Spring Cleaning: For the Mind, Body, and Dorm

Ja’Nia Keith | Script Writer

According to scientists at Boston University, when the seasons change, they can also change your mood. With the warm spring weather here, spring cleaning can benefit your mind, body, and dorm. Psychology professors and students reflect on how spring cleaning positively affects them.

Hampton University’s Dr. Karen Walker studies social psychology. She focuses on how the people around us affect our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. She describes people as “social animals.” 

Dr. Walker notes that spring cleaning is a time to create a new environment for yourself. A time to make yourself organized. 

“It feels great,” she said. “Having a fresh start revives you and gives [you] more energy.” 

Tatiana Blair, a first-year, 5-year M.B.A. business major from Bronx, New York, said that spring is one of her favorite seasons because it makes her feel like she is getting a new start. For Blair, spring cleaning represents a new chapter in her life.

“It’s letting go of the depressing winter,” she said. 

About 10 million people, ranging from ages 18-to 30, suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.), according to Boston University. S.A.D. occurs when the seasons change. It more commonly occurs during the cold winter months.

Being a college student is all about balancing out different factors in life, once at a time. It is more than just having an orderly room. It is also about having and maintaining a fresh mindset. Some ways you can improve your spring cleaning are: 

  1. Buying a Planner/Calendar- Being able to plan for the week you have ahead of you, will help to stay organized and unscattered.
  1. Break from Social Media- There is nothing wrong with cutting ties with the internet world for a little while. This will help to stay focused on more important tasks.
  1. Working Out- Exercising is one of the best ways to keep your mind and body healthy. It is also a way to relieve yourself from any stress or frustration that may have been caused.
  1. Cleaning your Dorm- Cleaning your space can be a transcending experience. When your surroundings are cluttered, cleaning can clear your mind and room. 

These are just a few tips to help get rid of anything lingering to make space for the things you embark on. 

Treat your mind like you treat your room

How Fashion has improved the life of Hampton Students

Ja’Nia Keith | Script Writer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blast from the Past: Fashion Edition

Tyrone Farmer | Staff Writer

We have all heard the phrase, history repeats itself. Music, films and dances have proven this cliche to be true, and fashion is not left out. 

Fashion trends from the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s have made a big return in today’s society with a bit of a 21st-century twist. Gen Z’ers have fully committed to the vintage lifestyle, stocking their closets with countless classic pieces to achieve a throwback look. 

Apps like Depop give people the ability to pull off a thrifted look without the headache of going into physical stores. 

“I love Depop,” Hampton University student and creative Justin McCray said. “It allows me to execute that ‘90s look and give [me] that vintage feel. It’s for sure my favorite app when it comes to vintage drip. I can find anything from graphic tees, varsity jackets, cardigans, pants, even shoes and accessories.”

Flare jeans are one of many throwback styles to make a legendary return in the 21st century. These pants were popular in the ‘70s and originally referred to as bell bottoms because of their wide shape. Today you will find flare jeans with multiple patterns or cuts to make them more stylish. Flare jeans are well-styled when paired with a unique graphic tee and sneaker. 

Graphic tees have seemed to take society by storm. You can find them virtually anywhere, showing off a wide range of things from old music groups and rappers, old sports teams, to historical figures. 

Varsity jackets and cardigans have also made a significant return. Today cardigans can be dressed up or dressed down. They are often paired with nice pants or trousers. The notable execution is in the selection of the shoe. 

Designer brands have even started to buy into the fashion wave, reaching into their archives and releasing vintage pieces. This wave of classic pieces has given creatives the space to expand their style to execute a more eccentric look. 

These are just a few ways fashion has turned vintage looks into new and eclectic styles for 2021!

How to Beat the Winter Blues

Noah Hogan | Staff Writer

As students return from Thanksgiving break and prepare for upcoming finals, they might be feeling a sense of heaviness or more apathetic than usual.

Fear not. This is a normal experience, as the days are shortened and night comes quicker than expected. 

“Winter blues” has been coined to describe the sadness one feels in the later months of the year. 

