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Ford, Auburn create GPS feature By BLAKE HAMILTON Associate Campus Editor

A car’s GPS is primarily known for getting one from point “A” to point “B,” but it may be able to make sure one gets there alive. Ford Motor Company is working with Auburn’s Department of Mechanical Engineering to develop a system linking positioning satellites to a car’s stability controls. “Basically, Ford has a URP program where they

select universities to work with them on partnerships,” said David Bevly, professor of Auburn’s GPS and vehicle dynamics laboratory. “They wanted to see how they could integrate the current systems on their vehicles and they called us to see if we could come up with better algorithms for stability.” The program is financed by a $120,000 grant from Ford, part of a $4 million total investment for 2009. The satellites’ ability to

detect the precise speed, sideslip and inertial measurements of a vehicle will enable the stability system to prevent incidents such as rollovers. The measurement and correction of a car’s skid, even at minimal levels, will be used to prevent largerscale deviations from the road if the driver were to temporarily lose focus. “A satellite orbiting the Earth could someday prevent an auto accident,” said Gerhard Schmidt,

Ford's chief technical officer and vice president for research and advanced engineering. “We applaud the Auburn team for these advancements and look forward to working together on the next phase of this research, including developing prototype vehicles.” Though the research was presented last week at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ International Conference on Systems, Man and Cy-

bernetics in San Antonio, Texas, it is unclear how long it will be before these systems are available on the market. “We’re in year two of our partnership with Ford,” Bevly said. “The research takes a long time, and it’s not exactly up to us when the technology is implemented. It’s up to Ford to integrate it into vehicles, and that time line is sometimes quite long.” It will likely be several years before a usable pro-

totype is produced. Ford executives are confident the steps being taken at Auburn will significantly shape how the cars of the future are produced. “Stability control is one of the most important safety technologies of this decade,” said Jeff Rupp, manager of Ford Active Safety Systems Engineering. “Ford is committed to safety leadership, and research partnerships like our work with Auburn help us achieve success.”

BSU hosts Fish, Freestyle By DAVID CRAYTON Staff Writer


Chris Todd completes a pass to wide receiver Terrell Zachery.

Tigers sink to Wildcats, 21-14 By PATRICK DEVER Assistant Sports Editor

Auburn football (5-2, 2-2 SEC) lost to the University of Kentucky (3-3, 1-3 SEC) 21-14, Saturday. This marks the second loss for the Tigers this season. “The kids played hard and they played right down to the end,” said head coach Gene Chizik. “We fell short.” Kentucky’s defense held Auburn to 315 yards of total offense, 220 yards on the ground and 95 through the air. “They played a lot of base defense and didn’t give up any big plays to us,” Chizik said. Auburn opened up the scoring on a 69-yard field goal block return for a touchdown by sophomore defensive back Neiko Thorpe, in the first quarter. The Wildcats answered in the second quarter with a rushing touchdown by freshman quarterback Morgan Newton. Auburn was able to score a touchdown before the first half ended on a rush by senior running back Ben Tate. Tate tallied 132 rush yards on 31 carries. He has rushed for more than 100


yards in all four SEC games this season. The third quarter was quiet, but Auburn penalties in the fourth quarter led to two Kentucky touchdowns. “Most of the night, I thought we played really well on defense, but they hit us with a couple of big ones, and it really ended up being the difference,” Chizik said. Kentucky was able to score two touchdowns in the last seven minutes of the game on runs of two and four yards by junior quarterback Will Fidler and sophomore wide receiver/quarterback Randall Cobb. Senior Auburn quarterback Chris Todd was 10 for 24 for 80 yards, an interception and no touchdowns. “We had our chances to hit some open receivers on some different routes, and it just didn’t seem like we were clicking in the passing game like we needed to be for whatever reason,” Chizik said. Kentucky is first to hold Todd under 100 yards passing this season. “He is out there trying hard,” Chizik said. “Sometimes you have those type of games.”

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The Black Student Union and the National Pan-Hellenic Council hosted the Freestyle, Fish, and Fun event in the Auburn University Student Center Monday. This event hosted to a gathering of students who went to have fun and eat free food. “The purpose of the Freestyle, Fish, Fun and Stroll Off is basically a social thing that we do with NPHC for everyone to come together after midterms and just come have a nice time having food, and we also have a contest with the Greeks,” said Shaquoya Williams, administrative vice president of the BSU. “So they get to win a trophy for the best fraternity and sorority.” The participating Greek organizations included Kappa Alpha Psi, Phi Beta Sigma,

Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta and Omega Psi Phi. These Greeks were involved in a stroll-off which saw the Omega Psi Phi as best fraternity and Delta Sigma Theta as best sorority. Stroll-off is another form of stepping, which is a form of dancing. The music was provided by Opelika resident DJ Holleywood. Hip-hop played while Aubie himself made an appearance at the event, dancing with the Greeks. Dinner included chicken, green peas, corn, fish, macaroni and cheese and apple pie. The drinks provided included coke and orange soda. Another major part of the event was the freestyle. Freestyle is a display of talent including dancing, singing and rapping. “It has always been an an> Turn to BSU, A2

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DJ Holleywood provides music for the BSU Freestyle, Fish and Fun.

Reaccreditation causes dean to retire By BLAKE HAMILTON Associate Campus Editor

After nearly two decades at the helm of the College of Sciences and Mathematics, Dean Stewart Schneller is stepping down. New $40 million buildings, the securing of $10 million in research funding and a growth in the average of COSAM majors by approximately 11,000 since the year 2000 are among the changes in Schneller’s tenure. So why give it up? Auburn and COSAM will be undergoing reaccreditation over the

next four years, followed by a capi- tation and work with the campus tal campaign ending and SACS committees.” in 2016, involving the Schneller is a tenured securing of donations. professor of chemistry “One of the things and biochemistry who that came to mind was directs a research prothat I didn’t see myself gram of Ph.D. and postas being dean in 2016,” doctoral students. His Schneller said. “Dodesire is to spend time nors give to people bepursuing new education cause they recognize techniques and potential the confidence and research abroad. vision that you have. I “Over the past few STEWART thought that perhaps years it has become it would be a good time for a new more competitive to seek outside dean to come into COSAM and prepare themselves for the reaccredi> Turn to DEAN, A2

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funding for research,” Schneller said. “I’ve got scripts to write and patents to work on. I’ve also got some good ideas on teaching, such as 3D technology to help students see things in a different way.” Provost Mary Ellen Mazey held an open forum regarding the search for a new dean Monday. Topics covered included qualities deemed necessary for the next head of COSAM. “The forum went really well,” Mazey said. “We had a lot of compliments for Dean Schneller and some

good, constructive discussion. Dean Schneller has many successes as dean of COSAM as he has worked with the faculty, staff, students and alumni to build the college’s teaching, research and outreach missions. He will be missed as dean, but he will continue to make major contributions to the college and the University.” Further developments in Schneller’s tenure include the COSAM Outreach program for students from kindergarten to 12th grade. This program provides mentoring and hands-on laboratory activities. Another of Schneller’s successes is an improve-

nual thing to do,” Williams said. “People get to come and show their talents.” This event, as well as other events, enables members of the BSU and NPHC to work together. “We try to make sure we all stay together, NPHC and the Black Student Union,” Williams said. “We work

together throughout the year doing a lot of things. We always try to incorporate them.” Nicole Bolden, publicity director of BSU, said the event was a success. “It gives a lot of opportunities other than class to meet people of the same culture, the same age and everything,” Bolden said. Bolden said the food was provided by Tiger Ca-

ment in the variety of COSAM students. “The quality of COSAM undergrad students is outstanding,” Schneller said. “I’m proud of the diversity the college has achieved, both in gender and race.” Associate Dean for Research Marie Wooten expressed her appreciation for Schneller’s work. She cited his rousing of alumni support and securing of facilities for the college as key in bringing COSAM to where it is today. “He’s had a remarkable impression on the infrastructure and state of this college,” Wooten said. “He took helm of relatively new college and

gave it firm footing, leaving us with bright future. He invested an incredible amount of personal time and effort and will sorely be missed.” Schneller, though glad to be able to focus on his research, is also appreciative of those who helped him in his tenure as a COSAM dean. “From a personal standpoint, being dean has been a very fulfilling experience,” Schneller said. “To be able to work with the faculty, have wonderful alumni and to be given the opportunity to build the college, I have a feeling of great satisfaction to have been able to work with such wonderful people.”

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tering. The funding for the fish fry came from BSU itself. “We put a lot of money aside, and we budget for all our events,” Bolden said. One purpose for this event was charity. Bolden said the BSU will give the money they raised to charity in order to fight the War on Hunger. “I think it’s just the mat-

ter of the social and the familial kind of atmosphere that it brings with the fish fry,” said adviser Charus Campbell. “It’s almost a home gathering.” For the rest of the semester, the BSU will host an event called Wing Jam Nov. 2, and for all those who are interested in going to graduate school, BSU will host a Graduate Student Forum Nov. 9.

CORRECTIONS / CLARIFICATIONS The intrigue article ‘Massage Therapy offers body retreat’ (C1, Oct. 15, 2009) had a misspelled name. The correct spelling is Terri Gilmore. The campus article ‘Auburn University Dean of Nursing retires after 11 years’ (A1, Oct. 8, 2009) had a misquote. The quote “I feel as if I’m coming to the end of my career. I’ve loved my job and my work, and at some level I’m sad to be leaving it. On the other hand, it is very reassuring and encouraging to know that people appreciate what I have done,” was said by Barbara Witt.

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National Science Foundation provided $3 million for Auburn students with disabilities to earn degrees.

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Army ROTC students report back to William F. Nichols Center after their morning workout.

Bill aids scholastic war vets By EMILY CLEVER Staff Writer

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs issued emergency funds for veterans who applied for the Post-9/11 GI Bill and have not yet received their education benefits. The Post-9/11 GI Bill says veterans who have been on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001, are eligible to receive tuition and mandatory fees to a public university, said Don Pugh of the Veterans Resource Center. “The amount depends on the state,” Pugh said, “and there is a percentage based on the individual’s time of service.” The bill was approved June 30, 2008, and payments were expected to begin distribution Aug. 1, 2009, said Chuck Rice, Alabama’s education liaison representative. However, as of Oct. 2, more than 25,000 veterans had not received their

benefits for the fall 2009 term, Rice said. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki approved advanced payments up to $3,000 for veterans who have not yet received benefits from the GI Bill, said Col. Keith Pickens, battalion executive officer. “If you’re counting on this money to pay your tuition, and it hasn’t been dispersed to the University yet, and you’re getting ready to register for the spring semester, there’s a hold on your account until you pay the bill,” Pickens said. “At Auburn University, people are going to register this month for their spring classes.” The veterans are forced to cover expenses accrued by the delayed distribution of GI funds, Pickens said. “$3,000 won’t cover a whole semester, but it’s $3,000 they won’t have to borrow,” Pickens said. “Our veterans are feeling like this is a good thing.

I’m sure they’d like $6,000, Because of the transferbut in some schools $3,000 ability of the bill, many will almost go all the way.” more veterans applied for One of the main rea- the benefits, Pickens said. sons for This volthe delay ume of elimay be gible applitransferOur veterans cants led to ability. a backload Un d e r are feeling like this is on the govthe Post- a good thing.” ernmental level, he 9 / 1 1 said. GI Bill, Col. Keith Pickens, Two govveterbattalion executive e r n m e n t a l ans who officer d e p a r t served on ments are or after responsible Sept. 11, 2001, and who have been for separate parts of the on active duty for at least bill. The Department of 10 years, can transfer the Defense certifies the vetbenefits to their spouse, erans’ eligibility, while the and at 15 years, they can Department of Veterans transfer the money to their Affairs administers the dependents, Pickens said. benefits, Pickens said. “This is the first GI bill “Veterans Affairs can’t in history that veterans take action until Departother than disabled veter- ment of Defense does what ans could transfer to their it needs to do, and Departdependents,” Pickens said. ment of Defense can’t do This is a significant shift what it needs to do until from how the government the veterans claim their did business with veterans in the past, Pickens said. > Turn to VETS, A4

Auburn and six other East Central Alabama colleges received $3 million from the National Science Foundation to support students with disabilities and are pursuing science, technology, engineering or mathematics degrees. The Department of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs combined its efforts with Alabama State University, Auburn University Montgomery, Tuskegee University, Central Alabama Community College, Southern Union State Community College and the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind. “Our mission is to bring under-represented groups into the (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) programs,” said Maria Zacharias, public affairs specialist for the NSF. The program’s concentration within this amount of time is to increase the amount of students graduating with degrees in the STEM areas. “There are a lot of intelligent, hard working students with disabilities,”

said Daniela Marghitu, a co-principal investigator for the program. “They can do it, it’s just making the best of their aptitude.” Marghitu said the program motivates students with disabilities by offering opportunities to be mentored. Marghitu said they are also working to eliminate any intimidating factors in STEM fields of study. Marghitu spoke from experience and is passionate about the program. From her wheelchair, the professor of computer science and software engineering encourages students with disabilities to keep going. “They can do it,” Marghitu said. “If I can do it, and there have been so many other that have done it too, they can do it too.” The grant helps any student in the STEM majors with a documented disability. The range of disabilities includes mental and physical handicaps. “As long as they certify that indeed this (student) qualifies, then it’s all right with us,” said Overtoun Jenda, Auburn’s pro> Turn to GRANT, A4

City of Auburn develops traffic routing application By SIMPSON FLETCHER Staff Writer

The City of Auburn has introduced a new Web application allowing citizens to find more efficient routes around town thanks to the Information Technology Department-Geographic Information System division. The idea was a melding of two projects, said Christopher Graff, GIS coordinator for Auburn. “The application not only helps the fire and police departments’ response times,” Graff said. “It also helps with saving fuel by more efficiently routing city vehicles.” The second part of the project came for Auburn’s cycling community, Graff said. “They wanted a way to publicize how effective

cycling in Auburn has become,” Graff said, “and that you can, indeed, ride pretty easily anywhere in the city while avoiding major roadways.” Graff also said since they began publicizing the project and Web site Oct. 9, the department has seen a steady rise in traffic for the site. “We’re seeing 30 to 50 people using it per day,” Graff said. For the public, the benefit lies in the accuracy of the data used to route a vehicle. Unlike some of the notable routing engines such as Google, Yahoo and MapQuest, this system uses much more precise data, Graff said. “Additionally this application takes into account local road closures,” Graff said. “So, when the city closes a road or intersec-

tion, that road or intersection is closed in the application and will find an alternate route for you. So, what sets this apart from other routing engines is the local knowledge ours draws from.” Another benefit this application offers is to the fire department. It is used to define the city’s fire response zones. “These zones say which stations respond to which areas,” Graff said. “Our application quantitatively measured how fast an engine can get from each fire station to every home in Auburn. With that data, we know exactly which station or stations should respond to any call, what order to dispatch them and approximately how long it should take to arrive.” However, feelings are mixed about whether this application is actually nec-


A map provided by the city’s new Web routing application. The map gives directions and shows which route through the city is quickest.

essary in a city such as Auburn. “I have an iPhone and have been delivering pizza in this town for four years,”

said Philip Smith, senior in French. “Everything in Auburn goes straight or in a circle. It’s not that hard to figure out.”

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eligibility,” Pickens said. Another reason could be the time tables applied to the bill when it was signed in to law, Pickens said. “There were some pretty aggressive time tables to kick off a brand new benefit package,” Pickens said. A combination of the volume of eligible applicants and aggressive time frames may have led to a delay in payment, he said. The emergency funds

will eventually be taken out of the total benefits the veteran receives, Pickens said. “What they’re essentially doing here is loaning veterans’ money against a payment they will have to make later,” Pickens said. “There will be a point in time when they have to disperse the funds, (the veterans) will get $3,000 less.” But once the system is fully in place, additional emergency fund distributions will not necessary.


“As the veterans administration gets its procedures in place to handle this new benefit, there will be no need for that in the future,” Pickens said. The veterans are less concerned about the future deduction, however. They are more concerned about getting immediate payment and registering for classes. “As a parent, this is a great benefit,” Pickens said. “As a tax payer, I’m a little concerned about the bill that has to be paid.”

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gram director. The students involved in the program receive a stipend of $2,000 as an undergraduate. Students demonstrating a commitment to pursuing a doctoral degree within STEM programs move into the competitive Graduate Bridge Program. These participants receive $3,500 to help with their studies. Jenda said the money is not a scholarship. Students participating in the program that receive the money have to work. “We expect something in return, so we’re not just giving them money,” Jenda said. “What we want them to do once they are in this program is to help us mentor other students with disabilities.” Jenda said this is the main element of the project that got their proposal approved as a program. Students involved in

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think the application is necessary, but would consider using it. “Would I use it?” DeSonier said. “Absolutely. “If the application delivers on its promise by promptly guiding me to where I need to be, then why not?” The program works by having geographic information system data for each street in Auburn,

the program will be active participants in motivating each other and developing the program. The program encourages active participation from each student. “We’re really focusing on making these students talk to each other and help each other out,” Jenda said. The Bridge to Baccalaureate Peer-Mentoring program is for freshmen and sophomores at all of the participating schools. The program groups three students, one freshman, one sophomore and one high school student, together forming a mentoring support group. “We have the juniors and seniors in the Postbaccalaureate Program mentoring the sophomores, and the graduate students mentoring the juniors and seniors building a cascading mentoring system,” Jenda said. “We’re always encouraging kids to go all the way up to graduate school.”

Graff said. With the data and GIS software, the department wrote a program that traverses the street network based on their locations and intersections. Each street in the system has a series of values attached to it such as length, speed limit and traffic volume. There is also similar data for bike facilities such as bike routes, lanes and off-road paths. “We then wrote some formulas that tell the routing software to preference

Requirements for the baccalaureate program include maintaining a 3.0 GPA, participation in retention and enrichment activities such as time management and study skills, leadership opportunities and tutoring and counseling services. Students are required to complete at least two hours of mentoring each week within their groups. The Bridge to Post-Baccalaureate Peer-Mentoring program is similar to the Baccalaureate, but encourages students moving further with their education. Participants in the program include juniors and seniors at the four-year colleges in the alliance. These students mentor younger students at their college or at two-year colleges, and are mentored by graduate students in the program. The graduate bridge program is for disabled students committed to acquiring a doctoral degree

certain streets based on those values,” Graff said. “So, for example, if a user wanted a bicycle route, the formula would pick low traffic volume, low speed limit streets that had bike lanes on them. So, the user tells the computer where they want to go, and these formulas tell the routing engine to select the best matching streets to connect the points.” The application can be accessed at

in their field of study. The project also offers summer internships giving students the opportunity to conduct research in laboratories. Such labs include Alabama State University’s Center for NanoBiotechology Research; Auburn’s Cellular and Molecular Biosciences Program, Materials Research and Education Center, and National Center for Asphalt Technology; and Tuskegee University’s Center for Advanced Materials and National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care. With the grant money the alliance gives toward the program, students will have access to computer programs, tools and technology to further their studies. The program aims to increase the graduation rate of students within STEM programs by motivating them and giving support, Jenda said.

