Band Fraternity Shuts Down FAMU Chapter

May 15, 2012 by Julie Montanaro

FAMU's band fraternity has been shut down for five years.

The national chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi closed its FAMU chapter because of hazing and uncertainty.

The greek letters Kappa Kappa Psi stand ten feet tall on the edge of the Marching 100's practice field.

The national fraternity announced Monday that FAMU's Delta Iota chapter has lost its charter and will be "closed" for at least five years until May 2017.

"They're not getting any type of funds, because you're not getting any new members, you're not being active at all, so it's like that should give them a sign not to haze anymore, really," FAMU student Gennie Tiena said.

"That's a little much, because, you know, there's other kids that's going to be in high school that's going to impact. Now those kids aren't going to have the same opportunity," FAMU student Mondestin Derelus said.

28 members of the fraternity have been expelled. That includes all undergraduates and pledges from the spring of 2010.

The expulsions come in the wake of allegations that Kappa Kappa Psi pledges were struck and paddled at the home of a FAMU music professor in the spring of 2010.

A statement on the Kappa Kappa Psi web site says the decision was based on "hazing" and uncertainty over the leadership and direction of FAMU's music department.

"I feel like less kids are going to come here because I know a lot of kids on scholarships, band scholarships," said FAMU student Danielle Priester.

"It can encourage other fraternities, also band members and sororities to uplift their policies," said FAMU student Gary Mcelmore,


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  • by don't understand on May 16, 2012 at 03:45 PM
    Why is it called the "Marching 100" when there are at least 300 band members? Are those 100 the ones that aren't students in the school but are in the band anyway?
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      by Anonymous on May 17, 2012 at 04:29 AM in reply to don't understand
      No the 100 are students.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 2, 2012 at 09:37 AM in reply to don't understand
      you have to be in the marching band to know the reason why...some things aren't meant for everyone
  • by Why is it on May 16, 2012 at 02:48 PM
    Why is it that there is such a stark contrast in the formation of these posts? It really seems like some were done by people who were educated and some . . . simply; not. Why is that?
  • by TYronn Location: Southside on May 16, 2012 at 02:22 PM
    I have lived here all my life, over 50 years. FAMU has got worse every year. As long as those "working" there get paid, and students get their papers, there is no accounting for any wrongs no matter how severe. Truely close it down. In this time it only makes things more difficult when people divide themselves, Black University, NO, close such foolishness and put it away.
  • by National Headquarters on May 16, 2012 at 01:15 PM
    Most Nationals for IFC, Panhellenic, National Panhellenic, Multicultura, Music Fraternties and Sororities always wait until the University or College imposes sanctions and take their lead from that because they cannot allow a chapter to operate if the U. has suspended its members. The five years is odd, though, because four is standard to clean out the bad culture. Maybe most FAMU students are on the 5-7 year plan.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 2, 2012 at 09:39 AM in reply to National Headquarters
      Im a member of TBS and Nationals usually suspends chapters for 5 years when hazing is a factor. Therefore it is proper punishment.
  • by To Eric on May 16, 2012 at 01:09 PM
    Really a low level ignorant institution really. What u need to do is get ur facts together quick. Sale the land to HUD housing because it's already in the ghetto. N where might I add is fsu built right "in the hood" you idiot. There are actually ppl who go to famu to learn and to graduate. Fsu has as many problems as famu but there dirt is never brought to the media. Please stop being naive. Some comments on here really show how ignorant ppl are.
  • by DDG on May 16, 2012 at 12:30 PM
    Most of you people commenting only know what was misconstrued by the media. If you knew the actually facts you would understand the decisions that we made. The Marching 100 didn't kill someone, members of the Marching 100 did on mistake. What they did was wrong, but they didn't purposely kill him. Florida law states that you are just as wrong if you allow someone to haze you. People who subject themselves are fools and desperate for social acceptance. Raise you kids to know these things are wrong.
  • by Rick Location: Tallahassee on May 16, 2012 at 12:04 PM
    Let's set the record straight right now. The Marching 100 is suspended for ONE YEAR only! They will return for the Fall 2013 Football Season. So you anonymous cowards can go right on hoping for the worst. FAMU's best days are ahead of it. We fully support our university and look forward to The 100's return in 2013.
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      by Dr. Dre on May 16, 2012 at 12:44 PM in reply to Rick
      That is only PARTIALLY correct. The Marching 100 is suspended at LEAST for the balance of the 2012/13 Academic year. There are over a million dollars of potential illegal use of funds that can result in criminal charges and civil penalties to the University. The EARLIEST they can return is next year provided everything is done legally and all of the cases are resolved against the University and the individuals. Dr. Ammons was ready to reinstate the band but the Board of Governors said not a chance so Dr. Ammons bought some time by proposing at LEAST a year. When al of the cowardice and dirty laundry is out you will see financial sanctions imposed by the governing bodies and taxpayers unwilling to vote for any Legislator that proposes funding for thugs and and hoodlums
  • by Emily Location: Gadsden on May 16, 2012 at 09:39 AM
    Five years is fair. The University may want to take a cue from this decision and suspend the band for five years, as well, giving everyone who is a current band member the opportunity to graduate and move on. This would give the hazing culture adequate time to become a memory.
  • by Jane Doe on May 16, 2012 at 09:31 AM
    and it's sad to see such racist and ignorant comments such as merging the two will bring fsu down...FYI they haze as well especially white frats and sororities, trust me there are many people who graduate from FSU and they work at Kmart so what u Tryin to say???
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      by Dr Dre on May 16, 2012 at 12:46 PM in reply to Jane Doe
      KMART is closed. Famu has only 7000 total Alumni in their association that raised 950,000 last year...a record. FSU Alumni pays over 3 million per year of Jimbo's salary alone.
  • by Pam Location: Tally on May 16, 2012 at 09:14 AM
    First, of all parents should teach their children Education, Character, Integrity, and ethics. Students who disobey any laws that this prestigious HBCU has place should be held accountable. It is the parent’s job to assure that their kids are doing what is right although they are abroad from home. Colleges and Universities are not daycares. I am neither saddened nor disappointed by what FAMU has to do to regain its community trust. Nevertheless, true Rattlers must stand behind the school to show their support. A tragedy has occurred; a life was lost. FAMU has a corrective action plan hopefully; all learned a lesson. Keep Moving Forward.
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