The East Carolinian, January 12, 2005

Volume 80 Number 41 W E D N E S D AY January 12, 2005
What do you think of
parking on campus?
Parking remains problem on campus
I park at the Minges lot.
The buses make parking fine.
The lot is really big so I never
worry about a spot.
It's a little too far. It's hard
to be on time and to deal with
bus schedules. I think the teach-
ers- could share their parking
more. I have seen one of these
lots with a lot of open spots.
Students continue to find parking on campus a problem as student vehicles are towed nearly every day. The most commonly
towed areas are the A Zones and the Brody School of Medicine.
It could be Improved. I'm a
senior and I remember when we
could park on the hill, but they
took that away. I have found it
is faster to walk from ticklin to
campus than to take the bus.
Parking officials urge
Parking on campus remains
a constant problem for stu-
dents, faculty and staff, whether
parking on the outskirts of ECU-
or near residence halls.
Despite several policies
put in place by Parking and
Transportation Services to improve
parking, the issue remains a
steady concern and is still com-
monly talked about on campus.
A parking deck, which would
seem like an easy solution to the
whole problem, has been debated
by Greenville for years.
Mike Van Derven, director
of parking and transportation,
said he understands the need for
a parking deck, but the expense
would be simply too high.
"A basic deck starts at about
$7 million monthly operating
costs of the deck and annual
maintenance is very expensive
said Van Derven.
"When they did a survey
here about building a deck, they
mtlcipnted that if hey were to
build it, The permit costs would
be in the range of about $800
and of course, most people do
not find that palatable
Van Derven said the majority
of the problem originates with
the location of the parking spaces,
not the abundance of them.
"There is adequate space.
The biggest problem is that they
aren't exactly where people want
them Van Derven said.
"I've got at least 500 C zone
spaces out by Belk Allied Health
that I need taken up, but no
one wants to park in a C zone
out there and ride the transit
Van Derven said above all else,
the most important thing stiy
dents need to understand abotjt
parking on ECU is it's a privilege;
"They students really have
to understand there is parking fot
everyone when you purchase a
permit they've got to realize it's
a privilege Van Derven said.
"What happens a lot is people
try to get around the system .��
it's about correct parking
Van Derven said most
vehicles towed are either parked
in the A zones or by the Brody
School of Medicine.
"I would say at least 80 per-
cent of the towing comes from
those lots Van Derven said.
According to Van Derven,
effective Jan. 1, towing
companies who remove vehicles
from campus will increase their
towing charges. Basic daytime
towing charges will increase
from $30 to $50 while nighttime
towing will go up from $50 to
$75. Once the vehicle is towed,
there will be no storage fee for
the first 24 hours, but afterward,
the owner will be charged $15 for
every day their vehicle is kept on
the towing company's grounds.
Van Derven said he feels
people will look at this price
increase in the wrong way.
"It's done actually as an
incentive to get your car picked
up Van Derven said.
Courtney Simmons, junior
elementary education major who
lives off campus, thinks parking
on campus has become toomuch
of a hassle and believes some
solutions need to be found.
"I definitely think a parking
deck is needed on campus said
Simmons said despite the
price of the parking deck, the
money is going to have to come
from somewhere because we will
not be able to avoid it for much
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Speaker gives
tribute to MLK
Wind patterns and water temperatures are dramatically altered with the meteorological phenomenon El Nino.
Professor works with NASA scientists,
develops El Nino predicting device
Model uses rainfall as
tracking predictor
ECU professor Scott Curtis
helped develop an El Nino pre-
diction model that would help
determine when an El Nino
might occur.
The device itraces winds
that stir up the ocean
and change the tempera-
ture structure, tracing this
phenomenon back to the
source, the Indian Ocean, and
carefully monitors changes in
Curtis said the basic idea
behind the El Nino predictor is
to make a statistical model that
will help predict when an El Nino
might occur, thereby limiting the
negative effects it can
potentially bring.
This new model captures
rainfall data and relies on shifts
in the data to determine when an
El Nino might occur. It is a con-
tinuation of studies using winds
and rainfall as a predictor.
So far they have been able
to have a great deal of success
in predicting when an El Nino
might occur.
"It's been successful said
Curtis' new statistical model
will strengthen the ability to
determine when an El Nino
might occur.
El Nino is a warming of the
eastern Pacific Ocean, which
occurs every two to seven years
bringing climactic changes.
The negative effects of El Nino
can lead to a serious increase in
rainfall that causes flooding
In some areas of the world and
severe drought from a lack of
rainfall in other areas.
Curtis said there are not only
negative effects accompanying
this weather phenomenon.
"There are some good effects
and some bad effects Curtis said.
Curtis said an example of
a positive effect would be the
Atlantic Ocean's hurricane season
which is weakened causing fewer
hurricanes and therefore less
damage when there is an El Nino.
Curtis worked at the
government agency NASA for
five years prior to coming to ECU
where much of this research was
done and left this summer on a
faculty grant to continue sharing
ideas with other scientists at the
earth science program at NASA.
While working on the faculty
grant, Curtis was able to notice
a shift in rainfall in the Indian
Ocean forced by winds prior to
an El Nino in 2002-2003. From
here he helped further develop a
system that recorded the rainfall
to use it as a predictor.
"There was a change in the
rainfall pattern and at the same
time there was a flip flop of dry
to wet Curtis said.
By matching patterns of
rainfall from different time
periods they are able to predict
when El Nino might occur.
Curtis said although he Is
keeping up with his research
down here, it is still quite
helpful to work with other
scientists and keep up to date
the latest satellite technology
being employed by NASA to track
climate effects.
This writer can be contacted at
news@theeastcarolinian. com.
Activist recalls
experiences during
Civil Rights movement
Dick Gregory, civil and
human rights activist, addressed
dozens in attendance at the
Murphy Center Monday evening
paying respects to his colleague,
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Gregory was one of the activ-
ists in the Civil Rights move-
ment that was at the epicen-
ter of the movement in the
1960s. He discussed several
accounts of his marches, protests,
imprisonments and hunger
"We try to bring in heavy
hitters. Dick Gregory is a living
legend said David Dennard,
associate professor of history.
Gregory spent the evening
discussing the tsunami disaster,
politics, history and racism.
According to Gregory, the move-
ment King led was responsible
not only for improved civil lib-
erties for blacks, but for ending
tyranny against women as well.
However, he said most people
know little about the importance
of the movement.
"This planet has never been
the same and the reason you, as
Americans, don't know that is
because the white, racist, insane
system hasn't told you said
Gregory also used this lec-
ture as an opportunity to voice
his disgust for the misuse of
religion by people in power.
He said it is absurd that private
colleges put on a display of
God worshipping yet they have
school mascots of hellish figures
like "Blue Devils" or "Demon
Deacons He said the rising sui-
cide rates at Harvard and MIT is
Dick Gregory retells stories of
his past days during the Civil
Rights movement.
ECU planned this event as part
ot Its tribute to Martin Luther
King Jr. This tribute continues
on Jan. 17 with a candle light
vigil and march on College Hill
at 5:30 p.m.
evidence of something
badly wrong with Amer-
ica's system of higher
"The more education, the
more freaky you get Gregory
"God don't give a damn
about no doctor's degree
Gregory said there is not
enough homage paid to King
for what he did. He said if not
for King, blacks would not be
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WEDNESDAY January 12, 2005
Campus News
Delta Week
As part of Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority's Delta Week, there will be
an Open Mic Night on Jan. 12 in 244
Mendenhall from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Club Baseball
Club baseball tryouts will be
from Jan. 12 - 15 from 3:45 p.m.
until sunset and Jan. 16 from 1
p.m. - 5 p.m. at J. H. Rose High
School. A van will be at the
bottom of College Hill at 3:15
p.m. for those who do not have
any means of transportation. If
you have a schedule conflict,
please send an e-mail to
For more information visit www.
Commuter Breakfast
Student Professional Development
is hosting the Good Morning
Commuter Breakfast Jan. 20 from
8:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. at the lower
level in MSC. Bruce Maxwell,
associate director of Student
Professional Development, will
be available to talk about career
services provided by SPD.
