Staff Spotlight: Dr. Evan Kropp

By Thomas May

I recently had the opportunity to interview Dr. Evan Kropp, a new face on campus, who is
beginning his first year as Assistant Communication Professor here at Reinhardt University.
Dr. Kropp hails from Connecticut, has B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Hartford,
and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in Mass Communications. He brings with
him quite a wide variety of experience and has an extensive background studying media
industries. I had the chance to ask Dr. Kropp about his transition to Reinhardt, what he hopes
to accomplish during his tenure, and finally, what he enjoys doing in his spare time. [Read more…]

RU Homecoming Event Day 2: Minion Movie Review

By Deborah Dahn

If you loved the movies Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2, you will absolutely love the spinoff movie: Minions. This animated series from directors Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda are centered on the villain Gru. Gru has henchmen that are called minions. These minions are not your typical henchmen; they are yellow, cute, and hilarious. They do not seem evil at all. Nobody understands the minions because they seem to speak a mixture of languages (English, Spanish, French, and probably some gibberish).

This movie is the story of how the minions started following Gru. Their sole existence revolves around serving an evil villain. The minions started finding a master ever since the age of the dinosaur. They got blamed for the extinction of the dinosaurs, the extinction of cavemen, as well as the loss of the French Revolution. Three minions, Kevin, Bob, and Stewart, were sent to New York to find a new boss for their tribe. While watching TV in a local mall, they saw an advertisement of villain con. In that advertisement, they saw the number one villain: Scarlett Overkill (Sandra Bullock). Villain con is in Orlando, Florida, so they hitchhiked a ride with an evil family.

Their adventure begins once they miraculously win a contest against other supervillains to work for Scarlett Overkill. Their assignment was to steal the crown from the Queen of England for Scarlett. The audience was in constant laughter as the story unfolded. The minions were like family and stuck together through the highs and lows. They are extremely loyal creatures. The (PG) movie is not just for children, but of people of all ages. The movie is action packed and hilarious. I laughed from beginning to end.

Homecoming Event 1: RU Pep Rally & Block Party

By: Kelly Kipfer

Reinhardt University’s student activities council held a homecoming pep rally and block party on Monday, October 19, 2015, to help get students into the homecoming spirit. This school spirit filled event took place outside of the Hasty Student Life Center and began at 8:30 P.M.

The first thing students were to do when they arrived was to sign in. Once students signed in they received their meal ticket. These meal tickets got students free food, and there were two food trucks present (Fuddruckers and Gotta Have It- Globally Inspired Fusion Cuisine). Once students got their food the real fun began.

There was a variety of fun games and activities for students to get involved in. These included fun inflatables and a photo booth, where you can share your Eagle spirit with other fellow students. Freshman student, Moieshia McGee states, “I’m very excited about homecoming. A lot to look forward to. I’m most excited for the mask making and the homecoming dance. This will be the first homecoming dance I ever went to, so that’s exciting. GO EAGLES!!!” Moieshia is one of the many students who has Eagle spirit, just in time for Homecoming.

The marching band and the cheerleaders made their entrance on the lawn outside of the Hasty Student Life Center. With the band’s music and the cheerleader’s chanting, students were feeling the school spirit. Also on the lawn there was a small stage set up. On this stage, there were two Samba dancers. These dancers were wearing colorful attire and got the audience involved. A few students even got on the action, and went up on stage and danced along. The Samba dancers also took pictures with students after their dancing was over. Soar the eagle was also spotted (you had to look closely). Also, towards the end of the block party and pep rally free homecoming “Gold Out” t-shirts were given out to students to get them ready for the big homecoming game. These were all fun events geared at getting Reinhardt students hyped for homecoming.

The 2015 homecoming block party and pep rally was a fun spirited night for Reinhardt students to get ready for the homecoming football game and the homecoming dance. There are many other fun homecoming events this week for students to attend, including the “Minions” movie Tuesday night as well as the talent show on Friday night, just to name a few. You can find all the homecoming events and details on Reinhardt’s website or through your student email. The big homecoming football game is this Saturday, the 24th starting at noon, and the homecoming dance is also this Saturday the 24th at 9 p.m. in the Bannister Glasshouse. The theme for homecoming is “Carnival de Reinhardt”. Go Eagles!

