Monthly Archives: May 2012

Thompson new dean of pharmacy at FAMU

By Tallahassee Democrat staff

The pharmacy school at Florida A&M, one of the university’s flagship programs, has a new leader.

Michael Thompson, assistant dean for clinical affairs at FAMU’s College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is the program’s new dean, FAMU Provost Larry Robinson announced today. Read the rest of this entry

Defendant: FAMU band drum major wanted to be hazed

Robert Champion


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Hazing Death Case

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida A&M drum major who died after being hazed on a bus asked to go through the ordeal because it was seen as an honor, a defendant in the case said in a deposition released Wednesday

Robert Champion, 26, had asked all season to go through the hazing ritual, known as “crossing over,” defendant Jonathan Boyce said. “It’s a respect thing, you know,” Boyce told detectives. “Well, he was wanting to do it all … all season.” Read the rest of this entry

FAMU band to remain suspended for 2012-13 academic year

By FAMU Press Office

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Marching “100” band will remain suspended for the 2012-13 academic year, FAMU President James H. Ammons announced May 14th.

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Dr. Julian White steps down

Dr. Julian White

Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  – The embattled head of Florida A&M University’s marching band is retiring. FAMU officials tried to fire Julian White, the director of the Marching 100, following the death of drum major Robert Champion in November. Read the rest of this entry

FAMU administrators react to charges in Champion’s death. Dr. Julian White’s attorney renews request for White’s reinstatement

Dr. Julian White

By News 20 at Five

Solomon Badger, Chair FAMU Board of Trustees, and James H. Ammons, President of FAMU, released a joint statement regarding charges filed in the death of FAMU drum major Robert Champion. Read the rest of this entry

Pam Champion disappointed with charges filed in son’s death.

State Attorney Lawson Lamar announces charges on May 2, 2012 in the death of FAMU drum major Robert Champion (pictured below)

Robert Champion

Robert and Pam Champion, Associated Press


Associated Press
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The mother of a Florida A&M University drum major who died says she is disappointed prosecutors didn’t file
more severe charges.

But Pam Champion told The Associated Press she is glad charges have finally been filed.   Read the rest of this entry


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