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  • FAMU names Sylvester Young as new marching band director

    FAMU names Sylvester Young as new marching band director
    Sylvester Young, a former music professor at Ohio University, has been selected as FAMU's new marching band director. Officials at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee announced early last month that they were interviewing two people for the job of...
  • Former FAMU student Rikki Wills pleads no contest in hazing case

    Former FAMU student Rikki Wills pleads no contest in hazing case
    Former FAMU drum major Rikki Wills, who insists that he tried to shield his college roommate Robert Champion from a brutal hazing in Orlando in 2011, pleaded no contest today to felony hazing resulting in death. Wills, 25, will not be sentenced until...
  • Champions slam FAMU's priorities, hiring of new band director

    Champions slam FAMU's priorities, hiring of new band director
    The parents of the FAMU drum major who was hazed to death said Tuesday that the university "needs to get its priorities straight" before the famous marching band can perform again. In an interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Robert and Pamela Champion...
  • Trial postponed for FAMU drum major charged with misdemeanor hazing

    Trial postponed for FAMU drum major charged with misdemeanor hazing
    A FAMU hazing trial scheduled to begin today in Orange County was postponed this morning. The criminal case of former FAMU drum major Jarrod Deas has been reset to June 25. He is charged with the misdemeanor hazing of Keon Hollis. The case is...
  • FAMU hazing defendant Shawn Turner agrees to plea in Champion's death

    FAMU hazing defendant Shawn Turner agrees to plea in Champion's death
    FAMU hazing defendant Shawn Turner, who claimed he was drum major Robert Champion's "protector" and not an attacker, agreed today to plead no contest to felony hazing in the deadly ritual. Turner, 27, will likely receive a community-service sentence...
  • Judge: No deal in limiting sentence of FAMU hazing defendant

    Judge: No deal in limiting sentence of FAMU hazing defendant
    The Orange County judge presiding over the FAMU hazing cases was unwilling Tuesday to cap at three years a possible prison sentence for an ex-band member charged with felony hazing and manslaughter in the death of Marching 100 drum major Robert Champion....
  • What we think: FAMU earned chance to bring back Marching 100

    Florida A&M University, to paraphrase a quote made famous by the Blues Brothers, is getting the band back together. Last week's announcement that the university was lifting its suspension of the Marching 100 was meant to instill confidence that...
  • State may seek prison for remaining FAMU hazing defendants

    State may seek prison for remaining FAMU hazing defendants
    Prosecutors suggested Thursday that they are finished with plea deals that mete out light sentences of probation and community service to ex-band members charged in the hazing death of FAMU drum major Robert Champion. During a plea conference, assistant...
  • FAMU student newspaper delays publication after libel lawsuit filed by former marching band member

     
    FAMU has put off publication of its student newspaper after a former member of the school's famous marching band filed a lawsuit against the paper, claiming he was libeled in an online article about the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion. This...
  • Report: FAMU replaces editor of student newspaper

     
    The editor of the FAMU student newspaper was asked to reapply for his job and then didn't get it —  because he says the newspaper's advisor disagreed with his desire to hold the administration accountable, according to the Student Press Law Center....
  • Why hazing just won't go away

    Why hazing just won't go away
    Even with all of the outrage and demands for change set off by the hazing death of Robert Champion, I can't help but feel we've seen this movie before. By now, it's a familiar script. A student is injured or killed. People gasp, pound their fists on the...