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Some Pinellas County state Legislators defend the 2012 session, others slam it listen

04/25/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This year’s regular legislative session resulted in an boost to public education funding and paved the way for the creation of Florida’s 12th public university. Legislators representing Pinellas County recapped all things good and bad to come out of Tallahassee this year at a Suncoast Tiger Bay Club luncheon Wednesday.

Both chambers of the Florida legislature have a Republican super-majority. Democratic State Representative Rick Kriseman, who has announced he won’t be running for a...

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The Young Invicibles engage with USF students about student debt, health care and employment listen

04/12/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In the U.S. student debt now exceeds credit card debt. A group called the Young Invincibles are traveling the nation to capture the voices of these students. They made a stop at the University of South Florida Tuesday morning.

Young America is … you fill in the blank. That’s what members of the Young Invincibles asked students to do at USF. The group of young professionals and volunteers are on a national b...

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USF students stand in solidarity with the Trayvon Martin family and rally against racism listen

04/05/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Public outcry continues as a result of the shooting of Trayvon Martin earlier this year. Yesterday, a group of USF students rallied together in solidarity with the family. They focused on broader issues of race, still prevalent in American society.

Twelve students gathered on the USF Martin Luther King Plaza, on the 44th anniversary of his assassination. The students held signs reading, “Ju...

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USF's Genshaft talks to Polk political club about Polytechnic split listen

03/12/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Governor Rick Scott now holds the power turn USF’s Polytechnic campus in Lakeland into the state’s 12th independent public university. At a well-attended Polk County Tiger Bay meeting this afternoon, state Senator JD Alexander defended the measure.

The state’s Board of Governors that oversees Florida’s public university system had recommended that USF Polytechnic first meet a series of nine benchmarks before becoming independent...

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USF students protest budget cuts on both sides of the Bay listen

03/01/12 Janelle Irwin & Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Occupy Education, an off-shoot of the Occupy Movement, called for a national day of action today demanding legislation that would increase educational spending instead of cutting budgets. At the University of California, Santa Cruz, student protesters shut down most of the campus. Students at USF campuses in Tampa and St. Pete held events today in solidarity with that effort. Students at both campu...

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USF president, students glad for restored funding but still want fewer cuts listen

02/24/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Some of the sting was taken away from the cuts proposed for the University of South Florida. That’s because the state Senate voted yesterday to more evenly spread 400 million dollars in budget cuts across all Florida public universities. They also approved plans to immediately make the USF Polytechnic campus in Lakeland the state’s 12th independent university. USF students and the university president reacted to the news last night on the Tampa campus.

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Head of USF St. Pete says they are suffering from budget cuts too listen

02/23/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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USF St. Petersburg faces a two to three million dollar budget cut under Florida Senator JD Alexander’s budget plan. It pales in comparison to the deep cuts proposed for its parent university in Tampa. But, at a Suncoast Tiger Bay luncheon Thursday afternoon, the Chancellor of USF St. Pete, Margaret Sullivan, said the drop in funding still hurts.

USF St. Pete’s proposed fun...

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Tampa City Council weighs in on Florida Senate's proposed funding cuts to USF listen

02/16/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Tampa City Council is weighing in on the Florida Senate’s proposed budget cuts for the University of South Florida. At their meeting this morning, Council member Mike Suarez proposed sending a letter to Hillsborough County’s legislative delegation voicing disappointment with the proposed cuts and to show support for USF.

Senate budget chair JD Alexander wants the university to speed up the process of splitting off its Lakeland polytechnic campus so it can become Florida’s 12th st...

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USF President Judy Genshaft Discusses Proposed State Senate Cuts to Universities

02/15/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll talk about proposed state budget cuts to the University of South Florida. The AP is reporting: " The Florida Senate is planning to consider a nearly $70.8 billion budget. A Senate budget panel will take up the proposal when it meets later today. The Senate budget is coming under fire because it includes $400 million in cuts to the state's 11 public universities, including a large cut to the University o...

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USF faculty union president warns of consequences of rush to create new university in Polk County

02/14/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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In Tallahassee two unexpected proposals from the past week are posing challenges to the University of South Florida in Tampa. The first was unveiled a week ago in the state Senate--- it was a bill to immediately create Florida Polytechnic University - a new, completely independent school in Lakeland. The University would separate from USF and the new entity would assume control of all the assets. It would hire a brand new faculty and so far- there’s no definitive word on what this new unive...

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