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Hugs Come Swiftly to Auburn Taylor Swift plays impromptu concert for ‘A Hug for Taylor Swift’ boys CALLIE GARRETT INTRIGUE EDITOR

After Taylor Swift spontaneously surprised Auburn students, she left many questions behind on how the surprise came about. Ryan Leander and Michael Wekall finally received the hugs they have been seeking from Swift, after receiving their third challenge via e-mail Monday at 12:30 p.m. Swift asked them to gather as many people as possible and host a karaoke show at 2 p.m. in the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center. They were just as surprised as the rest of the 350 students that just made the capacity cut to be a part of the private concert. Some may wonder how this was pulled off so smoothly. “Taylor wanted to do this as a thank you to Michael and Ryan for putting so much effort into their videos,” said Todd Cassetty, director of video productions for Taylor Swift. “She is so busy. She had some free time Monday, and it was the first time she could pull it off. I checked with Michael and Ryan that they would be around and not be in class because the last thing we wanted to ever do was pull them out of class. The timing worked out perfectly.” The office of communications and marketing was contacted Thursday, April 22, by Swift’s video production concerning a possible event on campus, said Deedie Dowdle, executive director of communications and marketing. Dowdle said they were not certain of what was happening, and if Swift was actually going to


Renting textbooks proves viable option JILLIAN CLAIR STAFF REPORTER

If students who rented books from Anders want to hold on to their savings, they must return their books by Wednesday, May 5. Anders was the only bookstore to provide book rentals in Auburn this semester, offering immediate savings on more than 100 titles. “You pay half of the new price whether it's a used book or a new book, and then we hold your credit card number in the system, and if you don't return your book, you get charged,” said Julie Ward, Anders textbook manager. “If you do return your book, everything is wiped out of the computer.” Anders is owned by Nebraska Book Company and was one of the company's first stores to offer book rentals. “The rentals provide the student with a much lower price out-of-pocket, and it just seems to be a choice a number of students would prefer over buying


books, so we though that we would launch a program to help stores meet that need,” said Jerry Hiller, vice president of sales for Nebraska Book Company. Hiller said the company began looking into book rentals to compete with Internet sites. “Obviously, with the Internet and a number of book rental companies out there, students are going to the Internet a lot more to find their course materials,” Hiller said. “In order to compete with that, the on-campus stores need to offer a program that is competitive, so the students can stay on-campus.” Renting books from an oncampus bookstore not only saves money, but provides students with convenience, assures that they find the correct books and eliminates shipping hassles and fees, Hiller said. “It's all in an effort to provide that service locally to the students and make it convenient for them, and in turn, it'll be good for the store,” Hiller said. > Turn to BOOKS, A2

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make an appearance until a confirmation phone call was received the day before the actual event took place on campus. “(Swift’s) team really wanted to keep it a surprise,” Dowdle said. “On Sunday, we got word that she would likely be here. Out of respect for Miss Swift, we helped them set up and only told just a few people, so we could make sure we got the absolute best set up.” Swift’s production team took the lead on scheduling the event, but the communications and marketing office recommended the hotel simply because doing it on campus during the last week of class could create problems, Dowdle said. Cassetty said Swift really wanted to document the moment because she was so excited about it all. “The video production team drove down Sunday night, and we were there with Michael and Ryan (Monday) when they received the challenge from her over e-mail, and we followed them through the entire process of them trying to fill up the auditorium at the hotel,” Cassetty said. There were many speculations on how Swift snuck into Auburn without anyone truly knowing if she was going to make an appearance until she surprised the crowd after singing “You Belong With Me” karaoke style. “Taylor wore a hoodie on the way from the (Auburn) airport to the hotel, trying to be as incognito as possible,” Cassetty said. “She really wanted it to be a big surprise for Michael and Ryan.” > Turn to SWIFT, A2

‘Mercury Man’ brought to justice Student arrested after streaking across campus ELLISON LANGFORD NEWS EDITOR

He darts into classrooms and distracts tours. His naked, silver body attracting the eye of all who see him. Particularly the police officers who arrested him on Auburn’s campus Friday afternoon. “I can confirm on April 23, Friday, at 12:02 a.m. we arrested a William Hudson,” said Capt. Tom Stofer of the Auburn Police Department. “(We) arrested him and charged him with public lewdness, public intoxication and resisting arrest.” Hudson was taken to the Lee County Detention Center after his arrest, Stofer said. Phi Delta Theta Chapter President Chris Mills denied rumors that the

streaking stunt is a tradition that kicks off the fraternity spring party. “He was not streaking,” Mills said, “he had an article of clothing on.” This spring’s Mercury Man wore silver paint, a silver winged bike helmet and a jockstrap. While winging his way across campus he darted into James McKelly’s noon Survey of American Literature II class in the Haley Center. “I was just talking to another girl in my class and I looked up and there was a naked silver guy leaning over a desk,” said Brittnee Handley, senior in English, and student in the class. “I just thought it was some stupid fraternity stunt, to be honest.” Mercury Man was ac> Turn to MERCURY, A2

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DUI Arrests in the City of Auburn April 22 - April 25, 2010

April 18, - April 25, 2010 April 18, 137 Lee Road – Theft of firearms reported. One black Beretta Tomcat .32 caliber pistol.

Kimberly A. Ford, 38, of Colorado South Gay Street/ Taco Bell April 22, 1:12 a.m.

April 19, Gunston Court – Theft of firearm reported. One black Glock 22 and one black Lasermax pistol laser.

William P. Caudill, 22, of Memphis, Tenn. East Samford Ave./ Gay Street April 22, 2:06 a.m.

April 23, North Cary Drive – Burglary and theft reported. One black 46” Sony Bravia flatscreen TV, one white engagement ring ($2,000), one gold wedding ring ($200) and one white diamond tennis bracelet ($1,100).

April 20, Opelika Road – Theft of property reported. One red Mountain Porta Power hydraulic ram.

Roderick B. Alexander, 45, of Tuskegee Bent Creek Road/Hilton Garden Drive April 23, 4:58 a.m.

April 21, College Mobile Home Park - Theft reported. One silver 32” Insignia LCD TV, one white Nintendo Wii, four white Wii controllers, various Wii games and House season 1 DVDs.

April 21, Webster Road – Theft reported. One black 32” LG LCD TV.

April 23, Samantha Court - Theft of property reported. One Kenmore washer and dryer ($1,400). April 25, Eat Glenn Avenue – Theft of reported. One black 52” Vizio HDTV, one black 32” Panasonic HDTV, one gray Sony camcorder, one black Nikon camera, one black Sony camera and one red queen-size bedspread. - Reports provided by Auburn Department of Public Safety

Matthew C. Martin, 27, of Alabama Duplex Court April 24, 2:11 a.m. Nicole R. Bolden, 22, of Birmingham North Gay Street and Opelika Road April 24, 2:37 a.m. Joseph C. Eddins, 72, of Atmore Shug Jordan Parkway April 24, 9:27 p.m. Tiffany M. Johnson, 22, of Opelika East Glenn Avenue / Samford Avenue April 25, 3:18 a.m. Eric M. Ray, 23, of Anniston Beehive Road April 25, 3:26 a.m.


companied by another man with a video camera who was recording the stunt, said Dale Stinson, senior in English, who was also in the class. Stinson said the streaker seemed really out of breath and mentioned that he thought the classroom was really hot. Stinson said Mecury Man was not in the room for more than a few minutes, and, soon after, students by the window saw him being arrested on the Concourse between the Haley Center and the Student Center. Courtni Ward, sophomore in international business and Spanish, and her tour group of approximately 15 prospec-

tive students also got an eyeful of Mercury Man. “When we were on top of Haley, one of the parents pointed out that the streaker was running across the Concourse and there was a guy following him on a bike videotaping him,” Ward said. “My first instinct was to get them away, because I didn’t want anything bad to influence their decision.” However, in addition to the topless tomfoolery, the group also received a lesson in campus safety. As Ward was trying to hustle her group away from the nudity, Hudson was arrested. Mills refused to elaborate because he said the issue hasn’t been straightened out with the Interfraternity Council.

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J&M Bookstore will begin its book rental program during the summer. “It's another way to lessen the cost to the students, and it's the buzz thing to do right now, so we're going to do it,” said Trey Johnston, CEO of J&M Bookstore. “We've got the software installed and have picked out the books we're going to use. We'll have it ready to go by May 20.” Johnston said the sum-


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mer will be a trial period for the program. “Most of the books we're going to do this summer as we try it out are going to be used books,” Johnston said. “You've got to have a commitment from the instructors that they're going to use the book more than once to get your money out of it.” J&M's prices will be similar to Anders'. “We're going to start renting books at basically half the price of the book, as long as they bring them

Nobody was contacted at the airport concerning Swift’s arrival, said Bill Hutto, director of Auburn University Regional Airport. She landed at approximately 2 p.m. with a couple of vehicles to pick her up. “We have a lot of airplanes that come in and out, and we do not know who is on those airplanes a lot of the time,” Hutto said. Hutto said Swift departed from the airport at approximately 3:50 p.m. with a security escort. Nobody at the airport knew it was Swift until after she had left for the performance at the hotel. “After about 30 minutes of Ryan and Michael stalling, I was pretty sure she was actually there,” said Emma Robertshaw, senior in family

back at the end of the semester,” Johnston said. “If they don't bring them back, there is a substantial fee.” Big Blue Bookstore and The Auburn University Bookstore are still discussing possibly having a book rental program in the fall. Justin Free, junior in building science, rented three anthologies from Anders for his world literature class. “If you bought them as a three-pack, it was $90, and I paid just over $50

business and entrepreneurship. “I didn't think it would have been such a big deal with security and all if she hadn't.” Robertshaw said she had been following Ryan and Michael’s campaign and was glad it actually became reality for them. “It's just fun to see something like this happen, that you would have never really imagined... Taylor Swift in Auburn,” Robertshaw said. Wekall said this was a dream come true after spending at least two hours a day just getting the word out via social media. “Honestly, I just want to say how thankful and so happy I have (Michael and Ryan) in my life,” Swift said as she addressed the auditorium. “I just really appreciate you guys coming out and being so awesome. I am so happy to see you guys and so hap-

for them,” Free said. “So I saved a good bit of money.” Free said he would rent books again next semester. “It was great—I found the books to be cheaper as long as you meet the contract requirement to turn them in by May 5,” Free said. “It was a great opportunity to save money and get the textbooks you need.” With the recent release of the iPad, some students have invested in digital. “Up to this point, even though digital course ma-

py to be in Auburn today.” Wekall said they were not expecting this at all. They didn’t know exactly when, how or if a hug would ever come from Swift. “We never really had a date set in our mind,” Wekall said. “But I think our goal was just to get it before we graduated, because we both graduate in May.” He said Swift just rocked Auburn with 350 people inside the auditorium and at least 200 others waiting outside in the parking lot, in hopes of seeing Swift. “I felt like after all you guys have done, a hug might not be enough so I decided to see you at Auburn,” Swift said. “Maybe I thought you guys, Michael and Ryan, would like to come have front row seats at one of my concerts.”

terial has been around for quite a while, and the readers that are available to view that digital material have been around for a while, customers haven't grasped onto the technology in large numbers,” Hiller said. Hiller said the price difference between digital and traditional textbooks is not large enough to make a substantial difference. “If you have to spend three or four hundred dollars on a device to read it

on, what's the benefit of that?” Hiller said. Traditional books have so far consistently outsold digital books. “When you think about the book, it's evolved over a long period of time into its current form,” Hiller said. “It is very user-friendly, and I think students have continued to make a choice that they prefer a traditional textbook over a digital book, whether they're reading it on a computer or on a Kindle or an iPad.”

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Corrections to wording in a bill that stabilizes Alabama’s Prepaid College Tuition Program passed in the House and Senate Thursday. The corrections were suggested by Gov. Bob Riley. “One part of the (original) Bill 162 passed by the legislature would have taken some of the Alabama Public School and College Authority money and put it into tuition, but none of that money is allowed to be put into anything other than

bonds,” said Sen. Ted Little (D-Auburn). “Because tuition and bonds are not equivalent, there was a possibility of jeopardizing the tax-free status of bonds that have already been (issued) to build college buildings and high schools throughout the state.” Investors who bought bonds from the state were issued a federal and state tax-free status on dividends received from those bonds each year, so the bill’s wording could have endangered future PACT funding, Little said. Little said he introduced the bill

about four months ago to alleviate the funding problems of PACT. Little’s goal was to help cover the state’s 44,000 PACT students by allocating state bond issues. Little said his proposal, Civic Bill 162, first designated $236 million to put into the PACT program. Also, the bill did not require tuition caps for any Alabama institution. However, after the bill passed the Senate, the House amended it to require that all 16 institutions of > Turn to PACT, A4

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CityFest 2010 draws hundreds to Kiesel Park despite rain DAVID NORWOOD ASSISTANT MULTIMEDIA EDITOR

The 10th anniversary of Auburn’s CityFest drew hundreds of vendors, performers and daytrippers to Kiesel Park Saturday, making for a slightly damp day of recreation. Morning showers and the threat of severe weather forced an early closing to CityFest, hosted by the Auburn Department of Parks and Recreation. “We had a little more rain than sunshine this year, but our vendors and our volunteers and our sponsors and our citizens stuck with us and we had a great year,” said Meg Rainey, Auburn CityFest

Megan Browning, 8, laughs while she flips and sticks to the Velcro wall.

co-coordinator. “It really hasn’t dampened anyone’s spirits.” Auburn CityFest included dozens of vendor booths, ranging from corporate fixtures like Chick-fil-A and Charter Communications to more homespun crafts like handmade birdhouses and dragon-shaped tire swings. It was the first year in attendance for local businessman Eric Stamp, owner of Stamp printshop. Stamp came to CityFest with a guest—a 7-foot robot statue made of vinyl records to promote his new store, Camp Stamp, a do-it-yourself spinoff of his printshop. “We’ve had a better crowd than I ex> Turn to CITYFEST, A3


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higher education must not raise the tuition for PACT students more than 2.5 percent per year, but may raise tuition for other students more than 2.5 percent, Little said. However, this amendment will not apply to Auburn University and the University of Alabama. Richard Huckaby, cofounder of Save Alabama PACT, said the bond issues are a respectable form of

revenue to back the PACT program and provide a fair solution. “No new money will be generated, and no money will be taken away from anybody,� Huckaby said. “This is not money taken out of a tax base or from tax payers and is not a bailout. It is simply interest being paid by the state of Alabama. Once that interest is paid, the money will be available to use for other things within the education system.� A new 15-member



PACT Board, composed of investment experts and PACT holders, will convene in June to establish goals and guidelines and to address other matters that need wrapping up, Huckaby said. Although, Smith said Auburn University should potentially see positive effects from the compromise and her two children have benefitted from being holders of the PACT program. “I think a lot of people have enjoyed PACT for

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awhile, and it’s unfortunate that it ended up (without sufficient funding),� Smith said. Despite the differing views among those involved with the PACT compromise, many seem to agree that the state made the most reasonable decision possible in present circumstances. “The biggest thing is that we have a solution that keeps the program close to 100 percent funded in the foreseeable future,� Huckaby said.


pected, looking at the weather over the last couple of days,� Stamp said. CityFest also featured a variety of activities for children at the “Imagination Station,� including a collection of inflatable games, pony rides and performances by storytellers and trained dogs. Anthony Taylor of Vinemont put on his clown makeup to make

his third appearance as Tone Tone the Clown. Taylor rode through Kiesel Park on a miniature bike goofing around with musicians and entertaining the children. “Each year just keeps getting better and better,� Taylor said. “Even though we’ve gotten a little wet, we’ve had a ball.� The musical performances included headliner John Peterson, in addition to The Undergrounders from Birmingham.

