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people help her with the preparation of taxes, including staff from HCC, accounting students from the University of Tampa Some USF students are turn- and her family. ing to a new service in Tampa VITA is offered Fridays and for help filing their taxes. Saturdays from 10 a.m. to The Volunteer Income Tax 1 p.m. Appointments are not Assistance (VITA) program is taken, but volunteers stay until drawing students from USF the last person who signed in and other Tampa schools who by 1 p.m. is helped. need assistance filling out tax USF students who used to forms and savturn to proing money fessional “Students used to without spendhelp for their ing more for come in and tell taxes have help. increasingly VITA is a me how much they been using free tax prepaservice, were paying to get the ration service Tarrago said. run solely by S e n i o r their tax returns volunteers for H e i d i people who done. They already M a t t h e w make less than she has have limited funds, said $42,000 a been filing year. yet they would still her taxes for L i n d a the last four Tarrago, a cerpay somone years. The tified public first time she a c c o u n t a n t hundreds of dollars filed, she had and professor to pay someto do them.” at Hillsborough one to do Community it. The next Linda Tarrago College (HCC), year, she saw VITA founder runs the VITA a billboard program at the for VITA and HCC Dale Mabry campus. decided to go to HCC. She said she wanted to start “The people there are very the program, which has been helpful and friendly,” Matthew running for seven years, to said. “That’s why I keep going use her knowledge to help back. I even recommended students. some of my friends at USF to “Students used to come in try it.” and tell me how much they Because VITA is a free serwere paying to get their tax vice, sometimes the wait can returns done,” Tarrago said. be long. This year, Matthew “They already have limited said, she had to wait three funds, yet they would still pay hours before being helped. someone hundreds of dollars “It was a Saturday and there to do them.” were a lot of people,” she said. Tarrago’s father worked for “But it was different because the Internal Revenue Service this year they showed the for 35 years doing corporate movie Madagascar in the waitaudits, so she grew up with ing room. It really helped pass accounting. the time.” Every year, Tarrago has n See SERVICE on PAGE 12 C O R R E S P O N D E N T

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USF researchers will be able to study embryonic stem cells since Obama’s administration reversal of the policy. Special to the Oracle By Tamara Simunovic C O R R E S P O N D E N T

Though the Obama administration’s stimulus package has removed some restrictions on stem cell research funding, it will take a while before the impact is felt in laboratories across campus. The policy reversal means USF researchers, who already study adult and umbilical cord stem cells, will also be allowed to look at embryonic stem cells — a field for which funding was restricted under the Bush administration. One researcher, Paul Sanberg, has been studying

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stem cells for the past eight years and leads stem cell research at USF. Stem cells, which can replicate for long periods of time, can change into different types of cells. Most adult stem cells, however, have the ability only to morph into specific, predetermined types of cells. The advantage of embryonic cells lies in their ability to change into different types. “While we have not worked with embryonic cells, the opportunity is to compare what we have seen in adult cells with embryonic,” Sanberg said. He said looking at embryonic cells will open new 16

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doors for research. “I think that we have been very fortunate to make good discoveries with non-embryonic cells,” Sanberg said. “Now (stimulus plan funding) opens up avenues to cells that we have not been able to study to find new info on how stem cells work.” Though the administration’s new policy will increase opportunities for researchers, it will not immediately affect stem cell research, said Dr. Phil Marty, the associate vice president for research at USF Health and associate dean for research in the College of Medicine.

