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  • E-News U. Contributor 8:54 am on April 12, 2013 Permalink |
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    Powerful discussion of ‘Central Park Five’ film at Hampton U. 

    By Dedrain Davis

    Nineteen eighty nine: New York City, America’s biggest city was facing issues of the decade. Social and racial tensions ran high.

    Released at the end of 2012, “The Central Park Five” a documentary film by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon, examined the Central Park Jogger case of 1989. The film includes inside commentary of major social and political players in New York at the time.

    “In 1984, the crack epidemic increased crime” says Ed Koch, mayor at the time. The Rev. Al Sharpton said “New York is now the capital of racial violence.” There was the Howard Beach case (1986), Tawana Brawley case (1987) and now the riveting story of the Central Park Five.

    On Thursday April 11, Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications hosted a screening and panel discussion about the “Central Park Five” film. The event began with a welcome by Drew Berry, a visiting professor at Scripps Howard School. Barbara Lee Hamm, host and executive producer with WHRO-TV 15, then introduced the film and acted as the evenings’ moderator for the panel discussion. The 20-minute preview of “The Central Park Five” was just enough to leave students on the edge of their seats and spark a valuable panel discussion.

    On the panel was Earl Caldwell, writer-in-residence at Scripps Howard, Eric Claville, assistant professor of political science and history and Wayne Dawkins, assistant professor and author at Scripps Howard.

    Claville, also a lawyer, was able to offer informative material discussing the interrogation tactics of the police involved in the Central Park Five case, specifically the history of “custodial interrogation.”

    In response to a question from the audience, Dawkins, a New York native, added “Blacks were collateral damage.” He went on to emphasize the pressures of society and the media for the police to find suspects. Audience members offered commentary and asked questions that made for a passionate and informative discussion.

    Hamm ended the night by asking the panel “Can the Central Park Five” happen in 2013?”
    In response, Caldwell referred to New York’s’ “Stop and Frisk Law” that allows police to question and search and person suspected of committing a crime. “Stop and frisk is a proxy for black and brown kids ages 13 to 22,” said Caldwell. “If this isn’t racial profiling I don’t know what is. Some black people supported it.”

    Claville ended the discussion saying that education and entertainment plays a major role in our communities. “It takes more than a village,” said Claville. “It takes a community to have a better society.”
    Ciera Edwards, a sophomore business student from Minnesota said “This was a thought- provoking case, especially for the students my age.”

    The documentary in its entirety will be aired 9 p.m. April 16 on WHRO TV15.

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

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  • E-News U. Contributor 7:11 am on March 21, 2013 Permalink |  

    Economics theme of HU Black Family Conference 

    Hampton University’s Black Family Conference has been a tradition since the spring of 1981.

    This year’s theme is “From Income to Wealth: Economic Development in the African American Community.” Shawn Ricks, a graduate of Hampton University’s business program, was the speaker of Wednesday night’s event. She is senior adviser for minority outreach in the international trade administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

    She spoke briefly on a few important statistics and information on our world’s economic stability and how to ensure long term sustainable growth as a black community. Ricks is very passionate about getting more people involved in the trade policy field. As a community there is so much more to be done, but we are making impressive progress that should be commended.

    Throughout Hampton’s history we have taken great leadership roles and put them into action and because of that we have been known for our impressive graduates that are making a life changing difference in our society for the next generation. – Lauren Turner


    Every year Hampton University host an event called, the Black Family Conference, which consists of informational sessions and panel discussions. The first BFC was held spring of 1981 when President William R. Harvey was inaugurated into Hampton University.

    This year the School of Business welcomed HU alumna Shawn Ricks as the opening speaker. Ricks is the acting director of the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

    This year’s theme is, “From Income to Wealth: Economic Development in the African American Community.” The BFC is to inform and help people recognize and overcome issues that are current in our economy. Problems will be addressed and guest speakers will recommend solutions.

    Ricks’ stated that our economy should ensure long-term sustainable growth more than ever by the year 2014. There are currently 95 percent of the world’s consumers are outside of the United States, reported the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

    Even though everything is getting better there are still issues to be focused on such as, needing more people for the trade policy field, more market competing, and educational services.

    Over the next few days the Black Family Conference will come up with solutions to these issues so we can start improvements within the black community and our country. – Kacy Cummings   


    The 35th annual Conference on the Black Family kicked off Wednesday night in Ogden Hall.  This year’s conference is hosted by the school of business and the theme is “From Income to Wealth: Economic Development in the African American Community.”