Video Game Review: NBA 2K16

By Caleb Smith

On Sept. 29th, arguably one of the best video games ever created hit the market. Thousands camped outside of local retail stores in order to receive the highly anticipated 2k16. As a result of the consistent success of the 2k series throughout the years, many have questioned if the game could truly live up to the hype. While reading this article, you will not only become aware of vital features such as the graphics, and My Player, but solid teams to play with that are under the radar as well.

One of the most beloved features of 2k16 is ‘My Player’. This feature has gained an immense amount of popularity throughout the years, due to it providing gamers the opportunity to create their own player, who could eventually become the best player in the NBA. Although ‘My Player’ is believed to be one of 2k’s best attributes, many believe that there needed to be some more adjustments; thanks to the help of Spike Lee, the gamers’ needs were met.

Once you begin playing My Player on 2k16, you will not be able to put the remote down!

During the production of 2k16, 2k Games decided to partner with the Academy Award-winning director Spike Lee, in order to enhance the quality of the feature. After playing My Player, I can tell you first-hand that it’s like nothing that you’ve ever experienced – it’s like a movie within the game!

Before you begin to play, you are first presented the option to take a picture of yourself, and then submit it to the game, so you could have your player look exactly like you. Unlike the previous 2k’s, the submission of your picture is completed within thirty seconds. I know right now you might be amazed, but that’s not even the best part. Spike Lee set the ‘My Player’ feature as a documentary covering the journey from your high school career to the NBA. While in high school, you will begin to feel pressured by your girlfriend, family members, recruiters, and NBA owners, who will all have an immense impact on your decision-making.

Throughout your ‘My Player’ career, you will experience a tremendous amount of success, but it will be up to you to obtain a good image, and to keep both your brand and family under control. Although My Player has improved greatly over the years, it’s not the only 2k feature that has gamers excited.

As a fellow gamer, I know the importance of both graphics and player ratings. These two qualities are vital to one’s experience of the game. Thankfully, while playing 2k16, you will not have to worry about having any issues concerning poor graphics or inaccurate player ratings.

2k has gained a vast amount of popularity throughout the years, due to them displaying the details of a player’s tattoos and even their signature sneaker. As expected, 2k has topped last year’s performance in this department; the graphics are so detailed that you will think you’re watching the game live on your flat screen. The game displays the signature Steph Curry free-throw ritual that consists of him chewing the side of his mouthpiece while he shoots. Furthermore, I know that all of the LeBron fans, including myself were extremely disappointed at the poor detail of his hairline; well guess what gamers. He officially has a real hairline on 2k16!

After being impressed by the detailed graphics, I was even more amazed by the accurate ratings of both the teams and players. As expected, LeBron James holds the highest ranking, while only one overall point over MVP Stephen Curry. Names such as Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and LeBron James have become synonymous with winning while competing with fellow gamers. Although these players are very dominant, your winning percentage could actually increase by playing with teams that are under the radar. Teams such as the Miami Heat and the New Orleans Pelicans are believed to be great matchups for powerhouse clubs such as Cleveland and Golden State, due to their deep rosters.

In conclusion, with all of the new features and roster updates, prepare to be amazed!

Q&A with President Mallard

By Deborah Dahn

Many of you are familiar with the newly elected President of Reinhardt University. President Dr. Kina Mallard gives hope for the promising future of Reinhardt University. She has implemented many changes such as the renovation of the Gordy Dining Hall. In this Q&A, she answers many of the FAQ amongst students on campus and you as students and individuals will get to know what kind of person and leader she is. There will continue to be more changes for Reinhardt because President Mallard has plans to make Reinhardt an even better place by first listening to what the students have to say. September 22 will be the day the students will be heard and on April 15, those suggestions will be presented to the inauguration.

The five-year plan for Reinhardt will come from those important suggestions from the students to the leaders. President Mallard’s main focus is on the students because every decision affects them. “We are working on improving the student experience at Reinhardt. Renovation of residence hall space, the new Grab n’ Go at the library, the addition of Starbucks in October, increased activities on the weekends, and a focus on school spirit are examples of student- focused changes.” President Mallard is working on “creating more opportunities for a large group meeting for student input such as the Strategic Planning session on September 22.” She wants more student representation at faculty committees and also encourages that students continue to let their voice be heard through SGA. She is further opening up the bridge of communication by personally reaching out to students and asking their opinions on certain issues. “I always want to be a president who is accessible to the students”- President Kina Mallard.