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Priest steals from church and gets prison time WEST PALM BEACH — A Florida priest who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $370,000 from his church was sentenced Tuesday to 14 months in prison. Rev. John Skehan, 81, acknowledged taking the money from St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in Delray Beach during his 40 years as a priest there. During his sentencing hearing last week, Skehan and supporters pleaded with the judge for leniency. Skehan had faced from 22 months to up to 30 years in prison. “I humbly ask this court to consider the whole of my life in pronouncing this judgment,” Skehan told the judge. On Tuesday, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath sentenced Skehan to 14 months in prison, followed by seven years probation, for the first-degree

grand theft charge. Skehan, a native of Ireland, will also forfeit a $366,000 condo, about $381,500 worth of rare coins and nearly $40,000 cash. Colbath had said during Skehan’s sentencing hearing that his crime was a “horrible violation of trust,” but added that “it is not my desire to see him finish out his life while he is being incarcerated.” During his sentencing hearing, parishioners testified in support of Skehan, asking the judge to consider his many good deeds. The prosecution’s only witness, Rev. Charles Notabartolo, vicar general of the Diocese of Palm Beach, said the church’s main concern was for restitution, “not incarceration.” The judge said Tuesday that Skehan’s violation of the church’s trust meant he had to sentence him to some prison time.

Skehan’s attorney, Scott Richardson, said he was disappointed with the prison time, but was pleased that the judge sentenced Skehan to less than the guidelines. “I wasn’t surprised that some incarceration was imposed,” Richardson said. “But any kind of incarceration for an 81-year-old is a difficult thing for him to have to face.” The Diocese of Palm Beach had no comment Tuesday. “We’re just glad that this has been put behind the parishioners, the victim, which is St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church,” Prosecutor Preston Mighdoll said. He added that his office is dedicated to pursuing criminals for “theft and breach of trust, particularly by someone in a position of authority.”

NY senator now supports gay marriage NEW YORK — Sen. Charles Schumer reached out to gay leaders earlier this month and convened a meeting at an upscale Manhattan restaurant to make an important announcement: He was supporting gay marriage after years of opposing it. The response from the crowd

was swift. “The room applauded,” said Alan Van Capelle, the executive director of Empire State Pride Agenda, who helped organize the dinner at Gramercy Tavern. The reversal marked a significant shift for the Democratic senator and gave further momentum to

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gay marriage in New York, where every other statewide Democratic official supports such unions. Schumer’s change, some political observers suggested, stemmed from pressure to bring his position on gay marriage in line with the other officials, while coming at a time when support for same-sex unions is strong in New York. Also, it’s likely New York’s gay rights interest groups, which played a role in Democrats retaking control of the state Senate last November, were pressing Schumer to change his position.

France offers compensation for nuclear test

PARIS — The French government offered for the first time Tuesday to compensate victims of nuclear tests in Algeria and the South Pacific, bowing to decades of pressure by people sickened by radiation — and seeking to soothe France’s conscience. “It’s time for our country to be at peace with itself, at peace thanks to a system of compensation and reparations,” French Defense Minister Herve Morin said in presenting a draft law on the payouts. Victims cautiously welcomed the move, nearly 50 years after France conducted its first atomic tests. But they say it’s still too stingy, and is only a first step toward healing wounds left by explosions that sent blinding white flashes cascading over French Polynesia and the Sahara Desert. The French government will set aside some €10 million ($13.5 million) for the compensation for the first year, Morin said. The U.S. government, by comparison, has approved more than $1.38 billion in compensation to victims of nuclear tests since the enactment of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act in 1990. French army veteran Pierre Leroy recalled being present when a nuclear test explosion blasted through its containment structure and sent a radioactive cloud over the Sahara in 1962. “We were 19, 20 years old. They told us, ‘There are no risks, it’s not dangerous,’” he said. “There were no precautions.” He described being worn down by years of subsequent government denials of negligence and refusals to compensate victims. “We’re not asking for the moon,” Leroy said. Some 150,000 people, including civilian and military personnel, were on site for the 210 tests France carried out, both in the atmosphere and underground, in the Sahara Desert and the South Pacific from 1960-1996.


