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THURSDAY, March 25, 2010

Auburn dancers keep dancing despite lack of funding, support

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Like a storyline from a dance flick, a group of Auburn dancers lost funding for their annual dance performance, but continued to dance and will now be showcased in Washington, D.C., at the Kennedy Center May 29. Daunce, the annual dance performance, was cut from the Auburn theatre department's budget this year because of a lack of funding, said Natalie McCormick, senior in civil engineering and member of the dance group. “I'm a civil engineering major, and dance is my outlet, my heart, everything,” McCormick said. “Having that taken away was devastating at first, but we thought, ‘Let's find a way around this.’” Despite the loss of its annual performance, the group of dancers decided to learn a dance called “Colony,” choreographed by Bill Evans, and perform it at the American College Dance Festival. The Auburn dancers were one of 12 groups chosen to perform at a gala at the Regional Southeast Conference in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and from that performance are one of three groups chosen to perform at the Kennedy Center. McCormick said the dancers put on the “Sit Down and Dance” production to replace Daunce. “It was performed in the old Foy ballroom, and we didn’t have lights,”


The subject of the Mexican-American border is a sensitive one in today’s political climate. Debates rage about immi-

Health care bill passes with promising options for collegians DANIEL CHESSER ASSOCIATE INTRIGUE EDITOR

Hagans and Gilbreath crossed the border into Mexico at McCallen, Texas. R.C. said they declared their cargo at the border and were assured they had all of the paperwork they needed to pass through the country and take the shoes to Guatemala. But two hours after clearing customs, the crew was pulled over by local police in Reynosa, Mexico. After short deliberation between the multiple police cars on the scene, the Hagans were instructed to proceed to the next checkpoint. “All of our Mexican friends think we were set-up from the beginning,” R.C. said. “They said the cops probably told > Turn to SHOES, A2

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Soles seized at border gration and more and more illegal drugs and weapons are shipped across the border everyday. But Auburn students R.C. Hagans and his younger brother, Winchester Hagans, found themselves in a border scenario they never thought possible. R.C. and Winchester Hagans, along with their friend Blake Gilbreath, had a van containing 1,000 pairs of shoes seized by the Mexican government. “The purpose of the trip was to take 1,000 pairs of shoes donated by Soles 4 Souls to my little brother down to a village in Guatemala,” R.C. said. “My dad is a minister in that area and this had kind of been like my brother’s pet project.” The ordeal began Feb. 28 when the

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Obama’s health care reform plan for all Americans to receive health insurance passed Monday. “After a century of striving, after a year of debate, after a historic vote, health care reform is no longer an unmet promise,” said Obama in a White House press release. “It is the law of the land. And although it may be my signature that’s affixed to the bottom of this bill, it was your work, your commitment, your unyielding hope that made this victory possible.” By 2011, the health care bill ensures it will be illegal for insurance companies to deny children coverage due to pre-existing conditions, no one will be dropped from insurance due to developed illnesses, Medicare patients will receive free preventive care with no co-pays and children will be able to stay on their parent’s health care plan until the age of 26. “A lot of health insurance companies already had it listed that you could stay on your parent’s health insurance until you were 26,” said Penny Shelton, master’s in public administration and GTA in political science. “So that is not a huge really exciting part of the health care bill.” Shelton said the state of Alabama’s health insurance laws should not change dramatically because a majority of insurance companies already allow college students to stay on parental plans until receiving an undergraduate degree. Some parts of the bill will begin immediately, while others will not take affect until after Obama’s current term as president. “Immediate effects is not going to be an issue,” said Brent Sobkowiak, master’s in public administration political science. “We are not going to see the effects of this health care bill for three years.” Sobkowiak said the conservatives

Auburn students perform a routine during a performance of “Colony” this past January.

Locals encounter problems at the Mexico border with shoes for donation

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Artists creates ‘Edible Estates’ for hungry homeowners NICOLE EMMETT WRITER

Fritz Haeg makes a living transforming ordinary lawns into living sources of food. “Imagine what could happen if everyone did this to their front lawn,” said Jake Challingsworth, sophomore in environmental science who attended Haeg’s “Welcoming the Wild”


lecture at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. Since 2005, Haeg’s Edible Estates project has transformed eight passive front lawns across the country into active gardens flourishing with fruits and vegetables. Haeg said growing our own food should not be unusual, even if it is placed at the front door. The first front

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lawn Haeg helped transform was that of a plant biologist in Salina, Kan. Haeg and the home owner planted seeds that have grown into full strawberries, okra and ripe tomatoes. “Gardening is the easiest thing that people with modest means can do tomorrow,” Haeg said. “I want to make real gardens that people know they could do themselves and enjoy.” H e showed the au-

dience a picture of his compost pile to illustrate useful material which people tend to keep hidden, similar to the way a garden is typically concealed behind the house. “Homes and lawns have become this transient symbol of property in the world we live in,” Haeg said. Front lawns serve as a symbol of isolation, continuity and democracy, as the average size of American

homes continues to increase, Haeg said he enjoys questioning spaces and private property. “There is an abundance of land that no one feels connected to, which is rather unfortunate,” Haeg said. Alex Johnson, freshman in mechanical engineering, bought Haeg’s book, “Edible Estates: At> Turn to EDIBLE, A2

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DUI Arrests in the City of Auburn March 11, - March 22, 2010 Michael B. Madkins, 18, of Sacramento, Calif. East Alabama Medical Center March 11, 3:14 p.m. Kali N. Van Bebber, 20, of Tampa, Fla. Dekalb Street March 12, 1:53 a.m. Stephen K. Randa, 19, of Nashville, Tenn. East University Drive/ North College Street March 12, 4:54 a.m. John D. Hosford, 18, of Saratoga Springs, NY West Samford Avenue/ Duncan Drive March 13, 12:31 a.m. Jessica B. Sullivan, 23, of Opelika East Samford Avenue/ South Gay Street March 13, 3:03 a.m. Sherman L. Stinson, 36, of Tuskegee East University Drive at South Donahue Drive March 14, 1:20 a.m. Kevin B. Blicker, 23, of Cullman Byrd Street / Ala. Hwy. 14 March 15, 10:37 p.m. Jordan P. Jones, 21, of Birmingham West Glenn Avenue March 16, 1:48 a.m. Lauren N. Riegle. 20, of Tampa, Fla. West Glenn and Toomer Street March 18, 12:46 a.m. Edward J. Dowdell, 48, of Opelika Bedell Avenue/ North Donahue Drive March 19, 9:46 p.m. Hoon Suk Rho, 33, of Korea West Glenn Avenue March 20, 3:20 a.m.

Shameka B. King, 24, of Fort Campbell, Ky. Shug Jordan Parkway/ Wire Road March 21, 3:24 a.m. James B. Bedwell. 29, of Selma Walmart on South College Street March 22, 1:07 a.m.

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thought the bill was going to ruin the system with the government controlling a huge percent of the economy because health care makes up 16 percent. “We as average wage earners (under $200,000) could look at somewhere about $400 a year increase in social security and medicare taxes,” Sobkowiak said. “So is it worth a $400 tax burden or increase?” Sobkowiak said yes, if the goal is to provide health care for everybody, a promise of which he remains skeptical. The bill proposes health care for the 32 million Americans currently uninsured, even those refusing coverage. Rene P. McEldowney, the program director of the political science department, made a break-down for her students of how the health care reform bill will be introduced.

March 5, North College Street at east Magnolia Avenue – Theft of property reported. One newspaper vending machine.

March 12, Richland Road – Theft of property reported. One white 4x2 Auburn University Tennis sign. March 13, Highway 29S/ Sandhill Road - Theft reported. One black 5x10 heavy duty tilt bed trailer.

March 9, McKinley Avenue – Burglary and theft reported. One gold AU graduation ring, two gold rings, two diamond engagement rings, one ring with ruby stone, one bamboo wedding band, two silver diamond stud earrings and two gold loop earrings. Collective value: $19,500.

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the people at the checkpoint we were coming.” At the first checkpoint, the group was told they did not have the proper paperwork. After being held at the checkpoint for two hours, the van and its passengers were driven back to the border by a member of the Mexican federal government. “It was crazy,” R.C. said. “I’m very well-traveled and I’ve dealt with a lot of governments and a lot of border crossings and I’ve never had to deal with anything like this.” The Hagans and Gilbreath were held at the border for a total of 12 hours and were forced to sleep in a hotel while the border patrol catalogued the contents of the van. “Initially, I felt kind of annoyed,”

tack on the Front Lawn,” for his sister. “It will be at our house so that I’ll be the next to read it,” Johnson said. Challingsworth said he was much more interested in the projects than he expected to be. Haeg’s latest project, Animal Estates, advocates designing landscapes to sustain wild animal populations and questions whether people want animals in cities. It incorporates performances, displays,

“Health insurance is really about cost sharing more than it is about risk insurance,” McEldowney said. “The difference is when you take out a homeowners insurance policy, you’re insuring against the risk of that house catching fire or damages, but we all get sick and die, so it is 100 percent risk that we are going to use the health care system.” Some highlights in the next 90 days are tax credits for small businesses to purchase insurance for employees, prescription drug help for seniors and individuals with pre-existing conditions will be able to purchase health insurance as well as the people in the high-risk pool deemed uninsurable. “The people who do take out health insurance and pay their premiums end up paying for those that don’t,” McEldowney said. “That is called the ‘free rider’ system in health care and the reform will eliminate that aspect so everybody has to pay their fair share.”

March 19, Ashwoth Lane – Burglary and theft reported. One black 42” Vizio LCD TV, one black Stevens 12 gauge shotgun 28” barrell with duck tape on stock and one black H&R short barrel shotgun. March 20, Opelika Road - Auto theft reported. One black Jeep Wrangler.

March 14, College Street – Auto theft reported. One white Buick Regal.

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R.C. said. “Driving through Mexico is dangerous and we started to realize we weren’t going to make it to a town for the night. Then I was pissed off. I couldn’t believe they were doing this.” The group was told they would have to pay a $10,000 fine to get their van back. For every day they did not pay the fine, the fine would increase $2,000 until it reached $70,000 at the end of the month. “It felt like they gave us a ransom note,” R.C. said. The Hagans and Gilbreath were forced to abandon their van and its load and return to America. R.C. said he was stunned by the actions of the Mexican law enforcement. “The mission I work with is one that my dad started,” Hagans said. “We’ve worked there 20 years and

we’ve taken millions of dollars of shoes and supplies down. But this time that didn’t really matter.” R.C. said he believes there is extensive corruption throughout all levels of the Mexican government and it is to blame for the loss of his family’s van. “It isn’t everyone,” R.C. said. “I don’t want to say everyone in Mexico is terrible. But it’s just rampant, there’s no one really to hold anyone accountable and when that happens, people can just take whatever they want.” R.C. said his family has contacted lawyers in Mexico and America, along with their international insurance agent but it appears they will never see their van again. R.C. said anyone who can offer support or advice to the Hagans family is encouraged to contact them at

exhibitions and installations to mimic the natural environments of the animals that lived in the region years ago. Haeg, who calls himself an animal lover, said he enjoys deciding where the bald eagle would want to sit or what would make the bobcat happy. “In each city, I like to learn which animals would benefit from manmade architecture designed to accommodate them,” Haeg said. “We should all examine what we do with the cities we’ve inherited and how we sustain ourselves.” Haeg studied architecture in Italy

and received his architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University. He has since become an advocate for making landscapes beautiful, functional and sustainable in unconventional ways. Artist, activist and Spring 2010 York Distinguished Lecturer, Haeg now lives in Los Angeles. An estimated 200 Auburn students attended the lecture Tuesday. In a follow-up panel discussion, Auburn faculty, staff and the community will discuss the common ground shared by artists, scholars, scientists and environmentalists.

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McCormick said. “We didn’t have any theatrical aspects. We had to do our own costumes, but we did it anyway.” McCormick said most of the girls in the dance group are dance minors, but they practice on their own time. “We have a very hard time finding rehearsal time together, and they can’t always take a class, but their dedication and commitment made this possible,” Wilson said. Adrienne Wilson, assistant professor of theatre and the dance instructor at Auburn, had her mentor, world-renowned choreographer Bill Evans, teach eight girls “Colony,” a dance he had previously choreographed at the beginning of this semester. Breanne Maraman, junior in animal science, said “Colony” is based on the 18th century European colonization of the

Maori people, an indigenous tribal group in New Zealand. Maraman said “Colony” incorporates things from everyday lives and gestures of the Maori people, who were a warrior people. The dance is more of a cultural piece than a technical dance, Maraman said. “The music is very tribal,” Maraman said. “It's got a lot of rhythmic sections to it, and it's got a lot of drums in it. It makes you think of a tribe of people who haven't been civilized.” Maraman said the dancers funded the trip. “Most of the colleges that have dance programs get funded to go to all of these trips and conferences,” Maraman said. “We had to pay for transportation, rooms at the hotel, food and the registration fees.” Wilson said she is proud of the girls and that it is a high honor to perform at the Kennedy Center.

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Loneliest Village on The Plains Although the site for West Pace Village was purchased five years ago, building the Village may take a few more years BREE BOWEN WRITER

Students graduating within the year may not reap the benefits of the anticipated West Pace Village. While the project developers hope it will someday compare to East Chase in Montgomery and will keep shoppers in Auburn instead of traveling out of the city to Birmingham or Atlanta, the process to get there has been slow. “The first purchase was on Aug. 15 five years ago,” said Tom Hayley of West Pace LLC. Since then, the only businesses to make appearances are the Nissan and Toyota car dealerships. City Manager Charlie Duggan said the development is trekking along according to plan, which asset manager Tom Daniel said has been categorized into

three phases. The construction is paid for with bonds rather than tax revenue and getting that sorted takes time, Duggan said. A bond issue closed earlier this month to help complete what’s considered public infrastructure such as roads, water, sewer and sidewalks. “Now that has taken place, you’re going to see some more activity out there,” Duggan said. “A few companies have been waiting to have that bond issue closed and know that all the roads and sidewalks and all those amenities were going to be completed before signing and announcing that they want to locate there.” Duggan said they don’t know what types of businesses will set up shop at West Pace Village, but the developers are aiming to have multiple restaurants,


As the sun starts to shine stronger on The Plains, there will be more than chilly Auburn students turning out to bask in it. There will also be vibrant Auburn flowers. Dogwoods, azaleas, jonquils and hydrangeas are a few examples of the spring blooms that bring additional color to Auburn beside the traditional orange and blue. To showcase Auburn’s flora, a trail was designated more than 15 years ago throughout the city to direct drivers where some of the more colorful patches of landscaping had been done. “It’s festive in this time of the year,” said John

Wild, president of the AuburnOpelika Tourism Bureau, “like around Christmastime people are driving around looking at the lights.” However, unlike Christmas, which comes the same time every year, scheduling the opening of the Auburn Floral Trail involves a lot of guesswork. The opening of the trail was traditionally scheduled to happen near ADay, but this year the date was changed to March 18, said Robert Crittenden of the Auburn Floral Trail committee. While it is called a trail, the tour better accommodates vehicles than pedestrians. It consists of approximately 14 miles of Auburn streets, Crittenden said, most of which run through neighborhoods. One year the trail was 22 miles, but Crittenden said that was too

long. Some of the residents who live in neighborhoods the trail runs through say they enjoy that the Auburn Beautification Council designates a trail of floral sights in and through Auburn. “I think it’s a wonderful idea,” said Homer Turner of Cary Drive. “I applaud it. (My wife and I) just feel like it’s a responsibility of all people to keep a decent-looking yard.” Turner, whose yard has jonquils on the lawn, dark violet pansies by the mailbox and muscadine grape vines on the brick lampposts, said he enjoys making his yard beautiful. Turner said he appreciates when people drive past his yard and tell him how much they admire it. “It makes you feel good, like your little corner of the world looks nice,” Turner said. However, at 82 he said he can’t actively maintain it. He contracts the fertilizing and mowing out to a company. But his wife likes to > Turn to TRAIL, A8

clothing stores, a movie theater and possibly a hotel. “Right now nothing is ready to be announced,” Duggan said. “And typically until everything, every bit of paperwork is signed, you won’t hear any announcements.” The progress of the development depends largely on the economy. Duggan said if a national chain is involved, the decision will lay on whether Auburn is the appropriate market size and demographic, as well as the income levels and amount of disposable income in the area. One benefit of West Pace Village both the city and developers agreed on is the first 13 cents of every tax dollar going to the public schools in Auburn. “This needed to happen to be able to attract national retailers,” Hayley said. “There is a number of national re-

tailers that are out there. We are looking forward to courting, recruiting and trying to get them to the best town in Alabama and the best town in the South, in my opinion.” Even though the development has already been worked on for 2-3 years, its completion may take a while. “We were plowing new ground from day one,” said Mayor Bill Ham. “There has been an incredible amount of time that has gone into this.” But, no one knows how long it will take West Pace Village to fully come together. “We’ve talked in terms of years,” Duggan said. “It may take 10 years to build a development of this size.” Developers are hopeful in the coming weeks that they will hear from businesses interested in locating to the area.

