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ICYMI: Hampton defeats Howard on Marrow’s 23 points

Nazim Trammell | Staff Writer

Led by 6’ freshman point guard Jermaine Marrow with 23 points and a career-high 10 assists, the Hampton Pirates overcame a second half surge by the Bison of Howard University en route to a 75-61 win at home Saturday night. The win over their archrival was the Pirates’ fifth straight as they improved their in-conference record to 8-3.

The game was a solid staple win for this young Hampton team, who is looking to finish out its season strong with five remaining games left in the regular season. “Playing hard and locking guys up on defense is the key, nothing more nothing less,” said 6’4 freshman guard Lysander Bracey, who contributed 8 points in the win (2-3 3PT), regarding the team’s recent success.

Marrow, who shot an efficient 11 of 12 shooting from the free throw line, dropped a number of impressive dimes throughout the contest including a gorgeous spin move and dump off to junior forward Charles Wilson-Fisher for a thunderous dunk. Howard, who was led by 6’4 junior guard James Miller with 20 points (8-17 FG), came up short but were able to stay in the contest for the majority of the game with Hampton only down by six at the half.

The Bison trailed 30-36 at the half but made a 13-4 run early in the second half and actually led 43-40 after back-to-back Miller layups. The momentum, however, shifted back to the Pirates after a few assists from Marrow to Wilson-Fisher and graduate student forward A.J Astroth that sparked a run by Hampton putting them back in the lead, 60-55. This five point cushion and a final 15-6 run proved to be all the Pirates needed as Howard couldn’t cut the deficit lower than six the rest of the game.

Many HBCUs have school rivalries but none are as fierce and competitive as the one between Howard and Hampton. Regardless of location, weather, the team’s record or if it’s football or basketball, you can always expect a big turnout of students and alumni from both Universities.

Last year, Howard played a very talented Hampton squad closely but the Pirates pulled out wins in both nail biters, 68-65 in Washington. D.C. on February 8 and 68-67 at home 19 days later. Guard James Daniel III of Howard University, who is currently on the IR list, put up a 20 point and a 35 point performance, respectively, in the games. Danel lead the nation in scoring last season, as well.

The Pirates’ next outing will be in sunny Daytona Beach, Florida on February 18 for a showdown with the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (5-19, 2-8 in MEAC). Hopefully, for Hampton Nation, the Pirates can continue their winning ways and show fans more of the effort they have shown the last few games.

With the MEAC and NCAA Division I Tournaments rapidly approaching, supporters will have to keep showing up and out as one of the craziest times in sports lies ahead of us.


Everything you need to know for HU-HU on February 11

Jelani Scott | Sports Editor

On Saturday, February 11, Hampton Nation will be treated to HU-HU: Round 2 when Howard University travels down I-64 to take on Hampton University in a doubleheader on the hardwood inside the Convocation Center. In addition to the “friendly rivalry” fans come out to see, Saturday will also be Greek Night, Youth Day and Hamption Nation Winter Reunion so there is sure to be something for everybody.

At 4 p.m., head coach David Six will lead his Lady Pirates squad (14-9, 8-2 in MEAC) into battle against a Howard team (10-11, 6-3 in MEAC) who has won seven of their last 10 games. Following the women’s contest, at 6 p.m., head coach Edward Joyner and his Pirates (10-13, 7-3 in MEAC) will battle a struggling Bison team (5-19, 2-7 in MEAC) that has been bitten by the injury bug.

For some members of Hampton Nation, this will be their first time seeing this classic rivalry take place on the basketball court and they may not understand what the big deal is. Aside from the obvious historical implications of this matchup, sporting events has served as a way the two schools hope to gain an edge over the other every year. And this year is no different.    

In order to get you ready for the 2017 basketball edition of “HU-HU,” here are 10 facts about the men and women’s matchups that you need to know before Saturday night.


Howard is without star James Daniel

After leading the nation in scoring (27.1 PPG) last season, many thought the Howard senior would have a breakout year and lead the Bison to a MEAC Title. Unfortunately, for both him and his teammates, an early season ankle injury has forced him to miss a majority of the 2016-17 campaign. It is expected that the Bison, who had a number of players injured this season, will be without Daniel again this Saturday, which further hurts their chances of winning.

