The most famous tiger in America might be named Tony, but a different cat rules the plains of Auburn. His name is Aubie. Students and fans alike enjoy watching his antics on the football field. However, Aubie is just one tiger and can not make all of those signs himself. He needs help.
This is where the Aubie Committee comes in. Aubie Committee is a group of Auburn students who get together Tuesday nights before home games to make props for game day. These students come from all over campus. Any major, any standing (freshman, etc…). “Anyone can come and be a part of a unique Auburn experience,” says Director of Aubie Caroline McGill, a junior in international business. The only requirements are to love Aubie and have fun.
According to the Aubie Committee website, this is “a fun and exciting way to get involved and get up close and personal with the coolest cat on campus, Aubie!” And don’t just take their word for it. Lola, a senior in laboratory technology, thinks it’s a “great time to hang out with friends.”
Why be a part of Aubie Committee? “I REALLY love Aubie! It’s like going to see somebody and then getting a backstage pass,” said Lola. “I LOVE Aubie! It’s exciting to see the props, that I’ve helped with, out on the field on game day,” said Emily, a senior in exercise science.
Maegan, a senior in nursing, says she heard about Aubie Committee through her roommate. Maegan enjoys being creative and welcomed the opportunity to be involved with Aubie. “I love that it’s not mandatory and there are no requirements,” she said.
One committee member, Jessica, a sophomore in elementary education, read about the committee on Aubie’s Twitter page. “It’s really fun and Aubie needs people to help,” she said.
Aubie Committee members help wherever they are needed, but they all have their favorite props. Caroline and Lola, seniors, liked the Trojan horse prop they made in 2010. Emily, Katherine and Maegan, seniors, loved the “Move it like Bernie” costume and prop from 2011. Other committee members liked the corndog stand, the Flintstone car and the large foam finger.
Every committee member is involved because they love Aubie, but each of them has other reasons for being a part. Some students go for the free pizza. Some go because they love doing arts and crafts. Katherine, a senior in accounting, goes because it’s her way of being a part of the Auburn family. “In my time at Auburn, it has been so rewarding to be able to see what I’ve worked on shown to my closest 87,451 family members,” she said.
Erin, a junior in chemical engineering, loves to draw and paint. She likes knowing that making signs are a part of Aubie’s experience on the field. On the other hand, Linsay, a senior in nutrition dietetics, loves being part of the “behind the scenes” and meeting new people.
No matter the reason for coming, every student has a good time. There is no better way to meet people, get involved, have fun and have no regrets.