Will Packer Talks This Year’s Oscars

Christian Thomas | Staff Writer

Graphic Courtesy of Christian Thomas

Hampton University is often known for extending its help to those in need. Two years ago, during the natural disaster Hurricane Dorian, Dr. Harvey announced that Hampton would be offering those affected free room, board and tuition. Now in 2022, with the conflict between the Ukrainian and Russian governments, the university has once again offered aid, leaving current students feeling neglected. 

This kind gesture has been recognized by Hamptonians both on and off-campus as an unnecessary ploy for good publicity. Many of the students feel that their needs have been brushed aside and ignored while the administration is very quick to extend their hand overseas. 

After interviewing a handful of students, the consensus has been that no one is truly in agreement with this decision. 

“More people are deserving of what is being extended to these students who are not just in the Hampton Roads area, but right here on our very campus.” 

One student stated, “It’s almost as if these students were intentionally overlooked for a larger publicity stunt.” 

Another issue being brought up by the student body is that the money we already have is not properly allocated to giving students better opportunities and resources on campus. 

According to Google, tuition at Hampton is on average $31k, and this is after aid. A majority of students here pay close to if not full tuition. This means a large portion of the student body is not seeing where their money is going. 

Ari, a sophomore currently attending Hampton studying liberal studies, said there are a lot of places on campus that currently need attention.

“There are a million different ways the money being donated to Ukrainian students could be utilized on campus. The dorms are moldy, the bathrooms are often left unclean, many things are outdated from the buildings to the official Hampton website. Many resources that were advertised to incoming students are no longer available and a lot of us feel misled to come here for something that’s not even here anymore,”  she said.

Most people came to Hampton because of the numerous esteemed programs that are offered here. Unfortunately, due to COVID many resources have become unavailable and many staff members have left. 

Some departments haven’t been thriving the way that they used to. Those who currently attend the university would greatly benefit from the rebuilding of these programs. 

Hamptonians feel neglected by the administration because it has become apparent that the two main concerns of the school are its reputation and enrollment rates. 

“Hampton seems to be more concerned about its public image than actually making the changes necessary to truly ensure that the school’s reputation is not tarnished and the enrollment rates don’t plummet,”  said a student who wished to be left anonymous.  

As we find out more about the struggles being had by those attempting to flee from these unsafe conditions, there appears to be a pattern of racial discrimination in Ukraine and neighboring nations. Videos have surfaced showing Black students being refused refuge. In one instance, a little girl was forced off of a train so that a white passenger could board and flee to safety. 

Being that Hampton is an HBCU, Hamptonians feel it is not right to offer scholarships to people who quite possibly could be prejudiced against Black students. 

While it is recognized that both the African students who were displaced and native Ukrainians have been extended this opportunity, it remains true that the money could be better spent on current students and the enhancement of on-campus resources. 

Overall, many students are unhappy with the decision. After all, they feel Hampton should be working towards making campus life a better experience for those already enrolled instead of trying to fill the campus with students who are subsequently going to be unhappy because they aren’t getting what they were promised. 

Red Table Talk: Red Flags in Relationships

Aaliyah Pollard | Staff Writer

Hampton University’s African Student Association teamed up with Campus+ to host a Red Table Talk on red flags in relationships and different types on March 21.

The African Student Association gives students opportunities to share their societal perspectives as first-generation Americans, while Campus+ is dedicated to motivating and uplifting plus-size women. 

The two organizations hosted this event to start an open conversation about red flags in relationships and navigating relationships as young adults of various backgrounds. 

Before getting into the actual discussions, attendees were taught the definitions of terms that would appear during them. While the term “red flag” is widely used, the hosts ensured that the participants knew that a red flag is a warning or sign that a person is problematic and even dangerous at times. 

One red flag that’s commonly associated with relationships is gaslighting. Gaslighting occurs when someone opens up to their partner about an event or action that made them upset, and in response their partner makes them feel delusional about their feelings by making it seem as though the event never happened. 

Almost all the attendees were familiar with the term but had various definitions of it, demonstrating the diverse ways in which the red flag can present itself. A few participants had associated gaslighting with someone dismissing and hyperbolizing their partner’s reactions to something they did, while others associated the concept with manipulating someone’s memory. For example, pretending they didn’t do something that they did, especially when their partner explicitly remembers that action. 