Pirates’ guard Jermaine Marrow continues his tear

In the midst of the Pirates’ four-game winning streak, the freshman from Newport News, Va. has scored 20+ points, helping his team get the win and making more noise as one of the best players in the conference. Marrow is ranked 9th in the MEAC in scoring (15.8 PPG) and 11th in assists (3 APG). Look for Marrow to be a huge factor this Saturday night should the Pirates’ extend their streak to five.

Howard picked as preseason favorites but Pirates are changing that narrative.

The preseason MEAC polls pegged a healthy Howard team to finish top in the conference while Hampton, fresh off back-to-back title wins, was predicted to finish third. While some may argue that the setbacks are to blame, Hampton is currently fourth in the MEAC and Howard is third from the bottom. With the MEAC Tournament only a couple short weeks away, anything can happen.

Coach Joyner is 9-1 against Howard

Last season, the Pirates edged the Bison out 68-65 in Washington, D.C. and 68-67 in Hampton in their respective meetings. Those two wins pushed coach Joyner to an impressive win-loss record against Hampton’s archrival and he looks to build upon that Saturday night. This will be the first time in the past 11 years that these teams will square off, breaking what has been a steady tradition. This will only increase the stakes.

Howard head coach used to be a Pirate

Bison head coach Kevin Nickelberry has led Howard to one winning season since taking over in 2010 but has built the program up with solid talent. Prior to defecting, Nickelberry was the head coach at Hampton University from 2006-2009. His Howard bio reads: “During his three years with the Pirates, he helped guide his teams to 20 non-conference wins, collecting 49 Division I wins during his tenure, which ranked second among MEAC schools. He has also been responsible for producing 24 All-MEAC selections.” Coach Nickelberry may have had good times in Hampton but expect there to be no love lost on Saturday night.



Life without MTD may be bitter…

In what may have been the most shocking news for Hampton Nation this year, senior guard Malia Tate-Defreitas went down with a torn ACL in her right knee during the team’s 83-52 win over Delaware State on January 14. Since losing their star guard, who was honored earlier this season for becoming the Lady Pirates’ all-time Division I leading scorer, Hampton has gone 5-2. At the time of her injury, MTD was averaging 17.2 PPG, 5.4 RPG and 3.4 APG. Her loss hasn’t stopped the Lady Pirates’ winning ways but having MTD this Saturday would undoubtedly increase their chances.

But the Lady Pirates’ are still fighting

It has taken a team effort but the Lady Pirates’ have gotten contributions from everyone on their roster to make up for the loss of MTD. Junior forward Monnazjea Finney-Smith and sophomore guard K’Lynn Willis are just two of the players who have stood out. Finney-Smith is second the team in scoring (11 PPG) and the aggressive Willis scored 16 points in the team’s 51-50 win over South Carolina State. Willis scored a career high 31 points last season against Howard so look for her to come out and work that jump shot early on Saturday.

Both teams are among top in conference

Currently, Hampton is second in the MEAC and Howard is fourth. With only a few games separating the conference’s top-four teams, every game during the final stretch of the season will be huge. Expect both teams to give it everything they have Saturday night.

Coach Six is 17-2 all-time against Howard

In his seven years as Lady Pirates’ head coach, David Six has enjoyed a brilliant run of success. The Bison have been very generous to Six as they are the team he has had the most head-to-head success against. Last season, the Lady Pirates won the series (2-1) with Howard, including a close 83-77 loss in D.C. and a close 64-58 win in the MEAC Tournament. Coach Six hopes to improve his record with a resounding W this weekend.

Howard’s Te’Shya Heslip does not quit

The redshirt senior has been a thorn in the Lady Pirates’ side for quite some time now. Last season in the Bison’s win over Hampton, she scored 22 points and had 11 assists. This year, she is posting a career high in PPG (15.4) and is leading the MEAC in both assists (5 APG) and steals (4.1 SPG). Her season high in points (25) came against West Virginia. She also averages 34.6 MPG so the Lady Pirates should expect a heavy dose of Heslip, who looks to end her career on a high note at season’s end.

