ve worked in food service for 10 years, and, in that time, I’ve learned a few things about modern human behavior. Customers are now endowed with a set of rights and a sense of entitlement that is becoming increasingly problematic. We’re becoming a society so focused on our own individual needs and wants that we run roughshod over anyone or anything that stands in our path. I know what you’re thinking. “How do you know this, Cliff ?” Well, working on the front lines of this battle in food service, I can tell you about the most damning piece of evidence I have: the inability of customers to order off of a menu. Customers now seldom, if ever, follow the menu. Instead, they create their own dishes, fusing together various items that I’d previously thought were uncombinable, all in an effort to slake their desire for their perfect meal. I’ve received orders for quarter sandwiches, and I had to cut two pieces of

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bread into four distinct parts and make four tiny sandwiches. The key word in that sentence: had. Was forced to do so. In business, you have to keep the customers happy, even if their requests are whackadoo and show a complete lack of understanding or logic. Businesses empower customers to act in such a manner because they are deathly afraid of bad word-of-mouth reviews. In a small community like this one, a few negative customers can easily begat a going-out-of-business sale. Because businesses empower customers to act this way, customers become emboldened and make even crazier demands. They show up 30

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minutes after businesses have officially closed and expect to be waited on and served. They scream and yell, and they get their way, often getting free items from management wishing to quell any negative vibes. Folks, I implore you, be better customers. Show retail staffers and food service employees the amount of respect you should show your fellow human beings. Pets get treated better than waiters in our society, and we allow it to happen. Realize businesses have limitations, and don’t expect your perfect item or dish to be there exactly as you envisioned it. If you do want to have things exactly your way, stay the hell at home. Don’t poison the world with your self-centeredness. Cut the crusts off of your own sandwich, and please leave me be. Cliff McCollum is opinions editor of The Auburn Plainsman. You can reach him at 844-9109.

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It’s the start of a new semester and a new cycle here at the paper. There have been some new additions to the paper to better suit you as our readers. Most of the sections have new, themed pages to include more students, faculty and staff and to better focus our content on your needs. The Campus section has a Greek Page devoted to Auburn’s greek life. While this is not a cheerleader page for sororities and fraternities, it is a place

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to focus on 30 percent of the Auburn population. Intrigue created a monthly fashion page alternating between both sexes and the season’s latest trends. There is also an Arts and Entertainment page where the local scene’s information can be found. Sports has a section focused on non-varsity sports relating to the Auburn community. This can include intramural, club sports, physical education classes and athletic activities around campus. These special sections are for our readers. That being said, we want your feedback, and we are making it easy for you to give it to us. You can always send us your letters to our office, call and talk to any of our reporters, e-mail any of your comments or submit

them electronically on the Web site. You can also post commits to individual articles online and vote on our online poll. We enjoy all of your feedback because it helps us improve, to better serve you. In order for us to get a more in-depth understanding of your wants, there will be a survey going out next week via e-mail and our Web site. There will be questions relating to the physical newspaper and the Web site. Which one do you read more often: the weekly Thursday newspaper or the Web site? How would rank the navigation of the Web site? We also will be asking about our community and campus coverage and overall content. What other areas do you feel we could cover better?

I want your opinion. With your input, we will be able to improve this newspaper by including more of what you want to read and see. We will also be able to use the results and input to add more features for your convenience. All this is so we can get the news to you in the best way possible. We are daily online with breaking news, videos, slide shows, digital copies of the paper and calendars of events. We are always trying to improve what we already have. Be looking out for the email and check on our Web site for the survey. We are here to serve you. Lindsey Davidson is editor-in-chief of The Auburn Plainsman. You can reach her at 844-9021.

“She could throw me over her shoulders and carry me off into the sunset.” -Thomas Achey, senior in biomedical science about Auburn women’s basketball player Keshonda Carrier

Last week’s question: “How would you rank our football team this year?” >Moving forward: 89 percent > Staying about the same: 6 percent > Falling behind: 5 percent

This week’s question: “Do we live in a truly post-racial society?” >Yes > No Go to www.theplainsman.com to vote.

Your View

Constant C-zone parking changes continue to cause conundrums, student seeks simple solutions Editor, the Auburn Plainsman I would like to know why the University has decided to make C-zone parking even smaller. Now, no complaint, in my opinion, should ever be voiced without a solution. Here are my solutions. The University decided, since it spent so much money on the new dorms, called The Village, it would require all freshmen students to live in the dorms. I have no problem with that philosophy. Auburn is one of the very few campuses that allow freshmen to have cars on campus: i.e. FSU, U of F and U of TN.

God, gambling and Randy Owens: where does it end? Editor, the Auburn Plainsman There is a strange business relationship that has emerged involving gambling and bingo in Alabama. I am sure it surprises no one in Alabama that those entities and individuals who continue to push gambling in Alabama, specifically bingo, seem to have a limitless supply of cash and are being somewhat successful in using their clout to force their interest on the rest of us. The news media has touched on possible conflicts of interest involving Attorney General King and possibly Gov. Bob Riley due to alledged contributions by gambling interest to their respective campaigns.. The most disappointing and troubling story, however, is the involvement as a spokesman and actual investment by Alabama singing group

Solution: No cars for freshmen. At one time, the entire parking lot located along Magnolia Avenue and Donahue Drive was all C-zone. Then it was chopped off at what I will call the back half, the part directly across from The Village; the top half was C-zone and the bottom was residents. In fall 2009, Auburn then cut C-zone down again for more residents. Why? This is wrong. Every day, hundreds of students play the “Parking Lot Game” looking for a spot when in fact the RO zone has numerous open spots in it. Yet, if I park there I am ticketed and everyday while walking to Lowder and Nichols I see resident tags in the windows. Solution: ticket the resident tags and give the spots back to C-zone drivers that were taken in the fall. Yesterday, while I looked for a spot, I noticed at 7:38 a.m. the C-zone was almost full. I counted 14 open spots and a line of cars coming in as I pulled out. I also understand that there could be security issues and that is why the parking was zoned the way it is. However, isn’t that why the University started the 24-hour security shuttles? Chris Rattan senior, finance

leader Randy Owen. We have all seen the TV ads by Owen and now he is opening an entertainment facility bearing his name at the bingo development, Country Crossing, near Dothan. For many years we have witnessed Randy Owen’s phenomenal singing success. Often, he publicly lends credit for his talent to his Christian upbringing. Just this week I saw him appearing on the Bill Gaither Homecoming Series on PBS giving his Christian testimony & performing Christian hymns. His last CD was all Christian music. What image should we accept of one of our most famous sons? Should Randy Owen be accepted to give witness of his Christian faith and at the same time publicly promote and invest in gambling in Alabama? Is it not reasonable that the good Christian people should now reject Randy Owen and his newest venture, gambling in Alabama? This Sunday, will you join me in praying for Randy Owen? James W. Anderson director, The SonShine Satellite Network Talladega

Alumnus troubled by players’ behaviors in Outback Bowl Editor, the Auburn Plainsman While I was thrilled with the outcome of our Bowl game, I was very disappointed with the way the team conducted itself on the field. I have always taken a great deal of pride in the way Auburn conducts itself compared to a lot of other teams during competitive events: not taunting, no excessive trash talking, etc. I realize players get pumped and it is ridiculous to think that none of it should go on but not to the extent that I saw in this bowl game.

Auburn’s hazing rules out of line? Editor, the Auburn Plainsman I am a FH Alum (93) and, like many others, think that the sanctions against FH fraternity are excessive. There were three hazing items listed in The Plainsman article: verbal harassment, requiring pledges to perform errands or chores and conducting interrogations. If there was verbal harassment, it was, much like the “interrogations,” isolated. FH is about “Building Men,” not tearing men down. If FH was not serious about what it is doing on the campus

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We looked like the Miami of old or worse yet, Bama. On almost every play I saw us trash talking for a while to the player that had been hit Not once did I see us help an opposing player up. This is a bowl game, not Bama. We acted like we hated each player on the other team. I have no problem with getting pumped, celebrating good plays (tear their head off then help them up) and even small trash talking. But we looked like thugs, not my team that I’m always proud of for having class. I live in S.E. Georgia and even my friends that are Bulldog and Tech fans commented that it was unusual for AU to look like they did. Please speak to the team and other coaches. I want us to play hard and annihilate other teams, but do it with Class. Coaching staff – Great start to a new era in AU Football. Thanks for all the hard work in 2009. Joe Hart Class of ‘83

of Auburn University, it would not have expelled three brothers who were involved in any hazing activity. As far as the chores that a pledge does, they are no different from any chores a brother performs. This is not a hazing violation (Ala. Statute 16-1-23). I don’t understand how the IFC could place a 36-month suspension on FH given that FH took steps immediately to solve a problem. (This is much like the NCAA sanctions against Auburn even though Pat Dye stepped down). If there is an issue with a hazing incident, a pledge should go to his big brother and the fraternity president and allow them the opportunity to handle the situation. If that doesn’t work, then, they can call the hotline. WAR EAGLE! Rob Etheridge Auburn alumnus


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Victoria Bott keep students, drivers safe, smiling ELLISON LANGFORD NEWS EDITOR

To the sound of transits accelerating, students drowsily shuffling across the crosswalk and the tweeting of her blue

whistle, Victoria Bott directs traffic five days a week on Donahue Drive. Bott, 49, guides drivers in the early morning and during lunchtime. “I love it!” Bott said. “It’s tons of fun.” Bott likened her job to a

State pays income tax refunds as new tax season begins DANIEL CHESSER

returns. It also represents the ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR amended refund returns for prior years, delinquent A new year brings two refund returns received things to the minds of after the Oct. 15 extension Americans: resolutions date and refund returns that won’t be kept and fil- that had some type of ising taxes before April 15. sue that needed resolving As a new tax season be- before the refund could be gins, the state of Alabama approved. can see the light at the end The number of approved of the “income tax refunds refunds grows each year in from 2008” tunnel. the still depressed econoThe economy and the my. recession are the reason “This year we have had for the slow returns on re- larger refunds and the funds this fiscal year. state has issued more reOne of those delayed re- funds in dollar amounts funds belonged to Ray Ga- than in past fiscal years,” briel of Gulf Shores. Snellgrove said. “We be“The department of rev- lieve the significant reason enue told me my refund for that is capitol losses was approved, but they that individuals realize don’t have any money,” Ga- during 2008, whether it is briel said. in stocks or real estate.” He was one of the 11,774 Tim Russell, revenue taxpayers who were still commissioner, said Alawaiting for their income bama is the only state tax refunds at the begin- where investments sold ning of 2010. at a loss can be filed as an Gabriel said he received income-tax refund. his refund Jan. 14 after In the fiscal year of 2007, making numerous calls 1,209,389 income tax reand waiting since Oct. 9. funds were issued totaling “In good economic $489,093,769. times when the refunds The fiscal year of 2008 come in to be processed issued 1,240,832 refunds and issued there is a quick totaling $517,973,346. The turn-around time,” said fiscal year of 2009 issued Carla Snellgrove, public 1,265,403 refunds totaling information manager of $659,279,050. the Alabama Department “We don’t have a parof Reveticular nue. “This fund is because that revenue The department tf u nh d es collections are of revenue told me my can be able to refund was approved, issued meet the but they don’t have any from,” refund Snellmoney.” exp endigrove tures.” Ray Gabriel, s a i d . These Gulf Shores resident “There expenis not ditures a recome out of the Education fund fund because anyTrust Fund. thing like that would re“The ETF funds grades quire legislation.” K-12, colleges and univerA boost to the economy sities as well,” Snellgrove and smarter investments said. “So there are pay- by taxpayers are a possible ment priorities the ETF solution to the problem of must make.” backed-up refunds. Snellgrove said refunds A new addition for taxcome after the ETF in the payers in 2010 on the Alapecking order of priorities bama tax forms is a refund for the ADOR. donation check-off for the As of Jan. 15 ADOR has Alabama Military Support approved 7,347 refunds Foundation and health for issuance totaling care benefits. $8,260,395.12. “We have about 17 These refunds will be is- check-offs on the form for sued as the ETF balances refund donations available allow. to Alabama taxpayers,” These refunds represent Snellgrove said. “Also for refund returns that were the 2009 tax year, a health received under extension insurance deduction will that ran through Oct. 15, be available to small busi2009, for the 2008 tax year ness employees.”

puzzle in which she has to make the passing vehicles and walking students all fit together. Or, the “folks” as Bott likes to call them. Bott said she has to make sure traffic doesn’t get clogged during the intersection’s peak hours while keeping pedestrians and drivers safe. However, this difficulty is compounded by students and drivers talking and texting on their cell phones, Bott said. Bott is originally from Lake Worth, Fla., but moved to Auburn eight years ago because her boyfriend graduated from the University. Bott got into directing

traffic while working as a security guard for another company. She said she had a friend who worked at CPO Security and Bott asked if the company needed more help. Bott was soon given a job directing traffic for CPO Security. She also works in the office as office manager. But as soon as Bott started her job directing traffic, she quickly became known around the University for her upbeat personality and enthusiasm for her job. “Most people are nice,” Bott said. “They’ll wave at me and smile. The other ones are just like, ‘Curse

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Victoria Bott directs traffic on Donahue behind the stadium.

her!’” Despite her few detractors, Bott continues in her attempt to keep Auburn drivers and students safe,

smiling and laughing as she does it. “I try to be pleasant with everyone,” Bott said. “I’m everybody’s cheerleader.”


