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  • E-News U. Contributor 8:33 am on October 31, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: , , Haunted houses   

    ‘Haunted houses’ at HU are campus mystery, students say 

    By Ryan Berry

    This Oct. 31, Hampton University is trying its best to give students activities to do out of the normal campus lifestyle. The university is to host multiple haunted houses on campus.

    Una Eatman, dorm director of Kelsey Hall, said its haunted house is from 7 until 11 p.m.

    The event is only for Hampton University students and is $1 for admission. The building will go through its transformation into a haunted house throughout the week.

    It was rumored that Student Government Association (SGA) will be hosting a haunted house in the Student Center. After days of waiting, SGA members did not confirm or deny when asked about the haunted house project.

    “Probably” was Daquan Love’s, political science junior and SGA member’s answer when asked about SGA’s haunted house.

    Some students interviewed did not know about any of the haunted houses.

    Fliers were visible in every Kelsey Hall dorm advertising their haunted house event.

    What is SGA doing for their haunted house event? Do students even know?

    “I didn’t hear anything” said Darrel Kidd, a broadcast journalism freshman from Westchester, N.Y., when asked if he was going to Hampton’s haunted houses.

    “Hampton doesn’t have any,” said Josh Bowman, a sophomore computer science major from Los Angeles, adding that haunted houses are his favorite Halloween event.

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

  • E-News U. Contributor 5:48 am on October 17, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: 2nd presidential debate, energy policy, , Hofstra University, Libya, Obama, Romney, taxes, terrorism   

    Town-hall debate churned smoke, not fire, said HU viewers 

    By Maulana Moore

    HAMPTON, Va. – Education and jobs were issues that college students at Hampton University were looking to see addressed during the second presidential debate on Tuesday.

    This time, President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney went head to head in a town-hall style setting, answering questions from an audience of undecided voters at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

    “I did not like the town-hall style at all,” said Domanique Jordan, a broadcast journalism major from Fort Washington, Md. “It seemed like the questions were rehearsed or planted in the crowd.”

    She was focused on jobs for future graduates and the cost of tuition.

    “If college is expensive, degrees won’t be given,” said Jordan. “No degree, no job.”

    The debate was characterized by both candidates challenging each other on hot-button issues in more of a conversational dialogue than in the first presidential debate.

    Shauntell Myles, 24, and a chemistry graduate student from Petersburg, Va., said while the dialogue was more aggressive and engaging, she didn’t get anything from the debate.

    “I feel like if you really wanted to know who to vote for, you’d have to do it on your own,” Myles said. “These debates aren’t helping.”

    Hampton University held its second presidential debate watch party, which attracted about 100 students, about half the size of the overflow crowd Oct. 3 inside the Student Center Theatre.

    At the same time, a watch party – open to the public – was held in downtown Hampton at the Crowne Plaza hotel.

    “Many of the movers and shakers of Hampton were there including Rep. Bobby Scott, news crews, judges and HU professors,” said Destiny Durant, a senior marketing major from Springfield, Va. and Crowne Plaza hotel employee. “Everyone was cheering for Obama.”

    As the third and final presidential debate Oct. 22 nears, Election Day does, too.

    The candidates have 18 days to win over those key, undecided voters.

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

  • E-News U. Contributor 4:30 am on October 13, 2012 Permalink |
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    Near-sellout, record revenues at HU Gala of Hope 

    By D’Andrea Doyle

    Hampton University’s Proton Therapy Institute is saving lives from cancer. This advanced treatment can be very expensive and has moved Hampton University to lend helping hands with the annual event of the year, Gala of Hope. The fund raiser forwards proceeds to services for financially indigent patients.

    “The Gala of Hope is an awesome opportunity that allows donors to connect and celebrate in the fruition of their philanthropic efforts while planning the future of their involvement with the institute,” said Maya Norvel, HU publications manager.

    At the second Gala of Hope Oct. 5, members of the community, faculty, staff and students enjoyed a night to remember at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. Exquisite dinner and fine entertainment centered the rooms’ energy that evening.

    This year, the committee allowed treated patients to share their testimonies with the community that have become so involved with their well being.

    Joy Jefferson, chairwoman of the Gala of Hope Committee and vice president of External Relations at HU, said that it was more effective for the audience to hear directly from patients because the patients truly are the focus and the motivation.

    Debbie Owens and Bill Banks were survivors who gave testimonies that touched the hearts of much of the audience. There was also a video that played prior to the testimonies, expressing the patients’ satisfaction with the Proton Therapy Institute.

    Bill Cosby was the keynote speaker at the inaugural Gala of Hope.

    There was a minor decrease in attendance last week compared to the sold-out, 1,100-person 2011 inaugural event, yet revenue raised last weekend surpassed that of last year’s gala.