Under the new leadership of President Mallard, there will be more academic opportunities such as new degrees in Bachelor of Business Administration online and Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. In 2017, there will be a Bachelor Degree of Nursing. President Mallard will work with a leadership team of Vice Presidents and the athletic director to implement these new changes. Most of you have probably wondered what exactly the President does, besides making these exciting changes. President Mallard is an extremely busy woman and the success of Reinhardt depends on her. Strategic planning is the number one thing to do if you want anything you do to succeed. In other words, President Mallard is the sole strategic planner for the school. It is her job to “set the vision and direction of the school” and make sure that everybody else follows suit.

The President and Advancement Team are responsible for fundraising and raising money to support student scholarships, facilities and operations. One of the important jobs that President Mallard does is, in my opinion, be the school’s PR. She” maintains relationships with the students, faculty, staff, donors, alumni’s, the Board of Trustees, the community and the churches.” Every person has strengths and weaknesses, leaders are not exempt. I asked President Mallard what her weakness was and how she overcomes it. She said,“I am impatient, rarely do things happen fast enough for me. I compensate by being transparent and sharing with my leadership team that I realize I may expect them to move faster than they honestly can move- and I ask them to reign me in when they need to. I asked them to be honest with me when I move too fast and they are! My family figured this out a long time ago and I have a fabulous spouse who keeps me grounded.” Being a leader is not an easy task, and it takes hard work, cooperation and unity from everybody to be a success.

The advice that President Mallard leaves with the students is “- Seek God’s advice. God knows more about Leadership than anyone else. Lean into His understanding. – Listening is the most important leadership skill. You need to have your ear to the heart of your employees and your constituents. – Always respect others. Their opinions matter and can help you be a better leader. – Get things done. Great leaders get great results. – Find opportunities to laugh and have fun. Leading is not easy. You need to find joy in the work. – Surround yourself with balcony people – those who believe in you and cheer you on. The naysayers will find you and you need to balance that with family, friends, and colleagues who will tell you the truth, but believe in you 100% – Hire people who are smarter than you in their areas. Never underestimate the importance of a competent team – Don’t compromise who you are. Be authentic and honest – Always do “the next right thing!”

Movie Review: American Ultra

By Kelly Kipfer

American Ultra is a comedy/action movie, directed by Nima Nourizadeh, that you may not have heard of, however, it is quite interesting to watch. Warning this film is rated R for the following: drug use, language, a little sexual content, blood, and violence. American Ultra will keep you entertained and might even surprise you while watching.

Mike (Eisenberg) and Phoebe (Stewart) make the dream team in what could be this year’s most romantic comedy, American Ultra. Sticking together and fighting off danger is what Mike and Phoebe must do. Both characters demonstrate teamwork and accomplishing what needs to be done. This movie could motivate viewers to use what they have to get what needs to be done completed.

Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, American Ultra focuses on Mike (played by Eisenberg), who is a stoner and an agent trained by the government. Mike tends to forget that he was trained by the government and he at times does not realize what he is capable of doing, which adds a bit of humor to the film. Mike also does weird things, such as killing a guy with a metal spoon in self-defense. Mike ends up surviving throughout the dangers the government puts him through and saves his girlfriend (Stewart) from getting killed and himself.

Mike is really a genius because he outsmarts the government from catching him, and what is funny is that he doesn’t necessary know how he does it, he just does it. He doesn’t give up either, he fights through everything. This movie can influence viewers to not let things bring you down, no matter how hard it may seem, you can fight through it and survive. Life requires strength.

This movie can be enjoyed by mature audiences, viewers who don’t mind surprises and blood, American Ultra has a good amount of action throughout, keeping its audience involved. From the strong chemistry between Mike and Phoebe to the action scenes, American Ultra is a film that is worth watching at least once.

