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College of Education in Search of New Dean

The College of Education is searching for a new dean after Frances Kochan announced her decision to resign from the position, effective summer 2010.Auburn University Provost Mary Ellen Mazey moderated a college-wide public forum to hear thoughts on the new dean."I'm here to get input on leadership attributes people want to see in the new dean," Mazey said.A search committee composed of faculty and students has been composed, and is led by June Henton, the dean of the College of Human Sciences."We want to make sure we start with a broad perspective on what students and faculty want in a new dean," Henton said.Mazey, who has chaired three dean searches and one provost search, explained the process of finding a new dean for the College of Education.The college will hire a search firm in addition to the established committee.


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Black Student Union Hosts 'Mellow Night'

The Black Student Union hosted jazz and poetry night at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art Thursday.The event was mellow and inviting with live music and free food including vegetable, meatball, hot-wing and fruit platters, along with fruit punch and water to drink.The activities took place on the back patio of the museum parallel.


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Asian Student Organizations Hold Festival in Eagle's Nest

An imitation of a Korean traditional wedding was celebrated in the Eagle's Nest Thursday night.The 10th floor of the Haley Center was home to the Mid-Autumn Festival, hosted by the Chinese Club, the Japanese Student Organization and the Korean and American Student Association.The Korean and American Association used two volunteers to perform the ceremony, which included the toss of objects into a blanket to represent how many children the couple would have, the "bride" being spun around on the "groom's" back three times and lots of flashing cameras from onlookers."We're a new club; we'll be official soon," said Joo Oh, president of the Korean and American Association and a junior in biomedical sciences.The organization is open to all students, regardless of heritage."We want to present more Korean culture and language," Oh said.If those in attendance didn't want to watch a wedding, they could make origami with the Japanese Organization."We pretty much put this together in two weeks," said Sherome Hardison, president of the Japanese Organization and a junior in electrical engineering.The Japanese Organization also made origami for Tiger Nights.The Chinese Club is led by President Will Abercrombie, a senior in psychology."Chinese Independence Day is Oct.

The Auburn Plainsman

Speaker Talks Money, Credit Cards and Debt

Credit card debt, low credit scores and identity theft are major issues for college students.Yvonne Williams travels the country speaking to students and giving presentations about money management.Williams warned Auburn students about these things in a seminar Thursday."I wish I had something like this when I was your age," Williams said.Williams addressed additional money topics important to college students."Students learned about ... the importance of saving money and living on a budget," said Lucy LaMar, marketing manager in the Office of Communications and Marketing.

The Auburn Plainsman

Movie Addresses Apartheid Issues

"Cry, the Beloved Country" (1995) was shown by the University Honors College Thursday night in the Auburn Student Center Ballroom."Cry, the Beloved Country," is based on a book by Alan Paton.It was published in 1948, first released as a film in 1951, but remade in 1995."All three films in the Honors College fall film series are, first and foremost, wonderful films," said James Hansen, doctor of philosophy and director of the University Honors College.Hansen said the movies are not only wonderful films, but also are beneficial in dealing with race relations."All three are also profound and moving films dealing with the basic human understanding necessary to promote the embracing of something or someone that may seem very different from ourselves but who, in truth, is not so different at all," Hansen said.This movie deals with the apartheid in South Africa.Before the 1940s, black South Africans and white South Africans lived their lives separate, but conditions were relatively stable.Apartheid laws were first passed in 1948.These laws caused tensions between the races to escalate and conditions for black South Africans started to deteriorate.Apartheid, defined simply as racial segregation, remained a defining principle in South Africa until the early '90s.Overtoun Jenda, who has a doctorate in philosophy, introduced the movie.Jenda currently serves Auburn University as associate provost for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.He has previously been a faculty member at the University of Malawi, University of Botswana and University of Kentucky.Jenda said the movie was "extremely powerful."In "Cry, the Beloved Country," Stephen Kumalo, a black South African pastor, travels to Johannesburg to the mines to search for his sister and son.Upon finding out his son has killed the son of a white neighbor, James Jarvis, the story then concerns the struggle of two men separated by race but united by common sorrows.Several students who attended the movie showing were moved by the story's message."I liked seeing the feelings between blacks and whites at that time in South Africa," said Eric Shaw, a freshman in pre-computer science.

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Exercise Program Helps Disabled Shape up Quick

Auburn students, faculty and staff with disabilities have a free exercise program designed just for them.The group meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Beard-Eaves Coliseum Room 1129."Even if someone doesn't have a physical disability, they are still welcome to come," said Nancy Gell, a graduate student in kinesiology. "We want to help anyone who needs assistance with working out, whether that involves a pain issue or a physical disability."

The Auburn Plainsman

Students Speak on Diversity

An international dinner coupled with food for thought occupied the Student Center Ballroom Monday night.The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs hosted its "A Taste of Diversity" event, an open forum where students could voice their opinions regarding the state of variation and interaction among demographics at Auburn.A panel of three professors led the discussions and offered their viewpoints."I thought the way the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs student ambassadors set up the evening's agenda did help to get everyone in the room thinking about diversity in more expansive ways," said David Carter, associate history professor and member of the event's panel.Carter, Jenda, provost for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, and Susana Morris, an English professor who teaches African-American literature and Women's Studies, comprised the panel."I see all sorts of encouraging signs in the work of Dr. (Overtoun) Jenda in the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, in programs like Africana Studies and Women's Studies, in various initiatives within the College of Liberal Arts and elsewhere around campus," Carter said.Each panel member related his or her experiences with diversity outreach.Jenda shared stories of leaving schools in Africa to attend the University of Kentucky."I had two choices," Jenda said.

