With schools that are only 14 miles apart, comparisons are inevitable. Here in Virginia, with no professional sports, it is a big deal when two local universities meet—especially schools in the Hampton Roads area, one of Virginia’s athletic hotbeds.
Old Dominion University, a big-time university in the area, is a member of Conference USA. Hampton University is a current member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, but will soon enter the Big South Conference following this July.
Being in different conferences, the teams only compete against each other once a year. Last year, the Lady Pirates fell short, with the final score being 58-61 at ODU. This year, they made sure that they wouldn’t make the same mistakes as before.
Recently, on January 20th, Hampton’s Lady Pirates defeated the Old Dominion Monarchs, 50-42. This is the first time in all seven meetings between the two teams that Hampton has emerged victorious.
For much of the game, the Lady Pirates were plagued by an 8-point deficit and were struggling to beat Old Dominion’s effective 2-3 zone. With the deficit stretching as far as 15 in ODU’s favor, Hampton got it back under control thanks to guard Dejane James and forward Jephany Brown. Brown, who led the team in scoring with 12 points, kept the team a float, showing off her aggressive scoring mentality after making two three-point shots. Brown’s three-pointers were the Lady Pirates’ only three’s of the first half.
James also outdid herself in this game. The 5’3 guard put up 11 points and displayed her crafty ball-handling and knack to get into the lane.
After three quarters passed, Hampton had a 4th quarter explosion. K’lynn Willis started the comeback after burying a pair of well needed triples. Those triples were surely confidence boosters, as Hampton turned up their defensive pressure.
“The feeling on the floor was amazing,” Willis said, “I feel like our energy picked up, which then led to big key defensive stops. The team flipped the switch to make the run with confidence and defensive pressure.”
That defensive pressure ultimately resulted in a 25-4 run in favor of the Lady Pirates. This win is a new addition to the long list of quality wins for the Lady Pirates, including Columbia, San Jose State and most notably, UNC Chapel Hill.
Quality wins like this have become a standard for the Lady Pirates this year, building much excitement for this year’s team.
As we go home for break and we see our family, other cousins and siblings who are also in college, there’s always the debate of whose school is better and has the more leading potential.
I’ve always asked myself what it’d be like if I went to a non-traditional school. If my campus were in the heart of New York or Chicago, would I still have the same school spirit?
I interviewed Kayla Bradford, a junior psychology major at Pace University in Manhattan, New York.
I asked her what it’s like to go to a college where you have no football stadium, no huge cafeteria or your own school building, for that matter.
“It seems as though we have no school spirit, if that makes sense,” she said. “We’re so independent amongst ourselves, we merely act as individuals rather than a unit.”
Their Pleasantville campus in upstate New York holds all of their football and basketball games. A large traditional campus like Hampton is better at holding more students and more social activities.
“You know when I think about it, I barely know anyone on campus,” Bradford said. “We only have three to four buildings that we consider our campus. Sometimes I wish I went to a traditional college.”
As we view Hampton, the Real HU has a lot to offer just like any traditional campus: a large view of Greek life, athletics and even internship opportunities.
I asked a Hampton woman, Pride Harper, a pre-pharmacy major from Newport News, her stance on a traditional campus versus a more urban life campus.
“I feel like life at a traditional campus definitely gives more of the college experience compared to being in more of an urban setting,” Harper said.
Pride thinks she’s more social at a traditional campus compared to a campus in New York, L.A. or Chicago.
But internship opportunities are more prominent at urban campuses than at a traditional campus. Traditional campuses are more far out of from big cities than urban colleges that are wrapped around a district full of opportunity.
“When I think about internship opportunities around me, it seems more difficult to find something in the Hampton area or even sometimes the 757,” Pride said.
No matter how you view it, both schools benefit the two different college students: one who is a social butterfly who enjoys meeting new people and wants the “real” campus feel, while the other enjoys the city scenery and is more to herself and lives for the small campus lifestyle.
