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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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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After the most recent break-in, the Fight Club offers a valuable tool to feeling safer on campus
Students showed enthusiasm for the creation of the Fight Club when Monteiro first proposed it, and support only increased after the on-campus intrusion.

After the most recent break-in, the Fight Club offers a valuable tool to feeling safer on campus

In the wake of the most recent residential break-in, the importance of ​​fighting and self-defense skills are abundantly apparent, and the Fight Club offers a place to learn them for free. On Aug. 24, third-year Barbara “Babs” Monteiro sent out an email to the student…

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Weekly sources of information on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting New College
New College continues to offer weekly COVID-19 tests every Tuesday.

Weekly sources of information on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting New College

After a period of sustained control, the pandemic has again reared its ugly head. In both Florida and Sarasota county, it’s worse than it has ever been with the seven-day rolling average for new daily cases exceeding 16,000 every day in Florida since Aug. 1.…

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COVID-19 and extensive water damage to the library roof continue to make study carrels unreservable
Thesis carrels continue to remain undecorated this year.

COVID-19 and extensive water damage to the library roof continue to make study carrels unreservable

Study carrels—normally available only for thesis students to reserve for a year—are remaining open for anyone to use this year, owing to the pandemic, difficulties with vandalism and a severely water-damaged library roof. The purpose of a study carrel is to provide a quiet place…

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First and second year students experience in-person New College for the first time
Students can be spotted out and about on campus more regularly, now that in-person classes are standard once more.

First and second year students experience in-person New College for the first time

Two and a half years ago, the American school system was shut down and irrevocably altered by COVID-19. Students in their first and second years of college have never had a normal undergraduate experience, and many are now experiencing New College for the first time…

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Increase in police presence sparks controversy, opens new possibilities for police-student relations
A Sarasota Police Department cruiser parked on the residential side of campus.

Increase in police presence sparks controversy, opens new possibilities for police-student relations

On Aug. 25, at 11:50 a.m., the Campus Police Department (CPD) circulated a chilling email to students and faculty—in the middle of the night, a student reported that an unknown subject entered their dorm room. Administration was quick to respond, attempting to bolster campus security…

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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
One of New College's distinguishing features are the narrative evaluations used in lieu of traditional letter or number grades. However, this creates complications when a student needs to provide a GPA for an application.

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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