Opinion

Opinion

Reducing homelessness around USF

Homelessness is a serious problem for the neighborhoods around USF. By the most recent point-in-time (PIT) count from the Tampa Hillsborough Homelessness Initiative (THHI), the zip code 33612 — which covers the University Mall to Busch Gardens — has the largest number of homeless people sleeping on the streets out […]

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Guide to a zero-waste lifestyle

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you this, but you’ve all heard how important recycling is and how severe our climate issues are right now.  But, the steps taken are not enough.  Every year, over 360 million tons of plastic are produced worldwide and almost 14 million tons of […]

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LGBT workers deserve protection

The Supreme Court will be deciding in the coming months whether or not the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a law prohibiting employment discrimination based on sex, also protects Americans on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The decision will determine whether millions of lesbian, gay, transgender and […]

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SG consolidation draft off to a positive start

On Oct. 11, Student Government (SG) discussed a tentative but thoughtful plan to consolidate the three student governments across the Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee campuses. Largely a draft and still subject to change, the plan offers an elegant strategy for merging the activities of the executive, legislative and judicial […]

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Consolidation should not overshadow branch campuses

On Sept. 10, USF System President Steven Currall released an update detailing major steps in the process of consolidating USF’s three campuses—Tampa, St. Pete and Sarasota-Manatee. The overarching theme of the update was collaboration and sharing. Merging the campuses offers an opportunity to bust down internal walls of policy, practice […]

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Tampa police take steps toward transparency

Tampa will be receiving $1.2 million from the U.S. Department of Justice in order to expand the city’s program to outfit police officers with body cameras. This grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance adds to the $600,000 already approved for the program by the Tampa City Council. Increasing the […]

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The fight for a $15 minimum wage

Floridians who work for a job that pays the state minimum wage currently have to live off of $8.46 an hour. Luckily, that might change, because of the work of the individuals fighting for a $15 minimum wage at the organization Florida for a Fair Wage. The minimum wage was […]