Jackson vs. the New Right: how a routine shift in the Supreme Court has become an ideological battleground
Judge Jackson is on track to becoming the first ever African American Supreme Court judge.

Jackson vs. the New Right: how a routine shift in the Supreme Court has become an ideological battleground

The Florida-raised Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has dominated the news cycle as of late, with several Republican politicians spending their time during her hearings trying to show off by accusing her of not knowing what a woman is, being a proponent of critical race theory…

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Recapping DeSantis’ recent legislation and presidential aspirations
Ron DeSantis has spearheaded several bills recently focused on strengthening parental rights and undermining the rights of public schools. Photo courtesy of Flickr.

Recapping DeSantis’ recent legislation and presidential aspirations

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has, in the past few years, gone from an otherwise irrelevant local politician to the golden boy of the far-right. Seemingly a shoe-in for the Republican presidential candidate, DeSantis has been lifted up to the national stage recently, and his most…

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Resurrecting New College history with Emeritus Professor Arthur “Mac” Miller
A headshot of Arthur "Mac" Miller, courtesy of himself.

Resurrecting New College history with Emeritus Professor Arthur “Mac” Miller

Something that is rarely discussed about the New College undergraduate experience—although perhaps it is universally understood—is that time is never quite on our side. Many students have lofty ideas of clubs and organizations they could kickstart, issues they wish to advocate for and change on…

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@srq.affirmations on Instagram makes waves across Sarasota
One of many memes on the @srq.affirmations page. Photo courtesy of @srq.affirmations.

@srq.affirmations on Instagram makes waves across Sarasota

Over the course of the last couple of years, the city of Sarasota has been growing at a rapid pace, due to increasing in population size and numerous ongoing construction projects, as well as the addition of a brand-new tourist trolley known as the Bay…

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[New] Tech: Task management tools, internet safety and the new Steam Deck
Internet safety has become increasingly more relevant over the past few years, as more and more school and work opportunities have moved online.

[New] Tech: Task management tools, internet safety and the new Steam Deck

New College has a [New] location to get their technology news. [New] Tech will be a recurring Catalyst column featuring stories that New College should know in the realm of technology. To kick off our first edition, we are covering the best task management tools…

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The tragic story behind Miya’s Law, and what it means for tenant safety
A headshot of Miya Marcano (2002 - 2021). Photo courtesy of the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

The tragic story behind Miya’s Law, and what it means for tenant safety

Content warning: discussion of breaking and entering, violence against a college student, murder Miya Marcano, a 19-year old sophomore at Valencia College in Orlando, FL, was last seen alive on Sept. 24, 2021 at the Arden Villas Apartments in Orlando—where she lived and worked—and was…

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“SWAlumni” panel hosts alumni guest speakers with careers in education
Five former SWAs attended the panel as guest speakers, all of whom graduated as recently as 2020 and as late as 2014.

“SWAlumni” panel hosts alumni guest speakers with careers in education

Alumni reunited on Apr. 3 to talk about coming from a Student Writing Assistant (SWA) position at the Writing Resource Center (WRC) into a career within the education department. The event—titled “SWAlumni in Education”—was made possible by Director of Writing Jennifer Wells and Assistant Director…

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Sunshine Protection Act raises debate between U.S. Senate and House of Representatives
If passed, the Sunshine Protection Act would abolish the Uniform Time Act, established in 1966.

Sunshine Protection Act raises debate between U.S. Senate and House of Representatives

The Sunshine Protection Act has emerged with the aim to eliminate the one hour time change—Daylight Savings Time—once and for all. The objectives of the bill are to make the time change either permanently sprung forward or fallen back, and to repeal Section 3 of…

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Relief for Ukraine, bombs for Yemen: the U.S.’s stunning hypocrisy on foreign wars
A photograph taken from the scene of an airstrike in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen. Photo courtesy of Ibrahem Qasim on Flickr.

Relief for Ukraine, bombs for Yemen: the U.S.’s stunning hypocrisy on foreign wars

In response to Russia's alarming military invasion of Ukraine, a war that is currently poised to escalate conflicts between world powers and spur on another humanitarian crisis, virtually all U.S. state officials and media figures have opted for a staunch condemnation of the invasion. The…

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Exercise your green thumb with the Caples Food Forest and Garden Club
Located near old Caples and the carriage house on the bay side of campus, the Caples garden and food forest are one of New College's hidden gems.

Exercise your green thumb with the Caples Food Forest and Garden Club

The New College Food Forest is an iconic part of campus life, providing a fun way for students to garden together and create community engagement through sharing food. Located at Caples campus, the Food Forest also has the added benefit of being a free, healthy…

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New record-breaking roller coaster Iron Gwazi debuts at Busch Gardens
Thrill seekers may want to consider visiting Busch Gardens this week for a chance to ride the Iron Gwazi this spring break. Photo courtesy of Imgur.

New record-breaking roller coaster Iron Gwazi debuts at Busch Gardens

On Mar. 11, the Busch Gardens theme park in Tampa opened up their newest coaster, Iron Gwazi, to the public. Boasting itself as North America’s Tallest Coaster and The World's Fastest and Steepest Coaster, Busch Gardens further cements itself as a legend and revolutionary in…

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Caples Mansion’s mold remediation was successful—here’s what’s next
Caples Mansion renovations as seen on Mar. 2, 2022.

Caples Mansion’s mold remediation was successful—here’s what’s next

The Caples Mansion, built in 1921 by Alfred Caples, was vacated and closed in Jun. 2018 after mold—Penicillium Aspergillus to be specific—was found. But, beginning in 2021, renovations have been underway. The mansion is a part of the Caples–Ringling Estates Historic District, forcing renovations of…

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An inside look of WSLR’s student-run “New Radio” program
Student art promoting New Radio, New College.

An inside look of WSLR’s student-run “New Radio” program

The “New Radio” program—a subset of WSLR+Fogartyville, Sarasota’s local radio station—is hosted by New College Radio Programming representative, member of the WSLR Board and Planning Committee and third-year Aniston “Ash” Hoffman. The goal of WSLR is to have at least one program run by a…

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Celebrating Women’s History Month with the HERstory Panel
From left to right: Nikole Parker, Jada McNeill, President Patricia Okker, Valerie Buchand and Emily Fairchild.

Celebrating Women’s History Month with the HERstory Panel

The “HERstory” panel, once a webinar, was hosted in-person for the first time on Mar. 17 in the Jane Bancroft Cook Library. Moderated by Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies Emily Fairchild, the event focused on how the panelists are creating their own HERstory.…

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Raises, renovations and the New College Challenge: 30 minutes with President Okker
President Patricia Okker posing outside of Cook Hall.

Raises, renovations and the New College Challenge: 30 minutes with President Okker

The last time that the Catalyst spoke exclusively with President Patricia Okker, it was in May 2021—shortly following the Apr. 20, 2021 Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting where she was selected as New College’s next president, but before her tenure had begun on July 1,…

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$170,960 overhaul of the NCF website leaves students with accessibility complaints
The homepage of the newly-designed New College website.

$170,960 overhaul of the NCF website leaves students with accessibility complaints

The main NCF website has drastically changed as of recently, the end result of a 15-month-long project by Communications and Marketing, IT and Fastspot—a third party web design vendor—to update and streamline the website in order to further appeal to new and prospective students. Current…

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“Beyond van Gogh” hits Sarasota
Vincent van Gogh's "Starry Night," one of many projected paintings at the Beyond van Gogh exhibit.

“Beyond van Gogh” hits Sarasota

Beyond van Gogh: The Immersive Experience has swept the world—or a very small corner of it—by storm. With dozens of locations in the U.S., a handful in Canada and additional locations in Peru, Brazil, Chile and Puerto Rico, the exhibit is becoming increasingly popular with…

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The Gilbert Mural Initiative tells the story of Sarasota’s first black community
A mural of Lewis and Irene Colson, founding residents of Overtown who built the Bethlehem Baptist Church. The mural is painted on what used to be that very church.

