Daily Archives: 3 Nov 2017

Thrifting 101

Brandi Hutchinson | Contributing Writer

Imagine going on an unplanned scavenger hunt and purchasing some of your favorite vintage antiques.

Imagine exploring diverse styles, unique gifts and great spending habits all while avoiding a busy mall.

That’s the thrifting experience in a nutshell.

Thrifting is a trend that many overlook due to societal standards. It’s an uplifting experience because most of thrift stores are charity-based, so you’re benefiting while being benefited.

Here are some tips and tricks to expand your knowledge on the benefits of thrift shopping.

Wardrobe Change

Over time, your style will evolve because thrifting offers so many unique assortments. The majority of the time, when you buy something from a thrift store, you’re most likely the only person to have that specific piece of clothing.

It’s a win-win situation, and who would turn that down? Modern trends that you struggle to find in your everyday stores are found in thrift stores.

So, you’ll never find yourself in that awkward predicament where someone is wearing the same thing as you.

Designer for Only $5

Vintage fashion has been a fad for years now, and it doesn’t look like it’s going out of style anytime soon.

Everyone knows that when it comes to vintage and antique items, they aren’t cheap. You’ll see people flaunting their closets full of vintage name-brand designers on social media sites and wonder how they hit the jackpot.

Well, the cat’s out the bag, ladies and gents; thrifting is the answer. Good quality apparel valued at least $50-$100, you’ll find for sale at $5 or less.

Adventure Time 

Thrifting may seem stressful when you’re looking for something specific; but that’s the key–never go into the store looking for a certain thing. Always stay open-minded, as if you’re going on a treasure hunt. Discovering an antique article of clothing is like finding a pot of gold. “Thrifting is kind of like going to your grandparents’ house and going through their stuff,” said sophomore Jordyn Brown, a broadcast journalism major from Long Island. “It’s like finding those old baseball cards or that pair of jeans that you really wanted but could never find in stores.”

Thrifting vs. Mall Shopping

The tranquility of shopping at thrift stores is very similar to the relaxation you feel while shopping online. Shopping at malls is always harder because you’re faced with a competitive crowd and outrageous prices. Frankly, you’re more likely to leave the mall empty-handed than you are the thrift store. It’s safe to say that leaving the thrift store with bulks of clothes and a healthy bank account is the most ideal way to shop.


Thanksgiving Break: College Edition

Nylah Powell | Staff Writer


Courtesy of Leenika Belfield-Martin

Thanksgiving is pretty much the same for many families: feast on a homemade dinner, catch up and celebrate with family and express gratitude. There’s no doubt that Thanksgiving with family is delicious and exciting; but for college students who can’t make it home for the holiday break, there are alternative versions.

One of the best ways to show your appreciation is to give back to the community.

Donate clothes to a local shelter, send a letter or package to a veteran or volunteer to help those in need. “Back home I volunteered for a shelter where I served food to the homeless. It was fun and definitely made me feel good,” said freshman Justina Johnson.

If this sounds like something you’re interested in, try finding community service opportunities in the area, whether it be on or off campus.

Bring out the markers and paper, because decorating the dorm is another alternative. Tap into your creativity and get into the holiday spirit by enhancing your dorm room with pictures of pumpkins and turkeys.

This would pass a lot of time, make your room stand out over all the rest and get everyone in the mood for the holidays.

An additional option would be checking out a new movie. Local movie theaters include Cinema Café and AMC Hampton Towne Centre 24. You could even host a movie night on campus with your friends.

Make some popcorn and turn on Netflix for a relaxing night. This more laid-back alternative is inexpensive and feasible; you can’t go wrong with a movie night.

A relaxing event like this is something that college students don’t often get to enjoy with the demand of daily assignments and schedules. Take advantage of the extra leisure time.

Have you ever thought of hosting a potluck? Invite guests and have them bring whatever dish they choose.

To make it more interesting, have them bring non-traditional Thanksgiving food and see what everyone comes up with.

“My friends and I had a potluck once when my mom went out of town. Everyone brought something completely different than the other foods and it made it really fun. I would definitely do that again,” said freshman Kennedi Jackson.

Instead of macaroni and cheese, try potato casserole. Instead of sweet potato pie, eat red velvet cupcakes. The options are endless. If you want to stick to the basics, you could go grocery shopping and cook a traditional meal for your guests.

Celebrating Thanksgiving can be as simple as having a game night. Common games such as Uno, Cards Against Humanity or Spades can turn a boring night into an enjoyable one. Take a group of people to the game room in the Student Center and play games of ping-pong, foosball, Pac-Man, and more.

