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The Auburn Plainsman A Spirit That Is Not Afraid

THURSDAY, April 22, 2010

Vol. 116, Issue 27 32 Pages

Giuliani conveys leadership MICHELLE WILDER CAMPUS EDITOR Photos by Philip Smith / ASSISTANT PHOTO EDITOR

(Top) Kenneth Upshaw, junior in industrial design, shows off his breakdancing skills at the annual Dance Marathon Saturday. (Bottom) Mike Leigh, sophomore in theatre, competes in the robot dance competition that took place during the dance marathon.

Dancin’ the night away SGA raised $5,590 during its second annual Dance Marathon JILLIAN CLAIR STAFF REPORTER

The second annual Auburn University Dance Marathon kicked off Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom, and students danced nonstop until the next morning at 8 a.m. The 12-hour event, hosted by SGA, raised $5,590 for Lee County’s Habitat for Humanity. All the money stays in Lee County, said Tiffany Rozier, director of the dance marathon and junior in theater management. Nationwide, dance marathons are the largest studentrun philanthropy, Rozier said. “At some schools, you train to do dance marathon,” Rozier said. “You don’t have caffeine for weeks, you alter your sleeping patterns—it’s crazy. It’s a learning process and a working process to try to get Auburn to have something that great and that beneficial.” Rozier said the money is raised through corporate sponsorships, entry fees and fundraising by the participants. Teams from different

groups on campus registered for the event, and a points system was used to determine the winner. There was a tie for first place between Alpha Chi Omega Sorority and the Auburn University Players. Second place was Sigma Kappa Sorority, and third place went to “The Boys.” Auburn’s dance marathon began last year as a campaign platform for Sara Beth Brown, Miss Auburn of 2009. Rozier said SGA sponsored the event this year. “I think we’re well on our way to becoming a new Auburn tradition,” Rozier said. Mark Grantham, executive director of Habitat for Humanity, spoke at the kickoff, telling participants about the work of Habitat for Humanity. Two Habitat for Humanity homeowners also shared their stories and thanked students for their participation. “I think it’s a great cause, and to think that from dancing for 12 hours someone is going to have a roof over their head is just something that’s really incredible,” said Julie DiCarlo, junior in communication and a member of

An organization new to Auburn will begin its program with a speaker known across the nation. Former Mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, GIULIANI will speak on leadership in challenging times in the Coliseum May 3. “We were one of the few universities without a speaker series in the Southeast,” said Drew Robinson, president of Perspectives on the Plains. “Perspectives on the Plains started two years ago under the initiative of Lauren Hays, former SGA president.” The core mission of Perspectives on the Plains is to get prominent, well-known, well-respected individuals to speak on campus, Robinson said. “Giuliani is a leader who succeeded > Turn to GIULIANI, A2

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the Alpha Chi Omega team. “I dance all the time. My biggest thing is just wearing comfortable shoes, because I don’t like to dance barefoot—it kind of freaks me out.” DiCarlo participated last year as well. “Last year, afterward I couldn’t walk for three days,” DiCarlo said. “Dancing for 12 hours is something I had never done before, so my body

was sore, and muscles hurt that I didn’t even know I had.” Stamina to last through the entire 12 hours is important, DiCarlo said. “The middle is hard. From 1 o’clock to 4 o’clock is the hardest stretch, but after that you get your second wind around 4 o’clock in the morning,” DiCarlo said.

Alabamians have a window of opportunity to spend less money and energy while having the ability to green. Alabama will receive $4,473,000 in rebates on old appliances in a state effort to become more sustainable. Alabama will implement a mail-in rebate program to help residents replace older, inefficient appliances with Energy Star qualified appliances. Alabamians have reserved approximately 18,500 rebates. The reserved rebates are worth approximately $2 million and total approximately half the available funds, according to a press release from

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Donating the miracle of sound The Auburn Audiology Outreach will travel to Guatemala, donate hearing aids to schools CHELSEA HARVEY WRITER

In May, Dr. Sandra ClarkLewis, clinical professor of audiology in the Department of Communication Disorders, will travel to Guatemala. Unlike many, she will not be on vacation. Clark-Lewis is responsible for Auburn Audiology Outreach in Guatemala, an established pro-


gram which provides hearing screenings for impoverished children and hearing aids for those who exhibit significant hearing loss. Hearing aids were donated to the cause by the GN ReSound Corporation, an international hearing aid provider. Clark-Lewis made her first trip to Guatemala as part of the program in August 2009 along with six doctoral students and

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two Auburn University alumni. On the first trip, they tested the hearing of more than 400 native children. “It was an interesting time for all of us to meet these children who have so little in their material world but are beautiful, smart, ambitious and polite,” Clark-Lewis said of her August trip. “We fell in love with the > Turn to HEARING, A2


Dr. Martha Miller, alumna and employee of GN ReSound Corporation, assists in calibrating a $4,000 hearing aid to a student of the La Rosa school in Guatemala City during a trip in August 2009.

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DUI Arrests in the City of Auburn April 13 - April 18, 2010 Stella A. Brundage, 50, of Opelika East Drake Avenue / North Ross Street April 13, 10:20 p.m. Jermeral L. Jackson, 30, of Alexander City Bedell Avenue / Booker Street April 16, 1:37 a.m. Faustino Perez-Nunez, 29, of Oaxaco, Mexico Shell Toomer Parkway / College Street April 17, 3:32 a.m. Kyle D. Lehman, 22, of Tampa, Fla. Sonic Drive-In on South College Street April 17, 3:45 a.m. Reshma Patel, 19, of Winterhaven, Fla. Tichenor Avenue April 17, 3:00 p.m. Cody Z. Owens, 19, of Columbus, Ga. US Highway 14 East April 17, 7:58 p.m. Joseph A. Deshler, 22, of Vicksberg, Miss. Cox Street / Magnolia Avenue April 18, 2:12 a.m. Ian P. Aycock, 18, of Colorado Springs, Colo. Video Warehouse April 18, 6:20 a.m. James P. McCain, 22, of Columbus, Ga. US Highway 29 South April 18, 6:15 p.m. Abel S. Moralez-Juares, 23, of Guatemala Shelton Mill Road April 18, 7:09 p.m.

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Andrew Kinnaird, junior in economics, was a member of the Sigma Kappa team. “I did it last year, and it was a lot of fun, so I wanted to do it again,” Kinnaird said. “I like to dance. I’ve also worked with Habitat before, and it’s a really great cause. Also, this year we’re having a TOMS hour, and I’m working with the TOMS group.” Kinnaird said his favorite part of the evening was the AU Rhythm dance-off, which he won. “Everybody was supposed to get in a circle, and then AU Rhythm was in the middle,” Kinnaird said. “I was throwing out some ‘Twist and Shout,’ a little two-step— a little bit of everything.” Kinnaird said AU Rhythm added a lot of fun to the event. “They come and do their routine, and then they’ll stick around and dance to different

songs,” Kinnaird said. “I personally don’t know a lot of dances, but AU Rhythm knows all the dances to all the songs and how to do them, so you watch them and pick up new stuff.” In addition to danceoffs, the dance marathon featured a Zumba class, $1 massages, swing dancing lessons, Michael Jackson hour, free Fuze drinks and costume contests. Rozier said each year would be different, but she hopes the marathon becomes a huge Auburn tradition. “Every year is going to be learning and in 10 years, we’re going to work out all the kinks, and hopefully it’ll be in the Coliseum, and it’ll be great,” Rozier said. Rozier said in the future she hopes the dance marathon coordinators will collaborate with the planners of Greek Sing, and the proceeds will be enough to build a Habitat for Humanity house every year henceforth.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

CRIME REPORTS April 12, - April 19, 2010 April 12, East Glenn Avenue – Theft of property reported. One green Z920 John Deere commercial lawn mower worth $8,400.

April 15, East University Drive – Theft by Fraudulent Leasing. One silver Chrysler PT Cruiser.

April 14, West Longleaf Drive – Theft reported. One black Apple laptop. April 15, Webster Road – Theft of property reported. One blue H&K USP compact pistol, one black H&K USP Bianchi pistol holster, one black Black and Decker claw hammer.


in challenging economic times, so he is perfect to speak directly to students about leadership,” Robinson said. Although the former mayor is not seen in the South that often, Robinson said it was not as difficult to get him as he thought it would be. “Giuliani actually cost us below average of what

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the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. “It is a program that came out of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which the economic stimulus bill,” said Mike Presley, spokesperson for The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. “The money is from the U.S. Department of Energy, and they allocated money to each state.” The concept is similar to “Cash for Clunkers,” according to Amy Heinemann, policy analyst for the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency. The rebates will available for new Energy Star-labeled appliances and include refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers, dishwashers and room air conditioners. The Alabama Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate program began April 19 and will run though May 9. Appliances purchased before April 19 are


children and established a wonderful relationship with the teachers and the administrators at the schools.” The program was originally invited by the Municipality of Guatemala City to provide service for children attending three inner-city schools. When interest in the program was expressed by many students in the audiology doctoral program, ClarkLewis applied for funding. She received a $14,749 grant from the Auburn University Office of Out-

April 17, Webster Road - Theft reported. One black 12 gauge Winchester 1300 Defender shotgun, one black MX Autotech subwoofer with speaker box, one black Pioneer Premier Gold car stereo.

April 19, Lee Road 12 – Theft reported. One black 36” Panasonic flat screen TV and one black 38” Vizio flatscreen TV.

April 17, Lee Road – Auto Burglary and entering reported. One set of Callaway golf clubs worth $1,800.

- Reports provided by Auburn Department of Public Safety

we usually pay speakers,” Robinson said. “We are paying him $85,000 to come, which includes speaking, hotel accommodations and transportation.” Teresa Whitman McCall, communication specialist for the Office of Communication and Marketing and advisor for Perspectives on the Plains, said Giuliani is an appropriate speaker to speak to students about leadership


April 17, Lee Road 12 - Theft reported. One Sony Playstation 2, Sony Playstation games worth $200 and one Nikon Coolpix camera.

in challenging times. “Leadership is a big topic at Auburn,” Robinson said. “We are taught to be leaders and to be representatives of Auburn.” McCall said students should take advantage of this opportunity to hear such a well-known speaker. “Students are impacting our future with their thoughts and actions,” McCall said, “and he can impart useful tips on how to

not eligible for rebates. “The purpose of (the program) is to help stimulate the economy by giving an incentive for customers to go to retailers and buy appliances,” Presley said. “And also to help get appliances that use a lot of energy off the grid.” Presley said ADECA is encouraging people to recycle old appliances. “On the rebate form there is a box where you have to check you are replacing an appliance,” Presley said. “But we do encourage people recycling where it is available or just take them to their landfill, there is no real follow-up, we are not checking to see what happens to them.” The program is open to Alabamians older than the age of 18 and will be limited to one rebate per appliance type and only two rebates per household, according to an ADECA press release. Auburn University is taking steps to become more sustainable, according to Gregory Parsons, University architect for the University.

reach and an additional $3,800 from the College of Liberal Arts, without which the program have been impossible. “The grant money has allowed our audiology program to establish a relationship with The Municipality of Guatemala City that we hope will continue for many years,” ClarkLewis said. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Auburn also provided an additional grant for the purchase of an audiometer, which will be given to the schools in Guatemala City. Clark-Lewis will be returning to Guatemala May

enter that future.” Robinson said at the end of the 45-minute speech that is open to students, faculty and community, there will be a 15-minute question and answer session. “Even on the last day of classes, take an hour to support this program and organization and hear a great speaker,” McCall said. “If student do that, we can have more great speakers in the future.”

Solar street lights, LED traffic signals, water-saver toilets and fixtures are just a few of the improvements on Auburn’s campus. Parsons said he has been testing a temporary solar street lamp and they should be up on Magnolia Avenue in a couple of weeks before the installation of permanent lighting. Parsons encourages traveling by Tiger Transit and bicycle to be more energy efficient. The South, as a region, has been resistant to change and is behind the rest of the country when it comes to energy-efficiency, said Marilyn Brown of the Georgia Institute of Technology and co-lead researcher of the study. “An aggressive commitment to energy efficiency could be an economic windfall for the South,” Brown said. “Such a shift would lower energy bills for cash-strapped consumers and businesses and create more new jobs for Southern workers.” Rebates can be reserved on or call 1-877-856-6645.

1 with four doctoral students and one undergraduate who will assist with translation during the stay. Larry Molt, associate professor in the Department of Communications Disorders, will also be accompanying the group. According to the Auburn Audiology Outreach website, funding for the program is only guaranteed through the end of this semester. Additional funds are being raised to continue the program. According to Clark-Lewis, efforts are being made to reconnect with Auburn alumni in order to raise funds to finance anyone

who wishes to participate in the program. In an open letter to Patricia Arzu, wife of the mayor of Guatemala City, President Jay Gogue of Auburn University expressed his hope that “our audiology students will graduate with a greater appreciation of their place in the global community and will dedicate themselves to the sort of selfless service that your life has so clearly expressed.” Clark-Lewis reaffirmed her hope for the continued success of the program. “We want this to be a long-term relationship,” Clark-Lewis said.

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Waverly dons its dancin’ shoes

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College students, Lee County children and parents boogie Saturday afternoon while DB Harris and The Men of Action play the old steel guitar Buck Owens tune “Act Naturally.”

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Orange Quinn places cheese on half-pound hamburger patties at the Old 280 Boogie.

Waverly celebrates 10th anniversary of Old 280 Boogie BETHANY DONALDSON WRITER

Blue grass music twanged through the trees, and cars lined the road. Just off Highway 280 citizens of Lee County hiked with lawn chairs to the 10th annual 280 Boogie Saturday. Those opting to skip out on Auburn’s A-Day football game enjoyed a day of music featuring The Uncle Roy Show, Mace Glasscock, Spoonful James and more. Attendees were welcomed to the event by the aroma of burgers and chicken hot off the grill. Several vendors, including the Strutting Duck, Johnny Brusco’s and the Lake Martin Oyster Bar offered lunch for the masses. “It’s a good civic event for the town to get together and listen to music,” said Scott Fuller of Wickles Pickles in Waverly. “There are a lot of arts and crafts, and it’s free. Pretty much the whole town of Waverly comes and people from Auburn and LaFayette.” The multi-cultural arts and music festival is hosted each year by the town of Waverly and is sponsored by Standard Deluxe Screen Printing Company. Callie Fleming, freshman in pre-graphic design, said she has been coming to the 280 Boogie since she was young. “It gets super crowded as the day goes on,” Fleming said. “I grew up coming to it.” At the event, Fleming worked the Standard Deluxe table located at the front of the event.

The table was stacked a foot high with t-shirts for customers to sort through and buy during the day. Blair Stapp, senior in graphic design, and Melanie Walker, senior in nursing, worked at the Standard Deluxe table as well. They said planning the event takes a lot of coordination with the bands and different vendors, and they had been setting up the event since Thursday. Several art vendors lined the outskirts of the event offering a variety of products. Attendees were able to purchase homemade jams, jellies and hand-crafted jewelry. Even unbreakable ornaments and Fabergé eggs were sold at one booth, and a prison arts and education booth displayed books and art from prison inmates. Rachel Blocher, a ceramic jewelry designer, said she has been attending the event for three years. “It’s my favorite show,” Blocher said. “I have shows lined up every weekend from now until October, and none of them are like this. I can just let my kids run around and have fun.” Blocher said she and her family try to get as close to the music as possible because there are always great bands. Kathryn Cooper, senior in art, said she chose to attend the Boogie instead of ADay because it is a great place to be. “It’s something I look forward to every year,” Cooper said. “It’s a great place to hang out with friends and listen to some great live music. I can’t wait to go back next year.”

