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The University of South Florida was established in 1956 and is rich with history and traditions. Check out the next group of fun facts in this series designed to share unique aspects of USF's System campuses.





Foucault Pendulum

Originally housed in the Physics building, the Foucault Pendulum is now located in the Interdisciplinary Sciences building. With it being located at USF's Tampa campus, which has a latitude of 28 degrees, the pendulum takes 51 hours and 6 minutes to make a complete rotation. See what Florida historian Howard Dunn had to say about his stop at USF for his "Photouring Florida" series and catch a glimpse of what the pendulum looked like in 1960.



All Steinway

In 2011, the University of South Florida's School of Music joined a prestigious group of colleges and universities around the world as a designated "All Steinway" school. This title allows USF's College of The Arts to provide a world-class education for students, offering instruments to musicians equal to their dedication as well as continue to attract talented visiting artists to USF's School of Music.



Water Tower

There is a special paint used specifically for water towers and USF's iconic tower is no exception. The paint has a life expectancy of 15 years, so the tower is scheduled for a new look every decade and a half. The latest look of the approximately 212 foot structure took 539 gallons of paint to achieve and includes the "USF" logo, with the Athletic "U", which is a whopping 12.5 feet tall. The green light is an added bonus when bull pride shines bright to celebrate our USF Athletics' team's accomplishments.



MLK Speech

The words from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s "I Have a Dream" speech, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, are engraved on granite panels at the end of the reflection pond located in the MLK Plaza. The MLK Plaza is one of the most recognizable areas on the USF Tampa campus and has seen its share of both celebration and adversity, just like the man it's named for.



“Unspecific Gravity”

"Unspecific Gravity" is a public art installation on the USF Tampa campus featuring a series of hemispherical sculptures depicting the structure of the eleven most common elements. Sculptures designed to mimic water molecules act as fountains spraying mist. Doug Hollis created the work, seen in this 1999 photo misting water. Although the misting aspect has ceased to operate, the sculpture remains an iconic feature, affectionately nicknamed "the Mickey Mouse ears" on the university campus. 

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