FAMU Hosts Town Hall Meeting on Hazing [SLIDE SHOW]

By: FAMU Release Email
By: FAMU Release Email

Tallahassee - September 21, 2012 - 12:01am

Almost a year of accusations within the Marching 100, that started with the death of drum major Robert Champion, and ended with dozens of students accused of hazing have led faculty and leaders at FAMU in a fight against hazing.

Thursday afternoon from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the Al Lawson Center on FAMU's campus, there was a town hall meeting to address hazing.

"Our service to the music community and our college bands is a way of bringing us closer through music, not hazing," said Victor Gaines, the President of the Marching 100 Alumni Band Association.

But the panel of hazing experts did not that hazing is not just an issue at FAMU.

"In fact 55% of college students say they've experienced hazing and 47% in high school," said Dr. Elizabeth Allan, a hazing expert.

They, along with interim president of the university, Dr. Larry Robinson told students change is not just about talking. It's about taking action to prevent hazing, simply by not participating in it.

"There are other far more dignified and admirable safe ways to instill a sense of belonging, a sense of pride, a sense of unity and accomplishment," said Dr. Allan.

This particular meeting was interactive. Students tweeted questions and opinions about the effect these presentations have on them.

In the end, they clapped, gave the Rattler chant and stood united to make a change for themselves and for future Rattlers.

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Tallahassee, FL - September 20, 2012 6:19pm

A panel of experts delivered what FAMU administrators say is a message for everyone.

That message is to eradicate hazing on campus.

A town hall on hazing wrapped up at the Al Lawson Center at FAMU around 4:00.

When a student asked why do people haze, one of the panelists said because students want a sense of achievement or belonging. Another panelist bluntly said they do it "out of ignorance."

Hundreds of FAMU students got the chance to be involved in this afternoon's town hall on hazing at the Lawson Center.

A panel of six, which included an attorney, psychologist, and hazing researcher, went over what constitutes hazing, the impact on victims, and the responsibility the campus has in ending hazing.

Raven Whitehead, a FAMU Student said, "they can do this every day but it is up to us to make a change. People act like this is an issue only at FAMU. This been here even before FAMU existed."

Researcher Dr. Elizabeth Allan says hazing is widespread. She told the crowd that 55 percent of college students and 47 percent of high school students have been gazed.

One of the panelists pointed out that this was the largest anti hazing gathering of experts in the world.
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Tallahassee, FL - September 20, 2012 5:15pm

Stop hazing at FAMU. That's the main message at a town hall meeting held on campus.

Not only did a panel of experts talk to students about ending hazing, the students also got involved.

Hundreds of FAMU students, faculty, and staff came to this afternoon's town hall at the Lawson Center.

Administrators say this was the time to start the journey of ending hazing by addressing it with students.

Students say the town hall can keep Marching 100 drum major Robert Champion's November hazing death from being in vain.

Kambriel Willis, FAMU Student stated, "this was a chance for everyone to get together to voice their opinions. I think it is good to get outside opinion."

The panelists included FAMU's student body president, the president of the Marching 100 Alumni Band, an attorney, and a hazing researcher.

Students were able to ask questions through Twitter or write them on an index card. The town hall was also interactive by allowing students to answer questions by using flickered in the audience.
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Tallahassee, FL - September 20, 2012

A town hall on hazing is underway at FAMU. It's being held in the Al Lawson Center from 2-4pm. During her welcome, FAMU Board of Trustee member Belinda Shannon said the town hall is a message for everyone. The event is meant to be a frank discussion on the topic of hazing.

Panelists include Psychologist Naiam Akbar, FAMU Student Body President Marissa West, Marching 100 Alumni Band President Victor Gaines. They are joined by an author and professor, and a hazing researcher.

Students can submit questions by writing them on an index card or tweeting using #townhall.
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Tallahassee, FL - September 19, 2012

Florida A&M University will host an interactive Town Hall Meeting on hazing.

WHO: The panelists are as follows:

Na’im Akbar, clinical psychologist;
Elizabeth Allan, associate professor of higher educational leadership, the University of Maine;
Attorney Rasheed-Ali Cromwell, associate for SG Consulting Group and leading authority on fraternity and sorority life on college campuses;
Victor Gaines, president of the Marching “100” Band Association Inc.;
Hank Nuwer, hazing researcher and author; and
Marissa West, FAMU’s 2012-2013 student body president
James Bland, co-president of Hometeam Entertainment (will serve as the moderator)

WHEN: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday, September 20

WHERE: Alfred L. Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching
Gymnasium

WHY: The panelists will dissect the cause of hazing and the personal responsibilities students have to stop the illegal “rite of passage.”

The FAMU Town Hall Meeting will be webcast. Individuals can access the town meeting live through FAMU’s website. In addition, comments can be posted and the general public can ask questions during this Town Hall Meeting through Twitter. To access the webcast, log onto www.famu.edu and follow the discussion at “FAMU_1887.” Comments and questions can be posted through Twitter via the hashtag #FAMUtownhall.


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