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THURSDAY, August 26, 2010

Vol. 117, Issue 1 32 Pages

Mandatory meal plan spurs student lawsuit BRENT GODWIN ASSISTANT CAMPUS EDITOR

Using your Tiger Card to pay for a meal on campus may be mindless to some, but to others it is a hot-button issue. Three Auburn students filed a lawsuit Aug. 11 in Jefferson County against Chartwells, the company that handles dining on campus, claiming the Board of Trustees and Chartwell’s parent group, Compass, USA, have entered into an illegal conspiracy in restraint of intrastate commerce.

Also named is Board of Trustees President Pro Tem Sarah Newton. The lawsuit claims that the University’s policy to charge a mandatory dining fee in addition to the cost of tuition is unfair, violating Code of Alabama section 6-5-60. It states the mandatory dining plan at Auburn was implemented in July 2007 as a way to boost the University’s revenue. In 2007, the plan was known as “Dining Dollars,” which gave students the option whether they wanted to spend this mon-

ey, and only 991 students opted into the program, according to the lawsuit. The Tiger Card could be used to purchase meals on campus, but select places off-campus also would accept payment in this way, as it acted as a debit card of sorts—not a mandatory predetermined amount as it would later become. Beginning with the class of 2012, which started in Aug. 2008, the dining plan was made Emily Adams / PHOTO EDITOR

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Students wait in line to get food from the Chic-Fil-A in the Student Center.

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Ham re-elected to fourth term DANIEL CHESSER NEWS EDITOR

Bill Ham sliced through the competition and is still Auburn’s mayor after Tuesday’s city election. Ham’s numbers in every ward far outweighed his opponent’s, SkyBar Cafe owner Paul Thompson, who was a noshow for the results at Auburn City Hall. “I’m glad the campaign is over with, and we can get back to work,” Ham said. “To be honest with you, I hate asking for money to run a campaign, but it is part of the political process.” Ham is entering his seventh term on Auburn’s City Council and his fourth as mayor. “We have a great city council,” Ham said. “I have not worked with a better group collectively than the one that

just got re-elected.” Gene Dulaney of 7th Ward and Brent Beard of 4th Ward were the only other council members being challenged for their seats. Their opponents were also not in attendance. “Everything seemed to go very smoothly,” said Charlie Duggan, city manager. “I always make it a habit for municipal elections to go by every polling place really just to thank the workers.” Duggan said there were no waiting lines at the polling stations because of the efficiency of the poll workers. “We have a lot of people working the polls that have done it many times before,” Duggan said. The results were expediated because only three of the nine slots on the council were challenged this term, including the position of mayor.

Auburn’s ‘Buddy Ball’ remembered JILLIAN CLAIR ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

After students finish a meal at Sewell Dining Hall, they take their dishes to a window, where someone they’ve never met scrubs it with soap and hot water. Many students don’t give the people who make their dining experience possible a THOMAS second glance. Isiah Thomas was one of the people on the other side of the window. While walking on campus after work Aug. 16, Thomas, 66, had a heart attack and later died at East Alabama Medical Center. Thomas worked in Sewell Dining Hall for 43 years. Affectionately nicknamed “Buddy Ball” by friends, family and coworkers, Isiah was loved by those who knew him, said Isiah’s brother Silas Thomas, an employee of Auburn Housing and Residence Life. “He was a very caring person,” Silas said. “He’d be willing to help anyone.” Silas said his brother was a responsible man who knew when to have fun and when to be serious. “He always said, ‘When it comes down to business, you don’t joke around—you be > Turn to THOMAS, A2

Under Armour showcases new sideline collection ALISON MCFERRIN STAFF WRITER

The Auburn University Bookstore held its first fashion show Tuesday afternoon to showcase fall fashions for both guys and girls. “We’ve talked about it before,” said Katie Lee, bookstore director. Lee said Haley Concourse would have been a great location, but amplified sound permits can’t be obtained until after 7 p.m. “We wanted to do it in the store because students don’t like to come back in the evening time,” Lee said. Jennifer Edwards, marketing and communication specialist for the bookstore, said planning started in July.


The bookstore team got the idea from different professional associations. “Other bookstores have had a show and had good results,” Edwards said. Models for the event were members of the Greek community, including eight girls and seven guys. “Loved it,” said Drew Cullen, senior in accounting and an Interfraternity Council Executive. “It was great for the bookstore, and we thank them for having us.”

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The girls and guys agreed they did it “just for fun,” but as an added perk, models got a free item of clothing for participating. “We’re all about the Under Armour,” Cullen said. Under Armour was only one of the many clothing brands featured at the fashion show. Other fall fashions included clothing from Klutch Apparel, For the Glory, Russell Athletic, Victoria’s Secret, Press B o x and MY U. Carolyn Rush, sophomore in public relations and member of Alpha

Delta Pi, said her favorite outfits were the game day dresses. “It was so fun,” Rush said. Rebecca Hart, Miss Auburn University, served as the emcee for the event. Hart said she has emceed pageants before, but never a fashion show. “It was different because of the crowd interaction, but that just made it more fun,” Hart said. Edwards said this will likely become an annual event, or even semiannual. “We might do it again in the spring,” Edwards said. Edwards said even if the bookstore doesn’t see increased sales, it was a success. “If we can do fun stuff for the students, that’s just a bonus,” Edwards said.

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DUI Arrests in the City of Auburn Aug. 20 - Aug. 26, 2010 Christopher L. Parks, 28, of Columbus, Ga. Hwy. 54 at Lee Road 47, Beauregard Aug. 21, 1:45 a.m.

CRIME REPORTS Aug. 20, - Aug. 26, 2010 Aug. 20, Lee Road 870 – Theft of property reported. One mobile office trailer unit and various office equipment. Aug. 20, South College Street - Theft from a public building reported. Various paint supplies.

Wanzirai E. Rusike, 26, of Africa North College Street Aug. 21, 4:47 a.m. Humberto Guzman, 28, of Balacan, Mexico Opelika Road Aug. 22, 3:22 a.m.

Aug. 21, 300 Block of Webster Road – Theft of property reported. One 42-inch HDTV LCD flatscreen TV and one glass globe for outside light.

Jovan Martinez-Barron, 25, of San Louis Potici, Mexico Lee Road 10 Aug. 22, 7:27 p.m.


Saxon R. Monk, 18, of Birmingham 700 Block, West Glenn Avenue Aug. 24, 12:42 a.m.

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“When he’d come in, we’d always say, ‘that’s the main man,’” Cannon said. “He greeted everybody with a smile.” Brundidge said when Isiah arrived at work and the dishes were stacked higher than he was tall, he still never complained. “And about an hour after he got to work, every one of those dishes were clean,” Brundidge said. Not only was Isiah a dedicated worker, but he was also a faithful friend. “When I was out for my surgery, he called me, and he stopped by,” Cannon said. Every Christmas, Isiah generously shared what he had with his co-workers. “Every year at Christmastime he gave us money,” Brundidge said. “I worked with him for nine years, and he always gave us money.” Isiah’s death has shaken employees of Sewell Dining Hall. “I don’t know about everybody at Sewell, but I can speak for me,” Brundidge said. “He will be missed.” Brundidge and Cannon agreed Isiah set a good example for his children, friends and co-workers. “If everybody lived their life like he did, the world would be a better place to stay in,” Brundidge said. Although Isiah’s life was cut short, Cannon said he has lived a fulfilling life. “He’d tell you the right way to live,” Cannon said. “He’d tell you, ‘life’s short.’”

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business-like,’” Silas said. Isiah cherished time with his three adult children. “He would always take his kids to McDonald’s (when they were little),” Henderson said. “I don’t care what time of night it was, whether they wanted a hamburger or whatever, he would always go and get them whatever they wanted. That was his favorite spot.” Isiah also enjoyed watching WWE’s “Monday Night RAW,” eating vanilla wafers and traveling, Silas said. Bernice Henderson, who worked with Isiah for more than 20 years, said everyone knew he always wore sunglasses. “All the years I knew him, he always wore his shades—inside, rain, shine, sleet or snow,” Henderson said. Co-workers at Sewell Hall said Isiah was a pleasure to work with. “Isiah was that rare person you meet in your life that you’ll never forget,” said Iris Cannon, one of Isiah’s supervisors at Sewell Hall. “That’s just the way he touched people.” Isiah was never late to work, even though he didn’t have a car, said Margie Brundidge, another of Isiah’s supervisors at Sewell Dining Hall. Unlike many people, Isiah seldom complained and always smiled.

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mandatory. Those who live on campus are charged $995 per semester, while off-campus students pay $300, both in addition to the cost of tuition. “This is an unfair practice,” said Dan Evans, of The Evans Law Firm, who is handling the case for the defense. “It hurts the students, the vendors and it makes it hard for any competition in Auburn.” One of the students who filed the lawsuit was required to spend nearly $2,000 to the food fund her freshman year in addition to tuition because she lived on campus. All three students involved in the lawsuit claim they did not need nor want the dining plan, but it was imposed on them regardless. They claim the plan was hardly of value to them because of inconvenient hours of operation, poor food selection and high prices. Evans said it is too early to tell which way the case will go, as it was recently filed, but they believe they have a valid case and intend to go through with it. The defendants are demanding $500 in damages paid for every instance of

Aug. 22, 2200 Block of Barkley Crest Lane – Theft of property reported. One set of golf clubs, one golf bag, other tailor-made golf clubs and one Ping golf bag. Aug. 21, 400 Block of Donahue Dr. – Theft of property reported. One Xbox 360, various computer hardware and software and various DVD’s. Aug. 23, 2000 Block of Lee Rd. 137 - Unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle reported. One Jensen car stereo and one Apple iPod Touch

stolen. One dashboard panel and security light sensor damaged. Aug. 23, 200 Block of South Gay Street – Burglary of residence and theft of property reported. One Xbox 360, one 20 GB Xbox hard drive, one 120 GB Xbox hard drive, one X-Box game. Aug. 22, South College Street – Theft of property reported. Miscellaneous Rockstar drinks. - Reports provided by Auburn Department of Public Safety

injury. The lawsuit states this situation is exactly what antitrust laws were intended to prevent. David Robinson, director of business development for auxiliary services, said Auburn’s dining plan was implemented after extensive research, and it caters to students’ needs. “The dining plan is only there to take care of the students while they’re on campus,” Robinson said. “It was never intended to cover all of a student’s meals.” Robinson explained dining services receive state funds, and the only way for students to have places they want, such as recognizable chains, is to pay for the dining plan. “Auburn has been behind the times in regards to dining, and we had to grow quickly to accommodate stuJill Claire / ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR dents,” Robinson said. Robinson said all A meal plan is required to be put on all student’s Tiger Cards dining plan money not that began in the fall of 2008. The plan charges students living spent in the fall rolls on campus $955 and off-campus students $300 per semester. over to the spring. If the money is not spent not into the administraHe added there are exin the spring, the student tion’s pockets. emptions to the meal has until the end of the “Yes a fee is imposed, plan, such as medical and summer to spend it. but it has great benefits,” religious exemptions, and If they don’t do so, the Robinson said. “The stu- students can apply for money goes right back dents are benefiting from them with a form found into the dining program, the dining program.” on the Tiger Card website.





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The audience members danced to the Pot Luck Drum Band’s West African beat at the No Excuse music festival in Kiesel Park Sunday. All proceeds from the festival benefited the DVIC.

Music event raises domestic violence awareness NICHOLAS BOWMAN WRITER

The third annual No Excuse Music Festival filled Kiesel Park with music, food, local merchandise and a crowd of 300 people Saturday and Sunday. The festival raised awareness and funds for the Domestic Violence Intervention Center, the benefactor of the event. Upon entering the festival, visitors were greeted by volunteers and were able to browse the wares of local vendors, purchase refreshments and food or claim a spot on the grounds to enjoy the music of local bands. Saturday’s music featured a mix of rock and blues, including Dooley’s Blue Revue, Martha’s Trouble, Red House Revival, My Brother’s Van, Left Hand Groove and Ernest

Goes to Jazz. Sunday, dedicated to gospel music, featured The Jesus Squad, The Anointed Hands Sisters, The Noisy Deirdre String Band and several other gospel acts. “I loved the music,” said Elizabeth Buffington, freshman in marketing. “I’m glad to be in a town that comes together to help each other with something as awful as domestic violence. I feel much safer knowing that if I were to ever go through that, there are people out there ready to help.” The DVIC hoped to raise awareness of a serious problem in Lee and neighboring counties as well as funds for its shelter, Safe House, said DVIC Board President Tom O’Shea. O’Shea said a music festival was chosen to catch the interest of the community and was an event that

said she wants the public to understand the importance of events like these. “We also hold this event to help more people know about the problem of domestic violence and about the services Elaine Busby / ASSISTANT PHOTO EDITOR we offer our community,” The Dooley’s Blue Revue performed at the third annual “No Excuse” music Jackson-Stefestival on Saturday, August 21 in Kiesel Park. phens said. The DVIC would mesh well with an matter how much money operates the sole shelter for victims of domestic Alabama summer. it brings in,” O’Shea said. “At least half our effort O’Shea said he hopes violence in Lee, Macon, for the festival is geared to- events like the music festi- Randolph, Chambers and ward getting our message val will convince the com- Tallapoosa counties. According to www.acjic. out there—about the kind munity to volunteer with, domestic of services we provide, the the DVIC. DVIC Executive Direc- violence remains a serious help we offer—so the festival will be successful no tor Lisa Jackson-Stephens problem in Alabama, par-

ticularly among nonmarried couples. In 2009, the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center listed 12 percent of all violent crimes in Alabama as domestic violence cases. Seventyseven percent of victims are women, while in every classification of domestic violence, the most frequent victim is the girlfriend or ex-girlfriend. The incidence of domestic violence in Alabama increased from 2008 to 2009, with 10 percent of all violent crimes in 2008 being domestic violence cases. O’Shea emphasized domestic violence cuts across all lines, cultures and age groups. On Dec. 9, 2010, at the Marriott at Grand National in Opelika, the Taste of East Alabama will include samplings of the foods from local restaurants and live music from local acts.

Interest in ACT skyrockets among Alabama students MARY GILLMAN WRITER

The popularity of the ACT among public high schools in Alabama has increased in recent years. Information released by ACT last week showed 30,949 students in Alabama public high schools took the test during the 2009-2010 academic year. This is an increase of almost 2,000 students from the previous year. The ACT is a standardized test that focuses on English, math, reading and science, with an optional writing portion. Scott Gomer, ACT media relations representative, said more students are taking the test now because a strengthening in

high school curricula led to the content being more familiar. “Going to school and studying hard is the best thing you can do,” Gomer said. The freshman class size and average ACT score for Auburn University this year were 4,200 and 26, respectively. “This will be our strongest class academically and possibly our largest,” said Cindy Singley, director of recruitment. A high ACT score not only demonstrates a student is ready for college courses, but also opens up scholarship opportunities. Anne Graham, public information specialist for the Alabama Department of Education, said the

population of students who take the ACT has become more diverse. Students in minority groups are scoring much higher on the test, Graham said. “There is more a c r o ss t h e board en-

couragement from counselors and parents for students to take the test,” she said. A C T t a k e s a curriculum sur-

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vey and speaks with students and faculty at schools every four years to make sure students are getting what they need to succeed during the transition into college. Some students and parents may stray away from taking the ACT because of the cost, Graham said. It costs $33 to take the basic ACT and $48 to add the writing portion. Many students take the test multiple times to receive a higher score, and the cost can occasionally add up. The Alabama Department of Education hopes to someday use state funds to pay for every student to take the ACT at least once, Graham said.

