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December 1, 2016 Vol. 54 No. 29

THE NEXT CHAPTER Page 8 USF freshman Michael Bibby Jr. runs in his dad’s footsteps


System President Genshaft up for bonus.

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Students reflect on fall semester Page 4

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USF System President Genshaft up for performance-based stipend


News Briefs Tuition break for undocumented students in jeopardy A bill that gives undocumented students a break in tuition, which allows them to pay the in-state amount, may be in jeopardy after a bill has been put forth to reverse the measure. Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, is Steube looking to overturn the bill that gives undocumented Florida students who have attended at least high school in the state a nearly $11,000 break to attend university. Over 900 students received this discount in the 2015-16 school year, according to state figures. “I just don’t think it’s good public policy for the state,” Steube said in a Tampa Bay Times article. “And with the change in leadership and the change in both of the chambers, I think it’s a policy that is worth revisiting.”

Reports of shots fired near campus end up unfounded Students received a text at around 6:20 p.m. warning them to stay away from the west side of campus due to reports of shots fired around 131st Avenue and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. However, once officers arrived on the scene, no evidence of a shooting taking place was found and the area was deemed safe.

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USF Health Services sees spike in clients as exams near


By Morgan Blauth S T A F F

When the USF Board of Trustees meets today, they will decide how much USF System President Judy Genshaft will receive of her potential $175,000 performance-based stipend. ORACLE PHOTO/JACKIE BENITEZ By Abby Rinaldi BOT chair Brian Lamb vice chair Jordan Zimmerman S T A F F W R I T E R controls the other 30 percent recounted the top seven of the stipend. During today’s university achievements for the USF System President Judy meeting, he will determine how year. These included USF’s new Genshaft is in line to receive a much of this remaining $52,500 emerging pre-eminent status, bonus of up to $175,000 this Genshaft will receive on top of the construction of the new morning as the USF Board of the 95 percent suggested by housing village and the planned the committee, Freeman said. move of the Morsani College of Trustees (BOT) convenes. Genshaft’s self-evaluation Medicine to Downtown Tampa. At the BOT meeting today, In the area of research, trustees will vote on how much outlined the goals developed by money Genshaft will receive the BOT. Those goals included almost all of the goals set were for her performance-based research, fundraising, student met, aside from the number success and USF Health. of postdoctoral appointees, stipend. According to the minutes according to the evaluation. Genshaft’s contract allows In the area of fundraising, her to receive up to $175,000 from the November meeting, in a stipend based on university Genshaft received glowing USF fell short of a $100 million performance, according to USF reviews from the BOT members. goal for gifts and commitments. spokesman Adam Freeman. They rated her performance The university endowment also At a governance committee across various areas on a scale decreased. Goals associated with USF meeting in mid-November, of one to 10, with her ratings the decision was made to never falling below an eight in Health were all met, with the evaluation citing that the give Genshaft approximately any area. According to minutes from $116,375 out of the $122,500 n See BOT on PAGE 5 the November meeting, BOT the committee controls.


Staying up late under the stress of studying for exams and completing projects is a regular occurrence for college students, but doing so can lead to sickness at the time of the semester when students most need to be alert and able to succeed. During the last weeks of the semester, both USF’s Student Health Services (SHS) and counseling center see a spike in new clients as students try to cope with stress. Joshua Daya, a freshman majoring in biomedical sciences, said that he sometimes only gets a few hours of sleep when studying for finals. “(I sleep for) maybe around three to four (hours per night) if I want to just cram everything,” he said. “But if I decide to separate, then it’s probably a lot better.” Students who sleep less are over four times more likely to get sick, according to a study conducted last year by University of California at San Francisco. Dr. Jo Puccio and Dr. Lisa Ferdinand are interim co-directors for the USF counseling center, and Puccio is also the medical director for SHS. “We get an influx of students who are just a little bit more stressed out as the end of the semester approaches and they are preparing for finals,” Ferdinand said. At SHS, Puccio said the end of October, around the time of midterms, is one of the busiest times of the whole year. “We were actually averaging

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USF students reflect on fall semester



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By Nicole Cate L I F E S T Y L E

As students get ready to go off on Christmas break, they find themselves looking back at the best and worst times of the semester. ORACLE PHOTO/JACKIE BENITEZ


