Organizations request needed funds

During the hour-long 37th Student Senate meeting Monday, Student Government Association President Monique Gillum and Kyle Washington of the Dynamic Supremes were present to request activities and services funding. Representatives of four campus organizations informed the senate of upcoming events for which their organizations needed funding.

Gillum asked the senate to allocate money to purchase more “I believe in FAMU” shirts that were distributed at the pep rally that was held in August.

Gillum said she would like to put the money earned from the T-shirt sales in an endowment fund she plans to start.

The shirts would be sold to alumni for about $7 to $10, said Senator Asia McFarland, 19, a second year master’s in business administration student from Raleigh, N.C.

“I would like to put the profits earned from the sales in an endowment fund and distribute money to students in the form of scholarships, so the students can use for books and other necessities for college,” Gillum said.

Also in the senate meeting, Kyle Washington, 20, a third-year physical education student from Tallahassee, requested A&S funds on behalf of his organization, The Florida A&M University Dynamic Supremes.

“The game in Atlanta was perfect from beginning to end, but unfortunately, we are out of funds again.” Washington said.

In addition to requesting more funds, Washington came before the senate to ask for support, new costumes, and to request a change to the A&S application he submitted.

“Since we’re not going to the Indianapolis game, I wanted to change the application from travel expenses and replace it with costumes for the Orlando Classic and Homecoming, ” he said. “The amount is still the same.”

Washington announced that The Dynamic Supremes would be assisting FAMU Developmental Research School’s cheerleaders and dancers with choreography and cheers.

The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge program has an upcoming brain bowl tournament, said Sen. Anthony Murphy, 21, a senior chemistry student from Milwaukee. He said the organization needs a new team because all of the former team members had graduated. The team needs four to five people and the first tournament will be Oct. 19.

“They usually hold their meetings on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Embassy Room,” Murphy said. “So, if you have a knack for literature, science, history and other trivia, come to the meeting.”

The brain bowl team was started sixteen years ago and has won six national championships, and over $50,000 in scholarships.

Andrew Collins, president of the FAMU Chapter of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, informed the senate that the FAMU, FSU, and TCC chapters of the NAACP would be hosting a silent protest for the controversial Martin Lee Anderson case.

“We’re trying to bring national attention to the case,” Collins said.

The silent protest will be held at Bay County Courthouse in Panama City. The NAACP chapters depart for Panama City on Wednesday Oct.3, at 7 a.m.

Auditions for the Coleman Library Showcase were also announced during the meeting.

“The Coleman Library Showcase is an opportunity for students to show off their talents and raise funds for Coleman Library” McFarland explained.

The showcase will be Nov. 13 in Lee Hall at 7 p.m. Tickets will be sold for $3.

The senate announced that there will be a Parliamentary Procedures Workshop this month. The workshop will be open to anyone interested in familiarizing themselves with the duties of a parliamentarian. It will be held Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. in the senate chambers, McFarland said.

Sen. James Nero, a member of the Beta Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, announced the fraternity will host “The Path to Freedom.”

The Alphas will give tours of the Black Archives and free food will be provided, Nero said. The event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.