| May 7, 2013
| 12:14 PM
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...
| May 10, 2013
| 9:22 AM
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...
| May 21, 2013
| 2:26 PM
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...
| May 28, 2013
| 9:04 AM
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...
| May 31, 2013
| 5:53 PM
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...
| Jul 2, 2013
| 1:59 PM
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....
| Jul 6, 2013
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...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 3:56 PM
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...
| Jan 10, 2013
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...
| Jan 24, 2013
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....
| Sep 22, 2012
| 5:10 PM
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...