New College students join state-wide coalition in “Stand for Freedom” walkout
New College students gathered outside of the Jane Bancroft Cook Library during a student walkout protesting actions taken by the Board of Trustees. The “Four Winds” sculpture is displayed on the right, adorned with dark streamers placed by students. Photo by Nic Steinig.

New College students join state-wide coalition in “Stand for Freedom” walkout

On Feb. 23, around 100 of the 698 students enrolled at New College of Florida walked out of their classrooms in protest of recent actions taken by the new Board of Trustees (BOT) and the proposed changes targeting Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives made…

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Ringling exhibit “Glimpse of the Artist” co-curated by New College student, celebrates Newtown art
Art created by students of Emma E. Booker, featured at the "Glimpse of the Artist" exhibit. Photo courtesy of Lauren David.

Ringling exhibit “Glimpse of the Artist” co-curated by New College student, celebrates Newtown art

Within Sarasota, there is a hidden gem which has been pushed to the sidelines throughout the town’s history: the celebrated African American community, Newtown. However, in recent years, the community has begun shifting into the spotlight as one of Sarasota’s most vibrant, artistic and historic…

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Artificial Intelligence or just text prediction? How ChatGPT and other Open AI programs function
An AI-generated New College student. Photo courtesy of Basil Pursley and DALL-E

Artificial Intelligence or just text prediction? How ChatGPT and other Open AI programs function

OpenAI, the renowned artificial intelligence research laboratory, has made groundbreaking progress in the field of natural language processing with its state-of-the-art language model, ChatGPT. As one of the largest language models in the world, ChatGPT has been able to generate coherent and realistic text in…

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New College’s faculty meets for first time this year, focus on retaining values
Faculty applauding Provost Sherman following her opening statement. Photo taken by Nic Steinig

New College’s faculty meets for first time this year, focus on retaining values

On Feb. 8, the New College of Florida’s faculty held their first public meeting since the announcement of new appointments to the Board of Trustees (BOT). It was also the first in-person faculty meeting since the coronavirus pandemic began. Professors and staff from across the…

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Tiffany Stained Glass comes to Selby Gardens
Reference photos used by Tiffany Studio Artisans. Taken by Qadira Locke.

Tiffany Stained Glass comes to Selby Gardens

Selby Botanical Gardens has brought Louis C. Tiffany’s “Pursuit of Beauty in Nature” to the Downtown Sarasota Campus in an exhibition featuring a variety of pieces from Tiffany Studios, including pieces that use Favrile glass. On display until June 25, every piece features designs that…

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“Our school, our home, our choice”: NCF community rallies together in response to BOT meeting
Student organizer Sam Sharf speaking at the rally on Jan. 31 in front of the Hamilton Center preceding the Board of Trustees meeting. Photo credit: Gaby Batista

“Our school, our home, our choice”: NCF community rallies together in response to BOT meeting

Jan. 31 proved to be a prominent date for most—if not all—of the New College community. The prospects of what the Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting could entail lingered on many minds, primarily a group of New College students, alumni and community organizations such as…

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New College German Department presents, “Border Stations and Ghost Stations in Divided Berlin”
Rachel Roeder at the Berlin Wall exhibit opening. (Photo taken by Chloe Rusek.)

New College German Department presents, “Border Stations and Ghost Stations in Divided Berlin”

Imagine going to bed and waking up to a world divided by a wall that seemingly sprung up overnight. Aug. 13, 1961: the communist German Democratic Republic (GDR) began the construction of a wall separating East and West Berlin. With the Berlin Wall playing such…

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Written in ink: New College students show off their tattoos
A tattoo depicting a Pacific Island girl. She also has tattoos, and she is holding four plumerias. Photo courtesy of Aimee Mendoza.

Written in ink: New College students show off their tattoos

The history of tattoos is estimated to date back to 5,000 BCE. Humans have always been fascinated with body art—especially when said art has the potential to become a permanent part of them. What could be a better way to honor something special to you…

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Four Winds reopens following a two-year closure
The Four Winds' newly remodeled interior entrance. (Photo taken by Brynn Halpern.)

Four Winds reopens following a two-year closure

After the closure of the Four Winds Cafe in 2020 and several attempts at repurposing and relaunching the space over the past two years, it finally formally reopened this semester on Nov. 11, not as a full-fledged cafe, but as an additional recreation and study…

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Plasma donation companies: drawing the blood of the working poor for profit
Picture taken of the plasma donation facility waiting room. The office maintains a consistent donor volume throughout the day, with many more donors waiting in line, filling out kiosks, and drawing plasma just out of frame. Photo taken by Nickolas Steinig.

Plasma donation companies: drawing the blood of the working poor for profit

There’s a jittery and anxious energy to the air. The music is alternating between high-energy jazz and Christmas carols belted over the intercom. A groundswell of regular plasma donors are jostling between black rope lines, hastily filling out informed consent forms at one of the…

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