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Greenville, NC
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18,317
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$19,683 ($5,869)
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Reviews 2016 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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Facilities: I practically live at the Rec. The track is my favorite thing there because I can jog without dealing with the humidity or the cold. My boyfriend is really into working out, too, so when he comes to see me on the weekends, I get a guest pass for him for $5. He really likes coming here because he couldn't leave home when I did and he stayed there for community college. It's great that they have that guest pass option.

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Facilities: I am a broke college student, and I don't have money to go to the movie theater, so I always go to at least one of the free movies every week. Students just have to show their 1 Card. The movie crowds here are funny, too, because they are usually loud and yell stuff at the people in the film and laugh out loud more than they would at the theater out in town.

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Facilities: The kids in the School of Music are really talented and know how to rock it out in the remodeled Fletcher Recital Hall. Some of them might take offense to me saying `rock,' but maybe they'd be cool. I know the jazz people would be. Their Jazz at Night concerts are the best. Every time people graduate, they say they won't have anyone better, but then they get people who are just as good coming in as freshmen. Sometimes they're nervous because it might be their first time on stage in a simulated jazz club, but they are always good. I like watching how people get better.

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Facilities: I can't go to them very often, and sometimes I don't want to go, but Wright Auditorium has a performing arts series with ballet and ethnic singers and other stuff from all over the world. It's more expensive for students than a lot of stuff, and it's really a draw for the community, but I like taking my girlfriend there for special dates sometimes. We dress up and feel like we're in New York or DC.

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Facilities: All I can say is that students need to be on top of their game when it comes to facilities changes at ECU. They should get involved, and even if they can't stop some kind of destruction in favor of construction, they can at least make some noise about it. For instance, the amphitheater that used to be where West End Dining is was beautiful, and that's where one of the greatest concentrations of trees was, but not anymore. Now, I've heard a rumor that the really peaceful area with tables between Mendenhall and the library might be in jeopardy. That's so stupid. Trees are what most people like about ECU.

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Campus Dining: Easy Mac is my friend. A lot of people joke about the Wright Place and call it the `Wrong Place' instead.

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Campus Dining: Well, at first I didn't like the West End Dining Hall because I like a simple arrangement. I liked walking in and looking out over the whole of Mendenhall to see if there was anyone I could sit with as soon as I walked in. But then, later, I came to realize after talking with one of the cafeteria workers, that the food at West End is fresher because they cook it on a more `to-order' basis, and you can combine tables if you do manage to find your friends to sit with. The atmosphere is trendier, too.

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Campus Dining: I get nauseated every time I walk into the library because it smells like they always burn the coffee at the Java City in there, and it stinks up the place really bad, and there are coffee stains all over the carpet everywhere. And those cakes and pastry things they have at the coffeeshops are bad, too. I've seen them just cover them up at night and leave them there for days or even a week until someone buys them. That's just gross.

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Campus Dining: I used to get a small coffee drink at Java City every day when my friends and I would meet at the Wright Place, but then they posted the `nutrition' facts, and that scared me away from those drinks right then and there. I haven't had one in probably a year, actually.

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Campus Dining: Of course, the campus Asian food isn't as good as what my family makes or what I cook in my room, but they try, I guess.

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Campus Dining: That's not food. I moved back home because I was tired of having corn flakes for dinner. I went to another school for a year, then transferred here, and moved back into my parents' house. I'm so glad to have some real food for a change.

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Campus Dining: The dining hall food is surprisingly good.

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Campus Dining: I'm vegetarian, and I'm tired of eating just salad because the vegetables in the dining halls look like they've been cooking in dirty water for days to the point that they look and taste very little like their original selves. Yes, there are vegetarian options, but can't they cook plain vegetables right for a change in the dining halls?

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Campus Dining: My friends and I are boycotting the West End Dining Hall because they tore up the old amphitheater that a lot of students loved. They ignored our protests, so now we're ignoring their desire for our money.

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Campus Dining: The food on campus is awful. It's all like fast food or something. I can't wait to go home for Thanksgiving because I will finally be able to get some real home-cooked food. The green beans here taste like rubber, and I usually love green beans. The corn is okay, I guess. The apples don't taste like apples, and they look too old and beat up for humans to eat. The bananas look sick, too. I can't wait to go home and get some food!

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Campus Dining: Back when I lived on campus, I had a meal plan because I had to, but I can't afford it anymore. It's too expensive compared to what I can fix at my apartment, which is better than the junk stuff on campus anyway.

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Campus Dining: I love Chick-fil-A, but I can't eat it all the time, even if I'd like to: they aren't open on Sundays, as a company rule. Brunch is decent on the weekends in the dining halls, but I go to Subway to get fresh vegetables.

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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 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 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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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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Samantha Mandel
Hometown
Matthews, NC
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Biology
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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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