TAMPA — Police arrested a 26-year-old man they say drove the wrong way while drunk and caused a multi-vehicle crash that injured several people late Friday on the Courtney Campbell Causeway.
Collin John Cole faces two counts of driving under the influence causing serious bodily injury and charges of DUI with property damage and leaving the scene.
Police did not immediately identify any of those injured but said one person remains in critical condition and another is in serious condition....
TAMPA — Robert Ryan cleaned out his office in May. He knew he was dying.
He had kept driving to the University of South Florida even as he lost the use of his left arm. He had kept teaching English, even as tumors ravaged his mouth so that he could hardly speak.
He was a military kid, after all, accustomed to duty. But he was also an adjunct professor, making a meager living by patchworking part-time classes, and he needed the money....
TAMPA — The university had already hit its $1 billion fundraising goal, and the college sweethearts had already cemented their spot as the top donors to their beloved alma mater.
At a black tie gala at Amalie Arena on Saturday, though, philanthropic giants Pam and Les Muma surprised the crowd by announcing yet another massive donation to the University of South Florida.
They hope their blockbuster gift of $15 million sends a message: USF's fundraising campaign may be winding down, but the gifts should go on....
TAMPA — The University of South Florida is under a second federal investigation for possibly mishandling a case of campus sexual violence.
Federal officers took up the case last week, following a student complaint against USF in late August with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.
In a letter to USF President Judy Genshaft, the office says it will examine whether USF "promptly and equitably" responded to the complaining student's case....
With an eye toward increased access for underrepresented students, Florida State University is waiving its $30 application fee for prospective students who tell the university they have financial need.
In the past, FSU hopefuls had to jump a few hurdles to get the fee waived. They had to go to their guidance counselor and request paperwork. They had to make sure they tracked down all of the right signatures and materials, then send them by mail or fax to FSU....
The latest look at the cost of college in America paints a fairly bleak picture for students and parents already struggling with the outsized financial burden.
Tuition keeps rising, and financial aid isn’t keeping pace, according to The College Board’s annual reports on the cost of higher education.
Colleges are feeling the pain, too, as they shell out grants and scholarships to students who need help paying the bills....
GAINESVILLE — Fists raised, a sea of defiant student protesters at the University of Florida relentlessly shouted down the white nationalist on stage. Richard Spencer paced, irritated, clinging to his chance to talk.
"Go home, Spencer," hundreds chanted over him. "We won't back down."
Spencer tried taunts — "you all look like immature preschoolers" — and requests for reason. He tried preaching more loudly about his vision of a whites-only homeland. He tried shouting back....
In the a small theater crammed with cameras, Richard Spencer and a small group of his coordinators clashed with reporters as his controversial speech in the Phillips Center drew near Thursday.
Spencer stormed into the room in a three-piece suit and berated a journalist he said had incorrectly reported information related to ticketing.
He called the reporter ignorant, maybe a liar. He eventually moved on to questions from other reporters, who asked for elaboration on Spencer's well-documented white nationalist views. ...
GAINESVILLE — Wednesday evening, hazy rumors of an impending Neo-Nazi march reached some wary protesters. A few quickly rallied to denounce the marchers in downtown Gainesville, only to find plazas empty but for police.
The march that never was served as another reminder of the fear and tension in this college town under siege.
All day, clusters of officers walked the University of Florida campus. Between classes, students debated their last-minute plans: Stay away? Join the action? ...
As Richard Spencer's controversial speech approaches, the University of Florida has been making extensive preparations and reassuring its students. Here, we answer some of the questions swirling around his visit on Thursday.
Who is Richard Spencer?
Spencer is a white nationalist whose spotlight has burned brighter this year as issues around race and free speech have heated up in national politics. He advocates for a white "ethno-state" in North America achieved through "peaceful ethnic cleansing" and has said people are not created equal. He calls himself an "identitarian." The Southern Poverty Law Center calls him a racist in khakis. ...
With Richard Spencer's controversial visit to the University of Florida quickly approaching, some UF and Gainesville police officers boarded a plane bound for Berkeley.
They flew west to gather lessons during the so-called "Free Speech Week" last month at the University of California, Berkeley, hosted by the far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos.
The last few months have been filled with plenty of clues on how UF should approach the next few days. When, if at all, should police intervene? How much security is too much? Where is the balance between free speech and safety?...
The president of St. Petersburg College has chosen to fire a campus provost after school officials said he strayed from protocol, withholding information about an eyebrow-raising arrest for too long.
Marvin Bright, the former leader of SPC's Tarpon Springs campus, was arrested on Sept. 1 after Pasco sheriff's deputies said he forced his way into the home of a woman he had dated and choked her....
Richard Spencer wants his talk at the University of Florida to be timely, "not curdled milk."
After all, UF will be the first school to host the notorious white nationalist since his "Unite the Right" rally brought torches, Nazi chants and bloodshed to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
Still, his speech will center on his primary concern: what he calls the necessity of white identity, and a white homeland, in a multiracial era. His message to students, he said, will be an adopted mantra from Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher: "Become who you are."...
The University of South Florida announced on Wednesday that cognitive science researcher Paul Atchley will join USF to serve as senior associate vice president and dean of undergraduate studies.
Atchley, a University of Kansas faculty member since 1998, brings experience in higher education leadership and is well-known for his research, the university said. He will begin at USF in January. ...
On Sept. 1, the leader of St. Petersburg College's Tarpon Springs campus was arrested, accused of forcing his way into the home of a woman he had dated and choking her.
But college officials say it wasn't until Sept. 18 that Marvin Bright told them about his arrest. His boss has asked for his firing, citing misconduct for "not being truthful and forthcoming."
Bright's attorney disputes that timeline, saying that his client tried several times to meet with SPC President Tonjua Williams to no avail. He said Bright texted her as early as Sept. 5....