To Evvie, Love Evvie: A Letter to my Younger Self.

I avoided writing this journal entry for a long time because I knew that I would never be able to come up with the words to convey just how amazing my experience at Auburn was. In 8 days I will hear my name be called, walk across the stage and receive my diploma. I will officially be a graduate of Auburn University, and then my life will completely change. All of my amazing friends will move all over the country for their new jobs, and I will be going to law school. I will no longer live in Creekside with my four very best friends, where every day is like a sleepover. I will no longer spend my days driving around downtown Auburn unsuccessfully trying to find a parking spot. I will no longer get lost in Haley Center, or be a student in the student section of Jordan-Hare. Everything is changing and for a second, I would like the world to stand still so I can take it all in. So this entry is my way of pressing pause, taking a step back and taking one last deep breath, in order to remember the place that will always feel like home in my heart.

Dear Freshman Evvie,

Congratulations! You made it to Auburn University. Soon your dad will drive away, leaving you in a freezing cold dorm room known as Glenn Hall. It will feel like summer camp, but dad will not be coming back to pick you up in two weeks. Note to self: The room is freezing because the air is on, I know it looks like you can’t turn that big machine off, BUT YOU CAN! I’m sorry to let you know that you will not find a lasting friendship with your roommate, but at least you will learn patience. IMG_5331Also, if she ever tries to buy hard boiled eggs, just quietly throw them away and act like you don’t know what happened to them; they will rot, and your room will smell for weeks. You will be scared, you will miss home and Auburn is in NO WAY like high school; so don’t expect it to be. You will think about transferring, think about running away, think about skipping classes and not trying, but you will make it. You will learn to be strong even when you don’t want to be, you will learn to give every ounce of effort when it comes to studying and you will learn how to make it to your 8 a.m. even after you have gone to drink specials. You will be just fine.

Dear Sophomore Evvie,

Oh girly, get ready for a wild ride. You will move into your sorority dorm with your best friend and things will never be the same. This is the year you will make even more best friends and when you will truly feel at home at Auburn. During your sophomore year, always remember your worth. There will be times this year that you do not remember that, but please know that any self-doubt you feel is not true. Not that I want you to do anything differently, but here are a few pointers:IMG_5863
1. You will be worried about joining clubs and that you are not involved enough. It is okay! You do NOT need to join the Spring Up Leadership Club. You, Melissa and Kelsie will be the oldest ones in there and it will be weird.

2. If you are thinking about asking that kid to your extra special sorority formal, do it…it will be worth the story.

3. Don’t worry about the fact that you go out every week, and definitely, keep all of the pictures.

4. You know how they talked about the freshman 15? Well, there is also a thing called the sophomore seven, it is real, but it doesn’t matter. Just think of it as seven pounds worth of memories.

5. Get a key chain for your Tiger Card.

6. You will fight with your best friends, a lot. Forgive them always…because they will stand by your side no matter what. They will be the best people you will ever meet and nobody will be able to replace them.

7. Learn to rap as many Drake songs as possible.

8. Say yes to as many experiences as you can, this will be your favorite (and let’s be honest, most wild) year of college and you will never forget it

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Dear Junior Evvie,

Thank you for settling down. This will be the year where you thrive as a student and a woman. This will be the year that you discover that feminism is your FAVORITE F-word. This will be the year that you find friends outside of your sorority, hold on to those friendships, those women will make you strive to be a better person every single day. This will be the year you will get a dog, he will be SUCH a pain, but you will love him with all of your heart. This will be the year that you become positive about what you want to do for the future. This will be an amazing year, so get ready.

 

 

Dear Senior Evvie,

Thank you for not regretting any of the choices you made in college. Some days might have been hard, and after about the 10th fight about intersectional feminism with a frat boy on the concourse, you will feel as if you have outgrown this sleepy southern town. But this place made you who you are. It made you have to fight for what you believed in, and you are smarter for it. It made you confident, intelligent, more compassionate and well rounded. This place is and always will be your home.

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For The Auburn University Women’s Resource Center: Change is Sweet

On any given day you will see club tables lined up along the concourse on Auburn University’s campus. Students can learn about clubs, events or just stop by to chat with club members. But one organization on Auburn’s campus used their table time on the concourse to take a stand. The Ambassadors to the  Women’s Resource Center hosted an equal payday event to highlight the wage gap, and although the issue is hotly contested, the women were standing strong.

