The Compass Friday, Novembers, 1995 11 Community service is a driving force for University’s Greek organizations Members of Delta Sigma Theta "step” for High School Day, held on campus Sept. 30. From left they are: Dana Phillips, Denise Edwards, Crystal Keys, Felicia Bass, Stacia McPhadden and Tera Caldwell. phoio by jamie Jordan by Tamika Spruill When most ECSU students think of Greek-letter organizations, they think of step-shows, parties and the respect that Greeks get "on the yard." But how many students know that, at ECSU, AKAs sponsor blood drives. Deltas tutor young girls. Sigma Gamma Rhos sponsor "PTA Baby-sitting," and the Ques sponsor a "Welcome Back to school Party for kids?" Community service projects are an important, though little recognized, aspect of Greek life. "Community service projects are the primary goal and concern of Greek or ganizations," said Yushawnda Thomas, a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. Members of other sororities and fra ternities agree. "Alpha Kappa Alpha deals with com munity service projects as our primary ^oal," said AKA president Karen Fennell. "Everything else is secondary." Deltas derive great satisfaction from tutoring and advising girls at Sheep Harney Elementary School in their "Project Simshine" program. "Not only have we helped these girls with their schoolwork and individual problems, but relationships have also been formed," said Delta Sigma Theta President, Teia Stephenson. In addition to Project Sunshine, Delta Sigma Theta visits and aids elderly nursing home residents and gives scholarships to worthy students. Sigma Gamma Rho's "PTA Baby-sit ting" project gets parents involved with their children's education, offers tutor ing, and has structtired homework and reading activities for elementary school students. This year. Omega Psi Phi (the Ques) sponsored a "Welcome Back to School Party," with the purpose of helping kids stay in school, according to Que Presi dent Gary Brown. The party consisted of speeches, refreshments and a step- show. Omega Psi Phi also conducts "Feed a Family" programs, volimteer tutor ing and "Stay in School Step Shows." "We give our time and effort to local community centers," Brown said. Alpha Phi Alpha participates in nu merous convmunity service projects in cluding registering people to vote through the "Voteless People is a Hope less People" campaign, student forums, and Habitat for Humanity programs. "Our projects are constantly chang ing due to the needs of the conunu- ruty," said Thomas Clifton, President of Alpha Phi Alpha. Sigma Gamma Rho participates in "Adopt a Grandparent/Child." "Our community projects look for who has been the most neglected in the community," said Simona Simons, President of Sigma Gamma Rho. Phi Beta Sigma works with 4H, com munity churches and the Big Buddies program in Sawyer Town, and holds a clothes drive. Sigmas also serve as big brothers to disadvantaged youths in Elizabeth City. "When we think of community ser vice projects we think of who can we help the most," said Sigma President Gerald White. Greeks say their commimity service projects are all nonprofit. "Just being a member of Beta Zeta and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraterruty outweighs any need for reimbursement," said Thomas Clifton. "We offer from our hearts, there's no expectation of payment." Greeks who work on conrmiunity ser vice projects say their rewards come from within. "The members of our or ganization receive the satisfaction of helping others," said Sigma president Gerald White. "The more you give the more you learn," said Simona Simons, president of Sigma Garmna Rho. "You gain a sense of inner peace, cooperation and tolerance from helping people. "Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha gain responsibility, develop leadership and commimication skills, and leam how to care about people," said AKA president Karen Fennell. Greeks say that, while they are do ing their fair share, there is always more that needs to be done. Omega Psi Phi President Gary Brown simis up this concept with "We leam not to be content with satisfaction. We have to learn not to be satisfied or for get that there are always those less for tunate that we can help." Students complain about dorm evacuation prior to break-in by Tiffany Newell When freshman Nikki Payne re turned to Mitchell-Lewis dorm after having been evacuated for the week end due to maintenance repairs, she was upset to find her room had been burglarized. "I felt violated," she said. "I don't trust anybody now." The thieves took her television, ra dio, CDs, VCR, VCR tapes, computer. Game Boy, books, book bag, and other personal items. Estimated loss: at least $2,000. Thieves took $7,000 worth of items from eight rooms in the Sept. 23 bur glary, according to investigating officer Kent Felton. This includes televisions, CD players, answering machines, tele phones, clothes and other personal items. Students were angry not only about the loss of their belongings, but also with what they say was the University's failure to notify them in a timely man ner that they were to be evacuated from their rooms. "We were notified at the last minute which caused a lot of conflict," said Unis Rogers, a resident of Mitchell- Lewis. Payne said she heard a rumor the dorm would be closed for the week end on the "16th or 17th." When she asked Mitchell-Lewis Dorm Director Cymera Banks about the rumor, she was told a letter would be sent out on the 19th to notify students the dorm would be closed for the weekend. "They had no consideration for the out-of-state students," said Payne. "They tried to rush us." Cymera Banks, however, feels stu dents were given adequate time to find housing. "Students were given at least 12 days prior notice that the dorm would close," she said. Students later met with Dr. Leon White, Vice Chancellor for Student Af fairs and Housing Director Kenneth Roberts. In that meeting they were asked to move in with students in the new woman's dorm while the repairs were being made. The students asked to be allowed to go to a hotel, however. On the 22nd, officials told the stu dents they would stay in the Holiday Inn. According to Banks, students who could not find housing were asked to sign a list so that they could be placed in a hotel room. Students who re quested housing were housed in the Holiday Inn. Those who didn't had to move to the New Women's Dormitory or Bias Hall. Felton said the ECSU's Campus Se curity Department is working with the Pasquotank County Sheriff's Depart ment, the Elizabeth City Detective Di vision and the State Bureau of Investi gation in an effort to solve the break- in. "We have very good leads," he said, adding that police have suspects in the crime. Felton is asking for anyone with in formation concerning the crime to call Crime Line at 335-3555 or the Detec tive Division at 335-3762.