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WHAT’S INSIDE A DARK CAMPUS

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How Auburn students are preparing for the first total solar eclipse of their lives

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Time travel to Auburn as it was 100 years ago in 1917 page 9 CAMPUS

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SGA prepares changes to Game Day, syllabus bank

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This year marks the 125th anniversary of women first enrolling at Auburn University page 31 SPOTLIGHT

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Star kicker Daniel Carlson prepares for his wedding day

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CONTENTS Eclipse .............................................. 7 A presidential dog walk ............ 9 Biggest football rivals ............. 16 Get your freshman gain on ... 20 SGA wins big at conference .. 22 Everything “campus food” ..... 26 125 years of women at AU .... 31 Welcome to Tiger football .... 38 Syllabus week bar crawls ....... 44 Hitting the books with help .. 46

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LETTER FROM THE EDITORS: A new age for The Plainsman Chip Brownlee EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Lily Jackson MANAGING EDITOR

The 25 Pacemakers that have put The Auburn Plainsman in the top percentile of student-run newspapers in the U.S. are pointless without the trust of our readers. We've been at this since 1893, and as the fall semester begins, we are starting off with a bang. Our editorial staff is working to rebrand The Plainsman we hope you know and love. For those who are new to campus, understand this: Our staff is made up of students of all ages, majors and identities. We work long hours to make sure you are informed at all times about everything that’s important on campus and off-campus. Our staff balances our part-time jobs, social lives, student involvement and classes with our work here — just like any other struggling college students. The only difference is our job is for you

and every reader who comes across our links online or picks up one of these old things we call newspapers. The face of The Plainsman has been sedentary for a good while, and it's time for a change. With a new color scheme, a new look and the release of our new, responsive website happening soon, we look forward to feedback from you, our readers. We hope to balance our prestigious history with an eye for the future and an eye for how students ingest their news. We know it has changed, and we know we are behind. The new dynamic we hope to achieve will be interactive and engaging — open to readers at all times. Interaction with the public is something we want, and we won't run away when there are disagreements. We are a team of journalists in training, and we know we will make mistakes. We hope you can understand that, too. Our staff understands the distrust of journalists spreading across our country, and we

have all encountered situations in which Auburn students and community members have felt uneasy toward our team — reluctant to talk, reluctant to trust. We want to change that, with your help, of course. Our response to such uneasiness is understanding, but simultaneously, we ask for a degree of trust in us and our responsibility to serve the public. We’re not out to hurt, embarrass or shame anyone. It’s our mandate as reporters to tell the whole story, the true story and the meaningful story. And to our readers in the community, who may be Auburn graduates or someone who grew up here: Our goal is not to be a newspaper read solely by students. We want your trust, as well. We have expanded our reach to more community locations with over 15 new paper distribution points. We are also putting a greater focus on covering business news, local stories and even stories as far out as Opelika. Our social media pages are getting more

traction than ever, and we are adamant about working for the online reader as much as the print reader. Our online accounts provide a direct line of communication from our writers and editors to the readers, and we want readers to take advantage of it. The editorial staff values commentary from readers in any form. Opinion works and editorials published by our staff will never please every person that comes across them. It's an impossible mission but we have embarked upon a new push to gather opinion writers of every viewpoint. Regardless, the conversations that arise from these pieces are invaluable, so we won’t stop producing them. Our motto would not be "A Spirit that is not Afraid" if we ran away from the people that made us who we are. From the entire staff at The Auburn Plainsman, we invite you to follow us as we change the dynamic, gain your trust — article by article — and work to produce the best damn news Auburn has ever seen.


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This notification provides a brief description of students rights under FERPA; The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

There are four important facets to FERPA: As a student you have: 1. The Right to Review Your Education Records. FERPA affords a student the right to inspect and review his or her records. Students must contact the Office of the Registrar to inspect and review their records or they can view them through Tiger! access 24/7. A University official may be present when the student inspects and reviews his or her educational records. 2. The Right to Seek to Amend Inaccurate and Misleading Information. The student should contact the Office of the Registrar for the record they may deem questionable or in error; clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. 3. The Right to share Directory Information. In accordance with best practices set forth by accreditation standards, Auburn University has designated the following information from a student's education record as "directory information," which may be disclosed under FERPA without the student's permission. (Asterisked items are displayed in the University Directory - People Finder).

Directory Information Items Name* Local Address* Permanent Address E-mail Address* Local Telephone Number* Permanent Telephone Number Dates of Attendance Program of Study (college, major, & campus)* Classification Previous Educational Agencies/Institutions Attended Degrees, Honors, and Awards Received Participation in Officially Recognized Activities and Sports Weight and height of members of intercollegiate athletic teams Full or part time Enrollment Status Take Note! DISCLOSURE OF EDUCATION RECORDS IN HEALTH AND SAFE TY EMERGENCIES

If you select to not have your directory information shared, you must contact the Office of the Registrar with your request to block this information. We are located in the basement of Langdon Hall. 4. The Right to File a Complaint if the University has not Addressed Your Concern Appropriately. All complaints need to be directed to the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is Family Policy Compliance Office U. S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue SW Washington DC 20202-4605

Should Auburn University determine that there is an articulable and significant threat to the health or safety of a student or other individuals, FERPA allows disclosure of information from education records to appropriate parties whose knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health and safety of the student or other individuals. A complete and thorough description of Auburn University's policy on confidentiality of student records as established according to T he Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 can be obtained on http://www.auburn.edu/administration/registrar/ferpa.html Should you have any questions please contact T he Office of the Registrar at 334-844-2544. We are here to serve you!


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college of business celebrates 50 years

STAFF WRITER

The Auburn University Raymond J. Harbert College of Business celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. In 1967, Auburn University’s board of trustees decreed to start a school of business. The school expanded the number of programs it offered and was named a college in 1985. Since then, the college has been renamed, found a new home and found innovative new ways of delivering education to students. Bill Hardgrave became the dean of the college in 2010. According to him, the Harbert College of Business’s success is attributed to a history of being innovative and to the donors who have “made investments” in the college. “We’ve been an innovator… and a first mover, and we get in

there, and do things that others couldn’t do and wouldn’t do,” Hardgrave said. Hardgrave said the college’s innovation is highlighted by its history of offering distance learning options and by its infrastructural advances on campus. “We’ve been very progressive and aggressive on non-traditional forms of delivering education,” Hardgrave added. This began with delivering lectures by mailing VHS tapes to students. Later, in 2004, that method was improved upon by replacing the tapes with DVDs. Now, those forms of delivering education have manifested into a thriving set of online programs. Four of them are currently ranked topten programs. Innovation on campus included the construction of Lowder Hall, which opened this month, 25 years ago. Now, a new build-

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ing has been designed and is set to open its doors by 2019. The new building will contribute to “…changing who we are as a college,” Hardgrave said. The new 100,000-square-foot building will offer class rooms and learning areas that facilitate a non-lecture teaching style. There will be capabilities for breakout sessions, flexible learning spaces and technological infrastructure to further efforts in distance learning. “It is a phenomenal and much-needed addition to the business campus,” Hardgrave said. The new building will also include a rooftop terrace for stu-

dents. It will be constructed next to Lowder Hall on Glenn Avenue. The aggressive advances made over the college’s history indicates a spirit that is not afraid, under which the college continues to operate. “I think that’s a spirit that we’ve instilled now that is embraced. We will continue to innovate, and that will continue to push us forward,” Hardgrave said. The dean underlined the history of advancement with the fact that it would not have been possible without the investments made by donors over the years. He stated that in his time at the

college, the most exciting event was when Raymond and Kathryn Harbert donated $40 million to the college that allowed for a major increase in the quality of faculty and programs offered. The appreciation of the University was proven by naming the college after Raymond J. Harbert. The Harberts recently made another donation of $15 million to help fund construction of the new facilities. Dean Hardgrave expects more advances to come soon to the college, continuing the evolution of education. “I’m very bullish on the future,” Hardgrave said.


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? m a ’ a m , t Vale Downtown launches new valet parking service Jon Smithart STAFF WRITER

With parking being one of the biggest complaints of shoppers in downtown Auburn, the City of Auburn has been looking for solutions. Many alternatives have been proposed, but one in particular has seemed to work the best. On Friday, June 9, the city decided to test a valet service for the attendees of the Summernight Downtown Art Walk. It was so successful that the City Council passed a year-long contract to keep the valet service

going. Auburn’s Downtown Coordinator, Jessica Kohn, witnessed first-hand the success and impact of the valet service. “With that event being such a success, the city decided they wanted to make it a permanent thing downtown,” Kohn said. Kohn said the service will allow shoppers to worry less about parking and spend more time downtown. “I think merchants are really receptive to it,” Kohn said. “It really is only going to benefit them, and it will hopefully bring more shoppers and diners downtown.”

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According to Kohn, the cars will be parked on the third floor of the Gay Street parking deck because those spots sit empty most days except for game day. The valet service will be able to fit 75 more cars on top of the deck. “Parking has been the number one complaint from our Merchants Association because they feel they are losing customers,” Kohn said. “There are certain people who just do not want to even attempt to come downtown because of parking. So the city has listened and is responding, and we are

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all very pleased with the progress they are making.” The city hopes to start construction on a new parking deck soon, which will potentially add 300 parking spaces. Until then, the valet service will help keep more customers downtown. “[The city] is very focused on revitalizing downtown and also investing in the area,” Kohn said. “It means a lot to our Merchants Association that they have heard us and are responding. It is only going to make downtown that much better.”

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Solar eclipse on Sunday, May 20, 2012, seen from downtown Fort Worth,Texas.

Lily Jackson MANAGING EDITOR

Auburn’s students will be welcomed back to classes on a darker day this fall. On Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will cast a shadow of unbelievable size on Auburn. At the eclipse’s peak, Auburn will experience 91.64 percent coverage. Most people only experience an eclipse once in their life. Many professors and departments want to be sure students are prepared to experience the solar eclipse safely. There are a plethora of events planned for campus life as well as the community. Ameya Kolarkar, graduate assistant, will be traveling to the point of totality in South Carolina and will not be present when Auburn goes dark. He wants to be sure his fellow students are prepared, though. Partnering with Housing and Residence Life, Kolarkar will be leading a Solar Eclipse Viewing Pre-Party on Aug. 19 at 3 p.m. Kolarkar will be stationed in front of Aubie Hall for the event. “Students are not usually into physics and astronomy, so this gives us another way to bring the Liberal Arts students, for example, into the world of physics,” Kolarkar said. “We want them to be awed by what is happening

rather than scared.” Kolarkar will be explaining what happens when a solar eclipse occurs and why. There will be crafts and activities centered around understanding the solar eclipse. Kolarkar said the event will be a great way to welcome students living in student housing. “No matter what happens, you must not look at the sun with your naked eyes,” Kolarkar said. “Since we do not have a totality, the sun will be visible at all times.” Kolarkar said the first 200 people will be given solar viewing glasses that will allow them to look at the sun during the solar eclipse. There will also be Sun Chips for guests to eat. On Aug. 21, Auburn will have six spots for students and community members to set up shop and watch the eclipse. Solar viewing glasses will be distributed at this time too, while supplies last. The main event will be on on the Student Center Green Space. At 10 a.m. events will begin on the Green Space. These events include giveaways, art activities and on-hand experts to answer all questions students and community members may have. College of Science and Mathematics have displayed a map of the multiple different locations on their website for students who would prefer

to check out all of the stops. The peak of the solar eclipse will be at 1:36 p.m. and activities end at 2 p.m. “It is a very rare event,” Kolarkar said. “What you see when this happens you will never be able to see anywhere else.” Kolarkar said students should expect a drop in temperature, an eery darkness and a feeling that one can not explain. He said animals are expected to act strange, for those who have college pets. “If you look back a few hundred years ago, people were literally killed, murdered and put into prison for saying that the sun is in the middle of the solar system and not the Earth,” Kolarkar said. “Now we know more and we are able to understand events like this.”

