An indoor dinner with a presidential candidate was already controversial. Then they took off their masks.
The seating arrangements at the first dinner at the Keating Center on March 29, 2021. Two people sat at each table, which allowed for six feet of space while seated. Presidential Candidate Alan Shao, shown in the upper right part of the frame, offered to put on his mask when he approached a small group of student observers.

An indoor dinner with a presidential candidate was already controversial. Then they took off their masks.

Mary Ruiz, the chair of the presidential search committee, assured concerned students that guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would be followed at a dinner for presidential candidate Alan Shao and members of the committee on Monday, March 29 at the Keating…

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Student leaders testified against Bright Futures bill in Tallahassee on Tuesday
Sofia Lombardi testifying against SB-86 before the FL Senate Education Committee on March 16, 2021.

Student leaders testified against Bright Futures bill in Tallahassee on Tuesday

Two members of the New College Student Alliance (NCSA) executive cabinet traveled to Tallahassee to against Senate Bill 86 on Tuesday, March 16 at the Capitol. Among other changes to financial aid, the bill would cut Bright Futures scholarships for students studying topics that don't…

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A concise chronicle of the Campus Police Department
An unidentified University Police officer and another unidentified individual in front of Hamilton Center in the late 1970s or early 1980s. (Image courtesy of Officer Kelley Masten)

A concise chronicle of the Campus Police Department

The campus police department has evolved and changed with New College over the years. While tensions between students and police have fluctuated throughout the years, the trend downwards of the average age of new officers and a national shift in the attitude towards police has…

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Farm to table? More like garden to dorm: Caples Garden Farmers Market offers fresh produce to students, for free
A student in the gardening tutorial built this structure for beans out of bamboo last semester.

Farm to table? More like garden to dorm: Caples Garden Farmers Market offers fresh produce to students, for free

There are a bounty of farmers markets around Sarasota to choose from, but no other market is as local, or no-cost, as the new initiative in the Caples Garden. Every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.—weather permitting—all members of the New College community are…

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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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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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Mid-semester progress reports indicate that many students are struggling. How is the college supporting them?
The Student Success Center in HCL 5 was once a vibrant spot for socializing, appointments and studying, but all appointments and workshops have been conducted remotely since mid-March.

Mid-semester progress reports indicate that many students are struggling. How is the college supporting them?

Second-year Luis Chavez-Sanchez was struggling to stay motivated this semester, so he did not feel surprised when he received an email from a Student Success Coach about some concerns that his professors raised on his mid-semester progress reports.  “I feel like I knew that I…

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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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