SGA pushes partnership with Rent College Pads

The Student Senate chambers were decorated in pink on Monday.
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FAMU is known for its traditional and apartment-style housing. A second-year political science student, Phil Pathnick, is a non-traditional student who’s been married six years. He said he has a 28-minute commutes to school.

Students such as Pathnick are pushing the idea for FAMU to bring back the non-traditional homes or to aid students who are in these types of situations to find homes nearby.

“Non-traditional housing has been done away with since the construction of the Villages. I came to (SGA President) Rochard (Moricette) with this idea in order for us non-traditional students to be a part of the family that is here on campus,” Pathnick said. 

At the meeting, Moricette followed this housing issue with an opportunity from a company called Rent College Pads.

“Rent College Pads is an online website that aids college students in finding housing near their college campus. They offer students the ability to compare different houses and even look for available roommates.

“Nine times out of 10, students hear about student housing from word of mouth and that is when the issues arise. With our FAMU partnership with Rent College Pads, we will essentially allow black businesses and small landlords to have equal market power for our FAMU students to have easy access to housing,” Moricette said.

There will soon be a link on the university’s website. The next step will be getting students’ feedback on what the pros and cons of the program are. 

The Student Relations Committee had its second awareness meeting in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Peletha Dahn, a third-year psychology student, spoke about her experience as a child of someone who was a victim of breast cancer and how it affected her family. 

“My mother was diagnosed at the age of 47 and she tried her best to hide it from me,” said Dahn. “It’s not easy losing someone that’s close to you. Prior to that, breast cancer was never spoken at the table. Let’s not wait until things have gotten too bad, to make it a priority to get better.”