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New IT Agency Haunted By Past Failures

Feb 14, 2014
R.Benk / WFSU-News

The state of Florida is one step closer to creating an agency dedicated to streamlining how the state implements technology. But, this is the Sunshine State’s second crack at an IT Agency – its last ended in disappointment. Now, some wonder if this iteration is doomed to repeat past failures.

Is FSU's Barron Heading Back To Pennsylvania?

Feb 14, 2014

6:55 p.m. update

Florida State University Board of Trustees Chair Allan Bense has released the following statement regarding President Eric Barron's possible departure: "We have received no official communication from anyone about this," Bense writes.  "If it is true that Dr. Barron is leaving, it will be a great loss for Florida State University. But we would certainly wish him well in his new endeavor. He would be greatly missed." 

5:30 p.m. update

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Florida State University has suspended one of its fraternities and four of the Greek house’s members face charges after an alleged hazing incident.

A Snow Day Without Snow

Jan 29, 2014
R.Benk / WFSU-News

Because of the rare cold weather in Tallahassee, Florida State University canceled classes Wednesday, much to the delight of students, many of whom ventured outside -- buttoned up from head to toe -- to catch a glimpse of their first snowfall and snap shots of frozen fountains.But, when a group of students arrived at one fountain, they were sorely disappointed. Instead of a still and frozen body of water, they were greeted by the sound of rushing water.

Twitter Reacts To Winston Announcement

Dec 5, 2013

Accuser's changing story leads State Attorney to decline charges.


The Tallahassee Police Department is pushing back against allegations it has mishandled a rape investigation involving Florida State University Quarterback Jameis Winston.

The incident happened in December 2012, but is just now coming to light—raising concerns about the way the police department has handled the case.

Tallahassee Police Chief Tom Coe says despite media reports, the case involving FSU’s Winston was never closed. That contradicts statements made by Winston's attorney Tim Jansen, who says he was told otherwise.

LHatter / WFSU News

This weekend Florida State University’s football team will take on in-state rival, the University of Miami. The game is the third-ranked Seminoles' latest test in a quest for an ACC championship and their first national title in more than a decade.

The game is also a big deal for the Tallahassee economy.

“This may be the biggest football weekend as far as college football goes this season," says Florida Sports Foundation Communication Director Nick Gandy.

Florida State University officials are keeping up the school’s efforts to expand. That includes giving the President Eric Barron more purchasing power. 

In recent years, Florida State University has purchased old state buildings, lots adjacent to the school and even the Leon County Civic Center.  There are even more parcels the university has its eye on as part of its master plan and FSU Trustees gave permission to University President Eric Barron Friday to keep on buying.

LHatter / WFSU News

Florida State University oceanography professor Ian MacDonald has spent decades studying the Gulf of Mexico. Most of his work has centered specifically on oil in the Gulf—both natural seeps and industry leaks.

When the Deepwater Horizon Oil platform exploded three years ago, killing 11 people and sinking the rig, the BP oil company and the federal government were slow to determine how much oil was flowing into the Gulf of Mexico.

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A Florida State University student who claimed her social media account was hacked has withdrawn a request for an investigation by the FSU Police Department.

Messages posted through twitter and vine accounts used by the student used racial slurs to identify black students at FSU and Florida A&M University.

The posts caused an uproar on social media and the student initially claimed her account was hacked.

University officials say there won't be any further investigations into the incident, nor are there plans to move forward with any action against the student.

FSU President Backs Law Charging Vets In-State Tuition

Sep 23, 2013
Stan Jastrzebski

A group of Florida State University students and administrators Monday urged the Florida Legislature to approve a bill which would offer in-state tuition to veterans attending public colleges in the state.  

Public schools usually make much more on out-of-state students than on their in-state brethren.  That’s true at Florida State, where out-of-state credits cost about $500 more per hour.  That mean students may be charged an additional $60,000 for a four-year degree. But it’s a cost FSU President Eric Barron says his institution is willing to swallow for veterans…

R.Benk / WFSU-News

Some graduate students at Florida State University say they’re being exploited because the university’s healthcare coverage for teaching and research assistants fails to adequately cover their costs. The group has been in negotiations with FSU since May over just how much their healthcare stipend should be.

