Vote for Miss Homecoming 2018
7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 28th at aub.ie/sgavote
Miss Homecoming 2018 Top 5
Name: Sadie Argo
Major: Psychology and Spanish
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Platform: “My platform for Miss Homecoming is related to Project Uplift which is a mentor program that impacts students at Auburn University and children in the Auburn Community. Mentor programs such as Project Uplift are proven to help children academically, socially, and behaviorally. They also help lower the juvenile delinquency rate. My goal is to increase the amount of volunteers in Project Uplift, and in addition, create a scholarship for the children who have gone through the Project Uplift program.
I am currently mentoring 2 children, Tez and E’moni! I visit them every week to help them with homework, develop their manners, plan fun activities, and push them to grow into their best selves. However, they face a hard reality every single day. They do not have a home of their own, they do not have a father figure in their lives, and their mother has to work all day to be able to feed them. Children cannot help what they were born into, but they can, given the opportunity, rise above their circumstances. Both Tez and E’moni have expressed their interest in attending Auburn University when they are older, and my Project Uplift partner and I remind them of this when tutoring them for school. The mentor program is very effective, but it ends once they turn 12. To continue the impact, my dream is for Auburn University to create a scholarship for students who have previously gone through the Project Uplift program as a child. This would incentivize them once they are out of the program to excel in academics and behavior. Looking at Tez and E’moni’s home life, they will need scholarship help to achieve this goal.
My platform is not only geared toward prospective students who went through the program, but also current Auburn students who have the opportunity to be a part of Project Uplift as mentors. There are many benefits to being a mentor: students can gain experience that can be used in the work force or in a family, experience personal growth, and improve the quality of life in their community. The issue on Auburn’s Campus is that there are not enough mentors to help these children. There are currently 130 children on the waiting list to receive a mentor with 45 more about to be added, totaling 175 children. Every child is required to have two mentors for safety reasons, so that means we need 350 volunteers. This sounds like a lot, but it is a tangible goal to achieve when you think about the amount of students on Auburn’s campus. With heightened awareness, I believe we can increase the amount of mentors to strengthen the impact in the Auburn community. How rewarding would it be to help children that come from an adverse home life achieve their dream of attending and exceling at Auburn University? I hope that you will unite with me in my passion for Project Uplift and help children like Tez and E’moni attain a brighter future!”
Name: Sarah Louise Boland
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Platform: “My name is Sarah Louise Boland and I am so honored to be representing Auburn University this year as a Miss Homecoming candidate. The first week of my senior year, I broke my foot and had to depend on my friends and family in Auburn to help me adjust to this new lifestyle. Through this temporary disability, I have seen just how hard it is for people who need physical accommodations to get to class, involvement activities, and sports events. I want to use the rest of my time as a student at Auburn improving the physical and mental health of students facing temporary and permanent disabilities.
I am partnering with the Office of Accessibility and provide a guide for students to know what to do and where to go when faced with injuries and accommodations. This way the Auburn family experience can be experienced no matter your physical handicap. I would also like to show all students ways that they can help their fellow men and women that are facing injuries or disabilities. I believe that by working hard and being courteous through actions you can lead others and make a difference. If selected, I hope to convey this lifestyle and show Auburn values to our students, alumni, and visitors throughout the Auburn community.
During my campaign, I will also work with the Auburn Counseling Center to provide guides for students facing disabilities in college to make sure they continue to have a “sound mind, sound body, and a spirit that is not afraid.” I personally have struggled this semester in my mental health from my physical disability and hope I can make it easier for someone going through a similar situation during their college experience.
I would be honored to serve as the next Miss Homecoming and give back to the University that has given me so much. I am excited to continue this process and hope to demonstrate my ability to embody the Creed and demonstrate how I believe in Auburn and love it. Through this campaign I want to encourage you to help make the Auburn family accessible to everyone.”
Name: Jennifer Eaton
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Platform: “Enlighten with Eaton focuses on three objectives concerning many Auburn students: Employment, Inclusion, and Experience. Over the years at Auburn, these areas have personally had a major impact in my life and I would love to bring to light the significance and need for enhancement in these areas.
Employment: As an on-campus student employee, I have enjoyed the privilege of being able to serve not only Auburn students but faculty and staff as well. Many students look endlessly for on campus employment but have a hard time finding opportunities. I would work with the Career Center in creating a role that would exclusively help in hiring students in on campus jobs and buildings.
