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When George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin, he invoked a "Stand Your Ground" defense. And now, supporters of the law are finding themselves on the defensive. The shooting death of Trayvon Martin has led to a national debate about "Stand Your Ground." The law says you no longer have a duty to retreat if you feel threatened. Instead, you're allowed to defend yourself using force -- even deadly force. Florida Matters host Carson Cooper breaks down what the Stand Your Ground law does and does not allow with two experts. Stephen Romine is a Clearwater defense attorney who has successfully defended clients in several Stand Your Ground cases. Robert Batey is a Stetson University Law School professor who has studied and written about Stand Your Ground. We'd love to hear what you say about Stand Your Ground. Go to facebook.com/WUSF and let us know. And go to wusfnews.org for all our latest Trayvon Martin coverage.
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USF St. Petersburg Road to the White House class (courtesy Judithanne Scourield McLauchlan)
Students in a USF St. Petersburg political science class are learning the nuts and bolts of presidential campaigns by volunteering for them. It’s called “Road to the White House,” and University Beat on WUSF TV joins them on the trip.

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Caring for the Caregiver promo (courtesy Moffitt Cancer Center)
Moffitt Cancer Center is hosting a seminar Saturday, April 28th, not for people with cancer, but for those who are caring for them. This week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7 FM has a preview of the “Caring for the Caregiver” event.
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Road to the White House
Dr. Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan, Department of Political Science, USF St. Petersburg
jsm2@stpt.usf.edu 727-873-4956

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Cancer Caregiver Symposium
Information flyer about 4/28 seminar
RSVP for the free program by 4/23 to 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488)

Moffitt’s Patient & Family Advisory Program website

Dr. Evelyn Johnson-Taylor’s ministry website

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USF St. Petersburg Political Science Professor, Dr. Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan, talks about how the “Road to the White House” course has changed in the three times she’s taught it, including how this year’s students didn’t go to New Hampshire.

Dr. Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan says technology is playing a major role in political campaigns, which gives younger people like her students an advantage.

Jaryd Vartanian, a USFSP Junior volunteering for the Ron Paul campaign, talks about how politically active people his age are—or aren’t!

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Dr. Bryan Bognar, Chair of Moffitt Cancer Center’s Department of Internal Medicine, talks about a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association that looked at caregiver stress and the effect it has on them. He also speaks about Moffitt’s efforts to help caregivers deal with these issues.

Dr. Evelyn Johnson-Taylor says her faith (she and her husband ran a number of ministries together) has sustained them through his health struggles, as well as those of her mother.

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What has the media done right in its coverage of the death of Trayvon Martin? Where has it fallen short? And what is the proper role of race in the coverage of Martin's death? These are some of the very tough questions tackled by Eric Deggans, media critic for the Tampa Bay Times, on this Florida Matters.
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USF St. Petersburg Road to the White House class (courtesy Judithanne Scourield McLauchlan)
Students in a USF St. Petersburg political science class are learning the nuts and bolts of presidential campaigns by volunteering for them. It’s called “Road to the White House,” and University Beat on WUSF TV joins them on the trip.

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Road to the White House students review their time on the campaign trail
From January’s G-O-P primary to this summer’s Republican National Convention, Florida and the Tampa Bay area are playing a major role in determining who will win the presidential election. A USF St. Petersburg political science class is getting real campaign experience, and you can join these students on the “Road to the White House” this week on University Beat on WUSF 89.7.
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Dr. Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan, Department of Political Science, USF St. Petersburg
jsm2@stpt.usf.edu 727-873-4956

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USF St. Petersburg Political Science Professor, Dr. Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan, talks about how the “Road to the White House” course has changed in the three times she’s taught it, including how this year’s students didn’t go to New Hampshire.

Dr. Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan says technology is playing a major role in political campaigns, which gives younger people like her students an advantage.

Jaryd Vartanian, a USFSP Junior volunteering for the Ron Paul campaign, talks about how politically active people his age are—or aren’t!

