Staff Spotlight: Erika Neldner

By Justin Hawkins

When people see Reinhardt Faculty and Staff around campus they see people with experience and knowledge that can stretch back many years. This past month Reinhardt University has hired someone that fits this criteria to the letter.

Erika Neldner ,36, of Woodstock, earned this position of writer and content specialist in the marketing department. Neldner brings with her more than a decade of experience in the media industry. She started in college when she was recruited to join the student newspaper at Kennesaw State University following an Intro to Mass Media course. But she was not so sure she would be fit for the job.

“I was pushed to join the school newspaper, and as soon as I Joined I feel in love with it”. Neldner said

She joined the student newspaper as a staff writer and moved up the ranks from senior staff writer, news editor to editor and chief. She served as the Editor in Chief for the 2004 fall and spring semester at Kennesaw State. She said that one her greatest accomplishments during that time was being a part of The Sentinel earning the Pacemaker award, the newspaper’s one and only.

After graduation, she received an offer to work at The Cherokee Ledger-News, the weekly newspaper covering all of Cherokee County. After joining the Ledger-News in January 2005 she worked hard and climbed her way up the ladder to become Managing Editor of the Ledger-News in June 2005.

After 11 years at the community newspaper, Neldner felt it was time for change.

“I guess last year I felt I needed a change. I had been doing the same thing for 11 years and things had changed. I was newly married when I started at the ledger and did not have any children at the time. Now I have two. As life changes your focus changes and your responsibilities change.” Neldner stated.

It was that the winds of change were blowing. Those winds of change brought her to Reinhardt University.

After hearing of the opportunity in the marketing department at Reinhardt, Neldner interviewed for the position, and was hired to handle writing and media relations duties for the University.

When she arrived to campus grounds, she quickly saw how much of family everyone is at Reinhardt university. The feeling of family made her feel at home. After she was done enjoying the sights of the campus she was at her desk working hard. The only that has changed is her job title and where she works.

Professor Larry Webb’s Final Interview

Hello Eagles,

We are bringing you a farewell interview from our own Professor Larry Webb. Professor Webb will be leaving our Reinhardt family at the end of this semester. We hope you all enjoy the interview and we wish the best for Professor Webb in all of his coming adventures!

Interview is 5 minutes long and was given by Caleb Smith enjoy!

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ushers in the new era of the DC cinematic universe with flying colors—an “as spoiler-free as possible” (no promises) review

By Thomas May

From the moment Batman v Superman begins, the viewer is wholly aware of director Zack Snyder’s hand at work. The opening shots conjure up memories of Watchmen, and the action in this movie is superior to even that of 300, demonstrating the growth of both Snyder and CGI possibilities.

But mere eye candy does nothing Man of Steel wasn’t able to, where the improvement really mattered was in the writing. David S. Goyer has had his fair share of acclaim after working closely with Christopher Nolan on The Dark Knight trilogy, but the dialogue in Man of Steel had weaknesses that couldn’t be blamed on bad acting. In Batman v Superman, this is no longer a problem, as Chris Terrio’s rewrites likely helped raise the original Goyer script to its on-screen level of wit and realism that aid greatly in audience immersion.

Many critics have expressed problems with the pacing and strange cuts, and this is likely due to Snyder’s tendency to create films that exceed normal runtimes. Unnatural editing was probably necessary to bring it within a 2 ½ hour asking price. This will hopefully be remedied when the R-rated Ultimate Edition is released to consumers.

That being said, it is only fitting that a movie released on Easter weekend would have the insanely awesome amount of Easter Eggs that Batman v Superman did. This is one place where critics and fans will surely divide, as the relevance isn’t obvious unless you’ve buried your head in at least a few DC comic books. But from a personal, opinionated standpoint, rock on Snyder.

The story is one that manages to do a lot of things simultaneously, things of which some comic book movies have failed to do at all. The imagery and metaphor is there if you want it to be (it really won’t take much searching), and these all-powerful idols we’ve adopted are exposed to their true fears and demonstrate a vulnerability necessary for the audience to invest themselves. If you don’t drool from satisfaction, even just a little bit, during the action sequences—you might have your eyes closed.

Motives driving each character through the plot are crystal-clear. One character is driven by a pack-protection mentality and distrust that a final catalyst pushes over the edge (Bats), another struggles still to find self-identity and prove to the world that it contains integrity (Supes), while another is pushed by tyrannical tales from his father and the desire to disprove something so dear to so many (you guess).

