Journalante: The Empowered Female

journalanteIn my advertising class, a young man declared, “the best way to get people to attend an event is to offer them beer and half-naked women”. At the time, his statement did not offend me. It was true enough. College students, typically male students, do tend to flock towards beer and women. However, as I was thinking more in depth about the statement later, I became more and more offended. I was not just offended by his words. I was offended by the fact that myself, and the other women in the room, did not say anything to the young man in defense of our rights and our bodies.

At what point in time did it become okay for men to objectify women in this way? At what point did women, like myself and the others in my advertising course, decide that it was normal for men to use our bodies to bring in sales revenue or attract customers? At what point did women stop being offended by statements like the one this young man had made?

This highlights an important change in our culture – women are no longer offended when they are seen and used as sexual objects.

In recent years, the advertising industry has become more ‘sexualized’ than ever before. Women, in particular, have been reinvented by advertisers. Not only are they used in advertisements to entice the male population with their sexuality, but are also depicted as being happy to control men with our sexuality. For example, if a woman uses a certain beauty product, a man will fall to his knees before her. This gives the woman a type of power that she did not have previously. Advertisers are using this idea of female empowerment to sell products, and that sense of empowerment comes from the advertisers idea of attractiveness – the slim, tan, young, sexy woman.

In a way, this representation of women is more effective than the previous depiction of women in advertisements – the ever-willing, passive female that women loved to hate for so many years. However, I believe that this new woman in advertising, the empowered female, could be just as dangerous to the female ego as the passive, sexual object that women were previously shown to be.

The statement made in my advertising class went relatively unnoticed by the women in the room.

Is this because we felt empowered by his statement? Were we, as women, okay with being objectified, if that meant we held power in our hands? It was complimentary, almost. Men will come to the event if women and booze are available. Take one of those things away and men may not show up. We hold the power. We were not offended.

I, however, am offended. I am offended that advertising has convinced women that we are no longer being objectified. I am offended that in our blindness we have allowed a new wave of male-centered advertising to slap us. The ‘empowered’ female is truly just the ‘blind’ female. We are not free from objectification. We are only allowing ourselves to be objectified in a new way.

Kelcey Caulder, Managing Editor

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

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

Don’t Forget to Laugh

          In only their second semester here at Reinhardt University, the improv group, “An Excuse to Laugh”, is already off to a hilarious start! Their first performance last Thursday had nearly everyone in the room laughing until they couldn’t breathe. With the always funny returning members, plus newbies Anna and Trenn, the gang started the year off right by playing games that not only encouraged laughter, but also had the audience joining in on all the fun. In almost every single game, the audience provided the scenario for the actors to partake in. They were not disappointed!

          Sophomore Michael Vavases, the official biggest fan of the group, stated, “An Excuse to Laugh is the perfect stress reliever for the week. It’s on Thursday nights, right before the weekend and the last day of a lot of classes. I have cried laughing at them.” The group has the ability to allow students to get their minds off school for even just a little bit, and it’s normally a huge help to everyone who watches. Statistically, “more than 30% of all college freshman report feeling overwhelmed” – that is a great deal of the time! Thirty-eight percent of college women report feeling “frequently overwhelmed”.  No matter how much stress you may get piled on you during the week, it never hurts to take a break and laugh your head off every once in a while! Laughter is a stress reliever for people of all ages!

           How do you become part of such an amazing and entertaining experience, you ask? Well, since two new members were added just last week, there will unfortunately be no more members added this semester. They do, however, try to hold auditions every semester – if you think you’ve got the stuff, be sure to audition in the Spring! You may have a chance at making it! Now you’re asking yourself what you would have to do to audition for the hilarious group, aren’t you? Well, during the audition process, you must perform a few games with the group to see what your strengths are. If they like you, you’re in! The group performs every Thursday night at 10 pm, so everyone should make an effort to make it out this week! It really is a great stress reliever! You will not be disappointed! 
Ashley Davenport, Staff Writer

Why Miley Cyrus Can’t And Shouldn’t Stop

As 2013 nears its end and video montages begin to assemble the most talked-about moments of the year, there is no doubt that   george Miley Cyrus will feature prominently in almost all footage. From the release of her bizarre video “We Can’t Stop” to her controversial VMA performance, Miley Cyrus has truly marked 2013 as her own. Still, many clamor for her to stop; but I see no reason why she should. In a society that continuously exploits sexuality and makes male sexuality in particular something fluid, (see: George Clooney’s transformation from a bright-eyed rugged type to a silver fox) whereas women only have a brief period in their 20s where they can be viewed as sex symbols, I hope that Miley Cyrus, or her creative team, continues to take charge of her image and shock the crowd.

