Immaturity looms on campus

FAMU means Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, it does not mean Felons, Abusers, Misdemeanor-having and Undervalued University.

This University was established to educate black students. In 1887, Famcee encouraged a race of people who were so deprived to soar for a better education and future.

This historically black college/university implemented education and because of this, the students reached their goals and became degree holders.

Brothers, if you don’t like that other brother because of something you don’t understand, for example, his speech, his dress, his hometown, or even his sexuality…please keep the derogatory comments to yourself.

You can avoid this ignorance by being more confident in yourself and sexuality.

This University recruits and accepts bright students and more so diversified students. God has blessed us individually and provided students at FAMU with special talents and distinguished looks.

Kimberly Davis, director of the Office of Admissions, said if a student has checked the box on the application indicating that they have been involved in criminal acts, they have to attach proper documentation justifying the issue.

“If the student does not attach a statement, the application will not be processed. If we find out later that the students lied on the application, we resend the offer of admissions,” Davis said.

The admissions office’s job is to scrutinize eligibility, not the personal character of the student.

However, if the student does submit the application and check the box for having been involved in criminal acts, the application goes to a committee called The Disciplinary Review Board, and the chief of the FAMU Police Department serves on that board. They decide on the admissions status of the student.

Bringing the campus crimes issue back to last semester, it was the “Fake da Funk” concert in Lee Hall and I watched from backstage a performer’s tribute to Ray Charles’ song “Night And Day.” The impersonator also had three female students as background singers just like the movie did. Melissa Mitchell, 22, a first-year graduate public management student was one of the Raylettes. “I thought it was really crazy. I felt a lot of the students’ efforts went in vein,” Mitchell said. “Luckily we were the last act.”

After their performance, and a few others, it was finally time for Kia’s group to take the stage, and as they were about to be introduced, the attention of the audience went to the balcony where the brawl had broken out. Everyone on the lower level stood to get a better view.

Fulsom was not able to showcase here performance.

“I was more upset because I put a lot of time and energy in to the act and I did not get the opportunity to showcase it. I did not understand why FAMU police were not able to get hold of the fight,” Folsom said.

She said, “It put other people in violence and we were running in heels not looking down just forward.”

It was disappointing to witness the ill facial expressions that overshadowed the auditorium when the spectators and performers had to exit the building because of the unruly crowd.

FAMU is the best HBCU in the world; therefore, it saddens me when students cannot conduct themselves accordingly.

Grow up. We are in college now.

We are adults. Underclassmen need to learn how to practice self-control. If this doesn’t pertain to you, please don’t e-mail me with your shenanigans. If you focused more on graduation and making a higher grade in your ENC1101 class, you would not even attempt to ascertain such foolishness.

Anthony S. Ray Jr. is a senior newspaper journalism student from Miami. He can be reached at