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  • FAMU death: Brutal rituals defied ban, band members say

    FAMU death: Brutal rituals defied ban, band members say
    It's 7 p.m. on Aug. 22, 2011. A thunderstorm is passing through Tallahassee as 350 members of the Florida A&M University Marching 100 assemble for the first time inside the school's cavernous band-rehearsal hall. The students are seated in a semicircle...
  • Hazing death: FAMU postpones review of anti-hazing rules

    Hazing death: FAMU postpones review of anti-hazing rules
    The president of Florida A&M University announced late Thursday that he was postponing the work of a task force he appointed to review anti-hazing rules at FAMU, which is reeling after the hazing-related death of drum major Robert Champion in Orlando last...
  • FAMU student leaders call for an end to hazing

    FAMU student leaders call for an end to hazing
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida A&M President James Ammons said Monday the university is committed to breaking a conspiracy of silence that has for decades shrouded hazing practices at the school and finally resulted in a band member's death....
  • FAMU puts off hazing disciplines until after FDLE probe

    FAMU puts off hazing disciplines until after FDLE probe
    The four Florida A&M University students targeted for dismissal after a fellow student died from an apparent hazing ritual might not face disciplinary action anytime soon. Same goes for the band director, who the university planned to fire because of...
  • Hazing death: FAMU trustees reprimand president

    Hazing death: FAMU trustees reprimand president
    Trustees at Florida A&M University on Thursday publicly reprimanded President James Ammons, saying he has done a poor job of keeping them informed and consulting them on issues related to the recent death of student Robert Champion. Trustee Rufus...
  • 3 arrested in hazing of FAMU freshman

    3 arrested in hazing of FAMU freshman
    Three students at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University were arrested Monday on charges of hazing a freshman so severely that her leg was broken, Tallahassee police said. James Harris, 22, Aaron Golson, 19, and Sean Hobson, 23, are charged...
  • Injured female FAMU band member plans hazing lawsuit

    Injured female FAMU band member plans hazing lawsuit
    Florida A&M University student Bria Hunter is giving up a full scholarship and leaving the school after being beaten in what police describe as a brutal hazing ritual. Hunter, a freshman who was beaten so severely that her femur cracked, is also...
  • FAMU hazing victim Robert Champion marched to his own beat

    FAMU hazing victim Robert Champion marched to his own beat
    Neighbors along a certain suburban-Atlanta street could see him from their windows: a tall, skinny boy in gym shorts and T-shirt, a towel around his shoulders like a cape, a broomstick in hand, marching up and down his driveway. Robert D. Champion IV &#...
  • Ex-FAMU student said she reported previous hazing to band official

    Ex-FAMU student said she reported previous hazing to band official
    Former Florida A&M University student Bria Hunter complained to a member of the Marching 100's staff about being hazed and beaten by band members just days before another attack left her with a broken leg and weeks before the killing of drum major...
  • FAMU band's hazing culture: How did school officials miss it?

    FAMU band's hazing culture: How did school officials miss it?
    The culture of hazing is so embedded in the fabric of the Florida A&M Marching 100, investigative records show, that the band adopted a language known not just by current and former band members, but even kids in high school aspiring to join the famous...
  • 'We're planning something huge': FAMU students picket governor

     
    Thursday night, a tweet went out from the Florida A&M student government: "Emergency mtg in the Grand Ballroom right now. Gov. Scott has recommended that Dr. Ammons be fired. We're planning something huge. Come!"...