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Bingo machines are not the only things Gov. Bob Riley seems to want to keep out of Alabama. Last week Riley vetoed a bill that would allow the sale of stronger wine in Alabama grocery stores, convenience stores and other retail stores. “I think he’s been pretty consistent in being against expanding liquor sales� said Sen. Scott Beason (R-Gardendale). “I don’t want to speak for him, but I think he believes we have enough problems with what we have.� However, both the Alabama House and Senate overrode the veto last week, and the bill will now become law. It will allow the sale of wine with up to 24 percent alcohol content. The previous limit was 16.5 percent. Gus Clark, owner of Fine Wine and Beer by Gus, said last year Riley allowed the alcohol limit to be raised from 14.9 to 16.4. “He already supported what he thought was reasonable,� Clark said. Little said he was surprised Riley decided to veto this particular measure. “I think the Senate decided to override the veto because it was not that much of an increase,� Little said. “Frankly, based upon what other states have already proven to us, the amount of sales volume that has increased

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A bill will allow wine with 24 percent alcohol to be sold in stores throughout Alabama.

as far as benefiting states that are strapped for money right now has been noticeable.� The taxation on wine with higher alcohol content will bring in an additional 2.64 percent that wouldn’t normally be made with regular wine purchases. “I think the legislation just felt that if we could possibly bring more money into the state and take advantage of tourism and people coming through the state on the way to

Florida, then we wanted to give them incentive to purchase wine that’s for sale in Alabama,� Little said. The proceeds of the higher tax will be distributed with 37 percent going to the Alcoholic Beverage Control board; 34 percent to the state general fund, which runs all of the state government outside of education; 20.8 percent to the Department of Human Services and 8.2 percent to the Department of Mental Health.

“We do have enough problems with the alcohol content we have,� Beason said. “It just doesn’t make a lot of sense. People can already get drunk off of beer that has very little alcohol content.� Clark said he has already received positive feedback from customers in his store. “The House and the Senate both believe in making these products available,� Clark said. “They’re taking the sides of the people of Alabama at this point.�

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Friday was a day of gratitude and appreciation nearly 65 years in the making. Eighty-seven World War II veterans from Columbus and the surrounding areas were honored for their service with an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. to see the World War II Memorial. For the Lee County veterans, the day began with a quick celebration at First Baptist Church Opelika that included Sen. Ted Little (D-Auburn), Auburn Mayor Bill Ham and Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller, who traveled with the veterans to Washington D. C. “It’s an extreme honor and privilege to be with you,” Ham told the veter-

ans. “My wife said she’s never seen me this excited, even on Christmas, and I think she’s right.” Ham wasn’t the only excited participant during the celebration. Members from all of the University’s ROTC programs also took part in the celebration. “There’s no way that we can truly show them how grateful we are for the freedoms they gave us, but this is one of the ways we can try,” said Kilian McGroary, freshman in pre-nursing and member of the Army ROTC. After the celebration in Opelika, the veterans took a bus to Columbus for their flight to D.C. The day was put together by the West Georgia Honor Flight Hub, a part of the Honor Flight Network. “The youngest vet is in

his eighties,” said Royce Ard, hub director. “We’re losing over 1,000 World War II vets a day, so that’s why it’s imperative to do it immediately.” Ard said planning for the event includes selecting guardians, or volunteers, who pay to accompany the veterans on the trip, as well as supplying medical personnel and equipment. For this particular trip, the veterans were treated to a chartered Miami Air flight, flown by Ross Fischer, president of Miami Air, and former pilot to President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush. Selection of the veterans was also an integral part of the planning process. “Any World War II vet can apply,” Ard said. “It’s first come, first serve as

they send in their applications, except for veterans 90 or older, or terminally ill veterans, which both get priority.” Jack Simms, former head of Auburn’s journalism department, was one of the 87 chosen. Simms is a 4th Marine Division combat veteran who fought at the battle of Iwo Jima. “It meant a lot,” Simms said. “We lost an awful lot of people at Iwo, and this is a tribute to them.” Simms was also selected to place the wreath on the Iwo Jima Memorial, during the trip. As Simms recalled the battle, he expressed his gratitude for the chance to lay the wreath. “To me it was a moment because I didn’t fall apart, but I thought I was going to,” Simms said. “This ser-


Family and friends salute the veterans as they leave for their trip to the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C.

geant came up, hugged me and grabbed my arm. He made a heck of an effort to make me feel important. I’d have felt important if he just said hey.” However, it wasn’t only the veterans that considered themselves fortunate to be part of the trip. Alex-

ia Frazier of Opelika attended the trip as a guardian with her father, a WWII veteran. “It is probably one of the greatest honors of my life,” Frazier said through tearfilled eyes. “(My dad) is 87, and it’s just a real honor to be able to do this.”

‘Inappropriate lobbying’ prompts investigation ROD GUAJARDO MANAGING EDITOR

As many as 60 legislators and state officials may find themselves testifying in front of a federal grand jury in Montgomery Tuesday. A federal investigation, prompted by the Justice Department’s public integrity unit, will look in to “inappropriate lobbying” thought to have been

implemented by key supporters of the gambling bill, according to a report by The Associated Press. Sen. Tom Butler (DMadison), Sen. Hinton Mitchem (D-Union Grove), Sen. Scott Beason (R-Gardendale), Rep. Craig Ford (D-Gadsden), House Speaker Seth Hammett (D-Andalusia), Rep. Mac Gipson (R-Prattville) and Sen. Paul Sanford (RHuntsville), are among some of the legislators

who have confirmed they have received subpoenas, according to a report released by The Associated Press. Sen. Mike Hubbard (RAuburn) said that during a meeting with the Legislative Leadership and the Department of Justice attorneys said they have evidence that crimes had been committed. “I think all the dust will have to settle on that before anything else comes

back up,” Hubbard said. “I believe that it is wide and far-reaching and that all that will come out in due time.” The FBI, federal prosecutors and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation started the investigation of corruption at the beginning of April, after the bill passed the Alabama Senate with a 21-13 vote. With numerous casinos running campaigns against the governor and

in support of the bill, the federal investigation opened a lot of eyes as to where organized gambling would take Alabama, said Todd Stacey, governor’s office press secretary. “What you saw was the U.S. justice department out of Washington D.C. opening an investigation into corruption involving this bill,” Stacey said. “It just confirmed everything we had been saying, that this bill had completely

corrupted the process.” Stacey said that, while some form of gambling bill comes up every year, this year’s was unique in that supporters spent millions of dollars in smear campaigns against the governor. The bill, which died in the House last Thursday, would have given voters the opportunity to decide Nov. 2 to legalize electronic bingo and create a State Gaming Commission.

The Auburn Plainsman wishes to congratulate its many graduating seniors this year. Lindsey Davidson Ellison Langford Kevin Saucier Callie Garrett Abby Albright Philip Smith Sarah Phillips Kati Jones Brent Lang Kayla Shults Erin Coffey Erika Bilbo We wish them all well and we celebrate the bright and exciting futures that await them all.

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PACT fails at equality In theory, PACT is a great program. Aiding and abetting college admission for Alabamians who might not get to attend college otherwise is fine and good. But the actualities and hard reality of PACT are more muddied. Within the last year, PACT has struggled with funding, whether because of poor management or the economic recession. To fix these monetary issues, the Alabama Legislature has decided to put a cap on tuition, only allowing universities to raise tuition to a certain point. That is all universities except the University of Alabama and Auburn. Those two land-grant institutions can charge PACT students, and therefore the PACT program, as much as their Grinch-like hearts desire. Other smaller, non-state constitutionally protected schools will be forced to charge students the governmentally decided amount, forcing community colleges and smaller universities to raise prices for other, non-PACT students. Tuition increases every year at increasingly alarming rates and this latest Legislature move can’t help. Forcing smaller universities, which often have funding issues anyway, to increase tuition could lead to decreased college attendance. Borderline students not blessed enough to be a part of PACT would not

be able to afford the increased tuition. Without higher education and the applicable job skills learned therein, our state—already known for its ignorance and obesity—will be full of mindless automatons, packing our chubby children into Chevy Astros, spending inordinate amounts of time at Western Sizzlin. Hyperbole? Obviously. But the sentiment and concern hold merit. We were under the impression PACT was a program focused on engendering equality. Sure, students will get a (mostly) fairer shake, which is great. Don’t get us wrong, saving the program is a good idea. Thanks, old men in Montgomery. But doing it at the expense of those not involved in PACT feels wrong. And those other universities, our smaller brothers and sisters statewide, get the screw. Allowing the two larger state-run institutions to run rampant with already ridiculous and out-of-control-minecart-like abandon over and around tuition caps helps no one. Well, no one other than Auburn and Alabama, where 36 percent of PACT students attend. Alabama bills itself as a state looking to tomorrow, but for some reason, tomorrow is always a day away.

Farewell to departing staffers Because of its nature as a student newspaper, The Plainsman always undergoes a certain amount of change at the end of each semester. Staffers graduate or choose to leave our odd family for other opportunities, and this semester proves no different. Sarah Phillips contributed a great deal to all of our sections as a staff writer, as her position dictated she write whatever was asked of her. Philip Smith came on this staff with a huge bang, amazing us all with his growing photographic talent. Max Newfield was a stalwart addition to the campus section, a steady workhorse and an all-around nice guy. His often bare feet will be greatly missed by those of us still here. David Norwood was kind enough to come on board our fledgling multimedia section this semester, and he fit right in to our family. David, thank you for sharing your skills with us and be sure not to forget us when The BandarLog makes it big. Callie Garrett ran intrigue with style and grace, creating layouts and stories that made people pick up her pages. We know we will be hearing great things about her in the future. Michelle Wilder originally came to us as a crackerjack associate copy editor, but soon took over our campus section. Whatever was asked of her, Michelle

did it with a smile on her face and gave it her all. Were that all were like her. What can we say about Abby Albright? Her energy and spunk were infectious and she will surely be known as one of the best sports editors we’ve had in some time. Ellison Langford is and always will be a journalist. She has done her job exceedingly well, and we say “That’s what’s right.” Griffin Limerick, our associate multimedia editor, is a great videographer, a constant wit and an all-around good guy. We really don’t know what we’ll do without him next semester. Kevin Saucier is one of our longerserving staffers and was our first multimedia editor. He amazed us with his video skills and sage advice, and his kindness and wit will serve him well. Cliff McCollum has been around since the Paleozic Era. He brought candy, good cheer and obscure references. And, to boot, he was a hell of an opinions editor. The office will be far too normal without him. Our editor, Lindsey Davidson, is the unsung hero, shouldering all of the blame and getting little of the credit. Her tenure as editor was a solid one, befitting her no nonsense personality. We were lucky to have been asked to work for her, and we applaud her for a job well done.

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Last note from Mr. Saucier I can’t for the life of me think of an original angle from which I can approach one of these farewell columns, and that kills me. I’ll avoid boring you with inside jokes and just say I enjoyed myself and made a lot of good friends during my three years at The Plainsman. I held several positions, and I’m proud of most of my work from here. I’ll be lucky if the next place I go to is half as rewarding and interesting. Good luck to those who are staying or just starting

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at The Plainsman. I’d like to say thanks to Ed Williams, Dr. Adams, Dr. Carvalho, all the editors I’ve worked under, the section editors I’ve worked with, the website commenters who point out errors, my fellow multi-

media staff members and all the Auburn University students and alumni who take the time to read our words, watch our videos or flip through our slideshows. I’m proud to say that I don’t think I broke anything in this office while I was here, other than boundaries. I’m kidding. But I didn’t break anything. You can check. Kevin Saucier is multimedia editor of The Auburn Plainsman. You can reach him at 844-9108

Time to truly say goodbye When saying “Goodbye” to something is incredibly difficult, it shows you how much that something really matters in your life. For the last three weeks, I’ve struggled with how to write this blasted farewell column. I’ve made multiple attempts with paper, pen, typewriter and computer to write out a column that would prove worthy of expressing how I feel about The Auburn Plainsman. How do you write a column of 500 to 600 words that accurately and fully sums up a tenure of five years? How do you squeeze the dizzying highs and the paralyzing lows into such a small space? Can you fit a score of memories with friends both old and new onto the narrow confines of A6? Well, with three tours of duty as Opinions Editor under my belt, I can give you the answer to all of those questions. You can’t. And, yet, I still try to do so. The five years I’ve spent in various roles here have been among the greatest five years of my short existence. Good times and bad times, I love them all, as it takes the bit of bitter to make the sweet parts sweeter. I’ve gotten to become a part of The Plainsman Family, an informal, multigenerational group that spans back almost as long as the University itself. By working here, we gain entry into this selec-

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tive club, the only group of people who know what goes on in this office and what it takes to produce a paper each week. Each staff I’ve had the pleasure to serve with found that internal thread of unity, that continuity of spirit, that allowed them to come together and get the job done. Each staff becomes a well-tempered, battleready unit, seeking truth and reporting it. As journalists, they are endowed with the trust to tell people’s stories accurately and fairly, presenting the world not as they wished it to be but how it really was. My job, the realm of opinions, is the realm of dreams and whimsy. From that pulpit, we can cajole, lament, decry, defame and deject to our heart’s content, telling you what we believe and why we believe it. My job has always been easy. I get to weave the dream. Everyone else on staff has to live in the real world, a place that becomes increasingly unkind with each passing day. I marvel at how they’re able to do it. The current staff, this departing staff, will always

be remembered as the last staff I had the pleasure of serving with during my time here. While I had hoped to retire at the end of the fall semester, I’ll be damned if I didn’t fall in love with the strange, little idiots and stick around the whole year. They are a part of my family now, whether they like it or not. Auburn, I thank you for putting up with me over these many years. If I may ask of you a favor upon my departure, it would be to ask you to simply pick up this paper each week and truly take the time to read it. You honestly have no idea what care and effort is taken is getting that paper to you each week, and you never will unless you find yourself lucky enough to work in our little patch of New Foy. Whether you love it or you hate it, I pray you feel moved by something you read. Even hatred is preferable to indifference; it’s in indifference that one finds a lack of humanity. I have no idea what my future may bring or what may come once I leave that office for good tonight. What I do know is that I had the pleasure to serve at The Plainsman. Come what may, that will always matter a great deal to me. Cliff McCollum is opinions editor of The Auburn Plainsman. You can reach him at 844-9108

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Oh, crop. Our time here is up

Lindsey Davidson

This is it. Seven semesters, or three years, later my time here is done. This time has been something irreplaceable. I will never be in a more rewarding position and have the ability to accomplish what this staff has together personally and professionally this year. The Plainsman is left with stronger journalists from their time investigating and reporting local and campus happenings. We have made our mark this year with the fearless, relentless and needed coverage of the pedestrian accidents on and around campus. These efforts were a part of the product of “Travel with Care,” new safety signs and new lights lining Magnolia Avenue. This is what journalism is about. The Plainsman was just a vessel for this issue that needed to be heard by the public and these people’s stories that needed to be told. By doing this, the community is shining light on a problem that needs attention. One life is too many. The Plainsman took steps this year to change design and story topics for you, our readers. We started a multi-



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media team to be able to tell our stories in a different, if not better, way. We have had our difficulties coming from a dim 16-page paper to a robust 32-page paper. The staff has put their efforts into filling those pages with information for your benefit. These students, these professional journalists, spent long hours coming up with ways to include more student faces, whether it be by our skilled photographers or our creative writers. Whatever the story was, it was for you. The news section changed to a more hyper-local focus so you would be aware of the ever-changing bingo war, community events and now the final PACT decision. Having a cordial relationship with SGA has allowed more coverage and insight into the campus. Our editorial board had the chance to voice their opinion on different issues not only on campus, but around the state and U.S. We took our stances and took them proudly. The skilled writing from the editorial pieces allowed us to express how we felt about the pedestrian safety, salute to the guy stealing the Tiger Transit and usage of taboo words when we fought to keep those feelings out of the articles. The Plainsman is composed of opinionated, driven students that give up social hours to inform the campus and keep them aware. The Plainsman is and has been your voice.

