Self-impregnating stingray makes history
Stingray from Florida Aquarium in Tampa. Photo courtesy of Caralise Maloy.

Self-impregnating stingray makes history

Bring your “good luck on motherhood” cards to Charlotte, the pregnant Round stingray in a Hendersonville North Carolina aquarium, who lives in a tank without a male ray. Predicted to be about 12 to 16 years old, scientists think that Charlotte impregnated herself through a…

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Kansas City Superbowl celebration shooting
Statistics indicating that childhood death rates due to guns are higher than from any other cause. Graph courtesy of USAFacts.

Kansas City Superbowl celebration shooting

Parents and loved ones of 22 injured and one dead spent their Valentine's Day at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri after shooting erupted between two men at Union Station during a public celebration of the Kansas City Chiefs’ win at the Superbowl. The…

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Need karma? Participate in a thesis study
Poster of Sidny Hall’s call for thesis participation. Photo by Alexandra Levy.

Need karma? Participate in a thesis study

With the downfall of the forum and Student List, thesis students are having trouble getting the word out to potential participants in their research projects. The Catalyst reached out  to provide an additional  platform for these students to announce their projects and to highlight the…

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Freedom to Learn in Florida: An online advocacy workshop
Freedom to Learn in Florida advocacy workshop. Courtesy of PEN America.

Freedom to Learn in Florida: An online advocacy workshop

The Gov. Ron Desantis-led efforts to pursue what he deems the “war on woke” prevail into 2024 with Florida legislators on the front lines. Since 2021, states across the nation have faced bills targeting critical race theory, diversity initiatives and educational autonomy. In an attempt…

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NCF students struggle to keep in touch
Big bulletin board in Hamilton “Ham” Center filled with notices and announcements. Photo by Cole Kinsley.

NCF students struggle to keep in touch

New College of Florida’s policies on student communication have undergone many restrictive changes in the past year. This includes the deletion of the opt-in student forum and revoked access to the official Students List. No more stickers on doors, flyers restricted to bulletin boards, no…

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Chris Kinsley: achievements and hopes for the future
Christian Kinsley at the Feb. 22 Board of Trustees meeting. Photo courtesy of Christian Kinsley.

Chris Kinsley: achievements and hopes for the future

Readers of the Catalyst for the past four years may recognize the name Christian Kinsley.  He has been an important, reliable source for many articles, providing much-needed background on significant topics the Catalyst has covered. As Vice President of Finance and Administration since Mar. 15, 2020,…

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New College zine revival: a spotlight on Burnouts Magazine
Burnouts Magazine issues two, three and four. Photo collage by Riley Bucklin.

New College zine revival: a spotlight on Burnouts Magazine

A group of students began handing out self-made booklets at Walls last semester. Each copy featured a complex, graphically-designed cover, artwork, poetry and various short, transgressive stories. The issues listed no cited authors, only pen names, but one word in large print stood proudly on…

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Caples historic mansion tour
Caples mansion exterior. Photo by Alexandra Levy.

Caples historic mansion tour

On Feb. 10, the Caples Mansion had a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new renovations. In his welcome speech, President Richard Corcoran recalled,  “When I got here in March, I remember talking to our Facilities Director and saying, ‘You know, where are we on Caples?’”…

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February Senate meeting brings campus updates
Students waiting for the Senate meeting to reach quorum. Photo by Andy Trinh

February Senate meeting brings campus updates

The New College Student Alliance (NCSA) Senate meeting began with a slow trickle, taking almost 30 minutes to reach quorum. With recent changes to the Student List, Forum and other modes of communication, Senate meetings now serve as one of the only ways to publicly…

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The New College Garage Sale
Garage Sale flyer. (Created by Beaux Delaune.)

The New College Garage Sale

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic changed much about how students at New College live their everyday lives following quarantine. A lasting and notable difference is the absence of the once cherished “Free Store.” The “Free Store” was a perfect opportunity for students to reuse,…

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From frontlines to diplomatic quagmire: two years of war in Ukraine
A protest sign featuring pictures of Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Putin and Adolph Hitler. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

From frontlines to diplomatic quagmire: two years of war in Ukraine

Feb. 26 will mark year two of Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, a war that has been worth small territorial gains for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russia Matters, a project launched in 2016 by Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, reported…

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Slow start to Robertson Park
Robertson Park on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024 at 2:51 p.m. Photograph by Naomi Nerlien.

Slow start to Robertson Park

President Richard Corcoran promised to bring several campus improvements to New College in the new year, including making all elevators operational and renovating the exterior of the Pritzker Marine Biology Research Center. The installation of Robertson Park was counted as one such campus improvement. In…

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Florida House seeks to block social media access for teens citing privacy and safety concerns
App icons swirling around a toilet bowl with a phone in it. Photo by Cole Kinsley, edited by Andy Trinh.

Florida House seeks to block social media access for teens citing privacy and safety concerns

On Jan. 24, the Florida House of Representatives passed House Bill (HB) 1 with sweeping bipartisan support, on a vote of 106 to13. The bill would ban teens aged 16 years of age and under from owning social media accounts that can upload content, track…

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Neuralink study begins human testing phase
A plastic skeleton with chords running all around it. One cord’s charger end is in its jaws, with a light on the tip that emanates a bright blue glow. Photo by Cole Kinsley.

Neuralink study begins human testing phase

According to a Jan. 29 tweet from Neuralink CEO Elon Musk, the neurotech company has begun human trials of its brain-computer interface (BCI) implants. BCIs collect and decode signals from the brain and transmit these signals to another device. One primary objective of this technology…

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Selby Library hosts 10th annual Musical Flea Market
An orange electric guitar, a stack of books and a pair of puffy headphones with the wire folded into a heart-shape on top of a white cloth background. Photo by Cole Kinsley.

Selby Library hosts 10th annual Musical Flea Market

The Selby Public Library will host the Sarasota Music Archive’s 10th Annual Musical Flea Market on Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market will be held in the Selby Library Auditorium, with rows of tables filled with eclectic musical goodies. This will include…

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Black History Month 2024 at New College
Film poster of The Black Power Mixtape (2011). Photo courtesy of Flickr.

Black History Month 2024 at New College

Annual celebrations of Black History Month (BHM) at New College bring a variety of events   as a way for students, staff and faculty to honor the heritage and ongoing influence of Black history and culture in the United States. This February the New College…

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Richard Corcoran and David Rancourt present controversial comedy bits in off-campus ISP

On Jan. 25, a video uploaded to Youtube by McCurdy’s Comedy, a historic theater in downtown Sarasota, documented New College Dean of Students David Rancourt’s stand-up comedy debut.  Not all New College students are laughing, however. The following article contains quotes from Rancourt’s comedy segment…

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Almost, Maine: where East meets glory
Christian Daloui and Alexandra Levy performing in Almost, Maine. Photo courtesy of Jane Major.

Almost, Maine: where East meets glory

Almost, Maine premiered in New College’s Black Box Theater (BBT) Feb. 1 and ran until Feb. 4, 2024, bringing in the new school year with lots of glorified love, pain and even sweet release. Written by John Cariani, Almost, Maine was performed by a handful…

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FL Board of Governors removes sociology from core curriculum options
A College Hall classroom. Photo taken by Christine Wehner.

FL Board of Governors removes sociology from core curriculum options

Sociology is no longer an option for Florida post-secondary students seeking to fulfill their general education course requirements. As of Jan. 24, introductory sociology courses cannot be counted for the social science requirement due to the discipline losing favor with the Florida Board of Governors…

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Cupid’s wings clipped: COUP moved to March 2
Display of the COUP fundraising art. Left image by Alexandra Denner. Right image by Riley Bucklin. Photo courtesy of Beaux Delaune.

Cupid’s wings clipped: COUP moved to March 2

The New College campus is no stranger to student-hosted parties, namely Walls, Center of the Universe Parties (COUP) and everything in between. Conventionally, the Spring semester  includes both a Valentine’s Day COUP and a Graduation COUP. This year things seem to be going differently. Based on…

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Recap of the “Reimagining PEI” architecture competition
A visualization of what Palm Court could look like in the Sweet Sparkman plan. (Courtesy of Sweet Sparkman.)

Recap of the “Reimagining PEI” architecture competition

On Nov. 15, three architectural plans were presented for renovating the Pei dorms and re-integrating them into the New College Campus. The winner of the “Reimagining Pei” competition, Sweet Sparkman, was announced on Nov 17. Working in coordination with Architecture Sarasota, New College of Florida’s…

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Dorm residents moved into Hyatt over winter break
New College residence halls. (Photo taken by Veronica Jolley.)

Dorm residents moved into Hyatt over winter break

In previous years, New College of Florida students had the option to reside on campus over winter break, despite the school being “closed” for the holidays from Dec. 16 to Jan. 1. But in a swift decision from the New College Department of Housing and…

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Exploring U.S. health care
Money on top of an unpaid hospital bill. Photo courtesy of Texas State University Pressbooks.

Exploring U.S. health care

Submitted by Sadie Vitkus The United Nations, of which the United States is one of five permanent members, established 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to achieve by 2030. The United States, long an influential and wealthy world power, is struggling in the face of a…

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A peek into the experience of a student journalist at New College
Cook Hall with an "authorized personel only" sign. (Graphic made by Chloe Rusek.)

A peek into the experience of a student journalist at New College

The Catalyst is New College’s student-run newspaper, a project of the Newspaper Writing and Production/College Newspaper Editing course and tutorial sequence taught by Professor of Anthropology Maria Vesperi since 1994. Historically, staff and students have excitedly embraced the Catalyst, but this fall has proven to…

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December’s cinematic delights
Photo collage of the films featured in this December-release roundup. Collage by Emma Iverson.

December’s cinematic delights

December is set to host a diverse array of film genres, spanning comedy, sci-fi, drama, horror and everything in between. While the holiday season typically brings a surge in festive content, this December promises an unexpected cinematic journey. Here the Catalyst summarizes online descriptions of…

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Campus Police Department hosts holiday toy donation
From left to right: Campus Police Department Officers Adam Ziegler, Mike Clary and Captain Kelley Masten hold a Holiday Toy Drive donation bin in Dec. 2022. The toys are donated to hospitalized children at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Photo Courtesy of Kelley Masten.

Campus Police Department hosts holiday toy donation

This holiday season, the Campus Police Department (CPD) participated in the Marsh Annual Holiday Toy Drive to collect toys for children at Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH). The drive ended on Dec. 15, and anyone can donate by bringing new toys to the lobby of the…

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Sarasota Memorial Hospital: A potential location for students to work
The exterior of Sarasota Memorial Hospital U.S. Highway 41. (Photo by Saloanee Labh.)

Sarasota Memorial Hospital: A potential location for students to work

Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) is a bedrock of Sarasota County’s health care system, with the only “trauma center, obstetrical services, neonatal intensive care unit, inpatient pediatrics unit and psychiatric services for patients,” according to their official website.  Healing environments in health care are very necessary,…

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Students at NCF in light of Diwali festivities
Lit diya lamps. Photo courtesy of PxHere.

Students at NCF in light of Diwali festivities

Diwali, otherwise known as Deepavali, or the Festival of Lights, is a five-day celebration observed by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and occasionally Buddhists. The holiday marks the end of the summer harvest season and lands on the darkest night of the Hindu lunisolar calendar, falling between…

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Tesla butts heads with workers in Sweden
The Tesla storefront at the UTC mall in Sarasota. (Taken by Justin DeLa.)

Tesla butts heads with workers in Sweden

Tesla is embroiled with several European labor unions in an ongoing strike and protest, originating from a walkout by Swedish mechanics belonging to the IF Metall metalworkers’ union. While this situation is still unfolding and various unions in European countries decide if they will work…

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Teach the Truth Tour takes students through Florida’s Black history
New College and UF students and faculty at the site on the Suwannee River where a 15-year-old Black child was lynched in 1944. Marvin Dunn, center. Photo courtesy of Marvin Dunn.

Teach the Truth Tour takes students through Florida’s Black history

On Nov. 11 students, staff and faculty from New College, University of Florida (UF) and community members from across the state joined Dr. Marvin Dunn, professor emeritus from the Department of Psychology at Florida International University (FIU) for an overnight Teach the Truth Tour. The…

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History of the Four Winds seal
Picture 1: Ceramic tiles featuring the Four Winds in the walkway by College Hall. (Photo by Maya Rish) Picture 2: Ceramic tiles featuring the Four Winds design by the bathrooms on the first floor of the ACE building. (Photo by Maya Rish)

History of the Four Winds seal

Professor of Art History Malena Carrasco didn’t know that she would become obsessed with the New College seal. She hadn’t expected to find an internal argument within a future world-famous architectural firm. She’d only been curious about something most Novos, including herself, had overlooked. Where…

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Sarasota County Commission severs ties with national library group and state affiliate
Selby Public Library in Downtwon Sarasota. (Taken by Veronica Jolley.)

Sarasota County Commission severs ties with national library group and state affiliate

Starting in 2024, Sarasota County will no longer pay annual dues of $1,300 to the American Library Association (ALA) and $2,673 to the Florida Library Association (FLA). The Sarasota County Commission voted 4-1 on Nov. 14 to stop funding the county’s public library memberships in…

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Pens and Paper Tabletop Club hosts successful Renaissance Fair at New College
Secretary of the Pens and Paper Club and art vendor Lance Gallgher browses another student artist’s work. Photo from Chloe Rusek.

