Hampton U. millennials focused on legacy at election watch party

By DeAndrea Chavis

Hampton University Student Government Association and six other organizations hosted an election watch night party 7 to 11 p.m. Tuesday in the Student Center ballroom.

As the votes came in over the large flat screen TV students cheered if results went the way they wanted; others booed if results were the opposite. The majority of the 500 students present were supporting the Democratic Party so the tension in the room was thick when the first few red GOP states were called winners. [Overnight, Republican Donald Trump won based on the Electoral College tally. Clinton lost yet by Wednesday morning led in the popular vote].

To keep everyone excited and busy while waiting for the results there were games to play and a photo booth to take pictures. These games included spades, pin the policy on Hillary Clinton and pin the hair of Donald Trump.

Although this was a fun and energetic event, conversations among students were very serious. Students talked amongst each other about what they expected to happen during this nail biting election.

"My thought going into the watch party is that I am very apprehensive about the results that are soon to come. I pray that Trump doesn't become president and Hillary can deliver and handle the position appropriately," said Khaci Lewis, sophomore psychology major from Prince George's County, Maryland.

This generation of voters realize that this election is very important and will affect them greatly.

"My thoughts going into this watch party consisted of constant prayer," said Victoria Daniels, a sophomore journalism major from Raleigh, North Carolina. "I hope that people went to the polls today and voted for the smarter choice in this presidential election, because the next president's policies will have a huge effect on our generation."

Many Hampton U. students were first-time voters, and had grown up in middle and elementary schools with President Barack Obama. "I expect our next president to appropriately serve America keeping all citizens in mind," said Daniels. "I would like to see equal rights for minorities, women, and the LGBT community. I hope the White House remains scandal-free and our president does what they say they will do."

Other students' main concern was whether Obamas legacy will be respected.

"I expect the next president to not be as great as Obama honestly," said Lewis, "but I do believe that the next president should try to do everything in their power to make strides in an effort to continue Obama's legacy."

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

Hampton U. students cruise on Election Day shuttle

By Tai Belford

HAMPTON, Virginia – Hampton University makes sure their students didn't have any excuse to not be a part of this year's 2016 presidential election.

Tuesday morning Hampton University students rushed to the polls at Phoebus High School on behalf of Hampton University's Election Day shuttle. The university provided an all-day bus shuttle that transported students to the polls and returned to campus for drop-off. This gave students who may not have a way around a chance to vote in this year's historic presidential election.

When the shuttle arrived at 12:30 p.m. for departure to the polls, most of the students were females. The line for the shuttle was down the street full of young HU voters and when the bus arrived, many were left behind due to overcapacity.

Freshmen Nyla Green and Taylor Harvey told a Daily Press reporter that their desire to vote was instilled at an early age by their mothers. Both are African-American, and they know that their fore bearers fought for that right.

"I'm missing class right now. However, it is more important to cast my vote than to attend class at this moment," said Andre Martin, a junior art major.

When the bus arrived at Phoebus High School, many Hampton students were waiting. Some arrived by personal transportation, but most were waiting for their return shuttle back to campus outside of the school.

Donald Trump campaign signs around the school grounds were vandalized, while Hillary Clinton's signs remained untouched. Inside the polling station, the lines were very short and the voting process took no longer than the wait in line.

Senior citizens from Sinclair Commons Senior Living Community were also in attendance to cast their votes.

"I love to see that our young black generation is exercising their right to vote," said senior citizen Ethelda Scott. "Every vote counts."

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

Jetting home to vote in Virginia

By Nia Wellman

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Marilyn Bulb, a flight attendant who lives in North Carolina, but is a Virginia resident, said she was flying home Tuesday morning to vote.

"And I'm not voting for [Donald] Trump," said the Suffolk native. "I'll tell you that."

Mina Jones, of Chesapeake, who identified herself as a housewife, said she was not voting once she returned home.

However Cary Carrigan of Bankersville, Calif., who is active duty U.S. Navy, said she was "voting, once I hit that Virginia soil."

The writer is a Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications student. Wellman was returning to school from San Francisco and interviewed Election Day travelers during a layover.

Conflicted GOP feelings in Va. for Trump candidacy

By Maya Gray

This election season has been historic to say the least and it culminates on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Up until recently, Donald Trump trailed Hillary Clinton in the polls but due to her ongoing email scandal, the race is now very close. The Trump and Clinton campaigns are working vigorously to garner votes in battleground swing states. Virginia has historically been a swing state, but for this election the Trump campaign for the most part has forfeited the 13 electoral votes.

