Governor asks SBA to help Hillsborough County
TAMPA – Gov. Rick Scott has submitted a letter to the U.S. Small Business Administration, requesting help for residents and business owners in Hillsborough County.
Tuesday’s request was a response to a storm last week that produced heavy rain, hail, damaging winds and up to nine tornadoes tore through the county. Damage was reported to 153 homes and business properties.
Scott is asking the SBA to make a physical disaster declaration for Hillsborough County and offer low-interest SBA loans to affected residents and business owners.
Hillsborough County officials declared a local state of emergency Monday, so that nearly $3 million in state and federal money would be made available for debris cleanup, rehabilitation of damaged homes and temporary housing assistance.
Revamped Dabke club introduced at USF
After the Bull’s Dabke club disbanded in spring 2022, Dabke dance club president Claire Fosburgh made it her priority to bring back the club that represented a personal connection to her family’s Syrian-Lebanese culture after settling in the U.S. “I was raised to have this appreciation for our culture and our food, but my family […]
Solano, Malanga win SG presidential run-off election
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On-campus political groups split on bill targeting diversity initiatives
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Trans+ Student Union holds Gender Affirming Clothing Swap
Among hundreds of clothing items separated by tops, bottoms and accessories displayed on top of several chairs in rows, the Trans+ Student Union (TSU) aimed to provide a safe space for over 45 students in attendance to explore their gender expressions through fabric. The Gender Affirming Clothing Swap event was held at the Marshall Student […]
Student-led art exhibit showcases multidimensional change
Standing in front of a group of 20 attendees in the dimly lit Marshall Student Center Centre Gallery, freshman interdisciplinary social sciences major Carolina Gutfruend shared the significance of honoring sexual assault awareness through her art. Recounting her own experiences with guilt and shame as a survivor of sexual assault, Gutfruend said she wanted her […]
Students, faculty rally against state legislation targeting diversity initiatives
At a Tuesday rally intended to create student awareness for preserving academic rights, history professor Alex Levine read aloud two emails he received earlier this week from prospective employees and graduate students expressing fear for their future at USF. One of the emails was from a trans philosophy graduate student who messaged him about her […]