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  • E-News U. Contributor 9:28 am on September 29, 2008 Permalink |  

    HU Students Respond to Debate 

                According to most Hampton University students, Sen. Barack Obama came out as the solid winner of the first 2008 presidential debate. Despite the initial reluctance of the two candidates to face each other, the overall outcome of the debate was pleasing to most students.

                Senior, Rashad Drakeford says, “Barack Obama definitely crossed the threshold”. Drakeford continued to say, “I expected him to come out [even] with McCain, not blow him away”. Drakeford’s opinion was supported by senior Byron Johnson, who expressed the defense that Sen. Obama gave as “amazing”.

                Many criticized Sen. McCain for constantly attacking Obama through out the night. A CNN.com poll concluded that 60 percent of people thought that Sen. McCain did better than expected.  Although, 58 percent of people felt that Obama would handle the economy better than McCain.

                Not all HU students were satisfied with what they witnessed on Friday night. Senior Ashli Lincoln said, “ I don’t feel like I got anything out of the debate that I didn’t already know”. Students such as Lincoln were concerned because they felt as though the questions asked to the candidates were not answered either clearly enough, or even at all. 

                Due to the ineffectiveness of the candidates to answer questions, senior TJ Smith boldly expressed that he feels both of the candidate are telling lies. While senior, Shanté Steward felt as though Sen. Obama was not being realistic. Steward is referring to Obama’s claims that he wants to make it possible for every American child to attend college. According to Steward, “reality is that everyone cannot go to college and everyone cannot be rich”.

                It is safe to say the word from the sea was a mixed one. HU students shared different opinion in most cases but overall agreed on the final verdict. Many are anxious for Thursday nights debate between Gov. Palin and Sen. Biden. 

    By Christopher Swails 

  • E-News U. Contributor 9:10 am on September 29, 2008 Permalink |  

    Who Knows Best? 

    By: Jessica Pumphrey

    On Friday, September 26, 2008 Presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain squared off for there first debate. As we all know this is a time of crisis for the United States as we attempt to fix the financial hole that could cause turmoil within our country for many years to come.

    Debates are vital to any Presidential election for the sole fact that it is an opportunity for the public to see the candidates in raw form. Debates bring a certain spontaneity that helps the American public really decide who they feel can lead our country. So as we venture off into the first out of three debates of the 2008 Presidential election, we must examine who had the better debate.

    Barack Obama was in polled by cnn.com viewers to have the better debate, but did he really? I think so. When candidates where asked to explain there stand on the financial crisis Obama’s five point plan definitely stood out. Obama understood the concerns of Americans. He also expressed that our money should be managed in different ways making sure that we get whatever money back and in gain once the market returns. “We also have to make sure that none of that money is going to pad CEO bank accounts or to promote golden parachutes,” Barack Obama.

    When the same question was presented to McCain he stumbled and attempted to give light to a situation he and his Republican friends don’t really understand. “I want to emphasize that this is not the beginning of the end of this crisis. This is the end of the beginning,” said McCain.

    After McCain attempted to answer the question, Jim Leher asked Obama if he agreed with McCain’s somewhat unclear plan. Obama recognized that the language had not yet been reviewed but that he was optimistic. Obama also wanted the media to know that it is important to acknowledge the failure within the crisis as a whole. “We’ve got to ask ourselves, how we got into this situation in the first place?” said Obama. As Obama began to explain what he saw within the economy 2 years prior to this point it was clear that this candidate had a better understanding of the issue than McCain.

    Barack Obama said “we’ve got to solve this problem in the short term.” That is exactly what American’s need to hear. Though the debate went on for some time after, and each candidate touched upon some very good issues, I felt it necessary to cover there opinions on the financial crisis. In my opinion I believe the McCain didn’t go as in depth with the topic as Obama did. I believe that McCain really doesn’t want to accept the Republican failure in this issue. As Jim Leher brought a close to this issue I was a became even more so of a believer that Obama was the man to bring a Change We Can Believe In.

