HU’s Graduate and Professional School Fair

Ya-Marie Sesay | Campus Editor


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.

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

Ivana Spurlock | Contributing Writer

Courtesy of Ya-Marie Sesay

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

Get in the Game: Sports industry experts visit HU

Amber Smith | Staff Writer

Hampton University

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.

The Career Center is here for you!

Ivana Spurlock | Contributing Writer

Hampton University students have a guide on campus to assist them in all their professional endeavors—the Career Center.

The facility provides adequate services including teaching professional skills, resume building, practicing mock interviews and more.

“Each year we want [students] to come to the Caree Center to interact with us”, said Bessie Willis, director of the Career Center.

As a Hampton alumna herself, Willis has proudly served her alma mater in the capacity of director since 2010. “I love what I do,” Willis said. “I love seeing students go out and be successful; Hampton students choose to be successful.”

Hampton’s stellar reputation allows the Career Center to stay in contact with major companies that recruit Hampton students.

The staff also researches and contacts other companies that seem fit for the student body. These efforts result in a plethora of events that the Career Center offers, including the Career Fair (Fall and Spring), Graduate and Professional School Fair in November, company information sessions, mock interviews, professional interviews and resume building offered daily.

Under Willis’ leadership the past seven years, the Career Center has increased the number of companies that visit the campus, built a resourceful computer lab where students can come and work on resumes and research companies, provided career assessment tools and increased their research on companies to provide students with ample information.

The Career Center staff members now have more technological advancements when preparing students.        They are currently promoting an “E-Recruitment” process that enables students to submit their resumes online.

Students who register for the system have access more than 3,000 companies they can get in contact with.

Once students take the initiative to sign up, they can access the system at home or even on their cell phones.

E-Recruitment allows students to gain exposure by submitting their resumes and networking with reputable companies.

“Quite a few students that take advantage of the Career Center opportunities walk away with job offers in senior year and sometimes even junior year,” said Willis.

HU bookstore gets a new look

Ya-Marie Sesay | Campus Editor

Courtesy of Ya-Marie Sesay

You asked, it’s here: Hampton’s newly renovated collegiate bookstore.

Students and Alumni entered Hampton University’s Collegiate Bookstore during homecoming week in surprise to the newly renovated look.

“We got nothing but praises! During homecoming week we had some alumni coming in, and even they said it’s great that we’ve gotten an update,” said Michael Scott, a bookstore sales associate and senior international studies major from Delaware.

After months of student input, planning and construction, the HU Administration made another advancement in improving student life on campus.

The remodeled store has more selections for students, such as new apparel choices, increased textbook options, electronics, a variety of snacks, hair products and a new look.

The nearly 20-year-old store is now surrounded with photos of student-athletes, school spirit and students in the library. The wall that divided the clothes and the books has been transformed into a pirate ship showcasing Pirate pride. There is also much more space and vibrant colors.

“It’s a big change, a 180-degree turn,” Scott said. “It’s more open, more decorative. It’s more convenient for us to come from our apartments or dorms and just pick up whatever we need.”

Hampton University’s Auxiliary Enterprises, the office responsible for students’ experience at HU, heard the demands of students for new items in the bookstore and chose to completely rebrand the store to increase student attraction.

“The remodel was an exciting venture; the response has been overwhelmingly positive, and we know there is no other bookstore as great as the one on HU’s campus,” Director of Auxiliary Enterprises Taryn Boone said.

In partnership with Follett Higher Education Group, the university wanted all decisions to completely benefit students. Boone told the Hampton Script she would sit with students in the dining hall and casually ask what they would like to see in their bookstore.

“It was a very beautiful collaborative effort, I feel good about it,” Boone said.

Another great aspect introduced at the start of the semester is the price-match option. Students can compare the price of a textbook in store with prices from Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. The price difference can be given to the student through a bookstore gift card that can be used to purchase the new fashionable apparel and other textbooks.

Students also can order textbooks in store and receive them within 48 hours without shipping expenses.

Many new electronics such as laptops and printers are now available in the bookstore. Students also have the option to charge their electronic expenses to their HU account.

In celebration of the university’s 150 years and President William R. Harvey’s 40th anniversary, the store included a section dedicated to the milestones. The section includes shirts, watches, hats, cups and Dr. Harvey’s recently published book, Principles of Leadership.

