Senate Update

The Recreation Center will be picking up trash on FAMU’s campus October 3 in honor of National Public Lands Day.

Director of the FAMU Recreation Center, Robert Carroll, spoke to the student senate Monday about receiving funding for National Public Lands Day.

 “Since FAMU is a major mover in America, I think that it would be best if we joined the movement and take some pride in this great place called FAMU,” Carroll said. “We could clean up and maybe even plant a tree.”

Volunteers will be asked to pick up trash from FAMU Park to Phase III. The Recreation Center is expecting 200 volunteers and asked for student senate to help provide food for the volunteers.

“I think that’s an area of campus that’s much neglected but very beautiful. It’s not part of what you call [FAMU’s] ‘inner core’ but it’s still apart of the university,” Carroll said.

According to its Web site, National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands in America. The event has been held annually since 1994.

 The national day is scheduled for September 26 but the recreation center decided to pick up trash on October 3 due to many students attending the Atlanta Classics.
Director of the Office of Black Diasporan Culture, Keith Simmonds, also spoke to the senate about receiving money.

“We have had excellent help from the senate over the years with regard to keeping the office open,” Simmonds said. “Due to severe cuts last year the new allocations that we received did not include enough.”

The purpose of the Office of Black Diasporan Culture is to explain and demonstrate traditions that have roots in Africa to students and the larger community. 

Activities of the office include sponsoring the Bahamian Junkanoo Group, Rhythm Rushers and recruiting Caribbean students to FAMU through a scholarship program.

Also discussed in the meeting were the open senate positions. Appointments have still not been made for the position of chief justice, which include four open judicial appointments.
Shortly before midnight Monday, SGA President Gallop Franklin nominated four students:Kashief Smiley-Clark, Elliot Kiadii, Forrest Jenkins, and Michael Woodard to possibly fill the empty justice appointments. Ashley Nelson was confirmed as chief of staff during the meeting.

Advertising began Monday for deputy secretary of academic affairs, deputy secretary of communications and deputy secretary of student welfare. All applications are due by 4 p.m. October 5 in the chief of staff mailbox located in the senate chambers.