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New parking lot being added near The Village

By Jesse Stokes E D I T O R



Parking may be a bit easier for students who live on campus, as an additional parking lot is being added to the area near The Village. The 300-space lot will be designated for students for students with “R” permits. However, this project is more than adding a parking lot. According to Aaron Nichols, the assistant director of communications in Administrative Services, this construction is a part of a larger project that will include adding another entrance to campus off of Fletcher Ave. “The project provides a new entry and exit (both eastbound and westbound on Fletcher)

to USF that aligns with 46th Street – ultimately reducing traffic at the intersection of Palm and Fletcher,” Nichols said in an email to The Oracle last week. “It will also provide additional parking for resident students.” Nichols added that the project will also include a roundabout that will connect to Maple Drive and an extension of Laurel Drive near the south side of the on-campus Publix. The total amount of land used for this project is more than 13 acres, according to Nichols. Nichols said that the initial phase of these plans, specifically the designs, began


The new “R” space parking lot is part of an ongoing project, which will be completed in August. PHOTO COURTESY OF USF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

Senate president-elect hopes to inspire, create change By Alyssa Stewart N E W S


As a third-year biomedical science student, Suzane Nazir was expecting to take it easy her final year and leave her Student Government (SG) position as the relations chair. However, that reality has changed. Nazir was recently elected as the new Senate president for the 60th term with 18 out of the 35 senators voting for her. She ran against Ethan Tassinari

who received nine votes, Alliyah Edwards, who received four votes, Yusuf Fattah and Youssef Afifi who received one vote each. “I was going to retire SG and focus on graduating, but as cheesy as it sounds, I felt like I had to stay,” Nazir said. “I want to be able to change the environment because there are so many issues that I want to address.” Nazir said some of these changes include bringing back the live streaming software for Senate meetings as well as updating the SG website.

Last year, the Marshall Student Center started charging $50 per meeting for a service fee. SG funding was cut, so the streaming service could no longer be paid for, according to Nazir. She said she is working with someone to help her find a different software that can be used in its place. “I want everything (on the website) to be in one place so that if people need to find any of our information, they can access it,” Nazir said. Nazir said she is most excited

to represent a woman in a leadership position. This will be the first time where there will be both a woman student body president and Senate president, Nazir said. Student Body President-elect Britney Deas will be the first black woman to serve in this position and the first woman to be elected in about 21 years. “We’re making history again,” Nazir said. “When people think of leadership, they think men — even some women say ‘men.’ Britney (Deas) and I can’t wait

to be that inspiration for women so that they can be in leadership roles like this.” In terms of her plans for the position, Nazir created what she called a “three-phase plan,” to guide senators during the 60th term. Her goal is to provide a structure where senators are held accountable and are aware of what is to be expected. The tiers are titled: Making Senate work for you, strengthening Senate and campus coalition plan.

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in early 2016 and will be complete in August for the start of the fall semester. Anthony Gifford, a former Summit resident, said that he used to spend a lot of time finding a parking space. Now, with these additions, he said that he believes parking will be a simpler process for students who live on campus. “I would park across from the credit union parking lot too,” Gifford said. “I feel that increase space allocated for parking will help decrease the time spent parking.” Ashley Paytas is a Holly A resident who said parking is a “pain,” in part because she feels residents of The Village take some of the spaces in the Cresent Hill garage and in Lot 17 -- near Argos Exchange -- where she most often parks. “More parking would help because spatially USF just expected everyone in The Village to migrate and take up room in other parking,” Patas said. The Board of Trustees first approved an initial budgetary amount of roughly $6 million for this project in May of 2018, though the university only funds approximately half of this amount. The other portion which amounts to $3,275,000 is funded by the developers of The Village, CapstoneHarrison Street, LLC. All aspects of the project have been funded, with the exception of the roundabout near Maple Drive, according to Nichols.

Alex Kahn, a senior majoring in communication, commented that he thinks more than an additional lot will be needed to improve congestion and trouble finding a parking space. “Why not a garage? We need more parking, and it’s more space efficient at solving the problem at hand,” Kahn said. Patricia Vega, a junior majoring in international studies, shared a similar sentiment. She parks in the park and ride lots with her “Y” permit, but because of where they are located it takes her a while to get to her destination. Nichols said that the project includes five points that he believes will be improved following its completion. Of those, is reducing the congestion that high-traffic areas often face, specifically at the intersection of Palm Drive and Fletcher Ave. It will create more accessible parking spaces with closer proximity to the residence halls for students who live on campus, will improve spaces for those riding in bike lanes and pedestrian walkways and improve access to Publix, The FIT and The Hub. “(The project will aid in) enhancing the university experience with well-designed, updated infrastructure -- the project includes upgraded sewer piping and a lift station, roadway and parking lot lighting, sidewalks and landscaping,” Nichols said. Additional reporting by Leda Alvim.

