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    The Compass Wednesday, October 26, 1994 13
Homecoming ‘94: a ‘mad flava’ hit
By Bruce D. Qjpeland
ECSU'sHomecomingl994 wasa week-
long gathering of ECSU family members
- alumni, administrators, faculty, staff,
students, and friends of the University.
Sponsored by the '94-'95 Student Gov
ernment Association, this Homecoming
was one very much "long overdue," as
one ECSU senior put it.
The unofficial theme for Homecoming
was "Mad Flava" and people got their
first tasteonSunday, Oct. 16attheGospel
Extravaganza
held in Moore Hall Auditorium. This
free event featured ECSU's Gospel Qioir
and Elizabeth City's Northeastem High
School's Gospel Choir, both of whom put
on dynamic performances.
"It wasanicecollaboration," said ECSU
senior Lynn Jordan, (Miss ECSU.) "So
cially, it was an outstanding example of
ECSU joining hands with the community
and making a difference. And it also
proved that young adults can assemble
for positive reasons and have a good time
without the negative influences of drugs
and alcohol."
The"flava"continuedonMonday,Oct.
17 at the Comedy Show in Moore Hall
Auditorium.
"Your glasses are so thick that when
you look at a map, you can see people
wavin'," said host Rob Stapleton to one a
member of the audience. Not even cam
pus security could escape being joked.
The other comics for the night were
Brooklyn Mike and Wil. Though some
members of the audience were offended
by the frequentuseof profanity and sexual
jokes, most seemed to thoroughly enjoy
the show. Some students complained
about having to pay $3 for admission,
however.
ECSU Sophomore Stacia McFadden
had no problem v^th the admission price.
"I think the students at this school
need to realize that elsewhere they would
have had to pay much more for a concert
like that," she said. "They (the comics)
were good and I don't see any reason to
complain."
On Tuesday, the well-decorated Will
iams Hall G)mi was the place to be for the
FashionShow, coordinated and co-hosted
by ECSU Senior Raneesha Hunt. While
Hunt and co-hostess Koya Staten made
"the role call" it was quite clear that the
ECSU sophomores were "in the house."
The show, which was divided into a
variety of scenes, got off to a slow start.
The tempo picked up quickly, however,
during the club scene when two of the
models appeared in outrageously wild
outfits, sporting enough make-up and
weave for everyone on stage.
"Sheryl and Sypress stole the show,"
said oneECSU senior. "What they had on
is what I expect in a fashion show - stuff
that's extravagant, off-the-wall, com
pletely far-out."
The show also consisted of a school
spiritscene,abusinessscene,and ashow-
stopping wedding scene. Though there
were a few gripes regarding the hosts,
everyone seem^ to agree that the mod
els, who were mostly women, did a good
job.
On Wednesday in Moore Hall Audito
rium, jazz sensation Pieces of a E>ream
was the featured guest in the Lyceum
Series Program.
"Congratulations to the Lyceum Com-
nruttee for a job well done," said the MC
for the show, Kimberly Pierce of 89.9
ECSU. 'Tieces of a Dream put on an
outstandingperformanceand ^erwards
they were really impressed with our re
cording studio and our radio station."
On Thursday night the talent show in
Moore Hall Auditorium began about 45
minutes late.
Despite the late beginning, there was
standing room only. SGA officers and
the talent show committee had to work
overtime admitting and seating every
one. ECSU senior Allen Mason delighted
the crowd with the welcome and the
introduction of the judges. MCs for the
night were ECSU's Carl "Big Daddy"
Hines and Nikita Sutton. Big paddy
opened the show singing I|.uther
Vandross' "A House Is Not A Hcjme."
Early in the show it started storming
outside but many audience members
were more disruptive than the weather.
Several students said they were sur
prised by the participation of a non-black
performer, ECSU Senior Suzanne Wescott
who sang a gospel tune.
"She's got a lot of nerve," said one
ECSU junior.
