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Donating after graduation

Graduates celebrate their degrees during commencement ceremonies at Hampton University in Hampton, Va., Sunday, May 9, 2010. President Barack Obama addressed the graduates at historically black university on Sunday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Graduates celebrate their degrees during commencement ceremonies at Hampton University in Hampton, Va., Sunday, May 9, 2010. President Barack Obama addressed the graduates at historically black university on Sunday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Alexandria Carmon | Staff Writer

You have reached your last year of college and can now kiss those all-nighters goodbye. No more early classes, homework or final exams will be able to take up your precious time. The real world is calling your name. You are now about to walk across the stage and receive a degree you worked the last four years for.

The question now is, will you give back to Hampton University after you graduate? Will you give back to this school that helped you transform into the person you are today? Every year, Hampton receives millions of dollars  from its alumni network. Donations allow the school to upgrade and renovate facilities, update technological equipment and it gives Hampton the financial needs to give scholarships to college bound individuals.

By giving back to Hampton, one is giving back to future generations of Hamptonians. “I think I will probably [give back] with donations and getting the word about Hampton out there because there’s still a lot of people who don’t know enough about it,” stated Kennedy Maldonado, a first year accounting major from San Diego, California.

There are many high schoolers who do not know much about Hampton University or historically Black colleges and universities.

A great way for graduates to to give back that is not only inexpensive, but does not require a lot of your time would be to speak positively about this prestigious university. If a high school student has no idea where they want to continue their education, tell them they should visit your Home by the Sea. Hampton has a beautiful campus and they could receive an excellent education studying here.

So, will you as a Hampton graduate give back? “Without question, yes,” said Ty Champion, a second-year in the five-year architecture program from Norfolk, Virginia. Champion came to Hampton as a Hampton legacy and his aunt is a member of Ogre 6. “I want future generations to have the same Hampton experience. It’s the college experience that I asked for with touches of tradition that truly make this my second home. I want them [future generations] to have the real HU experience,” continued Champion.

Another way a college graduate can give back to Hampton is by considering teaching at Hampton University or being a member of the faculty. There are many Hampton graduates that work at Hampton.

Becoming a professor will allow you to share the knowledge you learned at Hampton with other Hampton students. For example, there’s no better person to become a University 101 professor than a Hampton graduate. It makes sense to have someone who actually matriculated in these same halls at Hampton to be teaching the ins and outs of this illustrious university.


Bernie Sanders gains momentum in polls

(Phillip Jackson)

(Phillip Jackson// Hampton Script)

Leondra Head | Local and World Editor

Democratic presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders gains momentum by sweeping three states on Saturday, March 26 in the race to the White House. Sanders scored major victories in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington in the respective states caucuses.

With over 70 percent of the vote, Sanders got the win he had been aching for. The Washington Caucus gained Sanders eighteen delegates that narrowed his delegate deficit with Hillary Clinton. Sanders now has 228 more pledged delegates and will need 998 more. According to The Washington Post, Sanders will “pick up at least 50 net delegates, a sixth of the margin between the two candidates.”

Delaria Ridley, a sophomore Strategic Communications major from Atlanta said, “Bernie Sanders has been a consistent candidate. I don’t think many people realize that and sometimes overlook his consistency on national policies.” Ridley went on to say that she thinks Clinton will be the projected winner but Sanders deserves the win.

Sanders also defeated Clinton in Alaska’s state caucus on Saturday. Sanders received nine delegates from Alaska, while Clinton received zero. Sanders tweeted Friday, “Washington, thank you for your huge support! It is hard for anybody to deny that our campaign has the momentum.” Sanders won seventeen delegates in Hawaii’s caucus. This puts Sanders at 1,011 total delegates, a step closer to the overall 2,383 needed for the Democratic nomination.

ABC Political analysts project that Sanders would not have enough to clinch the Democratic nomination because it would be hard for Sanders to get 988 more delegates. Alexis Davids, a freshman Biology major from Houston said, “To reach a pledged delegate majority, Sanders will have to win most of the delegates from big states such as California, New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. A major loss in any of those states could be fatal to his chances.” Sanders would also need a win on smaller states such as Indiana, Kentucky and New Mexico. Demographics suggest that these states could be close.

The next primaries are in Wisconsin, New York and Connecticut. According to ABC, political analysts suggest Clinton will have a victorious win in New York considering she was the state’s senator for eight years.

Clinton has already kicked off her campaign for New York’s presidential primary on April 19. Clinton focused her campaign rally on healthcare rights and foreign policy at the famous Apollo Theater in Harlem Tuesday, March 29. She also put an emphasis on her concrete actions in health care aid for emergency workers while being a New York senator.