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Unanimous ‘yes’ for open containers DANIEL CHESSER ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

Unanimous consent of the Auburn City Council amended and passed the ordinance to allow open alcoholic containers on sidewalks at outdoor cafes in the city. The ordinance was amended to appease all council members after a clarification was made on

what type of businesses will be affected. This ordinance will not apply to downtown bars unless the business also serves food, according to the council. “It was an amendment that eliminated one city facility from any possibility of it being utilized,� said Mayor Bill Ham. “That would be Boykin community center.�

The Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center was an example of a venue where open containers would be permitted. Unanimous consent also approved the speed limit reduction on North College Street at Shug Jordan Parkway and North College at Shelton Mill Road. The speed limit is being changed from 50 mph to

45 mph. A new public safety fire truck was inspected and viewed by the council before the meeting. “It is a great piece of equipment and another tool in the arsenal,� Ham said. “Public safety is a big deal and we don’t have many fires here. The guys tell me that 90 percent of fires can be put out with the water that’s on board

in this truck.� The truck is a 2010 KME with 1,250 gallon per minute pumper, carries a 1000 gallons of water and a array of equipment, according to Fire Chief Lee Lamar. “We actually placed the truck in service Friday night around 5 p.m.,� Lamar said. “So it has been running calls out of station one since then.�

The Auburn University College of Education and Auburn City Schools were recognized for their award for becoming the 2010 Nancy Zimpher Recipient for Best Partnership. “Over the last five years the committee has improve the relationship significantly between K-20� said Dr. J. Terry Jenkins, superintendent of Auburn City Schools.

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The Alabama Senate has approved a compromise to the 10-year, $1 billion roads bill. The money from the bill will go toward improving roads and bridges. A number of the special projects included in the House version of the bill were reduced. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Lowell Barron (DFyffe) and was approved by the House April 13 after amendments were added to include projects such as airport runways, improvements of state docks and high-speed railway projects. After some debate, a conference committee of six state lawmakers approved the compromise 25-8. Attempts to reach Barron were unsuccessful. Voters will be allowed to vote in November whether to spend as much as $1 billion on Alabama transportation projects. More than $20 million is slated to be spent on mass

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Bill creates toughest gaming commission JILLIAN CLAIR STAFF REPORTER

The vote on the Alabama gambling bill that could provide an end to the debate may not take place after all. “There’s still one day left so they could bring it up tomorrow, but right now it looks like there are more votes against this gambling bill than there are for it,” Gov. Bob Riley said in a press release yesterday. The governor’s office claims the vote on the bill was delayed for the last week because the bill’s supporters were trying to garner support to pass it. “Basically, they've said that they're going to delay it as long as possible to convince people who are committed to vote no to vote yes,” said Todd Stacy, governor’s office press secretary. Sen. Roger Bedford, DRussellville, sponsor of the senate bill, said supporters of the bill want to make sure the Legislature knows what it contains. “It's a concise bill that would establish one of the highest tax rates in the nation—25 percent of the gross as a minimum,” Bedford said. “(The tax rate) is three times higher than New Jersey, three times higher than Nevada and more than twice as high as Mississippi.”

Bedford said the bill people vote yes, it's pretty would also establish the much unmitigated, unfettoughest gaming commis- tered expansion of gambling.” sion in the nation. Bedford rejected claims “The gaming commission would have subpoena that if people voted against powers, it would be sub- gaming in Alabama, nothject to the ethics laws of ing would change. Alabama, the people ap“There's about a dozen pointed to it could not be cases before the Alabama an elected official, and Supreme Court,” Bedford they said . could “ A n y not be one of assothose It seems obvious c a s e s ciated in any that they want to delay could w a y it as long as possible to s h u t with down t h e exert their influence.” all nongamNative Todd Stacy, A m e r i ing inGovernor Riley’s c a n dustry press secretary g a m either f i v e bling. years And, in before they got appointed my opinion, as political as or five years after they this is, if it's voted down by went off,” Bedford said. the people, the Supreme Bedford said the taxes Court will follow the will on gambling proposed in of the people and shut it the bill would go to educa- down.” If passed, citizens will tion, Medicaid and senior vote on the bill Nov. 2, and service programs. Stacy said the bill would the next Legislature would not provide citizens the set up the gaming commisopportunity to vote on sion, Bedford said. “This is not about gamgambling as the supporters of the bill have claimed. bling,” Stacy said. “This is “If it passed and it went not about putting money to a vote, and let's say the in a slot machine or buildpeople overwhelmingly ing a casino. This is about rejected it by voting no— the corruption that comes nothing changes,” Stacy with organized gambling said. “There's nothing in and about keeping that this bill that says casinos kind of corruption out of have to close down, but if our state.”

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Students sit smoking outside The Bank Vault Monday night. A new bill would make smoking in restaurants, but not bars, illegal throughout Alabama.

Bill bans smoking while eating throughout state ASHLEY MARKS WRITER

Although Auburn may be largely smoke-free, most of Alabama is not. However, a bill proposed by Sen. Vivian Figures aimed at banning smoking in restaurants statewide passed 19-3 April 6 in the Alabama Senate. An Auburn City Ordinance banning smoking in public places passed in 2003. “Citizens came and spoke to the city council and essentially asked for this (smoking ban) to be done,” said David Dorton, director of public affairs for the Auburn City Council. When the ordinance was put into action, some questioned if revenue would fall. Dorton said it didn’t. “Most everyone in is happy with the ordinance,” Dorton said. Ginny Campbell, government relations director for the American Cancer Society, supports Auburn’s ordinance. “We always use Auburn as a great example of how a smoke-free ordinance works,” Campbell said. “Here is a huge University that has smoke-free bars, so Auburn is just such a great example of how this thing really works.” However, the ACS does not support

Figures’ bill because it only bans smoking in restaurants. “The Cancer Society does not support any bills that are not comprehensive, meaning the ban of smoking in restaurants, bars and all work places,” Campbell said. “This bill only bans smoking in restaurants, and that’s not even including restaurants with bars in them, and this law would be really hard to enforce.” Campbell said she is disappointed with the new bill and doesn’t think it will make any difference. “This new law doesn’t really do anything that restaurants already do,” Campbell said. “Many restaurants have already chosen to go smoke-free.” There is no filter for second-hand smoke, which is what makes it so dangerous. Restaurant second-hand smoke is not the most dangerous kind, Campbell said. “What we’re really missing is the amount of second-hand smoke being consumed in workplaces and in bars,” Campbell said. “That’s where the real problem is.” Second hand smoke has been linked to cancer, which is why Campbell and the Cancer Society find it so vital to make smoking ban bills inclusive.

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Statewide smoking ban creates haze State Senator Vivian Figures’, D-Mobile, bill to ban smoking in restaurants statewide is close to passing this legislative session. All the bill lacks for complete passage is a vote on the House floor. Figures’ bill effectively bans smoking in establishments that derive most of their revenues from food sales and leaves out businesses who garner more of their profits from the sale of alcohol, known to most of us as bars. Many restaurant owners complain the bill is unfair, saying that they will lose businesses when smokers are forced to go elsewhere to light up. How effective can this measure truly be? By limiting its power to only the domain of restaurants, the state is still leaving large swaths of businesses untouched and unrestrained. If this bill was actually aimed at the concern of public health, it would make more sense to have the ban encompass all public areas, much like the ones here in Auburn and Opelika. Figures’ bill won’t effect life much here in Auburn; our citywide smoking ban is already more comprehensive than the one proposed. This bill feels like a cop-out, a compromise fused together with capitulation, timidity and defeatism. Even the American Cancer Society

has come out against the bill, claiming it doesn’t do enough to combat the host of medical issues smoking brings. It is a significantly watered-down version of Figures’ previous attempts to get a ban in place, an anemic shadow of what once was a top issue for the senator. The woman from Mobile figures correctly this bill is the best she can do and still have it become law, and, sadly, she’s right. While smoking is and will continue to be a major public health concern, it is also an issue that strongly taps into the oh-so American ideals of personal freedom that we tend to hold dear. Even if a comprehensive ban on restaurants and bars was passed, there would still be establishments that would continue to flaunt disobeying the law, continuing to smoke in their establishments as they have for decades. We have always been a state that dares “defend our rights,” and smoking is apparently one of the ones for which we will fight. Given the anti-anti-smoking backlash, perhaps it’s a miracle Figures even got the bill to go this far. While we remain unconvinced the bill will do any greatly recognizable good, we weakly endorse the efforts shown. The phrase “It’s better than nothing” comes to mind.

Appliance rebates a mixed bag The Alabama Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program began this week, offering rebates to Alabamians choosing to replace their older home appliances with more energy-efficient models. As of now, the program appears to be a relative success. Within its first day, 36 percent of the funds allocated for the program were already reserved by citizens seeking rebates. While we are in a recession, it appears people are willing to spend money if they are able to get a bit of help on the bill. The rebates offered were not for staggering amounts—a new fridge rebate will get you $150, while a new dishwasher rebate will only run to $75. We applaud the state’s efforts to try to decrease the amount of “clunker” appliances out there. Lowering the amount of powerguzzling antiquated models will help citizens’ pocketbooks and the environment, as using less power will mean our fair state’s power plants burning less coal. While the recent Climategate scandal may put a damper on the whole “global warming” movement, we can certainly all agree that fewer pollutants in the air of coal burning is a good thing for everyone in this state.

We should all endeavor to use less energy and find ways to make our homes and apartments more sustainable and environmentally friendly. However, we do have concerns about the government, both state and federal, continuing to allocate much needed funds for schemes such as this one. While environmental issues are certainly important, the idea of large government rebate programs that essentially move taxpayer dollars from government to industry, using Joe Taxpayer as a de facto middleman, cause pause. Programs like this make it seem patriotic to shop; Uncle Sam wants you ... to buy a Kenmore washer/dryer set. We’re all for stimulating the American economy, but we are leery of this rather direct form of governmental intervention in the marketplace. There are other issues and problems in this country that perhaps deserve the money we’re using to buy dishwashers and washing machines. Alabama faces across the board education cuts in the next fiscal year. School systems across the state are firing teachers, and even institutes of high learning like Auburn are going through some forced belt-tightening. We’re certain some good will come from this program, and we suppose that is enough to make it worth the expense.

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A Pro-Lifer’s response When I read Marcus Goff ’s guest commentary (‘Pro-life’ a sad misnomer) in last week’s edition of The Auburn Plainsman, I was quite confused. I was at the Students for Life booth the day he talked with some of the students there. I heard their conversation. What he wrote in his article is very different from what the people there told him and does not correspond to reality. Here is just one example: among the many values that Mr. Goff wrongly attributes to pro-lifers are their “increased efforts to expel and keep out needy Mexican immigrants.” I believe Mr. Goff was unaware the guy sitting in the back of the stand (that would be me) is a Mexican immigrant. Not only am I an immigrant, but I am a needy one as well (by being a grad student I automatically fall into the “needy” category)! I also found Ms. Lindsey Davidson’s editorial comparing Students for Life with Brother Micah rather absurd. Students for Life does not approve of Brother Micah’s methods nor do we use them. We are not here to condemn anyone, but rather to give a voice to those who do not have one. As a matter of fact, that which Ms. Davidson criticizes in pro-lifers is exactly what people who oppose the pro-life movement do all the time. Let us take Mr. Goff as an example. He appeals to the feeling of pity towards the poor as a support for abortion. Is this not using emotion instead of reason? And for Ms. Davidson to

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resort to the legality of abortion as a reason for it not being ethically wrong is equally erroneous. Any basic knowledge of the history of this country will reveal several legal institutions that were nonetheless unethical (slavery, anyone?). When Mr. Goff speaks of abortion being more humane than poverty, I question his experience with true poverty. I have worked with extremely poor people and I would gladly invite Mr. Goff, Ms. Davidson and anyone who wants to, to go with me and work with them. The people I have worked for are not only poor but also mentally or physically disabled; many of them were abandoned by their family and left out on the streets and dumps; they lived in the worst conditions imaginable. None of them have ever told me that it would have been better to not have been born at all. Most human beings have a natural tendency to cling on to life despite their terrible circumstances. That is a reality. There is, however, one thing on which Mr. Goff is right. He is right in his claim that the prolife movement, in order to rightfully call itself “pro-life,” should be more than just an anti-abortion movement.

It is already more than that. Pro-lifers all over the world work every day to assist women who go through difficult pregnancies, both economically and emotionally; they take care of orphans and abandoned children; they work in the slums with the poorest among the poor, seeking to improve their quality of life. I can testify to this work because I have seen it, and I have seen it done by members of Students for Life. As Carlos Castillo Peraza, a Mexican politician and philosopher, once said, being pro-life means much more than just opposing abortion: “It means being in solidarity with man from the very beginning of his vital process. It is taking up our social and political responsibilities in order to define, organize and optimize material resources so that a dignified, just and free life can be guaranteed to all human beings.” This is what the pro-life movement already works for, as does Students for Life. Yes, it does so even when some of its members fail to comprehend the complexities of it and fall in contradiction or error. After all, we are only human. The important thing is the pro-life movement should be understood as what it truly is. This is what Students for Life believes, this is what the ProLife movement believes. John Henderson is a guest commentary writer and president of the Auburn University Students for Life.

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Alleged Biblical argument for medical marijuana

citizens who use cannabis (marijuana) that doesn’t get mentioned (State Debates Medical Marijuana, April 15, 2010) is because it’s Biblically correct since Christ God Our Father, The Ecologician, indicates He created all the seed-bearing plants, saying they are all good, on literally the very first page (Genesis 1:11-12 and 29-30). The only Biblical restriction placed on cannabis is that it is to be accepted with thankfulness (see 1 Timothy 4:1-5). And “But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?” (see 1 John 3:17). Jesus Christ risked jail to heal the sick.

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No, I would not like to take your survey

Lindsey Davidson

Have you had a giant catfish offer you free ice cream today? If you fill out a brief survey in the Student Center consisting of approximately 10 questions about catfish, you can receive your tasty treat. Not that the 6-foot bottom-feeder dressed in a sailor’s outfit isn’t creepy,

but using this eerie figure to push individuals to give his (her? / its?) company information is a bit biased. Dangling free food in front of college kids can be a dangerous task. A broke college boy will do anything to fill his stomach. Signing up for credit cards at Dominoe’s for a couple of pizzas, joining all the church groups to have a steady Wednesday dinner or timing it just right at the donut place in Haley to get the leftovers. Checking a couple boxes about “fill in the blank” is an easy obstacle to have a quick hunger satisfaction. On a short walk from the office to the Chik-fil-A line and back, I was asked six


COMMENTARY times if I would like to fill out the survey by the three same people. No. I would not provide sufficient, educated answers about catfish for you. I didn’t even know there were convenient store catfish to begin with. I’m not even sure what classifies a catfish as the “convenient store” brand. It’s not the content of the skewed study as much as it is the process they are going about getting it. I was reminded of SGA campaign week. The catfish is the SGA candidate and the PR people shoving paper at you in every direction are the top 5.

