Monthly Archives: March 2016

Marching Against Gender Inequalities

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Alexandria Carmon | Staff Writer

Inequalities between men and women isn’t anything new in the workforce. Issues can range from being fired from a job due to pregnancy or being paid less than a man. But, the Force, Hampton University’s marching band that brings the excitement to the football and basketball games each year has taken steps forward against gender inequality.

Everyone knows about The Force. They are what drives the school spirit and are key in making Hampton distinct from other schools in the Hampton Roads area. They play the National Anthem as a way to show respect for our country, and they play the “Fight Song” to encourage the team to do better.

Along with the band, there is Ebony Fire, the dancing group that flaunts their style in the stands as the crowd tries to follow them in suit. The Force and Ebony Fire stay in unison throughout their performances. What makes it better is that it is not just the guys who know how to show their instrumental talent. The ladies on the Force can play just as well.

The treatment of the female members on Hampton’s marching band is the question. But, according to most of the band members, male and female, it turns out that the band treats their female members just as well as they treat the males.

“I know that women are more likely to play woodwind instruments which means you will have less scholarship money compared to the men who dominate brass sections,” said Kaia Amoah, junior biology major from Cincinnati, Ohio.

However, she also feels that as a woman in the band she is for the most part being treated fairly.

“I think there is no room to really treat women any type of way because we kind of dominate the band. We have a female drum major.” Any band that lets a female lead the band could not be thought of as underestimating females.

The Force is giving women a chance to shine as well as advance their music ability. In addition, Chris Watson, a Finance major from Broadview, Illinois shares his perspective on the issue of whether or not there is inequalities within the band.

He believes that girls are getting just as many opportunities to shine in the band as the men, and has witnessed girls having just as good of music and physical ability.

“There are only two girls that are currently active in the drum line. The girls perform the same workouts as the guys. We do push ups and we run laps. From what I have seen, the girls are able to fully keep up during the workouts.”

The women on The Force add more diversity to the mix. They are able to contribute more instruments. For example, the clarinet and flute tend to be played more by females. Whereas the tuba, drums, and trumpets tend to be played more by men.

The Force should continue to let their female members strive to be the best musicians they can be, yet encourage them to play more brass instruments as well. Either way, the women are able to perform up to the standard of excellence.

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From an HU Alum to a marketing professional

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Phillip Jackson | Web Editor

Hampton alumni and former campus DJ, Andrew “Audio” Nguyen is in the process of expanding his business the “O Agency.” Nguyen, a member of the Ogre Phi Ogre 14 class was a five-year MBA major and understood the importance of establishing a strong network across the campus. His business savvy has propelled him into successfully creating a brand and performance marketing agency that focuses on professional athletes, small businesses, and contractors.

The O Agency works to elevate their client’s brand whether it be through social media or traditional marketing. Nguyen gave insight on how he started his agency, and what his plans are in the future.

Q: Give a detailed rundown of your business.

A: We are a brand & performance marketing agency. We help everyone from startups to gov. contractors to all-star NFL & NBA athletes brand themselves, tell their stories, build audiences, grow their business and fulfill their dreams. We’ve worked with brands that have 10 followers to 1 Million followers such as @dribble2much. Some of our recent clients have included, Pepsi, 7-Eleven, Rolls Royce, & our pro-athletes include Victor Oladipo, Tyrod Taylor, DeAngelo Hall, Jordan Reed just to name a few.

Q: How long has your business been around? 

A: The O Agency started in 2013 right after I graduated from HU’s 5-year MBA program and at the same I was working a full-time job at PepsiCo. The first year was the hardest, I would start at 5am for Pepsi come home around 5pm then put in another 6-8 hours for @theOagency. I was also HU Athletic’s official DJ at the time so if there was a game, I would drive an hour down to Hampton, DJ from 6-10pm for a double header drive an hour back, then put in a few more hours for my company. That first year I was grinding, easily 20 hour days, every single day. But the adrenaline was keeping me going and I knew this was something I was destined to do. I enjoyed every minute of it, even though I was only getting a few hours of sleep every night.