Although these blues are not permanent, if an individual is not careful, the blues can develop into a clinical diagnosis known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, according to the National Institute of Health.

Here are five tips to help students beat the winter blues.

  1. Go outside and relish in the sunlight.

During the winter months, the challenge for students to take time for themselves and get outside becomes a forgotten task during their free time. Typically it becomes colder, darker, and more dreary outside. 

One of the easiest ways to get over these blues is to get outside or even go to a brightly lit space and absorb some vital vitamin D. This is best planned early in the day. 

Creating time for oneself to enjoy the day is very important. If only for a few minutes a day, it has been proven to improve both mood and physical health, leading to reduced stress and increased self-esteem, according to the Student Conservation Organization.

Whether it be as simple as a walk or something more complex like a specific activity, enjoying the sunlight is one of the best and most cost-effective ways to beat the winter blues. 

  1. Exercise, exercise, exercise 

Another simple way of beating the winter blues is staying active, even when it is dark and cold outside. Exercise is often used as a natural way to improve general health.

It has also been proven that exercising during the winter months can increase necessary neurotransmitters such as dopamine and norepinephrine, according to Healthline. These transmitters help the brain become energized and get into a positive rhythm. 

Fortunately, Hampton University provides its students with the unique advantage of an on-campus gym located on the second floor of the student center and other amenities located throughout the campus. While going through proper protocol to access these conveniences, students are encouraged to be healthy physically and mentally at all times. Don’t forget to take your mask when you go!

  1. Keep in contact with your support system

Loneliness and isolation can make the effects of the winter blues feel worse than usual.

When dealing with the winter blues, finding a way to connect with supportive individuals is key to changing your mood. 

As some students are not Virginia residents, it is very common for students to become homesick and miss their support system. Try to set up calls with friends and family to help subside any negative feelings. 

Doing so with people you feel comfortable confiding in can be tremendously beneficial. This may include outdoor activities, talking on FaceTime or brunch and lunch dates.

  1. Eat well and take vitamins.

Although this can be easier said than done, due to students’ limited resources and funds, eating right and staying on top of a vitamin schedule can be overlooked and undervalued. 

Students should look into changing their diet for the better and stay away from too many carbohydrates and sweets. These foods are known to slow down individuals during this time of year. 

Green vegetables and iron-rich foods can start a healthy diet for students while on campus. Folic acids and vitamins such as B6 and B12 are known to help with feelings of fatigue. 

  1. Seek out professional help.

If these lifestyle modifications and other seasonal adjustments do not provide a sense of relief from the winter blues, consider seeking professional help. 

Psychotherapy is highly recommended to treat depressive disorders. Although not overnight, students can gain a major benefit from talking with educated professionals who are trained to help individuals face the issues they are dealing with on a daily basis.

Six Simple Workouts: Dorm Edition

Tyrone Farmer | Staff Writer

College can be strenuous, and as a result, so can your eating habits. It may seem cumbersome to stay on track with your health and diet between the cafe’s food, fast food, and many snacks at random.

Sometimes working out in public gyms can come with reluctance, so here are six dorm-friendly workouts you can try.

Pushups

Pushups are a good starter for any workout. They focus on the upper body, keying on the chest muscles, shoulders, triceps and abdomen. To get the perfect pushup, start in a plank position with your arms shoulder width apart. 

Lower your entire body, keeping your head up and back flat. Push back up to the starter position and engage your core. An ideal starter set is 10 to 15 pushups for three sets.

Situps

Situps are a great way to get your entire core involved in the workout. Lay down flat on your back with your feet flat on the floor. There are two standard forms for your arms: cross your arms at your chest or put them behind your head. 

Raise your torso until you are upright, looking at your knees. Slowly lower your torso until you are back in the resting position. Repeat this process 20 to 25 reps for three sets.

Air squats

Air squats are the perfect workout for engaging the thighs, hamstrings and glutes. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Tighten your core as you squat. 

Get low as if you were modeling a chair. Make sure to keep your weight on your heels and your back straight. Again, repeat this process for 20 to 30 reps for three sets.

