Unbanning Maus with Professor Jessica Young
A crowd of students and faculty gathered in the library on Feb. 17 to do a group reading of several selected pages from Maus.

Unbanning Maus with Professor Jessica Young

On Jan. 10, approximately two weeks before Holocaust Memorial day, the McMinn Country School Board in Tennessee unanimously voted to ban Art Speigelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel Maus. As part of what some have identified as a larger effort to censor books dealing with critical…

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Songs You Should Hear: upbeat beginnings of the spring semester
This week's SYSH aims to lift your spirits as we all settle into the spring semester.

Songs You Should Hear: upbeat beginnings of the spring semester

After winter break and the Independent Study Project (ISP) period, everyone returns to the regular beat of classes, tutorials and extracurricular activities that overloads our Google calendars. This edition of Songs You Should Hear is packed with songs to get you out of bed and…

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New Crew’s journey towards inclusive rowing, featuring Oxford coach John Hill
New Crew SRQ promotes itself as an inclusive and adaptive collegiate rowing club. Photo courtesy of Anton Khlopotov,

New Crew’s journey towards inclusive rowing, featuring Oxford coach John Hill

Rowing coach John Hill from Oxford, England was teaching one of his adult beginner classes when he first heard about New College’s rowing team, New Crew SRQ, from a New College Foundation member. One Zoom call later with Founder and Head Coach of New Crew,…

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Fall 2021 Finals Week Haiku Contest: Celebrating the end of another semester
This semester has flown by, but these haikus written and submitted by students, faculty and employees let us here at the Catalyst look back on it fondly.

Fall 2021 Finals Week Haiku Contest: Celebrating the end of another semester

Another semester has come to a close, and emotions are running high. Not only are students and faculty preoccupied with final exams and assignments, but this fall semester has marked something of a "return to normal" for New College—the resurgence of in-person classes, Walls, off-campus…

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Chronicling live music post-COVID-19, featuring latest New College sensation Freelancer
glass beach performing at the Jacksonville venue, Archetype.

Chronicling live music post-COVID-19, featuring latest New College sensation Freelancer

In early 2020, in-person gatherings for live music performances had to be put on hold indefinitely. For months, musicians across the globe had to cancel tours and resort to playing live music the only safe way that they could: virtual concerts hosted over the Internet.…

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An attempted history of D-Funk: former hosts offer their stories
The Nook, an oasis of light in the Florida darkness, and the traditional location of every D-Funk.

An attempted history of D-Funk: former hosts offer their stories

Both time-honored tradition and convenient excuse for weeknight inhibition lowering, D-Funk is a cornerstone of student social life. Held in the Nook, located just outside of Hamilton “Ham” Center’s Old Mail Room, D-Funk—sometimes held on Tuesdays, sometimes held on Thursdays—is marked by casual drinking, the…

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Huzzah & Cheers! Sarasota Medieval Festival returns for its 17th season
Thesis student Antonia Ginsberg-Klemmt at the Sarasota Medieval Fair, dressed as Rapunzel and accompanied by a friend dressed as Flynn Rider.

Huzzah & Cheers! Sarasota Medieval Festival returns for its 17th season

“Welcome one and all,” boasts the Sarasota Medieval Fair website, “to four weekends of exciting tournaments, scrumptious feasts and pure family fun.” As early as the return of AMC theaters in Aug. 2020, businesses and entertainment franchises have been gradually reopening under various stages of…

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