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The Compass
November 14, 2003
Can You Hear Me Now? The Cellular Connection
Damion Lewis
Staff Writer
Imagine you and your date go
to a movie theater for an evening
movie. The movie is ending, and as
you and your date snuggle close, and
the onscreen actors do likewise, they
begin to kiss and as you and your date
play along; you suddenly hear “ring
ding, dong, ding, ring.” No you are
not being awakened from a beautiful
dream; you are being alarmed that
someone forgot to turn off a cell phone
before the movie started. Not only has
your moment been spoiled, the per
son begins to talk and interrupt
everyone’s viewing.
“It is almost impossible to go
anywhere without seeing someone
yapping on a cell phone, discussing
any and everything, “says Nelson
Veale a senior, at Elizabeth City State
With over 137 million cell phone
users in the U.S. alone, according to, it is not really surpris
ing that the mass consumer has
adopted the “need” for mobile com
munication, and as companies con
tinue to usher in new rates, better
technology, and more coverage, the
numbers will likely rise.
Cell phones are popping up ev
erywhere: parks, restaurants, the
aters, classrooms, even those places
thought to be sacred such as the
church have not been spared from the
outburst of a cell phone during a ser
vice. Which begs the question, “Are
there some places that cell phones
just don’t belong?”
“People use them all the time,
and especially when they don’t need
Toby Tate
Asst. Editor
Members of the faculty, stu
dent body, and adminstration were
brought together Wednesday, Oct. 8
in a “Breakfast with the Deans” that
was held in the University Center of
Elizabeth City State University from 8
to 9:30 A.M.
Featuring the school of Math,
Science and Technology, chaired by
Dr. Ronald Blackmon, and the school
of Business and Economics, chaired
by Dr. Freda McBride, it was all an
attempt to let students know there is
an open door policy among the
deans, and that there is no reason to
be intimidated by their titles.
The deans and administrators,
such as Carolyn Mahoney, Vice
Chancellor forAcademic Affairs, went
around to each of the tables where
students enjoyed breakfast and intro
duced themselves, welcoming the
students to the University.
Ms. Willa Lamb, Commuter
Services Coordinator, who also gave
the introductory speech welcoming
students and faculty is the person who
Elizabeth City State University
launched a Bachelor of Science in
Pharmaceutical Science Degree pro
gram with the start of the fall 2003
semester. Last week the university
announced Dr. All Kahn’s appointment
as the Interim Pharmacy Program
This degree program is a joint
effort between ECSU and the Univer
sity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The pilot phase began this fall and the
joint pharmacy program is scheduled
to be fully operational by fall 2005.
The six-year phannacy program
begins during the freshman and
sophomore years, with a pre-profes
sional curriculum providing a founda
tion in physical, biological, behavioral
and social sciences. Beginning in the
junior year students would complete
to. I see people use them even while
they are driving, which poses a safety
hazard in my opinion,” said Edna
Bond, a University Office Administra
tor at ECSU.
Many faculty members at ECSU
have taken notice and
have included in their
syllabi that the use of
cell phones are prohib
ited during scheduled
“Cell phones dur
ing classes or meet
ings are disruptive and
are a hindrance to the
conduciveness of a
learning environment,”
says Andrew Vinson
Jr., an ECSU senior,
“We as users (ceil
phone) should be
mindful of the privilege
and responsibility that
constitutes proper cell
phone etiquette.”
In an informal
Compass survey found
eight out of ten students from a total
of 50 had now, or in the past 6 months
owned a cellular telephone. Among
those students, the average daily use
of cell phones ranged from 5-10 times
during the day (peak time before
9p.m.) and 10 or more times at night
(offpeak,after9.p.m). Theseoffpeak
usage was generally for an extended
length of time.
In the U.S. the major cellular ser
vice providers include but are not lim
ited to the following: AT&T (including
Suncom Networks), Verizon Wire
less, Sprint PCS, Cingular (BellSouth
Wireless), Alltel, US Cellular, Nextel,
began the breakfasts.
“We want students to feel
connected, to foster an informal to
getherness so they won’t feel intimi
dated.” Ms. Lamb said.
The idea is to have the meeting
close to mid-term so students can
plan for it ahead of time and get some
answers to questions they may have
about the University or their particular
“I think it’s such a great idea.
The breakfast demystifies the whole
process (of going to a University),”
she said.
“I love it. It’s a small school.
