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Acting President Robinson acts like a president at Florida A & M

His job to change the culture of hazing is a hard one. The death of Robert Champion, fraternity hazing scandals and oustings of a president and band leader have hurt student enrollment numbers.

Moderator: If ever there was a case for vigilance by college boards and presidents to combat hazing, this is the example they need.

Now FAMU embarks on a path to strengthen its values and to demand a buy-in from the student population. President Robinson sent a clear shot across the bow yesterday in a mandatory session.

I’m committing time on Sept. 20 to personally support the school’s efforts at a hazing education panel.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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