Winter break housing prices and ISP meal plans bring about controversy
Campus often feels empty and desolate during winter break and ISP--but getting to stay on campus during these times is a requirement for some students' ISPs, and an incredibly valuable resource for housing insecure students. However, this doesn't mean that staying on campus during these times is always easy for students with limited budgets or specific dietary requirements. Photo taken by Sophia Brown.

Winter break housing prices and ISP meal plans bring about controversy

Throughout the years, New College has been met with criticism from the student body regarding issues of food insecurity and the quality of life on campus. Whether it be due to food quality, accessibility issues or even just finding suitable times to eat during a…

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Distressed railroad workers protest in solidarity
The Railroad Workers United logo. (Courtesy of their website.)

Distressed railroad workers protest in solidarity

The spirit of solidarity is in the air for railroad workers all over the country in their ongoing struggle for better working conditions and paid sick leave. With resources provided to the Catalyst courtesy of Visiting Assistant Professor of English Debarati Biswas, the history, ethics…

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Holiday hotspots in Sarasota
UTC celebrating the holiday season. (Taken by Aria Lockmann.)

Holiday hotspots in Sarasota

Earlier this semester, the Catalyst covered a trifecta of locally-owned businesses where one could get a good cup of coffee. Assuming the campus has been caffeinated—coupled with so many students being cooped up during the dreaded finals week—the best course of action would be to…

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Coincidence? New Sarasota school board immediately moves to fire superintendent
A crowd of Sarasotans just outside the School Board chambers, hoping for a chance at entry during the first stages of Asplen's termination. Photo taken by Basil Pursley.

Coincidence? New Sarasota school board immediately moves to fire superintendent

A 4-1 decision by the newly instated Sarasota School Board resulted in the first stages of superintendent Brennan Asplen’s termination. Parents, teachers, students and concerned taxpayers swarmed the Sarasota School Board Building for the board’s special meeting on Nov. 29—many not even able to get…

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How recent hurricanes have exacerbated red tide
Birds on the beach escaping the algal bloom's effects. (Courtesy of Po Henry.)

How recent hurricanes have exacerbated red tide

Hurricanes are one of the most lethal natural disasters that there are—and Florida is the hurricane capital of the United States. Two major storms hit Florida this hurricane season, and while both have been disasters, there is a quieter, subtler ecological nightmare that follows behind…

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New Executive Assistant to the President, Maura Galvao, shares a look into the position
College Hall (left) and Cook Hall (right), found at New College's bay front.

New Executive Assistant to the President, Maura Galvao, shares a look into the position

Every President, CEO or director has an assistant to keep them organized and on top of their daily, weekly and monthly duties. On Nov. 17, it was announced to the student body that Maura Galvao had accepted the position of Executive Assistant to the President…

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Four Winds reopens following a two-year closure
The Four Winds' newly remodeled interior entrance. (Photo taken by Brynn Halpern.)

Four Winds reopens following a two-year closure

After the closure of the Four Winds Cafe in 2020 and several attempts at repurposing and relaunching the space over the past two years, it finally formally reopened this semester on Nov. 11, not as a full-fledged cafe, but as an additional recreation and study…

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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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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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