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.
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.
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.
Eckerd students are preparing to go home and spend the holidays away from Eckerd as COVID-19 continues to sweep across the nation. Eckerd has updated its check-out and check-in procedures in the hopes that campus will be as safe as possible.
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:
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.
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.
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…
While votes are currently being counted and lawsuits taking place, the Associated Press projected former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris to win the 2020 Presidential Election. Eckerd students expressed an array of emotions, primarily relief after a long, stressful campaign…
Eta was again upgraded to hurricane status on Nov. 11, and turned toward St. Petersburg and Eckerd. The college sent out an emergency alert at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 11, with detailing academic plans for the next day, guidelines for students, faculty and staff, and when to expect updates.
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.
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.
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.
Despite Pinellas County voting for Joe Biden by a slim plurality, the Associated Press called Donald Trump to win Florida and its 29 electoral votes at 12:35 a.m. on Nov. 4. Pinellas County, one of the most unpredictable swing counties in Florida, voted republican through most of the down ba…
With less than 12 hours until the polls close after an emotional campaign season, student leaders are working to get the remaining Eckerd students who have not yet voted to the polls by phone banking and loading up the “Jolley Trolley.”
After seven months away from their dorms, classrooms and friends, roughly 400 juniors and seniors moved back on campus in the final phase of Eckerd’s return plan.
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…
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.
Eckerd President Damián Fernández emailed the Eckerd community updates to the spring semester schedule on Oct. 14, detailing modifications to the Winter Term and spring semester dates, a one day long spring break and surveillance and pre-arrival testing plans.
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.
Senior Zach Austin lives in Illinois, 2000 miles away from Eckerd and feels disconnected from friends he made in college. When Guerin reached out to him over the summer about joining Student-Alumni-Faculty Alliance, Austin knew he wanted to be involved.
As part of the college’s COVID-19 guidelines, Eckerd closed residential lounges due to the threat of COVID-19 spreading within them, leaving students with low-tier meal plans with less food options.
At 8 p.m. EST on Friday, Sept. 11, a local trapper removed the alligator in Zeta Pond. Nicknamed Gerald, Rona and Zetar, the reptile was measured to be 11-feet 4-inches and will be moved to Fort Meade, a city in Polk County, Florida, according to Director of Campus Safety and Security Tonya Womack.
Autumn Term usually begins with parents and students bustling around the Waterfront, upperclassmen and first-years bonding at Glow Party and everyone packing into McArthur Gymnasium for the Ceremony of Lights. Last month, for the first time in five months, students returned to campus, and Ec…
With COVID-19 cases on the rise, universities across the country must decide on a tight deadline how to continue the fall semester, whether online or in person. As the first day of classes quickly approaches, Eckerd has changed plans on reopening its campus. Now, students must decide to take…
Owen Melin, a student at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg, was shot and killed during a home invasion, according to a press release from the St. Petersburg Police Department.
President Donald Eastman sent an email to faculty and executive staff detailing financial losses due to COVID-19 and Eckerd’s plans for the future.
From the Break Free from Plastic Pledge signed last semester to getting more students to vote in the 2020 Presidential Primaries, PIRG has worked to promote student bring change to colleges and the government. Like all of the Eckerd community and the world, their plans for the spring were re…
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.
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…
On April 15, Eckerd College President Donald Eastman announced that seniors can attend a digital commencement on May 17 at 1 p.m. and an on-campus celebration on Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. Eastman also said how students will be refunded for spring semester’s room and board.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Eckerd College announced that resident halls will close for the rest of the semester due to the 2019 coronavirus pandemic.
On March 18, the plaintiff of the lawsuit involving Eckerd’s alleged mishandling of a Title IX case voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice, meaning the plaintiff cannot pursue further legal action on the same claim.
On March 12, a 19-year-old was fatally shot at Alta Mar at Broadwater Apartments, according to a police report provided by Sandra Bentil, a public information officer for the St. Petersburg Police Department.
On March 12, Eckerd announced in an email that dorms would close at noon on March 17 and classes would move online on March 30. The college also said in the email that students who need help find off-campus housing must fill out a form.
Eckerd College announced that it will close all residence halls on March 18 at noon in light of the coronavirus being declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. Classes will move online on March 30.
After returning from a conference in Washington, D.C., Alexa Schein* and Eckerd officials agreed to quarantine her off-campus for possible coronavirus exposure.
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.
Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency after two cases of Coronavirus in Hillsborough and Manatee counties on Sunday March 1. All international spring break service trips have been canceled due to the spread of the illness, according to an email to the Eckerd community on Monday March 2.