  • E-News U. Contributor 8:31 am on September 29, 2008 Permalink |  

    The First Presidential Debate 

    By Ashli Lincoln


    Debate or not to debate? Was the question on most people’s minds Friday night. Just days before the first presidential debate, Senator John McCain announced that he was canceling his campaign to join President Bush in hopes of fixing the financial crisis that the country is facing. For a while, it seemed like the debate might not even take place, because McCain said he would not show up unless Congress came to an agreement on the government’s proposed $700 billion bailout plan. Many individuals felt uneasy about McCain’s decision before the debate. Ashlee Pickeet, a senior psychology major states that, “I think that John McCain made this decision simply because he is not prepared to debate against Senator Obama. I also feel like this is just another publicity stunt for him to gain attention.” While some feel like this was a publicity stunt, others felt like this was a clear sign at the similar tactics Bush and McCain have in common. “I think that McCain made this decision expecting for Obama to just give in, he expected Obama to follow his lead and go along with the cancellation of the debate and when Obama didn’t McCain was the one who had to give in” senior Shana Pope. Although many individuals were disturbed by McCain’s decision the debate went on. Many individuals anticipated that Barack Obama would be the one to come out on top, and according to polls he did just that. According to CNN.com, a national poll of people who watched the first presidential debate suggests that Barack Obama came out on top, but there was overwhelming agreement that both Obama and John McCain would be able to handle the job as president if elected. Many individuals expected many of the issues regarding the economy to get answered. “My main reason for watching the debate tonight is to see exactly where each candidate is standing on their different views, I want to know exactly how they plan on reversing the terrible situation that we are in now into a positive one”, senior Catherine Richardson. During the debate Senator John McCain criticized Senator Barack Obama as a candidate who “doesn’t understand” the key issues the country faces, and Obama linked McCain to President Bush on several issues. Throughout the debate McCain continued to draw on his experiences overseas as he tried to portray himself as the more qualified candidate. “During the debate I was paying a lot of attention to McCain’s body language and I felt like whenever he would address a statement toward Obama he would never make eye contact, as for Obama he would look directly at McCain and address the question. For me that shows a sign of weakness on McCain’s half.” Senior, Ashlee Pickett. During the first 30 minutes of the debate, the candidates focused on the economy, even though the debate was supposed to be centered on foreign policy. “Even though they veered off topic I enjoyed hearing the debate about the economy because that is the main issue at hand right now” Shana Pope.

  • E-News U. Contributor 8:25 am on September 29, 2008 Permalink |  

    Obama vs. McCain: Round One 

    By: Melva N. Lloyd

    The nation’s most historic presidential election to date has given American citizens more than enough to discuss at the dinner table. Both Senator Barack Obama and Governor Sarah Pailn have dealt with numerous questions about their experience to lead, while many are left wondering if Republican nominee, Senator John McCain, should even consider running the country at his age. With more drama surrounding this election than an episode of The Hills, it came as no surprise when Senator McCain made the decision only two days before his first presidential debate with Senator Obama to postpone the event so he could focus on the nation’s economic crisis. McCain’s decision left most people questioning his motives and wondering if a lack of preparedness was the real reason he chose to delay his debate with Senator Obama. Just like many of those concerned citizens, twenty-one year old Corin Wells was not buying Senator McCain’s excuse.

    I just think he wanted to make it seem as though he was doing the right thing by focusing on the economy and turning all of the attention towards him.” Although Senator McCain wanted to push his political rival to do the same, Obama refused and even said that he would show up to the venue with or without the Republican senator.

    When September 26th did come around, both presidential nominees were in attendance on the campus of the University of Mississippi, ready for any question that moderator Jim Lehrer would throw at them during the scheduled 90 minutes.

    The debate, which was supposed to focused on foreign policy, veered off topic during the first 30 minutes and it was made clear that because of the country’s trying times, many of the questions would deal with the turmoil on Wall Street, and the proposed 700 billion dollar bailout plan; all topics that hit close to home for much of the country. Senator McCain made it a point to display his emotions stating that he was “heartened to see Democrats and Republicans working together on the plan.”

    Senator Obama holds special sentiment about the fiscal crisis as well, saying that once this is resolved he hopes that American homeowners will receive assistance to avoid foreclosure and if the market returns, taxpayers will get their money back. The Democratic nominee also pointed out that this economic catastrophe will more than likely affect the nations’ young people, ultimately making it harder for college graduates to find jobs because of the slowing economy.

    Most voters are looking towards either candidate to make their specific financial situations a lot less stressful.

    Glenn Lloyd, a sales associate for Brooks Brothers in Greenwich, Connecticut, just wants to be able to relate to the next president of the United States. He watched the debate to get his own views on the nominees’ policies.

    I just wanted to watch it so that I could see for myself what the media would try to spin in terms of where [Barack] Obama stands. I’m not too much of a political person, but I know how much this election is going to affect me and my children.”

