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USF student with autism will compete in Miss Florida pageant

Rachel Barcellona focuses on raising acceptance for people with autism and other disabilities with her Ability Beyond Disabilities platform. SPECIAL TO THE ORACLE It takes more than waving to the audience and wearing shining crowns to bear the title of Miss Florida. History will be made this year as the first […]

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Miss USF moves on to compete for Miss Florida

Avalon Theisen created a non-profit organization focused on environmental service called Conserve It Forward. SPECIAL TO THE ORACLE  After dedicating more than 10 years of her life to service and social issues, the 2019 Miss USF winner is preparing to compete for the Miss Florida title. Avalon Jade Theisen, a senior majoring […]

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Music with a mission

The iPad band, Touch, is comprised of faculty members from the School of Music and USF students. SPECIAL TO THE ORACLE. It’s a concert designed for the future. And the future is now. USF’s iPad Band, Touch, will be putting on a concert in collaboration with Hope for Justice, a […]

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A look into the night shift of University Police

You’ll likely see the flashing blue and red lights on top of a police cruiser before you hear the recognizable chirp of its siren. As I walked out of the USF Police Department (UP) at 9 p.m. last Tuesday, I saw the lights. Two white males were sitting on the […]

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Student created, Shakespeare inspired

One USF student will take his creation to the stage. Harrison Baxley, a sophomore majoring in theatre art, argues in his original play, “The Fishmonger,” that humanity’s sense of good and bad is ultra-relative. Through this play, Baxley explores loss, identity, family and acceptance and hopes to convey the fickleness […]

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A contemporary take on a classical art form

 SPECIAL TO THE ORACLE A student of the School of Theatre and Dance is here to challenge the assumptions most people make about ballet performances. What does a classical dancer look like? What do they wear and what attitude comes to mind when you think of a ballet performance?     […]