Reflections on Spring 2011

Spring 2011 is coming to an end. Seems like yesterday it was Fall 2010. Time sure goes by fast.

For incoming freshmen this year started with campus tours and healthy lectures mixed with meeting soon to be peers and associates.

Say hello to a decent networking system. But college is not all about networking and school work, now is it? Yes, we have participated in unruly behavior with the rest of the Rattlers.

One of those events was the loose and elusive Omega Psi Phi fraternity’s Oil Spill party. There were enough memories and liquor to last until next year. After leaving that party and after the headache we understand why they called it an oil spill. “Caution slippery when wet.”

But enough of the partying, hangovers and endless pranks it was time to get serious.

This year FAMU welcomed numerous interesting guest speakers and celebrities. Martin Luther King III , the son of the slain civil rights leader, gave an uplifting and prideful speech for the HBCU to live by. Soon after, the campus was graced by the presence of poet Maya Angelou, AIDS activist Rae Lewis Thornton, actor Pooch Hall, and actress Meagan Good. There was definitely something to cheer about when it came down to sports as well.

For instance, the 2010-2011 Rattler football team ended an exciting season beating rival Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats in the

Florida Classic to share the MEAC Championship with South Carolina State and BCU. FAMU has shown us time and time again the hidden benefits of attending an HBCU. It gives you front row seats-so to speak-to all campus events, easy

access to the library, café, or Bragg Stadium during game time without having to worry about parking.

FAMU allows us to have more interaction with our professors, which furthers learning. When we speak our voices are heard on matters relating to the functioning of the university. As summer approaches, we will take this time to reflect back on a crazy, exciting year.