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One of the most important responsibilities Nazir set for herself is preparing the Senate for USF’s consolidation of its three campuses — Tampa, St. Pete and Sarasota — which will occur the summer of 2020. “It doesn’t matter if we have an effective, strong year if we don’t transition the next term properly,” Nazir said. She said she wants to create a “legislative summit,” where SG members from Tampa, St. Pete and Sarasota-Manatee will communicate about the status of next year. Based on feedback she received from new senators, Nazir said she wants to create a more structured training program so that students are more aware of the expectation for each role. Nazir started her three-year journey in SG as the ethics chair and is currently the policy chair. “These roles have helped me prepare for the role that I am about to step into,” Nazir said. “I was able to address student concerns which have helped me directly connect to the student body.” Nazir said she is working on building partnerships such as with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Career Services and the local organization Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). With those partnerships, Nazir said she wants to be able to create workshops for students so that they can receive the information or help they need. Senate Pro Tempore-elect Salud Martinez said he also has plans to make connections with the student body for next year. He plans on

Suzane Nazir will serve as the next Senate president for its 60th term. PHOTO COURTESY OF SUZANE NAZIR conducting two town halls — in the fall and spring semesters — with SG and students. “Over the past couple years, we had some issues with transparency where students don’t understand what SG does,” Martinez said. “It’s important for students to know what we actually do and what we can do for them.” As the current finance chair, Martinez said he wanted this position to create a more personable connection with senators. “You have less hard power but you more so advance the initiatives of the other senators which is what I care about now,” Martinez said.

“I see my role as someone who guides you but in the end you pick which street to go down. “I want to not only be someone who they can look up to, but that they can trust.” Overall, Nazir said she wants to make it known to students that her door is always open. “I want to be open ears to the student body,” Nazir said. “I want people to know that if they are mad about something on campus, that they would be comfortable coming to me and talking about it. “As relations chair, I was able to do that and I want to carry that through into my next term.”




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The Panhandle still needs help

Florida’s panhandle still needs attention, especially from the federal government. SPECIAL TO THE ORACLE

By Jared Sellick C O L U M N I S T

Half a year has passed since Hurricane Michael ravaged the panhandle of Florida and there is still a lot of work to be done in order to rebuild many northwestern Florida counties. In a press conference Thursday, Bay County Commissioner Philip Griffitts estimated the cost of debris pickup alone to be $750 million, according to the Panama City News Herald. “You cannot survive when your debris hauling bill is 10-times your budget,” the commissioner said. As of April 9, $1.1 billion has been spent by FEMA to begin to tackle the enormous task of rebuilding. The federal government needs to step up its contribution to the rebuilding effort. The storm damages cost over $4.6 billion, according to the Orlando Sentinel. “They still have not provided

one dollar in emergency supplemental relief,” Rep. Jay Trumbull said in the state Florida House of Representatives on Wednesday. The state Senate even went so far as to pass a resolution urging Congress to act on additional funding. To put the majority of the bill on the state government for the cleanup and rebuilding of the panhandle would be detrimental to our budget. The Florida state Senate is already looking to give the relief effort an additional $1.8 billion, which makes up a sizable percentage of the state’s overall budget, according to the Associated Press. When Hurricane Michael hit land in October the country was at the height of campaign season for various elections and other natural disasters were hitting the country elsewhere. As a result, it seems as though the country’s limited attention overlooked the tragedy that had

hit North Florida. The national conversation quickly switched to the devastating wildfires in California and it seems as though many members of Congress forgot about the issues of the panhandle. Much of the conversation around disaster relief in Washington has surrounded the allocation of funds sent to Puerto Rico and President Donald Trump’s petty squabbles concerning Puerto Rican leaders. These factors have led to inaction on the part of the federal government and the Floridian people are the ones that are currently suffering for it. North Florida is demanding action be taken and the country would be wise to listen to them. Jared Sellick is a junior majoring in political science.

