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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Student incentive vaccination program strives for total vaccination of student body
Latest news on vaccinations doled out in Florida throughout the last week. Courtesy of the Florida Department of Health.

Student incentive vaccination program strives for total vaccination of student body

Vaccination has become a hot-button topic in much of the United States, especially in Florida. With Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis threatening to pull funding from institutions that require vaccination, many Florida schools have elected to not require them, but to strongly encourage them. Being one…

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Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson: best protection against COVID-19
Three COVID-19 vaccines have been approved by the FDA and are being widely distributed.

Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson: best protection against COVID-19

On Sept. 17, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report which compared the efficacy of the three vaccines currently available in the United States to protect against COVID-19. An important note of the report is that it measures the effectiveness of…

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DeSantis versus Florida schools: the continued battle for mask mandates
Governor DeSantis has been at odds with President Biden over the past week on the subject of mandatory masks and COVID-19 vaccines.

DeSantis versus Florida schools: the continued battle for mask mandates

As of Sept. 20, Florida has had a total of 3,503,976 COVID-19 cases and 51,884 COVID-19 related deaths, with a seven-day average of 7,227 cases and 376 deaths. Every county in Florida also qualifies as an “area of substantial or high transmission” of COVID-19 according…

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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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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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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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An indoor dinner with a presidential candidate was already controversial. Then they took off their masks.
The seating arrangements at the first dinner at the Keating Center on March 29, 2021. Two people sat at each table, which allowed for six feet of space while seated. Presidential Candidate Alan Shao, shown in the upper right part of the frame, offered to put on his mask when he approached a small group of student observers.

An indoor dinner with a presidential candidate was already controversial. Then they took off their masks.

Mary Ruiz, the chair of the presidential search committee, assured concerned students that guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would be followed at a dinner for presidential candidate Alan Shao and members of the committee on Monday, March 29 at the Keating…

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