Column: Meyer profits from Tasering

Published: Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.

Looking to annoy your co-workers this year? You might try a "Don't Tase me bro" ring tone, a new product from Verizon Wireless that commemorates Andrew Meyer's infamous plea to University of Florida police as they shot him with a stun gun in September.

The ring tone, which plays Meyer's catch phrase followed by his initial shrieks of pain, appears to mark the first occasion that Meyer has cashed in on his highly publicized arrest. But Meyer says he's going to steer some of the profits to Make It Right 9, a charity Brad Pitt started to help rebuilding efforts in New Orleans.

"The ring tone itself is an excerpt of a horrible personal experience, but I want to pay my parents back for legal expenses," Meyer wrote on his Web site, theandrew "In the hopes of preserving my ideals while making this money, I have decided to donate a portion of the ring tone proceeds to a charity."

Meyer has also started a new blog, donttasermeblog., where he "will document the truth - the stories the media chooses not to cover."

UF among most affordable: It may be a dubious honor in the view of some at the University of Florida, but UF not surprisingly ranks among the most affordable universities in the nation, according to a newly released survey.

In rankings released Monday by Kiplinger's Personal Finance, UF came in at No. 2 on the magazine's list of the 100 Best Values in Public Colleges. The university trailed just behind the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

It's no surprise to UF administrators that the university is a good deal - maybe too good a deal. UF leaders have lobbied lawmakers for years to allow significant tuition hikes, given the fact that the university's tuition and fees ($3,257 for a full-time student) are among the nation's lowest.

The magazine's rankings are based on universities' affordability and academic quality. Kiplinger's used graduate rates and admission rates, among other factors, to determine academic quality. UF's soaring admissions standards and the state's popular Bright Futures scholarship program - a factor in the affordability rankings - helped push UF to the top of the list.

Spay-a-thon held: There will be a smaller cat population over the years in South Florida thanks to University of Florida veterinarians.

A team from UF's College of Veterinarian Medicine headed down to Palm Beach County during the weekend to participate in a 24-hour "spay-a-thon," performing sterilization procedures on felines of all kinds throughout the day and night.

Organizers with Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control hope the event will cut down on the number of euthanizations they have to provide. Last year, 18,000 pets were euthanized in the county, according to a WPTV report.

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