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Overcoming Diversity Overtoun Jenda strives to eliminate bigotry, even if he obliterates his job in the process MAXWELL NEWFIELD ASSOCIATE CAMPUS EDITOR

In today’s workplace, most people will do anything they can to keep their job, but Overtoun Jenda, associate provost for diversity and multicultural affairs, spends every day working to make his job obsolete. As the provost for diversity and multicultural affairs, Jenda strives to make sure every group of people in Auburn’s community is represented. Unfortunately for Jenda, this means he does not have absolute job security. “The way it goes in the diversity office is that we are always looking for a time when we don’t have to work,” Jenda said. “We always work very hard to see if we can eliminate our daily function. There’s all these things to be done so that, like Martin Luther King said, one day it doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like or the color of your skin, everyone can just get along.” Their goal is to make sure that diversity becomes “institutionalized,” Jenda said. He would not mind if he worked himself out of a job. After all, Jenda said he never imagined he would work in a position such as his in the first place. “I left Africa because I did not want to do administration,” Jenda said. “I wanted to do my research so I came here to do my research. Usually you cannot dictate the path that has

been created for you so o I’m doing exactly what I didn’tt want to do in Africa, but I’m enjoying oying it.” Born in Malawi, Jenda nda was the first-born of his seven ven siblings. Jenda said his father, r, a high school teacher, always emphasized the importance off education. After receiving a bachelor’s achelor’s with distinction from the he University of Malawi, Jenda nda attended the University of Kentucky where he received d both a master’s degree and doctorate octorate in mathematics. Jenda went on to teach ch at the University of Malawi, University of Botswana and his alma mater. It was not until 1988 988 that Jenda was set on the path that led him to his current administrative position. “I came to Auburn in 1988 to teach mathematics, not ot to do diversity so I don’t know ow how I ended up in here,” Jenda said. “I really only wanted nted to teach mathematics, but at some point I started working with minority students on campus. Really to help them to focus and do well in mathematics so I started tutoring them and that program grew and grew to the point where it is now.” Jenda was appointed to the position of associate

provost of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs on Jan. 1, 2006. Since then, Jenda has worked to create an Auburn University community that represents everyone equally. “Our goal in the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is to help Auburn fulfill its mission, and our first goal in that is to help underrepresented groups on campus,” said Paulette Dilworth, assistant vice president for

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Blakeley Sisk / PHOTO EDITOR

Timeline of Desegregation in Auburn Jan. 4, 1964 Harold A. Franklin became the first black student to enroll at Auburn. He enrolled in graduate school classes.

1970 James Owens was Auburn’s first black scholarship football player.

1974 The first black chartered sorority on Auburn’s campus was Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.

1972 The first black chartered fraternity on Auburn’s campus was Omega Psi Phi, Inc.

1993 The first black Miss Auburn was Vania Clemons. She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.

Students reflect on the meaning of MLK Jr. Day “It reminds me that he made a stand for not just African-Americans, but white people too. Plus I love the day off from school.”

“It’s just another day to reflect on his life and look around and see how far we’ve come. We need to remember to celebrate everyone involved with the Civil Rights Movement.”

“It’s a day on, not a day off. It’s a day to express yourself, to do community service, to be a part of something bigger than yourself.” - Marvin J. Price, graduate assistant in Office of Multicultural Affairs

- Racquel Fuller, junior in finance

-Dominique Allen, senior in communication disorders

“It’s just a day to celebrate his life and how far we have come since the time of the Civil Rights Movement, and how far we have to go.”

“It’s a time for us all to designate a specific day to the things the Civil Rights Movement did for our nation.”

“For me, it’s a day for each one of us to step back and recognize that we are all accountable for one another.”

- Latoya Harris, senior in human development and family studies

-Jonathan Howard, senior in electrical engineering

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access and community affairs. Dilworth said she thinks Jenda is a positive force in Auburn’s quest for diversity. “He has the ultimate responsibility of implementing strategy and of shepherding implementation, and I think he has done that,� Dilworth said. One aspect of Jenda’s role of promoting diversity in the Auburn community is working with the Multicultural Center. “Dr. Jenda has actually been pretty influential with helping the Multicultural Center come under the banner of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs,� said Shakeer Abdullah, director of the Multicultural Center. “He’s been open to taking

a broad definition of diversity and encouraging more folks off campus to get involved in the Multicultural Center and encouraging folks to attend our events. And I think he’s been pretty helpful in making sure we have the resources to be as successful as possible.� When working in a field as broad as diversity, one cannot do his or her work without inspiration from others, and Jenda said Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. constantly motivates him in his line of work. “Dr. King was a great person and a great human being,� Jenda said. “People, a lot of times, forget his message. He really increased the notion of loving each other and getting along. That really underlines what we do, if people love each other and get along in a peaceful man-

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ner then we are really able to talk to each other then you can learn, ‘We all aspire for the same thing.’ So I think the message of Martin Luther King is that we need to continue to tell young people is the message of love.� Jenda said he doesn’t know if he’ll ever work himself out of a job, but he hopes so. One thing people do agree on is the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, along with Jenda, has made progress in diversifying Auburn. “Auburn hasn’t made it, but I think we’ve done a good job of staying on our path of being relevant in the world, and I think that’s what any university wants to accomplish is to stay relevant so that students want to come be a part of that broad community,� Abdullah said.

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The new year brings new resolutions, including vows to eat healthier or to work out more, but some students have taken physical activity to a whole new level in 2010. Nerf sword fighting is one option for creatively burning calories. “(We get exercise) because we are kicking in doors and running through buildings,� said Josh Jinright, sophomore in polymer and fiber engineering. “There’s a lot of standing around, but there’s also a lot of running. If you look around the corner and hear that click of a gun, you’re diving.� The game consists of rules that make it more realistic, Jinright said, so one head shot plus two chest shots disqualifies a player. If a limb is hit, that limb is lost. “This is not about anger,� Jinright said, “(but) merely a fun way to get out and have some swashbuckling fun.� Jinright said he and his fraternity brothers started playing Nerf wars in early 2009 and have been recruiting by word-of-mouth since then. “The wars have been spreading, and there have been more and more people getting involved every time,� Jinright said. As many as 20 people have shown up on campus to engage in Nerf sword

fighting, Jinright said. “We arrange to get together to have small wars and shoot each other for a bit,� Jinright said. Nerf sword fighting has a Facebook group called “Nerf Sword Fights on Campus� for anyone interested in getting involved. Minus the colorful foam swords, Parkour offers another avenue for staying in shape. A French term, Parkour engages the mind and body to overcome any obstacle using the fastest, most efficient way possible, Jinright said. “The main idea is that there’s a table or something in front of me, and I have to figure out the most efficient way to get over it,� Jinright said. Eric Ingram, senior in electrical computer engineering and president of the Parkour Club, said he has been involved in Parkour around Auburn for almost three years. This extreme sport requires both physical strength and mental concentration, Ingram said. “You need a mind ready to do anything,� Ingram said. “Some people see an eight-foot wall, but we see an obstacle we want to get over.� Parkour Club members are given the privilege of having free run of campus, Jinright said. “We talked to school (officials) ahead of time,� Jinright said, “and we don’t do anything stupid like jumping off the top of the Haley Center.�

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Ingram said the key to Parkour is starting out with small moves and gradually working up to bigger ones. “We aren’t thrill seekers, and we don’t try to go against law enforcement or do anything too flashy or dangerous,� Ingram said. “We like to keep it low and moderate, especially at first.� Jinright agreed with Ingram and said they concentrate more on getting to know one’s self and capabilities. “When you’re first learning, it’s all about technique,� Jinright said, “so it’s finding your inner flow when you’re running and getting the movements going.� In addition to these inventive twists on physical activity, students find opportunities for traditional exercise on campus. “Students can take anything from golfing to scuba,� said Lindsey Schreiber, doctoral student and physical education instructor in kinesiology. “However, if they don’t have time to go to the gym and aren’t in a physical education class, (they should) go out for a 30-minute jog or play some basketball.� Shikanda Khasiani, freshman in chemical engineering, said she enjoys basic workouts. “I like the feel-good feeling when you get the sweat out during exercise, and I like to stay healthy,� Khasiani said. “I find that physical activity is relaxing, in a weird way.�


Thursday, January 21, 2010

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FarmHouse appeals hazing charges ELLISON LANGFORD NEWS EDITOR

The Alpha Zeta chapter of FarmHouse is no longer under University suspension after appealing the sanction to University officials Dec. 15. Instead of the original six-month suspension, which was handed down by the Fraternities and Sororities Committee because of allegations the fraternity had been hazing its pledges, the fraternity is now under 36 months of disciplinary probation. During the next 36 months, if the fraternity is convicted by the Interfraternity Council Court of an infringement that requires disciplinary action, it will be suspended for at least a year. The appeal was compiled by fraternity president Paul Stone, former president Josh Murphy and two fraternity alumni. The fraternity submitted its appeal Dec. 9. “Being suspended for six months is extremely detrimental to any campus organization because it hurts various assets of the fraternity,” said Josh Murphy, former FarmHouse president. “In lieu of the six-month suspension we’re going to be pretty much just on a probationary period.”

After talking to members of the fraternity and the Greek community, Carry presented his findings to Gogue, who sent a letter to the fraternity that amended the original punishment based on Carry’s recommendation. The president sent his decision to the fraternity Dec. 15. “We pretty much were just appealing the six months suspension,” Murphy said. “And we gave reasons as to why.” The appeal noted that the fraternity thought the punishment did not fit the crime, and that the fraternity was implementing a variety of modifications to ensure hazing would be eliminated. Murphy also said the fraternity is working with the international fraternity to make sure the modifications it implements will be effective. The international fraternity told the University it supported the rulings made by the IFC and the FSC. The fraternity claims the hazing was not an organization-wide issue, but rather the result of a few brothers acting inappropriately. After a sanction is handed down by the FSC, an organization has 10 days to appeal the decision. The appeal is submitted to the office of the Uni-

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Jackson Harris, secretary of the Interfraternity Council, discusses the terms of the sanction against FarmHouse during the Fraternities and Sororities Committee meeting Dec. 3.

versity president and the vice president of student affairs. The vice president of student affairs is then responsible for researching the issue and submitting a recommendation to the president that details whether the sanction should stand. The president then makes an official decision based on the information presented. Ainsley Carry, vice president of student affairs, said one of his purposes during his five days of research

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was to assess how the behavior of FarmHouse compared to the rest of the greek community. Carry said he spoke with members of FarmHouse, the IFC, the FSC and other areas of the greek community to assess whether the activities FarmHouse was involved in were consistent with the rest of the greek community. Carry said he was also trying to see if the activities the fraternity was accused of using to haze its pledges had any edu-

cational or brotherhood building purpose. “I try to determine what’s the intention of this behavior,” Carry said. “Is it to humiliate a person? Or is part of a shared responsible of being part of a brotherhood? And it’s very difficult to do that.” After the informationgathering period, Carry presented a recommendation to the president that was based on his findings. Carry’s recommendation acknowledged that FarmHouse deserved a form of punishment, but that the severity of the hazing behavior did not merit suspension. Carry said the milder type of hazing the fraternity was accused of, which included activities such as wall-sits, was not as heinous as more physically abusive types of hazing, and so is better suited to a 36-month probation than a six-month suspension. However, Carry also acknowledged that just because a form of hazing may be milder does not make it permissible. Carry acknowledged there is a significant difference between forcing a pledge to perform wallsits for 15 minutes and a group of brothers beating up a pledge. Carry said the problem with the law regarding hazing is it does not refer-

ence levels of severity, and so all hazing is treated the same. “Our goal as an institution is to stop it when it’s a slap on the wrist,” Carry said. “To send a clear message that this behavior will not be tolerated.” Members of FarmHouse said the fraternity is working hard to implement changes that will prevent hazing from being an issue in the future. “I’m definitely assisting our new (president) and going forth with this and implementing these changes so that they’re lasting and so this is not a problem that’s going to arise in the future,” Murphy said. “I care about the fraternity. I’ve always been taught to leave something better than you found it.” Director of Greek Life Paul Kittle said the administration of a sanction, the appeal to University administration and the quick return of a decision was a positive reflection of the greek political system. Kittle also said this is the first time during his five years at Auburn that an appeal has been made. “When you look at it big picture, long term, our FarmHouse chapter should be better and our students should be safer,” Kittle said. “And, at the end of the day, that was our end goal.”

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Auburn Acts In Recent Movies Lindsey Holland stars in ‘The Blind Side.’ JENNIFER BECKETT

Holland said she also took the beginning theWRITER ater class and learned basic skills while having a Taking a blind leap into great time. “The Blind Side,” Lindsey “We talk a lot about how Holland made her way to flush out two-dimenonto the big screen in one sional words on the page of the top grossing films of to a three-dimensional 2009. character,” said Chase Holland, senior in com- Bringardner, Holland’s munication, theater proappeared in a fessor. scene at the The class end of the serves as a movie. general in“(The playtroduction ers) immeto the basic diately turn skills an actheir heads tor needs and watch us through walk by,” Holvarious HOLLAND land said. “It’s speech, a really funny movement, scene.” listening and responding Holland said “The Blind exercises, Bringardner Side” was her first role in a said. motion picture. “Sometimes, people just “I was just supposed to have a natural gift, and no be an extra,” Holland said, matter how hard someone “but when I got there, they else might try to learn, it told me to walk down and may just not work out,” say that line.” Bringardner said. “The Sabrina Sikora Produc- actors I tend to like are tions in Holland’s home- those students are those town of Macon, Ga., sent who don’t make it as much her photograph and per- about themselves as they sonal information to the do about the other actors directors, Holland said. on stage around them.” Aside from her experiPam Holland, Lindsey’s ence with commercials, mother, said Lindsey has

been aware of her natural abilities since she was young. “She has been interested in (acting) since she was three,” Pam said. Holland’s family and friends have been excited and supportive of her recent success, Holland said. “This is kind of tacky, but I almost peed in my pants because I was so excited,” Pam said. “I don’t think there’s another feeling like it in the world.” Even so, Holland’s family reminds her that school comes first. “Lindsey probably could have gotten a lot more roles, but her college education has always been our priority and will continue to be so,” Pam said.  “I told her that once she gets her diploma, then she can worry about going after more.” Holland said when auditions conflict with her class schedule, she will not sacrifice missing class for auditioning for a part. “I really enjoy acting, and not that many people really get to make it big,” Holland said. “For me, I just don’t want this role to be the last one.”

Abby Hamann plays a role in ‘The Last Song.’ JENNIFER BECKETT WRITER

“The Last Song” may not be the last casting opportunity for one of Auburn’s recently discovered actresses. Abby Hamann, sophomore in elementary education, landed a spot at the end of Miley Cyrus’ upcoming movie “The Last Song” after a friend told her to submit her picture for a part as an extra.   “I didn’t really know what I was going to be doing because I sent in my picture and a little bit about myself to a casting director, and he ended up calling me to tell me that he wanted me to come down the next day or something,” Hamann said. Hamann appeared in a scene where she and another actress were on the beach, and Cyrus walked toward them.   “We laugh at her and give her mean looks,” Hamann said. That kind of behavior seems unlikely for Hamann, but she is good at molding into a character, said Ashley Ahner, senior in finance and friend of

Hamann. like it was almost kind of “I’m not saying she’s in- stressful,” Hamann said. timidating, but she can be “It was fun to see how evrough if she needs to be,” erything worked.” Ahner said. “It’s funny This was Hamann’s first because she’s only about a time acting in anything. hundred pounds and not “I had no idea how much scary to anyone.” time went into filming,” Shelley Hamann, Abby’s Hamann said.   “I learned mother, said Hamann has a lot more than I knew behad opportunities such fore about how movies are as competimade.” tive cheerHamann leading spent two and dance, weekends filmstrengthing and is now ening her just waiting ability to for “The Last perform in Song” to be refront of peoleased in April, ple since Hamann said. childhood. “At one of MiHAMANN “She is ley’s concerts, outgoing they were playand not afraid to try new ing clips from the movie things,” Shelley said. “She behind her,” Hamann said. is assured in her own per- “I had a bunch of people sonality, has a level head message me on Facebook on her shoulders and is and text me saying they comfortable with who she saw me on the big screen.” is, and she never meets a Hamann keeps her fostranger.” cus on college and school Even so, Hamann said work despite her recent she was overwhelmed success in acting, Shelley upon arriving on set for said. two weekends in Tybee Is“I think (acting) is land, Ga. something that she really “It was really hectic (on enjoys doing and would set) because there were like to do again, but she a bunch of people rac- has her goals planned ing around, and I just felt out,” Shelley said.

