Police investigating assault of student jogger
The Coral Gables Police Department has assigned an investigator to examine evidence and determine suspects concerning the assault of a student last Friday.
The victim was jogging on the 1000 block of Pisano Avenue – near Doctors Hospital and the School of Communication parking lot – at approximately 7:45 p.m. Friday evening. She was abruptly threatened by a man with a knife, who fled the scene moments later after the victim cried for help, a crime alert sent out Saturday said.
“We are doing everything possible to identify the person who did this,” said Sgt. Javier Bruzos of the CGPD. “A sketch of the suspect was drawn this weekend and we’re hoping that someone will be able to recognize this man.”
The attacker is described as a black male, age 25 to 30, weighing 190 to 200 pounds and wearing a white tank top and dark shorts.
The description is similar to another attacker who assaulted a female jogger Feb. 2.
“It’s still too early in the investigation to say if the two incidents are related or not,” Bruzos said.
The attacker from the previous incident has also not been found.
Bruzos recommended that students who choose to jog outside should be accompanied by a partner or group of friends. It is safer to run in well-lit areas, places with a lot of traffic and during daylight hours, he added.
Anyone with information regarding this case should call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.
– Erika Capek
Florida newspapers fight to prevent possible FRAG budget cut
Recently, newspaper editorial boards across Florida have shown their support to preserve the Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG), which is at risk of being cut by 39 percent.
Editorial boards that have expressed disagreement with the possible cut in funding include the Tampa Tribune, St. Petersburg Times, Tallahassee Democrat, Daytona Beach News-Journal, Florida Today and St. Augustine Record, reported the Independent Colleges and the University of Florida in a March 2008 newsletter.
The Times wrote that the grant, which gives $3,000 to qualified Florida residents attending in-state private colleges or universities, has played an important role in stimulating Florida’s economy by helping students earn private college degrees.
“If you cut [FRAG], it will be devastating. You are looking at a benefit of $3,000 go to zero,” said Kevin McCrary, the University of Miami’s associate director of Financial Services. “Students will have to come up with [the extra money].”
The decision of whether or not to cut FRAG will be made in less than two weeks.
– Edward Fishman
Schedule of school-specific guest speakers for 2008 Commencement
Thursday, May 8
4:30 p.m.: Graduate Degree Ceremony –
Speaker: Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado, Ph.D., Assistant professor in Religious Studies
Friday, May 9, 2008
8:30 a.m.: School of Business Administration; College of Engineering
Speaker: Robert E. Rubin, receiving the Honorary Doctor of Laws, an acclaimed economic strategist and director and chair of the executive committee of Citigroup
12:30 p.m.: School of Architecture, School of Communication, School of Education, Frost School of Music and School of Nursing and Health Studies
Speaker: Norman C. Francis, receiving the Honorary Doctor of Laws, the president of Xavier University of Louisiana and the longest tenured current leader of an American university
5:00 p.m.: College of Arts and Sciences
Speaker: Angela Lansbury Shaw, receiving the Doctor of Humane Letters, a Tony and Golden Globe Award-winning actress and the winner of the 1997 Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award
Sue Miller, receiving the Doctor of Humane Letters, the president, secretary, and treasurer of the Miller Family Foundation
?Saturday, May 10, 2008
5:00 p.m.: Miller School of Medicine Ceremony
Speaker: Thomas D. Pollard, receiving the Honorary Doctor of Science, a researcher and the Sterling Professor and chair of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University
Sunday, May 18, 2008
2:00 p.m.: School of Law Ceremony
Speaker: Carolyn B. Lamm, University of Miami School of Law alumna, a partner of White & Case, LLP