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KRISTIN DAY
ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR
As the first election in Iraq in about 50 years is scheduled to take
place Sunday, many concerns arise for the country and loved ones
fighting overseas.
A soldier stationed in Iraq who requested anonymity, said the week
has been relatively calm but he expects conditions to get worse.
"They have not been attacking as much as they use to he said.
"They are probably storing up all their ammunition and explosives
for what is to come
He said insurgents will probably be targeting election areas with
a lot of firepower in order to keep the people from voting.
David Conradt, political science professor, said he doesn't know
what will happen during the elections, but unfortunately, he
is pessimistic.
Conradt said the Hush Administration has made many promises
to the American people they have not been able to uphold, such as
suggesting the circumstances would improve once Saddam Hussein
was out of the country.
"But it just keeps getting worse and worse said Conradt.
The best-case scenario in Conradt's opinion is the election pro-
duces a government that enjoys support. The worst-case scenario
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"I think there is so
much pressure on it, I don't
think people are going to
vote the way they want to
because fear of being hurt
or killed. I don't think they
will be properly regulated
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what they are doing is very
pro democracy. I think its
future will be more stable
An Iraqi immigrant in the United States registers for the overseas vote.
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ECU Poetry Forum celebrates 40th anniversary

BALABAN
Balaban featured
as key speaker
AMBER PAYNE
STAFF WRITER
John Balaban, author, profes-
sor and Vietnamese translator, is
scheduled to read his poetry to
ECU, Feb. 2 as part ol the 40th
anniversary celebration of the
ECU Poetry Forum.
Author of 12 books in
both fiction and non-fiction,
Balaban has won The Academy
of American Poet's Lamont
Prize, a National Poetry Series
Selection and been nominated
twice for the National Book
Award. He was also named
the 2001-2004 National Artist
for the Phi Kappa Phi Honor
Society, awarded a John Simon
Guggenheim Fellowship award
in 2003 and won the 1998
William Carlos Williams Award
from the Poetry Society of Amer-
ica for his book titled Locusts
at the F:dge (if Summer: New and
Selected Poems.
Peter Makuck, English profes-
sor, met Balaban during a book
exchange, during which Bala-
ban and Makuck swapped one
another's books.
"Given the wonderful
cadences and dramatic content
of many of his poems I am very
much looking forward to hearing
him read said Makuck.
Students are also looking
forward to the event.
"You never see medic
poets, so this will be Interesting
to hear another writer's perspec-
tive 1 look forward to hearing
Balaban read said Jerry Mat Iks.
English graduate student.
Balaban is an English pro-
fessor at NCSU. He Is also
the former president of the
American Literary Transla-
tor Association and deemed
Raleigh's poet-in-residence.
Balaban received an English
degree from Penn State and a
master's degree in English litera-
ture from Harvard. He graduated
during the Vietnam War, which
he expressed an extreme opposi-
tion toward.
"I was pissed off at the war
said Balaban.
"I thought I could actually
do something about it, so I left
for Vietnam
Balaban worked with
Vietnamese civilians and
treated the wounded. He tended
to Vietnamese children and
If their conditions were too
severe, he would send them
to the United States for profes-
sional care. Once they healed,
the children returned to
their families.
Balaban worked with
the Committee of Responsibil-
ity and International Volun-
teer Services. Through his work
with the organization, Balaban
found his fascination for Viet-
namese culture.
In 1972, he returned to
the United States where he
wanted to pursue his writing by
translating Vietnamese
poems. He took Vietnamese
language courses at the
University of Hawaii.
Balaban said with time came
the understanding and profes-
sionalism of translating.
Balaban has translated
numerous poems and writ-
ten fiction and non-fiction
books mainly about the Vietnam
War. these works include Ca
Dao Vietnam: Vietnamese Folk
Poetry, Vietnam: The Land We
Never Knew, Remembering Heaven's
Face and Vietnam: A Traveler's
Literary Companion.
"The culture dates back 4,000
years and the complexity of their
2,000-year-old poems fascinates
me Balaban said.
Balaban has been said to
have "mastered the art" of taking
Vietnamese poems and trans-
lating them with "delicacy and
skill" while not disturbing the
original piece.
Makuck expresses his fascina-
tion with Balaban's work through
Balaban's memoir, Remembering
Heaven's Face.
This writer con be contacted at
news@theeaslcarolinian. com.
The North Carolina Digital History library serves as a historical
reference for counties of eastern North Carolina.
ECU'S North Carolina
Digital Library a success
Site actively visited by
people in nation, world
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A.J. WALTON
STAFF WRITER
The North Carolina Digital
Library from ECU has proven to
be a success since it was launched
at the beginning of the year.
Since Its completion in July,
the digital library has made
a significant impact on the
Internet world.
According to Elizabeth Smith,
principal investigator during the
creation of the digital library and
librarian in the North Carolina
Collection of Joyner Library,
the site currently offers 169
digital editions of titles related
to 29 counties in eastern North
Carolina. The site offers in-depth
information including popula-
tion histories, links to govern-
ment sites, public libraries and
the national register of historic
places In each county.
Use of the digital library has
increased dramatically since its
initial opening with 222 people
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THURSDAY January 27, 2005
Campus News
Human Relations Council
The City of Greenville is accepting
applications from students of
an institution of higher learning
to serve as volunteers on the
Human Relations Council. This
Commission is responsible for
organizing and implementing
programs dealing with problems
of human relations and promoting
understanding, respect, good
will and equality of opportunity
for all citizens. Two student
representatives would be
appointed for one-year terms. The
Human Relations Commission
meets the first Wednesday of
each month excluding July
and August at 7 p.m. If you live
inside the city limits of Greenville
and would like to serve on this
commission, please call the City
Clerk's Office at 329-4423 to
obtain an application. You can
also access a talent bank at
greenvillenc.gov.
Send ECU to Kenya
ECU medical students are actively
seeking donations for their
upcoming trip to Kenya. Donations
for the students to go and work in
clinics this summer can be made
to the Medical Foundation. In the
�memo" section, please write
"Africa TripEC
Join ASA
Interested in joining the Arab
Student Association? Please
send an e-mail to srb0907@mail.
ecu.edu or bjh0218@mail.ecu.
edu. Come learn more about the
Arabic culture.
PR Raffle
PRSSA will be at the Wright Race
holding a raffle for an upcoming
charity event Thursday from 10
a.m. - 2 p.m.
Benefit concert
Blue County will be performing
at the Wright Auditorium Jan. 27
at 8 p.m. for a benefit concert
sponsored by 95.1 WRNS and
WITN TV 17. Tickets are on sale
for $12 and are available to the
public at the Wright Auditorium
ticket office or by calling 1-800-
ECU-ARTS.
Annual member
celebrationAll That Jazz
The Pitt-Greenville Chamber of
Commerce will host this musical
event at the Hilton in Greenville
at 7 p.m. Jan. 28. The ECU Jazz
Combo, directed by Carroll V.
Dashiell, Jr will perform and the
Citizen of the Year award will be
presented. For more information,
call 752-4101.
The Delfonlcs and
Harold Melvln's Blue Notes
CC Entertainment and Oldies
104.9 will host this performance
of blues music at the Greenville
Convention Center Jan. 28 at 7
p.m. Tickets are available at the
Greenville Convention Center.
V.I.P seats are $39 and general
admission costs $25. Call 321-
7671 for details.
Contra Dance
The Folk Arts Society of Greenville
and ECU Folk and Country
Dancers will host a contra dance
Jan. 28 at the Willis Building on
First and Reade streets. Lessons
will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the
dance will be from 8 -10:30 p.m.
Jazz at Night
The school of music will host this
jazz event Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. in
the Mendenhall Great Room. For
more information call 328-6851.
Greenville Contrathon 2005
The Folk Arts Society of Greenville
and ECU Folk and Country
Dancers will host this event Jan.
28 - 29 at the Willis Building on
First and Reade streets. The
program will be held from 1 - 5
p.m and 7:30 -10.30 p.m Jan. 28
and from 7:30 -10.30 p.m. Jan. 29.
The FootLoose Band will provide
musical entertainment. Call 752-
7350 for more information.
Rickey Smiley Comedy Show
Sponsored by M and M
Promotions, Smiley along with
comedians Ronnie Jordan and
CED Delaney will perform at the
Greenville Convention Center
Jan. 29 at 7.30 p.m. For more
information, call 902-6114 or
902-9116.
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Local
Duke frat party
stars bikinis, baby oil
DURHAM, NC - In what was
probably not a film class assignment,
partying Duke University students
were found re-enacting a movie
scene with an inflatable wading pool,
a whole lot of baby oil and female
students in bikinis.
Police came upon the scene -
an apparent homage to the 2003
comedy Old School - in the basement
of a Duke fraternity house early
Sunday morning.
Police went to the home around
midnight to check out a noise
complaint and found about 200
ct'jdents in attendance.
"Inside were several of America's
future, re-enacting a scene from the
movie Old School, where females
wrestle in a pool of lubricants said
Durham Police Sgt. D. Gunter. In their
version, the Duke students apparently
opted for baby oil.
Officers said they cleared out
the house, sending some of the
women home in the subfreezing
temperatures in nothing other than
the bikinis they wore.
Nicholas Hunter Roberts, who lives
at the address, was charged with
violating the city's noise ordinance, a
misdemeanor that carries a $150 fine.
There has been ongoing tension
between students and residents
of the neighborhoods that adjoin
Duke's East Campus. Other weekend
parties in the area resulted in noise
ordinance charges and a marijuana
possession charge.
Meat processing
plants violate human rights
RALEIGH, NC - Working conditions at
meat processing plants in the United
States, including one in North Carolina,
violate basic human rights, according
to a Human Rights Watch report.
The report, released Tuesday after a
year of research, is based on interviews
with employees and managers at
three plants: a Nebraska beef factory,
an Arkansas chicken plant and the
Smithfield Packing Co. pork plant in
the Bladen County town of Tar Heel.
The report describes all three
plants as places where workers are
frequently injured and then refused
medical care or fired.
The report found that repetitive motion
injuries are universal in the Industry,
unsanitary conditions sometimes
leave workers covered in animal urine
and feces and attempts to unionize
are sometimes violently quashed.
Tom Clarke, leader of an 11 -year effort
to unionize the Smithfield plant, said
the company has violated workers'
rights for years.
Human Rights Watch often reports on
international issues, such as torture
in Iraq.
The Smithfield plant, about 100 miles
south of Raleigh, employs about
5,000 and is the country's largest
hog-killing factory.
National
FBI rules out Boston terror threat
BOSTON - Two men suspected
of smuggling Chinese immigrants
across the Mexican border placed a
cell phone call warning of a possible
terror threat against Boston, Mexican
and American law enforcement
officials said.
The call set authorities in motion
- alerting the public, increasing
security at the airport, on the subway.
Gov. Mitt Romney even skipped
President Bush's inauguration to
return to Boston.