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The Counseling Center remains committed to students Thank you for highlighting the current petition being circulated on the USF campus regarding enhancing mental health services for students (“Students start petition to change USF’s walk-in counseling services,” April 9 by Niamh Larkin). When we at the USF Counseling Center first became aware of Courtney Gromalski’s and Ashley Paytas’ petition, we reached out to Paytas requesting an opportunity to discuss their ideas and determine how we could continue to evolve to meet the needs of USF students. Indeed, we stand ready to meet with Gomalski and Paytas at their convenience. The USF Counseling Center serves over 4,000 students per year in individual and group counseling. During the academic year, we are open at our main location at the Student Services Center (SVC) 2124 8 a.m.–7 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. on Monday, and 8 a.m.–5 p.m. on Friday, with extended hours until 8 p.m. four nights per week in Student Health Services. We have additional satellite locations to serve students in the FIT and the WELL. Students may request to see a counselor any time we are open at our SVC main campus location, even without a scheduled appointment — almost 800 students have used this service this academic year. Telephone crisis services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As The Oracle accurately reported, our “Let’s Talk” service allows students to meet with a counselor in three locations throughout campus without a prior appointment. Increased support through the MWell4Success

Initiative last year allowed us to grow our clinical staff and expand services, resulting in our ability to see 15 percent more students this academic year as compared to 201718. The Counseling Center welcomes input from students regarding services we could provide that would enhance our ability to meet the mental health needs of students. Each semester, we solicit feedback from students using our services, with 90 percent of clients reporting that they would use our services again and recommend our services to their friends. We have made changes to services and operations as a result of this data that have allowed us to offer continuous access to highquality mental health services, even during the busiest times of the semester. We look forward to meeting with Gromalski and Paytas, hearing their ideas, and seeing how we can best work together. USF cares deeply about the emotional and mental health of our students and understands that students succeed academically when their physical, mental and emotional wellness is at its best. The mental health services provided through the Counseling Center bear this out – fully 75 percent of our clients indicate that our services have assisted with their persistence and graduation from USF – and we plan to continue this vital role with the help of input from students like Gromalski and Paytas. Scott Stader is the director of the USF Counseling Center.

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going to be different. “The good thing about Kerwin … is he stretches the field,” coach Charlie Strong said. “He’s able to attack on all three levels.” The real takeaway from the game’s first play, however, is the play had just been installed by Bell that same morning. Talk about a fast-learning offense. The QB2 Competition Former offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert never named a No. 2 quarterback last season. Thankfully, it doesn’t appear Bell will be going down that same questionable road. Jordan McCloud took the majority of the snaps behind Barnett, completing 17-of-25 passes for 228 yards. The redshirt freshman threw two touchdowns and one interception. Fellow redshirt freshman Octavious Battle was clearly


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No. 3 on the depth chart Saturday, but he played well too, completing 8-of-12 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns. He, like McCloud and also Barnett, was intercepted once. The talk all spring camp long had McCoud as the No. 2 quarterback, so Saturday’s stats should come as no surprise to anyone who was paying attention. There’s still a long time between now and Aug. 30, when USF opens its season against Wisconsin at Raymond James Stadium, so Battle could ultimately win the position yet. But at least it looks like someone will actually win it this year. The Offense Overall Overall, the offense was very encouraging, especially the passing game. The white team put up 509 yards passing with five touchdowns, one of the touchdowns coming from the

much talked about slot receiver Johnny Ford in the third quarter. Ford could have had another in the fourth quarter, too, if he didn’t trip after making the catch. In total, 14 players caught passes and the touchdowns were spread out among five different receivers. The running game could have been better. The white team only gained 78 on the ground, with 29 of those coming from the quarterbacks. But, for an offense that struggled to move the ball at times last year, Saturday should give fans optimism heading into the fall. The Defense Overall Don’t let the wacky score fool you — the defense was pretty good too. It was just very hard for it to put points on the board because there were fewer ways to score than last year. “The defensive guys got mad at me because I took away the

sacks and tackle for losses, which could have added more points to the score,” Strong said. Indeed it could have. There were 15 sacks and 20 tackles for losses, including three by Greg Reaves. “We’re definitely upset about the way we played defense last year, especially the last six games,” Reaves said. “That’s been a big thing for us, just trying to come back and … just establish our identity … I think we’ve taken steps — leaps toward that goal and we’ve just got to continue doing that going into the summer.” Add on three interceptions and the defense had a pretty good day, even if it was outscored by 36 points thanks to a scoring system that was clearly designed to favor the offense. Most Importantly — It’s Just Spring Saturday was encouraging for a number of reasons, but it’s important to keep everything

