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InsIde thIs Issue Rubio’s on-campus office serves many, attracts few
By Divya Kumar the Tampa office only sees “My overall experience
S T A F F W R I T E R about three to four walk-in was so helpful when I look at
visitors per month. my future that may involve
Across the hall, Sarel Botha, public policy,” he said.
Nestled in the Business an employee of electronic “I had an understanding
Partnership Building, among document management of how the local political
hallways of local research and company Docuvantage, said he system works in relation
technology companies, lies sees people going in and out of to Washington’s role in
M oN tA GE an office meant to foster a the closed door “every now and protecting and enforcing
“Workaholics” strikes comedic
different kind of then.” constituent beliefs.”
gold with ’90s nostalgia. Page 4
partnership. He said he’s never seen the Schulnick said his duties
Montage Outside of Suite 106 is a buzzer, senator, but probably wouldn’t involved answering phone calls,
a speaker and a solid wooden recognize him if he did. creating databases of newly
door that opens to the little-known There are no pictures elected local officials, sorting mail,
constituency office of U.S. outside the office. writing proposals, and
Sen. Marco Rubio. When Rubio took office in responding to constituent
“The Tampa office is to be an January, he inherited the suite from concerns — something that took
office where local constituents former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, up much of his time.
in the area and the region can who saw a similar amount of traffic The issues brought to the
interact with Senator Rubio’s to and from the office, Botha said. office’s attention are made note
office, whether it’s to express On any given day, the of and sent to Rubio’s Washington,
S po rtS opinions (or) solicit help Tampa office is usually D.C., office, where a few
Bulls back in practice after four with issues involving federal occupied by two concerns are picked for the
days off. BACK agencies and departments,” people, Mucci said — a staff senator to personally address on
said Alex Burgos, spokesman for member and an intern who his YouTube video series, Marco’s
Rubio. changes with the semester. Mailbox, every week.
Burgos said constituency offices Current staff members declined Though Rubio does have
are located across the state in to comment. his own office in the suite,
Oracle populous areas and are paid for
with a budget set aside by the
Josh Schulnick, a senior
majoring in political
characterized by a University of
Florida welcome mat, Schulnick
Yet, Regional Director for
science who interned at the
Tampa office last spring, said his
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Act, which will change
the patenting system
nationwide, could shorten
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granted patents — depending
on how much the inventor is
willing to pay.
The act was signed by
President Barack ObamaSept. Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity members Brandon Cook, a freshman majoring in political science, (far
16 and will be effective left in panda costume), Cameron Hainline, a freshman majoring in biomedical science and Luis
March 16, 2013. Monsalve, a freshman majoring in biology, (far right) collected money Monday for Anchor Splash, a
According to a White charity event hosted by Delta Gamma to purchase and train seeing eye dogs.
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Norway opens massacre island to media Feds revise
email@example.com UTOYA, Norway — Norway
opened the island of Utoya to
Party, which traditionally uses it for
its youth wing’s summer retreats.
peaceful forested island, apart from
a few shattered windows and bul-
News Editor journalists Monday for the first Donors have pledged let holes in the cafe near the main for transgender
Diedra Rodriguez time since confessed mass more than $5.5 million to building. Police had cleared away
(813) 974-1888 killer Anders Behring Breivik renovate the island, dotted with evidence for their investigation. inmates
firstname.lastname@example.org massacred 69 people at a campgrounds, football fields Adrian Pracon, a SAN FRANCISCO — Transgender
youth camp in July, with and basketball courts, said Eskil 21-year-old survivor says inmates who did not begin
Asst. News Editor the ruling Labor Party Pedersen, leader of the Labor reopening the island, 25 miles treatment prior to entering
Brittany Cerny vowing to ensure its idyllic retreat Party’s youth organization. northwest of the capital, federal custody can now receive
(813) 974-6299 transcends tragedy. He said that youth camps Oslo, is important so that sex hormones, specialized mental
Police closed the island after the would resume on the island, but a “people understand what health counseling and possibly
Sports Editor July 22 shooting spree that was decision had not yet been made happened there.” gender reassignment surgery while
Michael Manganello preceded by Breivik’s car bomb on when that would be. The party Pracon recalled the horror of the serving their sentences.