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A professor’s insight into dealing with bad grades Anne D awson ASSISTANT EDITOR

— Paula Backscheider, professor, creative writing Backscheider. She urges students not to let the little things get to them. Every student will make a bad grade, every student will have a bad day but how they choose to react could be the difference between success and failure, she said. “Sooner or later, you will get a grade that disappoints you,” Backscheider said. “How you learn to react is import-

ant for your success.” When it comes to making that dreaded bad grade, Backscheider suggested that students try to figure out what they needed to do better and could have done differently. From there, they can analyze how to either do better next time, or how to re-do the assignment should the teacher allow it. “Go to see the professor and ask

how you can prepare more effectively,” Backscheider said. “First, that will show you are motivated. Second, you will learn more about college expectations.” She said that by approaching your professor, you are showing dedication and commitment to your work, which will make the professor more likely to help you out. She also said that by asking your professor for help, you will be able to prepare for the future and already know what they will expect for next time. No matter what happens, Backscheider said, reacting and staying prepared for the next assignment is the key to staying successful and not letting one bad grade throw you off.

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It’s been said plenty of times before, but adjusting to college is hard. All of the new sights, sounds and social norms — it’s a lot to take in and adjust to. You are going to make a bad grade in college; we all do. It just kind of comes with the territory. Whether it’s because your professor purposely stumped you or because you were out at Q’s with a drink in hand until closing time, this will happen. I sat down with Paula Backscheider, professor of creative writing, and asked what advice she would have for students who have made a bad grade. “College is all about reactions,” said

“Sooner or later, you will get a grade that disappoints you. How you learn to react is important for your success.”

CAMPUS

In hopes of easing trouble, Parking Services prepares to launch new parking app Jon Smithart STAFF WRITER

Just as students are preparing for the new semester, so is Auburn University’s Parking Services. Don Andrae, parking services manager, said they have a lot in store and hope to get the ball rolling on a few news ideas. From increasing the accessibility of campus from far away parking to

adding new technology, Andrae said Parking Services is keeping the students’ needs first. According to Andrae, the WarEagle Express, the new golf cart system, will run from Cambridge to Thach Concourse, stop at Village Dining and go out to R.O. “This is going to replace the supper shuttle and will run from 6-10 p.m. Monday through Friday,” An-

drae said. Many students who lived in Cambridge complained that they could not reach their cars after the buses stopped running, and the WarEagle Express was the most efficient way possible to get those students there, Andrae said. “For right now the fees will not be going up, but they possibly will the next year,” Andrae said.

Parking services has also teamed up with engineering students to help design a new app for students. “It will tell you whether spaces are available or not in a lot,” Andrae said. “We are starting with the lots all across War Eagle Way, the Colosseum lot, front and back of poultry science and the McWhorter lot.” Andrae said this will allow for more convenient parking and ease

of access. It will also allow students to see when they can rent a bike through the bike share program and where the transit buses are, combining three apps into one. Parking Services is doing everything they can to make parking as easy as possible for students, visitors and staff, Andrae said. They are also considering adding two new parking decks on or near campus.


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time travel to auburn 100 years ago

Cole McCauley STAFF WRITER

The year is 1917, the United States had just entered World War I in April and students at Auburn University, then Alabama Polytechnic Institute, were likely eager to get back to school after a hot Alabama summer. Mostly known for its agriculture and mechanical programs at the time, Alabama Polytechnic Institute or “API” had yet to grow into the Auburn University it is today. With the U.S. entering the first world war, all eligible, able-bodied males on campus volunteered for the United States Army for short-lived military careers by October 1918. According to API President Charles Thach, 878 “student soldiers” formed the academic section of the Student Army Training Corps. Being a mechanical college, these enlisted men were in Auburn for radio and mechanical training. These students would participate in military drills and training on campus in addition to their academic schedule. Therefore, at the time, it was common to see the shaved head, gray uniformed students of API doing rifle drills and calisthenics. With an armistice ending World War I two

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FUN FACT: In 1917,

Auburn wasn’t Auburn University. It was known then as Alabama Polytechnic Institute. And men weren’t just students; they were cadets, too. months later, the API Cadets were given honorable discharges from service. At the time, agriculture was Alabama Polytechnic Institute’s main focus. According to “Encyclopedia of Alabama” by Martin T. Olliff, API accepted federal funds through the Smith-Hughes Act, which led to the creation of the Department of Agriculture Education, now known as the College of Education. API’s advanced agricultural knowledge helped America on the war front as well, sending countless food and ra-

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RIGHT AND LEFT: Male students at the Alabama Polytechnic Institute in 1917 perform calisthenics. Male students were referred to as cadets and also took part in military training on top of their classes.

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STATE TREE: Longleaf

pine

required info for out-of-state students

Katie Clark STAFF WRITER

AUBURN: On Feb. 8,

2002, War Eagle VI, a golden eagle, who flew at Auburn University football games from 1986 to 2006, made a special flight during the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

Alabama is home to football rivalries, rockets and hundred-year-old traditions that will live on until the end of time. With its unique history and timeless attractions, Alabama is undoubtedly one of the South’s treasures.

HOLIDAYS: In 1836, TRAVEL: For a fun road trip there is a

store in Scottsboro called the Unclaimed Baggage Center that buys lost luggage from airlines. The store sells items three months after not being able to make contact with the owners.

SCIENCE: The first rocket

WORLD RECORDS: Shelby County

to put man on the moon, Saturn V rocket, was built in NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The Marshall Space Flight Center contains one of the greatest collections of rockets and space memorabilia in the world.

Habitat for Humanity holds the record for the world’s fastest home building. The house is located in Montevallo, Alabama and took only 3 hours, 26 minutes and 34 seconds to complete from start to finish.

GOVERNMENT: Alabama

became the 22nd state of the United States of America on Dec. 14, 1819, and has over 775 amendments, making it the longest, most amended state constitution in the world.

STATE FLAG:

STATE BIRD:

Yellowhammer

Alabama one-upped every state in the nation and was the first U.S. state to declare Christmas a legal holiday. The U.S. as a whole acknowledged it as such until 1870.

WEATHER: Forget a groundhog

predicting the start of spring, Alabama has a weather forecasting possum named Sand Mountain Sam.

NOTABLE PEOPLE: There are many CELEBRATIONS: Mobile, Alabama —

one of the oldest cities in the South and the oldest in Alabama — became the first city in America to celebrate Mardi Gras in 1703. Later, New Orleans, Louisiana, became synonymous with Mardi Gras celebrations in the United States, and, unlike Mobile where moon pies are thrown, New Orleans throws beads.

famous Alabamians, including Helen Keller, who was an author and educator about blindness; Coretta Scott King, who was a civil rights leader with her husband; Martin Luther King, Jr.; Rosa Parks, who famously did not give up her bus seat to a white man; and Hank Aaron, who was an American baseball player, member of the Baseball Hall of Fame and record-holder for most home runs in a career.


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The First Pups

Meet Auburn University President Steven Leath’s two dogs. Quill, 8 years old (below) and Dixie, 10 years old (left, above), will be moving into the President’s Mansion with Leath and the first lady.

The Campus Food Pantry, an initiative to aid Auburn University students struggling with food insecurity, is now open. The Campus Food Pantry is located in the Auburn University Student Center and provides non-perishable food items to any currently enrolled Auburn student. For additional information or to access the Campus Food Pantry, please email auburncares@auburn.edu or call 334-844-1305.

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sgastudent government prepares for fall Jon Smithart STAFF WRITER

Students are beginning to move in, and Auburn University’s Student Government Association has been hard at work the whole summer trying to get a plan set for the fall. Vice President Justin Smith and Chief of Staff Samantha Moore are excited for the semester to come. They are focused on getting students on-campus involved and getting people to experience the Auburn Family. The SGA has been working on a new ticketing system for football season. They are focused on what will be easiest for students. “Something I am excited for next year is how game days will work,” Smith said. Moore said the ticketing system will be fairly different from the past, but now SGA has developed a website specifically for ticketing to make the process more straightforward. “I think it will be much easier than last year,” Smith said. This new system is more convenient for students and makes it easier for more students to attend more games. The SGA works

with Miss Auburn University every year, a program they help put on. “Our last Miss AU did big things,” Smith said. “I believe she came in fourth last year at the Miss Alabama pageant.” Students are encouraged to find an SGA member on campus during the first week of classes to ask questions. The team will be wearing “Ask me” shirts. “It is for any student,” Moore said. “The purpose is to make people feel welcome from the first day.” Moore and Smith said they want to focus on students’ success by reducing the price of textbooks and offering elements of professionalism through an on-campus clothing closet. Smith said students can donate their professional wear for other students to rent out for interviews and other formal events. “The Clothing Closet has been something the SGA is looking into,” Moore said. “It started with the Miss Auburn platform, and then we have started to take it on and look at what other schools have done to benchmark our progress.” Smith and Moore were pleased with the progress the student

Senate has made. With the Syllabus Bank bill being passed last year, they are hoping to take key steps to help students save time. “Finally, now that all bugs have been worked out of the Syllabus Bank, it is up and running online,” Moore said. “Teachers can easily post their syllabi now, and hopefully we will see that grow.” “We have a bill coming through on student grievances,” Smith said. “It would be expanding the ability of a student to have representation when they have a grievance to a faculty member. The faculty members can have representation now and students don’t, and that would be something this bill will help fix.” The SGA has been and is continuing to work hard for the students, Smith said. “Going into the fall and the next year in general, we plan to keep doing what we know we are capable of doing and helping students,” Smith said. “We can’t be complacent; we need to always be moving forward. There is always something that can be done, and that’s the hard part. The easy part is finding what needs to be done, and the hard part is actually doing it. That’s what we will be working hard to do this year.”