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Book reflects America’s spirit By Evan Tokarz C O R R E S P O N D E N T

A USF advisor and professor can now add author to his lengthy list of credentials. Rev. Melvin W. James, a licensed psychotherapist, trained theologian and diversity consultant, recently wrote God Bless America and the World , which describes his approach to life. James wrote the book after seeing Americans unify around the statement “God bless America” after 9/11. He lists three themes in the book — truth, justice and compassion — that he hopes will influence different kinds of leaders, from the president of a student organization to the head of a business. “My goal is to give a vision of America that is compassionate. For example, in one of the chapters I talk about Hurricane Katrina; I give a distinction between politicians who briefly visit a place where there’s a disaster and people who come to a person who’s been in a disaster,” he said. In other chapters, James addresses corporate greed, poverty, racism and political correctness and poses the question, “Where was God on September 11?” James, a pastoral counselor specialist for the 32nd

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He said the the implementation of the new funding will be a “slow process” and will include expenses for faculty and student training. “It will certainly make it easier for the faculty,” Marty said. In compliance with federal regulations, USF was already conducting research on umbilical stem cells, which are more flexible than adult cells, said College of Medicine dean Stephen Klasko. “We have a vibrant adult stem cell program that is ongoing,” he said. “At this point, we have no specific plans to make major changes, but we will follow events closely.”

Street Church of God, received degrees in chemistry and theology and said his education influenced his way of thinking. “I was challenged to look at life from different perspectives. Science concerns itself with data and objectivity,” he said. “And from a religious perspective, the concern is how to interpret meaning to life.” Earl Conteh-Morgan, professor of international affairs, helped edit the book and said he feels it is relevant to USF students. “James takes a biblical view of what the U.S. should be all about, and then he applies it to the social problems that are found in American society — problems of inequality, problems of moral decay and corruption in high places,” Conteh-Morgan said. He also said the book is especially relevant in the financial crisis. “I think it is a very appropriate book for the current trying times we are experiencing — not just in the U.S., but all over the world,” Conteh-Morgan said. In the book, James addresses issues he feels are relevant to Americans in economic crisis and said morals should be on Americans’ minds. “Are we going to be a society that focuses on the individual self to be egotistic or

are we going to help persons who need our help? This is where the issue of compassion comes into play,” he said. James said he believes Americans need to re-evaluate their values and focus on his key themes. “As the richest nation and the most powerful nation, we’ve got to think of power and wealth but also be concerned about the other person, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity or racial backgrounds,” he said. “We need to have more equity in society.”

Korie Fairbairn, a biomedical engineering graduate student, said she conducts research on animal cells and mature stem cells and would like to see the field of cell cultivation develop. “The stimulus package puts more emphasis on basic research as a university, and I think that’s a good thing,” she said. Student body president Gregory Morgan said he was wary of where some stimulus money was going. “With the current economic climate, I am not sure if this is something that needs to be receiving funding from the government when other areas of our country are suffering,” he said. Student body president-elect Juan Soltero said opening this

area of research gives students an opportunity to make history. “What we do with that research is what really makes a difference,” he said.

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Stem cell research needs cultural acceptance The cultural lag to accept research on embryos makes little sense. It was more than 30 years ago that Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in the states. Five years later, Louise Brown, the first baby to be conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF), was born. Since then, countless babies have been birthed as a result of IVF. What some fail to realize, and what medical professionals don’t necessarily advertise, is that multiple eggs are typically fertilized during the IVF process. As a result, only the highest-quality embryos are selected and the others are destroyed and discarded. In 2006, former President George W. Bush issued his first veto to a bill that expanded federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. During a press conference, he explained that the passage of the bill would be crossing a “moral line” and “support the tak-

