Senate reviews budget cuts

Some Florida A&M University’s student organizations met before the student senate on Monday night to request funds.

At the senate meeting, the FAMU Green Coalition discussed programs to conserve energy and start recycling for the campus.

Christopher Gossam, freshman, 18, architecture student from Chesapeake, Va., said,

“I would like to see FAMU make a noticeable effort in getting campus wide recycling program that involves the entire student body, from Greek organizations to the lesser known organizations.”

Gossam said he noticed lights are left on in the architecture school building when no one is using the labs, and the athletic courts are well lit even when no one is playing on them. He introduced installation of motion detectors to save power.

FAMU/FSU College of Engineering requested the senate to save their school from splitting and assist the National Society of Black Engineers with funding their national conference.

Marline Dacéus, second year civil engineering student from Orlando said, “FSU is planning to move in a different direction and it will be a lot easier if they split.”

NSBE approached the senate early to request assistance with the organizations conference in March 2009, held in Las Vegas.

Twan Capehart, 21, fourth year chemical mechanical engineering student from Miami, said, “This is the biggest opportunity for students to network with over 500 companies, attend workshops, discuss internships and job opportunities, and they may not be able to attend due to lack of funding.”

Rueben Nelson, 23, electrical computer engineering graduate student from Fort Lauderdale, said they are contacting possible sponsors and exploring ways to save on flights and hotel costs.

The FAMUAN also met with the student senate to explain the costs involved in running a newspaper.

The SGA cut some of the funding of the FAMUAN due to overspending and complaints about the mistakes and content.

Dorothy Bland, director of journalism, provided a detailed list of how the FAMUAN spends money on salaries, and production costs.

“It costs over 200,000 to run the FAMUAN on an annual basis,” Bland said.

Editor in chief, Akeem Anderson explained some issues with the newspaper.

“Just like we have mistakes in classrooms and senate records, it happens; unfortunately, ours just get published three times a week,” said Anderson.

According to Senator Justin Clarke, 21, fourth year healthcare administration student from St. Petersburg the senate will conduct an audit to explore unforeseen costs and unapproved positions Wednesday,

“They do not have enough to operate next semester,” Clarke said.