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

The Greatest Offense? Murder or Capital Punishment

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Photo courtesy of Google Images.

In the United States, capital punishment has been responsible for the deaths of 1,264 people since its reinstatement in 1976. Notable criminals on death row include Scott Peterson for the murder of his daughter, Lemaricus Devall Davidson for the abduction, torture, and rape of a young couple, and Joseph Edward Duncan, III for the rape and murder of a number of young boys. The purpose of capital punishment is to deter crime and long before its reinstatement, it was criticized as a human’s rights issue, a misuse of tax dollars, and a biased consequence.

For years human’s right activists have protested the death penalty, arguing that it is unconstitutional because it is “cruel and unusual” punishment. They feel that the United States should not practice the human right’s ethics of countries like China and Iraq, when over two thirds of the world’s countries have outlawed the death penalty. They also find the practice to be unfair to its victims when, of the 22,000 homicides committed annually, approximately 150 people are sentenced to death.

Human’s right activists propose that a life sentence without parole is a fitting punishment for these crimes, especially when keeping a criminal alive is much cheaper than condemning them to death.

“A 2011 study found that California has spent more than $4 billion on capital punishment since it was reinstated in 1978 and that death penalty trials are 20 times more expensive than trials seeking a sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole. California currently spends $184 million on the death penalty each year and is on track to spend $1 billion in the next five years,” reads Death Penalty Focus. 

There is no proof that capital punishment deters crime any more than the possibility of jail and the states who are without the death penalty have far lower murder rates than the states who approve of it. The South accounts for eighty-two percent of executions while hosting the highest regional murder rates.

Many find the death penalty to be biased and almost random in its selections. Almost all criminals targeted in capital punishment cases cannot afford their own attorneys and, in several cases, the attorneys they are provided with are overworked, underpaid, and lack the experience to properly deal with such a serious offense.

These unfortunate circumstances result in the taking of  lives and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has even  commented,“People who are well represented at trial do not get the death penalty…”

The death penalty is an ambiguous subject, although there is little evidence that show the death penalty to be financially efficient or profitable to the safeguarding of society. Some may find it agreeable and even a just punishment for mass murders, rapists and the like. However, empirically and morally, both sides should be considered.

Leon Sapp, Staff Writer

Reinhardt Forms New Debate Team

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Photo courtesy of Google Images.

Reinhardt University is now officially home to a newly created debate team, thanks to  Political Science major Jordan Mahan and advisor SimonPeter Gomez. Two weeks ago the duo sent out a mass email to all students inquiring about potential interest in forming a debate team on campus. The response was greater than anyone had expected, with over thirteen students having attended the first meeting.  “We were really surprised, actually,” commented Gomez. “We only thought we’d end up with a handful of people.” There are now seventeen members total.

The president of the organization is Jordan Mahan, the young woman responsible for the formation of the debate team. “There was a need for one,” she said. “It’s a positive asset for the school and it’s also great practice for those of us who want to go to law school.” The vice president of the team is Lashaa Williams and the secretary is Eric Morris. Alex Kaplan is treasurer and Alex Bryant serves as reporter.

The debate team will have its first competition on February 28th at 6:00 pm in the Bannister Glasshouse. It will be an “in-house” debate and will be judged  by professors. This event will serve as a practice for the debaters and will further prepare them for national tournaments that they will be competing at in the near future. “At national tournaments we could end up competing against anyone–Harvard, Yale–you name it. It’s not done like athletic divisions,” Gomez clarified. The in-house debate topics will be centered around the idea of students’ freedom and how much of it they actually have at a private college.

“The debate team promotes competition, emphasizes academic and argumentative skills, and promotes thought of serious public issues,” Gomez said in regard to the positive aspects of having this organization at Reinhardt. Debate team meetings are held on Tuesdays at 5:00 pm in Tarpley 312. Anyone is encouraged to join, regardless of major. For more information contact SimonPeter Gomez at sg1@reinhardt.edu or Jordan Mahan at mahan103146@students.reinhardt.edu.

Meagan Hurley, Editor In Chief

Fly on the Wall: Some Bug Love

Photo courtesy of Google Images.

Photo courtesy of Google Images.