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It's known as the Sunshine State...and Florida's Sunshine law gives you the right to see what your government is doing. But a new report says clouds are forming over our sunshine law. This special Florida Matters focuses on ethics in state government. Our friends at WLRN in Miami have teamed up with the Center for Public Integrity and Public Radio International on this State Integrity Investigation. The investigation graded each state on a variety of measures of corruption. Overall, Florida was graded a C-. Florida ranked 18th in how susceptible it is to corruption. But in some categories, Florida scored much worse. Florida has a national reputation for its Public Records Law and yet, one of the state’s lowest scores was for “Public Access to Information.” There were 14 different sub-categories. By far, Florida did the best in "Redistricting." In fact, it led the entire country in that category with a 100% score. Critics wonder how Florida could score a 100-percent, A++ for its redistricting process in a year when the state courts rejected the Senate's map. On some things, Florida's ethics laws for government officials are very strict. Lawmakers can't accept a meal from a lobbyist...but as WLRN's Kenny Malone reports, it's perfectly OK for that lobbyist to donate tens of thousands of dollars to help that same lawmaker get elected.
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A Day in the Life of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition
OCALA NATIONAL FOREST (2012-4-9)
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USF Fr. Thang "Ryan" Nguyen in his "Stronger Than I Knew" video
Summing up the greatest struggle of your life and how you overcame it may not be the usual subject matter for a five minute YouTube video, but USF students are doing just that—all with the hope of helping out classmates who might be facing a similar issue. It’s part of the USF Counseling Center’s “Stronger Than I Knew” program, which we introduce you to on University Beat on WUSF TV.

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USF students in China in 2011 (courtesy Prof. Shannon Bassett, USF SACD Urban Design Studio)
Architecture students from USF and a university in China are bonding--over building! You'll meet some of the students on this week's University Beat on WUSF 89.7 FM, where they'll talk about what they're learning about sustainable building in developed and undeveloped areas of both countries.
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Stonger Than I Knew
USF Counseling Center
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Stronger Than I Knew video page

China Architecture
Shannon Bassett, USF Assistant Professor of Architecture & Urbanism
bassett@arch.usf.edu 617-852-3837

Audio slideshow & article on USF students' 2011 visit to China

Tianjin-Singapore Eco-City website

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Lani Steffens, a Mental Health Promotion Specialist at the USF Counseling Center, talks about what she hopes the students who shot the “Stronger Than I Knew” videos and the students who view them get out of the experience.

Lani Steffens says putting the “Stronger Than I Knew” videos on YouTube is what makes the program so strong and unique.

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Shannon Bassett, USF Assistant Professor of Architecture & Urbanism, talks about last year’s trip to China with 9 of her students, and what the Chinese students visiting Tampa this year are learning from the [re]stitch Tampa design project she’s helping run.

Architecture & Urban Design Masters students Dimitar Dimitrov and Darci Chamberlain (USF) and Yin Li (Tianjin School of Architecture and Urban Design) share their thoughts about their counterparts.

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We’re only three months into the year, yet 2012 is proving to be a momentous. This week Florida Matters revisits some of our top stories from a wild legislative session to a wildlife expedition trek. Presidential politics dominated January 2012 because Republican leaders in Florida pushed up the state’s Presidential Preference Primary drawing a national spotlight. Florida Matters asked a panel of experts to examine Florida’s role in the GOP selection process. In February, Florida Senate budget leader JD Alexander sent tremors through the Tampa Bay area when he proposed major funding cuts to the University of South Florida saying he had lost confidence in USF’s willingness to convert its Lakeland campus into the 12th public university: Florida Polytechnic. USF President Judy Genshaft rallied business leaders and residents averting a budget crisis and bringing USF’s budget cuts in line with those of other universities. In turn, Sen. Alexander got what he wanted the 12th public university, but he and the governor failed to get their way when it came to the bill that would have privatized several state-run prisons in south Florida. Yet, several prisons including Hillsborough Correctional Institution, the state’s only all women’s faith and character based prison. Both the senate and house included money to repair buildings at Hillsborough Correctional so it could stay open. However, Sen. JD Alexander personally deleted that allocation from the final budget bill. In addition to the top news stories so far, Florida Matters talked with top news maker Jeff Vinik owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning. And we also hear from a scientist, a filmmaker and a photographer are trying to make some news of their own as they trek the length of Florida, 1000 miles, in 100 days on a Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition.
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The Legislature Draws Another Senate Map
TAMPA (2012-3-27)
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USF Fr. Thang "Ryan" Nguyen in his "Stronger Than I Knew" video
Summing up the greatest struggle of your life and how you overcame it may not be the usual subject matter for a five minute YouTube video, but USF students are doing just that—all with the hope of helping out classmates who might be facing a similar issue. It’s part of the USF Counseling Center’s “Stronger Than I Knew” program, which we introduce you to on University Beat on WUSF TV.