The Gilbert Mural Initiative tells the story of Sarasota’s first black community

An eye-catching array of stylized murals have begun steadily coating the historic walls and buildings of the Rosemary District near downtown Sarasota. The artworks themselves seek to memorialize and honor the history of black settlers within the area, a history that was paved over and…

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Why Ethics and Humanities courses are important for all AOCs
New College offers several philosophy courses that revolve around ethics, as well as, notably, courses on Medical Humanities taught by Cornel.

Why Ethics and Humanities courses are important for all AOCs

Any career path involves a set of ethical values that ideally should be followed. However, the study of concentrations involving Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) are pursued at much higher rates than the humanities, which typically includes ethics-related courses at larger American universities. All…

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Mask mandates expire nationwide
New York City, which once had the highest death rate in America at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, recently lifted its mask mandate. Photo courtesy of Flickr.

Mask mandates expire nationwide

In 2020, when COVID-19 began to spread across the country and quickly took control of the popular consciousness, it became associated with two things: masks and New York City. New York was, in the first six months of the pandemic, easily the hardest hit location…

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15-week abortion ban to be passed by DeSantis
Planned Parenthood "Stop the Bans" sign hanging in their booth at Manatee Pride 2022.

15-week abortion ban to be passed by DeSantis

Since 1973, American women have had the constitutional right under federal law to seek an abortion within 24 weeks of pregnancy. Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case in Mississippi—known as Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Clinic—where the Republican majority favored shortening the period…

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Johns Hopkins paper claims lockdowns only reduced mortality by 0.2%
A photo of Gillman Hall at John Hopkins University. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Johns Hopkins paper claims lockdowns only reduced mortality by 0.2%

A striking paper published by the Johns Hopkins Institute has been making the rounds, once again heaving the cultural-political trenches erected around COVID-19 into disorder and galvanizing yet another round of controversy. The paper in question, A literature Review and Meta-analysis of the effects of lockdowns…

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Proposed VIP Weekend event raises controversy among students
A poster for the Black Student Union (BSU) found in the Gender and Diversity Center (GDC).

Proposed VIP Weekend event raises controversy among students

New College of Florida seeks to make its community thrive with diversity and inclusion in order to promote the voices of black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC). However, the most recent diversity event proposal raises multiple issues, especially from the perspective of BIPOC students…

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Late Night Club Carnival retrospective
The Late Night Club Carnival was first advertised by SAUCE on Feb. 28.

Late Night Club Carnival retrospective

On Mar. 5, Student Activities and Campus Engagement (SAUCE) hosted a Late Night Club Carnival from 9 p.m. to midnight, a massive club festival that featured 16 different on-campus clubs. Highlights included the Bull Shark Dive Club's dive tank, a face painting station and the…

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Four Winds return date set at Fall 2022
The empty shell of Four Winds has recently been bordered with an orange construction fence, perhaps signalling that changes are underway.

Four Winds return date set at Fall 2022

After the initial outbreak of COVID-19 in the U.S., which shut down campus in Mar. 2020, the Four Winds Cafe, a major selling point for any prospective New College student, shut down along with it. While the school has been indicating that it might open…

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Come swing under the stars with the Sarasota Jazz Club
This year's Sarasota Jazz Festival features 11 different main stage performers. Photo courtesy of jazzclubsarasota.org

Come swing under the stars with the Sarasota Jazz Club

Get ready to swing under the stars, Novos—the Sarasota Jazz Festival is in town. Starting Mar. 13, Nathan Benderson Park is hosting a free three-and-a-half hour jazz concert to celebrate the start of the Swinging Under The Stars Jazz Festival. That’s the one and only…

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Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith: Flowers, Poetry and Light: A Review
Patti Smith’s fourth album, Wave, plays on a record player surrounded by flowers.

Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith: Flowers, Poetry and Light: A Review

The Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith: Flowers, Poetry, and Light exhibition at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens moved me profoundly. It’s incredibly creative, contextualizes in ingenious ways the revolutionary output of two artists in terms of their relationship and lives, all in the setting of a…

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New Florida COVID-19 guidelines means New College is ceasing high-risk contact tracing, shortening isolation period
One of the many rapid test kits available to students for free at the Counseling and Wellness Center.

New Florida COVID-19 guidelines means New College is ceasing high-risk contact tracing, shortening isolation period

Since mid 2020, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has worked to implement initiatives meant to return Florida to normal as much as possible in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Even at times when these initiatives conflicted with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC)…

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Hundreds of bound periodicals thrown away to make room for expanded CEO location
Magazines and journals filling up the Dumpster behind the Jane Bancroft Cook Library.

Hundreds of bound periodicals thrown away to make room for expanded CEO location

Students who use the back corners of the first floor of the Jane Bancroft Cook Library to study have likely noticed that the shelves of bound periodicals, which make up the majority of that left side of the first floor, have been slowly becoming vacant…

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Contextualizing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
Wreckage of a missile strike on a residential building in Ukraine. Photo courtesy of kyivcity.gov.

Contextualizing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

In the morning of Feb. 24, 2022, (Eastern European Standard Time) President of Russia Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation in Ukraine,” and just after explosions were reported in major cities across Ukraine. Russian troops, which had been amassed in areas surrounding Ukraine, near…

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STORYLIVING: A tale of ego, branding opportunities, the California desert and Celebration, FL
An artist concept rendering of Cotino, complete with artificial lagoon. Photo courtesy of Flickr.

STORYLIVING: A tale of ego, branding opportunities, the California desert and Celebration, FL

Disney has just announced STORYLIVING, a series of master-planned communities that will be themed around Disney’s many different intellectual properties (IPs). More specifically, they’ve announced Cotino, a 600+ acre community including nearly 2,000 homes, a massive hotel, an elaborate promenade and most shockingly, a 24-acre…

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Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill passes first reading in Senate Committee, is met with community protest
Protestors marched up the John Ringling Bridge at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 27, each holding up a 700-foot long pride flag, some also carrying signs.

Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill passes first reading in Senate Committee, is met with community protest

Florida House Bill 1557: “Parental Rights in Education” quickly gained the nickname “Don’t Say Gay Bill” by opponents and LGBTQ+ activists when it was first proposed on Jan. 11, 2022. On top of requiring school district boards to “reinforce [the] fundamental right of parents to…

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New College Fashion Archive vol. 2: clothing and identity on campus
First year Meera Razdan dressed in thrifted and small business goods.

New College Fashion Archive vol. 2: clothing and identity on campus

New College has fostered an environment of acceptance and freedom of expression for decades now, which, in turn, created a domain of various identities many times expressed outwardly through clothing. It’s hard to walk through campus without noticing all the dyed heads, Demonia platform shoes…

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Neglect of ADA violations makes campus inaccessible to those with disabilities
The steepness of the overpass can make getting across campus a challenge to those with physical disabilities or those using mobility devices.

Neglect of ADA violations makes campus inaccessible to those with disabilities

By Basil Pursely and Christine Wehner Up until the end of February, the only available elevator in V, W, X and Y Residence Halls had been broken for approximately two and a half months. The broken elevator has meant that students with physical disabilities would…

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Cargo ship carrying luxury cars catches fire in the Atlantic Ocean
The Felicity Ace is 656 feet long and carrying over 17,000 metric tons of material, and now sits floating and abandoned in the Atlantic Ocean. Photo courtesy of Flickr.

Cargo ship carrying luxury cars catches fire in the Atlantic Ocean

On Feb. 16, the Felicity Ace cargo ship, capable of carrying over 17,000 metric tons, caught fire in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The ship departed from Emden, Germany, with a planned route to Davisville, Rhode Island. The fire broke out while the ship…

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58th St. Residents Protest New College Construction and Potential Land Acquisition with Poignant Art
The residents of 58th St. hold an art show every Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. (weather permitting) in protest of New College's "58th St. Project."

