Photo Slideshow: Homecoming 2016


Homecoming 2016 Photo Slideshow
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Photos By: Aaron Simmons and Malik Golar

Moonlight Madness returns to Reinhardt

Moonlight Madness

The Reinhardt basketball programs, with help from the Student Activities Council, hosted Moonlight Madness during the week of homecoming.

The event, held Oct. 24, was one of the week’s festivities where students came out to participate in miscellaneous activities with the men’s and women’s basketball teams.

Moonlight Madness has not occurred at Reinhardt in a few years, however, students still made a strong turnout.

“This is the first time we’ve done it in, I believe, four years,” Sports Information Director Jason Hanes said.

The 100 tickets redeemable for a free T-shirt were gone 15 minutes before the event was scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. SAC provided pizza in the lobby of the gym for students entering the event, and the bleachers were filled shortly after the event began.

“We were very pleased with the amount of students who came out for the evening,” Hanes said.

The teams were welcomed to the floor by the RU cheerleading squad, as Hanes announced each player’s name and some information about them, followed by cheers from the crowd. The coaching staff was introduced, the teams were seated and the cheerleading squad gave a brief performance.

Festivities began with a 3-point competition, where competitors from the men’s and women’s team faced off against their teammates and had 60 seconds to make as many 3-point shots as they could. The winners from each group, Junior Corey Tobin and Senior Erika Woodfin, then faced off. Tobin came away the victor.

“Players seemed to get most excited about the 3-point contest when it was the women’s team winner vs. the men’s team winner,” Hanes said.

Spectators were involved with the next event, where 10 volunteers participated in a huge game of knockout with players from the women’s team.

Various events filled the remaining time, including a shooting contest with staff members, a brief men’s basketball scrimmage and a dunking contest for both teams.

“The event went very well,” Hanes said.

It’s important to introduce the teams and players to motivate the start of their season. However, Reinhardt’s version of the kickoff is scheduled differently than other schools.

“In some places, it’s a start of basketball practice, but here, we try to do it about the week of the first game,” Hanes said.

The basketball season started Oct. 29, shortly after Moonlight Madness, with both teams taking home wins against Webber International University. The next men’s game is Nov. 4 at Johnson and Wales University, and the next women’s game is Nov. 3 at home against Warner University.


Story By: Thomas May. Photo By: Jaydon Smith

Waleska community enjoys Halloween festivities at Trunk-or-Treat event

Trunk or Treat

Halloween festivities were enjoyed by the local community at the Trunk-or-Treat event, co-hosted by Reinhardt University and Waleska United Methodist Church.

The Reinhardt Homecoming Week event, held Wednesday, Oct. 26, took place in the Hagan Chapel Parking Lot from 6-8 p.m.  Rev. Tim Emmett, pastor of Waleska UMC, counted the event as a success.

“This year’s event probably drew twice as many people as last year. Hundreds of children from Waleska came to our Trunk-or-Treat last night.  The parking lot was packed all night long,” Emmett said.  “Reinhardt students did a great job welcoming the children, cheering them on as they completed activities, and making sure that they had a very positive experience.  With the help of the Reinhardt community, we definitely achieved our goal of providing a fun and safe Trunk-or-Treat experience for the families in our community.”

The event included decorated trunks, food, members of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office and Cherokee Fire and Emergency Services, Reinhardt students, faculty and staff, and, of course, costumes and candy.

Waleska UMC’s Director of Children’s Ministries, Cheryl Griffin, described the church’s involvement in the community event.

“Waleska UMC participated in many ways, including the prayer, advertising and promotion of the event throughout the community,” Griffin said.  “We also participated by donating candy for trunk sponsors to utilize (there were 10 trunks there which were sponsored by Waleska UMC members), inviting the fire department and sheriff’s office to participate, providing and serving over 230 hot dogs, along with chips and drinks, sharing the love of our Lord with all who attended, and enjoying the interaction with the Reinhardt students!”

Sophomore Psychology major Ally Vieira was one of many students who enjoyed the event.

“There were great people that came out and great music,” Vieira said. “Everyone had a fun time setting up and interacting with the kids.  My favorite part was definitely seeing the kids’ faces light up every time they did well in the corn hole or knocking down our bowling pins, and meeting a baby dressed up as Tigger from Winnie the Pooh, just like me, was pretty cool too!”

A full list of RU Homecoming events can be found here.


Written By: Adria Mulrooney. Photo By: Adria Mulrooney

Uncovering the history of Bratton’s Bells

Bell Tower

Arguably the most well-heard feature on Reinhardt’s campus, the Bell Tower rings loud and clear on the hour every day.

Surrounded by a small circular brick area, the tower and the smaller bell that stand alongside it tend to be off the beaten path for most people, but individuals on campus will seldom go a day without hearing the bells. Aside from being a way to alert students and faculty of the time, the Bell Tower holds an important distinction, it is a memorial to past university president W. M. Bratton.

Similar to how the Burgess Echo Garden shares its name with former President J. R. Burgess, the Bell Tower shares its name with former President W. M. Bratton. Although the tower is commonly called “The Bell Tower,” its official name is the W. M. Bratton Memorial Carillon. A carillon, according to the Guild of Carillonneurs of North America, is an instrument composed of at least 23 carillon bells, but Reinhardt’s tower only has four bells. The tower was dedicated homecoming day Oct. 12, 1985.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held in August 1985, and according to Reinhardt Librarian and unofficial campus historian, Joel Langford, attendees included Reinhardt alumni, former presidents, and members of the Georgia Methodist Conference. This groundbreaking also included the small bell that sits next to the main bell tower.

