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Homecoming 2012 CALENDAR

Monday, November 5, 2012


Announcements November 5

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The Kappa Iota (FAMU) Chapter of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, the first honor society founded on a historically black campus to be granted national recognition, will hold an interest meeting on Monday at 5:30 p.m. in Room 108 of the University Commons. Membership is open to juniors and seniors who hold a 3.3 GPA or higher and graduate students who have completed at least 15 credit hours and hold a 3.7 GPA or higher. Other requirements will be discussed at the meeting. For additional information, please contact Dr. Veronica Yon, AKM Advisor, at (850) 412-7697 (veronica. or Mr. Joseph Etienne, AKM President, at (786) 355-5284 (joe_

The FAMU Booster Club will host its Friday Night Strike from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. outside of Bragg Stadium near Perry Street. November 10 Project H.O.M.E. will host their first handout this Saturday! The handout will begin at 11:30 a.m. and you must sign in by 11:45 a.m. to receive your hours. For those members that have Project H.O.M.E shirts please wear them. For those who do not, wear your FAMU apparel and/or green and orange. Please make the effort to show up on time and if you have any questions/concerns about transportation please email Jared Torrence at

To place an announcement in the Calendar, email your submission to famuancalendar@gmail. com at least two days prior to the desired publishing issue. All submissions must include the student organization along with information in paragraph format to include “who, what, when and where.” A contact number and email address are required to correspond with the individual submitting announcements. If you do not desire that number to be published with the announcement, indicate so in your emailed submission and provide an alternate method for readers to obtain more information. If you do not follow the paragraph format, then your submission will not be published.

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SBI students return after a week in NY

(Top) Bebeto Matthews (Above) Mark Lennihan/AP Despite the tumultuous weather that hit the Northeast, Florida A&M students visiting New York City did not see much of the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

Britney Ross Correspondent A group of Florida A&M students and Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Angela Coleman recently made it back safely to Tallahassee after being stranded in New York after the effects of hurricane Sandy left local airports under water and millions without power. Victor Manuel, a third-year accounting student, along with eight other FAMU students, traveled to New York City on

Oct. 26 before news that Hurricane Sandy was headed in the direction of what is known as the heart of the country. The nine students were part of the Thurgood Marshall Leadership Institute, a program dedicated to career development and internship placement for students who attend HBCUs. The program paid for all expenses during the recruitment trip for students to meet with Fortune 500 companies to increase their chances of earning summer internships. Manuel said he could not see the damages from his hotel. From the images seen on TV, some may be led to think New York is destroyed. However, Nyalls Carlton, a third-year finance student, said the images were “very exaggerated” compared to what she saw. The fear of being in New York City during a major storm had Daphne Charles, a thirdyear accounting student from Miami, on edge. “When you hear about a hurricane, you know to be prepared,” Charles said. “I never thought a hurricane would come to New York. Hurricane Sandy was like ‘[The] Perfect Storm’ Part 2 for New York.” According to Manuel, where they were located, flooding and damages were minimal, and they were among the few who still had power.

Even though students enjoyed the extended vacation, some parents were outraged and believe the school should have cancelled or rescheduled that trip as a safety measure for students. Pam Tolson, a FAMU spokeswoman, said the university was not expecting the storm to head to New York when the students left. The group was supposed to be back in Tallahassee by Tuesday morning, but their flight was delayed three times due to damages and flooding at the airport. Carlton said the airport was fine when they got there and “the photos we saw look photoshopped.” “When we got there today, it looked like a regular airport,” Carlton said. To pass time, students got to know each other and visited Times Square. “We were doing the FAMU strolls and enjoying New York,” Charles said. More than 6 million people were without power as of Thursday and the death toll has reached 38 in New York. The cost of damage could total billions of dollars, and public transportation are being reopened after being shut down for a few days. With a week of festivities starting Nov. 3, Manuel said he is ready to come home. “I’m ready to get back in town for homecoming,” Manuel said before returning.

Clinton rallies Florida base

Touches on student loans, clean energy Donovan Long Correspondent Friday, former President Bill Clinton traveled to Tallahassee to support President Barack Obama’s pursuit of reelection for four more years. More than 4,000 people gathered on the campus of Florida State University, anxiously awaiting the arrival of Clinton. Many waved their banners in the air, chanting and yelling at the anticipation of his arrival. Signs read “My boy Bill,” “Forward,” and “Me and my momma voted Obama.” Among them included students of Florida A & M, FSU, Tallahassee Community College and other local residents. “I want Bill to say that we are going to make it and that we do not want Romney in the White House,” said Adrian Fogelin, a Tallahassee resident. Prior to Clinton’s arrival, the FAMU concert choir performed its selection of “Stand.” Mark Butler, director of the choir, indicated that “Stand” reminded the crowd of the melting pot that Americans live in and that they stand on the shoulders of the ones who came before them.

