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Pitch: On April 29, Cottonseed Studios will host Nashville-based band Banditos at the John Emerald Distillery in Opelika, Ala. The event will start at 8 p.m. and will last until 11 p.m.


Six years ago, Nashville-based sextet Banditos formed in Birmingham, Ala. while playing various punk and rock ‘n’ roll projects in DIY, all-ages venues. When the six-piece band realized that the bigger and more diverse music scene of Nashville could benefit their careers, they quickly made the move. A combination of ‘60s blues-fused acid rock, backwoods bluegrass and unexpected bits of doo-wop sweetness, the Banditos will bring nothing but original sound to the stage Friday night. Opelika-based Cottonseed Studio will bring the Banditos to John Emerald Distillery for an intimate and grungy performance to remember.


  • The event will be help April 29 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the John Emerald Distillery in Opelika, Ala.
  • Tickets are $13.65 for General Admission and $11.54 for Early Bird. General Admission tickets will go on sale April 29.
  • The John Emerald Distillery is located in Opelika, Ala. at 705 North Railroad Avenue.



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Richard Patton


Allison Wilmarth Kovak


1,100 Miles Later

Dear Freshman year me,

Wow, how the time does fly. It seems like only yesterday you were moving into your dorm in the Hill, sweating profusely and not realizing just how many trips to Target you would have to make in the next 48 hours (and four years). I bet you didn’t realize that when you said goodbye to your mom and watched her drive her rental car back to the Atlanta airport, that the best four years of your life were about to begin. I hope you didn’t spend too many of those first few nights staying awake and wondering if going to school 1,100 miles from home was the right decision. Would you make friends? Would you do well in school? Would the culture shock be too much?

The first few months will be the hardest; you’ll miss home, your family (especially your dog) and what has been familiar for the first 18 years of your life. It will get better and you’ll get used to being alone at times. You’ll meet so many new people, some that will be in your life for a week, a month or maybe just that Tuesday/Thursday class you hate so much. Eventually you’ll meet those amazing ones, the people that you’ve only heard stories about from your parents and family and the ones they still talk to today. They’ll be the ones that join you for midnight night ice cream runs, trips to Target just to wander around and will be there when you truly think you’ve hit rock bottom.

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You’ll learn that choosing your major when you’re 18 and all you cared about was horses will lead you to changing it two (maybe three) times. As annoying as it may seem, enjoy the times you walked from building to building with your folder to change majors because passing those campus buildings will soon be something you only do when you come back to visit for a weekend. Take an extra long time in front of Samford. You’ll see that building for years to come on postcards and posters, but how many times will you be there right at noon to hear the fight song ring through campus.

So as a much older and (hopefully) wiser you, please promise me a few things as you spend the next four years at Auburn. Promise me you’ll stay up way too late during the week to hang out with friends, even if you have a big project or test the next day. Stay up even later on the weekend because contrary to what others may say, the best memories can happen after 2 a.m. Fail a few classes, shed some tears and fear that you may not graduate on time, it builds character and strength and you will realize how small those events are in the grand scheme of things. Call your mom, she’ll worry about you and miss you more than she’ll let on. Finally, promise me you won’t regret a thing. The choices you will make will shape you into who you are and lead you to the best experiences and “family” you will ever meet.


Three Telltale Signs Public Relations is the Major for You

For as long as I can remember I have wanted to grow up to be a veterinarian. This was after a short stint in dreaming of being a mermaid and then realistically hoping to be an Olympic equestrian. As you can tell, I had an extremely active imagination growing up but I could never fully put a finger on what I actually wanted to do with my life. As I grew older some of those same passions stuck with me (still convinced I’m going to be a mermaid). I continued to horseback ride and maintained my strong love for animals. This led me to attending Auburn University with the hopes of majoring in animal science, but after a few semesters and many tears later I came to the tough realization that anything involving science, math or the combination, was not for me. I thought about what I was good enjoyed the most about high school and education growing up and realized that writing, literature and anything creative was what I excelled at. My path took me some time to figure out so save yourself the struggle and see if public relations is the perfect major for you!

You think reading is cool, but writing is even better.

Press releases, feature stories, spokesperson prep, media kits, etc. The list of platforms that a public relations professional (and student) will have to write throughout their career is lengthy. This isn’t any old email to a teacher; the major has the word relations in it for a reason. This means it is imperative to make your writing clear, concise and creative to communicate your message properly. Writing may not be the only aspect of this major but it is one of the most crucial aspects of being successful on your chosen career path.

You love stress…maybe a little too much

Public relations is one of the most fast-paced and stressful industries in America, clocking in second to commercial pilots. With deadlines, clients and campaigns all begging for your undivided attention, the work of a public relations professional can quickly become stressful. Even in the everyday life of a student juggling a challenging reporting class with a website design course, the challenges provided are sure to keep you on your feet. Although the saying about work and jobs goes, “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life” with PR it can sometimes feel like “find what you love and let it kill you”. The constant challenges and satisfaction of a completed product makes all the stress, anxiety and trips to Starbucks worth it.

Sometimes you can’t pick exactly what hat you want to wear.

Choosing an outfit can be hard but choosing a career path can be even harder. As an indecisive person, things like choosing what to eat for dinner or even what color to paint my nails can cause turmoil and despair in my brain. Thankfully, public relations removes these hard decisions because with this degree you can truly do it all. Promoting a client, product or campaign incorporates advertising and marketing and keeping those clients images consistent uses brand management. Writing media and press releases that make a strategic impact and go straight to newspapers use a great deal of reporting and journalism while the skills required for pitching ideas, stories and campaigns incorporate the services of an experienced salesperson. You can wear all the hats in public relations and build a well-rounded skill set that is beneficial to whatever career path you find yourself on.

It takes a special type of person to work in PR. So if passion, creative insight, strong work ethic and individuality are just a few of the traits you have, then public relations could be the perfect major for you!