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 MyStudentBody.com, 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.

#ITooAmReinhardt

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 www.relayforlife.org. 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 jdavis@agbsearch.com.

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.

Arrest in Gordy hall

By Ivy Steele, Staff writer

Two women in the freshman female Gordy Residence Hall have been investigated for possession of illicit substances.

The testimony of an unnamed witness claimed that it has been determined that the women did, in fact, have marijuana. The unnamed witness was present in the elevator when a Residence Advisor from another hall and herself smelled the obvious and overpowering scent of marijuana. The women were reported to their Residence Advisor, who then alerted Public Safety. The Residence Advisor did not comment on the situation.

Public Safety and the Residence Life judicial branch have made their decision and it has not been proved that anyone has been evicted. Public Safety was able to supply a limited amount of information on the topic, due to legal obligation not to disclose certain information. The information that they did disclose was that there were arrests made on Aug. 21 and 23. The women were removed from the dorm for a period of time while the investigation and ruling were being made. The records for these arrests have not been released yet, but when they are they should be available via the county sheriff’s office.

Despite the fact that there have been arrests on campus, Public Safety would like to assure the students that the arrests on campus have significantly decreased from those of last fall. Public Safety also said that they are aware of the use and possession of illicit substances such as drugs and alcohol on campus, as it would be ignorant to assume there is not. Public Safety stated that, “Ultimately the goal of Public Safety is to provide a safe learning environment for the students.”

Public Safety will not hesitate to take action when needed and act as a liaison to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department.

Annual yard sale closes for final year

By Ivy Steele, Staff writer

The annual yard sale held in the Falany Performing Art Center has just finished its final sale.

The annual event is organized by Susan Naylor, the advisor for the Naturally Sharp Collegiate Chapter. Naylor puts in countless hours to make the funds required to fund the program. All benefits from the yard sale go towards the Music Teachers National Association, which is taking a trip to the Georgia Music Teachers Association State Conference. The costs of the conference are usually enough to cover the hotel required for the conference. This year the goal of 1,000 dollars was set to cover the hotel, travel, and food for the conference. According to Ms. Naylor, the final year of the yard sale was a success as they met their goal exactly.

There were many items featured in a four room spread. The yard sale sold games, household goods, car accessories, jewelry, clothes, and shoes. This year the sale included some big ticket items such as a Sony Walkman in perfect condition, some artwork, furniture, and an Alpaca set.

The yard sale as a whole usually makes between seven hundred dollars and one thousand dollars. This sale is entirely donation based, which has now become an area of conflict, said Naylor. The Falany center is no longer allowed to store the products that are sold in the yard sale. The donations come in year round, which becomes a problem when Ms. Naylor has nowhere to store such things. This has proved to be a very distressing revelation for Ms. Naylor, as she now must find a new place to store goods, or find a new fundraiser.

The yard sale is where most of the group’s profits come from, but they also hold a Belk Charity Day Sale, which will be November 8th. The group visits nursing homes, conferences, assists with the Samaritan’s purse charity, and this year’s Toy’s for Tots.

The efforts from students in the group was the most important part of the sale according to Ms. Naylor. She would like to thank everyone who donated items, particularly Kip McVay of Lake Arrowhead, and all who came by and bought something and gave cash donations, but especially, “The students who went above and beyond in helping with the yard sale : Holly Nash, Trent Futch, Stephanie Kinney, and LeeAnn Moore.” Overall Ms. Naylor believes that they had a blessed effort and is very appreciative to everyone who helped make it possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First year seminar: helpful or not?

Photo by Marvin Monroe
Photo by Marvin Monroe

Photo by Marvin Monroe

By Marvin Monroe, Staff writer

The First Year Seminar (FYS) class is something many freshmen gossip about over lunch during the first few weeks of each semester – mostly negatively. Many freshmen have said that they see their FYS class as a “waste of time” or “just another grade to worry about”. They have even gone so far as to say that the class is a hindrance to their college experience – something that takes up unnecessary time and bears little to no result. One professor who teaches an FYS course on contemporary perspectives on environmentalism, Laurence Stacey, took the time last week to explain why he believes that FYS is a course that is incredibly helpful in aiding students as they begin their collegiate education.

“In the First Year Seminar (course), you are helping students who are entering college think critically,” Stacey said. According to Stacey, teaching students to think critically is a big part of the FYS curriculum no matter which professor is teaching it.

“Students are coming from an academic environment where they are told what to think. You prepare for standardized tests. You prepare for regimented tests. The First Year Seminar when it is functioning at its best, in my opinion, helps students deconstruct arguments and to examine their beliefs, and also to discuss arguments with other students to really learn the fine art of thinking,” Professor Stacey said as a way of explaining the need for students to learn to think critically before jumping into the college curriculum.

According to many professors, the fine art of thinking is something very foreign to people who have just left high school and have now started college. This is dangerous in a college classroom because students who cannot think critically can be left out of a class conversation or even be left behind in the class altogether.

Later on in the interview, Stacey says that he loves teaching this class because “it is one of the few classes that let a professor choose a topic he loves or is interested in and really develop that topic in the landscape of critical thinking.”

When asked why he thought that freshmen students might dislike their FYS classes, Stacey said, “I think that you hear that from many students because of their own experience in their First Year Seminar classes. The First Year Seminar is a great class when it works well and when you have an instructor who is engaged with students in critical dialogue and who uses different rhetorical strategies – a professor who brings up arguments that students would not have considered. When you don’t have that experience, that is when you have students who see this more as a fluff class that does not help them very much academically.”

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

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