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11/17/2014
Postcard collectors gather for Tampa show Saturday

TAMPA - Mel Rustom has been collecting postcards since the late 1970s. But to him, it's about more than stacks of cards. It's a collection of memories. Rustom and other collectors, vendors and appreciators of card stock nostalgia are gathering Saturday to exhibit these flattened vestiges of time at the Sunshine Postcard Club's fall Postcard and Ephemera Show.

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No discrimination protection for gender identity at USF

USF's anti-discrimination policies protect a range of classifications such as sexual orientation, race and Vietnam veteran status. Yet those protections do not allow students like Rebecca Cardwell to use the female restroom. In August 2010, Cardwell, a senior majoring in psychology, approached the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity (DEO) with questions regarding her transition from male to female.

Tampa Bay Times

Tampabay
10/06/2014
New Tampa veteran wins bodybuilding competition, with help

TAMPA - As Neyda Moyet stood waiting to hear the results of the Tampa Bay Classic body building competition, posing in a way she had learned mostly from YouTube tutorials, her trainer, Rafael Velez, stood in the audience, bouncing from seat to seat. They both think he was more nervous than she was.

Tampabay
10/06/2014
Expansions, renovations coming to more Hillsborough County libraries

WESTCHASE - The Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library will nearly double in size after an expansion that is part of an approximately $8.2 million capital improvement project for four of Hillsborough County's public libraries. The library, which is about 15,000 square feet, will expand by about 12,000 square feet and include a larger children's room, a larger community room and more seating, technology and activity space.

Daily Coverage

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USF professor reacts to consulate attacks

The morning after news broke of the horrific attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and Embassy in Cairo, Egypt - which resulted in the deaths of four American diplomats includingU.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens Mohsen Milani,director for strategic anddiplomatic studies for USF World, held a press conference to address the violent attacks.

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Cybersecurity center comes to USF

The field of cybersecurity is one that's constantly changing, Sri Sridharan, managing director for USF's newly developing USF Cyber Security Initiative, said. "You can protect yourself against something that happened yesterday, but cyber security is a dynamic field," he said.

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USF remembers four dead in I-275 accident

Friends, family and members of the USF community mourned in the aftermath of the fatal head-on collision on I-275 that killed four USF students early Sunday morning. The crash occurred around 2:12 a.m. when a 2001 Ford Expedition driving into oncoming traffic collided into a Hyundai Sonata in the center northbound lane.

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Unexpected tuition dollars 'soften' cuts

A few weeks after members of the faculty approached USF administrators with concerns over spending reductions to academic units and somber conversations ensued, USF Provost Ralph Wilcox delivered a bit of lighter news to the Faculty Senate on Wednesday: though the overall goals won't change, due to an unexpected amount of incoming tuition, the reductions might be "softened.

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Former USF student breaks Teo story

Timothy Burke had a busy weekend. His inbox has been filling up with hundreds of emails a day since Wednesday. His voice has been heard on 18 radio shows and his face seen on nine television appearances since then, including CNNs Anderson Cooper 360.

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145 four-credit courses modified to three

As students register for classes, many may notice courses previously listed as four credit hours now count as only three. About 145 previously four-credit hour courses starting in Summer 2013 have been modified to three credit hours in an attempt to streamline the university's course offerings with the state's common course catalog.

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Off-campus housing to expand resi-muter population

A new partnership between USF Housing and Residential Education and two off-campus apartment complexes will allow USF to count more students as part of its residential population a much-desiredstrategic goal of the university. At the last Board of Trustees meeting, in talks of how to improve graduation rates, USF administrators touted a move away from a primarily commuter campus.

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Professor embraces paperless philosophy

All that Kyle Jutras, a sophomore majoring in math education, and his fellow classmates need to bring to their honors class are open ears. That's because all textbooks, notes and assignments are provided online.

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Genshaft responds, students continue to sit in Patel Center

They had received a response, but they weren't happy with it. So once again, members of Students for a Democratic Society marched to the Patel Center for Global Solutions building, this time equipped with strawberries, bagels and textbooks and sat in the lobby, waiting for a chance to speak with President Judy Genshaft, who responded to their request to meet the day before.

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USF professor studies why children kill parents

Each case leaves an impression on her. Since she was an undergrad in college, criminology professor Kathleen Heide has studied kids who kill. A few of the cases dealt with parricide, when kids kill their parents. But as a licensed mental health counselor and clinician, Heides research methods involved more than delving through police reports and studying motivating factors.

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What happens to those accused of rape?

FSU quarterback Jameis Winston, who has been accused of sexual battery against a student, will find out today if he faces criminal charges. Winston, a Heisman trophy front-runner, was accused of raping a fellow student in December last year, but the case was on and off, and re-opened only last month, as Winston continues to play.

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Audit findings lead to stricter attendance policy

The Office of the Registrar sent email blasts and posted in the Registrars Chronicle, reminding faculty of the importance of student attendance. Failure to (take attendance) not only prevents the Office of the Registrar from updating the students status in a timely manner, it also causes financial consequences both to the institution and to the student, the notice said.

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Genshaft: USF not in financial 'crisis'

USF President Judy Genshaft and Provost Ralph Wilcox had a clear message to deliver to the Faculty Senate on Wednesday afternoon: USF is not in a financial crisis and the university is "incredibly grateful" for the Legislature's help during the past year in restoring recurring Educational and General (E&G) revenue funds.

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Obama outweighs Romney in USF political donations

As candidates make their final campaign fundraising pushes, President Barack Obama has thus far proved to raise more money than his opponent, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney a trend that is especiallypronounced among those who list the University as their place of employment.

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Patels donate $12M to start College of Global Sustainability

When Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel first announced their endowment of $18.5 million in 2005 to create the Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions, Pallavi Patel wanted to make sure the Center would be a do tank, not a think tank, her husband said Tuesday.

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Poly faculty integration to begin

By June 30, all faculty members at USFs closed Polytechnic campus will be placed in a department within the USF System. The state bill that brought about the closing of the Lakeland branch campus and the formation of Floridas 12th public university, Florida Polytechnic University, provides USF with a minimum of a $10 million, five-year teach-out plan by which USF can ensure that all existing students at the branch campus are able to complete their degrees from Lakeland.

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$122.5K performance stipend recommended for Genshaft

Members of the Board of Trustees Compensation Committee had nothing but words of high praise for USF President Judy Genshaft as they reviewed her annual self-evaluation and decided to recommend to the full Board of Trustees in two weeks the resident receive the full amount of the performance stipend the committee is allowed to award to her - $122,500.

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Innovative Education replaces University College

As the university continues to search for "innovative and entrepreneurial" revenue streams, the university's model for online education will be morphing into one that is more rooted in - and shares more revenues with - individual colleges and departments.

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USF to examine PCard use more closely

After a letter was sent earlier this month from the state's Joint Legislative Audit Committee citing the University's failure to correct findings from three consecutive operational audit reports, conducted every other year, the University will be tightening its control on the use of Procurement Cards, or PCards.