Either way, both contribute to the growth of attending students.
“Freshman 15” can be a college student’s worst fear. When a teenager is put into a new environment filled with fatty foods and no parents restricting them from junk food, it can be hard to keep off a few extra pounds. Schoolwork can be stressful, and many students turn to food to help them cope with their current situations. To avoid gaining extra weight, keep healthy snacks in your room and visiting the gym a few times a week.
Sydney Jackson, a freshman, pharmacy major from Chicago, said, “To avoid the Freshman 15, I work out every other day for about an hour and a half. I hope to retain a better dietary plan that consists of fruits, vegetables and drinking nothing except water.” Nutritionists suggest drinking at least a half of gallon of water a day.
The Freshman 15 does not only effect freshmen. Many upperclassmen also use snacking to cope with the added pressures of collegiate life. Kayla Watson, a sophomore psychology major from Richmond, Virginia said, “My fitness goal for this year is to maintain a weight of 130 pounds and to be able to run four miles by January. As a freshmen and even now I only keep granola bars, peaches and pineapples in my dorm at all times.”
Marcellus Williams, a graduate student who majored in computer information assurance from Hampton, Virginia said, “Before my injury, I would work out typically four times a week, but starting next week I plan to work out five times a week to regain strength. My favorite healthy foods that are consumed daily is oatmeal, grilled chicken, and vegetable or fruit smoothies.”
Setting and working towards fitness goals should be a necessity. If one is too busy to have the time to go to the gym that is on campus, try exercising in a dorm or living an active lifestyle. Students can also try to stick to a regular diet. It’s okay to have a cheat day every now and again, as long as you do not go overboard. Everything is good in moderation. Being healthy is not just about dieting, it is about creating a lifestyle change.
The crowd went wild for the 2015 Miss Hampton Scholarship Pageant contestants as they made their grand entrance on Friday, September 26, 2015. The audience was in awe as the contestants modeled their beautiful gowns. The nine contestants performed in several categories: the opening dance, talent, evening wear, swimwear and finally questions. All of these categories led up to the to moment where one lucky woman was crowned “Miss Hampton University”.
The winner of the pageant was Brittany Harper, a senior history major, from Memphis, Tennessee. Harper is the face of the university for the 2015-16 school year. Miss Hampton is a university tradition that has been present for twenty-one years. Every year women compete, but only one walks away with the title and bragging rights.
“It was a great experience working with all nine contestants. It was rewarding seeing them grow as Hampton women and become more confident in themselves. I’m extremely proud of all of them. To Brittany, I’m so happy for you and this major accomplishment. I know you will do great things and represent our ‘Home by the Sea’ extremely well.” said Whitney Young, a senior, business administration major, from Detroit Michigan and also the director of the this year’s pageant.
The nine contestants all had respective platforms.
Highlighting the Contestants
Contestant 1 Alexis Perry: a senior psychology major, leadership studies minor from Louisville, Kentucky. Her platform was Embracing Your Crown: Helping young girls in the Hampton Roads community embrace their confidence, resilience, originality, Womanhood and Nobility.
Contestant 2 Alexyss Scott: a senior business management major from Willingboro, New Jersey. Her platform was “The Miss Hampton Initiative:” Encouraging Minds; you cannot live a positive life with a negative mind.
Contestant 3 (pageant winner) Brittany Harper: a senior history major from Memphis, Tennessee. Her winning platform was The Superwoman Project: encouraging self-esteem, self-confidence and a SUPER future.
Contestant 4 Clarke LeGrand: a senior fourth year, fifth year masters of business and administration major from Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Her platform was Chad’s Dream: Promoting Leukemia Awareness.
Contestant 5 Kayla Brown: a senior biology major, from St. Louis Missouri. Her career driven platform was Women in Science: Promoting Young African American girls in the sciences.
Contestant 6 Jerlesia Henderson: a senior mathematics major from Norfolk, Virginia. Her empowering platform was Still I Rise: Building Identities while Destroying Insecurities.
