You know those old pictures from the 1970's hanging in random Auburn establishments showing an aerial view of the Auburn campus and surrounding areas? Well now, thanks to @wardamnphil of 1L Photo, we have an updated view.
This past weekend, there was an airshow at the Auburn University Regional Airport (the site of many great events in Auburn history), which gave Phil the opportunity to hop in a helicopter, as part of his day job, and take a few shots. Among them are many views of Samford Hall, as well as the first tree-less aerial view of Toomer's Corner that I've seen. They are beautiful and should be hanging in Campus Barber Shop or Byron's Smokehouse someday.
You may not know that Auburn's Aviation Program is the oldest continuously operated program in the nation (1941). You may not know that the Aviation Management Program at Auburn is the State of Alabama’s only 4 year degree program in aviation. You also may not know that the program is in danger. For multiple reasons, it's possible that the program will lose accreditation by next Spring. This can be changed, and you can help at FlyAuburn.com.
The aviation world is full of many Auburn graduates that give the program a good name. So good that a certain famous, poofy-haired, smooth-legged, short-shorted aerobics instructor decided to throw his hat into the ring for support. I'm, of course, talking about Richard Simmons. Yes, THAT Richard Simmons.
On April 20th, Auburn fans will partake in the final rolling (get the shirt) of the original oaks at Toomer's Corner. On April 23rd, the trees will be removed. On April 27th, the first tree-less event at the corner will take place. I'm, of course, talking about Finish on the 50.
The running festival, in it's 2nd year, consists of a 1-mile fun run (8:30 am), a 5K (8 am), a 10K (7:45 am), and new this year, a half marathon (7:30 am). The last day to register for the event online is Thursday, April 25th, but registration on the day of the event will be available. For those registering online, you can use promo code "WARBLOGLE" to get 25% off the cost.
As we all know, the original oaks at Toomer's Corner will be given their final rolling at 5pm CT on April 20, also the same day as A-Day. The trees will then be removed four days later, making room for new traditions to be made.
Local fine men's wear store, The Locker Room, located next to Auburn Hardware in the heart of downtown Auburn, is doing its part in helping you remember this historic moment while giving back to make sure the tradition is not forgotten."We want to do our part in commemorating this historic event. Auburn has been great to us," said Davis Wilder, owner of The Locker Room. "I count myself extremely lucky to be able to go to work every day right next to the University I love so dearly. When I walk out the front door of my store, I see those trees. They mean more to me than I, or any Auburn man or woman, could express to someone who hasn't experienced this Family first hand. I just hope that we can play a small part in contributing to the future of Toomer's Corner, a place that brings all of the Auburn Family so much joy. The memories we create there can never be erased."
With every sale of their "The Last Roll" t-shirts, the Locker Room will donate $1 to the "Toomer's Trees and Traditions Fund." Shirts can be picked up in-store. Online orders can also be made on PlainsWear.com, home of their exclusive, Auburn-themed men's wear. Help do your part in preserving the tradition, as well as shopping Auburn.
For the past few weeks, AuburnArt has been taking user submissions of hand-crafted art for an artist search contest called "Drawing from our Roots." All of the submissions are of Auburn nature, of course, and range from paintings, drawings, photos, and jewelry.
From now until March 31st, you can vote for your favorite on AuburnArt's Facebook page. From there, three finalists will be chosen, judges will select the winner, and announce it on April 5th.The winner's piece will then be sold at AuburtArt's store (next to Toomer's Drugs) and at AuburnArt.com. Go vote.
This afternoon, Harvey Almorn Updyke, Jr. plead guilty to poisoning the Toomer's Oaks, according to Lee County District Attorney Robbie Treese. Yes, Treese. Technically it was "Criminal Damage to an Agricultural Facility," a class C Felony. So I guess they are just trees to some people.
The sentence, if you want to call it that, puts Updyke behind bars for three years, but only requires him to serve at least six full months in jail. Oh, and because he's already spent a little over 100 days, that have been split up over the last 2-and-a-half years, he's only required to serve around 75 more days. Done laughing yet? There's a little more.Once he is released from jail, he will be under supervised probation for a period of five years, where he will have a 7 p.m. curfew, will be forbidden from attending any collegiate athletic event, and banned from any Auburn University property. He will also be unable to talk to the media, which is probably the biggest blow to his unremorseful ego.
If you like mud, if you like helping good causes, and if you like mud, do I have the event for you! Mud Mania (Auburn, AL) returns for its 2nd year this March 23rd with an all new course and even more mud. Basically, it's a 5K around an old horse farm with obstacles that are centered around the mixture of dirt and water. Mud. Mud. Everywhere. Mud.
But don't let "5K" scare you. It's not really a race. It can be if you want it to be, but you're not going to win anything for being 1st in your heat (heats start every 30 minutes throughout the day). You can take your time. You can wear a dress. Yes, some people do that, and the guy in charge of the race actually encourages costumes. But really, it's only as hard as you make it.
It's a lot of mud, it's a lot of climbing, it's a lot of crawling, and it's a lot of fun. I ran it last year, and then got a muddy picture taken with Aubie. How fun is that?! Fun and mud! What's better? Winning football games, that's what, but that's for another day.
If you want to run it, you need to hurry and register. You only have a few days left. Registration ends at in the wee hours of this Thursday, March 1st. Update: registration as been extended until Friday night at midnight. The run costs $45, which includes a t-shirt, a medal, the run, and other goodies. Oh, $45 is too much you say? Well, I gots a promo code for you. Enter 'warblogle' during the checkout process and it will knock five bucks off the price. Isn't that nice?
I know, I know. It's been a while. 19 days, in fact. If you're unaware, there will be some pretty big changes in the next few weeks for the Blogles. We're moving home, to the promised land, to the Auburn/Opelika area. It happens this weekend. So that's why I've been absent the last few weeks. I've had things to do, loose ends to tie up, a few Bams to level with. Real life and stuff. Expect more of the blogles you love (and maybe a new look) in the next few weeks, but just be patient. I'll be back at full force soon. Good things come to those who wait.
Now that I've got that out of the way, let's ease back into it. You may or may not know that Aubie defended his 2012 UCA National Championship around a week and a half ago. Hellbent on keeping the SEC and Aubie from winning yet another championship, they gave the dang trophy to Goldy the Gopher of Minnesota. Seriously? Who knew that was his name before I just told you? Nobody. Our beloved Aubie did come in 2nd place, though.