I Forgot My Phone

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Taking a step away from educational videos for a week, today’s video by charstarleneTV is an eye-opening commentary on just how addicted society is to its smartphones. This video’s popularity took off a few weeks ago as people realized this is a realistic visualization of daily life.

I do not have a smartphone, but almost everyone around me does. It becomes difficult to have productive conversations in daily life.

What about you? Do you deal with other people’s addiction of smartphones? Perhaps you are a phone addict? Or maybe you don’t see this as a big problem at all. Let us know how you feel in the comment section below.

 

MVP Monday Spotlight: Auburn Tigers

By Darrell Puckett 

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This is a new spotlight column for MVP Mondays highlighting and devoting time to mid-season SEC action. This week we look into the Auburn Tigers early success and a few essential components that could enhance their winning percentage.

The high expectations going into the season were considered unrealistic by many people, but the Auburn Tigers are seeking to amaze. Newly hired head coach Gus Malzahn dreamed about this opportunity, and believes that he had the tools for success. Still, critics have nothing good to say about the Tigers 3-0 (1-0 SEC) start.

Some say that Nick Marshall isn’t an SEC caliber quarterback and the defense can’t contain power running teams. I’m here to say that Auburn will stick around longer in SEC play then others believe. My reasonings are those of three simple factors that will propel them to an 8-5 season.

The first factor consists of three tailbacks that have the potential to rush into Auburn history. Junior running backs Corey Grant, Tre Mason and Cameron Artis-Payne have the opportunity to each rush for nearly 1,000 yards. Malzahn’s offense consists of rushing the ball around 70 percent in various ways. Each back evenly splits carries, and Mason is a returning 1,000 rusher from just one season ago. The trio of backs this ’13 season can only compare to the one of ’04 with Ronnie Brown, Cadillac Williams and Tre Smith.

Secondly, the consistency of push on the offensive and defensive line side will determine how efficient as a team they will be. Prolonged injuries curtail the defense, but with a return by end Dee Ford, there is hope to develop pressure. Most surprisingly, Montravius Adams has brought a charge for this defense, and should see more early snaps as a true freshman. Ben Bradley should be also noted for his presence forcing indecisive passes during these first three games.

Finally, there must be a presence of big plays each and every game. Auburn’s secondary can’t get handled like a child on third downs, and the safety’s must not give up huge plays. Likewise, the offensive production needs to be more consistent throughout and especially on third downs. The Tigers have players such as Grant to hit a homerun, but need Marshall to continually get better on deep passing routes. Cornerback Chris Davis’s health is a huge concern in the secondary, but rising star Robenson Therezie brings an explosive impact at defensive back.

If Auburn is going to rise above the national expectancy, they must master both sides of the ball and execute their strengths. A team can only succeed if they execute their game plan and not fold to the opponent. I have high hopes for the Tigers capability this season, but there are many other SEC West teams still to face. With that said, the victory versus Mississippi St. this weekend was a must win game.

The Tigers face off against LSU this coming week in Baton Rouge, La. They face the most complete team in the SEC West and game day atmosphere this coming Saturday. Win or lose, AU is heading in the right direction.

Contact the writer: dpucket1@aum.edu

10 Up and Coming Artists To Know

By Jessica Klinner

Music is everywhere. There are so many genres, artists, and bands out there that it is almost impossible to listen to it all. I try to keep myself updated on all music genres, especially new talent. I’ve compiled a list of 10 up and coming artists you should get to know. Broaden your musical interests and check out all of these artists. It’s good for the soul. Enjoy!

1.    Lorde

o-LORDE-570 Why You Should Listen: New Zealand native Ella Yelich-O’Connor, known by her stage name Lorde, has been signed to Universal Records since the age of 13. Being discovered at such a young age can often be disastrous, but Lorde has maintained a clean image. At the ripe age of 17, her vocal ability already matches those of Lana Del Rey and Florence Welch. Her single “Royals” has gone viral in the United States and for good reasons. She is such a talented young girl and has a lifetime of success just waiting for her. Look out for her debut album Pure Heroine, which is set to be released on September 30.

