Hampton U. Celebrates World AIDS Day

By Stephanie Smith

In 1988, the global health event World AIDS Day was established. In honor of this day, Hampton University's Health Center will be offering free HIV testing and free flu shots Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.

Free HIV testing requires student ID. With just a prick of a finger, you can be sure of your status. Be among the first 50 patients and you will receive a free doughnut from Glazed Doughnuts in exchange.

Flu shots will be offered in the ballroom as well. These vaccines will be offered to students, faculty and staff. The only requirement that differs from the HIV testing requirements is that you must be 18 years or older.

Two HIV informational speakers will also be present in the ballroom. A HU Health Center spokeswoman said that there will be an Eastern Virginia Medical School representative who will share their personal encounter with HIV. The Delta Sigma Theta organization collaborated with HU's Health Center to recruit another speaker. After the guest speakers, live entertainment will then take place in the Student Center Atrium.

Since the virus was identified, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS. With AIDS being one of the most destructive pandemics in history, World AIDS Day is a nationwide opportunity for people to come together and fight against HIV. It's also an opportunity to commemorate those who have died and to show support for those living with HIV.

On World AIDS Day, money is raised, prejudice is fought, and awareness increases while education is improved. Anyone can support and spread awareness by wearing the symbolic red ribbon. Red ribbons can be purchased and donations are accepted on worldaidsday.org. Donations are then given to the National AIDS Trust organization.

World AIDS Day's purpose is to remind the public and government that HIV has not disappeared. Stop by the Student Center Ballroom Thursday and celebrate. Help spread the word to help educate others about HIV. Get tested for free and know your status.

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

Many fashion statements at Hampton U. Gala of Hope

By Mallory Beard

HAMPTON, Virginia – Hair appointments, arrangements for Gala of Hope, a fundraiser for the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute.

Khadijah Jones, make-up consultant at Sephora cosmetics of Hampton's Peninsula Town Center, perused her list of appointments for this weekend, and "expected more to come," she said, as the event neared.

This time last year, the former Macy's department store of Peninsula Town Center garnered so many customers, it was booked weeks in advance for both make-up and fitting sessions, according to former manager John Reynolds.

The nail salons in the city of Hampton had their piece of the pie as well. "A lot of ladies will be coming in Friday evening and early Saturday because of the event," said Victoria Donald, nail technician, of Nail Studio on Big Bethel Road. From French tip to bright red acrylics, ladies chose the best patterns to complement their evening gowns.

"I was going for something slightly bolder, something that would pop," said Pamela Richardson, HU director of athletic marketing.

Fashion statements were made at last year's Gala of Hope, and this year's attendees don't plan to miss a beat. With suits and gowns galore lined up at department stores and the local cleaners, the ladies and gentleman of the night will be supporting HUPTI in style.

The event took place Saturday evening at the Hampton Roads Convention Center on Coliseum Drive.

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Shatoni Foster
Davon Moore
Drea Lane
Diamond Robinson
Kristian Spraggins
Sianni Cabello

Hanna Amanuel
Geryn Harris
Cameron Abney
Serena Rudisel
Taylor Turner
Delaria Ridley
Peter Savage

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Will extended advance ticket sales fill Gala of Hope?

By Mecca Evans

The Sixth Gala of Hope at 6 p.m. Saturday is geared to be an extravagant event.

Each year, Hampton University sells tickets and hosts the dinner auction as a way to raise money for the university's off-campus proton therapy institute. The proceeds are to be used to pay for the treatment of indigent patients, said university officials this week.

The theme of this year's gala is "Unmasking the Faces of Cancer."

As a way to push ticket sales Hampton U. began offering an early bird special in August to faculty and those who planned to attend. As an incentive, those who purchased their tickets early received $50 off the original $250 ticket price as well as an automatic raffle ticket entry to win VIP suite access.

Originally, this special was supposed to last until Aug. 31, but the Office of Development extended the deadline until Sept. 30.

Promoters anticipate that the Hampton Roads Convention Center will be packed with vendors and patrons.

