Vol. 60, No.\'' Elizabeth City, NC
Circulation 2,200 April 30,1999
The Student Newspaper of Elizabeth City State University
April Ryan of American Urban Radio Network
By Shekeria Smith
The keynote speaker for Elizabeth
City State Uruversity's spring com
mencement will be Ms. April D. Ryan,
a 13-year journalism veteran and the
White House Correspondent for
American Urban Radio Networks
(AURN) since January of 1997.
The ceremony will be held Saturday,
May 8 at 9 a.m. in Roebuck Stadium
on the ECSU campus.
The rain sight will be the R.L.
Ms. Ryan is a 1989 graduate of
Morgan State Uruversity where she
majored in Commxmications. She
hosts the daily feature. The White
House Report, and also reports on
minority and urban-related White
House issues. Her reports are broad
cast on AURN's nearly 300 affiliated
Before joining AURN, Ms. Ryan
worked for several radio stations
including Washington, D.C.'s all news
station WTOP, and Baltimore's V-103.
Over the past two years, she has
conducted numerous one-on-one
interviews with President and Mrs.
Clinton, and Vice President A1 Gore.
Ryan's interviews have landed her
many guest appearances on both
national and international news pro
grams including BET tonight. Night
Line, Canada AM, America's Black
Forum, The Tom Jojmer Morning
Show, CNN and Company, and the
British Broadcasting Company. Her
work has been highlighted in Jet,
Newsweek, The WasWngton Post,
New York News Day, The Boston
Globe and other newspapers around
Ms. Ryan has traveled throughout
the world with President CHnton. In
March 1998 she accomparued the
President on a 13-day tour of Africa
which featured stops Ghana, Rwanda,
South Africa, Botswana and Senegal.
In February of 1999, she returned to
South Africa with Vice President Gore
where she jointly interviewed South
Africa's Deputy President Thambo
Mbeki, and Vice President Gore.
Eley Defeats Walker To Win Re-election as SGA President
By Marty Jacobi
In this year's all important student
government elections, incimibent
SGA president Peter Eley defeated
challenger Albert Walker, III, and was
re-elected president of the Elizabeth
City State University Student
Mr. Eley won by 20 votes out of a
total cast of 319.
Mr. Eley says that his strength as an
incumbent played an important part
in his winning the election, although
the time he had to campaign was
"I didn't campaign until the last
week because I didn't really have time
to," he said.
Throughout the year he worked
with student groups, including the
American Student Government and
the Black Student Government.
"I made sure we (ECSU) were
represented at things we should have
been," he said.
Eley said he wants to continue to
reach out to the University's various
"I want to build on what we started
this year," he said, "getting ECSU
students exposed to new ideas, new
people and new opportunities."
Although defeated, Mr. Walker had
nothing but words of praise for Eley.
"I think that Peter won because of
proven leadership," Walker said.
"That was his motto and his campaign
slogan and I thiiik that it worked for
The disappointment didn't stop him
from keeping a positive attitude and
"I am still a leader even though I am
not president of the S.G.A.," he said.
"And I encourage other students to be
leaders as well."
Mr. Peter Eley
Newly re-elect SGA President
Photos by J’aime Powell
Ms. Michelle Lewis
The new MISS ECSU