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  • E-News U. Contributor 5:02 pm on September 29, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: , student cafeteria, Virginia Cleveland   

    Anticipated Hampton U. cafeteria: Out with the old and in with new 

    By Jalisa Stanislaus

    Disgusting, dirty, outdated, unsanitary, atrocious, a rip off and just, OK are all adjectives that a handful of Hampton University students use to describe Virginia Cleveland dining hall.

    Virginia Cleveland Hall, remains Hampton’s oldest women’s residence hall (1874) and is one of the most historic buildings on the university’s campus. The building currently houses both of the campuses dining facilities (The big and the small cafe).

    Although the building is historic and beautiful, many Hamptonians are ready for a more modern place to eat.

    Rumors and speculation about a new dining facility has been buzzing around the campus since 2007. During the 2010-11 school year, construction of the cafeteria began and excitement spread throughout the campus. Over the summer much progress was made on the structure of the cafeteria, located on Queen Street. Students seem to be becoming more anxious to see the completion of their new dining facility.
    “The location couldn’t be more perfect,” says Chantalle Jackson, a senior biology major.

    The dining hall is located on the waterfront and is supposed to represent the absolute best cuisine and an exquisite dining experience.

    It’s supposed to be a three-story 100,000 square foot facility with two dining halls, which will seat 1,500 people and another hall for entertainment events that will seat 1,150 people.

    In 2007 Hampton University launched a “New Cafeteria Campaign,” in hopes of getting alumni to donate to the project. In total, $5 million was donated by alumni and other organizations.

    Antoinette Trott, a junior political science major from Philadelphia, said that “you do not get your money’s worth, when eating at the cafe. The environment is nasty, as well as the type of food that they provide.”
    However, she is extremely excited for the arrival of the new dining facility. She predicts that the food is going to be of the same quality, but she welcomes the new environment and scenery that the new cafe is supposed to offer.

    Ronald Smith, a psychology major from Harlem, New York, said that he “loves the cafeteria.” He regrets moving off campus because he misses the convenience. “I enjoyed everything; breakfast, lunch and dinner.”

    When the new cafeteria opens, Smith said he plans on investing in a meal plan, so that he can “get the next best thing to a home-cooked meal.”

    The new and improved dining hall is expected to be completed by March, reported the Hampton University website. Many students are ready to say goodbye to their outdated cafeteria in Virginia Cleveland, and hello to their contemporary facility on the waterfront.

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

  • E-News U. Contributor 1:47 pm on September 28, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: , , tweets,   

    By Jessica Boyd

    This Sunday at Hampton University’s 69th Annual opening Convocation, students had all the quintessential senior gear: cap and gown, shirt and tie, Facebook and Twitter.

    Anyone could observe an array of emotions and opinions on the day by simply peaking at their timeline. Cyberspace, at least the Wireless Pirate network, was overflowing with tweets about the event.

    Most seniors expressed apathy and a stronger desire to sleep in than to participate in the day’s festivities. A senior psychology major from California tweeted : “I’m tired. Going to take the L.”

    A senior from Georgia tweeted, “I’m not ironing my dress. Y’all ain’t gon see it no way.”

    In an interview two days before the event, Alysia Sims, a print journalism major from New Jersey, said, “I actually got the chance to interview the speaker, so yes, I am excited to hear her address.” However, when asked about her overall attitude toward the event she said, “I am indifferent.”

    Fellow print journalism major Chaunte’l Powell said she was excited about one particular part of opening convocation- the dress code. “It (wearing regalia) makes senior year seem more real. I am more excited to wear my cap and gown than I am to attend the ceremony .”

    Still, everyone appeared to be in attendance as the seniors marched into Ogden Hall auditorium and took their seats. Another senior from Washington D.C. tweeted “I’m ready for this to be over already” at 11 a.m., 15 minutes into the ceremony.

    The tweeting paused for opening prayer, then parents and supporters listened to an introduction detailing accomplishments made by each school and by President William R. Harvey this past academic year. The senior class reverted to their twitter exchange.

    They paused their social networking while the class president spoke, after which students predictably resumed tweeting. This time, however, in praise of fellow Ogre and Senior Class President Mike Little and his inspiring speech. HU Script tweeted, “Little: We have arrived!” to quote the class president.

    The apathy seemed to slowly be replaced by excitement, and a bit of recklessness.

    The next tweet started what will likely be the most memorable part of 2011 Opening Convocation : “The Wave at 11! Start from the back and end in the front.”

    At 10:59 a.m. the seniors looked left and right in anticipation and at 11 a.m., it happened! The senior class successfully executed their impromptu yet highly publicized plan.

    The Ogres’ Twit-ddiction may prevent them from being remembered as the most polite or attentive class, but it will also prevent them from forgetting the start of their senior year, Opening Convocation 2011.