Congressional candidate Al Lawson delivered a speech introducing Clinton. “He fights for middle class values and is moving our country forward,” Lawson said about Obama. “We are better off in 2012 than we were in 2008, and we will be even better in the next four years if we move the country forward by electing Obama.” Britney Buchanan /The Famuan Former President Bill Clinton campaigned for The crowd was in awe as President Barack Obama in Tallahassee Friday. Clinton made his way to the stage. Many clapped, shouted and whistled at the sight of him. only take off from there. Clinton addressed the issue of many Clinton criticized Romney’s plan people being upset with Obama because for Medicaid, indicating that the GOP of the current struggle in the economy and candidate wants to cut a third of Medicaid feeling as if he could do more to help. and give it back to the states. “He has played a bad hand very well,” Clinton said that Medicaid helps fund Clinton said. “Let’s not blame him for the nursing homes and children or adults with crash. He wasn’t there.” disabilities and other severe conditions. Clinton said that Obama has produced Sheena McKenzie, a fourth-year social 5.3 million jobs and that the number will See CLINTON p. 4

Housing to students: Rules still apply during homecoming Nolan McCaskill Copy Desk Chief Alcohol, illegal drug use, curfew, and co-ed visitation are some of the common dorm violations students try to get away with, especially during homecoming. The consequence of violating rules such as alcohol possession, using illegal drugs, having guests stay after curfew and allowing the opposite sex into restricted areas range from a $100 fine to a possible eviction. Bobby Calhoun, resident director of Palmetto Street Phase III Apartments, is in his fifth year as an RD. See RULES p. 4

Labor force, unemployment rate increase Natalie Johnson Staff Writer The national unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent in October, with 171,000 jobs being added to the economy, as a 0.1 percentage increase from September. However, the national unemployment rate did not rise because more people became unemployed. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the civilian labor force participation increased by 578,000 to 155.6 million in October. Essentially, this means more people were encouraged to enter the labor force and since most did not find work, it caused the unemployment rate to rise. The surge in the civilian labor force participation is See UNEMPLOYMENT p. 4




Monday, November 5, 2012

BOT hires new company for dorm construction Whitney Tolbert

Correspondent The Board of Trustees has accepted $37.8 million as a bid from J. Kokolakis Construction Company to continue work on Polkinghorne. In September, trustees terminated Premier Construction Company because of an increase in the building contract. The company originally began the reconstruction of Polkinghorne Village. Once Polkinghorne is completed, renovations of female residence halls Diamond and McGuinn will begin. “The renovations of the residence halls here on campus are long overdue,” said Malasia Greer, a fourth-year prephysical therapy student from Miami.

“But it’s good that FAMU is taking the steps needed to enhance the beauty of the campus.” Residence halls are not the only buildings that are being reconstructed. Several buildings located on and off campus are also set to be remodeled or reconstructed, including the Student Affairs building, the College of Arts and Sciences teaching facility, the expansion of Perry Paige, Coleman Library, FAMU/ FSU College of Engineering Phase III and the remodeling of Dyson Pharmacy. “In addition to the main campus, the following branch campuses are also included in the Campus Master Plan,” said Shawn Kalbi, senior project manager of Wood + Partners Inc. Also included in the reconstruction

plan are the Quincy Farms campus west of Tallahassee and the Alatex Building on the FAMU Crestview campus. According to the Campus Master Plan, both the main and branch campuses need improvements to their stormwater treatment systems. The overall effect will include positive visual impacts from landscaped ponds and improved surface water quality discharges from the campus. “The Board of Trustees authorizes the interim president to negotiate an updated campus development agreement with the City of Tallahassee to begin work,” said Board of Trustees Chair Solomon Badger. The Campus Master Plan and analysis documents are designed to enhance the beauty of the campus and determine the necessary facility requirements,

building placement and proposed campus expansion to support the proposed student enrollment for the next 10 years. “I think it’s a great thing that FAMU has a plan to enhance the beauty of our campus,” said Sharielle Johnson, a fourth-year computer information systems student from Tallahassee. “The campus definitely has some areas of improvements, especially the residence halls.” University officials have projected that by the 2015-2016 school year, there will be 12,695 students enrolled, and 3,180 of those students will need accommodations. There are only 2,715 on-campus housing spaces, meaning the university is 460 beds short of its expected growth.

Journalism students weigh in on Obama’s presidency Devin Iverson

Staff Writer Just three days short of the general election, an event held by the Florida A&M School of Journalism and Graphic Communication in conjunction with public relations firm Prodigy, offered a look back into the 2008 election SJGC and Prodigy held a community symposium to discuss President Barack Obama and his impact on America during the last four years. The community gathered for two sessions – one featuring community leaders and the other featuring student leaders. Two award-winning studentproduced documentaries were shown per session. Award-winning journalist Margie Menzel was a professor at Florida A&M in 2008. She remembers her students being excited and emotional about someone they could relate to being the president of the U.S. “The first assignment I gave my class was to write about how they felt,” Menzel said. The documentaries, like the paper Menzel assigned to her students, were reactions to a historical moment in American history. When it came to documentaries, she said, “It’s clear that critical thinking was applied.” “ObamaCare,” produced by Brandon McMullen, and “Dream Again,” produced by Brent Hatchett and Tsopie D. Trottie, were shown at the morning session. “ObamaCare” focused on Obama’s health care reform. Former state representative and FAMU Board of Trustees member Marjorie Turnbull said health care reform will be the president’s lasting legacy.

