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This coming fall, the Human Experience and Imagining Justice Curriculums will be reworked allowing for students to have a different education from previous years. Associate Dean for General Education Heather Vincent said the second semester of Human Experience will be officially renamed to F…

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After seven themed housing proposals from Resident Advisors (RAs), Residence Life and Housing approved two new themed housing options on April 15. The new Global Experience House and the Artistic Crafts House will be optional housing for returning students in Fall 2022. Along with these new …

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On March 24, senior creative writing and Spanish major Erin Matozel finished a Spanish translated version of the Armacost Library’s self-guided tour with help from Visiting Instruction and Outreach Librarian Jenica Ibarra. Matozel created the tour for her Spanish capstone project. 

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Eckerd College will be introducing a living learning community and four new themed housing options for students in fall 2022. Only first-year students interested in leadership will be able to apply for the living learning community, while the other housing themes will be available for all st…

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Students gathered in Fox Hall to listen to Political Science and International Relations & Global Affairs professors during the “Ukraine-Russia Education and Action Event” on Friday, March 4. Speakers Neal Walker, Anthony Brunello, Mary K. Meyer McAleese and Allison Quatrini discussed th…

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Miles Collier, a member of Eckerd College’s Board of Trustees and former Board Chair, will be the commencement speaker for the May 2022 graduation ceremony. Along with his service on the board, Collier is a retired business executive and automobile enthusiast. 

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On Jan. 19, Eckerd counseling services welcomed Sharmila Shroff ‘94 as a part-time counselor. Shroff, a licensed mental health counselor, focuses on anxiety, diversity, health and wellness.

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On Friday, March 18, the Eckerd College Organization of Students Executive Council elections ended at noon. Christyna Reagan, junior, won the vote for president while first-year Michael Jerome received the most votes for vice president of student engagement. The 2022-2023 ECOS executive coun…

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In December 2021, sophomore Tony Salvatori created an Instagram account called @ecconservatives, and began posting content about various political and social topics, such as gun control, religion and abortion. At the end of February, Salvatori applied to charter an official student Republica…

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While most people spend their Spring Break relaxing on the beach, it can also be a great time for students to help the community through reflective service learning (RSL) and volunteering with organizations. Students who are choosing to stay on campus this year can spend their time completin…

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Campaign season is back for the Eckerd College Organization of Students (ECOS) executive council. Candidates declared candidacy on Sunday, March 6 which put two positions up for contention.

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On Feb. 15, Eckerd’s Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) held their Spring kickoff to celebrate the end of their new member registration process. The event was to inform students about activism opportunities on campus and launch their campaigns for this semester.

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On Feb. 14, Executive Director of Inclusive Excellence Beverly Warren sent out the Diversity and Equity Campus Climate Survey to Eckerd’s community. The survey asks about perceptions of Eckerd’s campus climate, how the college supports diversity and equity and experiences with discrimination…

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Less than two miles away from Central Ave. in St. Petersburg, Fla., music surged down Ninth Ave. S. More than 60 vendors lined the street, selling vegetables or advocating for social change. Mayor Ken Welch begins the festivities officially at 10 a.m. and a five-man drum group gets the crowd…

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Eckerd College Organization of Students (ECOS) held their annual spring State of the Address and Town Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. During this event, the executive board went over their roles and responsibilities, semester accomplishments, and future plans and then opened it up for qu…

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On Feb. 17, President Damián J. Fernández sent an email to the Eckerd community announcing that he asked Dean of Faculty and Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) Suzan Harrison to return to her position on the faculty after 10 years of service. Professor of Literature Julienne Empric wi…

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From Jan. 4 to Jan. 28, most students participated in a four-week Winter Term course, options for which ranged from experimental playwriting to exploring the deep sea. Each year, Winter Term allows students to engage with disciplines they wouldn’t typically see in their semester schedule and…

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On Thursday, Feb. 3 students spotted police officers and ambulances outside Iota and Kappa, leading to concerns from the student body about the incident and their safety. In Iota Wittner, Eli Altman Johnson, 23, was arrested after he allegedly made a threat of violence towards an off-campus …

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Nearly two years after the English Language Services (ELS) Program on Eckerd College’s campus closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program reopened with students returning to campus Jan. 30. The program is now looking for local families to host students, with 37 students from Japan comin…

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A cool breeze cut through the herd of students flocking to Upham Quad on Nov. 30. Sunshine warmed patches of the quad which otherwise felt chilly in the 62 degree weather. Students slowly migrated from academic buildings and other parts of campus to meet in front of Franklin Templeton and Up…

