Fly on the Wall: An Explanation

The Hiltonian has been made aware that this past week’s Fly on the Wall has created a sense of uneasiness on campus. We apologize for causing this upset, and would like to take a moment to fully explain our intentions in correlation to the Fly on the Wall column.

The Hiltonian has served as Reinhardt’s news source since 1924 and the anonymously written Fly on the Wall column has been a part of the newspaper for the past several years. Fly on the Wall is an Opinions / Arts & Entertainment piece that is made to entertain by being humorous and satirical in nature. It is strictly the opinion of the writer, and does not in any way reflect the views of The Hiltonian staff.

Any student at any time can submit content for the Fly on the Wall column. The column is written anonymously and a different student writes an article on a different subject each edition. Editors then pick from submissions as to which article will be published, based on the criteria of entertainment potential and the ability to relate to students.

The Hiltonian staff apologizes for any lack of clarity regarding Fly on the Wall. It is NOT a factual news article, but merely an opinion of a student. Anyone with any further questions, comments, or concerns is welcomed to submit a Letter to the Editor. (See link at the top of page.)

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

The Hiltonian Staff

The Evolution of Asian Women In Cinema

In the film industry, the Asian female has long been a sexploitated figure or a means by which producers could add an element of the exotic in their films. From the limited opportunities offered to old Hollywood Chinese-American actress Anna May Wong to the subsequent submissive roles given to Asian actresses over the years, there has deservedly been a lot of outcry against the cinema medium for mis-utilizing the talents of its Asian thespians. However, in recent years, there’s been a sudden movement where Asian women are allowed to explore further depths in their humanity. They’ve officially embraced their different sides and now symbolize a figure of terror in Asian cinema. In honor of the approaching Halloween, we’ve highlighted below the 7 most dangerous and scariest Asian female characters of the last two decades (beware spoilers):

 

7. Ugetsu (Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan, 1953)

The only cheat on this list was made 60 years ago, but Ugetsu does speak of the future horror movement in our modern days and has thus earned its place here.

The Story:  In 16th century war-torn Japan, a man leaves his wife and young son at home to go sell his potteries at another village and win bread for his household. Lady Wakasa,  a woman clad in all white, and her older maid buy some wares from the man and tell him to deliver them at her manor. The man does so and becomes ensorcelled with Lady Wakasa’s charms. He chooses to forsake his family and stay on as Lady Wakasa’s new husband.

What’s Dangerous About Lady Wakasa: Turns out she’s a ghost come back from the dead to experience what she never did in her lifetime: wedding bliss. By the time the husband comes to realize this, it is far too late. The ghost refuses to let him leave.

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6. Shutter (Banjong Pisanthanakun & Parkpoom Wongpoom, Thailand, 2004)

The Story: After a night drinking with friends, a photographer and his girlfriend accidently hit a woman who was standing in the middle of the road. They decide to run off without helping the young woman. Soon, the photographer begins to see shadows in his pictures, which his girlfriend believe is the ghost of the girl they killed. As the people around them begin to die, the girlfriend decides to make research into who they hit on the road and begins to realize that her boyfriend is more closely related to the ghost than she originally thought.

What’s Dangerous About The Ghost: Besides being a ghost, the girl the couple hit was actually the photographer’s ex-girlfriend. When the photographer broke it off with her and allowed his friends to rape her, the young woman committed suicide and was actually trying to warn the girlfriend. The photographer and his friends are the true monsters in this film, but the ghost still haunts them relentlessly, driving them to suicide or catatonia.

Remade in Hollywood in 2008 as Shutter.

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5. Battle Royale (Kinji Fukasaku, Japan, 2000)

The Story: The precursor to The Hunger Games, Battle Royale sees a group of students dumped on an island where they must kill each other in order to survive. The last one standing wins his or her life. While most of the students either try to hide or form alliances, one girl named Mitsuko Souma proves that she’s not here to make friends and goes on a rampage.

What’s Dangerous About Mitsuko: Though she does not win the battle, Mitsuko manages to be the second-deadliest person in the game, killing a total of 6 of her fellow students. Throughout the film, she is shown to use both her body and her mind to get ahead, seducing two boys (and then offing them) and convincing one of her classmates to make an alliance (and then offing her). What’s more dangerous about Mitsuko is that you find yourself rooting for her…

Equivalent in Hollywood is The Hunger Games.

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4. Alone (Banjong Pisanthanakun & Parkpoom Wongpoom, Thailand, 2007)

The Story: Twin sisters Pim and Ploy are born conjoined to the stomach. As children, they are staying in a hospital where they meet a boy named Wee. They both fall in love with him, but Wee only has eyes for Pim. Jealous, Ploy thwarts her sister and Wee’s union. Upset, Pim asks that they undergo an operation to separate them. Ploy does not survive the operation. Years later, Pim is dating Wee when Ploy begins to haunt them.

What’s Dangerous About Ploy: Ploy actually never died from the operation. When Pim asked for the operation, Ploy strangled her and assumed her identity when doctors had to force the surgery to separate the living sister from the dead one. So really, while throughout the movie we are spooked by the ghost, we come to realize that the ghost is really Pim trying to warn Weese of Ploy’s deceit.

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3. Ju-On: The Curse (Takashi Shimizu, Japan, 2000)

The Story: A man suspects his wife Kayako is having an affair. So he kills her, their young son, and the family cat. Now the house is haunted. Anybody who visits the house becomes haunted by its past occupants, prominent amongst them Kayako herself accompanied with her death rattle.

What’s Scary About Kayako: Even before she became a ghost, Kayako’s obsession and subsequent stalking of a man was a bit eerie. This is what led to her husband’s suspicions. Now, she haunts anybody who steps foot in the house; not only that, her facial expression and the sound she makes as she crawls on the floor towards her victims are true horror staple.

