Campus Case Could Go to Higher Court


A dispute over FAMU’s next student body president could end up where the 2000 elections did, at the Leon County courthouse.

Presidential candidate Larry Rivers is challenging the student supreme court's decision to disqualify him.

And if the matter isn't resolved on campus, an outside authority is the next step.

Friday FAMU student body presidential candidate Larry Rivers made it clear, this race is not over.

Rivers beat out his opponent by more than 400 votes, however, after three campaign violations led to his disqualification Thursday, Rivers is collecting student signatures, and also awaiting word on an appeal filed with president Fred Gainous.

Some of those students feel the process shows their vote doesn't count.

As it stands now River's opponent has won by default. Torey Alston, spokesperson for president elect Travis Williams says students now need to think about unity.

President Gainous has asked the Vice President of Student Affairs to investigate the situation and make a recommendation. FAMU student leaders say disputes over campus judicial decisions may ultimately be dealt with by the Leon County courts.