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Bushes planted on the islands in front of Samford Hall are being replaced to prevent pedestrians from jaywalking across College Street.

• Crosswalks throughout Auburn have been repainted to be more visible. • Two signs reminding drivers they are required to stop for pedestrians who are crossing the crosswalk have been added to the seven crosswalks on Magnolia Avenue. • Temporary lights have been added to the south side of Magnolia Avenue at some of the crosswalks to improve visibility. • Bushes on the islands in front of Samford Hall will be replaced with prickly holly bushes to prevent pedestrians from jaywalking across College Street.

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Peanut-allergy sufferers may get to toss EpiPens ASHLEE WOOD WRITER

Baseball stadiums host an all-American pastime, but for some they are also host an all-American terror. Peanuts. The ground-grown legumes strike fear into the hearts of thousands of peanut-allergy suffers every day. “Allergic reactions to peanuts by those who suffer such allergies tend to be very severe and can be triggered by even minimal exposure to peanuts,” said Dr. Scott Sanford, USDA director of Fibers, Peanuts and Tobacco Analysis. However, people can be allergic to peanuts and not tree nuts because peanuts are legumes, not nuts, said Dr. Sarah LegorburuSelem, a pediatrician who concentrates on allergies. It is the most common food allergy in the U.S., Legorburu-Selem said. However, researchers in England think they have

found a long-term cure to the problem. “The prospect for a possible cure for peanut allergies is very exciting news for sufferers, parents of allergic children, peanut growers/manufacturers and all who enjoy peanut products,” Sanford said. The treatment being developed involves exposing children with peanut allergies to small doses of peanut flour until they can build their immunity to peanuts, Sanford said. “So far, the treatment has been effective in allowing patients to ingest a small amount of peanuts,” Sanford said. “Success is defined as ingesting up to 32 peanuts without going into anaphylactic shock.” Minimal exposure such as someone opening a bag of peanuts several rows back on an airplane or eating products that were produced on manufacturing equipment that handles peanuts can trigger reactions, Sanford said. “I used to be allergic to

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peanuts so much that I could not be around them, but I outgrew that,” said Katie Miller, senior in fashion design. “The allergic reaction is only by eating them now.” After learning the hard way, Miller now carries two EpiPen’s, which provide an emergency autoinjection of epinephrine, on her at all times. The



With the addition of Smiths Station High School into the Advanced Placement Training and Inventive Program, students will have a monetary motive to heed the 8 a.m. bell. Smiths Station, along with 20 other high schools, was chosen to participate in the program to increase the amount of advanced placement courses in math, science and English offered by the schools. The funding for the initiative is the result of a public-private partnership that includes $1.3 million this year from the state, a $13.2 million grant from the National Math and Science Initiative and additional matching funds from private donors, according to a press release from Governor Bob Riley’s office.

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of all allergies, LegorburuSelem said. “With any food allergy there are different symptoms,” Legorburu-Selem said. “Various reactions include swelling of the lips, tongue and throat, stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, rashes, asthma attacks or eye infections.” According to Legorburu-Selem, the worst reac-

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injection is vital because if she were to eat a peanut, her throat would close and keep her from breathing. Miller said she takes a Zyrtec if she has a swelling reaction. If that fails, she uses an EpiPen then immediately goes to the hospital to make sure the treatment worked. The peanut allergy has the highest mortality rate

tion is the anaphylaxis attack, the rapid onset of a whole-body allergic reaction that is both painful and life threatening. “The only safe treatment right now is to completely stay away from peanuts,” Legorburu-Selem said. “Typically, the more you’re exposed to them, the more severe the symptoms each time.” Finding a cure is a lifechanging event for many people, Sanford said. “People can now go out to eat at restaurants and enjoy everyday treats without fear of a potentially fatal reaction,” Sanford said. If the treatment were successful, the stresses of asking about everything on the menu and worrying about forgetting to bring EpiPens with her everyday would be eliminated, Miller said. “If they found a cure I would definitely be the most relieved person in the world,” Miller said. “I could finally eat at Chickfil-A. Life would be good.”

The program offers incentives for both teachers and students. For every score of three, four or five earned on an AP exam, students will receive $100, said Jason Yohn, principal of Smiths Station High School. “We hope to make it so enticing,” said Darren Douthitt, assistant superintendent of secondary curriculum, “that not only the administrators and teachers, but the students and parents, start requesting these opportunities.” The grant came as a collaborative effort between the Alabama initiative and the A+ College ready initiative, Yohn said. The A+ College Ready program is intended to bring college level course work through advanced placement to underserved areas and underserved populations, said Tommy Bice, deputy state superintendent.

When Yohn took over as principal there were only two advanced placement classes at Smiths Station—both used more for dual enrollment purposes. “I want our kids to be able to compete with kids from all schools across the state, especially in the Southeast,” Yohn said, “and you can't do that with two classes.” Smiths Station has added five more advanced placement classes and is looking to add two more next year with the help of the initiative, Yohn said. “I want to pursue adding more AP courses that are not involved in this grant, arts and foreign languages,” Yohn said. “I want us to build 15 AP programs in the next few years.” Douthitt said he thinks that the money being provided to Smiths Station will go a long way toward bringing the rigor back to

the high school’s curriculum. “This will be an opportunity for Smiths Station to model what ought to exist in every high school on some level,” Douthitt said. “The impact of this program will be felt over the next 10 to 15 years if it continues and if we can sustain it.” Making students aware of how beneficial taking AP courses can be is something that will be very important to the success of the programs, Yohn said. “We are trying to stretch the curriculum into the junior high to have a vertical alignment,” Yohn said, “so when our kids get here in ninth grade they are fully aware of the path they can take into that aspect.” Bice said he thinks the grant will help Smiths Station act as a model for the other schools in Lee County and the surrounding areas.

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Library focuses on fun during break DAVID NORWOOD ASSISTANT MULTIMEDIA EDITOR

Spending spring break in a library may not sound like an ideal vacation, but for Eve Kneeland and hundreds of students from Auburn City schools, it was four days filled with fun and games. “It’s a much more casual week for us and we’re not worried about helping the kids with their afterschool homework,” said Kneeland, head of youth services for Auburn Public Library. “Our normal afternoon would be working with them on the computers or working with them on their homework, so this is a nice change for us as well.” Kneeland’s schedule of special activities included hula hooping and an anime movie day Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday featured board games, video games and a murder mystery for children to solve using clues in the library. Kneeland said the attendance grew on each day of the week as more children returned from early vacations and the stormy weather forced them inside. The spring break afternoon programs were held


Todd Daniell plays checkers with his daughter Maddie in the children’s section of the Auburn Public Library Thursday afternoon during spring break.

in conjunction with the library’s normal weekly programs, which Kneeland said made for a very busy week. “Honestly, we are every bit as busy in this library as Birmingham Public (Library) or Huntsville Public Library,” Kneeland said. “We are doing the same kinds of programming that they are doing, so we’re right on par with those larger libraries in what we happening here in Auburn Public in the youth services area.” The trend of public li-

braries as community centers is a recent one. Kneeland attributed this to the economic downturn, as parents are forced to find more creative ways to keep children entertained than taking them to the beach or dropping them off at the mall. While the library now owns several Nintendo Wiis and a robust DVD collection, Kneeland said the new programs are all part of getting young people to the library. “The profession itself is changing, because our fo-

cus is changing on what we do as librarians,” Kneeland said. “There’s a lot more electronic entertainment, as well as the books themselves, with the e-books and Kindle and downloadable books.” Cynthia Ledbetter, youth services library assistant, was positive about the effect of Wednesday’s gaming day. “It gets the kids in here and once they start coming and they think it’s a fun place to be, then they keep coming,” Ledbetter said. “Then they check out

books and use our other resources.” Victoria Lam, Auburn High junior and library ambassador, is one person who benefitted from the library’s programs. Lam started coming to the library to read when she was younger and became friends with Kneeland. Now she volunteers to help with many of the library’s programs and other duties like shelving and assisting patrons. “I think we’ve had a great turnout,” Lam said.

“We’ve had a lot of people all of the days.” Kneeland estimated attendance increased throughout the week. She estimated there were approximately 300 Wednesday. “We are trying very hard to include everybody here at some point, in some way, in something that they would be familiar with and that they would be able to relate to and make them feel like they’re part of this community here in Auburn,” Kneeland said.

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This week, the Editorial Board failed to reach a clear majority on the passage of H.R. 4872 (The Health Care and Education Act of 2010). Both sides’ views are displayed below for your consideration. Our View

Health care bill brings hope for years to come H.R. 4872 represents a monumental change for this country, a change some of us feel is much needed and long overdue. If implemented in its current form, the bill will allow 32 million more Americans to be able to afford health insurance, granting 95 percent of our citizenry health coverage. It’s not perfect, but it’s an admirable start. The legislation also makes way for children to stay on their parents’ insurance policies until age 26–good news for students like us. By 2014, insurance companies will no longer to be able to bar individuals from receiving insurance due to pre-exisiting medical conditions. Being denied coverage for having illnesses as simple as asthma is an abhorrent practice, and we’re happy to see the government helping to bring an end to it. With more citizens able to afford insurance, there will no doubt be an increase in the amount of patients seeking medical attention, as the poor and forgotten are finally able to come out of

the shadows and seek treatment. Opponents of this bill worry that doctor’s offices will be overflowing with sick poor people, but why is that a bad thing? If people are able to seek medical attention for ailments before they become more serious medical issues, it will help to lessen costly treatments and hospital stays further down the line. An ounce of preventative care is worth thousands of dollars in insurance premiums and fees down the road. Ultimately, we are judged as a society by how we treat the members of our nation who are the lesser-thans, the have-nots. Our government stepping up to help aid its citizens is a just quest. This bill is a promise to generations of future Americans that our government is invested in its citizens’ health and well being. It harkens the start of an era where each and every American can truly enjoy the benefits of good health. We are slouching towards equality, knowing a cause seeking to improve the lives of all Americans shall never fail.

Bill a slippery slope to socialism We hardly know where to begin in stating our opposition to H.R. 4872. While we do not take joy in the plight of uninsured Americans, this bill has too many problems to be allowed to survive. These potential new policies simply come at much too high a cost. The insurance mandate, the part of the bill that will eventually require almost 95 percent of Americans to have insurance, gives us pause. Can the federal government truly force a citizen to purchase insurance if they don’t wish to have it? We certainly hope they don’t have that power. Some of us greatly worry about the punitive taxes put on small businesses unable to provide health care for their employees. Possible fees of up to $2,000 per employee don’t sound unbearable, but a small business with a paltry 20 employees could be looking at a $40,000 penalty. As numerous politicians of both parties have told us, small businesses are the backbone of the American economy, so why is Congress supporting legislation that could bleed those businesses dry? The presidential order drafted to

limit federal abortion funding as an appeasement for pro-life Democrats like Bart Stupak (D-MI) is laughable, as presidential orders can be rescinded as easily as they are created. If enough pressure is exerted from pro-choice groups, we could easily see the end of long-standing federal policy in place to stop federal funds from being used for abortions. With Congress’ passage of H.R. 4872, America stands at the edge of a dark and frightening era, an era in which the federal government will have greater authority and power over its citizens’ health. We’re glad the attorneys general of several states have moved to stop the bill from being enacted, and we hope they succeed in their efforts. We envision a future where the government could easily tell you what doctor to visit and what treatment you will receive. Doctors’ offices and health facilities will be swarmed with logjams of patients, making it nearly impossible to seek quality treatment from a doctor. America has always prided itself in being a nation founded on personal freedoms and liberties. This bill seeks to limit those freedoms, and we pray it will not stand.

Tourist season. I feel like I can smell them coming. As a native Sarasota, Floridian it’s a gift I’m somewhat proud to have. According to most Auburn students, spring break is a time for Destin’s antics including: throwing around a fratty frisbee, sunbathing, taking cute pictures and calling it a day. Destin was indeed full of Auburn students and college-aged kids in general. The atmosphere was great and who doesn’t like a good time, right? I mean, I may or may not be wearing a shirt that says DJ Porta-Party while writing this ... but that’s beside the point. After said trip I took a journey on home to visit the folks in Sarasota, Fla., home of one of the top ranked beaches in the US of A, Siesta Key. Guess what comes right along with it?! You guessed it: the fanny pack. The neon hat reading the city’s name. The middle aged and

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mildly overweight female rocking the curly mullet. Oh yes, and the green chipped ’91 Taurus with a bumper sticker reading: “My child was reader of the week at Southside Elementary.” My personal favorite however, is the F-650 with smoke stacks, hunting stickers and a grill that could take out not one deer, but a family. You’re driving in one of the flattest places on the planet. Wanna kill an animal? Be my guest shooting the seagulls. I’m convinced they are rats with wings anyway. Speaking of unnecessary driving, did you know the speed limit at the beach is a steady four miles per hour? I suppose I forgot about

Carolyn Rush is assistant photo editor of The Auburn Plainsman. You can reach her at 844-9109.

