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FAMU Student Dies from Alleged Hazing
Dec 2, 2011 | News Archive

Say it back! Another death caused by hazing? 
By: Melissa Henderson

If the hit blockbuster film Drumline was not a subliminal message about the rituals and tasks ambitious college students are willing (and required) to do for entrance into TOP drumline program, than the death of 26-year old Robert Champion may give you a clue.  Headlining national news outlets this week is a story from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. Reports announced that Robert Champion died after a football game from alleged hazing. In a New York Times article profiling the history of hazing and FAMU’s notorious band induction process, an apologetic University president James H. Ammons promised he would “end hazing.”   However, is another recorded death due to hazing really enough to put a end to a de facto century old tradition and practice? On the surface, although hazing is a big no-no within fraternity and sorority culture, it is still accepted for whatever it’s worth. Does blood, pain, sacrifice and dedication justify entrance into a seemingly becoming social group?

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