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Budgeting like a boss

Nylah Powell | Staff Writer

Most people associate college students with financial struggles.

Between getting laundry done, attending events and paying for school amenities, college students have our own list of “bills.” There are, however, ways to maintain money while being on campus.

Some smart ways to begin are being wise when budgeting, investing and spending.

Plan out your spending before wasting your money.

“Planning out my spending is the No. 1 way I save money,” freshman Jordan Benefield said. “Saying, ‘OK, I’m going to spend X amount on groceries this month, X amount on eating out and X amount on miscellaneous things,’ helps me keep track of my spending.”

Another tip is to take advantage of free or inexpensive offerings around school.

The Hampton shuttle service runs on weekends to different places around campus. Use it instead of ordering a Lyft or Uber. It saves students a tremendous amount of money.

Also, try to attend events or activities that are free. Hampton hosts several free events on campus for students, including sporting events. You don’t have to go to the movies or go shopping and spend a ton of money to enjoy yourself. Support your classmates and fellow Hamptonians by attending their free events.

A lot of times, students earn some form of financial aid to assist in paying for school.

This includes scholarships, grants and different types of student loans. In addition to earning financial aid, students may receive some leftover money, known as a “refund check.” This occurs when fees have been paid and there is financial aid remaining. It can be tempting to spend this money carelessly, but this is not the best option. The refund money can really come in handy with buying textbooks, school supplies or even groceries.

Make it a habit of eating in the cafeteria if you live on campus. Most students get tired of eating the same type of food all year, every year. It’s crucial to remember, however, that you have already paid the expense of your meal plan, so avoiding going the cafeteria is a waste of the money already spent. Of course, walking to Tropical Smoothie or ordering from Pizza Hut sounds much tastier, but these splurges must be kept to a minimum.

Look around for job opportunities to get hired and make some extra money. Work study jobs are offered at Hampton for eligible students as part of financial aid packages. With work study, students are given a job on campus, and they earn paychecks for their work. The money must be used toward tuition and fees, but if expenses are already paid in full, then the money can be used toward anything. If you’re eligible for work study, take advantage of the opportunity.

If work study is not an option for you, the next plan could be getting a part-time job somewhere. The only downfall about working part time is that the money can be used however you wish, whenever you wish. Sure, that may sound convenient, but it’s easy to lose track of your money when you have so much freedom with it. Spend it wisely.

Create a budget for your expenses. Recognize the amount of money you have and prioritize accordingly.

“Whenever it’s possible, keep all change you get back and stash it away somewhere,” freshman Kennedy Peace said. “Eventually, if you save it long enough, you can cash the money and will have a significant amount that you didn’t expect to have.”

There are many ways to save money and have money readily available. It’s all about looking around for opportunities and taking advantage of them. If you find tactics that work for you and stick to them, you won’t have to be just another “broke college student.”


Hampton University fashion: Then and now

Destany Manns | Contributing Writer


Trends have changed over the years, and the clothing has changed, too.

From oversized T-shirts and baggy pants to laced-up tops and skin-tight jeggings, it is obvious that what we wear today differs from what our parents wore back in the day. In the past few years, Hampton students have gained some attention when it comes to their clothing choices. Clothing trends have become more unique than ever, and some even believe these trends are borderline inappropriate.

“As a former Hampton University student, we as Hamptonians held ourselves to a higher standard,” Hampton alumna Kenya Winecoff said. “The way we carry ourselves defines our legacy. It is not that we aren’t accepting of these new trends, [but] we just believe there is a time and a place [for them].  We want that legacy to be one of class and sophistication.”

The ‘90s were all about urban style. Hampton alumni wore styles that we have recreated today. Celebrities inspired trends such as athletic jerseys, velvet sweat suits, Baby Phat tanks and that one oversized white T-shirt every guy had in his closet.

In today’s generation, Hampton students have traded in boot-cut for skinny and leather for leggings, but certain things remain the same. Aaliyah and Total pioneered the Tommy Hilfiger tube top and Calvin Klein bra-styled tops long before they became trends for young teens today. Male styles have transformed from urban to mainstream.