Contestant 7 Gizelle Harris: a senior music education major, strategic communications minor from Wendell, North Carolina. Her platform was Love the Skin You’re In: Promoting happy and healthy self-confidence on our campus and in our community.
Contestant 8 Brittany Middleton: a junior biology major, from Atlanta, Georgia. Her platform was One of A Kind Project: Encourage young women to embrace their uniqueness and share it with the world.
Contestant 9 Ivana Thomas: a senior psychology major, from Durham, North Carolina. Her Platform was The Global Mindshift: embracing differences in our interconnected world.
Kiana Dash, a junior biology major from Rochester, New York said “I thought the contestants last night really brought their ‘A’ game. It was really inspiring to see such beautiful and talented women in an amazing show. Every girl was a star in my eyes.”
From the dazzling gowns and figure flattering swimsuits to the questionnaires, the audience was anxious to see who was going home with the crown. Based off of the crowd’s reaction swimsuit wear and talent were the audience’s favorite. It’s empowering to see women embrace their bodies and face their fears to perform in front of so many people.
After a brief intermission the contestants graced the stage yet again. The pageant was coming to an end and it was becoming harder to see who would win.
“I felt that all of the contestants did a phenomenal job and presented one of the best pageants I’ve seen here at Hampton,” said Peter Savage, a junior history major from Surry County, Virginia.
Savage expressed that the contestants kept the audience on the edge of their seat throughout the whole pageant.
As the question and answer segment of the pageant ended the audience knew that moment they all have been waiting for was near. Before the winner was announced the audience had a chance to watch a slideshow presentation of the girls throughout their journey. A lot of glimpses were in the presentation, from the late rehearsals to their one on one time with the former Miss Hampton, Joye Parker.
The hosts Valen and “Frenchie” kept smiles on everyone’s face with their jokes, they added a lot of their personal experiences into the comments they made.
Finally, after the multiple segments it was time to crown the new face of Hampton University.
“…And the 2015-2016 Miss Hampton is… Brittany Harper!” said Valen, the male host. The audience stood, and there was mixed emotion’s throughout the crowd. Brittany’s family ran to the front of the stage to congratulate their new queen. The queen’s court and the former Miss Hampton, Joye Parker crowned Brittany during the surreal moment. Family and friends crowded the stage after the pageant to congratulate all of the contestants.
Harper will now reign as Miss Hampton 2015-16 and will carry on the legacy of Miss Hampton. A week before being crowned Harper expressed she was not leaving Hampton University without at least being a part of the pageant. Now the new queen can say that she not only participated, but won the title of Miss Hampton University before she walked off of Hampton’s campus.
The girls are ecstatic! Their smiles stretch from ear to ear as they listen to Kallie and her fellow Rose Petal mentors conduct a mentoring session about careers.
As each mentor explains what their major is and the field that they would like to pursue, the girls minds expand and they are intrigued by the endless possibilities that life can bring one to. A mentee expresses that she has a strong interest in the medical field.
She proceeds to tell the room that as a high school student she is taking science classes to push her further towards her goal of becoming a nurse. Kallie’s eyes gleam as she listens to the young lady speak because she can see a bit of herself within her mentee. She too aspires to become a nurse.
Kallie Hargrove is a senior Kinesiology major from Mississippi who has been through many tribulations during her tenure at Hampton University. She has overcome severe health concerns, emotional distress and so much more that led her to succeed despite her circumstances.
Kallie lived seventeen years of a normal life as the youngest of three children and, the only child with Sickle Cell Anemia, until one day her life changed drastically. Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a rare hereditary red blood cell disorder that is carried from parent’ genes to their children.
Those who suffer from SCD have red blood cells that are shaped like a “sickle”, a C-shaped farm tool. Sickle Cell Anemia is most common amongst the African American population and most severe form of Sickle Cell Disease. Sickle Cell crises occur when the “sickle” shaped cells blocks the blood vessels.
