Hampton student’s family survives close call in Las Vegas

Zoe Griffin | Contributing Writer


The Peterson Family | Courtesy of Carrington Peterson

Las Vegas native Carrington Peterson was awakened Mon- day by 59 messages and notifications from family members.

“My parents decided to go on a ‘staycation’ [Sunday] night and got a hotel room,” Peterson said.

They stayed at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, where a gunman on the 32nd oor that night would kill 59 people, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old man from Mesquite, Nevada, was identified as the

sniper suspect by police. His room contained 16 ri es, one handgun, 18 rearms, explosives and thousands of rounds of bullets, according to law enforcement personnel.

Shots red Sunday night from the Mandalay Bay down to the Route 91 Harvest country music festival sent thousands frantically scrambling for cover. As of Wednesday, the injured total was 527 people.

Not only were Peterson’s parents in the hotel Sunday night, her sibling was in the vicinity.

“It was also my brother’s birthday, so he was out celebrating on the strip,” she said.

Peterson was one of thousands of concerned family members unsure Monday about the whereabouts of their loved ones in Vegas. Her racing thoughts worsened as she worried about the well-being of her family.


“I cried, and I’m not one to show emotion immediately or at all, honestly,” Peterson said. “But waking up to those notifications was nerve-racking.”

Peterson’s parents, fortunately, were safe.

“By the grace of God, they checked out of the Mandalay room an hour before the shoot-

ing occurred,” she said. Peterson was relieved when she discovered her brother also had not been harmed.

However, despite her family members not being physically affected by the tragedy, the massacre has taken a toll on them mentally.

Peterson had always been aware of terrible tragedies that occur in America, but this tragedy in particular affected her in a different way because the area was all too familiar.

“Things have been happening so much in this country lately, and it has gotten to be the norm,” Peterson said. “But to have something happen in your town, where you come from, is an entirely different feeling.”

The motive behind the shooting remains unknown. Paddock reportedly committed suicide moments before police entered his hotel room.

Peterson is among those who suspected mental illness played a big role. She thinks this disaster should bring awareness to the issue.

“I hope that this tragedy raises awareness of mental illness because it does not get enough recognition,” Peterson said. “It is a life-challenging disease that isn’t taken seriously.”


Beauty tips from beauty queens

Raven Reaves | Contributing Writer


Courtesy of Kyla Wright

With the 2017-2018 Miss Hampton University Scholarship Pageant today, some students might be inspired to participate in a pageant in the future. Pageant life can be nail-biting, but two of Hampton’s own beauty queens have been there and succeeded.

They know what it takes to have a prosperous pageant career and are here to provide some tips for aspiring contestants.

Kyla Wright, a junior journalism major and sociology minor from De- troit, has been in pageants since middle school and placed second in the 2016- 2017 Miss Black and Gold Pageant, claiming the title Miss Gamma Iota. She is also competing as the only junior in this year’s Miss Hampton University Pageant.


Maya Thames, a sophomore journalism major from Ellicott City, Md., has experience in the National American Miss Pageant and Barbizon modeling competition.
Having self-confidence is key, according to Wright.

“One of the biggest lessons I have learned from one of my pageant coach- es is [that] you are only in competition with yourself,” Wright said. “If you focus on what you are doing and put your best foot forward, that’s how you [will] know you are con dent with yourself.”


You cannot expect to be the best if you do not believe you are your own best. If you are a procrastinator, you may want to rethink your priorities when it comes to pageant life.


Courtesy of Maya Thames

“Be prepared and do not do anything last minute because people will notice,” Thames said.

In the pageant world, no one likes anything rushed, as it is considered unprofessional. For instance, to prepare for the Miss Hampton University Scholarship Pageant, Wright practiced ve days a week and for about three hours each. She also was required to exercise every Saturday morning lead- ing up to the pageant.

Still, be careful not to get too carried away. Overwork can be bad for your health, physically and mentally. To maintain good health, Thames gives a few suggestions.


“Drink water all of the time,” Thames said. “Drink apple cider vinegar with tea [for clear] skin. Substitute regular products with organic products. It might be more expensive, but it is way better for your health.”

It’s easy to get lost in the glitz and glam of pageant life, but never forget the person you are when you leave that stage.

“Stay true to yourself because you are the only person that really matters,” Wright said. “Remember to stay con dent and remember you are still wonderful.”

Thunder lands Anthony in the nick of time

Roderick McLean | Sports Writer



Carmelo Anthony officially became part of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sept. 23 after the Knicks traded him for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round draft pick, ESPN reported.

