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USF gets bitten by the Bull Bug

Camilo Soto has done a lot since earning his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University in 2001. Turning the vehicle he drove during his college days into a green and gold creation might be his best work yet. Soto was 15 when he restored his 1973 Volkswagen Super […]

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Log on for legal advice

Whether it’s a problem with a deadbeat roommate, a ticket for underage drinking or any one of a host of other college-age issues, many students inevitably come into legal questions. One thing they usually don’t have: a lot of money to solve them. That’s where “Minute With Mike” hopes to […]

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A state of slackers

USF ranked higher than both UF and FSU on a recent Princeton Review list, but it has no reason to celebrate. That’s because USF came in at No. 5 on the admissions consulting company’s unflattering list of the top 10 universities where students study the least. The four major public […]

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Bulls spend summer blogging abroad

For many, summer is a time for complete relaxation in the comfort of their own home. However, a select group of USF students spent their summers learning far away from campus. According to USF’s Education Abroad website, 550 students traveled across the globe this year, taking part in a once […]

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Activism anew

Whether it’s Washington marches or whistle-blowers, activism has existed for decades – but it’s still shifting. Particularly with online technology, certain fields of activism have seen changes in the past 50 years to adjust to the media-literate modern day. The Oracle traces how four aspects of activism have changed from […]

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Keeping the magic alive

With “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” topping last weekend’s box office with $50.3 million and renowned Harry Potter historian Melissa Anelli speaking at USF two weeks ago, interest in the boy with the lightning bolt-shaped scar still clearly remains. Yet, with J.K. Rowling’s billions-selling book series finished […]

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A primer on past protests

Protests, demonstrations and rallies are a common sight on any campus – yet not every college’s history is as rich as USF’s. Over the years, students and visitors have railed against everything from substandard cafeteria food to former Cuban revolutionaries. Even this year, the University has hosted high-profile protests on […]

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Remembering Movember and No-Shave November

Many names exist for it – the nose neighbor, the mouth brow, etc. – but all signify facial hair, and November events encourage tossing away the shaving cream for a cause. “No-Shave November” and “Movember” movements use body hair to raise awareness about men’s health issues. For No-Shave November, the […]

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Holiday scenes on the screen

When it comes to movies or television shows about the Christmas season, sappiness and treacle are usually the order of the day. Still, there are a few holiday offerings – well-loved or barely recognized, adoring or ambivalent – that are worth renting or adding to one’s Netflix queue as December […]

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Thinking beyond typical Thanksgiving eating

Thanksgiving’s reliable turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie may serve as comfort foods for some students, but others might not be as thankful for the traditional fare. Indeed, the holiday’s dishes aren’t always accommodating to vegetarians and vegans, the nutritionally minded or those seeking different flavors. Luckily, through changes small and […]