14 The Compass Friday, November 3, 1995
by Tamikia Spruill and Sonya Holley
ECSU students who live on campus
paid $120 more in fees this year, ac
cording to a new fee schedule approved
by the ECSU Board of Trustees at their
Most of the increase, $100, was re
lated to an increase in the cost of cam
pus housing. All students paid $10
more in athletic and book rental fees.
The athletic fee was raised to $162,
and the book rental fee $200.
These fees were necessary to offset
higher costs, according to William
Davis, chairman of the trustees' prop
erty and finance committee. The fees
are expected to raise an additional
$150,000 in revenue.
The higher athletic fee is needed to
pay for the rising cost of student-ath-
lete scholarships and coaching salaries,
and to bring the school into compli
ance with federal guidelines, accord
ing to Davis.
The increased housing fee is needed
to help pay for the cost of installing
central heating and air conditioning
systems, elevators, sprinkler systems
and fiber optic cable in six dorms.
ECSU students who need replace
ment ID cards will pay $10 more also.
Trustees also approved a $10 increase
for post office box rental fees.
ID cards have become more expen
sive since each card now includes a
magnetic strip, said Davis. The higher
post office box fee will help pay for the
$15,000 salary increase for contract sta
ECSU ranks ninth of the 16 schools
in the UNC system in required fees.
Paul Vandergrift, Jr. who served as
executive assistant to former ECSU
chancellor Dr. Jimmy Jenkins from 1993
until July, 1995, died from a massive
heart attack on Sept. 1 at his home in
Vandergrift, a Raleigh native, was a
retired Marine Corps Colonel and re
cipient of the Purple Heart. He also
won national acclaim in the field of
higher education and telecommvmica-
tions. He is survived by his wife,
PauUne, two sons, and a daughter.
Paul Vandergrift prided himself "as
a conveyor of the bedrock values he
inherited from his modest upbringing:
honesty. Godliness, pride, hard work,
patriotism, achievement, service and
the common good," according to a writ
ten statement released by his family.
Several members of the ECSU com
munity expressed their sadness at his
"Dr. Vandergrift was a man you
could count on," said Diane Patterson,
Director of University Graphics. "If he
said he was going to do something, he
did it. He was a true professional who
genuinely cared about our students."
Before coming to ECSU Vandergrift
served as Director of Public Affairs for
WRDU TV and Director of Education
Services, Center for Public Television.
At the time of his death he was senior
vice president and provost at St.
Augustine's College in Raleigh.
"St. Augustine's College has lost a
family member," said St. Augustine
President Bernard Franklin. "Paul
Vandergrift was a man who lived his
life with strength, courage, and vision."
ECSU celebrated Homecoming '95
with a comedy show, block party, and
concert in Vaughan Center.
Comedians Figman and Alonzo
"Hamburger" Jones performed from
8:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. in Moore Hall
Auditorium Thursday, Oct. 12.
After the show Alpha Phi Alpha Fra
ternity sponsored a Block Party in front
of the University Center from 10:00 p.m.
until 1:00 a.m.
Friday, Oct. 13th rappers AZ and The
Lost Boys performed in the Homecom
ing Concert. Following the concert
some students said they were disap
pointed that the group Xscape failed to
SGA President James Cherry said the
booking agency cancelled Xscape's per
formance on Wednesday because the
lead singer was sick.
The annual SGA Step Show was held
Oct. 14 at 8:00 in the Vaughan Center.
Organizations that performed were:
Zeta Phi Beta, Phi Beta Sigma, Alpha
Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta
Sigma Theta, Omega Psi Phi and Kappa
Members of the ECSU chapter of the
National Association of Black Jour
nalists (NABJ) elected officers for the
1995-1996 school year. They are: Carlos
McCormick, president; Dionne Sand
ers, vice president; Lyn Marshall, re
cording secretary; Angela Burrus, cor
responding secretary; Tiffany Newell,
treasurer; Sean Hall, Parliamentarian.
Now in its second year at ECSU, the
NABJ hopes to form a national chapter
For more information contact Angela
Burrus at (919) 331-4184 or any other
member of NABJ.
