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Update  1:21 pm:  The Florida A&M University National Alumni Association President, Tommy Mitchell, will address the media regarding the recent newspaper articles implying FAMU problems are so severe that FAMU President, James H. Ammons, should resign or be fired. The rally will focus on the outstanding achievements of FAMU and the recognition the university continues to receive in spite of the media’s focus on the Robert Champion Tragedy.

Capital Report: 05-25-2012

May 25, 2012

This year’s school and district grades will look a lot different this year, due to a variety of reasons. But one of them has stirred much discussion and debate within the disability community. This year, for the first time, students with disabilities will be fully-included in the school grade formula. Lynn Hatter reports, the biggest impact will be on schools that only serve students with disabilities.

After nearly 50 years at Florida A&M University Marching 100 Band Director Dr. Julian White has decided to retire. White’s announcement follows the death of Drum Major Robert Champion, and the exposure of the band’s long history of hazing.  

Two defendants have pleaded no contest to lesser charges of misdemeanor hazing in the beating of a fellow Florida A&M University band member. Police say fellow band members beat Bria Shante Hunter on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

After their pleas in Tallahassee, Aaron Golson and Sean Hobson were sentenced Thursday to 30 days in a work camp followed by 12 months of probation.

Action in the case of a third defendant was delayed.

Florida A&M University’s Marching 100 band will remain under suspension for at least another year. Lynn Hatter reports the university’s president says the band will need to undergo a restructuring phase before it can be allowed back on the field.

Florida A&M University President James Ammons says the decision to keep the band under suspension was not made lightly.

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Dr. Julian White has spent more than 50 years at Florida A&M, first as a student band member, then later on, as a music professor under the band’s founder, Dr. William Foster. White was promoted to director of bands and Chairman of the school’s music department. At almost every milestone in the band’s history, from the 1989 Bastille Day Parade in France, to winning the prestigious Sudler award—even playing super bowls and presidential inaugural parades, White has been there.

Capital Report: 05-11-2012

May 11, 2012

The longtime director of Florida A&M University's famed marching band has resigned. The move comes after the arrest of 11 people in the hazing death of a drum major. It also comes as separate investigations continue into the band’s finances. WFSU sat down with White Friday, a day after the announced he was permanently stepping down. Lynn Hatter prepared this report.

The fallout from the hazing scandal at Florida A&M University continued today: First there was news that after 40 years, the band director was stepping down and then there was news that Florida's top university official asked the university to keep the Marching 100 band off the field.

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Update 9:45 am:  University President James Ammons issued the following statement regarding Dr. Julian White's retirement:

“We wish him well in his retirement.  Given his position as department chair and director of bands, we must focus on moving forward with changes to the music department and the marching band.”

The director for the Florida A & M Marching 100 band is retiring after more than 40 years at the university. The news is the latest in the fallout from the hazing-death of one of the band’s drum majors.

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The arrest of 11 people in the death of a Florida A&M University band drum major has brought the issue of hazing even more into the national spotlight. Now Lynn Hatter reports, a retired Florida A&M University professor believes she has found a way to help colleges and universities deal with hazing within campus organizations.

Most of the people charged in the hazing death of a Florida A & M University drum major have been taken into custody. Lynn Hatter reports the arrests come after state law enforcement authorities announced charges against 13 people on Wednesday. The arrests have some people beginning to wonder what’s next in the fate of FAMU’s fabled band program.

Some people may not have heard about Florida A&M University, but the sound of its band is almost unmistakable.

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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says it has now arrested 10 out of the 11 people charged with felonies in the hazing death of a Florida A&M University band member. Lynn Hatter has more.

Two more people charged in the death of FAMU Marching 100 Band Drum major Robert Champion turned themselves in to the Leon County Jail Friday. They are 21-year-old Ryan Dean and 24-year-old Jonathan Boyce. Both have been released on bond.

Capital Report: 05-04-2012

May 4, 2012

Most of the people charged in the hazing death of a Florida A & M University drum major have been taken into custody. Lynn Hatter reports the arrests come after state law enforcement authorities announced charges against 13 people on Wednesday. The arrests have some people beginning to wonder what’s next in the fate of FAM-U’s fabled band program.

