ECOS 'Spilling Tea' Event

ECOS Executive staff sits on the couch in Palmetto Cafe during the organization's event. On Nov. 7, ECOS members offered the opportunity for students and ECOS committee members to ask questions.

Eckerd has plans to write its name in the world record books this academic year.

ECOS members gathered on Nov. 7 in Palmetto Cafe to “spill the tea” on the organization’s fall semester updates and discuss future ideas. Students and ECOS committee members had the opportunity to ask officers questions regarding student government operations.

During the fall semester, ECOS worked to increase first-year involvement, hosted the CPS event “Sex in the Dark” and put on multiple Dorm Olympics programs including a food drive and a spikeball tournament.

“Everything has been rolling very smoothly,” senior ECOS President, Bailey Cross said.

Each officer reported on their position’s current and future goals. The Financial Affairs committee, directed by junior Will Shedden, is working toward getting funding for South Beach’s skate ramp. Due to rotted wood, the ramp will undergo full reconstruction. The project is estimated to cost $6,300.

Sophmore and Chief of Staff Olivia Hager is working on a project to involve the entire Eckerd community: setting the world record for most cereal boxes toppled in domino-like fashion.

“I want Eckerd to set a world record,” Hager said. 

Hager received the ‘go-ahead’ for the school to attempt to break the world record for most cereal boxes toppled in domino-like fashion. This idea includes plans to donate the cereal following the record-breaking attempt. Hager also submitted an application to make a new world record: the world’s longest body paint chain, on Kappa Field.

In addition, Vice President of Student Affairs, junior Natasha Cooper, is focusing on promoting Research Bites and Pitchers with Professors. Both are opportunities for students to interact with professors outside of the classroom. Cooper is partnering with Palmetto Productions to bring live music to future events in hopes to increase underclassmen attendance. 

The officers opened the floor to questions after committee updates. Senior environmental studies major Melissa Pielet* asked a question about recent events affecting the community. Specifically, a lawsuit filed against Eckerd about party culture resulting in the death of a former student.

“In the wake of the lawsuit [published Oct. 25], is that going to change any Campus Activity events?” Pielet asked.

Campus Activities Coordinator and Eckerd 2019 alumna Shannon Walsh, explained that ECOS is not yet aware of any changes. Walsh directed Pielet to the administration for further information.

Cross said she plans to meet with the administration to discuss the lawsuit. She is exploring ways to facilitate a conversation between students, faculty and administration about the case and the details included.

“We do want to do something to positively respond to the situation,” Cross said. “This is a time where we can really look inward and see what changes that we can make to make our spaces safer.”

*Melissa Pielet was The Current’s Deputy Editor in the 2018-2019 academic year.

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