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University Police: Alcohol leads to four arrests

Multiple alcohol-related incidents on campus led to arrests this weekend, according to police records. A sobriety checkpoint from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday led to a four arrests, said University Police spokeswoman Lt. Meg Ross, and the trend seems to have continued through the weekend. On Saturday afternoon, student […]

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Researchers create tiny solar cells to power cell phones and MP3 players

In a USF lab illuminated by blue UV laser light, researchers are creating tiny organic solar cells that could power very small machines. Called microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), the small machines include chemical sensors and small devices inside everyday technology, such as cell phones and MP3 players. These solar cells, made […]

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After failing grades, Patel School seeks county help

Low FCAT scores and lagging funds have prompted the Hillsborough County School Board to absorb USF’s Patel Charter School during the 2008-2009 school year. The K-5 school, which caters to low-income students, was one failing grade away from losing its charter, so its board of directors asked the county for […]

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USFSP plans to keep its graphics program

Despite the rumors, USF St. Petersburg (USFSP) won’t be canceling its graphic design program because of budget cuts. This comes as a surprise to the program’s students and leaders, who said USFSP administrators told them that the program faced suspension and possible elimination. “They were telling the students to find […]

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Specialty plates earn money for USF

Any licensed Florida driver can help save the manatees, support the U.S. Marines or show his or her pride for USF — all with an unassuming license plate. Florida drivers can give money to the university of their choice by paying extra for a specialty university license plate, and with […]

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USF seeks more faculty members

Though Florida’s public universities will likely face another round of mid-year budget cuts from the state, USF plans on hiring 75 additional faculty members, beginning in the fall 2009 semester. The hiring would affect all areas of the Tampa campus except USF Health, which has its own budget. “There really […]

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Organization evaluates campus safety

Some areas of campus — especially near the residence halls — aren’t as well lit as they should be, according to one student organization. In an attempt to create a safer campus, Necessary Improvements to Transform our Environment (N.I.T.E.) completed its biannual safety walk around campus Wednesday evening and pointed […]

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Campaign signs leave no mark

It has been nine days since one of the most publicized elections in U.S history came to an end, but the USF Tampa campus has already moved on, and it hasn’t had any difficulty transitioning back to University life as usual. The campaign yard signs, posters, stickers and voter registration […]

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Picture of the Day: USF meets BMX

BMX rider Brett Walker catches some air Wednesday outside Cooper Hall. The National Guard hired Walker and another rider to tour 37 universities, promoting the National Guard. USF was the last stop on the tour.

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Increased international interest

More of USF’s international students hail from non-European countries today than in the past, study abroad administrators said. And as USF tries to market its international-student program to scholars around the globe, partnerships with other universities might bring students from even more countries. Of the 1,345 international students, 249 are […]