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Friday Mav 9. 2003
MY REIGN IS OVER
This will be my last editorial for this year. I would like to start off by
saying that all the credit belongs to God. Without Him, this paper would
not have been successful. It was through a divine purpose that the editor
from last year chose me to be editor. I would also like to thank the support
ers who contributed in making this paper successful.
Truly, I have enjoyed my reign as editor for the 2002-2003 school year.
It was a great experience, but I cannot accept this as my future career. I
do, however, wish that I could stay and help out next year.
To the new editors, I ask that you do your best and do not, by any
means, let anything or anyone stress you. Use your editorial power to
handle any situation, regardless of what anyone says. I believe that you
As I look forward to a new world, I will never forget this university: the
friends I have made and left behind, professors, faculty, and staff who en
couraged me and supported me.
I will never forget the other experiences such as singing in the Univer
sity Choir, acting in and directing plays, learning more about the speech
mechanisms and working in the radio station.
I pray that this university will prosper and that The Compass will be as
good as or better than this year’s.
To the other graduates, I pray that you be successful in whatever you
Let us go forth and do great things to represent Elizabeth City State
FIVE REASONS WHY
GOING TO CLASS IS
VIEWED AS AN EXTREME
1. Extreme driving skills are required of students and staff as they
have to back up a narrow lanes while dodging pedestrians all
because students can’t read “one way” signs. (ECSU has tutoring
2. Students have to wade at their own risk across campus because
the university doesn’t employ lifeguards to patrol the extremely
large ponds created during the rainy season.
3. Pedestrians must exhibit extreme skills in skipping, hopping and
galloping because drivers use the fire lane between Moore Hall
and Johnson Hall as a drag strip.
4. Students exhibit extreme sprinting capabilities as they race against
the clock to get from Jenkins Science Center to the Fine Arts
center in less than ten minutes.
5. Finally, there’s even a sport for those who don’t go to class. This
is a special event for those students who prefer to sit around
campus and watch the rest of us pursuing our academic activities.
This event is called the Extreme Spectator sport and requires
extreme will power in order to go against your conscience and
just sit there.
Flossie Mae: Mother, I Love You
For what I hoped for has come...
When I found out
Joyful tears surrounded my eyes
What you said delighted my heart
Never did I expect for you
To bring me this type of news
You put me on cloud nine
And nobody can inflate my high
Of all the sacrifices I’ve made
I don’t regret not one of them
I never knew that this would be the
I knew things would get better
But never did I imagine to this extent
But I won’t run with this newfoimd
Pushing what I’ve always hoped for away
Instead I’ll take my time helping you
Understand the truth that I found
Because for you, Flossie Mae, mother,
I would do all that I could.
DelVa L. Stith
In Love with a Black Man
The thickness of his lips
The dark, dark darkness of his skin
The texture of his hairs
The look of passion in his stare
There is none that could compare
The way he looks into my dark black eyes
The way he caresses my big brown thighs
The way he kisses my full pink lips
Makes me smile as I think of
How proud I am to be a black woman in love with a black man
When we play day by day
Sometimes he gets mad and I walk away
But he calls me back making everything okay
Making me smile
And once again I’ll say
That I am proud to be a black woman in love with a black man
Now true indeed love comes and goes
For God only knows what river our love will surely flow on
For those who haven’t tried it, maybe you should
But just watch out for those players, because they just ain’t no good
Then you will be able to say
That you are proud to be a black woman in love with a black man.
I apologize brotha, for not being what you’re use to
An uneducated, unsophisticated, ghetto girl without a vision and
not much to do
I apologize that you are intimidated by my demeanor, class,
independence, and style
Believe it or not it actually wasn’t my beauty or hips that first
attracted you, but my righteousness, wisdom, and virtue that
continuously drives you wild
I apologize, brotha, that as I walk by respect is given, attention is
dravm, and notes are taken
Oh, if you’re wondering, a virtuous woman I am, please don’t be
I apologize if my meek but far from weak attitude confuses you
I’m not even fooled by your cover up, so brotha be true
Now please don’t be offended by the message I’ve given
Neither be deceived for I’m worth far more than precious rubies
Read Proverbs 31; it has been written!
Lavonda Nicole Whitt
The Compass ^
The Compass is published by Elizabeth City State University under the direction
of the Department of Language, Literature, and Communication, Dr. Velma
Editor Emeritus ..Antonio Barrow
Editors ...Susan Correll-Hankinson,
Kymber Taylor, DeTra Stith
Photographer Rich Harvey
Layout Designer(s) Susan Correll-Hankinson,
Writers Lavonda Whitt,
Maishia Parrish, Damion Lewis, Antoine Rascoe, Travis Billups, Kerry Ann
Cummings, Michael Webb, Kymber Taylor, Jamal Williams, Shannon Penn,
Jeremy Jennings, Kristal McClendon, Lacey House, Valenta Wade
Funpage Designers Susan Correll-Hankinson,
Advisor .........Kip Branch
Financial Advisor Kip Branch
Please send your letters to the editor and poetry to ECSU Box 815, Elizabeth
City, NC 27909. All letters must include writer’s signature, address, and tele