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Flea Market Vendor

By: Sarah Norcini

 

Local flea market vendors sometimes have more than one job, and at the Sixty Sixth Street Flea Market in St. Pete, Angelina Herrington is one of them. Having only been there four months, she has found it somewhat difficult to maintain her business. Despite this, she wants to open her own store one day, but says that it’s all up to the economy and how well things go at the market.

However, the market can sometimes be difficult to find. She says that she’s been there for six years, and has just never noticed it.

Herrington also says that she has found it difficult to advertise, because she is expected to do that on her own. She has made a Facebook page, though she says it doesn’t bring her many customers. So for now, she’s just trying to make the best out of what she has.

66th Street Market vendor struggles to make ends meet

By: Sarah Norcini

 

For many vendors at the 66th Street Flea Market, it is not their only job. Angelina Herrington is one of them. For the past four months, she has been a permanent vendor at the market. Her business, Angie’s Place, is located on the north side of the building. She’s had her share of hardships, and dreams of opening her own business.

Angelina Herrington at her store

Angelina Herrington at her store

Four months ago, Herrington discovered this market. She drove by it because she was curious about it and wanted to see what 66th Street was like. And after working there she noted that “it’s not bad, but it could be a bit busier. It’s not bad, not bad.”

Herrington’s other job is being a cashier-stocker, and views becoming a vendor full time as a “maybe”. It’s all down to the economy, and how well she does at the market. But as she has been finding out, is a lot more difficult than she expected.

Although she’s not new to this business, she says that she wasn’t prepared for the responsibility. Herrington thought that she would just open the store, and everything would essentially run itself. She just hopes that in the end, it’ll pay off.

Herrington’s husband and daughter occasionally help her out. They come in a few days a week to help her with inventory. The products she gets are from yard sales and from people bringing in what they have. She doesn’t travel more than an hour away to get any of her merchandise.

The money she makes goes entirely to the rent of her space at the market. Rent is $400 a month, and she says she is just trying to get by.

The 66th Street Market sign on the side of the building

The 66th Street Market sign on the side of the building

She’s also found it difficult to get the word out about her business. She has a Facebook page, but she doesn’t do much else online. The customers she does have are there mostly through word of mouth. Herrington always gives them her card and encourages them to spread the word.

Herrington has reasons for why business isn’t great at that market. She says that other flea markets in the area get a lot of foot traffic. But this market does not, she goes on to say.

Another reason she gives is that the market is just difficult to find. “I’ve been here for six years, and I just never noticed it. The sign for the market is too high for drivers to notice and the building kind of blends in.” She also pointed out that her son’s girlfriend, who had lived there all her life, passed the building twice before finding it.

Herrington’s experience at the market hasn’t always been the easiest. Despite not being new to this business, she’s come across difficulties. The lack of advertising and location has been her biggest problems.  All Herrington wants to do is to open her own business, hopefully sooner rather than later.

Solar Panels at USFSP

By: Jason Saab

 

 

Duke Energy awarded a one million dollar grant to  USFSP to fund the building of solar panels and the research that will follow. The panels are built on the roof of the USFSP parking garage and will provide some shade to the seventh floor.

The panels will also be storing energy in a newly developed battery system that will provide data to the researchers about how this energy will work.They hope this will help promote the use of solar power as an energy source.

The team hopes that the data and research that they gain from the battery storage project will assist them in promoting and using the sun to help offset the growing need for energy in Florida, according to Joe Pietrzak, Dukes Senior Planning Analyst.

Supporters also hope it will bring plenty of publicity due to its size and visibility. Although the panels will only provide a fraction of the nineteen point one million kilowatt-hours of energy that USFSP uses per year, it will still be the largest solar array in St. Petersburg.

Duke’s solar panels are worth it in the long run, but are our parking problems over?

By: Jason Saab

 

The reopening of the parking garage’s seventh floor at USFSP has brought a sigh of relief from many students regarding the parking situation. The solar panels that were donated by Duke Energy are nearly complete, and the seventh floor is available again.

Duke Energy Florida awarded USFSP a one million dollar SunSense grant towards the construction of the solar panels on top of the parking garage. This is for research into the integration of storing solar energy in newly developed batteries that will be installed with the panels.

The State President of Duke Energy Florida, Alex Glenn, said that “this effort is a true collaboration with USF St. Petersburg and the USF College of Engineering”. The panels will also help manage energy costs and promote sustainability, according to USFSP Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska.

The solar panels will measure about 7,100 square feet, with 328 individual panels that will provide an average of 164,250 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy per year of the 19.1 million kWh USFSP uses, as well as providing some shade on the seventh floor.

However the biggest effect this project will have is reinforcing the idea of the need for sustainability. Duke Energy Senior Planning Analyst Joe Pietrzak said that “this new 100 kW solar array represents one of the largest and most efficient solar arrays in St. Petersburg.”

Pietrzak concluded that “The data and technical research we will gain from the battery storage aspect of this project will assist us in to promoting and using the sun to help offset the growing need for some electricity in Florida.”

The battle for the seventh floor may be over, and though we got some shiny new solar panels out of it, the war for reliable parking is never finished.

Feminism is the New Black: The Impact of Tumblr on the Feminism Movement

By: Sarah Norcini

Over the past few years, the social media website Tumblr has become a large part of the feminist movement. From feminist blogs to the casual feminist post, this subject has become unavoidable.

