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New Steak ‘n Shake, dining renovations planned Director announces new dining changes By LILY JACKSON Managing Editor managing.editor@theplainsman.com

A revamp of dining plans, updated facilities, a Steak ‘n Shake in the Student Center and more are on the horizon for Tiger Dining. With Tiger Dining’s new contract with Aramark, a food service company based in Philidelphia, Tiger Dining plans to shake up the current dining experience over the next year. The new contract will be effective May 7, when planned renovations and additions will begin. Glenn Loughridge, director of campus dining, said the new additions were inspired directly by the Dining Task Force presentation that began under former Student Government President Jessie Westerhouse’s term and concluded during former SGA President Jacqueline Keck’s term. THE FACILITIES, FOOD The biggest addition will be a new Steak ‘n Shake in the place of Papa John’s on the second floor of the Student Center. The Student Center’s flagship Chick-fil-A will stay in its current location, Loughridge said. Two healthier options will be coming to the Student Center, too. Salad Works will offer made-to-order salads, wraps and sandwiches. Cat Cora, a Food Network “Iron Chef,” has partnered with Aramark to create a Mediterranean-style restaurant called Wicked Eats. Most of the renovations in the Student Center will begin this summer along with renovations to Foy Dining. Foy will be renovated into a dining hall, where students will find similar options to what is there now, in addition to food stands

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for those with allergies, special diets and health restrictions. There will be a station dedicated to vegans and vegetarians that will also serve those on the Whole 30 diet. In spring 2020, a brand new dining hall incorporated into a rebuild of Parker and Allison halls. The dining hall will offer 800 seats and a space that will house an Au Bon Pain. Along with ABP, Starbucks will be upgraded and relocated to a bigger space in the new

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People stand in line at Salsarita’s on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Auburn, Ala.

building. “We will have a true coffee shop where you can walk in, hang out, and we think it will be a great space for students,” Loughridge said. “We think it is really needed.” Panda Express will not be leaving campus but will eventually move to the new facility, too. The Village will also be renovated into a dining hall, and Loughridge said the Dining

team is working toward having a second campus Chick-fil-A location where the 844 Burger location is currently. Plans for the addition are still up in the air, but hopes are high. All of the convenience stores will be getting a reboot and will resemble a market — rather than an actual convenience store — with more fresh items to choose from.

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Fundraising campaign finishes with $1.2 billion By LILY JACKSON Managing Editor managing.editor@theplainsman.com

Auburn has raised more than $1.2 billion in the most successful campaign in history. Announced in JordanHare Stadium on A-Day, “Because This is Auburn — A Campaign for Auburn University” concluded on Dec. 31, 2017. “This is Auburn” raised $1 billion and set a new standard for fundraising campaigns in the state. Funds from “Because This is Auburn” went to the creation of 2,108 scholarships and 106 chairs and professorships. “The success of the campaign affirms the Auburn Family’s commitment to fostering an academic environment defined by innovation, distinction and discovery,” said Bill Hardgrave, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “The continued investment in the future of Auburn only strengthens our ability to recruit the best students and bring the most innovative scholars to our University.” The donation period ran from April 1, 2008, to the end of last year. They raised a total of $1,202,549,730 through 467,708 gifts from 106,976 donors — 55 percent of who were first-time givers. A total of 207 donors gave $1 million or more to the cause. The first unit to achieve their established goal was the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. “Because This is Auburn was an extraordinary success on every level,” said Jane DiFolco Parker, vice pres-

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The University of North Carolina Wilmington on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, named Miles Lackey, Auburn’s chief of staff, as a vice chancellor.

Chief of staff named UNCW vice chancellor By JESSICA BALLARD Standards Editor standards@theplainsman.com

The University of North Carolina Wilmington announced Tuesday that Miles Lackey, a longtime chief of staff to Auburn President Steven Leath, has been named vice chancellor for business affairs following a national search. Lackey, who started his job at Auburn earlier this year, will now return to where he began working with Leath, who was vice president of research for the 16-campus UNC system. “Miles has done a great job in his short

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time here at Auburn,” Leath said in a statement to The Plainsman. “We wish him the best in his new venture as he returns to his native North Carolina.” According to the UNC chancellor Jose Sartarelli, Lackey will bring experience in higher education, private industry and political affairs to UNCW. Lackey previously served as director of federal affairs for the UNC system before moving to Iowa State University to be Leath’s chief of staff. “Miles Lackey’s broad professional background will benefit our university’s commitment to growth with quality,” Sartarelli said. “Miles previously served at Auburn

University, Iowa State University, UNCChapel Hill and the UNC System, and we expect him to excel at UNCW as well. We look forward to welcoming him to the Seahawk family on April 30.” Lackey said in a November interview with The Plainsman that he values higher education deeply. He was the first man in his family to graduate from college and grew up in a single-parent household. He is one of three children. “I watched my [mother] struggle, and I watched her really have to work incredibly hard to support us three kids,” Lackey said.

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As for the mixup with Panera in the library, Loughridge said the project is finally on its way to completion. “Panera has been tough,” Loughridge said. “I call it ‘Project Infinity,’ and people tease me about it, and I don’t blame them.” He said work on Panera will begin when the Aramark contract begins in May. Panera will be on campus before students return for the fall semester. Prevail Union coffee will be moving to Foy. There are new food venues planned for the Graduate Business Building and Engineering Success Center, both of which are under construction. THE DINING PLANS Beginning in the fall, there will be seven new dining plans available to students including some plans with meal swipes and others with a declining balance similar to the current plans required for students. The declining-balance plans allow students to use Tiger Card money just like cash at any Campus Dining location. Loughridge said Tiger Dining will be raising the cost and value for the two default declining-balance plans for the first time in 10 years. The off-campus plan will be $350, up from $300, and $1,100 for on-campus, up from $995. These two plans will be the defaults for

undergraduate students starting in the fall. Students will have the choice of opting into five other new color-coded meal plans starting in the fall, which will include meal swipes plus a declining balance. Students will have a certain number of meal swipes in the color-coded plans, which can be used at dining halls on campus including Village Dining and Foy Dining. A range of declining balances will be coupled with the meal swipes. The color-coded plans will be totally optional. “No one is required to upgrade into these plans,” Loughridge said. “That was something we very clearly heard from students. They didn’t hate the system, they just wanted more choices. That’s what we have built in.” Loughridge said the larger plans will help students who attend the University through grants, financial aid or scholarships. Since some scholarships will only pay for initial costs, rather than allowing a student to go back in and add more funds, the larger packages will help students eat on campus all semester long. The bigger plans will also be good for students who have excess scholarship and financial aid money. Loughridge said the team is looking into a boxed meal service for students who live off campus. Similar to paid-subscription food services, students would pick up a box of pre-measured ingredients to throw togeth-

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er at home with the help of the instructions in the box. Loughridge believes this service will bridge the gap between living on campus and living off campus. The plans are still in the works, but he is hopeful. For those who will stick to eating on campus in the next year, Loughridge said they are currently on the hunt for a vendor for the online ordering system that will allow students to bypass lines and pick up food quickly. There will be changes to the packaging in which students carry their meals, as well. Currently running through a pilot program, Loughridge said, dining is testing out reusable, sustainable containers. The lime green, plastic dishes come with a lid and clip shut and can be returned at the next visit to be washed. Loughridge said this initiative and the expanding partnership with the Auburn Agriculture, Fisheries and Meat Lab fall in line with University President Steven Leath’s commitment to sustainability.

$1,100 PLAN $1,100 declining balance Average 5.56 meals per week Cost: $1,100 per semester

$350 PLAN $350 declining balance Average 1.82 meals per week Cost: $350 per semester

GOLD PLAN 225 swipes + $350 dec. balance Average 13.6 meals per week Cost: $2,257 per semester

SILVER PLAN 155 swipes + $350 dec. balance Average 9.4 meals per week Cost: $1,767 per semester

BRONZE PLAN 115 swipes + $350 dec. balance Average 6.9 meals per week Cost: $1,449 per semester

BLUE PLAN 65 swipes + $250 dec. balance Average 3.9 meals per week Cost: $850 per semester

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ORANGE PLAN 40 swipes + $250 dec. balance Average 2.4 meals per week Cost: $632 per semester

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Moore files countersuit against sexual abuse accuser By CHIP BROWNLEE Editor-in-Chief editor@theplainsman.com

Former Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore is suing one of the women who levied sexual misconduct allegations against him that, in part, leveled his candidacy. Attorneys for Moore filed claims of defamation and slander against Leigh Corfman, one of several women who accused him of sexual misconduct. Corfman claimed he molested her when she was 14. Moore’s lawsuit is in response to a claim filed in January by Corfman, who sued Moore and his campaign for defaming her when she came forward with her accusations. Corfman told The Washington Post in November 2017, a month before the December special election, that Moore took her to his home in 1979. She said Moore, who at the time was a 32-year-old district attorney, approached her in his underwear and undressed her, guiding her hand to touch his genitals. Being 14, Corfman would have been younger than the age of consent in Alabama. Several other women also came forward, alleging a Moore in his 30s pursued them when they were in their late teens and early 20s. Another woman, Beverly Young Nelson, said

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ident for development and president of the Auburn University Foundation. “We reached our goal of $1 billion more than sixteen months early, and the Auburn Family continued their tremendous generosity through the end of the campaign. In addition to the tremendous philanthropic support we received, we were fortunate to have invaluable leadership from campaign co-chairs who shared a passionate belief in Auburn and in the

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Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Roy Moore addresses supporters after a loss to Democrat Doug Jones on December 12, 2017, in Montgomery, Ala.