    Pepsi Bottling Company of Houghton, Congressman and Mrs. Scott Rigell, Warwick Plumbing & Heating Corporation, and E-Campus were among the sponsors that supported the Gala of Hope. Corporate sponsorships were attained in packages ranging from bronze $3,000 to platinum $25,000.

    Tickets were sold for $250 singularly and $450 for couples. The gala also began with a silent auction of miscellaneous goods.

    Conservatively, $282,000 was the gross raised from ticket sales and corporate sponsorships, based on estimated attendance and sponsorships listed in the program book. Net revenues after expenses are deducted are to be determined at a later date.

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

  • E-News U. Contributor 5:53 am on October 12, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: Barack Obama, defense, economy, foreign policy, , Joe Biden, , VP debate   

    HU watches Biden and Ryan face off in feisty VP debate 

    By Naja McGowan

    HAMPTON, Va. — Vice President Biden and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., came prepared for battle. And it definitely showed.

    The two wasted no time getting to the issues in their uncharacteristically combative 90-minute televised debate Thursday. Biden and Ryan verbally sparred on everything from the state of the economy to military spending.

    The two consistently interrupted each other and Biden, seemingly making up for President Obama’s lackluster first-debate performance last week, rebutted with tenacity, smiled incredulously, and even chuckled at some of Ryan’s responses.

    “We should not be imposing these devastating defense cuts,” Ryan said of the U.S. policy in the Middle East. “When we show that we’re cutting down on defense, it makes us more weak. It projects weakness. And when we look weak, our adversaries are much more willing to test us.”

    To which Biden rebutted “With all due respect, that’s a bunch of malarkey … not a single thing he said is accurate.”

    According to a CNN poll the debate winner was Ryan 48%, Biden 44% with the margin between the two candidates within the polls’ five-point sampling error.

    The results didn’t accurately express the thoughts of a few students at Hampton University. Turnout was light compared to the 200-person over-capacity student center theater crowd who attended last week’s presidential debate.

    “I definitely think that Biden took this one,” said Isidra Myricks, a junior public relations major from New Jersey. “Ryan was supposed to bring the facts Romney was missing in the presidential debates. He just didn’t deliver a believable message to me.”

    “Biden took this one for me,” said Erin Govan, a senior political science major. “He was really feisty and the things he said made sense. I don’t think that Ryan or Romney has the middle classes’ best interest in mind like they say they do.”

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

  • E-News U. Contributor 7:50 pm on October 8, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: , Newport News, rain, Victory Arch, Virginia Peninsula   

    Supporters wait in rain for Romney’s first Va. Peninsula visit 

    By Kendra Johnson

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Rain and a daytime high of 55 degrees were not enough to deter supporters of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney from gathering Monday outside at Victory Landing Park for the GOP candidate’s first visit here.

    Plans to move the event to an indoor venue were to be made Sunday evening; but as of that night, despite the National Weather Service’s forecast for 60-percent chance of rain on Monday, a representative from Romney’s campaign told the Daily Press that plans to have the nominee speak outside were still in place.

    Cheryl Townson, 57, said while weather conditions were less than ideal, she felt it necessary to attend the rally for moral support.

    “It’s not fun being out here in the cold and rain, but I’m pretty excited to see [him],” the Newport News native said. “He has a plan for this country and I believe in him.”

    Monday’s rally was the first time Townson attended an event for the candidate. Conflicts of time and distance kept her from being present at his other Virginia events.

    Security staff member Randall Miller, 42, said while he does not support Romney, the candidate’s ability to draw a crowd despite the unpleasant weather conditions is impressive.

    “I’ve already made up my mind who I’m voting for,” Miller said. “But, this guy can clearly bring in a crowd. If nothing else, I’ll give him points for that.”

    Miller said he wished plans had been made to move the event inside because he feared getting sick from standing in the cold rain.

    “Obama or Romney, I don’t care who’s speaking, I don’t want to get sick for anybody,” Miller said. “Some lady brought her kids out here, I’m not knocking anybody for who they support, but you [have to] be smart about some things.”

    Along with the woman and children Miller saw walking towards the area of the speech, nearly 300 other people were in attendance, including someone wearing an angry Big Bird costume and holding a sign that urged Romney to focus his energy on repairing Wall Street than eliminating “Sesame Street.”

    The event was free to the public and began at 5 p.m. and Romney was expected to deliver a speech on foreign policy.

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

  • E-News U. Contributor 2:06 am on October 6, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: Eddie Levert, , O'Jays,   

    Hampton U. fans anticipate getting thrills they want at gala 

    By Brian Sprowl

    The Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute hosted its first annual Gala of Hope on Friday, Oct. 5. The event took place at the Hampton Roads Convention Center from 6:30 to 11 p.m.

