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HU sailor Luca Taglialegne skips no questions in Q&A about Sailing Team’s quiet successes

Taglialegne, pictured left, with teammate Elisabeth Kuester, competing at the Atlantic Coast Dinghy Championship on November 13. (Hampton University Athletics)

Taglialegne, pictured left, with teammate Elisabeth Kuester, competing at the Atlantic Coast Dinghy Championship on November 13. (Hampton University Athletics)

Jelani Scott | Sports Editor

Battling against the likes of Columbia, Villanova, Syracuse and the University of Maryland is an opportunity that not many of Hampton’s athletic programs has the chance to do. For the Sailing Team , however, they were able to not only compete against but also defeat all four of these schools, as well as 13 others, en route to their first place finish at the Henry Luce Trophy Regatta in October. Over the last couple years, HU’s Sailing Team, the only co-ed Division I team on-campus, has quietly been reaping the benefits of their hard work. In the last seven seasons, head coach Alessandro Ambrosi has led the program to 18 regatta wins

It’s no secret that Hampton, Virginia is not exactly the place for ideal competitive sailing conditions but that has not stopped the team from finishing in the top-10 in six of their seven regattas this season. Last season, the team won seven regattas and made history as the first HBCU to ever qualify for the College Sailing Nationals, which took place in San Diego, California from May 31 to June 3. The team was able to achieve this goal by placing ninth in the America Trophy regatta in Bronx, New York, held from April 30-May 1. Skipper Luca Taglialegne  is one of the five holdovers from that historic team. The sophomore five-year MBA major from Latisano, Italy sat down with us to discuss what being a part of the program has been like, how he’s able to balance sailing and school and his message to the student body.


Jelani Scott: Describe what your individual experience, as well as the ones you have with your teammates and coaches, has been like since you joined the team?

Luca Taglialegne: My experience as a member of the team has been positive, joining the team gave me the opportunity to make many new friends and to travel to many new places. Thankfully, my coach and I come from the same country so this made it very easy for me to get along with him and to understand how our culture affects his coaching style. Also, I like my coach because he understands that we are both athletes and students, therefore while practices are sometimes tough and very demanding he excuses us during stressful occasions like mid-terms and finals. The team, along with coach, is very close and we aspire to always do our best and to keep improving everyday so that we may achieve results never before seen in Hampton sailing history.


JS: How does your experience with Hampton’s team compare to your past sailing experiences? 

LT: Before coming to Hampton, I sailed on a team that comprised of only one other person. It was difficult to practice with just the two of us so this forced me to practice at a local sailing club. However, while everyone at the club formed a nice group of friends, when it came to races we were all rivals. At Hampton it is different; we practice as a team and compete as a team.


JS: How do you manage to stay on top of your studies while also excelling in competition?

LT: Prioritizing and sacrificing are key elements when it comes to combining studies and sport. It is important to understand what it is required from both and to respect deadlines as well as duties. This means that in order to always stay on top of everything I sometimes have to sacrifice time for sleeping or socializing. However, as stated earlier, when it gets really tough coach understands and adjusts our practice schedule to ensure that our studies never suffer.


JS: Who do you credit the most for the team’s success?

LT: The team’s success comes from our collective motivation and will to improve; we are always trying to achieve better results and to help each other improve. Also, I think that our team captain, Max, is doing an amazing job with respect to pushing us and motivating us. Max is always first in line when it comes to sacrifices and always does his best for the team. I must admit that during the toughest races, many times, he has been a guiding force.


JS: Do you think the Sailing program receives a fair amount of attention from the Athletic Department, the Student Body or the University, in general? (this may be a tough question but answer as honestly as you would like)

LT: Unfortunately, the sport of sailing is not very well known and it is also sometimes difficult for an audience to understand. I think we receive a fair amount of attention from the athletic department. Unfortunately, this is not so for the student body but that is to be expected as most people do not understand the sport which in turn makes it difficult to follow and support.


JS: How does it feel to be a part of a program that was able to make history by becoming the first HBCU to make it to Nationals?

LT: Unfortunately, while we were not able to win Nationals, we were the first HBCU to qualify for Nationals. I must admit that it feels good to be a member of the Hampton team that made sailing history. It feels good because it is a good indication that the sailing program at Hampton is moving in the right direction. Everyone on the team here is so good at what they do. We have proven that we can compete with the top teams even though our team is one of the smallest. I would not want to be a part of any other sailing program.


