Midterm Election report: Florida swings overwhelmingly Republican
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaking at the 2021 Student Actions Summit. (Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore.)

Midterm Election report: Florida swings overwhelmingly Republican

By Basil Pursley & Caspian Rizzo Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has secured re-election by a landslide. DeSantis’ victory was declared with 88% of the votes in. DeSantis won with 59.5% of the votes (4,568,386) 1,510,885 ahead of Charlie Crist, leaving many Democrats disappointed.  During…

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The New College Challenge Launch Week: who designs our future?
A crowd of community members gathered to watch President's Advisory Council member William "Bill" Dudley ('74) speak during the Launch Week brunch. Photo taken by Sophia Brown.

The New College Challenge Launch Week: who designs our future?

By Nat Kornblum & Sophia Brown The New College Challenge was first announced in Apr. 2022 as a single presentation about spaces and places on campus in the Sudakoff Conference Center. Now, six months later, the New College Challenge Launch Week reintroduced these questions to…

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Crowded dorms, decrepit conditions, shrinking staff: The New College housing dilemma
The dirty, deteriorating wall of McMahon's Pei 1 room. Photo taken on Sept. 13, courtesy of Joey McMahon.

Crowded dorms, decrepit conditions, shrinking staff: The New College housing dilemma

By Nickolas Steinig & Sophia Brown New College has welcomed its largest incoming class since 2016 this fall, which is fantastic news for an administration which has long since struggled to increase enrollment for a variety of reasons. However, what this “good news” means for…

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Neglect of ADA violations makes campus inaccessible to those with disabilities
The steepness of the overpass can make getting across campus a challenge to those with physical disabilities or those using mobility devices.

Neglect of ADA violations makes campus inaccessible to those with disabilities

By Basil Pursely and Christine Wehner Up until the end of February, the only available elevator in V, W, X and Y Residence Halls had been broken for approximately two and a half months. The broken elevator has meant that students with physical disabilities would…

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58th St. Residents Protest New College Construction and Potential Land Acquisition with Poignant Art
The residents of 58th St. hold an art show every Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. (weather permitting) in protest of New College's "58th St. Project."

58th St. Residents Protest New College Construction and Potential Land Acquisition with Poignant Art

By Nickolas Steinig and Sophia Brown Colorful hand-painted signs have cropped up along the houses of 58th St., a two-lane road running parallel to Palmer B Dormitory, or B Dorm. The signs bear slogans including “How many roads & trees & wildlife will New College…

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Fall 2021 Finals Week Haiku Contest: Celebrating the end of another semester
This semester has flown by, but these haikus written and submitted by students, faculty and employees let us here at the Catalyst look back on it fondly.

Fall 2021 Finals Week Haiku Contest: Celebrating the end of another semester

Another semester has come to a close, and emotions are running high. Not only are students and faculty preoccupied with final exams and assignments, but this fall semester has marked something of a "return to normal" for New College—the resurgence of in-person classes, Walls, off-campus…

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Roundup use on campus comes with legal complications and concerns about worker safety
A stock image of a worker spraying commercial Roundup on weeds growing between the cracks on a walkway.

Roundup use on campus comes with legal complications and concerns about worker safety

By Nickolas Steinig and Sophia Brown This article is the second in a two-part series about the use of Roundup on campus. Read the first article that focuses on protest by former and current students, as well as controversial practices for its use confidentially revealed…

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Student Affairs looks to reconnect with student community after Dr. Mark Stier’s departure
Since Stier's departure from New College, Housing and Residence Life has been taken up by administrators such as Nicole Gelfert and S. Marjorie Thomas.

Student Affairs looks to reconnect with student community after Dr. Mark Stier’s departure

By Chloë-Arizona Fodor and Sophia Brown On Sept. 20, Vice President for Student Affairs S. Marjorie Thomas circulated an email to New College students updating them on Student Affairs news. At the bottom of the message, underneath notifications about to-go boxes and hammocks was the…

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Poems and Photos from Valentine’s Day 2021

In celebration of romance during times of COVID, the Catalyst opened submissions from current students for poems and images of love. He is my favorite poem Though he remains unwritten Too personal for paper Too intimate for ink Anonymous Third-years 23 & Tony Is it…

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B dorm closed, but admin say it will re-open this fall
B Dorm residents have reported feeling neglected in the greater campus conversation on security updates.

B dorm closed, but admin say it will re-open this fall

By Sophia Brown and Anna Lynn Winfrey After a semester of partial occupancy during a pandemic, the college’s only dorm with communal-style living has been shut down. Interim Dean of Students Randy Harrell, who made the decision, cited revised safety protocols for quarantining on-campus and…

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