2013 Iron Bowl Preview


By Darrell Puckett

When children are born in the state of Alabama a question arises from friends and family.  Roll Tide or War Eagle?  It’s not like a newborn can answer that, but the question still is burned to their brain from day one.  Many families are split between rooting for Alabama or Auburn, so this becomes a rivalry in itself.  Every year the Tide and Tigers meet in an ending regular season Iron Bowl matchup that usually has huge implications attached to it.  This Iron Bowl is no different.

Alabama is ranked number one in the BCS, and Auburn sits at four.  Vegas odd makers’ view the Crimson Tide at 10-point favorites, but the Tigers have beaten the spread every week but one.  The odds seem to lean towards Alabama, but who cares?  Who actually had Auburn being 10-1 at this point?  Not me or anyone else.

This point presents the thought that it’s impossible to predict an actual outcome of a team’s season.  Trust me, I had the Tigers finishing fourth in a tough SEC West division and saw them around seven to eight wins.  It’s funny when the Iron Bowl comes around and people around here become all experts and will bet their souls on it, but, in reality, who cares?  Not me, so I’m going to throw a few statistics out there supporting both the Tide and Tigers chances of winning.

For Auburn to come out victorious this coming Saturday, there’s two things that must go their way.  First, Nick Marshall has to make high percentage passes down field and be able to efficiently run the read-option.  Marshall has completed 58.4 percent of his passes for 1,530 yards.  He has only attempted 185 passes, while completing 108 of them.  Those numbers look terrible, but there’s a reason why it doesn’t matter.  The elusive rushing ability that Marshall exemplifies presents certain coverage difficulties for Bama.  Marshall has carried the ball 123 times for 823 yards and nine touchdowns.

Secondly, Auburn must secretly use Corey Grant in the offense and special team’s scheme.  What do I mean by “secretly”?  Coach Gus Malzahn must run special formations to get Grant into space and let him accelerate down field.  This sounds difficult, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few wide-receiver kickoff reverses starting off the game.  The ability for Auburn to make Alabama feel uncomfortable is essential and should help determine a victor.

While talking about Alabama, it seems important to mention this old saying, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”  What else could I possibly say that would help the two-time defending national champions out?  Well, there’s just one thing that has to happen for Bama to be successful, and that’s let AJ McCarron take over. 

McCarron has completed 68.6 percent of his passes for 2,399 yards and 23 touchdowns.  He has attempted 277 passes, while completing 190 of them.  The statistics don’t lie, and McCarron looks to be in the hunt for a Heisman Trophy.   If Alabama allows him to showcase his arm down field and manage the line of scrimmage, then the Tide will be rolling through Jordan-Hare with a victory. 

If either team can efficiently take care of these areas, then this Iron Bowl will be the greatest of all time.  This game could possibly be better than the famous 1982 Bo Jackson over the top. With that said, make sure to tune in Nov. 30 at 2:30 p.m. on CBS for the best game of the season. 

 Watch the 2013 Iron Bowl hype video:

Contact the writer: dpucket1@aum.edu

10 Interesting Facts About Thanksgiving

By Jessica Klinner

MH900362110It’s that time of the year again. You know, the time to stuff your face with delicious casseroles, glazed meats and pies until you pass out from a food coma. This year marks the 150th anniversary of Thanksgiving. Every year, we gather with family and friends to celebrate our lives and enjoy great food and company.  With Thanksgiving less than a week away, here are 10 interesting facts about Thanksgiving you probably didn’t know.

 1. The first Thanksgiving dinner took place in Plymouth Colony (modern day Massachusetts) in October 1621. English men and Wampanoag Indian men were present. Very few women, if any, attended the first Thanksgiving.

2. The first Thanksgiving lasted three days! It was a celebration of the first harvest in Plymouth Colony. The men spent most of the time eating and hunting. If our modern-day Thanksgiving feasts lasted three days, we would all be in serious food comas.

3. Staple menu items like green bean casserole, dressing, and sweet potatoes would not have appeared on the first Thanksgiving table. The Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians would have enjoyed venison, birds, fish, clams, nuts, pumpkins, carrots, peas and squashes.

4. George Washington advocated for Thanksgiving to become an official holiday on Oct. 3, 1789.  However, the holiday did not become official in the U.S.  until Abraham Lincoln declared it so in 1863, making 2013 the 150th anniversary.

