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THE EAST CAROLINIAN
Volume 80 Number 64 WEDNESDAY
March 9, 2005
ECU researchers examine New
Zealand's continental slope
Group hopes to gain
knowledge of risks
MICHAEL HARRINGTON
SENIOR WRITER
A professor and two gradu-
ate students from ECU were on
a team of researchers studying
dispersal of sediment and associ-
ated materials in New Zealand to
gain insight into how processes
on land are recorded in the sea.
J.P. Walsh, assistant professor
in the department of geology and
coastal resources management,
coordinated the research effort at
ECU. Walsh was joined by ECU
graduate students Ben Sumners
and Michael Dail.
The research tracked the dis-
persal of sediment and associated
materials from the Waipaoa River
into the surrounding ocean and
noted how processes of the earth
like floods, storms and volcanic
eruptions make a record in the
sea floor.
This river was chosen because
there is a mountainous area next
to where the river meets the sea,
allowing materials to quickly
make their way to sea.
Walsh said another goal of
the project was to educate the
public about oceanographic
research and to provide the grad-
uate students like Sumners and
Dail the chance to participate in
fieldwork, improve research skills
and develop as scientists.
"Since most communities
throughout the world are located
within a commutable distance
to the coast, it is important for
people to be aware of the pro-
cesses that can impact these areas
and about efforts being made to
understand them said Walsh.
A Web site developed by Troy
Thompson, computer science
major, contains the research and
is available to the public.
The team used the RV Kilo
Moana catamaran vessel, oper-
ated by the University of Hawaii,
and an instrument known as a
box core to sample sediments
on the seafloor. The box core
sampled sediments as far as 2,000
meters underwater.
Before the effort, research-
ers hypothesized that in certain
places of the world materials
are cascading deep to the ocean
floor. Walsh said while the group
is still reviewing the data they
collected, preliminary evidence
suggests they were correct.
"Core and geophysical data
indicate modern sediment and
associated materials are being
carried across and off the conti-
nental shelf and onto the conti-
nental slope Walsh said.
Sumners and Dail assisted in
coring and geophysical data col-
lection, sub-sampling efforts and
planning and data integration.
Walsh said the research is a
part of a larger effort to examine
processes shaping the region
of the earth where land mets
sea, known as the continental
Ben Sumners, ECU graduate student (left), resident technician (center), and J.P. Walsh, a principle
investigator from ECU (right), work off the coast of New Zealand.
margin, and is unique because
of its approach.
"Rather than scientists work-
ing at a multitude of sites
several teams investigate from
mountain top to ocean floor, two
selected river dispersal systems
Walsh said.
Other members of the
research team were scientists
and students from Skidiway
Institute of Oceanography, the
Geological Survey of Canada,
the National Institute for Water
and Atmospheric Research
and a few universities in New
Zealand.
The opportunity to research
was given after the National
Science Foundation chose this
project among others during
a competitive grant proposal
opportunity.
Walsh said the proposal was
viewed by several anonymous
scientists and then selected from
a pool of others.
This writer can be contacted at
news@theeastcarolinian. com.
ECU police raise money for
Special Olympics athletes
Junior class seeks
extended hours for
Joyner Library
A volunteer at last year's Special Olympics basketball tournament works with athletes during practice.
Officers plan to run torch,
work at Krispy Kreme
KRISTIN DAY
ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR
The ECU Police Department
is holding fundraisers and will
participate in the torch run for
the Special Olympics of North
Carolina.
Senior Officer Tim Dixon of
the ECU police said the depart-
ment has been involved in the
charity for at least five years. In
the past, they sold T-shirts and
hats provided by SONC, but
when Dixon joined the force, he
wanted to do more.
"They ajlow me to come
up with the ideas as long as
they're approved, like the
Harley Davidson last year, and
this year I said I wanted to
make it bigger said Dixon.
"More events, more things
that we can do, get more people
involved something that
appeals to the community
Last year, they gave away
the Harley Davidson motor-
cycle during a raffle, but this
year they will give away even
larger winnings. Prizes include
a three-seater jet ski, a Honda
?
Special
Olympics Aid
The ECU Police Department is selling
T-shlts (or $13 and hats (or $15 or
you can purchase both lor $25 at the
Blount House.
Volunteers (or the basketball
tournament March 18 - 20 are still
needed. For more Information please
contact Nance Mlze in Recreational
Services at mlzen@mall.ecu.edu 328-
1574, or Rita Roy with Community
Schools and Recreation at 830-
42164217.
To get more Information about
upcoming Special Olympics events
and how you can help, visit sonc.net.
Metropolitan scooter from Ron
Ayers Motor Sports on Memo-
rial Drive and various things
from Best Buy, Circuit City,
Wal-Mart, Greenville TV and
Appliance, Target, Texas Steak-
house and possibly Overton's.
The department hopes to
begin selling the $5 raffle tickets
this week and the winners will be
announced July 25. Dixon said
the winners do not have to be
present to accept their reward,
but no one can take home more
than two prizes.
Officers will be working at
local businesses in order to col-
lect donations.
On Thursday, they will be
helping waitresses and picking up
tips at Texas Steakhouse for "Tip-
A-Cop" from 5 - 8:30 p.m.
They will also participate in
"Cops on Doughnut Shops" April
2, a nationwide event where some
officers work as cashiers in local
doughnut shops while others
stand on top of the building to
raise money.
"Me and hopefully some
more officers are going to get on
top of Krispy Kreme for the day
and ask for donations Dixon
said.
Dixon said he is talking with
the athletic department in hopes
of getting an appearance from
PeeDee the Pirate and maybe
some ECU football players and
cheerleaders. He is also hoping
to get a radio station to cover
the event.
June 11, the ECU Police
Department is scheduled to host
Dyno Shoot Out, a motorcycle
horsepower contest at Ron Ayers
see OLYMPICS page A3
Twenty-four hour
operations under
discussion
A.J. WALTON
STAFF WRITER
Extended hours would make the library available to students
for late night studying.
the operating hours will be
extended.
Meaghan Smith, junior
class president, and Heather
Dickson, junior class vice-
president, are hoping that with
hard work and cooperation
with Joyner and the student
body, this goal will be made
into reality.
Smith chose to take on this
project because of expressed
student concern and her desire
to increase academic opportu-
nities at ECU.
"ECU is trying to better
its academic standards for
incoming freshmen, but we
can also set higher standards
for present students as well
said Smith.
"If the administration
ECU students might soon
see different operating hours
on the doors of Joyner Library
if the junior class president and
vice-president's plan comes
to pass.
Currently, Joyner operates
Sunday 11 - 2 a.m Monday -
Thursday 7:30 - 2 a.m Friday
7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m Saturday 9
a.m. - 6 p.m. Under the pro-
posal, Joyner would function
on a 245 hourly basis - Sunday
through Thursday, the library
will be open for 24 hours a day
and on Friday and Saturday
see JOYNER page A3
Students
surveyed on
academic
enrichment
Past studies show
consistency with
national average
KRISTIN DAY
ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR
ECU's Department of Insti-
tutional Planning, Research and
Effectiveness is participating in a
national survey to find out how
students feel about the various
aspects of learning at the uni-
versity.
This is the third year ECU has
participated in the survey, which
is developed around previous
research done by the National
Survey of Student Engagement.
The study assesses how under-
graduate students are involved
in educational processes and
compares results with hundreds
of colleges and universities across
America. ECU receives results on
all of these comparisons, focus-
ing on similar universities.
"We tend to focus more on
doctorate-intensive colleges
said Kris Smith, director of insti-
tutional research and testing.
The five basic areas of con-
cern are the level of academic
challenge, active and collab-
orative learning, student-faculty
interactions, enriching edu-
cational experiences and sup-
portive campus environment.
In 2004, ECU ranked about the
same on the national level when
compared to other doctorate-
intensive universities in all five
categories. Scores also remained
similar between 2001 and 2004
even though a comparison is
not very reliable because the test
changed between those years.
The survey asks questions
such as how much writing they
do, if they have to do any class
presentations, if they participate
in service learning and how well
they Interact with university
faculty and staff.
"Our students are less
likely to write as much as other
students, and more likely to
have interactions with faculty
Smith said.
As with most universities,
survey results last year showed
freshmen are less involved, while
seniors tend to be very involved.
Seniors' interactions with the
faculty was about the same as
the national average last year
even when compared to smaller
schools.
"It also makes a difference
the more students are engaged in
the major, the more interaction
they have with the faculty, the
more demanding that course has
become Smith said.
One of ECU'S best fea-
tures according to past survey
results is the supportive campus
environment.
"Students, even though we're
a large campus really perceive
that they get individual atten-
tion Smith said.
"I think that's something we
will continue to focus on
ECU's scoring was lower in
some academic areas.
"We can enhance the aca-
demic challenge for students
Smith said.
Smith said just because ECU
scores below some schools in
other areas does not mean the
university is lacking in some-
thing. They have to focus on
what they want to accomplish
and that certain aspect just might
not be part of the plan.
"It's working at what makes
sense for our campus and our
students Smith said.
NSSE distributes the surveys
to a sample from ECU'S freshmen
and seniors. This year, the survey
company chose 2,000 students
from both classes. Not as many
students as Smith would like
actually participate.
"We would really like to see
a lot more. The response rate
last time was under 30 percent
Smith said.
"We would really like to
encourage students to respond.
This is information that the
university uses to enhance the
learning environment
Five reminders to take the
survey, one which has already
see SURVEY page A2
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NICK HENNE News Editor
KRISTIN DAY Assistant News Editor
WEDNESDAY March 9, 2005
Announcements
Correction
TEC needs to make a correction to
the an article in March 8's edition
titled, "Students create new TV
program The newest episode
of the show will air throughout
the day starting later this week.
Each episode usually runs for 3
- 4 weeks, along with Campus
Living's own programming. The
show will be airing on Campus 31,
ECU'S "unofficial" campus station.
Campus 31 can be found on
channel 31, only on campus.
Social Work Fundraiser
Students with the social work
department are hosting a fundraiser
on behalf of the Little Willie Center,
located on Martin Luther King Drive.
They will be holding a raffle this
week and plan to have a table set
up in Wright Place and Mendenhall
March 9. Raffle prizes include a
$100 Food Lion gift certificate, $75
cash and a $50 gas card. Their
goal is to raise $1,500. For more
information, please call Yolanda
Burwell at 328-4201.
Senior Award Deadline
The deadline to turn In application
packets for the Outstanding
Senior Award for Undergraduate
Students is March 9 at 5 p.m.
Please have all your information
turned in to Brenda Woolard in
2201 Bate building by this time.
AA Meetings
Alcoholics Anonymous meetings
will be held every Wednesday at
noon in 242 Mendenhall Student
Center and Thursday at 11:30 a.m.
in 14 MSC. For more Information,
call 760-500-8918.
Robert Morgan Reading
Visiting writer and Distinguished
Whlchard Chair in Humanities
Robert Morgan, who also authored
numerous volumes of fiction and
poetry, will read from his work
March 9 at 7:30 p.m. in 1028 Bate.
