August 19, 2015 Edition

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Where did the summer go??  Seriously!!  It seems like Commencement was last week and now the fall semester is here.   

Many off-campus students moved into their apartments this past weekend (Aug. 15-16), and this week more than 5,800 students will move into the residence halls.   

We are very excited to have the brand new Gateway East and West residence hall at the top of College Hill open for the start of the semester.  More than 720 students will call Gateway home this year, including 14 of the 17 living learning communities.   

Click here if you want to watch the full time lapse from the demolition of Belk Hall to the completion of Gateway East and West.  You can also visit this link for a live look at move-in activities starting Aug. 19th. 


New Student Welcome and Convocation

The first day of classes is Monday, August 24th; however, there is a ton of activities for students before the first 8am class starts.  Sunday afternoon, RA’s will hold their mandatory hall meetings and then collectively make their way to Minges Coliseum for the New Student Welcome and Convocation. 

The keynote speaker is Scott Avett, an ECU alumnus and member of the musical group the Avett Brothers. 

Students will have some pre-convocation entertainment starting at 3:40pm, which will include student games such as Catchphrase as well as lip sync battles between student groups.  In addition, there will be a game featuring athletic coaches vs. administrators in a game of Catchphrase.  There will also be a lip sync battle between two athletic teams and their coach that students, faculty and staff alike won’t want to miss. 

Following remarks from Chancellor Ballard and Vice Chancellor Hardy, Scott Avett will address the newest members of the Pirate Nation.  Convocation will wrap up with a pep rally with the athletics coaches, Pee Dee and the cheerleaders where the new students will learn about the traditions related to ECU football. 


15th Annual Pirate Palooza
On Sunday evening, when Convocation concludes around 5:30pm, more than 6,000 students are expected to flood into Dowdy Ficklen Stadium for the 15th Annual Pirate Palooza.  This event continues to grow each year and, weather permitting, will include activities on the field as well as throughout the concourse located under the stadium bleachers.

A student favorite, live band karaoke, returns to Pirate Palooza as well as large inflatables, interactive athletics games and more.  The coveted Pirate Palooza t-shirt will be given to students participating in the games and activities too.  Students will be able to post to Twitter, using #ecupalooza, and have those tweets appear on the Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium scoreboard. 

Palooza will wrap up around 9pm Sunday night. 

Dry Dock 2015

Dry Dock rolls into Second Season

The Division of Student Affairs launched the first alcohol-free tailgate, called Dry Dock, at a pair of ECU football games last season.  Dry Dock is back for the 2015 season and will be featured at all home games except for the Thursday night Oct. 22 game against Temple. 

And with a new year comes a greater commitment to providing a fun, alcohol free event for ECU students.  Dry Dock moves from the bottom of College Hill to the parking lot next to the new Gateway Residence hall. 

The first Dry Dock is September 5th, when ECU hosts Towson, and will begin three hours before kickoff and wraps up 30 minutes prior to game time.

Note -- Kickoff times are set by the American Athletic Conference and its television broadcast partners so game times may not be set until a week or two before the game.

At Dry Dock, there will be live music, inflatables and entertainment (i.e. cornhole) as well as several food trucks for fans to purchase food and beverages. 

Each week, units within Student Affairs will partner with student groups/organizations to host the tailgate.  The first game of the year is a partnership with Campus Living and the Residence Hall Association. 

Student Affairs was awarded a $10,000 Great Plays Grant, which will be used to assist with funding and supporting Dry Dock during the 2015 season. 

Since its inception, the Great Plays Grant Program has awarded over $600,000 to universities. Recipients use grants to fund programs that change students’ drinking behavior and raise awareness of the harmful effects of excessive consumption. The Great Plays Grant Program is administered by the Responsible Retailing Forum, a national 501(c)3 organization that collaborates with public and private stakeholders to help retailers and their communities prevent underage alcohol sales and alcohol abuse.  

Click here to learn more about the Great Plays Grant Program 

ECU Cares

General Principle When Responding to Disclosures of Victimization
Submitted by Kathleen "Kat" Bursky, ECU Victim Advocate

• Believe the survivor no matter what. Even if memories are vague, even if they sometimes doubt their experiences, even if they were under the influence, even if the story seems extreme or unbelievable, even if you’re wondering why they would stay in such an unhealthy relationship. It is extremely important to the healing process that the disclosure of victimization is met with acceptance and lack of judgment

• Validate whatever the survivor is going through. Reactions to abuse are varied, but all are valid. Victims of abuse often feel “crazy” or that what they’re going through is uncommon. Anger, fear, sadness, numbness, hypervigilance, hypersexuality…there is no “textbook” way to respond to an assault. Reassure the survivor that all reactions to trauma are normal and acceptable.