On Tuesday, the FBI said the chilling
tip was a false alarm.
"There were, in fact, no terrorist
plans or activity under way the
statement said. "Because the criminal
investigation is ongoing, no further
details can be provided at this time
Jose Ernesto Beltran Quinones, one
of 16 people sought for questioning
about the alleged terror plot, was
detained over the weekend in
Mexicali, a border town near San
Diego. His son, also named Jose, was
detained Monday.
Mexico's federal Attorney General's
office released a statement late
Tuesday saying Beltran, 34, had
admitted calling 911 on Jan. 17 from a
cell phone to report the fake threat.
Beltran was under the influence of
alcohol and drugs, the statement
said - he insisted the call "was
only a joke
Delaware Supreme
Court ruling could free Inmates
DOVER, Del. - A ruling by the Delaware
Supreme Court could free nearly 200
inmates serving life terms for murder,
rape and kidnapping - a decision
that has drawn impassioned protests
from victims' families and lawmakers.
The court's decision that some life
sentences should be considered
45-year terms applies only to life-with-
parole sentences handed down for
crimes committed before Delaware
clarified its sentencing laws in mid-1990.
On Tuesday, the State House
unanimously passed a bill declaring
the ruling "null and void although
lawmakers acknowledged the
measure may violate the separation
of powers.
"I have some severe doubts about
the constitutionality of this piece of
legislation said Rep. Robert Valihura,
a Republican from Wilmington. "That
said, I rise in support of this legislation
because we have to do something
If this is unconstitutional, we have
bought ourselves some time
The vote came after lawmakers
heard pleas from victims' families.
Greg Whaley said his grandparents
were killed in 1961 and his family
recently learned that the man who
was responsible - and who publicly
The ECU Technology Advancement Center is in the process of finalizing personal safety devices
which would heighten security on ECU'S campus.
Security device implementation
projects under dicussion
Students share
mixed feelings for
executing technology
KRISTIN DAY
ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR
The Implementation of pilot
projects to identify and test per-
sonal alert devices for campus
students has been slowed down
creating mixed reactions in stu-
dents and local police.
Concepts for the device are
varied, but the general idea from
tCU's Center for Wireless and
Mobile Computing is to create
a keychain-sized device which
would incorporate wireless tech-
nology to transmit an alert to the
police when a student needs help
or assistance.
Barry DuVall, director of the
Center for Wireless and Mobile
Computing said they at the
center (now the ECU Technol-
ogy Advancement ('enter) have
completed Phase I of a research
project to identify and test per-
sonal alert technology.
"The university is looking for
possibilities for implementing
pilot projects said DuVall.
"Approval and strategies for
implementation are necessary
before moving forward
One concern about employ-
ing technology is the cost. When
and if the technology becomes
available to students at ECU,
it would be difficult to get the
product to everyone fairly.
Sgt. Amy Davis, ECU's Crime
Prevention Sergeant, said the
school needs to le careful because
it would not be fair to keep it only
for the people who can afford it.
She said it should be made open
to all students, faculty and staff.
"Other students shouldn't be
held accountable for their own
safety because they can't afford
it said Davis.
"I think it's a great idea, but
it should be offered to everyone
Linda Sharp, junior health
information major, said she is
rarely concerned about her safety
on campus, but would consider
buying a personal alert device if it
were available at a reasonable price.
Some students echoed Sharp
saying they don't think ECU's
campus is dangerous enough
for the effort of selecting and
utilizing a personal alert
system.
Lauren Conelly, junior Span-
ish major, said she doesn't think
producing the device is necessary
because assaults and robberies do
not frequently occur on campus.
C.J. Edwards, sophomore
music instruction major, said
there are other consequential
possibilities such as accidentally
pressing the panic button or a
thief stealing the device along
with everything else.
Sophomore Kelley Lambert
works at the Java City in Joyner
Library and said even though
she has to walk across campus in
the dark after work, she doesn't
really think about the possibility
of being assaulted.
"I guess I think it will never
happen to me said Lambert.
For those who it has hap-
pened to, the reaction is different.
Emily Williford is an ECU
student and a two-time assault
victim. From her experience,
the device would be well-worth
the pitfalls.
"I like the idea of the security
device and think it would be so
helpful. I was mugged a few years
ago and had a situation a month
or so ago and it would have really
helped said Williford.
"Had I had one of those the
night I was mugged, the people
would have gotten arrested and
nothing would have been stolen
Williford said this kind of
device could save a lot of people
from awful situations and cannot
believe people think it is a bad
idea to make it.
"I guess they haven't had
the bad experiences you would
need to think otherwise Wil-
liford said.
"It all depends on what
you have gone through, but 1
think it would save a lot of lives
and prevent a lot of danger-
ous situations Think of all
the people who are raped and
if they have a police alert they
may be saved
Davis said that no
crimes which she consid-
ers to be major have occurred
recently, but in 2003 there were
nine reported robberies and
five sex offenses on campus.
"These nu mbers look smal 1
(but) this is a campus surrounded
by a bigger city Davis said.
"I'd rather see them a lot less
than what they are
Davis said the problem with
most campuses is they often react
after a crime. She said we should
take steps to stop crime before it
occurs and the security device is
a possible solution.
"You have to be proactive
Davis said.
DuVall said universities can
be considered safer than the
outside world because they have
their own police department, but
no matter how safe ECU is, there
are still problems with people
getting mugged, raped and people
getting into dorms. Students have
been killed on UNC campuses.
"We should recognize
the world is more dangerous
than it was 20 years ago DuVall
said.
This writer can be contacted at
news@theeastcarolinian. com.
vowed to kill others if he was ever freed
- could be released in four weeks.
"I thought one of the functions of
government was to protect the
citizens Whaley said.
Before 1990, a sentence of
life with parole was considered a 45-
year term for purposes of calculating
good time credit and setting
a parole date. Prosecutors maintained
that if an inmate was repeatedly
denied parole, he could be held
until he died.
World
Military helicopter
crashes, kills 31 In Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq - A U.S. Marine
helicopter transporting troops
crashed Wednesday in the desert
of western Iraq, killing 31 people,
American military officials said. It was
the deadliest crash of a U.S. military
helicopter in Iraq.
There was no immediate word on
how many people were on board
or what caused the crash. The
military officials did not specify the
nationalities of those on board or say
how many were soldiers.
The helicopter went down
about 1:20 a.m. near the town
of Rutbah, about 220 miles west
of Baghdad, while conducting
security operations, the military
said in a statement. The aircraft was
transporting personnel from the 1st
Marine Division.
A search and rescue team has
reached the site and an investigation
into what caused the crash is
underway, the military said.
"We can confirm casualties, but not
what type or numbers yet a U.S.
spokesman, U. Col. Steven Boylan, said.
Previously, the deadliest incident
involving U.S. troops was a Nov.
15, 2003, crash of two Black Hawk
helicopters that collided while trying
to avoid ground fire in Mosul, killing 17
U.S. soldiers and wounding five.
Grieving relatives try
to identify more than 250
WAI, India - Thousands of sobbing
relatives struggled to identify the
blackened and bruised bodies of
loved ones in a hospital Wednesday,
a day after a stampede during a
religious procession to a hilltop
temple killed at least 258 people and
injured 200 in western India.
The chain-reaction tragedy began
when several Hindu pilgrims inside
the temple fell on a slippery floor and
were crushed to death by the crowd.
Word of the accident then trickled out
to some of the hundreds of thousands
of pilgrims climbing toward the hilltop
on a narrow walkway.
Angered over the deaths, some
pilgrims began setting the shops
lining the path on fire, sparking a
stampede that killed at least 258
people, including 156 women, Subha
Rao, the top district administrator, told
The Associated Press.
Police chief Chandrakant Kumbhar
said the tragedy began when the
temple floor became slippery from
a ceremony that involved breaking
coconuts in front of a deity. Some
pilgrims fell and were trampled to
death by others propelled forward by
the mass of people behind them trying
to get into the temple to make offerings.
Late Tuesday night, police and
firefighters loaded bodies onto buses
while sobbing relatives carried the
crushed remains of their family
members down the narrow hill path
near Wai, about 150 miles south of
Bombay.
Broken coconuts, torn shirts and
shattered bangles lay on a slippery,
wet floor outside the temple. Hundreds
of stainless steel plates, traditionally
used to make offerings of sweets
and flowers to the gods, were strewn
across the floor-streaked red with
vermilion powder used in the offerings.
Library
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visiting the site July 2. Currently,
the site averages 437 people a day.
Kenneth Hopson, sophomore
computer science major, said he's
used the site on several occasions
and was impressed with its services.
"I was looking for informa-
tion on my home county I
'googled' it and up came the ECU
Digital Library said Hopson.
"It was extremely easy to navi-
gate. All the information I needed
was available I found a lot
In the United States, more
than 44,000 people visited the
site between July and October.
American borders, however,
have not limited the Web site's
success. Approximately 5,000
people visited the site from places
such as the United Kingdom,
India, Australia and Canada.
The Web site offers a plethora
of material for researchers. Due
to the rich history of the Ameri-
can South, international and
national visitors alike can find
viable information on govern-
ment, genealogy and historical
fictional works.
The Web site has served as a
resource for students in obtain-
ing information for their class
assignments.
Kenneth Rountree, sopho-
more information technology
major, used the site for his Eng-
lish 1200 class.
"My assignment was to find
information on something that
took place on my birthday said
Rountree.
"My professor told me about
the Web site I went to it, typed
in my birth date and loads of
documents appeared. 1 got an A
on the paper
Smith said the library plans to
continue growing this year.
"The number of titles will
double and materials related to
artifacts from several museums
will be added said Smith.
Links, individual sharing and
listserv announcements are also
bringing notoriety to the digital
library. Library staff hopes people
will continue to use the site as a
constant source of information.
Students like Rountree believe
thesite is tremendously important.
"With all of the information
the site offers, its success can only
increase ECU students, in par-
ticular North Carolina students,
should use the site more often
Rountree said.
This writer can be contacted at
news@theeastcarolinian.com.
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"It's terrible, but it
comes with the territory
said Carl Dreibelbis, 52,
an Oceanside native who
served in the Navy and said
members of his family have
fought In every U.S. war since
the American Revolution.
"I'm afraid that when people
hear this, their inclinations will
be to retreat. But I say charge
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Wing, based at Marine Corps
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Diego. Further details were with-
held pending notification of
families.
The crew chief onboard
the helicopter, l.ance Cpl,
Tony Hernandez, deployed
to Iraq last summer and was
scheduled to return to Camp
Pcndleton in March, said
his father, Leroy Hernandez,
of Canyon Lake, Texas. He
said he last spoke with his son
on Sunday.
"He said it was cold, that
he didn't like the weather,
that he was working his butt
off - the usual gripes Hernan-
dez said. "He didn't say a lot
because he didn't want anyone
to worry
The previous deadliest
incident in Iraq for American
service members also was a
helicopter crash: In Novem-
ber 2004, two Black Hawks
collided while trying to avoid
ground fire, killing 17 service
members.
