A Real American Hero: John Lewis Visits USFSP

by Jonah King 

Lewis speaks on the importance of voting, optimism in the face of fear, and endorses Charlie Crist

photo by Jonah King, John Lewis and Charlie Crist preparing to talk to the crowd
photo by Jonah King, John Lewis and Charlie Crist preparing to talk to the crowd

Civil rights is a 9 word problem: “Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, I Have a Dream.”

Those nine words are the universal American understanding of the civil rights movement of the 1960’s.

Another two words you may want to add to the list are John Lewis. You’ve still only breached the surface, but Lewis’s experiences and perspective speak volumes to the cold dark realities of racism and the peaceful combat against it in the civil rights era.

Today, Lewis represents the 5th Congressional District of Georgia. Lewis joined former Florida Governor, Charlie Crist, whom is running for U.S. House District 13 at USFSP on Wednesday to discuss and answer questions from students and the St. Petersburg community.

At the event hosted by the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, Lewis and Crist spoke on the state of the election, expressed their political views, and Lewis reflected on the Civil Rights era. Lewis also gave a ringing endorsement for Charlie Crist’s House bid.

Lewis is a proponent of getting in trouble, something we were told as kids by our parents not to get in. But the trouble Lewis is talking about he refers to as good trouble, the same sort of trouble that got him arrested during the sit-ins and the march on Selma.

As a member of the digital media team for USFSP Connect, we’ve produced two segments from the speech, and a sit down interview with Lewis.


Lewis and Crist talk Civil Rights and Voting

Lewis on Trump and the 2016 Election

Lewis talks March

Lewis talks Voter Turnout

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(Additional photo and video support by Jessie Santero and Warren Buchholz)

Sink or Swim: USFSP’s Annual Cardboard Boat Race @ Homecoming 2016

by Jonah King 


Hours before the cardboard monstrosities would meet toxic St. Petersburg bay water, I, Jonah King, was informed I would be sailing the USC’s cardboard boat into the abyss. As a proud sailor whom is not too fond of water or swimming, I dutifully and proudly accepted the nomination as possibly the only person in the USC who wanted to put his life on the line in the name of cardboard boat racing legacy.

As I arrived to the shore with boat in tow, I scanned the competition. It was a deep field, but I was confident I would captain my ship to victory.

Then the race started.

My vessel immediately tipped left. I used the boat next to me for a few moments leverage, but it was no use. The SS Magic was going Titanic, and I was dumped into the bay.

Meanwhile, my lovely team at Connect helped gather footage of the race from the sideline and in a real boat. Enjoy our highlight compilation, even though I wasn’t featured in any of them (you can see me pulling my capsized boat out of the water at :16 seconds).

(Filmed by Jessie Santero & Alan Mansour; Edited by Jonah King)



An Approaching Hurricane Wouldn’t Stop 2 Chainz as he Performs USF Homecoming

by Jonah King with photos by Jessie Santero


by Jessie Santero

According to 2 Chainz, the love of performing got him to make the trek down south in the midst of an impending hurricane primed to sweep through Florida’s east coast. Luckily for those of us at USF, the hurricane didn’t majorly effect Florida’s west coast and 2 Chainz would perform as scheduled.

A day before the homecoming concert, an article was published in USF’s newspaper, The Oracle, detailing some of the requests 2 Chainz made as a part of his hospitality rider. According to the report, 2 Chainz’s requests included: two gallons of lemonade, two liters of vodka, two bottles of Moet Rose Champagne, two bottles of Tequila, a platter of chicken wings, and of course some Louisiana Hot Sauce because you can’t enjoy wings without hot sauce.

Sadly, according to the report, USF negotiated the contract down to ‘basic’ items, which come on USF, I hope you can at least get this man a plate of wings. Anyway, onto the important stuff.

Dreezy was listed as the opener for the Homecoming show, but her performance came off as more of a double feature as she did a myriad of songs and rapped most of them.

by Jonah King

The highlight from Dreezy’s show occurred when she called for two girls from the crowd to come dance onstage with her. One girl danced calmly and rhythmically. The other girl twerked with authority. For impromptu backup dance action, both girls performed admirably.

Dreezy finished her set on her hit song “Body”. She was donned in a custom basketball jersey.

2 Chainz meanwhile, an hour and a half later, came out in a “strip club” veterans jacket with matching hat.

by Jonah King

He warmed up the crowd by playing some of his earlier tunes when his moniker was still ‘Tity Boi’. He also played another old hit “Riot”, backed by a heavy EDM beat.

The biggest pops from the crowd came when 2 Chainz did his verse on Chance the Rapper’s “Problem”, and when he played his radio smashes, “I’m Different” and his recent hit “Watch Out”.

I would give this show 2 out of 2 chains.

(video by Jonah King)


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(photos by Jessie Santero)

A Midnight Masquerade: Homecoming Ball

by Connect

The Homecoming Ball. A night of dancing, royalty, and apple juice champagne.

For the second year now, USFSP has crowned it’s king and queen (in previous years it was duke and duchess). This year, Justice Thornton was crowned queen, and Juan Salazar was crowned king. They gave the first official apple juice toast at the ‘Midnight Masquerade’ themed Homecoming Ball.

The night also featured a performance from the South Florida All Stars dance team.

Peep the slideshow for more photos from the event.

Full photos on our Facebook

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