Q: What are some things you did in college as a student before you became an professional entrepreneur after graduating?

A: I loved networking so I joined as many clubs as possible. I did Society of Business Professionals, Future Business Leaders of America, American Marketing Association, Pre-Pharmacy Club, Mr. Senior etc. and of course my favorite The Greer Dawson Student Leadership Program.

Q: Were there any other businesses that you started in school but then failed on?

A: Freshman year I put a sign on the door “Audio’s Barbershop” and cut hair in James Hall. $5 all day! It used to pay for my holland parties and extracurricular night activities lol. Of course then I became one of the main campus DJ’s right after DJ Tay James left (Justin Biebers Official DJ) That made more money, so no need to pay for parties & cut hair. As I entered by 5th year, I made sure the new upcoming boys were set up so we would all break bread together doing events. Non of it failed, I just leveled up and stopped doing it. Trading time for money is limiting. Having a hustle is cool. Having a company with systems, processes, and automated marketing is cooler.

Q: What are some things you did well and some things you would have done differently?

A: My gift and passion always boiled down to branding & marketing. No matter what I did, wether I was cutting hair, DJ’ing in front of sold out Norva Concerts, or throwing the hottest homecoming parties. One of the biggest keys I preach now is to “Differentiate & Target”. Once you have the master skills of business and entrepreneurship, I do everything different, it’s the only way to stand out!

Q: How important is it to extend your network beyond Hampton?

A: Very important. I will say that Hampton however is one of the most amazing networks I have ever experienced. If you take advantage of it in school and build meaningful relationships with student, staff, and faculty it will pay off 10X! As a student and recent grad, it can feel like a bubble, but everything you go through at Hampton really makes you better and stronger for the real world. It’s big enough where you can pretty much go to any city and find Hamptonian’s but it’s small enough where everybody will greet you & connect with you like family.

Q: How did Hampton’s business school enhance your knowledge in the professional business field?

A: The 5-year MBA program was the greatest thing that happened to me in college. Funny thing is you just don’t realize it until after you graduate. I was definitely a little shy when I first started the program, by my 5th year, I was the most confident and well prepared I have ever been in life. After my 5th year, I had like 5 job offers all around the country. I give credit where credit is due like Dean Credle says so there it is, Shoutout to HU’s  School of Business. Did they get a new building yet btw?

Q: What are some innovative ideas that you are working on to enhance your entrepreneurship ?

I’m ALWAYS learning and enhancing. You have to stay INNOVATIVE in today’s world to compete. Everything I do right now is around the Tech field, Diversity Enhancement, and Millennials. If you focus on those 3 areas there will be a lot of money there in the next 5-20 years guaranteed!

Q: How do you factor in diversity in to your business ?

A: Diversity is very important to me. I am a minority and as a graduate of Hampton University so I want to be able to put on for fellow Hamptonians and HBCU’s all across the country.  I will actually be looking for summer interns this summer in almost every major city across the US because we have some BIG expansion plans and EVENTS ie. LA, ATL, DC, Detroit, NY and more! People can email us atwebrand@theOagency.com if their interested now!

Q: What are your future plans?

A: Last year I went to a conference and their were 10,000+ people, all white americans. I’m going to create something even bigger and sexier, but when you look around it will be a much better representation of what America looks like today, 10,000+ diverse minorities. Everyone in there striving, growing, learning about marketing & entrepreneurship. That’s in the works right now and I’m really excited to launch that soon! If you want you can always stay updated with what I’m doing @BrandWithDrew or check out my personal site brandwithdrew.com.

The token black intern

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Nyaa Ferary | Opinion Editor

Rising to the occasion and defying the stereotypes of your ethnical background is certainly a rewarding achievement, however not when a company only awards you with an opportunity because you are black.

Hiring someone just to fill a racial quota is deemed unacceptable according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission laws. According to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. Most companies cover this up by saying they are trying to promote diversity for the image and growth of their company.

