University Beat
12:47 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

USF Concealed Weapons Debate Heats Up

Members of the empty holster protest pose for a photo at the USF Bull Market
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

The debate over allowing concealed weapons on college campuses is heating up at USF's Tampa campus this week.  We visited the Bull Market, where opponents to the ban set up shop... but they weren't alone.

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University Beat
4:00 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

USF Students Hold Empty Holster Protest

USF protest organizers, senior Emily Schwab & junior Bradley Searles
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

There's an unusual sight on USF's Tampa and Sarasota-Manatee campuses this week: a number of students are wearing empty gun holsters over their clothes to protest Florida's ban on concealed weapons on campus.

It's part of a nationwide protest organized by the group Students for Concealed Carry, which is encouraging members to wear empty gun holsters on college campuses this week to start a conversation about schools' bans on concealed weapons.

Although USF doesn't have a chapter, a number of other student groups are joining together in the effort, led by the USF College Republicans.

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University Beat
10:48 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Gainesville, Tallahassee among Best College Towns

The American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) has come out with its 2012-2013 list of the 75 Best College Towns and Cities, and while Gainesville (University of Florida) and Tallahassee (Florida State University) make the grade, Tampa-St. Petersburg-Sarasota (USF), Orlando (UCF) and Miami (University of Miami) fall short.

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University Beat
7:30 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Jerry (of Ben & Jerry's) Promises Tasty Talk

Jerry Greenfield speaks at 8 p.m. Monday on the 2nd floor of the USF Marshall Student Center
Credit USF News

You might not recognize the name "Jerry Greenfield," but take away the last name and add "Ben and..." and everyone suddenly knows the ice cream magnate.

Greenfield will bring that notoriety, along with his business acumen (and some tasty treats), to USF's Tampa campus Monday night as part of the University Lecture Series.

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3:28 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

USF, WUSF Receive Awards for Gulf Oil Spill Response

USF researchers in the Gulf following the 2010 BP oil spill
George Guthro R/V Weatherbird II

The University of South Florida and a trio of WUSF reporters are being honored for their work in response to the BP Gulf oil spill in 2010.

A team of USF researchers and officials, led by Dr. William Hogarth, are among the recipients of Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Tampa Bay's STEM Catalyst Collaborative Partnerships Award.

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University Beat
7:55 am
Sun January 27, 2013

Sexual Attack Reported at USF Marshall Student Center

USF Marshall Center
Credit University of South Florida

1/28/13, 3 p.m. CORRECTION: The story has been updated and revised to indicate that neither man is a student, but are both affiliated with USF.

Police at the University of South Florida are investigating a reported sexual battery that took place at the Marshall Student Center.

According to a release from University Police, on January 25th, a male student man reported that he was attacked by another male student man on the afternoon on January 18th in a public restroom in the USF Marshall Student Center. The release says the victim and the alleged attacker knew each other. The attack remains under investigation.

Police Department spokeswoman Charlotte Domingo tells the Tampa Bay Times the men are not students, but are affiliated with the university.

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University Beat
3:39 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

USF Bypasses Brick & Mortar, Offers Online Masters Degrees

Credit USF College of Engineering

The University of South Florida continues expanding its web presence as it prepares to roll out a pair of online masters degree programs.

The College of Business' online Master of Science in management information systems (MIS) degree program launches in the spring 2013 semester, while the College of Engineering's online MS in Electrical Engineering for professionals degree program gets underway in the summer 2013 semester.

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University Beat
1:29 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Will a USF Grad Be Miss America?

Aniska Tonge, Miss Virgin Islands 2012 and USF graduate, will compete in this weekend's Miss America pageant.
Credit USF Arts & Sciences

When the 53 contestants take the stage for the finals of the Miss America 2013 competition Saturday night in Las Vegas, a USF Bull will be among them.

Aniska Tonge graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in psychology only three months before winning the title of Miss Virgin Islands 2012. She also minored in women's studies.

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University Beat
3:33 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

USF Graduation: Soldiers, Superheroes, Exceptional Students

USF graduation ceremony in the Sun Dome

Over 2,900 students across the USF System received their diplomas this past weekend, and like most graduating classes, there were a few individual stories worth noting:

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USF Athletics
5:25 pm
Sun December 2, 2012

Skip Holtz Releases Statement after USF's Firing

Skip Holtz

The University of South Florida Football program released the following written statement  Sunday afternoon from Skip Holtz in response to his firing as the head coach.

Holtz is only the second coach to run USF's fledgling football program. The other, Jim Leavitt, was fired in January 2010 for allegedly hitting a player and then lying about the incident.


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University Beat
3:15 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

USF Among Top 10 Schools with New AAAS Fellows

(Back row from left) Peter Stiling, Earl McCoy, Robert Deschenes, Lynn Wecker, James Garey, Nagarajan Ranganathan (Front row) John Skvoretz, Paula Bickford, Richard Pollenz, Lorena Madrigal, Karen Liller, Cesar Borlongan Not pictured: Susan Bell, Lawrence Hall, George Nolas
Credit Judy Lowry / USF Research News

The University of South Florida's research reputation continues to rise.

The prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science has named 15 USF faculty members as Fellows. This places the school in the top ten universities worldwide with the most new Fellows named this year, trailing only the University of Michigan (19 Fellows), Ohio State University (18), University of California-Davis (17) and Vanderbilt University (17), tying the University of Southern California (15) and ahead of such schools as Duke University (14) and Indiana University (12).

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University Beat
6:00 am
Thu October 11, 2012

With Attacks in Mind, USF Plans "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" Event

USF male student wears high heels during 2011 "Walk a Mile In Her Shoes" march
Deb Holland WUSF Public Media

It's one of the more humorous, yet heartfelt moments at the University of South Florida--hundreds of men stumbling around in women's shoes at the "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" march.

During the event, scheduled for this Friday in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, male students and faculty will again pledge to help end sexual violence against women. This year's march comes as University Police continue investigating a pair of apparently unrelated sexual assaults that occurred in campus residence halls over the last four weeks.

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University Beat
6:18 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

USF Urges Caution Following Two Sexual Assaults

Lt. Charlotte Domingo, USF Police; Nanci Newton, director of the USF Center for Victim Advocacy & Violence Prevention; and Ana Hernandez, Dean of housing and residential education, speak at a news conference Tuesday.
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

Police at the University of South Florida continue investigating a pair of sexual attacks reported in residence halls on the Tampa campus. And while authorities say the incidents are apparently unrelated, they're also encouraging students to be cautious, but not afraid.

University police have yet to file charges in this past Sunday morning's incident in Epsilon Hall, where a woman alleges she was attacked by a man she knows.

They also continue seeking an unknown suspect who reportedly attacked a student in Kappa Hall on Sept. 19. The woman did not know her attacker, who's described as a white male, 18 to 22 years old, about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds with a muscular build and short black or shaggy brown hair.

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Student Protests
5:26 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

SDS Protests War in Afghanistan at USF Campus

One poster from SDS protesting the war in Afghanistan.

Sunday was the 11th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan.  Some USF students are using the anniversary to demonstrate against the war.  

The war in Afghanistan has become the longest war in U.S. history.  Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society are saying it's time to bring the troops home.

Only about eight people showed up to demonstrate on the Tampa Campus of USF.  In fact, there were more signs than protesters.  Group leader Matt Hastings says he knows there are limits to what such a protest may accomplish.

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University Beat
12:26 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

USF Ranked 8th Best College for Employees

University of South Florida

Despite a hiring freeze and no pay raises for a number of years, an online jobs website has named the University of South Florida's Tampa campus as the eighth best college in the nation to work for.

Forbes reports that the site, Glassdoor, polled employees at 50 of the country's largest universities to find out how satisfied they were with the schools they work for.

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