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« on: October 29, 2013, 04:44:01 PM »
This is stupid.....band cant play because you cant hear the play......but you think you are going to play in the NFL with 60,000 people cheering
« on: October 22, 2013, 10:02:57 AM »
ALBANY — ALBANY, Ga. -- Albany State University President Everette Freeman has been named as one of four finalists for the position of chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, according to UAPB officials.
« on: January 09, 2013, 10:12:50 AM »
Eight Albany State University and two Fort Valley State University students are taking advantage of the opportunity to discover, live, learn and study in another culture. The students accompanied by ASU mass communication faculty, Dr. Jianchuan Zhou and Dr. Judith Rosenbaum-Andre and Dr. Nora Osakwe, director of ASU Global Programs are studying at Xiamen University located in Fujian Province on the southeast coast of China. The program runs through
« on: May 31, 2012, 05:35:47 PM »
On May 9 and 10 four Albany State University professors conducted research at Harvard and met with “Finding Your Roots” PBS television host, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr, a scholar, literary critic, writer, editor, and public intellectual. The Harvard professor is also director of the University’s W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African American Research.
« on: May 11, 2012, 12:56:32 PM »
Looking back, the horror and betrayal Robert Champion’s family feels is crystallized in this fact: prominent in his funeral procession were several of those now accused in his death.
"To be there, to participate as if you were totally innocent," said his mother, Pam Champion, sitting in her Decatur living room and shaking her head in disbelief. "It hurts."
Four of the 11 charged in Champion's Nov. 19 death are from Atlanta. Two of them, Jonathan Boyce, 24, and Shawn Turner, 26, were among his fellow drum majors who marched at the funeral in full regalia. Turner spoke at the service. Another drum major, Rikki Willis, also charged in Champion's death, said into a news camera after the funeral, "It was a pleasure to have ever met him."
The family had their suspicions. Three days after Champion was beaten unconscious during a band trip to Orlando, the Orange County sheriff suggested that hazing had been involved. But the autopsy had not been released, and at least one member of the band, the Marching 100, called the Champions to say their son collapsed out of the blue. "They said that one minute he was talking and laughing and the next minute he was laid out," Pam Champion said.
So Champion and her husband, Robert Champion Sr., went forward with the sort of funeral their son would have wanted. His green, red and white shako was placed near the coffin. He was surrounded by the members of the band that he considered family, fellow Rattlers who had hitched rides back and forth from Tallahassee to Georgia in the Champions' van.
Now those colleagues have been charged with pummeling the 26-year-old during a hazing ritual after the Florida Classic football game with Bethune-Cookman. Among those charged are two other Atlantans, Aaron Golson, 19 and Lasherry Codner, 20. Officials say fellow band members forced Champion and another student to walk a violent gantlet inside the band's bus that evening. The other student survived. Champion went into hemorrhagic shock and died.
Champion's death shined a spotlight on a culture of hazing in the Marching 100. He died weeks after another FAMU student, Atlantan Bria Hunter, was beaten so severely during a hazing ritual that a bone in her thigh was broken. Golson was also charged in that beating.
Indiana journalism professor Hank Nuwer, the author of "Wrongs of Passage," estimates more than 80 college students have been killed during hazing incidents in the past 100 years.
Most college hazing is associated with fraternities and sororities, but the FAMU band holds a unique status at the school. It has performed at presidential inaugurations, bowl games and Super Bowls, and is the face of the university. The high-flying drum majors, with their James Brown dance moves, are the top men in the Marching 100. Champion, 26, was slated to become head drum major after Boyce graduated, and for this reason, investigators have wondered why he would be subject to any hazing.
His parents suggest that their son was either forced into the bus or went in to help another student.
They could not say whether their son was friends with the four Atlantans accused in his death. But their son considered them part of an extended family.
Now the Champions say the band, which has been suspended, needs to be "cleaned up" before it is allowed back on the field.
They have created the Robert D. Champion Drum Major for Change Foundation to help fight hazing.
"This is not just a Champion fight," Robert Champion Sr. said. "This is a fight to save all our kids."
« on: May 10, 2012, 10:37:09 AM »
2 charged in Robert Champion's hazing death not FAMU students
By Denise-Marie Balona and Stephen Hudak, Orlando Sentinel
7:25 p.m. EST, May 9, 2012
At least two of the people charged with felony hazing in connection with the beating death of Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion last fall should not have been traveling with the band because they were not enrolled in FAMU or one of the nearby schools that would allow participation in the band, according to school records obtained by the Orlando Sentinel.
In addition, nearly 100 others who were allowed to travel with the band may have been ineligible at the time of Champion's death after the Florida Classic football game in Orlando on Nov. 19.
