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A Florida A&M freshman was almost robbed on his way to All Saints Café Monday night. The young man, who chose to remain anonymous, was on his way to study and practice on

Coalition journeys to Washington KINDALL JOHNSON STAFF WRITER More than 40 Florida A&M students will represent the university at the Energy Action Coalition’s Power Shift Conference in the nation’s capital this weekend. According to the Power Shift website, the coalition convened the first national youth climate summit at Power Shift 2007. More than 6,000 young people from all 50 states gathered at the University of Maryland on the outskirts of D.C. for a weekend of training, action and inspiration. With more than 10,000 participants from colleges and universities like Middlebury, Carnegie-Mellon, Clark Atlanta, Howard, Fordham and others, Power Shift is the largest gathering of young adults addressing the climate crisis in the United States. The FAMU Green Coalition, under the leadership of Larae Donnellan, public relations sequence coordinator in the School of Journalism and Graphic Communications, is providing the cost for transportation, lodging and registration for the participants. In exchange, the students will be expected to earn 20 points


his guitar, when a hooded man who stuck a gun to the left side of his torso frightened him. The victim fell backwards on the slippery ground, fracturing the neck of his guitar before he got up and ran for his life. “I was surprised he didn’t chase or shoot after me,” the young man said.

He ran to the nearby café where he reported the incident to the police, and decided to never walk alone at night again. The incident follows a string of robberies that happened in the areas surrounding FAMU’s campus. From Friday night to Monday morning, students have


received 11 E-2 Campus alerts via text messages from the FAMU Police Department. Monday night, there were also two armed robberies in Florida State’s Alumni Village. The notification of the robbery was sent out through FSU’s alert system. The suspects were ROBBERY 4

Students voice anger

Town hall meeting attracts dozens

TALLAHASSEE- Gov. Rick Scott has not wasted time in claiming to have prevented a shut down of the federal government last week. He credits his refusal to accept $1.5 billion tax dollars for high speed rail construction in Florida, as lawmakers scraped up billions to prevent the shutdown. “I am proud to have brought this waste to the attention of those in Washington,” said Scott. SOURCE: GOVERNOR’S OFFICE

TODAY’S ONLINE CONTENT: “Brain Bowl team wins $50,000” by Famuan staff D. A. Robin The Famuan State representative Dwight Bullard spoke at a student body town hall meeting about the accepted restructuring plans.


What began as a half empty room of swivel chairs and scattered conversations became a heated debate between students Monday night at the Town Hall Meeting in B.L. Perry Rm. 100. Steven Pargett, a fourth-year public relations student and organizer of the event, said the purpose of the meeting was to build a long-lasting community among FAMU students. “When we have problems or issues that come up like the restructuring that passed last 4 week, there’s a lot of confusion

in the student body and nothing gets done because people have no one to talk to about it,” Pargett said. The loosely moderated open discussion began with a question and answer session with student body president-elect Breyon Love to help remove any confusion about the new changes implemented in the curriculum. “Schools all over the country are restructuring. I personally believe this is something that should have been done three years ago,” Love told students Monday. Dissent about the restructuring changes grew as students

threw statistics back and forth, debating which programs should have been spared and what could have been done better to prevent such drastic changes in FAMU’s infrastructure. Questions ranged from the productivity of online distance learning for non-traditional students to exactly how many professors and positions were being cut. One recurring theme of the night was accountability. While many students said they were confused about the restructuring process and that it wasn’t tailored for student input, TOWN HALL 4

“University Town Hall photo gallery” by D.A. Robin


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Music stores survive wave of technology LATOYA CHAMBLISS STAFF WRITER Rows of CDs fill store inventory racks, the bright colors and loud speakers are supposed to attract patrons, but many music stores are dead silent in 2011. Experts have predicted that the age of iTunes and other digital music portals will usher in the demise of the audio CD as the only way to listen to music. Technological advancements have led local music stores like Vinyl Fever and CD Warehouse Clarece Polke The Famuan to close, leaving limited options Music stores stay relevant in an age of downloading. for purchasing tangible copies of

artists’ music. Sam Goody in the Tallahassee Mall, is one store that still manages to keep its doors open according to its manager Jamie Burgess. The national chain specializing in music, DVD and video game sales, categorizes itself as an outlet, offering discounted prices to customers. Burgess said despite other avenues for purchasing music, the store is still making a good profit. “In order to keep our customers coming back we offer advertising and promotion,” Jamie Burgess said. “Every three weeks we have



Deputy opinions editor Aaron Johnson gives his take on the campus town hall meeting.

FAMU’s Office of Black Diasporan Culture has organized an African-Caribbean concert for Thursday night.