Auburn Weekly Gas Monitor Week of Oct. 18 This week’s prices Location

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A cat who rode two miles through New York City trapped in the engine compartment of an SUV is still here to tell the tale. The driver, Wildfred Rodriguez, heard a rattling while he was driving in the Bronx Monday. When Rodriguez saw a fluffy tail and paw sticking out from the front of the car he was sure he’d killed it, but then he saw the paw move. The feline was freed by the NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit.

Clinton Township, Mich., police say a Detroit-area man bit through a man’s lips after he picked up a football that had been accidentally thrown into his yard by some teenagers Sunday. The man was accused of confiscating the ball and refusing to return it until a parent went to him to ask for the ball. The victim was treated at a hospital for deep lacerations on both his upper and lower lips. The suspect, 44, was arraigned Monday on charge of assault with intent to maim, which is a 10-year felony.

Last week’s average Regular $2.405

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Farm markets organic lube as alternative By ELLISON LANGFORD News Editor

The folks at Seven Oaks Farm in California are proving that almost anything can be organic. Including lube. Their product, Aloe Cadabra, is marketed as a healthier alternative to conventional chemicalbased personal lubricants like K-Y Jelly. “No. 1, it’s better for you,” said Brian Chossek, president of Seven Oaks

Farm, about Aloe Cadabra compared to conventional lubricants. “You don’t have the same chemicals, but you get the same performance.” Aloe Cadabra contains aloe vera, xanthine, a thickener Chossek said can be found in salad dressings, essential oils and food-grade preservatives. Chossek said using ingredients like these eliminates one of the dangers posed by petroleum-based lubricants, like Vaseline,

which have the potential to degrade latex condoms. “If you’re using products with oil on condoms,” Chossek said, “certain oils have the ability to degrade the rubber. And they can be more susceptible to tears, or to developing small holes in them. They become less sturdy, for lack of a better word.” The idea for the product arose when Chossek’s business partner, Rinaldo Brutoco, started hearing about friends having challenges with yeast in-

fections and dryness that often arise as women age. Chossek said they were looking for lubricants that would help their friends maintain an active sexual relationship, but were having difficulties finding lubricants that were not chemical-based. However, Brutoco owns an aloe vera farm and tried to manufacture something based from that. After several months of tests, 95 percent organic Aloe Cadabra was born. Chossek said it is priced

comparably to conventional lubricants. Chossek likens choosing Aloe Vera to making healthier eating choices, as both go into the body. “Our hope with this product is to give men and women who care about what’s going in their body an alternative,” Chossek said. “And a healthy one. And we

hope that people will choose to take the time to understand what they’re putting on and in their body.”

Drug may eliminate one cause of cramps By ELLISON LANGFORD News Editor

Menstruation: also known as, “the curse.” But that moniker may not be useful much longer if the trials of a drug being tested by Vantia Therapeutics are successful. The drug is aimed at treating dysmenorrhea, a condition that causes 10 to 15 percent of women to suffer moderate to severe cramps during their periods, according to Dr. Michelle Warren, medical director of the Center for

Menopause, Hormonal Disorders and Women’s Health at Columbia University. There are two types of the condition. “Dysmenorrhea is a fancy word for menstrual cramps,” Warren said. “You can have what we call primary dysmenorrhea. (It’s) very often what teenagers get.” There is also secondary dysmenorrhea, which has an underlying cause, unlike the primary form. “It can be due to endometriosis, or an infection, or the presence of fibroids,

or something like that,” Warren said. But dysmenorrhea can cause more than just monthly discomfort. The pain is sometimes so severe, sufferers are forced to miss activities such as sports, school and work. However, Warren said the severity will sometimes alleviate as the sufferer grows older or has children. Vantia’s drug, VA111913, is meant to target the primary form of dysmenorrhea. Dr. Jim Phillips, CEO of

Vantia Therapeutics, said the drug is intended to block the V1A receptors in the uterine lining. These receptors accept a hormone called vasopressin. Phillips and his colleagues think high levels of vasopressin uptake are what are responsible for some cases of severe menstrual cramps. Warren said she wasn’t sure Phillips’ hypothesis about vasopressin was completely certain, but she did say she thinks his argument has merit. “I’m not aware that that’s been definitely prov-

en,” Warren said. “I may be wrong. But they think that vasopressin may have something to do with the muscular contraction of the uterus and the lack of blood supply that the uterus gets at the time of the period.” The drug would not be intended for all women. Phillips said it is designed for women with symptoms of dysmenorrhea, such as moderate to severe menstrual cramps. What side-effects the drug may present are not yet certain, Phillips said, because the trials are still

in the early stages. The efficacy of the drug is also uncertain. Phillips said the trials thus far have focused more on safety than efficacy. But Vantia should have a better idea of the drug’s efficacy by the middle of next year after VA111913 undergoes further testing in Europe and the U.S. “As an outsider, my issue would be have they really targeted the appropriate muscle,” Warren said. “Can they really stop the menstrual cramps safely. If they can, I think it’s going to be a very useful drug.”

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The Auburn Plainsman Editorial Board Cliff McCollum

Lindsey Davidson

Natalie Wade

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Managing Editor

Ellison Langford

Rod Guajardo

Abby Albright

News Editor

Photo Editor

Sports Editor

Brittany Cosby

Ben Bartley

Helen Northcutt

Campus Editor

Copy Editor

Intrigue Editor

Kevin Saucier

Tom Hopf

Andrew Sims

Multimedia Editor

Business Manager

Online Editor

Our View

City’s new Web app helps, informs, delights Random Steve We heard the city of Auburn had taken the initiative in creating a Web application in order to help people better find their way around the city. Our first question: Our Auburn? Are you sure it wasn’t some other Auburn? The one in Maine, perhaps? No, it was, in fact, our Auburn that has created this interesting new device. We hate to say it, but when we usually think of the city, our working motto has almost always been “Auburn: You can’t expect too much.” We’re having to rethink our positions a bit here. By making citizens aware of possible road closures or traffic problems, the application could be useful in cutting down the much-dreaded traffic gridlock that does occasionally plague this lovely village, especially on gamedays. The application has already had positive results, as it has led to shortened response times for city fire and police forces. In situations where even seconds matter desperately, every little bit helps. According to city officials, 30 to 50 people a day are using the application, and we certainly hope those numbers will continue to rise. Since the system is hyperlocal, it allows for faster updates and more upto-date information than a normal GPS device or Google Earth might have.

The interactive map is relatively easy to use and handles similarly to Google Earth. The navigation problems are slightly difficult to work with at first, but ease comes with continued usage. We’re highly impressed with what the folks in the Geographic Information System division of the Information Technology Department have come up with here. We are anxious to see where they go from here, and we hope they will continue to improve and build upon the system in place. We would also like to see them possibly shorten the name of their department, as saying they work for the Geographic Information System division of the Information Technology Department must be quite a mouthful. We’re tired from just typing it. This should be something for the city of Auburn to be proud of, as, to our knowledge, there aren’t many towns of our size that can boast of systems like this. A small town in Alabama using technology like this is a big deal both locally and regionally. It’s not often that Alabama gets to be near the cutting edge of technology, so this is a welcomed and delightful change. Keep up the good work, Auburn.

Organic sexual lubricant raises interest Aloe Cadabra: a mildly amusing name for what is a very serious product. (Yes, we’re actually writing an editorial about lube this week.) A sexual lubricant that is made from 95 percent organic materials is an interesting breakthrough in an industry largely dominated by petrochemicals. Yes, the same fossil fuels that make up the gasoline in your cars also make up oil-based personal lubricants. Think about that one for a little while, kids. Of course, oil-based lubricants come from non-renewable resources, meaning that one day, there will be none left. Since aloe vera is the primary component of Aloe Cadabra, it’s a product that has an added benefit of being ecologically sustainable. It’s the sort of thing that makes Al Gore happy. Also, organic lubricants such as Aloe Cadabra don’t contain many of the harsh chemicals other lubricants do. You may not think such things are important, but some chemicals found in lubricants have been known to not only degrade the latex in condoms, but have also been known to cause holes in latex. We’re fairly certain that’s a Doomsday scenario for almost all of you. We know it is for us.

For the most part, we thoroughly approve of this new breakthrough, except Kevin, our multimedia editor, who feels that aloe vera should only be used for burns. We do feel the need to mention that while aloe vera is known for its soothing, healing properties with regards to burns, it is probably not going to help with any ... ahem ... problems with burning in the particular regions where one would use personal lubricants. That sort of thing is best handled by your personal physician or Dr. Fred Kam and the good people at the Auburn University Medical Clinic and is generally accompanied by penicillin. Organic and eco-friendly products seem to be a trend that is becoming a permanent fixture of our everyday lives, and we don’t think this is a bad thing. As loathe as we are to admit it, the adult industry does drive the economic market in many ways. For example, when adult videos began to move to DVDs, so did the rest of the market. If organic is making a splash in the adult entertainment world, it could easily become a permanent fixture. Organic lube: it is not just for hippies and the dangerously liberal anymore.

Staff Column

Celebrate joy of self-caused smiles Our appearances are a reflection of how we would like to be perceived. Carefully crafted to look as cool or sexy as possible, we spend a lot of time trying to create a certain look. Yesterday, I decided to dye random strands of my hair pink. Not just any pink, but a bright fuschia pink, neon pink, if you will. Of course, I’ve spent the past 24 hours getting high fives, strange looks and being told I was “pimp” for the first time in my life. Above all that, however, was the question: Why? Some of my roommates couldn’t believe I would take my perfectly good blonde hair and infect it with pink streaks. The answer, of course, is because it is fun. Every time I look in the mirror I see my bright hair and get a huge smile on my face. The past day or so of this experience made me wonder, “Does everyone take their appearances too seriously?” We spend hour after hour trying to make ourselves look perfect, but I doubt anyone tries to make themselves laugh about the whole thing. Last March, my best friend from home decided to shave his head into what I can only describe as “an old balding man haircut” and maintained

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it for a couple of weeks. He called himself “old man Ferguson” and had a great time running around getting reactions from people. Why? Because it made him smile. Like the reaction to my pink hair, no one could comprehend why he would purposely make himself look anything other than the best he could look. It makes me wonder what society would be like if we valued our appearance by how much it made us smile. What if instead of worrying about how attractive we were to the other sex, we put a premium on how much our appearances make us smile? Little kids get this idea. They go to the grocery store in Batman and princess costumes and run around the house in Bugs Bunny sweatshirts, diapers and Mom’s high heels (OK, that was actually me, but I’m sure you have an equivalent). When they look in the mirror, they strike a pose

and smile. Their outfits were designed with only themselves in mind, not if their fellow 4-year-olds find them attractive. Children visibly take pleasure in their clothing and appearances, and it is something we seem to have lost while growing up. Beauty is ephemeral, and we have gotten to the point where we cling to it in the form of exercise, clothes and cosmetics. College may be the only time where you have the freedom to dress and decorate yourself as you please. I certainly don’t plan on interviewing for my first job with pink hair, or in my Bugs Bunny sweatshirt for that matter. This is not a social critique, but a call for people to consider themselves first when they get ready in the mornings. Stop taking attractiveness so seriously and take pleasure in your appearance whether it is whimsical, silly, fun or serious. Instead of clinging to beauty, cling to the freedom of appearance and the ability to make yourself smile every morning. It’s fun, I promise. Olivia Martin is associate intrigue editor of The Auburn Plainsman. You can reach her at 844-9109.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Sex sells, so let it do its job I do believe those are suitable grounds. Little Sally Walker doesn’t need to leave daycare everyday asking mommy what Entice means and why there are handcuffs looped around the ‘t.’ Just last year, Hoover Love Stuff owner filed an appeal with the Alabama Supreme Court saying the state’s law was unconstitusional. Over a year later, the court ruled against Love Stuff saying they failed to show the law banning the sale of sexual aides was unconstitutional. They have been fighting since 2005 with their three locations in the state. Now, there is a Love Stuff in Auburn. Yes, it was slightly snuck in as a women’s clothing store, but the way people are dressing these days, I’m sure some of those costumes could pass as everyday clothing. Lil’ Kim wore a shell to the VMA’s on national television. Love Stuff has to have more conservative

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People have sex. It doesn’t matter what your beliefs, practices or daily routines consist of, individuals engage in intercourse. It is part of human nature. Now, some people like to spice it up with outside objects from the bedroom. In Alabama, some people see this is a crime. Maybe not the practice, but the selling of such goods seems to turn into one law suit after another. Alabama does have an agreeable anti-obscenity law banning adult-only entertainment near churches and child care centers. They have to be outisde of 1,000 feet of these centers.

clothing than that. Now that it is out in the open that there are other goodies besides T-shirts and belts tucked away in the back, it has become quite the scandal in the Lee County gossip. Gene Dulaney said, “We don’t need that kind of business in Auburn. I wouldn’t vote for a conditional use for this type of business anywhere in Auburn” It’s a sex store! People sneak in and out to find devices for personal use. But, purchases must be made for “a bona fide medical, scientific, educational, legislative, judicial or law enforcement purpose,” according to the state law. I don’t really know how the law enforcement would explain buying some ‘aide’ from behind the curtains in the back, but if the Alabama law says so, it must be right. Possibly the handcuffs and nightsticks? But I hope the state of Alabama has already given those out. There have been com-

Your View

Seventh-grade Rhode Island student seeks help with school project Editor, The Auburn Plainsman, and Citizens of Alabama, I am Kevin Aralo, currently in seventh grade attending Goff Junior High School in Pawtucket, R.I. I am writing for my geography project and I need to write an oral, written and a poster project on Alabama. Could you please publish this letter so that all your readers can help me out on this project? You are allowed to send me pictures, information, tourist information and materials that are used in Alabama. You can just send me all of that at my school’s address. Kevin Aralo c/o Brian Gilmore Goff Junior High School 974 Newport Ave. Pawtucket, R.I. 02861 Kevin Aralo 7th Grader Pawtucket, R.I.

ments made that investigations are being made about the legality of this store. Who cares? Again, it is a sex store. Shouldn’t efforts be focused on higher priority tasks on the city’s agenda? It took them how long to put readable signs in the ground? Leave Love Stuff alone. Let it prosper in the conservative, but college town. If anything, there is money to be made and a place of employment. Georgia and Texas are the only other states that have laws on the selling of sex toys. It’s time to catch up with the rest of the states and move on from this outdated issue. Let’s focus on more important problems with the state and leave the bedroom time out of the government’s agenda.

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

“I got on top of it, put my hands on it, squeezed tight with my hips, let it ride and held on tight. It felt good. It felt real good.” -Brandon Self, junior in finance on getting to ride in the Farmhouse Rodeo

Last week’s question: “Are you glad Auburn is replacing the cement street signs?” >Yes: 70 percent > No: 13 percent > Do not care: 17 percent

This week’s question: “Are you a fan of organic personal lubricants?” >Yes > No Go to to vote.

Staff column

Please read the letter on the left

Cliff McCollum

As opinions editor, it’s my job to make sure that the people who take the time to write letters and e-mails to our paper get those letters published, and this week is no exception. I am, however, breaking one of my own long-established rules regarding letters that we receive by personally appealing to you, our readers, to read one of these letters. A seventh-grader from Rhode Island, Kevin Aralo, took the time to write us about a project he is working on for his second period geography class, and has asked for our help. He wants to know more about Alabama and our way of life here, so that he can take that information and help enlighten his class-

mates and, hopefully, get an A on this project. As a graduate student in English language arts education, I can’t ignore a request like this. My inner teacher voice won’t let me, and I’m not going to let you. Readers, a young man from outside our Auburn Family has asked us for help. If there is one thing that we as a family are capable of, it is our spirit of kindness and generosity. The Auburn Family helps others when called upon. So, I, on behalf of the rest of The Plainsman staff, ask you to join us in giving Kevin Aralo just what he asked for: pictures, tourist information, other types of information and other materials that we use here in Alabama. We get to be ambassadors for our entire state here, folks. This group of seventhgraders is going to judge the entire state by how we choose to respond to Kevin’s letter. How great would it be for

the mailboxes of Goff Junior High School in Pawtucket, R.I., to be stuffed to the brim with mail from the Heart of Dixie? We would get to show these Rhode Islanders who we are and how we live, bringing knowledge and wisdom for our lives to theirs. We don’t get many moments in life to do things like this, to help directly further the education of a group of children. Read Kevin’s letter. Gather up some materials. Tell Kevin your story; show him the Alabama you know and love. Let’s let Rhode Island know about Mount Cheaha and Mobile Bay. Let’s talk about the Space Center in Huntsville, the old steel mills of Prattville and the Vulcan in Birmingham. We can talk about our history and send information about both the First White House of the Confederacy and the Civil Rights Museum, both in Montgomery. These are just a few sug-

gestions. I’m certain you can think of several more. And, of course, we have to let these kids know about the Iron Bowl, Toomer’s Lemonade, Samford Hall and Toomer’s Corner. We don’t want them to turn out to be Alabama fans, do we? We are citizens of the same nation, but I imagine there is quite a lot of things Pawtucket doesn’t know about Auburn, and vice versa. I’m glad we have the opportunity to take place in this exchange of information, and I commend Kevin’s teacher, Brian Gilmore, for coming up with such an interesting project. He may be getting more than he bargained for from Alabama, though. The Auburn Plainsman will be sending Kevin a box of stuff. Won’t you join us? Cliff McCollum is the opinions editor of The Auburn Plainsman. You can reach him at 844-9108.

Staff column

Theme park vacations no longer just for kids

Abby Albright

Universal Studios is probably one of the most under-rated places ever. It’s not its fault Disney World is as attention hogging as its princesses, and people tend to forget about good old Universal Studios. This past weekend I ventured to Orlando to visit Universal Studios and

Disney World. I never made it to Disney because I refused to be torn away from Universal and all it had to offer. First of all, I highly recommend seeing the Blue Man Group. It’s highly entertaining for kids and adults. However, don’t be tardy for the show or they will call you out with a spotlight and sirens signaling to the rest of the audience your rudeness. Be afraid. Secondly, Universal is lucky enough to house two awesome parks, Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios.

