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FAMU on the upswing as Florida Classic approaches

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On Saturday, Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman will meet on the football field as they do every year. They have played since 1925, but in 1978 the November contest earned its present moniker of the Florida Classic. While most eyes are on Florida’s major colleges each week, these two FCS/Division II schools seek to earn the title of Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. But the Florida Classic, played in Orlando one week before Rivalry Week among FBS/Division I schools, is arguably the most…

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Florida A&M president could be forced out by next year

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Florida A&M University President Elmira Mangum, who was hired to steer the school after the fallout of the death of a school marching band member, may soon be out of job. Trustees at the university on Friday refused to vote on whether to extend Mangum’s current three-year contract, a decision that means she must leave by April 2017. Mangum’s two years at FAMU have been turbulent and marred by power struggles with trustees as the former Cornell University official grappled…

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Chris Timmons: Just who is FAMU’s biggest critic?

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Talk about having a flighty state of emotions. When I first read Florida Board of Governors’ (FLBOG) member Alan Levine’s op-ed published in the Tallahassee Democrat, I went from “Hmm” to “Ugh” to “Hell nah!” Everyone likely believes that the battle for Middle Earth – err, FAMU (geek moment!) has been won. Those who attempted the “presidential coup,” as some FAMU watchers call it, of FAMU President Elmira Mangum have resigned from FAMU’s Board of Trustees or their positions within…

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Power struggle at FAMU after hazing death brings new crisis

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Trustees at Florida A&M University turned to an outsider — and the school’s first female president — to lead them out of the turmoil that followed the hazing death of a Marching 100 drum major. But 18 months later the historic school is facing a new crisis marked by allegations of harassment and insubordination — and complaints from politicians. FAMU President Elmira Mangum is locked in a power struggle with some of her trustees that could short-circuit her tenure at…

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