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D.R.E.A.M.S. general body meeting and plans for fall semester

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Reinhardt’s multicultural group D.R.E.A.M.S. held a general body meeting on Oct. 5 to discuss upcoming events. In total 22 members and advisers were in attendance. The meeting commenced with a reminder for students to pay their membership fees and a quick discussion of plans for group t-shirts. Both new and returning members were reminded to attend the upcoming induction ceremony. On Oct. 19, D.R.E.A.M.S. adviser Julie Kirk will be holding a Professional Development event, members have requested the discussion of topics such as resumes, professional emails, interviews, elevator pitches, and social media presence. Other plans for upcoming events include their semi-annual lip sync battle, a movie night, and the next general body meeting, which is scheduled for Thursday Nov. 2.

 

The D.R.E.A.M.S. acronym stands for Developing Rationally Empowered African-American Members of Society. The D.R.E.A.M.S.organization is about empowering minorities. According to organization President, Nicholas Johnson, “We were founded in 2012, and when I first got here, there wasn’t like really a minority strength just in general, so our founder Adrian Hayes just kind of gave us a voice. That’s really what the main goal was, just to have a minority voice on campus.” In plans of getting more students involved with D.R.E.A.M.S., Johnson said, “ It’s really just a kind of word of mouth thing, we have our semi-annual lip sync battle, we did it last year and it was a big hit so we’re going to do another one in November for the D.R.E.A.M.S. organization, and then we’ll have our major one in the Spring semester for everyone. But it’s really just a word of mouth thing, just getting out in the community helping everybody just get to know what D.R.E.A.M.S. is about and what we stand for. That we’re a positive group, and we’re not necessarily just all about African Americans, we’re a diversity group, so anybody can be apart, the base emphasis was just on African Americans having a voice.”  Johnson also stated, “I think [D.R.E.A.M.S.] is just kind of getting you prepared for what you’re about to face in the real world. I mean you’re very kind of closed off, especially when you attend Reinhardt because you’re in the middle of nowhere, so you don’t necessarily get to experience everything that you would if you were attending a larger university. But we’re just trying to prepare our members for upcoming events that they’re going to face in the world.”

 

In reference to recent DACA rescind under the Trump administration, D.R.E.A.M.S. president made the statement, “I think the Trump administration is a little misguided, I don’t necessarily understand why you would take millions of individuals away and put them back in an environment that they don’t even know. It’s a little messed up, it’s a little unethical, and un-american. One thing that we advertise as a country is the ‘land of the free’, and everyone wants to come here to be free and have a great life.” DACA, which stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was an immigration policy that permitted individuals who entered the U.S. as minors to receive renewable deferred action, meaning they would not be automatically deported and could be eligible for a work permit. As of September the current presidential administration rescinded the policy, but full implementation has been delayed to give Congress a window of 6 months to save it.

 

Reinhardt celebrates Halloween with boo-tiful masks

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On the day of Halloween, students of Reinhardt University gathered outside of the Hasty Student Life Center to partake in a mask making activity in light of the spookiest holiday of the year. As a time where one can dress up and play the role of any person or thing, whether real or of fiction, this mask making was a nice addition to the overall holiday spirit, with candy also being given out to those who were welcoming of it.

“Today we are making masks for Halloween that students can wear to parties and just out and about for the day. They can use glitter or paint that we provide for them, and they come out for a great time.” says Allison Storm, student life representative.

“We have paint, candy, I see happy faces, everything is good. I like it.” states Daniel Hinton, Eagle Eye editor, on the atmosphere of the event catered to students on campus.

Masks of many different colors and designs were created, all capturing the essence of Halloween. On a day where you can be whatever you want to be, it was evident that students took advantage of this in the way everyone’s uniqueness and individuality were on display. Halloween brings forth feelings unmatched, and now the countdown begins for next year’s festivities.

 

Written by: Cameron Davis

Reinhardt Choir performance leaves audience speechless

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Dr. Shaw, the Reinhardt Concert Choir and the Chamber Singers all gave a show stopping performance on the afternoon of Nov. 5 in the Falany Performing Arts Center.