“It is my sincere hope that the students embrace it, enjoy it and brag about it all over social media,” Boone said. “Hampton has a high standard of excellence. The students [should] understand change does take time, but the administration [is] always working to give you a positive experience.”

Hampton cares, indeed

Raven Reaves-Jackson | Contributing Writer

Courtesy of Ya-Marie Sesay

With October being a busy month at Hampton University, students still find the time to spread awareness on health issues.

Campus organizations focused on two important causes such as Breast Cancer Awareness and Domestic Violence.

The Gamma Iota Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., hosted their 3rd Annual Pink Bowl in early October.

The Pink Bowl began with a  march from the Booker T. Washington statue to Bemis Lawn for the tournament.

Each team included seven players and a required registration fee of $35.

The fraternity donated all proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

The event took three months of planning, and successfully had nearly 20 teams participate.

“Breast Cancer is something that is so prevalent in our community. It is something that needs to be addressed, fought, and won,” said Michael Adams, a junior psychology major and director of the Pink Bowl.

Women’s Caucus showed their support for breast cancer by hosting their very own week dedicated to the disease.

Events included a bake sale with pink treats, a bedazzle your bra party and more. In partnership with the Student Government Association, both organizations sold pink ribbons in support of breast cancer in the Student Center daily.

Another well-known organization, Campus Curlz, focused on domestic violence.

Transitions Family Violence Services, a shelter dedicated to domestic violence victims, motivated them to raise awareness in the HU community.

Last week the members of Campus Curlz and HU students stood on the steps of Robert C. Ogden Hall in purple attire to raise awareness for domestic violence.

“So many people are affected by domestic violence and it’s one of those things that is swept under the rug,” said Nia Wellman, Campus Curlz founder.

“It should not be like [that], more people should feel [that] they can speak out and the people who commit the crimes need to be punished,” said Wellman.

Members stopped students and asked them to read note cards that contained facts like  “70 percent of women are injured after separation.”

“For anyone that is trapped in a violent relationship we understand that it can be extremely dangerous to just up and leave. However, it’s not safe for you to stay. Make sure you have a solid plan, so that when you leave, [you] leave for good,” Wellman advised.

Mister and Miss Senior, the OphiO ’16 Senior Community Service Committee and the Student Counseling Center Peer Advocates hosted their 3rd annual Domestic Violence Awareness Evening of Arts to end the month.

Participants created their own artwork in hopes to have their pieces donated to survivors.

Various domestic violence victims also shared their powerful testimonies.

Donations were collected for the Transitions Family Violence Services.

Although October can be the busiest month for HU students, they made time to participate in the breast cancer and domestic violence events hosted. Students came together to show that Hampton truly cares.

Brooklyne Baker crowned Miss Hampton

Ayana Evans | Staff Writer

Courtesy of Leondra Head

At the annual pageant on Oct. 6 in Ogden Hall, Brooklyne Baker, a senior journalism major from Richmond, became the 60th young woman to take home the crown and title of Miss Hampton University.

Baker’s love for HU is what made her want to run for the honor. After an interview round, swimwear round, talent round and contestant performances, Baker had achieved her goal.

“Being Miss Hampton means everything to me,” Baker said. “I prayed for it every day. I fasted for it. I feel like I did everything in my power to give my best.”

Baker’s mom was a first-generation Hamptonian and enjoyed her college years at HU, so she always instilled the importance of Hampton and its history in Baker as she was growing up.

“Hampton is so important to me, and becoming Miss Hampton is such a milestone for me because I shouldn’t even be here financially,” Baker said. “My mom and I have given everything for me to be here, which is why I told her [that] if I’m going to be here, I’m going to touch as many lives as I can.”

Baker believes Hampton cultivated her into the leader and woman she is today.

While Miss Hampton not only represents the school as a whole, she also represents the standard of a Hampton woman. The definition of the term “Hampton woman” depends on each woman’s personality.

“A Hampton woman is a woman of excellence, a woman of grace [and] a God-fearing woman [who has] a presence in every room,” Baker said. She added that it’s “standing out, but still being humble and not making others feel inferior.”

Baker has been involved in The Greer Dawson Student Leadership Program, New Era Modeling troupe, Ebony Fire and many more student activities throughout her years at Hampton.

Baker’s gift of service makes her stand out. She is passionate about female empowerment and self-love. Her platform is The Good Girl Movement, which started a year ago as a blog. Now, it has expanded to campus organizations at Mississippi State University and Shenandoah University.

