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Vol. 112 Issue 32

Penn leads discussion

Police force left wanting for supplies From White Castle to White House


TAWANA THOMAS CORRESPONDENT The Florida A&M University Police Officers’ Union says its members are ill equipped to handle major or violent crimes on campus, and worry about their ability to keep students safe. At a recent Board of Trustees meeting, officer Stacey Youmans said the union had raised the issue six years ago with a previous Board of Trustees, which promised to address the issue but never did. “Now that people have found out that we don’t have enough police officers, there might be more crimes,” said officer Youmans, who has been on the force for nine years and is also the spokesperson for the FAMU Police Benevolent Association. Statistics show that the FAMU police department is at the bottom of the pay scale, when compared to Florida State University, University of Florida, and University of South Florida. Youmans says this makes no sense, because FAMU has fewer on staff than other schools so there should be more money for equipment and compensation. In 2008, an FSU police officer earned $37,000 to $39,000. In 2007, the FAMU police department received a raise from approximately $32,000 to $34,000. Currently, they are still at $34,000. Youmans said that the police have a three-year contract, and every three years they are suppose to get a raise from the negotiations but the raise that took place in 2007 did not come from negotiations. The first time the PBA went to the university representatives, they refused to negotiate their salaries, but told them they FAMU PD 4

Jordan Culver The Famuan White House staffer Kal Penn and Melia Watson discuss issues affecting college students during a morning round table in the School of Journalism & Graphic Communictions.

OPHELIA ROBINSON CORRESPONDENT White House Representative Kalpen Modi, better known as Kal Penn, came to Florida A&M Thursday to discuss issues concerning historically black colleges and universities. Students had the opportunity to discuss political and economical issues with Penn in the Dean’s conference room in the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication. Penn, an associate director in

the Office of Public Engagement for the White House, said that youth outreach is of the utmost importance for the Obama administration. “The challenge that I think we face on youth outreach is that unlike other constituency groups that have advocacy arms in Washington that represents them, young people don’t have that so it is a challenge to not only reach out but to have young people make their voices heard,” Penn said. Penn addressed fears that

colleges and elementary schools will not have the necessary funds to survive. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act includes $5 billion for early learning programs and $77 billion for reforms to strengthen elementary and secondary education; $48.6 billion is used to stabilize state education budgets. Other topics discussed include entrepreneurship, methods on how to rally communities, jobs in the WHITE HOUSE 4

Career search begins for graduates LATOYA CHAMBLISS STAFF WRITER After the global economic slowdown and subsequent and job hiring freezes, the transition from college graduate to career holder may be a difficult task for some students. Nevertheless, for local grads the FAMU Career Center is helping students make an easier transition by aiding them to land employment in their learned fields. “We’ve had various job fairs all throughout the semester. Companies have been on campus on a daily basis. Students need

to know that there are local and nation-wide jobs out there,” said Delores Dean, director of the FAMU Career Center. The center offers many services such as resume building, career counseling, workshops and mock interviews to registered students. Despite local job opportunities, some students don’t make plans to stay in Tallahassee after they graduate. Some students travel to new cities or move back to their hometown, often not looking for local work. “I have not looked for any jobs

Student Government Association President Gallop Franklin and Vice President Breyon Love will host the event “Fun Day. The Final Chill.” on Saturday from 12 p.m to 5. p.m. at the campus’ recreation center. Free food will be offered and 3 on 3 basketball tournaments will be held. Along with all the fun in the sun, Love mentioned that scholarships would be given out. SOURCE: SGA

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Mayor and EPA administrator to headline spring commencement TAWANA THOMAS CORRESPONDENT On Saturday April 30, at 9 a.m., Atlanta Mayor M. Kasim Reed will speak at Florida A&M’s spring commencement ceremony in the Al Lawson Center. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will speak at commencement at 2 p.m. “I’m looking forward to graduation,” said Stacey Graham, 22, a graduating health care management student from Fort Lauderdale. “I do not have a job, but I have been going on interviews. After I graduate I’m looking to attend grad school at Florida A&M to get my

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson

Atlanta Mayor Kaseem Reed

masters.” Reed is a former partner with international law firm Holland & Knight in Atlanta. He served two terms as state representative for House District 52. In November 2002, Reed was elected

to the Georgia State Senate. He was a member of the Senate Judiciary, Higher Education, Ethics, Transportation and the State and Local Government Committees. Reed is on the Board of Trustees for Howard University, where he earned his B.A. and J.D. degrees. With his list of accomplishments, it comes as no surprise that the Aspen Institute selected Reed as a Rodel Fellow. The first African American to serve as EPA administrator, Jackson,supervises 17,000 employees who are supposed to safeguard air and water quality. They address health threats from toxins and pollution.

Jackson graduated summa cum laude from Tulane University and earned a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University. Before she became the EPA administrator, she was a chief of staff to New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine, and commissioner of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection. As part of the commencement ceremonies a nmber of honorary doctorate degrees will be awarded. For some students it could be an emotional event.



School news editor and graduating senior Matthew Richardson says farewell to The Famuan.

Sports Editor Royal Shepherd gives his take on this semester’s teams, coaches and attitudes.