Many corporations visit Hampton’s campus to promote their internship programs. Professors often brag about how these companies come here because they need “us.” However, a black student, accepting a position solely because of their race is an insult to their actual work ethic.

For instance, Alayah Wood, a sophomore five-year MBA major from Suitland, Maryland, felt that mentioning race within the workplace had absolutely nothing to with what she could professionally contribute to her job. Her statement simply implies that a person’s ethnic background fails to effectively determine an individual’s capabilities and shouldn’t be criteria for a job position.

Becoming the token black person is not all that it is expected to be. The only reason the student was accepted was because there was a diversity quota to fill. Any student that wishes to be taken seriously should not be willing to subject him or herself to that position. However, some are okay with being that pity vote. They are content with knowing that they were chosen despite the circumstances. As an intellectual, you deserve recognition for your hard work and should be held to the same standard as your peers.

“During job searches, I’ve noticed that the executive rates for African-Americans within the entertainment industry is fairly low, however the talent exceeds tremendously and there is nothing more I long to do than become recognized on an executive level for my professional contributions, rather than becoming marginalized because of my race,” said Shekara Brooks, an entrepreneurship major from Baltimore, Maryland. Her statement simply implies that a person’s ethnic background fails to effectively determine an individual’s capabilities and shouldn’t be criteria for a job position.

Essentially, one must have more to offer than their racial qualifications to produce longevity within any company. Though diversity can represent equality and unity, one must put forth a substantial amount of effort towards professional contributions to receive sufficient recognition. According to a study by Young Invincibles, African-American students need to complete two more levels of education to have the same chance of getting a job as their peers.

The job market is tough enough as it is, so it is understandable why some students are so desperate to take what ever job offer they can get but at what extent are they willing to do so. Sacrificing your morals and value is not enough reason for accepting a job offer.

38th annual Black Family Conference: Full S.T.E.A.M. ahead

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Ania Cotton | Staff Writer

This week kicks off Hampton University’s 38th Annual Black Family Conference with its opening ceremony in Ogden Hall at 7 p.m. The theme for this year is, “Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead: Healthy Minds and Bodies, Securing Our Future,” and it is hosted by HU’s School of Science. Since 1978, Dr. William R. Harvey has hosted the Black Family Conference at Hampton University in order to give families a chance to discuss issues that concern and particularly affect the black community.

Dr. Luther Williams, a professor from Tuskegee University (Emeritus), and the former Assistant Director of Education and Human Resources and the National Science Foundation, will be the keynote speaker at tonight’s event.

This year’s conference held in conjunction with the School of Science’s 21st Annual Research Symposium. The three day event begins with the opening ceremony Wednesday March 16. Thursday, March 17 will be filled all day events including panel and roundtable discussions, a luncheon, and a Research Symposium with a reception.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. James Hubbard Jr. who is a Distinguished Professor from University of Maryland, College Park, the Director of Morpheus Laboratory, and the Director of Center for Adaptive Aerospace Vehicle Technology at the National Institute of Aerospace.

Friday closes out the conference with a Stroke Awareness Symposium, a Research Poster Session, and closing luncheon. The keynote speaker will be Saundra Yancy McGuire, PhD., the author of Teach Students How to Learn, retired Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry, Director (Emerita) for the Center for Academic Success at Louisiana State University.

Dr. Michele Claville, School of Science assistant dean and conference chairperson, wants to engage families in meaningful conversations and activities that will empower them. He said that, “Our speakers and panelists will help dispel myths that are culpable for underrepresentation in STEM fields, show the connection between the Arts and the Sciences through music, and be safe in cyberspace.”

This year’s conference will help dispel myths that are accountable for the underrepresentation of African Americans in S.T.E.M. fields, show the connection between the Arts and Sciences through music, and to discuss safety in cyber space. The S.T.E.A.M. Expo and the PHantastic (Physics) Voyage events will feature hands-on activities to entertain local elementary school children who attend the conference as well.