True Colors
True Colors is a two-hour
workshop that is a fun, informative
communication system. It is
based on the Meyers-Briggs
Type Indicator and the work of
David Keirsey and is a research-
based approach to understanding
human behavior and motivation.
There is no charge, but only the
first 50 people to sign up will
be admitted. The event will be
offered Jan. 25 from 2 p.m. - 4
p.m. and Jan. 26 from 10 am -
f2 p.m. To sign up, contact Paula
Kennedy-Dudley by Friday, Jan. 21
at 328-6824.
Great Decisions 2005
Beginning Jan. 22, ECU will
sponsor the Foreign Policy
Association's Great Decisions
Program. The event includes
a series of lectures held every
Saturday from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. in
the New Rivers West Auditorium for
eight consecutive weeks. Topics
will range from the Middle East
and Russia to Intelligence Reform
and Overseas Job Outsourcing.
Attending costs $49 for all eight
programs, which includes the
textbook. Full-time students and
teachers can attend for free and
purchase the book for $15. They
can also earn teacher renewal
credits or continuing education
units for attendance.
The ECU men's Club Lacrosse
Team will have a mandatory
meeting for all who want to play
this spring Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. in
202 SRC. If you cannot attend
and are still interested, please
contact either Jamie Montgomery
at 443-253-4009 or Tim Connolly
at 410-294-9913. You can also e-
mail at
Victory Campus Ministries
Victory Campus Ministries will meet
every Thursday at 8 p.m. in MSC.
MLK Holiday March
This annual candlelight vigil and
march in honor of Martin Luther
King, Jr. will be held Monday, Jan.
17 at 5:30 p.m.The march will begin
at College Hill. For details contact
David Dennard at 328-4364
Community Unity Breakfast
The Greenville-Pitt County
Chamber of Commerce, the
Office of the Mayor and the City
of Greenville will host this annual
event at the J.H. Rose high School
Auditorium Jan. 17 at 730 a.m.
This is an event to celebrate and
recognize the diversity and unity of
the Greenville community. Attorney
and motivational counselor, Earl T
Brown will be speaking. Brown
is also a volunteer mediator for
the Eastern Carolina Mediation
Center For more information,
please call 752-4101.
Faculty Recital
The School of Music will be hosting
a faculty recital at A.J. Retcher
Music Hall Jan 20 at 7 p.m. For
more Information, call 328-6851.
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News Briefs
Charlotte group
wants Confederate flag down
CHARLOTTE, NC - A Confederate
battle flagflyingoverthe graves of Civil
War soldiers in a city-owned cemetery
should be placed in a glass case
and flown only on designated days,
according to draft recommendations
from a city committee.
"We thought this was respectful to
the history but also respectful of the
communiiy said committee vice
chair Angeles Ortega-Moore.
The group also suggest replacing the
battle flag at Elmwood Cemetery with
another Confederate flag, such as the
NC State Rag of 1861.
The Charlotte City Council must still
approve the recommendations, but
flag supporters oppose what they've
heard so far.
"If this Is their recommendation, we
will fight it said Mark Alexander
Palmer, who has relatives buried
at Elmwood. "This flag represents
what these men fought and died
under. It represents their beliefs.
They have the right to have it flown
over their headstones
The city's Community Relations
Committee has studied the issue
since July, when Charlotte City
Council member Warren Turner said
he wanted the flag lowered because
he worried people would believe the
city endorsed It
Turner said Sunday he didn't want to
take a stand on the recommendations,
but said he was "not sure whether a
flag should be there at all
Supporters, including the Sons of
Confederate Veterans, say the flag
honors Southern history. Critics say
it's a symbol of hate.
The community relations committee
held a public forum In October, set
up a Web site for feedback and
researched how other cities have
handled the issue.
Ortega and committee chair Don
Steger said they did not anticipate
any major changes to the
recommendations. The committee
will meet later this month to settle on
the final proposal.
City Manager Pam Syfert will then
make a recommendation to the
City Council, which has the final
Duke's energy plan challenged
challenging Duke Energy's plan to
test fuel containing a small amount
of weapons-grade plutonium has
focused attention on the public's
ability to assess the security of
nuclear power plants.
Charlotte-based Duke plans to begin
tests this spring of mixed-oxide,
which contains weapons-grade
Plutonium, at its Catawba nuclear
plant on Lake Wylie. In theory,
terrorists could sabotage or steal
plutonium once meant to detonate
nuclear weapons.
The Blue Ridge Environmental
Defense League believes MOX fuel
Is dangerous and wants to stop the
tests. But the group has been denied
access to the Nuclear Regulatory
Commission documents that Blue
Ridge claims could prove that Duke's
security measures aren't adequate.
Blue Ridge argues that Duke should
not be granted the exemptions it
has requested from some security
measures for protecting the MOX
test fuel.
Those measures, such as maintaining
a tactical response team and erecting
additional physical barriers, are
tailored for facilities that handle
Plutonium. Duke says the safeguards
it already has in place perform the
same functions.
A hearing on Blue Ridge's security
claims was to begin Tuesday at NRC
headquarters in Rockville, Md. It's
closed to the public.
In May, the NRC staff found that Duke
has toughened its security to protect
the MOX fuel. The exemptions Duke
seeks are legal and wont pose undue
risks to public safety, the staff said.
The commission has allowed Blue
Ridge's attorney and technical
expert, who have low-level security
clearances, access to some material
on condition they don't divulge the
Helicopter crashes
Into Potomac River
OXON HILL, Md. - A medical helicopter
crashed into the Potomac River, killing
at least one person. A second person
was rescued from the river and a third
remained missing Tuesday "
The Life Evac helicopter went down
just south of the Woodrow Wilson
Indonesian survivor
camp grows by the day
CALANG, Indonesia (AP)
� The trickle of moisture drip-
ping down a rock has become a
drinking water supply at this city-
turned-refugee camp. It's also the
shower. And the trash dump.
Tsunami victims from all
around the ruined city of Calang,
70 miles south of Banda Aceh,
have been arriving daily to a
growing settlemenfthat local
officials say has swelled to some
7,000 survivors.
As the camp grows, con-
siderations left behind have
been sanitation and preserving
clean sources of water, meaning
conditions such as diarrhea are
becoming rampant and raising
the threat of other diseases, doc-
tors here say.
Refugees are rigging leftover
pieces of corrugated metal to
branches to create makeshift
cabins, sheltering their families
on the hillsides ringing this
former fishing town where not a
single building was left standing
after the tsunami hit Dec. 26.
U.S. Navy and other helicop-
ters have been running regular
flights to Calang to ferry in sup-
plies. Children play in the now-
gentle waves alongside two Indo-
nesian navy amphibious ships
sitting on the shoreline with aid
and a clinic - one of three now
located here. The city's own 10
doctors all died in the tsunami.
Aid supplies in the city itself
now aren't the problem, said
Syafrizal, logistics coordinator for
the local government, standing
next to heaps of donated clothes.
It's getting the supplies to isolated
areas nearby where helicopters
or boats are the only means for
carrying cargo - severely limit-
ing the amount of aid that can
be delivered.
"We have some supplies, we
have food here said Syafrizal,
who like many Indonesians uses
only one name. "But we have
problems with how to drop it to
other camps
If the aid won't come to the
people, the people will come to
the aid.
Sariffuddin Puteh, 32, came
from the village of Tenom with
nine other neighbors to gather
supplies for the estimated 1,000
people left alive. He said heli-
copters came every day, but only
brought biscuits one day or water
and medicine the next - mean-
ing families were running low
on rice, the main staple of the
Indonesian diet.
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welcome to go see some "rat"
in Disney Land. Gregory said
instead of doing that why not
find time to visit King's grave at
least once?
Gregory informed everyone
that he neither cared what people
thought of him nor did he need
them to validate what he says.
Gregory told a story about
when he broke world records in
track and how they were simply
ignored because he was on a
Negro team. He eventually got
over his disappointment and later
declared he did not value any
validation from racist entities.
Gregory spoke several times
about his habits of fasting. His
methods of resistance have been
non-violent throughout his entire
career as an activist. Not only did
he fast during his marches with
King but also in protest of the
Vietnam War and during the
Iranian hostage crisis as well. He
lived off a liquid diet for 100 days
during 1980.
