The Search for a new face



Timia Whitsey | Contributing Writer

It was an exciting and memorable afternoon for the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications on Thursday, September 24th. The WHOV-TV News crew went on the hunt to find the new faces of the channel, and several eager students rose to the challenge.

Over 40 Hamptonians auditioned to prove how qualified they are for the position of anchor. Auditions were highly competitive with each individual bringing their A-game and unique talent to the table.

Stress levels and nerves were through the roof as each person anxiously awaited their chance to be on the big screen.

The crowd of candidates was very diverse, however, the class of 2019, Quintessence 10, made up a majority of the population.

One freshman in particular, Miss Arianna Coles had plenty to say about her unforgettable WHOV-TV audition experience. “There were so many other students auditioning, the set was much larger than high school, and I was not expecting a crowd during my auditions. I was on the verge of breaking down and throwing the towel in”, Coles admitted.

However, after hearing a couple of encouraging words, Arianna pushed herself to give a great performance. “Because of the WHOV-TV [anchor] auditions, I am now more confident, and I will never let an opportunity pass me by because I am scared” she proudly stated.

While a position will not be available for everyone that auditioned, the tremendous turnout does symbolize the growth of the wonderful journalism and communications department here on campus.

The number of incoming Scripps Howard students is expected to increase each semester simply due to the fact that the program “emphasizes excellence and innovation while adhering to the core standards and ethical principles of the industry.”

The drive and desire for success within the Scripps building is not only inspirational, but also motivational. That positive presence felt throughout the entire audition process was powerful enough to uplift those that had fear in their hearts and re-assure others that the long nights spent studying the scripts had paid off.

Scripps majors and minors are very fortunate to have such experienced and knowledgeable professors in the program. These professors aim to educate and mold America’s next generation of PR’s, anchors, producers, writers, and other leaders in the media world.

Since there are so many passionate students ready to involve themselves in mass communication related activities, WHOV will be giving all those interested a chance to work behind the scenes on the news crew and with the WHOV 88.1 FM radio station.

These opportunities are not only enjoyable, but also an opportunity to make lifelong connections and build an outstanding resume. All in all, according to crewmember, Desmond Smalley, “the auditions went exceptionally well, and the team is excited for the upcoming school year.”

For future reference, all students are encouraged to attend the next audition regardless of major. In the meantime, Hamptonians should be on the lookout for new faces, voices, and ideas quickly coming their way.


Get fit with the ‘Crawlin’ Crab’



Wesley Eggleston | Staff Writer

J&A Racing will be hosting their annual “Crawlin Crab”  half marathon, 5K, children’s run and Craft Brew Fest this Friday through Sunday in downtown Hampton.

Barring any inclement weather, the event will kick off on October 2nd with a Sports and Fitness Expo at the Hampton Roads Convention Center and feature vendors from the health and fitness industry; October 3 will feature the 5K, beginning at 8 a.m., and 1K Kid’s Run at 9:30 a.m. and conclude with the half marathon on October 4 at 8 am.

The Craft Brew fest will take place Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There are a few key reasons why the event has been so successful in past years.

Firstly, in the race’s inaugural year, it was the largest running race ever put together on the Peninsula. Secondly, it provides a fun atmosphere to Hampton that all families and participants can appreciate. 

Thirdly, it promotes the City of Hampton and provides an economic boost to city businesses, hotels, restaurants, shops and attractions.   

The event’s organizer, Bob Schniedwind is the volunteer coordinator, community relations director, and youth programs director for J&A Racing. The event will promote several benefits to the Hampton Roads area such as eating right, how to maintain a steady workout regimen and the importance of being active.

“The race will also help the premier charity, The Noblemen [a Va. Beach based philanthropic group], who provide assistance to children in need throughout Hampton Roads,” Mr. Schniedwind shared.

While the city of Hampton will benefit most from the event, Hampton University will also garner recognition from the surrounding neighborhoods and runners for their contributions.

Mrs. Jelisa Sinn-Braswell’s UNV 200 class will be a part of the action as a cheer team that will be motivating runners on the sidelines.

“Usually our cheer team meets at Eaton and E Queen Streets with banners we’ve decorated to encourage and cheer on the runners as they pass the 6th mile marker”, Sinn-Braswell said.  In addition to Sinn-Braswell’s class, students can be course marshals, responsible for distributing  water or rooting the runners on as they pass by.

Some of the other groups volunteering will include the Hampton University branch of the Hampton Roads Naval ROTC Unit, the Zeta Xi Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho sorority, and students from the Beta Chapter of Iota Phi Theta fraternity.   