To my staff, I could not ask for a better, more hard working group of journalists. You put your heart and souls into everything you do in our cave, and I could not be more appreciative of your work and efforts. This will be a memory you will hold onto for years to come. Ellison, it has been an honor to work with you. You will succeed wherever you go because of your need to be perfect (and win). I have had the chance to watch you grow as a journalist and progress to one of the best reporters I know of. Any newspaper will be thrilled to have your conservative ways on their staff. Cliff, you will always be the creepy uncle in the room, but you offer the needed advice, even when it isn’t wanted. This office would not have been able to survive without your knowledge and guidance. Daniel and Jill will be taking over the news section, and I couldn’t feel more confident to have these two keeping you informed on the important issues from around the state. Already they have both proved to be strong, honest writers and investigators providing issues for you in the most competent way. Kevin has led the multimedia team fearlessly. Between him, David and Griffin, you will see their names again. All fine musicians with pleasing personalities. Julian, being a part of this team and going way back to the copy days, I will miss your short temper, end-

less soccer knowledge and random laughs. Ben, your creativity and Cooper voices will stick with me. I’m looking forward to see what you produce next year. Abby, there isn’t anyone I can be more blunt with and you returning the favor. You have built a relationship with media relations (a good one), and I know the new staff will be able to continue what you have built. Photo, you will always have a place in my heart. It is your beautiful images that carry this paper and bring readers into the story. Clever, I’ve enjoyed getting to know you personally and professionally. Your love for AP style will only open doors of success in copy for you. Rod will be your upcoming editor. I will miss our fighting, but you will have to carry on the projectile highlighters. His dedication and willingness to move forward with this paper will amaze you next year. He is ready to take this paper to the next level. We have only begun the slow transformation all newspapers are making with the whole multimedia aspect. You will see The Plainsman continue to grow digitally with Sam leading the way. Sam has a creative mind that is needed to take this paper above the rest. Auburn, this paper is in good hands. You will continue to see it excel. War damn Plainsman.

“I was just talking to another girl in my class, and I looked up and there was a naked silver guy leaning over a desk.” -Brittnee Handley, senior, English, on the “Mercury Man” dashing into her class last week

Last week’s question: “Would a statewide ban on smoking in restaurants bother you?” >Yes: 7 percent > No: 91 percent > Doesn’t matter: 2 percent

This week’s question: “Should the PACT tuition cap apply to Auburn?” >Yes > No Go to to vote.

Lindsey Davidson is editor of The Auburn Plainsman. You can reach her at 844-9021

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Staff Columns

Baking treats, showing love

Solipsistic seesawing with Lefteye Limerick

Griffin Limerick

Michelle Wilder

My first encounter with The Plainsman staff set the mood for the next two semesters I would work there. The first time I made chocolate cream cheese cupcakes for them, I knew the baked goods would have to continue. And they did. I think that is what I am best known for in the office. I bake. For all occasions at the office, I would whip something up. Whether it was birthdays or for no reason at all, there would always be a three-layer cake with truffles on it, lemon squares, blondies or cupcakes in strange designs. I don’t know how I found the time in between working non-stop and taking 18 hours of classes, but I did it. And the happiness it brought to the staff was one of my favorite things about working there. No matter what kind of day it had been, cake could magically make everyone forget about the stressful day they had. And believe me, there were many stressful days. So there was lots of cake. Despite the stress and long nights in the office, I loved every minute of it. I have developed some of the best friendships and have worked with some fantastic journalists. I will miss working and hanging out with all of these wonderful people, but most of all I will miss making them happy. Baked goods or no baked goods, I know this newspaper will continue to impress, but I hope another little elf comes along to make this staff happy. Michelle Wilder is campus editor of The Auburn Plainsman. You can reach her at 844-9108

This is an inherently selfish act. This is an abuse of the letter “I” that promotes the kind of selfish first-person narration second only to our constant mental monologues. The “i” is capitalized because of its importance. I am important. Yet despite the apparent narcissism of column writing, I write about myself, my experiences, so that you may relate and find meaning in your own life. It’s an unspoken balance. Your reading is also a selfish act, because you are only extracting the pieces of my writing that you can apply to yourself. What you remember about this will be whatever phrase relates to your past or present desires. Yet you are sacrificing a segment of your own daily time allotment to focus on me, and through that you have struck a balance, too. We are suspended on opposing sides of a seesaw, feet dangling above the ground, eyes level. Let’s begin. This is my last week at The Auburn

Plainsman. I’ve worked here for two years, and I’ve floated around to various positions (copy, news) before concluding my career as a videographer. Earlier this morning I devoted five minutes of my time to reflect on the aspect of this job that has been most beneficial to me. Five-minute conclusion: forced social interaction. As a college freshman, my routine classroom experience consisted of entering the room, taking my seat, fading in and out of consciousness for 50 minutes and exiting the room without intentionally acknowledging any of my peers. They tried, of course, with their ingenious traps of “Did you do the homework?” and “What’s your name?” but I’ll be damned if I let them succeed. I saw through their plans. Freshman Griffin dreaded speaking even during role call in class each morning. The prospect of emitting a simple “here” was a reliable catalyst for a racing heartbeat. And here’s where The Plainsman plays its role. Working for a newspaper forced me to—against my will—interact with complete strangers on a weekly basis. Approaching students around campus was a necessary evil in order for me to complete my articles on time. The more interviews I conducted, the less tragic speaking with strangers became, until the interaction reached a status of enjoyment.

My ultimate triumph for stranger banter has been video work. I compose a weekly video called Joe and Jane Random, in which I posit random questions to a student chosen at random from somewhere on campus (“somewhere” usually being the 20-foot perimeter surrounding The Plainsman office). If you’re one of the 15 people who watch this video series, then congratulations. You have a month’s worth of interesting conversation starters. Questions like “What do you think loneliness smells like?” and “Which country deserves an earthquake?” are at your disposal. I advise you to deploy them at a bar in a town where you can use pseudonyms. I’ve found that in response to questions like these, people will be their most honest. Conversational creativity is a more interesting alternative to the name/year/major routine. Cordiality is a barrier that delays human connection. If you ignore the barrier and establish an immediate atmosphere of familiarity, then you can easily get to know anyone. If you ignore human interaction altogether and construct a solipsistic force field around yourself, then you can easily get to know no one. Seesaw session over. My feet just touched the ground. Griffin Limerick is associate multimedia editor of The Auburn Plainsman. You can reach him at 844-9108

Good luck till next year. It was fun and good.

The Auburn Plainsman

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Gafford gives more than books ELLISON LANGFORD NEWS EDITOR

A modest warehouse in Opelika serves as a fortress against illiteracy.

Cathy Gafford, executive director of Jean Dean Reading is Fundamental, acts as its commander. Gafford and her father started Jean Dean RIF in 1990 while he was serving as district governor of Kiwanis. It is named after Gafford’s mother. “Literacy is important to me, and it’s important to my dad, but that’s not why we started it,” Gafford said. She said she and her father were supportive of efforts to provide affordable lunches to poor students, but they didn’t think that was enough. “We can do all this stuff physically for them,” Gafford

recalled her father saying, “but we’ll just have healthier criminals in 20 years.” So they started a Lee County branch of RIF. The organization delivers more than 75,000 books to more than 25,000 students in Alabama. The books are typically handed out to Head Start classes. “Our first goal was to get books in their homes, period,” Gafford said. “Of course, we didn’t realize how many of them needed it.” Gafford also didn’t realize how involved she would get in the organization. In the beginning she and her father planned to run the organiza-

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tion for a year and turn it over to someone else. Twenty years later, she’s still there. “This is my volunteer activity that took over my life,” Gafford said. Gafford said she also didn’t realize how giving books to children could impact entire families. Children go home and ask their parents to read their books to them and, because of that, some of the parents start attending adult literacy classes. “From a little thing, big things had come,” Gafford said.

Ellison Langford / NEWS EDITOR

Cathy Gafford’s warehouse has hundreds of books for children and teens.

Folks gather for ‘Old Time Music Festival’ ASHLEE WOOD WRITER


(Above) Perry Wilder of LaGrange, Ga., plays the dulcimer during the gathering in Loachapoka. (Right) Cathy Pearson and Denise Guillory practice during a class about the hammered dulcimer.

Dulcimers, fiddles, flutes and banjos rang out in Loachapoka last weekend during the “Down From the Mountains” festival. When the Lee County Historical Society arranged the four-day festival, not many people expected several groups of artists from distant areas of America to come celebrate the second annual Lee County Gathering in Loachapoka. “The Old Time Music Festival was absolutely wonderful,” said Deborah McCord, president of the Lee County Historical Society. “We had a big cookout, several old-time music jam sessions, concerts, dances, story telling sittings and many classes for

all kinds of instruments.” Celebrated musicians of unusual instruments performed as well as taught classes. Artists such as Joe Collins, the 2007 National Dulcimer Champion; Marty Hoerr, a Native American music performer and vocalist and Bill Hogan, a sacred harp singer and instructor, brought large crowds. “We had a total of 300 people throughout the three days,” McCord said. “Thursday and Friday were our busiest days. Saturday rained quite a bit, but it didn’t stop people from coming and Sunday morning’s hymn sing and jam session went well.” After performing “William Tell Overture” on a mountain dulcimer in front of more than 100 people Friday night, many

attendees became eager to partake in Collins’ dulcimer lesson. “He is phenomenal,” said Deena Rowell. “Everybody was just enthralled when he played music on the dulcimer, he made it sound so good.” Vendors from Michigan, Ohio, and Cumberland Gap, Va., attracted large crowds when they sold instruments, CDs and music books at Lee County’s historic museum. “Our main purpose was education,” McCord said. “We were teaching lessons to people of all ages and experience levels in all acoustic instruments. For example, we hosted a hammered dulcimer classes, fiddle lessons, and we had a lady teach Native American folklore in flutes. She taught our children’s class on Saturday morning. She

was phenomenal.” McCord said the second objective of the festival was to raise money for the Lee County Historical Society. A popular event, contra dancing—a folk dance similar to the Virginia reel that dates back to the 17th century—was taught and performed at the “old schoolhouse” Saturday evening. “It was wonderful to see all kinds of friends and families with their children come out and have fun,” McCord said. “It was completely clean, no alcohol, just fun dances. Bass dulcimer and banjo player Bob Taunton performed and instructed classes with his wife, Rose. Saturday night, Taunton’s handmade boron, an enormous Irish drum, was sold in the raffle.

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The AU Rhythm Dance Troup group keeps the time at the Miracles of Music benefit concert Sunday. AU Rhythm was one of many student groups who participated in the charity event.

Music, dance make miracles CRYSTAL COLE STAFF REPORTER

Instead of going to a sunny baseball game, sitting by the pool or throwing a Frisbee with their friends, some students chose to attend the Miracles of Music benefit concert Sunday in the Student Center Ballroom. Although attendance was not high, Aubie was present to cheer up the shy crowd. The concert was for the benefit of the Children’s Miracle Network and local music initiatives

Rebecca Hart, Miss Auburn University 2010 hosted the event. This was the fist event Hart coordinated as Miss Auburn University. Hart said planning her first event since being crowned was stressful, but rewarding. “First we had to find a location, and this wonderful building was a great place that was able to accommodate us,” Hart said. “We really tried to get a variety of performers, just to have different aspects of music—not only my passion for the piano, but also vocalists and dancers.” Hart, sophomore in commu-

nication disorders, won her title on a platform of music education. Between acts at the concert, Hart spoke about her belief in the three E’s (education, enrichment and enhancement) to boost music programs. Six different acts performed, including the AU Rhythm Dance Troupe, with most performing twice. Ben Whitlow, junior in marketing, sang two songs and strummed his guitar to another. He said he has been able to perform for many years because of music programs in his school.

“It’s really important to give back, and I got my start because my dad really liked music,” Whitlow said. “Once you get older, it’s fun to play music and see it spark kids’ interests.” Hart said the money raised would go to wherever the most need in the community was. “Hopefully it will go through the Boys and Girls Club,” Hart said. “Anyway they need it the most to further that educational program.” Hart performed twice in the program, playing “Send in the Clowns” from A Little Night Mu-

sic and Swan Lake. She said music has always been an important part of her life and shaped her personally. “One thing that I really think is neat about it is it’s not my major, and it’s not something that I’m going to pursue as a career,” Hart said. “It’s just amazing to have that opportunity to give back, go into children’s lives through the Boys and Girls Clubs and through school systems to share that love. Hopefully I develop that in them, and then they can have that passion and share it with others.”