Lauryn Bass, president of Campus+ and a graduating senior journalism major from Atlanta, GA argued that to recognize and adequately respond to a red flag, “you definitely have to know yourself.” 

In agreement, one participant stressed the importance of believing in people when they tell you who they are. This revelation is rarely verbal, so it’s essential to be aware of the red flag when it presents itself. Participants were then able to discuss their experiences with red flags in relationships and share advice on how to identify them and move forward. 

The following prompt asked participants to state their love languages if they knew them. According to The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman, the five love languages are acts of service, quality time, words of affirmation, gift-giving, and physical touch. 

This sparked the discussion of how different upbringings can affect one’s love language because normally, how one receives and gives love to their family and other loved ones is what establishes their love language. Furthermore, when their partner doesn’t share that love language, they can get frustrated and second-guess their partner’s feelings about them. Therefore, it’s essential to be aware of the different love languages as one is of their own.

The last topic discussed was committed relationships and “sneaky links.” Participants compared their experiences with one or both types of relationships. A few preferred the perks that come with being in a committed relationship and how that preference goes along with their faith and upbringing. When it came to their perspective on sex, these participants felt that it was a practice that should occur with their partner in a committed relationship. On the other hand, some participants expressed the importance of going through a stage of having casual, safe sex to know what you want from your future partner sexually and long-term. 

Campus+ and the ASA plan to host another Red Table Talk, so students will have another opportunity to attend. The event is a safe space, so students are free to discuss their experiences and concerns as minorities. Establishing the discussion as a safe space allowed all the participants to learn about different experiences with relationships and how everyone’s backgrounds affect their view of them. 

Best explained by Gibson Mashua, President of ASA, the Red Table Talk allowed students of various backgrounds to discuss “personal expectations in relationships, how [they] view certain social issues, and what may or may not be considered ‘ok’ depending on where you are from.” 

Film Festival Returns Bringing Big Names to Hampton

Christian Thomas | Staff Writer

Hampton University’s annual film festival is back for its 6th year, and this year, the festival promises to bring big names to campus. Hampton students will have the opportunity to explore the world of film with campus activities such as film screenings, student showcases, discussions and talent spotlights, starting April 6.

Notable industry names, such as Emmy award-winning actor Keith David, award-winning documentary filmmaker Roy T. Anderson, and relative newcomer MeKai Curtis, will be in attendance to discuss their recent works. 

This year’s theme is “Crossing Generations of Black Film Brilliance,” and films like African Redemption and Tell Them We’re Rising will act as the festival’s focus. Power Book III: Raising Kanan’s lead actor Mekai Curtis will join the celebration Wednesday, April 6, to discuss his successes as a young actor in Hollywood. 

Students interested can spend the day watching the films such as Tell Them We’re Rising, Juice and Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and then engage in the discussions. 

Thursday, April 7, will feature the films Fast Color, The Delivery Boy, African Redemption, along with a student film showcase. African Redemption director Roy T. Anderson will also discuss the importance of Marcus Garvey with the film’s narrator Keith David. 

Before directing films like African Redemption, Roy T. Anderson spent most of his career as a stuntman for notable actors such as Denzel Washington, Will Smith, and Jamie Foxx. The risky lifestyle has allowed him to pursue a career behind the camera as a director. 

Legendary actor Keith David has given audiences over four decades of films earning him three Emmy awards. Acting in over 300 roles throughout his career, David has starred in movies such as Dead Presidents, ATL and Barbershop

Finally, MeKai Curtis plays the lead character, Kanan Stark, in the popular Starz show Power Book III: Raising Kanan. Although his career has just begun to blossom, Curtis has already acted in numerous roles for Disney.

Professor Brarailty “Rel” Dowdell, Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies and Coordinator of the Mellon Center Hampton University Film Festival, said the visiting talent for this year’s festival could learn a lot from each other.

“Each one has had a different trajectory to success as an African-American in the most competitive of industries. Many would have not had the fortitude to embark on each one of these standout individuals’ respective journeys,” he said. “In many ways, each can learn from the other. That makes what makes the film and television industries so noteworthy.” 

Professor Dowdell said that this year’s festival will be different from previous years because it will “embody[] such unprecedented access to some of Hollywood’s most experienced and barrier-breaking stars from our culture.” 