CLINTON support of the president’s health care plan. “We need Obama, education, ObamaCare, and we need to influence those who don’t vote,” McKenzie said. Obama’s student loan plan was also discussed at the rally. The subject prompted a huge response from the crowd. Clinton said every student with federal loans has the option of paying them back at a lower interest rate. “Obama spends $60 billion for an increase in student Pell Grants and will

UNEMPLOYMENT also indicative to why the employmentpopulation ratio remained the same at 58.7 percent. Since the number of employed people and the number of the working age population changed by the same rate, it shows that the numbers shifted in a positive direction. Last month, Florida’s unemployment rate fell to 8.7 percent, a 0.1 percentage point decline from the previous month. What makes this different from the national unemployment rate is the number of jobs that were created and who created those jobs. The private sector created the majority of Florida’s jobs while the state government contributed to unemployment. According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, “These industry job losses were partially due to declines in state government.” The trend of state and local government cutting jobs is familiar. DEO reports that “industries losing jobs over the year included total government (-11,300 jobs, -1.0 percent).” In Florida, the federal government cut 500 jobs, state government cut 2,100 jobs and local government cut

“That’s something that we’ve worked toward since (former President Harry) Truman,” Turnbull said. “Dream Again” was a parallel between Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 “I have a dream” speech and Obama becoming that reality. 2008 marked the 45th anniversary of the speech, which is the same night that Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for president. “He alluded to the speech, but he never mentioned his name,” said Patrick Mason, director of Florida State University’s African-American Studies program. Mason considers Obama a “political descendant” of King. He wowed the mixed generational audience by naming other African-Americans, such as Shirley Chisolm, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton. The group reconvened for another session featuring FAMU students LaCandria Churchill, Ashli Doss and Angie Meus. Two more documentaries, “The Aftermath,” produced by A’sia Horne Smith and Oldine Monestime, and “Prayer for Change,” produced by Maria Osler and Markita Andrews, were shown. Both documentaries highlighted students’ reactions to the first African-American president-elect. Churchill, who is also the director of student lobbying, believes students in 2008 had a reason to be so excited and overwhelmed. “People were able to relate to him,” Churchill said. The anticipation surrounding the president’s reelection is not as intense as it was in 2008. Churchill said it is because the current generation “loves anything that is new and to be honest, Barack Obama is not new.” Although the president has been highly praised

decrease student loans,” Clinton said. “On the process of student loans, President Obama should be re-elected.” Clinton also said that every time a student drops out of college, it restricts our common future. Clinton explained the importance of re-electing Obama and how he wants the country to move forward. “I’m thinking about a prosperous 21st century,” Clinton said. “And make no mistake about it, the older I get, the most that matters is that children have a brighter future and the country is coming together instead of tearing apart.” 100 jobs, resulting in a 2,700-government job loss for September. The private sector added 3,500 jobs, but with the 2,700 lost government jobs, there was only a net gain of 800 jobs in September. These numbers are somewhat at odds to what the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney continues to say about job creation. “The one place we should have cut back was on government jobs,” said Romney this summer. “We have 145,000 more government workers under this president. Let’s send them home and put you back to work.” William Guerilus, an economics professor at Florida A&M, said state and local government do not have many options. He said it would be best for the state and local government to receive more aid from the federal government, but the federal deficit makes it difficult. “The second option really is probably to cut employment whenever possible because raising taxes keeps people from working, and it can have a negative effect on the economy,” Guerilus said. “Even though we hate it, cutting jobs is the best option they have.”

Faith McIver/The Famuan Journalism students Angie Meus and Ashli Doss

and criticized on his performance during the past four years, Meus, a senior print journalism student, credits him with reaching out to the people in a way that no previous president has. “He’s the first to get down to our level and communicate with us in a way that we know – through social media,” said Meus, who wants the country to remember “he’s only served four years and is expected to clean up eight years worth of damage.”

RULES Calhoun said the Florida A&M housing staffs try to keep their residents informed of the rules, policies and consequences, although violations are prevalent. “Just like the laws in the real world,” Calhoun said, “there’s a choice whether people choose to break them or not. We try to prevent them by keeping them educated and upping surveillance of our facilities.” The housing facilities post fliers and hold hall meetings to keep their residents informed. Residents are also given a housing handbook, which can be downloaded from the housing website. Roland Jackson, 20, a former FAMU student who lived on campus for two years, admitted to partaking in some of the violations while he attended the university and seeing others do it as well. However, Jackson is aware of his mistakes and advises students to keep their heads in the books. “It’s not all about the party life,” Jackson said. “Get your grades first, and worry about partying later. Not everybody gets a second chance at going back to school.” Jackson was unable to return to

FAMU for the fall semester, but he plans to enroll at the College of Central Florida in the spring. Friends, family, alumni and many others visit FAMU during homecoming. However, Calhoun warns that residents are responsible for their guests. He said if guests come and disrespect staff, for example, the consequences cannot go toward the guest who is a nonFAMU student, so it falls in the hands of the resident. Calhoun said students want to have a good time and that they want their friends from out of town to enjoy themselves, too. “I can understand that,” he said. “But the policies are the policies, and it’s much easier to adhere to the policies and procedures than it is to violate them.” Calhoun also said that students do not want their college experience to be “lame.” “However, these policies and procedures were put in place for not only their safety but the safety of their roommates and suitemates,” he said. A PDF version of the housing guide is available at index.cfm?housing&HousingGuide booklet.


