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Running Tips to Help You Hit the Road

By Susan Giles Wantuck
Dec. 22, 2016

Let's say you're hoping to run in one of the road races toward the end of this year or early in 2017. Where should you begin? “I always try to tell people, make a realistic goal, something basic, knowing that you can do it, and start off with just running around your neighborhood," said Dror Vaknin, men’s head cross country coach at UT. "Don’t try to worry about distance or anything, just say, ‘Okay, I’m gonna run from here around the block and back,’ because the hardest thing about running is getting out the door.” Full story

Former Church Member Launches ‘Mormon Wikileaks’ for Anonymous Sharing of Documents and Videos

By Michael Alison Chandler
The Washington Post
Dec. 20, 2016

A former Mormon, Ryan McKnight, recently launched a web site offering a secure portal for people who want to leak internal documents or videos about the Utah-based church. The Mormon Wikileaks web site seeks to build on a growing number of leaks that have shed light on the inner workings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its position on controversial issues such as gay marriage. Ryan Cragun, UT associate professor of sociology, said there is a hungry audience, though, among people who have left or are thinking of leaving the church. “For someone in the middle of a faith transition, such information is more fuel for the fire,” Cragun said. Full story

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Holistic Health and Wellness: The University of Tampa and Stetson University

By Cassidy Clevenger
Private University Products and News
December 2016

The winter holidays can be especially stressful for many of us. UT offers programs and resources for students, so they can begin to combat unhealthy coping desires and replace them with positive and beneficial self-help techniques. UT also actively encourages a holistic approach to wellness for the people on their campuses-students and faculty alike. One way to achieve this is to get students off campus and engaging in recreational and positive health experiences. UT advocates for off-campus recreational trips, which allow students to "get off campus and clear their heads," said Lauren Boling, UT coordinator of facilities and operations, campus recreation. Full story

The Books Issue 2016: Who's Your Negan? Why Everyone Loves a Dystopia

By Kate Bradshaw
Creative Loafing
Dec. 15, 2016

These days it’s hard to avoid the political and ideological fault lines that have made for such an explosive political climate. But there’s one form of entertainment that seems to appeal to all: dystopian fiction. It’s a literary and pop-culture genre that portrays individuals struggling in fallen or otherwise broken societies, often as a coded warning of a nightmarish future that could take place if we’re not careful. “I think that we use dystopias to kind of work out these horrible nightmares,” said Sarah Lauro, UT assistant professor of English. Full story  

Is Common Core Helping or Hurting U.S. Students?

By Phil Buck
Dec. 13, 2016

In the wake of a recent report showing U.S. test scores in math on a continued decline, many parents are blaming what’s known as the Common Core State Standards initiative. “For a country like America, which sees itself as the number one country and the super power in the world, we should be getting better results,” said Tony Erben, UT’s associate professor and chair of education. "You can certainly point the fingers at many things, but Common Core wouldn't be one of them,” added Erben. “Common Core hasn't been around long enough to suggest in any way, shape or form that it is responsible for the declining U.S. PISA results that have been going on for many more years." Full story  

University of Tampa Freshman is 'Little St. Nick'

By Sara Belsole
Bay News 9
Dec. 11, 2016

Ray Mohler, UT first-year student, started the Little St. Nick Foundation in his home state of New York when he was 6 years old after a trip to the hospital. "I was able to leave after eight hours, and on the way home thought about all the kids that were still in the hospital," said Mohler. "I never really realized how many kids are in the hospital and have to stay there for a long period of time." The realization got Mohler, whose birthday is Christmas Eve, thinking. "I gave half my birthday/Christmas gifts to the hospital, and then the next year I went around collecting toys and donations from people in the community with my parents,” Mohler said. The foundation donates toys, puts together emergency room kits and helps make hospitals more kid-friendly. Mohler said his next goal is to spread the foundation to other states, including here in the Bay area. Full story

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How Colleges Transform Students into Entrepreneurs

By Donna Fuscaldo
Good Call
Dec. 9, 2016

College environments seem to spur creation of new businesses. For many young people, moving to a new environment can stimulate ideation and become the impetus for new business. “The physical environment sets the stage for productivity and motivation. Google and Facebook have incredible spaces and incredible employees. Everything about their physical space and organizational policies is designed to maximize employee engagement and productivity,” said Eric Liguori, UT assistant professor of entrepreneurship. “University entrepreneurship programs have taken to mimicking these types of environments. UT recently opened their Innovation and Collaboration building with over 25,000 square feet of dedicated entrepreneurship center space for student venturing.” Full story

Very Good Karma at UT

By Joey Johnston
Tampa Bay Times
Dec. 7, 2016

UT women's basketball coach Tom Jessee believes in Karma. "She's big on hard work, accountability, doing whatever we ask her to do," Jessee said. "How could you not believe in that?" Karma Jeremie, the ultra-versatile player with the ultra-cool name, applies a winning mindset and a determined spirit. "Karma is so versatile and so valuable, almost like a Ben Zobrist baseball type of person in the sport of women's basketball," Jessee said. "She has tangibles you just can't teach and she presents a constant matchup problem. She doesn't give in to anybody. … Saying a player 'does it all' is kind of a cliche, but she does it all for us." Full story

2016’s Best Sports Cities

By Richie Bernardo
Dec. 1, 2016

In the U.S., nearly three quarters of all adults claim to be sports fans. Today, we can ditch the bleachers for ultra hi-def TVs that seem to get bigger every year. But many serious fans still prefer live action. In response, sports venues are improving their facilities to enhance the in-person viewing experience. In search of the best sports cities, from the fan’s perspective, WalletHub compared 423 cities across more than 50 key metrics related to the five largest sports in the U.S.: football, basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer. “A good sports city is about several factors,” said Margaret Tudor, UT visiting assistant professor of sport management. “That is, what are the demographics and psychographics of the main population in the city and within the 5, 10, 25, etc. mile radius of the actual team?” Full story

UT Stages Local Hult Prize Competition

Tampa Bay Times
Nov. 29, 2016

In the past, students from UT have competed for the Hult Prize. The foundation supports young university entrepreneurs with a focus on social business ideas. Those students have even made it to the final round where the winning team, the one that develops the most radical and breakthrough idea, is awarded $1 million in seed capital. UT junior and journalism major Khadijah Khan will lead the local Hult Prize on Dec. 9 as the school's first female director. Full story  

Open the Bottle

Business Observer
Nov. 25, 2016

The hip factor is high for the Tampa entrepreneur sector, according to a new study. The bad news: it lacks collaboration and a cohesive vision, is ill defined and doesn’t have a strong mantra or brand. That’s a key takeaway from an entrepreneurial ecosystems study led by Rebecca White, director of the John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center in the Sykes College of Business at UT. “In Silicon Valley, investors are afraid of missing the next big opportunity. In Tampa Bay, investors are always looking for the next big opportunity,” said White. “That subtle difference encapsulates the mindset difference between successful and nascent ecosystems.” Full story
A similar story appeared in the Tampa Bay Times.

Newsome Basketball Alum Anthony Gamble Flourishes at University of Tampa

By Joey Johnston
Tampa Bay Times
Nov. 22, 2016

Spartans coach Richard Schmidt, entering his 34th season at UT, has made a career out of identifying potential, then developing it. That's why sophomore Anthony Gamble said he knows he's in the right place. "Coach Schmidt gets you to understand why you are doing something. He's very demanding, but you've got to listen to him. He knows his stuff. At the end of the day, he's always going to be there for you, and if you do what he says, you're going to prosper," said Gamble. After redshirting, then averaging 1.2 points (and just 6.5 minutes per game) as a freshman, he earned a start in UT's first regular-season game this year. Gamble had a career-high 14 points — in 18 minutes — against Alabama Huntsville. Full story

Black Friday Shoppers Camping Out in Tampa

By Haley Hinds
Fox 13
Nov. 21, 2016

Over the years, Black Friday has grown from one day to several days to several weeks. "About 12 years ago, Black Friday was something that happened on Friday," said Jennifer Burton, UT assistant professor of marketing. "Fifty percent of consumers start their holiday shopping before Thanksgiving, so everything keeps moving earlier and earlier and earlier," Burton said. With so many online deals, is the campout really still worth it? For a $200 TV or $100 laptop, Burton says, absolutely. "Retailers still want traffic in their stores, and these doorbusters are limited in number and are a really steep discount and they are worth lining up for," Burton said. Full story  

2016’s Best Things to Buy on Black Friday

By Richie Bernardo
Nov. 18, 2016

Many would argue it's never worth going out on Black Friday but, if you're bent on getting those post-Thanksgiving deals, some things are better buys than others. There are also certain categories of items that perform poorly on Black Friday, including books and music and many toys. "Black Friday discounts are worth the hassle for the pros that are willing to take the time to do the research into what retailers are offering on Black Friday," said Jennifer Burton, UT assistant professor of marketing. "You need to gather information from apps, websites and social media." Full story

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Merryman Says Respect for Sensitivities of LGBT Students Must Travel Well

By Lydia Lurn
Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Nov. 15, 2016

Gary Luter, UT professor of speech, theatre and dance, presented at the “Expanding the Circle” conference that was held at the California Institute of Integral Studies. This annual meeting offers educators an opportunity to share best practices and initiatives across academic and student affairs, across various diversities and across various disciplines and LGBT subfields. During his presentation Luter described an honors course in gay and lesbian culture that he has periodically taught since 1995. During the course he juxtaposed studies of court rulings affecting gay and lesbian rights alongside guest speakers such as clinical psychologists who discussed with students the process of coming out. Full story

2016 Black Friday Freshness Report: Retailers Recycle About 1 in 10 Deals from 2015

By Richie Bernardo
Nov. 15, 2016

With all the hype around Black Friday, you’d expect retailers to wow their customers with new and better deals when the event rolls around again. This year, however, few retailers actually upped the ante with their offerings. “The key reason for such repetition is that these products have probably done very well in the past and are likely to enjoy similar sales in the next cycle,” said Pranjal Gupta, UT associate professor of marketing. He added that retailers know that consumers have a short memory and may not know that these products are repeated from the previous year. Full story

UT Sophomore Digging in to Excel on the Court

By Joey Johnston
Tampa Bay Times
Nov. 10, 2016

UT sophomore and volleyball player, Logan Holanchock, has crafted an athletic career out of grit, effort and hustle. She’s all about playing defense, receiving a tricky serve, passing to the setter or keeping alive the point, no matter what. On Nov. 5, in a victory against Florida Tech, Holanchock became the 13th Spartan to accomplish 1,000 career digs and the program's second-fastest player to do so. "I really had no idea about the stats," Holanchock said. "I kind of know when I play well and when I don't, no matter what the numbers say. But it's kind of cool. It's a lot of digs. I don't know what to say other than it's just what I do. It fits my personality, and it's what I can bring to the team." Full story

When All Else Fails, Clinton, Trump Mistakenly Blame Trade

By Abigail Blanco, UT assistant professor of economics; Kaila Preston, UT Sophomore
Washington Examiner
Nov. 7, 2016

Throughout the presidential election both major candidates have sharply criticized trade agreements. Donald Trump says the North American Free Trade Agreement, an arrangement that allows greater trade between the United States, Mexico and Canada, is "the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere." Hillary Clinton has wavered from her former stance in favor of trade, promising to "stop any trade deal that kills jobs or holds down wages." Abandoning or restructuring trade deals like NAFTA would hurt Americans. Some 6 million U.S. jobs are tied directly to industries in Mexico. If NAFTA goes, those jobs go with it. Full story

HERO: Running to Make a Difference in Girls' Lives

By Bill Murphy
Bay News 9
Oct. 31, 2016

Kathryn Branch, UT associate professor and chair of criminology and criminal justice is an ultra runner. "Ultra runners are just runners that do anything over marathon distances," Branch said. "Which is 26.2 miles." Branch is taking her running to the next level as she preps for a 100-mile race in January. She is using the race as a vehicle to raise funds for Girls on the Run, an after school program that uses running to inspire young girls to be healthy, confident and joyful. The group is dedicated to creating an environment where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. Full story

Men and Women Weigh in on Male Birth Control

By Phil Buck
Oct. 31, 2016

A new study has found a hormonal male birth control shot to be over 98 percent effective in preventing pregnancy. But effectiveness, it turns out, is just one part of the equation when it comes to male birth control. “Things have been steadily getting more equal between men and women for the past few decades,” said Katie Schubert, certified sex therapist and UT visiting assistant professor of sociology. “Things are getting better and I think this is evidence of that. I think that men are finally being asked to be more responsible about family planning and being more engaged in that discussion,” said Schubert. Full story

A similar story appeared in New York South East Post.