The people in attendance at
the Murphy Center approved and
applauded Gregory's messages.
His concerns for society
rested on his thesis that powerful
officials are using the institutions
of religion and fear to maintain
a stranglehold on society. In
regard to conservatism, Gregory
said black people have always
been rather conservative but rich
white people use conservatism to
hide racism.
"Fear and God don't occupy
the same space said Gregory.
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Bridge around 11 p.m. Monday. Life
Evac transports patients from one
medical facility to another.
"One survivor was found clinging
to the wreckage; another victim
was found dead) at the wreckage
said Maryland State Police Sgt Rob
Moroney. The search continued
Tuesday morning for the third
Authorities said the helicopter
just competed a drop-off at the
Washington Hospital Center and was
returning to its base in Stafford, Va
when it went down. No patient was
said to be on board.
"I saw a helicopter come across the
bridge said Maryland State Police
Sgt. Billy Dunston, who was stationed
at the Wilson span. "It looked pretty low
to me when it went across, but I didn't
see it come out the other side
A passer-by, Arthur Stewart, helped
Dunston by pinpointing where the
helicopter went Into the water.
"It didnt seem real. I thought it would
go down and come back up said
Stewart, 39, of Washington.
The survivor clinging to the wreckage
was rescued by boat. The man,
whose name was not released,
was in fair condition Tuesday at the
Washington Hospital Center.
"We have interviewed the survivor
and he believes they may have hit
something Moroney said.
The aging Wilson Bridge is being
replaced with a new span, and there
are many large cranes at the site.
Authorities said they don't know If they
played a role in the accident.
A National Transportation Safety
Board investigation was launched.
Drug companies launch
discount card for uninsured
WASHINGTON - Ten major drug
manufacturers unveiled a new
discount card Tuesday that could
help millions of uninsured Americans
save money on prescription drugs.
The Together Rx Access Card
program allows those who meet
income and age requirements to
save 25 percent to 40 percent - and
sometimes more - on more than 275
brand-name prescription drugs and
a host of generic drugs.
It's the latest in a trend by drug
makers to offer their own discount
cards for those without health care
coverage struggling to pay
skyrocketing drug prices.
"It's free to get, it's free to use and the
savings are real said Roba Whitely,
executive director of Together Rx
Access. "The companies in Together
Rx Access have stepped forward
because they all feel it's the right thing
to do and they are able to do it
To qualify for the card, applicants
must be under 65, not eligible for
Medicare and have no other private
or public drug coverage. They also
must have incomes no higher than
$30,000 for a single person, $40,000
for couples and $60,000 for a family
of four.
Whitely said the benefits could cover
80 percent of the 45 million Americans
who are uninsured and don't carry
prescription drug coverage.
Consumer groups have called
similar discount cards a way for drug
companies, rather than the government,
to control who saves money and
how much is saved. The cards offer
some savings from already high prices
while attracting new customers for the
companies' products.
"It's a positive step but at the same
time it strongly underscores the
need for governmental action to
expand coverage for the uninsured
said Ron Police, executive director
of consumer group FamiliesUSA.
"That has not been a priority for this
Israel's Sharon to call Abbas
JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon told his Cabinet on
Tuesday that he hopes to meet newly
elected Palestinian leader Mahmoud
Abbas in the "near future" - the latest
sign that the two sides are trying to
work toward peace after years of
Abbas, fresh from a landslide victory
in an election to replace Yasser Arafat
as head of the Palestinian Authority,
offered peace talks to Israel on
Monday just as Sharon was installing
a new, dovish government that favors
withdrawing from Gaza and part of
the West Bank.
Sharon, at the first meeting with his
new Cabinet, including Labor Party
leader Shimon Peres, said he would
call Abbas later Tuesday and the two
would discuss setting up a meeting,
an official said, speaking on condition
of anonymity.
"I plan on talking to Mahmoud Abbas
later in the day to congratulate him
Sharon was quoted as saying. He
said the meeting would be "in the
near future" and focus on security-
related issues.
A senior Defense Ministry official,
speaking on condition of anonymity,
said Israel is ready to hand over to
the Palestinians security duties in
West Bank cities. The official said
discussions with the Palestinians on
the matter would likely begin in the
coming days.
But clouds hovered over both leaders
on Monday, despite their victories.
While pledging to work with Abbas,
militant Palestinian groups challenged
his triumph at the polls, claiming not
enough voters took part.
As for Sharon, the narrow 58-56
parliamentary vote in favor of his
new team, allowing it to take office,
was possible only with the support
of a dovish opposition party. His
own Likud Party split over his plan
to remove all 21 settlements from
Gaza and four from the West Bank
in the summer.
Yanukovych camp vows to
challenge Yushchenko's victory
KIEV, Ukraine - Allies of opposition
leader Viktor Yushchenko refrained
from celebrating Tuesday, a day
after election officials declared him
the winner of Ukraine's presidential
election, anticipating another court
challenge from his Kremlin-favored
The final official tally of the Dec.
26 vote showed Yushchenko with
52 percent and Viktor Yanukovych
with 44 percent, the Central Election
Commission announced late
But the results must be approved by
the Supreme Court and published in
two official government newspapers
before Yushchenko can be
inaugurated. The results were not
published Tuesday.
That could leave Yanukovych's
campaign a window for more legal
actions. On Monday the court rejected
eight previously filed appeals by the
former prime minister.
Yanukovych's campaign had been
expected to immediately challenge
the results but had not done so
by the time the court opened on
Tuesday, court spokeswoman Lyana
Shlaposhnikova said.
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WEDNESDAY January 12,2005
Our View
Pirate Rant
How resolute are your resolutions?
Another year has come and gone and 2005
is among us, along with a new and challeng-
ing semester. With the New Year, New Year's
resolutions inevitably follow. For many years,
people have started the New Year off making
resolutions with all the good intentions of keep-
ing them, but by some force, resolutions are
continually broken.
According to, "The tradition of
New Year's resolutions goes all the way back
to 153 B.C. Janus, a mythical king of early
Rome, was placed at the head of the calen-
dar. With two faces, Janus could look back on
past events and forward to the future. Janus
became the ancient symbol for resolutions and !
many Romans looked for forgiveness from their I
enemies and also exchanged gifts before the
beginning of each year
Different parts of the world celebrate New Year's
at different times and with different rituals. The
United States' ritual of kissing at the stroke
of midnight on New Year's Eve derived from
masked balls. The masks symbolize evil spirits
from the old year and the tradition of the kiss is
meant as the purification into the New Year.
The Top 10 most common New Year's reso-
lutions according to are lose
weight, stop smoking, stick to a budget, save
or earn more money, find a better job, become
more organized, exercise more, be more patient
at workwith others, eat better and become a
better person.
The first week in January marks the New Year's
resolution week, founded by Gary Ryan Blair.
He quotes, "New Year's is the only holiday that
celebrates the passage of time. Perhaps that's
why, as the final seconds of the year tick away,
we become introspective. Inevitably, that intro-
spection turns to thoughts of self-improvement
and the annual ritual of making resolutions,
which offer the first of many important tools for
remaking ourselves
Although New Year's resolution week has
gone, TEC hopes that your resolutions have
not. Whether you've chosen to lose weight or
to become a better person, stick to your resolu-
tions. The New Year brings exciting opportuni-
ties for all and we hope that 2005 is the begin-
ning of a bright future for all here at ECU.
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Opinion Columnist
Rachel Landen's series of odd events
Life's more silly
than sentimental
It's all in my sentimental nature to
think back over past events, reminisce
about days gone by and reflect on the
people and times that have been a part
of my life. What better time to do that
than at the end of one year and the
beginning of another?
Thus, I sat down to write my first
column of 200S, remembering the
good, the bad and the ugly of the past
year. It was a full year in all the tradi-
tional aspects but it was also especially
complete with memorable moments,
some I love to recall and others I would
prefer to forget.
Anyway, somewhere in the midst of
my musings, I thought of a conversa-
tion I recently had with a friend. We
seemed to be attempting to top one
another with more extreme stories of
peculiarities in each of our lives. Four
bizarre things had happened to me
since we last talked - she detailed three
of her own wacky situations.