With students and faculty of Hampton University so heavily involved, it shows the Hampton Roads area that Hampton Nation cares and contributes to the greater good of the community.

“We are grateful to have Hampton University students and faculty be part of the eventful weekend. Several will be participating, and several others will be assisting as volunteers,” Mr. Schniedwind said. 

“Some will be volunteering as individuals, but we also have a few organized groups – such as Ms. Sinn-Braswell’s amazing cheer station – who will be assisting runners throughout the weekend.” 

With such a big event coming to town, one may be wondering if a celebrity might make an appearance to get things started. Unfortunately, to date, no celebrities have shown up to the event but Hampton Mayor George Wallace is scheduled to make an appearance.

With all that the Crawlin Crab weekend festivities have to offer, the event should be memorable this year and for more years to come.

There’s Moore to your rights

Arriana McLymore | Editor-in-chief

The Hampton University Student Government Association (SGA) is continuing to make its mark on campus for the 2015- 2016 academic year by introducing new positions to the organization.

Davon Moore, a junior journalism major from Greenville, North Carolina, is the Attorney General for SGA, one of the newest positions in the organization. The role of the Attorney General is to ensure that all students know their rights and responsibilities at Hampton University.

It is also the Attorney General’s duty to make sure that students of the university know the rules and regulations stated in Hampton University’s Code of Conduct.

“Sometimes students need to hear it from their peers about the rules and their rights or how to make it here versus hearing it from administration,” said Moore.

Earlier this month, Moore held an event to illustrate the importance of knowing what is in the student handbook and the consequences. The event was called Know Your Rights #HUStudentsMatter and consisted of a panel of students and faculty of the university.

“This event is just to make students aware of what’s in place, so that when we do have town hall meetings, they can voice their opinions and questions there,” said Moore. “It’s also to address their concerns with the student trustee, who has connections to administration.”

SGA Vice President Justin Williams, Student Trustee LaQuayle Agurs, Miss Pre-Law and member of the Hampton University NAACP chapter Bria Henry, Junior Class President Rashad Williams, Director of Student Activities Anzell Harrell, Richard East, a member of the Hampton University police department served as panelists for the event.

The rules that are violated most frequently on Hampton’s campus by students is the use of drugs and alcohol. The second rule in the Hampton University Code of Conduct states “to be involved in the possession, use, distribution of and sale of illegal drugs is strictly prohibited and is in direct violation of the Hampton University Code, on or off campus.”

“I want to help students understand that now that they are a part of this family, this university, you are the university,” said Moore. “So, where you go, the name Hampton carries with you.”

Once students have violated the rules and regulations described in the official student handbook and Code of Conduct, it is reported to Hampton University’s administration.

Violations can lead to students being suspended or expelled, which is determined after a hearing with administration. If a student is suspended or expelled, they are required to be off of university grounds by 5 o’clock in the evening the following day. This process has been coined “out by five.”

“Once you violate what’s in the handbook, you’re setting yourself up because there is nothing else anyone can do,” said Moore. “As Attorney General, I just want to help you realize what’s in the handbook, to prevent you from getting to that point of getting out by five.”

Moore is currently planning more events to bring student awareness to the Code of Conduct. Some of these events will include dorm chats, presentations, and other forms of communication throughout the student body.

Moore continues to inform students on the ins and outs of the student handbook, while advising students to make responsible decisions for their futures.

“Think about yourself. Think about your future, your education, and everything you’ve work towards before you get yourself in trouble,” advised Moore.

This is only the beginning for Moore and Hampton University’s SGA. This week will continue with other SGA events such as a community service opportunity, a movie night and a seminar.

WHOV revamps its newscast for the 2015-2016 school year


(Margie Merritt)

Margie Merritt | Contributing Writer

News is breaking everyday, and the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications is proud to announce the revamped WHOV Student News Program.

From production to editorial staff, the students are in total control of the WHOV program airing live on Hampton’s campus. Last week, students auditioned for all on-air positions, from reporters to main anchors.

All classifications were represented during the auditions. Leondra Head, a freshman journalism major from Newnan, Georgia thinks it is a great experience.

“It’s great for WHOV auditions to be open to freshmen,” said Head.  “This gives freshmen an opportunity to get their foot in the door as soon as they come to Hampton.”

WHOV gives all students the opportunity to get hands on experience without having to leave campus. This year the team plans to enlist students to help in making the final decision of who they want to see on the air.

