Bruce Wilson: Leading by example

Allyson Edge | Staff Writer

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Bruce Wilson may be well known on campus for his position as vice president in the Hampton University Student Government Association, but that is just one of the many hats he wears both on and off campus.

Growing up in the city of Chicago, Wilson was inspired by his parents, who both devoted their careers to service, and he was also able to witness firsthand the rise of other notable leaders such as President Barack Obama. Wilson’s passion for service has led him to attend many different events and participate in various groups in order to initiate change within the Hampton University community as well as society as a whole. 

Most recently, Wilson attended the George Washington University Reclaiming Our Real Estate Panel, which featured major figures in D.C. real estate, Donahue Peoples III and Marcus Goodwin. They discussed issues such as reinvesting into communities and economic development amid gentrification. 

Earlier this month, Bruce was also able to attend the National Campaign for Political & Civic Engagement at Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics. This conference focused on breaking down barriers to democracy in our communities and on our campuses leading up to the presidential election in 2020. 

His work with the Center for Law and Social Policy and Institute for Responsible Citizenship provided him the opportunity to work on topics such as educational policy and recidivism. His research piece, entitled “Between the Lines: Understanding Our Country’s Racialized Response to Opioid Epidemic,” is expected to be published soon. 

Wilson gave a TEDx talk at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia in November. His TEDx talk conveyed how being involved in student government can lead students to be successful in the future. He also touched on the importance of developing strong leadership skills. 

Wilson stated that, for him, the hardest part of being a leader is “having the best intentions for people, policy and your university and people not realizing it. Wanting to be on everyone’s team, but people do not understand how institutional change occurs because it takes time.” 

On campus, a key focus of Wilson’s work this year in HU Student Government, aside from working on the general concerns of students, was the Student Organizational Coalition. The primary goal of this initiative was to push many student-created organizations and bring people together. He noticed that many groups and organizations have the same goals, ambitions and passions, and they end up reaching for the same crowds. 

According to Wilson, one of his favorite quotes, which derives from an African proverb, is: “If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together.” Thus, Wilson pushed for more partnership and collaborations among student-led groups, which will also help to unify the community. 

For younger students who are thinking about applying or running for a leadership position, Wilson suggests that they “first be unapologetic in your ambition. Figure out what it is you want to do and take it head on. Especially coming in as a freshman, as a transfer, just do it.” He noted that if one is ambitious just for the sake of being ambitious, it will eventually become counterproductive. 

To learn more about Wilson’s philosophy on leadership and the importance of participating in student government, view his TEDx talk at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgKGk9R8E_M. 

Impressions of Beauty, Generation Action and Women’s Caucus host “Anything but Consent”

Kayla Smith | Staff Writer

Dozens of women gathered along with Hampton University student-led organizations such as Impressions of Beauty, Generation Action and Women’s Caucus to have a much needed conversation about consent Feb. 12. 

The organizations gathered to host a night full of education and fun for all who attended. The night started out with an icebreaker used to jump right into the topic. The audience was split into small groups and were given the task of creating skits to portray what consent is and is not based on their prior knowledge. 

Following the skits, the organizations opened the floor to have an open and honest conversation about how to give effective consent by using the easy to remember acronym F.R.I.E.S.: Freely Given, Reversible, Informed, Enthusiastic, Specific.

Talks such as these are not as common on Hampton’s campus as many would like, so this event was one that was very anticipated.

“It’s extremely important to have more events such as the ABC event because it educates the student body on their options,” said HU student Amber Wynne, a third-year nursing major and criminal justice minor from Columbia, Maryland, and the 2019-2020 Generation Action President.

“It also empowers students to have confidence in their sexual health. Proper communication in your relationships creates healthy sexual relationships. We need to ensure that we are empowering students to take more control over their aspect of their health.” 

Based on the turnout for the night, there was a general eagerness among the attendees to have this much-needed conversation. The hosts continued the night by going more in depth about consent. They provided examples of what may happen when someone doesn’t give consent and provided options for those who had not given consent. The tips and educational resources were supplied by the Counseling Center, Chapel and HUPD. 

The organizations that put together this event wanted to ensure that the attendees were enriched with knowledge that will keep them safe and help them be prepared for anything that could happen over Valentine’s Day weekend and beyond.

The night finished with another discussion on how to protect ourselves and stand firm in our decisions. Goodie bags were passed out that were filled with candy, free beauty samples and condoms. A spoken word piece closed the night which exuded the emotion of the event. 