The event is free and open to the
public and a reception follows.
National Symphony
Orchestra
Emll de Cou will conduct this
concert March 10 at 8 p.m. in
Wright Auditorium. The concert
will Include Haydn's Symphony
No. 94, a Surprise Symphony,
Friedman's The Throne of the
Third Heaven ol the Nations
Millennium General Assembly
and Dvorak's Symphony No.
7. Tickets are $10-35 and the
event is presented by the office of
cultural outreach and S. Rudolph
Performing Arts Series. For more
information, call 328-4788 or 1-
800-ECU-ARTS.
Contra Dance
The ECU Folk and Country
Dancers are sponsoring a contra
dance Saturday, March 12 In the
Willis Building at First and Reade
streets downtown. A Pot Luck
dinner will be at 6 p.m a concert
at 7 p.m beginners' lessons at
7:30 p.m. and the contra dance
from 8 - 10:30 p.m. Live, old-
time and Celtic music will be
performed by a string band.
Admission for students is $3, $5
for FASG members and $8 for the
general public. Please call 752-
7350 for more information.
Application Deadline
March 15 is the application
deadline for anyone Interested in
pursuing a Bachelor of Science
degree in Rehabilitation Services.
Applications can be ordered
online at ecu.edurehb or from
the department of rehabilitation
studies in 312 Belk building.
Please contact Dr. Martha Chapin
at 328-4424 for any questions
regarding the degree.
Campus Living Second
Chance
Campus Living is having its
Second-Chance Sign-Up March
21 - 23 and 28 - 30. This will be
the last opportunity for students to
sign up through OneStop.
Last Samurai History
Lecture
The department of history and
Asian Studies program is holding
a lecture on the Last Samurai in
history and popular culture. Mark
Revina, professor in history and
author, has written a book entitled
The Last Samurai: The Life and
Battles of Saigo Takamori, will
discuss the interpretation of the
movie March 22 at 7 p.m. In
room Oc307 in the Science and
Technology Building. A showing of
the movie will be at 9 p.m.
News Briefs
Local
Navy deploys NC civilians to
repair aircraft
HAVELOCK, NC - The Navy has
sent Its first large deployment of civilian
employees from the Naval Air Depot
to Iraq this month to maintain Marine
aircraft squadrons in the desert.
The 15 employees were sent
March 5-6 In transport aircraft
along with more than 61 tons of
equipment. The employees will set
up a maintenance unit to perform
depot-level repair work on Marine
H-46 and H-53 helicopters.
Members of the initial all-volunteer
group are scheduled to spend up to
179 days In the Middle East, with
replacements and supplemental
teams sent over as needed until the
mission is no longer required by the
Marine Corps.
Prior to this deployment, an
average of four to six NADEP
employees were in Iraq at any given
time, said depot official Randy Gay.
The depot is located at Marine Corps
Air Station Cherry Point
The civilians' primary mission will
Include battle-damage repair and
basic service repair, including repair
of the aircraft's surface skin, clean up
and airframe corrosion repair.
"They will add a very good
service to the fleet says Ma).
Allen L. Gilbert, the depot's H-
46 Programs officer. "These are
artisans with multiple trades who
can take care of many things while
they are there working as a team
with the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing
Gilbert said the mission isnt risk-
free, but the team will be located on
a secure air base
Family posts reward for missing
teen, grandmother
KINSTON, NC - The family of a
missing teen and grandmother hope
a $10,000 reward will entice the public
to come forward with information
leading to their whereabouts.
Gall Haddock-Dail, 59, and
Heather Roberts, 15, were last seen
three months ago when they were
leaving a motel to visit family in Virginia
A joint investigation by local and
state authorities hasn't produced
any major breaks in the case, but
Belinda Grubbs, Haddock-Dail's
daughter, said someone out there
has Information.
"We hope somebody, for whatever
reason, withholding information will
decide to come forward and give
whatever they know and collect a
reward If that's what It takes Grubbs
said Monday.
Kinston Police investigator E.T.
Lewis said sometimes rewards do
lead to finding missing people, but
not always.
In order to collect the reward,
the person or persons would have to
lead authorities directly to the missing
pair. The family, who used their own
money, set a deadline of March 31.
National
Brother of Michael Jackson
accuser testifies
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The 14-
year-old brother of Michael Jackson's
accuser described the molestation
allegations against the singer for the
first time, saying he saw Jackson
touching his brother as the boy slept
on the singer's bed.
He said that he twice saw
Jackson masturbating with one
hand while the other was In his
brother's underwear. He did not state
the dates of the incidents, which the
prosecution says followed a February
2003 TV documentary In which
Jackson appeared with the boy at
his Neveriand ranch.
"I didn't know what to do
the witness said, adding that he
watched both incidents for a few
seconds before going to a guest
room. Speaking calmly, directly
and unemotionally, the boy said the
alleged molestations occurred two
days apart.
The defense says the allegations
are a fiction created by the children's
mother in an attempt to extort money
from the pop star. The accuser's brother
faced more questioning Tuesday.
The boy said the molestations
occurred sometime after Jackson
had shown him and his brother
sexually explicit magazines kept in
a suitcase in his bedroom. "We all
looked at them one at a time he said.
The defense has said Jackson
had "girlie" magazines in his house
but never showed them to children.
University president's resignation
raises question
DENVER - At the University
of Colorado, a football recruiting
scandal won't die. A professor's
essay has likened some Sept. 11
victims to the Nazi who organized the
Holocaust. And a fight against state
funding cuts goes on.
Add finding a new president
to the list of challenges facing
the university's Board of Regents.
President Elizabeth Hoffman said
Monday she would step down June
30 or when a successor is named.
"IVe taken my future off the table
so to some extent I can focus my
attention on issues that face the
university and not on my personal
future said Hoffman, who has been
president for five years.
Hoffman said questions about
her leadership have made it difficult
to solve the university's problems,
especially a football scandal that
produced allegations of rapes, strip-
club visits and alcohol-fueled sex
parties for recruits.
Hoffman's resignation comes a
little more than a year after allegations
in the football scandal emerged.
Officials said a search committee
to find a new president would soon
be created and observers Inside
and outside the four-campus system
said there Is no doubt there will be
qualified candidates for the job.
International
China steps up pressure on
Taiwan with antl-secesslon law
BEIJING - China unveiled a
law Tuesday authorizing an attack
If Taiwan moves toward formal
independence, Increasing pressure
on the self-ruled Island while warning
other countries not to interfere. Taiwan
denounced the legislation as a "blank
check to invade" and announced war
games aimed at repelling an attack.
The proposed anti-secession
law, read out for the first time before
the ceremonial National People's
Congress, doesn't say what specific
actions might invite a Chinese attack.
"If possibilities for a peaceful
reunification should be completely
exhausted, the state shall employ
nonpeaceful means and other
necessary measures to protect
China's sovereignty and territorial
Integrity Wang Zhaoguo, deputy
chairman of the NPC's Standing
Committee, told the nearly 3,000
legislators gathered in the Great Hall
of the People.
Beijing claims Taiwan, split from
China since 1949, as part of its territory.
The communist mainland repeatedly
has threatened to invade if Taiwan tries
to make its independence permanent,
and new law doesn't impose any
new conditions or make new threats.
But It lays out for the first time legal
requirements for military action.
Taiwan's leaders warned that the
move could backfire by angering the
island's voting public.
Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council,
which handles the island's China
policy, said the law gives China's
military "a blank check to Invade
Taiwan" and "exposed the Chinese
communists' attempt to use force to
annex Taiwan and to be a regional
power
Foreign minister says killing of
Italian agent was accident
ROME - Italy's foreign minister
said Tuesday that American
troops killed an Italian intelligence
officer in Iraq by accident, but he
disputed Washington's version of
events, demanding a thorough U.S.
investigation of the shooting and that
"the culprits be punished
Foreign Minister Glanfranco
Flni told parliament that the car
carrying the Intelligence officer and
an ex-hostage to freedom was not
speeding and was not ordered to
stop by U.S. troops at a checkpoint,
contrary to what U.S. officials say.
However, he also dismissed
allegations that the Friday shooting that
killed Nicola Calipari was an ambush
- a claim made by the released
hostage, journalist Giuliana Sgreha.
"It was an accident Fini told
lawmakers. "This does not prevent, In
fact it makes itadutyforthe government
to demand that light be shed on the
murky Issues, that responsibilities
be pinpointed and, where found,
that the culprits be punished
Calipari was shot as the car
carrying him and Sgrena, who had
been kidnapped Feb. 4, headed to the
Baghdad International Airport. Sgrena
and another intelligence officer in the
car were wounded.
The shooting outraged Italy
and rekindled questions over its
involvement in Iraq, where Premier
Silvio Berlusconi sent 3,000 troops.
But the government has made it clear
It is not considering a withdrawal
following Calipari's killing.
Dean invited to National Defense Conference survey
from page A1
Conference discusses
how defense works
SALMAKHAN
STAFF WRITER
Marilyn Sheerer, ECU'S
dean of the college of educa-
tion, has been invited to attend
the Defense Department's Joint
Civilian Orientation Conference,
a week long program held April
24-May 1.
The goal of the conference
is to work with local leaders and
show them how the defense
system of America works, giving
a chance to bring new and inno-
vative ideas that could help serve
the local communities.
The conference schedule will
be busy with the attendees being
briefed by Defense Department
leaders such as Defense Secre-
tary Donald Rumsfeld, Deputy
Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz
and other senior military and
civilian officials.
The conference will also have
the itinerary of flying to different
areas in America that are vital to
the security of the nation such as
Washington, D.C South Carolina,
Texas and Colorado Springs.
"The program Is meant to
orient us with all the defense
branches said Sheerer.
The attendees will fly on
military alrcrafts, fire weapons,
experience aircraft landings and
launches and observe amphibi-
ous landings, urban area combat
techniques, special operations
assaults and other warfare dem-
onstrations.
Sheerer was nominated by
D. Dunkin and Marines from
Cherry Point.
"Dr. Sheerer exhibits as a
leader a pension for learning new
ideas and how things work. She
plans to bring what she learns
back to the campus and make
it work for the ECU commu-
nity and eastern Carolina said
Yokinia Cureton, director of the
college of education.
Sheerer is very excited to be
a participant in the conference
because she has the opportunity
of coming with two different per-
spectives. First, being a member
of the university that will help
her find ways to suggest how ECU
can respond to the military. The
other is as the dean of education
that will help integrate the mili-
tary into education.
Sheerer works with Troops
with Teachers, a program that
helps persuade and educate
thdse leaving the armed forces
to take up a job in education.
She is a member of the NC Public
School Forum and serves on the
Statewide Advisory Boards for the
School Leadership and the NC
Partners in the Mathematics and
Science. She serves on the Board
of the NC Partnership for Excel-
lence and is the vice president of
the Renaissance Group Board of
Governors as well.
As the first to attend from
ECU, she hopes to address the
complex educational needs of
North Carolina's troops who
comprise the third largest mili-
tary community in the nation.
