Wow, it is already the end to another semester at ECU. It seems crazy how the semester is just days away from being over, yet it feels like we just started last week. This year definitely seemed more memorable than years in the past due to the numerous activities and chaotic events that took place.
The first week of school started out with a bang as the devastating Hurricane Irene came through ECU’s campus and destroyed most of the East Coast. Trees across the University were uprooted and blown over. Many Greenville streets were flooded for 2 to 3 days after Irene passed. One of the dorms on campus, Greene Hall, was fully evacuated due to a pipe that busted and flooded several floors. Many windows from various administration buildings were broken due to the strong winds of the storm. Hurricane Irene destroyed more than 1,100 homes in North Carolina and caused $70 million worth of damage. Just like every tragedy that impacts our nation, we came together, helping our friends and neighbors with the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.
ECU’s College of Business had many events that were very successful this year. COB sponsored its first ever Crop Hunger Walk team. Many participates came out to support the COB team as we reached our goal of raising over $1,000 to support the end of hunger throughout Eastern North Carolina. Another successful event was COB’s Cunanan Leadership Speaker Series. We were honored to have General Gary L. North speak about his leadership as the Commander of Pacific Air Forces. Also, let’s not forget about ECU’s College of Business being ranked among the best in the nation!!
Even though the ECU football team might not have had a successful year as fans would like to have seen, we were very successful in our fans attendance at each home game. ECU once again led Conference USA in the highest average attendance at their home football games. We beat out Houston, who came in 2nd, by almost 20,000 more fans. Though we did not make it to a bowl game this year, no one will forget this season just because of the famous streaker during the Southern Mississippi game.
With all that has gone on this year, the event that I will remember most would be the umbrella scare on November 16th. ECU’s campus was on lockdown for a solid 3 to 4 hours due to a possible gunman carrying a rifle. After the lockdown was lifted and students were able to walk around campus, it became known that the suspected rifle was really just a tall umbrella. Though the situation might have ended in embarrassment, I was just relieved that the whole event was handled with care and no one was seriously hurt. I think ECU did a wonderful job of securing the campus and letting everyone know what was going on the best they could. It makes me feel a lot better knowing that if it was a real gunman situation we would have so much police response and that the university would know how to handle it.
Now that the semester is almost over, I am personally looking for a job since I am finally graduating ECU with my MSA in Accounting.
Please comment below on the blog letting me know what you think of the events that have happened this year and what you will remember most about this year.
Also let me know what your future plans are- whether you are still a freshmen with a few years ahead of you, whether you are about to enter your last semester at ECU, or whether you will be back next year trying to get your graduate degree.
I hope you all had a wonderful, memorable semester at ECU and I wish you all the best of luck on your exams!
Have a nice, safe holiday break and we will see some of you back here next semester!