Everyone who attended took something different from the event, but when asked if she thought this event opened her eyes about consent, Brianna Ellis, a first-year pre-nursing major from Peekskill, New York, thought that this event changed her perspective of consent. 

“Usually, when people think about consent, they go right to sex, but going to the event, I was informed that consent isn’t just about sex, it’s about everything that involves asking for permission,” Ellis said. 

At the close of the event, people were able to leave with a new outlook, more knowledge and free goodies. Impressions of Beauty, Generation Action and Women’s Caucus should consider this event a success. 

A new generation of Alpha Kappa Mu

Noa Cadet | Staff Writer

Marking a monumental moment in Hampton University’s history and carving a brand new chapter in its history, the Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society (AKM) held an induction ceremony Feb. 12 in Dett Auditorium to welcome its first line of students since 2016.

According to their official website, Alpha Kappa Mu is an interdisciplinary honor society originally founded at Tennessee A&I College (currently known as Tennessee State University) in Nashville, Tennessee, on Nov. 26, 1937. Dr. George W. Gore Jr., the then-dean of Tennessee A&I College, created the honor society to promote and reward academic excellence among African American scholars and to establish a social outlet in which participants could assist each other in mutual growth. 

Currently, Alpha Kappa Mu has a national total of over 90,000 members, with 67 active chapters located throughout the United States. Due to its roots being centered around black excellence, a good portion of those chapters are located in historically black colleges and universities.

While Hampton University hasn’t played an active role in Alpha Kappa Mu for quite some time, that all changed with the resurgence of Hampton’s Kappa Delta Chapter of AKM, thanks to the participation of its six new members, the efforts of the chapter’s faculty advisor, Dr. Karima Jeffrey, and the support of the English and Foreign Languages department. 

When asked how he felt about being the first line inducted into the society since 2016, Barry Jones, a junior English major and newly inducted AKM vice president from Long Island, New York, was quick to give his thoughts: 

“It feels really good,” Jones said. “I feel even better knowing that I’m surrounded by a group of extremely qualified and intelligent individuals.”

With fresh faces in the chapter, and the world at their fingertips, the new members of the Kappa Delta Chapter certainly aren’t content to just sit around with their new positions. Already, the members are hard at work to create new and exciting events, aimed at improving the campus and lives of students as a whole.

When asked for specifics as to what the future of the chapter might look like, chapter president Cassie Herring, a junior English major from Woodbridge, Virginia, gave us a little peek at what’s to come:

“We’re planning interdisciplinary events that will effect change on campus,” Herring said. “One of the most notable events is our open dialogue with Dr. Norwood, centered around trauma and healing, on March 23rd at 6:30 p.m.”

The 2020 spring semester is already off to a great start, but let’s see how much farther they can take it. Congratulations are in order for all those inducted into the Kappa Delta Chapter. Hampton University as a whole is bound to see a lot more events from the organization as time goes on.

Hampton Players present anti-bullying campaign

Shade Simpson | Staff Writer

The Hampton Players & Company presented “The Hundred Dresses: Stop The Violence, Stop the Bullying” campaign in the Little Theatre of Armstrong Hall. The show ran on Thursday, Feb. 6, and  Friday, Feb. 7, at 8 p.m., and on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 3 p.m. The performers had a crowd full of students, parents, faculty and community members waiting to see the talent that is the Hampton Players.  

The Hundred Dresses is based on the adored children’s book of the same name, which tells the story of a young girl, Wanda Petronski, living in poverty. Wearing the same dress to school every day, Wanda faces torment by her peers, eventually driving her away. It is not until after she moves that they discover the truth behind her dresses. 

The setting, mixed with the elaborate costume designs by Hampton graduate Mia Wynn, produced an atmosphere that drew the audience’s attention and made them feel as though they were in the play. 

Being that the original story takes place in Connecticut during the 1940s and with Wanda being a Polish girl, the director, Ms. Virgelia Banks, did a remarkable job adapting the story to make it fit modern times. The Hundred Dresses cast includes Alexis Barry, Amarah Ennis, Aaliyah Jordan, Alexandria King, Kameron Peters and Ariana Richardson. It is clear that each of the actors and actresses committed to bringing their characters to life to the best of their ability. The play was part of the “Stop the Violence, Stop the Bullying” campaign, aiming to bring awareness to the negative impacts of bullying, and how important it is to treat others with kindness. 