Florida State University officials want to use a new designation to help the school increase its profile. FSU and the University of Florida are so-called “preeminent” schools, making them eligible for more state funding.

FSU President Eric Barron told the state university oversight board Wednesday that he wants to use the money to hire high-profile faculty members in the areas of science and technology.

Florida State University and the University of Florida can now add another distinction to the list.

The Florida Board of Governors approved the “preeminent university” status for FSU and UF in an unanimous vote Monday. Along with millions more in state funding for both schools, the University of Florida will be able to establish a program offering 4-year degrees entirely online.

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Florida State University football player Gregory Dent is facing up to 15 years in prison after being charged with rape over the weekend.  Dent was released Monday on $15 thousand dollars bail.

According to court documents, the victim and Dent have been friends since high school. Saturday, she, Dent, and others went to a nightclub.  When they returned to Dent’s apartment, the victim says she fell asleep on Dent’s bed.

She then alleges she awoke to Dent kissing her, and tried to push him away.  But the victim alleges he continued trying to force himself upon her.

Florida State University is planning to increase its tuition rates. FSU Trustees approved the hikes despite dissenting votes from four members of the board including the student body president.

FSU Trustees approved an overall 1.7 percent cost of living increase that’s mandated in state law. FSU plans to use half of the money generated from the increase for financial aid. President Eric Barron says using the money for need based aid follows the spirit of the legislature’s tuition increase.

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Athletics directors at both Florida A & M and Florida State are out.

FAMU did not renew its contract with Derek Horne, largely because of the continued budget deficit in the athletics program. Horne has been placed on administrative leave with pay until his contract expires at the start of September.

FAMU’s athletics department has been plagued by a $7 million dollar deficit, incurred over several years.

Governor Rick Scott is urging Florida’s public university presidents to hold off on increasing tuition. Scott vetoed an overall 3-percent tuition hike as part of the budget, but there are questions as to whether universities can implement a smaller cost-of-living increase mandated in state law.

Jessica Palombo / WFSU-FM

Leon County officials say the 2013 legislative session turned out well for the region. Schools, universities and state employees are all celebrating.

Local leaders met with state legislative delegates today on Tuesday to discuss how the laws and budgets passed this session will affect the local community.

Rep. Alan Williams (D-Tallahassee) said, this year’s budget includes pay raises for the thousands of state workers in the area, the first they’ve seen in seven years. And that should help boost the local economy.  

The Florida Board of Governors has voted to move Florida State University's Palm Beach digital animation program back to the school's Tallahassee main campus.

The vote was almost unanimous, with one dissenting.

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Longtime Florida State University administrator John Carnaghi has died. Carnaghi was a beloved member of the Tallahassee community and helped oversee a 22 year period of growth at FSU.

When John Carnaghi came to Florida State University in 1991, it was a far cry from the institution that exists today.

“The grounds weren’t clean. We didn’t have the kind of plants and flowers you see today. We didn’t have our accounts in order, there was no decent parking,” said former FSU President Sally D’Alemberte.

More Trouble For FSU Animation Program

Feb 13, 2013

Florida State University is facing more fall out stemming from their failed partnership with a bankrupt animation studio that left Florida taxpayers 20 million dollars in the hole. Emotions are running high between the Chancellor of the Florida Board of Governors and the program’s students over a proposal to move the program to Tallahassee.

Florida State University is trying to keep the doors open at its West Palm Beach Film School location, even though its partner production company has gone bankrupt.  The Digital Domain bankruptcy has left the state on the hook for millions, created increased scrutiny on Florida State and has left the fate of students in the program up in the air.

A news website that ranked two Tallahassee universities among America’s most dangerous college campuses has published an alternate list that doesn’t include either school. Business Insider made its new list after several schools on the list criticized the site’s grading methods.

The Zeta Zeta Chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity at Florida State University has been suspended.

The Fraternity's Executive Director David Beacham says the decision to suspend the fraternity follows, "confirmation of violations of the Fraternity's law, policies and principles as well as violations of the policies of Florida State University. The violations were related to a recent unauthorized social activity and included the misuse of alcohol."

Beacham made those comments in a statement issued September 12th.