JS: What is something you want those who aren’t very aware of the Sailing program and your successes to know?

LT: Sailing is a fun sport; it can be enjoyed as a hobby or as a competitive activity. Like every other sport, there are days when everything goes as planned and there are days when nothing goes as planned. However, it is an activity in which you can really connect with nature and it gives you big sense of freedom, where the only limit is the vastness of the sea. So, if anyone is interested in learning how to sail, it is offered as a class here at Hampton. Try it, you might like it!


UFC enigma Conor McGregor’s recent boxing license grant increases speculation of Mayweather dream match

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Donald Huskey | Staff Writer

The UFC has had some of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen.  Anderson “The Spider” Silva reigned as the middleweight champion for six straight years while posting 16 straight wins, a UFC record according to Fight We’ve seen Jon “Bones” Jones completely dominate his opponents and become the youngest champion in UFC history. Before her first defeat, Ronda Rousey was nearly untouchable, winning 12 straight fights, 11 of them not going past the first round as stated by Huffington Post editor Peter Andrew Hart. Even with all of these superstar athletes, though, none of them come close to Conor McGregor.

McGregor’s popularity has gone so far that it has spanned to the boxing world. He has been involved in several verbal spats with retired megastar Floyd Mayweather Jr. regarding who would win a boxing match between the two. On December 3, McGregor obtained a boxing license in California to make the possible dream bout even more realistic.

However, neither the outspoken former boxer nor his team has given serious consideration to making the bout happen. “He’s a very good MMA fighter, give credit where it’s due. It’s kind of played out now. Just stop it. The con game is over. Go out there and worry about dominating the UFC because three fights ago he lost, he was quitting. You couldn’t even mention the word quit with Floyd Mayweather,” said CEO of Mayweather Promotions Leonard Ellerbe told ESPN on December 1. Give credit to McGregor for trying to expand his brand even further, willing to go toe to toe with one of the best boxers of all time.

McGregor is in a different stratosphere due to his talent and his attitude. Throughout his career, McGregor has 21 wins, 18 coming from TKO. He is an elite striker with speed the likes we’ve never seen before. His most shocking victory came against former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo where he knocked him out in 13 seconds with a left jab. Aldo was 14-0 before his encounter with McGregor.

Knocking Aldo out in 13 seconds wasn’t  even McGregor’s greatest feat. His greatest accomplishment came November 12, 2016 when he stopped Eddie Alvarez via TKO to become the first two-division champion in UFC history. McGregor wasn’t really challenged throughout the fight and even dropped his hands a few times to taunt Alvarez. Alvarez was completely outclassed as most of McGregor’s opponents are and McGregor knew it from the start.

Besides McGregor’s physical talents, what makes him so unique? The determining factor is his persona as evidenced by his back and forth with Mayweather. He has a level of arrogance that sits well with some and not so well with others. No matter what people think about him, McGregor is going to say what is on his mind. After winning his second UFC title, McGregor made yet another controversial statement. In an interview immediately after the fight, McGregor stated “I need to be set for life for this. If you want me to be truly on board, then I need to be all-in on this proper, as an owner, and have an equity stake in the company. That’s what I’m looking for” according to MMA Fighting writer Dave Doyle. McGregor may step outside of his boundaries at times, but it gives him unparalleled amounts of attention that the UFC has never seen before.

McGregor is going to be the face of the UFC for many years to come and will continue to help the UFC become one of the most popular sports in the world. Many will speculate what the outcome of a McGregor-Mayweather superfight would be but, as of right now, it seems that the only time these two will be in a ring together is on a video game.

Lady Pirates’ guard Malia Tate-Defreitas reflects following career milestone

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(Hampton University Athletics)

Kayla Key | Staff Writer

There are few people who experience the mounds and mounds of chocolate bars given to them when they win the semi-final round of Pennsylvania’s PIAA State Championship basketball season and you know you will be going to Hershey Park’s Giant Center to play the final game of your high school career. Senior sports management major Malia Tate-Defreitas, who was a class A point guard for her state championship team, knows that feeling. Four years later, and a long way from both her hometown of Harrisburg and those days of scoring over 3,000 points for her high school, Steelton-Highspire, Tate-Defreitas recently hit a milestone scoring over 2,000 collegiate points. In this Q&A, she tells us what has motivated her throughout her life and her career en route to making history as Hampton’s Division I all-time leading female scorer.


