Adrian Frazier, left, and Aldric Raynor shop for books at Elizabeth City State University's book store on Tuesday, the start of classes for the fall semester. Both said the first day of classes was going well, with Raynor commenting that the book store is much improved from last year. The cafeteria's also better, he said, adding the caveat of
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Adrian Frazier, left, and Aldric Raynor shop for books at Elizabeth City State University's book store on Tuesday, the start of classes for the fall semester. Both said the first day of classes was going well, with Raynor commenting that the book store is much improved from last year. The cafeteria's also better, he said, adding the caveat of "so far."

Fall classes start at ECSU

By Corinne Saunders

Staff Writer

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It wasn’t clear Tuesday whether Elizabeth City State University had met its fall enrollment target of 1,854, but many of those students who were on campus seemed glad to be back.

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Bookstore

Thanks Mr. Durant and Business and Finance for listening to the students and faculty and getting us a new bookstore! It looks great, and the kids are excited about it. My students had no problems getting their books on time this year and that's just wonderful. VIKING PRIDE!

Viking Pride????

Corinne Saunders article (08/20) referencing the beginning of classes at ECSU brought into focus some glaring problems referencing a disconnect between media representation, fact checking, and an evident loss of administrative disrespect for the fast dwindling student body. As a proud studio art graduate (2009), I was fortunate to have received a quality education from dedicated first-rate professional artists. Despite the pending closure of the studio art program and the loss of some of the staff (contributive to the death of creativity in generation to come), I remained respective of my school, its message, and its pride. That was until today. This morning I attempted to reach the ECSU drama professor on a business mater. Despite seeing drama classes listed in the student class schedule, I was unable to find the drama professors name in the school directory. As I know this person personally, I was confused and decided a trip to the school was warranted. Upon driving onto campus, past that empty, weed-infested multi-million dollar albatross of a pharmacy building, I became aware of just how run-down the campus has become. Upon arriving at the Fine Arts building, where I was warmly welcomed by my former professors, I discovered that the drama professor had accepted a job out of state. I was very glad for her, and marveled at how and why some of the dedicated staff has remained in spite of what must a tenuous and disconcerting professional future. Upon returning home, I read Ms. Saunders article only to discover that a student had reported that the drama classes had been cancelled (true), and that the teacher had been fired (a blatant untruth). While I understand that the Advance was reiterating the student comments I feel that some fact checking should have been conducted prior to reporting personal dispersions on the professor. What does need to be addressed is why the drama classes were not cancelled and the students not notified so that they could make alternative class selections. The student’s statement that advisors are not assigned for transfer and first year students until mid-semester must also be addressed. It is hard enough to complete a degree within a four year period without advisors to discern a applicable scholastic plan should changes be needed to satisfy scholastic mandates. I think this all boils down to a growing lack of pride. The school in its non-nurturing of students success, to the Daily Advance in not reporting the many contributions of the dedicated ESCU faculty, and to the students themselves as they represent a lack of pride in their dress and mannerisms. I witnessed many female students crossing Weeksville Road in bootie shorts tottering in five-inch heels followed by males with their pants perched dangerously down close to the “danger zone”. Perhaps ECSU should spend some money on community and student liaisons to restore that Viking Pride I remember so well. Respectfully, CH (artist, actor and proud Viking)

Transfer students are assigned to advisors

That piece of information is incorrect. Transfer and incoming students are assigned advisors however it is based on their department's procedure. It is not a campus wide decision not to assign advisors to transfers/ new incoming students until mid year, because these are the students who need the assistance the most in the earlier parts of the semester.

Transfer students are assigned to advisors

That piece of information is incorrect. Transfer and incoming students are assigned advisors however it is based on their department's procedure. It is not a campus wide decision not to assign advisors to transfers/ new incoming students until mid year, because these are the students who need the assistance the most in the earlier parts of the semester.

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