THE EAST CAROLINIAN
Volume 80 Number 76
April 14, 2005
Numbers increase for spring
Official ceremony set for May 7
ECU is expecting record numbers of stu-
dents to participate in this year's spring gradu-
ation ceremony scheduled for May 7.
"We are looking forward to one of our larger
events this year said Liz Johnston, director of
the department for disability support services
"These numbers are definitely up
More than 1,300 students, roughly 300
more students than last year, are currently reg-
istered to participate in this year's ceremony in
Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.
The school has been holding commence-
ment inside Williams Arena for the past three
years, instead of outside at Dowdy-Flcklen
stadium, due to the unpredictable nature of
Due to fewer seats available to guests in
Williams Arena, ECU has split commencement
into two separate ceremonies.
Both ceremonies wfll begin with a concert,
followed by the student processional, recogni-
tion of the individual colleges, faculty and guest
speakers and the conferring of the degrees by
Although the number of graduates attend-
ing commencement has increased, it still only
represents a fraction of the students actually
' The Office of the Registrar has reported that
nearly 2,800 students have applied to graduate
this spring, double the amount that have cur-
rently chosen to attend their own graduation
Many students have chosen, as an alterna-
tive, to attend their individual departmental
However, Johnston said, the degrees are
actually conferred by the chancellor at the
"That is the official graduation ceremony
see GRADUATION page A9 Nursing students celebrate graduation by spraying silly string during December's commencement ceremony.
State mandates Greenville
bridge to undergo replacement
ECU football players participate in the traditional Japanese Bon
dance in preparation for the International Festival.
ECU, Greenville to
Construction on the 14th Street bridge will begin In May and is scheduled to be completed next year.
Construction process will
affect area traffic
Success of event based
on diversity awareness
A bridge on 14th Street is set
to be replaced after it was deemed
functionally obsolete by the NC
Board of Transportation.
The bridge is located a few
dozen feet from the intersection
of Charles Boulevard and 14th
Ed Eatmon, division con-
struction engineer for the NC
Board of Transportation, said the
bridge recently received a rating
that indicated it needed to be
The job was awarded to Moun-
tain Creek Contractors, who have
i to meet certain guidelines in
completion of the project.
Eatmon said initially workers
(will relocate a number of utility
lines that are attached to the
bridge. This stage of the project
vill begin In early May and con-
tinue until the end of August.
After the initial stage, con-
duction will be halted in order
for ECU football game traffic to
access the area by 14th Street.
Once the home football games
are over for the year, the second
phase of construction will begin.
In this phase, the entire road
will be closed to traffic, creating
changes in the area's traffic pattern.
Eatmon said approximately
14,000 cars travel on 14th Street
Once the project has started,
Mountain Creek Contractors
have a limited amount of time
to finish before being penalized.
"Once they close the road,
they have 120 days to build the
bridge said Eatmon.
"The penalty is$5,000perday
In addition to completing the
bridge, Eatmon said the lanes will
be widened to accommodate the
amount of traffic the road receives.
Nicole Burress, public informa-
tion officer for the North Carolina
Department of Transportation,
said the contracts are approved
at monthly meetings when
they are ready for construction.
"We have project schedules
each month they have a certain
number of projects that come
before the board said Burress.
Eatmon said the area will
also begin seeing the effects of
a variety of other improvement
projects in the near future.
Arlington Boulevard is going
to be connected to NC 43. Eatmon
said bidding for that contract
begins May 17.
Eatmon said construction
should begin on that project in
July, barring any glitches in the
NC 43 is also receiving the
benefits of a road widening and
resurfacing project, Eatmon said.
"We're widening the pave-
ment by about 6 feet and resur-
facing Eatmon said.
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The cost of the replacement effort
is $1.8 million and completion is
scheduled for summer 2006.
The 15th International Festi-
val of Greenville is taking place
April 16 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
at the recently renovated Town
Originally funded by the city
of Greenville alone, ECU became
active In putting on the event in
2003. The festival is designed to
be a celebration of the many dif-
ferent countries represented in
the Greenville area, 63 of which
are represented at ECU.
There are several events
taking place for the festival. Tents
will be set up in the Town Com-
mons area where local vendors
and ECU student groups from
other countries will hold infor-
mation on the country they are
representing as well as provide
Barbara Dunn, information
and communication specialist
for ECU Regional Development
Services, was excited about the
different ways of learning about
the cultures represented.
