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Nightlife: It seems like the clubs here in Greenville are designed to promote circulation or cruising, which can get really expensive. All the clubs are different in some way. One might have a foam party, another might have $1 night, and then there's the oxygen bar. There's always something somewhere, so it's hard to decide which one to go to, and a lot of people end up migrating from one to the other during the night.

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Nightlife: Christy's Euro Pub is a really cool tiny place that has really improved in the past couple of years. They've added on a bit to the building and the patio area, and the food has gotten better, too. It's more of a place for mature students and faculty, though, so new students should keep that in mind for when they can drink without getting crazy and stupid.

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Nightlife: When I first came to ECU, I couldn't afford to go out clubbing with my friends. They would go to two or three in a night trying to see who was at each. If they didn't see anyone good-looking (by their standards), they would go to another club. That's a lot of money to spend in one night, especially if there isn't anyone interesting in the clubs, or if they are too packed and dark to even be able to see who's there. What is so much fun about Halloween is everything's outside, so everybody can see what's going on, and since there are people in costumes, it is really funny watching people walk around.

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Nightlife: The clubs are rather strict about the dress codes, so anyone who wants to get in should know the code before they try to get in. I've heard some really negative things about people being turned away from clubs, so I'd say students need to know the dress codes to avoid conflict. That way, clubbing can be more fun if no one really has to worry about people getting upset over being turned away because of what they were wearing.

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Nightlife: Coffeeshops, Barnes & Noble, the McCafé, and Krispy Kreme are fun places to hang out off campus at night for studying and socializing. The atmosphere is lively but still quiet enough to study. They are good places to go for students who are looking for something other than hookups at clubs. It just seems like the people are nicer at coffeeshops and bookstores. I'm not a drinker at all, and I haven't had trouble finding things to do on the weekends. I found a lot of friends, mainly through my classes and campus ministries, who don't drink either, so we have parties of our own and sometimes buddy up to go to parties and dances with sober friends or serve as the DDs for our friends who do drink. They really need us sometimes.

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Nightlife: I got a drinking ticket downtown one time when I was underage last year. I was just holding the beer for someone else while she went to the bathroom because she didn't want anyone to slip something in it while she was gone. That was right after the law was changed so that `possession' means holding a beverage, even if you weren't actually drinking it. Well, the ALE (Alcohol Law Enforcement) was there, and they got me. I was so mad because I had really forgotten about the new law. So, students really need to be mindful and aware of who might be watching them, and they need to either not drink where they are going to get caught with the container if they are underage, or just disguise it somehow. Also, it is better to be caught underage than to have a fake ID and get caught with that. Trust me. One of my friends got caught with a fake ID, and it was not a fun time for him.

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Nightlife: Keg parties at people's houses are fun, especially in the fall and spring when the weather is just right and everyone can hang out in the yard, talking, maybe singing, playing Frisbee, or beer pong, or something like that. It's really fun and relaxing, even for the ones who don't drink, who can keep their dinner down and remember the next day how much fun they had the night before.

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Drug Safety: Sure, we smoke a little pot every now and then, but anything more than that is just stupid, so we don't mess with that stuff a lot around here, usually.

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Drug Safety: During my first semester at ECU, a girl on my hall in the dorm had alcohol poisoning because she had an eating disorder and didn't eat anything all day before she started drinking beer and vodka. The ambulance and police came and took her to the hospital to have her stomach pumped. Then they gave her a ticket for underage drinking, too.

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Drug Safety: I'm a freshman and I love it at ECU. Get ready to get drunk!

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Drug Safety: If new girls care about not being date-raped, then they need to be careful about how much they drink and who's around when they do. They don't need to accept drinks from people they don't know, and they don't need to let strange guys buy them a lot of drinks, and they need to stay alert enough to know if they are leaving a club with someone they would not want to leave with if they were sober. If they care what happens to them, then they need to be alert. If they don't care, then they just need to make sure they've taken their birth control pills and know they can get a morning-after pill at the Student Health Service.

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Drug Safety: My totally-sober friends and I love to hang out late at night and watch the drunk people stagger back to the dorms. It's so hilarious. Sometimes it's better than TV.

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Drug Safety: Sure, I know where you can get some of that stuff. It's available, but I'm not going to tell you where or from whom. There are some students who sell on campus, but more off campus. Some are from Pitt Community College. Some are not from either.

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Drug Safety: I've had to go to drug and alcohol counseling with Mr. Morphet. He's the substance abuse counselor. I thought it was going to be stupid, but then I found out that he's actually a cool guy, and he really straightened me out a lot. That program doesn't help everyone, I guess, but it's better than jail and better than expulsion, so I was relieved to have the opportunity to go to counseling.

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Drug Safety: I am really not a fan of the zero tolerance policy. There should be at least one warning for us. That saved some of my friends before, and all they had to do was community service with Habitat for Humanity, but I'm not so sure I can get by with it now on campus without getting kicked out. My RA is really strict.

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Drug Safety: Nobody can say that the arrest stats are tell-tale of the drug use here-not completely, anyway. Sure, marijuana is common on campus, but that doesn't mean there isn't other stuff, too. It's all a matter of how careless the druggies are with their stuff. I've heard about some `shrooms and some coke and some other stuff, too; so it's around, maybe just not in places where the users are getting caught by the cops.

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Drug Safety: There are a lot of people who throw out a lot of bull-jabbering about how much they drink and how much pot they smoke, but sometimes they are just saying stuff to make themselves look like the kind of students they think are here at ECU. We are all supposed to have some bit of fun while we are here, but the academics are important too. It just depends on the person and how much pot they can handle before their brain goes bye-bye.

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Campus Strictness: ECU Police are strict! I got stopped for driving with my lights off in a parking lot one night, but when the officer saw I wasn't drunk, just forgetful, he didn't give me a citation or anything.

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Campus Strictness: There is a no-tolerance policy on campus, which means any student in the residence halls found with drugs or drug paraphernalia will be removed and referred to the campus police for further questioning. Alcohol violations will also be dealt with in a strict manner.

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Campus Strictness: When I was an RA, I absolutely loved busting people. One night I went to the bathroom in the middle of the night, and someone was taking a shower at like 4 a.m. I heard a girl talking, but then I heard a guy's voice-in the girl's bathroom. So, I waited outside until my female resident came out and asked her about it. She lied, of course, which was really funny when the guy came out of the bathroom a minute or two later. Yep-busted. I bet they would have been embarrassed if they had been sober. Any student who gets an RA like me will need to be more careful about breaking rules. I have eyes and ears.

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Campus Strictness: If students loan their dorm keys to anyone, the housing people will `kill them, and put their heads on stakes' outside the dorms to remind other students of the penalties for letting someone else even hold their residence hall keys. Well, maybe not, but they will kick students out for that.

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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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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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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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Academics: Teachers and professors vary greatly depending on the major. Students spread information about specific teachers by word of mouth or by different Web sites where students post information about teachers.

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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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