Walking lunge

The walking lunge is a beneficial method for building up your leg muscles. Start by taking a step forward with one leg while simultaneously tightening your core. 

This first motion engages the glutes, hamstrings and quads. Bend the same leg until your knee touches the ground and pause for a second. Raise your knee and do the same thing with the opposite leg. 

The exercise should mimic an exaggerated walking motion. Repeat 10 to 12 reps for three sets.

Leg raises

Leg raises engage the upper body and lower body. The lower and upper abs, quads and back muscles are advanced as you go through this exercise. Start by lying flat on your back with your hands placed directly below your glutes. 

Next, bring your feet 6 inches off the ground. Begin to raise your feet straight up to a 90-degree angle while everything else stays in place. As you lower your feet back down, remember to block them from hitting the ground. 

This exercise is sure to get your abdomen burning! Repeat 10 to 20 reps for three sets.

Planks

Planks are always an ideal way to end a workout. The plank position, similar to the pushup position, rests on the toes, but the upper body pressure is on your elbows. Planks fully engage your core, working all abdominal muscles. 

This is often used as a cool-down, yet this exercise will leave your core burning. Repeat this for 15- to 30-second reps for three sets.

If you feel inclined to get out, walking is always a good form of exercise. But the cold weather is here, so make sure to bundle up!

Five Natural Hair Tips for Cool Weather

Tyrone Farmer | Staff Writer

The colder seasons can feel like a dream bringing much joy, like the holiday season, family time and other festivities, but it can be a nightmare for anyone with natural hair. 

The cold air causes hair to dry and frizz, which could consequently cause breakage of hair. 

Hats, scarves and hoodies seem to be the answer, but the materials are typically very harsh and rub your hair, causing it to break off even more. 

It can seem unbearable and leave you wanting to avoid the weather at all costs, but here are five essential tips you need to know to maintain your natural hair through these trying and cold months.

  1. Keep your hair moisturized.

Maintaining moisture is the biggest key in keeping your hair looking fresh and complete through the winter months. The crisp air will not hesitate to dry the natural oils out of your scalp. To combat this, apply products such as black castor oil and coconut oil. These are affordable, lightweight options to ensure that your scalp is not dry. Massage the oils into your scalp to lock in moisture, increase hair thickness and growth. A good routine to use for moisturizing is the LOC method. The LOC method includes a leave-in-conditioner to hydrate the hair and scalp, oil to lock in the moisture and cream to define curls, leaving them looking good as new.

  1. Condition bi-weekly

Deep conditioners are the perfect remedy needed to get the full, curly look you want to achieve. Try to find all-natural conditioners that work best with your hair type and give you a look you want. Stay away from conditioners with chemicals, which may cause harm in the future. Products using natural oils such as sunflower seed oil and aloe vera might be more suitable. These are perfect ingredients to use since they are thicker oils. Also, apply the conditioner to your roots and let it sit for about 20 minutes.  

You can never condition too much!

  1. Use protective styles

Protective styles will be your best friend over these next three to five months. They play a crucial role in preventing natural hair from weather damage. With wearing your hair out, it will eventually begin to dry up. Protective styles hold the moisture in hair longer and allow less maintenance. Try going for a classic box braids look or even faux locs. Both look and work great for keeping your hair healthy.

  1. Set a routine

Keeping a set routine is an essential factor that often gets overlooked. Your hair, just like anything else, needs to be trained. A routine isn’t just the products and steps taken to style the hair. It also includes everything done to maintain the hair.  To keep hair from breaking off at night, try sleeping with satin bonnets or pillows. Having scheduled days and times for your hair ensures that your hair receives the proper care it needs. Remember also to drink plenty of water.  

Your diet can have as much of an effect on your hair as the weather. 

  1. Trim

Don’t be afraid to cut your hair during this cold stretch. Wearing your hair out means that your ends are prone to split because of the exposure. If your hair is left neglected, it will continue to split and eventually cause the hair to break off. To make sure that your hair continues to grow evenly, remember to trim your ends. 