Allison Seymour returns to HU for Founder’s Day



Victoria Daniels | Contributing Writer

On Sunday, Jan, 29, Ogden Hall should hum with life as students and faculty gather to celebrate Hampton University’s 124th Founder’s Day. The keynote address will be given by Allison Seymour, 1988 Hampton alumna,  and WTTG-TV Fox 5 News morning anchor in Washington, D.C.

Seymour’s journey through the journalism world is paved with accomplishments. After finishing with a Bachelor’s in Mass Media Arts at Hampton, she went to work at ABC News in Washington the fall after graduation . After  earning a graduate degree in communications from the University of South Carolina and landing a job at WUTR- TV in Utica, New York, Seymour went on to become an anchor for the FOX 5 morning show in the nation’s capital.

“The confidence I gained at Hampton helps me every day” said Seymour during a telephone interview. She also said her campus experience helped her navigate through everyday situations such as conducting interviews and dealing with difficult people in her field.

“Because of Hampton, I have a better sense of who I am, where I belong, and my overall worth,” said Seymour. Being that she is a minority in the work force, it is important that she understands her sense of self and how to stand confident and tall in her work place.

In 2012, Seymour was inducted into the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications Hall of Fame.

This week word spread throughout social media outlets that Seymour would be speaking Sunday. The Hampton University Twitter account received a special “I am so honored” reply from Seymour. The Gamma Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. also devoted a tweet to her welcoming her back to her Home by the Sea, as she pledged in the spring of 1986.

Sydney Bland, a spring 2016 initiate of the Gamma Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., said she  is looking forward to hearing Seymour’s words of wisdom.

“To say that I am excited is an understatement. Soror Seymour is an inspiration to many in the industry” said Bland, a senior journalism major from New Jersey. “I am sure soror Seymour’s words will leave a lasting impression on the student body.”

Seymour said she firmly believes in the line from Hampton’s Alma Mater, “Let our lives do the singing”and in her address she intends to encourage students to let their lives do the singing and cherish their Hampton experience.

“The real world is not the same as the warm Hampton environment” she warns, however, her four years at Hampton thoroughly prepared her for the past 28 years in journalism.

Hampton U. architecture team flood management plan wins $15,000


(From left, seated: Victoria Pollard, Joiana Hooks, Jonathan Legaspi and Anthony Owens, From left, standing: Pamela Alexander, Tom Joyner, Henry Ford III, Burt Jordan: photos by Kyla Wright)

(From left, seated: Victoria Pollard, Joiana Hooks, Jonathan Legaspi and Anthony Owens, From left, standing: Pamela Alexander, Tom Joyner, Henry Ford III, Burt Jordan: photos by Kyla Wright)

Kyla Wright

Contributing Writer

DEARBORN, Michigan – Four Hampton University architecture students won $15,000 for their campus and place second at the fourth annual HBCU Community Challenge here Nov. 16-17.

Joiana Hooks, Jonathan Legaspi, Anthony Owens and Victoria Pollard, all fourth-year students from the School of Engineering, each received iPad Minis in addition to the prize money for their project, “Adaptation to Sea Level Rise,” a proposal on a coastal community design.

The proposal focused on flooding in Hampton Roads and design strategies on how to combat this reoccurring problem. Strategies included putting cisterns under parks, using water actuated or barrier walls, and using rainwater barrels to collect runoff. The project’s implementation has already begun in Chesterfield Heights, a Norfolk community.

“The continuation of this project is important to us because we want to help these underserved communities, giving them solutions, hope and a longer lifespan for their communities and for their livelihoods,” said Joiana Hooks, the team captain. Grant money from Ford would go to other students in years to come, because this project is similar to a fellowship due to its rigor and consumption of time.

A posting about the competition on a message board inside Beamis Laboratories on campus alerted the student to the opportunity. They took information learned in their class and submitted a proposal, which landed them in the top three for the “Building Sustainable Communities” competition.

