HU’s Graduate and Professional School Fair

Ya-Marie Sesay | Campus Editor

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As the first semester of the school year comes to an end, Hampton University’s upperclassmen are beginning to think and plan for life after college. HU’s Career Center hosted the 2017 Graduate and Professional School Fair, where students and representatives from various schools and graduate programs had the chance to interact.

Schools from across the country set up their displays in the Student Center Ballroom, awaiting students’ arrival to their respective table. Schools of law, journalism, biomedical sciences, theological seminaries, and others shared information about their programs, scholarships, and opportunities for students.

“We encourage Hampton University students to take advantage of this opportunity,” said Bessie B. Willis, Career Center Director.

Among school representatives, Hampton alumna Stephanie Joy Grigg represented Princeton Theological Seminary at the fair.

Grigg, a graduating senior at Princeton Theological Seminary, was introduced to the institution by two of her Hampton University big brothers during her undergraduate experience.

“They challenged me to go to seminary,” said Grigg. “I wanted to merge the gap between psychology and theology into one, and I chose Princeton.”

Princeton Theological Seminary has various masters programs, the most popular include the masters of divinity, masters in arts and theological study, and masters in theological education. The school requires students to take the GRE exam, complete the application process, and submit a personal statement and statement from their pastor.

“We know enough people have a calling on their life at Hampton and different institutions, so we just want to make ourselves available for those who feel they have a calling on their life and want to go straight into it,” said Grigg.

Representatives Dominique Bannarn and Jane Bartlett from Eastern Virginia Medical School shared information about their post bachelors program and their two-year pathologist’s assistant program as well.

The medical master’s degree program is a post-bachelors program that gives students an opportunity to boost their grades before entering the medical school of their choice. The requirements for the program are the same for medical school; students that complete the program also have high chances of being accepted into EVMS’s medical school.

“We’re literally 30 minutes away and we want Hampton students to know that EVMS is an option for them,” said Bannarn.

The new pathologist’s assistant program is one of 10 in the U.S. designed to increase employees in the pathology. Bartlett encourages students that are self-starters and always go the extra mile to apply. Students practice working with autopsies, grossing (dissecting of a dead body), and learn the entire system of the body.

Bannarn advised HU students when applying for any graduate program to share what makes them unique and ensure the school they select fits them.

“I always tell students to go for what your most passionate about and find a school period that fits them,” said Bannarn.

For students interested in law school representatives from Albany Law School, Emory University Law School, St. John’s University Law School and more shared information about their programs.

“We hold Hampton University in high esteem for years, and I try to get here as much as I can,” said Associate Director of Admissions at St. Johns University, Dorothy Moran.

St. Johns offers many opportunities through a diverse body of disciplines like studying in a global marketplace such as New York, and practicing training skills as a student under the supervision of a professor. The school also has study abroad programs; students can study in Europe and gain 6-8 credits in comparative law, comparing the European and U.S. legal system.

Moran encourages students interested in law school to “Study hard for the LSAT, come and visit to ensure its good fit for you, and do well in school that’s the first thing.”

For more information visit the career center for the list of visiting graduate and professional schools or visit the website of the institutions of your interests.

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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 sneak guns onto an Air Force Base. Although mental health is a large issue concerning national security, the Democratic party is concerned that there are not enough regulations in place to prevent mental health from having a role in gun violence period.

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump signed a bill that essentially made it easier for people to purchase firearms, including individuals with histories of mental illness. However, many democrats argue that President Trump’s actions have been hypocritical, with him making a statement which blamed the Texas shooting on mental health rather than a problem with gun laws.

Now, Democrats are attempting to take control of the situation by demanding stricter gun control laws. Statistics show that while around 80% of democrats are in favor of harsher regulations, only about 50% of republicans support it.

Along with democrats, some Hampton University students believe that stricter gun control laws should be put in place. Sophomore Denzel Little feels that there should be more precautions taken before someone is allowed to obtain a firearm.

“Background checks need to be extensive and required. There should either be limitations or no tolerance for someone with a mental health and a violent past to be able to purchase a gun. There should even be a program that people have to take before they can carry a weapon.”

Jailah Long, a freshman aviation major from Cincinnati believes gun control is something too serious to be taken so lightly by our politicians.

