The Compass Thursday, September 28, 2000 3
Compass’ New Look
by Stacy Brock
Fellow Vikings, welcome back to Elizabeth City State Univer
sity and welcome to the first edition of your school newspaper, the
In order to understand the direction in which we are headed,
you must understand where we have come from. For over forty-
years the Compass has covered people, issues and events that have
affected our campus — and has done so successfully, for the most
part. However, there is always room for improvement.
In addition to continuing the legacy of reporting news and
events, the Compass staff has created new columns and added new
features which we feel are also beneficial to our readers.
In the past, editions of the Compass have been available only
in print; however, because we now live in a technologically ad
vanced age, we plan to offer editions of the Compass in print and
on the ECSU website.
Other new enhancements to our publication include the once
extinct column, "Sista to Sista." This column is designed to
address important matters that affect young females. The "Brotha
to Brotha" column, also new, will target young males and will
appear in the October edition.
Our new advice column will attempt to answer questions and
respond to comments readers submit on various subjects. All letters
will be given serious consideration, and in many cases, ECSU psy
chology students will serve as consultants in this effort.
The role of the journalist is to inform people about issues and
events that are specifically important to them. As decision makers,
however, we as writers sometimes fail to leam what you, our
readers, desire, which is why the most important strategy for
improving your student newspaper has been to recruit writers
who are committed to existential reporting. We assure you, all
relevant issues and events will be aggressively addressed.
The Compass staff for the 2000-2001 school year consists of
supportive advisors and diligent reporters who are committed to
publishing information which will prove beneficial, as well as
entertaining, for ECSU students and the University community.
We are depending on your support!
The Compass is published by Elizabeth City State University students under the
direction of the Department of Language, Literature and Communication, Dr. Velma
Editor Stacy Brock
Assistant Editor Amanda Parker
Copy Editor Inger L Parker
Arts & Entertainment Editor Michael Fournier
Sports Editor Clayton Mercer
Office lUlanager Detra Stith
Advertising iVlanager Brian Gray
Staff writers Antonio Barrow, Abrian Carter, Siiaron GregannI,
Chi’Mur Knight, Derek Lyons, Heather Malone,
James Polk, Laquisha Tisdal, June M. Yuiska
The Compass welcomes letters to the editor. Letters should be sent to ECSU
Box 815, Elizabeth City, NO 27909. All letters must be signed and include the
writer's address and telephone number. They may be edited for length, clarity,
and taste, as well as accuracy and grammar. Because of limited space, not all
letters can be published.
Twenty-two hundred copies of this publication were printed on recycled paper at a cost of 45e each.
Elizabeth City State University
is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association
of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate degrees.
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The Compass Wants
The Compass wants to feature
student poetry in all issues. Please
follow the guidelines mentioned
below when submitting work;
• Due to space limitations, poems
should be 50 lines or less;
• All manuscripts should be typed
and brought to Room 111,
Johnson Hall or sent to The
Compass, Campus Box 815;
• Please enclose your name, phone
number, major, classification, and
manuscript title on a separate
The Compass reserves the right to edit
work in cooperation with the poet.
"Experimental" and innovative
poetry is welcome!
Numbers You Siould Know,
Campus Police 335-3266
ECSU Infirmary 335-3267
Student Counseling 335-3273
Elizabeth City Police Dept 335-4321