Associate Professor Wayne Dawkins from the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications explained that, “The conference rotates among the nine schools on campus. School of Science is this year’s host, Pharmacy hosted last year, and Scripps Howard was the 2014 host.”

Dawkins also said that he expects that at this year’s conference, “the School of Science will [to] promote HU’s march to grow into a Research-level university,” since, “we are currently a Master’s-level university that does a lot of grant research.”

Past topics of the conference have included diabetes awareness, racism and discrimination, economic development, heart attack, and stroke awareness as well.

The conference events are free to Hampton University students, $65 for the general public, and $20 for military and seniors.

Battle of the States: Three Regions left

Taylor White | Staff Writer

After a long spring break,  Quintessence X anticipated the events that made up their freshmen week. The goal of the week is to bring the freshmen closer together through bonding and class activities.

The biggest event of the week is Battle of the States, also known as BOTS. Normally, the competition is between five regions including the North, South, West, DMV and the Midwest, battle to see which region is the most talented on campus.

Unfortunately, this year two regions will not be participating. Both the North and the DMV have been disqualified due to various physical altercations. The remaining regions have been training for six weeks to create an eight minute fashion show, eight minute dance routine and a six minute talent showcase.

The BOTS participants relentlessly practiced Monday through Thursday from about 7-10:30.

Amber Mason, a sophomore, psychology major from Western Virginia, said “the practice times for BOTS were pretty extreme but people knew what they were signing up for.”

Some people even let the time spent on BOTS take away from the time they are spending on their studies. This can cause their grades to drop and sometimes they are in danger of losing their scholarships.

Still, BOTS allows people to bond and create relationships. Some people that are very essential to the success of the show are the people called “Bigs.”

People of all classes and regions are excited for the day of the show. The event takes place this Thursday, March 7 in Ogden. The event is at cost $5 per person and is open to all.

Everyone is ready to see an extravagant talent show filled with dancing, singing and more. Little do they know, the night before the participants get little to no sleep because they are practicing all night to perfect the show.

After endless hours of practice, choreography, and sleepless nights, on Thurday it will finally come together. The study body, all rooting for their own regions are wondering, who will take the crown. With two regions out of the way maybe it’s time for a new region to rise to the occassion. This could be the perfect time for the West and the Midwest to win the race. However, after losing to the North last year, it could also be time for the South to reclaim their throne. Either way, the show is bound to be entertaining.

Regardless of who wins this year, the participants in BOTS will have a fun and enriching experience.

“ColleGrove” fails to impress

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Aaron Worley | Arts & Entertainment Editor

2 Chainz and Lil Wayne are a subliminal dynamic duo when it comes to making absurd and over-the-top rap songs. Wayne’s features on every 2 Chainz album comes at no shock, as a combination that they observed with each other was a formula they were determined to make succeed; or at least make an album with each other where they traded verses and bounced off of each other’s chemistry.

While credited as a solo album by Chainz, “ColleGrove,” this eponymous project that they agreed upon making, was actually a collaboration album. Every now and then, with each listen, Wayne’s voice either gets trumped by Chainz’s lyrics, or he fails to offer something that pops his head out of the bushes he remains hidden behind as a ‘contributor’ to the album.

For starters, one should not take this album seriously. It was obviously made for the pure joy of both Wayne and Chainz to create a “bangerz” project which stings as indifferent towards its hits and misses in this aspect. An example of this technique is utilized in the song, “Bounce,” which is low and behold the most memorable and exhilarating track. Credit to this goes to the siren-like background repetitions that add hype to whatever Chainz is saying; standout lines include, “Got a mansion, a condo, a cabin, I sleep in my Phantom/So high dancing with the stars to the Star Spangled Banner.” In any case, the placement of these culture references are not meant to make sense, or even meant to be understood. They are added for the simple fact that Chainz can rap about “Dancing with the Stars” in his own Chainz style of dialect.

