Staff Spotlight: Dr. Evan Kropp

By Thomas May

I recently had the opportunity to interview Dr. Evan Kropp, a new face on campus, who is
beginning his first year as Assistant Communication Professor here at Reinhardt University.
Dr. Kropp hails from Connecticut, has B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Hartford,
and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in Mass Communications. He brings with
him quite a wide variety of experience and has an extensive background studying media
industries. I had the chance to ask Dr. Kropp about his transition to Reinhardt, what he hopes
to accomplish during his tenure, and finally, what he enjoys doing in his spare time. [Read more…]

RU Homecoming Event Day 2: Minion Movie Review

By Deborah Dahn

If you loved the movies Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2, you will absolutely love the spinoff movie: Minions. This animated series from directors Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda are centered on the villain Gru. Gru has henchmen that are called minions. These minions are not your typical henchmen; they are yellow, cute, and hilarious. They do not seem evil at all. Nobody understands the minions because they seem to speak a mixture of languages (English, Spanish, French, and probably some gibberish).

This movie is the story of how the minions started following Gru. Their sole existence revolves around serving an evil villain. The minions started finding a master ever since the age of the dinosaur. They got blamed for the extinction of the dinosaurs, the extinction of cavemen, as well as the loss of the French Revolution. Three minions, Kevin, Bob, and Stewart, were sent to New York to find a new boss for their tribe. While watching TV in a local mall, they saw an advertisement of villain con. In that advertisement, they saw the number one villain: Scarlett Overkill (Sandra Bullock). Villain con is in Orlando, Florida, so they hitchhiked a ride with an evil family.

Their adventure begins once they miraculously win a contest against other supervillains to work for Scarlett Overkill. Their assignment was to steal the crown from the Queen of England for Scarlett. The audience was in constant laughter as the story unfolded. The minions were like family and stuck together through the highs and lows. They are extremely loyal creatures. The (PG) movie is not just for children, but of people of all ages. The movie is action packed and hilarious. I laughed from beginning to end.

Homecoming Event 1: RU Pep Rally & Block Party

By: Kelly Kipfer

Reinhardt University’s student activities council held a homecoming pep rally and block party on Monday, October 19, 2015, to help get students into the homecoming spirit. This school spirit filled event took place outside of the Hasty Student Life Center and began at 8:30 P.M.

The first thing students were to do when they arrived was to sign in. Once students signed in they received their meal ticket. These meal tickets got students free food, and there were two food trucks present (Fuddruckers and Gotta Have It- Globally Inspired Fusion Cuisine). Once students got their food the real fun began.

There was a variety of fun games and activities for students to get involved in. These included fun inflatables and a photo booth, where you can share your Eagle spirit with other fellow students. Freshman student, Moieshia McGee states, “I’m very excited about homecoming. A lot to look forward to. I’m most excited for the mask making and the homecoming dance. This will be the first homecoming dance I ever went to, so that’s exciting. GO EAGLES!!!” Moieshia is one of the many students who has Eagle spirit, just in time for Homecoming.

The marching band and the cheerleaders made their entrance on the lawn outside of the Hasty Student Life Center. With the band’s music and the cheerleader’s chanting, students were feeling the school spirit. Also on the lawn there was a small stage set up. On this stage, there were two Samba dancers. These dancers were wearing colorful attire and got the audience involved. A few students even got on the action, and went up on stage and danced along. The Samba dancers also took pictures with students after their dancing was over. Soar the eagle was also spotted (you had to look closely). Also, towards the end of the block party and pep rally free homecoming “Gold Out” t-shirts were given out to students to get them ready for the big homecoming game. These were all fun events geared at getting Reinhardt students hyped for homecoming.

The 2015 homecoming block party and pep rally was a fun spirited night for Reinhardt students to get ready for the homecoming football game and the homecoming dance. There are many other fun homecoming events this week for students to attend, including the “Minions” movie Tuesday night as well as the talent show on Friday night, just to name a few. You can find all the homecoming events and details on Reinhardt’s website or through your student email. The big homecoming football game is this Saturday, the 24th starting at noon, and the homecoming dance is also this Saturday the 24th at 9 p.m. in the Bannister Glasshouse. The theme for homecoming is “Carnival de Reinhardt”. Go Eagles!