Also, no jokes?! If that is one’s foremost complaint about this movie, I am appalled. Not that the story or characters deem it obligatory, but there are definitely a few quotable one-liners for those who cannot do without.

The quality of acting was expectedly exceptional. Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, and Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman bring the trinity to screen in true fashion, none upstaging another and all recognizing the uniqueness of each role. Jesse Eisenburg as Lex Luthor, the only question mark for most people, breathes new life into a character that has faded over the years. Jeremy Irons, Amy Adams, and Laurence Fishburne round out the supporting cast respectively portraying Alfred, Lois Lane, and Perry White. The latter two are better utilized in this film than in Man of Steel.

Hans Zimmer, returning, along with Junkie XL, create a score that feels similar enough to Man of Steel without screaming redundancy. Several tracks standout and accompany moments in the film that will bring your emotions to a new level.

My one gripe is how much was revealed in the trailers for this film. It was obvious from the get-go that Warner Brothers, along with DC Comics, wanted the hype to reach a whole new level for this movie, but perhaps they revealed a bit too much. Do not fret though, there are still a bushel of surprises that will rock the screen before the credits hit.

I would give Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice a solid 8/10. It fixed many problems that plagued Man of Steel, but editing and a few tiny things still leave room for improvement.

Groomed To Change The World

by Caleb Smith

Throughout the course of our lives, we tend to revere influential figures comparatively athletes, TV personalities, and politicians, but one of the most overlooked professions can be found right in the classroom.

As students, and simply as human beings we inevitably encounter life’s obstacles. Despite the fact that we are reminded that we have and also will continue to succeed due to our educators.

Through these anomalous people we learn how to succeed in both the classroom and the workforce. Nonetheless, before our educators were able to impact their students’ lives they must first be trained.

Here at RU, the Price School of Education students are being groomed to one day change the world. On March 10th, the first round of the Spring 2016 edTPA scores for students from the RU Price School of Education revealed a 100% passing rate.

Dr. Cindy Kiernan, who currently holds the position as Dean,, stated, “ In the fall, we analyzed students’ scores and charted them to identify our programs strengths and challenges. Using this data, we (faculty) adjusted our instruction to provide greater emphasis on our use of feedback to candidate teachers to improve student learning. At this point, we have seen collaboration flourish among faculty and more in-depth planning for preschool through 12th-grade by our candidate teachers.

She then exclaimed, “We found that there was a strong correlation between the edTPA and the conceptual framework of our teacher preparation programs at Reinhardt.”

The edTPA, which was supplemented by Stanford University faculty and staff, has recently been put into effect during the 2015-16 school year as a prerequisite for certification of teacher applicants. Its purpose is to exhibit student teachers’ capability to master what they have learned in their courses and also to prove that they could be successful educators in grade school.

In closing, although our educators may be overlooked in several aspects, they have remained as a constant support system in not only our lives but in our communities as well. Here at RU, we are striving to equip these future world changers with the necessary tools to leave an unforgettable impact!

March Madness Here Again!


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By Malcolm Anderson

The only reason a lot of us know what time of year it is rest solely on the fact that it’s March Madness! The single elimination tournament consisting of 68 teams began its claim to fame in 1939 and has yet to look back.

This year with early upsets consisting of Arizona, Baylor, Texas, West Virginia, Seton Hall, and most surprisingly Michigan State this year’s tournament is shaping up to be one of the best ever put on display. Basketball fans and big name celebrities like Lecrae, Ric Flair, and even the President of the United States take their chances at making the perfect bracket, a feat that has never been accomplished.

Whether it be through ESPN, Quicken Loans, or just a local competition amongst friends making a bracket (or brackets for those like me) is just as much fun as watching each and every game with anticipation of the final seconds.

Each team, each game, each player, each shot all goes into consideration when it comes time to make those final bracket cuts. The odds of completely filling out a perfect bracket that consist of a 64 team field are about 1 in 9.2 Quintilian so needless to say “may the odds be ever in your favor.”

International Coffee Hour: Nigeria

By Deborah Dahn

Nigeria is the second African Country that was featured for black history month. On February 26, 2016 at 1 pm. Medichi, a fellow student at Reinhardt University presented on his country Nigeria. Nigeria is one of the largest countries in the world in terms of population. There are over a hundred and eighty six million people in Nigeria (not counting the Nigerians that are all over the world). Medichi talked about some of the largest tribes in Nigeria.