“Compared to the past, rich brands and are more in style now,” said Justin Whitner, a sophomore broadcast journalism major from Charlotte, N.C. “If everybody knows you have on something expensive, then you [look cool]. Long T-shirts and skinny jeans are really in now as well. Back then, it was more so baggy clothing that was popular; now everything is tight.”

For women, what’s considered “sexy” comes and goes, but women have been wearing different levels of revealing clothing forever.

“I do believe some styles for women have become more risqué over the years, but it’s all about what you wear and how you wear it,” said Asjah Wallace, a sophomore from Charlotte, N.C.

Hampton University has always been known for making fashion statements on campus. With the Homecoming weekend approaching, students have already planned their outfits for this year’s events. As Hamptonians, it’s in our blood to dress for success wherever we go. Dressing with class, style and sophistication is the signature Hamptonian stamp recognized across the country.

Although the styles may have changed, the legacy will always remain the same.

Don’t forget: You need love, too

Brandi Hutchinson | Contributing Writer

Although “self-love” may seem self-explanatory, it can be demonstrated in
a variety of ways.
Step 1: Put yourself first.
Step 2: Love yourself unconditionally, no matter who is watching.
Step 3: Free yourself of societal standards and create your own instead.
“Self-love is honestly indescribable,” said Hampton University second-year
journalism major Zoe Griffin. “It's being your own shoulder to cry on and
consoling yourself. It's about making sure that you get enough sleep and that
you’ve journaled enough for the week. It's about having the absolute best interest
in yourself, unapologetically.”
Self-love becomes a challenge when people allow society’s perspective on
beauty define their own beauty. It’s a concept that is often brushed under the rug
and constantly overlooked. A huge decline in intimate relationships is often due
to companions not having a better understanding of themselves. With that being
said, it is impossible to love someone correctly without loving yourself first. The
term “self-love” is more than just feeling beautiful on the outside; it’s a process of
growth on physical, mental and spiritual levels.
Begin by evaluating yourself. Take time to separate the positive and
negative energy you keep around. In due time, the energy you exude will be
reciprocated back into you. With evaluation comes more independence. A huge
weight is lifted off your shoulders once you start relying on yourself, rather than
others. Each day, take a moment to tell yourself: “I am human, and humans are
not perfect.”  What another person defines beauty to be doesn’t justify your inner
soul within.
Aria Henry, a second-year strategic communications major from Long
Island, N.Y., defined inner beauty as: “A love that comes from within and [is] shed
throughout your life.” Henry added, “Your true self is the one that not everyone gets to see because it’s filled with so many insecurities, but once you start to love that part of
yourself, it is a light that you cannot even begin to dim.”
Never let a day go by where you don’t encourage yourself to be the best
that you can be. Avoid negative phrases like “I’m scared” or “I can’t,” and replace
them with “I can” and “I will.” Sooner or later, you’ll see yourself taking a lot more chances. Stop comparing yourself to everyone else and start exploring your
spirituality. This will allow you to learn more about yourself.Try opening up your mind to new thoughts, feelings and passions.
“When I got to Hampton, I [met] new people that [were] different than
me,” said Jordyn Brown, a second-year journalism major from Long Island, N.Y. “I
think that everyone, at least once in their lifetime, has to expand their horizons
because staying in one spot prevents you from growing.”
Build up your strength to let fears go, because they will only make you miss
out on your blessings.
Finally, spoil yourself. Add a prayer to your daily routine and reach out to
God even when you feel like life is good. View each day as one filled with new
opportunities and blessings. Fall so deeply in love with your solitude that you’ll
become proud to be authentically you.

Beauty tips from beauty queens

Raven Reaves | Contributing Writer


Courtesy of Kyla Wright

With the 2017-2018 Miss Hampton University Scholarship Pageant today, some students might be inspired to participate in a pageant in the future. Pageant life can be nail-biting, but two of Hampton’s own beauty queens have been there and succeeded.

They know what it takes to have a prosperous pageant career and are here to provide some tips for aspiring contestants.