The Auburn Plainsman

'Sketch' is New Art for Architecture

Dudley Hall's latest art gallery, "Sketch: Drawing Inspiration from the World Around Us," gives students a fresh, new feel to architecture and design projects."Sketch" spans 25 years of artists Bruce Dupree's travels and projects.The estimated 250 works display Dupree's acute attention to even the most mundane details."Just different things catch my eye -- water, an architectural element, a curve, a color, an expression and that can all be changed or modified by the mood, attitude or the time you have to spend on something," Dupree said.

The Auburn Plainsman

School Adds MRI Facility

Auburn will soon see a boost in its research capabilities with the addition of an MRI-capable facility.The Auburn University Magnetic Resonance Imaging Research Center is the result of an agreement between the University and Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.The facility at Auburn University Research Park will contain a Siemens 7 Tesla (T) Investigational Device, which allows for the viewing of microscopic tissue metabolism.It will also contain 3T MRI scanners, which aid in the diagnosis of pathological disorders."The project came about because of a funding opportunity," said Tom Denney, an associate electrical engineering professor who will conduct research with the center.

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How to Avoid Marrying Jerks with Circle of Care

Wedding bliss ends when a jerk enters the picture.The Alabama Community Healthy Marriage Initiative and the Circle of Care Center for Families hosted the first of a four-part seminar series on marrying a jerk."How to Avoid Marrying a Jerk: The foolproof way to follow your heart without losing your mind," is based on a book by John Vann Epp.Joanne Kehoe, who works with Circle of Care, and Jeremy Walden, an instructor within the Communication and Journalism Department, taught the class."These curriculum are to strengthen families," Kehoe said.Circle of Care is a marriage and family education center in Valley that works in association with the Alabama Community Marriage Initiative and offers classes for middle-school age children all the way up to adults."We offer classes for very different family situations," Kehoe said.

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Auburn Students Come out Swinging at UPC Event

Guys and dolls swung around the Student Center Ballroom Friday at 7 p.m. as the Auburn Knights transported them back to the big band era.The Fine Arts committee of UPC presented Dinner and Dancing featuring the Auburn Knights 18-member orchestra.The lights were low as couples swung the night away to the sound of Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and Nat King Cole."I'm a big fan of big band sound," said Chris Wilson, a Ph.D.

The Auburn Plainsman

Fish Wastewater Creates New Variety of Fertilizer

Fish wastewater contains nutrients that can replace fertilizer.Scientists and agriculturalists have used animal by-products such as bird and cow manure as fertilizer and energy sources for thousands of years.The technology and the system by which we obtain the by-products has changed to become more cost effective."When fish eat, they retain about 40 percent of the nutrients in the food," said Jesse Chappell, associate professor in the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures.The other 60 percent is excreted in the form of urine and feces.In all systems, the water must be treated or the toxins produced by the urine and feces will kill the fish.In most fisheries, the tanks the fish grow in have a biofiltration apparatus, an expensive and often complicated system that removes toxins from the water, Chappell said.Chappell and his team of researchers, including horticulture professor Jeff Sibley, found a way to eliminate the biofilter.Instead of treating the water, Chappell's system removes 1 to 5 percent of the water in the tank, depending on the biomass of the fish and replaces it with new water.That small percentage of fish wastewater is then used as a fertilizer for some plants.

The Auburn Plainsman

9th annual BEST Robotics Mall Day held at Auburn mall

You won't believe this, but Auburn was recently invaded by robots who were controlled by teenagers. Don't worry: they were just stopping through in order to showcase their robotic skills.Auburn's Village Mall was a host to the 9th annual Best Robotics Mall Day this past Sunday.George Blanks, executive director of BEST Robotics Inc., said this particular event is just practice for a competition that will be held at Auburn University's Student Activities Center October 10.

The Auburn Plainsman

Elvis' music rocks through history, Jule Collin Smith Museum

They've both got rhythm, patterns, pitches and a sound that distinctively remise culture. They both are studied in schools, universities and enjoyed in homes across America. They are the literature written of our past in books and the songs that are sung by non-other than Elvis Presley himself.The Tuesday Sept. 29 lecture at the Jule Collin Smith Museum featured that of both literature and the rock and roll icon, Elvis, as they are both reviewed to be an essential element to understanding southern culture and how they broke boundaries to an decade that we know today.

The Auburn Plainsman

Strutting Duck, Bodega closing by month's end

Two local bars will be closing the doors on their current locations at the end of this month.Bodega and the Strutting Duck are closing because the landlords of both buildings will not renew the leases."I don't want to go into a lot of detail, and I'm not looking to bash anybody," said Neal Kelly, owner of the Strutting Duck. "It was kind of frustrating, but we just weren't able to work anything out with our landlord."

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Fall athletics promote students' participation

University Program Council kicked off the Auburn football weekend with a tailgate on the Plains for students to promote fall sports.Students grabbed their Auburn paraphernalia and stood in line for free food, as UPC members' voices echoed around the building to catch students' attention on the second floor of the Student Center, where the event was held, last Thursday.