One of the cast members, HU student Amarah Ennis, a first-year journalism major, describes the complexity of the play’s behind-the-scenes process:

“There were a lot of lines to remember in such a short amount of time, and my character, Maddie, was in every scene which made it even harder. There was also no intermission, so everything had to be in place from the start of the show.” 

Despite these challenges, Ennis believes that the cast did a good job of making the show fun and relatable, while keeping the anti-bullying message at the forefront. Ennis added that in addition to enjoying the performances for the HU community and all the support she has since received, she also finds performing the play for elementary, middle and high school students extremely rewarding.

“I almost became a little bit emotional when I saw it because of how believable the actors seemed,” said HU student Paige-Monét Vosges, a senior journalism major from Brooklyn. “It made me realize how cruel children can be and the power that kindness really holds.” 

If you missed this play, make sure you make it to the Hampton Players’ rendition of the award-winning play Gem of the Ocean, written by August Wilson, beginning Thursday, April 2, at 8 p.m. 

Vice President Mike Pence visits Hampton University’s Proton Therapy Institute

Ayanna Maxwell | Editor-In-Chief

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Vice President Mike Pence visited Hampton University’s Proton Therapy Institute on Feb. 19 to engage with students, faculty and HUPTI treatment survivors.

According to a news release from HU’s Office of University Relations, the visit was arranged with the intention of “supporting the University’s efforts in providing state-of-the-art cancer research and delivering cancer treatment to military veterans and their families.” 

With it being Black History Month, Pence’s visit to such a prestigious historically black university was extremely timely. Vice President Pence has established a fervent relationship with Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey and even noted that President Harvey played a major role in the recently signed policy making federal funding for HBCUs permanent. 

“President Harvey has been a real champion of this administration, particularly for HBCUs,” Pence said. 

Vice President Pence and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos participated in a roundtable discussion with various campus leaders: SGA President Jonathan Mack, SGA Vice President Bruce Wilson, Junior Class President Oshae Moore, Student Representative to the Board of Trustees Kenneth Rioland III, Hampton Script Editor-in-Chief Ayanna Maxwell and Miss Student Nursing Association Ebony Johnson. Among students and faculty, Vice President of Administrative Services Dr. Barbara Inman, Senior Vice President Attorney Paul Harris, and Chancellor and Provost Dr. JoAnn Haybsert were present. 

We think Hampton represents the best of HBCUs.” 

––Vice President Mike Pence

The vice president engaged in a meaningful discussion about the current administration’s plans for supporting HBCUs and increasing White House internship and study abroad opportunities for HBCU students. 

“[The current administration has] increased HBCU funding by 17% in real dollars…and restored Pell Grants to being year-round,” Pence said. “The Department of Education also provided more than $500 million in loans for capital financing.” 

DeVos also mentioned a new addition to the recent budget proposal, in which there is “a STEM initiative for HBCUs located in opportunity zones.” 

In regards to expanding White House internship opportunities, Pence plans to continue connecting with HBCUs in order to increase participation in White House internship programs. The current administration also plans to ensure that all students have access to the resources necessary to pursue an education abroad. “We are working to make college more affordable for all students, no matter where they come from,” Sec. DeVos said. 

The opportunity to meet with Vice President Pence and Secretary of Education DeVos was extremely fulfilling, especially for the campus leaders. 

“I witnessed representatives of our student body advocate for the advancement of HBCU recognition and funding,” HU Student Representative to the Board of Trustees Kenneth Rioland III said. “We established our competence and demonstrated our intellectual capacity, showing our students we are equally qualified as other institutions. This is something none of us will ever forget and has given us a greater appreciation for our government and our university.” 

SGA President Jonathan Mack agreed, saying: “Meeting with Vice President Pence as well as Sec. DeVos was a once in a lifetime opportunity… I am thankful to Dr. Harvey as well as everyone else instrumental in allowing us this opportunity to engage in this dialogue.”

The vice president’s visit and roundtable discussion were equally rewarding to the current administration. 

“We think Hampton represents the best of HBCUs,” Pence said. “These students are blessed to be graduating from a school like this.”

Hampton University SGA hosts second annual student-led town hall

Allyson Edge | Staff Writer

The Hampton University Student Government Association on Feb. 29 hosted its second annual student-led town hall in the Student Center Ballroom. 

Specifically, the event was led by the student body president, vice president, student representative to the Board of Trustees and each class president. The idea of the student-led town hall serves as an open dialogue between SGA and the students whom they represent. 

