How Fashion has improved the life of Hampton Students

Ja’Nia Keith | Script Writer

Fashion is defined as social standing or prominence, especially as signalized by dress or conduct, according to Merriam Webster. Hampton’s very own fashion gurus explained the impact fashion has had on their lives. As the seasons change, these creatives have stayed in style all year round.

First-year HU student Paige Loague, a finance major from Mount Vernon, New York, does not care for shopping. 

“Stores usually have too many options for me and I can never get everything I want,” she said. 

Loague likes to start her outfits off with a bold statement piece then creates from there. She uses fashion to turn heads. She also uses it as a way of networking, hoping to lead down a successful path of modeling. 

She said fashion has helped her create an outlet for herself. You can find the future supermodel on Instagram: @planetpaaige

Another HU first-year, Houston Vailes, a psychology major from Prince George’s County, Maryland, discusses his shopping process. 

“Honestly, I’m a bit of a sneakerhead,” said Vailes. 

He has a deep passion for fashion but an even bigger one for shoes. He starts his outfit off with shoes then works his way up. When building his outfits, he gathers pieces and creates “combinations.”  You can find Vailes and his sneakers on Instagram: @houey_

HU sophomore Korrin Swinton, a journalism major from Southern Maryland, pinpoints her mother as the person who introduced her into the world of fashion. Her mother taught her that uniqueness is what makes you stand out. 

“She is the [flyest] woman I’ve ever known,” said Swinton. 

Individualism plays a significant role in the way Swinton styles her outfits. 

“I like things that I don’t usually see every day,” she said. 

Swinton creates fashion and makeup looks on her Instagram: @xxirinney

HU sophomore Justin McCray, a biology major from Charlotte, North Carolina, uses style in every way. He wants to implement fashion in his future. His outfits or “projects,” as McCray refers to them, give him a sense of direction. 

During the pandemic, McCray began watching fashion shows and noted the details designers would bring out in their work. He found himself inspired to create his brand,  Justin Chancellor. You can find McCray and his creations on Instagram: @ogjusstinn

Junior Taliah Muhammad’s love for fashion runs deep. As a Canton, Michigan native and international studies major on the pre-law track, she started to notice that her city was no longer a place of inspiration for her. 

“The stuff at the malls [were] boring, so I started shopping online,” she said. 

She began to piece together outfits that fit how she truly saw herself from then on. She described fashion as a mindset.

“If you look good, you feel good,” Muhammad said. 

She makes everything her own, which everyone can aspire to be. Muhammad can be found on Instagram at: @ta.liahm

“I think of my closet as a museum full of pieces of art,” said HU junior Dorien Lee Brown. 

Lee Brown has always been attracted to abstract art, and it is displayed throughout his fashion style. 

Being a business management major, he says that you can pull inspiration from anywhere, your budget is not the focus. 

He advises that with fashion, you should never be afraid. Take risks, and most importantly, make sure your style expresses who you are. South Carolina’s own can be found on Instagram: @dorienleebrown

HU Senior Tasha Smith’s curiosity with fashion began when she was a young dancer in Baltimore, Maryland. 

“I was a dancer my whole life, so getting dressed up in costumes and makeup and all of that was something I was always familiar with,” said Smith. “So later down the line, I just carried that with me, always putting together outfits and trying different things was always fun.”  

Smith believes the idea of dressing up has stuck with her since her dancing era and wants to make a career out of it. She hopes that as a fashion journalist, she can also contribute to the world of fashion. You can find this future innovator on Instagram: @tashnicolesmith

At Hampton University, fashion is more than just clothes. Fashion helps define each of the students here. It’s not what you wear. It’s how you wear it.

Where did Something in the Water Go?

Christian Thomas | Staff Writer

Something in the Water will not be returning to the area anytime soon. The famous spring music festival turned Virginia Beach staple is canceled until further notice. The decision follows several challenges plaguing the festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

From postponing to cancellations, the final straw was when festival creator, Pharrell Williams’ cousin, Donovan Lynch, was shot and killed by Virginia Beach police officers last year. The Grammy award-winning artist expressed his disappointments with the city in a letter to Virginia Beach City Manager Patrick Duhaney, saying the city has been “run by toxic energy.” 

