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Club Spotlight: R.U. C.A.R.E.S.

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R.U. C.A.R.E.S., Reinhardt University Cares for Animal Rights and Environmental Sustainability, is a club at Reinhardt University that stands for the health, legal support and sustainability of Earth’s other inhabitants and their homes.

R.U. C.A.R.E.S. started about two years ago after Marianella Lopez, president and founder of R.U. C.A.R.E.S., noticed that there was not a group on campus that spoke out on behalf of animals and environmental well-fare.

“One thing that we are really proud of is our involvement outside of the Reinhardt Community. Our members have volunteered in many off campus advocacy events, such as marching with PETA at the Pride Parade, volunteering at VEGFEST, and other volunteering opportunities, representing Reinhardt as a compassionate, and active advocating University,” Marianella Lopez states.

The organization is a part of the Georgia Collegiate Animal Rights Advocacy Group. This group was started a year ago by college students all over Georgia, who wanted to connect with each other to support number and activity growth throughout the state. R.U. C.A.R.E.S. is also associated with several Animal Rights groups, including national groups such as: The Humane League, PETA, Mercy for Animals and local groups such as GARP (Georgia Animal Rights Protection).

R.U. C.A.R.E.S. advocates by showing two movie screenings a year. One of the movies shows how our diets and food choices affect the environment, and the other movie shows how our diets and food choices affect our health and animal well-fare.

The organization holds different campus outreach events, such as the annual “Cruelty Free Hot Cocoa-Cocoa” event, where the club hands out free plant based (almond, soy, cashew milk) hot-chocolate and warm cookies at their annual Spring Day booth event.

“Our outreach event allows us to reach out to the Reinhardt Community, informing them about the club, and providing literature (pamphlets) that inform the reader about the benefits of a plant-based diet,” Lopez goes on to say.

Students can get involved by joining R.U. C.A.R.E.S. Facebook group and by attending monthly meetings. R.U. C.A.R.E.S. meets on Monday’s each month at 8:30 p.m. at the Hasty Student Life Center.

Written By: Kelly Kipfer

Empowering students to live healthier lifestyles

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Reinhardt University is well on its way to becoming a college with a healthy and active student body. The campus is focusing on providing more opportunities for students to participate in engaging group activities to boost morale when it comes to exercising and good mental health. These additions take shape in the form of nature trails, healthy food options, social events and an array of exercise classes.

Reinhardt University Trustee Gin Miller demonstrates how to properly exercise on the FITtrees she donated to the University for the Gin Miller Studio, located at the West apartments. Photo courtesy of Jeff Reed

Resident Assistant and junior Hannah Hale recently held an event centered around healthy diets and how to buy healthy foods on a budget, which included a yogurt bar with healthy food options and their prices and recipes for snacks. Attendees also had the option to participate in a Zumba dance class to elevate their heart rate and to get excited about a healthier lifestyle.

“Couponing and searching for ‘Deals of the Day’ are great ways to make your dollar last, especially if you have bills to pay, too,” Hale said.

Hale also suggests switching to less expensive alternatives such as frozen food instead of fresh ones.

Reinhardt offers many exercise-oriented classes to get fit while in a social setting. These classes are often taught by coaches “and are primarily used to teach students how to build an easy, safe routine to stick to,” said Dr. Walter May, assistant dean of Students and Director of Student Activities.

Reinhardt also offers classes that introduce students to the basics of camping and are in the process of creating academic classes focused around teaching students the importance of a healthy lifestyle.  This knowledge provides students with the tools to tackle the hiking trails located on campus. Daily walking, the least strenuous of physical activities, has been shown to “improve heart function and overall health,” May said. “Even just 30 minutes of walking a day improves brain function and academic performance.”

“Our goal is to create touchpoints for every student. Places where students can create bonds with peers and build lifelong friendships while also creating disciplines that will help them to create healthy routines even when life isn’t centered around walking to class every day,” he said.

May is currently trying to walk Reinhardt’s trails for at least 30 minutes every morning to get a jump start on an active day.

Along with these classes are social clubs and gatherings centered around getting outside and getting active. Junior Christian Gates participates in the Running Club of campus.

“I am a part of the Reinhardt Runners club. We meet every morning to do our daily run, not including weekends,” Gates said.

When Gates isn’t out running through Reinhardt’s beautiful campus, he goes to the Gin Miller Studio or partakes in Acro-Yoga. “It’s always a blast and it never feels like I’m working out.”

The Gin Miller Studio at Reinhardt University is an exercise studio donated by step aerobics inventor and Reinhardt University trustee, Gin Miller.

Miller teaches a class every Saturday, and her goal is to make exercise more accessible to women during their hectic life styles, which is why the decision to put the studio in the women’s apartment was made. Miller is training other teachers on campus to instruct classes so that Reinhardt can further expand the variety of group exercise activities it offers.

Reinhardt is making a goal to include faculty and students in their health makeover. By improving exercise techniques and eating habits, students pave the way for a brighter future. Freshman Jessie Fanczi , who also stays active on campus, said, “having a strong body is always an advantage regardless of where life takes you.”

