Here’s what caught my eye today…

Special SCOFLA Section: Bob Graham v. Mike Haridopolos

Argument over tuition dispute heads to the Florida Supreme Court
Oral arguments are scheduled before the Florida Supreme Court over the issue of tuition rates at the state’s 12 public universities, including at Florida International University and Florida Atlantic University. The issue at hand is whether the Board of Governors or the Legislature can dictate tuition rates at the universities…

Bob Graham Ridicules $300 Million Higher Ed Cut as Issue
Democrats have started a push to make higher-education cuts and the state’s tuition burdens an issue in state legislative campaigns, even as one of their chief spokesmen in the effort heads to the Florida Supreme Court seeking more authority for the Florida Board of Governors to set its own costs.

Court hears argument on tuition power
Naples Daily News
Supporters of giving the Florida Board of Governors more power to raise tuition and fees, and essentially taking that authority away from the Legislature, faced tough questioning Thursday from the Florida Supreme Court.

SCOFLA Takes Up Tuition Authority Fight
The Florida Supreme Court took up a long-running lawsuit Thursday over whether the legislature or the university governing board has the right to set tuition.The Florida Board of Governors was once a party to the lawsuit but withdrew after striking a deal with the legislature to share tuition-setting authority. But the lawsuit continued. It was filed by former Governor Bob Graham and others who say the board should have that authority.

State University System

FIU debate team grades Obama, Romney debate performances
Local 10
During the first presidential debate between President Barak Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney, the debate team at Florida International University quietly studied every question, comment and visible condition.

FSU’s fourth annual Sneak Peek a showcase for cutting edge technology
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
There were ideas aplenty Thursday night and the research to back them up at the fourth annual Sneak Peek presented by the Florida State University Office of Intellectual Property Development & Commercialization…

Have you got what it takes to get UCF Angel Network investment?
Orlando Business Journal (blog)
University of Central Florida’s incubator has formed an angel network with a dozen certified investors and $800 million in net worth…

Manufacturers group predicts 56600 job loss in Florida from defense cuts
Orlando Business Journal
A press conference on the impact of the defense cuts was planned today at the National Center for Simulation near University of Central Florida in east Orlando.

UF students reject measure to re-name Reitz Union
Gainesville Sun (blog)
University of Florida students overwhelmingly rejected a measure to re-name the J. Wayne Reitz Union. About 76 percent of the more than 7,200 students casting ballots Tuesday and Wednesday voted against the non-binding referendum.

Gainesville Police say they no longer need volunteers to search for missing 
Gainesville Police say they no longer need volunteers to search for missing University of Florida student Christian Aguilar…

Possible human remains found at UWF
Pensacola News Journal
Possible human bones and clothing were found off the Edward Ball Nature Trail at the University of West Florida on Thursday afternoon. The scene, about 25 feet from a boardwalk in the heavy brush, was discovered by a group of students after 4 p.m 

State College System

State to FSCJ: Enrollment numbers should be reduced
Florida Times-Union
Enrollment numbers at Florida State College at Jacksonville will likely be reduced after the Florida Department of Education found some of its numbers “may have been in conflict with” state laws and education rules…

Records show FSCJ discussing president’s employment with attorneys
Florida Times-Union
The new Florida State College at Jacksonville board chairwoman authorized another trustee to discuss President Steve Wallace’s contract with attorneys…

FSCJ faculty passes resolution calling for climate survey on leadership
Florida Times-Union (blog)
The Faculty Senate at Florida State College at Jacksonville passed a resolution Thursday affirming their request for a climate survey.

Special meeting called on “employment matters” at FSCJ
The Florida State College at Jacksonville Boards of Trustees will meet tomorrow in a special meeting to review “employment matters”.

GCSC to offer dental work to homeless veterans
The News Herald
For the second year, Gulf Coast State College dental programs will take part in Veterans Stand Down by hosting a free dental screening for homeless veterans today, according to Laura Justice, GCSC dental programs coordinator…

Independent Colleges and Universities

South Florida Voters React to First Debate
NBC 6 Miami
Barry University s College Democrats and Republicans came together Wednesday night to jointly host a watch party for the first presidential debate…

Beacon expansion is “on schedule and under budget”
Daily Commercial
Beacon College Interim President John Hutchinson gave his nod of approval as he watched construction workers in action on Beacon Hall, a 2-story, 8,000-square foot classroom and administration building that is currently being built in downtown Leesburg, across the street from Leesburg Public Library…

Eckerd College students weigh in on presidential debate
Bay News 9
More than 250 students gathered at Eckerd College to watch the presidential debate. The auditorium was packed and at times the crowd got rowdy with people supporting both of the candidates. A survey was done on campus to see what issues students care the most about. The economy, education and energy all scored high on the list.