Sanders is scheduled to hold a rally in Bronx, New York on Thursday, March 31. Sanders has developed a strong liking among New York democrats because of his $15 minimum wage policy and free college he plans to put in place if elected president.

Aisha Samuel, a freshman political science major from Chicago said, “Clinton defiantly has a significant lead over Sanders. Sanders wins in Alaska, Hawaii and Idaho are not as significant considering that he is still lacking in polls.”

U.S. Capitol shooter suspect in custody



Arriana McLymore | Editor-in-chief

Monday, March 28, an armed man was wounded at the Capitol Visitor Center. The suspect was later taken into custody following the incident. The suspect was identified at as 66-year-old Larry Russell Dawson of Antioch, Tennessee. No other suspects were involved.

According to, Dawson attempted to enter the Capital Visitor Center and was stopped when metal detectors beeped. Security stopped Dawson, which prompted him to draw a weapon. A Capitol police officer shot Dawson. One person, a female bystander, suffered minor injuries from the flying debris. No Capitol police officers were injured.

The Capitol Visitor Center was closed after Monday. The White House was also briefly closed as a precautionary measure. U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa announced that the incident was “the was the act of a single person who has frequented the Capitol before.” According to, Dawson had been charged in an October 23 Capitol disturbance for assaulting a police officer and unlawful conduct on Capitol grounds.

Dawson is now facing assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a police officer while armed charges. According to, Dawson will appear before to the District of Columbia Superior Court after his is released from the hospital.

“We are reminded of the courage and daily sacrifice of the United States Capitol Police,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan in a statement. “The Capitol is our greatest symbol of democracy, and these officers serve to protect not just those who work there but also the millions of visitors from all around the world who travel each year to see it.”

Olivia Wilson, a graduate student at Hampton University, recalled her experiences when finding out about the Capitol incident. “I was at my internship when I found out about it. I was nervous because one of my supervisors and his family went for the Easter event. It was crazy to think that could’ve been there when it happened,” said Wilson.

The incident has caused many people to reconsider visiting many of Washington’s monuments. Others, however, do not see the incident as a warning sign.

“I’m not the kind of person who lives in fear. Granted, I’m not stupid, so if this becomes a constant issue then there are bigger problems than me visiting D.C. Since this an isolated incident, it doesn’t bother me and won’t stop me from visiting,” said Tyrin Ellington, a fourth-year in the five-year program from Detroit.

Peter Savedge, a junior, history major from Surry, Virginia thinks the incident is an issue of gun controls and public safety. “I’m not surprised about the situation. Dangerous people unlawfully carry firearms everyday, this is just getting attention because of its location. Since it’s the Capitol, it will probably be made to be an issue of terrorism when the real issue is the need for gun control,” said Savedge.

Michigan teen receives 10-20 years in plot to kill family



Leondra Head | Local and World Editor

A Michigan teenager was sentenced to up to twenty years in prison for plotting to kill her family and stabbing her younger brother on Monday, March 28. Sikorski broke down in tears and apologized to her adoptive parents as she stood for sentencing.

Sikorski’s mother, Laurene Sikorski begged for leniency in court Monday. “She’s in desperate need of continued psychological help. She is still fragile, and an adult prison would shatter her delicate world. How will sentencing her as an adult help her? Is this justice?” her mother told the court before the sentencing. During her trembling apology in court, the teen told her family she will “get better, no matter what happens.” Sikorski became 17 years old last week and is being sentenced as an adult.

Sikorski accepted a prosecutor’s deal on Feb. 22, pleading guilty to one count of assault with intent to murder in exchange for six other felony counts being expunged. Sikorski’s attorney, Leslie Posner, tells PEOPLE magazine that she plans to appeal her client’s sentence and conviction, claiming her plea deal “could not have been willing accepted,” given the girl “was not mature enough to waive her Miranda rights.”

Sikorski was fifteen years old when she attempted to carry out her vindictive plot. She was arrested in 2014 and charged with conspiring with her 23-year-old boyfriend, Michael Rivera, to kill her siblings and parents so that they couple could run away together. Rivera is currently serving a life sentence after being convicted by a jury on all seven counts. He is also facing criminal sexual conduct charges for his underage relationship with Sikorski.

Prosecutors say Sikorski crept into her younger brother’s bedroom on the night of October 17, 2014, put a hand over his mouth and cut his throat with a knife, stabbing him multiple times. Sikorski also tried stabbing her sister, all while Rivera waited outside and texted her instructions. The boy’s screams alerted family members, who interrupted the attack. According to medical responders, survived but nearly lost his life.

