Ole! Fiesta celebrates history. See Page 3 ahc lattu ®ar UM www.unc.edu/dth \ J\ / Subside \z N.C. Continues to Cope With Floyd's Devastation By Lucas Fenske Assistant State & National Editor GREENVILLE - Let out early from class one year ago, East Carolina University stu dents flocked to stores, grabbing food and bat- teries in a buying frenzy. About the same time, UNC-Chapel Hill students found out classes were can- Students Still Dealing With Floyd's Aftermath See Page 5 celed for the rest of that day and the next. They bought the same supplies as their ECU counterparts and then hunkered down for a night of partying. Meanwhile, Outer Banks residents franti cally hammered plywood over windows and prayed the approaching Hurricane Floyd MIT Student's Death Leads to New Greek Policies 0y Worth Civils Senior Writer The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is enacting a strict new alco hol and housing policy for Greek orga nizations, three years after the alcohol felated death of a fraternity pledge. • The school also will pay $4.75 million to the parents of Scott Krueger, the freshman who died in 1997 after drink ing during a hazing incident at MlT’s Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house. ■ The settlement with the Kruegers and £he new policies were announced Wednesday. " Krueger’s parents threatened to sue MIT but never took legal action. The set tlement resolves all legal issues between And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided. Genesis 8:1 PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHAEL ROWCUFF would not batter down their houses with its winds. When Floyd hit North Carolina the next day, Sept 16,1999 -one year ago Saturday - their prayers were largely answered. The hur ricane itself did little damage. At ECU, officials said the day after Floyd hit that they were more concerned with rowdy students than with rising floodwaters. But Mother Nature wasn’t finished. In just 24 hours, Floyd had dumped near ly 3 feet of rain on eastern North Carolina. Within days, rivers spilled over their banks and eventually crested dozens of feet above flood stage. Residents, some clinging to their roofs, were rescued by boats or helicopters and forced to See HUNT, Page 4 the school and the family. His parents also will establish a scholarship in their son’s name, to which MIT will donate an additional $1.25 million. The new housing policy requiring all MIT freshmen to live in residence halls will take effect in 2002. Krueger’s par ents have said their son decided to join the fraternity partly to obtain housing. Greek organizations also will be required to have resident advisers, and five fraternities have voluntarily declared themselves alcohol-free as a result of Krueger’s death. MIT shut down Phi Gamma Delta. In a recent letter to Krueger’s parents, MIT President Charles Vest explained the reasoning behind the new policy. “The death of Scott as a freshman liv Bring on the 'Noles North Carolina faces an uphill battle in Tallahassee on Saturday. See Page 11 Serving the students and the University community since 1893 By Elizabeth Breyer Assistant University Editor When eastern North Carolina was devastated by the effects of Hurricane Floyd a year ago Saturday, members from all parts of the UNC communi ty were inspired to take an active role in making a difference. A deluge of compassion touched off volunteer efforts only days after reports of damage poured in, con tinuing even now as communities still struggle to rise from the mud and rubble left behind by the storm. I • ’X f • V I ■BP"" - " ■DgL.. - * i )■ ■* jfc f ■ DTH/KATE MELLNIK Gov. Jim Hunt speaks at a conference Monday in Greenville addressing what the Hurricane Floyd relief programs have done to date. ing in an MIT fraternity shows that our approach to alcohol education and policy and our freshman housing options were inadequate,” Vest stated. “It compelled us to gready intensify our consideration and accelerate our actions with regard to alco hol, our housing system and other issues of student life and learning.” The new policy also calls for increased student awareness of alcohol safety through educational programs, funding for alcohol-free’ community events and stricter enforcement of rules, including fines of $1,500 and expulsion for aggravated cases of alcohol abuse. UNC Director of Greek Affairs Ron Binder said MIT was following the lead of UNC and other schools. “We’re con sidered one of the ones that do it right,” 1 Year After Floyd's Floods Raged Across Eastern North Carolina, The State Moves On “People kind of get the idea that, ‘well, it was a year ago,’ but the com munities are still rebuilding,” said Steve Magers, programmer analyst at UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center. “We still need a lot of volunteers, and I want to stress this isn’t something you need to have any specific skills to do.” One of the first groups to tackle Floyd relief efforts was the Carolina Center for Public Service, which began responding to needs in the eastern part of the state even before its doors were formally opened. he said. “Consistency is the key, and other universities are looking to us.” The University has not had any recent high-profile hazing incidents, but five fraternities violated the