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University: Lawsuit in sexual assault, expulsion case is “meritless”

By Timothy Fanning In March, the university says, a former leader of Student Government acknowledged that he had non-consensual sexual intercourse with a female student last year in his dormitory room. But when Samuel Goetz appeared at a student conduct board hearing two months later, he denied it. Reminded that he was contradicting his earlier […]

Campus rape policies get hard look by DeVos, says improvements needed

By Timothy Fanning Last month, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos signaled that she would reconsider the Obama-era guidelines that increased protections for victims of sexual violence on college campuses. Critics of the guidelines say they go too far, creating a bias against students accused of assault. Under fire is the Obama administration standard of evidence, where […]

University librarian accused of child porn possession has resigned

By Timothy Fanning James Anthony Schnur, a longtime librarian and historian at the university who was arrested on child pornography charges last spring, has resigned. Court records indicate he was released from jail May 25 on a much-reduced $150,000 bond. The defense motioned to reduce the bond, arguing that Schnur had no prior record and posed […]

Total eclipse of the heart, university falls in love

From The Tavern to outside Harbor Hall, students, faculty and staff craned their necks toward the sky on the first day of class. Check out our photo gallery, and some of the highlights of the eclipse. By Timothy Fanning If you missed the eclipse today on campus, don’t worry, you only have to wait six […]

Admins inquire about newspaper, oversight in question

By Timothy Fanning & Dinorah Prevost The new University Student Center was opening five years ago when The Crow’s Nest began publishing stories that raised questions about the way the facility was being financed. The reaction of university administrators was quick and fierce. Editors Christopher Guinn and Ren LaForme went to the Tampa campus expecting […]

Ex-VP elect sues school over sexual assault claims

By Timothy Fanning A former Student Government leader says he was kicked out of school in May after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a female student in his dormitory room. Now he is suing the university, contending that the charges were false and he was denied due process in contesting them. In his […]

Beyond rumors: Are intercollegiate sports coming to USFSP?

Alongside larger players like the Rays and the Rowdies, USF St. Petersburg hopes to introduce a sports team it can call its own. After years of circulating rumors of future intercollegiate sports on campus, it seems that the university is finally ready to commit, according to Vice Chancellor Dr. Patricia Helton. Beginning this year, the […]

More turmoil in SG: VP-elect abruptly resigns

By: Anna Bryson (annabryson@mail.usf.edu) & Tim Fanning (tfanning@mail.usf.edu) Just seven weeks after he was elected, the vice president-elect of Student Government has resigned. In a one-sentence email announcing his resignation on April 17, Samuel Goetz offered no reason for his decision. Earlier this month, he had cited academic reasons in explaining why he took a leave […]

Bursts of color to celebrate Holi Hai spring festival

“We have 700 packets of colored powder to go through, y’all,” shouted DJ Silencer over the booming Bollywood music. “We are going to turn USF into a rainbow, but don’t worry because the color will come off in the wash.” Six students in white T-shirts stood ready on each side of the harbor lawn, their […]

Senators graded, most pass

The senators elected to USF St. Petersburg Student Government are supposed to represent the student body in their meetings. But they can’t do that if they don’t show up. According to section 5.1 of the Senate Rules of Procedures 2015-2016, members are expected to attend all meetings of the General Assembly and their two assigned […]