Tampa Teacher, Facing Firing, Describes Year-End Music Test as Her "Worst Nightmare"

By Marlene Sokol
Tampa Bay Times
Oct. 28, 2016

In public education's drive to hold schools and teachers accountable, they test. And test. And test some more. This is what testing bureaucracy has come to, assessment of a class once intended to identify kids with a real love and aptitude for music, reduced to answers about pitch, canon, melody and tempo. Grigorios Zamparas, a concert pianist and UT associate professor of music, said he was a bit troubled by the idea of testing children in first grade on their knowledge of music. "It should be felt," he said. "They feel the rhythm, they play the drums. . . . They should be experiencing it, not memorizing a lot of musical terms," he said. Full story

Undead on the Brain: What We Talk About When We Talk About Zombies

By Brendan Kiley
Seattle Times
Oct. 27, 2016

In its best moments, “The Walking Dead” is an action-horror story that doubles as a series of political thought experiments. Every cultural moment has supernatural fads that come and go — vampires, chupacabras, Harry Potter-style magic — but zombies stick around because they are a “frozen dialectic” between living and dead, producer and consumer, conformity and revolution. “The zombie is is always ambivalent,” said Sarah Lauro, UT assistant professor of English. “They’re always simultaneously about slavery — to capitalism, to your body that will die — and revolt.” In her opinion, it’s no accident that Haiti, the cradle of the American zombie, had one of the most successful slave revolts in history. Full story 

Taxed Off: NY Religious Property Tax Breaks Soar Heavenward

By Adrienne Sanders
Democrat & Chronicle
Oct. 26, 2016

The value of religious groups' land bypassed for taxation has nearly doubled to $26 billion from $14 billion between 1999 and 2015. “We can argue (that) scientific institutions, charities, schools are a net benefit for society, but is this true with religion?” said Ryan Cragun, UT associate professor of sociology. “Until we ask questions, no one is going to consider challenging it. We need to stop and have this conversation. Are they actually beneficial?” Cragun argues that nonprofits, religious or not, should only be tax-exempt if they serve a purpose that would otherwise be fulfilled by the government. Full story

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Hillsborough College Notebook: USF Hosts Busy Lecture Schedule, UT Teams with LinkedIn

By Claire McNeill
Oct. 26, 2016

LinkedIn, the website used by job seekers everywhere, is teaming with The University of Tampa. The LinkedIn Students app will give students a place to start exploring their career paths with advice tailored to their location and major. Students can browse LinkedIn jobs as well as those posted on UT’s career management system, HIRE-UT, within the app. “Finding a job you like can be hard,” said Mark Colvenbach, director of UT’s Career Services. “But we believe our partnership with LinkedIn will help students be more competitive in their job searches by being better informed and prepared.” Full story  

Plant High Soccer Standout Comes Home to UT

By Joey Johnston
Tampa Bay Times
Oct. 25, 2016

In her soccer dreams, Nastasia Asgedom always visualized going far away. But Asgedom soon realized that her biggest dreams — and her greatest happiness — could be achieved about five blocks from her Tampa home. A former Plant High School standout, she said she wears a constant smile these days at The University of Tampa, where she's a sophomore midfielder/forward on the women's soccer team. "I wish UT would've been my first choice, but I'm grateful that I'm here now," Asgedom said. "Sometimes, you have to experience a few things to really know what you want. I have no doubt this is the place I need to be." Full story

Genetic Mutation in Whale Eyes May Increase Mortality Risks

Oct. 25, 2016

Jeffry Fasick, assistant professor of biology at UT, helped to characterize a genetic mutation in the eyes of right whales that hampers their ability to see in bright light. According to the new study, "Evolutionary Loss of Cone Photoreception in Balaenid Whales Reveals Circuit Stability in the Mammalian Retina," published this month in the Journal of Comparative Neurology, the normal light-detecting proteins in cone photoreceptor cells are missing in these whales, demonstrating for the first time the complete loss of cone-based light detection in any mammal. Their results suggest that this mutation may seriously harm the whales' ability to visually avoid entanglement. Full story

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Medical Report: Green Tea Research

By Gene Ramirez
Oct. 24, 2016

Nicholas Lago '17 was interviewed by News Channel 8 about the cancer research he is doing with Michael Carastro, UT associate professor of biochemistry. Lago and other students are working with Carastro to determine the effects green tea has on prostate cancer cells. They will present their research to the American Association for Cancer Research in April.

More Students Majoring in Entrepreneurship

By Meredyth Censullo
Oct. 21, 2016

As of this year, the global headquarters of the National Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization (C.E.O.) is based out of the John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center at UT. Oct. 27-29, entrepreneurship students will have the opportunity to pitch their companies to a panel of professionals during the C.E.O. national conference in Tampa. The conference will also feature local developer Jeff Vinik, as well as the founders of Chuck E. Cheese and Redbox. Full story

First-Time Voters Eager for Say in Presidential Election

By Fenna Semken
Oct. 20, 2016

Many young, first-time voters are ready to take part in the 2016 presidential election for the chance to have a voice in who the next U.S. president will be. Emma Christison, a first-year student at UT, said that despite her fears and unease about the candidates she has decided who gets her vote. “I am a liberal, and I think Donald Trump is pretty exhausting to listen to,” Christison said. “She (Clinton) would be the first female president. The fact that she is willing to help families and women makes a huge contrast to Donald Trump who has some really disrespectful views towards women through tweets and actions.” Full story

A similar story appeared on KCRG (Cedar Rapids, IA).

Hillsborough College Notebook: NASA Geologist Visits UT, Sports Execs Speak at USF, and More

Oct. 19, 2016

UT hosts the NASA planetary geologist who was the first to identify the impact crater from the asteroid that likely caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. Adriana Ocampo now leads NASA’s New Frontiers effort, including missions to Pluto and Jupiter, and is also the space agency’s lead scientist for exploring Venus. The Museum of Science and Industry’s National Hispanic Scientist of the Year event brings her to Tampa for a speech about her science career and life experiences. Full story

The Dylan Situation: Imagining The 'Secret Minutes' of a Nobel Committee Meeting

By David Wheeler, UT assistant professor of journalism
Oct. 18, 2016

David Wheeler, UT assistant professor of journalism, writes satirically about the Royal Academy and its decision to award Bob Dylan the Nobel Prize in Literature. Full story

Doctors Still Order Imaging for Low Back Pain, Against Recommendations

By Kathryn Doyle
Oct. 17, 2016

The Choosing Wisely campaign, launched by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 2012, recommends against imaging scans for low back pain unless there are specific “red flags.” But a study earlier this year found that almost a third of lumbosacral magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) were “inappropriate.” Many doctors who order CT or MRI scans for patients with low back pain do so fearing that patients will be upset if they do not get imaging. “You see the headlines of major sports stars getting an MRI tomorrow, so some high school athlete or college athlete or recreational athlete thinks if Derek Jeter got one why don’t I,” said J. C. Andersen, chair of the department of Health Sciences and Human Performance at UT. Full story

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Road to the White House

By Anna Foster
Oct. 14, 2016

Mary Anderson, UT associate professor of political science, and five of UT’s political science majors were interviewed by Anna Foster of BBC’s 5 live Drive. “What’s really interesting about this particular race, and it’s the flip of what we saw in 2008, is how important emotions are playing a roll in this race,” Anderson said. “Playing on those is really something that politicians can do really well. Obama did it in ’08 and ’12, and we see Trump having great success with it here in ’16.” Full story

Can a Great College Football Team Actually Beat a Really Awful Pro Team?

By Jon Baum
Good Sports
Oct. 11, 2016

A Public Policy Polling survey released last week reveals that 62 percent of respondents believe the Ohio State Buckeyes would beat the Cleveland Browns. But could one of the best college football teams really compete with one of the worst in the NFL? Major League Baseball teams regularly play against college teams during the MLB preseason, and the college teams sometimes win these games. MLB teams went 63-3-1 against college teams between 2006 and 2014, with Division II University of Tampa knocking off the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training in 2015. Full story

Don’t Let the Name Fool You: UT’s Kaylee Koetter Forges Own Path

By Joey Johnston
Oct. 11, 2016

Her name immediately catches your eye when glancing at The University of Tampa’s volleyball staff. Kaylee Koetter. Sure enough, she’s the daughter of Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter. But it doesn’t take long to realize that Koetter, in her second season as a UT assistant coach, already has made a name for herself. It’s purely coincidental that Koetter lives in the same town with her parents. “I am close with my dad, but people think we’re talking all the time,” Koetter said. “It’s not like that. He has his team, and I have my team. We’re in our own worlds, different coaching worlds.” Full story

A Star is Reborn: Jones to be Inducted to UT Hall of Fame

By Doug Fernandes
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Oct. 11, 2016

John Jones and nine fellow inductees will be inducted into the UT Athletics Hall of Fame. Jones served as captain of the basketball team all four years and remains the school leader in minutes played, is second in games played, fourth in games started, ninth in points and 10th in rebounds. Most notably he scored 30 of his team’s 67 points as a senior in an upset of the 11th-ranked North Carolina State Wolfpack. Full story

A similar story appeared on WWSB.

Starting Your Own Business: Should You Incorporate or Not?

By Geoff Williams
US News
Oct. 7, 2016

Whatever your reasons for starting a business, you have one thing in common with everyone who starts their own company: You must decide what type of business you are. If your business involves any genuine risk, where somebody could sue you for the way you've run your business, then consider getting your business designated as an LLC, says Eric Liguori, assistant professor of entrepreneurship at UT. Liguori says he understands why someone might see it as "overkill," but "from day one of doing business, you are taking on the liability of that business." Full story 

Hillsborough County Approves Moratorium on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

By Christopher O’Donnell
Tampa Bay Times
Oct. 5, 2016

Hillsborough County commissioners on Wednesday unanimously approved a six-month moratorium on granting permits for new dispensaries. They want to pause so they can draw up new regulations on how close dispensaries can be to schools and homes, and what hours they will be allowed to operate. "Marijuana is an illegal drug that has a negative effect on our campus," she said. "I want to make sure we're sending the correct message," said Stephanie Russell Krebs, UT dean of students. Full story

Op Ed: Floridians Push for Reform of State's Criminal Justice System

By Abigail Hall Blanco, UT assistant professor of economics
Tampa Bay Times
Sept. 30, 2016

Pinellas County announced it would launch the Adult Pre-Arrest Diversion program, described as one of the most ambitious criminal justice reforms in Tampa Bay. Scheduled to begin this month, the program aims to divert those who commit minor crimes from jail to community service. The goal is to keep people who commit a range of petty crimes from earning a criminal record that could forever haunt them. The Pinellas County program, along with the state's sweeping reform of the civil forfeiture law in April, are early indicators that policymakers, law enforcement and the courts are responding to a rapid shift in public sentiment on criminal justice. Full story

Homecoming Event Looks to Benefit UT Soccer Program

By Joey Johnston
Tampa Bay Times
Sept. 30, 2016

The University of Tampa hasn't staged a football homecoming weekend in 42 years. But UT has embraced a different kind of homecoming, spotlighted by its UT Athletic Hall of Fame inductions, plus contests in soccer and volleyball. Men's soccer is taking another step with this season's homecoming game on Oct. 14. Adrian Bush, men’s soccer coach and former player, has rallied the alumni, forming a nine-man committee of former players to raise money for an annual scholarship that will ensure the program's viability. "This is something we can do yearly and show that our alumni can have a huge impact in our program,'' said Bush. Full story

Joining a National Debate, Tiny Eckerd College Takes a Big Stand on Campus Free Speech

By Claire McNeill
Tampa Bay Times
Sept. 30, 2016

A debate is roiling college campuses across the country, pitting students concerned about inclusion and injustice against universities who are sympathetic but committed to free expression. Free speech advocates paint a picture of coddled millennials who grew up insulated from difficult ideas and now bristle at the slightest offense. On the other side are student activists, often advocating for marginalized students in a college landscape of increasing diversity, whose protests have made headlines. "We're in a real sweet spot where we feel like we really value rigorous intellectual inquiry and free speech, and we also foster an environment that allows all our students and faculty to feel safe and supported," said Stephanie Russell Krebs, UT dean of students. Full story  

Sugars – Always Hungry?

By Danny Miles
One Life Radio
Sept. 28, 2016

UT grad student Cameron Ackerson appeared on the Russell Martin Show to discuss an article about the best and worst sugars to eat before a workout. Ackerson is working toward his Master of Science in exercise and nutrition science and is a contributing author for the website. He is a research scientist and assistant director of operations at the Applied Science and Performance Institute in Tampa. Full story

A similar story appeared on KUIK Radio (Portland, OR).

Broadway and Beyond: UT Opens Free Concert Series

By Andrew Meacham
Tampa Bay Times
Sept. 28, 2016

UT’s popular PNC Bank series of free public concerts gets off to big start Sunday with Broadway singer Liz Callaway, a favorite of Stephen Sondheim. She brings her songbook of favorites and everything from Gershwin to film scores. She earned a Tony nomination for Baby and a Drama Desk Award nomination for The Spitfire Grill. Animation fans will recognize her as the voice of the lead character in Anastasia and Kiara from The Lion King II: Simba's Pride. Full story  

A similar story appeared in Creative Loafing.