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ing of innocent human life,” according to The New York Times. Regardless of the authenticity of the “moral line” Bush was referring to, that line had already been far crossed by Roe v. Wade and IVF. As such, it is absurd that stem cell research is still being legally debated. Those holding a consistent view of what embryos are within the current legal scope must never consider them persons. For some, personhood is defined by the consent a woman has given to cultivate the embryo, and the intrinsic value of life is gifted by the gestation period, not the collection of cells itself. Conforming to this logic, President Barack Obama lifted the ban on federal funding for stem cell research March 9. The move allows for potentially remarkable scientific breakthroughs. Stem cells have many therapeutic applications. When The Oracle’s official opinion is selected by a majority vote of the editorial board:

the body is injured, stem cells can help it grow new cells. In January, approval was given for the use of stem cells in patients with spinal cord injuries. In research done at the University of California, transplants of human stem cells in laboratory rats with similar spinal cord injuries proved promising. Many of the lab rats exhibited improvements in locomotion, giving researchers hope for stem cells’ application in humans with paralysis. Limiting research and funding for a technology that could be a significant boon to the quality of life of thousands of people based on a legally inconsistent and empirically deficient ethical position is absurd. The administration should be applauded for looking beyond political pandering and reviewing the scientific merits of stem cell research.

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A lack of motivation seems to be affecting Americans. Students tend to pick up a magazine or turn on the TV in attempts to procrastinate on doing homework or studying. They indulge themselves in information on celebrity couples, “in” hairstyles of the season and silly reality shows. Americans seem to care more about pop culture than politics and world news. The self-centered culture reveals itself in many ways, including numerous publications on things such as dieting and obtaining the perfect body. Americans want all the gossip on celebrities, advice on what makeup to wear and how to wear it, and knowledge on which designer jeans are appropriate to wear this season. According to its Web site, Cosmopolitan has a circulation of 2.9 million. As of September 2008, USA Today had a daily circulation of nearly 2.3 million according to its Web site, but that’s still fewer than Cosmo’s consumers. Current economic issues have forced people to purchase fewer materialistic items, including reading material that propagates said items, like fashion magazines and tabloids. Likewise, decreasing

profits have limited companies and their manufacturing patterns. According to the Publishers Information Bureau, advertising pages in magazines declined by 17.1 percent between 2007 and 2008. Many people, including President Barack Obama, are concerned about the economy and other misfortunes time may continue to bring. Americans need to start caring about their country as much as their president does, by informing themselves on issues and doing their part to help. Obama voiced his faith in his country on The Late Show with David Letterman, saying: “The American people are paying attention in a way they haven’t, I think, in several decades.” Sure, people pay attention to recessions when economic problems directly affect them and their daily routines. However, some don’t have time to stop in the halls of a college campus to listen to solemn students holding clipboards of information. Many would rather read Cosmopolitan than informative magazines or newspapers about world happenings. People pay attention when they are no longer able to purchase new

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Sleep deprived-students turn to medication to survive college life By Jessica Summers COR R ESPON DENT

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Students may find it hard to sleep when exams and term papers are looming in the near future. The pressure and stress has caused many to turn to prescription sleep aids. A Reuters’ study released this year shows that the number of college-aged adults 18-to-24 using prescription sleep aids has nearly tripled in the last decade. Dr. Leonard Kirklen, clinical psychologist in the USF Counseling Center, said he seldom suggests prescription medications for sleep problems because they are addictive. The medications also include many side effects and are not recommended to be taken for long periods of time. He often recommends natural products because they tend to sedate the

body, leaving it relaxed so sleep is more natural. “Three-fourths of the students I counsel are not aware of the natural options in the market or that many of them have been thoroughly tested,” Kirklen said. “However, natural doesn’t mean no side effects and not all products labeled natural are truly all natural, so students should read labels and talk to their doctors.” Doctors in other countries routinely prescribe natural remedies over prescriptions, Kirklen said, while in the United States the pharmaceutical companies heavily market their easy-fix products leaving natural aids lagging in the dust. Carmen Stein, a doctoral student and licensed psychotherapist, cautions against natural aids because they have not been regulated or rigorously tested. “With regulated medication we know how much a child can

take versus an adult and which medications just shouldn’t be taken together,” Stein said. “If there was some great natural product out there the pharmaceutical companies would have snatched it up.” Lauren Johnson, a sophomore majoring in education, started struggling in school because of sleepless nights and has turned to natural sleep aids sold at the local Whole Foods Market. “I have been taking Relaxity to ease stress and make my body and mind calm before going to bed,” Johnson said. “So far, it seems to be helping me fall asleep and not have stressful anxiety during the day. I do not take the pills everyday, but have not yet noticed negative side effects since starting it two months ago.” Johnson said she has not consulted her doctor about her

