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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Plan Your Homecoming Week 2016

by Jessie Santero 


Homecoming Week is literally next week. I know. Where did the time go?

But hey, don’t worry. Don’t stress. Connect has got your back with all the details you need to know for the events.


Night at the Bay | Monday, October 3rd | 7 PM to 9 PM| Harbor Lawn

Head out to the Harbor Lawn to kick-off homecoming week with music, games, fireworks, and more! The fireworks start at 8:45 pm.

Homecoming Masquerade Ball | Tuesday, October 4th | 8-11 PM | USC Ballrooms

Come out wearing your finest, fancy clothes and join your fellow Bulls in an elegant night of dancing, music, and fun. Also, Connect will be having a photo booth at the event so be sure to stop by with you friends so we can capture the moment for you.

Cardboard Boat Race | Wednesday, October 5th | 3 – 6 PM | Harbor Lawn

The cardboard boats will take off promptly at 5 PM. If you don’t plan on taking a boat out, there will still be free food, music, and fun.

Homecoming Concert | Thursday, October 6th | 8 PM | Sun Dome

If you have been dying to meet 2 Chainz your whole life, plan to head over to USF Tampa and attend the show.

Foam Party | Friday, October 7th | 6-8 PM | USC

Head out to the USC for the foam party from 6- 8 PM. Be sure to dress, not your best, for you will get covered in foam.

Homecoming game| Saturday, October 8th | 12 PM | Raymond James Stadium

Cheer on your USF Bulls football team at the homecoming game against East Carolina. Show your school spirit by wearing Green and Gold.

Go Bulls and Happy Homecoming!

Connect: This Week | Week 3

by Connect 

This week at USFSP features the Harborside Activities Board, their plans for this semester, AND how you can get involved.
The Part Time Job and Internship Fair, Screen on the Green, and USF Football game are also on the slate for this week at USFSP.


Connect: This Week | Week 1

by Connect 

Our new series, “Connect: This Week”, breaks down events and news weekly at USFSP.

In our first week back Jonah, Jessie, and Alan run through the Week of Welcome schedule including the Island Party, Comedy Night, and more.

In spirit of the Olympics, Jonah shouts out a USFSP alumni Olympian.

Watch the video below to find out more!

Cooking with Connect: Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

By Jessie Santero 

The video below is the premiere of a spin off from our original series: Cooking with Connect. We are adding a vegetarian twist.

If you’re feeling that you need to add some veggies to your diet, but can’t find any enticing ways to cook them, continue to watch this series every Monday for interesting ideas.

On this weeks menu we have Broccoli Quinoa Casserole! It is a delicious meal loaded with veggies and protein.


Video filmed and edited by Jessie Santero.

Dancing with the All Stars

by Jonah King

Connect and The South Florida All Stars, along with USFSP staff, come together for one special night of dance.

The special event was held on November 23rd, 2015 and featured performances from four staff members and six students.

The event was held as a competition between the five teams for who put on the best performance.

See Connect’s video below highlighting the teams, their preparation, and highlights from the show.

Video produced by Jonah King and Jessie Santero


Dwayne Issacs and Harmony Mckenzie (Winners)

Devin Phinazee and Paris Hadley

Erica Campbell and Dominique Gillen

Vaishali Gakhar and Neha V.

Jasmine Graham and Crisheena Wills