5. In 1940, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt established the modern date of Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November. Retailers wanted Roosevelt to move the holiday to the fourth Thursday instead of the last Thursday of the month to ensure that shoppers would have enough time to get their Christmas shopping done. If you’re someone who hates how Thanksgiving is overlooked because of the coming of the Christmas season, this shows just how long retailers have controlled the holiday.

6. At first, the American South recognized Thanksgiving as a “Yankee” holiday and did not celebrate it. After the country reunited against a common enemy during the Spanish-American War, Southerners began to celebrate the holiday. If it had not been for that, the South would have never contributed dishes like sweet potatoes and pecan pie.

7. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest pumpkin pie ever baked was 2,020 pounds. Measuring over 12 feet long, the pie consisted of 900 pounds of pumpkin, 155 dozen eggs, 300 pounds of sugar, 3.5 pounds of salt, seven pounds of cinnamon, 62 gallons of evaporated milk, two pounds of pumpkin spice and 250 pounds of pie crust.

8. The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade took place in New York City in 1924. Originally, the famous parade was called Macy’s Christmas Parade to signify the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Today, some 3 million people attend the parade and around 44 million watch it on television. It has become a tradition for many families to watch the parade to start off their Thanksgiving festivities.

9. The first football game that took place on Thanksgiving was in 1934 when the Detroit Lions took on the Chicago Bears with 26,000 fans present. The NBC radio network broadcast the game on 94 stations across the country, making it the first national Thanksgiving football broadcast. Since then, the Lions have played a game every year on Thanksgiving. In 1956, people across the country could watch the game on television for the first time.

10. Minnesota produces the most turkeys every year in the U.S. Indiana, North Carolina, Arkansas, Missouri and Virginia are also top producers.  Together, these six states account for nearly two-thirds of the 248 million turkeys that will be raised in the U.S. this year.


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Wellness Blog: Powercore


By Nikki Headley

Do you ever feel like your workouts aren’t challenging enough? Do you ever feel like just running will not cut it? If you feel this way you should try powercore, an exercise class at the Wellness Center!

If you’re an early bird this class for you. Powercore starts at 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday mornings and lasts for one hour. If you don’t have class or work until 8:00 a.m. then you can easily make it to this class. I love getting my workout out of the way before the day starts. The class will not only wake you up but it will make you feel motivated and energized the rest of the day.

This class is a challenge. Powercore not only focuses your core, but also it does the job for your whole body. I was sore for three days after my first class. Despite the soreness I felt the benefits powercore offers. This class truly had me looking better after three classes. This class is not easy but it is worth the results. So come ready to sweat.

It’s different every time I go.  I have been every Wednesday this month and each time we do something different. It seems like every week we focus on one part of the body. The first time I did it we stayed on the mats the whole time. The last time I did it we used weights and step boxes. You will love the variety of this class. It is not the same routine each time so your body will feel the effects every time you go.

You realize that getting up early to workout is very rewarding. If you get up at 4:30 a.m. it is easy to see the beauty of the world before it has even awakened. You will also have more hours in the day. There is so much more you can do with the extra time.

Powercore is for early birds, challenge seekers, variety lovers, and people who need more time in their day. Powercore will make you feel defeated the first time you go but if you go a second time you notice that your body is becoming stronger. Slowly you become able to do more than you could have ever imagined in this class. Come to powercore and see what it is all about. You will not be disappointed.

Contact the writer: sheadle1@aum.edu

[Edited by Jade Curtis - 11/19/13]

The Pass That Changed Everything


The miraculous Hail Marry pass from Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall to reciever Ricardo Louis did more than just win the game; it brought back together a family.

Doug Flutie made a similar pass to wide receiver Gerard Phelan to lift Boston College over Miami in the 1984 Orange Bowl.  Flutie had 28 seconds left to score, trailing 45-41 in the fourth quarter, and then it happened.  A pass that went 63 yards against 30mph winds went into the end zone and tipped until caught by Phelan.  Yes, this game happened 29 years ago, long before Saturday’s Auburn win over Georgia, but there’s one similarity.