The festival was a campus favorite in its first year, and it hosted acts like Missy Elliot, Migos, Pusha T, J. Balvin and Anderson .Paak. For upperclassmen, the event served as an exciting conclusion for their earlier college years. 

Christina Buie, a graduating senior and sociology major, said she remembers how huge it was her first year of college.

“I remember when it happened during my freshman year and it was crazy, the traffic to Virginia Beach was all the way down to Newport News,” Buie said. “And I saw on many people’s Instagram stories all of the big-time artists there like Lil Uzi.” 

Buie said she thinks the festival’s departure is such a loss for the area.

Something in the Water was one of the highlights of my freshman year, even though I didn’t go,” she said. “It was right on the beach, which is a unique concert experience that I wanted to experience. Hopefully, wherever they go next, it can still achieve that type of experience though it will be hard.”

The four-day festival hosted several activities during its run, including a film screening, TRAP Karaoke and a pop-up church service. The festival from three years ago has yet to be replicated. 

Mayor Duhaney said that the festival brought Virginia Beach and the surrounding areas $24 million with media coverage totaling $41 million, and its cancellation is a huge economic loss for the city. 

As of now, it is unknown what’s next for Something in the Water

Freshman Week Clean Up

Aaliyah Pollard | Staff Writer

Photo Credit: Sigmund Al on Unsplash

Hampton University’s freshman council hosted a group clean-up in the Student Center on March 9 as part of freshman week. Originally, the cleanup was supposed to be held behind the cafeteria bridge but was moved to the Student Center due to the weather. 

Attendees were tasked with cleaning the closet near the stage in the Student Center. 

People put themselves in groups according to the task that they took on. One group focused on moving the largest bins and decorations out of the closet for more floor space. The bins contained old decorations for Christmas, balls, NSO week, and other occasions celebrated on campus. The next group organized and cleaned the bins that the previous group carried out, while the last group focused on discarding the trash and items beyond repair from the containers.

Event organizers Harlem Morton and Holland Bodner said they created the cleanup as an opportunity for freshmen to start collecting required service hours and understand the overall importance of doing community service. 

“This is giving [students] an opportunity to earn some community service hours and do good for the student center and the school overall,” said Morton, a first-year computer science major from Laurel, Maryland. 

To ensure that the closet was clean before 7 p.m., when try-outs for another program would start in the area that we were moving things from the closet to, everyone worked as swiftly as possible and created plans that would make them reach the goal as a team. The closet was filled with bins of decorations for various occasions, as well as extra supplies that could be used to decorate the Student Center for events and holidays. People quickly created makeshift assembly lines to move heavy items out of the space. Others started organizing the items in bins outside the closet. The last group focused on trashing things and swept at the end.  

At the start of the event, the participants were unsure if they would be able to fix the state of the closet because of how packed the closet was. The containers were packed with items, large decorations almost completely blocked people from entering the closet, and there was a significant amount of broken items and trash. Though getting community service hours was the main incentive for attending the clean-up, the participants started to realize how cleaning the closet would be helpful for event planners in the future. The work that they were doing now, would help others in the future find the proper decorations without having to dig through broken objects and trash.  Therefore, with the purpose of making things easier for future students, the students were able to understand the meaning behind the event more than before and the goal was met almost half an hour before the deadline. That meaning being the importance of prioritizing the needs of your community by keeping it clean and as healthy as possible. 

“While it was a bit challenging trying it to figure out where everything goes, it was fun to feel the energy around between the students,” said Holland Bodner, a first-year journalism major from Raleigh, North Carolina.

Black is Gold Women in Leadership Honoree: Kennedy Ashford 

Taylor Hawkins | Staff Writer

The Hampton University chapter of Black is Gold University, a nationwide organization dedicated to the personal and professional lives of Black collegiate women, is honoring women on HU’s campus in celebration of Women’s History Month. Among those nominated is Kennedy Ashford, a first-year computer science major.

“It is an honor for me to have been chosen as one of the women being honored,” Ashford said. “Receiving recognition from my peers, assured me that all of my work doesn’t go to waste.”

Ashford is involved in multiple organizations and clubs on campus and said she strives to accomplish her goals while working towards a better future. She serves as the freshman class vice president, a Golden Girl in Black is Gold University and is a Women in Computing Club member.