The world is in you Some people are put off by those who are different from them. They don’t care for people of other religions, races or sexual preferences. Personally, I think that’s what makes the world such a wonderful place. How boring would it be if we were all the same? Diversity helps you challenge and evaluate your own views. Looking at the world from someone else’s standpoint can either strengthen your position or give you the opportunity to become more open-minded. I can’t speak for other religions, but Christians are taught that God made us all in His image. That statement applies to every individual, not just those whom we like. At the end of the day, we’re all just people. Each of us has our own hopes, dreams and aspirations. Who’s to say one person is better than another? I bought a “world peace” bracelet on a whim at the bookstore the other day. Proceeds go to charity, and it was a worthy cause. I have found the bracelet serves a similar purpose as those WWJD bracelets we all wore in elementary school. It reminds me that there are bigger problems in the world than my own, and the only way to spread

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peace is to live by it myself. I’m not saying that I’m perfect. I’ve judged others plenty of times. But I’m recognizing that’s not the way I want to live my life. Being more open-minded is a goal I’ve set for myself, one that I’m continuing to work on. I’ve recently become a fan of Deepak Chopra. I bought his work “The Book of Secrets.” It has had a great influence over how I view my own life. One line of the book that really stands out to me reads, “You are not in the world, the world is in you.” He explains the statement by saying everything we see, everything we perceive, is simply the result of electrical signals relayed to the brain. I guess you could interpret that statement in a variety of ways. For myself, I look at it as a reminder that everyone views the world differently. There’s no right or wrong

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the hubbub a beach can really be. I was thinking, “Oh, no college students have my spring break, and it’s a Thursday morning…” Wrong Carolyn, so very wrong. Thirty minutes of bumper to bumper and I was about to jump a curb and cause some serious havoc. Some call them tourists; personally I think “snowbird” is really more dead on. Throughout the spring and the summer our town is infiltrated with them. Like, Ontario, really? Did it take you half of the winter to trek down the country to get here? At least they are diligent in getting what they want, when they want it and with the right amount of ketchup all over it. Snowbirds, I salute your aggressive, obnoxious behavior. Just stay off the roads and inside your pastel-inspired condo.

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answer to how things should be, and having different perceptions is OK. We’re created as individuals, not mindless clones. Furthermore, we have the power to change the world through changing ourselves. This concept recently inspired me to create a blog, which can be found at spreadinglovenow. I actually created it for my own use because I’m best able to explore ideas through writing them. But if another person can get something out of it, more power to them. But I digress. What I’m trying to get at is that it’s OK to be different. After all, who’s “normal?” We should value the differences between ourselves and others, and work to be more openminded. This isn’t to say you need to change your own opinions, but at least become accepting of the opinions of others. In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Laura Maxwell is assistant campus editor of The Auburn Plainsman. You can reach her at 844-9109.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Found hope, dreams in the concrete jungle

Lindsey Davidson

I’ve found a new home. It just happens to be with 8,363,710 other adventurers in the city. With buildings ranging from 102 stories to stores beginning underground, I found my place in between. Times Square had the candy and jewels to offer. The big ads and lights suck you in and it’s initially exciting to stand amidst the chaos of it all. But, heading south toward Greenwich Village is where the magic truly happens.

People are living their lives and achieving their dreams one studio apartment at a time. Carrying on conversations with the locals who have found their niche and to know enthusiasts have accomplished even the smallest of their dreams by surviving with the expenses and distractions is inspiring. I spoke with a cashier at Magnolia Bakery on 5th Avenue who was working three jobs and had been living in the city for seven months so far. He didn’t have a minute to spare socially, but couldn’t be more content with his new lifestyle. The realization hit me while watching people shop in the Whole Foods and struggling to put all their groceries in their little baskets tied to their bicycles. The talent of keeping balance while dodging

the yellow monster was astonishing. I’m the kind of person that falls walking up stairs, but I could adapt. Before venturing to the Big Apple, I had one family member share his strip club stories and getting ripped off by the dancer and bouncers. Not really advice I needed, but I’ll take it. I have my more Southern family members who won’t enter the city limits because of fear of discrimination. But the mix of culture is overwhelming. I don’t want to be the sheltered “country meets city” person, but the ability to walk down the streets and hear English, Mandarin, French and Spanish between 52nd and 5th is enlightening. In the elevator at Tiffany’s, the (tour guy) said his spiel and directions in four languages to accommodate everyone. The subways were a

foreign language of their own. I’m used to the 8-track Marta that labels everything by the actual location. Someone felt the need to mix four letters together and randomly take them out on the yellow and very similar orange lines. I’m proud to say I became literate of the F-V by the time we left. It did take us straight to Chinatown, the best food I have ever eaten. The maneuvering through the Rolex calls can be a little tricky, but the sesame chicken (hopefully) was worth it. The best part of the trip cannot go without mention. If you can live in a city where you can waltz into the GLAAD afterparty at any point with an open bar, I’m sold. Lindsey Davidson is editor of The Auburn Plainsman. You can reach her at 844-9109.

“The very first time you do it for a new class, it’s a little nerveracking, but from then on, it’s fine.” -Kate Peek, junior in nutrition and dietetics, on nude modeling for art classes See the story “Nude art teaches anatomy” on B1 to learn more.

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Opting out of the third-party system will save doctor-patient relationship Editor, The Auburn Plainsman Now that the Senate version of ObamaCare is moments from becoming the law of the land, we need strategies to safeguard the doctor-patient relationship from government intrusion. The most effective approach is for both patients and physicians to opt out of the third party payment system. From the patients’ perspective, opting out makes sense. Insurance companies will not be allowed to deny care for pre-existing conditions. Thus, even if the individual mandate is not thrown out on constitutional grounds, it will be smarter to pay the penalty, not buy insurance, and put as much money as possible into a health savings account. Prompt excellent medical care can readily be found in the burgeoning free market. Prices should be transparent to facilitate comparison shopping. Physicians have an ethical obligation to use their skills and training for the betterment of our patients, and to pass this art to the next generation.

For those who choose to remain in practice, opting out of third party payment will be an increasingly attractive option. Accepting payment directly from the insurer is a relatively recent aberration in the long history of the profession. There was never a crisis in access to doctors’ services in the pre-Medicare/Medicaid era. Physician fees were usual, customary and reasonable. Doctors charged well-heeled patients a bit more and those less well off a bit less. Pro bono care was a part of every practice. There was, and still is, competition between physicians for patients, and this restrained charges. Patients valued the doctors’ time and vice verse. Doctors worked exclusively for the patient and were their strong advocates. There was a high degree of trust and medical care was used selectively. Direct third party physician payment changed all of this for the worse. Initially, doctors “accepted assignment” as a courtesy. Medicare eventually required participating physicians to agree to this. Over the years, it became the norm. This was, in some ways, convenient to patient and physician. But by insulating both from the true costs of care, it led to overutilization and massive increases in health care spending. Payers responded with price controls and attempts to micromanage medical decision-making such as managed care, and its new version, pay-for-performance. Price controls on physicians drove volume increases that resulted in overall spending escalation. Higher volume inevitably impacts quality of care. No “quality improvement” measures can adequately compensate for this. Widespread opting out of the third party payment system will lead to lower utilization with huge cost savings. There is no more efficient model than direct pay since

it eliminates the middleman for the majority of charges. Office costs are dramatically reduced when third party billing is abandoned. By setting their own rates, doctors will be in control of their time and patient volume would decrease. Quality of care would improve, again saving money. The doctor-patient relationship, arguably the essential ingredient to cure and comfort, would be strengthened. The immediate objection to opting out is that not everyone can afford to pay at time of service. The same argument could be made for dental and legal care (Note the absence of crises in the delivery of cosmetic surgery, dental, veterinary, and legal care---all outside third party systems). We have simply become accustomed to having “someone else” pay. Another frequent objection is that some patients will not go for needed care if they must lay out money. This is easy to assert and impossible to disprove, but should bureaucrats make these decisions? This, plus unsustainable overuse of the system, are the inevitable alternatives. Universal coverage will complete the move toward centrally-controlled care. Practice will be directed (i.e. rationed) by federal committees using practice guidelines, “pay-for-performance,” and the electronic health record. Individualized care and medical confidentiality will slowly disappear. Importantly for the administration and Congress, more citizens will become dependent on government largesse. Doctors and other providers will become government employees, and be subject to its whims. It is now left to individual physicians and patients to act in their own interests, and to defend the medical profession and doctor-patient relationship from government intrusion, and ultimately, destruction. It is time to opt out. Dr. Richard Amerling New York, NY

Couple believes recent religious, political events show beginnings of the ‘end of religion,’ biblical end of days Editor, The Auburn Plainsman From pedophile priests through to acts of terrorism, religion makes daily news for all the wrong reasons. Consistent with its history, religion continues to create problems rather than solutions. Supported by organized atheistic campaigns, hate crime laws are now being introduced to silence the Bible’s view on homosexuality being preached. Ironically, Jehovah’s Witnesses quote scripture to preach that religion worldwide is soon to be destroyed by political elements; this with God’s blessing for the way religion has misrepresented him - Revelation 17:15-18; 18:5,24. One cannot help but wonder if the writing is already on the wall. Malcolm and Heather Loveland

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mals in Antarctica. Janosik, graduate candidate in biology, has been to the South Pole twice. She returned from her most recent trip in January. “It really wasn’t what I expected at all,” Janosik said. “It was such an adventure, stunning landscapes, amazing animals, pretty much the trip of a lifetime.” As part of her graduate research Janosik studies invertebrates and how their populations are structured around the Antarctic. But Janosik said her time at the South Pole wasn’t all sitting behind a computer and studying sea cucumber DNA. She also got to go ice-

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Alexis Janosik, graduate candidate in biology, holding one of the sea stars she collects in Antarctica for her research.

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plant flowers in the spring, Turner said. In order to create the trail Crittenden said he and his wife, with whom he forms the Auburn Floral Trail Committee, look at an older version of the trail and then tweak it to create each year’s trail. However, the committee has to take a few things into consideration when forming the trail. It cannot run through culs-de-sac and drivers on the trail must have a continuous flow of traffic. Crittenden said this is because tour groups will sometimes drive their buses along the trail and they need to be able to navigate the streets. While there may not

be a lot to see on the trail now, Crittenden anticipates there will be more flowers blooming soon. The trail is divided into a north and a south section. The two trails are joined by College Street. The north trail is 3.4 miles long and the south is 10.5 miles long. Maps of the trail are available at the The Auburn Alumni Center, the Auburn-Opelika Tourism Center and hotels around Auburn. “I want people to appreciate our city as much as I do and I love flowers,” Crittenden said about why he helps designate the trail. “(The purpose is) to showcase the flora of the city of Auburn and the homes just let people see that Auburn is a beautiful city to see and live.”

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While most students found themselves stuck in class anxiously awaiting the end of the fall semester last November, Alexis Janosik was on a ship collecting invertebrate ani-

The second time, she climbing, mountaineering went as a researcher with and hiking. “It’s not only devoted the British Antarctic Surto scientific research, but vey. During her first trip it’s really enjoyable to Janosik was be there,” Janosik in AntarctiCheck said. “It’s a ca in nearonline for winter so it great sort of little video coverage was either commudusk or of this story. nity, there dark all day. are lots of But when things to do, and everyone she went back it was altakes time to work hard most summer so the sun and do their research, but shone all day. also to have some fun and “When it’s dark all the do some exciting things.” time you get amazing sunShe first got the oppor- sets and amazing stars, so tunity to go when her re- that’s really cool,” Janosik search adviser received a said. “But when it’s light all grant to travel to Antarc- the time you can just work tica and he brought her whenever because it’s sunalong. ny all the time.”

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Members of the mission team pose with Nicaraguan children.



McKenna Hicks poses with a few of the children she interacted with on the mission trip.

Alex Miranda and Lana Kirkland, members of the mission team, clean a Nicaraguan girl’s hair.

Brighter horizons for Nicaragua Auburn students bring clothing, food to the Nicaraguan people JILLIAN CLAIR STAFF REPORTER

Families in La Chureca, Nicaragua, live in a giant trash dump and survive on the small amounts of money they receive from recycling reusable materials from the trash. A group of Auburn students made the trek to La Chureca to to help the citizens and expand their horizons. “The real goal of this trip was to really feed these kids, and not just physically—feed them physically, emotionally, intellec-

tually and spiritually,” said Mark Chuckney, senior in international business who led the group through an organization called Frontier Horizon. “I’m not into building stuff, but I am into relationships. What these kids really need is love and just to know that people care about them.” Chuckney said 65 students from several different universities went on the trip, and the team focused on building relationships with people and providing for their needs. “Every day, what they do is they dig through the trash,” Chuckney said. “Hospitals come

and dump biohazard bags with syringes, bedpans—you name it, it happens.” Many of the residents of La Chureca inhale glue to curb the pangs of hunger, Chuckney said. Each day, the team planned fun activities for kids and teenagers in the and around the La Chureca area. The team took 80 children to the beach, rented out a club and hosted a dance party and dinner for more than 100 prostitutes, took a group of children to a volcano and gave makeovers to young girls who live in the La Chureca area.

The team also put plastic roofs on houses in La Chureca, removed lice from more than 160 children’s hair and worked in an infant orphanage. Each member of the team packed two 50-pound suitcases of clothing to donate. Five thousand pounds of clothing were donated, Chuckney said. “This team was so selfless in the way they served,” Chuckney said. “I saw over 65 people from all different colleges, towns, backgrounds and upbringings just come together as one body.” Lindsay Chuckney, sophomore in pre-nursing and co-

planner of the trip, said she saw one woman who represented the saddest side of poverty. “She had a little cup of glue kind of cupped into her bra, sniffing it, and she was really just very high,” Lindsay said. “She came up to us and started kissing everyone and then she reached out a Bible out of nowhere and was just crying and talking crazy Spanish.” Lindsay said many times working with children in poverty is a joyous task because they are grateful, smiling and laughing, > Turn to MISSION, B2

Solid ships above water Engineers place top three in concrete canoe competition LAURA MAXWELL ASSISTANT CAMPUS EDITOR

Racing concrete canoes might not sound like a productive activity, but for Auburn civil engineering students it’s a matter of sink or swim. Call it home field advantage, but Auburn’s civil engineering students ranked in the top three of four competitions at the 2010 Southeast Regional Conference last week. The competition was hosted by the Auburn


Richard Jannett and Joshua Brown build a steel bridge at the Southeast Regional Conference last weekend. The Auburn team placed third in the other event at the conference, the concrete canoe racing competition.

branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Civil engineers from throughout the region participated in the event. McCormick said this year was different for Auburn. Because Auburn students were busy planning the event, they were unable to focus as much on competing. Many people involved in planning were not allowed to compete. “Of the 29 people ( from Auburn) that went to conference, only seven of

them ever went to conference before,” McCormick said. McCormick said she was proud of how well Auburn did in the conference. “We’ve got about 776 students attending this year,” said Sarah Alexander, senior in civil engineering. “There are 25 schools total this year, including Auburn.” Natalie McCormick, senior in civil engineering and president of the ASCE > Turn to ENGINEERS, B2

Carley Gillialand, junior in art and English, sketches a nude model in figure drawing class. The class focuses on accurate representation of objects based on proportion.

Nude art teaches anatomy ERIC AUSTIN WRITER

Imagine what occurs in a class called Arts 2110: “Figure Drawing.” For the average student with no experience or information about the class, “That One Where You Draw Naked People” may be a more accurate title. Students who actually take Professor Jeffrey Lewis’ course quickly realize it is about much more. “My approach is academic,” Lewis said. “Being able to establish an accurate representation of what is in front of them.” Lewis has been teaching the course for 22 years at Auburn, but is has not gone unchanged.

