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The blue, metal bins dotting the area in and around the Student Center aren’t just for decoration. They’re part of the USA Today Collegiate Readership Program, an initiative by the Student Government Association to bring well-known publications such as The New York Times to Auburn students with the swipe of a Tiger Card. According to Rob Garcia, assistant vice president of auxiliary services, the program costs the University approximately $26,000. “That pays for the cost of 155 New York Times and 180 USA Todays five days a week for the entirety of the academic year, the bins that distribute them and the maintenance of the bins,” Garcia
said. Amy Anne Olsen, senior in finance and SGA vice president, said the program gives Auburn students an opportunity to not only be informed about current events, but also to look more attractive while applying for jobs. “I read some statistics about higher-quality publications really setting you apart in the job search process,” Olsen said. “If you read publications like The Wall Street Journal or The New York Times, you’re 40 percent more likely to get a job, which is a pretty impressive statistic in this job market.” Medora Pepper, sophomore in pre-civil engineering and SGA director of auxiliary services initiatives, said she and Olsen worked to
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NEWS ON CAMPUS • Overall budget for the program is $26,000 • Boxes are located inside the Student Center ,Tichenor Hall and at the transit hub outside the Student Center • Collegiate Readership Program is in place in more than 400 college campuses in the US • Auburn’s program recently switched from receiving the Birmingham News several days a week to receiving The New York Times every day • According to the Newspaper Association of America, 59 percent of young adults ages 18 - 24 read print or online newspaper content in a typical week, or access content through mobile devices in a typical month
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The results are in, and Aubie is No.1, so far. Jackie Popper, director of Aubie, said after the mascot video portion of the Universal Cheerleading Association’s 2013-2014 College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship, Aubie is leading the competition. “It’s a two-part competition,” Popper said. “Aubie has come in first place in the video portion for four straight years.” Popper said the other half of the competition is a minuteand-a-half skit. “It’s a lot of effort for a very short performance time,” Pop-
The price of performance Gus Malzahn’s salary near bottom of conference while the team is near the top
Swimming with the sea cows The outdoor adventure club takes a dip with manatees in Florida
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Aubie is in position to win his eighth UCA national championship
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of 2University State Wisconsin 4Michigan of of Tennessee 3University Alabama 5 University per said. The Committee of Aubie, led by three directors of Aubie, creates props for game days, plans the skit Aubie performs at nationals and films events which feature an appearance from Aubie. Taylor Akers, director of Aubie, said there is a large time commitment required to achieve consistent success. “As soon as I got the call and became a director the very next day I was out with Aubie and had that camera,” Akers said. Taylor Prouty, director of Aubie, said there can be anywhere between 10-20 events featuring Aubie a week, and
sometimes there can be as many as 25 events. However, Prouty said the fun of being involved with Aubie makes up for the hard work. This is Prouty’s second year as a director, and she said she felt she had no choice but to come back for year two. “Who wouldn’t want to hang out with Aubie all day?” Prouty said. “It’s a true Auburn experience.” Mascots who finish in the top four in the video portion of the event receive a paid invitation to the Jan. 17-19 skit portion in Orlando, Fla.
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Gus Malzahn’s turnaround of the Auburn football program has come at a bargain price when compared to the salaries of other SEC coaches, according to USA Today’s database of college coaching salaries. Malzahn is scheduled to earn $2.44 million in his first season as Auburn’s head coach, a figure that ranks 11th among SEC head coaches and 32nd nationally. Fellow first year coaches Bret Bielema (Arkansas) and Butch Jones (Tennessee) rank third and fourth nationally, with the two earning $5.16 million and $4.86 million respectively.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban is ranked first nationally in 2013 earnings. The four-time national champion head coach is scheduled to earn $5.54 million this year. The Auburn head coach’s salary ranks only ahead of Hugh Freeze (Ole Miss), Mark Stoops (Kentucky) and James Franklin (Vanderbilt) among SEC coaches. Malzahn’s salar y has steadily increased in recent seasons as the former Springdale High School head coach has risen up the coaching ladder. Malzahn earned $350,000
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1. Alabama 2. Auburn 3. Missouri 4. South Carolina 5.Texas A&M 6. Georgia 7. Ole Miss 8. LSU 9. Florida 10.Vanderbilt 11. Mississippi 12. Tennessee 13. Kentucky 14. Arkansas
Coaches’ Salaries Alabama, Nick Saban $5,545,852 Arkansas, Bret Bielema $5,158,863 Tennessee, Butch Jones $4,860,000 LSU Les Miles $4,459,363 South Carolina, Steve Spurrier
$3,322,500 Georgia, Mark Richt $3,314,000 Texas A&M, Kevin Sumlin $3,100,300 Missouri, Gary Pinkel $2,800,200 Florida, Will Muschamp $2,734,500 Mississippi State, Dan Mullen
$2,700,000 Auburn, Gus Malzahn $2,440,000 Ole Miss, Hugh Freeze $2,005,500 Kentucky, Mark Stoops $2,001,250 Vanderbilt, James Franklin $1,842,771
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dui arrests For the City of Auburn nov. 6 – 12, 2013 Addison Evans, 19 Dekalb Street and Aspen Heights Lane Nov. 8, 3:16 a.m. Derek Gentry, 49 Wilmore Drive Nov. 9, 3:47 p.m. William Scott, 34 P.O. Davis Drive and Duncan Drive Nov. 10, 4:54 p.m.
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police reports for nov. 6 – 12, 2013 Nov. 6, between 12:01–1 a.m. West Glenn Avenue Third-degree theft of property- theft of tablet and cell phone
Nov. 9, between 11–11:40 a.m. West Longleaf Drive Second-degree theft of property– theft of television and laptop
Nov. 11, at 4:40 p.m. South Donahue Drive Theft of bicycle– bicycle and bike lock
Nov. 6, between 12:40–2:20 p.m. Heisman Drive Theft from public building– laptop, textbook, Nintendo, headphones and backpack
Nov. 9, between 12:40–12:56 p.m. Bent Creek Road Third-degree theft of property– theft of T-shirt and shoes
Nov. 12, between 11:45 a.m.–noon Mell Street Theft from public building– theft of backpack, wallet, textbook, workbook, currency and identification cards
Nov. 8, at 1:52 p.m. Newman Drive Second-degree theft of property– theft of computer and monitor Nov. 8, between 9–10 p.m. Rustic Ridge Road Unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle– theft of identification cards, wallet and currency
Nov. 9, between 3:30–5:30 p.m. East Glenn Avenue Burglary of residence, no force– theft of laptop Nov. 10, at 8:52 p.m. Juniper Drive Second-degree theft of property– theft of pistol Nov. 11, at 8:15 a.m. Whatley Road Second-degree theft of property– theft of trailer
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John Matechak and Carl Fox use teamwork to put out a fire.
Coast Guard Auxiliary appears on campus radar Becky Hardy Campus Editor
While ROTC members make up a large number of students at the University, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is a branch of the military that falls under the radar at Auburn. Jake Shaw, chief of operations for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary University Programs and physical therapist at EAMC, said because the branches of ROTC fall under the department of defense in the U.S. government and the Coast Guard falls under the department of Homeland Security, there is no connection in that way between the two programs on campus. The Coast Guard program at the University is an auxiliary program, which means all participation in the program is on a volunteer basis. “It’s a way for college students to be a part of the Coast Guard while they’re in school,” said Landon Elliot, Flotilla Commander and City of Auburn police officer. “This is great because they don’t have to go away to an academy or boot camp.” Students and participants of the Coast Guard Auxiliary program are given responsibilities right away. “They can come in and practice leadership and use leadership immediately, which is something other branches of military might not offer right off the bat,” Elliot said. The Coast Guard Auxiliary program started nationally seven years ago and was started at the University by Shaw, four years ago. So far, members of the program have travelled to Dolphin Island, Lake Martin and Tuscaloosa, during the 2011 tornadoes, to help with active duty in those areas. “After our training, we will be able to help if a tornado comes,” said John Matechak, Auburn University deputy student leader and senior in mechanical engineering and German. “We’ll be the first-responders and go out and help people if they need it. We’re that part of the government and part of the community where we see a need and want to help out.” The Auburn Coast Guard Auxiliary program
also helped with search and rescue, clearing roads and volunteering with the Auburn firefighters when tornados came through Auburn. “There’s a lot of hands-on experience where you can really see the impact you make,” said Andy Husted, vice Flotilla commander and City of Auburn firefighter. Elliot said some problems the program faces are not having an ocean to readily practice in. The Coast Guard University program is open to anyone who wants to serve, and the program is always looking for more members. “I think people looking for an organization like this to be a part of, first turn to ROTC because that’s all they’ve ever heard of and not Coast Guard because we’re not as well known,” Elliot said. “This is something for people who are looking for what the ROTC can provide, but can find it in the Coast Guard University program.” Husted said the program is also for people with servant hearts who want to make a difference in their community. “There are so many opportunities in this organization that are not military-related at all,” Husted said. “You can get internships and study the effects of an oil spill because that’s something the Coast Guard deals with and there are internships available all throughout the country.” Carl Fox, junior in fitness, performance and conditioning, said he hopes to continue his Coast Guard career after graduation. “Coast Guard runs in my family,” Fox said. “My dad is a chief in the Coast Guard and I really want to be a part of the Coast Guard one day, whether enlisted or officer.” Elliot reminds people interested in joining that no military service is required after graduation. “It’s really want you want to be in the Coast Guard Auxiliary is what you put into it,” Elliot said. For more information, contact Elliot through email, email@example.com or through phone, (334) 703-4368.
Auburn at a glance w The Department of Residence Life is looking for students to be resident assistants for the 2014-2015 academic year. w Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction programs continue to be ranked among the nation’s best. In the annual DesignIntelligence survey, “America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools 2014,” the college’s graduate and undergraduate programs in industrial design and its undergraduate architecture program are ranked in the top 10 degree programs in their fields nationally. w The Auburn University Bookstore will host a sweatshirt event in preparation for the “All Auburn, All Orange” home football game against Georgia. The event will take place Friday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. on the Haley Concourse outside of the Auburn University Bookstore. w Tiger Dining is partnering with the Beat Bama Food Drive to host the first Beat Bama Breakfast on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 5–10 p.m. at Village Dining. w U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers recognized two Auburn University students Thursday with remarks in the Congressional Record and presented each of them with a framed copy of the documents. Senior Tara Jones was recognized as the university’s 2013 Miss Auburn, and Elliott Lynn was recognized as the recipient of the Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts’ Political Science Leadership Award.
