Opinion

Poor email filter causes digital clutter, frustration

April 17, 2019

Do you dread looking at your Rollins email account? Your answer is most likely “yes,” because the sheer amount of emails can be consistently overwhelming.  With multiple emails being sent out every day, including reminders for clubs, events, registration, and housing, students cannot help but feel stressed about their growing list of emails to address. […]

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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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Flawed registration creates anxious students

April 10, 2019

My first registration experience occurred in the safety of my RCC classroom. My professor had circled around our laptops, answering questions and adjusting students’ schedules as necessary. I remember everyone panicking, including myself; after all, we had all heard that registration was cutthroat. We were told that in a moment’s hesitation, you could lose your […]

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Opinion: Rollins superficially supports women’s programs

April 10, 2019

There were a few things that drove me to choose Rollins over other potential colleges. Rollins promised me inclusivity and an equitable playing field for everyone attending. I was promised rainbows and diversity, with events to match. The reality I experience on campus, however, is very different. I come from a small town in North […]

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Parking cash-out is more sustainable than new garage

April 3, 2019

In urban planning circles, Donald Shoup’s “The High Cost of Free Parking” is required reading.  Shoup contends parking is an equity issue, given that employers offer parking to drivers but little to everyone else.  One-third of Americans do not drive, and a disproportionately high number of these people are low-income and/or persons of color.   […]

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Anniversary honors commitment to student journalism

March 27, 2019

If you take a tourist to a Florida beach, you may warn them of sandspurs, the small inconspicuous plants producing irritating burrs that latch onto skin or fur. Stubborn and reluctant, they cannot be removed without being addressed carefully and thoughtfully. Students and administrators may mention the same word to visitors exploring Rollins’ campus, but […]

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Opinion: America’s colleges have never had an equal playing field

March 20, 2019

I was not surprised when I first heard the news that approximately 50 individuals were charged with bribing college administrators and coaches to get their children into elite colleges. After all, I have already lived through a similar scenario. My middle school was an arts school and auditions were a prerequisite for attendance. A certain […]

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Opinion: Parking cuts disproportionately harm students with disabilities

February 27, 2019

My teacher struggles as she shuffles hurriedly into the room, 15 minutes late to my music lesson. At only five feet tall she epitomizes the term “little old lady,” and her most recent knee procedures make simple tasks like walking painfully difficult. After taking a seat by the window, she tries to laugh off how […]

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‘You don’t look sick’: Not all disabilities are visibile

February 20, 2019

My ninth-grade algebra teacher looked down at me  under her spiked eyelashes, frizzed blonde hair and deep eye wrinkles, and breathed the five words I cannot stand to hear: “But you don’t look sick.” I had just explained to her that I spent the week in the hospital, and that the administration excused me from […]

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Opinion: Shutdown’s impact will be felt for years to come

February 20, 2019

We have all now heard about the recent five-week-long U.S. government shutdown and the budget battle surrounding it. But what was the shutdown’s real impact on the country?  Certainly the group most directly impacted was government workers. Were they able to pay their bills? Were they forced to work without pay? The stress and uncertainty […]

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