Life is a cabaret during Hampton U. homecoming week

By Danielle R. Hawkins

Well Hamptonians, It's Homecoming, the most festive time of the year here at HU. This week is when students can let their hair down, party and have fun with friends and alumni.

There are a number of events lined up for week that are held on campus and a few events that are held off campus.

There was a Sunday bonfire, Monday HU Idol, Tuesday HU Fashion Show and tonight is Coronation. However, that's not all that happens on Wednesday. One of the hottest parties of the year takes place on this day, the "Que Cabaret."

Students know it as "Que Cab," hosted by the Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated was founded on the campus of Howard University in 1911.

This fraternity hosts this party annually. The venue is off campus at Club VA Live in Chesapeake.

Tickets went on sale two weeks ago. The first 100 tickets were $10.

Tonight day-of-the-party tickets are $20 and up. Students were encouraged not to wait until the last minute to purchase tickets because the ticket prices increase closer to the day of the party.

This is not your average Holland Hall campus party where students can wear jeans and leggings. This is a cabaret, meaning that students must wear their best after-five attire. Ladies wear blouses, skirts or dresses and men wear button ups and dress pants. Que Cab has sold out of tickets.

So will this be the best party during Homecoming 2014? We will have to wait and see.

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

News matters, regardless of medium, advocates say

By LaQuayle Agurs

Journalists around the world have strategically created a day to make news consumption important in society again.

The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (AEJMC) initiated "National News Engagement Day" on Oct. 6, a day that will be dedicated to encouraging people of all ages to become a news conscious society.

Along with AEJMC's mission to inform others, it is the association's hope that the people will also discover the benefit and pertinence of news; especially young people.

According to recent Pew Research Center research, the biennial news consumption survey called 29 percent of young people, "newsless." The research revealed that not only is news consumption at a minimum for Millennials, but many of them are not receiving any news at all.

"That research doesn't surprise me," said Kala Easter, a junior kinesiology major from Richmond, Va. "I don't read the news unless a lot of people on social media are talking about something in particular. Then I'll go do my research. But I never take it upon myself to open my news apps just to see what's going on."

Paula Poindexter, the president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, assents to Easter's and other Millennials usage of social media for gathering news.

"The Millennial generation is unlike any generation. Not only is the Millennial generation the most educated and the most diverse, it grew up on the Internet and came of age on social media, mobile devices, and apps. Engaging in news is simply not a priority in this generation's lives," stated Poindexter in an article entitled, "Is News Engagement Endangered?"

Devon Bonnick, a senior English major from Miami said, "I don't feel as though our engagement in the news is endangered. Endangered would be at the risk of extinction and I don't believe that is the case at all. We just prefer to get our news from social media and news apps instead of newspapers. And I don't think older generations appreciate that."

According to the American Press Institute, about 60 percent of people continue to read printed newspapers, a decline from 87 percent of the population in 1964.

Although reading a print newspaper is not the primary news source for young people, ReGine Rhine, a junior business major and a Los Angeles native, explained how the Los Angeles Times affected her appreciation for news.

"My 90-year-old great-grandmother lives with my family and she read the Los Angeles Times faithfully. She can't read it anymore because she's older, but when I was a little girl, I use to sit on her lap all of the time and help her read the stories.

"So now, any time I see a copy of the paper, I pick it up and read it because it's been instilled in me for so long."

People in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and five countries have already pledged their participation in National News Engagement Day. It is safe to say that this day is allowing people to embrace the importance of news, regardless of the medium.

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

Study reports 3 out of 10 young adults are 'newsless'

By Talise Settle

For News Engagement Day Oct. 6, I went around the Hampton University campus and interviewed five people on whether or not they are in tune with the newspaper at home. Chanel Robinson, a junior biochemistry major from Waterbury, Conn., said her hometown newspaper is the Waterbury Republican American. She reads it to see who was arrested and also for the strange crimes people commit.

She says that people in Connecticut small towns do strange things. For example, one man stole a school bus. When caught driving it, he said it was his bus, then asked the police if they wanted a ride. Her family also reads the paper. They read it to get local news and know what's going on around them.

Nate King, a junior criminal justice major from Trenton, N.J., said he and his family read the Trentonian. He doesn't read it as much as his parents and grandparents, but more than his friends. They read it to stay updated with news around them. They like to make sure they're on the "up and up" with things going on in New Jersey. The Trentonian not only covers New Jersey, but a little bit of New York as well, so that's added value.

Diamond Robinson is a sophomore sociology major originally from Richmond, Va. However, she moved to South Boston, Va. and her new home newspaper is the Gazette-Virginian.

She occasionally reads it just to know about current events in her town. There isn't much to do, said Robinson, so she looks at to see what's happening or coming up. Her mother also reads it for those same reasons. Robinson says the Gazette-Virginian did a good job of letting them know what is going on.

Taylor Grisson, a junior sports management major from Chicago, said her newspaper is called The Beacon News. She doesn't read the newspaper because it doesn't interest her. She'd rather watch TV news. The only time she looks at the newspaper is for the sports section. Her mother also would rather watch the news on TV, rather than read about it.

Imani Baldwin, a junior psychology major from Washington, D.C., said the newspaper in her area is The Gazette, which covers suburban Maryland Montgomery and Prince George's counties. She reads the paper, but not regularly. If there was something that Baldwin knew was coming up, she'll look at the paper for the times and dates. Other than that, neither she nor her family looks at the paper.

In this day and age, newspapers aren't as popular as they used to be, and especially not for young people. They'd rather look it up online or watch it on TV.

Personally, I look at the Baltimore Sun, specifically for the Ravens or the Orioles. If the paper happens to be on my table and something sticks out, I'll pick it up. But other than that, it's a no go.

I was surprised to see that more than half of my interviewees read their paper consistently. It was interesting to see what they look for or what they don't.

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