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The Famuan

Friday, April 22, 2011

Events and Announcements Announcements If you are a campus mailbox holder and will remain living on campus for the Fall 2011 semester and/ or the 2011 summer session, please reserve your mailbox by Tuesday. If you do not reserve your mailbox by this date, your post office box ownership will be cancelled. You must show proof of housing and sign for your mailbox by the 2nd week of class Fall semester. On May 6 at 9 a.m., the Florida A&M University Department of Public Safety will be hosting a Physical Readiness Challenge at Bragg Stadium. FAMU DPS is committed to uniting the Big Bend Area citizens by promoting a healthy lifestyle, while participating in fun fitness activities. The committee is asking for all teams to provide a team roster and signed waivers no later than Monday. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a stadium incline, a

200-meter shuttle and a 150-pound dummy drag. Also, there will be other fun activities such as tug-a-war and a secret team challenge available. There is a $50 fee for all Non-University teams. A portion of the proceeds will go toward a book scholarship for a deserving FAMU student. If anyone wishes to register as a team, please make contact with John Cotton at 850-599-3256 or send an email to

To place an announcement in the Calendar, e-mail your submission to 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 will be published with the announcement, indicate so in your e-mailed 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 able to be published.


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TheFamuan Friday, April 22, 2011

Alum lands fellowship MATTHEW RICHARDSON SCHOOL NEWS EDITOR One Florida A&M alumnus is getting exactly what he wants. Former Student Government Association Vice President Calvin Lee Hayes was awarded a 2011 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship following a highly competitive nationwide contest. The Rangel Fellowship, funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University, supports extraordinary individuals who want to pursue a career in the U.S. Foreign Service. “We are thrilled to have Calvin as part of the program,” said Director of the Rangel Program Patricia Scroggs. “Calvin has already shown impressive leadership, academic accomplishments and integrity in his life. I have no doubt that he will excel in graduate school and make important contributions to promoting global peace and prosperity as a U.S. diplomat.” Hayes seems to be well equipped for the job with an impressive resume and reputation of being a hard worker. “I can say this with conviction, that Calvin has the greatest work ethic of anyone I know,” said Miss FAMU Kindall Johnson, who is also Hayes’ girlfriend. “He

Courtesy to The Famuan In this file photo, alumnus Calvin Hayes speaks to a crowd of students in Lee Hall.

works so hard on everything that he does and he gives it his all.” Hayes graduated from FAMU in December 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations. While a student at FAMU, Hayes was very active in student life and took advantage of numerous opportunities to learn and serve both on campus and overseas. On the path to become a U.S. Diplomat, Hayes will travel plenty, but he is familiar with lifestyle. During the summer of 2009, Hayes interned at the United States Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa where he, among other duties, served as a site officer for Secretary of State Hillary

Clinton’s visit to South Africa. Hayes has won numerous awards and fellowships, some of which include being named the most influential FAMU Student in 2009, being selected as a 2010 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Scholar, and receiving the FAMU School of Journalism’s Leadership Award in 2010. “Calvin definitely deserves it,” said Johnson. “This was not something he just happened upon. He’s worked toward it and I think he deserves it more than anyone I know and I’m extremely proud of him.” The Rangel Fellowship will provide Calvin with approximately $90,000 in benefits over a two-year period to pursue a master’s

degree in International Communication at the American University School of International Studies. As part of the Rangel Program, he will work this summer for the Bureau of Legislative Affairs in the U.S. Department of State. In the summer of 2012, he will serve in a U.S. Embassy to get hands-on experience with U.S. foreign policy and the work of the Foreign Service. Upon graduation, he will become a U.S. diplomat, embarking on a uniquely rewarding and challenging career of service to the U.S. and global communities.

ECONOMY in Tallahassee because I do not want to stay here after graduation. I’m not sure if companies are hiring in Tallahassee but I plan to move to Atlanta and work at a sports public relations firm,” said Kayla Osborne, a graduating public relations senior from Jacksonville. “The job fairs seem to be more biased to business majors.” Ashley Richardson, a graduating business marketing student from Tallahassee agreed with Osborne. “I know that there are jobs in Tallahassee but Tallahassee does not have the job that I’m interested in,” said Richardson. Despite pessimism about the economy, Dean stressed that there are jobs to be had. “Students that may say there aren’t any jobs are the students who aren’t looking for any jobs. There are jobs out there and we are here to help students find those jobs,” said Dean. In the Career Center, students are urged to register to become a part of the email list. Those emails are sent to registered students and contain information about companies that are hiring. “The center needs our students to get involved. There are many opportunities they miss because they aren’t informed of the jobs offered through the Career Center,” said Dean. There have been job interviews taking place daily as a result of students partaking in the services offered by the Career Center. “We just received notification that Youth Register, a local company, is hiring abuse counselors,” said Dean. “Advertisements for the jobs will begin next week online. Students need to register! Companies are looking to hire our graduating seniors, especially locally.” The FAMU Career Center offers registered students a Rattler Career Planner. To register visit www.careercenter. or call 850-599-3700.