Tampa Tribune

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Gender identity to be added to non-discrimination policy

When a student approached the Diversity and Equal Opportunity (DEO) office in Fall 2010 with concerns about her transition from male to female, she received emails back stating the DEO was constrained to attempt informal resolution as USF is not bound by the laws or ordinances of the City of Tampa or Hillsborough County to protect gender identity.

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Obama addresses student concerns, upcoming election at campaign rally

In a his first Florida 2012 campaign stop, 137 days before the national election, U.S. President Barack Obama addressed a diverse crowd of more than 2500 people in states of dress ranging from T-shirts to tuxedos at Hillsborough Community Colleges Dale Mabry campus Friday afternoon.

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Engineering professor wins US Professor of the Year award

Autar Kaw, a mechanical engineering professor, has a slightly different philosophy of teaching. Instead of assigning a set of problems from a textbook, the professor, who teaches courses in computational methods, programming concepts for mechanical engineering and introduction composite materials, asked his students to re-write the lyrics to the nursery rhyme One, Two, Buckle My Shoe replacing every other line with engineering lyrics.

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Sexual violence survivors, allies 'take back the night'

Michelle Hughes Miller, a professor in the department of women and gender studies, shared her story, her voice unwavering and brimmed with passion, in the Marshall Student Center amphitheater on Tuesday night during the seventh annual Take Back the Night.

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USF alumnus does Stupid Human Trick

Cory Watts, a recent USF graduate, thought his talent was kind of ridiculous and pretty awkward. David Letterman found it impressive enough to fly two to New York City for an all-expenses-covered three-day trip so Watts and his friend, Jonathan Fudge, could star in Lettermans recurring Stupid Human Tricks segment of The Late Show.

Tampa Bay Times

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Sexual battery shocks Kappa residents

Residents of Kappa Hall, the residence hall in the Andros Complex, were shocked when they heard the news. University Police (UP) sent out a community notification email Thursday reporting a sexual battery took place within the dorm, which is home to 246 first-year students.

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Unveiling the myths of the hijab

Layla Aysheh, a senior majoring in public health and president of Sisters United Muslim Association (SUMA), loves to shop at Forever 21 and Hollister. She likes to match cardigans with jeans, and color-coordinates her outfits.

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Beyond the numbers

Peter Moschella sat still with small pink ribbons tied to his tan loafers as his granddaughter spoke before an audience about the fifth annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in October. Peter traveled from Boston to visit Elizabeth. This day meant a lot to her, so it meant a lot to him, too.

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Girls star Lena Dunham talks politics, equality and the environment

With the presidential election less than a month away, isnt uncommon to see the two worlds of politics and Hollywood colliding. Lena Dunham, the lead actress, writer and director of the HBO series Girls who recently inked the lucrative $3.5 million book deal with publisher Random House, was in her final year of school at Oberlin College in Ohio during the last presidential election.

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Students raise awareness for Palestinian justice

The students didnt say a word some wore masking tape over their mouths with the words FREE PALESTINE as they walked slowly to the Library from the Marshall Student Center (MSC). The violence going on halfway around the world, they said, spoke loud enough.

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Floyd to be a rallying cry for Bulls as new quarterback

Its a question that USF coach Skip Holtz said hes been asked a lot: What do you play for, when a bowl game is no longer in contention and youve lost seven out of 10 games, the last by more than 30 points?Though Holtz said it was unchartered waters for him, he said there still is plenty to play for.

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Campus pastor causes a stir

Gregory Pound stood outside the USF Library, holding his yellow hand-written campaign sign for his unsuccessful bid for Pinellas County Sherriff and a maroon-covered Bible, the edges browned with age. His piercing blue eyes were unfazed by the insults hurled at him every few seconds.

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Domestic violence victim shares story at Walk a Mile

Audrey Mabrey, 30, was a student at Hillsborough Community College in 2009, a mother of two and in the process of getting a divorce. Though they had separated, Mabrey said she continued to stay with her husband in their marital home. Then, though she said he had never been violent with her before, he tried to rape her once.

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Strange ways to prepare for the end of the world

Whether or not one believes the world will come to an end on Dec. 21, it can never hurt to be over-prepared. Some have been preparing more than others, though. The Oracle looks at some of the most creative ways people have prepared for what they think will be the end of the world.

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Students vote Obama in straw poll

If left to USF students, President Barack Obama will have a second term in office. Obama won a straw poll on-campus with 63 percent of the 1,645 votes counted Monday 1 percent less than he got in USFs 2008 straw poll while Mitt Romney collected 30 percent of the votes.

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USF greets Taggart with excitement

Six days after a somber Athletics Director Doug Woolard announced that former football coach Skip Holtz had been fired after the worst season in USF history, the Lee Roy Selmon Athletics Center was once again abuzz with green and gold balloons, cheerleaders and Rocky D. Bull.

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Off-campus housing to expand resi-muter population

A new partnership between USF Housing and Residential Education and two off-campus apartment complexes will allow USF to count more students as part of its residential population a much-desiredstrategic goal of the university. At the last Board of Trustees meeting, in talks of how to improve graduation rates, USF administrators touted a move away from a primarily commuter campus.

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New college, school approved by Faculty Senate

The USF Faculty Senate formally recommended USF administrators to consider creating a new college and school Wednesday afternoon. After addressing a few concerns, the School of Public Affairs, which will be housed within the School of Social Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Patel College of Global Sustainability were almost unanimously voted to be considered by the Board of Trustees (BOT).

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Hillel lecture supports Israels right of defense

With the increased violence in the Gaza Strip has come increased vitriol on all sides, and at Hillels of Florida Suncoast, an on-campus Jewish life organization, executive director and campus rabbi Ed Rosenthal said he hoped to educate students about the ongoing conflict.

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Late loss dampens Invitational weekend

As the buzzer sounded, USF mens basketball coach Stan Heath rubbed his eyebrows. Players hung their heads as they returned to their chairs on the side of the court while the Herd of Thunder band played the alma mater. Until the second half of the game against Western Michigan on Sunday, the Bulls were on a winning streak over the weekend.

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Straw poll to foreshadow general election

With 22 days until the general election on Nov. 6, students can cast mock ballots on some of the most hot-button issues of the political season at six locations across campus today.

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A long way home

To the teams at Western Kentucky and Stanford, and soon USF, hes Coach Taggart or Coach T. But to his nieces and nephews, who live in Florida and attended Saturdays press conference announcing USFs new football coach, Willie Taggart is just Uncle Man.

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Coalition to End Rape Culture kicks off today

After a semester in which two on-campus rapes were reported to University Police (UP) within a 3-week span, some student organizations hope to continue the dialogue to bring an end to the stigmatization sexual violence.

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Travel restrictions limit study abroad options

As violent demonstrations erupted across the Middle East, security risks escalated and the U.S. Department of State issued travel warnings and alerts to several countries in the region.

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Student smacked in class

During a class activity in a telecommunications production course, an instructor allegedly asked a student to demonstrate why space around headshots is important by asking him to slap another students head. Evan Purchell, a senior majoring in mass communications was asked to slap the student in front of him, said the activity was intended to be in jest.