Pens and Paper Tabletop Club hosts successful Renaissance Fair at New College

The Pens and Paper Dungeons and Dragons Role Playing Club hosted an entirely student-run Medieval Renaissance Fair on Nov. 18. The event featured a jousting arena, fairy garden, medieval role play and an artist alley with more than a dozen art vendors. The weather was…

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Behind the scenes at  the SSC with Sydney Sloan
SSC coaches during a study hall. From left to right: McKenna Mooney, Nayelis Cardenas, Betzy Lopez, Tea Jones and Rosa Martinez. Photo courtesy of Syndey Sloan.

Behind the scenes at the SSC with Sydney Sloan

Located in LBR 103, the Student Success Center (SSC) provides one-on-one peer coaching for students. Student coaches specialize in attention management, reading comprehension and more. Whether students are struggling with the transition from high school to college, want to solidify their study routines or would…

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Happy Holidays: vegan recipes
Vegetables in soup. Photo by Alexandra Levy.

Happy Holidays: vegan recipes

It is that time of year when the air smells crisp and the shirt sleeves are long, when time is spent with those one loves most. However, those warm and fuzzy feelings do not extend to feathered friends. Thanksgiving alone prompts the slaughter of an…

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Revisions to Carryforward Spending Plan raise questions about transparency
Screenshot of the Nov. 6 BOT meeting supporting documents regarding Carryforward Spending Plan revisions.

Revisions to Carryforward Spending Plan raise questions about transparency

On Nov. 6, the New College Board of Trustees (BOT) held a virtual meeting with the sole agenda item of discussing revisions to the Carryforward Spending Plan. According to the State University System of Florida (SUS), Carryforward funds are reserve funds that each university must…

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Ten ways to nurture mental well-being amidst the holiday hustle
Mental health destressors graphic by Emma Iverson.

Ten ways to nurture mental well-being amidst the holiday hustle

As the holiday season approaches, adorned with festive decorations and the promise of joy, individuals often find themselves caught in a whirlwind of stress, diminished mindfulness and various mental health challenges. The pressures of gift-giving, social gatherings and year-end obligations can take a toll on…

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Argentines speak out about Javier Milei, the new President
Javier Milei speaking in Buenos Aires. (Courtesy of Facundo Florit.)

Argentines speak out about Javier Milei, the new President

With the recent election of economist Javier Milei to the presidency of Argentina with lawyer Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner as vice president, there are many concerns about the future of the country. Milei’s campaign was a mix of socially conservative culture fights and far right…

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An inside look at the Dance Collective Fall 2023 showcase
Dancers Lianna Paton and Colin Jefferis rehearsing their dance titled “All Things Go.” Photo by Gaby Batista.

An inside look at the Dance Collective Fall 2023 showcase

Dance Collective is one of New College’s oldest and longest running clubs, with each semester’s show packed with friends, family and community members ready to enjoy the student-run event. The Fall 2023 Dance Collective showcase will take place Dec. 8 and 9, with doors opening…

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National Association of Realtors reports on home buying trends
House for sale. (Courtesy of flickr.)

National Association of Realtors reports on home buying trends

According to the National Association of Realtors, the median age for repeat home buyers—individuals who have purchased a house before—was 58, dropping from last year’s record of 59. Meanwhile, the average first-home buyer is 35 years old. The association’s deputy chief economist Jessica Lautz spoke…

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SPAACES makes waves in the Sarasota art world
Artemis and David, Oil on Canvas, 28” x 56” (Portrait by Danielle Dygert.)

SPAACES makes waves in the Sarasota art world

Sarasota Project Aligning Artists Communities Exhibits Studio (SPAACES) is an organization created by Marianne Chapel in 2018. “At SPAACES, we nurture professional artists by offering affordable art studios, quality exhibitions and much, much, more,” Chapel, visual artist and curator, told the Catalyst.  Visit SPAACES studio…

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Chemotherapy drugs shortage
Chemotherapy drugs now in shortage for sale over-the-counter. (Photo courtesy of flickr.)

Chemotherapy drugs shortage

Important drugs for treating cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy including carboplatin, cisplatin and methotrexate are headed toward a critical scarcity at cancer treatment centers, according to a recent survey  by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). This problem is not a new one. The Biden administration put…

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CEO field trip to eRising entrepreneurship convention
CEO staff members and NCF students during breakfast at eRising Convention. From left to right: Domenica Valencia, Bilge Akyol, Madeline Tympanick, Sam Carmer and Naomi Nerlien. (Photo courtesy of Madeline Tympanick.)

CEO field trip to eRising entrepreneurship convention

Held annually during Global Entrepreneurship Week, the third eRising Convention took place on Nov. 15 at the CareerSource Suncoast Event Center in Sarasota. As a partner, New College of Florida’s Center for Career and Engagement Opportunities (CEO) sponsored a field trip for students to eRising,…

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2023 Election Night: Democrats score wins and abortion emerges as key issue
Philadelphia's first female mayor Cherelle Parker organizing a recognition ceremony for street renaming. (Photo courtesy of flickr.)

2023 Election Night: Democrats score wins and abortion emerges as key issue

Following the Nov. 7 elections, Democrats across the United States had reason for celebration. The results of this election, while not definitive indicators for the 2024 presidential race, offer valuable insights into the evolving political landscape.  Reproductive rights have proven to be a winning issue…

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Thesis exhibition “Birthmarks” showcases transracial adoptee experiences
Exhibition entrance display with the Chinese character for double happiness. Photo courtesy of Celeste Kadzis.

Thesis exhibition “Birthmarks” showcases transracial adoptee experiences

On Nov. 1, the first day of Adoption Awareness Month, thesis student Celeste Kadzis announced the dates of her thesis exhibition,  “Birthmarks: Exploring Cultural Connections in Chinese American Adult Adoptees.”  The event took place from Nov. 13 to 17 in the College Hall Music Room…

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November 8 Senate meeting recap
Students waiting for the Senate meeting to begin. Photo by Chloe Rusek.

November 8 Senate meeting recap

The New College student Senate meeting on Nov. 8 yielded a few new updates for students, including an announcement about the proposed Cultural Picnic, an update on the Indigenous Land Acknowledgement Statement and possible changes to the New College student Forum.  The first agenda item…

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Board of Trustees discuss revised Carryforward Spending Plan
The special Board of Trustees meeting before the meeting was called to order. (Screenshot by Aria Lockman.)

Board of Trustees discuss revised Carryforward Spending Plan

With minimal advance notice, the New College Board of Trustees (BOT) held a “special” virtual meeting with one agenda item: to discuss the revised E&G Carryforward Spending Plan. The Carryforward plan was previously presented to the BOT at the Oct. 3 meeting, where Faculty Trustee…

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Guide to the hydroponic tower in Ham
Hydroponic tower in the Hamilton “Ham” Center. Photo by Gaby Batista.

Guide to the hydroponic tower in Ham

Students on campus last year may have noticed a structure eerily similar to an otherworldly, sci-fi contraption that one sees in movies tucked into a corner of the Hamilton “Ham” Center. While the tower was not in use last academic year, thesis student and project…

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Scientists discover ancient coral reefs in the Galapagos
A thriving coral reef. Photo courtesy of the Australian Institute of Marine Science.

Scientists discover ancient coral reefs in the Galapagos

Earlier this year in April, a team of scientists onboard the deep-sea research submarine named “Alvin” operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution discovered a kilometers-long coral reef well below the surface of the water, where most corals across the globe are suffering from the…

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Six national holidays to celebrate in November
November graphic (days are not accurate to 2023). Photo courtesy of WallpaperUse.

Six national holidays to celebrate in November

While most national and international holidays are readily available on the internet, the Catalyst compiled a list of upcoming holidays and awareness months relevant to the New College community to look forward to at the time of this article’s publication. Some important holidays that have…

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Behind the pirate life: an interview with student playwright Emy McGuire
Emy McGuire in costume as Anne Bonny. (Courtesy of Emy McGuire.)

Behind the pirate life: an interview with student playwright Emy McGuire

History knows Anne Bonny as a girl from Ireland who decided to take on the pirate life. The Legend of Anne Bonny is an original play centered around the titular pirate and her journey from housewife to swashbuckler.  The Catalyst spoke with thesis student Emy…

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NCF Freedom’s lawsuit challenging SB 266 faces first setback
NCF Freedom's logo. (Courtesy of NCF Freedom.)

NCF Freedom’s lawsuit challenging SB 266 faces first setback

On May 15, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed SB 266 into law on the New College campus in a ceremonial manner, celebrating his administration’s targeting of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) programming in education throughout the state of Florida. As reported by local news outlet 96.5…

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Lung Cancer Awareness Month and how to get involved
Lung Cancer Awareness Graphic by Emma Iverson.

Lung Cancer Awareness Month and how to get involved

As November marks Lung Cancer Awareness Month, it is essential for the New College community to contemplate the crucial facets of this lethal disease and the profound impact it has on survivors, fighters and healthcare professionals. Lung cancer stands as the predominant cause of cancer-related…

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The murder and trial of Tyre Nichols: a timeline
Memphis Tennessee Police Station. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The murder and trial of Tyre Nichols: a timeline

On Jan. 7 in Memphis Tennessee, Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man, was beaten for three minutes by five police officers who pulled Nichols over for reckless driving. Nichols died in the hospital three days later. The police officers were fired and charged with federal…

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A preview of the new Dance on Campus performance
Students rehearse an act of the upcoming Dance on Campus performance on Nov. 8 in the Black Box Theater. Photo by Maya Rish.

A preview of the new Dance on Campus performance

Performers and crew rushed around in the Black Box Theater (BBT), scrambling to get into position or to cue lights to shine on a dark stage. Jazz music played in the background, providing a melody to the intimate space. As the lights came up, dancers…

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Parking in disabled spaces without a disabled permit
Student outside of Dort using the disabled parking space to unload belongings.

Parking in disabled spaces without a disabled permit

Over the course of this semester, students have noticed more incidents of cars without disabled designations parked in marked disabled spaces. Normally this comes with a major fine, since there are disabled people who need these spaces. The Catalyst spoke to the New College Campus…

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Richard Corcoran is now among the highest paid presidents in the state of Florida
A screenshot of the Oct. 20 Board of Trustees meeting that took place on Zoom. (Courtesy of New College of Florida's YouTube.)

Richard Corcoran is now among the highest paid presidents in the state of Florida

President Richard Corcoran’s employment contract was the primary topic of discussion at the Oct. 20 Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting. The contract was negotiated and presented by Vice Chair Ron Christaldi, and after an hour-long discussion the BOT moved to approve the document. The motion…

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Lil Uzi Vert’s new $100K tattoo
Lil Uzi Vert. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Lil Uzi Vert’s new $100K tattoo

At the Summer Smash event held in Bridgeview, Illinois this past June, well-known American rapper Lil Uzi Vert unveiled a striking new look that came with a hefty price tag of more than $100,000. They chose to re-tattoo their entire upper torso, featuring a Japanese…

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New College celebrates LGBTQ+ community with Pride Festival
Student waving Pride streamer. (Taken by Veronica Jolley.)

New College celebrates LGBTQ+ community with Pride Festival

New College celebrated its second student-led Pride Festival on Nov. 4, marking a successful student commitment to fostering an inclusive and supportive community for all. The festival took place in the Nook and featured performances by local musical artists SUPERBITCH  and The Tilt, free food…

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Panera faces lawsuit over charged lemonade
A Panera Bread restaurant sign. Photo courtesty of Flickr.

Panera faces lawsuit over charged lemonade

In recent times, a growing number of college students seeking a caffeine boost have turned to charged lemonades, which pack roughly 390 mg of caffeine, just 10 mg shy of the FDA's daily recommended maximum of 400 mg. Last year a tragic incident involving Sarah…

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Global AI summit meeting
Artificial intelligence (AI) graphic. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Global AI summit meeting

On Nov. 1-2, the United Kingdom hosted an international summit focused on concerns arising from rapid advancements in technology, particularly in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). The AI Safety Summit assembled a diverse group of participants, including political leaders, regulators and representatives from various…

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Easy dorm recipes that don’t break the bank
A hearty bowl of oatmeal topped with bananas, walnuts, and chia seeds. Photo by rawpixel.com / Jakub Kapusnak.

Easy dorm recipes that don’t break the bank

As the January Independent Study Project (ISP) interterm approaches, the New College Hamilton “Ham” Cafe hours become a little tricky. During this academic exploration period, it is vital to maintain nourishment and sustain oneself. According to the 2019/2020 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, a staggering…

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How to study abroad and what NCF students have to say about it
Thesis student Janie Day looks out over Barcelona from the Bunkers del Carmel during her time spent abroad in January 2023. The bunkers are a remnant from the Spanish Civil War and a popular vantage point for viewing the city. “We watched the sunset from there… definitely one of my favorite spots in Barcelona,” Day said. (Courtesy of Janie Day)

How to study abroad and what NCF students have to say about it

Students at New College have unique opportunities to study abroad due to myriad support systems available. This issue, the Catalyst looks into how to make international schooling possible, and hears from study abroad students. Adjunct Professor of French and Director of Global Education Florence Zamsky…

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Group offerings from the  ISP Workshop
Poster sent to students and placed around campus advertising the ISP Workshop.