County schools innovate and educate

Classes avoid monotony Schools fight obesity DAWN REEVES STAFF WRITER High School students that take a seventh period class may have a new option to facilitate their learning experience. The Leon County School Board is expected to consider removing some seventh period classes on school premises replacing them with virtual courses. LCS encourages students to take seven class periods if they are attempting to receive extra assistance after struggling with passing the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, and gives students a chance to earn extra credits towards the 24 credit hours mandated by the state. The Florida Legislature is still finalizing the state budget for programs such as the seventh periods in Leon County. The School Board has been funding seventh periods in schools for the past six to seven years according to Chris Petley, communications manager for Leon County Schools. “The school board provides $3 million a year towards seventh periods, and about 10% of students are enrolled in seventh periods,” said Petley. The 2012 state budget is set to be finalized in May. This finalization will influence the decision to implement virtual seventh periods. Leon County School Board’s budget is not expected to be the same going forward to continuously fund the

classes. Having a virtual seventh period is just in the recommendation stage; however, out of the five superintendents of the school board, a majority vote will be the deciding factor. Having an online class may be a double-edged sword for students and faculty. The average school day begins at 7:30

At-home convenience is an advantage to a few students, but downsizing faculty and staff is a disadvantage for those looking to be in the classroom for a seventh period. “We would love to provide inclass experience for our students, but we have to do the best with what we have,” said Petley.

ROSCOE THOMPSON STAFF WRITER With childhood obesity being an epidemic in America, schools and districts around the country are looking for ways to fight a dangerous problem. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 17 percent of American

“We want our kids to be as healthy and physically fit as they can. The steps we’re having the students take now will help them later on in life,” said Hawks Rise principal, Evy Friend. The school, located on the county’s north side has become the forerunner in instituting the importance of health

a.m. and ends at 1:45 p.m. With an additional period, students are done by 2:45 p.m. Students at Amos P. Godby High School, gave their opinion on the possibility of having the additional class offered virtually. “I had a seventh period last year and I would have rather go home and take it,” said sophomore Alexis O’neal. “Students are ready to go home and they have to sacrifice leaving and stay after just to get the extra credit,” said sophomore Terrell Williams.

The anticipated vote for the replacement of a seventh period in high schools with a virtual class will be under heavy surveillance by those students, faculty, and staff that may have to alter their plans for the new fiscal year. The seventh period will be offered in all five of the county’s major high schools: Chiles, Godby, Leon, Lincoln, and Rickards.

children and adolescents aged 2-19 years are obese. And statistics reveal that this trend is increasing. Obese children are more likely to develop health risks later in life, according to the CDC. To offset the obesity problem, one local school is making strides toward a more health conscious student body. Administrators at Hawks Rise Elementary have implemented programs to create a more physically active learning environment.

in its students. Initiatives like the “Mileage club,” allows students, in grades 2 through 5, to get a hearty walk or jog in on the school’s track before class. “It’s important to have very active P.E. classes, where the teachers develop plans that allow for physical exertion,” said Friend, who is a staunch advocate for physical education. The school also implemented numerous other physical activities for the children that provide incentives for a


healthy, active life. “The obesity crisis is dramatically increasing, due to the fact that children just aren’t getting enough daily activity,” said Susan Reid, the school’s physical education teacher. “It is so important to create a planned activity that allows the kids to enjoy what their doing,” Reid added as she pointed towards a large room containing all of the P.E. equipment. Hawks Rise has created other extracurricular activities that focus solely on getting healthier. They offer “Champions,” which gives the students an energetic workout that allowing them to release their pent up energy from the day, as well as yoga, Zumba, and multiple sports activities such as volleyball, basketball and rugby in their extended day program. “Parents are extremely delighted with the activities that Hawks Rise creates,” said Tamara Blyden, whose son, Jai, attends the school. I am so proud that this school believes in the importance of physical activity. So many kids are obese and sadly nothing is being done to cease this problem,” said Blyden.



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Friday, April 22, 2011

FAMU store goes digital NATHON GREEN STAFF WRITER After a year of negotiating, on Wednesday, Florida A&M held a press conference on the steps of Lee Hall to launch The website is a partnership between FAMU and Cintas to provide students, faculty, alumni and supporters the opportunity to purchase rattler apparel online, 365 days a year said President James Ammons. “ will allow our campus community and alumni from all over the world as well as our friends and supporters to purchase FAMU attire with the click of a mouse on their computers. This is a great opportunity for FAMU and our supporters,” Ammons said. Ammons believes that FAMU

FAMU PD could not do it. In 2005 they offered to give the police officers $1,000 and fix their vehicles, weapons and give them a three year contract, but PBA rejected the offer. But they said that if the police officers do not take this offer they will not get vehicles. The PBA said FAMU’s police department is not properly equipped to respond to major or violent crimes. In the last two months, the police department has disarmed three people, who were committing crimes with guns. In a two-year period, there have been five people shot on campus. One case was recent as March 18; a FAMU employee was robbed and assaulted near Truth Hall, according

supporters will use the e-Rattler store regularly. To support his beliefs he mentioned that last year FAMU sold over $1 million of merchandise, which is more merchandise than any other HBCU. FAMU will receive 17.5 percent of every sale from All proceeds will help fund special programs and scholarships at FAMU. The website provides a dropdown menu of schools, colleges and departments that patrons can support with their purchase including all FAMU majors, the Marching 100 and FAMU. J. Phillip Holloman, president and CEO of Cintas Corporation, mentioned that Cintas is excited to customize products with the FAMU logo. He also gave encouraging words saying that the e-rattler store will strengthen the FAMU brand.

to FAMU PD. Two days later, a FAMU student was robbed at gunpoint near FAMU DRS days after the FAMU PD received an emergency call from a victim who was robbed at gunpoint near the Palmetto North complex. “I don’t feel safe after hearing that, but we don’t have any money for scholarships, programs, grants and other financial concerns, but we are trying to get better,” said Arielle Turner, 22, a fourth year biology chemistry student. Officers feel unprepared if a deadly force response is required. Some of their weapons are 15 years old making it hard when encountering criminals who have fire arms of higher caliber. It has also been announced that the officers consider their vehicles unsafe.

