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Bus? administration's
impact seen
The first elections of Iraq
were held, drawing millions of
citizens to cast their votes for the
National Assembly.
For some, these elections lend
credibility to the Bush admin-
istration's policies on global
terrorism while others view the
situation much differently.
Fred Gedrich, former U.S.
Department of State and Defense
official, said the recent elections
may well go down in history
BSU hosts
week on
Events geared to
promote cultural
As part of Black History
Month, the Black Student Union
is hosting events this week geared
toward educating students on
different diversity issues.
The BSU is an organization
open to all ECU students who are
interested in promoting cultural
All the events sponsored by
BSU are directed at different parts
of African American history that
are often overlooked.
"Our history doesn't start
with Rosa Parks, it goes back way
further than that said Tamika
Walker, senior music education
major and president of BSU.
"1 hope people learn more
about the African American
culture people have to step
outside of their comfort zone and
take a look at the world
She said there could be more
efforts on campus to make the
ECU community aware of diver-
sity issues. While progress is
being made, more work needs to
be done.
"There is still more ground to
be covered Walker said.
One activity people in every
culture participate in is art. The
symbolism and inventiveness of
art allows insight into the culture
that produced it.
Paintings of African Amer-
ican Warrior markings were
painted on people's faces Tues-
day. African arts and crafts were
made Tuesday evening on the
lawn, allowing students to see
the displays of the visual history
of Africa.
BSU plans to recruit mem-
bers this Wednesday to give all
students the opportunity to join
an organization working toward
enhancing the campus commu-
nity. They will be passing out
information to let students know
about their organization In the
Wright Plaza.
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as being a crucial blow toward
global terrorism.
"1 think these elections are
very important said Gedrich.
"It may be a situation where
the civilized world looks back
and says it is a turning point in
the war on terror
The U.S. began the military
invasion of Iraq in spring of 2003
and elections were held less than
two years later, a fact Gedrich
said reflects well on the Bush
"I think we should all put
things in perspective - on what
was accomplished Gedrich said.
Gedrich said the reconstruc-
tion efforts in Japan and Germany
took longer than the current one
An unidentified Kurdish supporter waves a Kurdish flag as he runs through the streets celebrating the election results.
being carried out in Iraq.
Richard Kilroy, visiting assis-
tant professor in the department
of political science, said he is
optimistic for the Iraqi people
and the prospects of democracy
in the region, but there is no
certainty that the country will
embrace these new principles.
"We hope it means a new
start for them that they will
embrace the democratic prin-
ciples that we have said Kilroy.
"The question is whether that
will happen or not
Kilroy said the administra-
tion hopes that change in Iraq
will in turn bring change in the
Middle East.
"They feel that Iraq is an.
important country that might
cause change Kilroy said.
"I think that when the Bush
administration looks at their role
today, they see themselves at an
important point in history that
they have to be the ones to take a
stand against global terrorism
Kilroy said a problem with
the administration's policies is
they are not coming across well
internationally, where in many
countries the U.S. effort in Iraq
is viewed negatively by majorities
of the respective populations.
"1 think one of the concerns
1 have to the administration's
viewpoint is they have not effec-
tively communicated it to the
whole world Kilroy said.
"I think that's a disappoint-
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Holland asks Head Coach
Bill Herrion to step down
'Nuclear watchdog'
surveying Iran
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Head Men's Basketball Coach Bill Herrion, shown in this Jan. 15 file photo, will relinquish
his position at the end of this season. Athletic Director Terry Holland and Senior Associate
AD Nick Floyd met with Herrion Tuesday morning to discuss the matter. While Herrion
will no longer be coaching ECU basketball, he will stay in the athletics department.
According to Holland, Herrion will step down in order to "work with a major fundraising
initiative for ECU athletics
Easley appoints two new deans
Horns, Johnson will
use expertise to
examine health issues
Two deans from ECU
were appointed to the North
Carolina Institute of Medicine by
Governor Mike Easley.
Dr. Phyllis Horns, dean of the
school of nursing, and Dr. Cynda
Johnson, dean of the Brody
School of Medicine, were both
selected to serve five-year terms
with the NC lOM.
"It's an honor, I feel very
happy to have been selected
said Horns.
"I'm very pleased to be
serving with Dr. Johnson
Before her appointment to
the NC IOM, Horns had served
on a task force convened by the
institute. Horns said these task
forces are the primary way the
institute accomplishes its work.
"The task forces study issues
arid send out published reports
for state government and other
interested parties Horns said:
The task forces generally are
made up of anywhere between
30 to 60 individuals who can
provide expert and non-political
advice on the issue at hand.
Horns said some of the issues
worked out by the institute include
a study of the nursing workforce
and dental care. A task force is
currently being formed to address
the problems of the uninsured in
North Carolina.
Horns said the task forces are
normally a mixture of institute
members and people with exper-
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Mohammed ElBaradei, director-general of the IAEA, left, is
pictured with Kamal Kharrazi, Iran's minister of foreign affairs.
Sprau said politics are taken to
an entirely different and higher
level in international organiza-
tions. This, along with cultural
obstacles, makes achieving goals
much more difficult and time
consuming. It may be better
for the United States to keep an
eye on Iran because America is
more advanced, but they are not
allowed there. Foreign countries
will only allow U.N. organiza-
tions to inspect their plants.
Officials told The Associated
Press last week the U.S. is cur-
rently trying to oust IAEA head
Mohammed ElBaradei for being
"too soft" when dealing with
Iran. However, the chief of the
IAEA said there is no proof Iran is
developing nuclear weapons.
Last week, The Associated
Press reported Iran's Intelligence
Minister, Ali Yunesi, saying the
U.S. has been flying spy drones
over their nuclear sites and their
air force was ordered to shoot
down any unknown flying object
in their airspace.
Richard Kilroy, visiting assis-
tant professor in the department
of political science, said these
drones are remotely piloted
vehicles usually used in peaceful
situations. The U.S. is always col-
lecting data on potential threats
through covert collections.
Russia announced last week
they would cooperate with Iran
in their nuclear development.
"I think Russia's clearly rais-
ing the stakes in the Middle East
said Kilroy.
He said economics are begin-
U.S. skeptical of
ElBaradei, focuses on
nuclear concerns
U.S. officials have recently
criticized the International
Atomic Energy Agency and the
director-general's work concern-
ing Iran while Intelligence Minis-
ter Ali Yunesi reported American
spy drones flying over Iranian
nuclear sites.
The IAEA is the only world
organization that keeps control
of nuclear issues with a couple
thousand employees whose main
job is to promote the safe use
of nuclear energy and control
weapons through the nuclear
non-proliferation treaty.
Daniel Sprau, consultant for
the IAEA and associate professor
for the environmental health
sciences and safety program, said
inspectors go to nuclear facilities
to make sure countries are doing
everything they say they are
and that they're allowed to do it.
Their inspectors went into Iraq
in search of weapons.
Iran has said they are using
nuclear power to find another
resource for energy, but the IAEA
is worried they will use it for
other measures, such as to fuel
reactors for weapons.
"It's not always clear what
direction they're going in said
"There are a lot of politics
that go with it
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NICK HENNE News Editor KRISTIN DAY Assistant News Editor
WEDNESDAY February 23, 2005
Campus News
Cancer Prevention
Look for Pi Kappa Delta tables
promoting cancer prevention
outside Wright Plaza Feb. 22
- 24 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Get
informative pamphlets and enter
to win a DVD player and other
great prizes.
ECU Graduation Expo
ECU May graduates are invited
to a special Graduation expo
featuring everything students
need for graduation including
graduation announcements,
diploma frames, class rings and
other accessories. The expo will
take place in the rear dining room
of Wright Place Feb. 22 - 24. On
Tuesday, vendors will be available
from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and 5 - 7
p.m. For more information, call
328-6731 or visit studentstores.
