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

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