Auburn Ag Students Believe in Work, Hard Work

In a previous post I explained Auburn University’s creed that George Petrie authored that is a set of principles and ideals that members of the Auburn Family are to have.Probably my favorite lines of the creed is:

“I believe that this is a practical world and that I can count only on what I earn. Therefore, I believe in work, hard work.”

Growing up on a farm and in a Christian home (Colossians 3:23) my brothers and I were always taught to work hard. I am actually not sure if it was necessarily taught, but it was definitely expected and I’m thankful for it.

Sadly many in my generation have never learned to work which can be frustrating when you have to work with these people. However this past week I have been encouraged by some outstanding young people I have had the privilege to work alongside. 

If you follow me on any other social media platform you may have seen my posts and Tweets about Auburn’s Ag Week. This week we in the College of Agriculture looked for ways to bring awareness to agriculture and the way it provides for us. 

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Monday we started with a lecture/panel discussion called “Feed Me the Truth About My Food”, we had Tea and Tie-Dye on the concourses where we handed out Milo’s tea (an Alabama food product), information about Alabama agriculture and allowed students to tie-dye Peace, Love and Ag t-shirts. Wednesday we had the annual Ag Hill Picnic which included a special guest this year, Clyde the Camel for Hump Day. This event always brings people from all over campus and this year with Clyde many folks from other colleges stopped by Ag Hill to have their picture taken. 

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Thursday we had Breakfast on the Green where College of Ag students served an “Alabama Grown Breakfast” to students as they got off the transits for class. We served Mary B’s Biscuits, Conecuh Sausage and eggs from the university’s poultry farm. Booths were set up by each of the College of Agriculture’s clubs and they each shared a ag fact with students. Thursday night we had a social event for College of Ag students that was competition style called Ag Island, a lot of fun for all. Friday we had students from two local Boys and Girl’s clubs that came to learn about agriculture at get “Ag-tive Day.” Saturday was a day for friends, family, alumni, and prospective students as we had Ag in the Park, which unfortunately did not go as planned due to weather. 

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We had A LOT of events going on this week, it has probably been one of the busiest weeks I have had while being at Auburn. The week went great, we were fortunate to have good weather (minus today) and we reached many students across campus and hopefully challenged them to think a little more about where their food comes form. 

It would not have been nearly as successful of a week without some OUTSTANDING help. Like I mentioned earlier many people in my age group do not know how to work, but that cannot be said about most of the students in the College of Agriculture. I am involved in various organizations and activities on campus and I have never seen good work ethics like I have this week. 

We had an abundance of volunteers and not only were they willing to volunteer, but they looked for additional ways to help while at the events, some were not even singed up to help. When events were over people went to work taking down and cleaning up, they did not have to be told minus a few directions about where certain things needed to go. There was not people standing around and talking while a few people worked, it was great. 

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Thursday night especially I had to ask for help several times during our Ag Island competition, there was no complaining or grumbling, but willing helpers. A few competitors even stayed late to help set up for the next day’s activities. I was rushed to make it from an event to class on Friday, parked in a questionable spot and got stuck. My brother had went home for the weekend and embarrassed I called a friend/classmate at 9:00pm and he was so kind to come and get my truck out of the mud. I have no idea what we has doing on Friday night, but he was so sweet to come right then and help  me. 

I say all this to say I have been blown away this week by our students in the College of Ag. I have helped with a lot of events over the course of my short life and I usually frustrated by people’s lack of work ethic. I’m not saying there aren’t other kids at Auburn that know how to work, or that there are no other people my age who know how to work, but I am saying we’ve got some great ones over on what we call Ag Hill. I don’t know why they are that way, it can be a number of things; upbringing, faith, growing up working in a farm/rural setting, living The Creed, or other reasons, but all I know is I am so thankful for their help this week and the fun times had and just to know so many great agriculture students I’ll hopefully be working alongside in my career as we work to feed the world.

Mark Phillips: Student and Farmer

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Mark Phillips is a classmate of mine at Auburn. Currently we have Ag Marketing together. Some days it gets time for class and fellow classmate Garrett Dixon will jokingly ask “Where’s Mark? Did he drop the class?” 

If Mark is late or rarely happens to not make it to class we usually know where he is. In the field. DSC_0834

Mark is a senior at Auburn studying agronomy, but his ambition is to one day be a full-time farmer. He didn’t grow up living on a farm, but his grandparents and uncle farm and he worked on their operation from an early age. When he came to Auburn, Mark knew he wanted to farm, but wanted to go ahead and get a degree.

