Connection Lost: What’s Up with Wifi?

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What’s up with the Reinhardt Wifi?

Every night after 9 the wireless internet connections at Reinhardt slow, streaming Netflix becomes nearly impossible, and students doing homework scream in frustration at the sluggish connection.

Virgina Tomlinson, head of the IT department at Reinhardt, attributes this to the amount of devices connected to the networks. The IT department has not seen any evidence that the access point connections have not completely gone down, but rather have simply slowed due to the amount of people trying to access the internet at the same time.

When the access points were installed in 2008, students had two or three devices that connect to the internet. Now, students have many more devices: laptops, phones, iPods, iPads, Kindles and more. Because all these devices are connected to the same access point, it will slow connections to an unbearable speed.

If a student is having issues, Tomlinson recommends turning off the wifi on devices not in use. The IT department hopes to straighten out this problem in the near future. President Isherwood wants to raise $800,000 to enhance the technology at Reinhardt. If the money is raised, the IT department plans to rip out all the old access points and replace them with new ones. For the time being, be patient.

Candice Bailey

Green Technology

Why we can’t have it? If we look beyond self serving energy companies we can find an endless supply of clean and renewable energy. Jacque Fresco from the Venus Project for sustainable humanity contends that one hour of light at high noon has more energy than that which is consumed by all the people of the earth in an entire year. Homo Sapiens as a race are at a technological level high enough that at present time we do not have to use fossil fuels or any type of fuel that pollutes the Earth.

An energy technology that is of particular interest to me is Geothermal. Geothermal power is a dynamo. Geothermal power uses a process called heat mining. It’s a simple process using water. Studies conducted by MIT have shown that there are 13,000 ZJ (Zeta-Joules) of energy currently availiable for use within the earth, 2000 of which could be easily harnessed with improved technology. The entire energy consumption of the planet is .5 of a ZJ per year.

Unfortunate as it may be there is an underlying reason why solar, wind, hydroelectric, and geothermal energy are not viable. These energy technolgies are efficient, sustainable, and abundant. This is why the financial and political intrests will not allow these technolgies to come to fruition.

Efficiency, sustainability, and abundance are the enemies of profit. Basically, humanity will be held in a state of technological paralysis and constant warfare because the oil companies have all the money and power. The possibilities are truly endless which we can discuss in a later article. Personally, I would like to become a highly advanced intergalactic race of Angel-men with god-like powers. However, unless something happens to smash the current paradigm we will more than likely go the way of the dinosaurs.

Thomas Smith 

We Have a Museum?!

Students of Reinhardt College, I give you the Funk Heritage Center (FHC). The FHC is dedicated to educating people about Southeastern Indians and Appalachian settlers. It is part of a complex of museums and sites that deal with Georgia’s Native Americas called the “Chieftains Trail,” and was designated the Georgia’s Official Frontier and Southeastern Indian Interpretive Center by the state legislature. There are many museums on college campuses including Berry College, Emory, and Georgia Tech. But the Reinhardt museum is very unusual.

The FHC contains a unique collection of tools from more than 100 crafts like blacksmiths, coopers, wheelwrights, and veterinarians. The antique tools were collected by one man, Joseph Alan Sellars of Marietta, GA. After his death, the Smithsonian almost acquired this collection; however, his family wanted it to remain in the area. I know, tools sound boring, but the Sellars Gallery of Historic Hand Tools is nothing short of impressive. I’m not the type of person to get excited about tools, but my reaction was simply “wow.” It’s that amazing.

The museum also contains a large collection of Native American artifacts from many different eras of history in the Hall of the Ancients. Here you will find a series of dioramas depicting life for the Native Americans in different periods of time for over 12,000 years, anchored by a massive petroglyph, or carved stone. The Rogers Gallery of Contemporary Indian Art and the Buffington Gallery contain an extensive collection of paintings, baskets, sculpture and pottery.

Did I mention it’s free with your Reinhardt ID?

