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'Faith is God at work,' says Brown
during April Honors Convocation
Robert Brown, president and founder of B&G Enterprises in High
Point, North Carolina, was the guest speaker at this year’s Honor’s
Convocation held April 19th in f^oore Hall Auditorium. Brown told the
audience that “everybody can be great, because everybody can
serve." The Honors Convocation is held to honor academic achieve
ment and excellence of students who have maintained a grade point
average of 3.5 or above.
by Albert C. F. Woodley
“We have the capacity to dream
dreams and change the world,” said
Robert Brown, guest speaker at
ECSU’s annual Honors Convocation.
“It is the dreamer who brings about
changes in the world, who makes it
better than the way he or she found it.”
Brown, a High Point businessman
and former Presidential assistant,
spoke to ECSU April 19 in Moore
Declaring thatcynicism is “becom
ing a thought pattern in U.S. life,”
Brown said that a recent opinion pole
showed that more than 70% of the
public had lost faith in their leaders.
‘The average garbage man is more
believable than most public officials,”
“When we learn that suicide has
emerged as our second leading cause
of death, that 53% of high school
students have used illegal drugs, and
that students are carrying guns into
their schools, then we know we have
Calling drug abuse “the plague of
the nineties” Brown added, “Drugs
threaten to destroy everything good
about our society, homes, schools and
streets. Crack, cocaine and pot have
invaded not just the cities but also the
small towns of America.
“You are going to have to show
some leadership if we are to survive as
Brown also criticized the coun-
try’semphasison material values. “We
have all the bombs, computers, RV’s,
glamorous vacations and new cars,
but what is the use if young people
cannot compete in the 1990’s?”
Quoting Memphis blues musician’s
W.C. Handy’s statement, “‘Life is like
this trumpet; if you don ’ t put anything
in, you won’t get anything out.’”
Brown added, “We need to get back to
the basic values of “hard work, hon
esty and faith. With these things, we
can achieve anything.”
“Faith is God at work,” Browne
said, stressing the ideas of faith and
service. “We will overcome all ob
stacles with God’s help.
“Each one of us is blessed with
some measure of grace. Always give
more than you receive. The world is
looking for second milers, people who
want to give more than they receive.”
Brown said his grandmother had
taught him the importance of service
and faith, when he was very young.
“I owe everything to that old lady
who didn’t have a third grade educa
tion, but who had all of the love and
wisdom in the heart. She taught me
that life is all about service and giv
Brown said his grandmother also
taught him atx)ut the importance of
hard work and determination.
“I remember her saying that faith
only the size of a mustard seed could
move a mountain,” Brown said. “And
I was crazy enough to believe what
“I have t»een able to use her wis
dom and advice all through my life,
whether I was in corporate board
rooms or the White House.”
Brown is the founder of B & C
Associates, a public relations and
marketing research firm in Winston
Salem. From 1968-73, Brown served
as Special Assistant to the President
of the United States, overseeing re
sponsibility for community relations,
civil rights, emergency preparedness
ECSU may assess student fees
for use of new bowling alley
and day care.
He started and developed the U.S.
Minority Enterprise Program, and
initiated the U.S. government Black
His career includes service as an
agent with the Federal Bureau of
Narcotics, and as an office with the
High Point Police Department.
He is a member of the Boards of
Trustees of Virginia Union Univer-
sity, Boston University and Winston-
Salem State University.
He earned his undergraduate de
gree from Virginia Union University
in Richmond, and has done graduate
work at North Carolina A & T State
University in Greensboro.
The Honors Convocation is held to
honor academic achievement and
excellence of students who have
earned a cumulative grade point aver
age of 3.5 and above and who have
earned at least 24 hours of credit at
ECSU. The annual Honors Convoca
tion at Elizabeth City State University
is sponsored by the University’s
Honors Program and is coordinated
by Dr. Carol C. Jones, the program
Photo by Richard Mclnlire
By Eric Jones
ECSU’s new bowling alley will be
completed by “late 1990,” according
to Dr. Leon White, Vice Chancellor
for Student Affairs. The building,
which White estimated will cost “about
one million dollars,” will be con
structed between Vaughn Center and
the University Center.
“It’s an addition to the Vaughn
Center,” White said.