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USF looks to restructure diversity with new model

At a Diversity Town Hall meeting hosted by the Presidents Office last month, USF President Judy Genshaft extolled about diversity a prided component of USF. People look to us to lead the way and see how we conduct ourselves, she said. Were role models. Diversity enriches us and makes us stronger.

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$13.6 million A&S budget passes with little debate

The Student Government (SG) Senate unanimously voted to accept the nearly $13.6 million 2012-13 Activity and Service (A&S) Fee Annual Allocations a more than $700,000 increase from last years budget.

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New college, school approved by Faculty Senate

The USF Faculty Senate formally recommended USF administrators to consider creating a new college and school Wednesday afternoon. After addressing a few concerns, the School of Public Affairs, which will be housed within the School of Social Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Patel College of Global Sustainability were almost unanimously voted to be considered by the Board of Trustees (BOT).

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BOG looks to performance-based funding

As the Board of Governors (BOG) convened last week for its first meeting of the year following a tumultuous one in which $300 million in state funding was cut to the State University System (SUS), preparation for requesting funding for the next year began.

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Candidates begin campaign for student body election

As two weeks of campaigning kicks off today, two candidates will vie for the position of student body president a position that serves as the representative of the more than 40,000 students on the Tampa campus, holds a seat on the university Board of Trustees and oversees a budget of more than $14 million in Activities and Service fees.

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Summer Institute to debut new funding model

As the university moves away from relying solely on state funding for summer courses, the new Summer Institute will attempt to create a hybrid public-private school-funding model that uses business analytics to offer classes that can be funded through student demand.

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USF works to remedy audit findings

As the new semester starts, some USF officials will be working to remedy some of the findings in the state of Florida's biennial operational audit, which found USF in violation of several statutes.

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Former VP of Communications, AVP of USF Health Communications leaves USF

Former vice president of communications for USF and associate vice president of USF Health Communications Michael Hoad, the longtime voice of USF at press conferences ranging from the firing of Jim Leavitt to budget cuts, left USF after 25 years. I love the university and I love everyone there, Hoad said in an email to The Oracle.

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Israeli boycott raises questions of academic freedom

Resolutions passed by major professional academic associations calling for the boycott of Israeli academic institutions have brought a generation spanning crisis from across the globe to the center of several U.S.

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Students vote Obama in straw poll

If left to USF students, President Barack Obama will have a second term in office. Obama won a straw poll on-campus with 63 percent of the 1,645 votes counted Monday 1 percent less than he got in USFs 2008 straw poll while Mitt Romney collected 30 percent of the votes.

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Gender identity to be added to non-discrimination policy

When a student approached the Diversity and Equal Opportunity (DEO) office in Fall 2010 with concerns about her transition from male to female, she received emails back stating the DEO was constrained to attempt informal resolution as USF is not bound by the laws or ordinances of the City of Tampa or Hillsborough County to protect gender identity.

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SG to host Election Day watch party

As the BBC and other international and local networks broadcast election results live from campus, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama will have to scoot over to share the limelight with Rocky D. Bull, the Sun Dolls and the USF cheerleaders.

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The vote that may not have been

David Johnson, a USF history professor, left the same residence he has lived in for six years at 10 a.m. Tuesday to vote in the same county he has been registered to vote in for nine years.But when he reached the polling location, he was told he could only receive a provisional ballot.

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Candidates begin campaign for student body election

As two weeks of campaigning kicks off today, two candidates will vie for the position of student body president a position that serves as the representative of the more than 40,000 students on the Tampa campus, holds a seat on the university Board of Trustees and oversees a budget of more than $14 million in Activities and Service fees.

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Off-campus housing to expand resi-muter population

A new partnership between USF Housing and Residential Education and two off-campus apartment complexes will allow USF to count more students as part of its residential population a much-desiredstrategic goal of the university. At the last Board of Trustees meeting, in talks of how to improve graduation rates, USF administrators touted a move away from a primarily commuter campus.

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USF greets Taggart with excitement

Six days after a somber Athletics Director Doug Woolard announced that former football coach Skip Holtz had been fired after the worst season in USF history, the Lee Roy Selmon Athletics Center was once again abuzz with green and gold balloons, cheerleaders and Rocky D. Bull.

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Education names new dean

The College of Education named Vasti Torres, director the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University- Bloomington, as the new dean of the college. Torres will assume responsibilities later this summer, after Interim Dean Harold Keller served for a year. Torres, a Florida native, said she is happy to be returning to her home state.

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Young Dittman gives back to her hospital

When Deborah Vallejo first met Leigh Dittman, she was immediately inspired. "She's an awesome little girl," said Vallejo, a volunteer with the Krewe of Augustina, a group of female volunteers who support women's and children's causes. "She has more presence than most people in their 30s."

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Fraternity removed, transfer students fill Greek house

The lions have been painted-over with USF green and the letters are no longer on the side of the building, but for the transfer students living in the house formerly belonging to the ousted fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE), its hard to ignore theyre living in the middle of Greek Village.

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The vote that may not have been

David Johnson, a USF history professor, left the same residence he has lived in for six years at 10 a.m. Tuesday to vote in the same county he has been registered to vote in for nine years.But when he reached the polling location, he was told he could only receive a provisional ballot.

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Housing rates proposed to increase

A new proposal approved by the Finance and Audit Workgroup of the Board of Trustees (BOT) last week could see on-campus housing prices increase by a weighted averageof 3.1 percent. The proposal features decreasing some living units by 2 percent while increasing other higher-demand options by up to 16 percent in an effort to generate additional revenue for improving Housingfacilities.

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Proposed cuts would decimate College of Pharmacy

When the Senate voted last week to restore $3 million to USF's College of Pharmacy after proposing to slash its entire budget, many heralded it as a victory for USF. Yet Pharmacy Dean Kevin Sneed said the $3 million budget is still highly debilitating.

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Hillel lecture supports Israels right of defense

With the increased violence in the Gaza Strip has come increased vitriol on all sides, and at Hillels of Florida Suncoast, an on-campus Jewish life organization, executive director and campus rabbi Ed Rosenthal said he hoped to educate students about the ongoing conflict.

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Genshaft: Budget is the best-case scenario

As state legislators enter a "cool down" period before voting on the House of Representatives and Senate's joint budget proposal Friday, USF President Judy Genshaft breathed a sigh of relief.

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Students raise awareness for Palestinian justice

The students didnt say a word some wore masking tape over their mouths with the words FREE PALESTINE as they walked slowly to the Library from the Marshall Student Center (MSC). The violence going on halfway around the world, they said, spoke loud enough.

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Beyond the numbers

Peter Moschella sat still with small pink ribbons tied to his tan loafers as his granddaughter spoke before an audience about the fifth annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in October. Peter traveled from Boston to visit Elizabeth. This day meant a lot to her, so it meant a lot to him, too.

