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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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A discussion of abortion and life

11/15/08 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Jennifer Baumgardner, Author, Activist. In Abortion & Life, Jennifer Baumgardner reveals how the most controversial and stigmatized Supreme Court decision of our time cuts across eras, classes and race.

In this bold new work, Baumgardner explores some of the thorniest issues around terminating a pregnancy, including the ones that the pro-choice establishment has been the least sensitive or effective in confronting.

Jennifer will speak at USF Tampa on Monday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. in th...

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Florida faces critical nursing shortage listen

10/27/08 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The United States is in the midst of a nursing shortage that is only expected to intensify as baby boomers age and the demand for health care grows. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the shortage in the U.S. could reach as high as a half million by 2025.

Florida is especially hard hit with a current shortfall of 13,000, according to the state-funded Florida Center for Nursing. Two contributing factors have created a kind of Catch 22. On one hand, enroll...

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Discussion on role of women in politics listen

10/03/08 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today in Tampa, USF held its third annual Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Conference. The forum on the role of women in politics featured four prominent women experienced in the field of politics: Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, Florida Sen. Arthenia Joyner, attorney Mary Anne Stiles and former state House representative Sandra Murman.

The four used brutal honesty in all their answers and didn’t sugar coat any of the realities of being a woman in the political area. Attorney and lobbyist M...

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USF conference spotlights Mideast discord listen

09/22/08 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A USF student organization and a Tampa community organization are teaming up to raise awareness about the Israeli-Palestinian struggle.

Peace @ Large, a non-religious organization at USF whose mission is to raise awareness and develop solutions for peace, and Women of Faith Building Community, a local interfaith group, will co-host a conference entitled “Searching for Peace in Palestine & Israel.” It begins tonight at USF’s Marshall Center.

WMNF spoke to WOF co-founder Pilar Saad ...

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Al-Arian released from prison listen

09/03/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Yesterday Dr. Sami Al-Arian was released from custody for the first time in more than five years. Even though his criminal sentence ended 16 months ago, Al-Arian had been held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody since a federal judge ordered him released on bail in July.

WMNF spoke with Al-Arian’s daughter, freelance journalist Laila Al-Arian Tuesday night.

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