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BAND HAZING: Remembering the deaths of Robert Champion and scandals at Ohio State & Wisconsin

Here is the link to a video discussion of hazing in high school and college bands conducted by host Mike Ayalon.

From Mike:

Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion died of injuries suffered in a hazing incident. Hank Nuwer and Michael Ayalon discuss the case, including reasons why it drew so much national attention, Florida’s tough state hazing laws, the perpetrator’s appeal, the effect on Robert’s family, other band deaths, band scandals, studies done on band hazing, and the questions you should be asking if you are a parent of a band student.

Watch it below, or listen to it on the Fraternity Foodie Podcast! Also included, the deaths of band members Marcus Thomas (Bethune Cookman Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia) and high school student Michael Murphy (Charleston, WV).

#band #hazing


By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; 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 current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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