(813) 974-2842 attack outside the prime minister’s also plans a commemorative day, as Breivik stalked the shore As part of a court settlement
email@example.com office in central Oslo, which killed monument on the island. and shot campers who, like him, announced Friday, the U.S. Bureau
eight people. “The island means very had plunged into the water in a of Prisons has adopted new health
Montage Editor More than 150 journalists much to very many people. No desperate attempt to escape. care guidelines for prisoners who
Joe Polito and photographers took the island in Norway has formed the Breivik has confessed to the believe they are the wrong gender.
five-minute trip to the island on political landscape more than attacks but denies criminal guilt, In the past, inmates who
the M/S Thorbjoern — the same Utoya,” Pedersen told reporters. saying he’s in a state of war identified as transgender but had
ferry that carried Breivik on “We have the clear aim to return and believes the massacre was not been diagnosed or commenced
Scene & Heard Editor the rainy afternoon of his gun to Utoya.” necessary to save Norway and treatment prior to incarceration
rampage. Organizers said that they would Europe from being overrun by were precluded from receiving
They were permitted to walk gradually open the island to the Muslim immigrants. medical care for their conditions.
around freely but were not public but will request that visitors He has been held in solitary The new policies state that
allowed to take survivors to the respect it as the site of the killings. confinement since his arrest after such prisoners are now eligible for
island, a popular recreational There were few outward signs he surrendered to the police on hormone therapy to feminize or
center owned by the ruling Labor of the horrific attack on the small, the island. masculinize their bodies and to
dress and live accordingly.
New Legoland park in Fla. will keep the kids busy
WINTER HAVEN — The first area for toddlers, too, and several times and was battered senior project director. “The
Copy Chief thing you’ll do upon entering parents will certainly linger in the by a hurricane before it closed challenge for us was how do
Andrew Madden Legoland Florida is walk up to amazing Miniland USA area, for good in 2009. Then Legoland we take our standard castle and
the nearest oversized Lego model which features the skylines of came to town. clusters that we have in every
Advertising Manager and touch it: Is it really made out New York and other Legoland planners incorporated other park and incorporate them
Meg MacLauchlan of those little plastic bricks that big cities, as well as the gardens into the new park, into this while keeping some of
are as much a part of American Florida landmarks, all as well as the water-ski shows on the existing buildings. We fixed
Graphic Arts Manager childhood as skinned knees and constructed from Legos. Lake Eloise and the bleachers and what we could, we tore down what
Nicholas Trobiano ice cream cones? “Every Lego model you see in pavilions on its banks. Legoland’s we couldn’t; we added new, we
The answer is yes. And the park is made with standard version is a pirate-themed modified old.”
Business Manager thankfully, they’re all glued Lego pieces,” said Bill Vollbrecht, water-ski and stunt show that will “What first started out as
Kimberly Schwartz together to withstand abuse from the self-described “Lego nerd” be staged several times daily. challenges became amazing
the rambunctious kids and who designed the park. “We don’t Sixteen mature live oak trees opportunities,” Vollbrecht said.
curious parents who will be have special pieces made; they are were moved and replanted as The park is divided into
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RUBIO connect with younger
voters, who typically favor the
difficult because it’s tucked inside
such a huge building, so they don’t
Continued from PAGE 1 Democratic Party. really see you,” she said. “I’m
internship. Rubio’s one Yet to do that, Steve Johnston, sure if I made an appointment,
visit to Tampa during his a political science professor who I could go and talk to them, but
internship was for a speaking teaches modern political theory, it’s not very accessible, and they
event — an occasion Schulnick said the office would need a more don’t seem to be very open to the
couldn’t attend. The other centralized location. Johnston said public.”
time Rubio was supposed to he was not aware that the office Johnston said constituency
speak in Tampa, the event was even existed. offices offer students
cancelled, he said. “If they wanted to locate it a valuable opportunity to become
When they are not anywhere, they’d have to locate it politically engaged during
meeting walk-in visitors, Mucci in the Marshall (Student) Center non-election times.
said the suite’s inhabitants answer or Library or someplace students “I wouldn’t want to think
phone calls and reply to emails on actually go that’s more easily that political activity ought to
a daily basis. accessible,” he said. “It doesn’t be restricted to things that are
Edwin Benton, a political science seem like it’s an office designed to institutionally sanctioned or
professor, said the low turnout at attract many students.” institutionally channeled,” he said.