Remade in Hollywood in 2004 as The Grudge.

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2. Ringu (Hideo Nakata, Japan, 1998)

The Story: A reporter is investigating the validity of a story where a tape is allegedly cursed. It is claimed that anybody who watches the tape dies after seven days. The reporter watches the tape and is shocked to realize that the curse might actually be true. Through her research, she finds that the one killing the viewers of the tape is a woman named Sadako Yamamura who herself was killed by her father years ago and thrown down a well.

What’s Dangerous About Sadako: She is so dangerous that she induces heart attacks in her victims when she crawls out of the TV or any other reflective surface. And she keeps her promise about coming for you after 7 days.

Remade in Hollywood in 2002 as The Ring.

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  1. 1.     Audition (Takashi Miike, Japan, 1999)

 

And the title for most dangerous Asian female character goes to Asami Yamazaki, undoubtedly the most deceptive and creepiest of all the characters on this list.

 

The Story: Shigeharu is a middle-aged widower with a teenage son. He hasn’t dated in years but is constantly told that he should. His friend sets up a fake film audition where the two men can choose a potential new wife for Shigeharu from the number of applicants. A lot of women show up, but Shigeharu remains transfixed by Asami, a ridiculously beautiful and unassuming young woman.  The two begin to date. Then, abruptly, Asami disappears. Shigeharu tries to track her down, only to find that all of the contacts on Asami’s resume don’t really exist. But it is Asami who tracks Shigeharu back to his house, drugs him, and begins to torture him for lying to her and for not loving her enough.

What’s Dangerous About Asami: All the while she’s cutting your foot off with a wire, Asami keeps a smile on her face.

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Teddy Casimir, A&E Editor 

 

 

 

“Wear” is Your RU Spirit?

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When you arise Saturday morning, do you prefer your FREE eagle shirt or a $50.00 Polo? Since it is college football season, and this is Reinhardt’s first year with a football program, it’s only logical to look golden! Feel as if gold isn’t your color? Take a trip to our bookstore, located across the hall from the glasshouse. The book store isn’t just known for the $100 mandated books, but also for the large variety of spirit items and apparel. We are heading towards fall so it’s around the time for a nice, cozy hoodie, which is even offered in pink! Anyone can throw on their school colors, but it takes a real fan to put on the school name!

The definition of school spirit is showing some kind of enthusiasm or emotional support for one’s educational institution. This can apply to any type of school, from elementary schools to universities. It is shown through attendance of athletic events, school colors in dress and decoration, or verbally in the form of chants or cheers. Student behavior reflects on the school; representing it well shows a degree of student investment in their institution’s good name. This definition is heavily associated with good sportsmanship among students, and their families at sporting events. School spirit is really based upon encouraging not only the players but each other. College football is a big deal especially in the South. Not supporting your educational institution’s sport is slapping each player in the face – no matter the sport.

Sitting on the Eagle side isn’t enough support, but the body paint, intense shouting, and aggression towards the opposing side signifies true spirit. This southern tradition includes tailgating; now, that takes spirit to a different level! This pre-game hollering ritual is accompanied by greasy foods and all the Coke products known to man! The most important ritual, however, has to be the dress code! Have you ever had a group of fans give you that “stank” look? Not having on the right color or name can easily cause that look, and to avoid the radical behavior of others, it is necessary to have on the right apparel.

Some people resent following the crowd. Not everyone is going to find their golden shirt “swag” enough. This is where our book store comes in, which has all types of apparel from T-Shirts (short and long sleeves) to hoodies, & sweatpants for the November/December football games. Although our primary colors are navy blue and gold, you can find apparel in many other colors (even neon) that fit your personality and type in our book store! If that’s not enough, who’s to say you have to limit yourself to the apparel in our book store? You can even get creative, and design your own shirt, sweat, or even shorts! Spirit wear is based on the person, not the school, so whatever you feel represents Reinhardt is what you should go for!

Michelle, Staff Writer 

Don’t Forget to Laugh

          In only their second semester here at Reinhardt University, the improv group, “An Excuse to Laugh”, is already off to a hilarious start! Their first performance last Thursday had nearly everyone in the room laughing until they couldn’t breathe. With the always funny returning members, plus newbies Anna and Trenn, the gang started the year off right by playing games that not only encouraged laughter, but also had the audience joining in on all the fun. In almost every single game, the audience provided the scenario for the actors to partake in. They were not disappointed!

          Sophomore Michael Vavases, the official biggest fan of the group, stated, “An Excuse to Laugh is the perfect stress reliever for the week. It’s on Thursday nights, right before the weekend and the last day of a lot of classes. I have cried laughing at them.” The group has the ability to allow students to get their minds off school for even just a little bit, and it’s normally a huge help to everyone who watches. Statistically, “more than 30% of all college freshman report feeling overwhelmed” – that is a great deal of the time! Thirty-eight percent of college women report feeling “frequently overwhelmed”.  No matter how much stress you may get piled on you during the week, it never hurts to take a break and laugh your head off every once in a while! Laughter is a stress reliever for people of all ages!

           How do you become part of such an amazing and entertaining experience, you ask? Well, since two new members were added just last week, there will unfortunately be no more members added this semester. They do, however, try to hold auditions every semester – if you think you’ve got the stuff, be sure to audition in the Spring! You may have a chance at making it! Now you’re asking yourself what you would have to do to audition for the hilarious group, aren’t you? Well, during the audition process, you must perform a few games with the group to see what your strengths are. If they like you, you’re in! The group performs every Thursday night at 10 pm, so everyone should make an effort to make it out this week! It really is a great stress reliever! You will not be disappointed! 
Ashley Davenport, Staff Writer

Why Miley Cyrus Can’t And Shouldn’t Stop

As 2013 nears its end and video montages begin to assemble the most talked-about moments of the year, there is no doubt that   george Miley Cyrus will feature prominently in almost all footage. From the release of her bizarre video “We Can’t Stop” to her controversial VMA performance, Miley Cyrus has truly marked 2013 as her own. Still, many clamor for her to stop; but I see no reason why she should. In a society that continuously exploits sexuality and makes male sexuality in particular something fluid, (see: George Clooney’s transformation from a bright-eyed rugged type to a silver fox) whereas women only have a brief period in their 20s where they can be viewed as sex symbols, I hope that Miley Cyrus, or her creative team, continues to take charge of her image and shock the crowd.

