Author: Vinnie Portell

Sports

Bulls turn to Flowers to begin ‘playoffs’

ORACLE FILE PHOTO/ADAM MATHIEU USF has lost its past two games by a combined 41 points and is looking to not only get back on track with a win against SMU, but also start a three-game winning streak that would qualify the Bulls for a bowl game.  “Coach (Willie Taggart) […]

Sports

Same name, different player

Jaleel Cousins will officially debut for USF on Friday when the Bulls host Flagler College in the season opener. ORACLE FILE PHOTO/ADAM MATHIEU USF junior center Jaleel Cousins and his brother Demarcus grew up together, but now that his brother has become a star in the NBA, Cousins is trying […]

Opinion

‘Christmas creep’ pushes consumers away from stores

SPECIAL TO THE ORACLE “For every Christmas tree lit before thanksgiving, an elf drowns a baby reindeer,” tweeted comedian Zach Galifianakis. While his message is brash, it’s serious: Christmas is happening far too soon and it’s everywhere. What was once carols playing softly in the department store and a lit […]

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USF looks into aftermath of Deepwater Horizon

USF’s Florida Institute of Oceanography has worked to understand the effects of the BP oil spill on the Gulf’s ecosystem and the industrial impact on coastal businesses. SPECIAL TO THE ORACLE While it’s been over four years since the BP oil spill gushed 4.9 million barrels into the Gulf of […]

Opinion

Rays’ move to Hillsborough needs to start now

SPECIAL TO THE ORACLE The Tampa Bay Rays have been the model of winning with a low budget since former general manager Andrew Friedman and former manager Joe Maddon joined forces in 2006.  The two turned the Rays from a perennial last place team that won only 61 games that […]

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Certificate program replaces business minor

Even the most liberal of liberal arts majors would benefit from knowing a little about accounting when tax season comes. This coming semester, the university will offer a 15-credit-hour general business certificate program. Jacqueline Nelson, senior director of Undergraduate Affairs in the Muma College of Business, said the certificate program […]

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USF leads discussion on safer teen sex

Special to The Oracle When talking with teenagers about the risks of sex, it takes more than facts and figures to truly convey the gravity of the message.  USF Health was recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services […]

Sports

USF player robbed near campus

ORACLE FILE PHOTO/ADAM MATHIEU USF center Jaleel Cousins and friend Leland Collins were sitting in Cousins’ parked car at 3:32 a.m. Sunday outside 4050 Lofts when two armed suspects approached the vehicle.  According to a statement from Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), one of the suspects pointed a handgun at […]

Sports

Ice hockey thrives in 25th season at USF

The Ice Bulls, pictured on a road trip to Denver this past weekend, are 10-4 so far in their 25th season. PHOTO PROVIDED BY USF ICE BULLS Florida is typically known for its outdoor sports, but at USF, hockey has been a staple since 1989.  Ice Hockey Club president Aaron […]

Sports

Flowers named starter for Saturday

Freshman Quinton Flowers has been named USF’s starting quarterback by coach Willie Taggart, despite only throwing five passes this season. ORACLE FILE PHOTO/ADAM MATHIEU Though he waited until the players took the field against Houston to announce the last starting quarterback change, coach Willie Taggart decided to release this week’s […]