November 15, 2012
1.) "FAMU's Town Hall Calls for Hazing to be Reported." Morning Edition 21 Sept. 2012. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 14 Nov. 2012.
http://ic.galegroup.com:80/ic/ovic/AudioDetailsPage/AudioDetailsWindow?displayGroupName=Audio&disableHighlighting=false&search_within_results=&prodId=OVIC&action=2&catId=&documentId=GALE%7CA303229441&userGroupName=txshrpub100186&jsid=0d3a55fac01cf4a5a12e2d198929e6c6 This article focuses on a particular hazing incident in 2011 at FAMU. A drum major, Robert Champion, died last year after a football game. In Tallahassee, FAMU’s town hall called a meeting to stress the issue. The Marching 100 was suspended because a few of the members were involved in the death. Robert was beat to death as a ritual. This article also includes interviews of students at FAMU and FSU, Timothius Harper and Kenneth Johnson-members of the Marching 100. This article was particularly interesting to me, because I did not know that all organizations, clubs, and teams at Universities experience hazing. Honestly, when I think of hazing, the first thing that comes to my mind is some sort of greek affiliation. When I attended Paul Quinn College, a HBCU in Dallas, Texas, the representatives of the PanHellenic council spoke to my freshman class and assured us that hazing does not exist and that there are laws, and rules at the school to prevent it. That was back in 2008. However, it is now 2012, and hazing is still present today. I thought it was rather extreme that Champion died from the brutal attack, but I am glad that the school took reinforcing actions and investigated the situation. I’m proud that the actually Marching 100 was suspended for the entire school year, because though it was only a few members responsible, you are always told that what one member does wrong, you all do wrong. Let’s hope this band learns...
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