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“When we were on the quarter system, we had three different courses,” Lewis said. “One was figure, one was anatomy and another was expressive.” Lewis said the current “Figure Drawing” incorporates all three of these elements. Thus, students work to achieve a mastery of the complete human form. They focus on the skeleton and some muscular aspects of the body and are judged by Lewis based on Renaissance ideals. “I stress proportions.” Lewis said. Though the students must present an accurate representation of the models, Lewis also stressed the importance of > Turn to CLASS, B2

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branch at Auburn, was one of the participants in the concrete canoe competition at the conference last week. On the first day of the conference, participants give formal presentations explaining the process of how the canoe was designed and created. McCormick said the design phase includes creating the mold, pouring the concrete and actually building the concrete boat. The canoes are then judged on display and aesthetics, McCormick said. “There are different ways you can design the concrete,� McCormick said. While concrete does not normally float, lighter ma-

terials and more air pockets can be used to make the concrete float, McCormick said. McCormick’s canoe weighed about 175 pounds. On the second day, the canoes are pushed into the water and raced, all hoping the solidified skiff doesn’t take on water. “We will be in the concrete canoe paddling our little hearts out,� McCormick said the day before the race. This year the teams went to West Point Lake in Georgia to race, as there was no suitable place to hold this competition in Auburn. Canoe races included men’s and women’s endurance, sprint races, men’s and women’s heat (which involved two participants

of the respective genders) and coed heat (which consists of two men and two women). Another competition at the conference was the construction competition. “It’s a simulated project,� said Ralph Locurcio, a faculty adviser for Florida Tech’s team. Participants were divided into three groups: engineering designers, materials manufacturers and contractors. Projects had to be designed using specific materials. Participants were not told which materials would be used until the design part of the competition began. Communication was not allowed among team members of different

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the artists finding their own â&#x20AC;&#x153;voice.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;You use your own hand,â&#x20AC;? said Carley Gilliland, junior in art and English. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every time I try to bring in a new element.â&#x20AC;? The students enjoy Lewisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; appreciation of their own interpretation. They also enjoy the class as a whole. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s laid back,â&#x20AC;? said Nicholas Norman, sophomore in fine art. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He lets you find your own thing. He advises while you build your own type of work.â&#x20AC;?

While the students said they see the artistic benefits from the course in their sketching, the models take much from the course as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve really learned to focus on my own energy and not just provide good poses for the artists,â&#x20AC;? said Kate Peek, junior in nutrition and dietetics. Peek has been modeling in the class for three years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very liberating,â&#x20AC;? Peek said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;knowing that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in a safe environment. The very first time you do it for a new class, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little nerve-racking, but from then on, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fine.â&#x20AC;?

groups to ensure all competitors would be on an even playing field. They allowed five questions to be asked by contractors and had runners to ask designers the questions, Locurcio said. Alexander said the designs were judged on five categories, following all rules, difficulty of design, following design, aesthetics or visual appearance and creativity. Though Auburn students did not place in the concrete canoe or construction competitions, they did not go home without recognition. Auburn placed first in the transportation competition and third place in the professional paper, concrete beam and steel bridge stiffness categories.


but meeting this woman showed the team the dark side of poverty. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of people cried because it was just really sad to see someone who is just out of their mind,â&#x20AC;? Lindsay said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a big eye-opener for a lot of people.â&#x20AC;? The happiest moment of the trip for Lindsay was the night the girls on the team brought 50 girls from La Chureca to their hotel rooms and gave them makeovers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We brought down a lot of dresses and each girl got to pick out one dress and feel pretty for once in their life,â&#x20AC;? Lindsay said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By the end of the night they were so happy.â&#x20AC;? Mo Wright, senior in secondary social sciences education, said the trip has changed her outlook on life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just going to walk through life and realize that everything that happens is miniscule compared to the way some people have to live everyday,â&#x20AC;? Wright said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My worst day is better than any day that they could even imagine.â&#x20AC;? Another trip will be led by Lindsay next spring break and information about how to participate will be available through Facebook in the coming fall.

Gilliland recognizes this as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Going in, you hear jokes and stuff from your friends,â&#x20AC;? Gilliland said, referring to the nudity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s truly a very respectful and professional experience.â&#x20AC;? Lewis challenges his students in more ways than the accuracy of the sketch. Amanda Collins, junior in graphic design, got a lot out of the activities that Lewis had the students perform in the beginning of the year, particularly a one-minute sketch. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The class has really

helped me sketch better and faster at the same time,â&#x20AC;? Collins said. Lewis recognizes there is not one particular way to sketch a human body. Though each student must be accurate, like the great artists, he realizes each stresses his or her own facet and puts individual personality into the sketch. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seurat focused on value and texture rather than line, and thus we got pointillism,â&#x20AC;? Lewis said., â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of my students focus on tone, some on value, some on emotion, and I try to look out for that and encourage it when I see it.â&#x20AC;?

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Alpha week encourages faith, service JILLIAN CLAIR STAFF REPORTER

The Omicron Kappa chapter of Alpha Psi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will complete more than 30 hours of community service and sponsor events for Auburn students to participate in this week as a part of its annual Alpha Week event. Alpha Week began Sunday, and the entire chapter attended church together, said Clearthur Billigsley, junior in civil engineering. “Sunday, we went to Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, and we had a large turnout,” said Antonio Fortson, senior in marketing and theatre. “A lot of students came out and worshipped with us, and afterward we had a dinner at one of the brothers’ house and we had a good turnout with a lot of fellowship.” Billingsley said the Christian faith is important to all the members of Alpha Psi Alpha, and they wanted to begin the week by worshipping the one

true God. The community service began Monday. “We’re a service organization, and we pride ourselves in mainly being scholarship and love for all mankind, so every event we do this week will somehow tie back to that,” said Joshua Agee, sophomore in political science. “We’re doing a lot of community service this week.” Monday, Alpha Psi Alpha held a voter registration drive. “We had a total of 200 people who registered to vote in this local area,” Fortson said. “We had places set up at WinnDixie, J&M Bookstore and also at Walmart here in Auburn and in Opelika.” Billingsley said voter registration is a program put on by members of Alpha Psi Alpha all over the country. “One of our national programs is called ‘A Voteless People is a Hopeless People,’ so we always want to extend that right to everyone,” Billingsley said. Tuesday, Alpha Psi Alpha hosted a blood drive


Elizabeth Peace, freshman in pre-nursing, donates blood during the community blood drive for Alpha Week.

from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Student Center. More than 20 people gave a pint of blood each, Fortson said. Tuesday night, the fraternity hosted a Battle of the Sexes night. “It’s basically a male versus female type outlook on relationships and things of that nature on Auburn’s campus as far as people who are in a relationship, people who are single—just all the differ-

ent aspects of relationships on Auburn’s campus,” Billingsley said. Wednesday, members of Alpha Psi Alpha visited Drake Middle School and encouraged students to stay in high school and to attend college. “Because of how the world is now, especially because of our struggling economy, you basically have to be the cream of the crop to have a stable job,” Billingsley said.

Making memories worth cost SARAH PHILLIPS STAFF REPORTER

Ask any sorority sister and she’ll say: you can’t put a price on good times, great memories and spring formals. For the next few Fridays, tanning beds will have customers filling up their entire waiting room. Nail salons will find themselves having up to one-hour waits with every pedicure chair and nail station full. “It’s the memories we make, not the money that we’ve spent,” said Jenny Zuniga, Kappa Kappa Gamma member and senior in Spanish. Jenna Roth, junior in communication disorders and social chair of Kappa Kappa Gamma, planned to hold the sororities’ Sapphire Ball, a biennial event, in Montgomery at the Capital City Club. “With it only being 45 minutes away without a time change, we are able to leave at a later time which will allow more time to get prepared after class ends,” Roth said. Zeta Tau Alpha’s social chair Taylor Dean arranged to have their White Violet formal, also biennial, in Montgomery’s Renaissance Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. “Freshmen, sophomores and juniors wear white,” Dean said. “Then the seniors wear turquoise.” Most sororities seem to take the

safe approach by traveling to the familiar Montgomery, but some venture out of state to find their venue. Delta Gamma’s president Annie Foster, junior in political science, said this year they are traveling to LaGrange’s Rivermill Event Centre for their formal. Jennifer Burak, social chair of Sigma Kappa, said she decided that Atlanta’s 755 Club at Turner Field would be a memorable location, although pricey. “I wanted to do something awesome and different, even if it meant giving up a couple socials,” Burak said. Not only will her members be able to experience the stadium’s elite club, but the empty, well-lit ballpark will also provide perfect picture opportunities. By traveling to Atlanta, many sisters may not have time to take pictures beforehand. Roth said pictures always become a priority with her members, rather than leaving on time to enjoy the location longer. After finding the venue, the biggest concern for social chairs is budgeting. Sigma Kappa’s unique formal is costing more than $21,000, but is budgeted through dues and can also be paid by inactives who want to go. “(The cost) is a couple thousand over what we usually spend on a

spring formal, but it will be worth it,” Burak said. In comparison, Kappa Kappa Gamma’s formal is going to cost close to $17,500. But even though Sigma Kappa’s price is higher, the food was not included with the venue. The cost was also included in dues and inactives participating. No matter where a sorority decides to travel, in accordance with most bylaws given by headquarters, all members must travel on a bus to get to their destination, which can increase the cost significantly. Sigma Kappa is having 350 people attend, including members and their dates, which is a basic estimate for sororities. Zeta is only expecting 200, but many members change their minds at the last minute. Roth’s usual minimum purchase of buses for events is $5,000 and the farther away, the more costly it gets. Bands are another important aspect of formals. This year, Zeta paid $6,000 for local favorite Az-Izz. After all of the money is spent and the night comes to end, Zuniga said the memories created make it worthwhile for the members of each sorority. “I still look back at my pictures from old formals,” Zuniga said. “I’ve loved each and every one of them.”

The fraternity members taught the students how to tie a tie and other skills needed to be ready to enter the business world, Billingsley said. Wednesday night, Alpha Psi Alpha members held “Homeless for a Day,” where they dressed and acted like the homeless and accepted clothing donations to give to the Salvation Army until 10 p.m., Billingsley said. Today is Ladies’ Appreciation Day for Alpha Psi Alpha. “Our fraternity has a motto, ‘upholding womanhood and uplifting womanhood to the best of our abilities,’” Billingsley said. “Anytime a girl doesn’t feel appreciated, we’ll compliment her in some kind of way.” Tonight, massages will be given to women by three members of the fraternity, Billingsley said. Members of Alpha Psi Alpha will also cook a meal for women tonight. Friday night there will be a cookout on campus as well as the kickball tournament at 5 p.m.

After these events, there will be an ’80s and ’90s party in the Foy ballroom at 10 p.m. Admission is $5, Billingsley said. Saturday morning, the fraternity will be helping with a Habitat For Humanity project. The fifth annual Alpha Psi Alpha fashion show and the first semiformal ball will be Saturday night in the Foy ballroom. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the fashion show will begin at 7 p.m. The ball will follow immediately thereafter. Tickets are on sale now in the Student Center for $8. This includes tickets to the fashion show and the ball as well as catering, Fortson said. The price at the door will be $15. “Everybody throws parties and everything, but we wanted to bring something different to Auburn,” Fortson said. “That’s why we’re having a ball—semiformal attire. We’ll have catering and a photographer on site; it’s going to be a real classy event.”

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Wednesday, March 31

College of Education/ LifeSouth Blood Drive 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Bloodmobile on the Concourse between Haley and Pharmacy

Lecture: “Passions for Nature,” the development of the Scientific Art of Natural History 5 p.m. - 8 p.m., Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art

Audubon’s Final Achievement: The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America Exhibition opens Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art

Education Dean’s Search Lecture by search candidate Dan Clay 2 p.m. - 3 p.m., 2116 Haley Center

Speaker: Blake Mycoskie, founder of Toms Shoes 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Student Center Ballroom

Campus Band Concert 6 p.m., Goodwin Music Building Band Hall

Art and Law: An Interdisciplinary Investigation Panel Discussion 3 p.m., Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art

2010 Hospitality Gala 6 p.m., The Hotel at Auburn and Dixon Conference Center

Open Student Forum: Dean of Education Candidate Dr. Dan Clay 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., 2116 Haley Center

Faculty Recital: Matthew Wood, Trombone 7:30 p.m., Goodwin Music Building Recital Hall

O-Board Meeting Submissions Due 4:45 p.m., 3137 Student Center

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Panel Discussion: Art & Law: An Interdisciplinary Investigation 3 p.m. - 4 p.m., Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art Book Talk--Virginia Van der Veer Hamilton 3 p.m. - 4 p.m., Special Collections and Archives Department, RBD Library “Moliere Than Thou” 5 p.m., 113A Lowder Guest Artist/Faculty Recital: Studio 5 7:30 p.m., Goodwin Music Building Recital Hall

Free Movie: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., Haley 2370

Friday, March 26 Public Symposium on the Wright Brothers and Aviation in Alabama 9 a.m., Alabama Department of Archives and History Boshell Diabetes Research Day First speaker: 10 a.m., Last speaker: 6:30 p.m., The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center

Sunday, March 28 Jog for Justice 5K 1 p.m. - 2 p.m., starting point: intersection of Mell and Thach CE Program Conference 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Walker Building, Auburn University Inaugural Alumnae Brunch 10 a.m. - noon, 2222 Student Center

Tuesday, March 30 SFWS Seminar: Dr. Becky Barlow 11 a.m. - noon, School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, Room 1101

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Thursday, April 1 Lecture: “The Body in Feminist Theory: Wittgensteinian Perspectives” 3 p.m., The Hotel at Auburn and Dixon Conference Center Summer Abroad in Shanghai, China 4 p.m., Foy 242

Spring Choral Concert 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Auburn United Methodist Church

College of Education Spring Awards Luncheon 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Student Center Ballroom

Egg-Stravaganza 4:45 p.m. - 9 p.m., Ag Heritage Park Alabama Farmers’ Pavilion

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

New Student Organization Orientation 3 p.m., 2227 Student Center

CLA Faculty Awards Ceremony 5 p.m., Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art

Wednesday, April 7 Ag Hill Picnic 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Comer Hall Lawn Adviser Certification 3 p.m., 2107 Student Center Digging Deeper 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., 112 Rouse Life Sciences Building Thursday, April 8 Ag Industry Day, career fair for high school students 10 a.m., Ag Heritage Park and the Ham Wilson Livestock Arena

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Community classes encourage quest for continual curriculum ASHLEY MARKS WRITER

One class at Auburn University: $798-$1572 and endless studying. One class via Auburnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Community Outreach Program: $40-$140 and self-generated interest. Finding that one hobby that makes you happy: priceless. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I chose the Lose Weight course because summer is coming up, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that time of year to get into shape,â&#x20AC;? said Alexandra Richards, an Auburn resident. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only $95, which is less than a gym membership and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always wanted to see what the Community Outreach Program is all about. I am not a student at Auburn and have a job so this seems like it would be a good way to take classes without actually being enrolled.â&#x20AC;? Matthew Batteh, junior in business, said he was encouraged to check out the program when he heard it offered 50-75 different noncredit courses. Batteh said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a simple way to enhance his knowledge without having the time commitment of adding another class. This program is put on by Auburnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office of Professional and Continuing Education. Courses include everything from computer to health, music to language and are open to non-student residents as well as students. "The courses seem to have a lot of variety to them,â&#x20AC;? Batteh said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One that I would be interested in taking would be the investments one, because this is a very important part of life, not just for someone in the busi-

ness field. I feel like these courses could be beneficial to add to your rĂŠsumĂŠ as well, because they are not standard college courses." Other classes that the University doesn't offer are made possible through the Outreach program. Some included courses are as wide-ranged as handgun safety for $60, photography for $65, gardening for $40 and even a dog obedience course for $135. Batteh said he thinks it's important to continue an education even after graduation, and prep courses offered by the program make this possible. "A lot of students want to continue their education after their undergraduate studies, and many of these require taking an entry test,â&#x20AC;? Batteh said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They include the LSAT, GRE and many other prep courses, the prep classes would help students become more comfortable and confident in taking these tests and continuing their education.â&#x20AC;? Another reason some said they are attracted to the Outreach program is because of the involvement of the professors. Such professors mentioned include Cynthia Mask, who has been a watercolor art teacher for 27 years and with the program for eight years, and Spanish teacher Greg Bethune. Programmatic offerings will fall into one of four general categories: professional development training, programs for older adults, community courses and resident summer youth camps. The courses the program offers are payable online at its Web site,

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(Left to Right) Leighton Lindstrom, sophomore in liberal arts, Kristen Taylor, sophomore in elementray education, Mary Gray Demetz, junior in pre-communication disorders, Maggie Valz, junior in elementary education and Rachel Coffey, junior in communication disorders, make greeting cards for children during IMPACTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alternative Spring Break program.