Rubio’s office isn’t too surprising. But for some, the office has “It’s just as important, in fact even
“When I was an proven to be a place to voice more important, to work outside of
undergrad in the late 1960s to dissent. those institutions.”
early ’70s, students were a lot more Jackie Horwich, a senior Though having accessibility
politically energized and majoring in women’s to a senator on campus is good,
engaged than they are today,” studies, has participated in three Horwich said accessing the office
he said. “Young people have protests outside of the office is difficult.
always been less active in since she learned of its “Even if students did want
politics, but this existence last spring. Yet, despite to know about it, it’s really hard
generation is not really turned on having access to the office, Horwich to find,” she said. “You have
to politics.” said she is uncertain whether her to go inside this really huge
Benton said the Republican concerns were heard. building and his door doesn’t have
senator’s on-campus office “Protesting outside Marco any sort of label on it. It’s very well
may be an attempt to Rubio’s office was kind of hidden.”
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Guys from ‘Workaholics’ mix business with pleasure
When any group of friends Kyle Newacheck in a hungover from a house party Doubtfire” — a few of the guys’ on the spot, they said their
volley priceless banter back conference call interview. the night before. Anders wakes favorite movies. stories are much more
and forth to perfection, they “You don’t have all the up in the trunk of their car The chemistry between script-driven than people think.
often follow it responsibilities of an adult wearing a Speedo with his hair characters comes from the “There’s a pretty detailed
with a phrase yet, so you can kind of just dyed blonde. Blake and Adam tight-knit friendship between script, but then we like to get
Joe similar to f--- around.” start to call him “Blonders,” the three stars and director. loose,” Holms said. “Kyle lets us
Polito “Dude, we Though the show’s dialogue is and Slim Shady and Ric Flair Anderson and Newacheck have go off the leash a little bit.”
C O M M E N TA R Y
should have far from elegant prose, never has references ensue. been “best buddies” since third The guys also spoke about
our own TV stupid seemed so smart. Though the crude nature of grade. The friends met Holm their collaborative writing
show.” That dream has become “Workaholics” doesn’t offer the show might not attract some and DeVine in improv classes in process.
a reality for the group of comedic classic sitcom punchlines outside their target demographic Los Angeles. “Somebody will come with
comrades who star in and write —rather, it blends body of white males ages 18 to “Then we began kicking it a little nugget of an idea and
for the Comedy Central show language, extreme sarcasm and 25, “Workaholics” perfectly on the regular, making internet then we sit around a table and
“Workaholics.” ’90s references to provide a embodies TV’s “Rugrats” genera- videos and falling in love with talk out the story,” Newacheck
Now in its second season, consistently affable story from tion as new adults. In the season each other,” Anderson said. said. “And then Anders and
the show follows three friends start to finish. premiere, the three friends steal The group’s perfectly timed (producer Kevin Etten) take it
fresh out of college who work as The appeal stems from the a dragon statue from a local conversational dialogue and to the computer and write
telemarketers. Stars Blake balancing act between relatable playground and then fight over linear storytelling derives from the script.”
Anderson, Adam DeVine and characters and situations with what to name it. Adam suggests the Larry David school of Holm added that the group
Anders Holm play caricatures utterly ridiculous outcomes. “Reptar” and then remarks: realistic interaction. has a strong consensus about
of themselves — a trio of “We draw a lot of the stuff “That was so Tommy of me.” “I know we’re all big (“Curb what will work.
beer-chugging, pot-smoking from real life; of course, you’ve Later in the premiere, Adam Your Enthusiasm”) fans, and I “You kind of know the ones
best friends whose antics are got to kind of juice them up for goes undercover at a local high think a lot of writing and humor that stand out when you can see
not only morally reprehensible, TV a little bit,” Anderson said school donning baggy JNCO in general comes a lot from that an episode right off the bat,”
but also downright hilarious. in the conference call. “We take jeans, a Blink-182 T-shirt and school,” Anderson said. he said.
Think “It’s Always Sunny in details from who we really are yellow visor. Even if stupid Newacheck and Holm added The third episode of the new
Philadelphia” made for and by — I think that’s what makes the comedy doesn’t hit home that they are inspired by shows season of “Workaholics” airs
20-somethings. characters seem real.” for some audiences, the ’90s such as “Tim and Eric Awesome tonight at 10:30 on Comedy
“It’s about the mind For instance, the second humor will definitely work for Show” and “Cheers.” Central.
state of just out of college,” episode of the new season anyone who grew up watching Though much of the show
said co-creator and director begins with the guys waking up “Kindergarten Cop” and “Mrs. seems like it was made up
Left: Blake Anderson (left), Adam DeVine and Anders Holm (right). For their characters, the actors use their real first names with slightly altered versions of their last names.