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During his time at Auburn he has worked for a local farmer. So every afternoon when classes are over for Mark he heads to the farm for an afternoon of work. During planting and harvest seasons this means some long days because after he leaves the field in the evenings he still has homework to do.

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“I love it” says Mark “some days they have to almost drag me off the tractor.”

Most students that major in some form of agriculture do not aspire to be farmers. However I am thankful for those like Mark who want to. I cannot think of a more noble profession than to feed people and care for animals. It is so encouraging to know there are people out there like Mark that are passionate about farming, especially at such a young age.

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Auburn, Aren’t You the War Eagles?

Auburn, Aren’t You the War Eagles?

When I tell people I go to Auburn, or am visiting at another school I often get the response “Oh Auburn, the War Eagles!” False. We are not the War Eagles. Sometimes this comment is made because they honest do … Continue reading

Whoop! Auburn Beat the Aggies and We Were There To See It!

When they announced the football schedule the 2013 season my brother and I started discussing how we could make it to College Station for the Texas A&M game. We booked flights in January and FINALLY the weekend arrived.

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We arrived in Texas and our first stop, being the conservative, American, Bush loving tourist we are stopped by the George Bush Presidential Library.

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I had heard to much about the Aggie Yell Practice they have each Friday night prior to home games. That was one item on our list of things to do we were not going to miss, we had been up a long time, but we made it to midnight.

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It was interesting, not many people could explain what was going on, but it was still something to see. They do not have cheerleaders at A&M, but have yell leaders who are male. They give signals to inform the crowd of the cheers. It was interesting to see and experience.

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Emily and I got up pretty early on Saturday morning to get prepared for the game and we left the house dressed up and ready for the 2:30 game. Driving through College Station on a game day was not bad, we just couldn’t figure out where the fans were. It was 11:00 and there was not that many people out, parking lots were not too full, a stark contrast from Auburn game days.

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It is 11am and there are not that many people, where is everyone?

Parking at A&M was frustrating, you could only park in a lot, their campus is huge, one of the largest land-wise in the nation, but you were not allowed to park on any grass, you had to pay to park in a lot. A&M’s tailgating reminded me more of what you would see at a NFL game, in parking lots, actually on tailgates of vehicles. We attended a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences tailgate, a great networking opportunity, and was able to meet up with a friend of mine, Anna, who is at A&M finishing up her master’s degree.

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We made our way to the stadium, the majority of the ~6,000 Auburn fans in attendance were in the upper end zone. Their stadium in in three separate sections the student section takes up one whole side and holds around 30,000 people! Very impressive, this is where their “12th Man” sits. Their students didn’t get there extremely early, but they were packed in around kickoff. To be 30,000 strong I didn’t think their student section was that loud, they got that way towards the end, I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt and sayit was the wind or where we were sitting, but I’m not convinced.

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In case you missed the game report, Auburn was able to hang in there with the Aggies and Ol Johnny Football. Auburn scored a touchdown with about a minute and 19 seconds remaining which was plenty of time for A&M to score again. The next 1:19 was the longest of my life.

It came down to a few seconds and a final down and as Johnny was tackled in the backfield, cheers of victory filled the air in the Auburn section. I am pretty sure I picked Emily up and swung her around. We screamed and hopped and hollered. It was great.


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I had previously been 0-5 on the road, now I am 1-5 so we’re making progress.

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I will never forget this game and I am so glad I will be able to remember it with Emily, Kira and Krista.

We stayed and cheered some more, sang the Auburn Alma Matter and then headed for the car. The entire time I was at Texas A&M we never had anyone give us  a hard time, be rude to us, bark in our faces, scream at us etc. It was such an enjoyable experience, the best away game experience I have had thus far.

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Few Last Highlights of the Weekend:

1) We got a great deal on a rental car for obvious reasons. We dubbed it the washing machine it had the motor of one and was about the size of one. Good thing we didn’t actually have to drive it to Texas.

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Emily Jones “Traveling around Texas with the two tallest people I know in the “washing machine.” #compactcar #tincan #cantstoplaughing #tallpeopleprobs #goodtobeshort”

2) BBQ- Texas Brisket….enough said. Everything else was good whether it was sausage or turkey. Tex-Mex was also great. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

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3) We got to meet some great people, worship with the congregation out there which reminded me a lot of Auburn. A special shout out to Amy, Chandler, Emily and Taylor who let Emily and I stay with them.