If games aren’t really your forte, another on campus amenity is the Hampton University Museum.

The museum is an institution unique to the campus and a national reserve.

It is the oldest African-American museum in the United States, featuring several cultures of art and objects relating to the history of Hampton. Take a tour and gain an appreciation for the school’s history.

Of course, when people think about Thanksgiving, exercise isn’t usually a correlation. However, many major cities and towns have Turkey Trot races each year.

These races are a great way to raise money for charities in need while incorporating a good workout into your day.

Thanksgiving Day, Virginia Beach is holding their 40th annual Turkey Trot, with 1-mile and 10K races held at 8:15 a.m. and 9 a.m. Go get your run on!

Finally, understand that Thanksgiving is about being thankful. “I think everyone looks forward to the food and people forget that the real reason we celebrate Thanksgiving is to express our thanks for what we have,” said Jackson.

Sometimes we’re so used to routines that we forget we don’t always have to follow the same construct. There doesn’t have to be a big extravaganza to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Simply acknowledging the things you’re thankful for is enough.

It’s “Ball” season

Justin Whitner | Staff Writer

It seems as if the No. 2 draft pick from the 2017 class has a target on his back.

On the Los Angeles Lakers’ opening night, the Houston Rockets’ Patrick Beverley made it clear that it was going to be a long season for Lonzo Ball. In his debut, Ball ended up struggling. He never found a true comfort zone on the floor, and this is likely due to the defensive play of Beverley. The Rockets guard gave Ball trouble throughout the whole game. Beverly gave the rookie a few pushes and hard fouls while chasing him down the floor. Ball ended up bouncing back the very next night in an away matchup vs. the Suns. He finished with 29 points and was one assist away from a triple double.

It’s nearly impossible to discuss Lonzo Ball without mentioning his father. Love him or hate him, LaVar Ball does his best impression of speaking things into existence. He spoke Lonzo Ball playing for the Lakers into reality. The head of the Ball family made a new case that was proven on the night of Oct. 25.

“Wizards better beware,” LaVar Ball said. “Lonzo doesn’t lose twice in a week.”

Sure enough, the Lakers went on to beat the then-undefeated Washington Wizards in a late night overtime game.

“It’s a team game,” LaVar Ball said. “That’s how you’re going to beat someone. If you go one-on-one, you’re never going to win. If you keep taking it personal, trying to go one-on-one with my son, you’re going to lose every time.”

John Wall vs. Lonzo Ball was a hyped matchup for many reasons. For one, it was a matchup between a top-tier guard in the league and a 19-year-old pass-first point guard. Wall, who some say is the best defensive point guard in the league, struggled to find rhythm late in the game. His questionable shot-taking plagued the Wizards as the game went on.

The Wizards are hoping to reach a top-three seed in the Eastern Conference, while the Lakers would be ecstatic if they even reached the playoffs this season.

If the Lakers make the playoffs, it would be the first time since the season Kobe Bryant tore his Achilles in 2013.

So far this season, all games have proven one thing about Lonzo Ball: He will never focus on attacking the opposition one-on-one. Ball plays the game as a team sport and finds joy in making his teammates better players. The points don’t matter in Ball’s eyes, as long as his team is improving every week.

It will be interesting to see what Ball brings to the court for basketball fans the rest of the season.


Virginian-Pilot cuts nearly 10 percent of staff

Kennedi Jackson | Staff Writer


Courtesy of Kennedi Jackson

Nearly 150 years after the Virginian-Pilot was founded in 1865, the largest Virginia newspaper in Virginia is cutting close to 10 percent of its staff.

The parent company, Pilot Media, has offered to pay buyouts to long-term employees who have served at least 25 years with the paper, however they have also declared that if there are not enough volunteers, they will proceed with forced layoffs.

Cashara Quinn, a first-year journalism major and writer for HerCampus, has a strong opinion on the changes being made.

“I think it’s unfair that people are losing their jobs when they’ve been loyal to the company for a long time and just want to provide for their families,” Quinn said.

The Pilot is adapting to the changing media world and is hoping to convert from print to digital.

Pilot Media sees digital media as a more profitable venue, and the faster the digital platform grows, the slower print revenue comes in.

Despite this reasoning, Hampton University students wish that the shift wasn’t made so soon.

