In November 2010, I watched "HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" and saw a piece on the hazing antics at several historically black colleges and fraternities. I took to Twitter to share my thoughts on the issue.
The director of bands at Florida A&M University has been placed on administrative leave with pay until completion of the investigation into the hazing-linked death of a 26-year-old drum major, the school said Wednesday.
Students and faculty at Florida A&M University have pledged to put an end to the dangerous tradition of hazing which is believed to have caused the death of one student and tarnished the reputation of a program that was once well-respected across the nation.
The newest monument in Washington dedicated to the memory and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. is attracting thousands of Americans and foreign tourists. It will finally get its official day in the sun on Sunday. That is when the federal government will formally dedicate the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial on the National Mall.
The mother of a college student who died of alcohol poisoning at Cornell University is suing Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity for $25 million in a lawsuit that alleges fraternity pledges bound her son's wrists and ankles and forced him to drink alcohol in a hazing ritual on the night of his death.
In the climactic scene of "Frat House," a 1998 documentary exploring the dark underbelly of college fraternity life, a man is down on all fours inside a dog cage. He chuckles as the frat brothers cover him in beer and Hershey's syrup, shouting profanities. However, the laughs soon turn to tears as the brothers douse the man with lighter fluid, spraying a flame dangerously close to their cowering victim, and instructing the man: "Move your left hand out! He needs an ashtray." That man was Todd Phillips, who today is the top comedy director in Hollywood.
John Ryan didn't see it coming. The Scottsdale, Ariz. based software engineer, 27, had just returned to his office from lunch. Seconds later, his project manager crept up to his desk, holding a ticking time bomb: A 24 oz. bottle of Smirnoff Ice. "You've been iced," he said.
Between May and June, on college campuses throughout the country, you can sense a level of excitement that is usually reserved for $1 beer night or when parents finally drive away after a weekend visit.
What does it mean when a white sorority wins a competition that African-American fraternities and sororities not only created but also consider an essential part of their cultural expression? It means an uncomfortable discussion about race, history, culture and inclusivity that is not black and white.
I initially wanted to write about Sen. John McCain's double-talk on the issue of affirmative action. Based on his various statements, I'm not sure where in the heck he stands. Another potential topic was the silliness over getting a new press release each day about Sen. Barack Obama canceling a visit to troops in Germany. Another potential topic was the vice presidential picks of each candidate.
When this year's incoming freshman class moved into their dorms during the University of Southern California's orientation week, they were able to meet new roommates, buy textbooks -- and register to vote.
The new film "The Butterfly Effect" premiered last week at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. It got the same reaction there that it did at a private screening in Los Angeles two weeks ago -- laughter in all the wrong places.