Let it be clear that I actually dislike, borderline hate, Miley Cyrus’ music. “We britney-and-madonna-kissCan’t Stop” was decent, but her recent “Wrecking Ball” is an epic fail, in my opinion. Her music just does not aesthetically appeal to me, and neither do the over-sexualized images in her songs (…well, sometimes they do). In her recent video for “Wrecking Ball”, Miley Cyrus licks a hammer in a very suggestive manner, rides a wrecking ball in the nude, and then proceeds to cry throughout the video. The singer-actress seems to be going through a phase where she is desperately trying to shed her good girl/Hannah Montana/churning-butter-on-the-little-house-on-the-prairie image. Her actions are indeed desperate. They are a cry for attention. We get it Miley. We got the message that you weren’t the same Sarah, Plain And Tall little girl that we watched grow up. We got the message when you stated “I’m a hillbilly but I can twerk.” Still, the media seems to not be able to process the new Miley and continues to give her exactly what she wants – a reaction.

We are the society that cried out in horror when Britney, Madonna and Christina made out at the VMAs. We’re the same society that came out in large numbers when Channing Tatum started gyrating across our movie screens in Magic Mike last summer and miley-cyrus-vma-gif-5praised him for it. This is what it takes for a woman to be noticed in the media, as sad as that may sound. So, I applaud Miley for not allowing the media to sexualize her as she began to blossom. Homegirl has a plan! She’s taking control of her image and forging it for herself. Even if I sometimes find said image appalling and downright downgrading, I commend her for staying one step ahead of the media. Over time, the media will become desensitized to such an image, and female celebrities will have plateaued into a celebrity image much more fulfilling. I must conclude by saying this: sexuality is not an insult, but it can be manipulated. Let Miley do with hers as she will.

Teddy Casimir, Arts & Entertainment Editor

The Forgetful Freshman

By Elizabeth Harrisen

By Elizabeth Harrisen

What Does Your Hair Say About You?

Photo courtesy of Google Images.

Photo courtesy of Google Images.

Does your hair make who you are? In today’s society, hair plays a key part in how others pass judgment upon you. A lot of individuals that aren’t creative with their hair are creative in another aspect. Major influences usually come from celebrities and popular fashion cities across the globe. Celebs are infamous for the exotic hairstyles at major shows and events – from Katy Perry’s 24 hairdos to Nicki  Minaj’s pink, green, blue, and blonde hair colors.

Have you taken a glimpse around campus lately? What length and colors do you see? When entering college most girls, and some guys, feel the need to change their appearance in order to be more comfortable transitioning to the new stage in their lives. Lately aqua blue of any length is all the rage at Reinhardt! Why, you ask?

Most people change their hair color because they want to “stand out”. Some people don’t want to follow the crowd, and hair is a way to express individuality. Have you ever heard the phrase “be a leader, not a follower?” Well, when it comes to the radical styles of hair today, it isn’t just to turn heads – it’s to make a LOUD fashion statement! This is a commitment and tie to showing-off who you really are! Those who make this statement are stereotypically viewed as outgoing rebels. Not everyone can stick out, as you already know.

Some individuals are content with the more natural looks, which still follows a stereotype. Take for example; Blondes are sexy, redheads are hot-headed and brunettes are good girls.  Even with a natural look any individual can explore other drastic cosmetic changes to their appearance. As of right now COLOR says it all and if your hair is “vogue,” your make-up or outfit better be spectacular!

 

Crista Washington, A&E Editor

Top 10 Shows to Watch This Summer

downloadWith summer vacation just around the corner, students are beginning to make plans to fill those hours while they hide away in air conditioned rooms. Obviously, my plans will include catching up on television shows I’ve put off in order to focus on school. While summer TV premiers are still a ways off, services like Netflix and Hulu offer great ways to find old shows and catch up on newer ones. Here are some shows that I recommend:

10. Fox’s New Girl. While I stopped watching in season one, the quirky show starring Zooey Deschanel still draws a large fan following. From what I saw of the first season, the show is cute, fun, and a decent show to pass an extra thirty minutes with. And the reviews on season two show that it only got better.

9. NBC’s Community. Still haven’t caught up with the Greendale Seven? Now’s the time to do so! While season four has released some dull episodes since opening in February, the first three seasons are golden. Still one of the best comedies that also challenges the way sitcoms are made.

8. Looking for a short, but wonderful show to watch? Try Syfy’s Alice. Released in 2009, the two episode show follows a new Alice down the rabbit hole into a Wonderland no one has seen before. Originally released as a TV movie, Alice is the perfect blend of children’s fantasy and an adult’s science fiction. It tugs at your heart strings and makes you cackle with laughter.

7. Each summer isn’t complete without watching a couple days worth of reality shows. Luckily, streaming websites are full of them. From Cupcake Wars to Project Runway, there’s tons of reality shows to pass the time with.

6. Fox’s Firefly. Another short run show, Firefly was canceled after only one season. However, the fan following grows stronger each day. Once you get past the hour and a half first episode, the sci-fi-meets-western-show grows on you with the story lines and wit. At only thirteen episodes and a movie, Serenity, this show is definitely worth watching.