58th St. Residents Protest New College Construction and Potential Land Acquisition with Poignant Art

By Nickolas Steinig and Sophia Brown Colorful hand-painted signs have cropped up along the houses of 58th St., a two-lane road running parallel to Palmer B Dormitory, or B Dorm. The signs bear slogans including “How many roads & trees & wildlife will New College…

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What makes NCF student clubs successful?
Performers of the Fall 2021 Dance Collective show celebrating during the curtain call, reflective of the community that Dance Collective builds each semester. Photo courtesy of Christine Wehner.

What makes NCF student clubs successful?

Students at New College likely remember their first club fair, or Novopolooza, as a key part of their orientation. Lines of tables hosting information on student run organizations, internship opportunities and local businesses looking to attract students as both employees and customers. Novopolooza is the…

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Manatee death tolls continue to rise, experts are racing to feed and keep them warm during winter
Manatees feeding on romaine lettuce to substitute for their main food source: sea grass. Photo courtesy of Flickr.

Manatee death tolls continue to rise, experts are racing to feed and keep them warm during winter

This brief serves as an update on last semester’s feature on manatees and their alarming mortality rate. Since November, local advocacy groups are rushing to expand the public’s knowledge and to increase awareness. Manatees are essential to Florida’s unique aquatic ecosystem: they act characteristically as…

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Sarasota celebrates centennial with geocaching
Sarasota County Quest sign-up QR code near a geocache site.

Sarasota celebrates centennial with geocaching

In celebration of the centennial anniversary on July 1, 2021, Sarasota County has installed geocaches in historical sites all across the county for participants to find, sign the logbook, take a postcard and maybe learn something about the newly 100 year old area.  After downloading…

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“Putting Parents First Adjustment” causes Sarasota to lose $12.6 million
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis praises State Representative Randy Fine and the House of Representatives for upholding his decision.

“Putting Parents First Adjustment” causes Sarasota to lose $12.6 million

On Feb. 15, Sarasota lawmakers—along with the rest of the Republicans in the Florida House of Representatives—passed the “Putting Parents First Adjustment.” How it puts the parents first, exactly, is unclear, but what isn’t is the point of this seemingly minute adjustment to the state…

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Unbanning Maus with Professor Jessica Young
A crowd of students and faculty gathered in the library on Feb. 17 to do a group reading of several selected pages from Maus.

Unbanning Maus with Professor Jessica Young

On Jan. 10, approximately two weeks before Holocaust Memorial day, the McMinn Country School Board in Tennessee unanimously voted to ban Art Speigelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel Maus. As part of what some have identified as a larger effort to censor books dealing with critical…

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2021 Employee Satisfaction Survey reveals subpar work environment
College Hall (left) and Cook Hall (right), found at New College's bay front.

2021 Employee Satisfaction Survey reveals subpar work environment

The 2021 Employee Satisfaction Survey Report recently came out with a shocking Net Promoter score of -35.7, but what does this score really mean?  “Originally developed as a measure of customer satisfaction, the employee NPS is a measurement of an employee’s willingness to recommend their…

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Rent hike incoming for Dort, Gold and B Dorm to cover water line and HVAC replacement costs
An aerial view of Dort and Gold Residence Halls.

Rent hike incoming for Dort, Gold and B Dorm to cover water line and HVAC replacement costs

On Jan. 11, the New College of Florida Board of Trustees (BOT) passed an unprecedented amendment to the colleges’ rent regulations. Action Item 3-1002 gives the administration authority to increase rent prices for Palmer B Dormitory up to 34% (from $6700 to $9000) and increase…

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Finance, registration and records made easy: Introducing the One-Stop Shop
The current location of the One-Stop Shop on the first floor of the Palmer D building.

Finance, registration and records made easy: Introducing the One-Stop Shop

Financial aid, registration and accessing transcripts can all be confusing or frustrating systems to navigate in any institution. At New College especially, with its unconventional administrative channels and small staff, these processes can cause students much grief. However, the recently-implemented One-Stop Shop on the first…

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New College’s hidden pigeonhole: the NCSA Archives
Scan of a 1982 zine in the archives, "Crystal Method."

New College’s hidden pigeonhole: the NCSA Archives

The closet-turned-archive tucked behind the Old Mail Room in Hamilton “Ham” Center, lush with aging papers and remnants of the past serves as a sort of map room for student life at New College. The New College Student Alliance (NCSA) Archives has been collecting little…

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Dr. Anthony Andrews bids farewell to New College, retires after 40 years
Andrews in front of the bookshelves in the New College Anthropology Lab.

Dr. Anthony Andrews bids farewell to New College, retires after 40 years

Retirement is bittersweet. While the idea of leaving behind late nights grading papers and early mornings giving lectures sounds quite pleasant, the thought of leaving the people and school you’ve made your home for decades is much harder to swallow. Despite this, Professor of Anthropology…

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Golden retrievers and The Art of Impossible: Getting to know incoming president Dr. Patricia Okker
Incoming New College President Patricia Okker with her golden retriever, Blu. Photo courtesy of Patricia Okker.

Golden retrievers and The Art of Impossible: Getting to know incoming president Dr. Patricia Okker

With her tenure beginning on July 1, upcoming New College president Dr. Patricia Okker told herself that she wasn’t going to buy any more books in the next few months. Okker is still at her current position at the University of Missouri—“Mizzou”—but her move to…

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Students came together for the sake of art at New Fest
Thesis student and Catalyst Editor in Chief Anna Lynn Winfrey and Jenna Courtade enjoyed their time at New Fest, playing with bubbles on May 8, 2021.

Students came together for the sake of art at New Fest

Campus events saw a bit of a decline this year as New College enforced social distancing safety guidelines, but on-campus groups such as the Student Events Team (SET), the New College Student Alliance (NCSA) and Student Activities and Campus Engagement (SAUCE) worked to make the…

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PCPreview: Cyberfuturism meets the present as graduation COUP returns in full force
A digital sketch Gatof created to plan the layout of one of the sculptures in the Nook, located next to the Ham center. Image courtesy of Hannah Gatof and Magda Van Thienen.

PCPreview: Cyberfuturism meets the present as graduation COUP returns in full force

On Wednesday, May 19, the glitter-clad cohorts of 2020 and 2021 will have the chance to travel through time and back again as they safely dance the night away at this year’s cyberfuturism-themed Center of the Universe Party (COUP), which will be the college’s first…

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Notes from two years of post-graduate life
A portrait of Cassie Manz ('15), the author of this post. As a student at New College, Manz also served as the Catalyst's Copy Editor.

Notes from two years of post-graduate life

Reader submission by Cassie Manz My goal in writing this piece is to offer an example of what post-graduate life can look like. Everyone’s post-grad experience is different, and the beautiful thing is that it’s always changing. But it’s no secret that adjusting to life…

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Four Winds Focus Group considering options for the cafe’s revitalization
Photo courtesy of Adriana Gavilanes Four Winds during the Fall semester of 2019.

Four Winds Focus Group considering options for the cafe’s revitalization

In January 2019, a budget shortfall necessitated the difficult decision to lock the beloved, student-run cafe’s doors after it had been struggling with a financial crisis for years. After two unsuccessful attempts to revitalize the cafe, NCSA President Sofia Lombardi is spearheading an effort to…

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NCF community perseveres through a challenging year: a COVID-19 retrospective
Campus spaces have been marked by changes such as masking and social distancing signs throughout the year.

NCF community perseveres through a challenging year: a COVID-19 retrospective

This school year has been one of the most challenging years many students and faculty have ever endured. Despite the stressful  year, the New College community has shown immense strength, persevering through unprecedented hardship and rapidly adapting to the unique scenarios created by the pandemic.…

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OPINION: Stigmatizing Symbols
Saussure’s description of two great rivers running in parallel, one representing the “indefinite plane of jumbled ideas” and the other representing the “equally vague plane of sounds."

OPINION: Stigmatizing Symbols

Reader submission by Ian Jensen On the song Fantasy off the 2016 album Warlord artist Lil Flash raps “My eyes red just like a stop sign.” Upon hearing this, many will conclude that Lil Flash has been smoking weed. Before following them in doing so,…

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Women directors take the lead in “Selected Documentaries” category at the 23rd Annual Sarasota Film Festival
Poster release for the 23rd annual Sarasota Film Festival. Image courtesy of SceneSarasota.com and the Sarasota Film Festival.