In addition to the bowling lanes,
White said the new building will also
contain a snack bar, a lounge, and
lockers for commuter students “to put
their articles in so they won’t have to
carry them around.”
He said the bowling alley will be
about half of the size of the University
The new building’s purpose is to
instruct students, according to White,
with classes being offered for stu
dents who don’t know how to bowl.
The bowling alley is “an extension
of the academic program at ECSU, so
students don’t have to go off campus
for their bowling classes,” according
“For those who know how to bowl,
the bowling alley can help keep up
their skills,” he said.
He said the University is consider
ing including the cost of using the
bowling alley in students’ fees.
“If we charge students to use the
bowling alley we will have to charge
the same rates as the commercial
bowling alleys, so they won’t think
we’re in competition with them,”
The building was funded by the
state, through the UNC system.
ECSU students had mixed reac
tions to the new building.
“I think the bowling alley is
needed,” said Eric Harris, a senior.
“Since students now have to drive off
campus to attend class. Students with
out cars cannot sign up for this class.”
Still, Harris said he had some
ambivalent feelings about the expense
of the bowling alley.
“The money could have been used
for other things,” he said, “like a new
dorm, or renovations of the old dorms.
But if the money can only be allotted
for an activity, then that’s where it has
to go, regardless of the need.”
“I feel that there is a time and a
place for everything,” said Trina
Coleman, a junior. “Later on we could
have a bowling alley, but right now
our main focus should be the housing
problem, having room for students to
live and improving living conditions.”
“I think that the priorities of the
Administration are not in place,” said
ECSU junior Becky Overton. “They
spent $1 million on a bowling alley
while some of the students are living
in buildings that should have been
tom down years ago.”
The new bowling alley was de
signed by Sam Ashford, in Raleigh,
N.C. Ashford also renovated Moore
Hall last year.
Photo by Rkhard Mclnlire
and Wylia Slade battled the rain April 21 st at Roebuck Stadium to make sure the
2nd annual ECSU Spnngfest crowd was fed. A day of food and fun was planned includina a basketball
shootout and lawn tic-tac-toe, but the weather transformed the celebration into mainly an eating event. The
oijtside event brought about 200 ECSU students and people from the community together In the eveninq
Sample, Robinson win election
ECSU students elected Renel
Sample as the new President of Stu
dent Government Association in the
spring election, and Alisa Robinson
as the new Miss Elizabeth City State
Sample defeated Deborah Jacobs
with 62% of the vote, according to
Treva Thomas, Assistant Vice Chan
cellor for Student Affairs.
Alisa Robinson won with 62% of
the vote, defeating Maencicia Lewis
who received 4% of the vote, and
Alisa Burnett who received 34%.
In her campaign, Robinson, a Jun
ior in the Honors Program, promised
“to do all I can with what I have, and
make ECSU the best it can be.”
Kimberly Robinson was elected
Vice-President of SGA, with 54% of
the vote. Christopher Lynch received
13% of the vote, and Rodney Moore
During her campaign, Robinson
said, “I feel I can get the job done as
Vice President, without making a lot
of promises to the students.”
Mark Barfield was elected Record
ing Secretary, Lilrita Thorpe was
elected Corresponding Secretary, Kim
Halsey was elected treasurerer, and
Anada Long, Attorney General. All of
these candidates ran unoppposed.
Only 594 students voted in the
election, according to Treva Thomas,
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student
The University had more than 1640
students enrolled in the fall term.
Barry Hill, directorot ECSU’s recording studio, examines some sound proofing material priorto its installation
in the facility, located on the second floor of Williams Hall. Hill says he expects the studio to open by spring
of 1991 after some “simple modifications” are made to the studio control room.
New manager of recording studio
plans 'to get community involved'
SGA honors members at banquet
By Kathy McGee
Barry Hill, the new manager of
ECSU’s recording studio has a vision
for the studio: he wants to use it to
publicize and promote the University.
“1 believe the studio can market the
music program and draw more stu
dents to the University, said Hill, who
comes Elizabeth City from Asheville,
N.C., where he was a studio manager
at Hearhere, Inc.
