Hotel/motel taxation update

By Meagan Hurley, Editor-In-Chief

At the council meeting on Monday, Sept. 22, Waleska city officials spoke in reference to their attempted imposition of a hotel/motel taxation ordinance on resident students at Reinhardt. In a statement issued by Mayor Doris Jones, the council explained that the city is waiting on a current ruling from the Georgia Attorney General before any further action may be taken.

Mayor Jones stated, “I am coming up to speak to you tonight on the subject of the lodging ordinance and the fees. The option was presented and encouraged by the Department of Community Affairs at the Georgia Municipal Association convention and the city was looking into the possibility. Apparently it’s a gray area of the law. However, the city is not taking any further action on the issue until we receive direction from the Attorney General’s office, which the Georgia Municipal Association is obtaining.”

City Manager Aimee Abernathy later commented that the Attorney General’s office has not provided the city with any timeline for the decision.

Abernathy also stated that, while no college in the state of Georgia has attempted the ordinance, other states have been successful.

SGA President Alexander Bryant was present at the meeting. He issued the following statement:

“I believe the meeting went extremely well. I believe it was very civil and reasonable dialogue and I think both sides are much better informed now. However, my position is still the same. I still oppose [the taxation] on behalf of the students and the university.”

He added, ”I believe it is not a beneficial policy, not so much for its temporary effects on Reinhardt, but for the precedent it makes for the state of Georgia.”

For more information regarding the hotel/motel taxation, visit the Georgia Department of Community Affairs website. City council members encourage questions. Meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month at city hall.

School Mascot to be Named After Many Years

Who-RUIn late February students, staff, faculty, and alumni should expect an email with a ballot to vote for the name of Reinhardt’s mascot, the eagle. While Reinhardt has had an eagle as a mascot for thirty years, the eagle has never had an official name. This year the Student Government Association is working to change that in their plans to ramp up school spirit. In addition to a new football team, Reinhardt will get a new marching band, official fight song, and a real mascot name. In the past students have referred to the mascot as “Soar” or “Reiny” but no name has ever been officially recognized by the university.  
In 1982 Thelma Rogers, a member of the physical education faculty, decided Reinhardt needed a mascot. An eagle was decided on, perhaps because of Reinhardt’s religious ties and the inspiration of Isaiah 40:31: “They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.” Originally part of the cheerleading team, the mascot appeared at athletic campus events and wore the same costume for twenty-five years. Five years ago, SGA took over the mascot. They bought a new eagle costume as well as multiple outfits for the different athletic events. The mascot currently has basketball, soccer, and spirit costumes for campus events such as Orientation and Experience Reinhardt. Next year the mascot will also have a football uniform and will make appearances at football games, pep rallies, and community events. SGA has funded $1,000 for this semester’s mascot program assistant position, which is currently filled by Brad Cook. As the mascot, Brad will have attended over 50 home games in the spring semester and will continue to attend even more with the football program in the fall. Athletic Director Bill Popp is excited about the naming of the mascot. “This is one of those moments at Reinhardt that we can all come together over a common theme like our mascot and truly have a group effect on a tradition that will last for many many years,” comments Popp.
Walter May, Director of Student Activities, was pleasantly surprised at the level of participation in the naming nomination process and was amazed in the knowledge students had in the history of Reinhardt and North Georgia. In the first day of nomination, over thirty names were submitted. By the end of the nomination process, eighty names had been submitted. Some names tied in relation to both Reinhardt and Georgia’s past, including Gordy, Hasty, Tara, Captain Reinhardt, and Augustus or “Gus”, the school’s founder. Others submitted eagle-related names such as Talon and Soar. The 

nomination committee is currently eliminating names and will provide a ballot with five names they feel will represent Reinhardt in the best possible way. After the ballots from students, staff, and alumni are counted, the committee will present the votes to administration. The administrators of Reinhardt will have the final say in the naming of the mascot.
Keep waiting for the ballot, and take part in the naming of your mascot!
Candice Bailey

Possible Increase in Student Activities Fees

Photo courtesy of Google Images.
Photo courtesy of Google Images.

Photo courtesy of Google Images.

A new proposal will be put forth to the Student Senate this February: a proposal to raise student activity fees from $50 a semester to $100 a semester. The Office of Student Activities, the Student Government Association, and the Student Activities Fee Committee have put forth this proposal after reviewing how student fees are being spent. In a survey of the student body, many students said they would enjoy more programs and weekend or late-night activities. The committees involved in proposing the rise in student fees state that the extra money will be given to clubs and organizations around campus to expand their event and activities.

The Student Senate will vote on the proposal to be put forth to the Executive Board by late March. The majority of the student body will need to support this proposal in order for the change to be made. Without student support, the proposal will not succeed nor will it be supported by the Board of Trustees. Students wishing to give their input on the proposal are invited to attend the Senate meetings.

While some students may feel that a rise in student activity fees is unnecessary, Reinhardt’s student fees are relatively low compared to other Georgia colleges. On average, other schools charge about $100-$250 a semester. A rise in student activity fees will increase the number of programs and activities around campus and enhance Reinardt’s appeal to prospective students.

Candice Bailey

Reinhardt Receives New Entrance Sign

Photo by Candice Bailey.
Photo by Candice Bailey.

Photo by Candice Bailey.

Many students have noticed Reinhardt’s new sign that appeared after winter break. The generous James and Sis Brown family donated $100,000 for the new sign. The long-term friends of Reinhardt from Dalton, Georgia, felt that Reinhardt needed to make a grander first impression when strangers to the school first enter Waleska. The sign will display the words “Reinhardt University 1883”. Further construction and completion of the sign is halted until a dry date. Once the letters are put into place, the sign will be lit and flowers and shrubs will be planted around the new sign. Along with the new sign, modifications have been made to the main entrance to the campus in order for the sign to more closely resemble the new sign. In the past the family also donated money for a new athletic center: the James and Sis Brown Athletic Center.

Brasfield and Gorrie Construction Company has undertaken construction of the new sign and expects to complete the sign as soon as the rain lets up.
Candice Bailey

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