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Social media is a large part of college students’ lives. While social media can be beneficial, often times it is overused and can weaken our social connections.

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Starbucks is a treat to students before and after classes, but this popular coffee shop is host to plastic waste that students use and discard within minutes of purchase. Students can make easy changes to avoid falling prey to this plastic death trap and take a stand against single-use items.

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People studying archaeology get used to being compared to fictional characters like Indiana Jones. While the jokes are in good fun, the inaccurate glamorization of archaeology and anthropology can hurt the discipline in the long run.

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Changes to the room draw process no longer allow for students to squat in rooms. With housing in high demand, the ban on squatting will bring more equal room opportunity for Eckerd’s growing student population.

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Unless you have been hiding under a fairly large rock, you have seen the internet set ablaze by individuals fighting against the use of single-use plastics, particularly plastic straws. But, banning of the plastic straw will disproportionately affect the disabled community, which relies on t…

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Hey Eckerd, Donovan here. For those who don’t deal with me talking too much in class or acting like a fool at Another Man’s Trash, don’t worry, I’m still involved in your life too. I am the founder of the #KnowYourLimits campaign on campus and with the help of a bunch of great homies, I work…

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Eckerd is well-known for its pet-friendly policy. But, this privilege makes it easy for students to impulse-buy pets they are not ready to care for, endangering the animal in the process.

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For the second year in a row, ECOS Executive Elections are mired in controversy. The polls closing early this year may have been an innocent mistake stemming from miscommunication, but the circumstances surrounding this election should raise red flags among the student body, which must deman…

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Supporters of the environmental movement have recently flooded the market with expensive alternatives to popular foods. Now when you walk into a grocery store, it seems everything is organic, locally sourced or sustainably harvested.

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Throughout the years, Eckerd parties have changed and are no longer as fun as some alumni remember. The rules have gotten more strict and less students care about the themes. 

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This year, 29 different Winter Term classes went abroad to countries like Cuba, England and Greece. Of those, eight fulfilled the environmental perspective. While these courses allow students to do research with Cuba’s Center for Marine Research (CIM) or learn about tropical plant taxonomy i…

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Seventies serial rapist and killer Ted Bundy’s pop culture reputation has been boosted by the upcoming Netflix movie, “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” which cast conventionally attractive actor Zac Efron as Bundy.

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Valentine’s Day is a day dedicated to spreading love, but a lot of people feel indifference toward Valentine’s Day, some going as far as hating it. They ask why a special day for love is needed when it’s a part of life that is already commonly celebrated.

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The ELS Language Center, located across from the CEC Cafeteria, is a place students from all over the world come to learn English.The program has a total of twelve levels starting from beginner to master level. At the end of the master level, students have learned enough English to qualify a…

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On Nov. 12, creative genius and pop-culture staple Stan Lee died after decades of engaging the minds of superhero fans all over the world.

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The stockings are hung by the chimney with care, carefully lined up to be at the same height. A tree stands in the middle of the room, taking center stage as it struggles under the weight of a decade’s worth of ornaments and multicolored lights. The smell of freshly-baked chocolate chip cook…

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While JUUL electronic brand cigarettes may seem appealing with their sleek design, small size and variety of flavors, the harsh reality is that JUULs are bad for both people and the environment.

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Students of Beta-Kennedy woke Oct. 21 to see pro-Trump graffiti on the dorm’s expression board outside. It was covered up shortly after with art of equality and LGBT awareness. When it comes to political ideals, graffiti has historically been used for activism, but the graffiti on Sunday was…

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This year, some students living on Eckerd’s campus were placed in standard triple corner rooms where there are three students rather than two. The new housing placement proves unfair to students who expected traditional triple housing and were instead placed in corner rooms.

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I have observed that college students often spend more time focusing on pop-culture news surrounding celebrities and social media memes rather than real world news that matters. This is a problem because to be an active member of society and contribute to a democracy, students need to be inf…

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Eckerd recently concluded a week-long series of CPS events dedicated to sexual identity and health, titled Great Sexpectations. The series responded to a need on campus for access to resources pertaining to sexual health. The events also discussed important sexual topics and helped educate s…

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Eckerd College has over 80 clubs, yet only a portion are consistently arranging events and meetings. Club life is essential to relationships and diversity on campus and should be of more importance to Eckerd students.

