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  • E-News U. Contributor 2:02 pm on October 25, 2015 Permalink |
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    By Miah Harris

    The Fifth Annual Gala of Hope fundraiser, an evening of elegance, service and soothing sounds from popular band Party on the Moon, was held 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. The event was hosted by Hampton University and President William R. Harvey.

    Students, faculty, staff and other special guests will join together once more to wine, dine and engage in stimulating conversation about future endeavors and the continuous fight for cancer. Over time, Hampton University’s Proton Therapy Institute has provided over 1,200 patients with consistent care for prostate, breast, lung and other cancers. Although treatment numbers have not quite measured up to what was projected, scientists and doctors are continuously researching and working toward finding new ways to cure this disease.

    “I still have high hopes for it. The baby isn’t born full-grown. It’s just like any other new business. I’m not discouraged at all,” said Harvey told the Daily Press in an Oct. 17 account.

    Several students have expressed such enthusiasm about The Gala of Hope’s impact over the past years and what it will entail Friday evening. “I’m so excited to experience this gala because President Harvey has put so much time and hard work into the proton therapy center and to see 800-plus guests, including my peers, come together to support and celebrate that is a huge and wonderful accomplishment,” said Davon Moore of Greenville, N.C.

    “And just to add, I am excited to see Sister Sledge.”

    As reported in interviews and videos, the university not only joins together for an important cause, but they have fun while doing so with music and other entertainment.

    Event proceeds will cover the treatments of indigent and child patients, said Harvey at a Tuesday faculty meeting. This illustrious event comes at what some might consider a hefty price. Individual tickets for the Gala of Hope are $250, and $450 for couples.

    Allie-Ryan Butler, an assistant professor in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications said, “I don’t look at it as I’m paying for the ticket, I look at it as I’m helping change someone’s life.”

    The black-tie affair featured a gourmet dinner, dancing and networking, and live music performed by Party on the Moon, which was voted America’s No. 1 corporate and private party band and returned this year for a double encore performance. A silent auction will also take place during the gala’s festivities.

    This year’s gala fundraiser will also allow cancer conquerors like Shondia McFadden-Sabari to express a sense of pride, belief and joy for an endless battle. “I scared the hell out of cancer so it took my breasts and left,” McFadden-Sabari said proudly as she spoke about her journey to student leaders and other university members for Breast Cancer Awareness Month this week.

    Malik Jones and Tyana Talley contributed to this report. All three writers are students in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

  • E-News U. Contributor 11:45 am on October 7, 2015 Permalink |  

    By Malik Jones

    NORFOLK, Va. – As the doors opened, angelic voices rang out in glorious harmony. Their sound filled the foyer, overwhelming the crowd with the joy, pain, and resolve within the powerful lyrics. The I. Sherman Greene Chorale Inc., founded in 1972, opened the “Birth of an Answer” event Sept. 21 with their stirring renditions of traditional Negro spirituals. Their performance instantly set the mood for the evening and helped prepare the audience for a trip into the past. Soon after, the auditorium opened and everyone filed inside, the crowd mainly middle-aged adults of all ethnicities.

    The program officially began with a Q&A discussion led by composer Adolphus Hailstork and David Mallin, screenwriter of the short film “Our Nation.” Mallin also serves as the director of Old Dominion University’s Film Program. Both men engaged the audience and revealed just how important the “Birth of an Answer” event is as far as drawing from the past and helping to influence the premise behind the short film “Our Nation.”

    “Good stories are good stories,” said Mallin. “People respond well to stories that are powerful.” It was those sentiments that fueled Mallin and Director Derrick Borte to tell a story in the backdrop of one of the most racially charged moments in United States and the city of Norfolk’s history: the theatrical release of “Birth of a Nation.”

    Set in 1915 in Norfolk, “Our Nation” centers around an African-American boy named Douglas who is determined to see “Birth of a Nation,” the so-called “greatest movie ever made.” After being denied entrance into the theater, Douglas manages to sneak inside with the help of the theater’s black projectionist. While watching “Birth of a Nation,” Douglas realizes the racist and white supremacist views of the film and leaves the theater. On his way home, he sees a friend and pays for them both to see “Within Our Gates,” African-American filmmaker and pioneer Oscar Micheaux’s response film to “Birth of a Nation.”

    Micheaux’s work explored themes of Jim Crow segregation, job discrimination, and labor exploitation while challenging the stereotypical and social complexes of both African-American and white communities. His films gave African-Americans a voice in a time and medium where they were expected to be silent.

