New College gets a full fall and spring break this year—but COVID-19 positivity rates and CDC guidelines could change that
The return to a full fall and spring break is welcome, especially after students and faculty complained that last spring's isolated break days left them feeling drained.

New College gets a full fall and spring break this year—but COVID-19 positivity rates and CDC guidelines could change that

Returning students and faculty remember the altered fall and spring break schedules last year, in which administration opted to have a single-day fall break and five, isolated days off scattered throughout the spring semester. These changes were made in order to discourage on-campus students from…

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One year later, and New College faces another late-night intrusion: What action is being taken, and what has stayed the same
The residential community, and especially students living at Dort and Gold, have been on edge since it became clear that on-campus intrusions are not yet a thing of the past.

One year later, and New College faces another late-night intrusion: What action is being taken, and what has stayed the same

Content warning: discussion of burglary and assault on a college campus Residential students, alumni and long-time faculty and staff of New College are all familiar with the “New College bubble”—an invisible barrier that on-campus affairs, ideals, and experiences rarely breach. But in fall 2020, this…

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GPA proxy proposal passes faculty meeting
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.

GPA proxy proposal passes faculty meeting

Pending administrative approval, students will be able to request a GPA calculation for job applications Over the past academic year, the Educational Policy Committee (EPC) has developed a proposal on GPA proxy calculation in order to tackle graduate school applications, employment and internship listings that…

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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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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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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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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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New College’s future president has been narrowed down to five candidates. What’s the next step?
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.

New College’s future president has been narrowed down to five candidates. What’s the next step?

“I want to talk about the fear that the New College mission is fragile,” Board of Trustee (BOT) Chair and Head of the Presidential Search Committee Mary Ruiz said. The date is March 11, and after three grueling days of Zoom interviews with 12 presidential…

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