“Trump is blaming this on a disease, a condition people cannot sometimes control. Gun control is needed because it has continued to take innocent lives that should still be here today.”

Democrats continue to push for legislation such as the Background Completion Act and Obama’s Gun-check rule, hoping that change can be made to prevent future tragedies at the hands of wrongful gun violence.

Have the Colts wasted all their luck in Andrew Luck’s career?

William Ricks | Contributing Writer

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The Indianapolis Colts have had their share of QB drama this season.

Andrew Luck hasn’t played a down and the Colts have felt the impact of his absence, having a 3-6 record at this point in the season.

Luck’s rehab from offseason shoulder surgery has taken longer than the Colts would’ve hoped.

He was shut down from throwing a few weeks ago and received a cortisone shot.

This week, Luck was placed on IR by the Colts, ending his season before it even started.

Has the former Stanford quarterback’s career been mismanaged?

The Colts had early success with Luck. He lead them to three straight 11-5 seasons, and even an AFC championship game.

He was so good in fact, that he was able to disguise the Colts’ issues. The biggest problem was the offensive line. Brutal hits have plagued the rising star throughout his career. He has never had a stable o-line around him, which led to defenses being able to get immediate pressure on him.

In the 2015 season, Luck missed nine games due to the same shoulder injury he has currently.

Instead of sitting him out during last year’s season, his team gave him painkillers. This allowed Luck to be a tackling dummy, as he stood in the pocket behind a poor excuse of an offensive line.

It was no surprise that Luck needed shoulder surgery after playing through that kind of injury for two years.

The Colts’ lack of managing Luck’s injury better has caused them to throw away the 2017 season.

The organization had time to put pieces around Luck, as he was on a rookie contract until he signed a six-year $140 million contract in 2016.

Unfortunately for them, they didn’t take any steps to signing any impact players on the o-line or defense.

Now the Colts lack the cap space to sign any high-quality players.

This could be blamed on their former general manager Ryan Grigson, who made many questionable decisions during his time in Indianapolis.

Luck is 28 years old, so he still has many prime years left as a quarterback.

When he is healthy, he can tear apart a defense, throwing 132 touchdowns in his first five seasons.

The Colts haven’t wasted Luck’s career yet. The problems the Colts have on the offensive line, as well as the defensive side of the ball are so big, even Luck can’t cover them up like he did his first three seasons.

If the Colts don’t want to waste Andrew Luck’s career, they need to take this upcoming offseason to sign impact players on defense and solidify their offensive line.

Luck should be ready for the start of the 2018 season, and if he has the necessary pieces around him, his career will be reignited.

MoThoro drops his second album, ThoroLyfe: Execution

Carlie Beard | Staff Writer

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Rapper MoThoro, a Los Angeles native, has recently dropped his sophomore album titled ThoroLyfe: Execution. 

Along with being a rapper, Morris Taylor, also known as Mo, is a fourth-year, five-year MBA major at Hampton University. He balances being both a full-time student and rapper in the industry. Mo shares a record label called “LFTFLD” with his long time childhood friend Rasul Shabazz, who is also a rapper.

ThoroLyfe: Execution has a total of 12 songs and took just shy of four months to complete. Artists such as Mare and Kai Ca$h the rapper, who are both HU students, feature on this album.

To kick off the release of his new project, Mo threw a listening party the night before his album was officially released. Throughout the listening party, guests were able to hear his new project and helped Mo celebrate the completion of the second installment to the ThoroLyfe series.

When it comes to his motivation for entering the music industry, Mo is inspired by two people: his father and rapper Kendrick Lamar. Growing up, Mo witnessed his father being an underground rapper and was exposed to hip-hop music pretty early.

Mo reminisces on a time he saw one of his favorite rappers, Kendrick Lamar, passing out CDs on the streets of L.A. when Kendrick was still an underground rapper. This helped him understand the grind that goes into the music industry.

He has gained more knowledge and experience with the rap game now that he is dropping another album. However, he didn’t start this way.

Mo began by rapping nursery rhymes in his school’s talent show. When he noticed the great response from the crowd, he knew he had a chance in the rap industry. In 10th grade, he started recording songs in his room and posting them on WorldStarHipHop’s site, receiving 100K views.