Wednesday' crash occurred
as personnel were being
transported by the CH-S3E
Super Stallion as part of security
and stabilization operations.
I he military did not mention a
possible cause.
Amber Warlock, 31, a former
Marine whose husband is a
Marine pilot stationed at Camp
I'endleton, said she was stunned
when she heard about the crash
on television.
"You hear about people dying
every day In ones and twos she
said. "But 31 is just too much to
comprehend
She sought solace at the
beach with her S-month-old
daughter Heidi and a fellow
Marine wife who cried at news
of the deaths, even though she
had confirmed her husband was
OK in Iraq.
"You just know how
every single woman sitting in
her home feels, whether
it's going to be yours or some-
one you know Warlock said.
"It doesn't matter who it is. It's a
bad day for everybody
Hernandez said his son
tried to join the Marines
after he graduated from
high school but was rejected
because he was too heavy.
After visiting with a recruiter
again, he was soon running
hard and dieting to trim nearly
25 pounds off his frame. He
had lost another 20 pounds
by the lime he finished Marine
boot camp in California.
"We went to his graduation
and we almost didn't recognize
him Hernandez said.
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of fighting in the Vietnam War
weighed heavily on him after his
son deployed to rat).
"I knew (the war) was going
to escalate - it was pretty much
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Into the spacewalk. The crisp
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ever, and reappeared sporadically.
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arm that arrived on Christmas
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men went on a lengthy diet that
ended only when t he supply ship
showed up.
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spacewalk, which involved haul-
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AMANDA Q. UNGERFELT Editor In Chief
THURSDAY January 27, 2005
Our View
Pirate Rant
Is Supreme Court just in
Schiavo's decision?
Who has the right to decide when it's time for
someone to die? That is the question being
passed around courts of law in the case of
40-year-old Terri Schiavo.
Schiavo suffered brain damage from going
into cardiac arrest in 1990. She is in a veg-
etative state and a feeding tube is the one
thing keeping her alive.
Terri's husband, Michael Schiavo, told doc-
tors at the hospital that Terri would not have
wanted to live in such a manner. According
to Florida law, if a patient never puts such
a request in writing (as Terri failed to do),
decision of care passes to that person's
spouse.
However, Florida Governor Jeb Bush ordered
the tube be put back in place and the case
passed through the court system, all the way
to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court
ruled on Monday that Bush's request was
unconstitutional and Michael has the right
to remove Terri's feeding tube (however, due
to all the red tape, it may be a while before
that happens).
But is the Supreme Court's decision really
fair? Terri's parents contend their daughter is
still able to recognize and respond to them
and they argue Michael wants to remove
Terri's tube so he can marry another woman
and inherit Terri's estate.
"It's judicial homicide. They want to murder
her her father, Robert Schindler said to the
Associated Press Monday.
"I have no idea what the next step will be.
We're going to fight for her as much as we
can fight for her. She deserves a chance
We agree with the arguments presented by
Schindler. Terri has already lived 14 years
since her injury and her parents argue that
her condition may be improved with addi-
tional therapy. While that remains to be seen,
we still believe the right to live should be
decided by the individual and no one else.
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Opinion Columnist
So many questions, so few answers
A modicum of soul
searching never
hurt anyone
PETER KALAJIAN
BLEEDING HEART COLLABORATOR
If there is one topic capable of hold-
ing my interest, a topic with which 1
never get bored, it is current events.
The sweet, soothing tones of MSNBC
have lulled me off to sleep many a
night, but I have no sandman. In his
stead, I tune in to Chris Matthews and
Joe Scarborough, endlessly dtoning on
about this war or that hot social Issue.
I can't get enough of it. But there is one
issue, often mentioned in this column,
which seems to take precedence over
the rest. Even when not directly refer-
enced, most topics can be related to it,
or are in some manner pertaining to
the one overriding driver of experience
- you guessed it - religion. Religion is
the glue which binds together the great
collage of human experience and I for
one have been experiencing a great deal
of trouble getting my glue to stick.
Alright, let's be honest, I have no
glue. I am glueless. Some would call my
lack of glue atheistic, some would call
it agnostic, I on the other hand prefer
to think of my spiritual emptiness
as an advantage, a leg up if you will.
After great consideration, I have come
to certain conclusions. Since history
has certainly demonstrated that some
of our readers are somewhat, shall we
say, sensitive, I would like to stress
that these conclusions pertain to me,
myself and 1. It is not my intention
to proselytize (maybe technically) or
evangelize anyone with my personal
brand of religious skepticism, so please,
I implore you - take my words for what
they are - observation.
It Is a fundamental contradiction to
be Catholic and also be pro-choice. If
you choose to be religious (and its OK
if you do) be religious all the time. That
means if you are a devout Christian, or
that's what you tell your parents and
minister on Sunday mornings, pre-
marital sex is not part of the program.
How can a person be "kind of religious"
or "sort of religious?" Do not be wishy-
washy with your everlasting soul. For
me, I reject the idea of an eternal soul,
so 1 can be as hedonistic as I please.
If you believe something, stand
behind it. Be a soldier, not a bystander.
Religion or no religion, there is no
greater betrayal of the fundamental
nature of humanity than to silently
accept ones fate, whether it was imposed
on you during childhood or was
attained through a lifetime of sin.
Question authority. If something
sounds fishy, chances are it is. If you
are a deeply Christian parent and
expect your children to behave as
"sheep amidst the wolves do not send
them to public school. Public school
is where they learn science and, gasp,
evolution. You have a right to raise your
children in the manner you see fit, but
public education, more than anything,
teaches children to ask questions. I have
decided there can be but one solution
to the continuing problem of religious
indoctrination and the bigotry and
hatred which are so often associated
with it. It may sound revolutionary,
but bear with me. 1 think it is the key
to all of our problems. Granted, it may
be somewhat unrealistic, but what is
the point of having a weekly newspaper
column if not to test out wild theories
and hatch outlandish schemes?
My plan is simple, concise and
functional. Until a child reaches a
pre-determined age, maybe 15 or 16,
they will be exposed to zero religious
indoctrination. No church, no mosque,
no temple. On their 16th birthday,
children will then be able to choose
their own paths, not blindly follow
their parents and grandparents. They
can be exposed to a multiplicity of
lifestyles and world views, not just
those of the Christian or Muslim or
Jewish faiths. They can understand
possibilities instead of having their
possibilities laid out for them. I
wonder, should this genius plan ever be
implemented and you can believe
that when I have children they will
receive no religious education of
any kind, how serious of an effect
would it have on the membership
lists of the world's great religions?
Maybe the thousands of years of
religious narrow-mindedness, hatred
and bigotry can be brought to an end.
But then again, maybe not.
I will be certain and let everyone
know what the results of my experi-
mentation are. Now all I have to do
is find a family willing to abandon
generations of religiosity and turn their
child over to me. Probably easier said
than done. Ah, well, penny for your
thoughts.
Letters to the Editor
Dear Editor,
Tony McKee, once again you con-
tinue to astonish me with your unique
perspective on the world in regards to
Jan. 25 column titled "Moore shows
more signs of hypocrisy In regards
to Michael Moore, he does not repre-
sent everyone who has issues with the
far right agenda, which you seem to
support. Most Democrats or liberals
would probably agree that he sits on the
lunatic fringe of the left. His only true
great work was Roger and Me. Fahrenheit
911 was a piece of propaganda - it only
told one side of the story. It seems to
me the problem with media outlets
in general is that the far right and the
far left dominate the discussions and
leave the audience the choice between
two very different ideologies and a very
incomplete picture.
I have a question for you: Have you
ever driven in Fairfax, Va.? Traffic is a
nightmare in northern Virginia with
20-mile commutes often turning into
two and three-hour trips. There is also
a reason that teenagers have higher
insurance premiums than other drivers
- that is because they are more likely to
get into accidents, mostly because of
Inexperience. A cell phone is a major
distraction for Inexperienced drivers
when driving on Interstate 95 or 66 in
the morning or afternoon rush hour
traffic.
Why do you persist spewing
out such distaste for anyone who
didn't vote for George Bush? Your
side won, yet you still are bitter. We
will have a few years to see how well
the Republican agenda works since
they control both houses of Congress
and the White House. If you want to
rant about the intrusion of the govern-
ment on our lives, why not look at the
Patriot Act, which allows the govern-
ment to monitor what we check out
at the library and subpoena financial
records without our knowledge. That
seems to be a much bigger intrusion
by the government on our freedoms.
As a great man once said, "Those
who would trade freedom for security
deserve neither
David Bergeron
Sociology Graduate Student
Dear Editor,
This letter is in response to Jan.
12's opinion column titled "Studies
show the liberal left is literally dying
out The ability of Republicans to
discuss their own political ideals like
they are dry business statistics never
ceases to amaze me. Being one of the
"endangered" leftists this article dis-
cusses, as well as being pro-choice, I
never thought an article about abortion
could offend me. I was wrong. This
article cited fertility rates of Republican
states versus Democratic states, the fact
that homosexuals can't reproduce and
higher abortion rates among demo-
crats to assert that - "the left has birth
controlled, aborted and maybe also
gay-llbbed itself into a smaller role in
American society
The author had the nerve to cite
the proportion of the 40 million babies
aborted in the last thirty years that
might have grown up to be left wing,
adding that John Kerry sure could have
used those votes. This argument relies
on so many ridiculous assumptions
that I can't believe it reached printing.
First of all, even Republicans (and their
kids) get abortions. Furthermore, like
me, not all kids will share the political
views of their parents. I mean, someone
actually sat down to a calculator so that
they could tell me that 19.7 million
aborted fetuses would have grown up
to be Democrats?
The overall tone of the article
was like the author was saying "Ha
ha, you left-wingers did this to America
and now you're all dying for it If
I'm offended, I wonder how a pro-
lifer would look at this story. Would
they care that the 40 million lives,
that they hold so sacred, were being
discussed In such a coarse and obtuse
manner?
Would Americans be offended if
I were to write an article that calcu-
lated how many of the dead American
soldiers In Iraq were Republicans?
Warmongers are more likely to be
Republican, so maybe if we step up this
war effort, the Democrats will have
a chance in 2008. Perhaps the Bush
administration's efforts to teach "absti-
nence only" in schools, is really a plot
to prevent right wing children from
learning about birth control, thereby
raising that Republican fertility rate.
Oh wait, I forgot, only liberals have
premarital sex.
Nick Jones
ECU Biology Graduate Student
Can I have some sidewalk,
please? Some people need to go
back home to their mommies and
daddies and have a talk about
sharing because it's rude to bump
into someone and then act like
it's their fault. You know you're
in the wrong.
I know it's their job, but
giving out parking tickets all day
has to be a drag. I mean you earn
your living by making tons of
people miserable everyday.
