New Topics New College returns in January
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New Topics New College returns in January

New Topics New College is a community series that hosts national speakers at the Mildred Sainer Auditorium. This year’s series is scheduled from October through April. Each month a new speaker and a new topic are welcomed to the school. There are seven speakers, five…

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SPARCC suspended from Sarasota County Schools for sex-ed video
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SPARCC suspended from Sarasota County Schools for sex-ed video

The Sarasota County School District is under fire because of a video that has been deemed “inappropriate.” The video, shown to a single class at Pine View High School by a Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) counselor on Nov. 7, discussed consent in…

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Annual Turkey Trot raises money for ALSO Youth
photo courtesy of ALSO Youth Participants line up at the start of this 5k race at 7:30 a.m.

Annual Turkey Trot raises money for ALSO Youth

Nov. 22, 2018 marks the 9th annual Turkey Trot in Sarasota. The 5K race is part of ALSO Youth’s programming, a nonprofit that supports the young LGBTQIA+ community in Sarasota. The event took place at 7:30 a.m., starting at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Sarasota.…

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Brant’s used bookstore sells old books for new looks
A cozy reading nook hidden behind a wall of bookshelves.

Brant’s used bookstore sells old books for new looks

All photos Charlie Leavengood/Catalyst. Calling all book lovers! Situated between Lime Avenue and Apricot Avenue is a world of wealth, if one believes knowledge is the greatest treasure. Adventure seekers looking to solve maze-like tunnels of books and searching for the “perfect” read among thousands…

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Community members accuse Sarasota Police Department of brutality
photo courtesy of Bryan Ellis PSL, Answer Suncoast, and local community members protest police brutality at the SPD's National Night Out.

Community members accuse Sarasota Police Department of brutality

“An executive report from the taser showed that a taser was activated 13 times but only one activation shows actual conductivity,” the Sarasota Police Department (SPD)’s social media page said. “The other 12 activations had poor or no conductivity.” This report is from the case…

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Artpool hosts a Boo-tiful show
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Artpool hosts a Boo-tiful show

“Every show that we do is super themed, but this one is out-of-the-box crazy,” Marina Williams (‘06), owner of Artpool and New College alumna, said, referring to the annual Halloween Costume Bash ART pARTy that took place on Oct. 27. Williams opened Artpool, a vintage…

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Third Liberation Breakfast honors indigenous peoples
Image courtesy of Ruth Beltran Photo of the Third Liberation Breakfast.

Third Liberation Breakfast honors indigenous peoples

On Oct. 20 Answer Suncoast and The Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) hosted their third Liberation Breakfast in Newtown Estates Park, focused on honoring indigenous peoples and discussing the history and current struggles faced by indigenous populations. The history of Indigenous People’s Day, both…

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Micro-plastics make macro-problems
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Micro-plastics make macro-problems

Microplastics are particles of plastic, usually smaller than a quarter inch. The water-treatment facilities cannot filter them out, and they go into the ocean. Dozens of products list microplastic as an ingredient. “Each time you wash your face or brush your teeth, you just may…

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Justicia para trabajadores agricolas: Encuentro 2018
photo courtesy pf the CIW Encuentro students sing and chant at the Wendy's Boycott protest.

Justicia para trabajadores agricolas: Encuentro 2018

Each fall, the annual Encuentro takes place in Immokalee, Florida. Coordinated by the Student Farmworker Alliance (SFA), Encuentro is a gathering of students and organizations from around the country who come to learn about ways to organize protests in their communities and campuses. This year,…

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