Based on the count, I suppose I
won, although maybe being the winner
in this instance actually made me the
loser. Forget Lemony Snicket's A Series
of Unfortunate Events - we decided
there should be a movie about Rachel
Landen's series of odd events.
Speaking of movies, take for instance
the story of this same friend and me in
Blockbuster one weekend. While look-
ing at the new releases and trying to
agree on a movie to rent, a rather large
male approached oui aisle and began
stuffing DVDs into his pants.
I was like a deer caught in the
headlights - completely shocked and
frozen in place. However, the shoplifter
in sweatpants just smiled casually and
picked up a few more movies, as if he
were simply stowing them in a shop-
ping cart before checking out. I was
too stunned to know how to respond,
although I cannot imagine myself
encouraging a man three times my
size to put the stolen goods back on the
shelf. I'm not even sure that Blockbuster
would want them back after their tem-
porary storage.
But this situation seems to pale in
comparison to one in which my friend's
family found themselves just the other
day. Once again, it took place in a store,
this time at Victoria's Secret. I could
retell the story to each of you in my
own words but I think that the e-mail
from her mother says it best.
"We saw a cowboy in Victoria's
Secret last night. He was walking
around and was carrying thong under-
wear on his fingers. He kept saying,
'1 have lost my woman. I don't know
where she is (My advice to her would
have been to run while you could.)
What a sight. A lady there said he was
carrying the underwear around like
a lasso. We all laughed and laughed.
It was quite an experience. Where do
these people come from?"
Good question. But if last year is
any indication, it doesn't matter where
they came from - all that matters is that
they will most certainly turn up once
again this year.
That's the great thing about a new
year. You might not be able to count on
yourself to keep your resolutions but
you can be assured that you will find
yourself in an occasional odd situation.
It might not sound so attractive right
now but at least you'll have something
to smile about when you look back on
2005. And that's what really matters
anyway, isn't it?
In My Opinion
Studies show the liberal left is literally dying out
(KRT) � The National Abortion
Rights Action League's youth coalition,
Generation Pro-Choice, dispatched
an e-mail this week with the headline
"Rumors of Gen Pro-Choicers demise
are greatly exaggerated Interestingly,
it didn't say that the "rumors" were
false, only that they were exagger-
ated. It is increasingly clear to NARAL,
though subtly expressed, that the
demise of the left is imminent.
I am convinced that the political
strength of conservatives, so evident
in the gains of the 2004 election, is a
reflection of a more permanent conser-
vative impulse that runs deeply in the
American character. But conservatism
is not the chief threat to liberalism - the
left is its own worst enemy.
NARAL's "Generation Pro-Choice"
is dying because liberals are birth-
ing fewer children. James Pinkerton
recently contended in Newsday that
"the left has birth-controlled, aborted
and maybe also gay-libbed itself into a
smaller role in American society
Overall, the fertility rate in Kerry
states is around 12 percent lower than
in Bush states. The Economist reports
that in the ultra-liberal state of Ver-
mont, the annual fertility rate is 49
children for every 1,000 women of
child-bearing age. But in the heavily
pro-Bush state of Utah, nearly twice as
many children per 1,000 child-bear-
ing-aged women are being born. Of
every 1,000 Utah women, 91 children
are born.
Among liberal constituencies,
homosexual couples are certainly not
having children. Despite the rapid-
ity and effectiveness with which the
homosexual movement advances in
politics and culture, homosexuals
simply don't reproduce.
Abortion has much more to do with
the fertility rates amongst liberals. Of
the twenty states with the lowest abor-
tion rates according to the Centers
for Disease Control, only Maryland,
Maine, and Wisconsin voted for Kerry.
Of the ten states with the highest abor-
tion rates, only Florida, Kansas, and
Virginia voted for Bush.
States that voted most overwhelm-
ingly for Kerry tend to be ranked among
the highest abortion rates. Kerry's most
impressive lead over Bush was in the
Distlct of Columbia where he scored
90 percent. The District also is among
the nation's highest annual abortion
rate. Of the nine states with the lowest
abortion rates - Idaho, Colorado,
Kentucky, South Dakota, Mississippi,
West Virginia, Utah, Missouri, and
South Carolina - the average winning
percentage for Bush was nearly 60 per-
cent. Similar trends were projected by
Planned Parenthood's think tank, the
Alan Guttmacher Institute, after the
2000 election.
According to the Census Bureau,
the 2004 Voting Age Population was
217.8 million. Since the U.S. Supreme
Court legalized abortion in the 1973
Roe v. Wade decision, over 40 million
documented abortions have occurred.
And of those aborted Americans,
18,336,576 would have been at least
18-years-old on Nov. 2. John Kerry lost
the popular vote by only 3,461,992 bal-
lots. Kerry could have used another 18
million votes - five times his margin
of defeat. That isn't to say that all 18
million citizens would have voted
for Kerry, or voted at all, but given
the power of parental influence the
chances are likely that these aborted
Americans would have been a major
Democrat constituency.
What's more troubling for Demo-
crats is that by 2008, the deficit in their
Voting Age Population will have risen
to 24,408,960 - those who were aborted
between 1973 and 1990. "Liberals have
been remarkably blind to the fact that
every day the abortions they advocate
dramatically decrease their power to
do so writes Larry Eastland in the
American Spectator.
Wlrthlin polling conducted a
recent study of 2,000 Americans to
determine political connections to
abortion. Democrats reported having
a close relationship with someone who
had an abortion at 49.37 percent, while
only 35 percent of Republicans said that
they were close to someone who had an
abortion. Projecting these percentages
onto the total numbers of abortion
since 1973, Eastland found that there
are 19.7 million missing Democrats
and 13.9 million missing Republicans.
Democrats are at a disadvantage by 5.84
million missing voters.
James Taranto of the Wall Street
Journal has referred to these trends as
the Roe Effect.
"Abortion is making America more
conservative than it otherwise would
be writes Taranto. First, "liberal and
Democratic women are more likely to
have abortions Second, "children's
political views tend to reflect those of
their parents - not exactly, of course,
and not in every case, but on average.
Thus abortion depletes the next genera-
tion of liberals and eventually makes
the population more conservative
To suggest that abortion has a very
real impact on cultural trends is neither
revolutionary nor, from a conservative
point of view, worthy of celebration.
The murder of a human being is equally
wrong whether he or she is born to a
liberal or to a conservative, to an anar-
chist or to a communist.
America is built on the principle of
equality: that all men are created equal
and endowed by their Creator with
certain inalienable rights, that among
these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of
happiness. That principle is not predi-
cated on the biological evolution of the
human species. Quite to the contrary,
it is founded on the belief that God has
made every soul in His image.
The rejection of that most funda-
mental truth, the founding principle
of America, is the death wish of the
American left. Liberals have not only
failed to reproduce, they are quite liter-
ally killing themselves.
People, the library is for
studying not talking to your
friends on your cell phone. And
if you do get a call, tell them you
will call them back or step outside
or somewhere away from where
people are studying, don't just
sit there and talk in a normal
speaking voice.
I know it is the first week of
school and everyone is stressed
but student employees deserve'
respect. We are all trying to figure
our schedules out and buy books
just like everyone else. All we ask is
that you be patient and chill out
To my roommate who is
always extremely hot: It is offi-
cially January and still gets cold
at night. Turn the air conditioner
off and stop turning me into an
icicle. If you want some cold air,
open your windows.
I get so sick and tired of ECLT
students complaining about
hard exams, 8 a.m. classes and
doing work on the first day of,
classes. You are supposed to be'
here to learn. If not, drop out
so someone who wants to be
here can have your spot. By the
way, on a 10-point scale, a 79 is a
C. If you want a B, earn it. Don't
expect your professor to give you
something you didn't earn.
Why aren't there any ECU
ladies out there that like good
guys anymore?
Why is it that we all take
dating so serious? Look at it like
this - many of us get in relation-
ships that last roughly two years,
and we move on. During this
time, our partner is the best thing
that ever happened to us. But
now that I am by myself, I can't
believe that I went out with her.
