Give It Up


A hard pill to swallow. Initially before coming to Cambodia, I thought I’m going there to use MY background knowledge in Public Health to help spread important health messages. I will gain so much from this experience. I will grow as a person.

Upon the cusp of the sixth month in country, the desire to think about MY wants and MY need to make sure every effort put into the community was perfect, instilled a constant feeling of anxiousness.

Will the students think I’M a good teacher during English/Health Club? Will I do this, that, and this too, plus that and 100 other things that will make ME feel accomplished?

ME ME ME ME ME ME. (As my friend John would say)

Rather than just being present in the moment and allowing situations to occur naturally; I had to make sure everything I did was calculated and would result…

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Deondra Watson

MMC 2100-003

November 30, 2010

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INTO USF sees unexpected growth in enrollment

Due to an unexpected increase in enrollment, the INTO USF international student recruitment program plans to build additional facilities to create room for growth.

Tampa, Fla. — When the University of South Florida (USF) announced that they would partner with a private company last January to recruit students from all over the world, facilities were refurbished, faculty members were hired and courses were created to launch INTO USF.

Now, with the program’s first semester coming to a close, INTO USF director Glen Besterfield said students’ keep on coming.

“I think we’re doing very well,” Besterfield said. “We were totally caught off-guard in the fall. We expected 330 students and we ended up with almost 500, varying throughout the semester. They keep coming every month.”

When added to the 1,465 international students already enrolled on campus, the increase in INTO students brings that number to about 2,000 — creating a strain on the instructors of special international courses like General English.

Apart from having to hire new faculty members at the last minute to accommodate the increase in students, Besterfield said one of the biggest concerns facing the program is classroom space.

“Contractually, there have to be facilities built,” he said.  “The University would have to build the facility but we would fund it. The biggest problem is space right now, classroom space is not quite there as we get more and more students.”

All funding for the INTO program comes from fees paid by the international students and $2 million in private funds donated by the USF Foundation at the program’s inception.

Besterfield said he hopes that funding will eventually manifest into a study center that would include additional residence halls and office, lounge and classroom space. He said a planning committee meets next month to discuss the feasibility of the projects and how to avoid using student funds to pay for them.

“INTO USF pays the University for their space,” Besterfield said. “If there’s a future facility then INTO would not have to rent a facility from the University. It gets back to we don’t want our native students, our domestic students supporting this — it should support itself on its own.”

INTO not only supports itself, but also provides additional revenue for the University.

University Provost Ralph Wilcox said INTO students pay about $17,960 in tuition per year, according to an article published in The Oracle in January. Tuition does not include housing, health insurance, food and other incidental fees and is higher than regular tuition because USF does not receive any public funding to support international students.

Any extra revenue is split between USF and INTO 50/50, Wilcox said to The Oracle, creating an extra incentive to attract more students.

“The more international students we get here paying international tuition, that has the ability to help the university financially, which in turn helps the domestic students,” he said. “We all know the budget cuts that have happened throughout the state of Florida, throughout the Nation for higher education — international students paying international tuition and fees actually helps buoy that.”

With the advent of the INTO program, Besterfield said USF is becoming more known and sought after by students wishing to study in the United States.

The University is one of only 96 worldwide that have met the criteria to be listed on the highest doctorial research tier on the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, has been listed in the U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 20 up and coming universities for the past two years and has been named the fastest growing research facility in the U.S. by the Chronicle of Higher Education — accolades that primarily draw graduate, engineering and business students, he said.

“You promote who you are, don’t try to be anybody you’re not,” Besterfield said. “Who we are is a young university, a university that’s getting better and better every single day, a university that is passing other universities every single day.”

According to the USF System 2010/2011 Fact Book, international students make up about 4 percent of students on the USF Tampa campus. Despite the challenges, Besterfield said he would like to see that number continue to grow.

“I can’t really see where anyone loses, I really can’t,” he said. “You talk to people around campus, it’s a big win from an academic perspective, from the financial perspective, from a student perspective — it’s a win-win.”


KEYWORDS: University of South Florida, Glen Besterfield, INTO, USF, international, enrollment, tuition, funding, U.S. News and World Report, Carnegie, The Oracle

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Tampa, FL-USF SISTUHS Inc. make a strong stand against breast cancer along the way informing students to do the same. 

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among American women next to skin cancers. The findings and deaths have decreased since the 90s. It is important to spread the word to students at the collegiate level so they can be aware Students at the USF have all taken the initiative to spread the word about breast cancer and the effects it can have on the human body so these numbers can continue to decrease.

SISTUHS Inc. is an organization at USF that is specifically for women. This special organization for women was established to foster the personal advancement and evolution of all women.  These young ladies felt the need to make every student aware of breast cancer. October is breast cancer awareness month and most students had no idea about it. It is a month to support efforts to find a cure for breast cancer.

These young ladies decided to do their part by taking part in raising money for the fight against breast cancer. “We are making a small step to help out a major cause” said senior Daphenie Petifort. Petifort is a women’s studies major at USF and is also the president of SISTUHS Inc. Breast cancer awareness means a great deal to this organization not only because it is a women’s based organization, but on a more personal level. They lost one of their esteemed members to this horrid disease.

 Judy B. Kandis was a member who held SISTUHS to the upmost standards and was a proud member for years. The current members made striving efforts to help the cause in anyway possible. “She meant so much to this organization and to lose her to the disease was hard on our members and that is why we are out here spreading the word to all students so they can be aware and not fall victim” said Kiera Adams.

 The event was held at the weekly Bull Market throughout the month of October during the hours of 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. This period of time is when a majority of USF students have classes on campus. SISTUHS dedicated time to be there from start to finish of Bull Market to make sure they were not missing any opportunities to inform students.

 The organization had a special table set up where pamphlets and information on how to self-examine the body especially the breast.  Pink ribbons and stickers were given out and if a generous donation was made, a teddy bear was issued. All proceeds were given to the Susan G. Komen foundation. Additional information was also given about an upcoming walk being held for victims of breast cancer.

“I am excited that we get to expose our organization in such a positive light,” said Kentaya Nielly, a junior criminology major.  This organization is about uplifting and supporting all women and now helping in the fight against a disease that is so common among women in the United States. SISTUHS also participated in the Making Strides against Breast Cancer walk held here in Tampa Bay for the entire Hillsborough County.

The walk was held on Saturday, October 23, 2010 and raised close to $400,000 to donate to finding a cure for breast cancer. SISTUHS Inc. contributed $500.00 to that donation thanks to family, friends and students at USF. A huge step for a small all women’s organization in finding a cure to breast cancer.

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 Many broadcasting institutions found throughout the United States are zoned in large cities with greater wages. Even though news casting is changing, the broadcasting employment offered 316,000 wage and salary jobs in 2008. The hourly wages, as of 2008, range from $12.00 to $47.00 and this starts at office clerk all the way to general and operations managers. Broadcasters fall in this range at the $18.00 an hour to start.

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Majority of all broadcasters have chaotic schedules and work early in the morning until late at night. They work close to 40 hours a week and only seven percent work part-time compared to the 16 percent in all other industries. Being a broadcaster means being able to keep up with what is a changing business. Regardless of what this business goes through, you will always have a good job because there is always news to report.