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Greek Life: There are many Greek organizations on campus, and as a member of a Greek organization, I can say that it is very worthwhile. It does not dominate the social scene, but there is a large Greek population.

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Campus Strictness: Some people think the police are too strict because they cannot just do whatever they want to do on campus. I wouldn't call ECU strict. Many of the things that campus police are doing are for the good of the students. Helping curb the use of alcohol and drugs is really helping students. Since many new students don't know how to control themselves in the college environment, some of the new regulations can help them learn control. I see it as helping the young students who have not learned how to act in college.

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Health & Safety: My roommate freshman year would call me almost every Friday and Saturday morning, sometimes Sundays too, and not know where she was. She always let guys she didn't know buy her drinks downtown, and then she'd wake up by herself in their apartment somewhere the next morning and she'd want me to go pick her up. I would go get her and tell her it wasn't healthy for her, but she kept doing the same thing.

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Computers: ECU's computer network is usually dependable, and all of the dorm rooms have Ethernet ports in the wall or in a conduit box attached to the wall in some of the older dorms. Wireless access is almost everywhere, too, even outside in a lot of places, especially the community areas like Mendenhall Student Center, Joyner Library, and the Wright Place. The wireless network does not seem as stable as the regular Ethernet one, but it seems like the tech people on campus are always working to improve everything and make ECU more wired.

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Campus Dining: I love the West End Dining Hall. I almost felt like I was dreaming when I walked inside for the first time. I'm a new student, so I never got to see the old one inside Mendenhall. Some of the girls on my hall told me they liked seeing the trees outside Mendenhall and liked seeing everyone go in and out of the Student Center. They said the food isn't any better at the new place. I guess I like eating on campus, but I feel like I have to eat even if I don't want to since I paid so much money for it. Sometimes eating on campus is miserable, but the dining hall looks pretty cool.

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Campus Housing: I just had to move out of Clement because it was so close to downtown that the music at night would be so loud on my side of the building that it would distract me when I was trying to study. I liked that the dorm was all-girls so I didn't usually have to worry about guys being in the hall when I went to take a shower, but the downtown noise coming through the windows was just too much for me.

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Guys & Girls: I read in the East Carolinian last year that chlamydia and HPV are pretty common around here. My roommate was, shall I say, promiscuous, and I think she had trichomoniasis and some other ones I can't remember. I don't really know what all of them were, and I don't know what happened to her. I haven't seen her since I moved out of the dorms. I just couldn't convince that chick that the guys buying her drinks downtown did not care about her, that she was just a body to them.

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Nightlife: ECU students like to party hard, and when it interferes with academics so much that they can't get to class, even at 11 a.m. the next day, sometimes they realize that there's a problem. New students seem to think that it's the cool thing to do to go out and party. Well, partying is fun and sometimes necessary, but it's only cool if it doesn't cause you to be put on academic probation and then kicked out of school. Balance is the word. I didn't get good grades during my first year at all because I was having so much fun at the clubs and private parties. Now I'm having to work really hard to get my GPA up, which isn't fun at all. I would have rather been able to get good grades first and then be able to celebrate now.

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Campus Strictness: I just found out that gambling is against the Code of Conduct. Nobody ever reads that thing unless they get caught doing something they didn't know they weren't supposed to do. I thought gambling was fine, especially since there was that big front-page story in the East Carolinian about the lottery being passed. We talked about this in one of my classes a while back when we were talking about the issue of the lottery and how so many people are against it, yet the state government changed the rules for voting on bills just so they could pass the bill and make more money for them to spend. Something we learned in that class was that students who get caught somehow participating or looking like they are participating in some kind of gambling might have to write a paper about why gambling is illegal. I think gambling is selectively illegal around here, but maybe that's just my opinion.

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Health & Safety: Don't use the ATM machines downtown at night, because if you do, you'll probably get assaulted or robbed.

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Computers: Everyone should learn to use Banner quickly, because it is an easy way to keep in touch with classmates. It is a good way to check final grades and to get links to news, movies, local weather, events calendars, and online radio. I really like being able to check my GPA and course schedules and to register for classes online.

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Campus Dining: The food on campus is so-so. The specialty food areas are good sometimes, but it gets old because it's not enough regular, plain food. I wish they had more Southern-style vegetables and other cooking. I'm not talking about mealy butterbeans and mushy squash. I mean real vegetables.

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Campus Housing: As an upperclassman living off campus, I miss the familiar feeling of knowing people in the halls, doing things on campus, and not having to drive to the gym, library, or work.

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Diversity: Ethnic pride at ECU rocks! There are plenty of resources and organizations available on campus for everyone, and new students can almost always find people who will accept them for who they are or want to be.