    Obama, who referred to his opponent as ‘John’ during much of the debate, did his best to prove critics wrong by seeming more forceful and less laid back when answering the tough questions. Even after Lehrer pushed the candidates to direct their answers towards one another, Obama remained stern and repeatedly brought up the fact that McCain has agreed with the Bush Administration’s tactics over 90 percent of the time. Wells, who is a first time voter, felt that both Obama and McCain did not direct their answers towards one another simply because they wanted to please their viewing audience.

    Before I even sat down to watch this debate I was hoping for some back-and-forth action between both candidates. Obama seemed more personable, which ultimately makes him more relatable and that’s what I want in a president.”

    After the “testy” debate was over, the main point was made clear: the nation is ready for change and Senator Obama is hoping that his message will resonate amongst his supporters, “John McCain has promoted the same policies of George Bush, and people know they’re not working. They understand we can’t continue four more years of doing the same thing.”


  • E-News U. Contributor 8:22 am on September 29, 2008 Permalink |  

    Friday’s Debate Slow Moving 

    By Septima Glenn

    Students on Hampton University’s campus were ready for the showdown between Barack Obama and John McCain. However, many of the students were disappointed with what they saw. According to the Nielsen Report, about 57 million people tuned in. Some students on campus wonder if anybody was entertained.

    “I stayed in on a Friday night just to see the debate,” senior Krystle Medlin said. “I fell asleep before it was over with.”

    Moderated by Jim Leher, the debate lasted about an hour and a half. McCain and Obama went through their views on the war in Iraq, the struggling economy and other foreign policy issues.

    “Maybe I was expecting too much,” Racquel Vassel said. “This election has turned into some type pop culture event instead of election. Every aspect has been exciting, except for this debate.”

    Some thought the debate was lackluster, others thought it was commical.

    “I was just lookin’ at John McCain tryin’ to raise his arms,” senior Yaphet Cross said. “That’s what kept things interesting for me.”

  • E-News U. Contributor 8:21 am on September 29, 2008 Permalink |  

    Presidential Debate 

    Last night wast the Presidential debate between John Mccain and Barack Obama. I asked three Hampton University students what they expected from the debate and their opinions about it afterward. My three interviewees were Randi McClain, Tristen Graves and Brittany White.

    Q: So what do u expect from the debate tonight?

    Randi: “I expect to see Barack represent! I know he’s gonna show out and make us proud, I can’t wait!”

    Tristen: “Well, I hope Barack focuses on his policies and doesn’t let McCain get the best of him. I just want him to do a good job.”

    Brittany: “Honestly, I’m not that interested in the debate but since everyone else is watching it I guess I’ll watch it too. I don’t need to watch the debate, I already know who I’m voting for in November.”

    After the debate was over, I asked the same girls their thoughts about the debate….

    Randi: “Well I was suprised that the audience didn’t cheer after everything they said. I like that they changed the rules and only allowed them to cheer at the beginning and the end. I also think Barack did a good job, he’s such an awesome speaker. I love to hear him speak!”

    Tristen: “I thought it was interesting. I always like to see McCain speak because I never really focus on him. They both had valid points but I think Barack made his points clearer and did a good job.”

    Brittany: “Well I wasn’t really paying attention to most of it but from what I saw Barack handled himself very well. I think Barack kept his composure but if that would’ve been me….Wooooo! I probably would’ve went off on John McCain!”

    -Danielle Canada

  • E-News U. Contributor 12:46 am on September 29, 2008 Permalink |  

    Presidential Candidate 

    Tiffani Haynes

    Presidential Debate

    Word Count: 394


                On Friday, Sept. 26 all eyes turned to watch the most anticipated debate of the year taking place. Presidential candidates Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama faced off in a debate on the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford, Miss. The debate was centered on foreign policy and the economic crisis.

                Yet the debate almost didn’t occur as McCain was pushing for a halt on all campaigning, including the debate. McCain stated that all attention needed to be turned to the $700 billion bailout deal in the works for Wall Street companies. The House of Representatives will vote on the deal Monday, Sept. 29.

                Two full days after the presidential debate Obama has raised in the polls and many students can understand why he’s claimed the lead.

                “I thought Barack did better than McCain,” Benjamin Carter said. “He also was much more respectful of McCain’s views than McCain was of his. At times, McCain was extremely rude.”

                The senior broadcast journalism major from Pasadena, Calif. was not alone.