Students ditch beach to make impact DAVIS POTTER WRITER

Forty-six Auburn students exchanged lounging on the beach for community service as part of IMPACTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second annual Alternative Spring Break program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Essentially, (Alternative Spring Break) was created two years ago as a way for students to give back during their breaks from school,â&#x20AC;? said IMPACT President Christen Thigpen, senior in biomedical sciences. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a way for students to give back to other communities that are in need and have a little bit of an enjoyable time while theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re there, too.â&#x20AC;? Some students, in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity, went to Spartanburg, S.C., and Ocala, Fla., to help build houses for the poor. Other students spent six days in Orange Beach, Fla., working with Challenge Enterprises at the Lighthouse Learning Center Preschool

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to put the experito help children with disabilience into words,â&#x20AC;? said Lucy ties. Students paid $150, ac- Mitchell, an undeclared jucording to ASB coordina- nior, who went to Charleston, tor Rachel Coffey, junior in S.C., last year to work with communication disorders. Habitat for Humanity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got to see a The amount, few people which covered who were travel, lodgIt shows moving into ing and meal the Habitat e x p e n s e s , that we care about houses and was earned it changed through fund- people outside our my life forraisers. community.â&#x20AC;? ever. They The stuRachel Coffee, were so dents worked ASE coordinator grateful.â&#x20AC;? from 8 a.m. Mi t c h e l l to 3 p.m. each said she was day. humbled â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it puts a good after seeing name out there for Auburn,â&#x20AC;? the reactions of the people said Coffey, who made the who would be enjoying the trek to Orange Beach last fruits of her labor and her exweek. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It shows that we care perience served as a learning about people outside our tool. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I learned that the most imcommunity.â&#x20AC;? Coffey also said the stu- portant thing is putting othdentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; experiences have had ers before yourself,â&#x20AC;? Mitchell a lasting impression on them, said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is really easy, esperesulting in additional com- cially as a college student, to get caught up in things like munity service locally.


grades and work, but when I saw the impact we had on these peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives, it made me realize that it is really important to help others out.â&#x20AC;? The program is growing in popularity, with three locations this year as opposed to one last year. With the number of applicants increasing each year, Thigpen said the number of sites could expand to 10 for future trips. Thigpen said seeing the studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; eagerness to make a difference in the lives of people through the ASB program gives her a rewarding feeling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It certainly makes me feel very humble and very proud of the students who are going out and doing this,â&#x20AC;? Thigpen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gives me a certain sense of pride in the Auburn community and the Auburn student body to know that students are giving up what would otherwise be a break from school and instead, going back and giving back to other communities.â&#x20AC;?

Concerned Auburn residents will endure possible blisters and sore feet to raise awareness about the hunger problems in Alabama and the rest of the world. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a great way to rally students who are passionate about world hunger and hunger related issues, but it is an opportunity to take that passion to the capital,â&#x20AC;? said Emily Butler, junior in human development and family studies and representative for the Committee of 19. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This allows those who represent us to take notice of how important it truly is to abolish this issue.â&#x20AC;? The Committee of 19 organized its second annual 60-mile hunger march Saturday, which ends at the steps of the capitol building in Montgomery. Butler said the expected turnout for the three-day march is approximately 70 people. Each person pays $10 to participate, which covers the cost of the T-shirts worn. Butler said the committee also asks each participant to be sponsored by three outside people. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These sponsorships are a way of helping buffer the costs of food, medical kits and to help tip the nice patrol officers who graciously give of their time to keep us safe,â&#x20AC;? Butler said. Participants will sleep inside churches on Saturday and Sunday nights before marching the final 10 miles Monday morning. The group is expected to arrive at the capitol at 12:30 p.m. and will hold a rally on the steps of the building. Several politicians, including gubernatorial candidates for 2010, are expected to speak at the rally. Butler said last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s march was successful, despite torrential downpours.



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“I go to the farm and do actual work. I don’t go to the gym.” - Elliot Cantrell, junior in agricultural economics

“No, I don’t have any time.”

-Luke Canan, freshman in civil engineering

“Yes, I walk to class usually and I work out at Gold’s Gym.”


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“Yes, I go running and I like being outside; all sorts of outdoor activities.”


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Mrs. Katie, of Katie’s Alterations on Ross North Street, patches up a pair of Citizen jeans, adding life to the aged-pair of jeans. She offers services to alter clothes into new ideas.

Proper care for clothes prolongs quality JAKE MASTROIANNI WRITER

Clothing is crucial, which is good news for dry cleaners, but not for student wallets. “Dry cleaning uses chemicals and there is really no water involved at all,” said Nathan Broach, assistant manager of Downtown Cleaners. “Basically we wash the clothes in these certain chemicals that won’t cause shrinking of a pair of jeans or something like that and it can prevent fading.”

Don’t buy synthetic fibers. We are getting a lot of cheap labor coming in so most of the clothes we are getting right now are going to fall apart.” Nathan Broach, assistant manager of Downtown Cleaners Getting a pair of jeans dry cleaned can cost close to $5 and a T-shirt is around $2 at most dry cleaners. “Once you start washing a

shirt it’s going to start getting that washed-out look,” said Steve Johnson, a desk clerk at Village Cleaners. “But if you dry clean, it’s not water. It tends to keep

them brighter and keep them from fading.” But what would be cheaper: cleaning clothes the correct way in professional shops or buying new clothes? “You want to weigh the benefits of fixing something that’s old,” said Steve Bice, an employee Mr. Hem. “Do you want to pay someone premium prices to repair something that may not have that much life in it, or do just want to take that money and buy something new?” Many people are finding new

ways to recycle old clothes. “More and more we are becoming a disposable society,” Bice said. There are ways to take care of your clothes without taking them to a store. Fading and shrinking can be avoided if clothes are washed and taken proper care. “By law, every article of clothing has to have the laundry instructions attached to it,” Johnson said. “The manufacturers are > Turn to CLOTHES, C2

Find your way out of class, tuition, grades JILLIAN CLAIR STAFF REPORTER

If a student dies, all As are given to his or her roommate. If a student is hit by a Tiger Transit bus, tuition is free. If a professor is more than 10 minutes late, students may leave the class. If it rains, class is canceled. Are any of these rumors true, or are they just myths? Jim Hardin, senior ior program adviser forr the judicial affairs department of the University, said the rumor that is most commonly asked about is if a studentt dies, his or her roommmate gets all As. Hardin said it is definitely just a myth, although the University would give the roommate the help they would need to get over the crisis. “It was fairly common seven or eight years ago to get a lot of questions about that,” Hardin said. “There was so much going on about that that we actually went around and checked with several peer institutions. We pretty much knew the answer to begin with, but we just wanted to make sure

that nobody was doing anything.” Hardin said the rumor about free tuition if a student is struck by a Tiger Transit bus is also a myth. “I guess there could be some liability issues depending on who was at fault, but I'm not encouraging anybody to step in front of a bus hoping to get their tuition paid,” Hardin said. The Tiger Cub addresses tardiness of professors. din The Tiger Cub states: “If the instructor does not appear within 10 minutes after the designated class hour, it may be assumed that the class is ccanceled.” Brooks Cole, senior in fiB nance and supervisor at the Foy Information Desk, said he gets dozens of calls from students when it rains to see if class is canceled. “A lot of people call when it's raining and just assume that school is canceled just because it's raining,” Cole said. “We only cancel it if it's severe, heavy, flood-like rain or tornadoes.” Although many students can believe them, most rumors spread on campus tend to just be widelyspread myths.

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The Fagan family gathers during the Outback Bowl to cheer on the Auburn Tigers.

A true Auburn family of 27 The Fagan’s reflect on their War Eagle moments, gameday traditions SARAH PHILLIPS STAFF REPORTER

Many families have found themselves celebrating their Auburn heritage with tailgating and get-togethers, but a particular family began to come togeth-

er more often to keep the tradition alive while celebrating the life they still have. Tom would also be one of the first graduates from Auburn University and the first of many to come in the Fagan family.

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His love of Auburn began with his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Order, and was continued as he played in a band throughout his Auburn experience on The Plains. “He would always sing to us growing

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Kerry’s recipe this week: Blue Cheese Stuffed Chicken Ingredients

Ingredients: 4 tablespoons butter (1/2 stick), at room temperature 5 oz. blue cheese, crumbled ¼ cup fresh scallions, chopped freshly ground black pepper, to taste 4 skin on, bone in chicken breasts Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a bowl, mix together the butter, blue cheese, scallions and black pepper. Using your fingers, carefully loosen the skin on the chicken breasts. Stuff ¼ of the blue cheese mixture under the skin of each breast. Smooth with your fingers to evenly distribute the mixture over the surface of the breast meat. Place the chicken breasts in a baking dish with high sides and top each breast with a pinch of black pepper. Roast the chicken breasts skin side up on the middle rack in the oven for 45 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Serves: 4

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Spring allergies bring sneezes ANNA SCHIERHOLZ WRITER

It’s that time of year again. Auburn is welcoming spring, but with it comes pollen and other outdoor allergens. Students on campus said they are already experiencing the effects of this season’s allergies. “My eyes started itching and I got congested as soon as we had our first warm day,” said Jessica Corona, senior in political science. Corona said she is allergic to just about everything the spring season brings, especially pollen and ragweed. “My nose runs, I cough, I sneeze,” Corona said. “All the typical symptoms of an allergy sufferer.” But, Corona, a native of Eastaboga near Talladega, said her allergies are much better in Auburn than at home. “I suffer less here than at home, thank goodness,” Corona said. Kelsey George said she agreed with Corona about her allergies being worse at home. “There must be something about Auburn that clears me up,” George said. George, sophomore in fisheries and allied aquaculture, said she tends to be most allergic to pol-


supposed to test their fabrics to see how they react.” Johnson also said it’s important to read these instructions because washing with hot and cold water can make a difference in the longevity of beloved clothes. “Usually if somebody shrinks something it’s because they dried it at a high temperature,” Johnson said. Even if the instructions are followed, there is no guarantee that your clothes will last forever. It is good to pay attention to the kind of fabric the clothing is made of when purchasing items. “If you want clothes to last longer you need to pay attention to the types of materials you are buying,” Broach said. “Don’t buy synthetic fibers. We are

len and grass, but her allergies are worse at home in Sewanee, Ga. “My allergies haven’t really started yet,” George said. “I’m just waiting for it.” Corona said her allergies got bad enough that her doctor prescribed her Xycal, a daily pill that eases her symptoms. Matt Adams, medical trainerr for the University,, said this is a comdimon medicine prescribed to allergy sufferers. “Flonase, Allegra, Zrytec and Claritin are all affective and popular medicines for Alabama allergies,” Adams said. “Zyrtec and Claritin can be bought over the counter, so that’s a plus for students that don’t want to see a doctor.” Adams said that there are specific medications for sufferers of congestion. “Allegra D and Claritin D have the same types of decongestants that any cold medicine have,” Adams said. “The antihistamines are affective as well.” Kylie Miller, senior in pre-physical therapy, said she feels like she

getting a lot of cheap labor coming in so most of the clothes we are getting right now are going to fall apart.” Broach said he has been around the cleaners his entire life as it as a family operated business. “If you want clothes that last long buy some hemp fiber clothes or something,” Broach said. “Those last forever. Hemp is the strongest natural plant fiber known to man. It may cost a little bit more when you buy it, but you’ll never have to buy another pair again, unless you grow or something.” Broach also suggests keeping clothes away from high humidity areas. Clothes can get mildew or fungus on them if they are left in these types of area for too long. “Just make sure there is plenty of ventilation where you are storing them,” Broach said.

is basically allergic to everything. A Scottsdale, Ariz., native, Miller said she agrees with the medications Adams has suggested for her, and her allergies are much worse in Auburn. “The dry air out (in Arizona) is much better for me than it is here,” Miller said. “It rains a lot her here, and mold is constantly gr growing.” She also said she has rece cently turned to a new allergy treatment called “Neti Pots.” “You warm them up in the microwave and then breat breathe the steam in,” Miller said. “They really clear you up.” Ad Adams said cedar is a predominant allergen throughout March in Alabama. Other tree pollens and mold are also growing rapidly during this month, he said. Adams said he suggested changing your sheets on a regular basis and purchasing Claritin or Zyrtec to clear up the symptoms. Miller said she has her own tricks for easing her ailments. “I keep the clothes that I have worn outside away from my room” Miller said. “They go straight in my hamper. Just because you can’t see the pollen, doesn’t mean it isn’t stuck all over your clothes.”

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the guitar.” After meeting Terri, an army nurse who gave him his shots when he had been sick in the army, the Auburn tradition continued with his three daughters, Lynn, Leslie and Lori, as well as one of his two sons, Tim. Powell said her dad never pressured them to go to Auburn, but Coughlan said she remembers he had a funny way of saying they should come to the Loveliest Village. “He always told us you can go anywhere to college, but I’ll pay for you to go to Auburn,” Coughlan said. After bringing his children along to tailgate at football games and dressing them out in orange and blue, they found themselves in love

with the traditions. Powell said she didn’t actually look at any other schools. With two generations already coming through Auburn, the grandchildren are being prepped from an early age to have an Auburn mindset. Elaine Lenga, whose daughter married into the Fagan family, said that Tom is already encouraging the 15 grandchildren to love and embrace Auburn as much as he does. “He buys all of the grandchildren Auburn stuff,” Lenga said. Although her children are much too young to attend Auburn, Coughlan said she’d love to see her kids eventually go to Auburn. “I imagine we will have many more generations at Auburn,” Coughlan said.


What is your worst habit? I have an addictive personality.

What is your favorite offcampus dining option? Five Guys Hamburgers and Fries

What is your best habit? I am very clean.

If you could go on tour with any band, who would it be? Green Day

How would you best describe your sense of style? Preppy

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What was the best thing that happened over spring break? Nothing because my plans fell through. What is your favorite night time activity around Auburn? Going to frat parties What is your favorite oncampus dining option? Salsaritas

What will you remember most about Auburn? Just the sense of home. How do you feel about the health care bill passing? No. No. No. Bad. Do you have any pets? Three dogs: Hogan, Lucy and Charlotte What was the last movie you saw? “Armored.” It was not so good.



