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Spring 2014 Auburn Living issue

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Apartment living options Pg. 3 Auburn students redefine typical college living Pg. 5 Students weigh in on on-campus dining Pg. 6 A few of our favorite things Pg. 8-9

What’s happening in the theater world around Auburn Pg. 10 Dorm Trooper: Student tells ups & downs of dorm life for four straight years Pg. 12 No football? No problem! Find out what other Auburn sports play on the weekends Pg. 15

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Beat the spring weekend boredom around town Kailey Miller

Intrigue Reporter

With Auburn’s football season over, Saturdays will no longer be filled with tailgating. This spring could be the perfect opportunity to add variety to weekend activities. There are many events and locations available for entertainment Auburn students may be unaware of. In Auburn, students can take a night off from Ramen noodles and Easy Mac for dinner, and head to Ariccia at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. On Feb. 13, Ariccia will have a craft beer dinner, featuring beers from Left Hand Brewing Co. and dinner by chef Fernando Cruz. “This is actually the first brewery that we haven’t done inside of Alabama,” said Adam Keeshan, Ariccia’s food and beverage director. “We met Left Hand Brewery through our Oktoberfest event this past October, so we thought it would be a neat idea to bring in a little bit larger of a craft beer company.” 

The dinner will be $49 a person for four courses, with a different beer paired with each course. The first course will be roasted butternut squash soup, smoked pancetta and beer croutons paired with St. Vrain Triple Ale. The second course will be three house-blackened chard oysters, chives and lemon drops paired with their Sawtooth Ale.  The third course will be coffee crusted steak, glazed carrots, potato puree and nutty jus with their Fade to Black Ale V5. The last course will be a float and dulce de leche lava cake, with a Nitro Milk Stout.  For some daytime entertainment, the Columbus Botanical Gardens offers a relaxing day in nature. According to Amy McMann, the office manager for the Gardens, the park has 22 acres of green space, a mile-and a-half long walking trail and a house that was built in 1896. According to McMann, the botanical gardens have areas for picnicking and allow dogs as long as they are on leashes. Mc-


Mann said the best time to go to the botanical gardens in the spring is mid-afternoon.  “The botanical garden itself is open every day of the year from dawn until dusk,” McMann said. Their office is open Monday through Friday, from 9-5 p.m. Auburn offers different options for thrifters, including Harvest Thrift Super Center, Goodwill and Angel’s Antique. For shoppers who want to go thrifting outside of Auburn, Columbus has the Front Porch of the South, an indoor thrift mall with over 130,000 square feet on one floor. They sell antiques, vintage items, jewelry, handmade items and conduct live auctions. “We sell things from antiques to brand new things that people bring in like phone cases,” said Ashley Oschmann, cashier at the Front Porch of the South. “We sell some clothes, books, movies, pretty much anything you can think of.”  Despite the absence of football, Auburn still offers plenty of ways to fill a Saturday.

Move on, move in: apartment living options in Auburn Adam Wolnski intrigue@

You finally have the chance to get rid of your roommate. Hopefully this time around you will get someone who actually does the dishes and doesn’t have strangers over at 2 a.m. Good luck, and here are some two-bedroom apartments available around Auburn. If you’re on a budget, Auburn has some affordable options. If you’re not on a budget, you have plenty of great places to choose from. All the prices listed are for the entire unit. Graywood Apartments Graywood Apartments have two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartments for $450/month. It doesn’t come with amenities you might expect, such as a dishwasher, but it is a short walk from campus and it’s a roof over your head. Recommended for: Grad students, penny pinchers, and the violently messy.

Magnolia Woods Magnolia Woods apartments are also affordable, and will save you a trip to the Laundromat. For $550/month it has two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a washer, dryer and a dishwasher. It also has a patio and is close to campus. Recommended for: People who want their own bathroom but would still rather spend their money on things like jewelry or nice cigars than a rent check they will never get back. Eagles South Apartments Eagles South apartments are more expensive at $1050/month, but come with plenty of bonuses. Cable, tanning, basketball courts, pool and a sand volleyball court are just a few of the free things right outside your door. It’s almost two miles from campus, but a bike or the Tiger Transit can easily get you to class on time. Recommended for: Extroverts, swimmers, anyone who dreams of meeting their spouse on the Tiger Transit. 319 Bragg 319 Bragg is under construction,

but by moving in time in the fall, it will be a brand new super-apartment walking distance from campus. With a giant pool, sand and water volleyball courts, 24-hour fitness center, tanning salon and a putting green, to name a few amenities, it will be hard to remember that you have classes to attend. $1350/month is the going rate for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment. Recommended for: Hosts with the most, people with a long list of ideas for games that involve the train passing. Legends of Magnolia Legends of Magnolia is a great place to check out if your parents promised they would pay for your entire college and you don’t really like your parents. $1750 will get you in the door. Once you’re in, two of you can enjoy a kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and under-counter lighting. Each master bedroom comes with a master bathroom, which includes a whirlpool, granite vanity tops and designer mirrors. Recommended for: People who

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have strong feelings about different types of cheese, diplomats and Kardashians. This is in no way intended to be an extensive list, but it should give you an idea as to what apartments cost in Auburn.

