NEW COURSE: JAC452 International Journalism and Communications with Professor Julia Wilson

NEW COURSE: JAC452 International Journalism and Communications with Professor Julia Wilson

Student Organizations -- Who to Contact

Student Organizations

Student organizations expand students' horizons and connect them to the professional worlds. Our students are members of several organizations, including:


The Scripps Howard School has a long-standing reputation for quality education and innovation. BRAND757 is the first for-profit, student-run public relations and brand agency serving the Hampton Roads community. This latest initiative for public relations and strategic communication students also meets that high bar. Follow us on Twitter.

The Business Journalism Club – BUTCH MAIER

This newly created club – aka "The Biz Journey" – This club exists to expand the reach of the JAC 451 Business Journalism course, introduce students to professional business journalists, and provide opportunities for students to publish and record business journalism stories online, in print, on television and on radio.


This publication was created to bring attention to the school. Written and photographed by alumni and current students, its stories and articles highlight the events, accomplishments and experiences of students, alumni, faculty and staff.


The university's student-run newspaper is published every two weeks during each semester. It provides opportunities for students to practice professional journalism – in print and online – by working as reporters, editors and photographer. The newspaper is distributed on campus.

Kappa Tau Alpha: LYNN WALTZ

Founded in 1910 at the University of Missouri, this is the national honor society in journalism and mass communication. The Hampton University Chapter was chartered in 1981. Its purpose is to recognize and encourage outstanding scholarship and good character among students. Membership is restricted to junior and seniors who rank in the upper 10 percent of their class.

National Association of Black Journalists: JAMES FORD

This is the leading organization of African-American journalists and communications professionals. Our students participate in special NABJ programs through a partnership funded by the Scripps Howard Foundation.

Public Relations Society of America: KEISHA REYNOLDS

In 2001, a chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America was approved by the national organization of public relations professionals. It was the culmination of two years' work by a team of public relations students and their professor, Rosalynne Whitaker-Heck. The PRSSA charter chapter provides our public relations students with exciting opportunities for internships, conferences, competitions and networking.


The non-commercial, educational station is owned and operated by Hampton University. It serves as a practicum for students who participate in radio broadcasting. Of equal importance is its mission to promote the total educational program of the university. Beyond the confines of the college, the station must fulfill its obligation to "operate in the public interest, convenience and/or necessity" as mandated by the Federal Communications Commission.


This television station of student-run programming for the campus provides a forum for students to experience the requirements of producing a newscast – on air and behind the scenes – for class credit.

Student-Run Newspapers Scoop Other Media, Report COVID-19

By Raven Harper

(JAC 310 Assignment for Prof. Waltz)

Leaving coverage of campus life, football games, and town-halls behind, student-run newspapers at colleges and universities around the country have been scooping professional news organizations when it comes to covering COVID-19 on campus.

"We have a group of writers and editors specifically tasked with covering breaking news updates related to COVID-19," said Stuart Carson, a senior editor for the University of Southern California student paper, The Daily Trojan.

Carson, the Deputy Director of Diversity and Inclusion of The Daily Trojan, said the paper has had to adjust since the start of COVID-19.

"Quite a lot has changed," Carson said. "The challenges of the pandemic, more specifically, the challenges of having to work together across varying time zones, cities, and continents, has presented its slew of obstacles."

USC transitioned to remote learning in April, sending students packing and leaving on-site reporters with little to cover.

A remaining big story was the status of USC football.

" For many Americans, especially college students, sports are central to daily, monthly, and yearly rituals. We mark our calendars for football, basketball, and baseball games and make days out of the events. A lot of Americans derive a sense of identity and pride in their college or hometown teams," Carson said.

In August, Carson wrote a story entitled Game Days like no other, quoting the USC Athletic Director, season-ticket holders, and student football fanatics about the status of college football before the postponement of the PAC-12 sports that fall.

The Trojans recently got back on the field after sitting out the off-season last semester due to COVID-19 leaving PAC-12 sports uncleared to play.