For Fans Of: Lana Del Ray, CHVRCHES, Florence and the Machine

Listen To: “Royals,” “Million Dollar Bills,” and “Tennis Court”

2.    Walk The Moon

 WALK-THE-MOON_Album-ArtWhy You Should Listen: I became aware of Walk The Moon when the music magazine I write for put them on the cover of an issue. Since then, I have not been able to stop listening to them. They’re music is upbeat and fun. Their song “Anna Sun” received a huge amount of success last summer being called the “Song of the Summer” by several different magazines including Esquire, Seventeen, and Nylon. The band just released a new EP entitled Tightrope and it is definitely worth a listen. If you enjoy Foster The People or Young The Giant, you’ll love Walk The Moon.

For Fans Of: Foster The People, Capital Cities, Grouplove

Listen To: “Anna Sun,” “Quesadilla,” and “Tightrope”

 3.    Twenty One Pilots

 Twenty_One_PilotsWhy You Should Listen: When Fueled By Ramen signed Twenty One Pilots, I knew they were a band I needed to pay attention to. Fueled By Ramen has been responsible for launching the careers of Paramore, Gym Class Heroes, and Panic! At The Disco. Twenty One Pilots’ unique blend of genres from hip hop to pop to rock makes their music standout among the rest. They were nominated for the Artist To Watch award at the VMA’s this year, but ended up losing to Austin Mahone (I demand a recount!). They’re currently on a full U.S. tour supporting Fall Out Boy and Panic! At The Disco, if that’s any indication as to where they’re heading with their career.

For Fans Of: Gym Class Heroes, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, New Politics

Listen To: “Holding Onto You,” “House of Gold,” and “Car Radio”

 4.    The Mowgli’s

 mowglisWhy You Should Listen: Most of us are used to bands consisting of two to six members. Folk band The Mowgli’s completely shatter that stereotype with their eight member lineup. Their song “San Francisco” reached number 11 on Billboard’s Alternative charts earlier this year. Their songs are layered with vocals and a plethora of instruments. A lot of their tracks sound like a room full of people singing because that’s exactly what it is. Their music reminds you of going to a concert and singing along with the crowd. Their sophomore album, Waiting For The Dawn, is now available and a must have in your iTunes library!

For Fans Of: Sleeper Agent, The Postelles, American Authors

Listen To: “San Francisco,” “Say It, Just Say It,” “Slowly Slowly”

 5.    Cassadee Pope

G-Star Los Angeles Denim Store Opening - Arrivals Why You Should Listen: The Voice’s Season 3 winner Cassadee Pope has not always lent her talents to country music. Pope spent her years leading up to The Voice singing in a touring alternative rock band called Hey Monday. With the help of her coach on The Voice, Blake Shelton, Pope decided to take a hit at country music, and she’s doing an incredible job of it so far. Her new single “Wasting All These Tears” sounds like a country Avril Lavigne. It may seem like a very strange observation to make, but listen to the song and you’ll understand. Honestly, she could make an album in any genre and make it sound effortless and amazing. Pope has spent much of her time this year on the road supporting Rascal Flatts. Her debut solo country album, Frame By Frame, will be released on October 8th. Get ready to see this lady’s name everywhere!

For Fans Of: Carrie Underwood, Avril Lavigne. Kelly Clarkson

Listen To: “Wasting All These Tears” and “11”

 6.    Zedd

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 Why You Should Listen: I’m usually not the kind of person who listens to electronic dance music and likes it, but I have made an exception with Zedd. Born Anton Zaslavski, he has been making music since he was very young, but it wasn’t until 2009 that his remixes began to get recognized. You’ve probably heard of his song, “Clarity ft. Foxes,” which has been circulating the airwaves for a few months now. His newest single, “Stay The Night,” features the lovely Hayley Williams of Paramore. It’s safe to say this guy knows how to pick his collaboration partners. Zedd has had his remixes featured on Lady Gaga’s special rerelease of Born This Way and is currently working on producing her next album.

 For fans of: David Guetta, DEV, Krewella

Listen To: “Clarity” and “Stay The Night ft. Hayley Williams”

7.    The 1975

 The_1975_band_photograph_2013-07-07_17-25Why You Should Listen: Since their set at SXSW earlier this year, The 1975 have been the buzz around the U.S indie rock scene. When their debut album dropped a few weeks ago, all I saw on Twitter was people talking about how good it was. Naturally, I decided to check it out, and I was blown away. I’ll admit that a lot of the reason I love them so much is because they’re from the U.K. and their accents can clearly be heard on every track. Lead singer Matt Healy’s whiney vocals give their music a certain edge. Do yourself a favor and check out their debut self-titled album. You won’t regret it.