“My motivation to get involved on campus stems from wanting to be somebody after graduating from Hampton University,” Ashford said. “I see these clubs and organizations as a part of my future and I have gained valuable relationships while also working toward my goals.”

Ashford began developing leadership skills at a young age.

“When I was a kid, I had a lot of strong opinions and sometimes got in trouble for talking too much. As I matured, I learned how to change the way I talked to be a better leader,” she said.

To Ashford, being a leader means having a set of morals and ethics while also accepting advice from others whether or not the opinions align. By using her strong leadership skills, Ashford serves her community to encourage other students to use the resources that are given to them by the university to guarantee a future for themselves.

“In my experience, students listen to their peers more than adults about information that can potentially change their lives for the better,” Ashford said.

By holding these leadership positions, she hopes to inspire many women on campus who are nervous about putting themselves out there.

“Several women on campus inspire me, and I strive to be like them,” said Ashford. “As someone who is also nervous, my own experience has taught me that we must first believe in ourselves. Walk into every room with your head held high and go after your goals!” 

Ashford has one piece of advice for women on campus who want to be in leadership.

“If I had any advice for women on campus, it would be to not be afraid,” she said. “There will always be something negative and positive said about you, but as long as you know you are giving it your all, you will be fine. It’s not worth it to follow the crowd, as you may never learn to grow.”

Black is Gold University will be honoring women for the entire month of March and hosting a dinner ceremony on March 20 to shine a light on the Women in Leadership honorees.

Voices of Hampton University 

Jeremiah C. Lewis  | Staff Writer

Hampton University is home to students of various gifts and creators. Outside of the classroom, students lead independent lives of participating in the arts, playing sports as an extension of themselves, and making their time on campus more fun. One such extension of students’ creativity comes in the form of singing. 

Students on campus have the opportunity to passionately express their love of singing by joining the three Hampton University Choirs sections: “His Chosen Sound” (gospel choir), Concert choir (graduations and commencements) and University choir. 

Hampton’s choir students Faith Gibbs, Janiah Carroll and Renae Smith answered questions about how the HU choirs helped them as singers. 

How long have you been singing? 

Faith: All of my life. 

Janiah: Since third grade, so about ten years

Renae: For about 17 years

The best parts about being a part of the Hampton choir? 

Faith: Being able to sing.

Janiah: The community, everyone is a tightly knitted group. It’s nice to have an environment where you can feel comfortable and sing as a group. 

Renae: The experience, like any other organization, you get to meet new people along with creating memories because each rehearsal is different. I like how we blend voices and become one sound. 

Are you excited for the HU Choirs’ 150th anniversary? 

Faith: Yes. 

Janiah: Get to meet alumni. Nice to have a weekend dedicated to us 

Renae: Yes, I am because I’m ready to meet alumni and create new memories. 

What is something you’d tell someone who was interested in joining the choir?

Faith: It’s fun. You get to meet new people who have the same interests. If you have a passion for music and enjoy singing, it’s a good place to showcase that. 

Janiah: It’s a commitment. It has payoffs like networking, and it’s rewarding to share your gift with people, travel, and meet new people. 

Renae: They should do it. Don’t be scared. I was scared at first, but it wasn’t that bad. It was a fun experience. 

How would someone go about joining the Choir? 

Janiah: Email the director, Omar Dickinson,, and then he’ll set you up with a rehearsal.

For all singers of Hampton University, it is highly recommended that you join the Hampton Choirs. The Choirs are performing for their 150th Anniversary on March 27th, 2022, at 4 pm. It is a safe place for all singers on campus to express themselves and share their voices with the rest of Campus. Doors open at 3:15 pm and are free for all students who show their HUID.

The Art and Emotions behind Poetry 

Nia White | Staff Writer

Poetry is how the author describes their feelings on an intimate level. It is a way to present one’s innermost thoughts through written art. Poetry shares the stories of an author’s life with a new conclusion that may not have been previously known. 

“My favorite part of poetry is the storytelling aspect,” HU junior Daisia Smith said. 

This form of art can mean many things to different people. It can affect the audience in a way that is different from the author. 

“I would describe my art as an experience,” Smith said. “Whoever is reading it, gets a small portion of my life.”

The experience of poetry as art also the emotional aspect the writer puts in their work. The subtle influences behind the words bring the meaning of the work together. 

