Outgoing administration completes half of agenda

The Torch Administration said it has completed more than 50 percent of its platform for the 2007-2008 school year.

President Monique Gillum and Vice President James Bland have less than a month before their term is up in the Student Government Association at Florida A&M University.

“One of the most fulfilling things I was able to do this year was recruitment,” Bland said. “Monique and I traveled all over the country this year, missed many classes and other social events, to recruit students to the University. We gave up our spring break and traveled to eight cities to tell the good news about FAMU.”

Bland said Activities and Service fees are determined by the student body enrollment. The plans and budgets made did not meet financial expectations for the 2007- 2008 school year.

Bland said unfortunately, enrollment has also declined. The Torch Administration in return had to re-allocate where the A&S funds would be placed.

One of the goals on the Administration’s platform was an “Extreme Makeover” series in areas such as the Rattler’s Den and Gray Gore Complex. Instead it became part of the University’s 10-year plan designed by President James H. Ammons to transform the university with upgrades.

The Torch Administration helped provide additional temporary and permanent lighting across campus, a leadership retreat and lobbied for more campus parking, said Gillum.

Lynada Peeples, chief of staff for SGA, said FAMU TV 20 staff was unable to accommodate the request to give the Torch Administration its own TV show because of the new live broadcast at 5 p.m.

The Administration is currently working on raising enough funds to start the $25,000 endowment campaign for student emergencies.

“This is a project that will be passed down to the next administration to continue,” Gillum said.