This writer can be reached at
newi@theeastcarolinian.com.

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FightingTrespassing Simple assault - Physical A juvenile assaulted another juvenile after being Person hit victim in the face with a closed fist permanently banned at Joyner Library. March 7 8:35 p.m.
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been sent to those who have not
completed, will be e-mailed to
students until they respond.
The department will receive
some results from this year's
survey in August, but they
do not get the benchmark
results, which show comparisons
to other schools, until Novem-
ber.
Smith said ECU'S administra-
tion is concerned about hearing
what students think could be
improved on campus and making
it better.
"Chancellor Mallard is really
interested in the survey and
very supportive of using the data
to make a difference Smith
said.
Smith does not think
an enrollment increase will
affect the university's standing.
She has been here for 11 years
and seen a growth from about
14,000 students to 23,000 with
no change in how students feel
about ECU.
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Joyner
from page A1
wants the students to excel,
then having a 24-hour library
will definitely help students
and allow ECU to increase its
standards
Since Smith's election last
semester, she has taken a seat on
the Student Services Committee
for Joyner Library and worked
closely with Heather Dickson,
a person whom Smith believes
has a great deal of clout on the
ECU campus.
According to Smith, if Joyner
Library does extend its hours,
there is potential for an increase
in student fees. This remains
uncertain at this time.
"In the history of ECU, Joyner
Library has never requested any
money from ECU and we're
hoping that this will not affect
student fees Smith said.
According to Smith, Carroll
Varner, the recently resigned
director of Joyner Library, also
hopes student fees will not be
affected.
Instead of student fees being
used to fund the service, SGA
would present Joyner Library
with a one-time centennial gift
in honor of its dedication and
years of service to the ECU com-
munity.
Smith said if Joyner Library is
willing to take on such a task and
fit the new operating hours into
its budget, then a centennial gift
would only be appropriate.
"We're not talking about a lot
of money Smith said.
The lot of the cost would
come from the hiring of
two more part-time posi-
tions for security and minor
renovations.
Recently, Smith posted a
survey on Onestop that allows
ECU students to express their
feelings about the proposed
hours of operation. Smith is
expecting results from the survey
by Friday. Before passing any
legislation, however, Smith
wants to make sure that having
Joyner on a 245 schedule will
be possible.
"We want to make sure every-
one is working in the right direc-
tion Smith said.
"We want to reach the stu-
dent body to make sure everyone
wants this and if so, then we
want it to go in affect by next
semester
Questions Smith believes
must be answered are whether
students would want the
entire library to be open,
including areas such as the North
Carolina Collection and
Reference section, 24 hours a day
or just one-floor of the library.
Lambert Guinn, junior
double major in sociology and
art, believes the new proposal is
a step in the right direction.
"I think it's a really good
idea said Guinn.
"First, it's easy to study at
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Joyner
Library Hours
Joynefs current hours are:
Sunday 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.
Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday 9 am - 6 p.m.
2 a.m.
The new hours would be 24 hours
on Sunday - Thursday.
Friday and Saturday operating
hours would be extended.
the library and secondly, it'll
cater to students with different
schedules
"I'm willing to sacrifice
money for the greater good of
my education Guinn said.
This writer can be contacted at
news@theeastcarolinian.com.
OlympiCS from page A1
Motor Sports. They plan to have
bands at the event, including
Someone's Sister.
The statewide torch run will be
in May and will have participants
from the ECU Police Department
and the Greenville Police Depart-
ment. The run will be across
North Carolina and only police
officers will carry the torch.
The SONC has events all year
long. The major event for ECU is
the upcoming basketball tourna-
ment March 18 - 20.
"The competition will include
more than 1,000 athletes from
more than 45 counties across
the state involved in individual
skills, three on three or five on
five team competitions said
Nance Mize, director for Recre-
ational Services.
The ECU Police Department
will be running a torch that
Friday night during opening
ceremonies in Minges Coliseum
and competition will be from
Saturday morning to Sunday
afternoon.
Mize said the 2005 SONC
Basketball Tournament requires
more than 400 volunteers who
are needed for all activities. She
encourages everybody to take
this opportunity to help out.
"1 have had the opportunity
to work with local and state games
in four different states for over 30
years and there is not a more
rewarding experience in working
with young athletes Mize said.
The Special Olympics spon-
sors international sporting
events and in America, many
law enforcements get involved.
The money raised is used for
intellectually disabled persons
to receive athletic training for no
cost. This also helps the athletes
become more recognized and
more productive in their com-
munity. Some North Carolinians
were able to attend the Special
Olympics World Winter Games
in Nagano, Japan, which lasted
until March 5.
"There's some North Caro-
lina residents who were able to go
to Japan to participate in the Spe-
cial Olympics they were able
to do that with all this money
that we raised Dixon said.
The Special Olympics is the
biggest fundraiser for the ECU
Police Department.
This writer can be contacted at
news@theeastcarolinian. com.
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Our View
Cheers and Jeers:
Spring Break Edition
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Spring Break, a time for students to kick
off their shoes and celebrate a school-free
week, is only a few days away.
JEERS
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last few days while professors try to cram in
midterms, papers and projects right before
the break.
CHEERS
Some students will get to spend their Spring
Break in warm locations such as Caribbean
cruises or trips to Mexico.
JEERS
Most financially plagued students will spend
their break working to make money.
CHEERS
The flailing airline industry gets a boost
from college students who choose to fly on
their break.
JEERS
Long lines, cancelled flights and lost lug-
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travel.
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and schoolwork.
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Opinion Columnist
News on Middle East tensions is good
Democrats continue
to stick feet in mouths
TONY MCKEE
CONSERVATIVE CORNER
Am I good or am I good?
1 predicted that the Democrat party
would disintegrate if they did not wake
up and smell reality, but what is hap-
pening now is beyond even my wildest
prognostications. The Democrat leader-
ship is acting as if they actually want
to destroy their party.
Before we get to that though, have
you noticed what is going on in the
world recently, specifically the Middle
East and Afghanistan? Well, maybe not
Afghanistan. There seems to be little or
no news coming from there in recent
months, and I have a very good idea
why - the news is good.
The Afghanistan elections, like
those in Iraq, went fine. The gov-
ernment is working, the infrastruc-
ture (schools, hospitals, utilities, etc)
is being repairedrebuilt after the
Taliban destroyed it, the people are
enjoying more freedom than many
of them have ever known (especially
women) and life is generally improving.
Not a whole lot going on there that is
"newsworthy" (i.e. bad for the President
Bush) now.
The Middle East is much the same
way actually. With the exception of
some diehard fanatics who refuse to
accept reality (sound familiar) and
keep blowing themselves and innocent
men, women and children to pieces,
Iraq is doing great. As in Afghanistan,
the infrastructures are being repaired
better than were before. Women are
enjoying freedom unheard of in their
lifetimes, as well as no longer worry-
ing about being raped on the whim of
madmen. The Iraqis turned out in huge
numbers to freely elect their new gov-
ernment and the vast majority of them
are glad that the United States came in
and overthrew the murderous regime
of Saddam Hussein. What else?
Libya gave up weapons of mass
destruction program. Yes, I know Libya
is not part of the Middle East, per se,
but it is close enough. Quit whining.
Also, after many, many years of being
nothing more than a Syrian puppet and
staging ground for terrorists, Lebanon
is finally seeing the dismantling of
Syria's usurpation of their national
identity. One of the greatest sponsors
of worldwide terrorism, Syria, is being
forced out.
Perhaps the most amazing develop-
ment in the region is the peace that
appears to be developing between the
Israelis and Palestinians. Who would
have thought it possible?
Isn't it strange that all the democracy
and peace breaking out in the region
are happening at the same moment
in history? You shouldn't think so. All
of this is happening because President
Bush had the fortitude and courage to
do what needed to be done. His simple
act of determination, and his willing-
ness to commit the resources, military
and economic, of the greatest nation
on Earth, has helped to free millions
of people from the darkness and fear
they were living in.
What is even more startling is that
some in the liberal press, and some
politicians, are beginning to acknowl-
edge this.
Anyway, back to the Democrat lead-
ership and their self-destruction.
Senator Robert Byrd, ex-KKK
member extraordinaire, has publicly
compared the Bush administration to
Hitler's Nazi Germany. Instead of being
vilified for these comments, Democrats
such as Ted Kennedy are supporting
him.
Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are
both acting like they have lost their
grip on reality. Some of what they have
been spouting should qualify them for
psychiatric therapy.
This weekend many Democrat
leaders appeared on the news talk
shows. Almost to a man (and woman)
you could tell they were working off
the same "talking points" sheet. We
repeatedly heard that the Democrats
would not work with the president until
he withdrew his proposals. Then, and
only then, would the Democrats join
in the discussion on how to fix Social
Security.
Huh? Aside from the fact they are
not in control and need to work with
the president, not dictate terms to him,
I thought the Democrats said Social
Security didn't need fixing.
Somehow, in the space of just a
few short months, it appears they have
realized there actually is a problem that
needs to be fixed, including Ted Ken-
nedy. Imagine that. The president was
right. Again. Maybe they remembered
what they said years ago, or maybe they
started paying attention to the polls
that a majority of African Americans,
Hispanics and especially young people
want the system fixed?
Don't you just hate it when reality
bites you in the butt?
These are but a few examples of
how the Democrats are self-destruct-
ing. They are starting to remind me of
children throwing temper tantrums. It
has gotten funny, in a way.
What isn't funny is the stubborn
refusal of these people to behave civilly
and admit reality is destroying what
was once a great political party.
Hopefully they will wise up before
the damage is irreparable.
In My Opinion
Jobs often give workers more than money
(KRT) � A few days ago my annual
Social Security statement came in the
mail, and for some reason I read it more
carefully than usual.
Perhaps it's because I'll celebrate
a birthday in a month, and each one
takes me a big step closer to retirement
age.
I saw something in this year's state-
ment that I'd never noticed before,
although a colleague assures me it has
always been there. It was my entire
earnings history, dating to the first job
I had that paid Into the Social Security
system.
My mind flashed back to that
summer after my freshman year in
college.
Throughout high school I had done
odd jobs, mostly mowing lawns on the
weekend and occasionally helping out
on a ranch.
With that full-time summer employ-
ment in 1966, however, I would make
more money than I'd ever made in my
life - a whopping $913, enough for a
full year of college tuition, room and
board, with some left over for clothes,
gas and other expenses.
When I think back, the managers
at Gifford-Hill concrete company must
have understood that they weren't just
taking on another worker but were
doing their part to help send a poor
kid to college.
My main job was to wash the
cement trucks as they came in each
day. And although I was only making
minimum wage (about $1.25 an hour
then), I worked long hours and usually
got paid overtime.
That's what was odd. The trucks
generally didn't start returning to
the yard until around 3:30 p.m but
I punched in every morning between
7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m.
There was little to do for much of
the day, so the managers had me drive
the sweeper around the yard or take
Inventory of expansion joints. They
easily could have had me report at 3
p.m. and clock out around 7:30 p.m.
after the last truck had been washed,
gassed up and parked on the line.