Mac Users Meeting
The ECU Mac Users Group will
have its February meeting on
Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 7:15 p.m.
in the Willis Building. Meetings are
free and open to anyone. Agenda
includes the latest Apple news
update, a demonstration of new
Mac software from iUfe '05 and
IWork. The $1 raffle prizes include
a new iPod Shuffle 1GB, I Life '05
and iWork software. For more
information visit
'My Three Angels'
The ECULoessin Playhouse
is sponsoring this comedy
about three convicts on a work
furlough. Employed by a family
they became fond of, they learn
the family may lose their business
and inheritance. Possessing
criminal minds and hearts of
gold, they set matters right and
in doing so redeem themselves
as real life angels to the grateful
family. The performance will be
Feb. 24 - 28 at 8 p.m. with a 2
p.m. matinee on Sunday in the
McGinnis Theatre. Call 328-6829
for more information.
Contra Dance
The ECU Folk and Country
Dancers are sponsoring a contra
dance Feb. 25 at the Willis
Building. Beginners lesson is at
7:30 p.m. and the dance is from
8 -10:30 p.m. A string band will
perform live, old-time and Celtic
music. Costs for admission Is
$3 for students, $5 for FASG
members and $8 for the general
public. For more information, call
Love is in the Air
The Woman's Choral and
University Chorus will present
this show Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. in
Wright Auditorium. Conductors
for the evening will be Daniel
Bara and Janna Brendell. For
more information call 1-800-
'Love Letters'
The S. Rudolph Alexander
Performing Arts Series will hold
this event Feb 26 at 8 p.m. in
Wright Auditorium. Starring
Academy Award-winning stage
and screen veteran Eva Marie
Saint and acclaimed film,
television and theatre producer
and director Jeffrey Hayden,
the play traces 50 years of
confidential correspondence
covering first loves, lost loves
and constantly changing times
For details, please call 328-6851
Ballroom Dancing
The United States Amateur
Ballroom Dancers Association
Is hosting a dance Feb. 26
from 7:30 - 11 p.m. In the Willis
Building. Begin the evening with
a free Samba and Merengue
lesson followed by dancing and
refreshments. Call 355-5847 for
further details
Home Builders Expo
The Home Builders Association Is
holding an expo In the Greenville
Convention Center Feb. 26 - 27.
This expo will showcase the many
different products to complete and
remodel your dream house. Call
756-7915 for more information.
News Briefs
School, cigarettes, lottery
on Easley's legislative agenda
RALEIGH, NC - Stung by budget
crises during his first term, Gov. Mike
Easley is preaching pragmatism with
progress to the General Assembly at
the start of his second term.
In Monday night's State of the State
address to a joint legislative session
in the House chamber, Easley asked
for more money and accountability to
help poor school districts and create
high schools where students can
earn associate degrees.
But the Democratic incumbent said he
wouldn't sacrifice fiscal responsibility
in the process.
"Let us continue our progress
aggressively, but within a new era
that guarantees the promise we
make today will not be broken
tomorrow Easley said in a statewide-
televised address. "Because real
vision demands that we make tough
choices. But real vision is responsible
and it is paid for
The tough choice for lawmakers may
include two items he cited In his
biennial speech.
Easley said it's time to "significantly"
raise the state cigarette tax from the
current 5 cents per pack. And he
aoain pushed an education lottery,
the one he's sought unsuccessfully
since his first gubernatorial campaign
in 2000.
Teacher pleads guilty
to Indecent liberties with student
CHARLOTTE, NC - A former high
school English teacher has pleaded
guilty to taking indecent liberties with
a 16-year-old student, but avoided
going to prison because she had no
previous criminal record.
Mecklenburg Superior Court Judge
Gentry Caudill on Monday placed
Nicole Pomerieau, a former teacher
at Olympic High School, on probation
for two years and ordered her to
perform 60 hours of community
service and turn in her teaching
The judge also told Pomerieau,
32, that she could not have sexual
contact with, or teach, anyone under
18 during her probation.
The crime doesn't require that
Pomerieau register as a sex
Mecklenburg Assistant District
Attorney Barry Cook told the judge
that Pomerieau had admitted having
sexual intercourse with the 16-year-
old student on two occasions - In
January 2004 and February 2004.
The prosecutor said the teenager's
mother found e-mail between her son
and Pomerieau that led her to think
something was going on between
the two. The mother contacted school
The sex took place. Cook said, once
at Pomerleau's home and another
time at a friend's home.
Defense attorney Robert DeCurtins
said Pomerieau, who is married and
has two young children, had been
involved in what he described as "an
ill-advised relationship
California storms leave five dead
LOS ANGELES - A deadly series of
storms across California spawned
tornadoes, landslides and avalanches
as persistent rain flooded freeways
and sent mud roaring into homes.
At least five people were killed,
including a Nevada woman caught
in an avalanche north of Lake Tahoe
and a 24-year-old man who lost
control of his car in San Bernardino.
Forecasters said Tuesday that the
strong storm system would bring at
least another inch of rain to Southern
California but was losing strength
and could move out of the region by
Wednesday afternoon. A flash flood
watch remained in effect Tuesday for
much of Southern California.
"I think we've probably seen the worst
of the storm said Ted MacKenchnie,
a National Weather Service
meteorologist. "We should start
seeing a decrease in the activity
Dozens of homes were evacuated or
red-tagged because they threatened
to collapse from sliding hillsides,
authorities said.
A teenage girl and 61-year-old
man were killed in separate landslides
and three women were temporarily
trapped in about 10 feet of mud
that spilled into a town house in the
Los Angeles suburb of Hacienda
Heights. A Los Angeles civil engineer,
Rory Shaw, 47, died after being
swept into a 30-foot sinkhole he was
Missing Texas woman
and son's vehicle found in creek
DENTON, Texas (AP) - Concern
over the whereabouts of a pregnant
woman and her 7-year-old son
escalated when authorities recovered
her abandoned sport utility vehicle
in a creek.
Fort Worth police Lt. Gene Jones
insisted Monday's discovery of the
SUV was a major step forward in the
investigation. Authorities, however,
had few new details to share and
planned to resume their search near
the creek Tuesday.
"There are a lot of questions we have
Jones said. "We haven't answered all
those questions and that's why we're
being very careful about what we tell
the public
A statewide Amber Alert was issued
for Lisa Underwood, who is seven
months pregnant, and her son,
Jayden, after Underwood failed
to show up for her baby shower
Saturday. The alert was expanded to
New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas
and Louisiana.
Officers on horseback and using
dogs concentrated the search In
a rural area of Denton, about 30
miles northeast of Fort Worth, after
a landowner found the SUV partly
submerged in a creek.
The discovery came two days after
a pool of blood was found in the
family's home. There was no sign of
forced entry, officials said.
Police declined to say what, if any,
evidence was found inside the SUV.
The keys to the vehicle were found
Powerful earthquake
kills hundreds In central Iran
SARBAGH, Iran - A powerful
earthquake toppled mud-built homes
and flattened villages In central
Iran on Tuesday, killing at least 270
people and injuring 950, officials
and state-run television said. A senior
official said the death toll could top
TV footage showed residents
frantically digging through piles of
debris looking for loved ones following
the 6.4-magnitude earthquake, which
struck at 5:55 a.m. While homes
made of mud collapsed, buildings
of cement appeared not to sustain
heavy damage.
Survivors pleaded for help finding
the buried - "What a catastrophe.
Please help us one said. Rain was
hampering rescue efforts.
The quake's epicenter was on
the outskirts of Zarand, a town of
about 15,000 people located 35
miles northwest of Kerman, the
capital of Kerman province, said
the seismological unit of Tehran
University's Geophysics Institute.
The mountainous area is in the
same province but northwest of Bam,
where a quake killed 26,000 people
in 2003.
"All hospitals in Zarand are filled to
capacity with the injured. Hospitals in
the town cannot receive any more of
the injured the broadcast said.
