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.
Although there is a lack of teaching jobs in S. Florida at this time, schools of education indicate that their student population continues to grow. This growth is recognized in spite of the fact that 1,400 teachers were laid of by Broward County Public Schools last summer. While there is difficulty in obtaining a teaching position in S. Florida at this time, potential teachers are optimistic that there will be a turn around in the hiring policies in the future.
For more information see http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/07/30/2338182/schools-of-education-thriving.html
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University of Miami linebacker, Jason Futch, collapsed at practice today. Often such incidents on the practice field do not end well. However, from news reports Jason seems to be recuperating, and he is wished a speedy recovery.
UM teen, Ivanna Villanueva, indicated to police in a written statement that she agreed to be the designated driver on the October night of her deadly accident that killed a grandmother. Her toxicology report indicated that she had nearly triple the legal limit of alcohol in her system. She also had a false driver’s license in her possession.
For more information, see http://miami.cbslocal.com/2011/11/10/teen-in-deadly-accident-had-agreed-to-be-designated-driver/
Some Florida residents and citizens are being denied in state fees because of questions about their parents’ immigration status. The Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama civil rights organization, has filed a law suit against state colleges and universities on behalf of five students who applied to state universities. The law suit alleges that the practice of asking questions about the legal status of parents is unconstitutional.
For more information see http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/education/highered/fl-college-discrimination-lawsuit-20111019,0,2937463.story
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