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Graduate student finds home at USF St. Petersburg

Above photo: Living in a variety of cultures taught international graduate student Ebby Ezema the value of authenticity and family. Photo Courtesy of Ebby Ezema By Whitney Elfstrom Family, authenticity and impact—three values that mean more to one man than most. These themes come up again and again in conversation with Ebby Ezema, an international graduate […]

Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading visits campus

Book lovers came together Saturday morning at the 25th annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading to hear more than 45 writers and thinkers speak. The genres of authors ranged from fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young adult novels. Adulthood includes failure, but you’ll overcome it By Whitney Elfstrom An inch of free space couldn’t be […]

Is Halloween worth the hype? No, boo’s are boring.

Read the pro here. By Whitney Elfstrom Halloween as a child is one of the most magical and spooky nights of the year. Halloween as an adult, however, is full of bad decisions, expensive costumes and too much money spent on alcohol. When I was a kid I looked forward to Disney Channel movies, fall […]

University: parking garage attack lawsuit ‘vague and ambiguous’

By Whitney Elfstrom The university says that the lawsuit brought by a former student who was accosted in the parking garage is “vague and ambiguous.” The woman, called “L.E.” in the suit sued the university and campus police in June for its negligence in handling a sex-related crime. She said those entities did not “provide […]

Sustainability: what does it mean to go green?

By Whitney Elfstrom Reduce, reuse, recycle — a motto that we all grew up hearing. But what does it mean, and why does it matter? For Brian Pullen, the university’s sustainability planner, it’s all about finding new tactics to ensure we reduce our environmental impact on the planet. Think of Tesla’s mass-market electric car, which […]

Who let this doggo in? RHO’s first guide dog trainee

By Whitney Elfstrom A brand new tenant moved into Residence Hall One, Wednesday morning, donning a bright blue bandana, a yellow coat and a wagging tail. He answers to the name Petey. Community members, reporters and the USF St. Petersburg Puppy Club — who were wearing identical light-blue polos — flocked to the front of […]

Young professionals talk change and engagement in a growing city

By Whitney Elfstrom Young professionals met Wednesday night for the Engage St. Pete: Grow With Your City panel discussion to explore new ideas of how to further innovate and diversify downtown St. Petersburg. The event was held in the heart of downtown at the Museum of Fine Arts with the first hour set aside for […]

The hunt for the best vegan burrito in downtown St. Pete

By Whitney Elfstrom I once ordered a burrito for lunch, took a nap, woke up and ordered another burrito for dinner. So yeah, you could say they’re my favorite food. But here’s the catch: I’m a vegan, and finding a good vegan burrito is tricky. To save my fellow vegan bulls the trouble of hunting […]

At students’ request, Nelson Poynter Memorial Library extends hours

By Whitney Elfstrom Nelson Poynter Memorial Library will extend its hours beginning Sept. 25, allowing for an extra 20 hours per week. The library will open Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.– 2 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.– 6 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.– 9 p.m. Saturday hours are still being determined. The library will track the results of […]

Students celebrate creative writing certificates

One after another the newly certified creative writing students stepped up to the microphone outside The Tavern. They read selections from the work they had crafted over the course of the semester while the crowd sipped beer and munched fries. Recently, there’s been talk of dissolving the English department’s creative writing program in order to […]