Enrollment Up Yet Again at University of Tampa

By Claire McNeill
Tampa Bay Times
Sept. 28, 2016

Another year, another enrollment record for The University of Tampa. If you’re keeping count, the university is on a 20-year streak of increasing enrollment, culminating in a total of 8,310 students that more than triples the number two decades ago. More than 20,000 students applied this year for fewer than 2,500 spots in the freshman class. “Interest in UT set an all-time record this past year, due in large part to our increased reputation for delivering a high-quality, rich educational experience,” said Dennis Nostrand, UT’s vice president of enrollment. Full story

A similar story appeared on WFTS and in the Business Observer.

Hiring Warriors in Higher Ed

By Carol Patton
University Business
Sept. 26, 2016

Military service offers rich opportunities for individuals to develop a wide variety of skills that translate to well-paying jobs in the civilian world. However, deciphering a veteran’s work history is tricky. Without a military background, it’s difficult—if not impossible—for a civilian to assess a veteran’s abilities. “It takes a skilled recruiter to get underneath the layer of what’s on a résumé,” says Julia Ruddock-Elliott, UT’s manager of employer development in the Office of Career Services. Full story

Uber, Lyft Still Operate in Hillsborough; Final PTC Regulations May Take Months

By Zebrina Edgerton-Maloy
Creative Loafing
Sept. 20, 2016

With the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission’s recent vote to advance new ridesharing regulations earlier this month, fans of Uber and Lyft are wondering what the future holds for such services in Hillsborough County. “Uber and Lyft, the push to ban them, is really something that we have seen time and again throughout history," said Abigail Blanco, UT assistant professor of economics, "when you have a new technology that becomes available that threatens, basically, the old technology that people have been using for a long time. You saw this with cars when they were replacing the horse and buggy. Or you saw this with light bulbs when they were replacing candles.” Full story

Liftsync, LLC Enters into an Equity Partnership with Ark Applications, LLC and PAR, Inc.

Digital Journal
Sept. 20, 2016

LiftSync, LLC, a wearable technology company, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement for an equity partnership with Ark Applications, LLC, a private equity and consultation firm, and PAR, Inc., a leading publisher of assessment instruments, software and other related materials. LiftSync was founded by UT seniors Matthew Phillips, Patrick Schroeder and Mariner Cheney. LiftSync provides an automatic updating application that seamlessly syncs with an athlete's workout, effortlessly tracking individual results and measuring long-term progress against established training goals. Full story

A similar story appeared in 83 Degrees.

Here are the Tampa Bay Colleges that Rank Among the Nation's Best

By Chris Erickson
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Sept. 14, 2016

The University of Tampa is among the universities to make the U.S. News & World Report 2017 ranking of Best Colleges. Several Tampa Bay schools made the ranking of top regional schools in the south. UT was ranked number 21.
Full story

A similar story appeared on Bay News 9 and in the Tampa Bay Times.

2016’s Happiest States in America

By Richie Bernardo
Sept. 12, 2016

Patricia O’Grady, UT associate professor of education, said that money is important for a happy and joyful life but not for the reasons that most people think. Money buys the opportunity for happiness/joy – not the happiness/joy itself. O’Grady added that happiness is having a job we love. Joy is finding a way to love the job we have. Full story  

In The Swim: Teen Inspires Others as He Sets Records

By Roger Gonzalez
The News Virginian
Sept. 9, 2016

Aaron James has set records with the Shenandoah Aquatic Marlins Club and won state titles in high school. Now as a first-year swimmer at UT, he is reaping the benefits of all that hard work and enjoying where swimming has taken him. “I love swimming in college,” James said. “Every day I go to practice with the mindset that I am going to become a better swimmer, and my teammates make sure of it. They bring the best out of me in and out of the water.” Full story

College Students Recall Experiencing 9/11 as Children

By Evan Axelbank
Fox 13
Sept. 8, 2016

Fox 13 invited six college students, who were in their early childhood years during 9/11, to share their memories of that day, 15 years ago. The attack is the first news event they can recall. Y2K, Columbine, Oklahoma City, OJ – all only history lessons for these young adults. "I was boarding the bus for kindergarten," said Christi Breinlinger '18. UT Junior Chante Pleak was 5 on 9/11 and on a base in Japan. “My dad had this strange look on his face, like something was wrong. He went into his room for about an hour, he came back all geared up,” said Pleak. Full story

15 Years After 9/11 We're Less Safe, Less Free

By Abigail Blanco, UT assistant professor of economics
Sept. 8, 2016

For those who lived through the 9/11 attacks the anniversary brings up many unpleasant memories. Lucky for me and other Americans, the chance of being killed (or even injured) in an act of terror is remarkably low — about one in 20 million. Some would argue that this illustrates that government has done a good job since 9/11. Yet despite these comforting numbers, Americans are less safe and less free than they were 15 years ago. The danger comes not from terrorism, but rather from the U.S. government. Full story

Osprey Observer Interns Gain Reporting Skills Over the Summer

By Michelle Colesanti
Osprey Observer
Sept. 8, 2016

Every summer the Osprey Observer welcomes interns looking to gain insight into the world of journalism. Katelyn Massarelli, a UT sophomore and journalism major, said that interning this summer has made her a more confident reporter. “My journalism teacher at Bloomingdale and my professors at The University of Tampa have played a huge role in why I want to be a journalist. I want to be able to share my knowledge and experiences with future journalists and help them become successful,” said Massarelli. Full story

No iPhone 7 Headphone Jack? Apple, Don't Do It

By David Wheeler, UT assistant professor of journalism
Sept. 6, 2016

Rumors are circulating that the new iPhone won't have a headphone jack. Apple customers have been buying needless upgrades and wasting money on proliferating plug-in ports (new power cord $53.99) for far too long. Now you're getting rid of the headphone jack? That's one step too far. Headphones serve a second purpose, it sends a pretty strong message: Don't talk to me right now.
Connecting tiny headphones with Bluetooth just won't cut it. Full story

A similar story appeared in WLS (Chicago).

College Volleyball: Tampa Coach Reaches 1,000 Career Wins
Sept. 3, 2016

Joining the ranks of NCAA volleyball greatness, The University of Tampa volleyball head coach Chris Catanach earned his 1,000th career win to open the 2016 season. Catanach becomes just the third Division II coach to reach his millennial win, and he is only the second coach in the division to accomplish the feat with one program. Full story

A similar story appeared Sept. 1 on Fox 13 and in the Tampa Bay Times.

University of Tampa’s New Fitness and Recreation Center Has Officially Opened

By Veronica
Bay News 9
Sept. 2, 2016

UT’s new fitness and recreation center has officially opened. The two-story, 40,000 square foot facility will be dedicated to student health and offer more than 60 fitness classes per week, workout machines and six exercise rooms.

A similar story appeared in Club Industry

TS Hermine Will be Costly, But Predicting How Hard Tampa Bay's Economy Will Get Hit is Tough

By Jacqueline Ingles
Aug. 31, 2016

Food delivery sales are expected to spike as Tropical Storm Hermine makes landfall in the bay. While it would seem there is a silver lining for some businesses when storms push through the area, economists say there are really no winners. "Natural disasters destroy, they don't promote prosperity," said Abigail Blanco, UT assistant professor of economics. Blanco told ABC Action News an economic study of all the hurricanes that have hit the United States over the past 35 years revealed it cost the country $400 billion. Full story  

Seminole Heights Couple Delivers Exposure for Aspiring Artists

By Alli Knothe
Tampa Bay Times
Aug. 26, 2016

Tim Gibbons and Jayne Lisbeth, owners of the Funky as a Monkey Art Studio, have created a business connecting artists with bars and restaurants where their work can be displayed for sale. Over the past three years, they have promoted the works of about 300 local artists. Dorothy Cowden, the curator of UT’s Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, said that artists typically market themselves to independent shops and must front the money to frame and mount the paintings. "Most artists don't think about selling," she said. "They just make art. You make it because your heart tells you." Full story

U Chicago Tells Freshmen They Won't Get Safe Spaces or Trigger Warnings

By Christy Osler
USA Today
Aug. 25, 2016

In a letter sent to the class of 2020, officials of the University of Chicago warned students that they are committed to freedom of speech and expression, and won’t protect students from ideas and opinions different from their own. The University of Chicago’s stance differs from that of several other American universities like The University of Tampa that offers safe zone training. Full story

Castor, Realtors Call for Student Debt Refinance Legislation

By Zebrina Edgerton-Maloy
Creative Loafing
Aug. 23, 2016

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, is pushing for legislation that would allow students to refinance their student loans. Local student government leaders emphasized the importance of having the Banks on Students bill passed. “If we really want to make a change and if we really want to protect our nation's youth and generations to come, we need to focus on our assets, college affordability and how we're going to fix this,” said James Scudero, UT senior and Student Government president. Full story

Similar stories appeared in the Tampa Bay Business Journal and Florida Politics

Experts Applaud Teacher's 'No Homework' Policy

By Phil Buck
Aug. 23, 2016

A Texas teacher’s “no homework” policy has gone viral on the internet with thousands of people weighing in with their opinions. “There is research that suggests that homework creates stress. It creates stress in a busy, overwhelmed family, it creates stress in children who live in poverty,” said Patricia O’Grady, UT associate professor of education. “And that stress interferes with learning.” Hunter O’Hara, UT professor of education, traveled to Finland, one of the world’s leading countries for education, to study how it handles homework. "They don't have homework, they're not given homework in Finland, and if they do it's not in a significant amount,” said O’Hara. “And they're ranked number one in the world, or very near the top, year after year." Full story

Private Prisons Unfazed in Florida Despite DOJ's Phase-Out

By Phil Buck
Aug. 18, 2016

In a memo to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates said the Department of Justice will stop using private prisons, saying they aren't as safe or as secure as prisons run by the government. The directive from the Department of Justice only applies to federally contracted private prisons. While the state of Florida has seven private prison facilities, those are all contracted by the state. “Florida can carry on its course with private prisons as we have been, and this is not going to have any influence on what happens here,” said Carly Hilinski-Rosick, UT assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice. Full story

Clearwater Ice Arena Debuts New Rink on Saturday

By Piper Castillo
Tampa Bay Times
Aug. 18, 2016

The Clearwater Ice Arena has undergone a $5 million expansion that includes adding a second, larger rink. The new rink meets National Hockey League requirements and will serve as home rink for The University of Tampa. "We are ranked No. 9 in our division currently, and we had been playing at the Brandon Ice Forum, and that's where we grew our fan base,'' said Alex Carde, UT senior and hockey team president. "We want to keep adding more teams, and teams are interested in coming to Clearwater. Clearwater Beach is considered a No. 1 beach in the country and that matters.'' Full story

New E-Cigarette Regulations Take Effect

Allergy & Asthma Network
Aug. 15, 2016

New regulations giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversight of electronic cigarettes, hookah and other new tobacco products took effect in August 2016 – just in time for the new school year. A 2015 survey by FDA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed while traditional cigarette smoking declined among teens, e-cigarette and hookah tobacco use increased. The increased use of e-cigarettes by teens “is a real concern, as the addicting nicotine can lead to use of traditional cigarettes in this vulnerable population,” says Mary Martinasek, assistant professor of public health at UT. Full story  

Nipping Nausea

By Traci McMillan Beach
Business Observer
Aug. 12, 2016

Jacqueline Darna, creator of NoMo Nausea bands, is working out of UT’s Lowth Entrepreneurship Center. The center’s director, Rebecca White, says Darna and her company are a perfect fit for the University’s incubator program, which offers both faculty and student resources along with free office space to a handful of local businesses. Not only was the product “interesting and promising, but Jackie is very interested in and willing to coach and mentor students,” White says. Full story

Paul Ryan Interviews Tampa Grad, Olympic Swimmer

By Paul Ryan
Aug. 7, 2016

Paul Ryan interviewed UT graduate, Jordan Augier, and talked about the thrill of participating in the Parade of Nations at the 2016 Rio Olympics Games. Jordan is representing St. Lucia and will be swimming the 50-meter freestyle. Full story

A similar story appeared on WFLA in July

With World as its Playground, Pokémon Go Pushes Legal, Ethical Bounds

By Tony Marrero
Tampa Bay Times
Aug. 6, 2016

In their zeal to catch digital creatures that pop up on their smartphone screens, Pokémon Go players are flocking to places where they're not always welcome. How much responsibility does Niantic bear for the actions of people using its product? And what obligation, if any, does the company have to respond to requests? "The company has to be responsible and careful in the design, and responsive and accepting of feedback from affected communities," said Dan Verreault, associate professor of accounting and director of the Center for Ethics at UT. "I also think at least 50 percent of the responsibility has to be taken by the user who knows that catching a little dinosaur doesn't justify trespassing or disturbing what ought not be disturbed." Full story  

New School Board Member Colleen Beaudoin Ready to Dig into Issues

By Jeffrey Solochek
Tampa Bay Times
Aug. 4, 2016

Colleen Beaudoin, UT mathematics instructor, will take office in November as a new Pasco County School Board member. Top on her list is improving student achievement, which declined for many schools in recent state test results. "I do see a need for making sure we're teaching the standards," she said. Yet that doesn't mean the schools should be giving up so much time to testing and preparation, she suggested. Full story  

University of Tampa 105-acre campus to go smoke and tobacco free starting August 1

July 28, 2016

Beginning on Monday, Aug. 1, The University of Tampa will ban all smoking and tobacco use on campus. The policy bans smoking and use of tobacco of all types, including electronic cigarettes, chew tobacco, hookah, cigar and cigarette smoking. Senior University administrators and the student organization Breathe-Easy UT helped craft the new policy. “Our goal is to create and promote a healthy campus that will foster teaching, learning, working and living,” said Gina Firth, UT’s associate dean of wellness. Full story

Similar stories appeared on WFLA, WTSP, News13 (Orlando), Tampa Bay Times, Bay News 9, WTVT and WTSP.

