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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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Peace activists deliver varied anti-war messages at USF Tampa listen

04/17/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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As part of a national anti-war initiative called April Days of Action Against Drones and Occupation, some USF students and community activists are reaching out for peace. During a rally today representatives from different groups passed out literature to students on the Tampa campus. Tampa Bay Bradley Manning Support Network’s Bill Livsey defended whistle-blowing by drawing attention to Manning’s prosecution.

“What we can do to honor his sacrifice and bravery by releasing this inf...

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USF students demand no more tuition hikes, they sit in for the 4th Friday in a row listen

04/12/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Some USF students have been staging sit-ins at the University of South Florida in Tampa for four Fridays in a row. Even though the group today was small, they were still demanding that the USF president start working with them to meet their list of demands.

The group piles into the Patel Center lobby every Friday at lunchtime. They stay until the building is about to close and the last employees are going home. But Students like Matthew Hastings most want to talk to is president Judy Ge...

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Occupy Tampa will hold first general assembly in months this weekend listen

04/05/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Occupy Tampa was very active in the fall of 2011 and even through last summer’s Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Since then the group has fallen a bit under the radar.

But that could change this weekend – Occupy Tampa will hold its first general assembly in months Sunday evening at the Kiley Garden amphitheater in downtown.

Nathan Schwartz is involved in Occupy Tampa, Tampa Light Brigade and other activist groups.

Meanwhile, today on the Tampa campus of the Universit...

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Interview with student sitting in at USF Tampa listen

04/05/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Friday on the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida several students held what they’re calling a weekly occupation of the Patel Center.

That building houses the offices of university president Judy Genshaft and other administrators.

We spoke live on the phone by Danielle Leppo with Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society.

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USF students suggest transit improvements that include pedestrian and bike safety listen

04/02/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization wants residents to help make some transit decisions in the county. The MPO’s Lynn Merenda doled out markers and crayons during a summit at the University of South Florida Tuesday asking faculty and students to draw their ideas.

“… to get their ideas on how we can improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists and reduce crashes with cars, make the roads more user-friendly for everyone and what they would like to see as we mo...

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Problems in Africa kick off two day conference on international affairs listen

03/28/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Many countries in Africa are facing famine, poverty and civil war. A panel of experts dove into the issues facing African nations during the first day of USF St. Petersburg’s Conference on International Affairs.

Countries like Mali and Libya face fierce fighting between groups in power and opposition forces. The issue has left a divide among people who think the U.S. should provide military intervention and those who think the militarization of nations should be avoided. Bill Felice, ...

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