Here’s what caught my eye today…9/25/13

State University System

Guttings on the Gridiron
Inside Higher Ed
Ohio State’s football team was already up 69-0 over Florida A&M with just over two minutes left in the fourth quarter, but at the 10-yard line, there wasn’t much else they could do. So the quarterback Cardale Jones ran it up the middle for yet another touchdown (the Buckeyes got the point-after touchdown, too) for a final score of 76-0. That was only one of the cringe-inducing games to transpire Saturday, during what was generally agreed to be the worst college football weekend of the season, competition-wise. Idaho State lost 56-0 against Washington. Two other universities — Florida International and Savannah State – lost by 72 and 70 points to Louisville and the University of Miami, respectively. The latter game was apparently so ugly that the coaches agreed to shorten the fourth quarter from 15 to 12 minutes.

FAU to test emergency sirens Thursday
Palm Beach Post (blog)
If anyone in Fort Pierce, Boca Raton or Jupiter hears a loud blaring siren on Thursday afternoon, it is Florida Atlantic University testing its emergency alert system …

A Training Ground for Tomorrow’s Top Sommeliers
Wine Spectator
Leading executives from the wine and spirits world joined Florida International University staff and students Sept. 19 at the Miami school’s Biscayne Bay campus…

UCF Sells Out Home Game Against Gamecocks
CBS Local
The University of Central Florida’s football team will be playing before sold-out home crowd when the South Carolina Gamecocks come to …

Too Quick to Suspend?
Inside Higher Ed
It would be hard to find a faculty advocate opposed to the suspension last week of a University of Florida professor of veterinary science who was secretly taking videos of students’ body parts with a device hidden in his pen. Administrative — and police — action came swiftly, without any public objection from fellow instructors…

Rapes reported on University of South Florida campus
Two cases of rape were reported this week at residence halls on the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida, officials say, both involving people who know the victims. One rape was reported Sunday and occurred the same day in the Juniper-Poplar Hall, said USF police Lt. Chris Daniel. Another was reported Monday and occurred a month earlier in Castor Hall, he said…

Blue Rock acquires apartments near USF
Tampa Bay Business Journal
The Seasons, a 240-unit apartment community near the University of South Florida, has sold for $13.13 million, or $54,687 per unit…

Tampa General, Florida Hospital announce new partnership
More than 300 of the University of South Florida’s medical residents also practice at the Level-1 trauma hospital…

State College System

Broward College awarded large grant to develop logistics training
Broward College was awarded the largest grant in its history to will lead a consortium of colleges and universities across the nation focused on supporting …

State colleges make it easier for strugglers
About 62 percent of high school graduates entering Broward College and 68 percent entering Palm Beach State College were forced to take non-credit remedial…

Florida South Western in, Edison out at college
Naples Daily News
About two dozen student government representatives showed up in support of the name change…

Edison State trustees to vote today on name change
The News-Press
Edison State College President Jeff Allbritten today recommends a new name for the institution, Florida South Western. He informed trustees that Florida South Western State College is his top choice, although the agenda for today’s meeting contains no materials related to the name change. Allbritten has declined to speak with The News-Press until after the meeting, but previously said an attorney advised a name change would help avoid a trademark infringement lawsuit from Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey…

Dual enrollment agreements approved by Treasure Coast school 
The St. Lucie County and Indian River County school boards approved their dual enrollment agreements with Indian River State College during their board…

Hurt Worker Sues Builders Over Miami Garage Collapse
Law360 (subscription)
 in Florida state court against the builders erecting a $22 million Miami Dade College parking garage that collapsed in October 2012, killing four other workers.

Grant will help Polk State focus on in-demand education
Bay News 9
Polk State College has been awarded a $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor as part of a program aimed at preparing workers for growing …

SF College is now home to large geological collection
Gainesville Sun
Santa Fe College celebrated being the new recipients of one of the largest rock and mineral collections in North Florida Tuesday…

Seminole forum on flood insurance rates expects big draw
… insurance rates take center stage at a community forum tonight that’s expected to draw a capacity crowd to the Seminole campus of St. Petersburg College.

Independent Colleges and Universities

Fire Closes AMU Dorm Temporarily
The Ave Herald
An overheated laptop computer left on a couch is being cited as the cause of a fire in a dormitory common room at Ave Maria University Monday that closed the …

Winter Park wants to renovate Rollins stadium to share with minor 
Orlando Business Journal
The new idea calls for renovating Rollins College’s Alfond Stadium, just a few blocks from campus, so it could be shared between Rollins and a minor-league 

A year after opening the Oxford Exchange is booming with business
ABC Action News
The owners decided to open in an historic building off Kennedy Boulevard, across from University of Tampa.

