4 The Compass Wednesday, October 26. 1994 k Freshmen Ren#a Barnes and KtoniciaUtttejohn (at right) hoWthek-1 Can" cans during the FalConvo(atkxi. The cans, whk^iwll hold a written 1st of students’goais, were the branch of Charx»lbr Jimmy Jenkins. Other freshmen pictured are, from left, Jamie Watson, Keavin Freeman, Chuck Morris, and Jermaine Carter. Freshmen receive “light of knowledge” during Fall Candlelighting ceremony "In this hour of darkness, the worid has no other guide to give you other than this light." With these words. Student Govern ment Council President Tarik Scott caj>- tured the essence of the Fall Convocation and Candlelighting Ceremony held Sept. 25 in Moore Hall. The purpose of the ceremony is to in duct the freshmen class into the Univer sity family. According to tradition, fresh men are welcomed as youth in a world of darkness who receive the light of knowl edge, symbolized by one lighted candle held by an upperclassman. The class of 1998 received the light of knowledge from Scott. "Into your hands each generation thrusts the dead ashes of its failure," the students were told. "But youth gives the woridits dreams. Youare the living flames to purge and brighten humanity." Earlier in the programs tiie freshmen were officially welcomed into the Uni versity family by Dr. Helen Caldwell, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. "Here at Elizabeth Qty State Univer- aty you will find a fun^oning family and culture to lead you into the workl," ‘'Into your hands each generation thrusts the dead ashes of its failure...” said Caldwell. "You will learn to think critically and act responsibly in a diverse society." In a surprise twist to tradi tionally solann ceremony, the freshmen also received small cans from Elizabeth City State University Chancellor Dr. Jimmy Jenkins, who told the students they were to deposit in their cans a writ ten list of the goals they hope to achieve. Jenkins said the cans would be collected attheendoftheacademicyearand opened in another ceremony. 'The cans will be opened later to see how many goals have been achieved," Jenkins added. Accordir^ to the written script for the ceremony, which dates back 60 years at Elizabeth Qty State Uni versity, freshmen are toki that hope, along with awareness, beauty, truth, faith and k)ve comprise ligjit—and that the youth of the world are bearers of the light Freshmen partkdpiants in the service included Angela Lewis, of Manteo; My- Chelle Siaw and Melissa Young, of Eliza- bethQty; Francis Sakala,of Lusaka,Zam- bia,'Tamara Hedgebetii, of Elizabeth Qty, and Floyd Fayton, of Virginia Beach, Va. Lynetta Jordan, Miss ECSU, spoke on the purpose of candlelighting. "You are the salt of the earth," said Jordan. "If the salt loses its flavor, who will salt the earth?" Chancellor Jenkins introduced the guest speaker. Dr. Samuel Proctor, Professor of Divinity at EHike University. Jenki ns praised Proctor as a speaker "who makes you understand this life isn't just at»ut self and the gratification of acquir ing material things, but about a higher spiritual calling." Jenkins also debvered his traditional charge to the freshman class. "You can be whatever and whoevCT you want to be," he said. The University Choir, corniucted by Billy C. Hines, performed "Set Me a Seal," and "Every Tin« I Feel The Spirit." The candleli^ting service was first created by Eva J. Lev«s, an En^h in structor, during the John Bias Adminis tration, according to A History of Elizabeth State Unixjersihf. a Story of Suruival by Evelyn Johnson. The service was first used as a vesper program and was usu ally sponsored by the Nautilus Qub of which Ms. LewTS was a sponsor. Edna Harris Mitchell, chairperson of the Department of English, created the first vmtten version of the ritual, accord ing to Johnson's book. The written ritual was later revised by Bernard Peterson, director of drama to be more in keeping with issues modern young people struggle with. Peterson added into the service the idea (rfyoutti'squest for the lightofknowl- edge while they are disillusioned by ig norance, poverty, crime and war. And he concluded that hope,beauty, truth,aware- ness, faith and k)ve are represented by the lighted candle, which, when passed to the new generation of college students, is able to ultimately reach around the world.