Q&A with President Mallard

By Deborah Dahn

Many of you are familiar with the newly elected President of Reinhardt University. President Dr. Kina Mallard gives hope for the promising future of Reinhardt University. She has implemented many changes such as the renovation of the Gordy Dining Hall. In this Q&A, she answers many of the FAQ amongst students on campus and you as students and individuals will get to know what kind of person and leader she is. There will continue to be more changes for Reinhardt because President Mallard has plans to make Reinhardt an even better place by first listening to what the students have to say. September 22 will be the day the students will be heard and on April 15, those suggestions will be presented to the inauguration.

The five-year plan for Reinhardt will come from those important suggestions from the students to the leaders. President Mallard’s main focus is on the students because every decision affects them. “We are working on improving the student experience at Reinhardt. Renovation of residence hall space, the new Grab n’ Go at the library, the addition of Starbucks in October, increased activities on the weekends, and a focus on school spirit are examples of student- focused changes.” President Mallard is working on “creating more opportunities for a large group meeting for student input such as the Strategic Planning session on September 22.” She wants more student representation at faculty committees and also encourages that students continue to let their voice be heard through SGA. She is further opening up the bridge of communication by personally reaching out to students and asking their opinions on certain issues. “I always want to be a president who is accessible to the students”- President Kina Mallard.

Under the new leadership of President Mallard, there will be more academic opportunities such as new degrees in Bachelor of Business Administration online and Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. In 2017, there will be a Bachelor Degree of Nursing. President Mallard will work with a leadership team of Vice Presidents and the athletic director to implement these new changes. Most of you have probably wondered what exactly the President does, besides making these exciting changes. President Mallard is an extremely busy woman and the success of Reinhardt depends on her. Strategic planning is the number one thing to do if you want anything you do to succeed. In other words, President Mallard is the sole strategic planner for the school. It is her job to “set the vision and direction of the school” and make sure that everybody else follows suit.

The President and Advancement Team are responsible for fundraising and raising money to support student scholarships, facilities and operations. One of the important jobs that President Mallard does is, in my opinion, be the school’s PR. She” maintains relationships with the students, faculty, staff, donors, alumni’s, the Board of Trustees, the community and the churches.” Every person has strengths and weaknesses, leaders are not exempt. I asked President Mallard what her weakness was and how she overcomes it. She said,“I am impatient, rarely do things happen fast enough for me. I compensate by being transparent and sharing with my leadership team that I realize I may expect them to move faster than they honestly can move- and I ask them to reign me in when they need to. I asked them to be honest with me when I move too fast and they are! My family figured this out a long time ago and I have a fabulous spouse who keeps me grounded.” Being a leader is not an easy task, and it takes hard work, cooperation and unity from everybody to be a success.

The advice that President Mallard leaves with the students is “- Seek God’s advice. God knows more about Leadership than anyone else. Lean into His understanding. – Listening is the most important leadership skill. You need to have your ear to the heart of your employees and your constituents. – Always respect others. Their opinions matter and can help you be a better leader. – Get things done. Great leaders get great results. – Find opportunities to laugh and have fun. Leading is not easy. You need to find joy in the work. – Surround yourself with balcony people – those who believe in you and cheer you on. The naysayers will find you and you need to balance that with family, friends, and colleagues who will tell you the truth, but believe in you 100% – Hire people who are smarter than you in their areas. Never underestimate the importance of a competent team – Don’t compromise who you are. Be authentic and honest – Always do “the next right thing!”

Scholarship donation from AT&T

By Marvin Monroe

AT&T has recently given a $900 scholarship to Reinhardt University A DAY for Reinhardt campaign. The regional director of external affairs for AT&T in Georgia, Don Barbour, presented the check to Reinhardt president, Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood, and the director of fund raising campaigns and church relations, Dale Morrissey.