I'm sure they were deliberately being
generous and had discovered a way of
putting extra money into the pockets
of a struggling college student.
It was a good summer, not just
because of the money, but because I had
a chance to spend time daily with men
who had never gone to college but who
were excited for me that I was getting
the opportunity to do so.
Every morning in the break room,
as the drivers came in for their assign-
ments and the laborers gathered for
coffee and mapped out their day, I
would listen to their jokes, their lies
and their "woman problems" at the
same time that they were encouraging
me to "get that education, boy
Thinking back on my early work
experiences, including the first full
year of employment after graduation
at my hometown newspaper (the Fort
Worth Star-Telegram), much of what I
received was a lot more valuable than
the salary.
My Social Security statement shows
that I made $7,800 during my first year
as a reporter. But the friends I made,
the lessons I learned and the skills I
honed during those 12 months were
priceless.
I shall never forget the people who
offered support throughout the years,
but especially those who early on saw
in me some things I didn't see in myself
at the time.
Last year the family of one of the
Gifford-Hill drivers who befriended
me more than three decades ago was
surprised when I showed up the night
before his funeral.
The wife knew me, but his adult
children had no idea that their father
had played an Important role in my
life.
It was funny - and moving - that
as I looked over my Social Security
statement, I could pick practically
any employment year and remember
invaluable relationships that to this day
mean a lot more than the money.
While the chart in the statement
showing my estimated monthly income
upon retirement is interesting and
offers some financial assurances, I
realize that real security lies not In the
dollars that have been stored up in the
system.
It is in those devoted family mem-
bers and lasting friends who have
stored up a lot of love for you over the
years. That kind of security can't be
bought.
WEDNESDAY March 9. 2005
Pirate Rant
To the guy who told that
poor girl he likes only girls who
have the guts to tell him to his
face they like him, you are so
conceited. But that's OK - you
probably don't care about that.
Besides, that girl in your psy-
chology class probably deserves
someone better.
I don't care what anybody
else says Michael Jordan is
better at basketball than he is at
baseball.
Johnny Depp should have got
the Best Actor Oscar.
I'm glad to see the A lot
across 14th Street from Belk Hall
is going to such good use. With-
out it, 1 wouldn't know what an
empty parking lot looks like 24
hours a day.
To the person who thinks I
show up drunk in class every-
day: I'm only drunk sometimes.
Other days, I'm hung over and it's
because I'm watching "Desper-
ate Housewives not "American
Idol Two snaps.
To all the people that don't
live in Tar River but choose to
park there to take the bus: You
need to move your cars because
it sucks that I pay my hard earned
money to live there and can't
even park in front of my apart-
ment.
To the person who said, "keep
your god out my government
Sweetie, get over yourself. With-
out my God, who is also the one
who created you, there would be
none of "your" so-called govern-
ment.
Why is it that when you give
someone a little honk because
they are too busy talking on
their cell phone backing out
into the middle of the street in
front of you, they do not even
try to get out of the way, honk
back at you and chase you down
all the way to campus only to
embarrass themselves more by
flailing their arms around and
screaming obscenities out the
window?
Has anyone else noticed how '
the majority of girls on this
campus are mean and ruthless?
Particularly the ones that write
really mean rants about stealing
another girl's man? Come on,
ladies, can't we act a little more
mature and less cheap?
One of the boards on a
Kinston gas station stated, "If
you are lost, the Bible will
give you directions So when I
asked how to get to democracy,
they said there is no such pas-
sage.
Who is Kyle Billings? He is
hot.
To the poor people that are
"forced" to walk behind someone
that's smoking, and to the poor
people that "have" to walk right
next to or by smokers: No one
"forces" you to "have" to walk
near these people. Here's an idea,
why don't you get away from the
smoker instead of just whining
about how you don't like walking
near them. Nobody is forcing you
to be near him or her.
To those that think I'm a
crazy moron for bashing the new
jungle: Yes I know trees take time
to grow, but they won't be big and
shady like the old ones until I'm
long gone from here. No, 1 did not
just sit around and play beer pong
for the baseball game, I actually
watched, heckled, socialized and
had a great time.
The basketball and football
teams lost, but they all get arti-
cles. ECU'S swim team goes to
its conference championship -
Where's the article? I don't mean
a little quarter page, I want at
least a half page or whole one like
football got when they lost all the
time. How about we celebrate the
teams that are good instead of
lamenting over how bad the bad
teams have played?
Why must you always come
to class late, and then disrupt me
for 30 minutes trying to get the
notes from the time you missed.
Can I learn?
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
www.theeastcarolinian.com, or e-
mailed to editort&theeastcarolinian.
com. The editor reserves the right
to edit opinions for content and
brevity.
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project. You dont have to know
how to finish it when you start
The Muses will assist you.
Scorpio - Staying home with
loved ones is your best option
tonight. You'll find solutions to
problems you dkfnt even know
you had and it will be fun.
Sagittarius - Home and family
definitely take top priority now. Try
not to let them get on your nerves,
Offer innovations. Make positive
changes.
Capricorn - You'll become more
curious the more you get into the
subject You may never master It
but that doesn't even matter. The
joy is in the doing.
Aquarius - The moneys pouring
Into your pockets. Did you hit
the jackpot? If you did. it was by
Working a system you devised all
by yourself. Work's involved in this
bonanza
Pisces-You're very powerful now
and yet you'd encounter another
test For this one, it's going to really
help if you have faith in yourself.
Hold your ground.
Spring Break Movies:
Cursed
rmcn
Robots
Because of Winn Dixie
Man of the House
Constantine
Million Dollar Baby
Be Cool
The Pacifier
Diary of a Mad Black Woman
Punk RockSummer Camp
KACY THOMPSON
STAFF WRITER
Headlining bands from last year included Taking Back Sunday (left), New Found Glory (top right) and Story of the Year (bottom
right). Slated for this year are the bands: The Offspring, Dropkick Murphys, Fallout Boy, Hawthorne Heights and many others.
Summer is almost here and
that means it's about time for those
great summer tours all of our favor-
ite bands start doing. This year's
Vans Warped Tour is on that list
This will be the 11th year
for Warped Tour and It seems
each year it grows more popular
and the audience gets younger.
For the 10th anniversary last
year, 13,500 people were in
attendance. Warped Tour is
one of the most popular events
in the punk rock community.
They usually don't announce
the full list of confirmed bands
until closer to the presale date,
but this year Kevin Lyman,
Warped Tour founder, publicize
this information because of the
kids on the Internet.
"The kids are prodding,
they're on the Web sites said
Lyman in a press interview.
People have been finding out
about the list of bands and show
dates from family or friends that
work at the venue that is hosting
the tour and then they post it
on the Internet. More bands are
being added to the list each day
as the tour gets closer.
Warped Tour has the best of
different genres. If you like the
older punk rock sounds, this year
Millencolin, Dropkick Murpheys,
No Use For A Name and The
Offspring are on the line up. Or
if you are more in to some of the
newer stuff, The Academy Is and
Mest are on the list.
If you want to hear hardcore
and screams, this year Atreyu,
Boys Night Out and Bleeding
Through are set to perform. If you
are into girl vocals. Tsunami Bomb
and The Horrorpops will be there.
Even for those that like ska, it's not
a definite yet, but there are major
rumors Big D and the Kids Table
will be there to add a little twist.
Each band plays a 30-
minute set, except this year.
With the addition of Energizer
E2 Titanium Keeps the Music
Going, show-goers will be able
to vote online for one band
to play 10 minutes longer.
Something else brand new for
this year's tour is the Amateur
Skate Jam offered by Vans and Lost
Energy Drink. Pro-skaters will be
judging local skaters for prizes.
There are other side stages
and tents including the Reverse
Day Care for kids to drop off their
parents and an on-site donation
center for homeless shelters.
Warped Tour is a full day event.
It starts around 11 a.m. and
doesn't slow down until 9 p.m.
"We got in line an hour early
and we still had to wait an extra hour
just to get inside the gates said Julia
Prue, freshman pre-health major.
She said there were a lot of
people there and every stage had
a full audience.
A few of the confirmed local
dates include a stop Aug. 8 in
Charlotte and in Virginia Beach
Aug. 9. Both of these dates will
be at the local Verizon Wireless
Amphitheatre for the area.
There are several smaller
bands that will perform on side
stages that kids will be able to
checkout. Greenville's very own
Valient Thorr will be joining the
Warped Tour this year on the
Volcom Stage for every stop.
Warped Tour is an outside
event and most people leave with
a horrible sunburn. Also, drink
plenty of water.
You can check out warped-
tour.com to keep up with the
latest announcements about
bands and stages.
This writer can be contacted at
features0theeastcarolinian.com.
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Who goes: Janay Castine"
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Who goes: Janay Castine'
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THE EAST CAROLINIAN � FEATURES
3-9-05
Iron & Wine: Man, mystery,
music revealed with new CD
New tunes for music
lovers
TREVOR WOROEN
STAFF WRITER
So you like Jack Johnson,
Howie Day, Ryan Adams, Nick
Drake, Damien Rice and all of the
other acoustic crooners, right?
Then you will love Iron & Wine.
Sam Beam is the founder of the
group, lead singer and writes
all of the music. Simply put, he
is a genius. Beam has created a
smooth acoustic feel, with light
percussion in his band, Iron &
Wine.
Beam, currently residing in
Florida as a teacher, has brought
a lot of new tactics to the acoustic
genre. His southern upbringing
has influenced a lot of his music
into a James Taylor-esque feel.
In his new CD, Woman King, an
accoutrement of instruments is
incorporated to the EP. When
blended together as Beam does, it
brings forth a beautiful harmony,
almost like an earthy sound.
His songwriting skills are
very intense verbally and when
listened to closely are quite pro-
lific. However, it is easy to get
lost in the rhythm of the sounds
and lose the lyrics altogether.
This proves the lyrics do not over
power the sound - the words and
vocals blend right in to the other
sounds.
Beam claims no religious
affiliation or moral standard he
upholds. In a printed press inter-
view Beam said, "1 don't have a
real message and I don't usually
have a set of morals
Beam is simply a good artist,
who likes to tell stories through
his songs. He especially enjoys
writing about southern themes
and they tend to be the topic of
a lot of his songs. With a reoc-
curring theme of death in some
of his work, Beam still insists his
songs are not pessimistic.
"Your lyrics come from your
experience, or your fantasies, or
things that you hear but they
are a slave to the emotional tone
of the melody and that usually
comes from spacing out and fid-
dling with the guitar said Beam
to inquisitive minds during press
interviews.
Beam's musical talent has
been an evolutionary journey. He
began teaching cinematography
at Florida State University as it
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You can pick up Iron & Wine's latest release in stores now.
offered a steady paycheck. But in
his spare time, Beam would put
lyrics together and eventually
began playing music. After about
a decade of making music in his
spare time, in 2000 Beam decided
to make a D1Y disc. Eventually
Sub Pop, the record group who
initially signed Nirvana, offered
to sign him.