He has now branched far away from nursery rhymes with new songs such as the crowd favorite “Be About It.” When asked what his favorite song from the album is, he responded, “Choosing one song is like choosing your favorite kid; it’s difficult. I really like “Be About It” and I think the ladies are going to like it, too, because it’s relatable.”

Let’s get into the album cover.  The cover art is not reggae related; however, green, yellow and red are colors that represent the Los Angeles city flag. It was only right that he paid homage to his hometown.

In reference to the significance of the “777” on the cover of the album, Mo stated that, “Seven is the number of completeness and perfection. My name, ‘MoThoro’ [is a play on the word] ‘thorough,’ [which] means ‘complete or to your best ability.’ I feel like the number ‘seven’ represents me as an artist.”

Mo mentioned that on this project, he challenged himself by stepping out of his comfort zone and singing more. He also was able to produce majority of the tracks on his album by himself.

So, what should fans expect next from MoThoro? He plans to continue working in the studio and to promote the album even more. Mo and Kai Ca$h are working on a project together, so stay tuned.

ThoroLyfe: Execution is available on iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud, Tidal, Google Play and Amazon. You can also access MoThoro’s new album by scanning the QR reader below using the QR Reader app on your iPhone.

HU launches Dream No Small Dream II : A $150 million campaign

Ivana Spurlock | Contributing Writer

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Students, faculty, and community members joined in celebration after the announcement of Hampton University’s Dream No Small Dreams II, a $150 million-dollar scholarship campaign..

The campaign allows for the university to uphold its ‘standard of excellence’ through various advancements, as they continue to fulfill its promise to Hampton University students.

Funds for the campaign are targeted to endow scholarships as HU continues to recruit the “best and brightest” students, also supplying chairs and professorship which will support teachers, research, and serving students in various departments such as business, education engineering, liberal arts and more.

Programmatic enhancements will assist with academic enrichment programs such as The Freddy T. Davy Honors College, the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute, STEM programs and more. The campaign will also fund faculty and technology enhancements, laboratory facilities and instrumentation, and academic facilities.

Each campaign will receive the amounts listed below:

Endowed Scholarships – $50 million

Endowed Professorships- $20 million

Programmatic Enhancements – $25 million

Faculty Enhancements/ Support – $15 million

Technology Enhancements, Laboratory Facilities & Instrumentation – $20 million

Academic Facilities- $20 million

“To any other institution, this might sound absurd, but for Hamptonians, this goal is more than achievable, because we pride ourselves on dreaming no small dreams,” said Martha Baye, president of the Student Government Association.

President Dr. William R. Harvey shared the progress HU has made since the university’s founding during his speech in Robert C. Ogden hall late October, reminding listeners how much students, faculty, and alumni, must support the institutions’ legacy.

“Through my 40 years as president, I have made it a point to continue the leadership as it relates to General Armstrong’s vision. Therefore, this $150 million-dollar campaign we set no limits as to what we can achieve,” said Dr. Harvey.

Chair of Hampton University Board of Trustee and class of 1971 Hampton alum Wesley Coleman shared his excitement following the announcement of the campaign. “We look forward to reaching the $150 million-dollar goal and the great work that will be accomplished as a result,” said Coleman.

Distinguished alumna Wilma Harper Horne gave her remarks at the kickoff encouraging Hamptonians to give regularly and to “give as much as you feel grateful for what your life is at that moment.” Horne’s contributions of over 7 figures have been praised leading to the rededication of the Science and Technology building in her name.

The campaign will have an impact on moving Hampton University to fulfill the vision of becoming a Carnegie Research I University enhancing the global stature of the institution.

The five year campaign has already reached their $118 million mark, and  Dr. Harvey believes the university will reach its goal well before then.

To find out more information about the campaign or to make a donation you may contact the campaign office at 757-727-5764 or e-mail campaign@hamptonu.edu

The cheating heart

Destany Manns | Contributing Writer

A relationship is a commitment between two people, for most. No games, just honesty and trust. However, some tend to stray away from this commitment.

Cheating is one of the top reasons couples break up today, making it more difficult to trust and be trusted. Where does this desire to cheat come from and what exactly does it mean to “cheat and be cheated on?”