Vet school opens house ANNA SCHIERHOLZ WRITER

The College of Veterinary Medicine held its annual open house Saturday at its campus on Wire Road. Through the rain there were a variety of activities and demonstrations to help educate future veterinary students. “It’s really beneficial because it provides a glimpse of what you can expect once you’re a student in the vet school,” said Shannon Hinton, a recent veterinary school admit. “Plus, you get to meet some of the people that will be your classmates.” She said it could be a disadvantage for her, but she is excited to be in. “It feels good knowing I’ll have one less year of school to do, but it’s scary because I don’t have a bachelor’s degree and there will be people in my class that have a lot more experience,” Hinton said. “The open house provided me with a little bit of comfort.” Hinton said the open house is not just for college students. “There are lots of activities for younger kids,” Hin-

ton said. “There is a petting zoo, teddy bear surgery and animal parades that let them see the different aspects of veterinary medicine up close.” Hinton said it would be helpful for anyone that is at all interested in becoming a vet to attend the open house. “Displays for each vetrelated club were set up, giving students a chance to see what they might want to get involved with come fall,” Hinton said. “It really gives an overall look of what it’s like to be a vet student.” Jessica Jones, senior in animal science, said she looks forward to the open house every year. “I like that I can meet the people that I will be having classes with and doing research projects with,” Jones said. “It’s a great way to prepare for what’s ahead.” The open house included canine, bovine and equine parades of breeds, as well as the Southeastern Raptor Center’s birds of prey. Also, demonstrations of ultrasound, radiographs and CPR were offered to educate future veterinary > Turn to VET, B2


Jose Torres eases into a Tai Chi pose.

Tai Chi brings relaxation ASHLEY MARKS WRITER


An Auburn veterinary student holds a calf for a child to pet Saturday.

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Fans of rest, relaxation and improved flexibility celebrated the World Tai Chi Day Saturday. At 10 a.m., participants around the globe took a break from their busy lives to enjoy the peaceful art of Tai Chi. Auburn citizens did their part by getting together at the Jule Collins Smith Museum. Tai Chi is a form of relaxation exercise that is most often compared to Yoga. Both arts are beneficial to the body and can cure aches and pains. Mark Ciamarra was one of many > Turn to TAI CHI, B2

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Muslim addresses misconceptions Muslim Students’ Association hosted Mohamed Ismail who answered questions, addressed issues regarding Islam ERIC AUSTIN

ceptions of Islam� sought to answer questions and address inaccuracies students may have about the world’s second largest faith. “The main purpose of the Muslim Students’ Association is to invite people to learn about Muslims and Islam in general,� said Ansab Ali, president of the organization and senior in accounting. Ali said there are plenty of people of the Islamic faith in the Auburn community. “We have about a hundred students in the organization on campus, and we have over a thousand


Auburn students were given an opportunity last Thursday in Haley Center to learn about and discuss Islam, a faith to which a predominantly Christian campus has little exposure and at times outright ignorance to. “I hope at the end of this you come away with a different understanding, or at least a foundation,� said Imam Mohamed Ismail, the featured speaker at the lecture event of the Muslim Students’ Association. “Clearing up Miscon-

Muslims at least in the surrounding community,� Ali said. In his lecture, Ismail focused on the principles of Islam, which were revealed to the prophet Muhammad and are summarized in the “Five Pillars of Islam,� which can be found in the Quran. They consist of worshipping no god but Allah, daily prayer, a month of fasting during Ramadan, a pilgrimage to Mecca and charitable giving. He also addressed misconceptions about Islam in the West. “Sadly, most of the world’s education about

Islam is received from the media,� Ismail said. “Most times, the person speaking does not have the authority or the knowledge.� Ismail stressed education as the most important vehicle to combatting ignorance. “If academia and intelligencia are ignorant to the basic fundamentals of Islam,� Ismail said, “they enter into a world where they will encounter Islamic communities and not have the tools to deal with these situations correctly and effectively.� The Imam fielded questions from a variety of topics from the audience

which included a broad mix of Auburn and Opelika’s Muslim community as well as interested students. He addressed technical matters of the faith, life after death and the difference between Europe and America’s perceptions of the faith. “I find Americans are more tolerant because of their Christian roots,� Ismail said. “They understand religion. Europe is homogenous; everyone is doing the same thing.� Regardless, American views of Islam are still often defined by stereotypes and a sense of superiority,

Ismail said. Ismail highlighted the similarities and differences between Christianity and Islam. In Islam, Jesus is one of a line of prophets beginning with Adam and leading to the prophet Muhammad, who received his revelation 600 years after Jesus’ time. A dinner was served after the event, and Ali and the MSA felt it was a success. “We want to show them that Islam is not just ‘over there,’� Ali said. “We are a billion strong around the world, and we are here as well.�



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Nancy Harris and Kitty Frey practice Tai Chi. The celebration took place at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.

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who attended the celebration. Ciamarra injured his back in a pole vaulting accident in high school. One of his teachers highly recommended Tai Chi to assist in his recovery. “My teacher started telling me about yoga, and I wanted to know what these magical stretches were that made my back feel so much better,� Ciamarra said. “It was amazing; the pain was gone when I started doing Tai Chi and Yoga.� Kitty Frey is a Tai Chi instructor and a strong believer in the health benefits of Tai Chi. She became an occupational therapist and assists with people who have chronic health conditions, people like Mark Ciamarra. Frey is certified in Tai Chi for ar-


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students. “I especially like the educational exhibits,� Jones said. “The aging horse,

thritis, osteoporosis and fall prevention. “My interest is working with people to improve their health through Tai Chi,� Frey said. “The ultimate goal is relaxation, mentally and physically.� Frey came to Auburn from Seattle, Wash., where her husband introduced her to Tai Chi. Frey said once she began the exercise, she soon realized how advantageous it was “It gives you a sense of relaxation and at the same time makes you feel energized,� Frey said. Ciamarra compared Tai Chi to a popular morning beverage. “Basically, you can be really tired when you start, so to me, it’s like a cup of coffee,� Ciamarra said. “When you’re done with it, you’re all energized and ready to go.� Jose Torres is another instructor based in Auburn. Torres started with

surgical room and exotic pets are fun and teach you a lot.� Jones said the open house helped her decide that she wanted to go into veterinary medicine.

Tai Chi while in high school in his home state of California and immediately felt positive impacts. Before he left California, Torres taught a Tai Chi class with junior high students. “By the end of the year, after taking the required Tai Chi class, they were much more relaxed,� Torres said. “If you know ninth and 10th graders, you know they have a ton of energy, but they really surprised me and were different individuals at the end of the school year.� Both Torres and Frey led the event Saturday, sharing the art of Tai Chi and performing several motions individually, and with participants. Frey said she was glad there was a big turn out Saturday. Because of all the different time zones in the world, and every event being held at 10 a.m., Frey called the day 24 hours of peace.

“I always loved animals and have ridden horses my entire life, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do,� Jones said. “The open house helped me. It taught me a lot.�

Boy Scouts could work toward a Veterinary Medicine Merit Badge at the open house, and Cub Scouts could receive a certificate in Wildlife Conservation.

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Kappa Kappa Psi hosts Live, Laugh, Run NICOLE EMMETT WRITER

Runners braved the bad weather at Kappa Kappa Psi’s Live, Laugh, Run 5K and Fun Run Saturday morning. The event began on the Concourse as 157 people ran in memory of Sarah Anderson, Auburn student and band member. “I could not have asked for a better turnout, especially on a rainy day,” said Katherine Buck, sophomore in communications and member of KKPsi. Kappa Kappa Psi is the national honorary band fraternity, of which Anderson was a brother. Anderson was killed in a tragic car accident in November 2009. “Sarah was the best person you could ever meet,” Buck. Most people ran the 5K in less than an hour. The fun run was added for anyone who didn’t think they could complete a 5K, but still wanted to participate, Buck said. Awards were given to the first three men and three women to finish the

race. Jeremy Winter led the men with a time of 15 minutes 55 seconds, with Sean McNichols and Drew Williams placing second and third, respectively. Jade Currid took first place for women, finishing in 22 minutes and 28 seconds. Shannon Donelson and Sarah Tam were also awarded for their times. Daniel Johnson, sophomore in biomedical studies and drum major in the band, was the first member of the band fraternity to complete the 5K, and placed sixth overall. He finished in 19 minutes 45 seconds. “I wanted to help and donate however I could,” Johnson said. Johnson said he remembers the positive attitude Anderson always had at band practice. “Every time I saw her, she had a huge smile on her face,” Johnson said. Ande Sumner, grad student in kinesiology and honorary brother of KKPsi, said she has a unique relationship to Anderson. “She is my RAT granddaughter,” said the French


A group of runners take off from the starting line for the Live, Laugh, Run 5K hosted by Kappa Kappa Psi, Saturday.

horn player. Each year in the band family, a RAT, or Rookie Auburn Tiger, is paired with an upperclassman. They become rat moms and rat dads to their partners, introducing them to the campus and college life.

“The program provides you with one person to become close with,” Sumner said. Sumner said that family ties aside, anyone came across Anderson became an instant friend to her, which made her unique. “Sarah is truly one of

Coaches get cookin’ for AXD Taste-Off DAVIS POTTER WRITER

Locals enjoyed a barbecue lunch while contributing to a good cause as part of the ninth annual Alpha Xi Delta Coaches’ Taste-Off Saturday afternoon in the Student Center. The philanthropy event raised $10,000 for the Lee County Partnership for Children to help local low-income families pay for child care. The funds will be contributed to the Child Care Resource Center, which administers the county’s child care subsidy program. “The coaches do take (the contest) pretty seriously,” said Erin McCreary, president of Alpha Xi Delta and sophomore in biomedical sciences. “They’ve been here for a while so they kind of have a tradition going.” The event was moved to a ballroom inside the Student Center because of the weather. “The day was really awesome because we were really nervous with all the rain that we

wouldn’t get a big turnout,” Mc- in the sauce. It (won the conCreary said. “The turnout was test) in ’08, and it did again this still awesome, all things con- year,” However, Chase said the taste sidered, and it was a lot of fun.” Several Auburn coaches and of his ribs took a back seat to athletic department employees contributing to a cause he cared about. spent the entire “Any time we morning cookcan help a soing their best We all stick rority, we want rack of ribs in to do our part,” attempt to ap- together and try to Chase said. “I’ve peal to the taste got kids of my buds of a panel support them any own, and anyof judges. way we can.” The conthing I can do to Jon Chase, help out, I’d be testants were owner, Jag Trucking Co. glad to. We all judged on the creativity, taste stick together and quality of the meat. and try to support them any After hours of cooking and way we can.” waiting, Jon Chase, owner of Jag Dana Marquez, director of Trucking Co., was announced equipment operations, was seas the winner. Chase also took lected as runner-up. home the title in 2008. Assistant football coach Chase’s company contracts Trooper Taylor finished in third with the University to provide place. transportation for every athA silent and live auction were letic team. conducted to add to the day’s “(My rib) is a slow-cooked rib activities. on a steady temperature,” Chase Signed Auburn memorabilia, said. “I’ve got a secret sauce, gift baskets, donated vacations and I can’t give all the ingredi- and the coaches’ ribs were aucents, but I can promise you it’s tioned off.

those people you don’t experience very often,” Sumner said. Sumner finished the 5K in 28 minutes and said it was a pleasure to do so in Anderson’s memory. KKPsi worked with the Anderson family and the music department to es-

tablish a scholarship in her memory. The scholarship will be given to one band member each year, Buck said. Proceeds from Saturday’s Live, Laugh, Run 5K went to the Sarah Darrelle Anderson Memorial Scholarship.

Greek Calendar May 1 IFC Philanthropy Challenge Volleyball Tournament. All proceeds go to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lee County. Located at the Pike fraternity house.

August 8-14 Panhellenic Fall Formal Recruitment Online registration is available June 1.

August 30 IFC rush orientation 6:00 p.m. Student Center Ballroom

August 30 - September 2 IFC formal rush

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SGA implemented a night transportation system for students, Toomer’s 10.


Kurt Sasser was named SGA president after a runoff vote.


The Auburn University Marching Band reached a record 380 members beating their previous record of 372 in 2006. A $15 million plan to expand Goodwin Hall, the band hall and the practice field was to be implemented.

Taylor Swift made a surprise appearance at the Auburn Hotel and Dixon Conference Center for 350 students and the “A Hug for Taylor Swift” students.


The University Clinic offered vaccinations to fight the H1N1 pandemic.



The fans stayed through a two-hour rain delay at the West Virginia football game where Auburn won 41-30.

The city of Auburn and Auburn University made several changes reharding pedestrian safety after 13 pedestrain accidents in the past year. There were no casualties.


The Village dormitories opened relocating all the sorority chapter rooms and opening new dining halls.


Christian Becraft was named Miss Homecoming 2009.

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Jim Stewart speaks on Paul Hemphill who recieved the Distinguished AU Journalism Alumnus award.

Distinguished Ala. journalists honored JILLIAN CLAIR STAFF REPORTER

Five journalists were honored at the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center Friday for their contributions to the legacy of Alabama journalism. David White, who has covered the Alabama Legislature in the Birmingham News since 1989, was awarded the Distinguished Special Achievement in Journalism award. Also honored were Paul Hemphill, Howell Raines, George Smith and John Stevenson. Hemphill, who died in 2009, was an Auburn alumnus and sports editor at The Auburn Plainsman in 1957, when Auburn won the national championship. His wife accepted his honor, the Distinguished AU Journalism Alumnus award. Hemphill wrote for the Birmingham News, the Atlanta Journal Constitution and many other papers before writing 15 books about country music, evangelism, football, stock car racing and blue collar southerners. Raines, Birmingham native, former editor of

The New York Times and Pulitzer Prize winner, received the Distinguished Mass Media Achievement award. Although Raines didn’t attend Auburn, he said his “defining moment,” a phrase he is credited with coining, happened at Jordan-Hare Stadium while he was reporting on the 1965 Iron Bowl. Raines said it was his first article with a byline. The Distinguished Alabama Community Sports Journalist award was given to George Smith, who has covered high school and college sports for The Anniston Star since 1958. “I came along at a wonderful time in sports,” Smith said during his acceptance speech. “I didn't cover many losing football games.” Although Smith is technically retired, he still writes two columns a week for The Anniston Star. Stevenson was given the Distinguished Alabama Community Journalist award for his dedication to community journalism as the editor of The Randolph Leader in Roanoke. Stevenson's grandfather began The Leader in 1892 at the age of 21, and since then only Stevenson and his father have been edi-

tors. The economy has negatively affected newspapers across the country, but after serving as the president of the National Newspaper Association, Stevenson said he was encouraged to discover that community journalism is still strong. “The local newspaper is often the only source of local news,” Stevenson said. “It's about sharing life's experiences and pulling the community together.” White, an Auburn graduate and former news editor at The Plainsman, said the best advice he received was from a professor of journalism at Auburn. “There's an old saying that I learned at Auburn University: 'If your momma tells you she loves you, check it out,'” White said. “You can never ask too many questions. What you learn everyday is if you think you know something, be suspicious of what you know.” White said his goal in reporting on the Legislature is to inform people before they vote on an issue or a candidate. For the complete story, go to

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Campus events calendar is provided by University-chartered organizations. Submit written events to The Plainsman office between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., prior to the Monday before publication. Limit 30 words. May be edited for pertinent content. Thursday, April 29 Discover Auburn: Comer Hall’s 100th Anniversary 3 p.m. - 4 p.m., Special Collections and Archives Department, RBD Library

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Check-Out for Charity 9 a.m. - 10 a.m., Quad, Hill and Village

“Silent Auction for Haiti” 7 p.m. - 10 p.m., The Hotel at Auburn and Dixon Conference Center

Auburn Pops! 8:30 p.m. - 10 p.m., Telfair Peet Theatre

Tuesday, May 4 Saturday, May 8 Multicultural Center Final Study Tables midnight, Multicultural Center Reading Room and Conference Room

Tuesday, May 4 Auburn University Singers Spring Show 5:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., Telfair Peet Theatre

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK Danglin’ Maple Seeds J.D. Schein, senior in biomedical sciences

Specifications Camera: Nikon D300 Exposure: 1/250th sec Aperture: f/13 Focal Length: 200 mm

On the Concourse What are you doing this summer? “I’m taking classes here, just to keep up.”