Realtors are in constant competition lowering prices and making new properties available, so keep your eye out and ask around. Good luck on your hunting. Don’t wait until it’s too late when all the nice people already found roommates.


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Auburn students spend college years in unique spaces Chandler Jones Community Editor

Most Auburn travelers don’t notice the right-hand turn off Cedarcrest Circle, but down this small stretch of road are storied white houses, towering brick 5-bedroom buildings and in-construction future homes. These buildings are comparably mansion-sized when looking at the standard view of apartment living. Anna McCauley’s family owns one of these white-storied homes. She lives there with two roommates and a rabbit, Peter. McCauley, junior in communication, and her roommates are this small-paradise’s first tenants. They moved in August 2013. The patio features full seating and an outdoor fireplace. The entrance through blue French doors reveals a kitchen decorated to be a focal point. In the kitchen, whites contrast with the chrome of high-end kitchenware and accentuate the hanging red chandeliers. Symmetrical shelving highlights a full stove and cooktop set. These white shelves hold pure-white dishware, which McCauley and her roommate, Meaghan Murphy, junior in actuarial sciences, admit can be pretty tough to keep clean. “I love it,” McCauley said, in spite of the small hassle. Walking further into the building reveals

a lofted ceiling over a living room decorated with blue, silver and red accents. Subtlety is the specialty of this room, allowing the contrasting black and white of the tiled fireplace topped by the television to remain the centerpiece. McCauley’s mother, Debra Wilbanks, decorated the space with color-schemes inspired by Kate Spade; something Wilbanks calls a “clean, transitional look.” “We always have a ton of people over,” Murphy said. “It’s fun.” The 2,400 square-foot house has four bedrooms, including a master bedroom occupied by McCauley, who’s added a chaise-lounge and desk. The bathroom reveals double sinks. To the left is her closet and to the right is a stone walk-in shower. The master’s small hallway leads into a full dining area adjoining the kitchen. The walls are gray, but large windows and whitewood-paneled ceilings give the room plenty of light. Upstairs are three more rooms and another two bathrooms. The roommates love their hidden home. They appreciate their grand kitchen; it’s allowed them to teach themselves how to cook. The best part though, they said, had to be its proximity to both downtown and campus, of course.

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McCauley and Murphy stand in the kitchen that has allowed them to learn how to cook.

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McCauley’s home puts a unique spin on traditional college living.

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Vaulted ceilings & high windows make this house an airy alternative to cramped dorm life.


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Students weigh in on on-campus dining options COREY WILLIAMS CAMPUS REPORTER

Auburn University offers over 30 dining options to its students. Recently, 50 Auburn students were asked which ones they prefer. Go Greek was the clear favorite with 12 votes. According to Hanna Shelley, freshman in liberal arts, the food cannot be beat. “The Pi Pita Pizza is amazing,” Shelley said. “The mac and cheese is really good, too.” Previously located in Lupton Hall in The Quad, Go Greek recently moved to the Student Center. Christy Key, junior in journalism, said she is also a fan of the restaurant. “I really like the food there,” Key said. “There is no other restaurant in town that serves good Greek food.” The menu offers a variety of options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Jenny Goldschmidt, freshman in marketing, said Go Greek’s employees make going there worthwhile. “When I go, I like to talk to the people who work there,” Goldschmidt said. “They are always so nice and so helpful, and they are always very efficient.” Chick-fil-A garnered a fair amount of votes, as well. Of the students asked, 10 said the fast food chain was their favorite place to eat on campus. Anna Hudson, freshman in nursing, said

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the chicken sandwiches remind her of home. “I like to eat there because it doesn’t remind me of dorm food,” Hudson said. Despite being on campus for less than a semester, Plains to Plate came in third place with eight votes. Frank McDaniel, freshman in architecture, said the restaurant’s healthy choices are much needed on campus. “While the food is incredibly delicious, Plains to Plate is also providing locally grown, healthy food on a campus that desper-

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A few of our favorite things

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contributing Writer

Are you looking to find some cool décor for your house or apartment, but aren’t exactly sure where to look? Many unique and decorative items can be found right here in Auburn and online that would be great for any college student’s apartment. Sweet Home Alabama Door Hanger Show your love for your state with this large metal Alabama-shaped door hanger. ($50, Wrapsody)

Single Initial Wall Art

Personalize your room with these colorful, decorative letters that can hang on your wall. ($20, Hobby Lobby)

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Auburn Football Door Hanger

Able to hold up to 20 pounds, these interlocking shelves can be used to display your favorite pictures, candles, books, etc. ($35, Target)

Show your Auburn spirit with this decorative football shaped door hanger. ($42, Wrapsody)

