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University makes strides to increase diversity on campus

By Anna Bryson USF St. Petersburg’s student population reached its highest level of diversity this semester. About a third of new students self-report non-white backgrounds, according to Serge W. Desir Jr., director of Undergraduate Admissions. The university makes deliberate strides to maintain diversity, not only demographically, but in all aspects of inclusion, Desir said. “My […]

Meet the student who designed The Edge’s graphics

Above photo: Gaby Mena is the artistic mind behind the graphic walls in The Edge. Anna Bryson | The Crow’s Nest By Anna Bryson Senior graphic design major Gaby Mena created the graphics showcased on the walls of The Edge, USF St. Petersburg’s $1.3 million renovation of the old Coquina Club. Mena’s design is energizing […]

STEM instructor pushes for initiative to close gender gap in tech field

By Anna Bryson Sandra Vernon-Jackson graduated State University of New York alongside 215 other meteorology students—only five of whom were women. She was the only woman of color. “It sparked something in me that we are not sending the message that students, women, women of color, women of color from other countries, from Jamaica, can […]

$3 million floating sculpture definitely a priority

Above photo: A rendering depicting the $3 million floating sculpture that will be part of the new pier district if it is installed. Courtesy of Studio Echelman By Anna Bryson Editor’s Note: This is a work of fiction and is meant to be read as satire. Names, characters and quotes are all fabricated. Any resemblance to […]

All student jam band Speak Easy debuts at Ale and the Witch

By Anna Bryson The newly-formed jam band Speak Easy showcased its folksy, get-on-your-feet-swinging sound for the first time, at Ale and the Witch last week. The band is mostly made up of USF students and explores different types of music, fusing rock, alternative and other genres to form their own sound. Bassist Brendon Porter, a […]

Review: Suwannee Hulaween 2017 boogie-woogied the soul out of my body

By Anna Bryson Suwannee Hulaween once again met my wild expectations, holding its No. 1 spot on my list of Florida’s best music festivals. In a magical cypress and oak forest, along the Suwannee River, were a few precious days of pure ecstasy. 20,000 people united Oct. 27 to 29 under the power of music, […]

Journalism department turns focus on more digital media

By Anna Bryson Changes are coming to the journalism department next year. The department is undergoing revisions to its course requirements in the undergraduate department, the graduate and the Food Writing and Photography program. The undergraduate Journalism and Digital Communication program is replacing two required courses with ones that focus on digital media. The required courses […]

Zines rule supreme at second annual festival

By Anna Bryson Zine makers, photo takers and culture shakers lined up booths alongside Daddy Kool Records Saturday for the record store’s second annual Zine Fest. Designers set up tables on 7th St. in front of an Arlin mural, which set the perfect scene for them to showcase of creativity. Creatives from St. Petersburg and […]

SHINE wraps up, blesses city with new murals

By Anna Bryson Over a dozen local, national and international street artists spent the past 10 days transforming St. Petersburg’s downtown with spray paint for the city’s third annual SHINE Mural Festival. Ending Saturday, the festival revitalized public spaces, inspired dialogue and united the community with the power of art. The world-class talent that SHINE […]

15 tracks to get you hyped for Suwannee Hulaween 2017

By Anna Bryson Florida’s best music festival (according to me) is right around the corner, Oct. 27- 29. The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park lies in a magical forest of Cypress and Oak Hammock. It’s vividly decorated in psychedelic lights, dazzling art installations, and interactive creations. On the banks of the Suwannee River, away […]