After the 2005 video of Donald Trump and Billy Bush was released, Virginia GOP leaders called for Trump's removal from the ballot. Shortly after the scandalous video was released, Corey Stewart, the Virginia state chairman of the Trump campaign, staged a protest outside of the Republican National Committee headquarters. The demonstration was held to protest the RNC and their lack of support for Trump, but it was done without the support of the actual Trump campaign. Stewart was warned that if he were to follow through with the protest he would be relieved of his position.

Stewart, who was ultimately fired, did not let that deter him from supporting Trump.

When speaking Oct. 10 to WUSA-TV 9, Stewart said "I am deathly loyal, and I am going to be supporting [Trump] and supporting his candidacy all the way to the end."

Speaking to CNN, the Republican Party's Virginia chairman, John Whitbeck, supported the campaign's "decision to remove their Virginia chairman. With less than a month until Election Day, we can't afford any distractions."

The Trump campaign never officially pulled out of Virginia but decided to focus more on swing states like North Carolina where they believe they have a better chance of winning.

In a CNN article, John Ullyot, deputy political director for communications for Trump's campaign, said "we remain absolutely committed to winning in Virginia. While we're reallocating some of our staff strategically to accommodate early voting in nearby priority states such as North Carolina, our campaign leadership and staffing remains strong in Virginia."

This election has been vital for American youth and it is imperative that the candidates have their support. The Clinton campaign has appealed to the youth and minority vote by being a constant presence on college campuses, especially at HBCUs, including Hampton University.

Yet, Trump support on Virginia college campuses has been almost nonexistent. Students at Liberty University, a Christian college known for its conservative views, renounced their support for Trump. Mike Pence, Trump's running mate recently gave a speech at Liberty and was not met with enthusiasm from the student body.

The students at Liberty released a ">statement after Pence's speech: "We are Liberty students who are disappointed with President [Jerry Jr.] Falwell's endorsement and are tired of being associated with one of the worst presidential candidates in American history. Donald Trump does not represent our values and we want nothing to do with him."

Trump's campaign could have done a lot more to secure the votes they needed to win Virginia but that was not their priority. On Tuesday we can see which way Virginia decides to swing to elect our 45th president.

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

If Hillary Clinton wins, America joins world of women chiefs

By Jada Saxon and Maraya Henderson

Women are not well known to hold executive positions, especially in America, but on Tuesday history could be made as we select our 45th President of the United States. The choice is between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. Clinton is no rookie when it comes to politics and running for office as she has already served in multiple positions throughout her career.

Clinton attended Wellesley College, graduating in 1969, and earned her Juris Doctor Degree from Yale in 1973. In 1975 she married Bill Clinton and in 1977, she co-founded Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. At age 30, Hillary did what no other woman had done before: Not only was she the first female chair of the Legal Services Corporation, she was also the first woman partner at Rose Law Firm.

Her husband Bill became governor of Arkansas in 1979. As First Lady she was able to help reform Arkansas's public schools. A dozen years later, Clinton became the First Lady of the United States. Her main focus has always been about healthcare and the importance of fostering the best life for children.

Clinton was elected in 2000 as the first female U.S. senator from New York, and in 2009 she became the Secretary of State after losing the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination to Barack Obama.

If Clinton is elected on Tuesday then, she will become the first woman president of the United States.

"Hillary has achieved so much," said Mariah Coston (photo, top right), a sophomore biology pre-med major from Chicago. "She's such a big inspiration for women and I believe that will allow her to get majority of the female vote."

Clinton is a great influence to women because she has achieved all her goals and she continues to strive to do better. Most women are pleased with just being the first lady or having a high-status husband, but Clinton wanted more. She was never OK with just living in her husband's shadow, and that's what many women look up to the most.

Clinton is not the only female to take on such government leader roles around the world. Other women such as Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, Joyce Banda of Malawi, and Cristina Fernandez of Argentina have successfully taken on leadership roles for their countries.

"I believe Hillary is most qualified for the position, unlike Trump," said Kendra Dorsey (photo, left), a marine environmental science major from Atlanta. "She respects and honors the fact that we are all equal no matter shape, size, or color."


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A WOMAN COMMANDER IN CHIEF was probably the last thing many people thought would happen to this country. With the Tuesday election the chances of the United States being run by a woman is scaring some voters. When speaking to some Hampton University students and asking if they were ready for a woman to hold office, some members of male population were not ecstatic about giving their votes to a woman, yet they acknowledged Hillary Clinton is their best choice.

"A woman in office would have never been a thought for America until now and I'm not sure this country is ready to face the fact that a woman has a very good chance to become the leader of this free world," said Jamir Esdaile, a five-year MBA major from New Haven, Connecticut.