Alright, so maybe you’re not a history buff. Maybe you think that it’s just a boring old museum, even if it is free. Despite that, the FHC is a valuable, and much underused, part of campus. Obviously it would be an excellent place for American history and Georgia history students to go for class (field trip, anyone?), but through the Center’s programs there are far more opportunities. As Dr. Joseph Kitchens, the museum’s director, pointed out, a museum is really all about its programs. Anybody can have a collection of cool old things, but a museum’s programs provide opportunities for hands-on education and experience that would be difficult to find elsewhere.

Biology and Education majors should check out the Nature Club, which is comprised of students from R.M. Moore elementary. It meets on Wednesday afternoon, and students go on hikes, do crafts, study insects, animals, and plant gardens, like a beautiful butterfly garden. They always need volunteers. There’s also a summer camp, which this year is June 16 – 19. Both are great ways to gain experience in teaching or history.

Also, the FHC is place where students can acquire experience and information, especially in history, but also in education and other fields. Martha Hout, the Public Relations and Programs Coordinator, recently gave a class lecture on nonprofit public relations for a group of marketing students. It is opportunities like this that make the FHC a valuable part of the Reinhardt community.
Some of the other programs offered include the Georgia History Timeline, a three-day October event that draws approximately 3,000 students from all over the area. This is a living history program where professional re-enactors come and demonstrate life in Georgia from pre-contact Indians through the Civil War. It is held in the Appalachian Settlement which is located behind the museum.
This month, on Feb. 21, Robert K. Rambo, a living history presenter, will give a program on Chief Atta Kul Kulla, a leader of the Cherokee Nation who was called “the most important Indian of his day.” The program is free, and more information can be found on the FHC website, http://www.reinhardt.edu/funkheritage. On March 21, the FHC is presenting a “Exploring the Past through Photographs.” Various presenters will offer suggestions on what you can learn about your ancestors from old photographs. It is also free to Reinhardt students with their ID.

So I tell you, go check out the Funk Heritage Center. It is an interesting museum with lots of resources and ways to get involved and learn more about our heritage as residents of Cherokee County and Reinhardt College. And did I mention it’s free?

Erin Turner, Business Manager 

Thanks to Dr. Joseph Kitchens and Ms. Martha Hout for their contributions to this article.

Facebook’s New Terms of Use Hindering College Students Careers?

Little to the knowledge of many Facebook users, making a Facebook profile not only gives user access to its beneficial networking system but also means a contract granting Facebook permission to use any of their posted personal information as they see fit, though once the profile is deleted, the license to use the material is deleted with it. Recently, there have been minor revisions of these terms that have those “in the know” about this situation in an uproar. The new terms of use omit vital text stating the destruction of the property license meaning, as Eric Goldman, associate professor of the High Tech Law Institute puts it, “They’re saying, ‘Once data gets in our database, we can do whatever we want with it.’”

College students, who often use Facebook for its networking properties and job advertisements, are directly affected by these new policies in terms of current and future employment. In this technological age it is not uncommon for employers turn to Facebook to grasp a clearer understanding of their employees’ behavior outside of the standard cover letter and resume. How do college students deal with the reality that employers may be able to dig into their personal lives via Facebook? Reinhardt College students expressed their views about the alterations to the terms of use and what this could mean for their future careers.

Both Juniors Brielle Chinn and Jenni Smoller feel employers would be intruding on their privacy. Brielle says, “It makes me feel like a bit of an invasion of my privacy because if there was anything [employers] needed to know I could provide that for them,” and Jenni fells that “all personal information should be just that, personal. And that the only way that any of the information should be accessed is by owners consent.”

Freshmen Jed Mills and Sophomore King Waters don’t agree with past and possibly outdated information being shared: “I don’t see a problem with an employer having the right to do that if the information is current. I have pictures on mine from 5 years ago and a lot can change in that time,” says Jed which is similar to Sophomore King Waters’ views that “once you delete it you might not have the same views as you did on Facebook, and if they are going based off your old information, that’s wrong judgment. It’s kind of useless and invalid.” While the last four Reinhardt Students disagreed with the new terms of use one was or the other, some students just aren’t interested in possible results of the new policies. Frshemen Ayana Madison says, “I really don’t care, because I don’t have anything on there that I am really ashamed of.”

Thai Cromer

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