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Professionals seek career resources at USF Expo listen

03/17/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today, the University of South Florida hosted a professional career resources expo providing tips to people seeking employment.

Florida’s unemployment rates are at a 15-year high of 8.6 percent; and many of the people looking for work are professionals.

Tuesday’s expo was organized by Tampa Bay WorkForce Alliance, which has offices in Tampa, Brandon and Plant City. Their communications consultant, Erin Glover, says the event isn’t a typical job f...

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Lakshman Yapa on an end to poverty listen

03/06/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A Penn State geography professor told people at the University of South Florida this afternoon that poverty cannot be eradicated through economic development projects.

As part of USF’s Geography Colloquium Series, Lakshman Yapa told 30 students, professors, and members of the public that because economic development created poverty, poverty cannot be solved by economic development.

Some elements of a different discourse on poverty, Yapa says, involve quality-of-life issues rather tha...

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What is Obama's stance on genocide in Darfur? listen

02/25/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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How will the Obama administration deal with and prevent genocide? Edward Kissi, an assistant professor in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of South Florida, says that in many of his campaign speeches, Obama referenced genocide in order to condemn and draw attention to the mass killings in the Darfur region of Sudan.

Kissi suggests that one reason was to stress his “change” campaign theme by contrasting the failure to stop the 1994 genocide in Rwanda with restoring ...

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Sami Al-Arian to go on trial on contempt charges listen

01/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A federal judge in Virginia ruled today that Sami Al-Arian should stand trial in March for criminal contempt.

The ruling was a blow to the former USF professor, who was released on bail by Judge Leonie Brinkema back in September after being incarcerated in numerous prisons and jails since his arrest in February 2003 on federal terrorism charges.

Mel Underbakke is with the group Friends of Human Rights. She says she was one of nearly two dozen supporters of Al-Arian from Tampa in the ...

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Student dining choices at USF questioned

12/22/08 Sadia Ahmed
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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University of South Florida offers education to more than 40,000 students on its Tampa campus. As a result, USF student dining carries great importance for such a large body of students. Some say the school fails to meet its student and staff needs when it comes to the number of food vendors and healthy food choices. The Tampa campus offers only a handful of vendors such as Burger King, Beef O'Brady's, Chick-Fil-A in the fast food category, and Subway and Einstein bagel in the relatively heal...

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USF Trustees agree to contract with faculty and ponder tuition hike listen

12/11/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This morning the University of South Florida Board Of Trustees approved a new contract with its faculty union for the current academic year. The contract was ratified by the union on Wednesday.

Sherman Dorn is an associate professor of education and the president of USF’s chapter of United Faculty of Florida, or UFF. He said 98 percent of employees who voted were in favor of the contract; all members of the bargaining unit were...

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LGBT Scholarship Fundraiser held at USF listen

12/09/08 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As the cost of college education continues to soar, lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgendered youth are particularly vulnerable. As a result, more organizations are establishing scholarship programs aimed specifically at helping LGBT students.

One of those groups is the University of South Florida Alumni Association’s LGBT Society. It held its first fundraising event at USF’s Marshall Center on Friday night (Dec. 5th).

Dr. Karen Berkman is director of the USF Center for Autism and R...

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Green building at the USF St. Petersburg Campus listen

12/09/08 Colleen Krepstekies and Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The USF green building project began in 2002 and it will open in fall 2009. The new facility will be two colleges, the arts & sciences and the college of marine science with eight research labs.

The construction company, Creative Contractors, hosted a tour of its building project at the USF St. Pete Campus on Dec. 9. The hosts provided an overview of USF’s first LEED certified building. LEED is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a program that was started by the U.S...

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Discussion on expectations of the Obama presidency listen

12/04/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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How will President-elect Barack Obama tackle the critical issues facing America? The University of South Florida’s Department of Africana Studies and Institute on Black Life attempted to answer that question today in a roundtable discussion called “A Change Has Come.”

Rhetoric doctoral student Kendra Bryant read her work, “We Be Theorizing,” that catalogs accomplishments ...

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World AIDS Day 20th anniversary recognized at USF listen

12/01/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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For the past 20 years, the World Health Organization has designated Dec. 1 as World AIDS Day. It was observed in several locations around the Tampa Bay area today, including at the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus where researchers are studying a microbicide that could be used to battle HIV infection.

Patricia Emmanuel is professor of Pediatrics at USF. Along with investig...

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