Contrary to popular belief, running for a position on Florida A&M University’s royal court isn’t about being the most popular or having the best campaign flyers, or even about representing a Greek organization; Mr. and Miss FAMU, including the royal court, has one purpose and that is to continue FAMU’s legacy by recruiting students all over the country.
Campaign week was exciting for some, particularly freshmen and others that are new to the process. But it can be over-rated and annoying to upperclassman that have experienced madness for the past four years, like myself.
Fortunately, after it’s all said and done, the winners can rejoice and celebrate their victory and then they should realize that serving on the royal court is a job and it’s time to get down to business.
Some may think that the highest positions on the royal court, Mr. and Miss FAMU, have no real purpose but to look pretty and wave their hands at football games, but that’s far from the truth.
The royal court is part of FAMU’s public relations entity, which means they are responsible for representing FAMU everywhere they go.
The 2009 campaign season was a tough one, though I’ve seen much worse.
Even though the race was close, Henderson, won the title of Miss FAMU-Elect 2009-2010. Brandon “B Mac” McCaskill, also claimed the title of Mr. FAMU-Elect 2009-2010. Both will be expected to represent the university to the best of their abilities by serving, as the primary ambassadors for the university’s future recruitments. FAMU needs individuals on the royal court who are intelligent and informed about the university, well spoken, physically fit and most of all, displays school spirit. McCaskill and Henderson should fully understand that it is their job to market FAMU as an exceptional university that is worth attending. And just like any product on the market, without advertisements and promotions, the product will fail. This applies to FAMU’s success and enrollment rate; without reaching out to current high school students and informing them about all that FAMU has to offer, the university’s enrollment will not thrive. I wish them the best of luck. Hopefully, they don’t get caught up in the politics of FAMU and live up to their platforms by continuing the legacy of “Excellence with Caring,” and fulfilling the responsibility of their titles.
Samantha Savory is a senior public relations student from Fort Lauderdale. She can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org