Similar to flirting, the definition of cheating varies from person to person. “Cheating is hard to define because people have different understandings in their relationships,” said Zoe Gabel, a nursing major, from Philadelphia. “For me, my definition of cheating is acting in any way that is disrespectful or breaking the lines of mutual understandings of what it means to be together.”

“I consider cheating to be when my attention shifts from my significant other to someone else. If I’m entertaining another girl instead of my own, that’s cheating,” said Demandre Colston, a pre-pharmacy major, from Roanoke, Va.

There are gray areas when it comes to cheating, but most can agree that cheating consists of becoming physically intimate with someone other than your partner. This question arises: why does one go searching for more when they already have everything that they claim they want?

“[There is no] excuse to cheat, but most people’s reasoning is that the person they are with isn’t for them or that they don’t feel the same connection they once felt for them,” said Richmond native, Robert Osborne. “When you start to feel like the relationship isn’t what it used to be, you start looking for qualities [from] when the relationship was good in other places and other people.”

Some will only stay faithful if their significant other can keep them satisfied. However, if you feel like your partner isn’t “the one,” why string them along?

“It’s nice to have that safety net, someone to go back to. You know that they’ll always be around even without the physical aspect of the relationship.” said Breeon Buchanan, a strategic communications major from Philadelphia.

In a relationship, it’s often best to be up front and honest so it can work out. On the other hand, sometimes the relationship just can’t be fixed.

“A girl can try to do everything in her power to keep her man from cheating. She can feel as though she is doing everything right, but if temptation gets the best of him, he’s going to cheat.” said journalism major Tyla Barnes.

There is a double standard when it comes to cheating. Believe it or not, girls cheat just like guys do. When a boy cheats, there is often little to no surprise. Yet, it is frowned upon more for a woman to cheat on a man.

“There is a noticeable double standard when it comes to cheating. Women are seen as always being faithful while men have the ‘boy will be boys’ outlook,” said biology major Asjah Wallace. “I feel as though guys aren’t [viewed] as negatively as girls are when it comes to cheating, and, in some cases, guys use that to brag.”

Despite the frequency of cheating in today’s society, there are still some who overlook the temptation of the forbidden fruit. “When I am able to say he is ‘the one,’ that’s a wrap,” said Autumn Rikard, a pre-pharmacy major, from Charlotte. “Why would I want to ruin something great looking for something good?”

The hard-knock life of a child star

Nia Brevard | Contributing Writer

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Looking from the outside in, it seems that child stars have it all. They get to meet amazing people, travel the world, make thousands of dollars, and…be famous! But unfortunately, all of this luxury comes with a price.

“When I was younger, I did want to be a child star because of what I saw. But looking back on it, and seeing what fame actually did to [child stars], I now realize why my mom was against it,” said Queen Angu, a sophomore psychology major from Montgomery County, Md.

A USA Today article by Donna Freydkin titled Why Do Some Child Stars Implode? quotes Sister, Sister actress Tia Mowry on what it’s like being a child star.

“You’re a child who is working. You have a job. That job is a hard job. Everybody thinks being a child star is glamorous. But when you’re on a show, you are often carrying a whole show and you know that. You have to pull it off. You have to know your lines. People are making money off you,” said Tia Mowry.

Many child stars, such as Hilary Duff, Dylan and Cole Sprouse, Kenan Thompson, Brandy and Tia and Tamera Mowry, overcame the child star obstacles and hardships pretty well, continuing to have flourishing careers along with a well-functioning lives.

They all didn’t let the fame ruin them. However, not all child stars were this fortunate. Raven Symone, Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Bynes, Macaulay Culkin and Miley Cyrus are just a few of the known child stars that “fell in the hole” of growing up as a child star. Rehab, breakdowns and often times therapy took over their lives following those sweet, innocent child star years. With them constantly being in the spotlight, the media often exposed to the public aspects of the stars’ life that the he or she didn’t want highlighted, like personal matters or scandals. These are invasions of privacy and that can cause anyone to lose it.

“When I would go on Twitter and see certain child stars rebelling and going crazy, I’d automatically judge them and say things like, ‘they need to do better’, and then I’d start to [dislike] them,” said Ikenna Nwagbara, a sophomore electrical engineering major from Atlanta. “Now, I realize being a child star can permanently damage you.”