Starting this week auditions will be running every other hour in the Scripps Howard Atrium. After you have selected your favorites you can send your votes to

Though the selection process is open to all students, some have mixed feelings about how people are chosen. “This could be good or bad,” said Caelyn Sutton, a junior journalism major from Atlanta. “Students could just pick their friends and not really the best person for the position.”

Davon Moore, a junior journalism major from Greenville, North Carolina thinks otherwise. “This will provide a great real world experience for us,” said Moore. “Having our peers and faculty voting is very similar to what we would go through with industry executives.”

Along with selecting new talent, WHOV also has a new faculty advisor.  Kurt Hogan is a renowned journalist who began his media career as an actor and producer in New York City.

Hogan along with the team of student producers lead the student auditions. “I have already seen some extraordinarily talented students, in both my classrooms as well as those who have expressed interest in becoming a part of the show, both in front of and behind the camera,” said Hogan.

WHOV is dedicated to bringing the news to the students at Hampton University. During the 30 minute broadcast, the newscast covers campus, local, national, business, entertainment and sports news. This year WHOV will also have a special political feature that will cover the presidential road to the White House.

Starting October 15, WHOV will air live every Thursday at 7pm. Voting for anchors ends October 9.


2015 WNBA Finals set to showcase a repeat of 2012



Moriah Felder | Staff Writer

The Indiana Fever overpowered the New York Liberty to win Game 3, 66-51, and took the Eastern conference crown on September 29 after being down 1-0 in the series. The Fever will travel to Minnesota to face the Lynx in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 3pm on ABC.

This series will be a rematch of the 2012 Finals when the Fever defeated the Lynx to win the franchise’s first championship.

Three years ago, the Lynx were looking to be the first team to win back to back championships since the LA Sparks, led by legend Lisa Leslie, in 2002. However, the Fever pulled off the upset, winning 3-1. Future Hall of Fame forward Tamika Catchings added to her list of accolades when she was named Finals MVP.

After losing Game 1 and being down by 15 at halftime of Game 2 of the 2015 Eastern Conference Finals, it looked as if the Fever’s season was over but a 21-4 run in the fourth quarter propelled Indiana to a 70-64 win to force a decisive Game 3 in Madison Square Garden.

The Fever, still led by Catchings at age 36, controlled the game from the opening tip, building an 18 point lead in the third quarter.

The Liberty refused to quit and went on a 12-3 run to close the third and scored the first five points of the fourth quarter. However, the Fever responded by going on a 10-0 run of their own to solidify their victory.

Catchings, who announced that she will retire after next season, has been the center of the Indiana franchise for the last 15 seasons and the reason for the team’s postseason success.

The Fever is 8-2 in elimination games and Catchings averaged 21.2 points and 8.8 rebounds in nine of those games. The 10-time All-Star currently holds WNBA playoff records in points, rebounds, steals and double-doubles.

In the West, the Minnesota Lynx had a much easier road to the Finals. For the third consecutive time, the Lynx faced the Phoenix Mercury in the Western Conference Finals.

The Lynx got off to a slow start in Game 1 but forward Rebekkah Brunson stepped up by grabbing 12 defensive rebounds, setting a franchise playoff-record 19 rebounds overall and contributing 13 points. The Lynx topped the Mercury 67-60 to take the series, 2-0.

Two time WNBA MVP forward Maya Moore had a career high 40 points and a decisive defensive play to close out the series against Phoenix. With the score tied at 71 and three seconds on the clock, Moore stole a pass from the Mercury’s sixth woman guard Noelle Quinn.

Quinn was called for a controversial reach-in foul sending Moore to the foul line with 1.5 seconds on the clock.

Moore missed the first and made the second shot, bringing the score to 72-71 and sending the Lynx to the championship series for the fourth time in five years.

The WNBA released an official statement stating, “We have determined a foul should not have been called on Quinn for contact on Moore while Moore was attempting to advance the ball.”

Both teams are returning very similar rosters from their 2012 showdown including Briann January, Erlana Larkin, and Shavonte Zellous for Indiana and All-Stars Moore, Brunson, Lindsay Whalen and Seimone Augustus for Minnesota.

The Lynx have had a week to rest and prepare for another shot at the title, while the Fever have played two series that were extended to three games as the Fever fought back from a 1-0 hole in both.

The key for Minnesota in this Finals matchup will be limiting the offensive production of Indiana.

The Fever topped the league with a 36 percent three point conversion rate and averaged 77.7 points per game during the regular season, while the Lynx averaged 75.5.

Indiana guard and former UMD standout Marissa Coleman will be a player to watch. Coleman is averaging 11 points per game in these playoffs and has shot 5 of 7 from the beyond the arc.