Lil Wayne, on the other hand, takes on the role as the subliminal hype man behind Chainz’s lyrics, not even appearing on every track, but spitting mercilessly on about half of the songs you can hear his voice in. His solo albums which were, at one point, devastatingly good and well received, began to take a drop following “I Am Not a Human Being,” and some reviewers and listeners found him to be stale and ultimately bored with the process of making music.  Some could even argue that Wayne is past his prime; this may be the case, but he really tries to make himself a contender on his appearances with Chainz on the project.

It becomes clear that when they trade verses and go over-the-top, they want to compete with each other, and urge the listener to quote something they said as unlike any other artist. The problem with this concept is that Chainz almost always dominates over Wayne, and it is sometimes questioned what actual impact Wayne has on the project, or how readily Chainz could do without him.

Wayne makes his trademark squeals on “What Happened” specifically, as he begins rapping about a girl who cannot seem to get over Chainz and Wayne. The cues show how crazy the girl is, and how, despite both of their voracious sexual appetites, the relationship does not work out and every encounter is referred to as the “last time.”

Despite the humorous lyrics and zaniness in these tracks, the rest of the album does not follow the same enjoyable path, and which each passing song, a level of tiredness is easily achieved by the listener. “Blue C-Note” has too many sounds going on that do not compliment each other in any way, and the songs “Bentley Truck,” “Smell Like Money” and “Rolls Royce Weather Every Day” are boring and sonically bland. These could have surely been scrapped or put in a throwaway album, but one should have expected some songs to be filler content and not special in the least. While not altogether mind-blowingly terrible, one should expect some diversity from 2 Chainz, given that a majority of his albums sound the same, and they do not offer that much of a unique experience to anyone who wants to become a fan. The lyricism is one, thing, bold and brash, while the beats are similar to what you would expect from a non-diverse music producer.

“ColleGrove” has hits, but some punches could have been pulled to spare the listener from some garbage and mediocrity. Either way, some fun could be found in this project, so it works to the faintest degree.

HU looks to make more than history during #MarchMadness

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Trayonna Hendricks & Arnell Clark | Contributing Writers

The NCAA tournament opens the door for 64 teams to compete for a chance to win a championship trophy, title and monetary prize.

With so much up for grabs, students, faculty, staff and surrounding supporters weigh out the odds to consider whether or not Hampton University has a chance at winning. “We actually could win this game, I can’t say why I just know that we can,” said Julian Washington, a second-year architecture major from Chatham, Virginia.

“We’re already known as the underdogs. We’ve proven our point before so I believe we have a chance at winning,” said Terrance Harmon, a junior architecture major from Orlando, Florida. However, Donovan Rose Jr., a 2nd year 5-year MBA student from Yorktown, Virginia begged to differ.

“I don’t think we have a chance of winning, but I believe it will be competitive. We’re not going to get blown out like the analysts may think.”  Darrell Gunter, a former athlete of the Hampton Roads area, still follows the team closely and shared his thoughts.

“I think Hampton has a chance. They’ve already played Kentucky last year, so they know what it’s like to play a number one team. I feel like it’ll just be another game to them.”

Although there can only be one winner, making it to the NCAA tournament is still a major accomplishment, and is very beneficial to the Pirates and the University. According to Forbes.com, this year each team that makes it to the first round of the NCAA tournament will receive $1.9 million for their respective conference, whether they win or lose.

This means the Pirates have already benefited financially from the tournament. But where does that money go?

Eugene Marshall Jr., Hampton’s Director of Athletics, shed some light on where the money goes.

“It doesn’t all go to Hampton. It is split and a portion goes to the MEAC conference. The president and administrative council distribute the money as they would any other grant that is made to the school, it does not just benefit the athletic department it benefits Hampton [as a whole].”

These tournaments not only benefit our student athletes but they benefit our entire university.  Marshall said, “As the athletic director, I am happy that we’re able to give back to Hampton. Everything that we have is funded by the university and it’s nice that we’re able to give a little back.”

Marshall also shared his thoughts on the Pirates chances of winning; “We have a very good chance at winning. We have a veteran team, last year they were hunting us but this time we’re the hunters.”