The Hausa tribe is of the Islamic faith, and it is the largest tribe in West Africa, located in several countries. They choose to self-educate their children in the Islamic faith. The two largest tribes are the Yoruba tribe and the Igbo tribe ( Medichi’s tribe). The Yoruba tribe is also scattered across various countries like Togo and Benin, and it is a collection of diverse culture. People in that tribe practice Christianity, Islam, or traditional religions. Traditional religions include ancestor worship and the belief of inanimate objects having spirits. Cultural events that the Yoruba people participate in is called Igunu, which is a masquerade. People dress up in costumes and make humongous dance formations.

The national sport in Nigeria is soccer, and the people speak a form of slang English called Pidgin English. Pidgin English can include words from various languages mixed with English. There are over 400+ languages in Nigeria alone, but all of the population (that speaks English), understands pidgin.

The last tribe that he talked about is called the Igbo tribe, they speak a language called Igbo, which is a language of the Congo branch. This tribe may be the descendants of the Jews who migrated to Africa. This tribe has a traditional belief of a God that watches over his people. Many people practice a mixture of Christianity and traditional religions. Education is extremely important in Nigeria and each tribe is known for a specific academic trait, for instance Igbos are the business people.

Unfortunately the government is corrupt and bribery is accepted. There has also been problems with terrorist attacks by Islamic extremist in the nation called Boko Haram. Not too long ago, a hash tag trended on social media called #bringbackourgirls, when the Boko Haram went to an all-girls school and kidnapped the students.

Although there are many ethnic groups and languages, Nigeria is an extremely united country. Nationalism among Nigerians is extremely high, and the things that they have in common makes the citizens proud to be Nigerian.

Student Spotlight: Garrison Williams

Student Spot

By Caleb Smith

As college students, it may feel like adversity and stress have become synonymous with our daily routines.

Although this may be true, it always helps to look towards our fellow classmates not only for encouragement, but to also exemplify what it truly means to be resilient.

After having a conversation with freshmen Garrison Williams, I guarantee that you will leave with a smile on your face. Williams was born and raised in the rural town of Monticello, Georgia, which is currently home to roughly 2,000 citizens.

Moreover, Williams believes that his hometown of Monticello played an integral role in molding him into the young man that he is today.“In Monticello, everyone encouraged me to work hard as a result of them wanting me to experience more success than they did.” said Williams. Due to this desire for success, Williams immediately began to fall in love with the highly competitive sport of football.

Unlike the average day-to-day person, Williams has a unique obsession with the physicality of the game. Williams later exclaimed, “What makes football so special is that everyday you are granted the opportunity to compete and prove to your opponent who is the better player.”Williams has received countless accolades such as being an all-state defensive end, and also being one of the state’s top prospects – however, that has not exempted him from encountering troubling times.

During Williams’ freshman campaign, he suffered from a broken thumb, which would eventually result in him being red-shirted (unable to play).

In spite of the fact, Williams not only viewed the injury as a minor setback , but maintained an optimistic mindset as well. Williams stated, “I know that God has great plans for me, and I will continue to push forward.”

Throughout the years, many athletes have been labeled as people without a realistic back-up plan , but Williams is defying the odds. Williams accredits his desire for academic excellence to his family. Once Williams’ football career concludes, he plans to pursue his major in sports administration by being both an athletic director and a leader in his community.

After asking Williams to describe himself, he used adjectives such as adventurous, strong-minded, and someone who loves God’s word. Furthermore, Williams expressed that he acquired these traits as a result of his humble beginnings. Williams later exclaimed, “Growing up, my siblings and I were taught the importance of manners, and that we could do anything that we set our mind to.”

In closing, we all must never forget that whenever our lives seem overwhelming we can always look to each other for inspiration. Student-athlete Garrison Williams serves as a role model for all of us by consistently demonstrating the family atmosphere here at Reinhardt University.

The Declassified Guide to College: Cultural Awarness Part 2

Cutural Aw. Part 2

Cutural Aw. Part 2

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By Caleb Smith

If someone asked an African-American to return to their homeland, where would they go? If someone asked them what was their ancestor’s native tongue, their diet, and faith, what would they say? Why is it that the majority of blacks have no recollection of their lineage prior to the Transatlantic Slave Trade?

