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Squires found in violation of Hazing Policy

The sophomore honor society is no longer affiliated with ODK after a hazing investigation Chip Brownlee

cently, ODK voting Squires out of ODK and us starting the process of becoming [an independent] student organization.” The letter sent to Callahan said Squires violated two sections of the University’s Anti-Hazing Policy. Two other allegations were submitted but were not found to be true or punishable. Section 3.11, one of the sections violated, prohibits student organizations from forcing members to participate in actions that aren’t consistent with the law, organizational ritual or policy. Section 2.8 prohibits forcing students to “carry any items that serve no constructive purpose or that are designated to punish or embarrass the carrier.” During the organization’s 10-day new member initiation, Squires initiates were allegedly forced to carry a marble with them at all times and present it to older Squires when asked, according to several sources close to the matter. They were also required to travel in male and female pairs. The spring 2015 class of new Squires were the last group subject to the hazing. Freshman chosen in spring 2016 have not been initiated into the organization pending the resolution of the complaint. New Squires are initiated by the class that comes before them.


For the first time in more than 77 years, the Squires sophomore honor society will no longer be recognized as an on-campus subdivision of Omicron Delta Kappa, following hazing allegations and an investigation by the Division of Student Affairs’ Office of Student Conduct. In February, a student submitted a complaint to the Office of Student Conduct alleging members of Squires “participated in activities involving hazing of new members,” according to a letter from Student Conduct to ODK President Jacob Callahan obtained by The Auburn Plainsman. The letter suggests the hazing was an established tradition within the Squires’ new member initiation. After an investigation conducted by third-party investigators, Student Affairs determined active members of Squires, a 10-member sophomore leadership honorary, violated the Student Organizations Code of Conduct and the University’s Anti-Hazing policy. “It’s been a long process, and it stinks that it’s not over yet,” said the president of Squires, a junior who wished not to be named. “What started as something most outside people wouldn’t consider hazing, the Office of Student Conduct has turned into, most re-

Members of the Auburn Circle of ODK, a national leadership honor society, declined a resolution Oct. 9 presented by Student Conduct that would have punished the entire ODK membership for the hazing conducted by Squires. Squires have been selected by ODK since 1939, according to a history written by former ODK adviser Dale Coleman. Though they weren’t officially incorporated into the ODK Constitution or Bylaws, Squires have been a part of ODK since their founding and the Squires Constitution and Bylaws reflect that. The denial of the resolution essentially separated Squires and ODK. Now, Squires will have to go through the formal process of becoming an official student organization independent from ODK, which requires approval of the University’s Organizations Board and one year of previsionary status. “It’s our duty to keep it alive because it’s something we really care about,” the Squires president said. The declined resolution would have also allowed Squires to remain a part of ODK, but members rejected the resolution by a single-digit margin. The resolution would have required ODK executives to disclose the hazing allegations to members and develop standardized orientation materials for new Squires. Ninety-five percent of ODK members, including


new Squires selected in the spring, would have also been required to attend an anti-hazing workshop had the resolution passed ODK’s membership. Many ODK members did not want to be held responsible for the Squire’s hazing, so they voted no on the resolution, according to several ODK members who also wished not to be named. Others members wanted Squires to remain as a subdivision of ODK. Callahan, current faculty adviser Jane Teel and faculty secretary Gary Waters all declined to comment on the allegations. At the same time complaints against Squires were brought to the attention of Student Affairs officials, a student also brought complaints against Spades Honorary and Cater Society, two senior honor societies, according to an official within Student Affairs. Those complaints, which weren’t about hazing, were investigated, and Student Affairs determined the organizations had not violated the Student Organizations Code of Conduct, according to several interviews conducted by The Plainsman.

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Quentin Groves 1984-2016


Natasha Tretheway, former United States Poet Laureate and current Poet Laureate for the state of Mississippi, at Jules Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art in Auburn.

‘Poetry matters’ U.S. Poet Laureate speaks to students about her writing career Lily Jackson


Contributed by Auburn Athletics

Former Auburn defensive end dies at 32

Sam Butler


Former Auburn defensive end Quentin Groves has passed away, according to multiple reports. Groves was 32 years old. After undergoing tests at the NFL Draft Combine, Groves was discovered to have Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, a condition that causes the heart to beat irregularly due to an abnormal pathway between the atria and ventri-

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cles. He underwent surgery to correct it in 2008, and went on to play for seven teams in the NFL, and was most recently the linebackers coach at Coahoma Community College in Clarkdale, Mississippi. Groves was a first-team All-SEC pick at Auburn in 2006. He holds the record for sacks in a game with four, and is tied for the program's career sacks record with 26. Groves is a member of Auburn's win-

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ningest senior class of all time, with 50 wins in his four years on The Plains. Head football coach Gus Malzahn spoke about Groves’ death at a press conference on Tuesday. “Obviously very sad news regarding Quentin Groves over the weekend,” Malzahn said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family. One of the better pass rushers to ever come through Auburn. I know Kodi [Burns] and Travis [Williams] were close to him.”

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Natasha Trethewey, former United States Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner, grew up knowing she “needed to be a writer,” because her father always told her she “was going to have something important to say.” “I think he knew this because I was born in Mississippi in 1976 — interracial marriage was still illegal all around the country and just that experience of growing up illegitimately in the eyes of state meant to my father that I would have things to write about,” Trethewey said. Despite Trethewey's residence in other states throughout the U.S., she says Mississippi is still home. Trethewey attributes this to her summer visits with her grandmother. "Mississippi is a troubled state," Trethewey said. "I like to say, 'Mississippi is the state that keeps on giving,' because if something bad is going to happen, a lot of it's going to happen in Mississippi. But so much good happens in Mississippi." Trethewey is proud of Mississippi's cultural advancements and the changes that have taken place there in recent past. She said she is proud to have come from a state of which she can have a ‘love and hate relationship with.’ The three months spent with her grandmother were vital to Trethewey's growth, she said. "Those months were dreamy," Trethewey said. "My grandmother doated on me. It was just me, a little princess to her, and my lovely grandmother."

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Taco Mama location coming to Auburn in 2017


Auburn residents will soon have another option to grab a taco and a margarita downtown. Taco Mama, a Mountain Brook-based Mexican restaurant, plans to open a seventh Alabama location in Auburn. It could open as early as January 2017, according to Taco Mama owner Will Haver. "The best we could hope for is January, February, early spring," Haver said. The new Taco Mama will occupy a vacant storefront in the Magnolia Plaza building, the former home of Zazu Gastropub. "You've got permitting, the property owner is doing his buildout," Haver said. "We just got the plans. The contractor has about 30 days from having his work completed. So that would put us in the middle of November, then we would have a 90-day opening process from there." Haver said Auburn is a "natural fit." "So many friends are in Auburn," he said. "It seems like for us, we like to go into areas where we know people. Over the years, our friends have said, 'Please come to Auburn, please come to Auburn.' We've been looking for, over the past two years, for a spot. Finally, something came up right in the area that we wanted to be in." Taco Mama is ready to take advantage of Au-

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“If and when I receive reports of hazing, I forward each one of them to the Office of Student Conduct to investigate,” said Lady Cox, assistant vice president for student engagement, in a statement. “If anyone is aware of a hazing incident on campus, they should report it.” Squires was founded in 1939 after the SGA established a new Executive Cabinet, which distributed power that had formerly been held within a few key positions among several executives. “Several honor societies of the time realized the need to groom capable freshmen for future leadership rolls in student government,” the official Squires history reads. ODK founded Squires as a sophomore honor society “to recognize and bring together in one body those students who had shown exemplary character and leadership as freshmen.” ODK annually selected 10 second-year students to be the new class of Squires. Membership in Squires, according to the history, is the “highest campus honor that can come to a rising sophomore.” “The intention is to form relationships within Squires to establish a friend group,” the Squires president said. “The mission statement is to serve Auburn. It’s to get into serving Auburn wherever we can, wherever we feel the need to. Just to better Auburn’s campus.” Throughout its history, Squires have been heavily involved in on-campus happenings. The sophomore leaders lit the Samford Hall Clock and hosted the first Hey Day in 1950. Squires has been a co-ed organization since 1976. Many students have consid-


Taco Mama could open as soon as January 2017.

burn's growing market, Haver said, which he credited to the city's schools and the University. "I think the right location came up," he said. "We're really excited." They chose downtown over other places such as Tiger Town because they felt there was more security because of the growing student population and the other diverse businesses in the area, which attract shoppers and din-

ered Squires, Spades and Cater to be small, selective and secret groups on campus, which serve as pipelines to groom and consolidate future SGA and Greek leaders and influence other important student groups. “People like to pass this secret society thing off,” the Squires president said. “We kind of laugh at that. We’re in the yearbook. We have callouts. Squires are chosen on the same merits that ODK members are chosen.” Applications for membership in Squires are distributed in the spring. “While it’s true that there have been a lot of Squires that have gone on to be SGA officers or Greek Life officers, that’s never been painted or called the purpose of Squires,” the Squires president said. “It’s a cause-and-effect thing. The kids that they choose happen to be leaders. They happen to have ambition.” Hazing reports can be submitted anonymously at www. Clarification: A previous version of this article said “Brad Smith, SGA adviser, led the Squires project, according to the history written by Coleman.” Smith was involved with the Squires during his time as a student at Auburn from 200607 and the website referred to a project he led that involved a plan to develop a CPR/medical emergency training program for fraternities and sororities. Smith is not currently involved with Squires. Editor’s note: Chip Brownlee is a member of the University Organizations Board, but plans to recuse himself if Squires come before the board during his term. The Plainsman chose not to name any students subject to or involved in the hazing allegations.

