When the movement is bigger than your #hashtags: a letter to Wendy’s

When the movement is bigger than your #hashtags: a letter to Wendy’s

Dear Wendy’s and Heidi Schauer, This past spring break, instead of going to some tropical paradise to sip on virgin piña coladas, I fasted for five days alongside 80 other farmworkers and allies. We woke up at 6 a.m. every...
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I attempted to re-live Spring Breakers so you don’t have to

I attempted to re-live Spring Breakers so you don’t have to

In 2012, enfant terrible filmmaker Harmony Korine changed the discourse around a college rite of passage: Spring Break. His abject, star studded film Spring Breakers featured all the tropes of neon bikinis, binge drinking and EDM, interspersed with robberies, ...
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On loneliness, language barriers and living abroad: two students share their experiences studying abroad last semester

On loneliness, language barriers and living abroad: two students share their experiences studying abroad last semester

BY AUDREY WARNE AND CASSIE MANZ On language barriers Cassie: How has the experience of taking all of your classes in French been? Audrey: It’s been frustrating, but it’s also been good at certain points. Sometimes I’m sitting there and...
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Selah Freedom supports policies that equate sex work with human trafficking

Selah Freedom supports policies that equate sex work with human trafficking

In a well-lit office building waiting room sits Laurie Swink, the co-founder of Selah Freedom, an anti-trafficking organization based in Sarasota, waiting for me to set up the recording device. She’s a blonde woman with piercing blue eyes and a...
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Lifestyles of the manufactured and manicured: an exploration of Lakewood Ranch

Lifestyles of the manufactured and manicured: an exploration of Lakewood Ranch

Lakewood Ranch is trying very hard to be someplace. It does not simply want to be another housing development–and in many ways, it’s not. For one, it’s huge: in addition to 12 neighborhoods–referred to as “villages”–there’s also 150...
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OP-ED: How Fox News has misshapen itself, politics and the American public

OP-ED: How Fox News has misshapen itself, politics and the American public

When Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s first indictments regarding the Russia-Trump campaign scandal were officially announced Monday, Oct. 30, not a single person in the entirety of the United States of America cared about cheeseburger emojis–including...
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A letter from the Catalyst staff regarding the ‘New College, New Culture’ piece by journalism students at the University of South Florida-St. Petersburg

The Catalyst is a collaborative project of Newspaper Writing and Production, an academic tutorial sponsored by Professor Maria D. Vesperi. Our 14-person staff works to produce a weekly newspaper as a way to inform our community while learning basic journalism....
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The delightful discovery of meditative culture by a new New College student

The delightful discovery of meditative culture by a new New College student

I started the New College voyage this Spring 2017 term and my personal vow to take up daily meditations has serendipitously been made easier because of it. This school has helped me foster the habits I’ve been wanting to enforce...
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College kids and car trips:  My New Orleans experience

College kids and car trips: My New Orleans experience

When I first posed the idea of a cross-country road trip to my parents, they told me I was naive. Transfer student Benjamin Cook and I originally planned a trip to Colorado, but as spring break drew near, we realized...
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OPINION: The problem with “fake news” and Trump’s reality

Throughout Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the beginning of his term as president, he has made numerous claims against “the media” for spewing “fake news” in poorly- veiled attempts at supporting his own agenda. His administration has so far...
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