NCSA co-president steps down this semester

In an email addressed to the student body, Matt Broerman stepped down from his position as New College Student Alliance Co-president. “I am stepping down from the post of your Co-President for a while.” Broerman explained to students. “As I enter my thesis year, I…


College Hall dock deemed unsafe, closed until reconstruction

photo courtesy of Alexis Santos/Catalyst During an inspection of the College Hall seawall last month, engineers discovered structural damage to the Col- lege Hall dock and deemed it in “imminent danger of collapse.” “Basically what has happened structurally is that the steel rebar that’s in…


New academic center: lean, green and serene

Since this past spring, a simple, leisurely stroll down to the Bay has been interrupted by the dull roar of construction equipment and the incessant beeping noise indicating that vehicles are moving in reverse. The end to this awful auditory annoyance, though, is fast approaching. A new, three-story academic center adjacent to Jane Bancroft Cook Library is set to open this January. That date became a bit closer last Wednesday, Sept. 1 as the Ajax Building Corporation (the general contractors on-site) and New College officials celebrated the “topping out,” or placement of the final roof support beam on top of the building, at noon with a barbeque lunch. The center, which will remain unnamed until a donor acquires naming rights, is the first purpose-built general classroom facility in the nearly 50 year history of New College. Currently, existing classroom space is scattered amongst relics of the Ringling estate, former dormitories and offices. The new building will also feature faculty offices, classrooms, a new café run by the Four Winds and a plaza for social gatherings.


A profile of the first year class: the class of 2010

photo courtesy of Lace Spencer On Aug. 15th, first-year students —excited to begin their careers as Novocollegians—arrived at New College. According to Associate Director of Admissions and Director of Recruitment Molly Robinson, 222 students make up the class of 2014. These students were selected from…


Apple announces new Apple TV, social network

Apple unveiled its latest line-up of iPods last Wednesday along with two somewhat unexpected announcements: a new Apple TV and Ping, a social net- work built around music. Internet television set top boxes have normally been the domain of tech- nology enthusiasts thanks to their…


Dubstep: friend, foe or both?

I thought someone had slipped something into my drink. The bass just didn’t sound right—it was shaking and didn’t make any sense. Some people were dancing in a strange cluster at the center of the party but the majority of students were off to the…


Google Pits Chrome OS Against Windows, Other Operating Systems

“If your operating system is a hassle and all you’re really using it for is to get on your web browser to get online, then maybe we don’t need this anymore,” pondered a video released by Google late last week. “What if when you pressed…

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Local business owners share thoughts on economy

With Sarasota’s unemployment rate 3.4 percent higher than the national average and 1.2 percent higher than that of Florida (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics), Sarasotans are surely feeling the sting of the recession. While the 13.4% unemployment rate could make any economist, politician or news…


“Pro gamers” meet in Orlando to compete

Donkey Kong versus Mario. Nintendo versus Sega. Xbox versus PlayStation. Rivalries have been a part of gaming culture since the early days of the arcade, but never has the competition been so fierce until now with Major League Gaming (MLG). In 2010 MLG has planned…