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Campus Events Thursday, Jan. 21 Christian Identity and Economic Justice in the Rural South 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Draughon Library Archives and Special Collections Watch & Learn Series: “Boycott� 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Multicultural Center Reading Room

Tradition/Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Craft and Traditional Art 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art Watch & Learn Series: “Boycott� 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Multicultural Center Reading Room

Celebration 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Auburn University Student Center

CWE: Parent Counselor Info. Sessions 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in AUSC 2225

Women’s Tennis vs. Mercer 5 p.m., Yarbrough Tennis Center

“Graduation Essentials� Grad Fair 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Haley Center Lobby

Monday, Jan. 25 “Graduation Essentials� Grad Fair 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Haley Center Lobby

Friday, Jan. 23 Welcome Week Leadership Team Interest Session 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in AUSC Room 2326 Open Mic Night 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at AUSC Starbucks Women’s Basketball vs. Vanderbilt (CSS) 8 p.m., Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum

2010 Women’s Health and Wellness Chocolate Festival and 5K 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. in RDB Library at Mell Street Women’s Tennis vs. Kennesaw State 11 a.m., Yarbrough Tennis Center Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Course ropes in student groups BETHANY DONALDSON

for teambuilding and individual success, both of which are new WRITER to the industry. Located just off of North ColAuburn student and faculty lege Street, Auburn’s challenge members can set a course for course offers a static course for adventure at the Auburn Uni- independent work and other high elements that encourage versity Challenge Course. Laura Herring, the course co- teamwork by requiring team ordinator said the course was members on the ground to created with the Auburn com- assist the person who is harnessed in the air. Although the munity in mind. “Auburn has priority over the course is offered to everyone, course,” Herring high ropes participants must be 12 years or older. said. Herring said the course also Herring said the Au- has a series of low ropes for burn course people of all ages with plans for is different addition of new elements soon. They are currently preparing than other challenge to add a series of new low ropes c o u r s e s elements to the course, Herring because it said. The Challenge Course is only has activities that open to groups of patrons. Herring said the course hosts strive several types of groups. She divides the groups into four categories to determine payment: Auburn students, Auburn faculty and staff, non-profit groups and for-profit groups. “We’ve mostly seen college students and faculty,” Herring said. “We’ve also seen corporate businesses, banks, churches and girl scouts. People of all ages.” The course offers Drew Thompson / ASSISTANT CAMPUS EDITOR special prices for AuStudents help a friend scale a climbing wall. burn students at $8 a

person for half a day and $20 a person for a full day. Groups must have at least eight people. Herring also said they are considering opening the course to students on Dead Day. If students show interest, she said they may offer more open days for students to come. Lauren Lewis, senior in agriculture business and economics, said going to the challenge course was a relaxing experience because the course is far from the “hustle and bustle.” Lewis said the lake and wooded scenery helped her to escape everyday life and focus on leadership and teamwork. “It’s great having 15 people there to support you,” Lewis said. “I’m afraid of heights, but with my teammates there supporting me, I conquered my fear.” Lewis was part of a pilot class started by Donald Mulvaney, professor in the College of Agriculture. The class focused on teambuilding and helped students become more confident as facilitators. The class also tested the dif-

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Megan Chard, freshman in horticulture hangs from the zip line at the Challenge Course.

f e rent e l e ments on the course to ensure that learning would occur. “I was involved in the construction and evolution of the course, and I realized that we would need potential employees,” Mulvaney said. “We needed employees that were properly trained to add an extra safety

measure.” Employees of the course are typically Auburn students who volunteer at least 50 hours. After volunteering, students may apply for employment. Mulvaney said he hopes to offer a second course in facilitation that involves the challenge course. He said he plans to target students who are interested in leadership development and want to expand in experiential learning. To use the course, participants must reserve a day using the course’s Web site, www.ag.auburn.edu/adm/ adventure. The required waiver is also on the course Web site. For additional information or to schedule a group event, call (334) 321-1603.

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Many college students go to the meat lab to purWRITER chase meats of all kinds. Shelby Million, senior The Lambert-Powell in animal science, and Meat Lab is a place for Alex Jost, junior in aniAuburn residents to pur- mal science, both said chase locally grown and they shop at the meat lab sometimes discounted regularly. meat. Million said she purAmanda Harbison, se- chases beef, pork and nior in animal science and bacon. employee at the meat lab, Jost said she prefers said several students visit the beef and eggs. the meat lab weekly. Both students said “Most are looking for they were made aware of steaks for grilling out,” the locally grown prodHarbison said. ucts in the meat lab in an Other products, includ- Introduction to Animal ing specialty items, are Science class they had. also available at the lab. Million said she is not Different sausages such as aware of many students chorizo, which is sausage who shop at the lab outwith chili powder added side of the College of Aginto the meat, are popular riculture, but she does products, Harbison said. see several older Auburn Speresidents c i a l s w h i l e featurshopping. ing a 20 Social We trusted percent fraternity discount the quality because president on dif- it’s local, and we beA n d y ferent amsey lieved in the strength Rsaid prodhis ucts are of our ag program.” fraternity of fered has purAndy Ramsey, c h a s e d weekly Auburn University senior b u l k to all customamounts ers. Froof poultry zen meat is always 20 per- from the meat lab. cent off regular price. Ramsey said he knew Harbison said most of the lab served locally the meat and other prod- grown products, and he ucts at the lab are locally was impressed with the grown. variety of meat products Typically, the meat lab’s available. pork comes from the Au“We trusted the quality burn Swine Unit. Some of because it’s local, and we the lab’s beef comes from believed in the strength the Beef Teaching Unit, of our ag program,” and the lab’s eggs are pro- Ramsey said. “Our exduced at the Poultry Unit. pectations were certainly

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Building science students replace the torn, weathered asphalt with pervious concrete at the Donald E. Davis Arboretum.

New concrete saves Arboretum paths MAXWELL NEWFIELD ASSOCIATE CAMPUS EDITOR

Concrete that is full of holes may sound like a useless invention, but at the Donald E. Davis Arboretum it is just what the doctor ordered, or at least what the building science professor ordered. That professor is Michael Hein and the concrete is pervious concrete. Since 2003, Hein has run a student project to replace deteriorating asphalt at the Arboretum with the porous pavement. Hein said the project began when he was approached by Dee Smith, the curator of the Arboretum, because the rain water run-off was damaging the pond in the Arboretum. “That’s when we had

the idea to start using pervious concrete to replace the trails,” Hein said. “Many of the trails run cross slope, so you’ve got this sponge and all of the water comes rushing down, and it’ll get sucked into this pervious concrete.” Pervious concrete differs from traditional concrete because a fine material, such as sand, is not used to fill in the gaps between the larger pieces of rock that make up the concrete. These gaps allow water to pass through the concrete instead of forcing it to run across the surface. The Environmental Protection Agency has recognized pervious concrete as a legitimate substitute for traditional concrete when trying to reduce water run-off. “The whole idea is to get the water back into the

soil where it belongs,” Hein said. “Instead of having all of these hard surfaces where the water sheets off and goes back into the street. It goes back into the ground where it is filtered naturally.” Now, whenever the Arboretum has asphalt that needs to be replaced, Hein instructs his classes to carry out the project. Hein said he was unsure of the total amount of work his classes have done, but it amounts to “several hundred feet” of pathways over the course of several projects. Regardless of the exact amount of path laid, the people of the Arboretum appreciate the efforts of Hein’s classes. “It’s definitely been beneficial for the Arboretum,” said Patrick Thompson, an Arboretum employee. “There’s less work in path maintenance and

it’s an avenue for students to work with green technology.” Hein said the ecofriendly nature of pervious concrete is one of the reasons he wanted students to get involved with the project. “It’s becoming more popular around the country so they’ll be prepared when they go out into the industry because they’ll have this knowledge of this material,” Hein said. Hein’s students enjoyed the project as well. “It was outside the norm; it’s not something everyone knows about,” said Preston Cope, senior in building science. “It was really hands-on and I enjoy that type of stuff,” Cope said the experience was valuable. “I feel like its going to be a big part of building in the future,” Cope said. “It’s going to be and it should be.”


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A new class of wine

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ASHLEE WOOD WRITER Many people associate college with drinking alcohol, but few realize Auburn actually teaches students the proper forms of consumption. The College of Human Sciences is offers a class called “Beverage Appreciation” for students ages 21 and older. The course is comprised of lessons of production, selection, service and sensory evaluation of alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages. “The class is a professional elective in the Hotel and Restaurant Management major, designed to give students a broad overview of beverages,” said Martin O’Neill, a professor in hotel and restaurant management. Fewer than 20 students meet at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center every Friday afternoon where O’Neill educates the group on wine, beer and other drinks. “A lot of people eat away from home, which is not only food, but also beverage,” O’Neill said. “It helps to have an understanding of what is going on in restaurants, for example, comprehending their beverage lists.” In the class, essential lessons are taught concerning sensory perception, wine and beer production, labeling and styles as

well issues pertaining to the storage, service and responsible handling of beverages. Later in the semester, students learn how alcoholic beverages are best combined with food. “This turns a student into a pro-

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sional, knowing how to pair food with beverage,” O’Neill said. “My students will have a better understanding of what’s going on with the palette.” Throughout the semester, students gain experience through O’Neill’s sensory evaluation and tasting lessons, during which they learn indicators. Various guest speakers discuss several beers, wines and international beverages, such as a representative of Samuel Adams, Tim McNally, wine judge and president of The New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, and Peter Schwartz, founder and president of International Beverage Company. As the semester progresses, the class takes a more international approach to beverage appreciation. T“We will go over France and all of the regions in France,” O’Neill said. “Climatic and cultural influences, the predominant types of wines, as well as how wines are classified. In the end, students will evaluate each of the wines.” Students agree the knowledge they gain in Beverage Appreciation has a real world application. “This class studies viticulture and brewing, which have been a part of human history through the ages, said Norman Van Aken, celebrity chef and James Beard Foundation Award winner. “To understand culture and sociology is to understand what people from various parts of the world eat and drink. Drinking alcoholic beverages is not a self-indulgent activity, it is an activity that gets to the part of civilization of human customs.”

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This Week in History: 1977 –18 oz. box of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes cost 64 cents – First shuttle bus system was created by Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity. The system consisted of one bus. – Auburn’s first heavy snow in four years – Former Tennessee and Baylor assistant Dal Shealy was announced as new offensive coordinator, replacing Larry Beightol, who left to join Lou Holtz’s staff at Arkansas.


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On the Concourse

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Photo of the Week

“Where do you usually get your textbooks?” “Last semester I got them from Anders, but I also use the University bookstore and online.”

- Portia Duncan, junior in English

“The Auburn bookstore unless they don’t have it, then I go to Anders.”

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- Matt Wills, junior in chemistry

“The bookstore.”

- Andie Signore, freshman in pre-psychology

“All over the place. Anders or Haley, sometimes J & M.”

- Nico Palomino, freshman in pre-architecture

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With the dawning of the new year comes the popular New Year’s Resolution. From working out to quitting smoking, these resolutions range from picking up a good habit to dropping a bad one. These commitments are meant to make a person better in any aspect of life. The origins of this trendy vow date back to ancient Babylon and have a stake in Caesarian Rome, said Gordon North in My his article titled “The Origins of dad recently New Year’s Resolost a lot of lution.” Having a New weight. So I Year’s Resoluam going to tion is nothing follow his new for Richard Penaskovic, proexample and gram director for use it as religious studies. “I want to pray inspiration.” more faithfully,” Sarah Simmons Penaskovic said. junior in “I am sticking biomedical with it fairly sciences well.” He tries to strengthen his prayer habits when the new year rolls around, Penaskovic said. Not everyone is a seasoned resolution maker, however. “It’s my first time to ever have a New Year’s Resolution,” said Sarah Simmons, junior in biomedical sciences. “And I’m sticking with it so far!” When asked why she has been so successful thus far, she said she has plenty of motivation. “Probably because spring break is right around the corner and getting in shape is the thing to do,” Simmons said. Simmons also said she found it easier to stick with her resolution when she made a detailed schedule. “My dad recently lost a lot of weight,” Simmons said. “So I am going to follow his example and use it as inspiration.” Arguably one of Auburn’s strangest New Year’s Resolutions came from Cameron Payne, sophomore in engineering.

Contributed by William Powell, director of AU Gospel Choir

The Auburn Gospel Choir performs their talent to the community showing its passion of their heritage and ethnicity background.