As college students around America begin studying for finals, they also find themselves wondering where the semester went. It still feels as if the past three months sped by faster than usual. For some USF students, it was an average semester without much fanfare. “I feel like it was OK,” Katarina Bojkovic, a junior double majoring in English and pre-medicine, said. “I think I was kind of weighed down a bit sometimes because of work and personal stuff happening throughout the year, but it was alright. Had better, had worse.” On the other hand, for some, underestimating classes ended up making the semester harder than it needed to be. “This, with my classes, is the easiest semester, but because I thought it was easy, I didn’t take it as seriously,” Kaitlyn Sardina, a junior majoring in business management, said. “So, now I’m trying to catch up on everything and I’m stressing.” At the beginning of every semester, most students find themselves making goals for the next three to four months, whether for their academic, personal, or professional lives. Depending on how high an individual’s bar is set, these targets can either be easily achieved or the reason for a

tiring school term. Dhruv Anand, a freshman majoring in accounting, set out in late August to end the semester with a GPA over 3.5 and was pleased when he found out he accomplished his objective. However, when some students realize they can’t attain a goal, they trade it in for another. Bojkovic tried to get all A’s, but changed her plan after a while. “That didn’t pan out,” Bojkovic said “But I got a dog. That was exciting.” Arthur, her pomeranian-chihuahua mix, ended up being the best part of her semester. With just a week left until students go off on holiday break, the only thing left to worry about for most is passing final exams, but this often proves to be the most demanding part of the semester. Diana Gonzalez, a junior majoring in business analytics and information systems, has four exams to take before she leaves: two back-to-back on Saturday, one on Sunday and the last one on Thursday. Her problem is finding equal time to study for all of them. For some people, like Gonzalez, who works full-time, holiday break does not equate to less responsibility. However, many college students, including Sardina, are using the fourweek vacation to catch up on the elusive commodity that seems to evade them eight months out of the year. Sleep.

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average MCAT scores for the fall 2015 Morsani College of Medicine class were the highest in the program’s history. Student success, which is measured through metrics such as six-year graduation rates and average SAT scores, saw mixed results. USF St. Petersburg and USF SarasotaManatee underperformed in multiple categories, according to the evaluation.

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Also on the agenda for today’s meeting is approval of an update to the USF St. Petersburg Campus Master Plan in regards to comments from the City of St. Petersburg that were not received in time to be instituted into the original plan, according to the meeting agenda. The BOT will also vote on whether or not to approve a new degree program at USF St. Petersburg, a Master of Science in Conservation Biology.

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over 300 patients a day for the whole of Student Health,” he said. Ferdinand said the counseling center would get “around 100 new clients, new people seeking appointments per week” during the month of November. Throughout the semester, many students visit the counseling center for the same symptoms. “The top three concerns that we see at the counseling center are anxiety, stress and depression, and that’s pretty consistent,” Ferdinand said. Often, students visit SHS for anxiety symptoms and are then referred to the counseling center or other on-campus resources, such as the wellness center in the Marshall Student Center. “One of the things that we tend to see specifically, as far as physical symptoms, is reports of difficulty sleeping and digestive system (problems) such as

nausea or diarrhea, which are consistent with increased anxiety,” Puccio said. To alleviate anxiety, Puccio suggests that students “make sure that they work on getting adequate sleep and engaging in physical activity to try to decrease the level of stress.” Ferdinand highlighted some of the programs available at the counseling center for students who are feeling overwhelmed as the semester comes to an end. “What we’re doing with students at this time in the semester is a lot of stress management, a lot of anxiety management,” she said. Per Ferdinand’s suggestion, one of the best things that students can do to relieve stress is to make a plan. “Create some breaks within your schedule of studying and that kind of stuff to make sure that you’re taking care of yourself, getting enough sleep, eating.”



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A new Netflix feature will allow subscribers to download content to be watched offline without streaming. ORACLE PHOTO/ JACKIE BENITEZ By Breanne Williams C O L U M N I S T

Netflix finally caved to the masses Wednesday and provided users with the option to download content to watch offline. All the 87 million users have to do is update the app to get the download icon at the corner of many of the shows and movies provided by the streaming service. Unfortunately, not every title will be available for download, but many of the popular options like “Orange is the New Black,” “Stranger Things,” “Narcos,” “Love Actually,” and “Spotlight” are available to download directly to your device. This feature comes just in time for many students returning home for the holidays. Students can download “Stranger Things” while on campus or at Starbucks to consume those endless hours at the airport or during the stressful drive up north with your family. Also, if you’re at your crazy, cat hoarding aunt’s house and can’t crack her elusive Wi-Fi password, you can simply pull up the app, go to your downloaded episodes and escape for a few hours by

watching Michael Scott decide to run a marathon after eating an obscene amount of fettuccine alfredo. The new feature is long overdue, but necessary to ensure every consumer is given the ideal viewing experience. Realistically, most subscribers have unlimited internet and will rarely use the download feature. However, everyone will occasionally step away from their router or wander into a neighborhood where their signal is non-existent. If having Netflix at our fingertips for the past decade has taught us anything, it’s that buffering will drive you to madness. This new feature will ensure we never go without our addictive, mindless entertainment again. Despite having offered streaming services since 2007, the company has not benefited subscribers with low or non-existent internet access other than continuing their DVD rental service. Now, all subscribers will be able to stay up to date on the latest trending shows, regardless of their internet strength. Netflix has evened the playing field with its strongest competitor, Amazon, which has allowed users to download flicks for approxi-