Sarbagh, a village near Zarand,
was one of the villages affected by
the quake. Close to 80 percent of
its buildings were destroyed by the
Kerman provincial governor
Mohammad Ali Karimi was quoted
as saying that "several villages have
been destroyed" by the earthquake.
Mostafa Soltani, a spokesman at
Kerman Governor General Office,
said officials expect the final death
toll to surpass 350.
Pyongyang will return to
nuclear talks If conditions met
SEOUL, South Korea - North Korean
leader Kim Jong II rebuffed a U.S.
demand for immediate disarmament
talks to end his nuclear weapons
programs, saying that Washington
needs to show sincerity and meet his
conditions, his country's official news
agency said Tuesday.
But in a rare comment on the nuclear
standoff, the reclusive Stalinist
leader also said his government's
commitment to a peaceful solution
to the nuclear dispute remains
unchanged, raising hopes that Kim
would eventually go for a deal.
Both China and South Korea urged
the United States and North Korea
on Tuesday for more flexibility in the
two-year-old confrontation.
"We will go to the negotiating table
anytime if there are mature conditions
for the six-party talks thanks to the
concerted efforts of the parties
concerned in the future Kim told a
visiting Chinese envoy, expressing
the hope that the United States
would show "trustworthy sincerity
according to the Korean Central
News Agency.
Kim's comments came less than two
weeks after Kim flouted Washington
and its allies by claiming that it had
nuclear weapons and would boycott,
the talks.
Crime Scene
Feb. 20
Possessing weapons
An unknown subject possessed
a firearm on a campus parking
lot The weapon was a Hi-Point
and the subject also possessed
Feb. 21
8:50 am.
Larceny from building
An unknown person removed
a laptop from an unlocked
office in Jenkins.
1:30 p.m.
Person(s) took book bag from
the Student Recreation Center
without permission.
2:35 p.m.
Bomb threat
The suspect called police and
threatened to plant a bomb
and blow up Joyner Library.
4 p.m.
Larceny from building
Asuspect entered an unsecured
room in Fletcher and removed
a set of dorm keys.
f) Weekly
Crime Tip
If you see any suspicious
baggage or back packs,
do not touch IL Call the
police so they can contact
the bomb squad If needed.
Also, report any suspicious
persons with packages
that look like they could
be a bomb. Remember
It Is a felony to call In a
bomb threat.
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people who will be able to reason, weigh evidence,
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Students are encouraged to
join as early as possible in their
college years.
"1 had meant to join fresh-
man year, but I didn't commit
until this year said Maurice
Griffin, sophomore communi-
cation major and treasurer for
"It feels good to be part of an
Students of all cultures and
backgrounds are encouraged to
attend BSU meetings. A fee of
$5 is required to be a member of
BSU for the year.
BSU members at Wright Plaza
and around campus on Friday
will promote the Heritage Fest,
sponsored by the National Asso-
ciation for the Advancement of
Colored People from 4 - 7 p.m.
at Thomas Foreman Park on
Fifth Street.
On Saturday, Hendrix The-
atre will resonate with rhythm
while a middle school and high
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school step show will take place
at 2 p.m ending Black Student
Union Week. These events are for
students to socialize, learn and
interact with all the sub-com-
munities that exist in the ECU
"ECU has a lot of work to do
Walker said.
"People need to be reedu-
cated on what diversity truly is.
The world isn't just black and
Members of BSU plan to
attend every activity, but the
important part is for the non-
members to come out and see
what BSU is all about. The goal
of the BSU is to make a differ-
ence in the ECU community
- every new face that shows up
at an event will bring them one
step closer to making that dif-
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tise on the issue being worked
out, estimating about a third
of the task force is composed of
institute members.
During her previous experience
on a task force, Horns said they
convened about once monthly and
at times more frequently, while also
staying in touch through e-mail
Dr. Johnson was unable to
be contacted for this article, but
sent comment through executive
assistant to the dean's office, Jo
Ellen Reel.
"She was very excited to be
appointed by the governor and
assist in this endeavor said Reel.
"She is looking forward to
working with this group
Brian Briley, sophomore
architectural design major, said
the appointment of two deans
to the NC IOM could only be a
positive thing for ECU.
"We have a great medical
school and to have two deans
selected can only reflect
positively on the university
said Briley.
The mission of the NC
IOM is to seek solutions to
statewide health issues and serve
as an advisory group to help
form policy on issues concern-
ing health care for the people of
North Carolina.
The institute achieves these
goals through coordinating and
sponsoring research efforts,
collecting information on issues,
analyzing viable opinions and
developing a consensus with the
membership on solutions that
best serve the public.
The NC IOM was chartered
by the NC General Assembly
in 1983 and draws its members
from a wide variety of places
including education, the health
and legal professions and the vol-
unteer sector. This membership
policy tries to ensure that the
public's interests are represented
This writer can be contacted at
new@theeastcarolinian. com.
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ning to manipulate countries'
actions more than anything
else, and this is what is driving
North Korea has also been
a topic for discussion concern-
ing nuclear development. The
IAEA keeps potentially danger-
ous situations under control by
inspecting nuclear facilities, but
Sprau said he does not think
North Korea is part of the nuclear
non-proliferation agreement, so
the IAEA cannot do much.
The IAEA was kicked out of
North Korea two years ago when
they were investigating their
nuclear development.
However, just because a
country is working with nuclear
material does not mean they will
become a threat.
Sprau said when people think
of nuclear development, they
immediately think of weapons.
However, using nuclear power
as an energy source may be an
ideal concept. It would cost less
than current power sources and
as long as the plant is of good
standard of design, the commu-
nities would be safe.
'We take something that
could be a benefit and we asso-
ciate it with nuclear weapons
Sprau said.
He said if they would be
willing to take the small risk,
economic status and public
health would increase.
Sprau worked with find-
ing and controlling radiation
sources in Kazakhstan for IAEA
last semester. He said there
is also a threat with terrorists
obtaining these kinds of materi-
als to make conventional bombs,
which would spread radiation.
IAEA also sponsors Atoms
for Peace, which uses harmful
material for positive projects.
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Kilroy said the U.S. should
attempt to reach out to the
next generation in these foreign
countries, suggesting the use
of the classroom as a means of
familiarizing our cultures.
Jessica Flynn, first-year medical
student, said the elections are a step
in the right direction.
"I consider it an accomplish-
ment that we even got them to
happen said Flynn.
As for the Bush administra-
tion's role in Iraq, Flynn said the
overall project was a positive but
she had some negative feelings
toward the way it was handled.
"I don't particularly like the
way it went about no one likes
to be deceived, but I think it was
a good thing Flynn said.
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WEDNESDAY February 23, 2005
Our View
Tuition decision pleases
students, raises questions
The Board of Governors of North Carolina
recently rejected the proposed tuition increases
among all of the UNC System schools, stating
the reasons behind the need for the tuition
increases were the same reasons they have
been hearing for the past several years.
The board had approved tuition increases over
the past five years, and the problems still exist,
making it certain means need to be considered
to alleviate these existing problems other than
tuition increases.
Students, including the staff of TEC, were rather
pleased to see the tuition increases were not
passed. However, we feel we need to remem-
ber tuition for public schools in North Carolina
is cheap when compared to other states.
We are below the 50th percentile in com-
parison with in-state tuition for undergraduates
throughout the nation. It is safe to say, due
to this cheap tuition and the strong desire of
admittance for schools in the UNC System,
we have something good going on in North
Carolina and if we want to maintain this good
educational experience, there is going to be a
need for extra funding and it has to come from
A main concern within ECU was if we did not
raise faculty salaries, we would lose many of
our qualified faculty, requiring us to recruit more
faculty members, which would have an adverse
impact on the educational quality at ECU.
While this is a valid concern, we can't help but
think ECU hasn't made some of the smartest
decisions regarding money.
With all of the buying out of contracts within !
administrative officials and coaches we have
had over the past few years, we are spending
very large sums of money on virtually nothing
at all. That is a problem. That is a problem we
feel needs to be fixed before attempting to raise
tuition for ECU students.