Q: You are in a rare club of basketball athletes, male or female, to score over 2,000 points in your collegiate career. What was going through your mind going into the St. Peter’s game knowing you were that close to this milestone?

A: To be honest, I tried not to think about it because I knew I would get anxious or nervous. I just knew I had to play my best game, because I knew I was close to breaking the record and I wanted to just get it over with.


Q: Who or what contributes most to your success?

A: I would say my grandmother motivates me to do my best every game and in life. She has been through so many things in her life and I feel as though if she can make it, then I can do anything I want to achieve in life. She also just makes me thankful for my talent and reminds me not to take it for granted.


Q: You have been MEAC Rookie of the Year, MEAC Player of the Year, and now Hampton’s Div. I all-time leading scorer. Has this had time to sink in and what does it all mean to you?

A: All of my accomplishments have not sunk in yet. I never thought I would ever accomplish all of these things in college, because the game of basketball is much harder. I never thought a little girl from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania could do these things. It is truly a blessing.


Q: Back in high school, you were Steelton-Highspire’s all time leading scorer with over 3,000 points. What would college senior Malia tell high school senior Malia, the two-time state champion?

A: I think I would have told myself to ‘Never give up on the game’ because the game of basketball can take you many places in life and make you a lot of money. Also, to always outwork people because when you get older it will get harder.


Q: What is one thing about you that readers would be surprised to know (hobbies, etc.)?

A: I have a life outside of basketball I love going shopping, going to the movies, and getting my nails done. I’m just a girly girl outside of basketball. Also, I love the city I come from and I’m very family-oriented.


Q: What are your plans, post graduation and do those plans include basketball?

A: Yes they do. I plan on playing professional basketball, and hopefully get my masters in marketing.


Q: What advice would you give to new collegiate athletes managing school work and a collegiate athlete’s practice and travel schedule?

A: I would let them know that it is not easy and it will get harder every year, but you have to push through and find something to motivate you to do your best. I would tell them that school comes first, then basketball but make sure you know how to balance out the two. Lastly, even though it may seem like a lot is going on at one time, do not let anyone take your love for the game.

Why shouldn’t you date your friend’s brother?

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Avary Gillard | Contributing Writer

I think we all have that one friend with the cute brother. The cute brother we thought we would never like, because he was basically family to you. Until one day, you just happened to see him a little differently and then all these feelings started rushing to the surface. When you spend almost everyday going over to your friend’s house, having sleepovers, and eating over at their home it becomes natural to develop feelings for your friend’s brother. You see them just as much as you see your friend and you begin to notice characteristics about them that you like. You also start having more and more conversations with him. You begin to learn things about him and find qualities that you admire becoming more and more infatuated.

But what happens when the feelings are mutual? Before you tell your friend about your newfound love, I would just like to leave you with the three reasons why you shouldn’t date your friends brother. Number one, Time. It can be hard to commit the same amount of time you put into a friendship that you would put into a relationship, especially when that relationship is with your friend’s brother.

The time you would normally spend over at your friend’s house is now spent, not with your friend, but with their brother. Not only is time to hangout limited, the time you spend talking to each other and being in each other’s company has now been cut down to a minimum. The ability to balance is feasible, but still an unnecessary challenge. The boundaries should clearly be set between your friend and the thought of dating their brother.

Number two, tension. So, you told your friend that you’re dating their brother and they seemed fine with it. They told you they were perfectly cool with the idea and you actually believed them. They may have honestly felt okay with the idea at first, but now you can tell a definite shift. Instead of telling your friend about your day and sharing stories and venting to them, you are telling her brother.

You start talking to your friend less and less and the conversations become general conversation starters instead of the meaningful ones you all had before. Is dating your friend’s brother really worth the loss of a true friendship?

Last, is the breakup. So things didn’t workout, what now? The relationship didn’t work and now you are dealing with a breakup and harboring resentment toward your now ex boyfriend. This can cause things to be awkward and going over to your friend’s house can be more difficult than usual.

So, you try to seek comfort from your friend and it feels weird, especially when the breakup was the result of something serious. What happens when her brother moves on and his new girlfriend comes over? How will you feel then?

If you choose to avoid the whole relationship from the start, you’ll feel just fine. It can be harmful to a friendship to start dating their brother, but the issue can be totally avoidable by just avoiding the whole idea and keeping things plain and simple.