“This launch must be very important because we get to share the stage with FAMU Marching 100,” Holloman said. After the announcement of e-Rattler. com, the Chairman of the music department and Director of Bands Julian White announced and unveiled the new Marching 100 logo. “The new logo will go on all band apparel including Marching 100 warmup suits,” White said. Following the press conference was a fashion show titled “Collegiate Couture: FAMU Swag with an Ivy League Tag.”


Youmans said FAMU PD vehicles are 12 years old, front tires have disconnected from the vehicle while in operation, response time to emergency situations delayed because the vehicle would not go into gear, unreliable steering and other problems while the vehicles are still operating. Despite the concerns, some students feel safe. “I feel safe,” said Roselene Borenave, 18, a second year psychology student. “Nothing has affected me personally or anyone that I know, but I think they (FAMU PD) should get paid more.” everyone knows this is FAMU.

GRADUATES “It’s bittersweet,” said Brandon Hartley, 21, a graduating criminal justice senior. “Some part of me is sad and the other part is happy to go.” TAWANA THOMAS FAMUANNEWS@GMAIL.COM


Jordan Culver The Famuan Kal Penn talks to students.

economy and the financial state of HBCUs. “It is an exciting experience to be among students who will not only provide us with the feedback that is necessary, but what may make a significant change and create a better country,” Penn said. Students discussed their positions and concerns on working on an international level and the affects of budget cuts at colleges and universities. “My main concern as a student is for the future. Because of globalization, it is important for students to be able to perform on an international level and to converse in a global manner,” said Ciara Taylor, 22, a senior foreign language student. Taylor added because of budget cuts, programs essential to enabling students to compete on an international level are being thrown out.





Friday, April 22, 2011


COPY DESK: Julian Kemper

OPINIONS EDITOR: Khristanda Cooper


SPORTS EDITOR: Royal Shepherd

Future Rattlers have something to look forward to KHRISTANDA COOPER OPINIONS EDITOR S p r i n g commencement is slowly coming upon us. Many of our older friends and family who we have come to know and love on this campus are getting ready to walk across that stage from college student into full blown adulthood. The feeling of graduating is one of pure enjoyment. At least its supposed to be. But I’m sure graduating from high school is a different experience from graduating from college. For instance, college graduations, depending on the size of the college, are super long. Well, then again, some high school graduations are super long too, but you get the point. I will not be graduating until 2013. But I do know a few people who will be graduating April 30. And I am super proud of them. Graduating from college is not an easy task. It’s easy to put off studying to go to a party or procrastinating just for procrastination sake. But it is not easy to get up for an 8 a.m. class that you have a test in after a long night of club hopping, drinking and dancing. We all make mistakes. For the rest of us stuck here-haha- for another one, two or three years, those who are now about to graduate give us the push that we need. These individuals are someone for us to look up to. They made it. After four or seven years of dealing with the good and the bad ( EIT, financial aid, registering for classes) they survived. Despite the annoyances of college life, food, shelter, and jobs they strived and worked hard enough in their respective majors and are now about to walk across that stage into life. Even after colleges and schools being cut many are still making it their business to walk across the stage come summer and fall commencements of this year. I know if they can do it. We can do it too when our time comes. But for now, congratulations spring class of 2011. Go Rattlers.

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Reflections on a crazy year Spring 2011 is coming to an end. Seems like yestreday it was Fall 2010. Time sure goes by fast. For incoming freshmen this year started with campus tours and healthy lectures mixed with meeting soon to be peers and associates. Say hello to a decent networking system. But college is not all about networking and school work, now is it? Yes, we have participated in unruly behavior with the rest of the Rattlers. One of those events was the loose and elusive Omega Psi Phi fraternity’s Oil Spill party.

There were enough memories and liquor to last until next year. After leaving that party and after the headache we understand why they called it an oil spill. “Caution slippery when wet.” But enough of the partying, hangovers and endless pranks it was time to get serious. This year FAMU welcomed numerous interesting guest speakers and celebrities. Martin Luther King III , the son of the slain civil rights leader, gave an uplifting and prideful speech for the HBCU to live by. Soon after, the

campus was graced by the presence of poet Maya Angelou, AIDS activist Rae Lewis Thornton, actor Pooch Hall, and actress Meagan Good. There was definitely something to cheer about when it came down to sports as well. For instance, the 20102011 Rattler football team ended an exciting season beating rival BethuneCookman University Wildcats in the Florida Classic to share the MEAC Championship with South Carolina State and BCU. FAMU has shown us time and time again the hidden benefits of attending an HBCU.

It gives you front row seats-so to speak-to all campus events, easy access to the library, café, or Bragg Stadium during game time without having to worry about parking. FAMU allows us to have more interaction with our professors, which furthers learning. When we speak our voices are heard on matters relating to the functioning of the university. As summer approaches, we will take this time to reflect back on a crazy, exciting year. Aaron Johnson for the Editorial Board.

Congratulations Rattlers!!!



EDITOR IN CHIEF: Jordan Culver

COPY DESK: Julian Kemper

DEPUTY COPY DESK: Fernesha Hurst

SCHOOL NEWS EDITOR: Matthew Richardson



OPINIONS EDITOR: Khristanda Cooper



SPORTS EDITOR: Royal Shepherd

PHOTO EDITOR: Keenan Doanes

Larry Wright,The Detroit News Don’t let this get you down Rattlers. It’s apart of life. Just keep pushing, your degree goes a long way.