In addition to sports, USC's student paper also usually covers city news, campus life, arts and entertainment, and op-eds.

The Daily Trojan established in 1912, is the only student-run paper at USC - widely known and recognized for continuously "providing a forum of free and responsible discussion and intellectual exploration of USC," according to HuffPost.

With football off the table, reporters turned their attention to COVID-related stories like mandated flu shots for the spring semester, an employee testing positive, hybrid instruction plans, and COVID-19 financial assistance.

Marlize Duncan, a sophomore columnist for the arts and entertainment section, said the paper has a high following across social media platforms with over 41.3k followers.

"USC students, staff, and people of the surrounding community in Los Angeles look to us for news updates," Duncan said. "Our paper holds itself accountable for covering COVID-19 related updates, specifically when it pertains to USC students and the surrounding LA area."

Since USC started reporting COVID-related news, they have become well- recognized nationwide being featured in major news publications like Poynter, The Washington Post, HuffPost, and more.

The Washington Post referred to The Daily Trojan writers as 'the journalism heroes for the current pandemic,' for "publishing scathing editorials about controversial reopening plans and breaking news of campus outbreaks."

Recently, The Daily Trojan published a story on how COVID-19 cases are expected to spiral on campus after Halloween, including news that five USC students tested positive for COVID this past weekend.

COVID is also a popular topic at other student-run newspapers around the country.

At George Washington University in Washington D.C, Zach Schonfeld, a staff writer for The GW Hatchet, did a story in May about how GW coordinated its pandemic response, reporting from inside the decision room at a faculty senate meeting earlier that month.

At the University of Pennsylvania, Julie Coleman, staff writer for The Daily Pennsylvanian, covered a story on how campus housing rejections left UPenn students with nowhere to go after Penn announced a mandatory move-out date for students in response to COVID-19.

According to The New York Times, there have been more than 214,000 cases, and at least 75 deaths across American colleges and universities since the pandemic began. Many institutions have continued with remote instruction for the current fall semester, while some universities remain open with strict COVID-19 guidelines and adjustments.

The status of the spring semester remains in the air around college campuses, but there remains little doubt that college journalists writing for their campus papers will have it covered.

Hampton University SGA hosts second annual student-led town hall

By Allyson Edge | Hampton Script Staff Writer

The Hampton University Student Government Association on Feb. 29 hosted its second annual student-led town hall in the Student Center Ballroom.

Specifically, the event was led by the student body president, vice president, student representative to the Board of Trustees and each class president. The idea of the student-led town hall serves as an open dialogue between SGA and the students whom they represent.

Throughout the event, students had the opportunity to come up to the microphone and pose inquiries or make suggestions. Members of the student government requested that students in the audience be transparent and utilize this platform to communicate in a respectful manner. Some of the concerns raised by students included: fire safety within certain buildings; student parking, specifically in the lots in between White and Holmes Hall; 24-hour co-ed study areas; adequate resident assistant compensation; gourmet bucks increase; and modernization of the business professional dress code, especially for women. Students also proposed making a printer available in each resident hall and having dorm fees applied to printer supplies.

For more on this story, visit Hampton Script.

Student Entrepreneurs Balance Life and School

By Jada Middleton

Being a student working towards a degree while also starting a business is challenging. Students must manage their time and money wisely in order to graduate and keep their business afloat.

At Hampton University, dozens manage to do just that.

"The biggest struggles students face is time management, recognizing that not all money is good money, and that sometimes the best business decision is to turn down an opportunity, especially if someone isn't going to value your work or your time," said Dr. Travell Travis, who teaches Introduction to Entrepreneurship.

Some student entepreneurs plan their days hour by hour while others struggle to find the perfect balance.

Sophomore Sierra Gibson has been a makeup artist since high school. She won best makeup artist at The Beauty Bash Experience, where students who do hair and makeup show off their work. Gibson has a strict self-imposed schedule including when she goes to bed and when she wakes up. She credits that with everything she accomplishes in between.

