RU offers fun alternatives to a Spring break spent at home


Reinhardt University is hosting two exciting trips this Spring Break. The trips are open to all students on campus and transportation will be provided.

Reinhardt Outdoors, sponsored by Dr. Walter May, is taking students to Skidaway Island for a 5-day/4-night sea kayaking trip around Georgia’s coast. The trip will not only include kayaking but also bonfires, stories and food. Students will have the opportunity to learn about Georgia’s saltwater environments and the history of Savannah, as well as explore the Savannah National Wildlife Reserve and hike along the Avian Loop Trail. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of interesting flora and fauna.

Dr. Walter May, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities, says “I’m really excited for this trip because it gives students a chance to get out of their normal routine and into nature. There’s something for everyone, even a service project where students will help park rangers repair the board walk from hurricane damage.”

The trip will take place Monday, March 6 through Friday, March 10 and will cost $85.  May urges students to sign up before the Feb. 24 deadline. There are only 14 spots available for the trip, however some still are available.  May said that no experience is required and that all students who participate will have a very memorable time.

For those looking for a service-oriented spring break, consider attending the Appalachia Service Trip hosted by Tim Norton, vice president for advancement and marketing. On this trip, students will dedicate time to repairing the houses of those in need. Departure to Jonesville, Va. will take place on March 5 and students will return March 8.

The cost to attend is $50, and students should pack long sleeved shirts, pants and sturdy shoes. It is requested that students observe the modest dress code, meaning shorts should reach at least mid-thigh and all shirts should have sleeves.  Students will also need to pack toiletries, a sleeping bag and pillow, a towel and shower shoes. It is requested that if students have work gloves that they bring those as well.

For more information on Reinhardt Outdoors Sea Kayaking Trip, such as packing essentials or itinerary details, visit To pay for an already reserved spot, students should go to the Business Office.

For more information or to sign up for the Appalachia Service Trip, contact Kathy Bouyett at

Written by: Erin Laas

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Club Spotlight: The Trading Card Club


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