Akers and Prouty said the skit is still in its early planning stages. “I hope we can just go in as strong as we did with the video,” Akers said. “I don’t really know if we’ve solidified anything for this year yet.” Prouty said most ideas will materialize during Thanksgiving break, and that most of the work will be done during winter break. Aubie has seven first-place finishes in the competition overall, and his last win was in the 2011-2012 UCA National Championship. Popper said consistent success has set a standard for other mascots to emulate. “If you look over the years, you can definitely see where others have looked to what we do for inspiration,” Popper said. Despite last year’s first-place finish in the video portion of the competition, Popper said Aubie finished second to Goldy
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revitalize the program to appeal to more students. “We used to have the Birmingham News, but the transition has been to take that away and replace it with The New York Times,” Pepper said. “There’s this huge realization that not every Auburn student is from Birmingham. So, we just thought it would be beneficial to students to have a wider perspective.” Laura Benz, senior in radio, television and film, said the change had been both noticed and appreciated by students. “A lot of professors expect you to know what’s going on in the world, especially in communication classes,” Benz said. “It’s nice the bins actually work and have papers in them now, because a few years ago, it wasn’t like that.” Still, despite improvements, Pepper said she acknowledges the program is still a work in progress. “You have to get your paper before nine in the morning, or they’re all gone,” Pepper said. “But the cool thing is we recently got an online aspect for The New York Times. We’re working on getting that out to the students as well so they know, hey, if you can’t pick up a paper at seven
» From A1 in 2009 during his first season as offensive coordinator for the Auburn Tigers. Following the SEC and BCS National Championship victories of 2010, Malzahn earned $1.3 million during his final season as
Nov. 12, between 7:30–8:30 a.m. South College Street Second-degree theft of property– theft of currency Nov 12, between 8–10 p.m. North Gay Street Third-degree burglary– television, gaming console, currency and backpack
Gopher from the University of Minnesota in a close race. “We didn’t lose by much,” Popper said. “It was probably by half of a point.” Popper said there is a consistent effort by the Aubie committee to maintain consistent excellence in the competition. “We really try hard to keep our standards high,” Popper said. “Usually, when we don’t place first, we’re in the top three.” This year, Aubie is joined in the top four by Bucky Badger from the University of Wisconsin, Smokey from the University of Tennessee and Sparty from Michigan State University. Finishing just outside the paid-invite list was the University of Alabama’s Big Al at No. 5. All three directors of Aubie said this year’s goal is for Aubie to win the entire competition. “Last year, it was great getting to go to nationals,” Prouty said. “Our goal this year is to come back to Auburn with title No. 8.” in the morning, there’s a component that they can take advantage of.” According to Benz, the lack of papers later in the day can be frustrating because she can’t always get one. Olsen said online availability could help Auburn’s program measure up in comparison to other schools. The USA Today Collegiate Readership Program has been installed on college campuses across the country, including at many SEC schools. “Arkansas has a really great program, and Mississippi State is another one and Georgia,” Olsen said. “Georgia has distribution bins in every residence hall. So, it’s great to see where our program could go if we are really able to grow it.” Pepper said a goal for the near future is to increase publicity of the program on campus. “We’re trying to figure out the best way we can increase our number of papers,” Pepper said. “The goal is if awareness increases, then we can see what student need is.” According to Olsen, students’ reaction to the change has been clear to see. “It’s so rewarding to see students with a copy of The New York Times reading around campus,” Olsen said. “It’s been really fun to see that little change impact the student body.”
Auburn offensive coordinator in 2011. Malzahn took a pay cut of nearly $450,000 in 2012 to become head coach of the Arkansas State. He earned $859,610 in his only season as the Red Wolves’ head coach. Accompanying his five-year contract, Malzahn is eligible to receive $1.25 million in performance bonuses.
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Qin Cai, Tai Chi coach, leading the International Tai Chi class outside Foy Hall.
Stephanie Oliver, student in the Kinesiology Tai Chi class taught by Richard Johnson, Kinesiology GTA.
“It’s energy, and it’s relaxation, and that’s really conducive to getting your work done,” Weiss said. Johnson also said he recommended Tai Chi, saying students get unique benefits from it. “I had a guy who was a rugby and soccer player, and he figured out ways to improve his rugby and soccer,” Johnson said. “I had another guy who was a fireman. He figured out ways to use Tai Chi in a firefighting situation that helped him do his job better.” Mary Craig, senior in biomedical sciences, said Johnson’s class is very interesting. “I do a lot of yoga, and I do martial arts, and I wanted to try something like that,” Craig said. “It makes you think of what you’re doing in a different way, and it’s something new.” Johnson’s class is more structured than Cai’s. Johnson assigns a report on a topic within Tai Chi, and the students discuss each others’ papers.
Tai Chi classes offer discipline and growth CAMPUS WRITER
Feeling stressed? Too tense? Poor posture? Try Tai Chi. Auburn residents can now choose between two Tai Chi groups to better their physical or mental well-being. “Tai Chi is a physical and mental training system and martial art,” said Richard Johnson, a graduate student who teaches the two-credithour class offered by the University. Johnson leads students every Tuesday and Thursday at 8 a.m. When the weather permits, the class meets in a shaded glen between the tennis courts and the old track. To an outsider, Tai Chi appears to be a series of slow, steady movements from one state to another. Johnson leads the class, demonstrating each form and helping students focus on posture and
form. “A lot of people have found applications for health, both physically and mentally, and some people even use (Tai Chi) as a spiritual center,” Johnson said. Non-students can learn Tai Chi through a new program offered by the Office of International Students. Qin Cai moved to Auburn with his wife and offers free Tai Chi classes every weekday in front of Foy Hall at 11:30 a.m. “I think Tai Chi is good for health,” Cai said. “I teach classes to benefit everybody here.” Cai offers classes by Goodwin Hall and at his home at 265 Virginia Ave. as well. He invites anyone to join. “Any people can join us, young people or old people,” Cai said. “The door is open.” Auburn Abroad Director Deborah Weiss said she enjoys the class, despite having only two days’ experience with Tai Chi.
“Simple, not a major thing,” Johnson said. He also requires students to complete a practical final exam by displaying a Tai Chi form and a few exercises. “It’s not too rigorous, but it’s a lot more structured than most Tai Chi instruction usually is,” Johnson said. The two classes differ in a few key ways. Only students can take Johnson’s University-offered class, and anyone can practice with Cai. Johnson’s class had 14 students in attendance while only three attended Cai’s class. Johnson said he has a certain way of teching. “What I’ve had to do with this class is move everyone along together,” Johnson said. “There’s some advantage to that, but certainly the people don’t get as much individual attention as I would like.” Students interested in the university-offered class can sign up for it through Auburn’s website or email Cai at ChinaTaiChi@hotmail.com.
College of Business shows support for veterans’ kids Keely Shearer CAMPUS WRITER
The office of professional and career development,OPCD, in the College of Business has been collecting donations for Hero Packs for the past three weeks. Friday, Nov. 8, was the last collection of the donations for this year’s Veteran’s Day. These Hero Packs consist of small toys, stuffed animals, school supplies and more. They will be sent to children of deployed soldiers. Courtney Arnold, administrative support assistant for the OPCD, said the OPCD does some type of soldier or veteran involvement, either for the families or for the veterans themselves every year in honor of Veteran’s Day. “It’s just really important to us to become involved in the community outside of the college and donate to the children of any of the soldiers that are deployed,” Arnold said. “We just want to help anyone that we can and this is a great way to go about it.” Items were collected in bins from the students and faculty in Lowder Hall Room 101. The packs were then sent to two different posts that anonymously distributed the packs to toddlers all the way up to children in middle school. Arnold said the OPCD plans to do this program every year.
“This is the first time that we’ve been involved in the program, but we have been told previously that it has been a great hit, and they absolutely enjoy receiving the gifts,” said Arnold. “It brings happiness to them.” It is very important to the OPCD that Auburn’s students are aware of the veterans and the sacrifices that they have made. It tries its best to promote the veterans and keep the students engaged. “We talk about it constantly, we keep the involvement around our college, we advertise, we keep our Facebook interactive, and we keep reminding them as much as possible,” Arnold said. “Thankfully the students are very involved, appreciative, and enjoy this process.” Allison Williams, sophomore in supply chain management, was one of the students that donated. “I think it’s a sweet idea and it doesn’t involve much effort to donate but could really make a difference to these kids,” Williams said. “It can make them feel special.” Williams contributed small teddy bears, a coloring book and markers. Williams said she plans to donate again next year and encouraged her friends to do the same. “It speaks to me because people often forget how hard it must be for the families of people in the military,” Williams said. “It is especially hard for young children who have to go long periods
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The Hero Packs will be given to children of deployed soldiers.
of time without seeing their moms or dads.” Catherine Young, sophomore in radio, tv, and film, read about the program through Auburn’s weekly email. Young said she was happy to contribute a few
items for the Hero Packs, as well. “I can’t imagine how hard it must be having a parent overseas in the military,” Young said. “This is a really great way to show our support for the kids.”
Students welcome to submit designs for new UPC logo contest Caitlin Shostak CAMPUS WRITER
The University Program Council, UPC, is holding a design contest to find a new logo for the organization. The winner of the contest will have their logo placed on all of UPC’s promotional goods and posters. In addition, the winner will receive a basket of promotional items featuring their logo and two floor passes to UPC’s spring concert performance. Brenda Fiacco, junior in accounting and assistant director of publicity for UPC, hoped
graphic design, marketing and art majors would take the opportunity to submit their designs. Fiacco said winning the competition for such a large organization would be a significant achievement to put on a resume. “It’s a great resume booster,” said Fiacco. Submissions for the contest are due Friday, Nov. 15. The winning design will be judged by UPC directors and committee members during their council meeting. They plan to announce the
winner Nov. 18. UPC will begin using the new logo next semester and include the logo on the 2014 calendar. Fiacco said the UPC was looking for something that complemented its mission statement, “by students, for students.” “We want something that will strike people’s attention, but also something that applies to our organization,” said Fiacco. “I suggest they get creative because we want something different and exciting, something that we’re hopeful-
ly going to have as our logo for years and years to come.” The organization consists of more than one hundred members and 11 different committees. These committees provide the Auburn student body with events are planned, prepared and implemented by students involved with UPC. There are approximately five events scheduled for each month in a given semester. Events are tailored to what the student body is interested in. “We want students to real-
ize that the methods to advertise and select those events are all done by students,” said Michael Rapay, student programs advisor for UPC. “It’s all done with the Auburn student body in mind.” UPC does not currently have a logo and said they hope to acquire one to brand the organization. “We are trying to really build the reputation of UPC among the students, and we really want to brand our events,” said Madeline Moore, senior in biomedical sciences and vice president of finance for UPC.
“We want to have a logo that’s recognizable and kind of represents what we stand for.” Students interested in competing in the design competition can find the link to the submission form on the AU involve website. They may also like UPC on Facebook to access the submission form link. It is recommended that students submit their design as a “.jpg” file. “It’s not a hard submission,” said Fiacco. ”You just have to put your name and upload the file.”
