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  • Choosing brevity over grammaticism

    Only a few decades ago, people took pride in crafting finely written letters, but today distant communication has become so instantaneous that most do not bother with the formality. 

  • Alumnus stays on track with new ride

    USF alumnus Jeff Hornick had just graduated from high school in 2003 when he started his job as part time ride operator for the Kumba ride at Busch Gardens. 

  • NCAA owes athletes more than snacks

    A new proposal from the NCAA could soon provide unlimited meals and snacks for student athletes.

  • Free STD testing on campus today

    One in four college students have an STD, according to Stanford University’s Sexual Health Peer Resource Center, and today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. students can get tested for free at the Student Health Services (SHS) Center as part of an annual event to provide free STD testing. 

  • Florida Distillery offers taste of local vodka


    Tucked behind a shopping center off Falkenburg Road, the Florida Distillery may be inconspicuous, but is anything but ordinary. 

  • Kevin Bacon’s most memorable roles


    After “Friends” star Matthew Perry canceled his upcoming appearance and lecture for the University Lecture Series (ULS) due to scheduling conflicts, students waited with bated breath to find out who the Center for
    Student Involvement would schedule to replace him.

    On April 1, Kevin Bacon was announced as this year’s USF Week speaker.

    Doors open for Bacon’s lecture tonight at 7:30 in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom.

    Due to his long resume of films and high recognition ULS’ choice of Bacon as a replacement was a definite upgrade. Bacon has played many memorable roles throughout the years and The Oracle has narrowed down a list of Bacon’s top seven.

  • Student play tackles country’s history of oppression

    The U.S. has a rich and diverse history — a composition of different ethnicities, cultures and traditions. But it is a history marred with the blemishes of slavery and oppression. The play “The Road Weeps, the Well Runs Dry” seeks to synthesize this historical duality. 

  • USF grad student composes fun sound to tell his story

    Just 20 minutes before the Reflections Ensemble Concert at the Corbett Preparatory Community School of the Arts on Sunday, USF music composition graduate student Vincent Euliano said he was unsure how he would introduce the debut of his new piece to the audience.

  • MFA Students Take Over CAM

    Last Friday marked the opening of one of this semester’s most anticipated exhibitions on campus — the ninth annual Master of Fine Arts graduation exhibition at USF’s Contemporary Art Museum (CAM). 

  • Art takes a ‘Gasp!’ on Friday

    After the armada of pirate schooners sailed into Tampa Bay in February, the annual Gasparilla invasion once again left behind colorful beads that littered the streets and an array of artistic events and festivals in the region. 

  • 'Singing for Shriners' competition to raise money for charity


    In an “American Idol”-style singing competition, nine fraternities and sororities will take the stage tonight to compete against each other in an effort to raise money for charity.

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    'Real World' heads to Tampa in search of new strangers

    For 29 seasons, MTV’s “The Real World” has been known for its charismatic and sometimes controversial cast mates. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on
    April 5, casting directors will be at the Hooters in Channelside in search of seven new people to become the newest stars during Season 30. 

  • Jason Bateman takes on dual roles in ‘Bad Words’

    After getting his first role on “Little House on the Prairie,” Jason Bateman has spent more than 30 years in front of the camera playing diverse characters on TV and in films.

  • Comedian Erin Foley performs in Tampa this weekend

    For the past 14 years, comedian Erin Foley has been making her rounds on the comedy circuit. After having a supporting role in the film “Almost Famous” she has been making her way through film and TV, landing guest spots on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Go On.

  • USF students take root in Irish step dance

    The three women swiftly moved across the stage with every quick, jumping step in sync to the fast paced music. As their feet move a mile a minute with each precise step, their upper body remains firm and confident.

  • 'Monuments Men' author to speak on art, life


    During World War II, Hitler and the Nazis attempted to steal millions of monuments and priceless works art, regarded as the world’s greatest. A team of American heroes was able to prevent this loss, and finally their story will be shared.

  • ‘State of Beauty Today’ conference explores idea of beauty with international speakers

    Because beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it has always been a difficult concept to define. 

  • Students make their mark in Campus Movie Fest

    Three director chairs stood on stage in the Oval Theater like glowing perched birds. The chairs were just some of the awards given out to some of the filmmakers who submitted films in this year’s Campus Movie Fest. 

  • USF club mixes sports cars and charity


    On the last Friday of every month, the parking lot next to the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute is packed with shiny Lamborghinis with rising doors, classic Dodge Chargers equipped with neon under car light kits and BMWs with intricate body decals at the University Car Events’ (UCE) monthly meeting.

  • Web fashion trends that hit and miss

      HIT:   Often while watching a favorite TV show, viewers may relate to a particular character, perhaps because they believe the character could be based on them or they wish they could emulate the character.  Now with the help of websites such as wornontv.

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    ‘Ravens’ takes dramatic peek at women through the ages

    If there is one thing that “Ravens” director Helen Tennison said she wants audience members to leave with, it is the idea that everybody should take the risk to be their best selves.

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    Local winery offers tastes and tours


    The thought of wineries conjures up images of sprawling golden vineyards in Napa Valley or rustic French chateaus, but there is no need to travel far to enjoy a fresh glass of wine in a picturesque location. 

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    A Thai experience in Tampa

    Built in 1981 and tucked away on Palm River Road, the Buddhist temple Wat Mongkolratanaram of Florida (Wat Tampa) is a local hidden gem that provides visitors with a serene and delectable experience.  

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    Fair offers little fun at high cost

    Most kids see the fair with a fantastic sense of wonder. It is like a dreamland filled with endless corn dogs, cotton candy, unlimited spins on the tilt-a-whirl and a couple rounds of “throw the spring-loaded ring on the glass bottle.”


    Moonlit river ride entices students’ sense of adventure

    Canoeing and kayaking are typically considered events for warm, sunny days, but on Fridays and Saturdays during a full moon, USF Outdoor Recreation sends students out on the water under the stars.

  • How to land a Valentine without being awkward


    With Valentine’s Day only eight days away, many single people may be scrambling to find a last-minute date. For some, that may be a simple task, while others may have no idea how to put away the anxiety and awkwardness to land a date.

    Just over a week may not be enough time to procure someone new, but some people already have a special someone that occupies his or her thoughts through the
    day, and may just lack the confidence to go after the one they want.

  • USF alumnus makes life documentary ‘I Am Not My Disability’

    Rahsaan Thomas said when he first approached James Geiger, he did so as if he were a charity case. Geiger was hosting a spoken word show at a local coffee shop, Sacred Grounds, and Thomas assumed he had a mental disorder — an entirely inaccurate judgment.  

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    Exploring Tampa: Two local breweries worth a visit

    Yuengling In the shadows of Busch Gardens’ brightly colored roller coasters sits the second oldest and largest American-owned brewery in the U.S. — Yuengling. Behind the welcome desk is a glass case filled with countless awards and commendations. A gift shop full of T-shirts and pint glasses all bearing the Yuengling eagle and American flag sits off to the side.

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    Techy fashions: Gizmos and gadgets de rigueur


    Daft Punk’s robot helmets may be garnering all the buzz after its multiple, metallic Grammy appearances, but the ’90s synthpop duo is far from the only ones tapping into the growing technology-inspired fashion market. 

    The Oracle takes a look at some of the most innovative, unnecessary and impractical gizmo glamour

  • Gasparilla survival tips

    Almost every year since 1904, the streets of downtown Tampa are cleared in order to make way for pirate invaders and their spectators to pillage and plunder the bountiful plastic booty offered. 

  • Contemporary Art Museum celebrates 25 years with new exhibit


    Nestled behind the Marshall Student Center is one of USF’s well-regarded assets — one that many students don’t know exists. 

  • Big Guava joins in music festival trend


    With attendance of music festivals like Coachella, Bonnaroo and SXSW growing across the nation, Tampa is finally throwing its hat in the ring with the announcement Wednesday of the Big Guava Music Festival, a three-day festival hitting the Florida State Fairgrounds May 2-4.

  • Marvel goes all in, while DC continues to gamble

    While DC Entertainment continues to make gutsy choices that make fans question the quality of the “Man of Steel” sequel, Marvel Cinematic Universe is consistently making choices that actually make fans get pumped up and excited for the films to come out.

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    Café Hey offers mouthwatering, modest fare

    Though the restaurant’s unassuming exterior tucked away in Downtown Tampa can make it difficult to find, its charming, laid-back atmosphere and delicious, understated food offerings make Café Hey worth the hunt.

  • USF alumni return with spectacular dance

    In a special three-day engagement coming to USF, a choreographer will turn on a projector in front of his dancers. While he intends to use it for a presentation, it’s not a lecture. 

  • Getting the grade with student resolutions

    Whether it is a freshman trying to recover from a bad first semester, a senior trying to improve his or her GPA before graduation or any scenario in between, some students may find themselves beginning the new year with resolutions to be a better student.

