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The State Press

Lost cellular calls continue on campus

The Student Center may be the hub of student activity, but it is generally a dead zone when it comes to cell phone service.However, Verizon Wireless is working to improve its service in the Student Center, said Brian Keeter, director of public affairs for Auburn. "First, Verizon Wireless will install a kiosk to help deliver better service to Verizon customers," Keeter said.


Students still debate firearms at University

Students all over the country are taking a shot at legalizing concealed firearms on college campuses.A group of students at North Carolina State University recently protested the prohibition of concealed firearms on campus by carrying around empty gun holsters.After this protest and the anniversary of Lauren Burk's death, students are searching for a way to ensure their safety.Events like these, along with a recent bomb threat at Lowder Business Building, make students wonder how safe they are.After Burk's death, Alabama state Sen.


The Auburn Plainsman

Students step it up for Tiger Stomp event

Audience members packed the Auburn University Student Act for Tiger Stomp Saturday.Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi and Alpha Phi Alpha won first, second and third in the fraternity category.In the sorority category, the winners were Delta Sigma Theta, Pretty in Pink and Delta Zeta."It's one of the big events of every spring semester," said Nicole Bolden, a junior in pre-computer science who is social director for the Black Student Union's cabinet.The Black Student Union presents Tiger Stomp every spring semester to showcase sorority and fraternity stepping.

The Auburn Plainsman

SPaRC team brings home first place, award, bragging rights for Auburn

The Auburn University Student Projects and Research Committee team took the gold this weekend in the SoutheastCon Student Hardware Competition."We can be very proud of our SPaRC students for bringing home the first place trophy," said Thaddeus Roppel, faculty adviser for SPaRC and professor in electrical and computer engineering.The SPaRC team, founded by the late Professor Scotte Hodel in 2006, can also flaunt a plaque to be displayed for a year and $800 for the Auburn IEEE Student Chapter.With a group consisting of only nine members, the team beat 45 other schools from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and the country of Jamaica.The annual IEEE event was hosted by the IEEE Atlanta Section and the Georgia Tech IEEE Student Branch."Engineers Making the World a Better Place" shaped this year's theme as each team had to construct an autonomous robot that could randomly pick up and sort aluminum, plastic and glass Coca-Cola containers."It felt really great winning," said Zach Lamb, a senior in mechanical engineering.

The Auburn Plainsman

Summer classes help students stock up on hours

Need a break from big classes, Donahue traffic, packed C Zones and crazy schedules,? Lacking credit hours?Taking summer classes at Auburn is a way to avoid the chaos and get the hours needed to fill up the curriculum sheet.Summer classes tend to be smaller because a smaller amount of students take classes in the summer than in the fall or spring."There are fewer students per classroom in the summer because not everybody is here in the summer," said Lawrence Wit, associate dean of the College of Science and Mathematics.

The Auburn Plainsman

UPC looking to recruit member

By: Laura VaughnResponsible for some of the most popular events in Auburn, University Program Council is one of the most recognized groups on campus.Students wishing to become involved with UPC can apply to be part of the council.Applications to serve on one of the 11 committees, available on the UPC Web site, are due Friday in Student Center Suite 3130.A description of positions is also on the site."I joined UPC as a freshman because I wanted to get more involved on campus," said Alex Mileshko, director of technical productions for UPC.

Students warm up for dance marathon

Students will boogie, swing and cut a rug at the Auburn University Dance Marathon benefiting Habitat for Humanity."Students should expect one thing, to have fun while raising money for an awesome cause," said John Michael Roehm, executive AUDM officer.The 12-hour marathon is this Friday in the New Center Ballroom.

The Auburn Plainsman

Buskist honored with psychology award

Professor William Buskist is to be presented with a lifetime achievement accolade. It's called the Charles Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award. "In addition to a free trip for two to Canada," Buskist said, "it includes a $2,000 check and a plaque."The American Psychological Association said recipients are required to exhibit an excellent record in teaching.