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Q&A : Local author shares her struggle Denise Mosley opens up about her process of writing a novel, her series, what her latest book has meant Denise Mosley’s “Shared Struggle, Shared Faith” depicts the lives of four women from very different worlds who have one connection: the mega church which they attend. By chance, they connect after a more than unusual altar call, which causes a chain reaction that brings about healing that is so desperately needed. Based on real life events, this book attempts to bring about the spiritual awakening many find themselves searching for. Mosley grew up in Five Points, and currently lives in Hogansville, Ga., along with her husband and two children. Mosley said she looks forward to finishing her series and helping others deal with the same issues she dealt with in her life. After recently publishing her second book, I asked her a few questions about how she came to write the series and what it meant to her.

Q: How long have you been writing? A: I have been writing professionally since 2005, when my first book was published. (Writing) is a part of me. I’ve been writing ng ever since I could pick up a pen and usee a typewriter.

Q: What inspired you to writee this series?


The books are a collection of Christian mini-novels. The inspiraation behind it includes my experiences and the experiences of otherr people within the church. I wanted to kind of compile different stories and I wanted the issues that people could relate to, but not real life events. It is fiction and I wanted to do (that) so no one would feel uncomfortable about it.

Q: Did you give yourself a word limit? A: It’s a series because I wanted the books to be something you could pick up and read in a day or two. People tend to lose interest in longer stories.

Q: How long did it take you to get it published? A: It took me about four months to finish this first book. The concept actually took me a while to come up with. It’s something I thought I needed to do about two years ago. I finally decided to go ahead with it this year and resolved things with myself and figured out how to do the series.


Did yo you have to make any major changes after finishing?


No, it flowed. It absolutely worked. I didn’t have to make any changes at all. Once I started it was so easy to write. In fact, each of the books after it is already outlined and ready for me to start. I’ll probably outline finish up with the second this summer and have it released early in the fall. hav


What’s the main message that you wanted to convey with “Shared Struggle, Shared Faith?”


The main message of this series is support and accountability. IInterviewed by: Sarah Phillips / STAFF REPORTER


Blues rock guitar player and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa's released his 10th solo album, “Black Rock,” Tuesday. Bonamassa and his band recorded the disc in Greece at Black Rock Studios, lending the album its name. The 32-year-old got started playing music at the age of 4 and was sitting in with B.B. King and Danny Gatton. Bonamassa flips through his Rolodex of influences and places his own highly-technical spin on their styles. Jimmy Page is obviously a huge influence on Bonamassa's playing, but the record manages to cop some of Led Zeppelin's heavy studio sound, most notably the opening track, “Steal Your Heart Away” and the song “Blue and Evil,” which was available on his

Web site for a few weeks before the album came out. To tell you the truth, I've never been a big fan of his voice. When singing blues, he has this affected style that is more of an impression of a powerful blues voice, but he hits the notes. It's like singing in a falsetto and claiming to have range. All this circular talk is probably just me trying to not sound like other folks who claim his voice lacks “grit.” But the more I listen to this album, both the instrumentation I already liked and the voice I didn't grow on me. I found myself listening to and singing along to “Blue and Evil” on repeat. His vocal fits what he's doing. He's found his voice. His vocal on “Blue and Evil” sounds like Bad Company. “Athens to Athens” is a great, mellow acoustic tune that reminds me

of something off of “Led Zeppelin III” or any of the Willie Dixon songs they had stolen from. “Baby You Gotta Change Your Mind” is a nice, smooth, old-school folksy closer that shows off Bonamassa's melodic acoustic skills. I couldn't in good conscience recommend this album to everyone, but fans of guitar music will enjoy it. With this disc, Bonamassa reinforces what fans and detractors have always been able to agree on. The guy can play. If you like what you hear, check out the 5-song iTunes exclusive “Shepherd's Bush” live album. His cover of Z.Z. Top's “Just Got Paid” segues into a medley of Zeppelin tunes that is amazing. Standout Tracks: “Steal Your Heart Away,” “Blue and Evil” and “Quarryman's Lament”



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Caleb Byrd, junior in English, and Lauren Starr, sophomore in anthropology, talk about their problems rather than keeping their feelings a secret.

The Secret Keeper Spill it or stuff it? Why being honest is important to romantic relationships SARAH PHILLIPS STAFF REPORTER

Everyone has told a lie once in a while, but when it comes to keeping secrets from a boyfriend or girlfriend, things can get complicated. Jake Jensen, student intern therapist at the Auburn University Marriage and Family Therapy Center, counsels many different students who all deal with trust issues and said that it’s never okay to keep a secret from a significant other. “It’s good to keep things open and honest in a relationship,” Jensen said. Boys or girls involved in a relationship often find themselves hiding information, whether it’s important or not to talk about it. But as the saying goes, secrets don’t make friends. Chris Bush, senior in business administration, said he thinks lying has become too big of an issue for many couples and would not keep secrets from a girlfriend. “It just seems like most problems in relationships come from lying,” Bush said.

One of the biggest secrets that are being kept from significant others in college is the number of people someone has hooked up with previously. “I think that it’s really important to tell (a boy or girlfriend) how many people you’ve hooked up with,” said Alex Kingsford, sophomore in elementary education. “That’s a biggie.” Jensen said that it is crucial to be upfront and honest with a significant other, no matter how someone may react, in order to keep communication open. “Keeping secrets from yourself (and those involved) only hurts a relationship,” Jensen said. Bush said he thought exposing intimate details with a significant other shouldn’t be the first thing to happen, but if it was bothering someone involved than it needs to be said. “If they really want to know you should go ahead and talk about (previous relationships),” Bush said. “It’ll just bug the other person until they know anyway and will cause just as many problems or more than if you didn’t tell them.”

Although it may seem like it’s not a big deal, Jensen said he thinks it’s never a good idea to keep secrets from their partner. “It’s not healthy,” Jensen said. Alex Kingsford said she felt she needed to lie to her ex-boyfriend about things that might not have been a big issue if they had been more honest with each other. “I never told (him) when I would go out to the bars and frat parties,” Kingsford said. “I would even make up stories to tell him most of the time.” Although she said she regrets her decision to lie, Kingsford felt she was honest about more important information affecting the relationship. In Jensen’s opinion, there’s only one time you should ever keep a secret from your partner, and that’s to keep yourself safe. “If there’s domestic violence and you need to leave and get away without telling them, then that’s okay,” Jensen said. So unless the goal is to cause hurt and pain, don’t keep secrets, no matter how big or small they may be, from boyfriends and girlfriends.

It may be hard to put a price on love, but in college, it can be easy to put a price on a date OLIVIA MARTIN ASSOCIATE INTRIGUE EDITOR

A relationship doesn’t have to consist of nights spent at home on the couch when the funds run low: Auburn has many places for a date under $20. Yes, guys, watching sports on TV with a sixpack of beer and pizza is under $20, but that may not be most girls’ ideal night in. Emily Walters, junior in nutrition dietetics, said she and her boyfriend do little things to make a casual night in special. “We’ll do something that is a treat for us, like pick up steaks and wine at Kroger, and then take it home to cook it ourselves and watch a movie,” Wal-

ters said. “So it’s special, but it’s less expensive than eating out.” For those lacking culinary skills, there are several places in Auburn where a unique date could take place. Fine Wine and Beer by Gus in Flint’s Crossing offers wine and beer tasting each week, said Richard Talbot, an employee. Talbot said they offer wine tasting Friday from 6-8 p.m., during which people can taste five to six wines with cheese, dried fruit and nuts for snacking. For men still clinging to the six-pack idea, Talbot also said they offer Saturday beer tasting from 3-5 p.m. with a tasting of five to six beers and snacks. Wine and beer tasting is $10 a person, making the cost an even $20 for a couple. Couples craving sweet treats can go to Ariccia’s “Simply Sinful Saturday Nights,” where according to Ariccia’s Web site, a chocolate bar with over twenty desserts is set up from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at $8.50 a person. For the more artistic, a crafty date cannot only be a fun experience, but the finished product can be a memorable present. Pottery Café in the

GlennDean Shopping Center provides paint, pottery and coffee where couples can make a personalized gifts. The store is open Tuesday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Perch Bead Studio is another place where couples can be creative. According to the store’s Web site, making jewelry is less expensive than buying it already made and is more memorable than a store bought piece. For couples wanting to get out of Auburn, a miniroad trip can offer a brief break. “My girlfriend and I recently went to Little Five Points in Atlanta,” said Michael Puhnaty, junior in electrical engineering. Puhnaty said they did not spend much because they were able to get to Atlanta on a quarter tank of gas. “We went to The Porter, which is a really cool place for college students because the food is inexpensive and it is an excellent opportunity to people-watch,” Puhnaty said. “My girlfriend also liked being able to go into all the cool shops.” So guys, slap down the $20 for that special girl. After all, it is better to be broke than broken hearted.



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Bruce Shue, mechanical engineering grad student, struggles to stay conscious at Quixotes. Alumni Jordan Kirkland sings Nickelback’s “Photograph” at SkyBar Café after a night of drinking.

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Wasting Time CROSSWORD 26 LP speed 29 Choir members 30 Billiard sticks 31 London and Hong Kong 33 Exclaiming over 35 Bruins 36 Kidded around 37 Grassy field 38 Appear 40 Numero uno 42 Pay 44 Control device 46 HS student 48 Luxury fur 49 Former capital of Japan 50 Bronte heroine Jane __ 52 “Primal Fear” star 54 Natural elev. 55 Herbal soothers 56 Valhalla honcho 57 Tofu base

ACROSS 1 Urban people-movers 4 Fellow 8 Paper toy 12 Sea bird 13 Gymnastics coach – Karolyi 14 Not even one

DOWN 1 Noblemen 2 Occasions for leis 3 Hide 4 TV network 5 The gentleman 6 Puts on guard

15 Sudden forays 17 Fencer’s blade 19 Quaker pronoun 20 Pale-green moth 21 Taped over 23 Retiree’s income 24 Go very fast

7 Of the bishop of Rome 8 Body joint 9 Corn Belt st. 10 Take a crack at 11 Rib- __ steak 16 Showy flower 18 WNW opposite 21 Piccadilly statue 22 Stonehenge worshiper 25 Sporty truck 27 Ballpoint 28 Food additive 29 Book of maps 30 Impudent 31 __ -de-sac 32 Decorate cupcakes 33 Breezy 34 Arith. mean 36 Tugged 38 Yale athlete 39 Tropical fruit 40 Slogan 41 Lustrous black 43 “Mister Ed” actor 45 __ de plume 46 Hangar occupant 47 Deli bread 49 Novelist __ Follett 51 Nile sun god 53 Providence loc.

Horoscopes Aquarius: This week is the dawning of the age of Aquarius, expect impromptu song and dance numbers.

Aries: The planets are experience a sluggish orbital pattern this week and you’ll feel its effects. Just try not to leave a trail of slime.

Leo: The extra moon dust in the atmosphere makes your voice raspy this week, hopefully it’s more Lindsey Lohan than Tom Waits.

Cancer: Mars is all up in your sign this week, giving you ridiculous hot flashes.

Sagittarius: Comet interference is making you indecisive this week. Or not.

Pisces: Your rhyme busting skills this week are whack. Leave the beat boxing alone.

Libra: Your horoscope will be wrong this week.

Gemini: Just roll with it. It’s the planetary way.

Scorpio: Venus’s influence on your sign makes you want to go wandering. Just don’t wander into creepy alleyways or the wrong bathroom.

Capricorn: You will unconsciously make dramatic facial expressions this week. : 0

Virgo: Saturn’s tilt makes you tipsier than normal, watch the drinks at SkyBar.

Taurus: Jupiter’s big red spot manifests itself on your forehead.

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Junior wide receiver Darvin Adams, junior quarterback Cam Newton and senior running back Mario Fannin stretch Wednesday morning during the first practice of spring football.

Optimistic first spring practice for Tigers BLAKE HAMILTON ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR

As the dew settled on a clearskied, 70 degree morning, the Auburn Tigers took to the practice field for the first time in a new decade Wednesday. The early practices are a shift from last year’s regimen, which saw much of spring training at

night. Head coach Gene Chizik said changes in the trends of the athletes’ schedules prompted the rescheduling. “We’re kind of getting in that mode where classes are more in the afternoon,” Chizik said. “When you get them in the morning they’re fresh, they’re very alert and they’re ready to go. I think that for everybody, players and coaches, it’s really been a

benefit.” Loose drills and fundamentals were the day’s fare as the team practiced in helmets and shorts. Offensive Coordinator Gus Malzahn presided over the four quarterbacks vying for the starting position: Clint Moseley, Barrett Trotter, Neil Caudle and transfer Cam Newton. “(Newton) is an intelligent young man,” Malzahn said. “He’s

not scared to work. He wants to be coach-able and he wants to do well. He had a good attitude and we expect him to correct the mistakes he makes each day.” Newton said he hopes to mesh with the current Tigers before the rest of the 2010 recruits arrive. “My number one expectation from myself is go gain the trust of my team,” Newton said. “There’s

a difference between when the ball is on the field and just working out. You learn a lot from your coaches, but you learn more from your peers. They’re going to kick it to you straight.” Several key players are in question, namely Tyrik Rollinson and Zac Etheridge. Speculation flew in the off season after Rollinson > Turn to FOOTBALL, D2

Gymnastics wins 4-way meet, looks to Jacksonville ABBY ALBRIGHT SPORTS EDITOR

The No. 17 Auburn Women’s Gymnastics (6-6, 2-4 SEC) team won a four-way meet Saturday hosted by No. 33 Maryland, including No. 56 George Washington and No. 62 Yale with a team score of 196.225. The Terps secured second with a score of 195.825, the Colonials 192.100 earned them third and the Bulldogs were fourth with 188.700. “We’re really proud of the girls,” said head coach Jeff Thompson. “It was really tight and really loud. It was hard to hear. I’d try to coach the girls and they’d have to lean in to try to hear what I was saying.”

Sophomore Allyson Sandusky and freshman Petrina Yokay scored a pair of 9.95s on bars to help earn the Tigers a score of 49.450 on the uneven bars, which is the secondhighest team score on bars in Auburn history. “This past weekend was awesome for us it really boosts our confidence level, especially on our last event having our season high on bars,” said sophomore Kylie Shields. “Having those sticks really showed us all our practice is really paying off. We are doing it in competition and that’s what we need to be doing.” Auburn posted a 48.825 on vault, 49.075 on floor and earned a 48.775 on beam. “Our goal was to go and hit ev-

NCAA basketball always surprising


A couple weeks ago, if I were to tell you the Missouri Valley Conference champion would be playing in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA basketball tournament, you would laugh in my face. Now, everyone is in shock of the No. 9 seed University of Northern Iowa after it beat the overall No. 1 seed Kansas University.