Moore assaulted her in his car outside of a restaurant where she was working in Gadsden, Alabama. Moore has blamed his historic loss on the women’s accusations, the “liberal media” and “establishment politicians” in Washington. The former judge has denied all of the accusations. “The statements made by Leigh Corfman to

importance of this campaign.” A third of the commitments and donations were contributed toward efforts ensuring financial stability and future endeavors. The Division of Student Affairs raised $7.683,937 and the Office of Inclusion and Diversity raised $1,756,658 having received 34 percent of their donations from foundations. The funds from the financial campaign went to students, faculty, program and facilities. Auburn Athletics raised the most for the campaign, hitting a whopping

The Washington Post were fabricated and malicious and made with the sole intent of defaming Mr. Moore so as to damage his reputation in the community, state, and nation and prevented his election to the U.S. Senate,” his attorneys wrote in court filings. Moore’s December loss sent a Democrat from Alabama, Sen. Doug Jones, to the U.S. Senate for the first time in a quarter century.

$282,220,697. The College of Veterinary Medicine received outstanding support from Auburn faculty staff at the price of $2.4 million out of the $87,992,544 in donations. Over $9 million was donated from parents through the College of Sciences and Mathematics. Samuel Ginn College of Engineering raised the most of any academic unit, having rung in at $247,301,439. Seventy-one percent of funds raised by the College of Liberal Arts were from Auburn alumni.

Moore served as Alabama chief justice until April 2017, when he resigned from the office after being effectively removed in 2016 for judicial ethics violations. A Montgomery Circuit Court judge recently refused to dismiss Corfman’s lawsuit and earlier this week declined to move legal proceedings from Montgomery to Etowah County, where both Moore and Corfman live.

One-third of the donations through the College of Architecture, Design and construction were designated for Rural Studio, a nationally-known program based in Hale County. “The generosity of the Auburn Family has been amazing to see,” said President Steven Leath. “Nowhere is this philanthropic spirit more evident than in the success of ‘Because This is Auburn.’ We are positioned to become a worldclass academic, research and service university in the true spirit of our land-grant heritage.”

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“She told me early on, ‘Hey, look. I don’t have a lot of options because I don’t have a college degree.’” Lackey will serve as the university’s chief business and financial officer. He will oversee endowment investments, lead UNCW’s budget development process by preparing financial statements, collaborate with other vice chancellors and the chancellor on funding opportunities for strategic initiatives, manage associated organizations and their financial accounting, reporting and audits, serve as the key contact for federal, state and local audits and coordinate business and financial matters with the Business Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees. Lackey also served as the CFO in conjunction with his role as chief of staff at ISU. Before becoming the director of federal relations for the UNC system, he directed the Office of Federal Affairs at UNC-Chapel Hill. In 2003, Lackey began a three-year stint as a legislative aide for then-Sen Elizabeth Dole, R-North Carolina. “I welcome the opportunity to join the team at UNCW, an innovative university with a well-respected reputation for high-quality teaching, research and service to both North Carolina and the nation,” Lackey said. “I look forward to collaborating with the outstanding staff in the Division for Business Affairs as we develop new and exciting ways to continue supporting UNCW’s mission, vision and values.” Lackey holds an M.B.A. from UNCChapel Hill, a master’s degree in public administration from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina.


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Trump sending National Guard to the border is wasteful By EDITORIAL BOARD Spring 2018

In accordance, with his signature hard line on immigration, President Donald Trump announced last week that the National Guard will be deployed to the southern border. Trump also alluded to, in a mix of tweets and press conferences, sending the military to deal with what’s seen by the administration as an influx of illegal immigrants, drugs and crimes. Trump came into office in 2016 after a campaign centered around the promise of a border wall — described as big, beautiful and paid for by Mexico. Mexico has repeatedly declined the bill, and the federal budget passed last month did not include funding for this wall. In absence of his campaign pipe dream, Trump has instead turned to the National Guard, calling for 2,000 to 4,000 troops to head to the border, allocating resources intended for quick emergency response to stand guard against supposed influxes of Central-Americans. This action is preposterous, supported by embellished premises and is outright wasteful. The motives behind the move are not national security or rule of law, but rather giving political fodder to a right

wing base and creating a wedge issue before the midterm elections. According to the United States Border Patrol, the number of unauthorized immigrant apprehensions at the border has been at its lowest level since 1971, steadily decreasing since the mid-2000s. The number of unauthorized immigrants living in the United States has remained steady over the past 10 years, while in that time the percentage of unauthorized immigrants who have lived in the US for at least a decade has increased, according to Pew Research Center. These numbers point to the fact that unauthorized border crossings have been decreasing. While the president has supported the action of deploying the National Guard by arguing it’s a response to a current crisis, the facts do not support this. The National Guard is intended to be able to quickly react to a crisis such as floods, hurricanes or other emergencies. By deploying them to watch over the southern border, Trump misallocates resources that are needed during an emergency. Further, the use of the National Guard is not a cost effective way of dealing with immigration, since members of the National Guard are not trained in immigration en-

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forcement and are unable to make arrests. They’d essentially be playing a backup role to the border patrol agents stationed there. The use of military force on the border can create a high price for those crossing. Tougher security can force immigrants to cross at more dangerous areas. This does not decrease the rate of unauthorized immigrants trying to come into the country, but rather increases the fatalities among them.

Sending the National Guard to the border is a wasteful move, intended to placate those who agree with the president’s stance on immigration after he failed to secure funding for his border wall. The benefits toward immigration policy will be slim and the costs high. Trump should look to enact bipartisan immigration reform influenced by proven security methods and not rely on a wasteful show of force.

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From the desk of Dr. Karen DeLano, Auburn City Schools Superintendent By KAREN DELANO Auburn City Schools Superintendent

In light of the current climate of public schools across the nation I would like to take the time to address some issues and share my thoughts on the safety and security of our school system. First and foremost, I will continue to work closely with local law enforcement on all matters pertaining to the security of our campuses including requesting home checks of students that make threatening statements or post threats to school safety in any medium, whether it is verbally, electronically or otherwise. We take all such incidents

with extreme seriousness. If at any time we determine there is any question as to our students’ or employees’ safety we will take the necessary actions, including closing schools. As parents and guardians, I ask that you talk to your family about the seriousness of making threatening remarks, talk about the inappropriateness of ever bullying or harassing others, and report your concerns to your school administrators. Social media is not the best method for learning the truth in these situations. If an incident of a threatening nature does occur the system will not share individual student information with others and the situa-

tion will be dealt with in accordance with the law and/ or school system policy. Students found in violation of policies related to school security will receive due process and severe consequences will be administered. As superintendent I strive to treat each student as I would want my children or grandchildren treated. Therefore, I encourage all to stop and consider in these cases what would you want if the student making such statements happened to be your child.

Streaming has upended both the music and film industries through platforms like Spotify and Netflix. On demand music and entertainment is now the norm, and the newest iteration of that can be found in podcasts. Podcasts can be thought of as the streaming version of talk radio, if that radio had programming on virtually every topic. Seriously, you can access podcasts in free iOS and Android applications and find content on thousands of subjects. There’s also original stories often read by the same actors you’ll see in the theaters. There’s only so many hours in the day, and especially as college students it’s hard to find time to keep up with the news or delve into all the subjects you may want to read up on. Podcasts provide the chance to learn or listen to entertaining episodes on the way to class, in the car or while you’re getting ready for the night. Podcasts took off in 2014 after the release true crime story Serial from the creators of the long-running radio show This American Life. I was one of the 40 million people that downloaded and listened to the show as it was released. I definitely insist on listening to season one. Think of it as a mustlisten, the “Breaking Bad” of podcasts. But, if you need a broader starter pack to get you hooked on podcasts, I have complied some recommendations based on your current media habits. I have listened to these all in full, and you won’t need to

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wait until the third episode to get into it. If you like to keep with the news, but just want the facts without all the punditry that cable news often provides, check these out. Objectivity is their first priority along with ensuring every perspective is heard, literally. Try these: The Daily is a show by The New York Times where the host takes a deep dive into one story per day, while still providing the latest news. More Perfect, a show about the Supreme Court and how those cases and decisions have affected American history. Freakonomics, which is hosted by the authors of the book by the same name, where they look at issues from surprising angles. If you like “Mindhunter” or “Making a Murderer,” try Dirty John. It’s produced by the L.A. Times and tells the story of the titular con man who marries a wealthy woman and what happens next. If you like behind the scenes features, try The Watch. It is hosted by two seasoned television experts who walk through any and every TV show in the zeitgeist, along with books, movies and music. If you like advice columns, try Dear Sugars. This podcast is hosted by writer Steve Almond and Cheryl Strayed, the author of the hit novel and film, “Wild.” Listeners write in with relationship problems of all kinds, and the two hosts do not disappoint.

