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  • E-News U. Contributor 4:13 pm on November 11, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: AP Sport Editors, Day of Diversity, , Michael Vick   

    Redemption: Mike Vick has demonstrated his athletic worth 

    By Ashley Pettaway

    When is enough enough?

    Is Forbes magazine’s most hated player in the NFL really the most hated player? Or has this hatred turned into a question of his celebrity, or involuntary role as a model citizen?

    In August of 2007 when Michael Vick pleaded guilty to charges of dog fighting, or what U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd would referred to as the “cruel, sadistic, cannibalistic business of training innocent, vulnerable creatures to kill.” Vick’s career was thought to be as good as gone.

    While animal lovers and Eagles fans alike were repulsed by Vick’s actions, the public granted him another chance, allowing Vick to prove his value as a Philadelphia Eagle’s quarterback and ultimately one again become one of the highest paid players in the NFL.

    “He had a lot of opportunities to change. Jemelle Hill of ESPN told Hampton University students Wednesday. “You know the saying, you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.”

    Determined for a different result, Vick got back on the field working harder than ever before to regain the trust of his fans and the respect of his teammates. “He really impressed everybody by how hard he worked,” said ESPN writer Ashley Fox, discussing via SKYPE the reaction of the Eagles fans.

    While it’s unsure of whether Vick will maintain his image as a model citizen off the field, ultimately, he has demonstrated his worth as an athlete and Pro Bowl quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.

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

    http://www.dailypress.com/sports/dp-spt-2011-hu-diversity-day,0,2395116.story  Day of Diversity

    http://www.ajc.com/sports/michael-vick-tops-forbes-554412.html  Most hated?

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  • E-News U. Contributor 4:09 pm on November 11, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: elections, , , young voters   

    Critical mass of young voters could change 2012 elections 

    By Ashley McNeil

    On Tuesday Nov. 8 registered voters in Virginia made their way to the polls to cast ballots for the candidates they believe will best represent the commonwealth. The state Legislative elections were important because its results will be a great indicator of how the 2012 presidential election will play out.

    For many Hampton University students this was their first time voting in an election. The importance of exercising the right to vote has been the topic of discussion on campus.

    Colby Mason, a junior psychology major from Atlanta, was a part of a successful voters registration initiative on campus. “Too many of us are not registered to vote,” he said. “We should vote because it is our responsibility.”

    Mason along with several other students worked to bring awareness to the student population about the upcoming election and was successful in registering 30 students.

    Joining the list of newly registered voters was Matt Davis. A senior Marine Environmental Science major and Virginia native from Richmond, he said he would vote on Tuesday and couldn’t be more excited: “My parents have always stressed to me the importance of exercising my right to vote.” On Tuesday along with millions of others he voted for his preferred candidates.

    Not everyone on campus was registered to vote but there are a few who helped with campaigning on the days leading up to the election. Jada Salahuedin, a junior from Fayetteville, N.C., was unable to register for the absentee ballot in time but still wanted to participate in the election process.

    “On Monday I will be helping with campaigning at the elections office in downtown Hampton for the Political Science Department,” she said. “Any involvement is better than no involvement.

    “I wish I was able to vote in this election, but I guess I’ll just have to wait until 2012.”

    Hampton students are among the 44 million young eligible voters in the country. They are the largest generation in history and 18- to 29-year-olds represent more than one-fifth of the electorate.  Those votes alone can change the face of elections. It is important for us to be involved in the political process because we can greatly influence the issues that are discussed and the candidates who win.

    Voting is both a right and an obligation and it is important that young adults always exercise the right to vote.

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

    http://www.rockthevote.com/about/about-young-voters/who-are-young-voters/ Young voters

     

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/virginia-elections-may-be-a-warning-sign-for-obama/2011/11/08/gIQANhxg3M_story.html?tid=pm_politics_pop Virginia elections Nov. 8

     

     

     
  • E-News U. Contributor 2:26 pm on November 11, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: , , Princeton   

    Hampton U. and the Princeton connection? 

    By Nina Ferguson

    On Saturday, Oct. 8 the Hampton University Pirates football team took on the Princeton Tigers, and in the end the Pirates pulled off a nail-biting 28-23 win.  The Pirates (3-2) took a break that week from conference games to play a team that is usually not in the lineup.

    During the Saturday game Princeton’s faithful were in attendance, dressed in their orange and black. They even had tailgated in the convocation parking lot, along with the Ques and the Kappas.

    Many students around campus were surprised to hear that the HU Pirates would be playing Princeton.  Princeton isn’t a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference school, so what is the point of this game?

    “Does this game make a difference for us?”  asked Kira Spears, a junior sociology major.

    The answer is yes.

    Although Princeton may be seen as a random competitor, they help our school.

    “This is our second time playing Princeton,” said Brandon Thompson, a senior and volunteer football coach. “The first time we played we went to them.  But its good that they are coming here because it gives our school money.”

    So how does a school like Princeton help Hampton University?  Princeton has a big following and those fans travel all the way down from New Jersey to see their Tigers play.  The host university is able to benefit from the extra tickets that are sold, which may not be sold during other games.

    We see this trend a lot in colligate sports.  Sometimes smaller schools will invite a larger school to a game with the intention of scoring an upset and to make a few dollars in the process.  We do not see this in just football but it often happens a few times in a season in basketball.

    It’s not always if you win or lose the game but how much money you are able to make in the process.

    But why Princeton?

    Princeton is not MEAC and is not the closest school, and they are certainty not an historically black college or university.  Then what is the Princeton and Hampton connection?

    There is a “Hampton Connection” even when it comes to Princeton.  Princeton is one of the top schools in the nation and is also an Ivy League university.  Hampton in the meantime is one of the top HBCU’s and because of that it is considered to be an Ivy League-like school among HBCU’s.

    This parallel is helping draw a connection between the Tigers and the Pirates.  Its hard to tell if we will be playing more athletic competitions against Princeton in the future but any team that is able to fill seats is more than welcome to come.

    http://www.princeton.edu/main/about/              Princeton

    http://www.meacsports.com/HomePage.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=20800&SPLASH_SET=YES&SPLASH_COOKIE_TIME=99&SPLASH_SET=YES       MEAC

     
  • E-News U. Contributor 5:47 am on November 4, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: hair weaving, , Homecoming, weave jobs   

    Unbeweavable Homecomings 

    By Bianca Currie

    Preparation for homecoming was crucial for the women at Hampton University.

    Homecoming late last month was the week when students took risks for the sake of fashion. Many women decided to weave their hair to add some flair to their looks.

    That is what Lyrica Presley, a freshman computer science major from North Carolina decided to do for her first homecoming experience. It was only her second weave job, as she usually is natural. “Honestly, I did not want my real hair to be a mess from sweating at the cabarets,” said Presley. Presley also said all of her friends followed suit. “Everybody loved it.”

    Tony Dunlap Jr., a fourth year MBA major from Ohio said, “It’s a nice surprise when a girl changes up her hair.”

    Dunlap also said he notices new weaves on campus during Homecoming every year. “When girls do not take care of them after homecoming it becomes a problem.”

    That will not be a problem for a senior International Studies major, Nyeemah Scott from Virginia. Scott opted to get a weave job just for homecoming week. “I decided to just let my friend glue in some tracks and then after that I’m going to get a sew-in”, she said. “I know my hair would have sweated out after all of the homecoming parties.”

    Homecoming weaves has become a sort of unspoken female tradition and seems to be well accepted among peers.

    As the old biblical saying goes, a woman’s hair is her glory.

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