Events like The Beauty Bash Experience help bring attention to entrepreneurs, especially for students who are trying to run a business without the benefit of majoring in business.

There are different avenues to success. Some do it without any education or background knowledge, while others take classes or major in business.

Ebonee Anderson, a senior MBA major, started her business over a year ago making natural face and body scrubs. She calls it "Ebonee Essentials." She had to temporarily suspend operations because she didn't have enough time for school.

"I wasn't able to find time to do my school work and have time for my business. I felt like I was constantly going and never got a break for myself," Anderson said. "I had an idea and felt like I needed to act on it but never thought about how much time and work was needed. In August, I plan to have my business going because I enjoyed what I was doing."

Anderson said the head of the entrepreneur department, Dr. Oliver Jones, helped her find a clear path to tackling business and school.

Jones helps students become successful entrepreneurs while completing his own projects. His first project was in Jamaica in 1988.

"Students are able to travel with me when I have important conferences, so they're able to see how being an entrepreneur really is. I explain to them how I have multiple businesses and still find time to be a professor," said Jones. "I love to see them grow from the beginning because it's a risk they're taking to better themselves."

Jones teaches Financing New Business Ventures, which allows students to start their businesses with the ideas they have. Students learn to write business plans, pitches and most importantly get one-on-one time with Jones to talk about their businesses.

When pitching an idea, students must make sure investors and others see the potential. Business pitches include a very detailed plan. It include: the targets of the market size and growth projections, a business model showing costs, pricing and margins, team skills depth, domain experience, and track record, intellectual property and sustainable competitive advantage, customized marketing strategy and realistic sales plans, five-year financial projections of revenue and expenses, specific investment size request and equity offered, and discussion of likely liquidity events and exit strategy.

"I offer to take students to Richmond to register their business because I know things can get confusing when it comes to the legal aspect," Jones said. "I feel proud when I help my students with their business because some of the students go through a lot and start discouraging themselves, so I'm here to lift them up."

Travis, who teaches Intro to Entrepreneurship teaches students how to write business plans. When he's not teaching, he's preaching at City of Refuge in Richmond, Virginia and working on his new book "Don't Eat the Baby."

"If you don't have a business plan, you don't have a business," Travis said.

A business plan includes projected earnings in the first five years, who might invest, the location, type of business, and descriptions of the service or product.

But even with a business plan, things outside a student's control can bring everything crashing down.

Mia Foster, senior entrepreneurship major, is one of Jones' students. She started doing hair and traditional sew-ins during her freshmen year at Hampton and has expanded her business, AR Styles, to making wigs and selling hair. Mia had it all figured out in the beginning when she was just doing hair. Whenever she didn't have class, she would allow clients to schedule appointments with her and she has always kept up with the latest trends in the hair industry, which increased her clientele.

"Everything was going good. I don't have to worry about school finances because my business helps me," Foster said. "Unfortunately, my house caught fire two months ago putting me in the worst situation. I had to move back home in Norfolk and commute back and forth with my clients all over Hampton, Newport News and Norfolk."

Two months after her house catching fire, Mia was offered a booth in a salon so she could continue with her business. This opportunity made things easier for her clients and allowed her to raise her prices because she's in a shop with more opportunities. Being in the shop means more people can see Foster's work. There are other clients who get their hair done by other hairdressers but can still see the work she does.

"I wanted to give up after the fire happened, but I kept telling myself you've come so far, you have clients and people on your team counting on you, you can't give up like that. Luckily all my supplies were still in good condition, but I needed a break. I thought I had school under control, but I saw my dreams crumbling right before my eyes and that's when my grades started to change," said Foster.

Foster has been able to get everything back on track despite the challenges she encountered. School is almost over for her and she has reached a milestone in her business.

Travis, her professor, understands what it takes.

"It goes back to the focus driven balance, if they know how to get up early, stay up late, know how to do business on the weekend," he said. "Then, there are others who are basically flunking school because they're pursuing this dream that might not happen."