Kayla Wimbush, a senior Journalism major from Detroit said, “I do not think here sentencing fits her crime. For the heinous crime she committed she deserves more time. She destroyed her own family and needs to be accountable for her actions.” Wimbush went on to say that she did not agree with Sikorski’s attorney’s plea deal. “For her attorney to plea that she is fragile is ludicrous. She committed an adult crime and should serve her time in an adult prison.”

Sikorski’s attorney, Leslie Posner, said in court that Sikorski’s parents believe Rivera convinced their daughter to go along with the murder plot so that he wouldn’t face prosecution for having sex with a minor. The killer couple planned to get married after the massacre but their deadly plan was soon interrupted.

NFL dealt another blow

"Panther Prey" Photo of Tennessee Titans WR Justin McCareins getting sandwiched on a hit by Mike Caldwell (59) and Jarrod Cooper (40) of Carolina Panthers during the  3rd Quarter of their matchup  10/19/03. Credit: Bill Frakes SetNumber: X69478 TK3

“Panther Prey”
Photo of Tennessee Titans WR Justin McCareins getting sandwiched on a hit by Mike Caldwell (59) and Jarrod Cooper (40) of Carolina Panthers during the
3rd Quarter of their matchup
Credit: Bill Frakes
SetNumber: X69478 TK3

Jelani Scott | Sports Editor

On March 29, the NFL once again found themselves in the middle of a huge controversy when the league called for the New York Times to retract a piece that calls into question the validity of their concussion studies.

In an article published by the New York Times on March 24, it was revealed that, while the NFL has stood by their findings for the last 13 years, “based on a full accounting of all concussions diagnosed by team physicians from 1996 through 2001,” more than a 100 concussions were removed from the report.

Iconic quarterbacks Steve Young and Troy Aikman were cited in the report as being some of the names the league omitted from their study.

The articles goes on to note that the NFL then “calculated the rates of concussions using the incomplete data, making them appear less frequent than they actually were.”

The newspaper juggernaut questioned the NFL’s concussion committee on these omissions and they replied, saying, “The clubs were not required to submit their data and not every club did.”

The article then went onto examine the similarities that the NFL has with the tobacco industry, citing that, while it can not be equated with smoking, there is evidence that both companies “shared lobbyists, lawyers and consultants” and that “personal correspondence underscored their friendships, including dinner invitations and a request for lobbying advice.”

This is not the first time the NFL has been accused of sweeping things under the rug.

In 2013, the NFL agreed to a $765 settlement in a lawsuit that saw retired players claiming that league officials covered up the risks of concussions.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the New York Times informed the public that they will not retract the article like the league is requesting.

“We see no reason to retract anything,” the Times poignantly expressed, citing the factual background presented in the article that justified each claim that was made.

The great Hampton debate: SRT vs. SLP



Alexis Weston | Staff Writer

The Student Leadership Program (SLP) and the Student Recruitment Team (SRT) of Hampton University both have a great deal of important responsibilities on campus. SRT focuses on things like Honors Visitation Weekend, High School Day and weekly tours for campus visitors. SLP focuses on events that current Hampton University student participate in such as Homecoming, mentoring freshmen and New Student Orientation week. The debate of which organization is better arises each year as the applications open.

The Student Recruitment Team is often the first impression incoming students have of the university. In fact, for many of Hampton’s current students, SRT is the reason they chose their Home by the Sea. “They helped me decide to come to Hampton,” said Kelley Smith, a third- year in the  five- year MBA program from Cerritos, California. Smith serves as the head of SRT. She said she chose to do SRT because she went to Honors Visitation Weekend.

“I wanted to give back and give people the same experience I had,” added Smith. “I get to help other rising college students in one of the biggest decisions of their young adult life.” She also felt that being surrounded by people who share similar goals and being a representative for the university are some of the biggest perks of being a member of SRT.

“It’s a fantastic organization to be a part of; SRT culture is one of inclusion. We all want to make sure that people have the best experience that they can,” said Smith.

Bradley Via, a member of the Student Leadership Program and a sophomore international studies major from Fayetteville, North Carolina, talked about his own reasons for becoming a part of the program. He said that he, “hadn’t decided to do SLP until the day of the interest meeting,” and that, originally, it wasn’t something he could see himself being involved with. For many the horror stories about SLP week  makes students reluctant to apply. Leadership does not have anything to do with waking up at 5 o’clock in the morning  to workout or taking a 150 question test on every office of Hampton; however, Via’s decision to join was justified.

