City of Waleska plans to attempt hotel/motel tax ordinance on resident students

By Meagan Hurley and Kelcey Caulder

Members of the City of Waleska met with President Dr. Thomas Isherwood last Friday to discuss the city’s planned imposition of a hotel/motel tax ordinance, a consumer lodging taxation, on Reinhardt resident students. If passed, the ordinance would require approximately 615 resident students to pay a set taxation fee, ranging from three to eight percent, each semester in order to reside at the Waleska campus.

If passed, the ordinance would be the first instance of hotel/motel taxation to occur on a residential campus in Georgia. It would go into effect on July 1, 2015.

According to city officials, the proceeds of this taxation would go toward placing and maintaining streetlights, sidewalks and new signage around Waleska, as a portion of the hotel/motel tax must directly benefit community tourism.

In breaking down how the taxation would work, Aimee Abernathy, City Manager, said, “You pay a set number for food, room, board, and all of it. It’s part of that package. So what you would do, [they] would take out anything for food, the only thing that would be looked at is the count for heads in beds. The actual amount of bodies that sleep in just the facility. You would divide that amount into the number of days of the semester, multiply that times thirty, and then that’s by the percentages.

So, if part of the package is $500 dollars for thirty days, it would be $15 a semester for this tax. That tax would go into sidewalks, streetlights, and other improvements.”

In short, the rate will be concluded by dividing the number of residents by the number of days in a semester, and then multiplying that number times thirty.

Doris Jones, Mayor of Waleska, views the taxation as a way for students to be involved in the improvement of the Waleska community.

“We want to change the face of Waleska…By doing the small amount that you would be doing, in some ways you would gain ownership, you would have a piece of Waleska… You could walk around and say, ‘I helped do that,’” Mayor Jones said last Friday.

She continued, ”We are looking to bring about a better looking Waleska. Reinhardt is already beautiful. We have not had the funds to do it with… This is a way that it’s not going to hurt the students.”

Abernathy added, “[Dr. Isherwood] explained to us the concerns of the students and of the independent schools because this has not been imposed in Georgia. It is legal, but people have not taken advantage of this opportunity. We are so small that we need this opportunity. “

University President Isherwood takes a different stance on the hotel/motel ordinance, stating that he feels Reinhardt students are, and should be considered, citizens of Waleska. Citizens of a jurisdiction are not subject to hotel/motel ordinances.

“I expressed to the mayor that I felt the students living in residence halls were citizens of Waleska and that our students should be able to register to vote in the city of Waleska,” he said.

”I spoke to the mayor and city manager Friday. My understanding is that they are being advised by the Department of Community Affairs that they can apply a hotel/ motel tax to our residential students. We have been in contact with our attorney and he interprets the law differently and doesn’t feel that that’s possible.

Basically, I informed the mayor that this will be an issue for our students and their parents. We will encourage our students to express themselves and to be involved, to be respectful, but at the same time to be free to take whatever political action they feel appropriate…If it does become law, obviously Reinhardt obeys the law.”

Student Government Association President, Alexander Bryant, issued the following statement on behalf of himself and the SGA Executive Board:

“Student Government Association does not support or condone the taxation policy proposed by the City of Waleska. Reinhardt University and its residential students do not want or need this financial burden imposed by the City. We believe it sets a dangerous precedent for taxation of residential students not only in the community of North Georgia, but nationwide.

We are not opposed to the City of Waleska’s growth, in fact, we support it. However, we believe that there is a way to achieve that growth which is mutually beneficial to both parties, and does not involve putting a further financial strain on low-income college students. Student Government Association will work to mobilize the students of Reinhardt to fight this policy in any way possible.”

The proposed hotel/motel taxation will be discussed in further depth at the City Council meeting on Sept. 22. Meetings occur every first and third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Council members encourage attendance.