“Due to a variety of reasons, many women in this country are making less money than men,” said Women’s Resource Center Ambassador President, Sung Mo.” “Equal Pay Day being April 12th, represents the amount of extra time a woman would have to work to make the same amount of money a man would make in 1 calendar year. That’s 4 extra months, and we think that is unacceptable in 2016.”

12928233_1270307546316816_3003630489530332841_nTo educate students the Ambassadors passed out fliers and cookies, but these cookies came with a catch. To fully represent the wage gap between women  and men, the Ambassadors charged 75 cents per cookie for women and 1 dollar a cookie for men. Because women earn less, on average than men, they must work longer for the same amount of pay. The wage gap is even greater for most women of color, for example, African American women are said to generally make 68 cents to the man’s dollar, and Hispanic women as little as 56 cents. According to the Women’s Ambassadors it’s not about being unfair, but rather educating the students.

“The wage gap and gender equality affect all races, sexes and sexual orientations in some form or another so we want to do our part to make a difference, and we think the best way to go about that is to educate students.” said Mo.
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In working to educate students about the wage gap, the Ambassadors to the Women’s Resource Center showcased the leadership qualities that Auburn students are known for possessing. Due to the leadership and friendliness of all of the women involved with the cookie sale, students really responded to the event in a positive way.

“Honestly, I had no idea about the wage gap before I passed their table on campus,” said freshman, Olivia Haas. “It bothers me that some women have to face these challenges, so I’m glad the Women’s Resource Center is getting the information out there and trying to make a difference.”

The women’s resource center plans to hold this event for years to come but hopes it will not be necessary. The Ambassadors to the Women’s Resource Center work together for a variety of events on campus to highlight women’s issues. They work to educate students and enhance the lives of women.

“We love to hear what the students have to say. I’ve had kids come up to buy a cookie having no idea why we were selling them, and I’ve had a lot of great discussions. I don’t always agree with what they are saying, but it’s nice to have a healthy dialogue.” Said Mo.

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Arts and acrobats take over CityFest 2016!

CityFest 2016, with the theme Arts and Acrobats, will be held on April 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kiesel Park. CityFest is hosted by the City of Auburn and is one of the largest free outdoor festivals in the state. Admission, parking and all activities are free to guests. Guests will be able to enjoy arts and crafts, fine art vendors, children’s activities, food and live music.

“For the last 16 years, Auburn CityFest has become the largest outdoor arts and crafts festival in the area, bringing in the best in local and regional artists musicians year in and year out,” said CityFest Vendor Coordinator, Whitney Morris. “What I love the 12805859_10154028005126031_2737259508542821116_nmost about CityFest is that it has grown to embody everything that Auburn residents, myself included, love about Auburn. It is the quintessential springtime event; inviting our residents outside to enjoy good food, great weather, awesome music, amazing activities and a fantastic exhibition of artists and crafts persons.”

Guests also have the opportunity to enjoy some fantastic art at the Juried Art Preview Exhibition and Reception. The art show, held on Thursday, April 28 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Nunn-Winston House, features works in a variety of mediums by local and regional artists. Like CityFest, the Juried Art show is free and open to the public. Guests will be able to view the Juried Art show works during CityFest.d27a09_8a8b56ad06b04b44869f60f4b2fccfd5

This year’s entertainment will include local artist such as Trace Pridgen, BB Palmer & Kudzu and Jive Mother Mary. Aside from just musical entertainment, guest have the opportunity to see the ZuZu African Acrobats, an acrobatic dance group who have performed on “America’s Got Talent.”

Because CityFest is designed to entertain the whole family, there is a special area just for children, known as The Children’s Imagination Station. This area includes bounce houses, laser tag, pony rides, a rock wall and even knocker balls. Also performing will be Auburn CityFest favorite, Lew-E the Clown, and Stilt Walker and Comedic Juggler, Todd Key. Be sure to stop by the Kreher Forest and Nature Preserve, the giant sandbox, sponsored by Home Depot, and ScoutFest, hosted by the Boy Scouts of America- Saugahatchee District.
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“Cityfest is a true showcase of local and regional talent from every area you could possibly imagine,” Morris said. “The Auburn Community, especially members of the Auburn Business Community, really work hard to make, not only Auburn CityFest but the city itself a great place to live and work and it is because of this that I love helping put together this festival to give it back to the community.”

For more information visit www.auburncityfest.com.

 

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