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Nightlife: The way downtown works is that a few people own more than one club and they design them in varying degrees of sleaziness. So if students don't like one of their clubs, the club owners can still get the students' money at another establishment. There's so much turnover in those places, too, that there's not really any tradition anymore. Some of the owners of the better clubs have retired, and then the really bad clubs popped up everywhere, and they don't stay open for very long at all. They're really just fads.

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Campus Strictness: Strictness regarding parking is probably the most annoying kind of campus strictness there is at ECU, especially because it all depends on who's breaking rules and who chooses to catch them. My friend got a ticket one time for something like ignoring painted lines. Is that for real? Then why don't those giant food service trucks get tickets for taking up two spaces behind Mendenhall? That's not right. They didn't pay for the opportunity to park there, especially not in more than one space at the same time.

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Health & Safety: Don't walk alone after dark off campus, and it's probably a good idea to walk with a group whenever possible.

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Computers: For students living in the residence halls, it's always nice to have your own computer for anytime access, even in your pajamas. Class registration is especially easy with your own computer if you have downloaded the correct program from Banner. There are several computer labs on campus, many of them open until midnight or 2 a.m., and one is even open 24 hours. There is no shortage of computer labs, but it is always nice to have your own.

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Campus Dining: I love the ice cream machine at Todd. I make floats all the time with chocolate ice cream and Dr. Pepper, and let me tell you, that's some good stuff right there. I like that the meal plan lets me eat as much as I want. I eat a lot. I'd hate to see the nutrition facts for some of that stuff. It looks really bad and greasy. I try to eat all the stuff that isn't swimming in salt and grease.

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Campus Housing: The dorms are all okay, but I would advise strongly against living in Belk because there are roaches everywhere. Sure, the rooms are the biggest on campus, but that just means there's more room for the roaches, and they're big, too. Sure, the University sprays the outside of the dorms for roaches, but that only makes them run inside, so they actually get worse afterwards for a while. I've heard some people even have roach hunts. They get two cans of roach killer-the plant-based kind is the best-and spray them from a few feet away. Then they tally up the score and whoever has killed the most has to take their opponent out to dinner.

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Diversity: There is diversity among the professors, not just the students, at ECU. We don't have as many international professors as some universities do, but our professors seem well traveled, or at least very in-touch with global issues and human interconnectivity. Honestly, though, sometimes I think there's so much of a push for diversity at ECU that I, as a white male, feel disenfranchised. Is this payback for something that I, in particular, didn't do?

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Nightlife: Each club seems to have its own particular kind of clientele, and that means that it's easy to see some of the same people. That makes it easy to meet new people-if you can hear each other over the music, but sometimes that's not necessary. Sometimes hand motions and body language are all that's needed to get a point across.

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Greek Life: It was really scary-one day I was driving down 10th Street and I had to stop at the traffic light in front of Fletcher and wait for about 50 sorority girls all dressed in little denim skirts, chunky grass sandals, and identical letter shirts. It was a scary few moments for me. Why would a girl do that? What's the attraction of looking and dressing just like everyone else?

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Health & Safety: Why does `that guy' keep getting blamed for every crime that gets reported at or near ECU? The description in the alert e-mails and the pop-up alert messages on the computers always sound like the same guy. Anybody who's read those things knows that. It's great that campus and city police let students know about possible crime threats, but I think it's about time for someone else to start committing crimes; either that, or the ones who fit that description need to stop.

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Computers: Printing is free in all of the computer labs because it is paid for in student fees. The library charges for printing, though, so students may as well just go to the labs or bring their own printer. An easy way for students to pay for printing in the library, however, is to add money to their 1 Card, a multipurpose ID card that also pretty much eliminates the need to carry cash because it can have a declining balance for food, copying, and health center visits.

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Samantha Mandel
Hometown
Matthews, NC
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The quality and enthusiasm of the professors who care about their students is what attracts and retains students who could have gone to larger and more prestigious schools. Greenville is quite charming and has such good local food that most skeptics love the area, or at least ECU, by the time they graduate. Although the campus police are friendly, ECU is quite strict, perhaps in an effort to downplay the “party school” reputation. The strictness, however, contributes to student safety and helps reduce the drug presence on campus. Alcohol is a problem for some students, and the clubs are tempting, but the counseling center can help students with their problems. ECU’s computer resources are excellent, and the athletic facilities are better than the teams’ records. ECU’s most enjoyable facilities are the green areas, especially because the weather here is so pleasant—crazy, but pleasant.

Whether living on or off campus, students should join organizations to maximize their college involvement and build leadership experience for their resume. With ECU’s diverse student population, new students can easily find an organization, Greek or non-Greek, that is for them. ECU is reputed to have one of the highest concentrations of pretty girls anywhere, and the guys are good-looking overall, too. The Southern hospitality creates a welcoming social atmosphere. ECU has been through sports losses and administrative shake-ups in the past, but some of the political damage seems to be getting straightened out. So, as usual, ECU students are optimistic. They will continue to be easy-going, yet serious and balanced, fun-loving learners.

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