Graham said in addition to taking the ACT, Advanced Placement classes also help prepare high school students for college. AP classes can be taken and used toward credit for some future college courses if the student passes an exam on the material covered in class at the end of the course. AP exams cost $87, but that is less than the cost of an average college course. “AP classes are being pushed because they are a time- and money-saver,” Graham said. More AP classes are available now, and some funding is offered to try > Turn to A.C.T., A4

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News, A4 The top 11 planned college majors chosen by Alabama ACT takers: 1. Health Sciences and Allied Health Fields 2. Undecided 3. Business and Management 4. Engineering 5. Social Sciences 6. Sciences (Biological and Physical) 7. Visual and Performing Arts 8. Education 9. Teacher Education 10. Engineering-Related Technologies 11. Computer and Information Sciences

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The top five colleges chosen by Alabama ACT takers to attend:

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to help parents pay for the classes. AP is a nationwide program and receives grant money from companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp. ACT also released a list of the top 11 majors and top five college choices for 2010 Alabama ACT takers. Auburn University was ranked No. 2 on the list fol-

2. Auburn University 3. The University of Alabama in Birmingham 4. Troy University-Troy 5. University of South Alabama

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lowing The University of Alabama. The No. 1 first-year major choice was Health Sciences and Allied Health Fields. “The choice of field may relate to the choice of school,� Graham said. The top five major choices included Health Sciences, Business and Engineering. These are three of Auburn’s most well-renowned programs of study.

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TOP: Incumbent Mayor Bill Ham discusses what it takes to be a part of a successful campaign and his experiences leading up to the election with Any Burcham, WANI radio host, Tuesday. LEFT: Ham poses with Dulaney after hearing the news of being re-elected for another four years. RIGHT: Earline Cobb writes the mayoral election results for Ward 1 as the numbers are finalized.

Ham topples Thompson in mayoral election DANIEL CHESSER NEWS EDITOR

The residents of Auburn elected incumbent Bill Ham as mayor Tuesday. Ham said he was confident about winning the race, but knew nothing was a sure thing until it was finalized. “A lot of people have called and said, ‘Based on the community, you probably will win,’� Ham said. “I don’t take any of that into account until everything

is in.� Ham said it is a private matter, but voters change their minds in the booth all the time. “They may say one thing and do another,� Ham said, “so I would never make a prediction ahead of time.� Election day was a busy one for Ham, who began by going on the radio at 6:30 a.m. to discuss the campaign leading up to the election. He then hit the polls at 7 a.m. and attended the

kickoff at 8 a.m. put on by United Way. “I’ve been in touch with the city manager [Charlie Duggan] all day,� Ham said. “Then I went home, changed clothes and picked up my wife. Now here I am.� Before winning the mayoral election for his third term, Ham had been on Auburn’s City Council six previous times, three as mayor. “For me, [the hardest aspect of running a may-

oral campaign is] knowing whether you’re hitting the right buttons and doing the right thing,� Ham said. “It is hard for me to feel like I’ve done enough.� Ham said his favorite aspect of being mayor is working with schools and recruiting business and industry. “We’ve got some interesting challenges coming up,� Ham said. “Good things, the growth in our school system and how we’re going to fund a new

high school, but a lot of cities are shrinking. We are very fortunate.� Brent Beard and Gene Dulaney were the other two council members challenged in their wards, but both were victorious, leaving the current City Council intact. “I’m humble that people of Ward 7 are entrusting me to represent them on the council for another four years,� Dulaney said. “I view council service as just that: an opportunity

to serve the community.� Dulaney is entering his third term as Ward 7 council member, while Beard has served one and a half terms before this election. “This will be coming up on my second complete term,� Beard said. “I actually was appointed April of 2006 to finish a former member’s tenure.� Municipal elections are held every four years with the polls open to all registered voters of the city of Auburn.

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Dawson dons duties as new police chief DARCIE DYER WRITER


Newly appointed Auburn University basketball coach Tony Barbee speaks to an early-morning crowd at the Business Over Breakfast event Wednesday.

Barbee puts ball in his court for upcoming season in new arena LINDSAY RIFE WRITER

In a converted Coca-Cola warehouse, the Opelika Chamber of Commerce board members, community leaders and guests gathered for Business Over Breakfast with guest speaker coach Tony Barbee Aug. 25. Attendees buzzed in anticipation of Barbee’s speech at the Event Center Downtown. “The Business Over Breakfast program is always a big draw,” said John Wild, president of the Auburn-Opelika Tourism Board. “They really do a good job getting speakers. People are starving for some AU basketball information, so coach Barbee was an exciting choice.”

Among the community leaders who attended the breakfast were Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones, Lee County Commissioner Robert Ham and Sen. T.D. Little. Jones said Barbee’s dedication, teaching talents and knowledge are reflected in his title as 2010 Conference USA Coach of the Year. “There is definitely no lack of energy and effort,” Jones said. “He seems to be very focused.” Barbee began his speech by saying he was blown away by the spirit of the Auburn family. “You start to live and breathe the Auburn family,” Barbee said. “It’s something special. It takes your breath away.” Barbee described his hopes and goals for the

team. He also addressed the recent setbacks he’s experienced in his short time at Auburn. “As I take over, we’ve got some challenges,” he said, “Things are never easy coming in the door.” But Barbee said not all of the challenges were negative. “Things are never that good, and never that bad,” Barbee said. “Reality lies in the middle.” Barbee said the basketball program is in a rebuilding phase, but he is excited about taking over in the new Auburn arena. When he initially opened the floor to questions, there was silence. “I love it,” he said after the pause. “When you’re undefeated like I am right now, nobody’s got questions.”

Newly appointed Chief of Police Tommy Dawson is excited about the return of students as fall semester kicks off. Detective Capt. Tom Stofer, commander of the investigation section, said he thinks Dawson’s appointment to chief of police was a great move for Auburn. “He’s well connected to the community,” Stofer said. “This is his hometown or his backyard, so to speak. He’s worked with the students, protecting them for years, and now he’s in the position to make a difference and make some changes. You’ll see things happen for the better as far as student safety.” Dawson has served with the City of Auburn Police Department for 23 years and became chief of police May 23. Dawson is an Auburn native. Dawson said he wants to make sure Auburn students know they are valuable to his department and as part of the Auburn community. “I really want to reach out to our student population,” Dawson said. “If you need something from us, my office is always open.” With his new position,

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Dawson said he hopes to build rapport with Auburn students. He said he also seeks to establish a relationship of mutual trust and confidence. “Auburn students’ parents should feel very safe and secure to know that our police chief is Tommy Dawson,” said SGA President Kurt Sasser. “I know that he will work hard every day and night to look at ways to continue to improve student safety and also to make sure that every student feels as safe as possible.” Dawson has spoken with Sasser about ways to interact with Auburn students. “We’d really like to start some new educational programs to keep our students safer,” Dawson said, such as self-defense classes for women, which are already offered at Auburn. The SGA Senate will also partner with Dawson’s department in the annual Campus Safety Walk this fall, during which every safety light on campus will be checked. A date for the Campus Safety Walk has not yet been set. “I hope that, of course, we build on the solid foundation that we currently have,” said Charles Duggan, Auburn city manager. “I believe we have excellent officers who are

DAWSON well-trained and well-disciplined in carrying out the job of protecting the public.” Duggan also encourages safety awareness and education among students. “Anything we can do to heighten people’s awareness that they have to take some personal accountability in their safety is beneficial and important,” Duggan said. “I know Chief Dawson gets that, and he understands. While we need to be out there, visible, so people know they’re safe and protected, there won’t always be an officer,” Duggan said. Duggan said he is confident in Dawson’s ability to provide safety for Auburn residents and the community alike. “I want this department to be considered the best, and we can do that by reducing crime and instilling confidence,” Dawson said.

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Arts community suffers in small-town Alabama Auburn isn’t a bastion of bohemia. The “other”—the artist, dancer, thespian, him or her decidedly unlike—is not celebrated. The closest your favorite band has gotten to Lee County is Atlanta. (Birmingham if you’re lucky.) There is the odd art show at Jule Collins, poetry reading at Gnu’s Room and marathon Chaucer reading in the library’s basement, granted, but there isn’t any real sense of artistic community and camaraderie in Auburn, neither University nor town. Or is there? Is there an undercurrent unknown to most students? If not, if Auburn really is devoid of any and all semblance of artistic oneness, who or what is to blame? And, another question largely left unasked, is this good or bad, or does it matter? “I don’t know if it’s the culture here, but for some reason we think we can only do three things well: football, engineering and agriculture,” said Shelli Brown, senior in psychology and ambassador between the University and the Layman Group—a nonprofit arts organization headed by local artist Doc Waller (from: “Nonprofit seeks to inspire creativity,” B1). Joe or Jane Blow might not give a good damn about the “arts.” But there are people and

groups, such as the Layman Group, that do. Auburn can and should be about more than “football, engineering and agriculture.” Assuming Auburn’s lack of artistic community, what is to blame? Perhaps it’s the small-town, gee-shucks vibe of Auburn. Take away the University and Auburn is like any other small town in Alabama, which includes the good: neighborly caring and Mayberry-likeness—as well as the bad: gossip, backwardness, aversion to anything “artsy.”

Perhaps it’s the culture of the University, where Saturdays are sacred, uniforms unstated but no less culturally mandatory and the herd instinct ever present. Not to say all who dress alike think alike, or that appearances are the be all, end all of human personality; they’re not. But it’s hard not to question, and perhaps point fingers at, the Typical Auburn Student as a culprit for the lack of artistic diversity. There are outliers, of course. Auburn’s 24,000+ student body contains multitudes of

these “others,” perhaps even forming a silent majority. But is the inborn and perpetually-refreshing Auburn University culture to blame? Or should the faculty itself share blame? Lost in the petty infighting, solipsistic scholarly writing and tenure concerns of large swaths of academia is the real reason for any student to pursue art: to use that pursuit, whatever it may be, as a tool to improve actual living. Professors’ time would be better served leading and engaging students in actual, real-

life situations. Sure, there are plenty of real-world reasons why this leading and engaging doesn’t happen (outside lives and families, other personal concerns, etc.). But is that an excuse for clock-punching, factory-esque professorial labor? Perhaps the biggest impediment to Auburn’s artistic growth is money. Commerce, more than teaching, more than learning, more than pointless platitudes, rules this University. C.R.E.A.M. And, sadly, the independent and avant-garde don’t make money, at least not as much money as a Velcro Pygmies show at SkyBar Cafe or a (insert sorority/fraternity) Rodeo for Auburn. All this is an attempt to answer a single basic question: “Why is Auburn not hip?” It’d take thousands of words, dozens of books and teams of sociologists, psychologists and assorted researchers to approach anything close to the “truth” of that question. But, lacking truth and admitting the above provided more questions than answers, what do you think? Do you agree? Disagree? Is Auburn perfectly fine the way it is? Sensationalist claptrap? Do you have more questions to add? Maybe together we can cobble together something approaching an answer.

University facing meal plan meltdown? ut of You’ve just walked out gy your Intro. to Psychology re study group. And you’re hungry. Real hungry. oAll you’ve had to eat today was a banana, an s Odwalla bar from Outtakes and a Nathan’s hot dog, removing $11.45 from your dining dollar balance. ovThe hot dog was covse. ered with chili and cheese. nce It made you sick. You wince on to and renew your conviction run tomorrow. You wander into the Student udent Center. It’s 8:30. You can’t n’t eat Chick-fil-A—peanut allergy y and, besides, you’re tired of salads. Everything else is closed. So where do you eat? You could walk to the Village, but, to continue this hypothetiothetical, let’s say you live in n the Quad and you know everything you want in the Village closes at 9. Plus it’s a long-ish walk. You almost go but decide against, going to bed hungry, with still $11.06 of the daily $22.51 the University’s website says an on-campus student

should spend to use all $995 of his or her required d dining plan by the end of the semester. According to the University’s website, the dining plan, $995 for o n and $ $300 for offcampus residents per semester, “must be required so that mon n-moni e s can be invest t d invested back into the facilities and programs.” Which makes sense and is s probably true ciltrue—a dining facility needs “monies.” “mo dining program But Auburn’s Aubur “provide(s) convenience does not “pro allows students to foand variety a cus on their studies and adjust to college life more easily, as well as provides ssocial support systems,” website says one sentence as the web earlier. earlier Convenience? Everything in Terrell closes at 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 2 p.m. Friday. The latest restaurant open in the Student Center is Chick-fil-A, closing at 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Au Bon Pain closes at 7 and Papa

John’s at 8. All three close at 4 p.m. Friday. Foy eateries close at 2:30 p.m. The Village does offer two late-night options, Cub Stop C-Store and End Zone Diner. So, bravo there. But every other Village option is only open till 9 at the latest. A quick count shows at least 10 dinner options. But how many of those options offer healthy food? A lot of the dining options—Nathan’s, Papa pa John John’s, s Chick-fil-A, Plainsman n Pizza, Pizz etc.—are fast food orr o offer similarly unhealthy food. A diet consisting solely of these options, op w i t h the e fat and the calories, cannot be healthy, especially when en a student is expected to o a $22.51 eat $22.5 portion daily. d r O h o w about food tai-lored lore to spepec i a l diets? Last spring, Jonathan an Reeves, a freshman this fall, asked ked for, and

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was granted, exemption from the mandatory meal plan. Reeves has an autoimmune disorder which forces him to eat a gluten-free diet. “Well, I definitely wish there were more places. A salad at Chick-fil-A is the only place I know of where I can get something, so that’s pretty limited,” Reeves told The Plainsman last spring (Feb. 25 edition). Three Auburn students have gone so far as to sue Chartwells, the company that handles Auburn’s dining program, claiming mandatory dining plan violates section 6-5-60 of the Code of Alabama (which more or less claims University’ss program is a monopthe University oly). Auburn should be comgiving the stumended for givi options on dents dining o campus, but cam t h o s e options w o u l d b e t t e r serve the student body bod if they were more diverse, open later, healthier and, perhaps one day, nonmandatory.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

New year, new faces, a new hope

Rod Guajardo

A new semester brings about several changes to Auburn University. Several of these are probably things you have grown accustomed to—a slew of new faces, more construction and higher tuition. The usual. However, one thing that you may be unaware of is the change of staff and leadership at your student newspaper. With each new semester comes a new staff of enthusiastic students working to provide you with in-depth coverage of events happen-

ing around our campus and community. The dedication and enthusiasm of this semester’s staff is no different than previous years. They possess the same journalistic qualities that are fit to continue representing The Plainsman as a nationally recognized and award-winning collegiate newspaper. So, what will change, you ask? This is about change, isn’t it? Yes, yes it is. The change will come in the way The Plainsman shares the news with you and how you interact with said changes. Through the next year many things will change on these pages and online. Rest assured the fundamentals that make The Plainsman YOUR student newspaper shall remain. The thing to be aware of is that The Plainsman is fac-

ing the same economic and business revenue challenges that all newspapers are dealing with. Since we don’t take any of your student fees, we must gather our own revenue to pay for you to enjoy this newspaper. This is a business, not just a learning lab run entirely by students. Just like many of the major newspapers in the country, we will be experimenting with not only how we tell the stories that are important to you, but also how we provide you with these stories. While it may seem behind the times to some, our presence in social media will grow quickly. Not only through our Twitter and Facebook pages, but also by exploring new business mediums that will provide you with digital coupons that offer the best deals around town. Android and iPhone apps

that allow you to view our articles and photos on your smart phone are in the works. For all these changes to occur and for us to continue experimenting, we need your help. Pick up a newspaper every week. Tell a friend to pick up a newspaper, tell them to tell two friends to pick up a newspaper. Use the valuable coupons and deals you find inside to your benefit. Visit our website to see event coverage and multimedia slideshows and videos. Most of all, for all these things to work, we need your feedback. Help us help you. Let us fill these pages with the things that matter to you most. Rod Guajardo is editor of The Auburn Plainsman. You can reach him at 844-9109.