Gospel choir sings heritage SARAH PHILIPS STAFF REPORTER

This Monday’s holiday recognized a man who affected each in a different, yet positive way through his wisdom and words. It’s a day which is widely celebrated, with people coming together to recognize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the milestone in history he worked so hard to see: having the African American community become a part of the United States. Each person celebrates differently, with food and festivities, but one of the most common additions to these gatherings is gospel music. Gospel music is Christianthemed music, which was created to express emotions, sang by many activists during the Civil Rights Movement in order to keep spirits high when times were difficult. This Thursday, Jan. 21, Auburn University’s gospel choir will be performing a selection of spiritu-

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Andrea Crayton and JaLeesa Gibbs join together in singing with the AU Gospel choir.

als and gospels in celebration of MLK, Jr. Day. Directed by Dr. William Powell, this performance will give students a chance to sing along to familiar songs that have influenced many people throughout the world. “Basically there is a body of literature and research of the songs from the Civil Rights Movement,” said William Powell, associate professor of music and director of choral activities. These include both spirituals and gospels, which are two sep-

arate varieties of songs. “Spirituals were sung by slaves,” Powell said. “They were developed by an oppressed people in dire circumstances… and they were kept through oral tradition.” Gospels, however, were specialized in churches and are available in many hymnals. “In the 20th century during the Civil Rights Movement, they became important because they were with our forefathers,” Powell said. “(They) sang them as encouragement and rallying up and beating (the oppression).” Aashana Vishnani, sophomore in vocal music education, has been a part of the gospel choir for two semesters and has found it to be beneficial in many ways. “I think music is one of the purest forms of expression and to make a connection with God, or any Higher being, through music is a phenomenal experience,” Vishnani said. Jeremy Pyles has now been a part of > Turn to CHOIR, C2

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Students dodge BUSTED! the Auburn seal MYSTERIOUS MYTHS

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When it comes to walking on campus, not many students are watching their step. Most are talking with friends, trying to find that class in Haley or running to catch the next transit. But when walking near Langdon Hall, it’s best to step lightly. In front of Langdon lies the Auburn University seal, a symbol of Auburn with more meaning than the “instruction, extension and research” enscribed on it. It’s one of Auburn’s most commonly known and believed myths. “It is said that if you step on the Auburn University

seal in front of Langdon Hall, you will never graduate from Auburn,” said Matthew Goodloe, an Auburn alum and previous Camp War Eagle Counselor. “(Also) you will never find your true love.” It is common to find students walking in front of Langdon Hall on any given weekday, often gathering in the grassy areas to relax and enjoy the beautiful Alabama weather. But how often do students consider the danger they are apparently facing when coming in contact with the sacred seal? “I see people all the time walk right over it,”

said Claire Davis, senior in graphic design. “Some will step on it and jump off when they realize they touched it.” Davis has also seen many people ride m their bikes over the seal, but didn’t know if that would count because they technically aren’t walking across it. “I’ve never stepped on it,” Davis said. “Just in case the myth is true.” Although Langdon Hall is a significant building on Auburn’s campus, some students never venture out of their routine to notice the seal. “I just don’t go to that part of campus,” said Jenna

Roth, junior in communication disorders. “I live in the Haley Center.” But if she ever found herself accidentally walking over the seal, she wouldn’t be worried about the consequences. “If you’re smart you’re going to graduate no matter what,” Roth said. Either way, the myth of the Auburn seal will continue to be told each year by Camp War Eagle counselors and the origins will remain a mystery to all. “Maybe Auburn just wanted to keep the seal looking new,” Davis said. “So they made up the myth to keep people from walking on it.” Hopefully biking across

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Will Geeslin, junior in accounting, explains the myth of the seal to Tatijana Malone and Annissia Wellman of Orlando.

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Payne is avidly playing arcade-style Donkey Kong in an attempt to become the greatest player in the world. “I just love to game,” Payne said. Steve Wiebe overtook Billy Mitchell as the world’s greatest player in arcadestyle Donkey Kong with a score of 1,049,100, according to stevewiebe.com. (Later, Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe. Here comes Cameron Payne.) Academically speaking, the new year marks a new

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the gospel choir for four semesters after being heavily involved with his church choir. “(Gospel choir) is an aerobics for the soul,” Pyles said. “It allows you to express not only your work for music but your love for Jesus…. It’s a workout.” Vishnani explained that not only does the gospel choir involve singing, but also dancing. “When I dance, it is an amazing feeling because there are no inhibitions, it is just my connection with the music and God,” Vishnani said. “Singing can be really fun because you just get to let go, and

semester and a new semester means a clean slate. Cristyn James, freshman in engineering, resolves to make better grades this year. “I got a 100 on my first history quiz,” James said, “so it must be going well so far.” James also said she would like to be more active on campus and in her sorority. Auburn students and faculty members aren’t the only people trying to better their lives and making resolutions this new year. According to proactivechange.com, 40 to people in the choir aren’t afraid to do so.” This singing and dancing created many popular gospels during the 20th century, such as “We Shall Overcome,” which Powell said was the anthem of the Civil Rights Movement. Vishnani also agreed that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his followers made a large impact on gospel music. “The freedom songs that were sung during that time fostered hope and unity among the people who sang them,” Vishnani said. “Martin Luther King taught a message of hope and equality in the future, and these songs express that message very clearly.”

45 percent of American adults are making one or more resolutions this year. Only 46 percent of those people make it past six months successfully. In an effort to combat this extremely low success rate, Maria Thomas suggests making easy resolutions like eating 100 percent fat-free ice cream or pledging to do less work, in her article titled “Humor: New Year’s Resolutions.” In a competitive world, self-improvement is a necessity, and undertaking and sticking to a challenging resolution could bring with it rewards in 2010.

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it isn’t doing any damage to the seal or to those students who are walking over it. “If you do step on the seal, there is only one way to reverse the curse,” Goodloe said. “You have to jump in the fountain at the President’s Mansion at midnight on leap day.” The next leap day is Feb. 29, 2012. Good luck to those who just panicked when they realized it’s their last semester here at Auburn and they have indeed walked on top of the seal. No worries, freshman and sophomores. There is still time.

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ABOUT JANE: Age: 19 Hometown: Springville Greatest fear: Spiders Hobbies: Basketball

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Random fact: I like sports and am a huge Kentucky fan.

Jordyne Buckner wishes she could be in Australia right now rather than being in class.

Biggest fashion crime ever committed? I used to wear those pantyhose necklaces.

Nervous habits? When I meet new people, I stutter a lot.

Favorite article of clothing? Nikes

iPhone, Blackberry, or Droid? iPhone

Quickest way to bruise your If you could be on vacation ego? Just be insulting. right now, where would you be? Australia. I’ve never been Favorite board game? Mobut really want to go. nopoly Last book you read? Dear Dogs or cats? Definitely dogs John by Nicholas Sparks. The because cats are boring. ending is terrible but I still want to see the movie. New Year’s Resolution update? I have kept up with Did you get vaccinated for working out and studying H1N1? No, because my parmore this semester. ents told me not to. Best way to stay warm while Favorite Disney movie? The partying this winter? Snug- Lion King. gle up with some friends. Usual bedtime? 11:30 p.m. Favorite class? English Comp I. It was pretty aweUsual walk-up time? 7 a.m. some. Who is your favorite basHidden talents? I am good at ketball team other than basketball. Auburn? Kentucky

Thursday, January 21, 2010

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Award winning Chili Contributed by: Brittany Godwin, senior in political science

Ingredients

Directions

• 3 pounds ground beef • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil • 3 cups beef broth • 1 15 oz. can red pinto beans • 1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes (Do not drain) • 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce • 1 6 oz. can tomato paste • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar • 2 large onions, diced finely • 1 large green bell pepper, diced finely • 6 cloves garlic, minced • 3 tablespoons ancho chile powder • 3 tablespoons pasilla chile powder • 1 tablespoon sugar • 3 tablespoons cumin, ground • 1 teaspoon dried thyme • 1 teaspoon dried oregano • 1 teaspoon black pepper, ground • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper • 4 chipotle peppers, seeded and chopped in adobo sauce

In a large pot, heat and brown the ground beef, making sure to continuously break up large pieces with a spoon or spatula. Once browned, drain fat from ground beef in a strainer. Return the ground beef to the pot. Add onions and green bell pepper to the ground beef and cook over medium heat, stirring until the onions are soft and translucent. Add garlic, ancho chile powder, pasilla chile powder, cumin, sugar, thyme, cayenne powder, oregano and black pepper. Heat over medium heat and stir for 12 minutes. Pour the beef broth, pinto beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, cider vinegar and chipotle peppers into the pot. Stir to mix well. Reduce heat to low and simmer for at least 2 hours before serving or refrigerating. Cook’s Note: Most chili recipes with beef have you leave the fat in the chili then remove it once you have refrigerated the chili overnight. You can also do that with this beef chili recipe, but if you are serving the chili right away, you should go ahead and drain the fat off. E-mail your favorite recipe to intrigue@theplainsman.com


ARTS ENTERTAINMENT Rocky Horror moved to SkyBar Cafe

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DAVID NORWOOD WRITER

An Auburn student group is getting off to a rocky start in the new year. The Auburn University Players, the student-run theater organization, announced the January dates for its annual performance of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The typically raucous performances of the cult classic will take place Jan. 25, 26 and 28 at SkyBar. The doors open at 9 p.m. and the show begins at 10 p.m. The change of venue from the Telfair-Peet Theater is part schedule conflict and part calculated

Attempting to make a cult film is kind of like trying to catch lightning in a bottle.” Deron Overpeck, assistant professor of film studies in radio , television and film move. “We used to use the theatre, and with their schedule, it’s too hectic to try and do Rocky there now,” said Heather Rule, senior and student director. “You have to keep Rocky more tame in the theatre. It’s not a show where you need to be tame, to put it lightly.” Performances of the 1970s B-movie musical are traditionally focused

on audience interaction, with the actual film playing a supporting role to the actors and audience. A special initiation for Rocky virgins usually precedes the show. Dressing up, singing along and throwing items at the stage are all encouraged. In fact, the $10 price of admission includes a throw bag filled with items that are significant to the

movie’s plot and musical numbers. “People who don’t know how to use throw bags will catch on really fast,” Rule said. The atmosphere of the shows and the camaraderie of the cast was enough to bring a former Auburn student and AU player back into the fold. Mike Leigh, who left the university last year to act full time in New York City, will reprise the lead role of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, the Transylvanian transvestite and mad scientist. “Last year, every night was different,” Leigh said. “The audience is definitely a huge factor in the performance.” The Rocky Horror Pic-

ture Show began its uphill struggle into the cultural consciousness in 1975 as a box-office failure. Twentieth Century-Fox continued to search for an audience for the film until it became a fixture in the midnight movie circuits of the East and West Coasts. Now the longest-running theatrical release, it was the first major studio film to be shown in the manner of the 1950s midnight movie matinees and word of mouth soon spread in a way that is no longer conceivable in the modern age of marketing. “Attempting to make a cult film is kind of like trying to catch lightning in a bottle,” said Deron Overpeck, assistant professor

of film studies in Auburn’s radio, television and film program. “The organic feel of a phenomenon like the Rocky Horror Picture Show just isn’t possible anymore. There’s just too much opportunity for it to feel like it’s being marketed to us.” Overpeck said that even though it’s a crappy film, the group experience is what has kept it around. “The sense that you’ve discovered it with a lot of other people and are able to use it as a kind of common language and be in a group of people and experience that pleasure is something that a lot of people aren’t going to have the opportunity for anymore,” Overpeck said.

ALBUM REVIEWS ‘Freak Wharf ’ and ‘Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening’ Paul F. Tompkins’ ‘Freak Wharf ’ takes the cake as a conversational, entertaining album

Aziz Ansari’s ‘Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening’ is humourously absurd KEVIN SAUCIER

KEVIN SAUCIER MULTIMEDIA EDITOR

★★★★★ Paul F. Tompkins' second album "Freak Wharf" was released last month. His debut, "Impersonal" saw Tompkins exploring many concepts, briefly and hilariously. But on "Freak Wharf" we see the comic growing and taking his time on ideas, mining the premise for every bit of comedic potential. I'd guess this was a result of his growth in the last year into becoming the ultimate podcast guest, appearing on "Comedy Death Ray Radio," Doug Benson's “I Love Movies" and "Comedy and Everything Else." The result is an album that sounds more conversational and less rehearsed, but not sloppy. The first 15 minutes of the album is Tompkins riff-

ing with the audience, being funny off the top of his head about such topics as how self-conscious about his level of education a job application can make him, how relaxed might be too relaxed for Google and the unashamed admittance of T. The prepared material is equally funny, such as the film trope of the monster appearing in the mirror behind the protagonist after a refreshing splash of water to the face (and how this could never happen to him). The inconsiderate dog owner and the insufferableness of new fathers who feel they must drop existential knowledge on their unenlightened friends are also covered. Tompkins' dressing down of pie in the track "Cake V. Pie" leaves you feeling sorry for pie, but he's right. Cake's better. And “Freak Wharf ” is excellent.

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★★★★ Aziz Ansari, who stars as Tom in NBC's "Parks and Recreation" and appears in this summer's "Funny People," released his first stand-up comedy album "Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening" Tuesday. The comedian from South Carolina started performing stand-up while going to college at New York Uni-

versity. Comedy nerds may have already heard some of his earlier material on his 9-minute track from 2006's "Invite Them Up" stand-up compilation pulled from a performance at a show hosted by Eugene Mirman in the East Village. The opening track of his new album, "Gay Rights," is a perfect scene-setter for what the listener is about to hear: an album of great observational comedy often heightened to absurdity.

Throughout the album, Ansari touches on the peculiar figures of speech he encountered while growing up in the South, bizarre transactions on Craigslist and parents who trust strangers a little too much. On the track "Harassing Harris On Facebook," Ansari recounts an experience where he successfully trolled a Facebook group for one of his younger cousin's history classes. By doing so, Ansari accomplishes something in a comedy performance that is already difficult enough in a conversation, relating a funny thing seen on the Internet to an audience without finishing the story with, "I guess you had to be there." Six minutes of the al-

bum are devoted to Ansari's close encounters with rapper Kanye West. West invites Ansari to a club and then back to West's house for an afterparty. Ansari offers an inside look to those interested in what the egomaniacal rapper is like when he's not rushing an awards show stage. The last ten minutes of the album consist of Ansari doing material as his Raaaaaaaandy (with eight A's) character from Judd Apatow's "Funny People." Before the filming of the movie, for a part that required him to be onscreen for about 5 minutes, Ansari developed a set of material specifically for the comic he's characterized in interviews as "what Soulja Boy would be like if he did stand-up."