After four long years, it’s time to say farewell MATTHEW RICHARDSON SCHOOL NEWS EDITOR During my four-year college career at Florida A&M, I have written 200 articles for our college paper, held six staff positions, won five awards, and have seen five Editors-InChief--each whom are friends of mine. With that said, its time to graduate. This goodbye could be massive, but I only have 550 words of space, making this my hardest article to write. How can one sum up four years of non-stop action in a few short paragraphs? Doing that is hard especially when I’m on deadline so I’ll just answer the burning question many have been asking me. “What are you going to do after you graduate?” Simply put, I hardly know right now, but I know I will be productive and successful because since my first day at FAMU, I was on the scene writing stories. My passion for journalism is overwhelming and could be confused with an addiction.

Most would call me crazy for all I have taken on while at FAMU. I’m a full time student with two jobs and a girlfriend and still, I would be willing to do more. When I was the religion editor, I was briefly hospitalized. Doctors said I needed to slow down. I hardly have time to slow down, there’s a story afoot that I need to cover and I’m always hungry for the next big event. I’ve practically grown up on this campus with all I have written about. From the Martin Lee Anderson case to the time when Gallop Franklin and voters protested for a recount outside of the president’s office. Even from when FAMU was placed in a false light for an alleged pornography flick filmed inside a dorm to the time when a sign that read “white power” was taped on the brick FAMU entrance sign, I was there. I wrote those stories. And still, with the very last issue, my name is laced throughout the pages of The Famuan. It’s always been like that and it’s going to be like that at the next paper I write for. I’ve paid my dues, and my outstanding reputation with all of my sources shows that I truly do have a gift. I’ve been told that I don’t give myself

enough credit. I’m doing it now and it’s deserved. But a goodbye would not be proper if I did not mention my friends. The Famuan staff, throughout the years I have been here, are amazing. I love them. I’ve fought with them, yelled at them and sometimes I wished I never met them, but they are family. I would like to give a special shout out to Professor and adviser to our newspaper Andrew Skerritt. Honestly, I want to be like you. The knowledge you have passed down to me will forever be cherished and I hope that one day, I will pass my passion of journalism on to students like you do everyday. Thank you. I’ve failed classes, barely passed classes and many sacrifices have been made for my love of journalism. And finally after so many trials, I will cross the stage April 30 at 9 a.m. My next goal is anything I want to do. I will go far. Like Nas’ second album, “It was written.”





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The Famuan

Friday, April 22, 2011

‘Voices’ heard on the Hill PURHNEL MEEK CORRESPONDENT What started as a small gathering between friends to freestyle and share ideas three years ago has turned into a family of 35 artists, writers and poets. In light of National Poetry Month, Voices is practicing a 30/30 exercise. For each day of the month, members write a different poem. “We openly welcome those who have a love for the art of spoken word,” McQuisha Smith, founder of the group, said. “Some of our members prefer to write, others chooses to perform. We are here to support our members and uplift through the power of words.” Voices categorizes itself as a collective body of modern-day American griotsmembers of a class of traveling poets, musicians, and storytellers from West Africa. The group has traveled to Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa to perform. “I was once in Wal-mart and heard someone shout ‘Voices.’ Without a second thought, I exclaimed ‘Heard,’” Keila Dumas, vice president of Voices, said. “That was symbolic to me because it made it clear that when you see me, you can feel like you are a part of something…a family. There has never been a time that I didn’t respond to a Voices greet.” The support they are gathering from the Tallahassee community continues to flourish as they perform wherever the opportunity presents itself. There is a family bond that is shared among the group, as well as a bond with their supporters. “We all laugh together, we all cry together,” Kezia Gilyard, a member of the group, said. “I can remember the first time I was interested in joining Voices. McQuisha was so

Courtesy To The Famuan McQuisha Smith, president and founder of Voices, and member Breauna Roach performed at the Tallahassee Collegiate Poetry Slam in fall of 2010 against schools like Florida State University and the University of Florida.

passionate about uplifting through spoken word, I gravitated to her positive energy. It felt reassuring to know that I had a voice, whether I was a performer or a spectator.” Voices has been heard since Oct. 2, 2009 when it was founded on FAMU’s campus. Since then, members have performed in front of Makayla Davis of BET and Ntozake Shange, author of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.” The past eight months have been extremely progressive for the group. The group has recently released an album titled “Sleepless Nights: Vol. 1.”

In addition to the album, they have performed at over 40 events in the Tallahassee area and been invited by organizations such as Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity to open up events with the sounds of spoken word. They have also been invited to perform at the Atlanta Southern Fried poetry slam in June. Although they have an intense focus on spreading positivity through performances, they also play an active role in the community. Each Monday at 5:30 p.m., they have a mentoring program called Hip- Hop Expressions at the Palmer

Poetry Spotlight I am here I am that element that generates that “ahh” sound you make after the first cool sip I linger before in darkness before the earth was lit I embodied essence before the word had definition Repeated his image before repetition I am that part of America’s history they sweep under the rug

I’ve seen strange white face take life and change it’s course. Seen them take a people Just to rape the source Stole from there land to server another by force Then counted for not with no remorse I died in the nightmare of slaves Then resurrected in the dreams of King I arose before his dreams could be seen with his own eyes I was the one who told Rosa to sit down and rest The reason Malcolm changed his last name to X