    The opening ceremony started with an invocation by Rev. Dr. Travell Travis followed with a welcoming by the School of Business Dean, Sid Howard Credle. According to a Norfolk Journal and Guide account, Credle said research suggests that black families should spend less and save and invest more.

    After a performance of “Wade in the Water” by the Hampton University Choir, President William R. Harvey spoke on the importance of “ensuring the university’s relevance in changing society” before introducing Keynote Speaker Shawn Ricks. Ricks, a 1991 Hampton School of Business graduate, is a special adviser for minority outreach as well as an international trade administrator. Ricks spoke about her experiences as a Hamptonian and the importance of getting more minorities involved in foreign policy and international trade.

    After Rick’s speech, the Smith family was honored by Harvey for their outstanding involvement in the black community. The ceremony concluded with Harvey reminding the community to make sure “we do not become a statistic” and that in order to be great, you should serve others. – Simone Taylor  

    The writers are students at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

  • E-News U. Contributor 5:40 am on March 11, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: , safety, spring break   

    Spring Break is here; have fun, relax and be safe 

    By Amber Bentley

    Midterms are over. The Hampton University campus closed on Friday. You’re all packed up ready and to leave, but where are you actually going for Spring Break?

    Activities vary from extravagant vacations, going home to work, catching up on sleep, and even traveling home with other friends. Either way, Spring Break is very anticipated.

    “Sitting at home for Spring Break is not an option,” said TyEnna Martin, a sophomore nursing major from Columbia, S.C. “I’ll be traveling to Maryland for a few days, and I am going to a Rihanna Concert!”

    Many students mentioned Spring Break weather. “Man, I wish it was later in the month when it gets warmer,” said Devin Goode, a computer science major from Washington, D.C. “I would definitely hit up a beach or something.”

    Because of the climate, various people are heading down South to soak up some sun. Miami and Panama City, Fla. and the Caribbean islands, were popular Spring Break sites for college students.

    “I’m going to the Bahamas on a cruise for five days,” said Alyssa Boone, a senior communicative sciences and disorders major, from Suffolk, Va. “I plan to relax at the beach, site see, and possibly ride a jet ski,”

    Brittany Whitby, a junior psychology major from Washington, D.C., chimed in, “My best friend and I are going to the Dominican Republic!

    “Wow, your trip definitely beats mine,” said Boone.

    Whitby chuckled and said, “Yeah, I cannot wait to finally be there and experience all the culture has to offer!”

    While some people are fortunate enough to go on vacations, others did not come out as lucky.

    “I have absolutely no plans for Spring Break,” said Dean Johnson, a sophomore piano performance major, from Lanham, Md. “The only thing I know I’m going to do is chill and sleep.”

    Spring Break is actually the perfect time to do just that, because the next break students get will not be until the summer.

    “I’ll be going back home to [New] Jersey,” said junior Tyler Clark, a graphic design major from Somerdale, a Philadelphia-area suburb. “I’m going to work two jobs and make mad money!”

    Regardless of where one is going, Spring Break is a time to get away, to leave all your stress and problems at school, and go have fun.

    But, just how much fun is too much fun? has some tips to refer to while on vacation.
    When on the road, be sure to buckle up.

    When in the hotel, keep all your valuables locked up. If you feel the need to engage in the consumption of alcohol, be smart about it. Pace yourself and do not drive anywhere while intoxicated.

    The No. 1 rule is never go anywhere alone.

    Those are just some of the many tips that has to offer.

    All in all, have fun, be safe, and come back refreshed and ready to finish out the school year strong!

  • E-News U. Contributor 6:13 am on February 25, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: CDC, flu season, , health center   

    At Hampton U., spring semester is flu season 

    By Dedrain Davis

    Spring semester at Hampton University brings exciting spring break plans, romantic walks on the waterfront, and the dreaded flu season.

    Due to close living quarters, shared restrooms and social activities, college students must be extremely careful. According to the Center for Disease Control, the official months of flu season is from November to the end of March.

    Ciera Edwards, a sophomore business major from Minnesota, said “I wash my hands before every meal and take NyQuil if I start feeling sick.”

    The flu is spread by droplets that are released into the air when people sneeze, cough or talk. Students should seek medical care if they experience symptoms like body aches, fever and chills.

    “Because I live on campus, if my roommate gets sick I assume that I will to, that’s the reality.” said Macie Owens, a sophomore business major from Chicago. That is the feeling of many students on campus.

