Is the issue stricter gun control laws or mental health?

Kennedi Jackson | Staff Writer Over the past months, there have been various mass shootings in the U.S. The country was outraged following the shooting in Las Vegas, when 58 people were murdered. Most recently, on Sunday November 5, a man opened fire at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 27. Democrats are now calling for stricter gun control laws in result of the massacres, in which loose gun regulations played a part. According to CNN reporters, the Texas church shooter, Devin Patrick Kelley had a history of domestic violence, escaped from a mental hospital, and attempted to … Continue reading Is the issue stricter gun control laws or mental health?

Hampton students get out the vote

Kyra Robinson | Staff Writer Virginia kept its “blue status” after Tuesday’s gubernatorial election, where all three Democrats gained their sought political seats. Ralph Northam beat Republican Ed Gillespie for governor with 53.9% of the vote. Justin Fairfax defeated Republican Jill Vogel for the position of lieutenant governor, and Mark Herring gained his second term as the attorney general of the state. Another notable win was the victory of Democrat Danica Roem, the first openly transgender elected official in Virginia as a state Delegate, whom beat 11 term seat holder and openly transphobic, Bob Marshall Various organizations on campus worked … Continue reading Hampton students get out the vote

Hampton residents want two schools to remove Confederate names

Zoe Griffin | Staff Writer Dozens of Hampton citizens gathered together in the auditorium of Benjamin Syms Middle School Thursday evening, October 26, to express their concerns before the Hampton school board. The purpose of this public hearing was to decide whether the Confederate soldiers’ names on Jefferson Davis Middle school and the campus at Lee, formerly Robert E. Lee, Elementary school should be taken down from school buildings. The Hampton chapter of the NAACP and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference requested that the two middle schools be renamed following the events in Charlottesville. During the white nationalist rally on … Continue reading Hampton residents want two schools to remove Confederate names

HU student competes for Miss VA USA

Leondra Head | Local & World Editor Hampton University’s Delaria Ridley is making a name for herself in the pageant world, most notably competing for Miss Virginia USA as Miss North Hampton USA. Ridley is a senior strategic communications major from Atlanta and has been competing in pageants since 15 years old. “My experience while participating in the pageant was absolutely amazing. I gained a great network of women. Pageants truly allow you to meet women from all walks of life. It was great [competing] in another state.” Ridley’s platform was HOPSCOTCH K!DS, Helping Others Play. Her purpose was to … Continue reading HU student competes for Miss VA USA

Virginian-Pilot cuts nearly 10 percent of staff

Kennedi Jackson | Staff Writer Nearly 150 years after the Virginian-Pilot was founded in 1865, the largest Virginia newspaper in Virginia is cutting close to 10 percent of its staff. The parent company, Pilot Media, has offered to pay buyouts to long-term employees who have served at least 25 years with the paper, however they have also declared that if there are not enough volunteers, they will proceed with forced layoffs. Cashara Quinn, a first-year journalism major and writer for HerCampus, has a strong opinion on the changes being made. “I think it’s unfair that people are losing their jobs … Continue reading Virginian-Pilot cuts nearly 10 percent of staff

Rising Epidemic of Opioid Addicted Babies

Kennedi Jackson | Staff Writer   The number of opium-addicted babies continues to rise, with the rate of children being born into addiction quadrupling over the past 15 years. Babies with desperate, high-pitched wails and shaking bodies reside in hospitals all over the U.S. Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome is the condition of symptoms babies go through when they are exposed to drugs in the womb. When a birthing mother has suffered from abuse of drugs and has a baby, the newborn’s nervous system can trigger symptoms of withdrawal. Up to 94 percent of babies exposed to opioids end up experiencing withdrawal. … Continue reading Rising Epidemic of Opioid Addicted Babies

HU student involved in Planned Parenthood action

Kyra Robinson | Staff Writer Hampton University’s Planned Parenthood: Generation Action (PPGA) president Michyah Thomas was in New Orleans for a reproductive justice conference when the news broke that President Trump would roll back the birth control mandate in the Affordable Care Act. She was among other women passionate about political change, mingling and enjoying good food when an official of the SisterSong Inc. conference delivered the news. Thomas said immediately, the mood in the room changed. “Everyone in this room is here for a reason,” the sophomore Political Science major recalled what the official expressed, “You are here because … Continue reading HU student involved in Planned Parenthood action