By Miah Harris
As most of us were aware of Hurricane Joaquin possibly approaching Virginia, Hampton University students and administration experienced multiple mishaps out of their immediate control.
Since before fall semester began, the office of student activities staff and student leaders prepared for families to arrive for the annual Parents Weekend Oct. 2-3. After a meeting with higher-ups on Thursday afternoon, it was confirmed and announced that all festivities for the weekend had been postponed.
"As a co-director, I was really looking forward to Parents Weekend because I wanted parents to have the best time ever with their students," said Aliah Williamson, a broadcast journalism major from California. "This Parents Weekend was going to be very different from past years so it was a little disappointing when it got cancelled, but I would rather parents be safe.
"If it gets rescheduled, we will be ready."
For some parents, this only meant unloading a car for a short-distance drive to campus, but for others, money may have been wasted on a nonrefundable round trip.
"Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy coming to visit my daughter," said mother Patrice Hector of Atlanta, "but because I am an entrepreneur, these trips conflict with my weekend income in the hair salon. But then again, I, nor Hampton have control over the acts of God, so at the end of the day, safety is first and there are no fingers to point on my end."
Beyond cancellation of weekend activities leading into Homecoming week, students have experienced quite a few flooding troubles in parking lots and other areas surrounding their dorms. "This weekend has been a great inconvenience to me, in regards to living at Holmes Hall," said Randolph Scott Jr. of Chicago, a fourth-year, five-year MBA major. "Due to the unequal dimensions of the ground, it floods horribly in the front. This makes it extremely difficult for my colleagues and I to even enter the building."
According to social media, other students tended to follow the saying, "find the laugh in everything," by creating short and humorous videos. Some pretended to be reporters capturing live footage from the flooded scene, while others made sarcastic comments.
"When they say Hampton is your home by the sea, who would literally think you would actually walk outside looking for a safety boat to get to class? said Nadera Harris, a second-year RA in White Hall. "I feel like all students earned a position on Hampton's non-existent elite swim team thanks to Hurricane Joaquin this weekend."
The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.