 Professor Dowdell hopes students will have a lot to take away from this festival.

“The sky’s the limit and beyond,” he said. “I am grateful that my many years of Hollywood experience and subsequent success have enabled me to establish bonds with such notable entertainers to be able to bring them in person to the illustrious Hampton University. 

The festival will occur on April 6 and 7 in the Student Center theater during the day and the Student Center Ballroom in the evening.

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.

Is Hampton prepared for Omicron?

Christian Thomas | Script Photojournalist

Photo credit: Christian Thomas

Hampton University resumed in-person learning on Jan. 10, after starting the spring semester remotely two weeks prior due to the pandemic and new Omicron variant.

In an email sent to students in early January, Hampton shared its plans to start the second semester virtually due to the Omicron variant. This followed a string of mid-break announcements informing students of mandatory COVID-19 booster vaccines and a change to the on-campus COVID-19 testing site. 

These changes were made to ensure that Hampton University remains COVID-19 free. However, some wonder if Hampton is prepared for the Omicron variant with all of these preparations.

Upon return, students had mixed opinions on how the university handled returning students.

Ayan Harris, a first-year Journalism major, believes Hampton’s decision to go online the first two weeks was a good idea. However, Raymond Beasley, a first-year journalism major, thought Hampton’s decision was rather sudden and unorganized.

“I feel like Hampton’s response wasn’t all the way complete. Almost no one knew what to do,” he said. “I’m pretty sure I could speak for anyone who attends Hampton and the student’s parents when I say we were all confused a bit and frustrated with the specific guidelines while classes in person were being delayed.”

Beasley says he even had to switch his flights coming back to school because of the last-minute changes.

The Omicron variant threw another curveball into what was already a confusing situation. With this new variant’s higher rate of transmission coupled with the previous variant still looming, administration has had its hands full when it comes to tackling this situation. 

Dr. Penn-Marshall, the Vice President of Research at Hampton University, is one of the many administrators monitoring the Omicron variant. She says she knows Hampton is prepared. 

“I can say that we are prepared because I have the pleasure of working with dedicated staff, who are members of my team, who in addition to their normal duties are committed to ensuring that the entire HU community is tested monthly,” she said. “I reviewed the positivity reports and while the Omicron variant caused a bit of a spike when our HU family members initially returned from the holiday break, the number of persons who tested positive is still extremely low.”

Dr. Penn-Marshall said because of a donation from the Thermo Fisher Scientific JUST Project and our molecular laboratory manager, Hampton now can provide PCR testing for staff and students to prevent a campus-wide outbreak. 

Dr. Penn-Marshall added that mass testing would not be possible without the faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students who help volunteer. She also thanks the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dominion Energy, and the university for providing financial support.

“COVID-19 testing is expensive. The Hampton University community once again demonstrates their character by sharing their time, energy and talents, and I am grateful,” she said.

Throughout the pandemic, Hampton University has remained one of the few places in Virginia to contain the spread of COVID-19. And to keep it that way, Hampton continues to encourage its students to wear their masks and to remain socially distanced.

The Hampton University Marching Force Takes on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 

Morgan Harris | Staff Writer

Photo Courtesy of The Hampton University Marching Force VIA Facebook

The Hampton University Marching Force strided through New York City on Thanksgiving in the Macy’s Day Parade on Nov. 25. Out of 100 applicants, The Marching Force was selected as the only HBCU to perform in the parade this year. 

The parade invited the band to participate in 2020, but the pandemic postponed their performance. Many band students were disappointed to learn that their trip to New York would be canceled but appreciated the safety protocol. 

“It was something we all saw coming,” said Ace Evans, a junior Music Education major from High Point, North Carolina. “Granted, it would have been a good way to end the season but I’m glad that we were safe. I’m glad [Macy’s Parade Staff] valued safety over entertainment.” 

With performances in Connecticut, other New York high schools and a pep rally in Central Park, the Marching Force made sure to leave their mark on New York City. The band’s initiative for the high school stops is to keep students interested in the arts. 

“Us going to high schools is very beneficial to the arts because we are presenting an experience that students wouldn’t get anywhere else,” said Evans. “We are creating a learning opportunity for students to see that it’s possible to go to school through music.”

