Humpback whales are giving up their songs
A picture of a whale after breaching the surface of the ocean. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Humpback whales are giving up their songs

A new study of Australian humpback whales provides researchers with a disheartening discovery: their melancholy songs are on the decline. The graceful mammals have instead resorted to other methods of attracting mates: violence. Their songs are an ever-evolving language allowing the animals to communicate with…

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Oldest stone tools have been discovered in Kenya, but they weren’t used by humans
An illustration of the species Paranthropus robustus. Photo courtesy of Micheal Long and Science Photo Library.

Oldest stone tools have been discovered in Kenya, but they weren’t used by humans

It was a stormy day in Kenya in 2017: paleoanthropologist Emma Finestone was recording the location of fossils when she made a shocking discovery. The team was removing the skeleton of an ancient hippo when they found a molar intermingled with early Oldowan tools. However,…

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Florida student athletes required to identify gender assigned at birth
An empty locker room. (Courtesy of flickr.)

Florida student athletes required to identify gender assigned at birth

The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) has been fighting controversy in recent weeks after discussing the possibility of requiring student athletes to answer questions about their menstrual history on the state-wide pre-participation physical evaluation form. The form has included questions about menstrual history since…

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Housing crisis at California Polytechnic University, Humboldt becomes a source of anger and outrage
Cal Poly Humboldt's campus entrance. (Courtesy of flickr.)

Housing crisis at California Polytechnic University, Humboldt becomes a source of anger and outrage

On Feb. 4, California Polytechnic University, Humboldt announced that incoming first-year students would have priority for all on-campus housing. While the exact number of incoming students in the fall is still unknown, the university did receive 19,000 applications in January, almost doubling the amount of…

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New College’s basketball team outlasts Ringling in 43-42 victory
The New College team in a timeout huddle. (Photo taken by Janie Day.)

New College’s basketball team outlasts Ringling in 43-42 victory

In Fall 2022, the recently-established New College basketball team provided a place for students to learn the basics of the sport and jump on the courts for a pick-up game or two. While the team’s primary purpose is to be a source of Novocollegian sportsmanship…

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Sur la Bay 2023 features Afro Caribbean drumming ISP and local band TREEDOMM
Set up of various drums lining the steps to College Hall. Photo credit: Gaby Batista

Sur la Bay 2023 features Afro Caribbean drumming ISP and local band TREEDOMM

Sur la Bay is one of many Black History Month activities happening at New College until Mar. 1—showcasing work done by students of the Patá Independent Study Project (ISP) as well as performances from the local band TREEDOMM. With help from New Music New College…

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Studying abroad just got easier: sneak peak into abroad programs and accessibility
Spread of various study abroad materials from IES. Photo credit: Gaby Batista

Studying abroad just got easier: sneak peak into abroad programs and accessibility

The New College Off-Campus Study/Study Abroad office has long been interested in connecting students with the right programs and necessary support to successfully complete a semester, summer or even a full year of a program or internship anywhere in the world. The Study Abroad Fair…

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iPhone plant employees in China protest over delayed payments, poor quarantine conditions
Factory workers at the Foxconn iPhone manufacturing plant in Zhengzhou city in China have accused the company of delaying bonus payments and not providing quarantining employees on factory grounds with adequate food. Photo courtesy of Flickr.

iPhone plant employees in China protest over delayed payments, poor quarantine conditions

Nov. 23, on the tail-end of Black Friday and with the holiday season fast approaching, Foxconn—the world’s largest contract electronics maker—was hit with a riot led by hundreds of protesting factory workers. Chants from employees of,  “Give us our pay!” grinded the usual bustle characteristic…

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Los Angeles County on the verge of reinstating indoor mask mandates
Indoor mask mandates haven't seen widespread use in the U.S. since 2020, but LA County could soon be reverted back to precautions not used since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Photo courtesy of Flickr.

Los Angeles County on the verge of reinstating indoor mask mandates

Throughout the duration of the coronavirus pandemic, and especially over the past year, Florida has been defined by its increasingly lax COVID-19 policies and procedures. However, as respiratory illness continues to ravage the country this flu season, Los Angeles County on the opposite end of…

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Explaining the “Call for Letters” emails: how students can shape academic opportunities on campus
An exterior shot of Cook Hall, where the Provost's office is located. Photo taken by Sophia Brown.

Explaining the “Call for Letters” emails: how students can shape academic opportunities on campus

The end of each semester is marked by emails from the Provost’s Office to students, asking them to fill out Instructional Evaluations—to share their thoughts on the content of their courses and the helpfulness and accessibility of their professors. Students are highly encouraged to fill…

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