From Auburn University to Warhawk Nation

By Lisa Raineri

We sat down with Auburn University at Montgomery’s own Joel Hughes to discuss his journey to AUM, as well as campus activities and events.

Meet Joel Hughes, Associate Director of Orientation at AUM.

The first two years of his college experience he played football at a community college. Afterwards, he decided to move back home to Auburn and transfer to Auburn University.

While at Auburn, he received his undergraduate degree in Communications in 2005. He was the head cheerleader his junior and senior year of his undergraduate career.  Joel also participated in Student Government Association.

After completing his undergraduate degree, he went to the University of Southern Mississippi to obtain his Master’s degree. He completed it in 2010. While at Southern Mississippi, he was in charge of Policies and Procedures. His duties included overseeing religious activities, curriculum guidelines, Greek life, honors society, and special interests organizations such as SGA.

Joel became a part of the AUM family in 2011. He and his wife wanted to be closer to home and they were both ready for the next challenge life was presenting them. Joel recently began working on his Doctorate’s degree.

iPod Update: Bon Iver

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The website you are on is not the first online version of the AUMnibus. The AUMnibus was published exclusively online for a number of years. Thanks to the Internet Archive, we can recover some of those articles. This was one of the very first articles published on the site around 2007 or 2008.

Bon Iver is a household name when it comes to current music, but when this article was published he was merely an independent artist trying to make a living.

iPod Update: Bon Iver
Bon Iver- “For Emma, Forever Ago”
By Katy Williams

Time spent isolated from the world can do one of two things: drive a person completely insane or inspire that person to create something so beautiful that any outside factor would do nothing more than spoil its authenticity.

Bon Iver is a band whose album “For Emma, Forever Ago” did just that. Justin Vernon, the lead singer of Bon Iver, escaped his hectic world full of deadlines and pressure to a pristine and quiet cabin in the north woods of Wisconsin on the brink of winter to collect his thoughts. He had no intention of writing an album, but when he emerged from his seclusion, a quiet masterpiece was born.

The name “Bon Iver” comes from the French words “Bon Hiver,” meaning “good winter.” This bittersweet winter helped the singer with his journey of self realization and closure in his last relationship that ended with his heart completely shattered and calloused to the world. Each track has a powerful meaning, and hauntingly powerful vocals. Bon Iver takes raw emotions that we all feel from time to time and turns them into words to sing along with and music to nod your head.

The first track entitled “Flume” does more than just set the tone for the entire album; it slaps you in the face with nostalgic notes and chords that – in some way, shape or form – take you back to some point in your life when you felt that low. It gives you something to soothe your pain. “Skinny Love” is an exceptional track on the album as well. The vocals are strained and stretched almost to the point of cracking, just like his heart. Every instrument sounds worn out and raspy for the same reason.

The journey in the artist’s life becomes apparent in the song “Re:Stacks.” He emphasizes that the music he is writing is not his passage of becoming a new person, but a weight being lifted from his soul as he leaves the cabin returning to his old life.

“This is not the sound of a new man or crispy realization; it’s the sound of the unlocking and the lift away. Your love will be, safe with me.”

This is definitely an album that you would enjoy in the pensive stillness of the night, the silent woods, or just the calm seclusion of your headphones.

SEC 2013 Powerhouse Rankings

By Darrell Puckett
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The Southeastern Conference ranks at the top when talking about power in college football. Everyone has a favorite college football team, but in the south if you’re not going for a SEC team you are certainly the exception and not the rule. The following is a breakdown of the top teams from the west and east divisions. They will be sorted into powerhouse rankings. The equation to come up with these ranks deals with recruiting and current roster.

WEST:

1. Alabama: Seriously, Bama is at the top again? Yes, the Crimson Tide’s success ranging from 2008-present gives top recognition for this number one rank. Under Nick Saban, the tide has a record of 61-7 since ‘08. Saban hasn’t dropped below fifth in the Rivals rankings, and has amounted five number one classes since ‘08. I guess you could say with winning two consecutive BCS National Championships that the tide may never falter again. Look for Bama to repeat as west champions and move on to the SEC Championship game once again.