You probably couldn’t even name another team out of the MVC. UNI guard Ali Farokhmanesh is even on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week. Ten higher seeds won in the first round, with six higher seeds moving onto the Sweet 16. Teams like Cornell University and Saint Mary’s University are also making Cinderella-like runs. All the excitement leads us to one question. Where is Auburn in all this madness? The athletic department’s decision to part ways with head coach Jeff Lebo leaves the door open for a new coach to take

erything that we did,” Thompson said. “We got off to a really good start on balance beam and we hit all six routines, but the scores were much lower than we were expecting.” Thompson said the women did not let the scores affect their confidence. “We went to floor and did six great floor routines,” Thompson said. “We went to vault did great on vault and when we got to uneven bars we stuck five out of six dismounts and we scored the second highest team bar score in school history. So, everything kind of evened out, scores were lower on beam but they were higher on bars. > Turn to GYM, D2


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Redshirt freshman Clint Moseley, sophomore Barrett Trotter and junior Cam Newton warm up.


suggested that he would transfer from Auburn on his Facebook page. Chizik said Rollinson is still a part of the team but is taking time off to focus on his grades. Etheridge, who sustained a neck injury in Auburn’s game against Ole Miss last fall, has spent the winter rehabilitating. Despite the lengthy process,

Chizik sounded optimistic about Etheridge returning in the fall. “Zac has been able to do a few different things,” Chizik said. “Obviously he’s very limited in what his role is right now. It’s a day-by-day process with him with what he can and can’t do so we’re just going to play that by ear.” Chizik said that competition is key in choosing starters, particularly at quarterback. While no spe-

cific deadline will be set as to when the staff will make such decisions, Chizik said it is hoped that candidates can be narrowed down in the coming months. “What you played last year means nothing,” Chizik said. “We’ve got some talented freshmen coming in, so if you’re not getting the job done to the standard that we believe in and the standard that we adhere to, you’re going to get beat out by a freshman.”

Hitting everything and finishing on a high note like that was awesome.” The Tigers fell to Ohio State March 13 and Thompson said he felt the women put too much pressure to win on themselves. “We hated losing up there, but they also learned a very important lesson, that they have to focus on what they’re doing,” Thompson said. “They can’t control the scores, they can’t control what the other team is doing, so just go out there and do the best that you can do.” Beating three out-ofconference teams Saturday helped give the women back their confidence. “It was definitely good for our confidence,” Shields said. “Going into SEC’s this weekend we’re a bit more prepared now.” The now No. 15 Tigers

Thursday, March 25, 2010 travel to Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday for the SEC Championship and will compete against No. 1 Alabama, No. 4 Florida, No. 5 Georgia, No. 8 Arkansas, No. 10 LSU and No. 18 Kentucky. “SEC’s is going to be a really exciting meet,” said senior Krissy Voss. “For us to do our best we just have to stay focused the whole time and mostly focus on ourselves because we can’t control what the other teams are doing.” Thompson said they are excited for SEC’s and they are not putting any pressure on themselves to win. “We know that we can hang with anyone in the conference and we’re excited to go over there,” Thompson said. “We don’t have anything to lose. People don’t expect us to go in there and win a conference championship. Florida, Georgia and Alabama are expecting to win and they’re probably telling their

kids, ‘We have to go in there and be perfect to win,’ and we’re not going to go over there and try to be perfect.” Thompson said they are planning to go and perform their way, and do the best they can do personally and as a team. “We have to control our routines, really focus on our handstands, sticking our landings and really come together as a team so we can do our personal best and really rise to the challenge at this meet,” Voss said. SEC’s is the longest meet of the season with seven teams, so the Tigers have to pace their energy throughout the day. “You have to know when to turn the music up and get fired up and when to turn the music down and get them to settle down,” Voss said. “They’ve done a great job of that this year being able to stay focused on what they’re doing and that’s the key.”

Club tennis advances to nationals DEREK LACEY WRITER

The players on the Auburn Tennis Club team were not recruited via limousine and they don’t have scholarships to play, but they are going to the national championships this year. This will be the second year in a row the Tiger’s club tennis team has earned a spot to compete on nationals. “Last year was really fun,” said senior Cantrell Ellis. “Hopefully we’ll do a lot better this year.” The team secured its bid by winning the USTA Campus ChampionshipSouthern Section at the Yarbrough Tennis Center in Auburn. In the section championship, the club defeated the reigning 2009 National Champions, the Duke University Tennis Club team

as well as the University of Alabama Club team. The team also won the Southern section last year, making it to nationals, where it placed 39th, a position the team is looking to improve. “We’re really pumped about it,” said Stephen Pola, club president. “We learned a lot last year.” Auburn is one of only 64 teams competing for the national title. This year, the Tigers face a number of tough opponents, including 2008 National Champions, the University of Texas at Austin Club team and Texas A&M University at College Station, who won the national title four years in a row from 2004 - 2007. Two other previous national champions will also be competing in the tournament: the University of Florida club team and the University of North Caro-

lina club team. Auburn has pulled out all the stops in preparation for the national tournament, bringing in exvarsity tennis player Alex Haney to help with coaching and conditioning. “We’re practicing about six days a week,” Pola said. “We’ve even started doing some conditioning.” The club is optimistic about the upcoming national championship, bringing more reserve players and leaning on the experience it gained last year. “We’re going to try to do better than last year,” said sophomore Eleanor McMillian. The Tigers will be playing in the 2010 U.S. Tennis Association’s National Campus Championship April 15-17 at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex in Surprise, Ariz. The team is co-ed and

both teams will be competing at the national championship. Eleven players are making the trip to Arizona for the championship: seniors Pola, Tip Bradford and Ellis, junior Jimmy Epps, sophomores Caroline Coble, Zack Fritz and Eleanor, and freshmen Christin Hoffman, Julian Paez, Danny Oberholtzer and Rob Oberman. The tournament is hosted by the USTA, the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association, World Team Tennis and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and is part of the USTA’s Tennis On Campus program. The program provides co-ed college club teams with venues for regional and national competition and offers services to more than 30,000 students on more than 500 college campuses.



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Mean Green and Honors College fight for the ball Tuesday.

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Mean Green goalie Brittany Loper, graduate student in higher education, tries to dive to the ball during a penalty kick from the Honors College team.

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Becker Denton, junior in agricultural economics, bats for the Mudcats. Monday was the opening day for intramural softball and co-rec soccer for the semester.

Intramural softball, co-rec soccer kick-off ABBY ALBRIGHT SPORTS EDITOR

Campus Recreation kicked off the intramural softball and co-rec soccer season Monday on the Intramural fields. “We will have more than 30 teams playing soccer and more than 150 teams competing in softball at various levels, such as sorority, fraternity, men’s, women’s and co-rec,” said Nicholas Head, Campus Rec student coordinator. For co-rec soccer, the Honors College beat Mean Green 5-4 Tuesday in a penalty kick shoot out. “It was awesome to win,

especially considering we’ve never met our team before,” said Leslie Sapp, sophomore in nursing. “We hadn’t had a practice or anything.” Sapp played goalie for the first time Tuesday and said she had fun once she got past the fear. “It was really intimidating” Sapp said. “I feel like I missed an easy one, but I did stop one.” Mean Green, who got their name from their team color, also had a novice goalie on the field. Goalie Brittany Loper, graduate student in education, said, even though they lost, she had a lot of fun hanging out with her

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A member of Booze on First scores a run Tuesday.

friends. “It was pretty intimidating and I guess it’s harder to play against guys,” Lop-

er said. Honors College only had six players so Mean Green played down two.

“We played with six team members instead of eight because they only had six,” Loper said. “I guess we could have played with eight but we played with six to be nice.” Over on the softball fields, several teams simultaneously played on the eight fields, despite the technical problems with many of the lights not working. “Like any sport there will be teams that are as competitive as they can be, but softball season is relatively laid back when compared to other sports,” Head said. The Mudcats mercyruled Booze on First 14-4

during the fifth inning Tuesday. “Tonight’s performance was pretty stealthy, we made a few errors and didn’t hit too well, but we scored runs,” said Becker Denton, junior in agricultural economics. “We have a lot to build on and we laid a good foundation for the rest of the season.” Although both teams hit its share of foul balls, the Mudcats were able to score 14 runs. Because the Intramural Fields don’t have fences, Head said there aren’t any homeruns and the ball is always live unless it makes it to the street, then it is dead.

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Auburn back to the tournament. On a side note, I did not like how Lebo was fired. When the Birmingham News first reported the firing, the team hadn’t returned from the SEC tournament yet. That shows poor form by the University and Athletic Director Jay Jacobs. There was no official announcement until the team returned, but nobody waited that long to break the story. The new arena and a recruiting class headlined by 6-foot-9 center Shawn Kemp should be nice lures for a coach willing to get his hands dirty. I’ve read of Jacobs reaching out to the University of Minnesota’s head coach Tubby Smith, although Smith said he will remain with the Golden Gophers. I’ve also read that former Auburn great Chuck Person is on the radar. Person is very familiar with the Auburn basketball program and could fill the Auburn Arena with alumni who watched him play in the 1970s. The only problem with Person is he has no head coaching experience. He has coached as an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Sacramento Kings, however. A fresh coach could be what the team needs, even though Person wouldn’t be a new face on The Plains. Former Auburn forward Charles Barkley hasn’t come out to support a candidate yet like he did with Kansas head football coach Turner Gill replacing Tommy Tuberville. The same Barkley wasn’t even in attendance for the last basketball game in Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum history because he was at the University of Georgia vs. the University of Kentucky game. The Tigers are graduating five seniors. The seniors played with immense heart while at home, but lacked the confidence without the home crowd’s support. This cannot happen next year. Next year’s team will fall on the shoulders of the juniors, since Larry Williams Jr. will be the only senior. Sophomore Frankie Sullivan should step up and lead the team, especially if he hustles as much next year as he did this year. Sullivan was the only one on the court for the Tigers who seemed to care in the SEC tournament.

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Gray duo leads womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis BEN BARTLEY

Christine had been head coach at Wellesly College COPY EDITOR for seven years before meeting Tim and making Auburn Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tennis the move to Auburn. is led by a dynamic duo, a â&#x20AC;&#x153;It made sense for Tim husband and wife team of to stay with such a great tennis teachers. programâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Division I, Assistant coach Chris- SEC,â&#x20AC;? Christine said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So I tine Gray has had to decide teamed with to move from her husband, my position head coach at Wellesly Tim Gray, for and I was the last two willing to years to lead take a sacrithe women of fice in coachAuburn tening to come nis. down here.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;She brings Prior to a lot of knowlher stint at We l l e s ly, edge in that GRAY Christine was respect to a high school the program,â&#x20AC;? Tim said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would say we history teacher and tennis ham and egg it with each coach at various levels. other, if you will. I think She graduated from we really play of each oth- Brown University where erâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strengths. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good she played tennis for four match.â&#x20AC;? years and earned a degree Christine and Tim met in international relations in Rhode Island while and received a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of both were on a recruiting education from Harvard Graduate School of Edutrip at Brown University.

cation in 1997. She was part of the team that won the Ivy League Championship in 1991 and was named Outstanding Senior Athlete in 1992. Tim said he knew Christine during her postBrown, Wellesly years. The two knew of each other but had never met personally. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was one of those things where a mutual friend said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hey, you guys should get to know each other,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Tim said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The rest is history.â&#x20AC;? Originally, Christine moved to Auburn thinking she would get involved in education in some way. But fate, or luck, stepped in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;His assistant coach pursued an opportunity to attend medical school and so the search was opened up and I applied and thankfully, with some head coaching experience and having an advanced degree in education, I think those both helped

me get my foot in the door here,â&#x20AC;? Christine said. Tim said adding Christine has helped the program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She was a very good player, very good tactician and was a very good head coach in her own right, prior to coming here,â&#x20AC;? Tim said. Christine said she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get to play as much tennis as she would like, mostly because of the responsibilities inherent in being assistant coach. But she does still get to play every now and thenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; practice with the girls, mixed doubles with Tim and, occasionally, a classic battle of the sexes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He toys with me on the court,â&#x20AC;? Christine said. Tim doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deny Christineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s claims, but said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;hard to compare.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;She was a great tennis player, still hits a really good ball,â&#x20AC;? Tim said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She was part of the team that won the Ivy Leagues back in 1891.â&#x20AC;?

Filling in the Gray area Favorite tennis player? Chris Evert and Bjorn Bork Book youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re currently reading? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art of Racing in the Rain,â&#x20AC;? which is a story told from a dogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s point of view. Favorite Auburn tradition? The eagle flying at football games. I get chills every time. Hobbies beside tennis? Love to travel and outdoor activities Favorite tennis venue? The outdoor courts at the Auburn Yarbrough Tennis Center.

Three items youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d take to a deserted island? Tim Gray, probably some water and our two dogs, Homer and Sampson

The Auburn Track and Field team will compete in its first outdoor meet in two weeks Saturday, heading to the Yellow Jacket Invitational hosted by Georgia Tech. Coach Ralph Spry said some of the team has had even more time off, with only a few athletes competing in the NCAA indoor competition. Auburn showed nicely at the NCAA meet, with all six Tiger competitors earning All-American honors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The women finished 6th and the men finished 12th, which are a couple of strong finishes for having such a young team,â&#x20AC;? Spry said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The key now is just to continue to build off that.â&#x20AC;? Laurel Pritchard, senior distance runner, said the time off between competitive phases gives time to nurse injuries from the indoor season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually been really great because once we finish our indoor season we have a few weeks to increase our miles a little bit and get in a couple more really strong work outs,â&#x20AC;? Pritchard said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it actually gives us a lot of confidence.â&#x20AC;? The team has 13 meets over the course of indoor and outdoor competitions, with only two of

those being at home. Junior sprinter Stephen Fly said traveling so much doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t affect his team as much as it affects other sports. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the big meets like SEC championships and national championships are always away,â&#x20AC;? Fly said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned to thrive at other peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tracks.â&#x20AC;? Auburnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first outdoor home meet is the Tiger Track Classic April 2-3, following the Yellow Jacket Invitational closely. Spry said the Tigers will be taking it easy at the meet in Atlanta to prepare for the Tiger Track Classic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We probably wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hit it as hard at Georgia Tech, just because it is going to continue getting more competitive from this point in,â&#x20AC;? Spry said. Prior to nationals, junior sprinter Sheniqua Ferguson and sophomore sprinter Marcus Rowland were both awarded First Team AllSEC honors, with three other athletes making the second team. Spry said he has strong teams on both the men and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side and is proud of their showing at this point in the season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We finished out the indoor season well, and if we keep up our training up the way weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going, we should have a very strong outdoor season as well,â&#x20AC;? Spry said.

Favorite restaurant in Auburn? Fuji Favorite Star Wars movie? The one with the Ewoks Favorite styles of music? Pretty much standard rock and pop girl. But with Tim Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s influence adding in some jazz and country.


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The Auburn Plainsman

Sports, D6

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Women’s tennis returns to SEC play motivated BEN BARTLEY COPY EDITOR

The Auburn Women’s Tennis team and No. 46 nationally-ranked singles player senior Fani Chifchieva return to SEC action this weekend, matching up against the University of Kentucky at home tomorrow before traveling to Vanderbilt Sunday. “I think the team is in a very good position and we are motivated after beating South Carolina before spring break,” Chifchieva said. Auburn defeated then No. 20 University of South Carolina 4-3 March 14. Senior Myrthe Molenveld secured the victory for the Tigers, defeating No. 111 Anya Morgina at

the No. 3 position, 6-3, 7-6. “I was up 6-3 and 5-2 and the girl came back and I was 6-5 down in the second set,” Molenveld said. “I was just so focused on winning because I hadn’t won an SEC match. I just kept fighting and fighting and the whole team was cheering me on. It was great to beat the No. 20 team in the nation.” Coach Tim Gray said the match was a product of hard, but also smart, work. “I think our result has shown that, a 4-3 loss to No. 12 Georgia and we had some chances,” Gray said. “And then we turn around and beat No. 20 South Carolina a week later. I think we’re starting to hit our stride. We just have to keep working hard.” During the break, the


Senior Myrthe Molenveld cuts to the ball against TCU Feb. 28.