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More USF funding restored in legislative compromise

Florida House and Senate leaders raced against the clock Monday night to reach a compromise on the state's budget, which has placed cuts to USF at the center of heated debates. Of the $300 million in cuts applied to the State University System (SUS), the USF system would lose more than $46 million in funding in the finalized plan, which will be voted on Friday and sent to Gov.

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Domestic violence victim shares story at Walk a Mile

Audrey Mabrey, 30, was a student at Hillsborough Community College in 2009, a mother of two and in the process of getting a divorce. Though they had separated, Mabrey said she continued to stay with her husband in their marital home. Then, though she said he had never been violent with her before, he tried to rape her once.

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Questions resurface on area's crime solutions

In the miles surrounding the outskirts of the well-manicured lawns that wave green and gold flags and host some of the lowest campus crime statistics for aggravated assaults reported among Florida universities, according to annual Security and Fire Safety reports, violent crime is more than 10 times as likely to occur in the university area than anywhere else in Florida - and even more likely than anywhere else in the country.

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USF funds restored in Senate budget

The Florida Senate's budget, which originally proposed slashing USF's budget by 58 percent, passed with significant reductions and is being heralded as a victory - by all parties involved. After a series of amendments filed by Sen. Jim Norman, R-Tampa, were passed by the Senate, USF received $47 million back in funding.

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Divestment referendum ignites debate

With one day of voting in the student body elections remaining, two referendum questions on the ballot have garnered the attention of students and have called into question the human rights conscientiousness of the hummus on campus, among other things.

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Budget battle continues with few USF legislators

As the Florida Senate prepares for an discussion today on its proposed budget cuts to USF and the immediate separation of the Polytechnic campus, the Legislature has become polarized concerning whether USF is being treated fairly.

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SG to vote on $13.6 million A&S budget

The Student Government (SG) Senate will vote tonight on allocations for the approximately $13.6 million in student-paid Activity and Service (A&S) fees expected to come in for the 2012-13 fiscal year.

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Housing applications to allow for gender neutrality

New gender classifications added to USF Housing applications will allow for students who identify themselves outside of the gender binary to be identified by Housing officials. Starting today, applicants can identify themselves as male, female or transitioning, after Housing officials decided to take the first steps toward creating gender-neutral housing arrangements.

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Coed housing option wont arrive in spring

Dorm rooms in Holly and Kosove Apartments were slated to make USF the first university in the state to offer coed housing, with a pilot program in spring 2012. But now, Dean of Students Ana Hernandez said USF never intended to begin the program in the spring, despite July reports from local media outlets including The Oracle, the St.

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Mass Comm students question dean's decisions

For the first time since changes had been announced over spring break, College of Arts and Sciences Dean Eric Eisenberg, along with School of Mass Communications (SMC) Director Jim Andrews and Associate Director Kelli Burns, met with students in a town hall session open to all SMC students.

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Graduate school to transition to Office of Graduate Studies

Before the start of the fall semester, the USF Graduate School will transform into the Office of Graduate Studies in an effort to create "greater operational and resource efficiencies," according to an email sent to faculty and staff from Provost Ralph Wilcox.

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Homecoming week to be revamped

USF President Judy Genshaft wants you to know it's Homecoming this year if you step on campus during Homecoming week. That's why she's tasked the Homecoming Steering Committee with making sure Homecoming is more memorable this year. Bill McCausland, director for the Alumni Association and part of the 18-member committee, said this year, the annual week-long event from Oct.

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USF protests proposed budget cuts

When USF President Judy Genshaft asked the USF community to protest a 58 percent budget cut in the Florida Senate's proposed budget, students, faculty, alumni and senators answered her call. "Reach out," Genshaft said to a packed audience of concerned USF faculty and students at an emergency Board of Trustees meeting Monday.

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New policy to expedite time to degree

A new proposed policy aimed to keep the time to graduation within four years seems fairly intuitive. "Students who have completed all the requirements for their degree will be required to graduate," the policy proposal states. Yet other parts of the policy may raise eyebrows.

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USF prepares for Governors budget

Almost a year after the Florida Senate proposed to slash USFs budget by58 percent, a proposal that USF President Judy Genshaft called blatantly unfair, Genshaft stood before the Faculty Senate on Wednesday cautiously optimistic as the university waits for the Governors proposed budget that will begin the legislative allocation process.

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2013 legislative bills to know

As the Florida legislative season opened Tuesday, higher education was a buzzword among the thousands of House and Senate bills that will be put forth in the coming months. In his opening address, Speaker of the House Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) said education reform was the way toward fostering upward mobility.

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Degree programs audited for productivity

As legislative funding pressures have increasingly weighed upon the university in recent years, so have pressures to become more efficient "in a climate of diminishing resources," USF Provost Ralph Wilcox said. Over the past five years, USF has terminated five degree programs, while concurrently adding new programs, he said to a Board of Trustees workgroup.

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Legislative budget includes increases in USF funding, tuition

As USF awaits the governor's pen on the annual state appropriations budget, some officials are breathing sighs of relief as the legislative season that was far less tumultuous than the last comes to an end. The budget, which is currently under review by Gov.

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Governor signs bill to grant UF, FSU preeminence

A bill that gained much support in the House and Senate was signed into effect by Gov. Rick Scott yesterday and will allow the University of Florida and Florida State University to exist as the state's preeminent universities - or universities that will be eligible for additional funding to become nationally prominent.

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Board of Governors approves market-rate tuition

A new tuition system could allow some master's students in the same program to pay up to three times as much as others. USF and four other Florida universities were granted approval from the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) on Thursday to go forth with a new method of collecting tuition - "market-rate" tuition.

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USF considers terminating 17 degrees

Though this year's state appropriations saw a restoration of cuts to the USF System, USF is taking precautionary measures in examining efficiency in the degree programs it offers. USF has identified 17 programs to be considered for termination, adding to the 22 programs that have been terminated over the past five years.

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First branch campus student elected to BOT

Mark Lombardi-Nelson, student body president of the St. Petersburg campus, emerged with a smile from more than five hours of Board of Trustee workgroup meetings last week. "I'm pumped," he said. "Now I have new things to do and learn, and new processes to understand. ...

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Former student charged with murder granted trial for conditional bond

John Andrew Welden, a former USF student charged with first-degree murder and tampering with consumer product substances, was granted a trial for setting provisional bond a week after a new affidavit was submitted containing medical expertise that calls into question the strength of the case against Welden.

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Request for bond set in Welden case

As John Andrew Welden, the 28-year-old pre-medical science student minoring in religious studies accused of first-degree murder and tampering with medicines, sits in the custody of Pinellas County awaiting his federal trial in July, 16 of his family members and friends have submitted letters of support requesting that Welden, previously deemed a flight risk, be released on bond.

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Abortion pill suspect released on bond

John Andrew Welden, the former USF student accused of providing his former girlfriend with mislabeled medication with the intent of inducing an abortion, was released from jail before his trial with strict house arrest provisions and more than $350,000 provided in bonds.

