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 […]

Getting the gears going : five local bike trails

Biking is an important part of New College culture. Students bike to the Bayfront, to classes, to Hamilton “Ham” Center and to off-campus houses, but where do students go when they want to take longer recreational rides? Sapphire Shores Park, Indian Beach and the neighborhoods around Bay Shore Road are some of the only spots […]

The history of the barracks

In the years shortly after the establishment of New College, the various army barracks that scattered the land where the Dort and Goldstein dormitories stand today housed Physical Plant, painting and sculpture studios and, briefly, the original Catalyst publication’s office. These barracks were products of World War II, when, in 1942, the newly constructed Bradenton […]

10 questions with Professor of French Amy Reid

Professor of French and Gender Studies Amy Reid has been teaching at New College since 1995. During this time, she has helped develop the college’s Gender Studies Program (GSP), taught numerous French language and literature courses and published various papers and translations. In 2010, Reid’s translation of Véronique Tadjo’s Queen Pokou was chosen as National […]

The cream of the crop under the big top

JACOBWENTZ ABOUT AUDIO WRITING All photos courtesy of Rick Purdue The cream of the crop under the big top Jacob Wentz | March 6, 2019 After a minute of darkness, a series of blue and purple lights suddenly illuminates an intimidating white pendulum. Ringmaster Joseph Bauer Jr. dramatically breaks through the red velvet curtains and […]

Securing summer internships: on-campus tools and takes

As the semester comes to a close, students are longing for summer. While many plan to spend their break travelling, working, relaxing by the beach or all three, some intend to gain relevant career experience through summer internships. “Students, we want you to find experience,” Director of Center for Engagement and Opportunity (CEO) Kay-lynne S. […]

Better beekeeping: how Alma Johnson is diversifying the honey industry

A recent partnership with the Sarasota Honey Company (SHC) brought beehives to campus, providing educational opportunities to students, pollen to the food forest and, eventually, honey to the Four Winds Cafe. In addition to advocating for environmental responsibility, the Sarasota Honey Company is committed to the special needs community: the honey is harvested, bottled and […]

What’s the buzz? Environmental Studies students bring beehives back to campus

For the third time in New College history, beehives will occupy our campus. The college is participating in the Sarasota Honey Company’s Host-A-Hive Program, in which Owner and Head Beekeeper Alma Johnson will manage and maintain the hives while the bees pollinate the college’s food forest and produce honey to be provided to the Four […]

Boys, butts and baseball: Take Me Out review

  Boys, baseball and butts–yes, bare: three elements that may, at first, deter some typical play-goers. These components, however, provide the basis for an important story that addresses issues of homophobia, class struggles, racism and masculinity. From Sept. 22 to Oct. 1, The [email protected] presented Take Me Out, a Tony award-winning play by Richard Greenberg. […]