For more details regarding the hotel/motel taxation ordinance, visit:

http://www.dca.state.ga.us/development/research/programs/hotelmoteltax.asp

City of Waleska attempts hotel/motel tax ordinance

According to Alexander Bryant, Reinhardt SGA President, Mayor of Waleska Doris Jones will meet with University President Dr. Thomas Isherwood tomorrow, Sept. 12 to discuss details of the city’s planned imposition of a hotel/motel taxation ordinance on the city of Waleska and Reinhardt students. Resident students would be affected by this taxation, if the ordinance is passed.

More details to come as information is given.

To learn more about the hotel/motel tax ordinance, visit: http://www.dca.state.ga.us/development/research/programs/ordinance.asp

 

Meagan Hurley and Kelcey Caulder 

New Scholarship Endowment Established at Reinhardt University

Students at Reinhardt University often discuss the difficulty of finding scholarships to help cover the cost of steadily increasing private school education. New donations from the trust of Mr. James M. Boring Jr. and Syble E. Boring, long-time supporters of the college, will help ease the financial burden placed on students.

The contribution of more than $200,000 has allowed the university to establish the James M. Boring, Jr. and Syble E. Boring Scholarship Endowment, which will provide scholarship assistance to Reinhardt students, based on demonstrated financial need and academic success. Priority for these scholarships will be given to students in or from Whitfield County, where Mr. Boring was president of Dalton Rock Products and Dalton Asphalt for 30 years prior to his retirement.

“It was my privilege to know and visit Mr. and Mrs. Boring on many occasions, and I have fond memories of both,” said JoEllen Wilson, Reinhardt University’s Vice President for Advancement. “They appreciated what Reinhardt means to our students and alumni, as evidenced by the gift for scholarships.”

This was not the first that the Boring family was actively involved in helping to develop Reinhardt’s campus and in bettering the environment for students. Mr. Boring was an active member of Reinhardt’s Board of Trustees from 1989 to 2001, and an emeritus member from 2001 until his passing in 2008. The university’s Jim and Syble Boring Sports Complex, which include the Ken White Baseball and Softball fields, as well as the Ken White Soccer and Lacrosse Fields, was named for the couple.

 

Kelcey Caulder, Managing Editor

Monster Mash

To help the Reinhardt students celebrate Halloween, the Student Activities Council held the annual Monster Mash in the Glasshouse. On Halloween night, from 9PM to 12AM, Reinhardt students dressed up in costumes and headed to the Monster Mash to listen to music, dance, receive free t-shirts, eat candy, and compete in costume contests.

 

The three different costume contests that students could compete in were the scariest costume contest, the cutest couple costume contest, and the funniest costume contest. The winner of the scariest costume was a student who had dressed up in all leather clothing and a dead skeleton mask. The couple who had won the cutest couple costume contest were dressed as Princess Leia and Han Solo from the movie series Star Wars. The winners of the funniest costume were dressed up as Miley Cyrus and her wrecking ball from one of Miley’s most recent music videos. All of the winners of the contests received gift cards as their prize for their impressive costumes.

 

To prepare for the event, the Student Activities Council advertised thoroughly throughout the campus with flyers and even a skeleton and mummy couple, who were dressed as if they were going to a prom, in the dining hall. They also spent a good bit of time on Thursday afternoon decorating the Glasshouse with all the spooky decorations that they could acquire until the room was to their pleasing.

 

When the time came for the dance to begin, the costumed students filed into to the Glasshouse and began what turned out to be a long night of fun. Although it may have ended a little bit earlier than the Student Activities Council had predicted, everyone that attended the event reported to have had an excellent time dancing and hanging out with their friends.

 

Ashlee Davenport

Reinhardt STOPS HUNGER NOW

shnOn 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.

Stop Hunger Now is an organization started in 1998 that helps provide food and disaster relief in countries with those in need. Their goal is to end hunger “in our lifetime” and in efforts to raise awareness and gain volunteers, they have offered a travelling meal-packing program since 2005. The program travels to various locations, including school and churches, so volunteers can pack meals of rice, soy, and vegetables, for the organization to send oversees to countries with people in need. Stop Hunger Now is currently helping children and families who are hungry in sixty-five different countries. Volunteer work and meal-packing programs are popular not only in the United States, but internationally as well.
Mollie Street, Staff Writer

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

Talent Show to Be Held October 18th

Every year, the Student Activities Council sponsors Reinhardt’s annual talent show. This year, the talent show will take place on Friday, October 18th.