Today is a day that vegans are remembered for their commitment and perseverance… Today is a day that is dedicated to getting your vaccinations… Today is a day that veterans are appreciated for the services to our country… Oh yes, today is a day that everybody loves

It’s Valentine’s Day.

I stood in the cramped halls of Lawson while several lovey-dovey couples passed by me in a daze. I witnessed the goo-goo eyes, giggles, and over excessive PDA usage to the arguments about that whiny chick’s boyfriend looking at another girl down the hall. Ah, love is truly in the air this week. You can practically inhale it. Or maybe that’s the new perfume that his mom bought for him to give his special lady that smells like she waltzed into Macy’s and tested every fragrance all at once… Who knows?

One girl passed me on the phone with her boyfriend, seemingly rather perturbed about whatever they were talking about. That’s when I heard, “What did you get me for Valentine’s Day? … Wait, only one thing? You are so selfish. I can’t even speak to you right now.” She then proceeded to stomp past me, leaving me alone to hear her overpriced heels and jewelry clink with every angry step she took down the hall.

In the words of The Black Eyed Peas, “Where is the love?”  Valentine’s Day has truly turned into this materialistic holiday that is dreaded by not only the single people but by the poor boyfriends of the world. Who can really blame them, with the exceedingly high expectations they are to uphold? It’s like high school prom all over again. The guys are expected to come up with witty, gushy, over-the-top ways to ask their girl of choice to prom in literal fear of being turned down otherwise. No more sweet little poems, simple picnics, and from-the-heart cards with homemade decorations. Males are now expected to buy an expensive Pandora charm or Tiffany’s bracelet, along with taking them to Atlanta for an expensive dinner, and possibly two tickets to her favorite concert that cost at least 80 bucks a pop.

Photo courtesy of Google Images.

Photo courtesy of Google Images.

In Easy A, Olive listed what she wanted in a relationship. She said to her viewers, “Whatever happened to chivalry? Does it only exist in 80’s movies? I want John Cusack holding a boom box outside my window. I wanna ride off on a lawnmower with Patrick Dempsey. I want Jake from Sixteen Candles waiting outside the church for me. I want Judd Nelson thrusting his fist into the air because he knows he got me. Just once I want my life to be like an 80’s movie, preferably one with a really awesome musical number for no apparent reason. But no, no, John Hughes did not direct my life.”

You raised a valid point, Emma Stone. This is why everyone loves you. What did happen to those relationships? Chivalry didn’t just die, but it also took lovely simplicity down a few levels. Girls try to blame it on the guys, but we all know whose fault it really is. Let’s hope the feminists don’t come after me with pitchforks and torches hollering “kill the beast” for saying this, but girls… This one is all you.

My advice to the girls of Reinhardt is to give the guys a chance. Don’t tell them what you’re expecting, believe in the element of surprise, and leave a little up to the imagination. Let them keep it sweet instead of pricey. This will make Valentine’s Day on campus a more tolerable holiday for everyone, and I might not be so afraid of being trampled on by the angry and upset girlfriends in the hallways anymore. Flies don’t like to be squashed. I don’t die. Everybody wins. Buzz buzz and huzzah.

Fly on the Wall: The Buzz on Gordy

Photo by Parker Bennett.

Photo by Parker Bennett.

Gordy Dining Hall–The place where the smell of poor college kids and desperation slaps you in the face as soon as you walk through the doors.  Yes, all the Reinhardt students know it very well, for it’s the place they resort to when their stomachs are growling and they are either too broke to go into Canton to eat or are too lazy to actually get in their cars and go somewhere else. Although Gordy can be a savior to those who have faced one or both of these problems, there are a few rules that students need to follow in order to survive in the jungle of the dining hall. Have no fear, students, I am here to help.

If you thought that college lunch rooms would be different than high school… You were wrong. It’s not different. It’s the same. As once sang by Bowling For Soup, “High School Never Ends.” Inspired by watching Mean Girls over the weekend, I decided to put together a diagram of how Gordy works. I split it up into two parts: where to sit and what to eat. If you are a freshman, this article will keep you from getting your hands stepped on in your attempts to climb up the social ladder. As for the upperclassmen, you will probably just get a kick out of how accurate these diagrams are.