Other acts included Delphi, who were
"representin'the sojrfiomores(of ECSU)";
Perspective Voices, a talented trio of ado
lescent sisters from Elizabeth City; and
Jus Da Fellas, a rap group from Norfolk.
"Jus Da Fellas were good," said one
ECSU senior. "I think that they would
have placed if we had had more peers as
judges. Onestudent judge isnotenough."
Many students complained about Big
Daddy's style.
"Nikita did a good job as MC but Big
Daddy wasn't an appropriate choice for
the show," said an ECSU junior. "Smurf
(Allen Mason) should've done the show
with Nikita instead of him."
The show was pretty long and much of
the crowd was gone by the time the win
ners were announced. Third place and
free Homecoming Concert tickets went
to ECSU's Mike Marshall and Charles
Williams performing as Standard.
Male doo-wop group Dedication won
second placeandfivefrrehoursinECSU's
recording studio. And a quintet of lovely
female VikingsknownasEssenceofBlack-
ness won first prize and $50 singing X-
Scape's "Tonight."
Carlton Ely, talent show coordinator,
said he was very pleased with the out
come. "I had an outstanding committee
and together we met the goal of making
the crowd happy," he said.
Friday's concert was both a triumph
and a disaster. First of all, the line outside
the Vaughan Center before the concert
was incredibly long due in part to the
ticket booth not being open. Secondly,
the doors opened over an hour late; this
caused much discomfort and fight num
ber 1. Finally, the concert itself began two
and a half hours late.
The late beginning was due to two of
the acts getting lost on their way to Eliza
beth City, according to SGA President
Tarik Scott.
The show finally began with D5., a
former Viking followed by ECSU's
Darkman, and a last minute substitution.
Ghetto Cartel. Then came the first na
tional act of the night. The Fugees who
"rocked the house" using the music of
several popular rap and dance hall songs.
In between acts, fights number 2 and
number 3 broke out. Once security
handled the matters the show continued
withJeruDaDamaja. His crew was very
insulting to the audience and the audi
ence responded accordingly.
"Jem was a total waste," said one ECSU
junior.
Following Jeru was Patra who, along
with her dancers, entertained some and
offended others with numerous verbal
and physical references to female genita
lia.
"They were so nasty," said one ECSU
junior.
R&B group Zhane capped off the show
with a well-received performance, for
which most of the crowd stayed on its
feet.
Despite the tardiness and offensive
ness of some of the performers, the crowd
seemed pleased with the performances.
"Its about time we had a good concert,"
said one ECSU senior.
The concert's 1600 tickets sold were
twice the number of last year. Also, the
advanced ticket sales were the highest in
years.
The final day of Homecoming Week
'94 began with the parade through down
town Elizabeth City. Later, the Viking
football team lost a hard fought battle to
Virginia State University, 14 -0. And
finally, in the Vaughan Center the An
nual FallStep Show and Dance took place.
Supposedly co-sponsored by ECSU's
Pan Hellenic Council and the SGA, the
latter ended up doing most of the work
Saturday night. The show began with an
ill-received and vulgar performance by
DJ Hexx. Afterwards, the MCs, Bruce D.
Copeland and Valerie "Cap" Boulden,
apologized for the various delays in start
ing the show and for DJ Flexj^s perfor
mance.
The step show began with all eight of
ECSU's Greek-letter sororitiesand frater
nities.
"It was pretty good but I was a little
disappointed," said ECSU junior Terry
Wills. "It always seems like some of tte
fratemities and sororities don't put their
all into the Fall step d\ow because it's not
an official contest."
Immediately following the show was a
crowd-pleasingperformanceby the sing
ing group Average Guyz.
The evening ended with the dance in
Vaughan Center.
The entire night "was good but hot,"
said one ECSU sophomore. "There was
just too many people in there (the
Vaugjwn Center)."
Most students seemed to feel Honne-
coming Week '94 was a success.
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