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  • E-News U. Contributor 9:20 pm on October 31, 2008 Permalink |  

    Reflections heading into the election 

    By Shawntá McMillon

          On November 4, 2008 the world will witness one of the most life changing events of this time. The two candidates both democratic nominee, Illinois state  senator,  Barack Obama and republican nominee,  Arizona state senator, John McCain have provided the nation with key points that affect us daily, but it is time to choose. I am from New York and this is my first time voting ever. Since I am away from home I chose to do an absentee ballot, which will still make my vote count in New York State.

          This particular day for me is very special because I will be able to say to my children that on my 20th birthday, I was given a chance to vote for the first black president of the Unites States. These past eight years has affected everyone around the world and this is an election that can possibly have a positive and hopeful effect on the economy and humanity as a whole. Both candidates have held firm to their beliefs and goals, all the while bashing the other candidate, but through it all I have been able to interpret the information received and choose who I would like to see run this country.

          I understand that many of the changes that the candidates have planned may or may not affect me directly or indirectly, but this hasn’t changed my perspective on this election. I do understand that as a young adult going through college my vote is extremely important. I also understand that if I didn’t decided to vote in this presidential election I would only be harming myself in the long run. Believe it or not, despite the election between Bush and Al Gore every vote counts and hopefully this will be a smooth election free from minor errors like those in the 2004. I strongly believe if you can vote now and don’t vote, then there is no use in you complaining about anything. You had a chance to help create change and you chose not to take that chance.

  • E-News U. Contributor 9:28 pm on October 30, 2008 Permalink |  

    How will people react if their candidate loses? 

    By Hollyn Randolph

    We have all heard it, maybe from a family member, a friend, or a co-worker, “If my candidate doesn’t get elected, I am moving to Canada.” With the 2008 election only days away, the reality of one candidate’s quest for presidency will be over. So how do the candidates and country deal with such loss?  

    “Some talk about it while others just cry,” says Linda Kirkland-Harris, a Pastoral counselor and director of Hampton University’s counseling center.   

    Anxiety is defined as worry or uneasiness about what may happen, while grief is a stronger emotion attached to a loss. “You can suffer from either or both depending on the individual or situation,” said Kirkland-Harris.  

    Symptoms for those suffering from anxiety vary by person. Some common symptoms are tension in the joints, pressure, chest pain, a rise in body temperature, and shortness of breath.  

    Many may begin to feel anxiety in these final days of the election. With major concerns over the economy, healthcare, and the war in Iraq, people are really looking for a candidate who will save the day and ease their fears.  

    Ken Barton, a Barack Obama supporter attending Hampton University, admitted to feeling anxious in the beginning. “I felt like he wasn’t going to win at first but now I am more confident about his campaign,” he said. Maegan Smith from Washington, D.C., feels differently. “I’m moving to England,” she says with a chuckle.  

    Candidates also have to deal with the loss. “Usually the candidates are with family and close friends to help cope with the results,” says Jared Leopold. Leopold, a spokesman for the Democratic party of Virginia has been working with elections and campaigns for six years. One thing that always remains consistent is “everyone in the campaign takes the results and reacts as they come.”   

    For those who may be feeling anxious or grief after the election, Kirkland-Harris has some advice. “Just use whatever coping mechanism works for you such as talking about it with friends, writing, maybe volunteering, or you could move to Canada.” 

  • E-News U. Contributor 9:23 pm on October 30, 2008 Permalink |  

    The Election and Fashion Trends 

    By Tristen Graves


          Will Trends in Fashion Predict Winner

          Whether it’s a political statement or just a fashion statement, this year’s outbreak in political campaign apparel has transformed into a must-have item this season.

          This year’s election really is the first in history where presidential candidates are being worn among everyday dress. As we flip through magazines, walk through our grocery stores, and even among Hampton University’s campus, candidate profile pictures, logos, and specific issues are being displayed freely and openly. 

