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February 2011 Blog Posts (314)

Intramural Sports Help Students Stay Active

Prior to college many students are active members of sports teams. For some, it is a dream come true to play on the collegiate level, but for those who do not get that opportunity, there is still an option: intramurals.…


Added by Ashley Baxter on February 28, 2011 at 11:30pm — No Comments

A Corner to Remember

After the shocking news that Toomer's corner was poisoned, many Auburn fans were worried about the live oaks being a memory forever.


After the initial impact of the tragedy, ideas have been pouring in from all over. Talk of…


Added by Jesica Ahlberg on February 28, 2011 at 10:39pm — No Comments

The Tragedy of Toomer's Oaks

Rolling Toomer's Corner has been an Auburn tradition for many years. After every home game victory, the Auburn fans cover the oak tree on Toomer's Corner with toilet paper and celebrate downtown.


While this tradition is very close to the hearts of Auburn fans, the love is not shared by…


Added by Ian Patrick Rigby on February 28, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Unified Rivalry

Although Christopher Whitehead was born and raised an Alabama fan, he currently attends Auburn University. I sat down with Chris recently to discuss what his reaction was to the poisoning of the Toomers oak trees, as well as some of his experiences in being an elephant on campus.


While the egregious actions of the weekend following the Iron Bowl were almost certainly…


Added by William Stewart on February 28, 2011 at 9:25pm — No Comments

Courtney Hickman talks trees

A cornucopia of emotions flurried around Auburn’s campus around 3:00 p.m. on February 16. Anger. Hurt. Shock. Sadness.

“I’m not gonna lie. I teared up a little bit,” said Courtney Hickman.

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At this time, on this date, Auburn University released a statement confirming that a toxic herbicide was deliberately applied in lethal… Continue

Added by Amy Elizabeth Barton on February 28, 2011 at 9:09pm — No Comments

Major Spotlight: Radio, Television and Film

Radio, Television and Film is a budding major in the Department of Communication and Journalism in the College of Liberal Arts. RTVF, as it is known by students, offers an extensive curriculum and many opportunities for hands-on experience. There is also a track specifically designed for those who wish to pursue a career in broadcast…


Added by Patti Plath on February 28, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Auburn vs. Alabama: A Forever Shaken Rivalry?

The Auburn and Alabama rivalry is one that runs deep. It is one that causes a near divide of Alabama state residents, especially during football season. Year after year, fans, alumni and students all participate in the uprising of support for their teams shot at victory. When reflecting on the recent poisoning of the Toomer’s Corner oak trees, it is difficult to not think of the man who committed the act. While it is obvious that he is undoubtedly an irrational and unstable man, he is also an… Continue

Added by Alison Hop on February 28, 2011 at 6:31pm — No Comments

Pump It Up for a Cure

Cardinal Key will host the “Pump It Up! To Find a Cure” one mile benefit walk on Sunday, March 6, at 2 p.m. The walk will begin and end at Cater Lawn on Auburn University’s campus. 



The walk will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in Birmingham, Ala. Every spring, Cardinal Key holds a walk for JDRF as…


Added by Lauren Schuster on February 28, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Remembering Toomer’s Oaks

As the Auburn family is aware, our small town has recently been shaken with the discovery that the famous Toomer’s Corner oak trees have been poisoned. While this tragedy is undoubtedly a dark part of Auburn’s history, it has also brought students, residents and fans together in camaraderie. Hundreds have visited Toomer’s Corner to pay their respects to the trees and send their good wishes to the team of workers laboring to remove the poison and preserve the trees and the rest of the plants…


Added by Alison Hop on February 28, 2011 at 6:18pm — No Comments

Women In Aerospace

Auburn University offers many different degrees, from many different colleges. All are attended by men and women, but some are a bit more one sided.

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When one thinks of aerospace engineering, usually the first mental picture made is of airplanes, engines, wind tunnels and men working between hands on projects and computer software. Women… Continue

Added by Christi Parrish on February 28, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Toomer’s Corner Still Unites Auburn Family Despite Damages

Auburn University supporters have another reason to gather around the 130-year-old oak tress at Toomer’s Corner. Unfortunately, this occasion is no victory celebration.

On Feb. 16, the university confirmed that the two trees were poisoned with the herbicide known as Spike 80DF.

The announcement came after a caller bragged on The Paul Finebaum Show, a radio show based in Birmingham, that he had poisoned the trees. As a precaution, soil samples were…


Added by Chelsea Pound on February 28, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Mock Trial Travels

Shows like Law and Order seem to only exist on television to college students, but what if you wanted to use these fictional scenarios in fake trials before getting out into the real world? With an organization like mock trial, college students can do just that.


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Only in its third year, Auburn University’s mock trial team…


Added by Kristina Emerson on February 28, 2011 at 5:17pm — No Comments

Aviation Education Classes and Major Offered at Auburn

For more than 65 years, Auburn University has offered programs in Professional Flight Management, training pilots for some of the world’s largest airliners.

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“The program has been around for many decades, which is surprising because most people don’t know about it, and I didn’t know about it until a year ago,” Shaun Burch says, a junior at… Continue

Added by Brent Culver on February 28, 2011 at 5:09pm — No Comments

Leading the Minority: Life as a Building Science Major

Contracting and construction has, for as long as we can remember, been a male dominated work field. Charles Crew and Auburn University graduate in the school of Building Science says, “There were never any females in my major classes, I actually don’t even think there were ever any females in my whole major period."

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Now that’s…

Added by Courtney Crew on February 28, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Former Camp War Eagle Counselor and his Toomer's Memories

Many Auburn students first experience part of the Auburn life during their Camp War Eagle session. It seems though that would not be the case for the counselors, who are veterans of the campus and its traditions.

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Justin Hayles, a Senior double majoring in accounting and information systems management and 2007 Camp War Eagle Counselor,… Continue

Added by Brent Culver on February 28, 2011 at 4:45pm — No Comments

The Balancing Act of Teaching and Basketball

Have you ever wondered how college athletes balance the demanding schedules of class, practice and games? Here is the inside scoop on how its done.

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Being an athlete alone is enough to keep anyone busy. From hours of practice everyday to traveling during the week for games, there is barely any time left for…


Added by Rachel Pitman on February 28, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

See, Business Can Be Fun, Too!

Stephen Young is a recent Auburn University graduate from the College of Business. He graduated with a degree in Sports Marketing and he highly recommends it to future students.


He interned with the Auburn Athletics Department for a Sports Marketing Internship in 2010. Stephen worked at baseball, football, volleyball, tennis, basketball, soccer and softball eve…


Added by Stephanie Young on February 28, 2011 at 3:32pm — No Comments

Uniting Management and Construction

With more than 10 colleges and schools and numerous majors to choose from, Auburn University has a program for everyone. Selecting the right major can be the hardest feat to overcome. Many students turn to the College of Architecture, Design and Construction to find their future career paths.


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The college offers a variety of…


Added by Abigail Leigh McInnish on February 28, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

THIS WEEK: BLUE Film Festival Comes To Auburn

The College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University will be the first host for the "BLUE on Tour" initiative. Organizers of BLUE, a global oceans film and conservation summit, have selected targeted locations where films can create awareness and impact the local… Continue

Added by Auburn Family on February 28, 2011 at 2:53pm — No Comments

Full-Time Students Working Part Time

College is expensive. 


On average, public, four-year colleges charge students in state over $8,000 in tuition and fees for one year. Students out of state pay almost double that cost. The overall total only grows when you add books, food, laundry and a place to live.


As college costs…


Added by Liz Brittain on February 28, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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