On October 15, Jordan Thrasher, the school chaplain, hosted a packaging event for Stop Hunger Now in the Glasshouse. From eleven AM to one o’clock PM, over one hundred student volunteers worked together to package meals for hungry families. In just two hours, the volunteers were able to package over eighteen thousand meals, which can now be shipped to other countries in need. The minimum requirement for an event by Stop Hunger Now is ten thousand. Reinhardt’s eighteen thousand meals was added to the Stop Hunger Now’s website counter with 521,616 other meals for this week alone. Reverend Thrasher announced a “huge THANK YOU” to the volunteers who helped make the event successful. He also reminds students that more awareness events will be coming up in November during National Hunger Week.
Did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students in the United States? Or that 10.3% of college students have reported that they’ve seriously considered suicide within the last year? These are startlingly high numbers for such a small portion of society, and suicide is being attempted more frequently now than ever before. Some might wonder why this is, and many healthcare experts think they may have found potential answers to this question.
First of all, as college students, we are all still making that transition from being at home and being taken care of to the real world, where we have to learn to live on our own. Many students are moving away from home for the first time in their lives and receive a significantly less amount of support from their families than they’re used to. Secondly, college students are also under great amounts of stress stemming from a variety of things including adjusting to their new living arrangements, developing a new support system away from home, and the pressures of increased academic demands. Finally, college students are also at greater risk for suicide and mental instability because of newly provided opportunities to experiment with alcohol and other drugs, which often further catalyze mental difficulties. Perhaps another reason for the significantly high suicide factor in college students relates to the fact that many students come to college with a prior history of mental issues that may not have been detected yet, seeing as many mental illness warning signs start to make themselves known during the age bracket of the late teens to the early twenties.
According to Derek Struchtemeyer, Reinhardt’s campus counselor, classic warning signs for suicide include increased use of alcohol and drugs, deteriorating academic performance, anxiety, depression, rage, isolation, and preoccupation with death. From the medical perspective, Reinhardt nurse Alicia Miles lists eye contact trouble, appearing anxious, verbalization issues, appearing fidgety, shortness of breath, and blood pressure changes as typical warning signs of mental instability. Both Struchtemeyer and Miles say that they complete automatic assessments of students that they come in contact with and that they can tell the difference in a mentally healthy individual and a mentally unstable one.
Struchtemeyer says that there are typically about three to four suicide attempts every year here at Reinhardt, which is statistically average for colleges our size. However, both him and administration agree that even one attempt is too frequent. In the years that he has served as Reinhardt’s counselor, Struchtemeyer has seen at least two suicides that he can recall. As far as students that consider suicide though, that number is much higher. “Probably one out of ten students that come in for counseling have considered suicide at some point,” says Struchtemeyer. “The scary thought is that of the ones that I don’t see.”
Nurse Alicia Miles also concurs that she has personally seen multiple students who have exhibited possible signs of mental instability. She says, “I try to keep track of the students I see. I try to get a feel of what they’re like the first couple of times that I see them. And, if every time I see them, they’re getting sicker and are appearing to be depressed, I am definitely going to think that something’s going on.”
Reinhardt has what we call an “Early Intervention Program” where students who are doing poorly academically or are thought to be struggling physically or psychologically, are closely monitored by faculty and staff. Anyone can recommend a student to this program.
“The bottom line is that, if you are worried about someone, don’t hesitate to tell,” says Struchtemeyer. “If you notice someone who you think might be mentally ill or might be considering harming themselves, ask them. Try to talk to them about it and then tell someone who can help,” he says. He also urges students to be supportive and non-judgmental. He also says not to leave that person alone and do not swear to secrecy. Take action.
Suicide rates and mental illness statistics in U.S. colleges are at an all time high. Don’t add to these numbers. If you or someone you know is struggling, seek guidance. Hurting yourself is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. It’s not worth it in the end.
If you’re ever worried about someone on campus, contact Public Safety and the police immediately. Always report suspicious behavior right away.
