Talking points on ECSU are a lack of safety for students on campus, a lack of administrative oversight to even solve crime, let alone prevent it, and potential costs for North Carolina taxpayers because of the negligence. For all that ECSU means to the eastern region of the state, and to African-Americans in the industries of pharmacy, aviation and education, it could all go away with an act of legislature, disguised behind safety concerns and economic hardship.
The Associated Press today reports on a potential loss of $14.4 million dollars in fines resulting from more than 120 crimes going unreported to the federal government, and the potential loss of federal financial aid for students. For all of its trouble, the man most responsible for the crisis, President Willie Gilchrist, has resigned.
Soon, there will be merger talk for Elizabeth City State University. It began some months ago, but died off before the Vikings could be name-checked in plans for merger or closure.
If this isn’t the end of ECSU, when do we get to the part where we can discuss its new beginning?