A culture of combat: taking the gloves off of Fight Club
First-year Chris Rodriguez (left) and Fight Club Instructor and thesis student Barbara "Babs" Monteiro (right) practicing a combo of kickboxing strikes. (Credit: Mark McDermott)

A culture of combat: taking the gloves off of Fight Club

If one needs proof that every inch of the Novo is blessed with venom, they need to look no further than Fight Club. Beginning life as a Muay Thai kickboxing and Shotokan karate club in Fall 2021, Fight Club has given way to a constructive…

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Peeking behind the curtain of the 2022 Dance Collective Showcase
The Dance Collective Showcase flyer. (Courtesy of Gaby Batista, illustrated by a member of the Art Club.)

Peeking behind the curtain of the 2022 Dance Collective Showcase

Among the oldest forms of artistic expression is dancing, and 6,000 years of human history have found a home in the Mildred Sainer Auditorium. Over the course of each semester, the Dance Collective club on campus carefully coordinates their namesake, Dance Collective Showcase—an eclectic assembly…

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Previewing Stupid F*cking Bird: Chekhov’s “The Seagull” Twice Removed
Second-year Mars Frambles rocking out during rehearsal. Photo taken by Sophia Brown.

Previewing Stupid F*cking Bird: Chekhov’s “The Seagull” Twice Removed

Provided one pardons the French of an old Russian play in new clothes, there’s something to be said of thesis student and director KC Casey’s rendition of Aaron Posner’s Stupid Fucking Bird—a triumph two-and-a-half years in the making—that’s managed to capture the Novo imagination. Perhaps…

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An uncharted future for NCF eSports
A desktop gaming setup with a monitor, RGB keyboard, and gaming chair Photo credit: Evgeniy Parilov at Dreamstime.com

An uncharted future for NCF eSports

As with all things New College, the campus’ past involvement in the college sports ecosystem has been unorthodox. New College’s stake in the competitive sports space is the burgeoning battlefield of competitive gaming (also known as eSports), but NCF eSports’ greatest opponent in the present…

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Pillars of sand: investigating the perpetually out-of-order emergency telephone poles
One of the emergency telephone poles (ETCs) ironically dismembered, with its conical head strung limply and swinging by remaining wires. Located on the west side of campus on a circular path near the College Hall and the bay. Photo courtesy of Bliss Jennings, caption courtesy of Nickolas Steinig.

Pillars of sand: investigating the perpetually out-of-order emergency telephone poles

Of the myriad abstract pillars that uphold an academic community, safety is an essential component. Unfortunately, the actual, corporeal pillars that uphold this value on campus—the cyan-smeared emergency telephone poles (ETCs)—have been out of commission for as long as any currently-enrolled students can recall, and…

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Rekindling gunfire: Uvalde Memorial Park shooting four months after Robb Elementary
A photo of Uvalde Memorial Park - the locale of the shooting. (Credit: Cynthia McCrary)

Rekindling gunfire: Uvalde Memorial Park shooting four months after Robb Elementary

Still recoiling from the tragic destruction of innocent life at the Robb Elementary School shooting just four months before, Uvalde is beset by another shooting—running a calloused finger along wounds still struggling to heal. On Sept. 8 in the Uvalde Memorial Park—established fully in 1927…

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Coffee Hotspots (though some like it cold): Walkable, locally-owned coffee near campus
A row of patrons enjoy the view of Tamiami trail from their seats at the Shelf Indulgence hightops. All photos courtesy of Mark McDermott.

Coffee Hotspots (though some like it cold): Walkable, locally-owned coffee near campus

College is costly, but a running start in the morning doesn't have to be. Sarasota is dotted with a variety of local businesses ranging from curio shops to cafes. Many of these businesses are just within reach of the New College campus, given one doesn't…

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