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Former USF President and state legislator Betty Castor talks about her trip to Cuba, higher education & health care policy listen

05/21/15 Mitch E. Perry
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: Betty Castor, Mel Martinez, USF

Betty Castor was part of a contingent led by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce to Cuba. On the program she talked about her impressions and needs of the island. A former president at the University of South Florida, she also talked plenty about higher education. Health care issues here in Florida were also discussed.

Castor was elected to three terms in the Florida State Senate before being elected education commissioner in the 1980's. She ultimately served as USF's president from 199...

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USF students remember the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians listen

05/18/15 Nina Porciuncula
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: Palestine, Israel, Nakba, USF, Students for Justice in Palestine, Rania Khalek, Dezeray Lyn, BDS

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Last Friday, around one hundred people gathered at USF Tampa to commemorate the anniversary of the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. The Nakba event was organized by the Students for Justice in Palestine.

Each year on May 15, Palestinians remember the “Day of the Catastrophe” or Nakba. This day marks the 1948 displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homelands and the establishment of the state of Israel.

Independent journalist Rania Khalek an...

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USF cancels plans for body farm in Lithia

04/24/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday
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Tags: USF, Tampa, Lithia, Hillsborough County, Hillsborough Sheriff

The University of South Florida is no longer considering locating a proposed body farm in Lithia; in a press release Friday afternoon, USF said after a community meeting Thursday night in Lithia many residents objected to what is being called the Facility for Outdoor Experimental Research and Training. The press release says the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office still wants to find a location for a facility to study how bodies decompose when left in the Florida elements.

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USF researcher looks back at five years of impacts on Gulf of BP disaster

04/13/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: BP oil disaster, Gulf Oil Disaster, oil spill, USF, USF College of Marine Science, St. Petersburg, Gulf of Mexico, BP, Transocean, Deepwater Horizon

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Five years ago this month the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico; in this WMNF MidPoint conversation we spoke with a professor of Marine Science at USF and took calls and texts from listeners.

Professor Steve Murawski from the University of South Florida College of Marine Science in St. Petersburg. Murawski studies population dynamics and Marine ecosystem analysis and is studying the effects of the BP oil disaster on the health of the Gulf of Mexico. He spoke about h...

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Adjunct instructors at USF will join national walkout Wednesday listen

02/24/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Tuesday
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Tags: USF, labor, unions, adjunct professors, education, strike, walkout

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Some adjunct instructors will walk out of class Wednesday at noon at USF. The rally is part of a nationwide walkout called National Adjunct Walkout Day where adjunct instructors are protesting the fact that they don’t get the same full-time pay or benefits as their tenure-track colleagues. WMNF News interviewed Cole Bellamy. He has a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing and is an adjunct instructor of Eng...

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USF students part of statewide vigil for Chapel Hill victims listen

02/11/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday

Tags: USF, Tampa, Muslim Students Association

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The Muslim Students Association at the University of South Florida will be part of a coordinated statewide vigil Thursday at 4:00 p.m. for the victims in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. To find out more, WMNF interviewed Malak Sakhoury, the interfaith chair with the MSA at USF.

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USF Students for a Democratic Society will hold anti-war teach-in Wednesday listen

02/09/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: USF, SDS, War, CENTCOM, MacDill, Tampa, peace

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Some area students are holding an anti-war teach-in at the University of South Florida this week. The Books Not Bombs teach-in on Wednesday is focused on ties between USF and the U.S. military. Andrew Curry is a member of the USF SDS; Students for a Democratic Society. He’s a student at St. Petersburg College and helping to organize the teach-in.

update: In a press release on 11 February, SDS wrot...

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Sami Al-Arian interviewed live on WMNF from Turkey

02/06/15 Samar Jarrah, Ahmed Bedier, Rob Lorei and Sean Kinane
True Talk
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Tags: Sami Al-Arian, USF, Tampa, Turkey, Palestine, Media

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Former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian was deported from the United States Wednesday night. He and his wife, Nahla, arrived in their new home, Turkey on Thursday. In only his second broadcast interview since being arrested in February 2003, Al-Arian spoke Friday on True Talk.

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Sami Al-Arian deported: "my time in the U.S. has come to an end" listen

02/05/15 Sean Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: Sami Al-Arian, USF, Tampa, Turkey

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Update: On Wednesday afternoon one of their daughters confirmed to WMNF News that Sami and Nahla Al-Arian had arrived in their new country, Turkey. In the days to come we'll bring you more on this story.

Former USF professor Sami Al-Arian was deported from the U.S. late Wednesday night; in an online statement he thanked friends and supporters, writing, "We look forward to the journey ahead and take with us the countless happy memories we formed during our life in the United States."

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USF students purchase billboard challenging university's "investments in Israeli apartheid" listen

01/14/15 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: SJP, USF, Tampa, University of South Florida, Palestine, Israel, human rights, BDS

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USF students supporting human rights in Palestine have sparked a controversy by purchasing a billboard near the Tampa campus criticizing the university’s foundation for ignoring their petition to divest from companies profiting from the Israeli occupation.

During a meeting last May the USF Foundation quickly rejected a proposal by Students for Justice in Palestine at USF that was supported by the signa...

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