Here’s what caught my eye today…

SPECIAL SECTION: The Youth Vote in Florida

Militant Ron Paul supporters harass Univ. professor in case of
Dr. Patricia Campion, an associate professor of sociology at Saint Leo University in Florida, found herself the target of militant Ron Paul supporters engaging in their unique brand of political outreach. There’s only one problem – Dr. Campion was the wrong target, according to Patricia Campion, a writer with the Yahoo Contributor Network.

In Florida, Diverse Young Republicans Ignited By Ron Paul
Huffington Post
I wasn’t allowed inside the meeting, but Kayla Westbrook, the chairwoman of Tallahassee’s Florida State University College Republicans, met me outside. Westbrook is dressed for television news – actually, she was on Fox Business earlier this week 

Miami-Dade County remove Occupy Miami protesters
Local 10
It was a muted end to the Occupy Miami encampment on Tuesday night. Miami-Dade County had served protesters with an eviction notice, forcing them to leave the West Lawn of the Stephen P. Clark County Building by sundown or face arrest for trespassing.

Where are Florida’s young voters?
Central Florida News 13
The study, conducted in part by the Lou Frey Institute of Politics and Government at the University of Central Florida, showed Florida’s youngest adults were far less engaged in politics than their counterparts across the country…

“I think you can characterize the millennial generation as the turned off generation,” said [LouFrey. “It’s a yawner.”

Why are fewer young people voting in the Florida primary?
Orlando Sentinel (blog)
On the eve of the 2012 Florida Primary comes news of a disturbing new study showing that Florida’s young adult population is less engaged in voting, volunteerism and public debate than their counterparts in other states.

[BobGraham, a Democrat and former Florida governor and U.S. Senator, agreed. “Florida’s future is in the hands of its young adults. This report presents stark evidence of how much work is yet to be done to assure this generation is prepared to accept that responsibility.”

Florida Young Republicans Stand Behind New Voter Laws
But ask Florida State University student and first-time voter Mia Simon, 19, about those laws, and the political science major will tell you that it’s much ado about nothing. “I have just turned in my forms to become a registered agent 

Will Millennials Make a Difference in the Florida Primary?
Field staff conducted a tour of college campuses in the Fort Lauderdale and Miami areas, including stops at Broward College, the University of Miami, 

State University System

Scott says ‘no’ to tuition hikes
Palm Beach Post
Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday that he’s ready to put the brakes on tuition hikes for college and university students across Florida…

Florida lawmakers wrestle with ways to fix STEM-degree shortage
Gov. Rick Scott and top lawmakers want universities to find ways to produce more science and technology graduates to fill higher-paying jobs. But in every year but one for the past decade, public universities have increased the number of those highly sought graduates. In fact, the number of science and technology graduates — about 12,000 in 2010 — is up 48 percent since 2001.

Fla. Senate panel kills immigration tuition bill
A bill that would have allowed in-state college and university tuition for certain U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants died Tuesday on a tie vote in the Senate Higher Education Committee…

University Students Host “Florida Loves Israel” Conference
More than 130 University students from across Florida will gather from February 2, 2012 to February 5, 2012 for the first-ever student-run and organized Israel advocacy and education conference – Florida Loves Israel. Florida Loves Israel is a three-day conference working to create a unified voice for Israel in Florida. University students representing almost every major higher education institute in Florida will be attending the inaugural event. Additionally, high school students and Tallahassee community members will be in attendance.

FAMU suspends student group recruitment
Central Florida News 13
The Florida A&M University board of trustees has approved the creation of an independent blue-ribbon committee in the wake of the Robert Champion case. Florida A&M University’s clubs and organizations will not be allowed to bring in new members until 

FAMU President stops students from joining clubs
President James Ammons announced the move during a campus safety forum held in response to the death of drum major Robert Champion and the arrests of several FAMU students on charges of hazing other students. The ban prevents clubs and organizations 

Ammons suspends FAMU club, band camp activity
Ammons took the action amid a criminal investigation into the hazing death of FAMU marching band drum major Robert Champion after the Florida Classic in Orlando last November. Since then, the university and police have announced a number of arrests in 

FAMU to hold a campus safety forum at 3 p.m.
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Students, faculty and staff at Florida A&M University will meet in the Lawson Center for a campus-wide safety forum. The forum will begin at 3 pm and the students faculty and staff will discuss the assistance that is available on campus and the 

FAMU to host “A Tribute to African-American Films”
In honor of Black History Month and in celebration of FAMU’s 125th anniversary, Florida A&M University Lyceum Series and the Office of Student Activities in partnership with the Tallahassee Film Festival and the Tallahassee Film Society present A 

Hold the presses: Moveable Type truck to arrive at FAU
Kyle Durrie and her Moveable Type truck will roll into the Jaffe Center for Book Arts at Florida Atlantic University Thursday for a gallery talk, slide presentation and an afternoon of printing demonstrations, studio and truck tours, and tall tales 

State agency scolds FGCU, Edison State over failure to return cash
The News-Press
Florida’s auditor general plans to cite FGCU and Edison State College for failing to return unused Bright Futures scholarship funds in a timely manner. If a Bright Futures student withdraws from a course, institutions must refund scholarship money to 

Dunlaps give $5M to ‘Noles
When the Florida State Seminoles needed funding to build an indoor practice facility, retired corporate executive and Marion County resident Albert Dunlap and his wife, Judith, decided to inject $5 million into the cause and become the effort’s lead donor.