Clean your shavings out of
the sink when you're done. It
takes two seconds and, while
you're at it, flush the toilet,
that's not what I want to see at
8:30 a.m.
To the people that still have
John Kerry stickers all over their
car, you look pretty tacky and
need I remind you - Bush won.
Everyone needs to come and
support the basketball team at all
of our remaining home games.
I've never heard it so quiet when
the opposing team is shooting
free throws. Minges should be
one of the toughest places to play.
We, as fans, have to be crazy and
organized. Let's be Maniacs.
Is there anyone else still wait-
ing for course packets? 1 mean if
we need to hire someone to make
copies, let me know. I desperately
need a job.
Why is it that when I try to
go to my night class, I can never
find a place to park? I can either
ride around the parking lot for
30 minutes waiting for a space
or take the risk of walking half a
mile in the dark, just waiting for
someone to come up and snatch
my purse.
1 come to class every Monday,
Wednesday and Friday. I sit in the
same seat every day. The one day
I'm late because of ice and light
snow flurries, you are in my seat.
The seat I have sat in every single
day since Jan. 7. And now, you
try to beat me to class to get my
seat. Needless to say 1 have not
had my seat for a couple of days.
But now, I will be getting to class
extra early just to see your face,
you seat stealer.
I love winter in Greenville,
especially when I'm walking
around in a sweatshirt and every-
one else Is in a jacket with gloves,
a scarf and a serious winter hat.
Maybe if the cheerleaders had
something to cheer for then it
would not seem like they learned
to cheer at a funeral. To whoever
wrote that, you are probably the
disrespectful person that gets
up before the game is over and
leaves. So until you stay for a
whole game then you should not
have a say on how the cheerlead-
ers act.
I came to the South from
New Jersey and I can't count
how many people told me I say
"yous guys when really, no one
says that.
The Pirate Rants totally make
my Tuesdays, Wednesdays and
Thursdays. Keep up the good
work, TEC.
Could Greenville be any
harder of a place to get a job?
What am I supposed to do
this weekend without NFL foot-
ball? 1 can't wait until the Super
Bowl. Go Patriots.
Why does my boyfriend insist
on talking to his ex-girlfriend,
even when he knows how bad it
pisses me off?
Each time I drive into a meter
parking lot, I always grab the
last open space. By the time I get
all my things together, I realize
why it's the last open space - it's
broken.
Note to men: While watching
a game of football or basketball
while women are present, never
say that you think the cheerlead-
ers could stand to lose a little
weight.
When's the new dining hall
going to open? 1 want Subway.
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staff in the ECU community to voice
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Iraq
from page A1
is the election turns chaotic,
people claim the outcome was
rigged or participation is low.
Regarding whether or not the
election will be delayed, Conradt
said his gut instinct is Iraq will
hold the election, but he is not
sure how many people will show
up. I le said at least 14 providences
are supposed to vote.
Conradt said there is always
the possibility of a positive out-
come. He said people made dire
predictions for the election in
Afghanistan as well, but things
went relatively smooth.
Mike Palmer, history pro-
fessor, said he thinks they will
have the elections and due to
the amount of people who have
registered, many people will
come to vote.
Palmer said there is a lot of
interest among people in the
area, but it is unpredictable what
exactly will happen. Officials
could open polls in the morning
and insurgents could destroy two
of them so no Iraqi voter wants to
show up the rest of the day.
According to the anonymous
soldier, the area will probably
remain dangerous territory for
at least a month or two after the
elections while the government
tries to take control and start
doing things on their own. He
thinks the elections will be ulti-
mately good for the people of Iraq
and the world.
"Of course, it isn't going
to happen over night said
Palmer.
"Once the elections are over,
I still see things getting worse
before they get better. But over
time, perhaps a few years or
longer, things will improve dras-
tically for Iraq
The soldier said Iraq has the
potential to be one of the richest
countries in the world and he's
sure it will happen as long as
the government can gain some
control over the area.
Conradt said after the elec-
tions, the new government is
supposed to eventually ask U.S.
soldiers to leave. However, he is
skeptical because there isn't much
evidence to back up claims that
the United States has fully trained
a sufficient number of Iraqis.
Palmer said as soon as the
Iraqi government thinks they
can handle it, America will leave.
"They'll set a target date
down the line Palmer said.
He said there are disputes on
how effective the police there
will be, but he knows they are
busily training people.
Palmer said the problem
lies in not knowing how each
political group will act once U.S.
forces leave. He said that 20 - 25
percent of Iraqis are Sunnl Arabs,
the same political group as Hus-
sein and they are doing some of
the recent bombing because they
know if there is an election they
will lose.
"The election is going to
legitimize transfer of power to
other groups Palmer said.
"The change in Iraq is bad
news for the Sunnis
Both Palmer and Conradt
think the Shiite leaders may take
the bulk of the votes. Palmer said
many Sunnis are boycotting the
elections, but the fewer who show
up, the more overwhelming the
victory for the other groups will
be. He said the question is about
how far the Sunnis are willing to
go to stop the elections. Whether
or not they carry out more bomb-
ings and if they lose, they could
become even more dangerous.
"When we leave, these guys
the Sunnis will be less effi-
cient but probably more brutal
Palmer said.
Palmer said the Shiites might
also become aggressive once
American troops leave.
This leads to another threat of
a civil war, which Conradt said is
always a possibility.
However brutal the people
may get, Palmer says the country
should hold the elections now.
"I do think we are better off
going ahead with the election
than not Palmer said.
For American forces, the
anonymous soldier said he does
not think the number of troops
in Iraq will significantly change.
"I don't think they will send
any more troops over or send
anyone home early or extend
other troops for the election
or immediately following the
election Palmer said.
"However there are still
units scheduled to come here
in the future, to rotate out with
other units
Gina Bauer, 20-year-old wife
to a Jacksonville marine, said
her husband was told two weeks
ago he would leave for Fallujah
for at least seven months on Feb.
15, the day after their second
anniversary. She said about 350
marines will leave with him, and
between January and March an
estimated 16,000 marines from
Jacksonville will be sent to Iraq.
Bauer said after her husband
came home from Mosul a few
months ago, they used to want us
over there, but now he did net think
the situation was improving.
"They don't want us over
there, they don't want us to set up a
new government Mr. Bauer said.
"They're doing whatever they
can to hurt us or get rid of us
As for the administration,
Bauer has a positive view of
President Bush. She said Bush
gave the military three pay raises,
which is great improvement
considering almost every girl
she works with lives off food
stamps.
Registration for Iraqi immi-
grants to vote overseas has already
begun in many countries includ-
ing the United States. As of time
of printing, the election in Iraq
is scheduled for Sunday.
This writer can be contacted at
news@theeastcarolinian.com.
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Local Concerts
Bright Eyes will be performing at
the BTI Center Raleigh Memorial
Auditorium Monday, Jan. 31. The
show starts at 8 p.m and tickets
are $18-20.
Letter Kills featuring Stutterfly will
perform Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 7
p.m. at Cats Cradle in Carrboro.
Tickets are $8.
Josh Groban featuring Chris
Botti will be at the RBC Center in
Raleigh on Friday, Feb. 2.
Chlngy will be at the House of
Blues in Myrtle Beach, SC on
Thursday, Feb. 3. Show starts
at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17.50. No
cameras allowed.
Ryan Cabrera will be at the House
of Blues In Myrtle Beach, SC
Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $17.50.
Rascal Flatts featuring Blake
Shelton will be at the Colonial
Center In Columbia, SC Saturday,
Feb. 19 at 8 p.m.
Elvis Costello & The Imposters
will be at the Grady Cole Center
In Charlotte March 8. Tickets
go on sale Saturday, Jan. 29 at
10 a.m.
Recipes:
Pineapple Upside-Down
Biscuits:
1 (10-ounce) can crushed
pineapple
12 cup packed
light brown sugar
14 cup (12 stick) butter,
at room temperature
10 maraschino cherries
1 (12-ounce) package
refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
(10 count)
Grease 10 cups of a muffin
tin. Strain the can of crushed
pineapple, save juice for later.
Combine the pineapple, sugar
and butter, and mix well.
Divide the pineapple mixture
among the muffin cups. Place
a cherry in the center of each
muffin cup, making sure
cherry hits bottom of cup.
Place 1 biscuit in each cup
on top of sugar and pineapple
mixture. Spoon 1 teaspoon
reserved pineapple juice over
each biscuit. Bake for 12 to 15
minutes or until golden. Cool
for 2 minutes. Invert the pan
onto a plate to release the
biscuits. Serve warm.
Peanut Butter Mousse:
23 cup peanut butter
1 cup milk
1 cup heavy cream
14 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 12 to 2 teaspoons gelatin
2 tablespoons water
Chocolate ganache,
recipe follows
Caramel red wine sauce,
recipe follows
Chopped peanuts, for garnish
In a saucepan, warm the peanut
butter and milk then whisk to
combine. In a mixer with a whip
attachment, whip the cream,
powdered sugar and vanilla until
medium peaks. Bloom the gelatin
in the water and add to the warm
peanut butter. Strain Into a bowl
and fold In the whipped cream
mixture. Pour Into flexl dome
molds and freeze overnight
Pop the frozen peanut butter
mousses out of the molds and
place on a wire Icing rack. Ladle
the ganache over to coat. Remove
from the rack with a spatula and
place on parchment paper In the
refrigerator until set, about 10
minutes.
Garnish mousse with a pinch
of chopped peanuts on the top
and serve with caramel red wine
sauce.
Chocolate Ganache:
1 cup heavy cream
8 ounces semisweet
chocolate, chopped
Heat the cream and pour over
the chopped chocolate. Whisk
to combine.
Caramel Red Wine Sauce:
2 pounds (5 12 cups) sugar
12 cup water
12 bottle red wine
In a saucepan boil sugar and
water together to make a light
caramel. With a wooden spoon
stir in the red wine, slowly. Chill.
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Rape, assault associated with drugs, alcohol
Date rape drugs are easily hidden in mixed drinks, beer, liquor and water. All students are reminded to watch their drinks and go with gut instincts.
How they are related,
how to prevent
AMANDA WINAR
STAFF WRITER
Drinking on the weekends,
going out clubbing on Thursdays
and dollar drafts on Tuesdays
are all part of many college stu-
dents' lives. Partying and drinking
becomes a fun part of college, but
there are also many dangers and
risks associated with drinking.
College students in the past
have become victims of date
rape and sexual assault. As a
result of reoccurring problems,
researchers have done extensive
studies in trying to discover the
relationship between date rape
and sexual assault in the use of
drugs and alcohol.
What researchers have found
at the Trauma Institute is that
between 27 percent and 36 percent
of convicted rapesexual assault
offenders were under the influence
of alcohol during the offense.
Dianne Rodriguez, a senior,
said many times people just
assume the victims are the ones
handed drinks or slipped drugs.
