Six Florida colleges have been named in the top 100 public college values by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Report. University of Florida, Florida State University and four others are on the list. However, no mention is made of our state university, Florida International University. The university was included on the list last year. So, its omission from the list this year is a clear indication about its fees. For more information see http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/01/03/2572184/six-florida-colleges-named-best.html
The Miami Dolphins honored Florida Memorial University for its educational excellence and cultural diversity during the December 4th game. For more information on the event see video with host Jawan Strader at http://miami.cbslocal.com/2011/12/06/focus-on-south-florida-salute-to-florida-memorial-university/
It’s that time of the year when students participate in a tradition after cramming all night for finals. They receive a full complimentary breakfast that starts at 12:00 am. This twelve years tradition has grown over the years at both campuses. Some students started lining up from 9:30 pm! For more information see http://news.fiu.edu/2011/12/students-recharge-from-studying-at-cram-jam-midnight-breakfast/34069?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AllFIUNews+%28News+%40+Florida+International+University+-+All+News%29&utm_content=Google+Reader
Although the recent hazing incident that lead to the death of Robert Champion, a Florida A&M student, did not occur in South Florida, it is important for us here to be mindful of an ongoing hazing problem which happens even at our local institutions. Governor Rick Scott is calling on all university presidents to examine hazing rules so that a similar incident will not recur. Governor Scott wrote in a letter to Chancellor Brogan that hazing will not be tolerated. Robert Champion, a drum major, was found unresponsive on a bus parked outside an Orlando hotel. The band had performed earlier at a football game. For more information see http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Gov-Rick-Scott-Calls-on-Florida-Universities-to-Exam-Anti-Hazing-Rules-134844323.html
The fourth annual Canstruction was hosted by the Center for Urban Community Design and the School of Architecture at UM. Five teams participated in a two hour competition where cans collected during the prior week were used to construct building. A total of 800 cans were collected and donated to Camillus House, which is known for its service to the poor and homeless.
After winning an exciting game on Saturday that secured the institution’s chances for a bowl game, University of Miami’s administration selected a self-imposed ban on playing a bowl game. The football team and school community are disappointed with this decision. However, in spite of the disappointments, Coach Golden indicates that the team remains unified and tough. The school has been under fire after Nevin Shapiro’s revelations that he provided thousands of dollars to UM impressionable players over a nine-year period. The self-imposed ban may have been decided to gain some leniency on any disciplinary actions that the team will have to face in the future.
Students from Nova Southeastern University brought the gift of hearing aids and audiology services to children on their second misson to British Virgin Islands. The Audiology Department at NSU conducted the mission in October. The BVI does not have an audiologist. As a result, hearing impaired children must travel thousands of miles to other countries for hearing services. Furthermore, some families’ financial difficulties or prevent them from seeking treatment. Thanks to NSU efforts, students have been able to assist those families and others cases where children have difficulties travelling. For more information on the mission see http://nsunews.nova.edu/nsu-students-provide-hearing-aids-children-british-virgin-islands/