Group offerings from the ISP Workshop

One thing that makes New College special is the approach to January terms. During this month, students complete Independent Study Projects (ISPs), where rather than meeting in a classroom two or three times a week, they pursue a project that follows their own  interests. The…

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Organizations designed to protect journalists report on conditions in Gaza and the impact on journalism
A picture of the control booth at WSLR 96.5 FM.. The local community radio station airs Democracy Now! by Amy Goodman, who provides a war report on the Israel-Palestine conflict every weekday morning. Photo by Aria Lockman.

Organizations designed to protect journalists report on conditions in Gaza and the impact on journalism

More than 11,000 people have been killed during the conflict between Israel and Hamas. Among those 11,000 were 39 journalists and media workers since the war began on Oct. 7, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). The CPJ is an independent, non-profit organization…

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Shellhacks: when poor planning meets 1,500 attendees
The New College Shellhacks squad. (Courtesy of Saloanee Labh.)

Shellhacks: when poor planning meets 1,500 attendees

Recently, 10 students from the New College Computer Science Program attended the Shellhacks hackathon at Florida International University (FIU). The event was brought to their attention by thesis student Ahmet “Sami” Cemek, who had emailed the Computer Science Program about the event. Hackathons, also known…

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Coverage on the Lewiston, Maine mass shooting
Welcome to Lewiston, Maine sign. (Courtesy of Maineanencyclopedia.com)

Coverage on the Lewiston, Maine mass shooting

582. That is how many mass shootings, defined by the Gun Violence Archive as an incident in which four or more victims are shot or killed, have happened in the United States in 2023 at the time of this article’s writing. Since the Oct. 25…

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Reader-friendly coverage on the escalating violence in Israel and Palestine
Protestors in Washington D.C. voice support for Israel and Palestine. (Courtesy of flickr.)

Reader-friendly coverage on the escalating violence in Israel and Palestine

By Veronica Jolley and Isaac Tellechea On Oct. 7, Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups launched Operation al-Aqsa Flood, a coordinated assault consisting of land and air attacks into multiple border areas of Israel outside the Gaza strip. Hamas militants surrounded as many as 22…

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New Odyssey course previews this semester
A book shelf in the library displays Odyssey-themed material, correlating with the new class being premiered this semester. (Taken by Maya Rish.)

New Odyssey course previews this semester

This term, New College students were offered a new course, The Odyssey. Run by Professors of Classics Carl Shaw and David Rohrbacher, the class facilitates students’ deep dive into classical literature. Each week, more than 50 students prepare by reading two chapters from Homer's Odyssey,…

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Anthropology Commons hosts successful Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration
Concepción Poou Coy Tharin working on a piece in front of the Hamilton "Ham" Center. Photo by Gabriella Batista.

Anthropology Commons hosts successful Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration

New College of Florida’s Anthropology Commons, with support from the New College Student Alliance (NCSA) and the Novo Collegian Alliance (NCA), hosted a celebration for Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday Oct. 9. Indigenous Peoples Day is a day of recognition and commemoration of the Indigenous…

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Are you ready for Freddy? Five Nights at Freddy’s breaks the box office
A promotional poster for Five Nights at Freddy’s posted on X by Blumhouse Entertainment.

Are you ready for Freddy? Five Nights at Freddy’s breaks the box office

Get ready to heal your inner child and dive back into the spine-tingling world of animatronic horror, as the highly anticipated Five Nights at Freddy’s (FNAF) movie makes its long-awaited debut on the big screen. After almost a decade, fans of the FNAF franchise can…

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Following a tumultuous election process, the House of Representatives has its new Speaker
The exterior of the House of Representatives side of the Capitol Building. (Courtesy of flickr.)

Following a tumultuous election process, the House of Representatives has its new Speaker

Typically, most elections for the Speaker of the House of Representatives are completed  in one or two votes, but with the current GOP one can see the results of infighting that have come home to roost. After a long, tense three weeks of an immobilized…

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Chalk Art Photo Spread

New College students have long since enjoyed decorating the campus with chalk. Recently, chalk art has been used as an avenue for anonymous self expression surrounding political matters. The expression falls within a gray area, and students could face consequences if the messages are defamatory…

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Resources for first-generation and minority students at New College
Transitions and Family Programs office in HCL 3. (Taken by Naomi Nerlien.)

Resources for first-generation and minority students at New College

The New College 2022 Equity Report goes into detail on the school’s demographics and how it compares to other liberal arts or Florida institutions. It also outlines specific, practical action steps the school would complete “to increase Black and Hispanic enrollment as a percentage of…

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First Belonging Expo promotes inclusion on campus
Celeste Kadzis posing with the Belonging Expo schedule. Photo by Gaby Batista.

First Belonging Expo promotes inclusion on campus

Oct. 7 marked the day of the Student Activities & Campus Engagement (SAUCE) office’s first Belonging Expo, opening doors for students to engage with various affinity clubs and one another. Thesis student and Student Event Team (SET) Belonging Coordinator Celeste Kadzis has spent the past…

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Famous Robin Hood Tree cut down by vandals
The Robin Hood Tree, settled in a dip of Hadrian’s Wall. Image courtesy of Wikimedia.

Famous Robin Hood Tree cut down by vandals

A 300-year-old landmark tree by Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland, England was chopped down by suspected vandals on Sept. 28. The iconic tree gained its popularity and became known as “Robin Hood’s Tree” after it was featured in Kevin Costner’s 1991 action-adventure film Robin Hood: Prince…

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Campus life dwindles during Fall Break at New College
The empty picnic area outside Boars Head and Hamilton Center during Fall Break. (Taken by Emma Iverson.)

Campus life dwindles during Fall Break at New College

New College welcomed a record-breaking enrollment in Fall 2023, boasting the highest number of students in recent memory—an astounding 30% increase from Fall 2022. Despite this enrollment boom, some students expressed concerns about the limited activities and food options available during Fall break. A Catalyst…

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The Catalyst previews upcoming Halloween COUP
Second-year students and COUP hosts Calypso Camacho and Lainey Rose hold up designs for merchandise on Oct. 12 in the Equipment room. (Taken by Maya Rish.)

The Catalyst previews upcoming Halloween COUP

In the Equipment Room, second-year students Calypso Camacho and Lainey Rose have been hard at work planning this semester's Halloween Center of the Universe Party (COUP). Piled full of equipment, old decorations and festive purple lighting, the room emanates the excitement and anticipation of something fun…

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Former VP of Communications speaks to the Catalyst
A selfie of Ryan Terry. (Courtesy of Ryan Terry.)

Former VP of Communications speaks to the Catalyst

On Monday Sept. 2, former New College Vice President (VP) of Communications & Marketing, Ryan Terry, received a call from then Interim President Richard Corcoran stating that he was being terminated from his position after just eight weeks. Terry was in a hotel when he…

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Banned Books Week: New College fights back
Banned books featured at the Jane Bancroft Cook Library. (Taken by Alexandra Levy.)

Banned Books Week: New College fights back

Literature exposes individuals to lives completely unbeknownst to them. One can learn healing and compassion through Toni Morrison’s heartbreaking novel Beloved, or friendship and love through Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. Books teach humans how to be human; they provide the space to revel in…

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Following legal action, ALT NEW COLLEGE becomes AltLiberalArts
AltLiberalArts' redesigned website home page. (Courtesy of AltLiberalArts.)

Following legal action, ALT NEW COLLEGE becomes AltLiberalArts

On Sept. 28, New College filed a cease and desist letter against the organization formerly known as ALT NEW COLLEGE. The organization’s name has since been changed to AltLiberalArts. The demand was filed on the basis of trademark infringement, claiming “the unauthorized use of the…

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Board of Trustees recommend Richard Corcoran for New College President despite student opposition
Chalk art written on the overpass after the Oct. 3 Board of Trustees meeting. (Taken by Veronica Jolley.)

Board of Trustees recommend Richard Corcoran for New College President despite student opposition

The New College of Florida Board of Trustees (BOT) convened on Oct. 3 in a highly anticipated gathering. On the agenda, among budget approvals and possible campus expansion, was the approval of a New College presidential candidate, a decision that will critically shape the future…

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Oct. 3 Board of Trustees meeting preceded by protest supporting academic freedom
Xandr Denner stands at the podium with recent alumni Sophia Brown, students, and community members with Women’s Voices of Southwest Florida. (Taken by Chloe Rusek.)

Oct. 3 Board of Trustees meeting preceded by protest supporting academic freedom

Outside Hamilton “Ham” Center, rhythmic drumming drew a crowd to Z Green at 12 p.m. on Oct. 3, just a few short hours before the Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting where the new president of New College would be chosen. Speakers, students and supporters alike…

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Conservative student group establishes a New College chapter
The TPUSA logo as displayed at an event for the organization. (Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.)

Conservative student group establishes a New College chapter

Turning Point USA (TPUSA), a controversial, student-based organizing group has made its way to New College. The conservative organization was founded by Charlie Kirk, a conservative activist and radio talk show host, alongside the late conservative activist William Montgomery. The president of the New College…

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SaraFresh Kitchen to open in Four Winds Cafe
SaraFresh owner Lynn Morris posing with the newly installed draft kombucha machine. Photo by Gaby Batista.

SaraFresh Kitchen to open in Four Winds Cafe

The fate of Four Winds Cafe has been a topic of discussion for years following  its closure in 2019. Returning students will confront the feeling of déjà vu as Four Winds reopens for the second time since the pandemic, last Spring’s vendor being Sorrento Sweets.…

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Live arts on a budget
The Asolo Repertory theater Exterior. Photo by Alexandra Levy.

Live arts on a budget

The arts foster a community where individuals can express themselves creatively,  a necessity now more than ever in a politically turbulent Florida. It is crucial to support local theaters and art because they cultivate new perspectives and empathy toward lives completely different from one’s own.…

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Introducing Illiana Zambrano, candidate for Research and Instruction Librarian
The main entrance of the Jane Bancroft Cook Library. Photo by Naomi Nerlien.

Introducing Illiana Zambrano, candidate for Research and Instruction Librarian

While the Board of Trustees (BOT) was busy choosing a president for New College, there is another candidate search taking place. After Helene Gold’s abrupt termination late last spring, there has been an opening for a Research and Instruction Librarian. A committee was convened to…

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Campus Police Department the go-to for security questions
Exterior shot of the campus police department station. (Photo by Anna Lynn Winfrey.)

Campus Police Department the go-to for security questions

The New College Campus Police Department (CPD) published its Annual Security Report (ASR) on Sept. 26. Mandated by federal law, the report details crime over the past three years and can help students evaluate their safety on campus.  “The report … includes information regarding crime…

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Getting those call for letter emails? Here’s what they mean
Screenshot of a Call for Letters email for the professors currently under consideration for tenure.

Getting those call for letter emails? Here’s what they mean

It’s that time of year where emails with the subject “Call for Letters” begin to fill up students’ inboxes. Most students ignore them, mark as read and/or delete them. However, these requests are important and here’s why. Tenure is awarded to professors in order to…

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Financial aid questions go unanswered
The START Center, located in library room 101. (Photo by Isaac Tellechea.)

Financial aid questions go unanswered

Over the years, New College faculty and staff have shown a commitment to aiding students to the best of their ability. This term, however, some students are reporting concerns about pressing financial issues and miscommunication between students and Financial Aid. With mounting questions and cost…

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New College celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival
Students enjoying the Mid-Autumn Festival. (Photo by Emma Iverson.)

New College celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival

On Sept. 28 the Chinese Program, in collaboration with the Asian American and Pacific Islander Student Alliance, held a celebration to observe the Mid-Autumn Festival. Students gathered together at the Dort and Goldstein residence grill to celebrate and enjoy traditional Chinese desserts: mooncakes, kabobs and…

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Indigenous People’s Day celebration planned for Oct. 9
Portion of the Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration flier. Photo courtesy of Gaby Batista.

Indigenous People’s Day celebration planned for Oct. 9

By Gabriella Batista & Isaac Tellechea Over the years, more and more states have opted to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day to commemorate those whose histories and cultures predate the colonization of the Americas. In 2021, President Joe Biden became the first U.S. President…

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New College gets a new student representative
Third-year student Jacob Platko, the new Athletic Representative at New College of Florida. Photo courtesy of Jacob Platko.

New College gets a new student representative

This semester, the New College Student Alliance (NCSA) has added a new position. The addition of the Athletic Representative was proposed to the student body on Sept. 7 during the first Senate meeting of the year by NCSA Co-President and thesis student Grace Keenan.  “As…

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Pamela Grant leads new DBT skills group
The exterior of the Counseling and Wellness Center. (Photo by Connor Park.)

Pamela Grant leads new DBT skills group

College students everywhere are being faced with choices. In the blink of an eye, “which class should I register for?” turns to “what career should I begin after graduation?” Counseling Specialist Pamela Grant understands this and is determined to better equip students at confronting these…

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Start ups and side hustles: NCF student entrepreneurs
Vendors lined up during 2023 New College Pride. Photo by Gaby Batista.

Start ups and side hustles: NCF student entrepreneurs

New College students aren’t shy about taking on big challenges, with many tackling internships, theses and jobs on and off campus. The honors curriculum seeks those who strive to take on challenges, resulting in the future-oriented student body seen on campus today. Entrepreneurship goes hand…

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New Jewish deli in Sarasota
Traditional Jewish deli sandwiches.