  • When parodies are better than originals

    At one time, MTV was the station viewers would flock to for their favorite artist’s new music video. Music videos were the beacon of the channel’s very existence. However, today the channel is merely a place where angsty teens and 20-somethings can watch real-life melodrama instead.

  • A quick guide to the perfect holiday bird

    It was my first Thanksgiving with my fiance in our new home. It was my chance to prove to my future groom that he made the right decision in his lifelong mate and that I would keep him fat and happy the rest of his life. 

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    Mixing traditions on ‘Thanksgivukkah’

      Whether you call it “Hanukkahgiving” or “Thanksgivukkah,” this week offers a rare holiday mashup that some estimate won’t occur for another 79,000 years, according to an NPR article. As many celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, many will also celebrate the first day of Hanukkah, which changes every year to coincide with the Jewish calendar, usually occurring in December or late November.

  • Students freeze fashion runway

    Fashion should be inclusive, not exclusive, and the idea of having guests leave feeling like fashion can be for everyone is the main focus of the “Freeze The Runway” fashion and art expo, hosted by the fashion Executives, a student organization focused on the fashion industry. 

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    ‘Ghosts’ enhances Call of Duty franchise


    In the 10th installment of the Call of Duty series, players are now completely in control. 

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    New World Brewery: Come for beer, stay for entertainment


    Hidden on the outskirts of one of the most notable party streets in Tampa, the rustic haven of  New World Brewery offers a more low-key, relaxing vibe to the chaos usually found in the nightlife of Ybor City. 

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    PS4 leads gaming race out the gate


    All eyes are on the Playstation 4 (PS4) as the premier gaming system as it competes against the Xbox One and the Wii U in the battle of the consoles this holiday season.

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    Dance concert promises to move audiences, cause introspection

    The body can convey so much more than words, and in just one semester, the USF School of Theatre and Dance has taken the raw energy of the body and turned it into a joyful, expressive vessel from which sorrow, ecstasy and even psychosis flow. 

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    Young singer shines as Broadway actor


    When 10-year-old Julian Silva takes the field, he walks to his position under the lights accompanied by the announcer’s voice over the public-address system. Upon taking his place on the field, he isn’t given a ball. Instead, he’s given a microphone.

  • New indie rock festival hits Tampa


    Tampa hipsters can rejoice Saturday, as Live Nation kicks off the Coastline Festival, an indie-heavy music festival that starts at noon at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. 

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    Zombie Makeup tips from Howl-O-Scream creator


    The zombie costume has been a staple of Halloween and Busch Garden’s Director of Creative Services Scott Swenson showed Oracle Montage Editor Shaunda Wickham some of his makeup tips and tricks as he transformed her into “a relatively undead, blistery, bloody, somewhat fresh” zombie.

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    'Ti-Jean' brings the Caribbean to USF


    In less than five weeks, visiting director Henry Muttoo and students from the School of Theater and Dance took a simple island folk tale and turned it into a colorful, vibrant story.

  • Remembering Lou Reed: Top 5 picks


    The enigmatic front man of the Velvet Underground and meteoric solo artist, Lou Reed died at 71 on Sunday. Becoming iconic in the mid-’60s as the voice of new-wave youth, Reed’s death marks the realization that many classic singers are aging. Soon, the world will be without those who gave inspiration to today’s artists. 

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    Arcade Fire experiments with ‘Reflektor’

    After Arcade Fire debuted three songs from its upcoming album “Reflektor” during its September NBC concert special, “Here Comes the Night Time,” it became clear that the band was departing from its usual indie rock sound and opting for more of a dance vibe. 

  • Top five Halloween costumes this year

    Predictions on which costumes will be the most popular. 

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    Texting etiquette rules you’re probably breaking


    Many students can relate to being bombarded by text messages during class. For many, as they wait for class to end to check those messages, they find the onslaught of text messages to be either from the same person asking ‘what’s up’ or using a superfluous amount of smiley faces and LOLs. While not everyone uses text messaging for the same reason, there are some unwritten guidelines that need to be written for how to keep the conversation going without the headache.

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    Vegan bodybuilder teaches getting buff without beef

    Bodybuilders rely on months of dedication to their training regimen before they compete at a championship event.  They prepare daily meals, spend time weight training and consume various supplements. 

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    ‘Work B----‘ sets unrealistic expectations

    While many listeners may expect to hear rap artists such as Jay-Z, Kanye West and 2 Chainz brag about the spoils of celebrity life, pop princess Britney Spears gives audiences some advice on achieving a celebrity lifestyle with her latest unrealistic motivational song, “Work B----.” 

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    ‘American Idol’ finalist to visit USF, offers hope

    Scott MacIntyre was born blind, but his life has never lacked vision.

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    Alum offers affordable music festival packages

    In recent years, music festivals have become increasingly popular among young adults. Many of the locations that hold the festivals include camping and bring together large groups of people from across the world.

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    Alumnus gets fit with research

    Jason Martuscello said he was a “fat kid” growing up. 

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    Rescue Games fight against human trafficking with CrossFit competition

    Della and Anna Powell will never forget the pain they witnessed when visiting victims of sex trafficking in Thailand.

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    USF alumna creates tailgating cookbook

    When USF alumna Candace Davison was in college three years ago, she loved to tailgate.  

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    2bU vending machines bring healthier snacking options to campus

    Some students do not have time for a sit-down meal or the desire to consume the standard “junk foods” from vending machines.

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    Stereotypes you meet at the gym

    People go to the gym for fitness. It’s a pretty simple concept at face value, but the next time you make a visit to your local recreation center, stand back and take some time before your workout to observe all the different species of gym-goers that you’re more than likely to see on a daily basis.

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    Tea for too much

    Whether it is for an exciting new experience with the girls, or a special treat for mom, teatime is a great way to experience a taste of the Victorian era refinement in today’s chaotic world.

  • 2013’s ‘War on I-4’ begins on the web

    As the state’s notorious collegiate battle between UF and FSU continues to rage on, a fledgling rivalry may be brewing between USF and UCF.

  • #Mostannoyingtrendsonsocialmedia

    From hashtags to tweets, the Internet and social media have become clogged with the atrocities of the vain, the ignorant and the illiterate.

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    From boos to applause

    Up-and-coming comedian and aspiring actor Ron G, best known for competing in the Bill Bellamy TV series, “Who’s Got Jokes?” and the sixth season of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” performed at Bulls Nite Out last Friday.

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    Bavarian tradition, modern cuisine

    In a city that offers a vast array of international cuisines, foodies are faced with limited selections for German fare. 

  • Campus Weight Loss: The hills are alive with the sound of 'lose it'

    For most, summer vacation is a time for relaxation, indulgence and an escape from daily stress and obligations. 

  • Affleck ‘super’ choice in sequel

    Since the announcement by “Man of Steel” Director Zack Snyder, that Ben Affleck would fill the caped crusader’s mask in the Superman sequel, fans of the masked vigilante have been lighting up their social media accounts with candid disdain. Warning: The following statement could cause Batman movie fans, and fans of Batman in general, to explode.

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    Fitz and the Tantrums bring electronic motown party to Tampa

    Fitz and The Tantrums are known for reviving the Motown sound through the use of  electronic ’80s synth-pop, R&B  and soul.  Discovered by Adam Levine  of Maroon 5, the band quickly  began making a name for itself  as it toured the country opening for musical acts such as,  Maroon 5, Flogging Molly and  now Bruno Mars.

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    2013 MTV Video Music Awards

    The MTV Video Music Awards are notorious for creating the most outrageous moments in an award setting. With the help of Miley Cyrus, N*Sync and Justin Timberlake, this year there is no exception. 

  • Top ten Week of Welcome musts

    With the activities hosted by several school organizations, USF’s Week of Welcome can come across as a little daunting. From USF traditions to activities that appear to promise a good time, The Oracle has chosen 10 activities that are Week of Welcome musts.

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    Free eats during Week of Welcome

    During Week of Welcome it is possible to eat almost every meal for free. The Oracle has compiled a list of where students can get free food throughout the week. Check the events brochure for more options.

  • The dangers of smoking alcohol

    George, a senior majoring in accounting who asked to be identified by a different name, said one night a few months ago, he gave into curiosity. 

  • Students tackle obstacles during Ramadan

    Once a year, during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Muslims across the world embark on a spiritual journey by fasting from sunrise to sunset, and being on a college campus can pose additional challenges.

  • Court decision gives hope to LGBT

    With the help of the U.S. Supreme Court, some members of USF’s LGBT community arenow breathing sighs of relief.

    Historic change was set into motion Wednesday morning with the Supreme Court striking down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act that federally defined marriage as between a man and a woman and ruling California’s Proposition 8 unconstitutional.

    A few members of USF’s LGBT community spoke with The Oracle to discuss what the rulings mean to them. 