Written by: Erin Laas

Photo provided by Jeff Reed | Reinhardt Office of Marketing and Communication

Remembering Coach Quentin Moses

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Reinhardt Athletic Director Bill Popp lights the football players’ candles during the Celebration of Life service for Coach Quentin Moses. Photo by Jeff Reed.

A variety of characteristics define a good man. Common phrases about a man’s success or wealth are normally mentioned, but a model character that impacts every person one comes in contact with is a diamond in the rough. For Reinhardt University, that diamond has been assistant football coach Quentin Moses.

Tragedy struck the entire Reinhardt community last Sunday morning when RU’s beloved football coach Quentin Moses passed away after being in a house fire. The following Wednesday, Feb. 15, the entire Reinhardt community and many others gathered together to celebrate and honor the life of their coach, friend and family member at 2 p.m. in the gymnasium at the James and Sis Brown Athletic Center.

Coach Moses’ significance to others reflected in the turnout Wednesday afternoon. The gymnasium, converted into an event space, was standing-room only as people came to celebrate his life. Throughout the ceremony, emotions ran high. Tears and cries scattered throughout the gym as the sorrow clouded over those in attendance.

Reinhardt University’s athletic director, coach Bill Popp, and head football coach James Miller both struggled to speak as the weight of the loss came down heavy on their spirits. A candle lighting portion of the ceremony captivated the peace of Coach Moses’ departure as the Reinhardt University Chamber Singers sang very gracefully. The Rev. Lee Powell of Lake Arrowhead Church closed the ceremony with uplifting words, saying, “Quentin Moses’ game on earth has come to an end, but his season in Heaven has just begun.”

The constant thought of his missing presence has dismayed everyone he has impacted, and family members, players and coaches everywhere struggle to accept their loss. Reinhardt’s head football coach James Miller is trying his best to stay strong not just for his players  but for the entire community.

“I’ve never gone through something like this, so it’s also a learning experience,” said Miller. “It’s going to be hard for a while. I’m trying to be strong for them (the players), but it’s tough sometimes, especially when you see the kids upset. You never want them to go through something like this, especially knowing how close he was to them. He meant a lot to the kids, and he meant a lot to the staff.”

Moses, 33, was commonly described as “inspirational and well-liked” by colleagues and family. His passion for the game of football, his faith in Christ and his character as a role model all contribute to the love and appreciation of the many people he has impacted. As hard as the toll of his death has been, positive thoughts and memories continue to resonate throughout the hearts of players and coaches in the community.

“Coach Moses was a strong-willed man,” said junior linebacker Devin Francois. “He stood up for what he believed in and was never afraid to show it. You could see that he genuinely cared about people and always wanted the best for everyone.”

Junior safety and team captain Jalen Holloman credits coach Moses mainly for his success off the field, as he inspired Holloman as a communication major.

“Ever since he recruited me, he always told me to just be patient and my time will come,” said Holloman. “His ability to share his stories and life lessons is why I decided to pursue sports journalism. He emphasized the need to let my actions speak louder than my words, and even though he is gone, that’s exactly what I will continue to do.”

During his playing days, Moses embodied the image of a phenom. According to ESPN.com, Moses was ranked among the top 50 recruits in Georgia his senior season at Cedar Shoals High School as a defensive end. After his impressive four years at the University of Georgia, Moses was drafted by the Oakland Raiders with the first pick in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft. After being cut, he spent time with the Arizona Cardinals before finding a home with the Miami Dolphins, where he finished his career after the 2009 offseason.

“He was a ball of energy on the field,” said Miller, referring to coaching against Moses as a graduate assistant in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. “I remember preparing our team against him thinking about how talented he was as a ball player. His ability to get after a quarterback could change an entire game.”

As prestigious as he was as on the field as a player, everyone who was close to Moses speaks highly about his noble character as a man. His ability to influence happiness wherever he went is a trait coach Miller has always been captivated by.

“He always had that infectious smile,” said Miller. “He had this positive demeanor that no matter what someone was going through that day, he could always cheer them up when they saw him. It poured into the spirit of his players and with our staff. He was never down, never had a bad day.”

Coach Miller looked up to many characteristics of Moses, but there was one that he will never forget.

“If there’s one thing I’ll always remember about Quentin, it was his ability to see the positive in everyone,” said Miller. “Every kid that he ever came in touch with, he never saw the negative; he always saw what they were good for. It inspired me as a mentor, as a coach and as a father.”

“He related with the kids so well. He’d do anything for them, and a lot of kids saw him as a father figure and respected him that way. He was a people person and a people pleaser. If our kids are anything like Q, they’re going to be successful. Quentin’s one of the best people I’ve ever met. It’s going to be difficult going out on that field and not seeing him out there with us.”

Although this loss has put a cloud over the Reinhardt football team and community, Coach Miller has faith that Coach Moses’ legacy will live on at Reinhardt as those he impacted will continue his positive influence and strength both on and off the field.