    The campus Health Center uses a rapid swab test that gives a positive or negative result in only 20 minutes. Once diagnosed with the flu, the Health Center is responsible for placing students under “isolation.” Isolation is a procedure that prevents the spread of the flu to other students. In this case, the Health Center will contact the parents of the student and make alternative living arrangements that can include a hotel stay or staying with a family member.

    Melanie Ames, a registered nurse at Hampton University’s health center, said “In the month of January we were concerned about an epidemic at Hampton. We had to place several students on isolation. That was the worst month.”

    Ames added, “the flu is miserable. It is easier to just be careful.”

    Health Center Director Bert W. Holmes Jr., M.D., encouraged student to get the flu vaccine at home. The flu vaccine protects against 60 percent of flu strains. The vaccine will also make symptoms less severe, if one does catch the flu.

    Below are tips from Stay healthy Hampton.

    • Strict hand washing
    • No sharing of drinks
    • No kissing
    • Use Hand Sanitizer
    • Cough in elbow, not hand
    • Flu vaccination

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

  • E-News U. Contributor 4:24 pm on February 24, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: Beasts of the Southern Wild, , , Wallis   

    9-year-old is Oscars Best Actress nominee 

    By Niccolas Gadsden

    Sunday’s Academy Awards show will be historic. All eyes are on Best Actress nominee, Quvenzhané Wallis. This 9-year old is the youngest actress in history to be nominated in this category.

    Wallis, nominated for her starring role as Hushpuppy in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” will be making her first appearance ever on the show’s red carpet after the making of her film debut.

    The plot of “Beasts of the Southern Wild” revolves around the relationship of Hushpuppy and her father, Wink, who is ill. The two live in a small Louisiana bayou town, which is cut from rest of the state by a levee. A storm is approaching the town and the residents prepare for its approach. Wink prepares Hushpuppy for both the storm and his death by teaching her how to be a survivalist.

    “It was very unique, said Professor Eleanor Earl of the cinema studies curriculum in the Hampton University English department. “I think it was an excellent exercise in visual storytelling, which is what filmmaking is all about.”

    In an interview with CBS News, Wallis said she was one of 4,000 girls to audition for the role. She auditioned in her hometown of Houma, La., at age 5, and was the youngest to audition. Acting as a crew member’s mother, she showed great personality, winning over director Benh Zeitlin. Wallis said that at that time she was only able to read at a certain level, but Zeitlin was able to re-write the script to make it fit around Wallis’ personality.

    Professor Jamantha Watson of the Fine and Performing Arts department said, “She is delightful to look at. Her energy is where it’s supposed to be, and I really look forward to seeing what happens on Sunday.”

    If Wallis wins the award not only will this make her the youngest ever to win for Best Actress, but also the youngest to win an Academy Award, beating out actress Tatum O’Neal, who won for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 1973 film “Paper Moon” at age 10.

    Also it will make her the second African-American to win for Best Actress behind Halle Berry, who won in 2001.

    Wallis was not the only one to make an acting debut in this film. Dwight Henry, who plays Wink, did not have any acting experience prior to this film, still the L.A. Film Critics Association named him Best Supporting Actor.

    Henry owns a bakery in New Orleans, and had no plans of acting until some of the film’s crew members convinced him to audition for the film. After convincing the director and producers that this role was right for him he had to convince Wallis, whom he bribed with sweets from his bakery, Henry told interviewer Oprah Winfrey.

    Wallis plans to continue acting. She has an upcoming role in the film “12 Years a Slave,” where she will be working alongside actor Brad Pitt.

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

  • E-News U. Contributor 12:15 pm on February 18, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: , Blue Thunder, , Majestic dancers, ,   

    Musicians, dancers raise their game when HU-NSU play ball 

    By Simone Taylor

    Fans can expect more than 3 point bombs and emphatic dunks at Monday night’s Hampton vs. Norfolk State basketball game. For years, Hampton University organizations such as the Blue Thunder Cheer Squad, Ebony Fire, the Majestic Dance Team, and the Pep Squad Band have been entertaining the crowds with dance, stunts, and music.

    Monday night’s game will be no different, as these organizations are preparing to give the crowd a game to remember. The game will be broadcast on ESPN, and attendance is expected to be high due to the rivalry between both cross-harbor schools.

    Band members have been practicing two hours a day, at least twice a week. Rehearsal requires members to learn and memorize music and occasionally learn dances. Said sophomore trombone player Edgar “Trey” Rawles, “The band as a whole usually puts more effort into big games, not only because NSU is our rival, but because Norfolk’s band will be in attendance too.”

