Teaching, journalism, politics = honored family

By Kristian Winfield

HAMPTON, Va. – The Gardner-Miller-Morial family was honored Wednesday night at Ogden Hall.

Hampton University alumna Edna Gardner, along with her niece and CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller and husband Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, headlined the event, also known as the Honored Black Family.

The event was free and open to HU students, faculty and staff.

The Honored Black Family ceremony was part of the 36th annual Hampton University Black Family Conference.

"We will focus on the evolving face of families in America, and we'll explore how the convergence of race and ethnicity, untraditional relationships, and media coverage across multiple platforms are together impacting the modern family," read the statement from the Black Family Conference website. "Moreover, we'll explore bedeviling issues such as crime and gun violence. We'll offer insight and advice on enhancing the health and wellness of our families."

Gardner graduated from Hampton Institute in 1946. After which, she began teaching and recruiting for the Booker T. Washington Business College in Birmingham, Ala. She then taught at Lawson State Community College for 20 years before becoming one of the first African-Americans to receive a Master's degree in business education at the University of Alabama.

Miller is an award-winning CBS News correspondent, responsible for breaking news coverage on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the death of Whitney Houston and reporting from each of the past three presidential elections. She has interviewed notable figures including Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai and musician Lenny Kravitz. Miller earned a Bachelor's degree in journalism from Howard University and a Master's degree in urban studies from the University of New Orleans.

Morial was the former mayor of New Orleans and is current president of the National Urban League. During his tenure as mayor, 2000 census data showed violent crimes and murders dropped by 60 percent. The unemployment rate also fell by half and New Orleans' poverty rate lowered while Morial was in office.

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

How are Pirates preparing for Battle of the Bay?

By Aleeah Sutton

During basketball season both the Hampton University Lady Pirates and Pirates go to war with Norfolk State University in the Battle of the Bay. The first battle was Feb. 15 in the Spartans' house and the Hampton men won in overtime.

Today the Pirates can claim another victory in their house.

While the student-athletes prepare for one of the biggest games of the season, students are preparing as well.

Some students put together their best outfits to attract students from the opposing school while others are treating the game as a big celebration.

Senior political science major Biniam Tesfarmarian revealed his plans for the game: "I'll probably just turn up, some of the bruhs (members of his fraternity) from NSU are coming, but we're definitely doing something afterwards,"

The HU Student Recruitment Team (SRT) plans on bringing newly admitted students to the game. They intend to show members of the incoming freshmen class that Hampton U. really does bleed blue.

Today is jam packed with activities SRT has put together to assure the baby Ogres have made the best decision and the game will be the icing on the cake.

Spectators should be "turnin' up," new students could be watching in admiration, but what about the cheerleaders?

Shannon Anderson a junior biology major from Prince George's County, Md., said, "We as a team have been getting ready for the big game. We have been joining forces with other organizations on campus so we can come together and support our team in winning the Battle of the Bay."

Anderson said the Blue Thunder cheerleading team did not have any extra practices but it did meet up with the band and Student Recruitment Team, so fans should expect a great amount of support at the game.

It's safe to say there will be a lot to see both on and off the court tonight.

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