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FAMU professors given grants to study hazing

Here is the link. This is a pretty important story.

 

brief extract:

Jermaine Robertson came to Florida A&M University as a freshman in 1992 with a burning desire to be a member of the famed Marching 100.

He had learned to play the alto saxophone growing up in Jacksonville. Now he wanted to march with the best band in the land.

It didn’t matter to him that he would be required to subject himself to hazing rituals in order to be a part of the “100.” If that was the cost of membership, so be it.

“I was well aware that hazing was going to be part of the band, and I was OK with that. As dangerous as that sounds, that was my attitude,” Robertson said. “A lot of students have that attitude.”

 

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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