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Transportation: I knew nothing about Greenville when I got here, so I decided to get on a bus and ride. I had no idea where I was for a while, but after I'd ridden around a few times on different buses, I started to recognize some places.

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Campus Housing: I wasn't excited about living in Greene at all because I don't usually get along with other girls too well. I don't like all the drama. So far, it hasn't been so bad, especially with all the stuff that goes on with freshmen when they move into dorms. I like the rooms. Everything is bolted to the floor or to the wall, but I like it, and my roommate has turned out to be really nice, too.

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Campus Housing: I love living off campus, but I think that all freshmen should be required to live on campus. I've seen too many students live off campus the whole time, and then they leave here four years later without any kind of attachment. Without attachment, students are less likely to care about classes and organizations.

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Campus Housing: The mattresses in Umstead fit perfectly in the doorframes. It was really funny to watch drunk students try to find the doorknob through the mattress. We only tried that once, and it was so funny we figured we might get caught next time.

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Campus Housing: Cotten is haunted! The ghost was in my room. My roommate and I saw her standing over by the closet. I'm not kidding. She was there. She also moved our posters while we were gone a few times. The door was locked the whole time, too. I love living in Cotten because the area around it is so green and the building itself has so much character, so I don't mind the ghost at all.

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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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Diversity: ECU has a lot of age diversity. I've had several returning-adult students in my classes. At first, I thought it was strange to have a 40- year-old in one of my classes during my first semester. One of my teachers that year said that she enjoyed having returning-adult students in her classes because they have a lot to add to the class, and they set a good example for underclassmen, especially freshmen, because they appreciate being in college. Maybe they couldn't afford college before, or maybe they didn't really need college to get the job they had, and now that they have been laid off or have retired, they can afford college and are really glad to have the opportunity to be in school. Their experiences are really interesting for me to hear about, and they really have added more to the classes I've taken.

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Diversity: The Ledonia Wright Cultural Center sponsors a lot of events for students and student organizations and even has exhibits of African and Native American art. They seem to have gone through some administrative shakeups in the past few years, but they still sponsor some nice educational events there, like the Dialogue on Diversity series, Freshman Roundtable discussions, and cultural food nights. Their events are usually free, too. I've been to a couple, and I enjoyed celebrating my heritage and educating others.

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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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Diversity: Religious diversity is a growing thing at ECU, so diversity here is not just about race. There are tons of Christian groups for about every denomination out there. There's a Jewish group and a Muslim group. I saw flyers for the new Muslim Student Association, too. We already had an Arab Student Organization, so the ethnic group was there, and now we have a religious group, too.

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Diversity: ECU seems to have a pretty good activity level among Native Americans. For some reason I didn't know that they were having a pow-wow one day last year, and I happened to be walking around near Mendenhall when I heard drumming and singing. It was strange, and I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone or something because the wind was blowing and I couldn't figure out where the sounds were coming from. I was fascinated, and now I go every time.

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Diversity: My first roommate was gay, and at first that really bothered me because I didn't know anyone who was openly gay in my hometown. I knew some people who told me they wanted to switch rooms because they had roommates who were in B-GLAD, but I'm happy I made an effort to get to know him. He was quiet, but after we got to know each other, I learned that he wasn't the crazy person I'd been told at home that gay people were. He and his boyfriend sometimes seemed more dedicated to each other than my girlfriend and I were at the time. I know not everyone may learn as much as I did, but I'm glad I did.

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Diversity: The International House over between the Rec Center and the McCafé hosted a lot of really cool events last year, usually on Fridays, that showcased the cultures of the international students at ECU. I learned a lot, and the food was really good. I met a lot of really nice people, and we still keep in touch.

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Diversity: I come from a town where the KKK is still active. By `active,' I mean that they still have parades. I don't think they've burned any crosses recently or anything major like that. I'm Jewish, so I can sympathize with the discomfort a lot of ethnic and religious minorities feel when they hear the letters `KKK.' Coming to ECU has really been a great experience for me because I've been able to meet other students who do not really care about racial and religious differences.

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Diversity: There are certainly a lot more in-state students here than out-of-state students, and a lot of the out-of-state students seem to come from up North. That's okay, as long as they leave their prejudices and stereotypes about the South at home. Southerners are not stupid. We might talk slower than some people, but maybe that's because we're thinking about how to be polite when it might seem almost impossible. Most students I've met from up North love it here, especially because of the weather and the friendliness of the people. ECU students tend to make open-minded out-of-staters like it here, and eventually, the word `y'all' will become second nature.

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Nightlife: Folks here at ECU and in Greenville have balance. We've got some really smart people, and they love to party. Those who don't party have friends who do and the ones who do don't care that their friends don't, so it's nice like that, and no one hates each other for it.

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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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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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Nightlife: Clubbing in Greenville is not the best. It can be fun, but clubs here are not good, especially for those of us who aren't interested in bumping and grinding. The clubs are usually packed, for some strange reason Thursday through Saturday, and sometimes on Wednesdays. That's got to start hurting some people eventually. It's ridiculous to be out clubbing on a Wednesday night. Are you kidding me? Thursday is bad enough. Do they not care if they have stuff due the next day? I guess not, because some of them don't look like they'll be really awake for a whole day afterwards. Wake up now, y'all. The clubs in Greenville are dumb.

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Nightlife: The clubs are really fun here in Greenville, and it's really easy to interact with people, especially because of the alcohol. Even underage students can get older people to buy drinks for them, which is really awesome, especially when they don't say they want to be paid back for them. It seems like there are always new clubs opening and closing, so there's always something fresh to try.

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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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Nightlife: My roommate said Club Aqua looks cool inside. Getting high on oxygen is weird, though. Why would someone want to pay for what they can breathe for free? Getting high on oxygen sounds a lot more dangerous than smoking pot. What if there was a fire in that club, too? Boom! That place sounds scary. The club that used to be where that one is-Peasant's-was so much better and had live music. I miss that place. The new club in the place that used to be Corrigan's (it's called the Red Rooster) seems like it's trying to attract the music-loving people who used to go to Peasant's, so that's cool.

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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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Samantha Mandel
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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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