With all of this being said, Stranger Things stars Finn Wolfhard, 14, and Millie Bobby Brown, 13, are currently going through the downfall of being child stars.

Although Brown isn’t receiving the same type of harassment, she still is being subjected to looking older because of her choice of clothing and makeup.

Brown often passes as an 18-year-old just based off her choice of clothes. Many took to social media to say that she doesn’t look her age, but honestly, she still is presenting herself as a young lady. Her level of fashion is just high quality.

Finn Wolfhard is experiencing a lot of  harassment being a young celebrity. Recently on twitter, Ali Michael, 27-year-old model, tweeted to Wolfhard, “Once you turn 18, hit me up,” implying that Wolfhard, in his young age, is visually appealing. This tweet received a lot of backlash because of Wolfhard being only 14. Also, if the roles were reversed, with Wolfhard being a young girl instead, the outcomes would have been different, to say the least.

TMZ asked Wolfhard about his thoughts on the tweet, and to sum it up, he wasn’t pleased. Even though the tweeter apologized, Wolfhard still called the situation “gross” in the recent interview.

These are just a few obstacles and difficulties that most child stars, if not all, have to endure. To say that the life of a child star is full of glitz and glamour is definitely a fictitious statement. One must add pressure, harassment, privacy invasion and childhood robbing, to correct it.

Fabulous fall footwear

Leenika Belfield-Martin | Lifestyle Editor

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Fall has officially arrived at Hampton. Multi-colored leaves are everywhere, and the days are shorter. Worst of all, the temperature has dropped. But, don’t fret my fellow Hampton women; you can still slay some cute shoes even if the weather isn’t so welcoming.

Mion Edwards, a senior journalism major, marketing minor from D.C. is Hampton’s resident fashionista. Edwards runs a fashion blog and has recently begun personal styling. Edwards created her blog, Styles by Mion, four years ago. It focuses on women empowerment, fashion and lifestyle.

She gets her shoe inspiration from other fashion bloggers and from Teen Vogue’s editor-in-chief, Elaine Welteroth.

“Shoes can definitely enhance the outfit. [Shoe choice] is the determining factor [as to] whether your outfit is casual [or] more refined.” Edwards said. “Jeans, a t-shirt and sneakers have a different feel than jeans, a t-shirt and pumps.”

According to Edwards, a fashionable woman needs these three shoes in her closet during the fall: a long, to-the-knee boot, a bootie and a pair of UGGs.

Long, riding boots are a timeless fall shoe. They are perfect for the weather because they cover the entire foot, as well as parts of the calf and sometimes thigh. “This type of boot is durable, and you can still be cute in it.” Edwards said.

UGGs are classic fall shoes that almost every girl, and even some guys, have in their wardrobe. The classic UGG boots can be worn with both casual and dressy outfits.

However, avoid wearing these shoes in the snow in rain, unless you get the waterproof ones.

Edwards said that her favorite trend of this season is, “booties, booties and more booties because they come in different shapes in sizes. Some have little belt around them, [while others] have stars and little accessories or some embellishment on it.”

The best part about booties is that they give the illusion of a heel without the discomfort.

Edwards said that this season’s key colors for shoes are black, forest green, gray, burgundy, and olive green. Other fall colors are tan, brown and sienna.

Shoe accents will make your outfit pop. Animal print patterns can be paired with a dark pair of jeans and a neutral-colored shirt to create a clean yet daring look.

This season, don’t be afraid to wear shoes with loud colors, such as bright red or yellow; just make sure that the other elements of your outfit are complimenting your shoes.

Popular and affordable clothing retailers, such as Forever 21 and H&M, are one-stop shops for tops, bottoms, accessories and shoes. Other shoe stores that offer student discounts include Steve Madden, TOMS, Boohoo and Missguided.

Also, Charlotte Russe has an in-store and online “Tuesday Shoesday,” offering sales on all shoes every week. Every order $50 and over is shipped free, too.

Edwards recommends the black-owned business, Pink Plastic Babes, as well.

Shoe subscription boxes are the newest way to shop shoes. ShoeDazzle sends customers a pair of shoes monthly for as low as $39.95 each.

The site even has a quick “Style Quiz” that customers can take to get a refined selection of shoes that fit their style. When customers purchase their first style, they are only charged $10.

