Fall 2021 Finals Week Haiku Contest: Celebrating the end of another semester
This semester has flown by, but these haikus written and submitted by students, faculty and employees let us here at the Catalyst look back on it fondly.

Fall 2021 Finals Week Haiku Contest: Celebrating the end of another semester

Another semester has come to a close, and emotions are running high. Not only are students and faculty preoccupied with final exams and assignments, but this fall semester has marked something of a "return to normal" for New College—the resurgence of in-person classes, Walls, off-campus…

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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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NCF Powerlifting Team seeking new members following collegiate state championships
The NCF Powerlifting Team. Photo courtesy of New College News.

NCF Powerlifting Team seeking new members following collegiate state championships

When the words “New College of Florida” are spoken, rigorous physical training and sportsmanship are not likely the first things that come to mind. However, New College is home to several student-run events and clubs that revolve around physical activity, from the recently-formed Running Club…

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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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Chronicling live music post-COVID-19, featuring latest New College sensation Freelancer
glass beach performing at the Jacksonville venue, Archetype.

Chronicling live music post-COVID-19, featuring latest New College sensation Freelancer

In early 2020, in-person gatherings for live music performances had to be put on hold indefinitely. For months, musicians across the globe had to cancel tours and resort to playing live music the only safe way that they could: virtual concerts hosted over the Internet.…

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Spotlight on the Astronomy Club, New College’s favorite stargazers
A photo of the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature planetarium, used by Corinne Hatley in an announcement for a recent Astronomy Club field trip.

Spotlight on the Astronomy Club, New College’s favorite stargazers

While the Astronomy Club usually has their eyes on the sky, lately they have been looking towards the future as they excitedly announce several events for next semester and looking for more officers to run their club. The Astronomy Club—led by president and thesis student…

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An attempted history of D-Funk: former hosts offer their stories
The Nook, an oasis of light in the Florida darkness, and the traditional location of every D-Funk.

An attempted history of D-Funk: former hosts offer their stories

Both time-honored tradition and convenient excuse for weeknight inhibition lowering, D-Funk is a cornerstone of student social life. Held in the Nook, located just outside of Hamilton “Ham” Center’s Old Mail Room, D-Funk—sometimes held on Tuesdays, sometimes held on Thursdays—is marked by casual drinking, the…

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