Women directors take the lead in “Selected Documentaries” category at the 23rd Annual Sarasota Film Festival

The 23rd Annual Sarasota Film Festival will screen both in-person and online at CMX CinéBistro Siesta Key this Friday, April 30 through May 9. Patrons can view scheduling and order in-person tickets online for $15. Virtual screening prices vary depending on category. Here are some…

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OPINION: Treatment before medication: order matters
Image courtesy of Creative Commons.

OPINION: Treatment before medication: order matters

Submission by Stassi Kiousis I stared at the whiteboard, looking at my teacher, Ms. Lewis, writing down the math problem. My eyes kept wandering around the room, or my vision went blurry while my mind raced from thoughts about lunch to my homework later that day…

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Florida’s anti-transgender bill in limbo
American artist Jeff Sheng with an exhibition of his photo series Fearless, about out lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) high school and college athletes. Exhibition at the Drew School, high school, San Francisco, CA, January 15, 2009.

Florida’s anti-transgender bill in limbo

Florida lawmakers have been considering a bill that would ban transgender athletes from participating in female’s scholastic sports, but it appears to have been stopped in its tracks as of April 20.  The version of the bill that was passed in the Florida House stated…

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Governor Ron DeSantis’ “Anti-Riot” Bill Becomes Law
George Floyd protests in Miami, Florida on June 6, 2020.

Governor Ron DeSantis’ “Anti-Riot” Bill Becomes Law

Following widespread protests against police brutality in the summer of 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis decided to sign into law what he himself calls an “anti-riot measure.” The law promises tougher punishments on those that engage in what the Florida legislature determines to be a violent…

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BACC week is in full swing at New College, but things are a little different this year
Presentations look a bit different this year, as COVID-19 has limited in-person baccalaureate exams at New College. This is a photo of a pre-COVID conference presentation unaffiliated with the college.

BACC week is in full swing at New College, but things are a little different this year

Thesis students were forced to adapt to the unique challenge of completing their theses in the midst of a pandemic, with some battling the negative mental and physical effects of isolation, having to find different resources to complete their research. Then, they had to make…

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President Donal O’Shea’s retirement honored with a surprise “O’Shea Day” parade
O'Shea poses on a makeshift throne in front of Cook Hall, bearing a framed print of himself that says, "The Don."

President Donal O’Shea’s retirement honored with a surprise “O’Shea Day” parade

Staff, students and faculty jovially marched down College Drive from the campus bookstore to Cook Hall on the afternoon of Friday, April 23 to celebrate President Donal O’Shea’s retirement with a surprise parade, which was replete with prizes, extravagant costumes and even a pair of…

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Capturing St. Pete youth: Tony Ahedo debuts feature film “ICON”
Director, Producer and Screenwriter for ICON, Tony Ahedo.

Capturing St. Pete youth: Tony Ahedo debuts feature film “ICON”

Based on Tony Ahedo’s 2015 short film by the same name, ICON follows two high school students, Sam and Ana, as they struggle through a decision that will change their lives forever. Ahedo authentically captures Floridian adolescence with steady shots of skate parks, beat-up Toyotas…

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Staying on campus for the summer
The upstairs interior of one of the Letter Dorms, as shown in the Housing Selection instructional video.

Staying on campus for the summer

While it is not typical for NCF to offer long-term housing during the summer, Student Affairs has opted to allow limited on-campus housing for the summer, from May 24 to August 17.  To be considered eligible, a student must have a housing assignment for Fall…

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Recreational marijuana unlikely to get the green light in Florida
A popular image from the Marijuana and Hemp Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Recreational marijuana unlikely to get the green light in Florida

Despite three bills currently sitting in the Florida Legislature to legalize recreational marijuana for adults and polls expressing a majority of Floridians would support the legalization of recreational marijuana, legal weed still faces serious opposition with the Florida government. Currently, Senate Bill 710 proposed by…

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NCF not mandating COVID vaccinations in the Fall
New College hosted several on-campus vaccine clinics in Spring 2021, and more booster clinics could be on the horizon.

NCF not mandating COVID vaccinations in the Fall

New College has not yet required students to receive  COVID-19 vaccinations in order to return to campus in the fall, but will require negative COVID-19 tests before returning to campus, as well as shortly afterwards. This policy is similar to many other colleges across the…

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Caples Mansion renovations to improve indoor air quality soon underway
The deck of the Caples Mansion faces towards the West, making it a perfect spot to watch the sun's descent.

Caples Mansion renovations to improve indoor air quality soon underway

Caples Mansion—located on Caples Campus south of the Ringling Museum—has been best defined for the past few years not through its own use, but by what surrounds it. More recent NCF students are usually familiar with the Caples Boathouse or the New College Food Forest…

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What you don’t understand about chronic pain
Model of chronic pain, courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

What you don’t understand about chronic pain

Reader submission by Lila Marlow If you’ve ever stubbed your toe, then you’ve experienced pain. But living through pain and living with pain are two very different things. People who suffer from chronic pain live with it every day, every week, every month for years.…

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WandaVision as a reflection of a COVID-ridden world
A cosplayer dressed as the Vision at the 2015 New York Comic Con.

WandaVision as a reflection of a COVID-ridden world

Disclaimer: this article contains spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War and WandaVision. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sj9J2ecsSpo Whenever there is mass societal unrest, there are usually superhero stories to follow.  For example, the cinematic world post-9/11 saw a renaissance of less campy superheroes and darker supervillains. …

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Illegal Civilization and the road to “North Hollywood”
Core Members of the Illegal Civilization crew as they are displayed on the collective's official website.

Illegal Civilization and the road to “North Hollywood”

Mikey Alfred’s directorial debut North Hollywood has been a long time coming. The new feature comes from the minds of Alfred and the other members of the skateboarding and art collective Illegal Civilization. From start to finish, I was completely sucked into the world of…

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Fourth presidential candidate Michael Sosulski focuses on faculty involvement and student support
Sosulski gestures as NCSA President Sofia Lombardi looks on at the livestreamed student forum at the Sudakoff Conference Center.

Fourth presidential candidate Michael Sosulski focuses on faculty involvement and student support

On April 7 at 4:58 p.m., presidential candidate Dr. Michael Sosulski was not sitting on stage at the Sudakoff Conference Center, waiting to give his mini class presentation, but was instead in the audience chatting with the handful of students present. Three minutes into his…

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Duane Smith launches new event to recognize students efforts in applying for fellowships and scholarships
On April 27, 2018, alumni of the Gilman Scholarship and Critical Language Scholarship Programs (not from New College) gathered at the U.S. Diplomacy Center for an introduction to the life of a diplomat.

Duane Smith launches new event to recognize students efforts in applying for fellowships and scholarships

Dr. Duane Smith was hired in February 2020 for scholarship and fellowship advising for the Center of Career Engagement and Opportunity (CEO). There were plans for a luncheon last year for students who applied but those were cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic. This year,…

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Official venue for 2021 Commencement has been decided
Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida, during 2011 Baltimore Orioles Spring Training.

Official venue for 2021 Commencement has been decided

The 2021 Commencement ceremony venue has officially been announced. Graduating students can look forward to receiving their diplomas in person while remaining safe from COVID-19. Commencement is slated to take place on May 21 at 10 a.m. at the Ed Smith Stadium with award-winning lawyer…

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Presidential candidate Patricia Okker visits New College, reflects about her own college experience
Dr. Patricia Okker speaks to the New College student body at a livestream student forum at the Sudakoff Conference Center on Tuesday, April 7, 2021. NCSA president Sofia Lombardi, who moderated the forum, is seated to the left of Dr. Okker.