To participate in this show, students must first audition for members of the Student Activities Council. Auditions took place in the glasshouse on Tuesday, September 26th this year and there was quite a turnout of those who wished to audition. Each act signed up with a member from the Student Activities Council and then waited to perform for a panel of judges. The judges then decided whether or not they would be going on to perform for the actual talent show.

The talent this year includes many musical performers, dancers, and many others that are excited to show off their unique skills. In the past, there have been many varied performances including musical numbers, flag routines, clogging, break dances, and many other impressive talents. Kody Spaniak, a senior and member of last year’s winning act said that, “The Reinhardt Talent Show is always an exciting and thrilling showcase of our students’ abilities. Be prepared for a night of stunning entertainment.”

The talent show is an event that all students look forward to, and there’s definitely a reason for that. The show is free to attend for students and will be held in the Performing Arts Center on Friday of Homecoming at 7 pm.

Ashlee Davenport, Staff Writer

Philanthropy Hosts RAINN Day

Photo courtesy of Google Images.

Photo courtesy of Google Images.

RAINN, the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network, is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. The goal of the organization is to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. On September 26th Reinhardt participated in RAINN Day by holding a Take Back the Night Walk to raise awareness for sexual assault and prevention.

Every two minutes, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. That totals about 207, 754 victims every year. 44% of these victims are under the age of 18. Out of these assaults, 54% will not be reported to the police. 97% of rapists will not spend any time in jail. RAINN’s mission is to reduce these assault statistics by educating people about assault and prevention, and to ensure that rapists are brought to justice. RAINN Day is designed to bring public attention to these statistics, and Reinhardt’s Take Back the Night Walk helped students learn more about sexual assault.

About twenty students participated in the walk, which led from the Glasshouse to the gym. Student Vanessa Irie attended the walk and commented. “At first, I didn’t really understand or see the importance of the walk. But as we made our way to gym, holding our candles in silence, I had time to reflect. So many people are victims, and so many of them stay silent. The sad thing is that their silence doesn’t mean that the pain goes away. It stays with them, and they just suffer alone.” Students attending the walk had the opportunity to learn about the consequences of sexual abuse, both for the victim and the assailant.

RAINN partners with organizations like ABC, Target, Lifetime Networks, and General Mills to spread their message. Their goal is to educate everyone throughout America about rape, abuse, and incest, as well as the consequences of sexual assault. Besides corporate partnerships, RAINN accepts donations. $0.88 of every dollar goes directly to helping victims and working towards preventing sexual violence. Monthly donations go towards education on college campuses, operating the National Sexual Assault hotlines, and providing information on sexual violence to policymakers. Marie Claire magazine called RAINN “One of 10 Best Charities in the U.S” and the Independent Charities of America commended RAINN as the Best Charity in America.  People who donate to RAINN can be assured that their money is going to a great organization.

Students wanting to learn more about sexual assault and the RAINN organization can visit their website at rainn.org.

 

Candice Bailey, News Editor 

Eagles Nest Grand Opening

As most students are aware, a brand new restaurant called “Eagle’s Nest” has very recently opened right off campus in the building that previously housed “The Front Porch.” As with all new restaurants, they celebrated their new beginning with a Grand Opening, which took place on Wednesday night, and left all that attended impressed and wanting more. They opened their doors at 5 pm, and served free pizza and wings to anyone that wanted them until 10 pm.

 

A student that attended the Grand Opening that night, freshman Aili Pitchford was quoted saying: “It seems like a really cool place to go hang out. The food was good and I’m looking forward to going back with friends!” Pitchford was not the only student that seemed to enjoy the new restaurant. Many positive opinions could be heard throughout the restaurant during the course of the night. Those that attended had a great time. Many students showed excitement about returning later in the semester and the year.