Proposals were required to focus on a topic in the realm of mobility, alternative energy, sustainability or water. Over 40 Historically Black Colleges and Universities submitted proposals, and the top three institutions that placed were invited to the Ford World Headquarters to present their proposals for the chance to win the grand prize of $75,000. Ford Motor Company worked in conjunction with the Tom Joyner and Rickey Smiley Morning Shows.

On the last day of the competition, the three finalist schools presented proposals to a panel of judges that included: Tom Joyner, radio personality, Burt Jordan, vice president of Ford Global Vehicle and Powertrain Purchasing and Supplier Diversity, Pamela Alexander, director of the Ford Fund, and Henry Ford III.

The finalists completed last-minute preparations with their mentors, and then presented their proposals for a maximum of 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of questions from the judges. Teams were judged on their overall presentations (80 percent) and numbers from online public votes that were conducted Oct. 27 through Nov. 10 (20 percent).

“I was so impressed by what I read, that I insisted on mentoring this [Hampton] team,” said Thomas Niemann, social sustainability manager at Ford.

Prairie View A&M University of Texas placed first and received $75,000: $10,000 scholarships for each team member, $10,000 for their university and $25,000 for their project implementation.

Hampton finished second, and John C. Smith University of Charlotte placed third and its team members received iPad Minis and $10,000 for their project implementation.

“This was a phenomenal opportunity to mingle with the newer generation and give back to HBCU students,” said Stephanie Covington, manager of human resources, learning and development at Ford, and mentor to the Hampton team. “I couldn’t be prouder to support my alma mater.”

Fatal shooting near Hampton University campus, no students involved

Story by Hampton Script Staff

Last week on October 19, three shots were fired in the Hampton Harbor Apartments near Hampton University. The man who was killed was identified as Kevin Neal, 20, while two others were injured. Other people involved in the shooting have not yet been identified. No students have been reported as injured.


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What guys (think they) want in a ‘wifey’

Alexis Weston | Staff Writer

The terms “wifey” and “wifey material” get thrown around everyday; but what do these terms actually mean on Hampton’s campus?

According to Quinton Burnett, a junior, finance major from Kansas City, Kansas, said it’s difficult to define the term.

When it comes to how a woman qualifies as “wifey material” he stated that, “If she’s there for me and we really click on every level, that’s really it.” At the end of the day, there’s really no true definition of what “wifey” material is. Whether or not a woman is wifey material depends primarily on what a guy is looking for.

Julian Boyd, a junior, computer science major from Spotsylvania, Virginia, said that it’s, “a substitute name for a girlfriend.” When asked about “wifey material” he commented that he, “[has] to be able to visualize a future with her, it’s not really based on what she can do for me but how we can make each other better.”

According to articles like 11 Men Explain What ‘Wife Material’ Means To Them from, other “wifey” qualifications include being able to cook, being intelligent, having a life outside of your significant other and being considerate.

While it is important to know what you want from a relationship and the type of person that you’re looking for, it’s important to look at how these terms impact how women present themselves to men.

Sarah Maloud-Washington, a sophomore, criminal justice major from Conyers, Georgia, said that  the “wifey” role, “forces women to try to fit into or be this ideal image of what a wifey is,” in order to impress men.

Why should a woman have to shape her personality into this ideal version of the “perfect woman” just to please a guy? It’s not fair and it makes women feel as if a guy will never see a future with them just because they act a certain way.

It seems that the men asked have a more introspective and reflective idea about her rather than a specific set of qualities that she’s required to have. So, maybe, just maybe, the “wifey” is changing to fit every woman.

How to avoid the infamous ‘Freshman 15’

It's important to eat healthy foods and exercise while in college to avoid the Freshman 15.

It’s important to eat healthy foods and exercise while in college to avoid the Freshman 15. (DailyMail)

Alexus Baldwin | Staff Writer


“Freshman 15” can be a college student’s worst fear. When a teenager is put into a new environment filled with fatty foods and no parents restricting them from junk food, it can be hard to keep off a few extra pounds. Schoolwork can be stressful, and many students turn to food to help them cope with their current situations. To avoid gaining extra weight, keep healthy snacks in your room and visiting the gym a few times a week.

