Florida's Best College Scandals | New Times Broward-Palm Beach


Florida's Best College Scandals

Man, college what a wild time! Remember when Joey got blasted on Jager shots and vomited on your iPhone or that time your tenured professor told you the Newtown shooting never happened? Or remember when another professor asked students to step on Jesus' name and that pissed off a lot folks? Oh and don't forget when your university almost sold the rights of the football stadium to the world's private prison officer? If you can recall any of these incidents then you're probably a student at Florida Atlantic University (Everybody there knows about the time Joey threw up on an iPhone. Just ask).

FAU President Mary Jane Saunders resigned last week following a trunkful of controversies (including hitting a student with her car). But Saunders shouldn't feel too awful about her repeated failures to run a competent university. Headline-grabbing scandals are a key facet of higher education in Florida. Almost as important as learnin' stuff.

We've compiled the most offensive, gruesome and despairing scandals to take place in Florida schools. Feeling nostalgic about those university days? You won't after this list.

The School: Florida State University The Scandal: Serial Killer Ted Bundy

Fraternities and sororities can be filled with terrible, crazy people. They curse out their "brothers" and "sisters," hold racist parties and call attention to the plight of the homeless in questionable ways. But Greek Life draws the line at serial killers. Tragically, psychopaths don't follow the rules of Greek Life, and one of the most grisly crimes ever to occur on a college campus happened at a sorority house at Florida State. On Jan. 15, 1978, mass murderer Ted Bundy killed two of his final victims at the Chi Omega house. He assaulted several other female students and left behind a gory scene that left the campus on edge. Bundy tallied at least 30 victims, most with long brown hair, in his four-year killing spree that took him across the country. He began in the Pacific northwest and was caught a month after the sorority murders (and weeks after killing a 12-year-old girl, his final victim). A Florida police officer pulled over the notorious maniac after noticing the VW Bug that Bundy drove was reported stolen. In 1989, Bundy would undergo a hazing technique known as the electric chair.