Barbour said that “AT&T is pleased to support the Reinhardt University A Day campaign, which provides scholarships for Cherokee County high school students attending Reinhardt” He continued by stating that“Education has been a priority at AT&T for more than a century and when we invest in education, we are making our communities stronger and more economically viable. Investing in a well-educated workforce may be the most important thing we can do to support a strong local and global economy.”

This scholarship is added on to the A Day Reinhardt scholarship campaign. This campaign was created in 1988 and is an annual effort to provide support for Cherokee County students attending Reinhardt University. A Day helps the funding of the Cherokee County Grant Program. This allows eligible students to get up to 8,000 dollars during four years at Reinhardt University. Since A DAY’s beginning, more than $3 million in Cherokee County grants have been awarded to various local students.

Expansion in Title IX on campus

By Marvin Monroe

Colleges have now begun rethinking and expanding the application of Title IX. While in the past the emphasis of Title IX has most frequently been in regards to equality in athletic scholarship, it has been continuing to evolve with the increasingly complex culture of the US to also include safety and accountability on campus.

For the past year, there have been many steps taken by the administrators and student leaders at Reinhardt University to help students be aware of this development. One such step is the employment of, an online tool used for all incoming students that helps reduce their risk of sexual violence as well as drug and alcohol abuse.

The student handbook was also revised to have an anti-discrimination clause and an updated the code of conduct. Title IX has its own team of individuals now, called the Intervention Committee, that have been formed and trained to fully understand the length of this clause and know how to properly take action.

The vice president of student affairs and dean of students, Dr. Roger Lee, says that this team has specific responsibilities. “The overall role is to provide oversight in making our campus a safer environment to live and learn and also to guide our commitment to meeting the requirements of the Title IX federal mandate,” Lee said. “This committee has been hard at work, especially in the last few months, presenting Title IX strategies/updates/initiatives to the University Board of Trustees, participating in a state-wide ‘Commitment to Act’ statement through GICA/Legislators and learning Title IX compliance in state-wide training opportunities.”

Stephen Vosika, coordinator of student Involvement and orientation, developed a section of Reinhardt’s website that will give an institutional resource about policies and supplies stated within the Title IX clause. A campus wide marketing campaign dealing with sexual assault awareness also ran recently, created by an Advertising PR Strategies class under the direction of adjunct instructor, Dave Garner.

Dr. Roger Lee later stated that, “Our goal is to make Reinhardt somewhere where all will want to be because it’s a safe place to live and work.”

For those wanting to know more, you can check out the online Title IX Reinhardt Student Reference Manual here.


Vanessa Irie representing Ivory Coast and Nathan Stamper representing Bermuda.

By Deborah Dahn

Vanessa Irie representing Ivory Coast and Nathan Stamper representing Bermuda.

Panel members Vanessa Irie representing Ivory Coast and Nathan Stamper representing Bermuda.

I, Too, am Reinhardt was an event discussing the racial diversity of Reinhardt, and the awareness of the different cultures. During the event there was a panel of speakers from different countries. Vanessa Irie- Ivory Coast, Nathan Stamper- Bermuda, Maria-Garcia Beltran- United States & Equator, and Dulce Galindo- Mexico.

Questions were asked about the favorite things about their countries as well as their not so favorite things. They also talked about the differences between their countries and the US as well as common misconceptions that people have currently, or have had in the past about their countries.

After the panel, there was an ice breaker to meet people throughout the room. People had to sit at a table with the people they just met and have a discussion. People discussed their experiences growing up, racial profiling, and other issues.

In addition to a fascinating learning event, there were snacks and refreshments and t- shirts. The event was extremely eye opening and educational, allowing students to share different cultures and ideas. Hopefully Reinhardt sees more of these events in the future.

21 ways to interview better: Expert tips to ace your next interview

By Vanessa Irie

As an intern at WSB-TV, Channel 2 News, I have learned many interesting things about what it takes to make it in the professional world. The interview process was much more relaxed than I expected, but every interview is different and the interviewers also vary.