MEAC champion and No. 16 regional seed Hampton Pirates will play No. 1-seeded University of Virginia Cavaliers of the ACC on Thursday in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Can Hampton pull off a miracle upset? A No. 1 seed has never lost to a No. 16 in the first round since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985.

A No. 16 seed has yet to pull off the big upset, but it has almost happened several times.

There have been 15 No. 16 seeds that stayed within single digits against a No. 1 seed.

The most recent was in 2014 when Weber State kept the game close against Arizona before eventually losing 68-59.

Two No. 16 seeds came within one point of defeating a No. 1 seed in 1989. No. 1 seed Georgetown hung on to beat Princeton 50-49. Oklahoma had to overcome a 17-point deficit and sweat out a last-second half court shot to beat East Tennessee State 72-71.

However, No. 2 seeds have lost to No. 15 seeds.

How many No. 15 seeds have defeated No. 2 seeds in NCAA Tournament history?

The answer is seven. No. 2 seeds have a record of 113-7 against No. 15 seeds, meaning No. 15 seeds win just 5.8% of the time.

In 2001, our very own HBCU achieved what was said to be one of the greatest upsets in tournament history comes.

When No. 15 Hampton took on No. 2 Iowa State, the Cyclones had Big-12 Player of the Year and future NBA player Jamaal Tinsley on their roster.

Head Coach Steve Merfeld led the Pirates to a 25-7 record and the regular season and MEAC Titles. Throughout the back and forth game, the Pirates went on a 14-2 run in the second half to beat the Cyclones, 58-57.

Commonwealth Clash: HU vs. UVA in NCAA

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Jelani Scott | Sports Editor

On Thursday, March 17, the Hampton University Pirates will be making their sixth appearance in the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament and will square off against the #1-seeded Virginia Cavaliers at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The game will begin at 3:10 p.m. on TruTV and will be the third matchup broadcasted on the opening day of the tournament. Hampton goes into the contest as the #16-seed in the Midwest Region, a spot they earned after winning their second consecutive MEAC Championship on March 12.

In 124 first round games in the tournament, the 16 seed has never beaten the 1 seed. The Cavaliers are coached by former NBA player Tony Bennett, who is in his seventh season with the team. Bennett has led the Cavaliers to a 162-71 record and is 6-5 in the NCAA Tournament.

The Pirates are led by Head Coach Edward “Buck” Joyner, who is also in his seventh season. He has led the team to a 115-105 record and three MEAC Titles. His Pirates won the conference outright for the first time in his career this season.

The Pirates defeated the South Carolina State Bulldogs, 81-69, at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia. The Pirates’ “Big 3” of guards Reginald Johnson Jr. and Hampton native Brian Darden and forward Quinton Chievous combined for 56 of the team’s points.

The senior trio have each set their own milestones in their final year and also catapulted the Pirates to a 21-10 record (13-3 in-conference) and the MEAC Regular Season Title.

Darden made 80 three-pointers this season, the most he has ever had in a season, and was ranked in the top-20 in the MEAC in scoring (13.2).

Since transferring from Radford University after the 2011-12 season, Darden has been one of the most pivotal players on the team over the last three seasons. This season, he averaged career-highs in points per game (12.9) and minutes (31.5).

Chievous, who transferred from Tennessee University after the 2013-14 season, led the MEAC in rebounds with 11 per game, a number that ranked him twelfth in the nation in that category.

The Chicago native also managed to average 17 points per game, making him the only player in the MEAC to do that this season and one of the few players in the country to average a double-double.

Johnson averaged a team and career-high 18.3 points per game, the second highest in the conference. The Miami (Ohio) University transfer also averaged 3.7 assists per game, placing him sixth in the conference in that category, and 2 steals per game, which placed him in the Top-3.

Both Chievous and Johnson were named to the All-MEAC First Team on March 4.

The Cavaliers also have three players averaging double figures this season in the tough Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The team finished the season 26-7 overall this season (13-5 in-conference) and had a number of signature wins.

