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Student's death is biggest loss in FAMU band scandal

Born and raised as the son of Florida A&M professors, my adoration for the FAMU "Marching 100" band extends to my early childhood.

However, the death of drum major Robert Champion taints that adoration and if it is related to hazing, I can't sustain my fanaticism without significant changes.

Hazing always has been a thinly veiled secret of the band's subculture, but we need to abandon some traditions if they go against our evolution as a society. That goes for all collegiate organizations. New standards of institutional control must be put in place.

A life has been lost. What else really matters? …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Be Willing To Give Up What You Are For What You Can Become. …

Wouldn't it be cool if we celebrated Middleton High's award-winning robotics teams by filling a gym with fans, the band and the cheerleaders for one of their competitions? A hyped-up announcer could shout, "Let's get ready to robot!" …

Bishop Robert Lynch holds a Red Mass at noon Wednesday in downtown Tampa's Sacred Heart Catholic Church for all lawyers, judges and legal staff. I'm resisting the temptation to make a bad joke about lawyers seeking divine guidance. …

Kudos to the seven local First Watch restaurants for donating more than $14,000 in dishes, glasses and silverware to Habitat For Humanity. ...

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will host a Midtown Business Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Tangerine Plaza at 1794 22nd St. S in St. Petersburg. ...

My neighbor put up holiday lights this weekend to make the rest of us look bad. Guess what? It's working.

That's all I'm saying.

Student's death is biggest loss in FAMU band scandal 11/27/11 [Last modified: Sunday, November 27, 2011 6:15pm]
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