Inclusion: Inclusion is very important to me and it is of growing importance at Auburn as well, but we need more practical inclusion solutions. One of my practical inclusion goals is creating sacred rooms for students that don’t have a place to pray, have chapter meetings, or simply a consistent space to call their own. Ideally, I would love for these rooms to one day transform into a multicultural space for future Auburn students.
Experience: Every student has their own Auburn experience, but often the experience isn’t as authentic for transfer and international students. In creating an authentic Auburn experience for these students, I would like to work with the Involvement Ambassadors and other campus organizations in creating opportunities for these students to get involved early on, in the same manner we recruit for traditional first year students to get involved.”
Name: Maddy Hickman
Major: Public Relations
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Platform: “I’ve always said that what separates Auburn from other schools is our spirit and dedication to leaving our mark on the Auburn community. My platform for Miss Homecoming 2018 is not only to continue to promote that climate on Auburn’s campus, but also to take it a step further and help local high school students realize their potential to continue their education.
As a first-generation college student, I remember the feeling of doubt and fear associated with applying to colleges. During this major life step, all I wanted was someone that understood what I was going through and could help me along the way. Now, having made it to the other side, I am eager to fill that role for someone else.
As stated in our creed, “I believe in education which gives me the knowledge to work wisely and train my mind and my hands to work skillfully.” Education is not only important in the classroom, but it also encompasses every aspect of life and is so deeply ingrained in the Auburn spirit. Auburn is more than just a university; it is the understanding of all that you are and all that you can be.
As students, we often forget the privilege it is to attend a school like Auburn University. We take for granted the steps that we went through to join this community. I firmly believe that as university students we need to build a bridge to high schools in the area. If we can instill the Auburn spirit in students from a younger age, they will be more equipped for life after high school.
After all, this is the age where dreams start to form and plans are curated.
Miss Homecoming is representative of a transitional time in a young adults’ life. She is a senior who is rapidly approaching life after college but is still very familiar with her youth. I love how the position closely ties current Auburn students to alumni, making it very relative to my platform.
I am very excited to announce that throughout the week we will be hosting benefit nights and accepting donations to go towards an Auburn Scholarship that will be given to a first-generation college student in the area.
Having served as a Camp War Eagle counselor and a Pi Chi, and having been a confused teenager myself, I understand the feelings and thoughts associated with this huge life transition. I would love to serve as a resource for them while going through the steps necessary to graduate and plan for life after high school.”
Name: Tracy Moore
Major: Public Relations
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Platform: “As college-attending women, we are told to watch what we wear. We are told to be careful about how much we drink. We are told to text our friends when we’re “home safe.” We are told to carry pepper spray in our purses. We are told that sexual assault prevention lies in our own hands, when in reality, most of these heinous crimes are committed by people we know, and people we thought we could trust.
While this advice is useful, and worth following in order to give us the “best odds possible,” the fact of the matter still remains that around 1 in 4 college women will have an encounter with sexual assault during their time in school, and that 90% of these incidents go unreported.
I have high faith in the community of students at Auburn, and I would love to sit here and blindly believe that our student body is far better than that. I’d love to believe that we are the exception to the norm. Unfortunately, I been a witness to this exact statistic, proven time and time again in conversations that have become much too casual among the women whom these actions affect.
If I were given the opportunity to serve as Miss Homecoming, I would encourage the student body to continue the conversations that I really feel begun last year through Nicole Finely and Kayla Warner’s respective campaigns.
Sexual assault on campus should not be taboo, and it should not be considered “overdone,” simply because it is finally being brought up in a public setting. However, it also shouldn’t be a conversation topic that we students can shrug off nonchalantly under the assumption that nothing can be done. There is much more we can do.
As Miss Homecoming, I would advocate for school legislation that places a full-time sexual assault nurse in the Med Clinic, increase general awareness about the frequency of these offenses, and simplify the complicated process of reporting sexual violence that occurs on and around campus.
Since freshman year when I became witness to the accuracy of the “1 in 4” statistic through my friends, classmates, and sisters, I have always maintained that if given the opportunity to select a platform and campaign passionately for it, I would choose sexual assault awareness and prevention. I’m Tracy Moore, and I firmly believe that if we consider ourselves true Auburn men and women, we should not merely follow guidelines given to us, but instead set the standard for the ways in which we discuss and handle sexual assault.
We can do Moore.”
Executive Director of Elections