Despite the Fever’s offensive production, getting past the Lynx defense will be a struggle. The Lynx were picked as the preseason favorite to win it all with their started studded roster than includes five Olympians.

They ranked third in the league in points allowed, averaging 71.7 per game and their opponents averaged to shoot only 31.3 percent of three-pointers.

Center Sylvia Fowles will be an essential part of  the Lynx defense. Fowles was acquired July 27 from the Chicago Sky and made a quick impact.

In the conference finals, the 6-6 center averaged 10 points, 14 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. The combination of Fowles and Bruson in the paint may be just what Minnesota needs to beat the Fever.

The Fever will be in Minnesota on Sunday and then will play Game 2 on Oct. 6 and Game 3  Oct. 9 at 8PM on ESPN2.

Four weeks have passed and where is Colin Kaepernick?



Bakari Clemmons | Staff Writer

Where is Colin Kaepernick?

This is the question that San Francisco 49ers fans and NFL fans alike have been asking in the first four weeks of the NFL season.

Just three years removed from being in the Super Bowl, the San Fran QB just looks lost on the field.

Last Sunday, the Niners were destroyed by the Arizona Cardinals, 47-7. The saddest part about it is that the 49ers quarterback threw more touchdowns for the opposing team than his own.

Kaepernick threw a total of four interceptions with two of them being returned for touchdowns.

The two pick-six’s came within the first six minutes of the first quarter. The Milwaukee native finished the Week 3 matchup with only 67 yards, no passing TDs, one rushing TD, a 47.4 completion rate and a humiliating quarterback rating of 16.7.

Lets not forget, Kaepernick was the talk of the town just a few years ago. Since taking over for Alex Smith in Week 10 of the 2012 season, the 49ers have been Kaepernicks team. He led his team to postseason wins over the Green Bay Packers and the Atlanta Falcons before falling to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.

For 2012 to be Kaepernicks first year starting in an NFL game, his performance that season was not half bad, which the numbers prove.

Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers made it back to the playoffs in 2013 after having an outstanding 12-4 regular season record. The 49ers made it back to the NFC Championship game that season but lost to the eventual Super Bowl XLVIII Champions, the Seattle Seahawks.

The 49ers were favorites to make another playoff run in the 2014 season and then the season happened. The 49ers finished with an 8-8 record and missed out on the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

The decline of the 49ers increased as they lost head coach Jim Harbaugh back to the college ranks where he came from and key players like linebacker Patrick Willis and defensive end Justin Smith to retirement.

Coach Harbaugh was replaced by former defensive line coach Jim Tomsula, who had only ever coached one game in the NFL.

Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio also left and was replaced by Eric Mangini, former head coach of the New York Jets from 2006 to 2008 and the Cleveland Browns in 2009 and 2010.

At offensive coordinator, Greg Roman left for the Buffalo Bills and Geep Chryst replaced him. Chryst was previously the quarterback coach in charge of Kaepernick. Offensive tackle Anthony Davis, guard Erik Pears, wide receiver Michael Crabtree and running back Frank Gore were among many players that left the organization during the off season for new squads.

So, in terms of San Francisco’s early struggles, its not entirely Kaepernicks fault. With a slew of new coaches and players, its clear that they are having a hard time adjusting so far. The 49ers last two games wiped away the great start they had against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1 when they won 20-3.

In Week 2 and 3, the 49ers’ defense allowed a total of  90 points for the first time since 1980. The 49ers also have the third-worst passing game in the NFL right now with an average of 172 yards per game.

Kaepernick, the 49ers organization and their fans are hoping to get back on track and back to playing like the 2011-12 and 2012-13 49ers.

Colin Kaepernick must make a comeback and take control of this team. If the Niners hope to turn their season around, Kap must command the offense and put numbers on the board, for his team’s (and fan base’s) sake.

Flood on campus at Hampton University

Photos from this past weekend’s flood at Hampton University.

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Harbor’s gate: protection or power play?

(Ayanna Wilson/Hampton Script Staff)

(Ayanna Wilson/Hampton Script Staff)

Malik Jones | Associate Editor

Ever since the Hampton Harbors Apartments were gated, students have wondered whom exactly the gate is helping and why?  Among the many other things that Hampton University could (and should) allocate money for, that gate was a priority. It’s an interesting puzzle that has yet to be solved and begs the question: “Does Hampton truly have their students’ best interests at heart, or will they do anything to kill two birds with one stone?”

