FAMU resolution: regain prestige

It’s mid-January, and if you haven’t come across that New Year’s Resolution, don’t be discouraged, it’s not too late! Often, the overstuffed population promises to embark on some sort of a diet, and the financially starved vow to get “a piece of the pie.”

Here’s A Shared New Year’s Resolution for FAMU – to become the greatest University, again.

FAMU’s prestige has been on a steady decline since 1997, the year it was named College of the Year by Princeton Review. This is a problem we must address as soon as possible. As with any major dilemma, it is routine for people to search for someone to blame. Calvin Coolidge caused the Great Depression and George W. Bush is to blame for our nation’s economic decline.

FAMU looked for a scapegoat and found its frontrunner.

So, Gainous was fired. Excuse me, I meant to say impeached.

Our financial status, which is in critical condition, and is in desperate need of aid. But this terrible financial state isn’t the only reason for our decline.

Our image has been tarnished, and onlookers will jump at any opportunity to scrutinize and criticize what has been referred to as “the ongoing soap opera” at FAMU.

If you were blessed by being accepted to this University, take advantage of this opportunity.

Don’t be the buffoon who is registered for 12 credit hours and spends 12 hours a day on the Set.

There is nothing prestigious about being a fool. It hurts me to see adults who I attended grade school with behaving less civilized at FAMU than they did as children in bad neighborhoods.

We have enough potential at this University to make a considerable change in the world in the foreseeable future.

We may not have the nicest classrooms or state-of-the-art recreational facilities, but we, the student body, are top of the line and we should carry ourselves in such a fashion.

Everyone who is anyone knows about “The World-Renown, Often Imitated, But Never Duplicated, Marching 100.” I truthfully enjoy the band and appreciate its talent.

I take pleasure in chatting with others about our band because it gives me something that I can brag about. I must say I have always respected the great musicianship our band has possessed since it’s founding.

However, it seems the fans that have been with the band for many years all concur that the band’s quality has deteriorated.

I am not musically inclined nor do I have a profound ear for what is considered to be magnificent music, so I am far from being qualified to give any credible advice on such a subject.

I do feel the fans’ opinions should be listened to if they aren’t already, and possibly be implemented into the revisal of the band.

Our image has been tainted, but it is up to us to purify it and regain the level of respect the world once bestowed upon us.

So my fellow Rattlers, I ask that in 2005, we take care of business and shine like we are more than capable of doing.

Siraaj Sabree is a sophomore student from Miami. He can be reached at vree_305@yahoo.com