Hunting for Love While Playing Pokémon Go

By Lisa Bonos
The Washington Post
July 25, 2016

Pokémon Go has more daily active users than the dating app Tinder; so it was only a matter of time until it became the new way to find dates. Jeffrey Zhang, a UT graduate student and a fellow developer, recently launched the Pok, a Tinder-style app for Pokémon Go players. Zhang, who describes himself as shy, said, “If I am playing the same game with a girl, I will know how to talk with her because we already have something in common.” Full story

A similar story appeared in the Tampa Bay Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Hawaii News Now, as well as several other outlets.

Signature Lacrosse Makes History!

By Mason Powell
Lacrosse Allstars
July 25, 2016

When Daniel Soviero, UT junior, was hit in the head by a football with a Buffalo Bills logo on it, he wondered why don’t they have team logos on lacrosse balls. Soviero partnered with UT senior Nick Martin to create Signature Lacrosse and manufacture high quality, safe and innovative lacrosse balls. A year after their initial start, Signature Lacrosse is the only large scale manufacturer of custom lacrosse balls in the world. Using laser technology, Signature Lacrosse can put any logo, slogan or idea on a lacrosse ball. Full story  

UMBC, East Carolina Transfer Highlight's Tampa's Class

College Swimming
July 20, 2016

The University of Tampa will be bringing in another quality class for the 2016-2017 season, involving eight women and 14 men. “We continue to bring in quality student-athletes who excel both in the classroom and in the pool, and carry great, positive character throughout their daily lives,” said Ed Brennan, the Spartans’ head swimming coach. Full story

Police Video Recording App Mobile Justice Coming to Tampa Bay

July 20, 2016

Florida's ACLU wants to bring an app called Mobile Justice to Tampa Bay. The app allows you to record an interaction with police, and the moment you hit stop, the app automatically sends the video to the state's ACLU office for review. Currently, the app is being used in 17 states and in Washington, D.C. "The vast majority of officers are doing their jobs," said Sorle Diih, assistant professor of criminology at UT. He said he believes video recordings can help protect both the person and the officer. "If we're going to make improvements in policing, then we need an educated workforce, and that's what I tell the students," said Diih. Full story

University of Tampa Swimmer Headed to Rio

By John Sabol
July 20, 2016

Jordan Augier, who graduated from UT in May, will be one of about 90 swimmers competing in the Rio Olympics on August 11. He will be swimming for St. Lucia. What makes his journey to Rio even more special is he predicted he would be swimming in the 2016 Summer Olympics to his friends a decade ago. Full story

Similar stories appeared on WFLA, in Swim Swam and College Swimming.

Martin Hammer Breaks Norwegian Record with 22.75 in 50 Free

Rachel Harvill
Swim Swam
July 17, 2016

University of Tampa swimmer Martin Hammer set a new Norwegian national record at the Norwegian National Championships. He broke his own record and finished first in the men’s 50 freestyle with a time of 22.75, barely breaking his previous record of 22.77. Full story

We're a Literary Community: Fiction Writers Make Their Homes in Bay Area

By Colette Bancroft
Tampa Bay Times
July 14, 2016

Lisa Birnbaum, associate professor of English and writing at UT, released her first novel, Worthy. Worthy, a crime novel with a wildly unreliable female narrator, is a mystery that is less a matter of crime than of identity. Birnbaum is also a nonfiction and short story writer, poet and spoken word performer. Full story

New Green Tea Research

July 12, 2016

University of Tampa researchers, in collaboration with Moffitt Cancer Center, are studying the prostate-cancer-fighting affects of green tea. Michael Carastro, UT associate professor of biochemistry, has focused his research on Polyphenon E, which is a component of green tea. Lab studies are currently underway to determine if Polyphenon E has benefits for suppressing the growth of prostate cancer cells in humans. Full story

A similar story appeared in American Medicine Today.

The Infiltrator Exclusive Clip: Brian Cranston and John Leguizamo Whistle Through the Graveyard

By Joe McGovern
Entertainment Weekly
July 12, 2016

In The Infiltrator, Bryan Cranston and John Leguizamo star as drug enforcement agents in 1980s Miami, attempting to take down the international king of cocaine, Pablo Escobar. In one scene, Mazur (Cranston) and Emir (Leguizamo) need to brainstorm their new aliases — and where better to do that than in a local cemetery. On a Sunday, the two men joined Brad Furman and two production interns from The University of Tampa. “And the five of us shot the scene,” Furman says. “And as a result of that, you know, not having a hundred people on set, it brought out a sense of relaxation between them. We were able to capture an authenticity between two friends.” Full story

Idealism Blurs Truth About Legalizing Sex Work

By Abigail Blanco, UT assistant professor of economics
Las Vegas Sun
July 8, 2016

Amnesty International recently called on the world’s governments to “decriminalize consensual sex work.” Proponents of continued prohibition contend that legalizing sex work would be a “gift” to pimps and traffickers and would promote sex trafficking. However, legalization would lower the profitability of trafficking, making it a less-attractive option for criminals. With prostitution legal, those working in the sex trade could use normal legal channels when problems arise, making sex work safer. Full story

Student Designs App to Build Apps, No Code Needed

Bedford Bulletin
July 7, 2016

Mitch Marchand, UT mathematical programming major, has developed an app, DevKit, that builds apps, and he’s inviting local students to participate in a free trial run of his new product. DevKit is a mobile application development tool that runs on iOS devices and enables anyone to build fully functional, fully customizable mobile applications without the need to write any code. “The main goal is to develop kids at a younger level, the next generation of software developers, and get them interested in developing software, and make them see that it’s a lot easier than they might have previously thought to get into the field,” said Marchand. Full story

University of Tampa Boosts its Grades at a Key Rating Agency

Tampa Bay Business Journal
July 5, 2016

Growing enrollment and strong operating performance have led to a stronger credit rating for University of Tampa. SP Global Ratings Services raised its long-term and underlying rating for bonds issued on behalf of UT to 'A-' from 'BBB'. The outlook is stable, SP said. Both are investment grade ratings. An A rating generally indicates strong capacity to meet financial obligations, while a B rating indicates adequate capacity. Full story

A similar story appeared on WTVT and in the Toronto Telegraph.

2016’s Best & Worst Florida Cities for Finding a Job

By John Kiernan
July 2016

Florida’s economy is expected to expand at an annual rate of 3.2 percent through 2018, with incomes rising at a 4 percent annual rate, and unemployment around 5 percent. Cagdas Agirdas, UT assistant professor of economics, said that the largest growth in Florida’s economy has come from tourism, construction, professional and business service,s and financial activities. Agirdas said the best three sectors to find jobs in are leisure and hospitality, construction and educational services. Full story  

Santa Cruz, CA Taxicab Companies Call for Crackdown on Uber

By Dustin Siggins
Heartland News
June 30, 2016

Taxicab companies in Santa Cruz, CA, are calling on lawmakers to enact a government crackdown on peer-to-peer economy transportation network companies (TNCs), such as Uber and Lyft. The taxicab owners say city law enforcement agencies are endangering consumers by allowing these companies to operate in the city. Abigail Hall Blanco, an assistant professor of economics at UT, says taxicab companies aren’t concerned about passengers’ safety. “Cab companies claiming their issue with Uber is one of safety reeks of naked self-interest,” Blanco said. “Perhaps counterintuitively, the regulations of cabs observed in many cities throughout the United States actually benefit cab companies.” Full story

Make UK the 51st State

By David Wheeler, UT assistant professor of journalism
June 29, 2016

Currencies rise and fall. Stocks go up and down. This is not a self-inflicted London Blitz. It's not a repeat of the worldwide depression of the 1930s, when Britain's industrial production fell by 16.2 percent. Nor is it a crisis on par with April 10, 1970, when Paul McCartney announced his solo album, signaling the breakup of The Beatles. Let's understand this moment for what it really is: an opportunity for the United Kingdom to become the 51st state of America. The EU's loss is our gain. Call it the "Brentrance." As King George once said (at least in Broadway's Hamilton), "Oceans rise, empires fall / We have seen each other through it all." Isn't it time we joined forces again? Full story

Should Organs be Sold?

Carlos Watson - Point Taken
June 28, 2016

Each day, 22 people in the US die waiting for an organ. The introduction of a market for organs could decrease waiting lists, but could also incentivize dangerous behavior from both buyers and sellers. UT assistant professor of economics, Abigail Blanco, weighed in to discuss whether organs should be sold. Full story

A College Degree at Age 67

By David Lauderdale
The Island Packet
June 25, 2016

Liz McLeod’s journey toward a college degree started 49 years ago when she enrolled at UT. Her senior year gave way to a job at the bank, moves for her husband’s career and rearing two children. But two years ago, at age 65, she went back to college. Last month, at 67, with grandchildren cheering, McLeod walked across the stage with a degree from UT. “I felt I was the only one who could help myself in this situation,” she said. “It was a big accomplishment for me. I had done something totally on my own. It was very, very, very rewarding in the end. I would recommend it to anyone.” Full story

Brexit Vote

By Al Ruechel
Bay News 9
June 22, 2016

Bill Myers, UT assistant professor of government and world affairs, recently talked with Al Ruechel from Bay News 9 about the UK’s upcoming election to either stay or leave the European Union (EU). Problems with the British economy and immigration have caused frustration with the British, and they decide on June 23 if it’s worth it to continue being part of the EU.

Summer Learnin': The UW is Expanding Summer School Offerings to Help Students and Increase Revenue

By Pat Schneider
The Capital Times
June 22, 2016

Expanding summer programs is a trend among members of the North American Association of Summer Sessions (NAASS). “I’d like to think the strongest reason is to provide more flexibility for students to get the courses they need and graduate sooner, but with cutbacks in state and other funding, summer school is a revenue generator,” said Gary Simon, NAASS president and director of adult and summer programs at UT. And while it generates revenue, summer school typically has lower additional costs associated with it. Full story

Similar stories appeared in the Journal Times, the Chippewa Herald and WiscNews.

Whaley Earns Two SSC Honors

Tampa Bay Times
June 13, 2016

UT senior volleyball outside hitter Berkley Whaley was named the 2015-2016 Sunshine State Conference female athlete of the year and female scholar-athlete of the year. Whaley led the Spartans to a 15-1 league record, 37-6 overall record and the program's 11th consecutive conference championship. Full story

College Choice Releases 2016 Ranking of the Best Oceanside Colleges and Universities

June 13, 2016

UT is ranked #28 by College Choice on its list of the best oceanside colleges and universities. The College Choice 2016 rankings take into account several key factors, such as proximity to the ocean, academic ranking, cost of tuition, total net cost, average financial aid packages and average early-career salary. Full story

Similar stories appeared in WFXG-TV (Augusta, GA), KHNL-TV (Honolulu, HI), KWTV-TV (Oklahoma City, OK), KFMB-AM (San Diego, CA) and WUPV-TV (Richmond, VA).

Negative Ethics in Industry

By Russ Buchanan
Houston Chronicle
June 2016

A company's ethical culture is developed at the highest levels of management. If the directors of the company have no moral/ethical compass, neither will the company. UT faculty Robert McMurrian and Erika Matulich wrote that high profile, unethical and illegal behaviors undermine the foundations of trust in the marketplace among companies and stakeholders. The mistrust they create permeates the entire marketplace and lasts long after the cases were disposed. Full story

That Stranger at the Gym: Would You Say Hello?