          “I think it is amazing how the election is influencing society and young people,” said Leon Hendrix, senior, broadcast journalism major at Hampton University. “We see Barack’s face on so many T-shirt designs. There were no JFK shirts and other presidential faces on T-shirts. He might as well have his own clothing line.”

          The differences among the two candidates when it comes to apparel is that McCain and his campaign are being printed on more traditional items such as buttons, badges and bumper stickers, whereas, Obama’s apparel has expanded greatly to things like T-shirts, mugs and even underwear.

          In an article posted on newsmax.com, reports show that Obama represents 75 percent of political sales while the items showing McCain only cover about 10 percent. Large trendy fashion stores, such as Urban Outfitters, sell shirts that read, “Obama for yo mama,” and “Barack ‘n’ Roll.” They also have Republican items that read “Vote ‘08” and T-shirts with emblems such as the red elephant.

          Other T-shirt vendors such as Obamaapparel.com contain graphic designs with Obama’s face on them and slogans such as, “I love Obama,” and “Barack Obama 2008,” Many of the candidate’s apparel range in price from $12-$40, depending on style and quality.

          “I think it’s a great thing. It’s more publicity for him,” said Ebony Robinson, senior marketing major at Hampton University.

          “I got my T-shirts from D.C. when I went to Howard’s homecoming. I think it shows that younger voters care about what’s going on.” 

          T-shirt companies and merchandise vendors have greatly tapped into the social trends of this year’s election.

          Websites such as CafePress.com, which happens to be one of the largest online platforms for custom designed products, shows that Obama has more 87,000 T-shirt designs while McCain has 30,800. The trends across websites, such as CafePress and Zazzle.com, also show that many of the messages intended to support Obama express positive statements. Most of the McCain messages are anti-Obama instead of pro-McCain.

          “I think it is good to see that there is an educated black man running for president,” said Candyce Wilkerson, graduate counseling student at Hampton University.” I support him and what he is doing. That is what influenced me to buy a shirt.”

          Hollywood has exploded with the political agenda as a result of the political fashion trends becoming increasingly popular among celebrities and fashion designers. As reported on Nymag.com, designers in Paris have even begun adding to their collection pieces that are inspired by Obama and his campaign. French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac introduced his dress of a portrait of Barack Obama paired with gloves that read “yes” and “no” during his spring-summer 2009 ready-to-wear collection presented in Paris.

          The Obama campaign has also used the new trends in the fashion industry as a way to collect additional funds to help support his campaign. As stated on Runwaytochange.com, prominent designers, such as Juicy Couture, Russell Simmons, and Vera Wang have contributed their talents to the campaign by supporting the “Runway to Change” program. The initiative was launched on Sept. 9 in New York.

          “Because the T-shirts are being worn by people in the media it shows that often times people emulate what they see,” said Wilkerson.

          The McCain campaign has chosen to take a more traditional approach and not tap into the marketing trends like the Obama campaign and his supporters have done, however, the end result will tell if the fashion trends can predict the winner.

    • aktomlinson13 9:25 am on October 31, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I saw the most amazing obama shirt back home in DC…gotta have it! =)

  • E-News U. Contributor 4:53 pm on October 27, 2008 Permalink |  

    Coffee shop hosted debate party, CNN dropped by 

    By Amanda Carter


    HAMPTON, Va. – On Oct. 15, food and drinks were served at a community coffee shop to a mix of customers wearing Sarah Palin shirts and Barack Obama hats and gathered around a projection screen.


    The Phoebus Coffee House hosted a debate watching party for the third and final U.S. Presidential debate. Cameramen and a crew from CNN taped and reported the event.


    “It was a happy accident that CNN came here,” said Anne Doop, owner of The Phoebus Coffee House. “They found us on the Internet as a non [political] party-affiliated event.”


    Stuffed animal elephants and red coffee mugs accompanied a small crowd of John McCain, R-Ariz., supporters as they sat at a table.


    Poster boards and volunteer sign-up sheets floated in the crowd of Obama, D-Ill., supporters who were double the number of the opponents.


    “We were strong in our support even though there were only a few of us,” said Norma Hernandez, a McCain supporter from Woodbridge, Va.


