Friday Favorites

Today is the end of one of the most bizarre school weeks this year, but we welcome Friday with open arms nonetheless.
This week, the Southeast experienced a rare winter storm. Auburn University was one of numerous schools and businesses that closed its doors for days.
Although students and faculty enjoyed a three-day snowcation, we know many of you were eager to get out of the house finally. While the storm brought with it severe traffic jams and stir craziness, here is a list of our absolute favorites from this rare winter week.

1. Deadline Extensions

Being given a deadline extension is like waking up Monday morning and realizing it’s Saturday, and we at The Circle love Saturdays as much as the next guy.
Due to the hindering weather, The Circle has decided to extend the submission deadline until next Friday, February 7. Jump on the opportunity train while you can and submit your work and a waiver to Student Center Suite 1115.

2. Ice Scrapers

This ice was no joke for those of us Southerners who have never dealt with frozen car doors or iced-over windshields. The friend who arbitrarily owns an ice scraper instantly became the most popular this week. 2 friendship points for you, perfectly equipped friend.

3. Bedroom Slippers

Nothing, and I repeat nothing, discourages me more from getting out of bed than a cold hardwood floor. My bedroom slippers and I formed an inextricable bond this week as they guarded my footsies from the glacier that is my bedroom floor.

4. Gas Stations

You never realize how necessary grocery stores are until they’re all closed. I’m sure many Auburn students relied heavily on the food stock of local gas stations this week. Your diet may have consisted of potato chips, beef jerky and chocolate milk, but the Circle K didn’t let you go hungry.

5. Books

I would list books as a Friday favorite every week, but this week in particular they truly outshone the contenders. Perhaps after one snow day a book wouldn’t have been overly appealing. But after not one, not two, but THREE snow days, reading became more and more freeing. Watching tv or surfing the internet can definitely be fun, but those activities become so monotonous so quickly. I hope everyone got a chance to curl up with a good book this week, even if you only read a chapter or two.

Our Staff Snow Day Picks

We hope all our Circle readers are enjoying the snow day in Auburn! Days like today are perfect for curling up with a cup of coffee, a blanket and a great book. Check out what our staff is reading!

1) The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling








2) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson








3) Dune by Frank Herbert








4) The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi Durrow








5) Brideshead Revisted by Evelyn Waugh








6) Salem’s Lot by Stephen King








7) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley








8) Insurgent by Veronica Roth








9) Atonement by Ian McEwan








10) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak








We hope all our readers are keeping safe and warm during the break from class! What are you all reading? Or better yet, what are you writing and creating for us to put in the magazine? Remember, submissions are due Friday, Jan. 31!

Meet our Fall 2013 Contributors: Raye May

For Raye May, her love for the written word began in kindergarten.

“We had a writing project and instead of writing a poem, I wrote a whole book,” Raye said.

Raye, senior in creative writing, has submitted poetry, short stories and photography to The Auburn Circle for the past two issues. Raye said her favorite form of writing is free-form poetry because it offers more creative freedom. She discovered free-form poetry her junior year of high school when she joined a creative writing club.

“I realized I didn’t have to stick to something,” Raye said.

Raye originally started at Auburn as a journalism major, but made the switch her junior year into a major that better fit her passions. Raye said in addition to free-form poetry, she also enjoys writing general poetry and short stories, but long-form writing is not her favorite. “I’m not a big novel person. I can’t commit,” she said.

Raye has written both fiction and non-fiction and said her inspiration usually comes from whatever is happening in her life.

“It often tends to hit while I’m driving down the road and I have nowhere to write it down, so I start repeating things in my head over and over until I get wherever I’m going and then I write it down,” she said.

Raye said she is also inspired by a variety of other poets and authors. “I think I pull my style mostly from Frank O’Hara,” she said. “He was a 1950s and ’60s poet who wrote a lot about the changing culture in that time. My favorite poet overall would probably be Kahlil Gibran or T.S. Eliot. My favorite poem is “‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.’”

Raye read one of her non-fiction short stories, ‘Snapshots’ at SNAPS in November 2013. ‘Snapshots’ tells the story of Raye’s childhood memories of her grandmother, Vera Hendrix, who passed away last fall.

“She died of Alzheimer’s this past year, in August,” Raye said. “What was weird about her death was the timing of it. I didn’t have time to deal with it. She died August 7th, we buried her the 10th, my sister got married the 17th, and then my other grandmother had cancer and she died 24 days after my first grandmother did, and then school started in between that. I didn’t have time to deal with it, and [writing] was my way of dealing with it.”

Raye May also works as a photographer and design editor at The Auburn Plainsman.

However, Raye’s talents are not limited to writing. She has submitted photography to The Auburn Circle and has worked at The Auburn Plainsman as both a photo editor and design editor. After graduation, Raye said she wants to publish a book.

“I’m currently in the process of trying to publish a book of poems and short stories through Amazon. That’s mostly what I’d like to do. Or write Hallmark cards if I have to. I’m keeping my options open,” Raye said, laughing.

To read Raye May’s ‘Snapshots’ and other work from our incredibly talented contributors, come by The Auburn Circle’s office (AUSC Suite 1115 in the Student Media offices) to pick up the Fall 2013 issue!

Want to join our group of wonderful contributors? Pick up a submission waiver in the office and return it and your work(s!) to us by January 31! We want to see your creativity!