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OPINIONS Monday, November 5, 2012

Comebacks from setbacks Marquise McMiller Columnist As a member of the U.S. Army, a specific set of core values were instilled in me by which I govern myself accordingly. Integrity is one of those values. Integrity is defined as having the ability to do what is right both legally and morally. If you are wondering where I am going with this, well, here it is. I resigned from the student senate on Oct. 29 upon receiving information that I lacked sufficient credit hours required to hold my seat as a junior senator. This is because I anticipated that credits would be accepted but were not. I was just shy of where I needed to be. Therefore,

before anyone could disclose the information and things become misconstrued, I share it with you myself. Integrity. The reason I share my story with you is because many times at recruitment fairs, they highlight the student who has the high GPA and is the perfect picture of what Florida A&M students ought to be. We have a bad habit of thinking that the rest of the students are not handling business effectively. However, that is not the case. I am writing to the students who have had, are having or will have a minor setback. It is evident at the university, through our statistics on retention and matriculation to graduation, that at some point, most of us have had a minor setback. As with me, some strived for internships or membership into certain organizations or maybe even sought leadership positions, but then it came to a halt because you had a minor setback. It could have been your GPA reflecting some of what

you have been through, which people did not know. So your GPA was not where they thought it should be, or maybe your credit hours did not match the time that you had physically put in. Judgment is cast on you because it took some time to get money right or, better yet, maybe you needed to get your mind right and did what most people do not and sit one out. But the best part of all of this is that your story does not have to end at your setback. You are not the only one going through a setback. In my case, my setback was my lack of credit hours to be a junior senator. But that gap in credit hours was filled with time in service, and now I have my education paid for and life is better for me. What I am trying to say is do not let anyone discourage you because you had a minor setback. Speed bumps, if you work to conquer them, set you up for a major comeback. It is OK to have a setback now and then, but do not stay back. Move forward because


when you do, you may not be where you should be, but oh how you are not where you used to be. I appeal to all the students at FAMU going through some tough spots. Because your transcripts may not say it was one class that made your GPA this way, I appeal to the students whose transcripts do not read time lost because money had to be gained. Honestly, let the truth be told. Most of the people you think have everything together are probably a class away from having a minor setback of their own. So never judge people when they fall because you never know how long they were standing. FAMU student body, I am not finished serving you because this minor setback has put me in line for a major comeback. Marquise McMiller is a third-year political science student from Gary, Ind. His column runs every Monday.



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Natalie Johnson Correspondent “You’re the one who put the present day Democratic administration in Washington, D.C…When you see this, you see that the Negro vote is the key factor. They’ve been down there four years. All other legislation they wanted to bring up, they’ve brought it up and gotten it out of the way, and now they bring up you. You put them first, and they put you last.” Malcolm X delivered these words in the speech we know as “Ballot or the Bullet” on April 12, 1964, in Detroit. In this speech, he encouraged AfricanAmericans to become politically mature and politically conscious. His words are as persuasive now as they were then. I implore not only the African-American community but also any individual who is skeptical about voting to become politically conscious. Before the Voting Rights Act of 1965, AfricanAmericans did not always have the luxury to hold politicians accountable for campaign promises they failed to deliver. Now that we have the freedom of speech

and right to peaceably assemble without the fear of repercussions, there is no reason for any person to remain politically inactive. As Kerry Washington said in her speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, “You may not be thinking about politics, but politics is thinking about you.” This has been true since the founding of this country. Politics was thinking about us when our ancestors were considered three-fifths of a person. Politics was thinking about us in the Civil War. Politics was thinking about us when southern states required African-Americans to guess how many jelly beans were in a jar, to pay poll taxes and pass literacy tests to vote. A smile stumbles across my face and a “yes” leaves my lips when I see young African-Americans politically involved. It is our duty to challenge politicians to tackle the issues that are important to us. We must impart to them that a vote for them is a vote for progress. If you want to see an example of what voting can cause, look at Congress. There is not a single African-American in the Senate. President Barack Obama was the last elected African-American in the Senate. To date, only six African-Americans have served in the chamber. There are too many decisions being made on your behalf. Who do you want to represent you? Who would decide for you?