Class officers , elected for the 1995-
1996 school year, are: Freshman Class:
Vincent Lawson, president; Sheena
Hemingway, vice president; Emilia
Pledger, secretary; Eric Spriull, trea
surer; Barry Monk, parliamentarian;
Sophomore Class: Floyd "AJ" Fayton,
president; Francis Sakala, vice presi
dent; Delicia Wright, secretary; Teryll
Moore, treasurer; James Bullock,
parilamentarian; Junior Class: Michael
Marshall, president; Trina Pa}me, vice
president; Stacia McPhadden, secre
tary; and Chelsea Raynor, treasurer.
Dr. Evelyn Adelaide Johnson, direc
tor of choral activities and the first Pro
fessor Emeritus at ECSU, died July 19,
1995 in Albemarle Hospital.
Dr. Johnson came to Elizabeth City
State Normal School in 1933, where
she worked as a music instructor. She
later served as director of music, chair
man of the fine arts department, and
chairman of the music department. She
served as director of choral activities
Dr. Johnson was the noted author of
History of Elizabeth City State Univer
sity: A Story of Survival.
She was the developer of many pro
grams which are now traditional ac
tivities on the ECSU campus, includ
ing the Lyceum Series, choir tours, choir
banquets honoring graduating seniors,
and Christmas caroling, among many
Dr. Johnson received numerous hon
ors and awards during her career. She
earned her B.A. from Fisk University
by James Peny
Will ECSU's policy that allows stu
dents to retake a course they have failed
prepare them for the real world?
This question wiU soon be debated
in a committee of faculty and students
formed to examine the current policy
on repeating courses.
ECSU students have unlimited op
portunity to repeat a course they have
failed, with the new grade replacing
the failing grade in computing the
student's grade point average; how
ever, all F grades remain on the stu
University officials are re-examiiiing
this policy at the urging of UNC-sys-
tems President C. D. Spangler who has
described policies allowing students to
remove their failing grades from their
averages as "not a good idea."
At least two schools in the UNC-
system, UNC Chapel Hill and UNC-
Greensboro, coxmt all grades in stu
dent grade point averages, even
courses that have been repeated. N.C.
State University and East Carolina Uni
versity allow students to repeat three
freshmen and sophomore level courses
and have the failing grades dropped,
according to a recent report on grad
ing policies in The Virginian Pilot.
Western Carolina and Appalachian
in 1928 and an M.A. in Music Perfor
mance and Music Education from Co
She also studied at Syracuse Univer
sity, American University and Bucknell
University and received an honorary
doctorate from ECSU.
An original music composition by
Meredith Capraro, a senior music ma
jor, was performed recently at a North
Carolina Music Teachers convention in
Chapel Hill. "Meditation," Capraro's
composition for piano and clarinet, was
performed by Eugene Jones and Dr.
Rachael Gragson at the convention.
Carparo, who plays alto saxophone,
won the Charles Peru'ose Outstanding
Woodwind Player award in 1994.
ECSU Campus Police officers Capt.
Samuel L. Beamon, Ptl. John F.
Simpson and Ptl. Anton M. Thomas
have completed a three-day course of
instruction in "Cycling Patirol" held at
the Coastal Plain Law Enforcement
Training Center in Wilson, NC.
Police Bicycle Riding School was held
at Wilson Technical Community
See BRIEFS, continued on page 15
State allow any five courses to be re
All five of the UNC-system's histori
cally black schools have policies that
help students remove failing grades
from their cumulative averages.
Pointing out that students' tran
scripts still reflects failed courses. Dr.
Helen Caldwell, ECSU's Vice Chancel
lor for Academic Affairs said the cur
rent policy "shows the evolution of the
maturity of the student by showing all
the grades on the transcript." CaldweU
said the committee formed to study
the policy will consider placing a limit
on the number of times a student can
retake a course, however.
Retaking a course is "sinular to the
drop-add procedure," said Caldwell.
"You fill out a form at the registrar's
office and then get it signed by your
"I think the grading policy standard
should be the same for any University
whether it's a black or white uruver-
sity," said one ECSU junior. "The stan
dards students are reaching for need
to be the same as the real world. Schools
need to integrate their policies so stu
dents are ready to face the real world.
They should be as close to the real
world outside the educational system
Officials to examine^
grade change policy ^