Author: zoe-pearson

From Sudanese refugee to Rollins’ latest Truman Scholar

April 10, 2019

When Isaac James (‘19) began preparing mentally and physically for his finalist interview for a prestigious scholarship, he realized a major setback: he did not have a suit to wear to it. While James studied abroad in Morocco last semester and worked alongside migrants and refugees, he gave away his entire suitcase of clothes, including […]

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Past valedictorians discuss life after Rollins

April 3, 2019

Few students hold the honorary title of valedictorian, and those who do are expected to be the best and brightest their cohort has to offer. To find out about recent past valedictorians’ experiences at Rollins, The Sandspur tracked down some valedictorians from the past decade.  Through Facebook, LinkedIn, and employer websites, they shared with us […]

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‘KKK’ found carved on bathroom stall

April 3, 2019

Authors: Zoe Pearson, Heather Borochaner, & Olivia Llanio A student recently discovered the letters “KKK” carved into a Rollins bathroom stall, adding to the increasing number of discriminatory acts that have defaced campus property in the past three years. The racist carving marks the third act of biased vandalism reported this spring and the sixth […]

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Students confront campus accessibility issues

March 6, 2019

By Hannah Butcher and Zoe Pearson Accessibility issues are gaining visibility on campus as students and faculty address problems that have plagued the college for generations through meetings and forums. In the past two weeks, faculty held open meetings on accessibility initiatives; a new club, Disability Alliance, formed to raise awareness of related campus issues; […]

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Artist sheds light on migrants’ struggle

February 20, 2019

A Mexican artist and composer who wields objects used by migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border will visit the Cornell Fine Arts Museum (CFAM) to blend humanitarian narratives with  political discourse.  Guillermo Galindo will  perform his original composition, “Sonic Borders III,” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28.  Some of Galindo’s pieces are currently displayed at the […]

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Accessibility issues plague Rollins

February 20, 2019

By Heather Borochaner and Zoe Pearson When Renée Rivera enrolled in Rollins last fall, she was eager to join a college that prides itself on inclusivity and service. However, as a student who uses a wheelchair, navigating the campus’ physical barriers was nearly impossible, making her feel excluded and disregarded. Participating in off-campus events was […]

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Q&A: Title IX Specialist on her approach to the high-stakes job

January 30, 2019

After a semester-long search last fall, Rollins officially has a new Title IX Program Specialist: Sarah Laake. Her role oversees sexual assault cases and gender-, sex-, and sexual orientation-related discrimination cases.  Laake comes to Rollins from the University of Central Florida (UCF). She is a mother of two daughters and she has allowed a passion […]

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A promise kept: Woman rushes fraternities in friend’s honor

January 30, 2019

Content warning: This story discusses suicide.  It started with a conversation over cigars last year. Bethany England (‘21) told her close friend, Samuel Morse, that she had always wanted to join a fraternity. To Morse, that was that– he was set on the two of them going through recruitment as a pair one day.  But […]

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Sexual assault reports decreased by 42% in 2017

November 28, 2018

A recent report from Campus Safety showed a 42 percent decrease in reports of sexual offenses from 2016 to 2017.  While official numbers for 2018 have not been published yet, the lack of an official director of the Office of Title IX, which oversees gender discrimination and sexual assault, has created cause for concern. This […]

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Media fixates on zombie philosophy class

November 28, 2018

Dr. Eric Smaw, professor of philosophy, sits on a desk at the front of his brimming classroom, leading a discussion on Adolf Hitler in his class titled, “Zombies, Serial Killers, and Madmen.”  In the past month, the course has received statewide and national recognition from sources such as National Public Radio (NPR) for its unique […]

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