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The confidence gap, how students think hiring can improve By SAMANTHA STRUNK Campus Writer

Austin Chandler felt there was no better place than Samford Clock Tower to propose to his girlfriend, Jacqueline Keck. She was Auburn’s third woman Student Government Association president. He is executive vice president of initiatives. “I find a lot of joy knowing that we got to share Auburn together, and we get to come back,” said Keck, outgoing Student Government president and senior in economics. Chandler, junior in civil engagement, knew they needed a proposal that reflected the best years of their lives. The beloved Samford Hall was the clear-cut answer. Chandler looked out across Samford Lawn through the small wooden window of the tower before lowering himself to one knee. Keck said after his knee hit the floor she remembers saying

Alonzo McGhee, freshman in biomedical sciences, is an African-American, bisexual male. “Did you grow up around a lot of white people, because you don’t really act black?” When a co-worker asked this question, he didn’t know how to respond. Questions like these create awkward, uncomfortable dynamics in work environments. “Occasionally, when people find out at work that I’m bisexual, they expect me to act a certain way, or they’ll ask stereotypical questions,” McGhee said. “I feel as though I’m constantly having to defend myself, the way that I do things or certain choices that I make just because of stereotypes that come with cultural ideas of who I’m supposed to be.” A widely accepted sentiment is that college students belonging to minority groups report lower confidence in their abilities to obtain a job after graduation than students belonging to majority groups. Annette Kluck, assistant provost for women’s initiatives, believes two big factors relate to this confidence gap — Imposter syndrome and stereotype threat. Kluck defined Imposter syndrome as “the feeling of ‘I don’t belong, and they are going to figure out I don’t belong.’” She said Imposter syndrome is much more prominent in individuals within typically marginalized groups — women, racial minorities, first-generation Americans, people of lower socioeconomic status — than majority group counterparts, and minority group members may receive messages throughout their lives that facilitate the development of this effect.

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SGA officers past, presently say yes By LILY JACKSON Managing Editor

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Austin Chandler proposes to Jacqueline Keck at Samford Hall.


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yes and the whirlwind that ensued afterward. The two love birds met through work with the Miss Auburn election. Keck was busy scheduling visits for her candidate during her sophomore year, and Chandler was assigned to work with her. She sent Chandler and Kathryn Kennedy, today’s Miss Auburn, an email that said the two of them would need to crank out 530 emails within the next hour. “They got it done, and I said, ‘He is such a hard worker. I like a man who can send some emails,’” Keck said. “He was always on the ball, and I thought, ‘Someone needs to date this boy.’” Initially, Keck started playing matchmaker — trying to find someone who liked a hard-working, emailsending man. Through an Auburn Answers request for Dr Pepper in the Wellness Kitchen from Keck, Chandler, the director of Auburn Answers at the time, decided to speed up the process and text her. “She hit me with the read and no reply,” Chandler said. Keck’s plans to meet Chandler were already in the works. With a casual invite to dinner, the two were on their way, but when he arrived that night he found a package of uncooked chicken and a George-Foreman. Chandler was asked to cook the chicken. Unaware and hopeful, he began throwing everything in the pan and hoping for the best. “We ate chicken spaghetti and went to the Camp War Eagle Pep Rally,” Keck said. “That was the beginning.” Two years later, Chandler was the one planning for a big step in their relationship. The proposal spot was a no-brainer, he said. The two have had a busy few years together, as both have held leadership positions at the University, and their dedication to the city and school is a part of them today. “I think about Jacqueline and where she spent her last year, and she has sacrificed a lot of it for Auburn and students,” Chandler said. “She sacrificed a lot of her time and our dating too. I knew I wanted to do it in Auburn.” He considered many spots on campus, but with some help from friends in high places, Chandler arranged a Samford Clock Tower tour on the Friday before A-Day. Clock Tower Tours are now reserved for extremely special occasions and special guests. Keck said she had wanted to go up before she graduated but had no clue they would until the big day. She began trying to plan for A-Day weekend weeks before, and Chandler was consistently fighting off questions and pushing back on her plans. With the help of a few friends, Chandler was able to keep her relatively content with the plan for a triple date. He said she was played like a fiddle, but he did what he had to do. “I had no clue,” Keck said. Nerves pumping through his veins, Chandler went

to the door to pick up Keck before their 4:30 p.m. tour of the Clock Tower. She opened the door and he stood, waiting. “Tuck in your shirt,” Keck said. Chandler fought her a bit because the untucked shirt was concealing the obvious ring box in his back pocket. She wouldn’t let it go, and once she got in the car, he tucked his shirt in furiously and thought to himself, “She’s got to stay in front of me the whole time.” They arrived only to find out one of the couples had dropped out of the date because of a “fender bender.” This conveniently left Keck, Chandler, Jennings Bowden and her fiancé — well-known wedding photographers and planners around Auburn. The group climbed to the top of Samford, where Chandler proceeded to ramble about the architectural design of the building until he got his cue from Bowden that it was time. “Wanna take some pictures?” she asked. She positioned Keck and Chandler for a photo, and the flash clicked. Chandler shifted his weight to one knee and asked the big question. “She is the most beautiful woman in the world,” Chandler said. The two are most attracted to each other’s love for people and sacrificial natures. Keck said he has taught her to appreciate the little things, let life live and reminds her to slow down every once in a while. “Her character is unwavering. Jacqueline is going to be who she is today as she was yesterday,” Chandler said. “There is not a thing that is going to change. She will refine here and there, but I love how she learns.” While they may have to schedule their dates through iCloud invite, Keck and Chandler said they wouldn’t change it for the world. Their busy schedules have taught them to value their time together. As for time, they said they will be waiting until May 2019 to officially tie the knot. With the book her father got her, “How to Plan A Wedding on A Budget,” Keck will be working through school and planning until the big day. “Jacqueline always says it’s okay to dream a little bit, but I always want to tell her that these aren’t dreams anymore,” Chandler said. “This is our reality.”

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“What’s hard about this feeling is that it makes you have to work harder,” Kluck said. “Not just that you’re trying harder to make sure everybody believes that you belong but also you’re managing this feeling of ‘I don’t belong here.’” Kluck said at younger ages, girls outperform boys at math. That does shift as children reach middle school and beyond, but it may not be related to ability. In 1999, Claude Steele, social psychologist known for his work in stereotype threat, launched a study exploring women in math. He set up two rooms for students taking math tests. In one room, Steele reminded students of the stereotype that men are better at math and challenged the female students in the room to try really hard to succeed. He did not tell this to the students in the other room. Women performed more poorly in the group that was reminded of the stereotype whereas men and women performed equally in the group that was not reminded of the stereotype. “The thinking is that when we’re exposed to those stereotypes, we spend our mental energy thinking about trying not to confirm the stereotype rather than focusing, in this case, on math problems,” Kluck said. Individuals belonging to minority groups may hear “the quota message.” A person hearing this may also question whether others feel he or she is there for the sole purpose of filling the quota. John Blanding, Outgoing Black Student Union president and current senior in international business, mentioned this view on quotas. “We often struggle with trying to discern between those with good intentions and those with a motive to just fill that quota or to reach a specific number,” Blanding said. “It’s tough to have to work in spaces where you question the validity of your position or you question the validity of the people around you. That’s a difficult feeling to have to have on top of your normal workload.” Kluck said all of these things can contribute to internal anxiety within

minority groups. These feelings can result in poor performance or lack of confidence. McGhee echoed this idea. He said dealing with factors like these can be tough in social situations at work or interacting with jobs in general. “There can be a certain expectation of the way you should act or the way you need to present yourself,” McGhee said. “Sometimes just having to interact with coworkers with certain religious views or outlooks on life kind of makes it more difficult to interact with your coworkers, and that can sometimes affect your job performance.” Kluck called attention to a study regarding ACT performance. The ACT, a college entrance exam, prompts students to disclose their gender and race or ethnicity. “Just being asked to indicate your gender or your sex and then your race or your ethnicity has, at times, produced the same effect of undermining somebody of the stereotype,” Kluck said. These factors and others contribute to the lack of confidence in applying for jobs many minority group individuals face. Kluck said employers can combat these risks by establishing detailed job requirements at the beginning, following through consistently. Blanding said he thinks the most basic step for employers to begin accounting for the confidence gap is to include people on the interview panel who are trained in inclusion and diversity sciences. “I think here at Auburn we can attest to that from the introduction of Dr. Clayton with the Office of Inclusion and Diversity,” Blanding said. “She has been trained and educated on those topics, how to handle those situations and how to handle people from different backgrounds or beliefs, and because she’s been trained, she can attest to those things better than someone that’s never been exposed to them before.” In terms of the confidence gap, McGhee carried a message. “As long as you’re a good worker and you’re doing what you’re meant to do, you have no reason to feel uncomfortable or like you have to explain yourself to anybody,” McGhee said.