This Week’s Lineup Thursday

e Strutting Duck – Paul Goins. No Cover. Th The Independent – Alabama King Snakes, Somnolence Overtime Sports Bar and Grill – Karaoke Auburn Oyster Bar and Grill – Bubba Hall and Friends, Karaoke Bourbon Street - High Tide Blues SkyBar Cafe - Vegabonds

Friday

e Strutting Duck – Dueling Pianos  Th The Independent – Blame Sydney, Romanenko, Saturn 5 Overtime Sports Bar and Grill – DJ King Slam Auburn Oyster Bar and Grill – Kevin and John Bourbon Street - The Last Waltz SkyBar Cafe - Alex Ruth, Flyby Radio

Saturday

e Independent – My Two Wings, Paul Johnson and the Th about last nights, The Gills Overtime Sports Bar and Grill – DJ Hard Rock Bourbon Street - Good Doctor Eighth & Rail - Marshall Ruffin SkyBar Cafe - Stevie Monce, Poptart Monkeys

Tuesday

e Strutting Duck – Open Mic Night hosted by Tony Brook Th Auburn Oyster Bar and Grill – Kevin Adair

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Change your closet from winter to spring with these essential pieces for night and dayy Spice up your winter wardrobe Meredith Godfrey, senior in apparel merchandising

Thursday, JANUARY 21, 2010

PAGE Do’s and Don’ts Making the transition from winter to spring

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Accessorize: This is always the easiest way to make an outfit look new. Whether it’s a scarf, headband or necklace, accessories make an outfit. Neon: No longer is color just for the spring or summer. A great way to make any outfit pop is with some color. Put a neon cami under that black cardigan and you are good to go. Floral: Go with floral this winter. Forget floral just for spring and summer. Use a floral cardigan or skirt in the winter and show people you know what you are doing. Tights: Wear your favorite mini in the winter and spice it up with some neon or lace tights. Turquoise: This is the color of the season and can easily be carried over into the spring and summer. Layer: It’s all about playing with textures. Layer a ruffle blouse under a wool cardigan or a leather mini with a silk top. Mix match: Forget about matching every piece of clothing. Pair a floral cardigan with a striped shirt. Transition from winter to spring Mini: Bring the mini skirt worn with tights from winter into spring with a flirty top. Plaid: Put a plaid top on with some cuffed shorts. Blazers: Pair a blazer with a floral skirt and there’s a great spring outfit. Hardware: Don’t put away that studded bracelet or belt and pair it with a fun, flirty dress for an easy spring look.

Items to buy or store for the upcoming season Becky Dixon, senior in apparel design / Mary Ansley Gilbert, senior in apparel design

Transition pieces to buy for the spring: booties, high waisted shorts, blazers, loose pants tapered to the ankle and anything with sparkle or glitz. The color palette for spring are a mix of pastels with a brighter kick. Neutrals are a mix of grey, caramel and khaki. Store chunky knits but keep out lightweight sweaters, such as cardigans to pair over lightweight dresses. Open front cardigans with some drape in short and long sleeves are very popular right now. Buy sheer fabrics and tulle. Pair a sheer top over a camisole with jeans and a blazer and then over tailored shorts for warmer weather. Also, tutu inspired skirts can easily transition from winter to spring. Buy dresses with layers of ruffles and flounces in fun colors. Buy scarves. They are a fun and inexpensive way to update your wardrobe.

Keep out your lighter weight scarves and buy ones in sheer fabrics. They work well for colder weather and you can still wear them in the spring with a tank and shorts and cute leather sandals. Buy jumpsuits and rompers. They are a fun trend right now that is easy to layer up. Wear short rompers with tights, booties and an oversized sweater for now and replace with sandals and bare legs for warmer weather. Invest in a little black dress that can transfer from winter to spring. Wear it with a leather jacket, tights and booties for winter and heels for spring. Tall boots can still work into the spring. Choose light brown riding inspired boots and pair them with skinny jeans or tights now, later with dresses. Grab medium to small size purses with long straps that go across the body. They combine cute with functionality.

Becky Dixon, senior in apparel design

Do wear tights or leggings under dresses, shorts or tunic tops. Don’t wear leggings as pants with tops that don’t cover to at least your upper thigh. Do buy bold graphic prints in bright colors to enhance your wardrobe. Don’t buy prints that are inappropriate to your body type. Petites should go with smaller prints, while taller tall girls can go with larger prints.

Do mix prints in the same outfit. Mix-

ing stripes and floral prints is very in right now. no

Don’t mix more than two prints and be sure to tie the outfit together with a belt or neutral cardigan.

Do

go for the military trend with one piece of your outfit, such as a military-inspired blazer.

Do rock volume. Just make sure that the volume is

not all over. A ruffled skirt should be paired with a fitted tee and blazer. An oversized top and sweater combo should be complemented with skinny jeans. A belt is always a great option to accent the skinniest part of your body and bring an outfit together.

Don’t wear Ugg boots with shorts or skirts. Stick

to wearing Uggs in the cold months with skinny jeans or pants.

Do wear tailored shorts, but don’t wear shorts that

are too short or long for you. Make sure they complement your height and body type.

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Dressing the Part: Guyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guide to formal wear JILLIAN CLAIR STAFF REPORTER

Job interviews, weddings, dates, oh my! Dressing for these occasions is a difficult task for many men. It is a challenge to keep up with the styles and faux pas of the ever-changing fashion world. The first impression is made in less than three seconds, said Josh Davis, sales associate at The Locker Room, a locally owned menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clothing store in Montgomery. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If this impression is negative, it will take at least 20 minutes to negate

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What would I think if I saw someone wearing this?â&#x20AC;? Hunter Henry, senior in apparel merchandising, design and production these ideas, and this can be detrimental in a job interview or first date,â&#x20AC;? Davis said. For an interview requiring business formal attire, career counselor Karen Pruett with Career Development Services said employers should remember an intervieweeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s skills, not

his or her outfit. Flashy ties or shirts are too noticeable. CDS recommends wearing a navy blue or grey suit with a light blue or white shirt. A blazer and slacks are usually not acceptable. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black shoes should only be worn with a charcoal or black suit or sport

coat,â&#x20AC;? Davis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Other color suits and sport coats should be worn with brown shoes.â&#x20AC;? For weddings, it is better to overdress when in doubt, said Hunter Henry, senior in apparel merchandising, design and production and a member of the modeling board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can always take off your jacket,â&#x20AC;? Henry said. For a day wedding, Henry suggests khaki pants and a blazer. However, for an evening wedding, wearing a jacket and tie is the minimum. Henry said wearing a suit is the best option. Pocket squares can add a nice finishing touch to a

formal look, but there are several rules to remember. White pocket squares are appropriate with any combination of shirt, jacket and tie. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you choose to wear a colored pocket square, do not choose one that is the same color as your tie, but rather a minor color in your tie,â&#x20AC;? Davis said. When wearing a suit, Henry said it is important to make sure the jacket and pants fit. When standing up straight with shoulders back, the fingers should be able to cuff around the edge of the sleeve. Pants should be long enough to touch the top of the shoe, even when sitting

down. Men should choose a dress shirt that has a collar appropriate for their face shape, Davis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If your face is long and narrow, you might want to try a widespread collar to accentuate your positive features,â&#x20AC;? Davis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the other hand, wear a narrow point collar if your face is rounder.â&#x20AC;? For dates, Henry recommended slacks or dressy jeans and a button-up shirt or sweater. Whatever the occasion, Henry said to remember to look in the mirror and ask, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What would I think if I saw someone wearing this?â&#x20AC;?

Unusual volunteer opportunities abound for students BREE BOWEN WRITER

For students looking to pad a lackluster resumĂŠ, the volunteer fair held in the Student Center lobby Jan. 14 showcased many different opportunities for community involvement and volunteering. The Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve, an outreach program of the School of Forestry and

Wildlife Sciences, is seeking nature lovers who want to expand their nature knowledge and skills as well as make a difference in the lives of families in the community. Jennifer Lolley, administrator and the only employee of the preserve, said they need help in all areas, including trail, land and facility maintenance, helping with community programs, public relations and publicity, clerical,

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fundraising and animal care. Lolley explained how the work can give students an opportunity to de-stress. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neat,â&#x20AC;? Lolley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can give you a project and you can work on your own time.â&#x20AC;? Open from sunrise to sunset, the Forest Ecology Preserve has more than 15 trails spanning four miles through different habitats. The area features an amphitheater, an open pavil-

ion, reptile, fern and native wildflower viewing areas, a waterfall and streams, a butterfly garden and a turtle habitat. Lolley said everyone can find something they would enjoy doing while volunteering at the preserve, and she urges students who are interested to visit the Web site at auburn. edu/preserve or to stop by 3100 N. College St. For those who prefer a volunteer opportunity in-

volving helping other people, East Alabama Services for the Elderly (EASE) is looking for volunteers to help in a variety of ways. The services provided by EASE, a non-profit organization, allow the elderly to stay at home and enhance their quality of life. Volunteers visit the elderly to clean their houses, help with personal hygiene, go to the grocery store and pick up prescriptions. Among the different pro-

grams EASE has to offer is Auburn Adult Day Care, a center that provides an environment for adults 18 years of age or older who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stay at home during the day by themselves. Transportation is provided to and from the center each day. For the complete story and photos, go to www.theplainsman.com


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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Stay Warm at a Winter Party

people will and different stations so As the temperature falls than travel around to eat rather weekends are no longer t- just sitting down.” filled with football, tailga and 3) Food should be hearty ing and games, many stu she d sai nkley ys to easy to handle. Bu dents find fun and easy wa eth or som ing wild. likes to serve chili fill their time and go a little g way with par- that will go a lon Many students find house m warm. tract guests to keep the st ties are a simple way to dis 4) Choose drinks that mo the themselves from classes and people like. up, dullness of winter weather. “Any alcohol warms you all red “First semester is basically for re mo d Sar- but I would go football, all the time,” sai d. “Also, I like sai ey nkl Bu ” e, glish. win ah Goggans, senior in En it’s cold or en all martinis whether “Second semester is wh med not.” easy my friends start having the 5) Choose a theme that’s a lot she house parties that get d sai ey aren’t for guests. Bunkl cer d crazier because people un aro the likes to plan parties BRIAN DESARRO wl Bo exhausted from going to er tain events like the Sup ASSISTANT INTRIGUE EDITOR game.” se or Valentine’s Day. e a When attending one of the “It’s always nice to hav sugp kee winter parties, Goggans to ty Valentines Day par a get gests dressing in layers. to the pressure off people “I usually just leave my es, sid “Be or date,” Bunkley said. jacket and hat near the do chocolate in a tside, it’s better to eat s o when I want to go ou it on,” group.” mes I can just grab it and put Gothard agrees that the still t Goggans said. bu , in should be kept simple te Shannon Gothard, junior ori fav her tries creative. She said l Bil a social work, also said she is ty winter themed par to dress in layers. hts Cosby sweater party. st “Wearing leggings or tig 6) Party activities are a mu won, ies under your jeans helps ivit act have. For outdoor re fi ders,” Gothard said. and res ey Goggans said bonfi Event planner Julie Bunkl for a good Pro- pits always make of Invision Consulting and l tips party. outduction offers some helpfu “It’s nice to be able to go ing a gGo to remember when plann ” re, fi a side and stand by rm: party to help guests stay wa m- gans said. are 1) There is strength in nu However, indoor activities peod sai bers. Bunkley said the more rd tha Go rmer just as important. inng ple that are around, the wa po r she likes to move bee freezpeople tend to stay. doors to keep fingers from 2) Keep people moving. s to ple Ap ing, and games like “Have something interacfun a o int l Apples can be turned like a band so people wil is e key tiv e Th e. Clint Mason / PHOTO STAFF (Left ) Emily Adams/ ASSISTANT PHOTO EDITOR (Right) d. “If group drinking gam be dancing,” Bunkley sai . keep games simple ving food, have it at to Guys get together for poker night as part of their second semester activities (Left). Brittany Melvin, senior you are ser

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Cats Versus Dogs Students show their personalities through pet choices SARAH PHILLIPS STAFF REPORTER

Photo Illustration by Jared Waters / PHOTO STAFF

Caitlyn Sweet, junior in interior design, and Clifford Wade, senior in business administration, argue over hurtful comments.

Hurt egos cause conflict SARA WEEKS WRITER

The evening thus far was successful, he thought. They had an amazing conversation over a romantic dinner and she seemed to enjoy herself. At least he thought she did until she said one phrase: “You are such an amazing guy, we are going to become great friends.” In her mind the comment was meant to be a compliment, but to the male ego it is the biggest kick in the face. Students agree that just about everyone has hurt someone’s ego. “Yes, but not on purpose,” said Katy Ashley, senior in medical technology. People’s feelings get hurt. The question that should be focused on is: what bruises egos? A study done by CNN. com found things that men are sensitive to. Hot button issues such as “insulting his job, pointing out the gut and buying him clothes.”

James Robert Dearman, freshman in forestry engineering, can vouch for these claims. “It gets on my nerves when girls don’t accept chivalry,” Dearman said. He said when a guy wants to pay for dinner on a date, it’s not because he doesn’t think she can do it for herself, but because he loves and cares about her. Physical appearances are also a touchy subject for guy’s egos. “My girlfriend is always trying to pluck my eyebrows,” said Travis Treece, senior in forestry. “It really bothers me.” Women are hurt by comments toward their physical appearance and their sense of humor. “One time a guy told me I was not funny and that I shouldn’t try to be,” said Laura Beth Fraley, freshman in Spanish. “It really hurt my ego.” Jim Brinkerhoff, the campus minister and premarital counselor at the Auburn Christian Student Center, deals with situations between student couples often. “First off, when feelings

are hurt it is because people do not feel respected,” Brinkerhoff said. “We identify ourselves with things such as, careers, hobbies, etc. — we are what we do. When disapproving comments are made about those things we feel attacked and that our identity is being threatened or questioned.” Another issue that causes conflict between men and women is that they are just different, physiologically and psychologically. “My ego was bruised when a girl told me that she didn’t get me,” said Lucas Orr, senior in biomedical sciences. “What’s not to get?” Obviously, egos are going to get hurt at one point or another. “The antidote for ego bruising is this, our society must realize there is a respect issue on our hands, and we must make a conscious effort daily to respect those around us by controlling our words,” Brinkerhoff said. So the next time egos are bruised, just remember: respect is key.

It’s an age-old question which often separates people into two opposing groups: dog or cat person? The immediate stereotype associated with those who like cats is the crazy cat lady. When it comes to those who like dogs, there is a negative stereotype for those that love an animal as if it was a person. But whether a person loves cats or dogs there always seems to be a degree of separation. Hilary Johnson, freshman in radio, television and film, is an avid cat lover.

“Cats you can just leave alone,” Johnson said. “They don’t require as much, and they basically just sleep and snuggle all the time.” For Lindsay Porter, senior in anthropology, cats are her worst nightmare. “Cats are just creepy,” Porter said. “They give me a creepy feeling whenever I see them.” Although Auburn’s psychology department doesn’t focus on this area, Sam Gosling, a psychologist at the University of Texas at Austin, conducted research about the differences between cat and dog owners. The research included a questionnaire about peoples’ personalities. According to Gosling’s results, people who like dogs are more social and outgoing, whereas those who like cats are more open and neurotic. This doesn’t necessarily mean all dog and cat owners fall into this pattern. Some pet owners simply have allergies to either dogs or cats, making them dislike the animal.