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Omar Stewart Correspondent Twenty-five thousand Rattler fans roar in Bragg Memorial Stadium. It is h o m e c o m i n g . T h e student body of Florida A&M today and the alumni of FAMU yesterday cheer on their team. There are 10 minutes left in the first half of the game and Rattler fans will soon be taken on a musical journey known as halftime. Rattlers, old and young, push their way through long concession lines, not to watch the star football player score a touchdown but the Marching “100” storm across the field. With intense energy, an announcer shouts the arrival of halftime, but the crowd does not respond because there is no sight of the Marching “100.” This Rattler nation will face this dis0appointing scenario on Saturday. Watching a FAMU football game can be nervewracking when there are random thoughts of the Marching “100” making an appearance. Homecoming without the band is going to be strange. Alumni and students know what awaits them this homecoming, but no one can predict if they will be satisfied. Homecoming transforms

FAMU into a place of worship, and current and former students become true believers in their institution. Rattlers praise, dance and celebrate their university with full faith, but there is one thing missing from a week that honors FAMU this year – the Marching “100.” What organization represents the rich tradition of FAMU better? Graduates of FAMU remember the first moment they heard the Marching “100.” That moment brings alumni back every year during homecoming for a taste of the life they once lived. The sound of the Marching “100” is nostalgic to graduates. It brings back warm memories of their college experience. The absence of the band this homecoming could possibly disconnect an older generation of Rattlers from celebrating the university they have grown to love. A huge part of FAMU’s pride and tradition is missing, but this does not mean that our purpose of uniting to celebrate FAMU is lost. This university, with time, has become more refined and is at 125 years of success. That success should be enough for all Rattlers to collectively come together and celebrate the tradition they have. The Marching “100” will not physically be present during this year’s homecoming, but the magnitude of this organization can never be forgotten. This year, the Marching “100” will continue its legacy as it is kept in the memory of all Rattlers, and its significance will be reaffirmed as it is missed greatly.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3 9 am – Noon Rattler 5K Challenge/Wellness Expo (Rattler 5K Registration: 7 - 8:30 am) (Tookes Rec Center)

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4  5 pm- 7:30 pm “Kick-Off Community Worship Service” Featuring Pastor Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago (Gaither Gym) 8 pm – 11 pm Coronation & Coronation Ball “Mr. & Miss FAMU” (Grand Ballroom)

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5  Noon – 4 pm “Spirit & Service Day” Hosted by The King & Queen of Orange & Green (The Set) 7 pm – 10 pm The Comedy & Talent Showcase Featuring FAMU Alum Roy Wood, Marvin Dixon and Gary Owens (Lawson Center)

7 pm – 9 pm “A Blast from The Past” Featuring the University Concert Choir (Lee Hall Auditorium)

6pm – 10pm Friday Night Strikes!!! “Snake Walk/Rattler Strike” (from The Set to Bragg Stadium)

3 pm – 6:30 pm Homecoming Game, FAMU vs. North Carolina Central (Bragg Stadium)

9:30 pm – Midnight “Election Night Watch Party” (Tookes Rec Center)

6pm –10pm President’s Gala Honoring 125 Outstanding FAMUANS (Lawson Center)

6 pm - 9 pm Arthur Thompson Scholarship Post-Game Barbeque (Faculty Clubhouse)

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 [ORANGE DAY] Noon – 4 pm “Taste of the Hill” SGA Annual Homecoming BBQ (FAMU Park) 7 pm – 10 pm Fashion Show “Fashion Forward 125” Hosted by Celebrity Fonzworth Bentley (Gaither Gym)

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8 [GREEN DAY]  3 pm – 6 pm “Battle of the Classes” (Tookes Rec Fields)



10:10 am –12:10 pm “ Homecoming Convocation” (Gaither Gym)

9 am – 4 pm “Lengthening Our Lives” Health and Safety Fair Featuring FAMU Alum & Celebrity Trainer Scott Parker (Tookes Rec Center)

1 pm –3 pm “Opponent Doesn't Matter” Pep Rally (Wahnish Way)

Noon – 2 pm “Queen for A Day Luncheon” Hosted by Miss FAMU (Invitation Only • Band Rehearsal Hall)

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8:30pm -10:30pm “Homecoming Gospel Concert” (Gaither Gym)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10 8 am – 11am Ignite the Strike: 125 Years of Excellence Rattlers on Parade/Judging of Floats Noon - 2 pm President's Pre-Game Rally (Faculty Clubhouse) Noon – 3 pm Homecoming “Tailgate/Trailgate” @ The Alumni Village (Rattler Football Practice Field)

7 pm – 9 pm Backyard Party -Open Air Concert Featuring Raheem Devaughn & Doug E. Fresh powered by The Phat Cat Players (Rattler Football Practice Field) 10 pm – 2 am “125 Super Fest” Featuring Rick Ross Presented by (Lawson Center)

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Noon – 4 pm Rattler Fever Clean-Up (Bragg Stadium & The Set)

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Join Macy’s as we celebrate FAMU’s 125th Anniversary and Homecoming 2012! Macy’s Governor’s Square Young Men’s Department, 1st Floor Thursday, November 8 at 5pm Show off your school spirit! Get ready to cheer for the home team with a thrilling pep rally, hosted by alumnus Brandon Mitchell of So You Think You Can Dance, DJ Demp, The Strikers and fashion industry insiders from Levi’s®. The excitement continues with a fashion show featuring the newest styles from some of your favorite designers. Afterwards, join our conversation with distinguished honorees from the 125 Outstanding Alumni and talented members of the current student body. Be inspired by their journeys to success, bond over campus stories, and strut your best Wabble, SOS or 1-2-5 Rattler!