    Micheaux continues to inspire filmmakers all over the world and “Our Nation” not only proof of his legacy, but of the true power of the cinema.

    The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

  • E-News U. Contributor 8:56 pm on September 26, 2015 Permalink |  

    Xavier of La. president to address Hampton U. convocation 

    By Nia Warfield

    On Sunday Hampton University welcomes the president emeritus of Xavier University of Louisiana, Norman C. Francis, as he presents the keynote address for this year’s 73rd Annual Opening Convocation.

    Francis began his collegiate education as the first African-American student at Loyola University New Orleans. He went on to attend Loyola University Law School where he received his J.D. in 1955 and was the school’s first black graduate. Francis also received his B.A. from Xavier University, where he served as class president every year of his enrollment.

    At Xavier, Francis’ role as the nation’s longest-serving university president, 47 years, have earned him numerous national accolades and recognition in the HBCU community. Among these awards is the Presidential Medal of Freedom that he received in 2006. Both Hampton and Xavier have a long-standing history of camaraderie. During Hurricane Katrina in 2005 multiple students were accepted at Hampton while Xavier recovered from the storm.

    Under Francis’ leadership, Xavier has grown to triple its enrollment numbers, supersede annual endowments, and receive national attention for its focus on the sciences, scholarly athletes, and rigorous graduation requirements. Francis will also be receiving an honorary doctorate degree from Hampton for his exemplary work and personal dedication to excellence.

    Because of Francis’ June retirement, Hampton’s William R. Harvey ascends to the rank of America’s longest-serving active university president at 37 years, since 1978.

    Convocation will take place in Ogden Hall at 10:45 a.m.

    The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

  • E-News U. Contributor 10:39 am on September 15, 2015 Permalink |  

    Hampton U. journalism students introduced to Bloomberg way 

    By Nyaa Ferary

    The Wednesday night interview between Dean Pulley and Matthew Winkler was one of the more extensive productions orchestrated by Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications. The auditorium was so filled to capacity, students sat on stairs and along the walls. The lights were low with spotlights just on both men as they reminisced about being colleagues at the Wall Street Journal and how far news writing has come over the years.

    There was a great deal of information learned about Matthew Winkler in regards to his career, work ethic, and values. Winkler originally was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and he believed in the field of business journalism. There was no other newspaper at the time that could compete, said Winkler. But fast-forwarding a few years to a conversation with Michael Bloomberg, his career would take a huge leap in a new direction.

    The Bloomberg Company was the motherboard of all data dealing with finance and business. However, this information was not available to the public in a narrative way. Therefore, in 1990 Bloomberg News was created to fill that void. Winkler became editor-in-chief and co-founder of Bloomberg News. When recalling his big break, he said, “Luck begins when preparation meets opportunity.”

    Over 25 years, he has watched this branch of the company grow from a staff of four to thousand. Winkler has received over 800 awards for his work and now has the honorary title of editor-in-chief emeritus.

    The main take away from the interview was how being prepared and in the right moment at the right time can lead to greater success and opportunities. Winkler’s passion for news and love for business journalism were fostered at a young age.

    “If it isn’t true, it isn’t news,” Winkler told the audience. Multiple students asked questions on how Bloomberg News welcomes various social media platforms, and Winkler said, “We are potential weapons.” Furthermore, the true art of journalism can be compromised by the casual culture of social media and should be handled carefully.

    Winkler was a strong believer in getting the truth out to the public by following Bloomberg’s“5 Fs” – first word, factual word, fastest word, final word and future word, and with these tools, remaining creditable and successful are guaranteed.

    The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

  • E-News U. Contributor 3:07 pm on January 10, 2014 Permalink |  

    Nano science: By getting small, Hampton U. aims big 

    By Evan Winston

    Nano science is a hot topic in the science world today. With the help of The Hampton University School of Science, that very topic has made its way on campus. Last November, the school of Science received a $2.9 million grant to establish a nano science concentration, which engages students in the world of nano science and research with international partners.

    This 2013-2014 school year is the first year that the program has been implemented, and Michelle O. Claville, Ph.D., assistant dean, in the School of Science, foresees this program gaining strength in the future. “It is my hope that it (the concentration) gains strength,” she said. The presence of nanoscience at Hampton has come at an opportune time, as HU looks to become a research university. Claville also said that Hampton is primed to accomplishing that goal, but will have to build its research infrastructure.
    Nanotechnology is defined as the “manipulation of matter on an atomic and molecular scale.” Nano is 10 to the 9th power, better known as 1 billionth.