Calling the studio a “long term
publicity program for the University,”
Hill added, “I want to get the commu-
t involved, and help people outside
’ Jniversity make music.”
1 till said the studio will allow stu
dents to learn how to record albums
aiid other people’s music, and give
students “proper training,” to go into
the music industry.
“The studio will be for the students
in music engineering,” he said. “They
will be allowed to record their own
music of the choir, band, and from
people in the community.
“I want the studio to help people
understand what’s going on at the
Hill said he also had two other
goals for the studio, “to supervise its
completion and to develop a curricu
lum in music engineering an technol
Music engineering and technology
is presently a concentration for music
majors at ECUS.
Hill said he is optimistic about the
chances for the plans for the studio to
“I’m convinced the Administra
tion will give us the support we need,”
he said. “Dr. Sullivan has been very
Hill said he “is excited” to be in
Elizabeth City. “It’s a switch in the
environment,” he said. ‘The people
have been very friendly here. They
have been greeting me wherever I go.
You don’t find that on other cam
Hill said he was unaware of any
problems the studio has had with pass
ing state inspection in the past.
“As far as I’m concerned, it will be
ready to go, after the necessary modi
fications are made.”
Hill said he hopes the new studio
will possibly attract some famous art
ists to ECSU campus, to record their
“We have had some contact with
some stars, he said, “but I don’t want
to reveal their names. I want every
thing to be a surprise.”
By Tammy Taylor
ECSU Student Government Asso
ciation honored its members for their
“support and trust” during the past
year, with a banquet held April 5 in the
Kermit E. White Building.
Following the banquet, outgoing
SGA I*resident Karen Richardson
presented her farewell address. Then
the SGA’s new officers were sworn in
by Dr. Leon White, ECSU’s Vice
Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
“When I look back on 1990,1 can
my struggles,” said Richardson;
“however, I learned that united we
stand, divided we fall.”
Richardson said her tenure as SGA
President “was especially unusual
because my cabinet was predomi
nantly female. “We only had one
male,” she added.
Richardson said she was helped in
her term because “I put God first,” and
she quoted from Psalms in the Bible,
“I look unto the hUls from which
cometh my help,” she said.
Following her speech, Richardson
was praised by ECSU Chancellor Dr.
“Karen was a hard worker, and she
worked diligently as the SGA Presi
dent,” said Jenkins. “I feel very proud
of the representation she gave to the
Jenkins had words of praise for
Richardson’s cabinetas well. “Karen
welded agood strong team. Any leader
must have a hard-working cabinet to
Alaine Harris said she saluted Ms.
Richardson “because she carried her
load as well as others.”
Hams said that in addition to her
SGA duties, she was also in a sorority
and a member of the basketball team
and the Gospel Choir. “Managing it
all was easier with the help of God,”
Next Dr. Leon White swore in the
new officers for the 1990-91 term.
Miss ECSU, Alisa Robinson, SGA
President Renel Sample, Vice-Presi
dent Kimberly Robinson, Recording
Secretary Mark Barfield, Correspond
ing Secretary Lilrita Thorpe, Treas
urer Kim Halsey and Attorney Gen
eral Anada Long.
The audience laughed when new
SGA President Renel Sample said, “I
didn t prepare a speech because I didn’t
want to jinx myself.”
However, the mood turned more
poignant with Sample’s next state
ment, which he made with tears in his
“I want to thank the SGA because
they were there for me with cards,
flowers and support,” said Sample
who recently lost two close family
New Miss ECSU Alisa Robinson,,
said she dedicated her winning “to,
everyone,” however she dedicated that
moment to her mother.
Jenkins said he could see this night;
“as a torch of leadership was passed,”
adding that the progress that was made
now being passed on.”
Jenkins ^so congratulated the neW'
officers, and pointed out that he had
told Alisa Robinson when she first
came to the campus “that she would
be a Miss ECSU.”
“These new officers are going to
be in a leadership role, and they’ve
shown that they ’re going to l)e leaders
by running for these offices.
Jenkins also congratulated the,
parents ofthe new officers. “You can-
tell the tree by the fruit it bears,” he
Jenkins advised the new leaders
“not to get discouraged” when things
didn’t work out
"You have to answer first to your
self, and second to Almighty God,
the Chancellor said.