“Aubie continues to set the example for the model mascot program in the country,” said Corey Edwards, director of the Office of Student Involvement. “The competition is based around the production of a skit. Although there are rules for the number and size of props being used as well as a strict time requirement, it is completely up in the air after that.”
AUBURN – Researchers at Auburn University have discovered a new species of trapdoor spider in a well-developed housing subdivision in the heart of the city of Auburn, Ala. Myrmekiaphila tigris, affectionately referred to as the Auburn Tiger Trapdoor Spider, is named in honor of Auburn University’s costumed tiger mascot, Aubie.
The research team, directed by biological sciences professor Jason Bond, lead investigator and director of the Auburn University Museum of Natural History, and Charles Ray, a research fellow in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, was excited at the prospect of such a remarkable find just underfoot. Bond and Ray actually live in the neighborhood where the new species was discovered.
Myrmekiaphila tigris belongs to a genus that contains 11 other species of trapdoor spider found throughout the eastern United States and includes the now-famous species Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi, from Birmingham, Ala., named for Canadian rocker Neil Young.
AUBURN – Auburn University’s mascot, Aubie, will compete throughout football season with 15 other college mascots as part of the Capital One All-America Mascot Team.
The 16 mascots, representing nine conferences and including several natural gridiron rivalries, will go head-to-head throughout the college football season in a battle royale determined exclusively by fan voting. In the end, one lucky creature will be named the Capital One National Mascot of the Year at the 2012 Capital One Bowl.
This is Aubie’s sixth year competing in the National Mascot of the Year challenge.