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Robert Champion 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...

Robert Champion's Roommate Enters Plea In Hazing Case

AP | KYLE HIGHTOWER | Posted 05.10.2013 | Black Voices

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The roommate of the Florida A&M drum major who died in a hazing ritual in 2011 has pleaded no contest to hazing charges. During a st...

Manslaughter Added To Hazing Charges In Florida Student's Death

AP | KYLE HIGHTOWER | Posted 03.05.2013 | College

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Defendants in the hazing death of a Florida A&M drum major have been given the stiffer charge of manslaughter by the new prosecutor a...

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 ...

FAMU Hazing Defendant Enters No Contest Plea

AP | MIKE SCHNEIDER | Posted 12.10.2012 | College

ORLANDO, Fla. — The first of a dozen defendants charged in the hazing death of a Florida A&M drum major entered a plea of no contest Tuesday to ...

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 ...

Florida A&M and the Death of Accountability and Caring

William K. Black | Posted 11.12.2012 | College
William K. Black

Florida A&M University (FAMU) has just filed a legal pleading that exemplifies the moral bankruptcy and the shirking of accountability by elites that has become emblematic of the last ten years.

FAMU Says It's Not Responsible For Hazing Death

AP | By GARY FINEOUT | Posted 11.11.2012 | College

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida A&M University, which has been rocked by a hazing scandal for nearly a year, insists in legal papers filed Monday that it...

FAMU Hazing Death Triggers State Investigation, Arrests

Orlando Sentinel | Posted 10.28.2012 | College

The director of special events at Florida A&M University has been arrested and charged with eight counts of fraud related to travel expenses, accordin...

FAMU Still Dealing With Fallout From Hazing Death

AP | GARY FINEOUT | Posted 07.12.2012 | Black Voices

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The fallout from the hazing death of a Florida A&M University drum major appears unlikely to end soon. University leaders will h...

FAMU President Receives No-Cofidence Vote

Huffington Post | Anna Susman | Posted 06.19.2012 | College

Florida A&M University president James Ammons is under intense scrutiny after the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion in November 2011. Last we...

FAMU President Makes Anti-Hazing Proposal

AP | GARY FINEOUT | Posted 08.04.2012 | College

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The head of Florida A&M University proposed stringent requirements Monday for membership in the school's famed marching band...

Defendant Says Robert Champion Wanted To Be Hazed

AP | MIKE SCHNEIDER and KYLE HIGHTOWER | Posted 07.23.2012 | College

ORLANDO, Fla. — Robert Champion was known for his opposition to the hazing rampant in the Florida A&M University marching band, but he was vying...

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 ...

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 ...

Equation for a Hate Crime: How Hazing and Homophobia Could Have Played a Role in FAMU's Robert Champion Jr. Death

Shane L. Windmeyer | Posted 04.02.2012 | Gay Voices
Shane L. Windmeyer

Was Champion's death a hazing act that went wrong, or is there something more? What is not being readily discussed in this hazing death is why, in his case, the beating he received was severe enough to kill him.

Robert Champion Death: Hazing or Hate Crime?

Irene Monroe | Posted 03.28.2012 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

Robert Champion, Jr.'s murder may never be solved. Those who struck the fatal blows may never disclose whether they used the guise of hazing and accidental homicide to cover up an intended hate crime.

Why We Cannot Wait: NBJC Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks | Posted 03.16.2012 | Gay Voices
Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks

If King were alive today, he would question whether HBCUs are equipped to serve LGBT students who are victims of anti-gay harassment or domestic violence. He would rally young people and administrators to take action before we lose another black life.

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...

College Drum Major's Death Ruled A Homicide

Posted 12.18.2011 | College

By GARY FINEOUT AND KYLE HIGHTOWER, Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. — A Florida A&M University drum major was severely beaten in a hazing incident...