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Honors College students help local middle schoolers prepare for the PSAT

Leenika Belfield-Martin | Lifestyle Editor

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Courtesy of Adrianna Senn Yeun

The Freddye T. Davy Honors College’s service learning class hosted a PSAT workshop for Hampton middle schoolers Nov. 18.  The theme of the workshop was “Work hard, Play Hard,” as the students worked hard at the workshop then played hard at the HU vs. HU game.

Planning for the workshop began in early November. The students collaborated with middle schoolers from two nonprofit organizations called Diamonds and Pearls and Boyz II Men to help them plan the event.

This community service project was part of the UNV 200 service learning class. This class, taught by professor Candacé Jackson, emphasizes the importance of community service. It is a required course for honors college students.

Jackson is a 2006 graduate of Hampton University and began teaching this course two years ago.  She said the importance of the UNV 200 class is to teach college students their important role in the community.

“We are here to serve, and community service is an opportunity to do that.” Jackson said.

Amanda Jones, a second-year, five-year MBA major from Portsmouth, said that the most challenging part about hosting the event was the organization. “There were a few minor hiccups at the beginning, but all in all, it was informative and engaging session with the students,” she said.

The class persevered through technical difficulties during the process of organizing the event. “No matter what, this event was going to happen,” Jackson said. “Students were determined to help, and they filled gaps when necessary.”

The principal of C. Alton Lindsay Middle School, Cheverse Thomas, was gracious that the Honors students held the event for her middle schoolers. She said that this was the first time a college reached out to her school.

“Exposure is everything for these children. Some of them aren’t close with any college students or college graduates.” Thomas said.

The workshop began at 9:30 a.m. with an ice breaker for the middle schoolers.  Afterward, the children were given a light breakfast and split up into two groups. One group began with the PSAT section while the other group created vision boards.

Topics that the students learned during their PSAT session were common PSAT vocabulary words, test-taking strategies and resources that the middle schoolers can use to help them study for the PSAT. The college students also gave them advice about applying to colleges.

The middle schoolers got creatively ambitious and created vision boards. Some of the students dreamt of becoming professional athletes, cruise directors and the second African-American president. The honors college students and the middle schoolers had intense conversations about sports, school and music.

“What surprised me most about [the middle schoolers] was how informed they were about current events, and how they were able to thoroughly express their concerns and opinions about school and society,” said Jones.

After the event, the middle schoolers were able to watch the Hampton Pirates defeat the Howard Bison in the Battle of the Real HU.

Alexis Dillingham, who is a sixth-grader at Dozier Middle School, said that even though she isn’t sure what she wants to be when she grows up, the event got her pumped up for college.

“I really liked the icebreaker, and it was fun to meet other middle schoolers,” Dillingham said.

Both Jackson and Thomas would like the partnership between the college students and the middle schoolers to continue. One event that Jackson would like the future UNV 200 class to host is a day where they get people from the community to come to Hampton’s campus and learn the history about the university.

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Fabulous fall footwear

Leenika Belfield-Martin | Lifestyle Editor

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Courtesy of Leenika Belfield-Martin

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.

Meet the 2017 November Election Candidates

Leenika Belfield-Martin | Lifestyle Editor

This year another election will take place on November 7th: The Virginia Election.

The Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia is similar to the President of the United States. The governor is the head of Virginia’s executive branch and holds the duty “for ensuring that laws are faithfully executed” and also “for the safety of the state, as he serves as commander-in-chief of the Virginia Militia.” The candidates for this office are Ralph S. Northam, Edward W. Gillespie and Clifford D. Hyra.

Ralph S. Northam is the democratic nominee for Governor and is currently Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor. Before entering politics, Northam was both in the military and medical fields.

Northam’s website describes one of his objectives as creating “an economy that works for everyone–no matter who, no matter where.” The site also says that some of Northam’s key issues are gun ownership reform, healthcare for all and environment conservation.

Edward “Ed” W. Gillespie is the Republican representative who is a former Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia and the RNC.  Gillespie also owns a lobbying firm, Quinn Gillespie & Associates. He founded Crossroads GPS and co-founded Resurgent Republic.

According to Gillespie’s website, Gillespie believes that “With our (Virginia’s) vast natural resources, our fertile lands, our port…Virginia should be in the top five states when it comes to economic growth–not the bottom five.” Improving the Virginian transportation system, issuing income tax cuts and assisting people struggling with addiction and mental health issues are some of Gillespie’s goals.

Cliff Hyra is the Libertarian Party nominee and has worked in patent law. In an interview with Ballotpedia, Hyra said he would help Virginia compete economically by having a “world-class tax and regulatory system that fosters innovation and eschews crony capitalism…” Some of his  goals include liberating the potential of entrepreneurs and small business owners, protecting Virginia’s booming food/drink industry and exempting the first $60,000 of a household’s income from state tax.

The Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia is the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Virginia, similar to the vice president. But unlike the vice president, this position is voted on separately from the Governor, making it possible to have a partisan split (two different parties).  For this position, Justin E. Fairfax and Jill H. Vogel are the candidates.

The democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor is Justin E. Fairfax. Fairfax has an extensive background in law, as he served as the deputy of the Major Crimes & Narcotics Unit and as a member of the Human Trafficking Task force. Fairfax’s objectives include restructuring student loan debt, increasing the minimum wage and fighting the Heroin and Prescription Opioid epidemic.

Jill Vogel is the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor and works as a managing partner at a law firm. According to her website, Vogel seeks to promote growth in the economy, restore trust in government and defend the Constitution.

This is only a brief look at the candidates. Other offices that are being voted on include the Attorney General and Commonwealth Attorney. In order to fully understand a candidate’s character and stance on certain issues, be sure to conduct intensive research and be wary of sources.

 

How to prevent a “home-going”: Safety tips for Homecoming

Leenika Belfield-Martin | Lifestyle Editor

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Homecoming season has finally arrived. Now is the time for current Hamptonians and alumni to join and celebrate Hampton’s 150 years of being the standard of excellence.

An estimated 3,000 to 5,000 people will be on Hampton’s campus throughout the week. Therefore, it’s crucial that during this time students still practice cautionary behaviors when attending events on and off campus.

If you plan to go to the homecoming fashion show, the homecoming concert or any other school-sponsored event on campus, make sure to bring your student ID with you.

Officer Stewart of the HUPD recommends that students travel in small groups with loyal friends.

“Go with a group [and] look out for each other,” Stewart said.

Refrain from walking alone at night. Students may feel comfortable having an item they can use to protect themselves. However, certain items, such as tasers, are prohibited on campus. If you would like to have a means of protection, you can get approval from Student Affairs to carry mace.

When you see a conflict begin, intervene before it escalates to an altercation. Don’t encourage your friends to engage with people they dislike. Don’t let a fun event be ruined by a petty argument.

Officer Stewart advises students not to confront someone if they may have a weapon. In case of an active shooter, the FBI recommends that you either run, hide or fight.

“Whatever your first instinct is,” Stewart said. “Go for it.”

HUPD has a number of resources students can use to protect themselves and to report a crime. The first is a direct call to 911 or HUPD dispatch (727-5666). The second source is the LiveSafe app, which can be downloaded on your mobile device. This app can be used to make anonymous tips to HUPD and has a safety map option that shows all campus parking lots, buildings and emergency call boxes. A very useful option the app has is the “SafeWalk” option, which monitors your location as you walk. Two other resources that can be used to report incidents are the TipsSoft app and the Awareity TIPS platform on the Hampton University website.

When you leave campus, your phone, keys, wallet and student ID should always be on you. Never leave any of your personal belongings unattended, even for a split second. Know where you’re going, how you’re getting there and how you’re getting home. Let someone know where you are going and check in when you change locations. Do not drive if you are impaired with any substance, whether that is alcohol, marijuana or even prescription drugs.

When visiting the Hampton Harbor Apartments, make sure you know the apartment leaseholder’s name and their apartment number. If you are stopped at the gate, you can always ask the leaseholder to meet you at the gate and let you in.

Tips offered by The Better Health Channel to avoid potentially violent situations are as follows: “Don’t get into a verbal argument if someone aggressively confronts you. Walk away,” and “Don’t [walk] off with a person you’ve only just met. Stay in a public place. If they interest you, get a phone number.”

If you aren’t comfortable giving out your number to someone, Snapchat, Instagram and other social media sites are other options.

The Better Health Channel also urges young adults to “Trust your own judgment. Don’t let peer pressure sway you into doing anything you don’t want to do.”

Remember that you’ll ultimately have to explain to your parents why you got “Out-by-Five,” not your friends or significant other.

If you prefer to be a party host, be sure to set boundaries for your guests and secure valuable items. Only serve alcohol if guests are at least 21 years old.

“There are laws that speak to hosting parties serving alcoholic beverages or making them available to minors under the age of 21,” Stewart said. “It is a misdemeanor offense.”

It is also important to be aware of your residence’s guest laws, which are usually stated in your lease agreement, to avoid a potential visit from the police. For most apartments, such as the Hampton Harbor Apartments, the maximum number of guests an apartment can have is eight people.

The most important tips to remember are to make responsible decisions and think before you act. This way, your homecoming will surely not be your home-going.

 

Rev. Jesse Jackson talks voter registration to Hampton community

Leenika Belfield-Martin| Lifestyle Editor

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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.”