Oh, How Campus Elections Have Changed

By: Leonard Horton
By: Leonard Horton

It's campus-wide election week at Florida A&M University, a bit different than how things were done some 20 years ago.

The rising number of billboards are just an example.

FAMU student Courtney Culmer says, "You do all of this, but at the end of the day is it really necessary to show how much you want to do for the university? Is it sincere, or do you just want to get your name out there?"

David Cumming, a recruiter visiting campus, says, "I think there's a time and place for everything, and if you are campaigning it's a time to be nice and noisy and draw attention to yourself and your candidates."

University administrators say candidates spend as much as $500 to $1,000 on advertising, but a lot of candidates solicit businesses for donations.

"We had one candidate, his name was Larry Tate. He spent less than $15 and with some chalk he became SGA president. Although there was a little controversy involved, he became a two-time president," says campus administrator Catherine Jefferson.

One FAMU professor, who also finished from FAMU in the 60's, says back then candidates used to wear buttons or name tags to get their name out, but now technology has changed things completely.

Whoever becomes the new FAMU student body president will oversee a budget of close to $3 million and will sit on the Board of Trustees.

Voting will be held Tuesday.


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