                “I was looking forward to the debate because I felt it was a chance for Barack to sway the independents,” said Marcus Davis, a sophomore English major from College Park, Ga. “And I thought he did just that.”

                While most agreed that they believed Obama had done well, they all had high expectations for the Illinois Senator.

                “I was expecting Obama to chew out McCain, to better him in the sense of policy, everything,” Carter said.

                Britney Littles, a senior business administration major at the University of Michigan, agreed.

                “I thought Barack would be dominant and McCain would look weak,” Littles said.

                Yet all agreed that the debate outcome faired even.

                “I thought Barack did better but as far as addressing the issues, they were equal,” Littles said.

                Though most haven’t declared a winner of the debate, many believe this debate alone won’t clinch the election for either.

                “The race has always been close. I thought the debate was important but I didn’t think it was going to make or break anybody,” Davis said.

                The race has been too close to truly call anyone a winner, but both presidential hopefuls plan to debate their ways to Nov. 4 to earn the title.

                The next scheduled debate for Obama and McCain is Oct. 7 in a town hall style meeting at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.

  • E-News U. Contributor 10:16 pm on September 28, 2008 Permalink |  

    Presidential Debate 

    Kwasa Mathis

    Presidential Debate

    Word Count: 522

    Edited by: Tiffani Haynes


                The first presidential debate of the year between the two running mates occurred Friday, Sept. 26 at 9 p.m.  Yet, before the debate even aired there was controversy.  Republican nominee, John McCain wanted to hold off on the debate to discuss the bailout for Wall Street.  The scheduled topics for the debate were foreign policy and the economy.

                While Democratic nominee Barack Obama expressed that McCain would pick up where Bush left off, McCain played on Obama’s lack of experience in Washington.  Most people who watched the debate could not say for certain who won. Twenty-one-year-old Malcolm King, an English arts major was unsure if McCain was prepared for the debate.

     “McCain would be a little less prepared than he was, but he had a lot of information and statistics,” King said. 

    He also mentioned that he was impressed by Obama he was “brilliant because he never lost his cool,” even when McCain talked about his inexperience.  After the debate, King felt that Obama won but admitted that the Republican had presented himself well.

     “McCain had many opportunities to show his side,” King said.

                Ayanna Dean, a 21-year-old criminology/criminal justice major at the University of Maryland in College Park, didn’t even think that there would be a debate with McCain trying to delay the meeting. 

    “I really wanted him not to show up, but he knew he couldn’t do that,” Dean said.

      She went on to say that there were so many people who paid good money to see the two candidates square off and he might have lost supporters if he didn’t show.

                Some people who are avid Obama supporters felt a sense of respect for McCain after the debate, but this came with a lack of respect also. 

    “McCain held his own and used his age as an advantage rather than a disadvantage,”  said twenty-three-year-old Margel Overton, a jazz piano performance major at the University of the Arts.

    Overton went on to say that McCain had some good points about foreign policy, but he is “out of touch with American citizens,” while Obama comes across as, “caring for the real people of America.”

                Both Dean and Overton felt that McCain should have chosen another running mate for his vice president because Gov. Sarah Palin was not the best candidate for the position.  Dean refers to the fact that Bush made a law against teaching sexual education in school and Palin’s teenage daughter is pregnant out of wedlock. 

     “If Obama’s daughter was pregnant, he would be disqualified from being voted in as the President of the United States,” Dean said.

                According to the Associated Press, shortly after the debate there was a draw, but other polls suggested that Obama won the debate.  Regardless of the polls, both candidates faired well in the debate against one another.  If people were using this debate to decide on their candidate, they may have to watch more than just one to make up their minds.  Many thought that McCain would come unprepared, but this was simply not the case. The vice presidential debates with Sarah Palin and Joe Biden are next on Thursday, Oct. 2.

  • E-News U. Contributor 10:13 pm on September 28, 2008 Permalink |  

    Presidential Debate 

    Michele Byrd

    Hampton students weigh in on debate

    Word Count: 472

    Edited by: Tiffani Haynes

    The first presidential debate of 2008 was held in Oxford, Miss. Friday, Sept. 26 between contenders Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Barack Obama. As many college students at Hampton University got ready to kick off the weekend, a select few settled in the front of the television to watch one of the most anticipated events of this year’s presidential campaign.

    “I want to watch because I care about what’s going on,” said Daniel Thomas, a senior engineering major from Chicago.    “I’m voting for Barack, but I want a more well-rounded opinion. I want to be able to defend my decision.”

