The culture (war) around the word “woke”: how a call to action became a right-wing talking point
A Protest at Union Station. Jan 20, 2017. Taken by Miki Jourden. Via Flickr

The culture (war) around the word “woke”: how a call to action became a right-wing talking point

The word “woke” has become the centerpiece for culture wars across America. For conservative politicians and leaders, woke has become an ideology, which to them represents discrimination targeting white, cisgender, heterosexual people. Florida has been deemed “where woke goes to die” by Gov. Ron DeSantis,…

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Freedom in the Sunshine: Florida faculty respond to higher ed takeover with teach-in
Photo of UFF President Andrew Gothard giving the opening speech via Zoom. Photo by Chloe Rusek.

Freedom in the Sunshine: Florida faculty respond to higher ed takeover with teach-in

By Nat Kornblum & Chloe Rusek Florida’s educators have found themselves the target of an ongoing culture war. House Bill 999 has recently joined the itinerary of Florida bills centered on parental rights and educational freedom, which severely restricts women’s and gender studies courses and…

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Sargassum spot slams Caribbean beaches: what does this mean for Florida?
A thick patch of sargassum ashore a Miami beach. (Credit: “Jack Doe,” provided by the Sargassum Information Hub)

Sargassum spot slams Caribbean beaches: what does this mean for Florida?

Crawling across the Caribbean coastline and dumping the stench of decay wherever it washes ashore is a phenomenon that authors from Science Journal have dubbed the “Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt.” What’s more, one of its largest-recorded masses of sargassum seaweed is barreling towards Florida beaches…

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Sarasota declared the worst city in Florida for those with allergies
An oak tree--a species known for releasing pollen during the spring months--photographed near the Social Sciences building on campus. Photo taken by Brynn Halpern

Sarasota declared the worst city in Florida for those with allergies

The U.S. has settled into the midst of allergy season, and not only is Sarasota the worst city for allergies in the state, but the sixth worst in the country. Even those who have never experienced allergies are getting symptoms of the April pollen affecting…

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Congressional opposition to TikTok finds testing ground on Florida university campuses
A stock image of TikTok on an iPhone. (Taken from Pexels.)

Congressional opposition to TikTok finds testing ground on Florida university campuses

On Apr. 4, the New College of Florida joined other state universities in banning TikTok, WeChat and other “dangerous” apps from devices and networks owned by the campus. Students are no longer capable of accessing TikTok on their own private devices through campus WiFi. The…

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CDC warns of Candida auris, deadly fungus spreading in Florida
A microscopic image of Candida auris. Photo taken by Dr. Farzana Hossain (Flickr).

CDC warns of Candida auris, deadly fungus spreading in Florida

The COVID-19 virus has dominated the national media for years, but in its wake, another deadly disease has gained traction in the United States that has not received nearly as much coverage. Candida auris—a fungal infection that, according to the Center for Disease Control and…

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Downright delirious diabetic debacle: Fake tweet leads to $35 insulin cap
A reminder to always read the fine print. Photo credit: Eli Lilly’s official website

Downright delirious diabetic debacle: Fake tweet leads to $35 insulin cap

On Mar. 1, Eli Lilly, also known as Lilly, a pharmaceutical company that prides itself on “integrity, excellence and respect for people,” announced that they will be capping their insulin products at $35 for a one month’s supply of the life-saving medication. The change seeks…

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New College Foundation abstains from voting on Corcoran’s salary, claims to have unallocated funds available
Nine of the Foundation Board of Directors members meeting in-person with Interim President Richard Corcoran in the Keating Center. Screenshot taken by Sophia Brown

New College Foundation abstains from voting on Corcoran’s salary, claims to have unallocated funds available

The New College Foundation—the direct-support organization that raises public and private funds for New College—has come under increased scrutiny this past month, starting on Feb. 13 when Board of Trustees (BOT) Chair Debra Jenks announced that the Foundation would be covering Interim President Richard Corcoran’s…

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Florida Legislature introduces six-week abortion ban
The Planned Parenthood sign located in downtown Sarasota. Taken by Veronica Jolley.

Florida Legislature introduces six-week abortion ban

Florida is the next state in line to restrict access to abortion further than it already has. Florida lawmakers introduced Senate Bill 300 on Mar. 7 which, as of Mar. 16, has been voted to advance by a Florida House committee and is now HB…

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