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    Campus Weight Loss: A new beginning

    Often times when a person embarks on a weight loss journey alone, obstacles are bound to arise. With countless resources available to help, undertaking such a big task alone seems almost sadistic.  

  • Bulls go local: New twist on summer treat


    With flavors such as “Porky’s Delight,” in which vanilla ice cream is loaded with bacon and bacon brittle, and “Pump Up the Yam,” a treat of sweet potato ice cream with caramel, pecans and marshmallows, Bill Workman has taken one of America’s favorite desserts and turned it into an artistic infusion for the taste buds.

  • Sun Dome hosts ultimate XFC fight


    “Xtreme Fighting Championship (XFC) 24: Collision Course” is coming to the USF Sun Dome on Friday at 7 p.m. to give fans of the art of fighting a show of action-packed battles. 

  • The Best & Worst of Ybor Nightlife


    Ybor City is the most diverse and eccentric area in Tampa and can make a great place for students to socialize off campus. The best thing about Ybor nightlife is that there is a scene for everyone. 

    Though some may have mixed feelings about the small strip of nighttime excitement, familiarity with the right places can lead to a great experience.

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    Getting through the summer while stuck in school


    While some students are enjoying the lazy days of summer, there are others who have early morning classes or even work. After a weekend of enjoyment from beach trips and hanging with friends, the realities of the weekdays and the responsibilities they bring may seem daunting. 

    Even after a full night of sleep, the sound of the alarm during what should be a summer vacation is dreadful enough to make anyone want to throw the alarm clock in the trash and hide under the covers. However, a summer schedule can offer more personal time than the busier fall and spring schedules of most students. 

    Here is a list of activities that any student can try in an effort to make the weekdays suck less.  


    ‘Bengal Tiger’ an unconventional search for meaning of life

    Though the play is set against the backdrop of a controversial war and covers contentious issues such as religion, patriotism, government and death, “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” avoids the obvious and focuses on the harrowing search for the meaning of life.

  • Vampire Weekend shuns religion, embraces pop in third album

    The entirety of Vampire Weekend’s third studio album seems to reflect a newly acquired self-awareness that, though evident on its previous records, stands strong and up front on “Modern Vampires of the City,” which reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts this week.

  • Daft Punk releases electronic disco fever in funk-tastic album

    Anyone born before the turn of the century may recall
    memories of rummaging through their parent’s closets to find old disco cassettes or 3-inch platform shoes and having a good laugh. Daft Punk’s latest album, “Random Access Memories,” is sort of like that.

  • ‘Into Darkness’ attracts more than Trekkies

    “Trekkies” and “Trekkers” of all generations are in for a stellar experience in the sequel to director J.J. Abrams 2009 “Star Trek” with “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

  • Other Star Trek Must-Sees

    Star Trek (2009) Star Trek is a highly entertaining movie with great visual effects and a compelling story for fans of the Star Trek franchise and people who are unfamiliar with the previous movies and series. Star Trek 2: Wrath of Khan (1982) This is a great movie to see for understanding of “Into Darkness.

  • Summer fashion trends that hit or miss

    With summer here, the best way to enjoy the sunny weather is to take advantage of the latest summer fashion trends. Though the Florida heat can be exhausting, that doesn’t mean it should limit a wardrobe. These summer trends are easy to replicate, and anyone can flaunt these styles.

  • Fun in the Tampa sun


    During the fall and spring semesters, it can be easy for students to get trapped in a routine of classes, projects, homework and studying. However, during the summer the mood on campus tends to be more relaxed, and students get an opportunity to step away from the normal routine and explore what Tampa has to offer off campus.

  • Snoop Lion steps out with reggae attempt


    Calvin BroadusJr., Snoop Dogg or Snoop Lion — take your pick.

  • Improv at USF gears up for The Showcase


    Students looking for a chance to escape the added stress that comes with finals week need to look no further for free food, a raffle and plenty of laughs. 

  • Boot camp fitness: Accepting progess

    As the spring semester’s end draws near, it is a time for reflection of growth and progress over the last three months.  

  • ‘42’ scores a homerun with audiences


    In the recent film  “42,”  released on April 12, director Brian Helgeland chronicles the harrowing story of baseball great Jackie Robinson. 

  • Businesses revive the industry with Record Store Day

    It seems though the most popular musical mediums change with each passing decade, long playing vinyl records, also known as LPs, have stood the test of time. The places that sell them have not. 

  • Four ways to help victims of the boston marathon bombing


    In the midst of tragedy, many people are searching for ways to help the people affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. Because Tampa is thousands of miles from the city, many in the area feel too distant to lend a helping hand. 

  • Buddhist monk to visit USF


    Just in time for students to begin stressing over their upcoming final exams, at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, the Friends of Sri Lanka Club will host a program on meditation and self-understanding led by fully ordained Buddhist monk, Bhante Upananda.

  • Paramore’s return: Down to three, and stronger than ever


    With the dwindling number of artists left in pop-punk band Paramore, things seem to have worked out for the best, as the band’s new self-titled album — released last Tuesday — shows. 

  • Bullstock tonight at 6

    The 16th annual Bullstock will take place in at the Meadows tonight at 6, rain or shine. 

  • USF theater gets risqué ‘In the Next Room’


    A funny, touching and slightly scandalous play that tells the story of a doctor who uses an intriguing little device to treat hysteria patients is set to open in Theater II on Thursday at 8 p.m.


  • Swinging Bulls revive ‘Great Gatsby’


    The opportunity to attend one of Jay Gatsby’s legendary parties came to USF yesterday in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom as the Swinging Bulls hosted the Great Gatsby Swing Dance. Students were able to dance the dance of the roaring ’20s, when, in their opinion, dance was at its best. 

  • Superheroes return to Tampa for Comic Con 2013


    With the X-Men’s Storm, Star Wars’ Boba Fett and Transformers’ Bumble Bee waiting in the parking lot, any passerby could tell that something a bit strange was going on. 

  • UnBULLieveable race joins USF Week events


    Set up much like the CBS’s “Amazing Race,” the UnBULLieveable race, a new event at USF Week will kick off next Friday at 1 p.m. in the Marshall Student Center.  

  • Bay Area Renaissance Festival’s closes with high seas huzzah


    For 35 years, the 16th century has had its revival in the form of the Bay Area Renaissance Festival. 

  • Peeps, smell-o-vision and kids dating: Viral videos of the week

    Spring has sprung and a new wave of viral videos has emerged. This week, elementary school dating and peeps have invaded social networks.

  • Five April Fool’s Day pranks that will not get you kicked out of school


    April 1 is the one day during the year that a person can unlock their inner prankster without judgment being imparted upon them. 

  • Murder mystery swing dances its way to USF

    Murder and swing dance aren’t usually strung together in the same thought, but on Friday, the Swinging Bulls will host the 221B Baker Street Murder Mystery Swing Dance. 

  • Combatting bullying with movement

    Rampant efforts to stop bullying include charities, funds and various walks in honor of those who were bullied to death.

  • Covert Pigeon: Snail mail fail


    Snail mail is dead — or at least that’s what we thought before made an interesting, albeit creepy, entrance onto the Internet. 

  • USF students pass along real-life knowledge to local youth


    Students at the Bowers-Whitley Career Center and the PACE Center for Girls in Hillsborough County have been spending more time with USF students in recent years.  

  • Local bands compete for a spot at Bullstock


    Five bands from the USF community will compete tonight outside the Marshall Student Center for a chance to play as a part of USF’s Bullstock line-up on April 12.  

  • Argentine Tango dances its way around USF

    The word “tango” on its own sparks wistful images of romantic moonlit dances or show-stopping ballroom scenes. However, behind the romance Argentine Tango takes time, practice and intense lessons.

  • USF professor prepares for cruise of a lifetime


    Sitting back in his desk chair wearing aviator shades and a leather jacket, Africana Studies professor Bryan Shuler appeared to be completely at ease in his office despite his upcoming adventure on a National Geographic cruise bound for West Africa as a cultural expert. 

  • Justin Timberlake serves up “The 20/20 Experience”


    Justin Timberlake’s upcoming album, “The 20/20 Experience” — due for release Tuesday — will attempt to live up to the hype that’s been built up by twenty-somethings who adored his curly, highlighted afro days in ’N Sync.

  • Four grown-up spring break options

    As senior students prepare for their last collegiate spring break, they will have to evaluate how to transition from the meta-adult status they’ve held for the last four or more years, into living, breathing grown-ups with nine to five jobs,with benefits — hopefully. 

  • Students take part in Deaf Nation Expo


    Bo Clements, one of three  American Sign Language (ASL) instructors at USF, gave a unique assignment to his students last weekend. 

  • USF community learns 'The Art of Living'


    Shan Tiwari has been teaching yoga at USF at a class in the Rec Center since 2005, but she has been an Art of Living instructor and a yogi, or yoga practitioner for much

  • Boot Camp Fitness: Old habits die hard

    When starting a new diet and fitness routine, one must always allow room for slips off the wagon and cheat days. In my journey so far, I hate to admit that I have slipped off more than I have held on.