2. Texas A&M: The off-season behavior of Johnny “Football” Manziel could potentially kill A&M’s opportunity at the top. Even after their incredible first SEC season, there are many questions surrounding the Heisman winning quarterback. Manziel won the Heisman trophy this past season, which was the first time a freshman has won. His autograph scandal could hurt Manziel’s opportunity on the field because if found guilty by the NCAA, A&M would have to later give up wins in the future. Also, A&M lost two of its most productive players due to the NFL draft, Luke Joeckel and Damontre Moore. The Aggies did finish 11 in the Rivals ‘13 recruiting list, so possibly 15 4-star freshman additions could help their cause.

3. LSU: Why are the tigers projected third in this projected powerhouse rankings? The Tigers follow up on a season of disappointment that ended with a 25-24 loss to Clemson in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. Les Miles isn’t known for giving prompting interviews or ideal play calls, but it seems to work for him. Losing high school players out of the home state of Louisiana to other SEC teams isn’t even the reason, but the consistency of quarterback play explains it all. Zach Mettenberger, senior, must be able to handle the Tiger’s offense with precision and not turn the ball over. Even with leading LSU to a 10-3 season, Mettenberger must learn how to handle Alabama and Auburn this season. That being said, LSU is ranked sixth in the Rivals ‘13 recruiting rankings. Incoming freshmen always find ways to immediately impact performance on the field, so we will see how things play out.

4. Auburn: The Tigers are prepared for a comeback season under newly hired head coach, Gus Malzahn. Malzahn is known for his electrifying spread offense, but how can he run this attack with a new junior transfer quarterback? Nick Marshall transferred in from Garden City C.C, Pineview, GA. Marshall totaled 3,142 yards from scrimmage and threw for 18 touchdowns, but had 20 interceptions at Garden City. Questions surrounding Marshall involves turning up the touchdown to interception ratio, and if he can handle the SEC game day pressure. Nothing is certain, but with Malzahn’s track record with QB’s the future looks bright for the Tigers. The defense is very weak in the secondary as well, which put up horrific numbers last season. New defensive coordinator, Ellis Johnson, must find a way to limit big plays in the secondary.
Plus, Auburn finished eighth in the Rivals ‘13 rankings adding future stars such as Jeremy Johnson, Montravius Adams, Carl Lawson and Elijah Daniel. Look for the Tigers to win around seven or eight games this season.

5. Ole Miss: The Rebel Bears could possibly be notched one powerhouse ranking up, but with a very young team it seems that fifth fits more accurate. Ole Miss shocked the nation by pulling off a number seventh finish in Rivals ‘13 rankings. Also, they added the number one ranked player in Robert Nkemdiche. With such a strong recruiting class expect early playing time for these freshmen as the season progresses.

6. Mississippi St.: The Bulldogs end last season 8-5, 4-4 in the SEC, and a 34-20 loss to Northwestern in the Gator Bowl. Dan Mullin, head coach, must bring Hail State to a more productive SEC record if he expects glory. It’s funny though, Bulldog fans would probably be excited for another 8-5 season, but that doesn’t cut it for a SEC championship. They finished 26th in the Rivals ‘13 rankings, so freshmen players could contribute in raising their powerhouse rankings stock next season.

7. Arkansas: It’s crazy to see how fast Arkansas fell from grace with the departure of Bobby Patrino, but confidence lies in newly hired head coach, Bret Bielema. Bielema coached the Wisconsin Badgers to glory in past season, so Razorback fans are excited about this opportunity. They finish last because of the unknown factor of how Bielema’s power running offense will translate to Arkansas. Patrino was known for his complex spread-offense, which lead Arkansas to a 37-17 record in his time there. Arkansas finished 27th in Rivals ‘13 rankings, but adding only four 4-star players. Hopefully, they can put something together and lift their last place status in the powerhouse rankings next season.