 

Most of the people charged in the hazing death of a Florida A & M University drum major have been taken into custody. Florida Public Radio’s Lynn Hatter reports the arrests come after state law enforcement authorities announced charges against 13 people on Wednesday.

The charges come almost six months after FAMU Marching 100 band Drum Major Robert Champion died after being beaten in a hazing ritual aboard a bus parked outside an Orlando hotel. Now state law enforcement authorities are busy taking in suspects. 

Caleb Jackson was one of 15 people arrested for the Nov. 2011 hazing death of FAMU Drum Major, Robert Champion.
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Update 4:37 pm:  FDLE says it has an eighth person in custody.

Aaron Golson, B/M, DOB, 6/20/92, Gadsden County Jail

Update 2:40 pm:  Seven out of the 11 people facing felony hazing charges in the death of FAMU Marching 100 Band Drum Major Robert Champion have been taken into custody.

Of the remaining four, three are out-of-state.

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Thirteen people are facing charges in the hazing-death of a Florida A & M University band drum major. Robert Champion died following a beating aboard a band bus in Orlando in November. Now as Lynn Hatter reports, the charges range from misdemeanors to felonies in connection to the case.

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Update: 4:50 pm:   The Leon County Sheriff's office says they've taken two people into custody in connection with the Champion case.  They are 23-year-old Caleb Jackson and 24-year-old Ricky Wills. Both are charged with felony hazing relating in death.

FAMU Police cheif retires

Apr 3, 2012

Florida A&M University’s Police Chief Calvin Ross is announcing his retirement. Ryan Benk reports Ross had planned to retire earlier, but stayed to oversee the multiple hazing investigations at the school.

Governor Rick Scott is criticizing a decision by the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees to allow its hazing task force to meet in private. The Board approved a request by the task force to be designated as a “fact-finding” commission, which allows it to avoid Florida’s Sunshine Laws. Lynn Hatter reports.

When FAMU’s board of trustees approved the plan to allow the task force to meet in private, only two members voiced opposition to the move.

Florida A&M University has placed two professors involved in a 2010 hazing incident on administrative leave.  Lynn Hatter reports according to a Tallahassee Police Department Incident Report, pledges of a fraternity associated with the school’s marching band were slapped on their backs and necks at an event held off-campus at the home of one of the faculty members.

The Tallahassee Police Department has released an incident report that cites two Florida A&M University music department faculty members as suspects in a hazing event that took place in 2010. According to the report, pledges of a fraternity associated with the school’s marching band were slapped on their backs and necks at an event held off-campus at the home of one of the faculty members. Lynn Hatter has more.

Florida A&M University has approved a plan changing the mission of its hazing task force. Lynn Hatter reports the change steers the committee away from its original task of delivering “best-practices” recommendations and also allows it to meet in private.

Under the new designation of a “fact-finding” mission, FAMU’s anti-hazing task force does not have to hold public meetings. University trustee Belinda Shannon says the change will allow the committee to meet as “expeditiously as possible.” But the move has its critics, like fellow trustee Rufus Montgomery.

The University of Florida has temporarily suspended its chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity after learning about a hazing incident involving fraternity members. Florida Public Radio’s Trimmel Gomes reports, little is known publicly about the case except it being described as a “serious physical hazing incident.”

University Spokeswoman Janine Sikes says campus police are still trying to piece together what happened over the weekend that lead to the incident.

UF Fraternity suspended amidst hazing scandal

Feb 9, 2012

The University of Florida is suspending the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity after a hazing incident that took place Saturday.  University President Bernie Machen sent an email to the student body, calling on all students to reject hazing. University spokeswoman Janine Sikes says they took swift and immediate action.

“The fraternity was placed on interim suspension immediately last Saturday and since then the national chapter has also ordered the chapter to disband.”

Four members of the Florida A&M University marching band have been expelled from the university after being charged with misdemeanor hazing. Lynn Hatter reports the dismissals are the latest in the fallout from the death of one of the band’s drum majors back in November.

The four students charged with hazing pledges of a Florida A & M marching band club will have a chance to appeal their dismissal before a student judicial committee.

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