  • Walking to make the ‘Final Cut’

    Fashion enthusiasts and hopeful future models mingled amid the moss-covered trees and USF bull topiary.

  • From chemicals to creative writing: A student’s return to college

    On a campus at which the average student is between 18 and 22 years old, Donna Walker, a 54-year-old student feels both invisible and visible. 

  • USF jumps to the ‘Edge of the Future’

    One hundred winners of a lottery for tickets will attend USF’s inaugural TEDx event titled “On the Edge of the Future” on Friday in the School of Music.  

  • Students explore Shakespeare’s "Titus Andronicus"


    William Shakespeare’s vicious and grisly play “Titus Andronicus” premieres at USF on Feb. 21, 2013 as  part of the USF School of Theatre and Dance’s British International Theatre Program, also known as the BRIT program, which brings in theater professionals and specialists to work with students.

  • Campus MovieFest highlights student filmmakers


    Less than a week before the Academy Awards, students rushed to turn in the short films they had produced in less than a week to the world’s largest student film festival, Campus Movie Fest (CMF). 

  • Happy 281st Birthday, George Washington: 5 Presidents’ Day facts to know


    Though USF  students don’t have the day off, Presidents’ Day is a day often far-removed for many on campus. But the day carries a substantial amount of history with it.   

  • USF catches the “Harlem Shake” virus


    Move over Gangnam Style. There’s a new dance craze in town.

  • Getting around: A guide to an alternative Valentine’s


    Whether it is for food, drink, classes or dates, everyone has a distinct preference for what he or she prefers. If you’re still stumped when it comes to a Valentine’s date with a someone special and want to unique plans in addition to dinner and a movie, The Oracle has a list of local events for a unique alternative Valentine’s Day.

  • Grammy performances: Too much or just enough?


    Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and Alicia Keys were only some of the performers  who dazzled their peers with surprise collaborations, interesting
    performance attempts and lots of choreography at the 55th annual Grammy Awards, which took place in Los Angeles on Sunday evening. 

  • Taking a trip through the Libary's Special Collections


    Tucked away on the fourth floor of the USF Library lies what Melanie Griffin, an assistant librarian in the Special and Digital Collections, calls “the greatest kept secret on campus.” 

  • USF student welcome bargains from Wormtown

    There are two ways to acquire fun, unnecessary trinkets for entertainment as a college student — pay excruciatingly high prices, or stake out a campus event and hunt for any sign of the word free. 

  • USF students fill St. Petersburg stage in ‘Tosca’

    The St. Petersburg Opera Company presented its first performance of the season this  weekend with the century-old opera, Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca” at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg, featuring some of USF’s talented music and theater students.

  • Super Bowl's Top 5 Commercials


    While some watched the Super Bowl for the football, others watched it for Beyonce’s half-time performance and yet others watch it for the highly coveted 30-second commercials between plays that have come to cost around $4 million each. 

  • USF iPadists ‘Touch’ the future of music

    Times, they are a-changin’ — and that includes the music at USF. On Friday, the USF English Department, School of Arts and School of Music will present a collaborative effort to combine technology and fine arts to the local community with the iPad quintet show, Touch: Louder than Ever Before.

  • Innovative alumnus develops mobile apps


    Luis Batista, a 2012 USF graduate in communications, is the brain behind a new mobile app, called Indino, that will connect college students to events happening on their campus and in their city. 

  • Boot camp fitness: Overcoming the obstacles


    I knew the journey wasn’t going to be perfect and I knew there would be bumps along the way, but I didn’t expect a bump to happen so quickly into my quest. 

  • A trip through the tunnel


    The Tunnel of Oppression is a nationally recognized cultural immersion and multicultural awareness program held at multiple 
    college campuses across the country, which completed its 10th year at USF last week, as an initiative of the Department of Housing and Residential Education. 

  • Goodbye ‘Morning X,’ Hello Robot Radio

    The 97XWSUN-FM 97.1, radio station — one of the largest and most popular among Tampa and USF listeners — revamped its 
    format last week to what now gives listeners 100 percent control over what their next song will be — all listeners do now is download an app on their phone or tablet, and vote for whichever song they want to hear. 

  • USF students audition to be "MADE"


    For some, the childhood message of “You can become anything you want when you grow up,” resonated more strongly than with others, and now those few have the opportunity to act on it.

  • Observing history again: A student’s trip to the Inauguration

    I’m not a fan of waking up at 6 a.m., but for the second inauguration of our first African-American president, I made an exception. As a native of Florida, I made sure to bundle up — layer upon layer upon layer — to survive the 30 degree weather in Washington D.

  • Boot Camp fitness: Going beyond course requirements


    It was my first day attending PEM 2930, Boot Camp Fitness I, and as my hand reached for the door, I closed my eyes and took a deep breath. 

  • USF alumnus returns to Tampa for musical performance


    Professional composer, USF alumnus and saxophonist Eric Darius will return to his hometown of USF this weekend, in  hopes of giving back to the community that allowed him to explore his musical talent, while honoring one of the nation’s greatest civil rights activists. 

  • Musical comebacks you can’t ignore


    Remember when Destiny’s Child and Justin Timberlake were making mid-tempo music about love? 

  • Indulging in the golden glow of Hollywood


    A few times a year, the regular people of the world gather with the common goal of watching the stars of Hollywood rise and fall in accordance with their award show outfit choices. 

  • New year, new resolutions


    This year an average of 3,300 people per day came to the gym during the first three days of this semester  — 500 people more than the average attendance.

  • WWE brings drama, suspense to Tampa

      Thousands of fans donned T-shirts imprinted with catchphrases of their favorite WWE characters.  Whether it was for the stereotypical redheaded Irishman or for the comedic Italian with the sock puppet, spectators waited in anticipation at the Tampa Bay Times Forum to see the villains, commentators, heroes and over-dramatic referees.

  • Minding your own beeswax


    If the thought of colonies of swarming bees doesn’t elicit an automatic shudder, the USF Botanical Gardens offers a unique class every third Saturday that teaches tools useful to those interested in pollination, sustainability and the art of beekeeping.

  • Week of Welcome event lineup offers

    This week USF is celebrating the start of the spring semester with different events happening across campus for Week of Welcome.

  • Behind the Bullitzer

    Students in First Year Composition (FYC) in the English department this semester had the chance to win the USF version of the Pulitzer prize — the “Bullitzer.”

  • Holiday music worthy of a wish list

    ’Tis the season — to hear the same Christmas and winter songs over and over and over again.

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    Strange ways to prepare for the end of the world

    The Oracle looks at some of the most creative ways people have prepared for what they think will be the end of the world.

  • Preparing for finals week: Unique study spots

    Spots, both on and off campus, provide  good study atmospheres where students can avoid the Library madness.

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    Campus pastor causes a stir

    Gregory Pound stood outside the USF Library, holding his yellow hand-written campaign sign for his unsuccessful bid for Pinellas County Sherriff and a maroon-covered Bible, the edges browned with age.

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    Maintaining energy for end of semester

    The Oracle has found different and healthier ways for students to maximize their energy, without hitting the bottle — the five-hour energy bottle, that is — as the busiest time of the semester creeps in.

  • New album releases to look out for

    The Oracle takes a look at what albums you definitely need to check out.

  • Surviving the Twinkie-pocalpse

    The Oracle has compiled five of some of the easiest homemade snack food recipes, ready to fill the void during the Twinkie-pocalypse.

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    The two faces of Black Friday

    With the holidays quickly approaching, comes the day everyone loves to hate, and vice-versa: Black Friday.

  • Things to do this weekend

    No plans this weekend? Here are some events going on within the next few days.

  • The Oracle’s never-ending playlist

    Billboard’s Top 100 songs seem to be on an endless loop across popular radio stations, but The Oracle offers its favorite picks.

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    Data analytics become more important in elections

    New York Times blogger Nate Silver’s blog,, accurately predicted how all 50 states would vote in this year’s presidential election.

  • ‘Supernerd’ event connects all kinds of ‘nerds’

    They meandered from booths in the Marshall Student Center (MSC) Ballroom that taught them how to pick locks to booths that let users play Cyber CTF, a hacker’s equivalent of Capture the Flag.

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    Faceoff: first lady fashion

    As trivial as it may seem, fashion of the first lady has a valid role in politics.  

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    Four albums to help keep sanity in voting lines

    As part of  the democratic process of voting, voters may find themselves waiting a seemingly endless amount of time in lines at the polls. With plenty of time to kill, why not discover some recently released  music? Here are some fresh tunes to make waiting to cast that vote seem a little bit shorter.

  • Totally random presidential candidate quiz

    Brush up on your general knowledge to see how well you know the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates.

