Stadium Locker Room Tours Available To All Fans

It’s that time of year again. Saturdays are now filled with tailgates, shakers, and loud cheers ringing through Jordan-Hare. With the new addition of the largest video screen in college football, there’s a lot to be excited about this football season on the plains. Before each home game this year, Auburn fans can get an all-access, behind-the-scenes look at Jordan-Hare stadium with stadium locker room tours.

The tours are family-friendly, and give members of the Auburn community a chance to see an inside look at Auburn football. Tigerettes and Tiger Hosts, an Auburn student organization, run the tours.

“Stadium Tours are an awesome way to get inside look at game day in Jordan-Hare,” Kiani Whitehorn, the president of TTH, said. “I love meeting everyone that comes to participate. From toddlers to alumni who graduated 60 years ago, there is always a good time to be had amongst the Auburn Family.”

The tour begins with a walk through the Tiger’s Den, which is where the team enters the stadium after Tiger Walk. Tiger’s Den recently underwent a renovation, and sports a new, sleek look. This area is also where the recruits go while visiting Auburn during a game day.

photo-4“While in Tiger’s Den, fans can view a roster of Auburn All-Americans, a slideshow of Auburn Tigers in the NFL, and see photos and trophies from recent SEC and National Championship appearances,” Whitehorn said.

After snapping a photo with the 2010 BCS National Championship Trophy, fans are then led into the locker room. The players’ uniforms are neatly arranged, ready for the game, and fans can feel the history of past teams. Gus Malzahn’s sweater vest is also visible, hanging neatly in the coaches’ locker area. Jerseys from past Auburn players like Bo Jackson and Cam Newton are on display, and even the Heisman Trophy is available for fans to take photos with.

“With music playing and highlight reel running on the televisions, you feel as though you are preparing for a big game,” Whitehorn said. “Needless to say, the locker room is a consistent favorite.”

10647608_10204850614608062_1634688819_nThe tour ends with fans walking through the tunnel onto the field, taking the same path the team does when they run out on Saturday. Attendees get the chance to see Jordan-Hare empty and still, and get a view of the colossal screen from the field.

Tours are available from 4 to 6 p.m. every Friday before home games. For more information, visit http://www.auburntigers.com/gamedayevents/

AU Soccer Senior Spotlight: Logan Beal

Auburn soccer is on a roll. This past weekend, the 13th-ranked Tigers won two straight games against SEC opponents. Friday, Auburn won on a thrilling goal in double overtime to defeat LSU and Sunday the team came up big again in the final 30 seconds of regulation to defeat 9th-ranked Florida. 10830478_10203553200285693_671863473401904442_o

Senior forward Logan Beal from Plano, Texas took the time to answer a few questions about life as a student athlete and all things Auburn.

 

Auburn Soccer is currently ranked #14 in the nation. What is it about this team that seems to work so well together?

I think it starts with the chemistry off the field. We all really get along, and we love to be around each other and have fun. When you have chemistry like that, it just ends up translating on the field.

Having been on the team for nearly 4 years now, how does your role change now being a senior?

My role has changed a lot over the years. Now, I really pride myself on being a leader on and off the field, and giving guidance to the younger girls. I just try to support my team in every way possible.

What’s your biggest strength on the field?

My biggest strength on the field would probably be holding the ball up back to goal. Being a forward, it’s very important for us to keep possession of the ball. When facing back to goal is when you lose it the most, and that’s where I really try to hold it and look for a pass to my teammates.

Where is your favorite place you’ve played and why?

My freshman year for NCAAs we went to Utah to play against BYU. I loved it there. It was very cold, but playing surrounded by snow covered mountains was the coolest experience.

What’s the biggest challenge of being a student athlete at Auburn?

Time management. It’s very hard to come home from practicing for three hours and then go do homework and study, especially when all you want to do is sleep. You really have to find time in your schedule and plan accordingly to get everything done which can sometimes be difficult.

What is your favorite Auburn tradition and why?

I love a lot of Auburn traditions, but I’d have to say rolling Toomer’s corner after games. I just think it’s so amazing how the whole town comes together and shows their support for a team.

What is something you wish you could’ve known your freshman year?

I wish I would’ve listened when people said it goes by quickly, and to cherish your time. It really has gone by so fast, and know I’m wishing I could go back to freshman year!

11084035_1145943175433091_869611206920674384_oWhat is your major and what would your dream job be?