With a theme of a “Celebration of Family” influenced by the pandemic, the band prepared endlessly for their 90 seconds of fame since band camp. 

“It showed how serious the performance was, which made me appreciate the opportunity we were given by being selected by Macy’s, especially being the only HBCU,” said Evans. 

Numerous celebrities, including Hampton alum DJ Envy, former 106 & Park Host A.J. Calloway and Whoopi Goldberg, showed their support for The Marching Force. 

“I just want to say good luck and have a great time marching,” said Goldberg. 

Other notable alumni, including WAVY-TV 10’s Anita Blanton, showed their support on social media. 

Starting at 77th Street and marching down for 2.5 miles, the band hit the Macy’s Herald Square a little after 10 A.M. and put on nothing short of a phenomenal performance for their television fame. 

Playing hits like “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge and “Workin’ Day and Night” by Michael Jackson, the band paid tribute to essential workers who toiled tirelessly during the pandemic. 

This isn’t the first time the band has made headlines and performed for thousands. 

In 2020, the band traveled to Rome, Italy, and participated in the country’s New Year’s Day parade, performing for the pope in Vatican City. In 2019, the drumline performed in Pasadena, California in the Tournament of Roses Day Parade. 

Student Government Association Hosts a Virtual Alumni Panel

Christian Thomas | Script Photojournalist

Hampton University’s Student Government Association hosted a virtual Young Alumni Panel on Dec. 1 for students interested in becoming active within the school’s many leadership positions. 

Throughout the session, held on Zoom, the panelists discussed the many ins and outs of student government, methods for balancing both leadership responsibilities and academics, as well as detailing ways their experience within student government has benefitted them within their career field.

The panel was made up of four recently graduated Hampton Alumni who served in a wide range of leadership positions throughout their years at Hampton.

The panelists, Jordan Mckinney (‘18-’19 Class President), Kendall James (‘16-’18 SGA Director of Finance), Kendall Yelverton (‘19-’20 Executive Assistant) and Taylor Lee (‘17-’18 Director of Special Projects), shared the many experiences, skills and memories they gained while attending the school.

“The panel was targeted towards current SGA members, prospective SGA members and anybody interested in how SGA works,” said Lanece Carpenter, a third-year pre-law, sports management major, leadership minor.

Carpenter hopes the session helps students learn how to apply what they learn at Hampton into the real world and for students to get a chance to connect with some of the school’s most influential alumni. 

Nikole Hannah-Jones Visits WHOV and Talks New Book

Christian Thomas | Script Photojournalist

Renowned Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones stopped by Hampton to discuss her new book as well as how she became interested in journalism on November 10.

Hannah-Jones announced her recently released book, entitled The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story, along with an accompanying children’s book Born on the Water. She also mentioned her upcoming documentary which is set to detail every phase of the 1619 Project from its start through its publishing. 

The discussion began at 12:00 p.m. in the WHOV studio and was moderated by Mary Elliot, Curator of American Slavery at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Hannah-Jones began the discussion by detailing her upbringing in the small town of Waterloo, Iowa, which she referred to as “Nowhere town.” 

Hannah-Jones explained how from a young age she noticed the many inequalities that plagued the Black community.

“I rode the bus two hours everyday, and I saw how the community would change as it left the Black side of town to the white side of town, that the houses got nicer, that the roads were paved, and I would see in the media that the explanation for these differences, which is that Black people just didn’t want nicer things, that Black people didn’t work hard,” she said. 

Referring back to her adolescence, Hannah-Jones mentioned how she published her first article at the age of 11. She explained that her article was about Jesse Jackson’s failing political campaign in 1988, which she believed was the direct result of discrimination. Hannah-Jones then credits her high school teacher, who happened to be her first Black teacher, for not only introducing her to the year 1619, but also for inspiring her decision to become a journalist. 

When discussing how the 1619 Project came about, Hannah-Jones said she initially came to the idea in response to the 400-year anniversary of slavery. 

Hannah-Jones explained that during the process of pitching the project she had anxiety because she worried that no one would care. She also described the recurring challenges she faced throughout her career. 

 Finally, Hannah-Jones mentioned that the hardest part of creating the project was actually writing her editorial piece for the project.

Following the discussion, Hampton University journalism students shared their opinions of Hannah-Jones’ visit. 