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Homecoming 2012 LIFESTYLES

Monday, November 5, 2012

Dreamers fight for social justice Zamiya Mitchell Correspondent Melanie Andrade and Lash Lorraine believe in standing up for social justice and rallying students for a cause. Andrade, a junior English student from Polk County, and Lorraine, a junior chemical engineering student from Orlando, are helping to bring positive change to Florida A&M’s community. Both are campus lead organizers for the community outreach organization Dream Defenders. The group is a coalition of minority youth who pride themselves on building relations within the community and fighting for social change. Both women were encouraged to join the Dream Defenders after the organization’s first encounter with injustice. The Dream Defenders organized a three-day march for Trayvon Martin in April. The organization demanded justice for the 17-year-old Martin, who was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. The group blocked a Sanford police station to protest Zimmerman’s

release on bail before his trial. “It opened my eyes, and it encouraged me to create a community here on campus,” Lorraine said. Dwayne Wallace, a senior psychology student from Mobile, Ala., and friend of Lorraine, is a supporter of her and her vision. “She’s always stood up for other people,” Wallace said. “She hates seeing good people suffer.” Andrade, Lorraine and other members are organizing a campaign to raise awareness for Polk County’s policies concerning the privatization of prisons. The organization is calling the campaign “The School-to-Prison Pipeline.” “Kids as young as 8 years old are in adult jails because Polk County law allows the closing of juvenile detention centers if there is an equivalent facility in the area,” Andrade said. “Juveniles are forced to live in the same facility as adult convicts.” Andrade and Lorraine argue that the system is unjust and fails the youth. “It seems like a trend here in Florida,” Lorraine said. “We’re leaning more towards privatized prisons and closing juvenile centers.” Although the juveniles placed in these facilities are housed in a separate division

Special to The Famuan Lash Lorraine (left) and Melanie Andrade (right) make strides against racial bias with help from the Dream Defenders.

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The Dream Defenders march to protest the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Sanford. The group advocates for minorities who face inequalities within the justice system.

based in Montgomery, Ala., has filed a lawsuit against the Polk County Sheriff Department to change the state of children detention centers in Polk County. The group is also active in informing and building political relationships with youth in this election. “We are putting in all of our efforts to keep everyone on the same page,” Andrade said. The Dream Defenders organized watch parties for the presidential debates and posted younger viewers’ comments and concerns on Twitter. Using the hashtag #ChangeTheDebate, the group encouraged youth to speak their minds about topics that have been a priority in the debate. “We want our issues addressed, for we have the obligation to make sure these candidates live up to what they promise,” Lorraine said. The Dream Defenders recently organized a community event called Dream Work. Its main goal was to inform voters of

constitutional amendments and candidates that are on the ballot, as well as providing fun family activities. The organization also provided transportation for early voting. Andrade and Lorraine said that they are more than angry activists – they are “socially-aware community leaders.” “Dream Defenders goes way beyond activism,” Andrade said. “A lot of people like to go out and protest, but there is a lot of organizing that takes place before and after anything happens.” Andrade and Lorraine said they want to officially establish the organization on FAMU’s campus in the near future. They would also like to create a communitybased center off campus to give an outlet for students to express themselves. “Nine times out of 10, your dream is my dream, and my dream is yours, “ Lorraine said.

from adults, Andrade and Lorraine believe that is inadequate. “Adult prison facilitators are also handling these children,” Andrade said. “They need to be educated and guarded by faculty who has proper training to deal with kids.” Lorraine agrees with Andrade in rehabilitation and educating juveniles. In the last 20 years, Lorraine said, the amount of suspensions in schools has tripled. Andrade said, “High schools and middle schools are like the breeding ground for jails and prisons.” Lorraine believes the “pipeline” is similar to a step program for prison. “Test scores are being used to determine how many prisons to build,” Lorraine said. “The mentality should be how many programs are going to create to help these kids. If you get them once, without the proper guidance, you’ll get them again, and we’re fighting to change that.” The group is getting support from the Southern Poverty Law Center to aid in its prison pipeline campaign. The SPLC,