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Navigating the tricky maze: The Haley Center K atie C lark

The Quad Residences

STAFF WRITER

Auburn’s labyrinth, also known as Haley Center, has been confusing Auburn students ever since opening its doors in 1969. Being the tallest building on campus, Haley Center contains colleges, computer labs and no windows in the hallways. For this reason, the building has earned its nickname of “The Labyrinth.” After spending years wandering around the halls, the students of Auburn came up with the acronym FQR which stands for floor, quadrant, and room. Each room number has a four digit number that follows this helpful acronym. The first number is the floor, the second number is the quadrant and, finally, the last two digits are the room number. The quadrant number will never exceed the number four, and anything with a floor number higher than four is in what everyone calls “The Tower,” which is located in the center of Haley and primarily contains offices and conference rooms. For any first-timers taking on Haley this semester, proceed with caution and ask for directions if necessary. Per recommendation: as soon as you get off of the elevator, follow the brightly colored signs, for they will, to the best of their ability, point you in the direction of each quadrant. However, remember that the quadrants are connected in one big square, and it is easy to spend all day looking for a classroom or office. Here is an easy way to remember the quadrants: quadrant one is in front of the football stadium because we are number one, quadrant two faces the quad center because there are two quads, quadrant three points toward Foy Hall because FOY has three letters in its name and quadrant four faces the FOURmacy (pharmacy) building. Many who believe that it is smooth sailing once the quadrants are conquered could not be more wrong. Unfortunately, room numbers are the trickiest part of conquering Haley Center because when mapping out Haley back in the day, the contractors thought it would be fun to make it as

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Foy Hall confusing as possible. Assuming they felt guilty about the future chaos, the contractors put signs at the end of each hallway to give students an idea of where their classes are to prevent any panic attacks. How sweet of them, right? Haley Center continues to get more fun because putting the restrooms in an obvious location during its construction would just be silly. So, here is a mental picture: after exiting the elevator pay attention to the small hallways directly next to the the elevator because this is where the bathrooms are located. One side of the elevator houses the women’s and on the other side lies the men’s. To make it even more confusing (if that is even possible), this advice only pertains to the second, third and fourth floors. On the first floor, the bathrooms are locat-

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auburn’s biggest football rivals ALABAMA

Cole McCauley STAFF WRITER

It's almost football season on The Plains. The smell of hot dogs and beer from nearby tailgates will fill the air, the hot September heat will scorch the fans and players alike but the nearly unbearable heat will be forgotten as "War Eagle" rings throughout Jordan-Hare Stadium. Not many schools take football season as seriously as we do at Auburn. In the last decade, we have been through a lot of ups (national championship appearances in 2011 and 2014) and downs (the disastrous three win season in 2012). However, what separates Auburn football from other programs isn't our multiple Heisman winners or memorable traditions but actually our talented and storied rivals.

Everyone and their grandma knows about the Auburn-Alabama football rivalry. Widely considered one of, if not the best, rivalries in sports, the Iron Bowl transcends all loyalties. If you were born in Alabama you were probably forced to take a side the minute you came into the world, and you have probably spent every day since then defending either side. Probably the best team in college football in the last couple of years, Alabama will travel to Jordan-Hare for their season finale on November 25. Alabama leads the series 45 wins to 35 with one tie, and they have won the last three games against their in-state rival. With three titles in the last six years and an impressive roster again this year, Alabama will likely be Iron Bowl favorites come December. However, as possible dark horse playoff con-

tenders, the Tigers are not to be overlooked despite the fact that Auburn has not won an Iron Bowl since Chris Davis' miracle return in 2013.

GEORGIA The Auburn-Georgia rivalry or "The Deep South's Oldest Rivalry" as it is often affectionately called is, as the name suggests, the oldest rivalry in the South east of Texas. The teams first met in 1892 and the series record is remarkably close with Georgia leading 57 wins to Auburn's 55 with eight ties. The Bulldogs have won the last three games but will visit Jordan-Hare on Nov. 11 as Auburn looks for revenge. UGA is regularly one of the better teams in the SEC and with star running back Nick Chubb returning to Athens for his senior season, the game should be a close one

full of excitement and trash talk.

LSU Easily the most unheralded of Auburn's three rivals, the Tigers of LSU are, without a doubt, a team on the rise in the SEC. With a 18-13 loss last year, LSU will looking for revenge when Auburn travels to Death Valley on Oct. 14. If all goes according to plan, Auburn will enter this game as the better team. However, they likely will not be favored to win as Auburn has not won in Baton Rouge since 1999. With the firing of long time coach Les Miles, LSU will be under new leadership this year and the likely more balanced Auburn offense will try to take advantage so Auburn can enjoy another year as the true tigers of the SEC.

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After weeks of waiting, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn introduced sophomore Jarrett Stidham as the starting quarterback for the season opener against Georgia Southern. Beating out last year’s starter, junior Sean White, Stidham has impressed Malzahn. However, Malzahn noted that White’s role on the team will be crucial in 2017 as well. “Sean is our number two quarterback, he is a guy we have a lot of confidence in, he has definitely improved from last year,” Malzahn said. With all eyes on the quarterback competition, Malzahn didn’t want to lose sight of the Tigers’ potentially devastating rushing attack. “We’re going to be able to run the ball, but I expect us to be pretty balanced,” Malzahn said. Stidham possesses physical tal-

ent Malzahn said pairs well with his work ethic. “I think he can really stretch the field,” Malzahn said. “He can get the ball out really quick. He’s a gym-rat as far as football goes, he’s always in the film room analyzing film.” Malzahn added that Stidham’s 4.6 40-yard-dash time and 35inch vertical will make him an outside-the-pocket threat as well. “I’m feeling blessed, I’m fired up,” Stidham said. Stidham said he believes he has improved immensely since arriving on campus and attributes much of that improvement to offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey. Expectations are high with some pundits slating Auburn as a darkhorse title contender. Stidham said he knows how talented the Tigers are and believes the team can do great things.


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The Do’s and Don’ts everyone at Auburn should know STAFF WRITER

When it comes to being a student at Forbes best university in Alabama, there are many do’s and don’ts to being the best Auburn Tiger that you can be. From game days to test days, Auburn continues to shape its students to be the best they can be and make their experience as a student unforgettable. Here are all the basics for being an Auburn Tiger: DO: Greet people with “War Eagle!” Auburn’s battle cry has evolved into a saying used to say hello, goodbye and a conversation starter with strangers. The Auburn family has unique traditions that alumni hold near and dear. DON’T: Do not, under any circumstances, step on the seal. Legend has it that if an Auburn student steps on the seal they won't graduate in four years and they won't marry a fellow Auburn grad. However, if someone does step on the seal, this can be reversed if you jump in the President’s fountain on the leap day of a leap year. DO: Go to every home football game. There is nothing like standing in the student section for home games with the eagle flying over your head as everyone gives out a big “War Eagle!” DON’T: Don't forget an

empty water bottle when going to the game, because there are Weagle Water stations in the stadium for free and easy fill ups. DO: Take advantage of your TigerCard on campus. It works on vending machines, any on campus dining venue, the food trucks around campus and the concession stand at any home football game. DON’T: Don't ignore the clear bag policy. Auburn adopted this policy with safety in mind. Fans can bring in ziplock bags or any tote bag that is clear to ensure safety and efficiency at the gates. Small clutches are allowed but be expected to bare all when entering the gates because it will be searched. DO: Plan ahead for any situation. Whether it be game days or a day spent in the library, Auburn weather is unpredictable and unforgiving so use your resources wisely. DON’T: Don't avoid the concourse during Welcome Week because there are opportunities for free food, coupons to local stores and ways to get involved around campus. DO: Visit every table on O-Day. It's surprising how many different organizations there are on campus. In order to maximum your Auburn experience, pick up as many information packets as possi-

ble; you will be surprised how much you will enjoy being involved. DON’T: Don't skip class. Even though that 8 a.m. lecture filled with 300 of your fellow Auburn students sounds rough on a rainy Tuesday, go anyway. The one time you aren't in attendance your professor will give a pop quiz. DO: Go to office hours and make connections with your professors. It pays off when you become confused on a topic in class, need a recommendation for applying to a

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program or you end up actually enjoying their class and their perspective on the subject they're teaching. DON’T: Don't avoid Study Partners, a student to student tutoring system available in the library upon appointment. The students who are the tutors have taken the class previously and have tips and tricks that helped them get them through it. DO: Go to the Recreation and Wellness Center. It is scientifically proven that exercising relieves stress, and this is the perfect place to

do it. This 240,000 square foot facility was built in 2013 and includes a 1/3-mile indoor track, two 50-foot rock climbing walls and more than 150 group fitness classes. DON’T: Don't park in the incorrect parking zones. Auburn Parking Services cracks down around football season, so pay attention to your email for when your car needs to be moved before game days. DO: Enjoy your time at Auburn, make new friends, explore new things and take advantage of all of your resources because it will fly by.

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CONSTRUCTION

A look inside the final prep for the Mell Street Building Chip Brownlee EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Students will be welcomed back this fall with a brand new building, home to state-of-the-art technology; open, interactive classrooms; and tons of new study space. After nearly seven years of work — from initial meetings and design through construction — the $35-million Mell Classroom Academic Building is finally a reality. Twenty-six new classrooms, ranging in capacity from 30 students to more than 70, will be a new home for dozens of liberal arts, education, agriculture and COSAM classes. A large, open atrium filled with natural lighting greets students. “It’s a little breathtaking when you walk in there for the first time,” said Wiebke Kuhn, learning spaces and faculty development coordinator.

Nearly all of the new classrooms and the two 160-seat lecture halls tout floor-to-ceiling windows that Kuhn hopes will provide a professional, welcoming work environment for students. “It’s really cool to watch people’s faces light up when they walk into the new spaces and when they see the new classrooms,” Kuhn said. Three of the classrooms come equipped with numerous displays and projectors to allow students to collaborate. Most of the furniture is modular, as well. “This is no longer your quasi-high school classroom,” Kuhn said. “This is where you are ready to learn and want to learn.” The building has already been in use for nearly a week for faculty training. Kuhn said the building will be open for classes Aug. 21.

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A classroom overlooking Auburn’s campus in Mell Classroom Academic Building on Wednesday,Aug. 16, 2017, in Auburn, Ala.

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The front of Ralph Brown Draughon Library housed inside Mell Classroom Academic Building on Wednesday,Aug. 16, 2017, in Auburn,Ala.