Throughout the event, students had the opportunity to come up to the microphone and pose inquiries or make suggestions. Members of the student government requested that students in the audience be transparent and utilize this platform to communicate in a respectful manner. Some of the concerns raised by students included: fire safety within certain buildings; student parking, specifically in the lots in between White and Holmes Hall; 24-hour co-ed study areas; adequate resident assistant compensation; gourmet bucks increase; and modernization of the business professional dress code, especially for women. Students also proposed making a printer available in each resident hall and having dorm fees applied to printer supplies. 

The Student Government Association has been working on numerous issues this year that have been discussed in the past. HU student Kara Cunningham, a sophomore finance major, leadership studies minor and the vice president of the Finance Committee in SGA Senate, said that she has been working on providing students transportation to and from the health center.

“Currently my bill has been passed by the Senate and is in the works through Administration,” she said.

Additionally, SGA has been working to follow up with the improvement of the WiFi on campus. 

There has also been a concerted effort for student safety on campus. One concrete initiative is changing the outdoor light bulbs to LED, so that they will be brighter in certain areas at night. SGA plans to develop more solutions to benefit the student body based on the suggestions of the Hampton University Police Department. 

When asked about the importance of attending town halls, HU student Kaleb Hackley, a sophomore political science major as well as senate president pro tempore and executive assistant to the SGA president, said: “I believe attendance is important at town halls because they keep the SGA honest and accountable. They also give students the chance to have direct and open communication, which allows us to stay in touch with the student body. This is essential to SGA because it allows us to make changes that the student body supports!” 

For those who were not able to attend the student-led town hall, Hackley would like students “to know that it doesn’t end here. We are always here for you. We were elected to serve you and advocate for your needs and we intend to do just that. I speak for everyone in SGA when I say that our doors are always open. We want to hear your needs, criticismss and suggestions.”

Going beyond social media

Noa Cadet | Staff Writer

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In this day and age, it is becoming more uncommon to see people not connected to various forms of social media, and to not be well versed in the countless social outlets that these sites offer us. As sites such as Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter take the world by storm, it is easy to lose oneself in the digital world, and we as human beings even begin to curb our behavior in accordance with how we want ourselves to be portrayed on these social media sites. 

The Hampton University Student Counseling Center & Peer Counselor Organization held the first installment of their Mental Health series, entitled  “Curated vs. Candid: The Rise of 

“Finsta,” in the Student Center Atrium on Jan. 29. 

Although the event involved the mental health aspect of all social media, it did zero in on “Finsta” accounts, which are essentially fake Instagram accounts. When asked by the counselors leading the event why the audience had fake Instagram accounts, many Hampton students admitted that while their real Instagram accounts were meant to cater to their followers, and to let the world know what they wanted the world to see, their “Finsta” accounts were kept to a small amount of followers and close friends, and the content consisted of the more private and the more authentic side of themselves, the very things they don’t want the world to know. 

The Finsta account is meant to be more expressive and raw, since it’s reserved for those select few, close friends, whereas the real Instagram account is all about the image and protecting that image, much like how we as people put on different faces for our different audiences. (Do you talk the same way to your professor as you do with your friends?)

When asked about his Instagram, Alex Cooper, a junior music performance major from Washington, D.C., said: “Basically, I like just doing my thing on campus, and posting my dance and performance videos to Instagram.”

This also allows one’s real Instagram to serve as a platform for which to showcase achievements and advertise one’s business if one so desires, thus limiting what someone can post naturally, as a way of preserving the image that the user puts out to their followers. 

Obviously, such behavior also comes with its share of issues as well. Many Hampton students in the audience admitted that at one point in their lives, they did struggle with their own insecurities attached to social media, whether it came from the amount of likes that they received from their pictures and posts, or comparing their own lives to that of other people. Such struggles only serve to increase one’s anxiety and to hinder one’s self-confidence. 

To help alleviate such issues, the counselors in charge of the event suggested that students be more selective about who they like or follow since this could very well change what shows up on their timeline and insert a more positive influence on their social media pages to minimize the comparisons and the anxiety. 

Nia Dix, a graduating senior and marketing major from Atlanta, was able to share her own techniques on lowering anxiety and being able to wind down from the stresses of social media, and just the stresses of day to day life in general. 

“My way of decompressing comes from watching Netflix,” Dix said. “It lets me escape from reality and allows me to not focus on my troubles at the moment.”

