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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New members, mostly first and second-years, join the NCSA and take on its many responsibilities
A photo of second-year NCSA Chief of Staff Grace Keenan (left) and third-year NCSA President Sofia Lombardi.

New members, mostly first and second-years, join the NCSA and take on its many responsibilities

This year, the New College Student Alliance (NCSA) is composed of an unusually significant portion of first and second-years. What is driving this shift towards younger students, and what do they plan to do with their newfound power and responsibility? Some are well-seasoned veterans of…

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New College gets a full fall and spring break this year—but COVID-19 positivity rates and CDC guidelines could change that
The return to a full fall and spring break is welcome, especially after students and faculty complained that last spring's isolated break days left them feeling drained.

New College gets a full fall and spring break this year—but COVID-19 positivity rates and CDC guidelines could change that

Returning students and faculty remember the altered fall and spring break schedules last year, in which administration opted to have a single-day fall break and five, isolated days off scattered throughout the spring semester. These changes were made in order to discourage on-campus students from…

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Recent demographic shifts in Sarasota
The 2020 census reveals some noteworthy ways in which Sarasota's population has grown recently.

Recent demographic shifts in Sarasota

The 2020 census results have been released and Sarasota has experienced some notable demographic shifts in its population. Sarasota gained 54,558 new residents in the last decade, with Sarasota now boasting a total population of 434,006 residents. Sarasota has also become more diverse with several…

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COVID-clipped COUPs attempt to fly again
Students partying, indoors and maskless, at the February 2020 COUP before COVID-19 surged through the nation. Photo courtesy of Madi Markham.

COVID-clipped COUPs attempt to fly again

Center of the Universe Parties (COUPs) are a New College tradition that were, like many other social gatherings, restricted due to COVID-19. COUPs are campus-wide events that involve hundreds of people, and are organized and funded by the New College Student Alliance (NCSA). These parties…

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Elections across Florida and how to participate
The deadline to register for an upcoming election is 29 days before that election, according to registertovoteflorida.gov.

Elections across Florida and how to participate

Several municipal and special elections are taking place in Florida in the coming months. For residents of these towns and counties who wish to have their voices heard, it is essential to understand how to register to vote in these elections, what offices are up…

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Increase in police presence sparks controversy, opens new possibilities for police-student relations
A Sarasota Police Department cruiser parked on the residential side of campus.

Increase in police presence sparks controversy, opens new possibilities for police-student relations

On Aug. 25, at 11:50 a.m., the Campus Police Department (CPD) circulated a chilling email to students and faculty—in the middle of the night, a student reported that an unknown subject entered their dorm room. Administration was quick to respond, attempting to bolster campus security…

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GPA proxy proposal passes faculty meeting
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 proposal passes faculty meeting

Pending administrative approval, students will be able to request a GPA calculation for job applications Over the past academic year, the Educational Policy Committee (EPC) has developed a proposal on GPA proxy calculation in order to tackle graduate school applications, employment and internship listings that…

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Florida’s anti-transgender bill in limbo
American artist Jeff Sheng with an exhibition of his photo series Fearless, about out lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) high school and college athletes. Exhibition at the Drew School, high school, San Francisco, CA, January 15, 2009.

Florida’s anti-transgender bill in limbo

Florida lawmakers have been considering a bill that would ban transgender athletes from participating in female’s scholastic sports, but it appears to have been stopped in its tracks as of April 20.  The version of the bill that was passed in the Florida House stated…

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