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Operation Cat Nap prowling for a comeback Corey Williams CAMPUS WRITER
Living in a dorm is a huge adjustment for most students. For residents of Helen Keller Hall in the Quad, the transition to college life is made easier by the cat that has made the dormitory its home. The one-eyed stray, known simply as the “Keller Cat,” is a cat-away-from-home for students such as Hayden Shelley, freshman in prepharmacy. “I have two cats at home,” Shelley said. “I love the Keller Cat. He always makes my day. I thought he would scare me since he only has one eye, but it doesn’t bother me. I pet him every day.” Most students know about or have seen the Keller Cat, but many are not aware of the growing unowned cat issue that exists in the Auburn area. Bobbi Yeo, executive director of Lee County Humane Society, explained how easily a cat population could get out of hand. “It is thought that the population of unowned cats is equal to the population of owned cats. There are about 44,000 owned cats in Lee County, so you could estimate there are that many without homes,” Yeo said. “They often will form colonies and start breeding. In this part of the country cats can have five to seven kittens at least three times a year. At that rate it can get out of control very easily.” According to Yeo, the stray cat problem is serious. “There have been two rabid cats turned into Lee County Humane Society since I’ve been here,” Yeo said. “If we still had a trap, neuter, re-
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The Keller Cat, which lives outside of the Keller Hall dormitory, is one of the approximately 44,000 unowned cats in Lee County.
turn system in place they would have been vaccinated.” The system Yeo referred to was called Operation Cat Nap, and was implemented by Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. With the help of director Brenda Griffin, the program captured, sterilized and vaccinated more than 150 cats on Auburn’s campus. Before the cats were returned, the tips of their left ears were removed for identification purposes. The program ended after Griffin left the University in 2006 because of budget cuts.
“New cats on campus made people think the system did not work,” Griffin said. “You have to continue to watch for cats and trap and neuter new ones. It is like cleaning your house once and thinking it will stay that way, or cutting the grass on campus once and thinking you are done.” Yeo said since Operation Cat Nap ended, not much of an effort to control the rising cat population has existed. Despite the current circumstances, Yeo said he believed there was a solution. “If you want to help a colony of feral cats, you
need to address at least 75 percent of the colony,” Yeo said. “You have to trap, spay, neuter, vaccinate and return them before you’re really able to make an impact on the population. Programs that really make a difference are often done by citizens and (the Lee County Humane Society) would be happy to facilitate one in any way we could.” Yeo said he hopes the Lee County Humane Society can have programs for community cats. “Right now, we are just not in the position to do it,” Yeo said.
Auburn offers students graduate school advice Caitlin Shostak CAMPUS WRITER
With only a few weeks remaining in the semester, it’s time for many upperclassmen to seriously consider their post undergraduate life. Although some students may be entering the workforce permanently, many will pursue their master’s degree in graduate school. Kathie Mattox, associate director of Auburn’s Honors College, offered tips for students considering applying for graduate school. Mattox said she recommended students begin by going to different colleges to see what graduate degree programs were available. Additionally, students should begin applying for fellowships by the end of their junior year. “There are a lot of fellowships that can almost pay entirely for grad. school for you plus your living expenses,” Mattox said. “So, when you get a stipend from campus to be a graduate teaching assistant, or research assistant, you can get some of the colleges to pay about $1,200 per month for your living expenses, and they will also waive your tuition.” Some fellowships also pay part of health insurance expenses. Mattox said she encouraged students interested in pursuing science and engineering degrees to speak with Ken Thomas, Post Doctoral Fellow
of the Honors College, about applying to the National Science Foundation for money. Several Auburn students have successfully received the National Science Foundation fellowship, which offers students $100,000 for grad. school. Students may use the money at whatever graduate program they choose to attend. According to Mattox, Auburn University has tried to increase support for students interested in graduate school after undergraduate graduation. An ambassador program has been set up to recruit future graduate students for Auburn. Students who would like more information about grad. school are encouraged to stop by Harper Hall. Additionally, George Flowers, dean of the Graduate School and George Crandell, associate dean of the Graduate School, said they welcomed students to talk with them if they have any questions or concerns regarding graduate school. Thomas said he reminded students though faculty members would like students to attend grad. school at Auburn, their foremost concern is finding the best place for each student to attend. “They want you to stay at Auburn, but they just want you to go to grad. school in general,” Thomas said. “Going there doesn’t mean that they’re go-
ing to force you to stay at Auburn, They’re going to try and help you to find a grad. program that’s best for you.” The decisions surrounding students’ grad. school attendance vary for each individual. Alexander Strickland, junior in history and political science, said he plans to go to grad. school immediately after finishing his undergraduate degree. For Strickland, the location of graduate school is the biggest factor in his decision process, though fellowships and his GRE score are also important. Strickland said he hoped to hone his research and writing schools in grad. school. “I’m already taking a lot of classes about that here at Auburn, but I feel like there’s a lot more I can learn and a lot better I can get at it,” Strickland said. Cailin Kelley, junior in elementary education, said her finances are the biggest concern. Kelley said she plans to attend grad. school after she teaches for a few years. Kelley said graduate school could only improve her teaching techniques. “Teachers should be seeking constant professional growth,” Kelley said. “After I’ve been teaching, I should go back and see what I can learn from my experiences, as well as what can be offered now that I’ve done it for a few years.”
No-Hate policy must wait Ben Ruffin CAMPUS WRITER
Students will have to wait another week before the result of a new policy within Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium is decided. The policy aims to address concerns of offensive speech and slurs within the stadium. A resolution, proposed by Sam Wilcox, senator of the College of Liberal Arts, which would designate Jordan-Hare Stadium as a No-Hate Zone, was indefinitely tabled Monday, Nov. 11. In front of a large number of students and faculty at the SGA senate meeting, Wilcox filed a motion to table the resolution as he said there would be an amended
one coming through future orders. Prior to tabling the resolution, many students spoke out, both for and against the designation of Jordan-Hare as a NoHate Zone. “Hate, fear and disconnection poison the vibrant community we have on campus and in our stadium,” said Emily Kerzin, graduate in counseling psychology. “Passing this resolution will help those who feel excluded here at Auburn.” With community serving as the main focus of the resolution, many of the students maintained their focus on the Auburn community and the traditons it strives to uphold on campus. “We should pass this reso-
lution,” said April Scott, graduate in counseling psychology. “It would create an environment at the stadium where we no longer allow words of hate or discrimination, so we can truly be all together, all in.” The resolution was all opposed by some students who believed passing a resolution was not the correct way to solve the problem. “This resolution is dangerous and although it has good intentions, I disagree in using resolutions to solve a moral problem on our campus,” said Savannah Silverman, sophomore in business. The next senate meeting will be held Nov. 18 in the Student Center Room 2222 at 7 p.m.
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Staged photo: Auburn averages 60 percent of unreported sexual assualts each year.
Providing a Safe Harbor Derek Herscovici CAMPUS WRITER
According to the U. S. Department of Justice, in 2012 alone, 1,264 incidences of rapes were committed in Alabama, with an average of 3.5 happening every day. Also according the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, RAINN, although Auburn routinely averages fewer reports of domestic violence than most schools of similar size, the number of unreported instances is on average more than 60 percent. “The No. 1 thing is for (the victims) to know that it’s not their fault,” said Vickie Dearing, director of Rape Counselors of East Alabama. “A lot of victims will put blame on themselves, but they should know they’re not alone, and they don’t have to go through this alone.” The Rape Counselors of East Alabama is staffed by experienced counselors and operates as a domestic violence emergency hotline 24/7 to comfort, assist and direct rape survivors and those with questions about rape to the resources they need. Safe Harbor is a clinic and place of refuge, located in the Auburn University Medical Clinic, committed to reducing sexual assault through crisis intervention, safety planning and legal and judicial services. Safe Harbor will also notify the student’s teachers and department of the situation. Safe Harbor will explain why the student was absent and account for any unexpected behavior, slump in academics or missed attendance. “Our whole goal is to support students on campus so they can persist and get their degree, and so they don’t have any interruption in their studies,” said Rachael Mesner, program coordinator of Health Promotion for Health Promotion and Wellness Services, HPWS. Fred Kam, director of the Auburn University Medical Clinic, said the buzz over recent date-rape drugs in Auburn reportedly ingested at off-campus locations, while still cause for alarm, is not an accurate depiction of the reality of the situation. Kam named alcohol as the No. 1 reason for completed or attempted date rape, with actual instances of narcotics being a very low number. “People assume Rohypnol, or GHB or some-
thing was involved, but when you question them, a lot of times it was more of an assumption than a reality. In a number of cases when we’re within that window where we can test to get an idea of how prevalent this could be, [it’s] infinitely small,” Kam said. Kam said in the event that a student comes in overly intoxicated or sick with hangover, the Auburn University medical staff utilizes the experience as a teaching method. They will teach students about the dangers of overdoing it, the safe amount to drink per body size and how to maintain control when entering a possibly unsafe environment. Kam said while there are multiple on-campus resources in the med clinic, anyone who is potentially involved in a case of sexual assault should be taken to the East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika immediately,. There, trained sexual assault nurses in a separate section of the emergency room can properly treat and gather evidence of the assault, evidence that the survivor can choose to use whenever as they see fit. “Gathering evidence doesn’t automatically mean you’re going to press charges. But gathering evidence says that it was done properly so that the information hasn’t been corrupted and therefore is admissible evidence, should you decide to pursue a legal claim,” Kam said. Dearing said reporting the assault and alerting others to do the same, though it may be uncomfortable, still is the best way to promote accurate documenting of the state of rape on campus and in the community. Since the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act, was passed in 1990, federally assisted colleges are required to publish an Annual Security Report, ASR. “For the past three calendar years (2010, 2011 and 2012), there has been one sexual assault reported to have occurred on campus during each year,” said Susan McCallister, associate director of Public Safety. McCallister said Auburn has fewer reported sexual assaults than other SEC schools. Survivors are encouraged to report the assault to the Auburn Police, to Safe Harbor or to any of the other various resource centers. “Consent is critical, and consent can only be given with a clear and sober yes,” McCallister said.
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Social Media on The Plains In response to our post “Fundamentalism church preaches repentance to Auburn”
Grifin Gulledge: They are kind people. I have had dinner with a few of them on separate occasions, including with Titus (the 21 year old man). However, their preaching is not that of the Gospel of Christ. They divide the doctrines of regeneration and salvation wrongly and teach that salvation is contingent on works. Not only that, they add to the gospel of grace by commanding the ‘speaking of tongues’ and prophetic utterances. While kind people, their teaching is beyond the pale for either Fundamentalism or Evangelicalism. Just so that’s clear. Kind folks, but far off from historic orthodoxy. That’s worth noting In response to our post “From David to Darcy, student embraces new identity“
Lisa Hutchens Boshell: Whenever you can live life as your genuine self, you win!! Congratulations!! In response to our post “No-Hate must wait“
Grant Moon: What in the world is this crap?