    The mix of partisans caused some ruckus at the coffee house, however nothing serious occurred. After the debate, loud cheers from Obama supporters and chants of “Yes we can” filled the room.


    “I’m happy to be in such a critical state in the election,” said Larry Henderson, an Obama supporter from Virginia Beach, Va. “At worst the debate was a draw. McCain had to hit grand slams to redeem him, while Obama stayed solid and confident.”


    “Judy Parker of Phoebus, a Hampton neighborhood, is currently undecided about the election. “I like Obama except for his views on abortion,” she said, “but he has answers, and McCain doesn’t.”


    The writer is a junior at the Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

  • E-News U. Contributor 1:54 pm on October 23, 2008 Permalink |  

    Coming to America 

    By Septima Glenn

    Some people travel across the country to go to college. Imagine going to a new country all together. Junior Tashana Willock did exactly that. A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Willock has made the United States her home for the last two years.

    The road hasn’t been easy. Willock, who has been running since the age of five, used track and field as her ticket to higher education.

    “It has taken a lot of hard work and many sacrifices for me to get here,” Willock said.

    The sacrifices weren’t just from Tashana, but her mother as well.

    “My mom was a single parent,” Willock said. But she always made a sacrifice to make sure I had what I wanted growing up. She is still my biggest inspiration.”

    Even though the move to the United States has its benefits, Willock isn’t sure she’ll be here after graduation.

    “The surroundings, the climate, everything is different here,” Willock said. “I’m really not sure if I’ll stay.”

    The vast differences are what keep her going back home. From the cuisine to the people, according to Willock, everything is better in Jamaica.

    “In Jamaica there is always something going on, people selling things on the streets or some kind of party,” Willock said. “Here there is nothing. If you don’t know anybody you’re all alone.”

    The atmosphere isn’t the only thing that’s different in the states. Politics is another thing Willock see differently. Although the upcoming election is a hot topic to many, Willock doesn’t see what all the excitement is about.

    “Obama, I don’t understand what all the fuss is about,” Willock said. “I’m not going to vote. I don’t get how this country works. I don’t vote back home, why should I vote here?”


  • E-News U. Contributor 12:37 am on October 20, 2008 Permalink |  

    Key scoring carries Hampton over Norfolk 35-17 

    Two of the largest HBCUs in the Hampton Roads area geared up for a much anticipated showdown when the Pirates of Hampton University took on Norfolk State University’s Spartans.  This years’ Battle of the Bay marked the forty-fifth meeting between the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference powerhouses; the series’ overall record put the Spartans ahead of the Pirates twenty-three wins to twenty-one.  That was until the Pirates proved themselves over the weekend and defeated the Spartans 35-17 in the football face-off.

                The Pirates improved to 5-1 overall and they remain undefeated in the MEAC; after Saturday’s loss the Spartans fell to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the MEAC. 

                Hampton senior and wide receiver Jeremy Gilchrist got the Pirates on the right track during the first quarter after he returned a punt for 60 yards to get the Pirates on the board.  The following quarter showed more of the same when the Pirates’ wide receiver Damon McDaniel scored off of a 70-yard pass from quarterback Herbert Bynes putting Hampton up 14-0. 

                At the beginning of the second half the Spartans turned it around when wide receiver Jamar Johnson put Norfolk State within a touchdown of the Pirates in the third quarter.  Hampton would allow the Spartans to score once more on a 28-yard field goal before the Pirates took ultimate control of the game. 

                The Pirates finished the fame with of 379 yards of total offense and 115 yards rushing.  Both Michael Swett and Herbert Bynes earned the offensive and defensive player of the game honors.

  • E-News U. Contributor 4:53 pm on October 17, 2008 Permalink |  

    No secret: Hampton University goes Pink 

    By Mya Singleton


    HAMPTON, Va. – The romantic lingerie store for women Victoria’s Secret, known for establishing the PINK Collegiate Collection line, has branched out to include Historically Black Colleges and Universities [HBCU]. In mid-December, the store is to feature Hampton University’s name and logo on its collegiate loungewear including fleece pants, T-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, and tote bags.