Do’s and Don’ts of the Public Library

Noah Hogan | Staff Writer

While students have experienced both incredible highs and possible lows with the passings of both Homecoming and midterm exams, we have reached a pivotal point in the school year. As we continue through the second half of the first semester, students will be looking to buckle down and find a quiet space to complete their assignments.

Campus amenities such as the university library and other free and available workspaces will be more crowded than usual.

While universal rules are posted in most libraries, rules are not universally followed.

Here are some tips on creating the best atmosphere and library experience for yourself and your classmates working just as hard in the William R. & Norma B. Harvey Library. 

This is a list of Do’s and Don’ts when visiting the library.  

DO’s: 

Do respect the library faculty and obey their policy. Respect librarians and helpers, as these are knowledgeable individuals who can help you in any way you need. 

Do respect the university’s materials. Although tempting, typical note-taking actions such as highlighting, page folding and underlining library books are taboo. Some books or collections cannot be replaced by the library as simply as popular or mainstream items. Be considerate of fellow students and return the material in the state as you found it.

Do return reading materials and books to where you found them. If you don’t remember or are not sure, ask a faculty member. Shelved books in the wrong location can be challenging for library workers to find and students as well.

“I’ve been in the library not only for a useful workspace but also to find and use textbooks for my classwork,” said Brandon Davis, a junior Kinesiology major. “It’s kind of frustrating when stuff is in the right place or flat out not there.”

DON’Ts

Don’t be noisy. The library is one of the few tried and true free public spaces used by primarily students and educators.

The university library has provided designated areas in the main building and a 24-hour study area for collaborative efforts. They are effectively allowing you to communicate with your friends or group members if necessary. If you find yourself working alone, be considerate of those around you and try to keep conversations to a minimum. 

“If you want to socialize, go to the Stu,” said Jeremiah Williams, a junior journalism and communications student. “Don’t interrupt me and my study time for pointless conversation.”

Don’t take up group rooms or large spaces if you don’t intend on being productive. These are very limited yet constantly and understandably in demand. Taking desk space or occupying computers for your friends is thoughtless, especially during exam periods. 

“One of my biggest pet peeves is people asking me how long I am going to be in a study room while they have a bag of Wendy’s in their hand,” Williams said.

While packing a light snack or bringing a bottle of water is encouraged to remain attentive, don’t overstep by bringing overly noisy or smelly dishes into the space. Even though the nourishment you bring might be a necessity to keep yourself on task, it could be a major distraction to those around you. 

Furthermore, make sure to clean up after yourself when eating or to drink anywhere in the library. Seeing food wrappers and empty water bottles is an unpleasant sight, especially around computers or pieces of equipment. 

Don’t be afraid to interact with the library staff. Even though the library is regarded as a quiet space, it is OK for you to communicate to someone that you need help with book recommendations for your projects and assignments. As long as you remain respectful, librarians are a great starting point for any type of research-based task.

Walking the Line of Purpose

Alfred Johnson | Staff Writer

As I wake up and make my way to the mirror every morning, I always find myself asking two questions: What does the day have in store for me? Whatever it may be, am I ready for it?

The older we get, the more serious questions like this can get.

Most of us are either taking our first real steps into life or are well enough into it. College is arguably the best place to learn about what you want to do, but more importantly, it’s one of the best places to learn about yourself and what you want in life.

As young adults in college, we usually use school as the go-to for motivation, but there’s more to life than school. Many people like talking about staying on the grind and having no days off, but what’s the goal at the end of the day?

Is this constant grind going to lead to a fulfilling life or just satisfy temporary desires?

At this period in our lives, we should be focusing on what path we want to walk down. Most people get lost in the wind, trying to hold on to something, but if you’re not sure about something, your grip will loosen further.

My mind goes in a lot of different directions, so I understand uncertainty. Even on the worst of days, I try to remember what I want in life and why.

Things can get rough, hectic and even confusing enough for you to be frustrated and lost. The question isn’t if you want to keep you going or not. It’s if you want the result of your legacy to be worth as much effort as you’re putting in.

