USF Continues to Win Ugly

The Bulls took home a 17-9 win over the Golden Panthers, who despite being an inferior opponent, kept the Bulls on a short leash.

The game marked the first time in USF history that the Bulls entered a contest as a four-touchdown favorite over a Division 1 opponent, but sloppy offensive play rendered the win far from pre-game expectations.

Coming off a pair of tense wins against UCF and Kansas, head coach Jim Leavitt did his best to keep his team focused while assuring his players and the media that the match against FIU was not to be taken lightly.

“If people really know football, they will understand that [it] is really going to come down to the end of the game. Emotions will be high, and it’s going to be that tight of a game,” Leavitt told The Tampa Tribune Saturday morning.

He could not have been more correct, and the win itself was ugly, even though it handed FIU its 26th loss in its last 27 games.

USF’s troubles on offense started early in the first quarter, as the Bulls fumbled three times on the first two possessions, but fortunately they only turned the ball over once. Mike Ford later scored on a two-yard run to give the Bulls a 7-0 lead and Maikon Bonani added a field goal to end the first quarter.

USF continued to drive the length of the field threatening to score twice, but dismal offense inside the red zone forced the Bulls to try another shot at three points. They came away with nothing, as Bonani’s 21-yard attempt was blocked.

For everything that the Bulls offense wasn’t, the defense was just the opposite. Heavy pressure from the defensive line continuously stuffed the run, holding FIU to just 40 total yards in the first half. But injuries to key defensive players Brouce Mompremier and George Selvie in the second half proved to be crucial.

After Mike Ford appeared to put the game away in the fourth quarter with a one-yard run in the endzone, FIU got a safety that cut the lead to 17-2. Running back Julian Reams then brought the Golden Panthers to within a touchdown after a 3-yard sprint across the goal line, which was FIU’s first offensive touchdown of the season. USF ended any effort of a last-minute comeback though by recovering the ensuing on-side kick.

“We got the win, but we should’ve played better,” Matt Grothe told the Associated Press.

Should have, and desperately need to. USF joins UConn as the only other undefeated team in the Big East, but the Bulls’ national championship hopes might end a little earlier than expected if the last three games are any indication. With a tough game at NC State this week and Big East play starting up after that, the Bulls have a lot of work to do if they want to remain in the polls.


[RW2]What is his position?


Normality in a Surrealist’s Life

This summer, I had the opportunity to interview Joan Mann, owner of Howard Mann Art Center in Lambertville, NJ. The interview turned into a two-hour, delightful conversation about famous artists of the early twentieth century – specifically Salvador Dali – who Joan and Howard Mann were great friends with.

When I arrived back at USF St. Petersburg for the Fall semester, I walked around the Dali museum on campus, reminded of Joan Mann’s stories.

As I made my way through the museum looking for the film documentary about Dali’s wife, Gala, I glanced at his hanging masterpieces and got a flashback of Joan pointing out a personalized painting from Dali that hung on the wall beside her desk. Joan Mann made Dali feel real to me –more than just a surrealist or a filmmaker – but an average person who was inspired by his wife.

And then I found it: Gala, a documentary film by Elena Dimitrievna Diakonova. I watched it three times.

The film highlights Gala’s extensive influence on Dali’s career. Dali used Gala as a model in several of his works. One commentator said that in a way, Gala taught Dali the technique he used in his paintings. She also read to Dali while he worked.

Besides the shortened interpretation of Gala’s dynamic persona in the film, what stuck out to me the most is the love that Dali and Gala shared for each other.

Gala was irreplaceable to Dali.

“Had I not found Gala…I wouldn’t be called normal,” said Dali.

An information board in the exhibit expressed the inner depths of the couple’s love: “Gala was ‘my intimate truth, my double, my one’ and he [Dali] developed with her an intertwined public persona, signing his paintings “Gala Salvador Dali.”

Immediately I think of Joan.

Joan Mann lost her husband several years ago, and I cannot help but compare Joan with Dali: both loved and lost, but their true loves impacted a huge part of their lives and left a legacy of love and friendship that is expressed through the art collections in the Dali Museum and the Howard Mann Art Center.

In Defense of Journalism.

Dear Crow’s Nest Readers,

As assistant editor of the Crow’s Nest, I am dedicated to our paper – even in transit.  Currently, I’m sitting in a coffee shop in New York City mulling over today’s publication.

Even while away, the staff, work ethic and integrity of the paper are still in my thoughts.

In my absence, an important story will be published.  I want to explain why I wrote the article I wrote.

Today’s article documents the abuse of funds by our Student Body President Chris Talley.  I received numerous warnings from friends and collegues that writing the article was a bad idea, something that would make my last year at USF St. Petersburg a living hell.  Not only would it inevitably anger the President himself, but could possibly reflect poorly on our university.