Ultimate Abs and Yoga

By Deborah Dahn

Every Monday at 5:15 pm in the upper level of the gym Mrs. Stacy instructs the Ultimate Abs class. The class is focused on strength training exercises and burning the fat in your abs. The class is an hour or an hour and fifteen minutes long, and the exercises target your back as well as your core. You need a lot of endurance to complete the workouts, but you will feel excellent every time you do the specialized exercises. If you are not targeting a specific area of your body, then the Yoga class is for you. The yoga class is every Wednesday at 5:15 pm.

Just like the Ultimate Abs class, the Yoga class is an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes long. Yoga is all about flexibility and releasing tension in your body. It is extremely peaceful and focuses on breathing and relaxation. The people who have attended the class with me were extremely satisfied at how relaxed and at peace they were.

“Yoga stretches muscles and parts of your body that do not get used often such as your lower back, I like that the exercises are designed to relieve stress as well as mental and physical tension. The exercise is not as intense”- Emily Haney.

I can personally attest that these exercise classes will help improve your mental and physical health and relieve the pressures of school.

Scholarship donation from AT&T

By Marvin Monroe

AT&T has recently given a $900 scholarship to Reinhardt University A DAY for Reinhardt campaign. The regional director of external affairs for AT&T in Georgia, Don Barbour, presented the check to Reinhardt president, Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood, and the director of fund raising campaigns and church relations, Dale Morrissey.

Barbour said that “AT&T is pleased to support the Reinhardt University A Day campaign, which provides scholarships for Cherokee County high school students attending Reinhardt” He continued by stating that“Education has been a priority at AT&T for more than a century and when we invest in education, we are making our communities stronger and more economically viable. Investing in a well-educated workforce may be the most important thing we can do to support a strong local and global economy.”

This scholarship is added on to the A Day Reinhardt scholarship campaign. This campaign was created in 1988 and is an annual effort to provide support for Cherokee County students attending Reinhardt University. A Day helps the funding of the Cherokee County Grant Program. This allows eligible students to get up to 8,000 dollars during four years at Reinhardt University. Since A DAY’s beginning, more than $3 million in Cherokee County grants have been awarded to various local students.

A look back

Photo by Parker Bennett

As spring weather and sunny days arrive, take a look back at a couple of pictures of the winter wonderland from not so long ago…

Photo by Parker Bennett

Photo by Parker Bennett

Photo by Parker Bennett

Photo by Parker Bennett

Photo by Parker Bennett

Photo by Parker Bennett

I bet you’re appreciating that sunshine right about now!  Have any great pictures of the the campus during winter storms? Send them in to

Expansion in Title IX on campus

By Marvin Monroe

Colleges have now begun rethinking and expanding the application of Title IX. While in the past the emphasis of Title IX has most frequently been in regards to equality in athletic scholarship, it has been continuing to evolve with the increasingly complex culture of the US to also include safety and accountability on campus.

For the past year, there have been many steps taken by the administrators and student leaders at Reinhardt University to help students be aware of this development. One such step is the employment of, an online tool used for all incoming students that helps reduce their risk of sexual violence as well as drug and alcohol abuse.

The student handbook was also revised to have an anti-discrimination clause and an updated the code of conduct. Title IX has its own team of individuals now, called the Intervention Committee, that have been formed and trained to fully understand the length of this clause and know how to properly take action.

The vice president of student affairs and dean of students, Dr. Roger Lee, says that this team has specific responsibilities. “The overall role is to provide oversight in making our campus a safer environment to live and learn and also to guide our commitment to meeting the requirements of the Title IX federal mandate,” Lee said. “This committee has been hard at work, especially in the last few months, presenting Title IX strategies/updates/initiatives to the University Board of Trustees, participating in a state-wide ‘Commitment to Act’ statement through GICA/Legislators and learning Title IX compliance in state-wide training opportunities.”

Stephen Vosika, coordinator of student Involvement and orientation, developed a section of Reinhardt’s website that will give an institutional resource about policies and supplies stated within the Title IX clause. A campus wide marketing campaign dealing with sexual assault awareness also ran recently, created by an Advertising PR Strategies class under the direction of adjunct instructor, Dave Garner.

Dr. Roger Lee later stated that, “Our goal is to make Reinhardt somewhere where all will want to be because it’s a safe place to live and work.”

For those wanting to know more, you can check out the online Title IX Reinhardt Student Reference Manual here.

