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  • E-News U. Contributor 1:16 pm on November 26, 2008 Permalink |  

    Think Before You Eat 

    By Septima Glenn

    “Would you like to super-size that?”

    These are the words that were heard from a McDonald’s cashier before ordering a meal. However, the end of 2004 brought an end to the supersize menu. McDonald’s phased out the supersized menu because the company, along with the rest of the American public, realized how the large portions of fast food were adding on pounds. Today, the more than 13,000 McDonald’s around the country don’t have the supersize name. But the portion sizes have not follow.

    According to the McDonald’s web site, in 1950 when a small drink was ordered, the consumer received about an eight-ounce drink. In 2007, a small drink is 16 ounces. The drink sizes go up to 42 ounces. With 26 more ounces also comes 260 more calories. McDonalds is not alone with their supersize mentality. Both Burger King and Wendy’s have larger size drinks despite phasing out the extra large names.

    Restaurants also use a method known as bundling. This method adds a soft drink and fries to an entrée and urges consumers to spend a little more to get a lot more. A study done by the Prevention Institute found that this method was responsible for some of the largest increases in calorie intake.

    The large portions don’t just add calories, but they may offer more than the recommended daily intake of certain foods. With restaurants such as Hardy’s and introducing their one third pound Angus burgers, consumers are taking in almost all of the meat they should eat in one day. According to the USDA, people should only have 5.5 ounces of meat a day. When an five ounce Angus burger is scarfed down, that almost covers the meat intake for the day.

    With obesity rates on the rise, many attribute the larger portions to larger waistlines. Wendi El- Amin University of Virginia Assistant Professor of Nutrition said it’s all about portion control.

    El- Amin gave a presentation about eating healthy during Hampton University’s Black Family Conference. During the presentation she urged everyone in the room to take eating healthy seriously because general health starts with eating right.

    “The biggest way to shave some calories off of meals is portion control,” El-Amin said. “Some people may try to fill their plate until it is overflowing with food, but you should try keeping everything on one level on the inside rim on the plate.”

    Even though El-Amin suggestions sound good, for some people, especially on college campuses, the battle to give into a cheap and filling meal from a fast food chain and going to eat a more balanced meal in the school’s cafeteria is a hard one.

    Students at Hampton University have a particular struggle with eating healthy food. Numerous students have complained about the quality of food in the school’s cafeteria and with Burger King, McDonald’s, and a take-out restaurant within walking distance, there is a high chance students will become patrons of these restaurants.

    “Eating fast food is so much better,” Hampton University freshman Dashana Briggs said. “It’s tastes better, it fills me up and it’s cheap.”

    At Burger King and McDonald’s, the two fast food restaurants that are closest to the university, students can get a quick and easy meal that is also easy on the pocket. What students may not take into account are the calories and saturated fat that is being consumed.

    On average at Burger King, the Whopper costs $2.24, has 680 calories and 13 grams of saturated fat. By paying about a $1.70 more, you can add a medium drink and fries, along with that comes 1270 calories and 23 grams of saturated fat. For less than a dollar, the size can be upped to a large fries and drink, and with 1,710 calories and 29 grams of saturated fat.

    The alternatives at McDonald’s are much of the same. The Quarter Pounder with cheese goes for about $2.33 and comes with 530 calories and 13 grams of fat. When students make it a meal it costs them about $3.74, 1,190 calories and 17 grams of saturated fat.

    Some students think that if there were other alternatives, they wouldn’t always go for the fast food.

    “Since you can’t have a car until you’re a junior, your options are limited here,” junior Patriece Richards said. “At least give me the option of having a Subway that’s close and I might take it.”

    According to Restaurants and Institutions Magazine, a magazine that follows consumer restaurant trends, 12 to year 19 year olds eat out more than any other age group. On average, this age group eats out about 24 times a month.

    Many students take this quick and easy route and restaurants recognize the buying power these students possess.

    “Restaurants know exactly what they’re doing,” William Phillips a District Sales Manager at Frito Lay, said. “They know students will always be hungry, they offer filling food that’s inexpensive, and they know HU students don’t like the cafe.”

    Some suggest turning to the school’s cafeteria to receive a moral balanced meal. However, the choices there may not be as healthy as some may believe. According to Hampton University’s strength and conditioning coach, Zach Nott, the cafeteria is still about choices.

    “When students go to the café they still have option,” Nott said. “If students choose to eat pizza and French fries every day, it is just as bad as eating fast food.”