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ers downtown. "That's where we've seen success in the past," Haver said. "Our product, kids love it. College students love $8 for a taco basket, which is very affordable. We do everything fresh. We do everything quick in a very funky atmosphere." The new Auburn Taco Mama location will offer the same staples found at the other seven locations, including a wide selection of freshly

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Trethewey connects her visual and descriptive writing style to those days spent on her grandmother's land. She can describe the specific placement of items in every room of her grandmother's house in seemingly perfect detail. This was one way she was able to keep Gulfport, Mississippi, her hometown, with her no matter where she moved, Trethewey said. "It seems like a very boring thing to explain to people, but it always seemed like I was describing it in a good way," Trethewey said. Trethewey moved around and once her freshman year of college at the University of Georgia came around, her desire to write poetry was solidified. Her mother's murder when she was 19 spurred this solidification. "It's been 31 years since I lost my mother, but the grief still feels like yesterday, sometimes," Trethewey said. Trethewey's mother was murdered by her second ex-husband, a troubled Vietnam war veteran, Trethewey said. "My freshman year of college I tried to write a poem about [her mother's murder]," Trethewey said. "I tried to write a poem about what that grief felt like and after that I never really wrote again." Trethewey's father encouraged her to continue writing and apply for graduate school, of which she did. Trethewey joined her father — him as a professor, her as a student — at Hollins University in Virginia. She received her masters in fiction writing at Hollins. Trethewey said she saw nothing wrong with her father doubling as her professor, but she knows now that it was

prepared tacos, burritos, nachos and other Mexican dishes made with slow-roasted meats and fresh produce. During the construction process, contractors will install a large garage that will open to an open-air patio. In the cool air of the spring and fall and the warm summer, diners can enjoy hand-shaken margaritas or a beer or two in the outdoor eating area. "That is another very important part of why we wanted to be there," he said. "Not only just the feel of downtown, but it's a spot where we can have a patio. We're going to have a nicesize patio with a 10-by-10 garage door that opens to the restaurant." Diners can enjoy "build your own" options as well. "We're a hole-in-the-wall tacoria," Haver said. "People can eat paleo-friendly or vegetarian. We're a fast, casual tacoria. The atmosphere is cool, fun and lively. We hand-pick our music. We work hard for the total guest experience." Haver said the new location will provide more than 25 jobs for the local economy. Taco Mama will open at 11 a.m for lunch and it will usually stay open until 10 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, it will stay open until 10:30 p.m. They may end up altering the hours depending on the needs of the community.

probably strange to the other students. “I'm a southerner, I still called my dad ‘Daddy,’” Trethewey said. "They'd see me in the hall calling this white professor 'Daddy' and it was kinda weird to people." Trethewey holds all of her father's unpublished manuscripts and plans to edit and publish them in the years to come. She said she and her father have similar styles of writing and content as they shared a life in some sense. Her first book was dedicated to her father and her last was directed to him. "I see [the book] as a necessary conversation I had to have with him in the only language that he truly understood," Trethewey said. Trethewey's youth influenced her writing that led to her being a Pulitzer Prize recipient for "Natural Guard." She had become fascinated with the Louisiana Native Guards, one of the first officially sanctioned regiments of African American union soldiers. The Native Guards were stationed off the coast of Trethewey's hometown. "Every Fourth of July, my grandmother would take me to tour [the fort] and they never mentioned anything about those black soldiers who had guarded the fort — who had guarded confederate prisoners," Trethewey said. During her three years of teaching at Auburn, Trethewey would drive home for the weekend to take her grandmother to lunch. On one of these excursions, she ‘accidentally’ learned of the guards from a woman sitting close to her at dinner. The woman had listened into a coinciding conversation between the grandmother and daughter and felt that she had something to add to the conversation. Trethewey said she was immediately taken with the light that was shed on the

subject after speaking with the woman at dinner. "There was the [Native Guard] part of the book and the part about my mother, but at that time I didn't know that these two things belonged together," Trethewey said. "What my mother and those soldiers had in common was that they were both being effectively erased from the landscape cause no monuments had been erected in their honor and they weren't telling the story. All those years after my mother's death and I had not actually erected a proper monument, I hadn't put a stone on her grave." What Trethewey thought was public history turned out to be something deeply personal, she said. Trethewey's writing hasn't changed, per say, instead her concerns have deepened. "I'm still trying to ask myself questions about history and about myself as a historical being," Trethewey said. "I find that I turn to paintings and photographs of a specific historical moment." During Trethewey's first term as United States Poet Laureate, she held office hours in the Library of Congress for advising that were open to student groups, researchers and individuals. She facilitated conversation between poets through these meetings.Trethewey was the first to continue this advisement since 1985. "Every year there are these pronouncements about the death of poetry and the people that came to my office proved to me, what I think most poet laureates have said, poetry matters to people," Trethewey said. "They might not always be walking around telling people, but I saw how much it mattered to those people that came and talked to me."


Pat Dye sued for false imprisonment Staff Report

Charges have been filed against former Auburn head football coach Pat Dye by a Macon County man alleging Dye held him against his will after a traffic accident. Dye told media the lawsuit is a fabrication and that he simply offered the man a ride. Jimmy Lee McCoy said in a civil complaint filed in Macon County Circuit Court on Thursday that Dye fell asleep at the wheel on Gerald Robinson Drive near Alabama Highway 81 and collided with his car. After the accident, McCoy says Dye and a woman named Lynn Huggins took him to Dye’s home where, according to the complaint, "they detained the Plaintiff [McCoy] without his permission or acquiescence and over his objection, and the Plaintiff could not reasonably or practically leave." The complaint did not provide any more details on how long McCoy was held or how he was detained. Dye told the allegations in the lawsuit were a lie, and that he gave McCoy a ride after the accident. Dye said he didn’t recall if McCoy was at his property but if he was, it was for a few minutes. Dye did admit to falling asleep at the wheel but said alcohol was not a factor. The lawsuit listed five counts includ-


Dye coached at Auburn from 1981 to 1992 and served as the athletic director at Auburn from 1981 to 1991.

ing negligence, wanton and reckless conduct, violations of the rules of the road, false imprisonment and uninsured or underinsured motorist against Dye, Huggins and Dye’s insurance company, ACCC Insurance Company.

McCoy alleges in the complaint Dye’s insurance company did not pay for his injuries. The complaint demands a jury trial. The Plainsman will continue to update this story.



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LEFT: Nathan Spence carries his bike over an obstacle during the 2015 Everest Challenge RIGHT: The Auburn Flyers team before the 2015 Everest Challenge.

‘Auburn Flyers’ to host second annual Everest Challenge Nathan King SPORTS WRITER

The University’s cycling team, known as “The Auburn Flyers”, will be hosting its second annual Everest Challenge on Saturday, Nov. 5 on Mount Cheaha in Anniston. The Everest Challenge is open to the public and includes a climb to Mount Cheaha. The cycling team’s goal is to climb the 1,630-foot-tall Cheaha 18 times, until the 29,340-foot height of Mount Everest is reached. Three of 12 Auburn Flyers cyclists reached “Mount Everest” last year, but the squad is optimistic the number will increase this year. Jacob Schwyn, junior in industrial systems/ engineering, said there are also smaller checkpoints along the way, including “The Vesuvius”, “The Fuji” and “The Kilimanjaro.” “Last year’s event was hard, but so worth it,” Schwyn said. “About five reps in, the Anniston Star showed up and interviewed us, and that

This is a challenging event if you push yourself, but mainly we just want to have fun and promote our cycling in a positive way to the community.”

—Michael Sweet


gave us a huge morale boost. We had a lot of support.” Michael Sweet, senior in mechanical engineering, said last year’s event raised approximately $2,000, making the Everest Challenge the team’s most successful fundraiser. “This year’s fundraiser is very crucial for us,” Sweet said. “Last year we averaged close to 20 riders on the season, and this year we’ve almost doubled in size.”

Three different seasons will be added to the team’s schedule, Sweet said. “We’re competing in more events than ever before, and plan on taking more people to all the races,” Sweet said. “The goal is to cover as much of the race fees as possible, including gas and lodging and maybe even some food.” Sweet said the team is passionate about what they do. “We know that this isn’t always an option for

everyone, because of financial reasons,” Sweet said. “As a team, we want to do as much as possible to make it accessible for everyone.” Last year’s team competed in rides in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama, Sweet said. “If you want to come out and ride, anyone is more than welcome, however many reps you want to try,” Sweet said. “The event really has a social atmosphere.We’re going to have a pavilion with food, watching the football games and overall just having a good time.” Though the event is a chance for a physical and mental challenge, Sweet said the team ultimately wanted people in attendance to have fun. “This is a challenging event if you push yourself, but mainly we just want to have fun and promote our cycling in a positive way to the community,” Sweet said. “We love cycling, and we want to share that with everyone.”


STUDENT AFFAIRS S P OT L I G H T Campus Recreation Job Fair


FarmHouse and Chi Omega display their Samford Hall themed float.

Chi Omega and FarmHouse win Homecoming Float Competition Kressie Kornis CAMPUS WRITER

Chi Omega and FarmHouse joined forces to create an Auburn-themed float for Omicron Delta Kappa’s annual Homecoming Float Competition. The sorority and fraternity were awarded first place for their design, which replicated Samford Lawn surrounded by rolled oaks. Alpha Tau Omega and Alpha Gamma Delta were awarded second place in the competition and Pi Kappa Phi and Zeta Tau Alpha were awarded third place. Eleven floats competed his year during the Homecoming festivities and were displayed on the Haley Concourse after a week of preparation and planning. Elizabeth Bennet, sophomore in elementary education, worked as the float chair for Chi Omega and said it was a

fun experience to team up with another organization and work together. “Everyone got along great and many new friendships were made,” Bennet said. “Countless hours were spent, including way too many late night Walmart runs which contributed to a critical shortage of colored tissue paper in the Auburn area.” Bennet said the week Chi Omega spent with the members of FarmHouse creating friendships was more valuable than winning the prize for first place in the float competition. “We were thrilled to win first place, but that was just an extra bonus for an unforgettable week together,” Bennet said. FarmHouse’s Josh Hyatt, sophomore in accounting, said it was an “awesome experience” to work with people motivated to come together and create a beautiful finished

product. “We had some great help from Chi Omega that made it all possible,” Hyatt said. Both organizations were pleased with the outcome of their hard work, Hyatt said. “Upon completion, we were proud of how the float came together and couldn’t wait to show it off in the parade,” Hyatt said. Hyatt echoed Bennett and said he was happier to have developed more friendships throughout the process of making the float than winning the prize in the end. “Winning was both exciting and relieving, but the best part of the week was all the time we spent together,” Hyatt said. Prizes of $250 and $150 were awarded to first and second place winners from local downtown merchants, while third place was gifted $100 off a custom STAMP shirt.

