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What to expect at Preseason Camp
posted July 22, 2013
Hey guys! Darby again. Can you believe that in a month we'll be in the throes of preseason camp?! I hope you all are getting super pumped for an unforgettable introduction to the season. If you're panicking or overwhelmed, have no fear; I have a few important notes about camp to share with you.
First and foremost, it's hot. Say it with me: It. Is. Really. Stinking. Hot. I do love the south (the fact that mac and cheese is a vegetable here rocks!); however, our climate is home to some of the highest temperatures and humidity percentages around. As a marching band, we do tend to spend the majority of our time in the great outdoors. So what does this mean for you? Hydration! Water and other non-sugary/carbonated fluids are your new best friends (except for your R.A.T. Leaders, of course!). Dr. Spurlin and our other staff are really great about dispersing water breaks throughout our time blocks, so make sure you can take advantage of the breaks by bringing your own refillable bottles/jugs to fill with water, gatorade, and the like.
First Year Freak-outs and Common Concerns
posted July 15, 2013
War Eagle everyone! It’s Adam again! (And now there’s only 26 days until Preseason Camp starts!!!) So, this week, the Blog is going to be all about common concerns and questions that we get from freshman and other first year Auburn students trying out for the marching band. Coming to college is such an incredible experience, but I know everyone has their share of freakouts. But NEVER FEAR your R.A.T. leaders are here!! I’m going to cover a lot of information but no question is too random to email us and ask! (Besides, we need to be challenged every once in a while anyway). I’ll start out with some marching band questions to ease you into it, and then move into housing, involvement on campus, and classes. Let’s get it started!
posted July 8, 2013
Hey, everyone! Paige here. I’m going to give you an idea of what gameday looks like as a member of the AUMB (I based this schedule on an actual game from last season). There’s nothing quite like a football game in Jordan-Hare, and hopefully this pumps you up for our first game of the 2013 season!
Rat Program Traditions
posted June 24, 2013
War Eagle, everybody! Darby here. Our ever-faithful blog readers read about the history of the R.A.T. Program a few weeks ago courtesy the lovely Lydia Allison, but this week I’m back to tell you about the traditions of the R.A.T. Program. The parents of one of my very good friends, Kaitlyn Burnside (who you will soon meet- she’s clarinet section leader and librarian), informed me a few years ago that most of these traditions were around even when they were members of the AUMB, and even though both of them don’t look a day over twenty-five, it’s a testament to the culture of the AUMB that we keep these traditions alive and well throughout the years!
What to do in Auburn
posted June 10, 2013
[Say it with me now] WAR EAGLE! So we've been through several facets of Auburn and what it means to be an Auburn man or woman. But I'm sure you're dying, metaphorically of course, to learn more! Last week was all about getting involved on campus. You may ask, "What if I've seen everything and been to every club on campus?" I would first question your trustworthiness because there are over 375 on campus organizations, but I would still list several things out of the gamut of places to go in the greater Auburn Opelika area. For instance...
Making your time at Auburn Incredible!
posted June 10, 2013
[We can't begin anything at Auburn without a hardy] WAR EAGLE!!! And hello again from the loveliest village on the plains! Getting annoyed with these posts yet? I hope not because you're voluntarily reading them. This week's blog will hopefully give you even further insight into making the next four years (or however many you choose to take) incredible!
As entering freshmen I'm sure each one of you have heard the following advice from someone older and hopefully wiser than you: "Go to class". Well they're right, and they won't be the last person to tell you that. That's the best way to be successful. But another really important thing to do in college is OTHER STUFF. There are tons of other things to do on campus that don't involve books- or homework. I can speak from experience that compared to high school and the younger years, it's the BEST time of your life. So do stuff you love!
posted June 3, 2013
War eagle, faithful blog readers! Darby here. This week we’ll be giving you several examples of section traditions from around the AUMB. While the AUMB as a whole is built on tradition, every section has their quirky traditions that make the experience even more special.
As a proud member of the clarinet section, my favorite clarinet tradition happens during preseason camp. After a long, sweaty day of marching and music, we pack ourselves into a few cars and head to an older member’s house for dinner, dessert, and festivities. These festivities include, but are not limited to: singing, dancing, sharing embarrassing stories, and laughing so loud that we get noise complaints (not really, the adjoining wall of my duplex has superior sound blockage. My obnoxious laugh alone tests this on a regular basis). It’s the first time that we do something as a section that doesn’t involve a learning curve of some kind, so it’s a welcomed break and a great way to get to know everyone in the section. If this doesn’t sound up your alley, that’s totally fine; as with all of our R.A.T. Activities, this night of clarinet tomfoolery is completely optional. Now I’ll turn it over to Joe Hamilton, trombone section leader, for some information about the trombone section’s very spirited traditions.
The History of the R.A.T. program
posted May 19, 2013
Hello everyone! So far on the R.A.T. Blog we have learned more about your four fantastic R.A.T. Leaders, have been given a history of how our lovely school came to be, and now we are going to discover the origins of the R.A.T. Program! I’m sure you all have been wondering how our founders came up with the acronym (R.A.T. stands for Rookie Auburn Tiger for those who didn't know), how the program was initially developed, and how it came to be the fun-filled establishment that it is today!
Once upon a time, in the loveliest village on the Plains, the founders of our noble school sought a way to distinguish new students. All freshmen at Auburn University used to be called R.A.T.s. The story goes that when freshmen rode into town on the train, they scattered as soon as they got off, and the locals said that it looked like “rats scattering”. The name stuck, the acronym was made up, and the R.A.T.s were given beanies to wear. I’m sure that they could not imagine then that we would still be calling freshman this term of endearment all these many years later!
Get to know "The Lovliest Village on the Plains!"
posted May 16, 2013
War Eagle!! You guys have learned a little bit more about your leadership, so this blog is dedicated to learning more about the place you are going to call home in a few months—The Loveliest Village on the Plains.
Auburn University was first established in 1856 as the East Alabama Male College, 20 years after the city of Auburn's founding. In 1872, under the Morrill Act, the school became the first land-grant college in the South and was renamed the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama. In 1899 the name again was changed, to the Alabama Polytechnic Institute or API (you can still see people wearing API shirts on campus). FINALLY, in 1960 the name was changed to Auburn University, more in keeping with its location, and expressed the variety of academic programs and larger curriculum of a major university.
We all should be incredibly proud of our school because Auburn University is ranked 37th among public universities nationwide for its undergraduate programs, according to U.S. News & World Report. This ranking marks the 20th consecutive year Auburn has ranked in the top 50 public universities. WHAT WHAT! More importantly, Auburn is ranked #4 on the Princeton Review's list of colleges with the Best Quality of Life and the City of Auburn was named one of the 2009 10 Best Places to Live in America. You'll feel right at home!
Get to know your leadership!
posted May 5, 2013
Welcome prospective band members, current band members, alumni, and curious internet wanderers! Whether on purpose or by accident, you have stumbled upon the loveliest R.A.T. Blog on the Plains. The purpose of this blog is to provide information for our prospective members about life as an AUMB member and to give any advice we (the RAT Royalty) have about bridging the gap between high school and college.
The prospective members and curious internet wanderers may be wondering, “What is this R.A.T. Royalty of which you speak?” R.A.T. is not a derogatory label; it is actually a term of endearment for our Rookie Auburn Tigers (see what our founders did there?). Because we realize that the transition from high school to college is a rather large one, the AUMB provides you with four new best friends, your R.A.T. Kings and Queens! This first blog post is a way for you to learn a little bit about each of us. These five super-interesting facts about each of us can’t be found anywhere else on the internet!