With that said, I went around the office and asked my supervisors, professionals who have done their jobs for over forty years, for tips on how to do well on a job interview. Attention upperclassmen, this could be you sooner than you realize.

Some of these tips may seem like common sense, but like we all know, common sense is not so common these days. Cherish these tips as if they made up your last meal, because these could help you score that job you have been hoping for.

1. “Research, research, research”- Jennifer Grove:  the idea here is that you have to make sure you know everything you can. Know the company and the people without being a stalker. The more you know, the more you’ll stand out.

2. Make yourself available to management: you never know which turn your interview will take, so be flexible with your time in case the interview becomes an all day thing where the interviewer puts you through a series of tests.

3. Build relationships over time: make connections with people who work for the company you have your heart on and from time to time, email them or call them just to check in. This allows you to stay in these people’s thoughts for the day when you’ll need a referral.

4. Find out the environment of the company and dress accordingly: if everyone wears a clown suit, you have to do the same as a way to integrate yourself in that company’s culture. No shame.

5. Come with questions: according to Jocelyn Dorsey, the Executive Producer /Host of People 2 People and Director of Editorials/Public Affairs, asking questions to the interviewer shows that you’re engaged in the process.

6. Bring extras resumes on nice paper: even though some people do not care for this anymore, some traditions do not hurt. Just be ready with your extra resumes, just in case.  Your interviewer will appreciate the effort.

7. Read any industry news about the place you are aiming to work at: this allows you to become more knowledgeable about the industry and how it works.

8. If you can put all your work in one place, do it: a website, a flash drive, a DVD. It is good to have all three media sharing forms simply because employers like different things.

9. “Brand your skills honestly”- Jocelyn Dorsey: Do not go after a job you don’t have the skills for yet and try to oversell yourself. Your interviewer will quickly read through the lies.

10. Your mannerisms matter: walk into the door tall, smiling, ready to give firm handshakes, and appropriately dressed (see #4).

11. When you speak to the interviewer, keep in mind that he or she asking him/herself this crucial question: “Once I hire you, will you be able to start tomorrow without training?”

12. Be enthusiastic: you finally got a job interview and you’re a step away from working! That’s great news!

13. Don’t burn your bridges: treat your employees and supervisees well, because you may be the one seeking a job from them one day.

14. Keep your social media clean. I promise you, most employers will look at your social media. Keep the red cups, cool cigarette smoke pictures, along with your playboy spread away from the public.

15. Have some business cards ready: Reinhardt’s Career Services offers FREE business cards. Just get in touch with Peggy Collins.

16. Volunteering: put your volunteer work on your resume and be prepared to talk about how much you give back to the community. Employers like people who volunteer for their community.

17. State why you want the particular job and don’t be afraid to tell them your ultimate goals: don’t go into the office talking about how you couldn’t get a job at the rival company so this was plan B.

18. Don’t tell your interviewer about how much of a people’s person you are: Your love of people will not save you if you don’t have the skills necessary for the job.

19. Tell the potential employer what this position means to you: Show your enthusiasm, but don’t focus on the financial side until after you’ve gotten an offer.

20. Look at the product from the place you’re trying to work at: this goes back to the research. Know who you’re talking to, for what purpose, and what they do as a company.

21. Have an elevator speech: it shouldn’t be longer than a 30 seconds, unless it’s a really really really tall building, your elevator ride won’t be long, so keep that in mind.

Relay For Life in Cherokee County

By Marvin Monroe

The Relay for Life is coming back around. Relay For Life is an organized, overnight community charity walk. During this event, teams of people camp out around a track, while each member of the team takes turns walking around this track. The whole event is filled with food and entertainment as the walk continues through the night. These events are held at a community level to raise money for cancer treatment and awareness.

Relay for Life was started in May of 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt raised $27,000 by walking and running for 24 hours in Tacoma, Washington. The money helped the American Cancer Society with the fight against the nation’s leading health concern; cancer. After just one year, there were 340 supporters for the overnight event. That was all it took for Relay For Life to become a worldwide phenomenon and raise nearly $5 million dollars to the fight for cancer.