Poetry allows the writer to be creative and direct in their work while impacting others. Poetry allows the reader to understand the author even if only for a second, Smith explains.

HU junior Margaret Daramola describes her form of art as soft yet powerful. 

“I had to write in a way that led to freedom from within, which led to my book “Pathway Through Survival,” Daramola said. 

Personal expression in any art form is essential. However, in poetry, it can differ between spoken and written states. Written poetry is more often open to interpretation from the reader, which means careful selection of words is essential. Spoken poetry is sometimes easier to interpret and to emphasize words or phrases. 

Poets often have different reasons for their style of writing. After writing her book and joining some speaking engagements, Daramola began writing for enjoyment but shifted to spoken word. Smith writes more for personal release of emotions. 

“A lot of my poetry is for fun as well as my mental health, but I would love to get more serious with it and publish some books in the future,” Smith said. “I started writing poetry when I was 14 and I was dealing with depression and anxiety. My therapist thought it would be a good outlet.” 

Style of writing and speaking is what attracts the reader and listener. While stylistic elements can be very different from each artist and even within their work, they help shape it. 

Daramola employs both forms of poetry and influences both spoken and written poetry. Both Daramola and Smith have admired the works of Reyna Biddy and Nicki Giovanni, respectively.

The emotions surrounding poetry are what drive the art. Daramola describes her favorite part of poetry as going from the unknown into clarity. Writing allows her to come to terms with the reality of how things are.

Euphoria: An Open Dialogue of Teenage Drama? 

Trinity Goppy | Staff Writer

Euphoria, a coming-of-age drama, focuses on the troubled lives of a group of teens as they navigate love and friendships in a world filled with drugs, sex and social media. 

Created and written by Sam Levinson, the show stars Zendaya, Hunter Schafer, and other high profile actors. Euphoria is based on the 2012 Israeli show with the same name. 

“I had gone in to sit down with Francesca Orsi,” Levinson said in an Entertainment Weekly article. “I asked her what she liked about the Israeli series and she said just sort of what a raw and honest portrait it is of drugs and being young and everything. I was just trying to capture that kind of heightened sense of emotion, when you’re young and how relationships feel.”

The show is sexually explicit and showcases a wide range of drug abuse. It often highlights the ability of the actors to widen the scope of how trauma and drugs can affect one’s relationship. 

“I have not personally experienced drug abuse but when I watch the show, it makes me think there is someone out there going through Rue’s situation,” said Alexandria Williams, an HU first-year. “There is someone struggling to love themselves like Cassie. And I can relate to the struggle of trying to find oneself in the midst of chaos.”

Exploring issues such as drug abuse, trauma, self-harm, identity and grief through the lens of teenagers that do not fit in the usual television show box is what makes the show unique, said Janiah Caroll, an HU first-year. Hampton University’s first year psych major. 

“Euphoria explores the hardcore aspects that teens and young adults struggle with daily,” said Carroll. “Even though the show is fiction, the actors work really hard to bring the story to reality. You can feel every emotion that the characters do – this sets the show apart from others that try and portray these issues. Because the show is uncensored, it makes it feel so real. Everyone who watches the show can put themselves in the shoes of each character.”

Viewers said Euphoria’s season two finale left the audience with a load of emotion. The show regularly trends on social media due to the raw talent of the actors, cinematography and riveting storylines.

Should the NFL fix their overtime rules?

Wynton Jackson | Staff Writer

The National Football League won. Following the disappointment of their first “Super Wild Card Weekend” was likely the most incredible weekend in football, or maybe even American sports history. The 2022 Divisional Round games ended either on a walk-off field goal or touchdown.

The games did not only just have close finishes, but they were incredible in their entirety. The Bengals and Titans were stuck in a defensive showdown with Cincinnati kicker Evan McPherson sending Tennessee home; the 49ers and Green Bay played a similar game but in temperatures close to 0 degrees, though San Francisco pulled off the upset. The L.A. Rams were crushing the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay, but critical mistakes led to yet another Tom Brady comeback, although the Bucs fell short.

Finally, to end this already crazy weekend, the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills played what might be the greatest NFL game I’ve ever seen. 

