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For the next two weeks, University Beat is looking at some of the things the University of South Florida is doing to get its students ready for the challenging job market. This week, we take you to a College of Business competition where students try to impress a possible employer during a one-minute elevator ride.
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USF Senior Carmen Perez demonstrates her winning interview technique.

Carmen Perez and Junior Kristen Shalosky talk about the strategies they used during the Elevator Competition.

Senior Woodley Saint-Juste and Kristen Shalosky talk about how the Competition helps them prepare for future situations in their job searches.

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Clara Ann Yarian getting water
We play in it, clean with it, cook with it, admire it, and depend on it for survival. We're talking about water and the delicate relationship our state has with this natural resource. This week we examine the current water crisis. Joshua Stewart Visits the Tampa Bay Seawater Desalination Plant. Host Irene Maher interviews the author of "Mirage, Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S." We find out more about the upcoming Drought Summit in Tampa, and hear from area farmers about alternative ways to grow crops. Irene meets with a local gardening expert to learn tips for dealing with new water restrictions. Larry Elliston introduces us to a group of people who take water conservation to the next level.

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After three years of below-average rainfall, the rivers are low and the reservoir is empty. Water managers and local governments have imposed the tightest water-use restrictions ever. But out West, communities have been dealing with drought for decades. What can we learn from them? We'll talk about some of the best ways those areas are planning for - and withstanding - drought conditions.
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Irene Maher sits down with Robyn Felix, from the Southwest Water Management District, to talk about the upcoming Regional Water Shortage Management Workshop, also known as the "Drought Summit." The workshop is being held at the Tampa Convention Center on May 5.

Florida Matters asks area residents how they're coping with the water restrictions.

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Listen to Dave Moore describe the current water-use restrictions imposed by Swiftmud and why the district decided not to impose them in February when they were first considered. (2:20)

Listen to Amy Klabunde describe the types of restrictions that are put in place when the reservoirs in Aurora's water system get low. (0:42)

Listen to Moore explain how Florida farmers are encouraged to manage their water use through "drought credits." (1:08)

Listen to Marsha Prillwitz talk about surveys that show Californians are willing to conserve water when asked to do so. (1:39)

The idea behind our discussion this week was to find out what we can learn about water and drought planning from other communities. But listen to Prillwitz note how impressed she is with how the Bay area is weathering the drought. (1:57)

Listen to Jerry Seeber explain how Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties have been weaned from only using groundwater sources. (1:32)

Listen to Seeber detail why using reclaimed water in drinking supplies is so expensive. (1:09)

Listen to Seeber urge residents to continue their water-conservation efforts. He also says the Tampa Bay water system is more diversified than other places in the country. (2:04)



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Arleen Wich of Clearwater, tapping her rain barrel reserves.
In recent years, the word 'drought' has almost gone hand-in-hand with our sunny Florida weather. With news of the drought in mind, WUSF was recently invited into the homes of Clara Ann Yarian of Dunedin along with George and Arleen Wich of Clearwater. In both locations, Florida Matters producer Larry Elliston was introduced to some innovative, low-cost ideas for combating the current water shortage, and learned how to transform one of them - the rain barrel - into visual, as well as functional, artwork.
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