The next event in the Cherokee county area is coming up on May 8. This event will take place at Creekview High School at 6 PM. If you would like to take part in this event, you have to either start your own team or become part of an existing one. Interested people can also become a volunteer by signing up online at Even if you don’t have a lot of time to spare, there are multiple ways for everyone to help out. So mark your calendars and get ready to walk for a good cause.

Student spotlight: Emily Walden

Emily Walden

by Deborah Dahn

Emily Walden

Emily Walden

I recently interviewed Emily Walden who is the Vice President of Student Activities Council (VP of SAC) here at Reinhardt University. Emily took over the recruitment position from Vanessa Irie, who held the position last semester. Emily comes from Forsyth County and is pursuing dual majors in Criminology and Cultural Diversity with minors in Gender Studies, Spanish and Global Communication. Both majors are within Sociology, so she expects it won’t take her long to get her degree.

During the interview, she expressed that she does not want to be in the same career for the rest of her life. Reinhardt was initially the last choice for Emily as she was debating between six other schools. She decided to attend Reinhardt because it has an excellent ASO program which aids students who face unique challenges such as dyslexia. The “small feel” of the school also encouraged Emily’s choice.

She is extremely involved in jobs and extracurricular activities around the campus in addition to her SAC duties. Walden is a tele counselor, a position where she advises people that want to come to Reinhardt, she is also a tour guide and a tutor. Emily is bringing fresh new ideas to SAC with ideas like wanting to bring A- list bands and artists to perform and turn the annual fall day into a tailgate. She wants to help plan more fun events like the glow in the dark mini golf, hopefully getting more interactive events and concerts.

The VP of SAC is also a member of the SGA executive board, a part of the job Emily says she loves. Her favorite thing about SGA is advocating for what the students want and funding various trips.

Professor Hibbs and Dr. Brown are Emily’s role models on campus.  Professor Hibbs has also been multifaceted in many successful career fields, and Emily aspires to be that type of person. Dr.Brown has been her “guide post”, and helped her with her editing and schedule. When asked what word described her, Emily responded: motivated. One of her many favorite quotes is “Strength doesn’t come from what you can do, it comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.”

Reinhardt Board of Trustees restricts gift from Tarpley estate to theatre program

By Marvin Monroe

Recently, the estate of Mrs. Mozelle Tarpley gifted Reinhardt University with an unrestricted gift of $1,670,500. Reinhardt’s Board of Trustess voted to restrict this gift to the theatre program, ultimately going towards the construction of a new theatre building, known as The Stage Arts Center, that will be named after Fred and Mozelle Tarpley.

This donation will continue to draw interest that will be rewarded at 5% for student scholarships until an added amount can be put together to construct the Stage Arts Center.

The Tarpley’s lives were tied to education and Reinhardt University. Mr. and Mrs. Tarpley were both teachers who attended Reinhardt in the late 30’s. Both strived to achieve their goals and worked on campus to help their parents pay for their tuition costs.

After graduating, Mr. Tarpley went to teach at a junior high school in Oak Grove. In 1942, he joined the U.S. Naval Reserve and was aboard a ship that invaded Okinawa during WWII. Mrs. Tarpley became a teacher at Eton Elementary School while she waited for her future husband to return.

The couple married on June 1, 1946, after the war had ended, and moved to Dalton, Ga. where Mrs. Tarpley continued her career in the school system, and Mr. Tarpley worked at the First National Bank of Dalton. After four decades in banking, Mr. Tarpley retired as a group vice president.

The couple has also given Reinhardt a million dollar gift in the past to fund the academic building Fred H. and Mozelle Bates Tarpley Education Center, now commonly known as Tarpley.

Board Member, Ken White ’61 said, “As an alumnus of Reinhardt, I appreciate loyal alumni, with a continuing interest in and support of their alma mater. Mr. and Mrs. Tarpley not only made the naming gift for the Tarpley Education Center at Reinhardt in 1998, they left a legacy through this most generously planned gift that will help transform the lives of many young people.”