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Seating in the dining hall is a lot more complex than what is often seen by the naked eye. There is a complicated system that you are obligated to live by. There are “free zones” that are safe to sit at, open to anyone in the student body. One student that most people know, Josh Robinson, typically sits in the safe zones. If you don’t know who Josh is, you probably should. He’s hard to miss.

Other tables are territorially owned by some of the big cliques of Reinhardt. As seen in the first diagram, the red boxes symbolize the safe places to sit without facing the irritated glares of the students you don’t belong with. Otherwise, the tables are labeled with the typical cliques that sit there. Most of the long tables sit most of the athletes and upperclassman “populars”. The round tables are for more of the smaller groups, like the freshman partiers or the cheerleaders.

If you sit at the wrong table, BEWARE. Prepare for whispers and evil glares from the other people at the table. You will be made fun of. You will feel awkward. You will be out-casted.

As far as food goes, most of the food, aside from the main entrees, is safe. The pizza is good as long as it has just come out of the oven and doesn’t have any leftover chicken or veggies from the day before. Stick to pepperoni and cheese. Salads are always healthy and all. The side entrees are usually okay if they have pasta or nachos. Sandwiches are always a safe second. Stay away from the main entrees unless it is Fried Chicken Wednesday or pasta day. The tofu that they put in everything may look safe, but it’s still tofu and it’s still gross.

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One last thing to remember is to never forget your card. The Card Nazi will hunt you down tell you that you aren’t allowed to eat there. Do not pass GO. Do not collect 200 dollars. If you follow this guide, you are sure to have the best experience you could possibly have in a dining hall with mediocre food and high school cliques… You’re welcome.

Gun Policies and Mass Murders

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Since 1982, there have been sixty-two documented mass shootings in America. Twenty-five of these occurred after 2006 and seven in 2012. These events served as fuel for heavily scrutinized gun laws and, in response, the NRA and its allies have successfully passed 99 laws reducing gun restrictions. These laws make it easier for a civilian to acquire a gun and protect themselves from criminals like James Holmes, Adam Lanza and Seung-Hui Cho.

Some would blame the increase in violence on the leniency of gun laws; others would say that if the victims had been armed, the shootings could have been prevented or at least diminished in their severity. Some would also argue these atrocities reflect the failure of the mental health care system, for not identifying and treating these killers when most of them displayed signs foretelling their madness. Either way, the real question is does the increased availability of guns to civilians benefit or endanger the public?

Among the sixty-two documented mass shootings, forty-nine of the killers acquired their weapons legally and not one of them was stopped by an armed civilian. This could be because no civilian was properly armed, but imagine the situation of the Colorado movie theatre.
Imagine: It’s opening night. You and a couple of friends rush frantically to the movie theatre to secure a place in line so that you can get a ticket. After doing so, you purchase a drink, popcorn and whatever candy before sitting down to watch the much anticipated Batman movie. You’re excited. Everyone is. Looking around, you see a few people you know, wave at them, and even catch glance of some overzealous fans who dressed for the occasion. An overweight Cat Woman, a frighteningly similar Joker costume, and some guy who looks like War Machine from Iron Man. You chuckle.

The movie starts and the entire room dims black. After a few minutes or so, the War Machine looking guy exits the building. You pay little mind to it. He reenters and turns to face you. Some fan in the front row exclaims he’s being rude and should sit down. You hear a clanging sound like cold metal banging against concrete. A thick gas begins to fill the room. It’s smokescreen. Instinctively, you duck down and grab your friends as well. Your skin itches and you’re coughing. Somebody screams. Gun shots that sound like the bass kick of a drum. You’re scared, panicked, and not sure what to do. You stay low to the floor. You turn your head to the right. A middle aged man with an aggressive look on his face is reaching for something by his hip.

It’s a gun, a pistol of some sort. He’s gripping it tightly and looks like he’s about to do something rash.

“What are your chances of hitting him?”

He looks at you and then at his gun, then at you again. He moves his hand away from the gun and the horror continues.