Texas A&M has probably been one of my top 2 away games I have attended. It had all the elements of a great weekend. I have two more trips to games this fall so Arkansas and Tenneessee are going to have a lot to live up to. The experience was great, but coming home with a win over Texas A&M…. priceless.

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Auburn Traditions 101: Live By the Creed

Today’s Auburn tradition is not something we as Auburn fans do on game days or game day eve, but something we believe in and strive to carry out every day: The Auburn Creed.

To be honest before I actually started school here at Auburn in the fall of 2010 I am not sure that I was even aware that Auburn had a creed. Once you come to Auburn, it becomes important, and is referenced very often in conversation and in class.

You hear many references to the Auburn Creed, even on cookie cakes.

You hear many references to the Auburn Creed, even on cookie cakes.

From my research, creeds are not extremely common, but we are very proud of ours, it is more than a cheer or song it doctrine at Auburn. The Auburn Creed was written in 1945 by George Petrie. Petrie was the first Alabamian to receive a PhD and was Auburn’s first football coach.

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The Auburn Creed mentions several things I am a firm believer in: God, hard work, America and human touch.  Auburn is a very conservative university, the student body was actually recently ranked by the Princeton Review as  The Most Conservative Student Body in the Nation, however regardless of your political views I believe you can agree the Auburn Creed is a set of guiding principles for Auburn students that all of us can believe in and strive to live out here at Auburn and beyond.

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I believe that this is a practical world and that I can count only on what I earn. Therefore, I believe in work, hard work.

I believe in education, which gives me the knowledge to work wisely and trains my mind and my hands to work skillfully.

I believe in honesty and truthfulness, without which I cannot win the respect and confidence of my fellow men.

I believe in a sound mind, in a sound body and a spirit that is not afraid, and in clean sports that develop these qualities.

I believe in obedience to law because it protects the rights of all.

I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all.

I believe in my Country, because it is a land of freedom and because it is my own home, and that I can best serve that country by “doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with my God”.

And because Auburn men and women believe in these things, I believe in Auburn and love it.

–George Petrie

Mississippi State: One of Those Nail Biters

Last time Mississippi State was in town in 2011 the game ended on a very exciting and super close play. Auburn stopped Mississippi State from scoring a touchdown that would have allowed them to win on the one yard line as the clock expired. It was crazy.

Tonight was another one of those crazy games.

The day started out normally with tailgating and thousands of hopefully Auburn fans coming to the Plains hopefully for our first SEC in over a year. (Last year was rough to say the least). I was fairly confident Auburn would come out on top at the end of the day, but it was not an easy win for us at all. The first half was back and forth. The second half Auburn was behind most of the time and things were not looking too good for us. However it worked out that we gained possession of the football with just a few minutes left and drove down the field. It was so exciting and so nerve wracking all at the same time, all 85,817 people in attendance were on the edge of their seats.

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We were all just praying that Marshall played smart and didn’t throw any interceptions. When it came down to the last few plays QB Marshall threw an 11-yard game-winning touchdown pass to C.J. Uzomah with 10 seconds remaining on the clock. Instant relief. Our conference loosing streak is over.

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A year ago today my friends Heather, Tyler, AJ and I went to Mississippi State and watched Auburn fall in Starkville so I didn’t feel too bad for their fans as they journey back to Starkville. I have made that long ride back after a loss, no fun there.

Games like tonight are the ones you remember the most, you scream and scream until you can scream no more. Shake that shaker until you can hardly raise your arm. When you cheer your team on to victory, its worth every minute of the 6 hours we students spend standing in that stadium on Saturdays. Every splotch of sunburn, every drop of sweat, and every raw throat from screaming. Its what we do during 12-0 seasons and 3-9 seasons. Win or loose we stand together and sing that alma matter at then end of the game with pride.

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After the alma matter is sung then of course go to Toomer’s Corner, victory in Auburn is celebrated no other way.

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Tailgate Treats: Week #2 “Zesty Pizza Casserole”

It is week 2 of the college football season and my Auburn Tigers are taking on Arkansas State this Saturday  This week we have another night game which are my favorites because it allows more time for tailgating. Last year our first 3 games were at 11am, which was rough, because students have to be at the gate typically 2 1/2 -3 hours before the game and who wants to tailgate that early?