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

Homecoming heads and licenses to thrill

By Pia Nicholson

Hampton University Homecoming is here and this year it's all about the H to the A to the I to the R. What does that spell? Hair!

From goofy colors, to crazy cuts, to the short pixie do ups and the long dramatic "I came to kill it hair" expect to see it all this year.

With seven days filled with fun, parties and endless memories it seems everyone is gearing up making sure that they get their A game on. From outfits, to knee-high boots to the hairstyles everyone students interviewed said they know if it's anytime that they should pop out completely, it's for homecoming week.

"This year I'm coming to slay," said Melody Kirkland, 19, a freshman, nursing major from Los Angeles. "I ordered my hair two months in advance, I was not going to risk my hair not coming on time. I learned my lesson last year."

Just as many other women's hair is the No. 1 priority for them. If your hair is off everything is off. Just like how you need the perfect icing to top of a cake you need the perfect hair style to top of an outfit.

"My hair is my baby; $475 is what I paid for my bundles, plus to get it installed is another $150," said Kia White, 21, a junior, criminal justice major from New York. "My hair is an investment. I knew I had to get the best if I wanted to look the best. It's that serious."

From the step show, to the fashion show and the Little Uzi concert, students anticipate seeing all sorts of colors and textures of hair during the homecoming showdown.

"I mean, everyone thinks that the girls are the only ones who are going to pop out," said C.J. Morris, 21, music major from Houston, and a Kappa. "But I have a surprise for them. My whole crew will be rocking fades so sharp you might get cut."

Students expect the sororities and fraternities to come out to the parties and shut them down. When it comes to the Delta and the AKA sororities, everything is a competition "This year we are rocking pink and green to every event, function and show, and I'm not talking about our outfits only," said Brianna Bullard, 20, biology major from Chicago. "Our hair will also represent our colors."

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Throughout Homecoming Week at Hampton University, it is an unwritten law among students that they must slay from hair to toe. Meaning, your outfit and shoes could be Vogue worthy. But the Hampton standard of excellence is not met unless your hair is looking fresh out the salon and runway perfect as well.

During the weeks leading up to homecoming, hair is noticeably drab and lifeless as back-to-school styles become stale. However, you can be sure that appointments are set and campus will soon be colorful again with flowing tresses and razor-sharp edge ups.

"I've noticed that a number of girls on campus tend to get their hair done around homecoming and what better time to do so!" said Arie'yana Easterling, (photo above left) a junior, psychology major from Durham, North Carolina.

Bouncing curls, romantic waves, and bone-straight hair are certain to be gracing campus throughout the week. However, females aren't the only ones preparing their hairdos for homecoming.

"Guys want to look presentable. Dudes will get their hair cut equivalent to how females get their weaves done or a beat face," said Mikey Watkins, a sophomore strategic communication major from Newport News, Virginia. "It's our way of prepping for homecoming."

While it seems nearly everyone braces for the big Morgan State-Hampton football game, Hampton's cheerleaders take extra precautions to remain flawless all four quarters.

"First impressions mean everything," said Jzalyn Green, (photo right) a sophomore pre-pharmacy major from Columbia, South Carolina. "I am getting crochet twists because it is a cute, protective style. Knowing that I have to cheer for homecoming, I need a style that is not going to sweat out and last me the whole game." -- Daijiah Steele

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

Art through dark lenses: ‘The Hampton Years’ play

By Briana Oates

As I looked through archives from Hampton University's museum, there is a whole box just for artist Viktor Lowenfeld: All of this books, a few artwork pieces, and also articles that he contributed to specific art journals. "The Nature of Creative Activity" by Lowenfeld was one of his well-known books. The book talks about experimental, comparative studies of visual and non-visual sources of drawing, painting and sculpting. What is so fascinating about this book is when looking through the types of topics; they were unique to its own discussion; such as looking at blind objects, different cultures, expression, attitudes, space and physical weak elements.

