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Gov. Bush Takes Time for College Students

Gov. Bush took time out of his busy schedule to hear the concerns of a Florida A&M student. The conversation wasn't all about hashing out problems, it was chance to thank the governor for his support to the university

FAMU class president Torey Alston wanted to take a moment to thank the governor for keeping his financial commitment to FAMU, but he also used that time to address concerns of his fellow students.

Being a college student can be a roller coaster of emotions.

"You already have the stress of going to school trying to get good grades, so then you have the added on stress of the money, trying to make sure you have the money so you can be in class at the right time its frustrating."

Financial concerns are a hurdle shared by many students on FAMU's campus. Some co-eds are raising concern about the slow process of receiving financial aid.

"I have nothing against the school, I love it here, that is why I've gone through six months of trying to get re-admitted, financial aid. Classes together, etc, etc."

So, FAMU class president Torey Alston met with Gov. Bush Thursday to address those issues.

"He's definitely committed to the undertaking the different problems on the campuses and he also looks forward to working with university president Fred Gainous and administrative officials to try and get those problems fixed."

This meeting wasn't based only on fixing problems. It was also an opportunity for Alston to say thanks.

"I looked at their four or five year plan what the governor recommended to the school of FAMU and the monies the school actually received and if you look at the data, it's continued to increase."

While these students ride the ups and downs of college life. Alston says they can rest assured of one thing, their concerns are being considered. Alston invited Gov. Bush to be one of the first speakers for the schools distinguished lecture series. That's to go along with his demand for more one on one student interaction.

Alston said the Gov. Bush told him about FAMU's untapped potential saying he would like to see more African Americans involved with state government.


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