This week’s tailgate treat is a great go-to dish when you need something fast and are possibly limited on kitchen facilities. This recipe can easily be made in a dorm room, or anywhere you have a microwave. I recently made it when I had friends over for dinner, when I made it again a day or two later I gave some to my brother Brady and told him to put it in the microwave to cook it. He asked “can’t I just put it in the over” I told him he could, but I always made it in the microwave, and he couldn’t believe it!

First thing you do is bring 6 ounces of elbow macaroni to a boil.

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While your macaroni is cooking, be cutting into halves or fourths 4 oz of pepperoni slices, or if you would rather you can buy the mini pepperoni from Hormel.

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After you chop up the pepperoni into pieces combine the pepperoni with 8 oz. of pizza sauce, 8 oz. of cottage cheese, 4 oz. of mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup onion chopped, and 1/2 t. dried basil.

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Then after you noodles are done cooking combine them with your cheese/ tomato mixture.

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After you combine the noodles and sauce, pour into a 2 quart casserole dish, cover and microwave for 7-9 minutes and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Then it is time to enjoy!

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Ingredients:

6 oz. shell macaroni cooked (I typically do it on the stove top but I am sure you can do it in the microwave as well)

8 oz. jar pizza sauce

8 oz. cottage cheese

4 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese

4 oz. pepperoni’s halved or quartered (I usually use my kitchen scissors to cut them, much easier)

1/2 cup onion chopped

1/2 t. dried basil (you can also use Italian seasoning, pizza seasoning, garlic etc)

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Steps: In a 2 quart microwave safe dish, combine all ingredients except parmesan cheese. Mix well and cover and cook in microwave for 7-9 minutes. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top. This serves 4-6 people, I usually double the recipe. No one will ever know it was cooked in the microwave!

Auburn Traditions 101: Eagle Flight

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Before each home football game Auburn has one of the what I believe to the be coolest traditions. The flight of our eagles. The eagle flights have been part of Auburn’s pre-game festivities since the Auburn vs. Wyoming game in 2000.

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The eagles are used to promote wildlife conservation through a partnership with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Southeastern Raptor Center. The eagles are unable to survive in the wild, so that is why the Southeastern Raptor center has them. The animals are like royalty and are given the best care available to them.

The eagle flight happens just a few minutes before kickoff. The eagle is released from the upper deck from a carrier and does a flight around the stadium.

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It is not usually a complete circuit around, however the one we had Saturday night for the Washington State game was a great one.  When the bird is released the whole stadium shakes their shakers in a circular motion above their heads, and yells WAAAARRRR until the eagles is ready to land at the center of the field then the WAAAARRR is finished off with EAGLE HEY! I have a video below, it is not the best quality, but you can get an idea of what it is like.  It definitely gives you chills and it is amazing to watch such a majestic bird make its way around the stadium. I have yet to see anything else like it. It is definitely breath taking, and is known across the country. Our eagles were even used in the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City a few years ago.

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*Disclaimer photos in this post were taken by Auburn Photographic Services, not Anna Leigh Peek*

Tailgate Treats – Week #1 “Crazy Good Dip”

It is finally here! In less than 24 hours my friends and I will be in Jordan Hare stadium cheering on the Auburn Tigers. Each home game weekend this fall I  plan to share one of my favorite tailgate recipes. This week has been a hectic one, the first full week of classes and we were having a nightly gospel meeting at church so this week’s recipe is one of the quickest and simplest ones I have. I discovered the recipe a few years ago on an online blog (I do not even remember which one it was) it is popular on Pinterest and popular in my kitchen. It is great if you need a quick tailgate food or even if company is on the way. So regardless of whether you are watching the game from home or traveling to your school to tailgate this recipe is always a crowd favorite.

All you need are 4 simple ingredients.

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1 Packet of Ranch Dressing Mix

1 Cup Cheddar Cheese (I prefer finely shredded)

1 3 oz. pack of bacon pieces (if you are feeling fancy you can cook your own and crumble it)

16 oz. of sour cream

First mix your sour cream and ranch seasoning, then add the bacon, and cheese. It tastes better if you let it sit in the fridge overnight. Even if you don’t it still tastes good!  You can make this  “healthier” if you choose to use  low-fat or fat-free cheese and sour cream.

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It is VERY simple, quick and does not require many ingredients. I like to buy a aluminum loaf pan that I can pour the dip in and that way instead of having to deal with a dish when it is time to go to the game I can just throw the pan away.

It tastes great with chips, crackers or even vegetables!