5.  Despite the mostly middle aged women fan following it has, Masterpiece Classics’ Downton Abbey proves to be a show for just about anyone. Well, as long as you like period dramas. The show’s first two seasons proved just how talented the writers and actors were. Viewers were wrapped up in the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family as well as their staff living alongside them. However season three falls a bit short as some of the actors took their new found fame and left for other roles. In the end, the show proves well written and captivating for just about anyone who watches it.

4. Need something to keep the kids quiet during your newest babysitting job? Netflix has added a wide variety of cartoons, including Adventure Time and Spongebob Squarepants. Even if you want to catch up on shows from your childhood, Netflix will fix you up.

3. BBC’s Being Human. What started as a small tv show became a wide spread hit in a short amount of time, even spawning off an American version. The UK show follows the “lives” of three unusual housemates: a ghost, a vampire, and a werewolf. All three try their hardest to incorporate themselves into regular human lives, despite the odds against them. With only five seasons (only four have aired in America) the writers do a lot with these characters, and very well too.

2. BBC’s Merlin, although having officially ended, takes an interesting spin on the tale of the warlock and the adventures he has protecting King Arthur’s life. A major twist it, Merlin, Arthur, Guinevere, and even Morgana are all in their late teens/early twenties. All sorts of small changes to the characters’ backgrounds create something new out of an old tale. And it also makes for great television.

And finally…

1. BBC’s Doctor Who. With the 50th anniversary of this beloved sci-fi show coming up soon (November 23rd 2013 to be exact), fans around the world are gearing up for the monumental occasion. And who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? The show itself follows an alien Timelord called the Doctor and his companions as the travel throughout time and space in his TARDIS. Netflix not only shows seasons 1-6 of what’s known as “New Who” but has now uploaded many episodes of “Classic Who”, featuring Doctor’s 1-7. The episodes will make you laugh, cry, and contemplate our existence, as only the best shows can.

 

Lexi Brendel, TV Reviewer

Faculty Spotlight: Donna Coffey

Dr. Donna Coffey is an Associate Professor of English at Reinhardt University and is held by many students as one of the most compassionate teachers they’ve ever had. Dr. Coffey’s formal education began with her Bachelors at the College of William and Mary. She later received her masters from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Pine Manor College. She received her Ph. D. from the University of Virginia.

Reinhardt University Sophomore Vanessa Irie commented on her class:

“She is very passionate about teaching and leaving an impact on her students. No matter which class of hers you take, you’ll come out a better critical thinker, especially about the instances occurring in your own life.”

Dr. Coffey teaches classes covering content about Creative Writing, Women’s Literature, Modernism and Environmental approaches to Literature. Dr. Coffey has been teaching at Reinhardt for over a decade and has been Director of the Honors Program since 2011. Since she’s been at Reinhardt, she’s been awarded the United Methodist Exemplary Teaching Award (2004) and the Faculty Research /Scholarship Award (2007). An accomplished writer, Dr. Coffey work has appeared in the Calyx, Prime Mincery and The Comstock Review. She has even published a book, Fire Street.

“What made me think I was a god? Renovating children

Like fixer-upper houses. The rose was a contract I kept

and broke. When they moved in, I said neither yes nor no.

 

I bought more food. These were not the children I had

planned. Chimborazo is a volcano in Ecuador. I learned

this from an Emily Dickinson poem. She knew before I did.

 

Every white house is hiding something red.”

 

(Excerpt from Fire Street poem “Chimborazo Park.”)

The book, a collection of poems, details the previous life of Dr. Coffey.  It vividly relives stories from her childhood as well as depicting the relationship developed between her and two impoverished children she loved as her own.

A great professor, advisor, writer, and human being, anyone at Reinhardt, freshman or upper-class men, should be sure to take one of her classes. If not enlightened by her teachings, one can expect a good time with class discussions sparked by literary analysis and philosophical musings.

 

Leon Sapp, Staff Writer

 

 

 

10 Books to Read This Summer

book-on-beach1There is nothing better than lying by the pool, on the beach, or even in your room with the AC on high, exploring a new book. With classes over and three months of freedom ahead, it’s a great time to start that book you’ve put on hold since August. Here are some books you should consider reading:

+ The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Don’t let the “teen” section label hanging above this book in the store fool you. John Green displays his master writing style in this intelligent story about two teens fighting cancer. It’s not only highly entertaining but also evokes questions about youth, love, and what it means to live life to its fullest.

+ The Diviners by Libba Bray. After best sellers like A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine, Libba Bray tells another captivating story, only this time things get spooky! Set in New York in the 1920’s, the story follows a group of strangers as they explore the hidden paranormal secrets of New York, and their own secrets as well. Not only does the storyline appeal to readers, but Bray’s mastery of the language of the ‘20s and the lively settings engulf readers into this new world.

+ A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. Want to finally understand what everyone’s going on in, or get ahead of, the HBO show? Start right here with the first book in Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series! Don’t get discouraged by the hundreds of pages or the multitudes of characters, though. After reading about two hundred pages in, I finally got into the swing of things and the rest is easy. Definitely worth jumping on the bandwagon!

+ The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Before you scoff and remember being forced to read this novel in high school, hear me out. Reading about Gatsby’s magnificent failures outside of the pressures of school allows you to really think about the story. Entwine yourself with Gatsby, Daisy, and the other wonderfully selfish characters. All in time for the newest movie adaptation releasing in May; starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carrey Mulligan, and Tobey McGuire.

+ The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. Missing the boy wizard and Rowling’s magical way with words? In her newest adult novel, Rowling breaks completely away from Hogwarts in her trip to the fictional town of Pagford, that happens to be falling into turmoil. Once you forget this isn’t her Harry Potter series, the people of Pagford become realistic and entertaining.

