Despite the Covid-19 pandemic and all the uncertainty surrounding it, the University of South Florida welcomed more than 5,800 freshmen to its three campuses as part of its summer and fall cohort, a nearly 5 percent increase over the previous year.
Not only was USF’s freshman class larger, it was also more diverse, with the percentage of Black students rising by 1.3 percent and Hispanic students by 18 percent. Academically, the incoming class excelled as well, with an average high school GPA of 4.18 and SAT score of 1312.
As St. Petersburg gears up for a busy week of Tampa Bay Rays World Series watch parties and Firestone Grand Prix races, Mayor Rick Kriseman stressed the importance of remaining vigilant in the fight against Covid-19 while still managing to have a little fun.
“There is obviously some cause for concern as Covid infections are ticking back up,” he said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon at the St. Pete Pier.
Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin good-naturedly fielded a handful of questions, Tuesday on The Catalyst Sessions, about the arts in St. Petersburg – when she was a young person in the city, when there wasn’t much to do (“it was a pretty pedestrian exposure to the arts”), and today.
“I don’t recall growing up in a City of the Arts,” she said diplomatically. “That wasn’t my consciousness or awareness. There certainly were some key elements, milestones and markers related to the arts growing up. But I think that the evolution our city has seen, accelerated in the last 25 years, has been a pretty notable and iconic movement along the continuum of being a City of the Arts.”
On this episode of SPX, Joe visits with legendary photographer Herb Snitzer, a longtime resident of St. Petersburg. In a non-stop career than spanned more than 50 years, Snitzer - as a professional on assignment for Life and Look magazines, the New York Times and other publications - created dozens of now-iconic images of the great jazz musicians of the 1950s and beyond.