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a sale and we advertise through our Facebook page. For our customers, we offer used sales and customers can sell back their used CDs and in return we will sell them for a cheaper price.” Best Buy also offers sales to customers. Each Tuesday an artist’s album debuts, the store offers the CD at the discounted price of $9.99 to $11.99. It also offers pre-order sales for customers. “I go and buy my favorite artist albums at Best Buy,” said CD 3

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Events and Announcements Announcements Intramural Sports proudly presents our Annual Track and Field Meet, April 21, 2011 at 5 p.m. on FAMU’s Track. Some of you have already signed up in the Grand Ballroom, for those that haven’t had a chance to do so, please contact Tony Brewington or Natasha Kazan at 850-412-5514 or come by the Recreation Center. We will have a LIVE entertainment, Giveaways, LIVE video footage by Campus Rec TV, and The FAMUIAN. Relay for Life applications for the 2011- 2012 school year are now available upon request. If you are interested in applying for a chair or co chair position, please email to receive an application. The deadline is Monday at 5 p.m.. If there are any questions or concerns, please contact Joy M . Williams at 773-251-8285 or at the email address above.

Florida A&M University and CINTAS will roll out the red carpet for the launch of the new online store,, next Wednesday. The launch will include a press conference on the front steps of Lee Hall at 11:15 a.m. and a fashion show on The Set, Collegiate Couture: FAMU Swag with an Ivy League Tag, at 12:15 p.m.. There will be music, food & giveaways during this kickoff event. For more information, contact 850-599-3413

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the city. Tallylife, which is also a website, was started by Stacey Rasky. “A friend started the concept down at the coast (30A/Destin area). It was hugely successful and he decided to turn it into a business and market to other towns,” said Rasky. The app took about four months before being approved by Apple last November. “We loved the concept and used their app all the time so I said ‘Hey - lets do this for Tallahassee.’ I was one of their first partners to sign on. It is now in over 120 towns and even in 2 other countries,” Rasky said. The app is expected to help boost local businesses and the economy, which was another one of Rasky’s goals. All of Tallylife’s event listings are free and patrons can just go to the website to upload the information. Once the information is received, it is reviewed and approved and then is available on both the website and the app. As far as feedback is concerned, Rasky said that the website and app have not only received positive feedback but that people are inquiring more about when the Android app will be available. “The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive so far. There has been a lot inquiry as to when the Droid app will be available. We are moving as fast as we can. As with all technology you have to work out the kinks as you go along,” said Rasky. While the feedback for Tallylife is positive, many people, particularly students, are unaware of the app’s existence. “That’s pretty cool, I didn’t even know about the app, it is a cool idea and I would definitely use it,” said Brittani BensRodgers, 19, a second-year occupational therapy student. Although the app has been out for five months, according to Rasky, the Tallylife team will see how successful the app is to determine whether there will be plans of creating other apps related to the Tallahassee area. The app allows residents to upload their own events as well. “Obviously, we will never find out about every event or activity going on. That is why we wanted people to be able to upload their events themselves. Tallylife is a great resource for students to promote Greek events, student government activities, athletics and, of course nightlife,” said Rasky. It is free and as of now is only available in Apple’s app store; however, the Android app should be up and functioning by the end of the month, according to Rasky.

For many residents and out-of-towners, it may appear that there is not much to do in Tallahassee. But now, there is a new app designed to help people find out about current events, activities and more going on throughout

CD Marlon Pinnock, a faithful Best Buy customer from Tallahassee. “They give me a good deal on the first day and that way I know I will have all the official songs on the CD. Even though I download much of my music from the Internet, I still go to Best Buy.” Wal-Mart also offers an electronic department with a section specifically catered to CDs. “It seems as if sales have somewhat declined with CDs,” Janet Evans, zone manager of the electronics department of WalMart on Tennessee Street said. “We have that control over the prices and sales. Many people are in the mindset of ‘why pay when I can download myself.’ Despite that mentality, this section still keeps consistent business.” Wal-Mart also offers $5 sales on older CDs for its customers. Despite the recent burst of new technologies, Wal-Mart’s music section is still thriving said Evans. Even though there are many alternatives to getting an artist’s CD, there are still some stores in town that offer deals for their customers buying CDs. Many consumers still value the idea of purchasing the real CDs to show their support for the artist. To obtain the sales and deals on your favorite artist’s album visit Wal-Mart, Best Buy or Sam Goody and help to keep the CD stores and music sections alive.


Complaint tests Scott’s ethics JASON LAWRENCE METRO NEWS EDITOR

Keenan Doanes The Famuan David Plyer has filed an ethics complaint against Gov. Rick Scott.

