Author: Wesley Higgins


Higher learning: Library to lend out drones

SPECIAL TO THE ORACLE/EILEEN THORTON Not long ago the most advanced technology checked out of a library was VHS tapes, but soon students can borrow drones from the USF Library to learn from a bird’s eye view. Starting in fall, the newly renovated USF Library plans to allow students to […]


Scholarship gives relief to struggling mother of three

SPECIAL TO THE ORACLE Jessica Bartels was pregnant with her second child and working as a housekeeper at Florida Hospital when she realized she needed to do more if she was going to give her children a better future. “I felt like I was trapped,” Bartels, now a USF student […]

Focal Points

Kakehashi Project brings students to Japan

ORACLE PHOTO/CAITLIN LOCHNER Through the lens of technology, the world has never looked smaller. Google Earth allows one to walk the streets of far off lands from the comfort of home while simultaneously researching another culture with a quick trip to Wikipedia.  But the only way to fully understand a different […]


Going Around the Horns

USF coaches Jose Fernandez (left), Orlando Antigua (center) and Willie Taggart took questions from fans at USF Sarasota-Manatee on Tuesday.  ORACLE PHOTO/VINNIE PORTELL In front of more than 100 fans, USF football coach Willie Taggart described his competitive nature at the forefront of the future of USF Athletics, part of […]


Nevins returns to global stage with Team USA

Former Bull Sara Nevins was the only left-handed pitcher selected for Team USA. ORACLE FILE PHOTO/ADAM MATHIEU Former USF softball pitcher Sara Nevins is moving from what USF and USA Softball Women’s National Team coach Ken Eriksen calls the minor leagues onto a bigger stage, and Nevins said she couldn’t […]


Graduate assistants bargain for better deal

USF graduate assistants said they are exhausted of the age-old assumption that living in poverty during graduate school is a rite of passage.  On Friday, USF Graduate Assistants United (USF-GAU) began negotiations with university officials for the 2014-17 graduate assistant collective bargaining agreement.   Megan Flocken, USF-GAU co-president and graduate […]


USF to Oxford: Digging for knowledge

A golden idol hidden within an ancient temple, the sound of cracking a whip and a fedora-wearing adventurer are a few things popularly associated with archaeology. One USF student, however, is setting out on her own archaeological adventure —albeit more academic than Indiana Jones’. Jessica Goodman will pursue a master’s […]


USF gets new security on campus

Earlier this month, the current contracted campus security, Allied Barton, lost its contract with USF to U.S. Security Associates. Under Florida state law, USF could only contract Allied Barton a set number of times before issuing a competitive solicitation. U.S. Security Associates was awarded the contract through this process, according […]


Nevins named to Team USA

Sara Nevins pitched 12 1/3 innings and struck out 14 batters in her first year with the USA Softball Women’s National Team. ORACLE PHOTO/ADAM MATHIEU Sara Nevins’ outstanding career at USF ended last season, but she will get another chance to play for coach Ken Eriksen. Nevins was the only […]