- Monica McGwire, junior in equine science

“I’m going home and just kind of chilling out. I’m hoping to spend a lot of time at the beach.”

- Julia Simpson, undeclared freshman

“Just working and school. I’m working at the Walmart distribution center. I had to apply three years ago.”

- Jason Holloway, senior in electrical engineering

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dderall ddiction

Adderall addictions can lead to many harmful side effects, including death JILLIAN CLAIR STAFF REPORTER

When the stress of finals weighs heavy on students, many turn to medication used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder, believing it will help them focus. While some students like Kari Warner, junior in business administration, have been diagnosed with ADD and have prescribed medication that truly helps them, others find that using unprescribed medication has a negative effect on their learning. Warner has taken both Adderall and Concerta to treat her diagnosed Attention Deficit Disorder. Warner said she did not like Adderall because of the side-effects, but that Concerta has helped her focus tremendously. “Adderall keeps you awake,” Warner said. “I

don't like Adderall because Adderall makes you jittery. It's sort of like you just drank too much coffee—you can't go to sleep, you just can't relax, you're mind's just racing constantly.” Warner only takes Concerta when she knows she will need to focus. “Concerta is not going to make you have any loss of appetite, so you'll still be able to eat like you do,” Warner said. “If I take it in the morning, which is when I take it, it'll wear off by three o'clock. That's fine, because by that time I'm done with class.” Warner said she has noticed a difference in her test scores since she started taking Concerta. “Concerta just makes you focus, and I need that,” Warner said. Warner said she doesn't have people ask her to buy Concerta, but

she knows people who take it without a prescription. Warner also said she knew someone from her hometown who died after mixing Adderall with a sleep aid. “He took (Adderall) for finals this past fall, and before it wore off, he took a sleeping pill so he could go to sleep, and he never woke up,” Warner said. “It definitely has its effect if you don't need it.” Warner said if a person really has ADD, it is easy to get diagnosed and prescribed medicine. For adults, a doctor can simply ask a series of questions to determine whether the patient needs help focusing. “Everyone's brain works differently,” said Allison McClendon, sophomore in psychology. “If you don't actually need the medicine, it's going to mess up your

brain composition.” McClendon said people often diagnose themselves and expect the same results as others by taking medication. “I think people see people who have ADD or ADHD use Adderall and they see how it works for them, and they think they'll get the same results,” McClendon said. Joseph Buckhalt, professor of special education, rehabilitation, counseling and school psychology, said students who have not been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder should not take ADD medications to try to focus. If someone has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, a related attention disorder that causes hyperactivity and loss of focus, the brain is actually functioning at a more sluggish pace, Buckhalt said.

The person with ADHD must compensate for their brain's slower functioning by becoming hyperactive, and this is why stimulants such as Adderall help people with ADHD calm down and focus. “If your cognitive tempo and cognitive functioning is a little bit sluggish, it might be that a stimulant ramps it up so you can perform,” Buckhalt said. Taking medication to focus may help for a short time, Buckhalt said, but will most likely have negative long-term consequences. “What happens is you may be sharper for a period of time, but they've also found that longterm memory of what you study for is not retained,” Buckhalt said. “In other words, you may know it enough to pass > Turn to ADDERALL, C2

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the test, but there may not be any long-term storage of that information.” Buckhalt said for people who do not have ADD or ADHD, the best way to focus and do well is not to take unprescribed medication, but to stay rested. “I would advise students who are trying to study for a test to be well-slept and well-rested when you learn the material, and then be well-slept and rested after you learn the material,” Buckhalt said. During sleep, the prefrontal cortex, which is the learning apparatus, communicates with the hippocampus, where memories are stored, Buckhalt said. “It's not just that the body needs rest or that the mind is tired,” Buckhalt said. “There are actually some restorative aspects of sleep that improve cognitive functioning.”

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Beer affects brain more than bladder JILLIAN CLAIR STAFF REPORTER

Alcohol drinkers may not have many inhibitions after a few drinks, but most are wary of breaking the “seal” that supposedly releases a torrent of urine every ten minutes after it is “broken.” Some people actually believe when this seal is broken, it makes them urinate every ten minutes. Although drinking alcohol, which is a diuretic—not to mention a liquid—does make one urinate more than usual, there is no such thing as a seal that is broken while drinking. Thomas Stone, manager of SkyBar Cafe, offered a common sense explanation for the myth. “I don't think it has anything to do with breaking the seal,”

Stone said. “More or less, when you're drunk, you just go to the bathroom more often so you don't pee yourself. It's just alcohol consumption. If it impairs how you talk, how you walk and everything. It's got to impair your ability to hold it.” Jack Gray, sophomore in electrical engineering, said he thinks there is some truth to the myth, although he knows there isn't an actual seal that is broken. “The real question isn't whether there is a seal or not,” Gray said. “The real question is 'why do we have to go to the bathroom every five minutes after the first time we pee, but can hold it in for so long after our first drink?’” Gray said he thinks it is because emptying the bladder after it is full shrinks it and

causes it to be more senensitive. “Breaking the seal literally means, 'I'm going ng to empty my bladder der which isn't as sensitive now because it has a normal amount of urine,'” Gray said. “'After that, my bladder will be smaller be-cause it's empty, and I'll probably be back se here really soon because l d the volume of my bladder is increasing so quickly it makes me feel like it's full.'” Robert Lishak, associate professor of biological sciences, explained how alcohol affects the urination process. “Alcohol is absorbed by the bloodstream from the stomach, and once in the blood, it inhibits the release of a vaso-

pressin, (also known pres hormone) as antidiuretic antid which is normally produced posterior lobe of the by the p pituitary gland,” Lishak pitu said. “Without adequate levels of vasopressin in the blood, the water that should return to the bloodstream by a process called reabsorption instead reab wind up entering the winds bl dd The person probladder. duces a large amount of dilute urine and will continue to do so until the alcohol is metabolized by the body.” To the dismay of many drinkers, there is no such thing as “breaking the seal,” and drinking alcohol increases urination no matter how long they hold it.

Kerry’s recipe this week: Pasta with Chicken and Zuchinni Directions


1 lb. whole wheat penne 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 zucchini, sliced 1 clove garlic, minced 4 boneless chicken breasts, grilled and sliced ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese salt and pepper, to taste

Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box. While the pasta is cooking, preheat a skillet to medium. Drizzle with olive oil and add zucchini and garlic. Saute for 7 to 8 minutes. Then, drain the pasta and add it to the zucchini. Add in the chicken, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Stir to combine all ingredients. If the mixture seems too dry, add another drizzle of olive oil. Serves: 4

Random Emily Norton freshman, political science

ABOUT JANE: Age: 19 Hometown: Daphne Greatest fear: Being murdered Hobbies: Cheerleading and just hanging out Random fact: I can play the cello. Availability: In a relationship

Have you ever had insomnia? No, but I have stayed up all night.

Where’s your favorite place to shop in Auburn? Elle

Do you use the Foursquare app on your phone? No, I haven’t heard of it.

Do you support models not getting airbrushed? Yes, I’d like to see Heidi Klum not airbrushed.

Do you like to play golf? Yes, I play with my dad during the summer. Where’s your favorite summer vacation spot? Cozumel, Mexico Do you like to grill out? Yes, I like to grill hot dogs. What’s your favorite candy bar? Reese’s

How old were you when you learned to ride a bike? What’s a normal age? Maybe 6? Are you a Mac or a PC person? PC. I like Mac’s better, but I always end up getting a PC. What’s your favorite outfit to wear to class? Shorts and a T-shirt

Did you celebrate Earth Day? No, it was my sister’s birthday, so it overrides it. Are you staying in Auburn this summer? No, I’m going back home to Daphne. Have you ever donated to “Locks of Love”? No, but if my hair could ever grow that long I would. What’s your favorite Goo Goo Dolls song? “Black Balloon.” But I’m (originally) from Buffalo, N.Y., and they’re from New York, so I like all of their songs.



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Bar helps band release first CD CRYSTAL COLE STAFF REPORTER

Thanks to the support of The Independent, a local band is about to release its first studio album. Blame Sydney, a pseudo-ska band formed in Auburn, will finish up its LP, “In Memory of Mutton Chops,” in the next few weeks and hopes to release it in midMay. Luke Sheehan, guitarist for the band, said the name of the album came from a former member who helped shape the band in its early days. “We had a drummer who is still very dear to our hearts from when we were first starting to develop as a band,” Sheehan said. “He really poured his heart and soul into the band and then got offered a job in Birmingham. It’s kind of a tribute to him in a way, and he had big side burns.” Anthony Edwards, lead vocalist for the band, said Jaime Uertz of The Independent lent his house and recording equipment to the band. “It was a lot of work as far as preparation time, but once we got into the studio, we knocked all the tracks out pretty quickly,” Edwards said. “All in all, we’ve spent a total of six days over the course of a month.” The band had seen many member changes since it started a year ago. Now, Blame Sydney has eight members, with two trumpets and a trombone player. “We played for a few months and then the old lead guitar player left for New York,” Edwards said. “So I moved to vocals and my friend Scott came in to play

drums, and it’s been like a revolving door for drums for a while. I think we’re pretty set in our members now.” Edwards describes the band’s sound as punk with horns. He said they’re not quite ska, but more of pure punk and what he thinks is an original sound. “Our influences are NOFX, Reel Big Fish and Weezer’s in there,” Edwards said. “It’s almost like a mash-up of all those sounds.” Sheehan said he tries not to put labels on the band’s sound. “I think we sound more of a straight punk band if you listen to the tempo and the strings on the guitars and everything,” Sheehan said. “We really don’t like to label anything really. We just like to see what comes out. I don’t like to put us in a box as far as what we put out.” The band is performing at The Independent May 8 with No Fuego and Katie Martin. Sheehan said the band will be playing around the south over the summer and wanted the LP for fans to take home. “We’re working on booking in Huntsville, Atlanta, Nashville, Pensacola and Tallahassee,” Sheehan said. “We’re really focusing on being more than a local band this summer and kind of branching out into the region.” Blame Sydney’s show at The Independent will be its last in Auburn for a while. The band heads to Mobile for a show at Soul Kitchen May 21. Later in the summer, they will appear at a music festival in Columbus, Ga. “We like to make people dance, and that’s our number one goal whenever we go on stage—is to make people move,” Sheehan said. Photos submitted by Anthony Edwards

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Auburn offers great greens CRYSTAL COLE STAFF REPORTER

With warm weather finally emerging, many Masters hopefuls will be dusting off their clubs and hitting the greens. With many courses in the area to choose from, it’s hard to choose which is best for each person. Chris Gerhard, senior in history and marketing, said picking a golf course is mostly a situational thing for him. “Sometimes, if I’m running low on cash, I choose by which is cheapest,” Gerhard said. “Other times, I go to a course I know will challenge me more than others.” Auburn Links at Mill Creek charges $36 Monday through Thursday and $44 Friday through Sunday for 18 holes. Grand National can run upwards of $80 per player for a tee time. Nick Clinard, head coach for the men’s golf team, said you typically get what you pay for because

maintaining the greens is expensive. “A good golf course is one that’s in great shape, has much character and can be played different ways,” Clinard said. “One never gets tired of playing the same place if it’s a great course.” Some of the courses in the area include Indian Pines, Moore’s Mill Club, Auburn Links at Mill Creek, Saugahatchee Country Club and Grand National Golf Club. Grand National is part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama. It was ranked the top public golf course in the 2009 Golf World Readers’ Choice awards. Grand National has three different courses, with 32 of its 54 holes on the lake. The Links course was named the second best new public course in 1993 by Golf Digest. “Grand National’s bent grass greens and design is outstanding,” Clinard said. “Moore’s Mill and Saugahatchee CC are both slightly

shorter, but always in excellent shape and a joy to play.” Gerhard said the courses around Auburn are mostly well kept. “Everywhere around here is beautiful, so you can’t really pick just one course as your favorite,” Gerhard said. “I like courses where there is more to do, like Grand National has three courses. That’s a great way to keep me occupied.” Clinard said some courses are more challenging than others, and they come in a variety around the area. “Anytime you have rough, then it separates the playing field as does length and undulating, quick greens,” Clinard said. “I always have enjoyed the hard courses, as it really tests you mentally and physically.” Many clubs around the area offer extra amenities. Membership at Moore’s Mill Club includes access to a fitness center, spa, tennis courts and a pool. Other clubs, like

the one at Saugahatchee, have available dining to its guests and members. Gerhard said he isn’t a member of any club, but it’s something he would consider when he gets older. “I don’t have that kind of money now, but it’s a good deal if you can get a place that has everything,” Gerhard said. “You pay one price, and you get course access, food, gym equipment and a pool. That’s something you just can’t pass up.” With so many beautiful courses around, it’s hard to tell what makes a bad golf course. While it’s different for everyone, some of the criteria are easy to spot. “A bad course is one that lacks attention to detail from maintenance, a bad piece of land to work with when designing and one that is short, flat and wide open, which typically means it lacks character,” Clinard said. Golfers are one of the most varied

groups in the world of sports. Each course is different just like each golfer is different. Gerhard said it

is important to not stress over a golf course and to enjoy the golfing experience. “You are going golfing to relax; that’s why I golf anyway,” Gerhard said. “As long as you have clubs that fit you and good enough weather, any course is a good golf course.”