Assistant professor of theatre, David Nisbet, also gave his sentiments saying, “The theatre program would like to thank the Reinhardt Board of Trustees for seeing our need and taking decisive action to meet it. We are looking forward to the day when we have a dedicated space for our students to learn their craft and the public can enjoy even higher quality productions.”

Dr. Kina S. Mallard named Reinhardt’s 20th president

Dr. Kina Mallard. Photo by Jeff Reed.

By Katie Gibson

In a press conference held in the Science Center atrium on Thursday, February 12th, the 20th president of Reinhardt University was announced.  Dr. Kina S. Mallard will be assuming office after current university president Dr. Isherwood’s retirement later this year.

The search for this president was conducted over the previous seven-months, and just this Tuesday, Feb. 10th, the Board of Trustees voted on the three final candidates.  A member of the search committee and the Reinhardt Board of Trustees Chair William G. Hasty, Jr. informed the public of several aspects of the search during his speech: “The 70 applicants were all very well qualified, yet we were particularly impressed with Dr. Mallard.  Every time she spoke with us, she was so enthusiastic about being our next president.  She has excellent communication skills and a heart for students.”

The 70 applicants who were considered came from across the country. Dr. Mallard comes to Reinhardt from Newman University, in Jefferson City, Tenn., where she served as executive vice president and provost since 2012.  The decision process, while ultimately up to the Board of Trustees, was consulted by a search committee with representatives of the student body, faculty, and community.

Some of Dr. Mallard’s first words to the assembled students, faculty, media and community were, “That felt good, this feels like the right place to be.” Dr. Mallard has 30 years of experience in higher education and spoke enthusiastically and optimistically about the future of the University. She has a Doctorate in Communication, a Master of Arts in Organizational Communication from the University of Tennessee, and a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Theatre from Middle Tennessee State University.

As Dr. Mallard concluded her speech thanking the various people that led to her being chosen as the new president for Reinhardt University she said, “I am humbled and I am honored.  From the moment I met the search committee I knew this was the perfect place.” Before she left the podium she simply said, “Let’s go Eagles.”

Reinhardt’s Student Government Association president and search committee member Alexander Bryant presented Dr. Mallard and her husband Steve Dietz with an engraved door knocker as a gift welcoming them to Reinhardt.  In Bryant’s speech he likened Reinhardt to an old southern home, and invited Dr. Mallard to stay awhile, ending his speech with a resounding, “welcome home” as he presented her with the gift.

Dr. Isherwood, Reinhardt’s current president, will retire on June 30th, with Dr. Mallard assuming office on July 1st of this year.

Dr. Mallard and husband Steve Dietz are presented with engraved door knocker by Alexander Bryant. Photo by Katie Gibson.

Arrest made after report of indecent exposure

By Katie Gibson

On Wednesday, February 4th, the student body was made aware of incident reported to have occurred on the evening of Tuesday, February 3rd.  The incident took place in the Smith Johnson lobby involving an unknown man exposing his genitals to a female student. The student body was notified of the incident and made aware that Public Safety and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office were notified and investigating.

On Tuesday, February 10th, a second email was sent to the student body, notifying them that the suspect in question has been arrested.  The name of the individual arrested was not released in the email.

Dr. Michael David Gregory Resigns During Investigation of Sexual Battery

Professor of Music Dr. Michael David Gregory resigned from Reinhardt University ahead of schedule during December of 2014. This information was emailed to the student body on January 2nd of this year.  What was only released today, is that his resignation happened after the Cherokee County Sheriff’s department had shared their results of the investigation on allegations of sexual battery.  While the University was in the midst of their review, Dr. Gregory tendered his resignation.

More details will be forthcoming.  In the meantime you can further explore the issue by reading this article on Atlanta Journal Constitution here.

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Hotel/motel tax deemed inapplicable for private college dormitories

By Meagan Hurley, Editor-In-Chief

The City of Waleska’s proposed hotel/motel taxation ordinance will not be passed on Reinhardt University resident students.

