FSU Pushes Homecoming To Spring 2021

Sep 4, 2020

The Florida State University Alumni Association says its cancelled homecoming amid the coronavirus pandemic. It’s planning to reschedule the annual gathering in the Spring, but hasn’t set dates.

The loss of the homecomings at FSU and Florida A&M University will likely take a bite out of the city’s economy.

Thirty-four people at Florida A&M and 129 people at Florida State University have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of August. Both schools are trying to keep the numbers down through restrictions on large gatherings. FAMU has even instituted a curfew on students who live on-campus, though President Larry Robinson says he’s not yet had to suspend or expel any students for violating it.

Florida State University’s former student senate president is suing the Student Government Association and the school over his removal. Jack Denton lost his position earlier this year over online comments he made regarding the Black Lives Matter movement and Transgender people.

Denton’s attorneys say student senate leaders and the university discriminated against him for expressing his religious views.

Florida State University classes are in full swing. Students walk across campus and lounge on Landis Green. Some wear masks—others don't. University policy requires faculty, staff, and students to mask up—whether they're outside, in classrooms or residence halls. But that's not always happening, says Jennifer, who lives in one of the dorms on FSU's campus.

Tailgaters will return to Florida State home football games this fall, but they’ll have to take pandemic precautions.

The Florida State Athletics Department and Seminole Boosters say tailgating can be an important part of the game day experience. So they teamed up to create a set of guidelines, allowing booster donors to tailgate while promoting a safe environment.

A story with its origins in nearby Thomasville, Georgia is being shown nationwide all this month. It focuses on a heroic woman who was determined to make medical care available to those who might otherwise never see a doctor.

Valerie Scoon has been a professor at Florida State University's College of Motion Picture Arts for the past fifteen years. But even before that, she was a filmaker at Warner Brothers and Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Films. As such, she's always on alert for real-life stories that might make a crackling good movie.

Multiple advocacy groups say Florida State University's new task force on racial inequality isn't enough to make real change. The groups say the school has a history of making decisions, then walking them back.

Thrasher Backs Moving Statue And Removing Building Name

Jul 18, 2018
Via News Service of Florida

Florida State University will relocate a campus statue of a former slaveholder and will seek approval to remove the name of a pro-segregation Supreme Court justice from a law-school building, university president John Thrasher announced Tuesday.

3 State University Presidents Top $1 Million

Jul 17, 2018
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Three state university presidents in Florida earned more than $1 million in pay and other compensation during the 2016-2017 academic year, a new national survey showed.

Thrasher Touts FSU's Progress And Announces Plan To Hire 125 new faculty

Dec 7, 2017

As John Thrasher begins his fourth year as president of Florida State University, he said he has changed.

FSU's Jimbo Fisher Accepts Texas A&M Football Coaching Job

Dec 1, 2017
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Florida State University will be searching for a new head football coach.  Jimbo Fisher has accepted a job at Texas A&M University.

Thrasher Gets Raise As FSU Moves Up In Rankings

Sep 25, 2017
The Florida Senate

With Florida State University moving closer to becoming a top-25 public university, the school's trustees have bumped up President John Thrasher's salary by seven percent and awarded him a $200,000 bonus.

The Nation's Report Card, released this week, finds declines in reading and math across the country. Another report, this one from the Council of Great City Schools, finds kids are taking too many standardized tests. We begin the hour with a look at both reports and their implications with Colleen Wood, founder of 50th No More and Vice-Chair of the Network for Public Education Action, a national political advocacy organization.

Jacksonville businessman Ed Burr has been unanimously elected chair of Florida State University Board of Trustees.

Burr is president and CEO of the Jacksonville-based GreenPointe Holdings real estate company. The company builds homes, plans communities across Florida and manages several golf courses, according to its website.

Burr has served on the FSU board since 2011 and chaired the Academic Affairs Committee during the past year. He succeeds former Florida House Speaker Allan Bense as chairman.

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A Florida House committee approved a measure this week to allow students to carry guns and concealed weapons on the state’s college campuses. This controversial idea comes just months after a shooter injured three people at the Florida State University library. Supporters of allowing guns on campus say it would prevent more campus shootings like the FSU incident. Opponents argue more guns on campus will make students less safe. We discussed the issue with legal analyst and Florida Coastal School of Law professor Rod Sullivan.

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.

The Associated Press is reporting the gunman who shot three people at Florida State University Thursday before he was killed may have been a lawyer who graduated from the school.

As the investigation continues, Governor Rick Scott says he expects many unanswered questions will be answered. For now, Scott asked the nation to “Pray for FSU.”

  Update 11:53 a.m.: From the Associated Press

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.