Christopher Gurrie, UT assistant professor of speech
Huffington Post
June 10, 2016

We are all living in more than one space that exists outside of work and home. How we participate in that space may affect how we perceive the very space itself. The only control we really have in those spaces is how we treat the others who simply happen to exist within them. Full story

UT's Lectores Series Presents Terrance Hayes, Other Notable Writers

By Colette Bancroft
Tampa Bay Times
June 9, 2016

The University of Tampa's low-residency creative writing MFA program isn't just a boon to writers. It's also a great resource to Tampa Bay area book lovers, thanks to its Lectores series. Twice a year, Lectores presents the MFA program's faculty and other notable writers at a week's worth of readings that are free and open to the public. This year, Lectores kicks off Thursday night with a reading by poet Terrance Hayes, whose latest book is How to Be Drawn, a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle award for poetry. Full story

Florida WAVE Women Win the 5th Annual Premier Volleyball League Championships

By Fitness News Desk
Broadway World
June 9, 2016

UT’s Jessica Wagner ’15 and UT assistant volleyball coach Brian Imperiale, who served as the team head coach, helped the Florida WAVE women's pro indoor volleyball team win the gold medal at the 2016 Premier Volleyball League Championships that was held in conjunction with the USA Open National Championships in Orlando, FL. Florida WAVE defeated the Iowa ICE in three sets to secure first place and the $10,000 grand prize. Full story  

Beef and Chicken Protein Match Whey for Muscle Mass and Strength

By Stephen Daniells
NUTRA Ingredients-USA
May 26, 2016

Protein from beef and chicken sources are equally as effective as whey protein to stimulate improvements in body composition and resistance training outcomes according to a study performed at The University of Tampa. The results showed that all three protein groups experienced significant increase in lean body mass gains. Full story

NCAA Tennis: Meet the 71-Year-Old Mathematician Who Keeps the Championships Running on Schedule

By Kelly Hines
Tulsa World
May 25, 2016

Brian Garman, UT associate professor of mathematics, has handled scheduling for the NCAA tennis championships for the past three decades. Garman is a former tennis umpire who saw a need for better scheduling at juniors events. He came up with a formula called the Garman System. “It turned out the way the matches are distributed is linear, just like a line,” he said. “Because of that, I could then make a prediction on any number of courts.” Eventually, the formula spread worldwide, and it’s used at every level except professional, where timeliness doesn’t matter. Full story

A Defense of “Big Bad Pharma”

By Gabriella Lemmerman, ’18, and Abigail Hall Blanco, assistant professor of economics
Independent Institute
May 19, 2016

Gabriella Lemmerman, ’18, and Abigail Hall Blanco, assistant professor of economics, wrote an op-ed defending pharmaceutical companies. They write that economics tells us why many drugs are so expensive. The average cost of developing a new drug is around $2.6 billion. Many of the costs associated with drug development stem from the Food and Drug Administration’s notoriously long and expensive approval process. To stay in business the companies must charge enough for their few profitable drugs to recover the costs of developing those drugs plus the others that fail. Full story

A similar story appeared in Before it’s News.

USF, Florida, FSU Advance in Men's Golf

By Joey Knight
Tampa Bay Times
May 18, 2016

The University of Tampa's baseball coach, Joe Urso, was named Sunshine State Conference coach of the year for the 10th time. He guided the Spartans (41-8) to their 17th SSC title and a top seed in the Division II South Region, which UT hosted. Full story

Israel Ortega and Abigail Blanco on Illegals Getting More Welfare Than Americans

By Dennis Michael Lynch
NewsMax TV
May 2016

Abigail Blanco, assistant professor of economics at UT, was interviewed on UNFILTERED in response to a report from the Center for Immigration Studies. This report stated that households of illegal aliens receive about $1,500 more annually in welfare than American families. Full story  

Florida Orchestra Musicians Association Announces Young Artist Competition Winners

By Kathy Collins
Osprey Observer
May 13, 2016

Each year, the Florida Orchestra Musicians Association holds the Justine LeBaron Young Artist Competition. This year’s competition involved 32 young classical music students from Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties. University of Tampa student Joshua Cessna placed third in the senior division of piano. Cessna studies with Grigorios Zamparas at UT. Full story

Out with the Old Dorm, in with the New $55 Million Dorm at the University of Tampa

By Anastasia Dawson
Tampa Bay Times
May 13, 2016

When the University of Tampa unveiled its spacious apartment-style dorms 30 years ago, Ronald Reagan was president, Madonna ruled the radio and today's students were not yet born. That was when UT had 2,500 students. Now it has 8,000 students, and on-campus living has become scarce. That's why the university on Thursday started demolishing its old 234-room ResCom dorm.
In its place will rise the Palm Apartments that will stand 10 stories tall and house about 660 students when it's projected to open in August 2017. "We have nearly 2,000 first-year students every year coming in from outside the immediate area, and we need to accommodate them," UT director of Residential Communities Sabrina Griffith said. "We have a phenomenal challenge of people wanting to be here." Full story

A similar story appeared in the News Chief.

For the Love of Teaching and Economics

By Abigail Hall Blanco
Independent Institute
May 12, 2016

Abigail Blanco, assistant professor of economics at UT, writes about her reasoning for analyzing minimum wage policies with her students when they discuss price controls. "After learning the important role prices play in the economy, we learn about the unintended consequences that result from interfering with market prices. If the government sets the price of labor above what the market will bear, the promise of higher wages will induce more people to seek minimum wage jobs. Second, seeing the increase in the price of labor, employers will be less willing to hire low-skill workers. They will demand less labor. This results in a surplus of labor—otherwise known as unemployment." Full story  

Biden Rebukes Trump's Foreign Policy as Dangerous

By Nick Gass
May 11, 2016

Laying out his vision for the role of the United States and its partners in the Western Hemisphere, Vice President Joe Biden delivered a sweeping address in which he trumpeted that the prevailing mood in the region is changing for the better. "And so I’m proud to say that today—I think I can say without fear of contradiction—our relationships in the neighborhood are as good as they’ve ever been in American history," Biden told an audience at the University of Tampa at an event hosted by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. He also added that "by insulting our partners throughout the hemisphere, by tarring all immigrants with a xenophobic brush, some leaders are actively undermining our security and prosperity." Full story

Similar stories appeared in the Tampa Bay Times, Bay News 9, WTSP, Creative Loafing, WTVT and WUSF.

College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk and Moving Expands into Lakeland

May 10, 2016

University of Tampa graduate applies lessons in entrepreneurship by becoming business owner at ripe age of 22. College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk and Moving – which has been featured on "Blue Collar Millionaire," "Shark Tank" and other primetime shows – has expanded into Lakeland thanks to entrepreneurial University of Tampa graduate, Trent Lott. Lott says he learned about College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk and Moving after founder Nick Friedman came to the University of Tampa to give a presentation at the Entrepreneur Center. Full story

A similar story appeared in Investor Point.

University of Tampa Demolishing Dorm

By Deiah Riley
May 9, 2016

The University of Tampa will start tearing down the rest of ResCom residence hall. The University demolished the southern wing in 2014 and built the first stage of the Palm Apartments in its footprint. Once the debris has been cleared from the ResCom site, the second phase of the Palm Apartments will begin construction.

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce to Host Vice President Joe Biden

Houston Chronicle
May 7, 2016

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Vice President Joe Biden will join local business leaders to deliver remarks on his vision for U.S. policy in the Western Hemisphere. Biden will address the chamber on Wednesday at The University of Tampa’s Fletcher Lounge. Full story

Similar stories appeared in Seattle PI, WFTS, Albany Times Union, Bay News 9, Palm Beach Post, Sun Sentinel and KSL-TV (Salt Lake City).

Hometown Hillsborough: UT Professor Wins National Prize for Best Book of Verse

By Chelsea Tatham
Tampa Bay Times
May 6, 2016

Erica Dawson, University of Tampa assistant professor of English, recently won the 2016 Poets' Prize from the West Chester University Poetry Center. The Center awards the prize annually for the best book of verse published by a living American poet two years prior to the award year. Dawson will read from her work at the May 19 awards ceremony hosted by the Nicholas Roerich Museum in New York City. Full story

Science Behind “Creepiness”

Good Day Tampa Bay
May 4, 2016

Many people are creeped out by clowns, funeral directors and taxidermists. These professions and hobbies are not creepy, but researchers found they rank high on a list of what gives some people creepy vibes. Scott Husband, associate professor of psychology at The University of Tampa, indicated that most of the things on this list are considered creepy because they are unpredictable or unusual. Their ambiguity triggers an innate alert system. Part of the brain wants to figure that ambiguity out so we can either pay closer attention and learn more about the person or avoid them in the future.

The Science of Growth: Venture Capitalist Writes New Book on Why Some Startups Change the World

By Steven Thomas Kent
83 Degrees
May 3, 2016

Sean Ammirati, author of the forthcoming book The Science of Growth: How Facebook Beat Friendster - and How Nine Other Startups Left the Rest in the Dust, says he hopes the book will provide a blueprint that communities can use to support companies beyond the startup stage. He says that while many urban centers now have a host of accelerators to fuel startup creation, it’s less common to see them provide tools that companies can use to continue scaling up and begin to make a real impact in the local community and beyond. He points to the Entrepreneurship Center at the University of Tampa – a program that he calls “absolutely a rising star” in terms of entrepreneurial education -- as an example of a university working to foster the next generation of startups and help create the long-term “anchor companies” that he says communities need to thrive. “I think those are the things that really shape a region,” Ammirati says. Full story

What Are US University 'Honour Codes'?

By Jasmine Taylor-Coleman
May 1, 2016

When a young woman told police she had been raped, her university started to investigate whether she had violated its "honour code" before the attack took place. At some US colleges even having a man in your room or drinking alcohol is an offence. Most outsiders see disciplining a student who has already suffered sexual assault as unnecessary punishment of the victim, says Ryan Cragun, a sociologist who specializes in Mormonism at The University of Tampa. However the university's Mormon administration separates the events - the student is not considered at fault for rape, but she is at fault for being intimate with a man, he says. Full story

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Learning Gate BioBlitz Brings Students Together with Scientists

By Helena Rodriguez and Anna Slean
Bay Soundings
April 2016

Taegan McMahon, assistant professor of biology at UT, and several UT biology students joined dozens of students and parents for the first-ever Learning Gate BioBlitz at Learning Gate Community School in Lutz. BioBlitzes were started by scientists to gather a rapid inventory and document as many plants and animals on a given property. Organizers of this event wanted to create an environment where parents and students could interact with environmental scientists and experts. Full story  

Tampa’s New Pot Law Has Schools Revisiting Rules for Staff, Students

By Anastasia Dawson
Tampa Tribute
April 30, 2016

In the city of Tampa, possession of small amounts of marijuana is no more serious than a traffic ticket. At least in the eyes of the law. However, The University of Tampa does not plan to make any policy changes because of this new law. “Illegal drugs aren’t permitted,” said Stephanie Russell Krebs, UT dean of students. Students can be suspended or expelled depending on the amount of illegal drugs in their possession. Full story 

Love Your Melon - The University of Tampa

By Walter Allen
April 28, 2016

University of Tampa students, Ellen Lundgren and Kurt Hellthaler, from the UT Love Your Mellon crew, appeared on Good Day Tampa Bay to discuss how they are helping out children battling cancer. Love Your Mellon is an apparel brand that donates hats to kids all over the country battling cancer and also provides them with therapeutic experiences. Full story

British Students Compete for $1million Dollar Clinton Prize to Help Slums in India

Yahoo Finance
April 27, 2016

Two entrepreneurial British Students are in the running to win $1 million in seed capital to get their startup off the ground and impact the lives of people living in some of India's poorest slums. Monty Berrow and Bay Downing, who are currently studying at The University of Tampa in Florida, have teamed up with four fellow students to launch OptiMrkt. The business will use mobile phones to give entrepreneurs in India the chance to showcase their goods to a wider audience and receive micro loans from global investors. Full story

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University of Tampa Student Creates Storedby.Com, Cheaper Way to Store Your Stuff

By Laura Harris
April 25, 2016

John Publicover from The University of Tampa is the inventor of, an online way to store your stuff utilizing the extra space other people in your area have. This idea came about because he wanted a cheaper way to store his college stuff for the summer. "Once a renter drops off their belongings to an individual at that moment in time, they can check in their belongings to make sure that the storage or the space being rented actually matches the space they saw online," said Publicover. Full story 

Tampa Bay Area Community Remembers Former Resident, Wrestling Legend Chyna

By Candace McCowan
April 21, 2016

Friends of wrestler Chyna, whose real name was Joan Marie Laurer, are remembering the larger-than-life personality Thursday. “I’m curious about what had evolved but kind of sad that it had to end this way so early and abruptly,” said Linda Devine, vice president of operations and planning at the University of Tampa, who selected Laurer to be a resident assistant. “I think it was kind of shocking in some ways to juxtapose the Joanie I knew with the Chyna the world knows. So it was a little strange to me to watch that evolution. I hope she was happy in what she did,” Devine said. Full story

Positively Tampa Bay: Relay for Life

ABC Action News
By Lissette Campos
April 20, 2016

The University of Tampa has more than 50 teams participating in their annual Relay for Life event. Theta Chi, a top fundraiser this year, has made it personal.
“This year the meaning for Relay for Life has changed because of my roommate, Max,” said Clayton Clemens, team captain for Theta Chi. This year they are honoring Max Schwartz’s father who recently lost his battle with cancer. Full story

Growing Up in Neverland: A Look at Cuban Art and Society

By Janet Batet
Cuban Art News
April 19, 2016

Under the suggestive title Growing Up In Neverland, the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery of the University of Tampa recently presented a group show of eight Cuban artists. The works in the show, made in the last 10 years, address life in Cuba: daily routines, the Cuban identity conflict, the function of art, political contingencies and migration. The exhibition’s title—itself borrowed—emphasizes the intertextual character of many of those pieces, as well as the sui generis status of an island both near and at the same time arcane, given the very particular conditions of the Cuban reality. Full story  