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n m u l o c surviving with a bad roommate Patrick Dunning STAFF WRITER

That roommate preference form you filled out with the biggest smile on your face has ended up picking the person you will battle with every day for the next semester. You’ve grown accustomed to mild neck pain because you’ve been using RBD’s various collections of books as a pillow. Whether you got roomed with your best friend from back home or a random from Wyoming who has whiskey pulsing through his veins, you and your roommate won’t end up the same way you started. Playing the nice card worked through the first couple of months, but now it seems as if everything they do is a direct objection to the values you stood by your entire life. I get it, you enjoy watching anime until 4 a.m. while continuously Skyping your high school girlfriend but something has got to give. As if the stress of college isn’t enough already. Do not fret, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Many before you have survived the atrocity of having a bad roommate, and many will come after you. Here are some tips to help cope with the anxiety. Speak your mind. If some of your roommate’s habits bother you, let them know. It’s healthier to communicate effectively rather than assuming they have the same expectations as you. Be humble in your approach to address any issues.

Resident advisers are there for you. If there’s a problem that simply just cannot be solved internally, talk to your RA. That’s what they’re there for. Resident advisers specialize in neutralizing conflicts among roommates. Be considerate. Take a deep breath, we’re all sorry your freshman year roommate didn’t turn into your best friend. You both come from different backgrounds and live different lifestyles. Learning to accept them regardless of their way of life says a lot about your character. After all, they’re only first-world problems. Don’t allow too many third-party extended stays. Your living quarters is your dojo. This is your private sector for concocting the next best thing since the internet. Don’t be that guy who lets his girlfriend practically live there too. There’s nothing weirder than having to third wheel life because your roommate’s significant other has separation anxiety. Understand it’s not forever. Even with the absolute worst, recognize that you will only live with them for a short period of time. If you continue to have no luck in finding a tolerable roommate, lease a one bedroom apartment and fly solo. Freshmen are not required to live on campus, so this always an option. Learning to accept things you can’t control is an essential life skill. Plus, roommate horror stories are some of the best to reflect on.

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how to gain the ‘freshman 15’ up. Miss the non-stop torrent of high school drama? Well, that actually continues into college, but catch up on “Game of Thrones” anyway to have something else to talk about with your friends! Gaining that freshman 15 will require more than just consuming food, it requires consuming media too, so hunker down with a snack, a blanket and your fifth watch-through of “The Office” and you’ll get there in no time.

Chris Heaney STAFF WRITER

You just began the adventure that is college. You hope to experience new things and get the most out of your time here at Auburn. That will, of course, involve the standards like expanding your mind both academically and philosophically, growing your social skills and subsequent friend group and adding all the extracurriculars you possibly can to your resume. This is all well and good, but the biggest expansion, growth and addition will, whether you like it or not, be to your waist line and body mass index. Like everything else in college, we encourage you to embrace the change! Here are a few ways to make sure your “freshman 15” is achieved quicker than a decent GPA. Tiger Dining Your Tiger Card is loaded with money intended to be used for nothing but food, and you are attending a campus offering amazing, calorie filled dishes at every turn! Chikfil-A and Papa John’s sit on the same floor of the Student Center, Panda Express is nestled within the depths of Foy and, for those of you who are going to have to re-up on dining

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funds after the first month anyway, the Wellness Kitchen offers an all-day buffet of delicious and “healthy” (although I don’t think many nutritionists would consider 4 ½ servings of chicken and waffles beneficial to health) food made fresh every day. Enjoy the variety of Tiger Dining with friends to make it a social experience or go eat alone to avoid sideways glances at your third “Tiger Tail” of the day. Either way, you’re sure to speed up that weight gain and slow down your metabolism.

Streaming services We are living in a golden age of accessing the best movies and TV shows within seconds. A huge helper in the journey to an extra 15 pounds is enjoying sites like Hulu, Netflix and HBO Go as much as you can. Why stress about going to the gym after working on homework all afternoon when you could just watch the first season of “Breaking Bad” in the comfort of your dorm? News of national leaders threatening to start a nuclear war got you down? Enjoy a few seasons of “Cupcake Wars” to cheer yourself

Drink specials If you’re still working on gaining your freshman 15 by the time you’re 21 (I’d never endorse underage drinking), downtown Auburn offers a variety of drinks and specials that have more calories than they do alcohol content. Going downtown to enjoy bars like 1716, Quixote’s and Skybar is fun, supports the local businesses and great for weight gain because of the close proximity they share. Just about every night of the week has alcohol specials like half priced margarita pitchers, $2 wells and free drinks (sorry guys, that last one just applies to the ladies). Grab a designated driver and some cash before heading downtown to get your gain on!

ARTS

Museum forming new student advisory council, 901 Collective Jessica Jernigan STAFF WRITER

Upon Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art’s reopen in September they will also be forming a new student advisory council. “901 Collective is a new initiative at the art museum to provide Auburn students the opportunity to gain real world experience within different departments of the museum and develop programs for students and the community,” said Xoe Fiss, the museum’s curator of education. Through 901 Collective, those interested will be able to choose the way they want to be apart of the museum.

Possible opportunities include planning events for students at the museum, volunteering with K-12 departments at family studios, developing and facilitating art project for seniors with memory loss and assisting the marketing and registry departments. In order to participate students must attend one of the two information sessions or contact Xoe Fiss. The first info session will be held on Sept. 5 from 4:15–4:45 p.m. and the second on Sept. 6 from 11–11:45 a.m. There is no specific qualification, said Fiss. “901 Collective is for all students who would

like to be an advocate for the arts,” Fiss said. “One of the most exciting parts of art is that it can connect to anything you are interested in.” There are many opportunities for students, said Fiss, and the museum is open to any ideas students may have or projects they may have in mind. “As a part of Auburn University, serving students is key to the museum’s mission,” Fiss said. “The staff has worked with professional museum consultants as well as student focus groups to help identify strategic goals for the next five years, and 901 Collective aligns with those objectives.

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...Week: A time for free meals, new friends and finding yourself Loren Kimmel CAMPUS EDITOR

As students return and begin to fill the Plains once again, Welcome Week is not far ahead. Beginning Aug. 17 and lasting until Aug. 25, the annual week-long event returns to welcome students to the University. Whether a returning senior or a freshman stepping on campus for the first time as a student, Welcome Week is an event-packed nine days that introduces students to organizations and provides opportunities to collect free stuff. In order to keep a level-head and still maximize all the week has to offer, here are five tips for how students can take full advantage of the week and get the most out of their university. 1. Download the Auburn Guides app. The app provides

students with official information about various organizations and departments on campus with access to updates, maps for navigation and integration with different social media platforms. 2. Go to any event with free food. Whether you are living on campus or not, there is never enough money on your TigerCard. Welcome Week events often offers free food including cook outs, Chick-fil-a, snacks and candy. Make it a goal to try to eat a free meal every day of Welcome Week — this is a good way to conserve money while you can. 3. Collect as many adhesive card holders as possible. These silicon stickers get placed on the back of your phone or phone case, and are able to hold your Tiger Card, credit card,

license, etc. Stocking up is a good idea because the material can rip over time, so having replacements is a safe bet. 4. Get out and socialize. Welcome Week activities can range in a variety of interests, some may intrigue you from the start and others may not strike a chord. However, Welcome Week is a great time to meet others outside of your classes, Greek organization, hobbies, etc. Don’t allow yourself to be kept up inside for this week. 5. Embrace your pride. Whether it is taking a selfie with Aubie or making the trip out to one of the events on Samford lawn, accept the Auburn Family as your own. Get to know those around you and the campus you will call home for the next couple months to truly discover what the buzz is about.

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“ “ How will I make friends?

What if my classes are too hard?

How will I find my classes?

The Plainsman editors give advice on finding one’s way C hristina S ullivan STAFF WRITER

The biggest and easiest sign is, of course, wearing your 2017 Camp War Eagle shirt. This does not mean you cannot wear it or that there is something wrong with CWE, only the fact that everyone will be able to tell. If you do not care whether people know, then do your thing. What is next? The “Seniors 2017” apparel. This one can be hard to avoid though since most of the t-shirts people own before college are high school related. It is also incriminating when you see someone looking lost or very confused wandering around campus, specifically the Haley Center. Showing up to class late is not the worst thing in the world, but it is not ideal. If you are worried about it, go walk to all of your classrooms the day before so you know where to go and give yourself time to get there. Also, check the website and your

email in the morning before because they are often moved to a different room. The Auburn Plainsman Campus Editor Loren Kimmel is a fantastic example of this. “Once I went in for an SI in the Haley Center, and it was almost about 15 minutes until it was over when I left to go to the bathroom,” Kimmel said. “I got so lost that when I returned to the SI no one was there. My advice would be to locate the bathrooms and not be confused by the ‘Haley maze’ because while in the quadrants it may be easy to figure out — the center is a whole other game.” “The easiest way to spot a freshman is their confidence level,” said Editor-in-Chief Chip Brownlee. “Just be confident and act like you belong. Whether it’s joining new groups or getting a new job, if you act like you know what you’re doing — even if you don’t — no one will question you. With that being said, don’t be afraid to ask questions

about things you don’t know about.” With this confidence, know that it is fine to not accept the stuff being handed out on the concourse. You do not have to feel rude by saying “no thank you” and moving along. If you really do not want to be bothered then putting in headphones is a good trick. The down side is if you see someone you know and want to talk it makes things difficult. There are countless times that you will accidentally ignore someone or be ignored. The amount of times you will see someone trip on the concourse is alarming. It happens every day, but you can take measures to prevent it. “Girls, try to wear thicker heels or wedges on the concourse,” said Lily Jackson, managing editor. “This University was not built for stilettos, and you will break your ankle and embarrass yourself thanks to the deathly red brick.” Try to keep an eye on the ground. The

concourse changes levels so it is very easy to trip over the slight edge, especially if you drag your feet. I have even seen people fall and try to play it off with push-ups. Whatever seems to be going on, do not panic. “I did not know my way around campus AT ALL on my first day,” said Anne Dawson, lifestyle editor. “I advise everyone to walk campus at least five times before the first day.” “Act like you have your crap together,” Dawson said. “Don’t show weaknesses, act like you know what you’re doing and never second-guess yourself.” When you find yourself totally lost in any sense, feel free to ask questions. Most people are nice and willing to help. Kimmel said it best: “I’d say it’s a pretty freshman notion to worry about ‘sticking out.’ College is a very nonchalant atmosphere so if you act yourself, even at your weirdest, I don’t feel like you will stick out.”