Sydney Jackson, a freshman, pharmacy major from Chicago, said, “To avoid the Freshman 15, I work out every other day for about an hour and a half. I hope to retain a better dietary plan that consists of fruits, vegetables and drinking nothing except water.” Nutritionists suggest drinking at least a half of gallon of water a day.

The Freshman 15 does not only effect freshmen. Many upperclassmen also use snacking to cope with the added pressures of collegiate life. Kayla Watson, a sophomore psychology major from Richmond, Virginia said, “My fitness goal for this year is to maintain a weight of 130 pounds and to be able to run four miles by January. As a freshmen and even now I only keep granola bars, peaches and pineapples in my dorm at all times.”

Marcellus Williams, a graduate student who majored in computer information assurance from Hampton, Virginia said, “Before my injury, I would work out typically four times a week, but starting next week I plan to work out five times a week to regain strength. My favorite healthy foods that are consumed daily is oatmeal, grilled chicken, and vegetable or fruit smoothies.”  

Setting and working towards fitness goals should be a necessity. If one is too busy to have the time to go to the gym that is on campus, try exercising in a dorm or living an active lifestyle. Students can also try to stick to a regular diet. It’s okay to have a cheat day every now and again, as long as you do not go overboard. Everything is good in moderation.  Being healthy is not just about dieting, it is about creating a lifestyle change.

38th annual Black Family Conference: Full S.T.E.A.M. ahead

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(hampton university)

Ania Cotton | Staff Writer

This week kicks off Hampton University’s 38th Annual Black Family Conference with its opening ceremony in Ogden Hall at 7 p.m. The theme for this year is, “Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead: Healthy Minds and Bodies, Securing Our Future,” and it is hosted by HU’s School of Science. Since 1978, Dr. William R. Harvey has hosted the Black Family Conference at Hampton University in order to give families a chance to discuss issues that concern and particularly affect the black community.

Dr. Luther Williams, a professor from Tuskegee University (Emeritus), and the former Assistant Director of Education and Human Resources and the National Science Foundation, will be the keynote speaker at tonight’s event.

This year’s conference held in conjunction with the School of Science’s 21st Annual Research Symposium. The three day event begins with the opening ceremony Wednesday March 16. Thursday, March 17 will be filled all day events including panel and roundtable discussions, a luncheon, and a Research Symposium with a reception.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. James Hubbard Jr. who is a Distinguished Professor from University of Maryland, College Park, the Director of Morpheus Laboratory, and the Director of Center for Adaptive Aerospace Vehicle Technology at the National Institute of Aerospace.

Friday closes out the conference with a Stroke Awareness Symposium, a Research Poster Session, and closing luncheon. The keynote speaker will be Saundra Yancy McGuire, PhD., the author of Teach Students How to Learn, retired Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry, Director (Emerita) for the Center for Academic Success at Louisiana State University.

Dr. Michele Claville, School of Science assistant dean and conference chairperson, wants to engage families in meaningful conversations and activities that will empower them. He said that, “Our speakers and panelists will help dispel myths that are culpable for underrepresentation in STEM fields, show the connection between the Arts and the Sciences through music, and be safe in cyberspace.”

This year’s conference will help dispel myths that are accountable for the underrepresentation of African Americans in S.T.E.M. fields, show the connection between the Arts and Sciences through music, and to discuss safety in cyber space. The S.T.E.A.M. Expo and the PHantastic (Physics) Voyage events will feature hands-on activities to entertain local elementary school children who attend the conference as well.

Associate Professor Wayne Dawkins from the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications explained that, “The conference rotates among the nine schools on campus. School of Science is this year’s host, Pharmacy hosted last year, and Scripps Howard was the 2014 host.”

Dawkins also said that he expects that at this year’s conference, “the School of Science will [to] promote HU’s march to grow into a Research-level university,” since, “we are currently a Master’s-level university that does a lot of grant research.”

