What are Instructional Evaluations and why do you have to do them?
As annoying as students may find the repeated emails requesting that they fill out their Instructional Evaluations, they're a pivotal way for students to make their voices heard in the academic sphere.

What are Instructional Evaluations and why do you have to do them?

The end of a semester is always accompanied by the same emails from the Office of the Provost, in which the subject line reads: New College Instructional Evaluation for fill in the blank. In someone’s first semester on campus, it is very common for students…

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ISP tips and advice, from upperclassmen to first-years
Students participating in the January 2020 Coral Reef Ecology ISP disembarking off a boat in Panama. Photo courtesy of Dan Duprez.

ISP tips and advice, from upperclassmen to first-years

Independent study projects (ISPs) are one of the many academic practices unique to New College of Florida. As the name suggests, it is a primarily student-led process. Students propose their own project, write the parameters for which they’ll be evaluated, find a faculty sponsor for…

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Three-month Roundup ban enacted following student and employee concerns
A swath of dead grass surrounding the trees near Z Dorm, as seen from the overpass.

Three-month Roundup ban enacted following student and employee concerns

The latter half of this fall semester can be characterized by increased scrutiny from both students and school employees alike of the Physical Plant for the use of Roundup on campus, a chemical known for containing glyphosate which was declared a probable carcinogen by the…

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CWC short-staffed: hope to be expected along with changes
A graphic displaying the rapid increase in utilization of the CWC over the past year. Photo courtesy of Dr. Anne Fisher.

CWC short-staffed: hope to be expected along with changes

In a recent email to students, faculty and staff, Counseling & Wellness Center (CWC) Program Director Dr. Anne Fisher addressed the resignation of half of the counseling staff at the completion of the fall semester. Dr. Fisher wrote, “The Counseling Center has been highly utilized…

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Kimberly Cox’s charges officially dropped, organizers celebrate and demand apology
Kimberly Cox on the Manatee County Courthouse at an Oct. 23 protest in order to have her charges dropped.

Kimberly Cox’s charges officially dropped, organizers celebrate and demand apology

The Women’s Voices of South West Florida (WVSWF) have announced an exciting victory for organizers in the fight for reproductive rights—on Nov. 12, Kimberly Cox’s charges were officially dropped. For those not familiar with the troubling saga, Kimberly Cox was arrested some weeks ago at…

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Food safety and quality concerns: opinions from students and response from Metz
A piece of melted plastic found in a student's green beans at Ham. Photo provided by Telle Fugett.

Food safety and quality concerns: opinions from students and response from Metz

There are numerous positives to attending a university as small as New College: the small class sizes, walkable campus and close-knit community are readily listed among the benefits. But, for students, one of the most impactful consequences of this atomity is the highly limited food…

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Dangerous levels of lead confirmed to be in B Dorm water supply
One of the many faucets in B Dorm found to draw water with dangerous amounts of lead.

Dangerous levels of lead confirmed to be in B Dorm water supply

On Nov. 11, administration officially confirmed that the water system connecting to the Palmer B Dormitory may contain dangerously high levels of lead—the metal responsible for the infamous public health disaster in Flint, Michigan. Two rounds of testing conducted by the independent contractor Professional Service…

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GPA Proxy Policy and no more preliminary plans: What you need to know about these recent academic changes
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.

GPA Proxy Policy and no more preliminary plans: What you need to know about these recent academic changes

On Nov. 4, third-year and New College Student Alliance (NCSA) President Sofia Lombardi notified the student body of recent changes made to the academic system via email to the students list. The announcement details these changes as a result of proposed Educational Policy Committee (EPC)…

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