University Students Recoil at Koch Influence
Could it be that students at Florida State University have a deeper understanding of academic freedom than their professors do? The FSU Student Senate has introduced a resolution denouncing the university’s acceptance of big donations from a foundation run by the billionaire Koch brothers to fund positions in the economics department — and to have a say in who gets the appointments.

UCF gets $10M for India center
Central Florida Future
UCF has received a $10 million gift that will be used to establish an India Studies Center. Four years after launching an India studies program, UCF and Global Perspectives will establish a center devoted to the nation that has a growing population in the Central Florida area.

UCF takes over museum
Orlando Sentinel
The University of Central Florida has agreed to lease the Seminole school district’s Student Museum in Sanford and plans to give the 110 year old Sanford Grammar School where it is located a new lease on life…

USF student with gun in school dorm faces felony charge
ABC Action News
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA – A University of South Florida student was arrested Tuesday afternoon after campus police found a gun in his dorm room, according to a Tampa Police report. Authorities got an anonymous tip that 20-year-old Kevin Caster had 

UWF starts Teachers Teaching Teachers
Pensacola News Journal
This semester, the University of West Florida is starting a Teachers Teaching Teachers program, the first of its kind in Florida…

State College System

Religious debate planned at Broward College
“Is Religion Good for Society?” will be the topic of a formal debate between a South Florida atheist leader and a leader at South Florida’s largest congregation.

A one-stop education
Come August, students majoring in business at Hillsborough Community College SouthShore will be able to earn their bachelor’s degrees without ever leaving the campus. A long-term, joint-use agreement with the 

Popular program offers learning opportunities
The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce has developed the Lunch & Learn Program, in conjunction with Hillsborough Community College (HCC), to “offer seminars to business people to help improve their skills and knowledge,” says chamber president 

Santa Fe College grad identified as I-75 crash victim
Gainesville Sun
A Florida Highway Patrol official has identified 27-year-old Christie Diana Nguyen, a graduate of the University of Florida and Santa Fe College and single mother, as a victim in the 

Independent College and University System

Top 10 Marijuana-Friendly Colleges; Apply Now!
Opposing Views
The Princeton Review, the company behind many well known guides to colleges and the publisher of preparation books for college entrance exams, has released a list of the top 10 rated schools that are the most marijuana friendly… 8. Eckerd College – a private 4-year coeducational liberal arts college at the southernmost tip of St. Petersburg, Florida

Luncheon honors two ‘Women of Distinction’
Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) will honor Joyce Licht Sang and Sally Ross Soter at its “Women of Distinction” luncheon on Feb. 22 at The Breakers.

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

Letter: Our start
Naples Daily News
Ave Maria University’s first Scholarship Dinner will be held Wednesday (today) at the Ritz Carlton, Naples. It is our intent to announce the establishment of the Thomas S. Monaghan Catholic Leaders Scholarship Fund in honor of the university’s founder 

Guest opinion: Edison Collegiate High prepares and challenges top students
The News-Press
They became the first group of ECHS-Lee sophomores to take college classes at Edison State College. Edison opened the doors of this public charter school in Lee County two years ago to broaden the minds and possibilities for teenagers in Southwest 

Scott Maxwell: Rising college costs leave middle class behind
Orlando Sentinel
Nine years ago, when my son was born, we decided to enroll him in Florida’s prepaid tuition plan. We paid $173 a month as part of a five-year plan. And by the time he started kindergarten, we had spent $9,500 to ensure his tuition was covered. It was simple and affordable — with the emphasis on was

Floridian named new Anchorage schools chief
Anchorage Daily News
More recently, he [Jim Browder] made headlines during a tumultuous run as a senior administrator at Edison State College in Florida. Faculty at Edison State complained that he had been hired without a search and that he was overpaid, according to local news reports.

Browder selected as Anchorage schools superintendent
The News-Press
He [Jim Browder] resigned from Lee immediately after two new board members were elected, taking a job across town at Edison State College. He left that post after six months when faculty protested his involvement in academics.

Florida educator named next city schools superintendent
More recently, he [Jim Browder] made headlines during a tumultuous run as a senior administrator at Edison State College in Florida. Faculty at Edison State complained that he had been hired without a search and that he was overpaid, according to local news reports.

