Opinion

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

October 24, 2018

Graphic by Anastasia RookeFree Thursday class teaches valuable protection skills with a Kung Fu twist 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 […]

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Let’s be frank: The Rollins gym is gross

October 10, 2018

Students and faculty freely use the gym; however, students complain it should be cleaned more. (Curtis Shaffer / Staff Photographer) 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 […]

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Defining sexual assault

October 10, 2018

Controversy around Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation brings up difficult questions like how to define acts of sexual violence  It seems as if we look at sexual assault on a spectrum, with rape being the worst offense, punishable with the most severe consequences. However, this point of view does not take into account that every act […]

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Opinion: Journalism in the age of Trump

October 3, 2018

Graphic by Anastasia Rooke Journalism is barely surviving in this post-apocalyptic media world. When President Trump called the media “the enemy of the people,” journalists’ credibility and achievements in revealing truth practically vanished into a wasteland of dust. Now, all articles are questioned, and facts have lost their meaning. It is as if we are […]

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Petitions for and against Cru

October 3, 2018

The following document shares the petitions President Cornwell received for and against evangelical Christian organization, Cru, becoming a registered student organization. The Sandspur did not make any edits to their content. Against Cru: Uphold the policy President Cornwell received over 230 letters via email, formatted and written as seen below, from people asking him to […]

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Letter to the Editor: Discrimination has no place on campus

September 26, 2018

By Sianna Boschetti (’18) and Kalli Joslin (’19) Graphic by Anastasia Rooke In a March 21, 2013 Sandspur article by Scott Novak (‘16), former Rollins College President Lewis Duncan said, “[InterVarsity] cannot be an official Rollins organization if they do not abide by the institution’s nondiscrimination policy. That doesn’t apply just to them. It applies […]

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Students need more information during lockdowns

September 26, 2018

[This is an exercise] Winter Park Police SWAT respond during the emergency full scale training exercise on January 8, 2014. (Scott Cook/Courtesy) “A shelter in place notification is in effect. Go into the nearest room and lock the door. Await further information.” Last week, this R-Alert message was sent campus-wide in response to a shooting […]

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Opinion: Too soon to cast judgment on Kavanaugh

September 26, 2018

Crises occurring under the Trump Administration have never failed to mystify America. This week, the Senate is especially baffled by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s scandal, especially since Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during a high school house party, refused to testify under oath until just recently. Misconduct […]

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Wifi woes are never-ending

September 19, 2018

Spotty wifi leaves students frustrated and unable to complete assignments Graphic by Anastasia Rooke Sitting in the Olin Library with a deadline due in 10 minutes, I develop an overwhelming sense of panic as my laptop screen reads: “You are not connected to the internet.” No matter how many times I reload the browser or disconnect […]

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Opinion: Cru has a right to set their own standards

September 19, 2018

Graphic by Anastasia Rooke Cru, formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ, is on the verge of prohibition by Rollins College. Within the prospective club, members are not allowed to be leaders if they do not uphold what the group sees as true Christian values, and Rollins has interpreted this as a violation of its […]

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