"I was really doing this as a
hobby for a long time when I got
a call from Sub Pop. Out of the
blue, they said, 'We heard some
of your tunes and want to put
them out I was just like, 'You
are calling from Sub Pop, right?
Loud, rock n' roll Sub Pop
Beam said.
Beam signed under the label
with the strict conditions he
would continue making the
acoustic-folk sound he had for
years. Sub Pop agreed and then
the deal was done. Right after his
signing Sam Beam and his new
found group of Iron & Wine were
discovered by the mass media.
Their profiles and CD reviews
could then be found in Magnet,
Spin, The Onion or Acoustic Guitar
World.
Each of his CDs since has
been well received from the
music world and the anticipated
album Woman King has followed
its predecessors. This southern
boy who happened to turn his
hobby into a profession now cre-
ates some of the best neo-folk,
southern acoustic melodies in
the business.
This writer can be reached at
features@theeastcarolinian.com.

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Who:Iron & Wine
What:Their new album
Woman King
When:Released Feb. 22
Wlwra:Available at Best Buy
Why:To enjoy some great new
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WEDNESDAY March 9, 2005
Sports Briefs
ECU Rolls Past
Aggies, 16-5
ECU used 12 hits, seven walks
and nine Aggie errors en route to
a 16-5 victory Tuesday afternoon
at Clark-LeClair Stadium. North
Carolina A&Ts nine errors on the
day tied an ECU opponents record.
Drew Costanzo hit his fourth
home run of the season and his
second in as many games, batting
3-for-5 with two RBI and two
runs scored. Freshmen Harrison
Eldrldge and Jamie Ray each
collected two hits with Eldridge
batting 2-for-2 with two RBI and
Ray going 2-for-4 with one run
batted in. Two Aggies collected
three hits to lead the A&T offense.
Jeremy Jones went 3-for-4 with
one RBI and two runs scored
while Charlie Gamble went 3-for-5
with two RBI and one run scored.
Brett Braxton earned the win in
his first career start, throwing three
shutout innings, allowing one hit
while striking out one and walking
one. Jason Neltz relieved Braxton,
making his first appearance since
having Tommy John surgery last
season. Neltz tossed two innings,
allowing one run on two hits while
striking out one and walking one.
Chris Powell, Cody Leggett and
T.J. Hose combined to finish the
game for ECU. NC A&T starter
Jasper Smith threw five innings,
giving up 11 runs with only one
of the runs an earned run on
Smith's record. He walked six
batters, allowed six hits and was
hurt by the six Aggie errors in the
field. Clint Summers, Eric Neal and
Richard Hawk pitched the final
three innings in relief.
Baseball Social with
Mazey tonight
The Student Pirate Club will kick
off their spring drive tonight at
7 p.m. In the Murphy Center at
Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium as they
host a baseball social with Head
Coach Randy Mazey. There will be
free pizza and refreshments.
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Hammonds named to
All-Freshman team
ECU guardTom Hammonds IV was
named to the Conference USA All-
Freshman Team as announced
by the conference office
Tuesday afternoon. The rookie
from Crestview, Fla� averaged 8.0
points, 2.3 rebounds and 24.8
minutes per game this season,
while leading the Pirates in three-
point field goal percentage (.344).
Also joining Hammonds on the
team were Memphis guard Darius
Washington, Jr who collected
C-USA Freshman of the Year
honors, Washington's teammate
Joey Dorsey, Louisville forward
Juan Palacios and Tulane guard
Taylor Rochestie. Hammonds'
numbers improved during C-USA
play, raising his scoring average
to 8.4 points per game and his
rebounds to 2.4 boards per outing.
Hammonds also saw more action as
the season progressed, averaging
26.4 minutes per in conference play.
He also shot a higher three-point
field goal percentage against
C-USA teams (.355). He netted
double digits 11 times overall,
including seven times in 16 league
games. Hammonds poured In a
career-high 16 points three times,
including wins over Charlotte
and UAB. Five times during the
season he drained three or more
three-point field goals including
four in his ECU debut against
Pepperdlne. Hammonds tied the
school record for most three-point
field goals in a game without a
miss by going 4-for-4 from behind
the arc at home against Charlotte.
Hammonds joins the company
of current ECU teammates Mike
Cook (2004) and Moussa Badiane
(2002) to have earned C-USA All-
Freshman distinction.
A Farewell to Moussa Badiane
Moussa Badiane accepts a portrait of himself as a gift from the Mlnges Maniacs following ECU'S win over the Houston Cougars in the final home game of the season.
ROBERT LEONARD
SENIOR WRITER
Whether
you are eight
years old
playing in a
local league,
getting ready
for the high
school state
champion-
ship, prepar-
ing for the
NCAA tour-
nament or
set to take
on the world in the Olympics,
every game of basketball starts
the same. The referee walks up
to center court and tosses the ball
up in the air for the tip.
Seventy-four times in the last
four years, the man jumping for
the Pirates was Moussa Badiane.
His first two seasons, he tipped
it to Travis Holcumb-Faye. Last
season, it went to Mike Cook.
This year Japhet McNeil was there
to catch the tip. No matter who
was starting at the point, Moussa
almost always won the tip.
As Moussa heads out into
the real world like the rest of the
senior class of ECU, he will be
prepared. He is almost always
recognized for being a scholar
athlete and will graduate with a
degree in management.
It's obvious that the
professors in the school of
business are doing their job in
teaching Moussa, because he
has managed to find his way
into both the hearts of ECU
fans and the record books of
Conference USA.
Moussa will without a doubt
go down as the greatest shot
blocker in school history and
the best ever in the conference.
Coming into I us senior season, he
only needed 53'blocks to set trie
C-USA record for career blocks -
he managed 75. The 314 blocks in
his career not only broke Kenyon
Martin's record by 22, Moussa did
it in 11 fewer games.
That's how we come to per-
haps the most amazing stat of all.
Moussa set the ECU season record
for blocks in his first season as
a Pirate. His 87 rejections that
year were fifth all time in con-
ference history for one season.
That number also almost set the
school career record, which he
passed his sophomore season.
But without a doubt the most
amazing stat within his freshman
season was how he got those 87
blocks. Both Moussa and fellow
European teammate Gabriel
Mikulas were suspended for
playing in professional leagues
over seas. The 6-foot, 11-inch
center's dazzling performance
came in just 24 games, which
gave him a conference record 3.6
blocks per game. The fact that
he shattered a school record
and almost set a career school
record in one season where
he, didn't even play in every
game is one of the great-
est athletic accomplishments
this university has seen. In his
junior year, he would manage
to break his own school and
conference records with 90
blocks on the year.
As for the rest of his game, the
gentle giant was raw untapped,
undeveloped talent.
He dunked all the time simply
because he was so tall, but he
struggled on other aspects of
scoring. Other than blocking
shots, he really wasn't that strong
defensively either, getting a lot of
touch fouls on and off the ball.
As his career progressed, he
got better and better away from
the basket on both sides of the
floor. It seemed he was always
the fifth option on the offense
- he was out there to block shots
and rebound.
I remember listening to an
interview Moussa took part in
on the Pirates Sports Network
during his sophomore season.
The Pirates were down and alter-
nating Mikulas, who was a great
scorer and a great free throw
shooter on the offensive end
of the floor and Moussa on the
defensive end. Moussa was asked
about how that made him feel.
'Rushing' onto the scene at ECU
Rushing is taking charge at ECU after five successful years at the University of Tennessee at Martin.
New ECU head volleyball
coach has a lot to offer
DAVID WASKIEWICZ
SENIOR WRITER
ECU head volleyball coach
Chris Rushing opened practice
last week, marking his first prac-
tice as head coach at ECU. Rush-
ing took over as the team's head
coach Feb. 25, after former Head
Coach Colleen Munson left for
Western Michigan.
Rushing was born and raised
in Livermore, Calif a city in the
northern part of the state. Rush-
ing was first interested in volley-
ball back in high school. While
watching a few of his friends
play on their volleyball team,
Rushing was invited to play.
"From that moment on, I just
fell in love with the sport said
Rushing.
"Through friends in high
school and it just got more and
more serious as I went on
While in college at Brigham
Young University, Rushing still
remained as interested as ever in
the sport of volleyball. Like most
college students Rushing was still
unsure of his future. He decided
to go in and talk to his college
head coach about the possibility
of coaching volleyball.
"We had a big discussion and I
asked my coach a lot of questions
about what was involved with
coaching and the salaries that
were out there Rushing said.
"I liked the answers that he
gave me
After Rushing's playing
career, he went on to become an
assistant for the BYU men's team,
his lone stint as a coach for men's
volleyball. After his time at BYU,
Rushing knew that coaching was
exactly what he wanted to do.
He went on to stay in state for
the next six or so years, coaching
at both Utah Valley State in and
landing his first head-coaching
job at Dixie College (St. George,
Utah). In 1996-97, Rushing made
his first move out of state when
he went to coach at Arkansas
State, compiling a 45-21 record
as an assistant under Head Coach
Craig Cummings during the
school's first two years as a Divi-
sion! program. He then moved
one for his second head-coaching
job at the University of Tennessee
at Martin in 1998.
At UT Martin, his team cap-
tured two Ohio Valley Confer-
ence regular season champion-
ships. He also led his team to the
NCAA tournament for the first
time in school history and posted
an overall record of 110-99 before
coming to ECU.
Rushing's girls at UT Martin
were also just as successful off
the floor as on it. Rushing has
coached 13 All-OVC players and
one Academic All-American.
His teams have combined to
post an average 3.5 grade point
average the last three years and
his 2003 team put up a 3.57,
which ranked fourth among the
nation's Division I women's vol-
leyball programs as decided by
the American Volleyball Coaches
Association.
Having only been to practice
for one week now, Rushing is
excited about the talent he sees
on the team.
"We have some good talent,
the players work hard and I am
really excited about the future
Rushing said.
As far as the team's future,
Rushing believes the team can
turn around from last year's 11-
18 record.
"It is all about recruiting, all
about how you train your players,
and all about the players' mental
game Rushing said.
"Those are the three biggest
components
Rushing feels he can bring a
lot to the ECU volleyball program.
"1 feel I bring proven success
with my past teams, not only
with the win-loss record but also
academically the two-time OVC
coach of the year said.
"I think I am a good recruiter,
I think I have a good eye for talent
and I can bring out that talent in
the players. I am looking to win
conference championships and
going to the NCAA tournament.
I really believe that this is a place
that we can build and make a
really good volleyball program
This writer can be contacted at
sports@theea5tcarolinian.com.
His response was simple, "Gabe
(Mikulas) is a scorer, I block
shots. I block shots better than
him, he scores better than me
That was Moussa's role that
season - he was a defender.
This season, as the lone senior
and co-captain, he was an offen-
sive threat. He averaged 12.3
points a game, scoring from
various spots on the floor. He
continually worked on his shot
improving in what seemed like
every game. His work ethic has
paid off - in just four years
Moussa has managed to go from
raw talent to an NBA prospect.
