Less than a year ago, Florida A & M University was on probation and in danger of losing its accreditation over the way it spent state dollars. Today it’s on top of the world.
To the shock of many students, ESPN’s College Game Day is in Tallahassee highlighting the FAMU Rattlers. Devon Mcnish, a Freshman at FAMU, is one of those students. He said, “when I heard it, I was like it can’t be the same College Gameday that is at Florida, Georgia, USC. I was like, it can’t be the same one.”
Gameday is just one of many recent events hoisting the historically black college into the national spotlight. President-elect Barack Obama and his wife Michelle each made stops at FAMU while on the campaign trail. The national publicity is helping to heal the university’s tarnished reputation.
Students who stuck by the school through the hard times, are celebrating the recent string of positive press. Shatia Williams, a Sophomore, says, “a lot of people had bad things to say about the school. They put the school down really bad, bottom of the map. So now I feel like it’s good that we’re getting known. That every thing is okay.”
And while the attention is making the school a winner, the football team still has to take the field to earn its glory.