A Tampa Bay man has filed an ethics complaint against Gov. Rick Scott for his reported dealings with walkin clinic chain Solantic Corp. Clearwater resident and activist David Plyer made the complaint on the grounds that the governor’s drug testing policies, making Medicaid patients switch to private HMO’s, and downsizing public health clinics would benefit Solantic, a Floridabased urgent care chain. His complaint was prompted by news reported by the St. Petersburg Times. The governor reportedly held a $62 million trust that he turned over to his wife, Ann, before taking office. “I’ve been transparent,” Scott said Monday. This is not the first ethics complaint Plyer has filed against public officials. He filed a complaint against former House Speaker Ray Sansom for his funneling of millions into Northwest Florida State College in January 2009, where he then accepted an $110,000 salaried

position at the school. Again, in November 2009, he blew the whistle on former Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottcamp for his use of the state airplanes, which Scott sold in February. It is unclear whether Plyer’s complaint has any legal merit and on May 13 the State Ethics Commission will meet to decide whether Ann Scott’s holding of the Solantic investment is an ethics violation on her husband’s part. “I’ve said that the state will not have a contract with that company. I’ve told everybody, ‘Hold me accountable,’” said Scott. Scott co-founded Solantic in 2001, which now has 32 clinics throughout the state. Karen Bowling, CEO of the company said that her company has received $110,657 in 2010 and $20,061 in 2011 from the state for employmentrelated physicals and workers compensation from the departments of Transportation, Environmental Protection and Education. JASON LAWRENCE FAMUAN.METRO@GMAIL.COM

Poll: Tallahassee unhappy with Scott JASON LAWRENCE METRO NEWS EDITOR The results of a local public survey echo the disdain many Floridians have for their embattled governor. Kerr and Downs, a Tallahasseebased market research firm, released a survey earlier this month on, in which 523 city residents responded. On the whole, the results of the survey revealed Tallahasseans are overwhelmingly displeased with a number of Gov. Scott’s

policy proposals. Fifty four percent of citizens disagree with a plan to have public sector workers contribute 5 percent of their earnings to their pensions; while 56 percent of the private sector workers surveyed agree with the measure. Residents are largely against ending the Deferred Retirement Option Program for new state hires, with 61 percent dissenting. Over 70 percent disapprove of a measure that would cap state employee’s contribution to health insurance

at $5,000 annually. Seventy percent are opposed to the elimination of 8,600 state jobs, including 2,000 vacant ones, in a city where the public sector represent 64 percent of the economy, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As a result of Scott doing away with state jobs, 53 percent believe Tallahassee’s economy will suffer. Residents wildly agree that state government workers are being unfairly punished with Scott’s proposals. Seventy six percent agree that with state

workers not receiving pay raises since 2006 creates hardships for the public sector. Women are most against Scott’s policies at 57 percent, while 43 percent of men disagree. Sixty five percent of whites and 30 percent of blacks in the city disagree with the governor’s policies, a close reflection of Tallahassee’s racial demographic.


Legislative Briefs

Nine days before the one-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill catastrophe, British Petroleum Senior Vice President Luke Keller announced that $30 million would be given to seven Northwest Florida coastal counties for tourism promotions. SOURCE: FLA. CAPITOL

The Florida Department of Health has commenced its database of prescription drug abusers. A product of the 2009 Legislature, the prescription drug-monitoring program (PDMP) seeks to curb the criminal abuse of legal prescription drugs. Purdue Pharma will operate the database for two years.


Senate President Mike Haridopolos is sponsoring a resolution that calls for a convention to create a constitutional amendment that would balance the federal budget. Senate Concurrent Resolution 4 resembles Senate Joint Resolution 938, otherwise known as the “SmartCap,” passed earlier this year.



School News 4 TOWN HALL it was also argued that student participation was minimal. One student recalled walking through a packed ‘Set Friday’ and into a restructuring meeting where there were only six in attendance, a circumstance that spoke volumes about student priorities to him. Louis Jean-Baptiste, a second-year political science student from Palm Beach County, said the conversation was necessary to allow students to vent about their disagreements with the restructuring plan. “There just needs to be a little more order,” Baptiste said. “It’s not going to be easy, and we still want it to be an informal town hall meeting. We still want the clashes, but we want organized clashes. Rep. Dwight Bullard of Florida House District 118 said the answer to dealing with FAMU’s restructuring lies in unity, not in division and placing blame. “I think what happens is that as students, we get caught up in the smaller aspects of things,” Bullard said. “As a FAMU student, you have to understand that there is a larger picture in terms of where the school needs to go and there are certain things that the administration has to do to maintain the survival of the institution.” Pargett, however, felt the discussion was therapeutic, and gave students the opportunity to hear opposing points of view while gaining a better understanding of the changes being implemented in their curriculum.



