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Women's Resource Center hosts open house

The Women's Resource Center, 311 Mary Martin Hall, opened its doors Thursday to students for its semi-annual open house."It's an opportunity for people to see what our facility is and to put faces with names of people they might see on the Web site," said Harriette Huggins, co-chair of the WRC Advisory Board.The center, which is a division of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, has been a part of Auburn for three years.

The Auburn Plainsman

2009 Art in Agriculture Series, More than Just Paintings

"Water: Three States" is part of the annual Art in Agriculture series investigating topics in agriculture, food, the environment or natural resources, according to the exhibition's Web site.The fall 2009 exhibit has three contributing artists, Xavier Cortada, Martha Whittington and Xiatong Wang.In the back corner of the gallery, there is a video playing of young community members planting mangroves in Miami as a part of Cortada's project.

The Auburn Plainsman

Los Angeles Radio Show, 'Ridin Dirty', praises Toomer's Ten

Think all talk radio involves two political pundits yelling at each other? Think again."Ridin' Dirty" is a show which broadcasts on KNFX radio in Los Angeles.It's the only radio show in America dedicated to the issues surrounding drunk driving.The show's official Web site,, said "Ridin' Dirty" was created by Ken Sharp. Sharp's experience as a behavioral health technician in Scottsdale, Ariz., convinced him to work toward creating public service initiatives to educate and prevent instances of drunken driving.Sharp, a Mississippi State University graduate, has targeted Auburn's Toomer's Ten transit system to showcase Alabama as a part of the show's "50 Shows in 50 States: Drinking and Driving Across America" series.Sharp said he wanted to use his show and the power of radio to create a new way for the public to discuss drunk driving and the life-altering consequences "I remember when I was in college and a Mississippi state trooper pulled me over," Sharp said.

Morgan Thacker/ Associate Photo Editor

Long Line for Laughs at Tosh.O

Almost every seat in the Student Activities Center was filled when Daniel Tosh from Comedy Central's "Tosh.O" performed last Thursday.Tickets for admission were free for students with a valid student ID.

The Auburn Plainsman

AU Rhythm Tests Dancers' Moves

AU Rhythm is dancing its way to a new squad.The team choreographs dance routines to popular dance songs and performs at events such as the Miss Glomerata Pageant and football pep rallies.Each year AU Rhythm competes in Huntsville.

The Auburn Plainsman

Engineers Build Make-Shift Bridges in Bolivia

Year after year, locals die trying to cross a Bolivian river in a makeshift gondola.Greg Ryland, a professional engineer, came to the first meeting of the Auburn chapter of Engineers Without Borders to tell the story of building a bridge across that river. Ryland graduated from Auburn with an undergraduate degree in math and physics, as well as a degree in engineering."The location is five hours, at best, from the nearest village," Ryland said.

The Auburn Plainsman

Stolen Identity: Replacing Ignited Cards

The new Auburn Ignited Cards have drawn criticism for the inconvenience in picking them up, but they have also garnered praise because they are a separate and distinct vessel for football tickets.Both signal a departure from the basic Tiger Card, but what is one to do if a ticket is lost or stolen?"During football season, the replacement cost of the Auburn Ignited Card is $50 for the first card and $100 for each additional card needed," said the Auburn Ignited Web site.

The Auburn Plainsman

Stop fighting the traffic, find the more unknown parking areas

Parking closer to campus has become a tough task for students trying to get to class, but there are some parking areas where students can park and will not get ticketed or towed.Trying to get a good park in the morning is like playing musical chairs, especially when trying to park in the C-zone parking lots by Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum off Donahue Drive and the student parking lot across from Jordan-Hare Stadium, which are the quickest and closest student parking areas to campus."I either come to school early or I just follow people around to get a park," said Ty-Anne Tench, a sophomore in nutrition dietetics.In addition to those two main C-zone parking lots, there are other parking areas available where students can park quickly, but may be unaware of.The parking lot in front of the Student Activities Center and some of the parking lot beside the AG Heritage Park off of West Samford Avenue are C-zone parking areas that require the proper parking decal or you will be fined.There are also C-zone parking areas along Biggio Drive off Donahue Drive, past the Intramural Fields and along Lem Morrison Drive."The intramural field parking spaces are usually available," said Rex Huffman, Auburn University Transit Manager.

The Auburn Plainsman

Rivalry Roadtrips Coordinates Package Deal for Away Games

Another season of Auburn Football is upon us, bringing with it plenty of opportunities to visit conference rivals on their home turf.A weekend following the Tigers out of state can prove costly, both financially and in terms of planning.However, companies exist to lighten that load.One such company is Rivalry Roadtrips, an organization that handles accommodations such as transportation, food and lodging for select road games through the schedules of 16 division-one football programs.Rivalry Roadtrips, LLC formed with one goal in mind- to help college students follow their beloved sports teams to the biggest road games, said the Rivalry Roadtrips Web site."It is our mission to arrange and offer hassle-free trips that are easy on the wallet, but bring a first-class experience," the company owners said.The company's ambition seems to be to satisfy its customers in every way."By partnering with luxury charter bus companies, hotel groups, bars and restaurants, we are able to make the most of your money all while bringing you a trip that you won't forget," said the Rivalry Roadtrips Web site.The program has its roots at the University of Iowa where, in 2001, a group of students organized a trip to see the Hawkeyes play the Wisconsin Badgers.They took their experience and created the Rivalry Roadtrips, working with companies such as Windstar Lines charter buses, the InterContinental Hotels Group, the Wyndham Hotel Group and Jimmy John's to create packages for fans wishing to attend away football games.Originally encompassing the Big Ten conference only, the institution has spread to cater to the Big 12 and the SEC, specifically Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee."Rivalry Roadtrips is a great way for anyone, whether they are alumni, an auburn student or a fan, to enjoy an affordable, hassle-free trip while cheering on the Auburn Tigers," said Kellie Camuso, a junior in public relations, who serves as an Auburn representative for Rivalry Roadtrips.