The organization is involved in community service and bonding events. Baker explained that The Good Girl Movement is about redefining what it means to be “good.”

“I don’t believe in women being limited,” Baker said. “It’s all about being a multi-layered black woman. It is also about highlighting incredible black women because in the black community, we are prone to negativity and need to be shown in a more positive light.”

Despite the confidence she has today, Baker was not as sure of herself as a child.

“Everyone thought I was so confident when I was really so insecure,” Baker said. “I hated myself. I know how it feels to be so low and not love yourself, which is why I push self-love — because once you realize your full potential, you can touch so many other people.”

As girls in high school and in college still deal with low self-confidence and high self-doubt, Baker wants to be able to advise as many young girls as she can.

Our newly crowned Miss Hampton is still blossoming. She has big plans for this school year and is more than ready to set the standard. Her passion, determination and drive will continue allowing her to accomplish anything she sets her heart on. Brooklyne Baker will undoubtedly leave behind a legacy as the 60th Miss Hampton University.

Rev. Jesse Jackson talks voter registration to Hampton community

Leenika Belfield-Martin| Lifestyle Editor

Courtesy of Stephanie Smith

Reverend Jesse Jackson, the civil rights leader and second African-American to run for president, visited Hampton University on Sep- tember 20, 2017 at the Emancipation Oak. On that abnormally warm afternoon, about 200 Hampton students and members of the community gathered around the historical tree to hear the wise words of this icon.

Rev. Jackson’s visit to Hampton was a part of his tour of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The purpose of this “Healing and Rebuilding,” tour was to push voter registration. Rev. Jackson said, “We vote for resources. We vote for priorities.” One such priority Rev. Jackson discussed was cancer, the leading cause of death in Virginia. He spoke about the relationship cancer has with the environment and how poorer people often are the ones to suffer the most.

“Those who die the most [and] die the quickest are those who have the least amount of insurance.” Rev. Jackson said.

Rev. Jackson also spoke about the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white supremacist protesters and their adversaries battled over a statue of the Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

He claimed that the white supremacists have evolved instead of deceasing, saying, “The Klu Klux Klan used to march by night with their hoods on. Now, they march by day without any sense of shame.” The protests turned violent and a driver drove through a crowd of counter-protesters, killing counter-protester Heather Heyer. Rev. Jackson encour- aged the crowd not to forget those acts and to ght the hate by voting in November.

“They killed Heather in August,” he said. “We will remember in November.”


Rev. Jackson shared his experiences living in a segregated south during the Civil Rights Era. During this time he was arrested in 1960 for attempting to use a public library. The crowd recited with Rev. Jackson that “we are not going back” to those times and instead we will move “forward by hope and not backwards by fear.” Now, almost 50 years past segregation, Rev. Jackson said that we must learn to live together after surviving apart.

Accompanying Rev. Jackson on his tour was The New Virginia Majority Education Fund who helped register students at the event. This organization is “the catalytic force for the progressive transformation of Virginia through mass organizing…”according to its website. Last year, the organization had the largest voter registration campaign in the history of Virginia by successfully registering over 168,000 people.

Sauda Speede, who has been with the Education Fund for three consecutive years, said that registering to vote is the first step in making a change in your community. “There’s no point of complaining about certain things in Hampton. If you don’t like it, vote for change,” Speede said.

Speede also said that voting in Virginia should be easier and available to all, even former and current criminals.

“The length of the application is so long in detail… [When people] commit a crime [or] a felony they lose their right to vote forever until the governor actually pardons them and restores their rights.” She also compared the voting rights in Virginia to that of other states, saying “…in Maine and Vermont, [prisoners] vote while they’re locked up!”


Rev. Jackson reached out to the Hampton Chapter of NAACP,who then spoke to the Hampton University Youth and College Division of the NAACP to organize the appearance, according to Hampton’s Miss NAACP, Maya Young. Young, who is a senior elementary education major from South Carolina enjoyed Rev. Jackson’s message about how people fought for the right to vote.

“Like [Rev. Jackson] said, so many fought for us to have that right. So many of us today are really pushing that right without a thought. It [seems to be] no big deal to us, but they literally fought for this right.”

Opening Convocation: The beginning to an end

Amber Smith | Staff Writer

Courtesy of Mary Sesay

The 75th Opening Convocation ceremony left a bittersweet feeling on the class of Ogre Phi Ogre XVI.