mately a year. Amazon also offers a student price for Prime, which provides free two-day shipping along with many other streaming and storage services. Amazon Prime is a student’s best friend when it comes to ordering things last minute or finding discounted discounts. However, its streaming site is slow to acquire the loyalty of millennials. The download feature was the one advantage it had to Netflix. Now, that edge is gone. YouTube has also joined in the push toward downloadable options by introducing its “Red” premium service, allowing videos to be downloaded by those who pay for the service. Though most students have either learned to deal with the 30-second ads or have downloaded an ad-blocker, few use the website for downloading content for the simple purpose of re-watching videos. Yet Netflix has an unarguable appeal toward college students. According to techinfographics. com, nine out of 10 American college students use Netflix, with 71 percent watching for two to 10 hours a week. And its clientele is only growing. According to, the Quarter Three earnings released

in October showed “Netflix added 370,000 new members, which is 70,000 more than expected. Also, 3.2 million new members were added internationally, which is 1.2 million above forecast.” The download feature is only going to further cement the company’s presence in society. The Netflix app is available for all Android and Apple devices, allowing you to take your favorite shows with you in your pocket wherever you go. Netflix originals are breaking boundaries and setting records across the field. In total, Netflix originals have won 90 awards and been nominated 414 times. “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black” have taken home 168 nominations combined. The desire for the streaming service is growing, as more and more hit shows become solely available on the site. Many are forgoing broadcast and satellite altogether in favor of watching what is available online. Netflix has its customers, now it simply must continue to come up with new ways to keep them happy. Breanne Williams is a senior majoring in mass communications.

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a great knowledge of the game. “It was no different than him coaching me when I was 8, 10 years old. It’s a big advantage, I feel like that’s how I gained most of my IQ. Just being smart on the court, being aware of where passes are going to be, dribbling the ball certain ways, getting by defenders, just all the little things that help my game a lot.” Despite undergoing two knee surgeries to first repair his meniscus and to then simply remove it altogether, Bibby Jr. bounced back to lead his team to state championships in his sophomore and senior seasons. After he averaged only 6.6 points and 3.9 assists per game his freshman season, Bibby Jr. went on to average 18 points and 6.8 assists in his final three years of high school. He was raised to be competitive at a young age, and it was only natural that his fire for winning translated to the basketball court. “Everything (my dad and I) do, we write it down who was first or second. We play video games,


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shooting games, we play PingPong. Everything’s a competition with him. “I’ve always been around winning. My freshman year in high school, they won eight games the year before, and then the next year we went 25-7. We won the state championship the next year, got to the semifinals my junior year when I didn’t play, and then won it again the next year. In AAU, we’d win a championship every weekend. I didn’t like to lose. My dad is competitive, I’m competitive, and my sisters are competitive. It just runs in the family.” Not unlike his father’s journey with basketball, Michael Jr.’s path has taken him far from home sooner than he expected. Though he won Player of the Year for the state of Arizona, his college recruitment took much longer than most, as it took him until August to sign with USF. “I just wondered why no schools wanted me,” he told the Arizona Republic when he signed with the Bulls. “I’m not saying I’m the greatest thing that ever happened in Arizona. I got Player of the Year in Arizona. I thought I did pretty good and played some of the top teams in the country.

No one on our team got any looks. We’ve been a top team for quite some time in AIA.” He said he never thought he would be playing so far from his family’s home in Phoenix, but he still has the support of his parents even from thousands of miles away. His mom, not wanting to break her streak of watching her son play, bought Apple TV so she could continue to watch all his games. After many games, he’ll talk with his dad on the phone and get a critique of his performance. Though he admits it’s taken some adjusting, he said his teammates have helped Tampa feel like home so he can tap into that hunger for victory that’s propelled generations of Bibby’s to athletic success. “I just want to help the team win,” he said. “I mean yeah, sure I want to do well scoring-wise and defensively, everyone wants to do well. But, I love to win. Like (Nov. 17), scoring 15 points, I really don’t care. I feel like I could have done better to help the team win, and that would have made the difference for me. I really don’t care about anything else other than winning.”