This year, both teams had rough starts and lots of question marks. The game had the perfect set-up: the Chiefs walked all over the Bills in the AFC Championship last year, ending with the iconic shot of Buffalo receiver Stefon Diggs staying on the field to watch the celebration, hands on his helmet in disbelief. They similarly demolished their Wild Card opponents, as the Chiefs beat the Steelers 42-21 and the Bills beat the Patriots 47-17. 

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is and has been the best quarterback in the NFL for the last three years or so. Bills QB Josh Allen proved he’s not far behind, if at all. 

Of the 28 combined points scored in the fourth quarter, 17 came in the game’s last two minutes. Mahomes and Allen traded game-winning drives until Allen threw a touchdown strike to receiver Gabriel Davis, seemingly ending the game with 13 seconds left. Mahomes needed only ten to cover nearly 50 yards and set up a field goal kick that sent the game to overtime. 

And there lies the problem: the overtime. In the NFL, the referee flips a coin at the start of games and overtime, of which the winner can choose to receive the ball or kick it to the other team. In overtime, if the winner gets the ball and scores a touchdown, they win the game. The other team doesn’t get a chance to respond; the game is over. 

If the first team kicks a field goal, the other gets a chance to score a touchdown. If they also kick a field goal, it keeps going until someone scores a touchdown, or the defense gets a turnover, and the offense kicks a field goal. Confusing, I know. 

The Chiefs won the toss, and, unsurprisingly, Mahomes continued his dominance and won the game with a walk-off touchdown to tight end Travis Kelce. Josh Allen, who just had two incredible touchdown drives and thought he sealed the game, didn’t get an opportunity to go at the porous Kansas City defense again. 

Kansas City has been on the opposite side of this situation before; in the 2019 AFC Championship Game, the Patriots won the overtime coin toss and eventually won the game, keeping Mahomes on the sideline.

The situation caused a divide on social media between those who want the rule changed and those who think it’s okay. While the arguments were emotionally charged immediately after the game, both sides made reasonable statements.

While overtime exists in case of emergency, the point of the game is to finish within regulation. It isn’t the 5th quarter; the 13-second miracle drive-by Mahomes wouldn’t have happened if he knew that there was more time until the end of the game.  

The Bills also had multiple chances to stop the Chiefs during the game. During the final drive in regulation, they rushed four defenders at the line instead of three to add another player in coverage. They tried to cover the sidelines even though the Chiefs had all their timeouts, leaving the middle of the field wide open for exploitation.

Though Josh Allen and the Bills wouldn’t care, the overtime rules try to keep the game as short as possible in concern for the safety of the players. Both defenses were visibly gassed, and if they had to keep trotting onto the field for more eight-to-twelve play drives, the risk of injury would increase drastically. 

Against a generational quarterback like Patrick Mahomes, there isn’t much a defense can do, but Buffalo finished with the top defense in the league, according to Pro Football Focus. At some point, the best defense has to get a stop, or at least make Kansas City kick a field goal in overtime, aka OT, to give Allen another chance. 

In support of changing the rules, the coin toss in the playoffs is unfair. There have been 11 OT games in the playoffs with these rules, and the toss winner has won 10 of those games. The evidence shows that the offense is overwhelmingly favored no matter how good a defense is.

Although the rules are in place to protect the players, the players are still the ones who decide to put themselves in harm’s way in the first place. On the entire 53-man roster, I highly doubt that any of those players would’ve been fine with going home without a chance to respond. No matter the risk, the post-season is win or go home, and with the Chiefs being their biggest rival, the Bills would have gladly suited up for the remaining 10:45 in the overtime period for a chance to win. 

There’s also an entertainment aspect to this argument. For a league that just added a 17th game as a cash grab, it’s weird that they wouldn’t want another ten minutes of the Mahomes-Allen showdown. The NFL has consistently shown that it doesn’t care about player safety. Why would they start here? 

Whether or not the OT regulations should be changed, it’ll likely take a while before anything changes. Stephen Holder of The Athletic wrote the day after the game: 

“That’s a long way of saying the NFL does not approach these matters rashly. So, the idea that Sunday night’s events will inevitably lead to change is probably premature. Even when the league does implement new rules, it often starts slowly.”

The NFL may look at the rules again, but I wouldn’t expect anything drastic either this season or next. As unfortunate as that is for Buffalo, Josh Allen has established himself as one of the best three quarterbacks in the league. They’ll be back next year, hungrier than ever.