Time management is important, but managing finances is a also big deal because without money, or managing money efficiently a new business owner will run into problems.

"I wake up every day at 5 a.m. so I can get my day started. The night before I write down my plans and I just wake up and get going. School rarely gets in the way because events happen over the weekend or after classes end," said Gibson, the makeup artist.

Gibson's business requires a different schedule because she's busy when there is a big event going on like senior ball or a fashion show. Seeing how Gibson prepared the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha for their probate was professional and organized. Her morning routine is to ensure she has time to herself, which includes yoga and mediating. Her first client came at 10 a.m. and she had several more clients until 4 p.m. After doing make-up for 6 hours she was able to finish up her schoolwork and attend the probate.

"I don't stress a lot over my business and school because I feel like I have enough time in my day to get done everything that needs to get done. When you map out your day there's nothing you can't complete," Gibson said.

Gibson has her business up and going, but she runs into problems when it comes to finances.

"I don't save my money the way I should. When I put in work and get money, I feel the need to reward myself, which I realize is a bad decision after the fact. Living off campus I have extra expenses and sometimes I only make enough to cover those expense," said Gibson.

She has been working hard to expand her business on other campuses nearby so she can meet her financial goals.

"One thing I've learned since I started my business is patience and self-motivation," Gibson said. "Without patience I don't think people can get as much done because you're too busy panicking. Things happen, it's life, but you must learn to move on from those things and motivate yourself to be the best you can be."

A Painful Overcast on Legacy Park

By Sydney N. Shuler

The placement of a bronze George H. W. Bush statue in Legacy Park at Hampton University stirred up controversy with students, alumni and national leaders in the black community, some of whom said they were outraged by the inclusion of a figure known for encouraging fear using aggressive black stereotypes during his presidential campaign.

President William H. Harvey, a longtime friend of Bush, has defended the choice stating that Bush's policies directly benefited historically black colleges and universities and brought $40 million in scholarships, faculty research grants and other beneficial programs at Hampton.

"I found him to be an extraordinary man of love, values, principles, standards, honesty, compassion, loyalty, camaraderie, and character," Harvey wrote in a 2018 op-ed for The Daily Press in Newport News.

Some black leaders are outraged by the choice, one is even seeking a public rebuke while others are circulating a petition advocating for the removal of the statue.

Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr., a black Democratic representative of the First District of Missouri, and his father William Lacy Clay, Sr., who also served in the GOP and helped found the Congressional Black Caucus, are commissioning the CBC to publicly oppose the new statue.

The backlash since the ribbon-cutting ceremony Hampton University's new Legacy Park, a waterfront garden featuring eleven statues of Hampton University supporters, has included current students and the alumni association.

Bush "is not one that you can hold up as someone who believed in equal justice for all,"Clay Sr. said in a letter to the Congressional Black Caucus, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "He steadfastly and vigorously opposed any specific proposal to ameliorate the inequitable, bigoted treatment of black citizens."

Clay Jr. believe Bush's appointment of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in order to replace the Civil Rights champion, Thurgood Marshall, was harmful to the black community and went goes against equal rights representation, according to an article by Chuck Raasch in The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

During the 1988 election against Michael Dukakis, Bush supporters created the Willie Horton attack ad. William R. Horton is a black American convicted felon in Massachusetts who was imprisoned while Dukakis was governor. Horton was a recipient of Dukakis' "weekend pass" policy. The harsh mugshot and dapper photos of George H.W. Bush and Dukakis, historians believe, played into the black stereotypes of criminal behavior that ignites fears in whites.

The Hampton University Alumni Association posted a petition protesting the George H.W. Bush statue to the HU Board of Trustees and to Dr. Harvey on

"It is an absolute embarrassment, that the institution that produced Booker T. Washington, Mary Jackson, Alberta King, and thousands of others that have stood on their shoulders," the petition reads, "that the Board of Trustees and ultimately the university's long-term president, William R. Harvey somehow found it morally acceptable to memorialize this man on our beautiful campus."