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On Monday Oct. 8, Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the 114th justice to the Supreme Court. The senate confirmed him 50-48, the closest Supreme Court confirmation vote in American history. Many think that this is a failure for democracy and women, while others think that no man is safe from be…

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Cafe Bon Appetit caters to many different diets and food restrictions, but does not label foods containing dairy products. The lack of proper labels for foods containing dairy can cause major physical discomfort and illness to students with lactose intolerance. 

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Yellow bikes have been a privilege at Eckerd since 2004. Much time and money has gone into the operation, yet bikes are still carelessly knocked over and mishandled across campus. It is the responsibility of the Eckerd community to push for a college culture that takes care of its property a…

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When rapper Malcolm McCormick, known to fans as Mac Miller, died of an apparent overdose on Sept. 7, fans were understandably upset. Not so understandable was the blame of his death on singer Ariana Grande, with whom he had previously been in a relationship for nearly two years.

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This year, Pet Life has made changes to their policies that students must follow to keep their furry friends on campus. To some, these new policies can seem tedious and harsh. However, students shouldn’t jump to conclusions about Pet Life being out to get students in trouble.

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Colin Kaepernick became the new face of Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign on Sept. 3, embellished in an ad by his quote, “Believe in something. Even if that means sacrificing everything.”

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Journalism at this period of time is being attacked, and people are more than ever questioning the integrity and honesty of news sources. Sometimes it’s rightfully so. The Current has a responsibility to the Eckerd community to not only report things in a timely manner, but report things in …

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Eckerd is known as an accepting, liberal school, yet part of the population does not feel comfortable with a need as basic as using the bathroom. While Eckerd is taking initiatives to make the LGBTQ+ community comfortable, information on gender neutral bathrooms could be spread better. 

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Journalism is often referred to as the fourth estate. There are three branches of government, and it is up to the press to hold them accountable to the public. Certainly, journalists fulfill the role of watchdogs in society as they keep the public informed of what goes on in its community an…

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Eckerd’s openness to letting student musicians perform for on-campus events has been increasing more and more over the years through its bands and DJs. However, what has not changed is the homogenous nature and lack of inclusivity of the DJs. 

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Many people, especially young adults, participate in sexting. Sexting by sending explicit photos or suggestive texts should only happen if the people involved respect each other’s boundaries, emphasize open communication and consent and understand the potential risks involved. 

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If ECOS’s role as an organization is to represent the interests of the student body, then it must be accountable to the student body. Annual elections of an executive council and senators grant ECOS legitimacy as a student organization, but elections do not constitute nor guarantee accountability.

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When Assistant Vice President of Operations Adam Colby took the floor in Fox Hall on Apr. 5 to talk about active shooters, I was expecting to hear about the importance of referring students who seem to be under great emotional stress to counseling so that they could get the help they needed. 

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On Feb. 14, 2018, Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., lost 17 students and staff members to a school shooting. The alleged shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, had many red flags leading up to this event. In 18 different instances officers were called to the home because of him inc…

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This Winter Term, Eckerd held a trip through Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia on a business and multicultural adventure led by Professor of Decision Sciences Edward Grasso. While this was an amazing opportunity, it included the unethical activity of elephant riding.

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For a brief time on Friday, Nov. 17, President Donald Trump said he would lift the ban on the import of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe. Some claim that hunting endangered African elephants can raise money for their protection. Clearly, this is against the core principles of conservation tha…

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Eckerd’s most popular forms of commuting to and from classes are yellow bikes and longboards, although there is a policy restricting both in the academic quad and areas around Seibert, Miller, Forrer and Sheen. The policy was put in place due to collisions between people and the outward swin…

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Every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted, according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. While this is not new, the issue is finally being brought to light by a Me Too hashtag going around on social media.

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Colin Kaepernick never kneeled to protest the country, the flag or the military, but to protest police brutality in America. There was never an intent to be disrespectful, only the hope to have a positive impact. 

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Thousands gathered in Gainesville to protest infamous white supremacist Richard Spencer’s planned speech Thursday, Oct. 19, at the University of Florida (UF). I attended the protest and the whole thing felt nauseatingly dystopian. 

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