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Director of Campus Safety Ike Sloas denies connection between new campus safety measures and active shooter threat

Director of Campus Safety Ike Sloas denies connection between new campus safety measures and active shooter threat

Rachel Heimann '20, Staff Writer

October 12, 2019

Director of Campus Safety Ike Sloas sent an email informing students about his plan to test RhodesAlert, a mass texting system used to communicate emergencies on Sep. 3. He also asked students to update their phone numbers for the system. The email went on to state in part: “This fall, we are focu...

Kappa Sigma apologizes after leaked group messages show use of homophobic slur

Kappa Sigma apologizes after leaked group messages show use of homophobic slur

Rachel Heimann '20, Staff Writer

October 7, 2019

The Rhodes College chapter of Kappa Sigma has apologized for their fellow member’s use of a homophobic slur revealed in a leaked screenshot of the fraternity’s minutes.   Last week current and former Rhodes students began posting the screenshot on multiple social media platforms.  “Today, I am on...

New student health insurance policy a costly surprise

New student health insurance policy a costly surprise

Alice Berry '21, Editor-in-Chief

October 7, 2019

Students are at odds with administration over the college’s new health insurance policy. The new policy requires students to opt out of health insurance if they are already insured, in contrast with the previous opt-in policy. Their complaints include the cost and coverage of the policy, as well as the f...

A note from the editor: explaining the change

A note from the editor: explaining the change

Alice Berry '21, Editor-in-Chief

October 7, 2019

When The Sou’wester published its first issue on Nov. 5, 1919, its editorial board provided a statement of purpose. That statement read in part, “The college publication, whether paper, magazine, or even a pamphlet, is the most democratic institution a body of students can establish, to be of  mutua...

Due process, sealed records: Rhodes College and expelled students settle Title IX lawsuits

Due process, sealed records: Rhodes College and expelled students settle Title IX lawsuits

Rachel Heimann Mercader '20, Contributor

August 7, 2019

Two Title IX lawsuits against Rhodes College brought by former male students appear to have ended in settlement agreements. Both lawsuits focused on a reported sexual assault that took place on Feb. 14, 2019 at the SAE house. Police notified the college and it subsequently initiated a Title IX investigation....

Mary Thomas ’21, named Ally of the Year, speaks out against the award

Mary Thomas ’21, named Ally of the Year, speaks out against the award

Mary Thomas '21, Contributor

June 10, 2019

This past spring semester, sitting with my family in the McCallum Ballroom, I was honored to receive the Ally of the Year award. I was very surprised, and the adrenaline of an unexpected award fueled my excitement. Initially, I saw no issue with the award until I took a moment to reread its description and en...

#UnfinishedBusiness: the story of the Rhodes student center effort

#UnfinishedBusiness: the story of the Rhodes student center effort

Emily Faber '19, Contributor

May 2, 2019

Clusters of folks circle around tables, gather around couches and TVs, and eat together from the fast cafe. The space buzzes with conversation and collaboration. It feels refreshing, exciting, and alive. It is the spring of 2016, and we had stumbled upon the Denver Community College’s student center. We...

Russ Wigginton says goodbye to Rhodes after 27 years

Russ Wigginton says goodbye to Rhodes after 27 years

April 28, 2019

Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students Russ Wigginton will be leaving Rhodes College, effective June 30. Wigginton graduated from Rhodes with the class of 1988 and has served the college as a professor, Special Assistant to the President, Vice President of College Relations and Vice Pres...

Spotlight: Res Life student staff describe office in turmoil, fear Aretha Milligan

Spotlight: Res Life student staff describe office in turmoil, fear Aretha Milligan

Alice Berry '21, Editor-in-Chief

April 16, 2019

Director of Residence Life Aretha Milligan emailed her work study student employees to inform that they would not be re-hired for the 2019-2020 academic year shortly after a Residence Life Town Hall on the evening of Feb. 21. The email read: “This email is in reference to your fall 2019 employment status i...

From the editor: The Sou’wester is not being censored

From the editor: The Sou’wester is not being censored

Alice Berry '21, Editor-in-Chief

April 16, 2019

Recently, a former member of The Sou’wester editorial staff released a series of tweets regarding a lawsuit she was reporting on against Rhodes. The suit, Bose v. Bea, alleges that a professor referred a student to the Honor Council in an act of retaliation and that Rhodes did not fulfill its oblig...

Board of Trustees renames Palmer Hall to Southwestern Hall

Board of Trustees renames Palmer Hall to Southwestern Hall

Jordan Hulseberg '19 and Alice Berry '21

April 12, 2019

The Board of Trustees renamed Palmer Hall to Southwestern Hall on Friday, April 12. Following months of research by the Palmer Hall Discernment Committee and a unanimous recommendation, the Board of Trustees concurred with the committee's decision. Palmer Hall is Rhodes' oldest building and one of its...

2019 Editors’ Choice Awards

2019 Editors’ Choice Awards

The Editorial Board

April 5, 2019

Throughout the year, The Sou’wester has had the privilege to report on the Rhodes community and has paid careful attention to the achievements of its members. It is the purpose of the Editors’ Choice Awards to recognize these accomplishments.

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