Holly Tree Inn lot converted into parking spaces

By Brittany S. Brown

Hampton University has undergone a great series of transformations, ranging from new buildings, to new programs and modern technology. This week a dirt lot behind the Holly Tree Inn and across the street from the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications was converted into a parking lot for a handful of vehicles.

Before the conversion, students and faculty members have walked about the area, kicking rocks and occasionally dragging gravel along the lines of their footwear.

Kanesha Brown, a senior architecture major from Hartford, Conn., describes it as "one of the most convenient transformations" she's witnessed in all of her years at Hampton.

"My feet would look like I came from the Flintstones' era. I hated those rocks," she said. "My shoes would always carry lots of dust when I would pass by that area."

Janaia Smith, a junior nursing major from Seattle, recalls the time she would occasionally walk by. "When I stayed in McGrew [Towers], I would always take the same routes to class [and it] seemed as though that parking lot wasn't being taken care of. Now it looks more clean and put together."

"The lot looks really nice. said Omari Miles, a freshman, sports management major from Newtown, Conn. "I usually don't walk that way very often, but in comparison to the last time I saw it, it looks so much better."

Mark Hall, a freshman business management major from Northern Virginia, said he would walk with his friends who stayed in Holmes Hall: "We would always stumble over those rocks. One time, I even tripped. I'm so glad to see that the area is all fixed up. This is a really good look for Hampton."

Holly Tree Inn, a campus dormitory and faculty dining room, has been known to attract visitors and tourists for its unique appeal as well as its delicious down-home meals. Now, visitors are free to park in appropriate spaces specifically designed for vehicles, and getting their cars muddy is no longer a factor.

Scripps Howard faculty members are in the same boat. Along with students, there is literally a common ground for the faculty to comfortably walk over.

The newly remodeled parking lot serves as one of the many ventures to the transformation of Hampton University.

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

Hampton U. cleans up for High School Day

By Antoinique Abraham

As the flowers bloom and the temperature rises, Hampton University begins preparation for one of the biggest events of the year. On Friday, April 6, The Office of Admissions will host its 34th annual High School Day.

High School Day is designed to give potential students a preview of collegiate life, both academically and socially. About 240 student leader representatives will be available throughout the day to provide information and to answer questions.

The Student Recruitment Team plays an active role in giving prospective students the opportunity to experience Hampton U. Throughout the week they have rehearsed chants and songs that will get high school students excited about admission and attending Hampton.

"We've been working extremely hard and I'm excited about participating in High School Day with the Student Recruitment Team," said Courtney Smith, a sophomore computer science major.

There are many changes being made around campus in preparation of this event including, wet paint signs on walls and stairwells around campus, and the speedy construction of the new cafeteria. Maintenance workers and contractors were working hard to ensure that the university will be in tip-top shape by Friday.

Some students believe this day is just a fa├žade; that Hampton puts on a show to impress and win over the hearts of undecided parents and students.

"I am proud to represent my school," said Tatyana Miller, a sophomore English Education major, "but there should be some consistency in the way that things are represented on High School Day."

Other students, like Devin Wynne, sophomore computer science major, encourage the concept of High School Day: "It is important for students as well as faculty to represent Hampton University in a positive light."

All high school students are invited to visit Hampton University for High School Day.

On-campus activities that day will include guided tours, an outdoor soundstage, an Administrative/Student Activities fair, and a Blue- and- White football game. Attendees will be entertained by The Force marching band, the Terpsichorean Dance Company, and the Hampton University choir.

Open houses hosted by deans will take place in all of the academic buildings, nine schools on campus.

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

Real-life 'Scandal' figure was special guest at Hampton U.

By Nakiya Morgan

Shonda Rhimes, creator and executive producer for hit shows "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice" is bringing a new drama to ABC-TV Thursday evening.

"Scandal" is based on a public relations professional named Judy Smith, and her team.

As a pioneer in crisis management for over 25 years, Smith has made her mark as a woman who is about her business. The show will highlight her communication skills as well as her legal input on various challenges that she has faced.

Smith represented Michael Vick, Monica Lewinsky and most recently the BP case and the handling of its cleanup of a Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Smith is no stranger to Hampton University. On Oct. 19, Smith visited the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications as part of a lecture series.

In hopes to inspire students, Smith discussed her experience in the world of public relations, crisis management and law. She stressed the value and importance of perfecting the craft and how important it is to mange crisis situations.

Paige Delaney, a sophomore, public relations major from Chicago, believed that "'Scandal' is a "must see for anyone trying to pursue a career in the public relations field.

"I am definitely going to watch the show. I believe that I can adopt a lot of skills that Judy Smith has just by tuning in every Thursday. The show can teach you a lot about her life, but most importantly how to react under certain crisis situations."

Kerry Washington will play the invisible power force Judy Smith 10 p.m. EST, Thursday, April 5 on ABC-TV.

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