The relentless pursuit to never accept defeat is what combines these two teams.  Flutie won a Heisman. Marshall isn’t in contention, but it’s deeper than that.  After a 3-9 season last year, Auburn was coming off its worst season in school history.  Many fans were in denial about the real tragedy that manifested within Auburn.  Just two seasons after winning a BCS National Championship they were looking for a new coach.  Then Gus Malzahn happened.

The passion and dignity seemed to be back with a strong Rivals eighth finish.  Recruiting looked to be back on a consistent track and the fan base jumped on board.  Even without a starting quarterback in the off-season, Malzahn stayed confident and continued on his mission to restore Auburns’ pride.

Fast forward to Nov. 17, 2013. The Hail Mary that brought a sports family back together happened in Jordan-Hare Stadium.  One fourth and 18 touchdown pass will set up an unforgettable Iron Bowl with Alabama in two weeks.  The Crimson Tide remains undefeated and number one.  They will enter Auburn with a SEC and BCS Championship game at stake.

No words can describe the rivalry between the Tigers and Crimson Tide, but one thing is certain; this game will mean more than any other Iron Bowl ever played.  Don’t miss out and tune in on Nov. 30th for a game to remember.

Watch the miracle catch:


Contact the writer: dpucket1@aum.edu

[Edited by Anne Stanford and Silvia Giagnoni - 11/18/13]

Classic Rock Albums That Still Rock

By Jessica Klinner

If you’re anything like me, you’ve lived your entire life believing that you were born in the wrong decade. You’ve dreamed of going back in time to Woodstock, envied those who got to watch Elvis perform live, and longed to witness the iconic years of the British Invasion. Nothing in your lifetime will ever seem to amount to the events of these musical time periods. Thankfully, the music of classic rock bands made a lasting impact on the world. As a result, we are still able to enjoy the music as if we were living during the time of its release.

1. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band– The Beatles

1When I was in middle school, I started going through a Beatles phase. I wanted their pictures all over my room, their music on my iPod, and their biographies on my bookshelf. Beatlemania was still very much alive in my little world. As it turned out, this wasn’t just a phase. My love for The Beatles has carried on into my young adulthood, and I don’t think I’ll ever stop loving this band. Sgt. Pepper marked a turn in The Beatles’ musical style, introducing psychedelic and symphonic elements into their sound. The album features songs like “With A Little Help From My Friends,” “A Day In The Life,” and “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” Since its release in 1967, the album has sold over 70 million copies worldwide.

2. Some Girls– The Rolling Stones

2It would be a shame to talk about albums from iconic rock bands without mentioning Some Girls. Not only is this my favorite Rolling Stones album, but it’s also one of my favorite albums of all time. When it was released in 1978, it became an instant hit and exactly what the band needed to keep their career alive. To this day, Some Girls remains the best selling Stones album. Unlike many iconic rock bands, the Rolling Stones are still releasing music and touring the country, which is great if you’re a young fan who was born in the wrong time period.


3. The Doors– The Doors

3Ever since I watched a documentary called When You’re Strange, I have been infatuated with The Doors. If you’ve never seen the film, I highly recommend it whether you’re a huge fan of the band or not. The Doors is the self-titled debut album from this iconic American rock band. I love the psychedelic tone of the album because it sounds exactly how I would expect an album released in the 60’s to sound like. Jim Morrison, tragically a member of the 27 Club, is one of the craziest front men of all time. If you’re ever bored or just curious, simply Google his name and you’ll find countless stories of the crazy things he did on and off stage.

4. Rumors– Fleetwood Mac

4You probably saw this one coming, didn’t you? Rumors is the most well-known and loved release by Fleetwood Mac. Personally, my favorite thing about this album is the story behind it. The band was literally in shambles upon entering the studio. To put this into perspective, Fleetwood Mac had more drama during this time than Kim Kardashian has had over the span of her entire life.  I’m very thankful for the drama though because without it, we wouldn’t have the beautiful masterpiece that is Rumors.



5. Hotel California– The Eagles

5The fifth studio album from this iconic rock band further established the group as the most successful American band of the 1970s. Hotel California became the band’s best-selling studio album, with over 16 million copies sold in the U.S. alone and over 32 million copies worldwide. With songs like “Hotel California,” “New Kid In Town,” and “Life In The Fast Lane,” it’s easy to see why this release has seen such tremendous success.


