Is astrology scientific and useful in relationships?

Tianna Bradford | Staff Writer

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For as long as we can remember, people have viewed the stars as a form of navigation.

The sky and stars are the basis for astrology, which is the correlation between the study of celestial planets and human occurrences on earth.

The movement of the sun and planets cycles every year and runs on a cycle of 12 zodiacs.

The belief behind astrology is that behavior, environment and personality are impacted by the alignment of the planets and star constellations, expressed by the cyclical zodiac patterns.

The signs of the zodiacs occur in this order over a year time span: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

Each zodiac has its own compatibility, personality traits, ambitions and goals based off of the astronomical alignment. So what do zodiac signs really mean to us?

When we are born, it is during a specific time, on a specific date, in a specific time zone/area.

On this day or night, due to the natural cycling of the planets, the placement of the stars determines the blueprint of our being, in terms of traits, personality and the sense of a predestined layout for how our life may appear on a day-to-day system.

There is more depth beyond the scope of astrology based off the zodiacs.

There are rising sun and moon signs that tell a deeper story of a person based off the time they were born. This makes each person more different.

Most people believe that these aspects make them the people they are today and how whether or not their relationships with their significant other matches and will last.

Most people feel as though astrology is just a conversational topic and doesn’t actually mean anything. Others base their whole lives on their zodiac and their daily horoscopes.

I asked Kierra Nelson, a sophomore architecture major from Arlington, Virginia, her view of astrology and does she let it impact her relationship with others.

“I strongly believe in astrology,” Nelson said. “I took the time to study it for my own personal gain that I believe your sign affects who you are as a person and your own vibe towards others.”

“I definitely am one of those people who take this into my own relationships with my significant others. I feel as though compatibility is important. I don’t not date someone because they’re an Aries or a Libra.

“However, I do take that into consideration as I am trying to get to know them better. I doesn’t change my view of them. It just makes me more curious and interested on learning more about them.”

I asked another student, Pride Harper, a sophomore pre-pharmacy major from Newport News, Virginia, her views on astrology and compatibility between relationships.

“I love astrology, however I don’t let my love for it determine how I go about things throughout my life,” Harper said.

“I thinks it’s exciting and unique, and I enjoy learning about my sign and others.

“I don’t take it as seriously as others I’ve met. Some love it and some hate it because they feel it’s a general analyzation of people based off their birthday, which is understandable, but to each its own.”

So do you take astrology seriously? Does it impact your life when it comes to dating?

Or is it just a myth people use to make dating a little more difficult and even a little more interesting and intense?


Should teachers and professors carry guns?

Tianna Bradford | Staff Writer

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As debates and proposed changes to school safety continue, the ideal “safe place” of a school has now turned into a prison-like atmosphere.

Since the Florida Parkland shooting in February, the concern has been on “How can we as a country make schools safer?”

Over the past few weeks, President Trump and other government officials have began discussing how to move forward with solutions on how to ensure safer teaching and learning environments.

Lawmakers have agreed that students and faculty shouldn’t be in continuous fear of dying at the cost innocently learning. However, what some politicians are proposing doesn’t seem to help eliminate that terror.

The newly introduced policy that has now become a widespread debate is the notion allowing faculty to carry weapons on their person or within the building to combat potential threats.

The argument is no longer focused on gun control, but pinpointing the distribution of more weapons to fight off the “bad guys.”

President Trump has openly sided with laws permitting faculty to carry weapons on school grounds.

“These people are cowards,” Trump said during a televised CNN interview.

“They’re not going to walk into a school if 20 percent of the teachers have guns — it may be 10 percent or may be 40 percent. And what I’d recommend doing is the people that do carry, we give them a bonus. We give them a little bit of a bonus,” he said.

“They’ll frankly feel more comfortable having the gun anyway. But you give them a little bit of a bonus.”

There are numerous questions that students are asking themselves as this debate deepens: Does my professor really care for my safety? What if he pulls the weapon on me if I’m acting up in class? How much will this affect our student-teacher relationships?

I asked some HU students their thoughts on this life-altering situation.

ShaDarria Dawn, a sophomore biology pre-med major from Dallas, Texas, told how she would feel if HU faculty were allowed to carry weapons around campus for our protection,

“I come a state where gun laws aren’t very strict at all; however, Texas has never felt an utter need to put guns within our schools,” she said.

“Humans are irrational. What if a teacher has a mental breakdown and ends up killing himself with the weapon given to him or kills his class? “

Elijah Banks, a sophomore journalism major from Queens, New York, said that he would not only feel uncomfortable but that he’d feel less safe having teachers “protecting” him.

“I couldn’t imagine being comfortable with my professor walking into class with a gun on his holster,” Banks said.

“I find it beyond me that we have come to this point in America. I would want a weapon for my own protection, especially as a black male. I am constantly looked toward as an aggressor – even by my own people. The last thing myself or any other black student in this country [wants] is for one of us to be killed in class ’cause a teacher ‘felt’ like the student was being too aggressive towards them and the professor has to defend themselves.

Our society has come to the option of allowing our educators to carry weapons in a safe zone for students. With this new policy being implemented, we could end up making schools a factory for mass shooting killers and other acts of violence.

