Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Gillum, Richardson, and Williams pick up election victories

(L-R) Curtis Richardson, Andrew Gillum, Tallahassee Lobbyist Sean Pittman, and Alan Williams honoring Kopykat Copy Center
Andrew Gillum, Curtis Richardson, and Alan Williams all emerged victorious a set of primary elections held yesterday, August 25.

FAMU alumnus Andrew Gillum won the primary election for the mayorship of Tallahassee. Although a write-in candidate has filed to challenge him in November, it is unclear whether he will need to hit the campaign trail again.

“I don’t know the particulars around that,” Gillum said in an interview with the Tallahassee Democrat. “My understanding is that in a nonpartisan election, if there are more than two candidates a candidate who gets 50 percent plus one is decided. But I’ll do what the process says.”

Richardson, who represented FAMU for eight years in District 8 of the Florida House of Representatives, won the race the succeed Gillum in seat two on the Tallahassee City Commission.

FAMU alumnus Alan Williams, who won the Florida House seat that Richardson left due to term limits in 2008, cruised to an easy victory in the Democratic primary for his current office. He will face a write-in candidate in the general election.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Google honors FAMU alumna Althea Gibson with Doodle

Yesterday, the world’s most popular internet search engine honored one of FAMU’s greatest legends.

The August 25 Google “Doodle” (a name the company uses to describe a specially modified front page logo) featured Althea Gibson, a 1953 alumna of FAMU. It paid tribute to what would have been her 87th birthday.

According to a TIME Magazine story on the Doodle, “Gibson, who was born on Aug. 25, 1927, was the first black person to take the title at Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals. The Harlem-raised Gibson was also the first African-American named the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year in 1957; she won again in 1958.”

Gibson died in East Orange, New Jersey on September 28, 2003 at the age of 76.

Monday, August 25, 2014

FOX and VH1 ask Don P. Roberts to return as executive band consultant for Drumline sequel


After a 12-year wait, a sequel to the motion picture “Drumline” is finally near. Once again, fans will see the name of FAMU alumnus Don P. Roberts in the credits as the “executive band consultant.”

The 2002 film “Drumline,” released by 20th Century Fox, was a box office hit that made more than $57 million across the globe. According to Robert’s official biography, he was “responsible for training the actors, writing the precision drills, [and] rehearsing the band” in his role as executive band consultant for that film. He later created the traveling show “Drumline Live!” to bring the historically black college and university (HBCU) band performance experience to an even wider number of audiences.

The “Drumline” sequel will be a made-for-television movie that will debut on VH1 in the fall of 2014. Fox Television Studios is a partner in the production. With Roberts in charge of the drills and choreography, the Marching 100 legacy will be prominently represented again.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

CNN dubs Hansberry a “whiz kid” who represents the “future of medicine”

CNN has named FAMU chemistry student Tony Hansberry one of its eight “whiz kids” who “are the future of medicine.”

From the CNN profile:

Tony Hansberry, 20, Jacksonville, Florida

Tony Hansberry was likely the only 14-year-old boy making a difference in gynaecology. Attending a high school with a program geared towards medicine gave Hansberry the chance to intern at the nearby UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. There, he was challenged to improve how the vaginal cuff (the top of the vagina) is sutured after a hysterectomy. Typically, the cuff is sewn together with a horizontal stitch to decrease the risk of infection after surgery, but Hansberry suggested that a vertical stitch might be faster.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Delay in opening FAMU Village’s sixth floor causes headaches for students

This week, hundreds of Rattler families arrived on campus for move-in day at the university’s newest housing facility, FAMU Village. But the students who were slated to move into the complex’s top floor will have to wait more than a week before they can get settled in their new home-away-from-home.

The sixth floor of FAMU Village remains offline due to what the Division of Student Affairs describes as construction-related delays. Officials expect it to be ready to open on September 2.

“The university whole-heartedly apologizes for any inconvenience caused to its students and parents as a result of the delay,” Vice-President for Student Affairs William Hudson said in a statement on the university’s website. “As Vice President of Student Affairs, I want to assure those who have been impacted that all moving expenses will be covered.”