Plasma donation companies: drawing the blood of the working poor for profit
Picture taken of the plasma donation facility waiting room. The office maintains a consistent donor volume throughout the day, with many more donors waiting in line, filling out kiosks, and drawing plasma just out of frame. Photo taken by Nickolas Steinig.

Plasma donation companies: drawing the blood of the working poor for profit

There’s a jittery and anxious energy to the air. The music is alternating between high-energy jazz and Christmas carols belted over the intercom. A groundswell of regular plasma donors are jostling between black rope lines, hastily filling out informed consent forms at one of the…

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Missile that struck Poland determined by NATO to be Ukrainian misfire
Polish President Andrzej Duda speaking with military in 2021. (Courtesy of flickr.)

Missile that struck Poland determined by NATO to be Ukrainian misfire

On Nov. 15, the Polish village of Przewodów, residing near the Polish-Ukrainian border, was struck by two missiles. It was confirmed that the blasts killed two people. Amidst the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian war, the incident proves to be one of the latest examples of international violence…

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First Member of Gen Z Elected to Congress: Maxwell Alejandro Frost
Maxwell Frost speaking to an audience. (Courtesy of frostforcongress.com)

First Member of Gen Z Elected to Congress: Maxwell Alejandro Frost

As more and more members of Generation Z—people born between 1997 and 2012—reach voting age, a persistent critique has been the lack of representation of their age group in political races. However, during this midterm election, this was finally set to change. Maxwell Alejandro Frost,…

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Federal judge blocks the “dystopian” House Bill 7 in court
The Florida Supreme Court building. (Courtesy of flickr.)

Federal judge blocks the “dystopian” House Bill 7 in court

“This is positively dystopian,” Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker stated in his Nov. 17th ruling which was able to temporarily block Florida’s House Bill 7, aka the Stop WOKE Act, from being enforced in public universities—such as New College.  The judge made distinct references…

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New polls indicate Trump wielding considerable lead over DeSantis for Republican nominee
Gov. Ron DeSantis and then-President Donald Trump meeting in 2018. Photo courtesy of Flickr.

New polls indicate Trump wielding considerable lead over DeSantis for Republican nominee

For Former President Donald Trump, history looks like it’s going to repeat itself. On Nov. 15, he announced his third consecutive run for the Presidency, hoping to overturn his Democratic usurper, President Joseph Biden. Much the same as his 2016 run, though, in front of…

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Decades of air pollution and environmental racism have devastated the health of Newtown
Dust clouds kicked up by cars on Myrtle St., east of Booker High School. Photo courtesy of the Newtown Health Disparities & Environment study.

Decades of air pollution and environmental racism have devastated the health of Newtown

Residents of Newtown are all too familiar with the numerous recycling plants situated at the edges of their neighborhood. Some of these plants have been there for decades, and more have been added over the years as building construction has boomed in Sarasota. But while…

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New College Retention Fund aims to help students stay enrolled
The entrance to Cook Hall, where many administrative offices are located. Photo by Nat Kornblum.

New College Retention Fund aims to help students stay enrolled

The unique academic contract system at New College has allowed many students to explore a wide variety of interests without the competitive stress of a grade point average (GPA). For others, it can be a financial aid nightmare. The Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory designation of New…

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Tensions increasing in Russia-Ukraine war signify possible U.S. involvement, nuclear war on the table
Graphic by Nickolas Steinig.

Tensions increasing in Russia-Ukraine war signify possible U.S. involvement, nuclear war on the table

The U.S-backed proxy war in Ukraine is reaching its fevered boiling point. As Russia continues to strike devastating blows to Ukrainian infrastructure, the military posture of the U.S. and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has become increasingly escalatory in nature, threatening to drag the…

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Midterm Election report: Florida swings overwhelmingly Republican
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaking at the 2021 Student Actions Summit. (Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore.)

Midterm Election report: Florida swings overwhelmingly Republican

By Basil Pursley & Caspian Rizzo Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has secured re-election by a landslide. DeSantis’ victory was declared with 88% of the votes in. DeSantis won with 59.5% of the votes (4,568,386) 1,510,885 ahead of Charlie Crist, leaving many Democrats disappointed.  During…

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