For fans of: The Neighbourhood, Bastille, The Dangerous Summer

Listen to: “Chocolate,” “The City,” and “She Way Out”

 8.    Bastille

 Bastille Test Shoot, W. CommonWhy You Should Listen: Bastille started out as the solo project of now lead singer Dan Smith, but eventually developed into the quartet it is today. The band hails from London, England (obviously I have an obsession with British bands). Their single “Pompeii” debuted at number 72 on the U.S Billboard Top 100. Their debut album Bad Blood was just released this year. Bastille’s sound is reminiscent of 80’s pop music. After listening to a few songs, you’ll want to buy the entire album because it’s really hard to not like this band.

 For fans of: Noah and the Whale, The Naked and Famous, The 1975

Listen To: “Pompeii,” “Things We Lost In The Fire,” “Oblivion”

 9.    Before You Exit

Before-You-Exit-I-Like-That-EP-Artwork Why You Should Listen: I’m such a sucker for boy bands, especially when the boy bands include a set of brothers. Before You Exit began their career as a four-piece band, but after a few years of touring, they decided to focus the image of the band around the three brothers: Connor, Riley, and Toby McDonough.  Their catchy, sugar sweet pop songs will instantly get stuck in your head. They released their debut EP, I Like That, earlier this year. Before releasing their own music, the band played cover songs and posted them on YouTube. Honestly, the covers are some of my favorite songs the guys have done. Maybe I should have outgrown this type of music years ago, but honestly, as long as it’s catchy, I’m going to listen to it unashamedly.

For fans of: One Direction, Hot Chelle Rae, Big Time Rush

Listen to: “A Little More You,” “I Like That,” What Makes You Beautiful (cover)”

 10.   Ariana Grande

 ariana-grande-2013Why You Should Listen: The first time I heard Ariana Grande’s song “The Way” I thought it was a Mariah Carey song. The similarities in their voices are uncanny. Grande used to play the role of Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon show Victorious. Before Grande became a TV star though, she was singing and dancing on Broadway, making her debut in the musical 13. She can hit notes I didn’t know existed and in such an effortless way. Her debut full-length album Truly Yours was released earlier this year and is worth a listen if you love a good powerhouse singer.

 For fans of: Katy Perry, Mariah Carey, Demi Lovato

Listen to: “The Way ft. Mac Miller,” “Almost Is Never Enough ft. Nathan Sykes,” and “Right There ft. Big Sean”

Beatbox Using Google Translate?

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Have you ever wanted to impress your friends with epic beatboxing skills? Perhaps not, but if you have, why not whip out your smartphone and let Google do the work for you?

Using this incredibly specific Google translate Easter Egg, you can let Google beatbox for you. You must use a specific set of characters and translate from German to Filipino. Here, we’ve done the legwork for you. Just click the listen (beatbox) button. Who said Google Translate was only good for translating?

10 Theories About Time Travel

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Take a ride on the weird side with these 10 theories about time travel from AllTime10s. These concepts are sure to get you thinking.

 

What about you? What is your opinion on time travel? Do you think time travel is possible, or just the ideas of people with way to much time on their hands? Tell us in the comments below.

Fantasy Football Isn’t Just For Geeks

By Darrell Puckett

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There’s something that comes alive during the early fall, and brings happiness to men all over the country. Yes, college football is awesome, but what is the key to ultimate happiness during fall? It’s simple; NFL fantasy football explains it all.

For grown men who have a wife and kids or college students looking for something to get them through the semester, NFL fantasy football helps individual productivity. Personally as a college student, playing fantasy football during the fall semester has given me motivation to get my studies done in order to watch games. Grown men that sit at work patiently waiting, while getting their work done, so that they can watch how Adrian Peterson does tonight produces positive productivity.

Everyone wants to achieve something meaningful, and for some, a NFL fantasy football championship is that. Sure it seems childish to join a league with your buddies, and draft actual players, then play against each other and keep score depending on how each player performs, but there’s more to it. The art of friendship through the people you play with is created, and self-confidence levels are boosted.

Not every person can be a professional athlete, so why not live your dream of playing through actual players? Fantasy football gives the owner of certain players the ability to game manage a team, and confirm trade transactions between other members. It’s the ultimate NFL experience available for fans.

Of course people will try to argue that you’re playing a fake unrealistic game and wasting time, but they’re wrong. Fantasy football is just a game, but at the same time it brings competition. Things such as friendship and self-confidence are built during the season, which in return makes your productivity accelerate for whatever task you have to accomplish.