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Auburn wins SGA of the Year, Program of the Year at SEC conference C hris Heaney STAFF WRITER

At the annual SEC Exchange, 14 universities made up of over 120 student leaders and advisors from the Southeast Conference met up in Louisiana for a weekend of camaraderie and leadership education. Out of seven awards given, Auburn’s student government association took home “SGA of the Year” and “Program of the Year” for Hey Day. Auburn’s SGA President Jacqueline Keck said their success at the conference

was thanks to previous generations of Auburn leaders. “This award is not only for this year’s SGA team, but also the year before that, the year before that and the year before that,” Keck said.“Our projects sometimes take a long time to come to fruition so some of the projects that allowed us to win the award were started by student exec four or five years ago.” Before the conference, the universities involved sent in applications for the awards that listed the SGA’s impact on campus, attention to constituents

and success in the previous year’s programs. Universities are judged in categories like “advocating and supporting student needs on campus or at the local/state/ federal government level, developing/implementing innovative programs and necessary services and engaging with diverse student populations.” Another aspect judged in the competition is the SGA’s ability to work with their school’s administration, something Keck says Auburn does best. “The relationship and respect we get from the ad-

ministration is unparalleled and that allows us to get things done in an efficient manner,” Keck said. “It was a huge game changer.” Overall, Keck thinks Auburn won the title of SGA of the year because of their tradition of listening to students above all else. She said the current student government, like those in the past, creates initiatives based on what is beneficial to the school as a whole. “Winning this award was a lot of people taking a posture of humility and saying, ‘I’m going to do what’s best for students and

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Meals on wheels Smooth-NGroove

Firetruck Barbecue

Chick N a Box

Scoops

Hibachi

Amsterdam

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This fall’s on-campus dining options will include seven food trucks and a hot dog cart. These trucks will be on a rotation in four locations on campus during the fall semester. That rotation schedule may be temporarily interrupted due to special events like game days, concerts, weather and exam weeks.

Campus food rated by lunch time line lengths Loren Kimmel CAMPUS EDITOR

Restaurants below are rated from longest lines and wait times to shortest lines and wait times. Chick-fil-A by far exceeds its competitors with the longest line. However, do not let the fact that the line stretches to the Verizon kiosk dissuade you because the staff at Chickfil-A and your hungry peers help to keep the line moving fast. A good trick to beating the line is going during class times, either 15 minutes before or after classes let out to beat the rush and get your chicken biscuit inside your belly sooner. Starbucks, yeah right. Pack your patience and determine if this caffeine boost is worth your time. If it is, which most

times it will be — the Chick-fil-A rule of thumb applies. Go at off-peak times; 15 minutes before or after classes let out to ensure you will not spend the better part of your morning waiting for your grande iced white mocha. For those of you in particular craving this caffeine boost; add an extra shot of espresso for every 10 minutes you wait to make sure your time was well spent and you are pumped for your day. Panda Express takes bronze for its lunch time line that can easily outline Foy’s dining hall. If you find yourself in the mood for Chinese food or are just craving fried rice, this is the place for you. Its fast food set up keeps the line moving fast. If you feel you cannot handle the line, push the craving to dinner where the lines are significantly shorter.

Chicken Salad Chick has any type of chicken salad you can imagine to choose from accompanied by sides like pasta salad, grape salad, fruit and a plethora of chips. While their lunch line can be out the door, once you smell their fresh and warm chocolate chip cookies, the line will seem more than worth it. Au Bon Pain, or more commonly, ABP, is the campus’s Panera before the one built in the Mell Classroom Building. If you’re in a rush, stay to the right and pick up a prepared salad or sandwich or hot soup. If you have a minute, by all means wait for the hot and customizable sandwich that you can eat there at one of the many tables or take to go.

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To satisfy the sweet tooth, make sure to get one of their variety of baked goods. Papa John’s personal pizzas can bring about quite the line at lunch time. Customers can choose from cheese, pepperoni, the works, the meats and garden fresh. These pre-made pizzas help to assure the line moves fast. Rather the more dissuading factor is the garlic sauce is not included and, in fact, costs extra. Salsarita’s is sure to have a line at lunch time as this fast food Tex-Mex restaurant comes the closest to an on campus Moe’s. However, if you are in the mood for a quesadilla or burrito, it is the place to be. The Wellness Kitchen may seem daunting, but if you catch the dining facility on a steak night, the line for the entre will far surpass the salad bar. On the bright side, this unlimited dining option gives you the ability to leave that line, fill your plate with everything else and

come back on however many servings later. Plains 2 Plate is our campus’s gluten free and primarily local foods option. If you are feeling deprived of a vegetable or want grits at dinner time, this is the place for you. If you have a later class and a taste for waffles, take advantage of the variety of gluten free waffles they offer for breakfast. TigerZone acts as the second unlimited buffet option for students. Including its own pasta bar, stir fry bar and international option, it has something for everyone. If you can handle the lines but not the prices on your budget, try to go at lunch for a cheaper price. This also reigns true for the Wellness Kitchen, as breakfast and lunch are significantly cheaper than dinner. Food Trucks rotate locations on campus and always offer an alternative to the permanent restaurants within the dining venues. These lines can vary and are often their worst around noon, but if Hibachi or a cheesesteak is on your mind, you do not

have much of a choice. Village Dining contains multiple options including sushi, sandwiches, burgers and its very own market. The facility has a variety of options and flexible hours in the evening and on weekends. Whether you live in The Village or are making the trek, your options will not disappoint. Olive Branch is a Greek option offering gyros, pita pizza, salad, a variety of entrées and campus renowned mac and cheese. The dining option closes earlier than most so make sure to get in those lines for lunch because it will not be available for dinner. API brings Caribbean cuisine to Auburn’s campus offering a variety of authentic dishes including customizable nachos. If you are feeling a change from fried chicken, get yourself to the conveniently, centrally located API for a different experience. Olo Sushi located behind the Foy information desk is a sushi kiosk that offers customizable sushi rolls. The line is often short at this forgotten

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spot, so if you are in a rush or in the mood for sushi, this is the spot for you. AFC/Terra Nova/AU India These three dining options are housed in the Foy dining venue and are never clogged up with a line. However, do not let this deter you from eating at these places, each offer something to campus and, on the upside, will not take up much of your lunch break. AU Smokehouse is hidden on the other side of Plains 2 Plate in Lupton Hall in the center of The Quad. It offers a variety of traditional Southern foods including corn dogs, barbeque, gumbo, cornbread and more. If you are seeking comfort food, search no further. Terrell Dining Due to its distance from the center of campus, Terrell has some of the shortest lines. It mostly acts as a food source for the many housed in The Hill, but if you are up for the hike, Terrell has an express Panda Express, Rye of the Tiger Grill, Kick 6 Café, a market and other rotating food options.

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Earning respect in your first class Alex Hosey STAFF WRITER

If you’re like most students, you probably think the first week of classes will be easy. All you have to do is walk in, sit down, get handed a syllabus and listen to your professor read over it before leaving early. If you’re like most students, you’re completely wrong. Syllabus week offers you the opportunity to make the greatest first impression to both your professor and your classmates. By following these easy steps and recommendations, you’ll surely be the most talked about and respected student within your class. The first step comes into play the moment you enter the classroom when you pick where to sit. It could be anywhere and at any seat, but the important part is that you randomize your choice of seating every day. Students too often like to choose a single seat next to friends and sit there all semester long, but it’s your job over the semester to take each and every student’s desired seat in order to throw them off and disallow them from becoming too complacent in their attention and studies. The next step is the syllabus itself. As soon as you get one, frantically search it for any typos and misspellings, no matter how insignificant or inconsequential, so you can interrupt your professor and point out his or her mistakes as often as possible. He or she will be impressed by your attention to detail, and your classmates will begin to see just how intellectually superior you are. While your professor is going over the material, your commentary and questions will be key.

If you were given a paper copy, go ahead and raise your hand as if to ask a question, then proceed to lecture your professor on his or her wastefulness and lack of concern for sustainable practices. The entire classroom will surely be in awe of your moral sensibilities and environmental sensitivity. At some point, your professor will go over accommodations for students with disabilities. Ask if being hungover counts as a way to show everyone that you have a funny side because nothing is in better taste than trivializing the struggles of other students by likening their disabilities to your poor lifestyle choices. Then assume the body language of someone awaiting praise because that light-hearted joke couldn’t possibly backfire. Make sure that any questions you ask the professor are already clearly stated in the syllabus, preferably concerning material the professor has already gone over. No one will think this is annoying at all, as there’s no such thing as a dumb question. When the professor nears the end of the syllabus and the students begin to shift in their seats and zip up their bags, you’ll know its time for your ultimate weapon: the long, meandering and irrelevant personal anecdote. It doesn’t have to be about anything in particular, and it certainly doesn’t have to be true so long as it’s long enough to make everyone late for their next class, irrelevant enough for people to start to ask themselves what your point of speaking is and personal enough to make people uncomfortable by your lack of filter. By the end of your first class, the entire room should be giving you a standing ovation as you ball up your syllabus, throw it away and walk to your next class to do it all over again.


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spaces for studying students

Anne Dawson STAFF WRITER

When the stress of college tries to break you down, and all you want to do is be alone, finding a quiet nook on the loveliest campus can be a mental-health lifesaver. Here are a few places on campus where chilling is possible. Not only that, but these places are also a great way to get some reading in, do last-minute homework or eat a meal in silence without your friends talking your ear off. Third floor of the Student Center This might be the most well-known one, but it is definitely a favorite. You can often find people wedged in-between one of the comfy couch edges with a textbook in hand. The third floor of the Student Center is

a common space where most people, key word being most, know that you are supposed to remain quiet. Unfortunately, there’s always that one girl who talks on her phone too loudly or the guy who watches his show without headphones. In that case, put some room between yourself and them. The Telfair B. Peet Theatre There are a few little benches in the patch of grass by the theater and parking deck. If you get the chance, go sit on one of those benches while everyone else is in class and enjoy the sites, nature sounds and fresh air. Sitting outside is so good for relaxing, and with a view of campus and the stadium, this might just be the best spot to enjoy some quiet time.

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The secret hall in the Student Center near ABP If you’re leaving ABP with the restaurant behind you, keep walking straight. You will pass all of the couches and chairs on your right, and then, the next right you see will be a long, skinny hallway with some chairs and tables. Keep going. At the end of the hall, take a left and you will see yet another hall. Not many people know about this one, but it’s a great place for isolation. Grab some food and a book, camp out here for a while and enjoy the quiet. All of these places are great for getting away from everyone without having to go all the way home. Try these out and stay calm and relaxed during the busy school days. MADISON OGLETREE \ PHOTO EDITOR


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tips from those who’ve made it through

First thing is to make some friends, get to know the campus and to make yourself feel like you belong here. Most importantly, focus on your classes. The jump from high school to college is a big change, and it’s really important to find a sense of belonging here.”

— Xin Fan, Auburn University ‘17

I wouldn’t be afraid to take risks. If you feel like you’re called to something, and it’s not something your parents or somebody else wouldn’t approve of, I would say just go for it. Do what you love; do what you’re passionate about.”

Keep on keeping on. Don’t get discouraged by hardship or bad grades when you start. Just put in all the work, and things are going to be alright.”

— Mary Clay Carr, Auburn University ‘17

— Nono Gueye, Auburn University graduate

Auburn University has a lot of resources...I would advise everyone to go ahead and use all the resources that Auburn provides. Take advantage of it and know that they have your back.” — M J Rott, Auburn University ‘17

Get to know your professors really well. Make sure you go to class, sit up front and make sure you follow your syllabus.”