“Have you voted today?” “Have you talked about catfish today?” They even give you candy if you respond. If the campus is opening up the doors to this type of soliciting, what is going to be next? Honestly, I’m not really sure what can top professional convenient store catfish surveying. We are bombarded enough as it is with the on-campus groups and organizations going to class and on our breaks, let’s keep the creepy catfish away. Lindsey Davidson is editor of The Auburn Plainsman. You can reach her at 844-9021

“It’s bad Jeep etiquette to not wave at fellow Jeepers... I wave at them even though I have no idea who they are.” -Victoria Gulley, junior in human development and family studies, on the concept of the “Jeep wave”

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Another pro-life response Editor, The Auburn Plainsman This letter is in response to “Pro-life a sad misnomer” by Marcus Goff and “Preachers, protesters only upset the willing” by Lindsey Davidson. While I love to see people discussing abortion and the issues that surround it, the arguments in these two articles are poorly thought out. For one, the Students For Life displays on campus last week were not created simply for “shock factor,” but were instead meant to raise awareness and start dialogue. One of our main goals was to

collect signatures in support of a free day care for students’ children. This is a need which was discussed in last week’s edition of The Plainsman. Abortion is one of the most common procedures done on women and approximately 3,315 abortions are preformed every day, impacting women, men, families, friends and the “fetus.” In short, abortion affects everyone. Ignoring this point is ignoring reality. Ms. Davidson’s comparison of Students For Life with Brother Micah makes no sense. Students For Life has absolutely no affiliation with Brother Micah, and I doubt any organization on campus would claim that. Ms. Davidson’s article suggested the displays had no class, when in actuality, the displays showed the dignity for the unborn which we, the Students For Life, and most Americans

recognize. If the fetus really is an unborn baby, then abortion would be murder and having crosses representing gravesites would make sense, since all these babies have died. To say that something is right because its legal is a weak argument. Remember that slavery, lynching and segregation were once legal, too. Instead of looking at the inconsistencies of political parties (which both Democrats and Republicans have many), we should look at the inconsistencies of current laws. If a pregnant woman is murdered, the accused is charged with two counts of murder. Even when the mother doesn’t die, but her “fetus” does, it’s still considered murder. Just this month, Orbin E. Tercero was charged with first degree murder for inducing a

miscarriage on his pregnant girlfriend. We live in a confused society, where if the woman wants an abortion it’s legal, but when it’s against her will, then it’s murder. Since when did intention change what murder is? Mr. Goff, you quickly breezed over what you call “possible trauma suffered” by women who get abortions. Is “possible trauma” a 30% increased risk of breast cancer? What about being 65% more likely to have long-term clinical depression as compared with women who carried their baby? Abortion hurts women: it’s not “probable,” it’s a fact. Let’s ask ourselves, when is killing someone more humane than working to improve their lives? Never. The pro-life movement’s first priority is to save the lives of the innocent, because you can’t improve anything else if that

person is dead. But being pro-life is so much more than that. As someone who considers myself pro-life through and through, I want every person (regardless of citizenship, education level, physical/mental ability or financial status) to have a dignified life. This will never begin with killing them. It instead means a lot more work. The easy thing is to kill, deny and ignore. Do we really think the solution to social problems is to kill off undesirable people? I hope this letter will lead you to do research on the matter, find out for yourself what exactly abortion is and what it does to women and our society. If abortion is really okay, then stop trying to cover it up. Ruth Yusckat junior, industrial and systems engineering

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I’m going to miss this place Long story short: I regretted coming to Auburn until I joined The Auburn Plainsman. I don’t wear Sperrys, and I don’t listen to Dave Matthews. I’m from Daytona Beach. Floridians are too busy being awesome to wear TopSiders and waste time jamming to DMB, so eat it. But as unhappy as I was my first three years of college, this last year of ridiculousness has more than made up for it. Had I not started working here I would have had no idea cake was an office necessity, rolling your chair is the only acceptable mode of transportation (“That’s what’s right”), George Lopez mails free miniwatercoolers, Corn Dog Day is an actual holiday, relaxation time is mandatory, ladder golf is best played in front of a row of computers (“That’s why we can’t have nice things”), safety walks are the only ways to get to Moe’s, the initial crime story could not be further from the truth, pica rulers can fly, “They don’t use AP Style,” Fiesta String will permanently adhere itself to the ceiling, you can make a bed using three chairs, oatmeal should be eaten on Wednesdays and sometimes people bug the lamps. Oh, and the acquisition of Plainsman Telepathy. I am excited to spend this summer working at Progressive Farmer, but I am also bummed that I will not be greeted with arm punches and chucked highlighters when I walk into the newsroom this summer.

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I’m not sure if I’ll be able to work that way. I may actually start turning my phone off again at night since I won’t be responsible for covering car accidents. Oh my word—to not have to feel like the world’s HUGEST jerk as I shove my notebook under a cop’s nose while he’s trying to airlift an injured pedestrian to the hospital— that will be glorious. Nothing makes me more proud than to see the fruits of my pedestrian safety labors, but I will not miss writing articles about people who almost died. The Plainsman may be run by students, but they are some of the hardest-working adults I know. And they genuinely care about delivering a quality product to whoever picks up a copy. I can still remember the first time I walked into the newsroom. Back then it was still in Foy. I was completely dumbfounded when I was assigned an article. But that’s kind of what happens when you show up to volunteer. I got that story sheet, and I was scared.

But I was also thrilled. I became less thrilled when my first editor ripped it to shreds the following Sunday (as well she should). Now, two years later, it’s me who does the ripping, and I couldn’t be happier. The writers I’m ripping on might feel differently… To the practicum students: I really want to help y’all become better journalists. I hope you get some sense of that as I arrogantly erase entire paragraphs from your stories. Heck, I know I need the occasional ripping on. The sucky thing about being a section editor is you don’t get much heavy-handed editing, and goodness knows I could definitely still use some of that. My beloved News section will be in someone else’s hands four months from now. To the next news editor: please love and cherish this section as I have. Please love and cherish this staff as I have. Well, more than I have. I don’t think they always know how much I value them, and they deserve to know. And please love and cherish this paper as much as I have. Actually, I’d like for the whole new staff to do that. If you’re going to do something, you might as well do it right—please do right by The Plainsman. Ellison Langford is news editor of The Auburn Plainsman. You can reach her at 844-9108

Well, that was quick

Philip Smith

I know that time flies when you’re having fun, but this is ridiculous. I’ve been at The Plainsman for almost four months, yet it feels like it’s only been a couple of weeks. Now only a couple more weeks remain until I’ll be joining the “real world,” finally coming to the end of my five year journey here on The Plains. It’s been a long, eventful journey, and I’m so happy that I got to spend the last semester of it shooting for The Plainsman. The first farewells go to my fans. I feel weird saying that I, a photo guy, have fans, but it’s true. About a week after we printed my tipping column, a few people at the bars and around campus to recognized me and complemented my writing. A copy of the column is still hanging up in the pizza place where I work, as well as a couple of other restaurants around town. That’s awesome. Thank you. There is a misconception amongst some of our readers that all of us at the paper are just working here to shove something on our résumé and care nothing about what actually goes on the page. I hate to say this, but if you agree with that you’re wrong. The entire staff here does the best that we can to provide you with an intriguing paper, each and every

week, that keeps you interested and informed from front to back. I’d like to thank those who continuously give feedback; from my friends to the dedicated readers that I meet around town. We do this for you. I even want to thank “those who shall not be fed” out there on the Internet. I am grateful for your feedback and admire your passion. I’d like to say farewell to the Plainsman staff. There is never a boring moment in the office and I am so thankful for that. I’m not sure if I would have been able to make it through the semester without you guys. All of you do a tremendous amount of work each and every week, and I’m grateful for every second of it. I find it astounding that every strong paper is followed by one that is even stronger. Kudos go to all of the writers who are constantly writing interesting stories, the photo staff who continue to take beautiful pictures, and the editors who bring it all together in an amazing layout. Staff, I freaking love you. My final farewells go to Rod and Lindsey. The two of you have helped me out so much that even the most perfectly chosen words of gratitude wouldn’t suffice. I honestly don’t even know where to start. Both of you will go great places in your lives and you will be doing such great things regardless of where you end up. My time at the paper was brief, but I have learned so much from both of you. I appreciate you so much, and will always cherish the time we’ve spent together. Philip Smith is assistant photo editor of The Auburn Plainsman. You can reach her at 844-9108

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Randles farm for future ELLISON LANGFORD NEWS EDITOR

Randle Farms is famous for its blueberries. But blueberries are only the beginning of the myriad produce and meat it offers residents of Lee County interested

in shaking the hand of the farmers who grow their food. Randle Farms is a Community Supported Agriculture farm, meaning people buy shares of the goods produced on their farm. “The commonality is all these people are interested in knowing where their food comes from,” said Frank Randle, owner of the farm said, “knowing the farmer that produced it.” Randle said having orders already placed for the food creates some security for their business. “We know that the fruits, vegetables that we’re producing already has a home,” Ran-

dle said. Because of the way the farm operates, the Randles develop close relationships with a lot of their customers. “We know the kids,” Randle said. “We know the dogs.” The Randle farm is run by Randle, his wife and their two sons. “It’s very comforting,” Randle said of knowing he will leave his farm to his sons. “That’s every father’s dream that his children would want to come back and be involved with them.” He said enjoys the slower seasonal periods on the farm because he and his sons will hang around the office and

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talk for a couple hours after their morning chores. Randle said he grew up in agriculture and knew that’s where he wanted to work. While he initially attended Auburn pursuing a more science-based career, he soon realized that wasn’t for him. “Ninety-nine percent of the days are wonderful days,” Randle said. “You’re outside and you’re your own boss.” He said a life in agriculture means no two days are alike, but he enjoys that. “One thing that appeals to me (is) diversity and that lack of sameness,” Randle said. “This something that I’ve always wanted to do.”

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Frank Randle stands amidst his blueberry bushes at Randle Farms.

Scoping stars from forest NICOLE EMMETT WRITER

Stargazers snacked on Moon Pies, Starbursts, Milky Ways and Cosmic Kool-Aid as they watched a movie about the Hubble space telescope and gazed at the stars Saturday night. The Auburn Forest Ecology Preserve staff and the Auburn Astronomical Society held its biannual Astronomy Night Saturday at the Mary Olive Thomas Demonstration Forest. “I think it is set up really well,” said Colin MacDougall, junior in mass communications at Southern Union State Community College. “It’s great that there are a ton of kids here.” MacDougall attended with his astronomy class.

MacDougall said the movie about the Hubble was helpful for his course. Once the clouds passed at approximately 9 p.m., the Auburn Astronomical Society helped the attendees to use four telescopes. Each telescope was focused on a different constellation or planet. Jennifer Lolley, administrator of the Forest Ecology Preserve, said she organizes these nights to engage children in astronomy. “When you teach children about the stars, you expand their mind to everything,” Lolley said. The summer sky is very different from the winter sky, Lolley said. Observers were shown the planets Saturn, Mars and Jupiter.

Sirius and the big and little dippers were among the constellations in view. Lolley used a green laser that could reach all the way to a star, to point out constellations to the crowd. Lolley said she is still amazed at the things that can be seen from Earth and enjoys introducing children to them. “When you look through that telescope and see Saturn’s rings, it makes it real,” Lolley said. Ron Jenkins, president of the Auburn Astronomical Society, said he has been going to the same spot for years to look at the stars. Jenkins said he hoped for a clearer night, but has seen a change in visibility recently.

“We have watched light pollution come in on us, which is unfortunate,” Jenkins said as he pointed at the fog. Jenkins said the group has more than 30 members, and they share telescopes. “We have a group scope that is 25 inches in diameter,” Jenkins said. “The average telescope is about two-inches wide.” According to Jenkins, parents interested in purchasing a telescope for their children should think before buying the first one they see at the store. “The ones you usually see in the toy section are not very durable,” Jenkins said. “When they do not work as well as they hoped, the kids get bored

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and lose interest.” Jenkins said anyone interested in purchasing a telescope is welcome to ask the society for advice or visit its website for more information. Russell Whigham, cofounder of the Auburn Astronomical Society, said his excitement about astronomy used to come from finding things for himself. “Now, the thrill is sharing this with the kids,” Whigham said.

Daisy Griffin of Auburn took her daughter, Laura, and her friend, Alexis, to the event. The second-graders are part of Forest Friends, a group with the Auburn Forest Ecology Preserve that incorporates handson activities with nature and environmental awareness for kids. “I want to let them explore different areas of science,” Griffin said. “They have had such a great time.”

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Medical resignation offers new chances JAKE MASTROIANNI WRITER

When someone is injured in a car crash, their grades are typically the last thing on their minds. Fortunately for these students, Auburn University offers

a solution. The Program for Students with Disabilities gives a second chance to those facing serious mental and health conditions. “It’s really a medical resignation program,” said Dr. Fred Kam, executive and medical director at the AU Medical Clinic.

“It’s under the condition to the extent that it significantly affected their ability to attend class. Therefore, that would be grounds to apply for the possibility of a medical resignation.” Shanna Brodbeck, a disability specialist and the medical resignation/withdrawal coordinator,

handles all cases on campus for students with these conditions. The Program for Students with Disabilities is located in 1228 Haley. This is now the room in which all decisions regarding academic resignation are made. “It used to be set up where

the deans and the University would make the decisions,” said Tracy Donald, director for the Program for Students with Disabilities, “but they wanted to centralize everything at one location, so now we pretty much > Turn to RESIGN, B2


This year’s Commanders’ Cup was given to the Cadets for the Army. Bevelle said even though the Commander’s Cup is not the highest honor in ROTC, it is one of the most sought after. The Commander’s Cup is the award given to the ROTC branch with the best overall intramural teams performance. Each branch of ROTC competes against each other all year long in events such as football,

Members of the Auburn Gay Straight Alliance stood outside the Student Center Friday getting signatures for their petition and promoting participation in the Day of Silence. “The petition is to get gender identity put into the Auburn non-discrimination clause,” said Adam Gatlin, a member of AGSA. “Right now it covers sex, sexual orientation and race, but it does not cover gender identity. So transgendered individuals can get kicked out of their dorm, failed for no reason or fired from their job if they’re working on campus for no reason.” The petition started with the drag show, said Bryan Stisher, senior in history. The drag show was held April 3. “We’ve had it out here to try to get people to sign it, keep the movement going because we got a lot of momentum from the drag show and we want to keep it going,” Stisher said. The petition had almost 130 signatures as of about noon, Stisher said. Gatlin explained the

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ROTC members, led by Andrew Johnson, paraded to honor Auburn University President Jay Gogue Friday morning as part of President’s Day events.