    How small is that? An example of things on the nano scale, are a sheet of paper being 100,000 nanometers thick, or a strand of DNA being 2.5 nanometers in diameter. The human fingernail grows a nanometer per second. On a comparative scale, if the diameter of a marble were a nanometer then the diameter of planet earth would be approximately one meter.

    The origin a nano science came in 1959, when California Institute of Technology professor Richard Feynman described a process which scientists would be able to manipulate and control individual atoms and molecules in his book entitled “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom.”
    Nano science allows us to see and manipulate the atoms. One marvel of nano science was medieval stained glass windows. The manipulation of the color scheme and design of the windows, are a prime example of nano science.

    Nano science has become a great investment in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematic (STEM) field. According to the book “A Gentle Introduction to Nano science” by Mark and Daniel Ratner, it is estimated that by the year 2020, that there will be a need for 6million nano-based workers. Nano science will be used for a wide range of things from testing weaponry, and national security, to cosmetics and clothing.

    Nano science is credited in making Mexico City lose its identity as a high-polluted area. Now that nation’s capital has buildings that are made to eliminate pollution.
    It is findings like these that interested Claville, thus motivating her and the School of Science to push for a concentration in the field. When asked what interested her in the field, the assistant dean explained the importance of current technology. “Everything we understand about elements, atoms are elementary, now that we have proper technology to look at and understand properties that we couldn’t in the past,” said Claville.

    Claville has high hopes for the program here at HU. Already students are doing research in physics and pharmacy, however they are separate programs. “My hope is that the programs will consolidate their efforts,” she said. Whether or not students choose to participate in the STEM field or not, the goal is for Hampton University to be well known for expertise in a certain area.
    If that happens then graduate schools that are well known in research, should look to Hampton to recruit the brightest and best students in the field.

    The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

  • E-News U. Contributor 3:03 pm on January 10, 2014 Permalink |  

    Hampton U. scores science and tech mentoring network grant 

    By Jennifer Hunt

    Hampton University competed against 38 other entities for a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and was one of five institutions nationwide to receive it. The NIH awarded Hampton with over $192,000 in the form of a planning grant to establish a National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) Consortium.
    The consortium will be tasked to create a network and mentorship program to serve individuals from ethnic backgrounds who are underrepresented in the biomedical field. The NIH also expects the network to provide more information and direction for individuals seeking careers in the research workforce.

    “There exists a critical national need to diversify the education pipeline in America’s institutions of higher learning,” said Chenere Ramsay, NRMN Consortium project director. “Representation of minorities in the pipeline leading to Ph.D. and research careers drops at each successive educational level.
    “While African-Americans constitute about 13 percent of the U.S. population, they receive approximately 9 percent of U.S. baccalaureate degrees, and less than 4 percent of the Ph.D.’s awarded. Hispanics, who constitute more than 14 percent of the U.S. population, receive less than 7 percent of the bachelor’s degrees and only a little more than 3 percent of the Ph.D. degrees.”

    Francis S. Collins, National Institutes of Health director, released a statement on the NIH ’s official website,, saying, “Even after controlling for education, institution, and other factors that influence the likelihood of success, black investigators were still 10 percentage points less likely than white investigators to receive a new research project grant. These results are troubling and unacceptable.”

    The grant has three specific aims:
    • Implementing a six-month planning initiative that will lead to the formation of partnerships and an infrastructure for the national consortium;
    • Analyzing the mentoring and networking programs available within those partnerships and assessing each organization’s ability to expand or develop new programs as needed,
    • And designing innovative mentoring methods.
    Hampton is now in the process of implementing the planning initiative and has about 60 other universities, colleges and national associations involved in the consortium, said Elnora Daniel, special assistant to the president for research.

    “One of the major challenges will be developing an organizational structure that will pull all of these entities together and allow the mentee to enter the system and acquire the various mentoring services that they need,” said Daniel.

    An ultimate goal of the NRMN is to generate interest of the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research fields among underrepresented groups ranging anywhere from the undergraduate to junior faculty levels and provide them with the guidance they need to succeed in research careers.

    “The Hampton NRMN Consortium is very hopeful that we will get funded to implement our ideas in efforts to increase diversity for future generations of scientists,” said Ramsey.

    This five-year grant may award upwards of $20 to $30 million per year. The current grant is only the first initial phase for the NRMN, said Daniel.

    While the grant for the actual establishment of the mentoring network will not be released until the planning phase is near completion, the institutions involved know there will only be one as opposed to the five given for the planning grant.

