Third annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony shines bright

Third annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony shines bright

The holiday spirit drifted through the hearts and streets of downtown Sarasota as patrons awaited the lighting of the Christmas tree in Five Points Park on Thursday, Dec. 29. This year, the third annual lighting ceremony planned by the Sarasota...
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Wrangling with Thanksgiving’s problematic history

Wrangling with Thanksgiving’s problematic history

So goes the popular tale of Thanksgiving: the Pilgrims and the Native Americans came together for a “peaceful meal” to give thanks for their bountiful harvest, friendship and survival. Recognition of the indigenous struggle is a step toward understanding t...
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First Comedy Friends improv show of the year: coming soon

First Comedy Friends improv show of the year: coming soon

There’s no conglomeration of students more rowdy on campus than the Comedy Friends, or, according to third-year Olivia Siegel, the Comedy ‘FREAKS!’ The Comedy Friends is an ever-evolving group of students who get together weekly to play improv games. The...
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Outdoor photography exhibit “The FENCE” comes to Sarasota

Outdoor photography exhibit “The FENCE” comes to Sarasota

All photos Cait Matthews/Catalyst. As November comes into full swing in Sarasota, so does “The FENCE,” an annual photography exhibit that is open to submissions from anyone. This year, the self-proclaimed largest outdoor traveling exhibit in North America ...
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ISPs prompt students to learn more about their passions and create connections

ISPs prompt students to learn more about their passions and create connections

Whether students are in their first or third years at New College, the Independent Study Project (ISP) that occurs during January is an important and sometimes challenging thing to approach. Since ISP has the potential for such a broad range...
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30th Annual Pumpkin Festival sparks fall feelings in SRQ

30th Annual Pumpkin Festival sparks fall feelings in SRQ

All of the senses are stimulated as one makes their way from the parking lots to the grounds of the Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Festival; the air is a medley of kettle corn, foods fried in Canola oil and a thriving...
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Expression and empowerment found through dance classes

Expression and empowerment found through dance classes

Engaging in dance academically can be thought of as an elite or intimidating experience. However, the options at New College—which have multiplied over the years—allow for approaches to movement that are far different from the stereotype of intense competi...
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Students scramble to find funds to pay for study abroad after scholarships are retracted

Students scramble to find funds to pay for study abroad after scholarships are retracted

Students preparing to study abroad in the coming semesters were blindsided this fall by a change to the school’s study abroad funding policy: students are no longer able use their New College scholarships to offset study abroad costs. “They previously...
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Beach bacteria briefly breach acceptable levels

Beach bacteria briefly breach acceptable levels

While several no-swim advisories were lifted for Sarasota beaches in the past couple of months, one was reinstated this past Thursday, Sept. 20, at Longboat Key Beach. County health officials revealed that enterococcus bacteria was above an acceptable limit in...
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Hurricane Florence aftermath

Hurricane Florence aftermath

Hurricane Florence first touched down near Wrightsville Beach, N.C., with maximum sustained winds near 90 mph and movement at a rate of 6 mph. While Florence had dropped to a Category 1 storm by the time it reached landfall on...
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