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    ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ breaks animation steroeotype

    Rich Moore, an animation director who has worked on television hits such as ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Futurama’ and Drawn Together, has entered the movie business.

  • London letters: A USF student's Halloween experience abroad

    One USF student shares her Halloween experience while studying abroad in London.

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    USF professor brings “Gorey Stories” to stage

    Based on 17 neo-gothic stories by writer and poet Edward Gorey, the appropriately timed “Gorey Stories” is a two-act collection of Gorey’s macabre works.

  • Four ways to rock the vote

    Between classes, jobs and other obligations, not all students will have the time to wait in line on Election Day to cast their vote.

  • Making fun of Bullying


    Philip Bishop and a group of his friends have made a game of high school bullying — literally.

  • Making the most of fall in Florida

    USF and Tampa may be given the short end of the leafless fall stick, but there are still ways for students to celebrate the season.

  • Four October causes to remember

    The Oracle looks at four of the most important holidays to celebrate and be aware of as October winds down.

  • 5 Relationship websites you should know

    The Oracle looks at five of the creepiest websites for borderline obsessive romances.

  • USF contends for vegan honors

    USF must once again overcome the shadow of the slimey reptile that are the University of Florida Gators.

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    ‘Girls’ star Lena Dunham talks politics, equality and the environment

    With the presidential election less than a month away, isn’t uncommon to see the two worlds of politics and Hollywood colliding.

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    Wine walk an event for wine lovers, foodies and charity

    The area was closed to vehicles, with people filling the streets as they waited to receive souvenir wine glasses for the annual Wine Walk at The Shops at Wiregrass.

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    Theater department fine tunes for ‘Hairspray’ debut

    Inspirational, but exciting are the words that embody the fast-paced, but fun-moving musical “Hairspray.”

  • Amp up your fall pants

    What do you do when those trusty jeans wear out and all you can find on store racks are rows of brightly-colored pants?

  • Make presidential debates interactive with watch party games

    The Oracle offers some debate-watching party ideas for the next three weeks.

  • Seven strange trends we hope don’t catch on

    In a strange world where much of the unthinkable becomes mainstream, The Oracle takes a look at seven trends we hope will quickly fizzle and burn.

  • Veggie sandwiches to try on World Vegetarian Day

    Oct. 1 is World Vegetarian Day. Take some time out of your busy schedule to celebrate with these sandwich recipes.

  • Museums to see for free

    In the spirit of the upcoming season and in collaboration with Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live!, many museums around Tampa Bay area are admitting visitors for free this Saturday.

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    USF alumnus does ‘Stupid Human Trick’

    Cory Watts, a recent USF graduate, thought his talent was “kind of ridiculous” and  “pretty awkward.”  

  • Unveiling the myths of the hijab

    Layla Aysheh, a senior majoring in public health and president of Sisters United Muslim Association (SUMA), loves to shop at Forever 21 and Hollister. She likes to match cardigans with jeans, and color-coordinates her outfits.

  • StarCraft enthusiasts meet in RL

    They walked through the doors of Room 2702 in the Marshall Student Center, pulled out their laptops and sat at tables.

  • New iPhone features come at high price

    The new iPhone 5 will be released Friday, and Apple has steadily been building the buzz for its latest product for months.

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    Top Model talks of challenges, success

    The gentle clink of champagne toasts and the hum of excitement was thick last week in the midst of the most important fashion event in New York City. Though fashion week is held twice a year, the thrill never wears out — especially for one model who is still relatively new to the glitz and glamour of New York City’s modeling scene.

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    The Five Best Non-Required Books to Read this Fall

    Fed up with physics? Lost with Latin? Bored with Boethius? Sometimes reading for class can be overwhelming, especially when a student is assigned a 300-page book to read within 24 hours. That’s no reason to give up on literature altogether, though. The Oracle has comprised a list of the five best new fiction books to read this fall.

  • Dress for success without splurging

    With multiple career and internship fairs happening at USF this month, the need to dress the part of an experienced professional is at its highest. 

  • Things to do on campus this week

    If classes and studying aren’t enough to keep you busy this week, never fear. USF has a wide range of activities available this week for the student who requires more stimulation.

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    Football alumnus turns to business and charity

      Big screen football, a $3,000 cornhole tournament and American Idol star David Cook are lined up to fight ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, this Saturday at the Curtis Hixon Park in an event sponsored by Irish 31, a South Tampa pub owned by former USF football player Jay Mize.

  • Ramen noodles, reinvented

    For that quick break between classes, ramen noodles can be a cheap go-to food for students around campus. But ramen can get boring after several meals. Try these more interesting and healthier alternatives if you find yourself constantly reaching for that plastic packet.

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    Adjusting to life at USF after serving in Iraq

    Like many military veteran students at USF, physics major Chris Watts has seen a lot. But one of the most important lessons he’s learned, he said, is not to worry.

  • Things to Do: Aug. 31-Sept. 2

    Need some help finding something to do this Labor Day weekend? Here's a list that could help.

  • How to make the most of the RNC without credentials

    Though the RNC is going to make traffic in Tampa a nightmare for the week ahead, the events and celebrities coming to the fair city will make all the transportation frustration almost worth the inconvenience. The Oracle has compiled a list of places, people and parties to check out during the week.

  • Political playlists for passenger perils

    In honor of the RNC this week, The Oracle has compiled a list of songs pertinent to the Convention. This playlist will come in handy when you find yourself stuck in traffic for two, three or four hours while Mitt Romney’s cavalcade makes it’s way ever-so-slowly from his hotel to the Tampa Bay Times Forum.


    Making a date without breaking the bank

    Spending $10 a ticket to sit in a silent movie theater with a date makes it difficult to connect and communicate. To keep date night from being boring, The Oracle offers a few suggestions on how to spend a romantic outing, without spending a lot of money.


    Creating crafts with used books

    On a college campus, one doesn’t have to walk far to find students weighed down by textbooks. It would be impossible to pass the majority of USF classes without purchasing the required textbook, but what happens to these books when the class is over?


    ‘The Beaver’ brings feminist perspective to campus

    There is a new magazine circulating campus — it’s bright pink, filled with student submissions and centered on feminism. It’s known as “The Beaver,” and the first issue came out near the end of the spring semester.

  • Tampa voted 'vainest' city

    Tampa, a city famous for its warm weather and various beaches, will now hold new notoriety — the title of vainest city in America.


    Planning a safe and satisfying Fourth of July

    While going to a public firework display is the safest way to enjoy the Fourth of July festivities, some still prefer to spend the holiday lighting fireworks in their own front yard. The Oracle brings you tips on how to celebrate the nation’s independence, while staying safe and avoiding a trip the emergency room.


    Harvesting a guide to summer produce

    Between going to school and working, it may seem hard for students to find time to prepare healthy meals at home. Luckily, due to the abundance of seasonal summer produce, grocery stores are full of delicious fruits and vegetables that are perfect for making meals, drinks and snacks.


    ‘Brave’ showcases Pixar’s first heroine

    Not only has Pixar been long overdue for a non-sequel film since 2009’s “Up,” but the renowned animation studio has also never featured a female as the protagonist in any of its previous films. “Brave” fills that gap in a visually awe-inspiring film by featuring a bold and spirited Scottish princess who rebels against the traditions of her land.


    Recapping the best of Bonnaroo

    Large music festivals have swept the nation, allowing fans from across the country to see some of the year’s best touring performers in one weekend. Bonnaroo has been aggregating entertainment on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tenn. for the past 11 years.


    Katie Riegel discusses poetry and upcoming book ‘What the Mouth Was Made For’

    Reputed around campus for her ability to convert students to what she calls the “Church of Poetry,” Katie Riegel recently had her second collection of poems titled “What the Mouth Was Made For” accepted for publication by Future Cycle Press.


    Israeli Itinerary

    At the break of dawn, about 40 college students and I stepped out of a tour bus and looked at the natural and historic site that greeted us: Mount Masada. We all stood ready to hike up the carved-out steps of the steep, rocky plateau in Israel’s eastern Judean Desert.

  • Taking the stage: open mic events around USF

    In a city like Tampa,where large music venues cater mainly to established artists, it can be hard for emerging musicians to find a place to express themselves.


    Insight from Italy

    FLORENCE — After walking through a tunnel of cracked stones, I stood upon a pebbled hill and turned to my left to see haze swirling around 500-year-old buildings.


    Beat summer boredom on a budget

    To keep students active and entertained, The Oracle has compiled a list of inexpensive things to do around Tampa to combat the summer lull.

  • Jobsite’s ‘Race’ enhanced, hindered by dialogue

    Like so many situations revolving around  race, what is left unsaid is often more telling than what is said.

  • Circulating contemporary arts collections


    From cyborgs to cockfights, the Tampa Museum of Art (TMA) offers visitors a unique range of exhibits to choose from. To keep you up-to-date, The
    Oracle   takes   a  look  at   some recent exhibits.