Meagan Hurley, Editor-In-Chief
Hip-hop may have inspired a generation, but critics claim cannabis to have ruined its future. Cannabis, commonly referred to as marijuana, is a drug that has captured the eye of American society for social, moral and fiscal reasons. Its history in the United States dates back to the 1500’s, and in the modern era, it has received mixed views from the media, doctors and even users. (Alexander, paragraph 3). Marijuana has been the subject of antidrug campaigns, policy reforms, medical debates and movies, but the emergence of a music genre popularized the drug for what it is today.
The Spanish brought cannabis to the Americas in 1545. The plant was used as a cash crop by the Jamestown settlement in 1611. By 1890 hemp, a variation of the cannabis plant, had been replaced by cotton as the major cash crop in southern states. Some patent medicines during this era used marijuana as a replacement for opium and cocaine.
It was in the 1920′s that marijuana rose to the social spotlight (Alexander, paragraph 4). Some historians believe this was an effect of the alcohol Prohibition but at the time, the drug’s recreational use was socially limited to jazz musicians and entertainers. As marijuana grew in popularity, cannabis clubs, called tea pads, appeared in every major city. These marijuana establishments were tolerated by the law because users presented no menace to society.
Until 1942, marijuana was prescribed to treat labor pains and nausea amongst other conditions. However, a campaign in the 1930s conducted by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Narcotics (now the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs) pushed propaganda that depicted marijuana as a powerful, addicting substance (Alexander, paragraph 5). Reefer Madness is an example of such propaganda.
In 1936 the movie Reefer Madness was created as part of a movement to discourage marijuana use amongst teens and young adults. The movie follows a group of white children and young adults as they experiment with the drug. A notable scene in the movie features a couple of adults; who after ingesting marijuana, display effects like paranoia, sexual deviance and a general loss of self-control (Serendip, paragraph 8).
“The movie proclaims that marijuana is more addictive than heroine and that, as one contemporary movie reviewer explains, “One puff and your sons will become stark-raving mad murderers and rapists. Your daughters will become tramps instantly.” (Serendip, paragraph 8).
Much of marijuana’s infamy is due to the propaganda on this era as well the groups who supported it. Namely, the rebellious hippy generation of the 60’s and the rock and roll bands of the mid 70’s and late 80’s. Names like Cypress Hill, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley and Pink Floyd come to mind when considering the groups which brought glory or infamy to the substance (Csqueeze, 2008, page 1).
During the 70’s most marijuana came from Mexico, but in 1975 the Mexican government agreed to destroy the crop by spraying it with a herbicide. Colombia then became the main supplier of the drug. The “zero tolerance” policy of the Reagan and Bush administrations resulted in the creation of strict laws and mandatory sentences for possession of the drug, as well as increased federal funding to support border security. The “war on drugs” thus resulted in a decreased reliance on imported marijuana and instead its cultivation on American soil, particularly in Hawaii and California. (Alexander, paragraph 6).
Beginning in 1982, the Drug Enforcement Administration became attentive to the marijuana farms in the U.S., giving birth to the drug raids which ruined many early attempts at marijuana clinics in the United States. After over a decade of decreasing in use, marijuana use increased early 90s, especially among teenagers and young adults. (Alexander, paragraph 6.) This is a result of a variety of factors, including the emergence of rap and hip-hop in pop culture, the internet and perhaps even a bit of social rebellion to the negative propaganda the government advertised.
By definition of Urban Dictionary, a blunt is “a cigar that has been hollowed and refilled with marijuana. The term ‘blunt’ was originally derived from the preferred brand of cigars for this operation, Phillies Blunts.” (LazyBlaze, page 1). The term, as well as its application, became popular with rappers whose lyrics proclaimed smoking marijuana in this way. Hip-hop and rap’s success amongst urban blacks and young white suburban kids ruined much of the government’s success with anti-marijuana advertisements, and with rap being one of the most popular forms of pop music today, this trend continues.