My major is exercise science. After I graduate I plan on going to Physician Assistant school. My dream job would be working as a PA back home in Dallas.

Who is your favorite Auburn athlete of all time and why?

Bo Jackson. I think he is such an incredible athlete and I admire him a lot. After getting the chance to meet him I was blown away by how genuinely nice he was, so that was very cool.

What’s been your favorite memory at Auburn so far?

It would definitely have to be the 2013 Iron Bowl. That was the craziest football game I’ve ever been to, and such an amazing Auburn experience I’ll never forget!

 

The Martian is a Must See

Released October 2nd, The Martian is a sci-fi thriller that has made huge blockbuster waves as of late. The Martian boasts an all-star cast, including Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, and Jeff Daniels. According to Box Office Mojo.com, the film has earned over $100 million since it’s release date. The film, directed by Ridley Scott, follows a manned mission to Mars that goes terribly wrong.

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Astronaut Mark Watney, played by Matt Damon, is assumed dead during a fierce storm after getting hit by shrapnel and is left behind by his crew after they are forced to evacuate. Watney, although wounded, ends up surviving and wakes up stranded and alone on a hostile planet. With meager supplies, food, and shelter, Watney is forced to use his mind to survive.

Watney is forced to figure out a way to grow food on a planet where nothing grows and create water by using chemistry. Although the science and thought behind this movie is immense, the viewer is able to follow along. Watney builds a whole ecosystem in the space station on Mars by using the astronauts waste, and creates water by burning elements. He ends up harvesting enough potatoes to last him 2 years worth of “sols,” which are the Mars version of days.

His next problem is trying to reach NASA, who has no idea he is still alive. Through the use of satellite and uncovering an old space satellite, he is able to communicate with NASA. With every problem Watney encounters, he uses his ingenuity and humor to power through to survive.

“I was on the edge of my seat for a majority of the movie,” Danielle King, an Auburn senior said. “I loved how even though there were a lot of intense things happening that his character still managed to joke through it all.”

After an unfortunate malfunction which leads to an explosion, Watney’s ecosystem is destroyed and his food supply cut greatly. NASA is forced to scramble a mission to save him, and are forced to work under extreme time constraints. The rocket of supplies they launched towards him ends up blowing up shortly after launch, and seemingly all hope is lost.

With the help of a young, quirky Astrophysicist, a last-chance plan is developed in order to save Watney. The current crew who unwillingly abandoned him, will use the gravitational force to slingshot around Earth in their spacecraft and return to Mars to retrieve Watney. The mission is extremely risky, and requires perfect execution and calculation in order to be successful.

Will the mission be successful? Go see The Martian, in theaters now. For more information on this film, visit here.

Youth Participates In AL National Fair

With fall now in full swing, it can only mean one thing. It’s fair season. The Alabama National Fair will take place from October 30th through November 8th in Montgomery, and will offer various events for the entire family.

The AL National Fair, will offer live music including Cole Swindel, Anthony Hamilton, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. There are also carnival rides, food, and various competitions for people to participate in.

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Among the popular livestock competitions, there are many that are solely for the youth. There are youth categories in showing beef and dairy cattle, sheep, goats, and swine. The divisions are split up into three categories. Juniors range from ages 9 to 12, Intermediate from ages 13-15, and Senior from ages 16 to 19. There are many great cash prizes for winning. There even is a costume contest for the contestant and his or her cow.

The Alabama 4-H Program encourages many teens to develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations needed for adult success. There are 4-H clubs all over the state of Alabama, and offer opportunities to students from both rural and city backgrounds. Many of the participants in the youth livestock shows at the AL National Fair, are members of this program. 4-H members participating in dairy shows has a long standing tradition, dating back decades.

According to Boyd Brady, an administrator of outreach programs for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, showing livestock is a great way to teach kids responsibility and care. “4-H dairy programs teaches youth decision making, communications and practical skills,” Brady said. “They are responsible for providing water, feeding, brushing, washing and working with the animal each and every day.”

Showing animals require much commitment. The youth participating in the events must take care of the animal no matter the circumstances. “The animal is counting on it’s owner to take care of them,” Brady said. “This means that no matter if it is a weekend, holiday, or the individual is sick that they still have this responsibility.”

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The key to being successful in livestock showing is simple. “The most important thing is taking care of and working with an animal every day,” Brady said. “Each animal has a personality of it’s own and it is better to learn to work with that personality then to try and fight it.”