“Come up to our office. We always have stuff to do, whether you’re a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior. Our doors are always open. If you’re not sure what SGA is about, please just come and ask us.”

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Women, business and the threat of overspending On Aug. 26, 1920, women won the right to vote. The constitutional amendment granting women this right was the result of years of hard work by brave, dedicated, informed women who refused to accept as fate the status quo. We should use this occasion to recommit to actively shaping our government and our country’s future. The need for an informed, engaged citizenry has never been greater. As a woman business owner, I know first-hand that the past three or four years have been tough for American businesses. But there was strong sense that, if we could just hang on for a bit longer, the economy would bounce back and things would get better. Regrettably, I’ve felt this sense of hope about the future increasing give way to uncertainty and fear about what is to come – and admittedly, a fair amount of resentment about what has already occurred. American business owners like my-

self have spent the past few years pulling our belts ever-tighter in a fight to survive: we cut corners, cut pay, cut benefits, laid off or let go of good employees. We did whatever it took to keep the doors open, and to get ourselves in an economically viable position for the future. But as it turns out, while we in the private sector were making the painful choices necessary to stay afloat, our federal government was spending our tax dollars like they were “play money.” Of course, this behavior isn’t new. Years of irresponsible governing by both parties—particularly habitual overspending—has landed our nation more than $13 trillion in debt. With the economy continuing to struggle, and millions of baby boomers beginning to retire and collect benefits, the situation just gets worse from here. What’s Washington’s plan? Incredibly, it doesn’t have one. In fact, for the first time since 1974, the House of Representatives failed not only to

pass a budget—but even to write one. Can you imagine trying to run your business without a budget? Your government is running your country without a budget, and both parties are to blame! No wonder we’re in such a mess, and no wonder our economy is still floundering. With no idea what Washington will do next, businesses are afraid to act. We’re holding on to whatever resources we have with clenched fists. And that makes it pretty tough to grow and create jobs. In the end, it will be America’s moms, workers, and businesses who will suffer the consequences of Washington’s fiscal recklessness via higher taxes, higher costs of living, and higher borrowing costs, all of which will mean more business contraction, slower growth and fewer jobs in the future. What’s a woman to do? Draw from our past. And today is the perfect day to start: until the 19th amendment was ratified, women had little choice but to

live with the consequences of other peoples’ decisions. The women of the early 20th century stood up and said, “enough!” Today, thanks to those brave suffragettes, women wield tremendous political power: we cast the majority of votes and increasingly are seeking office and directly shaping public policy. Women can change Washington by learning about the issues that affect us as mothers, workers and business owners, and by using our knowledge to spur action. We need to demand that Washington get its fiscal house in order by cutting wasteful spending immediately. It’s our time, and this is our fight: to preserve our nation’s economic and fiscal future, as well as our own. Submitted by: Terry Neese is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Terry Neese Personnel Services in Oklahoma City, Okla. She is also former national president of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

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Take time today to remember selfless actions of Mother Teresa Editor, The Auburn Plainsman On August 26th, 2010 the world celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata (Calcutta). Mother Teresa, a devout Catholic, abandoned everything to follow Jesus into the slums and serve him amongst the poorest of the poor. She lived her life at a very deep spiritual level and was admired by millions throughout the world. She cared especially for those who were often treated as outsiders in their own communities—the starving, the crippled, the impoverished, the diseased and the dying, from the old woman with a brain tumor in Calcutta to the

young man with AIDS in New York City. Her special focus was the care of mothers and their children. This included mother who felt pressured to sacrifice their unborn children by want, neglect, despair, and philosophies and government policies that promote the dehumanization of inconvenient human life. “Roe v. Wade”, she said “deformed a great nation (America). She added, “The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships.... It has portrayed the greatest of gifts-a child-as a

competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience.” She believed that loneliness was “the greatest poverty” of all and saw the West as prey to a soulless materialism. Though she received many awards including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 she confessed “It is not success, but the dedication to one’s faith that is important.” Mother Teresa died on September 5,1997 at the age of 87. Today, over 3,000 nuns and over 500 monks in 710 institutions in 133 countries of the world are members of Mother Teresa’s order “The Missionaries of Charity”.

Paul Kokoski Hamilton, Ontario

Obama, Muslims, media not to be trusted: look here for proof Editor, The Auburn Plainsman With all the media hype about whether Obama is Muslim, check out how our “President” has appointed not one, but two Muslims to Homeland Security. (Verification: http://www. If there is ever a case of “sleeping with the enemy,” this would have to be it. I heard two separate clips on radio today (8/19) of Obama being interviewed by Brian Williams of NBC. He twice referenced his “Muslim faith.” Brian Williams quickly interrupted him saying, “ mean your Christian faith, don’t you?....” And he responded, “I meant Christian faith.” Additionally, I read a piece published in The New York Times by Nicholas Kristof in March 6, 2007, where he repeated several times, “...the Muslim call to prayer is the one of the prettiest sounds on earth...” Equally interesting is how The New York Times removed this item from its

website in 2008 in an obvious effort to protect Obama from fallout. These items come on the heels of Obama’s deliberate hostility toward Israel while chumming up to the Iranians. Yet, he still tries to say he is a Christian. At the risk of sounding archaic, recall the saying, “...if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck....” well, you know the rest. We must ask Almighty God for protection and guidance until this guy is out of office. I am sure most Americans are now aware that the philosophical basis for the Muslim faith is that ALL infidels must be killed. The Muslims themselves will tell you that their definition of “infidel” is simply a non-believer, anyone who is not Muslim, you, I and our families & friends. Please pray for our President and nation. James W. Anderson Talladega

Special thanks to volunteers; Welcome Week activities smash success Editor, The Auburn Plainsman It was indeed a beautiful first class week here at Auburn. Events during the welcome week were planned to make newcomers and returning students feel “at home” right away. Programs targeting graduate students,

international students, students of race, fraternities, sports groups (athletics, basketball, etc.), educational interests (engineering/science/arts) were arranged at different times over the week. These programs helped newbies like myself and others to identify with one or the

other group—to socialize, and build bonds that can help us through our stay at the university and beyond. The university-sponsored trips to Target and other supermarkets were thoughtful initiatives by the Welcome Week organizers. Furthermore, the free food, snacks, drinks

that flowed freely at the concourse, and other places around campus through the day helped us get some energy rush as we attended our first classes at AU. Volunteers of SOS, Welcome Week, students governing council and others involved in organizing various events during the

Welcome Week deserve a big pat on the back from all of us for a job well done. All in all, we had a great start into the academic year. I wish all the readers of Plainsman a great year ahead. War Eagle! Suraj Sindia graduate student, electrical and computer engineering

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Music and melody is the best medicine JILLIAN CLAIR ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

Forrest Tussey, 79, doesn’t have hobbies. He has passions. Tussey has been playing guitar since he was 16 years old. He has owned four

Martin guitars in his lifetime. “I bought me a $2 guitar, and I learned a few chords,” Tussey said. “Then I started liking bluegrass music.” Originally from Richmond, Ky., Tussey moved to Dothan in 1963 and then to Auburn in 1971. He still manages 4 Seasons Cleaners on South Gay Street. After moving to Dothan, Tussey began pursuing music by listening to, watching and playing bluegrass music. He also bought his prized guitar, a Martin D-35, for $445 after

moving to Dothan. Since then, many have tried to buy it from him for a high price. “I can’t imagine why three or four pieces of Brazilian rosewood and some spruce could be worth that much,” Tussey said. “I’m going to have it as long as I can hold a G-chord.” Tussey’s previous guitar, a Martin Triple-0 28, was purchased in 1953 for $280. It recently sold for $5,000. Tussey took a $25 bluegrass short course at Auburn University in the ‘70s. “That’s where I met three or four others

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who could play music,” Tussey said. “I wasn’t one of them, but we finally got to playing together, and I just kept rolling along.” With practice, Tussey began playing for crowds with his friends. “I used to be scared to death to play before a crowd,” he said. At a show early in his music career, he had laryngitis and a bad case of stage fright. “I got to thinking, ‘Out of all those people out there, I don’t know how many of them could play a guitar, but I’m up here playing,’” Tussey said. “‘From then on, I thought, ‘The

bigger the crowd, the better it suits me.’” Tussey’s band, “The Auburn Bluegrass,” plays at the Cock of the Walk in Opelika the first Thursday of every month. Tussey has had Ankylosing spondylitis since his 20s, which is a type of arthritis that can cause the vertebrae of the spine to grow together, resulting in a rigid spine. “Sometimes I think playing music is the best medicine I can take,” Tussey said. “It gets your mind off yourself and your problems for an hour or two and settles you down.”

Forrest Tussey owns two Martin guitars.








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Hard at work and ready to serve, SGA President Kurt Sasser displays his signature grin in front of his desk. Sasser beat his opponent Brad Cink last semester in a run-off election.

Sasser says ‘hello’ to busy new semester DEREK LACEY ASSOCIATE CAMPUS EDITOR

Kurt Sasser has been president of the Student Government Association for only six months, yet he has already made his mark on Auburn University and Magnolia Avenue. The clearly marked, brightly lit crosswalks on Magnolia are partially in thanks to Sasser, the SGA and their work with the city of Auburn. Last spring, Sasser, senior in human resources management, beat Brad Cink in a run-off with

57 percent of the vote to become the 2010-2011 SGA president. The long road to Sasser’s presidency began before he campaigned for president or even started school at Auburn. He said he has been an Auburn fan from day one, attending football games as far back as he can remember. “That would be my dad’s doing,” Sasser said. “He raised me an Auburn fan, and as soon as I came out of my mom’s womb, I guess I’ve lived and breathed Auburn.” He graduated from high school

in the northwest Alabama town of Sheffield, where Auburn fans are in the minority. “I went to a real small high school,” Sasser said. “I graduated with 16 people, and there’s probably one other guy in there that was an Auburn fan.” After starting at Auburn, Sasser fulfilled a promise to a hometown friend to attend rush for one night, even though he had no plans of joining a fraternity. “I came to Auburn not wanting to do a fraternity at all,” Sasser said. After meeting some of the

members, he rushed the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, went through pledgeship and eventually served as the spirit chair. He began his SGA career as assistant director of spirit and became increasingly involved, holding the secretary of involvement position before running for president. “After a lot of prayer and a lot of talking to friends and talking to different people, about November of my junior year, I decided to run for SGA president,” Sasser said. Since taking office, Sasser and

the SGA have been hard at work implementing new programs and improving existing ones. One program is the Textbook Reserve Program, an effort by the SGA, Interfraternity Council and the Ralph Brown Draughon Library. The program stores copies of textbooks from core classes at the RBD Library, so that students can check out textbooks if they are without theirs. The SGA has also been working on the Toomer’s Ten transit > Turn to SASSER, B2

Staff overhauls Student Act JAKE COLE WRITER

With equipment in the hallways and signs outside the building pointing toward a central entrance, the changes to the Student Activities Center will be immediately apparent to returning students looking to workout this year. The alterations, completed just before the start of fall semester, represent a redesign of the facility, emphasizing better accessibility, safety and security, said Scott Harper, associate director of recreational facilities. Harper said the centralized access point allows staff to know who is in the building at all times, freeing them to place equipment in the hallways without fear of unauthorized use. Because of this, students can now simply walk into the Student Act and begin working out. “We wanted total access to the facility,” Harper said. Without the need to constantly monitor the building, the staff used the rearrangements to open every room of the Student Act during all hours of operation, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Previously, students could only participate in certain activities during limited time slots. Now, anyone can walk onto the basketball courts and play a game or use the exercise equipment in the hallways. For Bill Jackson, associate director of lifetime wellness and fitness, the greatest benefit of these changes is the increased space. Moving the workout

equipment into the halls frees up a number of rooms that can now hold additional group fitness classes. That growth allows more people to be in the Student Act at one time. Last Thursday night, 600 students showed up for “Dance Domination,” an enlarged version of the Zumba classes, and staff recorded more than 1,000 students using the facility throughout Wednesday. With students free to use equipment and rooms as they please, instructors can now devote more time to the facility’s specialized classes. Jackson said the Student Act had 70 classes with 27 different formats

planned for this semester, a jump from 43 classes with 17 formats last spring. Jackson said he hopes the added classes and greater accessibility will increase student participation in the facility. Usage already rose from 10,000 in the facility’s inaugural 2008-2009 year to 28,000 last year, but Jackson believes the facility might see 50,000 visits during the fall, spring and summer semesters. Nevertheless, Jackson would not comment on how the changes have worked so far, feeling it was too early in the semester to judge the success of the > Turn to ACT, B2


Doc Waller, 29, poses in front of art at the Layman Group loft.

Nonprofit seeks to inspire creativity ERIC AUSTIN CAMPUS EDITOR


Sarah Scheidel, pre-med freshman, and Alanna Shuman, freshman in prenursing, use the newly placed machines at the Student Act on Sunday.

