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At USF Charlie Crist bashes Rick Scott over 2011 high-speed rail rejection listen

02/27/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Charlie Crist, Rick Scott, transit, rail, high-speed rail, Howard Frankland Bridge, USF, Tampa


Former Governor Charlie Crist made a campaign stop at USF in Tampa Thursday in an effort to win back the governor’s mansion. Crist spoke to students urging them to vote in the university’s student body election.

Afterward he briefly spoke to reporters about plans for the aging Howard Frankland Bridge over Tampa Bay and how it should be used to further mass transit initiatives in the region. Crist said it would have been a great way to connect to high speed rail that was rejected by curren...


Radical priest says he was asked to leave Roman Catholic Church and Parking problems at Tampa Bay colleges listen

02/20/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Priest Matthew Fox, Roman Catholic Church, Dayln Houser, Florida PIRG, Campus Parking, USF, HCC, SPC


Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei speaks with radical priest Matthew Fox about the reasons he left the Roman Catholic Church. Fox, formerly a member of the Dominican Order within the Roman Catholic Church, he is now a member of the Episcopal Church. Fox was an early and influential exponent of a movement that came to be known as Creation Spirituality. The movement draws inspiration from the mystical philosophies of medieval Catholic visionaries such as Hildegard of Bingen, Thomas Aquinas, Sa...

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A look at Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan with former diplomat Walter Andrusyszyn listen

02/06/14 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Tags: USF, Walter Andrusyszyn, St. Petersburg in the World Conference

The St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs takes place Feb 13 - Feb 15 on the USFSP campus. The three-day forum will feature current and former diplomats who will discuss a myriad of foreign policy issues. To advance the event, WMNF spoke with USF adjunct professor of Business Walter Andrusyszyn. He spoke with us about Iran, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the threats of a cyber war. For more information go to

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Driverless car technology not too far off and Tampa wants to lead the way listen

11/15/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: autonomous vehicle, automated vehicle, driverless vehicle, Jeff Brandes, CUTR, USF


Cars that drive themselves could be parking in regular driveways sooner than you think. During an autonomous vehicle conference in Tampa this concluding Friday, The Center for Urban Transportation Research at USF (CUTR) announced its new Automated Vehicle Institute.

Outside of the downtown Tampa Mariott overlooking the Hillsborough River, a $90,000 red Lexus sat in a grassy plot. At first glance it was just another fancy car, but take a closer look and this tricked out piece of technolog...

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USF student Senate recommends undocumented Florida residents get in-state tuition rate listen

11/13/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: immigration, USF, Tampa, SDS


The Student Senate at the University of South Florida is recommending to the school’s Board of Trustees that undocumented immigrants living in Florida receive in-state tuition.

The Senate voted Tuesday night on a resolution supported by Students for a Democratic Society, or SDS.

WMNF interviewed Marisol Márquez, a member of Raices en Tampa and Gage Lacharite, a USF student and president of SDS.

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"This is just another SU meeting however this SU meeting they passed...

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The Art of Resistance: Iranian artist Barbad Golshiri talks about making political art in Tehran. listen

09/27/13 JoEllen Schilke
Art In Your Ear
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Tags: USF, Iran, Iranian Art, censorship

Fascinating discussion with a young political artist, whose family has suffered at the hands of the Iranian government. Barbad exhibits both in Tehran and around the world. He remains active in the Green Revolution.

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Immigrant rights caravan will protest Marco Rubio at USF Tampa listen

09/06/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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On August 4 a group called the Immigrant Rights Caravan set off from Pensacola on a journey through all of Florida's congressional districts to push for legalization for all undocumented immigrants.

They'll be in Tampa Saturday to protest at the office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio.

The address is 3202 Spectrum Blvd. on the campus of the University of South Florida.

WMNF News interviewed Marisol Marquez, an organizer with [Raíces en...

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USF students plan "sit-out" to protest reduced library hours listen

08/28/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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USF students are planning a protest Thursday night against shorter library hours.

But instead of a traditional “sit-in,” the activists are staging a “sit-out” outside the shuttered library where they used to do late night studying on the Tampa campus.

WMNF News spoke with Larry Roop, a 1st year student majoring in nursing and with another organizer, Melissa Garzon, a 2nd year student majoring in sociology.

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USF student shows his peers how to download textbooks online for free listen

08/19/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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School starts for USF students next week, but the rush to get ready has already started. Monday, as students filed in and out of the Tampa campus bookstore, Tristan Lear handed out fliers explaining his Textbook Liberation Project. Lear helps other students locate an online source for their books and shows them how to download it – all for free.

“I hit lucky streaks sometimes where I’m able to get someone all of there books and sometimes I can find one or none of their books. But, t...


Panel discussion on race and media issues in Martin-Zimmerman case listen

08/09/13 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The implications of the Zimmerman trial and the subsequent nationwide discussion about racism was the topic of a community forum held at USF’s Patel Center Thursday evening. A group of lawyers, journalists and a representative from the NAACP mulled over legal details of the case before answering questions from the 100 member audience.

Jenise Morgan is president of the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists which organized the forum along with the [George Edgecomb...


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