    When students come to the cafeteria they may not have the largest selection of food to choose from. With French fries served in both the traditional cuisine and fast food lines along with pizza and hamburgers served daily, students take what is offered to them.

    “The café always has French fries and they always have chicken,” freshman Ermesha Fair said. “So that’s usually what I eat, chicken and fries.”

    As students make their every day meal choices it is important to weigh all of the options to ensure that they are eating a balanced and healthy meal.

    “No matter where you eat, it’s all about making the right dietary choices,” Nott said.

  • E-News U. Contributor 1:07 pm on November 26, 2008 Permalink |  

    The Plight of my Hair 

    By Septima Glenn

    “You are so lucky to have a scholarship and a free education.”

    These are words that I hear on a weekly basis. However, I doubt my hair is thinking the same thing. Rain, wind, sweat and all the other elements of the world attack my hair six days a week leaving my “lookin like Celie” as one of my teammates put it.

    During the few of weeks of off season I have, my hair enjoys being light, bouncy and with smooth edges, protected everyday from the outside elements and sweat that training brings. Even when I do need a relaxer I can wing with a nice roller set and fake it until I make it. During the season, my hair is not so lucky.

    My coach, who happens to be male, could care less when it’s raining. He stands on the sidelines watching his female athletes run all around America without a thought to what this could be doing to our hair.

    I am one of the few girls on my team who chooses to keep it real and get a relaxer every six weeks. Half of the team has that good hair. The kind that gets all curly when wet, so when the rain or whatever else comes their way, they wash and go and keep it moving. The other half of the team has made the decision to go natural. The kind that may or may not get curly when wet, but it’s certainly not straight so it doesn’t matter anyway. Maybe if I had taken this route, I wouldn’t be so upset every time the forecast calls for rain and my coach says, “Let’s Go”.

    Thankfully, today is relaxer day. I know my hair is shouting to the heavens. It will receive an hour or so of pure bliss as it is returned to it’s off season state. It will remain light, bouncy, full of life and glow with healthiness… Well at least until I have to run in the rain again.

  • E-News U. Contributor 1:04 pm on November 26, 2008 Permalink |  

    Obama is President… Now What? 

    By Septima Glenn


    Many African- American parents have told their children they can be anything they want to be. However, some parents didn’t fully believe their words. With the emergence of Barack Obama, the first African- American President, parents may now be able to fully believe their statement.
    On November 4, the world changed as many knew it and some questioned whether or not African Americans had to “step up”. Now that there is a black President, have the standards changed? Is more expected from the black man now that the President looks like him? Is “the white man is holding me down”, no longer a valid excuse? Some think that the burden should not be placed on Obama’s shoulders.

    “We as a race should have stepped up a long time ago. Why should it take a black man becoming President to help us realize that we can do anything we put our mind to,” William Phillips said. If I think I need to step up because someone else did it first, then that’s a sad testament about me.”

    However some black women believe it is now up to the black man to show what he can do. According to Starema Flood, black women have already stepped up and shown what they’re made of, now it’s time for their counterparts to do the same thing.

    “It’s time for black men to stand up and let their voices be heard. After all we do have a black man as President,” Flood said. “If that’s not enough of an example and something to work towards, I don’t know what is.”

    Not all people agree that the African-American race has more work to do. With almost 8 million black voters turning out for this election and almost 96 percent of them voting for Obama, some believe that in itself is enough of a statement.

    “As a whole, we already stepped up,” Shayna Whitley said. “We rallied, we gathered and turned out in record numbers in order to elect him in the first place. I feel like we already made the big step.”

    Big step or not, some take Obama being elected as sign of the change of times; a sign that although there is still prejudice in the world, it can no longer be used as a crutch for black people.

    “There are no excuses. I can’t blame it on prejudice or anything else,” Janean Morris said. “If I fail, it’s because I fail. It’s my fault and no one else’s.

  • E-News U. Contributor 10:47 am on November 26, 2008 Permalink |  

    Hampton U. classroom becomes newsroom 

    By Lapraya McCoy


    Jacqueline Flowers, a junior broadcast journalism major from Charlotte, N.C., woke up on Tuesday morning dreading the events that were to come. She had already sent in her absentee ballot, so instead of voting, she spent time at Barack Obama’s campaign office on the edge of Hampton University’s campus and recorded history.


    “At that point,” she said, “I was tired and I didn’t see the point in doing it.”