Veteran Rattler earns degree DONTAE IVERSON CORRESPONDENT This year’s summer commencement will be one for FAMU’S history books as Juanita Isom, 69, will receive her Master’s degree in history. Isom was a registered nurse for 35 years before she retired. Isom enjoyed her retirement for nine years before returning to school. “I wanted to do something other than just sit home every day,” Isom said. Isom graduated from Middleton High School in Tampa in 1959. In 1960, she moved to New Orleans with her husband David Isom and four children. For over twenty years, Isom worked 12-16 hour s h i f t s every day to put h e r children

struck the Isom family on Oct. 1, 2008. Isom’s granddaughter found Lisa dead. She was 46 years old. Isom managed to maintain the highest GPA in her department despite the loss of her daughter. On the eve of her graduation, Isom learned that she would have to undergo cardio bypass surgery. Determined to earn her degree, Isom received her bachelor’s and completed the surgery. Two weeks later, Isom travelled to Tallahassee to meet with Chanta Haywood, former dean of graduate studies. ” I find it so funny because my youngest child, who I drove to college, brought me down here to FAMU to start m y

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through school. “I never lost my thirst for knowledge,” Isom said. Her daughter convinced Isom to return to school and receive her bachelor’s degree, and promised to embark on the journey with her. In August of 2008, Isom and her daughter Lisa enrolled at Southern University. However, tragedy

m a s t e r ’ s program,” Isom said. From the first day of class, it was clear that Isom was no ordinary woman. Fellow classmate Tanisha Matthews remembers her first encounter with Isom. “You would never think that she was a 69-year-old woman;

she so vivacious and spirited,” Matthews said. Matthews said Isom helped her though her roughest times in their master’s program. “I was really stressed out and was on the verge of tears,” Matthews said. “Then one day she came to me and told me to be strong and to not show my weakness.” In the two semesters Isom has studied on FAMU’s campus, she has met and impacted countless students and faculty. One memorable encounter was with Murell Dawson, director and curator of the Black Archives Research Center and Museum. “One day she came in looking for help and came back every day since then,” Dawson said. “One thing I’d really want people to know is that she is a nurturer, especially to her classmates.” Isom was recently inducted into the history Honors Society; after she leaves FAMU, Isom plans to go into archival and museum management. “I knew there weren’t many people my age g o i n g back to school,” Isom said. “I don’t settle and I don’t stress. When I set my mind to it I finish it.”


Monroe community center. The program is centered on teaching the youth how to positively express themselves through words. “It’s important to get back to the basics,” Smith said. “Writing is an extremely important form of expression. That’s what this month is about: polishing our craft and committing ourselves to the art of poetry. Our commitment will not end once the month is over. There is much more to come from this group. It is inevitable. Our voices will be heard.” PURHNEL MEEK FAMUANLIFESTYLES@GMAIL.COM

I dance in stolen moments and kisses on my down time It is a powerful energy that is constant And can withstand the tests of time I am here living breathing loving existing A Queen I be Quintessential I am of kingdoms MCQUISHA SMITH FAMUANLIFESTYLES@GMAIL.COM

The ugly truth revealed in controversial commentary

Keenan Doanes The Famuan Max Gold’s book is a biting, satirical social analysis on divisive social issues and current events.

JASON LAWRENCE METRO NEWS EDITOR Okay, I’ll admit it. I haven’t read one book for leisure this entire semester. Then a couple days ago, it happened. I saw a book with an aesthetically pleasing cover and a catchy title and my life came to a complete stop so I could borrow the book. And when it came to “Don’t Judge a D*ck by Its Foreskin: God, Life and Revolution,” by Max Gold, this book was no exception. Those who think that America and society’s current state is far from ideal will want to sleep with this book. I sure did. I wanted the book to be by my side when I woke up. “This is probably not a book for people who schedule their lives around ‘Jersey Shore’ or subscribe to ‘People’ magazine,” Gold warns on

page 1. Gold’s work touches on the question and concept of God, the absurdity of organized religion and drugs, among other things. Take for instance, the subject of parenting. “Before you have a kid, you should ask yourself, ‘Can I afford the medical costs, clothing, food, daycare, education, dental, books, toys, sports, allowance? As a result, we get “society” stepping in to provide for all of the s*** needed by kids produced by a bunch of, by and large, f****** idiots.” Gold doesn’t just go on angry satirical rants about human civilization and its infantile state out of spite; the book contains a bibliography with concurring scholarly, works. Sure the book’s title may be rather off-putting, and the wording inside the flaps is no less profane. But give it a chance. Sometimes the truth hurts. JASON LAWRENCE FAMUANLIFESTYLES@GMAIL. COM

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TheFamuan Friday, April 22, 2011

Female filmmakers dominate ROSCOE THOMPSON STAFF WRITER What started out as a minuscule event, showcasing the documentaries of the talented senior broadcast journalism students of FAMU’s School of Journalism & Graphic Communication, has now grown into an award-winning and lavish exhibition. The “best of the best” documentaries from the broadcast journalism senior class are chosen and shown at the J-School Journals. Friday, J-School Journals will host its bi-annual event at 7 p.m. in the Charles Winter Wood Theater in Tucker Hall. This year’s event promises to make history. For the first time since its fall 2006 launch, all three documentaries were created by women: Wandoo Makurdi, Jamela Browne and Ni’tavia Johnson. These women wrote, produced and acted as videographer for their documentaries. “Having this event is such a beautiful thing. It’s our o w n Academy Awards

will come when my family and my closest friends will be viewing my documentary,” Johnson said. Kenneth Jones, broadcast sequence

documentaries,” Jones said. “The whole purpose is to showcase outstanding student-made documentaries throughout the community and nation.”