New Jewish deli in Sarasota

Eastern European cuisine, Jewish family recipes and New York-style influences have combined to create one of Hi Hospitality Group’s latest restaurants, Palm Avenue Deli.  Olive green booths bring color to the neutral-toned walls. Miniscule pigeon statues line the banquettes, adding an urban touch to the…

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Celebrating fall in Sarasota
A traditional fall pumpkin patch.

Celebrating fall in Sarasota

Autumn has crept up and October is filled with fall activities around town. For Sarasota natives or those that just moved to the area, there are many ways to celebrate the season.  Going strong for 35 years is the Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Festival. Every…

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One month and $1.17 million later, still no culprit found in Port Manatee oil spill fiasco
Port Manatee during a lovely day. Photo courtesy of Flickr.

One month and $1.17 million later, still no culprit found in Port Manatee oil spill fiasco

On Sept. 1, SeaPort Manatee suffered a major oil leak, polluting 25,000 gallons of ocean water. Since the spill, over 20,000 gallons of water and crude oil have been recovered, but questions still remain. After a month’s worth of work and $1.17-million, the U.S. Coast…

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Vigilance needed to protect Sarasota-Manatee nonprofits and public services
Historic Sarasota courthouse located in District 1.

Vigilance needed to protect Sarasota-Manatee nonprofits and public services

The homeless, intellectually disabled, children and families were the targets of recent reversed budget cuts that had been proposed by the Sarasota County Commission. In a move that would have had serious blowback, especially for the most disenfranchised in Sarasota County including after-school childcare, homelessness…

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Introducing new Senate President Alexander “Fish” Sauer
Alexander "Fish" Sauer in the EQTA office. (Courtesy of Fish Sauer.)

Introducing new Senate President Alexander “Fish” Sauer

At the end of the 2022-2023 Spring semester, former Senate President and Student Ambassador Libby Harrity was ousted, not only from their respective positions on campus, but also from New College itself. Harrity was charged with battery following an incident at a spring protest when…

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Ray Brown and Andrew Howell on the journey of creating 83 Days
Promotional material for 83 Days. (Courtesy of Ray Brown and Andrew Howell.)

Ray Brown and Andrew Howell on the journey of creating 83 Days

In 1944, a 14-year-old African American boy was wrongfully executed for a crime he didn’t commit. Seventy years later, his case was vacated by the state of South Carolina. Today, his story is told through the award-winning short film 83 Days, written by Ray Brown…

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United Auto Workers on strike
Ford dealership in Sarasota. (Photo by Justin DeLa.)

United Auto Workers on strike

The U.S. automotive industry is facing a dilemma. Working conditions, wage disputes and other factors have prompted one of America’s largest unions to initiate targeted strikes as their former work contract expired on Sept. 21 at 11:59 p.m.  Auto workers are striking in many locations…

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Tricks and treats for a sustainable Halloween
Thrift store clothing racks. Photo by Alexandra Levy.

Tricks and treats for a sustainable Halloween

Once a year, plastic packages that will most likely end up sitting in landfills fly off the shelves to enhance a scary ensemble. According to Earth.Org, 20 percent of water waste is a byproduct of the fast fashion industry and Halloween only exacerbates this statistic.…

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First ever Amigos del Pueblo celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Flier for Amigos del Pueblo with event details and information. Photo by Gaby Batista

First ever Amigos del Pueblo celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month in Florida is a celebration of culture and belonging in a country that prides itself on multiculturalism. While Latino and Hispanic cultures vary in many aspects, myriad people from diverse backgrounds come together to honor their heritage from Sept. 15 to Oct.…

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An interview with Tyler Fisher, finalist for President of New College
Tyler Fisher teaching at UCF. (Courtesy of Tyler Fisher.)

An interview with Tyler Fisher, finalist for President of New College

This fall, seasoned New College students might see the school’s fifth president in three years. After nine years as President, Donal O’Shea retired from the position at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year. In July 2021, Patricia Okker assumed the role as O’Shea’s successor.…

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First ALT NEW COLLEGE webinar featuring Judith Butler and Masha Gessen
A promotion for the ALT NEW COLLEGE webinar. (Photo by ALT NEW COLLEGE.)

First ALT NEW COLLEGE webinar featuring Judith Butler and Masha Gessen

More than one-third of faculty have reportedly left New College of Florida, but ALT NEW COLLEGE is set to launch courses and lectures on topics including gender studies, social justice, racial justice and systemic racism. The series has been organized by New College alumni, faculty—including…

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Chargers football game takes a futuristic turn: AI robots invade the stands
A screen capture from “The Creator” showcasing the look of the robots portrayed within the film. Photo by Chloe Rusek.

Chargers football game takes a futuristic turn: AI robots invade the stands

Play ball or play bot? Prepare to witness a spectacle of futuristic proportions as the Los Angeles Chargers National Football League (NFL) game received a sci-fi infusion like never before. Following a recent trend in movie promotion, artificial intelligence (AI) robots were planted throughout the…

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A game of musical chairs is happening in the library
The WRC’s new space in Room 132. (Photo courtesy of Allie Maass.)

A game of musical chairs is happening in the library

The closing of the Palmer Buildings has caused a game of musical chairs among departments within the Jane Bancroft Cook Library. The Writing Resource Center (WRC) has resided in Room 103 for about 10 years. But with the closing of the Palmer Buildings, many departments…

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Over-the-counter Narcan: a game-changer in the fight against opioid overdoses
A screenshot of an ad for NARCAN nasal spray from the official website.

Over-the-counter Narcan: a game-changer in the fight against opioid overdoses

As the opioid epidemic continues to ravage communities across the nation, a pivotal shift in the way society treats addiction problems is in motion. Narcan, the life-saving opioid reversal medication, is now being sold over the counter. This new development raises questions about accessibility and…

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Pawsitive news: new study reveals cats thriving on vegetarian diets!
Nugget the bird and Tiwa the cat having a staring contest. Photo by Chloe Rusek.

Pawsitive news: new study reveals cats thriving on vegetarian diets!

In a groundbreaking study published by the University of Winchester in England, scientists have discovered a whisker-twitching revelation: cats thriving on vegan diets! As plant-based lifestyles have been growing in popularity again, the debate over vegan pet diets has come back into the spotlight. In…

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Movies You Should Watch: Autumn Edition
Photo collage of the films featured in this edition of Movies You Should Watch. (Collage by Emma Iverson.)

Movies You Should Watch: Autumn Edition

With September slowly coming to an end and October rolling around the corner, pumpkins are popping up and autumn flavors and scents are reappearing in stores. Though Florida might not have the “full” effects of autumn, the weather begins to become less unbearable and puts…

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Hillel Club starts off strong with first celebration of the year
Second-year student Atticus Sauer blows a shofar, a ceremonial horn, at the second day of the HillelClub celebrationof Rosh Hashanah. Photo by Maya Rish

Hillel Club starts off strong with first celebration of the year

The Hillel Club met on Sept. 16 in the Old Mail Room (OMR) to celebrate the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, with a potluck. This was the first activity the club has hosted this semester, and it featured  traditional food including  apples and honey, Challah bread…

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Musk disables Starlink ahead of Ukrainian offensive action
Elon Musk at a TEDTalk in 2017.

Musk disables Starlink ahead of Ukrainian offensive action

Elon Musk is keeping his string of negative news headlines alive, this time hindering the interests of American foreign policy. Musk was quite vocal about his cooperation with the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy regime in February 2022 when he provided Starlink terminals to the Ukrainian military for…

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Cop City protestors served RICO charges
A highway leading to downtown Atlanta.

Cop City protestors served RICO charges

The controversial proposed police and firefighter training facility in Atlanta colloquially known as Cop City is back in the public consciousness. Two years of protests have already resulted in the death of at least one protestor under suspicious circumstances.  The state of Georgia indicted 61…

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Student experiences with Orientation ’23-’24 indicate more change in campus life
OLs posed in front of Hamilton "Ham" Center at Orientation '23-'24. (Photo Courtesy of Lydia Ubry.)

Student experiences with Orientation ’23-’24 indicate more change in campus life

For decades, New College has been well-known for allowing students a significant amount of independence in their education. Whether it has come in the form of student-led course projects such as the Catalyst or creating special Areas of Concentration (AOCs), New College’s attitude toward academics…

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NCSA Senate Meeting recap
Close-up of Colin Jefferis’s polo displaying the Student Government logo. (Photo courtesy of Alejandra Cintrón Rivera.)

NCSA Senate Meeting recap

The New College Student Alliance (NCSA) functions as a three-branch student government. All New College students are automatically part of the Senate, where campus-wide voting and announcements take place. The first Senate meeting of the 2023-24 school year was held on Wednesday, Sept. 13. The…

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Focus on the environment in new version of the Deep Sea tutorial
A photo of the sunset taken from College Hall. Photo by Aria Lockman.

Focus on the environment in new version of the Deep Sea tutorial

Students wondering about the deep sea, what lingers below the surface or how the environment supports life forms will have a chance to find answers in this semester’s Deep Sea Environment tutorial.   A different version of this tutorial was offered in the 2022-2023 Spring semester,…

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New semester, no books
Bookshelf at the New College of Florida and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus bookstore. Photo by Emma Iverson

New semester, no books

As each semester begins, among the many stressors for college students is ensuring they have all the necessary textbooks for their classes. This fall, the Catalyst visited the campus bookstore shared by New College and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) to find some…

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Four NCF traditions to anticipate and learn from
Students hang out at the College Hall Bayfront, enjoying the sunset and taking in the breathtaking view. Photo by Gaby Batista

Four NCF traditions to anticipate and learn from

Every year, returning students are the cornerstone of preserving and passing on campus traditions. Whether that be through yearly school-ordained events or carefully planned campus-wide games,  students have the opportunity to create their own traditions and experiences during their time at New College. Being a…

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Unity Day: irreconciled differences no more
Colin Jefferis standing in front of the Unity event banner at Four Winds after the After Hours tours. Photo courtesy of Colin Jefferis

Unity Day: irreconciled differences no more

The society that separates its scholars from its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting by fools. ― Thucydides As our readers know, the student body of New College has changed quite a bit in all aspects. Returning NCF veterans now…

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Fall ‘23 Novopalooza: new clubs for the new year!
New College students rock climbing as part of the New College Climbing Club (From left to right: First-years Rafiki Perez, Caralise Maloy , Milo Ware). Photo by Alexandra Levy

Fall ‘23 Novopalooza: new clubs for the new year!

Students Activities and Campus Engagement (SAUCE) kicked off the new school year on Sept. 1 with its annual Novopalooza, which is similar to a club rush. The typically prim and proper Sudakoff Conference Center overflowed with tables festooned with stickers, flags and posters representing the…

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Uncertainty looms over NCF’s Gender Studies Program
Public comments at the Aug. 10 Board of Trustees meeting. (Photo by Chloe Rusek.)

Uncertainty looms over NCF’s Gender Studies Program

In a climate of uncertainty, students and faculty at New College of Florida (NCF) have been grappling with the future of the Gender Studies Program after a motion by Trustee Christopher Rufo began the process of terminating the program as a whole. The proposal was…

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A New College perspective… from a hotel
A picture taken within the Home2 Suites hotel depicting a Welcome Home sign addressed to New College students. Photo by Arianna Lockman

A New College perspective… from a hotel

In early August, hundreds of students were informed that they would be spending the next semester of college in a hotel. First, it started with renting out a Home2 Suites located on U.S. Highway 41. Now, New College students are located at three different hotels…

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Small school, large classes
Foundations of Biology 1's larger-than-average class size. (Photo by Naomi Nerlien.)

Small school, large classes

Many are aware of the record breaking enrollment numbers New College has experienced this year due to the introduction of several athletic sports. However, the impact on factors integral to the college are just beginning to come clear. An important one is class size. Where…

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Anti-wetland protections: another law for state rights
Image of healthy wetland. Photo by Matt Fisher/ The Nature Conservancy Iowa

Anti-wetland protections: another law for state rights

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of the Army (DA) will no longer be permitted to regulate certain bodies of water following a recent change in the legal definition of a state-protected wetland. On May 25, the Supreme Court ruled in Sackett v. Environmental…

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Need cash fast? On campus jobs are the way to go!
Thesising Teachers Assistant (TA) Gaby Batista during Anthropology Lab hours. Photo by Chloe Rusek.

Need cash fast? On campus jobs are the way to go!

First McDonald’s for lunch, then paying for laundry and eyeing that poster sure would look good above the bed. Suddenly, hundreds of dollars from high school graduation checks are gone, but what now? New College’s bustling campus is also a thriving ground for valuable employment…

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An interview with new Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology Frederick Pirone
A headshot of VAP of Anthropology Frederick Pirone. (Photo Courtesy of Frederick Pirone.)

An interview with new Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology Frederick Pirone

Prior to the start of the 2023-2024 academic year, New College saw an increase in the number of full-time faculty members that parted ways with the school. As of Aug. 18, out of 90 faculty members, 38 have resigned, retired or taken leave. Some have…

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A look into food service during Hurricane Idalia
Dining hall in the Hamilton “Ham” Center, empty, after a long day of serving students. Photo by Gaby Batista

A look into food service during Hurricane Idalia

For many New College students, and Floridians alike, hurricane preparedness comes naturally, having to face many large storms in the past few years. While some students made plans to evacuate in light of hurricane Idalia, a majority remained on campus, stocking up necessities and preparing…

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Faculty approve motion to censure Board of Trustees
An image of College Hall. (Taken by Isaac Tellechea.)