Presidential candidate Patricia Okker visits New College, reflects about her own college experience

Dr. Patricia Okker had an undergraduate experience not unlike that of a New College student. Hailing from Allegheny College, a small (though not quite as small as New College) Pennsylvanian liberal arts institution, Okker entered the campus pursuing a science major and left with an…

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SYSH: Fearless (Taylor’s Version)
In the initial time after signing with Big Machine Records, Swift wrote over 250 songs before releasing her album "Fearless."

SYSH: Fearless (Taylor’s Version)

Taylor Swift has had a rough couple years with the rights to her master recordings of her first six albums being sold in June 2019 when record executive Scooter Braun’s company Ithaca Holdings LLC purchased Big Machine Records for roughly $330 million.  These first six…

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Mulberries are in season at New College!
Fresh mulberries from NCF's Food Forest and Carbon Farm.

Mulberries are in season at New College!

Mulberry season is upon us: mulberry trees already beginning to fruit. Campus is home to many Mulberry trees of two main varieties, the larger Morus nigra and the smaller Pakistani mulberry tree the Morus macroura.  Students looking to track down the delicious mulberry either as…

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The New College Law Society discusses the history of felons’ voting rights in the state of Florida
President Lyndon B. Johnson meets with Martin Luther King, Jr. at the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The New College Law Society discusses the history of felons’ voting rights in the state of Florida

The Law Society held their first major event discussing felon voting rights. The meeting covered the history of jurisdiction in executive clemency decisions in the state of Florida and the passing of Amendment Four, also known as the Voting Rights Restoration For Felons Initiative.  As…

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Presidential candidate Rhonda Phillips visits New College
Phillips speaks with NCSA President Sofia Lombardi during the livestreamed student forum in the Sudakoff Conference Center.

Presidential candidate Rhonda Phillips visits New College

On April 8, prospective New College president Dr. Rhonda Phillips began her visit to the school’s campus. Phillips currently serves as a professor and the Dean at the Honors College of Purdue University. In her meetings with faculty and staff, Phillips emphasized the value of…

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Piney Point reservoir breach threatens to inundate homes and businesses, brings potential ecological impacts in Tampa Bay
"What we are looking at now is trying to prevent and respond to, if need be, a real catastrophic flood situation," DeSantis said at a press conference.

Piney Point reservoir breach threatens to inundate homes and businesses, brings potential ecological impacts in Tampa Bay

What is happening: A leak in the liner of the Piney Point reservoir caused a partial breach in one of the containment walls. If fully breached, the reservoir could release potentially hundreds of millions of gallons of highly acidic wastewater from the former Piney Point…

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Alan Shao to students: “You don’t know me.” Now that his on-campus interviews are finished, here’s what we’ve learned
Presidential Candidate Alan Shao speaking to a crowd of 30-40 students at Sudakoff Conference Center on Friday, April 2.

Alan Shao to students: “You don’t know me.” Now that his on-campus interviews are finished, here’s what we’ve learned

“There is some obvious student apprehension of your candidacy,” NSCA President Sofia Lombardi said to New College presidential candidate Dr. Alan Shao during the final question of the student-led Q&A at Sudakoff Conference Center on March 30. About 40 students and staff were present for…

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Find your voice on WSLR 96.5
WSLR's logo, courtesy of wslr.org.

Find your voice on WSLR 96.5

Submitted by Danielle Campbell To work with WSLR is an engaging process of finding your own voice. I figured that out during my first semester at New College of Florida when I interned with the radio station. Working with WSLR’s Critical Times News team alongside…

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NCSA spring elections come to an end
New College students, including current NCSA President Sofia Lombardi, approach the Florida State Capitol on Feb. 25, 2020.

NCSA spring elections come to an end

The third New College Student Alliance (NCSA) election cycle of the 2020-2021 school year has come to an end. After holding elections in the fall under unconventional circumstances due to the pandemic, fourth year student and Supervisor of Elections Annika Kufrovich was able to learn…

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New College professor plays key role unearthing history in “Finding Angola”
Baram poses with gear on wooden benches. Image courtesy of lookingforangola.org

New College professor plays key role unearthing history in “Finding Angola”

March 19 through 28, the Second Annual Sarasota Native American Film Festival, hosted on Eventive, offered a diverse selection of indigenous-produced works about various facets of indigenous history and culture. As the name would imply, the festival had plenty to offer on the individual experiences…

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More in-person classes planned for fall, according to latest Towne Meeting
Building your own AOC is one of the little-known perks of attending New College, but the process can be confusing for many.

More in-person classes planned for fall, according to latest Towne Meeting

As the spring 2021 semester reaches its halfway mark, New College makes plans for the future concerning in-person and online classes, and other matters related to COVID safety. Here are the details from the Towne Hall meeting on Friday, Feb. 26. The Nuances of “Going…

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Putting the “fly” back in NatiMediFly: five students restore native, medicinal and butterfly-attracting garden
Liah Continentino, Gus Frank, Barbara Monteiro, Nick Beck and London Weier pose proudly in front of the NatiMediFly. Image courtesy of the author.

Putting the “fly” back in NatiMediFly: five students restore native, medicinal and butterfly-attracting garden

At the end of ISP, New College’s native, medicinal and butterfly-attracting garden—called the NatiMediFly for short—emerged from its metaphorical chrysalis after five intrepid students renovated what was once an overgrown, brambly maze and restored it to a lush, sweet-scented and pollinator-friendly community space.  Second-years London…

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Applications for college’s COVID relief fund open until March 15
During previous waves of CARES Act funding, students have been able to request up to $2,000 dollars. This most recent wave, however, not only resulted in students get less than what was requested, but was also the final wave of CARES Act funding at New College.

Applications for college’s COVID relief fund open until March 15

On Dec. 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) was signed into law and authorized $22.9 billion in COVID-19 relief funding for higher education. These funds can be used for anything from “student’s cost of attendance [to] emergency costs that arise…

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When it comes to COVID-19 statistics, how does NCF compare to larger state universities?
This graph of COVID-19 cases per day over time, taken from covidusa.net, shows that Florida has had an average of 5,711 cases per day as of March 8.

When it comes to COVID-19 statistics, how does NCF compare to larger state universities?

As of March 9, Florida has had 1,948,307 total COVID-19 cases, with 44,625 new cases since March 8. Since Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that Florida would be entering Phase 3 of the reopening plan in Sept. 2020, restaurants and businesses have slowly been reopening to…

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Fall 2021 housing process made easy with instructional videos and one-on-one service
The upstairs interior of one of the Letter Dorms, as shown in the Housing Selection instructional video.

Fall 2021 housing process made easy with instructional videos and one-on-one service

Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs Mark Stier announced on Feb. 4 that, based on national COVID-19 vaccine deployment, New College administration was anticipating a return to “normal operations” by fall 2021. While several details are still up in the air, the Fall 2021 housing…

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Bound theses: should they stay or should they go?
Bound theses in the Jane Bancroft Cook library collection.

Bound theses: should they stay or should they go?

Exploring the past theses in the library is an integral part of the New College experience. But with talk of digitizing theses in the near future, students and faculty alike have expressed concerns about not having a physical copy of student work stored in the…

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NCF Black History Month celebrations persevere in the face of racist Zoombombing
As annoying as students may find the repeated emails requesting that they fill out their Instructional Evaluations, they're a pivotal way for students to make their voices heard in the academic sphere.

NCF Black History Month celebrations persevere in the face of racist Zoombombing

This February has seen a series of virtual lectures, screenings and volunteer events in honor of Black History Month, including the “Health Disparities and Creative Intervention” lecture on Feb. 9, showcasing the work of the Multicultural Health Institute (MHI). In a discussion run by founder…

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Board of Trustees preparing for potential budget cuts
New College students, including current NCSA President Sofia Lombardi, approach the Florida State Capitol on Feb. 25, 2020.