There are also personal differences in the type of pet an owner wishes to handle. “Dogs are fun, but I can’t really control them,” Johnson said. “They’re hard to train.” But for some, previous experiences may have left them psychologically effected. “When I was little (a cat) scratched me,” Porter said. “The movie the ‘Lady and the Tramp’ also had Siamese cats that freaked me out.” This seems to have left Porter with a highly negative outlook on cats. “Cats are associated with the devil in my mind,” Porter said. Luke Farmer, sophomore in political science, was also effected by his childhood experiences with pets. “I got my dog Leo when I was four or five,” Farmer said. “I didn’t have any other brothers or sisters, so he became my best friend. I have loved dogs ever since.” Cats or dogs? Choose wisely.


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Wasting Time CROSSWORD

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ACROSS 1 Dry riverbed 5 Egyptian universe creator 9 Longbow wood 12 H — — hat 13 Really annoyed 15 Geodesic — 16 Monthly payment 17 Springlike

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By Jove! Shoulder-length do Pekoe packets (2 wds.) Court dividers Stick out Choir members Slackers (hyph.) Web-footed mammal Concrete foundation Uncommon, to Livy

DOWN 1 Distort 2 Offshore 3 Game show sound 4 High-powered 5 Sitcom demos 6 Deuce beaters 7 FBI acronym 8 Weight

9 Hatha- — 10 Online ‘zine 11 Makes vows 14 Salon offerings (2 wds.) 15 Bill payer 20 Root — 22 — Wiedersehen 25 Mess up 26 Game company 27 Boxer’s seat 28 Morning — 29 Feedbag filler 30 Ipso — 31 Monastery dweller 32 Lifts anchor 34 Coin depository 37 Cheap 40 Vegetable-oil type 42 Rounded ottoman 43 Naval officers 45 Capek’s android 46 Clears the windshield 48 Mends a toe 49 Vitamin amts. 50 Halves of zweis? 51 Box-office total 52 Grime 54 Chess piece 55 Produced 56 Burgoo or daube 59 Paris street

Horosccopes Aquarius: The rotational tilt of the moon makes you a smartie pants this week, your peers may be annoyed but your professors and parents will love you.

Aries: The rotating position of Mars makes you susceptible to unexplained levels of intoxication. “Beer before liquor never sicker” should be your mantra during these weeks of back-toschool partying.

Leo: While Venus colliding into Jupiter has made this semester unusually stressful for your sign, just put some new shoes on, everything will be alright.

Cancer: This week may be a good week to cut people out of your life. Choose carefully.

Sagittarius: Your butt will look good in those jeans this week.

Pisces: Because you are a water sign, you’ll be obnoxiously cheery throughout the upcoming rainy days. Ugh

Libra: You will look inordinately suspicious this week, try to avoid doing illegal activities in public.

Gemini: The two sides in your sign are at conflict, you may struggle this week with talking to with yourself, being indecisive and/or inhabiting multiple personalities.

Scorpio: The planets endow you with an affinity toward animals this week, don't be surprised if the campus cats start following you around.

Virgo: The planets are not aligning in your favor this week. Sorry.

Capricorn: Work it. Your mojo levels are high this week.

Taurus: You will meet an attractive person this week. Don’t mess it up again. Written by Olivia Martin / ASSOCIATE INTRIGUE EDITOR

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Place the numbers 1 to 8 in each of the octagons such that the numbers are not repeated in any row, column or diagonal. The numbers along the edges, top and bottom are the sums for the numbers in the diagonal that begins or ends at that number. The number in each diamond is the sum of the numbers of each of the four faces that border that diamond. The numbers that border the diamonds do not have to be unique. Number of numbers provided in this Octo = 63

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Taylor recalls his heritage CRYSTAL COLE STAFF REPORTER

For Auburn wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor, commitment to Auburn football doesn’t stop for a federal holiday. While the rest of town slept in Monday morning, he was on the road recruiting. Taylor said he is aware coaching isn’t a regular job with regular hours. However, Taylor said traveling does not take away from the importance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. “Just in my own family, I always make sure we talk about the history,” Taylor said. “Kind of what he stood for, how he died, what he died for and always the speeches, we make sure we pass that on.” Taylor has become a prominent figure in Auburn Football, but said many people don’t recognize him without his signature backwards baseball cap. This has caused his daughter to ask him not to wear it in grocery stores. That attention motivates Taylor to live like every day is an interview. He tries to make good decisions to be a role model, not only for members of the black community, but also for young people. “Those are the things I try to emphasize, not just in my own personal life, but with my players,” Taylor said. “Just to make good choices for those that are not just with you right now, but the ones that are going to come after you.” The coach said he looks up to former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy.

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Senior Krissy Voss earned a 9.6 on beam against No. 2 Oklahoma. The Tigers lost 196.300-195.325.

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Trooper Taylor at the Auburn Athletic Complex, Friday.

Taylor said the coaches in his life helped him become better. They asked for his best and didn’t accept less. “I think when I look at coaching I think about all the coaches that I’ve come in contact with, good or bad, I’ve learned something from each one of them,” Taylor said. “When my father passed when I was 12, I substituted the word ‘father’ or ‘dad’ for the word ‘coach’ because I thought God put those people in my life along the way to help me, and the funny thing about that is most of them weren’t the same color as me and weren’t the same last name, but they always treated me like family.” Taylor said Martin Luther King Jr. was especial-

Auburn flips for the cure NICOLE EMMETT

ly important in helping him take pride in his heritage. “Just with all the things that he went through and he still was able to stay focused, and not let the violent part come out of him during a really tough time and just all of the doors that he opened, not just in the coaching field, but for every aspect of life for minorities,” Taylor said. Taylor said being in Alabama helps bring everything together for him. “Growing up in Texas, I didn’t have a clue about the heritage,” Taylor said. “You just saw it on TV all the time, you really couldn’t relate to it, but being able to come here and go through Selma and go through some of those places and see things brought it right to the front.”

ter and Allyson Sandusky scored a 9.850 and a 9.825, WRITER respectively, giving Auburn an event score of 48.975. No. 9 Auburn Gymnas“I think I did a good job; tics lost to No. 2 Oklahoma it’s what I’ve been practicin a close 196.300-195.325 ing,” Sandusky said. “We match Friday night at did what we came here to Beard-Eaves Coliseum. do, and we improved from A crowd last week’s of 5,750 score.” f a n s Oklahocheered ma began We made our as both on bars, t e a m s goal of hitting five with a high s p o r t e d out of six routines on score of pink leo9.925 from each event, and we’re Holly Vise. tards to b a t t l e moving in the right Vise enb r e a s t direction.” tered the cancer meet as the Jeff Thompson, top bars during the head coach gymnast in annual “Flip for the nation the Cure” meet. after her 9.9 score in the “By no means were we first meet of the season. the best we could be, but All six Sooners in the we did better than we did bars rotation surpassed last week,” said head coach a 9.8, totaling a score of Jeff Thompson. “We made 49.225. our goal of hitting five out Auburn rotated to the of six routines on each bars, where Sandusky tied event, and we are moving her career high of 9.9 from in the right direction. We the SEC Championships. couldn’t be more excited.” Auburn finished with The Tigers were first on a 48.950 score in the bars vault, where freshman Toi event. Garcia led the team with a During the second rota9.875. Sophomores Justine Fos> Turn to FLIP, D2

Men’s basketball moves past Kentucky loss BLAKE HAMILTON ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR

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Senior forward Lucas Hargrove takes a shot Saturday against Kentucky.

The foundation of BeardEaves Memorial Coliseum shook Saturday with the deafening cheers of the Auburn faithful, even to the end. Despite coming off a 81-55 loss to Tennessee on the road last Thursday, the Auburn Men’s Basketball team came within an eyelash of upsetting No. 2 Kentucky in an arena 11,669 strong. The Tigers were inconsistent in the first half, shooting

a mere 29 percent. Kentucky, meanwhile, took advantage of the home team’s missteps, hitting 16 foul shots. “Obviously the big difference of the game was the foul line,” said Auburn head coach Jeff Lebo. “They got to the line 27 times in the first half. That’s the most I think I’ve ever been involved with in a half.” Auburn went to the locker room trailing 39-26. Though senior guard DeWayne Reed had missed his

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first 10 shots, he rallied his With 12 seconds to go, team back in the second Reed missed a 3-pointer that half, scoring a game-high 19 would have tied the game. points. “It was a great look,” Reed As Kentucky scored Au- said. “I just had to put it in, burn anbut unfortuswered, but nately it didn’t when opporgo.” Check tunities to With the online for score at 67-70 take the lead presented and 9 seconds to more photos. themselves, go, Kentucky’s notably John Wall sank two free throw a missed 3-pointer by Kentucky’s Dar- shots to make the final score ius Miller, the Tigers couldn’t > Turn to BBALL, D2 rise to the occasion.


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Freshman Petrina Yokay earned a 9.825 against No. 2 Oklahoma, Friday. The Tigers’ next meet is Friday against LSU.

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They’re bigger than some NBA teams. We try to simulate in practice, but you can’t simulate that speed coming at you like that. “

72-67 and put the Wildcats at 18-0 overall and 3-0 in conference play. “Their size, you just can’t simulate that,” Lebo said. “They’re bigger than some NBA teams. We try to simulate in practice, but you can’t simulate that speed coming at you like that.” Another Auburn standout was sophomore guard Frankie Sullivan, who added 15 points in 22 minutes to give Auburn an edge in the second half, including three 3-pointers. Sullivan attributed the team’s dramatic improvement to the overwhelming crowd support. “It’s like an imaginary sixth man,” Sullivan said.

Jeff Lebo, head coach “Our fans don’t support us like that all the time. I wish they would. I’m ready to play every game, but the crowd just gives you a boost like an energy drink.” Kentucky coach John Calipari said he anticipates Kentucky’s opponents will try to make a name for themselves at the expense of his team. “We were very fortunate to win the game,” Calipari

said. “They were shooting 70 percent in the second half, for probably 16 minutes. 70 percent. I can’t remember a team doing that to one of my teams.” The second straight conference loss brings Auburn to 9-9 overall and 0-3 in the SEC. The Tigers’ stretch of league play continued at Louisiana State University Wednesday, followed by a trip to Vanderbilt Satur-

day. However the wins and losses tally up, Sullivan remains confident. “Once we play two complete halves, we’ll have a great ball club,” Sullivan said. After facing off against LSU in Baton Rouge, Auburn now turns toward a 14-3 Vanderbilt team. The Commodores are 3-0 in the SEC and will meet the Tigers Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in Nashville having enjoyed a week off since defeating South Carolina 89-79. “This is an opportunity to get ourselves better,” said Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings. “There are some things we need to work on and hopefully we can get ourselves better before next Saturday.”

tion, the Sooners had four scores of at least a 9.8 on vault. Natalie Ratcliff led with a 9.85, giving Oklahoma a 49.050 in the event. The Tigers then moved to the beam where sophomore Kylie Shields shined with a score of 9.85. Junior Katie Hurley scored a 9.775, giving Auburn a score of 48.600. On the floor, Oklahoma was led by anchor Jacqueline Flanery, who hit a 9.85. Kristin Smith and Megan Ferguson each scored 9.825, making the Sooners’ floor score a solid 49.000. Auburn’s floor performance was led by senior Krissy Voss with a 9.85. Voss and Flanery tied for the event title. Shields scored a 9.825 on the floor. The duo helped Auburn reach a score of 48.800 in the event. Auburn’s two all-around competitors were Voss, scoring a 38.850, and Shields, finishing with a 38.525. “I wasn’t completely satisfied, but I was happy I stepped it up in the last

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Senior guard DeWayne Reed drives the lane Saturday.

Auburn Baseball prepares for spring 2010 ASHLEY MARKS WRITER

The Auburn Baseball team is gearing up for the spring 2010 season, coming off a 3125 (11-19 SEC) 2009 season. Junior Hunter Morris is a power hitter coming back this season with experience. “We have a good group of older guys, a lot of leadership coming back this year,” Morris said. “It is the first time in a while that we’re a really experienced team.” Morris, who has 25 career homeruns and was a member of the USA Baseball National Team in summer 2009, has been recognized with various awards from the SEC, including Freshman All-American, SEC Freshman of the Year, Second Team All-SEC and the SEC All-Freshman team. “It’s more what you put in away from practice that you get the most out of,” Morris said. He was a second round pick in the 2007 Major

League Baseball draft. Junior outfielder Brian Fletcher said he has very high expectations for the 2010 season, too. “I want to play the best I can,” Fletcher said. “I want to help everyone be a better player and help the team out.” Fletcher, who plays left field, has hit 27 homeruns in his two years at Auburn. “I am excited about this season,” Fletcher said. “I know our team is capable of getting to the postseason, and I am eager to see how far we can go.” Head coach John Pawlowski said the veterans will be looked to help lead the team offensively. “You also look at the guys on the field, guys like Hunter Morris, Trent Mummey, Kevin Patterson and Brian Fletcher, and those guys have all been through the rigors of this league,” Pawlowski said. Pawlowski, who is in his second year as head coach, talked about the importance



two events,” Shields said. “I got my head in the game, and I did pretty well.” The enthusiasm was heightened as the stands filled with pink “Flip for the Cure” T-shirts, whose sale raised more than $1,500. The purchase of one of the $10 shirts earned free admission, as well as a donation to breast cancer. “We were not just doing our best tonight because we love gymnastics, but for all the people who will have or have had cancer,” Shields said. “It motivated us to do well.” All proceeds will be donated to the East Alabama Medical Center Foundation Breast Cancer Fund. “Our main goal and our only goal is to reach the national championship in April,” Thompson said. “We are taking small steps each week and focusing on the process of competing.” The Tigers will travel to Baton Rouge Friday to battle LSU. Last season, then No. 6 Auburn defeated then No. 10 LSU 196.575-195.300 at home. The LSU meet starts at 7 p.m. CT at Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

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Auburn infielder Joseph Sanders fields a throw into third base against the University of Arkansas last spring.

of offense on this 2010 team. “Offensively, we hit a lot of homeruns, but we need to find different ways to score runs,” Pawlowski said. “I like the experience we have coming back we have a lot of guys, offensively, who have been through the league, and offensively I am encouraged and excited.” As the start of the season nears, the players feel the same excitement as their coach. “It’s an exciting time and we will get better as the season goes on,” Pawlowski said.

