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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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 stntdesk@unc.edu.
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
atcitydesk@unc.edu.
    

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