Our Staff
Amanda Q. Ungerfelt
Editor in Chief
Nick Henne
News Editor
Kristin Day
Asst. News Editor
Carolyn Scandura Kristin Murnane
Features Editor Asst. Features Editor
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Sports Editor
Nina CoefielrJ
Head Copy Editor
Tanesha Sistrunk
Photo Editor
Brandon Hughes
Asst Sports Editor
Rachel Landen
Special Sections Editor
Herb Sneed
Asst Photo Editor
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Web Editor
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Production Manager
Asst Web Editor
Kitch Hines
Managing Editor
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Opinion Columnist
Tuition freeze may cost us more
What are we losing
by saving money?
1 didn't hear any cheers, see any
streamers or witness any kind of parade
last week. Yet ECU students, as well
as college students all across our
state, had more reason than usual to
celebrate - more than 200 reasons, in
After considering tuition increases
of $200 - 300 at NC public universities,
the UNC Board of Governors decided
not to raise costs for the 2005-06
school year. Their decision came just
a year after they hiked tuition at all
schools by $225 - 450.
This year, however, the BOG froze
tuition rates for in-state undergrads in
an effort to keep the local colleges and
universities affordable.
Maybe the students who lobbied
in Raleigh against the increase con-
vinced the board. Or maybe the board
thinks the General Assembly will raise
rates anyway, so they should just as
well step aside and let them do the
dirty work.
Whatever their motivation, those
of us who are in-state undergraduates
now have several hundred reasons to
let go a sigh of relief, at least until the
GA produces its budget.
I know I'm happy that I might not
have to shell out additional money next
year to cover tuition. Certainly many
students and their families can agree
with that sentiment. Still, I wonder
what other costs we are paying by not
paying as much money.
You see, the added revenue would
be used to recruit and retain quality
professors, increase course offerings
and decrease the size of classes, among
other things. The relatively small
tuition hike would be like a pebble
tossed into a pond. Just the simple act
of the stone hitting the water produces
a rippling effect that reaches a much
greater circumference.
Similarly, more first-rate professors
who can provide greater student-faculty
contact in a wider variety of courses
would benefit us now and well into
the future. Even as I look ahead to my
senior year, 1 know that the improve-
ments and progress to come at ECU will
be of help to me even if 1 am not here
to experience them as a student.
If ECU continues to develop a stron-
ger and more respected reputation, I
won't have to worry as much about
carrying with me a stigma that has
been (mostly) unfairly placed on ECU.
Future employers will know of my alma
mater and value the degree that I will
receive here.
But if our university lags behind
because we don't have the funding to
support an intellectual environment
of high quality teaching and research,
then we will suffer as students and
alumni. Our future salaries may even be
affected as a result, and suddenly $300
doesn't seem like so much.
Letters to the Editor
Dear Editor,
You would think that journalis-
tic integrity would exist in the aca-
demic setting, but Feb. 9's) front-page
story shows otherwise. The first sen-
tence states the Row vs. Wade was
an "infamous decision This shows
a value judgment on the part of
the author Kristin Day. She is the
assistant news editor and as such she
should know better than to use value
judgments when reporting the news.
Since this is the first sentence on
the front page of the paper, I don't'
see how it got past the editors. Perhaps
this paper has become propaganda
for the right wing and as such should
be boycotted by all students and faculty
members who believe in a fair, unbiased
exchange of views. Nelson Mandela
would be considered infamous by
white rulers who supported apart-
heid, but not by his followers. To say
that Roe vs. Wade was an infamous
decision puts our paper at the same
level of journalistic integrity as Rush
Limbaugh or Bill O'Riley. No respect-
able journalist would want to be con-
sidered in the same company as these
Ken Butler
Lecturer and graduate student
Dear Editor,
It seems to me that as Americans,
we have been extending the hand of
charity to others throughout recent
history as if we have infinite resources.
As a blessed nation should we not give
back to others as is humane, kind, and
generous? I have seen Americans cry
for their own loved ones, and I have
seen Americans cry for people they do
not know thousands of miles away. We
have issued charity to the ends of the
earth with haste, to help our brothers
and our sisters cope with the struggles
that this world presents, only to be
eschewed by the world at large for
being robustly modern. And now, I
read in the newspaper that the world
is growing tired of America's foreign
trade debt. Where is charity? Has she
succumbed to the bequest of power and
influence to the extent that she will be
our ultimate downfall?
Mark Brandon Tripp
Second Degree Nursing Student
Dear Editor,
Peter Kalijian's piece on mari-
juana prohibition in Feb. 17's edition
of 7"�C left out one huge unin-
tended consequence of the policy
- namely the reduction in public safety.
As a police officer, I observed my
colleagues spend their entire shifts
trying to find a baggie of grass,
while DUIs were killing 17,000
Americans. Detectives are flying
around in helicopters trying to spot
a pot garden, instead of catching the
animals who rape our women and
children. Marijuana should become
legal, regulated, taxed and given the
same controls as whiskey. Your safety
depends on it.
Officer Howard J. Wooldridge
Media Director, Law Enforcement
Against Prohibition (
Dallas, Texas
Dear Editor,
Kudos to Peter Kalajian for an excel-
lent Feb. 17 op-ed on marijuana. If
health outcomes determined drug laws
instead of cultural norms, marijuana
would be legal. Unlike alcohol, mari-
juana has never been shown to cause
an overdose death, nor does it share the
addictive properties of tobacco. Like
any drug, marijuana can be harmful if
abused, but jail cells are inappropriate
as health interventions and ineffective
as deterrents.
The first marijuana laws were
enacted in response to Mexican migra-
tion during the early 1900s, despite
opposition from the American Medical
Association. Dire warnings that mari-
juana inspires homicidal rages have
been counterproductive at best. White
Americans did not even begin to smoke
pot until a soon-to-be entrenched gov-
ernment bureaucracy began funding
reefer madness propaganda.
By raiding voter-approved
medical marijuana providers in Califor-
nia, the very same U.S. Drug Enforce-
ment Administration that claims
illicit drug use funds terrorism is forc-
ing cancer and AIDS patients into
the hands of street dealers. Appar-
ently marijuana prohibition is more
important than protecting the country
from terrorism. Students who want
to help end the intergenerational
culture war, otherwise known as the
war on some drugs, should contact
Students for Sensible Drug Policy at
Robert Sharpe, MPA
Policy Analyst
Common Sense for Drug Policy
Washington, DC
Dear Editor,
I would just like to say thank you for
the Our View column in Feb. 17's TEC.
As one of the organizers of the Take
Back the Night March for sexual assault
awareness I appreciated the recognition
that a great amount of time and energy
goes into the planning of events such as
these, and I would like to see less apathy
and more action from ECU students. It
was a shame to have to cancel last year
due to low attendance - however, we
will continue to hold such events and
try to motivate students to learn the
facts to make a difference for ECU.
Karen S. Warren
Director of Wellness Education
Pirate Rant
How come you ladies can
wear $170 jeans, a $95 Lily Pulit-
zer polo, black stilettos and have
a Coach bag hanging from your
shoulder, but you still want me to
buy you a shot? Give me a break.
You should be the one buying me
the buttery nipple.
As bad as parking already
is on campus, why are there so
many "Reserved" signs popping
up? Furthermore, why are there
no cars in these spaces most days?
These spaces are obviously for
staff or faculty, so why aren't they
at work? If all you need to do to
get a reserved space is not come
to campus, sign me up.
Hey ECU, I would love to take
a summer course. Too bad I don't
feel like spending $600 for three
credit hours.
Bring back the weird news
section in TEC.
There are recycling bins for
newspapers all over campus.
