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Reinhardt kicks off “Year of Cuba” with festival


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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Reinhardt is invited to explore Ireland during Study Abroad Info Meeting


Reinhardt University students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the Ireland is Calling – Explore the Emerald Island Study Abroad Info Meeting in 110 Lawson this Wednesday, April 12, at 3 p.m.

During the meeting, Professor of Sociology and International Studies Program Coordinator, Dr. Cheryl Brown, will be presenting the study abroad trip to Ireland, which is planned for May 2018, and discussing the details of the trip.

“We are going to be talking about the trip, costs and courses students can take,” said Dr. Brown.  “It’s going to be a chance for students to get a packet of information.  All students are welcome, whether current or alum.”

Dr. Brown was inspired to plan a faculty-led study abroad trip to Ireland due to the high interest of Reinhardt students.

“When I took a survey a year ago, Ireland was the top place students wanted to go,” said Dr. Brown.  “It’s also interesting that almost one-third of Americans trace their roots back to Ireland, so I think there’s a pull for people to go.”

Dr. Brown looks forward to introducing the group to Emerald Island and discussing the trip itinerary during the meeting.

“We’re going to start in Dublin and go to Trinity College and Dublin Castle, and then to the Titanic Museum in Belfast, where the Titanic was built,” said Dr. Brown.  “We are also going to see Giant’s Causeway and go down to Derry, which is a walled city.  The last couple of days we’re going to the Dingle Peninsula, which is actually the home of pure Irish music.”

Dr. Brown can be contacted at for more information.

Written by: Adria Mulrooney

Reinhardt University Phi Beta Lambda is hosting its first car show to raise funds


Reinhardt University Phi Beta Lambda is putting on its first car show event on Monday, April 1, from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.  The event will be held at the Hagan Chapel parking lot on the main campus.  The fee to enter a car in the show is $25.  General attendance is free and everyone is welcome to join.

Senior General Business major and Vice President of RU Phi Beta Lambda, Ethan Alexander, is leading the organization of the event.

“Phi Beta Lambda is the collegiate version of Future Business Leaders of America, but we compete in business competitions to showcase the skills we have learned,” said Alexander.  “Events range from writing to performance events.”

Alexander sees the car show as an opportunity for the students to apply their skills.

“The car show is our attempt to show what we as business majors have learned in the classroom,” said Alexander. “I’ve made and used connections, and we have budgeted, sent requests, marketed and used human resources to plan a car show for the community to come out and showcase what they have. It will consist of anybody who wants to enter their vehicle(s).  There will be three judges to rank them and determine winners of the different categories. We will also have raffle prizes to giveaway to anybody who wants to buy tickets.”

Alexander believes the event will be a great opportunity for both the local and Reinhardt communities to come out and see a lot of unique cars and praises the hard work of Phi Beta Lambda in putting on the event.

“This is a chance to see cars you don’t see every day and take a look at what used to cruise the streets of Waleska before we were even born,” said Alexander.  “It really helps bring history to life, and for a car guy like me, it makes the day more exciting. The thing I’m most looking forward to is seeing how many people come out and either enter a car or just come look around. I’m proud to say Phi Beta Lambda has decided to earn our money instead of asking for funding from the school. I look forward to seeing the happy faces of a job well done.”

Dean of the McCamish School of Business and Associate Professor of Business, Dr. Katherine Hyatt, is one of the several advisors for RU Phi Beta Lambda and expresses her support and praise for the students in organizing the event and encourages everyone to come out and show their support as well.

“Ethan has really completed all the work for the car show,” said Dr. Hyatt.  “I helped him gain approval for the car show from administration. It has been my role as one of several advisors for Phi Beta Lambda to support him and the students in putting the event together. It is easy to support students in things they are passionate about, and Ethan is definitely passionate about cars. The car show is free to the public and it would be great for students to come to the event. The more people that can visit the event the better.”

Alexander can be reached at for more information about the event.


Written by: Adria Mulrooney

Sophomores are invited to the President’s home for S’mores with Sopmores event


Reinhardt President Dr. Kina Mallard and husband Steve invite the Class of 2018 to celebrate their halfway point to graduation this Thursday, March 16, from 6-8 p.m. at the Reinhardt President’s home for a fun night of relaxation, socialization and eating s’mores.

Coordinator of Programming and Service at the Office of Student Activities, Meredith Keating, believes the event will be a great way for students to make connections.

“I expect the sophomores to gain a deeper connection to their class and to Dr. Mallard and her family by attending a relaxed event in the President’s home,” said Keating. “Last year, over 50 sophomores attended the event.”

“Steve and I always enjoy having students to our home,” Dr. Mallard said. “First-year students have many opportunities to visit, but last year we realized that sophomores needed an event and started the tradition of ‘S’mores with the Sophomores.’ I most look forward to the casual atmosphere, sitting around the fire pit roasting marshmallows and talking about their Reinhardt experience.”

Dr. Mallard hopes that this year’s event will be just as successful as last year’s.

“The highlight of last year’s event was watching students who did not know each other standing together making s’mores and making new friends,” said Dr. Mallard. “These gathering events allow me the opportunity to really engage with students and get to know them in a more personal way than is often allowed by my busy schedule.”

Meredith Keating can be contacted at for more information about the event.

Written by: Adria Mulrooney.

Residence Life hosting 10th annual iBingo event this Thursday


Residence Life is putting on its 10th annual iBingo event this Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Bannister Glasshouse. The entire Reinhardt University family is invited to come out and enjoy a fun night with music and prizes.

Billy Jones, residence Life Coordinator for Cobb, Roberts and Paul Jones halls, will be organizing the event this year, as he has done in past years.  Jones came up with the idea when he was a resident assistant in the West apartments in 2008.  iBingo was a huge success that year and has been brought back each year since.

“iBingo is a high-energy musical spin on the traditional Bingo game,” said Jones.  “Residence Life produces the event each spring semester.  This year, Dylan Cronan and Dakori West will be hosting, and Ethan Alexander will be DJ-ing.  Players create their own iBingo boards by putting musical artists and bands in each square.  The DJ will play songs, and players will mark the correct artist or band.  We have four rounds, and each round focuses on a genre.  The final round is a mix of every genre; the winner of the final round wins some sweet Beats Studio headphones.  Winners of the first four rounds and the mini-games will win a set of awesome Skullcandy wireless earbuds. In addition, beginning today, Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m., anyone that walks near the Hasty Student Life Center will be able to get a special Snapchat filter made just for iBingo.”

Jones expressed his enthusiasm for this year’s iBingo and encourages the entire Reinhardt family to get involved.

“I’m very excited about what we have planned for the campus this time around!  It’s an honor to know I made this kind of impact on Reinhardt’s culture when I was a student, and I’m honored to be overseeing iBingo again this year,” said Jones.  “The only expectation is that everyone have fun!  We want everyone to come out, chill and enjoy current music, as well as past favorites, and even learn about some new music.  The more students, faculty, staff and administrators that come out, the more fun we’re going to have!”

Billy Jones can be contacted at

Written by: Adria Mulrooney