So I say farewell Moussa.
You are one of the most humble,
kind and caring human beings to
come through this university. I
will never forget that ever-present
smile and the way you played the
game. Whatever you decide to do
in your life, we here at ECU will
be rooting for you.
The writer can be contacted at
sports@theeastcarolinian.com.
Waskiewicz
Diet Diary:
Final edition
All good things must
come to an end
DAVID WASKIEWICZ
SENIOR WRITER

My personal training at the
Student Recreation Center was
coming to an end. It seemed as ;
if it just started. I personally did
not want it to end but of course
all good things must.
I felt like an ice cube heading
into the SRC for my last personal
training meeting. I just finished
walking all the way from Brewster
in the coldest day of the winter.
I met my personal trainer, Narris
Bethea at the door of the building
as soon as 1 came in. He under-
stood how I needed to defrost
before we got down to work.
I figured that since this was
my last time with Bethea, the
workout might be a little more
intense than the other ones that
I have had this year. Little did
I know, "intense" didn't even
begin to describe this workout.
After I defrosted, I met up with
Bethea and the workout began. "OK
the first thing you are going to do is
runamileforwarm-up said Bethea.
I thought he was kidding
at first. I mean a mile just for
warm-up - I could barely run a
mile at all.
Bethea was not kidding
though, as I found myself running
around the track upstairs seven
times. The first three laps were
not that bad. 1 felt as if my endur-
ance had increased over the last
few months. The last four laps, on
the other hand, had me gasping
for breath, running around the
track more in a trot than a jog.
After I was finally finished
with the running, we made
our way into the fitness room.
The next thing Bethea had
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THE EAST CAROLINIAN 'SPORTS
3-9-05
Bracketology: Selection process has evolved over time
(KRT) � From their "three-
room palace, sans air condition-
ing" above a saloon in Kansas
City in 1953, the first two full-
time NCAA employees trum-
peted their men's basketball
tournament field into a virtual
vacuum.
The tournament, begun
Inauspiciously in 1939, was seen
by newly appointed NCAA presi-
dent Walter Byers as a pillar of the
organization's potential growth.
But even the new initiative at first
had a haphazard appearance.
The number of teams invited,
for instance, would fluctuate
between 22 and 25 until 1974,
and the brackets themselves
might be rendered thusly: Bill
Sims of the Kansas City Star
would drop by, former NCAA
staffer Wayne Duke said, and
pluck names from a hat.
Shazam, pairings.
Then Duke would fill in the
brackets, scramble to a printer,
cram them in envelopes and mail
them to media outlets, hoping,
often in vain, that some would
publicize them.
"When we got (The Associ-
ated Press) to carry it on the wire
(years later) Duke said, "we
thought we were in heaven
Even as the game blossomed
in the late 1970s and early 1980s,
the mechanics of the tourna-
ment's selection process still were
maturing.
"We were like Lewis and
Clark, heading west said Dave
Gavitt, the former Big East com-
missioner who served on the
men's basketball committee from
1980-84 and who was instrumen-
tal in establishing many bracket-
ing procedures used today, as well
as the decision to expand from 48
teams to 64 in 1985.
As recently as 1981, as com-
missioner of the Big Ten, Duke
was still an integral part of the
process as chairman of the NCAA
Division I men's basketball tour-
nament.
Nevertheless, he wouldn't
want to be plopped into the
15th floor of the Westin Hotel in
Indianapolis between Wednes-
day and Sunday nights, when
the Division I men's basketball
committee will hunker down
to determine the field that will
culminate with the Final Four in
St. Louis April 2-4.
"I would be totally lost said
Duke, who never envisioned the
sleek, sophisticated venture the
tournament has morphed into.
When Duke began working
at the humble NCAA headquar-
ters, its operating budget was
$122,000. Today, the NCAA is
encased in a shimmering $54
million, 147,000 square-foot
building in Indianapolis with
hundreds of employees and an
operating budget of hundreds of
millions a year.
Whereas Duke remembers
Byers selling individual Tour-
nament game broadcast rights
"right out of his hip pocket" for
Professional sports spiraling
with absence of role models
Jeter jokes with Tino Martinez and Bobby Cox before a Spring
Training scrimmage with the Braves over the weekend.
(KRT) � America's world of
professional sports is in great
turmoil, facing the most serious
challenges in its history. A world
of role models and superheroes
has gone into eclipse. Society,
particularly its youth, puzzles
over that loss and over ways
to replace the multiple sociai-
symbolic functions that sports
personalities have embodied.
In the last few months we
have witnessed an astonish-
ing array of incredible inci-
dents. Basket brawlers run
amok in Detroit. At least two
pro-football players do jail time
in the off-season. The entire
National Hockey League season
is canceled because of money
matters. Steroid use inject
suspicion and recrimination into
the baseball world. The media
have examined every sordid
aspect in detail.
Professional sports have
reduced to the bare essentials
- a group of overpaid "show
me the money" performers,
hardly interested in being the
role models they once might
have been. Charles Barkley has
long stated his intention not to
be a role model. Mickey Mantle,
perhaps the greatest sports
hero of the latter 20th century,
also admonished youngsters not
to follow his example.
Just how overpaid are our
star athletes? Consider a typical
annual star salary of $10 million.
That same amount would sup-
port a good university science
researcher working on possible
cures for cancer, AIDS or the
common cold for 100 years. You
could pay a complete four-year
Ivy League education for all 50
of your children - or, tired and
infirm from child rearing, you
could pay for the last 200 years of
your life in a nursing home.
Absurd? Of course - and as
illustrated, the concept of absur-
dity helps one appreciate the real-
ity of paying star athletes (and
other celebrities, and corporate
moguls) such salaries. Even most
early teens, a group eagerly look-
ing for role models, agree that
athletes are overpaid.
Still, there are a few star
athletes, like Derek Jeter or
Oscar de la Hoya, who set high
standards and try to live up to
them through charity, personal
foundations and genuine com-
mitment. But this kind of activ-
ity is generally underreported,
because professional sports
are now a series of Roman-
ized spectacles. They are con-
summate escapist entertain-
ment, the ultimate in vicarious
living. The dynamic of this
transformation is embodied
in today's equivalent of the
Roman parasitic mob member:
the diehard fan.
Despite this abysmal
situation, athletics, as opposed
to professional sport, is of
tremendous importance to
society, as both Greeks and
Romans knew. Participation
in athletics is one sure way to
develop leadership, personal
excellence and teamwork skills.
Without teamwork, no project
of large scale can be undertaken.
Without excellence, no project
will ever be done well. Without
leadership, society possesses the
inertia of blindness.
Whereas March is known for
madness in crowning a national
collegiate basketball king and
queen, it should also be known as
a month of athletic champions.
This month America holds its
annual high school and college
wrestling tournaments. Check
out some of these matches on TV
or at a local venue. In this sport,
as in few others, the individual
must be his own champion first,
before proceeding to victory over
others.
Being your own champion
means "Knowing Thyself It
means setting personal limits
and then exceeding them. It
means creating the strongest pos-
sible work ethic.
Despite all the incredible
effort put into becoming a cham-
pion, hardly a single wrestler can
hope to earn a living through the
sport. The incentives to compete
are personal.
In a world where role models
have collapsed, heroes are few
and far between in business,
entertainment, government or
sports. Such a situation forces the
individual to stand for something
that is right for them, or to fall for
any scam that comes along.
In the opening line of "David
Copperfield Charles Dickens
poses the issue in a novel way.
"Whether I am to be the hero of
my life, or whether that station is
held by anyone else, these pages
must show
Our social structures, edu-
cational resources and religious
institutions must assist in the
process of forming the self-
champion, who will become the
responsible entrepreneur, the
passionate artist or scientist, the
meritorious public servant, the
inspirational teacheT, the wise
parent, and the good citizen.
In becoming your own cham-
pion, you will surely find your-
self. You might also catch a
glimpse of Joe DiMaggio along
the way.
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planned for me was pushups.
I thought this was going to be
no problem since my upper
body strength was pretty strong.
What I did not take into account
was how tired my body was
after just running the mile.
I felt tired as soon as 1 got
to number five in my first set of
pushups. My arms were shaking
from fatigue. I did not think I
was going to finish my three
sets of 10. I was able to struggle
out 10 of my first set and took
a short break. The second set
was worse than my first. 1 found
myself collapsed face down in
the floor at number eight. My
arms were completely burned out
so I thought I was done. Well I
thought wrong as Bethea encour-
aged me to get up for my last set.
To my surprise, I was actually able
to complete my last set - it wasn't
pretty, but it got done.
After the pushups, Bethea
turned on the treadmill and I
immediately knew that I had
more running in store. At this
point of my workout I thought
Bethea was trying to kill me. 1 was
as tired as 1 have ever been since I
started my personal training. The
only thing that kept me going
was that I knew I was working
my body hard.
The rest of the workout was
interval training with the tread-
mill and tubing. I would do a
tubing workout and then jump
on the treadmill. At the end, as
always, I worked my abs and then
stretched out.
Then It hit me, this thing is
over. I began to think about all
of the different exercises that I
had done. I jumped on the scale
for my final weigh-in, still at 266.
This time I felt different though.
When I first started the per-
sonal training program, I was all
about losing weight. That is really
the only thing that I wanted to
do. Through my trainers though,
I learned that weight is really
just a number. Being fit is what
it is all about, and I realized how
fit I now was. My arms were a
little tighter than they used to
be, my endurance definitely
lasted longer and I could push
myself harder than 1 thought I
ever could.
The one thing I have learned
through both of my trainers,
Bethea and Leslie Warren, is that
weight Is not everything. There
are many more goals you can
have besides just losing weight.
I feel I have learned more
mentally about working out than
anything else. My trainers didn't
just tell me to do a workout, they
showed me the workout and set
me on the right path to do it
myself when the training was
over. That is what I intend to do
now that I am finished. I want
to thank my trainers for finally
letting me realize what I need to
do to stay fit.
This writer can be contacted at
sporti@theeastcarolinian.com.
$550 an hour, the going rate for
NCAA Tournament rights today
is $6 billion, which CBS paid
for an 11-year deal that runs
through 2013.
At the epicenter, the bracket
once whimsically concocted
and apathetically received will
be announced to wild and wide
anticipation next Sunday. Even
TV ratings for the selection show
alone are staggering.
With the stakes now monu-
mental, precious little is left to
chance in the creation of the
Tournament's signature element:
To devise the bracket, a 10-person
committee and six NCAA staff
members will be sequestered
until they make it as right as they
can in the concentrated period
of time.
Those involved know their
work is subjective and subject
to second-guessing - they do it
themselves as they review what
they have wrought. But they also
know their work is a point of
honor and a labor of love.
Bill Hancock, consultant
for the tournament and once
its director, calls it "a precious
privilege Bob Frederick, former
University of Kansas athletics
director and committee chair,
deemed it an "awesome respon-
sibility
"It's almost a miraculous
weekend former committee
chairman CM. Newton said. "It's
one of those things where after
you go through it, you say, Did
all of this really get done?
