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International affairs conference provides opportunities for students

Above photo: The St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs was co-founded in 2013 by Dr. Thomas Smith and Ambassador Douglas L. McElhaney. Last year the conference brought in around 2,000 people over three days. Courtesy of Abigail Payne By Michael Moore Jr. Students can expect a different experience at this year’s annual conference on international affairs: […]

Pinellas County commissioner concerned over changes to alma mater

Above photo: Kevin Welch graduated from USFSP in 1985 and was elected to Pinellas County Commission 2000. He is wary of plans to consolidate the USF campuses. Courtesy of Lauren Hensley By Michael Moore Jr. Ken Welch graduated from USF St. Petersburg in 1985, 21 years before the tiny Bayboro campus was awarded separate accreditation […]

Surprise move leaves campus frustrated, fuming

It came out of the blue last week. Powerful legislators want to roll back history and end USFSP’s independent accreditation. What would that mean? No one – not administrators, not faculty, not students – knows for sure. By Michael Moore Jr. and Jeffrey Waitkevich When Don Sullivan was an influential state senator from Pinellas County, […]

USF alum pushes bill

By Michael Moore Jr. Rep. Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, is officially the sponsor of a bill that would utterly change the landscape of the University of South Florida system. However, it’s a USF alum who is behind the push to roll back history and abolish the separate accreditation of USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee. Rep. […]

Proposal to abolish USFSP’s independent accreditation clears first hurdle as stunned campus processes the news

By Michael Moore Jr., Jeffrey Waitkevich and Nancy McCann A proposal to roll back history and abolish the independent accreditation of USF St. Petersburg passed its first legislative hurdle Wednesday while a stunned campus struggled to process the news. In Tallahassee, the House Post-Secondary Education Subcommittee voted 12-1 to approve a massive bill on higher education […]

Tadlock sails into new semester, other changes coming to campus

Above photo: Martin Tadlock, interim Regional Chancellor, plans changes for the campus in coming years. Jonah Hinebaugh | The Crow’s Nest By Michael Moore Jr. On any given day you might see someone handing out flyers to an event on campus. Last Wednesday, it was interim Regional Chancellor Martin Tadlock greeting surprised students while passing out […]

Campus powers up new 40 kilowatt solar array carport

Sustainability on campus just got a whole lot brighter. The university unveiled a 40 kilowatt solar array carport on Wednesday during a ribbon cutting ceremony which saw speakers praise sustainable initiatives on campus. The array, which was done in partnership with Duke Energy Florida and was funded by the Student Green Energy Fund, is projected […]

SG successfully fills senate seats despite consistently poor voter turnout

By Michael Moore Jr. Of the over 4,000 students enrolled at USF St. Petersburg, 250 of them voted in the most recent Student Government senate elections. That’s a 61.5 percent decrease from the 650 students that turned out in the spring to vote on the senate, president and vice president in addition to having a […]

Ethics Bowl does not qualify for nationals

By Michael Moore Jr. Should a professor be allowed to wear blackface at a Halloween party in order to teach her students about cultural appropriation? This is a question you might hear at the Southeast Regional Ethics Bowl. The competition took place at the St. Petersburg College EpiCenter on Nov. 4. It consisted of four […]

Bulls quest for perfect season thwarted by Houston

By: Michael Moore Jr. USF football faced its first true test of the season. The result? Failure. The Houston Cougars defeated the Bulls 28-24 on Saturday, tarnishing USF’s undefeated record and snapping the nation’s longest winning streak (12) in the process. Green and gold hearts broke everywhere. It’s not what we hoped for or expected […]