International Culture Fest

Don’t forget! For those looking for food, music, entertainment and more the Reinhardt International Culture Fest is being hosted tomorrow in the Glasshouse from 1-5.  Among other forms of entertainment there will be a fashion show, booths, and perhaps the biggest draw for college students, food!  Those looking for more information should go to the Reinhardt website for an approximate schedule, the full list of events, and the countries that will be represented.


Vanessa Irie representing Ivory Coast and Nathan Stamper representing Bermuda.

By Deborah Dahn

Vanessa Irie representing Ivory Coast and Nathan Stamper representing Bermuda.

Panel members Vanessa Irie representing Ivory Coast and Nathan Stamper representing Bermuda.

I, Too, am Reinhardt was an event discussing the racial diversity of Reinhardt, and the awareness of the different cultures. During the event there was a panel of speakers from different countries. Vanessa Irie- Ivory Coast, Nathan Stamper- Bermuda, Maria-Garcia Beltran- United States & Equator, and Dulce Galindo- Mexico.

Questions were asked about the favorite things about their countries as well as their not so favorite things. They also talked about the differences between their countries and the US as well as common misconceptions that people have currently, or have had in the past about their countries.

After the panel, there was an ice breaker to meet people throughout the room. People had to sit at a table with the people they just met and have a discussion. People discussed their experiences growing up, racial profiling, and other issues.

In addition to a fascinating learning event, there were snacks and refreshments and t- shirts. The event was extremely eye opening and educational, allowing students to share different cultures and ideas. Hopefully Reinhardt sees more of these events in the future.

International coffee hour: El Salvador

By Deborah Dawn

One of the various cultural events that Reinhardt hosts is International Coffee Hour. The event is hosted by different individuals that wants to share their culture, usually doing so with a PowerPoint about their country. Throughout the presentation people are free to ask questions, and arguably, the best part of the event is the food from the country.

Recently I attended the event for El Salvador. According to the presentation, here are some interesting facts I learned.  This country is about the size of Massachusetts with a population of 6,466,000 and is located in Central America. Its culture is largely influenced by American and other Latin countries that surround it. Many Salvadorans migrated to the United States because of the civil war that lasted from 1972 to 1992. After the war ended, a rebel group involved in the civil war raised up a political party called FMNL, the same party that wins most of the presidential elections today.

Some dishes from El Salvador include pupusas, empanadas, fried plantain, semitas, and canelitas. Pupusas is a thick corned tortilla stuffed with cheese, meat, squash and a variety of other fillings. Salvadoran empanadas are made more like dessert, sweet and simple. The semita is a coffee cake with guava or pineapple jam (it tastes heavenly). Lastly the Canelitas are like cinnamon crackers.  The variety was good, and the taste was even better.

Not only was the International Coffee Hour informative, but a fun and social event. Remember to look for upcoming event announcements in your school inbox. See y’all there!​

A show with real brains: a review of iZombie

By Marvin Monroe

iZombie has just joined the ranks on the CW as a crime drama plus comedy to freshen up Tuesdays. The story begins with a fresh doctor named Olivia “Liv’ Moore (Rose McIver), best in her field, but not quite a full doctor yet. She lives a charmed life, complete with a loving fiancé. The only thing that she doesn’t have is a friend at work. One day she is invited to a party on a boat, as luck would have it the exact place where the zombie epidemic goes down. Unfortunately for Liv, she ends up dying on this boat, but not for long.

In the premiere episode the audience discovers that ever since the incident, Liv has been shying away from everything she once had in her life. This includes her job, family, and her fiancé who she broke up with. Her new job is at a police morgue, a place where she can subtly eat her patients brains. If she goes hungry for too long without brain food, she fugues out and is liable to eat anyone she sees.

The crime part of this drama comes in with the power that happens when Liv eats a brain. It turns out that every brain has memories that Liv can tap into. This helps when her new boss, Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti, starts to look for a cure for her zombie disease. In the meantime she partners with Detective Clive Babinaux to solve the murders of the people she eats.

This is another comic book turned TV show, so fans should be in for a real treat. Tune in every Tuesday at 9PM for more brain eating fun.

