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Florida A&M University is seeing a spike in fundraising revenue. 

The university is more than halfway to its goal for the current fiscal year, and the money comes as the school weighs salary increases for its faculty.

FAMU has raised $2.8 million since President Elmira Mangum arrived on the job in April. That's in addition to another $20 million in the form of research funding. The school set a $5.5 million fundraising goal and as Magnum says, most of the donors have been alumni.

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Update 11/12/14: Florida A&M University Athletics Director Kellen Winslow Sr. has issued a letter of apology to the campus community.

“Upon my arrival, it was evident that we had numerous issues that required immediate attention and I focused my energies on addressing those issues," Winslow wrote in a statement put out by FAMU.

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The search has started for a new football coach for Florida A&M University as the school looks to rebound from two years of losing seasons.

FAMU fired its head coach Earl Holmes last week and recently lost a tight homecoming game, falling to Norfolk State 12-10 in the last seconds of the matchup. The Rattler football team is currently 2 and 7 for the year with three games left in the season.

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Attorneys are set to give closing arguments in the case of a former Florida A&M University band member charged with manslaughter and hazing in the death of a drum major who was beaten on a band bus during a hazing ritual.
 
     Once they're finished, Judge Renee Roche will give the jurors final instructions and deliberations could begin sometime Friday.
 
     Prosecutors called eight witnesses, including former band members who identified 27-year Dante Martin as orchestrator of the ritual known as "crossing Bus C" after a football game in Orlando in 2011.

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Florida A&M University has parted ways with Rattlers head football coach Earl Holmes. The school says it’s time to take its football team in a new direction.

FAM-U Hall of Famer and former pro linebacker Earl Holmes’ was let go days before the school’s homecoming weekend. Holmes shook hands with players and gave goodbyes Tuesday in an emotional exit from the school. FAM-U spokesman Jimmy Miller says Holmes has been placed on a leave of absence until his contract ends in January.

Robert Champion, a FAMU Drum Major, died in Nov. 2011 from injuries related to a hazing ritual.
Robert Champion

There will be no plea deal for one of the four remaining defendants facing manslaughter charges in the 2011 hazing death of a Florida A&M University band drum major.

The trial for the final four FAMU band members charged in the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion starts next week.

An attorney for Benjamin McNamee told Judge Rene Roche on Wednesday that his client would consider a plea deal if it could be done before the judge who had handled the case previously, but Roche rejected the idea.

Robert Champion, a FAMU Drum Major, died in Nov. 2011 from injuries related to a hazing ritual.
Robert Champion

The four remaining defendants in the hazing death of a Florida A&M University marching band drum major are about to go on trial, and their attorneys argue what happened to Robert Champion was part of a contest.

Defense attorneys are making a case that Florida's anti-hazing law is so vague that what happened to Champion wasn't hazing but part of a contest.
 
The defense is asking a judge for a hearing challenging the anti-hazing law. Circuit Judge Rene Roche set a hearing a week before the defendants' Oct. 27 trial.

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Elmira Mangum’s Inauguration as Florida A&M University’s eleventh president capped a week of celebrating the school’s “new season” with her appointment. Speakers from FAMU and across the nation praised Mangum and her vision for the school at the ceremony Friday.

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Florida A&M University is leading up to the Friday inauguration of President Elmira Mangum with a week of community-centered events reflecting some of Mangum’s central priorities.

Mangum will officially be named the university’s 11th president during a ceremony Friday at the school’s Alfred J. Lawson, Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium. FAMU  co-chair of the inauguration week Professor Ann Kimbrough says, “This week’s activities all reflect Dr. Mangum’s initiatives, and more importantly, where she would like to have the spotlight shown in certain areas."

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist says the black vote is crucial to winning the upcoming general election against Republican Governor Rick Scott. On Tuesday, Crist made those remarks in Tallahassee at the historically black university, Florida A and M.

During a campaign event touting higher education, Crist said the turnout in the African American community is very critical, and encouraged FAMU students to help get others to the polls.

Athletics Director Kellen Winslow
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Florida A&M University’s new leader is laying out her priorities for the school. That includes focusing on boosting enrollment numbers, retaining students and increasing research. University officials say one way to grow FAMU’s numbers is by getting serious about athletics.

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Florida State University has backslid slightly in its quest to break into the highest national university rankings.