    Because Flowers bit the bullet, she can now say she a was a part of the first group of Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications students who worked Election Day to provide print and live broadcast coverage of Obama, now the president-elect.


    “We gave up our Homecoming and a lot of time for that moment right there,” she said “and it made it all worth it.”


    When Van Dora Williams, a Scripps Howard professor, first came up with the idea to have her students write radio or TV stories about the election, she did not realize how much the experience would mean to them.


    “I didn’t think they could scream like that,” said Williams.


    Williams encouraged other professors like Wayne Dawkins and Drew Berry to jump on board to challenge students to step out of their comfort zone. They were receptive.


    So, Tuesday night Nov. 4, several Scripps Howard classrooms became one big newsroom and the students worked in teams to produce radio broadcasts for WHOV FM and live 10-minute newscasts that aired on Channel 52 across campus every 30 minutes from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m.


    For Chris Swails, a senior broadcast journalism major, it was inspiring to be around students who are capable of running the show, he said.


    “I get a lot of confidence from these people,” said Swails, who aspires to host his own radio show.


    Swails worked on a piece that ranked the top five battleground states based on the complaints they received at the polls.


    The story was read on-air by Sharise Darby, a junior broadcast journalism major from Atlanta, and McKenzie Harris, a junior broadcast journalism major from Austin, Texas.


    “Surprisingly I wasn’t nervous,” said Harris. “It was like another practice day for me.”


    Harris, like many of her peers, said she experienced a few difficulties where the video malfunctioned and she had to ad lib.


    Berry, professor of media management, said he was pleased that the students remained positive and did not point fingers when things did not go the way they planned.


    As Berry looks forward to doing more to prepare students for the work field, Williams is already planning coverage for the January inaugural speech.


    “This is a great year for students overall,” she said.



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

  • E-News U. Contributor 10:09 am on November 10, 2008 Permalink |  

    Celebration Ensues at Hampton University 

    by Septima Glenn


    At 10:57pm, screams could be heard from across campus as students at Hampton University realized that Barack Obama was the new President-Elect of the United States of America. Fireworks went off, horns blew, students rushed into the streets and an all-night celebration ensued.


    “I was hugging people I didn’t even know,” sophomore Margaret Harris said. “It feels like I’m in a movie right now. It just doesn’t feel real.”


    Thousands of students crammed into the streets of the Harbors Apartment Complex. Located right across the street from campus, residents and students celebrated together as they realized history had been made.


    “I am a part of history,” senior Rachel Lewis said. “I helped make this happen. Never in a million years would I have guessed this would happen.”


    The crowd chanted “Obama” to the beat of music and continued their celebration until Hampton University police came to shut it down. The crowd was not deferred. Instead of shutting down the celebration and going back home, they migrated, this time to Hampton University’s Ogden Circle. Students flooded around the circle of nations to participate in what some couldn’t believe was true.”


    “It’s like I see all the numbers and I know that John McCain has already congratulated him, but it still hasn’t hit me,” senior Brandon Jones said.


    More chanting continued, but a hush came over the crowd as one of the car radios blasted Obama’s acceptance speech.


    “The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term. But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you, we as a people will get there,” Obama said.


    As the crowd in Chicago began chanting, “Yes we can! Yes we can!”, the students on campus joined in, filling the air with joyous optimism. The campus police followed the students to Ogden Circle and although the blue lights flashed, police let the students continue this time.


    “It’s three of them against like thousands of us,” Sophomore Predist Walker said. “They mine as well just leave us alone. We’re not hurting anybody, we’re just having a good time.”


    The rain began to softly fall from the skies but that didn’t stop the roars from the crowd. With Os in the air and fists to the sky, students sang, “I love I love I love my Obama… I love I love I love my Obama…”


    “This is bigger than any party I’ve ever been to,” Lewis said. “People are mad hype and even though people’s shoes are getting stepped on and people are bumping into each other, no one is fighting. This is a great night.”