Not many people show their appreciation for someone by waking them up before dawn, but that is exactly what every branch of the Auburn ROTC program did for Auburn University president Jay Gogue Friday morning. “All the branches went on a run together around campus (Friday) morning,” said Matt Denham, sophomore in aviation

management. “We went up past president Gogue’s house doing our cadence and woke him up. I don’t really know how much he appreciated it, but it was fun.” Gogue’s 6 a.m. wake up was part of the ROTC President’s Day activities. The day’s events also consisted of an awards ceremony and parade on the intramural fields. “We did what’s called a pass and review,” said Christopher Bevelle, junior in industrial and systems engineering. “Since President Gogue is not a mem-

ber of the military, a full parade would have been unnecessary.” What was necessary was the fly-over of two A10 aircraft, courtesy of Moody Air Force Bases’s Aerial Demo Team East. Awards were passed out for various ROTC accomplishments, including the Nichols Award, which is given to the top cadet in each branch of ROTC and awards for each of the ROTC branches support organizations such as Silver Wings for the Air Force, the Mariners for the Navy and the Cadets for the Army.

Museum brings art outdoors for spring, fundraising DREW THOMPSON WRITER

The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art chose to celebrate the arrival of spring with its art series “Art in the Garden: En plein air” Friday night and Saturday. “An event like this not only celebrates the spring season,” said Marilyn Laufer, director of JCSM, “but it also celebrates the beauty of the museum and its garden as well.” This is the first year JCSM has held Art in the Garden. The event was formerly known as Art in Bloom and was constricted indoors. “This is a fundraiser to

benefit programs and exhibitions at the museum,” said Colleen Bourdeau, marketing manager for JCSM. “Most of our programs are free to the public, so we get funding for those programs with this fundraiser.” The event stretched all the way from the Susan Phillips Garden in the front of the museum, through the lobby to the terrace overlooking the pond. “We wanted to expand the event to provide for a larger audience and to showcase the beauty of the grounds here,” said Brett Evans, director of development at JCSM. In the Susan Phillips

Garden, there were two tents that housed various sponsors and local jazz ensemble Ernest Goes to Jazz. The lobby area was lined with contributed items for a silent auction. There were 16 contributors in all. The band Route 66 played on the terrace, where there was also a live auction. Topiary designer Pearl Fryar came from his hometown of Bishopville, S.C. to deliver a presentation about his garden full of plants he trimmed into abstract shapes. Fryar said he acquired > Turn to ART, B2


A family gathers at the mosaics table to create their own art in the garden Saturday.

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Day of Silence was started to honor those who have been victims of hate crimes and cannot speak for themselves. According to the Day of Silence’s Web site, the purpose is to show the silencing effects bullying and harassment have on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered students. Sixty-five percent of students who have reported being harassed said it was linked to things including gender appearance, sexual orientation and appearance, according to a report done in 2005 by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. The report goes further by stating 22 per-

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cent of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered students do not feel safe at school, and 90 percent of them being victims of harassment or assault the year before. “It’s also about people who feel that they can’t come out of the closet, who are scared of what other people might think,” Stisher said. “It’s about stopping hatred and showing solidarity for the people who cannot speak for themselves.” The silence was broken at 3 p.m. by screaming. “It’s to get our voices heard,” Stisher said. AGSA is open to everyone and membership is free. The group will meet every Wednesday at 7 p.m. until the semester ends.

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run everything.” If a student has a mental or physical condition barring them from completing school work, they first have to see a physician. “What I or my physicians do is we go through the criteria and determine whether or not this person does have an issue or something, and then we would provide them documentation to that affect,” Kam said. “It’s not like you just show up at the disabilities office and get resignation. You have to have documentation that you have seen someone and you’ve been in treatment and so on.”

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“In ROTC you don’t get to work with other branches very often,” Bevelle said. “But you may end up working with those people later on in the military or if you switch programs, so the interaction helps. Plus, being able to work with the other branches works well for morale and things like that so it’s a good pro-

gram to have.” Gogue closed the ceremony with a brief speech thanking the cadets for their sacrifices and discussing the new military technology Auburn is developing. “I can’t tell you how much I appreciate what you’re doing here and with your lives,” Gogue said.

Even though Gogue honored the cadets, Bevelle said the day was about showing thanks for President Gogue. “It’s just a way of honoring our special guest, through the President’s Day program and our service,” Bevelle said. “I definitely enjoyed it. It was a good time.

After getting documentation from a physician or counselor, students are then able receive help from the disabilities program. “The kids are scared and don’t always know what to do,” Brodbeck said. “They come to me, and we discuss their situation and try to figure out what is the best thing for them academically, but the first priority is always their health.” This program is not a “get out of jail free card,’” but it is intended to be a system to further the education of a student who may have an unavoidable condition. According to Dr. Kam, there are situations where

students try to beat the system and come in at the end of the semester and claim resignation. However, he also said there is a level of accountability for which the student has to take personal responsibility. “If a student has had problems the entire semester and then finally decides to come see us, there isn’t much we can do to help them,” Brodbeck said. “It takes a while for the papers to process.” These are not always severe cases for students. For example, a student may be in a bad car accident, and they may have to spend weeks in a hospital. The program helps these kids find a way out of their

tough situation. “Basically, every case is so different,” Brodbeck said. “Like if a patient just had their first seizure and now they can’t take their final, we work with them to make sure they don’t lose their academic standing.” Students are given a deadline to turn paperwork in before finals, and the disabilities claim is on every syllabus for every class. “I believe the policy is fair,” Donald said. “It offers consistency and holds all students to the same standard. If a student here is mentally or physically disabled, they may not know resources in the area to get some help.”

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Missy Roberts and daughter Dela Rose Roberts work on a mosaic craft outside at the Art in the Garden festival Saturday.


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the majority of his plants after nurseries threw them away. Those “trash plants,” as Fryar calls them, now form his garden, which was showcased in a 2006 HGTV documentary called “A Man Named Pearl.” Fryar said he does not have any professional training in art or horticulture. It is mere creativity that guides him as he sculpts his bushes into artful shapes. “I am neither gardener

nor artist,” Fryar said, “but I have always been creative. This was my first chance at 40 years old to afford my talent. If you want to do something bad enough, you will find a way to do it.” Fryar tends his 400 to 500 plants naturally without the aid of fertilizer, water or spray. That is how they best obtain their true natural beauty and size. Pat Dye, former Auburn football coach and owner of Quail Hollow Gardens, offered one of his Japanese maples for the auction and also served as a sponsor

for the event. Casey Teel, senior in horticulture and nursery manager at Quail Hollow Gardens, said Quail Hollow Gardens will be opening its 4-acre business May 1. Quail Hollow Gardens is home to a Japanese maple garden as well as a nursery which houses more than 6000 trees. “We have about 300 trees that we are selling here at the museum,” Teel said. Tommy Chase sponsored a bonsai demonstration consisting mainly of bonsai Maples.

“The theme is Art in the Garden, and bonsai definitely fills that criterion,” Chase said. “Because Pat Dye has the maples here, that is why I brought the bonsai maples.” Chase has about 110 bonsai trees in all, but only a fraction were on display. There was also a workshop called “En plein air.” This workshop was hosted by guest artists that gave painting techniques to all who were interested. To receive more information about the museum’s programs and attractions, visit http://jcsm.

SGA Senate Meeting Recap from Monday, April 19 Cpl. Scott Mingus led the group on a Safety Walk while giving instruction on safety and campus maintenance. The Senate announced Rudy Giuliani will give a lecture May 3. It was emphasized that the speech will not be politically oriented. SGA President Kurt Sasser announced the athletic department would like to give the SGA a chance to tour Auburn Arena and possibly meet new basketball coach Tony Barbee. Boards and Committees applications and E-Board applications are due Monday.

greek life Kappa Karnival makes school ‘kool’ Thursday, April 22, 2010

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Remaining Kappa Week Events


The brothers of Kappa Aplha Psi took it upon themselves to break up the monotony of another regular Wednesday of morning and afternoon classes as the fraternity, and the sisters of Kappa Kappa Gamma, put on the annual Kappa Karnival on the lawn in front of the Student Center. “We’re just trying to get the campus to interact more instead of just going to class, class, class,” said Jonathan Watkins, senior and cane master for Kappa. “For people like this dude, he’s probably going to walk to class get right back on the transit and go home, so were just trying to get people more active on campus.” The Kappa Karnival is part of Kappa Week, a weeklong event that features various events on and off campus such as a movie night in which Kappa rents out an entire screening room and charges participants a small fee that is donated to the St. Jude foundation. “It gets our name out and lets us give back to the campus a little bit and let everybody come out and enjoy,” said Ryan Johnson, junior, president and pole march of Kappa. “A lot of people don’t really understand

Thursday: ‘Grown and Sexy for Dummies’ 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jukebox singing on the yard, karnations and donations 8 p.m. - ‘Grown and Sexy’ party at the Greystone Mansion


Kelechi Onugha, senior in biomedical science, battles with Bruce Waters, senior in computer science, in the inflatable boxing ring at the Kappa Karnival Wednesday by the Student Center.

the African American fraternities, so it gives us a way, other than stepping, that we actually do give back and do a lot of other things.” Watkins said Kappa Week is a great way to bond with his brothers, while also getting the campus involved and giving back to the community with philanthropic fundraising events. “You don’t really see the

brotherhood in a lot of the fraternities,” Watkins said. “I know pretty much everything there is to know about everybody in this fraternity. It’s really good to see us work together and come together in a common bond.” The week will wrap up with the “Bare as Your Dare” party at the Lexington Hotel at 10 p.m., an event that Johnson said attracts people from all

over the South. With all brothers lending a hand to coordinate the events and parties, Watkins said the week would not be possible without the strong brotherhood that embodies the spirit of Kappa. “When you have a good group of people that want to make the fraternity better,” Watkins said, “it makes everything run smoothly.”

Friday: ‘Running the Yard for Dummies’ 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Kookout 6 p.m. - Yard show in front of the BeardEaves Memorial Coliseum 10 p.m. - Shots up House Party at Eagles Landing House 45 Saturday: ‘Bare as You Dare’ 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Nupenik - Picnik at Copper Beach Pool 10 p.m. - ‘Bare as You Dare’ at The Lexington Hotel

Chi Omega helps make dreams reality MAXWELL NEWFIELD ASSOCIATE CAMPUS EDITOR

Most people cannot say they have made someone’s wildest dreams come true, but the sisters of Chi Omega can. In conjunction with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the junior class of the Auburn chapter of Chi Omega hosted a wish party for 4-year-old Jaden Schmeichel of Phenix City. “We work with the MakeA-Wish Foundation for our philanthropy,” said Katy Mac Tweedy, junior in rehabilitation services. “The juniors raised the most money out of any of the classes. We raised over $58,000 for Make-A-Wish. We always want to know how we can be more hands-on with our work. So when we told the people at Make-A-Wish that, they asked us if we wanted to be part of a wish party, and we said we would love to do that.” The wish party was held Friday at Frog Legs in Opelika, a children’s playplace filled with inflatable toys such as moonbounces and slides. Frog Legs donated its free-

play time for the afternoon to host the party for the Schmeichel family and 11 of Jaden’s friends. “He was so excited,” said Chastin Schmeichel, Jaden’s mother. “I think he was more shocked that all of this was for him. Of course, he went straight to the inflatables, and I haven’t seen him since.” Jaden was eligible for the Make-A-Wish program because he was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. “Technically, he only had half a heart,” Chastin said. Jaden had four open-heart surgeries in the first two and a half years of his life, the first coming four days after his birth. More surgeries are expected for Jaden, as the oldest person who was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome is only 24, according to Chastin. But for Jaden, Friday was about inflatable slides and pizza, not lab coats and doctors’ offices. “To a 4-year-old, this is the greatest thing in the world,” Tweedy said. “They don’t know anything better than this. His

face lit up right when he walked in the door. It was like it was Christmas.” The party was technically a “bon voyage party” for the Schmeichel family, as the second half of Jaden’s wish begins tomorrow. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is sending the family to Disney’s Magic Kingdom for one week, and Jaden will receive a pirate makeover on his birthday, April 25. “He loves pirates,” Chastin said, with extra emphasis on the word “loves.” Chastin said she would always be grateful for the MakeA-Wish Foundation and the efforts of the Chi Omega sisters. “It’s amazing that people have taken the time and effort to do all of this for him,” Chastin said. “He doesn’t know how lucky he is to have all of these people around him who care about him.” Tweedy said the sisters of Chi Omega felt lucky to be a part of the afternoon. “When you see someone so happy over something as small as a party like this,” Tweedy said, “how could you not be happy yourself ?”

Contributed by Maggie Burke

Top: Jaden Schmeichel poses with Chi Omega member Caroline Sunday at Frog Legs. Bottom: Jaden smiles while being dressed up in his pirate gear.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Lecture explores Postpartum Depression ERIC AUSTIN WRITER

“I feel lonely, sad and don’t have the energy to get things done. Sometimes I don’t even want to hold my baby. If this is supposed to be the happiest time of my life, why does everything feel so wrong?” This story from a mother as reported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and millions others like it, were the focus of the annual speaking engagement for Auburn University’s Women’s Studies Program. “Alabama’s Women with Children Age One and Below: Making a Way in Hard Times” was held in Thach Hall Monday afternoon. “Lee County has the highest poverty rate among females in Alabama,” said Denise DavisMaye, assistant professor of sociology. “This is not something to be proud of.” Davis-Maye and Carole Zugazaga, also an assistant professor of sociology, lectured about their work from 2007-2008 regarding Alabama women in poverty with children under one year. Their focus was on Postpartum Depression (PPD), a condition that affects women up to one year after child birth. The two sought to look at PPD, which often is missed in mothers, and


Denis Davis-Maye, assistant professor of sociology, delivers her speech about female poverty in Alabama while her associate Carole Zugazaga listens in.

propose ways to streamline diagnosis. Both women work for the Alabama Women’s Commission, which submits an annual report to the governor about the state of women in Alabama. “We know that numbers are important,” DavisMaye said, “but the numbers don’t speak to the experience. We wanted to know what those were.” Thus, Davis-Maye and Zugazaga took numbers

into account, but their research was built around discussions with focus groups that studied a range of participants. They met with obstetricians, gynecologists, nurses and mothers to get a diversity of opinion and experience on the issue. Davis-Maye said their findings show isolated focus groups, that screening for PPD is largely “informal” and inconsistent on a case by case basis. “In rural counties,”

Zugazaga said, “care providers often identified a lack of mental care.” The doctors from the focus groups feel that pediatricians need to be trained to identify PPD in the new mothers. The doctors said a mother only sees her general practitioner roughly once during the first year of her baby’s birth. “Pediatricians are the way to go,” Zugazaga said. “They see the baby and the mom seven to nine times

in the first year.” Pediatricians have the ability to recommend the proper course of care. “If a mother is not taking her child to the pediatrician, and another relative is,” Davis-Maye said, “this is a concern.” While identifying problems on a small scale can be helpful, Zugazaga pointed out “we can’t take it and generalize it.” Ruth Crocker, director of the Women’s Studies program at Auburn, said

she wondered how the newly enacted health care law would affect women and PPD. Davis-Maye noted their numbers from Medicaid, stated 46 percent of births in the state are paid. It will take several years to see how new patients set to be added in the Medicaid expansion will affect the care of new mothers suffering from PPD, as the majority of women with PPD are on governmentrun insurance plans.