It’s better to be a small fish in a little
pond than a small fish in a big pond.
There is a lot more personal attention,”
Jerome Mitchell, a Computer Science
major from Chesapeake, VA, said af
ter the meeting.
Jerome Gillis of Hampton,
VA, who is a student as well as a staff
member, agreed. He said this break
fast was the 3rd since the year 2000.
He added that there will be one breaks
fast every semester to cover all the
different schools.
Next semester the breakfast will
focus on the school of Arts and Hu-
the first two years of their profes
sional curriculum at UNC-Chapel Hill,
and could obtain a newly designated
Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
degree from ECSU.
After obtaining a Bachelor of
Science degree, ECSU students will
then progress toward the Doctor of
Pharmacy degree. Doctoral students
would receive courseworkfrom UNC-
Chapel Hill while attending ECSU.
The coursework would be delivered via
video conferencing and other distance-
learning technologies.
The sixth and final year would
be completed in the North Carolina
Area Health Education Centers pro
gram in Chapel Hill. Affiliated faculty
will provide clinical experiences in the
eastern region AHEC. The institution
granting the Doctor of Pharmacy De
gree will be UNC-Chapel Hill.
“This program will be quite valu
able in providing options to those stu
dents pursuing careers in the health
services field.” Dr. Ronald Blackmon,
N-Telos, T-Mobile, and Virgin Mobile.
While each company’s overall cover
age and services vary, over the past
two years most have sought to give
customers set daytime minute plans
with unlimited night and weekend op
Some companies such as
Suncom have plans that allow cus
tomers unlimited talk time in a set
coverage area, while others such as
Sprint allow customers to talk from
coast to coast while never paying
roaming or toll charges while on the
PCS network.
“I’ve had Verizon, Suncom, Alltel,
Nextel, and T-Mobile, and I am cur
rently with Verizon whom I am most
satisfied with. For $60 a month I get
800 anytime minutes (peak) and Un
limited night and weekends (off peak),
plus I never roam and even when I do,
manities, and the school of Educa
tion and Psychology.
“Enjoy your time as a Fresh
man,” says Ms. Lamb. “It happens in
stages, anyway. Stay focused, but
have a little fun. Be the best you can
Ms. Lamb invites all com
muter students (students who live off
campus), to come by her office and
chat. “If you have a question, come
see me. I get joy out of my life by
helping people.”
Dean of the School of Math, Science,
and Technology, said.
This degree program was cre
ated to address a shortage of phar
macists in North Carolina and to ex
pand opportunities for students wish
ing to pursue pharmacy as a career.
The sixth and final year would
be completed in the North Carolina
Area Health Education Centers pro
gram in Chapel Hill. Affiliated faculty
will provide clinical experiences in the
eastern region AHEC. The institution
granting the Doctor of Pharmacy De
gree will be UNC-Chapel Hill.
“This program will be quite valu
able in providing options to those stu
dents pursuing careers in the health
services field." Dr. Ronald Blackmon,
Dean of the School of Math, Science,
and Technology, said.
This degree program was cre
ated to address a shortage of phar
macists in North Carolina and to ex
pand opportunities for students wish
ing to pursue pharmacy as a career.
I’m covered,” says Julius Council, a
junior ECSU student.
For most it is a matter of choice,
availability, and geographic location
that will determine a decision for a
wireless provider. Here in Elizabeth
City, the main provid
ers are Sprint, Alltel,
and US Cellular; how
ever, there is coverage
for Verizon and
Cingular Customers
as well.
Published re
cently through are lists
of the following wire
less etiquette tips:
1. Stop noise
Reduce noise
pollution by not
shouting into your
phone and by keep
ing ringer on as low as
possible. Even better,
consider purchasing a
vibrating battery so
you can turn the ringer off.
2. Off means off.
Respect the rules of any loca
tion including airplanes, schools,
churches and restaurants. When
asked by an establishment to refrain
from using a cell phone, do so. If
you’re expecting an important call,
turn the phone to vibrate or silent mode
wherein the phone’s display lights up
instead of ringing. If you have to use
the cell phone, excuse yourself to the
lobby, restroom, or outside where
there are fewer people. Some restau
rants and theaters now even provide
special cell phone areas for their pa
Mary Lupton
Staff Writer
Elizabeth City State University
hosted the Honda Campus All-Star
Challenge, a question and answer
game for America’s Historically Black
College’s and Universities that is spon
sored by American Honda Motor Com
Several teams, each represent
ing various departments, organizations
or groups on campus competes for
an opportunity to represent the uni
versity at the national competition in
Orlando, Florida.
