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Auburn Road Trip (cont.)

Posted: Thursday September 14, 2006 11:30AM; Updated: Wednesday September 27, 2006 3:07PM
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By Rachel Morand

The Auburn band plays the Auburn Fight Song after each touchdown ... and it never gets old.
The Auburn band plays the Auburn Fight Song after each touchdown ... and it never gets old.
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Auburn's best cheer: The Auburn Fight Song. The marching band plays it after each touchdown, and it never gets old. War Eagle, fly down the field/Ever to conquer, never to yield/War Eagle, fearless and true/Fight on, you orange and blue/Go! Go! Go!/On to vict'ry, strike up the band/Give 'em hell, give 'em hell/Stand up and yell, Hey!/War Eagle, win for Auburn/Power of Dixie Land!

Best Kodak moment: In front of the Auburn University sign. The granite stone is visible from College Street and is across from Samford Hall. Probably every student who attends or has attended Auburn has had their photo taken standing next to the sign.

Best Asian cuisine: China Palace Asian Fusion. The Thai menu is a special treat for anyone looking for a spicy meal and is certainly at the other end of the food spectrum from traditional Southern cuisine such as black-eyed peas and fried chicken. For the adventurous eater, sit at the sushi bar and try one of many unique sushi rolls, including the Auburn Tiger roll or the fried Chinese Fire Cracker roll.

Best outdoor eatery: Niffers. The casual dining spot with outdoor seating is always swarming with college students and is famous for its fish bowls, cheap beer and corn nuggets, for good reason.

Coolest spot on campus: The Southeastern Raptor Center. Auburn's college of veterinary medicine has a center that treats and rehabilitates birds of prey including bald eagles, golden eagles, peregrine falcons, great horned owls and red-tailed hawks. Tiger, Auburn's 26-year-old golden eagle, has been diagnosed with skin cancer and has been receiving treatment at the center.

Most prolific sports teams: The men's and women's swimming and diving teams. In spring 2006 the men's team won its fourth consecutive and sixth overall NCAA championship title with the help of seniors Kurt Cady, George Bovell, Eric Shanteau and Doug Van Wie. The women's team also claimed the national title, its fourth championship in five years.

Where to get game-day gear: Tiger Rags, J&M Bookstore and Anders Bookstore. Tiger Rags is most popular for its game-day shirts, and all stores offer Auburn memorabilia from coffee mugs to truck hitches to dog collars. Tigers fans have grown to love the color orange.

Where to shop 'til you drop: Downtown Auburn. The strip of stores down College Street and Magnolia Avenue in the downtown block consists of unique stores including Auburn Hardware, a small store that sells just about anything imaginable. While walking the streets, glance at the ground to see Auburn's version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The granite stones every few steps are a tribute to legendary athletes who've helped Auburn become the major sports school it is today.

What to see before the game: Tiger Walk. What is known as "the most copied tradition in all of college football" is Auburn's cherished pregame tradition. Before each game, the football players and coaches walk a narrow path among overwhelming mobs of Auburn fans from Sewell Hall to Jordan-Hare Stadium's south-end-zone entrance.

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