    The writer is a senior journalism and communications minor at the Scripps Howard School.

  • E-News U. Contributor 7:37 pm on September 24, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: Edward L. Hamm Sr. award, , ,   

    Convocation Sunday is a deeply rooted Hampton U. tradition 

    By Malik Smith

    Hampton University is a school that is deeply rooted in history and tradition. With the 69th annual Opening Convocation quickly approaching, the school’s past, present and future graduates will have a chance to celebrate one of Hampton’s most treasured events.

    The ceremony is the official opening of the school, complete with a guest speaker, and often times returning alumni. It’s also the first chance for graduating seniors to don caps and gowns; in a sort of pre-graduation ceremony.

    Terrell Robinson, a senior engineering major from New Jersey, plans to attend the ceremony and has already picked up his cap and gown. Robinson will be more relieved than anything come this Sunday. He said his major is one of the more demanding areas of study on campus and he’s been required to take heavy course loads at times during his tenure. So for him the ceremony is the beginning of the end of a long journey: “It signifies the start of graduation. It has its purpose.” Robinson said he likes that the ceremony lets people involved – mainly the seniors – feel included.

    Lauren Kendrick, a senior broadcast journalism major from Maryland, said she is excited that she will have a chance to wear her cap and gown because it “makes the moment that much more real.” Kendrick sees this as a wake-up call for students who have grown complacent with college life and the last stretch for those who are ready for their future. “[It serves] as that last-minute motivation and reminder that you need to finish,” Kendrick said.

    She also understands the tradition behind convocation. Her grandparents graduated from Hampton in the 1950s and although they will not be attending she is happy that she will be one step closer to where they are.
    With all of the excitement going on about the ceremony and what it means, there are some seniors who do not plan to attend.

    Lamarr Hill, an engineering major, is one of the people not attending Sunday’s ceremony. Hill has been to Opening Convocation on more than one occasion, but said he won’t attend this year because he still has one year to go with his program. Hill does, however, like the ceremony.

    “It’s not like it is graduation,” he said. “It’s cool for the people who are graduating.”

    The ceremony’s speaker, JoAnn Haysbert, Ph.D., was once Hampton’s provost and briefly served as the acting president. Two faculty members, Assistant Professor Wayne Dawkins, of the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, and Godson Nwokogu, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Chemistry, will receive Edward L. Hamm Sr. teaching awards.

    Regardless of class, Opening Convocation is big for all parties involved.

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

  • E-News U. Contributor 7:32 pm on September 24, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: , , retweet,   

    Convocation ceremony has Hampton seniors all a twitter 

    By Stephanie Baynes

    Five retweets within five minutes.

    We live in a era where the level of excitement about a situation can be determined by the number of Twitter retweets it receives.

    “Got my cap and gown!” Briana Brown tweeted. The arrival of her family members has had Brown extremely anxious all week.

    “This is a big moment for me and it means so much to my family. It’s taken a lot for me to get this far,” she said. Brown is a senior broadcast journalism major from Atlanta.

    She started her Hampton career as an entrepreneur major but Brown had a rough time finding her place at the university. “It took me a while to find out what I really loved to do. I made the right choice switching to journalism,” she said.

    Opening Convocation is looked upon by students and the administration as the official start of the graduation process.

    Standing in line inside McGrew Towers and checking his phone, Darren Campbell retweeted, “Got my cap and gown!” Campbell is a senior accounting major from Washington, D.C. His journey at Hampton has been filled with financial hardships. “Last year I didn’t think I would even be allowed back. I was blessed,” he said. Campbell used his financial problems to fuel his desire for success.

    Campbell finished out his semester that year with a 3.5 grade point average out of a maximum 4.0. “My family is very proud of me; I’m proud of myself,” Campbell said “I’m the first college graduate. That’s big.”
    The final retweet came from Jessica Sims: “Got my cap and gown!” she exclaimed. Sims is not the first in her family to graduate and she did not have to overcome and financial hardships, or any hardships for that matter.

    “I’m just happy to graduate plain and simple.” said Sims. She is a psychology major from Baltimore, and like many of her peers she has family coming down for the special ceremony.

    On Sunday the opening convocation ceremony will be held. This event is the introduction for the graduating seniors. Families from throughout the United States travel to hear the guest speakers and to see the soon-to-be graduates walk in their caps and gowns.

    As other students throughout the night went on to tweet about receiving their caps and gowns the level of excitement about opening convocation became apparent. It all starts with a simple retweet, a small action that sets off a chain reaction of similar actions.

    Whether they want to be the first in their family to graduate from college, or want to finish school for personal reasons, or simply want to graduate just to graduate, many Hampton seniors seem to have similar thoughts: Check Twitter.