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USF Sr. Meghan Whitt in her "Stronger Than I Knew" video
They talk about learning English, surviving sexual assault, and coping with the death of both parents. USF students are sharing their personal stories on YouTube with the goal of inspiring classmates and giving them hope. It's a USF-created campaign called "Stronger Than I Knew," and we'll tell you more about it on this week's University Beat on WUSF 89.7.
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Lani Steffens, a Mental Health Promotion Specialist at the USF Counseling Center, talks about what she hopes the students who shot the “Stronger Than I Knew” videos and the students who view them get out of the experience.

Lani Steffens says putting the “Stronger Than I Knew” videos on YouTube is what makes the program so strong and unique.

USF BasketBulls Celebrate Their Season
TAMPA (2012-3-21)
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USF Corrals Smokers on Tampa Campus
TAMPA (2012-3-20)
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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn (L) and Florida Matters Carson Cooper (R) in the mayor's conference room, Tampa City Hall Annex.
This week, Florida Matters brings you an exclusive interview with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. Host Carson Cooper traveled to Tampa City Hall to talk with the first-term mayor. Buckhorn has been in office about a year. When he took over, the city was facing a $34 million deficit and is looking at a $30 million deficit for the coming fiscal year. Yet, Buckhorn started his discussion about the budget with praise for his predecessor, Pam Iorio, who left the city with a $120 million rainy day fund, compared to the $20 million fund she inherited. Municipalities are highly dependent on property taxes for their main revenue and the recession and housing crisis have meant shrinking revenues and growing deficits. “The property taxes and the value of our real estate has diminished so much that the amount of money that is coming into us has dropped 20 to 30 percent,” Buckhorn said. Buckhorn plans to bolster the budget with revenues from the city’s new red-light cameras, but he told WUSF that money was not the reason for installing the system. “Our rationale for putting those red-light cameras in is because red-light running in this city and this state is an epidemic and people are dying, dying as a result of people busting red lights,” Buckhorn said adding that he always counts to three after a light turns green before entering an intersection because he’s seen too many accidents. During his tenure as mayor, Buckhorn has been vocal about the Tampa Bay Rays. He’s often said he won’t be the “boyfriend” who breaks up the marriage between the Rays and the City of St. Petersburg. However, he told WUSF, “I may be the pool guy though.” Buckhorn stressed that he can’t interfere with the contract between St. Petersburg and the Rays. However, he also said that he other Tampa Bay leaders should be prepared if there was a split. “I think we need to know what our options are,” Buckhorn said. “I think we need to know what Tampa, Tampa Bay could bring to the table financially.” Speaking of finances, Buckhorn said the city will use a large portion of the $50 million from congress to hire, house and feed additional law enforcement officers to cover security for the Republican National Convention in August. Between the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Buckhorn estimates they can deploy about 1,000 law officers. “We are having to hire 3,000 additional law enforcement personnel from all over the state to assist us with this,” Buckhorn said. He believes the convention will be a defining moment for the city. “I want people to come downtown. I want people to enjoy this experience. I want young people to experience democracy at the street level,” Buckhorn said. “Fifteen thousand journalists will be here talking about something. I want them to talk about all that’s good about Tampa not talk about the inconveniences or not listen to whining. I want to hear Tampa tell the world what a great place this is to invest.”
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USF Sarasota-Manatee's Dr. Lynn McBrien (cent) w/families in Uganda
University Beat on WUSF TV looks at a story of tragedy and recovery, as we meet a USF Sarasota-Manatee Associate Professor of Education who has worked closely with African refugee children--children who have lived through things no young person ever should. We’ll see what she’s learned from those children and how she’s passing those lessons along back home.

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Joseph Kony (courtesy Reuters)
An internet documentary about Ugandan guerilla leader Joseph Kony has become one of the most viewed web videos ever, while raising worldwide controversy at the same time. USF Sarasota-Manatee Assoc. Professor Lynn McBrien has traveled to Africa and worked closely with some of the “child warriors” forced to serve in Kony’s army. She’ll share her thoughts on the controversy on this week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7.
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Assoc. Prof., USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education
941-359-4635 jlmcbrien@sar.usf.edu

Kony 2012 video

BBC coverage of Joseph Kony

October 2008 University Beat report on
"From There to Here," a photography exhibit on the lives of Bay area refugee youth.

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Dr. Lynn McBrien talks about how she got involved with research and work with African refugee children.