Police give safety tips for homecoming Devin Iverson Staff Writer Sexual assault, kidnapping, alcohol poisoning and robberies are as much a part of homecoming as the parade and other festivities. Throughout the week, events will be held continually. While having fun, there are some safety measures that everyone can take to ensure they have a safe yet memorable experience. Rico Scott, a FAMU police officer, gave his advice on ways for students to stay safe during homecoming festivities. According to Scott, the buddy system is the golden rule when it comes to parties. Prior to leaving

the house, have a plan of where you are going and whom you are going with. Go out with trusted friends and pay attention to your surroundings. Be alert to strange environments and people. “When going out to parties, don’t go alone,” Scott said. “Have a key group of people that you leave and return with, and it will prevent a lot of tragic incidents.” Alcohol consumption is a norm in the college social experience. The legal drinking age in Florida is 21. Those who meet the drinking requirement and plan to drink must do so responsibly. Scott advises students to make sure they have a meal before they consume alcohol and alternate

with water in between drinks. Also, while having a good time, he believes it is never appropriate to leave a drink unattended or accept a drink from a stranger. Scott said it is never appropriate for anyone to operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. He urges students to have a designated driver to ensure safety. Saturday is the busiest and most crowded day of homecoming, and there will be a lot of security around. Jamie Young, a FAMU alumna, believes that people, especially women, should dress for the occasion. “Rattlers have the tendency to pull out their finest attire for the

occasion,” Young said. “Ladies need to not worry less about fashion and focus more on being safe.” Young remembers when she injured herself walking in high heels in Bragg Memorial Stadium. “It began to rain, and I was running to shelter to prevent getting drenched,” she said. Each homecoming since, she makes sure she wears shoes that she can move easily in. “It will help if you’re in a big crowd and need to escape easily.” Chris Williams, a senior political science student from Tallahassee, has advice for bringing personal items. During the eventful day, he believes there are only a few items

that students need to bring. “Only carry around the essential things, like car keys, an ID and cash,” Williams said. “Most vendors only accept cash so there is no need to have every form of identification and every credit card you own. They can potentially get lost in a big crowd and can be a hassle to replace.” According to Scott, the most important tip for homecoming safety is to be accountable for yourself and make sure to have fun. For more information about homecoming safety, contact the FAMU Department of Public Safety at 850-599-3256.



Monday, November 5, 2012


During homecoming week every Rattler should have their school pride displayed on the outside just as bright as it shines on the inside. So to make sure your prepared for Homecoming from head-to-toe check out our Ignite the Pride musthave’s to stand out for this year’s Homecoming. Rattler Fitted Hat- Top of your FAMU gear with a Rattler hat to show that you can strike the hardest when you represent your class at Battle of The Classes Thursday at Tookes Recreation Field at 3 p.m. Face Tat- Die hard fans during Homecoming games can be spotted with paint on their faces or bodies, but for the light hearted Rattler, face tattoos are always a great alternative.

#1 Fan Finger- There’s no better way to show support when our home team makes a touchdown. Chanting ‘We’re number one!’ while waving is highly recommended.

Tickets- Get your concert tickets at Student Activities for the ‘125 Super Fest’ featuring Rick Ross and Uncle Luke at 10 p.m. after the football game in the Lawson Center.

Beads- Wear orange and green spirit beads on FAMU’s Orange and Green Day Friday to show your Rattler spirit on for the “Opponent Doesn’t Matter” Pep Rally on Wahnish Way.

FAMU Shirt- Every Rattler should pull their ‘I represent Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University’ T-shirt from their closets. If your limited on FAMU shirts, just wash and repeat if a re-wear is necessary.

Pom-Poms- You may not be a cheerleader, but you can definitely cheer on the sidelines to support the football team on game day when the Rattlers play against North Carolina Central.

Barbeque- Tailgate! Tailgate! Tailgate! Food will be everywhere come game day so make sure you have your plate at noon on Wednesday at FAMU Park for SGA’s Annual Homecoming BBQ Taste of The Hill.

Comfortable shoes- In the changing weather of Tallahassee, you never know when it is going to rain or get chilly. Besides that, being comfortable after hours celebrating on your feet requires a pair of shoes that will keep you strolling into the night.


Ignite Model, News Editor Evan Miles Photo by Britney Buchanan





Monday, November 5, 2012


Rattlers lose a decisive game and their coach Vincent Ross

Staff Writer

The Florida A&M football team struggled against North Carolina A&T without starting quarterback Damien Fleming. The Rattlers lost 16-3 in a deciding conference game. Head football coach Joe Taylor also announced his retirement in a pregame breakfast on Saturday. Taylor, 62, began coaching FAMU in 2008 and led the team to its first MEAC title in seven years. Taylor has been coaching football for 40 years and is one of the winningest coaches in Football Bowl Subdivision and black college football history. “It has been an awesome blessing coaching these last 40 years,” Taylor said. Taylor has 233 wins and 95 losses in his head coaching career. Derek Horne, athletic director for FAMU, said that the athletic department fully supports Taylor in his decision. “We are proud of what coach Taylor has brought to this program,” Horne said, according to FAMU Sports Information. Interim President Larry Robinson was also proud of Taylor’s accomplishments. “We reached some great milestones during coach Taylor’s career,” Robinson said, according to FAMU Sports Information. Taylor will retire at the end of the season and said he is willing to help the university

