Barefoot on the Mall set for April 19

The 2010 Barefoot on the Mall on April 21 included entertainment with a hula hoop. Pictured above, ECU Pirate Elizabeth Curl enjoys the celebration. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

East Carolina University will hold its 33rd Annual Barefoot on the Mall celebration from 2 to 8 p.m. April 19 at the campus mall.

Established in 1979, the event offers an opportunity near the end of the semester for students to relax and enjoy a day of live music, prizes and novelty entertainment.

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Students to select sculpture for ECU Student Memorial Garden

ECU students will vote for one of three scuptures for the new student memorial garden. (Contributed photo)

East Carolina University students are urged to vote by April 30 for one of three sculptures that will stand as the centerpiece of a new memorial garden honoring students who have died during the semester.

The ECU Student Memorial Garden, which is close to completion, is located between the Erwin Building and Ledonia Wright Cultural Center. The selected sculpture will be cast nine feet high and placed in the garden after students have identified their preference through One Stop voting.

ECU art students Michael Dodson, Jonathan Burger and Trey Martin created the sculptures, on display on the main floor of Mendenhall Student Center.

Burger created the Dogwood Memorial, described as a steel tree with stainless steel dogwood flowers that signify memory of the departed, with a bronze bowl where students may place flowers and remembrances. Dodson created Continuance, which shows a new tree growing from the stump of a fallen tree to represent the continuation of life and wisdom. Martin created Broken Circle with Doves, a bronze circle that transforms into three doves watching over the students and daily life on campus.

ECU Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Virginia Hardy came up with the idea of a garden following the death of a student who served in the military. She worked with University Landscape Architect John Gill and Facilities Services to develop the concept.

Hardy contacted Michael Dorsey, interim dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, for help in soliciting student sculptures. Art students were asked to submit scupltures that would be appropriate in “an area of meditation, relaxation, serenity and calmness,” Hardy said.

The Student Government Association is paying for the garden work, while Student Affairs is covering the cost of the sculpture contest and the final product.

An opening ceremony will be held when the garden is complete.


ECU fraternities and sororities hold spring carnival


East Carolina University’s Greek Life organizations are holding a Spring Carnival from 4 to 7 p.m. April 13 at Briley’s Farm, Old Pactolus Rd. in Greenville. The event is open to the public, with proceeds benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Pitt County.

Keith Tingley, ECU director of Greek Life, said the event pulls together all 34 Greek fraternities and sororities on campus. As part of the annual Greek Week on campus, the students are pooling their efforts to celebrate Greek life and do something good for the community.

Tingley said the carnival allows them to provide a fun activity for children while at the same time raising money to benefit the Boys and Girls Club. He estimated 800 to 1000 ECU students will be working in shifts to put on the carnival.

Activities will include hayrides, pony rides, games and a petting zoo. The event is $2 for children aged 5 and over, $5 for adults and free for children under 5.

For additional information, contact the ECU Office of Greek Life at 328-4235.


In Memoriam: Champion ECU diving coach Mark Lenzi

Mark Lenzi (Photo courtesy of East Carolina University Sports Information)

Olympic gold medalist and former East Carolina University diving coach Mark Lenzi died April 9 in Greenville. He was 43.

Lenzi’s alma mater, Indiana University, made the announcement Monday.

Lenzi represented the U.S. at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, where he won the gold medal on the 3-meter springboard.

After a brief retirement, Lenzi returned to the sport in 1995 and qualified for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics on the 3-meter springboard, where he earned a bronze medal.

Lenzi won 18 international competitions in all on the 1- and 3-meter boards. He was the first American to win a gold medal at the Pan American Games on the 1-meter springboard and was the first diver to score over 700 points (762.35) on the three-meter springboard for 11 dives.

Lenzi won NCAA titles in 1989 and 1990, winning the 1-meter springboard both years. Lenzi was a four-time Big Ten Champion, winning all three disciplines in 1989 (1-meter, 3-meter, platform), and taking the 1-meter title in 1990. He was named NCAA Diver of the Year in 1989 and 1990.

Lenzi spent the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons as men and women’s diving coach at East Carolina University. Prior to that Lenzi coached the junior diving team at IU, with divers winning four national age-group titles.

Survivors include his wife, the former Dorothy Koncsol of Greenville; his mother, Ellie Lenzi of Fredericksburg; two brothers; a sister; and a grandmother.






ECU Transit takes first place in student driver competition

East Carolina University transit drivers celebrate their win in the East Coast Intercollegiate Rodeo March 31.

East Carolina University Transit claimed a first place win at the inaugural East Coast Intercollegiate Roadeo, March 31 at the University of Virginia.

The roadeo was a competitive test for students employed as campus transit bus operators. The roadeo measured drivers’ skills behind the wheel, knowledge of safety regulations and familiarity with the bus equipment. Scored test elements included left and right turns, passenger stops, parallel parking, alley dock backing, forward and reverse serpentine, offset lanes, diminishing clearance and a judgment stop.

Ten drivers from each participating university competed.

ECU drivers scored the highest overall, just six points over 2nd place University of Virginia, and brought home the custom-made trophy.

The event was hosted by the University of Virginia, with assistance from the University of Maryland.