Points of Pride - Fall 2010 Top Ten

Rollins’ Varsity Debate Team Ranked #1

debateIn only its fourth year, the Rollins Varsity Debate Team is excelling! Ranked number one by the National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA) with top 10 finishes at four national competitions, the team has the best winning percentage out of 1,100 schools at NPDA sanctioned tournaments. In the spring of 2010 the Debate Team hosted the Cambridge University (UK) Debating Society in an open debate on the topic of healthcare reform and hopes to continue to be an active organization on the Rollins campus.


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A Controversy Over Equus Makes Headline News

EquusThe City of Winter Park and Rollins College came head to head in 1979 when the theater department brought the Tony Award-winning Equus—and its five-minute nude scene—to the Annie Russell Theatre. According to a City ordinance, it was illegal to be discovered naked within the City limits, and the complaints of some members in the community brought the whole city’s attention to the matter. This left at least three individuals (the two actors in the scene and the director) in danger of being arrested if the show opened as planned. Many felt the law was outdated and needed to be revisited in order to address situations like Equus and other artistic expression. Following a town meeting that was highly attended by the Rollins community, a petition was drafted on behalf of the College asking the City to reconsider its interpretation that the play was in violation of the City law and allow the play to be presented unchanged. About 300 students delivered it to City Manager David Harden at City Hall the day before opening night. The students were armed with not only the petition, but also a set of undergarments to dress the nude statue in front of City Hall, to protect it against violation of the nudity law. Thaddeus Seymour, who was President of Rollins at the time, hired legal counsel to protect the College (the College attorney was also the City’s attorney), and they sought an injunction that would prevent Winter Park from taking any action for a given period of time. On opening day, Rollins’ case was scheduled for the trial docket at the federal courthouse in Orlando at 4:00 pm. Ironically enough, the judge presiding over the case happened to be a season ticket-holder to the Annie Russell Theatre. After President Seymour agreed to refund his tickets for the performance so as to avoid any ethical issues of the judge hearing a case in which he had “an interest that would be substantially affected,” Rollins won the injunction. The judge jokingly declared that Thad would be responsible for explaining to the judge’s wife the reason that they no longer had tickets for the performance. At 6:00 pm, Equus opened as planned, with disclaimers posted visibly outside of the theater warning about the content of the show. The opening was not without event, however, as dozens of picketers lined up outside of the Annie, waving signs reading “Seymour wants to see more,” and even some extreme circumstances such as bomb threats. Following this affair, Rollins brought a case before the court for declaratory judgment, hoping to have the 1918 Ordinance ruled unconstitutional. After negotiating a letter of understanding with the Mayor of Winter Park, it was decided that in future situations such as artistic performances or other expression, the state law would take precedence, thereby eliminating the threat of future legal action. In 2007, Equus was staged as part of the Annie Russell Theatre’s 75th-anniversary season. Not a single complaint was received.

Source:Archives newspaper clips and Thaddeus Seymour

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Famous Movie Actress had her Beginnings at the Annie Russell

Dana IveyRollins alumna Dana Ivey ’63 was a theater major at Rollins before moving on to a life of fame and Tony nominations. Ivey’s acting credits include Broadway performances in productions such as Sunday in the Park with George, Heartbreak House, and Driving Miss Daisy, as well as movie and television roles. Her television credits include Law & Order, Sex and the City, Frasier, Monk, and The Practice (to name a few). Her first major screen appearance was in The Color Purple (adaptation by Steven Spielberg), followed by appearances in films such as Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Scarlet Letter, Sleepless in Seattle, Home Alone 2, Two Weeks Notice, The Addams Family, and Legally Blonde 2. Ivey returned to her roots in 2008 when she appeared in The Importance of Being Earnest on the Annie Russell stage during its 75th season.


Source: http://www.danaivey.com/ and Rollins PR News website

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Rollins Inaugural Dance Marathon Wins National Award from Children’s Miracle Network

dance marathonIn the fall of 2007 Rollins College hosted its first Dance Marathon with a goal of raising $20,000 and launching a new involvement opportunity for the campus. Over 130 students participated in the 12-hour long event and raised over $35,000, far exceeding our goal! All of the proceeds raised benefitted the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children of Orlando and the Shand’s Children’s Hospital at the University of Florida. Children’s Miracle Network awarded Rollins the title of “Best New Dance Marathon,” ranking the event over 16 other inaugural marathons that year! CMN also recognized Rollins’ 2007 Dance Marathon as the “most successful first-year dance marathon ever produced in the event’s 13-year history!”

 Source: http://news.rollins.edu/rollins_college_dance_marathon.shtml

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Rollins Announces Plans to Build Hotel

Rollins InnIn Spring 2010 Rollins officially announced its plan to build an inn on recently acquired property on New England Ave. The 3.4 acres of land was once the site of the Langford Hotel but has been vacant for some time now. The College is currently seeking a developer with the financial means to build and operate the inn, which is expected to have up to 150 rooms and 10,000 square feet of banquet and meeting space. With only two hotels in town for families, alumni, and other visitors of the College to choose from (the Park Plaza and the Best Western Mount Vernon), Rollins’ new inn will provide extra accommodations, and even provide the community with space to host events such as wedding receptions and conventions. The City of Winter Park is supportive of the new development plans.