It shows that Lowenfeld was a creative, visual thinker. He saw things and people that were different, not just unique but beautiful. People who did not have a voice could speak through their art. "The Hampton Years," directed by Chris Hanna and written by Jacqueline E. Lawton, tells the story of artist Lowenfeld and his relationship with his art students at Hampton Institute. There was a connection between Lowenfield and his students and how being a Jewish refugee in World War II can impact another person's life such as students being a minority in the South. The students are able to connect with Lowenfeld through art.

Some of his students included John Biggers and Samella Lewis, who was also mentored by notable artist Elizabeth Catlett. In a statement by Lawton on her website, she talks about what fuels her passion in theater. "Theater that is magic," she said. "That provokes and pushes boundaries. That poses questions. That reflects the human condition. I'm inspired to write about history, paintings, music, heartbreak, hope, memory, negligence, and injustice as it relates socially, politically, and historically to who I am as an African-American woman."

What makes this play unique is that it talks about the hard lessons that African Americans had to learn, while living in the South during the 1930s and 1940s. The reality was that Hampton Normal and Agriculture as it was once called did not believe in the values of art. However, Lowenfeld saw art as a complex psychological statement. It was intricate and even related to the healthiness of the mind.

Lowenfeld created the foundation for art to become a department at Hampton because African-Americans did not have freedom of expression. He wanted the students to express themselves because it helped them to establish cultural identity and a healthy well-being. In the book "Five Decades" by John Biggers about the Hampton art tradition, Lowenfeld mentioned in the book that, "art has been frequently expressed to imitate "superior" white group- one inhibiting factor of genuine art." He challenged his students to think outside of normal capacities and to draw, paint, sculpt truly how they felt.

For instance, Samella Lewis created a piece called "Field." When looking at the woodcut artwork, the lines on the man and creation of the field depict the harshness of the work and the shape of the sun created in circles shows endless work that slaves had to do in the hot sun. This artwork is a true expression. Lowenfeld taught his students to create realness and that was one of many things genuine for African Americans.

In a past interview with the New York Times, Sanders explained her artwork. She said, "I needed a voice and they needed a voice. I had things to say about the social situation at that time. There was a hurt inside of me that I could not get rid of unless I understood it a little better."

This play is a must see for all artwork lovers and students that are art majors. It gives you a sense of history into how art became a part of many people's lives, particularly African-Americans.

The birth of art and embracing its value to Hampton is credited to Viktor Lowenfeld. He had faith in his students that they could be great and there words could be heard through lines, paint, sculpture, color and many other art mediums.

"The Hampton Years" by The Virginia Stage Company at Wells Theatre in Norfolk, Virginia is running until Sunday. Feb. 7.

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

‘The Hampton Years’ play explains university’s expanding legacy

By Ashantè Travis

A production presented by the Virginia Theater Company titled "The Hampton Years" proves that the Hampton Institute students once flocked to in the early 1940s has evolved immensely, and its legacy continues to grow.

Written by Jacqueline Lawton, the play is about the institution's African-American students and a Jewish professor named Viktor Lowenfield, a prominent artist and psychologist. After a Nazi invasion in 1938, Lowenfield fled his native land of Austria and pursued a teaching career at what is now known as Hampton University.

His meaningful contributions led the school through a transformation that shifted the focus on curriculum from trade and manual labor towards liberal arts. This resulted with a more diversified curriculum and the students' significant impact in modern art history.

Lawton's production was originally shown in Washington, D.C. three years ago but has been refined to offer deeper insight into the motivations of its characters. "The Hampton Years" now proves that art served a major purpose in the lives of these students who were illustrating their world during a time of much social change.

Lawton says that certain ideas within the play still resonate today. One of the main themes is promoting diversity in art and providing African Americans a platform to express themselves and to showcase their work.

The characters include students like John Biggers and Samella Sanders Lewis who later became internationally known artists, and Lowenfeld, who essentially founded the art department at Hampton.

"He chose Hampton because he could build something," Lawton says. "He taught students how to be artists, how to be teachers. He started doing the research for his seminal work while there."