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The Layman Group, an Auburn-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of the arts, is seeking to foster a new artistic energy on the Plains. The group held a “Freshmore” arts mixer at its loft above Behind the Glass on Magnolia Avenue Friday night. “Art shouldn’t be something that’s up on an ivory tower,” said Doc Waller, executive artistic director and founder of the Layman Group. “It should be bouncing off of everyone like a pinball. That’s what we want.” The Freshmore event drew

a modest crowd of students looking to find like-minded individuals who share their interest in the arts. The night was intended for freshmen and sophomores with an interest in the arts to network and interact in a classy alternative to regular Friday night partying. “When I came down here, I didn’t know if there was anything going on with the arts,” said Chandler Jones, an undeclared liberal arts freshman who attended the event. “I was excited when I found the Layman Group online.” Seeking a new culture of partying fit well into the goals of > Turn to LAYMAN, B2

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Shelli Brown, senior in psychology, welcomes Tyler Baxter, sophomore in musical theatre and performance, to The Layman Groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Freshmore mixer.

the Layman Group, which is trying to instill a big-city arts culture in this small Alabama town. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had taken trips up to the bigger cities,â&#x20AC;? Waller said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and I told myself I wanted to start a group that allowed the artist to take a shot and not have to leave for places like New York and Chicago.â&#x20AC;? The group feels optimistic that they can stimulate creativity in a place like Auburn, which may not generally be known for its artistic side. They stress that the Layman Group is just as much here for the city of Auburn as it is for the University and its students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy for the students to have access to the arts,â&#x20AC;? said Shelli Brown,

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Finesse Mitchell knows how to make college students laugh: talk about sex. Mitchell performed in the Student Center Ballroom last Thursday as part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Night of Comedy,â&#x20AC;? co-sponsored by the University Program Council and SGAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Welcome Week Committee. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How many times a month do you have sex?â&#x20AC;? Mitchell asked one student in the audience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Four to seven times a month!â&#x20AC;? was the reply. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forty-seven?â&#x20AC;? Mitchell said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know there were that many days in the month!â&#x20AC;? The event kicked off with an introduction by Charlie Townsend, volunteer director of the Welcome Week leadership team and junior in communications,

and was followed up with free T-shirts, CDs and signed pictures of the comedian. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good to make students laugh,â&#x20AC;? Townsend said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We picked Finesse because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen his stuff, and we think heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hilarious.â&#x20AC;? Mitchell got his start in 1997 on BETâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Comic View,â&#x20AC;? and in 2003, he joined â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Night Live.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love performing in front of a college crowd,â&#x20AC;? Mitchell said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but as I get older, it can be hard to stay current: to say something that they find funny, but still stay true to myself.â&#x20AC;? The audienceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reception quelled any doubts Mitchell may have had about entertaining a college crowd. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh my God, he was freaking hilarious!â&#x20AC;? said Moneisha Cunningham,

freshman in undeclared sciences and math. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I cracked up during the entire skit. It was a really good show.â&#x20AC;? After the event ended, most students filed out of t h e


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program, redesigning routes to be more efficient. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One thing that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned since I got elected is thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always going to be something,â&#x20AC;? Sasser said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a

ballroom with smiles on their faces, while some chose to stick around. Those that did got a chance to pose for a picture with Mitchell and get a signed portrait. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was awesome,â&#x20AC;? said Nathan Lane, sophomore in preeconomics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what to expect when I got here, but after it started, it was really good.â&#x20AC;? The show was just one of a string of major events that made up Welcome Week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We started planning Welcome Week eight months ago,â&#x20AC;? Townsend said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That should give you some idea of how much work went into it.â&#x20AC;?

problem, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always something you can do better.â&#x20AC;? The University Administration is an invaluable asset to Sasser, who said they are always willing to help and are truly concerned with studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; wants and needs. He urges freshmen who wish to get involved with

Thursday, August 26, 2010 senior in psychology, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but the average person in the community doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have that access.â&#x20AC;? Brown is an ambassador between the Layman Group and the University and handles the important task of fundraising for the nonprofit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the culture here, but for some reason we think we can only do three things well: football, engineering and agriculture,â&#x20AC;? Brown said. The loft above Behind the Glass, where the Layman Groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studio is located, is a constant work in progress. There are stations which will eventually have interactive components for visitors to learn about all aspects of the arts, from poetry to literature to theater. Visitors to Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event

could dig through magazine cutouts and add to a growing collage of images on one of the walls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like that the art is less formal,â&#x20AC;? Jones said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Here, you get to put your own stuff on the wall.â&#x20AC;? The Layman Group has several upcoming events. On Sept. 10, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Revealâ&#x20AC;? will feature the artwork of Kristi Dallen, the Layman Groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s artist liaison and resource specialist. One of her murals is already on display at the loft. The group has a play and a TV series in the works, as well as a dance troupe. Shelley Kensler, sophomore in radio, television and film is taking a semester off to work with the group. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great way to bring people together and inspire change,â&#x20AC;? Kensler said.


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alterations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t imagine it not having a positive impact,â&#x20AC;? he said. While Jackson may be reluctant to gauge the results of the rearranged facility, returning students have already found something to love about the differences. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Before] you had to figure out what hour to come,â&#x20AC;? said Taylor Gunter, senior in exercise science. Now, she can work out around her schedule rather than planning according to the facilityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. In previous years, students were forced to plan their workouts based on peaks in workout traffic.

The early afternoon was often slammed with students looking to get in a work out before they headed home from campus. This forced many on-campus students to work out at abnormal hours. Even more changes to the Student Act are expected later in the year. Harper plans to add a lounge to the second floor with a television for students to relax and study after their workouts. With the wireless Internet access and college radio already available in the workout rooms, these modifications promise to make the Student Act more than just a place to sweat.

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SGA to try out for Tiger Tuesdays, the SGAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s freshmen programs or to volunteer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come up to our office,â&#x20AC;? Sasser said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We always have stuff to do, whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior. Our doors are always open. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not sure what SGA is about, please just come

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and ask us.â&#x20AC;? After graduation, Sasser plans to either enter the work force or continue with his education and earn his masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in business administration. Sasser also said he loves the state of Alabama and intends to live here, but he is considering going out of state to earn his M.B.A.


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The story of Rush: two tales of sisterhood KATIE BROWN

overwhelmed,” Sheffield suck, “but I also want to keep my grades up to get into medical school.” Benson and Sheffield both had typical problems throughout Rush. With the soaring summer heat, many girls were overheated and even sick; however, Panhellenic Council worked hard to keep the girls safe. Pa n h e l lenic Presi d ent


More than 1,200 girls participated in this year’s sorority recruitment, better known as Rush. Rush Week was held Aug. 8 to 14. Lexi Benson, freshman in public relations, and Abby Sheffield, freshman in pre-nursing, both have high hopes for their futures as part of the Auburn Greek community. “I’m excited for the socials and meeting new people,” Benson said. Since a busy social calendar and newfound freedom often cause problems for many freshmen, Benson and Sheffield hope to find a balance socially and academically. “I really just want to get involved as much as possible without getting

Sam Lamere, senior in political science, said the girls were able to take a break from the heat in the Panhellenic chapter room as well as under tents set up throughout The Village. Medical technicians and paramedics were available on site for any e m e rg e n cies. “ W e tried to hide anywhere in the shade w e


could find,” Sheffield said. “There wasn’t much, but we’d find a little leaf and hide under that.” While the heat was hard to bear, Sheffield and Benson agreed the first round of Rush, called Ice Water Teas, was the hardest. During the Ice Water Teas round, which is split into two days, each girl is required to visit all 17 sororities for a 25-minute party.

“It was the first day, and you didn’t know what to expect, so it was a lot to take in at once,” Sheffield said. “Getting cut by a sorority is always difficult to comprehend, particularly after Ice Water Teas when there was such a short amount of time to connect with a girl in the sorority.” Each re m a i n i n g


round, including Philanthropy Day, Skit Day and Preference Day, allowed the girls to get a better feel for the sororities they visited. “Especially on the first day when you get cut from people, it’s hard because you only talked to them for 25 minutes,” Benson said. But while the parties became longer, the amount of sororities to visit decreased. Benson and Sheffield agreed Bid Day made their experiences worth it. Benson is a new Delta Gamma and Sheffield is a Gamma Phi Beta. “The best day was Bid Day because it was so exciting to finally be done with it and get the one you wanted,” Sheffield said. “It was really exciting and definitely the best part.”



A P O B P A I E W F H P A O FRATERNITY RUSH DO’S AND DON’TS Rush is just around the corner. Make the right impression. DO’S: ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑

It is in your best interest to meet and talk to as many brothers as possible. Find something in common with everyone you talk to. Be respectful to girls that are hanging out at the house; they could be a brother’s girlfriend. Get involved on campus. This helps you, your potential fraternity and Auburn

DON’TS: ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑

Don’t be cocky. Don’t brag about what you did in high school; instead, talk about what you’re looking forward to in college. Don’t “suicide” rush a fraternity, i.e. only go to one house. Don’t accept a bid wihtout thinking about it.

Interfraternity Council Rush will take place Aug. 30–Sept 2.

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Block Party draws in crowd EMILY ADAMS PHOTO EDITOR

Vendors lined the second and third floors of the Student Center Friday night during University Program Council’s Block Party, drawing in students with coupons and free food. “It’s about advertisement and publicity for the different groups and vendors,” said Sarah Early, UPC volunteers director, “but it’s also just to welcome everyone back to school.” The event, part of Welcome Week 2010, featured 17 food vendors, inflatable attractions, caricaturists and more. Julianne Willis, UPC vice president, said the goal of the Block Party was to get new and returning students involved. “It gives freshmen something fun to do and informs

them about local businesses,” Willis said, “and for returning students, it’s just something to look forward to every year.” The Wayne Mills Band performed a concert for students. Willis said UPC chose a good band this year, and they were excited about the additional food donors. Caroline McGill, freshman in pre-engineering, attended the event for free food and to relax after her first week of college classes. “Classes have been long this week,” McGill said. “We’re just getting back into things, so I’m looking forward to just getting to chill and see everybody.” Roman Salery, senior in human resources management, said the Block Party was about meeting new people and reliving memories. “As a senior, it brings

back old memories and makes me realize how much I’ve come through at Auburn,” he said. International accounting student Mubarak Alderei went to the Block Party to practice speaking English. “I’m looking forward to being with other people speaking English because I’m still learning,” Alderei said. “It’s important to be with other students to play games and have fun.” The Block Party was co-sponsored by UPC, Freshman Year Experience, Student Alumni Association, Auburn Ignited and the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. The organizations started planning the event at the end of spring semester. Early said it was a good experience working with multiple sponsors because the planning was equally divided.


Party-goers sign in at the annual Block Party, which was held in the Student Center Friday.

Welcome Week, whose theme was “Passport to Auburn,” ended Aug. 21. Early said Welcome Week events are important because students get to meet

people and have free entertainment. “My first Tiger Night, I met two girls in line for caricatures that I became friends with,” Early said,

“and it’s fun for people to bring their friends and just walk around and get free stuff. You get a night out without having to pay for anything.”

Tiger Talent Show stomps, rocks and jams J.P. KELSEY STAFF WRITER

Several entered, but only one could be named winner of the first Tiger Talent Show. Of the nine contestants, it was Joe Hwang, senior in microbial, cellular and molecular biology, who walked away with a combined $425 in prize money thanks to his piano skills, taking the top spot from the judges as well as winning crowd favorite, which was determined by audience applause. Contestants were judged on five categories: technique, stage presence, originality, overall performance and entertainment value. Hwang played a compilation of songs in his performance, from the Super Mario Brothers theme to concerto classics. The pianist said he didn’t expect to win. “I came out here to just have fun, and having friends come support me was really great,” Hwang said. “They yelled loud there at the end, so I’m sure that helped.” The show was held Saturday evening in the Student Center Ballroom and was the culmination of University Program Council’s Welcome Week. “We have had events before, like AU Idol, that were limited to singing, but we


AU Rhythm busts a move at the Welcome Week Tiger Talent Show Saturday night.

wanted to expand a little bit so we could have more of a broad range of contestants,” said Michelle Murphy, adviser to Welcome Week. Steven “Stoney G” Jemison, freshman in math, took second place with his a cappella performance of an original rap. Due to technical difficulties, Jemison was forced to rap with no instrumental

accompaniment, but the crowd responded, cheering him on. Rounding out the top three was Ben Thomas, who wowed the audience with his solo performance of Scott Alan’s “Kiss the Air.” Thomas earned his degree in vocal music education. The winners weren’t only given titles, but also cash prizes.

Hwang walked away with $425 by winning crowd favorite ($75) and first place ($350). All three winners said there was a lot of other talent in the room. Performances ranged from solo singers and songwriters to an eight-member ska band, Blame Sydney!, Blame Sydney! captured the crowd’s enthusiasm, but was unable to edge its way into the winner’s circle. “It’s a little disappointing that we didn’t place in the competition, but we were up against some really talented people,” said Anthony “Tink” Edwards, band frontman and second degree radio, television and film major. “This just wasn’t our type of competition to win, really,” said Luke Sheehan, guitarist and junior in English. The band said it hopes to do better at the upcoming Battle of the Bands competition in September. According to the four-member judges’ panel, which included last year’s “AU Idol” winner Brandon Morgan, picking a winner wasn’t an easy task. The Tiger Talent Show had a turnout of about 200 students. UPC and Welcome Week coordinators are hoping to continue to host similar shows.

Class of the week: Honors Symposium, Tech in Culture BRENT GODWIN ASSISTANT CAMPUS EDITOR

Six credit hours, eight professors and class five days a week is not the typical course description at Auburn. However, the Honors Interdisciplinary Symposium on Technology and Culture boasts some of the best and brightest of Auburn’s nearly 25,000 students. The course covers the development of technology and its intersection with culture from the beginning of time to the present day. The class meets for plenary sessions Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while on Tuesday and Thursday, the class breaks into smaller discussion groups of about 15 students, guided by two professors. The course is taught by a rotation of professors from different disciplines and areas of study. Professors

from communication and journalism, industrial design, sociology and education, among others, have teamed up to teach the course. “This is arguably the most unique course on campus,” said James Hansen, history professor and director of the Honors College. Hansen said the decision was made to offer the course for six hours credit instead of the standard three because there was too much to talk about. Hansen said Auburn even hired two teaching, postdoctoral fellows specifically for the course, marking the first time the University has had postdoctoral faculty for any reason besides research. “One discipline can’t solve all the problems there are in the world,” Hansen said. “We want students to start to think in multi-discipline and interdisciplinary ways now,

at the undergraduate level.” Class discussions range from what the students’ personal expectations were for the course to how technology itself can be defined. Students were raising a variety of questions and topics, constantly taking the subject matter to the next level. Professors and students alike knew the issues they were discussing often don’t have a right or wrong answer, but the discussion is still important. Hansen said technology helps to teach the course, as some lectures will be given to the class through Skype or podcasts. “I like that there’s more than one teacher,” said Taryn Greene, a freshman who is undecided in engineering. “It keeps it interesting.” Greene said the class took up a lot of space on her schedule, but it fulfills six of her required honors


Symposium students engage in lively discussion on the intersection of tech and culture.

credits. “I chose to take the course because it seemed like a more interesting way to study history than was offered in high school,” Greene said. “I think studying technology in this way is important because it

allows you to see where we’ve come from and where we’re going.” Hansen said he hopes this course will open the possibility of similar interdisciplinary courses in coming years. “I think the

interdisciplinary approach to this class shows just how important technology in culture really is,” said Bill Trimble, professor of history. “The use of several different disciplines actually helps us to transcend history.”

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Gigi’s Cupcakes For some cupcake boutiques, the recipe for success lies solely in the eggs, flour and butter, but for Gigi’s Cupcakes, it is in the heart of its owners. Patrick and Jennifer Cooper, Auburn alumni, wanted an excuse to return to Auburn after moving to Fort Payne. When they fell in love with a Gigi’s Cupcakes in Nashville, Tenn., they could not resist moving back to the place where they met. After Gigi’s grand opening on Aug. 7, the city of Auburn has fallen in love with its cupcakes as well. “We are doing wonderful,” Jennifer said. “We have sold out of cupcakes every day.” With a different menu of cupcake flavors daily, Gigi’s provides a wide variety from which to choose; however, wedding cake is served daily. Not only does Gigi’s provide a fix for any cupcake craving, but it is also strategically located. Built across the street from Publix on Moores Mill Road, the Coopers wanted a place where there was a large com-


munity influence while still maintaining closeness to the University. “There is no parking on campus, and Auburn is moving this way, which creates easy access,” Jennifer said. The Coopers had originally planned to build in the Publix shopping complex, but with other stores moving in the area they feared they would lose visibility. Jennifer said she likes that Gigi’s can be seen from the traffic light on the corner of Moores Mill and Ogletree roads. Gigi’s new website allows the shopper to also order and pay online.