EAST:

1. Florida: The Gators return this season after a humiliating loss to Louisville in the Sugar Bowl, but they have big time stars returning. Quarterback Jeff Driskel leads his team through the SEC east division after a solid sophomore performance. Driskel passed for 1,646 yards, threw for 12 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. His option running ability shouldn’t be overlooked going into this season, but he must be able to manage an offense that loses top rusher, Mike Gillislee. The Gators finished number four in Rivals ’13 rankings, so young player additions should help produce defensive and offensive depth. Overall, I don’t see the Gators beating Alabama in the SEC championship game, but look for another BCS birth.

2. Georgia: The Dawgs return preseason Heisman hopeful Aaron Murray and bring back all five starting offensive linemen. Five of the six lead tacklers are gone from last season, but Georgia always replaces players well. Murray stats from last year impressed many NFL scouts and that should get Georgia fans excited about offense plus a Heisman candidate. Also, sophomore running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall will provide ground game for Georgia’s high efficient offense. Head coach, Mark Richt, finished 12th in Rivals ’13 rankings and added 16 4-star players. Obviously, the addition of big time high school players can elevate a team’s season, so look Georgia to have plenty of depth on defense. Watch the week two game against South Carolina to see how the Dawg’s season will progress.

3. South Carolina: Wow, the Gamecocks are taking a seat behind Georgia again. Even after South Carolina’s 11-2, 6-2 (SEC) record in ’12, and an impressive dominating win against Michigan they are still only ranked third. Top player leading the Gamecocks is defensive end, Jadeveon Clowney. Steve Spurrier’s best efforts to lead his team for another chance at the SEC championship game are on, and he might have a team to accomplish that. The quarterback position is between Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson, but either one can provide plenty of success. The Gamecocks also return four starters on the line, so look for a consistent running attack. They added eight 4-stars in the Rivals ’13 rankings, so there is potential youth lingering.

4. Vanderbilt: Don’t be surprised that James Franklin lifted the Commodores to a fourth ranking this season. Their impressive Rivals ’13 recruiting class is impressive, and could provide a lot of help this season. Even after losing starters Jordan Rodgers and leading rusher Zac Stacy the offensive production will be picked up by Austyn Carta-Samuels. The Commodores will feature Samuels as an all-featured back in the backfield, which will help throughout with scoring down field. Franklin has given fans the hope and desire to become relevant for a first time ever. Look for Vanderbilt to turn a lot of heads going through the SEC.

5. Missouri: After a 5-7 outing this past year, the Tigers look to regroup and find their SEC identity. The combination of poor quarterback play and very inconsistent defensive efforts left Missouri searching for answers all season. Quarterback James Franklin must find his sophomore brilliance again, and find a way to transition correctly into the SEC. The speed of a SEC defense seemed to surprise Franklin, which resulted in his horrific efforts on the field. Dorial Green-Beckham, Rivals ’12 number one recruit, has to be a factor in this offense and show what 5-star talents is worthy of. Missouri finished 41 overall in the Rivals ’13 rankings, which is dead last for SEC teams.

6. Tennessee: The Volunteers lost quarterback Tyler Bray and receivers Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson to the NFL draft, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t going to be any offensive production. New starting quarterback Justin Worley and running back Rajion Neal should be productive since Tennessee returns an offensive line ranked fifth overall last year. Several receivers must step up to be relevant passing the ball, and the defense has to improve from their dead last finish in SEC play. Only three starters return for defense, so that will be their weakness. The Volunteers finish 21st in the Rivals ’13 rankings adding five 4-star recruits.

7. Kentucky: Is this really a surprise? The Wildcats averaged less than 18 points per game, which led them to a 2-10 overall record. Mark Stoops has questionably the toughest job of any coach this season, but that hasn’t stopped his ability to recruit. Kentucky finished 29th in the Rivals ’13 rankings and has surged to seventh overall this season so far. Stoops no doubt has made the Cats relevant in recruiting and promise for the future ahead. The offense returns quarterbacks Jalen Whitlow and Patrick Towles, so they will need to settle on a starter. A defense that allowed 391 yards per game last season won’t impress anyone, but the return of all three top linebackers will provide stability.

