Showing posts with label students. Show all posts
Showing posts with label students. Show all posts

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Jackson, Seniors elected to lead FAMU SGA

David Jackson, III became the Florida A&M University student body president-elect on Tuesday. He and his vice-presidential runningmate, Robyn Christina Seniors, will take office in May.

Jackson and Seniors are both members of the FAMU Student Senate. They received 1,104 votes in the Student Government Association (SGA) election.

Jackson’s father is David Jackson, Jr., a professor of history who serves as FAMU’s associate provost for graduate education and dean of the Graduate College.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Rattlers join #NeverAgain rally at Florida capitol

Yesterday, dozens of students from Florida A&M University marched to the state capitol in support of the #NeverAgain rally. Student Government Association (SGA) President Devin Harrison and SGA Director of Student Lobbying Arriona Tindell led more than 50 Rattlers in the walk from the campus to the capitol grounds.

President Larry Robinson accompanied the students as marched to the rally site.

The #NeverAgain demonstration demanded stronger state and federal gun control legislation following the Feb. 14 shootings at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. that took the lives of 17 teachers and students.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

New SGA president thanks Bruno, calls for unity

Devin Harrison, who became the new student body president of Florida A&M University yesterday following Justin Bruno’s resignation from the office, thanked his predecessor.

“As a brother, I’ve encouraged him to do what’s best for him and he did just that,” Harrison said in a quote published by The FAMUan.

Harrison, who was in his second year as vice-president under Bruno, also called for unity within the Student Government Association (SGA).

“Everything is moving forward in one task, I don’t think our administration has missed a beat,” he told The FAMUan. ‘It doesn’t stop what we’re doing as a unit, hopefully this will bring SGA together even more, I’m excited for that.”

Harrison is from Tallahassee and studies public relations. He previously served as the freshman class president, a FAMU peer mentor, and an escort for the Royal Court. He’s also a member of the Beta Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

SGA President Justin Bruno resigns

Just days before the Board of Trustees is expected to take action to name Larry Robinson the 12th permanent president of Florida A&M University, Student Body President & University Trustee Justin Bruno has tendered his resignation effective immediately.

At 4:27 p.m., this afternoon, Bruno, a national achievement scholar, via email informed interim president Robinson and BOT Chair Kelvin Lawson of his decision to step down in a three-page letter.

Bruno first ran for SGA president in 2016 and garnered the most votes in the election.  He was denied an opportunity to serve for almost half a year after former President Elmira Magnum worked to install an interim SGA President, Jaylen Smith, who would be loyal to her. 

Student Senate Pettiness
Bruno cited the level of pettiness in the FAMU Student Senate, which just last week made a motion to impeach him.  He wrote, " this is the fourth attempt to remove me from office in as many years, and the action is similar to that which was brought against several of my predecessors.  And while will all the previous attempts have have failed --just as their most recent salvo against me would have as well (if not for my resignation) -- it does beg the question: who in their right mind would want to continue to endure such nonsense?"

"Sadly, this (petty) nonsense is the new normal," Bruno continued.

Bruno called upon FAMU student leaders to "stop the personal attacks, threats against principles and institution, flagrant disregard for the truth and decent, the reckless provocations", and pettiness for personal gains.

Bruno's full letter is below:

check back for additional updates.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Vote for Miss FAMU Michelle “Marva” Johnson for EBONY’s Campus Queens

Support Miss Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University Michelle "Marva" Johnson for EBONY's Campus Queens.

Online voting begins today, November 15, 2017, at 12:01 A.M. CST and ends on January 15, 2018, at 11:59 P.M. CST. Voters are allowed to vote as many times as they wish until the deadline.

Friday, November 03, 2017

FAMU's art collection inspires drawing students

FAMU students gaining inspiration from extensive African art collection in Foster-Tanner Gallery

Monday, September 04, 2017

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Jax Federal Credit Union awards scholarship to FAMU biomedical engineering student

Jax Federal Credit Union recently presented Ryan Wallace with a $1,000 scholarship. Wallace, a 2017 graduate of Jean Ribault Senior High School, is a rising freshman at Florida A&M University who plans to study biomedical engineering.

The credit union received more than 30 applications for this year’s scholarship contest. Applicants had to submit an entry form, essay questions and transcripts. Wallace was chosen for his participation in financial education programs, athletic leadership skills and his understanding of how investing in his education will benefit his future.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

FAMU SGA presidential election heads into run-off

The FAMUan reports that there will be a run-off in the race for the positions of Student Government Association (SGA) president and vice-president.

Incumbent President Justin Bruno and Vice-President Devin Harrison will face-off against the Marquise McMiller/William Gardner ticket. McMiller, a staunch Republican, who on his Facebook page had been supportive of Donald Trump, and Gardner are both members of the FAMU Student Senate.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Florida students leave more than $100 million in Pell Grants unclaimed

Prospective FAMU, and other Florida, students leave millions in federal financial aid unclaimed according to a data by the Florida College Access Network (FCAN) which shows that Florida high schools with the most low-income students have the lowest Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion rates.

At schools with large numbers of low-income students, just 27 percent of students completed their forms — more than 28 percent less than the state average FCAN found.

Because of the low FAFSA completion rate, Florida students leave behind over $100 million in federal Pell Grant money the data shows.

“A lot of research tells us the students who would benefit the most from financial aid are often the students least likely to know the aid is available," said Troy Miller, associate director for Research & Policy at the Florida College Access Network. "So they don’t fill out the forms because don’t think they’ll be eligible or they’re averse to loans or they’re confused about how financial aid works."

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Bruno, Harrison running for reelection as top FAMU SGA leaders

The FAMUan reports that Justin Bruno and Devin Harrison are running for reelection to the positions of Florida A&M University student body president and vice-president, respectively.