 

It is true that more lenient gun laws provide citizens better access to protective firearms but as aforementioned, most of the killers involved in these shootings acquired their guns legally. In the past 31 years, there have been few cases of an armed civilian stopping a mass shooter. The Colorado shooter was hidden by a smokescreen deployed from a canister he’d thrown, equipped with a gas mask, load-bearing vest, ballistic helmet, bullet-resistant leggings and a throat protector.

He wielded a 12-gauge Remington 870 Express Tactical shotgun, a Smith & Wesson M&P15 semi-automatic rifle and a Glock 22 handgun. What armed civilian is skilled enough to stop that?

However, banning guns indefinitely doesn’t seem to be the solution either. Even if accomplished, these people are criminals and criminals by definition don’t follow the law, but what are the gun laws doing for the safety of the American public?

In 1995, there were an estimated 200 million guns in private hands; today there are around 300 million. The US population is roughly 311 million.

More than ever, civilians are armed to protect themselves but what is it about this increase in gun sales that hasn’t lessened the occurrence of violence in our society? What changes do you think are necessary to our gun policy to protect yourself and those around you?

Leon Sapp

Campus Election Party

Image from Google Images.

On November 6th, Reinhardt University students met inside of the Bannister Glasshouse to watch the 2012 presidential election together. Hosted by Reinhardt’s Student Activities Council, the gathering was a great success. Armed with drinks, balloons, snacks, and couches, Reinhardt students eagerly awaited the naming of the President of the United States. Many students were vocal about their candidates and opinions, cheering as the votes came rolling in. Towards the end of the night, many students began to participate in a game of United States Trivia. Some of the categories that students were questioned on were past presidents, historical events, and mottos of states. The winner of this game was to receive a fifteen dollar gift certificate to a place of their own choosing. Hosted by Brad Cook and Josh Robinson, the game helped to pass the time as the votes continued to pour in. By the end of the night, many students were fired up about history, current events, and the future of the United States of America. When the votes were tallied and the decision for President Barack Obama to serve another term of office was decided, many opinions were stated. In the end, however, it was a night of learning and politics for Reinhardt students that showed all of us that politics can be interesting – if you let yourself get involved.

Kelcey Caulder

RU Annual Fun Run

Erica Pettibone & Hannah Craton at the Fun Run

On Saturday, September 22nd Reinhardt University facilitated the annual Saint Jude 5k Fun Run which sprinted into action early that morning. There were about twenty-five people who attended this year, all willing to donate money and run for a spectacular cause. Check in started at 8 am and the race began 9 am. At 9, all the runners were off racing towards the finish line. As a runner, I enjoyed knowing that all the donations from the other runners and myself were helping people who desperately needed it. After about twenty minutes, people started crossing the finish line with excitement all over their faces for completing the 3 mile course. The race ended with the last runners crossing the finish line around 9:45 am. All the participants then came together and congratulated the 1st and 2nd place winners, who were both kids from the community. Once awards were given, t-shirts were handed out to all the runners for their hard work and perseverance through the 5k. If you missed the Fun Run this year, don’t worry. It takes place every year, so start getting in shape now so you can support Saint Jude’s next year.

Erica Pettibone

Reinhardt Props: Social Media Outrage

Reinhardt is seen as a peaceful place where students are given multiple opportunities to learn. But when a site such as twitter allows students to tweet how they feel, Reinhardt is shown under different light. The twitter “Reinhardt Problems” gives students the chance to say what they can’t.It can be a very funny read but also can cause controversial issues. Reinhardt Problems is a place for students of all levels to connect and rant publicly.

A group of students on campus are trying to change the current image on social media sites. The newest twitter for Reinhardt is “Reinhardt Props.” This twitter account focuses on the positive things happening around campus instead of the negative.

Students can tweet to “Reinhardt Props” about anything from good grades, games won, or even the best sidewalk chalk design for an event.  If you are interested in seeing the other side of Reinhardt, check out Reinhardt Props.

 

Written By: Taz Talley, Freshman Staff Writer

Advice By Barrington

Moving Forward

Having to deal with the loss of a loved one is one of the most traumatic experiences life can throw at you. Nothing can prepare you for it, nor can anything replace what you have lost but your life doesn’t end with theirs. You can move on, deal with the pain, and come out of the other side with a clearer understanding of the world. You can make things better for you and those around you, just like the one you lost did before they moved on. Their strength and love is still with you, it helped to make you the person you are and that can never be taken away. My grandfather taught me how to be a good man, one who is always there for his family. When he died, I was there.