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Spooky residents native to Auburn for 25 years Ariel Cochran


There are bats all around Auburn’s campus. They’re underneath Jordan-Hare Stadium, surrounding Dudley Hall and nestled around the Red Barn. The bats have been around for a long time and have spread around campus from Samford Hall. There’s a wooden house on the corner of Lem Morrison and South Donahue and 20 years ago Forestry and Wildlife physically moved a population of bats from Samford Hall to the new structure. Jim Armstrong, extension specialist professor of forestry and wildlife, said the bats were moved when the University prepared to do work on Samford Hall. “[The bat house] was put up 25 years ago,” Armstrong said. “There was work being done on Samford Bell Tower and the bats needed to be moved.” The bat house was designed similar to one in the University of Florida, which was successful in deterring bats from entering and inhabiting construction sites and buildings, according to Armstrong. Armstrong said Auburn’s bat house was successful until there was a recent drop in population several years ago. “[The bat house] has never been a permanent resident for the bats,” Armstrong said. “The area

[has become] very grown up, making it hard to get to and the bat house [turned] into a state of disrepair.” Forestry and Wildlife has made strides to repair the bat house and to shape the landscape around the area to make it more attractive for bats to stay, Armstrong said. Bats have been located in areas such as Samford Hall, Biggin Hall and other older buildings on campus. Armstrong said when buildings settle, cracks form and allow bats to create passages into attics. “Bats can fit into very small crevices,” Armstrong said. “Places like the stadium are very good bat habitats.” Jordan-Hare stadium has small spaces and attractive lighting for bats, Armstrong said. “The lights attract a tremendous amount of insects,” Armstrong said. “There’s not a surprise that bats are there.” Eric Kleypas, director for turf and landscape services, said he’s seen bats in the stadium, Samford Hall and downtown churches. “Nothing out of the ordinary,” Kleypas said. “We see them from time to time when we turn on the lights.” Armstrong said some bats carry rabies. “Any wild animal has the potential to carry disease,” Armstrong said. “Some are a threat to humans, other are not. For bats, the major concern is rabies.”



Recent sighting of a healthy bat roosting on Dudley Hall.

There has been one known case of a bat biting in Alabama in the last 20 years. Armstrong said its is possible to be bitten by a bat without knowing because of their small teeth. “You’re not in any danger. A bat will not swoop in and bite you,” Armstrong said. “A bat might be sick on the ground in the day and that bat is sick, so if someone picks that bat up they can be bitten and not even know it.” The majority of bats do not have rabies, Armstrong said

“The best place is over in some of the fields and around the Red Barn near the water,” Armstrong said. “A lot of insects fly out over the pond and that is a good place to see [bats eat].” As for the future of Auburn and its construction projects, bats will not be a problem. Armstrong said the presence of healthy bats means the University’s campus is a healthy environment. “[The bats] are just part of the world,” Armstrong said. “They are not causing problems.”


‘Lake Bunnies’ cleaned by its original artist Kressie Kornis CAMPUS WRITER


Charred toilet paper in the West Magnolia Ave Oak after the fire.

Case against Jochen Wiest moves on to grand jury Sam Willoughby COMMUNITY WRITER

The evidence against Jochen Wiest, the 29-year-old man accused of setting fire to one of the Toomer’s Oaks, is enough to continue prosecution, Lee County District Court Judge Steve Speakman decided in a preliminary hearing. Wiest, who was not present at the hearing, is charged with felony criminal mischief, public intoxication and desecration of a venerated object. Margaret Brown, Wiest’s lawyer, argued that the oak tree should not be considered a “venerated object,” defined by Alabama Code as a “public monument or structure or place of worship or burial,” because it was planted just last year. The new Magnolia Avenue Oak was planted to replace one of the two trees poisoned in 2010 by Harvey Updyke, whom Brown also represented. Brown asserted that the significance of the new trees is not the same as the original Oaks that previously stood at Toomer’s Corner for 79 years. The prosecutor retorted

that a monument did not have to be old to be considered “venerated.” Ultimately, Speakman determined that the question over the status of the tree was a legal issue to be addressed in a possible trial, not in the hearing. In a letter to the Auburn Police Division, interim Auburn University Public Safety Director Chance Corbett said Gary Keever, an University horticulture professor, predicted the tree could cost $15,000– $20,000 to replace. Brown moved to strike the letter, contending that Keever also said in a television interview that the full extent of the damage could not be ascertained until sometime in the spring. Speakman denied the motion. Brown also noted that there was not an interpreter present when Wiest, a German national, gave his original statement to police. Wiest’s case will now move on to a grand jury in the Circuit Court for Lee County, which will determine whether or not Wiest will stand trial. There is no date for the grand jury set at this time.

The two bunny sculptures residing in the Jule Collins Smith Museum lake were cleaned this week by the artist who created them. Alex Podesta, New Orleans artist, came back to campus to help with the conservation and reservation of the sculpture, “Selfportrait as Bunnies: The Bathers” because the fur on the sculpture had become discolored. Charlotte Hendrix, communications and marketing director of the Jule Collins Smith museum, said the bunnies were from the 2015 “Out of the Box” sculpture exhibition. “The fur is actual acrylic fur, so it’s similar to what lines a coat cuff, or a collar, or a faux fur,” Hendrix said. “It became very green and very dingy.” Hendrix said Podesta pressure washed the bunnies and then scrubbed them with dish soap to get the two clean and looking new. Hendrix said the Bathers will remain in Auburn for a little while longer. “It’s a curatorial decision, but given the popularity online we’re going to extend their run, courtesy of the artist, through the fall,” Hendrix said. “Believe me, a lot of people have been talking about these sculptures and we’ll be talking more about their fate in the coming months.” Hendrix said many people have referenced Donnie Darko or “Ralphie” from the Christmas Story to the Bathers. “Everybody kind of brings their own interpretation and that’s what we want to encourage,” Hendrix said. The Bunny Bathers tell a story to people of all ages whether you’re 5 of 65, Hendrix said. “He says in terms of his inspiration it’s a lot of about the idea of imagination,” Hendrix said. “How we are and how it works when we’re kids, compared to how it is when we become adults. Do we lose some of that? To me, this kind of brings that

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back.” Hendrix said one of her directors best explained to her how good art makes people feel. “A good work of art is going to make you ask those questions: who, what, where and why,” Hendrix said. “That’s really what we encourage: conversation about art meaning.” The sculpture’s location makes art accessible to those who may have never visited the museum, Hendrix said.

“It immediately causes you to ask those questions because it’s two sort of realistic looking men dressed in bunny costumes in the middle of the lake,” Hendrix said. Hendrix said you don’t have to know everything there is about art to enjoy the museum. “It’s about bringing your own personal experience looking at a piece of work and thinking about it and talking about it,” Hendrix said. “It’s an experience that could be had with a group of friends or by yourself.”

SGA prepares to attend Better Relations Days Romy Iannuzzi

Come into Quiet Comfort


TOP: Artist Alex Podestra cleans his ‘Lake Bunnies’ sculpture. BOTTOM: The bunnies returned to the lake after they were cleaned.

The Student Government Association will be hosting Better Relations Days with the University of Alabama and the University of Georgia over the coming weeks to promote unity and share ideas with other SEC students. Alabama’s Better Relations Day will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 25 and Georgia’s will be held on Friday, Nov. 11. SGA Executive Vice President of Programs Hunter Gibson said while Auburn’s SGA does not yet know for sure what the other universities have planned for the event, SGA expects a productive year. “The University of Alabama and the University of Georgia will both be hosting Better Relations Day this year so we are still unsure on the specifics of what is planned,” Gibson said. “As we do each year, it will be a day full of collaboration and idea exchange among student leaders at both schools.” Gibson said the Better Relations Days are both a chance to make new connec-

As a result of us sharing some of Auburn’s strongest programs and initiatives, Alabama has actually created their own form of Hey Day and gained insight for developing a student feedback system modeled after Auburn Answers.”


tions, as well as hear about the good things happening at other universities. “We will get the opportunity to share things that Auburn does really well and also learn from the schools about new ideas and initiatives that we may not already have,”

Gibson said. Gibson said the event will not be limited to SGA members. The event will be an opportunity for organizations across Auburn’s campus to share ideas with these other schools, Gibson said. “There is a wide variety of organizations that will be represented at Better Relations Day,” Gibson said. “We will have representatives from SGA but also many other groups on campus.” Better Relations Day has been a tradition for Auburn University and the University of Alabama since 1948, and it’s success between the schools has prompted the spread of this tradition to be extended to other SEC universities. Gibson said the events helped implement some major changes at both schools. “As a result of us sharing some of Auburn’s strongest programs and initiatives, Alabama has actually created their own form of Hey Day and gained insight for developing a student feedback system modeled after Auburn Answers,” Gibson said.



