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In the spring, ECOS is usually busy preparing its budget for the upcoming school year, on top of ensuring that clubs have properly spent their budget over the past year. Because of Eckerd’s campus closure, this year’s proceedings look a lot different. 

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A year ago as a sophomore, Alexah Saxton received an email to let her know it was her turn to go select a room. She hurried over to Fox Hall to draw a number. After a long application process and the constant checking of emails, Saxton was ready to get a room. The number she pulled was three…

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Eckerd was forced to close down campus and move its classes online for the rest of the spring semester. But that’s not all that the campus closure has hindered. Students across all disciplines and years have been affected by the loss of campus jobs, internships …

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Due to the Brunner Internship Scholarship, students can apply for funding to support their summer, fall or winter-term internships. This is the scholarship’s second year and up to $3500 may be granted to cover travel, housing and personal expenses that may otherwise cause financial stress. 

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Hate speech directed toward black and Jewish students have been found on a car in the Omega parking lot and the banner in the main cafe between March 10 and March 12. The banner, which celebrated diversity and difference within the Eckerd community, was signed by hundreds of Eckerd students …

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Colleges can be inaccessible for those with mental or physical disabilities. Accessibility at Eckerd has seen major growth within the past couple of years, but some in the community say it still needs improvements to become an inclusive and accessible campus. 

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ECOS director of elections Ryleigh Kqira announced the 2020-2021 ECOS Executive Council election results in an email to students at 2:53 p.m. on March 13.

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On March 4, the ECOS debate showcased the candidates for the Executive Council and their views on topics such as the challenges and opportunities of having a new president, rebuilding trust between students and administration and different ways of increasing student engagement.

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Eight candidates announced their campaigns for next year’s executive positions at the declaration of candidacy meeting on March 1. Ryleigh Kqira, ECOS director of elections, and Bailey Cross, ECOS president, hosted the meeting to discuss the rules of campaigning.

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In early February, President Donald Eastman announced a plan to improve the “campus dialogue about Title IX” after 200 students protested the school’s alleged mishandling of several sexual misconduct cases. On Feb. 24, Eastman confirmed that two advisory councils on Title IX will work to sup…

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On Feb. 17, Eckerd College and Elaine Burgher came to a joint agreement to dismiss a lawsuit that alleged a party culture led to the death of a student. The case was dismissed with prejudice, meaning that the plaintiff cannot pursue further legal action on the same claim. 

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To help students gain the tools necessary to make smart financial decisions, the Investment Club and Engage EC hosted a CPS event, Building Blocks for Financial Freedom, on Feb. 20th.

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Armacost Library received several renovations this winter. The approximate $40,000 update to the library included the addition of vibrant and comfortable furniture in four of the study rooms and a complete redesign of the 24-hour computer lab. 

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Driven by his passion to create healthy and delicious food, Eckerd’s vegan chef Spencer-Trevon Johnson professionally known as Chef Spence D recently appeared on Fox 13 and News channel 10 to give live cooking demonstrations. 

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The declaration of candidacy is near. March 1 marks the day interested students will campaign for executive positions for the 2020-2021 academic school year. This is a regularly scheduled event, however an unforeseen circumstance led ECOS President, Bailey Cross and the senate to participate…

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Around 200 students stood in solidarity in front of Sheen Auditorium on Wednesday Feb. 5, 2020 before a faculty meeting at 1:40 p.m. In solemn silence, students held various signs, wore body paint, make-up and outfits to represent their cause against the administration’s alleged mishandling …

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A lawsuit filed against Eckerd College through Pinellas Circuit Court alleges the school mishandled a case against David Hastings, a former Eckerd professor of chemistry and marine science. Hastings was accused of sexual exploitation and harassment in a lawsuit filed on Dec. 16, 2019. 

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In the Office of International Education, Diane Ferris pushes aside paperwork and manila folders on her desk to uncover a faded black box. Its contents reveal photos taken from years of study abroad trips, dating back as far as 1988.

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Kahlil J. Wilson, 22, of Illinois was arrested for threats of a mass shooting at Eckerd College, among other felonies, according to a police report and investigation filed by the St. Petersburg Police Department. 

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On Tuesday, Nov. 5, President of Eckerd Donald R. Eastman III signed a pledge to ban the use of Eckerd’s funds for the purchase of unnecessary single-use plastic items beginning January 2020. This makes Eckerd the first in the nation to enforce such a plan.

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The Eckerd Latinos Unidos created an alter for Dia de los Muertos as a way to celebrate late loved ones on Nov. 1. But, when Latinos Unidos President L. Garcia went to go check on the alter just a few days later, he found that pictures were destroyed, and flowers were stolen. The alter in de…

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On Saturday, Nov. 2, sophomore Max Fusco said he took matters into his own hands when non-registered persons were found on-campus. 

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One in five undergraduate women are sexually assaulted, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. At Eckerd, only 13 allegations of sex offenses were brought to the Title IX Office in 2018, according to the Annual Safety Report.

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Eckerd’s housing website advertises: “Ask anyone who’s been there – dorm life is an unforgettable part of college life.” For some students, housing has been unforgettable for unfavorable reasons.

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