Right: The roommates make a pact to stop drinking in the episode “Dry Guys.” SPECIAL TO THE ORACLE
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PATENT The act will allow the
USF Division of Patents and
the USPTO to examine the
with our office,” she said.
“Our procedures in place will
faculty members submitting a
patent through USF will not
Continued from PAGE 1 Licensing two more options — “As long as our staff is continue to work within those pay for the process, which
the fast track and slow track — educated in these changes, procedures and we will change will remain unchanged under
House press release, the act when filing an application with everything should be fine,” them accordingly, if need the act.
will give a boost to American the U.S. Patent and Trademark she said. be. But, we still plan to work “If you decide to disclose
companies and inventors Office (USPTO). Even though Obama said very closely with our students to our office (the invention)
who have suffered The two different tracks the act will help bring these and faculty to evaluate their and the University approves
costly delays from having to would be determined by the inventions to the market faster inventions and help them it, the University will own
hire lawyers to prove they amount of money an applicant and create jobs, Turley said through the patent process.” your technology,” Turley said.
invented an idea first. It will is willing to spend. Currently, she believes USF will only be Students who have pending “Our office does pay for the
allow entities to focus on the amounts are unknown, affected by the time patents will not be affected by prosecution of the patent
innovation and job creation, said April Turley, intellectual process for a patent this act, she said. application. Then, we try to
according to the release. property manager at USF’s application. Hunter said USF received identify companies to license
On a 2011 Intellectual Division of Patents and “We are not really 91 patents in the last fiscal your technology.”
Property Owners Association’s Licensing. anticipating that much of a year, but Turley said she does If an invention is licensed,
list, USF ranked No. 9 in “If you pay more money, change on how we operate in not expect the amount of the inventor who signed the
number of patents for USPTO will accelerate our office,” she said. students wanting to patent or rights to the University receives
universities and No. 269 for the examination of your Terri Hunter, licensing the amount of granted patents a portion of the money, based
organizations overall last year. application,” Turley said. “If manager in the Division of to decrease in the upcoming on the negotiations of the
According to the New York you want to pay less money, Patents and Licensing, said years. agreement, she said.
Times, the main change to you can go on a slow track the division will continue to “As long as our faculty is “Right now, we are
the U.S. patenting process will and delay examination of your work normally and adjust the diligent and keeping track working to educate the faculty
be the switch from a “first application.” system when changes of the technology they are or student who discloses
to invent” system to a “first Currently, filing a patent are made. working on in their lab, we (ideas) to our office so they
to file” system, which will costs $1,000, she said, and “I don’t think the never thought there would be understand what the chang-
establish priority for once students or faculty file students at USF are going to an issue with getting a patent,” es are, to make sure their
whoever filed for the patent of for a patent, they wait “in feel anything different going Turley said. processes are in line with how
an invention first. line” about three years for through the patent process As of now, students and it’s going to be,” she said.
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In response to the Sept. 28 share my enthusiastic passion for
article “Ducklings at risk on recklessly wasting my schools‘
campus”: budget in the face of massive
budget cuts realize what’s
I was deeply moved by the important. It is selfish to wish
tragic story of the helpless little that those funds go to improving
ducks chronicled in The Oracle. the school for its students. Save
This has inspired me to propose the squirrels; their lives are
another necessary reform: at stake.
EDITORIAL squirrel crosswalks.
Public record requests
As a young child, I once Rob Stein is a sophomore
witnessed a squirrel cross the majoring in political science.