in its search for a new head football coach. FAMU led the Aggies in total yardage 252 to 202, possessed the ball nearly 10 minutes longer and committed one fewer penalty, but the statistics do not reflect the outcome of Saturday’s game. The Rattlers’ defense kept them in the game, but the offense’s inability to get into the end zone proved to be the difference. “Defensively, I thought we played well enough to win the game,” Taylor said. Fleming’s presence was missed in Saturday’s game. Senior backup quarterback Tyler Bass gave his best effort, but it was not enough to overcome the Aggies. Fleming will have an MRI on his non-throwing shoulder Monday. His injury is listed as day-to-day. NC A&T settled for two field goals in the first quarter as the Aggies were unable to get past the Rattlers’ defense to score a touchdown. FAMU would score a 19yard field goal early in the second quarter, heading into halftime trailing 6-3. Both offenses looked poised for a score as they ripped off consecutive first downs during the third quarter, but neither team put points on the board. The Aggies advanced into FAMU territory and scored another field goal early in the fourth quarter, but it was their defense that sealed the game on the next drive. Bass’ pass on the first down of the next drive was intercepted and returned 35

Alvin McBean/The Famuan Head football coach Joe Taylor has had the task of coaching a group of young men for decades. His impression on the football program includes a championship. His legacy lives on within each and every player who stepped onto the field.

yards for the game’s only touchdown. It was all the Aggies needed as FAMU’s offense could only muster a field goal the entire game. Although the Aggies’ defense was commendable, FAMU’s nine penalties resulting in 82 yards was a major factor in the lack of offense. Bass completed 26-of-36 passes for 183 yards in his

first start since transferring from the University of Memphis three years ago. Fleming came in briefly during the third quarter for one series that resulted in a punt. Fleming completed his only pass of the game on first down but was brought down on a scramble on second down and sacked on third down. Lenworth Lennon led the

team in receptions with 10 catches for 64 yards, and Eddie Rocker led the rushing attack with 42 yards on 16 carries. The Rattlers (3-6, 3-3 MEAC) return to Bragg Memorial Stadium on Saturday for homecoming to take on the North Carolina Central Eagles (6-3, 5-1 MEAC). Kickoff is at 3 p.m.

Players recall 1999 MEAC Championship Blaise Gainey Correspondent The 1999 Florida A&M men’s basketball team started the season off losing its first 10 games. However, the way the team finished that season is what makes them memorable. The ’99 Rattlers went on to claim their first MEAC Championship, securing a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The Rattlers slipped into the MEAC Tournament as the seventh seed with a 12-18 record. To boost morale, then-men’s head basketball coach Mickey Clayton told his players that every tournament has a Cinderella team. The Rattlers were shorthanded due to injuries, leaving them with only nine players eligible to play. To make things worse, Clayton almost missed his flight to Richmond, Va., for the tournament because he got in a car accident on the way to the airport. No one expected the team to win, but once the Rattlers made it to the semifinals in the MEAC Tournament, the Marching “100” went up to join the team. Prior to that, the team had no visible support from fans or FAMU. Clayton Jenkins, a former walk-on for the men’s basketball team, was a key contributor for FAMU. Jenkins said the MEAC Tournament run was a great feeling from start to finish. “The one thing that made it feel like home was having the band there,” Jenkins said. In the second round of the MEAC Tournament against Coppin State, Travis Grant had a huge first half. At halftime, Grant went to Monroe

Special to The Famuan After a bumpy start to the 1999 season the Rattler Basketball team tightened up their sneakers and came with their A-game during the MEAC Playoffs to bring home a MEAC Championship.

Pippins and told him that he was done carrying the team and that it was time for Pippins to take over. Pippins took over the game in the second half, finishing with 23 points. Grant finished with 18 points in an 80-69 win. The Rattlers went on to defeat Morgan State 62-56 in the third round and South Carolina State University in the championship

game 64-61 to become the first FAMU men’s basketball team to reach the NCAA Tournament. FAMU began to receive a lot of publicity, and people wanted to know how the team made it into the NCAA Tournament. The Rattlers were even featured on ESPN specials. During the MEAC Championship game, Clayton’s brother, Craig Clayton, was released from a mental

asylum, according to The Associated Press. He held up a sign that read “We Want Duke” in the nationally televised game. When Coach Clayton appeared on the “John Thompson Show” on ESPN Radio, Thompson said that Clayton sold the idea to the team that when you go to the dance – a reference to the NCAA Tournament – it is a new day, and everybody has the same chance to win the tournament. FAMU had to play an undefeated Duke team consisting of future NBA players Elton Brand, Shane Battier and Corey Maggette in the Round of 64, the first round of the tournament Derrick Magee was a valuable member of the ‘99 team and is the associate athletic director and chief business officer for the University of Cincinnati. “They were stacked,” Magee said. At one point, the Rattlers were down by four points against Duke. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski called a timeout and raised his finger to his guys. After that, FAMU was held scoreless for seven minutes. Even though the game was not close, the Duke fans were so appreciative of the effort the Rattlers gave that they stood up and joined the FAMU fans in a standing ovation for the team. The Rattlers lost 99-58. Duke advanced to the Final Four but lost to the University of Connecticut 77-74 in the national championship game. Clayton said the worst part about winning the MEAC Tournament was that when they came back, it was spring break so no one was there to celebrate.


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