If you start there as a measurable standard that we hold ourselves to, then factor in the considerable additional seriousness of in the Champion case, the Marching 100 should be banned for about 7-10 years.For now, the consensus speculation seems to be that the likely outcome on Monday is an extension of the university’s “indefinite” ban on the 100.It’s only fair, based upon how we’ve dealt with other hazing organizations in the past.
But even after we’ve finished doing that – and believe me, heads will continue to roll — we still have to deal with the issue at the purely student-to-student level.
To fix that, I believe you have to start by banning the band for a long time.
In the meantime, if you’ve found one, or if you have the docs at hand, please let us know. Monday’s meeting of FAMU President James Ammons and the Board of Trustees is shaping up as a crucial turning point in the broader hazing controversy that’s enveloped the school since November.
In short, it’s time for these supposed leaders of the university to put up or shut up.
The Sentinel story doesn’t place Ammons in the Nov.
16 meeting, and the story is inconclusive as to whether he was told afterward about the proposal to suspend the band.I’d add that, in a single stroke, I believe a ban of the band would substantively improve student safety even more than firing the president, the bandleader, or other senior people, despite the recent attention that’s focused on those other matters. On the merits, I do believe that a lot of FAMU’s senior leadership, including President Ammons, deserve to get the ax for their roles in creating a lax environment, failing to follow up on hazing cases over the years, et cetera.Good riddance to the now-retired bandleader Julian White as well, as far as I’m concerned.Unfortunately, it seems for now that summations like Hightower’s are all that’s practical for most people to see, since there’s no link yet to full digital versions of the documents on the Web.But we’ll be sure to post the link later, whenever it’s available.The little he said-he said conflict there aside, this story goes on to provide quite a little narrative about whether Champion’s death was preventable based on what administrators knew.