    However, as the days leading up to the debate ticked off the calendar, there was much confusion about whether there would even be a debate. Days before the event was scheduled to take place, McCain suspended his campaign citing the need to return to Washington, D.C. to help with the economic bailout bill making its way through Congress.

    “I figured [the debate] was going to happen because McCain’s excuse didn’t have fuel,” said Thomas.

    Junior broadcast journalism major Joyce Farley agreed.

    “It’s not so much that I didn’t think it was going to happen. I didn’t believe in McCain’s antics,” said the Hackensack, NJ native.

     Andrea Thornton, a senior marketing major from Atlanta, said she needed to hear McCain talk more about his role in economics.

    “I want him to account for his recent activity,” Thornton said. “I want him to tell me why this $700 billion bailout is so necessary.”

    Despite rumors and questions about the looming debate, both candidates showed up Friday for the big night. Although the debate was supposed to be centered on foreign policy, candidates sparred over economics for the first 30 minutes of the hour and a half debate. McCain criticized Obama as a candidate who “doesn’t understand” many of the key issues the country is facing. Obama called the current economic crisis the “final verdict on eight years of failed economic policies promoted by George Bush and John McCain.”

    At the end of the night, CNN analysts reported that neither candidate was a clear winner, but the polls told a different story. Obama gained ground in both the CNN poll and the CNN electoral map. Michigan, which was originally projected as a tossup state by CNN, was moved to the “lean Obama” column. Michigan has 17 electoral votes.

    “Barack definitely won,” Thomas said. “There were times when McCain bashed. I didn’t appreciate that. I wasn’t looking for that.”

    Farley agreed.

     “Obama did win. McCain’s points weren’t strong enough,” she said. “He hurt himself when he started cutting Obama off or the host off.”

    Yet, Thomas said he had expected more from the contest.

    “I want more details from both candidates,” he said. “I want specifics.”

    The next presidential debate is scheduled for Oct. 7 at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.






  • E-News U. Contributor 9:02 am on September 24, 2008 Permalink |  

    Onna Woods Profile 

    Unbeknownst to many, Senior Psychology major, Onna Noelle Woods is a one of a kind character. If you ask her, she’s weird. If you ask others they’ll say she’s different. Nonetheless Woods, is unique. This Dover  Delaware native is opinonated, smart and …..Marching to the beat of her own drum, Woods gladly took time out of her day to answer a few questions.

    Q: So Ms. Woods tell me, four years ago what made you choose to come to Hampton University?

    A: Well Hampton was not my first choice, I wanted to go to the University of Delaware but my brother went here and he convinced me to come to high school day my senior year….

    Q: Oh so high school day changed your mind?

    A: Yeah it did, l thought Hampton was like that every day but CLEARLY I was wrong.

    Q: Well I’m sure a bunch of people thought the same thing. So tell me, what do you think will happen with this upcoming election?

    A: I think Obama will win but there really won’t be any change. I personally consider myself a conservative, I voted for Bush last time but this time I’m voting for Obama.

    Q: You consider yourself a conservative

    A: Yes. I don’t agree with alot of the things that liberals say and do. So I consider myself more conservative than liberal.

    Q: Wow, so what exactly made you vote for Bush in the last election?

    A: I voted for Bush because I didn’t like John Kerry

    Q: What was wrong with John Kerry?

    A: I didn’t like his ideas and I don’t think he would have made a good president.

    Q: Do you stand by your decision to vote for Bush now after all that’s happened?

    A: Yes I do

    Q: Why?

    A: Because no matter who you vote into office, things are going to happen. That’s just the way things are. You can’t blame Bush for everything that’s happened while he’s been in office

    Q: You can’t?

    A: No! Even though he’s the president he has a cabinet of people that help him make these decisions. He cannot be the only one to blame. I’m tired of people putting everything wrong in this country on him. I’d like to see one of us get in office and do a better job.

    Q: So what’s different about Obama? Why are you voting for a liberal this time around.

    A: I don’t know, Obama’s just different.

    Q: How?

    A: He’s real. He can look at the man and tell that he really wants to try and change this country. Will he be successful at it? I doubt it, but I think we should at least let him try.

    Q: So you’re not just voting for him because he’s black?

    A: No, but that does help.

    Q: Does it?

    A: Yes, that’s history. Who doesn’t want to see history be made in our lifetime.

    Q: So you’re a conservative voting for Obama? What do you think people think about that?

    A: I really don’t care what people think about me. I’m my own person, anyone else’s approval is not needed.





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