When this event occurs blood and oxygen are not able to reach the tissues and that can lead to liver failure, kidney failure, and can even be very life threatening.
During the beginning of Kallie’s freshman year she began to experience severe sickle cell crisis because of the dramatic change in the climate after moving from Mississippi to Hampton.
There were times in which doctors would tell Kallie that there was a slim chance in which she would recover from her pain crisis and that she was close to death.
“I walk by faith, and not by sight! Doctor’s cannot determine what God has in store for me and I know that he has a greater plan for my future.”, says Kallie. She is motivated every day to continue this race for herself.
Kallie is currently a band manager, has participated in Hampton University’s Student Recruitment Team, Rose Petals, Women’s Caucus, and is a new member of Q.U.E.E.N. After graduation, Kallie has plans to go nursing school and become a RN.
“From my life experiences, I’ve seen how bad nurses have treated me and I’ve seen how good nurses have made a much greater impact on my life. People who are in the hospital regularly like me need the smile when no one else is there. I want to be able to make people feel better and to be the good company that they need to comfort them,” said Kallie.
The light that she saw in her mentee is currently exuding through her continuous efforts to make a difference in the community, raising Sickle Cell Awareness, and continuing to fight every day to touch the lives of others.
Kyesha Wadlington, a senior nursing major at Hampton University spent her summer working with the world’s first pediatric double hand transplant patient.
Wadlington, a student of The School of Nursing, was a standout this summer being the youngest nursing extern at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
“At first I did not think that I would be selected for the program because of the competitiveness and the big name of the hospital,” said Wadlington. “The interview process was long and hard, but I do believe that Hampton prepared me with the necessary skills to make it out on top.”
After the long application process, Wadlington was selected to work on the medical team for 8-year-old, Zion Harvey, the first pediatric double hand transplant recipient.
“When I found out that I was assigned to be a part of the healthcare team, I was so nervous,” Wadlington responded. “Little did I know, I would forever be a part of history and the advancement in healthcare.”
Harvey lost his hands to sepsis, a life threatening infection, when he was 2 years old and subsequently received a kidney transplant at the age of five. The procedure is described as “rare” and “radical” on the hospital’s website.
(Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia)
The surgery had only been performed by few surgical teams around the world, however, it has never been performed on a child until now. Lead surgeon, Dr. L Scott Levin, and his team spent over ten hours working on Harvey. After the surgery, Harvey emerged with a new set of working hands.
Although Wadlington did not participate in the actual surgery, Harvey was her patient throughout the recovery process. “I asked him [Harvey] what it is that he wanted to do with his new hands and he told me climb on the monkey bars,’” says Wadlington.
“Then I made him practice opening and closing his fingers and he told me, ‘I thought you was a nurse not the physical therapist’.” The everyday interactions with Harvey greatly impacted Wadlington.
“Interacting daily with the patient and his family made going to work a joy,” comments Wadlington “I never realized what bravery was until I saw it firsthand inside the heart of little Zion.”
As Wadlington enters her final semester at Hampton she gives thanks to the nurses and the entire healthcare team at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
“I also want to thank the staff at Hampton University School of Nursing for preparing me to be a great nurse,” says Wadlington “I could not have asked for a better way to jumpstart my career as a pediatric nurse.”
On July 12, Hampton University welcomed 32 high school students for it’s first ever DREAM Digital Media Academy, a summer camp geared towards increasing the presence of minorities in digital media and technology.
“DREAM” is an acronym that stands for “Diversity Re-Imagined, Engaging All Media,” and it reinforces the main goal of the program. The students represented an array of cultures and backgrounds. They participated in investigating all aspects of media and content development.
This summer camp is the brainchild of Hampton University professor Allie-Ryan Butler. Butler is a professor in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, and he worked tirelessly to create a concentrated, effective program that was centered on inspiring, elevating, and educating minority youth.
