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SGA to announce seating standings for Ignited Program

The SGA will meet April 27 to calculate spirit points accumulated by both campus organizations and individuals throughout the academic year and will report the standings for seating selections in the Ignited student section in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

All Auburn students have been able to attend events and earn points throughout the year; however, April 25 is the last day to receive spirits points.

SGA President Jacob Watkins said he encourages students to participate as much as possible this last month of school in order to receive as many spirit points as possible.

"I just really want to emphasize that the spirit program is not just a part of the Greek system," Watkins said. "Everyone can be involved."

More students will be able to watch Auburn football players take the field next fall because of changes being made to the block seating system, thanks to the Auburn Ignited Program.

Watkins said the program was open to individuals last year, but most students were unaware of the new opportunity.

"It wasn't very popular last year, but we want all of the students to have the chance to sit in the Ignited section, and this way it encourages everyone to participate," Watkins said.

In past seasons, Auburn has implemented the spirit program, which allowed all of the 300 campus organizations to earn spirit points toward privileged seating in the student section.

Members receive points for attending SGA events, sporting events, philanthropic fundraisers and other campus opportunities.

Each member has a spirit card, and it is scanned to record attendance and earn points at particular events where spirit points are redeemable.

Under the Ignited Program, the top 15-20 organizations are able choose their seats in the Ignited section, a part of the student seating section for the upcoming football season, based on a calculation that factors in the number of members and earned points,

Watkins said typically, the Greek system has occupied the majority of the seats in the Ignited section; however, each organization has an equal opportunity to try to gain more seating.

Last year, the Honors College was able to occupy several rows.

This year, the SGA also wants to encourage individual students to get involved and earn their own seats in the section.

Similar to past years, the top organizations will be able to choose their seats at the end of the school year.

The organization with the most points will choose their seats first and each consecutive organization will choose after.

However, this year the top 250 individuals will also get a chance to choose their seats within the section in addition to organizations.

"I think this program is a great way to encourage students to show spirit and be active on campus," said Rae Ann Boswell, a junior in international business.

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"Everyone has a chance to earn seats through spirit whether they are already involved in other organizations or not."

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