Dr. McBrien explains how her work with refugees applies to her job as an Associate Professor at the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education.

Dr. McBrien shows off some of the handmade creations the women she works with in Uganda sell for a living. You can contact her (info below) if you'd like to buy any of these kinds of pieces.

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Lynn McBrien, Assoc. Professor of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee, talks to WUSF's Mark Schreiner about the criticism of Invisible Children's efforts being tagged as an example of "white man's burden" or the belief that whites have to step in to save Africans. She also speaks about the need for educating yourself about these subjects before going further.

Kelli Burns, Assoc. Professor in the USF School of Mass Communications, studies social media trends. She talks about the Kony 2012 video, why it spread so quickly and what people can do instead of simply taking such videos at face value.

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Jeff Vinik
Jeff Vinik became the new owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning just over two years ago and quickly won over fans and local officials for what he’s done both on and off the ice. He bought the team with his own money and privately funded $40 million in renovations to the publicly-owned Tampa Bay Times Forum. Yet when the assets manager first arrived in Tampa, sports writers did not get a good first impression. “I was myself and I’m a pretty reserved person,” Vinik recently told Florida Matters’ host Carson Cooper. “I’m a very competitive person both with my asset management job as well as with the Lightning.” Vinik’s competitive fire is fueled by his passion for hockey. “Even though I’m a small owner in the Boston Red Sox actually and most of my Red Sox partners thought baseball was my favorite sport, by far hockey is the sport I love,” Vinik said, “the excitement of the game, the sounds of the game just every part of it.” Yet, he believes it’s important to be bold and be willing to make the difficult decision for the betterment of an organization. So, Vinik didn’t settle on the Lightning and the Tampa Bay area without first studying all he could about sports management, hockey ownership and analyzing several different franchise opportunities. He said the Tampa Bay Lightning came out on top because of its young talent, the welcoming community and the team had had prior success in leading the league in attendance. Former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio called Vinik an excellent example of “straightforward leadership” – someone who does not look to place blame, but instead looks to move forward. “It’s all about people,” Vinik said. “I’ve been able to be fortunate enough to hire Tod Leiweke as CEO of the Lightning overseeing all the business aspects and Steve Yzerman as general manager overseeing the hockey.” He said his job is to stay out of their way and focus on the long-term endeavor of making the organization “world class.” Vinik said he willingly invested his own money to renovate the Tampa Bay Times Forum because “it needed a soul” to build a brand and become a special place. He did not consider asking the city or county for money. “The economy is tough down here, it’s been tough for a number of years.” Vinik said. “People are hurting and this is not the right time to go and ask for money for a private sports venture.” He credits his dad and Harvard Business School for his leadership skills. “I learned there, hire the best people and do everything in a first class manner,” Vinik said. When he bought the Lightning it was losing money. Those losses have shrunk, but he’s yet to make a profit. “Things are going to work out fine as long as we can grow our brand, field a winning hockey team for the long term,” Vinik said. “Steve Yzerman will do that, I have no doubt, he’s a super star.” He isn’t just focused on the Lightning and events at the Forum, Vinik has talked with the City of Tampa about the Channelside District development. He said he’s not sure how he’ll get involved, but he cares about it because they are neighbors and he wants to help. Vinik and his wife Penny have donated $10 million over five years to the Community Heroes program. The program, again the brainchild of Leiweke, recognizes an individual making a difference or a local charity at each Lightning home game and contributes $50,000. Vinik is proud of the Community Heroes program and said he had three goals when he bought the Lightning: winning the Stanley Cup, continued excellence on the ice and making the community a better place. The team owner also partnered with the University of South Florida to create a MBA program in Sports and Entertainment management. “We think USF here can build one of the best MBA sports management programs in the country,” Vinik said. “We’ve got the right leader in there we’re going to try and help, given a little bit of money and a little bit of time.” Since the announcement, Vinik said the phone has been ringing off the hook with calls from potential faculty and students.
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Learn more about the Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey team, the players, the managers, the fans,the forum and the schedule HERE.

You can learn more about the Lightning Foundation, checkout the Community Heroes eligibility guidelines and deadlines for nominations HERE.

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The video shows the Florida Orchestra performing "Be the Thunder," composed and conducted by Gregory Smith for the Lightning's 2011-12 season.

This is the video that is played prior to the Lightning taking the ice at every home game in the 2011-2012 season.

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