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Foursquare improves social media connectivity DAVIS POTTER WRITER

Move over, Twitter. Out of the way, Facebook. There’s a new social networking sheriff in town. Foursquare, a navigation-based cell phone application, is becoming one of the fastest growing avenues to connect with friends while being rewarded at the same time. “Foursquare is all about get out and do things in the real world and be rewarded for them,” Crowley said. “You’re rewarded points for being of interest and going to new places and meeting new people.” The application uses the built-in GPS system of iPhones, Androids, Blackberrys and Palm Pres to track a person’s location. Once a person arrives

at a certain location, he or she can “check in” to that location by finding it on a list of nearby places. If the institution is not listed, it can be added to the list by the user. Twitter and Facebook are incorporated into the application, as a person’s location is broadcasted back out to the user’s accounts to alert friends of his or her location. Each “check in” results in the accumulation of points that go toward earning badges and being “mayor” of a specific place. “Mayor” status is attained by checking in to a certain spot more than anybody else. Coffee shops, parks, museums, bars and restaurants are just some of the places in which a person can “check in.” “You earn a lot of badges for doing a combination of


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things like going to multiple karaoke places and staying out real late or going to a lot of museums or coffee shops,” said Dennis Crowley, co-founder of Foursquare. Crowley said he came up with the idea of Foursquare in January 2009 as a way to reward people for exploring their towns and

being social. The application was launched in March 2009 and currently has more than one million users. Crowley said having two versions of the application—an SMS version and a mobile web version—allows virtually every phone to use Foursquare. Lizzy Robbins, junior in

exercise science, got the application for her phone last week after hearing about it from friends. “My roommates (and I), we all have it,” Robbins said. Robbins said while she still uses other social networking sites such as Facebook just as much as Foursquare, she constantly finds herself using her newest application with her friends. “(We check in) every time we go to a different building so you get more points,” Robbins said. Robbins said she likes Foursquare because she can always know where her friends are, including people from other states. “I told my friend in Tennessee to get it so she does it now,” Robbins said. “I can see where she is.” Joshua Hillyer, professor in communication, be-

came familiar with Foursquare through interaction with friends.. “I suppose Foursquare makes individuals strive for achievements through the repetition of tasks,” Hillyer said. “Not unlike massive multiplayer games, which have certainly proven their popularity in recent years.” While Hillyer said social networking can be positive or negative depending on what a person makes of it, he considers himself a fan of social networking sites. “I like using social networking sites to keep in touch with people I don't have the opportunity to see anymore,” Hillyer said. “And to conduct quick opinion polls on things happening in the media.” Crowley said the application’s popularity relates to people’s desire to make their lives simple.

Celebrities fresh faces replace fake familiarity ASHLEE WOOD WRITER

Although the year is still young, 2010 has had a whirlwind of bizarre celebrity orders and requests. Rihanna told everyone to “go hard,” eco-friendly Brad Pitt inspired many to go green and Jessica Simpson demanded that celebrities go au naturel. Marie Claire magazine’s

It’s about time celebrities as well as regular people like me start realizing that pretty does not mean perfect.” Mary Anne Cates, freshman in apparel merchandising May issue features a barefaced Simpson on the front cover. The star refused to be touched up by standard airbrush methods. Next to

her fresh picture, the cover says “The Real Jessica… No makeup, No retouching, No regrets.” “It’s about time celebri-

ties as well as regular people like me start realizing that pretty does not mean perfect,” said Mary Anne Cates, freshman in apparel merchandising and member of the Auburn University Modeling Board. “The false image celebrities portray that regular people try to reach is physically impossible.” Kristina Emerson, junior in public relations and another member of

the AU Modeling Board, is more open to the original idea of enhancing one’s beauty. At first, Emerson was unsure about the outcome of her photos after having been airbrushed. “I thought it was a little weird because I wasn't used to it, and I didn't want it to look like I was being fake," Emerson said. “As long as it is not too much, I think airbrushing is sim-

ply there to only enhance and improve the quality of a photo.” Simpson’s feature story is not the first time major publications have embraced the trend of natural beauty. In 2009, an issue of French Elle international celebrities sans makeup or airbrush enhancements. For the complete story, go to

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David Sims, junior in human It’s the middle of summer, development, said trailers are and you receive a phone call vulnerable to break-ins too. from the Auburn Police De“I went away for Christmas partment saying your apartbreak and came back to find ment was broken into. that my front door had been How can this be prevented? kicked open,” Sims said. “I Fred Winslett, a security found my DVDs spread out guard with Twin Cities Secuover the floor and realized that rity, suggested a few cheap sesomeone robbed me.” curity measures you can take Sims suggests taking home before leaving home. anything valuable when leav“You can buy cheap noise ing an apartment or trailer makers that attach to your unoccupied over the summer window at Dollar Tree,” Winsbreak . lett said. “That may just get rid “If I’m not here, my stuff goes of a few people.” with me,” Sims said. Daniel Watkins, sophomore Both Watkins and Sims sugin aviation management, has gested keeping records of valubeen a victim of a break-in. s like laptops, TVs and fire“I was pissed off that able s. I hadn’t been ready for arm e best thing is to have the “Th ey them,” Watkins said. “Th serial numbers of any electronfound it so easy to get into my ic thing written down someplace.” where,” Watkins said. “Don’t Watkins also suggested a have them on your laptop.” few measures he has taken to Sims said having the serial make his apartment more senumbers of all your electronics cure. written down helps the police “I’ve had an alarm system return your belongings. set up, which is on whenever “Pawn shops are required I’m out of the house now,” Watby law to register all the serial kins said. numbers on electronics,” Sims Watkins, suggested some said. “That way they can trace things to try and trick a potenwho sold what and bought tial thief into thinking you’re what.” actually home. Winslett said most apartgot “I have timers which I ment complexes employ a sefrom The Home Depot,” Watcurity guard during the sumkins said. “You plug them into mer. the wall and then you plug “We’re here during the sumand lights into the timers, r,” Winslett said. “We’re here you can set when lights me ry night all during the sumcome on and off in the eve mer and winter.” house.” Carolyn Rush /ASSISTANT PHOTO EDITOR

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Girl’s Guide: Getting your grill on ANNA SCHIERHOLZ WRITER

Many women can handle baking cupcakes or tossing a salad, but when it comes to the grill, they’re sometimes raw. The art of grilling is thought to be a man’s knack. It can elude those free of a Y chromosome. Propane or charcoal? Marinade or rub? Logan Cannon, senior in software engineering, said there are just a few important things to remember when it comes to grilling. “Definitely go with a propane or gas grill,” Cannon said. “It’s way easier than charcoal. You just turn it on and you’re good to go.” Cannon said he considers himself a grilling connoisseur. “As far as what to grill, I would definitely recommend hamburger meat for beginners,” Cannon said. “It’s the safest and easiest to determine if it’s ready. With chicken or steak, it’s much harder to determine the internal temperature.” Cannon said meat thermometers are useful for girls that are nervous about undercooking their meals. For hamburger meat, an internal temperature of 160 degrees is appropriate, while steak varies more. A rare steak should reach 140 degrees, while a well-


Lindsay Beno, freshman in communication, cleans the grill in preparation for a cook-out with friends. Cleaning is a good step to extending the life of a grill.

done steak should reach 170 degrees. Chicken, whether grilling a whole chicken or chicken breast, should reach 165 degrees. Cannon also said his secret to grilling lies in the rub. “I like marinades, but my special rub from Texas is a staple in my grilling,” Cannon said. Hunter Mills, senior in finance, said he loves to marinate his protein prior

to grilling. “Even just a simple teriyaki sauce or Italian dressing can really add to chicken or steak,” Mills said. “It’s easy and spices things up.” Mills said he thinks grilling fresh meats is easier for a green “grillmaster.” “When you try to grill frozen meat, it’s easier to burn the outside and leave the inside uncooked,” Mills said. “Plus, waiting for chicken to thaw is miser-

able when all you want to do is eat.” Jake McNeal, sophomore in wildlife biology, said he knows all about grilling meat, but his specialty is actually the side dishes. “You can grill a whole meal,” McNeal said. “Just put your veggies and starch on the grill with your meat.” McNeal said he recommends baked potatoes,

Brain games bend bored minds ASHLEY MARKS WRITER

If students are thinking about turning off their Playstation and turning to Internet brain games, maybe they should think again. Recently, there has been a debate regarding whether these mind-bending games actually do improve cognitive ability. High school psychology teacher Jan Podhorez doubts the hype. 11,000 people. “It’s just funny to me,” Podhorez All volunteers said. “Sure the games are fun, but were tested usthey will not make a difference in ing the same brain your I.Q., if that’s what people be- game software and were lieve.” told to play the games 10 minutes a An alumnae of University of Ten- day at least three times a week. nessee, Podhorez thinks the games The brain games were created by can be fun, especially for bored high professionals from the Medical Restudents, but said it won’t get them search Council and the Alzheimer’s an A in her class. Society. “I sometimes catch kids in my class Many of the games produced by playing those games the research counon their iPhones, and cil and Alzheimer’s they try to get out Society are ones of trouble by telling Anything that that can be found me they’re learning,” easily online. gets you thinking and Podhorez said. The study conPodhorez does problem solving is ducted compared consider the chance people who had useful, but it won’t that there may be been practicing some positive aspect increase your brain the games up to of the games, though. power. ” three times a week “The truth is those Franco Watkins, to people like Podgames are addictive, psychology professor horez, who don’t and the only people play brain games I can really imagine at all. them having a positive impact on is Once the six week trial had ended, kids with ADD and ADHD,” Podhorez researchers found no intellectual adsaid. “Honestly, I see it as more of a vances in the gamers compared to focus tool than anything else.” the non-gamers. A recent study conducted by the Experts found the only difference BBC busted the brain teaser theory between the two groups were the in a segment called “Bang Goes the gamers improvement at the games Theory.” they were playing. The study involved more than There was no evidence supporting

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theories claiming the intellectual advantages from these brain teasers. “Those brain games can sometimes be useful,” said Franco Watkins, psychology professor. “Anything that gets you thinking and problem solving is useful, but it won’t increase brain power.” Lydia Townsend, sophomore in communication major, is big into thinking games and loves using her iPhone applications to get her going in the morning. Townsend’s favorite game is the “Impossible Test.” “I’m addicted,” Townsend said. “I truly think that it gets my brain turned on in the morning. It gets you thinking outside the box.” Watkins said the most important thing is to constantly challenge the mind, as she is working on three cognitive research projects herself. “Things like cross-word puzzles can help you,” Watkins said. “As long as you’re constantly challenging your mind there will be benefits, but it won’t necessarily build your intellect.”

corn on the cob and asparagus as good grilled side dishes. He said putting each in aluminum foil before putting them on the grill is essential, because it helps them from getting burned. “I like to add some salt, butter and garlic to them too,” McNeal said. “It adds some flavor.” Mills said one of the tricky things about grilling is keeping plates and uten-

sils separated. “You definitely want to get a new plate once you bring your raw meat out to the grill,” Mills said. “Raw meat will leave juices all over a plate. You don’t want to put your cooked meat on top of those juices, because those bacteria are what can get you sick.” Mills and Cannon both said that starting with hamburgers and hot dogs is probably the safest bet.

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Horoscopes Aquarius: While dropping acid before taking your final may seem like a good idea now, it will end with you running into your bio final naked. Take pause.

Aries: The second clue is hidden behind the bishop’s frock. Remember: the mongoose flies at midnight.

Leo: See how long you can go without bathing before someone says something. Chicks dig dirt.

Cancer: Neptune is occluded, so stay away from any seafood products until further notice. Also, avoid sea voyages. Neptune is a vengeful god.

Sagittarius: “16 and Pregnant” is a cautionary tale, not a way for you to get your younger sibling on MTV.

Pisces: Taylor Swift came to Auburn and did not give you a hug. Bask in the sadness of her shadow.

Gemini: Focus on you this week. The other personalities in your head can talk to one another for a while.

Scorpio: For a good time, call Lindsey D. at 205-718-7019.

Virgo: Silence is golden. Remember that when you feel the need to shoot off fireworks at 3 a.m. Friday.

Taurus: The Magic 8-Ball says “Try back later.” We’re too lazy to come up with a horoscope for you this week.

Libra: Resist the urge to yell expletives at your professor until after final grades have been posted.

Capricorn: Get some Vitamin C pronto. The stars suggest an outbreak of scurvy may soon sweep The Plains.

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Newton earns top spot ABBY ALBRIGHT

Barrett Trotter and redshirt freshman Clint Moseley. “After thoroughly evaluating our quarterbacks during spring practice and over the last week, Cam has emerged as our postspring No. 1 quarterback,” Chizik said. “Obviously, he will have a lot of work to do over the summer and during two-a-days to continue along this path. We fully expect our other quarterbacks to continue to work hard and


Auburn Football coach Gene Chizik announced yesterday that junior Cameron Newton is the No. 1 quarterback after spring practice. This announcement does not secure Newton’s spot for the fall, but gives him the advantage over senior Neil Caudle, sophomore

compete with Cam during the off-season and into fall camp.” During the annual A-Day game April 17, Newton completed three of eight passes for 80 yards. “I did some good things and some bad things,” Newton said after the A-Day game. “I was just trying to go out and have some fun today.” All four quarterback candidates saw action in the Blue vs.

White game. “Don’t read into how much he threw or didn’t throw, who played and who played with who,” Chizik said after the game. “That just wasn’t the case today. We had a rotation going and we just stayed with the rotation. Don’t read anything into that.” Newton, who transferred to Auburn in January from Blinn College, was the No. 1 junior college prospect in 2009.


Junior Cameron Newton interacts with fans after A-Day.

Tigers tame the Bulldogs CRYSTAL COLE STAFF REPORTER

Junior Stephen Kohlscheen made his first start at Auburn (2814, 10-8 SEC) Tuesday night as the baseball team beat Samford (2317), 11-4, at home. Kohlscheen pitched two scoreless innings with a single in the first inning and a second-inning walk. Kohlscheen said it was a good day for his first start and the rest of the team performing well made his job easy. “It’s always good when you can get a start,” Kohlscheen said. “Coach called me yesterday and told me I would start, and I was pumped.” Coach John Pawlowski said he felt Kohlscheen performed well in the beginning of the game and could earn the starting weekend spot. “I thought his breaking stuff was pretty good,” Pawlowski said. “He’s really been working on his slider, and I thought he really threw some good ones today, so that was

encouraging.” The Tigers returned to action Tuesday night after a win against Kentucky Sunday. This was the first time Auburn had won consecutive SEC series since the 2008 season. Auburn took a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning after a three- run home run from third-baseman Dan Gamache. Junior Brian Fletcher finished the night 2-for-4, with an RBI that brought junior Trent Mummey home. Mummey said he felt the team had a good strategy at the plate for the night, even though Samford threw several pitchers against the Tigers. “We made a lot of good swings and put a lot of runs on the board,” Mummey said. “The only way to get runs is to put runners on base, and we did a lot of good things on the plate.” The end of the third inning saw the Tigers up 4-0, with four runs off four hits and Samford only connecting one hit. > Turn to BASEBALL, D7


Junior Wes Gilmer scores in the 7th after a hit by sophomore Casey McElroy against Samford Tuesday.