Board of Trustees preparing for potential budget cuts

Although the proposed merger last spring ultimately failed, it spurred NCF’s Board of Trustees to take a more proactive approach to the legislative agenda of the state. With constitutionally-required budget cuts forthcoming this session, the college’s continued independence may require it.  To the surprise of…

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Bird Graveyard short story contest submissions

For The Bird Graveyard Short Story Contest, there were plenty of submissions that made the most of an unorthodox prompt, which required contestants to select an image from the @birdgraveyard instagram account and write a story around it. Here are some of the best: https://www.instagram.com/p/BuUy-clFF0v/?igshid=1c15lwsjvhsb5…

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404 Error: Internet Not Found — Connectivity issues on campus
As annoying as students may find the repeated emails requesting that they fill out their Instructional Evaluations, they're a pivotal way for students to make their voices heard in the academic sphere.

404 Error: Internet Not Found — Connectivity issues on campus

  Now more than ever, a strong internet connection is a necessity for New College. Students and professors alike need to be able to connect to internet conference calls, as a solid Zoom connection is now almost as crucial to a student’s education as the professor.…

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Wear a mask, because love is in the air: Valentine’s COUP substitute promises to include more in-person events
This spring's Valentine's Day COUP takes place on Feb. 19 and 20 after some rough weather on Valentine's Day weekend, and will be run primarily by NSCA members.

Wear a mask, because love is in the air: Valentine’s COUP substitute promises to include more in-person events

The COVID-19 pandemic has cost students much of their college experience over the past year. More than students’ classroom environments or living situations, COVID-19 has also changed how students are able to socialize on campus. This fall students attempted to find compromise between long-standing traditions…

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B dorm closed, but admin say it will re-open this fall
B Dorm residents have reported feeling neglected in the greater campus conversation on security updates.

B dorm closed, but admin say it will re-open this fall

By Sophia Brown and Anna Lynn Winfrey After a semester of partial occupancy during a pandemic, the college’s only dorm with communal-style living has been shut down. Interim Dean of Students Randy Harrell, who made the decision, cited revised safety protocols for quarantining on-campus and…

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Lights, cameras: action on long-term security improvements
Lights in Palm Court illuminate the entrance to Pei 3rd Court on a recent evening.

Lights, cameras: action on long-term security improvements

This article is the second in a two-part series about the recent intrusions into dormitories on the residential side of campus. Read the first article that focuses on student experiences and administration’s immediate response here.  After a series of late-night intrusions into students’ dorms set…

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Visions of the Black Experience goes virtual for 2020

Miles Iton ‘14 and Professor Zabriskie feature in 2020 Visions of The Black Experience Film Fest Sarasota’s second annual Visions of the Black Experience film festival kicked off on Thursday, Nov. 12 and was extended through Sunday, Nov. 29. The series “celebrates, rates and illuminates…

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Night at the Museum: Ringling Edition

Ca d'Zan as seen from a kayak. After sunset, the crescent moon rose over the Ringling museum. Students gathered by the east facade waiting for a behind the scenes tour of the art museum. On Tuesday, Nov. 17 one New College class, “Worlds of Wonder:…

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For the first time, select students allowed to stay on campus over winter break
Since Stier's departure from New College, Housing and Residence Life has been taken up by administrators such as Nicole Gelfert and S. Marjorie Thomas.

For the first time, select students allowed to stay on campus over winter break

Students leaving for winter break are reminded to clean out their fridges and throw away any perishables in their rooms. As people decide whether gathering for the holidays is safe, college students are put into a difficult position: is it safe to travel home? For…

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New LabStat portal allows easier access to COVID-19 test results
New College continues to offer weekly COVID-19 tests on campus every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

New LabStat portal allows easier access to COVID-19 test results

The portal will be a faster way to check results. The Counselling and Wellness Center (CWC) has partnered with test provider LabStat to create a portal for students to check COVID-19 test results. In the coming semesters, the hope is that the portal will make…

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First-Year Office Hours with the NCSA

First-Year Office Hours poster. Photo courtesy of Sofia Lombardi.  New College Student Alliance (NCSA) President Sofia Lombardi and Vice President of Academic Affairs Elan Sandler are there “for everything and anything” that first-year and transfer students need during first-year office hours. In this case, first-year…

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New College improves in performance based funding metrics, despite previous struggles
The hope of the EPC is that these recent changes will reduce anxiety for new, incoming students and by having them cement their class schedules earlier in the semester.

New College improves in performance based funding metrics, despite previous struggles

"We should feel good, but we shouldn't feel like everything is on cruise control." Thiessen said. "We have a lot of improvements still to do.” Every year, the State University System (SUS) allocates upwards of $13 billion in state funding, in part through a performance-based…

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The systemic issues behind Nigeria’s police force
Nigerian police officers, part of AMISOM's Foreign Police Unit, conduct a foot patrol near Lido Beach. As part of AMISOM's efforts to make Mogadishu a safer place, regular foot patrols are now coducted around the city by the mission's Foreign Police Unit. AU-UN IST PHOTO / TOBIN JONES.f

The systemic issues behind Nigeria’s police force

Nigerian police officers conduct a foot patrol. Photo courtesy of WikiMedia Commons. Since early October, the citizens of Nigeria have been protesting for an end to the brutality of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), a police unit whose abuses of power include extrajudicial violence…

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Introducing New College’s brand new COVID-19 liaisons
If selected for random testing, students should now report to Sainer Auditorium on the Caples campus on Mondays between 12-4 p.m. or Tuesdays between 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Introducing New College’s brand new COVID-19 liaisons

The COVID-19 liaison's are paid and will look to improve communication of COVID-19 information on-campus. On Oct. 5, New College Student Alliance (NCSA) President and Catalyst co-Copy Editor Sofia Lombardi sent a weekly update to the student email list saying that she, Dean of Student…

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Tracking Hurricane Eta

Storm rolling over Lido Beach on Sept. 20. Holly Penta/Catalyst. Tropical storm Eta strengthened to a category 1 hurricane early Wednesday morning and is expected to make another landfall soon. Eta is not forecasted to directly hit Sarasota, but the county has drafted a local…

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Heart Walk 2020: digital edition

Students, faculty and staff who sign up for the heart walk will receive a free t-shirt emblazoned with this design. Image courtesy of Lisa Bolduc. New College is participating in the virtual 2020 Suncoast Heart Walk on Dec. 12 to raise money for the American Heart Association (AHA).…

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What Thanksgiving, winter break and the return to campus looks like with COVID-19 and the altered fall schedule
Since Stier's departure from New College, Housing and Residence Life has been taken up by administrators such as Nicole Gelfert and S. Marjorie Thomas.

What Thanksgiving, winter break and the return to campus looks like with COVID-19 and the altered fall schedule

If a student does not fill out a break form, housing will assume the student will be leaving for Thanksgiving break and will secure their room. Between this year’s move-in process, which phased students in over the course of a week to avoid overcrowding, and…

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Spooky six-word story contest

One never knows what lurks in the dark corners of New College nights. Sometimes, short doesn’t mean sweet… The Catalyst received a plethora of submissions for spooky six-word stories from students, staff and faculty. Our staff voted on our favorites. Congratulations to all of the…

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New College Foundation raises over $50,000 on 60th Anniversary celebration
Up until this month, New College students have been able to receive up to $2,000 upon request as part of the CARES Act.

New College Foundation raises over $50,000 on 60th Anniversary celebration

One of the oldest buildings at New College, College Hall has seen several cohorts walk its halls. 60 years after New College’s founding on October 11, 1960, the New College Foundation launched a giving campaign that raised $51,239 and a virtual New Topics New College…

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SYSH: 2020 Survival Mode

This year has been stressful politically and emotionally with the coming presidential election and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the adjustments to daily life, but one way that Catalyst staff members have kept their heads above water by listening to music. The following are the…

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Horoscopes to get through Scorpio season

Mercury is in Retrograde! Who will transform this Scorpio Season?  Mercury retrogrades into Scorpio, opposing Uranus, giving way to new possibilities and portals. Retrogrades always slowly lift a veil to reveal your true self. Will you finally accept what you see in the mirror? Aquarius …

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Living in isolation: quarantined students share their experiences
The college has designated several individual dorms for mandated quarantines, such as this room in the Pei residence halls.