Thank You, Andre

 Grace Elizabeth Hackney | Staff Writer

The fashion community has taken a hit in these past few months. The unexpected death of Virgil Abloh in November and Andre Leon Talley in January have left many creatives, especially Black creatives, in the fashion industry speechless. 

Andre Leon Talley is someone who I have always admired. He came from humble beginnings and was raised in Durham, North Carolina by his mother and grandmother. 

Talley’s approach to couture seems to stem from growing up in a Black southern church. The bright colors, monochromatic coat-skirt combinations and, of course, the flamboyant hats on the Black women in church influenced the iconic editorials we know today.

Talley made cultural statements through his fashion journalism and editorials. Anna Wintour said “he [Talley] could make people feel” when referring to Tally’s writing about fashion. While working at Vogue, Tally used his position to uplift Black designers and models.

One of his most iconic editorials was based on Gone With The Wind, where Naomi Cambell, a Black supermodel, was featured as Scarlett O’Hara. 

The parallel of seeing Talley sitting in the front rows of shows at Paris fashion week in the 1970s and seeing Black creatives and rappers in the front row of the last Virgil Abloh Louis Vuitton runway show is fantastic to me. There was a point when Talley was one of the few Black people with a known influence in fashion at a runway show in Paris. 

It is still rare to see Black people in important positions in the fashion industry. Even when working at Vogue, Talley still faced bigotry from others. 

For Abloh to be the head of one of the most iconic fashion houses and build his luxury brand is a massive step for Black people in the fashion industry. His death hurt so many young Black designers since he was one of the most popular Black designers who achieved mainstream fame in the predominantly affluent and white space that we know as high fashion. 

In 2022, it is normal to see Black people who are influential in hip hop in the front rows of high fashion runway shows. To think there was a time when the only people who you saw in the front seats of these shows were middle-aged white people. Who are the most fashionable people you know? Are they middle-aged white people? Right. 

Elements of Black culture and street style have always existed within high fashion, yet the people who pioneered these styles seldom have a seat at the table. Talley made room for Black creatives. Talley made room for the Laquan Smiths so that Virgil Abloh could be the designer many admire.

“You don’t get up and say, ‘look, I’m Black, and I’m proud,’ you just do it, and it impacts the culture,” he said in the documentary The Gospel According to Andre.  

That is precisely what Talley did. 

Thank you, Andre. Thank you for your work. Thank you for inspiring Black creatives all across the world.

Seniors reflect on their 100 Days ‘Til Graduation

Morgan Harris | Staff Writer

Photo Credit: RUT MIIT on Unsplash

Quintessence 11 and other graduating seniors celebrated 100 days left until graduation on Jan. 28, an annual tradition at Hampton .

This year was significant for seniors due to being virtual for almost two years. 

Ravid Frye, a graduating senior Biology Pre-Med and Music Education major from Hopwell, Virginia, says he’s been waiting for this day. 

“I would definitely say [I have been anticipating] would be interactions and being able to actually, once on campus, have a real social event and have friendly encounters with my colleagues and everybody who we probably won’t be seeing for some years after graduation,” said Frye. 

Reflecting on life post-graduation, Frye is most excited about the memories that are to come. 

“These are things that you’ll never get back,” said Frye. “Long-lasting relationships and being able to experience good times with people and just being caring. That’s really what I want, [to] build as many memories as I can.”

With so much to do, many seniors feel as if the possibilities are endless. 

“I’m still thinking about it,” said Chelsea Johnson, a graduating Senior Biology Pre-Med major from Baltimore, Maryland. “I think I’m going to go out, have a little fun, and stuff like that.” 

Johnson says she values the friendships she has acquired during her tenure at Hampton University. 

“Meeting the lifelong friends I have today and traveling the world with the band and with those friends taught me to be responsible and get things done,” she said.

Graduating Hamptonians are delighted to celebrate the end of a long, hardworking educational journey.

“A hundred days to me as a senior means a lot,” said Robert Jacobs III, a graduating senior Finance major from Richmond, Virginia. “People with whom I had unforgettable times and laughs within my freshman and sophomore years are no longer here due to life and the path they’re on, but for the seniors that have been here fighting the fight the whole time, it’s a sense of achievement.”

100 days serves as more than just an excuse for a celebration, but as a reminder that they didn’t quit during their educational trials at Hampton and persevered.