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Complaint Petition

The young men have collected more than 700 student signatures asking president Fred Gainous to hear their concerns. Topping their list, being left out of the loop when it comes to university problems and decisions.

After only months on campus, three freshmen say they've had enough of hearing about FAMU's problems second hand.

Frederick Simmons says issues ranging from financial problems to major athletic decisions have left them searching for answers.

“I don't know, and that's why we're doing this. The students don't know either. We find out after reading the paper and after decision are made, that's when students find out,” says Frederick.

The trio says a letter to president Gainous was unsatisfactorily dealt with, so they created a petition and got more than 700 student signatures as well as met with 15 state legislators.

Adrian Abner, a FAMU freshman, says, “The petition is for students to get what they need, a Town Hall meeting, to ask where are we going, how are we going to get there?”

The three freshmen met with president Gainous Monday afternoon. They say he was very receptive to their idea and granted their request to hold a university-wide Town Hall meeting before the end the spring semester.


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