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People give the Glomerata staff their Tiger Cards in exchange for the 2018 issue of The Glomerata on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Auburn, Ala.

Glomerata distributes thousands of yearbooks By CHIP BROWNLEE Editor-in-Chief

Distribution of the 2018 Glomerata, Auburn’s yearbook, kicked off Tuesday, and with demand high, staff gave out more than 4,000 copies by Wednesday, nearly half of their supply this year. Distribution is scheduled every day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Friday while supplies last. The Glomerata ordered 8,000 copies this year, which is 750 fewer than last year because of budget constraints. Editor Mara Baker said students should pick up their copies because the response to the new issue has been high. “Everyone really seems to like it,” Baker said. “Everyone really liked the cover, which tends to happen when it’s watercolor.” Glomerata staff is distributing the yearbooks at three different locations this year: Haley Concourse near the Student Center, Thach Concourse in front of the pharmacy building and Roosevelt Concourse near Parker Hall. To get a copy, students need their Tiger Card student ID or their Global ID.

The rest of the book also follows a similar watercolor theme and includes sections on student involvement, Greek Life, administration and general happenings around campus from the past year. “The purpose of the Glom is really just to preserve the students’ time at Auburn and document the history of Auburn, that way when you come back in 30 years, you can see what it was like when you were here,” Baker said. Baker said the staff put in a lot of work this year to make the Glomerata a priceless record of the year. “I’ve known how much work it was, but it’s different being in a leadership role and seeing how much work it is all together,” Baker said. The staff spent more time going back through old copies of the Glomerata to inspire the new edition. In doing so, they decided it was important to get more students’ faces in the book. “It’s really important that students make sure to get their picture in the Glom, that way they have something to look back on,” Baker said. “It’s really cool just to see how the University has changed and how different clubs have changed.”


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A vendor at the East Alabama Gun & Hunting show shows off one of the rifles that are for sale on Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Opelika, Ala.

‘We are an armed populace.’

Lee County firearm enthusiasts talk guns, safety, culture at Opelika gun show By EDUARDO MEDINA Community Writer

As rain pelted Opelika on Saturday, a boy with an inflatable toy gun substituting for an umbrella and hundreds of adults with actual umbrellas scurried inside the city’s first gun and hunting show in over 10 years. Adorning the sellers’ tables were $5 bullet keychains, beef jerky, ammunition cartridges and, of course, in greater abundance than the puddles outside — guns. Hundreds of pistols and rifles spread out on tables. Some metallic guns glistened under the harsh ceiling light, others were matted down with black or brown paint, but all are being handled and examined by Opelika enthusiasts. For every 1,000 people in Lee County, 114 of them have concealed carry permits, according to records gathered by AL.com in 2013, meaning around 18,000 county residents can legally pack

concealed handguns in public. Out of those, hundreds were increasing their arsenal at the Village Event Center on Saturday. The selling table for Ben Whitworth and his mother Judy Whitworth was situated on the radius of the gun galore event, but business was a little slow, they said. Though they sell air guns, the Whitworths are one of the hundreds of firearm-owning families in the county, and their endearment for guns has sustained since childhood. “Dad gave me a BB gun when I was a kid, and I would go out in the woods and shoot birds,” Ben Whitworth said before his mother interjected. “But now we feed the birds,” Judy Whitworth said. Ben Whitworth’s appreciation for guns stems from his hobby for sport shooting, but the feeling of being able to protect his family is also an incentive for purchasing, he said. Regarding stricter gun legislation, the Whitworths don’t see a reason for it.

“I don’t see a gun problem, I see a humanity problem,” Ben Whitworth said. “No matter what we do, evil will find a way to do things.” In Alabama, evil is certainly prevailing through firearms, with the age-adjusted rate of 21.5 people for every 100,000 residents dying from firearms in 2016, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, behind only Alaska for the highest firearm death rate. In 2016, almost as many Alabamians were killed by firearms as diabetes. The data takes into account assaults, suicides and accidental discharges. Evil is also evident in 2015 data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, showing firearms and automobiles are killing Americans at an equal rate of 11.3 age-adjusted deaths per 100,000 people. Automobile-related deaths have dropped steeply, but gun-related deaths have slightly increased because of rising gun suicide rates that have counteracted falling gun homicide rates, according to the Pew Research Center.

As people struggle to find parking outside, the packed event center bustled with people shopping for new Glocks, degreasing cleaners and even coffee merchandise. The AK-47 Espresso offers 12 rounds of single serve coffee, the Black Rifle Freedom Blend sells for $13.99 and the CC17 Combat Cocoa comes in a convenient green cylinder, each surely jolting people at the shooting range with energy, one shot at a time. Near the entrance of the show sat a National Rifle Association table. While Comic-Con raffles off Batman figurines and car shows auction antique vehicles, the NRA was offering a .22 caliber rifle. John Rice, a former state senator and NRA member of 40 years, greeted people approaching the table with a deep Southern drawl and seemed glad to be helping the charity raffle. The money people paid to enter the raffle will go toward youth groups

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J Smiles performing her stand-up routine at the “Battle for O-Town” comedy competition at The Bottling Plant Event Center on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in Opelika, Ala.

‘Battle for O-Town’ pits local comedians against one another By BAILEY FUHRMANN Campus Writer

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Not a moment of silence was found at the Opelika Bottling Plant Event Center Wednesday night, April 4, as local comedians had the crowd roaring with laughter. The Battle for O-Town continued with the first of four remaining comedy competitions hosted by the event center. The competitors had no limits on what they said or did in order to win. The night began with drinks and food, allowing guests and competitors to hang out and become comfortable with each other before the show began at 7 p.m. The competition began with host Michael Statham welcom-

ing everyone and telling a few jokes of his own. Statham introduced the first competitor of the night, which he continued to do for the 12 competitors to follow. As the night went on, seats filled as people made their way into the show. After all the comedians performed, Statham announced the winners of the night. The third-place winner of the night was Hollywood, followed by J Smiles as the second-place winner. The winner for the first round of competitions was Ernie Kennamer. “He [Kennamer] was really good,” Statham said. “After that, they had to all step up their game, so it was a good competition.” Hollywood will be an alter-

nate for the finale, and J Smiles and Kennamer will compete for the $500 prize at the finale. April 4 is one of four competitions in the month, with each competition on Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. The last competition will be held on April 25, and the date for the finals are to be announced and projected to occur sometime in May. As the event came to an end, all of the contestants showed their appreciation for the audience members and thanked them for their support. J Smiles said the audience’s support was a rare quality. “Go Opelika-Auburn for having an open-minded, kind of cool, casual comedy crowd that can really go with whatever the joke is,” J Smiles said. “You don’t get that everywhere.”


