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Florida Atlantic University's Summer Festival Rep not only provides an evening's entertainment for audiences, but an invaluable educational opportunity for its students.

Michelle Budny

Florida Atlantic University held its fifth annual Broward Student Research Symposium at the Davie campus Friday. O ne student presenter found the Carolina willow, a native but invasive Florida plant, could dry up the state’s marshes. The willow has been increasingly invading St. Johns River for the last 50 years. Levees and canals, created to stabilize water levels in the river, caused the willow to thrive. Michelle Budny is a graduate research student at FAU , studying environmental science....

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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. FAU's cross-country, track, women's soccer, softball and volleyball teams all practice at the...

FAU Students Hope Robot Boat Will Conquer The World

Sep 1, 2014
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...

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Florida Atlantic University has started a collaborative project to bring South Florida tech entrepreneurs' businesses to life. The university's T echnology Business Incubator at Research Park is joining forces with the Center for Cryptology and Information Security to launch the project. Income tax fraud and identity theft have become huge security problems in South Florida . Andrew Duffell, president and CEO of Research Park, says the plan is to call on local entrepreneurs to bring ideas to...

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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...

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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...

Gay FAU Student Sues For In-State Tuition

May 20, 2014
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. Dousset said that if he was a woman married to Rubio, FAU would charge him $199.54 per credit...

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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. “There is no...

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. The ACLU claims the seven are being targeted for filing campus police reports suggesting that university President Mary Jane Saunders...

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. The GEO Group has come under fire by human rights organizations for alleged mistreatment of prison inmates. The controversy over the proposed stadium name-change sparked weeks of student and faculty protests on FAU’s Boca Raton campus. Many took to calling...

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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.

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. One of the goals of the Purple Line project was to highlight Miami’s lack of real train stations by building a fake one along some unused train...

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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. Thousands of sharks -- mostly blacktip sharks and some spinner sharks -- are on the move in South Florida as part of an annual migration that brings the apex predators south in search of food. The sharks are chasing large baitfish ,...