Category Archives: News

That’s not a USB they’re smoking. It’s a JUUL

Bryson Hall | PNN contributor If you’ve seen someone on campus smoking what looks like a USB drive, it isn’t what it looks like. They’re probably smoking the JUUL, a smaller more portable variety of e-cigarette. Although the typical e-cig

If it’s not your holiday, Christmas can fun — or odd

Pooja Patel | PNN Contributor When Christmas comes, Ankita Misra feels awkward. “I don’t know what to celebrate or if it’s even OK for me to celebrate,” she said. For her, Christmas is just another day off. That is the

Student: Phones are OK in class. Teacher: no way

Morgan Magnarella | PNN Contributor Savannah Mangum and Zachary Perkinson are on opposite sides of cell phone use in class. Mangum, a junior at ECU, always uses her phone while in class. “I text, check Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. It’s

Trustees won’t let ECU plant $5 ‘go green’ fee

Amanda Curran | PNN Contributor It looks like East Carolina University isn’t getting greener anytime soon. That’s because the ECU Board of Trustees rejected the university’s request for a $5 sustainability fee aimed at making ECU greener. “I think that

Latino? Local media may not see you, official says

Kaitlyn Carr | PNN contributor For Juvencio Rocha-Peralta, it seems like in Greenville, Latinos are invisible. The executive director of AMEXCAN said that compared to the rest of the city’s population, Latinos are far from receiving the amount of attention

Partisan ads are normal part of Greenville politics

Amanda Curran | PNN contributor People expect local elections in Greenville to be nonpartisan, but using partisanship as a campaign strategy is not anything out of the ordinary. In fact, it came up in the city mayoral election this fall.

Day ‘the 19’ knelt: Special report on ECU band protest

The Oct. 1, 2016, protest by 19 Marching Pirates was a profound moment for ECU and the community it calls home. It sparked outrage from most quarters. It sent university administrators scrambling to find their footing after their initial statement

Emails show ECU calm, ready for possible band protest

First in a timeline series By Emily Schultz & Jaclyn Hammond, with PNN staff It was the last day of September 2016, and the ECU Marching Pirates were practicing on the field at the bottom of College Hill before the

Outrage at protest swept Pirate Nation with hurricane force

Second in a timeline series By Javeria Salman & Jennifer Hines, with PNN staff As the ECU Marching Pirates donned their purple-and-gold uniforms and strapped on their instruments on that fateful October morning, there was a sense of uncertainty about

ECU struggled to find right message about protest, band

Third in a timeline series By Sunshine Yang, with PNN staff The “band protest.” That is how most people remember the on-field happenings of Oct. 1, 2016. But there actually were three band protests. Nineteen Marching Pirates took a knee