+ The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. A perfect by the pool read, Erin Morgenstern presents a love story laced with whimsy and mystery. Two illusionists use a traveling circus as their battle ground as they fight to become masters of their trade and avoid their fate. Full of details and passion, Morgenstern provides a story you’ll never forget!

+The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. With the newest batch of movies detailing adventures in Middle Earth being released into theaters, picking up this prequel to the Lord of The Rings trilogy provides easy entertainment. Even if you’re rereading it for the first time since you were a kid, it’s worth reading.

            +Faerytales & Nightmares by Melissa Marr. This collection of short stories involving all the creatures of Faerie is a great piece to read. While some stories continue the stories of Marr’s characters in her Wicked Lovely series, there are plenty of standalone stories that entice readers with the magic of the words.

            + A Woman in Berlin by Anonymous. Adapted from a diary of a German woman trapped in Berlin during the Russian occupation of Berlin, this novel reveals the horrors those citizens faced in the name of justice for a war their country lost. Wonderful novel, but it does get fairly graphic with detailing the horrors of rape and death at the hands of the Russian soldiers.

            + Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. For fans of the Hayao Miyazaki animated film, this book offers an entertaining alternate view into the world of the Wizard Howl and the daring Sophie Hatter. However, not everything in the book matches the movie and the new twists only increase my love for the story.

 

Lexi Brendel, Reviewer

HVZ Part II: Recap

Photo by Leon Spires

Photo by Leon Spires

Since Tuesday’s mission in the recap last week, Human vs. Zombies has become more intense as more zombies have been created. The day mission consisted of a few players searching the library lawn for Easter eggs. Two of these eggs contained the key to obtain a sword handle and blade. After searching for a good bit, they were able to find the two eggs and gave the sword to alumni player Em Harris, who is a state fencing champion.

Later that night, the next mission began with everyone starting out at gym. Moderators, Josh Robinson and Luke Leightner, told the group that there were 17 roses that needed to be found and given back to him for freedom from the Elimination Chamber. Unfortunately, there were more players than roses. Also, because the mission was not completed in time the night before, the players had to give up 8 of their weapons. They continued to run to the library field, where the roses were hidden.

After finding the roses, they returned them to Robinson and the group decided who would be going into the chamber that night. Kody Spaniak, Sam Dean, Dylan Brandes, and Caleb Zorn decided to step up and endure the fury of the chamber. There were no survivors.

On Wednesday, another clue was released to find the next idol. This clue was in sign language and it spelled Rollins, which led player Justin Lundstrom to the gym to find the Idol. He succeeded in finding the idol without getting tagged, which granted him body armor for that night’s mission. Also, during the day, Conner Williams stepped up to face the day mission. He had to run around campus at a certain time, and whatever his time ended up being would be the amount of time the players would have to protect each point in the night mission. His time was 6:30.

The night mission required the players to run to the Bell Tower, the Library Bridge, the Echo Garden, and the Fincher Art Building balcony. They had to stay at the spots for 6:30 and protect said spots from zombie attacks. After they succeeded, they proceeded to the Elimination Chamber, where they thought they were awaiting their deaths. They were picked out, one by one, to step outside and were then taken into a room, only to find they were just voting for the two players they thought deserved to go to the chamber. This resulted in Em Harris, Julian Thomas, and Ruth Mehari going into the chamber. They never made it out.

The next day was Spring Day, so players were given a break between sunrise and 4 PM. That night they were all immediately sent to the Elimination Chamber, with all of the zombies waiting outside to attack. They picked an egg that allowed them to have a mod ally, but the mod Chris Lennox turned against them, purposely getting tagged so he could attack them all as a zombie. The humans fought it out for 15 minutes, but after the last man standing, Brad Cook, was tagged, it was over. This ended the second HvZ game of the semester.

On April 8th, HvZ hosted its end of the year banquet, celebrating the past games by showing video clips of the players, a slideshow of pictures taken during the game, and giving select players paper plate awards. “An Excuse To Laugh” improve troupe, which entailed Levi Penley, Sophie Decker, Troy Stephens, Nick Cothran, Marjorie Saviano, Kate Johnson, Parker Patzke, Troy Street, and Joe Scott, provided mid-banquet entertainment. Many serious awards were given out, like the “Legendary Player Award” given to Em Harris, and some not so serious, like the “Free Dobby Award” given to Julian Thomas. Humans vs. Zombies then ended for the year. It will be starting again in the fall semester.

Hannah Craton, Staff Writer 

Convocation of Artists and Scholars

Reinhardt University recently featured its 5th Annual Convocation of Artists and Scholars. One of the spotlights of the Convocation was the Creative Writing session. The Creative Writing session is used to showcase the best student minds, and the talents of our writers. The purpose of the session is for these writers to get used to working with a wider community and to be more comfortable with an audience. Many of these writers demonstrated a wide variety of word usage and emotion. “Gleaning” by Samantha Canuel and “Dancing in the Rain” by Stephanie Autry were among some of the readings that were shared at the Convocation.

 

Kelsey Swofford, Photographer & Staff Writer

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The Fly v. The Pig

Photo courtesy of Google Images.

Photo courtesy of Google Images.

Can somebody please explain to me what’s so great about the Painted Pig? It seems to be all anyone ever talks about on campus! Between the people dressed in togas last week and the hung over people in class the next day, I think it’s time for a “Come-To-Jesus” talk.

I understand that sometimes there is utterly nothing to do on this campus. (Those who voted against the SAF, thank you! Not!) Believe me, I know. Going to a bar that sells cheap beer and getting wasted not too far from campus, however, isn’t the smartest thing you could do. Actually, it’s probably the dumbest! Most of the people that talk to me about the Painted Pig are underage, and we all know that you don’t go there for the food. I’m sure the Painted Pig is a nice tavern with nice little people working there, and I know for a fact that Daniel Cubas is an awesome DJ, but is it really worth getting caught? What if something was to get out of hand and the cops showed up?