As far as I’m concerned there was never an option of not writing it.  It is my job to write the most relevant and important stories on campus.  More so than that, it is my duty to provide the students of USF St. Petersburg the information necessary for self-governance.

I wrote this article because I owed it to students, to the institution, and to the integrity of journalism.

-Amanda Smith

Activity and Service Fees to Increase Next Year

By: Kaeli Conforti

A new Bill passed by Student Government will raise student activity and service fees by 64 cents per credit hour by this time next year.

“Since the University is growing in both enrollments and services, supporting the students and programs financially has grown difficult,” said, Regional Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Kent Kelso, who presented the Bill at the Student Government meeting on September 3rd.

“The increase for next year will generate $50,000 to address core services and student organizations,” he said.

Bill 08-010, which passed unanimously, allows for the excess money to be collected and divided among the many student organizations, offices and services on the USF St. Petersburg campus.

“It was a pretty easy decision,” said senior Sherilynne Schulze, a Student Government Senator from the College of Business, who sponsored the Bill. “With Residence Hall One full, we expect a lot more participation in student life and other organizations on campus,” she said.

According to Kelso, there was an increase in activity and service fees last year of 61 cents per credit hour, an amount which brought in close to $50,000 toward campus activities. Before that, the fee had not been raised in over five years.

“[It] increases the financial resources that support student life and student programs, and activities are crucial for building a vibrant and satisfying campus life for students,” said Kelso. “These funds provide activities and services that are some of the strongest retention factors on college campuses,” he said.

Kelso told members of Student Government that once the Bill is passed, the next step will be its presentation for approval by the Campus Board during a meeting on September 12th before finally being presented to the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees during their meeting in December.

Schulze, who has been a senator since last year, understands the need for an increase.

“We’re trying to save money, but you can’t cut back on every corner,” Schulze said.

St. Petersburg espresso & tea: top 3 get-a-way spots near campus

Finding a good coffee shop near USF St. Petersburg can be challenging. After talking to students and scouring the city, here are the top three places recommended for a good drink and a welcoming, student-friendly atmosphere.

1) The Hooker Tea Company

While most people are in the mood for coffee when needing a get-a-way spot for studying or conversation with a friend, the Hooker Tea Company on Beach Dr. and 3rd Avenue across the street from Straub Park offers an interesting alternative to espresso-based coffee shops.

Decorated in simple dark-wood furniture, draping white-linen fabric and small bamboo plants, this tea shop is full of surprises.

Co-owner Kendra Rodriguez is passionate about her business. Two years ago Rodriguez and her business partner, Shawn Hooker, thought up the concept for the Hooker Tea Company.

A long wall behind the store’s counter is filled with 106 teas stored in chrome colored canisters. Within five questions, Rodriguez can narrow the intimidating wall of tea down to a few choices. She enjoys pulling the teas down from the wall and allowing the customer to experience it by smelling their options.

Hooker Tea Company often has game nights, “Tea & Terra” and “Tea & Wii.” Rodriguezus, who helped opened the store in November 2006, said she is seeing more students coming. A brunch menu is also served on Saturday and Sunday and utilizes different kinds of tea in many of the menu items.

2) Cafe Bohemia

Past the busy Central Avenue restaurant district, Cafe Bohemia Espresso Bistro is a local, community-centered coffee shop on Central Avenue and 9th Street.

Matt Neil, owner of Cafe Bohemia, said he cares a lot about making coffee in the traditional way. “We will throw a bad drink out before we give it to someone because we love espresso drinks ourselves,” he said.

The coffee is purchased from a local roaster in Tampa and makes most of their ingredients from scratch. The cafe serves a full menu of wraps, sandwiches, salads and lots of drinks.

One corner of this busy coffee shop has an unorganized bookshelf and local art on every wall. A sign near the bar reads, “Please don’t ask us for a all…grande….viente…caramel, macchiato, frappuccino. Respectfully, we are not Starbucks. Thanks!”

3) Kahwa Coffee Roasting

A new coffee shop, Kahwa Coffee Roasting, opened in March on 5th Avenue N. and 2nd Street and is offering a 10 percent discount for USF St. Petersburg students. The cafe has an industrial feel with large windows and concrete floors.

The cafe is only a bi-product of the roasting company that opened three years ago. Kahwa roasts for over 50 locals restaurants, explained Chathrine Thibault, part owner of Kahwa Coffee Roasting.

“Coffee roasting is…like making a good dish,” said Thibault. “It’s all about the good ingredients and knowing how to put them together and cooking them to the right temperature.”

Thibault said the iced mocha, made with pure mocha, is popular at Kahwa.

