Here’s what caught my eye today…

State University System

Disband FAMU’s Marching 100, drum major’s parents say
Atlanta Journal Constitution
The family of the drum major from DeKalb County who died after a hazing incident at Florida A&M University is calling for the famed Marching 100 to be disbanded.

FAMU hazing suspects turning themselves in
CNN International
Eight of the 13 people facing hazing charges after the death of a Florida A&M University band member had turned themselves in by Thursday afternoon, a state police spokeswoman said…

Family: Disband FAMU Marching Band
Washington Post
The family of the Florida A&M University drum major who died in a hazing incident says the school should disband the marching band. Pam Champion, the mother of Robert Champion, said “You’ve got to clean house. That’s the only thing…

FAMU Band’s Future Remains Uncertain
Capitol News Service
As of mid-day, seven of eleven people facing thirteen felonies in the death of a FAMU Drum Major had been arrested. Even with the arrests, Mike Vasilinda tells us the future of the band is in limbo. FAMU Band Percussionist Caleb Jackson got his first 

All FAU ’12 accounting program grads land jobs
Accounting Today (blog)
All 23 graduates of the Florida Atlantic University Accounting Scholars Program will have jobs in their field after commencement, the school announced. The program is a dual-degree, full-time day program, beginning in the students’ …

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9 charged with hazing tied to University of Florida fraternity initiation
CNN International
Nine men have been charged with hazing for their alleged part in an initiation rite into a University of Florida fraternity earlier this year. The defendants, between the ages of 21 and 26, are accused of “endangering the …

Man pleads guilty in UF student’s death, is sentenced to 45 years
Gainesville Sun
The man charged with killing a University of Florida student in late 2010 and then burning her body in woods near Gainesville Raceway pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 45 years in prison.

UF Board of Trustees elects new chairman
Gainesville Sun
University of Florida graduates will have the name of a new Board of Trustees chairman on their diplomas this spring. Trustees voted Thursday to elevate board Vice Chairman David Brown to chairman. Gov. Rick Scott last month didn’t reappoint the past chairman, Carlos Alfonso, to the board…

Florida Activists Fight For Campus Carry
The University of North Florida (UNF) took the opening salvo against these state-wide laws by putting a ban on handguns in its campuses. Florida Carry Inc., a non-profit grass roots organization, filed a temporary injunction to suspend UNF’s rule and protect students’ right to carry weapons. After the injunction stagnated in the Florida legal system for a few months, Florida Circuit Court Judge Lawrence P. Haddock signed a document to deny the injunction. Haddock’s decision upheld the university’s privilege to create felony guns-free zones at will…

UWF seeks bids for Pensacola beach property
Pensacola News Journal
The University of West Florida plans to seek development ideas for its 152 pristine acres on Santa Rosa Island to generate revenue to offset millions of dollars in state budget cuts…

Controversial housing plan for UWF students approved
Pensacola News Journal
A plan to create two four-story student housing complexes near the University of West Florida won a key victory at Thursday’s Escambia County Commission meeting over the objection of nearby residents…

State College System

Police Seek Man In Daytona State College Attack
WESH Orlando
Authorities are seeking the public’s help in finding a man who they said attacked a woman at the Daytona State College on Thursday…

FSCJ students: Did you receive this letter telling you to repay a Pell Grant?
Florida Times-Union (blog)
Are you a Florida State College at Jacksonville student who received a letter telling you to repay a Pell Grant? Let The Times-Union know, if so. School administrators say about 200 students should have received correspondence about the federal grants 

FSCJ defends video that jokes about wasteful spending and being in ‘utter chaos’
Florida Times-Union (blog)
In a 2010 computer-generated video shown at fall convocation, characters voiced by the leaders of Florida State College at Jacksonville are flying through the air with money literally falling from their pockets. “Great, Don,” President Steven Wallace 

Indian River State College grad will earn UF degree with her son
WPBF West Palm Beach
The mother-and-son pair attended the university together since 2010, when Lindsay transferred after receiving her associate’s degree from Indian River State College. The Gainesville Sun reports Lindsay originally dropped out of community college after 

MDC’s Medical Campus to open low-cost clinic for the needy
In an effort to offer limited medical care to the community it serves,Miami Dade College’s Medical Campus is opening a low-cost Wellness Clinic next month. Once it’s in full swing, the clinic will offer basic medical services to the 

College students offer suggestions for attracting folks to Lake Worth
Palm Beach Post
Conceptual designs for man-made biomes were shown during a presentation last week by Palm Beach State College architecture students who used Lake Worth as the site for a classroom project.