By no means am 1 a better
driver than the rest of my fellow
residents of North Carolina,
but I do have something over
them. I use my turn signals'
in parking lots, turning lanes;
four-way-stop intersections and
on all thoroughfare, highways
and freeways. I'd rather not
raise my insurance because of a
preventable fender bender. Just
asking for some common cour-
tesy folks. That's all.
Come on, folks, if a person
doesn't look at you, doesn't talk
to you and tries to avoid you,
then they don't want a flier.
Tell me, how do you ask
someone on a date that you have
a crush on? Do you just walk up
to him and do the strange girl
routine and just ask him out? Or
do you invite him to a comedy
show because you have an extra
ticket? Either way it goes, you are
still the strange girl desperate for
a date.
Spring semester has started
and so have the fashion shows.
I wonder if all of these fashions
will continue throughout the
semester or just fizzle by the end
of January like most New Year's
Attention, ladies: If you're
lonely, maybe you should try
being less competitive.
Why does my advisor tell me
to take a 3000 level course when
a 1000 level one would fulfill my
elective requirement?
I hate Hybrid cars. The only
reason people have them is to
show off. They don't get better
gas mileage under normal driv-
ing conditions, they have anemic'
performance, poor resale value
cost three grand more (on avetr
age) than a gasser, are prone,
to break down, complicated tq-
repair, the cost of replacement,
batteries is insane and you have
to pay to dispose of the batter-
ies when you get rid of the car.
Hybrids are all hype.
Why spend $150 on Micro-
soft when you can download a
free MS-Office compatible suite
from Open Office?
Why do people still buy $70
used textbooks from the student
store and UBE when you can buy
them for half the price at online
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an anonymous way for students and,
staff in the ECU community to voice
their opinions. Submissions can be
submitted anonymously online at, or e-
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Page A4 252.328.6366 CAROIYN SCANDURA Features Editor KRISTIN MURNANE Assistant Features Editor WEDNESDAY January 12, 2005
Top 5 Movies:
1. Meet The Fockers
2 White Noise
3 Aviator
4. Lemony Snickets:
A Series of Unfortunate Events
5. Fat Albert
Top 5 TV Shows:
2 60 Minutes
a NFL Football
4. Everybody Loves Raymond
5. Law and Order: Criminal Intent
Top 5 DVDs:
. , Robot
2 The Manchurian Candidate
3 Collateral
4. Dodgeball
5. Bourne Supremacy
Top 5 Books:
. The Five People You Meet In
2. The Da Vinci Code
3. State of Fear
4. The Da Vinci Code:
Illustrated Edition
5�. Night Fall
Top 5 CDs:
7. Eminem
2 Green Day
3. Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz
4. Jay-Z and Linkin Park
5. Ludacris
Aries: You have more
responsibilities and that requires
ypu learn how to set priorities and
even delegate. Yes, you can.
Taurus: Developing your natural
talents will naturally lead you into
a position where others ask for
your advice. Do the homework to
make sure you're right.
Gemini: It's a good day for talking
things over, but all the words in
the world are not going to make
something work that won't. Listen
to a pragmatist.
Cancer: You've won a higher
place through your hard work,
so go ahead and get something
to celebrate your rise in status.
You've earned it.
Leo: You don't have to solve every
problem yourself Encourage the
people around you to come up
with creative ideas and they will.
And you can have some of the
Virgo: The work's creative and the
money's good, so don't complain.
This will make it possible for you
to get something you want, for the
family. Plan a delicious reward.
Libra: Link up with an intellectual
who can help you make up your
mind. You like to consider all
points of view, but one of them
is better.
Scorpio: A curious mind and an
old master help you bring out
your natural talent. Be careful
and realistic and accomplish a
surprising victory.
Sagittarius: Push yourself to try
something you're not sure you
can do. You're growing now, so
don't be stopped by your old
limits. They don't apply anymore.
Ignore them.
Capricorn: Finish up that final
nasty bit of work you've been
avoiding. It's a phone call or a
favor you promised to somebody
ages ago. It's inhibiting your
Aquarius: You're not in this mess
all by yourself. You have very
intelligent, creative and powerful
friends. Call them up to get a few
more good ideas.
Pisces: You're starting to ask
'how' and "why instead of just
accepting what is. You're apt to
find some good reasons, too. Tap
into the main power source.
'Meet the Fockers'
With a star-studded cast including Ben Stiller and Robert'DeNiro,
fVteef the Fockers is now playing in theaters nationwide.
Awesome cast slaves
to bad writing
Everyone was anticipat-
ing the much awaited sequel
to Meet the Parents and it was
finally released Dec. 22 cleverly
titled Meet the Fockers. The cast
includes the usual Robert De
Niro (Jack Byrnes), Ben Stiller
(Gaylord Focker), Blythe Danner
(Dina Byrnes) and Teri Polo
(Pam Byrnes).
In this new sequel, two award-
winning actors were added to
the stellar cast. Dustin Hoff-
man (Bernie Focker) and Barbara
Streisand (Roz Focker) add to the
awesome cast of Meet the Fock-
ers as Gaylord Focker's kooky
parents. Streisand does a wonder-
ful job of portraying a mother
in this movie after originally
turning down the part until
some re-writes were made for her
The basis of the story is a
continuation of the first movie,
Meet the Parents, in which Gaylord
meets the Byrnes for the first time
and tries his hand at impress-
ing Pam's father, Jack, with
little success.
Finally Gaylord reaches the
"Inner Family Circle of Trust"
of the Byrnes and now it's time
for the Byrnes to meet the Fock-
ers. Meet the Parents was released
in the fall of 2000 and was a
major hit.
Meet the Parents has raked in
more than $300 million since
its release. Much of the same
humor used in the original
movie is recycled and used again
with a slightly different twist in
Meet the Fockers.
For those who have not seen
the first installment, it is avail-
able on DVD and comes on televi-
sion regularly. Tickets to Meet the
Fockers are free with the purchase
of the Meet the Parents Bonus Edi-
tion DVD which includes all the
deleted outtakes.
Jay Roach, who also directed
Meet the Parents, directed Meet the
Fockers. It seemed he didn't hit
the nail on the head the way he
did with the first movie. It was
expected that Meet the Fockers
would just blow Meet the Parents
away, but it didn't move it an
The theme centers on the
� Byrnes meeting the Fockers and
� the families having to endure
g each other and numerous mis-
haps for two days. The two new
c characters, Roz and Bernie, spice
3 up the story with their unusual
lifestyle and practices.
Once again, Gaylord tries his
best to please Pam's father, Jack,
while trying desperately to keep
his own parents in check.
There are many funny
moments, but they are always
expected given the previews and
trailers for the movie. There's
little left to the imagination and
there is pretty much nothing
left in between but the same
old fluff.
Although the movie was not
what was expected in terms of
comedy, the fact that the cast is
award-winning makes up for it.
This movie had a good con-
cept building on an already hit
film, but it just didn't have the
same humor, real life situations
and probability as the original
Meet the Parents.
Meet the Fockers doesn't live
up to the hype surrounding it. It
may be worthwhile to wait until
the DVD hit stores.
This writer can be contacted at
'Spanglish' translate
with movie audiences
The Aviator: Flying High
Leonardo DiCaprio
captivates audiences
as Howard Hughes
The previews you may have
seen paint Aviator in a charming,
happy light. The million-dollar
man, who made the best movies,
flew the fastest planes and wooed
the most beautiful women. While
this may accurately describe the
life of Howard Hughes, this movie
shows both sides of the coin as a
stark reality of the true life and
spirit of the innovative mogul of
many mediums Howard Hughes.
The epic portrays the life of
I loward Hughes from the 1920s to
the 1940s, in his heyday producing
million-dollar Hollywood movies
and creating the most innovative
planes of the time. Aviator depicts
the life of the man behind such
movies as Hill's Angels (the most
expensive movie ever made at t he
time with production costs close
to $4 million), Scarface (the 1930s
prohibition account as opposed to
Al Pacino in the 1970s) and The
Outlaw. Despite failure to graduate
high school, Howard Hughes, the
aviator, made precedents in film
and aviation.