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Red Clay Brewery celebrates third anniversary By PRICE EVERETT Lifestyle Writer

Live music playing, beer taps flowing and an all-around lively atmosphere welcomed anyone who came to Red Clay Brewery on Friday night. The Opelika brewery has been making various styles of beer for three years now. In celebration, the brewery opened its bar and tasting area to try out its different products, as well as hosting bands and a party in a back lot. The event hosted six different bands with Red Clay’s next-door neighbor, The John Emerald Distillery. Local coffee store Momma Mocha’s had a stand there as well, selling its products. The energy and excitement of the owners translated into a fun, music-filled night. With bands including Wilk, Habanero Honey and The People’s Rhythm Section, music was blasting the whole night from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Everyone from college students, residents, families, dogs and a few men wearing kilts were in attendance to celebrate Red Clay. “It feels like we just opened a week ago,” said one of the owners, Kerry McGinnis. “It’s just awesome.” John Corbin, another owner, chimed in and said that the night was going to feature a “ton of beer, a ton of fun — kids, pets, everybody’s welcome.” “When I graduated high school in ’99, downtown Opelika was not a place you came,” McGinnis said about what it means to run a business in burgeoning downtown Opelika. “Seeing it come back to life and being a part of that is a really big deal to us.” McGinnis said they homebrewed beers for nearly 10 years before they “pulled the trigger

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in order to purchase ammunition for shooting events. “I, myself, had my first handgun when I was 6 and carried around a pistol by age 10,” Rice said. His stepfather was a gunsmith and a police officer, explaining the prevalence of weapons during his childhood. He is deeply troubled by the shootings that take place, he said, but is dead set on his stance of guns not being the underlying problem. “The tool is not the issue,” Rice said. “We are a God-fearing, country-raised group of people, and we believe lives can’t be removed by guns, but by God’s hand.” As of April 11, 2018, 3,931 people have died from gunrelated violence in the U.S. in 2018, according to the Gun Violence Archive. Even while being a proud gun owner, Rice does not agree with the proposed bill that failed to pass in the Alabama Legislature earlier this year that would have allowed teachers to carry firearms in school. “I don’t think teachers having guns is necessary,” Rice said. “I know plenty of retired police officers and veterans that will volunteer to help protect these kids.” Kids accompanying parents viewed the weapons with awe as they twiddled bullets through their tiny fingers and poked at pistols laying on tables. Some wore camouflage, one held onto a wet toy gun and others carried beef jerky while their

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The beer taps at Red Clay Brewery on Friday, April 6, 2018, in Auburn, Ala.

on the brewery.” Corbin said brewing in Alabama has its challenges, though it’s getting easier. “There were still things that breweries in Alabama are working on,” Corbin said. “Since we’ve been opened, they’ve had the growler laws changed, so we can do growlers [large beer jugs]. Nothing inhibits us from operating how we need to.” Red Clay has made its way canned into many stores including Kroger, Winn Dixie, Whole Foods, Piggly Wiggly and The Kold Keg. Corbin said keeping up isn’t easy, but the hard work is paying off. “We’re pushing it out all over Alabama, and we just released our last big area, other than

parents checked the price tags on rifles. A father strolling his 6-month-old daughter in a stroller paced the aisles slowly, pausing to smile and check on his baby, then focusing back at the tables toppling with sleek guns. The father, Jonathan Savage, was at the gun show to pass time with his newborn. “My daughter is way too young to shoot at 6 months old,” Savage said while smiling down at his baby who looked up with soft blue eyes. “But when she’s older, I intend on teaching her how to handle (guns) and be proper with them.” Savage sees owning a gun as empowering and a necessity in a sovereign country. He does not think additional firearm regulation will be a solution. “I don’t think adding laws to the book is a solution now,” Savage said. “Being able to protect oneself from foreign threats, or possibly domestic, is important.” The rain poured outside as rapidly as guns were being sold inside. Grey skies silhouetted silver bullets, and the smell of rain was overpowered by aromas of dried meat and barbecue sauces sold inside. On a middle table sat a DPMS AR-15 TPR — a North Alabama product. Savage’s daughter grunted softly, and her father got the cue it was time to go home. “We are an armed populace,” the dad said. “I think that makes our country different from the rest of the world.”

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Atlanta,” Corbin said. “We’re basically everywhere in Georgia and Alabama, and we’re about to be in South Carolina as well.” As the brewery has grown, so has its beer portfolio. “We’re up to nearly 40 that we’ve done,” McGinnis said. “We distribute three or four parts of a line-up, which changes seasonally. The [Hefeweizen] and the brown [ale] never leaves, but the other two come and go. In the tap room, we’ve got 12 taps.” The Halftime Hefeweizen is Red Clay’s flagship product, and, according to McGinnis, it can be a tricky thing to brew. “The Halftime has proven challenging,” McGinnis said. “It can be finicky about the right

amount of yeast.” Corbin agreed. “It’s our flagship beer, so we pay a lot of attention to that one,” Corbin added. “We want to make sure it’s exactly how we want it.” Newcomers just catching on to Red Clay have a few things to look forward to. “Our beers are very approachable and traditional to style,” Corbin said. “We try to focus on the old-world style of beers. We’ve got a beer for everyone, and now we have cider, wine and sours. We don’t do a funky, cheesy, crazy sour. Ours are more tart or lemony.” For everyone who hasn’t tried their beers, McGinnis grinned and said, “What the hell are you waiting on?”

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The Lee County Literacy Coalition will be hosting a driver’s manual workshop on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, consisting of visual elements such as a PowerPoint presentation and videos to help community residents with lower literacy skills pass the driver’s test.

Lee County Literacy Coalition hosts driver’s manual workshops By OLIVIA WILKES Community Writer

Anyone who has studied for and taken the driver’s license test knows that the experience can be stressful, but for people who have difficulty reading, the exam can be downright daunting. As part of a program launching aiming to target this need, the Lee County Literacy Coalition hosted a workshop at the Dean Road Recreation Center on Wednesday and is planning to hold another on May 23 to present information from the Alabama Driver Manual that is pertinent to passing the exam. Tina Tatum, the program director for the literacy coalition, said the workshops will consist of a PowerPoint presentation, videos, graphics and some fun activities. “Hopefully, that being very visual, it will help them understand it and retain it to take the test,” Tatum said. “We actually have put together a little sample test that they can take at the end just to get an idea if they might possibly be ready to go ahead and try the real thing.” The workshops are free and, although designed for people with lower literacy skills, open to anyone in the community. A driver’s license is something that many people may take for granted but is extremely necessary for many day-today activities. “If you don’t read well, you might still have a job, you might still have kids you have to take to activities, so not being able to pass that test doesn’t stop a lot of people from driving,” Tatum said.

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“But the problem is, if they get in a little fender-bender or let’s just say that over a holiday there’s some kind of checkpoint looking for driver’s license and insurance, if they don’t have that, of course, that’s going to lead to many other difficulties and probably fines and things that they can’t afford.” Tatum is not aware of any program

focused specifically on the driver’s test that has been offered in the community before. “We’re always looking for ways to provide services that folks in the community need, and when we hear of a potential need, we see if there’s some way that as an organization that’s trying to help people read better, if there’s something that we can do that can make their life better,” said Tatum. “I just heard from several of our volunteers that there seems to be a need for folks who don’t read, who have really low literacy, to be able to pass their test.” The literacy coalition has been developing the program for a while. Volunteers studied the Alabama Driver Manual and picked out points such as road signs, turns and other important information needed to pass the driver’s test. Tatum said that one volunteer, Riley Moore, contributed a great deal to the project as he was able to get a lot of information from his father, who teaches driver’s education. Tatum said they are hoping to offer more driver’s test workshops in the future and at other locations as well, such as the Boykin Community Center near Loachapoka Road. “The driver’s license manual is tough reading even for folks who read well, but for folks who don’t read well, it’s a pretty difficult chore to try to absorb all that information and retain it,” Tatum said. “If you don’t read well, visual is the only way that you can get that information, so we’re going to hope that this will accomplish the purpose.”


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Trio of Tigers turning pro

Harper, Wiley and Brown join Mustapha Heron as entrants in the 2018 NBA Draft

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Jared Harper (1) shoots during the first half. Auburn vs. UAB on Dec. 9, 2017, in Auburn, Ala.

Auburn center Austin Wiley (50) dunks vs. Mississippi State on Feb. 7, 2017, in Auburn, Ala.

Bryce Brown (2) shoots from the 3-point line vs. Florida on Feb. 24, 2018 in Gainseville, Fla.

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country who is testing the waters, Austin has the greatest chance to move up in the draft. “He’s in great physical condition and has worked extremely hard. He will be impressive at the Combine.” “Playing in the NBA has always been a dream of mine,” Harper said. “I’m very thankful for how God has guided me through this journey along with the continuous support from my family. “I would like to thank Coach Pearl, the entire coaching staff, my teammates and the fans for the continued support. War Eagle!” Harper tied the Auburn record for fourth-most assists in a season in 2017-18 (Gerald White, 1984-85), racking up 185 in the team’s SEC Championship season. “Jared had a great sophomore season leading Auburn to a conference championship and being an all-conference player,” Pearl said. “This is a great opportunity for him to go through the process, get evaluated and grow his game. We’re excited for Jared.” Harper was the floor general for the high-flying Tiger offense last season, which averaged the most points per game (82) on The Plains in 27 years. The 5-foot-10 guard scored double digits in 17 of the team’s 18 SEC contests and in 27 games overall. In both the SEC coaches and AP lists, Harper was named Second Team All-SEC, finishing with an average of 13.2 points and 5.4 assists. Bryce Brown became the fourth Auburn player to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft as the junior announced his decision Wednesday morning. “I want to thank God for everything he has done for me and

the way he has led me,” Brown said. “I had a dream to play in the NBA one day and I want to pursue that dream. Testing the waters will be a great opportunity for me and my family to see where I’m at in the process. “I want to thank my teammates and my coaches for putting me in great situations to succeed and show what I can do on the court. “I want to thank the fans and the Auburn family as well. Together, we created something special this past season with the best home-court advantage in the country.” Brown averaged 15.9 points per game last season for the Tigers and became the 36th player in program history to score 1,000 points in his career. A Naismith Trophy Top 30 honoree, Brown led the Tigers to a program record 324 three-pointers, passing the previous mark of 289 in 2016-17. Brown buried 107 threes – the second-most in single-season history – and moved into second on the career three-pointers list with 241 buckets from beyond the arc. Brown was named First Team All-SEC by the Associated Press and Second Team All-SEC by the SEC’s coaches. “I’m not sure there is a player in college basketball who has improved more over the last three years than Bryce Brown,” Pearl said. “He is an elite shooter, an improved playmaker and a great defender. We’re really excited for this opportunity for Bryce.” New NCAA rules allow for players to test their draft stock while remaining eligible to return to their school. Prospects can go through the draft combine and hold one NBA tryout before the withdrawal date of June 11.