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Students and religious leaders react to the nationwide decline in religion Americans are slowly becoming less religious, according to the American Religious Identification Survey. Of the survey’s more than 540,000 respondents, nearly one in six did not claim a religious identity. The study estimates that about 34.2 million people categorize themselves as atheist, agnostic or having no religious preference. This group has increased from 8.2 percent in 1990 to 15 percent in 2008. “The jump in atheist, agnostic and non-religious numbers has been quite astounding to me,” said Ryan Paulson, president of the Atheist Student Alliance. He said the group’s membership has shot up from 30 to nearly 175 members over the past couple of years. “I never thought it would get this big,” Paulson said. The study also found a slight increase in new religious movements, including Wicca and Scientology. Grant Missonis of the Church of Scientology of Tampa said there has been a lot of interest in the church, mostly due to media attention. “A lot of people have heard about Scientology,” Missonis said. “So many interested people want to find out more about it.” The number of people who call themselves Christians has decreased. According to the study, 76 percent of Americans identified themselves as Christians in 2008, versus 86 percent in 1990. Mainline Protestant denominations have seen the

biggest drop in numbers. However, non-denominational and evangelical Christian churches have slightly increased over the past few years. Nationwide, Baptists have decreased by 3.5 percent. However, the First Baptist Church of Temple Terrance has actually seen an increase in the past year. Joseph Germain, director of international ministries, credits the tough economy for the rise in membership. “People are looking for answers, looking for hope,” he said. Germain said one reason for the decline in organized religion is that people are catering religion to fit their needs instead of the other way around. “God requires certain things that people are not meeting,” he said. Rev. Alan Weber, director of the Catholic Student Center, said one of the main problems is society’s changing attitude towards life. “There is a big gap in values between generations,” he said. Religious traditions and rituals are not as strong with younger generations as they are with older ones, which helps explain the growth of non-denominational churches, Weber said. Although organized religion has been on the decline for the past two decades, it is still a fundamental need that has existed throughout history, Germain said.

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“Organized religion addresses the need people have to connect with God and to be generous,” Weber said. The decline of religion raises issues about society as a whole. Society is based in fear, Weber said, which is played up by extreme evangelicals. Many students have heard loud and sometimes forceful preaching about the consequences of sin outside of Cooper Hall. George Poyatzis, one of the preachers, is dis-

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pleased with the decline in religion and feels it is his duty to preach to the students who pass by Cooper. “Part of being a Christian is spreading God’s word,” Poyatzis said. “I am doing God’s work.” Thomas Stallings, president of Cornerstone Student Fellowship, said he enjoys being a part of a Christian organization on campus regardless of nationwide trends. “The Christian fellowship has helped fill the void in my life,” he said. “I have found real fulfillment through Christianity.”

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natural remedy intake and is not all that worried since the products are labeled as natural. “I am really looking forward to trying another sleep aid by the name of Dreamerz because it comes in chocolate bars as well as fruity and chocolate drinks,” she said. “It seems fun because its ingredients are not packaged in a pill.” Take the time to unwind from the day “Ideally an hour, but even 20 minutes, needs to be taken to clear the mind of the things of the day before lying down to sleep,” Kirklen said. A common mistake students make is studying right before going to bed, he said. “There may be a lot of legitimate time pressures, but if they do not take some time to put the books aside and make the transition from the day, they will spend countless hours trying to fall asleep afterward,”