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USF supports new method of counting grad rate

Two weeks after the USF System's branch campuses faced critical questioning from the Florida Board of Governors over lower performance metrics than the Tampa campus, USF has expressed its support for a new method of counting graduation rates that could result in up to a 22 percent increase in graduation rates at the St.

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BOG questions branch campus performance

When the Florida Board of Governors began three days of meetings on the USF campus Tuesday, the board had a harsh line of questioning for the host campus after listening to a 20-minute presentation highlighting many of USF's accomplishments. "It's very impressive, everything you've done, including presenting to us on STEM, graduation rates and all that," BOG member Mori Hosseini said.

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USF tuition to increase by 1.7 percent after BOT vote

The USF Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to adapt USF policies to match state statutes on tuition that would result in a 1.7 percent tuition increase for in-state undergraduate students next year, equal to the rate of inflation specified by the Florida Office of Economic and Demographic Research. In 2007, former Fla.

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University proposes merit-based raises

A year after the university faced financial belt-tightening following budget cuts, existing faculty may now be eligible for merit-based raises and the university will try to restore its financial reserves, according to an email sent to faculty and staff from USF President Judy Genshaft.

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USF earns $2.6 million in performance funding

USF took home the biggest portion of the Florida Board of Governor's $20 million in performance-based funding last week, bringing in $2.6 million after topping other schools - including the state's two recognized preeminent universities - on a list of three metrics.

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Business makes custom shirts

Students looking for unique attire for a night out will sometimes give the staff at Pasteurized Tees on Elmwood the shirt off their back. Owner Michael Bowen and his brother-in-law Colin Griffin say customers can walk in with an idea, and leave with a customized t-shirt or sweatshirt.

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A step at a time

Harrison Milanian, a senior majoring in business, wanted to take a trip to the Grand Canyon. When he looked up driving directions last October, he noticed there were walking directions. It blew his mind, he said. So the next day he took his dog out to see how far they could walk.

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Engineering professor wins US Professor of the Year award

Autar Kaw, a mechanical engineering professor, has a slightly different philosophy of teaching. Instead of assigning a set of problems from a textbook, the professor, who teaches courses in computational methods, programming concepts for mechanical engineering and introduction composite materials, asked his students to re-write the lyrics to the nursery rhyme One, Two, Buckle My Shoe replacing every other line with engineering lyrics.

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Library hours cut as university spending shrinks

More than 1,000 students have signed online petitions and liked Facebook pages calling for the restoration of the USF Tampa Library hours to its 24/5 schedule. The Library's reduced hours, now open from 7:30 a.m. until midnight on Mondays through Thursdays and until 6 p.m. on Fridays, from 10 a.m.

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Religious speaker responds to controversy

A lecture on homosexuality and Christianity scheduled for next week on campus, which advertised a "former leftist lesbian professor" who "despised Christians," but "somehow became one," sparked some debate after some organizations expressed concerns about the speaker's beliefs, which they said echoed sentiments that reflected conversion therapy.

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Religious event sparks free speech debate on sexuality

Advertising for an event in the Marshall Student Center next week has caught the attention - and concern - of some students: Blue posters and a banner advertising a lecture on "Homosexuality and Christianity," a lecture that will be given by Dr. Rosario Butterfield, a self-proclaimed former "leftist lesbian" professor at Syracuse University who became heterosexual after becoming a devout Christian.

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Sexuality, Christianity lecture creates dialogue, protest

As Rosaria Butterfield began her lecture about her journey and "train wreck conversion" from a lesbian professor to a Christian, a pastor's wife and mother of four, nine students in the front row of the audience stood up silently, took off their jackets, turned their backs to Butterfield and linked arms in front of a packed Oval Theater guarded by two University Police officers and two security officers.

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Cybersecurity center comes to USF

The field of cybersecurity is one that's constantly changing, Sri Sridharan, managing director for USF's newly developing USF Cyber Security Initiative, said. "You can protect yourself against something that happened yesterday, but cyber security is a dynamic field," he said.

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Campus alert system raises questions

At 11 p.m. on Thursday night, Saurabh Gupta, a Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering was held at gunpoint and forced into a bedroom by a man who walked on foot to his fiancee's apartment after sexually assaulting four women and invading the apartment of another. A few hours later, at 1:55 a.m.

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Few females fill student body president role

Christina Hughes and Sarah Pollei are the first women in years to run in a student body presidential election with multiple female candidates. Yet it has been 14 years since a woman has been elected USF's student body president.

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USF prepares for budget cuts

After a year of massive budget cuts pillaged the universitys cash reserves, USF President Judy Genshaft had more somber news to deliver at the Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting last week. The $36 million taken by the legislature was meant to be a one-time (cut), she said. One time, they said.

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USF prepares for budget cuts

After a year of massive budget cuts pillaged the universitys cash reserves, USF President Judy Genshaft had more somber news to deliver at the Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting last week. The $36 million taken by the legislature was meant to be a one-time (cut), she said. One time, they said.

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Faculty difficult to retain, recruit amid state cuts

Over the past five years the University has lost more than $125 million in state support. But of more concern to some, is the brain drain that has accompanied it. USF has lost 267 faculty members since 2007.

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01/18/2012
Another chance to make basketball history // The Observer

Students, you've got a chance to make history this week. This Saturday, the Irish host number one ranked and 20-0 Syracuse at 6 p.m. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN. Did you know that Notre Dame basketball ranks ninth in all-time wins? That's not a typo.

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Book Review: \

How far would you go to raise money for an organization you care deeply about and can relate to in some way? Would you be willing to push a peanut with your nose down the longest stretch of the most popular mall in town?

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Poly bill poses fiscal challenges for USF System

The financial implications of a bill proposed by the Florida Senate to immediately separate USF Polytechnic became apparent this week with the release of the Senate's budget. The bill, proposed by Florida Senate Higher Education Appropriations Committee chairwoman Sen. Evelyn Lynn, R-Daytona Beach, would turn USF Polytechnic into an independent university immediately upon passing and name it "Florida Polytechnic University."

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Bill could create independent Polytechnic by end of year

A bill proposed Wednesday could grant USF Polytechnic's campus independence by the end of the year, despite the compromise reached by the Board of Governors (BOG) after much battling. According to the Lakeland Ledger, the Florida Senate bill was put forth by Sen. Evelyn Lynn, R-Ormand Beach, with help from Sen.

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Polytechnic student faces conduct violations

The possible USF Polytechnic split and the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) decision to set criteria for its independence has resulted in numerous emails, letters and calls for investigation. Now, one USF Polytechnic student may face code of conduct violations for how he discussed the matter.

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Senator accuses USF leaders of misleading BOG on Polytechnic

The Board of Governors' (BOG) resolution on USF Polytechnic's potential split from the USF System left a volatile aftermath, including with one of the split's initial supporters. In a letter sent to the BOG on Nov. 16, Sen. J.D.