Unfortunately, the masses share a misconception that black history begins the moment that African slaves stepped foot on American soil, but in all actuality, black history precedes far beyond the cotton fields.

Throughout the Bible, various clues infer that biblical characters were people of color.    Moses passed as an Egyptian for forty years, King Solomon described himself as black and handsome, Christ is described in both the book of Daniel and also the book of Revelations as having wooly hair and skin so dark as if it burned in a furnace. Moreover, in the book of Deuteronomy 28:68, it is prophesied that the Israelites would return to bondage by way of slave ships and will be dispersed to all four corners of the earth, yet the majority of blacks struggle to identify their true heritage.

For hundreds of years, countless archaeologists and theologians have unsuccessfully attempted to trace where the Hebrew Israelites dispersed to after the destruction of the Roman Empire.

In 1969, Dr. Rudolph R. Windsor accomplished what was thought to be impossible; he was able to archaeologically prove the exact areas where a vast majority of the Hebrews evacuated to in his book “From Babylon to Timbuktu.”

Located in page 84, Windsor exclaims, “ In 70 A.D. General Vespasian and his son Titus put an end to the Jewish state, with a great slaughter…many outrages and atrocities were committed against the residue of the people.” During the period from Pompey to Julius, it has been estimated that over 1,000,000 Jews fled into Africa, fleeing from Roman persecution and slavery. The slave markets were full of black Jewish slaves.” Windsor later states, “The black Jews had an advantage…they carried their culture, history, laws, and written records with them.. In the Jewish Ghanaian states were found kings, governors, generals, architects, mathematicians, etc.”

Notably, Windsor was not alone in his discovery. During 1914, Stanford professor George M. Fredrickson published “ The Black Image in the White Mind.”

Within the piece, Fredrickson informs the findings of Egyptologist R. Giddon, who concluded that the American black slaves’ skulls were in exact resemblance with the Hebrew slaves’ skulls that were unearthed in Egypt during the 1840’s. Giddon once stated, “ …as abolitionist and colonizationist had maintained – and that in fact blacks had been relegated to the same servile position in ancient Egypt as in Modern America.”

In support of Windsor’s and Fredrickson’s work, many scholars have begun to study the Lemba Tribe found in Zimbabwe, and the Igbho Tribe in Nigeria, who claim to be descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the Bible. Both The Lemba and the Igbo people maintain the biblical laws, and also possesses scrolls that predates thousands of years to the time of Moses. In a recent genetic Y-DNA analysis, it was noted that a partially Middle-Eastern origin has been passed down the Lemba bloodline for several generations. It has also been reported that an indicator of Jewish ancestry named the Cohen Modal Haplotype, has been found at higher rates amongst the Lemba male population than in the general Jewish population.

Conclusively, during this year’s Black History Month, we should all desire to learn more about the pioneers and trailblazers who have come before us. Furthermore, we can all use this time to learn and appreciate how highly-respected scripts such as the Bible and the Torah serves as more than just ancient religious texts, for it could be potentially utilized as a gateway to one’s lineage.


Reinhardt Welcomes Back The Sanctuary

By Kelly Kipfer

The Sanctuary is a journal that consists of submissions from students and staff of Reinhardt, as well as the community. The Sanctuary consists of poetry, pictures, and other artwork. I interviewed Dr. Wayne Glowka, who is the main editor, the one who is running The Sanctuary currently, to see what it was all about.

Dr. Wayne Glowka said that there was some trouble with funding for The Sanctuary in the past. However, Dr. Wayne Glowka has experience with formatting books and newspapers. Dr. Glowka will use his experience to format future issues of The Sanctuary in order to save money. Dr. Glowka also said students in his English 383 class are poets and playwright writers, and some of their work will be featured in The Sanctuary.

There are classes on self-publishing, which is an important thing for people to learn about all kinds of publishing. Of course the internet has made sharing work easier nowadays, but The Sanctuary is in paper format as well as some copies will be available on amazon. All the posters around campus and all the emails sent out advertising The Sanctuary were created by Reinhardt students.

The deadline to submit artwork to Dr. Wayne Glowka for The Sanctuary was February 8th. By the first of April is when The Sanctuary can be expected to be published. Also, The Sanctuary is expected to be published once a year, ideally.