Kyla Wright, a junior journalism major and sociology minor from De- troit, has been in pageants since middle school and placed second in the 2016- 2017 Miss Black and Gold Pageant, claiming the title Miss Gamma Iota. She is also competing as the only junior in this year’s Miss Hampton University Pageant.


Maya Thames, a sophomore journalism major from Ellicott City, Md., has experience in the National American Miss Pageant and Barbizon modeling competition.
Having self-confidence is key, according to Wright.

“One of the biggest lessons I have learned from one of my pageant coach- es is [that] you are only in competition with yourself,” Wright said. “If you focus on what you are doing and put your best foot forward, that’s how you [will] know you are con dent with yourself.”


You cannot expect to be the best if you do not believe you are your own best. If you are a procrastinator, you may want to rethink your priorities when it comes to pageant life.


Courtesy of Maya Thames

“Be prepared and do not do anything last minute because people will notice,” Thames said.

In the pageant world, no one likes anything rushed, as it is considered unprofessional. For instance, to prepare for the Miss Hampton University Scholarship Pageant, Wright practiced ve days a week and for about three hours each. She also was required to exercise every Saturday morning lead- ing up to the pageant.

Still, be careful not to get too carried away. Overwork can be bad for your health, physically and mentally. To maintain good health, Thames gives a few suggestions.


“Drink water all of the time,” Thames said. “Drink apple cider vinegar with tea [for clear] skin. Substitute regular products with organic products. It might be more expensive, but it is way better for your health.”

It’s easy to get lost in the glitz and glam of pageant life, but never forget the person you are when you leave that stage.

“Stay true to yourself because you are the only person that really matters,” Wright said. “Remember to stay con dent and remember you are still wonderful.”

Diet changes: College meals or home-cooked meals?

Jaelan Leonard | Contributing Writer


Courtesy of Taylor Harris

College life can have its ups and downs. Students who attend college un- derstand the struggles that come along with it. There are long nights spent on homework assignments, upcoming exams to study for and challenging classes that may require tutoring. After a while, the stress can take a toll.

As a result, daily eating habits may suffer, which will impact performance inside and outside of the classroom.

Diet changes are normal when a student rst steps foot onto a college campus. Some individuals’ diet changes are bene cial if they are trying to eat healthy. For others, the changes can be detrimental. The adjustment from eating home-cooked meals to eating cafeteria food may or may not be a satisfying plan.

The cafeteria does offer food for nutritional purposes, but they are limited to what they serve in a day for the whole student body. The food that you eat for the rst time, you will be eating for the second and third time until you start to get sick of eating the same thing for a week.

“I used to eat the same thing every time I [went] to the [cafeteria] because there weren’t a lot of options available on campus,” Hampton University sophomore architecture major Erin Paul said.

Many students prefer to have control over what they can eat and how they prefer to make it themselves. In the café, students are stuck with what is served at breakfast, lunch and dinner. If a student were to go on a diet for nutritional purposes, the café does offer healthy food options, but there is not much to choose from if someone is trying to keep an everyday routine going.


On the other hand, many students only have the option to eat at the cafe teria, so they’ll eat at all times of the day. They may feel a sense of new- found freedom due to the fact that they can eat whenever and however they want. When students rst go to college and have the option to eat throughout the day, this can lead to the infamous weight gain known as the “freshman 15.” Mallory Pitchford, a sophomore kinesiology major, said she experienced a change in eating habits while on campus.


“I eat three times a day here, [but] I don’t eat three times a day at home,” Pitchford said. “I eat healthier meals at home, [but] we have a choice to eat whatever we would like to here.”

Adjusting to eating patterns from home versus college can be a trouble- some process to endure.

Managing time wisely can be beneficial, especially when it comes down to planning a daily eating schedule. This way, a student can fit in meals and avoid stress.


“Knowing people who live off campus allows me to go over to their house to cook my own food whenever I want to, so I’m not limited to café food,” senior kinesiology major Meshala Morton said.

Life is about making choices, and sometimes it’s the smallest decision that can in uence a lifestyle. It takes self-discipline to eat properly as op- posed to what one would eat at home.

