Many fear Common Core holding students – and teachers – back

By Emily Topper | With a focus on testing, Common Core results in more stress, not knowledge. The re-election of Gov. Rick Scott means more changes for education in Florida—but many Florida residents think the changes could cause more harm than good. Though Scott…

New Leaf: SIFE grows greener future with ‘Conservation Cadets’

By Lauren Belcher |
Photos by Lauren Belcher
Video by Lauren Belcher

PHOTO CAPTION: SIFE team member Katherine Baggett speaks to local elementary school children about recycling.

Elementary school children in St. Johns County are learning the importance of recycling and reducing garbage.

Flagler College’s Students in Free Enterprise team organized Conservation Cadets to help teach students to be eco-friendly.

Student pushes English department to consider Creative Writing major

By Tiffanie Reynolds |

Tori Warenik’s persistence paid off.

Warenik, a junior, pushed Flagler College’s English department to consider adding a Creative Writing major with the help of Dr. Jim Wilson, Dr. Tamara Wilson and more than 100 students. She said she’s been fighting for the new major for about a year, but other students and faculty, she said, have been trying since 1989.

Wilson steps up as Blonder steps down

By Caroline Young |

Jim Wilson stepped up as vice chair of the Faculty Senate and will be responsible for making sure the faculty has a voice on campus.

The most crucial part of his job, he said, is running the constitution committee, a group that makes sure all of the bylaws of the Senate are followed and updated.

Non-traditional student sweats out first day

Vietnam vet, full-time student Michael T. Isam fights nerves in return to school

By Michael T. Isam |
Photo by Matthew Boyle

Dark o’clock is a term pertaining to the hours between sundown and sunrise. As my eyes flew open milli-seconds after my alarm went off at 4 a.m., I recognized my old friend, dark o’clock. We meet regularly in the confines of my bedroom.

Peruvian clinic serves kids with disabilities

Selfless doctor gives life, dreams to unfortunate youth in Peru with Hogar clinic

By Caroline Young |

Four or five of the children were covered in third-degree burns. One boy was missing a leg. Some were in wheelchairs. One was missing his ears. An older girl stared off into space unable to see, but she was smiling. They all were. They were happy, dancing and singing children.