SAA encourages renewal of memberships JESSICA SHADDIX WRITER

The Student Alumni Association will begin membership renewal for the 2010-2011 school year in May, giving students another chance to participate in one of the campus’s largest organizations or to renew the membership they already have.

Mallory Mims, accounting major and SAA membership chair, said SAA is working on establishing more efficient ways of bringing students in contact with alumni and preparing senior students to make the leap from student to alumni. Because SAA is trying to make this leap, Samantha Boyd, sophomore in communication and SAA vice-

chairman of membership, said they have made the process simple so that any student can sign up. “You can walk right in (the SAA building), ask for an application and get it done right then and there,” Boyd said. Membership costs $20 for a year and can be paid via check, cash or credit card. But for those who might not have money on

them at the moment, Boyd said it’s even easier to sign up and use via E-bill. “That way you pay for it when you pay for your tuition,” Boyd said. Erin St. John, a pregraphic design major and SAA Vice President of Membership, said the membership fee helps pay for many SAA benefits. “The $20 goes toward your membership T-shirt,

your free item and your membership discount card immediately,” St. John said. Boyd said the discount card is especially useful because it’s full of “random little perks” for being a member. Along with a discount card, St. John said members get free entrance to the Alumni Hospitality Tent before every home

game, free meals at SAA’s all-you-can-eat Shrimp Boil in the fall and Pig Out in the spring and get into all the athletic events they host for free. For those who need to renew their membership, St. John said it’s important to renew as soon as possible. “The discounts will start in May, so go ahead and use them,” St. John said.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

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Book Talk- Richard Penaskovic Noon - 1 p.m., Special Collections and Archives Department, RBD Library

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Faculty Recital: Henning Vauth, Piano 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., Goodwin Music Building Recital Hall

Auburn University Singers Spring Show 5:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m - 9:45 p.m., Telfair Peet Theatre

Multicultural Center Final Study Tables Midnight, Multicultural Center Reading Room and Conference Room

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Runners participating in the Just Run event race Saturday to help benefit the fight against childhood obesity. A total of 108 runners signed up to compete in the fundraiser.

Athletic ‘Just Run’ to prevent obesity DREW THOMPSON WRITER

For children facing serious obesity, one organization has the best advice: Just Run. Just Run, a national nonprofit organization, held a 5K fundraiser Saturday, benefitting the fight against childhood obesity. “The $15 (registration fee) will cover the cost of the Tshirts, and the rest will go to the Just Run organization,” said Anne Houk, senior in communication, former Miss Auburn and the first-year director of the event. A total of 108 runners signed up to compete in the event. Dave Matthew, senior in

finance, finished the race in first place with a time of 22:50. Matthew said he has done approximately 10 5K races before. “I used to be on the triathlon team,” Matthew said. “I have just been running the past few weeks (to prepare for this race).” Second place Daniel Sanley, sophomore in secondary education and biology, finished with a time of 24:46. “I’ve been running the past couple months just trying to get back in shape,” Sanley said. “I really just wanted to check up on how well I’ve been training.” Sanley said he hates treadmills, and he always runs out-

side. Among other participants, Anne Wright, freshman in exercise science, and Davis Myers, freshman in hotel and restaurant management, said they were there to support their sorority, Kappa Delta. This was Wright’s first 5K run, and Myers said she ran the Shamrock 5K earlier this year. The course started between the football stadium and the Student Center. The runners traveled south on Donahue Drive, left on Samford Avenue, left on College Street, left on Magnolia Avenue, around the Village, left on Donahue Drive and right on West Thach Avenue to bring them back to the

original starting line. Alix Whitaker, junior in early childhood education, helped with campaigning.. “I went to different places to gather donations and also promoted the event,” Whitaker said. “Panera Bread helped out (with snacks) and the movie theater (Carmike Wynnsong 16) donated popcorn,” Whitaker added. Each dollar raised helps make a difference, said Caroline Hazelrig, senior in communication. “Any amount of money that goes toward preventing childhood obesity is a great success,” Hazelrig said. “For her first year, Anna did a great job.”


Savannah Roberts, sophomore in interior design, jogs in full support of obesity awareness.


The Student Academy of Audiology holds a silent auction.


As many may have heard, members of the Student Academy of Audiology had a silent auction Saturday to raise money for their organization and outreach program. The auction was purposefully held on A-Day because many people would be in town. “We’ve tried a lot of different types of fundraisers before,” said Laura Bradley, fundraiser chair of SAA and doctoral student in audiology. Bradley said she came up with the idea for the auction because her sister’s ballet group had used it as a fundraiser, and it was a play on the word “silent.” Almost $6,000 of merchandise was donated. SAA raised $2,214 during the auction. A weeklong vacation at a beach house at St. George Island, Fla., sold for $1,200. A football signed by Gene Chizik sold for $100 and

an Auburn quilt went for $75. “It was just my goal to top whatever we’ve done before,” Bradley said. In that sense, the auction was successful. “This in particular is for our student research in Guatemala,” said Kristen Shockey, graduate student in audiology. The trip to Guatamala is part of SAA’s outreach program. “We’re going to Guatamala May 1st through the 8th,” said Sarah Beam, graduate student in audiology. “And we are going to go into four schools. We’re going to re-screen the kids who failed on the first visit, and then we’re going to screen kids who haven’t been screened yet. In those screenings, if the children fail we’re going to give them a full hearing evaluation, and then if they need hearing aids, we’re going to give them hearing aids.” Beam said 40 hearing aids were donated by ReSound for SAA to distribute.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

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Hibbett Sports, Converse hold texting contest PATRICK DEVER ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

Converse and Hibbett Sports have teamed up to make text messages worth while. The shoe company and sporting goods store are sponsoring the “Sneakers are Money Sweepstakes.” “It’s a really easy sweepstakes to enter,” said Kevin Lynch, integrated publicist for AMP Agency. “Students

just have to text the keyword to 444-333.” The keyword can be found inside Hibbett Sports stores. “The customer can go into our store and find the sign that’s posted on the shoe wall in our Converse area,” said Shelley Sexton, marketing and events coordinator for Hibbett Sports. “And it tells a code that they text for a chance to win.”

The grand prize winner will receive a total of $2,000. “It’s for a chance to win a $1,000 Hibbett Sports gift card and then another $1,000 Visa gift card to spend anywhere they choose,” Sexton said. There are also two runner-up prizes. “The runner-up prizes are $250 towards Converse products and a $250 shopping spree at Hibbett

Sports,” Lynch said. The prizes can be used only for in-store purchases at Hibbett Sports, not its Web site. Auburn was chosen as one of five universities around the Southeast where the contest is being marketed. “We’re doing it at Auburn University, Mississippi State, the University of Alabama, the University of Florida and the University

of South Carolina,” Sexton said. Schools were chosen by sales in the region. “The schools were chosen from our merchandisers that we sell the most Converse Chuck Taylors,” Sexton said. The contest began in April and continues until tomorrow. With only a day remaining, Lynch said there is still a chance for those who wish to enter.

“Last we checked, there weren’t a tremendous amount of entries,” Lynch said. “So there’s a really high chance to win.” Sexton said the winner will be drawn April 28. “Anybody can text it in to win,” Sexton said. “But we’re promoting it on college campuses.” Hibbett Sports in Village Mall is the only participating store in the Auburn area.

Steel band makes Cuban music with sticks, trash cans MAXWELL NEWFIELD

Rosener said there is something about steel band music that pretty In Goodwin Music Hall, much anyone can enjoy. there are students who re“It’s a great opportunity ceive class credit for bang- to learn about the music ing trash cans with mal- of some other cultures,” lets. Rosener said. “The instruThose students are the ments encompass the enmembers of professor tire range of pitches, so Doug Rosener’s, the direc- we can play any music we tor of percussion studies want. We generally play and associate director of Calypso, Afro-Cuban, Brabands, steel band class. zilian and even pop or rock Rosener said a steel in- styles of music. The sound strument is basically ex- of the band is happy, fun actly what the name indi- and energetic; it appeals cates. to just about everyone. I “(A steel instrument is) believe that it’s one of the a 55 gallon drum that has most fun ensembles we been shaped into an in- have here at Auburn.” strument,” Rosener said. Steel band class is not all “Instrumentation for steel fun and Calypso though. bands is not standardized Students can expect to yet, but our band consists practice with their instruof several tenor (lead) ments outside of the class’s pans, double seconds, gui- rehearsals, much like protars, celfessional los and ensemsix bass. bles. Drumset RosenPlaying fun, and hand er said challenging music percusnecessary sion in- at a high level and because struments learning about anthe class are also p l a y s used in other culture’s music s e v e r a l the en- is its own reward.” concerts semble.” over the Doug Rosener, Rosencourse director of percussion er said of the sestudies the only m e st e r, requiresuch as ments for the class are the the High School Honor ability to read music and a Band Festival or the Persense of rhythm. cussion Ensemble/Steel Even though some pre- Drum Spring Concert tovious musical training is night. necessary, Rosener said The Percussion Enthe training does not have semble/Steel Band Spring to be percussion related. concert is an annual event “We teach people to play designed to showcase the within the context of the year of training the respecband,” Rosener said. “Since tive bands put into their we have a limited number music. of instruments, we have to The concert will be at audition for the group, but 7:30 p.m. in Goodwin Muthere are typically some sic Hall. each semester that are These live experiences playing a pan for the first shared between class time.” members leads to a tight Steel Band can act as a bond within the ensemble, way for people who want according to Rosener. a satisfying and rewarding “The class is more than way for college students to a bunch of people playexpress themselves musi- ing steel drums,” Rosener cally. said. “We spend a good bit “It’s definitely a fun of time together and get class,” Rosener said. “Peo- to know each other very ple with musical training well. We become close might want to take it to friends—that’s how we are continue playing music able to play so well. The here now that they’re away experience of playing live from their high school is exhilarating, and we get music programs, or just to to play in lots of different have an outlet that doesn’t venues and situations. The involve academic work. students generally have Some people might know a great experience, and how to play an instrument, many choose to play with but want to try something the groups for semesters new. Playing fun, challeng- and even years at a time.” ing music at a high level For more information and learning about an- about Steel Band contact other culture’s music is its the music department at own reward.” 844-4165. ASSOCIATE CAMPUS EDITOR

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On the Concourse What is your favorite part of spring? “The Concourse. Just being able to sit outside and enjoy the weather.”

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Frank Orona, senior in materials engineering

Specifications Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS

- Jacob Chapman, freshman in secondary education “The weather. It’s just so nice out. So comfortable, but not hot.”

Exposure: .004 sec Aperture: f/3.5 Focal Length: 41.6mm

- Connie Kempffer, freshman in psychology “Pollen. I love not being able to breath and how my car goes from white to yellow.”

- Chris Conoway, senior in English “Baseball. I like going to Braves games.”

- Brandon Green, junior in accounting “The weather and the flowers.”

- Junga Kim, sophomore, undeclared

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It’s a Jeep thing

From the Jeep wave to riding the trails, Jeep driving has become a culture JILLIAN CLAIR STAFF REPORTER

Many drivers take pride in their vehicles, but Jeep drivers unite in a special way to form a unique auto community, complete with etiquette and mutual respect. Most Jeep drivers, especially drivers of Wranglers, practice the “Jeep wave.” “It's bad Jeep etiquette to not wave at fellow Jeepers, so if I am driving down the road, and I see somebody in a Jeep, I wave at them even

though I have no idea who they are,” said Victoria Gulley, junior in human development and family studies and proud driver of a 1995 Jeep Wrangler YJ. Gulley said she waves at all other Wrangler drivers, but some people wave at all Jeep models. “Personally, I only wave at other Wranglers because that's what I drive, but some people wave at all of them and some people don't,” Gulley said. “I think more often when you find somebody who's in a Grand Cherokee or something, they have no idea that it's Jeep etiquette to wave, and they just look at you like you're crazy.” Tommy Weems, senior in building science, said he had no idea about the “Jeep wave” when he first started driving his 2003 Jeep Wrangler PJ. “It kind of caught me off

guard the first month or two that I had my Jeep because I'd just be driving down the road and people would wave at me,” Weems said. Jeep Wranglers, originally developed by the military, are unique vehicles that are known for their appearance, off-road capabilities and dependability. “Everybody knows what a Jeep is—it's just kind of in a category by itself,” Weems said. “There's nothing else like it out there.” Jeeps are a conversation starter for those who drive them, Weems said. “The people I've met that have Jeeps I wouldn't really know much at all if I didn't have a Jeep,” Weems said. “That's how we ended up becoming friends.” Brian Juanico, junior in exercise science, said people who drive their Jeeps offroad have even more of a

bond. “You go out there with other Jeeps and just kind of ride around,” Juanico said. “It's kind of like you're a motorcycle gang or something.” Juanico, who drives a 1997 Wrangler, said he thinks Jeeps should have some dirt on them at all times. “A clean Jeep's kind of like a weak Jeep,” Juanico said. “But some people have really nice set-ups in their Jeeps and they just don't do anything with them.” Gulley also drives her Jeep off-road. She said the need for an off-road vehicle was the main reason she bought her Jeep. “I was driving a little sports car, and I kept needing to go places, but I couldn't get there because I had little lowprofile tires, and I couldn't go anywhere off-road,” Gulley said. “I would need to go to somebody's land, and I had

to park on the highway or something. So I started looking for something with fourwheel drive, and Jeeps just made a lot of sense because I'd always wanted one anyway.” Gulley also loves to get her Jeep dirty. “My favorite feature is that it's essentially waterproof on the inside, so I just leave the top down and ride like crazy, and then take a hose pipe and hose it out,” Gulley said. Jeep drivers are passionate about their hobby and many plan to never drive a different make or model. “Probably someday I will have kids and have to have the 'mom van' or something, but I hope to have my Jeep forever, and just someday have it as a second vehicle,” Gulley said. “If something crazy happens and I wreck it, then I will probably, most definitely get another one.”

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4 cups low sodium chicken stock 1 cup Arborio Rice 1 shallot, diced Ÿ cup lemon juice 2 tablespoons lemon zest ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese Fresh ground black pepper, to taste

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Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your favorite cologne to wear? Polo Blue

Are you going to graduation? No

How many hours of sleep do you get at night? About five

How do you like to spice up your relationships? Vacation

Are you going to any graduation parties? I might.

Do you have any piercings? No

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Did you participate in Relay for Life? No

Do you want to win the lottery? Of course.

Have you ever filmed your own movie? No

How long does it take you to shower? About a half hour

How many times a day do you check your e-mail? Three

Whereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your favorite pool in Auburn? The Exchange

Have you tried sushi? No

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Did you go to A-Day? No

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Corey Johnson is an average high school sophomore from Scottsboro. He works at the local McDonald’s, is the broadcast director for his yearbook staff and is excited about getting his driver’s license this summer. But Johnson has one not-so-typical hobby: “brickfilming,” or making stopmotion movies using Legos. Johnson made the three and a half hour drive to Auburn because one of his films made it to the final round of the 2010 Jay Sanders Film Festival last Thursday. To his surprise, he won the first place prize of $500 for his film “Wellsburg, Parts I, II and III,” described in the festival brochure as a “classic tale of lost love, told with Legos.” Johnson originally made the movie as a summer project. “Wellsburg” is a silent film about love and loss, set in the early 20th century and inspired by the movie “Titanic.” The film was commended by the judges for its originality and technical prowess, putting it a leg above other films submitted by students from the Baltimore School of Fine Arts and high schools from New York and Texas. “It’s just beautiful techniques,” said

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Corey Johnson shows off his first place trophy with Deron Overpeck, festival director.