Painted in bright shades of purple, green and orange, Chill may well be the coolest place in Auburn. Located on Magnolia Avenue, Chill provides a new way to experience frozen yogurt, offering 75 different toppings and a variety of flavors, resulting in endless combinations. Since its opening on July 10, Chill’s business has not yet cooled down. “Business has been really good since school started back,” said MP Cowley, Chill employee. Students can be seen daily sitting in

large groups on Chill’s brick patio, eating and waving at passing students. Chill’s proximity to campus creates an easy walk from classes and also provides an opportunity for students to meet other students. Not only is the location ideal, but the unique variety of flavors provides an option for any taste. In a regular or large size cup, students can enjoy traditional frozen yogurt flavors such as birthday cake and wild strawberry. For the more adventurous, there are options such as watermelon and pink lemonade sorbet. Not only are customers encouraged to try Chill’s great tastes, but they are rewarded the more they dine. With Chill’s loyalty card, for every nine cups of frozen yogurt customers purchase, they receive the 10th free. Chill will be holding their official grand opening Thursday with free samples and 15 percent off all items all day long. Stop in and beat the heat with a cool treat.

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Waffle House Whether for an early morning breakfast or an after-bar food craving, the new Waffle House on West Glenn Avenue has got Auburn covered. Britney Brewer, employee of Waffle House for four years, said the location was purposefully chosen to attract both students and the late night bar crowd. “They figured that it would be the place that makes the most money because it was right by the college and more convenient to people who live near there,” Brewer said. In comparison to other Auburn locations, Brewer said this one will be much more student-focused and friendly. In order to encourage student business, Waffle House currently has a num-

Sure to become a post-game tradition because of its spectacular view of Toomer’s Corner, Balcony Bar will open its doors in the next week. Located in the old Coldstone Creamery storefront, Louis Williams, Balcony Bar owner, said he is going after a more relaxed, local crowd. “Primarily, we just want anyone that wants to have a good time, to watch a couple of games, have a few beers and just hangout,” Williams said. “It’s really for everyone.” Describing it as your “basic bar,” Williams said it will feature a pool table, game tables, a beautiful wood bar that was custom made, three large screen TVs, as well as the con-

venient view of Toomer’s. As far as drink specials go, Balcony Bar will attempt to gain a loyal following by offering affordable drinks during the week. “The plan is to make our prices similar to everyone else’s drink specials’ all the time,” Williams said. “Our goal won’t be to be the cheapest every night, but offer a fair price for a good drink every night.” Williams also said the bar, which is 21 and up, will most likely host different events throughout the week, like trivia and karaoke, though they haven’t planned out the schedule. While not open yet, Williams said the doors will be open before the first football game.

ber of deals, including 15 meals for fewer than $5. “We try to add stuff together like hashbrowns and grits to lower the price a little and give drinks for free,” Brewer said. Not surprisingly, the busiest time to visit is between 12 p.m. and 3 a.m. on crowded bar nights. However, if you are looking to snag a table without fighting the crowds, Brewer suggested coming on weekday mornings between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m.

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Marco’s Pizza Bringing authentic Italian pizza and subs to Auburn, Marco’s Pizza opened its doors on North Dean Road earlier this month, adding its name to a long list of competitors vying for a slice of the student dining pie. “Our founder, Pasquale Giammarco, was born in Italy, and we have a more organic, healthy and classic Italian style menu than our competitors,” said Patrick Watson, general manager of Marco’s. “We make our dough every day in the store, our cheese comes in refrigerated and never frozen, and our sauce is turned into sauce six hours after the tomatoes are picked.” Using these fresh ingredients, Marco’s cooks up a wide range of delicious pizzas, subs, wings and salads. Their most popular items so far have been the award winning White Cheezy and the Garden. Watson said Marco’s is currently offering any large one topping pizza for $8.99 or any large two topping pizza for $9.99. With online ordering available and a delivery radius of three miles around the store, Watson said they are expecting to do about 60 to 65 percent delivery to campus and other areas. For those not currently within delivery range, Watson said they expect to open more locations in the Auburn area to cover a larger range of customer locations.

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Smart phone apps are truly ‘smart’ Students use their cell phones and tablet computers to manage everyday activities. ELLIOT NOLAN WRITER

In today’s world, whatever the problem, there’s an app for it. With over 200,000 apps available today, students all over the globe are syncing up and harnessing all kinds of power at their fingertips. “I have a couple of applications that I use on my iPhone for school,” said Brad Cink, senior in industrial engineering. “One is the TransLoc app that gives me real-time tracking of the Tiger Transit service on campus.” The TransLoc application gives students and professors the opportunity to catch a few extra minutes of much needed shut-eye (assuming they live close to a transit stop). Once students have caught the transit and made it to class, there is another app to keep their school assignments organized. Cink said he uses iHomework

which allows him to record tests, homework assignment and quizzes into a special calendar. For students who still enjoy a spiral bound planner, there are more obscure ways apps can help. “College is definitely the time in life where everyone becomes a borderline insomniac,” said Milan Kunin in his article entitled “Smart phone Applications for College Students” at Kunin said there is an application called Sleep Diary that helps one keep track of sleeping habits in an effort to better understand how one performs while asleep. Another interesting app is the car locator app, which is available for a number of different Smart phone brands including iPhone and Android. Arguably one of the market’s coolest applications, it scans the location of the owner’s car using the built-in GPS system. Once the car owner returns

to the parking lot, they turn on the app, and it navigates them directly to their car. “The only app I use is one for Auburn football,” said Casey Bode, senior in applied discrete mathematics. “I got it two years ago and it was great. It gave me the upcoming schedule and tons of Auburn Tiger football news. Everything from recruits to injuries was included.” But the Auburn football app wasn’t exactly reliable, Bode said. “After about a year the app quit working,” Bode said. “I synced my phone numerous times, but it never worked again.” Along with the aforementioned apps, there is a variety of equally pertinent apps available for students. These applications can be bought via the Internet or via many mobile devices and are usually priced between two or three dollars, although there is a large library of free apps as well.



Chris Riley, senior in business administration, better understands a concept from class by using his smart phone’s apps.



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What is your routine for getting ready for school? Getting everything ready before I go to bed. I get up, work out, shower and go to class.



What is your favorite TV show? “Boy Meets World” What is your favorite smart phone app? I like Word Search.

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What smart phone app do you find the most useful? My Navigation system Do you like ice cream or frozen yogurt? Frozen yogurt, because I like the taste. Do you buy your textbooks? Yes, because the teacher told us to, and I need the access code for some of them. What do you like to wear to football games? Sundress and flip flops. It is comfortable.

What is your best football fashion fix? Hair band that I keep on my wrist What tips do you do to manage your time? I try to do everything during the day because at night I won’t want to do it. What place on campus are you excited about visiting? I want to go to Elle boutique because of the cute dresses in the window. What is the biggest fashion mistake you have worn at a football game? I wore heels. That was a mistake because my feet hurt. Who is your hero? My mom because she has overcome a lot of difficult things in her life.

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(Left to right) Margaret Wright, an employee at JCSM, hands out free shirts to Katelyn Dinkel, junior in human development and family studies and Liz Winslow, senior in business.

Maggie Tennant, 9, daughter of the assistant director of JCSM, enjoys the free food in front of Dooley Blue Revue on the patio.

Museum rocks out during Third Thursday open house Jule Collins Smith Museum welcomes students back with the Third Thursday Late Nights program featuring live music, food and camaraderie ALISON MCFERRIN STAFF WRITER

The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art welcomed students back to Auburn with an afterhours open house Thursday. “Third Thursday Late Nights” has been a monthly feature of the museum since it opened in 2003, according to Scott Bishop, curator of education for adult programs at the museum. Past events have included lectures, movies and special exhibits. This month’s Third Thursday Late Night focused on encouraging student involvement with the museum. Admission to the museum is free, but becoming a member offers students additional benefits. Students had the opportunity to sign up for a

free membership to the museum, and those who did received free T-shirts. Community members could join at a discounted rate. “I wanted to become a member,” said Ansley Norman, sophomore in hotel and restaurant management. “I missed out on that last year.” Norman, who grew up in Auburn, said she has been to the museum before to see the John James Audubon exhibit. The museum benefits the community by offering students the opportunity to see art firsthand, not digitally, and reap all the educational benefits, Bishop said. Some students are doing just that. Holly Elkins, a sophomore at the University of Montevallo, is from Auburn and came to visit the museum to see the artwork with her friends.

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Amelia Cox, sophomore also faculty to incorporate in anthropology, said a the museum into their museum is a valuable curricula and use it as an resource,” commodity to the commu- educational nity because it introduces Bishop said. Students, faculty and other generations to art. “If they’re not in an art other community members enclass in joyed a high school variety of like we activities were, they There is at this can at least m o n t h’s come to a always something T h i r d museum to that someone can Thursappreciate day Late art,” Cox find relatable to said. them from the piece, Night. The The muwhether the subject, “Welcome Back Celseum is a f f i l i a t e d the aesthetics of it or ebration” included with Au- the artist’s life.” open acburn University and Rebecca Freeman cess to the is the only senior, history museum’s museum in current Alabama art exhibconnected its, music to a college, Bishop said. on the terrace from local “I encourage students to group Dooley Blue Revue, not only become support- refreshments from Ursuers of the museum, but la’s Catering and the op-

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portunity to visit the museum’s gift shop. Rebecca Freeman, senior in history and art history minor, said she has been to the museum many times. As a member of Studio 5, Auburn University’s student organization for those interested in art, Freeman believes, “art museums are for everyone, whether they enjoy art or not. “There is always something that someone can find relatable to them from the piece, whether the subject, the aesthetics of it or the artist’s life.” Freeman said her favorite exhibit at the museum is the Old Master Drawings, which are currently on loan from the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Fla. They will be the lecture topic for September’s Third Thursday Late Night.

Students looking to be more engaged in the museum activities can do so by becoming a member. Membership includes e-mails about upcoming exhibition openings and other events, Bishop said. Students can support the museum by taking advantage of what is offered and learning to support arts in general, Bishop said. “Give a museum a try,” Freeman said. “Rarely does anyone walk out of a museum without having enjoyed a little bit of it.”

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Football Fan Fashions from the Past

To protect your eyes and prevent sunburn, don’t forget your lucky Auburn hat and a pair of polarized shades.



Finding an outfit with pockets can keep you from searching for a spot to stow your wallet.

Poncho — Since football season and hurricane season inconveniently overlap, it would be beneficial to carry a poncho with you at all times. Even if the weather report promises tropical beach levels of sunshine, bring your rain gear. Miniature monsoons have a way of sneaking up on the Plains (lest we forget last year’s Auburn vs. West Virginia game). Whether you choose to bring your most fashionable raincoat or your bargain-brand plastic poncho, you’ll be glad you have it during the unexpected, two-hour rain delay.

Band-Aids — Even the most comfortable, worn-in, sensible shoes can become your worst enemy on gameday. By the time you meander all over campus from tailgate to tailgate, run to make it in time for Tiger Walk and trek to your seats, your shoes will be attacking your feet. Instead of limping around on wounded feet, keep a small stash of bandages in your purse for instant relief.

As the weather cools, dress in easily removable layers to stay comfortable through the fourth quarter.

“Guys got our orange and blue ties from The Man with Tape downtown.” Robert Wellbaum, Class of ‘93

“Girls sure do wear a lot less!” Danielle Fields, Class of ‘02

Detergent pin — Stains are an inevitable part of tailgating. Drinks,

Cargo pockets give you a little extra storage for gameday necessities.

condiments or food will end up on your clothes before the day is over, even if it isn’t your fault and if you are careful. Accept it, and prepare yourself. Detergent pins are a perfect fix for these unavoidable accidents. Put one small dab on the stain and a few minutes later, it will be invisible.

Instead of a dress, try a comfortable romper to add style and function to your outfit.

Shakers: Don’t be the only fan without one.

Comfortable, durable sandals are key to keeping your feet happy in the summer heat.

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Bobby pins — No amount of hair spray can compete with Alabama humidity. Combine that with the sweltering heat, and you’ve got yourself a bad hair day. Keep a few bobby pins in your purse to help combat the frizzy, matted mess that results from the weather. For even better results, put your hair up from the beginning.

Leave that bulky bag at home. Instead, try a cute clutch with a wrist strap for easy transport.

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Sunscreen — Any day game that doesn’t require a poncho will most likely require sunscreen. To avoid unfortunate tan lines or seconddegree burns, apply before and again during the game.

Plastic sandwich bag — Carrying a plastic sandwich bag will in no way keep you looking fashionable at a football game, but it will definitely keep your cell phone safe. During an unexpected downpour, your poncho can only go so far to keep you dry. To ensure that your phone and any other valuables stay dry, store them in a plastic bag. Written by Chelsea Pound / ASSISTANT INTRIGUE EDITOR

“Wearing something uncomfortable and hot at the beginning of the season because if you are uncomfortable, you are miserable.”

“Not wearing a sundress when it is really hot because it is pretty toasty out there at the beginning of the season.”

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Safety pins — Safety pins are the ultimate fashion fix. Always keep a few on hand in case a strap breaks on your perfect gameday dress or a hem suddenly comes loose at a time when pulling out a sewing kit is not an option, like during tailgates or football games. With a safety pin, you can mend it in a snap and no one has to know! They hardly take up any space in your purse, so there is no excuse to forgo these tiny solutions that will be undoubtedly handy.

Wear a watch to keep from making that mad dash to the stadium before kickoff.

“Some women would wear fur stoles. How they did it in the heat, I don’t know.” Margaret Hendricks, Class of ‘65

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“I rocked a plaid button-up that was thick wool. It was bad because it was hot and not school colors.”

“Not wearing your team’s colors. It’s a big deal to represent with your clothing.”

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“Orange corduroy pants. It was tacky. I don’t really wear dresses to games.”

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Day in the life of Victoria Bott Auburn traffic control worker Victoria Bott spends her days standing in the middle of speeding traffic, trying to direct students across a busy intersection while smiling all the while. After working with the University as well as all Lee County schools and various churches for 8 years, Bott may be one of the happiest traffic control officers in the city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I enjoy this, and people enjoy me doing it,â&#x20AC;? Bott said. 5:45 a.m. - Wake up and get ready for work 6:00 a.m. - Arrive at the office and answer phone calls from other officers starting their shifts 7:15 a.m. - Arrive at Auburn Junior High to direct morning traffic 8:30 a.m. - Back in the office answering phone calls for the next shift of the day 1:00 p.m. - Duty on campus or small downtime 3:00 p.m. - Back at Auburn Junior High to direct afternoon traffic 4:00 p.m. - Run home to change and pack lunch box for the next shift 5:00 p.m. - Edgewest security 2:00 a.m. - Time for sleep

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Victoria Bott directs traffic outside Auburn Junior High School Friday afternoon to keep both pedestrians and drivers safe on their commutes.

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CHELSEA POUND Assistant Editor

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Plan ahead. One of the best ways to manage your time effectively is to plan ahead. Listing all assignments, due dates, appointments and personal plans in an agenda or calendar can ensure that you know ahead of time what is happening and when.

“The Great To-Do List.” Once you have

everything planned out, making a “Great To-Do List” everyday can help keep you on top of important tasks for the day. By striking through each item as you complete it, you will get more done and have a sense of accomplishment for completing your list an hour ahead of schedule.