The machines behind me beeped, keeping time with my grandfather’s last breaths.  I was sitting in a chair next to the hospital bed, calmly flipping the channels on the television, trying desperately to not look at the man who meant so much to me while he was alive. We all knew this was coming, but as many people know, the knowledge that something bad is about to happen certainly does not lessen the impact.  I stopped on the channel that was showing Seinfeld and tried to zone out. Memories came flooding, and I couldn’t stop them.  I saw my grandfather putting me on his shoulders and helping me look for Easter Eggs. I saw us playing baseball in the back yard, and him asking, as he always did before every pitch, “What are you going to do with the ball?” I heard my small voice replying, “I’m gonna tear it up”.

A nurse came and went, checking on the progress of grandpa’s departure. The beeping and his breathing had slowed down.  It wouldn’t be long. Back at the house, I knew my family was waiting for the news.  We knew what was going to happen that day, and we also knew someone had to be there with him. I knew it would be me.  It was okay because the man in the bed behind me had taught me how to be a man. It was he, after all, who had helped to get me through my brother’s death years before.  I was not sad, not really.  I knew he was going to a better place and that the only real problem was that I would miss him. After all, that’s what he told me when my brother had passed away, and I had never forgotten it.

At the wake, my great-uncle Dale came up to my cousins to tell them a story from their childhood. The story was about a time our grandfather saved his younger brother from a bull, and by the end we were all laughing.  After he had finished, he added that he was never worried for a second, not even when the bull was chasing his seven-year- old self, because his older brother was there and with him there, no harm could come. He told us that our grandfather was always, to him, like a mountain. I could not think of a better way to describe him, and I think we were all thinking the same thing, for the first time in our lives. None of us could imagine how we would have turned out, or what our lives would have been like without the man who was a mountain to us.

My grandfather was the greatest man I have ever known. He walked through life with an overwhelmingly positive outlook and an incredible love for his family. In all my life, I never once saw him get bogged down or depressed. No matter what the world threw at him, my grandpa would roll up his sleeves and get back to work. It is thanks to his influence that nothing life throws at me can get me down. Since my Grandfather passed, I have become more responsible and more reliable than I ever was while he was alive. I am there when my family needs me and I am working hard to make a better life for myself than the one I had before. Losing someone you care about is never a positive experience, but in the aftermath you might find yourself changed in a positive way. From now on, I know what to do. I will go through life just as he did, ever moving forward.

Josh Barrington

Reinhardt Problems: Who and Why?

Photo taken from RU Problems Twitter account.

Amongst Twitter, there have been several new accounts affiliated with Reinhardt University. Currently, one of the most popular accounts goes by the name of “Reinhardt Problems,” whose username is reinhardtprobz. Although Reinhardt Problems has gained only a mere 170+ followers since its birth in May, many students retweet his/her witty comments about the problems on campus. Although the comments are mostly funny, some can be offensive.

Reinhardt Problems, or RP for short, retweets students, and some of the students being retweeted write or post pictures discriminating against other students. Along with that, RP writes commentary remarks discriminating against certain groups, like musical theater. RP makes remarks like, “#10ThingsIHate: RAs, KSU, cargo shorts, Public Safety, campus squirrels, Gordy, lower bball gym, community-showers, non co-ed apartments, FPAC,” and,  “Being an athlete > Being a normal student > Being a music/theater”. Although these remarks could be construed as just another opinion, they can also be considered slanderous towards people on campus. Should attendants of Reinhardt University be free to roam the campus without being afraid of seeing someone making fun of them or posting pictures of them on Twitter? Or are these posts just a student simply exercising their right of freedom of speech? These are the lingering questions.

Further investigations are being made to identify who is behind Reinhardt Problems. Until then, the search continues.

-Anonymous 

Contemporary Political Issues: Women’s Health

(Photo courtesy of Google Images.)

