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USF's Genshaft talks to Polk political club about Polytechnic split listen

03/12/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Governor Rick Scott now holds the power turn USF’s Polytechnic campus in Lakeland into the state’s 12th independent public university. At a well-attended Polk County Tiger Bay meeting this afternoon, state Senator JD Alexander defended the measure.

The state’s Board of Governors that oversees Florida’s public university system had recommended that USF Polytechnic first meet a series of nine benchmarks before becoming independent...

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USF students protest budget cuts on both sides of the Bay listen

03/01/12 Janelle Irwin & Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Occupy Education, an off-shoot of the Occupy Movement, called for a national day of action today demanding legislation that would increase educational spending instead of cutting budgets. At the University of California, Santa Cruz, student protesters shut down most of the campus. Students at USF campuses in Tampa and St. Pete held events today in solidarity with that effort. Students at both campu...

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USF president, students glad for restored funding but still want fewer cuts listen

02/24/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Some of the sting was taken away from the cuts proposed for the University of South Florida. That’s because the state Senate voted yesterday to more evenly spread 400 million dollars in budget cuts across all Florida public universities. They also approved plans to immediately make the USF Polytechnic campus in Lakeland the state’s 12th independent university. USF students and the university president reacted to the news last night on the Tampa campus.

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Head of USF St. Pete says they are suffering from budget cuts too listen

02/23/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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USF St. Petersburg faces a two to three million dollar budget cut under Florida Senator JD Alexander’s budget plan. It pales in comparison to the deep cuts proposed for its parent university in Tampa. But, at a Suncoast Tiger Bay luncheon Thursday afternoon, the Chancellor of USF St. Pete, Margaret Sullivan, said the drop in funding still hurts.

USF St. Pete’s proposed fun...

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Tampa City Council weighs in on Florida Senate's proposed funding cuts to USF listen

02/16/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Tampa City Council is weighing in on the Florida Senate’s proposed budget cuts for the University of South Florida. At their meeting this morning, Council member Mike Suarez proposed sending a letter to Hillsborough County’s legislative delegation voicing disappointment with the proposed cuts and to show support for USF.

Senate budget chair JD Alexander wants the university to speed up the process of splitting off its Lakeland polytechnic campus so it can become Florida’s 12th st...

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USF President Judy Genshaft Discusses Proposed State Senate Cuts to Universities

02/15/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll talk about proposed state budget cuts to the University of South Florida. The AP is reporting: " The Florida Senate is planning to consider a nearly $70.8 billion budget. A Senate budget panel will take up the proposal when it meets later today. The Senate budget is coming under fire because it includes $400 million in cuts to the state's 11 public universities, including a large cut to the University o...

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USF faculty union president warns of consequences of rush to create new university in Polk County

02/14/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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In Tallahassee two unexpected proposals from the past week are posing challenges to the University of South Florida in Tampa. The first was unveiled a week ago in the state Senate--- it was a bill to immediately create Florida Polytechnic University - a new, completely independent school in Lakeland. The University would separate from USF and the new entity would assume control of all the assets. It would hire a brand new faculty and so far- there’s no definitive word on what this new unive...

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State Senate's harsh funding cut proposal draws pushback from USF supporters listen

02/14/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The University of South Florida could lose $79 million in funding if a state Senate budget proposal is adopted. Under the plan, USF would also lose control over its Lakeland Polytechnic Institute, which would become the state’s 12th independent university. At an emergency board meeting last night, trustees estimated the overall cost would $130 million.

The Senate’s proposed budget withholds $25 million from USF until it cuts it...

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Is the future of science education in danger? listen

02/10/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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An anthropologist warns Florida has laws that are a back-door entrance to teaching creationist theory in schools. At a lecture Thursday night in Tampa as part of USF’s Darwin Day celebration, Eugenie Scott says that’s hurting the quality of science education in the state.

Students, professors and the public filled nearly every seat in USF’s Fine Arts Hall. Jamie Delgato was one student in attendance.

”Well the whole creatio...

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Local leaders want Tampa to be in the business of biotech listen

02/06/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As Florida’s unemployment rate lingers around ten percent, community and leaders are looking for new ways to bring in more jobs. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has his eye on biotechnical companies. At a business of biotech conference at Moffitt Cancer Center today, Buckhorn said they will create more meaningful employment in the area.

Buckhorn wants his city to be more than just...

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