The return of the Oakland Raiders

Aug 12, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio and quarterback Derek Carr (4) against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 12, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio and quarterback Derek Carr (4) against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

William Ricks | Staff Writer

This NFL regular season has been full of surprises. Powerhouse teams struggling and teams you’d expect to be terrible are in the thick of the playoff hunt. Then there are the Cleveland Browns, who have fell short everyone’s low expectations and are winless at this part of the season. One of the surprising teams this season are the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders are 9-2 and are 2nd in the AFC standings. They are riding the hot arm of Derek Carr and all the other young talent on their team to make themselves a legit Super Bowl contender at this point in the season.

The Raiders return was due, but nobody expected it in this fashion. At 9-2 they have clinched their first winning season since 2002. They are hoping to clinch their first playoff berth in over a decade. That is certainly a long time, but it seems like those times are behind them. With the help of the NFL Draft and free agency, Reggie McKenzie, Raiders general manager, has helped the Raiders have built title contender team.

With the young core of Derek Carr, Khalil Mack, and Amari Cooper the silver and black now are poised for sustained success. Derek Carr is having a sensational season, completing 66 percent of his passes, throwing for 22 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Carr is a MVP candidate and rightfully so, leading his team to 5 fourth quarter comebacks this season.

Derek Carr was overlooked in his draft year but I’m sure many GMs are wishing they chose this young superstar QB. His teammates love his leadership and his guts, finishing his most recent win against the Panthers with a dislocate pinkie finger on his throwing hand.

The Raiders defense is the true definition of the bend but don’t break. Having their many flaws this season, when the defense needs a stop to clinch the game, they come through. Khalil Mack, who started off the season slow, has picked up the intensity and has wreaked havoc all over opposing offenses. Mack is a defensive player of the year candidate, showing that he is a force in this league for many years to come.

Bruce Irvin on the other side is doing his part keeping the opposing quarterbacks running for their lives. The defense isn’t a great defense by any means, but when the game is on the line, they get the job done.

What has also helped Oakland in the rise to success was a change in culture. The Oakland Raiders we all remember from in the day were hard-nosed, physical and almost a bully ball type of team. With Coach Jack Del Rio at the head he has revived that mold. He wanted to bring back that Raider football we all knew and loved, and that is just what they needed. With their offensive line that is one of the best in the league, the Raiders now are physical and will hit you in the mouth and it shows throughout their play.

The same from their defensive line That comes with a consequence, as the Raiders back in the day were penalized frequently, and just this year the Raiders set the NFL record for most accepted penalties in a game. Seeing the results from the revival of the physical culture I’m sure they’ll be ok with that.

What has always hurt the Raiders in the past is that they couldn’t finish games. With the wins they’ve had to fight for this year, you can safely say that that trend is over. Oakland is now a team that if the going gets tough they won’t crumble and give the game away. Coach Jack Del Rio said this was a main point of emphasis if they wanted to get to the next level. With them focusing on how to close out games the Raiders now can seal the deal in crunch time, propelling them to that next level.

It’s not about how you start it’s how you finish and Oakland is now finding ways to finish games. The Oakland Raiders seem to be back and better than ever. Time will tell as we will see how they end this season and how they perform in the playoff. Raiders fans can now come out of hiding and believe in the silver and black once again.

Top 5 College Football Bowl Games to Watch this Bowl Mania Season



William Ricks | Contributing Writer

It is the most wonderful time of the year if you’re a college football, it’s bowl season! Capital One Bowl Mania is about to get underway and this is the Christmas gift college football fans are waiting for. Starting on December 17, there are 41 bowl games slated in Bowl Mania, and each game is action packed with many stars taking the field. You probably can’t watch all 41 games, so I picked the top 5 games you should take time out to watch watch this Bowl Mania season.

  1. Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual: No. 9 USC vs. No. 5 Penn State

USC is a team nobody wants to face right now, as they come into the Rose Bowl. Riding the hot arm of their quarterback, Sam Darnold and their electrifying x-factor, Adoree Jackson, the Trojans are coming in looking to cap off what seems to be a turnaround season. On the Penn State side, they are coming into this game off a sensational comeback win against what was then ranked No. 6 Wisconsin.

Penn State Coach James Franklin has brought back the roar in the Nittany lions after the craziness that was called the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Penn State has its stars too with quarterback Trace McSorley, and receiver Chris Godwin (Delaware native, shout out to him). Penn State might come in this game a little angry, as they just missed the cut to make the College Football Playoffs. But playing in the Rose Bowl is quite the consolation prize. This game looks like it is going to be a high scoring affair so this is a game you shouldn’t miss. This game can be caught on ESPN, January 2, 2017 at 5 p.m.