I know Disney has more than a couple parks, but they are not conveniently located near each other while Universal’s two parks are next-door neighbors. The main reason Universal received an A++ in my book, is I could go there with my nieces and nephews and have a great time knowing they will as well. As much as I love pink and glitter, Disney is just a little too juvenile for me and probably most adults. Islands of Adventure has tons of roller coasters and 3D rides for everyone to enjoy, and if you buy

the Express Pass (which I am so thankful we did) you can jump to the front of all of the lines. The Incredible Hulk line said it was a 35-minute wait, I was in line for five minutes and had pick of what row I wanted to sit in—front, of course. I’m no Harry Potter fan, but this entire section of the park they are dedicating to the new Harry Potter attractions looks amazing. Hogwarts (I’m ashamed I know that, sorry wizard fans) is huge and almost complete. Apparently it’s supposed to be part 3D and

part roller coaster. It’s scheduled to open in spring 2010, but I don’t see how that will happen, but I know I’ll have to go back and check it out. The Universal Studios park was also a surprising blast. The Mummy and Men in Black were two of my favorite attractions, especially because of all of The Mummy’s special effects. I tend to think of theme parks as filled with the people I usually avoid rubbing elbows with and all-around pretty dirty grounds, but I was pleasantly surprised. All of the people were

friendly, very family oriented and the parks seemed so clean, a huge change from the people at the theme park near my home, Kings Dominion in Virginia. It was so nice to take a break from assignments, tests and quizzes and be able to be a kid again and hug Scooby and Curious George, while eating popcorn and cotton candy. Well done, Universal Studios. Well done. Abby Albright is the sports editor of The Auburn Plainsman. You can reach her at 844-9108.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Asphalt may be source of ‘green’ technology By SAMUEL SOLOMON Associate News Editor

Researchers are looking into a major source of green energy found not in the air, but within roadways. “There are big changes that are occurring right now in the paving industry that are all related to green technologies,” said Raymond “Buzz” Powell, assistant director for the National Center for Asphalt Technology in Auburn. Asphalt is on pace to serve a dual purpose. One is to provide a medium of transportation and another as a secondary energy source. “Asphalt has a lot of advantages as a solar collector,” said Rajib Mallick, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering for Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in a press release. “For one, blacktop stays hot and could continue to generate energy after the sun goes down, unlike traditional solar-electric cells.” Consider the amount of space that wind and solar farms need. There is already a massive amount of land taken up by American highways – nearly 50,000 miles, according to the Federal Highway Administrations’ Web site. Extracting heat for energy would also reduce the temperature of the pave-


This model depicts how future management of asphalt energy might be implemented.

ment, eliminating heat islands. “When you walk on pavement in the middle of the summertime and it burns your feet, that is energy that is just being wasted, being radiated back into the atmosphere,” Powell said. National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT), was formed as a partnership between the National Asphalt Pavement Asso-

Auburn City Council Meeting Summary Tuesday, Oct. 20 •Alcohol beverage licenses have been approved for the following establishments: - Hamilton’s on Magnolia - CVS Pharmacy 1498 Opelika Rd. 1498 Ogletree Rd. - Momma Goldberg’s 133 W. Longleaf Drive 217 E. Thach Ave. 500 W. Magnolia Ave. - Homecoming Jam (Special Events Retail License) •“No Parking” zones have been approved for the following areas: - Southeast corner of Terrace Acres Drive and Dean Road. - Southeast corner of Magnolia Avenue and Gay Street. •The southern portion of Eagle Circle will be closed Saturday, Oct. 24 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. for a neighborhood block party. •Two vacancies on the Auburn Parks and Recreation Advisory Board were announced. Appointments will be at the Nov. 17 meeting. •Mayor and city manager signed agreements to spend $5,000 on preliminary engineering and $1.25 million on road resurfacing projects.

The next Auburn City Council meeting is Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chamber on Ross Street.

ciation and Auburn University. It has been testing more efficient ways to produce asphalt. “Warm-mix” asphalt allows production temperature to drop as much as 75 degrees, when it is mixed with rock and sand. This uses much less energy, resulting in savings for contractors and taxpayers, Powell said. “Asphalt pavement is

already the most recycled material in the United States by far,” Powell said. “We have produced (asphalt) with as much as 50 percent recycled material.” This is not the first timeMallick and Powell have worked together. Mallick used to work at NCAT. “Rajib and I have been collaborating on some ideas that we had here about using roadways to

harvest energy,” Powell said. Powell declined to comment on the most recent research project on which he and Mallick have been working. Several methods exist for harvesting energy from pavement. Innowattech, an Israeli company, has recently tested a system based on kinetic energy along Route 4 in Israel.

Its “piezoelectric” system extracts kinetic energy from passing vehicles. A one-kilometer section of a single lane is capable of producing 200 kilowatthours of energy, according to a press release. A six-lane highway would be able to produce 1.2 megawatt-hours or enough to power approximately 1,800 homes. At WPI, Mallick worked on a copper pluming system. The pluming system created energy by using thermal heat built up beneath the roadway to heat water. The water would then run through a thermoelectric generator to produce electricity. It could also be pumped into a nearby building to reduce the cost of heating and water, according to a press release by WPI. “Where you are trying to deploy green technology you could end up accidentally creating a higher carbon cost,” Powell said. Any time something disruptive is done to the pavement, there is a possibility for problems associated with future maintenance liabilities. The cost of the road should not outweigh the energy it provides, Powell said. “We are trying to figure out a way to harvest energy from pavement with no negative impact on performance,” Powell said.

Marijuana seizure at Auburn residence By ELLISON LANGFORD News Editor

Police discovered 46 marijuana plants and 14 mason jars of marijuana in the basement of an unidentified Auburn residence Wednesday, Oct. 14. The drugs seized had an estimated street value of $50,000, according to an Auburn Police Division press release. Arrest warrants are pending, and the department is not going to release further details as the investigation is on-going.

“I mean to be honest, I don’t know,” Capt. Tom Stofer, of the Auburn Police Department, said about whether the bust was one of the more significant to happen in Auburn. “I would say one of the bigger ones we’ve seen in a while.” Most marijuana-related incidents occur off-campus, Stofer said. “It’ll be destroyed,” Stofer said about the fate of the drugs. “It goes to the Department of Forensic Science to be weighed, and then it’s destroyed after that.”

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Approximately $50,000 of marijuana was seized from the basement of an Auburn residence by the police last week.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Agriculture achieves accreditation By LINDSEY GRUBBS Staff Writer

Happy cows aren’t choosing California anymore. They’re choosing Auburn. Auburn University’s College of Agriculture has earned the highest international accreditation for the humane treatment of research animals including cattle.

AAALAC, the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International, is a private nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the humane treatment of animals around the world in universities, government institutions and companies. “This means that we can compete with the best of

the research universities and institutions across and international spectrum,” said Jim Bannon, director of outlying units of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station at Auburn University. Bannon organized the process that took three years to complete and wrote a 457-page document to outline and review the college’s animal

care programs which followed an extensive interview and review process by AAALAC. “It is a voluntary process that involved a physical assessment in person and submission of a program description, ” Bannon said. “The program description states every aspect of animal care that is executed in your particular area, for us it was

a 457-page document that was submitted back in November.” The College of Agriculture had to agree to allow an independent team of experts, mostly were veterinarians, to come in and look at the program and inspect campus research facilities and the external units around Alabama last March. Currently the College

of Veterinary Medicine is also accredited by AAALAC as well as four other institutions around the state, including the University of Alabama. Bannon said other colleges, such as pharmacy and science and mathematics, can also be accredited by the same institution to have the > Turn to COWS, B2

Students fight war on hunger By JORDAN DAILEY Assistant Campus Editor

Auburn’s third annual Hunger Week, sponsored by the Committee of 19, kicked off last week on Auburn’s campus. The members of the committee organized events all week to raise awareness for hunger issues both locally and internationally. Can good and monetary donations have been contributed by students and event participants. Hunger week began with the Victoria’s Secret “PINK presents the Beat Hunger Bash” and grilloff competition. “I’m just there for support,” said Harriet Giles, director of external relations for the College of Human Sciences, in reference to her involvement in the Hunger Week event planning and attending.

Lauren Wissert, senior in nutrition and dietetics and vice president of the Committee of 19, emphasized the dedication of the committee members to Hunger Week. “Collectively, the members of the Committee of 19 have worked hard to make each event a success,” Wissert said. Harriet Giles, the advisor for the Committee of 19, goes into classes and speaks about hunger awareness, and she spoke at the Beat Bama Food Drive Kick-off. The Beat Bama Food Drive is an annual event, where Auburn and Alabama compete to donate the most cans to the hunger cause. “The Beat Bama Food Drive is SGA’s big event, and we work together,” Giles said. “I spoke at > Turn to HUNGER, B2

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Army ROTC parks the simulator outside the Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum Friday.

Simulator gives students real military experience By BLAKE HAMILTON

Associate Campus Editor

Beginning last Friday morning, Auburn students had the chance to put a Black Hawk helicopter in the air, shoot down the enemy and land the craft safely in front of Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. Army ROTC and Army Reserve brought a traveling trailer to Auburn last week, giving students a chance to learn about military aviation. “What we have going on here is a joint recruiting program with the ROTC and Army Reserves on active duty,” said Lt. Eric McMurray, an Auburn alumnus helping with the program. “In the trailer we have flight simulators for several different helicopters.” The trailer contains Black Hawk, Apache and Kiowa simulators. It also has a case containing an Air Warrior uniform, as well as a video bank to discuss Army aviation for those enlisted. The Air Warrior contains a cooling system, as well as biological, nuclear and chemical protection. It also holds water survival capabilities, in-


Army ROTC and Army Reserve displays a soldier’s full uniform inside the simulator trailer on campus.

cluding a one-man raft, collar flotation device and emergency underwater breathing. Showcasing the safety features and cuttingedge technology of such equipment is key in the recruiting process, as they demonstrate weapons that a soldier will potentially use in modern warfare. “This is a national asset trailer,” McMurray said. “It goes from coast

to coast, traveling for approximately 250 days of the year.” The program travels to places such as college campuses and professional sporting events, often leaving NCAA football games on Saturdays to arrive at NFL games by Sunday. The trailer’s videos discuss Army values and the procedure of Special Forces training. The Apache simulator, for

example, implements the values of teamwork by requiring both a pilot and a gunner to direct the helicopter. The two sit beside each other, one steering toward the target and another engaging it. While allowing for students to emulate the excitement of flying on a mission, the simulator also communicates that, without one, the other fails. This is a standard value the armed forces. “This is part of the Army’s Outreach program,” said Sgt. 1st Class Brian Kearns, another officer traveling with the trailer. “We drive it across the country to spread information about the Army and to give people the opportunity to learn about becoming commissioned officers.” Outreach works alongside the ROTC programs of the schools at which it stops, using students from those schools to connect with those interested. To aid in this, the video banks detail such information as how to enlist, how to speak with one’s parents about joining the Army and educational > Turn to MILITARY, B2

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Women’s Resource Center holds signs with hunger facts.

their Food Drive, and they came to our Beat Hunger Bash.” The Beat Hunger Bash kicked the week off. Friday, the Women’s Resource Center had an event on the Concourse called “Line Up. Stand Up. Speak Up. Against Hunger…a Women’s Issue.” “Women lined the concourse holding hunger facts and representing those women affected by hunger,” Wissert said. Bread for the World was also represented during Hunger Week. The group did an alternative advocacy activity on Haley Concourse. Students were

provided the opportunity to speak out on hunger. “Normally, we think of advocacy as writing letters and so on,” Giles said. “The Bread for the World representative was recording a video of Auburn students saying why hunger is an issue.” The video will be sent to the Alabama Senate and posted on YouTube as a method for bringing awareness to the hunger issue. “The pharmacy school hosted a coin drop for students and faculty, collecting more than $1,200 in change,” Giles said. The money will be donated to the Beat Bama Food Drive. Throughout the week,

Thursday, October 22, 2009 the Committee of 19 sold tie-dyed T-shirts emblazoned with “25 cents,” representing the quarter it takes to feed a child in a third-world country for one day. Local restaurants showed their support for Hunger Week. Chick-fil-A, Moe’s and Bazilia’s donated a portion of their proceeds during the week to the War on Hunger. Sororities were encouraged to play Free Rice, a trivia game that donates rice to the hunger cause. For each correct answer, the Web site donates 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program. This helps feed a hungry person in the developing world.

“Student support has grown tremendously this year,” Wissert said. “Every day more and more students want to become involved in some capacity because they genuinely want to make a difference.” Wissert and Emma Keller, president of the Committee of 19, organized the schedule for the week. “We have had a part in planning each event, but the credit goes to each member of the Committee of 19,” Wissert said. The College of Agriculture provided a simulcast of the 26th annual World Food Day Teleconference in Comer Hall. The theme was “Achieving Food Security in Times of Crisis.”


Students operate the flight simulator as partners.


benefits of joining. McMurray said bringing recruiting tools such as the trailer to areas of large civilian concentration are essential to attracting potential soldiers. “We’re giving students the chance to try out some

simulations and take some propaganda with them,” McMurray said. “What we’re doing with ROTC right now is to try and publicize and give those with Interest a chance to come in and circulate our program.” The simulator helped students learn what Army aviation is all about.

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Students sit in their vehicles to watch “Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen” at the drive-in movie Tuesday.

Students drive-in to ‘The Beach’ for Transformers 2 By BRITTANY COSBY Campus Editor

Editor BLAKE HAMILTON Associate Editor

JORDAN DAILEY Assistant Editor

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Oct. 22 Symphonic Band Concert Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Opelika Center for the Performing Arts

Lights, a big screen, speakers and cars made their way onto Auburn’s campus Tuesday night. Students piled into their trucks and cars and headed to “The Beach.” Only this beach, on the corner of Lem Morrison and Donahue Drive, featured a drive-in movie. University Program Council found a whole new way to feature films on campus. They premiered a free showing of “Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen.” Previously, the biggest movie event on campus was a showing of “The Dark Knight” in JordanHare Stadium. This is the first drive-in movie they have hosted

in five years. “We decided to bring back the drive in movie as a new way to show films on campus,” said Ryan Higginbotham, UPC’s director of films. “We had a lot of requests for it and have been planning to show Transformers 2 since its release this summer.” UPC members set up the parking by laying out cones and directing traffic as it entered the lot, so that every car had a view of the screen. They hired a professional for the projector screen and speakers. “I work with the National Association of College Activities to help with events on campus such as video games that require a big screen,” said Jeff Cashio of Auburn

Moon Entertainment. “We got everything set up in two hours with the screen and sound. The students provided exceptional help.” Cashio said a drivein movie was hosted on campus 10 years ago, and he was happy that they brought it back. UPC provided refreshments for the moviegoers. Drinks and candy added to the movie experience. A popcorn maker completed the night. “Tiger catering provided a popcorn maker, and we provided the rest of the snacks,” said Celeste Daugh, junior in secondary education and UPC’s assistant director of films. “We have been planning this since the summer, and I’m happy

to see that we had a good turn out.” Daugh said they hope to bring the drive-in movie back next year and add it to the list of UPC’s annual events. Students brought out camping chairs and bundled up in blankets to keep warm in the chilly weather. “I’m excited they brought a drive-in movie to Auburn’s campus because I have never been to one,” said Elizabeth Folmer, senior in building science. “I liked the movie choice because I didn’t get a chance to see it in theaters.” The drive-in was a hit with students who attended, and many of the moviegoers said they would attend drive-ins on campus in the future.

Oct. 23 Hunger March Time: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Location: multiple locations on Auburn’s campus

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University recognized as a whole, which is a goal he would like to see the University work toward. The AAALAC accreditation has to be reviewed every three years for reaccreditation. Some of the guidelines for AAALAC required that the research facilities improved and update the surroundings, procedure and overall care for animals and humans working in research. Brian Gamble, associate director of the Wiregrass Research and Extension

Center in Headland, said to get ready for the accreditation process the facility saw an increase in overall training, upgrades, healthcare and appearance of the center. The Wiregrass Research and Extension Center works with agriculture such as peanuts, cotton, small grains and cattle research. Each year the program conducts 75 to 100 experiments and is currently researching different byproducts from the food industry with cattle feed to study animal nutrition. “We are sitting on the pinnacle in terms of re-

search facilities and animal care,” Bannon said. “Not to say that other universities are not good, but they are not there yet.” By being AAALAC-accredited, Bannon said the benefits symbolize quality of research at Auburn University to promote reliable scientific testing, increased recruiting for students and professors and an increased amount of funding by grants with its increased commitment of standards in animal care. “People have so many misconceptions about research animals and what is done to them and this will help them see that

some of their ideas are wrong and all research is done to improve human health and the food system to benefit consumers,” said Jamie Creamer, communications and marketing specialist with the College of Agriculture. Batton said he “already knew this program was superb in its animal care, but just having that endorsement is just kind of like big thumbs up to everyone who have worked very hard.” The College of Agriculture will continue to provide quality animal care, with or without the accreditation.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

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Supply chain management ranks 17th By JORDAN DAILEY Associate Campus Editor

A national survey said Auburn’s supply chain management program is great, but working professionals said it’s even better. Research findings reported in the September 2009 issue of Supply Chain Management Review ranked the supply chain management program in the College of Business No. 17 among the nation’s top 20. The study was a followup to the 2005 report which had the Auburn program ranked No. 20. However, practitioners rank Auburn No. 13 among a list of 57 universities identified as national and regional leaders. Professors and students

agree the program is on serving as teachers and mentors,” said Joe B. Hanthe rise. “A lot of companies are na, chair and professor of starting to pay more at- supply chain management. Brian J. Gibson, a profestention to distribution,” said Daniel Peake, senior sor in supply chain management, in supagreed. ply chain “The facmanageThe faculty ulty has ment. “It built a great has been has built a great reputation (a) tough reputation ... ” through economic time … reBrian J. Gibson, their compasupply chain search, ennies are management professor g a g e m e n t seeing with indusreal cost try and insavings in making their volvement in professional supply chain more effi- organizations,” Gibson cient.” said. Peake said professors Hanna noted a few more are the stand-out feature features that make Auof the program. burn’s supply chain man“We have quality faculty agement program stand members and instructors out. who are student-oriented, “Each of our faculty

members has obtained significant amounts of industry experience prior to entering academia,” Hanna said. “This practical experience allows faculty members to provide our students with an applied, practical supply chain management education.” Hanna said the type of practical education students receive allows them to “successfully compete for jobs upon graduation, enter the workforce and make immediate and positive contributions to their employers upon graduation.” Peake has noticed that majoring in supply chain management does not limit his job choices. “It is one of the best ways to learn everything about a company from basic stor-

age to complex processes to international trading, and there are many opportunities, even in this economic slowdown,” Peake said. The supply chain management program has undergone recent integration. The logistics and operations management programs merged in 2007, resulting in a comprehensive undergraduate major in supply chain management offered to students. Nearly 130 students are a part of the program. Though the integrated program is a recent development, Auburn began teaching supply chain topics more than 30 years ago. Hanna noted active alumni are an integral part of the program’s continu-

ing success. “We have an extensive alumni of supply chain practitioners, which has helped us to build many successful relationships with industry representatives who return to Auburn to participate in our educational process and hire our graduates,” Hanna said. Gibson emphasized the contribution the structure of the program has made to its success. “What helps us most is our balance,” Gibson said. “The faculty focuses on bringing the industry perspective to the classroom, doing research that is relevant to our colleagues in both industry and academia and being involved in external service and projects.”