#NABJNAHJ16 Announces Participants for the 2016 Student Multimedia Project

By April Turner
National Association of Black Journalists
April 18, 2016

University of Tampa junior Chris Grisby will join the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) in their Student Multimedia Project in Washington, D.C. Aug. 1-6. The Student Multimedia Project offers student members the opportunity to receive on-the-job training from dedicated professional journalists. During this convention, the students will produce both breaking news and long-form multimedia stories as well as promote special events, programming and sponsor-related information on the organization's social media platforms. Full story

Two Tampa Swimmers Get Ready for Olympic Trial

By Adrienne Pedersen
April 17, 2016

Jeremy Parker, a senior at The University of Tampa, talks about swimming like it’s no big deal. He didn’t even start until his sophomore year in high school. “I had no experience at all when I started,” Parker said. “Then I decided to swim for college at the University of Tampa and then I qualified for the Olympic trials.”
Parker now practices about 20 hours a week in preparation for the trials that will be held in Omaha, NE, from June 26–July 3, 2016. Full story

Poetry Month to be Celebrated

Daily Courier Observer
April 15, 2016

SUNY Canton will celebrate the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month in April by hosting a rising poetry star as part of the Living Writers Series, Erica Dawson, assistant professor of English at The University of Tampa. “With a sharp wit and flashes of humor, Erica Dawson explores the complexities of contemporary American life,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English and Living Writers Series creator Phil K. LaMarche. Full story

Local Film on Bullying Goes National

WFLA – Daytime
April 15, 2016

Bianca Lopez and Anthony Nicolo, two students from The University of Tampa, were interviewed by Daytime about their film on bullying. This movie was a winner of the Campus MovieFest and will presented in Atlanta this summer for the national contest. Full story

Tampa Showcases Role in Martí History with Trail in Ybor, UT Center

By Paul Guzzo
Tampa Tribune
April 14, 2016

The University of Tampa has been designated as a branch of the Center for José Martí Studies, a research institution under the Cuban government’s Ministry of Culture. The UT branch of the center will book lectures, art exhibits and other cultural events related to Cuba and Martí – an internationally renowned poet and journalist before he became a revolutionary leader. “Given the importance of Tampa in the history of José Martí and the Cuban War of Independence, it is logical we would create the first affiliate in the United States with the Center for José Martí Studies,” said James Lopez, a UT professor who was instrumental in establishing the local branch. “Tampa had such an important role in the story of Martí, and Martí is important to the history of Tampa,” Lopez said. Full story 

Experts: Teachers Need to Feel Empowered to be Effective

By Melissa Eichman
Bay News 9
April 14, 2016

The Pinellas County School District is trying to turn around five failing elementary schools. What kind of teacher does it take to succeed in an under-performing classroom? Tony Erben, department of education chair at The University of Tampa, says it takes a highly rated veteran teacher. "Those teachers have been rated in a whole range of different performance areas," said Erben. "Everywhere from how they manage class to how they plan for instruction to how they even engage with the wider profession and with parents to make that child successful in the classroom.” Full story

Safeguarding Squatters Harms Homeowners and Neighborhoods

By Cole Kasten, UT freshman, and Abigail Hall-Blanco, UT assistant professor of economics
Las Vegas Sun
April 14, 2016

Nearly every state has an “adverse possession” law, which allows people who illegally occupy a property to gain legal rights to it by maintaining residency for a certain period. Through this policy the government is essentially encouraging squatting. Knowing they have months before a court order would force them to leave, squatters have taken to extortion. In this black-market process called “Cash for Keys,” property owners agree to pay squatters to avoid the long legal delay. Full story

The Holy Bible is Now One of the Most Challenged Books in America

By Carol Kuruvilla
Huffington Post
April 13, 2016

According to the American Library Association’s latest “State of America’s Libraries” report, The Holy Bible was ranked as the sixth most challenged book in America because of its “religious viewpoint.” Ryan Cragun, associate professor of sociology at The University of Tampa, suggested this is likely the result of secular activists retaliating against “privileging of religion in American society.” “In other words, secular activists likely don’t really want the Bible banned,” Cragun said. “What they want is to point out there is a double standard that allows the Bible in but not other books, even though the Bible is a book filled with morally questionable actions.” Full story

The Ins and Outs of Hiring Interns

By Suzanne Driscoll
Bed Times Magazine
April 8, 2016

The news has been full of stories lately about lawsuits filed by unpaid interns whose main jobs were to get coffee and be messengers for those on a movie set. But it is possible for companies to design an internship program that will comply with current laws and benefit both the company and the intern? Christopher Bareham, a student at The University of Tampa, has held several unpaid internships and reports he learned a lot from each one. “The people were great, and it really helped me define what career I want to pursue in the future,” Bareham says. “Sometimes an internship helps you figure out the type of work you don’t want to do before you go ahead and take a lot of courses in that subject area.” Full story  

Femme Visuale: Ina Kaur

By Caitlin Albritton
Creative Loafing
April 7, 2016

Ina Kaur, associate professor of art at The University of Tampa, is a printmaker gone wild as a ceramicist, glassblower, installation artist and anything else she can get her hands on. Kaur’s not committed to one specific process, but she doesn’t consider her work multi-media, or even mixed media. It’s intermedia. With intermedia, there is a conceptual fusion that binds the mediums from the beginning; the elements can’t be separated. “The end goal is not to necessarily have multi-media to define the work, or to necessarily have the different mediums merge seamlessly so that they can’t be separated from the other," she says. "What I am interested in is to use different mediums to communicate the necessary idea.” Full story

The University of Tampa and Evolution Labs Launch Immersive Digital Pre-Orientation Program for Admitted Students and Parents

April 6, 2016

The University of Tampa has launched UTampa360. The program is designed to immerse UT’s prospective, admitted and current students in an interactive, extremely personalized experience on the Web and on their mobile devices. It provides individualized content tailored to the criteria and interests the student finds most relevant to their own college path. Full story

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Future Apartment Complex Will Shelter the Homeless

By Keith Morelli
Tampa Tribune
April 1, 2016

A few years ago, Gracepoint opened Cypress Landing, a run-down apartment building that was renovated to provide housing for 17 chronically homeless people. That facility has saved the public $400,000 a year in hospital, jail, court costs and other services typically picked up by taxpayers, according to a University of Tampa study released last year. Gracepoint is now spearheading a project that will transform the Edmund Gaines Graham Home into a 90-unit apartment complex that will continue the tradition of housing the poor and disadvantaged, and now, the homeless. Once completed, half of the permanent housing units will be offered to the homeless. Full story

42 Teams and Over $1 Million at Stake: It's Rice's Super Bowl of Business Plan Competitions

By Hank Gilman
April 1, 2016

The Rice Business Plan Competition recently announced the 42 teams – whittled down from about 400 – that will compete for more than $1 million in prize money starting April 14 at the university’s Jones Graduate School of Business. One of the teams competing in this competition is The University of Tampa student and alumni group that make up Tembo Education. Tembo Education is focused on improving home education for developing nations. Full story

Entrepreneur U

By Jean Gruss
Business Observer
April 1, 2016

Entrepreneurship is so cool that colleges can barely keep up with the demand. There are many reasons for the high demand, but chief among them is that the millennial generation saw their parents laid off by corporations during the recession. Combine that with advances in technology and the generation’s desire for meaningful work and it’s no surprise many want to be entrepreneurs. “These kids have grown up during a time when corporations have stopped being a pathway to retirement and a wonderful life,” says Rebecca White, director of the John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center at The University of Tampa. But for many millennials, entrepreneurship promises a more secure future. White says students tell her: “I watched my parents dedicate their life to a corporate environment and get downsized. I decided I didn’t want to put my life in the hands of anyone else and control my life and career.” Full story

Intermittent Fasting: The Latest Diet Craze

By Jenny Dean
March 31, 2016

It's the latest diet craze – intermittent fasting. You eat normally five days a week, then mostly fast the other two days. Some celebrities swear by it, and there are even a few studies backing up the benefits. Bill Dunlap is a world-class rower and the head coach of the rowing team at The University of Tampa. He also follows a diet of intermittent fasting. "Once a week for like thirty years ... then in the last seven years I raised the bar a bit and it's every day since then." That means he now eats only once a day, usually at night. For him, the diet works. "It just makes me feel good and I don't even think about it. I never had a serious weight problem, but I maintain effortlessly 20 pounds lighter than I was before." Full story

Whitby Native J.D. Osborne Breaks Hand, Continues to Play Game for University of Tampa

By Lauren Cascagnette
March 25, 2016

University of Tampa Spartans’ catcher J.D. Osborne showed his Canadian toughness after he broke his hand, but finished the game. Osborne attempted to run from first base to third, and broke his hand when he slid into the third baseman’s leg during a game in West Florida on Feb. 12. The injury did not stop the Canadian from catching the remainder of the game and being the designated hitter for the rest of the weekend. Tampa coach Joe Urso admires his toughness: “The hockey player came out in him that day.” Full story

It’s Complicated: The Love Lives of LGBT Students at Christian Colleges

WBEZ 91.5 Chicago
March 25, 2016

In the past, many Christian colleges denounced LGBT relationships and went so far as to enact school policies forbidding displays of affection between students of the same sex. But since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage, they have been forced to grapple with how to address their non-heterosexual students, often crafting policies that those students find even more confusing or restrictive. David Wheeler, assistant professor of journalism at The University of Tampa, joined WBEZ to discuss LGBT politics on Christian college campuses and what will come next. Full story

UT Names Building for Former Trustee Maureen Daly

By Frances McMorris
Tampa Bay Business Journal
March 24, 2016

The University of Tampa’s newest building is being renamed the Maureen A. Daly Innovation and Collaboration Building in recognition of her roles as a donor and as the first and only woman to chair the institution’s board of trustees. “My heart is really with this university and has been for a really long time,” Daly said. Daly’s ties to the University go back to 1987, when she and members of UT’s board began a scholarship fund for accounting students. Full story

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A Congolese Warlord Was Just Convicted. So Why Isn’t Everyone Thrilled About It?

By Michael Broache, UT assistant professor of government and world affairs and Laura Seay
The Washington Post
March 24, 2016

The International Criminal Court convicted former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Central African Republic (CAR) in 2002 and 2003. Bemba’s ICC conviction is for crimes that didn’t happen in the Congo. The crimes committed in Congo were every bit as heinous and worthy of prosecution as those committed in CAR, but the ICC prosecutor ultimately decided not to charge Bemba over his alleged crimes in Congo. Some Congolese may perceive the court’s selectivity in choosing which crimes to prosecute as undermining its authority or effectiveness in prosecuting international criminal cases. Perceptions that the court is selective, politicized and biased is a matter of concern for advocates of international justice, even as they rightly laud the Bemba verdict. Full story

University of Tampa Student, Belgium Native 'Shocked, Mad, Sad'

By Dalia Dangerfield
Bay News 9
March 22, 2016

University of Tampa student Helen Helvoet was glued to her cell phone all day Tuesday as she watched the horror unfold in her native Belgium. "I was just shocked and sad and mad at the same time," Helvoet said. At least 30 people were killed and more than 200 others were injured after terrorists attacked the metro and international airport in Brussels. Fortunately, Helvoet said her family and friends were nowhere near the attacks. Helvoet said she wishes she were back home in Belgium to hug her parents and be there for her country when they need it most. Full story

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Mandating Bigger Airliner Seats Would Raise the Cost of Flying

By Abigail Hall Blanco, UT assistant professor of economics
The Hill
March 21, 2016

The width of seats in most airplanes has gone from about 18 inches in the 1970s to 16.5 inches today. In the meantime, travelers have gotten larger. In February Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) introduced the Seat Egress in Air Travel Act, which would require the secretary of transportation to regulate airplane seat size. Mandating larger seats in airplanes would mean fewer seats per flight, and basic economics teaches us that as supply falls, prices rise. Full story

Urbana Native Helped Turn Passion for Lacrosse into Business Start-Up

By Paige Jones
The Frederick News-Post
March 21, 2016

Peter Schofield, a University of Tampa senior, helped to found the company Blue Balls Lacrosse, which sells regular and custom lacrosse balls, with two of his University of Tampa classmates. “It started off as a joke,” Schofield said with a laugh. They plan to rename the company Signature Lacrosse in May. Blue Balls Lacrosse launched in August 2015 and sold out a month after receiving their first order of supplies. Today, the Florida-based business has sold over 200,000 lacrosse balls, including to more than 30 NCAA teams across the nation and two professional men’s field lacrosse teams. Full story

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Smartphone Apps Record You Saying Yes — or No — to Having Sex

