Let’s see: yesterday we had a report about the dance squad at FAMU being suspended for an alleged hazing incident, less than a year after a member of the school’s marching band died from hazing. Today, we have reports that 11 members of the SUNY Geneseo women’s volleyball team were charged with 1st degree Hazing and Unlawful Dealing with a Child for serving alcohol to minors after an off-campus underage drinking party sent one student to the hospital with a BAC over 3 times the legal limit. And this happened at a school where another student died from binge drinking less than 3 years ago.
What are you people thinking? Do we need to lay the bodies of your fallen classmates in front of you to get this to stop?
The women’s volleyball team has been suspended by the university (polite applause) while the investigation continues. Some will argue the charges are harsh for common “underage drinking” at a college campus, but there must be enough evidence the gals were coerced into drinking that much or the DA wouldn’t have filed the charges. SUNY Geneseo claims it has a tough anti-hazing policy, so we’ll see if they have the guts to follow through on this one.
Source – WHAM
Regular readers of this site will remember the name Florida A&M: less than a year ago a member of the marching band died as a result of hazing incident on a bus and since then the program and school have been thrown into a firestorm of controversy . . . mostly because there had been a series of similar incidents over the years and the administration had done little, if anything, to combat the practice. The heat got so bad at the school that the university president resigned because of it in July.
So how do we start off the 2012 school year at FAMU? With another hazing incident, this time reportedly involving the school’s Torque Dance Team. Not a lot of details about what actually happened over Labor Day weekend, but it was enough for the school to investigate and suspended the entire squad. But really: how stupid do you have to be to continue hazing at a school where a kid DIED less than a year ago and lawsuits are flying around campus like drone aircraft? (You can read the details of the stupid things that were done to Robert Champion here.) FAMU even put out new, stricter guidelines they thought would end hazing practices.
We hate to see schools over-react to hazing incidents, but in this case the death penalty might be the only thing to get student’s attention. End the program for five or six years (long enough that anyone who even remembers the school had a dance team are long gone) and start completely over with all new coaches, trainers, etc. And if there’s another hazing incident after that, then it’s gone forever.
I think even drunk college students would get the message at that point.
Source: CBS News
Apparently college marching bands have learned nothing in the past year since a member of the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University marching band died as a result of hazing incident on a bus. How serious has the FAMU incident become? There have now been 20 present or former members of the marching band charged with FELONIES related to Robert Champion’s death.
And now? The kids at Clark Atlanta University have decided that the rules don’t apply to them either and, as a result, the entire band was suspended for Saturday’s game. No details yet on the incident, but it sounds serious enough for the CAU to take this kind of action.