What’s also unavoidable is the positive impact Tumblr has had on feminism. This blogging website has seriously changed feminism, and will probably continue to do so.

This website has certainly changed the way women feel about being called feminists. Many posts on there seem to say the same thing: that the users came onto the website to blog about their favorite show, and turned out to be radical feminists.

These posts just don’t have a few notes, either. Notes on a Tumblr post keep the count of ‘likes’ and ‘reblogs’, just like Twitter. The notes on those posts range from the thousands to the hundreds of thousands.

There are other types of feminist posts, too. They range from simple statements to commentary on articles from the media, TV shows, movies, and music. The overall gist of these posts is that all of these forms of media are representing women wrong. A big part of the feminist movement is for more and better representation of women in general.

For example, there is something called the Bechdel Test, named after the American cartoonist Alison Bechdel. This test, originally meant for films, has now expanded into all works of fiction. What it tests for is if in the work, two women talk to each other about something other than a man.

Tumblr feminists have really rallied around this test, and there are numerous posts on the site regarding it.

All of these women and men are raising their voices on Tumblr, and it’s even expanded to other forms of social media such as Facebook and Twitter.  However, there is the argument that social media and feminism in general is a fruitless attempt at making a change. There are users on Tumblr that claim there is no point in being a feminist.

This has spurred men’s right activists and anti-feminists. There is nothing wrong with them having their own point of view. Tumblr users are quick to judge and have no hesitation in expressing their anger at those users.

The point is that Tumblr is the central place for making a change in the feminist movement.

Users from all over the world, both male and female, have started a movement. It also expands to the world of celebrities. Emma Watson and Beyoncé are two of the better known feminists. They call for a change and their passion will hopefully do just that in the coming years.

Feminism is the New Black

By: Sarah Norcini

 

Home to artists and fandoms, Tumblr may not seem like a place for more serious issues. But in the past year, Tumblr has become a stomping place for feminism. From entire feminist blogs to the casual feminist post, the subject has become unavoidable. What’s also unavoidable is the positive impact Tumblr has had on feminism. This blogging website has changed the game of the gender equality movement, and will probably continue to do so.

This website has made women more proud of being called a feminist.Many posts on there seem to say the same thing: that the users came onto the website to blog about their favorite show turned out to be radical feminists. And these posts just don’t have a few notes, either. Notes on a Tumblr post keep the count of ‘likes’ and ‘reblogs’, just like Twitter. The notes on those posts range from the thousands to the hundreds of thousands. Which is a lot.

There are other types of feminist posts, too. They range from simple statements to commentary on articles from the media, TV shows, movies, and music. The overall gist of these posts is that all of these forms of media are representing women wrong. A big part of the feminist movement is for more and better representation of women in general.

For example, there is something called the Bechdel Test, named after the American cartoonist Alison Bechdel. This test, originally meant for films, has now expanded into all works of fiction. What it tests for is if in the work, two women talk to each other about something other than a man. Tumblr feminists have rallied around this test, and there are numerous posts on the site regarding it.

All of these women and men are raising their voices on Tumblr, and it’s even expanded to other forms of social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Even though those websites have different formats, the idea of feminism still is there.

However, there is the argument that social media and feminism in general is a fruitless attempt at making a change. There are users on Tumblr that claim there is no point in being a feminist. Both males and females on the website believe that feminism is something they don’t need. This has also spurred men’s right activists and anti-feminists. There is nothing wrong with them having their own point of view, but Tumblr users are quick to judge and have no hesitation in expressing their anger at those users.

The point is that Tumblr is the central place for making a change in the feminist movement. Users from all over the world, both male and female, have started a making a change in society. This movement also expands to the world of celebrities. Emma Watson and Beyoncé are two of the better known feminists. They call for a change and their passion will hopefully do just that in the coming years.

Share a Bike comes to USFSP

By: Jason Saab

 

Many college campuses across the country have began Share-a-Bike programs for their schools., and USFSP is trying to join the club. Although USF Tampa started a share a bike system back in 2011, USFSP has only recently began to push for one.

Share-a-Bike systems work well for college campuses where there is a high concentration of students without a way off campus. Giving the resident students the option of renting a bike will give them a way to get around campus, or to go explore downtown St. Petersburg.

USF Tampa’s Share-a-Bike program had to be revamped after the bikes kept disappearing, and no students were held responsible. Since then, there is now an accountability check out at the campus recreation center.

Students can bring in their own bikes to make repairs. There are also inner tubes and brake pads for purchase if they need replacing.

Our neighboring school, Eckerd College, also has a share a bike program. Named the Yellow Bike Program, bikes are located around campus that students can simply pick up and take to where they need to go. However this is the same system that lost USF Tampa several of it’s bikes.

USFSP student government senators started Bill S14-020 named “No Handlebars” in order to get the bike sharing program going. Student president Cody Boyer delivered the State of Student Government adresss in October, making mention of the bike sharing program and that they have finalized the initiative in order to achieve more sustainability.

The program will launch on Get on Board day, a yearly USFSP event to showcase the campus activities. There will be nine bikes in the beginning with since the idea is still being tested.

About $3,000 has been spent on the bikes and the system. The majority of the funds have not been spent. If the testing goes well, the bike-sharing program will be brought into full effect at USFSP.