"This is definitely something
Entrance Is free and transportation
will be provided by the GREAT bus
system, (ree of charge as well.
The list of vendors Includes Cafe
Carlbe, China 10 and the Swiss
Chalet, as well as many other local
international vendors. Student
groups on campus Including but
not limited to the Arab Student
Union, the German Club and the
Asian Club will all be present at the
to come to in order to learn about
the culture, not only in terms
of art, dance and music but also
ethnic foods said Dunn.
"For a very low price because
this is designed for regular people
to go in and learn about the dif-
ferent cultures, not necessarily
to spend money to be able to
Native items available for
purchase will also play a role
in the International Festival.
Handcrafted masks and pottery
from Zimbabwe will be able to
see FESTIVAL page A3
underway for next fiscal year
ECU officials are in the pro-
cess of planning how to use
the tuition increases they were
granted and find ways to make up
for unallowed increases in effort
to effectively plan for next year's
While the NC Board of Gov-
ernors rejected the proposed
increase for undergraduate resi-
dent students in their Febru-
ary meeting, they approved
the campus initiated increase
of $300 for undergraduate,
non-resident students and all
graduate students. In addi-
tion, the BOG approved a $60
per credit hour increase spe-
cifically for the MBAMSA
students and last year approved
a $700 increase for the first year
medical students effective in
the 2005 - 2006 fiscal year. The
MBAMSA increases will be used
to enhance those programs and
ECU is in the process of modi-
fying their plan for the other
According to Kevin Seitz, vice
chancellor for administration
and finance, the state legislature
still has the authority to raise
tuition as part of the state budget,
but has not indicated that they
plan to do so.
Chancellor Steve Ballard
said he did not expect the
BOG to fully pass the proposed
$300, he was surprised they did
not pass any of it, especially
with the Student Government
Association's support and the
12-1 vote on ECU Board of Trust-
ees to endorse the increase.
Ballard said there are more
than 9,000 students at ECU who
have demonstrated financial
need, which is higher than any
other school in the UNC System.
ECU must therefore be very con-
cerned about access and afford-
ability to education.
Ballard said the need for
campus initiated tuition increases
over the past two years is due to
continual cost increases and
ECU not receiving these cost fac-
tors Included adequately on the
public agenda, fie cited utilities
going up 41 percent over the last
three years creating more than
$4 million in new utility costs.
The assistant professor market
has also increased 22 percent in
three years and 90 percent of
ECU's hiring are at the assistant
Ballard cited quality as a
critical question that needs
to be considered in making
"If we don't address quality
and the cost of being competi-
tive, we're not going to be as good
as we need to be said Ballard.
"It costs more to bring in
good people and I am abso-
lutely committed in bringing
has gone up 300 percent over
the last three years, putting a
financial strain on the Brody
School of Medicine, which is
central to ECU's future. In addi-
tion, new federal requirements
have also increased the costs for
"The reason that we have to
think about tuition increases
are that the costs never stay the
same, they have always gone up
"We want to be competitive,
we want to provide the best
programs for our students
One of the main reasons why
the BOG did not allot tuition
increases was because the rea-
sons proposed by UNC schools
were the same they have heard
for the past five years. Since
the BOG has passed tuition
increases four out of the past
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THURSDAY April 14, 2005
Alcoholics Anonymous meetings
will be held every Thursday at
11:30 a.m. in 14 MSC. For more
information, call 760-500-8918.
The Pitt County School System
Is holding their Educational
Banquet April 14 at 6:30 p.m.
in Rock Springs Center on
Highway 43. This event is held in
recognition of bold leadership and
responsible risk taking to advance
teaching and Improve learning
in the Pitt County Schools. For
more information, please call
Phi Sigma Pi National Co-Ed
Honor Fraternity is hosting a
Fire Fighter Appreciation Dinner
April 19 at 6 p.m. at five local
fire stations. The Fraternity will
have a table in front of Wright
Place April 11-15 from 11 a.m.
- 1 p.m. Volunteers as well as
donations, including spaghetti
sauce, noodles and the like for
the theme of the dinner, which
is "Taste of Italy are needed
and should be dropped off at
the table. Students as well as
organizations are welcome to
help in any way they can. For
more information, please contact
Alex at email@example.com.