Tate, McFadden picked up in Draft ABBY ALBRIGHT SPORTS EDITOR


Freshman Kelsey Cartwright slides safely into third Tuesday against Jacksonville State Tuesday.


The Auburn Softball team welcomed south the Jacksonville State University Gamecocks on a chilly Tuesday evening. Auburn’s bats, however, were not cold, as the Tigers scored eight runs on eight hits, downing Jacksonville State, 8-5. Auburn coach Tina Deese

said she was proud of the team’s determination during the game. “I’m really proud of the eight runs first and foremost,” Deese said. Auburn got off to a quick start as sophomore designated hitter Amber Harrison hit a homerun that just cleared the right field wall. Redshirt sophomore Angel Bunner was in the pitcher’s circle for the Tigers. The Gamecocks scored two

runs in the top of the fifth inning, bringing Bunner’s night to an end. Bunner pitched four and one-third innings, giving up six hits and two runs. Senior pitcher Anna Thompson came in to relieve Bunner. Thompson gave up a tworun home run to the first batter she faced, Jacksonville State freshman Kelci Johnston, bringing the score to > Turn to SOFTBALL, D8

Two Tiger football players, seniors Ben Tate and Walter McFadden were picked up in the National Football League Draft over the weekend. Running back Tate was selected on Day Two by the Houston Texans in the second round. “It was very emotional,” Tate said. “When I got the call from Houston, I was very excited and the emotions started running. I’m just happy to be a Texan. It’s been a great, great experience, and I want to thank everyone, including the Auburn fans for their support.” Tate was the sixth running back selected and the 58th pick overall. Tate is fifth all-time at Auburn with 3,321 rushing yards and is tied for sixth all-time with 24 rushing touchdowns. Defensive back McFadden was the second Auburn player to be drafted in this years draft. McFadden was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the fifth round Saturday. “It’s a blessing to have the op-

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portunity to get drafted,” McFadden said, “especially considering how many people that play college football. I’m just blessed. In a way I was kind of surprised (being drafted by Oakland), but I’m more happy about going there. It’s a dream come true.” McFadden was the 138th overall pick. The defensive back ties the Auburn record for third for interception returns for touchdown and leaves Auburn with 87 career stops, 26 pass deflections and nine interceptions. Former Tigers, defensive end Quentin Groves, who was traded to Oakland from the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier this week, and quarterback Jason Campbell, who was traded from the Washington Redskins to Oakland, will be familiar faces for McFadden. “I feel like having Quentin there will be nice,” McFadden said. “Having someone there to help me and to just have a friendship with will help. When I came in as a freshman, Jason was just leaving and I got to know him from when he came back. I’m excited to be there with Jason, too.”

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ing to stay for quite a while.â&#x20AC;? He fit right in at Auburn. WRITER Rosen stepped down Melvin â&#x20AC;&#x153;Melâ&#x20AC;? Rosen after the 1991 season to served as head track coach coach the 1992 U.S. Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for the Auburn Tigers for Olympic team, making 28 years and has had one him the only coach in of the most outstanding Auburnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history to head careers of any an Olympic Auburn coach. team of any After comsport. pleting his Under his masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree guidance, in physical eduthe team cation at the won a total University of of 20 medals Iowa in 1951, and includhe joined the ed stars like U.S. Army in Carl Lewis 1953 and was and Michael ROSEN Johnson. appointed head R o s e nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coach of the success has not gone unregimental track team. He first came to Auburn noticed. In all, he has been in 1955 as assistant to inducted into the Alahead coach Wilbur Hut- bama Sports Hall of Fame, sell and took over as head the U.S. Track Coaches track coach in 1963, when Hall of Fame and the NaHutsell retired. tional Track and Field Hall â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was a key time,â&#x20AC;? of Fame. He has also led the AuRosen said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;because when I got that job, I knew burn track team to many this was a place I was go- achievements, including

numerous SEC titles and NCAA top 10 finishes. In 1978, he received the Coach of the Year Award from the SEC and NCAA for both indoor and outdoor competition and won NCAA Coach of the Year for indoor competition, also winning NCAA Coach of the Year for indoor competition in 1980, with the same award from the SEC again in 1985. Michael DeHaven is a sprinter for the Auburn Track and Field team and works closely with Rosen, who he refers to as an â&#x20AC;&#x153;encyclopedia.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forgotten more about track than I will ever know,â&#x20AC;? Dehaven said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He really helped me in my development as an athlete.â&#x20AC;? While at Auburn, Rosen has coached many of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best track athletes, including 143 All-Americans, 63 SEC champions, eight NCAA champions and seven Olympians.

He is known for his welltold stories and his acute ability to recall minor details from any story. Johnathan Haynes runs the 400-meter hurdles for the Tigers and hears these stories firsthand at practice. He said Rosen helped him find his rhythm in the hurdles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In any given situation, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a story that goes along with it,â&#x20AC;? Haynes said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty much a moral to every story.â&#x20AC;? Haynes said Rosen is one of the reasons he is still at Auburn. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He knows how to make you laugh whenever youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re down,â&#x20AC;? said Haynes, â&#x20AC;&#x153;heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s down to earth; heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll tell you exactly what you need to hear.â&#x20AC;? For the past 17 years, Rosen has worked as a consultant for the Auburn track team, helping out any way he can. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He does a little bit of everything,â&#x20AC;? DeHaven said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;timing, coaching, setting up hurdles; he does it all.â&#x20AC;?

Rosenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Track Record What do you like about Auburn? Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always been friendly people here, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always been a nice place to live. Do you have a trophy room in your house? No, just a few plaques up in the office Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in, cause that way you can fill up where there are holes in the wall. How many states/countries has coaching track taken you to? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been in almost all the states in the Union. I may have been to 30-40 countries. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never counted up. What do you think is the most difficult event? The most difficult event, I think, is the pole vault because you have to do so many things right to clear the bar. What did you think when they named the track after you? I was real pleased when they decided to name the track after coach Hutsell and myself.

If you had to sum up your coaching career in three words, what would they be? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been fun. Does the apostrophe â&#x20AC;&#x153;sâ&#x20AC;? count? What was the most significant year in your career? I really think it was back in 1963, when I became the head coach.

What quality do you look for in athletes? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking for dedication and consistency. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking for him to have a desire to get better. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your favorite part of coaching? My favorite part of coaching is to meet some students. You know how hard they worked during the week, and to see them make the best time of the year, or to see them win a championship. What is the key to successfully coaching track teams? Well one of the keys is to be real interested in the athleteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s progress, to try and be consistent in your workouts and always make the workouts.




Chris Ellis, psychology graduate student, takes the ball to the opposite side of the field during Tuesday’s intramural playoffs. Ellis plays for the intramural team “Psygo.”

Intramural playoffs come to close DEREK LACEY WRITER

Starting Sunday, spring intramural sports began closing up for the end of the semester, just like spring classes. Except it’s not tests and projects due for the end of intramural sports, but the final soccer and softball playoffs. With names like “Cheezeballs,” “Drug Dealer” and “Abusement Park,” teams fight for the chance to become intramural champions at Auburn. After the regular season of five or six games, teams are ranked and placed into an initial four-team bracket. The playoff system depends on which league and category a team belongs to, and a team’s record is not all that counts in the playoffs. Referees assign a point value to each team’s sportsmanship during each game, on a scale of one to five. At the end of the regular season, the average of this sportsmanship score is coupled with a team’s winloss record to see if they made it to the playoffs. The sportsmanship points average is also used LOW PRICE. EVERYDAY!



as a tiebreaker for teams that end the regular season with the same record. The last round of the playoffs will be held tonight. Winning teams receive T-shirts and a trophy, not to mention bragging rights. Brett North, senior in civil engineering, is the captain of the undefeated softball team “Cheezeballs.” Without regular practice, North said the thing he likes about softball is the competition, that he can compete in a way he hasn’t since high school. Another softball team that made the playoffs are the “Toon Squad,” which is mostly made up of members of Lakeview Baptist Church. Nathan Douthit is a member of “Toon Squad” and said the most important thing for him is the chance to spread the gospel after the game. “The most important thing for us is telling people about Jesus,” Douthit said. Fraternities are consistently well-represented in softball playoffs. This year Farmhouse, Lambda Chi Alpha, Pi Kappa Alpha and Theta Chi made it to the quarterfinals.


Senior pitcher Brittany Godwin catches a linedrive during Tuesday’s intramural playoffs.

“I like the competitiveness and playing against other fraternities,” said Chris Cooper, senior in mechanical engineering and member of the Pi Kappa Alpha team. This year is Cooper’s fourth year to make it to the playoffs, but he has never won first place. He said this year, if he does, “I guess we’ll throw a party.”

But fraternities and independent groups of guys aren’t the only ones who shine at the softball playoffs. A few fields down from where the fraternities played was Brittany Goodwin, senior in political science, and pitcher for the Auburn Christian Student Center’s softball team. She feels little fear about her team’s chances in the

upcoming games, saying she thinks they could win it all. Also playing in the women’s division is the “Extras,” an independent team, of which Alana Jones is a passionate member. “I miss it a lot,” said Jones, freshman in agricultural economics, “I guess you could just say I love the game.” Jones plays intramural softball because she truly enjoys the game and the competitive atmosphere, which she left behind after high school. Soccer playoffs are also underway at the Intramural fields, with the number of remaining teams quickly diminishing. Tuesday night, the “Footballers” advanced to the finals in the co-recreational division, after defeating the “White Team.” “Everybody on our team’s played club or high school,” said Trent Cameron, junior in mechanical engineering, “We’ve been playing together since freshman year.” This is Cameron’s third year playing intramural soccer, and he also participates in intramural basketball and softball. “It’s fun,” Cameron said. “It’s not too competitive, it releases tension and it

gives me that little bit of exercise every week.” Also on the field Tuesday night was Brandon Van Pernis, junior in public administration, member of the co-recreational Auburn Christian Fellowship team. His team made it to the playoffs without practicing even once, and he thinks they have a good shot to win the tournament. “It just gives us the chance to run around and have some fun,” Van Pernis said. Just as softball isn’t limited to fraternities, soccer isn’t limited to simply undergrads. “Psygo” is a team consisting of nearly all postgraduate psychology students whose name is taken from a play on the group Psychology Graduate Organization. “It’s all about having fun,” said Adam Goodman, a graduate student in psychology and member of the team. “We just come out here and forget about projects, exams and research for an hour.” Goodman has confidence in his team. “Yea, I’m going to wear that shirt for a week straight and never take it off,” Goodman said.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Track runs at prestigious Penn Relays BLAKE HAMILTON ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR

The Auburn Men’s and Women’s Track and Field teams racked up experience for the SEC Outdoor Championships and three second-place finishes at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia last Saturday. Sophomore Marcus Rowland, whose 10.03 time in the 100-meter dash ranks as the best in the country for juniors, finished second in the event at 10.36 seconds. “It was definitely a great experience for me to be able to run in the Penn Relays,” Rowland said. “I’m glad I ran the race and had the experience. I think we did real good considering that we had a lot of injuries on the guy’s side. I wish I could have run better, but I’ll take the experience.” The Tigers opened with three relays Thursday, as the women’s 4x100 relay team finished eighth to qualify for the finals. The team included sophomore CeCe Williams and juniors Cache Armbrister, Latoya Parkinson and Joanna Atkins. Meanwhile, senior Stephanie Barnes, freshman Kai Selvon, senior Laurel Pritchard and junior Holly Knight qualified for the


Senior Felix Kiboiywo leads the pack at the Tiger Track Classic in Philadelphia. Kiboiywo was instrumental in Auburn’s 4x1 mile Championship of America relay that took 2nd place.

finals of the women’s distance medley relay, finishing 10th. “This was our last competition before the conference championships,” said coach Ralph Spry. “It was kind of a measuring stick for us, so I want to make sure we end on a good note with everybody looking sharp and feeling good. This time of year we’re just really working on being technical and peaking, so I feel pretty good about what I saw and the

level we committed to competing.” Day two of competition saw the women’s 4x100 relay team, consisting of Atkins, senior Shaquela Williams, junior Shanequa Ferguson and sophomore Nivea Smith, take fourth in the Championship of America final. Atkins, Armbrister, Smith, Ferguson and later competed in the 4x200 relay, posting a time of 1:32.31 that ranks second in Au-

burn history. “We’ve got a lot of balance on the women’s team,” Spry said. “We’re going to have a team that’ll be in the hunt for sure. We’re pretty strong in the sprints, jumps and distance, so I feel like if we can line up a full team healthy, which I suspect we can do, I think we’ll have a good shot to challenge for the SEC Championship.” Rowland’s 100-meter qualify-

ing time of 10.25 seconds was the fastest in the field and, moving into the final day, he was projected as the favorite. However, a slow start and a headwind produced a secondplace finish at a below average time for Rowland at 10.36 seconds. “In front of 60,000 people, it was a great experience,” Rowland said. “I didn’t run the race like I should have. I didn’t have a good start.” Another second-place finish came from the 4xmile Championship of America final, due in large to senior Felix Fiboiywo, the NCAA leader in the 1500 meters. Meanwhile, the final secondplace finish came from the women’s 4x200 relay team, consisting of Atkins, Ferguson, Smith and Armbrister. Auburn now begins the twoweekend rest before the SEC Championships, which will be May 13-16 in Knoxville, Tenn. “I feel really good about the two and a half weeks when we’ll go to SEC,” Spry said. “Marcus Rowland was a big one. He’s probably our top gun in individual events. We didn’t win any championships, but all in all I feel pretty good about what we did.”

Women tee-off at regionals DEREK LACEY WRITER


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The NCAA Women’s Golf Championship Committee announced Monday that the No. 3 Auburn Tigers women’s golf team will play as the No. 2 seed in the NCAA East Regional Championship. The tournament will be held May 6-8 at Ironwood Country Club in Greenville, N.C., and the Tigers will be competing against 23 other teams, including the first seed, Duke. The Tigers recently competed in the SEC Championship in Tuscaloosa where they finished fifth, with junior Cydney Clanton, sophomore Haley Wilson and senior Candace Schepperle all finishing in the top 20 individually. “On a high note, I saw some great things out of everyone on the team, which will help us prepare during the next few weeks,” said coach Kim Evans, “but, on the low side, we did not come over here to do anything but win and with that. We are disappointed.” But Evans could not stay disappointed for long, because Tuesday the Southeastern Conference announced its All-SEC teams, and they included three Auburn Tigers. Clanton made All-SEC first team, Schepperle second team and Carlie Yadloczky made the All-SEC freshman team, just in time for regionals. With a fifth place SEC finish behind them, the Tigers are now focusing on the upcoming tournament in North Carolina, trying to prepare and take their final exams at the same time. “A lot of preparation will be off the golf course,” Clanton said, “not necessarily practicing, but mentally preparing for next week.” There are three NCAA Regional tournaments, East, West and Central. The University of Alabama, Louisiana State University and the University of Arkansas were chosen to go to the West Regional in Palo Alto, Calif., while the University of Georgia and the University of Mississippi were chosen to go to the Central in Columbus, Ind.