“I realized I wanted to get myself more involved on campus and that I’d slacked on that….I thought about how SLP had been involved in Homecoming, NSO week, Black History Month,” said Via. “My whole purpose for joining SLP was just so I could get more involved on campus and give back more.” When asked why he didn’t choose SRT, Via said he, “has a lot of love and respect for SRT,” and went on to say that the two organizations were, “two different sides of the same coin.” But, he just knew that SLP was the best fit for him.

Via stated that the benefits of SLP are not only in the connections, but also in the family environment.  When it comes to freshmen, Via believes they should become a part of SLP because, “you can be the reason why [someone] enjoyed their time at Hampton.”

Of course, no one can discuss SRT and SLP without mentioning the feud between the two. Smith remarked, “There is no feud. As far as I know, there is no reason for there to be one. We do completely different things. SRT does a great job of bringing students in and SLP does a great job of keeping them here.”

Via commented that, “we do have a little bit of friendly competition between the two, but it’s not like there is a genuine [disagreement] with the groups.”

“SLP and SRT get along just fine. We both just work hard to get people involved,” Via continued.  At the end of the day, SLP and SRT are completely separate entities. As Smith explained, SRT brings students to Hampton and SLP makes them want to stay at Hampton. So, when choosing which organization is right for you, the question isn’t which has more of an impact, but what kind of impact you’d like to make.

Beatles Producer and arranger George Martin, remembered



Aaron Worley | Arts & Entertainment Editor

An Englishman born in Highbury, London in 1926, George Martin had a profound passion and interest in music from the age of six, which was influenced by his parents when they bought a piano for their house. He would later work for Electrical Musical Industries, taking role as the head of Parlophone Records and acting as a producer for the label.

As a composer, producer, and musician, George Martin became an influential figure in the shape and form of music during the 1960’s. His work, being most popularly associated with helping the rock band group, “The Beatles,” aided in introducing their talent in a groundbreaking manner and them all much critical success. Their image was shaped from being a typical boy band, to being an important and influential group of the rock n’ roll music genre.

“Please Please Me” was their first album aided by Martin and exposed them to the aspects of creating music, and the encouragement of their separation from the amateur style they originally used. The group made a transition from writing and recording short songs to experimenting with different combinations of sounds and tape arrangements in the studio.

When the Beatles began to have greater access to instruments that allowed for these combinations, Martin expanded upon the sounds that were possible from this grouping, often twisting the recorded tapes to high speeds and playing them backwards or overlaid with new sounds.

Martin’s production talents began to achieve new heights when it began to seem as if he was under the hazy atmosphere that the Beatles invoked, bursting of tranquility and novelty. People soon began to admire his techniques and identified uncommon aspects that existed in the recordings, which were characteristic of his ideas and aid with the band.

Their universally accepted magnum opus, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” could not have achieved such a seminal and loved status without the help of Martin. In particular, the songs, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and “A Day in the Life” shaped the way rock and roll was perceived in the public due to their innovative dubs by Martin during mixing.

While “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” stretched a psychedelic headspace over the public, “A Day in the Life” demonstrated Martin’s composition of the orchestral arrangements that were present in the song, and his premier quality level was evident in nearly every bridge of it.

After Martin’s lack of

involvement on “Let it Be,” the final Beatles album, the crafty sound that the band had was stripped down and organized differently, with work by producer Phil Spector. The change was obvious to both fans and critics alike, as the production was not as reminiscent as their earlier work and was not synonymous with what Martin would have done. His help with the assembling of their albums ultimately gave the Beatles their signature sound and it is why he was sometimes referred to as the “Fifth Beatle.”

The result of Martin’s sound with the Beatles was not limited to just the band. Artists in the rock genre such as the group “Nirvana,” used similar recording techniques to influence the genre even more, citing Beatles albums specifically. The way production in other genres is ordered is an effect on how Martin very precisely achieved a sound to give the songs more meaning and organization; songs are separated by bridges and bars to allow a specific sound to be heard during that part of the song.

Quincy Jones, the legendary producer that helped shape Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and was a staple at Grammy nomination shows spoke about Martin’s death. “We were friends since 1964, and he was my musical brother. Rest in peace.” Even though some people may have believed that his work only  affected the “grainy” and overly simplistic nature with the Beatles, few understand that the era of production was different at that


It was not just a sense of how a song sounded, but how it was arranged, composed, organized, split, and formulated. Specifically regarding rap and trap music, the process of taking apart a song to add effects and overlays of voices was popularized by Martin and used to great critical success. Producers such as Kanye West and Earl Sweatshirt have used this technique extensively, though, if they may be unaware of its origins in regards to the prime era that Martin created.

Martin was therefore one of the greatest producers to have ever lived and his production work will nonetheless continue to impact arising groups and musicians, if they observe his musical bravura.