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  • E-News U. Contributor 9:54 am on March 13, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: Constant Center, , Kentucky, Lady Pirates, MEAC, NCAA, Norfolk, Stanford, The Cardinal   

    Hampton U. Lady Pirates take on No. 1 seed Stanford 

    By Kiara Dunston                            

    Gutsy, resilient, well-coached, and constantly raising the bar is exactly how the Lady Pirates’ Athletic Director Keisha Campbell described the team. For the third year in a row, the Lady Pirates have won the MEAC, and this year they’re up against the No.1 seed, Stanford.

    As many people gathered Monday evening in the Hampton University Student Center Ballroom to celebrate the Lady Pirates, those who’ve been there every step of the way spoke of their season thus far.

    President William R. Harvey praised the Lady Pirates’ accomplishments, as well as their athletic director and faithful announcer. DJ Vince, who DJs at every home game, expressed happiness for the girls.

    Fans sat around in anticipation for ESPN to announce the brackets. Prior to the announcement, the Lady Pirates were introduced and congratulated. They were supported by their fellow men’s basketball team as well as their cheerleaders.

    The Student Center was packed and some fans had to stand or sit on the floor. Students and faculty accompanied the men’s basketball team and the cheerleaders.

    As ESPN began to announce the brackets, to most people’s surprise, Hampton and Stanford universities were the first matchup announced; Hampton placed as the No. 16 seed and Stanford was seeded No. 1.

    Most people were hoping to be a higher seed than last year’s No. 13 vs. No. 4-seeded Kentucky, maybe earning some respect due to a consecutive conference championship season. But the Lady Pirates and their coaches made it clear that it didn’t matter who they were matched up with.

    The Lady Pirates will play Stanford at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at the Ted Constance Center in Norfolk. The game will also be broadcast live on ESPN 2.

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

     

    STUDENT ATHLETES: LOWEST SEEDING DISRESPECTFUL

    By Chattan El-Webb

    The Lady Pirates have won the MEAC [Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference] for the third year in a row and are now facing Stanford University in the NCAA tournament.

    Students, faculty, and the Lady Pirates waited with anticipation Monday evening to find out who they were facing off.

    When the results were announced, students cheered “We’re going to California,” but other members of the crowd did not seem to have the same enthusiasm.

    “This sucks,” says cheerleader Brittany Bowers. “They should have been seeded higher. They have a good record and deserve a fair chance.”

    Men’s basketball player Emmanuel Okorabo was shocked: “This was disrespectful to the girls, they had a higher record.”

     “This was just unexpected and shocking,” said Lady Pirate Keiara Avant. “Our record shows we should have had a better seat.”

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

     

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  • E-News U. Contributor 2:26 pm on November 11, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: , MEAC, 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 10:46 am on February 4, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: , , MEAC, men, Pirates, UConn Huskies, women   

    Despite success, HU women’s B-Ball is a hard sell to student fans 

    By Jennifer Ibe 

    The crowd cheered as Lady Pirates players drove down the court, shot and scored.

    As the sea of students’ in their blue and white paraphernalia high-fived and chanted in victory, it was clear to see the high enthusiasm and excitement, but usually this is not constant.

    As Hampton University prepared to face conference opponent University of Maryland Eastern Shore Monday, Jan. 31, the campus was a buzz to hear that the ESPNU would come out to broadcast the game.

    Gerard Bingham, a senior broadcast journalism major from Maryland, was able to get in touch with an athletic department representative who informed him how this game was chosen.

    “Before the season,” said the spokesman, “they (MEAC) choose a game that will be aired, its always a Monday game.”

    However, concern arose as how many students in fact will attend the game, particularly the women’s game.

    “People don’t care about the women’s basketball game enough to support them,” said Shemar Woods. “I wish it would change.”

    Woods, a senior, print journalism major from Centreville, Va. who reports the play-by-play for the men’s game for WHOV 88.1 FM, also said: “They don’t respect them. It’s not only at Hampton, on a bigger scale; well, unless you’re UConn.”

    Last spring the Lady Pirates were MEAC champions. They qualified for the NCAA tournament but lost in the first round to a heavily favored Duke University team at Duke’s home in Durham, N.C.

    However, that thinking is not uncommon as several students felt the same way.

    “The girl games are boring; that’s why no one goes,” said Ashley Mclean, a senior biology major from Silver Springs, Md.

    Jacqueline Woulard, a senior chemical engineering major from Denver, Colo., said: “People go to the game to socialize, not to watch. Plus more people go to the guy’s game.”

    When asked further why there was such a low attendance at the women’s game; Leon Burns, a junior management major from Silver Spring, Md., said, “Most people see girls’ basketball as boring. Not saying I do, just the public overall. I think it’s good our school is finally promoting [the women].”

    Thanks to social media network such as Twitter and Facebook, word spread around campus and caught the attention of students who weren’t aware of the game.

    Olivia Lewis, sophomore broadcast journalism major from Winston-Salem, N.C., who is also a sideline reporter for WHOV 88.1, said: “Women’s basketball isn’t popular period.”

    When asked about if students will come to the game, Lewis said, “Definitely. I don’t think the student population will affect the game, but a lot of local people will come out.”

    The Monday night game proved a lot of things: Not only did both women’s and men’s teams win, but with more promotion and support from students, going to Pirates games will be enjoyable for the students as well as the players.

    The writer is a senior print journalism major at the Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

     
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