College meals aren’t too problematic. Instead, it’s how one chooses to make use of them and take control of a diet.

Rihanna Introduces Her New Inclusive Makeup Line

Leenika Belfield-Martin | Lifestyle Editor


Nia Imani

On September 8, 2017, Rihanna released her anticipated Fenty Beauty makeup line. The line had been in the works for almost two years before its release.

The collection focuses on the face, and its products range from $18 to $54. The line includes a primer, a long-wear matte foundation, two “skin-stix,” two highlighters, a blotting powder and a lip product.

Makeup was not the only product released. The beauty line also featured seven makeup tools: two standard brushes, three compact portable brushes, one make-up sponge and blotting paper.

As of now, the line can be purchased on the official Fenty Beauty website, in stores or online through Sephora. Harvey Nichols stores in the United Kingdom also carry the line.

According to the line’s website, Fenty Beauty’s theme is “Beauty for all.” It lives up to this title with its “PRO FILT’R Soft Matte Long-wear Foundation” which includes 40 shades ranging from fairest white to the deepest brown.

During her release event, Rihanna spoke about her motivation for including such an extensive shade range. She said that, “In every product, I was like: ‘There needs to be something for a dark-skinned girl; there needs to be something for a really pale girl; there needs to be something in-between.’”

Many praise the singer for her inclusive line. Amanda Jones, a second-year student in the five-year MBA program from Portsmouth, Virginia, says, “As a celebrity, I think it is [a] good initiative on her part to begin this foundation line. Her fan base spans a vast range of people, and her [establishing] a line representing diversity is a big step for the cosmetic industry.”

Two days following the release, Affinity Magazine reported that the medium-to-deep shades were sold out of Sephora. Fortunately, later reports from Billboard concluded that although a number of shades were sold out on Sephora’s website, they were not completely gone from stores.

Jessica Cook, a sophomore history major from Bowie, Maryland, says Fenty Beauty’s success will encourage other makeup brands to expand their shades “because they’re shook!”
Cook continues on to say that “[I think] they will start to release more shades because they are starting to realize they have been neglecting a large and profitable demographic of women who use makeup.”

Fenty Beauty has been well received by customers so far; almost all the products have received five-star ratings on the Sephora and the Fenty Beauty sites. Beauty gurus have also been raving about Fenty Beauty’s products, which has also helped increase its popularity.

Alesia Taylor, a sophomore pre-nursing major, is one of many who purchased some Fenty Beauty products. Taylor says “watching YouTube videos was the main reason why [she] decided to go through with the purchase, because [she] was able to see how the products actually looked on the skin.”

Taylor purchased the PRO FILT’R foundation, matchstix concealer, and “Trophy Wife” highlighter. She believes that the products are both reasonably priced and well-crafted. “You could tell Rihanna took time to make sure her products were top-notch before releasing them for sale.”


Keeping Up with Common Courtesy

Nylah Powell | Lifestyle Writer

I was expected to follow certain rules growing up, including little things such as saying “please” and “thank you.” This is just one of many common courtesies taught to children at young ages. However, some of these basic rules of conduct have been neglected on campus.

The pace of today’s world is extremely busy. There is a constant load of tasks to be done, and not much time to get them done. Still, a busy lifestyle does not excuse simple etiquette. Upon arriving at Hampton, students are made aware of the standards they should hold themselves to.

Hampton University isn’t labeled “illustrious” for nothing. From the scenery, to the students, to the culture, Hampton has a lot to offer. Therefore, it is only right that students treat the campus, staff, and fellow Hamptonians the way they deserve to be treated.

It is not up to one person to take care of the dorm area; it is a communal effort. Proper etiquette in the dorm includes cleaning up after oneself in the bathroom.

Whether it’s removing hair from the shower, or wiping down the counters after using the sinks, it is important to respect the space that is shared with other people. “When you wash your hair in the shower and it doesn’t go down the drain, pick it up. It’s as simple as that,” freshman Ayana Johnson said.

Additionally, speak when spoken to. When somebody across the hall says “good morning,” have the decency to respond. Respect the RA’s and other administration inside the dormitory.

