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    The Compass Friday, Novembers, 1995 9
Trenace Fayton assumes throne...
New Miss ECSU crowned in
“An Evening at the Savoy‘
by Sonya Holley
Traditionally the theme of ECSU's
coronation centers around the queen
herself, but this year's coronation took
a journey into the past—to the famous
Savoy Ballroom of the 1930's.
Trenace Fayton, Miss ECSU for 1995-
96- based her theme, "An Evening at
the Savoy, on the 1930's Savoy Ball
room, a famous jazz club in Harlem,
NY known for its big band sounds.
The gym was decorated in the style
of the Savoy BaUroom with a large
chandelier centered in front. Black col
umns cormected by red streamers sur-
roimded the gym's walls.
To further enhance the exotic mood,
four dancers, wearing costxmies from
the 1930's, performed a ballroom dance
while the University band performed
hits from the same period.
The men of the Royal Coiut hailed
Miss ECSU as she entered the gym
dressed in her radiant white gown.
"I am humbled, honored, and almost
without words because of tonight's ac
tivities" she said.
In her words of acknowledgments,
the newly crowned queen did not re
flect upon herself.
"I could spend my time talking about
me or my upcoming reign, but what I
would rather do is say thank you to aU
those who have been with me before,
during, and after my run," she said.
"Even before I decided to run, to be
queen of the University, there was a
group of people constantly reminding
me that I was already a queen. It makes
a difference in a young person's life to
know that there are people who care
and expect you to do your very best."
Miss ECSU singled out her family
for special thanks, including her
mother, Gloria Johnson.
"My family constantly reminds me
by their actions not just their words
that no matter how successful I be
come, or how far I go, family ties will
never be broken," she said. "They are
always here, even when they are not
particularly present."
She thanked her supporters in the
University family, including her choir
director Billy Hines, and former chan
cellor Jimmy Jenkins, both of whom
she described as "two men who have
shovm me how a real man treats his
family, conducts his business and acts
as a mentor."
Before crovming Fayton as the new
queen, outgoing queen Lynetta Jordan
spoke to the audience.
"It is truly an honor to stand before
you tonight to say that I have reigned
majestically as the queen of a beautiful
and glorious institution of higher learn
ing, ECSU," she said. Jordan said that
she was giving her farewell speech
"with tears, but only tears of joy.
"I have enjoyed every minute of my
serving you because I knew I came to
serve," she said. "I only pray that I
allowed my light to shine so Aat you
have seen ^e light within me."
After thanking Jordan for her reign.
Interim Chancellor Dr. Mickey Bumim
then made his charge to Fayton.
"Tonight marks the official beginning
of the reign of Miss ECSU for 1995-96,"
he said. "The young woman who holds
this honored office for 95-96 will con
tinue the long tradition of representa
tion and service. Indeed, Miss ECSU
has already begim that representation
in grand style."
Ehiring the program jazz saxophon
ist Vincent Priester performed three
selections. Those making tributes to the
new queen included the ECSU
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Mias BCSU 1995-96, Trenace Nicole Fayton (left), accepts bouquet of roses
from Lynetta Jordan, the retiring monarch.
Photo by Jamie Jordan
University choir, the University Play
ers, and the members of Delta Sigma
Theta Sorority, Inc.
The queen's first and second atten
dants were Aquita Robinson, and
Nikita Sutton. Marcus Croom and
Tresha Griffin served as master and
mistress of ceremonies.
Special guests of the queen's court
included I>. and Mrs. Mickey Burrum,
The Rev. Clifton Davis, and Dr. and
Mrs. Kermit E. White.
The coronation ended with a "Lights
Out at the Savoy" dance performed by
the ladies of the Royal Court.
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