Faculty approve motion to censure Board of Trustees

The following is an email that Professor of French Language and Literature and Chair of the Faculty Amy Reid shared to the New College community on May 22, announcing the faculty's approved motion to censure the Board of Trustees (BOT), including the rationale behind it.…

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New College’s academic year ends with community-focused celebration of students
KC Casey ('23) opening [NEW] Commencement. Photo courtesy of Daniel Perales.

New College’s academic year ends with community-focused celebration of students

On the evening of May 18, over 400 members of the New College community—encompassing students, staff, faculty, alumni and parents—gathered at the Sarasota Art Museum to celebrate the graduation of the cohort of 2019. It was a ceremony held on their own terms, aptly titled…

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Independent coffee shop Sorrento Sweets opens in Four Winds Cafe, debuting coffee cups with Bible verses
A Sorrento Sweets cup displaying the Bible verse in front of the Four Winds Cafe. (Taken by Isaac Tellechea.)

Independent coffee shop Sorrento Sweets opens in Four Winds Cafe, debuting coffee cups with Bible verses

On Apr. 25, the Four Winds Cafe hosted the grand opening of Sorrento Sweets, privately-owned coffee and pastry shop. In years past, the Four Winds has traditionally been occupied by student bakers and baristas, giving Novos the opportunity to earn money and gain skills while…

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Disney battles DeSantis in newest salvo
The scales of justice weighing both Florida's and Disney's interests. (Art created by Caspian Rizzo.)

Disney battles DeSantis in newest salvo

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Walt Disney Company are no strangers to conflict, but the Florida powerhouses’ feud has escalated as of late. Disney has sued DeSantis, alleging the presidential aspirant has unfairly targeted the corporation for political reasons that will  greatly damage both…

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Interview with Professor Nicolas Delon, Vice Chair of Faculty
Headshot of Professor Nicolas Delon, courtesy of his website.

Interview with Professor Nicolas Delon, Vice Chair of Faculty

Many questions loomed for the New College community after Matthew Lepinski resigned at the conclusion of the Apr. 26 Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting, a meeting where trustees voted 6-4 to deny tenure to five faculty members. Lepinski, an associate professor of Computer Science, was…

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Beau is Afraid, but what of? A review of Ari Aster’s latest film
A collage of screen caps from the trailer for Beau is Afraid. Photo by Chloe Rusek

Beau is Afraid, but what of? A review of Ari Aster’s latest film

Ari Aster is an American film director, screenwriter and producer who is best known for writing and directing the A24 horror films Hereditary (2018) and Midsommar (2019). Recently, his third blockbuster film Beau is Afraid was released. It follows our protagonist, an anxiety ridden Beau,…

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Grad COUP ‘23: What you can expect from New College Through the Looking Glass
COUP hosts and thesis students Melody Scott (left) and Corinna Carroll (right) at a booth selling original art, underwear and pins to fundraise. Photo credit: Gaby Batista.

Grad COUP ‘23: What you can expect from New College Through the Looking Glass

As the year comes to a close, students begin to prepare outfits and pregaming plans for one of the biggest celebrations on the residential side of campus: the Graduation Center of the Universe Party (COUP). This year’s Graduation COUP, as per tradition, was planned by…

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“Infinity and Beyond” course makes math palatable to liberal arts students
A black background peppered with white mathematical symbols and the text “See You, Space Novo…” in the bottom right corner. (Credit: Mark McDermott)

“Infinity and Beyond” course makes math palatable to liberal arts students

It’s easy to forget the breadth of quantitative courses available to students at New College amidst the surplus of qualitative analysis. In spite of the campus’ focus on the interpretive and the artistic, baccalaureate degree requirements for Novos who fell in with New College during…

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Bubbles Bands Banyan event sets the stage for bonding
A performance by Chicken Machine for the Bubbles Bands Banyan event. Credit: Nick Beck.

Bubbles Bands Banyan event sets the stage for bonding

In spite of a lack of physical advertisements and last-minute arrangements, the Bubbles Bands Banyan event’s word-of-mouth chorus gave student bands on campus a chance to be heard on Apr. 27 amid the white noise of finals—featuring the likes of Platonic Lovers and Chicken Machine.…

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The Hamilton wall has fallen: How did we get here?
A final photo of the Hamilton Center’s blue wall (left) and the preserved mural (right). (Credit: Mark McDermott)

The Hamilton wall has fallen: How did we get here?

On Apr. 28, the Office of Communications and Marketing sent an email out to the students list informing students that the blue wall that had divided the Hamilton “Ham” Center in half for two years would be gone by brunch the next morning. Introduced alongside…

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The 2023 Gatsby Ball: New College’s slice of Long Island love in the Jazz Age
Image from the official advertisement for the The Gatsby Ball, created by hosts Tatiana Pillsbury and Hannah Barker.

The 2023 Gatsby Ball: New College’s slice of Long Island love in the Jazz Age

May 12 marks a trip to West Egg for New College—a trip into the decadence, desperate love and the glistening grandeur of the Roaring 1920s as imagined in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and coordinated solely by thesis student Tatiana Pillsbury and second-year Hannah…

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Student-run [NEW] Commencement ceremony aims to let students graduate of their own terms
A poster advertising [NEW] Commencement: On Our Terms. Screenshot by Sophia Brown

Student-run [NEW] Commencement ceremony aims to let students graduate of their own terms

As the spring semester comes to a close, a substantial portion of the current New College administration is made up of new hires, who have only been part of the community for a handful of months. With this many new faces around Cook Hall comes…

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One of New College’s oldest athletic clubs: Dance Collective Spring ’23 Showcase
Flyer for the Spring 2023 dance collective performance.

One of New College’s oldest athletic clubs: Dance Collective Spring ’23 Showcase

“The show starts in five minutes,” a mysterious voice called out from behind the black curtains of the Sainer Auditorium on May 5. Moments later, the New College Spring 2023 Dance Collective Showcase commenced with cultural dances, K-pop choreography, jazz solos and beautiful interpretative dances…

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“All Gender” and “Gender Neutral” signage removed on academic side of campus
A DIY sign on the library bathroom reading “All Gender,” after the official signage was removed. Photo courtesy of Sophia Brown.

“All Gender” and “Gender Neutral” signage removed on academic side of campus

Students across campus were surprised on Apr. 27 to see that signs for various single-stall bathrooms across campus no longer read “gender-neutral” as they had for years. Messages began to appear on the school’s email forum, reporting that bathroom signage in the Jane Bancroft Cook…

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First-year starts up Spanish Table
A graphic used by Akyol to announce the Spanish Table.

First-year starts up Spanish Table

First-year Bilge Bengisu Akyol started the Spanish Table this semester using her own resources—giving students, whether fluent in Spanish or not, the opportunity to gather each Wednesday and connect with each other over Turkish tea.   Akyol was inspired by her Spanish class that she began…

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OP-ED: What it’s like starting to thesis after the “hostile takeover”
Lex Gorman is starting her thesis next year, she will be continuing to work in the Bulk Bar (started by Jessica Merkel) and will be studying the affects of practicing pro-climate behavior. May 4th, 2023. Picture taken by Basil Pursley.

OP-ED: What it’s like starting to thesis after the “hostile takeover”

I watch friends and faculty dissipate, creating a ghost town out of the college that once seemed like the promised land to my depressed teenage self. Many in my cohort, having arrived Fall 2021, have either already abandoned ship, or plan to do so when…

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Why Professor Aaron Hillegass rescinded a $600,000 donation and publicly resigned
Headshot of Professor Aaron Hillegass. Courtesy of Aaron Hillegass.

Why Professor Aaron Hillegass rescinded a $600,000 donation and publicly resigned

Interim Director of Applied Data Science, author and alum Aaron Hillegass (‘91) arrived at New College in January, ready to begin his teaching career at the campus. One day later, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that six and later seven new members would be joining the…

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Black leaders from St. Petersburg indicted by FBI for allegedly “sowing dissent”
Screenshot of a Tampa Bay Times headline on Apr. 10 which reads “After FBI raid, Uhuru leader denies Russian role in St. Pete elections.”

Black leaders from St. Petersburg indicted by FBI for allegedly “sowing dissent”

“Come out with your hands up,” boomed a voice from a mobile intercom on Jul. 26, 2022. This according to longtime Uhuru Movement leader and Black rights advocate Omali Yeshitela, who at the time was sitting across the dinner table with his wife, Ona Zené…

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OP-ED: Trouble for DeSantis campaign
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in Santa Rosa County. Photo courtesy of the official Florida Governor Media Center.

OP-ED: Trouble for DeSantis campaign

Six months ago, when  the expected “red wave” failed to fully manifest, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis looked seriously competitive for the presidency. Winning a landslide victory in Florida while Republicans nationwide underperformed despite their perceived association with former President Donald Trump, plus the volatility of…

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“Like jumping off a cliff”: Matthew Lepinski on Apr. 26 and beyond
A headshot of Matthew Lepinski, taken from the New College website.

“Like jumping off a cliff”: Matthew Lepinski on Apr. 26 and beyond

Associate Professor of Computer Science Matthew Lepinski first came to New College in 2015, as Computer Science was in the process of transitioning into a full-fledged Area of Concentration (AOC). After working to build this AOC alongside the Applied Data Science Graduate Program and bringing…

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Buzzfeed News has come to an end
A screenshot of Buzzfeed News’s website. The articles and stories are still available to read and interact with. Screenshot provided by Arianna Lockman.

Buzzfeed News has come to an end

It is no secret that journalism is a competitive field for both individuals and companies. Within the past year, several news companies have faced financial challenges that have left them resorting to job cuts and laying off employees. Buzzfeed News was not immune from the…

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Newly formed Presidential Search Committee announces plans to select new president by Fall 2023
The Presidential Search Committee gathered in Sudakoff. Some members of the committee chose to attend virtually via Zoom. (Taken by Nat Kornblum.)

Newly formed Presidential Search Committee announces plans to select new president by Fall 2023

The Presidential Search Committee met in the Sudakoff Conference Center on Apr. 27 for their first public meeting and announced their intentions to select a new president without a third party firm by the Fall 2023 semester. Since the dismissal of former President Dr. Patricia…

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New College faculty denied tenure
An image of the podium from a press conference held by the New College Union after the Board of Trustees meeting on Apr. 26. Photo taken by Veronica Jolley.

New College faculty denied tenure

“Shame on you,” shouted those attending the Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting on Apr. 26, as each faculty member seeking tenure “failed” their run, in the words of Chair Debra Jenks (‘80). Following a grievance filed by the New College Chapter of United Faculty of…

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Board of Trustees shuts down faculty seeking tenure, community members: A deep dive into their most divisive meeting yet
Former Trustee and then-Chair of the Faculty Matthew Lepinski leaving the meeting after announcing his lack of confidence in the board, following their vote to deny tenure for five faculty members. Screenshot from the official New College YouTube channel

Board of Trustees shuts down faculty seeking tenure, community members: A deep dive into their most divisive meeting yet

First they came for former President Patricia Okker, then they came for the Office of Outreach and Inclusive Excellence (OOIE). And on Apr. 26, the New College Board of Trustees (BOT) continued its trend of disruption by denying five faculty tenure applications, despite all five…

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New College supporters gather to protest their rights prior to final board meeting of the semester
Supporters gathered on the Hamilton Center stairs holding signs in protest. (Taken by Chloe Rusek.)

New College supporters gather to protest their rights prior to final board meeting of the semester

It was 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 26. Mornings are often quiet at New College, but outside the Hamilton “Ham” Center, a faint sound of music could be heard coming from Z Green. Slowly, a crowd began to gather. In just a few hours, the…

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The Nook gets new hole-free hammocks
New Rainbow Hammock in The Nook. Photo by Basil Pursley

The Nook gets new hole-free hammocks

As of Apr. 20, the Nook has upgraded hammocks! The small green area to the side of the Hamilton “Ham” Center which hosts the banyan tree, picnic tables and immaculate vibes has had its signature hole-ridden hammocks replaced with new vibrant ones.  Thesis student Nick…

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Stay out of the Sunshine: Equality Florida advices those in the LGBTQ+ Community to stay away from Florida
Pride being celebrated in St. Pete 2021, Via City of St. Pete

Stay out of the Sunshine: Equality Florida advices those in the LGBTQ+ Community to stay away from Florida

On Apr. 11, Equality Florida (EQFL) decided to officially issue a travel advisory for the state, offering information and guidance as to why LGBTQ+ people should not travel or relocate to Florida—and if they have to, what they should expect. EQFL is “the largest civil…

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The AALC Introduces the Sensory Study Room
The Sensory Study Room Located at HCL . Photo from Jennifer Meier

The AALC Introduces the Sensory Study Room

On Apr. 17, the Advocacy and Accessible Learning Center (AALC) announced via email the opening of their “Sensory Study Room” in Hamilton Classroom (HCL) 3. The Sensory Study Room is available for any student already connected to the AALC office, and can be booked via…

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“I am an educator, not an activist”: former President Patricia Okker speaks about her involvement with PEN America
Patricia Okker at her Presidential Inauguration. Courtesy of New College News.