Commuters from Clearwater: The Path to Volunteerism

While USF St. Petersburg is establishing itself as an in-residence campus, the number of commuter students is hardly wavering. Students still drive from Largo, Clearwater, even South Tampa to attend the campus by the Bay.

Organizations and businesses at the Civic Engagement Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 3rd, displayed an array of volunteer programs, most of which are located in St. Petersburg, but making a difference in your community is not limited to those with a downtown St. Petersburg zip code

If you are a Clearwater resident looking to volunteer close to home, Clearwater Parks and Recreation offer several options. Visit this link to get a volunteer application form and to view available volunteer positions within Clearwater.

If you want a sneak peak, I did some homework for you and grabbed two sheets from the City of Clearwater booth. This is what they say:

Sheet #1: Wanted. Homework Helpers.

Volunteers are needed to assist with a tutor/mentor program, offered to children grades K-5 at Countryside Recreation Center and the Long Center.

Countryside Recreation Center

2640 Sabal Springs Drive

Clearwater, FL 33761


Long Center

1501 N. Belcher Road

Clearwater, FL 337765


  • Flexible scheduling
  • Minimum one-hour shifts, one shift per week
  • Great opportunity for Bright Futures
  • All subjects needed

Please call Karen Maldonado at 727-562-4803 for more information.

Sheet #2: Volunteer Opportunities

Project Homeless Connect: Assist homeless individuals and families to acquire services from various agencies at the event. Approximately 500 volunteers needed.

Saturday, September 27, 2008. Please contact Betty Moran at the American Red Cross to volunteer. 727-446-2358.

Studio Waltz: Welcome guests, point them in the right direction and assist artists.

Saturday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, 1 – 4 p.m. Clearwater Main Library.

Clearwater Jazz Holiday: Chair rental. Other opportunities available by visiting Thursday, Oct. 16 through Sunday, Oct. 19. Coachman Park.

Fall Costume Ball: (for persons with intellectual disabilities) Assist in serving refreshments, supervision and contests. Costume preferred, but not required.

Friday, Oct. 24, 6 – 10 p.m. Countryside Recreation Center.

Q105 Anniversary Concert: Coke wagon, volunteer food, chair rental and usher. Saturday, Oct. 11. Coachman Park.

La Nueva 3rd Anniversary Concert: Coke wagon, volunteer food, chair rental and usher. Sunday, Oct. 11. Coachman Park.

Florida Coastal Clean up:: Saturday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m. – noon. Memorial Causeway.

Saturday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m. – noon. Downtown Clearwater. Tools, supplies and water provided.

Boo Bash at Bright House: (FREE, Alternative Trick or Treat) Volunteers needed to run games and activity booths. Costume suggested, but not required. Friday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Bright House Networks Field.

Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3: Pre-race opportunities beginning Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008.Harborview Center. Race day opportunities: Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008. Clearwater Beach. Please contact Brittany Ramone at 727-562-4670 to volunteer for this event.

Unless otherwise indicated, contact Karen Maldonado to sign up for opportunities at

727-562-4803 or e-mail at

Spread Offense Making its Way Across the Nation

A variation of one of college football oldest offensive systems has been revised again: it’s called the spread offense, and it’s making frequent stops in college stadiums across the nation.

Thirty years ago, Western Oregon head coach Mouse Davis drew the blueprint for the original system, calling it the run-and-shoot offense, which set 20 Division 1-AA records. In the 1990s, Steve Spurrier made some changes to the traditional setup and won a national championship at Florida with his own version, which he dubbed the fun-and-gun.

In today’s game, Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez is credited with tweaking both Davis’ and Spurriers systems to create the spread offense, which has been the most effective out of the three forms.

The formation looks something like this: no huddle, shotgun snap, one running back (if any), and four or five wide receivers. Its primary goal is to spread defenders from sideline to sideline across the whole width of the field, allowing for the running back and receivers to run to open spaces.

College football’s elite conference, the SEC, has long been known for its offensive innovation, so it’s no surprise that is where the spread has been most successful. Urban Meyer instituted the spread in his first season with the Gators, and led them to a national championship just one year later. Last year, LSU took home the grand prize by running an offense that combined elements of the spread with another formation, the Power-I.

Due to its recent success, the spread is rapidly expanding outside of Division 1, and college football for that matter. In Texas, Florida and California, several high schools have instituted the system in order to prepare players for the next level.

No matter where it is used, it has had a huge impact on the game. Football, whether high school or college, is now faster and much more entertaining. The options that are created from the spread make players more versatile, and almost superhuman. Don’t be surprised if wide receivers occasionally take direct snaps at the quarterback position, or if a quarterback scores more touchdowns rushing than he does passing.

For a relatively new system, the spread has rapidly evolved into the most significant factor in the formula to win games. It has done a lot for college football already, except give insight to defenses on how to stop it.