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Elected official speaks out against Florida election law ahead of Senate hearing in Tampa listen

01/26/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Several elected officials are concerned that Florida’s new voting law will make it harder for students and minorities to cast their votes. In preparation of a hearing to evaluate the law, U.S. member of Congress Kathy Castor spoke out against the law Thursday.

Last year, Governor Rick Scott signed a law he said would cut down on voter fraud. Among other things, it reduces the number of early voting days. At the West Tam...

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Who makes up the Florida electorate? And the President's State of the Union message

01/25/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Coming up we'll hear from Dr. Susan MacManus who teaches political science at USF in Tampa. With the GOP primary next week she'll talk about the Florida electorate. What group's are growing in size? Which geographic area will most decide the winner in Florida? What is our religious and age break down? Who are the people who are supervoters? We'll talk about all of these questions. Then we'll hear a portion of the President's State of the Union speech from last night and then take your phone c...

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Republican Presidential candidates debate at USF Tampa listen

01/24/12 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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With the Florida's primary one week away, the top four GOP candidates for President of the United States gathered at Tampa's University of South Florida last night. WMNF’s Kelly Benjamin reports, the candidates sparred during the nearly two hour long debate.

Newt Gingrich's landslide victory in South Carolina last Saturday has shaken Mitt Romney's perceived front runner status. That’s forcing Romney to go on the offensive. Romney laid into Gingrich several times attempting to connect h...

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USF President Judy Genshaft tells FL Legislature she's OK with higher STEM tuition listen

01/18/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Florida House Committee on Education is considering how to increase the number of state university students who pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering and math. University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft told the committee this morning USF is one of the state’s leaders in STEM disciplines.

Some Legislators hope to boost the number of students in STEM programs. They say the science fields better prepare students for employment after graduation than, for example, t...


USF students and faculty celebrate the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. listen

01/12/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Thursday afternoon the University of South Florida kicked off their 25th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior commemorative week. Two guest speakers were experts on the Freedom Riders, a civil rights activism group that Dr. King supported. One of them, Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Junior was one of the students who rode public buses through the segregated South in the early 1960s. And he was with King on the morning he was shot in Memphis.

"I got on the plane five hou...

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New USF medical learning center to create 55 jobs in Tampa with more to come listen

01/09/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Next month a medical simulation and teaching center will open in Tampa and bring with it 100 jobs. In a press conference this morning, local leaders say they expect the facility to make the Tampa Bay area more economically competitive.

Only 55 of the 100 jobs the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation will bring to Tampa are new – 45 will be transferred from the University of South Florida. But member of Congress [Kathy Castor...

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SDS formally demands tuition freeze from USF administration listen

11/19/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday


Members of the University of South Florida administration say they were relieved to see that only five people from Students for a Democratic Society attended a meeting in the Marshall Center this morning. SDS at USF said they want a more diplomatic approach in their ongoing demands for a tuition freeze.

Last week about fifty members of [Occupy USF](

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USF students honor fallen transgender people listen

11/17/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Transgender individuals suffer from high rates of unemployment an even homelessness. Those challenges, combined with prejudice, puts this group at a higher risk of both suicide and violence. An LGBT advocacy group held a memorial at USF Tampa Wednesday night for all those who have lost their lives due to being transgender.

Gianna Love is a transgender individual. She’s been taking hormones since she was 17. Prior to that, she struggled with a devoutly religious family who demonized her...


Occupy USF organizers demand tuition freeze listen

11/10/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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University of South Florida students are continuing to protest against 15 percent tuition hikes. A crowd of fifty Occupy USF protesters marched across campus to demand a tuition freeze on November 9. Students gathered in front of Cooper Hall and then marched to Patel Center to meet with university officials and administration. Some demonstrators demanded the resignation of USF President Judy Genshaft. Students chanted “Judy got paid off, we got ripped off,” “Hey, ho, tuition hikes have ...

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USF ponders the politics of the Armenian Genocide listen

11/07/11 Atecia Robinson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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When a country deals with a dark chapter in its past, like genocide, there are questions about reparations for people directly and indirectly affected. At the USF Library, Taner Akcam gave the keynote speech in a symposium hosted by USF libraries Holocaust and Genocide center on the denial of the Armenian Genocide and the Turkish national security policy of Turkey.

Akcam is a professor of Armenian g...

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