“The best part about Reinhardt is that this is a family atmosphere,” explained Miller. “We’re going to grow as a community, move forward as a team, and use this to make us better. That’s what makes this place special, and Quentin was proud to be a part of that; he loved that.”

Coach Moses was laid to rest Saturday following a memorial service in his hometown of Athens, Ga.

Written by: Daniel Hinton

Student Spotlight: Dezric Cook

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Coming into his first year of college as a heavily recruited athlete, freshman Dezric Cook has many expectations weighing on his back. Not only has he proven himself on the track and the field, he has excelled in every aspect of the term “student-athlete,” and shows no signs of taking his foot off the gas.

Cook, a freshman from Stephenson High School in Atlanta, is a part of Reinhardt’s football team, indoor and outdoor track teams, and most recently, a member of the Dean’s List. He has earned scholarships in both athletics and academics and relentlessly continues to strive for success.

Dezric Cook, a freshman student-athlete, is excelling on the field and in the classroom. He credits his success to a strict schedule and training. Photo by Aaron Canon

Cook was not able to participate on the field for football this past semester due to injury, but that didn’t stop him from working hard in the recovery aspect of the game, while still maintaining a strict grind in the weight room.

“Competition motivates me as an athlete and a student,” said Cook. “My high school coach told me to treat every aspect in life as if you’re competing, and in all actuality we are competing with the next person for the job, or in my case, for a spot as a top sprinter.”

Cook competed in his first collegiate track meet last week at Emory University. He participated in the 60-meter dash and put up great numbers. In prelims, he recorded a time of 7.12 seconds and made it to the Consolation finals (meaning he qualified in the top 16 out of all runners). In the Consolation finals, Cook ran a time of 7.20 seconds and finished 14th out of 48 participants.

“Overall I was happy with how I performed, but in no way am I content with what I accomplished,” said Cook after his first college track meet. “I put up decent numbers for a freshman but there’s only up from here. This constant hunger I have to get better and better motivates me not only on the track but also in the classroom.”

Aside from excelling in athletics, Cook has also been a stud in the classroom. Last semester, he was able to retain, and currently maintains, a cumulative 4.0 GPA. As an Accounting major, Cook aspires to find a way to merge his athletic dreams and his future in accounting together.

“Grades are extremely important to me,”  said Cook. “Education is the reason I’m here and getting good grades has been engraved in my mind since I was young.”

When asked how he manages his time between school and athletics, Cook was very straight forward, “I keep a strict schedule on time spent on my academics. I study at least three hours a day during the week and on the weekends, Sundays are used strictly for recovery from workouts and finishing up school work.”

As the semester goes on, expectations will only rise as Cook continues to be successful on the track and in the classroom. After his statement meet from the last track meet, Cook has been promoted to participate in the 200-meter dash and also the 4×400 meter relay race in Reinhardt’s upcoming meet this Saturday at East Tennessee State University. As expected, Cook remains confident in his ability to keep improving.

“This upcoming track meet, I am expecting to finish top 3 in all three of my events, no exceptions,” said Cook. “Our whole team has worked extremely hard this week and we all have goals that we plan on accomplishing. The sky’s the limit.”

Anime Club Spotlight

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Anime is a style of Japanese film and television animation, typically aimed at adults as well as children. The Anime Club began two years ago with students who wanted to connect with other students by watching and discussing their favorite anime. Games are now being incorporated in meetings. New members as well as old ones anticipate the new endeavors this semester is bringing to Anime Club.

In a regular Anime meeting, two or three Anime shows or movies are watched and the members discuss it over refreshments. This years  meetings centered on more than the films. The President of the Anime club, Drew Hans, stated that “we are focusing on more discussions and group games.” That is one of the methods that they are using to grow the club and make it thrive.

Members were asked to rate the film as part of the discussion. Questions were also asked and answered in order to better understand the film as well as the cultural meanings behind the films. This semester, they will be watching two ongoing series per meeting and play one game. They have played Ware Wolves, Fluxx, Uno, Monopoly, and Charades.

New members as well as old members are excited about the future of Anime Club this upcoming semester.  Kristina Jones said, “I anticipate broadening my horizons into a different culture and meeting new people.” Another member, Levi Cochran expressed his excitement for joining Anime club by stating, “it sparked my interest, I was curious to see what they would do, plus I wanted to find a club to join on campus.”

Overall, the members are extremely excited about the new events that are being implemented. There is an Anime Convention that they go to every year called AWA (Anime Weekend in Atlanta), and they are ecstatic about going with more people this year. Approximately 10 people went last year. There are different sessions where people dress up in cosplay. This event is similar to Dragon Con. They had a Valentines day marathon where marathons from Studio Ghibli such as Ponyo and Whispers of the Heart were played. Recently, they hosted a Disney Kareoke event

Anime Club meets every Thursday at 7pm in Lawson 110, so if you are interested in joining contact Drew Hans (Hans143279@students.reinhardt.edu) , Cassie Strickland ( Strickland114488@students.reinhardt.edu), or Adrienne Lawrence ( Lawrence12698@students.reinhardt.edu)