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With intentions to bridge the gap between students and administrators, the Eckerd Together Forum is a new approach to building a stronger community. The forum is a committee of students, faculty and staff engaging in open conversations to better incorporate the perspectives of every member o…

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This semester, Assistant Vice President of Operations Adam Colby is working with Kliment Halsband Architects on a three-phase plan that will set the course for a several-year long endeavor to rebuild dorms, offices, labs and other buildings on campus. According to Colby, this project will ex…

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Twenty years ago, in the 2001-2002 school year, the last edition of the Eckerd Yearbook was published. This old tradition is being revived in the midst of a global pandemic, with the Eckerd Weirdbook sending an email to all students on Wednesday, Sep. 22.

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On Oct. 29, students received an email announcing the third installation of COVID-19 relief funding from the government. While all students received at least $250, priority funding was given to those that demonstrated financial need as determined by the Eckerd College CARES Committee.

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On Monday Nov. 9, Assistant Vice President of Operations Adam Colby sent an email to Eckerd students, staff and faculty announcing that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that declared the community transmission rate in Pinellas County is now categorized as “moderate” instead of …

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In comparison to other colleges and universities in Florida, Eckerd’s vaccination rates skyrocket higher than any other school in the state.

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After almost a year and a half of adjusting to the pandemic lifestyle, Eckerd students are now possibly able to learn and study abroad once again. As of the time of publication, 15 Winter Term courses abroad will be available for students in Jan. 2022. 

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On Sat. Sept. 25, students hosted a “Heaven and Hell” themed party in the Nu Complex where students dressed up as angels and devils to gather in the complex’s courtyard. Just before 1 a.m., a fight broke out in the courtyard near the complex’s grill and a makeshift DJ booth. Senior Shawn Rus…

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On Apr. 30, the Eckerd College Housing Office sent an email to all students saying the ongoing need to reserve rooms for quarantine cases and the high volume of students needing on-campus housing “suggests that our available housing inventory will not be sufficient to meet student demand.” O…

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On Monday Aug. 16, Eckerd College held their traditional Ceremony of Lights. The ceremony was originally planned for Aug. 15 but was postponed due to severe thunderstorms. Despite the change of plans, thunderstorms still interrupted the ceremony on its rain date. 

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On May 1, the new executive council of the Eckerd College Organization of Students (ECOS) officially took office. The executive council is comprised of President Ava McLeod, Executive Vice President (EVP) Evan Cramer, Vice President of Financial Affairs (VPFA) Maice Clanton, Vice President o…

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Eckerd is partnering with Sweet Sparkman Architecture and Interiors to build a new pavilion on South Beach to honor alumnus Tim Scovanner, who graduated in 2011 and passed away unexpectedly in 2017. His parents Doug and Mary Scovanner donated $1 million to fund the project as they wanted to …

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The Seed Library in the Armacost Library officially opened on April 12, 2021, featuring over 50 varieties of edible plants, herbs and wildflower seeds. Anyone on campus can use these seeds to make their own personal garden or contribute to community gardens. This project has been in the work…

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A CPS event hosted by the Science Outreach Club and Afro-American Society, “A Perspective on Medical Racism and COVID-19,” was disrupted by Zoom bombers who played sexually graphic audio and wrote racist hate speech in the chat. The incident, which happened on April 25, is now under investig…

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With senior graduation on the horizon, students have been wondering how the pandemic will affect the Class of 2021’s ceremony. Eckerd is hopeful to provide seniors with a more traditional commencement at Kappa Field, though some elements of a “normal” ceremony will still be missing. Nonethel…

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ECOS executive council elections results were announced on April 2 just over two hours after the polls closed. With 418 votes, first-year Ava McLeod won the race for presidency against Will Stanley. Evan Cramer won executive vice president (EVP) by nine votes against Briana Hashim. Louis Bor…

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On March 26, President Damián Fernández emailed the Eckerd community about the current plans for the upcoming fall semester. However, according to Fernández, these plans are subject to change as they follow CDC guidelines in regards to the spread of COVID-19.

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Michelle Espinosa is in the middle of the move-in process: getting her two dogs, Isabella and Zeus, adjusted to Florida, unboxing all her belongings from Washington D.C., and familiarizing herself with her new workplace.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many clubs at Eckerd, and Scubi Jew is no exception. But this has given the organization an unusual opportunity to reflect and expand on what it really means to achieve the mission statement of Tikkun HaYam. 

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