Student team learns Ask a Professor: how to judge poultry What is the worst thing one can do in a job interview?

“There are a few things that one can do wrong. First, I have heard a lot lately about parents coming with newly graduated students to job interviews to try to negotiate salary — that is a terrible idea because it shows to the employer that you are not an independent thinker and that you cannot operate on your own. Second comes talking too much. You want to make sure that you choose your words carefully. You want to answer the questions without telling your whole life history. Third, make sure you tell the truth and don’t embellish too much. Not being honest will always come back to haunt you. Tell the truth. Don’t try to paint something you did as being grander than it was.”

-Sharon L. Oswald, Privett professor and head of department of management, College of Business


Students judge broiler breeders in order of meat yield, and the same is Auburn students en- done for turkeys. “We learn to cull out difrolled in POUL 2000 are in for an experience: learning ferent species of chickens how to judge poultry and for future breed selection,” said Timothy Camp, junior related products. “In the class, we learn in poultry production. Participants also grade how to evaluate poultry from start to finish,” said “ready to cook” chicken and as Kyle Richey, well as senior in turkey poultry procarcassduction. We learn es. Live poul“ Fo r try judging how to evaluate laying “ i n c l u d e s poultry from start to future prohens we duction lay- finish.” judge the ing hens, future past producproducKyle Richey, tion class tion laying senior in poultry science on how hens, broiler breeders (well) and turkeys,” they will Richey said. lay; with the past producJessica Butler, graduate tion class we judge how student in poultry science, they did lay,” said Caleb coaches the team. Hopper, sophomore in The assistant coach is poultry science. Ashley Shaw. Camp has been to ArEggs are judged on the kansas and LSU competiquality of the exterior and tions, which are spread interior of the shell, as out over two days. well as the egg yolk and “We have to apply everyalbumen. thing that we have learned Assistant Campus Editor

in class at the competition against colleges from all over the country,” Camp said. He enjoyed the class and has taken it repeatedly. “If it was not a good class, I wouldn’t be taking it for a third time,” Camp said. Camp originally took the class because of friends who were enrolled, but was also interested because of his major. “After I took the class for the first time and went to competition, I knew I would be taking it again,” Camp said. “It is a chance to get out of school for three days and go on a good trip.” Hopper also said he is glad he found out about the class and has gleaned new information about poultry judging. “Jessica is a great teacher, and she works really hard to help us learn, but still makes it fun for all of us,” Hopper said. “I would recommend poultry judging for anyone wanting to learn and to have a good time doing it.”

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Aubie leads participants at the beginning of Project Uplift’s 5K run Sunday. The event was on campus and had more than 300 students, faculty and community members participating.

Students run 5K for United Way By LINDSEY GRUBBS

volunteers to work with children ages 5 to 12, and spend three to four hours a With more than 300 pre- week with each child from registered runners, Au- within the Auburn area. burn University’s Student Rebecca Verner, freshGovernment Association’s man in anthropology, 15th annual Fall 5K ben- helped set up the event efited Auburn United Way with Auburn’s Honors agencies, including Project College and said she just Uplift. wanted to come out and The event help supincluded port a great live entercharity. tainment S p o n We try to from Ausors for give back to every burn local this year’s band Fall- possible place that run inback, food we can ...” cluded area and exercise radio stafor the comtions, Niffmunity. er’s, Fuze, As the Crown TroJil Moses, phy and actemperature DJ of Jamz ‘n’ Jil reached a high of 55 Kate FM degrees, was live on runners bundled up for location broadcasting and the first signs of fall weath- even had morning DJ ANT er on Cater Lawn, Sunday, run in this year’s race. ANT Oct. 18. was sponsored by Sam’s “I like running 5Ks,” said Club, who donated $100 to Chynna Dulac, freshman Project Uplift. in nutrition science. “It’s “We try to give back to just long enough, and it’s every possible place that fun and you feel involved.” we can, and we can’t alThe 15th annual Fall 5K ways be everywhere, but was open to all students, we have been hand-infaculty and staff with food hand with SGA in a lot of from Shakey’s Pizza, Little things they do,” said Jil MoCaesar’s and demonstra- ses, afternoon DJ of Jamz tions by Apple and Verizon ‘n’ Jil. Wireless. According to Project UpRachel Ryhne, direc- lift, anyone can volunteer tor of the Fall 5K, said all who is over the age of 18. proceeds went to Auburn’s Students are then Project Uplift, a big broth- matched up with a child er and big sister program based on common interwhose mission is to train ests, skills and past experiStaff Writer

ences to spend time with them each week during the school year. “I have been a volunteer for two years now and I have two little sisters and a partner,” said Marianna Waits, senior in elementary education. “We pick up the girls once a week, and we have developed a really good relationship. It is amazing how much we have learned from them, and it is really neat to see how they have impacted us over the last two years.” Waits said a typical day could be just hanging out in the park or going to get ice cream. “It’s a lot about not spending money, but developing a relationship and becoming a mentor,” Waits said. “I can definitely tell that they look up to us. It is really rewarding.” Katie Reid, an Apple campus representative, was also on hand to provide demonstrations and hand out Apple products, such as iPods and iPod shuffles for runners to try during the run. Reid said Apple has partnered with Nike to promote its global 10K race and decided this would be a perfect time to promote Apple products and show runners the products available. Project Uplift was at the event with a sponsored tent to provide more information to those who wanted to get involved.


5K participants begin their race on the Thach Concourse.

Auburn student lands fashion internship Theresa Davidson, senior in apparel merchandising, won the $5,000 Fashion Scholarship Fund award in March. Below, she shares her experiences as a New York City intern. “After a long summer of searching for internships and interviewing with many companies, I chose Vanity Fair Corporation’s Nautica, a men’s sportswear company. I’ll be interning here for three months. So far, my job has been assisting the merchandisers in their everyday tasks. I work a lot with the actual product. We just finished Market, where our big customers like Macy’s, Belk and Lord and Taylor come to buy their assortments, for the summer 2010 season. Come December, I will

graduate from Auburn. Hopefully (I will) find myself back in New York City with a full-time job. I’ve found out a great way to enter the workforce, besides completing an internship is through a training program. Many companies have different types of training programs for recent graduates to help pinpoint their personal interests within a company. So, while I am finishing my internship program at Nautica, I am also looking for full-time jobs and training programs. Hopefully, something

will work out. On the bright side, I have many contacts through the Fashion Scholarship Fund and many mentors to help guide me through the process. FSF is a foundation that encourages the next generation of talented students to pursue a career in the fashion industry by awarding scholarships, internships and mentorships. Many companies are affiliated with the program and seek FSF scholars for their internship programs. I was contacted by Nautica shortly after receiving

the internship. I kept the lines of communication open until I was ready to begin my internship search. It paid off. FSF is a great networking tool because in the industry it is really all about who you know, and so many executives are connected with the program that the opportunities are abundant. From experience, everyone I have met from FSF has been more than willing to bend over backwards to help me find a great internship. They are so passionate about FSF, the industry and what

they do. I had to submit a case study that required me to simulate a retail store of my choosing and come up with a marketing plan, buying plan and assortment place. This included who my target was, where I would place the store, what I would sell, what I would buy for the first six months and what styles I would have on hand. I also had to write a personal essay on my personal professional goals and how I would spend the money. Completing the case study in itself was the

greatest reward because it really made me use everything I have ever learned in my courses at Auburn. I saw how everything comes together from a marketing, design, merchandising and consumer’s standpoint. You go through college gaining knowledge from different courses that seem unrelated, but this project brought everything full circle. Then it hits you that somehow everything you’ve studied is so interrelated you have no idea how you ever thought otherwise.”

Thursday, October 22, 2009

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Camp reaches out to Auburn By MAX NEWFIELD Staff Writer

The holiday season is quickly approaching, but Keith Ries and Meredith Raley are already making plans for summer 2010. Ries and Raley are assistant directors of Camp Ozark, one of the largest Christian sports and adventure camps in the country. They spent all of last week on campus recruiting Auburn students to work as counselors at Camp Ozark next summer. “I think it’s an opportunity that most people don’t get the option to do, so if they can do it I encourage them to,” Ries said. “Because it will transform their lives because of the people you’ll come across, the challenges that you’ll face, but more so just the impact that God will make through you at a summer camp like this.” Auburn was Ries and Raley’s first stop on their month-long staff recruitment tour around the Southeast.

This is one of those times you can work with kids and people outside of Alabama and make a lot of lasting relationships.” David Barnett, Camp Ozark counselor

Both Ries and Raley said they had a positive experience recruiting people on Auburn’s campus. “It’s been good; it’s been challenging,” Ries said. “The weather has played a difficult role so we’ve had to make some changes so I think it kind of affected our overall outcome today, but it was good. The people that I felt like we’re here were great.” Ries said 30 out of the 250 staff members at Camp Ozark last summer were Auburn students, and he said he hopes they have the same turnout in 2010. “We usually have a great response from Auburn,” Ries said. “The people are usually very friendly and open to talk,”

Camp Ozark was founded in 1949 and is in Mount Ida, Ark. as Ozark Boys Camp by several Christian athletes. The camp has changed ownership three times in its 60-year history, boasting 58 cabins and approximately 4,000 campers per summer. The camp is currently directed by Sam and Susan Torn. In addition to the physical site, the Torn started the Camp Ozark Foundation and Ozone, a ministry based in Houston and Dallas, Texas. The camp is non-denominationally Christian and is open for children ages 7 to 17. Activities offered include land and water

sports and activities such as basketry and rocketry. Camp Ozark employs college students as cabin counselors and extreme serve counselors. An extreme serve counselor’s duties include working in the kitchen or the office or acting as the camp photographer. “To be a counselor you have to love, love, love kids,” Raley said. “You have to have a skill and be a positive Christian role model, and you have to have a wild and crazy streak running up and down your spine. You have to be ready to have a good time, to go 110 percent, 24 hours a day.” Ries said spirituality is the backbone of Camp Ozark. “That’s what our main goal is,” Ries said. “When we recruit that’s what we look for. It’s the premise behind why we are there. What the counselors and our staff have experienced, we want the kids to be able to experience that. That’s our main focus, that’s why our camp exists.” Every day of activities at

Camp Ozark ends with a nightly devotional service led by the cabin counselors. The devotionals consist of games, songs and sermons delivered by the camp staff. “We love kids and we love Jesus, and we love to help kids come to know Christ,” Raley said. “More than just who Jesus is, we want it to be personal, and we want it to be a part of their life; for Jesus to be their life. We do that through relationships and showing them Jesus in how we live our day to day lives.” David Barnett, senior in exercise science, has worked at Camp Ozark every summer since 2006. Barnett said the friendships he has established at Camp Ozark make him want to come back every year. “There’s not many opportunities in your life where you get to do something like this,” Barnett said. “You have to do internships and work and stuff like that. This is one of those times you can work with kids and

people outside of Alabama and make a lot of lasting relationships.” To conclude their week of recruitment, Ries and Raley hosted a video presentation and information session in the Student Center last Thursday. The majority of people in attendance came because they spoke with Ries or Raley during the week but some Ozark veterans, like Barnett, came to show their support. Taylor Jackson, freshman in computer science, said the video presentation convinced him to apply to work at Camp Ozark. “When the guy stopped me while I was walking by he said, ‘Hey, you want to work at a Christian camp?’ and I was kind of interested,” Jackson said. “I didn’t really know a lot about the camp which is why I wanted to come down here and learn more about it, and it seems like a lot of fun and I’m really considering going and working there.” For more information on Camp Ozark, visit w w w. c a m p oz a rk . c o m .


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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Advocacy group provides moral support for women By THEADORIS MORRIS Staff Writer

“What does gossip mean to you?” said Arielle Long, president of Women Helping Other Women organization and a senior in international business. W.H.E.W., a sigh of relief organization, held its first meeting Oct. 19 in the Student Center. The organization began in April 2009 and reached provisionary status in September, Long said. Nineteen members and friends attended the round table meeting and discussed “gossip” as their first topic of the semester. “Gossip is an exaggeration or fabrication of any story,” said Kimberly James, treasurer and sophomore in political science and Spanish. “It doesn’t have to be a false story; if you exaggerate it to demean that person, then it is considered gossip.” The organization provides moral support and serves as a place where women can learn from each other. The group also evaluates worldly issues with a Christian perspective, according to the W.H.E.W. Facebook group. The meeting began with a prayer, creed reciting and what was called a “p.i.f. me down.” During “p.i.f. me down” each person told a personal interesting fact about themselves, such

as an achievement or a life-altering event. The organization’s creed states: “As members of W.H.E.W., we strive to be the woman that God wants us to be. Remembering that unity starts with you, not only will we better ourselves, but we will uplift, encourage and empower each other in a nurturing and confidential manner.” The question, “What does the Bible have to say about gossip?” was raised by Long for discussion. “We want to be an outlet and encourage personal growth and working together,” Long said. Andrea Crayton, sophomore in biomedical sciences, quoted scriptures from the Bible to enlighten the group about gossip. “Romans 13:9 says, ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,’” Crayton said. “If you wouldn’t do it to yourself, why would you do it to others?” It was also discussed how gossip can be harmful and hurtful, causing anorexia, bulimia and even suicide. “We have to watch what we say because the mouth is a powerful thing,” said Tacara Bedell, sophomore in apparel merchandising design and product development. Positive ways to deal with gossip, how it affects people, gossip in the media, such as Juicy Campus, Facebook and MySpace, were also discussed.

How to confront someone about gossip was discussed as well. “My preacher said ‘if you have haters then you must have something going for yourself, so keep going,’” said Gabrielle Allen, sophomore in pre-pharmacy. Joseph Simmons, also known as Rev. Run, from the group Run-DMC, is known for breaking hip-hop into mainstream music. He wrote on his Twitter page, “Don’t argue with the fool, ’cause from a distance people can’t tell who’s who,” Long said. Group members will be keeping journals to write about things they deal with to purge the information instead of keeping it inside. “The meeting was very enlightening as far as what my friends were talking about,” said Sacona Sherffield, freshman in math education. “I heard horror stories coming in as a freshman, but I didn’t know it was that serious.” The group will meet every Monday at 6 p.m., in yet-tobe-determined locations. “I have to come back on Monday, and I will actually become a member,” Sherffield said. “It was very good, and I want to bring diversity because other races go through the same things.” The group will work with other on-campus organizations through the spring. More information can be found at the Women Supporting Women Facebook page.

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W.H.E.W. holds its first meeting in Student Center Room 3163.

Rod Guajardo / PHOTO EDITOR Ahaja Scott, junior in psychology, holds up a copy of the W.H.E.W. creed as the group recites it.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

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Announcements Omega Tau Sigma Haunted House: Omega Tau Sigma will host a haunted house Friday, Oct. 23. Admission is $6 or $5 with a canned food item. Canned foods will go to the Beat Bama Food Drive.

Symphonic Band Concert: 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Opelika Center for the Performing Arts

Saturday, Oct. 24

Art Exhibit in Biggin Hall: Water: Three States (Phase II) Exhibition in Biggin Gallery from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Biggio Center Professional Development Seminar: Paula Bobrowski, associate dean for research and faculty development for the College of Liberal Arts, will present, ,“Creating Successful High Performance Teams for Your Classroom,” from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Student Center Room 2222. Round Table DiscussionCareers in Student Affairs: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Student Center Room 2223 Softball vs. Jefferson State: 7 p.m. at Jane B. Moore Softball Complex

Monday, Oct. 26 Women’s Tennis- ITA Regionals: Time TBA, Yarbrough Tennis Center

Friday, Oct. 23 COSAM Minority High School Visitation Day: Noon in the College of Sciences and Mathematics

Campus Events Thursday, Oct. 22

Volleyball vs. Alabama: 6 p.m. in the Student Activities Center

Women’s Tennis- ITA Regionals: Time TBA, Yarbrough Tennis Center Swim and Dive- War Eagle Invitational: Starting time TBA, Aquatics Center

Women’s Tennis- ITA Regionals: Time TBA, Tennis Courts Swim and Dive- War Eagle Invitational: Starting time TBA, Aquatics Center Hunger March: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on campus. Exact starting location TBA Sunday, Oct. 25

Hunger March: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on campus. Exact starting location TBA

Women’s Tennis- ITA Regionals: Time TBA, Yarbrough Tennis Center

Art Exhibit in Biggin Hall: Water: Three States (Phase II) Exhibition in Biggin Gallery from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Swim and Dive- War Eagle Invitational: Starting time TBA, Aquatics Center

2009 War Eagle Native American Festival: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art Fisheries Seminar: Speaker: Greg Moyer of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Swingle Hall Room 303

Hunger March: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on campus. Exact starting location TBA Volleyball vs. Mississippi State: 1:30 p.m. in the Student Activities Center Soccer vs. Georgia: 2:30 p.m. in the Auburn Soccer Complex

Art Exhibit in Biggin Hall: Water: Three States (Phase II) Exhibition in Biggin Gallery from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Seminar and Food Tasting: J. Shaffer of Slow Food, Emory University will speak from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Haley 3195. Music Recital- Octubafest: 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Goodwin Recital Hall Miss Auburn University Scholarship Mandatory Meeting: 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Student Center Room 2222

Panel Discussion-Careers in Student Affairs: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Student Center Room 2310

Percussion Ensemble/ Steel Band Fall Concert: 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Goodwin Band Hall

JCSM Presents Elvis’ America: 1956: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Jule Collins Museum of Fine Art

Thursday, Oct. 29

JCSM Presents 1956 Film: “Baby Doll,” 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art Career Development Services Presents “Negotiating Job Offers and Personal Finances”: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University, Ballroom B

Art Exhibit in Biggin Hall: Water: Three States (Phase II) Exhibition in Biggin Gallery from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. STEM Scaring for Kids, a Halloween Masquerade Benefit: 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Greystone Mansion on Magnolia Avenue Auburn Magazine Advisory Board Meeting: Noon, location TBA

Faculty Recital: David Odom, Clarinet, and Jeremy Samolesky, Piano. 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Goodwin Recital Hall

Art Exhibit in Biggin Hall: Water: Three States (Phase II) Exhibition in Biggin Gallery from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 28

Fisheries Seminar: David Glover will present “Slow Growth of Coastal Largemouth Bass” from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Swingle Hall Room 303.