At day’s end what harm can happen while playing NFL fantasy football? Or better yet, what are the positive things that come from playing fantasy football? That’s the question you must ask yourself, but I can promise that if you’re open to trying new things the fall will seem less stressful.

Hate it or love it, competition can bring out the best in people. If you haven’t given fantasy football a second thought, then do me a favor and consider it. There is nothing more exciting to do with your buddies during the fall than NFL fantasy football.

Contact the writer: dpucket1@aum.edu

10 Reasons College Football Is Better In The South

By Jessica Klinner

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College football season is upon us, and there’s no better place to be than the South.  There are four seasons here: winter, spring, summer, and football.  We are crazy about the teams to which we pledge our undying allegiance. If you do not spend every Saturday watching your team along with all the other SEC teams, you’re seen as strange. Northerners don’t understand our madness. Heck, sometimes we don’t even understand it ourselves. It’s just how things work. Here are the 10 Reasons College Football Is Better In The South.

1.     Fans are louder and crazier.

Never underestimate the love a fan has for their favorite college football team.  While most support their favorite team all year round, football season is when all the elaborate decorations are pulled from their storage space in the attic and placed in yards, on cars, and throughout the house. Inflatable mascots, house flags, signs and mailbox covers adorn the houses of every subdivision. “Roll Tide,” “War Eagle,” and “Hotty Toddy” become the normal greetings between fans.  Fights break out with one mention of how Team A is going to beat the living daylights out of Team B. Yeah, we might be a little crazy, but college football is religion down here and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

2.     Tailgating is an all day event.

 Bring on the food! Tailgating at any college in the Southeast is an experience like no other. If you think there’s a lot of food at your Thanksgiving table, just wait until you see the amount of food at a home game tailgate. Didn’t bring any food or a tent to tailgate under? No worries! Walk up to almost any tent and you’ll be invited in like family. Most tailgaters don’t even have tickets to the game. They come to enjoy the atmosphere and socialize with their family, friends, and fellow fans. After all, that’s what it’s all about.

3.     Every college has their own traditions.  

 Tradition is a tremendous part of why college football in the South is such a big deal. It’s years and years of rivalries, championships, and award winning players.  When talking about tradition in SEC football, most people think of the Toomer’s Oaks at Auburn, tailgating in The Grove at Ole Miss, and the Million Dollar Band at Alabama. Tradition doesn’t only affect the game of football, though. It also involves a family tradition. You pull for a team because your parents did and their parents did, as well. It’s like an old family heirloom that gets passed down through the generations.

4.     No one else understands the method to our madness.

It is seen time and time again when people from all over the country enter into our sacred realm of college football that they are scared, confused, and a little concerned. We aren’t the easiest people to figure out. We have weird accents, fry everything, and curse anyone who wears an opposing teams apparel to our teams game. For instance, when you arrive in the state of Alabama, you are forced to choose between Alabama and Auburn. It doesn’t matter if you went to Michigan and your mom teaches at Florida State.  We just want to know which of the two you are going to pull for. This will determine what friends you have, what parties you’re invited to, and possibly who you date and marry. So if you’re moving to Alabama anytime soon, beware of what’s coming. Also, no one seems to understand how we can have businesses that run solely off the sale of college football apparel.  We love our t-shirts. What more can we say?

5.     Nothing beats being in a SEC college town on game day.

While it’s nice to sit at home and enjoy the game sitting in your big, comfy recliner, nothing beats being in a college town on game day. Being surrounded by thousands of strangers somehow makes you feel right at home. But you don’t have a ticket, you say? No need. Just find any bar or open tailgate and enjoy the game. If there’s a win that night, you’ll be glad you didn’t stay at home where the only person willing to celebrate with you is your dog. Not good enough.

6.     We completely dominate any and every team outside of the SEC.

Let’s take a look at the last seven national champions: Florida, LSU, Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Alabama, Alabama. Well, would you look at that? All SEC teams! There’s really no need for me to go any further. We are the best of the best and everyone wants to join in on the action. Sorry, we don’t accept losers in this conference. What is that, you say? Auburn had their worst season in 60 years last year? Ole Miss never wins anything? Okay, calm down there sport. Even if an SEC team has a bad year, it doesn’t matter. They’re still better than most ACC, Big 12, and Big Ten teams. Don’t hate us cause you ain’t us, okay?