Man Falsely Convicted For 35 Years to Speak at FSC
The Ledger
Florida Southern College will host a program featuring a man who served 35 years in prison before he was freed in 2009 after DNA testing proved he was falsely convicted of a rape and kidnapping…

Voters watch presidential debate at Lynn University
Local 10
Potential voters gathered at Lynn University, the site of the last presidential debate, for the first debate between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney. A large crowd watched Obama and Romney duke it out. Many of those in attendance are either seeking jobs or looking to retire…

Lynn University’s plan lands presidential debate
South Florida Business Journal
Lynn University’s quest to land a presidential debate might have seemed like a long shot when its president and chief of staff started a meeting with Janet H. Brown, the executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates…

Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State

Dockery: Be certain, or vote no, on state amendments
Hernando Today
One amendment would allow Florida State University’s student government to compete for the student seat on the Board of Governors without having to join the Florida Student Association. Really. I kid you not…Paula Dockery is a term-limited Republican senator from Lakeland who is chronicling her final year in the Florida Senate.

Letter: Learn About Proposed Amendments
Gulf Breeze News
…The Collins Center for Public Policy at Florida State University is a respected and reliable source of objective information about constitutional questions. The Collins Center is a statewide non-profit, non-partisan public policy organization that does not endorse political candidates and is not affiliated with any political party or candidate. The Collins Center was founded in 1988 and named after former Governor LeRoy Collins. As a service, the Collins Center has prepared a short explanation of each of the ballot questions and the referendum measure…Senator Don Gaetz, Tallahassee

Fine: ‘Winner takes all’ keeps Florida relevant and important
The Hill (blog)
Once again, Florida matters in the 2012 presidential election. That fateful 2000 presidential election put Florida in the nation’s crosshairs because Florida’s popular vote made the difference as to who would be elected. Without Florida, neither candidate would reach the needed 270 Electoral Vote threshold, so the fight over who won the popular vote in Florida mattered a great deal…Fine is professor of Political Science at the University of Central Florida, Orlando.

Shaquille O’Neal: “I Just Love Laughter, I Was a Class Clown”
He Shaquille O’Neal earned his doctorate in education from Barry University (he now prefers adults to call him Dr. O’Neal, and kids to call him Shaq).

Katie Couric talks to Robert Champion’s parents
Orlando Sentinel
The parents of FAMU drum major Robert Champion will be Katie Couric‘s guests on Friday’s edition of “Katie.” Pamela and Robert Champion discuss their son’s hazing death in Orlando last year. “Katie” airs at 2 p.m. weekdays on WESH-Channel 2. Another guest is actor Hill Harper, who talks about the hazing that continues on campuses…

Humphries touts FAMU’s ‘exceptionalism’
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Frederick HumphriesFAMU’s eighth president, found plenty to praise during this morning’s 125th anniversary Founders’ Day Convocation.

Snowflakes flutter back and forth between Florida, northern homes
Palm Beach Post
Counted among the “snowflakes” who flutter back and forth between their northern and Florida homes, Jeff Miller is a frequent flier. Very frequent…Miller maintains his legal consulting work in Maryland, but began teaching classes at Florida Atlantic University’s hospitality program shortly after moving here in 2007. During May and June, he was flying back and forth twice a week…

Small business owners more stressed
Small business owners “have the whole burden of the enterprise on themselves,” said economist William B. Stronge, of Florida Atlantic University. “The worst person you can work for is yourself.”

Presidential debate impact ripples through Florida
Palm Beach Post
But Florida Atlantic University communications professor David Williams said the two candidates probably confused voters. Whether they convinced many is — so far — unknown. “If there isn’t clarity, it may come down to impressions. Did one candidate look more energetic than the other? But if you’re an undecided voter, you probably weren’t sitting through this debate,” Williams said…

Naples Daily News
Florida Gulf Coast University Sophomore student Dylan Ceresoli has been appointed a financial representative intern associated with The Glenn Black Group in Fort Myers. Ceresoli is a Criminal Justice major at Florida Gulf Coast University

Poll: Hispanics in Florida favor President Barack Obama over Mitt Romney, 61-31 (registration)
Panelists include Miami Herald Politics Reporter Marc Caputo, Florida International University Political Science Professor Dario Moreno, Immigrant Rights Leader Gaby Pacheco, America’s Voice Executive Director Frank Sharry and Florida New Majority…

New MSU dean to earn $160000 salary
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
[NicolRae, senior associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida International University, will take over on Jan. 1 as the new dean of MSU’s College of Letters and Science.

Contractors still not paid for building FSU, Digital Domain classrooms
Palm Beach Post
Peter Bourassa is president of Canam Electric, which has not been paid $71,000 for work it did building the Florida State University/Digital Domain classrooms at CityPlace. The money represents six months worth of profit for Canam…

Illegal immigrant in Fla. fights for law license
CBS News
[Talbot "Sandy"] D’Alemberte, who also is a former Florida State University president and taught his client when he was a law student, said the federal law doesn’t apply because the Florida Supreme Court is not an “agency.” He also argued the states have a constitutional right to decide who practices law in their courts…

Vegetarian Dinosaurs Were Champion Chompers
Discovery News
“They were like walking pulp mills — I suspect they could eat any kind of plant they ran into,” said researcher Gregory Erickson, a paleobiologist at Florida State University in Tallahassee…