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Auburn has not had a player selected in the NBA Draft since 2001, when the Indiana Pacers selected Jamison Brewer. Auburn will look to snap that skid this summer, and its chances may have improved greatly in the last week. Auburn sophomore forward Austin Wiley, sophomore guard Jared Harper and junior guard Bryce Brown all announced that they have declared for the 2018 NBA Draft. None of the three will sign an agent, which allows the trio to potentially return to Auburn prior to the draft. “First off I would like to thank God, my family, teammates, my coaches and everybody that has helped me get to this moment,” Wiley wrote on Twitter. “Being in the NBA has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid. I would like to announce that I will enter my name into the 2018 NBA Draft. “I will not sign with an agent to keep my NCAA eligibility. Lastly I would like to thank the Auburn family for all of the support! War Eagle.” Wiley, who graduated a semester early from Spain Park High School to play at Auburn, scored 8.8 points per game and averaged 4.7 rebounds per game in 23 games his freshman season. Wiley, along with Danjel Purifoy, was suspended all of the 2017-18 season because of alleged actions with former Auburn associate head coach Chuck Person. “In spite of all that we went through this season, Austin is still in a great position to accomplish all of his goals,” said Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl. “I think as much as any player in the

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Murray leaving Tigers’ program By NATHAN KING Assistant Sports Editor

The decisions of Jared Harper, Mustapha Heron, Bryce Brown and Austin Wiley shouldn’t have shocked Auburn basketball fans. With new NCAA rules for agent-less NBA Draft entrants, there’s not much to lose, as players can test their draft stock while remaining eligible to return to their school. Prospects can go through the draft combine and hold one NBA tryout before the withdrawal date of June 11. In the case of Desean Murray, it’s understandable to be taken aback. The junior announced Tuesday evening that he will leave the Auburn program after graduating from the University in the spring. The former Presbyterian transfer has “not decided” whether he will transfer to another school or submit his name into the draft. Murray, Auburn’s starting power forward in its 2017-18 SEC Championship season, averaged 10 points and seven boards in his lone year on The Plains after sitting out 2016-17

because of transfer rules. The Stanley, North Carolina, native is the sixth Tiger to announce any intentions of leaving the team. Backup point guard Davion Mitchell announced his intent to transfer from the program March 29, followed by Heron, Harper, Wiley and Bryce Brown’s decisions in the following weeks. Heron is the only player with reported intentions of hiring an agent, which restricts the guard from returning to school if his NBA stock isn’t up to his expectations. Forward Danjel Purifoy, who has been ruled eligible for the 2018-19 season and has reiterated that he intends to return to The Plains for his junior year, was expected to start at the three spot after Heron’s departure. The junior may need to take on more of a big man role with Murray and Wiley’s decisions. He and Wiley sat out last year thanks to the FBI investigation. Bruce Pearl’s team now has four available scholarships with the exits of Murray, Heron, Mitchell and senior Patrick Keim.

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Desean Murray (13) drives with the ball vs. Clemson on March 18, 2018, in San Diego, Calif.

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Head coach Gus Malzahn at Auburn’s football practice on Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Auburn, Ala.

Tigers pick up 2019 three-star center By NATHAN KING Assistant Sports Editor

Auburn’s recent injury woes at the center position have been slightly mended, thanks to the 2019 recruiting trail. Gus Malzahn landed his third commitment of the 2019 class Tuesday afternoon in three-star center Jakai Clark out of Loganville, Georgia. Rivals.com’s Chad Simmons was the first to report the news. Clark joins quarterback-receiver tandem Bo Nix and George Pickens as the only Tigers in the 2019 football class. A 6-foot-2, 305-pound true center from Grayson High School, Clark serves as a positive addition for the future of Auburn’s offensive line. Clark received his official offer from the Tigers three days before Saturday’s A-Day scrimmage, where his decision was finalized.

“I was told by a few people who had visited Auburn last week that they were interested in me, but the offer was still a surprise when I got it,” Clark told Rivals.com. “Also they have the major (business finance) I want, and that made my parents happy, which is something else that’s big to me. I had to get my mom over there, so I did, and I am now committed to Auburn.” According to Clark, “atmosphere” and Auburn’s “championship” pedigree were the biggest factors in his recruitment. Clark bolsters J.B. Grimes’ future O-line unit as the No. 12 center in the class, per 247 Sports. “With me committing today, I’m going to shut down my recruitment,” Clark said. “I want to feel like I’m at home, and AU has that feeling. Between the players and the coaches, everybody looks out for one another, and I love that.”


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Defense dominates A-Day By TYLER ROUSH Sports Reporter

Auburn’s defense made its mark on A-Day. During the orange team’s 18-10 win over blue Saturday afternoon, Auburn’s first-string defense held the second-string offense to 138 yards. Nick Coe finished with a sack and a forced safety. Coe, who said the defense also “dominated” the entirety of spring practices, said that the defense is starting to improve from last year. “We need to just keep improving until we’re the best we can be,” he said. Coe finished as the A-Day Defensive Player of the Game. Running back C.J. Tolbert finished as the Offensive Player of the Game while freshman kicker Anders Carlson finished as Specialty Player of the Game. Tolbert, who played quarterback in high school, finished the game with a cumulative 137 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. Carlson, who’s the younger brother of former Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson, hit all four of his field-goal attempts, including a long of 53 yards. Knowing he is competing to earn playing time in a packed running back depth chart, Tolbert said that he thinks he is making a push to earn starting minutes. “I feel like I’m in the position to do it, but I just need to work on my technique,” he said. While keeping the running game alive with a 79-yard rush, Tolbert complemented himself to the conversation at quarterback. As Malik Willis assumed the first-string role in the replacement of Jarrett Stidham, freshman Joey Gatewood ran the second-string. Though Willis finished with 45 yards on

8-of-20 passing, Gatewood finished with negative total yards while completing four of 12 pass attempts for zero yards. Malzahn said that he wasn’t worried about the statistical performances from Gatewood and Willis. “I don’t overreact in a spring game setting,” he said. “We had a guy named Cam Newton who went 3-for-8 in a spring game, and people were concerned.” The crowd, which avoided earlier rain, watched as Auburn’s defense took control of the game. The offense, however, was without its starting quarterback and two of its main receivers. Linebacker Darrell Williams, who finished with two tackles, said that the team was working with a defensive culture. “We really have a defensive swagger about us,” he said. “There are guys flying at the ball and having fun.” In addition to Coe’s forced safety, Auburn’s defense forced three fumbles. Auburn’s notable absences featured Stidham, wide receivers Ryan Davis and Will Hastings and running back Kam Martin. Though Malzahn is comfortable with the situation at quarterback and wide receiver, the head coach still has questions for running back. Davis was only held out for today, Malzahn added, and JaTarvious Whitlow put himself in the mix of running backs battling for play time. Even with the season being less than five months away, Malzahn said that the spring football game allowed his team to have a taste of the real atmosphere of Jordan-Hare Stadium. “There’s nothing better than competition,” Malzahn said. “It was good to see those guys out in front of the crowd.”

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Nick Coe (91) tackles C.J. Tolbert (37) in the backfield during Auburn’s A-Day game on Saturday, April 7, 2018 in Auburn, Ala.

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Will Holland (17) runs to third base during Auburn baseball vs. Missouri at Plainsman Park in Auburn, Ala. on Friday, March 30, 2018.

