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

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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

Reinhardt University experiences historic eclipse

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Reinhardt students gathered en masse to see the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States since 1979, and the first to cross the entire country since 1918. On Monday, August 21, the hillside overlooking Lake Mullenix was packed with students, some arriving nearly two hours before the full eclipse occurred. The Student Government Association brought 100 pairs of eclipse glasses to hand out and they ran out almost instantly.

Students and faculty alike were excited to experience the rare phenomenon. “[It was] a cool way to start off the year,” said fifth year Reinhardt student Trevor Denmon. Sarah Inman, a freshman student, felt like it symbolized a new beginning and a fresh start. Some students, such as sophomore Jessie Fanzci, had been looking forward to the eclipse for quite a long time. Fanzci stated that she had been interested in solar eclipses since elementary school when a book peaked her interest in the subject, and had been patiently waiting for her chance to see one in person. Talyn Owens, a junior, said it was “a great thing to get everyone connected and to bring Reinhardt closer as a family.”

As the time grew closer, expectations for what the eclipse would look like began to build. Victoria Hill, a sophomore at Reinhardt, hoped it would get dark enough to see Venus or Jupiter. Some were hoping to see a 360-degree sunset, which is caused by the sun shining around the edges of the moon. Alexander Lee, a junior, also hoped to see “shadow snakes”, a strange phenomenon that even NASA cannot exactly explain. Lee had set up an experiment to observe it by placing several blank pieces of paper on the ground, where he hoped the “snakes” could be seen more clearly. If the experiment succeeded, he would be able to observe bands of shadows “slithering” across the papers.

Another phenomenon that peaked interest of student Jessie Fanczi was the appearance of Baily’s Beads and the diamond ring. Named for British astronomer Francis Baily, these beads become visible as the moon begins to pass over the sun in its final stages. The sliver of light given off by the sun is broken into beads as it shines around the rough surface of the moon. When the sun then disappears, and reappears from behind the moon, the diamond ring effect becomes visible as the light converges to form one large “bead”, giving the eclipse the appearance of said jewelry.

When others were asked what they were most looking forward to experiencing during the event, Dr. Mark Roberts, provost of Reinhardt University, commented, “people have great revelations or epiphanies about themselves during an eclipse, but that’s a total eclipse. This is only 98.52%, so I expect to only be revealed about 98% of what that epiphany is. So, for the rest of my life I’ll be looking for that other 2%.” Dr. Catherine Emmanuel, Director of the Center for Student Success, jokingly chimed in that she was “just here for the supernatural powers it’s going to give me!”

Unfortunately, because Reinhardt wasn’t directly in the path of totality, the sky never got dark enough to see the shadow snakes, any planets, or sunsets. Most students walked away disappointed that it didn’t live up to their expectations. However, freshman Nicholas Gwin was still satisfied. “It wasn’t what I was expecting, but not in a bad way… it was like there was a sepia filter over everything.”

The occurrence of such an event did seem to have great meaning for those who came to experience it. Senior Ansley Avera believed such an event was a great way to kick off her last year at Reinhardt, saying, “it’s putting me on a high mountain top experience, and this year is going to be awesome!” When asked how he felt about the symbolic nature of the eclipse, Nick Gwin explained how astrologically the sun is used to represent the main personality of a person, and the moon represents their hidden qualities. “It’s nice to see where the two meet and create you. Maybe we could use [the eclipse] to assure ourselves to just be ourselves.”

Whether you believe the eclipse was a sign on how your year will pan out, or if you just believed it to be an incredible once in a lifetime event, as Dr. Catherine Emmanuel put it, “Hopefully, you remember where you were when the sun got covered by the moon.” Here at Reinhardt!

Eagles Wrap-Up Season

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The 2017 season is very close to an end. Reinhardt’s teams remained successful from last year. There are several teams that have already clinched the Appalachian Athletic Conference regular season title and will look forward to continuing their great season at nationals. In the upcoming weeks there are a few more games left.

The softball team won a conference championship for the eighth year in a row. The No. 16 Lady Eagles defeated Tennessee Wesleyan in a doubleheader game on Thursday afternoon in Athens, Tenn. On Wednesday, April 26, the Lady Eagles will compete at the AAC Championship in Kingsport, Tenn (TBA).

The men’s tennis team will play the AAC Conference Tournament, which will run April 28-30, in Chattanooga, Tenn. No. 15 will look for another win to make the national tournament for the third time. The Eagles clinched the AAC regular season title last week in Alabama after overpowering Point University. The women’s tennis team will be back in action at the AAC Conference Tournament in Chattanooga on the same day.

The men’s lacrosse team won a conference championship on Friday night after overwhelm Point. No. 2 Reinhardt won the AAC regular championship two years in a row.

The baseball team will be back in action at the Ken White Field in Waleska (Ga) this Friday, April 28. They will take on Truett-McConnell University at 7 p.m. There will be a doubleheader match on Saturday, April 29 at Reinhardt. The first game will be at 2 p.m. The second game is set for 4:30 p.m. Fans are encouraged to come out and support the Eagles. The Championship tournament will be hosted at Kingsport, Tenn (TBA) on May 3.

 The men’s golf team also won the AAC regular season title.

To keep an eye on the Eagles online and continuing up-to-date information on Reinhardt athletics, visit www.reinhardteagles.com.

 Written by Yamit Vodavoz.

International Culture Fest celebrates Reinhardt’s diversity

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Reinhardt International Culture Festival showcases the university diversity as a group. While diversity may be shown in how someone looks or where they were born, their way of life shows who they are as human beings even more.

The International Culture Fest, held April 12 in the Bannister Glasshouse, highlights what international students have to share, from music and food to attire, arts and dance.

“International Culture Fest is a day that brings us together as one through our various cultures,” said Tunji Adesan, advisor for international student. “It is therefore important for us as a university to come together and celebrate our diversity through this great event.”

Each table represents the country of each student, and it highlights the country’s culture, history, geographical location and interesting places to visit. The International Culture Festival happens once a year in the spring semester. There were different activities including cultural dances, music, fashion shows and an animal show. There was also food from all over the world brought in or made by students and faculty.

The countries that participated in the International Culture Festival this year include: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, China, Eritrea, Egypt, Ethiopia, El-Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Liberia, Laos, Montenegro, Mexico, Nigeria, Panama, Philippines, Romania, Russia, South Africa, United Kingdom, Ukraine, United States  and  Venezuela.

“It would nice to see more students and faculty participating in the event next year,” Adesan said. “This year we had 35 countries represented at the International Culture Festival 2017, and we had tables set for each country. However, in comparison to last year, we have more countries represented this year. We have five new countries such as: Argentina, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Serbia, and Austria.”

Written by Yamit Vodavoz.