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  • E-News U. Contributor 11:28 am on September 28, 2013 Permalink |  

    By David Woods
    Courtney Dansby, a chemical engineer from Detroit, has enjoyed her time at Hampton University but is ready to start the next part of her life. She has learned many skills in the School of Engineering which have helped her get internships at Ford Motor Company and L’Oreal.
    Hampton has given her so many opportunities for which she is truly grateful: “My time at Hampton University has been a true blessing; I have learned so much about myself, which has made me a better person. I’m nervous about graduating and going out into the real world but Hampton has taught me all the social and professional skills I need to exceed in my field.”
    On Sunday seniors will sit in Ogden Hall in graduation regalia for Opening Convocation and reflect on their years at Hampton and what path life will take them after they graduate. This moment for many seniors is a surreal feeling; they are on their final journey into adulthood.
    Said Dabney,“I am extremely excited for opening convocation it is one of the few times I get to be surrounded by all my classmates and professors as we celebrate making it this far in our academics. I am looking forward to her the speaker talk and hopefully he will motivate me and fellow classmates to finish off strong.”
    Mandell Elm, a psychology major from Bronx, N.Y. said he is thrilled for Opening Convocation. He has been a member of the marching band and a residential assistant in Winona Hall. Like many students, Elms’ family is coming to share this important moment with him.
    “When I was a underclassman at Hampton I never really paid much attention to Opening Convocation nor gave much thought about it,” he said. “As my senior year approached and I started to hear more and more about Convocation, I started to realize that I am about to graduate from college. It seems like yesterday I was a freshman and now I am a senior. Opening Convocation is going to be the motivation I need to push me through these last two semesters of college.”
    Opening Convocation begins at 10 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.
    The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

  • E-News U. Contributor 12:04 pm on September 11, 2013 Permalink |
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    By Evan Winston

    The 31st annual Hampton Bay Days Festival was held in downtown Hampton, Va. the weekend of Sept. 7 and 8. While the crowds enjoyed the live bands and food vendors, an event the seemed to draw much attention was the “Tidewater Dock Dogs.”

    In this event, dogs and their owners stepped up on a platform that simulated a dock, and in front of the dock was a pool of water that stretched approximately 30 feet.

    The owners – with doggy toy/bone in hand – then kept his/her dog at bay, at the beginning of the runway, while walking toward the edge of it. Then the owners commanded their dogs to sprint towards the pool and fetch the object that they threw towards the pool.

    While seeing canines catch objects in mid-air may be an awesome sight, the object of the event is to see how far the dog can jump.

    According to Ashley Rogers, president of Tidewater Dock Dogs, over 220 dogs participated in the event, with 183 pre-registering. “This is an exciting event,” Rogers said. There’s nothing like good old-fashioned time with your dog.”

    Dock Dogs is an organization that has functioned on for 15 years. What once was just a leisure time hobby between man and man’s best friend has turned into a national and even world phenomenon.

    According to Tidewater Dock Dogs website, competitions such as the Hampton event are held in approximately 135 cities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

    The competition held at Bay Days was a three-year tradition, meaning the participants that compete have jumped last year, this year, and will do it next year for the ultimate prize of $1,000 and a silver championship cup.

    One of the participants vying for that prize is Megan Oberman and her dogs “Strappy” and “Dutchess.” “Strappy” did not compete this year but received honors last year as “most consistent dog.” Oberman said that the competition hasn’t just brought awards to her household. “My husband and I have friends that are doing it,” she said “and we’ve met many friends through the competition.”

    The event attracted a big crowd, with the majority of the spectators being young children such as sisters Kassidy, and Emilee. “We love it when the dogs jump in the water,” they said. “We ended up getting wet.”


    Video by Kathryn Kenny

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