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The attendance policy: tardy to the party Do you remember how awful high school was? The teachers were, more often than not, authoritarian babysitters. Every minute of your day was planned out; the will of the educator held sway. You were, essentially, free of responsibility in the most malignant way possible. Your life was not your own. Of course, this Pink Floyd-ian environment wasn’t true for everyone. In fact, it probably wasn’t true for the majority of students. Nonetheless, the stark image of a dictatorial administration weaseling its way into a student’s everyday life should strike fear in you. Unfortunately, the University has a tendency to let its inner authoritarian slip out every once in a while. For example, the campuswide smoking is an egregious use of University policy — if you’re a smoker that is. But you don’t even have to look outside of the classroom for examples of Auburn’s iron fist in a silk glove. The official University Attendance Policy states, “Specific policies regarding class attendance are the prerogative of individual faculty members.” Yet that prerogative all too often results in an antiquated three-strike system. Under normal circumstances, this would be the pointless complaining of over-privileged college students. You know the them, the frat guys who bitch and moan when they have to go to class hung over; the slackers who have reported their grandmother dead too many times to count. However, in case you haven’t noticed, we’re in a recession. Everything is expensive. You can’t be awake without spending money. One of the most expensive things a person can do is get sick. If you don’t have insurance, you could go into crippling debt from just one trip to the emergency room.
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If you’re a college student who isn’t supported by their family, or is over the age of 26, God help you. This is where the three-strike attendance policy comes in to play. When it costs you a whole paycheck just go to a doctor for sinus infection or to get an excuse for being out with food poisoning, you probably won’t go. This means no official excuse, and a loss of
one or more strikes, which eventually lead to a lower final grade or even the dreaded FA. It’s a situation that needs to be amended for the times. Professors who use this policy need to understand that some of us have to work two jobs just to be able to sit in their class. We aren’t asking for a free pass to skip whenever we want. What we want is some empathy and leniency.
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FreeSpeechZone in response to the article,“No-Hate must wait” So all of you who are in favor of this resolution, those of you who want to be the Politically Correct Speech Police of Jordan Hare Stadium.....to the PC Police: I understand that your intentions are good. But there is often a big gap between intent and impact. I would invite you to consider the impact of your censorship and finger-wagging, as well as your inclination to self-righteous, moral indignation. You don’t realize it, but you’re effectively throwing a wet blanket over public (and private) discussions of vitally important issues.
This week’s poll question: What do you think of the attendance policy?
Senior speaks out against sexual expression In response to last week’s article concerning Darcy Corbitt, I offer a public rebuttal. Though the articles of The Plainsman reflect the views of the editors of The Plainsman, I suspect there are many Auburn students who deny the “Same Love” philosophy of Macklemore. Identity is not defined by sexual expression. To say that a person can choose which gender with which to identify is to make certain assumptions concerning the nature of personhood that many would say is ungrounded. I must posit that there are certain moral principles bound to personhood that must not be violated. Before the anticipated jeers of “Intolerant!” and “Bigot!” erupt, let me affirm that I believe that Darcy has every right to pursue happiness in whatever legal way Darcy pleases. Civil rights are not the issue, moral rightness is. I believe that what Darcy has done is unac-
ceptable on moral grounds, not civil. We live in a time in which all lines of demarkation are being challenged. In an age of gender confusion and sex changes, definitions are necessary. Gender is more than a social construct. Sex is more than a biological descriptor. The two are inextricably and definitionally linked. Males (sex) are designed to embrace masculinity (gender). Females (sex) are designed to embrace femininity (gender). Gender and sex are not independent variables. These things are bound to personhood and relational dynamics. Tim and Kathy Keller have said, “If gender is at the heart of our nature, then we risk losing an important part of ourselves if we abandon [it].” Our postmodern culture asserts that “What’s true for you is true for you, and what’s true for me is true for me.”
To this I must resist. The way forward is through true tolerance that affirms the free expression of contrary opinions without requiring the universal acceptance of all opinions. We can permit the articulation of all beliefs without necessarily affirming the validity of all beliefs. In that vein, I appreciate Darcy’s courage, but I utterly reject Darcy’s actions. The motive for this response to last weeks’ article is not a desire to pick a fight, but rather to open the dialogue concerning these issues that are increasingly relevant to the preservation American society, and also to communicate that Darcy’s actions are not unanimously endorsed, even in the Loveliest Village on The Plains. Garrett Walden Senior Nutrition
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How writing it out carried me through grief Kelsey Davis
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Write it out. Everything you’re thinking, feeling, seeing in your head — write it out. Write when you can’t sleep. Write when you’re scared. Write until the pain infiltrating your thoughts flows from your mind to your pencil to paper. Write especially when you can’t talk. Write. Then write some more. If grief has yet to enter your life, it will. It doesn’t have to be the slamming blow of death, though blows of this measure will be the hardest to move through. Grief is the outcome of loss, not death. Losing touch with a dear friend, putting down the family pet, going through a divorce – with all of these you’re losing something. Of course the grief that comes with growing distant from someone is
just a bee sting in comparison to the death of a loved one. But it’s grief none-the-less, and shouldn’t be undermined. If grief has entered your life, especially if through the constant, aching pain that comes with death, don’t rob yourself of the grieving process. Don’t harden yourself to your sadness. Don’t tell yourself ‘chin up’ when you think the sadness you are constantly feeling is about to break you. Allow yourself to mourn. Allow pain to wash over your entire being. Allow it to grow, but grow with it. As the grieving process waxes and wanes, monitor it with the power of your pen. From the day grief strikes you, write without ceasing. It will be hard. You are making a permanent record of your greatest fears manifesting themselves in your life. But with this written record, you can track the progression of your grief. A month after your tragedy, when the pain feels just as fresh
as the day it happened, flip back through your pages. Examine where your thoughts used to be. You can physically see the jumbled, nonsensical, shell-shocked things that were going through your mind on that day and the days following. You can then compare it to where you are today. You’ll be able to visualize how you’ve grown. You will have written proof that you’re moving forward. If grief finds you as the outcome of death, nothing will make sense, even basic truths. The world should no longer be turning, we should be able to undo what has happened. As you write through these things, you will be able to gain control over every thought you never knew you could think and every feeling you never knew you could feel. This is not an invitation to wallow in self-pity, this is a call to take hold of your shattered emotions. It’s a method of putting back the pieces. It’s a mechanism that will teach you how to read your life. Tragedy entered my life Nov.
13, 2011. Four days after it hit, I boarded a plane to Chicago. On the ride I was placed next to a pilot who wanted to make small talk. “Where are you from?” “What do you study?” “Journalism?” “What sorts of things do you write about?” At that point, I broke. All I had been writing about was every grief-stricken thought that was going through my mind. I told him that. “Right now, your pain is still wet,” he told me. “It’s liquid when you touch it. But soon it’ll start to dry, and will only be sticky when you feel it. After some time it will dry completely. You won’t be able to feel it anymore, but you’ll always be able to see it. It’s like a painting.” At some point, whether it’s months, years or decades, the pain will subside. It’s OK stop feeling it. Until you do, use your writings to make a portrait of your grief. Don’t stop writing until your portrait is complete.
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Community Thursday, November 14, 2013
From prison to posh, Bosnia to Auburn Nick Hines Community Writer
The first thing one notices about Maya Ozuker is the immediate greeting she bestows. She’s warm, speaks through her clothes and strives to stand out. You might not know it, but something more is hiding. Ozuker spent three months, at the age of 6, as a Bosnian war refugee, but you would never expect it from her open attitude with anyone who approaches. Locked in a prison camp with her mother, grandmother and brother, she ate lentil soup for every meal, dealt with lice and used an open field as a bathroom. It was essentially unlivable, Ozuker said. Her mother was a defense attorney in Bosnia and, today, lives as constant inspirationfor overcoming the war as a single mother with two children. During nights in the prison camp, she slept on top of her two children, knowing if anyone came by, at least they would take her first and her children would have a chance. She learned what it was like to experience the hardest times of life at an early age. “Once you have gone through the darkest hour, you could go through, at the end, you become fearless,” Ozuker said. ‘No fear’ has become the expression Ozuker has lived her life by. Six is a tender age, and she retains a lot of memories that haunt her to this day. She saw her friend shot and killed in the prison camp. Still, she refuses to let her past hold her back from her passions. Ozuker has used her past as a catalyst and inspiration to constantly improve her own life. At first glance, her U&I Boutique appears to be just another shopping destination in Auburn– trendy clothes, helpful employees and an easily accessible location. She currently owns two boutiques, and will open a third location in December. Ozuker graduated from University of South Alabama in 2008. She majored in German and, as a child, had dreams of following her mother’s profession as a lawyer. She always wanted to do something to help and connect with people, a trait she attributes to learning from her mom.
But now, the boutique is more than just a store. It’s her way to create bonds with the community. “Fashion draws a crowd of people with nothing in common, and then they become best friends,” Ozuker said. “I became friends with people because of the store, I care about them. I am always talking with them; what is their background, major, do they have children.” Ozuker’s other source of inspiration, her husband, has helped her with all aspects of her business. Nazmi Ozukor mentors by helping Maya build relationships with her customers, something that he has done well at his own restaurants, Tropical Smoothie and Island Wing Company. Ozuker knows a strong sense of family is the key to being successful. She jokes it’s much like the family behind Auburn University. Her family supports and inspires. After overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds, her family is committed to making a difference, no matter how small. Ozuker’s brother serves in the U.S. Army and is currently deployed. “Whether it was one person or 100 people, he wanted to make a difference and give them a fighting chance,” Ozuker said. “He wants to be the light at the end of the tunnel.” Ozuker does not keep up with the news, because she said she would rather hear good things. She said her only connection to Bosnia is her heritage, and considers Germany to be her ‘second home.’ Although her friends in Europe don’t fully understand what her business is and ask if we still have dirt roads in Alabama, but they too are proud of all that she has accomplished. Despite everything, Ozuker stays humble, and refuses to use religion or her story to encourage people to shop at her boutique. “My story makes me bigger and better than I would be today,” Ozuker said. Ozuker has embraced “classic Southern charm.” She said she is proud and grateful of the country that has allowed her to fulfill her dreams of owning her own business. “If you come with beliefs, you can really prosper if you want to,” Ozuker said.
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Maya Ozuker and her husband, Nazmi, own and operate three businesses on West Glenn Avenue.
Historical Society, Pioneer Park, where the past and present meet ANNIE FAULK COMMUNITY REPORTER
Contributed by Stacy Lipscomb
Members and attendees of Lee County Historical Society enjoy events such as Top: Moonshine and Magnolias. Bottom: Second Saturdays.