    The PINK Collection debuted in 2004 as a line tailored to young, college women with neutral school-inspired logos and phrases. However in June, the store established the PINK Collegiate Collection featuring 33 schools such as UC Berkeley, UCLA, Florida State University, and Boston College. The original universities were chosen based on regional appeal, student population, and revenue from store sales. 


    Hampton University was recently chosen as the one of the new HBCUs for the collection, along with Howard University, North Carolina A&T State University, Florida A&M University, and Southern University.


    Victoria’s Secret decided to expand its PINK Collegiate Collection to HBCUs in order to promote school diversity and appeal to all its college consumers.


    Kiara Mayfield, a junior English major here said, “It’s good to see Victoria’s Secret expand their line to HBCUs, because all students from different schools and backgrounds shop at the store.”


    Many Hampton students are excited about the collection featuring their school. Erin Jones, a junior broadcast journalism major said, “I’m glad they’re adding HBCUs because most people don’t know HU exists, but I will be proud to go to Victoria’s Secret to buy my Hampton apparel from now on.”


    Naima Gethers, a Hampton alumna and public relations specialist in university relations, said, “Adding Hampton to the PINK line is good for HU because it makes our name look big along with the other well-known colleges.”


    The apparel line will feature items with the HU Pirate mascot logo and school name. The items will be sold in select Victoria’s Secret stores, the online store site, and catalog.


    The writer is a junior at Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

  • E-News U. Contributor 11:39 am on October 16, 2008 Permalink |  

    Hampton U. honor students gather for last presidential debate 

    By Matthew Cahill


    Wednesday marked the last of three presidential debates and campus leaders at Hampton University organized viewings of the event. 


    Holmes Hall, the honors dormitory at H.U., hosted a viewing in its lobby for building residents, while senior political science major Moses Wilson III, statewide coordinator for Students for Barack Obama, hosted a private viewing at his apartment in the Hampton Harbors.


    “It’s fellowship,” Wilson said about his reason for hosting a viewing. “It’s political awareness of the issues and the current state of affairs.”


    Debate viewings at Holmes Hall require permission from dorm director Joseph Taliaferro. He said tonight’s viewing will be smaller than the last, with no fliers or invitations. 


    “We maxed out last time,” he said, referring to the 40-seat capacity lobby.


    For Wednesday’s debate, Holmes resident assistants did not decorate as they did for previous viewings and Taliaferro did not request speakers or video projection equipment from H.U. Media Relations.

    Senior political science major Justin Manning, head R.A. for Holmes Hall and campus coordinator for Students for Barack Obama, organized the events, but originally was not sure if Holmes would host a third debate viewing.


    Wednesday’s viewing was to be exclusively for Holmes residents and via personal invitations from Manning.


    “Holmes is an honors dorm, so I wanted to make sure it’s treated as such,” he said.  “It’s the university as a whole that wants this to happen.


    “There’s a lot of swing states at stake,” continued Manning. “This is the one debate that has to stand out from the rest.”


    The writer is a senior at the Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

  • E-News U. Contributor 3:46 pm on October 15, 2008 Permalink |  

    Neighborhood campaign offices compete for Va. voters 

    By Kimberly Colander

    Presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain both realize the importance of winning the vote in Virginia. For the past 44 years the state has voted for the Republican candidate. In Hampton Roads, there were seven McCain-Palin offices and 12 Obama-Biden offices as of Oct. 5.

    McCain’s running mate is Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, and Obama’s running mate is U.S. Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del.

    Dawn Matheson, a volunteer at the Chesapeake McCain-Palin office, said that as a whole Virginia has more Democratic offices than Republican offices. “The Democratic campaign beats us 7 to 1 in offices throughout Virginia,” she said.

    According to Matheson, the reason for the big difference is because the competition in the state is tight. But, as the election date gets closer, the Republican campaign is expected to open more offices. 