By Anastasia Dawson
Tampa Tribune
March 21, 2016

Worried about whether you really have consent from a potential sexual partner — or whether a potential partner cares that you gave it or not? Now there’s an app for that. The We-Consent smartphone application suite, launched for free last week in Apple’s App Store, contains four apps that record messages of consent — or nonconsent — in an encrypted file saved offline that can only be accessed by law enforcement, university officials or with a subpoena, according to the apps’ developers. “Consent is so key to the issue of sexual assault on college campuses,” said Monnie Wertz, The University of Tampa’s victim’s advocate and assistant to the vice president of operations and planning, “and the more conversations happen across college campuses about what consent looks like and what permission means, the more it will lead to healthy protections of college students and create a safe campus community.” Full story  

University of Tampa Baseball Team Recalls Cuba Trip

By Ian Reitz
March 17, 2016

As the Tampa Bay Rays gear up for their trip to Cuba, there's another Tampa team that knows what it's like to play in Havana. What struck the team was the unique game-day atmosphere. The stadiums were built to seat 5,000 people but many more packed the area to catch a glimpse. "We met fans in the street and they said we're rooting against you. But they said if you start to show us that you are worthy we'll root for you. Really unique to see that as the game turned how they're root for us. It was a lot of fun,” said Joe Urso, UT baseball coach. "I think it will be great for the Rays to go in and see what baseball is like in Cuba," said Urso. Full story

The University of Tampa Hockey Team

March 16, 2016

College hockey is hot in Tampa Bay. University of Tampa’s ice hockey team stopped by the Daytime studio to talk about their successful season, their journey to nationals in Michigan and what lies ahead. Full story

The LGBT Politics of Christian Colleges

By David Wheeler, UT assistant professor of journalism
The Atlantic
March 14, 2016

In the past, many conservative Christian colleges condemned both same-sex attraction and same-sex intimacy. But now that gay marriage is legalized, and as the country undergoes broad cultural shifts, that’s changing. In an attempt to welcome gay students while preserving rules against same-sex behavior, some of these schools are now attempting to separate sexual identity from sexual behavior in their policies and campus customs. You can be gay—as long as you don’t “act” it. Full story

Florida Matters: Florida Presidential Primary

By Carson Cooper
WUSF Radio
March 8, 2016

Florida and Ohio head to the polls on March 15. If Marco Rubio can win Florida and John Kasich can win Ohio, that’s delegate votes that Donald Trump doesn’t get. “The establishment is scrambling. There’s no doubt they are very concerned with someone like Trump being the face of their party,” said Mary Anderson, UT chair and associate professor of government and world affairs. Regardless of Trump’s bombastic remarks, the future of the GOP is looking brighter. “I do think this Donald Trump phenomenon may be able to give the Republican Party a way to reinvent itself and try and open things up a little bit more and be more inclusive,” said Anderson. Full story  

Florida Universities Report Few On-Campus Rapes, Drawing Skepticism

By Jessica Bakeman and Brendan Cheney
Capital New York
March 4, 2016

Florida’s colleges and universities report among the lowest rates of on-campus rape in the nation according to a POLITICO Florida analysis. But national victims advocates and legal experts say the lack of reported rapes to the U.S. Department of Education, and the relative rarity of complaints under Title IX law, do not necessarily mean sexual assault is less common in Florida’s campus communities. “While Clery is very well intended … the problem is that you’re only reporting data for what actually happens on campus. And, as you know, college life doesn’t just happen on campus proper,” said Monnie Wertz, assistant to the vice president of operations and planning at The University of Tampa. Full story  

UT Exhibit Features Contemporary Cuban Art

Tampa Tribune
March 3, 2016

Tampa Preparatory School students got a lesson Thursday in contemporary art as it was being created right in front of them. Lázaro Saavedra, one of Cuba’s most respected living artists, is creating a 36-by-11-foot mural on a wall of the University of Tampa’s Scarfone/Hartley Gallery. The piece will be part of a contemporary Cuban art exhibit called “Growing Up in Neverland.” The students got a sneak preview. The exhibit features seven of the most renowned and provocative contemporary Cuban artists. Full story

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Police, Fire Rescue Agencies' Policies on Accepting Freebies Vary Widely

By Tracey McManus
Tampa Bay Times
March 1, 2016

A free soda at the gas station, a meal paid for by the car ahead in the drive through, a tab taken care of by the waiter. It's not uncommon for the public to show gratitude to first responders. But at what point does accepting innocent freebies cross the line to corruption — or the perception of corruption? Sorle S. Diih, an assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at The University of Tampa, said there is a consensus that accepting even the smallest acts of kindness can be an ethical slippery slope for law enforcement and first responders. "There are a number of officers that accept gratuities and don't necessarily become corrupt, but one of the basic things gratuity does is they appear to reveal an officer's willingness to be corrupted," Diih said. Full story

Apple Motion Seeks to Block Feds From Acquiring 'Dangerous Power'

By Natalie Campisi
Tech News World
Feb. 29, 2016

Apple last week filed a motion to vacate a federal order requiring the company to create a tool or code to unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino, CA, shooters. The order would set a dangerous precedent and release a powerful means to breach security on potentially millions of phones around the world, Apple argued. Creating the code the government is asking for would open a Pandora's box of unforeseen consequences, according to Christopher Maurer, assistant professor of information technology and management at the University of Tampa. "We see time and time again that there are really good intentions. There might be a real problem and government is not addressing the underlying issue and instead is creating other issues in the form of loopholes or unintended side effects," said Maurer. Full story

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Leap Day: Why We Need It Every Four Years

By Leigh Spann
WFLA (News Channel 8)
Feb. 29, 2016

It’s Leap Day. It’s the extra 24 hours we get every four years on February 29. The idea of adding an additional day to the calendar every four years started with Julius Caesar, and its main purpose is to keep the spring equinox at the same time each year. “We have leap year because our calendar does not match exactly with Earth’s orbital period of the earth around the sun,” said Simon Schuler, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at The University of Tampa. Without Leap Day, the calendar would be off by 24 days each 100 years. Full story

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How Tampa Bay Companies Are Spending $900+ Million

By Margie Manning
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Feb. 26, 2016

Ten of Tampa Bay’s largest public companies have spent or plan to spend almost a billion dollars buying back their own stock from investors. The large repurchase amounts “are an indicator that corporate decision-makers aren’t eager to invest in capital projects,” said Marcus Ingram, associate professor of finance at The University of Tampa. Ingram expects this trend to continue until there are better growth opportunities. Full story

Nonverbal Behavior May Overshadow Substance in Presidential Debates

Science Daily
Feb. 19, 2016

How, exactly, do viewers react when they see inappropriate behaviors in televised presidential debates? Z. Harrison Gong, assistant professor of communication at The University of Tampa, and Erik P. Bucy, of Texas Tech University, analyzed reactions using measures of visual attention (an eye-tracking test) as well as focus groups. They found that people tend to fixate on inappropriate nonverbal behavior more often and for longer periods of time than they spend focusing on appropriate behavior. People also remember the substance of candidate statements better when they perceive candidates as behaving appropriately. According to the researchers, understanding the influence of nonverbal communication on how citizens perceive candidates is important because voters rely heavily on television as a primary source of political information. Full story

Cuban Contemporary Art Exhibition

Feb. 18, 2016

"Growing Up in Neverland" incorporates the work of post-Revolutionary Cuban artists and is designed to reflect the everyday concerns that weigh upon the Cuban community, especially focusing on the problems Cuban society faces as it moves toward the future. The eight artists in the exhibition are Ernesto Leal, Pedro Pablo Oliva, Sandra Ramos, Lázaro Saavedra, Esterio Segura, José Vincench, Javier Castro and the collective known as The Merger. Artist Jack King, co-curator of the exhibition and professor of art at The University of Tampa, said this exhibition "features some of Cuba's most noted and respected artists, and captures the diversity and complexity of contemporary Cuban art." Full story

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Walmart Stores to Close--Blame the Minimum Wage

By Abigail Hall, UT assistant professor of economics
Inside Bay Area
Feb. 13, 2016

At the end of 2015, Walmart announced it would close 269 stores across the globe, some 115 in the United States. Among the stores closed were those in Oakland and Chinatown in Los Angeles. These two locations have something important in common: both recently raised their minimum wage to $15 per hour. While a jump from $13.38 to $15 may seem trivial, for a company that employs 1.4 million domestic employees, it is positively massive. While proponents of the minimum wage intend for the burden to fall on "greedy" companies like Walmart, employees and consumers will feel the pain. Instead of offering more people higher paying jobs, companies like Walmart will lay off hundreds who rely on the company for work. Full story

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Has the Gender Pay Gap Decreased – Or is That Just What We'd Like to Think?

By Bamzi Banchiri
The Christian Science Monitor
Feb. 11, 2016

Nearly three-quarters of employed adults (74 percent) in seven key countries believe men and women are being paid equally for equal work, according to a study by employment service Glassdoor. In the US, 70 percent of people surveyed said they believe men and women are already being paid equally by their employer, despite government reports indicating women on average are paid 23 cents less than men. "The first problem with the gender wage gap idea is how it’s measured," writes Abigail Hall, an assistant professor of economics at The University of Tampa. “But this is not a fair comparison and the statistic is grossly misleading," she adds. "The 77 cents per dollar metric is a comparison of gross income. That is, it compares the income of all men to the income of all women, without regard for other factors.” Full story

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Hannah's Shoebox Finds Fit at University of Tampa

By Arielle Waldman
Tampa Bay Times
Feb. 11, 2016

When Colette Glover-Hannah was not able to find age-appropriate shoes for her tween daughter, she solved the problem by founding an online shopping startup, Hannah’s Shoebox. Not quite three years in, Hannah's Shoebox already has moved from Hannah's home-based office and into the new John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center at The University of Tampa. She now occupies a desk in the incubator, surrounded by fellow entrepreneurs. “The goal of the incubator is to move companies forward," said Kevin Moore, director of operations at the Lowth Entrepreneurship Center. "Colette is expanding in the areas where we have expertise: international business, building a brand, marketing and distribution," Moore said. "We believe Colette represents Hannah's Shoebox well and will add a lot to the other incubator companies through her expertise and interactions." Full story

Super Bowl 50 by the Numbers

By John Kiernan
February 2016

Brandon Brown, assistant professor of sport management at The University of Tampa, took part in a Q-and-A by WalletHub as part of their lead up to Super Bowl 50. When asked about effectiveness of ad time, Brown said, “I think as social media grows, companies will realize that the ROI from Super Bowl social media campaigns will vastly outweigh the ROI from Super Bowl television commercials.” He predicts this will eventually influence the demand for such commercials and the price will go down. Full story

20 Top Colleges with Safe Spaces Announced

KOLD-TV (Tucson, AZ)
Feb. 10, 2016

Great Value Colleges has identified The University of Tampa as one of the top colleges that offer safe spaces that are inclusive areas on campus where students of any race, gender, sexuality, class and ability can go to find compassion and empathy, free of the pressures of prejudice. The concept of “safe spaces” began in the 1960s with the women’s rights movement, creating places where women could speak and act freely. The concept has evolved to include minority groups of all types. Full story

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University of Tampa Professor Explains the Science in Love

By Adrienne Pedersen
Feb. 10, 2016

We all like to think our relationships are unique; our bonds might have a lot more in common than we realize. According to Scott Husband, assistant professor of psychology at The University of Tampa, there’s a lot of science behind love — or at least attraction. When we first start falling for someone it triggers Dopamine, which is associated with addiction. As time goes on, the oxytocin takes over. Oxytocin represents a deeper bond. “A lot of people make the mistake that when the initial intense feeling is over is that maybe I’m with the wrong person,” Husband said. “It’s really just a different phase.” Full story 

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Tampa Bay Area Colleges Add Buildings Designed for the Future

By Kimberly Patterson
83 Degrees
Feb. 9, 2016

As college students settle in for the spring semester at campuses around the Tampa Bay area, many of the college grounds in the region are under construction to make way for the future. The University of Tampa is building a new fitness center that is scheduled to open Spring 2016. The 40,000-square-feet, two-story building will have exercise programs, personal training and evaluation, intra-murals, club sports and a room dedicated for spinning classes. In addition to the expenditure of the building, the University is purchasing a large number of treadmills, stationary bikes, elliptical trainers and free weights for the fitness center. Full story

#Tampa2Flint Prepares to Deliver Tons of Water to Mich.