According to the Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Community Affairs, hotel/motel taxation is not applicable to residents of private college residence halls.

In a statement issued by Antonette Sewell, Director of Legal Services at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, the Assistant Attorney General Alkesh Patel has deemed that, based on the plain language used in the statute, hotel/motel taxation was not meant to be applied to residents of private college dormitories. He said that, if this type of application were intended by the General Assembly, it could have specifically named it in the statutory language.

The Attorney General’s Office said, “The AG’s office through Alkesh Patel, has indicated that the intent of the statute and the literal meaning of the words in the statute was not to consider private college dormitories as rooms available to the public.  Additionally, the statute includes a list of seven types of lodgings available to the public where hotel/motel tax may be imposed.  Those seven lodgings include: ‘hotel, motel, inn, lodge, tourist camp, campground or any other place in which rooms, lodgings, or accommodations are regularly furnished for value.’’’

Patel stated, “For the hotel-motel tax to be applicable to private college dormitories, it seems that the dormitories must be accessible to all persons of a state, nation, or municipality.”

He continued, “A private college dormitory is not accessible to the public.”

City Manager of Waleska, Aimee Abernathy said, ”It is a disappointment that this is not an opportunity for the city, but we will continue to move forward with the tools we do have to continue to improve the quality of life in Waleska.”

Mayor Doris Jones added to Abernathy’s comment, saying, “We just wanted to find out it was all about. Since we found out, we just wanted to check into it and that’s what we did. We certainly understand the ruling and we will abide by it. We will continue to move forward with other ideas. We hope the university understands that we’ve always been about working with the university.”

The City of Waleska wishes to carry on with future projects to benefit the community.

Breaking: AG says no to hotel/motel tax

Just in:

City Manager of Waleska Aimee Abernathy just released a statement that Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens has determined that hotel/motel will NOT pass at Reinhardt.

She said,”The AG determined the law should not be interpreted to include private universities.”

More information to come as it is released.


Meagan Hurley, Editor-In-Chief

Search for the new president underway

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Isherwood_portrait 045_300dp_editBy Meagan Hurley, Editor-In-Chief

As President Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood prepares to retire after thirteen years of presidency, the search begins for a new president at Reinhardt University.

According to Dr. Isherwood, this will be a national search.

“[AGB] has contacts with people all across the United States. This will be a national search and there will be applicants from all over the U.S. There’s a search committee of about nineteen people—three faculty, three staff, one student, six or seven board members and three or four from the community,” he said.

In correlation with the outside search party AGB, (Association of Governing Boards), presidential search consultant Dr. Jim Davis met with both students and faculty members, trustees and alumni, to discern what qualities the Reinhardt community are looking for in a new president and what subjects are of concern. An open forum was also conducted for anyone wishing to share comments.

“You can make a difference in who gets chosen for the next president of Reinhardt University,” Davis said.

Students, in a designated meeting with Dr. Davis, expressed desire for an involved leader who puts emphasis on availability, on campus presence, and transparency. Students said that the new president should contribute to the “family” feel of Reinhardt.

“People come to Reinhardt instead of UGA and all these other places because they want a family. I think that our whole campus could have that if the president would open his house to people and come to events,” said Resident Advisor Isabella Novaes.

Students also expressed concern over budgeting for student organizations and suggested that a new president may fundraise more actively. Davis found potential issue in this request, as a fundraising president is more likely to be out and thus may be unable to contribute a present figure on campus.

When students had addressed the bulk of their concerns, Davis had a few questions for them to answer. He put it to the students to notify him if they believed that Reinhardt would be accepting of a multiracial president, a female president, or a homosexual president. Opinions varied among student leaders.

“If we had a woman, she’d probably be off to a rocky start, but I think she’d do fine. She’d be accepted by the students without issue,” said SGA President Alexander Bryant.

“Everyone loves JoEllen Wilson and many of our faculty members are female,” added SGA Parliamentarian Steven Vosika.

Davis stated that thirty percent or more of applicants will likely be female.