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Rollins Students Represent Countries All Over the World

Multicultural StudentsOver 200 students in the Rollins Arts & Sciences program are international students, and approximately 24 percent of the student body self-identifies as a member of a non-Caucasian ethnicity. In addition to a number of clubs and organizations aimed at increasing awareness of different cultures, such as the Caribbean Student Association, International Student Organization, and People of Indian Origin organization, Rollins has an established Office of International Student and Scholar Services in place to help future students, once accepted, with visas and other important information. Additionally, an International Student Orientation is held a few days before the First-Year Orientation to help these students adjust to life in the States and Winter Park. To learn more about the Office of International Student and Scholar Services at Rollins, visit their website at http://tars.rollins.edu/int-students/.

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Non Compis Mentis

NCMNon Compis Mentis separated from Pi Beta Phi in 1969, forming in 1970. Separation from a national organization was extraordinary, and the women were said to be "out of their minds." Embracing this, they named their sorority, "Non Compis Mentis," Latin for "Not of Sound Mind." NCM's mascot is the fantastic pink flamingo, and the women claim the iconic daisy as their flower. Wherever you see pink and blue, NCM is sure to be around.

The sisters of NCM are committed to giving back to the community. Last year they provided over 200 hours of service for TOMS shoes. TOMS shoes, whose motto is “one for one,” donates a pair of shoes to children in developing countries for every pair sold. NCM threw a "Style your Sole" party to decorate over 130 shoes that were sold on campus. In 2009, NCM raised $1,000 for the Jessica June Children's Cancer Foundation. The nonprofit foundation, which provides money for families whose children are undergoing cancer treatment, was founded by an NCM alum after her daughter, Jessica June, passed away.

The sisters of NCM are making their marks on and off campus. Currently, TJ Fischer ’13 is studying abroad in Greece. Laura Hardwicke ’11, President and Leadershape Institute graduate, worked with Central Florida's Organic Local Food Co-operative this past summer, clocking over 40 hours. She was also named House Manager of the Year by the Office of Residential Life last year. Michele Hunt ’10 is enrolled in Rollins’ MLS program. Casey Hurst ’10 is attending Nova Southeastern University to become a physician's assistant. Julie Katz ’13 completed an internship with Florida International Magazine. Katherine "Kiki" Lane ’10 completed an internship with the Long Foundation in New York. Mollie Pollack ’11 attended Soap Box Feminist Summer Program in New York City. Morgan Williams ’13 designed costumes for "Let’s Put on a Play" theater summer camp. Siobhan Philbin ’11 studied tapestry making in Scotland. Sara McFadden ’13 set swimming records for Rollins. NCM will be a registered nonprofit by the end of 2010, with a fully functioning alumni board.


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X Club

X ClubFounded on October 29, 1929, X Club is not only Rollins’ only local fraternity, but also the oldest Greek organization still active on campus. Founded as a leadership fraternity by a group of students, including Hugh McKean (former student, professor, and then 10th President of Rollins), the membership is very diverse, with brothers involved in over 25 different clubs and organizations on campus, as well as founding unique organizations such as Making Lives Better. Members are Cornell Scholars, Dean’s Scholars, Presidential scholarship recipients, and represent 5 different nations with a total of 15 different languages spoken amongst them. With values focusing on leadership, scholarship, and community service, X Club’s philanthropies are Habitat for Humanity and Relay for Life, with the entire chapter participating in fund raising and service events to benefit the organizations, including an annual Bowl-a-thon to raise money for the Relay and bi-weekly attendance at a Habitat site. X Club has also brought the Blood Bus to campus several times over the last year, sponsoring various successful blood drives at Rollins. The men have set a goal of being “a bastion of leadership and leadership development in the Rollins College community,” with current efforts demonstrating this objective through plans to host a faculty forum focusing on discussions about how X Club can best serve Rollins, as well as social events such as Block Party, Water Wars, and Big Kahuna aimed at fostering a more cohesive and united student body. The chapter has won several awards in recent years, including being named Greek Week champions in 2 out of the last 3 years, winning Lip Sync awards the past 4 years, as well as receiving the Community Service award in Fall 2008 and the 2nd place position in Spring 2009.

 Source:X Club

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Animated Magazine Brings Celebrities to Campus, Attracts Massive Crowds

animated magazineIn 1926, Dr. Edwin Grover came to Rollins as Professor of Books. He and President Hamilton Holt were interested in publicizing the College and Holt suggested the creation of a Rollins Magazine. Dr. Grover agreed but made the suggestion that they create an “animated” magazine – in which they would invite the contributors to come to the College and read their work in person. Holt loved the idea and the two quickly went to work, publishing the first Animated Magazine in February 1927. Among the first contributors were Irving Bacheller, Jane Addams, Aga Khan Raza, Ross Allen, Roger Babson, Rex Beach and other notables of the day. Other famous “authors” have appeared on subsequent programs, including Gen. Carlos Romulo, Countess Alexandra Tolstoy, John P. Marquand, Gen. Omar Bradley, Alex D. Severesky, Adm. Alan G. Kirk, Mary Pickford, James Cagney, Carl Sandburg, Greer Garson, Mary Margaret McBride, and many others.

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Rollins’ First Day of Classes was November 4, 1885

old Rollins campusFollowing the incorporation of Rollins in April 1885, Reverend Edward Hooker of the Congregationalist Church, along with Frederick Lyman of the Winter Park Land Company, took the lead in procuring funding for the school, and the face of Winter Park was forever changed. Rev. Hooker served as the first President of Rollins College, while Lyman became President of the Executive Committee. The two went about securing a top-rate faculty and the additional funds needed to open the College the following fall. A total of 66 students enrolled for the fall; unfortunately, construction of classrooms and residence cottages was not completed in time, so the official first day of classes was delayed until November 4, 1885, with the first classes held in the Congregational Church and alternate living arrangements made for the students.

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