For those that missed the opening night and free pizza, there are plenty of chances to return throughout the rest of the school year! Eagle’s Nest is open every Monday through Thursday from 11 am to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 11 pm, and Sundays from 11 am to 7 pm. They serve pizza, wings, and many other Italian-inspired foods that any college student is sure to crave. Also available, to those that prove they are of drinking age, is a bar with bartenders ready to serve the alcohol beverage of choice.

 

In comparison to “The Front Porch”, which was previously located in the same venue, “Eagle’s Nest” has much more of a college-friendly environment. With multiple college flags hanging outside, jerseys on the walls inside, televisions, and many areas that can be used to simply hang out, college students will be able to find comfort in this environment as they eat and socialize with friends. Not only is the environment a pleasant thing to experience, but the staff are very helpful and efficient as well, making each person’s visit as enjoyable as possible. “Eagle’s Nest” already looks like a great place to hang out with old friends, make new friends, or simply just enjoy some delicious pizza.

Ashlee Davenport, Staff Writer 

SAC Hosts First Lip Sync/Poetry Slam

Lip-Sync-636x155Last Tuesday night, September 17, SAC held Reinhardt’s first Lip Sync Karaoke/Poetry Slam competition. The glasshouse was packed with lighthearted students and faculty wanting to have fun and dance. Complimentary snacks and drinks were provided, and the cool and comfy atmosphere was the perfect setup for the guest performer of the night.

 

Modern spoken word artist, Brandon Real T@lkWilliams, on twitter @REALTALKRAPS, performed several poems, which “connected” the student body. Students snapped along to his poetry – moving and hilarious works that speak to college students and teenagers alike.

 

“Redneck Woman” and Real T@lkin particular had the audience literally screaming “give me some more!”. This mantra was repeated before every new performer. Several bold students took the stage to lip sync and get their groove on to crowd-pleasing songs by beloved artists such as the Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys. The Wobble and the Cupid Shuffle brought half of the audience on stage to dance and have fun while Letia Wyatt and Shelby Noblitt ran the show. Alma Rangel, a member of SAC, was overjoyed at the success of the event, saying “Everyone did a good job, especially the performers. We had a great crowd and a lot of fun”. The energy from the crowd led performers to do some outstanding head-banging and students shouted out encouragement as they left their homework worries behind for a couple of hours.

 

While SAC does not have another Lip Sync night planned, they did announce their plan to play “The Conjuring” in October, along with several other fun events that students are invited to attend.

 

Students are encouraged to see any member of SAC to suggest ideas for events they would like to see at the school or to learn more about how they can get involved in events on campus. The RAINN Day: Take Back the Night Walk is the next event on SAC’s calendar. It is to be held on Thursday, September 26, from 7-9pm.

 

Mollie Street, Staff Writer

Reinhardt Hosts 2013 Student Leadership Conference

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Reinhardt University’s 2013 Student Leadership Conference proved to be a huge success. The Glasshouse was full of student leaders eager to learn ways to impact the Reinhardt community. Keynote speaker, Latrell Armstrong, talked to the students about what being a leader in the community means. His message and program, “Making the Dean’s List”, is a true story about a homeless man whose life was changed by one word – potential. Mr. Armstrong empowered students to pursue their full potential and take initiative, to truly become leaders in their community.

 

Students participated in two quality building games that taught them how to think when dealing with situations in which reaching their full potential could be difficult. The first was an economic, buy-sell stock game where students were paired up and placed in a group with three other sets of partners. They all had one goal: make the most money for their major corporation. Student battled each other every round, some making as much as $37,000 and others losing as much as $26,000. In the end, Mr. Armstrong re-stated the rules to the game – “You are all branches of the same corporation.” His words left the students wondering why they fought so hard when they all had the same goal, and were working for the same pretend company.

 

The second game Mr. Armstrong presented the students with had an even deeper message. Students had to follow set rules and build their ideal community within a time limit. Frustration and utter confusion ensued. Some students were “arrested” by Mr. Armstrong, who had named himself the Sheriff, and many more were prohibited from making their community as grand as they had wanted it to be. When all was said and done, Mr. Armstrong drove his final point home. With each group committed solely to their small communities, everyone forgot that they were part of an entire city. Instead of branching out of their comfort zones and trying to work with other teams, the students grew irritated with one another and the individual communities quickly became various districts of what a city map looks like.