• Do not ask questions that may lead the victim to feel judged or not believed. For example, do not ask what they were wearing, their past sexual or alcohol/drug history, why they didn’t fight back, why they let themselves be alone with someone, etc. Even if you don’t think your question is judgmental, victims are very sensitive to such language because they are already fearful of not being believed.

• Be very clear in communicating to the victim that what happened is never their fault, no matter what. Although it is normal and expected for a victim to feel responsible for an attack, reiterate to the victim that no one deserves to be assaulted and that they can’t hold themselves responsible for the choices and actions of others.

• Always let the victim decide how they want to go forward. Though we may have strong feelings about “getting justice,” it is always up to the victim if they want to move forward with reporting, pressing charges, etc. Remember that a victim of assault has had their power taken away from them; letting them make their own choice with what to do afterwards is the most empowering option. This is especially important in partner violence situations; it is not up to us to dictate to the student that they should leave a relationship, even though we may feel strongly that they should. There are many reasons why people don’t leave unhealthy relationships right away, and the victim shouldn’t be made to feel guilty for staying.

• Acknowledge that disclosing is difficult and brave. Whether the assault happened last night or three years ago, it takes a lot of courage to talk about such a personal and traumatic event. Acknowledge the student’s bravery and thank them for trusting you with the disclosure.

Fall kickoff
Print Management ITCS

Effective Tuesday, August 18, ECU is implementing a print management system for all enrolled students. An annual print allowance—designated from student technology fees—will be attached to each enrolled student’s PirateID and distributed as follows:

$10 – fall semester

$10 – spring semester

$2.50 – Summer Session I and/or 11-week

$2.50 – Summer Session II and/or 11-week

This equates to 1250 b/w copies ($0.02 per sheet), 250 color copies ($0.10 per sheet) and $0.10 per square foot for specialty printing.

After August 18, only student accounts will be able to access printers in ECU computer labs (see FAQ for exceptions).

If a student uses all the ECU print allotment, personal funds can be added using a debit or credit card at

Any leftover print balance from fall rolls over to spring semester with any spring balance rolling over to summer. All unused ECU allotment is lost each fall when accounts are reset.

Personal funds are available in the account until 1) they are used, or 2) the student leaves ECU. However, once a student is no longer at ECU, any remaining balance is lost, including personal funds, with no refund to the student. Cash options for printing in computer labs is not available.

Students check their print quota balance two ways:

A pop-up window shows the account balance when a student logs in to a lab computer on campus, and

2)The print quota balance is available to the student through, along with a list of transactions and print history. At this time students can view their print history at, but the print allowance is not available until Tuesday, August 18.

Once a student clicks the Print button—either from a lab computer or a print kiosk—a pop-up provides account details including the document name, number of pages and print cost. Students do have the opportunity to confirm or cancel the job before it prints. Students using plotters in special labs are charged by the square foot.

If you have questions, please contact the IT Help Desk at 328.9866 or More information, including an FAQ, can be found at the Pirate Print website.

Please note that ECU employees can no longer print in computer labs (see the FAQ for exceptions) after August 18 but do have access to the printers in both Laupus and Joyner libraries. Fees are as follows:

Laupus Library Print Fees

cash/debit/credit ($5 card minimum)

black/white:  $0.02 per page

color:   $0.10 per page

Joyner Library Print Fees

cash/debit/credit (no minimum)

black/white: $0.02 per page

color:  $0.10 per page

East Magazine Merge

East Magazine/EC Alumni Magazine Transition

During the 2015-16 year, there will be some transitional changes related to publications distributed by East Carolina University.  East Magazine’s editor Steve Tuttle, who has served in this role for ten years, has announced his retirement in December 2015.  East operates efficiently, reflects the university's impact and authenticity in each story and serves as a model for excellent journalism.

Furthermore, EC Alumni magazine printed its final edition this summer and will merge operations with East Magazine starting this fall.

The production of a magazine is a long-term endeavor, which means content plans and funding plans are ongoing for future, distant issues. In addition, key questions about the transition of East and EC Alumni continue, with discussions about circulation, the distribution model, publication cycles and funding to be decided this fall in collaboration with our partners at the Alumni Association.

During the transition this fall, Mary Schulken, executive director for marketing, communications and public relations, will serve as interim editor of East Magazine, providing overall vision and oversight for content, direction, etc. Doug Boyd will act as managing editor under Mary’s direction, responsible for line editing, copy flow, story budgets, production oversight and other critical details.

Steve will continue to share his storytelling talent with East Carolina, writing for East and for ECU News Services.  He will also continue to oversee business operations for the magazine, in collaboration with Doug Boyd.