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Giving the walking dead new legs

With costume stores bursting with the shambling undead’s clothing and the box-office success of movies like “Resident Evil: Afterlife,” the zombie trend is now nearly as long-standing as the creatures’ decaying flesh. Retailer Sears even created a viral website this week where traditional fashion models are replaced with zombies and […]

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Punk festivities throughout Florida

Thousands of punk music enthusiasts, including some USF students, will migrate to Gainesville this weekend for Fest’s ninth annual event, while Tampa also offers early opportunities to start the festival off on the right note. Fest is a Gainesville-based music festival that spans Halloween weekend and hosts shows in downtown […]

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New standards for spooky song playlists

Dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” can be a real joy, and many are partial to doing the “Monster Mash,” but that’s not all that’s available to listeners come Halloween. For many college students, Halloween is the perfect excuse to release a more tawdry side of their personality, but it’s also […]

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Past visits paid by politicians

Politicians have lately become the predominant houseguests at USF – as former presidents and prospective senators and governors fill the schedules for this week and next. On Sunday at 9 a.m., U.S. Senate candidates Charlie Crist, Kendrick Meek and Marco Rubio will hold a three-way debate. Then, on Monday at […]

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Booked events at Festival of Reading

Good grammar, freakish monsters and manatee disappearances are just three subjects covered in a USF book festival this weekend – and that’s just within the first 90 minutes. The USF St. Petersburg campus will host the 18th annual Festival of Reading on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The […]

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An address to Armenia

Ninety-five years after the start of Armenia’s genocide, a USF symposium will attempt to examine the country and World War I mass murder with insight from individuals with ties to the nation, including a traveling scholar and a USF professor. The USF Library’s Grace Allen Room will host the Rediscovering […]

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Creating bodies of work

Once associated with sailors and military men, body art is growing in popularity across the American landscape – among students and venues in Tampa as well. According to Google Maps, there are seven tattoo and body piercing shops located on Ybor City’s East Seventh Avenue alone. Nationally, TV shows and […]

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A slice of Tampas pizzeria life

October marks Pizza Month as commemorated by restaurants and enthusiasts since 1987, giving today’s college students a chance to celebrate the combination of cheese, sauce and dough. According to pizzaware.com, Americans eat approximately 350 slices of pizza a second, and pizzerias represent 17 percent of all restaurants. Indeed, one of […]

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Matt & Kim take to the Sidewalks

From playing an overcrowded show at Transitions Art Gallery to headlining a State Theatre concert, Brooklyn keyboard-drum duo Matt & Kim’s profile has spread widely in the Tampa Bay area and worldwide within two years. Although cramped crowds have been a part of the band’s live shows since its 2004 […]

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Books mark just the start in BookMarks

As October – or National Book Month as celebrated by the National Book Foundation – continues, a new exhibition showcases five USF alumni who use books and other types of print for their visual narratives. The Marshall Student Center (MSC) Centre Gallery’s new collection “BookMarks,” which ends Friday, uses text, […]