U.S. News and World Report has released its latest list of top schools. Florida State slid three places to number 43 among all public universities. It’s been trying to break into the Top 25 schools on the list for some years now. In a release, FSU downplayed the slide, with interim President Garnett Stokes saying, “long-term investments we are making should be reflected in the U.S. News & World Report rankings in the coming years.”   

The drumline warms up Thursday evening as band director Sylvester Young looks on.
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Football in Tallahassee isn’t just a popular sport, it’s woven into the city’s culture.  Along with the teams there’s the bands. For Florida A&M University’s Marching One Hundred the first performance comes this weekend in Miami.  In the second part of an on-going series, Nick Evans reports on the band as they prepare for gameday.

At FAMU, the relationship between the football team and the marching band is a little bit different.  Even though the team has a lot of talented players, the school has for years been better known for The Marching 100. 

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A Florida A&M University law professor is suing her employer over what she says is gender discrimination and unequal pay.

Law Professor Jennifer Smith says she’s been repeatedly denied a promotion as retaliation for requesting public records about professor pay. She also alleges the FAMU Law School administrators hire men at rate rates than women and pay them more. Smith, an assistant professor, was granted tenure in 2010 but has been denied a promotion to full professor since then.

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Florida A&M University plans to suspend its men’s golf and tennis programs in an effort to rein in a recurring budget deficit.

The move comes at the direction of the university’s new Athletics Director, Kellen Winslow, who, in a statement from the university, says “the current financial situation of the athletics department makes it imperative” to cut the programs. At many colleges and university’s athletics is responsible for raising its own money.  

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Florida A&M University’s new president is still making the rounds getting to know Tallahassee. In a Tuesday address to the Economic Club of Florida Elmira Mangum says while most of the issues in higher education are universal, there are some unique quirks to Florida.

"[The] biggest surprise? It was the [Sunshine] Amendment. My first 48 hours...(laughter)" she said. "Everything else in higher education is Par.”

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Legendary poet and activist Maya Angelou died Wednesday, but three years ago Tallahassee played host to the famed writer for an evening of song and lecture at Florida A&M University.

During Angelou’s appearance in Tallahassee she relied on a wheelchair and seemed frail-—being helped onstage by an assistant. But her voice was strong, and she had lots to talk about.

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When it comes to softball, Tallahassee’s higher education institutions are on a roll. Florida A&M, Florida State and Tallahassee Community College’s women’s teams are all heading to playoffs, giving the Capital City something to cheer about.

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During last weekend’s annual NFL draft nearly a dozen Florida State football players were snapped up by pro teams. With a couple FAMU players also getting a shot, Tallahassee schools could get more representation in the NFL.

A former Florida A&M University band member has been sentenced to jail for the 2011 death of a drum major.

In all 13 people were charged in the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion. Six have received probation but no jail or prison sentences.

Friday, Jessie Baskin became the first person to receive a jail sentence in the case. Baskin  received a year behind bars, along with five years of probation and 300 hours of community service for his role in the hazing ritual aboard a bus in Orlando that led to Champion’s death.

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A new 24-hour news network targeting a national African-American audience is coming to Tallahassee after partnering with Florida A&M University

A signing ceremony Friday morning at FAMU marks the beginning of an 11-year partnership between the school and the Black Television News Channel. It will be housed in FAMU’s School of Journalism and Graphic Design. Though many minority networks struggle for revenue, BTNC co-founder Robert Brillante maintains his channel has a significant advantage.

Florida A&M University and Florida State University are partnering up to bridge the gap between workforce needs and the type of degrees students are earning. 

The two schools will split a state-issued $3 million grant to focus on improving the information technology workforce in North Florida.

Update: Florida A&M University has reached a deal with incoming president Elmira Mangum. In a statement issued around 10:20 p.m. Thursday, FAMU's board chairman Solomon Badger said, “We are pleased that we have approved the terms of the presidential contract and in speaking with Dr. Elmira Mangum tonight, she has agreed to accept the terms in the updated contract. We look forward to our meeting with the Board of Governors on February 20 to confirm her appointment.”

Florida A&M University trustees are still trying to iron out a contract with the school's president-select Elmira Mangum. 

Trustees met Friday to approve several changes to the school’s contract offer—but the process has some wondering if Mangum will still want the job when negotiations are complete.

John W. Thompson, CEO of Virtual Instruments and former CEO of Symantec Corp, has been named chairman of Microsoft’s board of directors.

Thompson was the only African American leading a major tech company during his time at Symantec. He  is credited with increasing that company's revenues by more than $5.5 billion to $6.2 billion.

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