FAMU's board of trustees was made aware of these potential violations of school policy Tuesday in documents sent to board members by school President James Ammons and his chief of staff, Rosalind Fuse-Hall.
Christopher Chestnut, a lawyer for Champion's parents, Pamela and Robert Champion, said Ammons' revelations underscore the family's belief that the university lacked procedures to protect band members from hazing.
"There were no rules, no regulations, no supervision," Chestnut said.
FAMU trustees still do not know why percussionists Caleb Jackson and Brian Jones, both charged with felony hazing in Champion's death, would have been allowed to participate in the band and be on the parked charter bus where Champion was beaten after the Classic.
To join the band, a musician must be a FAMU student or attend either Tallahassee Community College or Florida State University, as well as be enrolled in a FAMU band course.
Trustees Chairman Solomon Badger said it is unclear why some students who apparently did not meet those criteria were still allowed to perform at the Classic. Band members, he said, are required to show their course schedules to music-department staff before they are issued a uniform.
"The university is, right now, reviewing this situation and ways to ensure the band guidelines are followed in the future," Badger said.
Chuck Hobbs, an attorney for FAMU's longtime band director, Julian White, suggested that the problem lies with enrollment verification.
Band students present a copy of their current class schedules at the start of the fall semester indicating their enrollment at FAMU, FSU or Tallahassee Community College in order to receive a uniform, Hobbs said.
"It is not under the auspices of the band staff or the Department of Music to make final determinations as to verification of enrollment," he said in a prepared statement.
Hobbs also said that when travel per-diem allotments are distributed, "the band staff trusts that the ability to distribute funds disbursed for use by enrolled students have been verified by those with authority to do so."
Those types of issues, among others, are the focus of a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation into financial irregularities at FAMU. Soon after the FDLE started helping with the investigation into Champion's death, it launched a separate investigation related to band expenses and university travel.
Champion was beaten to death by fellow band members as part of a hazing ritual, authorities say. The Orange-Osceola State Attorney's Office has charged 11 people with felony hazing — six of whom were on band scholarships, according to FAMU, Florida's only historically black public university.
Two other band members have been charged with misdemeanor hazing for their alleged roles in the hazing of two other band members on the same bus that evening.
Jackson and Jones were not FAMU students at the time of the Classic, the university said.
Jones, 23, was last enrolled at FAMU in the spring of 2011, according to FAMU. His Orlando attorney, Alisia Adamson, said late Wednesday afternoon that she had not been able to reach Jones to confirm that.
Jackson, 23, and another student charged in Champion's death, Lasherry Codner, 20, were identified by FAMU as students of Tallahassee Community College.
Codner, however, attended the community college only in the fall of 2009 and the spring of 2010, a community-college spokeswoman told the Sentinel.
Jackson attended the community college only in fall, 2008.
Of the 457 people who were listed on a FAMU roster of band "travelers" at the beginning of the fall 2011 semester, 331 were FAMU students and 25 were employees, according to a letter that Ammons sent trustees.
Forty-nine students from FSU and Tallahassee Community College were in the band but not enrolled in the required FAMU band class.
Fifty-one band members and one of the cheerleaders had been previously enrolled at FAMU but were not enrolled at the time of the Florida Classic, Ammons wrote.
Chestnut, the Champion family lawyer, also was dismayed that Ammons' correspondence to trustees seemed sympathetic to those arrested. "This is a very difficult time for these young people and their respective families; our hearts and prayers go out to them," the letter says.
Ammons' sympathy is misplaced, Chestnut said.
"It [implies] that he's sorry they got caught," Chestnut said. "Robert was killed — that's what we're sorry about."
A university official said this week that FAMU students charged with hazing could face expulsion. The school would not provide a timeline, however.
Bobby Brown isn’t wanted at Whitney Houston’s funeral, the gossip site TMZ reports.
The outlet, whose well-connected sources have provided various insider information, including photos of the bathtub Houston’s body was discovered in Saturday and the room service tray she’d ordered earlier that day, now quotes insiders saying Houston’s family has let Brown know that he should steer clear of his ex-wife’s memorial.
Houston’s funeral will be held Saturday at the Newark, N.J. church where she grew up singing. Earlier talks of having a large public memorial at a huge arena ended with a mayor’s spokesman saying the family did not want the large event.
ABC News quotes sources who countered the claims that Brown’s ex in-laws were trying to keep him from the service. In a statement, Brown asked for privacy:
“My daughter Bobbi Kristina is doing much better. We continue to provide love and support to Bobbi Kristina. She is dealing with the tragedy of her mother’s death and would prefer to do it outside of the public eye. I ask again that our privacy be respected.”
Meanwhile, AP reports that gospel singer Marvin Winans is to give the eulogy for Houston.
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