Tuesday, Oct. 27 Art Exhibit in Biggin Hall: Water: Three States (Phase II) Exhibition in Biggin Gallery from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Seminar: Adam Taylor will speak, 11 a.m. to noon in School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Rm. 1101.

Art Exhibit in Biggin Hall: Water: Three States (Phase II) Exhibition in Biggin Gallery from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. National Italian American Heritage Month Film Screening: “MAC,” 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Haley 3195

Football, Fans & Feathers: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Southeastern Raptor Center, Shug Jordan Parkway

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK Cameron Guthrie, junior in biomedical sciences. Photo specifications: f=5.2, 1/40, F 2.7 If you would like to submit your photo for photo of the week, e-mail it to

On the Concourse: “A kissing booth. I did it my freshman year, and it was a pretty fun night.”

Caleb Reeves, senior in building science

What is your most memorable Halloween costume?

“A ninja turtle. I was a freshman in college and made my own costume with toilet paper.” Bailey Pride, senior in apparel merchandising

“I was a clown in the third grade.”

“I was the blue Power Ranger when I was 7. He’s not my favorite, it was just the last costume in the store.”

Saalihah Muhammad, freshman in liberal arts

Rodni Perry, freshman in biomedical sciences

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Tiger Paw needs spirit votes to win By CALLIE GARRETT Assistant Intrigue Editor

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Despite their age, college students come home and snuggle with their favorite stuffed animals, unable to let go. By SIMPSON FLETCHER Staff Writer

Kameron McDaniel, a senior Tiger Paw member, was nominated by Auburn University and selected by Athlon Sports to represent the SEC for the Sideline Spirit Competition. “War Kam Eagle” is accepting everyone’s participation in voting as the polls remain open until Oct. 30 for the third round. “I would love to give Auburn the opportunity to show how involved its student body is,” McDaniel said. “To me, it’s more about the prestige the Auburn family and the SEC would get.” McDaniel said she just wants to make the Auburn family proud, but she needs all the support she can get. To vote, go to spirit and create a free account, then click on McDaniel’s picture up to 20 times a day to help her win. “I have stayed in first place for the most part, but every vote helps, and it would be great to pull even farther ahead,” McDaniel said. Tiger Paws agreed that McDaniel de> Turn to PAWS, C2

When stuffed animals or comfort objects are given to toddlers and children, they usually hold onto them for a few years as they adjust to sleeping in a "big kid bed.” However, some people are just unable to let go of snuggling with their beloved animals and blankets each night. Students invite them to come play along into their college years and even beyond. Hannah Gordon, a sophomore in English and French, has slept with her Simba stuffed animal since she was 5 years old. "I don't really even think about sleeping with it anymore," Gordon said. "It's a part of home for me." Dr. Vincent Iannelli, associate professor of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, said comfort objects such as stuffed animals are given to children as a substitute for the parent helping the child to learn to be apart from the parent. Children carry them around every-

where they go providing them with comfort, even when a parent is not present allowing children to establish some independence. Tocara Bedell, a sophomore in apparel merchandising, still keeps all of her stuffed animals including a dog named Bingo her mom found for her at a yard sale, a pink cat named Mittens, Mr. Piggles, who likes to be called Mister, and Strawberry. Shannon Bonham, a sophomore in pre-nursing, keeps her animals as well. She has a stuffed Elmo and a puppy dog her brother gave her as a birthday gift. “They’re just part of my comfort zone,” Bonham said. “My dad tried to throw them away, but I got mad.” Some students like to keep one animal with them at school as well as one at home. Whitney Bonham, an undeclared sophomore, keeps her chocolate brown dog named Mr. McGruff at school with her, but leaves her teddy bear Valentine at home. Linus, a character in Charles Schultz's comic strip “Peanuts,” was rarely seen without his "security blanket," and was

the first to coin the term. Although Linus faced criticism from Charlie Brown and his sister Lucy, he did not dare let it go. The teddy bear was popularized after president Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot a baby bear while on a hunting trip in November 1902. A cartoon of the event appeared in The Washington Post and later a shopkeeper in Brooklyn made two stuffed animal bears for his window display. The craze for the stuffed teddy bear was set into motion. Anna Twardy, a senior in accounting, still keeps her teddy bear, Pinky. She got the bear as a third birthday present. "It's comforting to sleep with it," Twardy said. "It reminds me of home." The trend seems to be college students are hanging onto these "Simba's" and "Pinky's" because the animals remind them of the comforts of home. In the new place and new situation that college throws students into, they find it comforting to bring along the reminders of a more comforting place and time.

Overdraft fees hinder money control By JILL CLAIR Staff Writer

Illustration by Morgan Thacker / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR

Allison Hop, a junior in public relations, withdraws money from Auburn Bank’s ATM.

Insufficient funds. Balance: -$127. Four purchases less than $3 just cost more than a college student’s paycheck because of overdraft fees. Most banks charge more than $30 each time their customers make a transaction that exceeds the money in their accounts. When students arrive at a university, it is often the first time they must manage their own money. Bank policies on overdraft fees and excessive charges are one of the first things students must master before being able to manage their money correctly. “I went to Nashville and expected my card to be

denied when I didn’t have any more money, but it wasn’t,” said Daily Thomas, junior in agriculture economics. “I wish I would have known that you can overdraw on a debit card, and I wish I would have kept up with my balance in a register.” It is important to be aware of the bank’s policies, so there is less confusion when making transactions. Without checking the balance of their accounts many make small purchases and are shocked when the overdraft fees pile up. Overdraft fees can accumulate to high amounts when the account is not managed on a timely basis. Some students write down all of their transactions in a register, even if

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they use online banking. “I keep track of how much money is in my account,” said Brendan Morgan, a sophomore in computer science. “When I get a receipt, I go home and write it in my register.” Unlike most students Morgan said he has never overdrawn his account because he keeps close tabs on his account. However, technology has almost eliminated the use of checks in the current generation, so writing down transactions in a check register has become outdated. Some banks, such as BBVA Compass, now have a feature that allows their customers to receive information about their accounts through text messaging.

Customers can check their balances, transfer funds and even see pending items, said Patrick McDuff, a financial sales representative at BBVA Compass. McDuff also said it may be a good option for some students to use a credit card with a low limit during college. “If you have a good credit card, you can use it to make purchases and then pay it off on time at the end of the month,” McDuff said. Using a credit card responsibly allows students to avoid accidental overdraft fees and also builds good credit which is valuable when trying to purchase larger items such as > Turn to BANK, C2

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serves to win the Sideline Spirit contest because of her passion for Auburn spirit as well as helping the community. “I don’t think I know anyone with more Auburn spirit than Kameron,” said Hannah Milton, junior Tiger Paw. “She is truly a leader in getting people involved in the Auburn community, athletics and University.” Milton said McDaniel has been a tremendous help to all of the girls on the team. “When I came in as a freshman, she really enabled me to be the best spirit leader I could and understand the Auburn and SEC traditions,” Milton said. Coach Jennifer Hodge said McDaniel is a dedicated member, loves to cheer for the Auburn Tigers and is a true performer. “She is an outstanding Tiger Paw member, and I do enjoy the time that we have shared together,” Hodge said. McDaniel, a dancer since she was 5 years old, said she would spend six days a week in the dance studio practicing and competing. “Tiger Paws was the perfect opportunity to keep dancing and to do something for Auburn that I truly cared for,” McDaniel said. McDaniel’s dedication to the team is important to her as well as the friendships she has built over the past four years of participation. “The girls over the past four years have been my best friend,” McDaniel said. “All

year, we spend most of our time together, so they become more like a family. I’ve had so many opportunities to give back to Auburn and the community.” McDaniel said Hodge selected a Tiger Paw to represent Auburn and graciously took the offer after talking it over with her family. She knew it would be worth it because of her passion. As a senior, she is appreciative of her nominations and time she has spent at Auburn. “I have also had the opportunity this year to be on the team with my sister,” McDaniel said. “It means a lot to me and will always be something special to remember. Representing Auburn, my team and the SEC is making for a memorable last year. I’m so grateful to have this experience.” The Tiger Paws said they believe being on the sidelines during football games and other sporting events is an experience of a lifetime. “For me, being on Tiger Paws is a way of doing something I absolutely love and being involved within Auburn while in college,” Milton said. “I love getting to represent Auburn in such a unique way. It may be more work than required by the average college student, but it is an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything.” McDaniel said if she wins the third round she will be honored to represent Auburn and the SEC in the Athlon Sports Sideline Spirit Competition. She said she appreciates everyone’s support and participation.

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a house or car later in life. Beginning in 2010, some banks, such as Regions, will introduce a new benefit for their customers that will help them avoid excessive overdraft fees by limiting the number of fees given in a day. “Regions has made the decision to eliminate all overdraft fees for all transactions when customers overdraw their accounts by less than $5 and will charge customers no more than four overdraft fees per day,” said Randy Newton, branch manager of Regions in Auburn. Other banks, such as Auburn Bank, don’t offer overdraft protection. When customers use debit cards and don’t have

the money in their accounts, the bank will not pay for the transaction and therefore will not charge overdraft protection fees. Instead, the card will be denied. Also, the bank will not pay when a customer writes a bad check. This way the customer is solely responsible for the money they withdraw from their account. “Overdraft protection can send people further into debt if they don’t know how to manage their accounts,” said Jo Hall, executive vice president of operations at Auburn Bank. Hall said customers should always keep a certain amount of money in their accounts so they don’t accidentally overdraw. Scottie Arnold, vice

president of operations at Auburn Bank, said it is important for college students to know that customer service representatives at their banks are there to help them learn how to manage money and can offer advice to help students learn the basics of bank accounts. “If you do have a problem, come in and we’ll work with you,” Arnold said. Overdraft protection can be a benefit, or it can cause major problems. Regardless of advances in technology, most banks agree the easiest way to avoid fees is to record all transactions in a register. They suggest students keep receipts, bills and a certain amount of backup money in bank accounts to ensure no extra fees.

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Helen northcutt Editor Olivia Martin Associate Editor

Callie garrett Assistant Editor

To reach the staff, call 844-9109.

Jane Random Lauren Justus freshman, pre-nursing ABOUT JANE: Age: 18 Hometown: Atlanta Greatest fear: Spiders Hobbies: Playing the violin Random fact: I crack my toes a lot. Callie Garrett / ASSISTANT INTRIGUE EDITOR

Lauren Justus is going to Baton Rouge this weekend for the Auburn football game.

What is your dream vacation? Going to Fiji Island.

Where were you three hours ago? In biology class.

What do you wish you knew about the future? What my profession will be.

Did you ever have an awkward childhood injury? Yes, I have a scar on my face from being scratched by a cat.

Do you still sleep with a stuffed animal? No, I never have.

Have you ever eaten a crayon? No.

How do you keep warm? I wear socks at night while sleeping.

What are you doing this weekend? I am going to Baton Rouge for the LSU football game. Snow White or Sleeping Beauty? Snow White

Have you ever overdrafted your account? No.

Campus Rants ● Last Friday, I drunkenly convinced myself I had dropped my phone and wallet in the bushes beside my house. I think I crawled around in them for nearly an hour “looking” for my stuff. When I came in, they were sitting on my dresser in my room and I had poison ivy. ● Saturday after several kamikaze shots, I thought my best friend was flirting with a guy I’ve hooked up with several times. We got into a screaming fight about whether or not she had, and it ended with her screaming, “He’s not even my type. He is not even cute!” He was in the next room listening against the door. ● A couple weeks ago, I got so drunk that I went over to one of my girl friends’ houses because she lives close to the bar. Apparently I tried to hook up with her, passed out in her roommate’s bed after she tried to kick me out of the house, then threw up in the bathroom, breaking the blinds and dropping my wallet in the toilet in the process. I woke up in her bed, by myself, with a note saying I could see myself out. This entire experience had to be pieced together from my wet, vomitsmelling wallet, broken blinds and the story she finally told me a week later. ● My Tuesday started off like usual. I woke up and got in the shower. To my surprise the fire alarm went off, and I had to stand outside our dorm building—in my towel. To submit your anonymous campus rants e-mail them to

Oct. 23 Trail of Terror Haunted Hayride Spring Villa Park, 1474 Lee Road - 148 Opelika Road. Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for ages 10 and under. The haunted experience will include a haunted house, trail of terror and giant maze. For additional information call 334-705-5552. Oct. 24 Syrup Sopping An all-day free festival at 7 a.m., at Loachapoka Park. It is celebrating cane syrup development and offering arts, crafts, entertainment and food. Forest Eco Preserve 5K Trail Run At Louise Kreher Forest Eco Preserve. For more information contact by e-mail at preserve@auburn. edu or call 334-844-8091.

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Mock Trial Team provides real experience to court By OLIVIA MARTIN Associate Intrigue Editor

Aside from CSI and Law and Order, most Auburn students don’t know the inner workings of a courtroom. The Auburn Mock Trial Team, however, spends a portion of each year in a courtroom competing against other schools in a “mock trial”. The team is composed of two teams, one with eight members and one with 10, and the members play a variety of roles to prepare for competition every spring. “The American Mock Trial Association sends us a case packet every year with affidavits and exhib-

It is a really good prep for law school because there is a lot of analytical reading involved.” Sam Lamere, junior in political science its that we have to study,” said Paul Bergen, sophomore in microbiology and treasurer on the team. From the case book, witnesses and attorneys are constructed, and the team comes up with witness performances along with direct and cross examinations. “We have to prepare for both sides, so you don’t know if you’re going to show up to a competition

and be the defense side or the prosecution side, so we prepare for everything,” said Sam Lamere, junior in political science. When the team competes, it forms a defense or prosecution and acts out the case with another team who is playing the opposite side. Just like a real lawsuit or trial, despite preparation with witnesses, the members never know what

to expect from the other team. “During the fall semester we meet weekly and work out all aspects of the case, then scrimmage (act out the trial) with ourselves,” said Kate Boston, junior in English and secretary of the team. “We’re coached by local attorneys.” The case this year is The State of Midlands v. Jackie Owens and involves three Hollywood stars, two directors and an actor/actress (the role is gender neutral), who form a production company together, Bergen said. The three partners were offered a chance to sell the company and one, Jacob Bennett, owned 55 per-

cent of the company and did not want to sell, while the other two did. A while later he was found dead and the actor/ actress, Jackie Owens, is the main suspect because he/she did not have a strong alibi, Bergen said. This is the team’s second year to compete in the regionals. “It was our first year at competition last year,” Lamere said. “We did pretty well, but we hope to do better this year.” With new ideas and returning members, the team feels it has improved. “As a team we did really well, but we didn’t know what to expect,” Bergen said. “There were technical issues like how wit-

nesses were supposed to be more like actors and actresses and how attorneys should walk in the classroom. Now that we know that, I think we’ll do much better.” In addition to being prepared for competitions, the team members also feels prepared for law school. “It is really good prep for law school because there is a lot of analytical reading involved and you learn how to look deep into something and find the different angles,” Lamere said. Boston said regionals begin in late February and early March, and the team will compete against other Southeastern colleges.

Blount County brings quilting tradition to new members By MARY-GLENN SMITH Staff Writer

The Blount County Quilters’ Guild is a non-profit organization made up of members who all share the same passion — quilting. “This guild was formed in 1988 with the goal of promoting the art and quality of quilting through friendship, knowledge and encouragement to others,” said Joyce Foster, president of The Blount County Quilters’ Guild. The quilters’ guild has about 45 members, ranging from teens to 89 years old that are both male and female and the guild is always open to accepting new members interested in creating quilts. The group of quilters does other things in addition to stitching and sewing pieces of fabrics into unique patterns, which ultimately end up as quality, handmade quilts. The group generously donates the money raised from events to local charities. Each year The Blount

County Quilters’ Guild has a quilt show as a fundraiser to raise money for charitable service projects. “The money we raise goes to various charities and for three $1,000 scholarships for high school seniors in Blount County,” Foster said. “We award money to St. Jude’s hospital, Children’s Hospital, the animal shelter, Christmas for a family, Oneonta Art Council and maybe a few more I have forgotten.” This year the Blount County quilt show will be Oct. 23 and 24 at Palisades Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the quilt show is $3 and will feature quilts from several different vendors in two different buildings. “We have 24 different categories of quilts,” Foster said. “Hand quilted, machine quilted, baby, lap, embroidered, appliquéed, antique and many more; we usually have about 150 items to be displayed.” In addition to local quilts, patriotic wall hangings from all over the U.S. will be on display at the show. The patriotic display

of quilts will pay tribute to and honor servicemen and women of the past and those who are currently in the military. The proceeds from the rental of the display will be used to provide quilts for those injured in the line of duty. “The patriotic wall hanging display was obtained from Buckboard Quilts,” Foster said. “We have 45 patriotic quilts that will be on display. Each one has a story to tell about the reason for the quilt.” There is a bit of sentimental attachment to quilting for Julie Honea, junior in elementary education. “I think quilting is a lost trait,” Honea said. “There is a whole generation of girls that are losing touch with a part of our heritage.” She doesn’t just want to do it as a hobby to pick up. “I have a quilt that my great-grandmother made my dad when he was 12 years old, and it really goes everywhere with me,” Honea said. “It has been to many concerts, the park, and sometimes I just sleep on it outside.”

Kelley Holmquist, a junior in landscape horticulture, wants to learn to quilt just so she can have a quilt for herself. “My grandmother quilts, and she has promised me she was going to make a quilt since I was a baby,” Holmquist said. “Everyone else in my family has one except me; my cousin’s new baby got one before I did.” Holmquist has looked into taking public classes that teach people how to quilt. “I have actually seen at Hobby Lobby where you can go and take a quilting class,” Holmquist said. She already has the design picked out for her quilt, even though she has not yet mastered the craft. “Some of my friends from home have a quilt made out of all their old T-shirts from high school,” Holmquist said. “I would like to have a quilt like that to put my shirts to use that I don’t wear anymore. After college, I would like to make one with all my sorority T-shirts.” The Quilters’ Cottage is in the foothills of the Ap-

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Quilts from last years’ show are displayed in the quilters’ cottage.

