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Madani Dembele wins Mr. Ivy Pageant

Nicole Pechacek | Staff Writer Premiering on YouTube on Feb. 19, Hampton University was able to host yet another successful virtual pageant thanks to the Gamma Theta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Madani Dembele, was chosen to become the next Mr. Ivy. Dembele, a graduating senior strategic communication student, expressed his excitement after…


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Campus

  • “A legacy to remember” William R. Harvey to retire in 2022
    Barry Jones | Editor-in-Chief Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey has announced his retirement. Set to retire in June 2022, Harvey would end up serving as the president of the university for 44 years, the longest tenure of any HBCU president and the eighth-longest tenure of any university president in the United States. Becoming…
  • Good Girls take Hampton: The birth of a new movement
    Vashti Dorman | Staff Writer In an effort to unify and empower women, The Good Girl Movement was born. Arriving on Hampton University’s campus in 2020, the movement is dedicated to redefining what it means to be genuinely and unapologetically good.  During the week of February 14, Good Girls Hampton hosted a wide range of…
  • Madani Dembele wins Mr. Ivy Pageant
    Nicole Pechacek | Staff Writer Premiering on YouTube on Feb. 19, Hampton University was able to host yet another successful virtual pageant thanks to the Gamma Theta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Madani Dembele, was chosen to become the next Mr. Ivy. Dembele, a graduating senior strategic communication student, expressed his excitement after…

Local and World

  • Winter storms devastate the south, impacting virtual learning for Hampton students
    William Paul Ellis | Staff Writer Concurrent winter storms that swept much of the continental United States has left millions throughout the south without power or water for several days, according to The Associated Press The impact of the winter storms was widespread, with many communities still feeling the aftershock of the weather.  For many Hampton…
  • Rochester Police Under Fire for Pepper Spraying a 9-Year-Old
    Jourdyn Grandison | Staff Writer Police officers in Rochester, New York, are under fire after pepper-spraying and handcuffing a nine-year-old girl while responding to a call of “family trouble.”  Body camera footage, released on Sunday, show officers restraining the girl, putting her in handcuffs, and trying to get her into the back of a police…
  • NEW MUTATION OF THE COVID-19 RAISES CONCERNS
    Sydney McCall | Staff Writer New and more contagious strains of COVID-19 that originated in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Brazil have hit the United States. Towards the end of January, a new COVID-19 strain known as B.1.1.7 from the United Kingdom began to emerge in the United States. This variant is 70 percent…

Opinion

  • Let the Black kids escape, too
    Jamaija Rhoades | Staff Writer It feels like all recent coming-of-age films such as (but not limited to) Booksmart, Love Simon, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and Sierra Burgess is a Loser all revolve around superficial and effortlessly watchable topics. The films tell stories of teenagers whose most significant problems revolve around their…
  • Glamour or scam: Teens’ use of substances in media
    Kailah Lee | Staff Writer Chances are, if you watch any film or series today, you will see someone using some sort of controlled substance. Whether that be a group of friends comforted by a bottle of booze, smoking cigarettes, or puffing on some “Zaza,” these instances are almost impossible to miss.  Partaking in substance…
  • Opening Schools Shouldn’t Be the Priority
    Ryland Staples | Staff Writer As the number of serious COVID-19 cases is on the decline, President Joe Biden has made it a part of his 100-day plan to ensure that most K-8 schools reopen to students and teachers. He says that he expects them to be open for the full five days a week like…

Lifestyle

  • Highlighting entrepreneurial efforts of Hampton students
    Brooklyn Young | Staff Writer Hampton University has always been well-known for its trendsetters and innovators. Many Hamptonians still uphold that reputation by using their creativity to not only influence others but also create change in their communities.  Hamptonians have used their creativity to start their own brands and create impactful content. Some of your…
  • Protective hairstyles by Hampton students
    Nia White | Staff Writer Protective styles are a form of expression and hair care in the Black community that offer a break from the daily manipulation of hair.  “Protective styles keep your hair tucked away to reduce manipulation which is proven to aid in hair growth,” said Camille King, senior Biology pre-med major, self-taught…
  • Elizabeth Warren introduces student loan forgiveness initiative
    Gabrielle Chenault | Lifestyle Section Editor “President-elect Biden can enact this plan his first day in office, debt relief needs to be made a priority.” In a roundtable interview with several student journalists from around the nation, including Hampton University, Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke about her student loan debt relief initiative. Although student debt has…

Arts and Entertainment

Sports

  • HU student-athletes reflect on cancellation of spring sports
    Aliyu Saadu | Staff Writer Hampton University student-athletes have faced a fair amount of adversity since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the cancellation of all 2021 spring sports, HU spring athletes have now forgone two consecutive seasons. “I was on vacation to hang out with my parents and my friends. We were on…
  • NBA All-Star Game to benefit HBCUs
    Cameron Crocheron | Staff Writer The NBA announced on NBA.com that the 2021 All-Star Game festivities will be a one-day event March 7 in Atlanta that will benefit HBCUs and COVID-19 relief efforts.  The All-Star events, which all will take place on that Sunday, look to generate more than $2.5 million to support HBCUs and…
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers win Super Bowl LV
    Jessica Coleman | Staff Writer The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won Super Bowl LV by defeating the Kansas City Chiefs, 31-9 at Raymond James Stadium on February 7 in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers were the first team to play in the Super Bowl in their home stadium. In the stands were 7,500 vaccinated health care workers,…

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