— Melissa Bailey, Auburn University ‘17

Put yourself out there. There are going to be great times, and there are going to be really hard times, but at the end of the day you want people to celebrate with and you want people to help carry you through the bad times.” — Chase Richburg, Auburn University ‘17

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The year of Auburn women

Celebrating 125 years of educated women at the University

Jessica Jernigan STAFF WRITER

In 1892, Willie Little, Katherine Broun and Margaret Teague paved the way for future Auburn women when they became the first three female students enrolled at Auburn University, what was then known as the Alabama Polytechnic Institute. Now, 125 years later, Auburn University is celebrating what the Alumni Association is calling “The Year of Auburn Women.” From overcoming gender inequality and fighting for their right to a higher education to going on to be astronauts, governors, athletes, actresses and professors, there is a lot to be celebrated as an Auburn woman. The alumni affair’s office is leading a campus-wide campaign recognizing all notable Auburn women. Graduates from any year are encouraged to share their stories, memories or photos from their time at Auburn. Stories can be posted, read and shared on The Alumni Center’s website. Mother and daughter graduates, Katherine and Lauren Watts, share what it means to them to be an Auburn woman. “As an Auburn woman, I never felt less than. I always felt empowered,” said Lauren who graduated in 2015. “I

always felt that the University truly did believe that I could do just as much as the male students and that I had the capability and resources to achieve success.” “The whole time I was at Auburn and since then, I just equate being an Auburn woman with just such beautiful and traditional Southern gentility and class and the epitome of womanhood,” said Katherine, 1993 graduate. Women are encouraged to share their stories on social media using #auburnwomen. Men have even shared their stories of their mothers and grandmothers success at Auburn. The Alumni Center is not only encouraging others to share their stories but to also submit any unique artifacts related to the history of women. Located on the ground floor of Ralph Brown Draughon Library, the Special Collections and Archives Department have so far collected photographs of the first female SGA president, the 1924 Tigrettes basketball team and other historical pictures. Newspaper clippings can also be found; one is dated from 1959 with the headline “First API Coeds Cautiously Guarded Against Showing A Glimpse Of Ankle.” Celebrations will continue throughout the year with special events, keynote speakers and a gala.

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Willie Gertrude Little

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Willie Little (b. 1873-1949) was the daughter of Auburn’s mayor and one of the first women to attend Auburn University in 1892.

Katie Broun (b. 1873-1952) was the daughter of President Broun. To be admitted, she took tests in English, Latin, history and mathematics.

Margaret Kate Teague (b. 1873-1960) was admitted and graduated with honors. Teague Hall in The Quad is named after her. photos via Auburn Digital Archive

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Come visit the Eagle’s Nest and Observation Deck The Auburn Plainsman is partnering with Facilities Management to bring students to new heights on Friday, Aug. 25! Join us for refreshments provided by Einstein Bros. Bagels.

—Photo Contest— Snap a few of your best pictures from the observation deck and The Auburn Plainsman will publish the best in our Aug. 31 issue.

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These students at API were part of a class in Scottish dancing class during the summer session of 1917.

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Jack Linx, a student at API in 1917, holds his one string “cello” made out of a soap box.

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tions to soldiers overseas. Around this time, Greek life was just arriving in Auburn as well. In 1917, Lambda Chi Alpha built the first fraternity house, and sororities following suit six years later in 1923. Auburn has always been a football school. Thousands of fans would gather to Drake Field to see the Tigers play under coach Mike Donahue and team captain Carey Robinson. Auburn finished sec-

ond in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) standing behind rival Georgia Tech with a record of 6-2-1. Auburn has certainly changed in the last century from adding more academic focuses such as a pharmacy and aeronautical engineering, becoming much more diverse and transforming into the athletic powerhouse we know today. However, the Auburn spirit always stays strong, and it is important to look back on the history of our University for both inspiration and knowledge.

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COLUMN: $tarting out right with money Hannah Lester STAFF WRITER

College students have pressures facing them every day. One of these worries is money, or a lack thereof. For a student, books, tuition, rent, electricity, food, clothes and gas all cost big bucks. This doesn’t include anything fun or recreational. Staring into an empty wallet doesn’t have to be your reality, however. Here are a few ways to help you budget your money: As a college student, your parents can be a beneficial resource. You don’t need to beg them for cash, but when you’re home, your parents will likely want to help you with free food and laundry. Pick up side jobs if you can. Gigs such as tutoring, babysitting, house sit-

ting or selling things on eBay can be an easy way to make some money. Selling things on eBay doesn’t have to mean the clothes or items you no longer use. It’s very easy to go by estate sales or garage sales and pick up items to re-sell. eBay and other sites like Etsy make it easy to sell for cash. Many students also choose to get a job on campus. Campus jobs such as the REC, library, bookstore or dining often have flexible hours that make working easier on college students. Shop deals! Clothes from a thrift store can be just as cute as those from a department store. Learn how to buy food on a budget by using ads and coupons. Remember to use all of your Tiger Card. This is valuable money that

Just need one more class but can’t make it fit into your Auburn schedule? Consider what Southern Union has to offer. Conveniently located only a few miles from Auburn University, our Opelika campus offers the classes that you need for a fraction of the price. Fall Classes begin August 21 Last Day for Registration or course change is August 24

has already been paid for, and it’s food waiting to be eaten. However, t’s important to have a budget. Track your shopping and know how much you’re spending. This can be adjusted each month ­­— especially until you get the hang of it. Knowing where your money is going is important. Stick to your budget, and go over it with your parents if necessary. Finally, remember that you are a college student. You don’t need everything to be name brand, and you don’t always have to have everything new. Soon, you’ll be out making your own money in the world, and you can spend it as you like. Try to keep it simple for now.

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habits you should graduate from before college

Chris Heaney STAFF WRITER

You did it! You’re finally done with four years of curfew, seven-hour school days and trying to fit all of your belongings in a locker. You’re excited to leave all of that in the past, so while youre at it, try to leave some of these bad habits behind too. Waiting until the last minute In high school it was easy to wait until the night before a big book report to throw something together with SparkNotes. It was easy to get close with your teacher, and you knew they’d let you use the book for the test. In college, however, that’s not the case. While in high school, you could scrape something like that together. College professors expect more than that, and they WILL call you out when they know something is subpar. As lame as it sounds to you right now, college is a time to really start working on professionalism, so take time on your assignments, study with friends a little bit every day for a week before a test and put your best foot forward with everything you do. Not helping in a group project You know you’ve done it: gotten put into a group with one or two of the smarter kids in class who had a plan for the final product before the teacher even finished detailing the assignment. You let them take the reins and waited to read off of the PowerPoint come presentation day. They do the work. You get the A, and life goes on. This won’t be the case here. Most professors will grade each member of the group based on their performance both during the completion of the project and when you present it. Also, the projects will be a little more complex than making

a tri-fold poster about Lewis and Clark, and, most importantly, none of your classmates in college will let that slide. While in high school, you could let someone else do all the work; however, people here have too much to worry about in their own lives to pick up your slack. Be a team player, do your portion of your project and maybe make a few friends along the way. Ignoring class time I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times from teachers and parents already, but it’s seriously one of the most important things I learned during my freshman year. While you can easily spend your classtime doing anything but listening to the professor or joining in discussion, doing so will only hurt you and really is just a waste of your time. Taking detailed notes, asking questions (really, most of your classmates are lost too) and actively commenting during class discussion will make your academic life so much easier. While in high school, you could ignore the lesson and catch up right before a test. College is a lot more engaging. You will have to do much less outside-of-class work if you just close Facebook, check the game’s score later and know that the memes will be waiting for you after the hour of learning. Pulling all-nighters Although it will be common for you to see snapchat stories of your friends leaving RBD Library at 8 a.m., the caption reading “just leaving, ready for this test lol.” This is a very ill-advised way to study. In fact, it’s not even usually studying that happens at those all-nighters; it’s more of a get together with whatever friends are also “studying” while watching episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy” and ordering pizza “because

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omg you can do that here!” Although that may seem alluring, and you might have been able to pull it off in high school, do yourself a favor and study a little bit every night over the course of a week or two. You’re only hurting yourself staying up all night before a test, as you won’t actually learn anything, and you’ll be falling asleep over your scantron. Leave these high school habits behind, and you’re sure to have a much better freshman year.

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How to buy text books without breaking the bank Anne Dawson ASSISTANT EDITOR

Textbooks are expensive; we all know it. There’s no sugar-coating that bill. On top of tuition we also have to turn around and pay an extra $100-200 for a stack of papers wedged between a glossy cover that we may never use. However, there are a few ways to make sure you don’t waste massive amounts of cash on textbooks. Amazon is your best friend. So, many of the textbooks students need can be found on Amazon for lower prices than that of a student bookstore. Once, I had a professor assign a $150 textbook that I found on Amazon for $40. No joke.

There is one downside though: shipping. I recommend having a Amazon Prime account to get free shipping or using a friend or family member’s Prime account because shipping can add up. Next day shipping comes in handy so that you aren’t waiting two weeks for a textbook to show up. Renting your books is much cheaper than buying the whole thing, and is a great way to make sure you aren’t stuck trying to sell back a textbook three years later. It’s easy to let professors make you feel rushed to get the textbook for class, give up and buy it from the bookstore for a painful $300. However, when your friends want to go downtown to eat,

and you’re strapped for cash, you’ll thank yourself for finding a way to rent. You have the book for your desired semester, then it’s off your hands forever. Ask a friend. This may seem far-fetched, but if you are an underclassman, give it a shot. Most classes you take during your first two years of college are core classes, so it’s likely you and some friends will be using the same textbooks. Borrowing from a friend or even using Venmo, a money transferring app that is free to dowload, to send them a little money is much better than the over-priced number you’d be paying in the store.


