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A taste of honeys uses

The USF Botanical Gardens dripped with sweet honey at its first annual Honey Tasting Event on Saturday, as attendants gathered to sample nearly 50 varieties from around the world. Yet honey and bees have spread across the Tampa Bay area as well, from the garden’s beekeeping workshop series to their […]

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Small movies on the big screen, worldwide

A short film festival arrives to USF on Thursday – and it will make stops in Guanajuato, Mexico, Kerala, India, and other locations during that same day. The Manhattan Short Film Festival – the self-proclaimed “world’s first global film festival” – will play for free at the Marshall Student Center’s […]

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Sitting in The Waiting Room

USF’s School of Theatre and Dance opens its 2010-11 season with a play that spans historical periods and health issues – asking how far women will go to meet society’s beauty ideals. “The Waiting Room” runs today through Oct. 3, and adapts Lisa Loomer’s 1994 dark comedy about females from […]

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Poor movies’ strong standing

The trend of bad movies turned into cult classics – which includes films like “The Room” and “Troll 2” – has spread across the Tampa Bay area this month. On Sunday at 8 p.m., St. Petersburg’s American Stage Theatre Company will host a screening of “The Room” – the first […]

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Funny and frightening fast foods

This weekend, the State Fair of Texas will serve up deep fried helpings of everything from lemonade to caviar, and KFC’s Double Down sandwich has become infamous – but restaurant chains are now upping the ante with their own ludicrous menu items. The Double Down proved successful at getting consumers […]

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Conservatorys chances for dance

Students may recognize the three-story Patel Conservatory building from downtown excursions, yet the all-ages performance facility is now directly reaching out to college students with two new opportunities. From Sept. 27 to Oct. 2, students can attend dance classes at the Patel Conservatory at the David A Straz Jr. Center […]

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The hook of hookah

Hookah usage is a centuries-old activity that can be traced throughout Eastern history, yet it has attracted the interest of college students today. Whether at a hookah lounge, at home or outside one’s dorms, the smoking pastime is rapidly growing in popularity. According to a Florida Adult Tobacco Survey, the […]

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Tunes to track from Tuesday

Keeping track of new music can be difficult for today’s students, as they try to discover new artists and upcoming albums amid cluttered class, work and sleep schedules. Luckily, Tuesday saw an unusually large amount of new record releases, spanning pop and punk genres as well as large and local […]

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Spray paint and streets, graffiti and galleries

Decades ago, street art might have been considered synonymous with vandalism, but different perspectives question whether it’s more of an art or a crime – and legal venues for it now exist. In the ’70s and ’80s, spray painters started a counterculture movement by placing their names on buildings and […]

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Centre Gallery gets Cultural

Some may not see graffiti as art, but a new exhibition documents the spray-painted work that appears throughout the southern Mexican city of Oaxaca. The Marshall Student Center (MSC) Centre Gallery’s “Artefacto Cultural” exhibition, which ends Friday, is USF professor and visual artist G.B. Stephens’ photographic collection of the area’s […]