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5:38 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Getting People Moving with A High-Tech Simulator

Dr. Stephanie Carey (right) of the USF Dept. of Mechanical Engineering monitors veteran Gordon "Skip" Beadle as he tries out the CAREN (Computer-Assisted Rehabilitation Environment) system.

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 5:48 pm

Gordon "Skip" Beadle has a prosthetic right leg, the tenth such device he’s depended on since the retired U.S. Marine was wounded during the Vietnam War 50 years ago.

"It’s a symbiotic leg. It has a microprocessor in the knee and also the ankle," he said. "This leg in particular gives me a huge amount of balance. Before this leg, I pretty much had to use a cane cause I’d lose my balance. (Now) I can walk without a cane; I can walk uphill, downhill."

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NPR Story
11:04 am
Mon December 15, 2014

With Gun Violence In The Spotlight Some Are Pushing For Increased Access To Firearms

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 11:04 am

Recent shootings around the country have left many reexamining police departments and policies. But they've also led to a renewed focus on personal protection with increased gun sales and a legislative proposal to allow guns on college campuses.

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University Beat
4:50 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Nearly 4,500 Degrees Awarded at USF This Weekend

USF commencement ceremony from May 2014 in the Sun Dome on the Tampa campus.
Credit GradImages

The fall semester is coming to a close at the University of South Florida with almost 4,500 degrees scheduled to be awarded at half a dozen commencement ceremonies this weekend.

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Health News Florida
8:30 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Lawmaker Files Bill to Allow Firearms on University Campuses

 A Florida lawmaker has filed a bill that would allow people to carry concealed weapons on the campuses of state colleges and universities.

Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, said he already planned to sponsor the measure (HB 4005) before a shooting incident last month at Florida State University --- but that the attack, which left three people injured and the gunman dead, helps to make his point. The bill, filed Monday, would apply to people who are licensed to carry concealed weapons.

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University Beat
11:30 am
Tue December 9, 2014

USF President Genshaft Receives Bonus

USF System President Judy Genshaft delivers her Fall Address in September 2014.
Credit Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

UPDATED 12/9 11:30 a.m.:
Some information in the original post about the pay of other state university presidents was incorrect and has been removed.

Relocating the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine to Jeff Vinik's proposed redevelopment zone in downtown Tampa wasn't the only big story to come out of last week's USF Board of Trustees Meeting.

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University Beat
8:05 am
Sun December 7, 2014

Betty Castor to Lead Fulbright Scholarship Board

Former USF President Betty Castor and Sam Bell
Credit USF

Former University of South Florida President Betty Castor has been elected chair of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

The Tampa Tribune reports Castor will supervise the State Department's international exchange program, which gives out around 1,700 Fulbright Scholarships a year.

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University Beat
8:00 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Squirrel Causes Power Outage at USF...Again

At least the Facebook page "The Squirrels of USF" found some humor in Friday's squirrel-caused power outage on the Tampa campus.

Update at 8:00 p.m. December 5:

Power was finally restored to all areas of the USF Tampa campus shortly after 7 p.m.

Update at 6:20 p.m. December 5:

Tampa Electric reported that power was restored to all customers shortly after 6 p.m., but Adam Freeman from USF Communications & Marketing tells WUSF portions of the Tampa campus remain in the dark.

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University Beat
7:00 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

USF Trustees Approve Downtown Tampa Med School

At far right is the proposed downtown location of the USF Morsani College of Medicine. CAMLS is in the center; Tampa General Hospital is on the left
USF Health

Updated at 7:00 p.m. with sound & President Genshaft's letter

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University Beat
6:51 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Fundraising At FAMU Increases As Faculty Demand Pay Raises

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 2:50 pm

Florida A&M University is seeing a spike in fundraising revenue. 

The university is more than halfway to its goal for the current fiscal year, and the money comes as the school weighs salary increases for its faculty.

FAMU has raised $2.8 million since President Elmira Mangum arrived on the job in April. That's in addition to another $20 million in the form of research funding. The school set a $5.5 million fundraising goal and as Magnum says, most of the donors have been alumni.

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University Beat
4:35 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Read USF President Genshaft's Letter on Downtown Med School

File photo of USF System President Judy Genshaft
Credit University of South Florida

University of South Florida System President, Dr. Judy Genshaft, sent a letter to USF staff, faculty and students Thursday regarding the Board of Trustees' vote to approve a new downtown Tampa facility for the USF Morsani College of Medicine and the USF Health Heart Institute:

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University Beat
11:31 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Squirrel Causes Power Outage at USF

This is NOT the squirrel that caused the power outage on and around the USF Tampa campus Thursday morning.

A power outage Thursday morning caused some inconveniences on the USF Tampa campus.

Power for around 70% of the campus went off around 9:30 a.m. A TECO spokesman said a squirrel in a power substation was responsible for the outage, which interrupted students' preparations for finals next week. 

Power was restored within an hour of the outage.

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University Beat
10:16 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Meet the New Boss of USF Sarasota-Manatee

New USF Sarasota-Manatee regional chancellor, Dr. Sandra Stone
Credit USF Sarasota-Manatee

At the beginning of November, Dr. Sandra Stone officially became regional chancellor for the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee - and she's hitting the ground running.

Stone, 59, had most recently served as vice president for academic affairs at Dalton State College in Georgia.

With USFSM's second freshman class almost done with their first semester of college and the school's 40th anniversary coming up next year, Stone sat down for an extended interview for University Beat, which you can hear by clicking on the link below.

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Law & Order
3:53 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

FSU's Winston, Accuser Testify In Code Of Conduct Hearing

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 3:40 pm

Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston's student code of conduct hearing began on campus Tuesday. He and the former FSU student who accused him of sexual assault each presented their side of the case to a hearing officer.

The hearing comes a year after State Attorney Willie Meggs declined to press charges against Winston for a 2012 sexual assault allegation. A probe by the Tallahassee Police Department languished for months.

The Heisman trophy winner walked into the hearing with his attorney but did not answer any questions.


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Law & Order
7:22 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Family Finally Able to Bury Brother Who Died at Dozier (video)

An undated family photo of Thomas Varnadoe sits near an urn holding his remains.
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

"They brought him here today to be with his brother."

Those were the words of Richard Varnadoe, 86, who was at last able to put his brother Thomas in his final resting place alongside a third sibling, Hubert, at a service at Hopewell Memorial Gardens in Plant City last week.

Hubert Varnadoe's son, Gene, told a small crowd of family and friends, including University of South Florida anthropologists, that it was fitting to place Thomas alongside Hubert for eternity.

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2:57 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

The History of Campus Sexual Assault

A University of Virginia student looks over postings on the door of Peabody Hall related to the Phi Kappa Psi gang rape allegations at the school in Charlottesville, Va., Monday, Nov. 24, 2014.
Steve Helber AP

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 12:34 pm

"Male sex aggression on a university campus" was the title of one of the first studies published about a topic now very much in the news. Way back in 1957, sociologist Eugene Kanin posited a model where men used secrecy and stigma to pressure and exploit women.

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