    Other institutions that received the planning grant and are charged with setting up their own consortium include: The Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, University of Wisconsin, University of Texas, and University of Utah.

    The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

  • E-News U. Contributor 4:41 am on October 10, 2013 Permalink |  

    Backstage shuffle before Hampton U. homecoming concert 

    By Jennifer Hunt and Evan Winston

    Hampton University’s homecoming celebration hit a speed bump after the headliner for Thursday’s homecoming concert, “The Royal Show Out,” canceled at the last minute, according to school officials.

    This year, students voted for Memphis-based rapper Yo Gotti to entertain at homecoming festivities. However, he backed out.

    “That was on his end, and it had nothing to do with the university,” said Anzell Harrell, assistant director of student activities. “The common courtesy would have been to drop out long before the week of our homecoming concert. We had to pick up, move on, and try to rectify the situation. I think we have some artists that the students will like.”

    In Yo Gotti’s place, Atlanta hip-hop artists Rich Homie Quan and Migos were slated to perform.

    Rich Homie Quan and Migos are known for their summer hits, “Some Type of Way,” and “Versace.”

    “We’re just looking forward to a great rest of the week,” said Harrell. “I’d like to see a good student turnout and have them enjoy the concert.”
    Some students who were interviewed preferred the new lineup over Yo Gotti. Other students alleged that Hampton University does not invite well-known artists for homecoming.

    “I don’t care about our lineup; I wish we had put our money into one good artist rather than two no names,” said Darius Johnson, a senior biology major from Atlanta.

    “I feel like I’m going to a concert that I can listen to on my iPod,” said senior Jarrod Neal, a biology major from Newport News, Va.

    Brandon Theo Dorsey, a junior broadcast journalism major from Houston, said he looked forward to at least one of the acts: “I’m not too high on Rich Homie Quan, but Migos is one of the hypest artists out there. He has the best bangers, and is the epitome of turning up, which is what homecoming is all about.”

    While the concert turnout is expected to rise, the hype and interest remains at a low with some of the student body, especially Onyx 9 member who have seen the lineup go from artists such as Rick Ross and Wale in 2010, and Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill and Miguel in 2011, to artists who some students label as one-hit wonders.

    The concert venue is the Hampton University Convocation Center. The performance begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $12 for students and $22 for the general public.

    Yo Gotti
    Rich Homie Quan

  • E-News U. Contributor 11:28 am on September 28, 2013 Permalink |  

    By David Woods
    Courtney Dansby, a chemical engineer from Detroit, has enjoyed her time at Hampton University but is ready to start the next part of her life. She has learned many skills in the School of Engineering which have helped her get internships at Ford Motor Company and L’Oreal.
    Hampton has given her so many opportunities for which she is truly grateful: “My time at Hampton University has been a true blessing; I have learned so much about myself, which has made me a better person. I’m nervous about graduating and going out into the real world but Hampton has taught me all the social and professional skills I need to exceed in my field.”
    On Sunday seniors will sit in Ogden Hall in graduation regalia for Opening Convocation and reflect on their years at Hampton and what path life will take them after they graduate. This moment for many seniors is a surreal feeling; they are on their final journey into adulthood.
    Said Dabney,“I am extremely excited for opening convocation it is one of the few times I get to be surrounded by all my classmates and professors as we celebrate making it this far in our academics. I am looking forward to her the speaker talk and hopefully he will motivate me and fellow classmates to finish off strong.”
    Mandell Elm, a psychology major from Bronx, N.Y. said he is thrilled for Opening Convocation. He has been a member of the marching band and a residential assistant in Winona Hall. Like many students, Elms’ family is coming to share this important moment with him.
    “When I was a underclassman at Hampton I never really paid much attention to Opening Convocation nor gave much thought about it,” he said. “As my senior year approached and I started to hear more and more about Convocation, I started to realize that I am about to graduate from college. It seems like yesterday I was a freshman and now I am a senior. Opening Convocation is going to be the motivation I need to push me through these last two semesters of college.”
    Opening Convocation begins at 10 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.
    The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

  • E-News U. Contributor 12:04 pm on September 11, 2013 Permalink |
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    By Evan Winston

    The 31st annual Hampton Bay Days Festival was held in downtown Hampton, Va. the weekend of Sept. 7 and 8. While the crowds enjoyed the live bands and food vendors, an event the seemed to draw much attention was the “Tidewater Dock Dogs.”

