The University of South Florida in Tampa, already the 18th largest university in the country, has set another enrollment record. A head count at the end of final registration showed 36,058 students, an increase of more than 1,200 since last fall. The University of Florida in Gainesville, the only university in the southeastern United States larger than USF, had more than 38,000 students last year but has not published this year's figures yet. Slightly more than half of USF's students are part-time, meaning they take fewer than 12 hours a semester. That's normal for an urban university like USF. But this is only the second year in which part-timers actually have outnumbered full-time students. The number of minority students also continues to rise. Slightly more than 20 percent classify themselves as Hispanic, black, Asian or American Indian, up from about 19 percent last year. Half of USF's students are older than 25. The average age, skewed slightly by older students, is 29. Almost all of them _ nearly 99 percent _ come from Florida. And as usual, the women outnumber the men: 20,758 to 15,300.
DISNEY ANIMATION CELS IN EXHIBIT. Original animation cels from the Walt Disney studio used to be easy to come by. In fact, anyone who visited the Magic Kingdom could get one as a cheap souvenir. "As you would walk out of the park, they would sell them for like a dollar or something," said Susan Benjamin, director of Syd Entel Galleries in Safety Harbor. "They just gave them away. They didn't think they were anything important." But these days, animation cels _ especially those from Disney _ are considered classic works of art. More than 30 original Walt Disney Studios production cels are being featured in a traveling exhibit and sale at Syd Entel Galleries. Dating from the 1950s to the present, the cels capture colorful moments from Disney films such as The Prince and the Pauper, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? The show also will include cels created at other studios for popular TV shows such as The Flintstones and The Jetsons from Hanna-Barbera, The Smurfs, Inspector Gadget and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The traveling exhibition and sale of animation cels will run through Nov. 10 at Syd Entel Galleries, 247 Main St., Safety Harbor. For information, call 725-1808.
WORKER ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT. A nursing home employee was arrested Tuesday on charges of sexually assaulting a paraplegic patient last May, St. Petersburg police said. Michael Jones of 421 28th Ave S was being held in lieu of $100,213 bail in the Pinellas County Jail. Jones, 42, was employed at the Laurels on Ninth Avenue S when the patient was sodomized with a finger, records say. Besides sexual battery, Jones also was charged with failing to appear in court on petty theft charges. Jones is serving felony probation on unrelated charges.
CHURCH WORKER ACCUSED OF SEX CRIME. A volunteer youth worker at a Clearwater church was arrested Tuesday, accused of improper sexual conduct with a boy at the church. Michael David Sullivan, 32, of 324 Main St., Safety Harbor, was arrested at home after an investigation by Clearwater police Detective Michael Murphy. He was charged with committing a lewd and lascivious act on a child younger than 16. The investigation began after Murphy received a complaint from the mother of a 12-year-old boy. Arrest records said that Sullivan was a volunteer youth worker for middle school pupils at Northwood Presbyterian Church on State Road 580. The boy told detectives he was at handbell practice the week of July 25 when he went into a restroom. Sullivan followed him, stood at a urinal and masturbated in front of him. Sullivan is only now being arrested because the boy recently told his mother, Clearwater police spokesman Wayne Shelor said. Sullivan has been accused of similar behavior in the past. In 1988, he was charged with four counts of lewd and lascivious behavior in the presence of children younger than 16. He pleaded no contest and was sentenced to nine months of probation. Sullivan was being held Tuesday in lieu of $25,000 bail.