Michael Young, CEO of Michael Young Media and judge of the festival. “It advanced the story. It looked and sounded really professional.” Starring two Lego lovers named Nicolas and Alessandra, “Wellsburg” tells the story of Alessandra’s father disapproval of their love, Nicolas’ death by Model-T and Alessandra’s eventual move onward.

“I like stories that make you think,” Johnson said. This theme is not new to Johnson, whose longest brickfilm is a modernization of Romeo and Juliet done during his freshman year of high school. “If you’re going to borrow from something that’s come before, kind of give a new spin on it,” said Michele Schreiber, judge of the Jay Sanders Film Festival

and associate professor of film studies at Emory University. “Or do it differently—use Legos.” Johnson makes his films completely independently; he was the director, editor, producer and writer for his winning entry, and he works without a budget. Johnson said he filmed the Legos from their position on top of his printer, edited frames with Windows Moviemaker and used a microphone he bought at Radio Shack to record quality audio. Johnson has completed about 60 films, 15 of which he made in the summer of 2008 alone. He is now working on what he said he hopes will be his masterpiece: a film called “Home” that uses a combination of Legos and 3D graphics to tell the story of an Earth-like planet at the far end of the galaxy. “It’s going to be 80 minutes,” Johnson said. “I’ve got about 23 or 25 minutes done, and I’m only a quarter done.” He plans to have it finished by August, doing most of the work this summer, but will have to budget his time wisely. “I’m going to try to balance spending time with my girlfriend, working on the movie and working on the yearbook,” Johnson said. “Wellsburg, Parts I, II and III” and “Romeo and Juliet: The Modern Version” are posted on his YouTube page, coreyteen13.

Q&A: Famous actor, comedian shares laughs Kevin Hart opens up about his famous acting roles, comedic touring

Kevin Hart is a 30-year-old from Philadelphia. He has starred in films such as “Soul Plane,” “Scary Movie 3” and the television show Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire. Hart and his wife Torrie currently live in Los Angeles with their son, Hendrix, and daughter, Heaven Lee. Hart’s latest film, “Death at a Funeral,” opened Friday. After recently performing at a UPC event, Hart answers a few questions about his personal experiences as a comedian and how he balances his work and family life.


So how are you doing today? You look pretty excited to be here.


You know what, man, actually I’m feeling pretty good. (This is my professional voice). Why am I feeling good, you may ask? Because I’m alive. I love life. Life makes me happy and doing my job makes me happier. So, yes, I am in a great mood.


You’re going to be in “Death at a Funeral.” What type of role do you play?

crazy. So probably not, but I had a fun time doing it. It was definitely a different character for me, so it was fun.


Do you consider yourself more of a stand-up comedian or an actor?


Well I’m an established actor, but I’m a comedian. I started out in comedy. That’s what’s pushed me into this role. You know, if you take away stand-up comedy, I’m not even in acting. I wouldn’t be in any movie. I can honestly say I’m a comedian at heart, you know. That’s what I do. Because if you’re a comic you’re dealing with your personal fans, a bigger crowd. These people are coming out to see you perform. When you’re in a movie, it’s an ensemble, you know? People come out because the movie’s going to be good because the cast is great. This is more of like my own entity.

Q: Do you typically perform at colleges? A: I do a lot of theaters now. I do theaters between

Oh yeah, “Death at a Funeral.” I play the owner of the funeral home. I’m responsible for losing the dead body. It’s a funny part. Chris Rock, a good friend of mine, called me and told me he had this cameo. He wanted to write it out for me so he did. I went in there and it worked. It’s a great cast so hopefully the movie will be funny.

2,500 and 4,000 seats. But you can’t lose sight of your audience. I’m 30 years old and that college audience is the audience that supports me the most; whether it’s going to a movie that I’m in or watching a television show. I’m a comedian so naturally I’m doing comedy movies. You guys are the ones who love comedy. Whether it’s silly movies, spoof movies, whatever it may be, college kids are the ones downloading it or buying the DVD. So you’ve got to compensate to tap into this world as well.

Q: Will we see any more Kröd Mändoon? A: Oh man, I wish. Comedy Central said it was too ex-

Q: How do you balance your family life and touring? A: It’s hard because I’m gone sometimes for long pe-


pensive. The show cost them too much money. We actually filmed that show in Hungary for six months. We were out there in Hungary, then we went to Budapest; it was

riods of time. When I’m home, I dedicate all of my time to my kids. Naturally, its busy because when you get home everybody wants a piece of you—you’ve got meetings and

stuff like that. But I think I do a good job of setting everything to the side. You know, if I’m home for five days, those days are for my babies non-stop. Then if I’m gone for two weeks, I made up for the time that I’m gone because I spent so much time with them while I was there. My daughter’s old enough now that she understands what her dad does. But they love it, they enjoy it. Dad’s got to go to work but when I come home it’s all about them. It makes you stronger, it builds your character.


Who are some comics you admired starting out? How do you think they influenced your style?


Bill Cosby. Bill Cosby is definitely one person I can definitely say I patterned my stand-up comedy after. Bill Cosby told lots of stories about his family, about his life. He painted pictures for an audience to where, well I guess I should say he made it easy for an audience to relate with him. You felt like you knew him. I’m the same type of comedian, maybe a little dirtier. I cuss a little bit more than Bill Cosby did. But with the exception of that I love letting you guys in my world. This is who I am. It’s not a character.


You said your daughter is old enough to understand what you do. Is she old enough to see you at work?


Oh, I could care less, man. My babies are back stage sometimes. I’m on stage cussing, saying whatever. But I like them to see what their father does, like, “This is what your dad does. This is how your dad takes care of you. There’s no excuse why you can’t watch it.” Now for somebody else’s kids I wouldn’t, you know, “get your kids out of here. It’s going to be filthy.” But with my kids, whatever. I don’t mind it. Interviewed by: Maxwell Newfield / ASSOCIATE CAMPUS EDITOR

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Quick guide to skin care


Women’s Tips

PAGE Deck out with a summer dress and hat for the Kentucky Derby

From baby to navy, blue is in this season

Men’s Tips Men only need a good cleanser and a moisturizer, but it is important the cleanser is right for their skin type. Jack Black skin care is one of the more popular brands used by Auburn’s men. It has a light, fresh scent and doesn’t leave behind a greasy residue, of which many men often complain. A good shaving cream is also a necessity. Jack Black’s shaving cream has become popular because of it’s thick and luxurious foam which leaves skin soft and smooth.

Application tips It’s important that both men and women apply their cleansers and moisturizers the proper way. When using a cleanser, you can either put the products in your hands or use a face brush. Wash rags should be avoided because they absorb the product. Wash for at least two minutes and rinse well. Pat your face dry. It is important not to pull or rub your face, because it produces tension and causes premature aging. Moisturizer should be rubbed in completely with your fingertips, massaging so that it is completely absorbed. It’s important to cover your entire face, including the underside of the chin and neck. An SPF of at least 15 is also important if you plan to be in the sun. Interview by Sarah Phillips / ASSISTANT INTRIGUE EDITOR

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By Sherry Leigeber

A skin care regimen for women can be a lengthy process, but is important in retaining good skin. The basic routine outine should include a cleanser, toner and moisturizer. Mario Badescu skin care line has a cucumber cleanser er that doesn’t dry out the skin and is good for all skin types. Specialized creams for lines, wrinkles and acne can be applied after moisturizing. At least five to ten minutes should be left in between applying skin care products and make-up to avoid mixing them together.

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Hair styling tips For curly hair: Curling with a curling iron also requires using some type of thermal protectant. Using other products, including hairsprays and mists is suggested. Mousse can be used for a more wind-swept look. Start by pinning up the top of your hair and curling small sections. Having the freshest curls on top makes the style last longer. For best results, roll the iron up each section covering the ends and allow it to heat for 10 seconds.

For straight hair: When it comes to hair straightening, it’s important to use an iron guard or thermal protectant before styling. If desired, apply a straightening serum, but don’t use gels or mousse or hair will become crusty. Pin-up the top of your hair and start with the underneath in one-inch sections. Then concentrate on the top layer, focusing on fly-aways and waves. For best results, clamp the iron tight and add tension.

Guy’s Guide to fragrances JESSICA SHADDIX WRITER

The part of the brain responsible for sense of smell also tackles feelings and memory. As a result, scent is often the first thing noticed about someone and the last thing forgotten. Becky Webb, store manager for Bath and Body Works in McCalla, said it’s the same for men and women when finding the right fragrance. First, she said, test the product. “As far as scent goes, it’s based upon the guy and what he likes,” Webb said.

Although the guy may choose a scent he likes, it doesn’t always mean it’s going to smell the same on him as someone else. “Everyone has different body chemistry,” Webb said, “which affects how the fragrance is going to smell.” Second, Webb said it’s important to know what type of cologne to wear for the time of day. “A fresh and clean scent is more appropriate for the office,” Webb said. “And a spicy and exotic scent is good for night time.” Finally, Webb said

it’s important to know what type of fragrance you are wearing because certain types stay on longer than others. Body spray, she said, is alcohol based and meant to be a refresher spray. Eau de toilette, on the other hand, is oilbased and lasts on the skin longer. “People will usually use both of these,” Webb said. “Eau de toilette in the morning, and then freshen up with body spray later in the day.” Perfume has the highest concentration of oil and lasts the longest out of the three.

With so many scents to choose from, most guys prefer classic scents. Webb said the most popular scents are ones with a fresher and cleaner fragrance. “I like more of a clean, but woodsylike, manly smell,” Webb said. Paul Schissler, junior in English, said he thinks guys usually wear it to impress the ladies. “I think more guys wear it because they think girls like it,” Schissler said. He said he usually only wears cologne to weddings and nice events.

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Spice up a relati onship JESSICA SHADDIX WRITER

Thursday, April 22, 2010

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Lindsey Faerbet, sophomore in nutrition and dietetics, and Blake Ramsey, sophomore in history and secondary education, play board games together to keep their relationship fun.

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Song, Snooze, Study The effects of classical music on intelligence, the feasibility of learning during sleep revealed BEN BARTLEY COPY EDITOR

Music is everywhere, in the car, on the way to class, in the bedroom before sleep. It’s a subconscious soundtrack that pervades every part of life, but what is its effect? Does listening to classical music increase intelligence? And, in a similar vein, is it possible to study while sleeping? The idea of sleep-learning, or hypnopaedia, combines two things every college student struggles with: sleep and study. Rachel Freeman, freshman in psychology, is unsure whether listening to educational material increases memorization, or if sleep-learning is possible, but she has had a positive experience. “I’ve actually done that

“There is no research proving that it works,” It actually helped some because Walls said. “It might make children develop it gave me little cues in my brain. In that earlier, but their peers case it helped me.” catch up.” Herbert Denmark, Rachel Freeman, graduate student in pubfreshman, psychology lic administration and WEGL DJ, said he would listen to classical music before when I was trying pha, or near wakefulness, as a child because “it was to memorize something,” state of sleep. Therefore, sleep-learn- different.” Freeman said. “It was high “I don’t know if it makes school I had to memorize ing is a misnomer, as all the Gettysburg Address, learning seemed to come him or her smarter, because I remember when I and I was so frustrated in a wakeful state. If sleep-learning is bo- was 4 or 5 years old watchwith it that I bought it on iTunes and put in my ears gus and students have to ing this classical music and just laid there. It actu- be awake to study, what commercial or show on ally helped some because role does music play in TV, and I don’t know if that had anything to do with it gave me little cues in that study? “When I’m at home I smartness,” Denmark said. my brain. In that case it Denmark said he doesn’t turn the music on to fohelped me.” A common theme in sci- cus,” said Kelly Bodell, listen to music while he ence fiction novels such freshman in business. “As studies or sleeps. “I listen to music while as “Brave New World” long as it isn’t rap.” and “Fahrenheit 451,” Bodell said she listens I am just copying stuff so sleep-learning has been to classical music, mainly I don’t have to remember largely discredited since a because she heard it helps it,” said Caroline Kelley, sophomore in biomedical 1955 study performed by with study. Charles Simon and Wil“My dad listens to (clas- science. “If I’m actually trysical music), so I’ve always ing to memorize stuff, then liam Emmons. The study involved a appreciated it, I guess,” I’ll just do music without neurological device known Freeman said. “He always words.” Kelley feels music, at as the electroencephalo- really liked it, and I always least music with words, gram (EEG) and measured think it makes me smart.” the brain waves of 21 adult Kimberly Walls, Music does hamper her studying. Whether listening to males attempting sleep- Education professor, said learning. she doesn’t believe lis- music or studying in siConclusion: learning tening to classical music lence, one things is certain, you have to be awake. only occurs during the al- makes a person smarter.

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The runs flowed as freely as the 50 cent hot dogs Tuesday night at Plainsman Park as the Auburn Baseball team defeated Troy 16-3. The Tigers slammed five home runs in the game, two of which came from junior infielder Hunter Morris. Morris was 4-5 against the Trojans and has 13 home runs on the season. “I came out, and I was seeing the ball well from the first pitch of the game,” Morris said. “Tonight I tried to come out and relax and just trust what my hands were doing, and it worked out very well.” The game began as junior pitcher Cole Nelson made quick work of the top of Troy’s order, striking out Adam Bryant, Steven Felix and Chase Whitley. Junior outfielder Justin Fradejas led off for the Tigers, bunting onto first and continuing his hitting streak to 19 games. Auburn had four bunt base hits Tuesday, two of which came from Fradejas.

As the Tigers continued on the offensive, Trent Mummey was drove in by a Morris double to put Auburn on the board. A shot up the middle by sophomore infielder Casey McElroy brought in two more, putting Auburn up by three at the end of the inning. In the top of the second, Nelson pitched himself out of a corner, striking out Chad Watson with loaded bases and a full count to keep Troy scoreless. “I just tried to come out and be as aggressive as I possibly could and not worry about trying to be too fine,” Nelson said. “It was good to get in the stretch and work my way out of a 3-2 count with the bases loaded. I had to make those pitches where I needed to and it worked out well. It was a good experience.” A homer by junior outfielder Kevin Patterson in the fourth put Auburn up 4-0. After Fradejas’ second bunt loaded the bases, junior outfielder Brian Fletcher was struck with a pitch to drive in another run. Auburn hit its stride in the sixth, as Fletcher smacked a

homer to left center to drive in Mummey and junior infielder Justin Hargett. The play was followed by Morris’ first home run, which brought the score to 9-0. “Hunter Morris had an outstanding game,” said coach John Palowski. “He’s matured so much as a hitter, but I think the biggest thing too is that he’s confident in his ability. Tonight he hit every ball hard, and we did as a club, so there are a lot of positives to go with from tonight.” Patterson doubled to left center to bring in McElroy, followed by a single from senior catcher Ryan Jenkins that scored Patterson to end the inning at 11-0. “I think we’re in great position,” Morris said. “Last year we were 7-8 at this point, which is only a one-game difference, but I feel a lot better about what we’ve done and where we’re at at this point. For us to be where we’re at, I feel comfortable with that, but you’re never satisfied.”


