Oakland Raiders Relocate to Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (Feb. 7, 2017): On January 19, the Oakland Raiders, a NFL team based in California, applied to relocate to Las Vegas after years of failing to find a replacement for their home, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

However, this will take time and if it does happen, it won’t happen for at least two seasons as they are planning to build a $1.9 billion stadium in Las Vegas.

The Raiders have been in Oakland for more than four decades and, according to Mark Davis, the owner of the Raiders, “it’s time for some change.” He said, “We have yet to find a replacement for our home coliseum, as it is one of the oldest and most decrepit stadium in the league.”

However, relocating NFL teams requires approval from at least 24 of the 32 teams. The owners are meeting in Phoenix in late March, and are expected to vote then.

Oakland Raiders are experiencing some backlash from some of their loyal fans about the move, as well as some controversy from lawmakers and business leaders. The revenue that the team has brought into Oakland has been immense and a huge asset to the economy.

Despite some of the negative comments the Raiders have received, they are still pushed forward with this plan. They plan to reach out to people of Las Vegas and build a strong base of fans there, while at the same time keeping in touch and pleasing their fan base back home. To find out more about this move, visit www.raiders.com and read more on this issue at hand.


Head Coach Al Davis has been in the professional football league for six decades. The Oakland Raiders began in 1963 with Al Davis as the head coach. A couple years later in 1965 construction began on 54,000-seat Oakland Coliseum. Since then, they have won three Super Bowls: Super Bowl XI in 1977, Super Bowl XV in 1981 and Super Bowl XVIII in 1984. For more information, contact Mark Davis at markdavis@oaklandraiders.com.

What Does it Take to be an Auburn Student?


Being a student at Auburn University may look like all fun and games, but when it comes down to it, it can get pretty tough. Friends, parties and football are great, but going to a school as hard as Auburn, can get the best of you.

So what do Auburn students do everyday? Well like most people, we wake up with a cup of coffee, or two, or three… to start our day. We then head to our classes. Depending on the year and the workload, some students have a day full of classes, while others might only have class for a few hours. As a senior, I have a smaller workload this year. Luckily, I only have two classes per day.

However, four classes can still be tricky. This is when it becomes difficult to balance a social life with an academic life. As my parents always tell me, school comes first. But as I always tell my parents, it’s not about the grades you make, but the hands you shake.

We’ll see who’s right and who’s wrong after I graduate and I’m off to the real world.

After classes, I usually spend a couple of hours dedicated to schoolwork. This is when I fit in any busy work or homework that needs to get done. However, those two hours may turn into 6 hours if it’s test week.

Tests are on a whole new level at Auburn, especially when teachers decide to give tests in the same week. All teachers’ tend to space out their tests at the same time. This makes it difficult when you have up to four tests in the same week.

After the two hours of schoolwork, I then head to lunch. This is my favorite part of the day. Auburn has so many campus dining options that make it nearly impossible to leave campus for food. The best part about this is you get to use “monopoly money” instead of real money to pay. Monopoly money is what the students refer to money their parents pay upfront at the beginning of each semester.

After lunch is when I spend most of my free time during the day. I like to get some kind of exercise in, usually either by playing tennis or running. I also enjoy going to the recreation center, which I believe is one of Auburn’s best features.

After I get some exercise in, this is when I tend to socialize. I will either go over to friends house, they will come to mine, or we will meet somewhere to sit and visit for a while.

After visiting friends, I squeeze in dinner plans. Most of time I end up cooking at home because I love a god home cooked meal, and let’s face it, they’re cheaper than going out to eat. With a college budget, this is something I pay close attention to. After dinner is when I can finally have some time to myself. Depending on the night, I either catch up on my recent Netflix addiction, watch a movie or go church. Soon after that I pass out, because I’m not much of a night owl. Then I wake up at 8 and do it all over again.

So what does it take to be an Auburn student? It takes smart decision making skills, dedication for schoolwork and an outstanding work ethic. Auburn University has seen many graduates make miraculous accomplishments and they expect nothing less, so why give them less?

Get to Know Me

My name is Courtney Erin Guidy. I am a 22-year-old from a small suburb outside of Birmingham, AL called Pinson. I always knew I wanted to go to Auburn, not because everyone in my family went there like most people from Alabama, but because I fell in love with the campus and have always been a huge Auburn football fan.

I was raised by a West Point graduate who is now a retired Colonel, so needless to say, I grew up under strict guidance. My father’s leadership laid a foundation in not only my time at Auburn but one that will continue to develop in my career path after graduation. I owe my passion, creativity, curiosity and determination to my mom. Being from Germany, she has also embellished in me a love for travel, which has inspired my plans post-graduation, to be an au pair in Germany.

I’m an extrovert, who loves a good social scene, meeting new people and traveling to new places. I’m enthusiastic about friends, family, dogs, food and The Office. In my free time, you can find me watching the Kick Six (because war eagle), catching up on the latest kid stars of The Ellen DeGeneres Show or hanging out with friends. These are just a few of the things that make me, me.

