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The New Mister Pirate: Brenan Holston Has Big Plans for His Title

Morgan Harris | Staff Writer Brenan Holston, a Hampton University graduating senior International Studies major from Atlanta, was crowned the 20th Mister Pirate on Oct. 1, during the Mister Pirate pageant. He competed against four other contestants for the 2021-2022 title.  Holston is truly the jack-of-all-trades as a college student, and his primary goal is…

A Midseason Look at Hampton Football 

Chance Williams | Staff Writer The Hampton University football team has seen it all through their first five games of the 2021 season.  The Pirates have two wins against Virginia Union and Howard … and three losses against Old Dominion, Norfolk State and Kennesaw State. A big reason for those wins is the team’s high-powered offense.…


Campus

  • The New Mister Pirate: Brenan Holston Has Big Plans for His Title
    Morgan Harris | Staff Writer Brenan Holston, a Hampton University graduating senior International Studies major from Atlanta, was crowned the 20th Mister Pirate on Oct. 1, during the Mister Pirate pageant. He competed against four other contestants for the 2021-2022 title.  Holston is truly the jack-of-all-trades as a college student, and his primary goal is…
  • The 87th Annual Fall Convocation Marks the End of an Era for Many
    Raven Harper| Staff Editor The last time Ciara White-Sparks was on campus as a student, she was a sophomore. This past Sunday, the seniors, known as Quintessence Eleven, lined up to walk in their caps and gowns at opening convocation, a sacred tradition for each year’s graduating senior class. “Being at the opening convocation is…
  • Freshman class candidates go head-to-head in elections debate
    Sasha Thornton | Staff Writer Quintessence 12 has newly elected officers after contentious freshman debates, with students electing Carlyle Fulton and Kennedy Ashford, respectively, for freshman class president and vice president. First-year students campaigned for the positions and were able to debate against each other in the student center September 20. Hampton students, many of them…

Local and World

Opinion

  • Should the COVID Vaccine be Mandated?
    Sydney McCall | Staff Writer While vaccine mandates continue to be a national debate, signs show that current vaccine mandates are working.  COVID-19 has affected more than 44 million people in the U.S. and taken more than 700,000 lives, according to official Center for Disease Control and Prevention data. When the Coronavirus first appeared in…
  • Reset and Run it Back
    Alfred Johnson | Staff Writer Hampton University’s Homecoming is one of the most long-awaited events on campus. Still, after the world’s continuing battle with COVID-19, changes are being made, and it’s making students raise a brow as to what’s happening.  The reason is that people were expecting Homecoming to occur a little later in the…
  • I Don’t Like Guys That Want Girls That Want Girls
    Grace Elizabeth Hackney | Staff Writer With the recent release of Drake’s tenth studio album, Certified Lover Boy, Drake has taken over the Billboard Hot 100 chart with nine of his songs in the top 10. There’s one song that got my attention, the song that holds No. 2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100…

Lifestyle

  • Five Tips for Students Adjusting Back To Campus
    Noah Hogan | Staff Writer  Since March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed daily life as we know it.  During our confinement, the pandemic left us with many questions. The one big one was: What would a full-scale, on-campus operation look like? As students have returned roughly 18 months after Hampton University initially closed its…
  • Hampton University Traditions
     Nia White | Staff Writer Hampton University has had many traditions in the past 153 years. Some of these traditions have stayed the same and others have evolved to fit current society. Some of the traditions for freshmen have changed since 1966, with the requirements for men and women being different.   One of the…
  • Voices of Black Literature: Margaret Daramola
    Mia Concepcion | Staff Writer Black literature keeps Black thought alive. It conveys the experiences that Africans and African-Americans have undergone from the past until now. Their words, taking multiple forms in books, poetry, and songs, tell stories that will live on forever and never be forgotten. Although threatened when they raised their voices, the…

Arts and Entertainment

  • Chadwick Boseman: His Legacy Lives
    Trinity Goppy | Staff Writer In honor of late Howard University alumnus Chadwick Boseman, the school and Netflix have created a $5.4 million scholarship called The Chadwick A. Boseman Memorial Scholarship. Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s co-CEO and chief content officer, announced the partnership in a news release.  “He always spoke of his time at Howard and…
  • HU Students Offer a TV Guide Through Shows New and Old
     Nia Cain | Staff Writer Premieres of TV shows can be the highlight of some people’s summer experiences. New shows such as “Generation” and “Clickbait” and returning shows such as “Outer Banks” were the biggest hits of the summer.  “‘Outer Banks’ is my favorite show because regardless of how much I binge the show, I…
  • A Look at the Legendary Debbie Allen
    Trinity Goppy | Staff Writer Debbie Allen, after more than 50 years in the entertainment industry, became the first Black woman to receive the Governor’s Award at the Emmys, which were broadcast by CBS on Sept. 19.  “Let this moment resonate with women across the world and across this country, from Texas to Afghanistan,” she…

Sports

  • As NBA Season Begins, Vaccination Issue Looms in New York and San Francisco
    Wynton Jackson | Staff Writer Despite having the first in-person NBA Media Day since 2019, not all teams felt the cheer and optimism the event normally brings. This year, the usual superstar gossip was headlined by Ben Simmons’ refusal to return to the 76ers – but there was also a more severe issue: COVID-19 vaccination. …
  • A Midseason Look at Hampton Football 
    Chance Williams | Staff Writer The Hampton University football team has seen it all through their first five games of the 2021 season.  The Pirates have two wins against Virginia Union and Howard … and three losses against Old Dominion, Norfolk State and Kennesaw State. A big reason for those wins is the team’s high-powered offense.…
  • The ManningCast: ESPN’s rebound 
    Wynton Jackson | Staff Writer ESPN on Sept. 13 stumbled on its most popular program since First Take: The Peyton and Eli Monday night NFL broadcast, ManningCast. The sports media conglomerate signed a deal with the NFL to air Monday night games on their networks, then brought in the Manning brothers to commentate about 10…

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