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Plunging gas prices about to slow down

Every morning, a few pennies peel off of gas stations’ signs. A nickel here, a dime there. From Tuesday to Wednesday, the price of a gallon of regular gas at the Citgo station on Livingston and Bearss avenues dropped 17 cents, from $2.59 to $2.42. Though that number has since […]

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Elections don’t affect most political science classes

Though the 2008 presidential election has more students interested in politics, political science teachers aren’t using the election as a tool in their classrooms. Current political issues are sometimes raised at the beginning of J. Edwin Benton’s Political Behavior/Public Opinion/Elections class, but the main focus of the class is to […]

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Alcohol might shrink the brain, cause dementia

Alcohol consumption, even in small amounts, might shrink brain size in the long run, according to a recent study. The study, conducted at Boston University, tested 1,839 people age 33-88. It shows that there is about a 1.5 percent difference between the total brain volume of heavy alcohol drinkers and […]

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Student Government: Voter apathy may be linked to lack of political parties

USF students seem to be passionate about many things: athletics, the environment and the upcoming presidential election. This passion doesn’t appear to translate to Student Government, however, when comparing the number of voting students with student government elections of other Florida universities, such as the University of Florida (UF) and […]

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Far reach for new equipment

Budget cuts and a continually declining economy have made it difficult for University Police to have all the equipment it needs to work efficiently. Better equipment for its tactical team — a group trained to intervene during violent situations on campus — and trained drug and bomb detection dogs are […]

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Picture of the Day: Dance till you die

Chemical engineering senior Patrick Foley dances with psychology and public relations sophomore Valerie Schein on Wednesday night at the Swinging Bulls’ Zombie Sock Hop. Acknowledging that poodle skirts and pink satin jackets aren’t usually the attire of choice for flesh-eating monsters, Foley, president of Swinging Bulls, said that zombies and […]

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Finding computers on campus

Searching for an available computer in USF’s Tampa Library is like finding a parking space on campus: both activities are often time-consuming. “There is always at least a ten minute wait, and I am annoyed when I see people on Facebook or MySpace while I have work to do,” said […]

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Student political groups encourage youth vote

A show of hands demonstrated that most of the about 250 students witnessing the first presidential debate between the College Democrats and the College Republicans were first-time voters. Sponsored by Student Government, each party was represented by three students who became experts that night on political topics, such as the […]

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SG and Faculty Senate to hire auditor for USF

Student Government questioned the administration’s spending habits with a proposal passed Tuesday night, allowing SG and Faculty Senate to jointly hire an outside evaluator to examine how USF spends its reserve funds. “We are seeking more transparency from the USF administration,” said Daniel Shelnutt, chairman of the Interim Funding and […]

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ROTC students might vote differently this election season

Judging from the tone of political T-shirts, buttons and bumper stickers around campus — not to mention the Oct. 20 straw poll — it seems most USF students have a preferred presidential candidate come Election Day — Sen. Barack Obama. Though USF students — along with their collegiatepeers across the […]