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4 The Compass Friday, April 30,1999
Forum to Discuss
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and is committed to equality of educational
opportunity and does not discriminate against
students or employees based on race, color,
national origin, religion, gender, age or disability
By Xavier Wise
"The Effects of Monetary Control
Over Minority Education" was the
subject of a forum hosted by the
Elizabeth City State University
Sophomore Honors Program on March
The seminar was attended by nearly
100 students from all classifications
who heard a spirited discussion about
many of the contemporary difficulties
that face students, faculty and
administrators at the nation's
Historically Black Colleges and
While the discussion focused on
institutions located throughout the
nation, in general, special attention
was given to the 16 located in the
University of North Carolina System.
The featured presenters on the all
sophomore panel were Kizzy
Crawford, Joseph Gale, Adriane
Patterson and Gregory Lawson. ECSU
Professor Kip Branch was invited to sit
in as guest consultant.
Moderator Tyrell Carr posed
questions to the audience, while
panelists provided little-known facts
about HBCU's to the audience.
The discussion featured each of the
panelists voicing his or her opinion
and the pros and cons of a wide range
of issues affecting HBCU's.
The two major topics of discussion
were "Separate but Equal vs. the
Quality of Education" and "The
Depletion of HBCUs." Ms. Crawford
and Mr. Gale discussed "Separate but
Equal" and Mr. Patterson and Mr.
Lawson discussed "Depletion."
According to one panelist, only 15 of
the nation's 117 HBCU's have doctoral
programs. As a result, students can
only complete work for a doctoral
degree at either an HBCU that has the
one of their choice or go to a
predominantly white institution
which, some of the panelists
suggested, they do not want to do.
Another of the panelists pointed out
the disparity between the amounts of
money given annually to the HBCU's
in the UNC System and the other
predominantly white institutions.
According to still another panelist,
the funding disparity between even
the African-American schools in the
system raises yet another dilemma for
students and faculty.
To illustrate his point he referred to
the fact that while North Carolina
A&T State University in Greensboro
receives the highest annual allowance,
approximately $50 million a year,
ECSU receives one of the lowest, $18
The issue that sparked the most
debate, however, was the idea of
changing ECSU's name.
Chancellor Bumim, who was in
attendance for the discussion,
responded to the question of ECSU
see SOPHOMORES page 5
WRVS Holds Annual
Photo by J’aime Powell
Keynote speaker Dr. Roosevelt Wright, Jr. delivers his luncheon address.
By: Mike Fournier
On April 10, Elizabeth City State
University's campus radio station,
WRVS-FM, held its thirteenth annual
The purpose of the conference is to
allow media professionals from
around the country to conduct student
workshops. As a result, students gain
first-hand knowledge of the media's
This year's theme, "Making the Best
of Your Academic Career," was chosen
by WRVS General Manager, Ms. Edith
Thorpe. Her purpose was to put forth
the message that a flourishing career
in the media begins as a college
"This year we brought media
professionals and professors that teach
here and at other institutions to talk
about the importance of education and
the ways it will enhance careers in the
media industry," Ms. Thorpe said.
"If students can realize their careers
begin the day they graduate, they will
apply themselves more so they will be
ready for the real world," she added.
The conference featured ninety-
minute panels and addressed such
topics as: "Academic vs. Hands On: A
discussion about how to balance
education and experience in media;
"Please Listen to my Demo," a
critiquing of student broadcasters; and
"Graduate School: An Excellent
Dr. Roosevelt Wright Jr., an ECSU
graduate and professor at the S.I.
Newhouse School of Commimications
at Syracuse University, was the
keynote speaker for the event. Ms.
Thorpe chose Dr. Wright to address
the participants because of his
extensive knowledge of, and great
enthusiasm for the communications
Dr. Wright spoke during the
conference's awards luncheon, which
was instituted ten years ago by Ms.
Thorpe. Awards were given to
students who greatly contributed to
the operation of WRVS.