7.     The team colors are a fashion statement.

Showing allegiance to your team goes far beyond cheering and going to games; it’s a fashion statement. 90% of the year purple and gold does not go together, but come September they are the only colors to wear for LSU fans.  It doesn’t matter how awful those blue pants look with that bright red shirt; you’re wearing them together because it’s game day in Oxford. But let’s be real, that awful Tennessee orange will never be okay. Ever.

8.     We treat the mascots like celebrities.

What is sweeter than seeing a little kid posing for a picture with Aubie or Smokey? Nothing. Mascots are the image of a team.  They can get away with pretty much anything they want. Do you think a security guard is going to stop Big Al from crowd surfing? No way! Mascots are the entertainment for when games get too boring or stressful to continue watching. We treat them as if they’re celebrities because in our eyes they are.

9.     The rivalries can divide families, friends, and co-workers.

Rivalries are the most exciting part of college football in the South. There’s nothing like watching your team dominate their rival, especially on their home turf. The winning fans not only get to watch their rival fans groan in anguish after the game, but they also get bragging rights for the rest of the year. Most rivalries are between in-state teams, but sometimes they can just be the only team who beat you last season (Looking at you Texas A&M!).

10.    The players are treated like royalty.

College football players are just like you and me, except they’re not. While they may be in your classes and eat at the same dining hall as you, they’re considered royalty by a lot of people.  Their autograph on a football can sell for hundreds of dollars on eBay. They’re under the watchful eye of the press at all times because one wrong move and they’re off the team.  We love keeping up with what they’re doing outside of the football stadium: who they’re dating, what restaurants they like to eat at, what kind of car they drive.  We want to take pictures with them because one day they’re going to be famous NFL players or bank tellers (not everyone can be so lucky). We idolize them because the fate of the team’s season rests in their hands and feet and just their body in general. They’re the Justin Timberlake’s and Jay Z’s of college football and we support them no matter what.

Job Hunting with Keith Cullen

By Lisa Ranieri

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The AUMnibus sits down with Keith Cullen to discuss what’s going on with the Career Development Center.

Have you thought to yourself, “I really need a job or an internship, but I don’t know where to look”? Keith Cullen, Associate Director of the Career Development Center, tells us all about how to get ready for future job searching and how to make a resume.

Most of you have seen on your MyAUM page the WarHawk Jobs icon. This is the main database where you can find jobs both on and off campus. This is not only an access point for employers but also a site where you can upload your resume and have it available for the employers that are looking for you.

Not sure if your resume is in good shape? Do you want someone to take a look at it? Stop by the Career Development Center on the third floor of Taylor Center. They will help you fix any mistakes or make it look more appropriate for whatever job you are applying for.

There are new events happening with the CDC. For most of you who have a Facebook, they have a Facebook page, AUM Career Development Center. Instead of getting numerous emails of job opportunities you can get notifications on who is going to be at the next job fair, funny career pictures, and different ways to learn about job opportunities.

The Career Development Center has many job fairs but sometimes life gets in the way and students cannot make them. Starting Friday, September 6 they will be hosting career webinars for students. This is a great way to be informed of any opportunities that will happen and to learn more about a specific topic being discussed.

Be sure to stay informed with job opportunities with AUM Career Development Center’s Facebook page and stop by and see them on the third floor of Taylor Center for any questions!

Listen to Wikipedia

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The coolest thing you’ve ever… heard?

Witness the intrigue of Listen to Wikipedia, a website where every edit to the massive encyclopedia is reflected in music. Bells represent an addition to the article, and guitar represent a subtraction. The sharpness of the tone reflects the size of the edit. It’s both hypnotic and beautiful to hear the organic melodies that spring from this ingenious website.

Watch the unbelievable cornucopia of topics that are edited by the second in this awesome app. Click here to Listen to Wikipedia.

35 Odd College Mascots

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Auburn University at Montgomery’s official mascot name is the Warhawks. This is a fearsome name that is sure to alarm potential opponents. However, AUM’s mascot name was the Senators just a few short years ago. And while the threat of potential filibuster or heated congressional debate is always something to fear, an actual alarm for one’s well-being is not part of the equation.

Today’s YouTube Tuesday video by Mental Floss delivers 35 more college mascots that could be considered odd and unusual.

Can you think of any more colleges with unusual mascots? What was your favorite? Sound off in the comments.