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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...

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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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Pat Kemp talks about the ever growing student loan debt and interest rates with Phil Michaels of University of Tampa; Keosha Poole of the University of South Florida; and Nick Tumi of Hillsborough Community College.

07/16/13
Last Call Tuesday
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Pat Kemp talks about the ever growing student loan debt and interest rates with Phil Michaels of University of Tampa; Keosha Poole of the University of South Florida; and Nick Tumi of Hillsborough Community College.

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Federal funding for medical research and public health could be sequester casualty listen

07/10/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The furlough of Florida National Guard members isn’t the only concern people have with federal sequestration; another is what across-the-board spending cuts could do to funding for medical research and public health programs.

Many of them are funded through federal agencies like the National Institutes of Health.

We spoke with Mary Wolley, president and CEO of Research!America.

Wolley said that Tuesday a U.S. Senate subcommittee included nearly $31 billion for the NIH, which actu...

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USF student helping classmates access unauthorized textbook downloads to promote open source ideals listen

07/03/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The cost of college textbooks can add to the financial burden of being a student -- but there’s an undergraduate at USF who may be skating on legal thin ice by helping students find free electronic copies of their textbooks.

But Tristan Lear’s main motivation isn’t just to save a few hundred dollars per semester.

He says he created the Facebook page Textbook Liberation Project at USF today to help spread the word about free ...

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Immigrant Rights Activist Accuses Sen. Rubio's Office of Revealing his Undocumented Status to the Police listen

06/26/13 Sean Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Three people were arrested at the Tampa office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio yesterday. They were participating in a sit-in to protest Senator Rubio’s stance on the rights of lesbian and gay individuals in proposed immigration reform legislation and in workforce discrimination. But it’s what happened with one of the protesters who was not arrested that could be even more noteworthy. Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez is co-director of the LGBTQ rights group Get Equal; he is accusing a Rubio staff membe...

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HART opens MetroRapid express bus route along Nebraska Avenue to USF Tampa listen

05/28/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Hillsborough County Regional Transit Authority, or HART, kicked off its first day of Express Bus service Tuesday along the Nebraska Avenue corridor. MetroRapid uses GPS technology for traffic signal priority and limited bus stops to get riders to their destination as much as 15% faster – and uses brand new buses.

“I like it. It smells like a brand new car.”

That’s frequent bus rider Jeff Stevens.

“It’s cleaner, it’s a lot nicer looking, it’s a little bit more [...

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The US is a water hog - scientists say conservation is a must listen

05/24/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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People in the United States use about twice as much water as other countries. That’s one of the many problems mulled over today by a team of researchers at an annual water conference at the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability.

“About 40% of the water that we use in the region is for outdoor water use.”

That’s Christine Owen, the senior manager for regulatory compliance for Tampa Bay Water.

“And each government calculates what their per capita is. But if you look ...

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USF environmentalists call for divestment from dirty energy listen

05/06/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Student Environmental Association, or SEA, at USF wants the school to divest from dirty energy and fossil fuels. Last month the group held its first summit where leaders educated other students about what divestment is and why it’s important. Kirsti Martinez is first year student and member of SEA.

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USF students and faculty "Take Back the Night" to raise awareness of sexual abuse listen

04/17/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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There have been two reported rape cases on the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus this semester. Students hosted Take Back the Night on campus Tuesday to encourage their peers to speak out against rape. Elizabeth Moshella is president of the group Network, Improve, Transform, Empower, or NITE.

“Everyone is welcome and we encourage this event because one in four college women will experience an attempted rape or a completed rape during their college years alone. So, we feel ...

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