ROBBERY four black males, one which allegedly punched one or more victims. Although these robberies have not happened on FAMU’s campus, many of the areas are within walking distance for FAMU students. FAMU PD sent out alerts so that students would not be in danger. Lt. Angela Kirkland from FAMU PD said she does not believe that the incidents are tied to people losing their jobs or a sluggish economy. “The people that were arrested weren’t employed to begin with,” said Kirkland who has observed that crime tends to pick up when the weather gets warmer According to Kirkland, FAMU can hear and respond to radio signals from Leon County Sherriff’s Office, the Tallahassee

POWER SHIFT by volunteering at Green Coalition events, recycling on campus and writing letters to politicians and newspaper editors about environmental issues. “It is important for FAMU students to learn more about the issues because research tells us that people of color and poor people are disproportionately affected by the climate crisis,” said Donnellan, who will be attending the April 15 - 18 conference as well. She said students do not feel connected to these issues, because they do not know how it relates to them. Ashli Doss, the newly elected parliamentarian for the Green Coalition, admitted it was easy for a lack of awareness to lead to apathy of environmental issues because she was once unaware of the ongoing problems. “I didn’t know and I didn’t care,” said Doss, 19, a second-year broadcast journalism student from St. Petersburg. “That’s a problem; there are so many students who have that attitude.” Doss decided to attend the conference after being nominated by a journalism professor to attend the clean energy summit. She hopes to become more knowledgeable about the environment after attending the conference and going to workshops that address the area of campus sustainability. “I’m interested in learning how African Americans and HBCUs can get involved with the climate crisis,” Doss said. She also emphasized her willingness to help her fellow students learn about environmental issues when she returns from Washington D.C. “It’s going to take the whole


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After initially voting against the “Be out Day” bill and denying funding for the event, the student senate later voted to pass the bill, offering $13,000 in support. Freshman student senator Cecil Spears because students wanted the event. “There were more senators present at the meeting last Wednesday than when the bill was first brought on the floor,” said Spears. “I myself am a freshman senator and I believe that the freshman didn’t see the importance of the event.” He said more experienced senators share with the senate how “Be out Day” is an event students look forward to. Although the event was approved for funding, it still has to go through the university’s standard procedures for allocating funds. According to Spears, the event is expected to be held on April 23 and will not be called “Be Out Day.” Instead, it will be called “Community Appreciation Day” or “Fun Day.” According to students, the event was a highly anticipated and now that the student senate has approved the funding, they are excited

File photo Be Out Day is rescheduled for April 23, the annual highlight of the spring semester.

to attend. “When I first heard ‘Be out Day’ was cancelled I was shocked,” said Alexx Van Dyke, 21, a senior psychology student from Jacksonville. “I couldn’t believe the university would cancel an event that was annually anticipated by not only students but people in the surrounding community.” Myvincia James, 21, a

Police Department and FSU PD. When FAMU PD hears signals that may affect students, they attempt to dispatch text messages within five minutes of receiving the information. “Most of the time, there is a two to three minute delay,” Kirkland said. “But it also depends on the nature of the call.” Senior biology pre-med student Loren Ellis, 21, said she noticed that the text messages from FAMU PD were becoming more frequent, and she began to forward them to her mother in Dothan, Ala. “She worries about my safety,” Ellis explained, recalling the advice her mother gave about not going out alone at night or walking alone. Ellis believes that crime has escalated since she has been on campus. “It makes me think about how bad

Green Coalition to make a change on campus,” she added, referring to high incidents of waste, litter, and the lack of recycling. With abnormal patterns weather patterns surfacing across the world, Donnellan asserts that the time to get involved with the climate crisis is a pressing issue. “There is a greater sense of urgency now,” said Donnellan. “The climate crisis is more real than it was two years ago.” Although the students who participate in the conference are charged with translating the information they learn into projects that will educate their peers about the environmental issues, Donnellan extends that charge to every student at FAMU. “We can’t think that it is someone else’s job to come up with a solution,” Donnellan said. “Each of us must do something.”



senior computer information systems student from Miami, agreed with Van Dyke on the decision the senate made to pass the bill. “I am excited and happy the event may be back on this year,” James said. “It’s something that the students really need. It gives us an opportunity to just chill out, relax and experience something

things have gotten,” she said. However, Ellis has not given up her expectations that the community will be safer. “I hope to see a decrease in the amount of crime on campus and in surrounding areas,” Ellis said. FAMU PD continues to encourage


other than the stress of another school week.” Spears notes when it comes to matters such as the situation with “Be out Day,” the students play a vital role in senator’s decision making.



students to walk in groups, stay in well-lit areas and avoid going out alone at night.