Leonardo DiCaprio may forever
be seen as the boy wonder from
Titanic, if his acting abilities were
at any time in doubt, they should
be doused with his performance in
this film. DiCaprio captivates the
audience, successfully depicting
both the playboy persona and the
man stricken with OCD. DiCaprio
provides effective and emotional
acting in every setting. The man
he plays is conflicted with inner
psychological demons and has a
personality that won't allow him
to lose pursuit in his Interests.
DiCaprio portrays these charac-
teristics in their truest and most
believable form and permeates the
attitudes of the people who rose
and fell on his own accord.
Direction is skillfully led
through, so each scene is func-
tionally constructed to paint a
modern portrait of the man that
lived two generations before our
time. One incentive to see the
movie includes the celebrated past
of its director Martin Scorsese.
Scorsese directed films by the
likes of GoodFellas, Raging Hull,
The Color of Money, Gangs of New
York and Taxi Driver.
Critics have lauded the film
around the nation. Comments
include, "This is one of the year's
Leonardo DiCaprio plays
Howard Hughes.
best films (Roger Ebert, Chi-
cago Sun-Times), a big, juicy,
gorgeous, high-flying epic
(Peter Travers, Rolling Stone)
and over length is the only
thing that keeps Aviator from
being the year's best movie
Already Aviator has received
accolades in the form of award
show nominations. The Directors
Guild of America "one of the most
reliable forecasters of Oscar suc-
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Adam Sandier strikes gold with his latest movie.
Brooks'fifth film
showcases a different
side of Adam Sandier
James L. Brooks does not
i direct movies often, but when
he does, he makes them count.
With films such as Terms of
Endearment, Broadcast News and
i4s Good As It Gets under his belt,
you could certainly understand
why there was such anticipation
for his latest film, Spanglish, a
romantic comedy which was
released Dec. 17 with stars
Adam Sandier and Tea Leoni.
Though he has only directed
five feature films in his career,
Brooks has been a very busy
man during that time. In that
span, Brooks co-created a hand-
ful of TV series' such as "The
Simpsons" and "The Critic
he served as a writer for sitcoms
"Rhoda" and "Taxi" and has
produced a slew of feature films
including Say Anything, Jerry
Maguire, Riding in Cars with Boys
and Big.
Throughout his career,
Brooks has gained a reputa-
tion for being quite difficult
to work with. Being such a
perfectionist has been the
reason for directing so few
films, but also serves as the
reason each film was so memo-
rable to critics and fans alike.
Three of the films he directed
have been nominated for
Best Picture by the Academy
Awards. In 1984, his film Terms
of Endearment won the coveted
award while Brooks picked up
the Oscar for Best Director.
Actors are attracted to work-
ing with Brooks and tend to find
great success in doing so. Two
out of Jack Nicholson's three
Academy Awards for Best Actor
came from Brooks' films. That
fact may have been a contribut-
ing factor leading Adam Sandier
to branch out and opt for a role
in Spanglish, which probably
paid less than Sandler's $20
million quote.
Adam Sandier takes on a role
different than those in movies
made by his production com-
pany Happy Madison. Making
millions and appeasing teen-
age boys everywhere, Sandier
perfected the 'goof-ball' role in
films such as The Waterboy, Big
Written and Directed by
James L Brooks
Starring Adam Sandier and
Tea Leonl
Rated PG-13 for some
sexual content and brief
Running Time: 129 minutes
Daddy, and Little Nicky. In 2002,
he showed the world his serious
side and dazzled the critics in
Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch-
Drunk Love.
Another attempt has been
made to showcase Sandler's
talents in a role that doesn't
require a speech impediment.
Hoping to mirror Nicholson's
success, Sandler's comedic
talent will find itself useful in
With the role written with
Sandier in mind, Brooks knew
he had what it took to be in
his film.
"It's a cliche, but what does
it mean for an actor to make a
part his own? It means that he
takes on what you had intended
and starts to put in his own
stuff so that it becomes some-
thing that could only happen
if he played it. I think this part,
the way Adam plays it, could
only happen if he played it
While slammed by crit-
ics for his previous off-the-
wall silly roles, Brooks always
admired Sandler's brand of
humor and thought him ideal
for the part. Playing the role of a
chef who internalizes his family
problems, Sandier proves he
isn't a one-trick pony after all.
Spanglish is the story of a
troubled family. John Clasky
(Sandier) is a successful chef
whose marriage to Deborah
(Tea Leoni) is rocky and the
relationship with his children
worsens. The career-oriented
couple hire a housekeeper,
Flor Moreno (Paz Vega), an
immigrant from Mexico. The
Spanish speaking Flor brings
along her daughter Cristina
(Victoria Luna) to translate for
the family.
Relationships develop and
the characters gain a new sense
of understanding for them-
Bend it Like Beckham' bending all the rules
Soccer from a new perspective.
Girls can play soccer
just as well as the boys
As the I .ii.iinii' Movie Scope
states, "This is a well-written,
funny, heartwarming film with
a nice message about being true
to your own dreams
The protagonist Jess
(Parmlnder Nagra) has a
big dream of playing on an
all-female professional
soccer team.
A teenager from London,
England, Jess idolizes the well-
known British soccer player,
David Beckham, and wants to
be just as talented and skilled
as he is. While Jess comes
from a traditional Sikh family
whose parents may have toler-
ated her passion for soccer as a
younggirl, now that sheis older, her
father (Anupam Kher) and mother
(Shaheen Khan) dislike Jess's
passion for soccer. Her mother
wants Jess to focus on mar-
riage, school and learning the
traditional Punjab dinners.
One afternoon, as Jess is
playing soccer with her
friends, Juliette (Keira Knight-
ley) witnesses Jess's talented
skills. Juliette, herself a soccer
player on a team called the
Hounslow Harriers, then
asks Jess to audition for the
all-female soccer team she
plays on. Jess accepts, but her
parents forbid her to play. Jess
deceives her parents by sneaking
out or lying in order to fulfill her
dream of being on a soccer team.
This movie is a light-hearted
film where family values run
deep. This film is somewhat
unique from other films in that
Jess has an understanding of
her family's traditional point of
view even as she struggles with
the cultural generation gap
she faces.
There is a soft humanity
in Bend it Like Beckham, along
with a bubbling enthusiasm.
This movie Is great for anyone
who dreams big.
Directed by Gurinder
Chadha. Written by Gurinder
Chadha, Paul Mayeda Burges
and Giljit Bindra. 112 minutes. A
Fox Searchlight Pictures release.
2003. Rated PG-13 for language
and some sexual situations, this
movie fits the scope to a tee.
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selves and other cultures. Told
through the eyes of Cristina in
a college-essay, Spanglish is the
humorous story of culture col-
lisions and the ties a family has
to each other.
Expectations were high for
this film. With Brooks averaging
only two films a decade, success
seemed certain for Spanglish.
However, when it opened Dec.
17 to mixed reviews and moder-
ate box office, hope sank for this
small film. Compared to the 25
Academy Awards garnered by
Brooks' previous four films and
Sandler's $41 million opening
for Big Daddy, Spanglish appears
quite weak.
Scott Foundas of the LA
Weekly slams the film, recogniz-
ing its wasted talent. "Stuffed
with random ingredients, spew-
ing random bits of character
and story across the screen for
more than two hours, Spanglish
is Brooks' unqualified kitchen
disaster - a desperate, shapeless,
overreaching big-screen sitcom
of a movie that just wants to be
loved. Is that so wrong?"
It's not as dismal as Scott
Foundas portrays it. Roger
Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times
enjoyed the film emphasizing its
wonderful performances.
"The movie is all about solu-
tions, and the problems are more
like test questions. At the end,
I felt there hadn't been much
at risk, but I got to see some
worthy characters stumbling
toward improvement
Ebert's Ebert & Roeper
and the Movies co-host,
Richard Roeper raves about
Paz Vega's performance hail-
ing her as a breakout star and
putting Spanglish on his top 10
of 2004 list.
In short, while the film may
not appeal to every movie-goer,
die-hard fans of Brooks will
definitely enjoy his latest work.
