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FAMU Lifts 'Marching 100' Suspension


Update 1:32 p.m.

Florida A&M University is lifting the suspension of its famous Marching 100 band. The hazing death of drum major Robert Champion in 2011 led to the band's suspension, along with  the resignations of the university’s former President and band director. But, many say the school is now on the path to recovery.

Following the hazing scandal, FAMU has implemented several anti-hazing procedures and even hired a new band director last month. As early as this week, rumors were circling that FAMU’s Interim President Dr. Larry Robinson would soon lift the suspension placed on the band in 2011, and Thursday, he confirmed those rumors.

“I want to reemphasize that I’m taking this action based on all the work that has been done over this last year and a half to ensure that we have an even safer campus for students at this University,” said Robinson.

The announcement also was welcome news for current band member Brianni Lundy.

“I’m just really happy that we are finally back after almost two years of suspension, and I just can’t wait to get back out there,” said Lundy.

It’s uncertain whether the famed band will play in the fall, but the new band director, Sylvester Young, says he’s working toward that goal.

Some of the work the school has done to combat hazing includes an anti-hazing tour centered around potential in-state students, on-campus forums, and the hiring of a FAMU hazing czar.

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12:05 p.m.

Florida A&M University's "Marching 100" band could be back on the field as early as the Fall.

Interim President Larry Robinson has announced the ensemble is no longer under suspension, clearing the way for the group to perform during the Fall 2013 football season.

The band was placed on suspension in November 2011 following the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion. The university is part of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Champion's parents.

Thirteen people, including some of Champion's fellow drum majors,  were charged with felony hazing. Those charges were later upgraded to manslaughter.

Check back later on for more updates on this story.

Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.