Security guards keep any
potential interlopers at bay,
phone access is restricted and
even family isn't allowed on the
floor. If an unescorted person
were to show up, NCAA executive
Greg Shaheen said, "We take 'em
down, baby He was laughing
but not necessarily joking.
The seemingly extreme mea-
sures are taken to enable the
group to maintain concentra-
tion and avoid any perception of
being accessible to influence.
"There is always this assump-
tion of hidden forces at
work affecting this whole thing
former committee member
Charles Harris said.
Within the compound, as the
women's committee convenes a
floor below, the group will pore
over and debate reports and
statistics and watch games until
their eyes are glazed. And get up
and do it again. And again.
"Organized chaos former
committee member Doug Elgin
of the Missouri Valley Confer-
ence called it.
And yet for all that's put into
it and all that's expected out of
it, some involved suggest the aura
of intrigue surrounding it all is
misplaced.
For one thing, the proce-
dures, albeit not the specific
proceedings, are made public
by the NCAA. For another, the
atmosphere is more minimal
than mystical.
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G-USA tournament kicks off Thursday
Cincinnati looks to repeat at
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SENIOR WRITER
No. 8 TCU vs. No. 9
Marquette at noon Central Time.
Three simple words - No Travis Dlener. Mar-
quette's go to guy suffered a season ending injury
(fractured wrist) after the Golden Eagles' victory
over the Depaul Blue Demons. Diener, a Naismith
Award Watch List finalist, lead the conference in
scoring before suffering the injury in a non-con-
tact drill at practice. Marquette is 1-2 since losing
Diener, including an embarrassing senior night loss
to Saint Louis, 51-39, the number 10 seed in the
conference tournament. The Horned Frogs, who
beat the Golden Eagles 63-62 in the only meeting
between the two teams this year, is ccming off a
big let down as well, losing at Southern Mississippi
in their regular season finale. With two teams that
seem to be struggling a little �s of late, I have to
give the edge in this one to the Horned Frogs just
for the simple fact that Marquette will be playing
Diener-less. TCU advances on comfortably with a
double figure victory while Marquette will be look-
ing for answers as they stumble into the National
Invitational Tournament.
No. 5 DePaul vs.
No. 12 Tulane at 2:30 p.m.
This is a game the DePaul Blue Demons need not
lose if they hope to go dancing later on in March.
A loss to the Green Wave would ultimately bump
Depaul off the bubble and into the NIT.
However, the Blue Demons had no trouble
disposing of Tulane in their only meeting this
season, knocking off the Green Wave on the road
81-63. Tulane nabbed the final spot in the
tournament on the last day of the regular season
by defeating the ECU Pirates 77-71. Even though
DePaul looks like a heavy favorite on paper,
the Blue Demons have a lot more riding on
this game than their opponents. Tulane will
come out loose with nothing to lose and may
keep the game close throughout the first half.
Understanding the importance of a victory,
however, DePaul picks up the win sloppily, advanc-
ing to the second round of the tourney, but more
importantly, earning their spot in the "Big Dance
No. 7 Memphis vs.
No. 10 Saint Loots at 6 p.m.
Talk about a sloppy game. This may be the slop-
piest first round contest of any on the opening day.
The Saint Louis Billikens force teams to play to their
tempo and play their style of game, which is very
ugly to watch at times. However, as unpleasant to
the eye as Saint Louis basketball may be, it is very
effective in holding teams to low point totals night
in and night out. And don't expect this one to be
any different. The Billikens defeated Memphis just
a week ago 70-61 in Saint Louis. Tonight's contest
will be a little different as the Tigers play host to
the tournament and will have a loyal home crowd
show up and support them in their push to win an
automatic bid to the NCAA.
Signs point to a defensive struggle in this one,
which favors the Billikens.
However, Memphis will break open a close game
in the second half and win pretty easily, but score
less than 70 points in the process.
No. 6 Houston vs.
No. 11 USF at 8:30 p.m.
After winning four straight games in confer-
ence play, the Houston Cougars have hit a rut as of
late, dropping their final two regular season bouts,
including a 21 point loss to Marquette. On the other
hand, an overlooked South Florida squad locked
down the 11 seed by beating nationally ranked
Charlotte 85-73 on a very emotional senior night
for the Bulls. In the head-to-head department,
South Florida has only managed 50 points in both
contests, losing both by double figures.
Although the two teams may b heading in
opposite directions entering tournament play,
Houston will right the ship and easily down the
Bulls, advancing to take on the Cincinnati Bearcats
in the second round.
Day two of the C-USA tournament introduces
the top four seeds in Louisville, Charlotte, Cincin-
nati and UAB respectively. Based on my opening
round predictions, here is what might take place
in the second day of competition.
No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 8 TCU at noon
Like most other teams that traveled to play Lou-
isville at Freedom Hall this year, the TCU Horned
Frogs were destroyed in their only meeting with
the Cardinals, 86-61. The tournament stage should
provide a better atmosphere for TCU and allow the
1 lorned Frogs to stay competitive for at least the first
20 minutes of play.
Louisville may start a little bit slower than TCU
due to their opening round bye, but quickly find
their way in the second half and show why they
are the number one seed. The Cardinals win pretty
easily by double figures and move a game closer to
the conference championship.
No. 4 UAB vs. No. 5 Depaul at 2:30 p.m.
Only one meeting this year between UAB and
Depaul. UAB wins by one at home in overtime.
Any implications of what might happen in this
rematch? No way. This might just be the best
match-up in the tournament as both teams have
pretty good offenses and defend on the ball very
stiffly. Depaul's Drake Diener scored 25 points in
the loss to the Blazers, shooting 75 percent from the
floor. Diener will get plenty of open looks again due
to the full court pressure from UAB, which allows
teams to run secondary fast breaks and gei open
looks at the trifecta. Where the Blazers make their
living is by forcing the opposition into turnovers
and a bad shot selection. The key for Depaul is
simple: make shots. If the Blue Demons can get a
big game from Quemont Greer and Diener, Depaul
will move on to face Louisville in the semifinals.
UAB, however, may need a win to get in the NCAA
tournament, adding yet another element to an
already dynamite game. A nail biter once again,
but I like Depaul this time to move on.
No. 2 Charlotte vs.
No. 7 Memphis at 6 p.m.
The Charlotte 49ers, under probable C-USA
coach of the year Bobby Lutz, have molded
themselves into one of the perennial powers in a
league dominated in recent years by Cincinnati,
Louisville and Memphis. With a lethal outside
barrage and a very physical inside game,
Charlotte may be the most dangerous, most
complete team in this conference. The 49ers will
open tournament play on the road in a sense, as
they take on the tournament host in Memphis,
a team they beat 80-77 ust a few weeks ago.
The Tigers will claw fiercely early on and lead
going into the break before Charlotte settles into
South Florida guard Brian Swift drives between Charlotte's Mitchell Baldwin (20) and Curtis Withers (3) during the first half Saturday night, March 5.
tourney play and pulls away late in the second
half, winning a close one in a hostile environment.
No. 3 Cincinnati vs.
No. 6 Houston at 8:30 p.m.
Bobby Huggins' Cincinnati Bearcats will enter
tournament play hungry for yet another confer-
ence title.
Their mission begins with the Houston
Cougars, a very fast and athletic team. Fast and
athletic, does that remind you of anyone else in
this league? Of course it does. Cincinnati has been
the model of athleticism for several years running
and this year is no different. Having no trouble
pounding the Cougars earlier this year, I like
Cincinnati big over Houston, in the first statement
game of the Kelly Tires C-USA Tournament.
Day three of tournament play will be the semi-
finals and I have three out of the top four seeds
making up the final four. Based on my first two
opening round predictions, this Is what I think
will happen on Friday.
No. 1 Louisville vs.
No. S Depaul at 3:30 p.m.
Louisville, when will be the game you will die by
the three? How far can you advance in the postsea-
son before your jump shooting lets you down? This
has to be the biggest concern with the Louisville
Cardinals right now who defend excellently and for
the most part, shoot lights out from beyond the arc.
However, the Cardinals are prone to off shooting
nights, as was the case against Memphis earlier
this year at Freedom Hall, where Louisville shot
an abysmal 33 percent from the floor and got
ran off their own court, 85-68. In a head to head
match up with the Blue Demons less than a week
ago, the Cardinals managed just 66 points but
were still able to pick up the victory due to stellar
defense. 1 don't like picking upsets and I'm not
going to do that here, but with that said, please
tune in to this one because it might just go down
to the last shot.
Louisville pullsout a fist clincher down the stretch
and advances to the championship game against
No. 2 Charlotte vs.
No. 3 Cincinnati at 6 p.m.
Edge goes to the Bearcats in this one. Although
both contests this year were split between the
two teams, Cincinnati has more experience
deep into tournament play and can win big
on any court. Good regular season for Char-
lotte including that very exciting 91-90 vic-
tory over Cincinnati. However, time to shift
your focus to the NCAA where you will probably
pick up a four or five seed, depending on how bad
the Bearcats beat up on you. Bobby Lutz is still
coach of the year in C-USA no matter what hap-
pens in this one. Cincinnati advances on handily
to face archrival Louisville in the tournament
championship.
Day four of play is the championship game and
I have the number one seed and three seed squaring
off for the title. Lets see what will happen.
No. 1 Louisville vs.
No. 3 Cincinnati at 10:35 a.m.
With an odd starting time for a championship
game, this could hurt the Cincinnati Bearcats.
Louisville will have more time to recover and relax
their muscles before getting up bright and early to
compete for a tourney championship. I guess the
tournament directors just figured on Memphis
not making it to the final game and decided to
Taquan Dean of Louisville, looks to pass the ball in the second half against DePaul at the Allstate
Arena in Rosemont, III Saturday, March 5. Louisville won the game 66-62.
get everybody out of the gym as soon as possible.
Just kidding. This was probably done in an effort
to help out the NCAA selection committee in their
processes of completing the brackets before
selection
Sunday. Nice gesture guys. Back to basketball,
these two have been here time and time again,
laying it all out on the line for the final game,
hoping to move up seedings in the dance. I like
Louisville's defense in this one, along with more
rest before the game. The Cardinals have their legs
and shoot tremendously from three, picking up the
win convincingly over a pretty good Cincinnati
team. Unfortunate for the Bearcats that the game is
starting so early, but that is March Madness at
its finest baby. No time for excuses. The Lou-
isville Cardinals are your Kelly Tires C-USA
Tournament Champs, sweeping both the regular and
postseason titles.
With the tournament going like it did, C-USA
will get five teams into the NCAA tourney lead by
the Cardinals. Louisville could make an early exit
or get as deep as the final four depending on what
team shows up to play.
The others, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Depaul and
UAB, all have legitimate shots at winning their
first and second round games. These four are what
we call possible sweet sixteen teams, but look no
further than that. Good luck to all five of these
teams as they get ready to represent a strong C-USA
for the final time.
This writer can be contacted at
sports@theea5tcarolinian. com.