    Jared Leopold, communication director for the Democratic Party of Virginia’s Coordinated Campaign, believes that the Democrats have established so many offices in this area because it is known that Hampton Roads is a key area to win in order to get Obama elected. He described Virginia as a battleground for the campaign.

    Leopold said the Democratic tactic for winning Hampton Roads is to have offices located in the community neighborhoods so that neighbors can talk to each other. “We want to be convenient to the community,” Leopold said, “We don’t want people to travel far to get campaign information.”

    A typical day in both of the offices is similar. Both parties serve as a local connection to a national campaign. The two offices answer phones and address questions from the public about the election. Neighbors can pick up bumper stickers, yard signs or campaign literature from either office.  

    Democratic volunteers go door-to-door, making sure that people are registered and also give out information about the entire Democratic ticket. They inform the public about Obama’s campaign, as well as Mark Warner’s for the U.S. Senate and Bobby Scott’s for Congress. Republican volunteers conduct their own internal polls and also run phone banks.

    Terry Williams, a volunteer for the Obama-Biden office in Suffolk, started her first day as a helper for the campaign on Saturday. She has been dealing with phone calls from the public and also walk-ins. Williams is passionate about this cause because she wants to “let the community know how important the process is.”

    Matheson was able to meet McCain two weeks ago at a Naval Academy reunion in Indianapolis. “He was there signing things and answering questions,” Matheson said “and it was a pleasure to finally meet the man that I’ve been working for.”

    Leopold started working for the Democratic campaign in June. He has been involved with politics for a while and is excited to be working with Obama during this “change movement.” He urges young people to get involved with this historical election.

    The writer is a junior at Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.





  • E-News U. Contributor 1:39 pm on October 14, 2008 Permalink |  

    Hampton U. students struggle with voting options 

    By Michael Turner                

    A Google search of the word “absentee,” yields 4,630,000 results. The first item is a Web site entitled VoteForChange.com, an attractive, interactive Web page dedicated to registering voters to cast absentee ballots in favor of Barack Obama.


    Floating atop a sea of other sites with countless pages of information, divided into clauses and sub-clauses of rules and regulations is this one — simple, straightforward, and broadcast amid an appealing background of light and dark blue.  


    If either of the Democratic or Republican parties is doing something right, it’s trying to resell the process of absentee voting as easy and convenient to this years host of potential voters.


    Colleges across the country are composed of student bodies from all corners of the continent and globe. Those who are eligible to vote will have to make the same decision that students at Hampton University are making this month — whether they will vote absentee, return to their home states to vote, or re-register in Virginia.


    With memories of the disputed 2000 Florida voting results resurfacing in some people’s minds, it is no surprise that in what may be the first and most important election for these voters, Hamptonians are already wary of the process.


    Janelle Martin, a junior business management major from Maryland, represents one of a large population of students at the school from the Prince George’s County, Md. She applied for an absentee ballot online through the Maryland State Board of Elections Web site early last week after weighing her options.



    “The process wasn’t hard once I read through the instructions,” she said. “My only concern is my ballot somehow getting lost in the mail.”                                                                                           


     Martin, however, claimed she was the only one among her close friends who had completed an absentee ballot application. Many, she said, either promised her they would but hadn’t yet done so, or simply distrusted the process.

    The overwhelming majority of students do, however, plan to vote, according to Justin Manning, a senior political science major from New York and campus-wide coordinator for Students for Barack Obama. Manning has been urging probable absentee voters to re-register in the state. He carries Virginia voter registration forms with him at all times, and is surprised by the number of absentee voters he meets.


    “A lot of students trust absentee ballots when they don’t realize that that’s the reason Bush is in office right now,” said Manning. “The Florida miscount had a lot to do with those votes. Students that I talk to don’t realize the considerable risk of leaving their privilege to vote entirely to the postal system.”


    With the deadline nearing for absentee voter registration less than a month away in most states, students have little time to decide how to cast their vote. On Nov. 4, while many will be entering the polls in hopes of a brighter future as promised by either Obama or McCain.


    Others will be placing their bets on the mailman.


    The writer is a junior at Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

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