Establish routines. By getting in the habit


Prioritize your commitments. You

of doing daily tasks at the same time every day, it will become second nature and you won’t think twice about doing it. When you walk in the door, put your wallet and keys in the same spot every day and establish a nightly study schedule or a weekly workout routine to lessen your stress and give you more time. Even if a crisis does occur, you will find yourself more productive if you follow a routine regularly.

can’t do everything for everyone all the time. To make sure you have time for the important things like school and work, give priority to some tasks over others. Running to the mall to get a top for drink specials is not as important as that research paper due in the morning.



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Organization is key. Good organization

skills and time management go hand-in-hand. All the planning is wasted if you are not organized enough to do things in a timely manner. Using a file system in your desk, organizational systems like color codes and other tools can help you go through your day with ease.

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Take breaks. Not even the strongest willed students can work for hours on end without taking a break, Stand up, walk around, eat a snack and re-energize your brain to keep going strong.

Limit distractions. By eliminating time-

suckers like TV and the Internet, you can concentrate on completing what really matters. Instead of studying at home, try snagging a booth at the library or finding a shady spot on campus to read that long assignment. Even going as far as putting your cell phone ringer on silent and leaving your laptop at home can force you to get around to those annoying assignments you keep putting off.

to 8. Save Time 9.

Recognize non-essential tasks.

While it may seem like the most important thing in the world, getting ice cream tonight with your friends is considered “non-essential.” Ask yourself whether the task needs to be done today, tomorrow, this week, next week or not at all? While you shouldn’t procrastinate important tasks, putting off those non-essential items can clear your head and keep you focused on the essentials.

Every week this semester, the Intrigue staff will gather together 10 practical tips you can apply to everyday life. This week, we help you fine tune your time management skills.

Focus on the right now. Don’t waste time worrying about events and tasks that are off in the distance. Focus on things that can be completed now, rather than later. It only adds to your stress otherwise.

Live a healthy life. Nothing breaks your concentration more than feeling like death when you are trying to study. Stay active, eat healthy and get plenty of sleep for your brain to be working at full power. Don’t skip meals or get dehydrated to maintain your focus.


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Re-Invention creates hope for moms Local company brings opportunities to improve circumstances for families abroad. J.P. KELSEY STAFF WRITER

Kellie Guthrie has done her fair share of marketing, public relations and sales for big players in the fashion industry, but being involved in and actually starting her own “social enterprise” is proving to be the most life-changing and rewarding experience for the Auburn resident. In 2007, Guthrie started the, as she describes, “forbenefit” business, “Re-Invention.” The Auburn/Opelika based business aims at creating opportunity for impoverished areas of the world by providing much -needed job opportunities that normally wouldn't be there. Re-Invention works in areas such as Thailand and India, giving residents the opportunity to work

for a business that improves their situation. “I worked in marketing and sales for many boutiques and stores that specialized in upper-end items, but I slowly started to become more aware of all the injustice and exploitation that was going on in the world,” Guthrie said. “I was actually getting angry at all the wrong I was seeing and wanted to create something better for future generations. I knew I just couldn't sit back and do nothing.” Re-Invention is a business, explained Guthrie. She said starting this social enterprise would create the opportunity she knew was needed. “If you can create a successful business model, you can make sure you have a viable product and company that can make change happen,” Guthrie

said. Guthrie, having the connections that she did in her industry, began developing the idea of creating opportunity by manufacturing the same goods she was already selling in a new way. Over the past several years, Guthrie has developed lines of clothing, textiles, home décor, jewelry and other accessories that are safely manufactured in Tilonia, India and parts of Thailand. All products are made from “up-cycled” materials, such as burlap sacks of coffee beans. These items are then transformed into things like pillows or handbags. The items are then shipped to the United States and sold to merchants domestically.    Although a Florida native, Guthrie has always

had strong ties Auburn, with several family members living here. Re-Invention has also worked with and continues to work closely with Auburn University students Rachel Beers, 2009 alumna and director of media and publicity for Re-Invention, has been working with the company for the past year and said it is definitely something which she has always wanted to be a part. The individual story is what Beers wants to get across. “We try to put focus on the individual people because that is what Reinvention is all about,” she said, “telling the individual stories of how people’s lives are changed by our efforts.” Taylor Gunter, senior in exercise science, has also worked closely with the

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Re-Invention outsources its labor to places where the owner believes jobs are needed most. The Avery dress, available in platinum or rasperry, is show here.

Re-invention’s efforts for about three years. “Re-Invention has opened my eyes to firsthand accounts of what I can personally do to help others,” Gunter said. “It offers products that not only help someone evolve from their dire circumstances,

but are beautiful at the same time.” Nowadays, Guthrie continually stays on the road marketing her products and says she has now devoted all of her time to expanding Re-Invention's efforts at home and abroad.

Moxii designs to reflect style Local store creates designs tailored to represent personal taste for student living. CHELSEA HARVEY STAFF WRITER

Open since May, Moxii specializes in home decoration and interior design. Its new downtown location features displays of curtains, bedding, towels, rugs and various knickknacks and home decorations. Katherine Bailey, cofounder of Moxii, said the company has been satisfied with its Auburn storefront location. “We love being a part of the downtown experience for both locals, students and those visiting from out of town,” Bailey said. Moxii does not limit itself to décor for dorm rooms, however.

“We do everything,” said Hope Carrico, Moxii employee. “Right now we’ve been targeting college students, but dorm season is about to be over.” One of the main features advertised by Moxii is the ability to deliver to dorm rooms, said Rachel Jernigan, junior in communication disorders. “I haven’t seen it as much this year, but I know last year it was popular,” Jernigan said. Bailey said Moxii’s design team can perform onsite consultations for a fee. Students can also come to the store’s downtown location for help. “We offer complimentary in-store design help,” Bailey said. “That simply

means you can bring in a piece of fabric, a photo, etc. that will be the focus of your space and we will work around that inspiration piece to complete your space.” Opinions on Moxii’s consulting services vary among Auburn students. “I’m my own decorator,” said Tara Jones, freshman in business. Jones said she likes the way the inside of the store is set up, but would not ask for an on-site consultation. “I’ve heard they have really cute stuff for decorating your dorm room,” said Erin Cheatham, freshman in international business. She said she might ask the store for help with

dorm room design if it was not too expensive. Although move-in season is over for the university, Bailey expects Moxii to continue to be busy. “We of course will be focusing on new products for fall and holiday décor as well,” Bailey said. “It is always exciting in that our merchandise is changing constantly. It keeps our regular shoppers on their toes and asking about what is new at Moxii.” Moxii also maintains a website containing a section specifically geared toward college students looking to redesign their room. The website can be found at http://www.

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Wasting Time Across 1 Giggle (hyph.) 6 Thunder 10 Ristorante order 14 In the least (2 wds.) 15 Movie lioness 16 Type of mitt 17 Cinnamon treat (2 wds.) 19 Tire supports 20 Rubble-maker 21 Blunders 22 Thin pancake 23 Helsinki citizen 24 Storage place 25 Campaign topics 28 Dragon’s breath 30 Galoshes 31 Systematized 35 Sushi-bar soup 36 Pulsate 37 Smear 39 Far into the future 41 Swiss capital 42 Benchmark 43 Granted a mortgage 44 Emerge 48 It has flippers

49 Locket shape 50 Wedding site 52 Payable now 55 Ms. Ferber 56 Foundation 58 Bonsai and ikebana 59 Fritz’s turndown 60 Aerie builder 61 Nurse’s portion 62 Shoulder enhancers 63 Maxi or mini Down 1 Diplomat’s assets 2 Collar or jacket 3 Axe handle 4 Brownie 5 Melancholy 6 Spy mission 7 Norwegian monarch 8 Says please 9 Norma 10 Man in a mask 11 Dorm climbers 12 Phoenix suburb 13 Map within a map 18 Vast ages 22 Music notation


23 Japanese mattress 24 Corn bin 25 “Big Blue” 26 Erosion loss 27 Just OK (hyph.) 28 Symposium 29 Statue 31 Grill steaks 32 Flawless 33 Make a salary 34 Sand deposit 36 Odin’s son 38 Motel offering 40 Tiny insect 41 Hopped on 43 Skinny 44 Winning 45 Peter, in Lima 46 Suit piece 47 Destroy data 48 Stupifies 50 Field of study 51 Burglar’s “key” 52 Old ruler of Venice 53 WWW addresses 54 Is very thrifty 56 Economic ind. 57 Kid’s card game Written by Ben Bartley / OPINIONS EDITOR

Leo: Stop trying so hard. None of this matters.

Aquarius: Duuuude, shine on, you wild man you. Classes? You don’t need them. Smoke more, think less.

Aries: Seek professional help. That “festering sore” on the lower part of your buttocks is not “natural.” You may or may not have “cancer.” Or syphilis.

Cancer: You shouldn’t put so much stock in horoscopes. The people writing these things are real assholes.

Sagittarius: You’re unique and special and full of interesting ideas. You’ll be famous one day. We just know it.

Libra: Douse yourself in assorted pheromones and hit up various rush parties. You should probably bring protection. (Not those. A gun, mace, your friend who dabbles in MMA.)

Gemini: Keep covering up your illiteracy with bluster and rhetorical questions. It’s worked so far. You are, after all, at Alabama’s second state school.

Scorpio: Stop talking about your wonderful (wunderbar, maravilloso, whatever) summer abroad experience to strangers. We don’t care.

Capricorn: Your best friend secretly hates you. Surprise.

Virgo: Make sure to fill the ringer. It can’t appear empty. This cannot be stressed enough. Suggestion: Dirty undies, the whites.

Taurus: Make sure to watch “True Blood” this week. We hear there will be vampires having sex. It’s like “Twilight” with exposed breasts.

Pisces: You see what happens? You see what happens when you fight a stranger in the Alps? Huh, Larry?

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Different coverage style for sports this school year CRYSTAL S CO OLE

Newton is Scootin’ Auburn quarterback Cam Newton rides his scooter around campus, and people have started to notice.


Hey there, sports fans. The Plainsman is making some changes to the sports section this year. To avoid any confusion, we would like to clue you in. We will no longer print recaps of games. By the time the paper gets out on Thursdays, most every student could make the playby-play from Saturday’s game themselves. This doesn’t just effect football, but you get the idea. It’s old news. Instead, we will be posting game recaps online. Check after any sporting event to see a full summary of the game. You might be thinking, “What’s left for the print edition?” We will be doing more in-depth previews of upcoming events. Interviews with the opposing coaches will be included, as well as a breakdown of previous meetings. Also, the sports section will focus more on features this year. We will bring you more human interest stories and learn what’s behind the people in uniform. We hope to include some of the pizazz that has been left out of the section previously. Some things we are keeping the same include The Weekly Scoop. Look for The Scoop to see when sports events will be, and GO TO THE GAMES! We are also continuing our weekly Coach’s Corner and Athlete of the Week. We will pick a coach each week to spotlight and ask some random questions to him or her. Our Athlete of the Week focuses on a student athlete who has accomplished something in their sport. This feature generally focuses on why this person loves playing the sport and what is the leading source of motivation to do well. We hope this change is for the better. We welcome any and all feedback. War Eagle! Crystal Cole is sports editor of The Auburn Plainsman. You can reach her at 844-9109.


Auburn’s campus is just a little too big for junior quarterback Cam Newton. That’s why the junior college transfer has taken to riding his motorized scooter to and from class. Newton said he also utilized his scooter while at the University of Florida. He said the campus was a lot bigger in Gainesville, and almost half the student body had some sort of motorized vehicle. “The campus was so big, and going from one place to another place could be very tiring,” Newton said. “Then having to go to practice after that can be very tiring on your legs.” At 6-feet-6-inches, Newton overpowers the scooter, which causes many stares from passersby. “I get a lot of double takes and a lot of smiles, but that doesn’t bother me,” Newton said. “While they’re laughing and walking, I’m zooming by.” Christen McFarland, a sophomore in graphic

design, said she was amazed the first time she saw Newton riding on his scooter.

“His legs stick out so far, and he just looks like he’s uncomfortable,” McFarl a n d said. “At


the same time, it’s really funny, and I can’t help but giggle.” Newton started riding his scooter on campus almost as soon as he arrived. “It’s been very useful for me to go in and out of traffic and something that I can depend on to get me from point A to point B very fast,” Newton said. McFarland said seeing Newton on a scooter makes her want to get one even more than before. “At first I thought I would look lazy or something by not walking,” McFarland said. “But if it’s good enough for our quarterback, it’s good enough for me.” Newton’s scooter, which is decorated with Auburn

stickers, is frequently seen outside the athletic complex. Newton said many of his teammates tease him for his scooter, but he thinks it is because they are jealous. “I think a lot of players are going to get scooters in the near future,” Newton said. “That’s kind of exciting because then you can have a bike club.” Eager to join Newton’s bike club is McFarland, who grew up around motorcycles. “I think it would be fun if he did start something like that, but for scooters,” McFarland said. “I had relatives with motorcycles growing up and thought it looked so cool. I wouldn’t mind having that bond with moped drivers, especially Cam Newton.” With some students eager to join Newton’s club, how soon could a bike club from him be expected? Newton said he had too much going on in the fall because of football season. Until then, Scootin’ Newton will continue to zoom past fellow students.


For a woman as entrenched in Auburn history as Susan Nunnelly, the location of her office is appropriate. Tucked behind reception and three closed doors in the Student Activities Center, Nunnelly, or “The Nun” as Camp War Eagle attendees may better know her, sits surrounded by models of Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum, signed basketballs and cheerleading megaphones. When Nunnelly first arrived on The Plains, not only was there no Coliseum, but the Alumni Gym, built in 1916, still stood next to Foy Hall. “I did undergraduate work at Auburn, and I entered as a freshman in 1966,” Nunnelly said. “I was a member of the Auburn Marching Band and Concert Band in those

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Susan “The Nun” Nunnelly stands in front of Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. She coached the first women’s basketball game held in the coliseum in 1974 and announces women’s basketball and volleyball games.

years. It was a great experience, so the band has a special place in my heart.” Upon graduation, Nun-

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With the start of basketball season just a few months away, first year coach Tony Barbee wanted to let students know how important they are to the program. Roughly 800 students showed up for free barbecue while Barbee announced tickets for all 1,500 seats in the student section will be free for the season. “It was an unbelievable day,” Barbee said. “I’ve made it clear that the students on this campus are a part of my team. They are just as important as our leading scorer, our lead rebounder and our best defender. We are all a part of one team. The students are vital to our success, and they will have the best seats in the house.” Barbee said he went to battle with the administration for the students be-

cause he feels, as a part of improving the quality of the team, they should not the student experience at have to pay for games. games. Barbee also announced “We’ve got to make the hiring of it fun,” DJ HolleyBarbee wood to cresaid. “The The ate a party game has atmosphere students are vital to to become for the stuan event. dents at ev- our success, and they People in ery home will have the best t o d a y ’s game. society go seats in the house.” to events, “It was Coach BarTony Barbee, they don’t to bee’s idea,” basketball coach go games.” DJ HolleyAs an wood said. “He contacted the market- added surprise, Barbee aning department, who then nounced students who atcontacted me. I love Au- tend every home game this burn, and I am glad to see year using their Auburn Igthat the University is cater- nited card will be invited to ing something toward the a party at his house followstudents. It’s going to be a ing the season. lot of fun.” Barbee said he was willBarbee sat down with ing to hold the party at his several leaders on campus house if it is 50 people, but from the SGA, fraternities, if it is 1,500, it would shift sororities and other orga- to the arena. nizations to discuss how Jourdan Beaumont, a the program could become sophomore in mechanical more organized while engineering, said he came

to the Barbee-Q to see the new arena, coach and the atmosphere he’ll be bringing with him. He said he was blown away when he found out Barbee had one final announcement. Barbee said he would personally pay for one student at every home game to win free textbooks for the semester. Barbee also said at each game, a student will be given the chance to shoot for free tuition. “It’s insane,” Beaumont said. “I’ve never heard of that. It’s going to create a great atmosphere and people are going to be dying to come to these games.” After the announcement, the students were allowed to tour the arena and shoot hoops. “It’s cool he is turning the program into an awesome environment, and hopefully soon, it’s going to be as big as football,” Beaumont said.