    In this event, dogs and their owners stepped up on a platform that simulated a dock, and in front of the dock was a pool of water that stretched approximately 30 feet.

    The owners – with doggy toy/bone in hand – then kept his/her dog at bay, at the beginning of the runway, while walking toward the edge of it. Then the owners commanded their dogs to sprint towards the pool and fetch the object that they threw towards the pool.

    While seeing canines catch objects in mid-air may be an awesome sight, the object of the event is to see how far the dog can jump.

    According to Ashley Rogers, president of Tidewater Dock Dogs, over 220 dogs participated in the event, with 183 pre-registering. “This is an exciting event,” Rogers said. There’s nothing like good old-fashioned time with your dog.”

    Dock Dogs is an organization that has functioned on for 15 years. What once was just a leisure time hobby between man and man’s best friend has turned into a national and even world phenomenon.

    According to Tidewater Dock Dogs website, competitions such as the Hampton event are held in approximately 135 cities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

    The competition held at Bay Days was a three-year tradition, meaning the participants that compete have jumped last year, this year, and will do it next year for the ultimate prize of $1,000 and a silver championship cup.

    One of the participants vying for that prize is Megan Oberman and her dogs “Strappy” and “Dutchess.” “Strappy” did not compete this year but received honors last year as “most consistent dog.” Oberman said that the competition hasn’t just brought awards to her household. “My husband and I have friends that are doing it,” she said “and we’ve met many friends through the competition.”

    The event attracted a big crowd, with the majority of the spectators being young children such as sisters Kassidy, and Emilee. “We love it when the dogs jump in the water,” they said. “We ended up getting wet.”

    Video by Kathryn Kenny

  • E-News U. Contributor 8:59 am on April 12, 2013 Permalink |
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    ‘Central Park Five’ screening at Hampton U. 

    By Keilah Joyner

    Imagine having spent between six and 13 years confined to jail cells for crimes you did not commit? In a country that professes to provide justice and equality for all, the ultimate miscarriage of justice occurred in 1989.

    “The Central Park Five” is a riveting documentary that examines the 1989 case of one Latino and four black boys wrongly accused and convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park.

    Created, directed, and produced by Ken Burns, David McMahon and Sarah Burns, “The Central Park Five” aims to reveal the truth behind the case that shook the nation by surprise from 1989 until now.
    On the evening of April 19, 1989, Trisha Meili, 28, went for a jog in New York’s Central Park. Nearly four hours later, she was found beaten, raped, and bounded.

    Antron McCray, 15, Kevin Richardson, 14, Raymond Santana, 14, Kharey Wise, 15, and Yusef Salaam, 15, were in the same park that night, the teenagers acknowledged to police.
    During the period of rising crime rates and racial tension, New York City Police Department was under pressure solve the high-profile sex crime, even if that meant arresting five teenage boys for the major felony.

    Once arrested and transported to the police station, the boys were pressured during police interrogations to implicate one another in the crime. Later all the boys except Yusef Salaam were charged with the crime.
    The New York Daily News covered the maximum sentencing hearing.

    “Sooner or later the truth will come out,” said Salaam. “Time can never contain a black man as long as he knows he was convicted falsely.”

    Yusef Salaam words came into fruition in 2002. That year, Matias Reyes, a male convict, confessed to beating and raping the Wall Street executive.

    In 2002, the convictions of four of the five boys, now men, were dismissed, but the damage has long been done.

    The night of the Central Park rape changed the lives of McCray, Richardson, Santana, Wise, and Salaam forever.

    “The Central Park Five” documents the crime, whereabouts, and how the men are attempting to cope in a country that prides itself on justice that served them a great injustice.

    The April 11 20-minute screening of “The Central Park Five” at Hampton University shows how 24 years later the case still captures the attention and questions of many people.

    “A lot of people did not do their jobs,” said New York Times reporter Jim Dwyer on camera. “The police, reporters, and lawyers failed.”

    Today, civil unrest and crime rates declined significantly in New York City. “We are evolving, but there are still some things that are going to shock our senses,” said HU Assistant Professor Wayne Dawkins during a panel discussion after the screening.

    Justice should not be limited to those who are of one race and one stature. The Central Park Five is just one of the documented cases of where our justice system has failed.

    The men falsely accused of raping Trisha Meili are filing a lawsuit against New York City.

    “The Central Park Five” can be viewed in its entirety on April 16 on PBS stations.

    The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

    ‘Central Park Five’ trailer:

    New York Daily News coverage of the sentencing:

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