It’s Graduation Time for Many Polk Colleges and Universities
The Ledger
Polk State College will host its commencement at The Lakeland Center today at 6:30 p.m. Some 840 students qualify to march in the school’s 106th graduation ceremony, its largest to date…

Independent College and University System

175 Will Receive AMU Degrees Saturday
The Ave Herald
Ave Maria University will award diplomas to 175 students — 138 undergraduate and 37 graduate degrees — at commencement exercises at 10 am Saturday, May 5, …

Just Call Him “Dr. O’Neal”
CBS Local
The retired NBA superstar will graduate Saturday with a doctoral degree in education from Barry University in Miami Shores. He’ll join more than 1100 students at commencement ceremonies at the James L. Knight Center in Miami…

Shaq graduates from Barry University on Saturday
Local 10
The NBA superstar will receive his degree in Organizational Learning and Leadership, with a specialization in Human Resource Development from Barry‘s Adrian Dominican School of Education…

Dr. J meet Dr. Shaq: Shaquille O’Neal goes back to school to earn doctorate 
Palm Beach Post
During commencement ceremonies at Miami’s James L. Knight Center, he’ll be anointed Dr. O’Neal by Barry University, receiving a doctoral degree in organizational learning and leadership with a specialization in human resource development.

Collier stuck at economic crossroads
The News-Press
An intensive study by an outside consultant, research by Hodges University School of Business and several meetings with retired CEOs and community leaders …

Police criticized after UT student’s arrest hits YouTube
The dramatic Friday night arrest of a University of Tampa student after a campus rap concert, has some people wondering if authorities went too far.

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City law should forbid discrimination
Florida Times-Union
The historic reference comes from John Delaney. When he was mayor, he was unaware that gays were not included in the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance. He is somewhat embarrassed about that. Now, as president of the University of North Florida, he has been losing good employees due to this gap in the city’s ordinance. The ordinance outlaws discrimination for such factors as race, creed and age…

Selingo: Measuring the Value of a Degree and the Purpose of College
Huffington Post
The students at Valencia and the University of Central Florida talked about the value of convenience and cost. The F&M students talked about the value of small classes and the ability to be peers with faculty members…

Stein: Should student loans be interest free?
Very soon, a Florida college education will no longer be the bargain it once was. Politicians love to suck up to the college crowd, and talking about lowering interest rates is a great way to woo those voters. Better the politicians and educators 

Venus Williams Moves Into Fashion
[Venus] Williams, 31, is no dilettante: She has a fashion degree from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and is currently working on her MBA…

Jill Biden hits South Florida (blog)
Vice President Joe Biden’s wife Jill Biden will travel to South Florida this week to deliver the commencement address Friday afternoon at Broward College

NU assistant Lewis-Jay takes Florida Atlantic job
Omaha World-Herald
Nebraska assistant Kellie Lewis-Jay has been named women’s basketball coach at Florida Atlantic University. Lewis-Jay has spent five seasons at NU, where she coordinated recruiting efforts.

In recovery? Luxury items selling at brisker pace in Naples area than a year ago
Naples Daily News
Florida Gulf Coast University economics professor Gary Jackson said the shoreline location of Naples makes it stronger economically compared to other areas in the country…

Miami-based 666 tattoo cult says world will end on June 30
According to Daniel Alvarez, an instructor in the department of religious studies at Florida International University who has studied the movement: “This means that his control over people is so great that no matter what he says to them, they’ll follow him.”

