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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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Solar battery project unveiled in St. Petersburg listen

05/27/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Solar power is one of the most cost-effective and least polluting forms of energy generation. But critics of solar say it will not provide a considerable proportion of the nation’s energy because it is an intermittent source of energy.

Today at USF St. Petersburg, Progress Energy unveiled two prototypes of what they call SEEDS – Sustainable Electric Energy Delivery System – that will store electricity generated from photovoltaic (PV) solar panels until it is needed.

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Al-Arian ends hunger strike listen

05/01/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Former USF engineering professor Dr. Sami Al-Arian suspended his most recent hunger strike on Monday and has since been moved from solitary confinement to the general population of the Hampton Roads Regional Jail in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Al-Arian has been in jail for more than five years; he completed his sentence last month yet he remains in jail awaiting the deportation called for in his plea agreement, said Mel Underbakke, who is with Friends of Human Rights.

Al-Arian ended his hung...

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In Tampa, McCain addresses U.S. health care listen

04/29/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Republican Presidential nominee John McCain addressed his plan for solving the country’s health care crisis this morning at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. McCain proposes shifting trillions of dollars in tax credits from businesses that provide health coverage to employees who buy their own.

Sen. McCain said the two fundamental problems troubling the American health care system are cost and access. He proposed replacing some employment-based health insurance coverage by giving indi...

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Venezuelan ambassador cheered, jeered listen

04/25/08 Alvaro Montealegre
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Bernardo Alvarez Herrera, Ambassador of Venezuela to the United States, spoke yesterday at the University of South Florida in Tampa and at Eckerd College in St Petersburg.

At USF, an audience of about 100 people, despite detractors, greeted the ambassador warmly.

Herrera gave his perspective on happenings in the hemisphere, recent developments in relations between Venezuela and the U.S. and the challenges facing Venezuela. He discussed their view on pre-emptive war, the unity of Latin A...

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Animal testing opponents leaflet USF listen

04/24/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This week is World Week for Animals in Laboratories. Today the group Florida Voices for Animals passed out flyers at the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus in front of the main library and the medical library.

Mindy Lasley is an attorney and a member of Florida Voices for Animals. She said she wants to educate students about animal testing.

The Outreach Coordinator with Florida Voices for Animals, Nikki Benoit, said she hopes to provide awareness to students.

Lasley said...

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World War II veterans speak at USF listen

04/16/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today four World War II veterans shared their war stories with students in a special topics class at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus.

Gary Mormino is co-director of the Florida Studies Program at USF and the professor of the class that invited the four World War II veterans.

William Emerson, wore a flight jacket and told the students about his reaction to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Eugene Williams was born in St. Petersburg in 1924 and was a ...

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Green Expo yields climate commitment listen

04/14/08 Jessica Glenza
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Saturday, the University of South Florida held it’s first ever Green Expo, during which University President Judy Genshaft signed the American College’s and Universities Climate Commitment.

The American Colleges and University Climate commitment pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by mid century, and include sustainability education in the curriculum for all students. More than 515 Universities and Colleges have already signed the Climate Commitment, including...

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