Manatees are dying at a record pace, just four years after being delisted from Endangered to Threatened
This chart shows that 937 manatee deaths have occurred in Florida as of Sept. 3, but the number has increased to 988 deaths as of Oct. 29. Chart courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, updated death total courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Manatees are dying at a record pace, just four years after being delisted from Endangered to Threatened

Manatees are a Florida hallmark, both to its identity and to its ecosystems. However, despite their population increasing over the last 50 years, 2021 has brought record levels of manatee deaths, with no sign of improvement. This Unusual Mortality Event (UME) has reignited criticism of…

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The chip shortage and how it hurts New College
Golf carts and other equipment have been harder and harder to come by as a result of damaged supply lines.

The chip shortage and how it hurts New College

While it may seem as though COVID-19’s grip on Sarasota has been weakening with the Doctors Hospital of Sarasota having no reported COVID-19 hospitalizations for the first time in two years—and many Florida residents now getting booster shots—the community still remains affected by supply lines…

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57 faculty and staff positions replaced or vacated this semester alone
The hope of the EPC is that these recent changes will reduce anxiety for new, incoming students and by having them cement their class schedules earlier in the semester.

57 faculty and staff positions replaced or vacated this semester alone

One of the most nontraditional features of New College—an institution which prides itself on being unique—is the small student-to-faculty and administration ratio. This allows for smaller classes, giving students the opportunity to connect with their professors beyond what a traditional lecture hall might offer. It…

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A new student-led basketball tournament between USF, Ringling and New College tees off
Players in the tournament chasing after a rebound. Photo taken by: Alsu Subkhankulov. Photo Courtesy of: Jacob Brody-Ogborn.

A new student-led basketball tournament between USF, Ringling and New College tees off

New College is not known for its sporting prowess, as the college lacks any organized sports. However, there are a handful of casual sporting events on campus, such as weekly Wednesday court soccer, the faculty and staff versus students Softball tradition that returned this year…

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A preview of the “Love, Art, Repeat” gallery grand opening with Streets of Paradise President Greg Cruz
A piece of locally-made art, waiting to be hung on the gallery walls.

A preview of the “Love, Art, Repeat” gallery grand opening with Streets of Paradise President Greg Cruz

Approximately a ten-minute drive from campus and nestled in the Rosemary District—as the bustle of Sarasota slows from shiny new roundabouts crowded with cars to hot, unforgiving sidewalks crowded with pedestrians—is an empty room next to the Planned Parenthood on 734 Central Ave. The wide…

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Middle school science teacher and democratic socialist Richie Floyd running for St. Pete city council
The homepage of Richie Floyd's website, including a headshot.

Middle school science teacher and democratic socialist Richie Floyd running for St. Pete city council

St. Petersburg’s citywide general election is rapidly approaching in just under a month, and one candidate has amassed attention and success during the August primary election—self-described “unabashed democratic socialist” Richie Floyd. Previously a middle school science teacher and now running for the District 8 City…

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Manatee County to protest anti-abortion legislation on Oct. 2
Pro-choice demonstrators gathered in the Manatee County Commissioner chambers on Aug 24. Photo courtesy of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Manatee County to protest anti-abortion legislation on Oct. 2

A new wave of anti-abortion legislation headed by district and state policymakers in Texas has successfully enacted laws that dramatically inhibit access to safe reproductive care. SB8, a Texas law that took effect on Sep. 1, prohibits all abortions procedures taken after just six weeks…

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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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