 

Instead of working together as a student body, we often become so caught up in prejudices and social classes that we forget we have a common goal to make our school the best that it can be. Mr. Armstrong’s message will be taken to heart by many students, mostly freshman meeting FYS requirements, who stayed, listened and questioned whether or not they were meeting their potential. Now, we ask – Is Reinhardt meeting its potential? And how do we work together, without walls or prejudice, to meet that potential?

 

Mollie Street, Staff Writer

Year of Germany

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Year of Germany will feature events such as Oktoberfest, a hotdog eating contest, a Holocaust memorial, and the first annual Reinhardt Cup. Professor Dana Hall, Year of Germany Co-Chair, assigned her Principles of Marketing class, BUS 302, to initiate the set up of the year’s activities. She feels that having students run the Year of Germany activities will get more students involved.

Hall is very excited about this year’s prospects and the chance for students to explore German history and culture. “Our founder Captain Reinhardt was of German descent and this was the impetus for selecting Germany as the focus for 2013-2014,” Hall stated. “Germany is known as a land of poets, musicians and thinkers who have made significant contributions, from Bach and Beethoven to Martin Luther, who launched the Protestant Reformation.  There is so much to learn about this fascinating country, and it will be impossible to cover everything in a year.  This year, we’re actively involving students in the planning and execution of events and activities, and these students have introduced fresh thinking and great new ideas.”

One fresh and new idea from students included the idea for a non-alcoholic Oktoberfest. Reinhardt’s Oktoberfest will be held on October 17th. Students will be able to learn about the history and culture of Oktoberfest while enjoying root beer and drinking games. The Oktoberfest committee is still in the planning process. Most likely food and drink will be provided through Sodexo, but the group is attempting to incorporate an authentic German deli from Ball Ground, Georgia.

The main goal of the Year of Germany is to educate students about the history of Germany as well as students’ own history. Reinhardt’s library has free access to ancestry.com for students and faculty. Students are encouraged to research their family tree and discover their heritage. The hotdog eating contest during Oktoberfest will require entrants to fill out a family tree to enter. Students can visit the library to fill out a family tree and enter the hotdog eating contest. While students do not have to participate in the hotdog eating contest once a family tree has been filled out, students wanting to enter the contest must fill out a family tree dating back three or four generations.

The Holocaust Memorial will be held in the Glass House the same week as the infamous Night of Broken Glass, or Kristallnacht. The memorial event will feature a history of the Holocaust and the overall history of Germany.

Year of Germany Co-Chair Melissa Doyle is excited for the upcoming festivities and hopes that both students and faculty will participate. “Our committee this year has members from many schools and departments that have never been represented in the Year Of programs.  We can better explore the diversity of a nation by diversifying the program, and everyone benefits.  My hope is that professors will begin to incorporate the Year Of into their courses, adding lectures or assignments as relevant to their discipline.  The activities are going to be more interactive and have greater appeal for everyone.”

Students can look forward to more information on these events.

Candice Bailey, News Editor

Developments In Syria

Photo courtesy of Fox News.

Photo courtesy of Fox News.

As the Syrian civil war escalates with their use of increasingly dangerous weapons, President Obama, the rest of Washington and the United Nations conflict on how to approach the sovereign country. Syria has been engaged in civil conflict since 2011, but arose to recent scrutiny with an attack on the Damascus suburbs last month, which resulted in the deaths of over 1,400 people.

With the body count from the Syrian civil war still piling, at 70,000 murdered, death is not new to Syria’s citizens or the onlookers of the world. However, the use of the chemical Sarin, a substance classified as a weapon of mass destruction, is what has drawn the attention of the United States and the United Nations. The details of the Damascus battle as well as the possessions of Syrian President Assad’s weaponry are still under investigation.

U.S. Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel, announced to reporters, “Our intelligence community does assess, with varying degrees of confidence, that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale in Syria, specifically, the chemical agent Sarin.”