Thursday, October 20, 2016




Vote yes for Amendment 2 in November

Fall Editorial Board 2016

For Alabamians, the Nov. 8 ballot won’t just include a list of candidates to vote for; it’ll also include a list of 14 amendments to approve or reject. Out of these 14 amendments, we want to highlight Amendment 2. If passed, Amendment 2 would prevent the Alabama state legislature from using State Park funds to finance programs other than state parks. Additionally, the amendment would allow non-state entities to operate golf courses, hotels and restaurants on applicable state park property. Our support for the passage of Amendment 2 is twofold: it would prevent state park closures and it would have positive political implications such as an increase in pressure to make our government budget more carefully and raise more state revenue. Last year, Alabama legislators sent a budget to Gov. Bentley which would’ve taken money away from our state parks and redistributed it

to other poorly-funded government programs. If that budget were passed, 22 of Alabama’s state parks would’ve been closed. Thankfully, Governor Robert Bentley denied the proposal. But to further ensure our state parks receive adequate funding, we ought to add a constitutional layer of defense that isn’t contingent upon a governor’s wishes. The passage of Amendment 2 would do just that. Our state parks provide joy and a place of relaxation for countless Alabamians and an economic livelihood to some communities. For instance, the mayor of Rogersville claims about 10 percent of his town’s budget is funded by people visiting Joe Wheeler State Park. Moreover, a University of Alabama study found the economic impact of Alabama’s state parks comes up to about $400 million annually. Taking away funds from state parks hurts everyday Alabamians and communities across our state.

The political implications of passing Amendment two is the second, and perhaps most important reason for our support. Simply put, our state government budgets poorly. Alabama doesn’t raise enough revenue to support its programs and portions of our state budget are routinely sacrificed and traded off to compensate shortfalls in other parts of the budget. A prominent example of such raiding would be the attempts to take money away from the state’s Education Trust Fund and relocate it to our state’s General Fund. If this budgetary sleight-of-hand were made unconstitutional, legislators would be pressured to focus more on finding ways to actually raise the needed revenue to run our state. This could take the form of raising taxes, which time and time again, has been a solution shot down by many of Alabama’s leaders and citizens. For the legislators, this is partly because if

funding for essential services falls short, they can always count on raiding other parts of the budget to relieve the deficit. For the citizenry, this is partly because people generally don’t like to give up their money, especially if they don’t directly benefit from it. We believe funding essential services, like Medicare and prisons, should take precedence over funding state parks. However, obstructing our legislators’ ability to rob the state park fund to fund essential services would, paradoxically, help ensure funding for those essential services in the long-run. If Amendment two passes, Alabama legislators and citizens would be one step closer to confronting and accepting the reality that raising taxes wouldn’t be the end of the world and could help our state maintain some dignity if it resulted in a balanced budget. If it passes, our state parks would be further insulated from the effect the fear of taxes has on the allocation of state revenue, which would be a win for Alabama.

Insecurity is not a disappearing act COLUMN


Before I started dating my boyfriend of one year, I was incredibly insecure. I did not like the way I looked, and had the mindset that I was not good enough for another human to love me. The negative thoughts filled my head constantly — that little voice telling me I’m not pretty enough or smart enough or good enough. As I sat in my room many a night and dissected each thought, my mind desperately shifted to a more hopeful scenario. I started daydreaming about the man I would one day call my husband, and how much better my life would be when I had him constantly giving me honest compliments.

I developed this theory that once I met him my life would automatically improve, and I would be cured of all insecurity. I’m here today, on my one year anniversary, having dated a guy who makes me happier than I ever could have imagined, to say that was not the case. Jonathan and I met 13 months ago through a mutual friend and immediately hit it off. Right off the bat we grew very close, doing just about everything together and learning more about the other every day. But I was not in a perfect mental state when we started dating. In fact, I was far from it. The night he and I met I very distinctly remember thinking how fat I felt the whole night. And on our first date I even apologized to him for how I looked because I “didn’t have long enough to get ready.” Why did I do this? I sit here now and wonder why I cared so much, but the truth of the matter is that I am simply a human, and I cared what he thought about me. Even now I find myself thinking “Ew, why are you wearing

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that, he’s not going to think you look good.” As time went on and I still could not shake the insults from my brain, I really began to worry something was wrong with me. This only fed the problem — I started to become insecure about how insecure I was. People say you have to love yourself before anyone else can. And since I always believed that to be true, I was worried when we started to date and my negative thoughts didn’t just melt away. This idea that we have to be perfect before we find love is bogus — it’s just another stereotype society has created to make people think they are inadequate or not good enough. What I mean to say here is that it’s normal. It’s normal to feel insecure, it’s normal to think you don’t look good in a certain outfit and it’s normal to think you might not be perfect. Just because you are in a relationship and have someone telling you how beautiful you are does not mean you are suddenly going to

love yourself and all of your problems will disappear. The little voice in your head won’t magically start praising you, and the constant criticisms when you look in the mirror won’t vanish. But I’ll tell you what — it is a hell of a lot easier to go through with that one special person by your side. Having that positive reinforcement when I’m feeling low is one of the greatest blessings I could ever have asked for. I still have days where I need Jonathan to tell me I’m pretty, or need a good cry because I made a bad grade or gained a few pounds and that is totally normal. Insecurity doesn’t go away just because someone is telling you it isn’t true, but hearing the positive side is definitely a step in the right direction. Anne Dawson is the social media editor at The Plainsman. Contact her at

Community Thursday, October 20, 2016




Judge denies former House speaker’s motion for new Lee County trial Chip Brownlee COMMUNITY EDITOR

In a ruling on Tuesday, Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker explicitly denied a motion filed by former House Speaker Mike Hubbard for a new trial. With the order, Hubbard’s case will move on to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals or the Alabama Supreme Court. The motion for a new trial was automatically denied Sept. 6 by operation of law, after Walker refused to rule on the post-motions within 60 days. However, the circuit judge said he wanted to make an explicit ruling on the motion to address concerns of juror misconduct.

In August, Hubbard’s attorneys filed a post-trial motion alleging possible juror misconduct, after a juror in the trial signed a sworn affidavit accusing other jurors of violating court rules. The juror said they witnessed other jurors make biased remarks and discuss the trial before deliberations, against Walker’s orders. Walker said Hubbard’s attorneys — who did not call any witnesses during a September hearing in Opelika — did not prove Hubbard was convicted because of prejudice. Juror misconduct, he continued, is not automatically grounds to dismiss a verdict. Hubbard was convicted of 12 out of 23 felony ethics charges. Juries that deliver split verdicts like the jury in Hubbard’s case

are not usually under the influence of bias, Walker said, citing a 2004 United States Supreme Court Case. “This suggests that they were not unduly prejudiced and carefully considered the evidence before them regarding each count and rendered verdicts consistent with those deliberations,” Walker wrote. Earlier this month, Hubbard filed his appeal with the Alabama Court of Criminal appeals. Walker’s denial for a new Lee County trial does not affect Hubbard’s current appeal. A jury found Hubbard guilty of 12 felonies in June, and Walker sentenced him in July to serve four years in a state penitentiary. He remains free on bond pending his appeal.



Ward 8 City Councilman Tommy Dawson stands outside his home on Thursday, Oct. 6 in Auburn, Ala.

Dawson serves city despite Parkinson’s diagnosis Lily Jackson


In the face of a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis, Tommy Dawson, Ward 8 council representative, was unable to continue serving with the Auburn Police Division. Dawson said he’s never been one to twiddle his thumbs, so he continued his service to Auburn as a city councilman. Dawson spent 26 years giving back to the city as a police officer for the Auburn Police Division. Dawson was appointed chief of police for three years. He said he thoroughly enjoyed the work. Doctors diagnosed Dawson with Parkinson’s disease in 2009. He retired in 2013. “It’s a tough disease to deal with, and I thank God it’s no worse than it is,” Dawson said. In 2013, Dawson’s physician advised him to step down from his position with the police division because of

the physical and mental stress. “I wish I could work still, if I was able, I’d still be a police officer,” Dawson said. “It’s the love of my life, as far as occupation goes.” Dawson said since retirement, the disease’s progression has slowed. With exercise and positive thinking, Dawson said he is doing well. Dawson hasn’t let the diagnosis stop him from hunting and fishing, some of his favorite pastimes. “Parkinson’s affects the mind as much as it does the physical side, so you have to keep your mind right,” Dawson said. “I have a deep faith in Jesus Christ, and I stay in touch with him daily and work through it.” Dawson and his family are active in church and enjoy attending together. Dawson is a sixth-generation Auburn native that lives on the same land as the past two generations of Dawsons. Dawson raises goats, ducks and geese on his farm.

Parkinson’s affects the mind as much as it does the physical side, so you have to keep your mind right.” —Tommy Dawson


“Animals are unique to me because they don’t talk about you,” Dawson said. “If you are ugly to them one day, they still love you the next day. Everyday I go out there [the animals] are glad to see me. They don’t hold my faults against me. I’ve very partial to my animals.” Dawson graduated from Beauregard High School and received his degree in criminal justice from Southern Union Community College and Faulkner Uni-

versity. Dawson has been married for 29 years and has a daughter who works as a nurse. His parents live on the same land, in the house behind his own. “My father’s a minister, and I wasn’t cut out to be a minister so I wanted to find another way to give back to the community that’s been so good to me,” Dawson said. Dawson said he feels that he has made a difference throughout his time as Ward 8 representative. He has enjoyed partaking in decisions more than he initially thought. “For 26 years, Auburn is all I’ve known,” Dawson said. “I thought about running and prayed about it. It’s the best way for me to continue to serve.” Dawson said Auburn has given him a way to support his family, a strong faith and a welcoming community. Dawson has been a council representative since 2014. He would like to serve for two terms, serving one more

after his current term. As a former police officer and current councilman, Dawson prides himself on his integrity, honesty and humility. He feels that he brings knowledge of law enforcement and safety to the table for the City Council, as many other members of the council have strengths in other areas. Dawson said he played a large part in the new public safety bill and contract with the Auburn University and feels that both will be huge assets to the community. Dawson would like to see more retail shops in East Auburn and more restaurants around the city as a whole. Dawson said his main focus is keeping the people of Auburn safe. “We are tasked in the City of Auburn with taking care of 25,000 children and it changes every year,” Dawson said. “[Public safety] is something we have to work really hard toward to keep our children safe.”


