The Compass May, 2000 3
Goodbye and Thanks
By Artelia Covington
Well, as another chapter of my life begins to draw to a close I could not leave
these hallowed halls without saying a few words to some of the people who
have made my life here at ECSIJ memorable and wonderful. I will be the first
to adrmt that I am not all that I could be when it comes to my upcoming
career, but with the firm foundation I have been given here and the wonderfifl
professors and students who have forever shaped my life, I feel confident that
whatever the task I can and will succeed at doing it. When I sat down to think
about how I would end my stay as editor of the newspaper I knew that I just
couldn't leave without tellmg you how much I have appreciated being a stud
ent here at ECSU and some of the lessons I have learned. When I first entered
as a freshman in 1996, 1 was unaware of the challenges up ahead and had no
real idea of what I wanted to do with my life. It wasn't until the end of my
sophomore year and the beginning of my junior that I discovered that journal
ism was what I so desperately wanted to do. So I was drafted to be editor of
the newspaper, a task I was both relishing and dreading. Somehow though, I
managed to pull it off. This is and was no easy task. Being the editor of a
newspaper is a very demanding and difficult jopb. This I discovered the hard
way As a result of being editor, I got the opportunity I had been waiting for, I
pt the chance to to do my first internship. Interrung at Emerge Magazine in
Washington D.C. turned out to be the best thing that could ever have hap
pened to me. Having never done an internship before, I had no real experi
ence to base it on, but I just knew that it was what I wanted and I was going
to do the best I could at doing a good job. I think I succeeded. I made several
good contacts and beneficial friendships that have opened some other doors
for me in the field of journalism. And so now as I get ready to take my last
bow and march across the stage and start my life as a college graduate, I will
s^ I am going to miss this place. There is no other place on Earth quite like
ESCU, and if Inad to do it all over again I know I would choose to come back.
It has been a wonderful ride, and I have enjoyed every blissful second. Before
I close I would like to say thank you to all the people who have given their
advice and unwavering support.
To Dr. Deborah Fontaine, whose belief and faith in a brand new editor and
Telephone Numbers You Should Know.
the paper made everything worth it, and Dr. Velma Blackmon, whose con
stant inquiries about the next issue made us work just that much harder. And
lastly to the students who have either submittea pieces, wheteher they be
poetry, artwork or otherwise your contibutions have not gone unnoticed.
Also, to Chancellor Mickey L. Burnim, Ms. Patricia Harris, Mr. Kip Branch,
Dr. Glenda Griffin, Dr. Samuel Moore, I would like to send a very special
thank you to each of you. I want you to know that this aspiring journalist will
never forget you or your kind words. *.
Thanks for making me believe that I can do anything.
Editor. .....Artelia Covington
Assistant Editor.... .....Stacy Brock
Sports Editor .....Jemayne King
Arts Editor..... ..Mike Fournier
Copy Editor Amber Hassell
Graphics William Nelson
Ad Editor .James Polk
Staff .........Margaret Fisher, Inger Parker, Rhonda Holmes,
Terrell Ferrell, Tresha Morning, Miron Reynolds
Advisors Kip Branch and Stephen March
The Compass is published by Elizabeth City State University students under the direction
of the Department of Language. Literature, and Communication; Dr. Velma Blackmon,
Chairperson; Mr, Kip Branch and Mr. Stephen March, faculty advisors (editorial); Dr. Karl
Terryberry, advisor for business affairs and technical support, Elizabeth City State
University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools to award Baccalaureate degrees.
The Compass welcomes letters to the editor. Please send letters to The Compass, Campus
\Box 815, Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, NC 27909.
Elizabeth City State University Is a constituent institution of tlie University of North Carolina and is
accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, The
University is committed to equality of educational opportunity and does not discriminate against
applicants, students, or employees based on race, color, natural origin, religion, gender, age or ability.
Yearbooks for Sale!
The following ECSU Yearbooks can be purchased
for $5.00 each or any three for $10.00.
1991,1994,1997 and 1999.
Contact the Department of Language, Literature
and Communication at 335-3349 for details.
(Of the Top Regional Public Schools
South Regional Liberal Arts Colleges)
U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT
U.S. News & World Report ranking is based on seven croad categories;
academic quality/reputation, retention, faculty resources/class size, student selectivity, financial resources, gradua^n rate perlormance, and alumni giving.