The petition recalls the on-campus protests following the announcement of Bush as the commencement speaker in 1991.

"It's no wonder why his visit to a Hampton University ... a historically BLACK university, was protested by the student body, faculty and staff resources collectively," the petition reads.

"He has some good things and some bad things as well," Edwards said. "His legacy should be remembered for being instrumental in getting the United Negro College Fund started. I don't think people know the history."

One of the good things that Edwards was referring to, as well as one of the reasons for honoring the 41st president is his significant involvement in propelling the UNCF to where it is today. After being recruited to lead UNCF fundraising drives at Yale University, Bush went on to become the UNCF chairman of Texas. He also donated partial proceeds from his autobiography to UNCF. While president, he signed Executive Order 12677, which created a Presidential Advisory Board on HBCUs, a group created to strengthen Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) by advising the president & U.S. Secretary of Education.

And, there were students who were torn between the good things Bush did for African Americans and the bad, like increasing funding for HBCUs while continuing the war on drugs which incarcerated Black Americans at an alarming rate.

Bush founded the Yale chapter of the UNCF and was a long time ambassador for HBCUs. He worked to improve the recruitment of graduate and undergraduate HBCU students for part-time and summer federal positions and increased HBCU funding.. HBCUs received a total of $776 million in 1989 and $894 million 1990, an increase of $118 million, right after his election.

Still, Edwards acknowledged the darker side of his legacy. "George Bush did not stop that War on Drugs, he kept it going," he said. Some current students spoke out to local news media about their opposition to the statues and said the administration should have explained the choice. Statues included Rosa Parks, Barack Obama, Martin Luther King Jr., Howard Taft, and several local figures important to the history or support of the university including founder Samuel Chapman Armstrong and President Harvey.

"Some of the statues were definitely deserving, but when you have someone like George H. W. Bush who was honorable, do not get me wrong, but as far as the other people up there and what they mean to the campus, I think that students and alumni deserve an explanation."

"First of all, I believe that the chief reason for [Legacy Park] is promotion of learning," Dr. Harvey said in an article by Brandi Howliet in The Hampton Script, "I want students to research these figures. Be thankful."

Va. BuzzKill anti-underage drinking campaign targets HU campus

By Stephanie Smith

Hampton University Homecoming season arrived along with instances of underage drinking that occurs during traditional festivities.

Kyla Wright, a residence hall assistant from Detroit, said, "I witness the effects and consequences of underage drinking, especially during this week. Whenever there's a big event happening at Hampton, students prepare themselves by binge drinking. Whether it's Holland [Hall] or a Harbors [off-campus apartments] party, students don't like to be sober.

"Actually, I see it more often than I feel I should and that's a problem."

A psychology major from New York said, "I see bigs serving their littles liquor all the time. It's regular." The student's name was withheld by this news site.

Situations like these potentially stop students from getting their degree. This is why the BuzzKill campaign has caused campus police departments to enforce a statement: serve under 21 and the party's over. Underage drinking and impaired driving are illegal in Virginia.

More than 1,800 college students die each year from unintentional alcohol-related injuries, say advocates from the Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department, which launched the Richmond-area BuzzKill Campaign in 2015. Funded by the DMV Highway Safety Grant, BuzzKill made its way to other campuses near Hampton Roads, including Hampton University. The reason: to highlight the personal, professional and legal consequences of underage drinking.

Many students who are caught intoxicated aren't aware of the consequences. They may face suspension or expulsion from the university. They could receive that Out-By-5 p.m. letter immediately. Sometimes the consequences of underage drinking don't come from authorities. Students may experience the worse consequence of them all – death.

On the eve of Hampton U.'s Homecoming weekend keep in mind the consequences of underage drinking. If under the age of 21, do not accept any alcoholic beverages or beverages you didn't prepare. During these festivities, keep your self-image and education in mind. Do not jeopardize your placement at Hampton.