Want to read the Governor’s emails? Now you can.
“What this means is any given member of the public in Florida or anywhere else can log in to this Outlook account online and can access any of these public emails,” explains Amy Moore, a social media expert at Florida State College at Jacksonville

Does the punishment stop the crime in sports?
“Game suspensions are far more meaningful than simple monetary fines,” said Peter Finley, an assistant professor of sport and recreation management at Nova Southeastern University.

Immigrant Elected Student Body Leader
The Ledger
Juan Soto-Avella, 18, of Lakeland, an undocumented immigrant, was elected student body president at Polk State College’s Lakeland campus…

Jobless facing loss of unemployment benefits
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
“The unemployment rate is going down and the labor force is contracting as well, so you get a little bit of an exaggeration,” said Sean Snaith, a University of Central Florida economist.

Eight of 11 arrested in felony hazing case
Bob Dekle, a law professor at the University of Florida who prosecuted serial killer Ted Bundy in 1979, said prosecutors may have an issue being able to prove who or what exactly killed Champion.

Blood Found on 2000-year-old Stone Knives
Fox News
Susan Gillespie, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Florida who was not involved in the research project, said it was the first time to her knowledge that such tissue remains had been identified on obsidian knives…

Mother and son duo graduate from Florida University together
The Imperfect Parent
As mother and son are preparing to graduate from University of Florida together, an occurrence which is rare on college campuses. Jean Fredin Lindsay, 46, told the Gainesville Sun that she made a lot of mistakes when she was younger. She says she married too young, dropped out of school and always regretted it. So when her son, Dan Fredin, 21, decided to study physics at UF, Lindsay decided it was her time too.

Early North Americans Lived With Extinct Giant Beasts, Study Shows
Science Daily (press release)
“The Vero site is still the only site where there was an abundance of actual human bones, not just artifacts, associated with the animals,” said co-author Barbara Purdy, UF anthropology professor emeritus and archaeology curator emeritus at the Florida Museum of Natural History on the UF campus.

More on the Science of Clouds and Climate
New York Times (blog)
One intriguing project I heard about has been led by Amy Clement of the University of Miami. She has found that cloud observations taken over the decades by trained observers on ships may be surprisingly useful…

Tasers can be tied to cardiac arrest and death, new study finds
The Republic
Dr. Robert Myerburg, a professor of cardiology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, co-authored a Circulation editorial in the same issue that noted Tasers, even if not risk free, may still be preferable to other methods police might 

Mitt Romney’s team sees a path to winning the presidency
Kansas City Star
This time, independent voters there indicate that their votes are likely to depend on their economic mood, said Susan MacManus, a professor of government and international affairs at the University of South Florida in Tampa…

Florida Dem open to Rubio immigration plan
Fox News
[Sen. Bill] Nelson spoke to about three dozen students at the University of South Florida on Thursday about student loans, the environment and immigration…

USF students give Nelson an earful
Bill Nelson held a forum with students at the University of South Florida to highlight the issues Thursday. “I’m going to tell your stories on the floor of the Senate,” he said after the students talked about borrowing $200000 or more for college and 

Triplets fare well as teenagers: study
Not much has been known about older kids, according to Dr. Rajan Wadhawan, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg. “There are good studies that look at triplets’ outcomes at two years of age, but not beyond,” said Wadhawan, who was not involved in the current study but has researched triplets’ development early in life.”

Top expert on Spanish Florida to come to USF St. Petersburg program
A leading expert on the history of the Spanish colonial experience in Florida was named Thursday to a new endowed chair position at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, the third such position in campus history. Professor J. Michael Francis will join the school on Aug. 1, holding the new Hough Family Endowed Chair in Florida Studies.

Releases and Web Stories

International Dyslexia Association Recognizes Nine Universities for Meeting 
MarketWatch (press release)
The universities recognized by the IDA are: College of Mount Saint Joseph; Colorado College; Fairleigh Dickinson; Massachusetts General; Saint Joseph’s; Simmons College; Southeastern University; Southern Methodist University; and University of Colorado …

University of Miami’s Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute Awarded $10 
MarketWatch (press release)
MIAMI, May 03, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute (ISCI) today announced that it received a $10 million grant from The Starr Foundation, one of the largest private