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Further muddling a mystery: Student Government leaders resign

Six months after they mysteriously took leaves of absence, the president and vice president of Student Government have resigned. Ziya Kardas, who was elected president last spring, did not announce or explain his resignation, which first came up at a Student Government meeting on Jan. 30. A week later, Vice President Gina Rotunno also resigned. […]

Buddhist monks create temporary beauty

Four Buddhist monks sat cross-legged around an intricate sand mandala that they crafted one grain at a time. Light pours into the room through a large window facing Central Avenue, bathing a cobalt blue colored mat in the sunshine. Against the wall, presiding over the creation is a picture of the 14th Dalai Lama. Depicted […]

Sailing students take Kennedy Cup from Navy

Sitting in class, Andrew “Ty” Baird listened to another student complain about the lack of competitive sports on campus. Baird sighed and lifted his USF sailing backpack, but didn’t say a word. It’s a comment he’s heard too many times. “We’re literally out there all the time,” Baird said. “I mean, have you been on […]

Stand with government leaks and whistleblowers

Former President Barack Obama commuted the prison sentence of whistleblower Chelsea Manning during his final days in office. Manning was serving a 35-year sentence, the longest ever given to a whistleblower. She has already served seven years of her prison term. Now, she will be released May 17 of this year. The commutation is a […]

Lynn Pippenger Hall officially opens with ribbon cutting ceremony

PHOTO COURTESY OF DEVIN RODRIGUEZ | THE CROW’S NEST From Left to Right: Sridhar Sundaram, dean of the College of Business; State Sen. Jack Latvala; Ellen Cotton, USFSP donor; Stephanie Goforth, campus board chair; Kate Tiedmann, College of Business donor, Lynn Pippenger, whom the building is named after; Judy Genshaft, USF system president; Sophia Wisniewska, […]

The Lost Boy Who Grew Up

Peter Pan told Wendy that she could get to Neverland if she followed “the second star to the right, and straight on til morning.” It’s a place where the lost boys choose to never grow up. It’s also the name of Kerry Courtney’s indie-rock group, Goodnight Neverland. Courtney came up with the name during a […]

The Two Sides of Frida Kahlo: Exhibit to Open at Dali Saturday

Frida Kahlo’s self-portraits blend magical symbolism with emotional defiance. Her stern features unapologetically tell of the inner turmoil and pain she suffered throughout her life. A pain that, in some paintings, manifests as symbols ranging from animals to shapeless masses that both torture and comfort her.  André Breton, a French writer, poet and the founder […]

Food, Music, Culture, Et Cultura

Lea Umberger stared in disbelief at the sheer number of people walking down Baum Avenue Saturday night. Located off Central Avenue near the Green Bench Brewing Co., thousands of people gathered at Et Cultura, a local festival that celebrates St. Petersburg’s creative culture. Umberger worked tirelessly since January planning the 5-day event. “We wanted to […]

Taking Responsibility For Spread of Fake News

While seeking a scapegoat for the election of Donald Trump, people on the internet railed against the hand that feeds: social media sites. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, has been forced to respond to the allegations that the lack of responsible policing over false news has lead voters astray. Critics said that the clickbait […]

Sexual Harassment Incident Led To Ouster Of Top Academic Officer

Dr. Han Reichgelt was ousted as the university’s top academic administrator in February 2015 after he propositioned a female professor and made sexually offensive remarks. (On deadline, The Crow’s Nest adviser, Rob Hooker, wrote the first draft of this story. He used information collected by Devin Rodriguez, who polished and edited the writing afterwards.) The […]