Pigskin Pig-Out Party
The ECU Athletic Marketing
Department is holding the 25th
annual Great Pirate Purple
Gold Pigskin Pig-Out Party
April 15 - 16 at Dowdy-Ficklen
Stadium. There will be lots of
fun for the entire family as the
Pirates celebrate this event that
attracts people from all around
with live entertainment, midway
carnival rides, children's activities,
fireworks, pig cooking contests,
golf and tennis tournaments, a
spring football game and more. For
more information, call 258-8447.
The ECU Folk and Country
Dancers are sponsoring a salsa
dance Friday, April 15 in the Willis
Building at First and Reade Streets.
Instruction by Procopio and Heidi
will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the
dance will be 8:30 -11 p.m. with
DJ Ramon. The cost of admission
is $3 for students, $5 for FASG
members and $8 for the general
public. For more information
please call 752-7350.
The 15th International Festival of
Greenville is taking place April 16
from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the recently
renovated Town Commons.
The second annual Pedlatric
Healthy Weight Summit entitled
"Harnessing the Power of
Communication: Marketing and Its
Influences on Childhood Obesity"
will be held Monday, April 18
and will focus on how marketing
can be used as a powerful tool
to promote positive messages
about healthy eating and physical
, activity. For more information
contact Yancey Crawford at 744-
Summer Work Study
ECU students who are not taking
summer classes and can work 40
hours each week can participate
In the work-study program this
summer. First go to Student
Financial Aid in 250 Flanagan and
pick up a 'Hiring Authorization
Form Then attend a brief
information session at Student
Professional Development on the
comer of Fifth and Jarvis Streets.
Sessions will be held April 20 from
2 - 2:30 p.m, April 21 10 -10:30
a.m� April 22 10 -10:30 a.m. and
April 25 11 -11:30 a.m.
Barefoot On the Mall
ECU'S annual Barefoot On the
Mall event will be April 21. Come
out and enjoy food, music and
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Witness says Akbar
admitted bombing Kuwait camp
FORT BRAGG, NC - An officer testified
Tuesday that a 101st Airborne Division
sergeant under court-martial confessed
in the aftermath of a fatal grenade
and rifle attack at a brigade camp
in the Kuwait desert two years ago.
Maj. Kyle Warren told a 15-person
jury he found Sgt. Hasan Akbar in
a bunker, where he appeared to be
performing guard duty, following the
attack that killed two officers. Akbar
was a suspect at that point.
Warren said he wrestled Akbar to the
ground and asked, "Did you do this?
Did you bomb the tents?"
"He said, 'Yes Warren testified.
Akbar's defense lawyers declined to
cross-examine Warren, the brigade
intelligence officer who took charge
of security after the middle-of-the-
night attack at Camp Pennsylvania
March 22 - 23,2003.
Akbar's attorneys are not disputing
that he carried out the attack, but
have said their client was incapable
of premeditating the killings due to
Akbar is charged with two counts of
first-degree murder and three counts
of attempted first-degree murder. If
found guilty of premeditated murder,
he faces a possible death penalty.
Suspect In NCSU shooting
convicted In separate case
RALEIGH, NC - A man charged in
two fatal shootings outside a NC
State University football game was
convicted of robbery, kidnapping
and burglary In a second case.
The conviction on Tuesday of Tony
Johnson, 21, means he would be
eligible for the death penalty if he
is found guilty in the Labor Day
A Wake County Superior Court
jury found Johnson guilty of four
counts of robbery with a firearm, four
counts of first-degree kidnapping
and one count of first-degree
burglary in connection with a home
invasion robbery Aug. 22 in Raleigh.
Sentencing was scheduled for May 4.
Johnson's brother, Timothy Johnson,
23, also was charged in both the
robbery and the shooting. He pleaded
guilty in January to charges in the
Both are charged with first-degree
murder In the killings of Kevin M.
McMann of Chicago and 2nd Lt. Brett
Johnson Harman, a Camp Lejeune
Marine from Park Ridge, III Sept 4.
The victims, both 23, were shot to
death in a tailgate area outside
Scientists scramble to
destroy vials of 1957 flu virus
Scientists around the world were
scrambling to prevent the possibility
of a pandemic after a nearly 50-year-
old killer influenza virus was sent to
thousands of labs, a decision that one
researcher described as "unwise
Nearly 5,000 labs in 18 countries,
mostly in the United States, were urged
by the World Health Organization to
destroy samples of the dangerous
virus because of the slight risk It
could trigger a global outbreak. The
labs received the virus from a U.S.
company that supplies kits used for
quality control tests.