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Kirklen said. “The brain cannot simply shut off after going to classes and studying all day.” To get an easy night’s rest without the assistance of pills, Stein suggests a few things. She said the warmth of a hot bath is always helpful and listening to slow, soft music can relax one to sleep. She also said a classic warm cup of milk releases enzymes that allow the brain to rest. Find the cause There are many triggers inhibiting sleep, including test anxiety and depression, but the No. 1 cause is stress. The inability to fall asleep — or an unproductive sleep — leaves the body exhausted the next day. To fall asleep and get a good night’s rest, the body needs to be relaxed physically, emotionally and mentally. Many students find it hard to relax because they are worrying about financial, school and personal issues. “Students need to balance and prioritize. When trying to put 100 percent into everything,

the numbers just don’t add up,” Kirklen said. “If there is no downtime away from school, you will mentally burn out and not be able to concentrate and become less productive.” An inconsistent schedule is another factor in poor sleep because it does not allow the body to get on a regular timetable of knowing when to fall asleep and can restrain the normal stages of sleep. “I feel that my sleep problems are stress-related because I do not have trouble when I am not taking classes and I am always stressed during the school year,” Johnson said. Stein said sleep problems could be the result of a medical condition rather than stress or an inconsistent schedule, so it is important to find the source and learn how to treat it. Students can go to the Counseling Center to speak with a psychiatrist or psychologist for free to try to determine what is triggering their sleeprelated problems and how to best solve them.


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The weird on the World Wide Web The World Wide Web is a large and strange place. There are many sites that don’t get as much publicity or as many shots in the limelight as Facebook or Twitter, but are just as interesting. The Oracle staff put together its favorite, less well known Web sites.

Mixingbowl.com Finally, a social networking site for foodies. Mixingbowl.com lets users create profiles and join groups devoted to different cooking interests, such as “I only eat sweets” for those who enjoy their meals coated in chocolate and sprinkled with sugar, or “Dinners anyone can make” for the culinary-impaired. Each group features user-submitted recipes fitting the section’s theme, and members can rate dishes on a scale of one to five spoons. The highest-rated, most-shared and most-recent recipes are featured on the front page. It’s a great way to end those “What do you want for dinner?” debates, especially when the leftover pizza’s gone stale and you’ve eaten too many packages of Ramen noodles to ever want to touch them again. — Candace Braun ted.com The Te c h n o l o g y, Entertainment and Design (TED) conference is a yearly meeting of innovators, philanthropists and scientific revolutionaries. Founded in 1984, its current goal is to promote “ideas worth spreading” — and spread them it does. All of the talks from the conference in recent years have been recorded, edited and uploaded for viewing by anyone with a decent Internet connection. Topics range from quantum theory to comedy. Regardless of one’s interests, the site is

sure to offer something sure to captivate — or at the very least inspire. At the most recent conference, Bill Gates released a swarm of mosquitoes on the audience in an effort to promote malaria awareness. “There’s no reason only poor people should have the experience,” he said. — Daniel Dunn fark.com Having trouble finding all of the planet’s obscure news? Fark.com may not feature the headlines the average Joe expects to see on CNN or FOX, but it is homes to ones that will make him laugh. Like newspaper, Fark is split up into sections like news, sports, business and politics — and even a special section for “Florida,” because of the state’s propensity for producing odd news. The only difference is it contains the substance of an hour of surfing through hilarious YouTube videos. Fark doesn’t make this stuff up, though. All featured articles are drawn from reputable news sources, including major networks like CNBC and NPR. An article from Tuesday’s “Not News” section was about a police department in Japan that is using a lifesized cardboard cut-out of a murder suspect — complete with a voice recording — to scare passersby. It doesn’t get any more real than that! — Matt Ferrara fmylife.com Everyone has bad days. However, instead of wallowing in pity, people can feel better by reading posts about other people’s bad days. FMyLife has thousands of stories about everything from cheating significant others to people just having bad luck.