The program consisted of 12 days of activities, classes, and seminars. Each morning the students began the day with yoga on the waterfront. They then attended SAT and PSAT prep courses, and sometimes sat in on tapings of the “Digitalbytes” talk show series (the students had their meal in the studio as host Lawrence Rigby interviewed the special guest of the day).
After lunch the “dreamers” participated in hands-on courses in the subjects of coding, art and design, and videography. Expert alumni and employees of the University taught these courses. They proved pivotal to the campers for their final project, which required a marriage of each skill taught in these classes.
Following the instructional portion of the day the campers enjoyed many group activities like fireside chats (complete with s’mores and water balloon fights), a digital media scavenger hunt, karaoke, and games like manhunt on the campus grounds.
In addition to classes and daily activities, campers were required to participate in step practice to prepare for the production that took place at the end of camp. The step video would be this session of camper’s legacy of sorts, and it took many nights of practice to pull together.
Hampton University students Andrew Williams and Tra’Von Williams coached the campers through three step sequences. Many had never stepped before, and some even discovered a new passion. One camper was even inspired to continue stepping, stating, “I’m going to start a club at my school. I never thought I’d be good at stepping.”
Though meticulously structured, the program was punctuated by events that were strictly geared towards fun and socialization. A white party on the waterfront gave the campers a chance to dress up, eat a plated and served meal, and take thousands of pictures to commemorate their experience. The trip to Busch Gardens and the pajama party on the last night at camp gave the students an opportunity to let loose after the rigorous courses and the completion of their final projects.
The aforementioned final project required the DREAM campers to come up with an original idea for a mobile app, as well as create a trailer, website, and presentation for their product within one week. The campers were placed in teams of 5 and 6 for this challenge.
These teams were lead by the program’s resident assistants, Scripps Howard students Jusitn Alvis, Darryn Mumphery, Jalyn Sanders, Ryan Berry, Nick Acors, and Ricci Bostick. Head resident assistant Aaron Doggett supervised the teams throughout the process, along with program assistants Jalin Washington and Jessica Dortch.
Hands-on help was provided to the students by teaching assistants Keilan Roberson and Katrina Padilla. Though faced with a project that required skills many of them had just learned, the students met and exceeded expectations with their finished products. Their ideas covered the categories of fitness, music, leisure, education, and business.
Despite being a camp focused on education and enrichment, fun was still a priority. The campers bonded with the staff and established lifelong relationships with one another. “I felt loved here,” said one camper. Another camper commented, “I’ve never had so much fun while learning. I’ve been to a lot of camps, but this one definitely stands out. I want to come back next summer.”
The only criticism campers had to offer was that the program was too short. They’d like it to be extended to three weeks, at the least.
Hampton VA- Hampton University is seeking to expand their educational programs. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has given a $517,000 grant to the Hampton University School of Liberal Arts in order to support the creation of a center for Teaching and Learning in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.
The mission of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is to “strengthen, promote and,where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well- being of diverse and democratic societies.”
A news release from Hampton says “The center will be home to projects that are designed to increase student success through exposure to and engagement with the humanities,arts, and social sciences.”
“I think that this grant is fantastic and much needed,” said Peter Savedge, a junior history major from Surry County, VA,. “Often times students who aren’t necessarily majoring in one of these academic areas (arts, social sciences, the humanities ) do enough to get through them at the prerequisite level and don’t fully appreciate the impact they have.”
“Hopefully, this grant will help foster a greater interest in the humanities, generate more participation in cultural events beyond it being a class requirement, and promote a cooperation amongst all academic areas.”
The Dean of Liberal Arts, Dr. Linda Malone- Colon said, “We look forward to implementing the various programs which are designed to maximize student learning outcomes and develop students who are knowledge producers, innovators and creators of solutions to some of the most pressing societal and global issues.”
According to the university’s website , the center projects will include the following : Writing across the curriculum program; Academic Enrichment events series; the University 101 program; and a faculty development program. These projects will enhance the humanities, arts and social science experiences of Hampton University undergraduate students.