For this ambiguity, the United Nations have been hesitant to urge action towards a country that has been characterized for its violent internal conflict since the 80’s. However, facing an issue of human rights and plain justice, the United States, Britain and France pushed heavily for the United Nations to approve of a chemical weapons investigation team to gain access to Syria. This team arrived in mid-august, just days before the Damascus attack on August 21.

Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, blames rebels battling to overthrow him, saying it makes no sense for his forces to use chemical weapons when they were gaining the upper hand and while U.N. chemical inspectors were staying in central Damascus.

Opponents of the increased involvement in the Syrian civil war included Russia and China who in 2011 vetoed a European-backed U.N. Security Council resolution that threatened sanctions against Syria if it didn’t immediately halt its military crackdown against civilians, and in 2012 a bill a resolution in the U.N. Security Council that backed an Arab League plan calling for Assad to step down.

When Russian President Vladimir Putin was on questioned on his actions towards Syria, he replied that his handling of the situation was shaped by international law and past experiences. His hesitance to increase involvement in Syria’s on goings is rooted in the evidence surrounding the Damascus incident, which the United States feels to be more conclusive then other members of the United Nations. This evidence, Puttin commented, should be presented, but as long as it is withheld as classified. His support cannot be won on the basis of assumptions.

Puttin also delineated on the results of the Iraq war which are viewed by most analysts as a mistake. The Iraq war had its beginnings in a similar fashion, a search unapproved by the United Nations for weapons of mass destruction that were never found.

 

Leon Sapp, Staff Writer

“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 

SGA Election Results

In just three days, two hundred and six of Reinhardt’s nearly twelve hundred students took part in the greatest turnout of voters the school has ever had. With stations set up in Lawson, FPAC, the gym, and Gordy, SGA was able to cover literally every area occupied by students. The Student Government used Chick-fil-a biscuits to encourage students to vote – the turnout was unbelievable!

“The Lawson and Tarpley atrium had the greatest turnout of students as to they walked to and from class”, mentioned Alex Bryant, who also reported that the delicious incentives to vote were taken from other polling sites to accommodate the number of voters in Lawson/Tarpley.

The members of the SGA would like to extend a universal thank you to all of the students who voted, and a special thanks to those who helped at voter stations for all of their hard work. The election results were released to students via their Reinhardt email on September 12, along with the three added amendments to the SGA constitution that students were also able to vote on. The amendments were passed, each with a “yes” rate in the seventy-fifth percentile. The senator election results are as follows:

Freshman Representative – Brendan Brueggert

Sophomore Representative – Jessica Schweizer

Junior Class Representative – Sarah Barker

Senior Class Representative – Ari Tatum

Male Residence Hall Representative – Charles Pierce III

Freshman Male Residence Hall Representative – Alan Perez

Upperclassmen Male Residence Hall Representative – Zachary Moore

Upperclassmen Female Residence Hall Representative – Candice Bailey

Commuter Representative – Ashley Calicchia

Commuter Representative – Ash Thomson

Extended Campus Representative – Nicole Sawyer

Student Body at Large Representative – Kristen Bohannon

Student Body at Large Representative – Lauren Sullivan

Student Body at Large Representative – Robin Daniels

Student Body at Large Representative – Hunter Robinson

To all of the elected senators and students, Maria Flores, Student Body President, says, “I’m very excited to see what this group of senators will do this year. They are very strong leaders and I have high hopes that they will continue to strengthen SGA.”

The same polling locations will be used for the homecoming elections following the nomination period and four gift cards are rumored to be a possible prize for four particularly lucky individuals who vote for homecoming court. Homecoming elections will be held from September 30 until October 2. Students are encouraged to take part in Reinhardt’s first ever homecoming court!

