Bob Lowry/Jim Jackson, 844-9999


Here are a few story ideas for the Auburn-Alabama football game week. If you need assistance, please contact the Office of University Relations at 334/844-9999:

** Game-day spirit buttons issued by the AU Bookstore. Bob Ritenbaugh, director of Auxiliary Enterprises, has a collection of all the buttons issued through the years. The story line here might be how much it costs, how many buttons are distributed, etc. Ritenbaugh can be reached at 844-4082. A related story may be along the lines of how bookstore sales of T-shirts and other paraphernalia increase during Alabama game week. Call Katherine Lee, director of the AU Bookstore at 844-1350 for additional information.

** The economic impact of the Auburn-Alabama game on the Auburn-Opelika area? Predictably, it's tremendous. AU economist Henry Thompson (844-2910) can give some perspectives.

** What impact does a game like this have on student recruitment at Auburn? John Fletcher, interim director of enrollment management and services, would have the answer. He can be reached at 844-6428.

** How much additional law enforcement is needed for the Auburn-Alabama game day? Where do they come from? Contact AU Public Safety Director Charles Nevin at 844-4158.

** What about the mountain of litter left after the game? Who cleans it up? How quickly? How much does it cost? Stan Drake, assistant vice president for facilities, is reachable at 844-9565; and Catherine Love, executive director of Facilities, is reachable at 844-9580.

** Why does this game mean so much to so many people? Is our fervor healthy? Psychology professor Barry Burkhart (844-6476) or sociologist Greg Kowalski (844-2825) are two good sources.

** Auburn faculty/staff who played in the game. They include John Cochran, head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering (844-6800); Johnny Green, interim director of minority advancement and assistant professor of political science (844-4184); Jay Jacobs, associate athletic director (844-9861); and Stacy Danley, assistant athletic director (844-4750).

** Is it still the Iron Bowl when it's played in Auburn or at Alabama (in 2000)? What do the fans think about it?


** Beat Bama Parade, which begins at 3:45 p.m., Friday, Tiger Road, between the AU Medical Clinic and Dunstan Hall. The parade will proceed down Magnolia Avenue to College Street, turn right on Thach Avenue, then left on Duncan Street and into the stadium.

** Pep rally at approximately 4:30 p.m. in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

** Campers already massed on campus.

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CONTACT: Bob Lowry, Jim Jackson, Janet McCoy, Roy Summerford, David Granger and/or Mike Clardy, 334/844-9999.