Beyond Rollins

Assistant director of CICI embarks on new chapter

February 20, 2019

After almost four years at Rollins, Destinee Lott, a pillar of support for Rollins students, especially those of diverse backgrounds, is leaving.  Lott is currently the assistant director of the Center for Inclusion and Campus Involvement (CICI) but will become the assistant director for special scholarships at Georgia Institute of Technology.  “With Rollins being such […]

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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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Hamilton Holt broke racial barriers through education, service

February 13, 2019

This month is Black History Month, a perfect time to look back to 1949 when Hamilton Holt, Rollins’ eighth president, awarded a female civil rights leader an honorary degree, raising standards for institutions across the country.   Holt’s activism was evident in his friendship and academic correspondence with Mary McLeod Bethune, known for her accomplishments […]

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Legislative limbo: Wall divides more than just U.S., Mexico

February 13, 2019

Trump continues to dangle his presidential power over citizens’ heads as he threatens to declare a national state of emergency to get his precious U.S.-Mexico border wall. This is abusive and undemocratic, yet accurately highlights just how divided our country is.  The President held a conference committee with Congress members on Tuesday, Feb. 12 to […]

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Hillel and Psychology dept. walk in support of suicide prevention

February 6, 2019

Last weekend, members of the Rollins community participated in Orlando’s 12th annual Out of the Darkness community walk in aid of suicide prevention. The Department of Psychology and Hillel, the Jewish student organization, both created teams to join the walk.  The Rollins chapter of the National Honors Society in Psychology, Psi Chi, represented the department’s […]

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‘Map the inequality’: Speaker explains water inequality across US

February 6, 2019

George McGraw, founder and executive director of DIGDEEP, spoke at Rollins last week to inspire and encourage students and faculty. DIGDEEP is a human rights non-profit that works to ensure every American has access to clean running water.  McGraw explained that he and his team at DIGDEEP take two approaches to eliminating water-poverty from America.  […]

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Urban sprawl has killer consequences for pedestrians

January 30, 2019

Construction work can be seen throughout the Orlando area, including Rollins College. In the name of growth, traffic is rerouted for the sake of construction, and this has had a tragic impact on pedestrians. According to a report by Smart Growth America and National Complete Streets Coalition, the Orlando metro area is the most dangerous […]

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‘The Florida Project’s’ Sean Baker on the various lives changed by the film

January 30, 2019

Sean Baker may be known as a director in the world of film, but in Central Florida, he is known as the man who brought critical attention to the area’s affordable housing crisis, which helped a young boy gain a full-ride scholarship to Rollins.  Baker, director of the Orlando-centered film “The Florida Project,” spoke at […]

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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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Hillel honors Pittsburgh victims

November 7, 2018

Dozens of students and staff gathered in a peaceful moment of prayer to honor the victims of the deadly antisemitic terrorist attack against the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. “May it be your will, Eternal One, Our God, God of our ancestors, that wars and bloodshed be abolished from the world, and bring into […]

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