Recapping DeSantis’ recent legislation and presidential aspirations
Ron DeSantis has spearheaded several bills recently focused on strengthening parental rights and undermining the rights of public schools. Photo courtesy of Flickr.

Recapping DeSantis’ recent legislation and presidential aspirations

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has, in the past few years, gone from an otherwise irrelevant local politician to the golden boy of the far-right. Seemingly a shoe-in for the Republican presidential candidate, DeSantis has been lifted up to the national stage recently, and his most…

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The tragic story behind Miya’s Law, and what it means for tenant safety
A headshot of Miya Marcano (2002 - 2021). Photo courtesy of the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

The tragic story behind Miya’s Law, and what it means for tenant safety

Content warning: discussion of breaking and entering, violence against a college student, murder Miya Marcano, a 19-year old sophomore at Valencia College in Orlando, FL, was last seen alive on Sept. 24, 2021 at the Arden Villas Apartments in Orlando—where she lived and worked—and was…

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Sunshine Protection Act raises debate between U.S. Senate and House of Representatives
If passed, the Sunshine Protection Act would abolish the Uniform Time Act, established in 1966.

Sunshine Protection Act raises debate between U.S. Senate and House of Representatives

The Sunshine Protection Act has emerged with the aim to eliminate the one hour time change—Daylight Savings Time—once and for all. The objectives of the bill are to make the time change either permanently sprung forward or fallen back, and to repeal Section 3 of…

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Relief for Ukraine, bombs for Yemen: the U.S.’s stunning hypocrisy on foreign wars
A photograph taken from the scene of an airstrike in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen. Photo courtesy of Ibrahem Qasim on Flickr.

Relief for Ukraine, bombs for Yemen: the U.S.’s stunning hypocrisy on foreign wars

In response to Russia's alarming military invasion of Ukraine, a war that is currently poised to escalate conflicts between world powers and spur on another humanitarian crisis, virtually all U.S. state officials and media figures have opted for a staunch condemnation of the invasion. The…

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Caples Mansion’s mold remediation was successful—here’s what’s next
Caples Mansion renovations as seen on Mar. 2, 2022.

Caples Mansion’s mold remediation was successful—here’s what’s next

The Caples Mansion, built in 1921 by Alfred Caples, was vacated and closed in Jun. 2018 after mold—Penicillium Aspergillus to be specific—was found. But, beginning in 2021, renovations have been underway. The mansion is a part of the Caples–Ringling Estates Historic District, forcing renovations of…

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Raises, renovations and the New College Challenge: 30 minutes with President Okker
President Patricia Okker posing outside of Cook Hall.

Raises, renovations and the New College Challenge: 30 minutes with President Okker

The last time that the Catalyst spoke exclusively with President Patricia Okker, it was in May 2021—shortly following the Apr. 20, 2021 Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting where she was selected as New College’s next president, but before her tenure had begun on July 1,…

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$170,960 overhaul of the NCF website leaves students with accessibility complaints
The homepage of the newly-designed New College website.

$170,960 overhaul of the NCF website leaves students with accessibility complaints

The main NCF website has drastically changed as of recently, the end result of a 15-month-long project by Communications and Marketing, IT and Fastspot—a third party web design vendor—to update and streamline the website in order to further appeal to new and prospective students. Current…

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Mask mandates expire nationwide
New York City, which once had the highest death rate in America at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, recently lifted its mask mandate. Photo courtesy of Flickr.

Mask mandates expire nationwide

In 2020, when COVID-19 began to spread across the country and quickly took control of the popular consciousness, it became associated with two things: masks and New York City. New York was, in the first six months of the pandemic, easily the hardest hit location…

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15-week abortion ban to be passed by DeSantis
Planned Parenthood "Stop the Bans" sign hanging in their booth at Manatee Pride 2022.

15-week abortion ban to be passed by DeSantis

Since 1973, American women have had the constitutional right under federal law to seek an abortion within 24 weeks of pregnancy. Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case in Mississippi—known as Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Clinic—where the Republican majority favored shortening the period…

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