Anthony and the Knicks had been trying to part ways this off-season. The Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers and Portland Trail Blazers were other teams recruiting the 10-time All-Star.

Anthony spent seven seasons with the Knicks, averaging 24.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.

Now the former NBA scoring leader is teaming with reigning MVP Russell Westbrook and All-Star Paul George. The Thunder has the latest big three in the NBA. One question still remains: What can Anthony, at age 33, do to help Oklahoma City win a championship?
Westbrook, George and Anthony all love having the ball in their hands, so the main issue will be sharing the ball. If they can do that, the Thunder will be a threat.

Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said Anthony will start at power forward this season after playing most of his career as a small forward. He does have experience playing power forward with the USA Olympic team.

The Thunder starting five will be Westbrook, Andre Roberson, George, Anthony and Steven Adams. This Thunder team has the roster and talent to make a deep run into the Western Conference playoffs this season. Westbrook, Anthony and George are different players with different skills.

One thing they all have in common: They are all looking for their first ring.

Anthony has the opportunity now to play on a playoff contender team without the pressure he had back in New York.

The Thunder opens the regular season Oct. 19 against Anthony’s former team.



City of Hampton’s 5K race helps West African Orphans

Ya-Marie Essay | Campus Editor


Courtesy of Ya-Marie Essay

Share Heart Africa raises awareness of West African orphans and widows in the Hampton Roads area during their 5K Race for Hope.

The organization hosted their 5 th annual 5k Race for Hope at the end of September near Warwick High School in Newport News, Virginia. The race is dedicated to raising funds for Sierra Leonean children in need, proceeds will directly impact the education of Sierra Leonean children and microfinancing for caregivers to assist their financial need.

The race began with an 8 a.m. 1-mile run followed by a 5K and 8K race at 8:30 a.m. The cost of participation began at $18 for one mile, $30 for 5K and $45 for 8K.

Saffiatu Harper, founder of Share Heart Africa, also a Sierra Leonean native said she was
inspired to host a 5k run to raise proceeds for Sierra Leonean girls that suffer to get access to an education. Last year the race took place during the August heat and had a greater turn-out than this year. With it being the 5th year the Share Heart Africa’s team had a stress-free planning process.

“It was really good to get a late September date this year, the early morning Autumn breeze felt good especially to our runners,” said Harper. “The event was a success but we definitely need more participants to make a major impact in children’s lives in Sierra Leone.”

Rapheal Kamanga came in first place during the 5K race. The Kenyan native was extremely excited to give back to Africa. He hopes to encourage people to participate in fundraising races to not only live a healthy lifestyle, but to also impact the lives of others through a great cause.

“When you’re doing something for Africa, I feel like you’re doing it for me and doing it for my people,” said Kamanga.

Share Heart in Africa focuses on families in the village of Sierra Leone, and main cities like Freetown, Makeni, Kenema, Gloucester, Waterloo and Grafton.

“Our hope is that each child will fully grow up, take what they have learned, and become an agent of change in their community,” said Harper.

Harper believes the Lord called on her to give back to her country. “My heart’s desire is to fulfill the calling God has placed in my heart by promoting the welfare of children in Africa,” said Harper on Share Heart in Africa website.

The organization was founded in and focuses on seven core values that include family and community, accountability, faith, quality, stewardship, integrity and individualized care. The organization also ensures that each child has basic holistic care through their physical, mental social and spiritual needs for a healthy and well-rounded life.

In mid-August Sierra Leone faced a drastic mudslide killing over 300 people, and destroying many homes leaving over 2,000 people homeless. Many organizations including Share Heart in Africa are currently accepting donations to provide medical, sanitary and food supplies for those affected.

“We look forward to impacting more lives in Sierra Leone, West Africa with other future
events,” said Harper.

Share Heart in Africa is currently looking for hardworking and dedicated volunteers. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.shareheartafrica.org

Happy Death Day Review

Naomi Ludlow | Arts & Entertainment Editor


Courtesy of Naomi Ludlow

Happy Death Day is the 2017 horror rendition of the 1993 movie Groundhog Day with a
bit of a twist.

The new film, which was watched by 200 Hampton University Students during a private
screening at the Virginia Air and Space Center this past week, takes reliving the same day over again to another level.

College student Tree Gelbman, played by Jessica Rothe, awakes to an unordinary
birthday celebration. Someone wants to mark this as her last day on Earth. Tree is obligated to find her killer before they find her. With a list of suspects, she sets out every day with a new plan on discovering who is after her.

Israel Broussard stars as Carter. Tree leans on Carter throughout her journey of
discovering what is happening to her, leading to an intense attachment. Carter unknowingly becomes Tree’s confidant, for he is essential in her decision-making process. Their relationship normalizes the life of a college student and made the film relatable to the audience.