  • E-News U. Contributor 12:34 pm on November 5, 2008 Permalink |  


    Danielle Canada

    Senior, BRDJ, Atlanta, GA

    HAMPTON- Hampton University students rallied together two times on November 4, 2008. First they rallied together at the polls, standing in line as early as 5 o’ clock in the morning to cast their votes for president of the United States. Next they rallied together in celebration. One group of Hampton University seniors had a party to watch the results of the election. These students held an “Obama Rama” party complete with a fully decorated apartment with posters and pictures of Barack Obama adorning the walls. The party felt like New Year’s Eve as noise makers were blown and champagne was poured up until that pivotal moment when the results were in. At that moment pandemonium erupted. Students jumped, screamed, yelled and even cried upon hearing that Barack Obama will be the 44th president of the United States of America. After which the party was moved to the Hampton Harbor Apartments. A mob of Hampton University students celebrated in the streets by dancing, screaming and chanting. Students were so rambunctious that they even jumped onto a passing by fire truck to celebrate the election. The feeling in the air was of triumph, excitement and relief. Hampton University senior Alisha Glover said it best, “My president is black! Oh my god, we really did it!” The day people doubted would ever happened is upon us proving that all things are possible, that every vote counts and that history has been made.

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  • E-News U. Contributor 9:57 pm on November 4, 2008 Permalink |  

    Scenes at a neighborhood polling place 

    By Kimberly Colander

    HAMPTON, Va. – Hundreds of voters lined up at A.W.E. Bassette Elementary School here at 8 a.m. to take part in the Presidential Election. Voters faced chilly temperatures and rain as they waited to cast their ballots.  

    On the grass surrounding the school there were numerous Barack Obama-Joe Biden signs and only one John McCain-Sarah Palin sign. There were also several Glenn Nye and Mark Warner signs in the yard. Both Democrats were respectively running for House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.


    Democratic volunteers for the Obama-Biden campaign were present and working. They carried signs along the length of the line and also handed out Democratic Party sample ballots to people waiting in line.   

    The parking lot at the school was packed. Empty parking spots were scarce. People had to park their cars blocks away and walk to the voting location in the cold and wet weather. Most of the people in the L-shaped line were middle-aged African-Americans.


    An “express vote” was offered to the elderly voters so they would not have to stand in line for hours or be exposed to the bad weather. Senior citizens were allowed to pull up to the curb and vote from their own car. Some seniors took advantage of the program, but others wanted to get the entire election experience by standing in line.   

    The line grew longer by the minute and at some points it was at a standstill. Although the voting process was longer than normal and the rain was consistent, most voters were not in bad spirits. They kept themselves encouraged by telling jokes and reminiscing about segregation and the fight to vote.


    The voting took place in the music and physical education room in Bassettte Elementary. People came out of the room with big smiles after they had voted. They had encouraging words for the voters who were still standing out in the rain.  

    Kevin Douglas, a sophomore Old Dominion University student from Hampton, arrived at Bassette to vote shortly after 8 a.m. This was his first time voting, but he was not worried about making any mistakes during the voting process.


    “I’m not worried about the line,” Douglas said, “The vote is more important than the line.”

    After voting, Douglas said that he felt like he had played a significant role in history by taking part in this election. He said the only thing left now is to find out which of the presidential nominees win the election.


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

  • E-News U. Contributor 9:54 pm on November 4, 2008 Permalink |  

    Hampton citizens, students arrive at polls before dawn 

    By Jared Council

    HAMPTON, Va. Outside the Woodlands Golf Course at 3:47 a.m., on a rainy Tuesday, Nov. 4, signs of life were present, as well as signs of anticipation for the final lap of a U.S. presidential race that’s lasted for nearly two years.

    “I couldn’t wait much longer,” said 44-year-old Steve Bell of Hampton, standing first in line under a pavilion with his umbrella closed. “I’d rather get up early and wait for the polls to open than wait in line when the polls will be packed.”

    Edwards was on line two hours before the 6 a.m. poll opening.

    Some didn’t have to get up early. Justin Edwards, a senior business management major at Hampton University, stayed up and watched the night sky as his four friends slept in his car.

    “I was already up,” Edwards said, “So I figured since I’m going to be up, I might as well stay up to vote.” He and his friends were the first HU students at Woodlands Golf Course, arriving at 1:30 a.m.

    By 4 a.m., the dark-purple sky remained the same hue; but the activity under this sky grew as people from all over came to get in line early to vote.

    Bobbette Raimey, 50, left Silver Spring, Md., at 1 a.m. to return to Hampton to vote. She returned because she recently moved to Maryland from Hampton and she thought that registering to vote in another state might be risky.

    “I didn’t want to hear any reasons to as to why I couldn’t vote,” Raimey said, this being her first time voting since she earned the right. Raimey’s zeal to avoid any voting conflicts even caused her to delay changing her last name despite her recent marriage.

