Arts & Culture

Reinhardt Residence Life invites students to showcase their talent at Coffee House


Anyone interested in joining fellow students and performers at Coffee House is invited to come out September 22nd, at 7PM in the Glasshouse. Auditions for the annual Coffee House event took place this past Wednesday and Thursday from 7-9 PM in Gordy. In total, ten students were scheduled to audition. After the auditioning period had ended, Judge Kelli Skokowski, a Junior, was certainly expecting great things from the event this year. Skokowski stated, “I think this is going to be probably the best Coffee house that we’ve had in a long time. All the auditions were just amazing- blew us away. We weren’t really expecting so much talent in the past two days, but it’s been wild. They’re amazing.” Another judge, Sophomore Josiah Williams said, “We had a large turnout last year, so hopefully we’ll have another large crowd this year.”

Judge Kelli Skokowski is pleased with the turnout this year.

Coffee House itself is a way for all students to display their talents in music, poetry, song, dance, acting or magic performances. Freshman Luke Tracey said, “It’s important for students to show off what they’ve got- you never know what talents some people may have, and it’s good to spread all of it out.” Sophomore Music Education major Kate Hurst stated, “Being able to experience the talents of everyone from different backgrounds, and to come together as one, all for the same purpose means a great deal because it just brings everyone together. I love it. I think Coffee House is very important because you get to see that not just Music Education majors or Musical Theater majors have talent. But you get to see that athletes have talent, Business majors have talents, Nursing majors have talent- whoever they may be or wherever they come from, they can have talent too.”

Anyone interested in coming to the Coffee House event can expect great performances in a laid-back environment. Judge Skokowski stated, “Most people come and play acoustic versions of songs, it is very relaxed”. “Events like Coffee House help us build a community, and help people to see that ‘Oh if they can get up there on stage and sing, maybe I can too’. So it really helps to just build a stronger sense of community here on campus for the students,” she continued. Everyone looking forward to coming to the event has been invited to come out and experience the all that Coffee House has to offer. In regards to the audience, performer Kate Hurst said, “I hope that there is a crowd and a lot of involvement… if not, if it’s just a small crowd, it will still have a nice ‘coffee house’ vibe, and that’s really exciting too.”

Written by: Magdalena Quarles

Reinhardt University’s Common Ground group gathers in rain

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Students gathered together in rain gear and all to spend time in worship together.

Pouring rain, rushing wind, and rolling thunder could not stop Reinhardt students from gathering together for a night of community, praise, and worship. Clad in rain boots, rain jackets, and carrying umbrellas, drenched students gathered in the Glass House on Sept. 5 for a Common Ground worship service.

Common Ground is one of Reinhardt’s campus ministry programs, where all are invited to come together, sing with the worship band, and hear a message from Jamie Huggins, Reinhardt’s Campus Minister.

On this night, in particular, students arrived damp from the rain, but their spirits remained high as the crowd began to grow and warm conversations filled the room. The service began with a word of prayer, which was followed by music and song. Students were seen singing along and swaying to the music. Afterwards, Jamie delivered his message of discipleship. Those in attendance listened intently to his words and laughed along to his stories. His advice to the students was to begin looking for opportunities to form what he referred to as accountability groups and to join bible studies. Whether religious or not, accountability groups are comprised of people one can trust where the members can speak honestly and vulnerably to one another without fear of judgment. However, these groups are created to have people who will, in turn, hold one accountable for their actions, and then point them in a better direction with advice or prayer.

Towards the end of the night, students were encouraged to send their focus to those who have been affected by the severity of Hurricane Harvey, and to those who may be soon impacted by the oncoming storm of Hurricane Irma as it approaches. Although the small storm precedingthe service brought heavy rain and intense wind, it was nothing in comparison to what is being brought on by these storms.

While speaking, Jamie expressed how groups like Common Ground created moments and how it’s possible to, “come together in these moments, and get a little hope to keep you pressing on.” Lexi, a current student of Kennesaw State University and the leader of the worship music, spoke on how being vulnerable, and surviving college can be difficult, but how there is power found in community. She encouraged students to use Common Ground as a place to build community and family but to also take that idea of community outside into everyday life.

Along with the idea of building community, new bible study groups for both girls and boys are currently in the works. The girls plan to meet starting next week on Tuesday nights, directly following the regular Common Ground service, and the boys have a tentative plan to meet on Wednesday nights in the Glass House. Both groups will provide another opportunity to build a community of prayer and worship. Whether students are looking for a place to worship with friends, or if they are just looking for a supportive community, Common Ground may be a good place to start.

The group meets weekly in the Glass House on Tuesday nights at 7 o’clock.

Written by Nataleigh Long

RU’s Second Annual Contemporary Arts Festival


This past week, Reinhardt hosted its 2nd annual Reinhardt Contemporary Arts Festival and did not disappoint.