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\'Mr. Soul\' Comes (Back) to Washington

Before Oprah Winfrey, before Arsenio Hall, there was Mr. Soul, says Melissa Haizlip, co-director with J. Kevin Swain of a new documentary about her late uncle, Ellis B. Haizlip, that will be highlighted in free screenings this week in Washington. The documentary, "Mr. Soul!

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UP, man on campus scuffle

An altercation between a University Police (UP) officer and an individual on campus involved pills and pepper spray Tuesday night. UP Spokesman Lt. Chris Daniel said UP was called by Allied Barton Security, who reported an intoxicated person around 8:45 p.m. between Maple Hall buildings A and B.

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On-campus armed robbery results in one arrest

Three armed intruders held a USF student at gunpoint Saturday night and stole approximately $100 worth of his property. One was arrested early Sunday morning. Around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, a 17-year-old suspect not affiliated with USF was arrested and charged with armed robbery.

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Polytechnic committee moves forward with independence

After the initial sting from a flurry of angry letterssubsided, USF and Board of Governors (BOG) leadersdiscussed the steps necessaryto move forward with creatingan independent Polytechnic campus. The BOG selectcommittee on USF Polytechnic met Thursday in Orlando to discuss accreditation and the search for a new regionalchancellor.

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Students charged with drug trafficking

Two USF students have been charged with 24 counts of trafficking illegal drugs, including marijuana, LSD and opium. Erick Romain, a student majoring in sociology, and Eric Tridas, a graduate student studying mechanical engineering, were arrested last Tuesday for drug possession with intent to sell.

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Former USF professor sentenced to probation

His mugshot was sprawled across the cover page of local publications and he lost his job in the College of Marine Sciences after being accused of burglary and battery. However, former USF professor Qingnong Xiao has received some reprieve. He will not go to jail.

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For his father

When Mark Lombardi-Nelson, the student representative to the Board of Trustees, turned 21 this weekend, it wasn't the "statewide shutdown," he said he'd long imagined for the day. It wasn't exactly the party spanning from UWF to FIU he thought it would be. Instead, he said, it was more meaningful.

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Cybersecurity center comes to USF

The field of cybersecurity is one that's constantly changing, Sri Sridharan, managing director for USF's newly developing USF Cyber Security Initiative, said. "You can protect yourself against something that happened yesterday, but cyber security is a dynamic field," he said.

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Request for bond set in Welden case

As John Andrew Welden, the 28-year-old pre-medical science student minoring in religious studies accused of first-degree murder and tampering with medicines, sits in the custody of Pinellas County awaiting his federal trial in July, 16 of his family members and friends have submitted letters of support requesting that Welden, previously deemed a flight risk, be released on bond.

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USF considers terminating 17 degrees

Though this year's state appropriations saw a restoration of cuts to the USF System, USF is taking precautionary measures in examining efficiency in the degree programs it offers. USF has identified 17 programs to be considered for termination, adding to the 22 programs that have been terminated over the past five years.

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First branch campus student elected to BOT

Mark Lombardi-Nelson, student body president of the St. Petersburg campus, emerged with a smile from more than five hours of Board of Trustee workgroup meetings last week. "I'm pumped," he said. "Now I have new things to do and learn, and new processes to understand. ...

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Sexual violence survivors, allies 'take back the night'

Michelle Hughes Miller, a professor in the department of women and gender studies, shared her story, her voice unwavering and brimmed with passion, in the Marshall Student Center amphitheater on Tuesday night during the seventh annual Take Back the Night.

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Education names new dean

The College of Education named Vasti Torres, director the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University- Bloomington, as the new dean of the college. Torres will assume responsibilities later this summer, after Interim Dean Harold Keller served for a year. Torres, a Florida native, said she is happy to be returning to her home state.

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MOOCs change nature of online education

Philip Bishop, a professor in the Honors College, usually teaches classes of about 25 students. But when he offered arts and humanities course last fall, "What Does it Mean to Live Well?" as a massive open online course (MOOC), the number of his students increased. Bishop taught 1,400 students.

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145 four-credit courses modified to three

As students register for classes, many may notice courses previously listed as four credit hours now count as only three. About 145 previously four-credit hour courses starting in Summer 2013 have been modified to three credit hours in an attempt to streamline the university's course offerings with the state's common course catalog.

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Undergrad wins $15K with paintball plan

Casey Henry likes paintball because it takes hard work and dedication. It's also why she said she likes being an entrepreneur. Last week, Henry, a senior majoring in finance, won $15,000 along with her business partner Amy Abdnour, to bring her interests in paintball and business together.

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New policy to expedite time to degree

A new proposed policy aimed to keep the time to graduation within four years seems fairly intuitive. "Students who have completed all the requirements for their degree will be required to graduate," the policy proposal states. Yet other parts of the policy may raise eyebrows.

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Genshaft responds, students continue to sit in Patel Center

They had received a response, but they weren't happy with it. So once again, members of Students for a Democratic Society marched to the Patel Center for Global Solutions building, this time equipped with strawberries, bagels and textbooks and sat in the lobby, waiting for a chance to speak with President Judy Genshaft, who responded to their request to meet the day before.

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Mass Comm students question dean's decisions

For the first time since changes had been announced over spring break, College of Arts and Sciences Dean Eric Eisenberg, along with School of Mass Communications (SMC) Director Jim Andrews and Associate Director Kelli Burns, met with students in a town hall session open to all SMC students.

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USF to examine PCard use more closely

After a letter was sent earlier this month from the state's Joint Legislative Audit Committee citing the University's failure to correct findings from three consecutive operational audit reports, conducted every other year, the University will be tightening its control on the use of Procurement Cards, or PCards.

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Governor signs bill to grant UF, FSU preeminence

A bill that gained much support in the House and Senate was signed into effect by Gov. Rick Scott yesterday and will allow the University of Florida and Florida State University to exist as the state's preeminent universities - or universities that will be eligible for additional funding to become nationally prominent.

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Gen. Ed. requirements could change by 2014

As the new legislative season embarks, one piece of legislation that passed last year may have an impact on future USF students. When HB 7135 passed last spring, the state authorized a change to General Education requirements in an effort to create a more standardized core curriculum.

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Housing rates proposed to increase

A new proposal approved by the Finance and Audit Workgroup of the Board of Trustees (BOT) last week could see on-campus housing prices increase by a weighted averageof 3.1 percent. The proposal features decreasing some living units by 2 percent while increasing other higher-demand options by up to 16 percent in an effort to generate additional revenue for improving Housingfacilities.

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Referendum discounted, debate continues

Fifteen minutes before Student Body Elections results were to be announced on Friday, the student body received an email with the subject line, Apologies from Student Government, stating that the two student-proposed referendum questions on the ballot would be discounted as an official Student Government (SG) referendum.

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Students march for climate change

Wearing green hard hats and sporting colorful signs, the group of protesters marched from the Marshall Student Center to Sen. Marco Rubios on-campus office belting environmentally conscientious chants through a megaphone. Hey. Obama. We dont want no climate drama. No coal. No oil. We dont want the world to boil.