Ahead of presidential election, local party leaders weigh in on vice presidential candidates Sam Willoughby COMMUNITY WRITER

Recently, coverage of the 2016 presidential election has been dominated by scandals, but the vice presidential candidates have gone mostly unscathed. Republican nominee Donald Trump is facing sexual assault allegations from over a dozen women. WikiLeaks has published thousands of hacked emails from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign team, the contents of which Trump has used to continue to accuse Clinton of being “crooked.” Despite the mudslinging, the vice presidential candidates have remained relatively unscathed. According to RealClearPolitics, Republican running mate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s unfavorable numbers sit at 28.5 percent, com-

pared to Trump’s 59 percent, and Democratic running mate U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine’s are at 26.8 percent, to Clinton’s 52.3 percent. But not everyone is a fan. On Kaine’s performance in the Oct. 4 vice presidential debate, Lee County Republican Federation Chairman Randy Price said Kaine seemed “about as rude as he could be.” “All he wanted to do was continuously interrupt [Pence],” he said. “He’s trying to be critical of Mr. Trump, instead of saying what he is going to do to help the people of our country.” Price admitted he does not know much about Kaine’s career but said “if he believes in Hillary Clinton enough that he signed up to be her vice president, then he and I don’t see eye-to-eye on where this country needs to be

going.” Nancy Worley, the Alabama Democratic Party chairwoman, has a different point of view. Worley met Kaine while they were both serving on the Democratic National Committee and said she’s “always been exceedingly impressed by Tim Kaine.” Worley cited Kaine’s mission work and career in public office as examples of his dedication to service. “He is somebody who lives his talk,” she said. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the selfprofessed “Democratic Socialist” out of Vermont, was able to gather over 40 percent of the popular vote during the Democratic primaries. Some speculated Clinton would choose a running mate from the progressive wing of the

Democratic party to appeal to supporters of Sanders. Instead, Clinton went with a more moderate running mate in Kaine, who in the past has voiced opposition to abortion and “strong support for the Second Amendment.” Worley, however, said the choice makes sense. “The vice president has to be your No. 1 cheerleader and supporter,” she said. “You look for somebody, first of all, who has the same philosophy you do.” She thinks Kaine and Clinton’s similar style of campaigning, as well as Kaine’s popularity in Virginia, a state Republicans won just three elections ago, were also factors in Clinton’s decision. Trump and Pence’s backgrounds, however, are anything but similar. Trump has never held

political office. Pence served as a congressman for 12 years before taking office as governor of Indiana in 2013. Price believes even though their experience and approaches may differ, the candidates’ views are reconcilable. “You’re going to see in any type of political arena that some people are more conservative or may be more liberal than others,” Price said. “But I think when it gets down to the bottom line, both [Trump and Pence] believe that we’ve got to do some things to change America and the direction it’s going in.” In the end, Price thinks Pence’s experience in Congress and politics may have actually been what drove Trump to put Pence on the ticket. “Not only has he represented his constituents well in Washing-

ton, he’s done an excellent job as governor,” Price said. Worley disagreed. She believes that despite the Republican campaign’s claims, Pence has been detrimental to the citizens of Indiana. “He has not helped working people in Indiana,” Worley said. “He’s also been ultraconservative in cutting out funding for Planned Parenthood.” Decreased funding for Planned Parenthood in Indiana under Pence led to the closure of clinics in rural Indiana that provided HIV testing. “He has not been a good governor for Indiana in terms of economics,” she said. “It’s almost like Mike Pence says one thing, but does another.” The presidential election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Community 7

The Auburn Plainsman


Construction continues on downtown projects

Kris Martins


As the North College Streetscape Project construction began this month, it became another addition to several projects under construction in the area. Several apartment complexes and mixed-use developments are planned or in the building phases in Auburn, adding more structures to the skyline, while the North College streetscape project has immediate effects on traffic. North College Streetscape Project This $425,733 project will provide new on-street parking, enhanced pedestrian lighting and sidewalk improvements along North College Street from Tichenor Avenue to the train railway. The project details a wider Americans with Disabilities Act compliant sidewalk, nine new on-street parking spaces and pedestrian lights all on the east side of North College Street between Glenn Avenue and the railroad tracks. Part of the northbound turn lane on North College Street between Glenn Avenue and the train railway will close and be transformed into the new parking spaces. “We will continue to have the right turn lane as you go toward the railroad tracks, but right there at the intersection, we’re actually moving out the curb, getting rid of part of that … through lane there and turning that into parking,” said Jeff Ramsey, director of public works and city engineer. “But as you get closer to Mitcham [Avenue] up there, we will have a right turn lane — actually start picking up the rightturn lane before you get to the railroad tracks.” With the Lofts apartments providing streetscape improvements, including sidewalks and pedestrian lighting, next to its site by the tracks, the streetscape on that section of College Street will be complete and link the recent improvements on Mitcham Avenue and Opelika Road to the remainder of downtown Auburn. The northbound turn lane on North College Street between Tichenor and Glenn avenues will occasionally be closed while work is performed. How-

ever, the northbound turn lane on North College Street between the railway and Mitcham Avenue will remain open. Pedestrian traffic will be detoured around the work area at Tichenor Avenue on the south side and Mitcham Avenue to the north. Traffic will be diverted into adjacent lanes, and flaggers and signs will be in place as needed to guide motorists. “We really think it ought to be a fairly quick project,” Ramsey said. “We think we should be through with this thing in about a month.” Evolve on West Glenn Avenue Under a towering crane on West Glenn Avenue by Wright Street emerges the skeleton of what will become the Evolve Auburn apartments, to be completed by July 2017, according to developer CA Ventures. The $32 million construction project will sit on 1.93 acres of land on West Glenn Avenue and will tower at 75 feet, a height that has long been a concern of some Auburn citizens who believe this and other future major developments put the “loveliest village” aura they feel Auburn has at stake. “We do feel like Auburn has a heritage, and the village charm is a big part of that,” said Susan Hunnicutt, public relations officer for Keep Auburn Lovely. “We’ve experienced explosive growth in the last couple of years. ... But that is our heritage. That is why people want to come here. That’s why so many people come to Auburn University.” However, JJ Smith, chief operating officer with CA Ventures, said the red brick building façade with its grey accents will have a “classic look with a slightly modern touch” that will fit well with both the University and the downtown area. The apartments, which will house 456 beds with 126 units, is 40 percent complete, he added. “Five levels of post-tension concrete slabs — parking and retail — will be topped out in the next two weeks, with only small portions of Level 5 left to pour,” Smith said this month. Move-in for Evolve Auburn is slated for August 2017. The Standard The six-story, 65-foot development


Construction underway on the Evolve Auburn apartments located at 200 W. Glenn Ave. on Tuesday, Oct 18.

approved in early August will house 16,000 square feet of retail space and bring 219 units with 683 bedrooms to the corner of Gay Street and East Glenn Avenue where a closed Checkers, Adventure Sports and Da Gallery sit. “So obviously with that size development, this would be the biggest student-housing development that we have seen,” said Assistant City Manager Kevin Cowper in August. 160 Ross, which opened fall 2015, touted 642 individual beds across 182 two-, three- and four-bedroom units. The project includes a 247,000-square-foot parking garage with 688 parking spaces, some of which the developer, Landmark Properties, has agreed to allow the city to use as metered public parking to help relieve downtown’s parking demand. Landmark Properties will also install parallel parking and a bus pullout next to the site on Gay Street, according to the agreement. Construction for The Standard is planned to begin December 2017, though construction preparations for the project would begin in early 2017. During the construction phase that

includes sidewalk improvements, pedestrians will be detoured around the project site, according to the development agreement. Exterior construction would most likely be completed by early 2019 with move-in following for the fall 2019 semester. 191 College This 75-foot, seven-story retail and apartment building slated to begin in 2017 will replace the University Chevron gas station on the corner of College Street and Glenn Avenue. Retail businesses will occupy the bottom floor of the building with living quarters on top. It will hold 127 units with 465 beds. For over a year as the project takes shape, sidewalks on the southern side of Glenn Avenue between Wright and College streets will be closed. Part of Wright Street and its adjacent sidewalk will close during the entire project from May 2017 to August 2019. The street will be used as a delivery and loading dock for the construction. The project, developed by ACC OP (College Street) LLC, will also require narrowing Glenn Avenue from 11 feet

to 10 feet once upward construction begins in February 2018. There is no anticipated lane or sidewalk closures, however, along the eastern perimeter of North College Street during construction. The Balcony and the Lofts These two structures are the closest to construction completion. The Balcony lies on Glenn Avenue between College and Gay streets, while the Lofts peeks out on College Street by the railroad tracks. The Balcony, a 55-foot building, contains 11 units with 51 beds, while the Lofts has 12 units, 51 beds and stands at 51 feet, according to the city. Residents moved into the housing complexes this fall, but the retail spaces are still being finished, said developer Brian Malone. The projects are about 95 percent complete with some lighting, final structure details and landscaping left to finish, Malone said. The city said there shouldn’t be any effects on traffic as the developer puts the finishing touches on and around the buildings.



Thursday, October 20, 2016



EMILY SHOFFIT / SPORTS EDITOR Calvin Coker pitches during Auburn baseball’s fall scrimmage at Plainsman Park.

ADAM SPARKS / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Tannon Snow (9) connects for a hit.Auburn vs Daytona State on Sunday, Oct. 16 in Auburn.