A short drive down Highway 14 in Loachapoka is a passage back in time to the home of the Lee County Historical Society’s Trade Center Museum and heritage town. “For us, preserving our past is extremely important,” said Deborah McCord, secretary for the Lee County Historical Society. “We have artifacts and documents that, if we had not been here, would have been lost. These are things like signed deeds from the Creek Indians who lived here, land documents and journals from the general stores in this area.” The Lee County Historical Society was founded in 1968 to preserve the surrounding area’s history, documents and educate the public about East Alabama. The Society also restores, preserves and presents historical artifacts from the area. The historical museum is completely volunteer-operated, and many of these volunteers are middle-aged or older. “We try to teach people historical crafts from the area including spinning, weaving, quilting, blacksmith, pottery, soap making, basket weaving and other heritage crafts,” McCord said. “Our heritage gardens have 10 historical buildings on site. Part of our mission here is to keep these buildings and their contents preserved and in good working order for the public to see.” The Lee County Historical Society’s Pioneer Park holds 10 historic buildings and exhibits from the area. The buildings were built during the mid-1800s and the Lee County Historical Society worked to preserve the historical artifacts.
“The Lee County Historical Society brings a sense of who we are,” said Charles Mitchell, vice president of the Lee County Historical Society. “All of us are a product of our heritage. Some of us have experienced Lee County all of our lives.” Mitchell explains the Society strives to preserve and share the human history of this part of the South and has done so since 1968, amazingly, with only volunteers. History is more than artifacts and old buildings, McCord explains, because history teaches us about our ancestors and how society has progressed to modern times. “We feel like we are a quite vital source for information on the East Alabama of 1850,” said Jeannette Frandsen, president of the Lee County Historical Society. “Granted, we have many other items of later vintage, but we try to do the old-timey crafts and projects of early settlement times.” Saturday, the Society will hold December’s Second Saturday. The event features a heritage garden walk, blacksmith demonstrations and a performance from the dulcimer group, Whistle Stop Pickers. Frandsen said it will be a day for both the young and old to experience seasonal food and holiday crafts. “The school field trips that we schedule are my favorite because we are teaching kids about things that won’t be anywhere else in this area,” McCord said. “Especially as accessible as we are to the surrounding counties and the surrounding school systems.” McCord, a retired school teacher, said she enjoys educating the public about the area’s history. The Society holds vari-
ous events throughout the year and welcomes school children to attend various field trips. “You can see the excitement in the children when kids learn about the past,” McCord said. “We try to have hands-on things so they just aren’t reading about history in a textbook or hearing their teacher lecture.” In October, Pioneer Park was the home to the 42nd annual Historical Fair called Syrup Sopping. “Here they see it demonstrated in the blacksmith’s shop, the pioneer living, oneroom school house, the spinning, weaving, the Creek heritage, heritage gardens,” McCord said. “All those things they get to see and actually put their hands on. They can taste, see and feel. I really think our education program is the most exciting.” Learning works as the staple to the Society, and their preservation of local history motivates them to ensure it stays prominent, McCord said. “I feel our history is so important. It’s my history and your history. Everyone who is from here, this is our history,” McCord said. “It tells about our ancestors, tells about our neighbors. It’s something that I hope will be passed down to more generations.” McCord said history alters people’s perspective of how life was like in the past and how events shaped our future. “Preserving the past is what we do best,” Fransden said. “And we do try to collect and record things used in those early days.” The Pioneer Park and museum is open Wednesday through Friday, 12:30–5 p.m. The museum is open on Saturday, 9 a.m.– 3 p.m.
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Great Peacock performs at Overall Company Friday, Nov. 15.
Meet and Greet with Great Peacock Ashtyne Cole Intrigue writer
For years, Andrew Nelson and Blount Floyd’s lives have been about music, and they’ve traveled far and wide spreading their “simple, poppy, infectious” tunes. Their band, Great Peacock, will perform Friday, Nov. 15, at The Overall Company, and they advise those in attendance to expect a good time. The band answered a few questions to give a little insight into their lives and their music, which are one in the same. If you’re interested in the band, tickets are $10, and the concert begins at 8 p.m. How did you both get started in the music industry? Nelson: “We both got into music on a whim, and we’ve been performing and playing for so long. We have both played in bands together, and we’ve been through a lot. We first started out in our twenties, and we didn’t know what we were doing. We did the whole playing-the-bar scene. It was really loud, and there was a lot of rock ‘n’ roll. Now that we’re a little older, we decided we wanted to do something a little different, and that’s just how Great Peacock kind of happened.” Floyd: “Well, I grew up playing in high school with a couple of bands, then I went to Auburn and played on my own. I left Auburn and went to an engineering school which led me to Nashville, and that’s about it.” It’s an interesting and striking name, where did you two come up with Great Peacock? Nelson: “Well, it started off as joke sort of thing. We noticed a bunch of bands with animals in their names, and we thought that would be pretty funny. I have to admit, we were a little inebriated at the time and thought it would be a great idea. We were in a band that just ended and decided that if we were going to keep playing music, then let’s just do it for fun. After that night, we started calling ourselves
Great Peacock, wrote a song for our indie/ folk/joke band, and that’s how it all happened. After that, we wrote one song and our friends loved it and people kept wanting to hear it and it went on from there.” You’ve been in different bands and have seen bandmates come and go, what keeps you two together and still chasing the dream? Nelson: “Blount and I pair very well together, in personality and musically. We’ve been best friends for a while, and we tend to know how to argue with each other. Whenever you’re in a band and you’re making music, it usually ends up in arguments. We tend to resolve conflicts really quick. Musically, we both like and listen to the same types of music. Blount is a little more adventurous in the bands he listens to, and I’m more pop-minded. It creates a nice balance, and we get that artistic merit and commercial appeal that we want. We also sing very well together. I can’t sing harmony; I’m terrible at it. And Blount doesn’t have a strong lead voice. When we’re riding around listening to music, he never sings the melody; he naturally sings the harmony. So we’re a perfect fit.” What’s a typical day like for Great Peacock when you’re on the road performing? Nelson: “These days, we tour off and on. At this stage, we don’t have the ability to just tour all the time, so we just mainly hit the road on the weekends. We’re going to be taking it easy after this weekend until around February. We’ll be starting to record our first full length album during that time. We have not decided on a name yet. In general, it’s a lot of going back and forth, and it’s not very exciting. It’s hours in the car, a bunch of dude jokes and a lot of listening to music. We show up, do our thing, have a lot of waiting then get to play some music. We always stay up way too
late and party way too much. “ How would you describe your sound? Nelson: “It’s more like a pop music/ Americana vein. Very southern sounding though. For us, it’s just trying to write and play a really catchy song. Like a lot of indie/folk bands, we use a lot more natural sounding instruments.” Where do you draw inspiration for your music? Nelson: “I would have to say growing up in the South has a big impact on our music. We are also inspired by rhythm and sounds that we hear throughout our day. Hearing these sounds leads to the beat in our songs, which leads to writing chords, and then there are the lyrics. It feels like a progression through life, We also love nature and that factors in. It comes from fishing, being outdoors and traveling; it’s all we ever do.” Floyd: “Well, it can be found in a lot of things. We’re connected with the South. I grew up in Dothan, and Andrew grew up in Mississippi, Birmingham and Georgia; so he’s all over the South. We try to incorporate the music we love, like old country, and have it be a little more modern and catchy. It’s weird, a lot of our songs are about birds or death. What’s your favorite song that Great Peacock performs? Nelson: “My favorite song we do changes night to night. Most likely it’s what we play best that night or whatever the crowd responds most to. A crowd favorite is “Of the Mountain Crowd.” What can we expect from Great Peacock at the Overall Company on Friday? Nelson: “They can expect lots of fun. You’re gonna want to sing along even if you’ve never heard it before. We want you to get your money’s worth and have a different musical experience. You might not know what’s going on, but you’ll feel a part of it.”
Credit scores mean everything when getting the loan needed for that car or a new credit card. Frank Abagnale, author of the bestseller “Stealing Your Life” and Leonardo DiCapprio’s character in the movie “Catch Me if You Can” (2002) gave me some tips. “You should check your credit at least once a year for anything negative or suspicious,” Abagnale said. “Such activity would be another person using your name to get a loan to purchase an item (car, house). A lot of people use other people’s identities to get credit since they cannot get credit. They have a bankruptcy, judgment or foreclosure.” Employers now also check the credit of most perspective hires, according to Abagnale, and why wouldn’t they? More information is better information. “Any employer, insurance company, or landlord is going to check your credit,” Abagnale said. “To these companies, having good credit has a lot to do with your character, and ethics. It tells them a lot about you.” The three credit bureaus in the United States, Experian, Transunion and Equifax, have websites providing tips about how to get and keep good credit. Experian recommends establishing a good-credit history while you are young and opening a credit card account. According to Experian, regardless of one’s life circumstances, establishing and protecting a positive credit history should be priority, these days more than ever before. They warn in these difficult economic times, credit scores can affect one’s ability to achieve financial goals. Banks such as Bank of America and Wells Fargo also have
tips on credit. Bank of America suggests never borrowing too much, but one should borrow only enough to build positive credit. Bank of America states, “If you never borrow at all, lenders have no way of knowing about your repayment habits, but if you borrow too much, you could find yourself in trouble. It’s all about finding the right balance.” One of the easiest ways to show potential lenders a person is worthy of credit is to open a credit card account and wisely use the credit card. At the end of the month, persons should ensure they pay the entire balance to avoid the interest rates credit cards commonly charge. Another way to build credit is to take out a small loan, such as on a car, and pay the bill on time. This scenario demonstrates to lenders an individual is a safe bet when lending money. According to USA.gov, a credit score can range from 300-850. The higher the number, the better off that person is when getting jobs, loans, and apartments. The average credit score in the United States is 682. USA.gov said, “A high score makes it easier for you to obtain a loan, rent an apartment or lower your insurance rate.” Rates above 750 are considered to be excellent credit. On recommendation of the Federal Reserve’s, an individual should always pay the bills on time. “One of the most important things you can do to improve your credit score is to pay your bills on time,” FederalReserve. gov said. If an individual does not pay their bills on time, not only will they destroy their credit, they could be foreclosed on, have their car reposed and be out on the street. Take heed, all: it’s the high flyer, elite in downtown, who never paid his bills on time and took a long trip down to the projects.
Auburn’s facelift returns in a second planning meeting Auburn citizens come out to discuss real estate and improvement concepts for the city’s future Thursday, Nov. 7 Chandler Jones Community Editor
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Citizens look at potential plans together Thursday, Nov. 7.
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City Manager Charlie Duggan estimated nearly 80 people were at the 2nd Downtown Master Plan meeting.