    This year, the gala had Philadelphia International Records artist Eddie LeVert of the O’Jays. LeVert is known for ’70s hits such as “Darlin’ Darlin’ Baby,” “Family Reunion” and “Give the People what they want.”

    LeVert is not unfamiliar to the Hampton crowd. He was a performer at President William R. Harvey’s 25th anniversary gala in 2003.

    “He is an awesome entertainer,” said Joy Jefferson, HU vice president of external relations. “He caters to the age of the crowd, and meets their needs.” People were still buzzing over that performance, said Jefferson, and looked forward to his return to Hampton.

    Individual tickets for the event were $250, while tickets for couples are $450. Proceeds earned at the event are to go directly to the treatment of cancer patients and to further cancer research.

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

  • E-News U. Contributor 5:18 pm on October 4, 2012 Permalink |  

    Hampton U. students staged digital town hall with other HBCUs before debate 

    By Jalisa Stanislaus

    HAMPTON, Va. — Thirty minutes before the first of three 2012 presidential debates began, the Hampton University Student Center Theatre Wednesday overflowed with students eager to hear the debate between President Barack Obama and form Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

    “This is the first year that I could vote, so it’s a big deal,” said Evangela Mathews, a freshman biology major from Prince George’s County, Md. “I want to be involved and pick the best candidate, not just because he’s black and because it’s what everyone else is doing, but I want to have my own reasons.”

    Mathews said she looked forward to hearing information about college students, health care and what both candidates can do for the country.

    Over 200 Hamptonians packed into the theater and discussed their expectations during an online live chat with students from Norfolk State University and Morehouse College in Atlanta. Students from the three schools also discussed voter registration efforts on their campuses. 

    “I’m excited to hear both candidates and their views,” said Mark Landry, a junior political science major from Upper Marlboro, Md. “I need to listen more to what Romney has to say because I need to know that if he wins, he’ll do good things.

    “It should be a good debate. I’m excited.”

    At 9 p.m., both candidates appeared on the movie screen, televised from the University of Denver. The HU crowd rose to their feet with excitement.

    Hampton students then sat, swelling with anticipation to hear what would be said.

    When the event ended, Landrey said “After the debate, many tried to make it seem like Obama was not ready or serious about the debate. They also made it seem like Romney was superior and had better ideas. I don’t think Romney did well because everything that he talked about was not backed up with details about what he thinks can happen in the future or what he could implement himself.

    “I don’t think there was a clear winner, because we already know what President Obama is capable of. Based on the debate, I don’t think Romney is prepared for the presidency. “

    What was one of the most memorable parts of the debate?

    “The most memorable part of the debate was when Mitt Romney called Obama out on his presidency. He made a statement about Obama not getting much done in the past four years. That stood out to me because everyone knows that Congress has been denying most of his proposals.”

    The final leg of election season had officially arrived.

    The correspondent is a senior at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

  • E-News U. Contributor 5:06 pm on October 4, 2012 Permalink |  

    Hampton U. students pack movie house to watch presidential debate 

    Photo by: Caleb Jackson

    By Ashley Pettaway

    HAMPTON, Va. — Just four years ago, anxious Hampton University freshmen gathered in the student center atrium to watch the historical debates that would ultimately help determine the 44th president and first African-American president of the United States.

    Wednesday was no different as the new freshman class came together to watch what would be another eventful night in the world of politics.

    “This presidential election means a lot for our future as students who are trying to get jobs. There’s a lot at stake,” said Ronnell Chatmon, a senior political science major from Chicago. “That’s why it’s important for us to get acquainted with these candidates that will impact our decisions like staying in school, getting a job, and finding other career opportunities. Depending on what candidate we choose, this election can turn in our favor.”

    Like many of the upperclassmen that showed up to the event, Chatmon encouraged his peers to be as informed as possible about the presidential candidates. Students who packed the 150-plus seat theater appeared to be very enthusiastic throughout the course of the 90-minute debate broadcast from the University of Denver.

    “It’s interesting to watch the dynamic of the debate when both candidates are speaking,” said Freshman Erick McCleary, a freshman from Ohio. “President Obama made really good points while [former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt] Romney seemed more adamant about getting his point across.”

    When the event ended, McCleary said, “During the debate you could see our president trying to hold back, but towards the end you could see moments where he started fighting back and making contrasting statements between the two plans.”

    “I didn’t feel disappointed or angry about the debate because it was really Romney’s time to show and prove himself,” said Chatmon. “There are still two more debates left. President Obama didn’t hammer away at Romney in order to save his best for last. Romney was prepared for the debate just like he was for his interview on CBS a couple of weeks ago.

    “ There were so many low expectations for Romney that anything he can do to make himself look good is positive for him.

    “However to me there is no real winner until fact checking takes place.”

    The correspondent is a senior in Scripps Howard School of Journalism

    and Communications

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