Going cold turkey from technology proves too difficult for one student

Photo illustration by Glenn Judah & Ashley Sadeghy

By Danielle Marsh

I had been awake for only 30 minutes and already had failed.

It was Jan. 17 and my day started off at 8:30 a.m. with an assignment for The Gargoyle to go 24 hours without using modern digital technology. As I found out, it proved to be much more challenging than I thought, as even eating breakfast these days requires technology.

Gift gives Flagler another new building

Student Center construction on track for fall and decision on FEC building usage still pending

By Rich Harris

While Flagler College is still discussing how the Florida East Coast office buildings will be used, a recent gift to the college has provided the expanding campus with another new building.

The gift, made by Robert and JoAnn Ellert, will provide for art gallery space. Their home at 48 Sevilla St., located between the Proctor Library and the new student center, will eventually become home to the college president, and an adjoining studio space already there will be expanded to become a college art gallery. The space may also be used for special functions and receptions.

Graphic by Ashley Sadeghy

Technology addiction cases are on the rise

By Julia Redemske

When the Internet goes down, a cell phone is lost or the cable is blitzed out, most people can continue on with their day without problems. But as technology becomes more prevalent in our lives, new troubling studies are showing that dependence on the Internet and other forms of technology is becoming a form of addiction.

According to a study on Internet use among college students conducted by Keith J. Anderson, a staff psychologist at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, “approximately 10 percent of Internet-using students have used the Internet to the degree that their usage meets the criteria that are parallel to those of other forms of dependence.” In other words, one out of every ten college students might show the signs of addiction to the Internet.

FDA suggests changes to anti-depressant labels

Some worry that the drugs aren’t safe for use under the age of 24; student opinions vary

By Nick Massie

As adolescents in the United States are dealing with more pressure and stress, recent government regulations on anti-depressants may make it more difficult for them to receive treatment.

In late 2005, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration placed a black box warning label on a particular type of anti-depressants known as SSRIs. Then in December 2006, the FDA proposed new regulations regarding warning labels on anti-depressants.

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Why are flagler’s semesters shorter than most other colleges? By Rebecca Shields According to Dean of Student Services Daniel Stewart, the reason dates back to when the school first opened and air conditioning was not available in the residence halls or in the classrooms. “Starting…

Homeless population continues to grow

Residents, business owners complain to city commission about lack of laws, safety problem

By Adrienne Sakyi

There are over 900 homeless individuals in St. Johns County at any given time. The homeless population has been a controversial subject for years in St. Augustine with the debate swirling around the only shelter in the county – the St. Francis House. Concerns about safety and tourism have students, organizations and city officials considering different options for meeting the tremendous need.

The city is entertaining a wide range of solutions to the increasing needs of the homeless population.

Focusing on safety and security

By Tom Iacuzio

Essex, Vermont. Hillsborough, North Carolina. Montreal, Canada. Bailey, Colorado. Cazernovia, Wisconsin. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Six school shootings in six weeks from late August to early September.

Oct. 26. A former Flagler College student is murdered just blocks from the school’s main campus.

Oct. 31. Two female students are robbed at gunpoint after getting in a car with people they just met.

With this the recent “trend” of crime in a random mix of high schools and colleges, how safe are you really? How prepared are we for the unthinkable?

According to Daniel Stewart, Flagler College dean of student services, the college is “about as prepared as we can be.”

Family, friends gather for candlelight memorial for Thomas Graber

Photo by Andrea Huls
Family, friends, students, faculty and staff take a moment to remember Thomas H. Graber at an Oct. 8 memorial in the Flagler Room. Graber was stabbed to death in his home in Lincolnville on Oct. 26.

By Andrea Huls

Kind. Loyal. Sincere. Unique. Passionate. Funny. A gentleman. This was Thomas Graber, a great guy, a true friend. Tears, but also laughter, filled the Flagler Room as his friends, professors and Flagler College remembered him on Oct. 8.

One by one, Graber’s friends walked up to the podium to share a fun experience or a memory that described who he really was.

Patrick Higgins, political science major, became friends with Graber in a research methods class a few semesters ago. According to Higgins, unlike most students on campus, Graber loved the dining hall food. Both had meal plans, and after class they would eat lunch together and have a good time.

Moving back home after graduation losing stigma

By Kim Hartman

College graduates moving back home after graduation — an escape from Alcatraz or return to Paradise? The once widely-considered symbol of failure has become increasingly more common among college students across the country.

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What are the advantages of Flagler’s health insurance plans?

By Nicole Goyette

Flagler College provides all students taking six or more credits the option to buy two different health insurance plans: Plan I or Plan II, both from Bollinger Insurance Company. According to Christine Wages, assistant director of student accounts, advantages of these plans are, “it’s a low cost, low maintenance insurance plan.”