Auburn junior Cydney Clanton hits from the fairway. Clanton finished the SEC tournament tied for 7th, hitting a 1-under 212.

“The East region is traditionally the toughest region to advance out of, but we are looking forward to the challenge,” Evans said. “We felt like we were going to stay east, and we are very excited to go play golf.” The Tigers are confident in their ability to succeed at the tournament and know what it will take to win, having competed against all but seven of the teams they will be facing at regionals. “We kind of keep every tournament at equal importance,” Schepperle said, “and I know if we all do our part, we’ll come out all right.” With 24 teams competing and

only eight advancing, Auburn will have to perform well to advance to the championship finals. “I think our team as a whole is pretty intimidating,” Clanton said, “because we have Candace and I, and our three, four and five can play well on any day.” The competition at the tournament will be tough, including seven top-25 teams, including No.4 Duke, No.13 Tennessee, No.14 Florida and No. 21 Vanderbilt. “We have a really strong team,” Schepperle said, “if we get four good scores in three days, we’re going to win by, I predict, a lot.”

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Auburn Plainsman

Sports, D5

Men’s Tennis beats Arkansas, Georgia, defeated by Florida BREE BOWEN WRITER


Freshman Andreas Mies jumps to hit the ball at home against Vanderbilt March 28.

The No. 37 Auburn Men’s Tennis team opened up the SEC Tournament with a win over No. 64 Arkansas Thursday. Arkansas opened the match with a win at No. 2 doubles, but the doubles point was secured for the Tigers by nationally-ranked pair junior Tim Puetz and sophomore Alex Stamchev in No. 1 doubles. “We keep improving in doubles,” said assistant coach Gabor Pelva. “This year that’s not our strength, but we keep improving, which is the main thing for us.” The Tigers added to their score going into singles, with a minor comeback by Arkansas at No. 5 singles. No. 20 Puetz sealed the Auburn win at No. 1 singles, defeating Arkansas’ Christopher Nott in two sets. “Against Arkansas, I think we were favored,” Pelva said. In day two, the Tigers advanced to the conference semifinals after upsetting No. 11 Georgia. “We’ve only beaten Georgia five times, I believe, in Auburn history,” Pelva said. “That was a great win for us. Coming back and beating them, 4-3, just shows that our team kept improving.” Freshmen Tim Hewitt and Lucas Lopasso began the doubles play with an 8-5 win over the Bulldogs, the duo’s third consecutive victory and second during the conference tournament. Puetz and Stamchev also came out with an 8-5 win over Georgia in No. 1 doubles.

Junior Michel Monteiro and freshman Andreas Mies were tied at 4-4 with the Bulldogs in No. 2 doubles before the play was called. “This was the first time any of us had beaten Georgia, so we were really happy,” Puetz said. The singles competition was a back and forth battle until Mies achieved a two-set win in No. 6 singles, which secured the Auburn win. Auburn ended its run in the SEC tournament on day three in the match against the Florida Gators, with a final score of 4-1. Florida achieved an early advantage in doubles and maintained the lead until the match was called with a score of 6-5. “We did what we were supposed to do,” Stamchev said. “I was disappointed, but everybody played well.” Auburn continued to fall throughout the singles competition until Puetz outplayed Florida’s No. 5 player, 6-3, 6-4, the highest ranked opponent Puetz has beaten this season. Florida eventually tightened their grip once and for all and claimed the match with a court six win. “In the game against Florida, I feel that our team did not have the belief that we could beat them,” Pelva said. “After the big win against Georgia, the energy level was low. We played hard, but it just wasn’t enough, and we just did not catch up in certain spots.” The selection show for NCAA Regionals will be held May 4, and the team will compete again May 14. “We’re really young, so I hope next year the guys will have more experience and know what to expect,” Puetz said.

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The Auburn Plainsman

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Women knocked out of SEC tournament BREE BOWEN

problem throughout the season. The 88th-ranked team WRITER of Myrthe Molenveld and The 2010 SEC Champi- Paulina Schippers folonship was cut short for lowed in a game against the No. 55 Auburn Wom- Kate Lukomskaya and en’s Tennis team after de- Kelsey Sundramand. feat by No. 25 Arkansas in The Auburn duo the opening round Thurs- achieved their fourth vicday. tory of the year as a team, After suffering a loss as well as the only Auburn to the Razorbacks earlier win for the day at No. 1 in the season, the team doubles. traveled to Athens, Ga., to “I was very proud of the compete at the Dan Magill girls after the Alabama Tennis Complex on the match about how hard campus of we fought, the Unibut we reversity of ally needGeorgia, in ed to step When they hopes of up against making a really stepped up, we Arkansas,” comeback didn’t. It’s very sad we said coach and meetTim Gray. ing the didn’t execute.” FreshOle Miss m e n Myrthe Molenveld, Rebels in Caroline senior the second Thornton round. and PlaSeniors Fani Chifchieva mena Kurteva battled in and Jil Hastenrath started tough third-flight action, the day in a game of dou- ultimately giving up the bles, which ended in a loss doubles point. at No. 2 doubles against “When they really Arkansas’ Anouk Tigu and stepped up, we didn’t,” Valentina Starkova. Molenveld said. “It’s very “There were a lot of ups sad we didn’t execute.” and downs, and there Arkansas’ luck continwasn’t much consisten- ued when singles play cy,” Chifchieva said. “We opened with a win for missed a lot of points.” the Razorbacks at No. 5 Chifchieva said con- singles as Hastenrath was sistency has been a main knocked down, 6-3, 6-1.

Sophomore Daniela Vukadinovic gained a tiebreak at No. 2 in the first set, but fell in the second set. The match concluded with a shutout in No. 1 singles, as No. 45 Chifchieva lost both sets to No. 45 Tigu. Tigu took the first set, 6-7, and claimed the victory, 6-1, in the second set, sealing the shutout at 4-0. “We could have been more aggressive,” Chifchieva said. “I think that’s one of the factors why it didn’t turn out good in the end.” With regular season and SEC play behind them, Auburn will now wait to hear the word on team selection, as well as individual selections, for singles and doubles championships. “We will just need to sit back and wait for the NCAA Regional announcement on May 4,” Gray said. “If we make it, we know we’ll play a great team, so we’ll definitely have our work cut out for us.” Despite a disappointing year for the team, players still have high hopes for the future. “I hope the group got some experience from this year, because they have to do it without the seniors next year,” Molenveld said.


Senior Fani Chifchieva sports a blue head of hair, a tradition for the Alabama match, April 17.

Good luck on your finals!

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Thursday, April 29, 2010


â&#x20AC;&#x153;Defensively, we played solid defense on the infield,â&#x20AC;? Pawlowski said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kasey McElroy made a number of good plays out there.â&#x20AC;? Samford quickly put two runners on early in the fourth and got on the board after a hit from Bo Smith. Michael Johnson came up to bat for Samford with runners on second and third. He reached on an error, allowing another run for the Bulldogs, bringing the score to 4-2. Mummey hit a three-run homerun for Auburn, extending the Tiger lead 7-2. At the end of the seventh inning, Auburn was up 10-

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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good thing going into the weekend and to build some confidence for those series.â&#x20AC;? Trent Mummy, junior 2, scoring in every inning except two. The eighth inning was a perfect one for the Tigers, with no runs, no hits, no errors and no one left on base. Samfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tripp Swann hit his second home run of the season early in the ninth, bringing another runner home to bring the score to 11-4. Next up for the Tigers is a weekend away series against No. 7 Arkansas.

The Razorbacks are 338, 13-5 SEC and are coming off a losing series to the Florida Gators. Mummey said winning Tusesday will give the team a boost going to Fayetteville. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to win the games during the week, especially these instate teams,â&#x20AC;? Mummey said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good thing going into the weekend and to build some confidence for those series.â&#x20AC;?


Auburn senior Myrthe Molenveld prepares to return the ball during against TCU.

Molenveld brings passion BEN BARTLEY COPY EDITOR

Young Myrthe Molenveld was a soccer coachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter and potential soccer star living in the Netherlands. Now, she is a tennis player at a Division I school in Alabama. Her winding life path began at 7 when she discovered her athletic calling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I saw everybody playing tennis around me and on TV and in the newspaper, and I liked what the girls were wearing,â&#x20AC;? Molenveld said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And I wanted to play tennis.â&#x20AC;? At 10, Molenveld started to take tennis seriously, participating in tournaments and playing four to five times a week, up from one to two before. While playing tournaments, a person associated with the Netherlands national team asked her to join. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once I went to high school I stated playing tennis full-time,â&#x20AC;? Molenveld said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I went to school three days a week, and I practiced in the morning and the afternoon. I played about five hours a day.â&#x20AC;? Next for Molenveld was America and the University of Louisiana Lafayette. She said she misses the food in the Netherlandsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;her momâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s food. The transportation situation in America was also odd, Molenveld said. In the Netherlands, people ride public transportation, walk or bike.

But in America, everyone has a car. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After two years I decided to transfer to a bigger, higher level of tennis,â&#x20AC;? Molenveld said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really enjoyed Auburn on my visit, so I picked Auburn.â&#x20AC;? Two years of tennis at Auburn and loads of memories, like beating No. 13 nationally-ranked, No. 1 Ole Miss doubles team this year with her doubles partner, freshman Paulina Schippers, as well as time spent with her teammates and coaches. Another memory that stands out to Molenveld: her last match. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was emotional, because it might be the last one,â&#x20AC;? Molenveld said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you win, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still playing. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m already getting bored a little bit this week. I have so much free time. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not used to that.â&#x20AC;? Though Molenveldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis eligibility is finished, she plans to stay around Auburn and finish her degree in international business. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Next year Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to hopefully be around the team a lot because I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t graduate until next May, because this is my passion; I love it,â&#x20AC;? Molenveld said. Post-Auburn, Molenveld said she plans on coaching. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopefully after next year I can help out a little bit, and I would like to apply for the graduate assistant and be an assistant coach and then get into a coaching position, because thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I want to do, be a college coach myself,â&#x20AC;? Molenveld said.



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Sports, D8

Thursday, April 29, 2010


Junior Rachel Inniss performs against Georgia in Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum January 29 when the Tigers beat the Bulldogs 195.225-194.900. Inniss scored a 9.7 on floor at Nationals.

Inniss learns valuable lessons at Nationals JESSICA SHADDIX WRITER

For Rachel Inniss, Auburn University gymnast, going to the NCAA Nationals in Gainesville, Fla., was an unforgettable experience. As for going by herself and competing individually in the floor exercise, she said she was excited, but wished her team could have gone with her. Inniss was teamed up with the University of Florida and placed 34th in section two of the championship.


4-4. Deese said she was hoping her team wouldn’t falter and get past the inning. “You can’t get a big enough lead at this point,” Deese said. “I was hoping we’d get as many runs as we could.” Auburn made Deese’s hopes come true and took the lead back in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single by freshman second baseman Kelsey Cartwright. A bases-clearing double by sophomore center fielder Krista Clyde matched the four runs scored by Jacksonville State in the top of the fifth and extended Auburn’s lead back to four. “We got some good stuff from Krista Clyde coming through in the clutch with the bases-loaded hit,” Deese said. Clyde said she enjoys the pressure of having the bases loaded. “She was quick pitching,” Clyde said. “So I said I had to take it opposite field so I could score.” The Gamecocks would not go away, leading off the top of the seventh with a solo homerun by right fielder Mary Beth Ledbetter. Sophomore pitcher Jenee Loree came in for the save with no outs in the seventh, relieving redshirt sophomore Lauren Schmalz after Schmalz saw Jacksonville State load the bases. Loree said she had to be prepared to go into the game, even though Auburn had a three-run lead. “When I got called to come in, I just took a deep

“(Going to Nationals) was a bittersweet moment because I didn’t have my team with me, but I was representing Auburn,” Inniss said. She said going alone was weird because she hasn’t competed by herself since high school. “It wasn’t odd though,” Inniss said. “I rotated with Florida, and we’re the same colors. So it kind of worked out. They cheered for me and helped me if I needed help. It was kind of like my team away from my team.” The Auburn Gymnastics team has yet to see

breath,” Loree said. “We had the three-run lead, so my team already got my hits for me, I just have to shut them down, throw strikes and hopefully get out of the inning.” Loree worked her way out of the jam, forcing two pop outs and striking out the final batter she faced. “I’m real proud of Jenee (Loree) coming in in relief situation and getting it done,” Deese said. Loree said coming in with the bases loaded didn’t have an affect on her. “You can’t get flustered,” Loree said. “You just have to throw your game.” Auburn played Middle Tennessee State University last night and has the next week off to focus on school and the University of Arkansas. “We’re going to be in the middle of finals during the Arkansas weekend so that’s a concern,” Deese said. “But we’re going to do everything we can to keep their eyes and hands working.” Deese also said the week off could help the pitching staff. “The rest just might do us a little bit of good, so I’m excited about that,” Deese said. Clyde said the week off might be the team’s most important week of the season. “We have to come hard,” Clyde said, “harder than we’ve ever come.” Auburn needs to win the series against Arkansas to make it to the SEC tournament. “This will determine who makes the tournament,” Clyde said. “We have to leave it all on the field.”

an individual player go to Nationals since 2008, but Inniss, who scored a 9.9 on her floor routine at regionals took her team back once again. With popular hip-hop music surrounding her floor routine, Inniss said the routine was popular with the crowd. Coach Jeff Thompson said the crowd especially reacted well to what Inniss calls her signature move, “the chicken neck.” Inniss said this move involved walking backwards while only moving her head in circles and keeping in time with the music.

She said this was the second time she has used the move and will probably use it next year. After completing her routine in rotation five, Inniss was given a 9.7. Inniss said going to nationals was the highlight of her year, and even though she didn’t do as well as she hoped, she said she’s proud of her accomplishment. “I had a little mishap on my second pass,” Inniss said. “In total, it was a good routine, but making finals you have to have that perfect routine, which I didn’t have. But for being

my first time at Nationals it was a great experience. I think I did the best I could under the circumstances.” Thompson said he was proud to see Inniss go to Nationals, although disappointed to see his team stay home. He said Inniss is a tremendous athlete and brings a great deal of talent to the team. “Anytime you have someone that can put up a 9.9, that’s an outstanding contribution,” Thompson said. When Inniss came back from Nationals, she said she loved performing in

front of the audience, but also was able to see the various areas in which her team needed to improve on the mat. Inniss said she was truly inspired for her team admitting that she talked with her teammates and explained specifically what they needed to do to improve. “It’s always hard to hear the coaches say it,” Inniss said. “But once you’re out there and realize what other teams are doing, and to say it to your own team, that was the best thing I brought back from Nationals.”


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