Faculty approve motion to censure Board of Trustees
An image of College Hall. (Taken by Isaac Tellechea.)

Faculty approve motion to censure Board of Trustees

The following is an email that Professor of French Language and Literature and Chair of the Faculty Amy Reid shared to the New College community on May 22, announcing the faculty's approved motion to censure the Board of Trustees (BOT), including the rationale behind it.…

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New College’s academic year ends with community-focused celebration of students
KC Casey ('23) opening [NEW] Commencement. Photo courtesy of Daniel Perales.

New College’s academic year ends with community-focused celebration of students

On the evening of May 18, over 400 members of the New College community—encompassing students, staff, faculty, alumni and parents—gathered at the Sarasota Art Museum to celebrate the graduation of the cohort of 2019. It was a ceremony held on their own terms, aptly titled…

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Independent coffee shop Sorrento Sweets opens in Four Winds Cafe, debuting coffee cups with Bible verses
A Sorrento Sweets cup displaying the Bible verse in front of the Four Winds Cafe. (Taken by Isaac Tellechea.)

Independent coffee shop Sorrento Sweets opens in Four Winds Cafe, debuting coffee cups with Bible verses

On Apr. 25, the Four Winds Cafe hosted the grand opening of Sorrento Sweets, privately-owned coffee and pastry shop. In years past, the Four Winds has traditionally been occupied by student bakers and baristas, giving Novos the opportunity to earn money and gain skills while…

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Disney battles DeSantis in newest salvo
The scales of justice weighing both Florida's and Disney's interests. (Art created by Caspian Rizzo.)

Disney battles DeSantis in newest salvo

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Walt Disney Company are no strangers to conflict, but the Florida powerhouses’ feud has escalated as of late. Disney has sued DeSantis, alleging the presidential aspirant has unfairly targeted the corporation for political reasons that will  greatly damage both…

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“All Gender” and “Gender Neutral” signage removed on academic side of campus
A DIY sign on the library bathroom reading “All Gender,” after the official signage was removed. Photo courtesy of Sophia Brown.

“All Gender” and “Gender Neutral” signage removed on academic side of campus

Students across campus were surprised on Apr. 27 to see that signs for various single-stall bathrooms across campus no longer read “gender-neutral” as they had for years. Messages began to appear on the school’s email forum, reporting that bathroom signage in the Jane Bancroft Cook…

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OP-ED: Trouble for DeSantis campaign
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in Santa Rosa County. Photo courtesy of the official Florida Governor Media Center.

OP-ED: Trouble for DeSantis campaign

Six months ago, when  the expected “red wave” failed to fully manifest, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis looked seriously competitive for the presidency. Winning a landslide victory in Florida while Republicans nationwide underperformed despite their perceived association with former President Donald Trump, plus the volatility of…

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Newly formed Presidential Search Committee announces plans to select new president by Fall 2023
The Presidential Search Committee gathered in Sudakoff. Some members of the committee chose to attend virtually via Zoom. (Taken by Nat Kornblum.)

Newly formed Presidential Search Committee announces plans to select new president by Fall 2023

The Presidential Search Committee met in the Sudakoff Conference Center on Apr. 27 for their first public meeting and announced their intentions to select a new president without a third party firm by the Fall 2023 semester. Since the dismissal of former President Dr. Patricia…

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Board of Trustees shuts down faculty seeking tenure, community members: A deep dive into their most divisive meeting yet
Former Trustee and then-Chair of the Faculty Matthew Lepinski leaving the meeting after announcing his lack of confidence in the board, following their vote to deny tenure for five faculty members. Screenshot from the official New College YouTube channel

Board of Trustees shuts down faculty seeking tenure, community members: A deep dive into their most divisive meeting yet

First they came for former President Patricia Okker, then they came for the Office of Outreach and Inclusive Excellence (OOIE). And on Apr. 26, the New College Board of Trustees (BOT) continued its trend of disruption by denying five faculty tenure applications, despite all five…

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New College supporters gather to protest their rights prior to final board meeting of the semester
Supporters gathered on the Hamilton Center stairs holding signs in protest. (Taken by Chloe Rusek.)

New College supporters gather to protest their rights prior to final board meeting of the semester

It was 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 26. Mornings are often quiet at New College, but outside the Hamilton “Ham” Center, a faint sound of music could be heard coming from Z Green. Slowly, a crowd began to gather. In just a few hours, the…

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“I am an educator, not an activist”: former President Patricia Okker speaks about her involvement with PEN America
Patricia Okker at her Presidential Inauguration. Courtesy of New College News.

“I am an educator, not an activist”: former President Patricia Okker speaks about her involvement with PEN America

On Jan. 31, former President Dr. Patricia Okker ended her time at New College after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed seven new trustees to the Board of Trustees (BOT), who then terminated her employment contract during their first public meeting. With Okker no longer at…

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