Monday, January 16, 2017

Student Senate launches apparent attempt to return Smith to president’s chair Bruno won

On Wednesday, Justin Bruno took office as FAMU Student Government Association (SGA) president nearly 11 months after students voted to elect him to that job. The FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) directory was also updated to show that Bruno is a member of that body.

Jaylen Smith is now in the seat he was originally supposed to be in since May, the Student Senate presidency. He served as interim SGA President for about seven months due to a legal battle over the Spring 2016 election results and the failure of SGA officials to move quickly to schedule a new election.

But it now looks like some of Smith’s fellow senators are moving to get him back into the seat that Bruno won.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Savannah rallies past FAMU women Saturday, 56-52

Missed shots and turnovers in the second half proved critical as the FAMU women’s basketball team suffered a bitter 56-52 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) road loss to Savannah State at Tiger Arena, Saturday afternoon.

FAMU (3-14, 1-3 MEAC) appeared to be in control, leading 17-16 after one period, thanks to back-to-back three-pointers late by Florence Ouatarra (1:32) and Dawn King (0.04), then extending their edge to 10 points, 35-25 at the half.

King nailed another triple with 6:24 left in the third period, then Shakerrya Morrison hit one of two free throws to push FAMU to its’ largest lead of the game at 16 points, 41-25.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

FAMU women hold off Morgan State, 51-48, for 1st MEAC win of season

The FAMU women’s basketball team held off a last gasp run by Morgan State to eke out a 51-48 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) victory at the Al Lawson Center Monday evening.

Riding a 6-0 run to take their first lead of the game, 44-43, on a pair of free throws by Shalunda Burney-Robinson with 5:19 to play, FAMU outscored the Bears, 7-5 down the stretch to notch their first MEAC win of the season.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Bruno takes office as FAMU SGA president

Nearly 11 months after Florida A&M University students voted to elect him as their top leader, Justin Bruno has at long last taken office. On Wednesday, he was officially declared the Student Government Association (SGA) president for the 2016-2017 year.

He and his vice-president, Devin Harrison, will serve until May. Harrison will run to succeed Bruno in February.

Back on February 16, 2016 Bruno and Harrison won the positions of SGA president and vice-president by 163 votes. They received 1,366 to the 1,203 votes of the Victor Chrispin/Pernell Mitchell ticket.

Activist Jonathan Jackson, son of Jesse Jackson, to keynote FAMU’s MLK Convocation

This week, Florida A&M University (FAMU) will honor the late Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and commemorate his remarkable legacy of service and advocacy.

On today, Friday, January 13, 2017, at 10:10 a.m., FAMU will host its annual MLK Convocation at Jake Gaither Gymnasium. The keynote speaker will be Jonathan Jackson, an accomplished businessman, educator, and social justice advocate, who is also the son of Civil Rights activist Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, a friend of Dr. King.

“We are honored to have Mr. Jonathan Jackson address the FAMU community during our annual observance and celebration of Dr. King’s great impact,” said Interim President Larry Robinson. “Mr. Jackson’s contributions to social justice, education, and business are impressive and inspiring. We are excited to learn about and from his experiences.”

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Planned CASS site might move from McGuinn Diamond Hall to Gaither Gym parking lot

On Friday, the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) Budget, Finance, and Facilities Committee will consider a proposal to change the site of the new Center for Access and Student Success (CASS) Building from McGuinn Diamond Hall to a Wahnish Way parking next the Jake Gaither Gymnasium.

The “analysis/overview” section of an action item request prepared by the administration stated that the modification would produce “a net decrease in cost of approximately $208,000.” It said that one big reason for this is that FAMU would avoid the costs associated with demolishing the McGuinn Diamond.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

NCA&T gained $4M in tuition and fees during 2015-2016 as FAMU took $9M+ loss

North Carolina A&T University remains the #1 largest single campus historically black college or university. It took that title from FAMU back in 2014-2015.

The enrollment at NCA&T has continued to increase since then. NCA&T had a total of 10,852 students in Fall 2015. But FAMU’s student numbers slid down to 9,920. That cost FAMU $9M+ from tuition and fee losses.

NCA&T had an increase of about $4M in tuition and fees due to its enrollment bump in 2015-2016.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Overton says $622K price tag for repairs won’t jeopardize 2017 home games in Bragg

Back in December, Florida A&M University announced that it needs hundreds of thousands of dollars for critical repairs to Bragg Memorial Stadium.

According to Tallahassee Democrat reporter Jordan Culver, FAMU Chief Financial Officer Angela Poole explained that if FAMU doesn’t obtain the full $622,000 required for the mandatory repairs, then some sections of the football stadium will have to be closed.

Last week, Athletic Director Milton Overton sent a statement to WTXL reassuring the public that Bragg will be open for the 2017.