Junior Cole Nelson pitches against Troy Tuesday.

Though Troy’s Steven Rosado doubled to score Blake Martz and end Auburn’s shutout hopes, Auburn’s sophomore outfielder Creede Simpson bat-

ted in Hargett for another run. Morris’ second home run followed, which drove in Simpson to make it 14-1, breaking the most runs allowed by the Trojans all season. “Obviously we swung the bats,” Palowski said. “Hunter Morris had an outstanding game. I thought he squared up every ball he hit today, even the ball he made an out on, so there are some real positive things to take from today’s ball game.” Jenkins singled to right to get on base at the bottom of the eighth, after which Hargett hit the evening’s final Auburn home run and put it at 16-2. The Tigers worked the bullpen against Troy, playing seven pitchers total, “We’ve looked at the results, and we’ve done a good job of matching up guys when there are lefties coming up,” Palowski said. “We don’t know what we’re going to do yet this weekend, but it certainly gives us another option.” Auburn returns to action this weekend in a three-game series against Kentucky. Game one begins Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Fradejas wins SEC Player of the Week BLAKE HAMILTON

expect me to do, so there’s no added pressure.” Fradejas is the third Auburn ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR player to receive the title, the After being named SEC Player others being Brian Fletcher and of the Week April 12 and extend- Hunter Morris. He went 2-for-5 at ing his hitting streak to 19 games the plate Tuesday night, with both against Troy Tuesday night, it’s hits coming from bunts. “Justin’s done a really good job,” no secret that junior outfielder said coach John Justin Fradejas has Palowski. “Playing emerged as a key in the leadoff role component of the Auburn Baseball I just have to he has a lot of confidence, and I just team. come out here and think he’s really Fradejas earned the honor after perform and do what playing in a good place right now.” his squeeze bunt my coaches expect The week bescored the winning fore he received run against LSU me to do.” the distinction, Sunday, April 11. Justin Fradejas, Fradejas helped The win took the junior outfielder Auburn to a 4-1 reseries for Auburn, cord against LSU, which had not been done against the Bayou Ben- Georgia State and South Alabama. He went 9-for-19 at the plate, scorgals at home since 1998. “It’s a huge honor and, just to get ing six runs, three doubles and six it, I’m really excited,” Fradejas said. RBIs. “I just have to come out here and perform and do what my coaches > Turn to FRADEJAS, D2


Junior wide receiver Nathan Taylor extends to catch a first quarter throw from sophomore quarterback Barrett Trotter. Nathan caught the ball for a 50-yard touchdown, the first score in Saturday’s A-Day game.


Weather conditions were set and Auburn was once again ready for its annual A-Day game along with a record setting crowd of 63,217, which watched Blue beat White 21-17. “We had a phenomenal crowd out there today,” said coach Gene Chizik. “I just had to take my hat off to our fan base—incredible today. That was awesome and our kids loved it. They just showed their true Auburn pride today, and that’s what the Auburn family is out.” The game consisted of a two-half system. The first half consisted of a scrimmage between Blue and White, while the second half was between the offense and the defense. All the points scored in the third quarter would go towards the White team and all points scored in the fourth would go to the Blue team. Senior quarterback Neil Caudle started the game for White and went 2-2 on the first three plays from scrimmage. Caudle finished the game completing 17-of21 passes for 199 yards and a 70-yard touch-

down pass to junior receiver and offensive MVP Quindarius Carr. “I think I played well today,” Carr said. “I’m still learning the system, and I want to do whatever I need to do to help my team win.” Both Chizik and Offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn both emphasized not reading into the order of the quarterback rotation, how many snaps each quarterback took and that nobody took the lead in the race. “What we were going to do was rotate our quarterback accordingly; however that unfolded, it unfolded, “ Chizik said. “Some guys threw more than others. Don’t read anything into that.” Junior quarterback Cameron Newton completed 3-of-8 passes for 80 yards including a 61 yard bomb to Carr with 10:51 left in the first half. “It felt good to be out there with the crowd watching,” Newton said. “We played really well today and played with a lot of consistency.” Other quarterback contenders included Barrett Trotter completing 7-of-9 passes for 154 yards and redshirt freshman Clint Moseley who

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completed 10-of-12 passes for 55 yards. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I felt like the offense did great,â&#x20AC;? Trotter said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think I had a pretty good day. There are still a lot of things for us to improve on before the season, but I think we are moving in the right direction.â&#x20AC;? Defensive MVP was senior defensive end Antoine Carter. Carter had a total of five tackles including 3.5 for a loss of yardage and 2.5 quarterback sacks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can still improve all around,â&#x20AC;? Carter said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t arrived yet, and we want to keep working every day. Our workouts start next week. It is all about going to work consistently so we can win a championship at the end.â&#x20AC;? Special teams player of the game was senior kicker Wes Byrum who kicked a 50-yard field goal with 6:09 left in the third after Chandler Brooks missed a 22-yard attempt in the 2nd quarter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spring season went rather well, and I think we got a lot closer as a team,â&#x20AC;? Byrum said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody is doing really well, and, overall, the team looks great.â&#x20AC;? To entertain the crowd at halftime, Auburn fans got the chance to vote for their Auburn All-Decade team which included players from 2000-2009. The winners were invited back to the University to partake in A-Day festivities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unbelievable,â&#x20AC;? Chizik said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so proud of our All-Decade team. Our fans loved it. I loved it.â&#x20AC;? The Tigers will work out in individual groups with coaches and begin full practices for the 2010 season in early August. Auburn opens up it season against Arkansas State Saturday Sept. 4.

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Fradejas outruns three Trojans Tuesday night for the single. Fradejas went 2-5 with two bunt singles and a stolen base.


The weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance brought Auburn a No. 23 ranking by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball, the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first placement since March 19, 2007. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re playing really good,â&#x20AC;? Fradejas said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re swinging the bat, our pitchers are throwing really well, and I think that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to go into the weekend and play well also.â&#x20AC;?

Though Auburn dropped its first conference series of the season at Vanderbilt last weekend, Fradejas stayed consistent in is performance. He made hits in all three games, including the first run of the final matchup off junior infielder Hunter Morris. Fradejas reached base on two bunts in Auburnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game against Troy, one of which loaded the bases to set up a run. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s settled into right field, and


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at Vanderbilt he did a great job defensively,â&#x20AC;? Palowski said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He made some really nice plays, and I think heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really starting to understand, offensively, what he needs to do to get on base.â&#x20AC;? Auburn continues conference play this weekend in a three-game series against Kentucky at Plainsman Park. Game one will be Friday at 6:30 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just need to keep swinging the stick the way we are, and I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll do fine,â&#x20AC;? Fradejas said.

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Members of the Auburn Club Tennis team after the National Championship April 17. From the back (left to right): Julian Paez, Tip Bradford, Stephen Pola, Jimmy Epps, Zack Fritz, Rob Oberman and Danny Oberholtzer. In the front row (left to right): Christin Hoffman, Eleanor McMillan, Cantrell Ellis and Caroline Coble.

Club Tennis closes year at Championships KATIE EHRHART WRITER

Eleven members of the Auburn Club Tennis team represented Auburn at the recent U.S. Tennis Association National Campus Championship in Surprise, Ariz. The event, which took place April 15-17, was hosted at the Surprise Racket and Tennis Club by United States Tennis Association, NCCS, Intercollegiate Tennis Association and World Team Tennis. Sixty-four club teams from across the country competed after qualifying

at their respective regional levels. Auburn received their bid to nationals after clinching the win at the 2010 USTA Southern Campus Championship. Throughout the three day event Auburn matched up against the University of Tennessee, Marquette University, Stanford University, Lone Star College, Utah Valley, Indiana and Old Dominion, a pool of teams President Stephen Pola said was much tougher than the competition Auburn faced during its first appearance at nationals last year. “I think we did pretty good,” Pola said of the

team’s final record of 3-4. “We definitely walked away having learned some. We had a couple of close matches we could have won, but overall we played a good tournament.” While Auburn may not have walked away with the championship title, they did earn honorable mention in the sportsmanship award and even had a few athletes who gave performances worthy of a championship team. Junior Jimmy Epps walked away from the tournament undefeated in all of his individual play. “We’ve been playing a lot recently, and it’s easy to

do well when you’re enjoying what you’re doing, and I was enjoying it,” Epps said. “I wasn’t thinking about winning or losing, I was just out there having fun.” Senior Cantrell Ellis also performed well, ending the weekend over 500, and was mostly pleased with the outcome. However, she said she can’t help but wonder about the “what ifs.” “I feel like we could have done a little better,” Ellis said of her team’s outcome. “We lost to Old Dominion by one game, and had we beat them, we probably would have won

our bracket.” Although Ellis wonders about that one game loss, the season remains a successful one. “We finished the season 18-5,” Pola said of the team’s final record. “The only team we lost to in the Southern section was Georgia Tech, and the rest of our losses came from the tournament.” Despite the winning record, Pola and Ellis both agreed there are things that can be improved before next season. “If we could get some girls that are strong players, it would really help us out,” Ellis said. “We also

need to start working on our doubles strategies. We practice on our ( form), but we never really focus on the strategy, which could help a lot.” Pola focused on some of the positive elements of the tournament. “We have different strategies we want to implement to help in building out confidence in doubles,” Pola said. “But right now our singles are playing outstanding, so we just have to figure out how to keep that going.” Tryouts for next season will be held once school resumes in the fall, and all students are invited.

Spring spurs lackadaisical, lively to action BEN BARTLEY COPY EDITOR

Fall, football and crisp afternoons give way to pools, sunscreen and new activities spring semester. “I like to go to Chewacla and hike down to the waterfall and kind of rock climb around there and go swimming out in the lake,” said Courtney Dryden, senior in communications, “because I’m not great at team sports, sports with balls.” A popular ball-less spring activity is flinging frisbee around campus.

Honestly, if I’m going to waste my time out in a beautiful day it’s going to be getting swoll and looking like a goon...” Paul Warren, senior, chemical engineering “I like it, but I can’t throw anything in a straight line,” Dyrden said. Jessica Anderson, freshman in pre-nursing, said she enjoys throwing frisbee to relax, but she has never played ultimate frisbee. In her youth, Anderson said she enjoyed playing




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watching baseball is kind of slow,” said Katherine Nunn, senior in chemical engineering. “But wiffleball is always entertaining.” Traditional wiffleball closely follows the rules and regulations of baseball, but instead uses a holey plastic ball and plastic bat. “Wiffleball is great because it doesn’t go as far as a baseball, so it gives girls and guys a better chance of being equal,” Nunn said. Not every Auburn student enjoys wiffleball and the sometimes stuffy spring weather.

“I think that wiffleball was fun when we were little kids, and I think that now that we’re adults there are a lot more entertaining things to do,” said Paul Warren, senior in chemical engineering. “And in the spring time a lot of people, including myself, have allergies, so getting out and playing leisure sports is kind of boring.” Warren said he has better things to with his time, like studying, playing video games and reading to increase his mental capacity. “Honestly, if I’m going to waste my time out in a

beautiful day it’s going to be getting in shape to be swoll and look like a goon and not to play Frisbee and get on people’s nerves with my longboard,” Warren said. For those like Warren who don’t necessarily enjoy traditional spring activities, other leisure options could include bowling, laying out by the pool or waterskiing. “I love bowling,” Dryden said. “I’ve had more fun going to the bowling alley recently. Me and my boyfriend go and drink and bowl. You get better after a couple drinks.”




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Waller is baller Basketball’s Tay Waller earns MVP CRYSTAL COLE

friends can come to my games over here,” Waller said. “I was recruited out of JUCO I guess because it was STAFF REPORTER closer, and I wanted my family to see Losing a senior athlete’s leader- me play.” ship is always hard, but the men’s Waller has been a strong force ofbasketball team is about to say fensively for Auburn. goodbye to its MVP. He is the first Auburn player since Senior Tay Waller was named the All-American Wesley Person in 1994 Most Valuable Player at the 21st to score 20 points or more in five annual Auburn Basketball Awards straight SEC games. Banquet Tuesday at the Hotel at AuAs a junior, Waller started 35 of 36 burn University. games and averaged 12.1 points, 2.8 Waller was also rebounds, 1.5 assists awarded Outstandand 1.5 steals. ing Offensive Player He was also a Once I heard team-leader and won an award in for most three- my name called there three-point shots, pointers made in the hitting 37 percent of was a smile on my SEC. shots taken. Waller made face.” He made 100 3.4 three pointers three point shots Tay Waller, that season, maka game and was senior, shooting guard ing him second in ranked fourth nationally. Auburn’s history for Waller said playthrees made in a ing basketball runs in the family and single season. looked up to his father as a great Waller said the MVP award was a basketball player. surprise to him, but not to his fam“My older brother always had a lot ily. of friends over, and they were always “I wasn’t expecting to win,” Waller playing basketball,” Waller said. “I said. “Honestly. I mean once I heard always wanted to play with them.” my name called there was a smile on This season, Waller was second in my face and everyone in my family the SEC in scoring. had a smile on their faces.” He shot 41.0 percent from 3-point Looking ahead, Waller said he range, was ranked eighth shooting hopes to play basketball profession47.4 percent from the field and was ally for the Lakers. ranked eighth in the league, averagHe said Kobe Bryant is his favorite ing 15.3 points. player and he would be honored to Waller, who was a junior college play with him. transfer, said he came to Auburn be“Right now, I’m having try outs cause of the proximity to his family and work outs so I just keep praying in Manchester, Ga. and hoping that everything goes well “I wanted to stay an hour and a at workouts, and hopefully I can play half from home so all my family and pro ball somewhere,” Waller said.


