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Justin Smith is a senior at Auburn University studying Chemical Engineering, and after graduation, he plans to move to Houston to serve with a non-profit organization before he begins work as a research analyst for Exxon Mobil. Justin has been greatly involved on campus over his four years, currently serving as Vice President of the Student Government Association as well as a Plainsman of Auburn University. During his time at Auburn, Justin has striven to make a difference in the community and in each of the many lives he touched while leading on-campus organizations. In an interview, Justin said he did not know what his greatest accomplishment has been at Auburn because he will never know the long-term effects of any one accomplishment. He has done incredible things on the Plains, mostly through the three character traits he described himself as: driven, versatile and stubborn. Driven by the way he always challenges himself, versatile by the way he can adapt to any situation and stubborn by the way that he never fluctuates in his beliefs or opinions. Justin has accomplished incredible things on campus, and nearly everyone who meets him can feel the impact he has had. However, even more people are unaware of the comedic, caring side that adds to his accomplishments. He comically stated without hesitation that his spirit animal would be a North American Black Bear, and he was adamant that no one would confuse the North American Black Bear with a grizzly bear. Justin chose the North American Black Bear because “it’s playful and cute, but it can also be quite ferocious when it needs to be.”
The 122nd edition of The Glomerata will be available April 9-12, while supplies last. Students are invited to pick up their free copy during distribution on the Haley Concourse, Roosevelt Concourse and Thach Concourse from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. each day. Please have your Tigercard.
With Auburn basketball making it to the Final Four for the first time in history, fans are ecstatic to head to Minneapolis to watch the Tigers take on the Virginia Cavaliers. It’s a long 18-hours from the Plains to the larger of the Twin Cities, but it can be filled with nonstop fun. Take it from someone who made the 12-hour drive to Kansas City to see the Elite Eight game.
Living in Auburn, a town devoted to accommodating college students, students have many resources and various ways to relieve stress. For those exhausted with the stress of the semester, Auburn provides students with sanctuaries both on and off campus.
Auburn students have congregated in this small southern town from all over the world. Of course, students share the university, but Auburn has unique qualities that separate it from the rest. There are plenty of academic reasons Auburn is the number one university in Alabama, according to Forbes, but the traditions students practice are what genuinely make Auburn -- Auburn. Sharing these traditions with fellow Auburn students makes for a more inclusive and passionate environment that so many call home.
Throughout the years, Auburn University has developed ways to make campus more inclusive and diverse in all areas. With initiatives that include the Black Student Union and the International Students Organization, Auburn has made great strides to make the campus a home where everyone is accepted and celebrated. As part of these strides, a new program has made its way to campus, thanks to an initiative started by 2017 Miss Auburn, Ashley Moates. Moates’s platform was to create postsecondary education opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities. This dream became a reality when EAGLES launched in Fall 2018.
“Will you help me find my Juul? I dropped it on the ground,” one college student yells into the ear of another at 1716 Bar. “A jewel?” the other replies not knowing precisely what they might be referring to, but can only imagine this student has misplaced their precious stone of some sort. This night marked the first time this confused Auburn student, unlike many others, had been exposed to the “wicked” and outrageously popular vaping device -- the Juul.
Each semester, students are constantly looking for ways to boost their GPA. Ranked fifth among the schools where it is difficult to receive an “A” in a class according to multiple online databases, Auburn University is filled with some of the hardest-working and dedicated students. Many students spend countless hours attending SI sessions, going to professors’ office hours and even pulling all-nighters at the library to ensure great exam scores. In reality, this is just the minimum effort required. Some professors allow their students to go above and beyond by doing extra credit work. Most of the time, these extra credit assignments can be an extra worksheet, a few nonobligatory quizzes or even superb attendance, but some professors get very creative with their extra credit opportunities. How extra can extra credit be?
If the rain and cold has you stuck inside this winter, check out our recommendations of the best shows and movies to stream. Whether you’re looking for an intense series to binge watch, a comedy that everyone can agree on or award-winning original content, you’ll find something worthy of a cozy marathon below.
To most students, the Coliseum holds a few classes and a lot of labs, but otherwise goes unused. For ten student athletes, it is home court and where they put in hours of work to establish themselves on the national stage. The Auburn Wheelchair Basketball team has their eyes set on winning a lot of games this year, especially against the University of Alabama. Unlike the classic Iron Bowl though, Auburn’s team faces more challenges off the court than on it. This is only the second year that Auburn Wheelchair Basketball has been recognized as a collegiate team by the National Wheelchair Basketball Association. In order to receive collegiate classification, only students are allowed to play, and they must maintain a certain GPA. In previous years, Auburn has been a community team. Community teams allow members of the community to participate but prevent teams from qualifying for collegiate level tournaments. The transition to collegiate level was possible thanks to the years spent cultivating talent and a recruiting a sufficient roster. Even now, the team consists of only ten players, including two women and a graduate student. Because roster size impacts many collegiate wheelchair basketball teams, co-ed teams are common among newer programs. Most powerhouse teams have both men’s and women’s programs, something that junior co-captain Ranley Clayton hopes for in the future of Auburn Wheelchair Basketball.