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Check out the recruits Cole McCauley STAFF WRITER

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With basketball only a few months away, Auburn basketball fans should get to know the new additions to the team. Bruce Pearl’s fourth season on the Plains is expected to be an improvement from past seasons. The Tigers possess great depth at almost every position and considerable talent across the board, which will hopefully result in a team that will contend in the SEC and compete for Auburn’s first postseason berth since their 2009 trip to the quarterfinals of the NIT. Most of Auburn’s talent returns for the first time during the Bruce Pearl era, including star sophomores Mustapha Heron and Austin Wiley. However, Auburn did lose some depth with the departures of point guard Ronnie Johnson, center LaRon Smith, guard T.J. Dunans, forward Devin Waddell and shooting guard TJ Lang who decided to transfer to the University of South Florida. So, with a considerable amount of experience leaving the Tigers from last year, who has Bruce Pearl and company added to the roster in order to build a contending team in the SEC? Below is a list of scholarship players who are entering the Auburn basketball program for the first time. Chuma Okeke According to ESPN, Okeke is the 48th overall ranked player in the 2017 recruiting class and the highest touted player of all of Auburn’s newcomers. The four star recruit chose Auburn over offers from Florida State and Georgia, while being named “Mr. Basketball” for the state of Georgia by the Atlanta TipOff club. The 6-foot-8-inch forward was named to the U.S. U-19 team this summer but had to leave the team early due to a knee injury. The 230-pound forward can play both forward spots for the Tigers and is a matchup nightmare due to his size

and ability to score inside and out, as well as the ability to crash the glass at a high rate. Davion Mitchell The four star point guard from Hinesville, Georgia is listed as the 61st best overall prospect in the 2017 class according to ESPN. Mitchell has been committed to Bruce Pearl’s Tigers for nearly two years and chose Auburn over offers from schools like Louisville and Memphis. The 6-foot-1-inch, 200-pound point guard is an extremely quick, athletic finisher and lock-down defender. Mitchell should challenge sophomore Jared Harper for the starting point guard spot this fall and will add much needed depth at the one after the graduation of Ronnie Johnson. Malik Dunbar A junior college transfer from the College of Central Florida, Dunbar will come to Auburn as a junior with two years of eligibility left. He averaged 16.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals last year at the junior college level. Dunbar was also a South Carolina Class 4A first team allstate selection in high school. At 6-foot-6-inch and 230-pounds, Dunbar is a physical defender who uses his body to get to the rim and finish strong. He can play both guard and forward and will bring physicality to the team, something the Tigers lacked last year. Samir Doughty A tall guard from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Doughty will join the program after transferring from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Doughty will have to sit out this year after transferring and will have two years of eligibility left. Doughty played 23 minutes a game averaging 9.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists as a redshirt freshman at VCU; he will bring versatility and experience at both guard spots in 2018.


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Star kicker prepares for his wedding day Lily Jackson

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Katherine Barker, a freshman at the time, drove from her dorm in The Hill to South Donahue where she picked up her date for the night, Daniel Carlson. He directed her to The Hound on a Monday night for dinner — their first date — unaware that the restaurant was closed, a surprise to them both. They drove around, tried one more spot that didn’t pan out and landed at a small Italian restaurant on South College. Both agreed dinner was awkward, and Barker’s choice of spaghetti wasn’t the best in the end. It wasn’t your typical “Lady and the Tramp” kind of scenario. “After dinner, I guess he wanted to keep hanging out,” Barker said. He asked her, “Do you want to go to Walmart?” Carlson lived in the dorms without a car and wasn’t able to get groceries often, so they continued their date under Walmart’s fluorescent lights. He got a gallon of milk and headed toward the toy section where he found a bouncy ball making kit. Their date ended with a bouncy-ball-making party in Leischuck Hall with Barker’s roommates and Auburn’s soon-to-be star kicker. Just a few years after their “train wreck of a date,”

Carlson popped the question, and their wedding is set for Jan. 13, 2018, just after the scheduled championship game. The two met their freshman year through her sorority sisters and his football buddies. Carlson said they dated that year but were never serious. “I was young and immature and wasn’t looking for anything serious at the time,” Carlson said. “The timing wasn’t great, so we stayed friends through sophomore year.” They had feelings for each other all through sophomore year, Barker said. Carlson was always careful to make sure he didn’t push too much in order to keep things casual and platonic. “I used to Snapchat her because I felt like if I just texted her out of the blue that would be too ‘Uh oh,’ and I wanted to keep things friendly,” Carlson said. Barker never saw him as the football star most of the campus saw him as — he was just her friend from freshman year. She said he was different and a gentleman, no matter the situation. Carlson was stuck on her all through their second year of college, saying she was the sweetest girl he’d ever met.

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Following National Signing Day 2017 on the Plains, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn and his staff added 22 players to the program. “We are very excited about this class,” Malzahn said. “When you look at the overall class, it is very well-rounded. There wasn’t a whole lot of drama today, and I think that says a lot about the signees’ loyalty. I think it also says a lot about our staff, who did an awesome job of building relationships. Everything went as planned today, which is a blessing.” Here is a player-by-player breakdown on who Auburn has added to its program: Jarrett Stidham: Stidham is the prize of this class as the former Baylor quarterback who snatched up the starting quarterback spot. Stidham was ranked the No. 1 JUCO prospect in the country. The former five-star recruit completed 75-of-109 passes for 1,265 yards and 12 touchdowns as a true freshman at Baylor. “I think (Stidham) has a chance to be a very good football player,” Malzahn said. “He is coming in to compete.” Calvin Ashley: Ashley is a huge part of this recruiting class for Auburn, as the Washington, D.C. native remained committed to Auburn for nearly two years. The five-star offensive tackle is ranked the No. 6 offensive tackle in the

country and No. 27 overall by 247 Sports. The 6-foot-7, 330-pound lineman will compete for early playing time this fall. “He is a guy that we feel like can come in immediately and have a chance to compete,” Malzahn said. “He really reminds me of Greg Robinson when Greg was this age.” T.D. Moultry: Moultry, of Jackson-Olin High School in Birmingham, Alabama, was named to the Class 6A all-state first team his senior season. The four-star linebacker was ranked the No. 3 linebacker in the country by 247 Sports. Rivals ranked him the No. 3 player in the state of Alabama. “I think he’s one of the best players, if not the best player, in the state,” Malzahn said. “He’s a five-star guy. He took no other visits. He was extremely loyal to us. He helped us recruit. He’s got a unique skillset. He’s got an explosiveness that very few have playing inside linebacker. He’s got the ability to rush the passer. He played in some of these all-star games and really was the best player on the field in the allstar games.” K.J. Britt: Britt joins Moultry as the most important defensive signees by the Tigers this year. Britt, of Oxford, Alabama, recorded 124 tackles in his senior season to go along with 17 tackles for loss, five sacks and one interception. He was ranked the No. 5 player in Alabama by Rivals. The four-star linebacker will compete for early playing time along with fellow freshman T.D.

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“K.J. Britt is a true inside linebacker that plays downhill,” Malzahn said. “He really provides a physical presence and he has the ability to make everyone around him better.” Malcolm Askew: Askew was one of Auburn’s early enrollees who is already taking classes at Auburn. The four-star athlete was also 2016 first team all-state. Askew threw for 1,536 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior at McAdory High School. He ranked as the No. 7 prospect in Alabama by Rivals. “Malcolm Askew is a defensive back and very talented young man that can run,” Malzahn said. “He has a very good skill set and played offense in high school, with very good ball skills.” Devan Barrett: The four-star running back is another key piece of the offensive class. The Tampa, Florida, native ran for 1,271 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior. He accounted for 44 career touchdowns to along with more than 4,000 total career yards. Malzahn said, “He was the No. 1 running back on our board from the get-go. He was the one that we wanted. He’s got great vision. He’s got great speed. He’s got the ability to take it 80 yards on any play. He can stretch the field down the field as far as catching the football. I really think he’s a got a chance to come in here and compete right off the bat.” Nick Brahms: The four-star offensive guard also enrolled at Auburn in January. Brahms missed his entire senior season due to a broken leg.

The Auburn Plainsman: Welcome Back The 6-foot-4, 280-pound guard will look to continue to rebuild his strength in his first semester at Auburn. “Nick Brahms is a lineman, a center or a guard,” Malzahn said. “He is a very tough guy that brings a physical presence. I think he has a chance to be a very good player.” Big Cat Bryant: The 6-foot-4, fourstar defensive end of Crisp County High School in Cordele, Georgia, won Georgia Class 3A defensive player of the year. He recorded 102 tackles, 36.5 for a loss and 15.5 sacks as a senior. He is a consensus top 15 player from Georgia. He is the cousin of former Auburn defensive lineman Montravious Adams. “Big Cat is a guy that we circled in,” Malzahn said. “We’ve recruited him for a long time. He is a pass-rushing machine. He’s an Auburn-type kid with a great family and great support system. We are just excited for him.” Sal Cannella: Cannella ranked as a three-star JUCO tight end who is more of a pass catcher than run blocker. He had 29 receptions for 449 yards and seven touchdowns at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College. He was ranked as the No. 1 JUCO tight end by ESPN. “Sal Cannella is another guy that we really felt has great ball skills and can stretch the field,” Malzahn said. “We needed some depth at tight end and he fills that need.” Anders Carlson: If you think the name looks familiar, then you are not wrong. Carlson is the younger brother of Auburn senior kicker Daniel Carlson.

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“I could tell she was someone I wanted to be around,” Carlson said. Exactly a year since they had seen each other last, Carlson and Barker were studying for finals at the end of their sophomore year when they both got immediate cravings for Krispy Kreme donuts. At the time, the closest store was a 45-minute drive to Montgomery. “Let’s take a quick drive,” Carlson joked with Barker. “We were both joking about it but neither of us wanted to call the bluff, and we wanted the chance to hang out more,” Carlson said. Barker packed up her computer, sat in the front seat of Carlson’s truck and studied on the way to Montgomery. The two got home around 3 a.m. from their adventure and knew they had a decision to make. Barker was leaving Auburn for the summer to be a swim coach in Knoxville, where she lives now, and Carlson was stuck in Auburn. On a trip back to Auburn, Carlson met with Barker for coffee and admitted he still had feelings for her. “I liked her, and she liked me back, but I was stuck five hours away from her,” Carlson said. With part of their summer apart remaining, they agreed to hold off until they lived in the same city, which quickly shifted. “We were calling each other every night and finally I said, ‘This is dumb, can we start dating officially?’” Carlson said. Two years later and Barker is selecting a color scheme, the perfect wedding dress and the two, at the time of their interview with The Plainsman, were sitting in Carlson’s truck outside of a FedEx

The Auburn Plainsman: Welcome Back preparing to send out their Save-The-Date cards. Carlson said Barker thought it would have been a little less than two years, as he figured she assumed every weekend might bring a proposal. But he had the plan in mind and passed up a proposal opportunity in Paris, even. He felt it had to happen when her friends and family could be a part of the celebration. Carlson spent the week leading up to July 8 driving to his grandparent’s house, setting the scene on their large, outdoor porch. Candles leading up to the porch, with flowers, lights and decorations all around. Barker was under the impression that she had to drive five hours from Knoxville to see Carlson’s sick grandmother. It was all a fib. Carlson parked the truck around front as usual and led Barker to the back yard. They followed the burning candles to the bottom deck of the porch where a bench with a note and bible were waiting. Carlson read the note to her aloud, got on one knee and asked her to marry him. Her reply was quick. The surprises weren’t over and when they entered the house, both families were waiting to celebrate. After dinner with the family, Barker’s friends from Auburn arrived to join the celebration. “It’s not going to be a huge wedding, but it’s not going to be small and intimate,” Barker said. “I want to make sure that the people that love us, that we are close to and those that got us where we are today, are there.” The two said they aren’t fans of the long distance they currently endure but are looking forward to being married and spending forever together. “I love Kat a whole lot,” Carlson said.