"The assaulter who is on
drugs or who has been drinking
is more likely to act out on delu-
sions, and won't think clearly
said Rodriguez.
In reference to colleges, the
Trauma Institute figured out that
college binge drinkers are "2.3
times more likely than non-bin-
gers to have experienced forced
sexual touching and 2.7 times
more likely to endure unwanted
sexual intercourse Binge drink-
ing is considered to be five or
more drinks in a night.
Sophomore Bethany Taylor
said a guy who was drinking had
slipped her a date rape drug while
out drinking one night.
"I should be able to go out
with my friends and feel safe
- not have to worry that my drink
could have something dangerous
in it said Taylor.
Rodriguez had a similar opin-
ion about date rape drugs.
"I think a lot of people prey
on people who are drinking. An
easy environment, like bars, can
increase the use of date rape drugs
because both the offender and
victim are usually drunk said
Rodriguez.
Nights at the bars, clubs and
other drinking venues like foot-
ball games are very prominent
events in college, making campus
areas a feeding ground for date
rape and sexual assault.
see DRUG page B4
Dangerous date with elusive 'Mary Jane'
"Joints" are often concealed as tobacco cigarettes since rolling paper is readily available.
Marijuana, effects,
consequences
MEREDITH STEWART
STAFF WRITER
Weed, pot, grass - no matter
the slang it's still the same thing -
marijuana. Although the potency
or quality may vary, all of it is
mind-altering. All kinds have
THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabi-
nol) along with more than 400
other chemicals. The amount of
THC in marijuana has steadily
been increasing since the 1970s.
THC is strongly absorbed by
fatty tissue and traces of THC can
be detected several days after a
smoking session. Heavy users can
have traces detected after weeks.
Marijuana is usually smoked as a
blunt or in a pipe or bong.
One main question lingers
in the minds of people nation-
wide - why do people smoke
marijuana?
There are many reasons why

FYI
If someone is high they
may:
- seem dizzy
- giggle for no reason
- have red eyes
- have difficulty
remembering recent
events
- become sleepy
teens start smoking marijuana.
"I started smoking in the 11th
grade because my friends did.
I've been doing it ever since said
a freshman at ECU.
"It helps me relax and just
have chill-time said a sopho-
more at ECU.
Many hear about it in song
lyrics, see it used in movies or see
their older siblings doing it and
think it's cool. Although reasons
vary, the number one reason
most people smoke pot is due to
see MARIJUANA page B2
Harmful effects of illegal student leisure activities
Important reminders all
students should know
TOMEKA STEELE
SENIOR WRITER
Being college students we
have all heard what drugs and
alcohol can do to us. We listen,
we nod and agree, but it's easy to
fall back into the regular pattern
of college life and all its party-
ing. It's necessary that college
students fully understand the
repercussions of drugs and alco-
hol on our bodies and ultimately
our lives.
Starting with drugs, particu-
larly marijuana, methamphet-
amines and cocaine. Many people
may think our campus is far from
these things when actually, just
like any other college campus,
they are everywhere.
Marijuana is one of the easi-
est drugs to obtain in abundance
and most of the time is the first
drug used by teens and college
students, often referred to as the
"gateway drug It is used in some
states to suppress the effects of
cancer but will not be getting

Numbers to
remember
Places one can call for help:
ECU Center for Counseling:
328-6661
ECU police: 328-6150
Alcoholics Anonymous of
Greenville: 758-0787
Pitt County Substance Abuse:
847-4335
legalized anytime soon.
Marijuana has both short-
term and long-term effects. Some
of the short-term effects include
sleepiness, reduced short-term
memory, increased heart rate,
bloodshot eyes, dry mouth and
throat, paranoia and hallucina-
tions.
Smoking marijuana is not
attractive. It seems the people
who smoke are only attractive
to other smokers. Marijuana
causes bad body and breath odor.
Drinking and driving are never
Some of the long-term effects of
using marijuana are enhanced
cancer risk, a decreased level in
testosterone levels for men, lower
sperm counts, increased testos-
terone in women, increased risk
of infertility and psychological
dependence. Marijuana blocks
messages going to the brain and
tolerated by police or other drive
alters coordination. Driving
while high has the same dangers
as driving when drunk.
Methamphetamine or "speed"
is a stimulant and has strong
effects on the brain and nervous
system. Speed increases heart rate
and blood pressure. Other effects
of speed are insomnia, extreme
rs. Be safe, turn in the keys.
anorexia due to decreased appe-
tite, tremors, violent behavior
and can cause damage to blood
vessels in the brain causing
strokes.
Cocaine and crack have
the same effects and psycho-
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Activities
from page B1
logical risks as "speed They
both can cause brain seizures,
heart attacks, strokes and
respiratory failure. Psychologically
cocaine and crack produce erratic
behavior, hallucinations and
depression.
Sometimes it's hard to tell
whether a friend or a loved one
has a serious problem with any
drugs but there are some obvious
signs. If you notice a friend or
yourself getting high on a regular
basis then that could be a sign
that theramiay be problem.
Some other signs are:
pressuring others to smoke or
drink, depression, missing work
or poor performance in school
work and getting in trouble with
the law. It's hard to confront a
friend or admit a problem within
oneself but it's better than living
life to get high or drunk.
Next up Is alcohol and ECU
is infamous for how many tickets
they give out for drinking.
The short-term effects of
alcohol are that it distorts vision,
hearing and coordination. Alco-
hol alters perceptions, impairs
judgments and causes bad breath
and hangovers. The long-term
effects of alcohol abuse are
stomach problems, skin
problems, liver damage and
memory loss.
Clues that someone has
problems drinking can obvi-
ously be seen. Those clues
are the inability to control
drinking, blackouts, a high
tolerance level and changing
personalities. Never let someone
who is in a drunken stupor go to
sleep. It's always best to take that
person to a hospital in efforts to
reduce the risk of death.
There are many places one
can receive help If they are
having problems with drugs and
alcohol. All one has to do is open
up a phone book. There are many
counseling centers and groups
that are eager and willing to help.
Alcoholics who want to
get help usually find it in
an Alcoholics Anonymous
group or some other form of
counseling support group. For
people who have drug addictions,
treatment may be more abra-
sive. In recovery centers, addicts
Marijuana
from page B1
peer pressure.
The drug affects each person dif-
ferently. Some feel relaxed, thirsty
and very hungry - this effect is
referred to as "the munchies
Others have a sudden feeling of anx-
iety and paranoia. This is more likely
to happen when a more potent type
of marijuana is smoked.
Marijuana may seem harm-
less, but in reality it highly affects
a person's abilities in school,
sports, relationships and his or
her future. Using this drug on
a regular basis causes problems
with memory and learning.
Sounds, time and perception
in general are affected while a
person is high. Your heart rate
increases and your motor skills
are delayed, which makes things
like driving very risky. When you
get high and do something like
drive, it puts others at danger
as well as yourself. Why should
someone else h�ve to pay for
other people's bad decision?
If a person is high, they are
more likely to make embar-
I
rassing mistakes or even
hurt themselves. If a person
smokes for a long time they
begin to lose interest in academics
and begin to feel less motivated
to do things. Physical activities
and other things that require
effort slowly fade. As for athletes
- pot completely throws off
performance in timing,
movements and coordination.
Marijuana affects your judg
ment and decision making skills,
which may cause a person to do
something they wouldn't usu-
ally do.
The regular use of "weed"
may cause cancer and problems
with your respiratory system.
Breathing problems often occur,
such as coughing and wheezing.
THC - the main active chemical
in this drug - damages the cells
and tissues making it more dif-
ficult for your body to fight colds
and infections.
"I smoke weed, but know I
can stop when I want to said a
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to be true, studies have shown
that long-term use can lead
to addiction. (This study was
geared toward teens that had
prior antisocial problems.)
Addiction is when these teens
are fulfilling their urges by
smoking more marijuana, even
though it negatively affects their
families, relationships,
school performance and any
physical activities.
Information is out there
and the "anti-drug" campaigns
are being sent nationwide. The
decision of making this a
drug-free America lies within
the hands of today's teens. But
let me warn you - a recent study
predicted that more than 60
percent of teens will be smoking
marijuana by 2008. Now is the
time to set a good example for
tomorrow's leaders.
This writer can be contacted at
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can find help but go through a
period of detoxification that can
be challenging, but in the end
well worth It.
Everyone has heard all these
things before but hopefully
college students can begin to
take these things seriously and
to the heart. It's awful when a
death occurs at ECU that could
have been prevented if only the
warnings were listened to.
This is college and this is a
time to have fun but don't lose
sight of why we all came here.
Education first, partying second
and when you do party, please
keep these things in mind.
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Outer Banks provide thrifty, relaxing retreat
Admiie the Outer Banks'
natural beauty, experience
the community's unique
lifestyle
MARTHA HILL
STAFF WRITER
The Outer Banks offer the
opportunity for a great weekend
getaway with little expense.
Only a three hour drive from
Greenville, it's a great place to
visit during the winter months.
Historically speaking, there
is a lot for one to see and do.
The Lost Colony is located on
the island of Manteo, the first
English establishment in the
New World. Drive downtown
to the Festival Park, also hon-
oring the birth place of Eng-
lish speaking America, to see
the Elizabeth II, a replica of a
16th century sailing ship and
learn about how settlers lived
during that time period. If you
head south on Highway 12 you
can see the Bodie Island Light-
house or drive even further to see
the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
The drive down south is wonder-
ful this time of year. There are
a plethora of wild geese, ducks
and other water birds to be seen
along the road. Of course, no one
can forget the Wright Brother's
Memorial, the birthplace of
aviation. Here you can learn
about how these two brothers
worked together to change the
world with their famous first
flight in 1903.
Although many restaurants
are closed at this time of year,
there are still many great places
to eat that are locally owned.
Chili Peppers is a wonderful
and reasonably priced establish-
ment that serves great gourmet
tex-mex food. They also have a
bar where you will find many
locals hanging out during the
winter months. Goombays is
also a good choice, serving lunch
and dinner. Both are located in
Kill Devil Hills. Seafood restau-
rants abound. The Black Pelican,
located in Kitty Hawk or Kelly's
Restaurant and Tavern in Kill
Devil Hills, are very popular.
They are a bit more expensive but
worth the extra money.
You can't go to Dare County
without visiting one of the micro-
breweries. The Weeping Radish is
located in Manteo. A German
owned restaurant and brewery
where one can sample the
many types of beer made on
site with German fare, if one
so desires. Tours are also avail-
able but call in advance for
times. The Brewing Station
is located in Kill Devil Hills.
This is a very popular restaurant
and brewery on the weekends.
However, you may want to get
there early because they often
have bands play on Friday and
Saturday nights and the place
gets packed.
The nightlife on the Outer
Banks is lacking in the winter but
can be fun if you know where to
go. The Port O' Call in Kill Devil
Hills is a great place to see bands.
Reggae is a popular venue there,
but it is always best to call ahead.