To make others aware of the BuzzKill Campaign, post "pop-out" photos with the hashtag: #PARTYSAFEVA. Everyone be safe and enjoy the annual HU festivities!

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Here at Hampton University, the Buzzkill campaign has been spreading its message through posters, fliers, and picket signs that have been placed in front of the cafeteria and student center. Yet the message might not be getting across to the students living on and off campus.

"I have noticed all of the Buzzkill signs on my way to the cafeteria and class," said Alexander Franklin, a sophomore pre-pharmacy major from Atlanta, "But to be honest, it has been pretty far in the back of my mind."

Franklin isn't the only student that has not caught on to the message. Other students have walked by much of the campaign's propaganda without spreading news or looking for more information. But that does not mean all hope is lost.

"I have been seeing the posters all over campus and I think it's a great idea to let students know the consequences of distributing alcohol or even having it underage," said Maya McCombs of Maplewood, New Jersey, a second year strategic communications major.

Buzzkill is an Ohio-based program created by the Drug Free Action Alliance, educating college-aged students about the dangers of alcohol and the consequences of drinking as a minor or distributing it to minors. It is estimated that over 1,800 students between the ages of 18-24 die each year from alcohol-related injuries, and 696,000 students have been assaulted by someone who was under the influence of alcohol.

This fall the campaign has moved to local campuses, including Hampton University, Norfolk State University, Christopher Newport University, and Tidewater Community College, looking to spread its messages to our own community so that students know how to party safely or the possible consequences that can come to hosting parties.

Anyone can get involved by going online to the Drug Free Action Alliance website and filling out a registration and letter of agreement. There is also a $50 fee for membership and to receive materials such as posters, signs, window clings, and stickers. Information can also be found by searching #partysafeva on twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. – Joshua Waldrum

Both writers are students in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

Thigh-high fashion craze on Hampton U. campus

By Jordan Parker

The thigh-high boots sensation is definitely evident on Hampton University's campus.

A "thigh high boot" can be described as a sleek women's boot with a zip reaching just above the knee, creating a knee-high sock effect varying in material. The most popular style features a heel platform, stiletto, or pump. (Rana Shepheard, pictured right)

The art of popping out, or dressing your most fashionable best, has been studied and mastered by many Hamptonians. This fall's most notable advancement in popping out appears to be thigh-high boots.

Blake Newby, a senior from Washington, D.C., said she "can't wait for the weather to finally get cold so I can break out my three pairs of boots I got this summer." As fall approaches so does homecoming season, the time people use to exercise their pop-out skills and flex on everyone.

The new trend was anticipated. Big names such as Rihanna, Beyoncé, and reality stars, Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner gave fans and future customers a taste of the looks early on in candid photos captured by the paparazzi.

The boots come in a variety of colors and styles. Designers incorporate materials ranging from suede, denim, and leather. It's almost as if the standard boot is evolving into something much more runway ready. This has made the thigh high boots a staple piece for many fall and winter pop outs.

The most appealing aspect of the thigh high boot is the versatility in outfits you can pair them with. Wear them with your midi skirts and dresses, leggings, your skinny leg pans. If you want your boots to make a bold statement, get a color that pops, like blue, orange, or red. For an everyday look, black, grey, and nude are perfect additions to an outfit. You can dress them up or down.

Hannah Pink, a freshman from Sugarland, Texas said, "I'm wearing the boots I wore to class yesterday to the club, with a bodycon dress this weekend."

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ABOVE-THE-KNEE BOOTS are taking the fall fashion scene by a storm.

On Hampton University's campus, dozens of young women have been sporting the trendy and in-season thigh-high boots since the temperature has dropped.

After the spring 2015 release of Kanye West's boots, the popularity of thigh highs has skyrocketed. Celebrities such as the Kardashians, Kylie Jenner, Chrissy Teigen, and Karrueche have also been seen sporting West's boots, adding to their popularity. However, most women have been purchasing the bargain brands that range anywhere from $39 to $100 opposed to West's $995 boots. Stores that carry the boots include Aldo, DSW, H&M and more. Online sites such as also carry a variety of thigh-high boots.