Please recycle your papers and
don't leave them sitting around,
or worse, throw them in the
To the guy complaining
about miracle and water bras in
last week's rant - Girl's wouldn't
feel the need to uplift our endow-
ment if guys like you wouldn't
be so obsessed about them being
big anyway. If you care that much
about the size of girls' boobs then
you don't deserve to have the
real thing. Next time you com-
plain about our too small breasts,
don't be surprised if we come
back complaining about some-
thing on you that's not quite up
to par.
Let's remember that we are
in college. All this high-school
drama crap has to quit. Being
mad with someone because you
heard they talked about you is
just ridiculous. Grow up.
Has anyone seen the terrible
excuse for the new jungle? I don't
think a row of saplings about six
feet apart on top of a dirt pile is
hardly on the level of our beloved
jungle. I went to my first baseball
game last year in the jungle and 1
loved it. Sadly, it's gone. We have
to stand up to the administration,
otherwise we're going to lose
the tailgate field and disc golf
field so they can build a parking
lot for their brand new baseball
I'm sitting here almost going
broke to make it through col-
lege. Why can't the university
spend money on something
we will see the use of? Like
more computers, better advis-
ers or cheaper books? No, we
need a new, multi-million dollar
baseball stadium so that the
athletic department can make
more money and pump it into
our "mediocre-at-best" biggest
sports. Why not improve upon
the pool in Minges? The swim
team outperforms football and
basketball combined each time
they compete, so why not reward
teams that are accomplishing
If you are in a cover band and
charge people to come in to a
place that usually doesn't have a
door charge, make sure you know
all the words to the songs you are
singing. Until then, please don't
cover Pearl Jam, Live, Alice in
Chains, U2 or other rock bands,
unless you change your band
name to Machete for hacking
them up.
Don't tell me how hard
your long distance relationship
is when your significant other
is only an hour or two away.
You're pretty lucky compared
to the rest of us who have boy-
friendsgirlfriends living back at
home, hundreds or thousands of
miles away and it takes either a
plane flight or a very long drive
to see them.
Stop staring at my boobs. I
actually have a personality, in
case you haven't noticed.
Congratulations to the ECU
Women's Rugby team for their
shutout of UNC Greensboro this
weekend. Next up, regionals In
Atlanta. Good luck, girls.
Editor's Note: The Pirate Rant is
an anonymous way for students and
staff in the ECU community to voice
their opinions. Submissions can be
submitted anonymously online at, or e-
mailed to editor&theeastcarolinian.
com. The editor reserves the right
to edit opinions for content and
Top 5's
Top 5 DVDs:
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2. Ray
3. Shall We D
4. AVP: Alien
5. Friday Nigh
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3. Eminem
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Arts & Entertainment
Page A5 252.328.6366 CAROLYN SCANDURA Features Editor KRISTIN MURNANE Assistant Features Editor WEDNESDAY February 23, 2005
Mendanhall Movies:
Ladder 49
Wednesday: 9:30 p.m.
Thursday: 7 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 p.m.
Saturday: 7 p.m. and Midnight
Sunday: 7 p.m.
Top 5's
Top 5 Movies:
J. Hitch
2. Boogeyman
3. Are We There Yet?
4. Million Dollar Baby
5. Pooh's Heffalump Movie
Top 5 DVDs:
1. The Grudge
2. Ray
3. Shall We Dance?
4. AMP: Alien vs. Predator
5. Friday Night Lights
Top 5 TV Shows:
1. "American Idol"
2. "CSI"
3. "American Idol"
4. "Desperate Housewives"
5. "Without a Trace"
Top 5 CDs:
1. The Game
2. Green Day
3. Eminem
4. Lil Jon and Eastside Boys
5. John Legend
Top 5 Books:
I The Broker
2. The Da Vinci Code
3. The Five People You Meet in
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5. Chainlire
Aries - A moment of perfect bliss
is marred by a choice you have
to make. Will it be caffeinated or
decaf? Mocha or latte? You can
do this. Just think your decision
through logically and weigh your
Taurus - Once you get the deal
settled, you'll have more time to
relax. Don't do that before the
check clears, however. There will
be last-minute complications if
you are not careful.
Gemini - While you're in the
mood, learn how to be more
practical. You can fix up your
place yourself, and save a lot of
money in the process. Focus.
Cancer - It's good to get yourself
a treat every once in a while, but
don't spend so much money that
you have to take an extra job to
pay for it. Not unless, of course, it's
something you really want and it
is worth it.
Leo - You'll have to focus more
attention on work for a while. The
more you do, the more you make,
and that is a good plan. Put your
heart into it and the money will
Virgo - You'll be on a neatness
rampage for the next couple of
days. Be careful not to make a
bigger mess than you had when
you started. Mind your manners
and be polite while running
around like a neat-freak.
Libra - The main way to get your
creative muse to show up is to
tell a joke. Your sense of humor
helps you find the answer to a
tough question. Just be sure to
use your humor carefully.
Scorpio - Conditions are not easy
for romance, but It does seem to
be that you could get a job that
pays more. Is a move required?
Only go if you must.
Sagittarius - You're about to be
held accountable for every little
thing you've said or done in the
past few weeks. Stand up for the
truth, and you're fine.
Capricorn - Indulge in something
to help you get more exercise while
you're in your own home. You'll get
a good deal, or maybe find it in
your own attic or garage.
Aquarius - A brilliant insight
propels you and your team in the
right direction. Take it and run
with it. You may not have had the
original idea, but you're the one
who makes it happen.
Pisces - Accept the applause for
a job well done, and then learn
to delegate. A chore you find
extremely tedious will be fun for
someone else.
now for Michael Buble

Michael Buble has a fresh sound that utilizes his travel experiences with singing talent while captivating audiences with his boyish good looks.
New album is released
for music's cover boy
It's time, and Michael Buble is
here to emcee. Buble has traveled
the world with his music and now
released his new album, aptly
titled It's Time on 143 Records
Vancouver native Buble
was introduced at an early age,
explaining that his grandfather
"who was a plumber, offered to
do free work for local musicians
in exchange for letting me per-
form a few numbers with them
on stage" on his Web site. Part of
his musical training has included
roles in the musical Swing, and
Red Rock Diner. His talent was rec-
ognized early, winning first prize
at the Canadian Youth Talent
Search. After debuting his highly
successful self-titled album in
2003, he set off on a worldwide
tour, producing a second album
Come Fly with Me, and now is back
with the follow up.
The LP transitions easily
from each song, ranging through
different modes, styles and
genres while maintaining the
core essence that differentiates
Michael Buble from any other
modern artist. Buble has made
covering songs a science, build-
ing upon them to retain their
success within a new funnel of
Buble's expertise.
The first song of the album
emphatically announces his
arrival, expanding on the album's
title. This steady percussion per-
meates memories of a James Bond
opening sequence, or even the
Pink Panther. He exclaims, "it's
a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a
new life and I'm feeling good
Buble undoubtedly sings with an
air of past and future, his voice
unique yet almost familiar. This
exemplifies the feel of the entire
album, and for once this is an
album rather than a collection
of tracks.
Many of the songs have the
feel of the old Rat Pack, influ-
ences coming from Frank Sinatra
and Dean Martin. This is present
in songs such as "A Foggy Day
in London Town" and "Try a
Little Tenderness which could
have easily been inserted into an
album of the past without hesita-
tion by the listener. Buble even
pays tribute in a cover of Sinatra's
song "I've Got You Under My
Skin The song works, as Buble
doesn't stray too much from the
elements that made it a success
for Sinatra, yet he undeniably
makes it his own.
Nice and easy does it every
time for Buble, who incorporates
many elements into his album
with a slow, steady tempo that
creates a perfect atmosphere for
wining and dining with that spe-
cial someone. In his song "The
More I See You the horn section
is prominent, with the constant
bass backbeat so common in
the jazz field. Buble's vocal tal-
ents and range are eloquently
displayed in this song. He even
starts scatting in the song's finale
sequence, a musical device most
often used by jazz musicians. In
the track "Song for You world
see BUBLE page A6
Get ready for Australia's latest export
The John Butler Trio
hits the United States
For those looking for an
eclectic, offbeat import, look
no further than Australia's John
Butler Trio. The bluesfolk band
is kicking off a tour in the United
States, hitting Santa Monica, San
Francisco, Boston and New York
through February and March.