21 ways to interview better: Expert tips to ace your next interview

By Vanessa Irie

As an intern at WSB-TV, Channel 2 News, I have learned many interesting things about what it takes to make it in the professional world. The interview process was much more relaxed than I expected, but every interview is different and the interviewers also vary.

With that said, I went around the office and asked my supervisors, professionals who have done their jobs for over forty years, for tips on how to do well on a job interview. Attention upperclassmen, this could be you sooner than you realize.

Some of these tips may seem like common sense, but like we all know, common sense is not so common these days. Cherish these tips as if they made up your last meal, because these could help you score that job you have been hoping for.

1. “Research, research, research”- Jennifer Grove:  the idea here is that you have to make sure you know everything you can. Know the company and the people without being a stalker. The more you know, the more you’ll stand out.

2. Make yourself available to management: you never know which turn your interview will take, so be flexible with your time in case the interview becomes an all day thing where the interviewer puts you through a series of tests.

3. Build relationships over time: make connections with people who work for the company you have your heart on and from time to time, email them or call them just to check in. This allows you to stay in these people’s thoughts for the day when you’ll need a referral.

4. Find out the environment of the company and dress accordingly: if everyone wears a clown suit, you have to do the same as a way to integrate yourself in that company’s culture. No shame.

5. Come with questions: according to Jocelyn Dorsey, the Executive Producer /Host of People 2 People and Director of Editorials/Public Affairs, asking questions to the interviewer shows that you’re engaged in the process.

6. Bring extras resumes on nice paper: even though some people do not care for this anymore, some traditions do not hurt. Just be ready with your extra resumes, just in case.  Your interviewer will appreciate the effort.

7. Read any industry news about the place you are aiming to work at: this allows you to become more knowledgeable about the industry and how it works.

8. If you can put all your work in one place, do it: a website, a flash drive, a DVD. It is good to have all three media sharing forms simply because employers like different things.

9. “Brand your skills honestly”- Jocelyn Dorsey: Do not go after a job you don’t have the skills for yet and try to oversell yourself. Your interviewer will quickly read through the lies.

10. Your mannerisms matter: walk into the door tall, smiling, ready to give firm handshakes, and appropriately dressed (see #4).

11. When you speak to the interviewer, keep in mind that he or she asking him/herself this crucial question: “Once I hire you, will you be able to start tomorrow without training?”

12. Be enthusiastic: you finally got a job interview and you’re a step away from working! That’s great news!

13. Don’t burn your bridges: treat your employees and supervisees well, because you may be the one seeking a job from them one day.

14. Keep your social media clean. I promise you, most employers will look at your social media. Keep the red cups, cool cigarette smoke pictures, along with your playboy spread away from the public.

15. Have some business cards ready: Reinhardt’s Career Services offers FREE business cards. Just get in touch with Peggy Collins.

16. Volunteering: put your volunteer work on your resume and be prepared to talk about how much you give back to the community. Employers like people who volunteer for their community.

17. State why you want the particular job and don’t be afraid to tell them your ultimate goals: don’t go into the office talking about how you couldn’t get a job at the rival company so this was plan B.

18. Don’t tell your interviewer about how much of a people’s person you are: Your love of people will not save you if you don’t have the skills necessary for the job.

19. Tell the potential employer what this position means to you: Show your enthusiasm, but don’t focus on the financial side until after you’ve gotten an offer.

20. Look at the product from the place you’re trying to work at: this goes back to the research. Know who you’re talking to, for what purpose, and what they do as a company.

21. Have an elevator speech: it shouldn’t be longer than a 30 seconds, unless it’s a really really really tall building, your elevator ride won’t be long, so keep that in mind.

Relay For Life in Cherokee County

By Marvin Monroe

The Relay for Life is coming back around. Relay For Life is an organized, overnight community charity walk. During this event, teams of people camp out around a track, while each member of the team takes turns walking around this track. The whole event is filled with food and entertainment as the walk continues through the night. These events are held at a community level to raise money for cancer treatment and awareness.

Relay for Life was started in May of 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt raised $27,000 by walking and running for 24 hours in Tacoma, Washington. The money helped the American Cancer Society with the fight against the nation’s leading health concern; cancer. After just one year, there were 340 supporters for the overnight event. That was all it took for Relay For Life to become a worldwide phenomenon and raise nearly $5 million dollars to the fight for cancer.

