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.
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.
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…
Eckerd’s waterfront campus comes with sunsets, a hands-on marine science program and an estimated 1-2 meters of sea level rise by the end of the century.
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.
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.
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.
On July 1, Damian Fernandez will assume his role as Eckerd’s fifth president. Succeeding the current president of 19 years, Donald Eastman, Fernandez was selected from a pool of 179 applicants.
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.
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…
New initiatives have been set to help facilitate the conversation on sexual assault and the Title IX process between students and faculty, according to an email sent by President Donald Eastman to the Eckerd community, on Feb. 6.
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 …
An Eckerd junior is suing the college for damages allegedly caused by poor lighting and a lack of warnings near the library, according to a lawsuit filed by her lawyer, Christian Denmon. The complaint was filed in late October 2019 in the Pinellas Circuit Court.
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.
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.
Omega 211 opened its windows to students every week between Thursday and Sunday, advertising the new hot dog and snack stop “Wiener Beach” this semester.
The first school Damian Fernandez ever visited was when he was four years old. In a rural one-room schoolhouse in Cuba, his mother was the only teacher and taught kids ranging from 5 to 13 years old.
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.
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.
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…
On Nov. 18, Eckerd College’s Board of Trustees Chairman John G. Finneran Jr. announced that Dr. Damian J. Fernandez will become Eckerd’s fifth president.