Saturday, April 25, 2015

Final 3 defendants convicted in Champion hazing homicide

Yesterday, an Orange County, Fla. jury returned guilty verdicts for the final three defendants in the Robert Champion homicide case.

Benjamin McNamee, 25, Aaron Golson, 22, and Darryl Cearnel, 28, were all convicted of felony hazing and manslaughter. Their sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 26. Each could face a maximum of 15 years in prison.  

Friday, April 24, 2015

FAMU baseball team arrives in Boston for historic series

Yesterday, a Boston Red Sox welcoming committee greeted the FAMU baseball team as it arrived in the Logan International Airport en route to a three game Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) series against North Carolina Central University. The welcoming committee presented t-shirts and hats to the student-athletes, Head Coach Jamey Shouppe, FAMU President Elmira Mangum, and Interim Athletic Director Earl D'Wayne Robinson.

The Rattlers (14-22, 10-8 MEAC) and North Carolina Central (19-22, 12-8 MEAC) are in a four-way battle for first place in the Southern Division, which is big since only the top three teams in each division advance to the MEAC tournament.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Alumna Kendra Mitchell selected as Fulbright Scholar

FAMU alumna and Florida State University doctoral candidate Kendra Mitchell was awarded a grant from the prestigious and highly competitive Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Mitchell is a graduate of FAMU’s Department of English and Modern Languages.

The core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program provides approximately 800 teaching and research grants to U.S. faculty and experienced professionals in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Mitchell is one of the 10 U.S. students selected as a part of the English Teaching Assistantship Program.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Joyner denounces Scott’s planned lawsuit against Obama administration

On Thursday, FAMU alumna and Florida Senate Democratic Leader Arthenia Joyner (D-Tampa) sharply condemned Gov. Rick Scott’s plan to sue the Obama administration for allegedly trying to strong-arm the state into expanding Medicaid.

“Today’s grandstanding underscores his commitment to wasting Florida’s tax dollars to get what he wants, at whatever cost,” said Joyner, who, together with the Senate Democratic Caucus has joined the Senate Republicans in supporting the Florida Senate’s healthcare expansion plan. “This is all about scoring points against [U.S. President Barack Obama]. It has nothing to do with protecting ‘the healthcare of Floridians’ or ‘their right to be free from federal overreach.’”

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

FAMU baseball to play on SECN+, NESN this week

The FAMU baseball team will play in two televised games this week.

Tonight, the Rattlers will face off against Auburn University in a contest that will be televised on the SEC Network + (SECN+). The first pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. ET.

On Saturday, FAMU and North Carolina Central University will be in Boston, Mass., a 2:00 p.m. ET game that will be broadcast on the New England Sports Network (NESN). The teams will play in Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Will Packer, Tom Vilsack to address FAMU’s spring graduates

On May 2, nearly 1,200 graduates will receive their degree at FAMU’s Alfred L. Lawson, Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium in Tallahassee. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will serve as the speaker for the 9 a.m. ceremony and FAMU alumnus and filmmaker Will Packer will serve as the speaker for the 2 p.m. ceremony.

“FAMU is dedicated to providing opportunities to students from all walks of life to live out their dreams. Here is where the visions of future educators, scientists, artists, pharmacists, entrepreneurs, journalists, and politicians have begun to come to fruition,” said FAMU President Elmira Mangum. “So, it is a great opportunity to have Will Packer, one of our most influential graduates, and Secretary Vilsack, the leader of one of the nation’s most vital organizations, to speak to our students as they prepare to go out into the world and enrich our communities.”

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Shouppe sets new FAMU baseball coaching record for MEAC wins

Jamey Shouppe has led the FAMU baseball team to 24 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) wins in two years, a new record for the program. The team is currently 14-21, overall, and 10-8 in the MEAC.

Shouppe is in his second year at FAMU. Back in 2014, he was named the MEAC Coach of the Year.