Get up, stand up
There's nothing like the threat of a sit-in to get an administrator's attention.
Interim FAMU President Castell Bryant responded in writing Friday to scores of questions that angry students submitted to her earlier this week. The students demanded at a campus rally that Bryant respond by Friday afternoon, and according to the Tallahassee Democrat, some threatened sit-ins - not only in Bryant's office, but in Gov. Charlie Crist's - if that didn't happen. "Your questions and concerns have been reviewed with great interest," Bryant wrote, "and I have ensured that key University administrators and staff served as points of reference for the answers and information being supplied to you." To see the list of student questions and Bryant's response, click here.
The response from on high comes as FAMU's troubles seem to have reached a boiling point with students. Among the latest blows: A move by the Legislature to put control of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, long under FAMU's control, into FSU's hands (click here to see April 4 FAMUAN story). The sour student mood got a response from FAMU Trustees Chairwoman Challis Lowe this week, too: "I, of course, can well understand why students and parents would be worried at seeing so much negative attention to our University," she wrote to students in a letter Thursday. "I, too, am concerned, but want to assure you that every effort is being made both by people at the University and now by the members of the Board of Governors Task Force to identify and rectify our chronic shortcomings." Lowe said at the request of student trustee and Student Body President Philip Agnew, the Board of Trustees would hold an emergency meeting Monday to "review some of our most important pending issues."
- Ron Matus, state education reporter