Kelly's Restaurant and Tavern is
another option. Kelly's usually
has a DJ or a band, depending on
the weekend. If you like alterna-
tive music, you might want to try
The Pit in Kill Devil Hills.
The Outer Banks has a really
great selection of art galleries and
shops. Carolina Moon is a local
favorite filled with interesting
jewelry and curios. It is a great
place to buy a gift for the person
that has everything. Birthday
Suits is located next door with a
great selection of clothes for guys
and gals. They are well known
for their selection of women's
swim wear. They carry many of
the suits featured in the coveted
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
There are many surf shops on
the Outer Banks as well. The
two most popular are Wave
Riding Vehicles in Kitty Hawk
and Whalebone Surf Shop in Kill
Devil Hills. Some of the other
local favorites are the Secret Spot
and Cavalier Surf Shop.
"The new hot surf shop is
The Outer Banks Boarding Com-
pany which sells Lynn Shell and
Murray Ross boards said Mike
Porchey, a local who has been
surfing on the Outer Banks for
22 years.
You can't go to the Outer
Banks without going to the
beach, even if it is the middle of
winter. If it is a mild winter day
or there is a blustering northern
wind, bundle up and take a walk
along the ocean. You may find a
few people on your journey but
most likely you will only run
into some sand pipers or sea gulls
scuttling along the sand.
After strolling on the beach
you can warm up at one of the
coffee shops located up and
down the bypass. The easiest to
spot is the Beach Bread Company
in Kitty Hawk. Order a latte or
espresso and sit by the fire in
their spacious dining and sitting
area. They serve breakfast, lunch
and dinner.
Hotel rates are cut in half
during the winter, allowing even
the thriftiest traveler to spend
the night in a room overlook-
ing the ocean. If you want to go
with a big group of people, one
may consider renting a cottage
for the weekend. Call the Outer
Banks Chamber of Commerce for
hotels or cottages or go online to
the Dare County Tourist Bureau
at outerbanks.org for more infor-
mation.
Thanks to the improvements
along Highway 64, it is one of the
most convenient ways to reach
the Outer Banks. Take a weekend
to get away.
This writer can be contacted at
features@theeastcarolinian.com.
Aside from history and surf shops, the beaches offer shaded beach chairs and rolling waves.
Negative consequences of drunk driving, illegal drug use
Statistics grim for
college community
KYLE BILLINGS
STAFF WRITER
We all know about the stigma
ECU maintains for being a party
school. Despite any doubts in the
disparity of alcoholic beverages,
there can be grave consequences
for those who choose to drive
after a good time.
Take for example Michael
Phelps. That name is attached
to the man who won an
unprecedented eight Olympic
medals during the 2004 Summer
Games. With numerous corpo-
rate sponsors, Michael Phelps
was the golden boy representing
America. However, on Nov. 4,
2004, Phelps had his squeaky
clean image tarnished when
he was given a DUI. Vicki
Michaelis of USA Today reported
the terms of his probation
are abstaining from alcohol,
speaking at local schools and
attending a Mothers Against
Drunk Driving panel, along with
a $250 fine. Also mentioned in
the article was Michael Phelps
admitting that, "I was scared
because I have a lot to lose
In fact, organizations such
as MADD fervently claim it
isn't only people of high profile
that have a lot to lose. Michael
Phelps is one of the thousands
negatively affected by the abuse
of alcohol.
Let it be known that the
era of Prohibition is over. It is
not illegal for someone over the
age of 21 to buy and con-
sume alcoholic beverages. The
facts and statistics do not lie
however. It can be shown
that those around and below
the legal drinking age are
the least responsible. The
National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration reported
that in 2002, "an estimated
17,419 people died in alco-
hol-related traffic crashes - an
average of one every 30 min-
utes. These deaths constitute 41
percent of the 42,815 total
traffic fatalities, and that about
three in every 10 Ameri-
cans will be involved in an
alcohol-related crash at some time
in their lives Alcohol-related
deaths are also considered the
third most preventable cause of
death in America.
It would be naive to assume
everyone will abstain from
driving if under the influence.
The potential effects as shown
can be severe and life-alter-
ing. If you find yourself in the
predicament where you need
a ride, an ECU Transit service
offers you a safer alternative. Call
ECU-Ride and you end the risks
drunk driving provides. Party
hard, but be safe.
This writer can be contacted at
features@theeastcarolinian.com.
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consuming while driving" will receive a Class 2 misdemeanor, which
may result in up to 30 days andor a fine up to $1,000. This Includes
suspension of your driver's license.
-The legal Blood Alcohol Content for a person over 21 to drive Is
0.08. For any minor with a BAC over the limit is subject to a "Class A1
misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment or fine set at the court's
discretion or both. After consideration of grossly aggravating and
mitigating factors, the minimum sentence Is a fine up to $200 and
Imprisonment between one to 60 days
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Table Tennis
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Tues. January 27,6:00 p.m.
Outer Umitz Bowling Center
Men's and Women's
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Tournament winners will be awarded trophies and the opportunity to represent
ECU at regional compeitions to be held at Virginia Tech University, located in
Blacksburg, VA the weekend of February 18-20,2005. All expenses for the trip
will be paid by Mendenhall Student Center.
mere is a $2.00 registration fee for each tournament. Registration forms are available at the
MSC, Billiards Center & Outer Limitz Bowling Center located on the ground 1oor of Mendenhall
Student Center. Call the Recreations Program Office at 328-4738 for more Information.
In a survey of students from
the University of Hawaii-Manoa,
16 percent of male college stu-
dents admitted to giving or
encouraging the use of drugs or
alcohol to obtain sex.
According to the Trauma
Institute study, 8 percent of
female college students in a
national sample answered affir-
matively to the question "Have
you had sexual intercourse when
you didn't want to because a
man gave you alcohol or drugs?"
When discussing rape in general,
it has also been discovered that
45 percent of recorded rape inci-
dences, the offenders seem to be
influenced by alcohol or drugs.
Since there is a substantial
parallel between the use of drugs
alcohol and date rapesexual
assault occurrences, a bigger
question arises. What do we
do now?
Change in initial behavior
can only be suggested because
college students are going to
continue to drink and party.
Nothing can change the way
individuals work and spend
their time, but it never hurts to
be more aware of what you are
drinking and the events that are
taking place around you.
Do not share drinks or accept
a drink from someone you do not
feel comfortable around. Never
leave your drink unattended and
keep a watchful eye on what you
are drinking and how you are
feeling throughout the night.
And remember to use the
age-old buddy system for extra
protection. Sexual assault and
rape are serious events that can
be controlled if people begin to
make an effort to drink safely.
This writer can be contacted at
features@theeastcarolinian.com.
Fall illustrates dangers of drinking
(KRT) � Angle Gratzl was
gripped by fear as she dropped her
son Jason off at his freshman dorm
in Madison, Wis last summer.
"He kept saying, 'Don't worry
Mom, I'll be fine Gratzl said in
an interview. "But when I drove
away sobbing, I knew in the back
of mind, something was wrong
Within hours, it was. Back
at her home, Gratzl awoke to a
phone call from the University of
Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.
Jason's orientation to college had
been soaked in alcohol. He had
fallen off a balcony at a party. A
serious head injury had left him
in very critical condition.
More than four months later,
Jason, 18, is struggling in a world
of brain damage.
Some progress has been made:
He has started to walk and talk.
His family hopes he will be
released from a rehabilitation
center in nine months.
But the damage is severe. It is
unlikely that Jason will study or
work again. He will never become
the person he once was. His life
is changed forever.
His accident, Gratzl said, illus-
trates the profound dangers teen-
agers face when they are swept up
in the drinking culture of college.
"I want kids to understand
that there are consequences for
their actions Gratzl said. "But
kids don't listen. They don't
think it will happen to them
Susan Crowley, director of
prevention services at UW-Madi-
son Health Services, agreed.
Before the accident, Jason was
eager for attention. He acted in
plays and took up the tuba, trom-
bone, clarinet and guitar.
As a member of the public
speaking team at Burlington High
School, Jason scored high points
in competitions explaining the
origins of Silly Putty and dem-
onstrating the marvels of magic.
He was in good spirits Aug.
28, the day A. Gratzl helped him
move his television, PlayStation
and other cherished items into
his dorm. Jason's older brother,
Bob, a senior at the university,
helped them set everything up.
Angle Gratzl headed home
around S p.m.
All she knows of what hap-
pened next is what police have
told her. As she understands
it, Jason then met up with his
roommate and a girl he knew
from Burlington.
The three ended up at a party
off-campus. Jason drank so much
alcohol that he got sick.
Shortly after 11 p.m Jason
went to the house's second-floor
balcony because he thought he
was going to vomit. Police were
responding to a nearby party
at the time when they heard
someone yelling: "Get the cops
down here, this guy is bleeding
to death Jason had been found
on the ground.
Jason's accident was not
unusual. It's common for dozens
of students to land in Dane Coun-
ty's detoxification center the first
semester, Crowley said. Within
the past four years, two students
at the university have suffered
alcohol-related deaths.
While many freshmen have
experimented with beer and
wine, few have consumed the
shots and mixed drinks popular
on campus, she said. Stripped
of parental rules and the com-
fort of high school friends,
many students are susceptible to
peer pressure.
"In hindsight I can see that
he was nervous about fitting in
Angie Gratzl said.
At first, the doctors didn't
think he was going to make it.
He had fallen on his head. His
brain was severely swollen, and it was
bleeding, Angie Gratzl said. The doc-
tors operated and placed a draining
tube in his brain. But for more than
three weeks, it was touch and go.
"Those were the worst weeks
of my life said Jason's father,
Robert Gratzl of Lake Geneva.
Then Jason opened his eyes.
One no longer worked. Even
now, he can't look down with
the other.
At week four, he raised his
thumb, barely. After six weeks,
Jason was considered stable, and
his family was able to move him
by ambulance to a coma recovery
division of Sacred Heart Rehabili-
tation Center in Milwaukee.
In November, he started to
talk in slurred speech. Soon
after, he began to walk with the
assistance of people who hold
him up and a walker. He moved
to the Brain Injury Unit at Mount
Carmel Rehabilitation Center in
Greenfield, where he is undergo-
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pies, among other treatments.
But the progress eventually
will halt, Angie Gratzl said. Jason
is no longer the son his parents
once knew.
Jason doesn't speak unless
spoken to. When he does, it's a
simple yes or no. And more often
he just shrugs.
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a boy in a wheelchair with
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THURSDAY January 27,2005
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Pirates pulling in several
verbal commitments
ERIC QILMORE
STAFF WRITER
Peering Into the depths of the
second floor of the Ward Sports
Medicine Building, the nearly
complete football staff is staring
Into the future. What the future
holds, however, is hardly in their
hands.
The coach's livelihoods and
their families rests on the deci-
sions of 17 and 18-year-old men.