The mini-tour offers America a
taste of one of Australia's most
popular bands, just in time for
the March IS release of their
debut album Sunrise Over Sea.
The winner of three ARIA
Awards (Australian Grammy's)
for Best Male Vocalist, Best Roots
and Blues Album and Best Inde-
pendent Artist, the John Butler
Trio has won over audiences
down under. The independent
rockers have gone platinum
four times in Australia and New
Shannon Birchall on bass
and Michael Barker, join the
talented guitarist and lyricist,
John Butler, on the drums. The
trio blends blues, roots, rock,
reggae and hip-hop together for
a sound genuinely unique. The
up tempo beats on tracks such
as "Hello "Mist" and "There'll
Come a Time" show tribute to
the band's love of Appalachian
folk and blues.
The album is a showcase for
Butler's incredible talent on the
guitar. The tracks reveal his gift
for rhythm and the remarkable
ease he has playing the slide
guitar. The band's musical talent
is undisputed.
"From the delirious funk of
'Zebra' to the delicacy of' Peaches
and Cream the strength of
Butler's lyrics is well and truly
matched by some of the most
interesting new music you'll hear
this year. Tighter, brighter and
much more fun than anything
Butler's previously committed to
vinyl - well, plastic and alumi-
num - Sunrise Oversea is sure to
be the album that brings main-
stream success to The John Butler
Trio but do they want it?" said
Tim Cox of ABC Tasmania.
While the sound is interesting
and Butler's talent is undeniable,
the album isn't for everyone. The
lyrics, often sounding muddled,
are cliche and overreach for
depth and meaning.
"It's his song writing that's
lagging behind. At five songs,
the What You Want EP is more
focused yet ruined by 'Better-
man a 12-minute live workout
that leans toward Zeppelin-esque
excess, and a totally unnecessary
acoustic cover of the Beatles'
Lead singer of the trio, John Butler, has an eclectic sound.
'Across the Universe There are a
couple of bright moments. 'What
You Want found on both discs,
is filled with dark shadows and a
soaring string section, while the
finger picking on 'Treat Yo Mama'
is a prime example of his consid-
erable guitar talents said Jim
Caligiuri of the Austin Chronicle
about Sunrise Over Sea.
The interesting finger picking
by Butler comes from the fact
that instead of using a guitar pick,
he uses his fingers. Using syn-
thetic nails and a strengthener,
Butler picks the strings of his
guitar individually to compose a
sound much different from that
of other guitar players.
Since 1998, Butler has lead his
band, alternating the bass and
percussion players since then. The'
current lineup - Butler, Birchall
and Barker - have been perform-
ing together since summer of
Sunrise Over Sea is com-
posed of very personal songs.
Lyrics paying tribute to Butler's
daughter, Banjo, such as those
in "Peaches and Cream" and
stories such as how he met his
wife in "Seeing Angels" reveal
the heart that went into writing
the songs. Even the hackneyed
lyrics on tracks such as "Treat Yo
Mama about the way the earth
and parents should be respected,
could be overlooked due to the
hypnotic beat of the percussion
and guitar.
Debuting at No. 1 on the
Australian charts, the John Butler
Trio has the distinct honor of
being the only independent band
with its own label to accomplish
such a feat. The Aussies have sure
taken a liking to the band, with
sold out concerts and thousands
of albums sold as proof.
Going double platinum in
two weeks, the band's current
lineup has achieved a great deal
in its one and a half years of
existence. Sunrise Over Sea is
the perfect album to get
acquainted with the John Butler
see TRIO page A6
Eisley releases 'Room Noises'
Genius musical hero
What an awe-inspiring movie.
Actor Jamie Foxx takes on the
role of a lifetime, portraying the
life of singer Ray Charles.
The movie opens to the child-
hood of Ray Charles Robinson,
growing up in a small Georgia
Southern town. It further shows
how Charles starts to learn the
piano and how he becomes blind.
As the movie progresses and he
becomes older, Charles becomes
independent and has the deter-
mination and dream to play
music in front of audiences.
As a young man, he takes a
bus ride by himself to Seattle to
see RAY page A6
Songs of innocence
and experience
Eerie. Rousing. Playful.
Whimsical. Bittersweet. These are
some of the moods you'll experi-
ence while listening to Eisley's
debut album, Room Noises.
When you first pop in the
album, it starts off with "Memo-
ries which is about a woman
mourning her husband's suicide.
Then it goes on to tracks about
a girl in love with a robot and
rabbits running through shrub-
With four home schooled sib-
lings and a family friend, Eisley
is a breath of fresh air in today's
music scene. The oldest member
is 22 years old, and the youngest
is 15. Their father is the band's
road manager. They started put-
ting music together seven years
ago around the house and moved
up to performing at their family's
coffee shop.
Granted, the band is young,
but that doesn't mean they don't
know what they're doing. The
Texas-based quintet writes all of
their own music and lyrics, and
plays their own instruments.
They even helped out during the
production of Room Noises.
Before this album, Eisley put
out two EP's in 2003, Laugh-
ing City and Marvelous Things.
Now, it's Room Noises, the debut
Reprise Records release that
has 12 tracks. Four of the older
songs from the EP's were remas-
tered and added to the track
With a mix of male and female vocals, Eisley has the young feel to appeal to all audiences.
listing for Room Noises, includ-
ing "Marvelous Things" and
"Telescope Eyes
After dropping the twin EP's,
Coldplay found Eisley. Then,
Eisley was one of the opening
bands for part of Coldplay's
2003 U.S. Tour. They have also
toured with Brand New and
Snow Patrol.
Blender Magazine dubbed
Eisley "The Next Big Thing
Entertainment Weekly labeled
them "The Band on the Brink
You can imagine hearing
Eisley's Room Noises as the score
in modern day versions of Peter
Pan or Alice in Wonderland. Espe-
cially the song "Brightly Wound"
with the lyrics, "I shall never
grow up Make believe is much
too fun
When trying to compare
Eisley to other bands in today's
music scene, it's almost impos-
sible, but if you're a fan of
The Stills, Snow Patrol, Bright
Eyes, Rilo Kiley, The Arcade
Fire or Metric, you might enjoy
Room Noises. Their sound is
unlike any other group out there
which makes them enjoyable.
Eisley's lyrics can say it all.
"You and I You and Me Con-
gratulations because we've made
it Yes, Eisley has made it, and
this record can only lead to
bigger and better albums to
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renowned trumpeter Chris Botti
aids Buble for one of the high-
lights of the album. The song
automatically captures a certain
aura that immediately draws your
attention and liking. Definitely
a song for that special someone,
the combination of Botti's trum-
pet and Buble's unique voice
makes for a special package in
this song. The track "Quando
quando quando introduces a
slow Latin jazz beat, as Nelly
Furtado and Michael Buble's
voices blend beautifully. The sax-
ophone gets into the mix, taking
off with the feel of an intimate
setting, as the instrument has a
smooth melodic solo. Another
highlight of the album, this song
fits perfectly into a smoky azz
bar room setting.
"If you're going to do a cover
of a song that has a great melody,
don't change the melody, for
Christ's sake said Ozzy Osbourne
recently in Esquire magazine.
Apparently the prince of
darkness hasn't heard this new
album. Buble combines ele-
ments of blues and jazz with his
cover of the Marvin Gaye classic
"How Sweet It Is The opening
guitar riffs sound like something
The Allman Brothers would be
proud of. The guitar and har-
monica remain prevalent, along
with the accompaniment of the
jazzy trumpets in this up tempo
number. Buble also covers a clas-
sic of the Fab Four with their early
song "Can't Buy Me Love
The hallmark of the album
comes in the package of a little
song called "Home The one
song of the album written by its
vocalist is the most heartfelt. The
slow melody is soothing, straying
from the others in style, with a
more familiar pop arrangement.