This annual fall ceremony for the seniors at Hampton stood as a reminder of what lies ahead.

The ceremony for Dr. William R. Harvey’s 40th year as Hampton’s president was remarkable, with words from senior class president Kris Anderson, Harvey and Calvin L. Butts, the keynote speaker and Hampton University alumnus. The inspiring words given by each speaker and the music sung by the Symphonic choir contrib- uted to the momentous celebra- tion of the hard work the seniors have accomplished thus far.
The historical tradition left many of the seniors feeling nostalgic of the start of their journey at Hampton University to now.

“Sitting there in my cap and gown, listening to the speakers made everything feel very surreal. It seems like I was a freshman just yesterday and now I’m here,” Hampton University senior Jessica Branch said.

Butts’ address delved into his time as a student at Hampton and how it impacted his life and the person he is today. Butts’ most honest advice to the seniors was about being present in communicating with others:

“The best advice I can give you is to stop communicating with your fingers.”

This statement hit home for many of the people sitting in Ogden as it was followed by a big applause from the seniors.

While it may seem like many of the graduating seniors’ time at Hampton University is slowly coming to an end, there is much more work to be done and many more memories to be made.


Graduation is eight months away, and although many seniors are looking forward to the momentous day, they are also determined to make the most of their nal months here.

Christopher Bates, Hampton’s Mr. Pirate and Mr. Senior, reflected on his college passage and how the gradual longing to stay is increasing.


“This ceremony put in per- spective that I will soon be an alumni and begin my journey in the real world,” Bates said. “[It’s] such a warm bittersweet feeling just knowing that my time at Hampton University is slowly coming to an end.”


Hampton U. crowns a new “Mr. Pirate”

Tyler Barnes | Contributing Writer

Courtesy of Stephanie Smith

Hampton University has crowned Christopher Bates as the new Mr. Pirate for the 2017-
2018 school year.

Last Friday, Robert C. Ogden Hall transformed into a night of festivity with Mardi Gras
colors and decorations for the Mr. Pirate pageant.

Proud family members, friends and faculty gathered to cheer on contestants as they
competed for the title.

The audience harmonized along to the tunes played by Dj D Will in anticipation for the
pageant to begin.

The contestants confidently graced Ogden's stage as the crowd roared with excitement.

Contestants Andrew Justice, Barry Palmore, Anderson Douglas, Bates and Bakari Clemmons wore black suits, with vests varying in colors from blue to gold, and a masquerade mask.

After a brief, collective dance performance, contestants had the opportunity to formally
introduce themselves, including a quote that they live by.

Agreeance was heard throughout the audience when powerful quotes such as “The best
way to get lost is in the service of others” from Clemmons, and “Walk by faith not by sight” from Bates.

The gentlemen flaunted their gym results in individual performances during the swimsuit portion of the pageant. Many included creative props such as umbrellas, caution signs and surfboards.

The audience was amazed by the different talent skills contestants showcased. Palmore  DJ’d a diverse set of tunes for the audience to sing along to. Douglas played the
drums to a medley of today’s hits. Bates showed off his skills in multiple ways by singing,
dancing and performing a short skit to bring it all together.

“I didn’t know that they all did so much,” said Destany Manns, a sophomore journalism
major from Charlotte, N.C. “It’s cool to see the talents that they never show.”

Each was scored on the clarity and delivery of their talent.

The last category was the question-and- answer section. Each contestant received two
questions they had to answer quickly and clearly.

Questions included: What was one thing they would save if their house was burning
down? Who do they go to for guidance? And where is one place they would rather be than at the pageant?

Though contestants all competed to the best of their abilities, only one could be crowned
Mr. Pirate. Bates, a senior sociology major from the Bronx, N.Y., reigned supreme.
Bates was followed by first runner-up Barry Palmore Jr.

“It feels amazing, overwhelming,” Bates said. “I’ve worked so hard, and I have waited
for this moment since I got [to Hampton], and now I did it.”

Bates received a free suit rental from Men’s Warehouse along with a $50 gift card. He will now assist the next Miss Hampton University with her platform and represent
Hampton University in the Hampton Roads community and across the nation.

Now that Bates is the university’s new Mr. Pirate, who will be his Miss? The Miss Hampton University Scholarship Pageant will be held at 7 tonight in Ogden