The audience applauded enthusiastically as the students took the stage to begin their performance with “Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal” featuring soprano Natalie Beaty. Dr. Shaw thanked the audience for their attendance and went on to describe their next song “The Pasture” arranged by Z. Randall Stroope. She told how this particular piece was based off a Robert Frost poem

Dr. Shaw addresses audience and thanks them graciously for their attendance and support.

ndlish offered her take on the performance saying, “I feel like the performance went really well and I really enjoyed it. I often find myself getting lost in the music and in the moment while that describes beautiful country land much like that of Waleska, Georgia and that it held a place near to her heart. Dr. Shaw also reminisced over how back in the day cows could be traded for tuition at Reinhardt College. The choir then went on to sing, and a quick transition between songs brought the Chamber Singers onto stage.

Although all the songs the choirs sang had the audience clapping with enthusiasm, it was evident that the favorite piece of the night was “Elijah Rock” by Moses Hogan. In this very technical piece, choir members sang incredibly difficult rhythms and hit chords that had chills running down everyone’s spines and brought every hair standing to attention. Reinhardt sophomore Makayla Brock explained why “Elijah Rock” was her favorite piece saying, “I liked the message of the song, and the choir really blew me away with the technicality that they put into the music along with the passion put in it.” The piece was followed by a well-deserved standing ovation from the audience.

Once the Chamber Singers had finished their segment of the concert, the entire concert choir was brought back to the stage to finish out the concert. Choir member Claire McCa

performing.” Reinhardt freshman Micah Anderson also described the concert as being, “Very well-orchestrated. Dr. Shaw puts on some fantastic music. The singers were great, the piano player was phenomenal. Overall it was a very well-constructed performance.”

The Chamber Singers are currently selling CD’s to raise funds for their trip to Italy over the summer where they will be performing in the Vatican. The CD’s are on pre-order and are expected to arrive before Christmas, making them a perfect holiday gift as you support these Reinhardt students and their endeavors to share their talents with the world.

News & Updates for NOV. 6-10

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Monday, November 6th:

In athletics, Men’s Basketball travels to South Carolina to take on Voorhees College at 7:30 PM.

In group exercises, Intro to intervals is at 1:30 PM in the Gin Miller RU Fit Studio, and Cardio Groove and Funk is at 5:15 PM in the Brown Athletic Center, Room 214. Elsewhere on campus, the Student Government Association is holding its Student Senate Meeting from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the Bannister Glasshouse.

In the FPAC, Andrew Smathers’ Tenor-Alumni Recital is from 7:30 to 8:30 PM. Also on Monday, Reinhardt Central is hosting its Foosball Tournament at 8:00 PM in the Hasty Student Life Center.

 

Tuesday, November 7th:

            In athletics, Women’s and Men’s Basketball play Piedmont College and Selma University at 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM respectively.

In group exercises, Zumba is at 7:00 AM, and 20/20/20 is at 5:15 PM, both in the Brown Athletic Center, Room 214. Elsewhere on campus, Intramural Halftime Bubble Match is at 7:00 PM in the Brown Athletic Center Gym.

Common Ground Campus Worship Service begins at 7:00 PM in the Bannister Glasshouse. In the FPAC, The Reinhardt University Jazz Ensemble performs from 7:30 to 9:00 PM.

Wednesday, November 8th:

In group exercises, Turbo Sculpt is at 9:00 AM in the Gin Miller RU Fit Studio, and Yoga is at 5:15 PM in the Brown Athletic Center, Room 214. Also on Wednesday, The First Amendment: A Round Table Discussion on the Exercise of Free Speech is at 1:00 PM in the Community Room of the Hill-Freeman Library. In the FPAC, Composition/Contemporary/New Music Concert presented by Cody Brookshire’s Studio is from 7:30 to 9:00 PM.

Thursday, November 9th:

In athletics, JV Men’s Basketball plays Oxford Emory CC at 7:00 PM.

In group exercises, The Mix is at 5:00 PM in the Gin Miller RU Fit Studio, and Zumba is at 7:00 PM in the Brown Athletic Center, Room 214. There is also an Amine Club meeting at 6:00 PM in the Lawson Academic Center. From 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, the Sand Art Event is at the Hasty Student Life Center Plaza.

Friday, November 10th:

On Friday, there is a Veterans Day Ceremony from 2:00 to 3:00 PM at the Bannister Glasshouse in the Hasty Student Life Center. The Reinhardt Wind Ensemble performs on Friday from 7:30 to 9:00 PM at the FPAC in the Flint Hall.