Tigers take the field

Baseball and softball begin fall camp, regular season preparation Emily Shoffit SPORTS EDITOR

Closing in on the anniversary of his hire, Auburn head baseball coach Butch Thompson opened fall camp with the Tigers at Plainsman Park, beginning with an open practice on Thursday, Oct. 6. “Just starting this summer you’re trying to negotiate and think about what you’re going to do this year,” Thompson said. “[We have] 20 new players, returning guys with kind of a mission statement that they want to define and just being here from day one has been great for our staff.” Auburn’s 2016 recruiting class was named No. 5 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper in September. The new comers have filled infield positions that have been lacking in recent years and improved the pitching staff. The long awaited return of Keegan Thompson came on Oct. 7 as he started the first fall scrimmage for the Tigers. “We want him to be a normal pitcher now that we’re 17 months out of Tommy John surgery,” Butch Thompson said. “We’re treating him like a normal pitcher. He deserves to be there. When you take a year off, we know he’s healthy, we know he has confidence. What he’s done with his body and how hard he’s worked, he deserves to be rewarded for that.” Keegan Thompson’s return has put him in a leadership

position for Auburn. Though he’s never been a vocal leader, he tries to lead by example. Casey Mize and freshman Davis Daniel have showed poise on the mound for the Tigers, with junior college transfer Calvin Coker making his presence known from the pen. “How we move the needle forward on our program is pitching, pitching, dominating a routine play and timely hitting,” Butch Thompson said. “We’re putting pitching right to the forefront.” Josh Anthony has been the standout at third with Luke Jarvis taking over at shortstop. According to Coach Thompson, Anthony will [hopefully] be a middle of the lineup man for the squad. “I’m ready roll, it’s been a long time coming,” Anthony said. “The season’s finally kicking into gear it’s a good thing to be out here on the field.” Transfer Jay Estes has been the go-to man at second base, with Daino Deas also seeing some playing time at the spot. Senior Daniel Robert has been at first and in the ourfield as well as seeing some time on the mound. He has competition at first base from freshman Conor Davis and transfer Dylan Ingram. The outfield competition is in full swing and is “fun to watch” according to Coach Thompson. “That’s what’s supposed to

be fun about fall practice. “ Jeremy Johnson was a redshirt freshman last year watching under the wing of Anfernee Greir and is battling senior JJ Shaffer for a starting spot in centerfield. “They’re probably our two best defensive outfielders,” according to Coach Thompson. Senior Bo Decker and returner Sam Gillikin are also competiting for starting spots, along with Jonah Todd and Bowen McGuffin. Decker redshirted last year because of the outfield’s competition. Gillikin is returning after his departure during former head coach Sunny Golloway’s final year. He won’t be his familiar No. 11 this year, as assistant coach Doug Sisson has commandered it. Gillikin will take No. 3, and hopes to give needed leadership in the clubhouse. McGuffin has been earning praise for his bat. “He’s really swung the bat well,” Coach Thompson said. “Any left-handed hitter we’re really praising right now. What we’re missing is left handed at bats and left handed pitching.” Auburn will continue it’s fall scrimmages with a morning orange on blue matchup at Plainsman Park on Saturday, Oct. 22 with the park open at 9:30 a.m. and scrimmage beginning at 11 a.m. CST. An authograph session will follow the game.


The Auburn softball team kicked off its fall season at Jane B. Moore Field Oct. 15. The Tigers totaled 25 strikeouts from the circle and blasted eight home runs at the dish in wins over Mississippi Gulf Coast CC and Wallace State CC-Dothan. “I thought our pitchers did outstanding,” head coach Clint Myers said. “They went out there and threw strikes. We walked one in 15 innings, so that’s a pretty darn good. “We had a much better approach in the second game. We had 19 barreled balls compared to the 10 we had in the first game. We’re going up there and we’re learning. That’s the key. As long as we can keep learning, we’re going to be in good shape. We’re moving in the right direction.” Auburn totaled 15 extrabase hits from nine different players between the two games. The pitching trio of Kaylee Carlson, Alexa Nemeth and Jenna Abbott allowed four hits and combined for 11 strikeouts in the victory. The Tigers took down Wallace State CC-Dothan in game two to conclude the night, with Courtney Shea, Haley Fagan and Tannon Snow knocking in five runs with a long ball each. Back-to-back roundtrippers that cleared the left field wall from Carlee Wallace and

Snow took care of the scoring output in the bottom of the third. Makayla Martin tossed four innings from the circle and struck out a team-high 10 batters. Kendall Veach then laced a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth to extend the margin for the Tigers. Ashlee Swindle made her debut in the circle allowing one hit in three innings of work to go along with five strikeouts. Nemeth then closed out the night by working a clean final stanza and sent Auburn to its second win of the day. The Tigers returned to the field Sunday afternoon when they hosted Daytona State for a doubleheader to wrap up the opening weekend of the fall season. “I thought it was a good day,” Myers said. “We were able to do some things offensively and were very good in the circle. “Today showed us some things that we need to work on; consistency, the little things. That’s what we needed. We only have four games left, so we’ve got to go out and really work hard in those four games to get better.” In the first game of the day, five different players recorded two RBI. Kaitlyn Crocker and Justus Perry each popped home runs, while Casey McCrackin and Sydne Waldrop added with

one double each. Crocker also paced the team with three runs scored, while Alyssa Rivera crossed the plate twice. In the circle, Ashlee Swindle got her first start of the fall and went four innings, allowing just one earned run and striking out one. Kaylee Carlson provided relief and tossed three frames with five strikeouts to guide Auburn to a win in the opening game of the day. The offense remained spread out in the second game as 11 players each tallied one base knock. Carmyn Greenwood went 2-for-3 with two RBI to lead the way at the dish. Fagan, Snow and Rivera each contributed a pair of RBI, with Fagan and Rivera notching an extra-base hit, as well. Abbott hurled three innings to start the game and added a strikeout. Martin and Nemeth then combined for a perfect four innings to close out the contest. The Tigers have a week of practice before taking on their next opponent of the fall slate as Auburn hosts Wallace State CC-Hanceville in a doubleheader on Friday, Oct. 21, with games at 4 and 6:30 p.m. CST. Auburn will round out fall camp on Saturday, Oct. 29, with matchups against Northwest Florida State CC and Columbus State at 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.


Auburn completes regular season in Tuscaloosa Will Sahlie SPORTS WRITER

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Auburn men place sixth.

In the final regular-season race before the SEC Championships, the Auburn cross country women’s squad finished fifth, while the men finished sixth at the Crimson Classic on Oct. 14. “With two weeks until the SEC Championships, it was good to have strong performances from everyone today,” Auburn head coach Mark Carroll said. “We had three personal bests today. Veronica [Eder] has really trained hard this season and it’s shown all season long. We are going to keep training hard in preparation for SEC’s.”

Senior Veronica Eder posted her fifth-straight top five finish of the season, finishing second in the women’s 6k with a personal best 20:20.10. The Pennsylvania native has led the Tigers in all of their races this season. Junior Anna Nelson was Auburn’s second scorer, finishing with a personal best time of 21:43.3, while Emily Stevens finished 44th in 21:46.4. Junior Kevin Wyss once again paced the men’s squad, finishing 11th with a time of 24:57.6 in the men’s 8k. The cross country team will resume action on Oct. 28 in Fayetteville, Arkansas for the 2016 SEC Championships.

Thursday, October 20, 2016


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Cabriana Capers (35) takes a shot during the Missouri vs Auburn women’s basketball game at Auburn Arena on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016.

Auburn picked for seventh place finish in SEC Will Sahlie SPORTS WRITER

The Auburn women’s basketball team was picked to finish seventh in the Southeastern Conference in 201617 by a panel of SEC and national media, the league office announced Tuesday. The Tigers finished tied for seventh place a year ago, as they finished 8-8 in conference play. Auburn was picked to finish 13th in preseason voting last year. Auburn returns four starters from that team that finished 20-13 overall and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. South Carolina was picked to win its fourth consecutive SEC regular-season title with Mississippi State tabbed as

runner-up. Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida and Texas A&M took the third through sixth spots. The Auburn women will open their season on Nov. 11 against Troy at Auburn Arena. 2016-17 SEC Preseason Media Poll 1. South Carolina 2. Mississippi State 3. Tennessee 4. Kentucky 5. Florida 6. Texas A&M 7. Auburn 8. Missouri 9. Vanderbilt 10. Georgia 11. Arkansas 12. LSU 13. Alabama 14. Ole Miss



Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl calls out a play during the NCAA Division I basketball game between Ole Miss vs Auburn, at Auburn Arena on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016.

