Shell shock: unprecedented increase in sea turtle nests
Hatchlings making their way to seaside Photo courtesy of Flickr.

Shell shock: unprecedented increase in sea turtle nests

Between August and October a remarkable surge in sea turtle nestings shattered previous records, surpassing the last record set in 2017 by an astonishing 40 percent. While the numbers evoke celebration, marine experts caution that behind them lies a more complex narrative. The extraordinary surge…

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Sarasota Memorial Hospital: A potential location for students to work
The exterior of Sarasota Memorial Hospital U.S. Highway 41. (Photo by Saloanee Labh.)

Sarasota Memorial Hospital: A potential location for students to work

Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) is a bedrock of Sarasota County’s health care system, with the only “trauma center, obstetrical services, neonatal intensive care unit, inpatient pediatrics unit and psychiatric services for patients,” according to their official website.  Healing environments in health care are very necessary,…

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FL House Bill 599: another anti-gender identity bill
Pride at the Capital. Photo courtesy of Ted Eytan.

FL House Bill 599: another anti-gender identity bill

On Nov. 11, a bill was introduced to the Florida Senate by Representative Ryan Chamberlin (R-District 24) titled House Bill 599: Gender Identity Employment Practices. The legislation would strip employees of gender protection in the workplace, prohibiting “employees & contractors of certain employers from being required…

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History of the Four Winds seal
Picture 1: Ceramic tiles featuring the Four Winds in the walkway by College Hall. (Photo by Maya Rish) Picture 2: Ceramic tiles featuring the Four Winds design by the bathrooms on the first floor of the ACE building. (Photo by Maya Rish)

History of the Four Winds seal

Professor of Art History Malena Carrasco didn’t know that she would become obsessed with the New College seal. She hadn’t expected to find an internal argument within a future world-famous architectural firm. She’d only been curious about something most Novos, including herself, had overlooked. Where…

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Sarasota County Commission severs ties with national library group and state affiliate
Selby Public Library in Downtwon Sarasota. (Taken by Veronica Jolley.)

Sarasota County Commission severs ties with national library group and state affiliate

Starting in 2024, Sarasota County will no longer pay annual dues of $1,300 to the American Library Association (ALA) and $2,673 to the Florida Library Association (FLA). The Sarasota County Commission voted 4-1 on Nov. 14 to stop funding the county’s public library memberships in…

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Revisions to Carryforward Spending Plan raise questions about transparency
Screenshot of the Nov. 6 BOT meeting supporting documents regarding Carryforward Spending Plan revisions.

Revisions to Carryforward Spending Plan raise questions about transparency

On Nov. 6, the New College Board of Trustees (BOT) held a virtual meeting with the sole agenda item of discussing revisions to the Carryforward Spending Plan. According to the State University System of Florida (SUS), Carryforward funds are reserve funds that each university must…

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National Association of Realtors reports on home buying trends
House for sale. (Courtesy of flickr.)

National Association of Realtors reports on home buying trends

According to the National Association of Realtors, the median age for repeat home buyers—individuals who have purchased a house before—was 58, dropping from last year’s record of 59. Meanwhile, the average first-home buyer is 35 years old. The association’s deputy chief economist Jessica Lautz spoke…

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