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Reinhardt kicks off “Year of Cuba” with festival

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On Wednesday, September 20th, Reinhardt hosted the Year Of Cuba Festival as part of their annual “year of” program. This year, the university is honoring Cuba.

Sounds of traditional Cuban music filled the air while multiple organizations representing Reinhardt’s majors set up booths around the Donor Plaza. These booths provided information and refreshments regarding the traditions of Cuba and it’s society.  Activities such as salsa dancing, corn hole, and arts and crafts were among the things available for students to participate in while attending the gathering. The overall goal of the Year of Cuba Festival was to expand campus knowledge and appreciation of the island’s people and culture and inform students of the impact that the culture has had on the world throughout history. A gallery of pictures from the event has been included below.

Written by: Cameron Davis

Pictures by: Cameron Davis and James Gilbert

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Photos By: Aaron Simmons and Malik Golar

Men’s soccer suffers tough double overtime loss

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Reinhardt’s men’s soccer team put on a show for their fans in Waleska as they fought hard in an extended double overtime match-up against visiting Bryan College.

Reinhardt (10-3) entered the first half with an abundance of energy and jumped out to an early lead over Bryan College (11-0-2) with a goal from Dodge Palmisano.

“Every player who was playing from the beginning or stepped onto the field brought a lot of energy for the team,” Torge Wiedenroth, Reinhardt’s goalie, said.

The teams provided a swarming defensive game as both teams only combined for a total of 11 shots and 4 saves at halftime.

Entering the second half of the match, Bryan College’s Pablo Idieder answered with a goal of his own with an assist from teammate Brad Spooner, tying the game 1-1. Both teams fought through the remainder of the half without scoring as each team’s defense performed strongly. With an undecided victor at the end of regulation, they advanced to the first overtime of the night.

Wiedenroth held Bryan College scoreless with his only save of the period. The Eagles were unable to capitalize from Wiedenroth’s save as they could not come up with a goal of their own to end the match in overtime.

The action-packed game extended by entering the second overtime of the night. Reinhardt, as well as Bryan College, continued their stifling defenses until closing minutes of period 4. Bryan College’s Charlie Clark scored the final goal to dagger the Eagles with a 2-1 victory in double overtime. Emotions ran high, but Reinhardt kept their heads up as they were pleased with their efforts as a team.

“The team unity was outstanding tonight. The end was unfortunate for us, but overtime can go in either direction easily,” Wiedenroth said.

The Eagles fought to make things happen in their favor, but the outcome played in the favor of a well coached Bryan College team.

“We worked well as a team and created enough chances to win the game. It just didn’t fall for us in the end,” Todd Fidler, a sophomore midfielder, said.

The Eagles will try to bounce back from a shocking loss as they face off against Union College this Saturday at Ken White Field in Waleska at 7:30 p.m.

 

Written By: Aaron Simmons. Photo By: Aaron Simmons

Reinhardt launches “Community Gathering” series

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The premier event in Reinhardt’s “Community Gathering” initiative launched this week with mixed success, but great hope for the future of the series.

Faculty, staff and students gathered in the Falany Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, Sept. 14 to hear Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Mark Roberts, present “Rooted Cosmopolitanism: Placing Yourself in the World.”

Roberts introduced the concept of Rooted Cosmopolitanism and explained his hopes that the Reinhardt community might adopt these ideas as a way to frame our purpose and how we approach the world as citizens.

“Rooted Cosmopolitanism is a concept that I think describes what many people feel here at Reinhardt and probably across the world,” Roberts said. “I’m hoping that by talking about Rooted Cosmopolitanism that we’ll all be able to have the same language to describe how we feel about our citizenship in the world and our citizenship in local places.”

Reinhardt senior Justin Hawkins found Dr. Roberts’ message to be powerful.

“In general, as a community, we need to learn how to come together as a group of people and not let any other type of barriers get in the way of people who enjoy being around other people; during class or anywhere out in the world in general,” Hawkins said.

Roberts presented a condensed version of his presentation to allow time for the audience to engage in conversation. Following questions and comments about the presentation by several faculty members, Reinhardt University President, Dr. Kina Mallard, expressed her satisfaction that the faculty members were able to demonstrate for the students how people can engage with new information, something that is part of the overall vision for these events.

“This is the group right here, that this is designed for,” Mallard said as she pointed to a group of students in attendance.

The majority of the students were part of an Intercultural Communication course that attended with their professor. Turnout of students attending of their own volition was lower than anticipated by the leadership team.

Dr. Mallard expressed her hope that the number of students who attend these events will grow with time as they learn more about the series.

“It’s new and nobody really knows what it is or what it’s for,” Mallard said.

Dr. Mallard asked attendees for suggestions on how to inform students about the intent of this new series. These talks, according to an email sent on Sept. 13 by Dr. Mallard, are, “An opportunity for all of us to gather together, in community, for 45 minutes, to help fulfill our mission of growing intellectually, socially, personally, vocationally, spiritually and physically.”

Four more Community Gathering events are planned for this semester and planning is in the works for the spring series. The fall semester schedule is:

  • Sept. 28. Dr. Davis Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology & Public Life at Mercer University will present: “The Elusive Quest for Racial Justice in America”
  • Oct. 19 Audrey Haynes, a Professor at the University of Georgia, will present: “Media Influence on Voters’ Behavior.”
  • Nov. 2. Sachi Koto, Former CNN news anchor, Reinhardt Alumna and Valedictorian will present: “Breaking Barriers: First Female Asian on-air Talent in the Southeast.”
  • Nov. 16. Rev. Ted Goshorn, Reinhardt University Minister to Students will present, “Thanksgiving Community Worship.”

 

Written By: Aaron Simmons and Madeline Hervey. Photo Credit: Aaron Simmons

Club Spotlight: The Trading Card Club

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By Aaron Simmons

Entering its second year as an official Student Activities Club, the Trading Card Club offers members the opportunity to socialize with fellow students, play games and have fun after a long day of scholastic activity. As Trading Card Club Vice President Kailey Payne explains, “This is a great place to meet new people, play new card games and have fun.”

The club was created by now President Logan Witherow who wanted to offer opportunities for students interested in strengthening their mind and exploring an interest in art. “I want them [members] to take away that cards games aren’t just for kids; there’s actually strategy, and they are a work of art. It’s more than just cards because it is strategic which involves being one step ahead and it brings people together overall,” said Witherow.

Club Secretary Matthew Abbas, appreciates how the club helps him meet new people with common interests. “The thing that I really like is that we can find new people who like playing the same things that we do; even learning about new games which is a really social thing, and it brings a lot of people together,” Abbad said.

Trading card games are mass-produced and used for trading, collecting or strategic game play. In this club, any game is welcome. Some of the more popular card games amongst current members include the Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh card games.

James Phillips, treasurer of the Trading Card Club, enjoys the social aspect of trading cards. He sees his participation as a great way to build a bond with other students while having a fun time. He explains, “You’re in college! Making friendships that can last a long time with a lot of people who can go on to do big things, and having friends in higher places can benefit you in the long run.”

In an effort to continually improve the club experience for members, Witherow and Payne are working to get the club entered into  tournaments. This will allow the members to showcase their skills in various trading card games.

Membership is open to all Reinhardt students and anyone who is interested in joining can stop by a club meeting. Meetings are held Tuesdays from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. on the 2nd floor in the Tarpley Education Center.

Featured Photo: Trading Card Club Secretary Matthew Abbas getting his cards in order for a duel on Tuesday, August 30. Photo Credit: Aaron Simmons