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Nunnelly stands in front of the stadium. She is a member of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.


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a position at Berry High School, now known as Hoover High School, in Birmingham. Soon, her passion turned to athletic officiating. “When they would have tournaments back in those days with women’s athletics, if you brought an official, you didn’t have to pay an entry fee,” Nunnelly said. “I loved blowing a whistle. I always went as the volleyball or basketball official when they were playing their tournaments or games, and the more and more I got into it, the more and more I really loved officiating.” When an opportunity to return to Auburn presented himself, Nunnelly jumped at the chance. In 1973, she took the reins as the women’s basketball coach, fielding the program’s first team to play at Beard-Eaves. “We had no scholarships,” Nunnelly said. “The kids played because of a love of the game. We had to buy our own tennis shoes, and we drove our own cars to games and things like that. Like in high school, we had to

have sales and car washes velopment helped a great to get the money to be able deal by playing with the to buy whatever we want- smaller ball.” ed to do.” Because of the farAfter three years as reaching implications coach, Nunnelly was of- of the committee’s decifered an administrative sion, Nunnelly’s name is job at Auburn, but she re- enshrined in the NCAA mained on athletic panels Women’s Basketball Hall on the local and national of Fame. levels. Nunnelly has served in O n e a variety of such panel posts was the on campus N C A A’s I’ve just been t h r o u g h R u l e s the years. C o m m i t - so blessed and been Her jobs tee, re- at the right place at h a v e sponsible ranged for intro- the right time.” from Coliducing s eum P.A. smaller announcer Susan Nunnelly, to faculty basketstatistician adviser for balls to better fit the Auburn the femiCheerleadnine physique. ers, who recently named “Obviously, with the an endowment scholarlady’s hand being smaller ship in her honor. than most men and tryHowever, it is through ing to grasp the ball, to her time with Auburn’s even dunk it would not freshman orientation prohave been a realistic thing gram, Camp War Eagle, to think about,” Nunnelly that most students know said. “It also helped de- the short, silver-haired figvelop junior high and high ure known as “The Nun.” school students once they For more than 15 years, went from a junior ball Nunnelly has been a fixin elementary school to ture at pep rallies and that size ball. Finally, we other spirit-related events did some research and it throughout the summer. showed that their skill de“Camp War Eagle, with

the experience I had at the beginning, to see how far that program has come with [director] Mark [Armstrong] and his staff, is just great,” Nunnelly said. “I know, from my days as an incoming freshman, with what orientation was at that point, had I not been an Auburn person my entire life, I don’t know if I would have thought ‘Have I made the right choice here?’ The Auburn Spirit, you still felt it, but it wasn’t presented then like it’s presented now. You know they feel it or they wouldn’t be here.” Whether she is jolting a freshman class awake on a hot summer night in Jordan-Hare Stadium or spurring on the basketball program over an arena microphone, “The Nun” continues to respond whenever her beloved alma mater calls. “I’ve just been so blessed and have been at the right place at the right time,” Nunnelly said. “A lot of the chances I’ve had with my professional career have been because I was just lucky, and I think the Lord always has a plan for all of us. You just have to wait on the journey to see when it will be fulfilled.”



Against the heat, hockey comes to Auburn PATRICK TIGHE WRITER

A hockey puck was slapped down, and player’s skates chewed up the ice in a hotly contested battle that took place in Auburn. A hockey club has formed at Auburn University. “Various students, staff and faculty have inquired about starting an ice hockey team with club sports for a few years,” said Mike Robinson, founder and coach. “After many e-mails, phone calls and visits with club sports we were finally given the green light to start up.” The club had to jump through some hoops with SGA to become an officially University-sanctioned club. “We didn’t really know what we were going up against the first time we did it, but this time when we met up with them we pretty much had answers to all of their questions,” said Elliot Chenger, club president. “That, on top of having two staff members from the school who are going to be our advisers, that really helped.” Buzz about the club has spread to

other areas of the state as well. “I can travel to Montgomery, Columbus, Ga., Birmingham and Huntsville, and people are asking me about the club,” Robinson said. “Once we get our season started and get some more exposure, I’m confident more people will be interested in Auburn hockey.” The team

plans to set up shop in Pelham until the new year-round ice rink is completed in Columbus, Ga. The Auburn hockey club will take on other SEC ice hockey opponents this season, including Ole Miss, LSU, Mississippi State, UGA and the Alabama Crimson Tide. The matchup against Alabama will be a threeday series from Jan. 14 to 16 in Pelham on Alab a m a’s home ice. “I would go up to Birmingham sometimes and watch Bama play,” said Ryan Proctor, member of the team. “It was a little frustrating to watch a university like Alabama

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in China. Huang came to Auburn in WRITER the fall of 2008 and said he Although their numbers are used to play table tennis at few, their spirit is mighty. the Christian Student Center The members of Auburn’s ta- on South College Street before ble tennis club can pack quite discovering the University’s a wallop with their rackets de- team. He has been involved spite being one of the Universi- with the club since last fall. ty’s smallest “The reason I organizajoined is pretty tions. simple,” Huang Making the “In the said. “Table tenlate 1980s, team isn’t the focus of nis is my favorite I met with sport, and I like to our club. Our memother local find people who table tennis bers are there mainly also like to play.” players at to have fun and play Huang said he Auburn, and has also met some around 1987 table tennis.” of his best friends or 1988 we through playing James Cross, table tennis, indecided to Club faculty adviser cluding his wife of put together the club,” two years and felclub faculty advisor James low player, Julia Xu. Cross said. Recruitment for the club beCross is one of the founding gins in the summer, when infathers of the club and a long- terested players contact Cross time player himself since tak- about joining. Cross said the ing up the sport in college. club usually has 15 to 20 memHe played in tournaments bers each year, many already in Europe and Asia and enjoys seasoned table tennis players. playing locally as well. However, they also have memLike Cross, club president bers who have never taken up Ping Huang also became in- a racket before. terested in table tennis during “We have five tables set up, college. Huang said he started and the players at each table playing in 2000 while working have a different level of experion his bachelor’s degree at the ence,” Cross said. “The players Northeast Forestry University at the top two or three tables

are the ones who make up the team.” Auburn’s table tennis team competes in the Georgia division of the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association almost every year. In 2007, the women’s team placed fifth at the national championship while the men’s team ranked 16th. While proud of the team’s achievements, Cross said there is more to the club than having a great competitive team. “Making the team isn’t the focus of our club,” Cross said. “Our members are there mainly to have fun and play table tennis.” Cross said the club occasionally allows visitors to drop in during practice sessions and play as guests with the club, as long as they realize what they’re up against. “Our members are very competitive,” Cross said. “It’s not just recreational play.” The table tennis club is open to all Auburn University students, faculty and staff members. The club meets every week from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday in Room 207B at the Student Activities Center. A $5 membership fee is required to join the club.

have a hockey team and not us.” Because of the effort of Robinson and the rest of the team, ice hockey is no longer just a dream for Auburn.

HOCKEY LINGO Freezing the puck: To hold the puck against the boards with either the skate or stick to get a stoppage of play. Power Play: A power play occurs when a team has a one-man or two-man advantage because of an opponent’s penalties. Body Check: Use of the body on an opponent. It is legal when the opponent has possession of the puck or was the last player to have touched it.

INTRAMURAL SCHEDULE AUGUST: - Sunday, Aug. 29 - Preseason football games signup @ intramural field house. - Monday, Aug. 30 - Intramural football season begins. SEPTEMBER: -Tuesday, Sept. 21 - Track and field meeting @ 7 p.m. Courts 5 to 7 @ Student Act. - Sunday, Sept. 26 - Badminton Tournament signup, information online. OCTOBER: - Sunday, Oct. 3 - Flag football playoffs begin. -Monday & Tuesday, Oct. 4-5 - Volleyball, soccer and coed football sign-ups 4-8 p.m. @ intramural field house. - Wednesday & Thursday, Oct. 6-7 - Referee paper work 7:45 – 11:45 am; 12:45-4:45 p.m. Room 204. - Wednesday, Oct. 13 - Schedule distribution online, 10 a.m. -Thursday, Oct. 14 - Schedule adjustment meeting. 7 p.m. Courts 5 to 7 @ Student Act. - Monday, Oct. 18 - Volleyball, soccer and coed football seasons begin.

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Volleyball looks to seniors, aims high in 2010 BRANDON MILLER

tional Aug. 27 and 28. Troy, Tennessee-Martin and Georgia Southern are making the trip to the Plains to A year after Auburn’s best volley- take part in the annual event. ball season in a decade, the Tigers Auburn is also taking part in are predicted to have another suc- the Middle Tennessee Tournacessful year and have been picked ment, Sept. 3-5, and the College of to finish second in the SEC West. Charleston Tournament, Sept. 10 That is the same place that the 16- and 11. The Tigers face five teams 15 Tigers finished following the that made the NCAA Tournament 2009 season. last year in the War Eagle Invita“This is a good spot for this team tional and Middle Tennessee Tourat the start of the season,” said nament. coach Wade Auburn plays each Benson. of the 10 SEC schools This year’s with volleyball teams team, which won once at home and once Our goal is a gold medal in the road. LSU was to win the SEC West on Italy over the picked to win the SEC summer, is led and go to the NCAA West, while Tennessee by six seniors, Tournament this was picked to win the including libero SEC East, as well as the Liz Crouch. Last year.” overall SEC title. AuLiz Crouch, burn faces Tennessee year, Crouch led senior, libero Sept. 26, and takes on the team in digs, setting a single the Bayou Bengals Oct. season record 24. Auburn faces inwith 453. Crouch also led the team state rival Alabama on Oct. 3. Three with 31 receptions. g (Home), ( ), Florida matches,, Georgia “Liz enters her senior year with h (Home), (Hom ome) e), ), and and Kentucky Kent Ke nttuc u ky (Away), will a lot of experience and leadership p be be televised. tel elev evvissed e . qualities that this team needs,” Ben-Alth Al th gh the though th hee tteam e mh ea ha as only pracAlthough has son said. ti few week w eekks, Auburn Aub u ur urn is i already ticed a few weeks, Benson is looking forward to o looking look okkin ing like l ke a team li ttea eeaam with with wi h a ggoal. oal. a highly productive season from “Our m “ urr goal “O ggo oal is to oal to win wiin the th he SEC S C West SE some returning starters. and and go to an o the the NC NCAA AA A Tournament Tou T ourn ou rn nament Sophomore Sarah Bullock also year, amount o this tth his yyea eaar, r and d with witth the w the amo ou of ount had a huge 2009 season. The Allen, wee have n, depth dept de ptth wee have p have on the the h team, t w Texas native led the team with 2966 our ou ur goals go oal a s sett in place for coming com o ing kills and 337.5 points. She also fin-- outt on top,” Crouch sa said. “Practices aid d. “P Praacttices ished second on the team in digs, s, have been going really reeal ally ly well, wel ell, and and nd it is collecting 275. apparent that ever everyone excited ryyo onee iiss ex exc cite ted to Senior Morgan Johns is anotherr be here. The freshmen fresh hmen ca came ame iin n att a big returner. Johns finished rightt high level and that tha hatt has ha h s helped ha heelp lped ed the behind Bullock in kills and points, season s, entire team begin th thee se easso on n aatt a with 266 and 304.5, respectively. high level right from thee start. sttartt. t.” Alyssa Davis had the fifth mostt This will be Benson’s third year th hirrd ye ear a aass kills and points last year. The all-- Auburn’s volleyball coach. After coach h. A h. f err an ft an around player also had the second-- amazing turnaround last year, yyeear a , BenBen-most blocks, rejecting 65 of the op-- son said he predicted Auburn Au ubu b rn will willl ponents’ spikes. dominate in a few year years. rs. s. Auburn begins the season att “I see us competing competin ng for fo the th he SEC, SEC,” SE home, hosting the War Eagle Invita-- Benson said. WRITER

2010 Auburn Volleyball Schedule OPPONENT

DATE 08/27/10 08/28/10

Troy Tennessee-Martin Georgia Southern 09/01/10 Mercer 09/03/10 Miami 09/04/10 Duke Middle Tennessee 09/05/10 Southern Miss Troy 09/10/10 Oregon State 09/11/10 College of Charleston Cincinnati 09/17/10 LSU* 09/19/10 Arkansas* 09/24/10 Kentucky* 09/26/10 Tennessee* 10/01/10 Mississippi State* 10/03/10 Alabama* 10/06/10 Georgia* 10/08/10 Mississippi* 10/15/10 Florida* 10/17/10 South Carolina* 10/22/10 Arkansas* 10/24/10 LSU* 10/29/10 Tennessee* 10/31/10 Kentucky* 11/05/10 South Carolina* 11/07/10 Florida* 11/14/10 Mississippi* 11/19/10 Alabama* 11/21/10 Mississippi State* 11/24/10 Georgia* *= conference event



Auburn Auburn Auburn Auburn Murfreesboro, Tenn. Murfreesboro, Tenn. Murfreesboro, Tenn. Murfreesboro, Tenn. Troy Charleston, S.C. Charleston, S.C.

7 p.m. CDT 12 p.m. CDT 7 p.m. CDT 6 p.m. CDT 7 p.m. CDT 11 a.m. CDT 7 p.m. CDT 2 p.m. CDT 7 p.m. CDT 3:30 p.m. CDT 12 p.m. CDT

Charleston, S.C. Baton Rouge, La. Fayetteville, Ark. Auburn Auburn Auburn Auburn Auburn Oxford, Miss. Gainesville, Fla. Columbia, S.C. Auburn Auburn Knoxville, Tenn. Lexington, Ky. Auburn Auburn Auburn Tuscaloosa *Starkville, Miss. Athens, Ga.