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Governor’s staff member takes the low road via Twitter battle KHRISTANDA COOPER OPINIONS EDITOR A staff member who was supposedly defending his boss turned into something much more. Brian Burgess, Gov. Rick Scott’s communication director, got into a heated Twitter war with media outlets and reporters on Sunday evening. Okay. Pause. Rick Scott’s team members are starting beef via Twitter? Oh come on. I mean, we all hear about the Twitter wars between celebrities, wanna be celebrities and even our friends. But politicians and their staff members? In what way is Burgess defending his boss by having back and forth tweets with news sources and reporters? So let me get this straight, you are going to tell me about myself and my momma in 140 characters or less? Ha. According to, Burgess said “Scott has told his team to branch out beyond traditional media in delivering a message and he’s used that challenge to be experimental on Twitter.” In other words, Burgess took what Scott said and twisted it to fit his, Burgess’, agenda. Our governor already makes himself look bad as it is. And now his team is adding fuel to his already out of control fire. We know politicians do not get along with other politicians and news outlets. But when there was a “beef” between a politician and another party back in the day, it was handled via phone or email. Not anymore. Social networking website skirmishes like this are becoming more public. To the viewers of such nonsense they are quite entertaining. I did not find this entertaining. It was pure childishness. People have the right to their opinion, but when you are attacking or singling out people and news outlets like Burgess did, we have a problem. I’m not saying Burgess shouldn’t defend his boss,-go ahead man, do you- but the way and how it was done is not up for debate. Burgess needs to grow up, simple as that. He’s not showing what a competent communication director does. Like I said, Scott makes himself look bad every day, even when he’s not trying. I don’t think he needs further help from his staff to continue ruining is credibility and face value. Or what little is left of it now. I’m just saying. KHRISTANDA COOPER FAMUANOPINIONS@GMAIL.COM

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Other teams are not even close Playoffs: The one word that can make just about any man lose his religion. Throughout the country you can see millions of men screaming at the top of their lungs, campaigning for why their respective teams are the surefire champion. Girlfriends are ignored, papers are forgotten, and inside voices no longer exist during this crucial time in a man’s life. Women, just get used to i t. As a self-proclaimed sports guru, a person can only provide a certain amount of conventional wisdom to some of these

fans before their heads feel like exploding from all the one-sided arguments. Numbers, achievements, and teammates seem to be the staple of most cases that all seem to end with the same question: Can they beat The Miami Heat? NO. Scenarios have been launched everywhere, along with a few excuses and copouts, that all validate one position on the subject matter. Everyone is afraid of what he will see when the time comes for the postseason. The Miami Heat is the scariest team in the NBA

right now (smug look). The team’s talent and its affinity for perfectlytimed hot streaks give it an undeniable edge. Denial is the most natural reaction for all the rest of the guys reading, but we all know that it’s also the first step to recovery. We also know that you want your team to be the last to stand in between Miami and a championship. You guys can nitpick at the flaws, but make sure you give credit where it is due. The team has all the right pieces to get it done, namely Dwyane Wade,

LeBron James, and Chrissy Bosh (Of course he is soft, but he is still effective). Throwing stats around this article would prove pointless unless people were going to pay attention to the truth. Sadly, they won’t and will continue to disregard the facts in order to maintain their false sense of hope. Ladies and Gentleman, the inevitable is coming. Get ready for your parade, Miami. Royal Shepherd for the editorial board.



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SPORTS EDITOR: Royal Shepherd

PHOTO EDITOR: Keenan Doanes


Duane Robin The Famuan Breyon Love discussed restructuring to an audience of students at the town hall meeting on Monday.

Students let it all out at campus town hall AARON JOHNSON DEPUTY OPINIONS EDITOR Monday’s town hall meeting was full of passionate students and staff discussing Florida A&M’s restructuring plans, as well as, state and university budget issues. The meeting may have sparked a new battle to save FAMU’s funds and its programs. The B.L. Perry lecture room was near full as heated debates and points of view were exchanged. The purpose of the event was to create a unified community at FAMU through communication and making sure voices are heard. The debate concerns a $1.7 billion cut in education for all of Florida’s universities. The first topic discussed: Low attendance in previous town hall meetings among students. One audience member pointed out that on the day of a previous town hall meeting, only seven people attended. On the other hand, “the Set” is always crowded with students. In opposition, another audience member pointed out an issue in the lack of communication and spreading information of important meetings to

the student body. As students, we have a FAMU info email account in which important news and campus events are shared. Unfortunately, just like many other students, I fail to check it regularly. But that is not an acceptable excuse. As students, it is our obligation and responsibility to be informed about our school, events, environment and the world around us. I know every little event and detail is not accessible but taking the effort to get informed would create a more organized and informed university. Somebody else mentioned that restructuring is an adjustment to better prepare us for the future. A point was made concerning many of the program cuts that are set to take effect for the next fiscal year. For example, graphic communications and the master’s program for the School of Journalism and Graphic Communications have not had a large number of graduates. Last year graphic communications only had three graduates, and over the past 20 years 12 have graduated with a master’s in the journalism school. Yes, these numbers are embarrassingly low, but who is to say that more students are not willing to attempt a master’s if we don’t give them the opportunity to try. We are sending our students

elsewhere now. How is that going to help the university? It is understandable that when there is a budget deficit, the programs that seem less appealing or occupied are the ones most subject to cut. There was a huge debate between members of the FAMU Student Government Association and another audience member regarding the reason why we are facing these cuts. But all possible methods or solutions should already be considered before making these drastic cuts, like what will be the replacement? Will other programs be formed as a result? However, as of now, we simply don’t know. Maybe this town hall meeting will show that if we as students were to be more involved in what goes on around campus instead of just the parties, then maybe some of these things would have been avoided and more people would have attended the town hall meeting the first time.

