Donahue Path Ribbon
Cutting and Chris Hinds Memorial Ride
What: Donahue Path Ribbon Cutting and Chris Hinds Memorial Ride
Where: Donahue multi-use path (S Donahue and Woodfield, by the solar house)
When: Saturday, Oct 25, 8:30am
dedicated multi-use path
This summer, Auburn University completed the campus's first
dedicated off-road multi-use path, which runs from S College to Samford along Donahue
Drive. The path, which has already been discovered by walkers, runners and bicyclists,
is suitable for both recreational use, and bike commuting to work and school. During
the day, it is shaded along part of its length by trees and at night it is well
illuminated. The construction of the path is part of the university's master plan,
which aims to transform Auburn into a greener, and healthier, pedestrian- and
On Saturday, October 25, the Donahue path will be officially
opened at a grand ribbon cutting ceremony that has been organized jointly by the
university and the city. The fun will begin at 8:30am and will be attended by Aubie
and other special guests, and at 9am there will be a free fun ride of 5 miles. For
the more experienced riders, the ceremony will also coincide with this year's Chris
Hinds Memorial Ride (CHMR), an annual event organized by Friends of Chris Hinds and
the Auburn Flyers.
There will be drinks and snacks for everyone at the ceremony and those who
take part in the rides.
So, get on your bike and join us!
Five mile ride: Free
For more information on CHMR, see the website
Proceeds from CHMR will go to Storybook Farm and the Auburn Flyers.
Registration through the website or on the morning, before and during the ceremony.
Intern Feature, by Carrie Kilpatrick
I woke up this morning to the dull flicker of television images. I had
fallen asleep watching two indiscriminate political analysts talking about economic something
or another. They seemed incredibly agitated about things that really meant nothing to me in
my college student frame of mind. Give me a good old debate, one with the potential for
bloodshed. Show me that WWE moment when Obama and McCain throw tax plans to the wind and
bust out the foldable aluminum chairs. But I know better than to expect that kind of excitement
from politics. Excitement in government is incremental and often a little too bureaucratic
to hold much interest for very long. This has been the fundamental disconnect between the
youthful constituents and their political leaders. The voting group of 18-25 year olds is
vast and underrepresented. It's hard to convince people that the democratic system has
anything to do with them past POLI 1020. Most people my age aren't even registered to vote.
“I don't vote and I probably never will. I don't know anything, and
I don't care to learn” was the quote my roommate gave after a discussion over the Daily
Show one evening.
“That's pretty much the dumbest thing I have ever heard.” I could
think of nothing better to say. My brain writhed at this comment. My patriotic tail feathers
had been ruffled. I wanted to scream those sacred epitaphs we believers in political efficacy
rush to: People died for your vote! It's not simply a right, it's a duty! But these words
evoke very little any more as repetition erodes their emotional power.
As I stewed in my own indignation it occurred to me that it wasn't
the act of not voting that disturbed me but the indifference she harbored toward the system.
How could she sit there as a citizen of the United States with every possibility to decide
the fate of our political landscape as one person could have and refuse to participate.
How could she ever complain about the cost of education, the smog that hovers over our heads
at five o'clock, or the taxes she is going to start paying at the end of the year when
she had every chance to voice her opinion to our leaders and didn't. But when it comes
right down to it, I don't want anyone to vote who hasn't truly wrestled with the issues
and reconciled them with a candidate that supports them. A misinformed vote is no vote at all.
As for me, my first presidential election hangs before my face like a
ripe apple. So many things are pressing on my mind. As a Sustainability Initiative intern
and a citizen of this planet, I believe the environment is paramount to my generation and
the generations to follow. Environmentally speaking, we are in a bit of a time crunch.
Four years could mean the difference between irreversible climate change and rescuing
our ailing planet. Furthermore, the war of my generation is being fought by my brothers,
sisters, and friends whose fate will be decided by an older generation that is out of
harms way, and the future jobs I am being educated to perform lie at the guillotine
of a slumping economy. Don't accept the fate others make for you.
Inform yourself—Check out the candidates' websites
on Climate Change
on Energy and the Environment
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The Virtualization of Auburn
Since early 2000, one of Auburn’s offices has been at the forefront of a quiet
worldwide revolution. Gradually, most of the Fortune 500 companies have joined our ranks, and private
businesses and government entities around the globe are following in our wake. In early 2000, OIT
began the virtualization of Auburn’s computer systems. Virtualization is a technology that allows
for the drastic reduction in materials and space required for computers, and it can reduce energy
usage by up to 80%.