Auburn’s slump continues in blowout loss at Samford By IAN BIVONA Sports Writer

The Tigers just can’t seem to get anything rolling at the plate. No. 23 Auburn lost its fourth straight game on Tuesday, falling in Birmingham to the Samford Bulldogs 12-3. Auburn entered the game after being swept by Arkansas this past weekend and only having won one of its past six games (Alabama A&M). The Tigers were dominated throughout, allowing eight runs in the first four innings and three during the rest of the game. Auburn pitchers allowed a total of 18 hits compared to the seven hits that Samford gave up. After a hot start by the Bulldogs, the Tigers were never able to surmount the lead that had been piled onto them. “It’s less about who you’re playing right now with our club, but about ourselves,” said Auburn coach Butch Thompson. “Credit Samford for swinging the bats.” Bad pitching early in the contest led to Auburn’s demise, as starter Jack Owen was pulled

in the second inning after allowing five hits in the first. After Owen’s removal, every Tiger pitcher allowed at least one run. In addition to 18 total hits allowed, the Tigers gave up four home runs while only hitting one of their own. Outside of pitching, Auburn couldn’t score with runners in scoring position. The Tigers went 1-for-10 in the category, stranding 12 men on base. “We left a small village on the bases there,” Thompson said. “We just couldn’t get anything going.” Auburn had one lone bright spot in the game, as shortstop Will Holland went 3-for-5 with solo home run. Besides Holland, the bats of the Tigers remained cold. The Tigers are back in action at home against Mississippi State this Friday, as they look to end their four-game losing streak. First pitch is set for 7:30 p.m. CT. “‘We’re in the middle of a grind right now,” Thompson said, “This is huge, being back at home and getting an opportunity in another SEC series to try to get something going. This is long enough trying to find ourselves again.”

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Tigers agree to three-game series with South Alabama By WILL SAHLIE Sports Editor

Auburn and South Alabama will meet on the hardwood this fall for the first time in 12 years. The Tigers and Jaguars have agreed to a three-year series starting this fall in Auburn. Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports was the first to report the news.

South Alabama will host Auburn in 201920, and the series will conclude on The Plains in 2020-21. Auburn is 5-4 all-time against South Alabama with the last meeting coming in Dec. 6, 2006. South Alabama finished the 2017-18 season 14-18 and 7-11 in the Sun Belt. The Tigers finished 26-8 and 13-5 in the SEC.

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Crowe earns honors at Gary Koch Invitational By SPORTS STAFF Following up his record-tying performance on the opening day of the Gary Koch Invitational, Auburn junior Trace Crowe sealed the top spot and earned medalist honors for the third time in his career with a 4-under 68 to finish the tournament 16-under (69-63-68-200). “I’m extremely happy for Trace as he captured his third win of his collegiate career,” head coach Nick Clinard said. “He drove the ball beautifully and did a nice job managing his emotions and competing this week. He’s a talented young man that we have high expectations for.” Crowe tied for the team lead with five birdies in his final round at Gaston Country Club, including three on the front nine. As a team, the No. 11 Tigers finished second in the 54-hole invitational as they carded a 4-under 284 to finish the tournament 31-under (276-273-284--833). Auburn fell to host Kentucky by four strokes. “It was a disappointing day as we just didn’t have our best stuff,” Clinard said. “Our scoring clubs were poor as was our putting inside 10 feet. We fought hard and just couldn’t get much going as a team. We are now looking forward to postseason and we will be ready. Our team is outstanding and we’ve had another fantastic season.”

Crowe was joined in the top 10 by four of his teammates in the final leaderboard. Freshman Wells Padgett tied for third with an evenpar 72 in his final circuit of the course to end at 7-under (69-68-72--209). Sophomore Jovan Rebula finished in a fourway tied for sixth as he also ended with an even-par 72 to cap his tournament at 6-under (70-68-72--210). Senior Ben Schlottman and junior Jacob Solomon tied for 10th overall at 5-under. Schlottman carded a 72 (67-72-72--211), while Solomon capped his day with a 3-under 69 (70-72-69--211). Junior Ryan Knop was just one stroke behind and finished in a tie for 14th. He ended the day with an even-par 72 to close the tournament at 4-under (70-70-72--212). Kentucky won the event at 35-under (278277-274--829), followed by Auburn, Ole Miss (276-297-280--853), No. 17 Florida State (295-277-286--858), Virginia (293-286-285-864), Georgia Southern (298-284-288--870), Jacksonville (293-291-287--871), Coastal Carolina (291-298-293--882), Gardner-Webb (295-290-297--882), ULM (295-288-301-884), Jacksonville State (304-290-296--890), Lamar (305-298-294--897) and Western Carolina (303-291-304--898). The Tigers return to the course April 26-29 for the SEC Championship at St. Simons Island, Georgia. Tee times aren’t yet announced.

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C.J. Tolbert (37) attempts to evade tacklers during Auburn’s A-Day game on Saturday, April 7, 2018, in Auburn, Ala.

Tolbert turns in MVP performance on A-Day By SUMNER MARTIN Sports Writer

With much of the spotlight focused on the first-team defense, a walk-on running back emerged from the A-Day scrimmage, stealing the show with MVP honors. Junior tailback C.J. Tolbert finished as the Offensive Player of the Game with 137 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries for both the Orange and Blue teams. “We’re very proud of him (Tolbert),” Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said. “He is one of those guys that not a lot of people talk about, but every time he gets in there he produces … he’s had a very good spring, and he’s in the mix, there’s no doubt about that.” Tolbert’s explosive 79-yard run down the sideline in the second quarter was the biggest play of the game and set up the only Orange touchdown, which he took in from two yards out a few plays later. The Dadeville, Alabama native knows there is still room for improvement. “We always have a lot to improve on,” Tolbert said. “You never can get too up or too relaxed on yourself. I feel like we had a pretty good spring in all areas of the offense but we also have a lot to improve on.” Malzahn’s past teams have always had great competition at running back and this year’s team is no different. Tolbert, who was the 2013 Opelika-Auburn breakout player of the year before coming to Auburn, knows he is competing to earn playing time at a running

back position that is stacked with depth. Asa Martin, JaTarvious Whitlow and Malik Miller were the other notable backs that got touches in Saturday’s spring scrimmage. “That’s a huge motivation,” Tolbert said. “You know every day you can’t go out and just have an okay practice. You have to compete every day. I feel like that sparks me every day. I have four other guys that could beat me out at any given time.” Tolbert only played in three games in the 2017 season, mainly serving as a reserve tailback in practice and occasionally working with special teams. But Malzahn says everyone is still in the mix to win the job. “Tailback-wise, our plan was to rotate those guys, especially the young guys to see what they can do,” Malzahn said. “They held on to the football and you can see those young guys have a lot of ability breaking some tackles…Running back-wise, we are going to have some depth, there is no doubt about that.” Tim Horton, who coaches running backs on Malzahn’s staff, tells his backs to always keep a level head. Tolbert knows one performance doesn’t set anything in stone; he will have to keep working to carry this momentum into the season. “He (Horton) tells us to never get too high or too low,” Tolbert said. “He tells us every single day that there are five backs that could compete and play and start versus Washington. He tells us that every day. He never tells us that you’re not in the mix. You have to come out and compete every day.”

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Kaylee Carlson (16) pitches the ball on Saturday, March 11, 2018, in Auburn, Ala.

Carlson breaks record, Tigers take series from Tennessee By COLE MCCAULEY Sports Writer

After dropping the first game of the series on Friday to No. 8 Tennessee, No. 11 Auburn’s streak of series victories was in jeopardy. The Tigers took Saturday’s contest 2-0, and the opportunity to take the series was there for the taking Sunday. In the first four innings, the game was a mainly uneventful affair. Both teams notched just three hits apiece. Besides an RBI double from Auburn junior, Morgan Podany in the bottom of the second inning that put the Tigers on the board, both teams were having trouble getting their respective offenses going. That is, until the fifth inning. Seemingly out of nowhere, the Auburn bats caught fire. A three-run home run courtesy of Alyssa Rivera highlighted a four-hit, five-run fifth inning for the Tigers that transformed their tight lead to a sizable one. “It’s always a good feeling to score runs, it’s all part of offense,” said Rivera. “You got to go out there and get the job done.”

Rivera’s three RBIs and two hits from senior Courtney Shea paced Auburn on the offensive side, but it was on the other side of the ball where the Tigers were able to truly shine. Aside from tremendous fielding and defense that allowed Auburn to hold the best hitting team in the SEC to only three hits and zero runs, it was starting pitcher Kaylee Carlson who was the center of attention after the win. Carlson, who moved to an impressive 17-2 on the season after the win, pitched a full seven-inning shutout, dominating from start to finish. Not only did the Garden Grove, California, native strike out five Tennessee batters, but Sunday’s win carried a bit more importance than others. The win gave Carlson her 63rd of her Auburn career, which put her past former Auburn pitcher Lexi Davis in the record books who garnered 62 victories in her four-year Auburn career. The achievement is even more impressive considering Carlson has only spent three years on The Plains after transferring from North Carolina after her freshman year.