6. Highway 61 Revisited– Bob Dylan

6Released in 1965, Highway 61 Revisited gave birth to Dylan’s arguably most popular hit, “Like A Rolling Stone.” Previously Dylan recorded his albums acoustically, but the sixth studio release from the iconic singer-songwriter featured a full band. This album is a timeless classic containing songs Dylan still frequently plays at shows. It’s the perfect album to enjoy on a quiet, rainy day spent relaxing indoors.



 7. Elvis Presley– Elvis Presley

7It’s hard to imagine what music would be like without the influence of Elvis Presley. He was the reason musicians like John Lennon, Johnny Cash and countless others began their musically journey. This self-titled album kick started the legendary singer’s career. Featuring classics such as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Blue Moon,” and “Tutti Frutti,” Elvis Presley spent 10 weeks at #1 on the charts, making it the first rock and roll album to sustain that position.


8. London Calling– The Clash

7London Calling is the third studio album from English punk rock band The Clash. The album art paid homage to Elvis Presley’s self-titled album. It marked a change in the band’s sound, experimenting with ska, reggae and funk. The Clash held nothing back in creating this album, including clearly voicing their opinions on political issues and social stigmas of the time. Since its release in 1979, the album has sold over 5 million copies worldwide.


 9. Are You Experienced– The Jimi Hendrix Experience

9Only a year after forming, The Jimi Hendrix Experience released their debut album Are You Experienced and immediately found international success. The contained some of the band’s most popular songs including “Purple Haze,” “Hey Joe,” and “Foxy Lady.” The album introduced Hendrix’s psychedelic, faded style of guitar playing. Even after his death, Hendrix continues to inspire aspiring musicians everywhere.



10. Rocket to Russia– The Ramones

10Last but not least, I must mention the punk rock classic by The Ramones known as Rocket To Russia. I’ve always thought of the Ramones as the punk version of The Beach Boys because many of their songs could be described as edgy surf rock. A close friend of mine first introduced me to the band a few years ago, and since then I haven’t been able to stop listening to their music.  This album gets to the roots of punk rock and makes us appreciate how far the genre has come today because of the Ramones.


[Edited by Silvia Giagnoni - 11/16/13]


AUMnibus November Release Party

On Wednesday, The AUMnibus celebrated the release on the November issue and the launch of the new website.

AUM students flooded Goodwyn Hall, receiving pizza as well as AUMnibus branded pens and notebooks.

Over 40 people liked the AUMnibus on Facebook Wednesday. If you haven’t already, like us on Facebook. We’ll be giving away prizes and goodies often over the next few weeks.

You can check out photos from the event in the gallery above.


What is Snipping Tool?

By Matt Estesst2

“Can you take a screenshot?” asks your resident technology guru when you have an end-of-the-world computer problem.

“Erm… sure,” you reply, inwardly befuddled.

So what do you do? How do you take a picture of your computer screen? Do you run go dig out a digital camera from the storage closet? Do you try to take a clear picture using your cell phone? No. You use snipping tool.

Snipping Tool is a built in program on the Windows operating system. It comes installed with Windows Vista and later, making it one of the only innovations Vista did correctly as an operating system.

The steps to using it are simple.

  • Snipping Tool's user interface.
    Snipping Tool’s user interface.

    Open snipping tool.

  • Select “New Snip.”
  • Drag the cursor over what you want to save as a picture.
  • Save the picture or copy it to your clipboard.

The program has a multitude of uses, from diagnosing problems to comparing different colors on the screen. Use it to copy Flash images or produce mosaic art.

You can even highlight words or write on the image inside the program.

There are other ways to take a screenshot. If you’re using an earlier version of Windows, you can use the “PRTSC” button on the keyboard. That will copy a full image to the clipboard. If you’re using a Mac, you can press Command, Shift, and the number three on the keyboard simultaneously. This will automatically save the screenshot to the desktop.

Contact thw writer: mestes1@aum.edu

Wellness Blog: Eating Out

By Nikki Headley

You go to a restaurant and you find yourself eyeing a big juicy cheeseburger. You know that if you eat that cheeseburger it will throw off all of your hard work of watching what you ate that day. You order it anyway. How do you eat good food and keep your body where you want it? Maybe if you follow some of these steps you can have your cake and eat it too.