Seniors Soar to the End

By Malcolm Anderson

Saturday, February 20th was a day that will leave lasting impressions on more than just the people who were born on that day. For 11 Reinhardt student athletes it was the end of a legacy as they competed and showcased their talents for the final time. Although ultimately resulting in a loss for both basketball teams, the Eagles seniors played valiantly from beginning to end and left it all on the court. As any athlete would know, one game doesn’t define your career but just adds another element to the story that will be told for years to come.

Uniting for thousands of points, an abundance of wins, and countless memories this special group of seniors will always be remembered for the lasting impressions they not only made as a team but also as an outstanding group of individuals. For the Lady Eagles we have; Kateca Favors, Angel Foster, and Lauren Mullinax who have all flourished under the coaching of Head Coach Lindsey Huffman and the assistance of James Black while on the Men’s team we have; Josh Cooper, Perie Finley, Daquan “Smoove” Langston, William Reid, Corey Ricks, Josh Stone, and Justin Zachary who have grown into talented players under the wing of Head Coach Jason Gillespie and a flock of assistants.

Although this day consisted of spotlighting the basketball seniors, we must not forget the importance of another member of the Reinhardt family senior cheerleader Kasey Dean. Often times cheer-leading is left on the side of the road but here at Reinhardt we are all one family that shares a nest in which each member of the family is valued and recognized for their time, all of the hard work they have done and what they have accomplished. Reinhardt lost a talented group of seniors this weekend but as the sheriffs ride off into the sunset the young guns come into town. Sophomore Justin Bridges and Freshman Jada Hubbard gave us a taste of the greatness to come for Reinhardt Athletics.

So go home, take a vacation and rest up for next season because once time comes back around you will be on your feet cheering the rest of the way. The best is yet to come!

The Source Podcast

Hey everyone, The Source is back. I hope you all enjoy!

Black History Month Events

By Deborah Dahn

Many of you are aware that it is black history month. Through Dr. Ken Wheeler, Reinhardt is hosting a series of events to celebrate the rich history of African Americans from 1966 to present. In 1966 Reinhardt admitted its first black student as a result of the Brown vs Board of Education case and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

It has been 50 years since James T. “Jay” Jordan has been enrolled and he will be invited to speak to the students on February 18. There will also be a panel called “Race and Reinhardt” where the speaker will discuss why he came to Reinhardt, as well as his experience on campus. Another alumni that was significantly involved in the civil rights movement will also be speaking at the panel. Wheeler wants the students to remember the importance of Reinhardt students. These alumnus have went on to do great things and Wheeler wants the students to learn from their example in order to make Reinhardt a “better and racially inclusive school”.

The Declassified Guide to College: Cultural Awarness

By Caleb Smith

When you hear someone mention Black History Month, what comes to mind? Does one instantly think of renowned trailblazers such as Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, and Frederick Douglass, or do you question the relevance of dedicating a month to black history alone? We are constantly taught to respect all cultures and all people, so why is it that countless numbers of influential people and events regarding people of color are excluded from the history books? Many state “Let’s not forget about the Holocaust”, “Never forget 9-11!”, but why is it that when one mentions slavery, where over one-hundred million black people were either enslaved or murdered, and the oppression of blacks for over four-hundred years, we are told to move on?

During the oil booms of the early 1900’s thousands of Americans began to migrate west, especially to Tulsa, Oklahoma in order to gain economic prosperity. Similar to the majority of cities throughout the U.S., the city of Tulsa was segregated. Blacks in the area began to create their own entrepreneurial enterprises, which consisted of clothiers, movie theaters, banks, hotels, cafes, and contemporary homes. Subsequently, the black neighborhood of Tulsa became nicknamed “Black Wall Street.” Some historians and economists strongly believe that “Black Wall Street” generated more money than the actual Wall Street located in New York City. Unfortunately, Black Wall Street’s glorious era concluded to a horrific end on May 31, 1921.

Due to a supposed sexual assault claim by a caucasian woman, an angry mob from neighboring towns organized an invasion into the economically thriving town of Black Wall Street. Journalist Lind Christenson stated the following, “During the night and day of the riot, deputized whites killed more than 300 African Americans. They looted and burned to the ground 40 square blocks of 1,265 African American homes, including hospitals, schools, and churches, and destroyed 150 businesses. White deputies and members of the National Guard arrested and detained 6,000 black Tulsans who were released upon being vouched for by a white employer or white citizen. Nine thousand African Americans were left homeless and lived in tents well into the winter of 1921.”

