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Greek Life: Several women in my family joined historically African American Greek organizations when they were in college, and they are still active in those groups. That seems to be a major difference in the white Greek organizations and the black Greek organizations. In the historically African American ones, we have more of a lifelong connection with our brothers and sisters. One of my sisters and I stopped someone on the road in another state because she had a license plate with our letters on it. We chatted for a while, and we still keep in touch. That's the kind of sisterhood we have. Alumni groups of historically African American fraternities are active, as well, and that is readily apparent in the Greenville Christmas Parade.

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Greek Life: So what is up with the trend that as soon as the Greeks wear something, then it's stylish? I used to wear my farm gear, like my John Deere and Farm Bureau Insurance hats and my ratty jeans, and the preppy kids at my high school teased me about it. Those clothes were my actual clothes, not just some pose. Now, in college, somehow the fake farm gear is cool because the little blonde girls and the frat boys wear the shirts and the hats just sitting on top of their heads or cocked to the side. Last time I was out at Greenville Turf and Tractor buying some equipment parts, they told me they couldn't keep the stuff in because the college students keep buying it. Well, it's good for their business, but come on. I'd like to see some of them try to drive a tractor.

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Greek Life: Stepping is a tradition that connects us black Greeks. Each group has specific steps, and we pass down steps that have been passed to us. We practice and get the steps tight because we all want to be the best at the step shows. We appreciate each other's steps, but nobody better steal the steps of another group. That's not allowed, and if it were, it would be rude to do it anyway.

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Greek Life: Don't call it a `frat.' It's not a frat. It's a fraternity. `Fraternity' means `brotherhood,' and breaking up the word by just calling it a frat is like breaking up the brotherhood. Some of the Greek groups at ECU may be frats, and I really think some of them are, but mine is a fraternity. Remember that. The word is `fraternity.'

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Greek Life: It may not seem like there are a lot of Greeks at ECU just from looking at the numbers, but when we all get together, we are a huge-looking bunch of folks, and when we sing our `Go Greek' cheer, no one can help but be impressed with the mass of our sisterhood.

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Greek Life: I really wish the social Greek organizations would stop getting so much of the SGA money. It's not fair to the other groups on campus who are trying to plan educational events that would be open to the entire student population. The Greek groups work together to vote their friends into office in SGA, and then they get on the appropriations committee and distribute the limited funds to the groups that already collect so much dues money from their members.

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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 Housing: Campus Living offers some pretty cool benefits for signing up early for the dorms. I got $50 of Pirate Bucks, the declining balance, for free and $100 of free textbooks. It's not a whole lot, but any little bit helps.

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Campus Housing: I've stayed in Belk for two years, and it's really not as ghetto as some people say it is. The best part is the suite layout because it's easier to get away with more-like drinking, having visitors of the opposite sex after visiting hours are over, and burning candles. My room was rank, and candles worked better than Febreze. All of that was fun for a while, but now that I really need to start getting my grades up, I'm looking to move to Central Campus where it's quieter.

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Campus Housing: As a commuter student, it was so nice to be able to stay on campus for a few nights during exams instead of driving two hours for an 8 a.m. exam. It was only $20 a night, which is a lot cheaper than a hotel or a creepy motel. All I had to do the morning before my exam was walk across campus. The rooms weren't luxury or anything, but it was so convenient, and I felt so much more rested and less stressed out than I would have been if I had gotten up at 5 a.m. and then run into a traffic jam or road construction.

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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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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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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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Campus Housing: I think it's awesome that ECU has specially designated dorms for upperclassmen-Fleming, Umstead, and White. It feels like we have more freedom because we don't have to worry as much about traumatizing the freshmen, but it's too bad the freshmen all get thrown in together even more because they won't have as many means to get into campus life without upperclassmen to show them the ins and outs. Plus, they won't have the good examples that some upperclassmen provide for underclassmen.

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Campus Housing: What's the difference in a guy and a girl rooming together and two lesbians or two gay guys rooming together? It's not fair for the gay people to be able to coordinate their room assignments to be with their significant others, but I guess they can't exactly ask a question like that on the application.

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Campus Housing: It's about time that almost all the dorms have air conditioning! It's just plain too hot in Greenville in August and most of September when students first get here to not have AC. I lived in Fletcher my first year here, and I have never sweated so much indoors, except maybe at the gym working out, as I did sitting in my room those first couple of months trying to do homework. It was miserable, believe me.

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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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