The Geniuses and the Mod
Squad were the two teams that made
it to the campus playoffs. The Ge
niuses team, whose members in
cluded Duane Ashmon, Warren
Gibbs, Jamar Battle and Lamar Battle,
won the campus tournament. The
second place award went to the Mod
Squad whose members included;
Crystal Jarvis, Tyrone Knox, Emerald
Lucus, and Chris Perry. The champi
onship team members each won a $50
cash prize and the runner-up players
each received a $25 cash prize.
Thirteen of the top scoring stu
dents were selected for the Varsity
Team and will continue to train for a
chance to participate on the Traveling
trons, similar to airport smoking
3. Don’t cross the personal
space boundary.
Be mindful of how close you are
to others when using a cell phone in
a public place. If possible, turn your
phone off when you’re at a theater, res
taurant, classroom, religious event, or
other public venue.
4. Inform callers and call re
cipients that you’re on a cell
They’ll understand that the odd
space between your words is a weak
phone connection, not a lack of at
tention on your part.
5. Know when to call.
Just because you have
someone’s cell phone number, don’t
assume you have free reign to use it
at anytime. Make sure that you are
calling during an appropriate time-dur-
ing business hours if the call is work-
related or after work if it’s for social
reasons. Since the recipient is billed
for incoming calls, be considerate of
the calls you make to cell phones and
try to keep conversations to the point.
6. Heads up
Exercise caution if it is legal in
your state to talk on the phone while
driving. It is a good idea to keep both
hands on the wheel and eyes on the
road at all times.
Contrasting from their original
use as mobile extensions for quick or
emergency communications, cell
phones are now equipped with every
thing from wireless Web browsers, e-
mail services, 2 way text messaging
capabilities, calendars, notebooks,
even mp3 players. Everyone needs
to use phones safely and courteously
“The player’s are selected from
different curriculums to form a broader
knowledge base,” said Derrick L.
Wilkins, HCASC Campus Coordina
tor and Coach.
Each team at the National
Championship Tournament represents
a participating historically and/or pre
dominately black college in competi
tion for a share of $300,000 in mon
etary grants to upgrade campus fa
cilities, institutional resources and
improve the quality of student lives.
It will feature 320 Students from
64 Colleges and Universities. The 4-
day event involves much more than
just quiz games! Students are treated
to a once-in-a-lifetime experience in
cluding a gala banquets with speak
ers and performers; a 15,000 square-
foot student union with food, games
and activities; Orlando Theme Park
tours; and most importantly, the op
portunity to meet and make friends
with other participants.
Questions are based on infomna-
tion from some of the following
sources: encyclopedias and alma
nacs, Webster’s Unabridged Dictio
nary, American Medical Association
Home Medical Encyclopedia, Ency
clopedia of Literary Characters, Mod
ern Black Writers, Encyclopedia of
American History. Questions are well
represented about African American
History, achievements, and culture
from all subject areas.
Students breakfast
with deans
Ground Cumin and Nutmeg
1/16 tsp. each
Garlic Powder and Black Pepper
1/4 tsp. Each
Flaked (or chopped onion)
1 tsp.
Tomato diced fine
1/4 cup
Green or Yellow Pepper diced fine
2 tbsp.
Ground Sirloin
Egg or Scrambled egg product
1 or 1 pkt.
Meatloaf seasoning packet or Beef soup
Combine green pepper, tomato and onion flakes in a microwave safe bowl; add 2 tablespoons of
water, cover with plastic wrap and cook on high for two minutes. Remove from microwave and stir in
soup mixes and spices. Add ground sirloin and egg mix (or egg) with a fork until well blended. Shape
mixture into a small oval loaf Place in a bowl or small microwave safe-pan, cover with plastic wrap and
microwave on high for 3 minutes. Remove plastic wrap and microwave for 1 more minute. You’ll have
just enough for two people. Jawana Mosley
Students compete in
campus tournament
ECSU offers Pharmaceutical Degree
Mark A. McKinley
Staff Writer
Susan Correll- Hankinson
Tsk. Tsk. Shame on you Antoine! Antoine Rascoe, a senior
Mass Communication major, usually keeps his phone turned
off while in class.

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