When the state legislature mandated the consolidation of the University of South Florida’s three campuses in 2018, it was touted as a positive development with plenty of upsides.
Students would have a larger pool of majors to choose from and more services available to support them. Faculty members would have new opportunities for interdisciplinary research collaborations and community partnerships. And the smaller Sarasota-Manatee and St. Petersburg campuses would have access to funding awarded to USF as one of the state's preeminent research universities, money they would't have been previously eligible to receive as separately accredited institutions.
It’s the ubiquitous pandemic-era pronouncement: “We’re all in this together.” But are we?
Just think, wearing a mask, which should be embraced as a public health concern in a country that has lost at least 217,000 souls – more than 15,000 in Florida – is being fought against in the political arena.
Roy Peter Clark’s latest Catalyst Session included a discussion of baseball caps – he owns more than 50 of them. The caps not only keep the sun off his face and out of his eyes, they protect his bald head, which he describes as a “polar icecap” when the air conditioning blows down, and a no-fault necessity during Zoom calls like The Catalyst Sessions “because I don’t want you to be distracted by the reflection off my head.”
He then read the “Readers Digest version” of his recent Tampa Bay Times column about his cap collection.
Guests this episode are Sandra Friend and John Keatley. Sandra has written numerous guide books to hiking throughout Florida, she's logged almost 10,000 miles across the state on foot herself, and is the founder of FloridaHikes.com. John's a former NASA employee who's a Florida resident and has hiked, biked and paddled extensively around the state. He's also the author of numerous books on hiking in Florida.