“We are the country with the highest rate of mass shootings. Trump and Congress need to come up with another way … tightening up gun laws, making more of these weapons of mass destruction harder to obtain off black market or even gun shows,” Banks said.

“So Where Can I Sign You Up, eHarmony, or Twitter?”

Tianna Bradford | Staff Writer

When you are in college, your parents start to ask you, “So…have you found anyone you’re interested in yet?”

You begin to realize that dating now is nothing like your parents’ or grandparents’ generations. Dating sites such as eHarmony, and BlackPeopleMeet have become the new technological way of “getting to know” someone without meeting them face-to-face for the first time.

Then we have social media, where the new thing is “sliding through the DM” and “shooting your shot” to ask for someone’s number and to begin the “talking stage.”

To our generation, the “talking stage” was pre-dating, less courtship but more of getting to know each other. Is this way of thinking actually adequate to the old-fashioned dating that we’ve seen in old films or by word of mouth by the older generation?

“I think this generation has come to a major halt when it comes to dating,” said Erin Paul, a sophomore architecture major from Kansas City, Mo. “Dating just isn’t the same anymore.

“I remember watching movies and seeing guys ask the girl out take her on a couple of dates to get to know her and then continue with courting and so forth. Now it’s become a guy asking you for your number through social media and you’re just expected to interact with them ’cause they ‘slid in your DMs.’

“Online is OK for those who are busy with their careers, but at the same time, online dating sites have created havoc when predators use these sites to their advantage.

“This makes those who are interested in these sites think twice about finding their happiness. Just meeting a person and having a conversations with them and then getting their number and contacting them more through texting, emailing and so forth is easier than letting just anyone have your phone number.”

Mackenzie Walker, a freshman journalism major from Memphis, prefers in-person interaction.

“I’d rather have that one-on-one connection with someone rather than texting, emailing or calling someone ’cause you never know their emotions until you see them face-to-face,” Walker said. “You want to see not only if you’re compatible with that person but also if you complete each other, and I think that is important.

“With catfishing becoming a huge issue, it’s embarrassing knowing that you’ve been interacting with someone who says they’re someone they’re not.

“You know, ‘sliding through the DMs’ is cool, but if you can’t approach me in person, then I feel like I won’t respect it.

“I want a man to approach me like a man.”

We realize with corporate America growing constantly, people don’t have the time to get to know people or date. With that came online dating. With technology already becoming affluent in our daily lives, why not have it interact with our love lives as well?

Online, you meet more people in less amount of time. Looking at their bio and descriptions of themselves, you can already weed out the one you actually want to interact with rather than blind dating.

Catfishing has also become an issue when it comes to online dating in the realm of dating in this generation. People pretend to be someone they are not. This act of stolen identity and pictures has led to the embarrassment of people wanting to date and making dating harder and more overwhelming.

So which one is better? Are you one of those people who hides behind the screen and shoots their shot through the direct message, or are you upfront with your interest?

“You’re still scrolling through Twitter?!”

Tianna Bradford | Staff Writer

As society has changed, technology has become more prominent, especially in our daily lives.

New jobs are being always being created: The newly blossomed social media content creator, social media marketer, digital marketing manager. However, technology has begun to catch up with us.

People are becoming more intertwined with social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat.

Twitter has become the mecca of trends and latest fashion trends, while Facebook carries on humorous videos, fake news releases and catfishing. These apps have become a part of our daily lives.

But can we manage to hold our reality together, away from the world that we live in? Is social media becoming really addictive? Can you be addicted to the life of tweeting, snapping, posting and recording?

I asked Kyla Newell, a Hampton University sophomore biology pre-med major from Jackson, Mississippi, her stance on social media and the impact it has on society today.

“I personally think that society has now become obsessive and addictive to social media,” Newell said. “It has now become a part of our lives every second of the day. I think about the Black Mirror episode where how popular you were on social media and your rating determined how successful you were in life, what kind of house you owned and the car you possessed. This could eventually be society in five to 10 years.”

Social media has taken over almost every aspect of communication.

Most conversations are done through an app of social media, and a typical conversation starter is, “Did you see that video on Twitter?”

There are fewer discussions on the latest story in the news but instead more on funny videos of a child cussing to their parents.

I asked Kierra Nelson, a sophomore architecture major and graphic design minor from Arlington, Virginia, if she found social media as a positive or negative aspect in society.

“I find social media amusing and intriguing when I’m bored and I’m just on my phone,” Nelson said. “But I lack a connection with my friends when I want some human interaction and they’re stuck to the screen of their phone refreshing for the next big thing.

“However, I do understand how social media has flourished [in] society and definitely made people more alert and aware of differences. I learn more about what’s happening around the world from just checking Twitter, even though it could be fake news compared to what’d I get informed on from watching Fox 5 news for two hours.”

Social media brings awareness to ignorance but also gives the ignorant a viral stage.

Some balance between social media and reality can prevent the addictive trait social media apps possess.

Traditional vs. nontraditional: Whose college is better?

Tianna Bradford | Staff Writer

Courtesy of Chelsea Harrison

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.

Which one would you choose?