“The Pilot should stick with the traditional print newspaper,” Quinn said. “A lot of older people rely on newspapers and haven’t moved digitally yet. Having been around a long time, there are still many people who want to pick up a newspaper and read it rather than going online.”

Another concern with the newspaper reducing staff is that the publication will lose some of staff members’ creative input.

The newspaper is popular for its designs and production, but according to Forbes, even this signature outlet is being threatened.

By releasing some of the most expensive employees, the company is also losing their eldest and most experienced ones as well.

According to Pilot Media, the company wants to decrease the staff of 543 by slightly less than 10 percent.

Although the change is disappointing to some, Kennedy Peace, a strategic communications major from Pennsylvania, says she understands why it has to be done.

“It makes sense because a lot of things today are digital. If they realize what they are doing right now isn’t working and they want to take steps to improve their business, then that’s what they need to do,” Peace said.

“They’re put in a position where they have to figure out what step to take next, and unfortunately, making the shift from print to digital may be it.”

Buckeyes shake the football playoff positioning

Nazim Trammell-Wells | Contributing Writer

A fierce showdown between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Penn State Nittany Lions on Oct. 28 shook the football landscape.

The excitement for the heated rivalry game only grew due to the teams’ rankings in the top 10, with Penn State at No. 2 and Ohio State at No. 6. To add on to the already high stakes, both teams are aiming for the national championship playoffs that only allow the top four teams in the nation to participate.

Penn State started off the game strong. Heisman Award front-runner Saquon Barkley was as good as advertised; he returned the opening game kickoff for 97 yards to start the game off 7-0. Shortly after, a fumble by the Buckeyes was recovered by Penn State linebacker Koa Farmer. This put the Nittany Lions in the position to eventually score again, making the game 14-3 in only the first quarter. With Penn State scoring so effortlessly, Ohio State found itself in a big hole, a hole so big that it made the highly anticipated game look like it was going to be a blowout.

After a slow start, Ohio State rallied together to make the game competitive. Ohio State finally got into the end zone twice in the second quarter with a 2-yard run from Mike Weber and a touchdown pass from star QB J.T. Barrett. A productive second quarter from the Buckeyes put them in striking range at the half, with the score 28-17.

The Buckeyes still hadn’t improved after halftime, only kicking a field goal and getting stopped on multiple drives. They ended the third quarter with the score 35-20, but the Buckeyes found motivation after a controversial call. A pass that caused two players to wrestle for the ball appeared to be an Ohio State interception, but it was overruled by officials and credited as a Penn State touchdown.

Usually, this would be a deflating momentum shift, but Barrett played the game of his life. He connected with Johnnie Dixon twice in the fourth quarter, first on a 41-yard touchdown at the 11-minute mark and then on a 10-yard score with 4:20 remaining. Later on, Barrett gave Ohio State the lead with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Baugh. Overall, in the fourth quarter, Ohio State outscored Penn State 19-3.

Barrett finished with 328 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also ran for 95 yards. Barrett was 13 for 13 passing for 170 yards in the fourth quarter. OSU propelled itself into the national championship conversation.

Hampton track runner Sissy Farmer, sister of a Penn State linebacker, had this to say about the playoff implications of the loss for Penn State: “I think the game Saturday affects the conference and the national playoffs. But I do believe that there’s [still] a chance for PSU.”


A trip into the life of Jhene Aiko

Naomi Ludlow | Arts & Entertainment Editor


Courtesy of Dahyo Coleman

Jhene Aiko has released a 22-track LP entitled Trip. The songs on this album discuss Aiko grieving the loss of her brother, Miyagi. She experiences a rollercoaster of emotions and turns to drugs to cope with the pain.  In the album, she opens up with her fans about her experimentations and some addictions to LSD, marijuana, cocaine, Adderall, and mushrooms. Despite her mention of drug use, she brings reality to the situation by explaining the many ways in which people attempt to deal with a loss, such as replacement and even suicide. Aiko discusses the importance of her journey to understand that some individuals simply cannot be replaced.

Trip is only one part of a multimedia project comprising of an album, a short film, and a book of poetry. Jhene Aiko refers to this project as a MAP (Movie, Album, Poetry). She introduces a character, Penny, who is supposed to be her purest form. On an Instagram post she explained, “In [my brother’s] presence, I was confident and always so sure. I was Penny. Since that day, I have been incomplete, losing all direction and sense of self.” Aiko describes her desires to get back to who she was before her brother passed, and the album reflects just that.