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

  • E-News U. Contributor 7:30 pm on September 24, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: , , Langston University,   

    Hampton U. convocation is homecoming for keynoter Haysbert 

    By Alysia Sims

    Hampton University’s opening convocation is seen as the kickoff to a new school year, and the beginning of the end for seniors. What is said can motivate and encourage some to start the year off strong. JoAnn Haysbert, Ph.D., executive vice president of the university, was chosen to be that voice for the 69th annual Opening Convocation Sunday.

    Haysbert said she had a feeling of excitement when asked to be the speaker for opening convocation: “I felt honored, privileged and wondered, why me? You will often ask that question when given such an honor as this.”

    Haysbert said she is preparing for her speech by listening to and observing what is going on in the Hampton community. She hopes students take her speech as a challenge to make the remaining years they may have at Hampton unforgettable.

    Haysbert hopes to challenge those majoring in art to create masterpieces, and those future engineers to invent something new. She wants students to create and invent new things while still here at Hampton University.

    “I hope they take my speech as a challenge to seize the opportunity they have while here,” said Haysbert. I want students to take advantage of, as I will refer to it on Sunday, “THE” Hampton University. Make it something great.”

    This is Haysbert’s first year back at Hampton after spending six years as the president of Langston University in Oklahoma. She was the 15th and first female president at Langston, reported blackscholarsindex.com. That distinguished her as the first African-American female president of an institution of higher education in the state of Oklahoma.

    Haysbert’s inaugural mantra for Langston University was, “from excellence to greatness.” Under her guidance, a 10-year strategic plan, the first in the university’s history, was created. The plan was developed to enhance efforts to change the culture of Langston University, according to an account from hbcubuzz.com. Under her leadership, the campus environment morphed into a coherent, shared organizational culture in which all members of the community of scholars understood the missions, goals and values of the institution.

    Haysbert was invited to Hampton 31 years ago by Martha Dawson, Ph.D. and President William R. Harvey. Haysbert held many positions while at Hampton the first time around. She started off as assistant to the vice president of academic affairs. After one year she was promoted to the assistant vice president for academic affairs, and was also the director of the Assessment and Learning Center.

    Additional positions Haysbert held were professor, director of the summer session, coordinator of the graduate studies in education, dean of freshman studies, assistant provost for academic affairs, and provost.
    Haysbert also served as acting president during Harvey’s 2003-04 sabbatical leave.

    Haysbert said she is happy to be back at Hampton, and feels she never really left.

    “It is the Hampton Mystique. Even when I was away for those six years a part of me still remained at Hampton,” Haysbert said, “A lot of my children attended Hampton. My youngest daughter is currently a student here, so the invitation to come back home was a blessing.”

    Opening Convocation will be held at Ogden Hall and will begin at 10:45 a.m.

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

  • E-News U. Contributor 4:02 pm on September 20, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: , Chesapeake Bay, ,   

    Hampton’s bustle at the bay 

    By Kendall Alexander

    Masses of people came out over the Sept. 9-11 weekend to enjoy the 29th annual Bay Days festival in Hampton. Just over the bridge from Hampton University, the annual celebration was going on in full swing, attracting hordes of fun-loving festival goers.

    An estimated 200,000 people came out to celebrate the Chesapeake Bay, according to baydays.com. Bay Days is a three-day free event that occurred from Friday to Sunday. There was plenty of entertainment for everyone from the first-ever mouth-watering and finger-licking BBQ Challenge, a Teen Zone section and Bay Education and Children’s area.

    And for music lovers, national recording Marshall Tucker Band and the Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards performed on the City Hall stage.

    Don Butcher of the Bay Days Inc. Entertainment Department said, “We’re very excited for [Bay Days] this year. We’re always looking to improve our program, and there’s much more for everyone who participates. I’m looking forward to the crowds coming out to see what’s new.”

    Soulful sounds from the Temptations Review featuring Edwards were crowd pleasers. Their bright multicolored suits lit up the muggy Virginia night, accompanied by funky svelte voices of the group. There wasn’t a behind in a chair during the set because everyone stood up and was singing along with the classics.

    With mastered choreography and a live band, the Temptations Review was in every way reminiscent of the original group that stayed on record players all across the country.

    Baydays.com reported that with over 30 food and 75 merchandise and craft vendors, the festival brings in $5 million to the local economy with 60 percent of the take coming from outside the region over a three-day period.

    Sandwiched into the festival was the much anticipated pyrotechnics display taking place on Saturday night.

    Preshia Washington, a Hampton University sophomore psychology major from California said, “The fireworks are always the best part. It’s the longest fireworks show I’ve ever seen; there were big, loud and my view from the bridge was perfect. They really were the best ones I’ve seen in my whole life.”

    The writer is a sophomore at Hampton University.

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