4:30 p.m. CDT 7 p.m. CDT 1:30 p.m. CDT 7 p.m. CDT 1:30 p.m. CDT 7 p.m. CDT 1:30 p.m. CDT 7 p.m. CDT 7 p.m. CDT 6 p.m. CDT 12:30 p.m. CDT 7 p.m. CDT 1:30 p.m. CDT 6 p.m. CDT 12 p.m. CDT 7 p.m. CDT 1 p.m. CDT 1:30 p.m. CDT 7 p.m. CDT 1:30 p.m. CDT 6 p.m. CDT

Carroll inspires Auburn Cross-Country into season RACHEL SHIREY WRITER

At 6 a.m., the men and women of the Auburn cross-country team are putting on their running shoes for a hard day of practice with coach Mark Carroll. They are preparing themselves for the upcoming season. According to runner Stephanie Barnes, a graduate student in health promotion, Carroll is inspirational and makes the team want to get better. One of Carroll’s assets to

the team is his experience, said runner Charles Mitchell, a junior in history. Carroll led the men’s team to third place in the SEC championships last year and the women’s team to seventh. In the NCAA south regional, the men’s team ranked third and the women’s team ranked sixth. In the NCAA championships, the men’s team ranked 25th. However, “races aren’t run on paper,” Mitchell said. The Auburn team wasn’t

expected to go to nationals last year by officials, but they did better than anticipated, Mitchell said. “Coach wants to bring team together,” said Ben Cheruiyot, 23. “Crosscountry needs teamwork. The team is like a family from across the world, including Kenya and England. The men’s and women’s teams practice together and spend free time together.” Every Sunday morning, the team runs between 13 and 18 miles. “Cross-country is like

a full-time job,” Mitchell said. “You always have to go out and push yourself because everyone else in the country is doing the same thing.” The team practices six days a week, and they usually leave the track to run challenging routes in Auburn to build strength and endurance. “I run 70 to 80 miles a week long-distance, but not a lot for a long-distance runner,” Cheruiyot said. Cross-country runners can run between 60 and

120 miles a week. “Running is one of the most competitive sports there is,” Mitchell said. “When you watch guys running, you can see how much they put into it. They can’t conceal the pain, but you can see determination and will.” Mitchell said he believes you have to have desperation to be a good runner. However, the team is facing some challenges this season. The cross-country team lost five runners to graduation and finds itself in a

rebuilding phase. Despite this, however, Mitchell isn’t worried about the disadvantage. “Good teams lost their good guys too,” he said. Barnes said one of the challenges she has had to face this season is the heat and humidity. “Hydration is an issue, so the trainers make sure we are drinking a lot,” she said. The runners must sleep for eight hours a night, eat three times a day and make sure to drink plenty of water to stay healthy.

2010 Auburn Cross Country Schedule DATE





Troy Invitational


9:30 a.m.


Crimson Classic




Brooks Memphis Twilight Memphis, Tenn. Cross Country Classic



Chili Pepper Festival

Fayetteville, Ark.



SEC Championships

Columbia, S.C.



NCAA South Regional




NCAA Championships

Terre Haute, Ind.


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Auburn Athletic’s Master Plan The Auburn Athletic Department, along with Director Jay Jacobs, plans renovations for many of the university’s athletic facilities

New indoor facilities provide practice and conditioning together BRIAN WOODHAM ASSOCIATE COPY EDITOR

In June, the Auburn Board of Trustees approved plans for a $16 million indoor practice facility, which will be built parallel to Samford Avenue. The new facility will cut across the current practice fields behind the Athletic Complex. Construction of the facility will begin in December, with a completion date set for next August. “It’s a pretty quick

turnaround,” Jacobs said. “Fortunately, because of the board’s support and president’s support at the June meeting, we were able to get it approved, so our people are already ordering the structural steel and all those things.” Jacobs said the multipurpose facility will be available for men’s and women’s sports, including football, baseball, softball, soccer and track. “It will be used for inclement weather when it’s pouring down rain or lightning, or both,” Jacobs said.

Jacobs added that the air-conditioned practice facility would also be used when temperatures outside become too uncomfortable. “I know from playing here that if I knew that I was going out there in 100 degrees, and it’s a two-hour practice, all I’m trying to do is survive,” said Jacobs, an offensive lineman at Auburn during the ‘80s. “If I know I’m going to be out in the heat for an hour, I can go full-speed, then know I’m going to go inside.” Auburn coach Gene

Chizik said fall practice has been good for the team, even though it’s been hot. “We’ll always continue to be out in the heat enough to make sure that we’re in great shape,” Chizik said. “But at the same time, we want to be able to, when we have to, bring them in for walkthroughs and part of practices that, again, are going to be whatever is in the best interest of our players.” Jacobs said the indoor facility has additional health and instructional

benefits. “There’s still going to be intensity, but it’s not going to wear my body out,” Jacobs said. “So I can learn more, and also it’s injury prevention because when you get tired and fatigued, that’s when you have injuries.” Once completed, the new 120-yard indoor practice facility will replace Auburn’s current 40-yard indoor facility, the John H. Watson Fieldhouse, which is also located behind the Athletic Complex. Jacobs said he hopes

to renovate the fieldhouse to include a weight room and sports medicine training room for Olympic sports, both of which currently reside in Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. “If you’re a soccer player or a tennis player or whatever, and you come over here for treatment, and you need to do some hydrotherapy, you can do that,” Jacobs said. “And then if the trainer wants to get you to run some sprints or do some special stretching, then you have the indoor.”


Jacobs discusses a possible stadium expansion BRIAN WOODHAM ASSOCIATE COPY EDITOR

The master plan for Auburn’s athletic facilities also includes something frequently discussed among fans of Auburn football: stadium expansion. In October, Auburn hired a company that has created master plans for stadiums to integrate potential upgrades and renovations to Jordan-Hare Stadium with an anticipated future expansion. “We hired this company to look at our stadium, figure out what it is we want to do,” Jacobs said, “adding seats, adding different amenities, all these differ-

ent things. “Since October, we’ve probably seen no fewer than six and maybe as many as a dozen different stadiums. We’re pulling together what we think the stadium should look like in x number of years, all those components.” Creating a master plan with stadium expansion in mind avoids missteps while upgrading or renovating. “You look at our stadium, and you think ‘All right, we need more space for the recruiting lounge to recruit student-athletes for Olympic sports and for football,’” Jacobs said, in an example of what the plan aims to avoid. “That’s

going to cost you $500,000, so you go over there and you do that. “The next year, you realize that you need more space for club-level seating, so you go to do that in the end zone right above the recruiting lounge, and you realize that you’ve put the recruiting lounge right in the way of where the pylons would go for the upper deck. So you work around that instead of having to come back and tear something out.” Jacobs said one key factor in determining when to move forward with stadium expansion is whether Auburn’s pro forma will handle the debt service. A pro forma is a finan-

cial statement designed to reflect a proposed change, “Going into the ’08 season, we started gearing up to look at a possible expansion, and then the economy crashed, we only won five ball games and everything got put on hold,” Jacobs said. “We were selling out all of our Tiger’s Unlimited Priority, selling out tickets, and we had done that two years in a row, which to us is the time that you need to look at expansion.” Jacobs said having two straight years where demand for tickets exceeds supply is a good indicator of when to move forward with expansion. He added that the economy improv-

ing and winning football games would help. “That’s what we hope to get back to,” Jacobs said. “We definitely will have it ready to go when it’s time to go. It won’t be ‘when it’s time to go, let’s get ready.’ It’ll be ‘when it’s time to go, we’re ready to go.’ So that’s what we’re taking this time now to do for football.” The speaker system in Jordan-Hare Stadium is an issue that Jacobs said the master plan needs to address. Jacobs said it will cost about $5 million to completely redo the speaker system. “We didn’t realize how bad it was, and then we hired a company to come in here, and it’s not good,”

Jacobs said. “It is an issue, and that’s one that we’re going to have to address. It’s just when they told us that in March, we weren’t prepared for a $5 million investment in the speaker system.” Jacobs said now that the athletic department knows about the speaker system, updating the speaker system will be part of the business plan. “We’re going to do some things for this fall to try to help it some,” Jacobs said. “You know, we have five goals here in the athletics department, and one of them is the gameday experience. We have to update our speaker system in the football stadium.

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Sports, D6

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Katy is kicking in a new season ABBY TOWNSON O SO WRITER

Auburn soccer star Katy Frierson gets more kicks out of playing the game than making the goal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Goals are nice and stuff, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not really what I like to do,â&#x20AC;? Frierson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like to just play and pass and move and make it look pretty.â&#x20AC;? Nonetheless, Frierson kicked the first goal of the soccer season Friday, pushing the junior midfielder into 10th on Auburnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career top 10, with 49 career points, the most recent of a line of preseason distinctions. Only two weeks before, Frierson was named to the Hermann Trophy watch list, the first player from Auburn ever to be put on the list. The Hermann Trophy is an award presented annually by the Missouri Athletic Club to the best male and female collegiate soccer players in the United States. Mary Coffed, sophomore forward and roommate of Frierson, said the honor couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go to a more deserving player.


Katy Frierson attempts to steal the ball from an opponent. Frierson led Auburn and the SEC last season with 20 points.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s such a great kid, not only as a soccer player, but as a friend and a teammate,â&#x20AC;? Coffed said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just so proud of her and very happy for her.â&#x20AC;? Frierson was also selected for the First Team

All-SEC for the second time since 2008 and was recently named one of Soccer Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Preseason All-Americans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She obviously is a great player,â&#x20AC;? said Auburn coach Karen Hoppa, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

also a player thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always working hard to get better and is a really humble kid. I was excited for the rest of the country to see what we see every day, that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the top players in the country.â&#x20AC;?

Coffed said Frierson is the smartest player sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ever played with. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Her vision of the field is amazing, along with her technical skills,â&#x20AC;? Coffed said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really beat that.â&#x20AC;?

Frierson said she puts more pressure on herself to have a good season and to focus on what will help the team win instead of focusing on the watch list. However, as far as Hoppa is concerned, the pressure hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t changed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our expectations for Katy are just like any other player,â&#x20AC;? Hoppa said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want her to have a better year than she did last year. We want her to improve as a player.â&#x20AC;? Friersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expectations for the team are equally simple. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just want to have a great year all around, you know,â&#x20AC;? Frierson said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;do the things weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re capable of. We think we have a lot of talent. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a matter of having the mentality.â&#x20AC;? Hoppa said the team will look to Friersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goalscoring abilities this season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I certainly think she is going to play a big role in our attack,â&#x20AC;? Hoppa said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be important that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put too much pressure on her. We just want her to go out and play her best game every day.â&#x20AC;? Auburn plays Marquette Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Bynes, Stevens, Washington, Byrum named to awards lists NICOLE LOGGINS WRITER

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Senior kicker Wes Byrum attempts a field goal against West Virginia University Oct. 23, 2008. Byrum hit 15 of 16 field goal attempts last year.

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With four players recently named to various collegiate trophy watch lists, Auburn is gearing up for an award-winning season. Josh Bynes, Craig Stevens, Demond Washington and Wes Byrum have all been named to watch lists for major collegiate football trophies. Bynes and Stevens were placed on the Butkus watch list. Washington was named to the Hornung watch list and Byrum to the Lou Groza watch list. The Butkus Award is presented annually to the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top college linebacker. Bynes led the team with 104 tackles in 2009. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You just do what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re supposed to do at your position and be the best,â&#x20AC;? Bynes said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We focus as a team, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about the 10 guys around me. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m thankful and just doing my job.â&#x20AC;? After starting 13 games and

averaging seven tackles per game in 2009, Stevens was named to the Bronko Nagurski and Butkus award watch lists. The Nagurski Trophy is given to the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top defensive player. Stevens was named Auburnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s co-defensive MVP, and his 95 tackles for the season were second-most on the team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I try not to think about things like that and just focus on my game,â&#x20AC;? Stevens said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I try to learn new things and whatever I need to work on, work on that and be the best player I can be.â&#x20AC;? After hitting 15 of 16 field goal attempts, Byrum was a Lou Groza National SemiFinalist in 2009. Byrum holds Auburnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s single-season record with 54 points after touchdowns. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not really anything I think about for the most part,â&#x20AC;? Byrum said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just have to do well in practice and stay on top of my game.â&#x20AC;? In 2009, Washington totaled



497 kick and 39 punt return yards and finished the year with 36 tackles. The senior defensive back ranked first in the SEC in kickoff return yards and set the Auburn record for kickoff returns, averaging 31.1 yards per rush last season. The Hornung Award is presented to the most versatile player in college football. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just go out every day and do what I was asked to do by the coaches and help the team win,â&#x20AC;? Washington said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good, but I go out every Saturday and do what I do.â&#x20AC;? With multiple players on preseason watch lists, coach Gene Chizik hopes the lists wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t affect their gameplay, and he challenges the team to be more consistent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to go out and start all over, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to be productive,â&#x20AC;? Chizik said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how much of it they read or how much they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t read, but it should have nothing to do with how they play.â&#x20AC;?

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sports, D7

Graba vaults into Auburn Gymnastics Program New coach makes his way over from Utah, looking to take the Tigers back to national prominence. SARA WEEKS WRITER

Somersaulting into a new fall semester is Auburn University’s new women’s gymnastics coach Jeff Graba, who arrived in Auburn last week. Graba was named women’s gymnastics coach by Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs in early August. Graba came to Auburn from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where he worked as the assistant gymnastics coach since 2003. Originally from Forest Lake, Minn., Graba’s move to Auburn was not a total culture shock. “I worked for a truck company, and it required me to do a lot of work in the Southeast,” Graba said. “I really love the Auburn community.” As for moving from the metropolis of Salt Lake City to the small town of Auburn, Graba feels more at home than one would think. Graba said the small town feel reminds him of his hometown. “I love it here,” he said. “It’s great to be in a place like that.”

Graba met with the team as a whole and the girls individually for the first time Friday. “I want to use this time to get to know the team and for them to get to know me,” Graba said. As a youth, Graba was awarded a gymnastics scholarship to the Air Force Academy. Instead, he elected to go to the University of Minnesota, where he competed on the University’s gymnastics team and received his bachelor’s degree in economics. As a way to pay the bills, Graba got a job with the gymnastics team at North St. Paul High School in North St. Paul, Minn., where his passion for coaching gymnastics was discovered. He remained there for four years. In 1995, he opened his own gym in Minneapolis. He continued coaching at the elite level for eight years and led many of his gymnasts to qualifications for the NCAA championship finals. With five months until the season begins, Graba plans to hit the ground running.

By blending techniques he learned from Greg and Megan Marsden, the cohead coaches at Utah, with his own style, Graba hopes to bring success to Auburn gymnastics. With his wife, Bridget, and two daughters, Shayla, 8, and Kyla, 6, still in Utah trying to sell their house, Graba’s main focus is getting to work with the team. “I am excited about this fun opportunity, and I look forward to being a part of the Auburn family,” Graba said. Graba is not the only one excited about the 2011 season with the Tigers; so are many Auburn gymnastics fans. “I cannot wait for Auburn gymnastics,” said April Hall, senior in English education. “I look forward to seeing the energy the new coach brings.” With 22 years of coaching gymnastics under his belt and the support of the Auburn family, Graba and the women’s gymnastics team only have a few months to prepare for the season opener. The first home gymnastics meet will be Jan. 14, 2011, at 7 p.m. in the new Auburn Arena.

The Scoop W. Soccer 8/27 @ Marquette @ 7 p.m.

W. Volleyball 8/27 vs. Troy @ 7 p.m.

W. Volleyball 8/28 vs. UT-Martin @ 12 p.m.

W. Soccer 8/29 vs. Milwaukee @ 11 a.m.

W.Volleyball 8/28 vs. Georgia Southern @ 7 p.m.

W. Volleyball 9/1 vs. Mercer @ 6 p.m.

The Auburn Plainsman SPORTS STAFF Crystal Cole Editor Blake Hamilton Associate Editor

Nick Van Der Linden Assistant Editor

To reach the staff, call 844-9109.

Getting to know Graba What is your favorite Auburn tradition? Well, I hope to do the rolling thing—rolling Toomer’s Corner when we win. If you could have one super power, what would it be? Reading people’s thoughts Do you have any hobbies? Camping and fishing; lately, it’s been whatever my daughters want to do.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? I would go to Italy. My wife wants to go, and if she’s happy, I’m happy. What is the best thing about Auburn? The Auburn community reminds me of my hometown.

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