    Students take part in world record speed mixer

    Hundreds gathered on the grass by the MLK Plaza on Wednesday to set a Guinness World Record that hinged on sharing hopes and dreams with total strangers.


    All-American Reject talks new album

    Anyone who listened to the radio in 2005 is familiar with the All-American Rejects’ double-platinum hit “Move Along,” which was played at every house party, backyard bonfire and roller skating rink across America.

  • Fit 5: Ways to relieve stress

    With the semester coming to a close, this time of year everyone is experiencing that nail-biting, hair-pulling, overeating feeling known as stress.

  • Food for thought

    With exam week on the horizon, students might be too focused on memorizing the intricacies of the nervous system or understanding gross domestic product to think about what they’re eating. But what we ingest while studying can go a long way toward ensuring our brains are working properly and efficiently.


    Artist explores duality between ‘Tyger’ and ‘Lamb’

    Tigers and lambs — one symbolizes predatory power, the other benign innocence. A series of acrylic paintings on display in the Marshall Student Center’s Centre Gallery magnifies the polarity between these symbolic animals by using them to depict role reversals in gender, sexuality and morality.


    Students use social media to assist soldiers

    Social media might be useful for keeping track of friends and messaging the occasional celebrity, but a group of honors students is using the social media platform to help Afghan children and veterans of the Iraq War and Afghanistan conflict.


    Rounding out Record Store Day events

    Vinyl collectors can rejoice, as Record Store Day (RSD) is upon us once again. The annual global celebration, which began in 2007, takes place on the third Saturday of April. Every year, music enthusiasts flock to local record stores to scoop up discounted records and CDs while enjoying live performances, food and drinks.

  • Visiting comedian aims to make students laugh and think

    When the USF Freethinkers invite a comedian to perform, chances are the material will be far from narrow-minded.

  • Editors’ Choice: Contemporary Comedians

    If laughter truly is the best medicine, The Oracle knows of a couple miracle healers. Some operate with sophistication and wit, while others deal mostly in flatulence and debauchery.


    Grad student gives up NFL pom poms for pediatrics

    USF and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have more in common than a shared football stadium. Sarah Nelson, a graduate student studying nursing, has spent two seasons as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders (TBBC).


    USF Week reaches crescendo with Bullstock

    There was literally something for everyone at Bullstock 2012 as an eclectic mix of bands took to the stage Friday at the Meadows for a concert that began at 7 p.m. and didn’t let up until nearly midnight.


    Fit 5: Benefits of the ropes course

    Anyone who’s visited USF’s Riverfront Park, located east of campus on Fletcher Avenue, might have noticed its large, wooden jungle gym. Though this ropes course is usually uninhabited, this weekend it will be open for anyone looking to get a workout high above the ground.


    Local & Edi-Bull: Burger Joints

    Everyone has to eat sometime. However, as most students know, visiting the Marshall Student Center’s food court for the fourth time in a week can get tiresome. The Oracle rates a few USF area restaurants on criteria including taste, price, service and atmosphere. This week’s theme: burgers.


    Scoping summer cinema

    To avoid the sweat and sun of the Florida summer, one might retreat to the crisp air conditioning of the nearest cinema.


    Editor’s choice: Poetry picks

    April marks National Poetry Month, and USF is celebrating by both bringing esteemed poets to campus and bringing esteemed members of the campus to poetry.

  • USF hosts world’s only stand-up economist

    Some students may loathe economics — that subject in school that’s either too confusing to grasp or just flat-out boring.


    Robots take over USF theater in ‘R.U.R.’

    From iPhones to automated cash registers, technology is ubiquitous in today’s society. The latest production from the School of Theatre and Dance’s science-themed season examines the dangers of robotic dependency.

  • ‘Savage U’ tackles tough topics on college campuses

    “Savage Love” sex columnist and co-creator of the “It Gets Better Project” Dan Savage is bringing his trademark frank advice to college students around the country in his new MTV series, “Savage U.”


    ‘Sand in the Vacuum’ opens at CAM


    For the rest of the spring semester, the halls and walls of the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) will be lined with sculptures, paintings and interactive multimedia pieces created by graduating students.

  • Chinese culture comes to USF

    USF students wishing to  experience a taste of Oriental culture can now do so without leaving campus.

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    The Ultra experience

    This past weekend, downtown Miami was overtaken by the Ultra Music Festival, North America’s biggest electronic music festival. And by some strange turn of events, I happened to be one of the thousands in attendance.

  • Fit 5: Protection from the sun

    Fit Five is a column by health science major and USF track sprinter Shannon Gordon. Drawing from her education and experience, Gordon lists five ways to improve health and fitness. 

  • Chic & Cheap: The symbolic hoodie

    The shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was killed last month while walking on a sidewalk wearing a hooded sweatshirt, has raised many questions of profiling based on race and clothing.


    Viola virtuoso returns home to perform

    Of all the places Geraldine Walther has performed, Tampa holds a special place in her heart. The world-renowned violist born in Seminole Heights will soon return home for a USF performance.


    Bands battle for Bullstock bill

    USF hosted Battle of the Bands Thursday on Crescent Hill, where USF-affiliated bands displayed their talents to fellow students and competed for the opportunity to open for the upcoming Bullstock, a concert featuring Cobra Starship, Jack’s Mannequin and 21 Pilots. 


    Criminologist, USF grad creates forensic fiction

    The high school dropout from Atlanta moved to Tampa and gained the knowledge and experience to do what he does today: work as director of forensics for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and write crime novels in his spare time.

  • Local & Edi-Bull: Thai

    The Oracle rates a few USF area restaurants on criteria including taste, price, service and atmosphere. This week’s theme: Thai.


    A view from the stands

    Die-hard Bulls fan recounts her experience in Nashville during USF’s NCAA tournament run.

  • The Pop Shop

    In the third installment of The Pop Shop, The Oracle disassembles the top five Billboard Hot 100 singles to expose what makes these tunes stay lodged in our brains.


    Music professors get in ‘Touch’ with technology

    When Apple announced its new iPad Wednesday, tech junkies around the world clambered over the next generation of the device and its nearly limitless capabilities. Yet tonight, five USF music

    professors will use their iPads to compose and cover songs.

  • Spotlighting spring TV premieres

    Digital video recorders are expensive. Luckily, television shows let you know about their returns far in advance so you can build your schedule around what truly matters: your favorite shows.


    Radiohead rattles the Tampa Bay Times Forum

    There's music that gets your head nodding and feet tapping, but then there's the music that makes you bounce and sway uncontrollably, mastered by the British alt-rockers that make up Radiohead.

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    The side dish: Ciccio’s Lodge

    It's hard to decipher what type of restaurant Ciccio's Lodge is exactly.

    The New Tampa establishment, which is a hybrid of popular SoHo restaurants Ciccio's and The Lodge, takes the primary menu from the former and adds to it the burgers from the latter.

  • Local & Edi-Bull: Food Trucks

    Everyone has to eat sometime. However, as most students know, visiting the Marshall Student Center's food court for the fourth time in a week can get tiresome. The Oracle rates a few USF area restaurants on criteria including taste, price, service and atmosphere (1 being the worst and 5 being the best). To preserve the authentic customer experience, Abuelenen and Castillo never reveal that they are critics. This week's theme: food trucks.

  • Campus MovieFest reels in student films

    At the 84th Annual Academy Award ceremony last Sunday Michel Hazanavicius, director of "The Artist," took home the Oscar for Best Director. Though he has reached the pinnacle of success, everyone in the film industry has to start somewhere.

  • USF alumnus and former rock star team up to teach

    Class begins promptly at 1 p.m. There is no sitting, no note taking and absolutely no sleeping, not that one would even be able to. The most important rule is to get loud — really loud.


    Bulls and Brits collaborate to tell ‘Body Stories’

    Whether it's through scars or tattoos, every body tells a story. Beginning tonight, USF theatre students will take their personal tales to the stage.

  • New Blue Man Group show captivates with sensory overload

    Universal Studio's Blue Man Group, which already offers a unique show, is being taken to new heights in a captivating new level of entertainment.

  • Bulls bump elbows in roller derby

    Bettie Kruger, Taz Maniac, Joan of Ache and Spank Sinatra are just a few pseudonyms adopted by the women of the Tampa Bay Derby Darlins (TBDD). High-impact skating, blocking and crashes have become major draws for fans of the all-female, flat track roller derby league


    Musing on Music Festivals

    Music festivals cater to most college students, many of whom put their enthusiasm for music over their need for sleep and personal space.

  • Fit Five: Getting Better Sleep

    Here  are five natural tips for getting a  more restful sleep, and in return a healthier body and a  more productive week.

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    Chic & Cheap: Campus Fashion

    New York City may be the fashion capital of the U.S., but USF has its own bevy of stylish students.