Contact the writer: dpucket1@aum.edu

Is Parking Still a Problem?

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Last week we looked back at the very first AUMnibus article. Today let’s jump forward in time to 2003 to look at an event that may be of some relevance today. Some around campus have said that parking has been a problem. Was parking a problem 10 years ago? This was the lead article in the January 22, 2003 print edition of the AUMnibus. Click the article for a larger image. A text transcript is located below the photograph.

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2500 Parking Tickets Issued Last Year
By Austin Gaines
Auburn University Montgomery received $20,015 in revenue from parking tickets during their fiscal year, Oct. 1, 2001 to Sept. 30, 2002.

The revenue generated from parking tickets goes into AUM’s general funds.The AUM campus police gave 2500 tickets for parking violations last year.

There are 10 types of parking violations that are outlined in the Parking and Traffic Regulations pamphlet that is found in the cashier’s office. The fines range from $150.00 for illegally parking in disabled spaces to $10.00 for improper parking.

Many students such as Josh Loy find it unfair to be issued improper parking tickets for things such as resting their tires on the front curb of a parking place. Other students such as Mary Faaborg, who received a $25.00 fine for parking approximately one foot into the yellow zone by a curb, are unnerved by the lack of close available parking spots. Life happens while you are still going to school is the way Faaborg sums up her daily toil of preparing her children for school.

Many students at AUM are parents like Faaborg who find it difficult to arrive in a sufficient amount of time to make what they call, the long walk from any of the back spaces in the parking lots.

To get a parking ticket repealed, recipients can contact the Parking Repeals Committee. The committee is made up of different faculty, staff and students who decide if a repeal request is valid.

Tickets have already been given to violators of a new restriction. TI restriction prohibits vehicles from parking near and around the area behind the Liberal Arts building which consists of the Technology Resource Center, ROTC building,Building Service building and Athletics building. AUM Chief of Police, Jay Gardner, said in an email to faculty and staff that, Effective January 13, 2002 vehicles found illegally parked will be issued a citation for improper parking.

As of January 13 there were no visible signs stating that parking is prohibited in that area.

Were you a student in 2003? What do you think? Are parking and tickets a problem, or are they merely an unavoidable part of university life? Sound off in the comments.

Avast: Don’t Leave Home Without It

By Matthew Estes

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What if I told you that you don’t have to pay $100 a year for good virus protection on your computer? You would possibly reply using the old adage “you get what you pay for.”

That is a perfectly logical thing to say, as it is counter-intuitive to think that the most effective antivirus on the market is not, in fact, on the market at all.

The user interface of Avast Antivirus.
The user interface of Avast Antivirus.

Avast Antivirus is, in my experience, the most effective at doing its job of preventing system crippling programs and malware from finding their way onto a computer’s hard drive. I am not alone. Computer geeks the world over use Avast as a simple solution to cleaning their clients infested computers. CNET consistently ranks it as the number one most effective and most downloaded anti-virus. 

The best part is the fact that it is free. While there is a paid version, the average computer user will never need that kind of virtual firepower.

It works by monitoring a user’s computer for virus attacks. When a computer is attacked, that file used to attack a computer is immediately sent to the Avast virus database. The virus database is then updated on the network of Avast-equipped computers on a daily basis. When it’s updated, a voice will announce that the virus database has been updated for that day. It’s a foolproof system, unhindered by the restraints of a program designed only to make money.

Just because Avast is running, however, doesn’t mean a virus will never find its way onto a computer. If that occurs, the program is armed with another powerful program. Boot-time scan will scan your computer before the operating system loads, not allowing the virus to take effect. It will then eliminate any threats on start up.

I have used Avast on my computers for six years, and have never had to deal with the frustrating threat of a virus. I have used Avast to clean out infested computers that I have worked on, and left those computers with an excellent antivirus software in the process. Protect your computer. Use Avast.

You can download Avast Antivirus here.

Butter vs Margarine

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The debate rages. Use butter, or use margarine?

This week we turn to AsapSCIENCE to compare the pros and cons of both, and to help us find acceptable substitutes.