This song is the one that will
catch your attention most out of
any on the album. Any college
student can relate to his emo-
tion when he proclaims, "May be
surrounded by a million people,
I still feel all alone, I just wanna
go home. Oh I miss you, you
The time has come as the
title of his album indicates, for
a wider audience to undergo
the Michael Buble experience.
His music is reminiscent of past
genres, yet applicable and valid
in the modern music scene.
He is a refreshing voice to the
common pattern that dominates
popular music these days. And
for Michael Buble, how sweet
it is. Learn more about him on
his Web site,,
or perhaps you might find it's
time to pick up his album, out
in stores now.
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Information Day
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"The album is a very positive
and upbeat offering and show-
cases a variety of musical styles
and genres said Harjit Bains of
If it's a new and interesting
sound you're looking for, the
John Butler Trio may be just
what you're looking for. Having
already taken Australia by storm,
the band is looking for a fan
base in the United States. With
its catchy tracks and sensational
sound, it might just be the next
big thing.
This CD would be a good
one to listen to with a group of
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and his eventual rise to fame. It
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his manager or friends constantly
take advantage of him in the
financial department. His drug
addiction and the affairs he had
behind his wife's back also take
a toll on his life.
For people who don't know
a lot about Charles' life, this
film is one to see. There may be
shocking moments about his life
because he has been considered
a genius hero when it comes to
music, but his personal life also
plays a big role in this film.
"The movie would be worth
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the music and the sight of per-
forming it. That it looks deeper
and gives us a sense of the man
himself is what makes it special
said Roger Ebert.
The great cast of characters
make the movie even more real.
Jamie Foxx does an excellent job
of the physical movement and
characteristics of Ray Charles.
Taylor Hackford directed
this Universal Pictures Release
with the screenplay by James L.
White. This ISS-minute film is
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WEDNESDAY February 23, 2005
" "ls Merritt deserves celebrity billing
Parker named to All-
Decade team
ECU senior Diane Parker has been
named to the Conference USA
Women's Swimming and Diving
All-Decade team announced
league officials Tuesday. C-USA
is celebrating its 10th anniversary
during the 2004-05 season. In
conjunction, the league is naming
a Team of the Decade for each
of the conference's 19 sports.
Parker (Snellville, Ga.) is a two-
time C-USA Female Swimmer
Df the Year recipient (2003,
2004). She has also received
C-USA Swimmer of the Meet
honors in 2002-03 and in 2003-
04. Parker led the Pirates to
the C-USA title in the 2002-
2003 season and was named
conference Swimmer of the
Week seven times throughout
her career. As a freshman,
Parker garnered C-USA Rookie
of the Year honors in 2001-02.
She has been named ECU'S
Most Outstanding Swimmer
for three consecutive years
(2001-04). During her collegiate
career, Parker has captured
six, individual conference
championships, holds six ECU
varsity swimming records
(200 free, 100 and 200 breast,
100 and 200 fly and the 200 IM)
and two C-USA records in the
100 breast and the 200 IM. In
addition to individual records
she also holds ECU varsity
records as a member of
four relay teams, In the 400
free, 800 free, 200 medley
and the 400 medley.
Seahawks poised to
tag Alexander
Faced with the challenge of
two high-profile players on the
verge of free agency, the Seattle
Seahawks appeared to solve part
of the equation, agreeing to a
long-term deal with quarterback
Matt Hasselbeck, the Seattle
Times reported Tuesday. The deal,
agreed to Monday night but not yet
official, would allow the Seahawks
to place the franchise tag on
running back Shaun Alexander.
The newspaper, citing sources
close to negotiations, reported the
team will hold a press conference
Tuesday to announce the signing.
Hasselbeck, a Pro Bowler in 2003,
reportedly was seeking a deal
similar to Chad Pennington's.
The Jets' quarterback signed a
seven-year extension for $64
million. The deal included
combined bonus money of $23
million, all guaranteed. With an 83.1
rating last season, Hasselbeck
was the league's I7th-rated
passer. He completed 58.9
percent of his passes for 3,382
yards, with 22 touchdowns and
15 Interceptions. He is also
the highest-rated passer in
team history, ahead of Dave
Krieg. In an earlier report on
Monday, the Tacoma, Wash
News Tribune's Web site
reported the Seahawks had
Informed Hasselbeck of their
decision to designate him as
their franchise player if the
sides couldn't reach a contract
agreement by the 4 p.m. ET
Tuesday deadline. Naming
Hasselbeck the franchise player
would have meant a one-year
contract worth $8,078 million,
the average of the five highest
quarterback salaries for 2004
A deal that size would wipe out
roughly one-third of Seattle's
existing salary cap space - which
In turn is about twice what a long-
term deal might wipe out in 2005,
an incentive for the Seahawks to
get a deal done - according to the
News Tribune. With Hasselbeck
apparently signed, the
Seahawks can tag Alexander,
giving him a one-year, $6.3
million deal. Seattle could also
trade the running back, who's
flirted with the idea of playing
Freshman serves as outstanding
ambassador for the university
If you see LaShawn Merritt on campus, roll out
the red carpet. Hand him free shoes. Give him your
food. Do his homework for him. Do whatever it
takes to make him happy.
Heck, in a couple of years, there will be a bronze
statue at a newly funded track complex of him. Not
too many freshmen can boast that.
Track coach Bill Carson has coached at ECU for
37 years and he's seen nothing like it. Carson has
coached the likes of Julien Dunkley, Charles Miles
and Lee Vernon McNeill. That's pretty good com-
pany for Merritt to squash in a matter of weeks.
If you don't know who LaShawn Merritt is, you
need to come out of your hermit hole. Just two
weekends ago, he ran the third fastest indoor 400-
meter time ever. Yes, ever. Merritt was clocked at
44.93 seconds at the Powered by Tyson Invitational
Feb. 11.
The only person in the world to beat Merritt's
indoor time was this guy named Michael Johnson.
Johnson owns the world record of 44.63, set in 1995,
and Johnson's 1996 time of 44.66 are the only two
performances that are faster.
Try to fathom this. That's the equivalent of ECU
point guard Mike Cook dribbling circles around
Allen I verson or Kobe Bryant. Johnson was a profes-
sional, sponsored by Nike, and training year round.
Merritt, a complete amateur, is on his footsteps still
having to take English 1100.
The scary part is that Merritt still has a chance
to get better. He's only been competing in indoor
track for two years. Carson thinks that with the
proper training Merritt could break the 44-second
barrier. That's absolutely unheard of.
Think what Michael Vick did for Virginia Tech
football. Although he did visit ECU, he ended up
elevating Virginia Tech to a national champion-
ship game. That national championship game had
a trickle down effect to Virginia Tech becoming a
football powerhouse while still propelling them
into the ACC.
What about Johnny Dawkins and Jay Bilas for
Duke basketball? Coach K got a recruiting class
that struggled at first, but eventually rose to Final
Four status. Duke now reloads in basketball year
in and year out.
LaShawn Merritt is that certain type of special
athlete who could propel ECU track and field to a
consistent national power. Not to take away from
Carson's efforts because ECU already has been a
consistently strong squad, but now, we're talking
Merritt has already gained exposure for ECU
on ESPN 2 in the Powered by Tyson Invitational
tournament. Watching Merritt run in the purple
and gold should exude pride throughout the Pirate
Merritt has handled everything via the media
with grace. He appears to be confident, yet humbled
in his effort to win the Conference USA 400 meter
race this weekend and the 2005 NCAA Indoor
Championship March 11-12.
Oh yeah, get his autograph too. It will be some-
thing to show the kids in front of that statue.
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Merritt celebrates after his record-shattering performance in the 400-meter at the Tyson Indoor meet.
Pirates do the unthinkable on road at UAB
McNeil hit two game-sealing free throws against UAB last week.