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including Best Picture, Best
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WEDNESDAY January 12, 2005
,sss Pirates to face nationally gj
C-USA reaches deal
Conference USA has entered Into
long-term agreements with ESPN,
Inc. (ESPN) and College Sports
Television Networks, Inc. (CSTV),
Conference USA Commissioner
Britton Banowsky announced
today. The new agreements
contain six-year initial terms to
begin July 1,2005 and conclude
June 30,2011. The agreement with
ESPN extends the conference's
current regular season football
package to include the broadcast
of the conference's Football
Championship Game, starting
with the inaugural game in 2005.
It also encompasses distribution
of men's basketball and women's
basketball on ESPNESPN2 and
both tournament championship
games. The C-USA content
granted to ESPN may also be
available through the collection
of ESPN entities such as ESPN
Mobile (wireless), ESPN Interactive,
ESPN Broadband (ESPN 360),, ESPN Pay-Per-Vlew,
ESPN Video-on-Demand, ESPN
HD, ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes
and more. The agreement with
CSTV is comprehensive in nature
and includes significant national
and regional exposure for football,
men's and women's basketball,
and all other Conference USA
sports. Additionally, the CSTV
agreement includes video-on-
demand, Internet, broadband,
national over-the-air and satellite
radio, and wireless distribution
as well as corporate marketing
rights, and Web site production
through CSTV Online, a subsidiary
of CSTV. Conference USA is
preparing for a transition to a new
membership model. Beginning
in 2005-06, C-USA will consist
of 12 member institutions that
all participate In football and
men's and women's basketball
- East Carolina, Houston, Marshall,
Memphis, Rice, SMU, Southern
Miss, Tulane, Tulsa, UAB, UCF
and UTEP. The league will span
nine states and include significant
television markets such as Dallas-
Fort Worth, Houston, Memphis,
New Orleans and Orlando.
NCAA approves
academic reform plan
The NCAA approved the first
phase of a landmark academic
reform package Monday under
which about 30 percent of
Division I football teams would
have lost scholarships had it
been implemented immediately.
On the last day of the NCAA
convention, the Division I Board of
Directors approved the plan that
calls for scholarship reductions
for teams that perform poorly in
the classroom. The Academic
Performance Program applies to
every men's and women's sport
- more than 5,000 teams at the
325 Division I schools. Schools
will receive reports in the next few
weeks that let them know which of
their teams fall below standards
set by the Division I Committee
on Academic Performance. That
will serve as an initial warning.
University of Hartford president
and committee chairman
Walter Harrison said the biggest
problems were in football (about
30 percent of teams), baseball
(25 percent) and men's basketball
(20 percent). The so-called
"contemporaneous penalties'
are considered rehabilitative in
nature and expected to serve
as warnings for teams with poor
academic performance. Such
penalties could begin after the
2005 fall semester. Another phase
of the program will be historical
penalties, which will be more
severe and directed at schools with
continued problems. Harrison's
committee is still working on the
penalties, and they will have to
be approved by NCAA directors
later. Kansas chancellor Robert
Hemenway, the chairman of the
NCAA board, said the board has
already endorsed those tougher
penalties. Academic reform has
been a centerpiece issue for
Myles Brand since he became
NCAA president two years ago.
In his state of the association
address Saturday, he said the
measures "will change the culture
of college sports There will be
two different measurements of
academic performance used
in the program. The Academic
Progress Rate (APR) will be
based on the number of student-
athletes on each team who
achieve eligibility and return
to campus full-time each term.
ranked Bearcats tonight
Cincinnati has lost just
one game this season
Talk about two teams
headed in opposite directions.
Coming into tonight's contest
with the Cincinnati Bearcats,
the ECU Pirates will have lost
seven out of their last eight
games, including two losses to
open conference play.
On the other hand, the
Bearcats have steadily climbed
up the national polls and now sit
at No. 13 in the nation, boasting
a record of 13-1.
The one in the Bearcats'
results came at the hands of No.
1 Illinois, on a neutral court
where the fighting Illinois won
handily 67-45.
However, Cincinnati has
opened conference play in
correct fashion, as they easily
disposed of Depaul and St. Louis,
two normally solid teams in
C-USA play. In the two wins,
Jason Maxiell and Armein
Kirkland combined to score 76
points and grab 31 rebounds.
Although Maxiell was
placed on the Naismith watch
list at the beginning of the
season, a list comprised of
the thought to be among the top 50
players in the country, the Pirates
biggest threat may come in guard-
ing the ever-versatile Kirkland.
Kirkland, recently named
C-USA player of the week,
averaged 20 points in Cincin-
nati's two conference wins,
while posing problems to both
the Blue Demons and the Bit-
Bob Huggjns has a worcl with Eric Hicks during a break in play. Hicks is averaging 13.2 points per game and 8.9 rebounds this year.
likens. With his ability to
conversely pound inside and
shoot the trifecta, Kirkland
may be one of the more under-
rated players in the nation.
With the exception of
Kirkland, Cincinnati has
continued to struggle from
behind the arc this season
(35 percent) as they have done
in years past. Since Kirkland
(47 percent from three land)
may. be the only threat from
outside, ECU may employ
using the zone defense
more often they than would like
to try and neutralize the Bearcats'
bread-and-butter, which comes
in the paint.
The beauty of basketball,
however, is no matter how
good a team is defensively they
still have to play at their end
and put the ball in the bucket
consistently. The Bearcats
have given up just below
60 points a contest, very
characteristic of a Bob Hug-
gins coached team. The
Pirates have to shoot better
than their previous eight
outings, in which they only scored
ECU lacking effort over break
In my
three and
a half years
here fol-
lowing the
team, there
has been
one thing
that has kept
me going to
games - their
effort. No
matter how big of an underdog
the guys were, they fought and
they played hard.
For some reason, this tradi-
tion went out the window over
Christmas break.
I hung around town for the
Winthrop game and saw seven
guys on the court play with
effort. The five from Winthrop,
Japhet McNeil and Taylor Gagnon
seemed to be the guys who cared
there was a basketball game
going on.
Coach Herrion has never
quit coaching or standing in
his familiar crouch despite the
score. But this night, he sat with
his arms folded and watched his
team lethargically take a loss to
an inferior team.
We dropped the game to the
Eagles of Winthrop, then lost
to South Carolina and then got
embarrassed by Clemson.
During the Clemson game,
we put up a dismal 12 field goals.
Twelve field goals. Twelve field
goals. That is so bad, It's worth
saying three times. You are not
going to beat ANYONE with only
12 field goals.
This run of poor play was
really summed up when a Clem-
son player threw an alley-oop off
the backboard and it was thrown
down hard while four ECU play-
ers were no where to be seen.
While the effort was most
certainly back during the South
Florida game, things are just not
going well this season. Every-
thing that seemed to click earlier
in the year has stopped.
The biggest question has
been with Moussa. He's pulling
down double digits in rebounds,
but he's nearly seven feet tall, he
should be averaging that. He has
completely lost his touch around
the basket. He was 0-10 from the
field against Clemson and 0-for-
4 against South Carolina. While
he started scoring again against
St. Andrews and South Florida, it
was still two bad performances.
He did knock down six field goals
against the Bulls, but he missed
13, about 10 of which were
within five feet of the bucket. He
has got to find that touch around
the basket if this team wants to
win another game this season.
Mike Cook was one of the many Pirates to play poorty over Christmas break but has found
his shooting touch as of late, scoring a combined 51 points in the last three games.
Mike Cook is scoring, but over
break it was ugly. He was putting
up around 20 shots a game and hit-
ting less then half of them. Since
then he has seemed to warm up,
hitting on over half his attempts
in the last couple of games.
And I don't want the guy to
be perfect - physical errors are
OK. If someone misses a shot that
is a good shot selection, that's
OK. But when a guy is double
and triple teamed, someone will
be open somewhere on the court
and that would probably be a
good time to pass the ball.
Corey Rouse, who at one
point was dominating, has dis-
appeared. He had double-double
after double-double but now
he isn't scoring and he isn't
rebounding. We all know he can
do it, we've all seen It.
The one bright spot over
the break was the play of Japhet
McNeil. If anyone doubts how
hard he plays, just look at his
numbers from the South Florida
game. No, I'm not talking about
points or any stat like that - I'm
talking about hustle plays. Plays
like the two charges he drew.