“I am an educator, not an activist”: former President Patricia Okker speaks about her involvement with PEN America

On Jan. 31, former President Dr. Patricia Okker ended her time at New College after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed seven new trustees to the Board of Trustees (BOT), who then terminated her employment contract during their first public meeting. With Okker no longer at…

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Faculty members provide commentary following tenure denial
The podium that community members stood before in order to deliver public comment during the Apr. 26 Board of Trustees meeting. Photo by Sophia Brown

Faculty members provide commentary following tenure denial

The Catalyst invited members of the New College faculty to provide written statements, opinions and commentary following the Apr. 26 Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting and the denial of five of their colleagues' tenure applications. Here, they speak on the work they perform at New…

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Interim President Richard Corcoran meets with faculty for Q&A session
A headshot of Interim President Richard Corcoran. Photo courtesy of Flickr

Interim President Richard Corcoran meets with faculty for Q&A session

On Apr. 12, the New College faculty gathered for its monthly meeting, where professors discussed usual end-of-the-year agenda items and also tackled concerns surrounding their relationship with the new administration. The agenda included motions for endorsement of two statements: one from the New College faculty…

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Second annual Earth Day Festival brings students together for an eco-friendly celebration
This year's CGA Earth Day Festival featured compost bin painting, allowing students to flex their artistic muscles. Photo by Isaac Tellechea

Second annual Earth Day Festival brings students together for an eco-friendly celebration

On Apr. 22, the Council of Green Affairs (CGA) hosted the second annual Earth Day festival at the Caples waterfront. The event was organized by a number of students, including New College Student Alliance (NCSA) Chair of Green Affairs and third-year Meilah Wimbush, Co-Chair and…

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Rat Czar appointed in New York City
Puddle dwelling rat. via Flickr

Rat Czar appointed in New York City

Mayor of New York City Eric Adams is ramping up plans to go after New York's growing urban rat population. As part of this campaign, he recently installed Kathleen Corradi as Director of Rodent Mitigation—colloquially referred to as the first “Rat Czar.” Allegedly, Corradi was…

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New College presents hilarious Choose-Your-Own-Adventure musical, The Mystery of Edwin of Drood
The cast of The Mystery of Edwin Drood in costume. Photo courtesy of Tim O’Donnell.

New College presents hilarious Choose-Your-Own-Adventure musical, The Mystery of Edwin of Drood

Prepare to be enchanted by a delightful cast-within-a-cast of whimsically comedic characters as they try to piece together the ending of Charles Dickens’ final unfinished novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. The musical is the final feature in the [performance @ new college] 2022-23 season…

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Unseen Bodies Thesis Art Exhibit explores the unrepresented
Poster created to advertise the "Unseen Bodies" thesis project exhibit.

Unseen Bodies Thesis Art Exhibit explores the unrepresented

Which bodies go unseen? What would it take to see them? In New Colleges' annual thesis art exhibition, spanning from Apr. 20 to May 12, seven art students contributed multimedia works that address these questions and focus on themes of identity and representation. Artists included…

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1-in-1000-year flooding slams Fort Lauderdale
On Apr. 19, Fort Lauderdale received 25 inches of rain in a single 24-hour period. Graphic by Nic Steinig

1-in-1000-year flooding slams Fort Lauderdale

An unexpected flooding disaster rapidly swept through the unprepared streets of Fort Lauderdale last week when a 1-in-1,000-year rainfall event hit Broward County on Apr. 19. The violent rainfall caused the county to declare a flash flood emergency—the highest level of flood warning. Depictions of…

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Tennessee’s House of Representatives expels two of three Democratic representatives
A photo of the Tennessee three with the Justins on the side and Johnson in the center. Via Flickr

Tennessee’s House of Representatives expels two of three Democratic representatives

The Tennessee House of Representatives’ Democratic representatives were caught in the line of fire for bringing anti-gun protest to the House floor following the Nashville Covenant school shooting. Stripped of their status by the Republican supermajority, Rep. Justin Jones (D-Nashville) and Rep. Justin Pearson (D-Memphis)—colloquially…

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New College, new mascot? Administration proposes sudden mascot change
The Null Set has been the official New College mascot since 1997, per the New College Student Alliance (NCSA) Constitution--first included as a placeholder, but later embraced by the community. Photo taken by Sophia Brown

New College, new mascot? Administration proposes sudden mascot change

New College has been having something of an identity crisis lately. With Richard Corcoran’s recent promises to admitted students to restructure campus culture to include traditional intercollegiate sports teams and Greek life, it seems that the new administration has changes in mind for New College…

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“Teaching Black History in Florida”: Personal stories and truths from history professor Marvin Dunn
Dunn passionately addressing the crowd at the North Sarasota Library. Photo credit: Erik Wallenberg.

“Teaching Black History in Florida”: Personal stories and truths from history professor Marvin Dunn

“Black history is American history,” Dr. Marvin Dunn, professor emeritus from the Department of Psychology at Florida International University (FIU) stated firmly during his lesson to the larger Sarasota community on Apr. 20 in the Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota Public Library. “Teaching Black History…

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Top secret documents on the Ukraine war leaked on Discord
The Pentagon headquarters in Washington, DC. Public use image.

Top secret documents on the Ukraine war leaked on Discord

By Veronica Jolley & Caspian Rizzo The Biden Administration announced on Apr. 6 they were investigating a potential leak of highly classified U.S. Defense Department documents detailing information on the ongoing war in Ukraine on social media channels. The documents include timelines of the war…

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BOT Academic Affairs subcommittee discusses admissions policies and a “representative and diverse student body”
Trustee Charles Kesler is a member of the Subcommittee of Academic Affairs. Photo by Basil Pursley

BOT Academic Affairs subcommittee discusses admissions policies and a “representative and diverse student body”

The Academic, Student and External Affairs Standing Committee, a subcommittee of the Board of Trustees (BOT),  met on Apr. 17 to discuss upcoming items for the Apr. 26 BOT meeting, vote on a few small amendments and discuss reports from the college. Notice of this…

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New College Presidential Search Committee members have been announced, here’s what you need to know
A screenshot taken from the New College presidential search committee home page displaying the date of the first meeting.

New College Presidential Search Committee members have been announced, here’s what you need to know

Search committees play a key role in selecting the right candidate to lead a college or university. Florida State Regulation 1.002 specifies the broad composition of these committees, and at New College, they are traditionally a mix of trustees, faculty members, staff, students, alumni and…

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Corcoran asks seven faculty to withdraw tenure applications: What faculty protections are in place?
Gov. Ron DeSantis and Interim President Richard Corcoran speak during a news conference in Fort Lauderdale. Taken by Joe Raedle (Getty Images).

Corcoran asks seven faculty to withdraw tenure applications: What faculty protections are in place?

Just hours before the tenure application deadline, Interim President Richard Corcoran spoke to seven New College professors on Mar. 15, asking them to withdraw their applications. According to Faculty Union President Steven Shipman, Corcoran’s explanation for this was that he didn’t have enough time to…

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Great Eggs-pectations: CLUCK aims to get chickens on campus
In a recent student initiative which has received support from Trustee Jason "Eddie" Speir, chickens could be coming to campus. Photo courtesy of Flickr

Great Eggs-pectations: CLUCK aims to get chickens on campus

To the average New College student, CLUCK—which stands for Collaborative Learning and Urban Chicken Keeping—sounds like the exact right kind of ridiculous to become a longstanding New College tradition. Thesis students and Garden Coordinators Nick Beck and Gus Frank have led the charge to get…

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Meet New College’s 2023-24 NCSA Co-presidents and Vice President
“Family photo,” as the trio affectionately call the picture. Grace Keenan (left), Kyla Baldonado (middle) and Colin Jefferis (right). Photo credit: Fehmi Neffati.

Meet New College’s 2023-24 NCSA Co-presidents and Vice President

By Aria Lockman & Gabriella Batista On Apr. 11, the results of the 2023 New College Student Alliance (NCSA) spring election were announced. Students anticipated another eventful presidential debate but with the lack of opponents, third-year and current president Grace Keenan and second-year Colin Jefferis…

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Florida’s public unions at scrutiny of SB 256
Teachers protesting SB 256 (Courtesy of Yahoo News.)

Florida’s public unions at scrutiny of SB 256

On Mar. 29 Florida passed Senate Bill (SB) 256, targeting public unions and hitting teachers’ unions especially hard. Except for police, firefighters, correction and probation officers, unions under this bill must maintain membership of 60 percent of eligible employees to remain certified and maintain their…

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Admitted Student Day ushers in a new era for New College
Interim President Richard Corcoran addresses the crowd. Photo courtesy of New College of Florida Facebook page.

Admitted Student Day ushers in a new era for New College

New College’s Admitted Student Day is an annual event that provides an opportunity to meet current students and faculty and see what the campus has to offer. With enrollment as one of New College’s most crucial challenges in recent years, the stakes for the upcoming…

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Teaching the truth: history professor Marvin Dunn to visit New College to teach Black history
A flier advertising Marvin Dunn's guest lecture. (Courtesy of Erik Wallenberg.)

Teaching the truth: history professor Marvin Dunn to visit New College to teach Black history

“I knew Jim Crow,” writes Dr. Marvin Dunn in his book A History of Florida Through Black Eyes (2016). “I grew up in Florida under his dark, suffocating wings. I knew him intimately, as did every Black person I knew growing up in Deland and…

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Local emergency room wait times have spiked in 2023
The Sarasota Memorial Hospital visitor parking garage with a graphic overlay. The photograph was taken on Apr. 13. from the roof of the parking garage on the 6th floor where the only available parking spots remained, of which there were few left. Graphic and Photo by Nic Steinig.

Local emergency room wait times have spiked in 2023

Anyone in the Sarasota area who has recently made a visit to an emergency department or spoken to healthcare professionals knows that emergency departments have been under strain. Yet, this year hit the region particularly hard. Investigative reporting by the Catalyst has revealed that the…

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Sensory satisfaction through nature at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
A photo of Selby Gardens' new sensory map. (Courtesy of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.)

Sensory satisfaction through nature at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Imagine a sticky, hot feeling all over your body, like an uncomfortable turtleneck sweater climbing up your neck. Irritability washes over you, panic, lack of focus and anxiety forcing your outing to take a turn for the worst. This intense sensory overload is an experience…

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The great Floridian powder keg: permitless concealed carry passed in Florida
A handgun with a white outline superimposed over a sharp, red background. Photo by Mark McDermott

The great Floridian powder keg: permitless concealed carry passed in Florida

Florida is no stranger to lax legislation on the purchase and possession of firearms, and starting July 1, legal gun owners will no longer require a permit to be able to carry concealed weapons by way of the Gov. Ron DeSantis administration’s passing of House…

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Clearing confusion around the demolition of the Heiser greenhouses
Photo of the demolition site. Photo taken by Basil Pursley.

Clearing confusion around the demolition of the Heiser greenhouses

Between Mar. 13 and Mar. 24, two greenhouses and their accompanying shed behind the north and west wings of the Heiser Natural Sciences Complex disappeared, confusing the student body. Explanation for the demolition comes after a years-long battle between faculty and contractors who withdrew from…

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California Gov. Newsom meets with Newtown Alive and New College students
Gov. Newsom shaking hands with Brenda Watty, members of the Motown group, the Marvelettes. Watty led the group in song at the top of the meeting, something that Newtown Alive does throughout their trolley tours. Photo by Gaby Batista

California Gov. Newsom meets with Newtown Alive and New College students

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom visited Sarasota on Apr. 5 as part of Newsom’srecently-launched Campaign for Democracy tour. According to the Washington Post, this tour aims to fight “rising authoritarianism” in various red states by “[meeting] with like-minded activists,…

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Vatican repudiates Doctrine of Discovery 600 years after its inception
Vatican City, Italy, the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. Photo courtesy of Pexels.

Vatican repudiates Doctrine of Discovery 600 years after its inception

600 years after creating the Doctrine of Discovery, the Catholic church is repudiating it. On Mar. 30, the Vatican, Roman Catholicism’s governmental body, announced it was “repudiat[ing] those concepts that fail to recognize the inherent human rights of indigenous peoples including…the Doctrine of Discovery.”   The…

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Donald Trump first U.S. president to be indicted with 34 felony counts
Photo of Donald Trump sitting in the White House. Taken by Ana Moneymaker (getty images).

Donald Trump first U.S. president to be indicted with 34 felony counts

On Mar. 30, former President Donald Trump was indicted by a Manhattan grand jury, an official accusation that has previously never been lobbed at a current or former president in the United States. On Apr. 5, Trump was charged with 34 felony counts of falsifying…

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Narcan now available over the counter
Narcan is expected to hit the shelves sometime in the late summer. Photo courtesy of Flickr.

Narcan now available over the counter

Communities now have easier access to a critical tool for keeping each other safe from opioid overdose. On Mar. 29, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Narcan nasal spray for over-the-counter use. Advisory committee members unanimously recommended approval for marketing Narcan without a prescription.…

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Reflecting on Ramadan at New College
Signs for Ramadan inside the Hamilton "Ham" Center. Picture courtesy of Qadira Locke.

Reflecting on Ramadan at New College

Every year for one month, Muslims around the world celebrate Ramadan through fasting from sunrise to sunset in order to express gratitude and share their devotion. But at New College of Florida, the road to celebration has included issues with the school's dining hall. For…

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Novos splash into National College Club Swimming League
First year Katie Sands (left) and first year Isabelle Dawson (right) at the College Club Swimming event in Colombus, Ohio. Photo provided by Katie Sands.