Let it be clear that I actually dislike, borderline hate, Miley Cyrus’ music. “We britney-and-madonna-kissCan’t Stop” was decent, but her recent “Wrecking Ball” is an epic fail, in my opinion. Her music just does not aesthetically appeal to me, and neither do the over-sexualized images in her songs (…well, sometimes they do). In her recent video for “Wrecking Ball”, Miley Cyrus licks a hammer in a very suggestive manner, rides a wrecking ball in the nude, and then proceeds to cry throughout the video. The singer-actress seems to be going through a phase where she is desperately trying to shed her good girl/Hannah Montana/churning-butter-on-the-little-house-on-the-prairie image. Her actions are indeed desperate. They are a cry for attention. We get it Miley. We got the message that you weren’t the same Sarah, Plain And Tall little girl that we watched grow up. We got the message when you stated “I’m a hillbilly but I can twerk.” Still, the media seems to not be able to process the new Miley and continues to give her exactly what she wants – a reaction.

We are the society that cried out in horror when Britney, Madonna and Christina made out at the VMAs. We’re the same society that came out in large numbers when Channing Tatum started gyrating across our movie screens in Magic Mike last summer and miley-cyrus-vma-gif-5praised him for it. This is what it takes for a woman to be noticed in the media, as sad as that may sound. So, I applaud Miley for not allowing the media to sexualize her as she began to blossom. Homegirl has a plan! She’s taking control of her image and forging it for herself. Even if I sometimes find said image appalling and downright downgrading, I commend her for staying one step ahead of the media. Over time, the media will become desensitized to such an image, and female celebrities will have plateaued into a celebrity image much more fulfilling. I must conclude by saying this: sexuality is not an insult, but it can be manipulated. Let Miley do with hers as she will.

Teddy Casimir, Arts & Entertainment Editor

Don’t Forget to Laugh

In only their second semester here at Reinhardt University, the improv group, “An Excuse to Laugh”, is already off to a hilarious start! Their first performance, last Thursday, had nearly everyone in the room laughing until they couldn’t breathe. With the always funny returning members, plus newbies Anna and Trenn, the gang started the year off right – playing games that not only encouraged laughter, but also had the audience joining in on all the fun. In almost every single game, the audience provided the scenario for the actors to partake in. They were not let down once.
 
    Sophomore Michael Vavases, official biggest fan of the group, stated, “An Excuse to Laugh is the perfect stress reliever for the week. It’s on Thursday nights, right before the weekend and the last day of a lot of classes. I have cried laughing at them.” The group has the ability to allow students to get their minds off school for even just a little bit, and it’s normally a huge help to everyone who watches. Statistically, “more than 30% of all college freshman report feeling overwhelmed – a great deal of the time. Thirty-eight percent of college women report feeling frequently overwhelmed”. (“Stress and the College Student”, pg 2). However, no matter how much stress that may get piled on you during the week, students can always take a break and laugh their heads off every once in a while! Especially with the fact that laughter is a very well known stress reliever for people of all ages.
 
 How do you become part of such an amazing and entertaining experience, you ask? Well, since two new members were recently added last week, there will unfortunately be no more members added this semester. They do, however, try to hold auditions every semester, so if you think you’ve got the stuff, try again in the Spring and you may have a chance of making it! Now, you’re asking yourself what you would even have to do to audition for the hilarious group, aren’t you? Well, during the audition process, all it takes is for you to perform a few of the games with the group to see what your strengths are. If they like you, you’re in! The group performs every Thursday night at 10 pm, so everyone should make an effort to make it out next week. It really is a great stress reliever, and you will not be disappointed! 
Ashley Davenport

Breaking Bad News: The Censorship Ends Here

Photo courtesy of Google Images and imperium.com.

Photo courtesy of Google Images and imperium.com.

A decision has been made. It may not be popular, and definitely won’t be wanted by some but, as journalists, it is our duty to write the truth.  It is our responsibility to provide the community of Reinhardt with the information that it needs to function with integrity, knowledge, and awareness.

Today we decide as reporters for our peers and superiors, to no longer deprive you of knowledge that is rightfully yours. We will allow ourselves to be censored no longer.  You deserve to know that we have been held back–forcefully restrained and denied the opportunity to share with you the unsavory details –crime, corruption, and conspiracy – -of our community, Reinhardt University.

It stops now.

No matter what hand tries to stifle us –– we will present you with the truth, quickly and honestly. We won’t be silenced. The censorship ends here.

“…public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues. Conscientious journalists from all media and specialties strive to serve the public with thoroughness and honesty. Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist’s credibility.” – Society of Professional Journalists, Code of Ethics 

Mizaru, Mikazaru, & Mazaru  

Convocation of Artists and Scholars

Reinhardt University recently featured its 5th Annual Convocation of Artists and Scholars. One of the spotlights of the Convocation was the Creative Writing session. The Creative Writing session is used to showcase the best student minds, and the talents of our writers. The purpose of the session is for these writers to get used to working with a wider community and to be more comfortable with an audience. Many of these writers demonstrated a wide variety of word usage and emotion. “Gleaning” by Samantha Canuel and “Dancing in the Rain” by Stephanie Autry were among some of the readings that were shared at the Convocation.