  1. Las Vegas Bowl presented by Geico: Houston vs. San Diego State

This game is the story of Houston’s dominant rush defense against arguably college football’s best running back in San Diego State’s Donnel Pumphrey. Pumphrey is climbing the FBS career rushing list and has eyes set on number one. After passing former Longhorns running back, Ricky Williams his last game in last Saturday’s Mountain West championship game against Wyoming, he is now set his eyes on former Wisconsin back Ron Dayne.

Only needing 108 yards for the record, it won’t come easy as Houston’s run defense its stifling, led by freshman defensive lineman, Ed Oliver. I’m more interested in Houston’s demeanor coming into the game, after what was a slightly disappointing season, and with the news of their head coach, Tom Herman leaving his job there for the spot at Texas, I’m looking to see if Houston will have the fire needed to get the win. Catch this game December 17, 2016 on ABC at 3:30 p.m.

  1. Capital One Orange Bowl: No. 6 Michigan vs. No. 11 Florida State

Michigan is going to come into the Orange Bowl with a little mean streak in them. Just missing the cut in the College Football Playoff when they were right in the mix for most of the season I expect to see an angry Michigan team looking to take it on the Florida State Seminoles. Seminoles have quite the firepower to make this a game, if the can keep their freshman quarterback, Deondre Francois off the ground this game.

Francois has taken a brutal beating all season, being thrown around like a toy a little kid didn’t want for Christmas. (Just a little Christmas humor). This is going to be a problem, as Michigan’s Defense is dominant this season, causing 44 sacks. Michigan is coming to make a statement, saying they shouldn’t have been left out of the playoffs as FSU is looking to cap off a decent season. See this game December 30, 8 p.m. ESPN.

  1. College Football Playoff semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 2 Clemson

How could I make a top five bowl games without a playoff game? That would be absurd. Clemson is coming in off their ACC championship win against Virginia Tech, which was closer than most expected it to be. That’s how most of their wins have been, nail biters, but if you win, that’s all that matters.  Clemson is led by Heisman finalist, Deshaun Watson, who has had a great season, but it’s flown under the radar. The Clemson defense has been a bit inconsistent this season, but has stepped up when needed.

They will need to in a big way against Ohio State. This is the only team in the top four who didn’t participate in their conference championship game, which has people wondering if they should’ve really made the cut. Their strength of schedule made up for that, and now the Buckeyes, led by star quarterback J.T Barret, is hoping to knock off Clemson and really rip apart the Tiger Defense. This has the look of an instant classic with two high powered offenses going at it for 60 minutes. This game will be on ESPN, December 31, at 7 p.m.

  1. Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl: No. 20 LSU vs. No. 13 Louisville

This game is a MUST WATCH! I put that in all caps for a reason. This game is featuring arguably the two most impactful players in college football. Louisville’s quarterback Lamar Jackson has had a season for the ages and is the favorite to win the Heisman. He has had defensive coordinators up all night trying to formulate a plan to stop him from ripping apart their defense. If you need a blueprint for that, just ask Houston University’s Todd Orlando. Now it hasn’t been all pleasant, as Louisville stumbled to the end of the regular season, losing to Houston and Kentucky which dashed their playoff hopes.

But it’s Lamar Jackson which is always must see TV. He is so electric that he can have a record day any day. This game might be hard against LSU’s defense, but Lamar Jackson is built for the challenge. On the other side, LSU running back Leornard Fournette, is coming into his last collegiate game, as he declared for the NFL Draft earlier this week. This is a grown man running the ball, and when Fournette plays, he is almost impossible to tackle. He is going against a Louisville defense that has been lacking the whole season that has been bailed out by their star QB in Jackson. Fournette is looking to end his collegiate career with a bang, and Jackson is looking to give his fans something to be more excited about next season (if that’s even possible). This game is star studded to the core and you’ll have to get up early to watch this one as it is on ESPN at 11 a.m., on ABC.

