June 3, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —
Never one to pass on an opportunity to serve, running for Student Government Association (SGA) president was a no-brainer for Florida A&M University (FAMU) student Anthony Siders II.
“Florida A&M University has heavily contributed to my growth and development, therefore, I wanted to give back to an institution that has given so much to me,” said Siders, who serves as the 2013-2014 SGA president. “The opportunity to interact and serve students is better than any position of achievement.”
Siders, along with SGA Vice President Evan Bailey, say they look forward to the upcoming school year and the opportunities to work with the student body.
“Ultimately, I look toward the forward progression of Florida A&M University,” said Siders, 21, a political science/pre-law student from West Palm Beach.
Bailey, a third-year business administration student from Lee’s Summit, Mo., plans to work hand-in-hand with the administration to meet the needs of the students.
“Students are the heart and soul of this institution,” said Bailey, 20. “I plan to use my experience in Student Government, coupled with my ambition to serve and passion for FAMU, to ensure that the student voice remains at the forefront of the university. Florida A&M University has a very diverse student body and I look forward to meeting the incoming class and building relationships with all of the students that gave me this opportunity.”
One of the projects the “A&E Administration” plans to tackle this year will be the Textbook Affordability Initiative, which will allow students to have access to academically required books that are the most expensive and in the highest demand.
“We understand that not every student has the funds to access a textbook for all of his or her classes,” Bailey said. “This initiative gives students access to textbooks purchased by the Student Government Association and placed in the library for student use.”
Siders says he understands the hurdles he may face during his term, but he is looking forward to the challenge.
“During this pivotal time at Florida A&M University, it is equally encumbered upon all of us to ensure that this university rises to the level of prominence that we all have grown accustomed to,” the young politician said. “Undoubtedly, this effort will display the unwavering leadership that is deeply woven into the fabric and traditions of this university.”