Bratton BellThe small bell, alongside the two brick pillars supporting it, serve as a memorial to both Dr. Bratton and the class of 1934. During their years at Reinhardt, the small bell would ring to announce class times and curfews. The pillars were built to mimic the columns erected by the class of 1934 in front of the old administration building that no longer stand. The small bell does not ring on the hour along with the larger bells.

More than 30 years following its construction, the Bratton Bell Tower continues to serve both as a keeper of time and as an iconic landmark for the campus. Time will tell whether or not it joins its counterpart as a symbol of the past, but for now it and the smaller bell serve as two of Reinhardt’s important memorials.


Written By: Jacob Howard. Photos By: Jacob Howard. 

Homecoming Week 2016 list of events


Homecoming Week 2016 begins on Monday, October 24 and will include a variety of events for everyone. We’ve compiled a complete list of events so you don’t miss out on any of the fun.

Monday, October 24

Stop Hunger Now: The service project Stop Hunger Now will be held in the Bannister Glasshouse from 3-5 p.m. where students can volunteer to prepare meals for families in need. Reinhardt has pledged to create 15,000 ready-to-cook meals in two hours.

Moonlight Madness: From 9-11 p.m. the Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams will hold Moonlight Madness in the Brown Athletic Center. Watch both teams along with the coaches, faculty, and staff play games, and students will be able to join in the fun by competing for prizes. Free t-shirts will be given to the first 100 people to attend.

Tuesday, October 25

Ministry Fair: A Ministry Fair will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 25 in Hasty Plaza from 5-7 p.m. to present opportunities for ministry through local churches, seminaries, and local mission organizations. These groups will provide students with education and service opportunities.

Eagle Cinema: Halloweentown: Students are invited to bring blankets and chairs to the Donor Plaza at 8 p.m. as there will be a showing of the Disney Channel Original Movie “Halloweeentown.”  Snacks will be provided.

Wednesday, October 26

Picture Perfect: Stop by Hasty Plaza between 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for the Picture Perfect Frame Decorating event. Paint and decorate a wooden picture frame to hold pictures of favorite Reinhardt memories.

Starve a Vampire-Red Cross Blood Drive: The American Red Cross will holding a Blood Drive in the Bannister Glasshouse from 12-5 p.m. 

Trunk-or-Treat: Reinhardt and Waleska UMC will co-host a fun and safe trick-or-treat event for the local community at the Hagan Chapel Parking Lot from 6-8 p.m. If your organization is interested in registering to participate in Trunk-or-Treat, contact Rev. Tim Emmett at wum1@reinhardt.edu.

Thursday, October 27

Opera in Atrium: Students from the University Opera program will showcase what they have learned in their courses in a live opera show at the Falany Performing Art Center at 7:30 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 770-720-9167 or emailing boxoffice@reinhardt.edu.

Block Party and Pep Rally: The annual Block Party and Pep Rally will be held at Hasty Plaza at 9-11 p.m and will include free food, music, games, and vendors.

Friday, October 28

Dr. & Mrs. James Rowland Burgess Dedication and Unveiling: Burgess Administration Building, 5:00pm. Join us as we celebrate and recognize the legacy of Dr. and Mrs. J Rowland Burgess by permanently placing their portraits in the lobby of the administration building and unveil the Burgess name atop the building.

10 Under 10 Dinner and Silver and Gold Alumni Recognitions: This event will be held in the Bannister Glasshouse from 6-8 p.m. 

Student Talent Show: Watch as Reinhardt students perform to compete for judges to win this year’s Student Talent Show at the Falany Performing Art Center at 7 p.m. Seating will be first come, first serve.

Saturday, October 29

Ultimate Tailgate Experience: Starting at 8 a.m. in the Gym Parking Lot, come out before the football game to participate in Reinhardt tailgating. If your organization is interested in registering to reserve a tailgating location, go to www.reinhardt.edu/tailgate.

Alumni Tailgate: Rollins Wellness Center 10:00am – 1:30pm. All Alumni are invited to a potluck tailgate with fun and games for all.

Football vs. Georgetown: Come out to Ken White Field at 1:30 p.m. to support the Eagles against Georgetown College Tigers. Halftime will include the presentation of the 2016 Homecoming Court and the crowning of the Homecoming Queen and King.

Women’s Basketball v. Webber University: Support the Women’s Basketball team against Warriors of Webber University at 6 p.m. at Brown Athletic Center Gym.

Men’s Basketball v. Webber University: Support the Men’s Basketball team against Warriors of Webber University at 8 p.m. at Brown Athletic Center Gym.

Halloween Monster Mash Dance: The dance will begin at 10 p.m. in the Bannister Glasshouse. Come dressed in your best costume as there will be prizes given out for scariest costume, funniest costume, best costume, and best couple.

Sunday, October 30

Theater Performance: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Presented by Theatre IV:  Washington Irving’s autumnal masterpiece tells of the new schoolmaster, Ichabod Crane, his sweetheart Katrina, and the devilishly handsome Brom Bones. This clever adaptation by one of our nation’s leading playwrights for young audiences is loaded with hearty audience participation, is more funny than scary, and comes complete with the Headless Horseman. Join us for the return of this harvest classic. Theatre IV, founded in 1975, has been internationally acclaimed for excellence as a theatre for young audiences. Cost: Adult: $15, Senior (55+): $10, Child (12 years & younger): $5. To find out more and to purchase tickets visit www.reinhardt.edu/FPAC or contact (770) 720-9167 and boxoffice@reinhardt.edu.


Written By: Jordan Beach. Photo By: Jordan Beach