The space center theater was filled with excitement, laughter and frustration as Tree faced each day.

Hampton junior strategic communications major Ludwidg Louizaire, from Miami, said the movie was “a bit frustrating at first because I was not sure what was going to happen, but it all tied together pretty well.”

It was important that the audience did not get lost in the repetitiveness of the storyline,
and that they instead remained engaged throughout the movie. Students were impressed with the unexpected twists and turns of the story.

Once the movie surpassed understanding the characters and the storyline, it grasped my
attention even more. Tree’s never-ending journey was enticing as each day she developed a more intricate plan. I was intrigued by the way the writers captured the same scene while still altering the essence of it each time it was repeated.

In a Skype interview with Rothe, she said, “We kind of got to map out the progression of
the script and how Tree’s journey escalates.”

The cast of the movie was successful in creating the suspense that any horror film needs.
Also, the lighting gradually darkened as the story progressed, making the scene more intense.

These elements worked together seamlessly to give the audience a full Blumhouse–
home of hit thrillers Get Out and Split–experience. There are common themes of horror, comic relief and subliminal messages that are present in each movie.

If you loved either of those movies, be sure to go see “Happy Death Day” when it premieres Oct. 13.

Diet changes: College meals or home-cooked meals?

Jaelan Leonard | Contributing Writer


Courtesy of Taylor Harris

College life can have its ups and downs. Students who attend college un- derstand the struggles that come along with it. There are long nights spent on homework assignments, upcoming exams to study for and challenging classes that may require tutoring. After a while, the stress can take a toll.

As a result, daily eating habits may suffer, which will impact performance inside and outside of the classroom.

Diet changes are normal when a student rst steps foot onto a college campus. Some individuals’ diet changes are bene cial if they are trying to eat healthy. For others, the changes can be detrimental. The adjustment from eating home-cooked meals to eating cafeteria food may or may not be a satisfying plan.

The cafeteria does offer food for nutritional purposes, but they are limited to what they serve in a day for the whole student body. The food that you eat for the rst time, you will be eating for the second and third time until you start to get sick of eating the same thing for a week.

“I used to eat the same thing every time I [went] to the [cafeteria] because there weren’t a lot of options available on campus,” Hampton University sophomore architecture major Erin Paul said.

Many students prefer to have control over what they can eat and how they prefer to make it themselves. In the café, students are stuck with what is served at breakfast, lunch and dinner. If a student were to go on a diet for nutritional purposes, the café does offer healthy food options, but there is not much to choose from if someone is trying to keep an everyday routine going.


On the other hand, many students only have the option to eat at the cafe teria, so they’ll eat at all times of the day. They may feel a sense of new- found freedom due to the fact that they can eat whenever and however they want. When students rst go to college and have the option to eat throughout the day, this can lead to the infamous weight gain known as the “freshman 15.” Mallory Pitchford, a sophomore kinesiology major, said she experienced a change in eating habits while on campus.


“I eat three times a day here, [but] I don’t eat three times a day at home,” Pitchford said. “I eat healthier meals at home, [but] we have a choice to eat whatever we would like to here.”

Adjusting to eating patterns from home versus college can be a trouble- some process to endure.

Managing time wisely can be beneficial, especially when it comes down to planning a daily eating schedule. This way, a student can fit in meals and avoid stress.


“Knowing people who live off campus allows me to go over to their house to cook my own food whenever I want to, so I’m not limited to café food,” senior kinesiology major Meshala Morton said.

Life is about making choices, and sometimes it’s the smallest decision that can in uence a lifestyle. It takes self-discipline to eat properly as op- posed to what one would eat at home.

College meals aren’t too problematic. Instead, it’s how one chooses to make use of them and take control of a diet.

Hampton University to kick off 150th Year Celebration: Events to take note of

Ivana Spurlock | Contributing Writer


Hampton University is celebrating 150 years of being the “Standard of Excellence.”

This yearlong celebration will feature several memorable events for not only the Hampton University community but Hampton Roads.

This year also marks President Dr. William R. Harvey’s 40th anniversary as president of the university.

President Harvey has one of the longest tenures of any sitting president of a college or university in the country since his arrival in 1978.

Brint Martin, director of alumni affairs, spoke highly of the president and the university’s long-lasting success.

“These milestones are highly significant and meaningful, as they demonstrate our staying power as a university, and this is evident in the strength of our students, alumni, faculty and staff and leadership.”

The theme for this yearlong observance is “Celebrating a Legacy and a Legend of Excellence.”