This will be reflected in greater self- confidence, independence, improved academic performance, and ultimately, student success. The hope is that the long- term impact of the grant will be tremendous in adding to the “Home-by-the-Sea” experience.
Hampton University basketball great, Rick Mahorn, will be inducted into the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame in Portsmouth this fall as a member of the 2015 induction class.
The 6’10¨ power forward attended “Our Home By the Sea” from 1976-80. When he left HU in 1980, he was the all-time leader in scoring and rebounding, with 2,418 points and 1,465 rebounds. He also holds the school record for most points in a single season (855 in 79-80), most career average points per game (20.3), and most points scored in a single game (48 points against St. Augustine’s in 1980).
In 1980, Mahorn became the first player from Hampton to be drafted into the NBA, when he was selected in the second round by the Washington Bullets.
While in the NBA, Mahorn gained a reputation for being a physical player. During his time with the Detroit Pistons during the late 80’s, Mahorn and his teammates became known as the “Bad Boys”. One announcer called Rick Mahorn the “Baddest Boy¨ of them all. In 1989, he and the Detroit Pistons won the NBA championship and became known as one of the best NBA teams of all time.
He retired in 1999 after playing 18 seasons in the NBA. In 2005, the WNBA’s Detroit Shock hired Mahorn as an assistant coach to fellow bad boy, Bill Laimbeer. The duo went on to lead the team to two WNBA championships.
When Mahorn left Hampton in 1980, he was 12 credits shy of completing his degree. 35 years later, he decided to finish what he started and completed his degree requirements and received his Bachelor of Arts on May 11, 2015.
Rick Mahorn currently works as a radio analyst for the Detroit Pistons.
The 2015 Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame class also includes Norfolk native and baseball player Hank Foiles, Virginia Beach native and two-sport athlete D.J. Dozier, former Old Dominion University basketball coach Sonny Allen, University of Virginia soccer player Angela Hucles , and football player and desegregation trailblazer Andrew Heidelberg from Norfolk.
The Induction ceremony will be held on October 20 at Norfolk Scope Arena.
Hampton, VA- The Hampton Roads community has been filled with violence specifically deriving from young males. However, Hampton University has made strides to help better the community by participating with the Men’s Violence Prevention Program.
The goal of the program is to better the lives of young men by steering them down the right path. The organizer Raymond Samuel set up this program to help African American males stay on the right track. According to Newport News Police Chief Richard W. Myers “We have to be able to get more involved in the community to help reach the youth and break the code of violence”. The five-month program brings about 60 young men from many challenging backgrounds that are at a higher risk for violence than their peers. There are two- hour sessions that include interactive that are meant to enhance protective factors in these young men.
The positivity of this program is meant to combat the violence often seen towards or within the African American community. According to the NAACP’s website, “Nationwide, African- Americans represent 26% of juvenile arrests. 44% of the youth who are detained, 46% of the youth who are judicially waived to criminal court, and 58% of the youth admitted to state prisons”. The national review also reports that “the 200 or so reported killings of blacks by police officers- nearly all justified- pale in comparison to the 6,000 or so killings of blacks by other blacks”.
Hampton University has partnered up with Howard University and other institutions to help this program extend to black men across the country. The leader of the Made for More movement and Warwick High School Teacher Bridget Adams stated “We want to be involved in the community and make a positive impact on the younger lives”. The Men’s Violence Prevention Program is expected to grow from 60 students to over hundreds within the next year.
Dr. Linda Malone, Colon Dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Hampton University stated that “We want our students to have all the knowledge and skills they need to be strong scholars in their particular disciplines, but were also trying to give students a kind of heart and desire to use their knowledge and skills to uplift their communities, our country and the global community”. The program aims to empower to young African Americans males to better their lives for years to come.
This summer Hampton students will help with the next chapter of the study, an analysis of preliminary data. This will determine if the uplift reduced the rate of violent attitudes and changed behavioral inclinations. It also will show if the program modules will need to be adjusted.