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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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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.

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

Campus events discussed at Student Government Association meeting


The Student Government Association’s meeting accomplished the task of providing the funds necessary to further education and integrity through academic conferences, competitions and social events, such as card making and movie nights organized by the various clubs on campus.

Just as every previous Student Government Association (SGA) meeting begins, this one too began with an opening prayer delivered by Luke Williams before delving into approving funding for projects such as campus improvement, academic trips and club events.

SGA President Katie Purcell. Photo courtesy of Jeff Reed | Reinhardt University

Reinhardt has been making steps towards beautifying the campus and keeping it “University in a Park.” These steps have included placing trashcans in readily accessible places for students to drop their trash quickly and conveniently. A motion was made at the Jan. 30 meeting to purchase two more trashcans for $1,300, according to the unofficial minutes, one of which is to be placed near the Echo Garden to collect trash from students leaving the cafe inside the library.

After recapping upcoming events, including the Student Activities Council’s acoustic karaoke event and laser tag event coming up on Feb. 3 and Feb. 4 respectively, Katie Purcell, senior and President of SGA, began discussing upcoming events and proposals. SGA will be hosting a Valentine’s Day event where students will have the opportunity to make cards that will then be donated to the Canton Nursing Home. This event is happening so SGA can “show students it’s the little things that matter and that paying it forward is very rewarding,” Purcell said.

African Descendants will also be holding a book stamping event from 4-5:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 to provide underprivileged students in Africa with reading materials. The “goal of this event is to provide an easy way for students to serve their community and to branch out beyond Waleska,” SGA member Adrienne Lawrence said.

According to the unofficial minutes of the Jan. 30 meeting, multiple clubs requested funding for projects including the Anime Club, which asked for $400 for a Valentine Movie Night; Pi Gamma Mu, the Social Behavior and Sciences Honor Society, which requested funds to travel to the Southeastern Psychological Convention for $1,986; and the Ultimate Frisbee team that asked for funds to pay the $150 enrollment fee in the Mars Hill University Conference. All requests were approved.

Purcell adjourned the meeting by providing instructions for those interested in running for office. Elections for the offices will be held April 3-5.

Student Government Association meets every Monday at 7 p.m. in the Nook.

Written by: Erin Laas.

Leadership skills headline student workshop


A leadership training was held with the intent of bettering the leadership skills of student leaders and advisers. General leadership skills, as well as systematic structures of Reinhardt, were taught. The overall message was to be involved in leadership and organizations.

Dr. Walter May led a leadership skills workshop Jan. 27 in the Bannister Glasshouse, Hasty Student Center. Photo by Deborah Dahn

Dr. Walter May held this workshop for all student leaders, RSO’s ( Registered Student Organization), advisers, and officers in order to train them about leadership skills. The workshop covered the overview of student organizations, functions and expectations of advisers and officers, overview of registration and recognition process, overview of policies and procedures, general liability and risk management, overview of event planning, and student organization travel policies.  

Through this training, May informed people on how to effectively run an organization and recruit and retain members. He provided direction by using this workshop to guide the leaders of Reinhardt.

“My leadership experiences has made me an independent leader. I learned setting goals and objectives, management and even conflict and communication by being a student leader,” May said.

Student leader Madeline Hervey, freshman communication major, said she benefited from attending the session.

“I am a treasurer for RU serve. I learned how to put in a funding request form and policies for off-campus events. As treasurer, I plan on using the funding request forms to request money for refreshments for after our community service projects,” said Hervey.

The message that May wants students to take away from this workshop is simple.

“Be involved. Studies show that the more involved you are in college as a student, the more successful you will be,” he said.

For more information on what was covered at the leadership workshop, contact Dr. Walter May at