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Bathing suits, bikes, blisters Auburn Triathletes place 22nd at National Triathlon Meet in Buffalo BETHANY DONALDSON

temperature of the water, in addition to the windy conditions they had to battle during the other portions of the race. “The water was really cold,” said sophomore Matthew Manley. “I competed in the short-course race, so they canceled our swim. We did just a bike and run.” Manley said the water was about 54 degrees, the outside felt like high 40s and the wind was blowing on the bike. Bedsole finished 106th out of 456 competitors with a time of 2:07. “My favorite part was finishing,” Bedsole said. “Also, not getting blown over on my bike with the 19 mile per hour crosswinds was tough.” Samantha Clark, senior,


The Auburn Triathletes placed 22nd Saturday after battling inclement weather at the National Triathlon Meet at Buffalo Springs Lake in Lubbock, Texas. This was the third year the triathletes competed in the Collegiate National Championship. The race consisted of a 10-kilometer run, a 25-mile bike and a 750-meter swim. “This was my second triathlon ever,” said Robert Bedsole, graduate student in mechanical engineering. “You learn a lot every time you do it.” Bedsole said the swim was shortened because of the

placed 23rd, the highest in the female division of the race for Auburn. Clark said the toughest part of the race for her was the running because of an injury she suf fered earlier in the season. “It was OK,” Clark said. “I’ve had a stress fracture. My bike was good, but my running was slow.” Clark said she trains weekly by swimming three days a week and biking four times a week. She started to run 20 minutes a day to be ready to compete in the run after her injury. Before traveling to Texas, senior James Hornady said he expected everyone to show good times, but for Clark to stand out. “A triathlon is one of those things where you don’t know

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how you’re going to perform until you finish the race,” Hornady said. Nathan Roberson, who Hornady predicted would have a good race beforehand, finished 104th and first for the Auburn team. “There are over 100 colleges that attend the meet,” Hornady said. “They range from different military academies to USC.” Bedsole said the team’s 22nd finish was better than last years.’ “I wasn’t on the team last year,” Manley said. “I think they placed 43rd last year, so that is a great improvement in the team’s performance.” Manley said two of the teams

seven male members were not able to finish. “What’s special about the Auburn team is that it’s completely student organized,” Hornady said. “It’s just a good organization to keep us going.” The club was started in 1983 and was one of the first collegiate racing clubs in the country, according to the teams website. The Auburn Tri athletes returned to campus in 2007. In two years, the club has grown from 12 members to 38 members. The triathletes plan to compete in the Memphis in May triathlon May 16 and the West Point Lake triathlon June 12. For more information visit the group’s website,

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Sports, D6

The Auburn Plainsman

Thursday, April 22, 2010

4-3 has disparate meaning for tennis teams Men close season with win at Alabama KATIE ERHART

passo in two sets, 6-1, 6-0, followed by Myneni beating Puetz in their two sets, WRITER 6-1, 6-4. These two victoThe No. 39 Auburn Men’s ries put Alabama ahead, Tennis team celebrated 2-1, until Auburn jumped Saturday after it defeated ahead with consecutive the No. 29 Crimson Tide in victories from Mies over the Tigers’ last regular sea- Davis, 6-4, 6-4, and Hewitt son match. over Thompson, 7-6, 6-2. Freshmen doubles team, With Auburn ahead, 3-2, Tim Hewitt and Lucas Lo- all eyes were on the final passo, started the Tigers two matches of the day. off well, defeating Jarryd A match between AlaBoth and Trey Walston of bama’s Houssam YassAlabama, 8-5. ine and Auburn’s Oliver Following Hewitt and Strecker came down to Lopasso, a third freshm en set. The Andreas last set It was absoMies and tied the A l e x a n - lutely satisfying to teams, der Sajonz as beat Alabama and to 3-3, squared Ya s s i n e off against beat them at home.” edged out Alabama’s Strecker, R i c k y 6-3. DoverThe fiTim Puetz, spike and nal match junior Michael of the day Thompdeterson, who gave Alabama an mined the winner of the 8-4 win. in-state show down. “We won the doubles Stamchev came out point, which was nice to strong against Doverspike see,” said coach Eric Shore and took the first set, 7-6. of the 8-4 Auburn win in However, Stamchev fell the final doubles match to Doverspike the second between junior Tim Pu- set, 6-2. etz and sophomore Alex With the team’s fate in Stamchev of Auburn and his hands, Stamchev won Michael Davis and Saketh the final set easily with a Myneni of Alabama. 6-1 victory to win the set Alabama took the first and match for Auburn. and second singles victory “It was absolutely satwith Botha besting Lo- isfying to beat Alabama,

and to beat them at home,” Puetz said. “We didn’t play well in some spots, and in others we played really well, but all that matters is we got the win.” The 4-3 victory brought Auburn’s overall record to 9-11, with a 5-6 record in the SEC, and sealed Auburn’s No. 6 seed in the upcoming SEC tournament. “A number of guys impressed me,” Shore said. “But the way Alex Stamchev finished off his match to get the win was great.” With this morale boosting win under its belt, Auburn is busy preparing for the SEC tournament April 22-25, held in Lexington, Ky., with an opening match up against Arkansas. “We’ve played an extremely tough schedule this year, and we are hoping to continue to improve our record,” Shore said. “Arkansas is a tough team. Hopefully we won’t have a let down, and we can continue from there.” If the team plans to go far in the tournament, Puetz said there is one thing that needs to improve. “We need to work on our doubles,” Puetz said. “It’s just going to get tougher, and we need these doubles points to win.” The team also looks forward to NCAA tournament play, pending official announcement in early May.


Auburn freshman Caroline Thornton returns the ball Saturday evening against Alabama.

Women lose final season match to Alabama NICK VAN DER LINDEN WRITER

After a 6-1 victory against the Bulldogs, the No. 52 Auburn Women’s Tennis team (9-10) looked to close out the season in style, but came up short against No. 73 Alabama (10-11), 4-3, last Saturday at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. “First off, hats off to Alabama,” said coach Tim Gray. “We’ve looked forward to this match all year, and we knew it was going to be a tight match.” Seniors Fani Chifchieva and Jil Hastenrath jumpstarted Auburn in doubles play and defeated Alabama senior Alice Tunaru and freshman Antonia Foeshe, 8-1. The tide turned when Alabama senior Paulina Bigos and junior Meritt

Emery defeated Auburn freshmen Plamena Kurteva and Caroline Thornton, 8-1. Auburn freshman Paulina Shippers and senior Myrthe Molenveld gave up the doubles point to Alabama freshman Alexa Guarachi and sophomore Courtney McLane, along with a two-match win. “Paulina and I had chances,” Molenveld said “I was nervous because I wanted to win so much because I knew it was my last doubles at Auburn.” Alabama gained a 2-0 lead after winning No. 2 singles, as No. 60 Guarachi defeated Auburn sophomore Daniela Vukadinovic, 6-2, 6-3. It did not take Auburn long to rally for the lead. Hastenrath defeated Bigos, 7-5, 6-1, while Moleveld defeated Emery, 6-4, 6-2, to even the match

at 2-2. The stage was set for No. 47 Chifchieva to give Auburn a 3-2 as she defeated Mclane, 6-2, 6-4. “We can usually count on Fani to get her point,” Gray said, “just like she proved again tonight, and she will be missed just like the rest of the seniors.” Alabama’s Tunaru defeated Shippers, 6-2, 6-4, evening the match, 3-3, with Foeshe and Thornton deciding the final match outcome. Foeshe built up a 5-3 lead before taking the eventual set and match, 6-4, 6-3. “I’m very proud of the great effort,” Gray said. “We didn’t stop fighting, and that’s all I ask of them.” The Tigers are the No. 10 seed in today’s SEC Tournament and face the No. 7 Arkansas Razorbacks in Athens, Ga.

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The Auburn Plainsman

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Sports, D7


Ryal rocks the ‘stache JENNIFER BECKETT

so that we know we’ll have a lot of students for it.” WRITER During the event, the athletic department disIn his second year as tributes about 300 fake assistant softball coach, mustaches for students Mark Ryal continues to to wear in honor of Ryal, contribute his Major Wilkerson said. League knowledge and ex“The girls on the team perience to Auburn. always get a team pic“I try to help the girls ture with the mustaches, by sharing some of the as well,” Wilkerson said. knowledge that “It’s just a I accumulated fun thing we over playing 16 started doing years of profesthat everysional baseone seems to ball,” Ryal said. enjoy.” “Some of these Harrison situations in said she and softball aren’t the other any different players rethan situations spect Ryal in baseball.” because he RYAL Ryal helps knows what players imit means to prove hitting and outfield- play ball, and he puts a fun ing skills during practice twist on the practice rouand tournaments. tines. “He’s definitely helped “He always seems to me think differently in the have these quirky drills, box,” said sophomore Am- but then you do them, and ber Harrison. “He’s taught they start to make sense,” me what to expect and Harrison said. how to play the game at a Head coach Tina Deese different, more intense lev- said she admires Ryal’s deel. He’s taught us all how to meanor and knowledge of grow as batters.” the game. After Ryal came to Au“It’s been a good experiburn in 2009, the Tigers im- ence with lots of fun and proved overall and in SEC lots of laughter,” Deese play in team batting aver- said. age, hits, doubles, home Coaching seems to be in runs, slugging percentage, Ryal’s blood, since he grew walks, on-base percentage up with parents who were and stolen bases, accord- basketball coaches. ing to the Auburn Tigers “From about the fifth website. grade on, probably 80 per“He’s one of those quiet cent of my time was spent guys, but when he does playing sports,” Ryal said. talk, he’s always really fun- “I took my studies seriny,” Harrison said. “He’s al- ously, so I was either on the ways cracking jokes.” field or in the books.” But sometimes, the joke Ryal played basketball, is on him and his now-fa- baseball and football in mous mustache. high school. “Assistant coach Steve “I signed a letter of inJohnson came to me with tent to play football and the idea for Mustache baseball at the University Night early on,” said Eli of Oklahoma, but unexWilkerson, assistant di- pectedly got drafted in rector of marketing. “We 1978 in the third round by usually pair it with the All the Kansas City Royals,” Auburn, All Orange game Ryal said.

Ryal also played for the Chicago White Sox (1985), California Angels, now called the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (198687), Philadelphia Phillies (1989) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (1990). Ryal hit .375 in 13 games as he helped the Angels earn the American League Western Division title in 1986. Then, Ryal left the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1990, and the Dragons in Japan gave him the opportunity to play major league ball. “I wanted to go over there and prove myself, which I did,” Ryal said. After returning from Japan, Ryal signed with the Marlins. Then, an unexpected injury prompted him to find a new avenue in baseball. So, Ryal began his collegiate coaching career as the hitting coach for the University of Oklahoma in 1995 and helped the Sooners advance to the College World Series. He then became head coach of the Inola (Okla.) High School softball program from 2003-2006. After spending a season as head coach at Carl Albert State College in Poteau, Okla., Ryal decided to join the Auburn family. “It was a chance to come down to a warmer climate and an opportunity to coach at this level with these kinds of athletes,” Ryal said. Despite his busy coaching schedule now, Ryal said he does his best to spend time with his wife and three children. “I haven’t had a chance to do a lot with my family because I have a daughter playing college softball, a son playing major league baseball and a younger daughter playing on the travel ball team in Montgomery,” Ryal said. “If I’m not here coaching, I’m out chasing one of them.”

Ryal Rules Favorite major league baseball player? Willie Mays. Basically, I think he was the best player who ever played. Favorite baseball movie? “The Natural.” Favorite thing about living in Alabama? The down-to-Earth people I’ve met Peanuts or sunflower seeds? If they’re in the oven on a cookie sheet, I’ll take parched peanuts, give them to me.

Favorite style of mustache? Just the basic style, like the one I’m wearing right now. What do you miss about living in Oklahoma? Fishing and all the lakes Best part of your job? Working with the girls. I get to hear different stories every day. Were you a baseball collector when you were little? Yes, I still have several cards.

Auburn Men’s Golf returns to the central time zone after a weekend at the SEC Championship at Sea Island, Ga. The Tigers finished seventh overall, with senior Cole Moreland finishing tied for 12th individually. “Overall, it was probably our worst ball-striking week of the year,” said Auburn coach Nick Clinard. “In the final round, we played good at times, but couldn’t get it going.” Moreland hit a one-over-par 211 over the three-day tournament. After the first day of play, Auburn was tied for second, falling to sixth on the second day and finishing in seventh. “We were the first set of tee times off one,” Moreland said about the first day. “Everyone played real solid. It was good to start off in second.” Moreland said the wind on the course hurt the team on the second day. “When I teed off it was blowing probably 20 miles an hour at 9:30 in the morning,” Moreland said. Other Tigers competing in the tournament were sophomore Will McCurdy (+5, 215), redshirt freshman David Zickler (+5, 215), sophomores John Stembridge (+8, 218) and Kyle Kopsick (+12, 222). “We’re young,” Clinard said. “We had one freshman, three sophomores in the lineup and one senior.” Moreland, the only senior playing last weekend, said he didn’t feel much pressure being the oldest player on the team. “I did feel a little pressure at the beginning of the year,” Moreland said. “But toward the end I was more comfortable

with it.” Clinard said the team has a chance to win no matter what lineup is playing. “If we go about our business and play the way we’re capable of playing we have a good chance to win every time we tee it up,” Clinard said. The No. 18 University of Georgia won the team tournament for the second year in a row, and Georgia’s Russell Henley took the individual title. The next time Auburn will compete will be in the NCAA Southeast Regional May 20-22. “This year we’ll be between a five and seven seed in regionals,” Moreland said. “It’s always good to go as a team and play for a national championship.” Not all conference tournaments have been played yet, so the regionals have not yet been announced. “May 9 is the conference call,” Moreland said. “So we’ll find out where we’re getting shipped to.” The closest regional to Auburn is in Atlanta at Capital City Club. Clinard said the team will take the month off to focus on resting and some portions of its game. “We’ve been going pretty hard since the beginning of March,” Clinard said. “Right now it’s rest, number two is academics and three is we need to work really hard on our short game.” Clinard, in his first year on The Plains, said the team accomplished many goals he set in the beginning of the year. “We wanted to win a tournament, we wanted to be ranked in the top 35 in the country, and we also wanted to qualify for the post season,” Clinard said. “I think we’ve met all our goals so far, and now we have new goals for the rest of the year.”

The Auburn Plainsman

Sports, D8

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Hunt Seat earns second place at Nationals ABBY ALBRIGHT SPORTS EDITOR

After defeating No. 10seed Kansas State, 7-1, and No. 3-seed South Carolina, 6-2, the No. 2-seed Auburn Equestrian team fell to the No. 1-seed Georgia in the Championship, 5-3. The Western team, however, was knocked-off after losing 4-3 to No. 10-seed South Carolina and to No. 3-seed Oklahoma State, 6-2. “I am just so proud of this team,” said coach Greg Williams. “They are a very deserving team, and I wish we

could have won a National Championship, because I’ve never seen a team deserve it as much, but that doesn’t always mean you get it. “ Sophomore Western rider Kristin Hansen said the seniors were very supportive of both teams and kept the morale of the team high throughout. “We are one team; we don’t try to separate ourselves into Western and Hunt Seat; we’re all in it together,” Hansen said. “The Hunt Seat team was really supportive of us even though they weren’t getting the overall championship

because we didn’t do well. They didn’t put it on us or anything.” In the Hunt Seat Championship, Auburn saw winners in Equitation on the Flat in junior Ali Loprete and sophomore Maggie McAlary, tying with Georgia 2-2. McAlary was the sole winner for the Tigers in equitation on the flat, which the Tigers lost to the Bulldogs 3-1, but fell in the individual competition. “It’s a weird feeling to know that was your last shot as an Auburn athlete,” said senior Hunt Seat rider Katie

Breedlove. “I feel as though everyone gave it their best, and it just didn’t come out the way we hoped.” Another winner for the Tigers was Clifford the horse, who won Most Valuable Horse and the judges favorite. “What I got most tickled about was how important that became to the girls and how the horses performed,” Williams said. “When Clifford was named the Most Valuable Horse at Nationals, I swear that meant more to them than if they had won the National Championship.”

Anna Schierholz / WRITER

Sophomore Hunt Seat rider Maggie McAlary jumps during SECs in Auburn. SECs were held March 26-27.


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