Campus leaders inform student body

The 34th Student Senate called to order the first meeting of the month Monday.

Provost Larry Robinson spoke before the Senate and stressed the importance of student success and the accreditation of each academic program at the University.

“I want to ensure that students are learning everything they need at school,” Robinson said.

When asked about the School of Business and Industry’s accreditation, Robinson said, “It is not ready for an assessment. We want to make sure that we have enough resources, net revenue, coming in.”

David Gibson Jr., president of the student recruitment call center, came and spoke before the senate about the general body meeting that will be taking place on Thursday at 5 p.m. in the Senate Chambers. Student Government Association President Virgil Miller is the scheduled keynote speaker for the event.

“New recruitment is the vehicle for the University to recruit students and bring in more national honor scholars,” Gibson said.

Brooke Smith, Ms. FAMU, also came before the student senators and asked if anyone was a member of the National Student Alumni Association.

Smith went on to profess her love for the University and asked the Senate and the gallery to become members.

“There are three easy steps to becoming a member,” Smith said. “One, you must be interested and have love for FAMU. Two, get an application and three, fill it out and pay $10…It will connect you to FAMU spiritually, emotionally and financially,” she said.

Smith also talked about becoming a student volunteer. She showed enthusiasm about having more members involved in the organization. “These volunteers are like mentors for students that are still undecided about what school they will be attending,” Smith said.

Also, members of the Beta Alpha chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. came before the Senate to speak on “Operation Paper Back.”

The sorority will be collecting paperback books in good condition until the end of this month to send troops overseas.

On Nov. 4, the Federal Bureau of Investigation will be coming to campus to recruit people for internships and jobs.

Senior Sen. LaJoy Mercer announced a dorm storm scheduled for Sunday to promote the Coleman Library Showcase, which will be held Tuesday. Students can purchase tickets during the dorm storm or today at the ticket booth on the Set between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Junior Sen. Torey Alston wanted to recognize history professor James Eaton, who recently passed away. He wrote a senate resolution to honor Eaton’s memory. Because of the shortness in time, the bill will be further reviewed at the next meeting.

“I believe that it is important to remember him because not only was he a devoted Rattler, but he was also a good friend,” Alston said.

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