    The band usually plays six songs per game. Fans can expect to hear the band play upbeat classics including: “It Ain’t My Fault” by Silkk the Shocker and “Mr. Ice Cream Man” by Master P.

    Band members often use their close proximity to the court to assist in distracting the other team’s players and to get the crowd involved in the game. Said sophomore bass drummer Tanai English, “the crowd tends to be more involved with the band when we play rival schools. I wish it was like that every game, but there is a noticeable difference when playing rival schools.” Norfolk State and Howard University – the other HU – are Hampton’s rivals, whether fierce or friendly.

    The Majestic Dance Squad will perform a mix of Rihanna songs at halftime. In addition to the halftime performance, the squad also dances in the stands during the game. Majestic practices Monday through Thursday and has held weekend practices to prepare for Monday’s game.

    Stamina is an important factor for the dancers due to the difficulty of their routines. Said junior Tiara Frazier, “As far as the physical aspect, we definitely have to be fit and in shape because who wants to look at a tired dancer?”

    The Blue Thunder Cheer Squad will keep the crowd intrigued by performing various cheers and chants. The members of the squad have been practicing stunt sequences and dance drills for the big game. Said sophomore Bre’on Long, “I feel like there’s a lot of pressure to making sure everything goes right and there’s few to no mistakes, but I’m just going to cheer my hardest!” The pep squad assists the cheerleaders in leading chants that get the crowd involved. The anticipation is high for both the players and those off the court. “[Things] can get a little out of hand at times,” said Long, “but I hope it’s a good game and the Pirates take the W!”

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

  • E-News U. Contributor 10:35 am on February 18, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: , men's basketball, ,   

    Hampton U. students expect a fierce Norfolk State rivalry game 

    By Briyana Knighten

    The time has come again for Hampton University to play Norfolk State University, and this time the rematch is on HU’s court. On Monday, Feb. 17, the men’s basketball team will gear up for what could be the game of the season.

    Many students have begun to show excitement about the upcoming rivalry game.

    “I try to make almost every boys and girls game, but this game is about to be the one of the year,” said Bradley Dexter, a 5th year MBA major from Los Angeles. “Ever since my freshmen year, HU and NSU go at it, so I am pretty excited to see how this game will unfold.”

    Due to the years of intense rivalry, this game has become a tradition, and many students have become intrigued by the trash talking than the actual game.

    “I’m not too far from HU and NSU, so at a young age I was aware of the rivalry, said Alexis Lennon, a sociology major from Virginia Beach, Va. “Most NSU students think HU is stuck up, so that’s definitely where the rivalry steams from.”

    As the tension begins to widen, many students anticipate the chance to fill up the seats in the Convocation Center to cheer for their school.

    “I heard this game will be a lot of fun,” said Taylor Mathews, a freshman forensic chemistry major from Washington, D.C. “So I am ready to show up and show out in support of my ‘Home by the Sea.’”
    However, as the excitement continues to thrive, some students are a little unengaged.

    “This may sound bad, but I honestly do not know anything about the rivalry or the basketball team for that much,” said Akilah Ligon, a English Arts major from Brooklyn, N.Y. “If they win then great, and if they don’t, let’s just say no sleep will be lost on my end.”

    Whether filled with excitement or with little enthusiasm, this game will be one for the books for many students on campus.

    “Your pretty much missing out, if you don’t make it,” said Dexter. “This will be the game of the year.”

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

  • E-News U. Contributor 6:39 am on February 13, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: Hampton Script, ,   

    Show your love at Hampton U. with a Script Note 

    By Meredith Barnett

    There is no better Hallmark holiday than Valentine’s Day, as the company claims to make over a thousand greeting cards specifically geared for Feb. 14.

    Yet this year many Hampton University students are skipping buying cards to show their love and affection. Instead, they are sending their special someone a love note in the Hampton Script. The lifestyles section of the newspaper will display a love note section in the Thursday Valentine’s Day edition.

    “Sending a love note in the Hampton Script is a cute and easy way to let someone know you are thinking about them on Valentine’s Day,” said Marisa Tukpah, a sophomore chemical engineer major from Germantown, Md.

    In fact it is really easy, as students simply send their love notes to the Hampton Script and include a photo to go along side it. It is also a way for many students, who may be feeling the financial burden of being a college student, to send a Valentine’s Day gift to the special someone in their lives.

    Sending love notes in the Hampton Script is not a brand-new concept. Last year the Script had a Valentine’s Day love note section. Thomas Syrkett, a junior broadcast journalism major from Southfield Mich., was the recipient of a love note in the Hampton Script. “It was very special and surprising,” he said. “I love the note she wrote about me last year and I really appreciated it.”