apartheid laws. The film also shows how the country evolved and unified to host the FIFA Soccer World Cup only 16 years after the abolishment

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(and) allows for us to present our art to the masses and let them see just how hard we worked to accomplish it,” said N i ’ t a v i a Johnson, a broadcast journalism senior. Johnson’s documentary, “When Love Has No Color,” focuses on trans-racial adoptions and resulting conflict for adopted children and their parents. “Out of the all the attention that I will be receiving, my proudest moment

Marcus Scott The Famuan (from l to r) Ni’Tavia Johnson, Jamela Browne and Wandoo Makurdi’s individual documentaries will be showcased in “J-School Journals” on Friday, April 29 at 7 p.m. in the Charles Winter Wood Theatre.

coordinator for SJGC and director of J-School Journals, said the goal for showcasing these documentaries is to help students establish a professional career in media. Jones proudly gestured at the numerous awards and accolades documentaries have received throughout the years. “We have consistently won national and regional awards for these

“The Holy Gift” is another documentary showcased which focuses on the mysteries behind speaking in tongues. The documentary was created by Jamela Browne, who said she wanted to erase many misconceptions associated with speaking in tongues. The last documentary, “Ke Nako,” was created by Wandoo Makurdi. The film sheds light on the oppression black South Africans endured under

of apartheid. “My goal for this event is to have a packed house,” said J-School Journals PRodigy firm account manager Marcus Scott. “I want to people to come out and support these documentaries, and hear a story they’ve never heard before.”


Couture twist on school pride

ASHLI DOSS STAFF WRITER FAMU swag with an Ivy League tag is just what students and alumni will get to experience with the launch of FAMU’s online apparel store On Wednesday, Florida A&M University along with Cintas, a Cincinnati-based corporation, launched FAMU’s new line of apparel called Collegiate Couture. The fashion show took place on the Set, featuring student models from Epicurean! fashion experience, Images modeling troupe and Faces modeling troupe. As part of the kick-off celebration students were given scratch-off tickets that provided them with discounts on their first purchase. Several local restaurants participated by distributing coupons to students. Second-year public relations student Rasheeta Turner worked closely with SGA’s Office of Communications to spread word to students about the event. “I wanted to make this event as big as possible, and used every social media outlet from Facebook to Twitter,” Turner said. Turner hopes the online store will not only bring in revenue but mainly to see a boost in FAMU spirit. The university will receive 17.5 percent from Cintas for all online sales. Profit from the online sales will be used to support the university. “This is a great opportunity,” said

Courtesy To The Famuan Models showcase FAMU’s new apparel.

President James H. Ammons at a press conference that was held immediately following the fashion show in Lee Hall. “ This will allow our rattler community and alumni to purchase FAMU attire with the click of a mouse on their computers.” Ariel Larmond, a second-year political science student, was a model for the promotion of the event. “I was honored to be apart of something bigger than myself and the launch of a line of apparel that not only appeals to me, but to my aunt as well, who is a FAMU alumna,” Larmond said. For More information you may contact Stephanie Lambert, at the Office of Comunications at (850) 599-3413 or visit


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TheFamuan Friday, April 22, 2011

Editor’s favorite moments Keenan Doanes The Famuan Left: Although the basketball season ended with the coach getting fired, players like Jeremy Dean (pictured) have the program headed in the right direction. Down: Golf has been the dark horse of sports for this semester. They also posted the top team GPA last year and look to repeat. Gina Cherelus The Famuan

Keenan Doanes The Famuan The Spring football game provided insight to the upcoming game for the co-MEAC champions.

Keenan Doanes The Famuan The baseball team has already surpassed last season’s record with a newfound energy under head coach Brett Richardson.

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Every team has an upside ROYAL SHEPHERD SPORTS EDITOR For those of you who don’t know, there are a lot of sporting events at Florida A&M. Lots of athletes, lots of coaches, lots of stats and lots of people who believe their favorite sport is the most important sport. So in order to please everyone, I decided to give my official rundown on everyone’s pros and cons. This includes season recaps and what every team could work on. This will only be for the teams that participate during the Spring since this is my first semester as an editor. Men’s Tennis: This year capped the brilliant careers of seniors Maurice Wamukowa, Michael Moore and Marc Atkinson. The season for the team ended in a loss to S.C State in the conference tournament. Overall the team had a pretty successful season in my eyes. I personally love the convenience that the team afforded our staff. Coach Carl Goodman and his team were always willing to do interviews and give us any information we needed. Women’s Tennis: The women are paced by the senior leadership of Maria Gomez and Deke “Latreece” Olagbegi. Most comments are the same for this group because of their pleasant nature. Interviewing these ladies is always a joy and coach Goldthreate is amazing at what she does. Bowling: A lot of people didn’t know that we had a bowling team, let alone a competitive one. The number one

