Bad grades hurt senators

The 37th Session of the Student Senate held its first meeting of the spring semester Monday evening. During the meeting, several senators learned that poor academic performance would cost them their positions.

Keneshia Grant, a professor in the department of history and political science, announced she would be proposing a bill that will place members of Florida A&M University’s Student Government Association who fall below a 2.5 grade point average in a semester on academic probation.

“Be very serious about school,” Grant said. “You are going to graduate because at the end of the day, no one’s going to care that you were in SGA.”

Grant also announced that five members of SGA would be dismissed from their positions this semester because of their unsatisfactory grades.

Also during the meeting, one organization requested activities and services funding, and members of the Senate and members of campus organizations made a series of announcements.

Orchesis Contemporary Dance Theater came before the Senate during the community forum segment of the meeting to request A&S funding. Every year the dance theater hosts and performs in a concert that is presented to the Tallahassee community. This year, the show will be held Jan. 31 through Feb. 2. There will be one matinee performance and two evening performances.

The president of the FAMU chapter of the Vegetarian Student Alliance, Joy Dixon, 22, senior health management student from Tampa, came before the Senate to announce the upcoming events the organization will be hosting this semester.

Dixon told the senators the organization would be hosting cooking classes for students, teaching students how to shop and cook healthfully while living on a college budget. She also announced that the members of the Alliance would be having Aqua-Chi sessions during the semester for students.

According to, “the Aqua-Chi Ionic Foot Bath is a revolutionary hydro-therapy device that combines the life-giving properties of water with a specialized bio-electric charge, which enhances and amplifies the body’s ability to heal itself.”

“We are in the process of securing a venue on campus to make it free for students.” Dixon said.

“First, we will start with sessions twice a week for students. The session takes no longer than 30 minutes.”

The Judicial Committee of the Senate announced it would be hosting “The Bill Writing Workshop” on Jan. 24. Currently, no time has been announced for this event. The committee also announced it will be hosting “FAMU Day on The Capitol” and “Legislative Watch Week” during the spring semester.

Senator James Nero of the Student Relations Committee also announced the committee will be hosting the Coleman Library Showcase on Jan. 23. Close to a dozen singing acts have been selected to perform at the show, but because of the high number of singers on the bill, Nero is inviting actors, poets and musicians to audition.

The senators also announced that FAMU’s Women’s Flag Football team won the National Flag Football championships, which was held Jan. 3-5. SGA Vice President James Bland will be meeting with a planning committee to organize a special event to congratulate the team on its accomplishment.