Greek alco hol policy in the 2000 spring semester. Greek affairs requires all new mem bers of fraternities and sororities at UNC to attend four educational seminars, some of which deal with alcohol and hazing. Binder said penalties for viola tions include mandatory seminars, fines and loss of social privileges. MlT’s new regulations -some of which are already in place - have gotten mixed reviews from Greeks there. Russ Spieler, Judicial Committee chairman for MlT’s Interfratemity Council, said all students were opposed v4 1 ■/ Center-sponsored bus trips have been a trademark of volunteer efforts on campus. During Fall Break last year, 111 students, faculty and staff traveled to help with emer gency efforts, and more than 20 such trips have since been deployed. “From a volunteer’s point of view, I don’t have to think ahead too much - when I have a free Saturday, there is a bus waiting,” Magers said. Sandy Alexander of the public ser vice center said trip participants ini- See VOLUNTEERS, Page 4 A year after floods from Hurricane Floyd covered a parking lot near several East Carolina University residence halls, the parking lot and university which canceled classes for nine days show few signs of the storm. However, evidence of Floyd's visit can still be seen in Greenville and surrounding communities. DTH/VALERIE BRUCHON to requiring all freshmen to live in resi dence halls. “The entire student body didn’t think it was a good idea,” Spieler said. “There were protests and sit-ins.” The requirement will start in two years, when anew freshman residence hall is complete. Spieler said fraternities would have difficulty filling their houses without freshmen, who almost always live in the houses while pledging. But Greek leaders do not have many problems with the other alcohol and housing policies, including the resident adviser requirement, Spieler said. “We have resident advisers now and are fairly in favor of them.” The State & National Editor can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Chill Out Today: Partly Cloudy 81 Saturday: Cloudy 74 Sunday: Cloudy 72 Friday, September 15, 2000 Eastgate Celebrates Recovery The shopping center will hold a Fall Festival sidewalk sale to jump-start business after summer flooding. By Sarah Brier Staff Writer Magicians, music and good buys will take the place of flood-borne rubble on the sidewalks of Eastgate’s revamped shopping center this weekend during the Fall Festival and Sidewalk Sale. Some stores at Eastgate that closed due to flood damage have scheduled reopenings to coincide with the festival. Heavy rains from summer storms caused other Eastgate stores to relocate or close permanendy. Although it originated as a one-day event, the third annual sidewalk sale has expanded into the three-day Fall Festival, said Lisa Wright, regional mar keting manager for Federal Realty Investment Trust “We wanted to help the merchants in an effort to reopen the stores,” Wright said. “All of the stores except Brueggers Bagel Bakery will reopen for Saturday, and that will reopen sometime between Sept 15 and 30.” Federal Realty, an equity real estate investment trust specializing in urban retail properties, is sponsoring the event that is planned to run today through Sunday. “This event was scheduled for Sept 16, but in lieu of all the happenings at Eastgate, we thought it would be great to add to it with a three-day festival,” Wright said. Lisa Ray, district manager of Wherehouse Music, said that due to weeks of remodeling, the music store is newer and better than it was before the flood. “The special part of our store is that everything is brand new, and that is a big draw (for customers),” Ray said. “It’s anew store, and it’s exciting." The floodwaters have not kept busi ness away from Boston Market, said restaurant Manager Adam Lieberman. “We were closed for five days after the flood and were the first store to reopen,” he said. “Two weeks after the flood, the (college students) came back, and we really felt a huge surge in busi ness." This Saturday, Boston Market, TCBY and A Southern Season will have free food samples for customers attend ing the Fall Festival, Wright said. Cynthia Fox, manager of Wild Bird Center, said she is also excited about the Fall Festival. “We have a lot of products going out on the sidewalk,” she said. “We were closed for two weeks and brought a sec tion of the store back one area at a time. The last section of the store was finished last Friday.” Events planned for Saturday include a live broadcast with radio station Sunny 93.9 and The Pattie and Le Sueur Band. A car wash by University Baptist Church members will be held at the Eastgate BP gas station. “Entertainers such as jugglers, mimes, magicians and face-painters will be roaming the shopping center all weekend,” Wright said. She said the sidewalk sale had been successful in the past but they had never had the festivities surrounding it. “It is my hope to create an annual event," she said. “We want to have something fun for people and their fam ilies.” Fox said the event is expected to draw more customers, which will be good for the merchants. “(Business) doesn’t come right back, and that’s the whole point of the event We want to let people know we are back.” The City Editor can be reached email@example.com.