in perspective — it was just a scrimmage between players who have been going against each other all spring long. How will the offense respond to a defense it doesn’t know almost everything about? Similarly, how will the defense respond to an offense it doesn’t know almost everything about? More optimistically, what didn’t we see from Brian JeanMary’s “vanilla,” in his words, defense Saturday? What more can we expect to see from Bell’s offense once it’s fully installed by the start of the season? Nobody left Corbett Stadium with their heads hanging, which is more than can be said about Dec. 20’s Gasparilla Bowl. But nobody was ever going to leave the spring game like that anyway. Bring on summer and fall camps, then bring on Wisconsin.

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Pitching shines in Bulls’ sweep of Knights

By Brian Hattab A S S I S T A N T



ORLANDO — Pitching, pitching and more pitching. That was the story for USF softball (32-15, 10-2) this weekend as the Bulls swept War on I-4 rival UCF (28-14, 7-5) at the UCF Softball Complex in Orlando. Bulls pitching allowed only one run in 27 innings over the weekend, leading the way for USF to pick up its ninth straight conference win and third straight conference sweep. Sophomore Georgina Corrick pitched 19 scoreless innings, including all 13 innings in Friday’s 2-0 win and the first six in Sunday’s 3-0 win. “It’s definitely super exciting. Last year, I remember I set my record strikeouts against [UCF] last year and we only went 2-1 in the series,” sophomore Georgina Corrick said. “I have a lot of friends over there. A

lot of my friends go to UCF. And to come in here, kind of in my hometown, and to say like, ‘Hey, I’m doing good. I did it’ is super exciting for me.” Combined with her start against Florida on Wednesday, coach Ken Eriksen said Corrick had a pretty good week. “If you think about it, [25] innings with one run scored against Florida and UCF, so that’s a pretty good week in anybody’s book,” Eriksen said. “She’s a guy that’s going to give you an opportunity every time against anybody in the country to succeed. And she was tired [Sunday]. And she was just a bulldog.” Corrick’s performance Friday matched the USF record for innings pitched in a single game. The only other Bulls to pitch as many innings in a single game are now in the USF Hall of Fame — Sara Nevins (2013 vs. DePaul) and Monica Triner (1999 vs. Maryland).

Senior Nicole Doyle also shined in the circle Saturday, throwing 6.2 innings while allowing three hits in USF’s 3-1 win. Doyle also recorded two outs in the seventh inning Sunday in relief of Corrick. “Nicole’s amazing. I could wax poetic about Nicole,” Corrick said. “She’s such an unsung hero. She comes out there every single game for the second game … and she comes out there and she shuts people out. “She gets people to have those crappy little pop-ups that they hate. That’s more of an emotional hurt than a physical hurt because she’s just that good. She comes out there and sets the tone every single game and I can’t thank her enough for being on the staff with me for that.” Pitching was the clear theme over the weekend but if not for some timely hitting by senior



Fans optimistic of Bell’s new offense

By Steven Gerardy S T A F F


The Bulls new offensive look started out with an explosion during the spring football game at Corbett Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The 75-yard strike from quarterback Blake Barnett to tight end Mitchell Wilcox on the first play from scrimmage sent the 3,700 fans into an uproar. “It felt great to come out with that start for sure,” Wilcox said. “I have to give all the credit to the

O-line, Blake and especially to coach [Kerwin] Bell. That was all the brains. I just finished the deal.” We asked several fans in attendance at Saturday’s spring game what they thought of USF’s redesigned offense. The fan reaction to the offense Saturday was an overwhelmingly positive one as the Bulls used three quarterbacks, Barnett and two redshirt freshmen, Jordan McCloud and Octavious Battle, to pass for 509 total yards and five touchdowns. “This sure looks a heck of a lot

different than last year,” Jermaine Fisher said. “Did you see that first play to Wilcox? This is going to be a totally different type of season.” The fans saw sophomore running back Johnny Ford lined up in the slot most of the afternoon. Ford caught six passes for 30 yards and scored a touchdown. Last season Ford spent time exclusively in the backfield splitting time with Jordan Cronkrite, rushing for 787 yards on the season. “Johnny Ford is one of those guys that can make people miss,”

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Georgina Corrick pitched Sunday against UCF at the UCF Softball Complex in Orlando. Corrick threw 19 scoreless innings against the Knights over the weekend. ORACLE PHOTO/BRIAN HATTAB


Takeaways from USF’s spring game

By Brian Hattab A S S I S T A N T



USF football held its annual spring game at Corbett Stadium on Saturday. Divided into offense vs. defense for the second straight year, the white team (offense) defeated the green team (defense) 73-36. Here are some takeaways from the Bulls’ 15th and final spring practice. An Early Statement The clock at Corbett Stadium read 1st Quarter — 15:00.