Although tragic events like the race riots of Tulsa, Oklahoma created great obstacles, African-Americans still triumphed. Several black innovators began to make their mark in American history. Amos Harold became the first African-American to serve as department chair at Harvard Medical School. Alice Augusta Ball extracted chaulmoogra oil for the treatment of leprosy. Garrett Augustus Morgan Sr., invented the traffic signal, and Benjamin E. Banneker served as the main architect regarding the construction of Washington D.C.  Furthermore, people of color left a lasting impact during ancient times as well.

It has been proven both scientifically and via history that the origins of philosophy, religion, and human life as a whole originated in Africa. Black history pre-dates before Greek philosophy.  In “An African Origin of Philosophy: Myth or Reality” by historian Dr. Asante, he informs, “Not only is the word philosophy not Greek, the practice of philosophy existed long before the Greeks. Imhotep, Ptahhotep, Amenhotep, Merikare, Duanf, Akhenaten, and the sage of Khananup, are just a few of the African philosophers who lived long before there was a Greece or Greek philosopher.” Dr. Asante later states, “ When the Africans finished building the pyramids in 2500 B.C. it would be one thousand seven hundred years before Homer, the first Greek writer, appears!”

In closing, as Americans we must respect all cultures, religions, and history. Because of Black History Month, we are all provided the opportunity to learn in depth the influence that black history has on all of us, whether it is in music, science, philosophy, food, or simply knowledge. During this time, we can use this month as a way to become closer as university and learn to appreciate everyone’s history.

RU Track Team Soars!

By Malcolm Anderson

In the second season of Reinhardt University’s track and field team, your Eagles are already living up to the hype. After following the inaugural season’s early success with multiple accolades in the AAC Track and Field Championship, the athletes of the team are working harder each and every day to not only meet expectations but to completely obliterate them.

In a recent interview with senior athlete Kasey Dean (a discus and javelin thrower), I could feel the determination in her voice when talking about the outcomes of last year’s conference meet and her expectations for the upcoming season. “Last year went well considering we were a first year program but this year is different,” she said, “a lot of us missed placing by either fractions of a second or a fraction of a meter and that feeling of coming that close is giving us that extra push to go out and achieve great things.” The same message was delivered by Graduate Assistant and athlete D.J. Sellers. Sellers was a member of the 4×100 meter relay team that came away victorious in their first year of competition. “We have a lot of raw talent,” Sellers said,” and it’s my job along with Coach Turner to bring out that talent and refine it for a championship. Not only do I have to bring it out of them but I also have to start with myself. Leading by example is one of the most effective ways to teach those around you and that’s exactly what I plan to do.”

In addition to Dean and Sellers, the team is also welcoming back Nick Johnson, another member of that 4×100 relay team, Tyler Martin, the javelin winner from last year’s AAC Championship meet, and Jazzmine Gonzales who had one of the best individual finishes with a ninth place effort in the 800m heat. The Eagles look to the Birmingham Crossplex for the Samford open on February 12th -13th as their first step toward becoming AAC Champions for the 2016 season and a plethora of achievements to come. So on your mark….get set……. Go R.U.!!!

The Hiltonian Podcast

A name has been chosen so we will like to welcome you to the first episode of The Source. This weeks episode highlights the popular movement #Blacklivesmatter. Hope You Enjoy!


By Deborah Dahn

Last week on MLK Day, Reverend Thrasher organized a memorial service in Dr. King’s honor. Dr. King was a profound man of God that stood for equality for all of God’s children. If we, as a people, do not remember our history or honor the men and women that fought for the rights we have today, we will repeat our mistakes. This service was an excellent reflection of what Dr. King did as well as an opportunity for self-reflection. This event was held on January 18, 2016 at 8 am.

Dr. King’s legacy was greatly honored in the way that Reverend Yvette Massey (Central UMC) spoke. “She compared Dr. King’s dream to that of Joseph who… shared his dream with others “– Reverend Thrasher. Sadly, “Dr. King’s dream is still yet to be realized” because of situations like #Blacklivesmatter, institutionalized racism, and high profile cases around the country. In essence, Dr. King wanted to be remembered for trying his best to love, and this service did a superb job of honoring Dr. King’s wish. Reverend Jordan Thrasher organized this service because he admires Dr. King’s conviction. “He (Dr. King) was smart, eloquent, and decorated, but his conviction in the face of tremendous adversity is what has stayed with me. He stood for something that he knew was right, and his actions supported his speech.” The message that can be implemented in people’s lives from Dr. King’s life is awareness. “People need to expose themselves to the breadth and the depth of the world in which we live”- Reverend Thrasher. Reverend Thrasher implements Dr. King’s messages in his awareness to know God. He advises all of us to know God in order to know what to do in our lives.