He was able to break down the
Clemson press. He brought the
ball up the court and passed it
to someone who probably then
missed a shot. Maybe JaPhet
should start shooting some more.
That is a statement I thought I
would never say.
His shot during the South
Florida game looked totally dif-
ferent. It's coming out with more
rotation and more at the top of
release. At one point, he would
be lucky to score from the field,
now he is hitting from downtown
almost every game.
Things like that are a credit to
just how hard this guy works. He
has probably had the same shot
for his entire career and then he
has the work ethic and motiva-
tion to work on it and fix it. Try to
change something you have been
doing your entire life and see how
easy it is.
If everyone on this team would
play like JaPhet, we may not win
some games, but we surely will try
and will never give up.
The writer can be contacted at
sports&theeastcarolinian. com.
36 percent of the time from
the floor.
The task is simple: Win a
ballgame. The team is tough:
Cincinnati. If the Pirates can
get going in transition and get
some early dunks and layups,
they will bring in the key factor
of the game which will be
waiting to explode at all
moments throughout the game:
Minges. Never count ECU out
at home.
This writer can be contacted at
(AP) � Ben Roethlisberger
played few poor games during
his unrivaled 13-0 rookie-season
run. The Pittsburgh Steelers' 17-6
victory over the New York Jets on
Dec. 12 was one of them.
Roethlisberger looked uncom-
fortable and played ineffectively,
throwing two interceptions and
getting sacked twice as Pitts-
burgh was held to only three
points until the fourth quarter.
The rookie quarterback
picked up his play in the final
period by leading two touch-
down drives, but his statistics,
9-of-19 for 144 yards, were his
worst of the season. He didn't
even lead the Steelers in touch-
down passes. Jerome Bettis had
one to his none.
But if Steelers coach Bill
Cowher is concerned that Roeth-
lisberger will make his first NFL
playoff start Saturday against the
team that frustrated him most
during the season, he wasn't
showing it Monday.
Roethlisberger has played
more NFL games than he did
during his final college season at
Miami of Ohio, so to Cowher he
isn't a rookie any longer.
"We have an identity now.
We have players who have roles
on this team and we need every-
body to play at the levels that
have put us in this position
Cowher said.
"There's no one excluded. I
don't differentiate rookies from
guys who have been here eight
or nine years
Still, Roethlisberger looked
like a rookie against the Jets,
throwing for only 24 yards in
the first half. Nearly all of his
Mets, Yankees make
big league moves
(AP) � Carlos Beltran opened
a unique doubleheader Tuesday
by finalizing his $119 million,
seven-year contract with the New
York Mets, while the Yankees
prepared across town to com-
plete their acquisition of Randy
"I feel proud to be part of a
hew family: the New York Mets.
The new Mets Beltran said at a
news conference at Shea Stadium.
"I call it the 'new Mets' because
this organization is going to a
new direction, the right direc-
tion, the direction of winning
Before their deal with Bel-
tran, the Mets gave three-time
Cy Young Award winner Pedro
Martinez a $53 million, four-year
contract and kept Kris Benson for
$22.5 million over three years.
"When we started putting our
team together I didn't think
we were going to be able to sign
a Carlos Beltran on top of that,
after signing a great pitcher like
Pedro Martinez general man-
ager Omar Minaya said.
The Yankees, who turned
down the chance to sign Beltran
to a $100 million, six-year deal,
focused on pitching this off-
season after wasting a 3-0 lead
against Boston in the AL champi-
onship series. They signed pitch-
ers Carl Pavano ($39.95 million
over four years) and Jaret Wright
($21 million over three years),
then agreed to pay $9 million to
Arizona as part of the Johnson
trade and give the Big Unit a
$32 million, two-year extension
through 2007.
In other baseball news Tues-
day, third baseman Tony Batista's
$15 million, two-year contract
was finalized by Fukouka in
Japan's Pacific League, which also
agreed to a deal with infielder
Jolbert Cabrera. Reliever Dan
Miceli agreed to a one-year deal
with the Yomiuri Giants of the
Central League worth about $2
On Monday, Toronto
agreed to i $900,000, one-year
contract with reliever Billy
Koch, Los Angeles reached a
preliminary agreement
on a $650,000 deal with
catcher Paul Bako, Flor-
ida gave a $475,000 deal to
left-hander Matt Perisho, Pitts-
burgh agreed to a minor league
contract with pitcher Todd
Ritchie and Cleveland closed in
on a minor league contract with
outfielder Juan Gonzalez.
The Mets finalized their
$900,000, one-year deal with
infielder Miguel Cairo and
agreed toa $2.1 million, one-year
contract with right-hander Victor
Zambrano, avoiding arbitration.
In a trade agreed to on Dec.
30, the Yankees are sending
pitchers Javier Vazquez and Brad
Halsey, catcher Dioner Navarro
and $9 million to Arizona.
Vazquez passed his physi-
cal with the Diamondbacks on
Monday night. Navarro had to
take two physicals Monday
one for Arizona and one for Los
Angeles, which is acquiring him
as part of a separate deal.
Los Angeles is receiving
Navarro and three other pros-
pects from the Diamondbacks for
outfielder Shawn Green and $10
million. Green also passed his
physical with Arizona and was
scheduled to be introduced at a
news conference on Tuesday.
He and the Diamondbacks
reached an agreement in prin-
ciple Sunday on a $32 million,
three-year contract, which allows
that trade to be finalized. Then
the Dodgers plan to complete
their $36 million, four-year
contract with free-agent pitcher
Derek Lowe.
On the way to his physical
Monday, Johnson got into a
confrontation on a Manhattan
sidewalk with a television cam-
He put his long right arm up
to block a camera from WCBS-
TV after he left his Manhattan
Johnson, who was accompa-
nied by Yankees director of team
security Jerry Laveroni, made
contact with the camera, station
spokeswoman Audrey Pass said.
"Get out of my face, that's all
1 ask Johnson said, according to
a video posted on the station's
Web site.
"No cameras Laveroni
"Don't get in my face John-
son then said. "I don't care who
you are. Don't get in my face
"I'm just taking a picture
said the cameraman, identified
by the station as Vinny Everett.
Responded Johnson: "Don't
get in my face, and don't talk
back to me, all right
Johnson issued a statement
through agent Alan Nero that was
distributed by the Yankees.
"Regarding the unfortunate
incident that happened this
morning as I was on my way
to take a physical, I hope that
everyone will understand that
the past few days have been a
bit overwhelming and I wish
I had handled the situation
differently Johnson said. "I am
very sorry it happened

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which is located in Blacksburg, VA the weekend of February 18-20, 2005.
All expenses for the trip will be paid by Mendhall Student Center.
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Roethlisberger has gone an astounding 13-0 as the rookie quartberback for the Steelers. Pittsburgh will play the Jets Saturday.
yardage came as he completed
four of his final five passes for
99 yards, including a 46-yarder
to Lee Mays that led to Bettis'
12-yard touchdown run.
"They were bringing a lot of
people, and penalties hurt us a
lot Roethlisberger said. "We did
not play a good first half of foot-
ball offensively. We made some
mistakes, but the good thing is
we got out with the win
Afterward, it was suggested
that Roethlisberger was regress-
ing and had hit the so-called
rookie wall. But he bounced
back a week later to throw for
316 yards and a touchdown as
the Steelers beat the New York
Giants 33-30.
"The thing I liked about Ben
in the fourth quarter was, he
never flinched Cowher said.
The Steelers' 15-1 record
matches the NFL's best
regular-season mark since the 16-
game schedule was adopted in 1976.
Two of the previous three teams to
go 15-1 the 1984 49ers and 1985
Bears won the Super Bowl. Only
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to start this season Cowher said.
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taking. I think the onry thing that
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The East Carolinian, January 12, 2005
East Carolina's student-run campus newspaper was first published in 1923 as the East Carolina Teachers College News (1923-1925). It has been re-named as The Teco Echo (1925, 1926-1952), East Carolinian (1952-1969), Fountainhead (1969-1979), and The East Carolinian (1969, 1979-present). It includes local, state, national, and international stories with a focus on campus events.
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