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  • E-News U. Contributor 1:47 pm on September 28, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: , , tweets, Twitter   

    By Jessica Boyd

    This Sunday at Hampton University’s 69th Annual opening Convocation, students had all the quintessential senior gear: cap and gown, shirt and tie, Facebook and Twitter.

    Anyone could observe an array of emotions and opinions on the day by simply peaking at their timeline. Cyberspace, at least the Wireless Pirate network, was overflowing with tweets about the event.

    Most seniors expressed apathy and a stronger desire to sleep in than to participate in the day’s festivities. A senior psychology major from California tweeted : “I’m tired. Going to take the L.”

    A senior from Georgia tweeted, “I’m not ironing my dress. Y’all ain’t gon see it no way.”

    In an interview two days before the event, Alysia Sims, a print journalism major from New Jersey, said, “I actually got the chance to interview the speaker, so yes, I am excited to hear her address.” However, when asked about her overall attitude toward the event she said, “I am indifferent.”

    Fellow print journalism major Chaunte’l Powell said she was excited about one particular part of opening convocation- the dress code. “It (wearing regalia) makes senior year seem more real. I am more excited to wear my cap and gown than I am to attend the ceremony .”

    Still, everyone appeared to be in attendance as the seniors marched into Ogden Hall auditorium and took their seats. Another senior from Washington D.C. tweeted “I’m ready for this to be over already” at 11 a.m., 15 minutes into the ceremony.

    The tweeting paused for opening prayer, then parents and supporters listened to an introduction detailing accomplishments made by each school and by President William R. Harvey this past academic year. The senior class reverted to their twitter exchange.

    They paused their social networking while the class president spoke, after which students predictably resumed tweeting. This time, however, in praise of fellow Ogre and Senior Class President Mike Little and his inspiring speech. HU Script tweeted, “Little: We have arrived!” to quote the class president.

    The apathy seemed to slowly be replaced by excitement, and a bit of recklessness.

    The next tweet started what will likely be the most memorable part of 2011 Opening Convocation : “The Wave at 11! Start from the back and end in the front.”

    At 10:59 a.m. the seniors looked left and right in anticipation and at 11 a.m., it happened! The senior class successfully executed their impromptu yet highly publicized plan.

    The Ogres’ Twit-ddiction may prevent them from being remembered as the most polite or attentive class, but it will also prevent them from forgetting the start of their senior year, Opening Convocation 2011.

    The writer is a senior journalism and communications minor at the Scripps Howard School.

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  • E-News U. Contributor 7:32 pm on September 24, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: , , retweet, Twitter   

    Convocation ceremony has Hampton seniors all a twitter 

    By Stephanie Baynes

    Five retweets within five minutes.

    We live in a era where the level of excitement about a situation can be determined by the number of Twitter retweets it receives.

    “Got my cap and gown!” Briana Brown tweeted. The arrival of her family members has had Brown extremely anxious all week.

    “This is a big moment for me and it means so much to my family. It’s taken a lot for me to get this far,” she said. Brown is a senior broadcast journalism major from Atlanta.

    She started her Hampton career as an entrepreneur major but Brown had a rough time finding her place at the university. “It took me a while to find out what I really loved to do. I made the right choice switching to journalism,” she said.

    Opening Convocation is looked upon by students and the administration as the official start of the graduation process.

    Standing in line inside McGrew Towers and checking his phone, Darren Campbell retweeted, “Got my cap and gown!” Campbell is a senior accounting major from Washington, D.C. His journey at Hampton has been filled with financial hardships. “Last year I didn’t think I would even be allowed back. I was blessed,” he said. Campbell used his financial problems to fuel his desire for success.

    Campbell finished out his semester that year with a 3.5 grade point average out of a maximum 4.0. “My family is very proud of me; I’m proud of myself,” Campbell said “I’m the first college graduate. That’s big.”
    The final retweet came from Jessica Sims: “Got my cap and gown!” she exclaimed. Sims is not the first in her family to graduate and she did not have to overcome and financial hardships, or any hardships for that matter.

    “I’m just happy to graduate plain and simple.” said Sims. She is a psychology major from Baltimore, and like many of her peers she has family coming down for the special ceremony.

    On Sunday the opening convocation ceremony will be held. This event is the introduction for the graduating seniors. Families from throughout the United States travel to hear the guest speakers and to see the soon-to-be graduates walk in their caps and gowns.

    As other students throughout the night went on to tweet about receiving their caps and gowns the level of excitement about opening convocation became apparent. It all starts with a simple retweet, a small action that sets off a chain reaction of similar actions.

    Whether they want to be the first in their family to graduate from college, or want to finish school for personal reasons, or simply want to graduate just to graduate, many Hampton seniors seem to have similar thoughts: Check Twitter.

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

     
  • E-News U. Contributor 7:09 am on February 7, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: Black Eyed Peas, , Super Bowl XLV, Twitter, Usher   

    By Jennifer Ibe HAMPTON, Va. – Shouting … 

    By Jennifer Ibe

    HAMPTON, Va. – Shouting and scurrying of feet could be heard down the hall of an off-campus apartment as the anticipation of Super Bowl XLV reached its peak. A lot of opposing views could be heard as the yelling reached its all-time high.

    Every year, the Super Bowl brings out the good, the bad, and the ugly. With the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers going head to head Sunday, this year was no different.

    “You can’t rape someone in the summertime then come back to win a Super Bowl,”
     said Leon Burns, a Hampton University junior management major from Silver Spring, Md.

    Last March, Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was the subject of a sexual assault investigation. This was centered on the accusation of a 20-year old college student in Georgia. The Steelers quarterback faced a lot of negative publicity and was suspended for four games, however no criminal charges were filed.  

    As the crowd hovered around the growing debate more bashing and yelling was heard.

    “The Steelers got this in the bag,” yelled Terrell White, a Hampton alum from that city, “and everyone who doesn’t agree is a hater.”

    People began filling up the living room as boxes of wings and pizza were passed around. Laughter rang throughout the living room as jokes and comments were made.

    The women were huddled in the corner of the kitchen prepping for what would be a great night.

    “I really just like hanging out with my friends and this is one of the best moments to do so,” said Kashawna Parker, a senior biology major from Savannah, Ga.

    While countless new commercials were watched in sheer silence, many people in the room partook in Twitter to rant their objections and praise.

    As halftime came around and the Black Eyed Peas performed, many students were excited to see them and danced along with hit songs that they performed.

    R&B artist Usher Raymond joined the Black Eyed Peas to perform his hit song, “OMG” which left Twitter buzzing and many females in the room swooning. 

    As the Packers’ dominated the scoreboard silence swept the room, leaving Steelers fans in disbelief and Packer fans glowing.

    A 21-10 Packers halftime lead ended as a 31-25 victory over the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV.

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

     
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