 

Mollie Street, Staff Writer 

Homecoming at Reinhardt

With the brand new football team this year and autumn just around the corner, there is one thing that is sure to be in the back of everyone’s mind: Homecoming. Since this is the first year that Reinhardt will be having a homecoming, the student government and student activities council are making big plans to celebrate the occasion. Reinhardt’s homecoming will not only consist of a homecoming court and a game, but there will be a whole weekend of activities geared towards raising school spirit and getting ready for the game on Saturday. Starting on Thursday night and continuing through Saturday, there will be many options for students, or even friends and family of students, to get involved! So, everyone is sure to find something that will be right up their ally!

On Thursday, there will be a “Spirit Night” at the Waleska Farmers Market, beginning at 3 pm, a women’s volleyball home game at 6:30 pm, and Southern Fried Jazz at the Falany Performing Arts Center at 7:30 pm. On Friday, there will be a pep rally at the Donor Plaza at 2 pm and the Student Talent Show will be taking place at the performing arts center at 7:30 pm. On Saturday, football fans can start the day off right by tailgating in the Rollins Wellness Center Parking Lot at 9 am. Afterwards, fans can head down to the Athletic Fields for the football game.

After the game, students are encouraged to head over to the Rollins Sports Center Lawn for the Fall Festival, which will include music, carnival games, and inflatables to enjoy after the game. Finally, there will be a Homecoming Concert in the Glasshouse Saturday night at 9 pm that will be showcasing “The Shadowboxers,” a pop-rock band that recently toured with “Indigo Girls.” With all that is going on during the weekend, everyone is sure to find something that will appeal to them.

No homecoming weekend would be complete, of course, without a homecoming court. It’s the students’ job to choose who will be on that court. A member of the homecoming court must be a full-time undergraduate student here at Reinhardt with at least a 2.5 GPA. He or she must also be in good academic, financial, and disciplinary standings. Nominations go through this Friday, the 20th of September. After nominations close, elections will be held on September 30th and will be open until October 2nd. The elected court will be announced on October 3rd and the King and Queen will be announced during halftime of the Homecoming game on October 19th.

 

Ashlee Davenport, Staff Writer

Tailgating at Reinhardt – Concealed Container Policies

The addition of football to the university is an exciting turn in Reinhardt’s history. Students have a new team to cheer for, new ways to show off their spirit, and new expectations to meet. Sporting events, in general, create their own issues that school and city officials have to deal with in order to make sure that games are as safe as possible for those attending. Because of this policies regarding sporting events have been changed over the past few months to accommodate the advent of this new era of athletics at Reinhardt.

One of the most important, and most controversial, modifications to Reinhardt’s Game Day Policies has been the new “Concealed Container” Policy and the relative rules about tailgating at home football games. The Game Day Alcohol policy states that no food or drink from outside the stadium is allowed at the football games, and that any food item or beverage consumed in the stadium must be purchased at the concession stand. This is to prevent the consumption of alcohol within the stadium itself. The controversy around this policy is due to its contradiction of Reinhardt’s “Dry Campus” rule – particularly where the Alcohol policy states that “Discrete consumption by those of legal age on University property is permitted provided behavior is acceptable”. Such a policy directly conflicts with Reinhardt’s Student Code of Conduct, which strictly prohibits students from possessing or consuming alcohol on any school property or at any school sponsored events.

Tailgating at games will be allowed in the parking lot surrounding the Brown Athletic Center, but the policy states that “consumption… on university property” is allowed “discreetly” which is in direct violation of Reinhardt’s previous policies. Deciding what inappropriate behavior needs to be removed, especially due to alcohol, will be a complicated issue until the new policy is released affirming that alcohol either is or is not allowed on campus on game days.

A prominent member of the Campus Spirit program, Brad Cook, commented that he doesn’t think that the policy or the no alcohol rule will affect tailgaters. He does, however, believe it will create more issues for officials who are in charge of the tailgating section at games. Aware of the issue, Dr. Roger Lee, Vice President of Student Affairs, is working to revise the Game Day policy regarding alcohol consumption. Dr. Lee indicated that he would be rewriting this regulation by combining the school’s code and the Game Day rule into a new policy that will definitively clear up any confusion.

Students who are unaware of the current or changed policies about Game Days may go to reinhardteagles.com and click “Game Day Policies” under the Athletic Links tab.