US Needs To Do More In Case Cuban Well Springs A Leak
CBS Local
Florida International University Professor John Proni told officials to be proactive. He is leading a consortium of researchers on US readiness to handle any spill.

Romney’s the clear choice among Treasure Coast voters
Kevin WagnerFlorida Atlantic University assistant professor of political science, said Florida was a “money game,” that Romney won. Money will remain a major consideration, Wagner said, and Gingrich will not be able to rely on contributions to his 

Florida Primary 2012 Results: What Romney’s Win Means
International Business Times
“The establishment is terrified of Newt,” said Charles Zelden, a historian at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “They’re afraid of a nominee so out of touch that it’s a landslide not just for the president but for his whole party.

2012 Florida primary: It’s all over but the counting
Orlando Sentinel
And of course, we’ve seen the candidates barnstorming around the state and we have seen the polls change dramatically in the 10 days,” said University of Central Florida political scientist Aubrey Jewett.

America’s most overpriced cities
 the condo bubble down there was pronounced, but thanks to the sheer size of the economy… you end up with higher housing prices,” explains Sean Snaith, the director for the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Economic Competitiveness.

Moving public school spring break to match UF, SFC meets resistance
Gainesville Sun
School Board Chair April Griffin suggested reconsidering the dates to help parents who work at the University of Florida and Santa Fe College, which share the first week of March as their Spring Break. “It would be a good family vacation,” she said.

Legal targets emerging from the I-75 wreckage
Gainesville Sun
“We say in law school that you can’t get blood out of a turnip,” said Lyrissa Lidsky, a University of Florida law professor. That leaves another major player in the accidents — the companies that own trucks involved in crashes — as a possible lawsuit 

Miami-Dade Voters Take Advantage of Absentee, Early Voting
NBC 6 Miami
“The economy is always a perennially important issue, especially now, when the economy is sluggish, unemployment is relatively high,” University of Miami political expert George Gonzalez said.

Should People Know About the Results of Their Genome Screening?
ABC News
Genetic analysis often reveals information that is merely probable and not definitive, said Ken Goodman, professor and director of the Bioethics Program at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. “It’s really not clear what to do with 

As the ranks of senior drivers grow, so do efforts to keep them safe
Bellingham Herald
“Some have changes starting at 70 and others are fine until they’re 90,” says Neva Kirk-Sanchez, an associate professor of physical therapy at the University of Miami who specializes in geriatrics.

Romney takes Tea Party vote from Gingrich in Florida
“People don’t want a fireballer who’s going to say crazy things out of the side of his mouth,” said University of Miami political scientist Joseph Uscinski. “It’s a dignified office and Newt might not be the right person for it.

Florida outcome to offer early look at type of warrior GOP wants to face Obama
“In Florida the Republican Party is much more diverse,” said Matthew Corrigan, a political scientist from the University of North Florida. “This primary is going to be filled with rough, intense campaigning.”

Independent voters vital to primary win in Sunshine State
Florida Today
The intensity of campaigning in Florida in advance of today’s GOP primary — particularly the negative ads — have given President Barack Obama a slight bump among Sunshine State voters, said University of South Florida political scientist Susan MacManus…

The Pro’s Tip Sheet: Susan MacManus on Florida Beyond the Primary
New York Times (blog)
To help us envision this big picture, we asked Susan MacManus, a political scientist at the University of South Florida, to curate the last of our Pro’s Tip Sheets on Florida. Professor MacManus has long been the go-to analyst of Florida’s political 

The Four Faces of Florida Latinos
“Puerto Rican is the dominant group in central Florida,” said University of South Florida political analyst Susan MacManus. “They tend to lean Democratic, depending on how long they’ve been in the country and where they’ve come from.

Releases and Web Stories

Women Executive Leadership to Partner with Florida International University on 
PR Web (press release)
Women Executive Leadership (WEL), South Florida’s leading advocate for the advancement of professional women, has formed a partnership with Florida International University to develop its 2012 census of corporate director and executive officers in 

Florida International University Receives $349000 Grant From the Department of 
MarketWatch (press release)
SOUTH EASTON, Mass., Jan 31, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) — Florida International University (“FIU”) and Pressure BioSciences, Inc. PBIO +1.55% (“PBI” and the “Company”) today announced that FIU has been awarded $349,130 from the Office of Justice Programs of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”). The grant will support the continued development of a faster and more accurate method of processing DNA evidence for rape prosecutions using PBI’s patented Pressure Cycling Technology (“PCT”) Platform.

Full Sail University Announces 9 Graduates Have Been Nominated For 
PR Web
Full Sail University is proud to announce that nine of its alumni are nominated this year for GRAMMY® Awards which air live on Sunday, February 12, 

IRSC seeking part time instructors, information session set for Feb 23
Indian River State College is seeking adjunct instructors and conducting an information session 6 pm Feb. 23 in the Health Science Center on