Also, charging drinks on someone’s tab… That’s just uncalled for. If you thought no one knew about it, they do. Everyone does. You know who you are, so start feeling guilty. When I said previously that you should party off campus if you really had to, I meant somewhere safe…. Not in a bar.

I’m not saying that you shouldn’t go out and do something! Honestly, you would probably drive yourself crazy if you just sat here on campus with nothing to do. You’re in college and you should be able to enjoy yourself. Just be smart! If you’re of age, you really don’t have much to worry about, just find a DD and a place to stay afterwards. You can still get penalized if you are found on campus drunk.

What’s New In Once Upon A Time

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Photo courtesy of abc.go.com.

As fans endure the four-week break between episodes, everyone has been reviewing the latest twists on ABC’s hit show Once Upon a Time. With only four episodes left in the second season, this show has more going on in one season than most shows have in two or more!

As the season began, fan favorites were finally regaining their fairytale memories after Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) broke the curse at the end of season one. They’re all coming to terms with what happened in Storybrooke, as well as remembering who they used to be. Almost immediately after the season starts, Emma and her mother, Snow White/Mary Margret (Ginnifer Goodwin), are sent back to the Enchanted Forest. There they encounter new fairytale characters such as Princess Aurora (Sarah Bolger) and Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue). As they fight to return to Storybrooke, Prince Charming/David Nolan (Josh Dallas) attempts to maintain order against a now powerless Regina (Lana Parrilla) and calm the mayhem of mass panic.

With a cast so large, viewers have to keep track of the main plot and multiple subplots that may not be mentioned specifically for multiple episodes. Yet, the writers make it work. Despite controversies among fans on how side characters should be treated, they all seem to approve of the plot twist after plot twist style. Thankfully, however, we’re nearing the end of the season and can finally take a breather.

In the past couple of episodes, we’ve seen Regina’s mother, Cora (Barbara Hershey), die and Belle lose her memories after falling over the town line. We even got to meet Henry’s father and Mr. Gold’s son, Neal/Baelfire (Michael Raymond-James). What else could they possibly reveal in these last four episodes?

With Snow White’s heart darkening after her hand in Cora’s death, she’ll be tested more than ever against Regina. Neal’s fiancée is stirring up trouble with a traveler who refuses to leave Storybrooke, and Belle has yet to regain her memories. Knowing this show, these puzzles mean that, really, anything could happen.

Whatever happens, fans everywhere will be eager to see where the magic takes them next.

 

Lexi Brendel, TV Reviewer

Returning to Westeros: A Game of Thrones Review

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Photo courtesy of Google Images.

We have made it through our long hibernation! Game of Thrones is back for its third season and the tangle of lust, betrayal, and greed only grows thicker! How far will the HBO show drift from the books this time? Will it even make sense?

George R.R. Martin’s third book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Storm of Swords, shows just how intense the circumstances in Westeros and the surrounding lands can be. With 1200+ pages, translating every event to the television show can be difficult.

However, in order to fit so much information into the show, cuts are necessary. Even with spreading the book over two seasons, television shows flow differently than books.  After a year off the air, viewers were reintroduced to fan favorite characters and told what has happened to them since last season. Daenerys Targaryen has taken her dragons and small group of followers to the city of Astrapor. She is looking for an army and may have found on in the Unsullied, an army of slave soldiers. With each day, her dragons grow bigger and more dangerous.

Beyond the Wall, Jon Snow finds himself before Mance Rayder, the self proclaimed King-Beyond-the-Wall, attempting to join the Wildlings. Back on the Fist of the First Men, Samwell Tarly and the Night’s Watch regroup after a battle with the infamous White Walkers (a battle we never see).

King Stannis hides out in Dragonstone after the battle on Blackwater Bay. When his Hand, Davos, arrives after being lost at sea, Stannis locks him away for attempting to kill his adviser Melisandre.

Robb Stark continues to make his way across the country with his bannermen; pushing Lannister forces further back. His mother, Catelyn, still holds the blame for releasing the captive Jaime Lannister in hopes of retrieving her daughters from King’s Landing.

And that’s only the beginning of it! Those behind the show promise the events found in A Storm of Swords will be spread out over two seasons. Unfortunately for fans of the books, the small changes made in seasons one and two will lead to even bigger changes between the novels and show from here on out.

Will those changes help or hinder that audience as a whole? As someone who has read three of the books, even I got lost while watching Sunday’s premier. The episode seemed to go too fast, while throwing in too much information for viewers to grasp.

Separate from the books, this episode proved to be acceptable to reintroduce viewers to the show. It wasn’t one of the better episodes, but it still gave me hope for the rest of the season.

 

Lexi Brendel, TV Reviewer 

Something’s In the WiFi: A Doctor Who Review

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Photo courtesy of Google Images.

Think of the time you spend online. Whether it’s working last minute on that research essay or surfing through Twitter, most of us spend a good portion of our daily lives on the internet. What if something was hiding in the Wi-Fi? Something that could rip you away from your lives; away from your bodies, and it all starts with a click?

At least, that’s what we find our favorite two-hearted alien, the Doctor (Matt Smith), fighting in last Saturday’s newest Doctor Who episode, The Bells of Saint John. The opener to the second half of season seven re-re-introduced viewers to Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman), the woman twice dead and the Doctor’s newest companion. We last saw versions of her in the season seven premier Asylum of the Daleks and The Snowmen, the recent Christmas special. Now modern-day Clara has made an appearance as a target for the alien Wi-Fi.