It goes without saying that the “Standard of Excellence” at Hampton University is seen through everything its students do, from their academics to extracurricular activities. However, that same standard cannot be said for some of the campus housing, including the 246 two-bedroom, university-owned Harbor apartments.

The Harbors gate, which is nearly always open and offers no type of security checkpoint for visitors, whether driving or on foot, is more of a hindrance than a lasting solution.

“I think it [the gate] helps regulate the people coming into the complex,” said Romere Hopson, a junior biology major from Grand Rapids, Michigan and a current resident of the Harbors, “but it might also be very inconvenient for the residents trying to leave and come back because of the gate slowing traffic down.”

According to the International Foundation For Protection Officers (IFPO), gated housing communities are “residential areas with restricted access designed to privatize normally public spaces.” The people who design these communities are then able to market them as “safer, friendlier, and more economically stable than traditional urban or even suburban neighborhoods.”

Now, even though the university owns this project, and the majority of its inhabitants are students, the Hampton Harbors is still available to the greater community of Hampton Roads. Simply stated, non-Hampton students can live there.

That being the case, it makes sense that the university would want to do everything in its power to increase the complex’s marketability and provide a secure, family-friendly environment; the result being an awkwardly placed cast-iron façade.

Since its erection, the Harbor gate has made no noticeable impact on the influx of students that ease through it every week. Those bars do not deter students as they wander in the night, desperately hopping from one uneventful party to the next.

Students are still packed from wall to wall in the tiny living rooms and the party hosts are still wondering where all those random people came from. Meanwhile, Hampton University continues to increase its exorbitant revenue stream.

As a college student, you should always feel certain that you are in a safe space where you are free to learn and grow. Don’t the Harbor’s residents deserve that same peace of mind? Gated communities were originally designed as a safeguard against so-called “criminals” who may have preyed upon residents in the area.

With 4,533 property crimes reported last year (728 burglary, 3,577 theft, and 228 vehicle theft;  students are advised to take a more active role in their safety and question whether Hampton University could and/or should be doing more to ensure the continued safety of its students.

2015 Hampton SGA inauguration (Photos)

Check out these photos of the 2015 Student Government inauguration from the Hampton Script photography staff.


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Hampton students inducted at 2015 SGA Inauguration

(Dominique Hill/Hampton Script Staff)

(Dominique Hill/Hampton Script Staff)

Marquise Brown | Staff Writer

The SGA family added a few new members this week during the annual Student Government Association Inauguration. Students smiled proudly as they were inducted into their various positions.

For the inductees, tonight was unforgettable. Excited inductee Jaila Durant, a Sophomore entrepreneurship major from Detroit said “I feel that this will help me as far as being the middle man between the students, SGA, and the President as he goes to those people who he needs to speak to about changing things on campus. I believe that being a part of that will be monumental for me because once I come back as an alumnus I will be able to see those changes that I was a part of.”

After the Inauguration, proud SGA President Justin Shaifer offered words of gratitude and hope.  “I am both honored in enthusiastic to hold this position of service to Hampton University. I can use this position to enhance the quality of student life here on Hampton University’s campus by not only advocating for the student body to administration, but also giving energy to the student body to work toward their own initiatives,” said Shaifer.

“But also placing students in the proper places so that we can ensure the continuity of our Student Government Association once I have graduated and once my successor has graduated as well. I would like for SGA to continue to in the manner that it has been organized for years upon years upon years.”

Shaifer works closely with many SGA members including Hanna Amanuel, a sophomore kinesiology major executive assistant to the SGA President. Amanuel said “I feel like SGA is an organization which not only prepares you for an successful tenure at Hampton but after Hampton and I am more than excited to have this leadership role at Hampton University and work with Justin in his administration.”

Da’Quan Love, former Student Government Association President at Hampton University and current Assistant Director of Young Alumni Affairs, said, “The inaugural address gives the class a chance to see the new SGA President. I have seen Justin Shaifer transform since he worked in my cabinet when I was SGA President. He has worked of the fruit of his labor he reminds me of Dr. Harvey. He utilizes Presidents Harvey Leadership model he upholds the standard of excellence.”

The inauguration reminded older SGA cabinet members about how it felt back when they were inducted.

Alexander Peters a third year five-year MBA program from Schaumburg, Illinois said, “The advice I would give to a freshman is to just get involved there is so much to do on campus that people don’t see and we always need help don’t be afraid to show up in get plugged in. Don’t just use it as a resume builder uses it as something that you would want to continue and see yourself growing in.”

SGA President and the cabinet plan to go above and beyond this school year. With the new inductees being admitted, the Student Government Association will grow to be stronger than ever.