Novos splash into National College Club Swimming League

After months of rigorous preparation, first-year and Co-Captain of the New College Swim Club Katharine “Katie” Sands took a flight to Columbus, Ohio to participate in the National College Club Swimming League from Mar. 31 to  Apr. 2. Along with Sands, fellow Swim Club Co-Captain…

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Clearing up what kind of chalk is good chalk
Chalk protesting the actions of the board of trustees. (Courtesy of Niko Zamora.)

Clearing up what kind of chalk is good chalk

On Mar. 21, the Catalyst first reported on the removal of chalk art on campus, speaking with student workers tasked with clean-up efforts as well as Campus Police Department (CPD) officers. Despite this, community members have still felt confused by the academic and legal policies…

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The culture (war) around the word “woke”: how a call to action became a right-wing talking point
A Protest at Union Station. Jan 20, 2017. Taken by Miki Jourden. Via Flickr

The culture (war) around the word “woke”: how a call to action became a right-wing talking point

The word “woke” has become the centerpiece for culture wars across America. For conservative politicians and leaders, woke has become an ideology, which to them represents discrimination targeting white, cisgender, heterosexual people. Florida has been deemed “where woke goes to die” by Gov. Ron DeSantis,…

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Baker beware: CDC investigating flour-related Salmonella outbreak
No specific brand of flour has been linked to the Salmonella outbreak, and the investigation is still underway as of Mar. 30. Photo courtesy of Pexels.com

Baker beware: CDC investigating flour-related Salmonella outbreak

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has launched an investigation into contaminated flour across the United States. Between December and February, 12 people across 11 states were diagnosed with Salmonella bacteria after consuming raw batter containing flour. While the CDC has not limited the contaminated…

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Freedom in the Sunshine: Florida faculty respond to higher ed takeover with teach-in
Photo of UFF President Andrew Gothard giving the opening speech via Zoom. Photo by Chloe Rusek.

Freedom in the Sunshine: Florida faculty respond to higher ed takeover with teach-in

By Nat Kornblum & Chloe Rusek Florida’s educators have found themselves the target of an ongoing culture war. House Bill 999 has recently joined the itinerary of Florida bills centered on parental rights and educational freedom, which severely restricts women’s and gender studies courses and…

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Mosaic Movements: telling underrepresented stories through art and film [Video]

https://vimeo.com/815322888Mosaic Movements is a local non-profit organization kickstarted by Yoleidy Rosario-Hernandez, the former Dean of Diversity at New College who was terminated by President Richard Corcoran on Mar. 3.  Rosario-Hernandez has reoriented zir passion for cultural programs and community dialogue by founding Mosaic Movements. The…

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Red tide advisory back in select Sarasota beaches
A photo of the shoreline at Lido Beach taken in January, when the red tide advisory for the area was still recent. Photo taken by Brynn Halpern

Red tide advisory back in select Sarasota beaches

The red tide advisory—originally put in place on Dec. 28, 2022—was finally lifted from all 16 Sarasota County beaches On Mar. 24, deeming the southwest coast safe for visitors…only to be put back in place for select beaches one week later on Mar. 30. The…

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Sargassum spot slams Caribbean beaches: what does this mean for Florida?
A thick patch of sargassum ashore a Miami beach. (Credit: “Jack Doe,” provided by the Sargassum Information Hub)

Sargassum spot slams Caribbean beaches: what does this mean for Florida?

Crawling across the Caribbean coastline and dumping the stench of decay wherever it washes ashore is a phenomenon that authors from Science Journal have dubbed the “Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt.” What’s more, one of its largest-recorded masses of sargassum seaweed is barreling towards Florida beaches…

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Sarasota declared the worst city in Florida for those with allergies
An oak tree--a species known for releasing pollen during the spring months--photographed near the Social Sciences building on campus. Photo taken by Brynn Halpern

Sarasota declared the worst city in Florida for those with allergies

The U.S. has settled into the midst of allergy season, and not only is Sarasota the worst city for allergies in the state, but the sixth worst in the country. Even those who have never experienced allergies are getting symptoms of the April pollen affecting…

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Congressional opposition to TikTok finds testing ground on Florida university campuses
A stock image of TikTok on an iPhone. (Taken from Pexels.)

Congressional opposition to TikTok finds testing ground on Florida university campuses

On Apr. 4, the New College of Florida joined other state universities in banning TikTok, WeChat and other “dangerous” apps from devices and networks owned by the campus. Students are no longer capable of accessing TikTok on their own private devices through campus WiFi. The…

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Students from Brown University launch satellite made from $20 microprocessor and AA batteries
The satellite, named SBUDNIC, was built and launched in only one year. Photo courtesy of sbudnic.space

Students from Brown University launch satellite made from $20 microprocessor and AA batteries

This March, students from Brown University have recently pushed the limits for robot hobbyists and professional aerospace engineers alike, by creating and launching a satellite built from a $20 microprocessor, 48 Energizer AA batteries and a drag sail made from Kapton polyimide film.  The National…

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CDC warns of Candida auris, deadly fungus spreading in Florida
A microscopic image of Candida auris. Photo taken by Dr. Farzana Hossain (Flickr).

CDC warns of Candida auris, deadly fungus spreading in Florida

The COVID-19 virus has dominated the national media for years, but in its wake, another deadly disease has gained traction in the United States that has not received nearly as much coverage. Candida auris—a fungal infection that, according to the Center for Disease Control and…

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New radio show “Queer Spaces” highlights queer joy in Florida
Taro, a genderqueer St. Petersburg resident. Photo courtesy of Daylina Miller.

New radio show “Queer Spaces” highlights queer joy in Florida

In a world where LGBTQ+ individuals still face discrimination and prejudice, WUSF multimedia reporter Daylina Miller's new radio program Queer Spaces offers a refreshing perspective on the celebration of queerness in the Tampa Bay region and the importance of safe queer spaces. Miller, a queer…

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Downright delirious diabetic debacle: Fake tweet leads to $35 insulin cap
A reminder to always read the fine print. Photo credit: Eli Lilly’s official website

Downright delirious diabetic debacle: Fake tweet leads to $35 insulin cap

On Mar. 1, Eli Lilly, also known as Lilly, a pharmaceutical company that prides itself on “integrity, excellence and respect for people,” announced that they will be capping their insulin products at $35 for a one month’s supply of the life-saving medication. The change seeks…

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Old books, maps and more offered at the Antiquarian Book Fair
This picture was taken in the middle of the Coliseum, depicting the building’s beautiful lighting and perfect symmetry. Photo courtesy of Aria Lockman

Old books, maps and more offered at the Antiquarian Book Fair

From the sunny west coast of Florida to the cloudy and rainy weather of London, booksellers traveled far and wide to make an appearance at the 40th anniversary of Florida’s Antiquarian Book Fair in St. Petersburg's historic building, the Coliseum. The Florida Antiquarian Book Fair…

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OP-ED: A completely serious and unironic review of banned children’s books
A teacher reading a proper, patriotic book to a classroom of proper, patriotic children. Photo taken from Pexels

OP-ED: A completely serious and unironic review of banned children’s books

As a culture war wages onward across America, a wave of book bans has reached classrooms and libraries across the country. The bans have resulted in uproars as those silly leftists rage against the prohibition of their false idols. I, for one, think banning children’s…

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Chalking on campus: where do you draw the line?
Chalk illustration on campus protesting the erasing of the colorful protest. (Courtesy of Niko Zamora.)

Chalking on campus: where do you draw the line?

By Isaac Tellechea & Mark McDermott Navigating the conflicting interests of the campus is comparable enough to a minefield as-is, but students may have trudged over cultural tripwires without even taking notice—though authorities certainly have. Following the Feb. 23 walkout, the chalk impressions of resistance…

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New College Foundation abstains from voting on Corcoran’s salary, claims to have unallocated funds available
Nine of the Foundation Board of Directors members meeting in-person with Interim President Richard Corcoran in the Keating Center. Screenshot taken by Sophia Brown

New College Foundation abstains from voting on Corcoran’s salary, claims to have unallocated funds available

The New College Foundation—the direct-support organization that raises public and private funds for New College—has come under increased scrutiny this past month, starting on Feb. 13 when Board of Trustees (BOT) Chair Debra Jenks announced that the Foundation would be covering Interim President Richard Corcoran’s…

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New College Challenge welcomes Yale architects to present visions of campus remodeling
Kevin Yang—visiting from the Yale School of Architecture—presenting Novos a board game titled “New Circus in Town,” built to model his vision of a future New College campus. (Taken by Mark McDermott.)

New College Challenge welcomes Yale architects to present visions of campus remodeling

Last year, former President Patricia Okker kicked off the New College Challenge: a campus initiative described as “a path to address the issues of social, economic and environmental resilience—issues that have a direct impact on New College, our community and our future” on the New…

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VIP Weekend canceled: how, why and what will replace it
Students from last year's VIP Weekend, looking over the New College bayfront. Photo provided by C’erra Tubbs, William Lopez, and Destiny Peterson.

VIP Weekend canceled: how, why and what will replace it

New College’s Valuing Inclusivity Program (VIP) Weekend was an event intended to bring prospective students of color on campus for a weekend stay in current students' dorms, giving them the opportunity to attend on-campus events and get a glimpse at student life. However, on Mar.…

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Florida Legislature introduces six-week abortion ban
The Planned Parenthood sign located in downtown Sarasota. Taken by Veronica Jolley.

Florida Legislature introduces six-week abortion ban

Florida is the next state in line to restrict access to abortion further than it already has. Florida lawmakers introduced Senate Bill 300 on Mar. 7 which, as of Mar. 16, has been voted to advance by a Florida House committee and is now HB…

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Hampshire College matches tuition cost for New College transfers, writes letter to student body
A photo of Hampshire College's campus, courtesy of the college's website.

Hampshire College matches tuition cost for New College transfers, writes letter to student body

Hampshire College is welcoming New College students with the opportunity to pursue a liberal arts education in Massachusetts. Hampshire is offering a financial aid package set to match prospective students transferring from New College with the same tuition as the rate said student paid in…

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DeSantis book tour takes him national
DeSantis and Trump sharing a table in Belleair, Florida in 2020. Photo courtesy of Getty Images

DeSantis book tour takes him national

On Mar. 1, the Conservative Political Action Coalition (CPAC) held its annual congregation of conservative thinkers, speakers and officials. The esteemed list of speakers included former President Donald J. Trump, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, one-time Trump staffer Steve Bannon and other such figures. Media coverage…

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What the license to sell hard drugs in Canada really means
Edited image depicting the ease of access to buying hard drugs in Canada. (Edited by Chloe Rusek.)

What the license to sell hard drugs in Canada really means

Capitalism has dipped itself into many questionable markets, including the most recent debate on assisted suicide and it’s ethics which came to light due to Canada’s allowal of “Medical assistance in dying.” On Mar. 3, in another bold move, Canada has legalized the sale of…

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Can your dog survive the nuclear apocalypse?: Chernobyl’s thriving dog populations
Dogs are thriving in Chernobyl following a massive nuclear disaster, leaving scientists surprised and intrigued. Photo edited by Chloe Rusek.

Can your dog survive the nuclear apocalypse?: Chernobyl’s thriving dog populations

On Apr. 26, 1986 Chernobyl’s number four reactor, located near Pripyat in the north of Ukraine SSR, failed due to flaws in testing which caused a reactor meltdown and displaced around 350,000 people within the 2,800-square-kilo exclusion zone. In the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl…

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A snapshot of Florida’s annual Strawberry Festival
There are many exhibits and competitions held at the Florida Strawberry Festival. This exhibit was presented by Parkesdale Farms, a local strawberry farm known for its strawberries and quality strawberry shortcake. Photo taken by Aria Lockman

A snapshot of Florida’s annual Strawberry Festival

It’s that wonderful time of year again: spring is back, red tide is suffocating the west coast of Florida and the Florida Strawberry Festival is in town. Located in Plant City, this festival is conducted to showcase agriculture, commerce, livestock, horticulture and other creative crafts…

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Serving at the Novo Volleyball Tournament
Live capture of an intense rally at the tournament. (Taken by Chloe Rusek.)

Serving at the Novo Volleyball Tournament

On Mar. 12, New College students and faculty hit the freshly redone courts to play in a competitive Volleyball Tournament. The heated games lasted from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. as students enjoyed hot dogs, burgers and cold drinks on the sidelines. Crowds lined up…

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To drill or not to drill: President Biden approves Willow project
Photo of an oil drill site in Alaska. Courtesy of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).

To drill or not to drill: President Biden approves Willow project

Environmental and climate activists have been rallying online since early February against Alaska’s largest crude oil producer, ConocoPhillips, and its proposed Willow oil project—first announced in 2017. However, efforts proved futile as President Joe Biden’s administration approved the controversial plan on Mar. 13. The Willow…

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Another new DeSantis board: Disney’s tax district gets new Board of Supervisors
DeSantis signs law that gives Florida legislature control over the Reedy Creek Improvement District (RCID) and appoints five new Board of Supervisor members. Screenshot from Video from the New York Post. Feb. 27 2023.

Another new DeSantis board: Disney’s tax district gets new Board of Supervisors

In Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ongoing “war on woke,” Walt Disney World has been a consistent thorn in the governor's side. On Mar. 28, 2022, Disney made a public statement explaining that “Florida’s HB 1557, also known as the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, should never have…

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New alumni board will operate outside the New College Foundation
An image of College Hall. (Taken by Isaac Tellechea.)

