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!

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.

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.

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!​

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.

Eagle express trip: Alvin Ailey dance theater

by Vanessa Irie

Before I went to the show, I wasn’t too sure what to expect. All I knew was that Alvin Ailey dancers were supposed to interpret African-American history through their modern dances.

The show we saw included Revelations and Odetta. If I had to describe my experience in one word it would be, beautiful. It was simply beautiful; not just because the dancers had great bodies (which they did), but the emotion that the rhythmic movements communicated was overwhelming.

As I sat in the audience, I could feel the pain of slavery. The frustrations between torn lovers; the hope one could find through death, and the resolution to survive. It was a very memorable show that I definitely intend to visit again.

TV Review: Marvel’s Agent Carter – A blast from the past

by Marvin Monroe

There have been many new TV shows this past year, but Marvel’s Agent Carter stands out. Even though there has been an increase of superhero or comic book shows airing like, Marvel’s Agents of Shields, Arrow, Constantine, and the Flash, this show remains unique among the masses.

This series tells the story of Peggy Carter, a military woman who worked with Captain America during WWII. The series picks up after the end of the war and in a world become more peaceful. Peggy is now working within the S.S.R., a secret police force that deals with things that push the bounds of normal.

Peggy was part of the original S.H.I.E.L.D. task force that created Captain America, and knew Rodgers before he became Captain America. She was deeply in love with the Captain, and took his death badly. Now that the war is over and everyone is starting to calm down, Peggy has started working for a secret police department call the S.S.R.

Her job is an agent, but true to the time period in which it is set, most of the men treat her as their own personal secretary.  Making matters worse, old friend Howard Stark has been framed as a terrorist and his inventions have been stolen and sold on the black market. Stark asks Peggy if she can help him get back his inventions and clear his name. This means Peggy has to betray her own organization that has been tasked to capture Stark at any cost.

Peggy is obviously going to need some help, which comes in the form of Howard Stark’s butler, Edwin Jarvis. It is up to Peggy and Jarvis to go on any number of dangerous missions and take back Stark’s inventions from those who would use them for wrongdoing. The suspense that comes from Peggy doing her best not to get caught by her own people and the dangerous reality of Black Widow living two doors down from her makes a great espionage thriller with a background in Marvel comic books. We are definitely in for a wild ride.

Not your ordinary Bingo night

By Deborah Dahn

On a Tuesday last week I went to Bingo Night in the Glasshouse. While there were five rounds of the game total, they kicked it off with Disney songs round first.  Participants had a list of songs from various Disney movies, and  had to choose which one of the songs they wanted to fill the spaces.

Once we were ready to start, they played a series of Disney songs while we covered the spaces with M&M’s. There was also random raffle draws in the middle of Bingo. Friend help was allowed, but cell phone use was not permitted for remembering the names of the songs played.

The winner(s) of the rounds of bingo and the raffle draws participated in a dance off, and won iTunes and McDonald’s cards for $25. The rounds that followed ranged from theme shows of popular TV shows, to songs from the 90’s and beyond, top 50 modern songs, and movies and musicals.

Eight people volunteered to dance for a McDonald’s gift card, the top two winners were picked by the loudest claps and yells from the audience. Those that participated in the dance competition had to do a choreography incorporating the nae nae and the whip.

The last round of Bingo had the biggest prize that everyone wanted to win, a new iPod. My friend won the iPod, and her reaction was priceless. She immediately jumped up and started dancing. As the winner she had to go to the front to do the whip, and she proceeded to do so in great delight.

The wins of my friends, and the fun we had was an end to an amazing night. Everyone agreed that Reinhardt should definitely have an event like this again.

Parkour + Zombies = Fun: Review of Dying Light

By Marvin Monroe

**Spoilers** The new game sweeping the Internet, Dying Light is a video game that was released about a week ago. The game has a zombie survival theme with a little bit of a twist. The twist is that, like Dead Island, it is a first person brawler. Unlike Dead Island, there is a Parkour element of the game.

Parkour is a free moving system where the player gets to jump across buildings and slide under obstacles without losing any speed. This makes for some cool gameplay especially with the day/night system.

In Dying Light you play as Crane, an undercover GRE agent who has gone into Istanbul to locate some documents taken before it turned into zombie central. Upon entering the game, Crane is dropped into group of zombies, known as Biters. While unconscious and unprotected, he is saved by two runners, Amir and Jade. Now saved and at the base of operations called the Tower, Crane is thrown into a world full of monsters, human and nonhuman.

While the story lacks any surprise factor, it can sometimes throw you for a loop. Particularly, when you reveal that the zombie virus is actually from space. With the amazing Parkour feature and brawling system, in the long run you really won’t care. The game also has a customize system for its weapons allowing the player to put fire or electricity on their weapons which  either set on fire or stun their enemies.

A lot of the fun comes when the night arrives. Zombies become stronger and faster. The game becomes a life or death scenario, which is supremely scary when 12 zombies are chasing you as you try to get to a safe zone. I had a lot of fun with this game and the multiplayer feature can be extra fun to play with your friends. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a different type of zombie game.

Miyazaki movie marathon – Friday the 13th

by Thandi Jahi

There will be a free Hayao Miyazaki movie marathon in the Glasshouse this Friday, February 13th, at 6pm. There will be free food and drinks for all students willing to participate in this event sponsored by Reinhardt’s  Anime club. For those of who are not familiar with Miyazaki or his work, all are still encouraged to join in on the screening.

Hayao Miyazaki was born in 1941 and is a Japanese film director, manga artist, animator, producer, screenwriter, and founder of Studio Ghibli. His name is recognized in both Japan and America for the care and detail he and his writers put into their story telling.  Unlike the stigma attached to much of anime, his work is known for being appropriate for all age groups. Miyazaki recently announced his retirement from making films, inspiring the Reinhardt Anime club to have an event showcasing his contributions to animated filmmaking.

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.


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.



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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


  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.


Teddy Casimir, A&E Editor 




“Wear” is Your RU Spirit?



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

By Elizabeth Harrisen

What Does Your Hair Say About You?

Photo courtesy of Google Images.
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


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