Men’s Basketball




Quinton Flowers wins AAC Offensive Player of the Year & The Oracle’s top 10 moments of the fall. Read it at

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Women’s Basketball

Bulls have fun in blowout over FIU By Chuck Muller S T A F F

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Michael Bibby Jr. begins his career at USF as a third generation basketball player USF freshman guard Michael Bibby Jr. has averaged 8.8 points per game and has made a 3-pointer in each game in 2016. ORACLE PHOTO/JACKIE BENITEZ By Vinnie Portell S T A F F


Since the time he could walk, Michael Bibby Jr.’s life has revolved around the game of basketball. Born into a bloodline that includes longtime NBA players Henry (grandfather) and Mike Bibby (father), it wasn’t long before Bibby Jr. was naturally drawn to the game. “There’s videos of me on YouTube when I was maybe a year old with a basketball and I was walking around, ‘Ball, ball. Shoot, shoot,’” Bibby Jr. said. “I feel like I just grew up wanting to play. “I mean they probably put a ball in my hands and I just fell in love with it, but they gave me the option that they would be by my side if I decided not to play basketball. So, I devoted my life to it.” Now, he is beginning the next chapter of the Bibby legacy as a freshman guard for the USF men’s basketball team. Through five games, Bibby Jr. has averaged

8.8 points per game and has the second-most assists. He’s made at least one 3-pointer in each game and earned his first start on Monday against Kennesaw State. “Mike has done a phenomenal job in the roles and the amount of minutes we’ve asked him to play,” USF coach Orlando Antigua said. “Whether it be starting, or coming off the bench, he just has a great feel and IQ about him. “He’s certainly someone who can space the floor with the way he shoots the ball and he passes the ball extremely well.” Growing up with a father in the NBA, Michael Jr. had the unique experience of watching his role model play on the sport’s biggest stage. He met the game’s top stars and had an inside look at life in the Association. But with all the benefits and perks of sharing the namesake of an NBA player, there also came the harsh realities that go handin-hand of the life of a professional athlete. Michael Jr. didn’t remember much about the first time his

dad was traded — Bibby Sr. was sent to the Sacramento Kings in 2001 from the Vancouver Grizzlies for Jason Williams — but when Bibby Sr. was traded to the Atlanta Hawks for a package of four players in 2008, the family didn’t follow. Michael Jr.’s mom was pregnant with one of his three younger sisters and the family had settled down in Phoenix. “It was a lot different, because growing up, my dad was always there,” Bibby Jr. said. “So, when he had to leave, I was really sad. I wouldn’t talk to him when he did have to leave because I was so sad and I didn’t want to talk about it or anything, it was tough.” With his dad halfway across the country, Bibby’s mom was the do-it-all figure of the household, as she raised Michael Jr. and his three younger sisters. Even with the daily struggle of raising three girls and taking care of a house by herself, Bibby Jr. said his mom would often offer to rebound for him and never

missed a single one of his games. When his dad retired from the NBA in 2012 at 33, the senior Bibby filled his new free time by supporting his son, who was a freshman playing high school basketball at Shadow Mountain High School — the same school Bibby Sr. played at years before. It didn’t take long before his passion for the game would be too much for the retired guard to contain. Just months into his son’s high school career, Bibby had to be removed from the stands by police officers for arguing over officiating with the referees. By the time the next season rolled around, Bibby had already found a new job to fill his time — serving as coach of Shadow Mountain’s basketball team. “My freshman year, I had a different coach and we didn’t do that well,” Bibby Jr. said “He got fired or resigned or something, I’m not really sure. After that (my dad) came in and took over. We knew where he’s been that he has

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Riding the energy of winning the Junkanoo Jam Tournament over Thanksgiving weekend, the Bulls’ momentum carried over to the Sun Dome on Wednesday, with a 91-41 victory over in-state foe Florida International. Carving up the Panthers (1-4) with a USF single-game record 17 assists, junior point guard Laia Flores’ distribution allowed the sharp-shooting Bulls (4-0) to finish with nine players in the scoring column en route to a 50-point victory. “It was awesome,” Flores said. “We were just sharing the ball with each other. We were just having fun, we were just making shots. At halftime, coach (Jose Fernandez) said we had to play better defense, and that’s what we did. Those made us run better offense.” After scoring only 33 points in the first half, the Bulls exploded coming out of halftime, tallying 37 points alone in the third quarter. In the breakout frame, USF shot 79 percent from the floor while knocking down seven of nine shots from behind the arc. “That third quarter, we shot the ball extremely well,” Fernandez said. “Our post players ran, we shared it, we made the extra pass. I think every shot we took in that quarter was wide open. That’s what kids are supposed to do, they’re supposed to knock down wide open shots.” Led by senior forward Ariadna Pujol’s 23 points, three Bulls finished with over 20 points. Along with Pujol, forwards Maria Jespersen and Kitija Laksa each finished with 22 points. The Bulls travel to Indianapolis to play Butler (2-4) on Friday and then to Jonesboro, Arkansas to play Arkansas State (0-5) on Sunday afternoon before returning home on Dec. 14 to host Saint Francis University (2-3).