New “FAMU Headlines” Widget

February 15, 2012

You may have noticed, we don’t focus a lot on breaking news in our posts here. We prefer to focus on hashing out solutions and identifying the contributing factors that recur again and again in people’s personal hazing experiences.

There are a number of reasons for this focus, chief among them the presence of a lot of full-time professional journalists, most of them based in Florida, who do a much better job than we could in covering breaking news. They also sometimes produce great narratives of their own, as in this recent can’t-miss feature by the Orlando Sentinel’s Jeff Kunerth and Denise-Marie Balona detailing the history of hazing within the Marching 100.

We’d much rather fulfill some need that’s not currently being filled by the full-time press corp. That said, we do realize a lot of their work may be of interest to our readers.

With that in mind, we’ve added a “FAMU Headlines” widget to the lefthand column of our site. (Speaking of the layout in a large-sized browser window here. If you’re viewing the site on a smartphone, you may need to scroll all the way to the bottom of your screen to see the widget.) From here on, that widget will be updated continuously by Google News with headlines from around the Web about Florida A&M, hazing-related or not. Hoping it will be another handy tool for folks who want to keep up with the school.

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2 Responses to “New “FAMU Headlines” Widget”

  1. Mom Says:

    I’m so glad to see all the positive comments and ideas. There is one thing that is confusing me I thought you could help.
    Due to the recent killing of the young man in Sanford, Fl there has been all of this protesting with Rev. Al Sharpton which is fine but when the student died from FAMU there was not all of this Black Panther and protesting going on. Both deaths were wrong but one death was caused by another African American and another was caused by a Caucasian man.
    It looks like that the only time something is majorly outrageous is when a white person kills a black person but when a black person kills a black person it is not as bad. What do you think?

    • Peter McKay Says:

      Thanks for your comment! These are great points you raise.

      I totally agree with what you’re saying, and I’ve really been thinking some of the same things recently. At the same time, I’ve had a difficult time putting it into words, not wanting to appear to make light of the loss of Trayvon. It’s a fine line to walk.

      Ultimately, it just shows you’re a better messenger for these ideas than I am. I think what you’re saying has more power coming from someone who’s a parent herself. (Assuming here based on your commenting handle as “Mom.”)


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