Plot-wise, this episode was weak. Similar to Partners in Crime, a large corporation sits behind the Internet abductions. However, instead of creating Adipose babies, those taken act as food for “The Client”. As later revealed, this mysterious client is a modern form of The Great Intelligence, previously appearing in The Snowmen and multiple Classic Who episodes. The ending to the episode was predictable and doesn’t blow your mind in the way of other episodes by Head Writer Steven Moffet. That is what made it a great companion introduction. Instead of trying to surprise viewers every ten minutes, we got to focus on Clara and get used to the interactions between her and the Doctor.

In addition to meeting Clara, there were also many references to previous companions and regenerations. At the beginning of the episode, a video warning about the Wi-Fi played which resembled those in Blink, Moffat’s most famous episode. The Summer Falls book mentioned early in the episode was written by an Amelia Williams. Probably the same Amelia who was sent back in time by a Weeping Angel in last fall’s The Angels Take Manhattan. Even the Doctor’s bow tie he wears bears a resemblance to those worn in Classic Who.

Will this be an episode remembered for its stellar story and twists? Probably not. But it will remain a great introduction episode for the Eleventh Doctor’s newest companion and the mysteries she creates.

 

Lexi Brendel, TV Reviewer

What You Missed on Game of Thrones

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Photo courtesy of HBO.

With the premiere of season three four days away, Game of Thrones fans are preparing for what is promised to be the most intense season yet. But what happened last time we visited Westeros and the surrounding lands?

After Eddard Stark’s surprising death at the end of season one, the Seven Kingdoms slid into turmoil. Robb Stark, Ned’s son, declared himself the King in the North. Stannis Baratheon and Renly Baratheon tried to take their dead brother, Robert’s, throne from Joffery, who is believed to be born of his mother and his uncle’s incest. Then there was always the constant threat of Daenerys Targaryen with her dragons in the East and the widlings fleeing the White Walkers beyond the Wall in the North.

Don’t forget the players manipulating those royals. Cersei Lannister continues to hold power by a thread as Queen Regent. Tyrion Lannister rules as King’s Hand must to his sister’s dismay. The Night’s Watch delves deeper into the wild north on rangings, finding the dead are returning to life. Melisandra, a priestess for the Lord of Light, continues to search her fires for Stannis’s victory as King of the Seven Kingdoms while Sansa Stark learns much and more of how to survive this game of thrones.

By the end of the season, Renly was dead; Stannis suffered a deadly defeat; and Daenerys was still worlds away from her father’s throne. Arya Stark was wandering the countryside while her sister remained captive in King’s Landing.  And as the temperature dropped in the North, the dead rose by the hundreds.

What does this mean for season three? Even more bloodshed, betrayal, and lust. As fans of the books will agree, things are only just beginning.

 

Lexi Brendel, TV Reviewer

John Green and the Fight to Decrease World Suck

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Photo courtesy of Google Images.

With everything happening online nowadays, authors are finding new ways to reach their readers other than their books. John Green seems to be the poster boy for expanding this interaction.

A Young Adults author, John Green has skyrocketed to popularity thanks to his books. His most popular book, The Fault in Our Stars, spent multiple weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list among many others since its release in January 2012. His books break the mold young adult authors seemed content with over the past few years. He encourages deep, intellectual thought in the characters and in the readers as they flip the pages. His characters are relatable and three dimensional.

But John Green goes even further than all that. In early 2007, John and his brother, Hank, started a YouTube channel called the Vlogbrothers. What started out as a way to communicate with each other in YouTube’s early history soon became the first of many educational and entertaining vlog channels started by the Green brothers. While they each continue to do a video a week for their main channel, both are invested in other shows such as Crash Course (featuring lesson in World History, Literature, and Chemistry), and multiple gaming channels. Hank is also involved with webshows like the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, which is about to start selling their own DVDs.

Through these channels and John’s books, fans of the Green brothers interact with them on a much closer level. They’ve built up a close-knit community of fans called Nerdfighters from all over the world sharing their love of John Green’s books and other passions. Working with independent artists and designers, the Green brothers helped set up DFTBA records to produce music and other creative products without dealing with major corporation hassles. And what does DFTBA stand for? Don’t Forget To Be Awesome, of course. They even set up an annual charity fundraiser, the Project 4 Awesome, which raised $483,296 for the Foundation to Decrease Worldsuck last December.

Green’s success with his brother and his novels has brought into the world’s eye. He’s appeared in the recent Google+ Fireside chat President Obama hosted in February and as a guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Fergurson last week. He and his brother, along with other guests including author Neil Gaiman, also played Carnegie Hall in January. The show titled An Evening of Awesome was performed before a full house as well as broadcasted live on YouTube.

It’s only an uphill journey from here as John Green continues to write, educate, and entertain the world alongside his brother and creative coworkers. So next time boredom seeps into your day, pick up one of Green’s books or watch a Vlogbrothers video. And as always, don’t forget to be awesome.

 

Lexi Brendel, TV Reviewer

Flying into Leadership at RU

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Photo courtesy of Google Images.

It has definitely been a crazy week here at Reinhardt! Drama has begun, tension is high, and the maturity levels are low. I’m not going to start pointing fingers, but there are certain people on campus that are lacking good sportsmanship. It’s that time of year – the time when student leaders are attempting to stand their ground for their roles at Reinhardt. During this time, one question still remains: Are these student leaders representing the student body or representing themselves?

I believe that if you are a student leader, you should not only represent your school by being academically involved, but also by exhibiting good ethics. Whether it is an argument or a class discussion, students who represent our school should converse maturely and objectively, instead of harshly putting other students down or being condescending.

Some might disagree, but I believe a student leader should be a role model. I personally want to see student leaders that strive to be successful students in their classes. I want to see leaders who are involved in clubs and events on campus. I want to see leaders who are social and kind to other students. I want to see leaders who care about this school.

