Author: victoria-alvarez

Rollins disappoints with subpar commencement speakers

April 17, 2019

A commencement speaker is supposed to be an inspiring leader that gives graduates motivation for the real world. Their speech is the last lecture we hear before Rollins lets go of our hands and sends us off to follow our passions and establish our careers. With that being said, what on Earth is Rollins doing?  The […]

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To bee, or not to bee? Senior artist explores insect’s decline

March 20, 2019

Small vials line up the table, each filled with either  dead honeybees or their favorite sticky, yellow substance. Strategically placed on the wall above them are rectangular wooden frames filled with old honeycomb. These are just two pieces of Zinnia’s Upson’s (‘19) artwork, who, through old materials from bee farmers, is painting a dark picture […]

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Old photos do not excuse blackface

February 13, 2019

Blackface originated over 200 years ago, when racism was normalized and white actors would play black roles that were meant to stereotype and demean the African American community. It’s 2019, and we are just now making it a point to shed light on how disgusting this “trend” was—or rather, is.  The first time I saw […]

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Opinion: Love is dead, Tinder killed her

February 6, 2019

Unpopular opinion: I hate hooking up. I need emotional connection or else I do not really, truly enjoy the situation. I would rather be taken on a date than have a one-night-stand. I would rather have a real conversation than a gross drunken make out.  That being said, because of how our generation works, I […]

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Opinion: Student health should come before new projects

November 14, 2018

Why did it have to take freshmen getting sick for McKean’s living conditions to be addressed? After reading the article “Mold and bug concerns reported in McKean” in The Sandspur, I only had one question: Why did it have to take freshmen getting sick for McKean’s living conditions to be addressed? The article said, “Eventually, […]

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Upcoming forum looks at future of Central Florida city planning

October 31, 2018

Winter Park officials gather to examine city’s sustainability Rollins will host an event featuring prominent Winter Park officials to showcase the Winter Park community as an environmental planning model for the future of Central Florida. The event is called “Winter Park and Florida’s Next Golden Age,” and it will be hosted in the Suntrust Auditorium […]

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Learning self defense in a comfortable, yet nearly empty, environment

October 24, 2018

I took my first Rollins self-defense class ever, and I can honestly say that I was pleasantly surprised. I felt slightly overwhelmed going into the class, not only because of the fighting aspect, but because the thought of having to defend myself in general is scary. While hearing about all the awful things happening in […]

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Museum’s exhibit explores femininity and power

October 24, 2018

Connecting Dangerous Women’s Renaissance-based messages to today With goosebump-worthy artwork tied to enriching backstories, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum’s (CFAM) latest exhibition provokes social commentary about the role of women that transcends time, making it a must see for all. The paintings featured were created hundreds of years ago, but their messages about women’s struggles […]

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Let’s be frank: The Rollins gym is gross

October 10, 2018

As you walk into the Alfond Sports Center’s Daryl’s Fitness Center, there is an overwhelming sense of humidity (regardless of the insufficient air conditioning) mixed with sweat and bad body odor. The atmosphere feels moldy and reeks of dirty towels. The floor is downright dirty. I do not recommend you try this because it is […]

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Professors police Juuling

October 10, 2018

Students Juul on campus, that is no secret. But now it is becoming popular inside buildings and even in classrooms, and professors are not happy about it. “Some faculty and staff have expressed their concerns that they were seeing students vaping/Juuling in campus buildings,” said Maeghan Rempala, director of the Office of Community Standards & […]

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