Florida Atlantic University

College Sports
6:48 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

FAU Will Get A New Athletics Building Before Class Of '18 Graduates

Artist renderings of The Complex's main entrance.
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Florida Atlantic University just got the biggest grant in the school's history to build a new athletics facility to help its football team grow.

The new building, which will be called The Complex, will have a sports medicine center, a history and tradition hall, an academic center nearby and an indoor practice field.

The Schmidt Family Foundation is giving an initial $16 million to build The Complex.

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Robot Boat
2:45 am
Mon September 1, 2014

FAU Students Hope Robot Boat Will Conquer The World

Ivan Bertaska, Anderson Lebadd and Edoardo Sarda run their robotic boat through the motions on the Intracoastal Waterway near Dania Beach.
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

On the Intracoastal Waterway near Dania Beach, Ivan Bertaska is getting ready to captain his vessel.

Bertaska wants to check the boat’s capabilities by having it speed up and slow down as it carves a wavy wake across the Intracoastal.

“The wave pattern actually gives me a good range of velocities," he says, "so at first we go about two knots and then we get to the top corners where we’re making sharp turns and we’re going about one knot. So I get a good operational range of the vehicle.

"We get a lot of funny looks from boaters.”

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News
5:11 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

FAU Calls On Techies And Entrepreneurs To Improve Cyber Security

The Technology Business Incubator is teaming up with the Center for Cryptology and Information Security to call develop programs with South Florida entrepreneurs.
Credit FAU

Florida Atlantic University has started a collaborative project to bring South Florida tech entrepreneurs' businesses to life.

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College
2:50 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

FAU To Start College Boot Camp To Improve Graduation Rates

Florida Atlantic University hopes to improve its graduation rates in order to collect.
Credit Creative Commons / Flickr user Clemens v. Vogelsang

Florida Atlantic University has struggled recently with low graduation rates. To improve these numbers, the school is starting the JumpStart program, a college boot camp for students who might look like risky bets for graduating.

JumpStart grants students a conditional acceptance. They take two or three regular courses, and those who do well are officially accepted into the school.

Those who don’t make the grade get the experience, and their less-than-stellar GPA doesn’t follow them or FAU around.

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Education
7:50 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Florida Atlantic University Revises Its Sexual Misconduct Policies

Credit Business.Fau.edu

Florida universities are revising policies that deal with cases of rape after a federal investigation of 55 schools nationwide revealed assaults were either underreported or not investigated thoroughly. 

Only one school in Florida was part of the investigation, but the U.S Department of Education asked state universities to make some policy changes.

Florida Atlantic University  is one of the schools with the least amount of reported sexual assaults. This is out of 33 reported cases from last year.

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Gay Marriage
2:00 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Gay FAU Student Sues For In-State Tuition

Husbands Paul Rubio and Gildas Dousset.
Credit Steve Rothaus / Miami Herald

The French husband of a lifelong South Florida man has sued Florida Atlantic University to recognize their 2013 Massachusetts marriage and allow him to pay in-state tuition fees.

Journalism student Gildas Dousset wed Fort Lauderdale travel writer Paul Rubio July 25, 2013, a month after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the federal government to recognize the marriage of Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer.

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Education
1:06 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

FAU President Resigns After 'Significant Controversies'

FAU President Mary Jane Saunders resigned effective immediately from her top post at the university. She'll stay on as a member of the faculty.
Credit fau.edu

Mary Jane Saunders has quit.

The president of Florida Atlantic University says bad publicity splashed across national headlines was too much.

Next month would have been Saunders’ three-year anniversary as president.

While the university is showcasing her string of accomplishments, there was no way to get around a spate of missteps in recent months.

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News
6:30 am
Mon April 8, 2013

'Owl-catraz' Revisited: ACLU Defends FAU Students Against Alleged Intimidation

Credit Christine DiMattei

“Owl-catraz” is no more.

But it seems the controversy over a private prison company’s efforts to buy naming rights to Florida Atlantic University’s stadium is far from over.

In a letter to FAU’s Dean of Students, the American Civil Liberties Union criticizes the university for an alleged retaliation against seven students for rallying against the defunct deal. 

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News
10:26 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Escape from 'Owl-catraz': Prison Firm Pulls Out Of FAU Stadium Deal

The stadium on the Boca Raton campus of Florida Atlantic University
Credit Christine DiMattei

A $6 million deal that would have given a private prison company naming rights to Florida Atlantic University's stadium is now off. And that's leaving some FAU students wondering if another donation that size is coming around any time soon.

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News
3:46 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Media Frenzy Erupts After FAU Student Told To ‘Stomp On Jesus’

Gov. Rick Scott is calling for a detailed report from Florida Atlantic University after one of its students claims he was disciplined for refusing to step on the name of Jesus.
Credit StateImpact

Sometimes people stand up for their beliefs by refusing to stand on them.

Ryan Rotela, a junior at Florida Atlantic University and devout Mormon, claims he was thrown out of class by his instructor after refusing to step on the name of Jesus as part of a classroom exercise.

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Transportation
6:00 am
Mon March 11, 2013

How A Fake Train Station Could Improve Public Transportation In Miami

Although the Purple Line was imaginary, organizers hope it will one day lead to more public transportation in Miami.
Credit Arianna Prothero

Over the weekend, public transit advocates in Miami built a temporary train station along an imaginary transit line. They called it the Purple Line, sticking with the theme of Miami’s other two commuter rail lines, the Orange and the Green. Organizers of the project say this mock train station is going to help improve public transit in the city.

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Annual Shark Migration
8:00 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Thousands Of Sharks Make Annual Migration Along South Florida's Coast

Blacktip sharks are among the most common sharks found inshore off the coast of Florida.
Credit Ross Elliott / Flickr Creative Commons

Discovery Channel's Shark Week isn't until August, but South Florida is in the midst of its own shark celebration of sorts. Now through the end of April, the inshore waters off the coasts of Palm Beach County to Miami-Dade County will teem with shark activity.

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