1. Side Items

So let’s say you do order that cheeseburger. So many people end up overeating not because they ordered a cheeseburger but because they order French fries and a baked potato with their meal. How about ordering a green veggie in the place of the fries. You can also order a baked sweet potato or sweet potato fries instead. This will make your meal much healthier than before.

2. Appetizers

saladMany people love ordering appetizers before they eat their actual meal. While appetizers are very tasty, many times they are loaded with calories and starches. My recommendation would be to order a salad with your meal instead. While salads aren’t always the most fun thing to eat, at least you will get full faster and you will be getting the nutrients your body needs.


3. Drinks

Believe me, I love sweet tea as much as the next person. But that does not mean I order some every time I eat out. Instead of ordering tea or a soda try water. I know many people hate the idea of water but it really is one the best things you could order. Besides, water is often free so it saves money. I guess if you can’t stand water you could always order a diet soda or sweeten your unsweetened tea with Splenda. Still, the jury’s still out on if artificial sweeteners are just as bad for you.

4. Desserts

Okay I know deserts can be a controversial topic. I for one love any type of sweet, but I can’t go get a frappe after each time I eat out. Instead of eating a brownie or drinking a milkshake try iced coffee.  Coffee really helps when I feel that sweet tooth coming on. Fruit is also a more natural and very sweet tasting. It will give you the sugar rush you need.

If eating out gives you any problems with your health try some of these tips. I know they aren’t as fun to begin with, but the rewards to your body are well worth it. So give some of these tips a try.

Contact the writer: sheadle1@aum.edu

[ Edited by Jade Curtis - 11/12/13 ]

The Elmore County Hero

By Darrell Puckett

Hicks has embraced his while upon opposing batters consistently throughout college. Photo attributed to Bethany Cox.
Hicks has embraced his while upon opposing batters consistently throughout college.
Photo attributed to Bethany Cox.

Every kid growing up playing the sport of baseball dreams to play in college and in the majors.  You start as a child at tee ball and work your way up to high school, but the dream of playing major league baseball circulates in your mind constantly.  Baseball is a sport requiring great skill, and it’s a talent you have to be born with.

Tanner Hicks grew up in Elmore County and attended Stanhope Elmore High School.  His passion and love for baseball was obvious to anyone who watched him throw a baseball on the mound for SHES.  He soared with talent and was offered a chance to play for Central Alabama Community College prior to senior year in high school.  Before completing his two year degree at CACC he was offered a few NCAA Division I scholarship offers and Troy looked to be his set destination.  It was just the beginning.

Winning the Sun Belt Conference was just the beginning. Photo attributed to Bethany Cox.
Winning the Sun Belt Conference was just the beginning.
Photo attributed to Bethany Cox.

The Troy Trojans finished the 2013 season winning the Sun Belt Conference championship with help from Hicks’ strong pitching performance.  Hicks totaled an 8-4 record with two saves and an ERA of 3.61 in his junior season.  He pitched 99.2 innings, held opposing batters to a .223 average, struck out 94 batters, and upheld a .667 won-loss percentage.

The statistics don’t lie.

Hicks said, “Combine relentless effort with mental toughness and a little bit of ability and you’ll have success.”

Accomplishing goals are just dreams until preparation meets effort.

In my years observing, playing, coaching, and talking with successful people in baseball I’ve come to one result.  You can’t deny talent.  Yes, with hard work and determination a player can enhance his ability, but talent triumphs every time if given the same approach.

Hicks said, “First off God is everything when you get down to it. I do my best to thank him daily just for the ability to walk out on to that field and enjoy the game that I love so much.”

Following his senior year, Hicks is on his way towards the Major League Draft and with this comes realistic hope for local youth.  This hope can fuel and drive the dream of playing major league baseball for youngsters all around.  Everyone needs a role model and Hicks definitely meets the qualifications.

Dreams drive the soul for greatness, and in the game of baseball there’s no difference.  If you want to accomplish something greater than yourself, then there’re certain things that must be sacrificed.  Success isn’t given to you without self-sacrifice.

Even though nothing is guaranteed, Hicks has been impressive and the hometown hero will motivate high school players for years to come.  His love for the game and passion that’s expressed exemplifies how baseball should be played.

To keep up with Hicks during his senior year just check out troytrojans.com and click baseball.

Contact the writer: dpucket1@aum.edu

[Edited by Anne Stanford - 11/11/13]