In 90 minutes, she tells us of her journey of wanting to find the love she felt from her brother. Along the way, she tried to find this love in other men. In the song “Moments” feat. Big Sean, the lyrics are “My mama said love is the answer/ So when I call, you better answer…No substitutes, you’re the one and only/ Please take away the stress I don’t need.” Jhene Aiko falls in love with men thinking they can fulfill what her brother gave her, but she ends up heartbroken and stuck.

She moves on to the next vice and subliminally mentions suicide. In the song “Jukai,” she talks about her wanting to be alone with her brother, but she isn’t successful.

Eventually, she turns to the happiness her daughter gives her and wanting to the best mother she can.

Their mommy-daughter duet entitled “Sing to Me” is a gear switch in not only Jhene’s life, the album as a whole. Her focus shifts to the joy of being a mother.

“Sing to Me” is followed by “Ascension” feat. Brandy, and serves as her prayer for liberation. She ends the album with “Trip” which depicts the physical trips she takes when feeling low.

This work is truly eye-opening. Jhene exposes a vulnerable side to her that she has been hiding throughout her career. In the end, fans can understand the true beauty of it all as they witness the growth and courage she displays through her journey.

Trip the movie is now available on JheneisPenny.com and 2fish, the poetry book, will be available this fall. To get the full Jhene Aiko experience, be sure to check out all parts of this work. Aiko will also begin her Trip tour on Nov. 14. Check out her Instagram to see if she will be stopping in a city near you.


Megyn Kelly calls out Bill O’Reilly on her NBC morning show

Lexie Carmon | Opinion Editor

Last week NBC News anchor and talk show host Megyn Kelly called out Bill O’Reilly on her NBC morning program. Kelly claims that while she was on Fox news she made several complaints about O’Reilly sexually harassing her, however was constantly ignored.

“O’Reilly’s suggestion that no one ever complained about his behavior is false. I know because I complained,” stated Kelly during “Megyn Kelly Today.”

Normally Kelly’s program discusses light topics, but the recent discovery on Saturday that claims O’Reilly paid $32 million to a Fox contributor, Lis Wiehl, in January to combat the harassment allegations sparked Kelly to revisit the sore topic.

The report published in the New York Times stated that O’Reilly made the settlement to Wiehl, who alleged that O’Reilly forced her into “a nonconsensual sexual relationship and sent her sexually explicit material.”

In addition, a representative at 21st Century Fox stepped forward and stated that he or she was aware the settlement took place, but said the company was not clued into the financial terms at the time it happened.

Despite the number of allegations, O’Reilly chose to deny the allegations to the New York Times. “I have never mistreated anyone,” said O’Reilly.

However, in April, Wendy Walsh, a psychologist, filed a complaint with 21st Century Fox that accused O’Reilly of going back on his promise to get her a paid contributor position at Fox News after she rejected his advances at a 2013 dinner meeting at Hotel Bel-Air.

O’Reilly took several attempts to sweep his offensive actions under the rug in hopes to keep the company’s reputation protected.

According to The Los Angeles Times, O’Reilly and Fox News made a total of $13 million in payouts to five women who claimed they were sexually harassed or verbally abused by the host over the last 16 years.

“I think that’s crazy because it seems like they don’t care about their [victims] feelings and they just want to make sure their company is straight,” says Amani Madyun, a Hampton University sophomore from Newport News.

Megyn Kelly, however, attempted to refute O’Reilly’s comments by emailing Fox’s co-presidents, Bill Shine and Jack Abernethy, just two months before leaving Fox for NBC News.

According to Kelly, O’Reilly said that he wasn’t “interested” in discussing the topic [sexual harassment] and that it makes his network look bad.

“I think if the company didn’t stand up for an employee then the company’s values have now been tarnished,” said BreAnna Wyche, a p2 pharmacy major from Augusta, Georgia, when asked how she feels about a company silencing assault victims.

“Perhaps he didn’t realize his exact attitude of shaming women into shutting the hell up about harassment on grounds that it will disgrace the company is in part how Fox News got into the decade-long [Roger] Ailes mess to begin with,” Kelly said. “Perhaps it’s his own history of harassment of women which has, as you both know, resulted in payouts to more than one woman, including recently, that blinded him to the folly of saying anything other than, ‘I am just so sorry for the women of this company, who never should have had to go through that.’”

It’s a shame how a company will try to cover up the scandals and abuse that goes on behind its doors just to keep a good reputation. This kind of behavior is absolutely disgusting and sexually harassed women in the workplace should not be silenced by money. They should be allowed to verbally express how they feel.