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Behind the energy of Scott Tavlin

Scott Tavlin hopes to use his energy to his advantage on the pursuit of his dream of becoming a radio personality. ORACLE PHOTO/CHAVELI GUZMAN On the radio station HOT 101.5’s Instagram stories or at their events, Scott Tavlin, nicknamed “Scotty the Body” by the station, is typically found performing a […]

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From India to the top of her class

Nandini Agarwal received the Golden Bull Award, USF's highest honor for students as a result of her academic and personal success. SPECIAL TO THE ORACLE/ NANDINI AGARWAL  Nandini Agarwal’s journey to the top of her class in the Muma School of Business wasn’t a usual one. It began in India, […]

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From foster care to activism

Before Marlo Hampton became a star on Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta (RHOA), she was a little girl from the Tampa Bay area, who grew up in the foster care system and overcame the odds to become a graduate from USF in 2003 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Science. Hampton […]

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USF Week begins with kickoff event

In front of the MLK Stage Fountain at 5:30 p.m. Monday, USF Week launched with its annual Kickoff. While the stage area was filled with music by the USF Heard of Thunder (HOT) band, students gathered around the surrounding tents to receive giveaways like "USF Week" T-shirts. Speakers, including USF […]

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USF band Coastals to perform as part of Bullstock

Coastals competed in last year’s battle of the bands and didn’t win. However, after taking the year to regroup and continue practicing, the band will be playing Bullstock along with We The Kings, COIN and xAmbassadors. ORACLE PHOTO/SAMANTHA MOFFETT The annual Battle of the Bands at USF gives student musicians […]

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Festa Italiana celebrates Italian culture in Tampa Bay

A performer at the Festa Italiana entertains the crowd in full costume. SPECIAL TO THE ORACLE/FESTA ITALIANA Festa Italiana is an annual multi-day event in the Tampa Bay area centered around a love of Italian culture and heritage. This year, the festival will take place from April 5-8. Since 1997, […]