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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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As Eckerd celebrates Black History Month, we look at important issues in the Eckerd community regarding diversity and inclusion. Eckerd College’s Diversity Action Council (DAC) is working on projects that are attempting to improve all aspects of the college’s strides toward inclusion, equity…

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On Tuesday Feb. 23, Eckerd students had the opportunity to discuss concerns with Bon Appetit’s dining services such as too much cooking oil in their food, limited meal options and quantity. 

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At Eckerd, there is a visible lack of diversity in faculty. 86.7% of the school’s faculty is white, according to the 2019-2020 factsheet on Eckerd’s website. The only Black faculty at Eckerd College are the Director of Service Learning and Adjunct Professor of American Studies Ronald Porter,…

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Eckerd College Search and Rescue responded to a boat crash on Jan. 23 half a mile north of the Skyway Bridge, resulting in five of the passengers being hospitalized. EC-SAR responded along with the U.S. Coast Guard, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and St. Petersburg Fire Rescue. 

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On Jan. 20, President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. Some students feel nervous for this inauguration ceremony because of the risks with COVID-19 and the insurrection on Capitol Hill. 

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All in-person classes and meetings have been suspended until Jan. 19 after nine students tested positive for COVID-19, according to an email from Eckerd President Damián Fernández sent on Jan. 13. The email outlined the college’s plans to mitigate further spread of the new cluster of cases. 

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Fall semester 2020 has been full of unexpected events - from returning to college during a global pandemic to getting a new president (of Eckerd and of the United States.) These are some big events and changes that happened this semester: 

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The COVID-19 Operations and Implementation Team temporarily closed the Waterfront after three positive cases were suspected to be caused there on Wednesday Nov. 18. After a surveillance pool test of 115 people resulted to be negative, the Waterfront reopened on Sunday Nov. 22.

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With the unprecedented effects of COVID-19 on daily life, Eckerd students are trying to figure out what they can do to celebrate Thanksgiving safely. Through email, Eckerd has repeatedly encouraged students to stay on campus to prevent students from being in contact with COVID-19. 

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Ava McLeod is Eckerd’s first ECOS Culture Council Liaison. The new position is meant to bring more representation in ECOS and McLeod plans to use the opportunity to make Eckerd a place where all identities are included. She is a first-year student intending on majoring in Marine Science with…

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As the 2020 hurricane season draws to a close, tropical storm Eta draws closer to Florida. NOAA announced at 3:00 p.m. CST on Nov. 10 that sections of Florida’s west coast are under a tropical storm watch. 

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With ballots still being counted, tensions are high on campus as students await results from the 2020 presidential election. Some students are feeling anxious, scared and believe societal issues will occur regardless of the final results of this election.

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Along with the presidential, congressional and county elections, six amendments to the Florida Constitution were on the Nov. 3 ballot. Amendments one, two, five and six passed, three and four failed to garner 60% of the vote.

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On Nov. 3, 2020, the Pinellas County ballots will have more than just presidential candidates. They will be filled with questions about state amendments, Florida supreme court justices and other local Pinellas County public officials. With Eckerd College being in State House District 69, and…

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With the upcoming presidential election, student organizations on college campuses, including Eckerd, have made it their goal to educate young voters and give them the tools they need to understand the political world around them. 

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During the Youth Voter Engagement Conversation with Mayor of St. Petersburg Rick Kriseman on Thursday, Oct. 22, one audience member talked about her experience as a 54-year-old Black woman becoming more involved in politics and going to college again.

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