But the innovations at Hampton have not come an end.

Alumnus Gloria Pressley, a South Carolina native who arrived at Hampton not long after Lowenfeld, says the instructors that graced the campus decades ago made it a mission to enhance their students' lives in every way possible. "The faculty is still very dedicated to the lives of their students," she said. "And we are still growing in lots of areas."

Hampton University's School of Liberal Arts is the largest school in the university with approximately 1,100 majors across the disciplines. The school is comprised of the Division of Arts and Humanities, which includes the departments of English, Fine & Performing Arts, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, and the program in Humanities, and the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences. This includes the departments of Military Science, Political Science & History, Psychology, and Sociology. The latter department also includes a major in Criminal Justice and Criminology.

A Hampton resident, Pressley was recognized Sunday with a Presidential Citizenship Award at Hampton's 2016 Founder's Day Event. She was a 1956 Hampton graduate.

Alumna Patricia Hollingsworth, who similarly attended Hampton in the 1950s, said, "When I was a student, Hampton was more focused on trade school and for women it was all about homemaking. The curriculum has changed to accommodate today's needs. There are courses now that we had never dreamed of."

Hampton University said Hollingsworth, epitomizes academic excellence and prepares its students for any career path they may wish to explore.

"The Hampton Years" will run through Sunday, Feb. 7.

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

Founders Day speaker to tell how he succeeds as an entertainment exec

By Trayonna Hendricks

Every year Hampton University has a Founder's Day ceremony where a renowned speaker is chosen to deliver the keynote address and pay homage to the General Samuel Chapman Armstrong, the founder of this university. This weekend the 123rd Founders Day ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. in Ogden Hall on Sunday, Jan. 31 and Michael D. Armstrong will deliver the keynote address.

Graduating in 1994 with the class of "OgrephiOgre8," Armstrong took his bachelors on to not only receive his masters from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, but also to become the executive vice president and general manager, international brand development for Viacom International Media Networks.

"I'm incredibly humbled and honored to be able to come back to the place that I love, my home by the sea. It's a little bit surreal," said Armstrong. Hampton University is known for molding leaders, including Booker T. Washington, Alberta Williams King and Douglas Palmer Armstrong. Like those mentioned, Armstrong has gone on to lead in many different realms throughout his career including sales, marketing and business after his tenure at Hampton University.

Armstrong shared a few key things that he has received from Hampton that he still utilizes in his career today: "Hampton really taught me to problem solve and to be self-reliant, it's one of the virtues of Hampton to be resourceful."

At Hampton, it's important to take advantage of your network and to remain persistent in the midst of your journey said Armstrong. He shared his advice that he would give to students who aspire to work in the entertainment industry as he does today: "Don't focus too narrowly on what it means to be in the entertainment industry. If you read what's going on in the industry, you will find that you can be at a company like Viacom, Netflix, Google, and be "in the industry" but just doing something different."

All students are working towards some type of a career and, according to Armstrong, making sure you focus on your goals is the most important thing you can do: "A true Hamptonian that's resourceful will do their homework and study. If you really aspire to work in the industry, study it, learn what it is, and what it is you want to do within it.

"That applies for any industry, and with the Internet available, there's no excuse."

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

Touchdown in Chi-town: Martin Luther King sought to improve housing in '66

By Jelani Scott

With each passing year, it almost becomes too easy to forget about the contributions of the great leaders that were instrumental in molding the way our society is today. On holidays such the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, people often look at it first as third day of a long weekend and, aside from a special program or morning march, that's essentially it.

It is common for us to first look to King's famous "I Have A Dream" speech at the 1963 March on Washington to draw inspiration and knowledge from and about the iconic civil rights leader, but there is so much more work attributed to his name than just this. Many people are unaware that some of his most significant work occurred 50 years ago in an area not usually associated with the pioneer.