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Irene Rehberger has an 8-1 record this year for USF. ORACLE PHOTO/MIKE WILSON

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After dropping her first match of the season, No. 1 singles player Irene Rehberger enters today having won eight consecutive matches since March 1. The Bulls host UCF at 2 p.m. at the USF Varsity Tennis Courts. Rehberger (8-1), who transferred to USF this season from Spain, is ranked No. 82 in the country in singles. She dropped her opening match at Texas A&M on Feb. 27, but since then coach Agustin Moreno said she’s improved her game. “(Rehberger) is one of the top players in the country,” Moreno said. “Even though she got off to a late start this season, she’ll likely play in the NCAA singles championship

tournament.” The Bulls’ (5-10) season-high three-match win streak came to an end Saturday against Kentucky, before dropping another match to South Carolina. UCF (8-7) enters the match having lost three in a row. “It is going to be a tough match because (UCF) is a very good team,” Moreno said. “We are set to take them on though.” The No. 73 Knights are led by freshmen Andrea Yacaman and Christy Core, who are 18-12 and 17-13 in dual matches, respectively. The Bulls are 4-3 on a stretch of nine straight home matches. They face Boston University on April 4 before heading to Florida International on April 11. The Big East Conference tournament begins April 15.


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Second-year coach Marci Kornegay aims to keep the USF women’s golf team focused as the season winds down. Kornegay brings experience from coaching in the Southeastern conference. R a c h e l Edwards, who was named Big East player of the week March 13, has led the Bulls to five top 10 finishes this season. Kornegay talks about this year’s team, the SEC and spring break.

important shot of the day. Our mental game is coming on very strong. O: What are some areas for improvement? K: Inconsistency. We are still working on our short game. Right now our top three golfers are pretty solid, and we are looking for a fourth to step up.

O: What did you have your team do over spring break? K: Fortunately, we live in Florida. I only had to cancel one practice because of weather. I felt it was a Oracle: What great time for the were your expecM. Kornegay girls to take Monday tations for the team through Wednesday this year? Kornegay: You start the off and just relax. I encouraged season not really knowing what them to hang up their clubs and your expectations are. You be college students. We can afford to do that with start realizing you have a lot of the weather here. All of the other talent. We have placed in the top Big East teams are on burnout 10 in five of our eight tour- mode right now. naments. We also finished O: You have been a part of 10th out of 46 teams at the Kiawah Invitational, which several award-winning teams was one of the largest we have with excellent GPAs. What is your favorite part of being ever had. We are always going to be a coach? K: Everything. Just being able raising the bar individually. The to see the light turn on is the team is motivated. Now, they know they can get most rewarding experience. It to the next level. They’re push- is really about when a player comes up and tells me they’ve ing hard every day at practice. got it. You want to see your players O: Rachel Edwards was named Big East player of the develop in all aspects of life, not week. What sticks out about her just golf. as a golfer? O: This is your second year K: Rachel is one of those fiery players when she is on here. You have been on the the course, which plays to her coaching staff at LSU and advantage. She is very capa- South Carolina as well. How do ble of getting a birdie on those SEC programs compare to USF? every hole. K: We have tremendous She finished third at the JMU event. She is our go-to golfer support here. We are also very fortunate to have the golf course right now. support here in the Tampa Bay O: What are the team’s area. We can play anywhere we want, which is a real highlight of strengths? K: We are really starting to the program. You can’t compare adapt our team plan. The shot that with any other school. we are taking becomes the most