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Students unite across the tracks KINDALL JOHNSON STAFF WRITER

Their campuses are 1.63 miles apart. They frequent the same events, eat at the same dining facilities, inhabit neighboring housing complexes and socialize in interconnecting circles of friends. Together, they represent approximately one-fourth of the black population in Tallahassee. However, the black students at Florida State University and Florida A&M continue to struggle against misconceptions and stereotypes that inhibit communication between the two parties. In an effort to dispel the myths about differences between students at the universities across the tracks, the FAMU Department of Diversity and the FSU Black Student Union (BSU) have teamed up to present an event called Building Black Unity. After low attendance from black students at FSU at the affirmative action debate with the FSU College Republicans and the State of the Student Summit that was co-sponsored by the FSU Student Government Association, students in the FAMU Department of Diversity wanted to talk with the BSU about the potential to build relationships. “It was interesting to see that the BSU didn’t seem to want to interact with

FAMU,” said Secretary of Diversity and Applied Social Sciences student from Chicago, Hannah Brooks. “We have been given opportunities to interact and we haven’t.” In order to reach out to the BSU to hear their side of the story, Brooks thought it would be appropriate to hold a joint panel discussion, which will take place on Thursday at 7 p.m. “We want to foster black unity in Tallahassee and among the universities,” said Asha Rizor, a second-year biology student from Atlanta and a facilitator for the event. She believes it is also important to reveal the purpose and relevance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. “I definitely wanted to come to an HBCU,” said Rizor, a scholarship student and member of the Honors program. She said her choice to come to FAMU did not have anything to do with not being accepted to predominately white institutions like the University of Georgia, Emory University, the University of Miami and Duke. Newly elected BSU President Demitri Brome said the purpose of the event is to mend some broken relationships, develop sustainable solutions and dissolve the notion of black students at one school being better than the other. “In the end we are all the same; we’re

all minorities,” said Brome, “We have enough people beating up on us. We need to stop beating up on

green.” Students at both universities agree that the goal of the event is unity. “We’re not going to make any progress if we don’t come together,” Brooks said. “We are missing out on a mutually beneficial relationship.” Brome expressed enthusiasm and interest in developing an ongoing relationship with FAMU. “I was very

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e a c h other.” Brome said FAMU was one of the universities he considered when applying to college. “I applied to FAMU, and I never got a reply back,” said Brome, who wanted to follow in the footsteps of a mentor who went to FAMU. “The only colors he wore were purple and gold or orange and

that they seemed so excited to do it,” Brooks said. “Laying this foundation gives me hope for what is to come.”


African-Caribbean Film stars promote culture to be featured release at FAMU ROSCOE THOMPSON STAFF WRITER What started out as a small African and Caribbean music and dance presentation for humanities students in 1992 has turned into a formal concert for the Tallahassee community. Thursday, Florida A&M will host its annual AfricanCaribbean concert at 7 p.m. in Lee Hall Auditorium. The event is chaired by FAMU’s office of Black

“This concert will demonstrate the similarities of all African cultures, proving that we are a people of love, pride, and share a strong emotional bond that can never be broken,” said Akin Lowman, concert director. The concert invites all to come help celebrate this experience. Tickets f o r FAMU

director of the Black Diasporan Culture organization with Keith Simmonds. DeCosmo, a professor of humanities, teaches courses on Caribbean religion and culture and African film. She has published multiple articles on Bob Marley, and travels extensively to the Caribbean as well as countries in Central and South America to continue her research on cultures of the African Diaspora. “It’s my Courtesy To The Famuan Jumping The Broom opens May 6


Diasporan Culture. This year’s theme is “Africanisms throughout the Diaspora.” This year’s performers include Lotus, Omo Elegun, Grupo Bantu Mar, Tutu Ola, FSU’s Mas N’ Steel, FAMU’s Rhythm Rushers and FSU’s African Drum and Dance Ensemble. These various artists will present acts from around the globe including Brazil, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Cuba and African countries.

students as well as children under the age of 12 are free; all others are $5. Donations are appreciated as all funding is done solely through personal contributions from members within the organization. All contributions go toward the advancement of the organization. Janet DeCosmo is co-

mission to help break down the negative stereotypes and misconceptions about the African Diasporan culture,” DeCosmo said. “I want to spread the truth of the rich culture that my students come from.”


