AUMnibus Logos

Today we are not looking at an old article. Instead we want to ask a question. Which of the logos featured so far on Throwback Thursdays do you like the most? Tell us in the comments, or answer our poll.



The current AUMnibus logo.




The original logo from the first issue in 1971.

2003headThe logo from the 2003 print edition.


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The logo from the 1975 print edition.



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The logo from the 1982 print edition.

Harvest Moon Festival

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Every October, AUM would hold a harvest moon festival. Although we don’t currently hold a Harvest Moon Festival on campus, it’s interesting to look back to see how AUM students and staff had fun in the past.

This AUMnibus article is from October of 1982. Did any of you go to the festival?  If so, what were some of your favorite memories? Do you wish the festival would come back? Let us know in the comments.

A text transcript of the article follows the picture.


The Auburn University at Montgomery Harvest Moon Festival, held Oct. 10, featured a sun-filled afternoon of music, special event booths, food concessions, arts and crafts and parachuting exhibitions.

Music for the event was provided by three local bands. “Southbound Glory,” a bluegrass band, opened the festival. Next, a new rock band called “Nox” entertained the crowd. “Passion,” a last-minute entry soulful-rock band, closed out the afternoon.

Although the estimated 1,750 attendance was down from last year, attributed by several SGA sources and festival participants to insufficient publicity, the Harvest Moon Festival ran very smoothly, according to SGA President Danny Smith. He said, “The SGA staff really worked hard.” He added, “Proceeds from the festival come back to the students through future SGA-sponsored activities.”

Smith said that he appreciated the efforts of all three bands. He added, “I really want to thank ‘Passion’ for agreeing to appear at the last minute. I would also like to express my thanks to ‘Southbound Glory’ for loaning their equipment to ‘Passion.’ According to SGA Vice President Noland McMillian, “Celebrity Ball” cancelled on Saturday, and “Passion” was contracted at midnight to fill in.

Special event booths, operated by various campus organizations, provided festival-goers with the opportunity for both fun and revenge on faculty and other clubs.

Small children could ride a pony or buy a special children’s treat from the AUM Speech and Hearing Association.

Other activities included the Army ROTC sponsored rifle shoot, which provided winners with their choice of a turkey or ham. Winners included: Paul Farquhar, whose wife, Jolene, attends AUK Dean Bing, a student; Dwayne Billingslea, also a student; and Donald McGhee, a Montgomery resident.

Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies offered revenge for a small fee. Those paying the price threw Cool Whip pies, or in some cases smeared Cool Whip pies, into the faces of their selected victims including-faculty members.

A less messy revenge could be found at the Zeta Tau Alpha jail. For 23 cents per five minutes, the Zeta deputies captured and confined numerous unsuspecting people from the audience chosen by those paying their quarters.

Inmates, whose membership included the AUM Campus police, served their sentences or paid a price for freedom. According to Zeta member Sherri Hall, proceeds from the booth benefit the Association for Retarded Citizens.

Food concessions ranged from hamburgers and hot dogs to sweets such as sopailpillas, candied apples and cotton candy. All of the food was sold by campus clubs. Soft drinks were also available.

Approximately a dozen arts and crafts vendors setup their wares at the Harvest Moon Festival. Selections included plants, ceramics, dolls, jewelry and leather goods.

At 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., a team of parachutists from Prattville descended on the festival site. Leaping from as high as 8,500 feet, the jumpers guided their multi-colored parachutes slowly to the ground as the crowd looked on.

The seventh annual festival was co-sponsored by the AUM Student Government Association and WHHY/Y102 radio.

Thanks to all of our Journalism Practicum staff members for doing editing work on the web articles. It’s a big help!

[ Edited by Jade Curtis - 10/3/13]

Computers Then and Now

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It’s safe to say computers have come a long way. Check out this article from an AUMnibus issue in 1975. This was back when personal computers were in their infancy.

What do you think? Would you still like to be working with computers like this? Let us know in the comments. A text transcript follows the article.

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Auburn University at Montgomery recently acquired new computer facilities that will expand the learning and administrative capacity of the university, according to Dr. William D. Clark, Chairman of the Division of Business.

The new IBM 1130 system is located in the computer room on the first floor of the administration building adjacent to the office of University Relations.

Clark said the system will be used for administrative tasks as well as for related computer science and business courses in the curriculum.

The system will assist administrative functions such as student registration, campus research and surveys, according to Charles Golden, AUM’s system professor.

The Division of Business awards a degree in data management which includes a two-year certificate in data processing or a four-year degree in data management. 

The 1130 model handles four computer languages, Golden said, and uses a computer and printer which prints 80-150 lines per minute. 

The entire system is being leased from the IBM corporation for $2000 a month, according to Clark.

iPod Update: Bon Iver


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.

Is Parking Still a Problem?


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.


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.

The Very First Article



With the AUMnibus’s new venture into publishing on the World Wide Web, we thought it was only logical to reflect on the very first AUMnibus article. This was the lead article in the very first AUMnibus.

Back then, AUM was in a more remote part of Montgomery, as opposed to the booming area east Montgomery is today. Take a look at the content in the article, and discuss. Were you a student here on campus in 1971? What were some of your fondest memories? How has AUM changed?

Here is the article in full. A text transcript is located below.


When a 500 acre tract, which was part of the McLemore Plantation was purchased, a dream along with careful planning formed the site of a new campus. Registered AUM student have long awaited space and comfort to accompany the institution of learning and the new Auburn University at Montgomery campus provides just that. Its open doors reveal a fresh new area in which to develop through the strong undergraduate programs offering degrees in the areas of Arts and Sciences, Business, Teacher Education. and graduate programs in Education and Business. The basics offered on Bell Street AUM now have been enlarged, though hopefully still on a personal basis: once seen only on a blue-print, now for Montgomery to enjoy.

Traveling to AUM may be considered a problem for some, for even though the open range is appreciated, it is rather distant. The pleasure is found in the scenery and serenity one may find along the way. Cotton fields on both sides of the road; forests in the background gives one a real down-to-earth feeling. No one needs to advocate communion with nature on the way to AUM. It’s unadvoidable. Putting the red mud, made muddier these days by the aftermath of summer, aside for the moment, the premises will actually be beautiful once the landscaping takes hold. Picture in 1978 around AUM, flowers, shrubs and a mass of students scurrying from the tower to the Student Center to dormitories. Quite a picture. Quite a plan!