Reverend Thrasher was also responsible for the showing of the Selma movie night in the FPAC. “I wanted our students to see John Lewis’ character in the film. He was a college student, yet felt convicted enough to be involved and put his life on the line for his beliefs. I also wanted our students to see how they can wrestle and stand for things in our world. I want our black students to share their experiences and for us to learn and listen to one another as we seek to live in Dr. King’s vision of a Beloved Community”- Reverend Thrasher.

Black history month is coming up and Dr. Thrasher is planning a celebration of Reinhardt’s admittance of its very first African American student. They are planning on getting that student (alumni) to come and speak to the school. Dr. Ken Wheeler is also organizing an event to celebrate an alumnus who was involved in the Civil Rights Movement. The dates for these events are to be determined, but stay tuned.

The Hiltonian Podcast

The first ever Hiltonian Podcast is now ready for your enjoyment. This is something new and exciting for the whole Hiltonian team. Feedback and comments are welcome. Enjoy!

Podcast January 26,2016


The Declassified Guide to College: 2nd Semester

By Caleb Smith

When you become accustomed to creating great memories with loved ones, eating home-cooked meals, and playing every video game, the worst thing that could possibly happen occurs, going back to school. Although some parents may seem to be overbearing, it has no comparison to finals week or pulling the infamous all-nighter.

I’m fully aware that you all may feel depressed once you set foot back on campus ground, however, it’s my personal duty to provide you with the necessary guidelines for making this semester unforgettable.

Yes, I agree that it is extremely difficult parting ways with your childhood friends, your high school sweetheart, and even your beloved grandparents, but you can make it through these next couple of months by channeling your energy towards your social life, exercise, and most importantly your studies.This is the time to incorporate your new year’s resolution into your daily regimen; whether it is to have better eating and sleeping habits or to get all A’s. Never forget that this semester is the chance to create a new persona for you. Daylight savings time as well as the cold weather could make you feel drowsy, however, this irritable feeling can be nullified by simply partaking in extracurricular activities, such as playing pickup basketball, attending events on campus, or even better, joining the Hiltonian!

Although extracurricular activities are extremely beneficial to one’s college experience, you must first be able to master the ability of handling your stressful schedule. This task becomes even more burdensome if you are in the workforce as well as the classroom. The UCLA Higher Education Research Institute, has recently discovered some astonishing data; they concluded that “nationwide first/year college students’ sense of emotional well-being is at its …lowest since 1985”. Moreover, a plethora of students attending FIU have recently begun reporting the overwhelming pressure to succeed. After coming across these intriguing statistics, one might begin to question how to find a happy medium between your studies and your social life, especially due to them playing such an integral role regarding one’s overall wellness.

As a result, it is extremely vital to manage your time by either using your reminder apps on your phone or just simply applying a good old-fashioned calendar. In closing, continue to be persistent and focused towards your goals, believe that anything can be accomplished with self-confidence and a slight sprinkle of optimism as well. Therefore, keep your heads held high Eagles, and know that the best is yet to come!

New Year, New Newspaper

Hello, Readers!

The Hiltonian Newspaper happy to announce that we have officially made it to 2016. The team has been working hard the past couple of months to bring a new level of information to our audience this year! We have a lot to look forward to this semester. New stories coming to you more frequently and even videos are coming to you in the next month or so. We can’t wait to produce and show you guys what we have!

Come back tomorrow to listen to the first ever Hiltonian Podcast!

Staff Spotlight: Dr. Evan Kropp

By Thomas May

I recently had the opportunity to interview Dr. Evan Kropp, a new face on campus, who is
beginning his first year as Assistant Communication Professor here at Reinhardt University.
Dr. Kropp hails from Connecticut, has B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Hartford,
and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in Mass Communications. He brings with
him quite a wide variety of experience and has an extensive background studying media
industries. I had the chance to ask Dr. Kropp about his transition to Reinhardt, what he hopes
to accomplish during his tenure, and finally, what he enjoys doing in his spare time. [Read more…]


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