Actually, It's quite comical if you
think about it. Imagine grown
men begging and pleading for
"five star" athletes that can
propel programs to that hardly
attainable next level. In many
ways It's just a less glamorous
episode of "The Bachelorette
Recruiting is arguably one
of the least exact sciences in the
world. No mathematical problem
can solve it. What sales pitch
will work? What do prospective
athletes want? Will this recruit
represent my university well?
All are questions coaches have to
answer by judging the athletes.
But, ultimately It's the athletes
judging the coaches.
Outside the University of
Colorado, recruiting visits are
very structured. Phone calls are
often shared between athletes
and coaches prior to an official
or an unofficial visit. An official
visit allows for the institution to
pay for the travel and expenses
for the athlete during his stay.
Usually meetings occur
before dinner on Friday. Maybe
a coach will project the athlete's
image onto the Jumbotron and
announce his name over the
loudspeaker. On Saturday, a
recruit usually tours the campus,
meets weight trainers, academic
sports advisors, the rest of the
coaches and players. Recruits
either stay with their families or
in dorms where they are shown a
good time. At the end of weekend
on Sunday, coaches have one-on-
one meetings with recruits often
offering scholarships or not.
A mixture of different back-
grounds from the coaches is
essential in recruiting. Phil
Petty can relate to players easier
because he played quarterback at
South Carolina only a couple of
years ago. Junior Smith can tell
players that he is the all-time
leading rusher when he ran onto
the same field as the recruits.
Rock Roggeman, the linebacker's
see RECRUITING page S6
Pirates finally emerge victorious
Rouse records
another double-double
TRENT WYNNE
SENIOR WRITER
Bill Herrlon hasn't had a reason to
smile In close to two montlis. Coming
into their bout with St. Louis, the Pirates
had dropped 12 of their last 13 games
and have been abysmal in all parts of
the gaiwwimexceftfcn to rebounding.
Wednesday night changed all of that in
a span of 40 minutes as he walked into
the post-game press conference and sat
down with a grin that split his face in
two. "Let me try an open my mouth
here, rrs been about two months si nee I
last smiled said Herrlon with a relieved,
beaming face.
Herrlon had plenty reason to smile
as ECU picked up their first conference
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down five at halftime because Moussa
(Radiane)and Corey (Rouse) were in seri-
ous, serious foul trouble Herrlon said.
Badiane and Rouse both picked up
two early fouls within the first five
minutes of the contest, causing them
to only see limited action and forcing
the Pirates to go small.
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game dose with a solid perfonnance
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Pirates get ready for Chapel Hill
see BASKETBALL page B8 Mike CooK led ECU Players with 15 points.
Men's team looks
to remain unbeaten
DAVID WASKIEWICZ
STAFF WRITER
With an undefeated record
heading into next Wednesday,
the ECU Men's Swimming Team
is looking to add another win
to their total, this time over
in-state rival Chapel Hill. The
Lady Pirates, with only one loss
this year, will also try to add
another win onto their two-
match streak.
Both of the UNC teams are
coming off of a loss to Virginia
last weekend. The men's team
was dominated 172-71, while
the women lost 179-119. The
Pirates will try and add salt into
the Tar Heels wound, riding on
the momentum of the team's
previous win.
The last meet for the Pirates
took place two weeks ago against
William and Mary. The men's
team pulled out a convincing
126-108 win. Not to be outdone,
the Lady Pirates pulled out a
convincing win of their own,
winning 121-89. The Pirates were
scheduled to face UMBC last
weekend but the meet was called
do to inclement weather.
The Tar Heels have always
proved to be a challenge for the
Pirates in the past. Since 1977,
the I.ady Pirates have never
defeated the Tar Heels in regular
season meets. The men's record
against the team has also been
disappointing in the past. Riding
the wave of their best season in
school history, the Pirates will try
to dominate this year.
The meet is scheduled for
next Wednesday at 4 p.m. in
Chapel Hill.
This writer can be contacted at
sports@theeastcarolinian. com.
Greenville Disc Golf Club to host Ice Bowl' in Meadowbrook Park
Tournament benefits
Pitt County charity
ROBERT LEONARD
SENIOR WRITER
So many times In sports,
people are focused on winning.
The winner is placed in the spot-
light. If you were to keep that
same philosophy this weekend
at the Greenville Ice Bowl, a disc-
golf tournament at West Mead-
owbrook Park, the light would be
shining on the community.
Rick Rothstein, a resident
of Kansas City, created the Ice
Bow In 1987 in Columbia, Mo.
Since disc golf tournaments
are mainly in the spring and
summer, Rothstein wanted some
sort of national tournament that
would be for the wintertime. His
idea was the Ice Bowl.
Ice Bowls are held at disc-
golf courses all around the
world from the first weekend in
January though the last week-
end in February. The motto of
the Ice Bowl is "No Wimps, No
Whiners referencing the nasty
weather that can occur during
this time of year. In fact, the
Ice Bowl even keeps track of the
temperature and the amount of
snow on the ground. The coldest
Ice Bowl reported was in 1996 in
St. Cloud, Minn, where tempera-
tures reached a blistering -29
degrees. The most snow was once
again in St. Cloud, this time in
1997. The golfers played through
an amazing 50 inches of snow.
Just like every other disc golf
tournament, someone will win
and someone will lose. But find-
ing out who the best disc golfer
that day is not the focus of the Ice
Bowl, It's about charily.
The Greenville Disc Golf
Club will be hosting the event
this Saturday at 10 a.m. The
charity being represented is the
Pitt County Social Services Food
Pantry and Scholarship Fund.
F.ntry fee for the event is $10 and
two cans of food. Everyone who
enters will receive an Ice Bowl
golf disc and an Ice Bowl mini
disc, which is used to mark the
golfer's lie.
"Many courses around the
state have had Ice Bowls for many
years said Greenville Disc Golf
Club President and tournament
director Scott Faison.
"Since we now have a public-
course it was only fitting that we
have one also. The Ice Bowl is
actually an International event
and we feel lucky to be a part of it
Last year, there were 170 Ice
Bowls around the country and
6,561 players in those. Just last
year, the Ice Bowl raised $86,887
and 17,489 pounds of food, all
donated directly to local charities.
The two round tournament
will be a special format geared
toward fun and raising money.
The first round will give golfers
a chance to throw a mulligan if
they choose. Every mulligan will
cost that golfer a dollar and that
money will be donated to the
Pitt County Social Services Food
Pantry and Scholarship Fund.
After an hour break for lunch,
the golfers will be paired up for a
best shot round In the afternoon.
The best score from the morning
round will be paired with the
worst score, second best score
will be with the second worst
score and so on. The person with
the lowest overall score will take
home a trophy.
Alt hough you may not play disc
golf, Faison still urges people to
come out and donatecanned fond
"This is for a good cause and
more importantly a local cause
Faison said.
"Too many times charities we
donate to are far away or we can
not see the impact that our dona-
tion does. With this, a person
can sec what they are going to
help. Also you don't have to be
a disc golfer to participate in an
Ice Bowl. You will get a disc and
a mini with your entry fee so
anyone could come out and play.
This is one event that is geared
highly toward more fun and less
competition. Anyone is welcome
to help us and play
lor more information on the
Greenville Ice Bowl or for direc-
tions to West Meadowbrook Park,
you may contact Scott Faison at
mff05266"aol.com.
The writer may be contacted at
sports@theeastcarolinian.com.





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Recruiting
from page B5
coach, can use his natural energy
to sell a recruit.
In sales and recruiting, expe-
rience is vital. Steve Shankweiler,
the offensive coordinator and
offensive line coach, is entering
his 25th season as a coach, 11 of
which were at ECU.
"You have to show recruits
where ECU has been and how they
can be part of making it where it
was again said Shankweiler.
"You have to sell them on
being the bell cow. If you come
people will follow
Eastern North Carolina is
another point of emphasis for the
new regime.
"With kids in this part of
how important this univer-
sity is to eastern North Car-
olina Shankweiler said.
"I agree that the bulk of your
team should come from the
Carolinas, but I know that kids
want to win. I don't care if they
are from Mars, they want to win
Another former Pirate coach,
Donnie Thompson, now the assis-
tant head coach and defensive
line coach is known in coaching
circles as one of the best recruiters.
Thompson recruited past Pirate
greats Robert Jones, Jerry Dillion
and Carlester Crumpler. He was
also involved in recruiting Julius
Peppers and Ryan Sims to UNC.
Thompson knows the ECU
1988 on the ECU sidelines.
"It's easy for me because I
was recruited to come back
said Thompson. "I just tell them
what interested me in coming
back. Number one, can they get
a great education? My son gradu-
ated from here so you can't get a
better education.
"The other thing is playing
in Conference USA. It's a com-
petitive league. It gives athletes
national exposure if you are at
the top of that league. We expect
to be at the top of that league
Whatever the science for-
mula is, the Pirates have already
nailed down several verbal com-
mitments. Josh Grier, Quentln
don Setzer and JJ Millbrook
all graduated high school in
2003, but sat out in 2004. All
are currently enrolled. Aundrae
Allison, a junior college All
American receiver enrolled this
semester. North Carolina natives
Kyle Johnson, Chris Mattocks,
Josh Smith and Terrell Hudgins
have all reported their verbal
commitments. Robert Kass and
Jeremy Chambliss are the only
two from out of state to give
public verbal commitments.
From the lists of commit-
ments, the players like what they
see. After all, they are the future.
This writer can be contacted at
the state, you have to stress values because he spent 1986 - Cotton, Marcus Hands, Bran- sports@theeastcarolinian.com.
Owens could jeopardize career
(AP) � The reason an athlete
visits an orthopedic surgeon as
opposed to a faith healer should
be evident: You can't always
count on divine intervention.
And so while it was uplift-
ing to hear Terrell Owens say,
"Spiritually, God is healing me
and I'm way ahead of where a
lot of people expect me to be
It's a good thing he bothered
to get a second opinion. Even
if it wasn't the one he wanted,
it was the one Owens needed.
A month ago, Dr. Mark Myer-
son needed two screws and
a plate to put Owens' right
ankle back together. After Tues-
day's weekly checkup, Myer-
son said he was pleased with
his patient's recuperation,
but he still refused to clear
him to play in the Super Bowl.
Yes, Owens looked healthy
patrolling the sideline in Phila-
delphia last Sunday, waving a
towel and whipping up the home
crowd. But that means some-
thing only if he's auditioning
for the cheerleading squad. The
guys on New England's defense
can appreciate a courageous
comeback story more than most,
but once Owens sets foot inside
the lines, that won't keep them
from going after his bum ankle.
Myerson reasoned it takes
eight to 10 weeks to recover from
the surgery - when the Eagles
and Patriots meet Feb. 6, Owens
will have been on the mend
and rehabbing for about six and
a half weeks. Still, the team's
doctors and trainers appar-
ently have the final say. If they
green-light Owens for the Super
Bowl, the only place any of them
should be allowed to operate an
X-ray machine is at an airport.