    Some students are not as receptive to the love notes as their peers.

    Kimani Bunch, a junior public relations major from Suitland, Md. said, “I feel like love shouldn’t be publicized. Everyone complains about people being in their business. What if she didn’t really love me back?”

    Margie Merritt, a freshmen political science from Atlanta, said “I am not really into publicly announcing my love for someone. I am too young for that and it could turn out really bad.”

    The Hampton Script is not the only organization on Hampton University’s campus that is providing students with Valentine’s Day gift options. The biology club is sending rose grams, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will have candy grams, and Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity will be performing song grams.

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

  • E-News U. Contributor 6:37 am on February 13, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: Biology Club, ,   

    Hampton U. bio club spreads love for Valentine’s Day 

    By Ashley Bozeman

    “Hey do you have a valentine this year?” Crystal Smitherman yelled across the lunch table to a male student.

    “No I don’t actually” said the student as he walked over to the table. \

    “Well I’m sure there is some girl out there that would love a rose from you, I promise it’ll make her day!” said Smitherman, a sophomore biology major.

    The male student pondered the thought for a moment then said, “Yeah, your right actually! I’ll take one. I think I’ve got an idea.”

    Love is in the air and its already that time of year again, Valentine’s Day. The campus has been buzzing with excitement for Thursday the 14th through in-person conversations and social media such as Twitter since the start of the month.

    Many campus organizations have taken advantage of buzz and have created events and fundraisers catering specifically to students and couples on campus.

    Hampton University’s biology club implemented a new fundraiser this season. The club organized a rose gram delivery service that will deliver roses and a personalized note to the person of your choice on Valentine’s Day. The club is selling roses for $2.50 for one rose, $12 for half a dozen, $20 for a dozen and $75 for four dozen roses. Students have the option of picking up the roses themselves or to have them be delivered anywhere on campus on Valentine’s Day.

    According to Kai Bracey, club president and a junior, “We typically meet twice a month on Monday’s at 6 p.m. We work on creating a more united biology department among faculty and students. We focus on academic excellence and fellowship. We have been focused on fund raising for our department and so that we can send a gift to the Sandy Hook Elementary School.” In December, 20 children and six adults at the Connecticut school were fatally shot by a 20-year-old wielding rapid-fire guns.

    Here, the Biology club has Valentine’s Day competition. The Hampton University Choir is selling “singing-grams” this week and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc is having a “Dating Game” Thursday night. Other fundraisers will also take place throughout the week.

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

  • E-News U. Contributor 8:47 pm on February 3, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: , Papa John's pizza, Super Bowl LXVII, Volkswagen   

    Pizza and wings, aroma of a raucous off-campus Super Bowl party 

    By Kristian Winfield

    The smell of Papa John’s pizza and fried chicken wings has been dubbed the official aroma of the NFL – at least by Hampton University students.

    On the eve of Super Bowl XLVII (47), students – mainly juniors and seniors – gathered in the Mill Point apartment complex just off Settlers Landing Road to snack on wings, chomp on pizza and, even more importantly debate, scream and trash talk over the biggest football game of the year.

    “I’ll take everybody’s money,” screamed John Rose, a junior political science major from Queens, N.Y. “And if you don’t got any money, I’ll take your chicken!”

    Tempers quickly flared as the Baltimore Ravens took an early 21-6 lead over the San Francisco 49ers in the first half. Half of the people in the apartment sat quietly in disbelief, while the rest were anchored by Rose’s raucous comments.

    “You [guys] are just like your team… You got no heart,” said Rose. “It’s about to be halftime, and you gonna get twenty-oned already. If this was Madden, I would have been collecting already.”

    But the NFL is far from a videogame. There are two halves to the game, and even though their team was struggling, 49ers fans remain hopeful.

    “It’s 0-0 in the second half,” said Kyle Bailey, a third-year five-year MBA major from Chicago. “We might be down right now, but I believe in young Colin [Kaepernick] and Patty [Patrick Willis] to bring us back.”

    While they remained clearly separated on teams, the entire apartment was in agreement when it came to commercials. Using a three-tier rating system, each and every commercial was dissected in terms of humor and, oddly enough, marketing strategy.

    The winner was the Volkswagen commercial with an island twist.

    “It appeals to everyone,” said Malik Dean, a junior political science major from Queens, N.Y. “If you were offended by it, you have no sense of humor.”

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

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