So, yes, I do believe that to be a student leader, you should have an intellectually stimulating GPA. You should have some experience in a variety of clubs or organizations. You should have a basic knowledge about the history of the campus and its founders. Student leaders should be kind, understanding, good listeners, decent speakers, unbiased, and, above all else, should provide positive service to the student body.

These requirements shouldn’t be a hassle to complain about, but a standard for the current and future student leaders to come. Just remember that when applying to be in a leadership position on campus, or when choosing student leaders and role models for Reinhardt University.

First Person Features: Hannah Buckner

Swerving, shrilly screeching, the car spins out of control on the open highway. My heart pounding, life is set in slow motion as I think about the ending of it all.

I love you mom, dad, and Grace. I love you, Justin. I’m so sorry. Justin, I’m so sorry!

“Please, please, God, please!” I hear myself scream out loud.

Elbows lock into place like dried concrete connecting two bricks. Sweaty palms grip the tight leather steering wheel. Green and gray colors blur together.

My last thought: I am going to die.

Pressing the brake pedal down as hard as possible, I skid on the grass, leaving curvy, muddy trails of an unlucky driver. Gasping for air, I clench my eyes shut and feel the tip of the car start to crash into the thick forest. Trees break and bend, glass shatters, and everything jolts forward. My arms sting and my head feels on fire.

Tears stream down my numb face. “Help! Shit! Help, please!”

Unbuckling the seatbelt, I fall forward. Cursing, I try prying the doors open. Trapped with concave dents caused by bulky trees: no luck. Hyperventilation, dizziness, and anger overwhelm me, crashing onto me like a tidal wave.

Suddenly, I hear a voice deep and British.

“Hey! Hey, I’m here! Don’t worry! Are you okay?”

Sharply turning my neck, I see a hefty, tan, balding man banging on the back window. Torn and sweaty, his white muscle shirt shrinks into his body.

Trying to give an answer, I choke and stop breathing. He pulls one of the doors back, and my body quickly reacts to jolt out of the car. On all fours, I crawl out and fall into the brush beneath the shifting environment. As if my adrenaline had come to a halt, I was unable to move. Eyes unable to focus, I gulp in the surrounding air and close them.

“Are you okay?” he asks. Lifting me into a standing position, the foreign man begs me to answer his question. I nod.

A new voice, this one female with a Southern twang.

“Oh my goodness, ‘hun! I saw the whole thing!”

Taking a drag from a cigarette, a frail woman with a green apron hastily walks down to meet us.

Taking both of my arms, the strangers guide me to the open road. I start to shake violently.

“I have to c-, I have to c-, I have to call someone.” Looking frantically for my phone, my hands search my pockets, and confusedly, the ground.

“Your phone? I’ll get it,” the man says as he runs back to the car.

“Hun, I’ve called the police,” the woman says reassuringly. “They are coming, okay?” Hugging me tightly with a motherly embrace, the waitress calms my nerves jumping around, up and down. Filling my lungs, the smell of her cigarette smoke is forced up my nose.

Only one thought persistently rings through my mind: I’ve got to call somebody. With my mom recovering from spinal surgery and my dad working at his church, Justin is my only hope.

“I need Justin. I need Justin,” I mutter. The man runs back and politely shoves the familiar, thin device into my hand. I dial a number and start to pace the long, grassy strip. Cars whiz by.

“Hello?” Justin’s sweet voice brings tears to my eyes.

“Justin, I need you,” I sob into the phone.

“Hannah, what happened? Where are you?” After he translated my slurred and scrambled words, Justin finally understands.

“Don’t worry, baby. I love you. Stay right there, I’m coming.” Justin hangs up.

A man in a blue uniform is suddenly towering over me.

“Ma’am, are you okay?”

I nod, “Yes sir.”

“Ma’am, a lot of times in these situations, the adrenaline of the victim is increased and they can’t feel if he or she is injured or not.”

“No, I’m fine,” I insist.

With a look of worry on his face, the officer pulls a notepad from his black belt and a pen from his shirt pocket. “Tell me in detail what happened, as much as you can remember and describe.”

I explained as much as my mind and mouth would allow.

Suddenly, I see Justin’s car pull up. He runs to meet me and wraps me in his arms.

Sobbing, I let him comfort me.

“Ma’am, this is the boyfriend, I assume?” Forgetful, I let go and nod towards the officer.

“I don’t mean to pressure you, but I think calling an ambulance would be a good decision.”

Denying his offer again, a sharp pain vibrates through my head and left shoulder. Clenching my teeth, I curse once again.

Justin offers to take me to the hospital, and I assent.

I, Hannah Audrey Buckner, freshly eighteen years old, was told that I should be surprised to have walked away alive from that horrible accident. The bastard who became infuriated at the fact that I was actually going the speed limit simply felt the need to zoom around me and slam on his breaks right at the tip of my car, causing me to swerve and leaving my Maxima for the forest to swallow whole.

To this day, I wonder what his wife sitting in the passenger seat said to him about it. Did she even care? I wonder what their children, represented by family stickers on the back of his car, would have thought. What if it was their child being run off the road? The guy was a coward, so I’ll never know. I was just on my way to Sunday church, and ironically, by the end of it all, I was asking God why he had allowed this to happen.

The truth is that this accident forced me to increasingly treasure my life and the lives of those surrounding me. I believe that sometimes negative situations can teach people to have a positive outlook and/or approach to certain things. So, keep your head up and your heart in the right place! You never know what might happen; everything could be gone in an instant.

 

Hannah Buckner is a nineteen-year-old Reinhardt sophomore from Marietta, GA. She is studying to become a Communication Arts major, and enjoys writing for classes and in her spare time. She currently is employed as a game worker for Reinhardt University, and was recently hired at Papa Johns. Expecting a new baby brother on her birthday, she can’t wait to see what else is in store for her this year! 

 

 

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