What do you use? Are you a die-hard butter fan, or do you use a tub of margarine? Did you ever even know there was a difference? Sound off in the comments.

 

The Dream of Becoming Champion

By Darrell Puckett

The dream to achieve something that is bigger than yourself runs through the veins of every American.  It’s something that is contagious and gives a sense of self accomplishment beyond words.  Auburn University at Montgomery’s Jacob Nummy and Tyler Strock know a few things about fulfilling dreams.

Nummy started the AUM Anglers club four years ago in hope of achieving the top college ranks.  He then passed the honors of being club president to Strock a year ago, but not without attaining the top rank.

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Nummy and Frink celebrate their College Bass Master National Championship win on stage.
Photo provided by Shaye Baker of Baker Fishing LLC.

The team of Nummy and Thomas Frink won the Carhart College National Championship on Georgia’s Lake Chatuge this past month.  They mounted a three-day total of 43 pounds 3 ounces, posting the win by 6 pounds 11 ounces over Young Harris College.

Nummy not only saw his creation rise to the brink of perfection, but he will forever be remembered in the eyes of other college anglers pursuing perfection.  “I never gave up or lost confidence in my ability to fish and honor God at the same time.  I just gave my all in starting the club, and knew that God would take care of the rest,” Nummy said.

Frink and Nummy catching the winning fish on day three.   Photo provided by Shaye Baker of Baker Fishing LLC.
Frink and Nummy catching the winning fish on day three.
Photo provided by Shaye Baker of Baker Fishing LLC.

 

 

Strock knows that taking over responsibility of maintaining the AUM Anglers and keeping the trophy at home is a tall order, but he gladly accepts the challenge. “Keeping the trophy at home is going to be a goal, but bringing more recognition to the team and school is priority,” Strock said.

The first order of business for Strock is to win the FLW National Championship in the spring with his partner, Dalton Darnell.  The team finished second in the FLW Southeast Regional Championship on Lake Wheeler, Rogersville, AL in May. The second place finish qualified the duo for a birth into the national championship later in the spring. With a championship win in the FLW, it would give AUM both major college bass fishing crowns, which no other school in the country has accomplished before.

Strock (left) and Darnell (right) are favorites going into the FLW National Championship. Photo provided by Shaye Baker of Baker Fishing LLC.
Strock (left) and Darnell (right) are favorites going into the FLW National Championship.
Photo provided by Shaye Baker of Baker Fishing LLC.

The main focus for this 2013 fall semester is to solidify a future for the club by expanding members.  “Keeping in mind that Jacob [Nummy] and Tom [Frink] helped generate the popularity of our fishing team, my job is to expand the future success for this club,” Strock said.

The bass fishing world stands witness to an upcoming powerhouse that is known as the AUM Anglers.  Don’t miss out on your opportunity to become a part of the action, for more details on joining or sponsoring the team you can send your questions to tstrock@aum.edu.

Contact the writer: dpucket1@aum.edu

Interview with Stacey Little

By Lisa Ranieri

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We sat down with Stacey Little of Southern Bite fame to ask about his work with the AUMnibus and his current success. Article to follow.

Have you ever wanted to cook something so delicious but remembered you’re on a college budget or you are busy with life? Stacey Little, author of The Southern Bite cookbook, could help you with that. His book will be in stores and on all electronic reading platforms on March 11, 2014.

He began his career at Auburn Montgomery as a Communications major and was the managing editor for the AUMnibus. After attending college for two or three years, he wrote restaurant reviews for the Montgomery Advertiser.

When that chapter closed, he began reviewing restaurants on his own personal blog, as well as posting recipes. After his blog received recognition form the Montgomery community, publisher Thomas Nelson approached him to write a cookbook. Little said, “I didn’t expect it to happen, it kinda happened on its own.”

The cookbook is designed to bring families back to the kitchen table for family dinner. You can find any of his recipes on Facebook or Pinterest when you search Southern Bite. Two of Little’s favorite slow cooker recipes are “Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings” and “Beef Stew“.

You can view the Southern Bite blog here, and check out the Southern Bite Facebook.