Following student concerns, B Dorm receives some crucial security updates
B Dorm residents have reported feeling neglected in the greater campus conversation on security updates.

Following student concerns, B Dorm receives some crucial security updates

In the last few months, students’ safety on campus has become a very significant issue that has continued to be addressed by both students and administration following a break-in at the Dort and Gold residence halls at the beginning of the semester. The incident forced…

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Winter break housing on campus available to wider range of students, with additional fee
While last year's winter break housing options were born out of necessity for select students, they are now available this year to anyone unable to return home for any reason.

Winter break housing on campus available to wider range of students, with additional fee

Fall 2020 marked the first time that students were allowed to stay on campus over winter break at New College, in response to COVID-19 and the increased risk it created for international, immunocompromised and housing insecure students. Only select students qualified last year, either through…

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On-campus COVID-19 booster clinic held following recent expansion of booster eligibility
New College hosted several on-campus vaccine clinics in Spring 2021, and more booster clinics could be on the horizon.

On-campus COVID-19 booster clinic held following recent expansion of booster eligibility

As of Oct. 21, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expanded the eligibility for COVID-19 booster shots for those who have received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine at least six months prior, or a Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine at least two months…

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Suspect of late-night Dort intrusions arrested on Oct. 28, released on bond two days later
A photo of Jon Cannon being arrested outside of his workplace on Oct. 28. Photo courtesy of CPD Captain Vacca.

Suspect of late-night Dort intrusions arrested on Oct. 28, released on bond two days later

On Oct. 28, the Campus Police Department (CPD) released an alert of a burglary arrest case of Jon Cannon at 5:05 p.m. earlier that day. Cannon was arrested by the CPD and the Holmes Beach Police Department at his workplace after a warrant for his…

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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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Pfizer vaccine approved for children ages 5-11 by FDA and CDC
A nurse giving a boy a dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Lyman High School in Longwood. Photo courtesy of Paul Hennessey via Getty

Pfizer vaccine approved for children ages 5-11 by FDA and CDC

The Federal Food and Drug Association (FDA) authorized the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 on Friday, Oct. 29. Shortly after that, on Tuesday, Nov. 2, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) moved to support this decision, giving their official recommendation that all children…

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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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CDC authorizes mixing COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, allowing for increased flexibility
COVID-19 booster shots have become more widely available to more people in the recent weeks.

CDC authorizes mixing COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, allowing for increased flexibility

In recent months, booster shots have become a hot topic. Since August, several studies have shown decreased effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines over time, though effectiveness against hospitalization remains high. Booster shots are intended to increase the effectiveness of the vaccines after they begin to wane. …

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Roundup policy protested by students, who claim its use is toxic to humans and the environment
Thesis student Olympia Fulcher displaying their sign at the Oct. 15 protest. Reads: Roundup killed my uncle. How many more?

Roundup policy protested by students, who claim its use is toxic to humans and the environment

On Friday, Oct. 15, students rallied outside College Hall within view of President Okker’s office. Displaying bold signs and speaking with passion, they condemned New College's continued use of Roundup, a powerful chemical herbicide produced by the controversial corporate titan Monsanto. This gathering marked the…

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