puts G-Vegas in full swing by Eric Gilmore
Blvd. is a continuous logjam. Jersey Mike's
is slammed for lunch. Dorm (you can’t make me say residence hall)
elevators are already broken. The financial aid office has a line of
people extended so far that I have play red rover when I want grab
something at the dining hall. Finally, the Greenville
is G-Vegas again.
Summer is fun. Tanning poolside makes the time crawl. Hitting up the
beach is therapeutic, too. But it doesn’t compare to the hustle and
bustle that is ECU and Greenville
during the academic year.
I even saw an early 1970's Volkswagen shagwagon cruising down Fourth
St. yesterday. It’s 2005. I laughed when I
glanced over and knew the guy. You’re not going to see any VW buses in Rocky
Mount or Wilson.
This is Greenville. This
college town captures people. Yes, sometimes it spits them out. But the
majority of people find an unexplainable attachment to what it
represents. It’s the fun (I didn’t say party) atmosphere combined with
the southern hospitality.
Another year also means a roundup of new students. Impressionable
blondes with their protective fathers were moving in furniture over the
weekend. They were lugging up futons that will serve as the backdrop
for some crazy stories.
But their youth also marks a sign of naiveté. This new freshmen
class doesn’t know about John Thompson’s two-year joke. Being high
school sophomores in Ohio
or New Jersey, they
probably don’t remember that Marshall
Aside from the freshmen, the entire undergraduate student body has
experienced seven total wins. The sophomore and junior classes have
only watched the Pirates win home games against Army and Tulane last
It is up to a select few diehard students to turn the lackadaisical
attitude around. These born and bred Pirate fans know what the
atmosphere was like and can be again. They long for it to be that way
Of course, winning solves everything. But in order to really make the
change, people have to be ready when the victories do occur. Finally,
that is starting to happen.
Students have realized it is time to make a difference. I spent all
yesterday (and probably will do again today) trying to sign people up
for the Student Pirate Club. Luckily for me, I didn’t have to say much.
There was a constant line of both new members and old, picking up their
season tickets, decals and t-shirts. The volunteers couldn’t keep up
with the demand. The people in line bought and were wearing Pirate
These freshmen are ready for big-time college football. There are 2,500
members expected to become student members. Of those, over 1,000
students are expected to attend the social on Thursday night at where Skip Holtz will be
the featured guest.
Holtz made an appearance at Pirate Palooza last night. Before classes
even start, he was already busy swaying the minds of mostly on-campus
students. He mingled with the same kids that will serve the future of
ECU athletic funding.
That is, of course, after they go to class and graduate. Maybe then,
they can laugh at their kids driving that shagwagon.