Tampa Bay Times editorial board glorifies Castell while demanding that Ammons leave

In the least surprising news of the day, the editorial board of the Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times) called for the departure of FAMU President James H. Ammons while praising the “good ole days” of former Interim President Castell Bryant.

The only shocking thing about the editorial is that the Times board doesn’t seem to remember that it’s made its intense dislike of Ammons obvious ever since he was appointed in 2007. The Times editorial board had a borderline hatred of former FAMU President Frederick S. Humphries and wasn’t happy when Ammons, the former provost and vice-president for academic affairs of the Humphries years, became the tenth president of the university.

The Times editorial board used Castell as its example of a model FAMU leader while bashing Ammons. “As interim FAMU president in 2005, Castell Bryant tried to ensure only FAMU students played in the band,” it wrote.

The editorial board still won’t acknowledge that Castell almost destroyed the Marching 100 by nearly destroying FAMU. It refuses to criticize her for getting the worse audits in school history and nearly costing FAMU its accreditation. Come to think of it, the Times editorial still hasn’t taken Gov. Rick Scott to task for threatening FAMU’s accreditation, either.

Ammons hasn’t lost the support of the Tampa Bay Timeseditorial board. He never had its support in the first place.

FAMU's ΚΚΨ chapter suspended until 2017

The National Council of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Fraternity has suspended the Delta Iota Chapter at FAMU until 2017.

A statement released by the organization read:

As noted in a statement Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Fraternity released on January 30, 2012, the National Leadership was alerted to a situation that might have been a violation of Fraternity policy on Saturday, January 28th, 2012 through an article that appeared in the Tallahassee Democrat. The Fraternity responded immediately as noted in a statement issued by the Fraternity on January 30th, 2012. It was determined that the situation occurred during the spring 2010 semester and involved the Delta Iota chapter at Florida A&M University.

Following that report, the National Council of the Fraternity organized an investigation into the situation that was and is consistent with the policies and procedures of the Fraternity. The Fraternity was subsequently asked to hold off on its investigation by a representative of Florida A&M because of a police investigation that was being organized. We chose to honor that request but placed the Delta Iota chapter on Investigative Hold until we could complete our investigation. While on Investigative Hold a chapter many not operate on any level without approval of local and national supervision.

On March 28, 2012, the Tallahassee Police Department concluded its investigation and released its findings. Following the completion of that investigation, Kappa Kappa Psi went forward with its investigation that had been held pending the completion of the police work.

As a result of this investigation and the incident that occurred in spring of 2010, the National Council has voted to remove the Delta Iota Chapter at Florida A&M University from the roster of active chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi. The Delta Iota chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi will be closed for a period of at least five years or until May, 3 2017. This decision was based primarily upon hazing activities that occurred as well as other related issues including a failure to follow policies of the national organization and uncertainty of the future leadership and direction of the University and the Music Department.

All undergraduate members of Delta Iota chapter in the spring semester of 2010 have been expelled. All prospective members--those in the joining process--during the spring semester of 2010 have been expelled. Any members of the Fraternity including alumnus members who were present at the incident that led to the investigation and sanctions have been expelled. A total of 28 individuals have been expelled from Kappa Kappa Psi.

Any current dues paying student members of Delta Iota chapter who were not members during the spring, 2010 semester have been placed on Alumni status with Kappa Kappa Psi Fraternity. As alumnus members they may not participate in any undergraduate chapter event or activity at Florida A&M University since the Delta Iota Chapter is no longer active. Any violation of this status will result in expulsion from the Fraternity.