thing I learned from them is to always need. There are no shortcuts and this is treat practice like it’s a game situation. the mantra her team plays and lives by. Baseball: Just from an observer’s No team on the campus creates a tournament-like atmosphere better than standpoint, the baseball team passes the eye the bowling squad. The ladies and coach test in comparison to last year’s team. The team has already Martin have the garnered more wins best practice and plays with a habits by far on newfound hunger the team. under first year coach, Golf: Before Brett Richardson. the start of this Men’s/Women’s semester, I made Track: This is a conscience a rather touchy effort to include subject because, all sports. Golf although the teams has been the are separate, this biggest surprise was my first beat so for me. Until I look at them the this year, I had same. What else no idea we even can I say but I love had a team, let these guys. They alone a national have great coaches, championship great players, great team. This is a quotes and just fearless squad a great time. I’ve of athletes. spent a lot more They embrace time with this the challenge of group than any their sport and hold themselves Keenan Doanes The Famuan other, but covered them less to try not and each other The one thing that all teams have in to show bias. accountable at common is pride for the University. W o m e n ’ s all costs. I’ve witnessed the honesty with which they basketball: There was a sense of answer questions and express concerns disappointment for me with this team. I love this program and the job for areas they want to improve. Softball: Coach Wiggins demands that the coaches and players do to excellence and her team delivers. The make themselves better. The injury to team has been on a tear so far this Antonia Bennett at the end of the season season. Wiggins is by the book, so crushed the cohesiveness the team she has helped me learn protocol. Go built on their way to the conference through the proper steps to get what you tournament. Tameka McKelton has


Track and Field

been dubbed ‘Lady Wade’ by me and Qiana Donald is a bruiser in the post to her core. The team is losing some dynamic pieces but is very much poised to compete next year. Men’s Basketball: In the words of our lifestyles editor Clarece Polke: “face palm.” This is the headache that no editor wants to see coming. Every team has at least one good day of reporting, but the season became a drag at the midway point. The highlight of the season came in random spurts of winning games everyone thought we would lose and losing games everyone thought we would win. I take that back. The highlight of the season was the end of the Eugene Harris era. We all knew it was coming. It’s not all bad though. The future is brighter than one can imagine. Amin Stevens, Avery Moore and Jeremy Dean brought highlights at almost every turn and will be the new core moving forward. Finally is wrestling: If I had a ‘want it the most award’ these guys would sweep it (like the Heat over Philadelphia). The coach doesn’t get paid, the program isn’t sponsored by the school and the team works out with Florida State. This is a gritty group that loves to compete. They also have a set of twins on the roster. How can you ever go wrong with twins at your disposal? I know everyone won’t agree with my column, but they are just my observations from the semester. If you would like to see more of your favorite team, come and write in the fall semester. I’ll be waiting. ROYAL SHEPHERD FAMUANSPORTS@GMAIL.COM


The men and women of the Florida A&M track team have spent countless hours preparing for the MEAC championships taking place next month. Both coach Moore and coach Angel have their teams working diligently to perfect their respective techniques to be prepared to bring home top five finishes. Full coverage on

The FAMU softball team dropped a 3-1 decision in game one and was leading 3-2 in game two when the game was called due to lightning on Wednesday. On the day, FAMU (22-21) tallied only two hits, while Stetson had eight. The team holds the second spot in the southern division of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and is 5-1 in conference play on the season. On Saturday the team will head to Dayton Beach to take on the Bethune Cookman Wildcats at 1 p.m.

Tuesday, the Florida A&M baseball team was set to take on the Mercer University Bears. The game was scheduled for 6 p.m. but was cancelled. At 15-27 the team sits fifth in the conference and have broken last season’s win total by five. The team will be traveling to Prince Anne, Md. to take on Maryland Eastern Shore for a 1 p.m. showdown on Friday. The team’s next home game will be against Jacksonville University on May 4 at 6 p.m.

Press conference presents pleasant surprise for FAMU ROYAL SHEPHERD SPORTS EDITOR The Prince Hall Shriner’s foundation has found a new home for the Third Annual Diabetes Classic. The second home football game of next season against Deleware State University now has purpose for the MEAC’s co-champions. University President James Ammons spoke about the level of pride of the Rattler nation has for the advancement of the project. “This game is meant to raise awareness of Diabetes and to also bring in revenue for our athletics programs and our student-athletes,” President James Ammons said. “Today, FAMU stands ready and commit to partner with the Prince Hall Shriner’s Foundation to take the Diabetes Classic to another level.”

Oliver Washington Jr., president of the Prince Hall Shriner’s Foundation, said there was no better choice for the event than FAMU. “When I was a young boy I realized the prestige of the university because everyone wanted to go play for the famous Jake Gaither,” Washington said. “Three times a week, I wake up to take my wife to the clinic because she has the disease. Doing this is something that I have dedicated my life to because I know how it effects the families of the victims.” Athletic Director Derek Horne said that this presents an opportunity to bring awareness to more than just the campus. “We want people to know that we aren’t limiting this to just our athletes,” Horne said. “We are going to bring it to the foresight of all of our young people. We will be downtown and all around

promoting this event.” Head football coach Joe Taylor sees an opportunity for the crowd to become more involved with the team and have purpose for showing up to fill the stands. “We always tell our players that an informed mind is a better mind,” Taylor said. “People are coming to hear the band first and hopefully watch some football while they are there too.” The proposal was signed at a press conference on Tuesday. Ammons said there will be guaranteed success for an event that means so much to so many people. “I am confident that this will be a successful partnership, as we come together for an important cause.” Ammons said. ROYAL SHEPHERD


The Famuan Archive The Diabetes classic will be the second home game of the season.


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