It’s heard all the time, this concept that every time you come back to Auburn it’s different. It’s why alumni get lost and why game day traffic lasts half an hour longer than it should. Auburn changes, drastically. Everytime someone returns something’s new, something’s different. It’s not on accident. The city remains focused on this change, and in its second Downtown Master Plan meeting Thursday, Nov. 7, another crowd gathered eager to see the future developments of downtown Auburn. The city of Auburn and the Atlanta-based developer Urban Collage revealed the points of emphasis for future development. The meeting focused on revealing survey results and provided a more specific timeline. “We want to know about what you think has been done and your ideas about what we can do,” City Manager Charlie Duggan said. “We do take your ideas very seriously. We know we don’t know everything. We want to have
a downtown that we can be proud of and can stand the test of time.” The vibrancy and draw of downtown will only be enhanced, Duggan said. The city and Urban Collage hope to mesh Auburn’s cozy quality with convenience. Bob Begle, principal designer at Urban Collage, said development planning has reached more than half way. More than 300 survey results concluded voters appreciated the “charm and sense of scale” in Auburn and its university atmosphere. People reportedly had the largest issues with parking. Also discussed was the community’s interest upgrading commercial and real estate property. Many voters established greatest priority on residential and fine dining and least priority on fast food. Walk areas and sidewalks scored high, while playgrounds scored low. Maintaining identity and vitality, refurbishing the old Train Depot and preserving citysyndicated special events were also deemed important. Streetscapes and open spaces also ranked as a high priority. “Wider sidewalks, that
kind of main-street feel and outdoor dining,” Begle said. “That kind of ambience of the street lights. That helps paint a picture.” Begle said he didn’t notice many surprises, but that younger people were looking for a denser Auburn, while voters 50 and older prioritized it as much lower. He also expected to see a negative response about the nightlife, but the majority of voters deemed it as satisfactory. “We’ve done a lot of interaction with a lot of different people,” Begle said. “We are on the cusp of the plan. It is now time to get some priorities from folks and start turning those into actual recommendations and design-specific pieces.” The exercises for this meeting constrained voters and had them make specific decisions on priorities. The next budget will be created in June for the future two years. Duggan expects the results of this study to factor into the planning and his recommendation to the city council. The third meeting is tentatively planned for January.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
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Auburn must focus on Georgia, not Alabama Eric Wallace
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Corey Grant returning a kickoff for a touchdown against Tennessee Saturday, Nov. 9.
Tigers’ special teams reaping benefits of extra work in 2013 Jusitn Ferguson Assistant sports editor
Although the Auburn specials teams unit started its afternoon in Knoxville, Tenn. with a rare missed extra point from Cody Parkey, the day ended with a record-breaking performance from one of the Tigers’ most improved units in the 2013 season. After an 85-yard punt return from Chris Davis in the second quarter and a 90-yard kickoff return from Corey Grant to start the third quarter, the Tigers finished Saturday’s game with 312 total return yards — 65 yards shy of the all-time NCAA record. Head coach Gus Malzahn attributed the Tigers’ special teams resurgence against the Volunteers to the work of assistant coach Scott Fountain. “Coach Fountain has worked extremely hard on the little things in these last couple of weeks,” Malzahn said. “We felt like we were close in a couple of areas, and (Fountain) and his staff have done a really good job on focusing in. Those were two huge plays, and they helped us win the game.” Davis and Grant’s touchdowns marked the first time in school history the Tigers had a kick return for a touchdown and a punt return
for a touchdown in one game. “Those (touchdowns) were big,” Malzahn said after Saturday’s win. “The punt return was a really good one because we blocked well at the point of attack. Corey Grant was able to cut it back across the field (on the kick return), and he has real speed. Our team did a great job with that today.” Tre Mason’s first rushing touchdown of the afternoon at Neyland Stadium tied the game up at 13, but the Volunteers still had momentum in front of a sellout Homecoming crowd. But after the Auburn defense forced Tennessee to punt, Davis swung the momentum straight back to the visitors. “It felt good to take one to the house,” Davis said. “Punt returns are something I take pride in, but I have to give the touchdown to the 10 guys in front of me on that one. We worked hard on that technique this week.” Davis 85-yard touchdown was Auburn’s longest punt return since 1970 and the team’s first punt return for a touchdown since 2008. While Michael Palardy made a touchdownsaving tackle on Davis’ first return of the day, a 42-yarder that set up Nick Marshall’s touchdown pass to C.J. Uzomah, Davis made sure he was not going to be caught on his second
chance — even after he muffed the return. “I just dropped it,” Davis said. “I still had time to pick it up and run with it, though, and that’s what I did. (Punt returners) have to be aggressive, even when you drop the ball… I mean, you see that in the (NFL).” Although the Tigers led by two touchdowns heading into the locker room at the half, Marshall’s pick-six toward the end of the second quarter gave the Volunteers a glimmer of hope. Then, once again, a huge return changed the game. Before all of the fans at Neyland Stadium could get settled into their seats for the second half, the speedy Grant raced past the Tennessee coverage for a 90-yard score. “It was just a great return,” Grant said. “The guys in front did their jobs blocking, and I saw that cutback open up. I decided to take that chance, and it turned into a big play.” Although Davis and Grant’s performances in the return game took most of the spotlight in Saturday’s win, punter Steven Clark made the most out of his two punts against the Volunteers.
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There wasn’t much for Auburn to learn from their 55–23 drubbing of Tennessee in Neyland Stadium last Saturday, Nov. 9. Tennessee’s major weaknesses all season, quarterback containment and a lack of team speed, were a death sentence against a team with the caliber of athletes and speed Auburn displays. But if the Tigers want to take away anything from this past weekend of college football, it only needs to look at the performance of our most bitter rival. LSU is one of the few teams capable of matching the physicality and talent of Alabama, yet the Crimson Tide still managed to manhandle the Bayou Bengals. Even though this LSU team is not the force we’ve become accustomed to seeing, the Tide had to know they’d be getting the Bayou Bengals’ best shot. It’s about as cliché as it gets, but the “one game at a time” mentality Saban has instilled in the Alabama football program has set an example for the college football world. The Tide rarely overlook opponents, and seem to carry a respect for opponents despite the obvious talent disparity in most matchups. Since 2008, the Tide’s most shocking loss, according to polls, was the Johnny Football upset of 2012. A&M was still the No. 15 team in the country at the time. Saban’s focus on “the process” is a lesson in how an elite program should carry itself from week to week, against any opponent. Oregon learned this lesson the hard way last Thursday. If you somehow missed it, University of Oregon students famously began selling “We Want Bama” T-shirts in the week prior to the Stanford game. This motto has become commonplace for college football’s best teams, all of whom are looking to knock Alabama off their throne atop the college football world. The Ducks certainly had a case for wanting Bama, considering their closest game up to that point had been a 21-point victory against Washington. But the Ducks forgot about Stanford. Eugene, Ore. was teeming with confidence, and all-purpose back De’Anthony Thomas even went so far as to predict the Ducks would drop 40 points on Stanford’s stingy defense (which hadn’t given up more than 28 points all year). It didn’t quite work out that way. The Cardinal proceeded to punch the confident Ducks in the mouth, continually slamming the Ducks with a power run game that demoralized Oregon receiver Josh Huff to tears in the third quarter. So how can Auburn learn from Alabama and Oregon’s respective experiences? The Tigers must avoid looking past Georgia to (what could be) a monumental Iron Bowl showdown Nov. 30. The Bulldogs faded from the national spotlight after injuries cost them their top players at running back, wide receiver and other positions. But quarterback Aaron Murray, who is now the SEC’s career passing touchdown leader, has been boosted by the return of physical running back Todd Gurley. Auburn controls its own destiny in the SEC title hunt, but won’t survive against Georgia if the Tigers are caught looking ahead to Alabama. On the other hand, a victory against Georgia on Saturday will justify as many “We Want Bama” chants as the Auburn fan base can possibly muster.
Inexperienced Tigers squad shooting for improvement Eric Wallace Sports writer
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Kiani Parker goes in for two points against Georgia Southern.
A fresh crop of freshman has brought energy and uncertainty to the Auburn women’s basketball program heading into the 2013–14 season. “Any time you have so many young kids there’s always a certain degree of uncertainty,” head coach Terri WilliamsFlournoy said. “As much as you can teach them, as much as you can coach them, it’s just their nerves and their excitement. They’re young and that’s what we’ve learned in practice from trying to be patient with them.” With six freshmen on the Tigers’ opening day roster, Williams-Flournoy said growing pains will be inevitable. “They’re just so excited and
trying to understand the level of Division-I college basketball and how to play at that level,” Williams-Flournoy said. “You have to tone down your excitement and just play the game.” Senior center Peyton Davis said she can tell many of the freshmen haven’t quite figured out how much work is necessary to compete at this level. “I don’t think they realize how much energy and how much of your body it’s going to take,” Davis said. “They’re realizing the dedication it takes.” Davis said she hopes the freshmen will come together once they start picking up new things the coaching staff has tried to teach them. “The newcomers need to understand that it’s fun to have fun, but the fun that they’re
having is not basketball related,” Davis said.“ The fun we need to have is trapping in the press or trying to steal the ball at the top of the press. That’s when you start having the real fun.” Williams-Flournoy emphasized that the freshmen are still learning to anticipate play and to be spontaneous on the court. “The biggest thing with them is not being robots,” Williams-Flournoy said. “Right now they’re very robotic and doing exactly what we’re telling them to do and not really anticipating where the next play is, and trying not to make a mistake.” The six freshmen will add depth to a team looking to increase the tempo of its play
under second year WilliamsFlournoy. “We’ve got a deep bench,” Davis said. “Everyone knows we’ve got eight new players and so that’ll help us to keep our tempo really quick.” Three of Auburn’s freshmen received playing time in Saturday night’s 69–59 seasonopening victory over Georgia Southern. Williams-Flournoy hopes the early season experience will benefit the freshmen as the season progresses. “They’re freshman and you hope that one day the light bulb goes off,” WilliamsFlournoy said. “Maybe before SEC play in January they will figure it out and can take care of some things on their own without being coached on every possession.”
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Sarah Wroblicky and Kia Bright celebrate the victory against Arkansas Sunday, Nov. 10.
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Ashley Kitchen during the USTA Clay Courts at Disney Sunday, Oct. 27.
This week in Auburn sports Tennis
Junior Emily Flickinger and sophomore Pleun Burgmans advanced to the doubles consolation final, but fell short in a tiebreaker on the final day of the ITA/USTA Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, Sunday, at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center. The doubles tandem, who won the ITA Southern Regional Oct. 21, battled through the consolation draw to get to Sunday’s final before falling to USC’s team of Boren/ Katz 8–7(4) in a back and forth match. Burgmans also posted a great run through the singles consolation draw, advancing to the semifinals. The sophomore battled through a hard-fought match against UNLV’s Lucia Batta in the Round of 32. Burgmans took the first set in a tiebreaker 7–6 (4), but dropped the next set 4–6 before losing the deciding third set 2–6. The ITA/USTA Intercollegiate Indoor Championships marked the final action of the fall season for the Tigers. Auburn begins its 2014 slate in January.