Fletcher said the team is ready to make a statement in the SEC. While excited for SEC play, Morris said he is looking forward to out-of-conference games as well. “The Arizona State trip should be a lot of fun,” Morris said. “It’s something different, getting out of the SEC, and getting into that West Coast baseball. I have some friends that play out there.” The Tigers open up in Plainsman Park against Southeast Missouri State Feb. 19.



W. Tennis 1/22 vs. Kennesaw State @ 11 a.m. W. Tennis 1/23 vs. Mercer @ 5 p.m. W. Tennis 1/24 vs. Georgia Tech @ 1 p.m. M. Basketball 1/28 vs. Ole Miss @ 8 p.m.


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Students pump their fists as part of the Campus Rec ‘Kick-In-2010’ event held at the Student Activity Center Tuesday night. There was a set of three classes that lasted 90 minutes each.

Kickin’ the curves BRITTANY LAWLESS WRITER

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A class of women work out to the music, Tuesday.

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Instructor Pam Wiggins blends sound with movement Tuesday. She strives to make classes fun.

The Auburn University Student Activity Center unveiled new exercise classes for the Spring semester Tuesday. The event, KickIn-2010, was created to communicate the importance of exercising during the semester as well as to exhibit a taste of the new classes to students. This intense set of three classes lasted 90 minutes, beginning with Turbojam, a high energy aerobics class. Turbo Jam was taught by Kristy Cullman, an Auburn graduate. Pam Wiggins, The Student Act’s Group Fitness Coordinator has been working on creating classes that will get students interested in exercising. “We want the students to get involved, Wiggins said. “This class was designed to have a ‘party feel’ to attract students.” Wiggins is confident that the concept of new classes will bring students to the Student Activity Center.

Don’t play, get paid ABBY ALBRIGHT SPORTS EDITOR

Student interested in intramurals but not necessarily in playing have the opportunity to become paid referees. “The great thing about officiating basketball and our other sports is that you make your own schedule, you have weekends off and you are paid a lump sum at the end of the season,” said Nicholas Head, intramural sports student coordinator. “So for basketball we will pay officials right around Spring Break, which is always a nice time to have some extra cash.” Referees earn $7.25 per game and get paid in one lump sum at the end of the season. The referee opportunity is open to both students who are soley interested in officiating and those already signed up for an intramural team already can be referees too. “That's a great way to see both sides of how a

sport works,” Head said. “They're able to play and then officiate after their game. Many times we'll have officials who admit that it's a lot different than just playing the game and that it takes more work than you think.” To become a referee, attend one of the Referee Clinics being held tonight at 8 p.m. or Sunday at 4 p.m. on Court 7 in the Student Activities Center. Individuals attending the clinics will learn proper techniques and procedures, in addition to rules and regulations for basketball. Head said there will be a need for referees for the second season of spring intramurals, including softball and co-ed soccer. “To ensure that you are paid for basketball officiating as well as our other sports, students must fill out paperwork,” Head said. “This includes bringing a valid driver's license, a voided check and signed social security card with them when they fill out paperwork.”

“The purpose of this program is to have a class that has the mind and body in one,” Wiggins said. “We want to blend sound with movement.” Wiggins also noted that she wanted the classes to be fun and to give students a chance to socialize while getting a high intensity work out. Students, faculty, and staff of Auburn were encouraged to attend. Approximately 150 students and a few professors were exercising at the event which was advertised on posters across campus this week. “We usually come to Zumba, Core Abs, Butts and Guts, and Step,” said Cameron Townes, a sophomore in political science. “Tonight we wanted to try something different, and this event looked like it would be fun for us.” One student wanted to get into shape for her New Years resolution, so coming to this event was the start to her success. “I wanted to start my new year off right,” said Audra Snyder, a senior

in engineering, “These classes are so much fun and the time flies by.” With the entire basketball court to fill, directors are urging more students to come and join the fun. Instructors believe there is a class for everyone, no matter their level or experience with fitness. “We are trying to get students, faculty, and staff excited about the group fitness classes,” said Jennifer Jarvis, Director of Campus Recreation. “We have an awesome, high- energy staff this year and we are really excited about what is to come with these classes.” The new classes are already underway, including Power Rhythms, instructed by Wiggins. “This class was created under another name in Germany,” said Wiggins. “We adopted it and created Power Rhythms to make exercise entertaining for students.” Wiggins and students later demonstrated how exciting the class was. This new kind of exercise is sure

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Instructor Meg Pinkerton leads a high-paced class.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

AU Swimming & Diving prepare for UF Gators JILLIAN CLAIR

said. In the past five years, AuSTAFF REPORTER burn and Florida have both placed in the top five in the The No. 5 Auburn Men’s and SEC Championship. No. 8 Women’s Swimming and The Auburn men were 2009 Diving teams will face Gregg NCAA Champions, and the Troy’s University of Florida Florida men were No. 5. The Gators for a dual meet at the Auburn women were No. 6, Stephen C. O’Connell Center and the Florida women were Friday at 4 p.m. No. 7. Florida’s men The Auare ranked No. 6 burn men and the women Their coach have defeated No. 7. Florida in Auburn head is under a lot of dual meets coach Brett pressure to beat us.” every year Hawke said since 1999. Brett Hawke, the team is apThe Gators head coach are Auburn’s proaching the meet with its biggest SEC eyes firmly set rival, said seon the Southeastern Confer- nior and men’s captain Tyler ence Championship. McGill. This is Auburn’s last confer“There’s always a little more ence dual meet before the SEC incentive to beat Florida,” McChampionship. Gill said. “Florida’s a very tal“I think we’re a very well- ented team.” prepared team leading into The Florida men are undeSEC’s due to the intense com- feated in dual meets this seapetition we’ve had in the past son, while the women are 8-2. few months,” Hawke said. “I think our biggest chalThe Tigers’ last meet was at lenge will be handing their Texas A&M University Jan. 9. depth in certain events,” McThe women fell to the Aggies Gill said. 169-129, but defeated SMU McGill said practices are 204-87. The men won 159-126. beginning to change to preHawke said the team came pare the team for the end of back from the meet at Texas the year, specifically the SEC A&M determined, focused and Championship meet Feb. 17ready to begin preparation for 20. Florida. Quality of practice time The Auburn men defeated rather than quantity is now the Gators at the 2009 SEC the team’s training strategy, Championship 881-626 McGill said. “Their coach is under a lot “It will be a challenge for us of pressure to beat us,” Hawke to make sure that we win the

events we’re supposed to,” McGill said. “If we do that, I think the outcome will be in our favor.” This is an especially important win for the women’s team, said Ava Ohlgren, women’s captain and senior. Auburn fell to the Florida women’s team in the SEC Championship by 14 points last year in Auburn. Ohlgren said the women’s team would not accept another loss to Florida. “They beat us by 14 points, so we really want to come back and show them we won’t tolerate that on our turf,” Ohlgren said. Ohlgren said she and the team are focusing on details at this point in the season. “If we stay focused, we’ll have one of our best meets,” Ohlgren said. “Energy is definitely the key.” It is imperative for the team to stay in race mode, Ohlgren said. “We’ve gotten better and better each meet, and we want to do better than we did in Texas,” Ohlgren said. This is Auburn’s last conference dual meet before the SEC Championship. As always, the championship-winning team has worked hard all season, especially now. “I’m proud of the way our men have moved along this year,” McGill said. The coach and captains said they feel they are ready to take on the Gators.

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Thad Ellis, freshman in business, competes against the University of Alabama.


The Auburn Plainsman

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Sports, D5

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Sticking it with Thompson MORGAN POWELL

jacent to the baseball stadium. “The goal was to take the program and get back into the top In the past 11 years, Auburn ten,” Thompson said. Gymnastics head coach Jeff After the fire, the gymnastics Thompson has led the Tigers to program moved into an auxilone NCAA national champion- iary gym. The gym had only one ship game appearance, seven tumbling strip where the girls NCAA regional championships had to do all of their practicing. and has led individual women to To practice floor exercises, the nine NCAA chamgirls were forced pionship appearto move to a basances. ketball court. He has also “Obviously we been SEC Coach didn’t do very of the Year twice. well and couldn’t All of this success recruit very well,” would not have Thompson said. happened without Two years after his dedication and Thompson arlong hours. rived in Auburn, “I think my next the gymnastics day off is in May,” program moved Thompson said. into a brand-new Auburn Gymfacility and now THOMPSON nastics is currentcalls one of the ly ranked No. 9 in premier collethe country according to Gym giate gyms in the country home. Info, the official rankings for Since the move, Auburn GymNCAA gymnastics. nastics has excelled. Thompson had a hill to climb Auburn qualified for the NCAA to get Auburn Gymnastics back National Championship in 2003. on the map when he got here in It then hosted the national 1999. championship in 2005 but failed “People didn’t even know we to qualify. had a gymnastics team,” Thomp“That was kind of disheartenson said. “They thought it was a ing,” Thompson said, “To host men’s team.” the national championship and A 1996 fire destroyed the gym not be able to compete in it as a that had been home to Auburn team.” Gymnastics and the men’s basThompson said that the Auketball training facility. burn program still has improveWhat was once called “the ments to make. bar” is now the parking deck ad“We can’t contact athletes WRITER

until their junior year of high school and by then they have already been looking at schools,” Thompson said. The schools that are the perennial power houses in gymnastics include the University of Georgia, the University of Alabama and the University of Utah. Thompson’s goal is to change that. “What we need to do is to become the school that is the favorite in many of these matches and not the underdog,” Thompson said. If the Tigers win enough, then Auburn may be able to attract many world-class athletes. “Auburn University and the town of Auburn have a lot to do with our success,” Thompson said. “The world-class academics, the safe town and the friendly atmosphere all help us to attract world-class athletes.” Auburn Gymnastics has a lot to look forward to in the future. It is a top 10 program, has a huge fan base (last meet’s attendance had nearly 6,000 spectators) and is a significant contributor to the University and the Auburn community. “Where we are in the season, we are very happy,” Thompson said. Auburn travels to LSU Saturday and are set to return home to compete against the University of Georgia Jan. 29th. “Once people come to a meet once they typically keep coming,” Thompson said.

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1. You played rugby at Kentucky. How do you go from rugby to gymnastics? A few rugby players dated gymnasts, so we went to meets and we knew the girls and the coach. The coach wanted someone to help move mats and stuff. I was a spring board diver in high school and just had a knack for it. 2. How did you meet your wife? Does it help that she is an associate head coach? I physically ran into her coming out of J&M Bookstore when she was coming in. We were married about a year later. Four out of seven schools in the SEC have husband and wife coaching teams. It promotes the family atmosphere, and I think it’s a great recruiting tool. 3. Do you have a motto? Dominate, Intimidate, Destroy. 4. If you could trade places with anyone for a week. Who would it be? My 14-year-old son. Just to be 14 and come home and play Xbox. 5. You have a master’s in biomechanics. Has this helped you in gymnastics? Gymnastics is physics. Once you leave the ground your body is controlled by the laws of physics. I don’t write equations on a board but I can watch a gymnast and tell them how to move their body. 6. If you had a super power what would it be? Fly; I have dreams that I can fly. Being invisible would probably be second. 7. How would your kids describe you? One would say I’m an idiot and the other would say I’m the best dad in the world. 8. How do you tackle stress? Take a deep breath. My wife calls me a procrastinator but I get a lot more done when I’m under pressure. I don’t stress about things. I should have been a surfer dude. 9. If you had a day off what would you do? If I had a full day off, depending on what time of year it was, I would most likely go fishing by myself.

Women’s basketball falls to USC, looks forward to Vandy CRYSTAL COLE STAFF REPORTER

The Auburn Women’s Basketball team (11-7, 2-3 SEC) hit the road Sunday for an SEC match up against South Carolina (10-7, 3-2 SEC), but poor shooting by the Tigers contributed to a 63-49 loss. Senior center KeKe Carrier led Auburn with 14 points and junior guard Alli Smalley finished with 12. USC held Auburn to 39.6 percent from the field. The Tigers made just one 3-pointer out of five attempts and 6-of-12 free throws. “It was a tough shooting day for us,” said Auburn head coach Nell Fortner. “South Carolina’s defense was very good. We had some good looks on the inside and missed some easy shots.” Smalley said she felt the team slacked defensively and wasn’t as aggressive as it should have been. “We started out the game in man because of the way they can shoot the three, and they just got

the hot hand and were really knocking down their threes tonight so that hurt us a lot,” Smalley said. Auburn stayed close in the first half, but two 3-pointers by the Gamecocks in the final 34 seconds left the Tigers down by nine at the break. Carrier said the team didn’t box oor shoot well. “I think they had more of a high tempo than us at the beginning and they just played really well on the defensive end,” Carrier said. Leaders for USC included transfer Valerie Nainima with 20 points and four assists and freshman Kelsey Bone with 15 points and nine rebounds. Early in the second half, Nainima hit three 3-pointers in as many possessions to extend the USC lead to 20 and the score 53-33. Assistant coach Kerry Cremeans said the team didn’t play with the same intensity it brought to the 64-62 win against LSU. “South Carolina played extremely well, they were on their home floor and they had a lot of confidence,” Cremeans said.

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“We have to bring the same fight we had at the LSU game into every game, especially when you are away in our league.” With 3:43 left in the game, Smalley hit a 3-pointer that made her 26th all-time in career scoring at Auburn with 983 career points. The team’s next match up will be against Vanderbilt (13-5, 2-3 SEC) tonight at 8 p.m. in Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. Vanderbilt, who gave the Georgia team its first loss of the season, is coming off a 64-57 loss to Tennessee. “They beat us twice last year, we remember that and I know we’ll have a lot of that competitive fire going into that game,” Cremeans said. Smalley said the key to a win tonight would be a good defense and bringing energy early. Cremeans said the team is excited for the home game and for an in-conference televised game. “We know how we’re capable of fighting and we’ll have to bring one of our best games Thursday night,” Cremeans said.

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The Auburn Women’s Basketball team huddles after losing to South Carolina 63-49.

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The Auburn Plainsman

Sports, D6

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Rod Guajardo/ MANAGING EDITOR

Freshman catcher Caitlin Schultze lays down a bunt in a fall game against Georgia Perimeter College. Auburn won the game 2-1.