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Members of the quilters’ guild gather to help stitch a quilt.

palachian Mountains. For students interested, there is more information on quilting and The Blount

County Quilters’ Guild annual quilt show that can be found at

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Pound promotes past-prime pooches By REBECCA CROOMES

posit receipt must be included in the adoption paperwork. All types of breeds are available This month, Lee County Hu- for adoption at the humane socimane Society will host its annual ety, large and small. Adopt-a-Dog program in which The dogs have been de-wormed, potential pooch parents can adopt micro-chipped and vaccinated a canine friend at a discounted with the exception of the rabies price. shot, which must be done by a vetMost people jump at the chance erinarian. to bring home a puppy for their Adopted dogs receive a free first children, but a big hope of the Hu- office visit to certain vets which mane Society is that people will could make it easier to obtain a also take this opportunity to adopt rabies vaccine. older dogs that are just as much in All dogs have also been spayed need of loving families. or neutered. Another advantage of Stasia Dunlop, director of com- adopting older shelter dogs is that munity outreach for LCHS, said they already have an idea of how she thinks it would be a good idea to behave. for college students to adopt an According to, a older dog versus a puppy for vari- Web site published by the Senior ous reasons. Dogs Project that Dunlop recom“They are instant companions, mended, “Older dogs have learned ready for hiking, riding in the car, what ‘no’ means and how to leave walking on leash, fetching, etc,” furniture, carpet, shoes and other Dunlop said. ‘chewables’ alone.” “Older dog” doesn’t necessarily It recommended that any stumean the animal already has one dent who adopts a dog should paw in “pet cemetery,” it just sim- crate the animal to give it its own ply means the dog is not a puppy comfortable, safe place to go duranymore, Dunlop said. ing the day. Crating also prevents “They are easy to assess for be- unwanted behaviors while the stuhavior and temperament, and you dent is away at class. also don’t have to guess how big “I just don’t know why people they’ll grow,” Dunlop said. would go out and spend hunWhen considering adopting dreds of dollars on a puppy from a shelter dog, students need to a breeder when there are a lot keep in mind a few things: first, a more dogs in shelters that would student must be better pets,” remember the said Tori Smith, Check rules about sophomore online for video in agriculture pets wherever he or she may coverage of this business. live. Smith started story. For example, a petition at her no dogs are alplace of resilowed in University dorms with dence to adopt a “house dog” from the exception of service animals. a shelter. After gaining permission Off-campus residents may also from the landlords, 3-year-old Ella want to check their own pet poli- soon became a part of the colleccies. tive family at the apartments. Dunlop said in order to adopt Smith encouraged students to from LCHS, a copy of a lease with think about adoption before shella pets allowed clause and pet de- ing out money for pedigrees. Staff Writer

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Three-year-old Ella lives at an apartment complex as “house dog” after Tori Smith, a sophomore in agriculture business, convinced the owner to adopt an older dog.

Cold causes more than goosebumps By LAURA MAXWELL Staff Writer

When the air starts to turn frosty, many people complain about cold weather and having to wrap up in jackets, scarves and gloves. For some, however, the fall and winter seasons bring about extreme physical discomfort. These people are actually allergic to the cold, an illness known as cold urticaria, or “cold-induced hives.” “It is usually an itchy, transient skin reaction caused by release of histamine and other substances in response to exposure to cold temperatures,” said Dr. Fred Kam, medical director for Auburn University Medical Clinic. Physically induced forms of urticaria are manifested when a person comes in contact with something in the environment, such as heat, sun, water or, in this case, cold. According to a report done by the National Organization for Rare Disorders, “Cold urticaria may be diagnosed by plac-

ing an ice cube on the skin of the subject’s forearm for about four or five minutes. A positive response is indicated by the appearance of a ‘hive’ in the shape of the ice cube, within 10 minutes after the stimulus is removed. Hirsh Komarow, a staff clinician in the laboratory of allergic diseases for the National Institute of Health, explained hives show up in the area of exposure. General symptoms include redness, some swelling and itchiness. According to Mayo Clinic’s Web site, the symptoms often worsen as the skin warms back up. Cold urticaria is different from just getting the goose bumps. “Goose bumps are caused by the contraction of little muscles at the base of hair follicles causing them to become erect,” Kam said. “This can happen with exposure to a chilly environment. Cold urticaria is caused by release of chemicals such as histamine, similar to what happens in an allergic skin reaction.” Dr. Richard W.

Honsinger of Los Alamos Medical Care Clinic Ltd. and clinical professor of the University Of New Mexico School of Medicine said the mast cells in the surface of membranes are full of tiny granules. When those granules are disturbed or excited, the cells release some of the granules, including histamines. Honsinger said the hives last as long as it takes the body to block the histamine. Simply moving to a warmer area or wrapping up in a blanket will not speed the reduction of the symptoms. People who have cold urticaria should take great care to avoid cold temperatures, Komarow said. “People that have it should stay away from jumping into cold water,” Komarow said. “That could be lifethreatening.” Cold urticaria is usually only external, Honsinger said, and those who suffer from it can still eat and drink cold things. Hives could appear on their lips and other sensitive areas after being exposed to cold

temperatures Cold urticaria is typically treated with antihistamines. Over the counter antihistamines can help reduce the allergic reaction. Komarow said the antihistamines will only help as long as the person continues taking them. They can be used as preventative treatment and can also lessen the symptoms for those in which the cold urticaria has already been manifested, meaning the symptoms are already physically present. People with more severe symptoms may require additional medication. Unfortunately, cold urticaria cannot be prevented, meaning a person cannot do anything to ensure they never get it, but the symptoms can be prevented through the use of antihistamines. There are both acquired and genetic forms of urticaria. For the majority of people who suffer from it, Komarow said, the illness will usually go away within five years. For others, it can be a life-long struggle.

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The community garden plants, maintains and harvests fresh produce that is donated to the East Alabama Food Bank. The garden is between South College Street and South Donahue Drive next to the agriculture research gardens. The garden is currently filled with more than seven different types of produce.

Community garden weeds out local hunger By HELEN NORTHCUTT Intrigue Editor

Auburn’s Third Annual Hunger Awareness Week overflows with events dedicated to ending the fight with hunger locally and around the world. The “Beat Bama Food Drive”, the Victoria Secret “End Hunger Bash” and the World Food Day Teleconference are some of the few Auburn events that are collecting money and food to support the world hunger cause. Mike Mulvaney, Ph.D candidate in agronomy and soils and coordinator of the community garden, brought the issue of hunger into the local spotlight by speaking to students and faculty about Auburn’s food security and involvement with the community garden. “We are trying to increase awareness of hunger,” said Claire Zizza, professor in nutrition and director of the four series hunger lectures. “I don’t think we realize food insecurity is in our community when it really is. We have lots of poverty stricken areas in Alabama that students could make a difference in.” Mulvaney defined food security as an access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life. In 2007, food insecure households in the U.S. were at 11.1 percent and in Alabama insecure households were measured at 7 percent. “Food insecurity with hunger is starting to skip meals or going hungry because there is no food in the house,” Mulvaney said. Auburn chooses to battle against food insecurity by planting, managing and harvesting the community garden. The Auburn community garden is a single piece of land gardened by a group of volunteers with a common purpose — to donate the harvest to the East Alabama Food Bank. The garden reduces food insecurity by providing fresh vegetables to the needy in our area.

“As an agriculturalist, I like to think we are producing and donating the healthiest kind of produce,” Mulvaney said. “We are donating local, fresh and more or less organic produce directly to the food bank.” Right now the community garden is growing collards, mustard greens, hot peppers, okra, lima beans and pink eye purple hull peas. They plan to harvest sweet potatoes in another three weeks. Surrounding businesses in Auburn contribute their resources to help reduce local food insecurity. Arriccia at the Auburn Hotel makes a pot of soup from leftover food to be distributed on Sunday mornings at the East Alabama Food Bank. Panera Bread donates its leftover bread to the food bank, and the Gnu’s Room supplies the community garden with old coffee grounds for soil fertilizer. “Businesses are being squeezed, the food bank is being squeezed, everyone is being squeezed especially in these times, so we’ve just got to start thinking outside the box,” Mulvaney said. “It is all for a good cause. The community is coming together and saying there are people in my area who I could help. I love that we have this kind of volunteerism that is the great thing about these kinds of projects.” The community garden offers a connection to the environment. People that have never planted a seed before come to the community garden to learn to grow food. “People love planting a seed, weeding it, and three months later they come back to harvest it,” Mulvaney said. Will McCartney, sophomore in civil engineering, attended the food insecurity speech to gain a perspective on community awareness and starting a community garden of his own. “Mike’s speech was informative,” McCartney said. “I’m planning a trip to South America to help with agricultural production in the spring, and I’ve been stumbling

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Chilies contain high amounts of vitamin C and carotene.

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Okra improves nutrients and boosts food security.

along to try and find someone who knows what they’re talking about, and he did an excellent job.” The community garden hopes to donate close to 2,000 pounds of produce to the East Alabama Food Bank this year. To help plant, maintain or harvest visit the garden Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. or send Mulvaney an email to be on the volunteer list at

Fall draws closer, Auburn’s leaves begin to change By MOLLY MONTGOMERY Staff Writer

Fall is upon us here at Auburn, and it wouldn’t be complete without the changing colors of the au-

tumn leaves. Autumn in Auburn is a great time of year, and along with Auburn Tiger Football and crisp fall cookouts, is some of the most beautiful scenery in the South.

Leaves are changing colors, and when looking for a great place to study, take pictures or just take a walk, keep in mind that Auburn has several scenic routes from which to choose.

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Students can find many places around campus and Auburn to view the changing of the leaves.

Enjoying the fall leaves is a simple thing to do, if you know where to look. Among some of the best places to catch some seasonal scenery are Chewacla State Park, The Davis Arboretum, Auburn’s Town Creek Park and Tuskegee National Forest. “The best place to look for fall leaves is probably The Overlook,” said Odell Banks, parks manager of Chewacla State Park. The Overlook is on the Deer Rub Trail of the state park and overlooks a beautiful view of the forestry below. Banks also said that since the cool weather is just beginning, it could be a few more weeks before Auburn sees fall leaves around this area. “The drive up to the park is also nice,” Banks said. Chewacla is open from 7 a.m. until sundown and costs $3 per adult for a full day’s admission. The Davis Arboretum,

which originally began as a collection of southern trees, is located in the heart of Auburn’s campus. The Davis Arboretum is open every day of the year from sunrise to sunset and admission is free. According to the Arboretum Web site, the grounds host 261 different types of trees and started as an assortment of native trees of the Southeastern United States. Austin Smith, sophomore in wireless hardware engineering, enjoys studying in the Davis Arboretum. “It’s a very relaxing place to go,” Smith said. “It’s the best in the fall, when the weather is cool, and the trees have changed color.” Also among the places to see fall scenery is the Town Creek Park, located on South Gay Street. The park is beautifully landscaped with many trees. Town Creek also has a walking trail that is almost

one mile long according to the Parks and Recreation Web site, and it’s perfect for a brisk fall afternoon. Gil Shults, Eagle Scout and Auburn sophomore in business, suggested Tuskegee National Forest as a great place to see fall leaves. “It’s a short drive from Auburn and has lots of great trails for hiking,” Shults said. “The trees are really pretty there as well.” Tuskegee is located about 20 minutes south of Auburn and has more than 11,000 acres of forest land. Tuskegee also has eight miles of hiking trails where hikers can see thousands of trees in fall color. Many other parks in the Auburn area also have large amounts of fall foliage. Just visit the Parks and Recreation site at: www. Auburnalabama .org/ parks to see a complete list of parks in Auburn and surrounding areas.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Backstreet’s back with ‘This is Us’

By CALLIE GARRETT Assistant Intrigue Editor

Backstreet’s back with a new genre of pop music with its newly released album, “This is Us,” after working with legendary producers such as T-Pain, Max Martin, RedOne and Ryan Tedder. Working with various artists, Backstreet Boys are moving back to their original roots, a pop genre. Many people have been skeptical of their seventh album released because of the genre change, but I believe they did it right this time. Not everyone enjoys hiphop or pop music, but for those that do this is a huge comeback for the band. With only one band member short, Kevin Richardson, the Backstreet Boys

performed “Strait Through My Heart” on the Conan O’Brien show Oct. 8, with all the same dance moves from day one. The Boys’ vocals sound brilliant in their new release, as well as the beat, much like Usher or Chris Brown. Their tempo and harmony is unique in each song, offering a variety of upbeat music. The song “Strait Through My Heart” is one of the more catchy songs that I think will be a hit. “Bye Bye Love” is the song that sounds a lot like Chris Brown’s “Forever,” tempo wise. Some of my other personal favorites are “If I Knew Then” and “This is Us,” these are some of the songs that will be enjoyed by almost any pop or hip-hop music lover. Although this album may not be tar-

geted toward every college student, I am more than positive it will be successful for the younger crowd. As far as pop music goes, the Backstreet Boys are coming back with a big hit. Before anyone starts to judge this album, you need to have an open mind and appreciate pop or hip hop music. Personally, I enjoy almost every genre of music and those are the type of people that will enjoy this variety of an album. During a four–year break, each member of the band lived their life working on individual projects such as, Brian Littrell’s extremely successful Christian album, “Welcome Home.” Now that they are reunited taking a different road, I think it will expand their fan base nationwide.

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The new iPod Nano, introduced Sept. 9, offers a new built-in video camera and mic allowing music lovers to shoot video wherever they may be. The iPod Nano is available in nine vibrant colors, with a 2.2inch screen allowing users to view their videos more clearly. It also includes a live FM radio, voice recorder, voice over—which speaks the names of the songs and artists, the Nike pedometer to count every step you take and many other advanced features. The most impressive thing to me is the video camera built into this extremely slender piece of technology. I thought it was remarkable when the Flip camera came out, but this Nano is at least half the size and offers much more. There are 15 video effects built into the iPod that you can choose from before you shoot your video, such as mirror, X-ray, motion blur and sepia. After loading the videos onto the computer, I realized the video and audio quality transfers over

smoothly as well as simple to load onto Facebook and YouTube. Considering how small the camera lens is, the video quality is better than expected. Unlike the Flip camera, the Nano offers videos to be taken in landscape and portrait, which is convenient. Another interesting aspect is the built-in Nike pedometer. Most of the Nike iPod features require an additional piece to track your workouts, but not this one. You simply select your weight and start walking. Next thing you know, it tells you the exact steps you have taken and how many calories you burned. The built-in voice recorder is also a great way to record notes while you are on the go. This product is particularly suitable for those who are already music lovers, because now you can catch any candid moment on video since you more than likely have your iPod on you at all times. Technology has come a long way, and Apple has set the bar high for every other company with their continuous upgrades. I am overall impressed with this product and it was everything I expected plus more. Apple always knows how to do it right.


When I think of awful movies, I start at the top and work my way down. From now on, however, I will start and end with Pandorum. This movie, if I had any control, would be renamed and marketed as PanBorum. I am ashamed to admit it, but I still lay awake at night wondering what exactly happened in that movie. Granted I missed the first 20 minutes because I was in the lobby attempting to accurately figure out the best popcorn-toseasoning salt ratio. In the end it honest to god did not even matter. I walked into the theater and saw this random, handsome scientist armed with nothing but a tiny mag light and pistol, slightly resembling a cap gun, walking around the abandoned, dark hallways of this space station, which was just like keepin' it real up in space somewhere. They never told us. Still lying awake wondering. So then we realize this space station is actually a futuristic Noah's ark-type deal. It has been charged with taking all of the last remaining life forms on Earth and

relocating them to another planet, in a galaxy far, far away. As I am quickly trying to catch up with a plot and camera angles that are moving faster and more incoherently than Rush Limbaugh through a pharmacy, I realize that I have once again wasted 10 hard earned dollars, but by god, the popcorn to seasoning ratio is solid. On we trudged for about 30 minutes. I want to die, asking myself why did I come here before guess what happens? If you guessed nothing worth mentioning, you were spot on the money. Apparently during the journey, and I swear to god I am not making this up, the protein supplements used to nourish the cryogenically frozen people evolve into a primitive, cannibalistic tribe of pale, gray awfulness. They even had head dresses and tattoos. The scientist then along with a really hot chick, of course, travel through the bowels of the ship to try and reach the core of the ship to reset it. A ship that is the size of a planet oddly takes no more than 20 minutes to navigate to the center of. Maybe they move at "space speed"

or something else illogical, like the fact someone paid money to make this movie. Oh, and I left out the most important part. Dennis Quaid is in this flick. Let's review that poor bastards resume: GI Joe, The Parent Trap with Lindsey Lohan and even Jaws 3-D. The man has had it rough since he was in The Alamo and The Rookie. OK, back to the movie, the last miserable 20 minutes of the movie is dedicated to this virus that is taking over the brains of the people still awake in space. A space virus. The virus apparently makes you oddly paranoid, not nearly as bad as Tom Cruise in the mental health section of a bookstore, but more like Michael Vick at a dog park. Yes Michael, they are looking at you. I really just can't express to you enough how bad this movie was. The ending is just horrible. I want to tell you, but I just can't. I simply just cannot force myself to relive the trauma. If there was a way to give this movie negative stars where it would begin to owe me stars, then I totally would. I mean you go through this monstrosity hoping, pleading for some kind of clar-

‘Pandorum’ ★ STAR HOW WE RATE: ★ - Dismal ★★ - Bearable ★★★ - Average ★★★★ - Good ★★★★★ - Excellent ity to appear. I hate to say it, but it never does. This movie is not worth the plastic wasted to enclose it within the rectangular case of fail. I honestly suggest if you want to just throw away money, you have two options. First one is obviously you can give it to me. Or you can get it all changed into quarters, eat them and then wait for them to digest. At least that way you will get some of your money back and still have an equally crappy time.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Wasting Time St. -” 45 Flower pot 48 Tom of “Tropic Thunder” 51 He’s Dr. House 54 Josey Wales, e.g. 55 Look up to 56 Precipitous 57 Sandra Bullock thriller

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DOWN 1 Action Actor Jackie 2 Meander 3 Was obliged 4 Pale 5 Joanne of “Red River” 6 Designer Wang 7 Ms. Cara 8 Capitol Hill title: abbr. 9 “Holiday -” 10 Ms. Leoni 12 Rupert Jee’s establishment 13 “High - Musical” 18 “- Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

19 Scurried 20 David - Pierce 22 Brent Spiner sci-fi role 23 Guitarist Lofgren 24 “General Hospital” 25 Diplomacy 26 Mr. Sharif 27 Actor Cook 29 Pen ends 32 John Dye on “Touched By An Angel” 34 Stab 37 Doris or Dennis 40 Actor Hirsch 42 Ms. Fisher 44 Right away 45 French cheese 46 Emerald Isle 47 Achievement 48 Comedian Bill, for short 49 Channel 50 Western tribe 52 Super Bowl spots 53 Sports official


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Worst Pick-up Lines Your body’s name must be Visa, because it is everywhere I want to be. I may not be Fred Flintstone, but I bet I can make your bed rock. Do you have a map? I just keep on getting lost in your eyes. I wouldn’t be surprised if you were Campbell’s soup because you are mmm mmm good! Are you from Tennessee? Because you are the only ten I see. I wish you were DSL so I could get high-speed access. Do you have a sunburn? Or are you always this hot?