Tigers competed in a SEC/ Big Ten/ Big 12 fling in Orlando, Fla. Auburn faced off against No. 30 Indiana and No. 56 Oklahoma State in three days of singles and doubles matches. The matches were

scored based on a scoring system designed collectively by the three coaches. Under the system, each team named one winner. For the Tigers, it was Chifchieva. “We had a very good break,” Chifchieva said.

Men’s tennis drops 2 ANNA SCHIERHOLZ WRITER

After two straight weeks on the road, the Auburn Men’s Tennis team dropped consecutive matches to No. 22 North Carolina and No. 9 Kentucky. The Tigers fell to the Tar Heels 4-3 in Chapel Hill, N.C., March 19 in a close match, but got swept by the Wildcats March 21 4-0. The Tigers fell to 4-9 on the season and 1-4 in the SEC. North Carolina improved to 11-2, and Kentucky is now 13-6, 3-2 SEC. Coach Eric Shore said the match with the Tar Heels could have gone either way, but, in the Kentucky match, the players dug themselves a hole they couldn’t get out of. “I’m convinced it will pay off in the last half of the season as we finish up this tough part of our schedule,” Shore said. “We’re moving in the right direction.” Shore also said four of the five conference matches the team have played have been teams in the top five in the SEC. “It’s now time for us to show we’ve improved through this tough schedule,” Shore said. “Hopefully, this upcoming weekend we can get on a needed streak.” The Tigers have two matches at home this weekend. Saturday, they welcome South Florida (5-9) in a 10:30 a.m. match. Sunday, they battle SEC rival Vanderbilt (10-6, 2-3 SEC) at 1 p.m. No. 8 Tim Puetz, senior doubles and singles player, said he felt the team is constantly improving. “We just finally need to get a win,” Puetz said. “We’re a good enough team to beat other good teams. We just need to get over the hump. I’m positive as the season goes on we will be a very successful team.” Puetz said the team’s strength is in sin-


Sophomore Alex Stamchev backhands a return against Georgia March 7.

gles. “We are competitive in every position, and we don’t have any weaknesses in our (singles) lineup,” Puetz said. “Our weakness is in doubles. It’s just too hard to be down 1-0 after doubles against good teams. We need to improve there.” Puetz said he is looking forward to playing this weekend. “We just desperately need to get a win,” Puetz said. “South Florida and Vandy are both beatable, and I expect us to get over the hump against at least one, if not both of the teams.” Puetz said he and his teammates are focusing on their goal of making the NCAA tournament this season, despite the recent losses. “As of right now, we’re nowhere near qualifying, so we’ve got some work ahead of us,” Puetz said. “We just hope to take advantage of our upcoming schedule.”



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“We played some matches in Orlando against two teams. We were very focused on working on the things we had to work on to come up with a good energy. We’re very comfortable coming into this week’s matches.” Auburn now returns to face the familiar foes of the SEC and start the conference homestretch, culminating with the SEC Championships beginning April 22 in Athens, Ga. Chifchieva said Auburn had a good match against Kentucky last year. “We won against Kentucky like 6-1, very solid win, very good matches,” Chifchieva said. “We had bad luck against Vanderbilt, but we still played good tennis.” Gray said he was excited

by the opportunities presented by the two upcoming SEC matches and feels his Tigers have been making forward progress as of late. Though Auburn is led by seniors Chifchieva, Molenveld and Jil Hastenrath, it is still an overall young team. “A little bit younger in some spots and the kids higher up in the lineup this year were lower in the lineup last year so even though they have experience, they’re not as experienced up in the higher positions,” Gray said. “I think a lot of schools were looking for us to have a down year, but we didn’t feel that way.” The match tomorrow begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Auburn Plainsman

Sports, D7

E-Z Win Auburn Men’s Golf defeats Alabama, Florida, others with come-from-behind performance in weekend Georgia invitational DEREK LACEY


Junior Cydney Clanton makes a putt in the Auburn Invitational at the Auburn University Club March 7.


Fresh off its win in the Tiger/Wave Golf Classic last weekend in New Orleans, the Auburn Women’s Golf team now turns its sights to Athens, Ga. The Tigers compete in the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic Friday through Sunday at the UGA Golf Course. “We’ve played in this tournament as many years as I’ve been here so it’s a familiar place for us,” said head coach Kim Evans. “We’re coming off really good momentum from the last tournament and the last week we’ve really given them a lot of time to rest and get caught up.” Auburn pulled off a close win Sunday after falling behind Texas Christian and tying LSU,

sophomore Haley Wilson. “We’ve just been practicWhen you’re traveling it’s good ing around, playing and working on our short to get back to basics to make sure game, getting ready to everyone is prepared and ready to go.” go for this week. We just need to stay patient and Cydney Clanton, go out there and take it junior one shot and one hole at a time.” After capturing the SEC co-host of the tourna- but as individuals, which ment with Tulane Univer- is good. When you’re trav- title last year, the Tigers sity. Other participants eling it’s good to get back are looking to reach a in New Orleans included to basics to make sure similar crest in 2010. Evans said that, though Alabama, who finished that everyone is prepared the team is playing sharpthird, Virginia, Tennessee and ready to go.” Clanton said Auburn’s ly now, the team can aland Georgia. Despite the initial defi- win last year at the Liz ways improve upon its cit, the final six holes saw Murphey Classic has the mental state, stay fresh a steady recovery for the team excited about mak- and not be too hard on iting the trip. Participating self when something goes Tigers. Junior Cydney Clan- teams include Arkansas, wrong and create a good ton made an eagle to ac- South Carolina, Purdue, game plan that it can stick company the Auburn’s six Wake Forest and Ala- to. “We feel really good bama, who the Tigers debirdies, cinching the win. “We had spring break feated by three strokes about the program,” Evlast week so most of us last year to take the tour- ans said. “The girls are working hard, they’re putactually stayed in Auburn nament. “We’re all hoping that ting a lot into it and we’re and practiced a lot,” Clanton said. “We didn’t do we can get out there and really excited about the that necessarily as a team, bring home a win,” said future.”

Softball drops series against LSU BREE BOWEN WRITER

It was a fierce weekend of Tigers vs. Tigers as No. 14 Louisiana State University swept Auburn’s Softball team in Baton Rouge. In Saturday’s doubleheader, LSU pounced on top in the beginning of the first match and pitched a complete game, taking advantage of Auburn’s errors and achieving three consecutive walks, the last forcing a run home in the sixth inning. Senior pitcher Anna Thompson, named SEC Softball Pitcher of the Week for the second week, gave up four runs. A bases-loaded double produced two more runs

for LSU, leaving the game with a final score of 7-0. “The first game we were kind of out of our element,” said sophomore outfielder Krista Clyde. Auburn was behind 4-0 going into the seventh inning in the second game until Clyde singled and then proceeded to steal second base. Kept on base through two outs, Clyde went on to score a run after redshirt senior outfielder Lindsey Harrelson singled to left, bringing the score to 4-1. With the bases loaded, sophomore infielder Amber Harrison pushed two runs across, reaching on an error, ending the game 4-3 in favor of LSU. “Our attitude was up, we never gave up,” Clyde

said. “If you came to a game you’d never expect who was winning or losing because of our intensity.” LSU completed the series sweep Sunday, although the game was tight until the sixth inning. Auburn left eight runners on base and missed scoring opportunities. “We kept putting the ball in place and kept trying to manufacture runs, but it just wasn’t working out for us,” said sophomore catcher Elizabeth Eisterhold. “LSU capitalized on our mistakes.” Auburn won 1-0 over Florida State two days before, despite accumulating nearly 20 strikeouts. “We’ve put LSU behind us,” Eisterhold said.

Auburn next meets with the University of South Carolina in Columbia and plans to go in focused and with the right mindset. “I think we’ll go in very aggressive, after these three losses we have a lot of revenge and anger,” Clyde said. With a 15-12 record, Auburn has the chance and spirit to come back and round out the season on a good note. Head coach Tina Deese said she is focused on keeping the team healthy and looking forward to the return several significant starters who have been out. “I think we’ll be working on just about everything this week,” Deese said.

Jonathan Randolph of the University of Mississippi. Sophomore Kyle KopWRITER sick scored the best for The No. 8 Auburn Men’s the Tigers with an indiGolf team finished at the vidual three-round score top of the leader board at of three-under par 213, the 2010 Schenkel E-Z Go finishing tied for sixth Invitational with a team overall. score of 862. McCurdy earned his “It’s a great win,” said fourth-straight top-10 finsophomore Will McCurdy. ish with a score of 215, “The Schenkel is a presti- earning the 10th place gious tournament.” spot. The E-Z Go Invitational Moreland shot a onewas a three-day, 54-hole over 217 and finished the tournament held at For- tournament tied for 15th, est Heights Country Club his fourth-straight top-15 in Statesboro, Ga., March finish. 19 - 21. Clinard said the team “I’m very happy for did very well, a result of the guys,” its hard said head work on the coach Nick course and Clinard. The course in the gym, “ They ’ve noting ball w o r k e d played a lot tougher striking and hard.” confidence on Sunday. We Auburn two facplayed smart, stayed as faced a ets contribn u m b e r patient and didn’t uting to the of tough push too hard.” win. teams, inNext on Cole Moreland, the Tigers cluding senior schedule is Louisiana State UniThe Hootie versity, the at Bulls Bay universities of Alabama, March 28-30. Florida, Kentucky and the “Hopefully we can keep defending Schenkel E-Z this momentum rolling,” Go champions, University McCurdy said. of South Carolina. Auburn will face the “It’s a huge relief, I’m University of Virginia, pretty excited about it,” who finished second at said Cole Moreland, the the 2009 Hootie at Bulls only senior on the team. Bay, and South Carolina, The University of North third-place finisher of the Florida came in second, 2009 Tournament, both of with a team score of 863, whom Auburn defeated in one under par. Statesboro, Ga., last week. Auburn came back from Clinard said the team behind Sunday, shooting will prepare for the upeight strokes better than coming tournament with North Florida, who fin- the same hard work and ished 11 over par for the confidence that helped final day. them win the E-Z Go Invi“The course played a lot tational. tougher on Sunday,” MoThe Tournament will reland said. “We played be held at Bulls Bay Golf smart, stayed patient and Club. didn’t push too hard.” Bulls Bay Golf Club is a The individual best 72-par, 7,282-yard course score, a five-under 211, in Awendaw, S.C. was a three-way tie be“It’s always very windy tween Jordan Gibb of up there, you’ve got to be North Florida, Hunter patient,” Moreland said. Hamrick of Alabama and “Every shot’s a grind.”

The Auburn Plainsman

Sports, D8

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Championships return to Auburn JESSICA SHADDIX WRITER


Kristin Hansen comes to a sliding stop in Western Reining vs. Baylor.

It’s been three years since Auburn’s Equestrian team has hosted the Southern Equestrian Championships, but the eighth annual event will return to Auburn this Friday and Saturday. “Anytime these three teams compete, anybody is capable of winning,” said head coach Greg Williams. “Right now it’s been a battle between us and Georgia.” Senior Lyndsey Jordan said she would like her team to win a championship before she graduates. “All year our team has been so strong,” Jordan said. “For the past few years we haven’t done so well, but this year I really feel like we’re going in loaded. I re-

ally feel like we’re going to be able to pull out a win.” Junior Ali Loprete said that if they win the team will be set up great for going to nationals. She said it will prove they are “the best team going in.” Williams is also hopeful this year and said just like any other sport it helps to have a homefield advantage. “Hopefully we make that final round on Saturday to come out,” Williams said. Auburn has split meets with South Carolina and Georgia this season. Riding for the Tigers in Hunt Seat Equitation on the Flat are seniors Chelsea Anheuser and Katie Breedlove, sophomore Maggie McAlary, freshmen Anna Becker and Lindsay Portela and Loprete as alternate.

Competing in Hunt Seat Equitation over Fences are seniors Anna Schierholz and Grace Socha, juniors Dottie Grubb and Loprete, McAlary and freshman Anna Becker as alternate. Seniors Jessica Jones and Kylie Miller, junior Bailey Dymond, sophomore Kristin Hansen, freshmen Indy Roper and Casey Fowler as alternate, will ride in Western Horsemanship. Competing in the Western Reining category are Jordan and senior Kim Pope, juniors Jillian Fuller and Paige Monfore, Roper and senior Jessica Jones as alternate. “This weekend I expect our team to work hard and come out with a well-deserved win,” Loprete said. “I do believe we are the best team, and this is our chance to prove it.”

Equestrian lifetime sport for Anheuser JESSICA SHADDIX WRITER

A love and passion for horses came at an early age for Chelsea Anheuser, senior in marketing and hunt seat rider for Auburn’s Equestrian team. At the age of 6, Anheuser said she was driving somewhere with her mother and told her to pull off onto the side of the road so she could take her to a barn and sign up for lessons. “I always really loved horses,” Anheuser said. Anheuser grew up in Alpharetta, Ga., and trained at five different barns before college. In 2006, she graduated from Milton High School in Milton, Ga., and was recruited to the equestrian team. Equestrian coach Greg Williams said it’s hard not to feel Anheuser’s passion for the sport.

“It doesn’t take long at all talking to her for anybody to tell how much this means to her,” Williams said. Anheuser said her parents, John and Deidre Anheuser, have supported her every step of her horse-riding journey. “My mom has just always been with me ever since I started,” Anheuser said. “Traveling and taking me to horse shows, she always supported me and pushed me to be the best I could be.” One of Anheuser’s teammates and fellow hunt seat rider, Katie Breedlove, senior in marketing, said many of their teammates look up to Anheuser because she leads by example. “Chelsea is a very strong athlete, in the ring and outside the ring,” Breedlove said. “She dedicates her whole time to this team.” Anheuser said one of


Senior Chelsea Anheuser rides against TCU Sept. 18, 2009.

her personal goals is to always try and win a point for her team. She also said she always tries to encourage

her teammates and cheer them on. Between workouts, class and practice, Anheuser said her life on the eques-

trian team is fast-paced. “Things are always happening,” Anheuser said. “A lot of hard work, long hours, but lots of fun.” Anheuser said the team practices five days a week. At each practice Anheuser said she tries to make it worthwhile and work hard. “I really try to get to know the horses when we’re home,” Anheuser said. “So when we practice, I listen to the coaches, the teammates, take it all in and soak it all up. So when competition comes I feel totally prepared.” Anheuser said once she gets to a competition she mainly thinks about her routine. “I go about my pattern in my head, each step and whatever I need to do, go over the motions over and over again, clear my mind and just ride,” Anheuser said. In 2008, all of her hard work paid off when the

Tigers won the national championship. Anheuser said she was excited about winning the round, but still felt nervous for her team, hoping they would win. “It was extreme excitement and nervousness,” Anheuser said. But, when it’s Anheuser, her horse and no competition, she said she appreciates the moments when she is able to ride. “When I’m just riding, I just kind of think about my day and take everything in,” Anheuser said. “I really just like going out in the field. I just clear my mind. (I) don’t really think about anything. I appreciate those moments. I know a lot of people don’t understand. It’s relaxing.” Anheuser said she would like to have a couple horses of her own later in life. “Then I can just ride,” she said. “It’s something I will always love.”

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