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wanted him to get stronger … he’s got to get better at everything,” he said. “You’ve got to get bigger and stronger all the time and get better technically in what you do for all aspects of the game.” In his first start, Marshall totaled one tackle for loss, one sack, one forced fumble and one interception against N.C. State on Sept 27. In the Big East, he recovered fumbles against Syracuse and Louisville, earning him a starting spot entering this spring. The USF defensive line returns six players who saw significant playing time. It also has two highly recruited incoming players for next fall. JUCO defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who is a five-star caliber according to Rivals, and four-star Armwood defensive end Ryne Giddins will add depth to an already

competitive bunch. “We’re going to be pretty good next year on the line, so right now I’m just trying to work hard in the spring ­ — ­ that way I can be ready for next fall,” Marshall said. Along with a competitive line, Marshall has to deal with adjusting to new defensive coordinators Joe Tresey and David Blackwell. Defensive line coach Kevin Patrick said it’s been an adjustment for the whole defense. “For (Marshall) and a lot of the guys, it’s about getting used to the new type of terminology of the defense,” he said. “Our guys have some work left in getting used to it.” In terms of physical ability, though, Patrick said Marshall has improved in the offseason. “Getting stronger and adding weight was important, but it was about adding good weight,” he said. “I think (Marshall) has done that.”

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It was a night USF coach Lelo Prado would like to forget. “It was terrible,” Prado said. “It was bad from the very beginning. I knew we were in trouble. Every guy in that locker room should be disappointed.” The Bulls’ six-game win streak came to halt Tuesday night in a 4-3 loss to Stetson filled with defensive miscues and squandered opportunities. With the Bulls (13-8, 3-0) leading Stetson 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh, three consecutive bunt singles by Mike Consolmagno, Peter Brotons and Ryan Lockwood loaded the bases. Stetson reliever Jake Hitchcock retired the next three batters, however, to get out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam. “We had the bases loaded

with no outs and didn’t score a run with the middle of the lineup,” Prado said. “If you don’t score at that time or get one or two runs, you’re not going to be a very good club.” USF starter Teddy Kaufman, coming off a complete game win March 18 against FAMU, allowed only one run until the eighth inning, when Stetson, trailing 2-1, scored three runs, giving the Hatters a 4-2 lead to put the game away. Kaufman didn’t walk a single batter and struck out five. Three of the four runs he gave up came in the eighth inning. “(Kaufman) did a great job — both starters did a great job,” Prado said. “We just weren’t ready to play.” USF jumped out early with runs in the first and second inning but missed opportunities late, failing to score with the bases loaded in the eighth. “We scored two runs early, but I knew we were in

trouble,” Prado said. “You’ve got a win streak, and you’ve got a chance to keep it going. I don’t understand how you can’t be ready to play. Days like this make it tough.” USF had some untimely miscues in the field, including a failed attempt to cover second base on a0 Stetson steal attempt in the eighth inning. “When you don’t cover a bag, when a guy’s stealing, you know you’re mind’s not in the game,” Prado said. Prado said he hopes for improvements in today’s game at Bethune-Cookman at 5 p.m. “When you’re trying to get to where you want to go, you can’t have nights like this,” Prado said. “They’ve got to understand that, they’ve got to bring it to the ball park every day, and we didn’t do it. I apologize to the USF fans because that isn’t the way we’re supposed to play.”

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In football, size matters. Junior defensive end Craig Marshall took that saying to heart in the offseason. “I had to get bigger over the winter, that was important,” Marshall said. “I spent a lot of time in the weight room trying to improve my strength.” After transferring from Pearl River junior college, Marshall saw significant playing time last season as a sophomore when two-time All-American defensive end George Selvie suffered an ankle injury at Florida International on Sept. 20. Since then, Marshall has gained 15 pounds of muscle to help him compete for the starting left end spot and is No. 1 at on the spring depth chart. Marshall, who is listed as 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds, has improved his bench press to 325 pounds in order to compete better at the line of scrimmage. Last season, the Fort Walton Beach native proved himself as a pass rusher, gaining 5.5 tackles for a loss. This season, however, Marshall said he’s focused more on helping the rush defense as well. “It was all about getting stronger, because I have good speed and so now I can help out in other areas,” he said. “The coaches have really been telling me they want me to hold my gaps stronger, so that’s what I’ve been focusing on this spring.” Coach Jim Leavitt said having more strength will help Marshall improve as a player. “He’s gotten bigger. We

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