Also contributing to the fight against anti-marijuana sentiments is the internet. Where advertisements by print or television sources are highly moderated, the internet has provided a vast playing field that can be difficult to regulate. The success of social media like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have also attributed to marijuana’s growing popularity, with users able to share or promote information with lessened risks of legal repercussions.
Today medical marijuana is legal in eighteen states; with a number of states having either decriminalized the drug or lessened consequences for possession charges if caught with less than an ounce. (NCSL, 2013, paragraph 1) In 2010, police made 853,838 arrests for marijuana-related offenses and of those charged with marijuana law violations, 750,591 (88%) were arrested for marijuana offenses involving possession only. (Global Ganja Report, 2012, page 1).
Critics of current marijuana laws find that arrests for possession too harshly punish offenders, getting caught with less than ounce of weed in Ohio or North Carolina, states where marijuana has been decriminalized, results in a hundred dollar fine and possible drug abuse courses. Getting caught with weed in most parts of Georgia can result in jail time and a criminal record. Critics argue the consequences outweigh the negative effects of the drug and branding a young adult a criminal can result in huge setbacks for their lives.
Supporters for decriminalizing the drug argue that the tax money spent on incarcerated youths with possession charges and the police officers arresting them could be allocated to something more beneficial, such as a heightened focus on more dangerous drugs and criminals or relieving America’s debt, and many who support medical marijuana believe it could be cash crop as well.
As a medicine, proponents for the legalization of medical marijuana claim it to have medicinal benefits like psychotherapy, easing physical pain, restoring appetite and curing cancer. Antagonists to the drug believe that its legalization could have social repercussions like increased violence and theft amongst other crimes. Antagonists also argue that cannabis is immoral and could damage the health of its user by means of lowering their intelligence, lung tissue damage and even cause cancer. Many protesters of marijuana also believe it to be a gateway drug.
The illegal industry of marijuana is worth an estimated $36 billion and states that have legalized the drug have already reaped some of its benefits. Since Colorado’s birth of medical marijuana business in 2010, Colorado’s medical marijuana businesses have paid approximately $20 million in local, state and federal taxes, and another $9 million in licensing and application fees. Medical marijuana business also directly generated an estimated 4,200 jobs for the state (Sensible Colorado, page 1).
In American society, cannabis or marijuana is classified as a drug, and as a drug it is seen as negative. Critics to the drug argue that it is immoral, socially apprehensive and destructives to one’s health. Supporters of it argue that it can be beneficial to one’s health and is an untapped source of revenue for the United States. The media’s portrayal of the drug as of recent can be argued ambiguous. In the public eye, it would still be considered inappropriate to advertise the use of the drug, even medically. However, amongst internet articles, independent blogs and social media websites there can be found a large support for its decriminalization, legalization and even recreational use.
Leon Sapp, Staff Writer
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As Valentine’s Day approaches the Reinhardt University campus, you can feel the excitement in the air! Ladies are talking about what to get their boyfriends and boyfriends are worrying about if their girls will like their gifts. Those single few? They are out and about, searching for that once-in-a-lifetime college romance. However, everyone should be very careful about who they choose to be their “honey” this Valentine’s Day. Ladies, if you’re expecting flowers, chocolates, and roses this Valentine’s Day, think again! Studies show that 70% of college-aged males admit that they only want to have a significant other on V-Day for one reason – and it isn’t to cuddle.
Sexually transmitted diseases are a growing danger on college campuses, as statistics show that one in every four college students has an STD. This means that fifty-percent of the actual population of the United States will, at some point, catch a sexually transmitted disease. Statistics given by CDC researcher Dr. Sarah Forhan show that out of 838 teenaged girls, 18% carried HPV, 4% had Chlamydia, 2.5% had Trichomoniasis, and 2% had the Herpes Simplex Virus.