New alumni board will operate outside the New College Foundation

A group of alumni have begun the process of starting a new board independent of the New College Alumni Association (NCAA), with the primary goal of separating from the New College Foundation. Although the average student’s tenure on New College’s campus only lasts four years,…

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Anthropology Commons seeks to connect the NCF community through alumni panel
Anthropology Lab bulletin board. Picture courtesy of Gaby Batista.

Anthropology Commons seeks to connect the NCF community through alumni panel

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and International & Area Studies Yidong Gong is making moves during the spring semester to engage more New College students in the study of all things anthropology. The Anthropology Commons takes place at least once a month in the Anthropology Lab,…

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Local used bookstore tackles a new project: a Banned Books Bus
The future Banned Books Bus that Shelf purchased. Photo courtesy of Nikki Snyder.

Local used bookstore tackles a new project: a Banned Books Bus

Shelf Indulgence is a local used bookstore located in the Sarasota area, known for its cozy study space, wonderful cafe, amazing staff and wide selection of used books. However, Shelf Indulgence (affectionately nicknamed Shelf) has found yet another way to set themselves apart from other…

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Trustee Christopher Rufo and New College are being sued for access to Rufo’s personal phone records
Chief Human Resources Officer Erica Worthy (left), Trustee Christopher Rufo (center) and Trustee Lance Karp (right) at the Board of Trustees meeting held on Jan 31. Photo by Nic Steinig.

Trustee Christopher Rufo and New College are being sued for access to Rufo’s personal phone records

New College of Florida Board of Trustees (BOT) member Christopher Rufo and New College of Florida are currently being sued in a joint lawsuit filed on Feb. 21 by the Florida Center for Government Accountability (FLCGA), a nonprofit transparency organization. FLCGA’s suit includes a request…

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One year later: where Russia and Ukraine stand
A soldier waves a Ukrainian flag while standing atop an armored personnel carrier in Hostomel, Ukraine. (Photo taken by Alexey Furman)

One year later: where Russia and Ukraine stand

“One year later, Kyiv stands,” President Joe Biden declared while meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at Mariinsky Palace. Feb. 24 marked the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, an invasion that was an escalation of President Vladimir Putin’s years-long quest to rebuild the…

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New Music New College brings prose to life in “It’s Alive! A Monstrous Circus On Frankenstein”
ACE Plaza is adorned with lights, chairs and camera set ups. Walkway windows were opened with special permission to allow for performers to enact their parts and pose dramatically for the audience to experience a dynamic, moving performance. Photo credit: Gaby Batista

New Music New College brings prose to life in “It’s Alive! A Monstrous Circus On Frankenstein”

The arts are widely embraced on-campus—music being no exception. New Music New College (NMNC) brings revolutionary musical performances every semester, allowing New College students, staff and faculty to enjoy truly unique experiences for free. On Mar. 4, members of the on-campus and wider Sarasota communities…

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20th annual Embracing Our Differences art exhibit celebrates diversity in Sarasota
A photo of some of the Embracing Our Differences artworks on display, including “Whose Doll?” by Courtney Beth Tippett and “Be You” by Ms. Motta's First Grade Class from Emma E. Booker Elementary School. Photo taken by Brynn Halpern

20th annual Embracing Our Differences art exhibit celebrates diversity in Sarasota

The Embracing Our Differences education initiative publicly presents its 20th annual traveling exhibition at Sarasota’s Bayfront park from now until Mar. 12, and showcases 50 hand-chosen works centered around celebrating diversity. The art is featured along the walkways of the Sarasota marina for the public…

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Clueing In On Regal’s Monday Mystery Movie
The interior of Regal Hollywood - Sarasota. (Image found on tripadvisor.com)

Clueing In On Regal’s Monday Mystery Movie

There’s no such thing as swinging in cinema. Plotting a movie night is plodding, and there’s often very little wiggle room for a spur-of-the-moment love affair with a movie. Even in the streaming age, the convenience of having a library of content from the comfort…

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Settling the score with ACT and SAT: Testing and college enrollment in 2023
A student taking a multiple-choice test. Credit: Andy Barbour

Settling the score with ACT and SAT: Testing and college enrollment in 2023

At any point in a prospective student’s application process up until the COVID-19 outbreak, they have been required to contend with the placement test. For folks in Florida, the two historic heavyweights have been the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and American College Testing (ACT) exams.…

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The “Don’t Say Gay” Bill expanded, and other anti-LGBTQ+ proposals from the Florida Legislators
A hand holding a transgender pride flag. Photo courtesy of Flickr

The “Don’t Say Gay” Bill expanded, and other anti-LGBTQ+ proposals from the Florida Legislators

The rights of LGBTQ+ people are being consistently challenged by Republicans across the country. It seems that the issues of gender-affirming care, “saying gay” and whether the public is mature enough to witness drag have become some of the biggest issues facing politicians in their…

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Board of Trustees abolish Office of Outreach and Inclusive Excellence, welcomes new Interim President Corcoran to campus
The New College Board of Trustees (BOT), both virtual and in-person during the Feb. 28 meeting. Screenshot taken from the New College of Florida YouTube channel.

Board of Trustees abolish Office of Outreach and Inclusive Excellence, welcomes new Interim President Corcoran to campus

Feb. 28 was a highly anticipated date for New College, as it marked Interim President Richard Corcoran’s second official day on the job and his first ever public address to the New College community during that day’s Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting. Also highly anticipated…

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“Our students are not political pawns”: hundreds gather on campus to oppose elimination of DEI, Richard Corcoran
Students, community members, parents and alumni gathered outside of the Hamilton "Ham" Center on Feb. 28 in protest. Photo by Nat Kornblum

“Our students are not political pawns”: hundreds gather on campus to oppose elimination of DEI, Richard Corcoran

“Fight fight fight, education is a human right!” This mantra was chanted by hundreds of students, alums, parents and community members gathered on the steps of Hamilton “Ham” Center before the Feb. 28 New College Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting. The meeting would be the…

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New College students join state-wide coalition in “Stand for Freedom” walkout
New College students gathered outside of the Jane Bancroft Cook Library during a student walkout protesting actions taken by the Board of Trustees. The “Four Winds” sculpture is displayed on the right, adorned with dark streamers placed by students. Photo by Nic Steinig.

New College students join state-wide coalition in “Stand for Freedom” walkout

On Feb. 23, around 100 of the 698 students enrolled at New College of Florida walked out of their classrooms in protest of recent actions taken by the new Board of Trustees (BOT) and the proposed changes targeting Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives made…

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Red or Blue? New research reveals that color of light impacts plant growth
A picture depicting a tomato plant. Photo courtesy of Shuttershock.

Red or Blue? New research reveals that color of light impacts plant growth

Researchers have recently discovered a way to make agrivoltaics—the use of solar panels to grow and cultivate crops—more efficient. They have found that the different levels of wavelengths have an impact on the crops and how quickly they grow. Studies have shown that agrivoltaics can…

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Manhattan Institute turns its attention to New College: things to know about this conservative think tank
A screenshot of the Manhattan Institute logo superimposed over the city skyline at sunset. (Photo taken from manhattan-institute.org)

Manhattan Institute turns its attention to New College: things to know about this conservative think tank

Following their appointments, something the New College community quickly recognized about the seven new Board of Trustee (BOT) members was that not all of them had prior experience working in educational institutions, and many were coming from out of state. Even without the work credentials…

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Ohio train derailment: health concerns and waste removal begin
Image of multiple train cars derailed and on fire. Photo taken by Gene Puskar.

Ohio train derailment: health concerns and waste removal begin

Following the environmental disaster that occurred on Feb. 3 in East Palestine, Ohio, when a Norfolk Southern train crashed and caught fire, the roughly 4,700 residents of East Palestine and the surrounding area are still being affected by the derailment. The train had a total…

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Humpback whales are giving up their songs
A picture of a whale after breaching the surface of the ocean. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Humpback whales are giving up their songs

A new study of Australian humpback whales provides researchers with a disheartening discovery: their melancholy songs are on the decline. The graceful mammals have instead resorted to other methods of attracting mates: violence. Their songs are an ever-evolving language allowing the animals to communicate with…

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Oldest stone tools have been discovered in Kenya, but they weren’t used by humans
An illustration of the species Paranthropus robustus. Photo courtesy of Micheal Long and Science Photo Library.

Oldest stone tools have been discovered in Kenya, but they weren’t used by humans

It was a stormy day in Kenya in 2017: paleoanthropologist Emma Finestone was recording the location of fossils when she made a shocking discovery. The team was removing the skeleton of an ancient hippo when they found a molar intermingled with early Oldowan tools. However,…

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New College chomps down on carnivorous plant research
An image of Venus Flytraps. (Taken by Isaiah Johnson.)

New College chomps down on carnivorous plant research

Carnivorous plant enthusiasts may have found a home in the CarniVORiNCF club. Started this semester by second-year transfer student Isaiah Johnson, the CarniVORiNCF program serves students who are interested in botany, plant biology and mycology.  Johnson began pursuing his interest in carnivorous plants in high…

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Wonderful Vices: Behind the scenes of the Love and Dionysus COUP
The Nook section of the COUP event where a variety of pop, throwbacks, and latin hits were played by student DJs. Photo Credit Brynn Halpern

Wonderful Vices: Behind the scenes of the Love and Dionysus COUP

Love is in the air this season, just in time for New College’s Valentine's Day Center of the Universe Party (COUP), which was thrown on Feb. 25. For Novos needing to let off steam following the spring semester kickoff, the Love and Dionysus COUP was…

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Chief Coley provides insight on the state of the CPD
Police cruisers on campus can make the CPD seem intimidating or impersonal to students, but they could soon be making the transition to bikes and golf carts.

Chief Coley provides insight on the state of the CPD

By Arianna Lockman and Chloe Rusek It’s safe to say that New College has been experiencing many changes within the past two months: Students and faculty are concerned for the future of their school, but there’s one voice New College has yet to hear from:…

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Green New Meal Deal: Metz battles increased student food waste
"Weigh the Waste" board located in Hamilton Center. (Taken by Mark McDermott.)

Green New Meal Deal: Metz battles increased student food waste

Though Palm Court has precedent to the esteemed “Center of the Universe” title, the second closest candidate for such a prestigious position is the Hamilton “Ham” Center—a staple in student life and on-campus dining. In spite of its importance, upwards of 120 lbs. of Metz…

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For students, by students: Bulk Bar thesis project seeks to make campus more sustainable
Main set up in the bulk bar equipped with different selections of hand and dish soaps. Photo credit: Gaby Batista

For students, by students: Bulk Bar thesis project seeks to make campus more sustainable

Sustainability is constantly at the forefront of conversations surrounding climate change and the sheer amount of waste created by human consumption. Generation Z has stepped up in creating initiatives such as the Food Forest and the composting tutorial to achieve a more sustainable society that…

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NCF Board of Trustees approves revised contract for Richard Corcoran
Vice Chair Ron Christaldi tuning in to the Feb. 21 Special BOT Meeting from his car. Photo taken by Basil Pursley

NCF Board of Trustees approves revised contract for Richard Corcoran

Incoming Interim New College President Richard Corcoran’s employment contract was approved on Feb. 21 by the Board of Trustees (BOT), including his lofty base salary of $699,000. Approval of Corcoran’s contract was the only action item at this virtual Special BOT meeting, and judging by…

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Alumni Letter addressing the New College Foundation
A photo of the Keating Center, where the New College Foundation office is location. Photo courtesy of ncf.edu

Alumni Letter addressing the New College Foundation

The following is a letter written to the New College Foundation on Feb. 21, 2023. It has been signed by 156 New College alumni, with cohorts ranging from the 1960s to New College's most recent graduating class. Dear Members of the New College Foundation:   The…

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Former New College President Patricia Okker gives first interview
Former New College president Patricia Okker, courtesy of LinkedIn.

Former New College President Patricia Okker gives first interview

We don’t know what could happen was the general sentiment shared by many members of the New College community in the weeks leading up to the first Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting scheduled just after a slate of new conservative appointments by Gov. Ron DeSantis.…

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Student letters addressed to Dr. Patricia Okker
Letters from New College students to their former president. Photo courtesy of Nickolas Steinig

Student letters addressed to Dr. Patricia Okker

Current students were invited to submit open, unsigned letters to Dr. Patricia Okker, for initial “delivery” via publication in the Catalyst. The full text of each submission appears below. Dear former president Okker,I am sorry to hear about your termination. I sincerely hope that you…

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Alumni Reunion Weekend: A decades-long history of courage, resistance and hilarious antics
A crowd of alumni with cohorts dating back to the 60s, gathered in Palm Court. Photo taken by Nickolas Steinig

Alumni Reunion Weekend: A decades-long history of courage, resistance and hilarious antics

For weeks prior to the event, the New College Alumni Facebook group was abuzz with folks making plans for accommodations and social gatherings for the upcoming Alumni Weekend. Dozens of alums returned to campus on Feb. 17 and 18 for the opportunity to connect and…

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Ringling exhibit “Glimpse of the Artist” co-curated by New College student, celebrates Newtown art
Art created by students of Emma E. Booker, featured at the "Glimpse of the Artist" exhibit. Photo courtesy of Lauren David.

Ringling exhibit “Glimpse of the Artist” co-curated by New College student, celebrates Newtown art

Within Sarasota, there is a hidden gem which has been pushed to the sidelines throughout the town’s history: the celebrated African American community, Newtown. However, in recent years, the community has begun shifting into the spotlight as one of Sarasota’s most vibrant, artistic and historic…

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