The Demise of #OscarsSoWhite

HOLLYWOOD, : US actor Denzel Washington (R) and US actress Halle Berry (L) share a laugh while holding their Oscar statues after winning the award for best actor in a leading role (for "Training Day") and best actress in a leading role (for "Monster's Ball") 24 March, 2002 at the 74th Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, CA. Washington is the first African-American actor to take home the statuette in the top actors category since 1963 when Sidney Poitier won for "Lilies of the Field" and Berry is the first African-American actress to ever win the top award in a leading role. AFP PHOTO/Mike NELSON (Photo credit should read MIKE NELSON/AFP/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, : US actor Denzel Washington (R) and US actress Halle Berry (L) share a laugh while holding their Oscar statues after winning the award for best actor in a leading role (for “Training Day”) and best actress in a leading role (for “Monster’s Ball”) 24 March, 2002 at the 74th Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, CA. Washington is the first African-American actor to take home the statuette in the top actors category since 1963 when Sidney Poitier won for “Lilies of the Field” and Berry is the first African-American actress to ever win the top award in a leading role. AFP PHOTO/Mike NELSON (Photo credit should read MIKE NELSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Naomi Ludlow | Contributing Writer

The African American Film Critics Association believes that 2016 has been an amazing year for black actors and films. This year’s black films are the start to potentially put an end to #OscarsSoWhite. The co-founder and president of AAFCA, Gil Robertson, said, “The studios and major film distributors really gave it to us this year.” 2016 represents an all-time high in success for black cinemas, and all cinemas in general.

The success ranges across genres including comedy, drama, romantic thrillers and documentaries. Films include “Ride Along 2,”starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, “When the Bough Breaks,” and unexpectedly “Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween.” Success is expected for films “Fences” and “Hidden Figures.” The stars of “Hidden Figures,” Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae, are all possibilities to landing a nomination for high honors.

Co-founder of AAFCA, Shawn Edwards, said, “It has truly been an unapologetically black year in the industry as filmmakers brought to life some of the culture’s most fascinating stories and subjects with bold storytelling perspective.” Amplifying the stories of the black community contributed to the outcome for this year’s film success.

The hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite, originated on Twitter by April Reign. Reign is a former attorney and managing editor for The hashtag was used to call out a need for diversity industry-wide. As a result, the film academy has invited the largest amount of diverse people for membership.

This simple hashtag has an incredible amount of power, for it leads to eminent black films. The co-founders of AAFCA are sure that the recognition will be given to the actors and directors for this year, but aren’t sure whether the diversity will stick for years to come. Also, they are concerned whether the diversity will extend to other minority communities. They are hopeful, though, and are aware that change will soon come.

Finally, more J. Cole music is on the way



William Ricks | Staff Writer

It might’ve felt like years since we’ve heard a complete project from MC superstar J. Cole. Well, it has been, almost two years to be exact. Cole has stayed busy though, making rounds on his tour and dropping his talents as a feature artist on many tracks, more famously his self-titled interlude on DJ Khaled’s Major Key album. He also dropped a project with his other Dreamville collaborators, Revenge of the Dreamers II in 2015.

That satisfied his fans for the moment, but the more heat J. Cole has been dropping, the hungrier his fans become for a complete project from the superstar rapper. He announced at the 2016 Meadows Music and Arts Festival in New York City that this would be his “last show for a very long time.” so fans had the expectation that Cole was in the studio working on a platinum worthy album.

Many followers of Cole have had his last album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive on repeat for the last couple years, which isn’t a problem as that album was great, going platinum with no features. (With no awards to show for it, which is ridiculous.) Fortunately today fans have gotten the wish they’ve been asking for, a J. Cole project is on the way.

Via iTunes, J. Cole’s project is up for pre-order. The project titled 4 Your Eyez Only, has 10 tracks with no titles or any info on possible features on the tracks. (I mean does he really need features?) This album is expected to drop on December 9, 2016, the two-year anniversary of his last solo act 2014 Forest Hills Drive. J. Cole has high expectations for this upcoming album but if anyone could meet or exceed these expectations, Jermaine Cole is your guy. The reaction to the news is generally the same, excitement.

Twitter has exploded, everyone placing the fire emojis in their tweets resembling how hot each track will be, and some fans believe this is the Christmas miracle they’ve been asking for. As we countdown until the clock strikes midnight on December 9, it’s best for every other rapper to call it a year, as J. Cole took over the month of December in 2014, and he plans to do it again ending what seems to be a quiet year for him with a huge and much needed bang.

Should college professors take attendance?

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Alexis Weston | Staff Writer

Some days we’re extremely busy. Some days we’re emotionally exhausted. Some days we just need to sleep.