Past topics of the conference have included diabetes awareness, racism and discrimination, economic development, heart attack, and stroke awareness as well.

The conference events are free to Hampton University students, $65 for the general public, and $20 for military and seniors.

Battle of the States: Three Regions left

Taylor White | Staff Writer

After a long spring break,  Quintessence X anticipated the events that made up their freshmen week. The goal of the week is to bring the freshmen closer together through bonding and class activities.

The biggest event of the week is Battle of the States, also known as BOTS. Normally, the competition is between five regions including the North, South, West, DMV and the Midwest, battle to see which region is the most talented on campus.

Unfortunately, this year two regions will not be participating. Both the North and the DMV have been disqualified due to various physical altercations. The remaining regions have been training for six weeks to create an eight minute fashion show, eight minute dance routine and a six minute talent showcase.

The BOTS participants relentlessly practiced Monday through Thursday from about 7-10:30.

Amber Mason, a sophomore, psychology major from Western Virginia, said “the practice times for BOTS were pretty extreme but people knew what they were signing up for.”

Some people even let the time spent on BOTS take away from the time they are spending on their studies. This can cause their grades to drop and sometimes they are in danger of losing their scholarships.

Still, BOTS allows people to bond and create relationships. Some people that are very essential to the success of the show are the people called “Bigs.”

People of all classes and regions are excited for the day of the show. The event takes place this Thursday, March 7 in Ogden. The event is at cost $5 per person and is open to all.

Everyone is ready to see an extravagant talent show filled with dancing, singing and more. Little do they know, the night before the participants get little to no sleep because they are practicing all night to perfect the show.

After endless hours of practice, choreography, and sleepless nights, on Thurday it will finally come together. The study body, all rooting for their own regions are wondering, who will take the crown. With two regions out of the way maybe it’s time for a new region to rise to the occassion. This could be the perfect time for the West and the Midwest to win the race. However, after losing to the North last year, it could also be time for the South to reclaim their throne. Either way, the show is bound to be entertaining.

Regardless of who wins this year, the participants in BOTS will have a fun and enriching experience.

Black History Month: Black movie nights at HU



Brittany Barksdale | Staff Writer
Black films have been a major part of the African American culture. In honor of Black History Month, the Hampton University history club is presenting a four-part film series celebrating black history month every Thursday night at 7 PM in the Scripps Howard Auditorium.
Movies like “The Color Purple” show the struggle of African-Americans faced during crucial times in American history.  They also showcase talented black actors in a positive light.
The past two films they have shown included “The Great Debaters” which stars and is directed by Denzel Washington. This historical movie follows a professor that decides to create a debate team at Wiley College during 1935 in Texas, leading up to the great debate against Harvard University, an Ivy league schools. Another movie that was played was the documentary film “The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975.” This historical documentary examines the advancement of the Black Power movement in the United States from 1967 to 1975.
Freshman Jahi Cooper from Rialto, California says watching the “Black Power Mixtape” gave him a better understanding of the truth behind the Black Power Movement. “In the history books in high school made it seem like the Black Power movement with the Black Panthers was a negative thing, that was violent. But watching the movie made me realize that it was created to empower people of color
On Thursday, February 18th, the history club will be showing the film “Killer of Sheep” directed by Charles Burnett. This film follows the life of the Los Angeles native Stan, and his days spent working in a slaughterhouse.
During the final Thursday in February, one of the most well known black films of all time “The Color Purple” will be shown on Thursday February 25th. Directed by Steven Spielberg, this film follows the life of Celie who has grown up in the South and survived abuse and bigotry during her lifetime.
Sophomore Erin Malone, an elementary education major from Palos Verdes, California, is happy that an organization decided to put on the film production. “I grew up in a very predominantly white community, and I was not really interested in watching these type of Black Films,” said Erin. “But now I have a better respect for these type of historical films being at Hampton and learning more about my culture, and I am excited to see ‘The Color Purple.’”
Be sure to watch the films every Thursday night at 7 PM in the Scripps Howard auditorium.