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Famu Band Death

Parents May Receive Compensation For Son's Hazing Death Under Florida Bill

The Orlando Sentinel | Stephen Hudak | Posted 10.02.2013 | Black Voices

Proposed legislation was filed Thursday in the Florida Senate that would compensate the parents of FAMU drum major Robert Champion for pain and suffer...

FAMU Hazing Prosecutor: 'Three Years In Prison Is Too Little'

The Orlando Sentinel | Stephen Hudak | Posted 09.10.2013 | Black Voices

Prosecutors suggested Thursday that they are finished with plea deals that mete out light sentences of probation and community service to ex-band memb...

FAMU Drum Major Now Facing Felony In Hazing Case

The Orlando Sentinel | Stephen Hudak | Posted 08.25.2013 | Black Voices

Prosecutors today added manslaughter and felony hazing to their case against former FAMU drum major Jarrod Deas, who was once charged only with a misd...

FAMU Wants Hazing Lawsuit Dismissed

AP | MIKE SCHNEIDER | Posted 01.28.2013 | College

ORLANDO, Fla. — Attorneys for Florida A&M University on Wednesday asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the family of a drum major who d...

Robert Champion's Family Rejects $300K Settlement, And Other HBCU Highlights This Week

Posted 11.09.2012 | Black Voices

In a week that saw mid-Atlantic and Northeast coastal towns recovering from storm damage, and the reintroduction of grassroots political mobilizat...

Champion Family Rejects Florida A&M Settlement Offer

Posted 11.09.2012 | College

Florida A&M University has offered to settle a lawsuit brought against the school by the parents of Robert Champion, a drum major in the college band ...

Famuan Editorial: Blame Champion And His Mom For His Death | Posted 11.19.2012 | College

So who's to blame for the death of Champion? The answer: Robert Champion and his parents. When news broke that FAMU wanted the charges dropped agai...

FAMU Holds First Home Game Without Famed Band

AP | GARY FINEOUT | Posted 11.16.2012 | College

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — As Florida A&M's Marching 100 quick-stepped across the grass, the stadium announcer's voice would boom through the speakers ...

Another Hazing Scandal At FAMU?

AP | Posted 11.05.2012 | College

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida A&M University, still reeling from the hazing-related death of a marching band drum major 10 months ago, on Tuesday suspe...

FAMU To Try To Settle Suit Over Band Hazing Death

AP | GARY FINEOUT | Posted 10.16.2012 | College

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida A&M University wants to try to settle a family's lawsuit against the school over the hazing death of a band member. ...

After Hazing Death, FAMU Searches Nationwide For New Band Leader

AP | Posted 07.02.2012 | College

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida A&M is looking for a new director of bands. The university said Friday that it hopes to attract a new leader for its tro...

Hazing Crisis: FAMU Head Gets No-Confidence Vote

AP | By GARY FINEOUT | Posted 08.08.2012 | College

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The president of Florida A&M University vowed to remain on the job Thursday despite a no-confidence vote from school trustees ove...

FAMU Band Member Enter Pleas On Hazing Charges

AP | Posted 05.18.2012 | College

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Two defendants have pleaded no contest to lesser charges of misdemeanor hazing in the beating of a fellow Florida A&M University ...

Pressure Mounting To Keep FAMU Band Suspended

AP | GARY FINEOUT | Posted 07.10.2012 | College

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The longtime director of Florida A&M University's famed marching band announced his retirement Thursday, while a top state o...

Robert Champion's Mother Calls For The 'Marching 100' To Disband

Posted 05.04.2012 | College

The parents of Robert Champion, a Florida A&M drum major in the famous "Marching 100," are calling for band's breakup until its alleged hazing culture...

New Details Emerge In FAMU Hazing Death

AP | MIKE SCHNEIDER | Posted 04.15.2012 | College

ORLANDO, Fla. — The parents of a Florida A&M band member who died after being hazed filed a wrongful death lawsuit Monday against the owner and ...

ACLU Questions FAMU's Ban On Student Groups

AP | Posted 02.03.2012 | Black Voices

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is criticizing Florida A&M University's decision to cancel a summer band camp and b...

FAMU Dismisses Students Charged With Hazing

AP | Posted 03.24.2012 | College

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The four students charged last week with hazing pledges of a Florida A&M University marching band club known as the Clones h...

Family To Sue Owner Of Bus Where FAMU Student Died

AP | By MIKE SCHNEIDER | Posted 01.10.2012 | Black Voices

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The parents of a Florida A&M band member who died after a hazing ritual last November said they will sue the company that owns the bu...

Frederica Announces Plans For Anti-Hazing Bill

AP | Posted 02.26.2012 | Miami

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson says she plans to introduce a federal anti-hazing bill as soon as Congress returns from its holid...

FAMU President Faces Suspension

AP | GARY FINEOUT | Posted 02.18.2012 | Miami

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida A&M's president will keep his job after the university board of trustees Monday rejected a call from Gov. Rick Scott...

FAMU Hazing; The Buck Speeds Past

James M. Lynch | Posted 02.15.2012 | Crime
James M. Lynch

James Ammons, FAMU president, surprised by a CNN reporter, responding to questions about the 'alleged hazing death' of FAMU student Robert Champion pretty much 'failed the test' of leadership when interviewed.

FAMU Students To Florida Gov.: 'We're Not Poor!' | Posted 12.17.2011 | Black Voices

As the fallout from the FAMU hazing scandal continues, the attention has shifted from the campus to the state capitol. On Dec. 15, Florida Governo...

FAMU Scandal Spreads: 20 High School Bands Suspended In Georgia

AP | DORIE TURNER and GARY FINEOUT | Posted 02.13.2012 | Black Voices

ATLANTA — The fallout from the death of a Florida A&M University drum major broadened Wednesday to nearly two dozen high schools in Georgia, whe...

If the Marching 100 Can't Be Banned, then FAMU President James Ammons Should Resign

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 02.07.2012 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

There are only two paths for Dr. James Ammons to handle the scandal that surrounds his beloved alma mater, Florida A&M University. He can ban the band for a minimum of four years, bringing a quick and reasonable start to the effort to end hazing within the band's ranks. Or he can resign.