Thursday, February 23, 2017

Rose a real Rattler who spoke out against FAMU losing budget control at FAMU-FSU engineering

Back when Anika Noni Rose was a theatre student at Florida A&M University, Frederick S. Humphries was her president. She watched while he battled to make sure that the university kept control of the multi-million dollar budget for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE).

Humphries struck a deal with Florida State University President Bernie Sliger in 1987 that gave FAMU control of the budget in exchange for an agreement to support Innovation Park as the building site for the COE. The deal was made final by the 1987 “Memorandum of Agreement.”

But FAMU’s control of that budget came to an end in 2015.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Rose respond’s to Harvey’s criticism of “The Quad,” reminds him about role of arts in society

On February 1 “The Quad,” a new dramatic series directed and executive produced by Florida A&M University (FAMU) alumnus Rob Hardy, debuted on Black Entertainment Television (BET). The show features Hardy’s friend Anika Noni Rose, who is also a FAMU alumnus, in the starring role as president of the fictitious Georgia A&M University in Atlanta.

The critically-acclaimed production has already picked up positive reviews from the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.

But Hampton University President William Harvey isn’t a fan of the new program. He recently blasted the show in an open letter to BET Chair and CEO Debra Lee. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

FSU got secret $2M on behalf of FAMU-FSU COE, Mangum’s name wasn’t on request form

A report by the Naples Daily News shows that FSU President John Thrasher got his university a secret $2M appropriation on behalf of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE). But then-FAMU President Elmira Mangum’s name wasn’t on the request form he submitted to the Florida Legislature.

“The College of Engineering shared by FSU and Florida A&M University also received $2 million in a one-time secret appropriation that lists Thrasher as the requester on a form also dated Dec. 4, 2015, with [FSU lobbyist Kathleen Daly] identified as the contact, records show. FAMU President Elmira Mangum’s name was not included on the form,” the newspaper reported.

The December 4, 2015 request by Thrasher came less than five months after FAMU lost budget authority for the COE. July 1, 2015 was the date that the Chief Financial Officer of Florida began sending the multi-million dollar appropriated budget for the engineering college to FSU instead of FAMU. FAMU had previously gotten the funds in its general revenue line for 28 years.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Audit says FSU didn’t follow state’s competitive selection process for $18.9M in contracts

Back in January, Florida Auditor General Sherrill F. Norman released her first operational audit for John Thrasher’s administration at Florida State University (FSU). The audit said that the university didn’t follow the state-required competitive selection process for a total of $18.9M in contracts for facilities projects.

“The University did not competitively select, in accordance with State law, construction management entity, architectural, and engineering firms for the renovations and repairs to the Civic Center and Strozier Library Projects with costs totaling $16.1 million and $2.8 million, respectively,” the audit summary said.

The full audit report went on to say that: “Specifically, given the similar project contract dates and service providers used, it appeared that University personnel divided the Civic Center and Strozier Library projects into smaller projects to keep the individual project costs below the $2 million required competitive selection process threshold.”

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Lady Rattlers upset MEAC No. 2 Spartans, 59-51

The Florida A&M Lady Rattlers stunned the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s (MEAC) second place Spartans of Norfolk State 59-51 on Saturday at the Al Lawson Center.

FAMU was paced by junior Shakerrya Morrison and senior Alicia McCray, who each carded a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds. McCray added six blocks in her best defensive output of the season.

“I’ve been waiting all season on her to play like that,” Head Coach LeDawn Gibson said of McCray.  “It was a good team effort to beat a solid Norfolk State team.  I’ve felt all year that this team could beat any team in our conference.  It’s not easy to explain why we seem to drop games we surely should have won, while occasionally winning ones we weren’t expected to,” Gibson added.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

FAMU v. Arkansas game moved to Thursday

Florida A&M and Arkansas will be part of the first Thursday night of the 2017 college football season when they play in Little Rock. Originally scheduled to be played on Saturday, Sept. 2, the Razorbacks’ season opener at War Memorial Stadium will now be played on Thursday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m. CT on the SEC Network.

It marks the first time since 2001 that Arkansas will open the season on a Thursday night. Arkansas defeated UNLV in the 2001 season opener. It will also be the program’s first Thursday night game since 2003 when Arkansas took down South Carolina, 28-6. Both of those games were also played at War Memorial Stadium.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Shouppe and Rattler baseball team ready for 2017 season

By Stacey Ragin
FAMU Sports Information

After a 31-21 season last year, losing only 7 of their 26 home games, and 5 of their 24 conference games, the Florida A&M University Rattler baseball team is hitting the field once again, looking to dominate in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).

Although many of the same players who contributed to the Rattlers’ most wins since 2003 are returning to bat, pitch or catch this season, the absence of one major player will be felt.