 

Mollie Street, Staff Writer

HvZ – Quarantine

Starting Sunday, September 8th, Humans vs. Zombies began with 71 players! This school year, the HvZ moderators decided to have a more accessible game in order for commuters and athletes to join in on the fun. The day missions became optional for the first time, and the players were required to come to only two night missions, each of which started at approximately eight or nine at night.

According to Justin Buddenhagen, the president of the club, HvZ had a great turnout of freshmen as well. “We had a great intake of good kids (freshmen) — Great sportsmanship and good people all around,” said Buddenhagen.  In order to attract a lot of these players, Josh Vavases, a moderator, dressed in a “hobo outfit” with a sign that had the dreadful words “THE END IS NEAR” written in red, and walked around in front of the Gordy Dining Hall advertising for the game. Vavases’ acting went along with the theme designed by the moderators – Quarantine.  This word sums up the elaborate storyline for this semester; Reinhardt had been infected with the zombie virus and blocked off from the world.

The other moderators also took on roles within the theme; Hannah Buckner was “Lady Z”—the “zombie mama” who had infected the humans in order to take control, and Em Harris was “Agent Fox” – the CIA agent trying to help the humans escape. When asked what was most exciting about this specific game, “Community” was the word Buddenhagen immediately said. “This has been the cleanest game for sportsmanship and positive attitude we’ve ever had,” he states.

Reinhardt can look forward to another game of HvZ later this fall!

Hannah Buckner, Staff Writer

The Reinhardt Community Welcomes Rev. Jordan Thrasher

 

On July 1st, 2013, Reverend Jordan Thrasher officially joined the Reinhardt community as the new Chaplain. After former jordan thrasherChaplain Leigh Martin left last semester, for family leave, Tim Emmet became interim Chaplain until July 1st when Thrasher received the position.

As Chaplain, Thrasher oversees all campus ministry activities and religious life. As a minister of the United Methodist Church, he also acts as the church liaison for the school. Thrasher describes that his role at Reinhardt is to “develop a faith ecology on the campus of Reinhardt”. Thrasher interacts with students through small groups and worship services, as well as leading classes. With such a small campus, he enjoys that he can connect with students on an individual level as well as promote a Christian community atmosphere.

Thrasher recognizes the wonderful work that Reverend Leigh Martin created through her years at Reinhardt, and does not want to change anything about campus ministries, but wants to add onto her work. One of his main goals is to resource each small religious group with their own preacher; making sure the Baptist group has a Baptist minister, the Methodists have a Methodist minister, and so on. Thrasher also wants to make each small group more student-run with student leaders as well as the resource minister for each group. One of Thrasher’s long-term goals is to make more service opportunities available to students.

Thrasher did not see himself as a leader for students, but others did. His own chaplain, back at Wofford College, recognized his potential and urged him to go to seminary at Emory University. Thrasher has not always been a school Chaplain, though. Before coming to Reinhardt, Thrasher was a preacher at Bold Springs Methodist Church near Carnesville, Ga. Before Bold Springs, he was an associate minister at Chamblee United Methodist in Decatur, GA. College chaplainry is very hard to break into, as not many positions are available. Thanks to the prodding of his mentors and connection to Reinhardt, Thrasher was able to join the Reinhardt community.

Candice Bailey, News Editor

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 – 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 let down once.
 
    Sophomore Michael Vavases, 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 – a great deal of the time. Thirty-eight percent of college women report feeling frequently overwhelmed”. (“Stress and the College Student”, pg 2). However, no matter how much stress that may get piled on you during the week, students can always take a break and laugh their heads off every once in a while! Especially with the fact that laughter is a very well known 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 recently added last week, there will unfortunately be no more members added this semester. They do, however, try to hold auditions every semester, so if you think you’ve got the stuff, try again in the Spring and you may have a chance of making it! Now, you’re asking yourself what you would even have to do to audition for the hilarious group, aren’t you? Well, during the audition process, all it takes is for you to perform a few of the 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 next week. It really is a great stress reliever, and you will not be disappointed! 
Ashley Davenport
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