One of the most controversial and talked about issues affecting the upcoming presidential election is the topic of women’s health. Women’s health issues encompass subjects like Planned Parenthood, abortion, and embryonic stem cell research. These are sensitive topics that will have a large effect on how voters decide to mark their ballet come November.

Abortion is a wide and varied issue regarding the decisions of whether abortions themselves are constitutional, whether parental consent should be required, and whether federal funding should be used to pay for abortions. Barack Obama, current president and democratic presidential nominee, takes a very pro-choice stance on the issue of abortion. However, President Obama does not feel that abortion should be federally funded. He was quoted on July 14, 2010 saying, “Abortions will not be covered in the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan except in the cases of rape or incest, or where the life of the woman would be endangered.” Obama disagrees with required parental consent. He does not believe that young women should be required to inform their parents when, and if, they decide to get an abortion. Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney takes a pro-life stance on abortion. His goal is to overturn Roe v. Wade and give states the right to create their own abortion laws as they see fit. Candidate Romney also supports the Hyde Amendment which bans federal funding for abortions. Romney agrees with required parental consent. He believes that allowing minors to act without the consent of their parents undermines the rights of parents. Former republican presidential candidate Ron Paul takes a very pro-life stance on the issue of abortion. He was quoted on March 29, 2005 saying, “I believe beyond a doubt that a fetus is a human life deserving of legal protection, and that the right to life is the foundation of any moral society.”  He does believe, however, that, should abortions remain legal, parental consent should be required for minors. Paul does not feel that federal funds should aid in covering the cost of abortions.

Planned Parenthood is a national healthcare provider that greatly supports the rights of women everywhere. Planned Parenthood provides individuals with affordable medical care, prevents pregnancy through contraception, provides young people with sexual education, and provides testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases. President Barack Obama is in support of Planned Parenthood. “Thanks to all of you at Planned Parenthood for all the work that you are doing for women all across the country and for families all across the country.” (July 17, 2007) Republican candidate Mitt Romney takes the opposite stance on Planned Parenthood. He believes that federal funding for abortion advocates, such as Planned Parenthood, should be ended. Republican Ron Paul is against Planned Parenthood and voted in favor of the Pence Amendment, a bill designed to ban all funding to Planned Parenthood and get rid of the Title X program.

Embryonic stem cell research is a huge ethical dilemma in the U.S. This topic is controversial because it forces one to choose between the value of human life and the duty to create cures for disease. Embryonic stem cells are taken from early-stage human embryos. Many times the result of the removal of these stem cells is the destruction of the fertilized human embryo. The research done on embryonic stem cells is hypothesized to lead to the cures of many diseases such as certain types of cancer, diabetes, and numerous others. President Barack Obama is supportive of embryonic stem cell research. On March 9, 2010, he signed the Executive Order 13505 Removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research involving human stem cells. Obama also supports federal funding of embryonic research. Mitt Romney is against embryonic stem cell research. Candidate Romney feels that the desire to provide cures for sickness is wonderful; however, he does not feel that creating life for the purpose of destroying it is reasonable. Mitt Romney believes federal funding should be spent on adult stem cell research and finding alternative methods of obtaining stem cells, such as nuclear transfer. Ron Paul believes that stem cell research is very important to the advancement of medicine, yet embryonic stem cells should not be cultivated just for the purpose of research. Ron Paul is supportive of non-embryonic stem cell research, except in cases where the death of the fetus is unavoidable. He is against federally funding stem cell research and feels that is something that should be left to each state to decide.

In essence, each presidential candidate takes a different stance on the issues of women’s health. Democratic nominee Barack Obama has a very choice-oriented view on most of these issues. He believes it is the woman’s right to make decisions for her body on her own and that decisions should not be forced upon her. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney views women’s health not as an issue of freedom, but as an issue of morals. He upholds very pro-life views regarding abortion and embryonic stem cell research and is not supportive of Planned Parenthood. Republican Ron Paul does not support abortion or Planned Parenthood. Paul does, however, support stem cell research done on adult stem cells. Which candidate supports your views on the issue of women’s health? Make sure that your vote reflects your opinion in the upcoming 2012 presidential election!

 

Kelcey Caulder

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