"Thigh-high boots are trendy and they're in style. Every celebrity is wearing them and they make any outfit pop!" said Iyana Crawford a sophomore, psychology major from Georgia.

The popularity of the boots has also risen on campus due to Hampton University's homecoming. It's a tradition that Hamptonians only look the best during the week and wear the trendiest and latest fashion. Many women have also admitted to only buying thigh-high boots just to have for Homecoming week.

"Boots are the best fall shoe because there are so many different ways to wear them," said Autumn Evans (pictured above right), a sophomore, elementary studies major and fashion blogger from New Jersey. "Thigh highs have the ability to make or break an outfit and I plan on doing them justice this season."

Fashion choices and statement pieces such as thigh-high boots will most likely be seen being worn for the remainder of fall and transition into winter. Whether it be Kanye West's boots or the competition brand, ladies on campus plan on turning heads and rocking thigh high boots with pride. -- Nia Wellman

Both writers are students at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

Fresh talent anticipated at Hampton U. Majestic dance tryouts

By Anthony Phillips

On Wednesday and Thursday, Hampton University's Majestic Dance Troupe will host its annual tryouts in the Student Center atrium. Students will rehearse Wednesday night starting at 5 p.m. and audition on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Majestic dance captains will teach the choreography to two songs Wednesday which will then be performed during auditions Thursday.

If chosen, the students will be inducted into the dance troupe

Students must submit applications, including headshots. Once they learn the choreography, they are allowed to choose their best number for the audition before peers and faculty.

For years, the Majestic Dance Troupe has performed at Hampton University and off campus. They contribute entertainment, school spirit, and inspiration to the regional dance scene.

Students and residents of Hampton, Virginia, speak highly of the dance team.

"The Majestic team is dope man. I've always wanted to be a part of them," said David Baker, a Hampton resident. "They look like they have a lot of fun. Their choreography is lit."

The captains of Majestic ­– Justin Jones, Chloe Harper, Amaiyah Beverly, and Khalil Harris – are working hard to make the troupe even better this year.

"Being the captain of such a well-known organization makes me feel proud," said Harris, who promised great things out of the auditions. "I guess everyone will have to wait and see what we have in store."

The anticipation for new talent is high this year, the captains said, urging those who love to dance to give it a try.

Note: The Majestic Dance Troupe on Sept. 15 inducted 62 new members out of 80 people who auditioned during annual tryouts in the student center atrium.

The writer is a student at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

Child-friendly science and tech fair at Hampton U. conference

By Jirah Cosey

Even kids participated this year, learning how science explains the culture of our world.

This year's Conference on the Black Family at Hampton University encouraged families alike to venture into various STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] career fields.

Normally the conference consists of various panels that favor adults. This year's conference took a different twist by aiming to affect the minds of children as well. One of the panelist slots turned into a science fair for kids across the Hampton Roads area, a forum titled the "Phantastic Voyage," located in the student center ballroom, consisted of numerous stations that showcased different components of science.

Stations ranged from showing different aspects of the brain to teaching children how to make slime. Kids stared in amazement as HU atmospheric science Ph.D. student Ryan M. McCabe used a visual demonstration to show how a hurricane is formed.

"The best way to learn is to ask questions," said McCabe about the importance of science. "By learning these, kids can make critical advancements in human society."

Every station gave kids a different view on learning about science, which made many of the visitors more intrigued. The children were ushered to each station by Hampton University science majors, and the students were inquisitive throughout the experience.

Gabriel Carter, an elementary school student, said, "I love building things that don't originally work and make them into something that does. I think that's pretty cool."

This year's Conference on the Black Family tackled the unknowns about STEM fields and aimed to meet its goal through every panel and discussion. The conference began Wednesday night and continued through Friday.

The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

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