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University of Florida to ZBT Frat: Buh-Bye

UF chapter closed after members accused of spitting on veterans

(Newser) - Future pledges interested in joining Zeta Beta Tau will have to go somewhere other than the University of Florida. The Gainesville Sun reports that the school's chapter of the fraternity is now closed in the wake of an April 17 incident in Panama City Beach in which ZBT members... More »

Florida Frat Suspended Over Harassment of Vets

Zeta Beta Tau members allegedly spit on them at resort

(Newser) - Another nasty frat story is making headlines, this time from the University of Florida. The school has suspended Zeta Beta Tau over allegations that drunken members were abusive to military veterans, even spitting on them, reports the Gainesville Sun . It took place last weekend at a resort in Panama City... More »

Frat Members Accused of Spitting on Veterans

Two chapters of Zeta Beta Tau currently under suspension

(Newser) - The latest fraternity making headlines for bad behavior : The Zeta Beta Tau chapters at the University of Florida and, possibly, Emory University. The chapters held their spring formals at Panama City Beach's Laketown Wharf Resort last Friday, where the Warrior Beach Retreat for wounded Iraq and Afghanistan war vets... More »

2 Ruinous Termite Species Have Mated in Florida

"They're two bad ones, too," says not-encouraging-sounding bug expert

(Newser) - Two particularly hungry, exotic termite species apparently have found love halfway around the world—and, as with so many other Florida hookups, the results are disturbing. Asian and Formosan subterranean termites are two of the most destructive termite species in the world, responsible for much of the estimated $40 billion... More »

Halliburton Relative Dead in Bathtub Murder

Florida police investigating death of Jill Halliburton Su

(Newser) - Police in Florida's Broward County have a high-profile murder on their hands: Jill Halliburton Su, a 59-year-old relative of the founder of the oil services conglomerate, was found dead in a bathtub in her waterfront mansion in Davie this week, reports ABC News . Police have ruled it a homicide... More »

Cops Name Suspect in Student's '89 Disappearance

Florida police think suspected serial killer Paul Rowles murdered Tiffany Sessions

(Newser) - Florida police think they're close to closing a 25-year-old case involving a missing University of Florida student. The sheriff of Alachua County said today that it's "highly, highly probable" that suspected serial killer Paul Rowles murdered Tiffany Sessions in 1989, reports CNN . Rowles died in prison last... More »

UF Coach May Have Helped Cover Drive-By for Hernandez

Urban Meyer also eyed in failed drug tests

(Newser) - A new investigative report in Rolling Stone reveals that while Urban Meyer was head coach at the University of Florida, Meyer may have helped to cover up a drive-by shooting, an assault, and failed drug tests for Aaron Hernandez . Meyer has long denied that he enabled Hernandez's misbehavior, Fox... More »

Behold US' Most Ridiculous Anti-Immigration Policy

Florida's tuition rule is immoral, unconstitutional: Linda Greenhouse

(Newser) - Move over Arizona and Alabama, because Florida, the home of nearly a million Cuban refugees and their descendants, “has come up with perhaps the most bizarre and pointless anti-immigration policy of all,” writes Linda Greenhouse in the New York Times . The state’s Board of Education has quietly... More »

Biggest Party Animals Attend Georgia

In student survey, Ohio U. finishes second

(Newser) - Good news for parents paying for their kids to study at the University of Georgia: The school is finally No. 1. The bad news: The Princeton Review list ranks the nation's top party schools. "UGA has been on the party school list for a while, but it’s one... More »

'Tattletale Pill' Reports When Patients Eat It

Tiny microchip helps keep tabs on medication

(Newser) - Researchers have invented a pill that goes far beyond the usual call of duty—it helps patients and loved ones keep track of when it's taken. The pill has a tiny microchip and antenna (both nontoxic and digestible) that sends a signal when consumed to a receiver worn by the... More »

Urban Meyer: Never Mind!

Florida football coach will take leave of absence, not resign

(Newser) - Urban Meyer, who stunned the sports world when he announced yesterday he would step down as Florida football coach, instead will take an indefinite leave of absence. Meyer, 45, cited health concerns in announcing his resignation. He could return to the Gators' helm as soon as next fall, the Gainesville ... More »

Florida Coach Urban Meyer Will Step Down, Citing Health

Gators leader will stay on through Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl

(Newser) - Urban Meyer, who coached the University of Florida to two national championships in 5 years at the helm, will step down after the Gators take on Cincinnati in the Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl. Meyer, 45, cited health concerns in announcing his resignation; he was hospitalized after suffering chest pains following... More »

Penn State Dethrones Florida as Top Party School

(Newser) - Penn State has knocked the University of Florida from its No. 1 spot … atop the Princeton Review’s “Best Party School” list. Each year, the Review ranks schools in a huge number of categories based on surveys of their students. A Penn State spokeswoman called it a “... More »

Playboy Names Miami Top Party School

Runners-up: Texas, San Diego State, Florida

(Newser) - Promising to make the ranking an annual tradition, Playboy today named its top 10 US party schools, using an algorithm weighing hot temperatures, guy-girl ratio, empty rooms available for sex, and even GPA. “Think of this as a BCS rating, but unlike the BCS we welcome your input,”... More »

Die-Hard Gator Alums May Find Final Resting Place at UF

Dedicated Gators want to spend eternity on campus

(Newser) - University of Florida alums who want their final resting place to be somewhere on the campus of their alma mater will likely get their wish, the Gainesville Sun reports. A bill that cleared a Florida Senate committee today would allow any of Florida’s state universities to build a columbarium—... More »

Feds: Florida Prof Scammed NASA for $3.4M

Research cash blown on cars, condos, charge court filings

(Newser) - Federal agents have seized the property of a University of Florida professor accused of shuttling millions in NASA grants into his family's bank accounts, the Houston Chronicle reports. Nuclear scientist Samim Anghaie, who has worked on developing fuels for future Mars missions, submitted "multiple fraudulent certified contract proposals to... More »

Tebow to Gators: 'Let's Do It Again'

Tebow announces return to Gator Nation

(Newser) - Gator Nation has two reasons to celebrate. One is the University of Florida's national championship win. The other is star quarterback Tim Tebow's return next year, reports the Gainsville Sun. Tebow broke the news to a crowd of 42,000 at the Swamp yesterday, initially making what sounded ominously like... More »

'Super Termite' Found in Fla.

Fast-eating bug known to cause panic among homeowners

(Newser) - One of the world's most feared termites has been caught gnawing on a Florida Gulfport home. Exterminators say they have saved the house, but admit that the "super termites"—or Formosan subterraneans—included winged swarmers, which indicates that that colony has existed for more than 5 years. "... More »

Florida's #1 Again ... as Top Party School

Mississippi, Penn State round out top 3 in Princeton Review survey

(Newser) - The University of Florida can raise a glass to another national title—best party school in the country. The Gators, known for wild celebrations following national championships in football and basketball, wrested the party title away from West Virginia University and beat out the University of Mississippi and Penn State... More »

Prof Copyrights Notes, Sues Web Cheats

'It used to be that students had to find the answers themselves'

(Newser) - A professor at the University of Florida who has regularly copyrighted his lectures is suing a service that offers online course notes to lazy students. Dr. Michael Moulton of the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation department says it's not about money, reports the Ars Technica blog. "It used to be... More »

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