It's easy to understand the
temptation on all sides, of
course. Games that mean as
much to a player as the Super
Bowl only come along every so
often, and pro football careers
are notoriously short and risky
to begin with. On top of that,
the most inspirational moments
in sports are about guys playing
with pain that makes you wince
just reading about it.
The hands-down winner in
the category is Muhammad AH
going all 12 rounds against Ken
Norton in 1973 after his jaw was
busted by a punch in the second.
But it's hardly the only one.
Last October, it was Curt
Schilling busting the stitches
holding together a frayed tendon
so he could work seven innings
of Game 6 against the Yankees.
Three decades earlier, it was
Willis Reed dragging a bum leg
into the center circle for the
jump ball against Wilt Cham-
berlain in Game 7 of the 1970
NBA Finals. And then there was
Kirk Gibson's gimpy-kneed tour
of the bases after his walk-off
homer against the A's All-Star
closer, Dennis Eckersley, in
Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.
If those moments sent chills
down your spine, imagine the
effect it had on the field.
"When he hit that ball
Oakland shortstop Walt Weiss
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(KRT)ST. LOUIS �When the
recommendation first became
public, it seemed ridiculous. Or,
at the very least, a suggestion
made by ivory-tower academics
who weren't operating in the real
world. How could it ever come
to pass that the NCAA would
penalize teams that graduated
fewer than 50 percent of their
athletes?
The suggestion was just
one of many made in 2001 by
the Knight Commission on
Intercollegiate Athletics, which
had spent more than a decade
making suggestions that the col-
lege athletics establishment had
mostly ignored. The commission
itself noted that former Michi-
gan football coach and athletic
director Bo Schembechler had
responded to a previous report
by saying, "The hubbub will
pass, and so will these so-called
reformers
Two weeks ago, however, the
NCAA board of directors passed
sweeping athletic reform legisla-
tion that boiled down to this:
Starting in 2006, teams that are
graduating fewer than 50 percent
of their athletes will lose scholar-
ships. And that's just the begin-
ning - upcoming will be stronger
sanctions that could result in
ineligibility for bowl games and
NCAA championships.
The full import of the new
rules will be fully understood
only after several weeks, when
the NCAA releases its first set of
data as a warning to schools that
would fail to meet the standards
for the 2005-06 season. NCAA
officials have said that football,
men's basketball and baseball
will be most affected.
Assessment of penalties will
be delayed until the following
season, giving schools a year to
bring up their academic stan-
dards.
Many of those who have
been voices for academic reform,
however, don't need to see the
concrete results to believe that
the new guidelines are an impor-
tant step in controlling the mon-
ster that intercollegiate athletics
has become.
"It's not too much to ask
an institution, most of which
are spending a half-million to a
million dollars a year in tutoring
and supplemental guidance for
the classroom (for athletes), it's
a massive expenditure that most
people don't know takes place
said William Friday, former
chancellor of the University of
North Carolina and president of
the Knight Commission.
"There's every reason in the
world to expect 50 percent of
them to graduate. That's what
the university ought to do. They
ought to qualify for gainful
employment because they're
not going to make a living in
sport
Others aren't so sure. They
wonder if with all-important
scholarships on the line, schools
looking for loopholes will create
more courses such as Jim Mar-
rick's "Fundamentals of Bas-
ketball if not entire majors
designed to keep athletes on a
path to graduation.
Potentially worse, thoj say,
is that coaches may be less likely
to recruit athletes who, perhaps
because they were simply not
lucky enough to attend an aca-
demically rigorous high school,
may struggle academically at first.
But even those who worry
about potential negative con-
sequences applaud the NCAA's
efforts.
"I think the intentions are
outstanding Georgia Tech
men's basketball coach Paul
Hewitt said.
That said, he worries that
the new rules will one day be
considered discriminatory - not
by intent, but in practice.
One NCAA staff member,
Hewitt said, told coaches in a
meeting that they needed to
start recruiting kids who looked
like graduates. "That's a heck of
a statement said Hewitt, his
outrage coming through weeks
after the meeting.
Explained Hewitt: "We're
talking about recruiting, quote,
better prepared student-athletes.
We're talking about, not recruit-
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for the NBA. When you close
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"Socio-economically, they
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college basketball, if you look at
the kids who left, 95 percent of
them happen to be black. I don't
think there's anything wrong
with a young man changing the
course of his life to better his
and his family's point in life.
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come back in five years and say,
'You know what, the intentions
here were great, but these rules
proved to be very discrimina-
tory
Much has changed in the
four years since the Knight
Commission first floated the 50-
percent number, let alone the 14
years since its first report in 1991.
Gradually, university presidents
are taking the lead in running
intercollegiate athletics (another
Knight Commission recommen-
dation) and controversies over
the increased commercialization
of college sport, the composition
of the Bowl Championship Series
and the continuing academic
scandals on college campuses
have prompted more calls for
reform.
All of those circumstances
have resulted in what support-
ers say is the beauty of the
legislation the way schools are
punished.
"What all of these debates
and discussions have made very
clear is that you get the change
in Division 1 college sport when
you take control of the money
Friday said. "Moral debate has its
place, but nobody listens to that.
You take the money away, you'll
get the attention in a hurry
And that, in effect, is what
the new academic rules do.
Teams that do not graduate an
acceptable number of athletes
will be penalized with the loss
of athletic scholarships. Specifi-
cally, a coach will be unable to
re-award a grant-in-aid that was
previously given to an athlete
who left the university without
making progress toward a degree.
Every one of the NCAA's
5,000-plus teams will be subject
to the rule. The penalties will
be assessed team by team, not
solely for the school, and they
will be based on a new measure-
ment devised by the NCAA, the
Academic Progress Rate.
Men's basketball has received
much of the negative publicity
for graduation rates. Each March,
the Center for the Study of Sport
at Central Florida University
evaluates the teams in the Sweet
16 in various categories, includ-
ing academic performance, and a
year ago only four Sweet 16 teams
(Kansas, Duke, Vanderbilt and
Xavier) graduated more than 50
percent of their players.
As the tournament contin-
ued, the percentage of schools
with poor graduation rates grew.
"When three out of four of
the teams in the Final Four last
year were graduating under 40
percent of their athletes, that's a
pretty incriminating statistic
Friday said. "We've just got to
do better
Basketball coaches always
have complained about the
manner in which graduation
rates were calculated. The federal
graduation rates, the only mea-
sure available, do not account
for transfer students. If a player
transfers in to a school, he does
not count in that school's gradu-
ation rate, even if he does gradu-
ate. By the same token, a player
who transfers out of a school
counts against the school he
leaves, even if that player goes
on to graduate from another
institution.
With that fact in mind, the
NCAA's Committee on Academic
Performance, chaired by Walter
Harrison, president of the Uni-
versity of Hartford, and the
NCAA staff came up with a new
statistic, the APR.
The APR is based on a scale
with 1,000 at the top. Teams scor-
ing below 925 will be penalized.
That APR, Harrison explained,
essentially means that 92.5
percent of a team's athletes are
retaining eligibility.
The penalty works like this:
If students are not returning as
full-time students for the next
semester and are academically
ineligible, that student's scholar-
ship will not be re-awarded. The
NCAA has further decided to
cap the number of scholarships a
team can lose at 10 percent.
So a football team that scores
below 925 on the APR could lose
up to nine scholarships, and
a men's basketball team could
lose up to two for the following
season. If the problems are cor-
rected, teams would receive a full
complement of scholarships for
the next season.
"1 think this gets to the
bottom of the problem very
quickly Levick said. "I think
you'll be hearing, 'Well, what's
their APR?' instead of their
graduation rates I do think
this piece of legislation requires
every coach in every sport to sit
up and look at their sport and
know they can be hit personally.
It will affect their recruiting and
their ability to distribute finan-
cial aid. So I like it. I think it's a
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THE EAST CAROLINIAN -SPORTS
1-27-05
Basketball
from page 65
Owens
from page B6
from behind the arc, connecting on five
trifectas in the opening 20 minutes.
"Is that a record?" Herrion
inquired jokingly about his Pirates
surprising efforts from three-land.
ECU cooled off from downtown
in the second half but turned up the
defensive intensity, holding the Bil-
likens to a dismal 23 percent from the
floor and scoreless through nearly
the first six minutes of the half.
The Pirates, feedingoftheirdefcngve
pressure, opened the half on a 12-0 run.
"I told the kids at half, 'if you
want to win this game you are going
to half to get some stops in the first
five minutes of the second half
Herrion said.
"It is not about the offense, it's
about the defense
The Hi I li kins could never seem
to get on track under the Pirates'
smothering pressure and could only
manage 20 second half points.
"I think we wanted the game more
tonight than they did Herrion said.
After the run, ECU never let
St. Louis creep any closer than four
as the Pirates picked up their first
conference USA win 60-53.
"1 am just really, really proud of
the kids Herrion said.
Cook finished the game with
15 points and nine rebounds, but
maybe his biggest contribution came
with his hussle and leadership.
"I thought Mike Cook played
one of his better games since he has
been here at ECU Herrion said. "He
played very hard defensively and
rebounded the ball as well
The Pirates also another monster
perfarmaiir from Rouse, who recorded
13poinrsand 13 rebounding, keeping his
season average of a dourie-doubie in tact
"Corey played great once again and
that is all you can ask of him is what he did
tonight Herrion said. ECU also found I
spark off the bench as King connected on
three long balls, finishing with 11 points.
"Josh King gave us a great lift off
the bench Herrion said. "I told him
that in order to beat St. Louis you have
to make jump shots and that he needed
to be ready because his shots were going
to be there
The Pirates continued their great
rebounding as ECU outreboarded St
Louis by 17 and had 20 more second
chance points in the bout With the win,
the Pirates move back into position to
make the C-USA tournament and will
host the Charlotte 49ers this Saturday.
Game time is slated for 1 p.m. in
Minges Coliseum.
This writer can be contacted at
sports&theeastcarolinian. com.
said about Gibson back then, "it
was almost surreal. As devastat-
ing a blow as it was, I remember
running off the field and saying,
'Man, that was unbelievable
And while football may
be the one sport that rivals
boxing in its physical demands,
there are plenty of inspira-
tional tales to go around. The
best of that lot is about Rams
defender Jack Youngblood.
In the first half of a 1979
playoff game against the
Cowboys, he was chop-blocked
by two Dallas linemen, causing
his left fibula to snap above the
ankle. Youngblood talked the
trainers into taping him up at
I i,i 111 in if, finished that game and
played the next two wearing a
brace. The Steele?s spoiled any
chance of a happy ending by
beating the Rams in the Super
Bowl.
Owens' decision absolves
the doctor of any blame should
Owens re-injure the ankle
- or worse. But more likely,
Myerson made it knowing the
sheer number of disastrous
outcomes are what make the rare
successes so memorable.
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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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