Eagle express trip: Alvin Ailey dance theater

by Vanessa Irie

Before I went to the show, I wasn’t too sure what to expect. All I knew was that Alvin Ailey dancers were supposed to interpret African-American history through their modern dances.

The show we saw included Revelations and Odetta. If I had to describe my experience in one word it would be, beautiful. It was simply beautiful; not just because the dancers had great bodies (which they did), but the emotion that the rhythmic movements communicated was overwhelming.

As I sat in the audience, I could feel the pain of slavery. The frustrations between torn lovers; the hope one could find through death, and the resolution to survive. It was a very memorable show that I definitely intend to visit again.

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.”

TV Review: Marvel’s Agent Carter – A blast from the past

by Marvin Monroe

There have been many new TV shows this past year, but Marvel’s Agent Carter stands out. Even though there has been an increase of superhero or comic book shows airing like, Marvel’s Agents of Shields, Arrow, Constantine, and the Flash, this show remains unique among the masses.

This series tells the story of Peggy Carter, a military woman who worked with Captain America during WWII. The series picks up after the end of the war and in a world become more peaceful. Peggy is now working within the S.S.R., a secret police force that deals with things that push the bounds of normal.

Peggy was part of the original S.H.I.E.L.D. task force that created Captain America, and knew Rodgers before he became Captain America. She was deeply in love with the Captain, and took his death badly. Now that the war is over and everyone is starting to calm down, Peggy has started working for a secret police department call the S.S.R.

Her job is an agent, but true to the time period in which it is set, most of the men treat her as their own personal secretary.  Making matters worse, old friend Howard Stark has been framed as a terrorist and his inventions have been stolen and sold on the black market. Stark asks Peggy if she can help him get back his inventions and clear his name. This means Peggy has to betray her own organization that has been tasked to capture Stark at any cost.

Peggy is obviously going to need some help, which comes in the form of Howard Stark’s butler, Edwin Jarvis. It is up to Peggy and Jarvis to go on any number of dangerous missions and take back Stark’s inventions from those who would use them for wrongdoing. The suspense that comes from Peggy doing her best not to get caught by her own people and the dangerous reality of Black Widow living two doors down from her makes a great espionage thriller with a background in Marvel comic books. We are definitely in for a wild ride.

Not your ordinary Bingo night

By Deborah Dahn

On a Tuesday last week I went to Bingo Night in the Glasshouse. While there were five rounds of the game total, they kicked it off with Disney songs round first.  Participants had a list of songs from various Disney movies, and  had to choose which one of the songs they wanted to fill the spaces.

Once we were ready to start, they played a series of Disney songs while we covered the spaces with M&M’s. There was also random raffle draws in the middle of Bingo. Friend help was allowed, but cell phone use was not permitted for remembering the names of the songs played.

The winner(s) of the rounds of bingo and the raffle draws participated in a dance off, and won iTunes and McDonald’s cards for $25. The rounds that followed ranged from theme shows of popular TV shows, to songs from the 90’s and beyond, top 50 modern songs, and movies and musicals.

Eight people volunteered to dance for a McDonald’s gift card, the top two winners were picked by the loudest claps and yells from the audience. Those that participated in the dance competition had to do a choreography incorporating the nae nae and the whip.

The last round of Bingo had the biggest prize that everyone wanted to win, a new iPod. My friend won the iPod, and her reaction was priceless. She immediately jumped up and started dancing. As the winner she had to go to the front to do the whip, and she proceeded to do so in great delight.

The wins of my friends, and the fun we had was an end to an amazing night. Everyone agreed that Reinhardt should definitely have an event like this again.

Parkour + Zombies = Fun: Review of Dying Light

By Marvin Monroe

**Spoilers** The new game sweeping the Internet, Dying Light is a video game that was released about a week ago. The game has a zombie survival theme with a little bit of a twist. The twist is that, like Dead Island, it is a first person brawler. Unlike Dead Island, there is a Parkour element of the game.

Parkour is a free moving system where the player gets to jump across buildings and slide under obstacles without losing any speed. This makes for some cool gameplay especially with the day/night system.

In Dying Light you play as Crane, an undercover GRE agent who has gone into Istanbul to locate some documents taken before it turned into zombie central. Upon entering the game, Crane is dropped into group of zombies, known as Biters. While unconscious and unprotected, he is saved by two runners, Amir and Jade. Now saved and at the base of operations called the Tower, Crane is thrown into a world full of monsters, human and nonhuman.

While the story lacks any surprise factor, it can sometimes throw you for a loop. Particularly, when you reveal that the zombie virus is actually from space. With the amazing Parkour feature and brawling system, in the long run you really won’t care. The game also has a customize system for its weapons allowing the player to put fire or electricity on their weapons which  either set on fire or stun their enemies.

A lot of the fun comes when the night arrives. Zombies become stronger and faster. The game becomes a life or death scenario, which is supremely scary when 12 zombies are chasing you as you try to get to a safe zone. I had a lot of fun with this game and the multiplayer feature can be extra fun to play with your friends. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a different type of zombie game.

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.

Miyazaki movie marathon – Friday the 13th

by Thandi Jahi

There will be a free Hayao Miyazaki movie marathon in the Glasshouse this Friday, February 13th, at 6pm. There will be free food and drinks for all students willing to participate in this event sponsored by Reinhardt’s  Anime club. For those of who are not familiar with Miyazaki or his work, all are still encouraged to join in on the screening.

Hayao Miyazaki was born in 1941 and is a Japanese film director, manga artist, animator, producer, screenwriter, and founder of Studio Ghibli. His name is recognized in both Japan and America for the care and detail he and his writers put into their story telling.  Unlike the stigma attached to much of anime, his work is known for being appropriate for all age groups. Miyazaki recently announced his retirement from making films, inspiring the Reinhardt Anime club to have an event showcasing his contributions to animated filmmaking.

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.

Reinhardt University: A Change is Coming

Three candidates are currently vying to be university president at Reinhardt University.  As the different candidates showcase their capabilities and desire to become a part of the Reinhardt community, the students are asked to share their opinions.  All of the candidates have held, or will hold, an open forum where students have the option to attend and ask questions.  If anyone wants to share their opinion after their experience with the potential leaders of the University, they can check their student email and respond to a survey which will be considered when the final decision process for choosing the president is underway.  Especially for those students who will not be graduating in May, this decision will likely have an impact on how their university is being run and represented.  The opportunity to make your voice heard is available, who will answer the call?

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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.

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