A season-high 14.5 blocks and doubledoubles from three players led the Auburn
volleyball team past Arkansas 3–1 (20–25, 25–16, 26–24, 25–14) Sunday afternoon at Auburn Arena. The Tigers (16–9, 7–6 SEC) secured a winning overall record for the secondstraight season and third time in the last four years, and they avenged a four-set loss earlier in the season at Arkansas (14–12, 7–8 SEC). They did it by playing tough defense at the net and bouncing back from a sub-par first set to hit .325 throughtout the final three games. After the Tigers struggled to make good passes in the serve-receive game in the opening set, the Tigers allowed just one service ace to Arkansas in the final three sets and were able to stay in system more frequently, leading to easy opportunities on the offensive end. Auburn also stepped up their service game, posting six aces on the day and keeping Arkansas off-balance. Three players earned double-doubles for the Tigers. Senior Katherine Culwell led the way offensively and defensively for Auburn with 13 kills and 15 digs for her team-leading 10th double-double of the year. She also had a pair of service aces on the day, plus three blocks. Freshman Stephanie Campbell matched
Culwell’s offensive output, matching a season-high with 13 kills of her own and was Auburn’s leading scorer with six blocks and a service ace. She also hit a team-high .440 on the day. Kathia Rud had her seventh double-double this year with 11 kills and 14 digs, and Chelsea Wintzinger got her ninth with 25 assists and 12 digs. Jersonsky added 11 kills to go with her seven blocks and hit .400 for the match. McDonald and freshman Emily Klitzke were also double-digit scorers for Auburn as both had eight kills; McDonald had a season-high six blocks while Klitzke had four. Sarah Wroblicky had 15 digs on the day, inching closer to the all-time top five at Auburn. Auburn will hit the homestretch of the 2013 seaso with a pair of critical road matches. The Tigers will travel to Baton Rouge, La., to take on LSU at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, then head to College Station, Texas for a 1 p.m. Sunday match against Texas A&M.
Swimming & Diving
The Auburn swimming and diving team completed its annual Orange and Blue Intrasquad Meet on Friday, Nov. 15 at the
James E. Martin Aquatics Center. The event benefited Swim for MS. The Tigers raised $25,000 that will go to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America in honor of Trudi Hawke, the wife of Auburn head coach Brett Hawke. The Orange team, captained by Trudi, cruised to 191–76 win over the Blue team. The Orange squad won the meet’s first seven events to race out to a comfortable lead. The early start captures what the Tigers also did when it came to fundraising for Swim for Multiple Sclerosis. The meets featured several unique events including an underwater monofin race, mixed free and medley relays along with four rounds of elimination races in all four strokes. The end result was a big win for the Orange team, but an even bigger victory for Swim for MS as head coach Brett Hawke and Trudi Hawke presented the foundation with a check for more than $25,000, the largest gift by an event in the history of the program. The Tigers get back into competition starting Nov. 22 by hosting the three-day Auburn Invite at the Martin Aquatics Center.
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Freshman swimmer making waves early in her career Eric Wallace sports writer
Adjusting to the competition of the SEC can be a challenging process for many freshman athletes, but freshman swimmer Allyx Purcell has made it look easy so far. The Southport, Australia native has been named SEC Swimmer of the Week twice in her brief college career after her performances in the Notre Dame Tri-Meet and the Royals Open earlier this season. “I haven’t experienced anything like this before to be honest,” Purcell said. “I don’t even understand stuff about the SEC and NCAA really at the moment. I’m just taking each meet as it comes and enjoying every moment. I’m learning heaps of new stuff every day.” Swimming and diving head coach Brett
Hawke said Purcell’s inexperience in competitive swimming has actually helped her succeed during her frshman season in the SEC. “She’s kind of ignorant to short course, yard swimming,” Hawke said. “She’s not caught up in the time of what she’s doing so she is just getting out there and racing. I think that’s always the best way to approach racing, is not to be caught up in your end result, but to be focused on how you’re doing.” Hawke said better competition will help prepare Purcell for stiffer competition later in the season, especially with the SEC championships looming just three months away. “I’m just excited to get her into a competitive environment in the SEC with our championships coming up,” Hawke said. “I think it’ll be good to put her in and watch her do it against
the top girls in the country.” The freshman has already proven herself against top competition, knocking off former Olympian and NCAA champion Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace at the Royals Open. Balancing success and school hasn’t been easy, but the Australian said her teammates have been a crucial source of support early in her career. “I liked the fact that everyone here is just so close,” Purcell said. “When you’re having a rough day there’s always someone here to pick you up. I do the same for people when they seem to be having a rough day.” Purcell found the team atmosphere of Auburn to be one of many pleasant surprises when she arrived on campus. “The atmosphere is very different as well,”
Purcell said. “In Australia it’s very individual in regards to the way we train and compete. We treat each other like a family and the team atmosphere here is just awesome.” Moving forward to the SEC and NCAA Championships, Purcell hopes to represent her team in whatever way will best benefit her team. “I want to help our relays do as well as possible,” Purcell said. “Hopefully I’ll do really well individually as well. I want to be there for the team and then we can see what happens.” According to Hawke, Purcell’s hard work and preparation will help the freshman fulfill her potential at Auburn. “I think it’s just the start of the things to come for her,” Hawke said. “I think there’s going to be a lot more of that with the way that she’s training and preparing for the future.”
Despite trials and tribulations, Prosch continues to persevere
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Kris Frost, Ryan Smith and LaDarius Owens make a tackle against Tennessee.
Tigers must keep Bulldogs’ playmakers on a short leash Kyle Van Fechtmann Sports Writer
This Saturday, Nov. 16, in the annual Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry game against Georgia, Auburn’s defense knows if they want to come out with a win, they must focus their attention on quarterback Aaron Murray and running back Todd Gurley. With Gurley’s rushing ability and Murray’s ability to throw the deep ball, the two of them compliment one another and make it difficult for opposing defenses to stop their signature play-action plays. “The fact that they have Gurley back there is what makes the play-action so hard to stop for them, because you just get in a habit of runstopping, run-stopping and trying to fill the gaps to take care of him,” said junior linebacker Kris Frost. “Then when they pull the ball and go deep on you, that’s when they can really hurt you.” According to Frost, the defense must know their keys and know how to read the guards to be able to determine what is a run and what is a pass. In Murray’s three career games against Auburn he has thrown for 705 yards with 10 touchdown passes and no interceptions. But this season, Georgia has had to deal with many injuries throughout the season. Despite having to deal with some of his receivers getting hurt and having to wait for Gurley’s ankle injury to heal, Murray still has been able to command Georgia’s offense. “(Murray) has lost a lot of his receivers during the course of the season and I’m sure that’s hurt his production, but he still manages their of-
fense, gets them in the right play,” said defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson. “I just think he’s one of the best game management quarterbacks in the league, not to mention how well he throws.” “He has a whole lot of experience,” Frost said. “You can tell by watching him on the field that he has great control of his offense and great leadership. It’s going to be tough to handle him.” Being a fifth year senior, Murray is one of the most experienced quarterbacks in college football, and will be the most experienced quarterback that the Tigers have had to face this season. Last week, Auburn’s defense faced Tennessee’s true freshman starting quarterback, Josh Dobbs, and Dobbs only threw for only 128 yards. But, Auburn’s defense let up 226 rushing yards. Going from playing the SEC’s most inexperienced quarterback to probably the SEC’s most experienced quarterback is going to be the issue for Auburn’s defense, according to Johnson. “We cannot give up the kind of rushing yards we did Saturday (Nov. 9 against Tennessee) and expect that to hold up with the quarterback we’re playing,” Johnson said. “We’ve got find some way to slow Gurley down and not give up those kinds of rushing yards.” Frost said while Gurley will be a tough test for the Tiger defense this week, they have faced their share of big tough physical backs this season and will be up to the challenge when the game kicks off. “Well (Gurley’s) a great back, everyone in the nation knows that,” Frost said.” But we’ve played great backs before and we know that if we just play sound defense and fill our gaps, then we’ll be good.”
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Chris Davis returns a punt for a touchdown against Tennessee.
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The senior punter, who is a national semifialist for the Ray Guy Award, hit a 57-yard punt inside the Volunteers’ 20 and a 37-yard punt that changed field position before Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs’s third-quarter interception. Like most of his punts this season, neither were returned by the Volunteers, who finished with zero return yards
against the Tigers. According to several members of the Auburn team, a big day in the special teams game was on the cards because of how hard the team had been working in that area. “We always preach about being big on special teams,” said Robenson Therezie, Auburn’s starting “star” against Tennessee. “Today was the first day we had a really big special teams game, so this one really feels good.”
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Jay Prosch had his longest reception of his career against Texas A&M.
Prosch has played a vital role in Auburn’s rush-heavy attack. Taylor Jones Sports Writer
Many times you see an individual let his life’s circumstances define him. When the going gets tough, the individual decides they can’t handle any more and they quit. This was not the case for Jay Prosch. After starting the majority of his games at Illinois, Prosch transferred to Auburn after his mother was diagnosed with brain cancer. At 6-feet 258 pounds, Prosch could block, run the ball and pose as a receiving threat. While the Tigers had ittheir worst year in Auburn football history, one of the few bright spots of the season was the realization that Prosch was going to have an impact. Prosch is known for his onthe-field skills, but in order to build those skills, Prosch dominated the weight room. Prosch was named to Bruce Feldman’s Freak Athletes List in 2013, largely because of his weight-room endeavors. Prosch broke Auburn’s power-clean record,
that had previously been held by Jay Ratliff and Ronnie Brown, by doing two reps of 380 pounds. For someone who had gone through so much, Prosch continued playing the sport he loved, and he is playing it well. Linebacker Craig Sanders is a firm believer that Prosch puts his team first, since he plays a position whose main objectives are typically roles not seen by the fans. “Fullback isn’t a position that everyone would want to play, but (Prosch) takes pride in it and it’s going to pay off for him in the long run,” said Sanders. Auburn’s offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee agreedwith Sanders. “(Prosch) makes a lot of things go that the average fan doesn’t see,” said Lashlee. “But I can tell you this, if we didn’t have Jay out there a lot of people would notice some differences.” In the 2012 season, Prosch rushed for 38 yards and two touchdowns on twelve attempts, while catching five passes for 19 yards. Prosch
hasn’t received any carries this season, but he has already has 95 receiving yards and a touchdown on five catches, including a 56-yard reception against Texas A&M. In Auburn’s win against Tennessee in Knoxville, Prosch was seen with his face smeared with blood. When asked about the injury, Lashlee laughed it off and praised Prosch for his toughness. “I think a guy got a hand up in his facemask and he was bleeding pretty good,” Lashlee said. “He came out and looked like he’d been in a boxing match, but Jay is so tough he was back in two or three plays later.” In ten games, the Tigers have rushed for 3,200 yards. Coach Lashlee emphasized Prosch’s importance in the run game. “We knew it going into the year, and we’ve said it a lot of times, but to the average fan, you might not see Jay,” Lashlee said. “He’s caught one touchdown and a few balls, but I am telling you, Jay makes a lot of things right.”
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The holiday season often brings the release of the year’s biggest movies. Check out what’s coming this November-December.
“THOR: THE DARK WORLD” Released Nov. 7 Fear not Marvel fans, everybody’s favorite demi-god is back to save Earth...again.