Auburn softball prepares for 2010 campaign DAVIS POTTER WRITER

After earning back-toback NCAA Regional appearances the last two seasons, the Auburn Softball team will look to build on that success in 2010. The Tigers posted a 3029 record in 2009 and captured a berth in the NCAA Atlanta Regional before being eliminated with a 5-0 loss to Boston University on the final day of regional play. A new spring means a fresh start for the Tigers, and last season’s early postseason exit has served as motivation for the 2010 season. “Last year, we got pretty far into a regional, but we should’ve gotten further,” said senior pitcher Anna Thompson. “I really feel like this year everybody has their heads in the right place and our priorities are straight and we’re really all committed to making it as far as we can.” Preparation for this season began in the summer with offseason workouts and continued into September and October with the fall season. Auburn finished the fall with an 8-0 record. “The offseason went pretty well,” said sopho-

more catcher Elizabeth Eisterhold. “We all worked really, really hard in workouts, got really good in shape and prepared and got faster and more in shape to get ready for the season.” Auburn returns 10 starters from last year’s squad, including Thompson, Eisterhold and junior infielder Kyndall White, who hit .275 with five home runs and 19 RBI in 2009. The Tigers also welcome in a class of freshmen to compete for playing time, headlined by Under Armour All-American and Joelton, Tenn., native Kelsey Cartwright. With a lot of experienced players blended in with a talented group of incoming freshmen, head coach Tina Deese made it clear that starting spots will have to be earned through competition. “We have a bunch of position battles going on right now,” Deese said, who enters her 14th season at the helm. “In terms of just fighting for their position, (the players) have done a good job, but we’ve got a lot of competition going on.” Cartwright, sophomore Aurora Salter and junior Kelley Smiley, a junior college transfer, are battling for the third base job

while sophomore Amber Harrison and junior Alicia Hunolt are in competition for the starting first base position. White, sophomore Lauren Guzman and junior Megan Mitchell are vying for middle infield positions. Smiley could also play shortstop or second base and adds quality depth. Eisterhold will spend a majority of the innings behind the plate after leading all SEC catchers with a 55 percent caught stealing rate as a freshman. Salter and freshman Caitlin Schultze also give the Tigers options at catcher, as both will see playing time this season. The Tigers have a combination of experience and speed in the outfield. Senior Lindsey Harrelson is the veteran of the group and will compete with juniors Caitlin Stangl and Katie Colton, sophomore Krista Clyde and freshmen Janelle Green and Baylee Stephens for starting outfield jobs. The pitching staff is led by Thompson, who posted 15 wins and a team-best 2.28 ERA and 269 strikeouts a season ago. Senior Holly Ragsdale and sophomores Angel Bunner, Jenee Loree and Lauren Schmalz round

out the staff and will pitch key innings for the Tigers. While there may be some uncertainty as to who will grab starting positions, Deese said that the camaraderie among her players and the leadership of the upperclassmen have been obvious. “If chemistry means anything, this is a great group,” Deese said. “One of the best I’ve ever had. They get along. They gel.” Deese pointed out the maturity and experience of Thompson and White, who, according to the head coach, have embraced their leadership roles. “(Thompson) has stepped up in a big way in terms of guiding these guys in the right direction,” Deese said. “And then you’ve got Kyndall White, who’s a leader on the field. The girls look up to her. I really think those two are heading us in the right direction.” Auburn will be tested early and often as the Tigers open the 2010 season against Washington, the defending national champions, at the Kajikawa Classic on Feb. 11 in Tempe, Ariz. The Tigers will also face quality opponents in Arizona State, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Texas Tech, Nebraska and Michigan,

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Senior pitcher Anna Thompson winds up to deliver a pitch during a fall exhibition against Georgia Perimeter College.

in addition to SEC play. Deese gave a simple explanation for such a daunting schedule. “If you want to get better, you’re going to play the best,” Deese said. “We look at it as opportunity. For us, let’s go out, let’s get

them. We’re going to take this year to just see how good we can be.” If everything goes right for the 2010 Auburn softball team, maybe it will be good enough to capture the ultimate goal — a national championship.

2010 Auburn Softball Schedule Date-Opponent-Time 2/112/14 2/11 2/12 2/13

Kajukawa Classic Tempe, Ariz. Washington 7 p.m. Arizona State 8 p.m. Texas Tech 12:30 p.m. Notre Dame 5:30 p.m. 2/14 Wisconsin 10 a.m. 2/17 Georgia State 4 p.m. 2/19- Tiger Invitational 2/21 2/19 Ohio 5:30 p.m. 2/20 Nebraska 12:30 p.m. Central Michigan 3 p.m. 2/21 SIU – Edwardsville 2 p.m. 2/24 Jacksonville State 5 p.m. 2/26- NFCA Lead-off Classic 2/26 Columbus, Ga. 2/26 Kent State 10 a.m. Illinois State 3 p.m. 2/27 Virginia Tech 10 a.m.

Southern Illinois 3 p.m. 2/28 NC State 9 a.m. 3/2 vs Michigan 6 p.m. 3/5- War Eagle Classic 3/7 3/5 Louisiana Tech 12:30 p.m. Tennessee State 3 p.m. 3/6 Gardner Webb 10 a.m. 3/7 Valparaiso 2 p.m. 3/10 at South Alabama 6 p.m. 3/13 vs Kentucky 1 p.m. / 3:30 p.m. 3/14 vs Kentucky 1 p.m. 3/17 at Florida 3 p.m. 3/18 at Florida State 2 p.m. 3/20 at LSU 1 p.m. / 3 p.m. 3/21 at LSU 1 p.m. 3/27 at South Carolina Noon / 2 p.m. 3/28 at South Carolina Noon 3/31 vs Troy University 6 p.m.

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6 p.m. 1 p.m. / 3:30 p.m. vs Samford 6 p.m. vs Tennessee 1 p.m. / 3:30 p.m. vs Tennessee 1 p.m. at Mercer 4 p.m. at Georgia Noon / 2 p.m. at Georgia Noon vs Miss State 4 p.m. / 6:30 p.m. at Ole Miss 1 p.m. / 3 p.m. at Ole Miss 1 p.m. at Middle Tennessee 6 p.m. vs Arkansas 1 p.m. / 3:30 p.m. vs Arkansas 1 p.m. SEC Tournament Fayetteville, Ark.


Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Auburn Plainsman

Sports, D7

Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lax heads south PATRICK DEVER ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

The Auburn Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lacrosse club opens its season Saturday by traveling to Gainesville, Fla., to match up against the University of Florida and the University of Miami. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Florida teams have been very big struggles for us in the past,â&#x20AC;? said cocaptain junior Katie Backer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With Florida and Miami being the first games of the season, we have really needed to focus, right off the bat.â&#x20AC;? Backer said the team has been focusing on conditioning during fall practices and over the winter break, as well as drills. In addition to conditioning, the team has grown significantly this season, with 21 players. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a lot of subs in midfield this year, which is something we have not always have,â&#x20AC;? Backer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With midfield players running the most, we will be using the bench a lot and they will be a very big asset in this game with their fresh legs.â&#x20AC;? One thing the team is lacking is a coach. The three co-captains and the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s officers lead the team on and off

the field. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We try and keep the respect for one another and the whole team,â&#x20AC;? Backer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With no coach, it is not just the captains doing the coaching, but everyone on the team teaches what they know to the other players.â&#x20AC;? With so many new players, Backer said it will be important to work as a team and support each other. Florida started a varsity team last year and a few of the club team members made the varsity team, which Backer said can only help Auburn. Co-captain senior Meredith Noulis said the team has been told that Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goalie was pulled up to the varsity team, but they are not counting on that. To prepare for any situation, Noulis said this week the team is focusing on basic fundamentals, such as passing and catching and transitions in the midfield. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know that these games are really important, and we know that we have to win in order to have a chance in the championship,â&#x20AC;? Noulis said. Backer said she thinks their goalie, junior Stacie Busbin, is one of the most

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Senior center Elizabeth Boyd takes the draw against Clemson during the Southern Comfort Tournament last fall.

talented goalies she has ever seen, and that is a big strength for the Tigers, in addition to returning all of the defensive starters. Offensively, Backer said the midfield is â&#x20AC;&#x153;quick and talentedâ&#x20AC;? and the offense is strong. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a whole, our team is, in my eyes, stacked,â&#x20AC;? Backer said. Junior Carly Williams said over her three years of playing for Auburn, the Miami lacrosse team has

been a very physical team, and they are working on stick skills to maintain control of the ball. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The teams this weekend are tough teams, but were practicing on working together this week,â&#x20AC;? Williams said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a lot of new girls and a strong team with a ton of talent.â&#x20AC;? The Auburn Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lacrosse club takes on Florida Saturday at noon and Miami at 4 p.m.

Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lacrosse prepares to face-off in spring 2010 ABBY ALBRIGHT SPORTS EDITOR

The Auburn University Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lacrosse club has begun practice in preparation to build on last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s undefeated regular season. Junior midfielder Anthony Generotti said he thinks thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not as much pressure this season because of the undefeated season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel that there is a fair amount of pressure every season, we have been a contender for the SELC title for the past few years and definitely have a target on our backs,â&#x20AC;? Generotti said. Despite the perfect regular season, the Tigers fell to Florida State University in the SELC tournament and failed to reach the Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Collegiate Lacrosse Association tournament. Junior goaltender Alex Barnes said losing in the SELC semifinals last season shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have an effect on this seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Losing is never fun, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not thinking about that,â&#x20AC;? Barnes said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to move forward and focus on this season.â&#x20AC;? Barnes is stepping into the cage to fill the shoes of former goalie Alex Crawford. Crawford led the Tigers to the SELC tournament semis the past two seasons, including an upset victory against the University of Florida in the 2008

quarterfinals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not too much pressure that can be added to the goalie position,â&#x20AC;? Barnes said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just excited about the opportunity to get on the field and help our team have another successful year.â&#x20AC;? There are many new faces around the lacrosse field this season. Auburn Media Relations intern Scott Kemps will be helping the defense out from the coachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s box. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Getting Kemps to coach defense this year was huge for us,â&#x20AC;? Barnes said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to run an efficient practice with only one coach for O and D.â&#x20AC;? Kemps came to Auburn after coaching and playing at three schools in the past three years. He and head coach Stephen Stock have a difficult task coaching a club team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coaching a club team is different than coaching a varsity team, due to the fact that our interaction with the team is rather limited due to conflicting class times/practice times, etc,â&#x20AC;? Kemps said. Generotti echoed what Barnes said about more coaching helping with the flow of practice, but added that returning players have picked up the needed leadership roles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Senior attackman Mike Hoffman has been a great asset to our teams success in the past,â&#x20AC;? Generotti said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is a key returning player.â&#x20AC;? Barnes said he is excit-

ed to see his defense play against the top lines of the Tigersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; opponents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s D is looking solid weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve a ton of talent new and old,â&#x20AC;? Barnes said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really excited about the new guys stepping in this season, and I think they have the potential to shut down any offense we come across this season.â&#x20AC;? Auburn will travel to Orlando to participate in the third annual Face-off for a Cause. The Tigers will take on the Gators Saturday, Feb. 13. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am looking forward to the game against UF and in Orlando on the weekend of Feb. 13,â&#x20AC;? Generotti said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The game is part of a tournament in support of the Wounded Warrior Project.â&#x20AC;? The Wounded Warrior Project benefits those who have served in the Armed Forces and have been wounded in combat. Each team competing in the event will be paired with a wounded veteran as an honorary captain. Barnes said he is looking forward to the game on Feb. 19 against the University of Tennessee. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being from Nashville Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got my eye on the UT game,â&#x20AC;? Barnes said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I grew up playing with a lot of those guys and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a good game.â&#x20AC;? Auburn begins its season Jan. 30 against Vanderbilt University at 3 p.m. on the city fields on Shug Jordan Parkway.

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Sports, D8

Thursday, January 21, 2010

KeKeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Court Senior Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basketball standout named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week MOLLY WICKSTROM

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t into it at first,â&#x20AC;? Carrier said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;EvWRITER eryone in my school and my coach got me to play Keshonda Raquel Car- because I was tall. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rier, also known as KeKe, where my first interest has been a huge asset in basketball sparked.â&#x20AC;? to the Auburn WomCarrier is 6â&#x20AC;&#x2122;7â&#x20AC;?. She atenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basketball team tended LaGrange High for the past four years. School, where she was Born in Lake Charles, awarded for her many La., the Auachieveburn center ments was named on the She could the Southb a s e a s t e r n throw me over her ketball Conference court. Player of the shoulders and carry H e r Week at the me off into the sunset.â&#x20AC;? h i g h beginning of school the month. awards She is one Thomas Achey, a n d of the first senior in biomedical sciences h o n o r s Auburn Basincluded ketball playSouthers to earn this award. west Louisiana Hall of â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really like play- Fame Inductee, 2005 ing in the SEC,â&#x20AC;? Carrier All-State MVP, 2005 Adisaid. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gets me excited.â&#x20AC;? das Top Ten All-Star, She was named to the 2005 All-district and AllSEC All-Freshman team Southwest Louisiana MVP. for the 2005-06 season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am a huge fan of KeKe,â&#x20AC;? Carrier is cur- said Thomas Achey, senior rently the only senior in biomedical sciences. on Auburnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She is such a strong playâ&#x20AC;&#x153;I plan on continuing to er, and I like watching her play (after graduation),â&#x20AC;? on the court. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a mean Carrier said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would center and is very talented.â&#x20AC;? love to go play in Spain.â&#x20AC;? Achey said he likes how Carrier said she head coach Nell Fortner began playing bas- and Carrier work together. ketball in 6th grade. â&#x20AC;&#x153;KeKe is very tall, but I

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KeKe Carrier takes a shot against the University of Alabama Jan. 14.

am not intimidated by her height,â&#x20AC;? Achey said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although, she could throw me over her shoulders and carry me off into the sunset.â&#x20AC;? Such great height also comes with large feet. Carrier wears a size 15 shoe. Her size is one of her greatest advantages on the court, but outside of basketball it can be a little difficult. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to find shoes,â&#x20AC;? Carrier said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m trying to find graduation shoes right now. I usually have to go online or order them overseas.â&#x20AC;? Carrierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talents are not limited to just the basketball court. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I play guitar,â&#x20AC;? Carrier said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That is probably something nobody knows about me.â&#x20AC;? Something else fans may be interested to know is Carrierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite food, corn bread dressing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I lived in Lupton with KeKe my freshman year,â&#x20AC;? said Melissa Holmes, Auburn alum. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She was a ton of fun and always made us laugh. KeKe was always very loud and friendly.â&#x20AC;? Carrier and the rest of the Auburn Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basketball team takes on SEC rival Vanderbilt at home tonight at 8 p.m.

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