Tigers take on fall practice, media days Jack Winchester SPORTS REPORTER

Bruce Pearl’s two point guards continued to make strides in the second scrimmage of the fall on Oct. 12 in Auburn Arena. True freshman Jared Harper and graduate transfer Ronnie Johnson impressed both their teammates and Pearl throughout the scrimmage. “They’re both really good,” Pearl said. “Jared Harper went on that other team, and they got down 7-0 or whatever that was, and Jared knocked down two [three-pointers] late to win it. He’s a special player.” The 5-foot-10 Harper, went 4-9 from the three-point line and finished with 18 points, three assists and a steal. The 165-pound freshman is already shaping up to be a top shooter for the Tigers, but can also score the ball around the rim despite his size. “They’re great. They’re probably

two of the fastest point guards I’ve ever seen,” junior TJ Lang said. “Both are really good passers. Both are really good shooters. Jared is probably one of the best off-the-ball-screen shooters I’ve played with.” Johnson scored 14 points on the day and added four rebounds, seven assists and two steals. The 6-foot senior averaged 9.4 points, 2.9 assists and 2.6 rebounds last season at Houston. “Ronnie as a senior and as a guy with experience can really defend. He’s really tough. He wants to win. Ronnie wants to win,” Pearl said. “He’ll either start, or Jared will start. They’re both going to play. They’re both quick. I’ve got quick playmaking, ball-handling guards.” The two newcomers add needed depth to an Auburn roster that lacked a true point guard last season after the departure of Kareem Canty. Harper is a versatile scorer and lethal

on ball defender. Johnson’s prior experience at the position will be extremely valuable for Pearl throughout the season. “Ronnie brings a winning experience. He was at Purdue and he was at Houston. He’s been a point guard for a good amount of years,” Pearl said. “I feel like we’re going to have two of the best point guards in the league. “We’ve clearly upgraded the position,” Pearl said. “Those guys are both real cerebral. They both understand how to play.” Harper and Johnson were not the only Tigers who turned heads on Wednesday night. Danjel Purifoy had a scrimmagehigh 22 points and five steals. Freshman Anfernee McLemore added 14 points and a team high 11 rebounds, and Laron Smith had 11 points, four rebounds and three blocks. Matt Barrentine also contributed to this article.

to make up for Auburn’s lack of height. While Pearl must rely on a quickness this season, he hopes that the rules permit the Tigers to play in a style that will benefit them. “Will the rules permit us to play fast? Will the rules permit us to extend? Where has trapping gone in the game of basketball?” Pearl asked. “When you look at the rules of verticality and the cylinders and the cones and the freedom of movement and so on and so forth. Big, strong, physical teams, they’ll pack in a man-to-man or play a 2-3 zone, and the way they’ll allow verticality and size to be an advantage on the inside, that’ll help big, strong teams. I don’t know that the rules are going to help smaller, quicker, faster teams like ours. But we’re going to find out if we can ex-

tend (and) disrupt without fouling.” Pearl will be entering his third season on The Plains, and looks to find the success at Auburn that he has found in the past. “The losing is tough,” Pearl said. “It’s been difficult. But it would not be fair to just stop there... I haven’t been able to win early like I was able to at Southern Indiana, at (Wisconsin-) Milwaukee or at Tennessee, so my motivation is I want to provide Auburn with a return on their investment.” Pearl also added that he has “the second-best home-court advantage in the SEC behind Kentucky.” Auburn will tip off the regular season on Nov. 11 against North Florida in Auburn Arena.

Bruce Pearl, Dunans and Neal take on Nashville



Fans participate in games at the 2015 Hoops and Halloween fan day.

Basketball to host Halloween Fan Day Jack Winchester SPORTS REPORTER

Bruce Pearl and Terri Williams-Flournoy, along the men’s and women’s basketball teams, will host the Hoops & Halloween Fan Day Oct. 30 from 3-5 p.m. CST in Auburn Arena. It will be a Halloweenthemed fan fest event with both teams, Aubie, cheerleaders and Tiger Paws with activities, autographs and words from both coaches. “This is going to be a great event for our Auburn Family and our basketball teams,” Williams-Flournoy said. “We’ve had great success with our Fun Fan Day event over the last three years, and we’re very excited to team up with Coach Pearl and the men’s team for this event. We look forward to having a lot of fun with our fans and giving our young ladies an opportunity to interact with the community.” There will be many activi-

ties including a costume contest for kids, face-painting, raptor center eagle exhibit, large inflatables, custom Auburn basketball trading card photo booth, pumpkin painting and balloon artist. “I am excited to be working with Coach Flo and the women’s basketball program to combine our Fan Day,” Pearl said. “Auburn Family is what it is all about. We really look forward to having an interactive day with our fans. “When we talk to our players about what the best part of that event has been, it’s been talking to the kids and fellow students and taking pictures and having interactive contests. It will be fun and an opportunity to know one another a little better.” The Auburn men play its lone exhibition game vs. Montevallo on Nov. 4 prior to its season opener on Nov. 11 with a doubleheader with the Auburn women vs. Troy.

At the SEC Men’s Basketball Media Days on Wednesday, Oct. 13, Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl could not find fault in the preseason media prediction that has his team finishing 11th in the Conference. Pearl actually believes that the Tigers were placed appropriately. “I think we’re picked properly,” Pearl told reporters inside of Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. “[We’re] picked 11th. Obviously in our locker room, we want to try to see if we can prove them wrong.” The Tiger roster houses no front court players over 6-foot-8, but Pearl hopes that Auburn’s “young” and “light” team will be able to use its quickness and athleticism


Auburn Tigers beat Arkansas, hit the road Emily Shoffit SPORTS EDITOR

A battle for sole possession of second place in the SEC ended in victory for the No. 13 Auburn soccer team, as they defeated No. 12 Arkansas 3-2 on Friday, Oct. 14 at the Auburn Soccer Complex. Both teams remained in a deadlock throughout the first half with the Tigers taking five shots and limiting Arkansas to three. “Second half we knew it was going to be a dog fight,” Casie Ramsier said. “Arkansas always comes out with so much energy and they’re physical and aggressive and we knew we had to match that.”

The Tigers and Razorbacks came out fighting in the second half, but Auburn prevailed when Brooke Ramsier notched a goal from just outside the box to give Auburn a 1-0 lead in the 50th minute. Kristen Dodson followed on an assist from Gianna Montini and Taylor Troutman in the 62nd minute for a 2-0 lead over Arkansas. “It was chaos in the first half, up and down, 100 miles an hour,” Auburn head coach Karen Hoppa said. “We wanted to still have the energy but also have the composure on the ball and I thought we accomplished that with a couple great goals in the second half.”

Stefani Doyle capitalized for Arkansas, putting the Razorbacks on the board with a header over Auburn’s Sarah Le Beau. Casie Ramsier notched the final goal for Auburn in the 82nd minute to put the Tigers up 3-1, but Arkansas scored in the final five minutes to make the score 3-2. The win was Auburn’s sixth conference victory. “This wasn’t the best soccer game we’ve ever played but it was a great result,” Hoppa said. “We’re excited and now we’ve got to start working towards LSU on the road it’s going to be a tough one.” Auburn will take on LSU in Baton Rouge on Oct. 20 and continue on to Texas A&M on Oct. 23.

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No.2 Tigers top No.1 Aggies in tiebreaker



Auburn Women’s Equestrian vs Texas A&M on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, in Auburn,Ala.

It all came down to a tiebreaker for the No. 2 Auburn equestrian team on Oct. 15. The Tigers emerged victorious over No. 1 Texas A&M in the 9-9 meet at the Auburn University Horse Center, notching a 1594-1501.5 win. “It’s always good to get a win and we’ll always be happy when we can pull one out when it’s close,” head coach Greg Williams said. “However, we made mistakes that we shouldn’t be making. Texas A&M rode very well, but we have to clean things up from our end.” Seniors Hannah Stephens and Ashley Foster were named Most Outstanding Performer honors, coming in Horsemanship and Equitation Over Fences, respectively. “Hannah [Stephens] had a great ride on a horse that was being tough today and I’m really proud of what she pulled off on that horse,” Williams said. “Ashley [Foster] knocked it out from start to finish and we really love the ride she had.” Horsemanship was 4-1 on the day against the Aggies. Stephens was the high scorer, having 75.5 points in her MOP victory over Rachel Lucht. Sophomore Lauren Diaz followed with a 74-71.5 win, while freshman Kara Kaufmann remained undefeated on the year with a 72.5-70.5 win vs. Kaci Fisher. Sophomore Megan Rauh picked up Auburn’s fourth point in the event as she defeated Sarah Orsak, 73-63.5. Foster and sophomore Cait-

lin Boyle put two points on the board for Auburn in Equitation Over Fences. Foster’s 8583 win gave her MOP honors and kept her undefeated in the discipline. Boyle topped Kai DeVoglaer, 84-75, and Auburn went into intermission with a 6-4 lead. Auburn came away with a 2-1 win in the Equitation on the Flat event. Senior Tory Hoft earned her third win of the year, topping Alex Desiderio 82-78. Sophomore Hayley Iannotti was the high scorer in the event, having 89 points in her win. Boyle and Foster came away with a pair of ties in their matches. With Reining remaining in the match, Auburn held a slim 8-5 advantage. The Aggies took four points in tightly contested matches, while junior Alexa Rivard gave Auburn its ninth point of the day with a 68.5-59 victory over Sarah McEntire. Auburn will continue its home stand and host Alabama in an exhibition meet on Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. CST. The Tigers and the Tide will face off at the Auburn University Horse Center with only the Hunt Seat student-athletes competing. Equitation on the Flat Tory Hoft (AU) def. Alex Desiderio (TAMU), 82-78 Hayley Iannotti (AU) def. Isabella Norton (TAMU), 8958 Caitlin Boyle (AU) tied Maddie Swem (TAMU), 8181 Ashley Foster (AU) tied Ra-

chael Hake (TAMU), 75-75 Rebekah Chenelle (TAMU) def. Ashton Alexander (AU), 88-86 Equitation Over Fences Rebekah Chenelle (TAMU) def. Ashton Alexander (AU), 86-83 Rachael Hake (TAMU) def. Hayley Iannotti (AU), 85-82 Haley Webster (TAMU) def. Becky Kozma (AU), 7572 Ashley Foster (AU)* def. Alex Desiderio (TAMU), 8583 Caitlin Boyle (AU) def. Kai DeVoglaer (TAMU), 84-75 Horsemanship Hannah Stephens (AU)* def. Rachel Lucht (TAMU), 75.5-70 Lauren Diaz (AU) def. Bailey Cook (TAMU), 74-71.5 Kara Kaufmann (AU) def. Kaci Fisher (TAMU), 72.570.5 Megan Rauh (AU) def. Sarah Orsak (TAMU), 73-63.5 Avery Ellis (TAMU) def. Kelsey Jung (AU), 72.5-70.5 Reining Haley Franc (TAMU) def. Betsy Brown (AU), 71-70.5 Jaci Marley (TAMU) def. Blair McFarlin (AU), 67.566.5 Alexa Rivard (AU) def. Sarah McEntire (TAMU), 68.5-59 Madison Bohman (TAMU)* def. Ali Fratessa (AU), 72.5-71 Sarah Kate Grider (TAMU) def. Kara Kaufmann (AU), 6968