Living in isolation: quarantined students share their experiences

Before the school year started, second-year Cecilia Spaugh thought that campus would quickly be shut down because of a COVID-19 outbreak. But as weeks progressed without any cases, she thought the college had made it and everything was okay.  “I was convinced that we weren't…

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“Lo que es real también es virtual”: New College celebrates Latinx Heritage Month with online gallery
The online platform for the LatinX Heritage Month virtual museum allows patrons to peruse an outdoor online gallery.

“Lo que es real también es virtual”: New College celebrates Latinx Heritage Month with online gallery

Latinx Heritage Month (LHM) is celebrated every year from September 15 to October 15 across the globe. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, New College kicked off LHM with a virtual museum exhibiting photography and visual work from students and artists in the Sarasota area. Although the…

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New College’s new Provost: Suzanne Sherman

Acting Provost Suzanne Sherman became the official Provost on Friday, October 2, per an email announcement by President Donal O’Shea. Sherman served as acting provost for over a month after Barbara Feldman resigned on September 1. As provost, Sherman will focus on increasing academic programs…

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BOG discusses possible tuition raise
The hope of the EPC is that these recent changes will reduce anxiety for new, incoming students and by having them cement their class schedules earlier in the semester.

BOG discusses possible tuition raise

For New College of Florida, in-state tuition is $6,916 and out-of-state is $29,944, according to the 2019-2020 fact book. On Wednesday, September 16, the potential of a tuition raise for State University System (SUS) universities came up during the Board of Governors (BOG) meeting to…

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SCCHP addresses rampant housing inequality amidst public health crisis
While last year's winter break housing options were born out of necessity for select students, they are now available this year to anyone unable to return home for any reason.

SCCHP addresses rampant housing inequality amidst public health crisis

Last spring, campus abruptly closed forcing students to find quick housing alternatives. The Student Coalition for Combating Homelessness and Poverty (SCCHP) ensures that housing and other necessities are readily available to everyone at New College. The co-presidents of SCCHP, thesis students Liz Bowerfind and Carter…

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Swim club is back: at a distance
Anyone swimming laps is not required to wear a mask.

Swim club is back: at a distance

Anyone swimming laps is not required to wear a mask. Due to the pandemic, campus saw numerous changes made to daily student life and clubs were no exception. The swim club in particular made a few adjustments to meet current Centers for Disease Control and…

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Less on-campus students lead to Metz cutbacks on employees, food options and hours
Signs reminding students to wear masks have been set up near the entrance to the New College Cafe and at each table.

Less on-campus students lead to Metz cutbacks on employees, food options and hours

Signs reminding students to wear masks have been set up near the entrance to the New College Cafe and at each table. Living during the COVID-19 pandemic means some daily activities that were once trivial have now become complicated. Going grocery shopping has become something…

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New College reports first positive COVID-19 case this semester
The college has designated several individual dorms for mandated quarantines, such as this room in the Pei residence halls.

New College reports first positive COVID-19 case this semester

Six weeks into the first full semester during the COVID-19 pandemic, the inevitable happened: the first positive case of COVID-19 was reported for the academic year on Tuesday, September 29. College officials remain tight-lipped on details about this case and would not disclose whether the…

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Conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett nominated to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, sparks nationwide debate
The U.S. Supreme Court building at dusk on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett nominated to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, sparks nationwide debate

The U.S. Supreme Court building at dusk on Capitol Hill in Washington. On Friday, Sept. 18, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died. With only 46 days before the presidential election, Ginsburg’s death sparked a nationwide debate as to whether or not President Donald Trump should…

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The current state of the Campus Police Department (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.

The current state of the Campus Police Department (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. The topic of defunding the police has been met with national intrigue the past few months, both countered…

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“Say her name”: Protesters gather in Sarasota and Bradenton as Breonna Taylor’s killers walk free
Organizers with the Party for Socialism and Liberation march towards downtown Sarasota with a banner that says, "this is a revolt against racism! Stop the war on Black America!"

“Say her name”: Protesters gather in Sarasota and Bradenton as Breonna Taylor’s killers walk free

Organizers with the Party for Socialism and Liberation march towards downtown Sarasota with a banner that says, "this is a revolt against racism! Stop the war on Black America!" On the evening of Thursday, Sept. 24, protesters in Sarasota and Bradenton spilled into the streets…

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Provost search narrows to three finalists

The provost’s job can be one of the most difficult administrative jobs at a college: responsibilities include overseeing the academic program, the Jane Bancroft Cook Library, the Center for Engagement and Opportunity (CEO) and interdisciplinary programs. After Barbara Feldman’s sudden departure at the beginning of…

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The Bike Shoppe is back in business
Bike Shoppe TA Joey Daniels tests the brakes of a bicycle.

The Bike Shoppe is back in business

Bike Shoppe TA Joey Daniels tests the brakes of a bicycle. It’s been a slow start to the bike shop this semester, but thesis student and Bike Shoppe Teaching Assistant (TA) Joey Daniels is excited to be back in his element.  “It’s been good,” Daniels…

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An ama-zine project for uncertain times
Origlio worked on the watercolor design of the zine.

An ama-zine project for uncertain times

Origlio worked on the watercolor design of the zine. When second-year Madi Markham got an assignment in Dr. Clarkson’s “Sexual Politics” class to create a public service announcement about navigating relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic, most of her classmates started planning videos. Markham felt inspired…

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10 questions with Visiting Professor of Music Jose Martinez
The Bogota music scene is known for its variety.

10 questions with Visiting Professor of Music Jose Martinez

The Bogota music scene is known for its variety. Spotlight: Visiting Music Professor Jose Martinez discusses different sound landscapes as a coastal Colombian and metal head  Professor of music, composer and rock music connoisseur Jose Martinez recounts the Rock scene in Bogota and life as…

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Introducing new NCSA President Sofia Lombardi
NCSA President Sofia Lombardi was elected with no opposition.

Introducing new NCSA President Sofia Lombardi

Sofia Lombardi won the presidency with 76.66% of the vote. New College is facing new challenges this semester while still trying to solve the problems of last semester. The Four Winds cafe, transparency and police presence on campus are still hot topics of debate. With…

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The WRC’s Thesis Crunch is back, virtually!
Thesis student Carter Delegal crunching away.

The WRC’s Thesis Crunch is back, virtually!

Thesis student Carter Delegal crunching away. With the fall semester in full swing, the WRC has officially launched Thesis Crunch, their annual writing group for thesis students.  “Traditionally, the WRC hosts it in the Spring semester when it’s ‘crunch time’ for thesising students (hence the…

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Everything there is to know about mail-in voting
Sarasota County vote by mail materials.

Everything there is to know about mail-in voting

Sarasota County vote by mail materials. With Tuesday, November 3 just around the corner, many students are wondering how to safely vote during a pandemic. While early voting in the state of Florida runs from October 24 to October 31, there is a third option…

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In the midst of COVID-19, flu shots are more important than ever
Flu shots will also help prevent any unnecessary ICU hospitalizations. Saving resources and space for COVID-19 patients.

In the midst of COVID-19, flu shots are more important than ever

Flu shots will also help prevent any unnecessary ICU hospitalizations. Saving resources and space for COVID-19 patients. In the last six months, the COVID-19 pandemic uprooted the world’s daily lifestyle, drastically altering the way people work, study and socialize. While concerns of the contagious respiratory…

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Testing delays and symptom checker struggles mark New College’s first month of COVID-19 testing
If selected for random testing, students should now report to Sainer Auditorium on the Caples campus on Mondays between 12-4 p.m. or Tuesdays between 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Testing delays and symptom checker struggles mark New College’s first month of COVID-19 testing

If selected for random testing students should report to the CWC. In August as students and employees began to trickle back to campus, New College began random testing of students and employees. Only students who had registered with the University of South Florida’s (USF) symptom…

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Fashionably Safe: New College Mask Fashion
Wilson (left) and Courtade (right) pose with third year Angelica Velosa outside the Student Success Center.

