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Spring Fest, High School Day a Success

This year’s spring fest week included appearances by comedian Kevin Hart and R&B stars, Slim, J. Holiday and Raheem DeVaughn. HU students also starred in their own events, including a fashion show, and a step show. The latter event coincided with this year’s 31st annual High School Day. Approximately 3,700 people attended, said Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Coordinator of Campus Visitation/Special Events, Melinda Gainer ’98. Assistant Student Activities Director Crystal Sessoms said the week excited students. “We (finished) the week with very little blemishes. The comedy show was good, clean fun … Miss Hampton shined in her fashion show. Overall we had a wonderful week.”

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Miss HU Wears Two Crowns


Miss Hampton University Shannon Cooper was named Miss Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) 2009.

Cooper, a senior, communicative sciences and disorders major, beat out contestants from Morgan State, Coppin State, Delaware State, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, South Carolina State, Bethune-Cookman College, Norfolk State University, Winston Salem State and Howard University.

Now in its third year, the Howard University representative won the Miss MEAC competition the first two years.

It felt good to break “the other HU’s,” streak Cooper said. “It felt really great to bring another title back to HU, my Home by the Sea.”

Contestants’ scores were calculated by online voting, as well as style, beauty and poise, and an onstage question. Cooper’s question was, “what is the best advice you could give someone?”

“My advice was to be themselves,” Copper said, after the competition. “If you’re not happy with yourself, you can’t please anyone else.”

Students Beautify Campus

Student organizations on Hampton University’s campus participated in the school’s first beautification day on April 2. The university’s Student Government Association (SGA) hosted the event.

“It went very well. We have a very large turnout, more than 150 people and about 40 student organizations,” said Matthew Washington, the SGA vice president.

Students performed grounds keeping tasks around campus, including planting flowers by the Science and Technology building, picking up trash along the waterfront, pressure washing sidewalks, painting various faculty and staff offices, including hallways inside Holland Hall.

It’s an opportunity to bring students together and contribute to the campus, said Amena Ross, student representative to the board of trustees and an event organizer.

“This is a (project) that people can walk by and say, ‘I planted that, I did that,’” Ross said, adding that it’s easy for students to get splintered from each other in their daily activities. “It’s service and fun at the same time.”

Organizers said they want to make the event an annual one.

- Leha Byrd