“DALLAS BUYERS CLUB” Nov. 22 Matthew McConaughey plays real-life drug entrepreneur Ron Woodruff during his fight for life-saving medication when he is diagnosed with HIV in 1985.
“THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE” Nov. 22 The second installment of Suzanne Collin’s bestselling series leads Katniss deeper into the dangerously political world of Panem.
Outdoor Adventure Club snorkels with manatees Kailey Miller INTRIGUE REPORTER
The Outdoor Adventure Club took road tripping to a whole new level when the group traveled all the way to Crystal River, Fla., to swim with the manatees. Thirty members went on the trip from Nov. 8–10. They stayed at Peter’s Pier, and took a pontoon boat out with a river guide to see the manatees. “When he would see a manatee, he would kind of like pull up to it,” said Kelsey Woodworth, senior in public relations and vice president of the Outdoor Adventure Club. “Then we would get in the water and circle around and look for it.” Woodworth, who has been in the club since her freshman year, said they saw approximately 10 manatees in the water. Grant Dohrenwend, junior in building science, is the event planner for the group. He said he suggested swimming with manatees because he was already familiar with the area. Woodworth said some members of the group were able to get photographs of the manatees with underwater disposable cameras. “You can hear them munching on the grass,” Woodworth said. “They just float; they’re really weird. It was cool.” Woodworth said she had never seen a manatee in person before. “You could reach out and touch them if you wanted to,” Woodworth said. “They just ignore you, so it’s not like we were playing with them.” Dohrenwend said the younger manatees were more interactive than the older ones, but John Young, sophomore in forestry, said one of the older manatees let him swim beside it and pet it’s back. “I was kind of bummed. They weren’t the most talkative creatures,” Young said. “They just swam away a lot of times.” Dohrenwend said one of his favorite parts of the trip was playing with the baby manatees. After their early morning of playing with manatees, some of the group kayaked at a local spot named Three Sisters Springs. Woodworth said the Three Sisters Springs are natural springs with extremely blue water and Young said going to the springs was his favorite part of the trip he decribed it as surreal. The group also had time to walk around, view the area and get breakfast at a local restaurant known as Mama Sally’s. The manatee excursion was just one of many of the Outdoor Adventure Club’s diverse activities throughout the semester. “We do a lot of different things,” Woodworth said. “We go backpacking, white water rafting, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding (and) sky diving.”
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Jesse Akozbek and Sarah Payne jump in the water to swim with manatees in Crystal River, Fla.
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The Outdoor Adventure Club snorkeled with manatees at Mike’s Sunshine Tours in Crystal River, Fla., Nov. 8–10.
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The new film “The Butler” certainly delivered some potential Oscar nominees for 2014. The film tells the story of Cecil Gaines, a man who obtains a position as a butler at the White House during the Eisenhower administration and serves every president until Ronald Reagan. “The Butler” shows what it was like for the African-American White House staff during the civil rights movement and how each president handled and treated the staff and the movement. Cecil, played by Oscar-winner Forrest Whitaker, handles each situation the same. He is loyal to the president and keeps his vow of secrecy as his most important duty. While watching this movie I was lost in the transition they put Whitaker’s character through and how he handled each stage of life so well. Whitaker has a big possibility for a best actor nomination this year, but it is still not guaranteed. There are a lot of films yet to debut this year that have strong male leads eligible for nomination. David Oyelowo could emerge with a best supporting actor nomination from “The Butler.” He plays Louis Gaines, the rebellious son of Cecil and Gloria Gaines. Louis sees his parents as people who will not take a stand against the government that is holding his people back from what they tru-
ly could be. We see Louis struggle the entire time with his identity and his role in the Civil Rights Movement. He becomes a Freedom Rider and more extreme as time goes on until he becomes a part of the Black Panther party that encourages violence instead of peaceful demonstrations. Oyelowo played the role well and I think has an extremely high chance of receiving a nomination. The next role that presents itself as an Oscar contender is Gloria Gaines, played by Oscar nominee Oprah Winfrey. Cecil’s wife struggles with alcoholism and jealousy while her husband remains dedicated to his job. Winfrey was nominated in 1986 for her supporting role in “The Color Purple.” Because she’s Oprah, I think this may be the year she takes home the golden statue. The next nominee from this movie will almost certainly be Lee Daniels for best director. Daniels has been nominated, but has never been the recipient of the award, and this year could be the year. However, there is some stiff competition from directors such as Martin Scorsese, Alexander Payne and George Clooney. With the success of these movies, and the film industry wanting to highlight new talent, this could be Daniels’ year to take home the win. The only factor playing against “The Butler” is its early August release date. Most films nominated are usually premiered after the first of October. However, I still feel this was an excellent movie that everyone should see, and it has a great shot at some big nominations.
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The Bama Gamblers, originally from Auburn, are performing at Bourbon Street Bar Friday, Nov. 15.
The Bama Gamblers return home to their Auburn roots Ashtyne Cole INTRIGUE WRITER
Downtown Auburn has its fair share of bands come through to provide entertainment to the masses on the weekends. However, not every band can say they were once students at Auburn and frequented the downtown area. The Bama Gamblers are returning to Auburn and performing at Bourbon Street Bar Friday, Nov. 15, at 10 p.m. James Miller and the Country Road Band will also be performing. The Bama Gamblers is comprised of five Auburn alumni, including lead guitarist Matt Alemany, drummer Forrest Flemming, bassist and vocalist Bo Flynn, lead guitarist Matt Kooken and Eric Baath on the keys. The Gamblers got their start in 2010, blending dirty blues and Southern Rock into a unique sound all their own. They described themselves as having the best of both worlds with “Southern swag and big-city blues.” Richard Forehand, CFO of Sink or Swim Music, said the band performed high-energy blues and Southern soul. “As the Bama Gamblers begin to spread to new and exciting markets, listen for a sound that is both classic and new, and refreshingly opposite from the house or club music congruency that is gripping many parts of the music scene,” Forehand said. Before The Gamblers, Alemany and Flemming met in Auburn and started out in a band called the Underground Railroad. Soon, they joined with Flynn and the band grew from there. As for the band’s name, the members said
they wanted something different. “I know it sounds tricky, us being from Auburn with ‘Bama’ in the name,” Alemany said. “We just wanted it to stand out more than all the other band names out there.” The Gamblers have played in Auburn more than 100 times in the last three years, and said it is always exciting to return home to their alma mater. “We love that hometown feel,” Flynn said. “But it’s also fun to play at big venues.” The band of “whiskey-bent, hell-raisers” has been traveling since the spring, beginning in Nashville, Tenn., and performing in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida. “I love the Gamblers,” said Ryan Noll, manager of Bourbon Street Bar. “They always bring the house down, and you never see the same show twice.” The Gamblers have been working on and producing their debut album at Wonderdog Sounds in Atlanta. While the name of the album is still up in the air, the members said fans should expect the same sounds they know and love. “At our show Friday, we’re going to be playing some newly recorded stuff and some Southern rock and blues covers,” Alemany said. “We’ll be playing songs that inspire our writing and all our music.” “The Gamblers have everything you want in a band,” said Joe Lewis Fleming, Auburn alumnus and fan of the band. “Their Southern style really keeps the crowd going, and their music makes anyone want to have a good time. They are the definition of the South.”
This is the South. Meat is the main event on most plates, bonus points if it’s bacon, and something covered in cheese is typically on the side. So when an individual decides to try an alternative diet, it can be a challenge. Whether for religious, ethical or health reasons, the number of individuals deciding to stick to a meat-free diet has been on the rise recently, according to the Vegetarian Resource Group. It’s common knowledge that vegetarians don’t eat meat. But what many people often don’t know is the difference between a vegetarian and a vegan. All vegans are vegetarians, but not all vegetarians are necessarily vegans. While neither group consumes meat, vegans also cut out animal byproducts such as dairy and honey. Samantha Patton, freshman in pre-business, said she decided to change to a vegan diet shortly after graduating high school in May. “As great as animals are, that wasn’t my choice—to do it for animals,” Patton said. “It’s just something that makes it easier for me to make better choices when I eat.” Patton said the idea to try veganism was partially sparked after Patton and her twin sister watched the 2011 documentary “Forks Over Knives.” “Some [points made in the documentary] I don’t particularly agree with,” Patton said. “But some I thought, ‘okay, maybe I’ll just give it a try.’ And we did and it’s worked out pretty well.” While Patton’s decision to make the switch to veganism was based on her health, many vegans base their choice on ethics. Jon Camp, director of outreach for Vegan Outreach, was on campus recently passing out pro-vegan leaflets. Vegan Outreach is a nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading knowledge about the treatment of factory-farmed animals and encouraging individuals to help decrease the demand for animals raised for human consumption. “Our long-term goal is to push for a day when we take animal suffering more seriously than we do now,” Camp said. The leaflets provide images of animals suffering from conditions in factory farming and captions describing the associated farming methods. Though Camp has been a vegan for 15 years, he said Vegan Outreach doesn’t expect everyone to make the same decision. “We advocate anything from meat reduc-
tion to veganism,” he said. “We don’t hold up this all-or-nothing position. We want people to make whatever changes they can.” And for anyone who thinks they want to try veganism, Camp has some advice. “Take it in steps,” Camp said. “Eat vegan for one day a week, then two, then just keep moving forward to going completely vegan. Take it at a pace you’re comfortable with.“ Camp said he recommended limiting meat rather than completely cutting it out of a diet. Learning to substitute meat with foods that will both satisfy and supply important nutrients is crucial. “Veganism takes a lot more intentionality and respect for the nutrition piece to make sure you do it in a healthy way,” said JessicaLauren Newby, Auburn University’s campus nutritionist. Newby said certain key nutrients are tricky to consume adequately in a vegan diet. “We are most concerned in vegans about their calcium, their iron, their omega-3 fatty acids and their B-12,” Newby said. “All of those vitamins and minerals most commonly occur in animal foods and are more readily absorbed from animal-based food intake.” Though a vegan diet can be healthy, Newby said it’s not a quick fix for weight loss. “Some see weight loss, but it’s really based on what a person was eating before and what they change to on a vegan diet,” Newby said. While there’s no cholesterol, and typically less saturated fat, in a vegan diet, not everything qualified as vegan is nutrient dense and healthy. Newby pointed out that even Jolly Ranchers candies are technically vegan. Camp said whatever the motivation, a vegan diet can be satisfying if done right. “Eating means a lot more to me now,” Camp said. “I’m not just eating for myself, but I’m living according to my values and trying to decrease the amount of suffering in the world each day.”
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Method: 1) Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Grease four 7x3 inch loaf pans. 2) In a small bowl, stir together ¼ cup white sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon. Dust pans lightly with cinnamon and sugar mixture. 3) In a large bowl, cream butter and 3 cups sugar. Mix in eggs, mashed bananas, sour cream, vanilla and cinnamon. Mix in salt, baking soda and flour. Stir in nuts. Divide into prepared pans. 4) Bake for 1 hour.
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