Fashionably Safe: New College Mask Fashion

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on many changes to campus life and culture. One dramatic change is the campus-wide mask mandate which states that students are required to wear masks in any public space, inside or out. Masks have become an avenue for self-expression as…

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Changes in parking permit protocol will retire New College license plates
It can be hard to find parking near dorms as spaces alongside Dort and Gold fill up throughout the day.

Changes in parking permit protocol will retire New College license plates

It can be hard to find parking near dorms as spaces alongside Dort and Gold fill up throughout the day. A recent email notified changes in parking protocols to students, faculty and staff with New College license plates. A $75 annual parking permit will now…

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Provost’s office enacts trial partnership with tutoring app
President Donal O'Shea suggested Knack as a new peer tutoring service for students.

Provost’s office enacts trial partnership with tutoring app

Knack will allow students to offer tutoring services for specific classes. New College is in a unique position when it comes to campus tutoring services. The small enrollment size coupled with student-employed services like the Student Success Center (SSC), the Quantitative Resource Center (QRC) and…

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Charities expect to raise less in 2020, here’s how to help
A single donation of blood has the potential to save three lives.

Charities expect to raise less in 2020, here’s how to help

Nowadays, the news seems to be filled with crises, ranging from the wildfires in California, the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, a pandemic and protests for racial justice. The abundance of emergencies has left many charities, nonprofits and fundraising organizations expecting to fall short of their…

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The pool has a new look after completed renovation
Campus spaces have been marked by changes such as masking and social distancing signs throughout the year.

The pool has a new look after completed renovation

The fitness center’s pool has a brand new look after its renovation was completed in Spring 2020. Construction finished up in early April and the total cost of the project, paid with the Capital Improvement Trust Fund (CITF), was around $200,000. The renovation should last…

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Novos adjust to new classroom settings
Bella Schuler, second-year transfer in her refurbished shed in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Novos adjust to new classroom settings

Schools all over the world are adapting to the new academic year whether it is face-to-face or completely remote. Students, faculty and staff have devoted a great deal of time and energy to welcome the technological changes that COVID-19 has incited in American schooling. Meanwhile,…

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New student emails aim to promote retention and “on time” graduation
As annoying as students may find the repeated emails requesting that they fill out their Instructional Evaluations, they're a pivotal way for students to make their voices heard in the academic sphere.

New student emails aim to promote retention and “on time” graduation

Emails are an essential part of life as a New College student, from talking with professors to engaging with other students on the forum. Since 2012, New College student emails have included the student’s year of entry, which served to define cohorts and instilled a…

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After months of Reemployment Assistance hiccups, Florida receives federal aid
Long lines formed outside of unemployment offices across the state as unemployed Floridians struggled to secure Reemployment Assistance benefits.

After months of Reemployment Assistance hiccups, Florida receives federal aid

“Kind of a nightmare,” was the way third year Lily Burse described applying for the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO)’s Reemployment Assistance benefits in March, as businesses shuttered across the country and the national unemployment rate shot to its highest point on record due…

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Provost Barbara Feldman leaving after 3 years
Former Provost Barbara Feldman at the Save Our School rally on Feb. 20, 2020.

Provost Barbara Feldman leaving after 3 years

By Anna Lynn Winfrey and Sergio Salinas In an email sent to staff and faculty on the evening of Sept. 1, 2020, President Donal O’Shea announced that Provost Barbara Feldman has "vacated her position." Associate Provost Suzanne Sherman will serve as acting provost until a replacement…

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Students pass vote of no confidence against VP of Student Affairs Marjorie Thomas in response to Summer 2022 Refresh plan and alleged inappropriate behavior
Students with various handmade posters gathered outside of Thomas' office on the morning of May 12 in order to protest both their lack of involvement or consent in the proposed Summer 2022 Refresh plan, and the allegations made against Thomas.

Students pass vote of no confidence against VP of Student Affairs Marjorie Thomas in response to Summer 2022 Refresh plan and alleged inappropriate behavior

An Emergency Senate Meeting was called on May 11—the final day of classes for the semester—by New College Student Alliance (NCSA) President and second-year Grace Keenan, where details of a Summer 2022 Refresh Plan orchestrated by Vice President of Student Affairs S. Marjorie Thomas were…

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Reinventing the role of NCSA President: 10 Questions with Sofia Lombardi
A photo of now-NCSA President second-year Grace Keenan (left) and former NCSA President third-year Sofia Lombardi (right). At the time this photo was taken (Sept. 2021) Lombardi was President and Keenan was Chief of Staff.

Reinventing the role of NCSA President: 10 Questions with Sofia Lombardi

Between the myriad of unpredictable, confusing and oftentimes frightening developments on New College’s campus over the past two years—the rise of the coronavirus pandemic, several on-campus intrusions, various legislation in Tallahassee that would have threatened the integrity of New College and its students and the…

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A look at Sarasota’s best bike trails
Biking can give students in the Sarasota area over the summer the chance to explore the city. Photo courtesy Cole Zelznak. A live stream of the Sept. 30 Critical Mass, in which dozens of student bikers participated, can be found on the NCF Catalyst Facebook.

A look at Sarasota’s best bike trails

Summer is just around the corner—and for students remaining on campus or who live in the area, this can mean having the time to explore what Sarasota and Bradenton have to offer without classes to keep in mind. One of the best ways to explore…

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The PRIDE! Be Fabulous Arts Festival is bringing queer music and art to Sarasota
The PRIDE! Be Fabulous festival offers students a break from the stresses of finals with the opportunity to engage with local queer artists and musicians. Photo courtesy of Shannon Fortner.

The PRIDE! Be Fabulous Arts Festival is bringing queer music and art to Sarasota

The PRIDE! Be Fabulous festival is an annual arts event meant to amplify the voices of queer artists, especially locally to the Sarasota area. The event will take place on May 12 through 14 throughout the Boulevard of The Arts. Previously known as the Harvey…

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Kaylie Stokes to phase out of position at New College after 10 years
Kaylie Stokes pictured speaking to students in the Student Success Center (SSC). Photo courtesy of Communications and Marketing.

Kaylie Stokes to phase out of position at New College after 10 years

The end of this semester marks Kaylie Stokes’ last day as a full-time employee as the Associate Director of Student Success. As a New College alum of Social Sciences and a beloved New College staff member, Stokes maintained many positions during her time as a…

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Vendor unaffiliated with New College sprays overpass jasmine with Roundup
The overpass jasmine following the unauthorized use of Roundup. Photographed on May 4.

Vendor unaffiliated with New College sprays overpass jasmine with Roundup

On Apr. 11 at approximately 9 a.m., a work crew sprayed the Confederate Jasmine vine on the overpass connecting the residential and academic sides of campus, with an at-the-time unidentified chemical in an incident lasting about 15 to 20 minutes. Students quickly took notice and…

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Why New College students only received half of their requested money in the latest round of CARES Act funding
During previous waves of CARES Act funding, students have been able to request up to $2,000 dollars. This most recent wave, however, not only resulted in students get less than what was requested, but was also the final wave of CARES Act funding at New College.

Why New College students only received half of their requested money in the latest round of CARES Act funding

The most recent wave of CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief funding distributed at New College on Apr. 7—an act passed by Congress in 2020 and which allotted $2.2 trillion to provide direct aid to those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic—was met with a lot…

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Dance Collective Spring 2022 Showcase: the rise of a new administration team
Student dancers from the Dance Collective Spring Showcase posing in their final formation.

Dance Collective Spring 2022 Showcase: the rise of a new administration team

As chills went down the dancers’ backs as they waited backstage, the lights in the Mildred Sainer Auditorium faded to black as the music was queued in the control room and ready to play. The Dance Collective Administrators moved around with the dancers, keeping them…

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The return of Gatsby
Gatsby party 2019. (Image courtesy of Megan Ballard.)

The return of Gatsby

The 2021-2022 academic year at New College has been characterized by the return of a variety of New College traditions and fixtures of student life, including Walls, Center of the Universe Parties (COUPs), Grad Cruise, Ringling Underground and, eventually, hopefully, the Four Winds Cafe. While…

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