The next event in the Cherokee county area is coming up on May 8. This event will take place at Creekview High School at 6 PM. If you would like to take part in this event, you have to either start your own team or become part of an existing one. Interested people can also become a volunteer by signing up online at Even if you don’t have a lot of time to spare, there are multiple ways for everyone to help out. So mark your calendars and get ready to walk for a good cause.

Beware the ides of March Madness

by Dave Garner, Program Coordinator for Student Media

The economic impact that athletics plays in providing financial support to institutions across the country is well documented and typically appreciated. When it comes to the NCAA Basketball Tournament specifically, those same economics also affect the professional workplace, just without the same appreciation. There are countless hours collectively spent during the weekday tourney games being non-productive. Many businesses even cite low production levels during tourney time due to constant score-checking. So why does March Madness cause even the most casual sports fan to fill out a bracket and make a few extra trips to the water cooler? Simply put, March Madness has become part of American Culture. This year marks the 77th year of the NCAA Tournament which grew from humble beginnings as an eight team tourney with little media coverage.

There are not many American Sports that can say they compete with the Super Bowl. In fact, there are some sports pundits who even suggest the Big Game has taken a back seat to the Big Dance. While the NFL’s largest attraction still leads in outright viewership, March Madness has steadily closed the revenue gap in recent years while overtaking the NBA and MLB Playoffs.

One aspect of March Madness that contributes to its popularity is consistency. Each year March Madness produces matchups and outcomes that would make Notre Dame’s famous Rudy Ruettiger jealous. From NC State’s improbable championship in 1983 to Villanova’s shocking title upset of Georgetown in 1985, the stories of David beating Goliath are countless in the NCAA men’s basketball tourney. Society loves underdog stories and nothing consistently produces those stories more than March Madness.

The question becomes, who will play the role of Cinderella at this year’s Grand Ball? There are a number of possible candidates to land this role. While a 16 seed has never beaten a number 1, it should be noted that from 2 on down, the expected contenders have often experienced a mighty fall. This kind of guesswork makes predicting March Madness one of the greatest fan challenges in all of sports. In fact, it was recently reported by USA Today that a professor from Duke University said the odds of completing a perfect bracket are 2.4 trillion. According to those odds, a person is more likely to be struck by lightning well over a hundred times in one lifetime than correctly predicting each game of the NCAA Tournament. Staggering.

Even with the odds against us, we as Americans subject ourselves to the madness that has become March Madness. St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, but let the Ides of March continue in the form of bracket busting basketball. So stop what you’re doing! Fill out your bracket and let yourself become lost in one of America’s greatest sports traditions

Frugal Fashionista: how to shop in a thrift shop on a college budget

A completely thrifted outfit! The red skirt cost only a quarter.

A red skirt that cost me a quarter!

by Vanessa Irie

One of my favorite things to do is shop. I can shop all day and night without getting tired. There’s just something about the hunt that relaxes me. Looking through lines and lines of clothing and shoes and bags and accessories….. it’s a therapeutic experience for me.

If you’re wondering: no, I don’t consider myself a shopaholic, but I know that sometimes I wake up with a very strong urge to go buy clothes…. As many as my hands can get on……..

Here’s the problem: I love to shop, but let’s just say that my bank account gets a little hungry sometimes.

If this is you, you have nothing to worry about, because I found a way to shop without breaking the bank.

Over the years, I discovered the beauty of thrifting and the clearance rack. It seemed like I never had enough money at the mall, so I decided to go out and see what the smaller stores had for me.

I started with Goodwill, and moved on to smaller thrift stores. What I found is that thrift stores are full of treasures (and monstrosities, if you happen to pick up one of those pieces that look like someone got lazy and just gave up), you just need to know what you like and what you’re willing to admire from afar.

