Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Alexander says “statutory corrective action” needed to address harm created by PBF system

State Rep. Ramon Alexander, D-Tallahassee, says that he plans to work for “statutory corrective action” to deal with the harm created by the performance-based funding (PBF) system used for state universities.

“It is time to work together towards an agreement to institute a performance-based system of funding that will maintain an absolute stable funding line for institutions to meet a certain threshold of student enrollment, retention and graduation rates,” Alexander wrote in a letter to the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) on September 12th.

The BOG has until October 1, 2019 to make recommendations for “a complete performance-based continuous improvement model focused on outcomes that provides for the equitable distribution of performance funds.” The legislature passed this requirement during the last session at the request of Alexander and House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero. 

According to the News Service of Florida, Rodrigues wants the changes to include providing PBF money based on “‘continuous improvement’ by the schools regardless of how they are ranked against each other.”

Monday, September 17, 2018

FAMU student's "Black Rolf" meme goes viral

Elijah Rutland,  FAMU graphic design student
If you are on any form of social media, you've probably seen the meme of Black version of Rolf from the early 2000's Cartoon Network's show Ed, Edd n Eddy standing by his apartment window, staring pensively outside with all kinds of random thoughts going through his head.

Now meet Elijah Rutland, the 19-year-old FAMU graphics design major from Macon, GA, who drew the meme.

Rutland, who describes himself as a digital artist, said he has been drawing his whole life and that his art is an extension of him. “I use it to say the things I wouldn’t want to say out loud or put it into a tweet so I create a visual representation of my thoughts,” he said.

“Ever since I could hold a pencil I’ve been drawing and I really started loving it in second grade when my friends and I would draw sneakers and anime like DBZ and Naruto,” said Rutland via Buzz Feed .

Rutland says his work tends to focus on topics such as Black empowerment, political and social issues, and Black history.

When Rutland's began popping up on social media without giving him credit and here's his response:

You can follow Rulant on IG & Twitter  @FixMySole

Sunday, September 16, 2018

FAMU falls to Jackson State 18-16 in heartbreaker

For the second week in a row the FAMU football Rattlers were their own worst enemy dropping a 18-16 decision in the final seconds to the visiting Tigers from Jackson State before a crowd of 17,643 in Bragg Memorial Stadium.  

The Rattlers were penalized 15 times for 177 yards, but that didn't do them in.  Nor did the 3 turnovers to JSU's 1.  It was the poor clock management in the games final seconds that sealed the deal.  

Trailing by two with no timeouts and under thirty second on the clock, quarterback Ryan Stanley hit receive Chad Hunter down the side to the 3-yard line.  While Hunter and the Rattlers thought he stretched the ball over the pylon, he was ruled out of bounds. 

With under 20 seconds left on the clock, and no timeouts left, FAMU elected to call a run play, where  Stanley handed off to running back Ricky Henrilus, who was stuffed up the middle.  The Rattler coaching staff then rushed to get the field goal unit out, but time expired before the snap.

The Rattlers offense racked up 463 yards in total offense to JSU's 379.  Coach Willie Simmons, and his Rattlers, will have six days to figure it out before the team takes on the Savannah State Tiger next Saturday in Bragg.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

5 FAMU students to spend a year at Google

Five Florida A&M University computer science students: Tanya Cannon, Cornelius Cook, Christopher Griffin, Jonathan McKinley, and Garret Tolbert will spend an entire year interning at Google’s campus in Silicon Valley, CA. 

During the year-long emersion into all things Google, the students will take 18 credit hours of classes at the Google campus, taught by a consortium of colleges and universities, to stay on track for graduation. FAMU Computer and Information Sciences Associate Professor Clement Allen will accompany the students.

Friday, September 14, 2018

FAMU student selected as a Thurgood Marshall College Fund Leadership Institute scholar

Third-year FAMU criminal justice student Tenesha Washington has been selected to attend the award-winning Thurgood Marshall College Fund Leadership Institute. The national program is designed to develop students’ leadership skills, create a community of scholars, provide companies access to a talented and diverse student population, and help students make connections that lead to careers.

This power-packed four-day conference in October prepares carefully selected students from the 47 publicly-supported historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to compete in today ’s competitive global workforce. The conference culminates with a recruitment fair where Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and graduate program representatives offer jobs, internships and continuing education opportunities.

Washington has an interest in international relations and plans to pursue a career in family law. She is a member of the National Society of Leadership & Success.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

FAMU finishes FYE 2017 with 10,797 students

FAMU’s enrollment fell for the sixth consecutive fiscal year in 2017. The university’s 12-month unduplicated headcount for July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017 was 10,797. That was a decline of 381 students from the previous fiscal year, when the total enrollment was 11,178.

FAMU’s enrollment increased between the fiscal years that ended in 2009 and 2011. But FAMU and many other historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) were hurt by stricter eligibility requirements for the federal PLUS Loan program that went into effect in October of 2011 and Pell Grant changes that began that same year. Those changes resulted in thousands of low-income HBCU students being denied this critical source of financial aid and either having to withdraw from school or delay their entry into college.

The federal financial aid program overhaul led FAMU to lose about 2,000 students from 2011 to 2013. Declining state support and rising fees made the situation even worse for many potential FAMU students.