After teammates showered Carlson in ice cold water, the senior admitted that going into the game, the record wasn’t really on her mind. “I was going out there to win the series,” Carlson said. “We have to go out there and try to win every series from here on out.” “Today was probably the best game I’ve seen out of them in the SEC so far. The games are a lot more fun when we go out there and hit, our team is lighter, the energy is great.” Carlson added. Auburn’s six runs tied a season high against SEC opponents, which is especially impressive against a powerhouse team like No. 8 Tennessee. “What’s impressive is, (the players) are getting better because they work hard,” Auburn head coach Mickey Dean said. The combination of all-around great offense and defense propelled the Tigers to a series victory and their 36th win of the season. Auburn will return to action on Friday as it begins a threegame series at Missouri.


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Meet the Friday night queens of Derailed By CAROLINE KRUZA Lifestyle Writer

Most days of the week, Derailed Bar and Grill in Opelika is a fun bar for the Auburn community to enjoy themselves. But on Friday, Derailed transforms into one of Auburn’s best-kept secrets. Everywhere you look, people are enjoying themselves dancing and meeting new people with an electric feeling while celebrating the weekend. When it’s time for the “attitude check,” the whole crowd knows what to do and is in sync with the energy for the anticipated Friday night event: the drag queens. Drag queens at Derailed are the highlight of the evening. At 9:30 p.m., the queens perform a pre-show, giving the crowd a taste of their acts and what is to come for the main show at 11:30 p.m. The crowd sings along with the queens, dancing and enjoying themselves. Derailed averages crowds of 150-200 people per Friday night to come see the queens by the time midnight rolls around. Imberli Vontrell, originally hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, is part of the original group of drag queen performers. They started their passion for entertainment performing in Columbus eight years ago. They then moved to Auburn with their husband and were soon approached to start participating in the drag shows here in town. “I never thought it would [become a passion of mine], but all of us here like to work together and consider this our baby and our show we take care of,” Vontrell said. “We did not expect it to be as big as it is now.” Vontrell’s signature performance includes what they call “bubblegum music” and other songs from the current Top 40 that the whole venue can feel they can have a good time listening to. “It is not fun to do a show to a song that nobody knows or a song that people don’t want to party to,” Vontrell said. “One of our main goals is to make money for the bar. Nobody wants to party to ‘My Heart Will Go On’ by Celine Dion.” Queen Cora Bleu has been in and out of Auburn for seven years, but after moving around, they decided to make this town their home. Bleu’s background in competitive cheerleading for 16 years encouraged them to find another outlet to express their passion for performing. They found drag shows and have not looked back. Bleu’s signature aspect of their performance is their jump split or back handspring; parts of their competitive cheer background that have become fundamental in their entertainment style. “[My favorite part] is definitely seeing the crowd enjoy themselves when I’m putting on a performance,” Bleu said. “Seeing everyone come out and enjoy themselves and seeing people

come out to the bar and feeling like they are in a safe zone, that’s my favorite part.” Originally, Derailed was called Forshizzle until owner Tiffany Hodges bought it and started developing her vision for expanding entertainment in the Auburn community. Auburn’s drag community has been following her throughout each bar she has worked at for the past seven years. With special guests every week and a growing crowd, Hodges could not be more pleased. “The crowds grow every Friday. It is not just kids who come, we have a lot of parents come in, too,” Hodges said. “There is definitely a more open-minded crowd in Auburn than there was 10 years ago.” In addition to their performances, the queens have been fundamental in starting Auburn’s Pride on The Plains, expecting crowds ranging from 3,000-5,000 people. They have also expanded their performances into other restaurants and bars around town. “You’re always going to have your closed minded folks, but, for the most part, we have never had anybody make rude comments,” Hodges said when asked in regards to the acceptance the queens get from the Auburn community. “They just don’t come here. They know what we have on Friday, and if they don’t like it, they just don’t come. My mom jokes, ‘you own that gay bar,’ but I don’t care. These people are life-long friends to me, and I have known them for years. They are a great group of folk.”

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Packing tips to help you prepare for Move-out Day By EMMA RYGIEL Lifestyle Writer

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Pups On The Plains offers puppy rentals By JACK WEST Lifestyle Writer

While Pups On The Plains has become one of the most recognizable and loved organizations here at Auburn, not many people know about their newest feature. For just a small fee, dogs that are currently being fostered by Pups On The Plains can be rented and played with for up to a day. Shelby Stevens, Auburn student and President of Pups On The Plains, said that the idea came about around last Valentine’s Day. Leading up to the hearted holiday Pups On The Plains posted on social media with messages like: “Don’t be alone on Valentine’s Day! Rent a dog!” They also advertised renting a dog to those already in a relationship by saying: “Do it for your boy/girlfriend!” According to Stevens, that message worked because during the months of February and March Pups On The Plains saw roughly two to three dogs being rented every other day. “We got a lot of support, it was constant, and it was awesome,” Stevens said. She also voiced her wish that this kind of program continue throughout the remainder of the school year. “We would like to see it continue,” she said, “but we know that some of our new dogs aren’t ready for that yet.”

Ironically, what seems to be limiting the organization is that their high adoption rate means that the dogs do not often spend much time in the shelter after they have had the desired twoweek waiting period. In that regard though, Stevens said she hopes to see another increase in rentals around finals as students look to furry friends to relieve stress. On a more serious note, Stevens also addressed the possibility that some of the people renting these dogs may not have the best intentions. “We did a lot of research before we started this and found the legal forms that we needed,” she said. The paperwork she described ensures that any intentional harm a dog receives while rented out is properly investigated and, should the need arise, prosecuted. While the volunteers at Pups On The Plains have legally prepared for this kind of vile treatment of their dogs, they are still yet to experience it. “(This program) socializes our dogs, gets them out with other dogs and people, and it gives our fosters a break,” Stevens said, “It’s a win-win.” As finals loom over campus, Stevens and all of the volunteers at Pups On The Plains will be working hard at the shelter preparing dogs to be rented to students. One can only hope that by renting a dog, a student’s week can be a little less ‘ruff’.

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“Closing time’’ is just around the corner, and students will be waving goodbye to another school year in a short few weeks. With move-out comes the most dreaded and daunting task: packing. Although methods of transporting your belongings vary depending your distance home, the task can still be overwhelming. Here are a few tips to make your moveout experience as easy as possible and start your summer off on a good note: TRY NOT TO PROCRASTINATE Although the end of the school year is busy, it will help in the long run to spread out packing instead of cramming it into a few days. Make a list of things that you won’t be needing, and start to put them in boxes to mail home or put in your closet. This will help you get a feel for how much space you will need to bring your things home or keep in a storage unit. It will also make the process seem less time consuming as it will be more spread out, giving you more time at the end of the semester for studying for finals. Slowly bringing things home throughout the semester and starting to go through your belongings for a college version of spring cleaning will save you a lot of time in the end. INVEST IN RE-USABLE CONTAINERS OR USE GARBAGE BAGS When packing things up into a storage unit or car, traditional cardboard boxes can prove unreliable. Investing in re-usable containers is a great option as they are sturdy and stackable. They won’t break or rip on you, and although they take up a lot of space, they are very easy to move. When in doubt, garbage bags seem to be one of the best go-to’s when moving out. They are the best if you’re working with a small amount of space and fit great into a trunk since they don’t have a hard shell like a container or suitcase. Overall, it’s best not

to overthink packing the car. Sometimes the simplest options are the best ones. LOOK INTO GETTING A STORAGE UNIT EARLY If you’re from farther away or have a lot of furniture to move out, it is best to start thinking about storage unit options early. Picking one that is close to either your current spot or your new home makes the trips easier. They fill up quick, so reserving one enough time in advance is necessary to ensure you get the location and size you desire. When selecting a starting time, consider getting it a few weeks before your exact move-out date. This allows you to get a feel for the size of the unit and how much of your belongings you can fit inside. It also gives you the option to gradually start moving some of your things that you will be leaving behind until August. Another bonus to an early reservation is that more of your friends will be free and willing to take a break from their studies to help you move things if necessary. Reserving a storage unit early or moving some of your things back home a few weeks ahead makes the process easier for you and anyone helping you. SET ASIDE ITEMS TO DONATE As you go through your belongings premove-out, consider donating some of your items as opposed to throwing them out or wasting space in your car or suitcase. If there is something you haven’t worn in a while, selling it at Plato’s Closet or donating it to Goodwill are great options to get it off your hands and into the hands of someone who will get better use of it. This will save you space in the long run, and you will be giving back at the same time. Overall, planning and preparation will lead you to a successful and stress-free move-out. Think ahead and get an early start to save time and energy during finals week. Your grades and future self will thank you.

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