In honoring the theme, the first event to formally kick off the celebration and the 2017-2018 school year will be the 75th Annual Opening Convocation on Sunday, Sept. 24 in Robert C. Ogden Auditorium.

The ceremony will include students, faculty, staff, parents of graduating seniors, and alumni.

This year’s speaker is Hampton University alumnus Calvin L. Butts Jr.

Butts has had his hand in the university’s community as the founder of Hampton Nation, Hampton University’s athletic foundation.

Celebration plans will continue in October with a host of events geared toward alumni during Homecoming weekend.

The festivities will begin with the official Kickoff Concert & Celebration, featuring award-winning multi-instrumentalist Brian Culbertson.

It will culminate with a black-tie anniversary gala in April.

Other alumni events to look out for throughout the year include: The Biggest Day Party Ever, Platinum Penthouse Experience, and The True Blue Funk Festival.

As far as events for current students, the football team will have five home games this season. Two of them are fan favorites: Battle of the Bay at Norfolk State University on Saturday, Oct. 14, and Howard University vs. Hampton University on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Honoring 150 years of Hampton University’s history has students excited of what this school year has in store.

“Celebrating 150 years means that I have the privilege of being a part of a rich history, and that we [the class of 2018] have left our mark of greatness in the legacy of what we know of Hampton University,” graduating senior and student leader Michael Eley said.

For more information on events, visit the Hampton University website at hamptonu.edu.


Power Leaked Episodes

Naomi Ludlow | Arts & Entertainment Editor

We almost lost the hit television show, Power. In the middle of season four, there was a leak of a couple of episodes for the series on Facebook. A few weeks later, Curtis Jackson, also known for his stage name, 50 Cent, admitted to being responsible for it. Jackson is an actor and executive producer for the show. At first, Starz executives were upset about the leaked footage, but as the episodes were released on the network, it caused a surge in ratings. The executives were then more accepting of what happened.

It is said that 50 Cent was upset with the Starz network for the lack of recognition the show gets, as it is competing with HBO’s Game of Thrones and it has not been nominated for an Emmy award. The actor blamed Starz because he did not think they promoted the show as much as they should have. Also, the showrunner, Courtney Kemp, said that Starz was unwilling to give them more episodes. This resulted in the loss of details in the storyline. Jackson went to the extreme of threatening to remove Power from Starz. It was rumored to move to BET.

Fans were astounded to find out about the possible move. They were worried about the censorship mainly, for that is what sets the show apart from other shows such as Empire. Power has the ability to do what they want and say what they want, and it would lose that power if it was moved. Fans were even more disappointed to find out that Power may not be coming back at all. Sophomore psychology major, Kayla Packwood, from Somerset, NJ says, “Power is the most interesting show out in my opinion. There is always a new twist and turn that keeps you on your toes.” She continued on to say that she would be devastated if they took Power away.

On Sept. 5, Jackson announced on his Instagram that there was a new deal between him and Chris Albrecht, the head of the network. So, Power will be back with its fifth season. Not only is there going to be more Power, but also Jackson’s new shows, Tomorrow, Today, I Got Away and Black Family Mafia will be airing. According to Vibe Magazine, Tomorrow, Today, I Got Away is a television film about a veteran who is given superpowers in a scientific experiment gone wrong. It will be interesting to see how viewers react to these new works. Power has enhanced 50 Cent’s experience as a producer, so it is expected that he will produce something just as great as Power.

Jackson has taken a step even further by producing a comedy sketch show on BET. It will showcase new music and talent as well. He describes it as “Living Color, but in 2018.” This show will premiere Wednesday Sept. 27 at 10:30 p.m.


Mackenzie Walker | Contributing Writer

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Britinaé Bell

New York Fashion Week is one of the most sought out shows of the year. It is a semi-annual show in February and September showcasing international fashion to buyers, the press, and public. This year, NYFW was from September 7 to September 13. It featured looks from Betsey Johnson, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Vera Wang and other designers. The models looked absolutely stunning; however, there was one person who was most excited of them all.