JustFab is another shoe subscription service that is similar to ShoeDazzle. With JustFab, however, customers are offered free shipping for purchases $50 and over.

Now IS the time to talk about gun control

Jordan Benefiel | Staff Writer

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Jennifer Palacios, center, biological mother of 14-year-old Annabelle Pomeroy, who died in a mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, is comforted by her son, Timothy Rodriguez, left, and her mother, Diana Palacios, at a memorial service in Sutherland Springs on Nov. 6. | Photographer: Jay Janner | The Associated Press 

 

The gun control debate is heating up again after the latest horrific mass shooting.

A couple weeks ago, the deadliest mass shooting on U.S. soil took place in Las Vegas, and nothing involving gun control was initiated.

Now here we are again, faced with another tragic shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas. On Nov. 5, Devin Kelley walked into Sutherland Springs’ First Baptist Church and opened fire.

He killed a total of 27 people, ages ranging 18 months to 77, with half of his victims being children, making this shooting the largest in Texas’ history.

The police have confirmed that the attack was not racially or religiously motivated. People close to Kelley described him as unwell and disturbed.

He was dishonorably discharged from the military for domestic abuse, an offense that should have barred him from buying guns.

Despite his being able to acquire an AR-566 as well as some smaller firearms with his discharge record, he initially went to the church to kill his mother-in-law, according to police reports that threatening text messages had been sent to her by him prior to the attack.

The pro-gun control activists and politicians are calling for more stringent background checks for firearm consumers, preventing people with mental illnesses from purchasing and owning guns.

Common sense laws around gun control are, well, common sense, and the pro-gun right people know that. That’s why their usual responses are short on facts and full of emotion. However, in this case, there’s a factor that they feel somewhat vindicates their rhetoric, specifically that the only thing that can stop a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun.

Shortly after the church shooting, Kelley was stopped after a bystander shot him in the leg and torso as he was fleeing the crime scene, leading pro-gun proponents such as the NRA to prop him up as their hero.

When asked about gun suppporters’ views on gun control in cases like the church shooting, Kennedy Peace, a first year strategic communications major, said, “Even though Malcolm X once said, ‘Sometimes you have to pick the gun up to put the gun down,’ I disagree. I believe violence only brings temporary results. So, instead of stopping a bad person with a gun by having a good person with a gun, I think that there needs to be action taken at the source of the problem, which, believe it or not, is not solely about the gun, but the person behind the trigger.”

Get in the Game: Sports industry experts visit HU

Amber Smith | Staff Writer

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Experts came and shared valuable insight on the ins and outs of the sports industry with Hampton University students during a panel discussion in Scripps Howard Auditorium last week.

On November 8th, panelists Kelli Webb, publicist and founder of the KBD group, Aaron Rouse, former NFL safety, Carl Francis, NFLPA Director of Communications, and Tony Brothers, NBA referee all graced Scripps with an open forum.

Scripps professor, April Woodard and students from her JAC 320 class hosted the event and had the opportunity to ask panelists current event questions.

Panelists were each interviewed individually then as a panel.

Questions were raised as to how to react in a crisis, respond to social issues, and remain professional when dealing with celebrity clients.

Many of the experts also gave advice on how to prosper in the industry.

“In cases where clients do feel the need to speak up it is our job to help them harness the power of their platform and tweak their messaging so that it is presented in a way that it is intended to be,” said Webb.

Students were interested in how the panelists responded to the recent movement with athletes kneeling during the national anthem and the controversy surrounding the issue, while remaining professional.

“If I was still in the NFL I would’ve definitely taken a knee, regardless how you feel about Colin Kaepernick,” said former NFL safety Carl Francis.

“It is important for us to really come together as a Black community and show unity.”

Panelists also discussed a major aspect of the sports industry: the power of social media as a positive and negative tool.

Brothers provided a first-hand account of social media’s impact when talking about the death threats he received via social media after officiating a big game.

“After I called a play at a game I received a death threat from someone and the police had to stay with me for a couple hours after the game to be sure nothing was going to come about from that threat,” NBA referee, Tony Brothers said.

The sports industry may not always be all fun and games but many of the panelists insist that working hard and making the right contacts while using your resources is the ultimate key to succeed in this business.