People may be pointing the finger at the University after recent negative issues involving Florida A&M University and people affiliated with it.
Despite the communal tag of being a Rattler, it is important to note that the fabric of the University is made of many different people from all types of backgrounds.
Is FAMU responsible for Detroit mayor and FAMU alumnus Kwame Kilpatrick’s misbehavior? Were the acts of theft allegedly committed by Teria Coverson, a University administrative assistant, an accurate representation of the University? Both questions can be answered with a hearty “no”.
Even though they are a part of our Rattler family, they are also individuals.
Anyone who walks across the stage at a FAMU graduation is an adult. Typically, an adult can tell the difference between right and wrong.
No one needed to tell them, “Hey, maybe you shouldn’t do this!” They knew exactly what they were doing and decided to do it anyway.
Even though I didn’t know him personally, as a Rattler it made me feel good to see how successful Kilpatrick was doing. Now, all I feel is disappointment.
It’s a universal understanding nobody is perfect, but it’s hard to believe Kilpatrick would be dumb enough to lie to the people of Detroit and his wife about his affair.
When are people going to stand up and be actual adults and own up to their wrongdoings instead of lying? It makes absolutely no sense when the government already has every piece of evidence that they need to put someone like Kilpatrick in prison.
It just seems much easier and makes a lot more sense to tell the truth and work out a deal from there. Lying to people only makes the job of being the prosecuting lawyer and judge more fun.
As a lawyer he knows that lying doesn’t get anyone very far, so why didn’t he practice what he preached?
I’m glad he finally stepped up and acted like a man instead of continuing to act as if he’s above the law. In actuality he’s on the same level as the rest of us.
The administrative assistant who allegedly stole money from the University probably wasn’t the first one to do it, just the first to be made an example of.
FAMU will continue to stand up and shine during times of true embarrassment as it has in the past. Our University has seen worse before and knows that this too shall pass.
It’s just a shame when situations like this could have been avoided.
Camille Daniels is a sophomore general studies student from Jamaica, NY. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.