Whether it’s watching Netflix, playing video games, going out for a run or just hanging out with the people you love most, it is imperative not to let influences such as social media dictate your life, and your own feelings of self worth. For at the end of the day, all that matters is your own view of yourself, and no one can change that. 

Wendy’s restaurant opens in The Shops at Hampton Harbors

Raven Harper | Staff Writer

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Is there a better way to welcome everyone back for the new spring semester than with a grand opening of a new fast-food restaurant on campus? 

Students and administration gathered in The Shops at Hampton Harbors parking lot for the grand opening of Wendy’s on Jan. 24. President Dr. William R. Harvey kicked off the event with a short speech on behalf of everyone who was able to make this happen, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

“Hampton University proudly welcomes Wendy’s to ‘Our Home by the Sea,” Harvey announced to those gathered around him.

Wasting no time, President Harvey and other administration and individuals responsible for the making of this establishment, including SGA president Jonathan Mack, picked up scissors for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and simultaneously cut the ribbon, thus granting access to the establishment. 

Full of excitement, students swarmed into the newly built restaurant for free Frostys in honor of the grand opening. HU student Casmere Street, a sophomore strategic communication major and leadership studies minor from Chicago, was one of the many students waiting to order along with some of her fellow members of the Greer Dawson Wilson Student Leadership Program.

“I feel like this new Wendy’s is bringing amazing new job opportunities,” Street said. “It’s also a great place for students to hang out.”

This new location comes with full-time management positions and 30 part-time positions for individuals in the Hampton Roads community, created by franchise owner Wen GAP, marking this its 22nd establishment. 

This particular location consists of an indoor restaurant as well as a drive-thru. Inside the restaurant, there are multiple kiosks for self-ordering, a Pepsi drink machine, booths and sofa chairs for lounging.

In regards to the campus community, this new fast-food option is huge. At the start of the 2019-2020 academic year, a full-service Chick-Fil-A and Pizza Hut were built in Hampton University’s Student Center, serving as new food options for the students on campus in addition to the previously established Pirate’s Cafe (in conjunction with Starbucks), Planet Smoothie, Pirate’s Grill and University Cafe. 

Wendy’s will now join Wing Zone, Subway, Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Palm Tree Carribean Cafe, and Golden City Chinese Restaurant as food options in The Shops at Hampton Harbors. For students living on campus, they have multiple places to choose from in close walking distance when the cafe food isn’t quite in their appetite.

“I love how they decided to bring an affordable food option as opposed to something that costs a little more,” Morgan Albert said. “Being a college student, you only have so much to spend. At Wendy’s, you can get a whole meal and more for about five dollars.”

Albert, a sophomore chemical engineering major from Detroit, was one of the many students excited to see Wendy’s on campus.

“This is going to be everybody’s new go-to on campus,” Albert said. “I can already see it. They should expect some huge traffic after 12-2’s and other functions.”

This new addition to Hampton’s campus seems to already be a favorite by many. They should expect to be around for a while because Hampton students sure hope so. Especially for the 4-for-4 meal deals.

 

The impact of Kobe Bryant

Justin Whitner | Staff Writer

The day Kobe Bryant died – Jan. 26 – is widely regarded now as one of the saddest days in sports history. His death touched people all over the world. From fans, players and friends, millions of people gave tributes, said words or posted pictures of or with the former Los Angeles Lakers superstar.

  When Hampton University student Ny’Ombi Harrison heard the news, she figured it was just some fake talk that people were posting about on Twitter.

  “My 10-year-old brother called me and was almost in tears asking, ‘Is it true?’” Harrison said. “I had to reassure him that it was just rumors at the moment. I quickly realized just how much Kobe Bryant meant to every little black boy around the world. He was their Superman. Once it was confirmed, I was in shock and disbelief. The news was very heartbreaking and unsettling.”

Bryant was not only just a great basketball player; he had a mindset that was 

parallel to none.

  Although Bryant took a lot of heat for the way he played basketball and his mannerisms of always being locked in and focused, on and off the floor, after retiring from the NBA in 2016, his persona changed. Bryant won an Oscar for his “Dear Basketball” short film, he became more active in coaching his daughter Gianna’s basketball team and spent extra time with the family that he didn’t have when he was playing.

  “I myself was not a big fan, but almost every basketball fan I knew was, especially my dad,” Harrison said. “Kobe was a stand-up guy, on and off the court, and I have nothing but respect for him. I feel his death reminded me that life is too short, and it really made me think about my purpose in life and how I want to leave my legacy here on earth.”