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Divestment referendum ignites debate

With one day of voting in the student body elections remaining, two referendum questions on the ballot have garnered the attention of students and have called into question the human rights conscientiousness of the hummus on campus, among other things.

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Questions linger on campus as pope resigns

As news of Pope Benedict XVIs resignation trickled down from Vatican City early this morning, many on campus, like those across the world, were surprised. The 85-year-old pope announced his resignation Monday morning, citing his age and infirmity to hinder his continuance as leader of the Catholic Church.

Tampabay
10/06/2014
USF scholarship recipient emerges from humble beginnings

TEMPLE TERRACE When Marcos Gonzalez walked to the stage to address the other USF College of Business scholarship recipients recently, he wore a fitted suit and tie and carried a bucket of unripened tomatoes on his shoulder.

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Poly bill poses fiscal challenges for USF System

The financial implications of a bill proposed by the Florida Senate to immediately separate USF Polytechnic became apparent this week with the release of the Senate's budget. The bill, proposed by Florida Senate Higher Education Appropriations Committee chairwoman Sen. Evelyn Lynn, R-Daytona Beach, would turn USF Polytechnic into an independent university immediately upon passing and name it "Florida Polytechnic University."

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Non-discrimination policy could include gender identity

USF is taking steps toward adding gender identity and expression to the list of categories protected under its non-discrimination policy. The Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office (DEO) has begun discussing the potential addition, and student organizations are planning to draft a petition in support of the change.

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10/06/2014
Investigator shares cyber crime prevention tips

TAMPA - Debora Brown, an investigator for the Hillsborough County Consumer Protection Agency, recently received a case about a woman who tried to apply for a payday loan online. The woman never received the money, but she later got several harassing phone calls from debt collectors around the country.

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Judy Shirt popular with students, president

When Student Government (SG) posted a promotion on Facebook for the annual Our Shirt competition, one submission stood out from the pile. The white shirt with a gold-tinted image of a laughing President Judy Genshaft and the words, USF is out of this world, has now become known as the Judy Shirt and sells for $15 since Tuesday.

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10/06/2014
USF student ombudsman Samuel Wright retires today

TAMPA - The couch and armchair in the lobby of student ombudsman Samuel Wright's office are piled high with thank-you cards, trinkets, plaques and other tokens of appreciation as he prepares to retire. But in the center of the bustling University of South Florida campus, they were once places for students to unload their concerns.

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10/06/2014
Florida Wind Band working to resurrect a fading art

TEMPLE TERRACE - John Carmichael stood atop a podium, his baton piercing the air more expressively as the music crescendoed. In front of him was a group of about 50 people from varying backgrounds, playing through a repertoire of classic Americana music for the first time in the first of two rehearsals before their "By the Dawn's Early Light" concert on Monday.

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Travel restrictions limit study abroad options

As violent demonstrations erupted across the Middle East, security risks escalated and the U.S. Department of State issued travel warnings and alerts to several countries in the region.

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10/06/2014
Broadway Theatre Project gives students an intensive look at what it takes

TAMPA The Broadway Theatre Project is not called "the Harvard of musical theater" for nothing. Days start between 7 and 9 a.m. and end between 10 and 11 p.m. In between, the 70 students selected by audition from around the world sing, dance and act, only breaking for lunch and dinner.

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Student becomes first from USF to win Marshall Scholarship

USF's first recipient of the Marshall Scholarship said funding for her education has not always been easily available. When Jean Weatherwax, a senior majoring in electrical engineering and minoring in music, moved from Seattle to the small Panhandle town of Niceville during high school, she wanted to make sure she had enough money saved to go to college.

Tampabay
09/18/2013
'Walking Dead' style zombies head to Miami Flugtag

First, they were Baywatch lifeguards. Then they were Willy Wonka and the Oompa Loompas. And today, a pickup and 22-foot U-Haul truck will transport a giant brain-shaped contraption, glider and launcher to Miami. That's where they will unleash the Flying Dead Zombie Attack at the first National Red Bull Flugtag.

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10/06/2014
Refugees find food, community in a Tampa garden

TAMPA Lah Ku spends much of his day working in the gardens off the unpaved roads of Causeway Boulevard just outside St. Mary's Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Ku's 3-year-old granddaughter runs around him and clutches his leg as he tends plants. There are papayas, moringas, chili peppers, lemongrass and other vegetables and leaves native to his home country, Myanmar.

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10/06/2014
Degree provides lesson in persistence and perseverance

ST. PETERSBURG - Kawanna Jenkins, 36, has a lengthy college transcript. It starts in 1994, when she graduated from high school. But her story has been long, too. She had a son at 16, and her education often took a back seat to the demands of work and caring for him.

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Alzheimers caregiver offers perspective as stand-in CEO

Francine Shebell met with operating staff at the Byrd Alzheimers Institute on Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, looking through digital microscopes and listening to updates on their research. At noon she attended a monthly meeting with laboratory investigators. The retired attorney usually spends her days at a slower pace, practicing yoga or visiting her husband, Peter.

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Lost ring, symbol between mother and daughter

When Sheryl Rainwater saw the ring almost three years ago, she knew it was perfect for her daughter Mikaella's 19th birthday. There was something extraordinarily beautiful about it, Sheryl said. It was so blue. When you looked at it, it was mesmerizing. Now, the ring is gone, and Sheryl and Mikaella will do anything to have it back.

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10/06/2014
Seminole Heights celebrates its new community book box

SEMINOLE HEIGHTS - Outside the house Tim Heberlein and his wife, Caitlin Cook, have lived in for the past two years, a bright blue box made of wood and other recyclable materials is filled with books ranging from the Constitution to cookbooks, waiting to be flipped through or taken, replaced or put back.

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10/06/2014
Patel Conservatory inspires special-needs students with music lessons

TEMPLE TERRACE Allison Novak held up a painting in front of a primary classroom of six students at Morning Star School. "Is that your mom?" one student asked. "What's her name?" another asked. It wasn't her mom and she didn't have a name, she told the class.

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Gov. Scott set to sign state budget today

Gov. Rick Scott will travel to a Jacksonville elementary school today to sign the $70.8 billion budget that has concerned USF students and faculty since its formation. The budget will decide the total funding to state universities, whether USFs Polytechnic branch campus will become an independent 12th public university and the possibility of a state-wide 15 percent tuition hike, which Scott has previously said he opposes.

Tampabay
11/27/2013
Join Shop Hop in Seminole Heights on Saturday

SEMINOLE HEIGHTS - The day after Black Friday, 12 small businesses in Seminole Heights hope to offer shoppers who aren't worn out a taste of retail with local flavor. Coinciding with American Express' Small Business Saturday, in which American Express card users get $10 back when they spend $10 or more at a qualifying small business on Nov.

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Gov. Scott recommends 5 percent tuition increase cap

Though Gov. Rick Scotts signing of the $70.8 billion budget saw $1 billion allocated to K-12 education, Floridas public universities lost $300 million in funding and faces a suggested 5 percent tuition hike. The budget currently allocates $145 million to USF Tampa in state funding, a $39.1 million cut from last year and $105.6 million less than 2007, when they contributed $250.6 million.