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Weekly Horoscopes Aries (March 21 - April 19): your fiery enthusiasm will be a big help to you early this week, especially on Tuesday. Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22): Monday, you’ll be unable to admit the truth to yourself in a difficult matter you are dealing with. Keep in mind that it’s in your own best interest not to go into denial mode.

Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18): This week you’ll consider your own needs, first and foremost. You’ll tackle a community project on Friday, as your desire to make the world a better place accelerates. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21): Your friends and family often come to you to receive pep talks and encouragement, because you are normally filled with enthusiasm. An associate will ask for your guidance and moral support early this week.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20): You’ll deal with someone who is not on your side, and you’ll want to paw the ground and charge when you confront your rival Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 23): This week, you’ll let your wise mind control your actions, thanks to the presence of clever Mercury in your sector of self. Cancer (June 21 - July 22): You’ll read between the lines in a certain situation you are involved in, and come to the right conclusion on Saturday. Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21): Your sense of selfesteem will rise very high, along with your confidence, on Saturday as the Sun sextiles your ruling planet, powerful Pluto. You will be a powerhouse of willpower. Be sure you make good use of all the radiant energy surrounding you this week

Gemini (May 21- June 20): You may decide to tell off someone who is giving you a hard time on Tuesday, but remember, you won’t make your situation any easier even though you’ll feel better by venting. Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20): Remember to look beneath the surface in a certain circumstance you are dealing with on Tuesday. Watch your footing if you plan to use a ladder during home repairs on Thursday. Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22): You need to temper your idealism with a bit of practicality this week, or you will discover that you are just spinning your wheels and going nowhere fast Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19): Allow your idealism to soar, as the cosmos may be telling you to put aside your sensible self now. This weekend, your desire to explore all that life has to offer will take center stage.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Tigers lose to Wildcats 21-14

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Stay behind Chris Todd Senior quarterback Chris Todd has been catching some flak the past two weeks for his less than stellar play against the University of Arkansas and the University of Kentucky. It’s almost like the first five games of the season, when he blew up the stat book, don’t even matter anymore. He has thrown 12 touchdowns compared to his two interceptions. Seven games with only two interceptions is amazing, especially in a conference and division that prides itself with good defense. There is a resemblance to the former No. 12 for the football team, Brandon Cox. Cox was criticized as being an inconsistent quarterback, but his inconsistencies would only come against sub-par teams. In the big games, like 2006 and 2007 against the University of Florida, Cox would step up and get the job done. Not to mention he never lost to Alabama. Todd’s recent play is similar to the way Cox played. He came up big against the University of Tennessee, but the physical and emotional toll that game took on him seems to have been too much for him to overcome. Todd is also in the same situation as Cox was in his senior year. He is a strong quarterback, but some see him as dead weight because of the highly recruited freshman dual-threat quarterback. This week is a big game, a must win for Auburn, and Todd should have it in him to get a victory.

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Senior running back Ben Tate scores a touchdown against Kentucky Saturday. The Tigers lost the game 21-14 dropping their record to 5-2.

Tigers travel to Baton Rouge By NICK VAN DER LINDEN Associate Sports Editor

Auburn Tigers Football (5-2, 2-2 SEC) continues conference play and travels to Baton Rouge to take on No. 9 Louisiana State University Tigers (5-1, 3-1 SEC). Auburn is coming off a 21-14 loss against the Kentucky Wildcats, its first loss to the ’Cats since 1966. “We played really well for three quarters, and then at the 11:00 minute mark in the fourth quarter we had an epidemic of missed tackles,” said defensive coordinator Ted Rood after Sunday night’s practice. “We missed too many tackles in the fourth quarter.” Senior quarterback Chris Todd completed 10 our of 24 passes for 80 yards and one interception. “Sometimes you just have those types of games,” said head coach

Gene Chizik after Saturday’s game. Senior running back Ben Tate rushed for 132 yards on 31 carries, making Saturday his third straight 100-yard game, becoming the first Auburn running back to have three consecutive 100-plus yards games since Kenny Irons in 2005. The series between Auburn and LSU has been a close one with eight of the last 14 games decided by a touchdown or less. “Auburn is a very talented team,” said LSU head coach Les Miles in Monday’s press conference. “I think coach Chizik has done a great job there in his first year.” The series between the two includes games such as the 1994 “Interception Game,” in which Auburn returned three of its five fourthquarter interceptions for touchdowns to rally and win 30-26, and

“The Extra Point Game” in 2004 in which both teams missed their extra points, but a LSU personal foul gave John Vaughn a second chance to win the game for Auburn 10-9. LSU currently holds a two-game winning streak over Auburn, winning 26-21 in JordanHare Stadium last year. The win in Auburn last year snapped an eightgame winning streak by the home team in the series. LSU is coming off a bye week following a 13-3 loss against topranked Florida. LSU is 48-11 in games in which they are ranked in the top 10 and held a 32 Saturday night home game winning streak until its loss to Florida. The LSU Tigers are ranked 14th nationally in scoring defense (14.5) and are tied for ninth in turnover margin (+1.17), > Turn to LSU, D2

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First Downs: 16 Rushing Attempts: 49 Rushing Yds.: 223 Passing Attempts: 25 Passes Completed: 11 Passing Yds.: 95 Total Yds.: 315 Penalties-Yds.: 10-76

First Downs: 12 Rushing Attempts: 30 Rushing Yds.: 66 Passing Attempts: 17 Passes Completed: 11 Passing Yds.: 96 Total Yds.: 162 Penalties-Yds.: 9-64

DEFENSE Interceptions: 0 Fumbles Caused: 1 Sacks: 1 Punt Returns: 2 Punt Returns Yds.: 2 Tackles for Loss: 6 Touchdowns: 1 Total Yds. Against: 357

DEFENSE Interceptions: 1 Fumbles Caused: 0 Sacks: 0 Punt Returns: 0 Punt Returns Yds.: 0 Tackles for Loss: 2 Touchdowns: 0 Total Yds. Against: 327

Soccer defeats Vandy, falls to Kentucky By ANNA SCHIERHOLZ Staff Writer

Despite a convincing win over Vanderbilt (6-6-3, 3-4-0 SEC) Friday, the Auburn Soccer team (6-7-3, 3-5-0 SEC) fell to Kentucky (5-7-4, 2-5-1 SEC), 2-1 Sunday. The team is 1-4 in its last five games. Senior Caitlin King was a bright spot in the Tigers’ loss, scoring her third goal of the weekend in the 64th minute, capitalizing on freshman Ana Cate’s feed. “Sunday was disappointing for us,” King said. “We let it slip away. We

should have come out with a win.” Auburn took 22 shots, 13 more than Kentucky, but was unable to score any goals aside from King’s fifth of the season. “Kentucky did a better job of finishing their chances; it’s that simple,” said head coach Karen Hoppa. “We had the opportunities, we had the chances, but we didn’t finish. They had less opportunities and finished a higher percentage, and because of that one detail, they deserved to win to the game.”

Kentucky scored the first goal in the 20th minute when Guileana Lopez finished off a cross off a free kick from a step inside the six for her fourth goal of the season. Auburn took 14 shots in the first half compared to Kentucky’s three, but Kentucky goalkeeper Laura Burton, in her first start of the season, had four saves to keep the Tigers scoreless. After King’s goal tied the score, Kentucky’s Laura Novikoff answered with > Turn to SOCCER, D2

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Senior midfielder Jenni Prescott blasts the ball from inside the 18-yard box during a game against the Kentucky Wildcats Sunday afternoon.

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Neubarth gives back to AU By EMILY BECKETT

degree in criminology and psychology and a minor in Spanish. Working for Auburn Neubarth said she rode Equestrian is much more professionally for a year and than a job for Lindsey Neu- a half after she graduated. barth, associShe also ate head coach served as a legof the Hunt islative aide for Seat. Rep. Thom Col“To have a lier of Ohio bejob where you fore joining the represent Aucoaching staff burn and help of the equesother people trian team. come to know “I love workit doesn’t seem ing in the NEUBARTH like work,” Neuathletic debarth said. “It’s p a r t m e n t ,” awesome.” Neubarth said. “There are a Neubarth said she is en- lot of passionate people intering her sixth season of volved with it, and it makes coaching, and she has al- it exciting.” ready helped lead the equesA native of Cincinnati, trian team to two national Neubarth said she has never championships in 2006 and owned her own horse. 2008. “My parents are from Another highlight for the downtown Chicago,” Neuteam and coaching staff was barth said. “I got riding lesbeing recognized on the sons as a gift for my seventh football field at Jordan-Hare birthday, and then it was all Stadium and receiving na- over.” tional championship rings, Neubarth said she was Neubarth said. addicted after that, and she Neubarth is no stranger began working to pay for to championship wins and her riding lessons. high honors in horseback “I started working when riding. I was 11,” Neubarth said. “I She was on the club team was a working student; I exall four years of her under- changed working for traingraduate career at Auburn, ing.” during which she was one of Neubarth said she never its top Hunt Seat competi- planned on being a coach, tors. but now she cannot see her“My senior year was the self doing anything else. first year the equestrian “The moments I know I’m team became a varsity supposed to be a coach are sport,” Neubarth said. “We when athletes come into my went to nationals as a team office with life problems,” and won fifth.” Neubarth said. “And I can Neubarth also became help them through my exthe 12th-ranked Hunt Seat periences. It’s the biggest rider in the country that high.” year. Neubarth said her fam“My favorite thing about ily members still live in the being on the team was Midwest, but she loves livwhen we became a varsity ing in Auburn. sport and (part) of the ath“I miss my family a lot, letic department,” Neubarth but the good thing about said. Auburn is you get to create Neubarth graduated from your own family here,” NeuAuburn in 2003 with a dual barth said. Staff Writer

Around the watering hole with Neubarth 1. When you want a good meal in Auburn, where do you go? Johnny Brusco’s. 2. What is your favorite vacation destination? I went to Italy this summer. I would have to say that is at the top of my list, but I always love going to the beach. 3. What is the most recent movie you have seen? I saw “Duplicity” on a bus trip. 4. Do you prefer walking or running? I’m running the Marine Corps marathon this Sunday, so I would say running. 5. Who is a professional athlete you admire? I like Bo Jackson. 6. Are you a “morning person” or a “night owl?” Typically, I’m a night owl, but being a coach and having 6 a.m. workouts, I’m forced to be more of a morning person. 7. What is one of your fondest childhood memories? My sister was a gymnast at the University of Iowa, and my family and I piled in to our station wagon to come to Auburn and watch her compete in the regionals. 8. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I never planned on being a coach, but now I can’t imagine not being a coach. I am working on a master’s degree in sports management right now. Maybe moving to Italy? (laughs) I’m keeping my options open. 9. If you were stranded on an island, what is one thing you would want to have? I’m pretty addicted to Chapstick. 10. What is the best advice you have ever received? My parents have always told me to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.” –Proverbs 3:5

her first score of the season in the 75th minute to regain the lead. “Kentucky’s first goal was off of a free kick into the wind, and it was one of those scrambles in the box where they came up with it, and we didn’t,” Hoppa said. “The second one we just got beat. We got beat on the end line on the cutback, and we got beat in the box, and Novikoff had a great finish on the flick header.” King had a match-high seven shots, five of which went on goal. Auburn’s freshman goalkeeper Amy Howard finished the game with five saves and 90 on the season. Burton had seven saves. King said she was happy with her performance this weekend. “I felt like (Vanderbilt and Kentucky) were the two best games of my season so far,” King said. “With the whole team working hard offensively, I was able to get the ball a lot and put three goals


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but has had trouble on offense. LSU is ranked last in the Southeastern Conference in total offense (295.0) and 11th in scoring offense (23.0) . Auburn will play its seventh night game of the season, which is second most in a season in school history. The Auburn Tigers are seventh in the nation in rushing offense (247.3), eighth in total offense

away. Unfortunately, we lost Sunday, and I wish I would have put one more goal away.” Auburn is now sitting third in the SEC West, behind LSU and Ole Miss. The Tigers have three games remaining before the SEC Tournament begins in Orange Beach. “I think for SECs we know we are going to have to step it up a level like we did Friday and come out ready right away,” King said. “We need to stay mentally focused and continue to take what we do in practice into the games.” The team will face Tennessee in Knoxville Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by a home game against Georgia, Oct. 25. To finish their fall schedule, the Tigers will challenge the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa, Oct. 30. “As a team, I think we all know these next three games are extremely important to win,” King said. “We need to play like it could be our last game from start to finish in order to get into the tournament.”

(464.9) and 12th in scoring offense (34.9). The endzone usually means points for Auburn. Auburn scored touchdowns on 70.8 percent of its red zone trips (17 of 24), which ranks second in the SEC. “It’s a very talented group of offensive guys,” Miles said. “Quarterback Chris Todd does a great job of throwing the football and they have two tremendous tailbacks.” Saturday’s game will kickoff at 6:30 p.m. CDT and televised by ESPN2.

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AU Golfer shines in fall tournament play By MICHAEL HANSBERRY Staff Writer

10/22 vs. Central Alabama @ 5 p.m. 10/22 vs. Jefferson State @ 7 p.m. 10/23 vs. Alabama @ 6 p.m. 10/25 vs. Mississippi State @ 1:30 p.m. 10/25 vs. Georgia @ 2:30 p.m.

Sophomore Kyle Kopsick has accomplished a lot in his short two years at Auburn. Last week, the Chicago native competed in the 2009 Gary Koch Invitational in Tampa, Fla., last weekend where Auburn placed seventh, but Kopsick won the overall tournament. “I didn’t know I had it won until an hour after or so I got after the course,” Kopsick said. “I shot 63 in the second round which was my lowest tournament score. But I played well and so to top it off with that was great.” Head coach Nick Clinard said although they were rained out during the most of the game, Kopsick kept his composure throughout the tournament. “He’s a very mature golfer and a little beyond his years,” Clinard said. “His strengths

are his work ethics and his focused mindsets.” Clinard said Kopsick is one of the more disciplined players on the 10-member team, and he is exceptionally good at his ball strike and putting, which he said most players his age aren’t. “He’s always becoming better at his putting and getting his chip and put, which separates the guys that are great to the average player,” Clinard said. “He’s also trying to get his golf swing more technically sound.” Kopsick, who described himself as laid back yet determined, said he practices four to five hours a day-Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the afternoons and Tuesday and Thursday in the early mornings. “It’s good to see hard work paying off,” Kopsick said. “What you practice for is to win, so when you actually do it, it shows your hard work and that it’s the right type

of practice, so you keep winning.” Kopsick has been playing golf since he was four years old. His dad and older brother played recreationally, so he said it was a natural fit for him. “I just love playing it, Kopsick said. “I started playing for pleasure, and I’m very competitive, so I hope to make a living out of it.” Kopsick said playing golf gives him something to do-something different. He noted that there aren’t many people his age who are interested in golf, so he feels privileged to be a part of the sport. Kopsick does, however, encounter some challenges. He said balancing his schoolwork with this athletics requires a lot of time management and, although it may hinder his social life a bit, he has to stay on top of things and make sacrifices. As far as his performance

goes, he’s a perfectionist and said he would like to improve on everything. “I’m always working on something,” Kopsick said. “Nothing is ever perfect. So I’m always practicing,” he said. Clinard called Kopsick a tremendous asset to the team in the sense that his work ethic and attitude rubs off on the other team members. “They respect him and look up to him,” Clinard said, “and when they see him doing well, they that go out there and do the same thing. I think his future is very bright. If he continues to do the right thing and follow his plan, then he has the opportunity to be an All-American and an All-FCC performer and maybe play on the PGA Tour.” The team has one more tournament this weekend at LSU and then they will resume in the spring season.

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Auburn Equestrian defeats Texas A&M 10-8 By NICK VAN DER LINDEN Associate Sports Editor

No. 3 Auburn Equestrian team (4-1) came home after last week’s match against Tennessee-Martin and defeated Texas A&M Aggies (1-2) 10-8. The Tigers won 8-2 in Hunt Seat, but lost 6-2 in Western. “Overall the meet went great, but it was due to the Hunt Seat riders,” said head coach Greg Williams. “I think they felt the sting from South Carolina, and they brought it in today’s match.” The Tigers won Equitation on the Flat 3-2 behind Most Valuable Player sophomore Maggie McAlary, who defeated Hannah Siolbelhman, 79-61, on horse Sam. Other Auburn winners were freshman Lindsay Portela over Brittany Dodson, 76-63, and senior Katie Breedlove over Christina Heine, 85-67, on Luke. “Today was great,” Breedlove said. “I rode the horse with what I had, and he was great for me.” The Tigers then swept Hunt Seat Equitation over Fences 5-0 behind sophomore MVP Grace Socha who defeated Jackie

O’Connell, 89-72. Other winners included junior Dottie Grubb, who defeated Lindsay Smith, 84-74, freshman Anna Becker over Brooke Coleman, 83-78, Maggie McAlary over Maggie Earle, 92-77, and junior Anna Schierholz over Lia Chafee, 86-85. Texas A&M won Western Horsemanship 3-2 behind MVP Carey Nowacek who beat junior Bailey Dymond, 73.5-68, on Kitty. Other Aggies winners included Randi Standley over junior Mary Casey, 71-68, and Caroline Gunn over senior Kylie Miller, 75-73. Auburn winners were freshman Indy Roper, who defeated Kelsey Adams, 73-69, and sophomore Kristin Hansen over Dana Hall, 68.5-0. Texas A&M also took the Western Reining event 3-0. “We didn’t really push enough for the win,” Williams said. “I would not want to be the reining team that faces us next because we’ll be after it.” The Aggies were led by MVP Abigail Grabein who defeated junior Jillian Fuler, 69-61. Other Aggie winners

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Senior Western Rider Kim Pope brings Dolby to a stop during the meet against Texas A&M Friday.

included Courtney Dawe over junior Paige Monfore, 63-62.5, and Maggie Gratney over Kristin Hansen, 69.5-64.5. Auburn’s Lyndsey Jordan and Kim Pope had tying scores of 66.5 and 68. “We made a few mistakes that we need to clean up if we want to ride

against the No. 1 Western team,” said senior Western rider Kim Pope. “We just need to slow down and think about what we are doing.” Auburn travels to Bethany, Conn., and Dover, Del., to face Sacred Heart University Pioneers and Delaware State Hornets

Nov. 7-8 before traveling to Bishop, Ga., to take on rival Georgia. “This will be a time when we’ll let the team recharge just a little bit right before the Georgia meet,” Williams said. No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs are 3-1 and will ride against No. 1 South Caro-

lina Gamecocks and No. 9 Fresno State before hosting Auburn. Williams said the rides will be hard and every rider has to go in for a big win if they’re going to beat Georgia. Auburn’s next home meet is Jan. 31 against No. 6 Oklahoma State.

