KRS-One speaks on hip-hop and ingredients for human connection

KRS-One speaks on hip-hop and ingredients for human connection

KRS-One is a prolific EMCee, hip-hop producer and public speaker. Lawrence Parker is his birth name. As a childhood resident of the Bronx in the 70s, Parker was a part of the first moments of hip-hop, and he has made...
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White Rabbit Red Rabbit: or ostrich impressions and metafiction

White Rabbit Red Rabbit: or ostrich impressions and metafiction

  An audience of exactly 64–we counted–packed tight in a dark room. Two glasses of water and a vial of “poison” on a glass-topped table. One actor, who had never seen the script before it was handed to him onstage...
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Selby Gardens displays rare hybrid and natural orchids at the Orchid Show

Selby Gardens displays rare hybrid and natural orchids at the Orchid Show

(all photos by Azia Keever) Selby’s orchid show boasts a lush conservatory exhibit with countless species of orchids to sniff and admire.   Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis is an orchid that smells like rotting flesh. Unlike most other flowers, whose scent...
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NCF alum and Grip Shift inventor Sam Patterson has cautionary tale for entrepreneurs

NCF alum and Grip Shift inventor Sam Patterson has cautionary tale for entrepreneurs

  Anyone who has been around bicycles in the last 20 years has likely seen or used a Grip Shift. The shifter is built into a bicycle’s handlebar grip, and twisting it changes the gears. Less obvious is the fact...
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Freestyle and floetry: Center of the Universe Party returns for Halloween

Freestyle and floetry: Center of the Universe Party returns for Halloween

Live freestyling and rap, independent local artists, lots of dancing and the first few days of cold Florida weather all came together this Halloween Palm Court Party (PCP). The major challenge? An unexpected and torrential downpour that reorganized the structu...
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Yesterday and Today: local Miami record store of 36 years, good for the oldies

Yesterday and Today: local Miami record store of 36 years, good for the oldies

Across the street from the timelessly popular Bird Bowl bowling center on southwest Bird Road, up the rickety metal stairs of a tightly packed strip plaza, hides the hole-in-the-wall gem known as Yesterday and Today Records which holds the timeless...
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Alum Jeb Lund talks freelance journalism, online personas and his huge Twitter following

Alum Jeb Lund talks freelance journalism, online personas and his huge Twitter following

Jeb Lund (‘97) is known for being both serious and comedic. His work as a writer is political, careful and consequential in tone. His Twitter account, on the other hand, with over 70,000 followers, often ranges from topically humorous to...
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How to catch a ghost: tips and tricks from Bradenton’s Paranormal Society

How to catch a ghost: tips and tricks from Bradenton’s Paranormal Society

  “If you’re an asshole in life, you’re an asshole in death,” Liz Reed, a founder of the Paranormal Society of Bradenton, said when asked about demons. “I always tell people, because a lot of people think their houses are...
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New College: the metaphysical side

New College: the metaphysical side

    On certain nights of the month, some students leave crystals outside their dorms to charge by moonlight. Others anticipate trials and tribulations of the upcoming week by reading horoscopes and charting their sun and moon signs. While the...
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Not so New College: stories of ghosts and spirits from the past

Not so New College: stories of ghosts and spirits from the past

  Ninety-one years after the death of Charles Ringling, ghosts and spirits continue to swarm the dusty halls of College Hall and the eerie corners of the rest of campus. The Catalyst asked current students and alumni to share their...
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