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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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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.

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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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