Every student can’t attend every single class that they have every single day. Of course, we are students. We need to dedicate a significant amount of our time to classwork and attending class. However, we are adults. Going to class should be our prerogative.

“If students want to pay not to come to class, they should be allowed to,” said Nelson White, a transfer student in the 5 year MBA program from Oakland, California. As a collective, the student body consistently goes on and on about the amount of money that we pay to come to a University that some of us consider less than excellent.

It would be easy to argue that attendance should be mandatory (whether it be a written rule or something we just naturally follow) for that fact alone. And in some respects, that viewpoint is completely correct. We spend way too much money to blow off classes like they’re nothing. However, it is our money that we’re spending. And what we do with it is completely up to us.

According to Grace Elliss, a second year 5 year MBA major from Fort Washington, Maryland, whether or not she misses a class, “varies on the importance of the class.” I hate to say this because I want to believe that every class is important and I fully respect all of our professors, but some classes just eat up our time.

We all have that one class where the professor talks about whatever they feel like talking about rather than something pertinent to the material for the entire class period. Like I said, we should give our complete respect to all of our professors, regardless of teaching style. But, if there’s something  more important to my academic career during that class, it’s more than likely that I won’t be in attendance.

Mental health is something that needs to be strongly considered when talking about whether or not attendance should be mandatory on college campuses. While each professor does give us about 3 days to miss class without consequences, sometimes we need a few more. If one of those days goes to working on a major assignment, another goes to being sick, and another goes to an extracurricular activity, that doesn’t leave any room for students, like myself, that have mental health issues that prevent them from attending class some days.

For some of us, we have days where it feels impossible to get out of bed. Sometimes, we even have days that we’re so emotionally exhausted we can’t even attempt to do so. We are human. We live complex lives outside of the classroom, and some of those lives involve having a mental illness. It’s something that our community is still trying to understand, but we haven’t quite gotten there yet.

We should be going to our classes. These classes are the reason that we’re here at Hampton University. But, it should also be understood that we lead full lives outside of these classes. We’re involved in multiple extracurricular activities, we do community service, we lead social lives, and we also need time to be alone and recharge. We won’t make it to every single class, and that’s okay. But, Hampton needs to understand that, too.  

Ohio State stabbing incident leaves 11 injured

Leondra Head | Local & World Editor

Ohio State University student, Abdul Razak Ali Artan was shot dead by police after driving through a crowd of students and then stabbing multiple people with a butcher’s knife on the university’s campus.

According to ABC News, Sophomore Jacob Bowers, 20, had been sitting on a bench listening to music before class when he saw a man pull “a large knife” and start “chasing people around trying to attack them.” Bowers went on to say, “Luckily there were so many people he couldn’t focus on one target.”

Eleven people were taken to hospitals after the incident, but none of the injuries were life-threatening.  The incident was initially reported as an “active shooter.”

The university identified the officer who took down Artan as Alan Harujko, who has been on the force for two years.

According to a press conference by officials, the incident was first reported at 9:52am Monday morning when the suspect struck pedestrians with a car. When the active shooter warning was sent out, some students barricaded themselves in classrooms.

Artan, an 18 year-old student at the university. Arten was a Somalian refugee who left Somalia with his family in 2007 and moved to Pakistan. He came to the US as a legal permanent resident of the United States, officials said.

Just three months ago, Artan was quoted in OSU’s college newspaper, The Lantern, as he discussed his troubles finding a place to pray on his new campus.

“I wanted to pray in the open, but I was kind of scared with everything going on in the media. I’m a Muslim, it’s not what the media portrays me to be,” he is quoted in the paper as saying. “If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don’t know what they’re going to think, what’s going to happen. But I don’t blame them. It’s the media that put that picture in their heads, so they’re just going to have it, and it — it’s going to make them feel uncomfortable.”

In The Lantern, Artan said he is a transfer from Columbus State, presumably Columbus State Community College. Online records from that school said he graduated from there in May with an associate of arts degree.

According to NBC News, Nicole Kreinbrink, a student who was walking down the street when she saw the car hit people who had evacuated an academic building during a fire alarm. Kreinbrink said, “This car just swerved and ran into a whole group of people. All these people were running and screaming and yelling.”

A campus lockdown was lifted about 11:30 a.m., some 90 minutes after the violence unfolded on the Columbus, Ohio, campus, where 60,000 students are enrolled.  After 11:30am, all classes for that day were canceled.