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Kicking it with the Auburn Dance Line

Catie Sergis


For many, dancing is a way to 'cut-loose' and forget about weekly stress, but for those on the Auburn University Dance Line, it's a lifestyle and job. Those on the dance team cheer on the Tigers from the stands whether away or at home. Annie Davidson, junior in apparel design and merchandising, shares her triumphs while on the team. “Being on dance line has made my experience at Auburn like no other,” Davidson said. “Getting to be a part of the Auburn University Marching Band has been such a rewarding experience. It is so amazing to be a part of something so much bigger than myself.” While being on the field each game day is

a rewarding time for these dancers, it does not come easy, Davidson said. These women practice multiple hours each day, and are constantly performing during each game. “When the band bursts out of the tunnel for pregame, and I hear the crowd, and dance to War Eagle, I know those long hours of practice were well worth it,” Davidson said. The dance line team has to compete each week to make it on the field for the pregame and halftime shows, Davidson said. This ensures that each dancer is working hard for their spot on the field. “On dance line we have a pass off system where we have to try out to dance at each game,” Davidson said. Davidson said as a dancer, being chosen to dance at the games is a memorable experience. She remembers one occurrence that shaped her

time on dance line. “The most memorable thing that has happened to me while on dance line would be performing at my first iron bowl freshman year,” Davidson said. “Getting picked as a freshman to dance at the Iron Bowl in BryantDenny Stadium was an experience I will never forget.” Members of the Auburn University Marching Band spend a tremendous amount of time preparing for games, which makes their lives different from the ordinary student, Davidson said. “Although I may not have as much free time as other students, having the opportunity to perform in front of 85,000 people each game has created memories that will last a lifetime,” Davidson said. Davidson said cheering on the team is a

great aspect of being apart of the line, but there are other elements that make it even better. “My favorite part of dance line has to be all of the sweet little girls that come up to us each game day and ask for pictures and autographs,” Davidson said. "I hope I can be a role model to all of the little girls who dream of being on dance line, just like the girls I looked up to when I was little." Being a part of what many consider a true Auburn tradition means something special to the women on dance line. The hard work and time-demanding schedules can be a challenge to these college students, but a worthwhile challenge, Davidson said. "Getting to do what I love most, for the team I love most, is a dream come true and an experience I wouldn't trade for the world,” Davidson said.


LEFT:The dance line pauses for The National Anthem during a game day practice. RIGHT: Haley Fullman, freshman in nursing, practices her kicks during a run-through of the halftime show.


Cooking with Anne: gluten-free, sesame chicken INGREDIENTS: For the chicken:

Anne Dawson

1 pack of organic chicken tenders 1 cup almond or tapioca flour 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp salt 2 tbsp olive oil


For the sauce: 1/4 cup of honey 1/4 cup of ketchup 2 tbsp sesame oil 3 tbsp soy sauce 1 tsp red pepper flakes 2 tsp sesame seeds

This week, I wanted to share another favorite recipe of mine that I discovered only a few months ago. When I started cooking for myself, I tried to take classic meals I could always be down to eat and make them both gluten-free and as close to all-natural as I could. With that being said, that’s where the idea for gluten-free sesame chicken came from. This recipe is delicious — but don’t just take my word for it. I’ve had many friends and family members tell me they will never eat take-out sesame chicken again. In fact, every time I visit home my dad asks me to make the chicken before he even asks how my grades are. The meal feeds two, so could very easily be used to meal prep for two nights of dinner if you’re going to be the only one eating. I promise you once you try this deliciousness you will be making it weekly to satisfy your take-out cravings.

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DIRECTIONS: 1. Cut chicken tenders into smaller pieces. Mix flour, garlic

powder and salt. Dip chicken into flour until evenly coated.

2. Heat olive oil on high heat and add the chicken. Reduce heat to medium. Cook chicken for a minute on each side, flipping until the middle is no longer pink and the outside is crispy. Turn heat down to a simmer and let chicken sit while you make sauce.


Sesame chicken plated for two people.


3. Mix sauce ingredients together in a bowl. Pour onto the chicken on low heat. Make sure to coat chicken evenly. Let sauce cook for a minute or two, or until it is thicker. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top and serve with white rice or broccoli.


The inflatable T-Rex is a staple Brooks Glover



Let’s make a drink Who made it? Anna Shelor

What’s in it? 2 splashes of Red Bull 3 counts of Cown Royal whiskey 2 counts of peach schnapps Dash of cranberry juice


“I’ve seen people drink [Vegas Bombs] like a shot, I’ve seen them sip on them and even been asked for it on ice before.” “ You can’t shake it too much.” “Shelor: We used to have them made ahead at the beginning of the night, because they went so fast.”

They move in herds, go-kart, workout, play paintball and make people laugh. The inflatable T-Rex costume, officially known as the Inflatable Adult T-Rex Costume was brought into existence in April 2015 by Rubie’s Costumes for a line of Jurassic World licensed costumes. The birth of the costume’s online presence came five months later in September when a GIF of a T-Rex running on top of of an inflatable Jump Pad circulated the internet. Two months later, the mainstream media picked it up and cemented its stardom when Head Line News posted a compilation dinosaur videos on it’s site. One year later, the T-Rex has spread across social media in what has surely been the biggest

animal-costume craze since the horse head mask fever in the early 2010s. Whether Rubie’s Costumes intended for the comedic appeal or not, the Inflatable Adult T-Rex Costume’s humor is addicting to many. Firstly, it’s inflatable. It’s the same case as the inflated sumo wrestlers and ostrich riders from prime Halloweens past. Inflatable costumes have grown up with college students; roughly 10 years later, we now have our most meme-able inflation yet. Secondly, is the anonymity the costume provides. Much like the the horse-head mask and trailblazing morphsuit, the inflatable T-Rex protects the identity of the wearer leading to the sort of courage needed for such public antics. Who’s to say that it can suspend one’s disbelief, even if for a moment. For a second, one may forget that the sweaty human underneath, and believe dinosaurs have

returned to roam the Earth. Finally, the shadow of irony that follows the costume everywhere once it has been donned. The greatest predator to ever walk our Earth is immediately transformed into the least threatening reptile ever completing whatever mundane task one does daily. Expect at least a few Inflatable Adult T-Rex costumes to be prowling around College Street and Magnolia Avenue later this month alongside the Harambes and Ken Bones. However, those reliving their dinosaur obsessions from a decade and a half ago must be truly dedicated. Drinks become challenges, body heat become borderline dangerous, navigating crowded rooms become Ninja Warrior stagelike and flirting takes an asteroid-sized hit.

Brooks Glover can be reached at lifestyle@

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“The Sign” by Ace of Base Emily Shoffit, sports editor “Life is demanding without understanding.”

“Lonely Night In Georgia” by Marc Broussard Claire Tully, campus editor “I don’t just sing in the shower, I perform.” SARAH PARTAIN / PHOTOGRAPHER

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Artist Pete Schulte gives a lecture titled “A Letter Edged in Black 5: Black Object” in Biggin Hall on Oct. 5.

Artist exhibit and lecture in Biggin Hall Catie Sergis


The College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University hosted an artist lecture and reception for “A Letter Edged in Black 5: Black Object” by Pete Schulte. In his opening lecture, Schulte d isc u sse d h is upbringing and how art came into his life. The artist shared his inspiration behind the exhibit. Schulte is currently an assistant professor at the University of Alabama. His work has been featured in magazines including “Art in America” and “Art Examiner.” Schulte has several exhibits being featured in New York, Atlanta and Nashville. During his lecture, he described his upbringing as being “removed from art.” Most of his childhood was spent with his sports-minded father at gymnasiums. However, he found a creative guide in his grandfather, who was interested in photography. “Art was not frowned upon, but also not considered at all,” Schulte said. Schulte is known for drawings being the cornerstone of most of his pieces. He first began with graphite and paper. However, he has progressed

and is now working with a few colorful pigments. His first drawing, “Quiet Please, When I am Gone I am Gone,” came about in 2005. During the lecture the drawing was described as a “trapezoidal shape, which was simple and unassuming.” Though he saw his first drawing as simple, it brought about questions of shape and form and answered what type of artist he wanted to be. “I have a responsibility to be involved,” Schulte said. “You can’t guard yourself, you have to be vulnerable to do this. I had to turn around and face the world.” Schulte explained during his lecture that he believes we all have luggage which makes us connect to art in different ways. While some artists say that others don’t understand their art, Schulte wants his art to make contact with people in their own, unique way. The explanations behind his artwork often come from a current event. In 2008, Schulte was experiencing the financial crisis along with his upcoming graduation. In this time of uncertainty, his piece, “I had My Face for Shame of Doing

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Wrong,” came to surface. When school shootings began across the nation, his most valuable graphite color, gunmetal grey, went off the market because of the name. Schulte felt this act had to be shown in his art. His sculptures signified the current state of the nation. The aluminum sculpture, “Wall in Flat Black,” is a 200-pound concrete sphere. His point of connection was current events that he saw as “relentless and inexplicable.” Wall drawings are something new to Schulte. In the Jeff Bailey Gallery in New York City, his first wall drawing is displayed. During his lecture, Schulte explained how drawing to scale is much more difficult when you are dealing with a large wall. These drawings take over the entire wall, and sometimes are the size of the average man and woman. Schulte believes the “role of an artist is to affirm life.” He has taken graphite drawings, along with sculptures, to portray not only his feelings in his creative space, but also current events. The “A Letter Edged in Black 5: Black Object” Exhibition by Pete Schulte, is open to the public from Oct. 5 to Nov. 7 in Biggin Hall Gallery.

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“What I Know” by Parachute Anne Dawson, online and social media editor “The beat is fast and the words are easy to remember.”

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