 

Kelsey Swofford, Photographer & Staff Writer

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Reinhardt Students Have a SROWtally Awesome Time in Memphis

This past weekend of March 19, three Reinhardt orientation leaders and the orientation coordinator attended the annual Southern Regional Orientation Workshop (SROW), a conference held at the University of Memphis. The conference is held each year to help better orientation programs and orientation leaders throughout the region as they prepare for their upcoming summer orientations. This year, orientation leaders and program coordinators from over eighty different colleges and universities were in attendance.

On Friday, the conference held an event called “Sticker Swap”. This event brought the many schools attending SROW together. Orientation leaders from each school would go around placing their school stickers on orientation leaders from other universities. While the students swapped their stickers, the hosts of the event played popular music. This particular event was a laid-back way for students from the different schools to interact and get to know one another.

At the close of Sticker Swap, the orientation leaders from each school were asked to perform their university roll call. The SROW Roll Calls gave the students the opportunity to introduce themselves and their university in a unique and creative way. The OL’s did this by creating a small chant or dance. Many schools changed the lyrics of popular songs, making them represent different aspects their school. This was a time in which students from the schools were able to showcase their school spirit in a huge way.

Students were then provided a delicious lunch. After they had eaten, they were led to the university field house. It was there that SROW held the annual Song, Skit, and Dance Competition. Orientation groups that had entered this competition were given the stage and allowed to show their school spirit to the crowd. The audience also had the chance to become engaged in this activity. Small battles occurred between the seated universities to see who had the most spirit.

Saturday was a day of learning for the members of the Orientation Staff. Numerous workshops were offered at the conference that were geared towards aiding students and program coordinators in bettering their summer orientation programs. Students were allowed to pick and choose which workshops to attend based upon what they believed would bring the most to their program. Many of the workshops used interesting themes, such as Hogwarts, Glee, The Walking Dead, and Rugrats to incorporate the information in a way that would keep students engaged.

Later on in the day, the students went back to the field house for an event called Playfair and to listen to SROW’s keynote speaker. The Playfair program was a fun event in which students were given the opportunity to dance, laugh, and connect with the other orientation leaders. Students were grouped by their birth month, and then asked to trust and speak to the other students in their group about who inspired them the most.

After Playfair, the audience was introduced to the keynote speaker, Jon V. Roman. Jon Roman is a famous author and inspirational speaker. He owns his own business and loves his son dearly. Mr. Roman spoke to the SROW audience about learning to live life in the front row. He used that saying to inspire students to always participate in everything, and to never let life pass you by.

To finish off the day, orientation leaders were taken to the Alumni Mall of the university. They were offered free food and many different activities. Some of these options included making a music video, watching the movie Pitch Perfect, and dancing. This event was a great chance for students to relax after a long day of workshops, and for them to have fun with the other students at the conference.

The last day of the conference, the students went to the field house to have a last get together with their newfound friends. The hosts of the conference announced the winners of the Song, Skit, and Dance Competition. They also revealed which sessions were the most popular among the orientation leaders and which groups were most successful in the Case Study Competition. The orientation leaders who attended SROW left with new ideas, school spirit, and excitement for the summer orientation program!

 

Kelcey Caulder, Managing Editor & Alma Rangel

Student Activities Fee: Why an Increase is Necessary

SAF-at-work-LogoRecently, Reinhardt students have been buzzing about the new announcement that the SGA wants to increase the student activities fee.  At first glance, the majority of students want to say, “NO!” but there are many benefits that come with this investment in the student activity budget.

Here’s the thing, the student activity fee is only $50 per semester per student.  This money goes towards the budget for the different annual dances, the Fall Family Weekend, and other special events on campus. Basically, $100 goes towards providing fun for us students.

This year Reinhardt experienced an unprecedented student boom, mainly because of the football program. This increase is just the beginning. Reinhardt will have a marching band beginning Fall ’13. Imagine all the new students, in addition to transfers and returning students, who will be on campus looking for fun.

If the current students vote to simply pay $100 per semester rather than per year, SAC can provide the student body with a greater variety of weekend events that adhere to all the students’ desires.

Imagine this: concerts on the weekends, themed dances in addition to the traditional dances, AND real food at these events instead of chips and dip.  This year, with the increased number of students, SAC found it difficult to provide everything necessary to catch the students’ interest with the limited budget that they had to work with. If the budget increases, the activities increase in quantity and in quality. The math is quite simple, double the student activity fee from $50 to $100 and the students get 100x the fun and food.

Reinhardt students are extremely fortunate because even with the anticipated budget increase, students will still be paying significantly less than other schools.  Georgia State University students will be paying $1064 for fall 2013. That is nothing compared to $100.

Student activities are lacking at Reinhardt and it’s about time to change this sad situation. Students have the chance to improve student life, so why vote, “No.”?

This increase will only be beneficial and as Reinhardt continues  to grow, there will be more opportunities for the students to mold Reinhardt into the university they want it to be.

Let’s end the boredom and kill the lameness with a simple and slight increase in the students activities fee!

 

Vanessa Irie, Staff Writer & Blogger

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