In athletics, Women’s Basketball takes on Piedmont College at 5:30 PM.

                                                            -Ben Worthan

Greek Life set to return to Reinhardt in 2018

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Reinhardt University has begun to welcome fraternity and sorority chapters on campus for
the first time since the 1990’s. The Kappa Sigma Fraternity was the first chapter implemented
and after spring of 2018, will be followed by a second fraternity- Tau Kappa Epsilon- and
sorority Zeta Tau Alpha. According to Walter May, “Fraternity life was here [at Reinhardt] back in
the 1960’s to early 1990’s. It was a local system which is dramatically different from a national,
accredited group. So during the 1960’s, the first sororities developed out of what was originally
called debating societies, really just social clubs. They served a purpose for a long time, [but]
the local systems didn’t really benefit the university, and they were really more of a detriment.
So in the 1990’s President Falany decided that he would phase them out.” Not long after the
initial removal of the local Greek Life systems, there was much discussion of implementing
sorority/fraternity life once again, but on a larger level. As May said, “ Since I’ve been here,
since 2001, there’s been on going conversations about bringing fraternity/sorority life [back],
bringing a national system in. We’ve done a number of feasibility studies, a number of
consulting groups and focus groups, and the students are interested.” Also as May had stated,
“We know that one of our retention strategies would be to bring in one of these nation-wide
groups. People that are involved in these organizations retain at a higher level and are more
engaged and more connected with the university and the community. So we knew that would be
another way to connect our students. On campuses such as Reinhardt, our highest retention
rates are with our athletic students [and] our performing arts students- and that’s 70% of our
students. The 30% of our students who aren’t in those pods really needed to find a way to
connect. So this is just another strategy and another way to make those connections.”

When choosing the new chapters to bring in, administration went to great lengths to find the
best fit for the university. According to May, “This past year we went through what’s called an
extension process, and we brought in several different- probably about four to six sororities who
applied. They applied to us and went through the process, we reviewed their applications and
viewed their things, and selected four [sororities] to bring to campus to interview- kind of like a job
interview. And they did presentation groups, and the committee, faculty and staff selected Zeta
to be our first.” After Zeta Tau Alpha and Tau Kappa Epsilon debut next spring, students can
expect Greek Life to “Bring more connection, more activity- you’ll see more engagement on
campus. You’ll see in sororities, the expectations of their members are not just involving their
organization, but involving multiple organizations, and so what you’ll see around that is more
intramural stuff. You’ll see more student organizations and more leadership in those
organizations. You’ll see more spirit and more activities on campus, and fraternity/sorority life
will actually impact weekend and weeknight events- so you’ll get to see all of these different
opportunities.” Students involved with Zeta Tau Alpha can also expect an overall sense of
“sisterhood” according to the sorority’s executive coordinator, Monica Ceja.
One thing Reinhardt students can’t count on seeing are sorority and fraternity housings on
campus, as the university does not plan for such arrangements. May has said, “Our plan right
now- there’s different methodologies for having meeting spaces and housing spaces for
fraternities and sororities. There’s what’s called a chapter room model, which is basically a
facility or room that’s in a large building, and there’s lodges which is a model with a free standing
structure that fraternities and sororities use, but there’s no housing in them. Then there’s the
housing model, which has the capacity of meeting and living spaces. We are right now doing
chapter room model, we’ll be using Lawson classrooms on nights and weekends when they’re
not being used for classroom space. There will be three classrooms now that will be set aside
for the Kappa Sigma, Tau Kappa, and Zeta, and they’ll be their spaces. Now, five or six years down
the road- as the groups grow- the goal right now is for each chapter to have about 45 to 55
members. That’s the financial viability level and engagement level we’re looking for. Long term,
ten years from now, we’d like to see 80 to 90 members.”

Students can look forward to seeing both new chapters- Tau Kappa Epsilon and Zeta Tau
Alpha- in full effect by next spring. And faculty and staff can look forward with expectant
optimism, like that exemplified by Dr. May. As he stated in closing, “I’m really excited about this
process, I think that fraternity/sorority life will have a dramatic, positive experience and positive
impact on our campus. I think [it will provide] great additional opportunities for our students to
get engaged and get connected to each other and the larger community.”