Students make sound waves with Sarasota Orchestra

The members of The Sarasota Brass Quintet were not the nervous ones in the Mildred Sainer Pavilion on Sunday, May , as they warmed up to play the music of three new composers with distinctive styles. Rather, the composers themselves, seated just yards away, were…

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NCF alum and assistant publishes first book

“My first poem?” repeated Alexis Orgera to the Catalyst, a smile spreading across her face. “I can tell you my first poem. It was in the ninth grade and it was called Kiwi, and it goes like this: ‘fuzzy football in the sand, shave the…

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Debate rages over the Federal Budget

Instead of focusing on roses and chocolates this past Valentine’s Day, President Barack Obama was invoking images of the space race of the late 1950s and 1960s and college dropouts as he proposed a massively reduced budget to a Congress that was anything but lovestruck.…

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Festival-goers sink their teeth into Venice Beach

All photos Liz Hampton/Catalyst During the weekend of April 8, thousands of sharks teeth were found on Venice Beach, just 18 miles south of Sarasota. But the teeth weren’t found in the breakwater or in the sand — they were across the street, behind the…

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Sarasota takes a role in world rowing

All photos courtesy of Liz Hampton Students who use Interstate 75 or have made a trip to the Super Target recently may have noticed a change in the scenery. At the corner of Cattleman Road and University Parkway, giant banners have appeared declaring Sarasota as…

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Floridians protest proposed budget cuts

All photos Liz Hampton/Catalyst “Is this the Rick Scott fan club?” asked a participant of Sarasota’s “Awake The State” rally held on Feb. 8. “I don’t think so!” laughed Kindra Muntz, organizer of the Sarasota protest against “the proposed draconian cuts to education, to the…

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Alum leads talk about being transgendered

“What I’m going to do tonight is tell my story,” began alum Morgan Boecher (’06) on Feb. 22. The crowd gathered in the Gender and Diversity Center was already quiet. Boecher graduated from New College in May 2010 with a bachelor’s in Anthropology and Gender…

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New representation on the Board of Trustees

The New College board of Trustees welcomed two new members this semester -- third-year and New College Student Alliance (NCSA) co-president Oliver Peckham and Professor of Economics and faculty chairman Richard Coe. “The board is the policy making body for the college, so they set policy…

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Will PBS and NPR be C-U-T?

On Feb. 11, the House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee, the committee that allocates money to different branches of the government, introduced H.R. 1, a resolution to cut $100 Billion in funding for various government agencies. While one version of the bill included a proposal to…

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The Middle East in metamorphosis

The revolutionary spark that was ignited in Tunisia this January when a young man set himself on fire after the police forbid him from selling produce has spread like a wildfire. From Tunis, Tunisia, to Cairo, Egypt, to Sana’a, Yemen, and now to Manama, Bahrain,…

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