1. Opinion

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

Published Apr. 9, 2012

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? …

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