University Beat

6:26 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Preliminary Report: FAMU-FSU Separation Could Cost $1 Billion

The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 6:10 pm

A preliminary report on the future of the joint Florida A&M-Florida State University College of Engineering shows a separation could be as high as a billion dollars.

The Florida legislature commissioned the study earlier this year after a plan pushed by former State Senator John Thrasher failed. Thrasher is now president of Florida State University.

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Law & Order
3:51 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

FSU Shooting Victim Paralyzed; Condition Upgraded To 'Serious'

Farhan Ahmed

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 3:08 pm

One of the students shot last week at Florida State University is paralyzed.

Farhan Ahmed was shot three times in front of the Strozier Library last Thursday. He was one of three people injured by a gunman. Ahmed's sister, Farhana Ahmed spoke on behalf of the family in an update on her brother’s condition at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Monday.

"He immediately knew something was wrong because one of the first bullets struck his spine and has left him paralyzed from the waist down. But despite his injuries he’s alive and we’re so grateful he’s here with us," she says.

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University Beat
7:00 am
Mon November 24, 2014

'Murph the Surf' Shares Story of Redemption with USF Students

Jack "Murph the Surf" Murphy talks to USF criminology students
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

Watching Jack "Murph the Surf" Murphy talk to a University of South Florida criminology class, two things are apparent: the man is incredibly charming and he makes sure he knows his audience.

"Some of you don't know who I am," he said, pausing to flash a smile. "Ask your grandma!"

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Law & Order
9:56 am
Sun November 23, 2014

After Shooting FSU Opens Doors, Opens Hearts

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 12:27 pm


Florida State University students are back in class after a shooting at the campus library injured three people. The tragedy has raised the same question asked after any school shooting – how could this happen? But  at Florida State, It’s also raised a stronger feeling of community and support. 

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4:03 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

USF Students React to FSU Shooting

Strozier Library at Florida State University

Yesterday morning, there was a shooting at Florida State University in their library that left three injured and the shooter dead, the event sent shivers down the spine of students across the country. After an event like a school shooting, students nationwide take notice and USF Senior Michelle Reyes says the FSU shooting is another reminder that you can never be too safe.  

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Law & Order
1:44 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Package from FSU Shooter Delivered in Texas

Myron May

The first of several packages mailed by a man who shot three people at a Florida State University library was delivered in Texas and is in the hands of the FBI, the agency said Friday.

Authorities thought the packages could contain videos and journals from Myron May, who was killed by police officers outside the library Thursday, according to a law enforcement official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because that person wasn’t authorized to release information about the case.

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Law & Order
8:58 am
Fri November 21, 2014

FSU To Resume Classes; Gunman In 'Crisis' Before Shooting

FSU students, faculty and staff hold candlight vigil after gunman injures three in on-campus shooting.

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 5:01 am

Florida State University is back open—a day after a gunman opened fire at the school’s Strozier Library. As FSU tries to get back to normal, an investigation into the shooting continues.

In the hours after three people were shot at FSU’s Strozier library, people gathered on the campus in a prayer vigils and rallies to show their support for the university. FSU Sophomore Gillian Newman says the shooting has shaken the campus community.

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Law & Order
4:54 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Students Gather On FSU's Campus After Library Shooting

Students on Florida State's Landis Green.

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 2:24 pm

Florida State University students gathered for a prayer vigil Thursday morning after a gunman opened fire at the school’s main library.

A long quad called Landis Green stretches out in front of Strozier Library, the site of last night’s shooting.  On most sunny days there are groups of people walking to class or chatting on benches, but today it was a meeting place for hundreds of rattled and mourning students.  Shortly before noon, school officials turned off the fountain for a moment of silence.  Sophomore Gillian Newman says it was a moving tribute.

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Law & Order
1:38 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

FSU Alumnus Identified As Gunman

Alleged FSU Gunman, Myron May

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 12:29 pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A law enforcement official says the gunman who shot three people at Florida State University before being killed by police was a lawyer who graduated from the school.


     The official told The Associated Press that the shooter was Myron May, who graduated from Florida State before attending Texas Tech University's law school. The official requested anonymity because he was not authorized to release the name.


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Law & Order
12:25 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

FSU Shooting Live Blog

The scene outside FSU's Strozier library this morning following a shooting.

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 11:58 am

This blog will be updated throughout the day.

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Law & Order
9:34 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Florida State University Gunman Shot Dead By Campus Police

Tallahassee police investigate a shooting outside the Strozier Library on the Florida State University campus in Tallahassee, Fla., on Thursday. The gunman was shot and killed by police officers.
Mark Wallheiser AP

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 8:26 am

Florida State University police shot and killed a gunman who had opened fire in the crowded university library around midnight. Three people were wounded.

Michael DeLeo, Tallahassee, Fla.'s chief of police, said the gunman appears to have acted alone.

"It will take not only hours but days to put all the pieces together," he said at a news conference this morning. "Obviously, everyone wants to know why, and that's the hard question that we're going to continue to investigate and try to find those answers for everybody."

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2:15 am
Wed November 19, 2014

USF Professor Finds Ants, CEOs Not that Different

Deby Cassill, the Associate Professor of Biology at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg
Credit M. S. Butler

Plenty of kids play in dirt and collect bugs. Maybe you used to bring home bugs in a jar. Maybe you still do.  Deby Cassill does. But, she’s the Associate Professor of biology at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

So, she spends her days getting a microscopic look at something many of us consider a pest and even something to step on.

She says there was a time when it was considered strange for her to play with bugs.

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University Beat
9:54 am
Sun November 16, 2014

FSU President Thrasher Starts Mending Fences During First Week

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 5:14 pm

Former State Senator John Thrasher assumed his new role as President of Florida State University this week.  Thrasher says running a university is far different from running the legislature, and all of his actions are being scrutinized.

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University Beat
11:31 am
Fri November 14, 2014

USF Close to Buying St. Pete Property from Poynter

The Poynter Institute, as seen from the USF St. Petersburg campus.
Credit USF St. Petersburg

The University of South Florida Saint Petersburg continues its expansion plans. USF System officials have signed a non-binding letter of intent to buy nearly four acres of land from the Poynter Institute for $6.2 million.

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University Beat
12:43 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Cybersecurity the Focus of USF Conference

Former U.S. Dir. of National Intelligence Mike McConnell speaks at a conference at USF presented by the Florida Center for Cybersecurity.
Credit Aimee Blodgett / USF Communications and Marketing

When you ask former United States Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell what he thinks about the internet and information technology, he summons the words of Richard Danzig.

Danzig, who served as U.S. Secretary of the Navy from 1998 to 2001, once compared the internet to "a diet of poisoned fruit."

"This is delicious for us, it makes us more productive, more effective, improves our standard of living, we can communicate in our business," McConnell said. "But the downside of this wonderful, delicious product is it is poison, because the benefits exist, but it also introduces a level of vulnerability that someone can use that to your detriment."

McConnell shared his thoughts at a recent conference at the University of South Florida presented by the Florida Center for Cybersecurity, which is also known as FC2.

The state-funded center, which is based at USF, brings together experts from a dozen state schools to help Florida become a national leader in cybersecurity efforts.

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