On your visit to the AL National Fair, be sure to stop by the livestock shows to cheer on these hardworking youth individuals and their animals. Admission and operation hours vary based on the day.

For more information on the AL National Fair, visit here.

Hurricane Season: What Does It Mean For Us?

Natural disasters can come with or without warning. Hurricanes can luckily be forecasted with great accuracy and give people multiple days to prepare for a storm. Hurricane season begins June 1st and ends November 30th. With hurricane season now in full swing, it is always good to be prepared.

This reminder comes at an important landmark, with the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina just passing. Hurricane Katrina was arguably the worst natural disaster in U.S. history, killing more than 2,000 people and causing an estimated $150 billion of damage in Louisiana and Mississippi.

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In the event of a hurricane, your home is subject to catastrophic damage. The actions a homeowner takes before the event of a storm can greatly reduce the chance for destruction. One of the best things a homeowner can do is to act as if a storm is coming now, as opposed to waiting. Batteries and a generator are always good to have on hand. Many times before a severe weather event, people are forced to wait in huge lines and the store has the risk of running out of products. To have these materials on hand now will save the homeowner stress and headache down the road.

Another essential way in preparing your home for a hurricane is outdoor maintenance. According to Dr. Virginia White, keeping your home in good condition helps reduce the risk of damage from a severe weather event. “Always check trees and shrubs that are near the house,” White said. “If the trees are dead, diseased, or have dead limbs that may fall on the house, consider removing them.” With severe weather events such as hurricanes or tornadoes, trees can become dangerous debris, launching through the air at dangerous speeds. Ensuring that the trees around your home are healthy and secure could prevent this in the event of a storm.

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New Jersey, October 29, 1012 – Photograph by Bob Bowné

According to The National Hurricane Center, this year is likely to be a below-normal hurricane season. Although this is seemingly good news, that doesn’t mean to let your guard down. “Scientists base these updates on what they observe, including the strengthening of El Nino, atmospheric conditions, and cooler sea-surface temperatures,” White said. “Even in a below-normal season, there is a chance that a tropical storm or a hurricane can make landfall and cause damage to people and homes.”

In the event of a hurricane or tropical storm, the best way to stay safe is to follow the advice of local authorities. “Make sure your vehicle is fueled up and that you know the hurricane evacuation route,” White said. “Have your cash on hand because if the power is out, ATM machines won’t work. Always know where you will go if you need to evacuate.” Taking these steps now can greatly help a homeowner be prepared for a natural disaster down the road. For more information on how to best plan, check your emergency kit checklist.

2015-2016 College Football Playoff Social Media Release

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On December 31st, the second year of the College Football Playoffs will take place at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic in Arlington, Texas, and the Capital One Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. The two winners will then play in the College Football National Championship in Glendale, Arizona on January 11th.

Background:

The College Football Playoff (CFB) is an annual postseason tournament in American college football for the NCAA Division I FBS teams. Four teams play in two semifinal games, and the winners advance to the College Football National Championship.

This will be the second year of the playoff and the four top teams are decided by a 13-member committee. The CFB Playoff differs from the previous system, the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), which used computer rankings to select the two teams to play in the National Championship.

Facts: 

  • The television broadcast rights to the playoff games are owned by ESPN through the 2025 season, a deal worth over $7.3 billion.
  • The committee members include one current athletic director from each of the five “major” conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, and SEC) among others.
  • The committee meets in person 10 times throughout the season at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas to determine the rankings.
  • The 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship had an 18.9 Nielsen rating and was watched by 33.4 million people, making it the largest broadcast audience of all time on American cable television.

Quotes:

Bill Hancock-College Football Playoff Executive Director

“We just finished the site selection for the next three years. Three cities were selected out of a group of nine including Atlanta, the Bay Area, and New Orleans.”

“We don’t know who the final two teams will be at the end. We don’t even know which four teams are coming, but it’s a very exciting time for us and our staff.”

Brad Wright-Arizona Organizing Committee Director

“We saw how amazing the National Championship was in Dallas last year, and we’re ready to make this something special. This is going to be a four-day celebration of college football, and there’s going to be something for everybody.”

Jeff Long-Chairman of the selection committee  

“We don’t go into the hypothetical situations you hear discussed on radio and television. Our committee is just anxious to watch these teams and rate them and we will decide the best four teams as we are charged to do.”

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