This is a country that stands by the old-fashioned ways of going about life and one of the biggest assumptions is that women are not suited to hold leadership positions. Many Americans cannot see a woman being able to successfully run this country because it's assumed to be a man's job and not a position for a woman to hold.

"Women are too emotional to have such an important job," said Marcus Ricks, a sports management major from Ashland, Virginia. "If Hillary were to become president she would probably send us to war just because her and Bill had an argument last night."

Although Clinton would be United States' first female president, if she were to win, many other countries have successfully been led by women long before us. Currently 22 countries have females in leadership positions and are successfully running their countries.

"The United States is a great country and if a third world country can successfully operate with a female in office, I think a country like ours will be able to survive as well," said Ronyae Northam, an elementary education major from Durham, North Carolina.

Ready to make history, many voters have put aside their beliefs and plan to give the female candidate, Hilary Clinton, their votes. Whether it is with full support or complete resistance, these voters are finally ready to hear the results.

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

Unpleasant yet urgent need to vote, Hampton U. students say

By Maya McCombs and Camryn Staton

The U.S. Presidential election is now a little more than one week away.

Before the third and final Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump debate Oct. 19, students on the Hampton University campus were asked: A] Did they plan to watch, and B] did they intend to vote Tuesday, Nov. 8. Here's what they said:

"At this point electing someone is just picking the lesser of two evils," said Masuud Washington, a biology pre-med major from East Orange, New Jersey. "But I also believe if you don't vote you lose the privilege to complain about whoever's elected."

Aris Fulton, a communicative science major from Charlotte, North Carolina said, "Yes I'm voting, but I'm not happy about it. But it's not just about the presidential election. The governor in North Carolina, Pat McCrory, has to go."

"I registered to vote in Virginia," said Joshua Waldrum, a strategic communication major from Mount Airy, Maryland. "Even though I don't really like either candidate, I'm still voting.

"I live streamed every debate on my laptop and I watch them with my friends."

Regina Smith, 19, a psychology pre-med major from Tennessee, said she has not been keeping up with the debates because "she doesn't want to waste valuable time listening to a buffoon."

However, Ayzia Winfrey, 19, a speech pathology major, said she will be completing her Pennsylvania absentee ballot as she watches the debate: "I've watched each and every debate and I refuse to let him [Trump] become president. He doesn't take his job seriously and you can tell."

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

Distractions, Hampton U. campus and a 3rd presidential debate

By Arianna Herriott

Between Donald Trump stating he may not accept election results and that voting is allegedly rigged, to former U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton calling Trump a "puppet" of Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, the final showdown was definitely a movie-like Wednesday evening for the third and final presidential debate.

In the midst of it all, distractions – including lethal off-campus gunplay – filled Hampton University as many students were not tuned into the debate even though the Nov. 8 election is less than 20 days away.

Midterms were in full effect, yet the Hampton University Student Government Association managed to host a debate watch party for all students to witness each candidate state their final claim.

"I honestly wanted to attend watch party, but I had two midterms the next day which I needed to study for," said Alaria Benton (photo, top right), a sophomore interdisciplinary studies major from Greensboro, North Carolina. "However, I did keep track of the debate through Twitter."

A handful of students tuned into the debate, not only at the watch party, but also in their dorms. Some students weren't surprised how the debate went based on the previous debates.

"While watching the debate, I was not surprised at all by Trump's shenanigans," said Timia Whitsey, a sophomore journalism major from Houston. "It was just back and forth between the two candidates. While they did address issues like foreign policy, once again it was all low blows."

Considering it was the final debate and the last time to see Democratic candidate Clinton and Republican challenger Trump face off, more students could have been tuned in, however move distractions occurred: A shooting just off campus during the debate.

As students watched the debate, Group Me messages, text messages, and phone calls had numerous cell phones buzzing and lighting up. At 10:03 p.m. – about midway into the debate – Hampton University Police reported there was a shooting inside the Hampton Harbors apartments. The apartment complex is adjacent to the campus.

Instead of being tuned into what each presidential candidate said, some students tried to figure out who was killed or injured, and who witnessed the scene. At 12:25 a.m. Wednesday, campus police reported that no Hampton U. students were involved in the mayhem. At dawn, WVEC-TV reporter Elise Brown, reported from the scene that one person was dead and three people were injured.

The essence of the debate died down as students rushed to the Harbors to see what was going on and who was involved.

"I was watching the debate, but couldn't seem to focus because my phone was blowing up with messages asking if I was OK," said Doug Gardner (photo, right), a junior journalism major from Silver Springs, Maryland. "My entire focus changed so I didn't catch the end of the debate."