I was sitting at my computer
last Wednesday night just relax-
ing. I knew ECU was playing at
UAB at the time, but as I said
last week, we really didn't have a
chance to pull this game out.
About 8:45 p.m fellow writer
Brent Wynne sent me an instant
"Are you listening to this? We
areup two with threeminutes left
You have to be kidding
me. I'm a big fan of this program,
but come on. If there are two
things this team isn't known
for it's winning close games and
winning on the road, and Brent
was trying to tell me we were
doing both.
I stood up and went over to
my radio. Were we beating UAB
on the road? I excitedly turned
on the radio and twisted the dial
until I finally found Pirate Radio
1250, hoping to hear the famil-
iar voice of Jeff Charles giving
me the good news. Instead of
hearing Jeff Charles, all 1 got was
a commercial.
I went back to my desk
and just started thinking how
awesome this would be if it were
true. People who don't follow
college basketball may think UAB
is an average team just because
of their name. I mean, how
many teams with hyphenated
names do you know are good?
But in all honestly, nothing
could be further from the truth.
Let's not forget this is a team
that went to the Sweet 16 last
year after beating Kentucky, who
many college basketball writers,
including myself, had picked to
advance to the Final Four.
Finally, Jeff Charles came over
the airways with the truth. We
were beating UAB.
The next few minutes seemed
like an eternity. With not much
time left on the clock, we got a
big stop and JaPhet McNeil was
put on the line with two free
throws and a chance to go up
three points.
For me, that wasn't good news.
On the free throw line, where
ECU has struggled, the Pirates
had a chance to force a team to
hit a three pointer to send the
game to overtime.
This team really amazes me.
Sometimes in this situation, like
last season against Charlotte, we
miss those free throws. Some-
times in this situation, like this
season against Charlotte, we
make those free throws. Either
way I knew it was all or nothing
once McNeil got to the line, he
was hitting both or missing both.
As soon as he hit the
first one, I knew the second one
was good. With hardly any time
left on the clock, UAB needed a
I sat at my desk and thought
about what Bill Herrion
must have been screaming at
his five players that moment.
I imagined him screaming,
"Don't foul
If he was, JaPhet didn't hear
him. I really don't remember
much about what Jeff Charles
said, but I do remember him
saying, "UAB now has a chance
to tie the game with no time left
at the free throw line. Why would
you foul there?"
Why am 1 not surprised?
Jeff Charles, like good broad-
casters do, made things rather
simple. "If he misses any of these,
the Pirates are going to win this
game. (Pause) And he misses the
first. The Pirates have won this
In my opinion, this is the
biggest win in the Bill Herrion
era. He has had some very big
wins in his career here, but none
compare with this one. Beating
Louisville for our first conference
win ever was big. Beating Dwayne
Wade and Marquette twice in
back-to-back seasons was huge.
Beating Charlotte this season
was another memorable win for
Herrion. But the latest notch on
Herrion's belt has one thing not
in common with the rest - this
one came on the road.
It's actually pretty funny.
Last Wednesday in this column,
I said we had no chance to
win this game and yet, we
won it. Earlier in the season
I bashed the team for not
showing effort and then they
came out 110 percent against
Cincinnati. Maybe I should just
write negative things about them
every week.
With that in mind, we play
Southern Mississippi at home
tonight and Houston in Minges
Saturday. I don't think we have a
chance against either team.
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Cats back
on radar
(KRT) � Timing can be every-
thing, and quite frankly, fourth-
year Villanova coach Jay Wright has
picked the perfect time to get his
Wildcats back on the national scene.
It's not fair to say that this
season would have been 'Nova's
last chance to re-establish itself
as a perennial NCAA Tourna-
ment program, the kind that top
recruits would again put on their
consideration list. But consider-
ing what's coming next in the
Big East Conference, this was
probably going to be its best.
Despite all the talk about
the power of the Atlantic Coast
Conference, the last two NCAA
champions, Connecticut and
Syracuse, are Big East teams.
And while, the Big East lost
Miami and Virginia Tech to the
ACC and will lose Boston Col-
lege to it next season, the teams
joining the conference next year,
Cincinnati, DePaul, Louisville,
Marquette and South Florida, will
more than compensate.
The bottom line is the Big East
has always been a league that's
been tough to get up in once
you've fallen down, and now it's
going to be even tougher.
Villanova hasn't been in
the NCAA Tournament since
the 1998-99 season. The five-
year drought is its longest since
it missed the field from 1972
through 1978.
Syracuse and UConn are
established national powers.
Louisville, Cincinnati, Pitt and
De Paul are big time players on
the national scene.
Georgetown, Notre Dame and
St. John's are name brands that
can easily become household
names again.
In a conference like that, Vil-
lanova can't afford to be out of
the spotlight any longer because
it's just going to get harder and
harder to find.
"You know, I can't concern
myself with that, but I realize
that what you are saying is cor-
rect. Think about how tough
this league is now. Wee got five
teams in the Top 25 and West
Virginia was undefeated until it
started playing in the league
Wright said after the 2Sth-ranked
Wildcats came up with a huge 80-
72 victory over No. 17 Pittsburgh
Sunday at the Pavilion. A taste of
the NCAA Tournament this year
would do wonders for next season
and beyond.
"My commitment is to these
kids Wright said.
"I have faith in them, and
I just believe that if we can get
them to be the best they can be,
that other stuff, which is very
important, will take care of itself.
"Now the next step is that
they have to actually take them-
selves as far as they can go. And
then they teach the younger
guys, and that's how you get a
program going
It looks as if Villanova has
turned the corner. It couldn't
have happened at a better time.
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Lady Pirates claim second place in
Papa John's Collegiate tournament
Lind led the women, finishing seventh overall.
(SID) � The ECU women's golf
team fired the second lowest team
total (294) of the tournament
Tuesday afternoon to claim second
place honors at the Papa John's
Collegiate. The tournament
was being held at the par-72,
6,190-yard Don Shula Golf
The Pirates (62-28-1) placed
four golfers in the top-23, with
freshman Emelie Lind finishing
in seventh place after a 54-hole
total of 222. Senior Adrienne
Millican claimed her fifth top-10
finish of the season with a tie for
eighth place after carding a 224.
Sophomore Michelle
Williams recorded her first ever
top-10 placement at ECU after
posting a tournament score of
225 finishing in a tie for tenth,
while Heidi Helliesen finished
tied for 23rd (77-79-75231).
Host school Miami (Fla.) took
home the team title with
a 54-hole score of 883, followed
by ECU (902), No. 39 Virginia
(907), USF (909) and No. 28 Mis-
sissippi State (911).
In the individual portion of
the event, Miami's Josie Shinn
claimed first place honors with a
score of 213 (73-73-67), followed
by Mississippi State's Beth Irwin
(220). Four golfers finished tied
for third at 222 and ECU's Lind
came in seventh (224).
"We came out and played well
today said Head Coach Kevin
"We were able to get some
good quality wins this week and
our team showed that we can stay
calm and play from behind
The Lady Pirates will be
back on the course March 6-8
when they participate in the
Pinehurst Challenge in
Pinehurst, NC.
Top Pirate Finishes
7. Emelie Und
8. Adrienne Millican
T10. Michelle Williams
23. Heidi Helliesen
T45. Jessica Hauser
Top Individual Finishes
1. Josie Shinn (Miami) 73-73-67-213
2. Beth Irwin (Miss. Slate) 75-70-75-220
T3. Tina Miller (Miami) 75-76-70-221
T3. Becky Berzonski (UNCW) 73-75-73-221
T3.LeahWigger(UVA) 77-72-72-221
T3. Michelle Jarman (UNCW) 73-73-75-221
Top Team Finishes
1. University of Miami (Fla.) 296-299-288-883
2. ECU 296-312-294-902
3. University of Virginia 301-301-305-907
4. University of South Florida 304-309-296-909
5. Mississippi State University 313-294-304-911
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The East Carolinian, February 23, 2005
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