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. But they were not able to take office until Wednesday, January 11, 2017 due to a long legal battle over the election results and the failure of Student Government Association (SGA) officials to schedule a new election in a timely fashion.

If Bruno wins reelection to the SGA presidency, he will follow Tonette Graham and Gallop Franklin as students who were elected twice to represent the FAMU student body on the Board of Trustees.

Two additional tickets have filed for the race. One ticket consists of Marquise McMiller and William Gardner. The other consists of Dajuh Sawyer and Byron Carter.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Bruno honored by 220 Quarterback Club

Putting the needs of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s (FAMU) students first was the key point of a message from Student Government Association President (SGA) Justin Bruno during a recent 220 Quarterback Club Luncheon.

The quarterback club is composed of FAMU alumni and supporters and has contributed more than $70,000 to the University since its inception seven years ago, primarily to assist the athletics department, Members recognized Bruno for his dedicated leadership.

During the luncheon, Eddie Jackson, a retired FAMU Vice President of University Relations, and president of the group, presented Bruno with the 220 Quarterback Club Rattler Spirit Award.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

FAMU students aid Tallahassee community after Hurricane Hermine

By Amaya Mann
FAMU Office of Communications

In the wake of Hurricane Hermine, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s (FAMU) students put their best foot forward by aiding the community.

During the last three hours leading up to Hurricane Hermine’s arrival, the Transfer Student Association (TSA) partnered with Leon County Public Operations to assemble and disburse sandbags to Tallahassee residents. Sandbags can be used as barriers against runoff and floodwater in order to prevent serious water damage to one’s property.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Smith’s pro-Mangum protests got little support because most FAMU students don’t respect him

In the week leading up to the FAMU Board of Trustees vote on the negotiated exit plan for President Elmira Mangum, “Interim” Student Government Association (SGA) President Jaylen Smith did his best to drum up support for her among students. But his efforts fell flat because most FAMU students don’t respect him.

FAMU students didn’t elect Smith to serve as SGA president. The students chose Justin Bruno to be their SGA president during their Spring 2016 elections. Smith ended up as “interim” SGA president due to Mangum’s mishandling of the student election process.

That didn’t stop Smith from trying to get the Board of Trustees (BOT) to believe that he was the individual who represented the views of most FAMU students. But his mouth wrote a check that his weak leadership skills couldn’t cash.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

FAMU students chose Bruno to be their voice, Smith an unelected yes-man for Mangum

FAMU President Elmira Mangum has, for the most part, lost the support of the elected leadership of the university’s Faculty Senate, United Faculty of Florida (FAMU-UFF) chapter, and National Alumni Association (NAA). Students backed former Student Government Association (SGA) President Tonnette Graham’s work to hold Mangum responsible for her actions and elected her vice-president, Justin Bruno, to continue that leadership.

But the FAMU students don’t currently have an elected SGA president to represent them on the Board of Trustees (BOT) due to Mangum’s mishandling of the student elections. In April, Mangum announced that Jaylen Smith would serve as the “interim” SGA president. The FAMUan reported on April 27 that Smith, who had just elected as the Student Senate president, would be the interim SGA president because of the delay in finalizing the SGA presidential election.

Smith didn’t run for the SGA presidency in the spring when he was junior, probably because he knew he would have lost to Bruno. He’s now become the biggest yes-man on the BOT for the FAMU president who helped him get an office that he didn’t win.

Friday, September 02, 2016

FAMU students attend prestigious UCLA summer research programs

Students from the College of Science and Technology are back in Tallahassee after spending two months representing Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

From June 19-Aug. 13, 2016, Amber Courtland, Edesthele Decius, and Curtis Crowther attended the UCLA Medical Imaging Informatics (MII) summer research program, while Deja Goodsen, Ugoma C. Onubogu, Rebecca Oyetoro, and Robert Seniors attended the Bruins-in-Genomics summer research program.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

FAMUan reports say Washington urged impeachment against Agnew, Graham

The drama surrounding Kyle Washington, current student engagement coordinator for the FAMU Office of Communications, hasn’t been limited to cable television.

Articles by The FAMUan state that Washington urged the FAMU Student Senate to impeach two Student Government Association (SGA) presidents in the past.

Back in 2007, FAMUan reporter Latasha Edwards wrote that “Washington told the senate he wanted to impeach Student Body President Phillip Agnew.

“We need to impeach Philip Agnew for the basis on not doing his job, not informing us on what's going on with the Board of Trustees and administrators, violating state laws, purchasing contracts, and allowing our administration to spend out of control as they have,” Washington was quoted as saying in the article.

Agnew said “the accusations are unfounded and ridiculous.” He added that Washington was of “no relevance in terms of impeachment.”

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Kyle Washington is the last person who should be lecturing Rattlers about TV-style drama

One of the most comical moments at the June 10 FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) took place when Kyle Washington went to the microphone during public comments to lecture FAMUans about TV-style drama.

“The world has turned FAMU into the World’s Greatest live television show,” he said. “Shonda Rhimes couldn't write a better episode of drama. It’s filled with cliffhangers and ‘stay tuned for next week," but the drama has become a runaway train; a train that we no longer control…Let's stop contributing to the problem. In fact, let’s turn the television off.”

Washington is the last person who should be trying to scold anyone on this topic.
Back in 2009, Washington was a cast member of the BET reality TV show College Hill South Beach. It was the sixth season of the series.

A two part-episode called “Ribgate” featured a dispute between him and Kathryn “Kay” Barlow over a plate of ribs. Barlow ate some ribs that Washington had cooked without asking and he later let her know how angry he was.