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Wednesday night's televised debate began without a handshake from the two candidates due to the heated tension that has been brewing during the campaign months. Hillary Clinton went into the debate leading the polls with the hope of sealing her fate as the future president of the United States. Republican candidate Donald Trump approached his podium knowing that he needed to win the debate.

Although there is a lot on the line, some Hampton University students said they would not be tuning into the debate. "I am not watching the debate tonight because I am not interested in either candidate," said Ronald Bell, a sophomore psychology major from Atlanta.

The debate began with tough topics in which the candidates expressed opposite views. They clashed upon the mention of Russia and WikiLeaks. Clinton pushed for Trump to say that he was responsible for Putin's interest in this election and branded him Putin's "puppet," but he countered her by saying that the former secretary of state was just mad because Putin outsmarted her on foreign policy countless times.

Both candidates brought up past statements that did not align with their current statements. Clinton suggested Trump was a hypocrite on the issue of immigration, saying he had "used undocumented labor to build the Trump Tower." When moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News quoted from a paid Clinton speech -- citing an excerpt revealed by WikiLeaks in which she said she dreamed of "open trade and open borders" -- Clinton said she was "talking about energy."

The debate turned to current allegations in the media that have accused Trump of harassing and disrespecting women. Trump said that the women who have come forward are only "seeking fame" or was hired by Clinton's "sleazy" campaign.

Moderator Wallace also brought up Trump's allegations of a rigged election and asked if he would support the choice of the American people regardless of the outcome.

Aside from the candidates, the moderator struggled to keep both candidates under control and respectful of their two-minute answers to questions. – Brendan Cole

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

1st time Hampton U. student voters vowed to watch presidential debate

By Sydni McCutchen, Jada George and Donald Huskey

Hampton University students packed two student venues in order to watch first Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump U.S. presidential debate. Public viewing plummeted for debate No. 2, which aired on Oct. 9, the night of the Homecoming week bonfire.

Before Wednesday's third and final debate, campus reporters asked six students,
a.] did they plan to watch, and
b.] did they intend to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8:

"Probably not," said Kalijah Stokes, a sophomore, sports management major from Brooklyn, New York. "I watched the first one. It will be a repeat of the same petty going back and forth"

"Yes," Stoked intended to vote: "I registered to vote with the people walking around campus."

"I have to [vote]," said Diamond Broughton, a sophomore, journalism major from Newport News. "It's my first time voting so I'm kind of excited, although I have no choice but to choose Hillary [Clinton].

"Yeah, I'm going home to vote. I don't trust absentee ballots"

Natalie Jennings, a sophomore political science major from Maryland, said, "Yes I will most definitely be watching the debate tonight. I am going to be in my apartment and I am inviting some friends over.

"Yes I will be voting!"

Amber Smith, a sophomore journalism and communications major, from Maryland, said, "No, I will not be watching the debate tonight because I have practice for a modeling troupe. I am sure I will see important and memorable pieces and clips on social media though."

"I will be voting, especially because it will be my first time!"

Samuel Gavin, a business management major from Herndon Virginia, said he did not plan to watch Wednesday's third and final presidential debate, however, "Yes, of course," when asked if he planned to vote Nov. 8.

Where? "In Hampton, Virginia. My hometown is too far away."

Charles Bert, a business management major from Grand Rapids, Michigan, said "No, I don't care to watch the debate," but he said "yes" to voting from Hampton, Virginia.

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

Intensity of 2nd presidential debate stunned viewers

Hampton U. students sigh in relief after VP debate

By Chelsea Harrison

Some Hampton University students say they are gaining more confidence after last night's Vice Presidential Debate. With last week's Presidential Debate leaving Hillary Clinton supporters uneasy, HU students say Tim Kaine helped calm their nerves.

"Senator Kaine really hit certain issues on the head," said Diamond Perry, a biology major from Charlotte, North Carolina, "ones I think Hillary was too scared to address."

Kaine, the Virginia Democrat, and Republican Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, disputed issues on immigration, police enforcement, and international affairs just as their running mates did. There was also discussion on both sides of rumors of scandal and tax evasion.

Several students gathered at the Democratic Coordination Office on the edge of the Hampton U. campus to watch the televised debate from Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.

Deja Rivers, a kinesiology major from Philadelphia, was enthusiastic throughout the entire debate. "Kaine really stumped him [Pence] when he talked about 'stop-and-frisk'. It just polarizes the relationship between the community and police," she said. "If they don't trust the way I look, I don't trust them either."

Coordinators at the Democratic Coordination Office are prohibited from speaking about the election, but by judging the look on their faces, they seemed pleased at Kaine's efforts as well.

The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications. Tweet observations about the VP debate at #hu2vote.

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