  • Adele, Foo Fighters and USF

    Millions watched the 54th annual Grammy Awards show on Sunday, but no one at USF had a better view than music professor James Bass.

  • Duets for Valentine’s Day

    Valentine's Day is typically celebrated in pairs. So while you're searching your music collection for love songs to wine and dine to, why not choose a few duets to celebrate your togetherness?

  • Anti-love V-Day Jams

    Valentine's Day lands on Feb. 14 every year, whether you're in a relationship or not. Sometimes the timing of this holiday just makes things worse for those experiencing a broken heart from a recent breakup.

  • Various ways to spend Valentine’s Day

    For many couples, Valentine's Day is filled with corny messages on heart-shaped candies and flowers bought at the last second from Publix. 

  • A historical food fight

    If you've never smelled 25,000 tomatoes at once, trust me when I tell you the stench can be overwhelming. 

  • Searching for a sweet deal

    A look at a dating site that reports 93 USF students as members searching for sugar daddies and mommies.

  • Grammy predictions: who will and should win

    Every year, an esteemed panel of "experts" chooses the best music across a variety of genres.  The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences prepares for its 54th Grammys Sunday.


    Student artists show what they’re ‘into’

    What do Kanye West, James Franco and human urine have in common?

  • Fit 5: Dining Hall Superfoods

    Fit Five is a column by health science major and USF cross-country runner Shannon Gordon. Drawing from her education and experience, Gordon lists five ways to improve health and fitness.

  • Chic & Cheap

    Chic & Cheap is a fashion column that runs down the latest trends and shares ways to get designer style on a college student's budget.


    Overachieving undergrads prep for unique performance

    A dancer in red and a dancer in black frolic through a pile of crumpled newspapers. Then the dancer in black mimics injecting herself in the arm and is carried away by four others as if floating away in a drug-induced stupor.

  • USF psych professor applies research to fiction

    Many USF researchers have their work published to share with colleagues. However, one of these published professors decided to apply her work to a more entertaining medium: fiction.

  • Saturday night dives

    Lana Del Rey might be the most recent artist to bomb on stage during Saturday Night Live (SNL), but she's certainly not the first. Some artists booked for the popular sketch comedy show have decided it wasn't worth using their real voices, opting instead for a horribly concealed backtrack. Others used their real voices, but left audiences wishing they had just decided to lip sync.

  • Keeping up with crime

    As criminals learn new ways to commit crimes, police must find new ways to prevent them. Local and national headlines show that law enforcement actively seeks out the help of everyday citizens to respond to crime.

  • A plethora of Gasparilla p-ARGHHHH-ties

    It's that time of the year again, when Tampa Bay turns into a pirate cove for the weekend. But these aren't pirates who tote automatic weapons off the coast of Somalia. These much more festive pirates enjoy nonfunctional eye patches, drinking rum, catching beads and drinking rum.


    Alumnus was ‘Here’ for ’80s AIDS epidemic

    A new documentary screened on campus tells the story of AIDS' emergence in the San Francisco gay community through several voices — one of which belongs to a USF alumnus.

  • Fit 5: Dorm room exercises

    Three weeks into the beginning of the new year, many students are probably already making excuses to slack off on fitness goals. New semester schedules may not allow as much gym time as planned and — as if our lives weren't busy enough — winter weather is coming and going so sporadically that we may struggle to leave our rooms.

  • Chic & Cheap

    Trying to stay chic this winter doesn't mean you have to resign to drab turtlenecks and too-hot-for-Florida parkas.


    A new spin on an old game

    Walking around campus at night, one might encounter Live Action Role Players engaging in swordplay and security guards making the rounds on golf carts. A new addition to campus nightlife is a barrage of Frisbees.


    The lowdown on fake weed

    Despite legislative efforts to outlaw them, packets and jars of products such as Spice and K2 can still be bought at most local convenience stores as easily as gum and Gatorade. Products with names like "Red Dragon" and "Blueberry Meditation" contain a blend of herbal plants sprayed with chemical compounds meant to mimic the effects of marijuana.

  • ‘Troubleshooting’ our relationship with nature

    The subtropical wilderness of the Everglades — so quintessentially Florida — couldn't be farther removed from the concrete jungles of New York and Philadelphia that artist Mark Dion calls home.

  • Serious and silly student gadgets

    As the spring semester begins, students are busy adjusting to new schedules and preparing for another 15 weeks of higher learning. 



  • Inspiring films for MLK Day

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day is more than just another day off from school. It's a time to reflect and celebrate the life and legacy of a man whose dreams of equality paved the way for the civil rights movement.

  • Upstaging the game show

    Some graduates of the USF theatre program go on to work in television. But only one so far has run barefoot onto the stage of "The Price is Right", jumped into host Drew Carey's arms and then proceeded to tackle-hug actor Neil Patrick Harris. 

  • The pop shop

    Similar to other art forms, some pop music is conceived organically. But most of the songs you hear on the radio were assembled in a cold, dark factory where robotic mad scientists manufacture sound for the masses.

  • Fall semester ‘rap’-up

    For the final paper of the semester, The Oracle has decided to translate 15 weeks of headlines into a format easily understood by young readers. Scan the QR code below and read along to a video montage set to the fall semester ‘rap'-up. I'm no Jay-Z, but what are journalists if not rappers of facts, figures and fascinating stories?

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    Graduating art students depict ‘Firsthand’ experiences

    While most students occupy the library in preparation for finals week, a few gather in the Oliver Gallery of the Fine Arts Building to hang up pieces of themselves.

  • Amassing albums that rocked 2011

    Though the Grammys aren't until February, we decided to scour our playlists for this year's best musical releases. Ranging from the ultra-popular to the lovably obscure, The Oracle drops the beat on some of the best albums of 2011.

  • Sarcasm makes us smarter — seriously

    It might seem counterproductive to spout false statements while working toward the truth. Yet science has revealed that picking up on sarcasm involves more brain activity than sincerity.

  • The Satirical Test

    Before the agony of finals week begins, why not take a test that'sactually fun? This test is a joke. The questions don't necessarily have right answers because, as with most tests, the instructions read: "Choose the best possible answer."


    Examining the power of protest

    With revolution in Egypt, upheaval in Yemen, civil war in Libya and riots in Greece, 2011 has been a historically significant year for political upheaval and protest. Tireless news organizations and omnipresent social media have allowed us to follow these movements moment by moment.

  • Picks for winter flicks

    As the semester comes to an end, students may find themselves with more free time on their hands. Luckily, the movie industry continually churns out great ways to kill 90 to 120 minutes during the break. The Oracle offers a sneak peak at some winter blockbusters.

  • A patch of pumpkin recipes

    During the cooler months from September to March, everyone's favorite pulpy, orange squash crops up across America. Whether carved for Halloween or baked into pies, pumpkins find their way into many decorative and culinary creations throughout the fall.

  • Novel suggestions for November

    November is not just a month for eating turkey and growing a beard. This month is also known as National Write a Novel Month to celebrate aspiring writers working their fingers diligently to crank out the next great piece of literature.

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    Wind Ensemble assembles ‘bridge’ of sound

    The brow of band director John Carmichael furrows and relaxes to reflect the shifting moods of his Wind Ensemble's Tuesday rehearsal.

  • Entertainment’s alter egos

    Some artists establish alternate personas to express themselves in an all-new fashion. A few became fun deviations from the norm, while others left fans scratching their heads.

  • Blowing the lid off bottled water

    Brian Pirolozzi, a junior majoring in biomedical sciences stared at his bottle of Dasani incredulously.

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    Taylor Swift swoons the Forum

    Taylor Swift rocked the St. Pete Times Forum on Saturday night, as she closed another chapter of her "Speak Now" World Tour.

  • The voice of NASA

    Most USF mass communications graduates go on to work for news stations, advertising firms or print publications. The flight path for George Diller's career took a different trajectory.

  • ‘Proof’ pits faith against facts

    If a student claims sickness to miss class, his or her professor will often ask for proof in a doctor's note. Not all students go to the doctor when sick, so if that student can't produce the proof, it doesn't mean he or she is lying.

  • Keeping up with crime

    As criminals learn new ways to commit crimes, police must find new ways to prevent them. By developing new technologies, law enforcment officials around the world are coming up with fresh ways to fight back.

  • Navigating the Hillsborough River

    Most students plan on driving their car or taking a bus to get around Tampa. They might not know, however, that getting in a canoe and paddling is also a viable option.

  • Working under the influence

    In the introduction to his show, Zane Lamprey proclaims that his job "is to drink." It doesn't take long to realize that Lamprey has one of the best jobs in the world.

  • Confusing collaborations

    Sometimes two musical talents combine their unique styles to produce classics, such as Billy Joel and Ray Charles' "Baby Grand" or Queen and David Bowie's "Under Pressure." Other times the two sounds clash in a cacophony that leaves listeners clamoring for sweet silence.