Software That Acts Like Hardware
According to Jeff Stallworth, an Auburn Office of Information Technology
Manager, computers utilize, on average, only 8 to 15% of their computing capacity; and more
efficient use of computer resources is at the heart of virtualization. In the late 90s, a
number of software companies and open-source programmers began producing software that acts
like hardware. When it is installed on your computer, it will allow additional operating systems
to run virtually on the physical host computer. So, I can take my Mac, install virtualization
software on it and have a virtual Windows machine sitting on my computer desktop. And I can use
them both simultaneously.
On a larger scale, OIT can install virtualization software on the
university servers and run, in some cases, up to twenty virtual servers within one physical
server. “It takes more energy to cool a computer than to operate it,” says Stallworth, so
by replacing twenty servers with one, cooling costs have already dropped dramatically. There
is also an immediate reduction in materials used, transportation costs and housing space
required, and at the other end of the cycle, when the servers eventually need to be replaced,
there is less material to be disposed of.
So far, OIT has replaced approximately 140 servers with a 7 server virtual
cluster, and the use of virtualization is growing rapidly in other departments on campus too.
Unsurprisingly, Stallworth didn’t have a hard time selling the idea of
virtualization to his bosses.
“It’s a win-win situation,” he said, and when you look at all the advantages of virtualization
you have to agree: from a
financial and an environmental point of view.
There are further advantages to virtualization—for the user it provides a
more reliable service and for OIT more flexibility and ease of management. By using virtualization,
an expansive computer system like Auburn’s can employ cloud computing, a technology that has been
used for years by companies like Google in which there is little or no centralized infrastructure.
This means, there is less danger of a centralized server crashing and information being lost—instead,
information can be moved around and stored in a decentralized cloud of computers. From a
sustainability point of view, when a broad system like Auburn’s is in low demand, say between
2 and 5am, the system can consolidate processing on to fewer servers and place unused servers
in a low power mode while they are not needed, saving even more energy.
The change to virtualization in Auburn has been mainly back-end so far
(behind the scene servers) but you can also find front-end examples of it at the kiosks in the
Student Center, where you can sit down at a computer that has no visible hard drive attached
to it. These are known as thin clients.
A Virtual Future at Auburn
As Auburn’s sustainability efforts gain ground with the new strategic plan
and Gogue’s signing of the Presidents Climate Commitment, it is good to know that OIT is
transforming our computer system into a more resource efficient system, fit for the challenges of the twenty-first century.
There are a number of virtualization software packages available, both commerical
and open-source. The following
are just some examples:
VM Ware, for PCs and Macs
Parallels Desktop for Mac
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National Student Design Competition for Sustainability: 6th Annual
The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking applications from students who need funding to
conduct research into sustainability. According to the EPA website, “The P3 Awards program was
developed to foster progress toward sustainability by achieving the mutual goals of economic
prosperity, protection of the planet, and improved quality of life for its people-- people,
prosperity, and the planet – the three pillars of sustainability.”
Students can win up to $10,000 in award funding, and research in the following areas will be
Materials and Chemicals
Closing date for applications is December 23, 2008 at 4:00
For more details see the National
Center for Environmental Research website
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Southern Research Fellow Program
Southern Growth Policies Board is offering $1,000 to a graduate
or undergraduate scholar to conduct a research project and prepare a report for Southern
Growth's 2009 Report on the Future of the South. The 2009 award will be grant to a person
conducting research “relating to bio-products, alternative energy, and/or energy efficiency.”
The report can be based on previous work or a a previous research paper.
All application materials muct be postmarked before November 14, 2008. For more details see the Southern
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Auburn Community Garden
What: Community Gardening
Where: Research Station off Woodfield Drive, Auburn
When: Wednesdays, 5pm or whenever you have spare time
Auburn Community Garden is looking for volunteers to help grow food
for the Food Bank
of East Alabama. Beginners and experienced gardeners, families, church groups and student
groups are all welcome.
The community garden gives people the opportunity to gain experience in growing a
vegetable garden while serving the community, and it gets fresh local produce into the
diets of Food Bank beneficiaries.
Volunteers meet at the garden every Wednesday from 5-6pm with garden
manager Mike Mulvaney
to help plant, thin, weed and harvest. Volunteers are also welcome to visit the garden at
their convenience and do what work they can.
If you wish to volunteer, turn up any Wednesday at 5pm, or contact Mike
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Green Lunch Series
Our Green Lunch Series continues this month, on Wednesday, October 22 with a
talk by Conner Bailey. Bailey has been a faculty member in Auburn's Department of Agricultural
Economics & Rural Sociology since 1985, and much of his research has focused on grassroots
social movements related to environmental and natural resource issues.
||Speaker and Title
||Conner Bailey, Rural Sociology
"Rednecks, Radicals, and Cautious Souls: Multiple Voices of Alabama’s Environmental Movement"
||Gwyn Thomas, Polymer and Fiber Engineering
“Recycling Myths and Facts: Melting the Plastic Curtain”
Hope to see you there!