By Mary McGuire
Feb. 7, 2016

#Tampa2Flint held a water drive on The University of Tampa’s campus, collecting hundreds of water bottles. So far they have collected approximately seven tons of water. “Someone needed to step up, and if our actions help someone else or inspire someone else to actually take the same initiative and move forward, then I feel like our job is complete,” said Samuel Blair, #Tampa2Flint’s founder. Along with three other men, Blair will hand-deliver the water to Michigan next week. They hope to have 12 tons by the time they leave. #Tampa2Flint has raised just more than $3,100 on a “Go Fund Me” page to cover the cost of delivering all of those donations. Full story

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Coaching in UT Volleyball Assistant's Blood

By Merissa Lynn
Feb. 5, 2016

Kids don't always follow in their parents' footsteps. That's not the story for the Koetter family. Kaylee Koetter, daughter of recently named Buccaneers Head Coach, Dirk Koetter, is following in her father's footsteps. Kaylee never had to think about it, because it's always been who she is. As a player for The University of Tampa from 2010 to 2014, her teammates looked to her for guidance. Now serving as UT’s assistant volleyball coach, Koetter continues to guide her fellow Spartans. "I think it's natural for her," said UT Head Volleyball Coach Chris Catanach. "You say it's in her bloodlines, but I think growing up with her dad, she thinks that way." Full story

African Union Summit 2016: In Burundi, A Loss of Faith in Peace

By Morgan Winsor
International Business Times
Feb. 2, 2016

The African Union had said it would send a 5,000-strong peacekeeping force to quell the violence in war-torn Burundi, with or without the government’s consent. It backpedaled on that plan, instead announcing a deployment of high-level delegates to Bujumbura to negotiate a solution acceptable to President Pierre Nkurunziza. But dialogue has not yielded the desired results and Nkurunziza’s defiant stance suggests the violence will not end voluntarily. “This is a real risk now, especially insofar as any escalation by the opposition is likely to provoke further violence by the government,” said Michael Broache, assistant professor of government and world affairs at The University of Tampa in Florida. Full story

Improving Girls’ Confidence

By Jennifer Epstein
Jan. 29, 2016

A recent study shows that when girls are surrounded by powerful women, they become more confident. “I think young women are indeed influenced or empowered by seeing images of powerful women, but I also, in conversations with my women’s studies class at The University of Tampa, have discovered that a lot of these young women are more influenced, if you will, and more empowered by women who are successful in their fields,” said Judy Hayden, professor of English and writing and director of the women’s studies program at The University of Tampa. Not just any powerful women, they want to see someone who they can relate to and shares their interests and passion. Full story  

Future Founders Names 18 Entrepreneurs to National Fellowship Cohort

Jan. 27, 2016

Future Founders, a nonprofit organization that believes every youth can become an entrepreneur, announced the 18 entrepreneurs who were selected to participate in the 2016 fellowship. Matthew Sarli, Spartan Grip, from The University of Tampa, is a member of the 2016 fellowship cohort. The fellowship is a selective year-long program that accelerates the success of the nation's top young entrepreneurs. Fellows have priority access to all Future Founders Startup services plus benefit from mentoring, entrepreneurial experiences, a peer community and volunteer opportunities through other Future Founders programs. Full story

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Americans May be Getting Less Religious, but They're Feeling More Wonder

By Carol Kuruvilla
Huffington Post
Jan. 26, 2016

A recent article by the Pew Research Center states that while Americans are getting less religious as a whole, feelings of awe are on the rise among both the religiously affiliated and unaffiliated. The most significant change comes from atheists. "It could be that those who are now admitting they are atheists ... are also more willing to admit that they do experience what many people consider 'spiritual' feelings," said Ryan Cragun, a sociologist at The University of Tampa. "Even though most of those who do experience these feelings would quickly indicate that they do not believe they have a supernatural component to them." The results of the Pew study seem to affirm that awe, and all the benefits that come from feeling awe, don't necessarily have to happen inside the confines of a religious denomination. The religiously unaffiliated are just as tuned in to the grandness of the world. Full story

Tampa Has the Lowest Cost of Living in Florida, Causing Positive Domino Effect

By Sarina Fazan
WFTS - ABC Action News
Jan. 26, 2016

The latest report from the Tampa-Hillsborough Economic Development Corp found Tampa had the lowest cost of living in the state. Tampa scored 91.6 on a cost of living index compared to a national average of 100. That means your dollar goes farther in essentials for your family like housing, grocery and health care. "This is actually very good news for Tampa," said Abigail Hall, assistant professor of economics at The University of Tampa. She also said the index has a positive impact on many fronts, including jobs. "The average millennial makes about $33,000 annually, and you need about $21,000 to buy a home. And as their careers peak, their earnings are likely to rise, which is very good news for the city and surrounding area," said Hall. Full story

UT Entrepreneurship Center Named a National Model Program for Entrepreneurship Education

Jan. 26, 2016

The Lowth Entrepreneurship Center in The University of Tampa was recently awarded the National Model Program Award for undergraduate entrepreneurship programs by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship at its annual conference in San Diego. The awards are given for exemplary programs that reflect innovation, quality, comprehensiveness, sustainability, transferability, depth of support and impact. “This award is arguably the most coveted award among entrepreneurship educators in the United States,” said Rebecca White, director of the Lowth Entrepreneurship Center and professor of entrepreneurship. Full story
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UT Will Ban Tobacco, Including Vaping, Starting Aug. 1

Tampa Tribune
Jan. 25, 2016

The University of Tampa will ban all smoking and tobacco use on its 105-acre downtown campus starting Aug. 1. The ban encompasses all forms of tobacco — including electronic cigarettes, chewing tobacco and hookahs — and extends to all athletic centers and fields, parking garages, offices and residential buildings. Senior University administrators formed the new policy with the student organization Breathe-Easy UT, which has worked for six years conducting surveys and focus groups with students, faculty and staff. The University will also offer cessation services to those hoping to quit. Full story
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Why We Shouldn't Outlaw ‘Unpaid’ Internships

By Jennifer Schneible, UT freshman and Abigail Hall, UT assistant professor of economics
Jan. 25, 2016

For a new college graduate, finding a job is stressful. In a job market dominated by resumes, connections and previous work experience, college students will often turn to internships, paid and unpaid, to gain a competitive edge. However, some critics want unpaid internships outlawed. Interns expect to benefit significantly from their experiences even if unpaid — or they wouldn’t take the positions. And if unpaid internships were eliminated, paid internships would be more difficult to find, would pay less than at present and would have worse working conditions. Full story 

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Why Running Doesn't (Always) Burn Fat

Adam Bornstein
Jan. 25, 2016

Running is a great form of exercise and one with a lot of value. The human body is an amazing machine. It's so incredible—and designed for efficiency—that if you do the same thing over and over again, the process becomes easier. Research conducted at the University of Tampa found that doing steady state cardio—such as running on the treadmill for 45 minutes at a consistent pace that's not near maximal effort (sprinting)—helps out with weight loss… but only initially. A little variety might not seem like a big change to your routine, but it will have a dramatic impact on transforming your body. Full story

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2016 Debuts With Better Startups, Smarter Mentoring, Rising Venture Capital Interest

By Robert Trigaux
Tampa Bay Times
Jan. 22, 2016

The Tampa Bay startup community's resolution for the new year must have been to kick into higher gear. The good news is the area startup scene is starting to get more notice from venture capital firms and from Silicon Valley. Even Forbes picked the co-founders of a Tampa startup, Tembo, for its Class of 2016 30-Under-30 list. It's hard to believe Phil Michaels, now 28, came up with the idea for the Tampa startup Tembo only 15 months ago. He says Tembo is busy raising $1 million to fund the team's moving back to Africa to fine-tune its educational programs and mobile delivery system before "scaling the business up." So far, Tembo is talking to various potential investors and has also entered several other startup competitions. Full story

'Royal Wedding' of Atheist Group, Richard Dawkins Foundation Launches Woman to Top Post

By Kimberly Winston
Religion News Service
Jan. 21, 2016

It’s like a royal wedding in the small world of atheist organizations: The Center for Inquiry and the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science are merging to form the largest reason-based organization in the U.S. The new organization will retain the Center for Inquiry name, while giving a seat on its board to Richard Dawkins, the British evolutionary biologist who is a superstar in the atheist community. Why did Dawkins take his celebrity and fortune to CFI instead of the American Humanist Association, American Atheists or the Freedom From Religion Foundation? “I think it is the science angle” at CFI, said Ryan Cragun, an associate professor of sociology at The University of Tampa. “Dawkins knows CFI is going to be around for a long time, they have resources in place to support his interest in science and reason. It makes sense to go with CFI.” Full story

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MLK Day Largely Unspoiled by Commercialism

By Evan Axelbank
Fox 13 News
Jan. 18, 2016

For 30 years, the country has celebrated Dr. King’s cause with a federal holiday on the third Monday of January. This year in Tampa, thousands attended events across the Bay area. But commercially, no one has cashed in, at least not in the way many do with ads for sales on Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas. University of Tampa marketing professor Erika Matulich says the holiday is hard for retailers to exploit, because there is still deep national shame about America's past racial injustices, as well as differing opinions about whether America offers a fair shake even today. "There is a whole different feeling about what that freedom means to people than perhaps what goes along with some of the other holidays that we do celebrate," she said. Full story

High School Juniors ‘Guinea Pigs’ for New SAT Test

By Anastasia Dawson
Tampa Tribune
Jan. 13, 2016

The new SAT is changing back to a 1,600 point scale from a 2,400 point scale. It is now designed to align with the Common Core Standards adopted by most states and places more emphasis on critical thinking. The test scores can be particularly useful in looking at home school students or students from schools that don’t offer advanced placement courses. Without a good GPA, though, a student’s application won’t even be considered, said Brent Benner, University of Tampa’s director of enrollment management. “At UT there’s been a big movement to take a holistic approach to admissions and really look at everything, because I don’t think anyone would argue that high school grades aren’t the best predictor of college performance,” Benner said. Full story

A Day in the Life of Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier

By Kevin O’Donnell
Fox 13
Jan. 12, 2016

Since winning a Gold Glove in October, it's been non-stop for Keirmaier. He took the month of December off, but is back to work with The University of Tampa Spartans for his winter workouts. This is the second winter Kiermaier is spending with the Spartans. It's easy to see why Kiermaier picked UT. After all, it's a seven-time College World Series champ. "Brandon Gomes use to come here and told me how great it was," said Kiermaier. “If I didn’t go to my junior college and I could go to another four-year, besides Purdue, I would love to come here, because Joe Urso runs this better than any college coach I’ve ever seen.” Full story  

Honors and Awards

Jan. 11, 2016

The Lowth Entrepreneurship Center at The University of Tampa has been awarded the Entrepreneurship Teaching and Pedagogical Innovation Award by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC). The GCEC awards are judged by peer entrepreneurship directors to recognize top performers in entrepreneurship education. Full story

Leading an Effective Briefing with Board Executives about Information Security

By Tammy Clark, UT Chief Information Security Officer, and Brian Basgen
Educause Review
Jan. 11, 2016

Institutional and board executives can play a significant role in providing the support necessary for successful information security programs. Outlining specific information security challenges with board executives offers an opportunity to build relationships with them and educate them on institutional risks. Receiving their input on key decisions will pave the way for a more effective response to security challenges. Executive leaders may be acutely aware of IT challenges, but they don't always get an equally focused perspective on information security concerns and, in particular, cyber risks, vulnerabilities and threats. Full story

Lectores: An Old Tradition With a New Twist at The University of Tampa

By Cathy Salustri
Creative Loafing
Jan. 7, 2016

Four years ago, The University of Tampa's Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing introduced Lectores, a weeklong series that was directly inspired by an age-old tradition of reading aloud. The series takes its name from the lectores, or readers, who were hired by cigar factories to read to the rollers as they worked. The spoken word was often the only way they “read” Victor Hugo, Karl Marx or the morning news. At this week’s biannual Lectores series, audiences may not all have read Karl Marx, but Tampa will once again celebrate the lector, the intellectual who brings magic to the spoken word. Full story 

30 Under 30 Meet the Social Entrepreneurs Changing the World in 2016

By Michela Tindera
Jan. 4, 2016

The 2016 class of 30 Under 30 has a median age of 26; twelve are 29 years old, and our youngest are both 20. One of those 20-year-olds, Ulixes Hawili, a University of Tampa student, is part of the team of cofounders of Tembo Education. Tembo Education brings early childhood learning into the homes of thousands of families in developing countries. Parents and caregivers receive text message instructions and quizzes about early childhood education, and they get a “home educator” – trained community members certified to visit the household and teach young children. Full story

2015 Doesn't Bring Tampa Bay Residents Much Change Financially

By Thad Moore
Tampa Bay Times
Jan. 1, 2016

Nearly two-thirds of Tampa Bay residents say their finances in 2015 looked about the way they did the year before, and nearly half expect the same a year from now. On the one hand, that's good news: After a prolonged and painful downturn, the local economy has stabilized. But then, such a so-so sentiment hardly inspires confidence. Because Tampa Bay and Florida have lots of service sector jobs, they tend to be tied to whatever is happening in the U.S. economy overall, said Frank Ghannadian, dean of the College of Business at The University of Tampa. "When you have a service economy, that's going to be a little bit laggy." Full story  

Dr. Jo’s Healthy for Life

WTVT (Fox)
Jan. 1, 2016

Jacob Wilson, assistant professor of health sciences and human performance, is studying how dialing up your workout’s intensity can dial back the time at the gym. With high intensity workouts you can get things done quicker. “Ten is the hardest experience you’ve ever had in exercise. If you actually went 10 out of 10, our labs found you can get it done in two minutes,” said Wilson. Full story