There’s nothing wrong with getting extra credit on assignments and working extra shifts at your job. The issue is when you overexert yourself for something you didn’t need to do.

You’ll hear phrases a lot in life such as, “Work smarter, not harder,” and “If you want it done right, do it right the first time.” Too many people fall into trust traps and end up in bad situations. If you care enough about how you want your future to look, know what you’re putting yourself through, and learn how to say “no.”

It’s OK to want more from life. Plenty of people are still doing what they can to get higher on the ladder to success. That determination is what brings you where you need to be.

It’s OK to take your time and be strategic. Things happen all the time in life, and we get thrown off track. Being organized and planning for the expected and a bit for the unexpected shows how careful you are.

Even being undecided is OK as long as you’re safe about whatever it is you want to do.

Things may look hazy at the moment, but you aren’t counted out. There are a lot of things that can help you find your way. If you give life enough time and patience, whatever you need will be ready for you when you need it most.  

Many young adults are doing their best to move through life, navigating through work and assignments, not knowing much about what’s going on. It may seem that, at times, we are flailing through life with no sense of concrete direction. We need that pressure to motivate ourselves to be better, but at the same time, we can’t let that pressure cause us to collapse before we get a chance to see our potential.

The key is to do what feels right at this moment and learn from when things go wrong. Our potential as well-adjusted individuals grows as we gain more life experiences and learn from them. The potential is spotted when the care is presented, and time is too short not to take your first steps.

Five Tips for Students Adjusting Back To Campus

Noah Hogan | Staff Writer 

Since March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed daily life as we know it. 

During our confinement, the pandemic left us with many questions. The one big one was: What would a full-scale, on-campus operation look like?

As students have returned roughly 18 months after Hampton University initially closed its doors and transitioned to remote learning, adjusting back to an on-campus lifestyle can be difficult for recent high school graduates and continuing students alike. 

For university students looking for guidance during these trying times, these are five tips for adjusting back to campus.

1. Communication with your classmates is vital 

 Every day we are reminded of the ongoing pandemic by the usage of masks. Still, communication with your fellow peers is of the utmost importance. 

As the classic saying goes, “Closed mouths don’t get fed.” It is impossible for those around you to understand what your needs are when you isolate yourself and never open up to those around you. 

Whether it’s catching up on missed assignments or creating a group dynamic within a challenging class, the person next to you is often in a similar position. 

“Talking with people in this climate can be difficult because it’s already hard enough to understand people with their mask, but the added measure of staying safe makes for a weird dynamic on campus,” said Quevon Jackson, an exercise science major at Old Dominion University. “Being in a classroom with nearly 200 students, it forces me to act outside of myself and interact with people that I probably would never say a word to.”

2. Time management is of the utmost importance

Time management can either make or break one’s collegiate experience. As students transition from an at-home classroom setup back to traditional forms of education, time management is a deal breaker. 

With students joining different clubs and extracurricular activities, it is essential to manage time wisely to spread your energy evenly to various outlets. 

“This year for me, time management is super important,” said Jackson. “As a fourth year in my junior year, I have more responsibility such as working to support myself, my grades and my health.”

3. Keep contact back home 

As students get back to campus, anticipation to see old friends and flings from years prior rises. However, when workloads begin to get heavy, the campus can become a lonely place. 

It can be very easy to forget about your support system back home when they are out of sight and out of mind. Set up weekly phone calls with friends and family back home to keep your connections close to keep your morale high. 

“I actually talk to my two sisters almost every day and my mom practically every day,” said Miah Cox, a Hampton University journalism major. “I’m very close with my family. They’re basically my village.” 

4. Take YOU time 

Although taking time for oneself can be considered selfish, it is an essential need for returning to the classroom. Take at least one day out of the week to make sure you are resting and relaxing. 

Balancing classes, extracurricular obligations, friends, family and the pandemic is a lot for any student. It takes time to adjust to a new normal. Taking a day to reflect on your emotions and mental state is necessary. 

“Since my lighter workload days are Tuesdays, I use those days to organize my dorm or maybe wash clothes,” Cox said. “Having a clear space helps me have a clear mental space.”