My dad first introduced me to public relations because he knew I had a passion for communication. Once I explored the possibilities of public relations and found that I could combine that with my passion for sports, I knew this was the right career path for me. In the future, I hope to combine public relations, sports and marketing in my career.

A Letter to my Freshman Self

Dear Freshman Self,

The most important thing I learned during my four years at Auburn is to be present. No matter what you’re doing or who you’re with, it’s important to be there, and not just physically, but mentally, and soak in every moment possible. If I could give one piece of advice, it would be to enjoy every moment of your college years and take nothing for granted.

These four years will fly by faster than you know it and before long you’ll be graduating in the blink of an eye. Make as many friends as possible, make good grades, be involved and be content. While it’s important to make good grades, it’s also important to not overlook the friendships being developed in college. Something I heard my sophomore year that I found to be so true, is it’s not about the grades you make, but the hands you shake. Your best memories of college won’t be made pulling all-nighters in the library, they’ll be made hanging out with friends and cherishing those relationships.


It’s hard to narrow down the memories I’ve made at Auburn to some of my favorites, but I’ve tried my best. To begin with, as cheesy, fake and hard as rush was, I made so many friendships throughout the process that have lasted me my entire college career, and because of that, it will forever be one of my favorite memories. Secondly, Auburn football games. That in itself is hard to sum up, but go to as many games as possible, travel to away games with friends and really get into the school spirit that Auburn has to offer, because it’s one unlike any other. Lastly, some of my best times I’ve had at Auburn have been weekends in the spring when there’s not much to do so we just get a huge group of friends and have a bonfire or go bowling or even go sing karaoke. These weekends I will forever cherish because these are the times I found my true friends.


There’s not much I would want to do over at Auburn, besides maybe that D I made in my history class. Besides that, I can honestly say I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all four years at Auburn and while I’ve made mistakes that would be nice to take back, it’s all part of a learning and growing experience. I think mistakes are an important part of everyone’s college career because this is the time when you grow into the person who you’re supposed to be.

While I wish I could turn back a clock and go back to freshman year, I know I have to move on to bigger and better things. However, Auburn will always hold a special place in my heart because I grew into who I am as a person on the loveliest village on the plains. So how do I sum up the best four years of my life into a simple blog post to my freshman self? I think there’s only one thing to say, War Damn Eagle!


You senior self

How to Have a Successful Spring Break Using a Public Relations Plan

There’s always a lot of hype built up for spring break, but how do you make it the best spring break ever? Especially if it’s your last one. By using a public relations plan and laying out goals, objectives, strategies, tactics and evaluating it at the end, you can make this spring break a memorable one for years to come.

Depending on what kind of spring break you are going on, your public relations plan may vary. However, I’m going on the most typical spring break trip for college kids, so it makes it easy to lay out a plan. Me and 29 other friends rented a beach house for a week. Now, this may seem hectic and you may be thinking, “30 people, in one house?” But I promise you, if you use this plan, it will make it much more enjoyable and you’ll be able to fully enjoy your last spring break.


According to the public relations plan, goals are a broad statement that list the general outcomes one wants to see as a result. When you are planning your spring break, it’s important to think about what you want to get out of your trip. A typical spring break trip, consists of hanging out with friends and being on the beach with a beer in hand (for all the college kids). But for this purpose, we’ll narrow the goal down to making your last spring break the best one yet.


According to the public relations plan, objectives are specific and measureable indicators of whether or not one has met one’s goals. Identifying objectives are huge when looking at a future spring break trip. The objectives for my beach trip are to spend quality time with friends, free from school work.


Strategies in the public relations plan are communication vehicles to achieve objectives and represent an action plan. When looking at how to make your last spring break the best one, it’s important to lay out the strategies you plan to use. I plan on being present, in the moment and with my friends as much as possible. The strategy I plan on using for not doing school work is to try and relax throughout the week and not think about the weeks to come in school, or my future job.


Tactics in the public relations plan are the specific tasks that must be accomplished to achieve a stated objective. When establishing tactics in your spring break plan, you want to think about how you are going to spend more time with friends and less time doing school work. One tactic to implement in order to spend more time with friends is to put down your phone. So many people spend too much time obsessing over their phones and social media, when they should be spending time with those around them. It’s important to enjoy the moment you’re in and make it memorable, especially if it’s your last spring break.

Another tactic to implement during spring break, in order to forget about school work, is to make it clear with everyone that you’re staying with to not worry about school during the week. You want to make sure everyone is on the same page and knows it won’t be a place to study and do homework. I plan on not bringing my backpack at all on spring break. As long as it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind for me.


When evaluating your public relations plan, it’s important to refer back to the overarching goal and see if you achieved that goal, using the objectives, strategies and tactics. After spring break, you want to sit down, relax and ask yourself if it was the best one yet. After implanting my different objectives, strategies and tactics, I believe it’s possible for everyone to have the best, last spring break ever. Now, be smart, have fun, enjoy yourself and have a blast on spring break.