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He has captured the hearts of women with his charming role as San Diego Sabers wide receiver, Derwin Davis. Her salacious character has seduced the high profile running back, Malik Wright, into a tempting affair on this season of BET’s “The Game.” As the drama-packed season has come to an end, actors Meagan Good and Pooch Hall will discuss their newest project at Florida A&M. The duo will appear on “the Set” Thursday from 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. promoting their upcoming film “Jumping the Broom,” directed by Salim Akil. The romantic comedy is about two families from different socioeconomic backgrounds who clash during a weekend wedding at

Martha’s Vineyard. Although Hall and Good do not have leading roles in the highly publicized film, they had the opportunity to work alongside a talented cast that included Angela Bassett, Paula Patton, Laz Alonso and many more. FAMU’s Office of Student Activities and Sony Tristar Pictures are sponsoring the promotional tour and will be distributing signed headshots of the stars on “the Set.” FAMU alumna and junior publicist at 135th Street Agency, Vernika Moore, said the guests are making a free appearance because it is a promotional tour, so there is no cost associated with FAMU. Moore hopes for a successful turnout at “the Set” on Thursday. “I want this to be the biggest HBCU tour thus far,” Moore said. The stars appeared at two other HBCUs: Clark Atlanta University and North Carolina A&T. Laz Alonzo and Paula Patton are also appearing at Howard on the same day of the AMC screening in Tallahassee. The movie opens in theaters May 6. Students will be able to see a special advanced screening of “Jumping the Broom” at AMC Tallahassee Mall 20 Wednesday at 8 p.m. Hall and Good will make an appearance at the screening to introduce the film. For coverage from the screening and an exclusive interview with the film stars, see Friday’s edition of


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Florida coach Billy Donovan re-hires former assistant

MARK LONG ASSOCIATED PRESS Florida coach Billy Donovan is rebuilding his staff with a close friend and a longtime colleague. Donovan hired former Arkansas coach John Pelphrey and former St. John’s coach Norm Roberts as assistants Tuesday. They replace associate head coach Larry Shyatt, who took the head job at Wyoming last month, and assistants Rob Lanier and Richard Pitino. Donovan said Lanier and Pitino left for opportunities to become head coaches in waiting at Texas and Louisville, respectively. Lanier, a former head coach at Sienna College, served as an assistant coach at Texas between 1999 and 2001. His wife, a doctor, also did her residency in Austin. “Texas has done this before in football,” Donovan said. “There’s a strong possibility — I don’t know all the details — that he could be possibly be coach in waiting at Texas. They’ve talked about that. “An opportunity to possibly be the head coach at Texas someday was an opportunity Rob really felt like he needed to take.” Donovan said Pitino will be named associate head coach at Louisville. Pitino spent two years as an assistant under his father (2007-09) before joining Donovan in Gainesville. The Cardinals have an open spot on their coaching staff after assistant

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In the final meet of the outdoor track and field season, the men of Florida A&M used the opportunity to tune up for the MEAC outdoor championships. The team was paced by its 4x100m relay team, who cruised to a first place victory at 41.47. Degion Craddock placed second in the 800m run. Willie Johnson finished second in the long jump and the high jump. Jakeem Welch finished fifth in the triple jump and Justin Broiles threw en route to a sixth place finish in the shot put. The championships start Friday.

The Associated Press Florida coach Billy Donovan talks to associate head coach Larry Shyatt, who left for head coaching job at Wyoming.

Steve Masiello agreed to become head coach at Manhattan earlier this week. “Richard’s situation, for him to be the associate head coach and possibly the head coach at Louisville, is an incredible opportunity,” Donovan said. Donovan learned about his latest staff departures over a three-day span beginning last week. With the recruiting period starting Friday, Donovan had to move quickly to fill the voids. So he went with people he knows, one he knows as well as anyone. Pelphrey, who served six years (1996-2002) as an assistant under Donovan, is returning to Florida after

spending the past nine seasons at South Alabama (2002-07) and Arkansas (2007-11). Pelphrey and Donovan essentially grew up coaching together. Donovan was 23 years old when he became a graduate assistant at Kentucky under Pitino in 1991. Pelphrey, meanwhile, was a senior captain with the Wildcats. Three years later, Donovan got the head coaching job at Marshall and asked Pelphrey to come along with him. They won 35 games in two seasons at Marshall, then made the leap to Florida. Donovan was a young, fasttalking recruiting machine and Pelphrey was his right-

hand man. Together, they made basketball matter in Gainesville. The Gators went 124-65 in six seasons and reached the NCAA championship game in 2000. “Bringing some familiarity back here, someone that knows me, that knows Florida, understands the SEC, understands the program, its importance,” Donovan said. “John knows the league. He knows what I’m going to be looking for and wanting in recruiting and knows the office and all those things.”