street and get struck by a car. ________________________
must be affordable
This senseless tragedy, no doubt,
occurs daily on the USF campus In response to “don’t ask, don’t
with its large population of tell” repeal:
Florida’s Sunshine Laws are (SBA), approved in 2010, records request, which was squirrels. Sadly, Students
intended to keep the state’s according to the Times. The “usually filled at little cost or no Protecting the Environment and We finally saw the end of
government transparent and problem is that Thomas Strauss, cost,” and received a $850 bill, Animals through Knowledge a dishonorable policy that
accountable. Whenever public head of the fund that spun off according to the Times. (SPEAK) does not seem to share prevented gay and lesbian
records information is requested, Starboard Value and Opportunity, The fees of these public records in my commitment to protecting American citizens from serving
the price is no more than the was a client of Williams prior to requests are prohibitively costly the squirrels, no doubt because openly in the military. The end
lowest paid employee’s labor becoming SBA head in 2008. to legislators — let alone normal they think baby ducks are of “don’t ask, don’t tell” is long
capable of the job plus the cost In a letter to SBA’s trustees, citizens. Legal documents cuter and thus their lives are overdue, and while its demise is
to make the copies, according to Fasano wrote that he didn’t “want may require a large amount of more valuable. cause for celebration, we should
Florida Statutes. to accuse anyone of attempting analysis, and legal expenses can be The “Save the USF Baby not be fooled into thinking that
Florida Sen. Michael Fasano to hide anything,” but found costly, but such important financial Ducks” Facebook page may have all is just in our armed forces.
(R-New Port Richey) was in for “a $10,000 bill … sent with a records need to be within the grasp more than 900 followers, but Regardless of whether service
a surprise, then, when he filed a warning that it could take months of politicians, journalists, writers, the “USF Squirrels” page has members are married to their
public records request and was to supply the information regulators and citizens. Something more than 4,000. What SPEAK same-sex partners in states that
sent an invoice of $10,750.13 requested” suspicious, according must be reformed to make neglects to understand is that all recognize such marriages, they
for an estimated 380 hours of to the Times. important requests records animal life is valuable, regardless will not receive the plethora of
legal analysis over several The cost of complying with the like these able “to be inspected of cuteness. This is a form spousal benefits that are freely
months, according to the request of 6000 pages requires … under reasonable condi- of what I like to call “animal given to heterosexual couples.
St. Petersburg Times. 300 hours of paralegal work at tions,” as stated in Florida discrimination” that is prevalent In order to redress this injustice,
Some documents require more $22.84 an hour, according to the Statute 119.07, 1(a). among many so-called we must do away with another
technical analysis than others, Times. In addition to the paralegal If the fees billed are correct, “animal lovers.” policy that hinders the liberty
but such high costs for public work, 80 hours must be spent then the government should I propose the following detailed of our citizens — the Defense
records are prohibitive to ensuring on fees for lawyers, “information look to alternatives such as sub- plan. First, we should paint of Marriage Act. Until gay and
accountability and limit the technology work,” a senior sidizing information requests if squirrel crosswalks on all roads lesbian service members can offer
Sunshine Laws ability to provide investment officer and a senior that is what it takes to ensure bordering squirrel habitats (trees). their spouses the same benefits
transparency. analyst’s work, as well as another accountability. These fees are Then, we would hire a squirrel and protections enjoyed by their
Fasano’s request was in $450 for 3,000 photocopies. cost-prohibitive to the point that crossing guard to monitor heterosexual counterparts, they
regard to a $125 million Fasano’s situation isn’t the they do not offer fair access for these crosswalks and guard the will remain second-class citizens.
investment of public pension only recent case of a public offi- all. These high legal fees provide a squirrels from reckless, barbaric If we are truly willing to allow
money in a hedge fund called cial balking at the high cost of barrier to branches of government drivers. This plan will cause gays and lesbians to serve
Starboard Value and Opportunity, public records. Former New Port outside the executive, and threaten minimal closures of USF’s openly in the military, then it is
which Ash Williams, head of the Richey human resources director to tip the control of information in major roadways. Obviously, cost time to honor their service and
State Board of Administration Jeff Sutton filed a City Hall email Florida if they are not reformed. shouldn’t be an issue, because sacrifice by granting them the
you can’t put a price on a same benefits other military
squirrel’s life. families receive.
The Oracle’s official opinion is I hope that my fellow students
Anastasia Dawson Jimmy Geurts
selected by a majority vote of the at USF who share my contempt Christopher Wheldon is a
editorial board: Nicholas Milstrey
for animal discrimination will graduate student majoring in
stand up. I hope that those who public health.