He later asked if race is considered an issue or a non-issue on campus. Resident Advisor and Reinhardt Captain Valencia Washington commented, “I feel that it’s okay. You’ll find—and a lot of people do—that people still get stereotyped, and that’s everywhere. People do get judged based on their looks rather than their personality and I do feel that we could do a bit better showing more diversity.”

Davis asked, “Do you think a non-white person is ready to be president of this college in this particular time and atmosphere?”

Washington said, “Once again, yes and no. Kind of with the woman thing, I feel that a lot of people would be on board for it and a lot of people would be very hesitant.”

Davis then posed what he called an even tougher question; “Would this campus consider a gay person in a leadership role?”

Bryant responded, “Probably not.”

Washington added, “No.”

Vosika elaborated, “It’s a lot more open on the student side. It’s becoming more accepted on campus, but again it’s a community thing too. Reinhardt might accept them, but Waleska might not.”

According to Davis, this is an important piece of information to know because, of the fifteen presidential searches he has completed in the last six years, many of the presidents chosen have been women, people of multiracial ethnicities, and of homosexual orientation.

Presidential search committee members are looking to complete the search in early February of 2015, with recruiting, screening, and interviewing taking place prior to such date, said Executive Secretary to the Presidential Search Committee Kelly Morris. According to her, the next step in the search process is to create a profile for the position and to place an advertisement in hiring publications.

According to Isherwood, the current plan is for the chosen president to start on July 1, 2015.

He said, ”They hope to announce the new president in February because we have two vice presidents who are leaving the university. The hope is that we’d have the finalists for those positions so the new president can talk to the finalists and the finalists could see who they would work for. They could be in communication.”

Davis encourages input from the Reinhardt community and wishes to hear any comments or concerns from parties who were unable to attend the open forum. Anyone wishing to speak to him may contact him directly at

More information on the search for the new president will be made available as progression continues.






Hotel/motel taxation update

By Meagan Hurley, Editor-In-Chief

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Patrols clarified in women’s residence halls

By Ivy Steele, Staff writer

In recent days, there have been growing concerns voiced by freshman girls over the late night visits made by male Public Safety officials thought to be entering female only residence halls.

The residents of the dorms have not been made aware of why Public Safety officials are frequenting their halls, which sparked a subject of concern. When asked about the seemingly random and allegedly infrequent visits to the residence halls like Gordy, Public Safety stated the patrols are part of their dorm search protocols. The Public Safety office does not disclose the specific times or dates that they search the campus for security reasons and because it takes away the element of surprise, which could be potentially helpful for officials if crimes are occurring.

The general routine by Public Safety consists of walkthroughs, lock ups, and random searches. According to Chief Sherry Cornett, the first priority for them are the lock ups. Public Safety goes around to the different buildings at set times, which are coordinated by when the building is in use, and locks all external doors. The next thing that they do is walk through the dorms randomly to ensure that there are no doors propped open, which has been a conflict in the past, or people in locations they are not allowed after visiting hours. An example of this is males in female dorms after midnight or 1:00 a.m.

Walkthroughs in individual halls must involve the Residence Advisor accompanying the member of Public Safety. This is done at the request of Residence Life so that they are accompanied on the nightly shutdown.

The key reason for these patrols, as pointed out by the Chief of Public Safety, is that there are many redundant safety features at Reinhardt. The doors must be repeatedly unlocked, and residents are not supposed to open the doors to anyone not directly coming for them. This is a subject of concern for Public Safety as it is defeating the purpose of the lock system, they said. However, Public Safety says that the mere presence of the Public Safety personnel are a deterrent to crime.

Sherry Cornett, the Chief of Public Safety, said that with her experience at the much larger school of Georgia Tech, she can easily see how it is in [students] best interest to use the safety features available to them. The features she refers to are: the redundant lock system, the rules regarding visitors, and door policies.

Public Safety wants to let the students know that Public Safety personnel aim to be approachable and helpful. Should students have any questions for them, they encourage students to ask, as they claim to enjoy bonding with the students.


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