When asked about what 1966 felt like, Washington, D.C. native and current resident Yvonne Williams, 73, said it felt like a "regrouping" year following King's heavy involvement in South in a movement that struck a chord with most of the country.

"Down here in D.C., we really didn't hear that much about him [after Selma]," said Williams, who at that time was working at the Federal Power Commission, now known as the Department of Energy.

Nineteen sixty-six was a pivotal year for King as he further showcased the extent of his reach by leading the ambitious Northwestern civil rights campaign known as the Chicago Freedom Movement. Accompanied by Southern Christian Leadership Conference leader James Bevel and Coordinating Council of Community Organizations leader Al Raby, King was determined to improve the living conditions in Chicago for its African-American citizens. The movement sought to neutralize the slums in the city and eliminate housing and school discrimination.

The campaign went a long way in proving that non-violence could enact social change outside of the South. Tensions began to increase throughout the country following the Watts Riots of 1965 in California and activist Stokely Carmichael declaring early in the year that there was a need for "black power," which opposed King's approach. Chicago provided the perfect stage for King and his associates to ease some of these tensions by helping their poverty-stricken brethren.

"And I contend that the cry of 'black power' is, at bottom, a reaction to the reluctance of white power to make the kind of changes necessary to make justice a reality for the Negro," King told CBS' Mike Wallace in a September 1966 interview in response to Carmichael and rising tensions.

"I think that we've got to see that a riot is the language of the unheard. And, what is it that America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the economic plight of the Negro poor has worsened over the last few years."

On July 10, 1966, King held a "Freedom Sunday" rally in front of a crowd of 45,000 inside Chicago's Soldier Field. Five days later, according to Stanford's King Encyclopedia, Chicago's mayor and King reached an agreement on "new programs in recreation for Chicago blacks, a committee to study police relations with citizens and closer cooperation between the black community and police."

By the end of July into August, the movement spawned a number of rallies outside of real estate offices and marches into all-white neighborhoods throughout the city. During one protest, King was struck in the head by a rock hurled by one of the white opposition members and fell to the ground. Shortly following this incident, King said, "I think the people from Mississippi ought to come to Chicago to learn how to hate."

In August, negotiations began between city leaders, movement activists, and members of the Chicago Real Estate Board and by the end of the month, an agreement consisting of positive steps towards more housing opportunities being provided was reached. Despite these small victories, however, King and his team were unable to make the immediate change they wanted for Chicago.

"Mayor Richard J. Daley wanted to keep the city segregated, because it guaranteed that middle-class whites didn't flee to the suburbs," wrote Edward McClelland in a 2012 NBC Chicago article. "Rep. William Dawson, the black overlord of the South Side, also wanted to keep the city segregated, because the ghetto guaranteed him a captive political base,"

Although the 1966 Chicago Freedom Movement didn't pay dividends that year, the 1968 Fair Housing Act justified the work. Passed by President Lyndon B. Johnson following King's assassination, the act afforded equal housing opportunities for all people and made it a federal crime to "by force or by threat of force, injure, intimidate, or interfere with anyone ... by reason of their race, color, religion, or national origin."

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

Hampton University Concert Choir honors Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Phillip Jackson

This weekend, people across the nation will be celebrating the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Here at Hampton University, HU's concert choir will be recognizing the life and contributions of King through song and performance. The celebration will be held at Hampton University Memorial church, 4 p.m. Sunday.

"The celebration from us actually has been occurring for some years," said Romeo Garcia, a senior music major from Greenville, North Carolina. "It's actually coming back after a decent hiatus."

The celebration for King led by Hampton University's concert choir comes just two days after his birthday and one day before the national observation of the holiday.

Hampton University's concert choir, conducted by Omar J. Dickenson, look to perform "four to five songs," according to Garcia. "Specifically, 'Oh Holy Lord,' 'How Great Thou Art,' 'Daniel, Daniel, Servant of the Lord,' 'We Shall Overcome,' and 'Dream and climb.'"

