COVID-19 and extensive water damage to the library roof continue to make study carrels unreservable
Thesis carrels continue to remain undecorated this year.

COVID-19 and extensive water damage to the library roof continue to make study carrels unreservable

Study carrels—normally available only for thesis students to reserve for a year—are remaining open for anyone to use this year, owing to the pandemic, difficulties with vandalism and a severely water-damaged library roof. The purpose of a study carrel is to provide a quiet place…

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If These Walls Could Talk: An overview of the history of New College student-run parties
Wall Party, Palm Court, January 1977. Photo courtesy of the New College Digital Collections Archives

If These Walls Could Talk: An overview of the history of New College student-run parties

There’s a whole lot of rhythm goin’ ‘round. Or is there? Even prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Walls—a New College tradition involving music and dancing, usually in Palm Court—have been a dying social event. Though, this is nothing new for New. Testimonies…

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First and second year students experience in-person New College for the first time
Students can be spotted out and about on campus more regularly, now that in-person classes are standard once more.

First and second year students experience in-person New College for the first time

Two and a half years ago, the American school system was shut down and irrevocably altered by COVID-19. Students in their first and second years of college have never had a normal undergraduate experience, and many are now experiencing New College for the first time…

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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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One year later, and New College faces another late-night intrusion: What action is being taken, and what has stayed the same
The residential community, and especially students living at Dort and Gold, have been on edge since it became clear that on-campus intrusions are not yet a thing of the past.

One year later, and New College faces another late-night intrusion: What action is being taken, and what has stayed the same

Content warning: discussion of burglary and assault on a college campus Residential students, alumni and long-time faculty and staff of New College are all familiar with the “New College bubble”—an invisible barrier that on-campus affairs, ideals, and experiences rarely breach. But in fall 2020, this…

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GPA proxy proposal passes faculty meeting
One of New College's distinguishing features are the narrative evaluations used in lieu of traditional letter or number grades. However, this creates complications when a student needs to provide a GPA for an application.

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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Dr. Patricia Okker named as New College’s first female president
Dr. Patricia Okker speaks to the New College student body at a livestream student forum at the Sudakoff Conference Center on Tuesday, April 7, 2021. NCSA president Sofia Lombardi, who moderated the forum, is seated to the left of Dr. Okker.

Dr. Patricia Okker named as New College’s first female president

After three hours of deliberation, the Board of Trustees (BOT) decided on Tuesday, April 20 to name Dr. Patricia Okker as New College’s first-ever female president.

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Caples Mansion renovations to improve indoor air quality soon underway
The deck of the Caples Mansion faces towards the West, making it a perfect spot to watch the sun's descent.

Caples Mansion renovations to improve indoor air quality soon underway

Caples Mansion—located on Caples Campus south of the Ringling Museum—has been best defined for the past few years not through its own use, but by what surrounds it. More recent NCF students are usually familiar with the Caples Boathouse or the New College Food Forest…

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