Men, you aren’t exactly safe from STD’s either. 19 million new STD’s occur each year, and almost half of them occur among fifteen to twenty-four year old men. Not only that, but 80% of people who have STD’s experience no noticeable symptoms. This means that your lady friend who you’ve been considering getting intimate with this Valentine’s Day could be waiting with a whole new, extra special gift just for you!
I know what you’re thinking… the good, old fashioned “wrap it before you tap it” theology just popped into your brain. You’re thinking, I’m so safe. Wrong answer! Only 87% of men actually know how to use a condom correctly, and only about 70% of men carry condoms on them at all times. 47% of freshman students who have been binge drinking, (also another common college occurrence), fail to consider the use of contraceptives. 15% of these students contracted a sexually transmitted disease.
Valentine’s Day might be putting added pressure on the “Get Intimate” scale, but sex is always something you should talk about ahead of time. This Valentine’s Day, give your sweetheart the gift of being tested for sexually transmitted diseases. You’ll both feel more at ease, and the romance won’t be ruined in a few weeks by some surprise visit to the doctor. Remember – Intimacy might be nice, but you only catch herpes once! Stay safe this Valentine’s Day!
Kelcey Caulder, Managing Editor
So many teenagers and young adults look at the pictures of women and men in magazines and decide that they must look the same way that those chiseled individuals look! Luckily, or maybe not so luckily, there is a whole world of gimmick products out there to help you get these god and goddess bods! These diets are often described as low-carb, low-calorie, and low-fat. What isn’t written in the description is that these diets are, usually, low-health! Fad diets are typically defined as diets that allow you to loose weight quickly, but do not have long lasting effects. Generally, these diets are incredibly unhealthy and can cause many problems for your body.
I mean, think about it! How many people have you seen go on these amazing crash-diets that succeed for a while and then, just as quickly, fall back into their old habits? Even if they lost the weight at the time, didn’t it always seem to return a few months later? If you’ve known people like the ones that I have known, the answer is yes. The sad, sad truth of the matter is that fad diets don’t succeed in actually helping you to loose weight and keep it off! Instead, they weaken your body and deprive you of things that your body actually needs!
So, what kind of diet actually works?! The kind of diet that enforces burning more calories than you take into your body. Diets that work are diets that promote portion control, exercise, non-processed food items, and patiently waiting for the weight to fall off. Successful, healthy diets take time. They don’t provide the diet-er with the same instant gratification that fad diets do. However, if you’re looking for a long lasting weight-loss, healthy diets are the way to go!
Common Fad Diets:
- Acai Berry Diet
- 3 Day Diet
- HCG Diet
- Negative Calorie Diet
- Grapefruit Diet
- Tapeworm Diet
Healthy Ways to Diet:
- Portion Control! Don’t super-size your fries or eat three helpings at dinner! Don’t go into Gordy and gorge yourself on pizza, fries, and whatever pasta is being served. Instead, choose to eat something healthy and appropriate in size.
- Variety is important! Your body needs many different nutrients to survive. Don’t deny your body something that it needs.
- Be aware! Avoid buying combo meals that include fries, a drink, and a sandwich. Buying combo meals is a way to ensure that you’re eating a portion that is much too large. Avoid all-you-can-eat buffets, condiments, sodas, and other unhealthy and processed foods. Keep in mind that what you put into your body fuels you. If you’re not eating healthy, you can’t live healthy.
- Exercise! I know that no one wants to exercise. However, a healthy diet requires a balance of exercise and good food. To get a pretty shape, you need to do exercises that will tone your body and promote fat loss. (You can go to our exercises tab to learn more about these kinds of exercises!)
- Count Calories! Most people believe that counting calories is actually unhealthy! This is not necessarily true. To loose weight, your body must burn more calories than it takes in. However, don’t go crazy with your calorie counting! You should use a calorie calculator to decipher your calorie intake. Don’t push yourself! Your body does need some sustenance, you know!
