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October and onward to the Oscars

With an expanded 10-spot Best Picture category, a number of previously winning directors and a surprising amount of attention paid to box offices, the Oscar climate has changed for upcoming films. By Oct. 6, the New York Times had already detailed the Best Picture race – and how commercially successful […]

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The weight of waste

USF student volunteers hope to give the phrase “waste time” a positive meaning this Saturday, as they collect trash and recyclables during festivities for the Homecoming game against Syracuse. From 10 a.m. to noon, students will walk around Raymond James Stadium’s tailgating area, pulling a 96-gallon wheeled container and collecting […]

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Bringing all of Bob Dylan back home

Iconic musician Bob Dylan will soon occupy the same space as students when he and his backing band play in the Sun Dome on Thursday at 8 p.m. Yet for students new to Dylan, it can be hard to know where to start within his eclectic 48-year recording career. His […]

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Howl offers an economical scare

Sylvie, the 2010 female rocker face of Busch Gardens’ 11th annual Howl-o-Scream event, is not scary. However, the same cannot be said of some of the houses that surround her nightly performances. Howl-o-Scream may be moving backward in its theme choices, but reinvented houses have improved from past years. Because […]

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Horror more flash than fear

For Halloween Horror Nights’ 20th birthday, Universal Studios went all out – at least in theme and decoration. Their broad theme of pure “fear” allowed them to bring back favorite faces of the past, representing the factors the event’s designers said embody fear itself: chaos, death, sacrifice, mythos and vengeance. […]

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Halloween movies to make a haunted house

October’s first week has already harvested new horror movies like “Let Me In” and “Hatchet II,” and even more new releases will arrive as the month nears Oct. 31. Yet, Hollywood has become its own kind of movie monster – pursuing sequels like “Saw 3D” annually, only to kill these […]

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Schools and Superman

After filming rock stars Jimmy Page and Jack White in “It Might Get Loud” and Al Gore in “An Inconvenient Truth,” documentarian Davis Guggenheim turns to a subject who is less of a celebrity – the teacher. “Waiting for Superman” questions what ails today’s public school system, and in two […]

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Vegetarian, vegan varieties

Susannah Sherman was 13 years old when she decided to become a vegetarian – on an afternoon her parents brought a lobster home to be boiled alive. “I just couldn’t believe that they were going to put that animal inside a pot while it was still alive, and cook it,” […]

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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 […]