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Auburn pitcher junior Cole Nelson throws a pitch during the intra-squad scrimmage Friday.

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two solo home runs and sophomore Creede Simpson hit three doubles to fuel the offenses. Sophomore pitcher Jon Luke Jacobs Following Friday’s Celebrity Home Run Derby, guests were treated to an threw four shutout innings to lead the intra-squad baseball team scrimmage. visiting Tigers over the home Tigers, Before the game, head coach John 8-6. Pawlowski said he is excited about Pawlowski said he was excited about seeing the work over in the summer on the start of the next season. “The spring is going to be a great display. “Our biggest focus was trying to im- challenge for us,” Pawlowski said. “We prove our pitching staff,” Pawlowski added some new teams on the schedsaid. “We really needed work in that ule. We open up with Southeast Misdepartment. Luckily we have got some souri State, a team that is very good new faces, a lot of talent and some boys year-in and year-out.” The Tigers are also replacing two that are working really hard.” Pawlowski said the team is return- coaches from the previous year. “We lost two great guys in Matt Heath ing a lot of upperclassmen leaders this year, and he is excited to see them step and Jeff Duncan, but both of them had back in and fill the leadership roles great opportunities. I think our team is better for having both of those guys they always have. “A lot can be determined in the fall,” around the program but we have to Pawlowski said. “Some of the older move forward.” Pawlowski said he is pleased about guys need to be pushed in the fall. The younger guys will push them. I don’t the new coaching hire, Ty Megahee, think the pitching rotation will be set who replaced Duncan. “We are very fortunate to have Ty in the fall. We are going to give a lot of guys a lot of opportunities to go out Megahee join the Auburn baseball program,” Pawlowski said. “His experithere and perform.” Sophomore pitcher Cory Luckie said ence as an assistant coach, recruiting he has been working during the offsea- coordinator and a trip to the NCAA Regionals last year will certainly help us son on his pitching. “I have made some changes and been as we continue to move the program forward.” pitching a lot,” Luckie In addition to Megasaid. “I am really hoping Check hee, the Tigers are also to bring some new life to online for welcoming their new the rotation.” Luckie said the team’s video coverage Director of Player Development, Link Jarrett. goal is to get back into and more Jarrett, who spent the the SEC tournament at photos of the past four seasons as the the end of the season. Junior infielder Justin Home Run Derby. hitting instructor and recruiting coordinator at Hargett agreed that the East Carolina. team is looking to the Fans were pleased with the improvetournament at the end of the season, ments they saw from the team combut small things had to be done first. Hargett said last year the team was pared to last year. Sophomore Derek Meullen said hit or miss a lot of its games. He said personal goals are not as important as things are looking good for the team. “I came to most of the games last making sure the cohesiveness of the year where sometimes it seemed the team is built upon. The scrimmage gave the team some team was firing on all cylinders, but things to work on for the last few other times it felt like they just were months of practice before they start not all there,” Meullen said. “After seeing them tonight, I feel like I am seeing the season. Junior outfielder Brian Fletcher hit their true potential.”

Some of the Diamond Dolls pose with the celebrities after the Celebrity Home Run Derby Friday.

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Braves’ catcher David Ross was a catcher at Auburn for two years.

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Tampa Bay Ray outfielder Gabe Gross won the 2009 Home Run Derby. Gross hit 26 home runs throughout the course of the night.

The sixth annual Home Run Derby raised funds for Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lee County Friday By CRYSTAL COLE Staff Writer

The sixth annual Home Run Derby Friday was a smash hit, bringing in more than $5,000 and 1,700 fans. Gabe Gross won the derby with 15 home runs in the first round and 11 in the second. The proceeds went to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Lee County. Scott Duval, director of baseball operations, said he is happy to be helping the organization. “We picked the Boys and Girls Club that first year and it’s turned into a good deal,” Duval said. “We are supporting a local group and we appreciate everything they do for the community.” The celebrities who participated this year were Hal Baird, David Ross, Gabe Gross, Frank Sanders, Tim Hudson and Bo Jackson. Two current Auburn baseball players also participated, senior catcher Ryan Jenkins and junior infielder Kevin Patterson. Even the unseasonably cold weather could not hinder the turnout.

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Winner of the 2008 and 2009 Home Run Derbies, Gabe Gross, swings.

Fans sported coats, gloves and blankets to see their favorite baseball stars play in Samford Stadium. Auburn legend and Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson said he was glad to see such a good turnout and get fans out for a fun Friday night. He had suffered from back spasms prior to the event and said he wanted to take things easy. “I’m the old man out here so I’m not going to do anything crazy to try and keep up with these young guys,” Jackson said. “I haven’t even swung a bat in almost five years.” Duval said he could not have been happier with the lineup this year and was pleased to see a line outside the door well over an hour before the event began. “They all love Auburn and just want to be back, so when we get a chance to have these guys around, it’s awesome for the fans and awesome for our players,” Duval said. The derby was broken into two rounds. In the first round, each participant was allowed 10 outs. Each out represented a swing which didn’t result in a home run. To start the second round, the four participants with the most home runs from the first round were allowed just eight outs. The scores reset and the player with the most runs in this round was the winner. With the sounds of the ’60s blaring through the sound system, the derby got under way. Sanders, who hit two home runs in the first round and was teased by the announcers for wearing golf shoes, but said it was great to have his feet on the Plains again. Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson agreed with Sanders. He said he tries to help

out and be a part of the Auburn baseball program as much as he can. In his third appearance at an Auburn Derby, Hudson was modest entering the event. “I’m gonna be honest with ya, I don’t expect too much out of myself,” Hudson said. “The only thing I’m nervous about is hurting myself because I’m not as young as I used to be, and things don’t move as well.” Hudson hit two home runs in the first round. The first round leaders were Gross (15), Patterson (15), Ross (8) and Jenkins (8). Jackson ended up with no runs after the first round, but the audience was still supportive, giving him a standing ovation. Talking to the announcers afterward, he said he was humbled by the show of appreciation. “I wouldn’t call myself special, you people make us special,” Jackson said, pointing to the crowd. “Coming back here, it’s a no-brainer.” Beginning the second round, there was a pitching change as Todd Jones pitched the rest of the Derby. Gross blew the other three participants out of the park in the championship round. He swung for 11 runs with the next closest competitor being Ross at seven runs. He credited his success with the pitcher always throwing the ball in the same spot.

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Frank Sanders ranks fifth all-time for career receiving yards at Auburn.


with a rare form of cancer. “We decided that would be a good way to give money to the hospital here for its Seventh-inning stretches have been cancer research center,” Mills said. To be a part of this group, one must go lovelier since the return of the Diamond Dolls last season. through two rounds of interviews, the first This year, the group is back and bigger focusing on baseball knowledge and, for than ever. The Dolls went those receiving a call-back, from 40 girls last season to the second gauging per60 this season. sonality. Junior Lauren Mills, reCallouts are on the baseWe need girls ball turning Doll and current field, and the 60 that president of the organiza- who are committed to made the group pay $75 in tion, said the newcomers making the baseball dues, which covers everythis year seem excited and thing except uniforms. program as big of a enthusiastic to help out. Last year, the girls had Deciding who will be the sport as football is.” polos made-up, but Jenfaces to greet baseball fans nings said the group is Lauren Mills, working with Under Arwasn’t an easy task, but Diamond Dolls president mour this year and will Mills said there were clear criteria for tryouts. have a couple of outfits “We need girls who are made. committed to the baseball program and In her second year with the Diamond to making it as big of a sport as football Dolls, senior Britney Morgan said another is,” Mills said. big role the Diamond Dolls play is brainThe Dolls worked baseball’s first event of storming with the marketing team for give the year, the sixth annual Home Run Der- aways to draw fans into the stadium. by Friday, and the Dolls continue to work Of course, it isn’t all work and no play and devote time to the team throughout for the girls. Most of them are passionate the regular season. about being a part of something on camJunior Leslie Jennings, also a return- pus. ing Doll, added that a good candidate is “I’ve been a huge baseball fan my whole someone who isn’t afraid to stand up and life and I love Auburn, so it’s combining get the crowd going and, someone who is two things I love,” Jennings said. knowledgeable about the sport. Morgan and Mills both agreed. In their first year back after a four-year “Most college student live for the Saturhiatus, the girls kept themselves busy last day football games, but I’m weird and live season. for the Friday, Saturday, Sunday games in For every home series, at least 20 girls the spring,” Mills said. greeted baseball fans with programs, anFans attending Samford Stadium for a swered questions and smiles. game will see the Diamond Dolls in the They also decorated the locker room Auburn dugout during the seventh-inning with posters and streamers to keep the stretch leading the crowd in “Take Me Out boys in good spirits. to the Ball Game.” The group also organized charity work Mills said the Dolls look forward to helpin the name of baseball head coach John ing cheer the team on to a winning season Pawlowski’s daughter, who was diagnosed and hopefully the College World Series. Staff Writer

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Braves’ pitcher Tim Hudson was the 1997 National Player of the Year.

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Bo Jackson was a two-sport athlete both at Auburn and professionally.

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Tigers split with UF, USC By AUBRIE DAVIS Staff Writer

Auburn Tigers Volleyball team (12-8, 4-5 SEC) fell to No. 9 Florida Gators (14-3, 8-2 SEC) Friday and defeated South Carolina (11-8, 3-7 SEC) 3-1 Sunday. The Tigers fell to the Gators 3-0 with scores of 19-25, 22-25 and 2125. Although the Tigers came short of victory, head coach Wade Benson said he is proud of how the girls played. “We could have and should have beaten Florida,” Benson said. “We’re knocking on the door and have definitely gained some respect.” Auburn was led by freshmen outside hitters Sarah Bullock and Katherine Culwell, sophomore Kelly Fidero and junior Morgan Johns. Bullock earned her third double-double, meaning she earned 10 or more points in two different categories, whether it be digs, assists, kills or aces. Johns said the team knew Florida would be a challenge to beat.


Freshman Sarah Bullock dives to save the volleyball.

“We came out thinking they were a solid team and that we needed to play to the level that they were, and we did just that,” Johns said. Culwell said the team gets the scouting reports for each opponent and practices according to the statistics. The scouting report identifies the go-to hitters and strong players. Auburn took the lead in each game, but the Gators were quick to catch up and take the lead. The Tigers returned Sunday to play South Carolina. “We worked a lot on our defense on Saturday and came out ready,” Cul-

well said. Culwell said the team practiced Saturday to prepare for the match against South Carolina and to correct errors the team made in the match against Florida. The extra practice time paid off as Auburn triumphed over South Carolina Sunday, with scores of 28-26, 18-25, 2513 and 25-17. “We came out against South Carolina very confident,” Johns said. “We played well against Florida and we knew that this was a win we could get.” Culwell, Bullock and sophomore setter Christina Solverson recorded career double-doubles,

while junior middle blocker Alyssa Davis finished with nine kills and seven blocks. Junior libero Liz Crouch finished the match with a record 23 digs. Her career total for digs is now 1,059, putting her in fourth alltime at Auburn. Benson said he thought South Carolina was a good match for the Tigers. “South Carolina is a low-error team and I think we matched them,” Benson said. “We certainly are a more physical team, but we matched them volleyball savvy wise which is something that we’ve been working on so that’s a huge step forward for us.” Benson said the team did a good job running down balls and communicating, and the outside hitters did great transitioning against blocks. Auburn faces in-state rival University of Alabama (6-14, 4-6 SEC) Friday and Mississippi State University (5-16, 1-9 SEC) Sunday. Both matches will be in the Student Activities Center.

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Junior outside hitter Morgan Johns spikes the ball as two South Carolina players try for the block.

Volleyball prepares for rematches By AUBRIE DAVIS Staff Writer

This weekend the Auburn Volleyball Team faces Alabama (6-14, 4-6 SEC) and Mississippi State (5-16, 1-9 SEC) at home in the Student Activities Center. The Auburn Tigers faced both teams earlier in the season, defeating Mississippi State Sept. 28, (25-21, 25-19 and 25-15) and losing to Alabama Sept. 30, (21-25, 20-25, 25-17 and 20-25). Head coach Wade Benson said he is looking forward to the match against Alabama. He said it will be a big match, but the team will be ready for it. “I think we owe Alabama for the past couple of times we played at their place,” Benson said. “It will be on Friday night, and it will definitely be worth coming to watch.” The team has several approaches when preparing for upcoming matches, Benson said.

“We always watch the weekend. films and see where their “I expect their middles strengths and weakness- to come out swinging es are and try to attack and their setter being them and defend,” Ben- really tricky, but that’s son said. nothing we haven’t He said the team will seen,” Bullock said. review scouting reports Bullock has proved to for both Alabama and be a key player for the Mississippi State to get Tigers. a better idea of how the In the team’s most teams play. recent match against As for the match South Carolina, Bullock against Mississippi finished with 10 kills and State, Benson expects it 10 digs. to be a better match up “I definitely feel that than before. Mississippi State will “Mississippi State is be a stronger offensive a team that we handled team than when we earlier, but they were in- played them last time, jured so I think they will mostly because their be a better team than best hitter was out,” said most people give them Alyssa Davis, junior midcredit for,” Benson said. dle blocker. “They’re a A l team that’s though struggling Davis Check a little bit, expects but no online for Mi s si s team in the sippi more photos. SEC can be State to taken lightbe imly.” proved, Freshman outside she thinks Auburn will hitter Sarah Bullock prevail. said she thinks Auburn Both Bullock and Dawill be prepared for vis said they are confi-

dent about the upcoming matches and are not nervous. “We have improved drastically since the last time we played them so we’re going to come out and be a brand new team they haven’t even seen before,” Bullock said. In order to pull out wins against both Alabama and Mississippi State, Benson said the team needs both of its outsides to be prepared and ready for Auburn to have a good chance of winning. In last weekend’s 3-0 loss to No. 9 Florida (14-3, 8-2 SEC) and 3-1 win over South Carolina (11-8, 3-7 SEC), statistics showed the outside hitters played a huge role in the team’s success. Benson said it will be worth fans coming out and seeing the Tigers take on the Crimson Tide and the Bulldogs this weekend. Auburn plays Alabama Friday at 6 p.m. and Mississippi State Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

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Water Ski Club Alumni Event draws faithful to Faith Lake Staff Writer

Cloudy skies and cold temperatures did not stop student members and alumni of Auburn University’s Water Ski Club from competing in the annual alumni tournament Saturday. The Water Ski Club hosted the event at Faith Lake in Shorter. “We sent out letters and e-mails for the alumni to come,” said Maegan Marcheggiani, a junior in industrial design and president of the club. “I really like meeting the alumni because it’s neat to hear their stories about when they skied.” Andy Lushington, a graduate student in business and fifth-year member of the team, said the tournament is an interesting way to reconnect and observe how things have changed since the alumni were students. “We are trying to reforge a network between Auburn students and alumni,” Lushington said. “A lot of the tournament is walking around, talking to people and hanging out.” Joe Eakes, a professor in horticulture and the faculty adviser for the team, said he feels the tournament is a fun way to compete in water skiing. “Some of the alumni haven’t been gone that long and can probably compete pretty well against the young folks,” Eakes said. All 30 student members of the team were required to attend, but only 10 competed in each event. “They have to have some people who are not com-

peting, taking care of some of the logistics,” Eakes said. Five men and five women competed against alumni members in each of the three events, Marcheggiani said. Participants competed in slalom, trick and jump events. “Most parents come to this tournament,” Marcheggiani said. “It’s closer for some families to come. It’s nice because they get to see where their kids ski.” Marcheggiani said the club usually aims for at least 20 alumni plus families to attend. “We like to have as many people there as possible to walk around, talk and have a good day at the lake,” Marcheggiani said. “I like seeing the older skiers come back.” Admission to the tournament was free for the public, and all proceeds from the registration fees for student and alumni skiers benefited the water ski club. Eakes said the team hoped the tournament would be its biggest money-maker. “Most money is raised through registration and concessions,” Eakes said. Marcheggiani said the team has two seasons during the school year, one in the fall and one in the spring. The team also hosts and travels to tournaments at other Southeastern schools. “They are competitive, but they are still a relaxed atmosphere,” Marcheggiani said. “We get to see where the other students hang out, where their schools are and what their campuses look like.”

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Marcheggiani said the team usually leaves for out-of-town tournaments Friday and returns Sunday. “You get to know people not only who go to Auburn, but other schools, too,” Lushington said. “It’s a very good time.” Lushington described the team as a close-knit social network of different people that share the same hobby or passion. “It’s just something they want to learn how to do or they have done as they have grown up,” Eakes said. Water skiing may not be considered a varsity sport, but the team has earned a number of accolades in recent years, including being named the Eastern Region All-Star Team, Eakes said. “The year before I became adviser, the team won the national championship in Division II,” Eakes said. Auburn has also boasted the top male and female jumpers in its division. “We have experienced skiers, and we can teach anyone from beginner to pro,” Marcheggiani said. “We’re always looking for new members.” Marcheggiani said she decided to join her freshman year after visiting the team’s table on the Concourse. “I was looking to join a club, and they had their boat on the Concourse trying to recruit members,” Marcheggiani said. “I talked to them and joined the club that way.” Most students on the team have their own ski equipment, but the club also provides equipment for students to use, Marcheggiani said.

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