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

Kaufman: Mismatched college football games a rip-off for fans, players
FIU and FAMU lost by a combined score of 148-0 to seventh-ranked Louisville and fourth-ranked Ohio State, respectively, last weekend. Is that worth watching?

MUNICIPAL FOCUS – A Weekly Editorial: Courting youth means taking chances
Longboat Observer
Sarasota political and business leaders at the recent Sarasota Tiger Bay Club luncheon lamented the phenomenon of “brain drain.” Ringling College of Art and Design, New College of Florida and University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee continue to grow and produce new graduates within five miles of downtown Sarasota. But there were fewer than 100 voters between the ages 18 to 30 in the 2011 city election. The numbers didn’t improve in the election this year.

EDC convenes annual meeting today
Jim Murdaugh, president of Tallahassee Community College, is the new chair of the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee-Leon County Inc.

FRS, PECO funds key issues identified during Leon legislative 
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Florida A&M government relations director Tola Thompson said his university and Florida State University have several buildings in dire need of repairs…

Professor discusses delivering justice more fairly
News-Press Now
Mara Schiff, associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at Florida Atlantic University, gestures that her wireless microphone is set before her lecture…

Women ‘smell’ their competition
ABC Online
“It’s well known that testosterone is linked to aggression and competitiveness,” says lead author Jon Maner, a Florida State University psychologist. “Based on our testosterone findings, one could speculate that women exposed to the scent of ovulation might become more antagonistic or competitive.”

Florida in brief: Pafford looks a lock on Democratic leadership post
Palm Beach Post
Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet have approved a land swap that could bring more parking to Florida State University and help Seminole Boosters Inc.

It’s official: UCF wins trademark for ‘America’s partnership university’
Orlando Business Journal (blog)
…[JohnHitt also will announce that UCF has trademarked two phrases: “America’s leading partnership university” and “America’s partnership university.”

Why Are Most Rampage Shooters Men?
OPB News
Generally speaking, says Lin Huff-Corzine of the University of Central Florida, women do not kill as often as men…

Shark Tank’ executive producer getting UCF honor
Orlando Sentinel (blog)
“Shark Tank” executive producer Clay Newbill is coming home to get a major honor Monday from the University of Central Florida.

Starting UCF Football Player Suspended After DUI, Local 6 Says
A starting football player for the University of Central Florida Knights has been suspended after getting busted for DUI, according to WKMG Local 6. According to Local 6, UCF Linebacker Willie Mitchell’s blood alcohol level was more than double the legal limit when he was arrested for DUI. Mitchell was arrested two weeks ago on September 7, according to a Florida arrest website…

UF student jailed, accused of making bomb threat
Gainesville Sun
Police have arrested a University of Florida student they say recently threatened to explode a bomb at a fraternity chapter meeting. Carson Lee Ridenhour, 19, made statements on Sept. 17 to Khaled Abdelghany at a speed rush meeting of the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity chapter that he would explode a device at the next scheduled chapter meeting, according to a University of Florida Police report. Ridenhour never recanted his statement, the report said, and the fraternity members were concerned that he would carry out his threat.

New businesses popping up
Highlands Today
New businesses are springing up in Highlands County, said David Noel, a University of South Florida consultant with the Small Business Development Center …

UWF gears up for homecoming
Pensacola News Journal
…The week of Argo school spirit for faculty begins Oct. 8 and go through Oct. 12.
During Homecoming week, UWF students, faculty, staff and alumni will celebrate traditions and the legend behind the UWF mascot. The university will host its Homecoming Kickoff on Oct. 9, featuring a performance by recording artist T-Pain.

Releases and Web Stories

UCF License Deal Puts Student-Led Spin-Out on Fast Track
Nanotechnology News (press release)
…Abstract: The University of Central Florida (UCF) has signed a license agreement with its first student-led spinout company, Mesdi Systems, Inc.

UF: Florida’s consumer confidence continues downward trend
University of Florida
Florida’s consumer confidence declined one point in September to 76, continuing a four-month slide, according to a University of Florida survey.

Fossil record shows crustaceans vulnerable as modern coral reefs 
Science Daily (press release)
Many ancient crustaceans went extinct following a massive collapse of reefs across the planet, and new University of Florida research suggests…