  • Running the game gamut

    It's no secret that we love entertainment in this country, especially video games. Americans spent more than $15 billion on video games last year, according to the NPD Group.

  • Zombies

    An infectious trend

    A roll of socks flies through the air in front of Cooper Hall. A girl, seemingly running for her life, dashes across the lawn. She's being chased by two red-shirted zombies wearing bandanas around their heads. She's outrunning them, and the captive audience of students sitting at picnic tables begins to cheer. She trips, and her fall is met by a collective, "Ooohhhhhh," from the crowd. The zombies catch her and turn her into one of them.

  • USF professor takes part in Tampa Theatre’s Science on Screen

    The crackle of electricity awed the audience as USF physics professor Robert Criss demonstrated a sparking Jacob's ladder while cackling manically, in perfect imitation of a mad scientist.

  • OCD far more severe than proverbial ‘neat freak’

    Betty Ray knew that her son Nathaniel preferred to have his Lego block creations in a precise formation on his bookshelf. When she entered her 7-year-old son's room to clean, she took a mental photograph of where he had placed them in relation to one another.

  • Student dancers step into the spotlight

    Friday night, one of USF's hidden gems will shine for all to see.

  • Earning a wealth of experience

    One might think being the son of one of the world's wealthiest men would mean a life of endless privilege. Yet for writer and composer Peter Buffett, son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, that hasn't been the case.


    Breaking away from the routine workout

    Many workouts focus on "muscle confusion," using exercises that take you out of your comfort zone to maximize potential.

  • Only in America

    While the 24-hour news vacuum annoys many Americans with a constant stream of things labeled important, it does offer some truly baffling stories.

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    Sign Language facilitates learning at USF

    When Angie White was a senior in high school, she had a problem rolling her r's in Spanish class. Her guidance counselor called a conference with her parents, telling them that White was "just not college material."

  • NYC lights inspiration for USF art students

    A group of 22 USF students hopped off the subway and onto Canal Street on Friday morning, making their way through the various boroughs of New York City to the Lower East Side for a weekend of art and inspiration.

  • Every man a king

    Every man a king, or at least he could be

    Posted at the entrance of the Republic of Molossia is a list of items prohibited by President Kevin Baugh — catfish, incandescent light bulbs, onions, walruses and anything from Texas (except for Kelly Clarkson).

  • The Howl versus the Horror

    Head west on Interstate 4 and you'll end up at Florida's original theme park festival of fright. Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Orlando has been scaring visitors since 1991.

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    The transfer student experience

    Most juniors and seniors have had two years at USF to acclimate to life away from home and stumble academically. But for transfer students, the culture shock of becoming part of the ninth largest university in the nation, and the unforgiving intensity of upper level courses, comes all at once.

  • The Pop Shop

    Similar to other art forms, some pop music is conceived organically. But most of the songs you hear on the radio were assembled in a cold, dark factory, where robotic mad scientists manufacture sound for the masses.

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    ‘The Talent Show’ takes the stage at CAM

    The newest Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) exhibition, "The Talent Show," is more than just a display of talented artists, it looks at the relationship between performer and audience in an array of pieces from the last 50 years.

  • Alumna dancer returns for performance

    Many aspiring professional dancers dream of making it to New York City with a well-known dance company. For USF alumna Heather Kemp, that dream has come true.

  • New graduate degrees for 2012 possible

    USF may offer new online graduate programs that can be accessed across the globe.

    The USF Board of Trustees (BOT) approved five new online graduate programs last month and the Board of Governors (BOG), which oversees the 11 Florida public universities, will discuss the program proposals during their January meeting. If they approve the plan, the programs could come to USF by August 2012, said Mark Walsh, USF's assistant vice president for government relations.

  • Professor brings new meaning to old photos

    USF's current Kennedy Visiting Artist has 1,500 photographs in his collection, but he did not take any of them.

    Jason Lazarus' project, Too Hard To Keep, adopts photographs that people may want to get rid of, but carry too much emotion to throw out.

  • Sights and sounds of Howl-O-Scream

    It's that time of the year again, when the local theme park opens its doors after dark and is converted into a land of chills to go along with the usual thrills.

  • Guys from ‘Workaholics’ mix business with pleasure

    When any group of friends volley priceless banter back and forth to perfection, they often follow it with a phrase similar to "Dude, we should have our own TV show." That dream has become a reality for the group of comedic comrades who star in and write for the Comedy Central show "Workaholics."

  • Rocking For A Cause

    In tough economic times, many performers hope to be paid in full for their work. Yet one local band featuring USF students has a different plan.

  • Stampede of Culture celebrates campus diversity

    Between course workloads, part-time jobs and attempts to maintain a social life, students may have little time to explore the cultural nooks and crannies of USF.

  • Language

    Students and faculty bring language to life

    The crowd at Mojo Books & Music gathered around a single microphone stationed in the middle of the store Saturday.

  • Free speech wall showcases student expression

    “Nazis,” “change” and “slut” aren’t words commonly found together. Yet, that is exactly why the USF chapter of the Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) decided to build a free speech wall, which was unveiled Tuesday morning in front of Cooper Hall.

  • Florida’s fall music festivities

    Student music lovers might have a hard time making room in their schedules to see their favorite bands and artists. Luckily, Florida offers a variety of music festivals in the next few months — some featuring up to 75 acts to satisfy musical appetites over the course of one weekend.

  • Building Block Blurbs

    Usually, the Montage page dives deep into one topic. Today, we're going to do things differently: offering snippets of headlines from hard news, pop culture and the Tampa area. You can view the information as random blurbs or pieces of a bigger picture.

  • More than just the Heimlich maneuver

    Whether it's providing emergency training, professional experience for students or local disaster relief, USF's American Red Cross chapter (ARCUSF) deals with lives on and off campus.

  • Looking back at University Experience

    Last month, an envelope marked with my messy handwriting arrived at my family's home address. Inside was a letter written in 2008 by a newly 18-year-old me. With three years of university life under my belt, I had entirely forgotten about this letter and its conception.

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    ‘Animals and Plants’ combines crude humor with existential crises

    Two errand boys travel to Boone, N.C., to exchange a large bag of money for a large bag of magic mushrooms.

  • How ‘Entourage’ will be remembered – if at all

    After eight seasons, 95 episodes and more than 100 guest appearances, the HBO comedy-drama series "Entourage" came to an end Sunday night. Though the show enjoyed commercial and critical success, receiving 25 Primetime Emmy nominations during its run from 2004-11, it will ultimately go down as a Hollywood fantasy that had more style than substance.

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    ‘PRESSURE’ applies unconventional media

    Recycled bottles, watercolor portraits, colorful prints and monochromatic woodcuts might not seem like items that belong in a room together. Yet last Friday, a group of like-minded student artists made these objects coexist in Centre Gallery's latest exhibition, "PRESSURE."

  • Spend the weekend with ‘The Guys’

    While many Americans can recall exactly where they were when the Sept. 11 tragedy struck, they may not recall where they were or what they were doing Sept. 12.

  • Remember 9/11 with events and charity

    On the 10-year anniversary of the devastating Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Americans around the country will mourn those lost to the day's violence and the warfare that wages on in the Middle East.

  • Campus romance just a mouse click away

    It's hard to turn on the television without seeing commercials for eHarmony or, but one Internet dating site exclusively matches college students.

  • Student-friendly tech

    College students depend on technology for both academic and entertainment purposes. The Oracle features some student-friendly technology that can both enhance productivity and hinder it.

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    Documenting Uganda

    In the wake of a devastating civil war, the African nation of Uganda has an estimated 2.7 million orphaned children, according to UNICEF. Despite the country's hardships, USF graduate Jason Cherres returned from Uganda Monday with a message of hope.

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    Fall film forecast

    Moviegoers are faced with many options, and sometimes it's hard to tell the good from the terrible. The Oracle makes that choice easier with a list of some of the more promising films being released this fall.

  • Getting down to business

    In the midst of a volatile economy, many students dream of starting their own business rather than entering the work force for an existing company. A May survey conducted by the New York Times revealed that only 56 percent of college graduates in the class of 2010 found jobs by this spring.

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    USF gets bitten by the Bull Bug

    Camilo Soto has done a lot since earning his bachelor's degree in political science from the University in 2001. Turning the vehicle he drove during his college days into a green and gold creation might be his best work yet.

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    Log on for legal advice

    Whether it's a problem with a deadbeat roommate, a ticket for underage drinking or any one of a host of other college-age issues, many students inevitably come into legal questions. One thing they usually don't have: a lot of money to solve them.

  • A state of slackers

    USF ranked higher than both UF and FSU on a recent Princeton Review list, but it has no reason to celebrate. That's because USF came in at No. 5 on the admissions consulting company's unflattering list of the top 10 universities where students study the least.

  • Bulls spend summer blogging abroad

    For many, summer is a time for complete relaxation in the comfort of their own home. However, a select group of USF students spent their summers learning far away from campus.