Hampton's choir will not be the only selected group set to recognize the work of King. The Crusaders Male Chorus, conducted by John H. Wickham, will also perform, along with The Christian Fellowship Choir of First Baptist Church, conducted by Effie T. Gardner.

This is not the first time the Hampton University choir has performed with other selected choirs in the Hampton Roads area. In 2006, Hampton University's Department of Music and the Hampton Choirs presented the annual Martin Luther King, Jr.

Freedom Concert: Music by African-American Composers in Ogden Hall. According to HU NEWS, the concert showcased music that was composed and arranged by African-Americans, and conducted by former maestro of Hampton Concert choir, Royzell L. Dillard.

The event that year also featured a performance by Norfolk, Virginia's I. Sherman Green Chorale, which is the only professional, all African-American chorus in the Hampton Roads area, along with the Woodside High School Meistersingers, directed by Jason Dungee.

Two years later the Hampton University concert choir held another Freedom Concert under Dillard, which also encompassed guest performances from Woodside High School and St. Augustine College Concert choir, then under maestro Eric Poole.

King's close ties to Hampton University were documented. His mother, Alberta Williams King, graduated from Hampton Institute in 1924. King also visited the campus of Hampton.

In 2003, his son, Martin Luther King III, visited the Hampton Roads area and was scheduled to attend a reception at Hampton University Museum, Ogden Circle.

Whether it is at a protest to #ReclaimMLK or a service being held in honor of his former preaching at churches Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama or Ebenezer Baptist church in Atlanta; there will be many celebrations and rallies in light of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the weekend leading into it.

On the actual national observation date on Monday, Hampton University will also hold a march on campus in recognition of King's Civil Rights work beginning at 10 a.m. in front of Emancipation Oak.

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

5th Hampton U. Gala of Hope raises funds for cancer treatment

By Miah Harris

The Fifth Annual Gala of Hope Fundraiser, an evening of elegance, service and soothing sounds from popular band Party on the Moon, was held 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. The event was hosted by Hampton University and President William R. Harvey.

Students, faculty, staff and other special guests will join together once more to wine, dine and engage in stimulating conversation about future endeavors and the continuous fight against cancer. Over time, Hampton University's Proton Therapy Institute has provided over 1,200 patients with consistent care for prostate, breast, lung and other cancers. Although treatment numbers have not quite measured up to what was projected, scientists and doctors are continuously researching and working toward finding new ways to cure this disease.

"I still have high hopes for it. The baby isn't born full-grown. It's just like any other new business. I'm not discouraged at all," said Harvey told the Daily Press in an Oct. 17 account.

Several students have expressed such enthusiasm about The Gala of Hope's impact over the past years and what it will entail Friday evening. "I'm so excited to experience this gala because President Harvey has put so much time and hard work into the proton therapy center and to see 800-plus guests, including my peers, come together to support and celebrate that is a huge and wonderful accomplishment," said Davon Moore of Greenville, N.C. "And just to add, I am excited to see Sister Sledge."

As reported in interviews and videos, the university not only joins together for an important cause, but they have fun while doing so with music and other entertainment.

Event proceeds will cover the treatments of indigent and child patients, said Harvey at a Tuesday faculty meeting. This illustrious event comes at what some might consider a hefty price. Individual tickets for the Gala of Hope are $250, and $450 for couples.

Allie-Ryan Butler, an assistant professor in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications said, "I don't look at it as I'm paying for the ticket, I look at it as I'm helping change someone's life."

The black-tie affair featured a gourmet dinner, dancing and networking, and live music performed by Party on the Moon, which was voted America's No. 1 corporate and private party band and returned this year for a double encore performance. A silent auction will also take place during the gala's festivities.

This year's gala fundraiser will also allow cancer conquerors like Shondia McFadden-Sabari to express a sense of pride, belief and joy for an endless battle. "I scared the hell out of cancer so it took my breasts and left," McFadden-Sabari said proudly as she spoke about her journey to student leaders and other university members for Breast Cancer Awareness Month this week.

Malik Jones and Tyana Talley contributed to this report. All three writers are students in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

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