  During the 100-days-until-graduation celebration, HU senior Brian White could be seen wearing a Bryant shirt with 8 on the front and 24 on the back – Kobe’s two uniform numbers with the Lakers.

  “It was phenomenal,” White said, speaking of the tribute before the Lakers-Portland Trail Blazers game Friday. “I couldn’t take my eyes off of it.”

  During the tribute, Lakers star LeBron James had a paper with some words already prepared to speak about Bryant, but he ended up tossing it and speaking from the heart.

  He closed his words by going back to Bryant’s retirement speech.

“In the words of Kobe Bryant, ‘Mamba Out,’” James said. “But in the words of us, ‘Not Forgotten.’”

James promised that he and the Lakers would carry on Bryant’s legacy on his back in his tribute post on Instagram as well. 

  Bryant was not only just a great basketball player; he had a mindset that was parallel to none. Playing through tons of injuries – ankle, knee, finger and so forth – he never backed down. Kobe promised to play when he had the opportunity and hated taking nights off. He changed the game of basketball for eternity by showing passion for the game from start to finish, no matter the matchup at hand.

Bryant was known for his scoring abilities and clutch gene on the basketball court, but he passed away as someone he had become off the court: A #GirlDad. 

Onyx 11 celebrates 100 Days

Kayla Smith | Staff Writer

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This year’s 100 Days was truly celebrated 100 different ways. As the Hampton holiday commenced, everyone was excited to celebrate the final countdown for our seniors. However, this year’s celebration was a little different.

The 100 Days 12-2 that is usually held in the Student Center was moved to the arena of the Convocation Center. Due to this big change, there was a lot of preparation that had to be done to ensure the seniors had a day to remember. Calvin Harris, assistant director of Student Activities, said he and Vice President for Administrative Services and Student Affairs Dr. Barbara Inman intended to “try to find a safe space and make it fun for everyone,” which was where the idea of having it in Convo sparked. 

He also said that “in the past couple of years, the 100 Days celebration has not been a sanctioned Hampton University event,” which led to more safety hazards when confined to the student center. Harris said the only major challenge faced when planning the 100 Days celebration for this year was “trying to satisfy the majority” considering that they knew 100 Days would be a day when many students would take part, not just the seniors. The Convocation Center was transformed into a carnival atmosphere with a giant-sized inflatable pirate welcoming students as they filled the floor. Pizza, chips and beverages were available. There was even a cash vault money machine. From first-year students to seniors and even administrators, everyone let their cares go away as they celebrated this big accomplishment for the class of 2020. 

To Jonathan Mack, a graduating senior kinesiology major from Virginia Beach and current SGA president, and many other students of the senior class, these last 100 days are more than just days marked off on a calendar. When asked what 100 Days means to him, Mack said, “For me, it means that a chapter of my life that I’ve invested so much time and effort into here at Hampton University is coming to a close; but at this stage of the journey, I can truly say that I gave it all I could while here.”

Between the hustle and bustle of the day, there were a lot of memorable moments through it all. In terms of which moments were the best, Senior Class President Armohn Erskine, a senior business management major, psychology minor from Atlanta, said: “I would definitely say the mob over to Convo. The excitement had been building up for years, and it was really moving to see everyone taking in the experience and being able to celebrate as seniors.” 

When asked how he would describe 100 Days this year in three words, Jonathan Mack said, “Transcending, exciting, legendary.”  

Since 100 Days is a celebration that the entire campus joins in on, this year’s 100 Days gave the younger students a lot to look forward to. Julian Wright, a first year business finance major, leadership studies minor from Charlotte, said, “I feel my last 100 Days will be bittersweet knowing it is my last; but the fact that I’ll have experienced it with my friends of all four years and [that it will be] my own will be one of the biggest things to look forward to.” 

This year’s celebration was truly a success and enjoyed by all, including Dr. Inman. When commenting on the outcome of 100 Days this year, she said: “I want to commend the Office of Student Activities, the Student Affairs team, the Hampton University Police Department, the SGA President and the Senior Class President for coordinating this year’s 100 Days to graduation celebration. … I am so proud of the graduating class. The countdown begins now.” 

For the classes following the class of 2020, Mack had a couple words to share to ensure that they make the most out of their own 100 Days. 

“Enjoy your experience, but don’t lose sight of your goals and handling your business so that when the time comes, it will be a genuine celebration of your 100 Days.” 

For the seniors, these last 100 days will be filled with many lasts, but as graduation day approaches, hopefully these days will be ones they will never forget.