Saturday, June 23, 2018
Opinion

FAMU band halftime shows should be on hold until arrest in hazing death

The Florida A&M University band should not take the field for a halftime show until an arrest has been made in the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion and school officials can make a convincing case that hazing no longer will permeate the Marching 100's mind-set.

It's a tall order, and the university does not control the Orange County law enforcement officials investigating the case, but how can the band strut its stuff while Champion's death remains unsolved? What message does that send?

It could be argued that suspending halftime shows punishes the many for the actions of only a few, but it's about respecting Champion's death and family — not being punitive.

Even if officials meet those standards, I can't envision the kind of rollicking halftime show I've loved all my life. Not this season. Wouldn't it have to be a more subdued presentation? …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Violence Begets Violence. ...

Nonprofits must rethink how to utilize joint ventures with for-profit entities to succeed.

That's part of the message the Florida Alliance of Community Development Corporations will deliver at a summit Tuesday and Wednesday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Tampa-Westshore. U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor speaks to start it and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn offers remarks. …

Helping a nonprofit while seeing Winter the dolphin? I couldn't pass on the invitation to emcee Saturday night's Splash of Jazz featuring saxophonist Alan Darcy at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Proceeds go to RCS Grace House, which is an outreach to many homeless families in upper Pinellas County. Get tickets at splashofjazz.com.

That's all I'm saying.

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