For over 120 years, Auburn University’s official yearbook the Glomerata has captured priceless personal milestones, featured on-campus events, and showcased student life. Timeless traditions fill each page including fans who roll Toomer’s Corner after an Auburn football victory and students who tip-toe around the sacred Auburn seal so that they may graduate on time. One article features students who find true love at Auburn while another promotes an annual pumpkin-carving competition where students contend for the best pumpkin. Flipping through newer Glom pages give readers a sense of modern refinement, while dusting off older versions shows the growth of Auburn University and its students. The word “glomerata” originates from the Latin root meaning to heap or gather. For more than a century, staff writers have collected interviews from students who beam with school pride and provide fresh perspectives on Auburn life. Starting in 1897, the Glomerata began recording the Auburn University tradition of excellence by featuring campus life, athletics, academics, organizations, greeks, and people. The voices of Auburn University students provide the template for this publication. Each story advances campus history, and student involvement on-campus serves as muse for much of the photography. Readers will find students describing their college experience and discussing how their experience better prepares them for life beyond graduation.
Pooja Patel grew up in India and Zambia before coming to Auburn University last spring to study geology. She credits her unique perspective in coming to the United States to her diverse education experiences. She says that “it made me feel better because I know I stayed in Zambia, and I stayed in India so now I can adjust to what America is like.” She moved to Zambia from India at the age of six because of her dad’s job. About four years ago, she and her mom moved back to India without her dad so that she could further her education. Adjusting to life at Auburn was made easier because of her experiences moving between schools in other countries.
Some of the most sought-after internships in the United States are with the Walt Disney Company; luckily for Auburn students, we have a long history of involvement with the company. The Disney College Program is an amazing resume opportunity for full time students that have completed at least one semester of college. While in this program, students have the opportunity to “live, learn, and earn,” in the most magical place on earth. I am a mechanical engineering major, and one day I want to work for Disney as an Imagineer. I applied for the program because it is my first step into what will hopefully be a long term position with the company. Program participants are given a role and become official cast members, but they also have the opportunity to take classes taught by Disney professionals and partake in other activities exclusive to participants in and around the parks. Many Auburn students have participated in the program, with about twenty-five students from the University being accepted each semester.
Carl Ross, an Opelika native, is a known figure around campus, especially in the Student Center. The 54-year-old loves to clean in his role as a facilities specialist on campus. He has worked at Auburn University for 27 years. On top of his job at Auburn, Carl proudly works at Jim Bob’s Chicken Fingers. In his free time, he enjoys working outside and gardening. Carl has also served as a guest picker for The Auburn Plainsman.
Kayla Norwood is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime: an eleven month long trip around the world. On her expedition, she plans to visit India, Vietnam, Colombia, and several other incredible destinations. She will be joining The World Race organization to share her faith and serve others in these countries. The World Race partners with over 1,000 ministry partners in over 70 countries to encourage young adults to serve the world they live in while having the opportunity to travel to parts of the world they haven't been before. The World Race offers several opportunities to serve with them, from semester long trips to eleven month missions, like the one Kayla will go on. These missions are designed to take young adults out of their comfort zones and make an impact in the places that need it the most.
As Auburn University's Equipment Manager, Dana Marquez manages a 4.1 million dollar budget and the image of Auburn Athletics. He prides himself on maintaining the clean and traditional look that Auburn has had for decades while also constantly striving to improve safety, performance, and comfort of our athletes. Whether he is helping to engineer carbon tech shoulder pads or assisting with helmet fittings, Marquez's top priority is always his athletes. Marquez is also the man behind the groundbreaking digital LED down markers you can now find at Auburn football games.
Having grown up in places across the world in a military family, Mike O'Key approached his collegiate career with wide eyes. O'Key, a first-generation college student, said that the college tours that most students embark on were unfamiliar to him. He only had the opportunity to visit a select group of campuses during his college search. He remarked that none felt like Auburn, saying scholarship led him to the Plains, but the Auburn family made him stick around. O'Key strives to overachieve and never give up. While simultaneously pursuing concurrent degrees in Public Administration and Environmental Design, he has been involved in leadership positions across campus, and continues to work at Pieology roughly 30 hours per week.
While at Auburn, Adam Brasher was known for trying new things and capturing them with one of his many cameras. He became enamored with cultures he wasn’t familiar with after traveling to Africa, Cuba and Latin America on various study abroad and solo trips. Since graduation, he has continued to explore his passion for learning more about the world outside of Auburn by joining the Peace Corps.