Sep 152013


Photo by Mike Litwin/ECU News ServicesTrumpet player Na'Dia Sellars stands at attention in the new uniform adopted by ECU's Marching Pirates this fall. The hat design is a nod to those worn by the marching band two or three generations ago.

Photo by Mike Litwin/ECU News ServicesTrumpet player Na’Dia Sellars stands at attention in the new uniform adopted by ECU’s Marching Pirates this fall. The hat design is a nod to those worn by the marching band two or three generations ago.

ECU notes

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Fans attending East Carolina University home football games this season may notice members of the Marching Pirates have a quicker step or an extra snap with their color guard flags.

And the reason might be their new uniforms. They definitely were needed, Director of the Marching Pirates Bill Staub said.

“The old uniforms were more than 10 years old,” Staub, who is now in his second year with ECU, said. “They were gross. It was the number one need of the program when I arrived.”

The new uniforms for the Marching Pirates cost $120,000 with another $10,000 for the guard, dance team and twirler uniforms. Donations covered the cost.

“The uniform campaign had started before I even got here; donors contributed thousands to it,” Staub said, adding that the university’s Executive Council also allocated funds for the project.

Staub had several goals with the new uniforms. First was a change in the overall design.

“When people looked at those uniforms, people thought our colors were purple and white. Now when people see our uniforms, they know our school’s colors are purple and gold,” Staub said.

The Marching Pirates now have jackets with one gold sleeve and one purple sleeve and the back of their jackets are purple, so Staub can incorporate a “color change” visual effect on the field by having the members turn in sync. Musicians wear black gloves, instead of the previous white, along with black pants, black shoes and a new distinctive hat.

“These cross sections of color will allow us to do a lot of things on the field,” Staub said. “When you see us turn around on the field, you’ll see us change color and when we turn around, change color again. It will be very visually stimulating.”

The change in hat style was thought out as well.

“I wanted to have a little bit of a nod to us being the Pirates and a little nostalgia in the uniform,” Staub said. “We changed our hats to a cavalier style hat instead of shako, traditional marching band hat style. The Marching Pirates wore cavalier style hats two or three generations ago.”

And in addition to the planning for color changes in marching sequences and the look of the new hats from the stands, Staub also thought of the student musicians wearing the new uniforms.

“Being in eastern North Carolina, I wanted them to be lighter so the material is more breathable and weighs less,” he said. “The uniforms are beautiful; the kids love them. And they will look great under the lights at the stadium.”

Sophomore Max Braunstein is a fan. The percussion performance major is in his second year with the Marching Pirates.

“The new uniforms really represent the Marching Pirates well,” Braunstein said. “People are noticing during tailgating how great the new uniforms look. I think it represents a bright future for the Marching Pirates.”

And the biggest difference he has noticed from old uniforms to the new?

“Besides it being nice and clean?” Braunstein said. “The uniforms look great on the field, and they shine bright on the field and even in the stands.”


Literary Homecoming to be held Sept. 20-21

East Carolina University will honor the region’s literary traditions this year with events on Sept. 20 and Sept. 21.

The Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming presented by the “North Carolina Literary Review” and Joyner Library will offer interactive writing workshops and panel presentations. This year’s theme, “North Carolina: A State of Change, A Changing State,” focuses on how change is reflected in the state’s literature.

For 10 years, the ENCLH has been nourishing and revitalizing the creative spirit for writers by providing a place where artists and community members can interact and share ideas. The theme of the annual event mirrors the theme of the award-winning “North Carolina Literary Review” special feature section. The writers coming to ECU are featured in the pages of NCLR’s current and forthcoming print and online issues.

Each year, the Literary Homecoming kicks off Friday evening with the presentation of the Roberts Award for Literary Inspiration. This year the award will be presented to former North Carolina Poet Laureate and UNC-Greensboro Professor Emeritus Fred Chappell for his significant influence on North Carolina literature.

Also on Friday evening, guests can enjoy a reading from Wiley Cash, author of “A Land More Kind than Home,” and music by poet-musician Jim Clark of Barton College.

“The Friday evening dessert reception, sponsored by the Friends of Joyner Library, is always a wonderful way to start the weekend,” Jan Lewis, interim dean of Joyner Library, said. “We invite members of the community to celebrate the literary traditions of North Carolina with us during this two-day event.”

On Saturday, several North Carolina writers will take part in two different panels. The first will focus on “Tarheel Literature in Black and White.” The second will focus on the emerging Latino voices among North Carolina writers and the resulting literary and cultural production that represents the experiences, needs and aspirations of Latino communities.

“Given the extraordinary growth of the Hispanic population in Eastern N.C., there is no better time to meet the authors featured in the Homecoming and to get acquainted with a literature that reflects the changing face of our state,” Javier Lorenzo, chair of the Spanish Curriculum Committee at ECU, said.

At the lunch Saturday, Chappell will present the third James Applewhite Poetry Prize to the 2013 recipient. Also on Saturday, Anna Jean Mayhew, author of “The Dry Grass of August,” will read from her new novel in progress, “Tomorrow’s Bread.”

The afternoon will feature six different workshops with visiting authors on writing and presenting poetry, fiction, playwriting and memoir.

NCLR Editor Margaret Bauer invites everyone to read interviews and essays from many of the writers participating in this year’s Literary Homecoming, in the recently released 2013 issue of the “North Carolina Literary Review,” and then meet the authors in person.

All events, except the Saturday author’s luncheon ($12), are free and open to the public. For program and registration information, go to, call 328-1537 or email

Upcoming events

  • Wednesday: Festival of Lanterns, 5-8:30 p.m., North Recreation Complex. This adapted Japanese celebration symbolizes giving thanks, having prosperity for the year and taking away any bad luck. Sponsored by the Student Activities Board as part of Plunge Into Purple events. Rain date is Thursday, Sept. 19. Contact 328-6541.

via The Daily Reflector.


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