Blake Barnett dropped back to pass from the 25-yard line. He found a wide-open Mitchell Wilcox between the hash marks at midfield. Wilcox ran into the end zone untouched. Within seconds, it was 9-0 white team — it got two additional points for a “big play” of 15 or more yards. More importantly, a statement was made — Kerwin Bell is in charge of the USF offense now and things are


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said Jerry Timposta. “It’s going to be interesting to watch how they utilize him [Ford]. I think putting him in the slot position and putting him in motion is going to create a lot of problems for some teams.” The focal point of the offense this season will be pace and exploiting the middle of the field while utilizing dynamic players like Cronkrite, Ford, Wilcox and wide receiver Randall St. Felix. The Bulls look to exploit the third-level with St. Felix. St. Felix contributed to the offense with three receptions for 54 yards and will undoubtedly be a big-time target for Barnett this upcoming season. Last season St. Felix caught 33 passes from USF quarterbacks averaging over 20 yards per reception, scoring four touchdowns. “He is going to have a big season,” Brian Handler said. “Now that he and Blake have been together for


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a whole year and now an entire spring, I expect him [St. Felix] to score a lot of touchdowns … maybe at least 10.” Cronkrite was missing from the spring game because he is recovering from injury. It was senior Trevon Sands leading the rushing attack gaining 25 yards on four carries. “It looks like we have some depth in the backfield even with moving Ford outside,” Jeremy Billings said. “Cronkrite was amazing last season but it seems we have some depth also. If Cronkrite can be healthy all year and with Ford a year older, this team has a chance to score a lot of points.” Barnett had a touchdown and 135 yards passing but the offensive line was credited for seven sacks while he was under center. Last season, with a young offensive line, USF quarterbacks were sacked 34 times “The offensive line seems like it is still an issue but we will wait until the regular season starts to judge

them on performance,” Rodney Taylor said. “Last season was a bit of a merry-go-round when it came to the offensive line because of the injuries and how young they were. Everyone is a year older and I am sure they will work out the kinks by August.” Showcasing the new offense run by Bell was something the fans were looking forward to in many ways. It was clear yesterday that the game plan will heavily involve moving the ball down the field and allowing Barnett to stretch the field with a wide array of talented playmakers. “I am so excited to start the season and see how this new offense shapes up,” said Trent Anderson. “This year can’t be like last season with the disappointment of how last year ended. I have a great feeling about this team, and putting together a complete season is what I look forward to the most.”

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Lindsey Devitt, things may have gone differently. Devitt scored what proved to be the game-winning run Friday and Sunday. Scoreless in the 13th inning Friday, Devitt doubled with one out before scoring on a Bethaney Keen homer. Also scoreless in the fifth inning Sunday, Devitt led off with a homer. “Big-time players do big-time things in big-time situations,” Eriksen said. “And that’s why she’s in the top of the lineup in the 1-2-and-3 spot … you’re hoping your guys can do stuff and she performs in the clutch. I’m really, really proud of her. Being a senior, she’s really, really grown quite a bit since freshman year.” With the Bulls’ sweep of the Knights and Tulsa only taking two games against ECU over the weekend, USF now sits alone

atop the AAC. With just nine games remaining before the AAC Tournament in Houston, the Bulls find themselves right where they ended last season. But USF isn’t just now hitting its stride, even with nine straight conference wins. The Bulls have always been in that stride, according to Corrick. “I would say we went into conference having that stride,” Corrick said. “Coach [Eriksen] definitely set us up for that with the difficult [nonconference] schedule that we had and he knew we were going to come in here and it’s like, we were regular-season champion last year. So we kind of had that target on our back. And he’s like, ‘I want you to earn it. To make sure people aren’t just like, ‘Oh that’s a fluke.’’ “We want to come out here and we want to be the best that we can be every single year.”

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