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To just give you an idea how
tight the middle of the pack in
the ACC has been this year, if NC
State would have held on Sunday
to beat Wake Forest, they would
have been the number four seed
in the upcoming tournament.
Losing, however, dropped
them to the seven seed and
squeezed them out of a first
day bye that the top five teams
receive. With that in mind, 1 will
break down game by game the
tournament at the MCI Center
in Washington D.C.
Game 1: No. 8 Maryland
vs. No. 9 Clemson, 12 p.m.
Thursday:
Has there ever been a more
Jekyll and Hyde team than the
Maryland Terrapins of this year?
The turtle swept Duke this year,
which was the first time that had
happened in nearly a decade, but
were also swept by Clemson and
NC State. Losing to Clemson or
State on the road may be accept-
able, but when both the Tigers
and the Wolfpack put on a clinic
against you in your building,
that's just inexcusable. However,
I do believe that Clemson is
already a lock for the NIT and
doesn't have much left to play
for, except for the outside shot at
the title. This means the Tigers
may come out flat, knowing this
will not be their last post-season
appearance, while the Terrapins
will be scrapping for their NCAA
lives, needing probably two wins
in the tournament to secure
a bid. I look for Maryland to
establish themselves early, and
win convincingly 80-65.
Game 2: No. 7 NC State vs.
No. 10 Florida State, 2 p.m.
Thursday:
The Wolfpack would have
locked up an NCAA bid Sunday
with a win over Wake Forest, but
now find themselves on the out-
side looking in, probably need-
ing two wins to get back into
consideration. The Seminoles
have had an up and down year,
one with a few upsets and a lot of
close calls. Their record of 12-18
may fool some people, but not
me. Don't forget when Leonard
Hamilton's team went into the
RBC Center in late January and
upset the Wolfpack by six.
v State will be packing their
bags for the NIT when the Semi-
noles do it again, this time in a
low scoring game, 66-62.
Game 3: No. 6 Miami
vs. No. 11 Virginia, 7 p.m.
Thursday:
The Cavaliers are ready to get
it over, ready to end a miserable
season, and ready to be rid of
Pete Gillam. Guillermo Diaz and
company still have something to
play for, as a bid to the national
tournament is still within reach.
Hurricanes in a walk, 75-63.
Game 4: No. 8 Maryland
vs. No. 1 North Carolina, 12
p.m. Friday:
When Rashad McCants went
down with an intestinal disorder
in late January, the Heels were a
bit concerned. Four wins and no
losses later, any questions that
lingered about Carolina's depth '
on offense were answered. Don't
expect McCants to play in this
Marvin Williams celebrates after hitting the game-winner Sunday.
game, but I do expect him to be
active in the late rounds. Mary-
land will keep the game close, in
a last ditch effort to get into the
NCAA tournament. Heels pull
away late 90-78.
Game 5: No. 4 Virginia Tech
vs. No. 5 Georgia Tech, 2 p.m.
Friday:
Wow. Preseason talks didn't
Include Va. Tech, and the
ones that did alluded that the
llokies wouldn't win a game
in the conference. They have
proved everyone wrong, and
shown that they weren't just
a team thatwon games in the
ACC that were expected, after
defeating Duke in a thriller at
home. Georgia Tech, on the
other hand, has been anything
but impressive.
But mark my words, this
tournament is just the begin-
ning of a long post-season run
for Paul Hewitt and the Yellow
Jackets. Elder is healthy, and
Jack seems to love the pres-
sure of post-season play. Jackets
begin their march in a statement
game with a 85-63 win over the
llokies.
Game 6: No. 2 Wake Forest
vs. No. 10 Florida State, 7 p.m.
Friday:
The story in this game will be
the absence of Chris Paul, after
he was suspended for one game
by the university for delivering
a low blow to Wolfpack's Julius
Hodge in their ACC finale. I
expect this to be a big deal, and
I believe that Hamilton, thought
obviously not true, can convince
his kids that they're a better team.
than the Demon Deacons with-
out Paul. Take it or leave it, I'll
take the Seminoles in a shocker,
87-83.
Game 7: No. 3 Duke vs. No.
6 Miami, 9 p.m. Friday:
It's coach K, it's the ACC
tournament, it's the Blue Devils.
What else do you expect? Blue
Devils in a romp 8062.
Semifinal 1: No. 1 North
Carolina vs. No. 5 Georgia
Tech, 1:30 p.m. Saturday:
The Yellow Jackets will con-
tinue to show why they're poised
to make another run at a national
title, as they will push the Heels
to the limit, with or without
McCants. I expect Jack and Ray-
mond Felton to go each other
the whole game, while Sean
May will continue his beastly
double-double pace. Tar Heels in
a classic, 88-86.
Semifinal 2: No. 3 Duke vs.
No. 10 Florida State, 3:30 p.m.
Saturday:
Duke got a gift after Florida
State pulled off the improbable
upset of Wake Forest in the quar-
ters. They will have to unwrap it
though, and something tells me
that this one has a lot of tape on
it. Blue Devils escape, but just
barely, 79-73.
Championship: No. 1 North
Carolina vs. No. 3 Duke, 1 p.m.
Sunday:
Would you have it any other
way? The two teams have split
this year, with both home teams
being victorious. McCants is
likely to return from his
nagging injury, and while 1 don't
expect him to have the biggest
game offensively, his defense
will prove to be invaluable, as
Duke will still be without Sean
Dockery. If Carolinajgoes to the
trap early, which I think they
will with McCants healthy, this
one could get away from Coach
K and the boys. Duke closes late
but still loses, 90-80.
This writer can be contacted at
sports@theeastcarolinian.com
Big East has potential to put
up to eight teams in big dance
Seton Hall's Grant Billmeier tries to block Craig Smith as he drives toward the basket in the first half,
In Boston, Saturday, Feb. 26. BC finished the regular season 24-3 after a 20-0 start.
of Rutgers (9-18, 2-14). Notre Dame could also be
the dark horse to emerge as the Big East champs
with Chris Thomas running the show. Thomas
leads the team in scoring (13.9 ppg) and assists
(6.7 apg) and Notre Dame is tops in the confer-
ence in three-pointer shooting, hitting at a 39
percent clip. If the Irish can hit that outside shot
consistently for the length of the tournament to
take the pressure off a weak offense in the paint,
they will have an opportunity to make a run at
the title.
Quarterfinal action begins on Thursday with a
nationally ranked meeting between Villanova (21-
6, 11-5) and Pittsburgh (20-7, 10-6). Villanova has
reeled off seven consecutive victories, including
an eight-point win against the Panthers. Wildcats'
leading scorer Allan Ray (17.3 ppg) dropped in
21 second half points and Villanova hit 12-of-23
three-point attempts in that meeting. Depth will
be a concerning issue for a Wildcats team that goes
just seven men deep.
Pitt started the season 10-0 thanks to the trio
of Carl Krauser (15.5 ppg), Chevon Troutman (15.3
ppg) and Chris Taft (13.4 ppg), but the squad's
inexperience has been evident. The Panthers have
impressive wins over Syracuse, Connecticut and
Boston College, and disappointing losses at the
hands of St. John's and Bucknell.
Two future Basketball Hall of Fame coaches
and an upstart No. 1 seed comprise the final three
teams awaiting the results of the first round with
a bye.
Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun and Syracuse
coach Jim Boeheim have passed the 700-victory
plateau and earned the No. 2 and 3 seeds, respec-
tively. The Boston College Eagles are flying high
with the top seed after a 20-0 start this season.
The Orangemen (24-6, 11-5) have one of the top
players in the country in Hakim Warrick, who is
averaging 21.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.
Warrick is one of college basketball's most electri-
fying dunkers and a definite lottery pick in the
NBA draft. Syracuse has been rock solid all season,
with all six of their losses coming against ranked
opponents. But the Orangemen don't have enough
offensive weapons for a tournament championship.
Gerry McNamara (15.7) hasn't made defenses pay
enough after Warrick draws double-teams, hitting
only 34 percent from beyond the arc. Syracuse is
dead last in the Big East in three-point shooting
(30.7 percent).
Connecticut, which tied BC for the regular
season crown, is red hot rolling into the tourna-
ment, winners of its six and nine of 10. The Hus-
kies (21-6, 13-3) have won their last five games by
an average of 16 points, which includes victories
over Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse. And
they are doing it with one of the most balanced
lineups in the country. Five players are averaging
double figures in scoring with Rashad Anderson
leading the way at 13.8 points per game. Charlie
Villanueva and Josh Boone are both ripping down
more than eight rebounds a contest, and the sixth
leading scorer Marcus Williams (8.9 ppg) leads the
conference in assists (8.0 apg).
Boston College (24-3,13-3) came crashing back
down from the clouds of a 20-0 start and has since
dropped three of its last seven games, albeit against
reputable opponents Notre Dame, Villanova and
Pittsburgh. Craig Smith (17.8 ppg), who leads the
league in rebounding with 8.5 boards per game, has
been the model of consistency, scoring in double
figures in 26 of 27 games.
Eight conference teams could find themselves
in the NCAA tourney with seven still vying for
a 20-win season as the Big East has earned every
right to be considered the top conference in col-
lege basketball. But the Connecticut Huskies stand
above the rest. UConn is playing its best basketball
of the season and with six scoring options, two
bona fide beasts in the post, a distributor at the
point and a Hall of Famer at the helm, the Hus-
kies may be unstoppable not only in the Big East
tourney, but throughout March Madness and into
the Final Four.
This writer can be contacted at
sports@theeastcarolinian.com.
VILLANUEVA
Conference may have proven itself just
as good or better than ACC this year
BRANDON HUGHES
ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
Arguably the top conference in college basket-
ball this season, the Big East features five teams
ranked in the top 25 and could receive as many as
eight bids in the NCAA tournament.
The Big East Conference tournament should
prove to be a springboard for several bubble teams
and could be the demise for others March 9-12, at
Madison Square Garden.
Many experts contend the Big East was tougher
than the powerhouse of the Atlantic Coast Confer-
ence. Only time will tell, as schools from both sides
will clash at the Big Dance. For now, a birth into
the field of 65 is at stake along with the coveted
Big East postseason championship.
St. John's will be the only squad not making
the short trek to NYC as the opening round will
field three intense match-ups. West Virginia,
Georgetown and Notre Dame are squarely on the
bubble and a first round victory will go a long
way when the selection committee constructs the
brackets.
The Mountaineers (18-9, 8-8) will take on
Providence (14-16,4-12), a team that has fallen well
under expectations after a 20-8 campaign in 2003
- 2004. Ail-American candidate Ryan Gomes leads
the conference in scoring (21.7 ppg) and is third
in rebounding (8.2 rpg) for the Friars.
Georgetown (16-11, 8-8) will take on Seton Hall
(12-15, 4-12) in another first round match-up. The
Hoyas have struggled mightily as of late, dropping
their last five games, and would most likely garner
a NIT invite with a loss to the Pirates.
The Fighting Irish (17-10, 9-7) should be a lock
for the NCAA's barring a meltdown at the hands





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