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The Eckerd College St. Pete Center for Civic Engagement and Social Impact works to connect students to their community by facilitating involvement in the St.Petersburg and Tampa area through a combination of leadership opportunities and goal oriented engagement such as participating in local…

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Eckerd’s Alpha Prasch residents have experienced an ongoing struggle with air conditioning since Autumn term. After a few weeks, the issue was resolved for most residents until October. 

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Governor Ron DeSantis (R) secured his second term with 59.4% of the votes, defeating former Florida Governor and Representative Charlie Crist (D) in the Nov. 8 midterms. Voters also cast their ballots for Florida’s open seats in the Senate and House of Representatives. Eckerd College voters …

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Driven by the comprehensive campus plan, which details upgrades for up to the next 25 years, the facilities, planning, development and construction teams have been busy working on campus infrastructure. 

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With Nov. 8 midterms today, and Florida registration having closed on Oct. 11, Eckerd students from Florida Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) have been organizing events to educate student voters on the process. 

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Nearly two months into the Fall 2022 semester, Interim President James Annarelli’s work has been focused on establishing personal connections among the Eckerd community, work that he describes as “very busy and very satisfying.” 

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This survey works to uncover the gaps and voids that the college may overlook and be able to better support students in the Title IX process and around issues of sexual violence. Students may be uninformed and it helps the college in its efforts to educate in more targeted and focused ways. 

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Setting a precedent of sustainable commitment to ingrain a culture of environmental awareness, President Jim Annarelli and ECOS President Christyna Reagan affirmed the Break Free From Plastics Pledge (BFFP) commitment at the recent ice cream social at Hough Quad, where participants were enco…

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Last week, Hurricane Ian devastated a large portion of Florida’s southwestern coast. As Eckerd College and the St. Petersburg community breathe a sigh of relief from a near miss and relatively little damage, there also comes a call to action. Seeing the destruction and impact on Port Charlot…

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On Sept. 8, Eckerd College Organization of Students (ECOS) Executive Council members sent emails to 189 professors asking for classroom accommodations for religious holidays, namely Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, as well as Election Day.

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House Bill 7 (HB7), or the Stop wrongs to our kids and employees Act (Stop WOKE), was filed on Jan. 11 as a new approach to limiting education in public schools about subjects that may prompt complicated discussions in the classroom, such as conversations that sound discriminatory. These new…

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From operating hours to the concept of the long-standing “Triton’s Pub,” and addition of a taqueria, dining services are changing with this academic year. Fueled by feedback from students, according to Associate Dean for Student Life Anne Wetmore ‘94, more accommodations will be implemented …

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On Friday, June 10 Eckerd College President Damián Fernández sent an email to the Eckerd community stating that he would be stepping down as president beginning August 1, 2022. Five days later, Eckerd’s Board of Trustees appointed Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students James An…

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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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