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He is rated as the nation’s best prep kicker. The Colorado Springs, Colorado native will likely take over kicking duties after his brother’s graduation after next season. “Anders Carlson is Daniel’s brother and the number one kicker in the country,” Malzahn said. “I think there are so many similarities. We are very excited to have him and I know he’s excited to play with his brother. Daniel is the best kicker in college football. I think that everyone knows that, and we think that Anders has a chance to follow in his footsteps and be one of the best, too.” Noah Igbinoghene: The Trussville, Alabama native had more than 1,700 all-purpose yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior. He was named to the Class 7A all-state first team. He is a consensus top 15 player in Alabama. Both of his parents were Olympic track athletes. Malzahn: “He played wide receiver and running back at his high school. He is a dynamic guy that we think has an unbelievable upside, and he is extremely fast. Both of his parents actually ran track in the Olympics. He is also a young guy, as far as age goes. We think his upside is really big.” Alec Jackson: The Montgomery, Alabama native and Jeff Davis High School graduate recorded 60 tackles, nine for a loss and six sacks during his senior season. The three-star defensive tackle finished his career with 138 tackles, 13.5 sacks and three fumble recoveries. He was rated as a top 75 defensive lineman by 247 Sports.

Thursday, August 17, 2017 “Alec Jackson, a defensive lineman from Jeff Davis, is very athletic,” Malzahn said. “He’s got a frame where he is even going to grow and get bigger. He’s a very smart young man. We think he’s got a chance to really help us.” Travion Leonard: Leonard ranks as just a two-star defensive back out of West Palm Beach, Florida; however he snagged 10 career interceptions at Oxbridge Academy. He finished second team all-state his senior season. “We felt like he really was an Auburn-type guy,” Malzahn said. “We really watched him. He was committed to another school for a while, and he came on board with us. We think he’s got a very good skill set. He can run, he’s long, he’s a very good tackler and he’s kind of one of those mature guys.” Jordyn Peters: Peters ranks as a three-star defensive back from Muscle Shoals, Alabama. He earned Class 6A all-state second team honors in his senior season. Scout ranked him as the No. 4 safety in Alabama. Malzahn: “Jordyn Peters, a defensive back, has the ability to play safety or corner. He’s long. I think he is going to grow and get bigger. He’s a very good tackler and a very physical guy. I’m very excited about Jordyn and think he’s got a chance to be an outstanding player.” John Samuel Shenker: Shenker comes to Auburn from Colqiutt County High School in Moultrie, Georgia.

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“Shenker is a tight end that reminds me of Philip Lutzenkirchen,” Malzahn said. “He is about the same size, his ball skills are very good, he can put his hand down, he can block and he does a lot of H-back stuff that we do in our offense.” Bill Taylor: The 6-foot-4, Tuscaloosa, Alabama native ranked as the No. 2 long snapper in the country. His father played long snapper and linebacker at Alabama. Malzahn: “Bill Taylor, our long snapper, is a big, physical guy that can tackle. When you can find a guy that can snap it consistently and accurately and tackle – those are hard to find. We’re excited about Bill.” Austin Troxell: The four-star offensive lineman earned first team all-state honors at Madison Academy his senior season. The 6-foot-7, 315-pound lineman was a consensus top 25 offensive tackle in the country. ESPN and Rivals ranked him as a top 15 player in Alabama. “Austin Troxell is a guy that we identified for a long time ago as being one of the top offensive tackles in the country,” Malzahn said. “We have recruited him for almost three years, and he has a great family. We think he has a chance to be a very good player.” Tyrone Truesdell: The three-star defensive tackle recorded 39 tackles, seven for a loss and 2.5 sacks in his se-

nior season at Lucy Laney High School in Augusta, Georgia. “Tyrone Truesdell is a big, athletic guy,” Malzahn said. “He came to our Big Cat Weekend over the summer, and we kept up with him. We brought him in this last weekend, and we feel like he has great upside. He can really run and has good instincts. I think he’s going to be a very good player.” JaTarvious Whitlow: Whitlow was Auburn’s final commitment and came as a bit of a surprise on National Signing Day. He won Class 2A back of the year at LaFayette High School as he threw for 2,292 yards and 29 touchdowns in his senior season. 247 Sports ranked him as a top 25 prospect in Alabama. He was also all-state in basketball and a finalist for 2A player of the year in his junior season. “JaTarvious Whitlow is a guy that really has been on my mind for a while,” Malzahn said. “He came to camp this summer and just had an outstanding camp. The defensive coaches were kind of looking at him as a safety and the offensive coaches were looking at him as an athlete, receiver-type, and when Chip (Lindsey) got here, we pulled up the film again, not just his game film, but the one from the summer camp. We just felt like we needed him to be a part of our offense. He’s got very good ball skills, and we’re going to play him at wide receiver starting out.” Alaric Williams: The four-star athlete is also a big get for the Tigers offense. He was named to the 6A second team

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43 all-state. He is ranked as a top 10 player from Alabama by Rivals. Malzahn: “Alaric Williams is another guy that has been very loyal to us for a long time. He’s a running back and slot receiver and gives us a lot of flexibility and versatility to utilize him.” Malik Willis: Willis was an early enrollee, joining the Auburn program in January. The three-star athlete threw for 2,562 yards and ran for 1,033, accounting for 37 touchdowns as a senior at Roswell High School in Roswell, Georgia. He was named Class 7A offensive player of the year by the Atlanta Journal Constitution along with being named first team all-state. Malzahn: “Malik Willis is a guy that has only played quarterback for a little over a year. As a staff, we really felt that if this guy had been playing quarterback for two or three years, he would be one of the top guys in the country. He reminds me a little bit of Nick Marshall in the way he runs and the way he throws the football.” Chandler Wooten: Wooten, a three-star linebacker from Acworth, Georgia registered 124 tackles, 15 for a loss in his senior season at North Cobb High School. “Chandler Wooten is a guy that we identified a little over a year ago as one of the better linebackers in the country,” Malzahn said. “He is a long guy that can run, and he gives us a lot of versatility.”


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Quixotes:

Quixotes:

$3 Craft Beer Can Night

17-16: $2 20 oz. wells 6-9 p.m., $3 20 oz. wells from 9-10 p.m. and $3 tallboys all night

Moe’s Original BBQ: $1 Budweiser drafts with bingo starting at 9 p.m.

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monday

Quixotes: $2 32 oz. wells

Ladies Night, $3 tallboy Dos Equis & $3 20 oz. margaritas

Bourbon Street:

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32 oz. wells

$3 20 oz. wells, $3 tequila shots from 7-10 p.m. and $3 tallboys

17-16: 3 32 oz. wells, $4 Vegas bombs and $3 tallboys from 6-9 p.m.

Moe’s Original BBQ: Wine night with $5 bottles of wine being sold from 4-9 p.m.

tuesday

thursday Quixotes: $4.50 top shelf drinks

17-16: $2 20 oz. wells 6-9 p.m., $3 20 oz. wells from 9-10 p.m. and $3 tallboys all night

Moe’s Original BBQ: $3 32oz. wells from 4-9 p.m.

Bar specials, Aug. 21-26 21+ only

Moe’s Original BBQ: From 4-9 p.m. 50-cent Natty Light and Busch beer cans.

wednesday

friday Quixotes: $1 Natural Light, $1 wells until 5 p.m. and $2.50 20 oz. wells from 5-7 p.m.

saturday 17-16: $2 20 oz. wells and $3 tallboys

Bourbon Street: 32 oz. wells

17-16: $2 20 oz. wells 6-9 p.m., $3 20 oz. wells from 9-10 p.m. and $3 tallboys all night

Moe’s Original BBQ: $3 Bushwackers 4-9 p.m.

Auburn’s downtown bars have been anticipating all summer the arrival of students who love the downtown life with a multitude of drink specials. Photo by Jez Timms on Unsplash


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As with most things in life, being successful depends on not only working hard but working smartly. As a college student, it is essential to understand the best ways to study and where to turn for help. Auburn’s study programs offer guidance on any class or subject to help lead student’s in the right direction. 1. Study Partners Study Partners is Auburn’s official peer tutoring program. Located in the Learning Commons on the 2nd floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library, students can receive help on over 170 of the courses offered. The staff consists mainly of upper-level undergraduates who are highly skilled in both their academic performance and leadership abilities. Every session is confidential and learning from your peers is an easy way to feel comfortable while also learning useful study tips from someone that has already succeeded in the subject. Tutoring is free, and students are encouraged to make an appointment or simply walk-in at the desk. Drop-in tutoring is also available from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Study Partners is a great resource for any academic help, not just to prepare for an upcoming test. It is an excellent way to check in with a tutor on how you’re doing, build confidence, maintain good grades and receive helpful organization and note-taking skills. 2. The Miller Writing Center

This is one of the best programs to turn to and one that students should utilize any chance possible. Whatever your major may be or class you may be in, writing will be involved. The Miller Writing Center provides free one-on-one consultations for any kind of writing. With a staff of 68, consisting of both undergraduate and graduate students with a variety of majors, they are there to help with any step of the writing process. Their help is not just limited to essays. Students can bring in any kind of assignment including lab reports, research papers, PowerPoints, dissertations, theses, annotated bibliographies, scientific posters, cover letters, resumes, personal statements or even ePortfolios. The staff can help develop your ideas, review your finished product or edit your first draft. The Miller Writing Center’s primary location is on the 2nd floor of RBD in the Learning Commons, but they have multiple satellite locations across campus. Appointments can be made at any of their locations, online or by phone. 3. Supplemental Instruction (SI) This program is specifically designed to help students succeed in historically challenging courses. Led by students who have successfully completed the course in a previous semester, they are there to help in any way possible through their study tips or practice tests. Sessions are regularly scheduled outside of the classroom where students can work collaboratively with one another along with the help of their SI leader. This is a great way to also meet your peers and help one another on the same topic

you may be struggling with. Along with leading sessions, SI leaders attend all class lectures and take notes, so they are there to help with any questions you may not have been able to ask during class. The sessions are not only created to help students who may feel like they are falling behind, but also to relieve any kind of stress and gain a firmer understanding of the class. Currently, there are SI sessions for classes in accounting, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, history, math, physics and Auburn Global. 4. Departmental Tutoring The College of Sciences and Mathematics also offer specific tutoring programs. According to COSAM’s website, the physics department does not provide official tutoring, but The Society of Physics Students provide tutoring services for a reasonable fee. The department also offers students a list of tutors and their area of focus. The Math Tutorial Center offers free services to students struggling in precalculus and calculus, including business calculus. No appointment is needed, and students can drop by Parker for help Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. 5. Study Smart: Academic Boot Camp This non-credit 10-week program is offered to suspended students. The class focuses on skills and attitudes needed to succeed at Auburn. Registration begins Aug. 23 and ends Sept. 7. The class costs $150, and students can expect to obtain practical academic skills and realistic alternatives for their success.


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