Tampa, Florida -- College students from USF weren't coming home from a bar at 3:30 in the morning Wednesday, they were heading to Tallahassee to make a difference.
Powered by school pride, a passion for learning, and powdered donuts, 75 students piled onto buses before dawn outside the Marshall Student Center on the University of South Florida's Tampa campus.
They'll spend Wednesday conquering the Capitol building.
One of their main priorities: Getting funding for a new Florida Center for Cybersecurity, headquartered at USF Tampa.
"With USF Tampa taking the lead for cybersecurity, it really creates a hub for cybersecurity research and to really stop cyberattacks," USF Student Senator Abdool Aziz said.
The center would train students for jobs protecting information -- defending against data theft like what happened at Target, and attacks like what the Pentagon's computers face every day.
They're asking the Legislature for $7 million to start the center, with $38 million more in future years.
The best way to make that happen? These students say it's in more than 50 face-to-face meetings with lawmakers.
"You'll write the legislators, you'll call them on the phone, but the unique thing about a one-on-one experience -- you can look a legislator in the eye, and have that one-on-one time and actually have a good discussion," Aziz said.
"They'll actually be able to see what USF students are really talking about."
Inventions and ideas from the University of South Florida system will be on display at the Capitol from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
USF Day at the Capitol will wrap up when the buses bring everyone back to Tampa after dark Wednesday night.