With that said, here are 5 things I learned on my thrifting trips:

  1. Make sure you have plenty of time to look:
  1. Many thrift stores are disorganized, because the categories are usually just  the types of clothing and that’s all. You’ll have to look through to find your size.
  1. Patience is key
  1. Trust me, you can’t rush through the lines of clothing and think you’ll find the cutest stuff. You need to be willing to look at each item on your rack. I’ve been able to find Anne Taylor, Talbots, American Eagle Outfitters, Louis Vuitton, Bebe, Nine West, etc… by looking through lines of clothing that seemed hopeless from the outside.
  1. Don’t be afraid to take the things you like
  1. I usually fill my cart up with items I like or want to try. I am fully aware that the majority of the clothes either won’t fit me the way I want them to, or I just won’t like them.
  1. Look for store specials and coupons:
  1. Goodwill usually does a deal where all items with a certain ticket color is half off, so when you go to a thrift store, read the store posters and even ask personnel if there’s anything special going on, because you’ll never know what kind of deals you’ll find.
  1. Don’t be afraid to venture out of your comfort zone:
  1. I keep saying Goodwill, because it is one of the most famous thrift stores in Georgia, but you can look up thrift outlets, online thrift stores, and smaller thrift stores around your city. My favorite thrift store to go to is Park Avenue Thrift Outlet, where the most expensive items in the whole store cost $2; and the price goes down by $.25 every day until everything is a quarter in the store. Now, THAT’S a great deal.

I leave you with this: don’t be afraid to go thrifting. There is nothing wrong with wearing gently used clothing, especially if things in retail stores are out of your budget. There is no shame in not having enough money, when you can look good and feel fabulous by going to the right places and choosing the right items at a great price.

A professional thrifted outfit with the exception of the belt.

A professional thrifted outfit with the exception of the belt.

Student spotlight: Emily Walden

Emily Walden

by Deborah Dahn

Emily Walden

Emily Walden

I recently interviewed Emily Walden who is the Vice President of Student Activities Council (VP of SAC) here at Reinhardt University. Emily took over the recruitment position from Vanessa Irie, who held the position last semester. Emily comes from Forsyth County and is pursuing dual majors in Criminology and Cultural Diversity with minors in Gender Studies, Spanish and Global Communication. Both majors are within Sociology, so she expects it won’t take her long to get her degree.

During the interview, she expressed that she does not want to be in the same career for the rest of her life. Reinhardt was initially the last choice for Emily as she was debating between six other schools. She decided to attend Reinhardt because it has an excellent ASO program which aids students who face unique challenges such as dyslexia. The “small feel” of the school also encouraged Emily’s choice.

She is extremely involved in jobs and extracurricular activities around the campus in addition to her SAC duties. Walden is a tele counselor, a position where she advises people that want to come to Reinhardt, she is also a tour guide and a tutor. Emily is bringing fresh new ideas to SAC with ideas like wanting to bring A- list bands and artists to perform and turn the annual fall day into a tailgate. She wants to help plan more fun events like the glow in the dark mini golf, hopefully getting more interactive events and concerts.

The VP of SAC is also a member of the SGA executive board, a part of the job Emily says she loves. Her favorite thing about SGA is advocating for what the students want and funding various trips.

Professor Hibbs and Dr. Brown are Emily’s role models on campus.  Professor Hibbs has also been multifaceted in many successful career fields, and Emily aspires to be that type of person. Dr.Brown has been her “guide post”, and helped her with her editing and schedule. When asked what word described her, Emily responded: motivated. One of her many favorite quotes is “Strength doesn’t come from what you can do, it comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.”

Netflix movie review: Frank

By Thandi Jahi

Frank was directed by the famed Irish director Lenny Abrahamson. This movie has an “R” rating for language and some sexual content.

Frank is a dark comedy movie about a young wannabe musician named Jon (played by Domhnall Gleenson).  Jon gets in over his head when he joins a band of eccentric characters headed by a man named Frank (played by actor Michael Fassbender).

Frank is possibly the strangest of the bunch, as he wears a comically large fake head at all times, with no explanation. The humor ranges from dark to quirky, with most of the drama centering on Frank and Jon’s interactions along with Frank’s psychotically jealous girlfriend. Frank himself is a musical genius; and while he is enigmatic, he is also friendly and tries to hold his band together.  Meanwhile, Jon tries to gain more publicity for the band.

The movie’s high points were: the actor choices and the weird charm they radiate to the viewer. Also, the plot is simple and easy to follow.

My only critique of this movie is that it ends quite abruptly, at a time when the audience is just beginning to know the characters (particularly Frank).


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