5. Be adaptable 

Remember, Hampton’s campus has not been open for nearly a year and a half. This is a new experience for every student and faculty member involved. Things will not be perfect, and there will be change. 

Control the variables that you can control. Be adaptable. 

Hampton University Traditions

 Nia White | Staff Writer

Hampton University has had many traditions in the past 153 years. Some of these traditions have stayed the same and others have evolved to fit current society. Some of the traditions for freshmen have changed since 1966, with the requirements for men and women being different.

  One of the unique continued Hampton traditions is curfew for the freshman students. 

“Female freshmen had to be in the dorm at night by 9:00pm during the week and 11:00 pm on the weekends” Carey Shorter, Class of 1970 said.

“My most memorable moment at Hampton is running back from Holland with my friends to meet curfew in pre-college. It was our first Holland and we totally forgot that we had a curfew ( a lot of people forgot) so we literally had about 5 minutes to get from Holland [Hall] to Moton. There were so many people running around campus trying to get back to their dorms. Although we were cutting it close it was so fun cutting it close with a bunch of peers,” said Nicole Lowery, a current junior.

  The Freshman dorms are a rich part of Hampton culture because of the relationships that are built there.

“I lived in Davidson Hall and we were known as the Davidson Divas. Freshman dorms were known to have unique names and represented proudly even until today,” said Jenisha Henneghan, an alumni of the Class of 2000. “There was also a Freshman Step Show between the dorms and we represented with custom shirts.”  

  “I enjoyed my freshman dorm, Kennedy Honors Hall  and it was really my RA’s that’s made me enjoy Kennedy so much. They were so full of life and wanted to get to know me, it was great knowing that the upperclassmen wanted to know who I was,” Lowery said.

  The curfew is a mandated rule and is applied to all incoming freshmen. However, freshmen used to be subject to other forms of initiation into the “Hampton Family.”  

  When Carey Shorter ‘70 was a freshman, he recalls when freshman had to wear beanies. 

“Freshmen had to wear beanie caps during the first 2 weeks of classes. After the beanie requirement was met, freshmen were members of the Hampton family,” said Shorter.

  Another important part of Hampton tradition is attire. Some of the attire of Hampton students has changed over the time.  

“When attending a class we could not wear shorts or t-shirts, women had to wear dresses,” Shorter said.

  In more recent years Hampton business attire has only been required for certain events.

“During our freshman year we were also taught Ogden attire.  Everyone knew that meant dress business or business casual. No sneakers or jeans were allowed for certain events such as guest speakers or Convocation. You would be sent to change if you were not dressed appropriately,” Henneghan ‘00  said.

The Hampton attire has taught students how to prepare for the workforce.

  “The Hampton culture is business [professional], we are the standard of excellence; so I wasn’t  surprised we had to dress up a lot. I actually dress up a lot in business clothes because most of the settings I was going into required that, but I also think it prepares us for the real world,” Lowery said.

  There are also attendance requirements for students across all classifications. “[We] had to attend ¾ of a class , and maintain a 2.0 average. Minimum hours to be a full time student was 12 hours,” Shorter said. Attendance requirements also included events outside of class.

Although some may not like or agree with certain Hampton traditions, they have certainly  prepared students for their lives beyond their home by the sea. 

“I worked for IBM as a Technical writer, then went into the army for 3 years.  I then attended the University of New Mexico and took computer science courses. After receiving my masters, I returned to IBM as an electrical engineer,” Shorter said.

  “After graduating from Hampton, I attended Virginia Commonwealth University for Graduate School and received a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree,” Henneghan said.

  “Hampton has prepared me for my career.  Even though we complained about the dress code and Ogden Attire, I am appreciative of that guidance. Hampton prepared us to know how to dress for all occasions, Henneghan said.

Although some traditions might seem a bit tedious, there is a purpose for all of it. Nicole Lowery said it best, “As African American people, we are often looked down upon or sought out to be less successful, but when we dress like it, talk like it, walk like it and act like it there is no way that people won’t see how we’ve been groomed for what the professional world is throwing at us.”