    While people like Raimey traveled from out of state, a considerable amount of Hampton students traveled from their dorms and from the Harbors, only 500 yards away. They left their candidate paraphernalia but brought along school wardrobe. Being young and black and wearing their Hampton hoodies, HU students made the voting line look like a homecoming concert ticket line.

    At 5:30 a.m., there were 77 HU students out of more than 100 people in line. At 6 a.m. when the polls opened, there were 164 HU students in the L-shaped line that spanned the length of the side of the parking lot.

    Some who weren’t HU students but had ties to the university showed up to vote too.

    Cora M. Reid, who works in the Harvey Library, graduated from Hampton in 1944 and had a father and a grandfather who went there. Reid said she got up early to vote because she wants to see a black president. “I hope I will,” she said.

    Majorie Sale, a 58-year-old pipe designer from Hampton, was a McCain supporter. She told her boss she would be late for work at 5 a.m. in order to vote.

    While nearly 250 people lined up before polls opened, voters who showed up afterward, like Michael Riddick, anticipated and accepted the long lines.

    “We’ve waited for days to vote,” said Riddick. “What’s a few hours?”


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

  • E-News U. Contributor 7:26 pm on November 4, 2008 Permalink |  

    Election Day Vignette 

    Kimberly Colander

    Prof Batts

    JAC 404-01

    Election Experience

    A Moving Moment

          November 4, 2008 is expected to be one of the most important days in American history. I was not looking forward to Election Day because of all the stress I knew I would have to endure for the coverage and the line I knew I would have to face. But, it turned out to be something that wasn’t stressful. Instead, I felt a sense of pride and importance.

          My polling location was A.W.E. Bassette Elementary School in Hampton. My mother and I were arrived there at 8:30 am. The location was packed. It was extremely hard to find a park. Voters were circling around the school and some even parked blocks away and walked. It was rainy and cold but we stood in the line for an hour and a half to cast our ballot. The other voters were encouraging and shared umbrellas and stories of the importance of this election with each other.

          When I first arrived on the scene and realized that there were at least 300 people in line ahead of me, I felt discouraged and the weather didn’t make it any better. But the high spirits from the other enthusiastic voters eased my irritation. When I finally reached the inside of the building I became more excited about voting and it was like the importance of my vote hit me. I also became a little nervous that I may fill out my ballot incorrectly and my voice wouldn’t be heard. I know it was only four categories to vote for but it must have taking me five minutes to complete the ballot. I watched the people around me finish and new voters come and finish too. I just wanted to make sure that I was doing it right. I took in the moment because it was my first time ever voting.

          After I voted I felt very accomplished. My older sister sent me a text and said that I was now a woman because I voted. I think that the wait in the rain was worth for that feeling of significance. I only hope that my vote will help get Barack Obama elected and hope reshape our country.

  • E-News U. Contributor 7:25 pm on November 4, 2008 Permalink |  

    Election Day Vignette 

    Kevin Kee

    2008 Presidential Election Reflection Paper


    Media Ethics

    Professor: Batts 

         Today November 4th 2008 I woke up at 5:30 a.m. to have my voice heard for the first time.  Not in a literal sense but in the sense of voting.  Today was my first time voting and it was an unforgettable event.  I never really considered voting until Senator Barack Obama decided to run for president. I thought that voting was a waste of time, and up until about a month ago I was not even a registered voter, but senator Obama’s decision to run for the president  not only persuaded me to vote; it also gave me hope for the future of African Americans.

         After having woken up so early, I proceeded to my precinct which was Cooper Elementary School on Marcella Road in Hampton.  I thought that my waking up early and going to the polls as soon as they opened would decrease my chances of being caught in a long line; I could not have been more wrong.  It seemed as if everyone had the same idea I had or at least a similar one.  As I stood in the line awaiting my turn to vote, my eyes wondered to the people around me.  I wondered if they all felt the same way I did.  Did they realize how momentous this event was and did they know what the outcome of this day would bring?

         It is finally my chance to vote I entered the double doors of the school and proceeded to the poll administrator to show my license and then to another administrator to receive my ballot.  This is it I thought what I waited two hours for, my reason for waking up so early, it took about a second to fill out the ballot and then the deed was done.  All the anticipation and the waiting paid off and I left the poll feeling excited to see the results later tonight. Who will become the next president of the United States and was my voice really heard I guess I will find out later along with everyone else who voted.

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