JU Presidential finalist campus visits scheduled for Oct. 16, 17, 19 and 23
Wave Weekly
The Presidential Search Committee will select the top 3 or 4 candidates from the search to be invited for campus interviews on Oct. 16, 17 19 and 23. The daylong visits will provide all campus groups an opportunity to meet with and provide feedback on each candidate…

Slideshow: See inside Nemours Children’s Hospital
University of Central Florida President John Hitt was one of the many guests on hand for the Nemours Children’s Hospital dedication ceremony at Lake Nona…

Presentation spotlights Lincoln’s personal side
Lynn University Professor Robert Watson recently spoke about the personal side of Abraham Lincoln at West Delray’s Vizcaya community’s Forum discussion group…

After First Debate, Florida Voters Discuss Convincibility, Consistency
PBS NewsHour
Twenty-year-old Chastity Pelham, a student at the University of Central Florida, is still undecided; 28-year-old Michael Weinbaum, a self-described social conservative, is also undecided…

Perlman Names Eichorst as Next Nebraska Athletic Director
[Shawn] Eichorst, who has served as director of athletics at the University of Miami since April 2011, will join the University of Nebraska Oct. 9 as a special assistant to the chancellor, and will take over for Tom Osborne when he retires on Jan. 1.

Poll: Hispanics in Florida favor President Barack Obama over Mitt Romney, 61-31 (blog)
“Latinos are more engaged in this issue of immigration regardless of where you live in the country,” said University of Miami political science professor Casey Klofstad, who studies the nuances of Florida’s Hispanic vote…

Archaeologists say tomb likely of Maya queen discovered at ruins in northern 
Washington Post
Traci Arden Senior, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Miami and a Mayan archaeologist specializing in gender relations, said the traditional belief that Maya men occupied a more important place than women…

10 Things You Should Never Write On Your LinkedIn Profile
Huffington Post (blog)
“No ‘lol,’ and make sure that you’re spelling out all your words,” says Veronica Soto, the assistant director of career events at the University of Miami’s career center…

After First Debate, Biggest Loser May Be Moderator
CBS Local
University of Miami political science professor Joseph Uscinski said it didn’t matter who was in the moderator seat Wednesday night. “Imagine if you are running for President,” Uscinski said. “You want to look presidential…

FL: University of Miami demands Watchdog retract story on law dean telling
University of Miami spokesperson has demanded that remove a story revealing that an assistant dean at the University of Miami School of Law encouraged students to vote to retainstate Supreme Court judges in the November election. An email sent to the entire law student body by assistant dean William VanderWyden encouraged students to retain the judges because “this is what lawyers must do.”

The Goods: Figs can be part of a healthy diet; that’s no myth
Florida Times-Union
Judy Perkin, faculty member in the University of North Florida’s Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, tells us more about this sweet and nutritious food…

Two-Ton Hercules Mosaic, Rock Steady in Newark
New York Times
One Hess customer, Dr. Charles S. Mahan, is donating the material to a cartoon art collection that he established at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Last month he paid $250 for a pre-World War II image of Uncle Sam slinking through a cemetery …

Analyst Tells Why Florida Is Key Battleground State to Presidential Race
The Ledger
“We are still the chief banana,” said Susan MacManus, a University of South Florida political scientist and well-known political affairs commentator…

Releases and Web Stories

FAU Tops For Hispanic Graduates
Florida Atlantic University has received high rankings nationally for conferring degrees in engineering, business, and social sciences to Hispanic students, according to a new special survey in the latest issue of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education 

UF receives $2.5 million to support ongoing studies of HIV and alcohol use
University of Florida
The Southern HIV Alcohol Research Consortium was established in 2011 to bring together research teams at the University of Florida, Florida International University, the University of Miami and Rush University in Chicago that are conducting National …

FSU Counseling helps grieving students
Florida Flambeau
Florida State University offers free, confidential counseling to any currently enrolled FSU student with the use of their FSU card. In regards to October’s dedication to Breast Cancer Awareness, students who know someone who has had breast cancer may 

3 targeted Florida justices discussing retention
Sacramento Bee
The League of Women Voters of Florida is sponsoring the panel discussion Friday at Florida State University’s law school in Tallahassee.

IRSC Career Fair coming Oct. 13
Indian River State College will host the “Pick Your Path Fall Career Fair” 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at the IRSC Blackburn Educational Building.

Eric Holder to speak: Don’t let fraud happen to you
The event is Friday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Miami Dade College Wolfson (Downtown) Campus Building 3, Chapman Conference Center, 245 N.E. 4th St.

Pensacola State College, Workforce Escarosa to host Fall Career Fair
Pensacola News Journal
Workforce Escarosa and Pensacola State College will host the fourth-annual Fall Community Career Fair on Wednesday. The fair will last from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Amos Performance Studio on the college’s Pensacola campus, 1000 College Blvd…

Education Programs Open House Exposes Students to a Variety of Career Options
Santa Fe College
The Open House will be sponsored by the Education Programs department at Santa Fe College. After a brief welcome, the informational presentation will be the first item on the agenda.