Tampabay
10/06/2014
Three Eagle Scouts honored for their regional betterment projects

Jared Dorsey, Garrett Fiss and Noah Fatica, members of Boy Scout Troop 22, were honored in June at an event attended by a former Tampa mayor celebrating the more than 800 collective hours of community service the three put in for their regional betterment projects.

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Poly faculty integration to begin

By June 30, all faculty members at USFs closed Polytechnic campus will be placed in a department within the USF System. The state bill that brought about the closing of the Lakeland branch campus and the formation of Floridas 12th public university, Florida Polytechnic University, provides USF with a minimum of a $10 million, five-year teach-out plan by which USF can ensure that all existing students at the branch campus are able to complete their degrees from Lakeland.

Tampabay
10/06/2014
Local group aims to be bridge between people and government

TEMPLE TERRACE - Their group is small, but their goals are not. The eight-member Tampa chapter of RESULTS, a national grass roots advocacy organization, is committed to eradicating global poverty. But the group doesn't collect money or canned goods.

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10/06/2014
Corpus Christi school celebrates 50th anniversary

TEMPLE TERRACE - As parents, parishioners and their friends mingled during a night of live and silent auctions, dancing and dinner at Corpus Christi Catholic School's gala, the annual event, held at Saddlebrook Resort, took on more meaning than usual. The pre-K through eighth-grade school in the heart of Temple Terrace was celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Tampabay
03/21/2014
Engineer, urban garden guru turns recycling bins into grow boxes

TAMPA HEIGHTSWhen Rex Stanford asked the two classes of first-graders lined up outside Villa Madonna School if they knew what "organic" meant, he faced a few puzzled expressions. Some took guesses, like "100 percent," "healthy" or "natural."

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Scott approves new Florida Polytechnic University

Gov. Rick Scott signed a much-debated bill Friday to immediately create a 12th public university in the state of Florida effectively severing USF Polytechnic from the USF System to create Florida Polytechnic University and leaving many questions unanswered. Existing students at USF Polytechnic will still be able to complete their degrees and be taught by Poly faculty in Lakeland.

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Scott: I dont believe in tuition hikes

The many on-campusprotesters who havedecried tuition hikes during the past year have found a new supporter: Gov. Rick Scott. The House ofRepresentatives proposed a budget last week that would increase university tuition by a base rate of 8 percent, as well as cut 6 percent of funding to higher education, and State University System President Frank Brogan said he expectedan additional 7 percent increase in differential costs.

Tampabay
10/06/2014
Corbett Prep sixth-grader heads to Scripps spelling bee

CARROLLWOOD - When Corbett Preparatory School headmaster Joyce Swarzman won her schoolwide spelling bee as a sixth-grader, she dreamed of going to the famed Scripps National Spelling Bee. She never got there. But years later, when teachers Kim Rostick and Vickie Johnson approached her with the idea of creating a schoolwide spelling bee, Swarzman saw her chance to get to the national bee.

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Gender identity to be added to non-discrimination policy

When a student approached the Diversity and Equal Opportunity (DEO) office in Fall 2010 with concerns about her transition from male to female, she received emails back stating the DEO was constrained to attempt informal resolution as USF is not bound by the laws or ordinances of the City of Tampa or Hillsborough County to protect gender identity.

Tampabay
10/06/2014
Hillel students bring back lifetime of memories from Israel trip

It was a sight they had previously seen only in textbooks. But Masada, the 400-meter fortress from the time of Herod the Great, was brought to life when a group of Hillel Academy eighth-graders took their end-of-the-year trip to Israel and Amsterdam, the culmination of the students' Jewish education before they part ways to their respective high schools.

USF Oracle

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Polytechnic jobs uncertain as budget slashed

USF President Judy Genshaft was forced to be the bearer of bad news Monday, when she visited USF Polytechnic after a bill signed by Gov. Rick Scott Friday effectively shut down the branch campus. We will not be able to hire every single person, Genshaft said to a group of faculty and staff, according to the Lakeland Ledger.

Student Government

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Bulls Radio sees $52K added to budget

Despite having nearly $60,000 left to spend by June 30, the end of the fiscal year, Bulls Radio will receive an additional $52,000 to its budget to operate next academic year.

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USF responds to rapes with caution, not alarm

Though many students were unaware of the second rape that occurred in an on-campus residence hall within three weeks, the university has addressed the issue with precautionary measures but officials said the incident is not something to be alarmed by.

Social Issues

University Administration

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USF hopes to raise out-of-state fees, enrollment

When USF administrators request a 15 percent tuition differential increase from the Board of Trustees (BOT) today, they will also request an 8 percent increase in out-of-state fees. Though only 2.8 percent of USFs undergraduate students are from out-of-state, USF is the only Florida public university to have increased its proportion of out of state undergraduate students in the past three years, according to a Provosts Office document.

Tbo
04/19/2008
Depressing Numbers Don't Lie

Jump afterwards." "Take a really hot shower." While these nuggets of advice on how to not get pregnant may sound ridiculous - after all, I did find them floating around online discussion boards teenagers frequent - this is what passes for safe sex education for some teenagers.

Tbo
09/24/2008
Anti-Islam Video Offends American Ideals

About 4,000 years ago the Code of Hammurabi was written and inscribed the most basic form of justice into stone and society's civilians. About 400 years ago, the country we live in today was settled by colonists in search of a better life so they could live happily and pursue all that they could - the American dream.

Human Interest

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Poly separation decision looms as questions remain

Though Gov. Rick Scott had previously expressed doubts about creating a 12th Florida university while the current 11 are receiving budget cuts, a bill awaiting his signature could do just that. SB 1994 was initially proposed by Sen. Evelyn Lynn, R-Ormond Beach, with help from Senate Budget Committee Chairman Sen.

Tbo
03/30/2008
When Our World Becomes iWorld

In a century filled with iMacs, iPods, iPhones and even iRobots, where has iCare gone? "The youth of today are apathetic." This has become the infamous one-line bio of this generation's youth. Yet while it is rare these days to see people standing on the roadsides with picket signs and posters, the passion of generations past has not disappeared.

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BOG looks to performance-based funding

As the Board of Governors (BOG) convened last week for its first meeting of the year following a tumultuous one in which $300 million in state funding was cut to the State University System (SUS), preparation for requesting funding for the next year began.

Budget Cuts and Tuition

Crime and Courts

Tbo
04/08/2008
Loathsome Wal-Mart Still Feels Like Home

After moving to Tampa from a small town in Illinois, I did not want to contribute to the pathetic plight of the environment and shop at overbearing conglomerates that bully local businesses and eventually, in some way, shape or form, lead to global warming.

Tbo
07/22/2008
'American': Pen Your Own Definition

I would like to thank Barack Obama and John McCain (despite the fact that my gratitude towards one will only extend the length of this column) for explaining to me what "American" means. My idea of "American" had always been a quixotic pursuit of textbook ideals - liberty, equality, justice.

Issues in Higher Ed

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