Manatees are dying at a record pace, just four years after being delisted from Endangered to Threatened
This chart shows that 937 manatee deaths have occurred in Florida as of Sept. 3, but the number has increased to 988 deaths as of Oct. 29. Chart courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, updated death total courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Manatees are dying at a record pace, just four years after being delisted from Endangered to Threatened

Manatees are a Florida hallmark, both to its identity and to its ecosystems. However, despite their population increasing over the last 50 years, 2021 has brought record levels of manatee deaths, with no sign of improvement. This Unusual Mortality Event (UME) has reignited criticism of…

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CDC authorizes mixing COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, allowing for increased flexibility
COVID-19 booster shots have become more widely available to more people in the recent weeks.

CDC authorizes mixing COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, allowing for increased flexibility

In recent months, booster shots have become a hot topic. Since August, several studies have shown decreased effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines over time, though effectiveness against hospitalization remains high. Booster shots are intended to increase the effectiveness of the vaccines after they begin to wane. …

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A new student-led basketball tournament between USF, Ringling and New College tees off
Players in the tournament chasing after a rebound. Photo taken by: Alsu Subkhankulov. Photo Courtesy of: Jacob Brody-Ogborn.

A new student-led basketball tournament between USF, Ringling and New College tees off

New College is not known for its sporting prowess, as the college lacks any organized sports. However, there are a handful of casual sporting events on campus, such as weekly Wednesday court soccer, the faculty and staff versus students Softball tradition that returned this year…

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Art, public space, and urban revitalization: a history of Bradenton’s Village of the Arts, and why you should visit
The Village Art House, one of many attractions at the Village of the Arts.

Art, public space, and urban revitalization: a history of Bradenton’s Village of the Arts, and why you should visit

The Village of the Arts (VOTA) used to be a neighborhood of doddering early-20th century “residential bungalows, Florida Cracker homes and later additions,” according to the Artists Guild of Manatee. The neighborhood was experiencing severe urban decay, a common problem in American cities and one…

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New Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo likely to be loyal to DeSantis’ coronavirus approaches
Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo standing with Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

New Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo likely to be loyal to DeSantis’ coronavirus approaches

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has found a replacement for Dr. Scott Rivkees—whose contract as Florida Surgeon General recently expired—in Dr. Joseph Ladapo, a proponent of hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin, and an opponent of masks, vaccine mandates and lockdowns. As Florida Surgeon General, Ladapo will have primary…

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New members, mostly first and second-years, join the NCSA and take on its many responsibilities
A photo of second-year NCSA Chief of Staff Grace Keenan (left) and third-year NCSA President Sofia Lombardi.

New members, mostly first and second-years, join the NCSA and take on its many responsibilities

This year, the New College Student Alliance (NCSA) is composed of an unusually significant portion of first and second-years. What is driving this shift towards younger students, and what do they plan to do with their newfound power and responsibility? Some are well-seasoned veterans of…

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COVID-clipped COUPs attempt to fly again
Students partying, indoors and maskless, at the February 2020 COUP before COVID-19 surged through the nation. Photo courtesy of Madi Markham.

COVID-clipped COUPs attempt to fly again

Center of the Universe Parties (COUPs) are a New College tradition that were, like many other social gatherings, restricted due to COVID-19. COUPs are campus-wide events that involve hundreds of people, and are organized and funded by the New College Student Alliance (NCSA). These parties…

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