Orange and Blue Auburn Colors Chevron Monogram Personalized Picture Frame This customized frame is perfect for displaying your favorite game day photos. ($23, Etsy)

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Metal Wall Clock This uniquely designed hanging clock combines art & functionality. ($30, Hobby Lobby)

Solstice Paper Lantern Party Pack (3) Auburn Spirit Wall Canvas Perfect for any Auburn fan, this Auburnthemed canvas displays what it means to be a true Tiger!  ($32, Auburn Art)

These decorative lanterns are great for cheaply adding a little light and design to a bedroom.  ($20, World Market)

Glass Candle Holders These beautiful stair-step candleholders can complement any room with their alluring color. ($25, Kirklands)

“Exit Way Out” Red Metal Wall Décor Hanging old signs such as this can add a neat, retro look. ($45, Hobby Lobby)


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Get your Gleek on with Alabama theater This spring, check out the toe-tapping shows in and around the Auburn, Alabama area!

9 to 5: The Musical Auburn University Department of Theatre Telfair-Peet Theatre February 20-22, 25-28 & March 1 at 7:30 p.m. February 23 & March 2 at 2:30 p.m.​

A Little Princess New Horizon Community Theatre February 13 - February 15 at 8 p.m. New Horizon Theatre 411 W. 8th St., West Point, Ga.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Auburn Area Community Theater February 2014 (dates TBA)

Les Miserables Springer Opera House February 27-28, March 1, 6-8, 1315 at 7:30 p.m. March 9 at 2:30 p.m. Springer Opera House 103 10th St., Columbus, Ga

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Dorm troopers of Auburn, unite! Becky Sheehan Intrigue Reporter

While most Auburn students choose to migrate off-campus after the first couple of years, Annie Faulk, senior in journalism, has lived all four years on-campus. She shared secrets and successes to living in a dorm for her whole college career with The Plainsman. Q: What dorms have you lived in? A: My freshman year, I lived in Dobbs and I had a roommate, but for the past three years I’ve had a private room in Dowell in the Hill.

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Q: Wow, a private room! How did you swing that? A: At the end of my freshman year, they had housing renewal contracts. I went to the housing office and said I wanted a private room. They put me on a waitlist because the private rooms in the Hill are handicapped. So, what they do is they make sure all the handicapped students have a place to stay and then they fill the rooms with the other people on the waitlist. Q: What are some pros of living on campus? A: I like living by myself because I’m kind of an introvert. I like having my own space and my own things, but I’m not in a house by myself, or an apartment by myself. I’m still surrounded by college students in a community atmosphere. I can get all the benefits of living in a dorm, but I have my own room and my space. It’s also convenient to classes. Because I live in the Hill, parking isn’t really that big of a deal. I don’t have to move my car on game day weekends, and I know my car is safe if I leave it over the weekend or overnight. Q: Is living on campus pretty cost-effective? You don’t have to

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pay power or anything, do you? A: No. I just pay a semester rate of living by myself. Q: Do you see any down sides to living for all four years on campus? A: I don’t have a kitchen or anything like that like in a normal apartment. So, I’m pretty much living in a concrete rectangle and that kind of has its disadvantages. Some of my friends are like, “Looks like you’re living in a jail cell,” but it’s not bad. I’m not a big cook, so cooking’s not that big of a deal to me. My friends have apartments so if I want to cook, I can in their kitchen. I guess one downside: there’s not a lot of upper classmen. I’m surrounded by freshmen all the time. Sometimes you get kind of frustrated, especially at the beginning of the year, because they’re trying to get used to living on campus, so I have to remind myself that I was in that position not too long ago. But it does provide some comical stories. Q: Do you have a comical story you’d like to share? A: Going in to do laundry, most of the time [freshmen] are calling their moms saying, “How much laundry detergent do I use?” and, “I have to use quarters but I don’t know where to make change for a dollar.”

There’s always fraternity pledges running up and down the hall doing crazy things. One time I heard a bunch of people running in the parking lot and they were carrying this guy. Then I saw them slam this kid in their truck. I opened my window, started panicking and thought I was witnessing a kidnapping. They just drove around the parking lot and the boy popped out of the truck. I leaned out of the window and asked them what they were doing and they just said, “Oh, we’re part of a fraternity and this is just what we do.” And then security guards came up to make sure everything was okay. Q: I bet that’s another pro to living on campus. Do you usually feel safe in the dorms? A: I constantly feel safe. There are security guards there all the time. Especially in the dorms. They check and make sure the doors work for only certain Tiger Cards so no one can just be-bop into the dorms. Q: So, all in all, living in a dorm sounds like a pretty smart idea! A: I like it! You’re still with a community, you’re still involved on campus. I’m still kind of in the hustle and bustle of campus, but I can choose the parts of campus I want to experience.

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NO FOOTBALL? NO PROBLEM Cheer on Auburn on the court, in the ring and on the mound on the weekends this spring

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