Howard racks up technicals AP WRITER ASSOCIATED PRESS

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard refuses to change the way he plays or interacts with officials, even as his soaring technical foul total earns him league-mandated suspensions. Howard has 18 technical fouls this season and he served an automatic one-game suspension in Orlando’s loss to Chicago on Sunday. The Magic dropped to 1-3 without Howard Under NBA rules, a player or coach is automatically suspended without pay one game once he receives his 16th technical foul during a regular season. For every two additional technical fouls during the regular season, the player or coach receives an automatic one-game suspension. Howard said before Monday’s game against the 76ers that he can’t let the way referees call a game “mess up my head.” “Why switch up who I am?” he said. “The technical fouls that I’ve gotten, I don’t think they should have been, not all of them, called for technical fouls. Rolling the ball is normally a

The Associated Press Howard has a league-leading 18 technical fouls.

delay of game.”

His last technical foul was

called on a rare 10-second violation on a free throw attempt. Howard has always been deliberate at the line, and referee Bennett Salvatore called a violation for taking too long to attempt his second shot late in the second quarter last week at Charlotte. As the crowd jeered, Howard tossed the ball away from any official. Salvatore immediately gave Howard a technical. Howard said he wasn’t worried about developing a reputation as a player who gets combative with referees. He served a one-game suspension on March 7 after picking up his 16th technical. “I just have to play. I just can’t allow it to affect my game,” he said. “Refs are going to call the game however they feel. I just can’t allow that to mess up my head.” Even with the technicals, Howard is having a monster season, averaging 23.1 points and 14.1 rebounds. Howard’s reputation could work against him in MVP voting. AP WRITER ASSOCIATED PRESS

Women’s Track

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The women’s track team captured first place in eight of 16 events, as it raced to a first-place finish at the BCU beach invitational. The team tallied 194 points, which more than double the point total for the second and third place finishers. The Lady Rattlers won the 200m dash, 400m dash, 800m run, 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles, 4x100m relay and the 4x400m relay events. The inaugural meet saw top-notch performances from runners LaToya Wright, Jasmine Pleasant, Rateema Stanley, Ariel Allen, and Nakia Linson. The team is now prepared to compete in the season’s final meet the MEAC outdoor championship.

Softball The Lady Rattler softball team will be honoring cancer awareness in their Friday and Saturday series against North Carolina A&T. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU at 3:30 p.m. The team sold T-shirts American Cancer Society and will be donating a check to them at the Friday game. The team sits at .500 on the season with a 19-19 record (2-1 in the MEAC). They also control the second seed in the southern division of the conference. N.C. A&T is 7-22 and are fourth in the souther division of the conference.

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Minnesota Duluth wins its first national hockey title DAVE CAMPBELL ASSOCIATED PRESS Minnesota Duluth’s players recently decided to dye their hair blond. Everyone except Kyle Schmidt, who had the getting-married alibi to abstain from the not-so-fashionable exercise in team bonding. The finish was fitting, then, when Schmidt whisked in the winning goal 3:22 into overtime to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 victory over Michigan on Saturday night for the first national championship in the program’s 50-year history. Coach Scott Sandelin wryly prodded Schmidt to say yes when asked if sitting out the ritual was the secret.

“Blond hair or just the tips, either way, I think I would’ve buried that one and luckily I did,” Schmidt said. This was the 15th overtime game this season for the Bulldogs. “I didn’t really do a whole lot. My linemates were working their butts off there in the corner. Luckily it was a gimme because I was probably too nervous to bury anything else,” said Schmidt, a senior from Hermantown, near Duluth. “Saw it go in and just started skating for the other end. It was amazing.” Travis Oleksuk pulled Wolverines goalie Shawn Hunwick to the side and, from behind the net, fed Schmidt for a blink-of-the-eye tap-in to hand Michigan coach Red Berenson his first

loss in a championship game. “I just didn’t get over across in time,” Hunwick said. Oleksuk and Max Tardy had secondperiod goals for Minnesota Duluth (26-10-6), which hadn’t played for the championship since losing in four overtimes to Bowling Green in 1984. “We know what to do to get it done,” said forward J.T. Brown, picked as the tournament’s most outstanding player. Hockey is the time-worn way to endure those long, harsh winters, and this trophy was a long time coming for a team that has been in the University of Minnesota’s shadow for decades. “It’s been a long time coming for them,” Berenson said. “They’ve got a

good coaching staff, and they’ve got a good team. They’re a better team than we thought they were all year.” Ben Winnett and Jeff Rohrkemper scored for Michigan (29-11-4), which fell to 9-3 in title games. The Wolverines still have the NCAA record of nine, with two of those under Berenson. “It’s the opportunity of a lifetime gone in the blink of an eye,” Rohrkemper said. The Bulldogs handed the Wolverines just their second loss all season when scoring the game’s first goal (22-2-3).


The FAMUAN: 04-13-2011  

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