By eating healthy, exercising, and having patience, you will see improvements to your body and the weight will begin to disappear. It may not happen overnight. However, with persistence, you will be rocking your beach bod – and you’ll be healthy to boot!
-Kelcey Caulder, Managing Editor
From Iron Prophet Skallagrim the Ancient:
Brother! Brother, put on your lifting shoes! This is holy ground! Come away from that evil device, its ponderous advances cannot harm you in the safety of the Rack! Join me, here, let your soles touch the rubber and cast away your hesitance!
Sisters! Step down from those infernal machines! Tarry not near the scale! That shadow of the truth blinds your real sight! The hood of doubt leads you down a long, slow, and distant path! Hearken, that you may learn the value of strength! Yea, the righteousness of a c-shaped butt! The glory of an unassisted pull-up!
What is it you fear? Why do you run from the Iron? It means you no harm! Indeed, were it to speak, were these stones to cry out, they would tell not of carnage but of true strength! It is on floors like this that legends train to become legends, champions forge their legacies, and heroes stride with purpose! It is here, where the plates ring and the bar bows and the chalk floats, here, where the song of steel drowns out the voices of the bros, here, now, under and over and with the Bar that your destiny may be wrought! The kickback unmans you! The bench hypnotizes you! The Smith machine–that abomination–conspires to remove that which your ancestors relied upon–your athletic adaptability!
Is the world populated with isolational lifts? Does the furniture you tote move along a single axis at a time? Verily, were you taught to lift during an earthquake? From the beginning it was not so! You know the right of these facts–indeed, your hearts echo in time with the clang of the plates! You burn for the Iron! You yearn for its metallic scent in your nostrils, for cramp-inducing squats and deadlifts of thrice-bodyweight with which to fill your training logs! You see your heroes–athletes and lifters all!–on the tube, in the magazines, and if you want to be like them: supple, strong, lean–then come–Train–lift–GROW!
Your arms beg you for compound movements! Your posterior chains are malnourished by your steady diets of desk jobs! Let rise in you the primal precursor to your horn-rimmed-glassesed-self: your tribal strongman screams long and loud in your heart, is kneeling, begging to be freed at least three times per week!
Venture not into the land of the Small Pink Dumbbell, that lie-laced paradise of soy milk and artificial honey! Take and eat of the red meat your grandfather’s grandfathers ate to become strong! Fibrous plant matter was a supplement to fatty animal flesh–eaten off the bone!–in days of yore. Who are you to deny your body’s own urgings? In unsung ages past–undreamed of except by a few–the old gods, Milo, Grimek, Anderson, Park, Justa, Saxon, Pearl, Maxick, Sandow, Kono, and all their ilk hoisted and strove to exert their mighty wills against unyielding Iron, and time and again they proved themselves in flashing arenas and under weight-bent bars.
Their example, their sweat-soaked sacrifice, is what today gives life to the gym in which you stand! They set the precedent, and they did not intend for you to sit passively and row mindlessly, empty eyes surveying a sea of mediocrity and woe! The truth blazed in them as it blazes in me–brightly! hotly! eternally!–that with great effort comes great reward! They frolicked in the easy power of their steely thews and made child’s play of man-crushing weight! This is the way of things, that man should ne’er be at the mercy of his surroundings! That man should be a victor, as Epictetus reminds us: the Iron is that rough antagonist! Become a conqueror!
Let those who have ears hear! Leave behind antiquated and rusty ellipticals! Turn away from the tentacular Nautilus, that creature from the depths of slothful oceans, deny your vanity and look beyond the mirror to the Rack! Take from the libraries of those who have come before you a program suited to your needs–they are myriad and effective–and live up to your potential, rather than drown it in endless cardio! Become proficient in the squat, deadlift, press, and pull-up, yea, verily, sprint on the same days that you squat, and you will see–feel–know–yourself to be a changed person! Yes, a day may come upon which you must sit down to curl–but it is not this day! Gird up your belt, coat your hands with chalk, and anoint yourself in the flames of the Rack!