ACC Player of the Year guard Malcolm Brogdon, forward Anthony Gill and guard London Perrantes led the charge and have placed UVA firmly behind the University North Carolina, who beat UVA for the ACC Title, as favorites from the conference to win it all.

At 6’5’’ with 6’10’’ wingspan, Brogdon is widely regarded as one of the best players in the country and future NBA talent. He averaged 18.7 points per game, shooting an efficient 46.8% from the field and 40.9% from downtown.

His defensive ability has been a contributing factor to Virginia accumulating 86 wins over the last three seasons and being ranked third in scoring defense (59.7 points per game).

Gill averages 13.3 points per game, 6.1 rebounds per game and is shooting 55.9% from the field. Perrantes is averaging 11 points per game, 4.4 assists per game, 3 rebounds per game and 1.1 steals per game. He is also shooting 44.1 % from the field and 48.1% from downtown.

UNC, Villanova, West Virginia, California and Miami are among some of the teams that have fallen to Virginia and each team is projected to make it at least out of the first round of this year’s tournament.

Virginia has reached the “Big Dance” in each of the last three seasons and has earned a top-two seed each year.

The Cavaliers were upset by the Michigan State Spartans in each of the last two tournaments and have not reached a Final Four since 1984.

The Pirates went dancing last season after getting hot at the right time, going only 17-18 in the regular season and winning their four MEAC tournament games and the MEAC Title.

The team won their play-in game against the Manhattan Jaspers and went on to play the #1-seeded University of Kentucky Wildcats in a game that gained them much publicity.

Of the five teams Kentucky beat, the Pirates scored the third-most points in their losing effort, more than Cincinnati and West Virginia.

Hampton Nation hopes the Pirates can pull off the monumental history-making victory and become the first 16 seed to beat a 1 seed.

But regardless of the outcome, the Pirates can chalk up yet another successful season and will have the school’s full support as they look to build another winning season next year.

Clinton, Sanders and Carson all came to Hampton Roads leading up to #SuperTuesday (Photos)

Here are photos from Presidential candidates who came to the Hampton Roads area in the past two weeks.

 

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But where are you REALLY from?

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Justin Alvis | Columnist
Saturday night I’m in East London with a few of my friends (African-American as well) I met in my study abroad program. We had just left the club and met these group of British-African boys outside and engaged in a conversation with them.
Twenty minutes into the conversation, they ask us “so where are you guys from?” My friends and I glanced at each other puzzled because we told them we’re from America when we first met. I answered “well, I’m from Cleveland, Ohio.. It’s sort’ve in the middle of the US.”
One of the boys laughed and said “no, where are you originally from? Where is your ethnic origins?”
“Well, my family is from Alabama and then migrated to Ohio after the war” I said. I had no clue where he was going with this conversation.
He then goes on to say “You’re obviously from Africa, do you not know your origins?” My friends and I, all students at HBCUs, looked at each other and rolled our eyes because we knew that we were going to have to treat these boys and take them to our freshman year African-American history class.
Apparently, they weren’t aware of the origins of African-Americans and how we were stripped away from Africa and brought to America to help build the economy that exists today.
It wasn’t just them, though. Numerous black people around Europe that I’ve met have all asked me the same question after I tell them I’m American. Afro-Europeans have this superiority complex about themselves  because they may be a little more educated or “cultured.”
My big sister warned me about this before coming as she was asked the same questions when she was abroad. I just didn’t think it would be so often or that I would be made the butt of the joke.
What’s funny is the external colonization of Africa happened in Great Britain before the US. In fact, the racism here is actually worse because no one speaks about it. It’s so inbred into the society and swept under the rug it’s almost as though blacks here “know their place.”
All this being said, I was so shocked that they didn’t understand why we wouldn’t know our exact origins.
Reflecting back on the moment, we may have been a bit irrational in our delivery but the discussion was definitely necessary.
The African diaspora is so unique and widespread that it’s impossible to pinpoint exactly what village, tribe, or country you came from. We are all connected from Chicago to Brazil to London to Asia to Jamaica to Germany.