Macron criticized by ‘Gilet Jaune’ fuel protesters

Jacob Wentz is the Catalyst’s foreign correspondent reporting from Pau, France. Thousands of demonstrators organized in streets and highways throughout France over the weekend to protest proposed tax hikes on gas. The activists are organized under the Gilet Jaune, or “Yellow Vest,” movement, a name which references the fluorescent yellow safety vests that French drivers […]

Merger bill dies in House due to lack of Senate support

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House Bill (HB) 7087, which would merge New College and Florida Polytechnic University into the University of Florida (UF), was officially declared dead in the Florida Legislature on Friday, March 6. This declaration came before a scheduled floor vote on Monday, March 9 and after the bill passed two House committees. No companion bill was […]

Students rally to support New College’s independence

Students rally to support New College’s independence Jacob Wentz | Feb. 26, 2020 “Who loves an independent New College?” thesis student Alex Barbat shouted as students erupted into cheers of support. On Thursday, Feb. 20, more than 150 students, faculty and staff gathered in Koski Plaza to demonstrate their opposition to House Bill (HB) 7087, […]

John Martin ends long career in higher education

Vice President of Finance and Administration John Martin has worked at New College since its separation from the University of South Florida (USF) in 2001. During this time, Martin has witnessed and contributed to the growth of the college, managing the operating budget and ensuring the various support functions of the institution run smoothly. After […]

Social justice advocates killed in London stabbing

On Friday, Nov. 29, two Cambridge graduates, 23-year-old Saskia Jones and 25-year-old Jack Merritt, were killed in a stabbing in London. Three others were injured and remain in the hospital as of Saturday, Nov. 30. Authorities are describing the stabbing as a terrorist incident. The attack began at Cambridge University’s Learning Together conference in a […]

Statewide elections bring historic wins for Democrats

Last week, the results of multiple statewide elections were announced. While Republican Tate Reeves won the governorship in Mississippi, Democrats saw significant wins in Kentucky and Virginia. With all precincts reporting in Kentucky, Democrat Andy Beshear beat Republican Gov. Matt Bevin by 5,198 votes—0.36 percent of all votes cast. In Virginia, Democrats gained control of […]

Demystifying the SUS budget: how NCF plans to take advantage of additional funding category

President Donal O’Shea will be travelling to Gainesville to defend the “New College Tomorrow: Arts and Sciences for Florida’s Future” proposal, which requests an additional $700,000 for the 2020–2021 school year, at the Oct. 30 Florida Board of Governors (FBOG) meeting. The proposal focuses on three main initiatives—executing the college’s strategic plan to grow enrollment, […]

Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Festival brings fall festivities to Sarasota

With state temperatures still climbing above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, many Floridians question whether October truly represents the change of season from summer to fall. Despite the weather, the Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Festival aims to celebrate the arrival of fall with copious cornucopias, plump pumpkins and festivities for families and locals to enjoy. The Pumpkin Festival […]

Students explore Mote’s marine opportunities

Students explore Mote’s marine opportunities Jacob Wentz | Sept. 29, 2019 Driven by “research, education and excitement,” Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium offers various opportunities for interested students to expose themselves to marine species and ecosystems. Whether volunteering, interning or conducting research under the mentorship of professional scientists, Novos continue to strengthen New College’s relationship […]

New SAC leadership voted in amid budget cuts

The Student Allocations Committee (SAC) recently held elections for its two leadership positions: Secretary and Chair. Catalyst editor and second-year Izaya Garrett Miles was voted to be Secretary and thesis student Ormond Derrick was voted to be Chair. “Having been on the SAC since my first year at New College, I really wanted to be […]

Parking Services goes digital

The first few days of a new semester are familiar to many students: go to mini-classes, meet with academic advisors, begrudgingly determine how large of a loan to take out, buy books and obtain a parking pass. This semester, students have yet to be able to register for parking passes, as parking services finalizes changes […]