“I feel very enlightened,” said junior journalism major Sherdell Baker. “I feel like being in the presence of a prominent journalist was very inspiring for me. I feel getting to see her insight on the 1619 Project was something that was very empowering, especially seeing an African American female journalist being as prominent as she is and having the success despite all the other factors that she may experience. I think it’s nice that she came to Hampton University versus every other HBCU. It’s something that makes me feel proud.” 

Junior journalism major Jeremiah Williams shared similar sentiments.

“I enjoyed it a lot,” Williams said. “I think she [Hannah-Jones] gave us aspiring journalists a blueprint of what to do if we’re shut down. I like how she talked about the history of the 1619 Project and why she did it.” 

If you are interested in seeing the full discussion with Nikole Hannah-Jones, you can watch it on WHOV, channel 85.2 in Hampton University dorms.

A Look Inside Mosaic, An LGBTQ+ Ally Student Organization 

Morgan Harris | Staff Writer 

Photo by Cecilie Johnsen on Unsplash

The Mosaic Club is an LGBTQ+ and ally student organization at Hampton University. Club members pride themselves on dedicating their efforts to giving a voice to the voiceless within the LGBTQ+ community, bettering their education, and serving their campus community and the community outside of the campus. 

“Spreading awareness and love” is the motto on the club’s Instagram bio. Throughout the page, visitors can find how the organization uses its platform to spread awareness about various topics, including Asexual Awareness Week and ways to educate others about the LGBTQ+ community. 

“The club was started because Hampton University lacks representation of LGBTQ+ students as it is, and there are a lot of us that want to feel safe and have our community within being in school,” said senior Indy Grande-Deveraux, a pre-med psychology student. She represents the club as Miss Mosaic. 

Through hosting social events, Mosaic creates an opportunity for members of the LGBTQ+ community and heterosexual individuals to bridge the gap between many of the misunderstandings that arise and offers allies on both sides.

“The club was created to serve as a safe space for students of the LGBTQIA+ community [on] Hampton University’s campus,” said Mosaic Vice President Cianni Bonhomme, a graduating senior psychology major. “In addition to this, the club was also created as a way to create change and advocate for people in our community on this university’s campus.” 

This organization provides a haven for students who identify as LGBTQ+. Still, some LGBTQ+ students face discrimination, including Grande-Deveraux. 

During Grande-Deveraux’s freshman year, a group of boys at a party made derogatory comments about her sexuality, not only making her uncomfortable but making comments that she should not have been attending the party. 

“Besides that, discrimination within living in my dorm, people recording my friends, and sometimes feeling ostracized on a[n] all-girls dance team are all reasons that I wanted to join a safe space at Hampton University where I can feel included,” Grande-Deveraux said. “I hope to pass on a message on behalf of Black LGBTQ+ students that we deserve to be treated fairly at all times, respected, and to show our pride! Also to break those homophobic/transphobic standpoints within our Black community.”

To develop a more inclusive space for cis-gendered individuals and the LGBTQ+ community, many individuals have made it their duty to serve as allies to LGBTQ+ individuals, as they see the issues that many of them endure, especially on HBCU campuses. 

“As a cis-gendered feminine presenting woman, I have not experienced anything that made me want to join,” Bonhomme said. “I did witness my friend, who is a masculine-presenting woman, get sent out of class for wearing a pantsuit instead of a skirt.” 

While HBCUs were founded upon the principles of promoting inclusivity, some LGBTQ+ students express that the diversity does not include them.  

“Through Mosaic, I hope to create a space on Hampton University’s campus where people can be 100 percent authentic without shame, fear or judgment,” Bonhomme said. “I also hope to create these spaces outside of Mosaic.” 

Organizations such as Mosaic provide an outlet for individuals to voice their concerns about proper LGBTQ+ representation and the need for protective policies.

“My long-term goals for the club would be to have those that are in it [be] able to speak up and advocate for the Hampton Roads area and continue to advocate for Hampton students,” Bonhomme said. “Short term, I want everyone to feel comfortable being themselves and start to network with like-minded people on and off-campus.”

Grande-Deveraux mentioned two more goals.

“A short-term goal would be to get our name out here on campus even more,” Grande-Deveraux said. “A long-term goal would be the bills that we’re fighting for,” including a dorm floor for LGBTQ+ students.