Get to know your roommates and build strong friendships; learn how to cooperate with each other and keep everyone happy.

When it gets late, respect the quiet hour policy. It is rude to play loud music or have conversations at extreme volumes when some people may be studying or sleeping to prepare for the next day. Be cognizant of others’ wants and needs, and everyone will be satisfied.

There are also a variety of standards to follow in class. First and foremost, arrive on time. The time students arrive to class doesn’t benefit or disadvantage the professors, but walking in late is a distraction to the students who are trying to learn.

Students should also refrain from using their cell phones in class. Most people like to check their phones from time to time, which is okay, but it’s disrespectful to completely ignore the material professors are trying to deliver.

Cleaning up after oneself should be practiced on campus grounds too. Dropping trash on the ground and leaving a mess at the cafeteria tables is not appropriate behavior of a Hampton student.

Dress code is another regulation that many fail to follow. As a community, we can be fashionable without disrupting the rules of the dress code. Your outside appearance can portray you in a negative or positive light, so be mindful of what you wear to certain settings.

In a letter addressed to women students, Dean of Residence Life Jewel Long said, “While I understand that many of you choose your attire in an effort to draw attention to yourself, the inappropriate attire that is being displayed is an indication of your failure to respect yourself.”

Do a favor to your professors, fellow students, and other members of the campus by dressing and behaving tastefully. Hampton men and women have proper etiquette; Hampton men and women are courteous. Be the Hampton man or woman that you came here to be.

6 Hacks to Slay Your Early Classes

Ayana Evans | Campus Writer

1. Flexi Rods
Instead of waking up with a bed head, wake up with voluminous curls just by installing Flexi Rods the night before. It’s easy and quick to do after you have just finished your homework. You simply apply your favorite hair mousse or oil (whatever works with your hair texture), wrap a piece of hair around the rod, and bend the ends to set the curl.

2. Track Bun/ Pony
This hack has been going on for years now. People have been wrapping false braids around their ponytails and clipping on fake buns to their ponytails. Of course, being the teens we are, we’ve revived the trend and added our own twist. If you have leftover bundles, whether you just had too much, or haven’t opened a pack yet, take a row of the track and cut it to the amount you want/need. After this, wrap the track around your top knot or ponytail and tease it to your desired look. This hack takes three to five minutes to do in the morning. After perfecting the look you want, you’ll need to lay your edges down with your desired edge control. Then you’ll be all set to slay your 8 a.m.

3. Oval Foundation Brushes
These are essential for a five-minute makeup beat! Using the medium sized oval brush, you can apply your foundation in just five seconds. When thousands of makeup gurus were raving over this brush after its debut in 2016, it was a must-buy, and the reviews called it “quick and easy.” The smaller sized brushes are great for contouring and highlighting (if you wish to do so in the morning) and the bristles in the brush give a flawless blended finish.

4. Press-on Nails
You will never have to walk around in need of a nail repair or fill-in with this hack. Remember those press-on nails from our middle school “studded belts and snapback” days? Well they’re back and better than they were before. Now, you can buy a plain or clear set of glue on nails from KISS, or any other brand in your local beauty supply store, and design them to make them look like a set done at a shop. Thousands of viral nail designs are around Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and people never knew they were glue-on nails. This is perfect to do the day before your early morning classes, or even a couple of days ahead.


5. Lash-Curlers
After you’re done using your flawless oval foundation brush, you can move to lashes.
Women sometimes think their lashes are short and unnoticeable, when really they just aren’t taking care of them properly. Applying falsies everyday can be time consuming and can make lashes sensitive and thin. Instead, you can use an eyelash curler to curl your lashes. With a bit of mascara at the tips of your lashes to extend the length, you’ll look like you have on a full set of falsies.

6. Two-Piece Sets
Two-piece sets really save the day when it comes to a last-minute slay. Buying a set reduces time because the set already comes as an all-in-one outfit. Once you add a few accessories, you’ll have a complete look. Buying sets for your early classes will definitely reduce the stress of trying to find an outfit in the morning.