This three-day festival celebrated Reinhardt’s literature, art, theater, film and music departments, as a plethora of events and activities were held in the Bannister Glasshouse and the Falany Performing Arts Center March 15-17. Faculty members and guest artists hosted events all day as concerts and shows were performed throughout the entire festival.

All three days were packed with engaging events such as poetry readings, scenes from absurdist theatre and presentations of contemporary compositions. To kick off the festival, composers Douwe Eisenga, Bill Susman, and Marc Mellits led a roundtable discussion of styles and compositional approaches on Wednesday in the Bannister Glasshouse. They also ended the event with a Q&A session with the audience.

“All three artists thoroughly explained the fundamental learning of multiple composition styles,” said freshman Zayda Clark. “Being a theater major, this was really helpful for me to know that the basics we learned from day one will still be implicated in our future works throughout our careers.”

Following the composer’s roundtable, editor Mark Roberts introduced Reinhardt’s launch of “The James Dickey Review”, as authors William Wright, Roberts, Ann Hite and Lisa Russell all presented poetry readings of their original works. Students were gratefully engaged, as all three authors sold pieces of their work and signed autographs to close the event.

To start off day two, a concert featuring various works, followed by a large-group performance of Terry Riley’s seminal composition was held in the Falany Performing Arts Center at noon. Visual film artist Jason Mitcham followed the performance with his discussion about his technique of “animated painting” and its use in film making. His presentation ended with a Q&A session with the audience.

“The animated painting session by Mitcham was my favorite event of the entire festival,” stated sophomore Kyle Madden. “Painting has always been an enjoyable hobby for me growing up and to see it used in professional animated movies was completely intriguing. In my theatre production class, I’ve become fascinated with animated movies and to see it come together with my favorite hobby gave me plenty of ideas I plan to work toward down the road.”

To wrap up day two, a showing of the film “Viewing of A Scanner Darkly” was held in the Falany Performing Arts Center later that evening. This was hosted by Provost Roberts who also provided an introduction to the film and led a group discussion after the viewing.

The final day of the festival was full of entertainment, as Reinhardt students and faculty had the opportunity to perform with the professional composers. At 12 p.m., the faculty and students of RU performed multiple compositions in the Falany Performing Arts Center. Composers watched and critiqued as they later joined the students and teachers, and performed compositions with them. Mellits, of Chicago, led the compositions as the performance gracefully echoed throughout the corridors of the arts center.

To end the day, composers Eisenga, Mellits and Susman performed a concert for all of the students and faculty, closing the festival with a standing ovation from all of the participants.

“All three days of this festival were one of the best times I’ve had here at Reinhardt. The annual arts festival here is always an exciting event, as this year it proved to be one for the books,” said junior Devin Francios. “Being able to perform with these amazing composers was a complete honor, and I will cherish it as I continue to pursue compositions in my career. The festival as a whole was three days full of blessings, as I studied and learned from some of the best out there. I’m only expecting next year’s festival to be even better.”

The Reinhardt Contemporary Arts Festival was a complete success with knowledge, entertainment and excitement spread throughout all of the participants. It was three days full of exhilarating art events and knowledge opportunities. The anticipation for next year’s festival is clearly already in full effect.

Written By: Daniel Hinton
Pictures By: Erin laas

Women in WWII exhibit comes to RU


A traveling exhibit showcasing the experiences of women during World War II came to Reinhardt last week.

Following Spring Break, a ten-panel traveling exhibit was set up in Gordy Dining Hall. These panels outlined the experiences of women during the Second World War. Some of the panels showcase how women aided the war effort through factory work, gained more opportunities for higher education and broke into traditionally male professions.

Below is a photo gallery of the exhibit.

Written  by: Jacob Howard             Photos by: Jacob Howard and Rachel Riley

A Tribute to the Sounds of Sinatra


In an upcoming event, FPAC will be regaled with the classic sound of Frank Sinatra brought to life nearly thirty years after the artist’s death.

This week a Sinatra tribute show will be performed by Mark Randisi, a man who has been performing Ol’ Blue Eyes’ songs for two decades, accompanied by the Motor City Horns. “Mark Randisi is one of the best Sinatra performers I’ve ever seen. Close your eyes and it’s like Frank is standing in front of you,” said FPAC’s director Jessica Akers. This ability to imitate the vocal performance of Sinatra, coupled with his devotion to the music led him to be invited to perform at Sinatra’s 100th birthday celebration in 2015. “Together with the Motor City Horns it’ll be one of the best jazz shows we’ll have all season.” said Akers.

The performance will be held at FPAC on Thursday March 2 at 7:30 pm and seats are limited. Tickets are available at

Written by: Jacob Howard  Photo Credit: