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Good news for broke college students -- which, last time we checked, was every college student. The price of attending the University of South Florida could actually decrease a bit next year.

This morning, the USF Board of Trustees voted to freeze most student fees and lower others, 10 News reports.

Two Wrong-Way Crashes Kill 11 in Florida, California

Feb 10, 2014
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A Ford Expedition was heading south in the northbound lanes of I-275 in Tampa at around two in the morning until it crashed into the car carrying four USF fraternity Sigma Beta Rho students.

The crash left all five dead. Officials know who the Expedition belongs to but haven't confirmed if the owner was the driver. It could take more than a month before officials know if alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash.

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This Sunday was a tragic day for many, with at least eight people dying overnight in crashes in Hillsborough County. Among them were four young students from the University of South Florida, who perished after their car was struck head-on by a wrong-way driver on Interstate 275, as reported on tbo.com.

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While the University of South Florida football team struggled to a 2-10 record this season, another USF competitor came out on top on New Year's Day, as Rocky the Bull beat 15 other mascots from around the country to win the 2013 Capital One Mascot Challenge.

The announcement of Rocky's victory came from Capital One Chairman & CEO Rich Fairbank during halftime of Wednesday's Capital One Bowl.

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When you think of innovative universities - the ones that create new technology or make ground-breaking discoveries - you probably think of Duke, Northwestern, or Ivy League schools like Yale and Harvard. But would you believe the University of South Florida topped all of those schools in terms of the number of patents awarded in 2012?

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Among the highlights of the University of South Florida's Fall 2013 commencement ceremonies this weekend are an honor for former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker and the 50th anniversary reunion of members of USF's first graduating class.

In addition, more than 4,200 degrees will be awarded to current students at ceremonies for the three campuses of the USF System.

When USF opened to students in 1960, some of the first 2,000 enrollees already had college credits, enabling them to graduate in about three years.

USF School of Theatre & Dance (left) / WUSF Public Meida (right)

The third time will hopefully be the charm for a pair of University of South Florida inventors who are scheduled to speak in Washington, DC, this weekend.

USF graduate Alexei Novitzky and School of Theatre and Dance academic advisor Merry Lynn Morris had their appearances at two previously scheduled Smithsonian Institution conferences on innovation canceled -  the first due to the federal government sequestration, the second because of the government shutdown.

Now, barring bad weather, the pair will be among the speakers at “Innovation: Brainstorms, Big Ideas and the Creative Future,” a day-long program Sunday in the Smithsonian’s Ripley Center.

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While research spending at public and private universities across the country remained relatively stagnant from the previous year due to economic uncertainty, grants and contracts at the University of South Florida grew to a record level.

USF AD has Tires Slashed at USF-UCF Rivalry Game

Dec 2, 2013
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USF Athletic Director Doug Woolard went to his car after a 23-20 loss to rival UCF Friday night and discovered all four of his tires had been slashed.

UCF officials provided him a complimentary car to drive back to Tampa.

UCF Athletic Director Todd Stansbury, who personally returned Woolard's car to him Saturday morning, expressed regret over the apparent vandalism.

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The Chick-fil-A on Fowler by the USF Tampa campus is having its grand reopening Thursday morning.

This means people are already camped out in the Chick-fil-A parking lot for their chance to win one of 100 "Chick-fil-A for a year" prizes which will be given to the first 100 customers tomorrow morning.

This afternoon the Chick-fil-A parking lot was filled with eager customers waiting for their chance to win free Chick-fil-A for a year.

It's open enrollment season for Medicare, the time when beneficiaries can switch plans if they want. Plenty of private insurance companies are competing to enroll them in Medicare Advantage plans.

If you have Medicare, or you're getting close to age 65, your mailbox is likely overflowing with offers. The ads are coming at you on TV, too. 

Florida Women Veterans Will Gain Advocate

Nov 5, 2013
Photo courtesy of Kiersten Downs member of the USF Student Veterans Association.

The fourth annual USF Veterans Day Ceremony came with some good news for women veterans in Florida.

Mike Prendergast, executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs, announced the appointment of Cynthia Brown to a newly-made position within the department, which will start in January.

In 2014, health insurance plans will have to include, among many other preventive health benefits, a flu shot free of charge.

There's no rush to pick the new leader for USF Health, but three internal candidates have been named.

The Tampa Bay Times reports search firm Quick Leonard Kieffer is still looking for candidates from outside USF, but has named three current USF Health executives, who are scheduled to be interviewed this Friday.

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Poverty, economic inequality and the education disparity that affects children in poor neighborhoods—they’re three hugely complex and important issues, and some people at the University of South Florida want to do something about them.

Such action has to start with conversation first, which is what about sixty interested faculty, researchers and students engaged in at a recent event, "Poverty and Inequality: A Forum on Research, Action, and Community Engagement."

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The ongoing inertia in Washington, D.C., is keeping a pair of University of South Florida inventors from appearing at a Smithsonian Institution event--and it isn't the first time it's happened to them.

USF To Host Human Trafficking Summit

Oct 2, 2013
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A statewide human trafficking summit focusing on labor and sex trafficking will take place Thursday at the University of South Florida.

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and the Interagency Human Trafficking Work Group is hosting the summit.

Invitees include advocates, law enforcement, members of the medical community, as well as the legal community.

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Ground-breaking scientist, mentor to students, role model to young girls -- all by the age of 35.  Such dedication has earned Mya Breitbart a prestigious honor.

Popular Science magazine has named the University of South Florida Associate Professor of biological oceanography as one of its "Brilliant Ten," its annual list of some of the country's brightest young scientific minds.

Like the 110 honorees before them, the members of this year's class are dramatically reshaping their fields--and the future. Some are tackling pragmatic questions, like how to secure the Internet, while others are attacking more abstract ones, like determining the weather on distant exoplanets. The common thread between them is brilliance, of course, but also impact. If the Brilliant Ten are the faces of things to come, the world will be a safer, smarter, and brighter place.--The Editors

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The alert for a supposedly armed man on the USF Tampa campus is over. Here's our updates in chronological order:

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While staff and faculty at the University of South Florida have $8 million in raises to look forward to, the looming specter of a $12 million budget cutback is casting a pall on the school's outlook.

The two conflicting themes came out of Wednesday, when President Judy Genshaft made her annual Fall Address to the USF System before speaking to the Faculty Senate.

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Bed bugs continue to plague the University of South Florida College of Business, but school officials are hoping they'll have the problem stamped out soon.

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This week's University Beat takes us to the recent USF College of Business Scholarship Luncheon, where the recipients of 190 scholarships were honored.

The scholarships come from a range of donors: families honoring deceased college alumni and faculty, USF graduates looking to "pay it forward," and local corporations and service organizations looking to assist the next generation of Bay area business leaders.

Some honor 'first generation' scholars -- students who are the first in their families to go to college. Others honor participants in college activities like the Corporate Mentor Program, where students receive advice through both workshops and an adviser who works for a Bay area corporation.

One, the John J. Saunders Memorial Fellowship, named for the late owner of the Saunders Advisory Group, a Tampa-based financial services provider, even comes with a reserved parking space!

Step aside, Seminoles, and get out of the way, Gators. The University of South Florida was the one of the top two schools in Governor Rick Scott's first performance-based fund giveaway to the state's universities.

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U.S. News and World Report's annual list of the country's best national universities is out and, no surprise here, Ivy League schools dominate the top 10.

Tampa Bay Times

Law enforcement officials are continuing a search near the USF Tampa campus and New Tampa area for a suspect in a series of home invasions and violent incidents Thursday night. 

The suspect was reportedly tracked down to the woods north of 42nd Street and south of Amberly Drive in Tampa. Law enforcement said deep water in the woods is making the search difficult, but their dogs can track suspects through the water.

"The thing about the water is you've gotta come out somewhere," Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department Spokesman Major J.R. Burton told the Tampa Bay Times.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's officials say the incidents began around 11 p.m. when a man forced his way into an apartment at Cambridge Woods Apartments near 42nd Street north of East Fletcher Avenue. He reportedly bound four men and sexually assaulted four women inside the apartment. He told the victims not to call the police for half an hour, which they reportedly did out of fear.

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It would seem like an unlikely location for bed bugs, but the University of South Florida's Business Administration building has been hit by the critters. USF student newspaper, The Oracle, reported that a student was bitten in a first floor classroom early last week.

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For the first time in its almost forty year history, undergraduate freshmen will be attending University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

Until last year, USFSM was an 'upper-division transfer university,' offering two-year baccalaureate degrees, as well as master's degrees. In 2012, the school began accepting sophomores, and this year, the campus is welcoming its inaugural batch of freshmen.

Keppler Speakers (Warren); Greater Talent Network (Quince & Matlin)

Fans of author/artist Frank Warren, The Biggest Loser trainer Dolvett Quince and actress/activist Marlee Matlin will be happy to know that they're the speakers for the fall semester of USF's University Lecture Series.

The student-run organization announced the lineup late last week.

USF Students 'Sit Out' in Peaceful Protest

Aug 30, 2013
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The automated message that blares through the library speakers continuously, 15 minutes to closing, starts going off Thursday night.

"The library is now closed. Please make your way to the first floor main entrance exit. Thank you."

Students starts to gather their things and head for the exit.

This is the first semester since 2010 that University of South Florida students hear this in the middle of the week. The library used to be open 24 hours five days a week. Now it closes at midnight.

Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF Public Media

Students returned to campus this week at the University of South Florida and among them are an estimated 1,700 student veterans transitioning from active duty military to full-time college student.

At a welcome back barbecue on the Tampa campus, student veteran Victor Benoit collected a free shirt from the Student Veterans Association (SVA). He is a former Army military police soldier and a USF criminology major.

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