Britinaé Bell of True Beauty Artistry, a makeup artist in Memphis, Tenn., thoroughly enjoyed herself at NYFW. Bell was offered the opportunity to travel to New York and perfect her craft by slaying a model’s face. True Beauty Artistry’s mission is to enhance natural beauty, and that’s exactly what she did. Although nervous and excited, Bell enjoyed the thrill of painting the face of a goddess. The model’s name was Juanika Ellis, wife of the Indiana Pacers’ Monta Ellis. Ellis is Bell’s client in Memphis, but when Ellis found out she was a model for NYFW, she demanded Bell’s services. Bell is one of the best makeup artists in Memphis. She has been nominated three years for the Best in Black Awards and won once in 2016. Ellis personally flew Bell in to perform her services. Ellis had three looks. The first look consisted of a Prada hat, Stella McCartney vest, Levi’s jeans and Givenchy shoes. The second was head-to-toe Philipp Plein. Lastly, the third was a nice ensemble with a Chanel cross-over to match. Ellis was styled by Elly Karamoh, a native French Hideoki Bespoke Connoisseur. The wardrobe, hair, and makeup couldn’t be matched, but a new accessory came into play that caught everyone’s eye.

Despite the designer pieces that were flaunted across stage, the street styles were not overlooked. The “it” accessories that became mainstream this season were sunglasses. Sunglasses are the best accessory, as they bring zeal to an otherwise dull outfit. The sunglasses displayed this season were Balenciaga, Le Specs, Adam Selman, BCBG and Giant Vintage. The shape of the sunglasses aren’t what caught buyer’s eyes. It was the color scheme that turned heads. The colors displayed this year were bright, flamboyant colors: lemon yellows, tangerine, coral, deep wine, maroon and lime green shades. As models fiercely walked through the streets of New York, their sunglasses spoke volumes.

New York Fashion Week has always been every fashionista’s favorite time of the year. NYFW is about showcasing diversity through fashion. Every needle and thread stitched into these outfits was rocked graciously. From street styles to runway and the accessory gala, fall NYFW was a success, to say the least. Stay tuned for some freshly ripped-off-the-runway pieces in your local Nordstrom, Dillard’s, and Macy’s.

Emmy Awards Recap

Selena Roberts | Arts & Entertainment Writer

The Emmy Awards is a time to showcase the most noteworthy and captivating television programs that have premiered in the last TV season. The awards show aired on Sept. 17.

Several television shows have gained the attention of not only the awards show, but also of audiences worldwide because of their engaging storylines, relatable characters, and their ability to captivate the attention of fans. From drama, to sci-fi, to comedy, the following shows have made significant impacts on pop culture.

Every fall brings new TV shows that will get people talking, whether they are controversial or relatable. Returning shows that were brought back by popular demand include This Is Us, Blackish and Stranger Things.

This Is Us premiered last fall, and since then, the family drama has people wanting more. The show focuses on Jack and Kate Pearson and how they go through the trials and tribulations of raising triplets. It illustrates the complicated family dynamic of the Pearson’s and how they navigate through different topics including adoption, self-love, and learning to accept the loss of a loved one. The television show is known for making its audience emotional with its heart-wrenching stories. The first season of This Is Us left people wondering what would happen next to the family. Luckily, this season, they’ll get their answers.

The second season of This Is Us will premiere on Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. on NBC. The show was nominated for a total of 10 Emmys. The nominations included one for Outstanding Drama, Best Actor in a drama series, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress. This Is Us will definitely remain one of the shows to look out for in this new television season.

Stranger Things will premiere on Sept. 27 on Netflix. After its premiere in July 2016, it still has captured the attention of people of all ages. The show features a small town set in the early 1980s. The series starts off with a focus on a group of friends who live normal lives until one night one of their buddies, Will, goes missing. His friends go through supernatural adventures in order to find Will and bring him home.

The Netflix original was nominated for a total of eighteen Emmys that include Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actor.

Blackish is returning for its fourth season on Oct. 3 on ABC. The show centers on the Johnson family, an average middle-class African American family. The parents of the Johnson kids try to provide their children with the best, but learn that sometimes it’s best to teach their children the value of hard work and having morals.

The comedy received three Emmy nominations which were Outstanding Comedy series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Wanda Sykes was also nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in the show as Daphnee Lido.
The Emmys proved to be a night full of entertainment, laughs and tears as stars accepted the Emmy statuette. The host of the evening Stephen Colbert opened the awards show with a musical number that included cameos from Chance the Rapper and Anthony Anderson. Colbert’s monologue centered on favorite shows of this season and jokes on Donald Trump’s presidency. Colbert even had a surprise guest in store for the audience: Sean Spicer, the former White House press secretary, made a cameo. The audience was shocked from the moment he walked on stage. In the end, Sterling K. Brown from This Is Us won the Emmy for Outstanding Leading Actor. This is the first time since 1998 that a black actor won for that category, making this win even more monumental. Unfortunately, those nominated in Blackish and Stranger Things did not win in their categories.

Nevertheless, with all of the anticipated releases this fall, you’re guaranteed to find a show that will have you hooked.