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA ●
t u e s D A Y, O C t O B e R 4 , 2 0 1 1
T H E O R AC L E
Blais proving key to Bulls’ chances in Big East USF anxious to play again
after rough Pittsburgh loss
Coach Skip Holtz will use this week’s practice to focus on
improving the Bulls, rather than get an early start on preparing
for Connecticut. ORACLE PHOTO/KRISTIAN WALDEN
By Michael Manganello Big East Offensive Player of
S P O R T S E D I T O R the Week award. The defense
continually failed to contain Gra-
Graduate student goalkeeper Chris Blais has been key for the Bulls this year since his arrival ham to the middle portion of
from Michigan, where he led the Wolverines to the College Cup semifinals last season. He has the field where more tacklers
posted three clean sheets so far this season. ORACLE PHOTO/BOBBY BISHOP If you ask coach Skip Holtz or are available, instead allowing him
his football players, the first open to reach the perimeters.
Despite some early offensive impressively, building his third clean sheet of the year and date of their 2011 season couldn’t While Holtz recognizes
success, the defensive line clearly confidence with two clean sheets getting the team another win over have come at a worse time. Graham’s talent and
determines the fate of the men’s and only allowing one goal in a nationally-ranked program. The Bulls are coming off a acknowledges that he’s a
soccer team. the first three games of the year. “Chris has been working really 44-17 drubbing on the road at difficult player to face, he said the
The team However, it wasn’t surprising to hard,” Kiefer said after the Pittsburgh to open Big East play defense struggled to implement
Rames Ali has played see his production drop as the UC Irvine game. “We put him in last Thursday. The Bulls have this the defensive gap schemes,
C O M M E N TA R Y
nine games first half of the season wore on. In some tough situations the last weekend off, meaning the team allowing Graham to run nearly
this season and two games this season against couple of games. Sometimes, if won’t be back on the field to at will.
has a 5-2-2 re- ranked opponents, Blais has yet you stop having success, you’ll compete until Oct. 15 at “It was almost like recess ball —
cord. In most cases, the to allow a goal. He’ll face his lose your swagger. But we met Connecticut — something Holtz everybody go tackle him,” he said.
defensive side of the stat sheet third tonight as the Bulls take on separately with Chris, and he said his players are unhappy with. “We weren’t holding our gaps and
reveals how the Bulls fared in No. 25 Florida Gulf Coast in looks back on track.” “We would have played a great back like Graham is going
each game. Fort Myers tonight. It can be argued that Blais is Saturday if they would have let us, to find that opening and exploit it.
Coming into the season, the It seemed like the pressure of the team’s most vital player, even after playing the way we did on It was more assignment, discipline
young Bulls had plenty of questions, living up to Attinella’s reputation though junior forward Dom Dwyer Thursday,” he said. “For the long gap integrity than it was just
the largest of which was the hole finally got to Blais when the Bulls may be the star with seven goals term, if we handle this the right physically getting pushed around
left by All-American goalkeeper went through a rough patch in early in his first nine games of Division way and we can grow from it, we up front.”
Jeff Attinella. After his illustrious September, yielding seven goals I play. When Blais and his defense have the pain and the loss in our The Bulls have been off
career with the Bulls, Attinella in three games against Bradley, allow one goal or fewer, the Bulls bag for the next 16 days ... I’m not since returning from Pittsburgh,
moved on to FC Tampa Bay, leaving Dartmouth and St. Louis. Despite are undefeated at 5-0-1, while if he going to say it was a good thing, but will return to the practice
arguably the most vital position the fact that Blais seemed allows multiple goals, the Bulls are but we can gain from it.” field this afternoon. USF will
on the team empty. visibly shaken, coach George Kiefer winless, at 0-2-1. The Bulls’ defense looked also practice Wednesday and
Chris Blais, a 6-foot-4 graduate insisted that the blame could not The Bulls are in a great position vulnerable against the Panthers, Thursday and take Friday and
student, took the reigns of the Bulls’ be placed on the goalkeeper. to make another tournament run, yielding 307 yards on the ground, Saturday off before returning
defense after transferring from Kiefer admitted to meeting with sitting at 1-0-1 in the Big East mostly to Pittsburgh’s quick to the normal game
Michigan, and began the season Blais before their game against with seven conference games tailback, Ray Graham. Graham week schedule by beginning
trying to create his niche in undefeated UC Irvine. The Bulls remaining. They’ll get a break from rushed for 226 yards and preparations for the
Attinella’s shadow. Blais started won that game 2-0, giving Blais his conference action tonight at 7. two touchdowns, earning the Connecticut game Sunday night.