Written By: Drew Laurens, Contributor, Community Member
There are several exercise classes offered at Reinhardt this fall, two of the most popular are 20-20-20 and Zumba.
20-20-20 is twenty minutes of cardio, twenty minutes of strength training, and twenty minutes of core work. Stacy, the instructor, kicks it in to high gear immediately with cardio. Punching, kicking, and sweating through the first twenty minutes, Stacy shouts motivational things like, “One more rep!” and “You guys are doing good!” After twenty minutes of aerobics comes the strength section. Stacy demands heavier weights with, “Guys, come one. Go get heavier ones”. The twenty minutes of strength training include bicep work, leg work, and shoulder exercises. The core section of this workout is where it really hits home. Twenty minutes of crunches, planks, and pushups will leave your trunk sore. 20-20-20 really hits all your muscles leaving participants feeling accomplished and sweaty. The workout begins 5pm, Tuesday night in room 214 of the Brown Athletic Center.
Those not blessed with coordination and grace should not fear Zumba. While this high-intensity workout does require a certain level of skill to master the dance steps, the instructor focuses more on keeping everyone moving and less on precise footwork. The upbeat Latin music combined with all the different moves really keep participants on my toes (literally). Our instructor said that burning 400-800 calories in the hour is possible, depending on the intensity. If you’re looking to lose weight or just wanting to have some fun, come to Zumba! It starts at 5pm on Thursdays in room 214 of the Brown Athletic Center.
The synthetic drug known as “Spice” is now officially illegal in the state of Georgia. The bill was signed into effect by Governor Nathan Deal earlier this week. It is now considered a “dangerous substance” of the controlled drug substance catagory.
Reinhardt Dean of Student Activities, Dr. Lee, comments on how it will affect Reinhardt:
“There is a growing concern of this drug being on campus. With the Bill now being law, we will continue to find educational opportunities to inform our students and we will work to update our campus Code of Conduct to reflect the changes as well. Those found responsible for violating the Code of Conduct for use or possession of any type of synthetic drug could face serious consequences… long term suspensions or permanent expulsions could apply.”
Now known as “Chases’ Law” because of the death of Chase Corbitt Burnett, a 16 year old killed through drug use of synthetic marijuana. Nurse Al commented on the serious health risks of spice:
“Most often psychotic episodes including anger, hallucinations, and the inability to reason or think clearly have been noted. Depression, convulsions, vomiting and coma have also been associated with Spice/K2.”
She also reminds us that the ultimate health risk is death.
If you know of anyone using spice on campus or if you are using it please feel free to contact a campus representative including, but not limited to, Leigh Martin, Derek Struckemeyer, or Sherry Cornett. Any campus staff member, professor, or coach is able to help any individual struggling with a drug problem.
For more information, contact Nurse Allison Startup or Dr. Roger Lee.
As winter approaches, it’s becoming more important to be cautious with our health. Early this year, the infamous H1N1 flu strain, or more affectionately know as “Swine Flu”, became a more prominent issue for many people. To help avoid becoming a victim of this illustrious sickness, here are some friendly tips from our loving nurse Allison Startup.
First, you need to make good choices. She advises that if you begin to feel sick- to eat and drink healthier. “It’s not Gordy’s fault,” she says, “it’s the decisions from your day.” She also states that many students might think that they have the flu, but really it may just be a cold or the sniffles.
The second tip she gives is to always wash your hands! She reminds us that “although we’ve improved since last year, there is still room to do more.”
Lastly, she says if you ever feel really terrible, just come to see her in her new office in Smith Johnson. But Nurse Al isn’t the only one willing to help students, Dr. Roger Lee is also involved. He advises that if you are really feeling awful to just stay home. “There’s no need for one person to get everyone sick,” he says, “just email me and we’ll take care of the situation.” If you see yourself possibly getting sick, these are especially important tips to use here at Reinhardt.
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