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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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Amethyst Initiative ignites debate on legal drinking age listen

08/25/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last month 100 college and university presidents and chancellors banded together to encourage a national discussion to reconsider the legal drinking age. The Amethyst Initiative contends that the “21 year-old drinking age is not working, and … has created a culture of dangerous binge drinking on their campuses.”

Don Eastman, president of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, wrote an opinion piece in Monday’s St. Petersburg Times supporting a dialog about how to prevent alcohol-relat...

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Judge postpones Al-Arian trial

08/08/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The next trial of former USF professor Sami Al-Arian has been postponed after a judge raised new doubts about the validity of the prosecution.

Al-Arian had been scheduled to go on trial next week in Virginia on contempt charges after refusing to testify to a federal grand jury about a case unrelated to his original terrorist related charges. But today, U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema overruled prosecutors' objections and postponed the trial indefinitely. In doing so, she questioned w...

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Hillsborough OKs $6 million to lure company to USF listen

07/16/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Hillsborough County Commission voted unanimously today to spend $6 million to help lure a Massachusetts weapons and biotechnology company to open a research lab the University of South Florida. Draper Laboratories is also considering starting a manufacturing facility in Pinellas County.

Gene Gray, director of Hillsborough County’s Economic Development Department, told the Commission that the company, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, should receive $6 million from the county because...

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Al-Arian finally closer to freedom? listen

07/11/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday, a federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia, order Sami Al-Arian released on his criminal contempt charges, but refused to block immigration authorities from detaining him before he is to be deported.

The U.S. government agreed to "expeditiously" deport Al-Arian in 2006, once he finished serving his criminal sentence in a terrorism support case. He was arrested in 2003.

But over the past couple of years, as he served his time for pleading guilty to one charge of materially suppor...

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USF forms climate steering committee listen

07/09/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In April, The University of South Florida joined the American College & University Presidents Climate Committee (ACUPCC), a group focused on reducing the impact that member schools have on the global climate. USF has recently established a Campus Sustainability Steering Committee to help meet ACUPCC goals.

Sharon Hanna-West is a lecturer on ethics and sustainability in USF’s Department of Management. She is a member of the sustainable steering committee at USF and co-chair of the climate...

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World Refugee Day celebrated at USF listen

06/20/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today is United Nations World Refugee Day 2008. WMNF reports from two celebrations of refugees at the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus.

USF’s African Students Association (ASA) was one of the student groups that organized a session in the Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza around lunchtime. In addition to speakers and tables with information about refugees, several ASA members set up a makeshift refugee camp with carpets to sit on and swept it using a handmade broom.

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USF realigns departments, faces more cuts listen

06/13/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida’s universities received notice of further budget cuts this week – at the same time that the University of South Florida is announcing tuition increases, restructuring, and a dean’s resignation.

On Thursday USF announced a realignment of academic departments, colleges and schools. The university’s largest college was most affected. Under the restructuring, the College of Arts and Sciences will be divided into three schools: Behavioral and Social Sciences, Humanities, and Sci...

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