"The risk is low and we've taken
appropriate action said Dr. Nancy
Cox, chief of the influenza branch at
the Centers for Disease Control and
ECU ITCS offers
new SPAM technology
Services available to
ECU Technological Services
is now offering students a new
SPAM blocker called Mail Mar-
ECU students and staff have
spoken and voiced their need
for SPAM detectors in the ECU
system to protect individual users
and their computers.
ECU responded with new,
up-to-date technology, which is
a service that gives users a Web
"When so much of the mail-
box space is being taken up by
SPAM, it really limits the server
space offered to students said
Joe Norris, associate chief infor-
mation officer and director of IT
ECU has not had any protec-
tion against SPAM up until this
point and they are hoping the
new technology is as productive
and helpful as expected.
According to Norris, Mail
Marshal works like a sifter. It
closely evaluates each piece of
mail coming into the mailbox
and determines whether the mail
is SPAM, junk mail or wanted
mail. After the mail is separated,
the SPAM mail is kept in a des-
ignated space where the user
can click and access it if desired.
While there, the user is free to
check the SPAM mail and make
sure there is nothing in there that
is wanted. The Mail Marshal will
hold this mail for up to 10 days
and then, if un-touched, it will
be automatically deleted.
Along with detecting SPAM,
this new technology allows the
user to make lists of blocked
senders and acceptable senders.
It allows individuals to train the
system to work with their wants
"We ran tests for six months
and found out that ECU receives
about 4-5 million pieces of e-mail
per month Norris said.
"Amazingly, half of those e-
mails turned out to be SPAM
As a result of the use of this
new technology, Norris says they
will be able to increase students'
The Mall Marshal has been
available to faculty and staff since
January and is being made avail-
able to students this week.
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Her counterpart at WHO, Klaus Stohr,
agreed but said, "If someone does get
infected, the risk of severe illness is
high, and this virus has shown to be
The germ, the 1957 H2N2 "Asian flu"
strain, killed between 1 million and
4 million people. It has not been
included in flu vaccines since 1968,
and anyone born after that date has
little or no immunity to it.
The WHO said Tuesday that there
have been no reports of infections
in laboratory workers associated
with the distribution of the samples
and that "the risk for the general
population is also considered low
Woman who claims she found
finger in chill won't sue Wendy's
SAN JOSE, Calif. - A woman who
claimed she scooped up a human
finger along with her chili at a Wendy's
restaurant has decided not to sue the
Anna Ayala dropped her claim
because it "has caused her great
emotional distress and continues
to be difficult emotionally said her
attorney, Jeffrey Janoff.
Ayala, 39, claimed she found the 1
12-inch long fingertip on March 22
while dining at a Wendy's restaurant
in San Jose. She later filed a claim
with the franchise owner, Fresno-
based JEM Management Corp
which her attorney had said was the
first step before filing a lawsuit.
Phone calls to Ayala's house went
unanswered Tuesday. Investigators
searched her Las Vegas home last
week as part of their investigation into
how a finger ended up in the chill.
Wendy's spokesman Denny Lynch
declined to comment on Ayala's
decision to drop the lawsuit but said
a reward hot line to receive tips will
Wendy's has offered $50,000 to the
first person who can provide verifiable
information that identifies the origin
of the finger.
"It's very important to us to find
out what really happened at the
restaurant Lynch said. "We will
continue to fully cooperate with the
Wendy's maintains the finger did not
enter the food chain in its ingredients.
None of the employees at the San
Jose store had lost any fingers, and
no suppliers of Wendy's ingredients
reported any hand or finger injuries,
the company said.
The Santa Clara County coroner's
office used a partial fingerprint to
search for a match in an electronic
database but came up empty. DNA
testing is still being conducted on
Rice deputy greeted by
complaints In Iraq
FALLUJAH, Iraq - Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice's top deputy - on a
surprise trip to meet with Iraq's newly
elected government - inspected
reconstruction efforts in this former
insurgent stronghold Wednesday
and was promptly greeted with
complaints of little progress.
Originally scheduled to tour a water
pumping station and a bread shop,
Undersecretary of State Robert
Zoellick was confined to a caravan of
armored transport vehicles - except
for a meeting with civic leaders at a
fortified military compound. Marines
said the security situation in Faiiujah
remained tenuous, although daily
attacks were down.
Zoellick urged Iraqi citizens to lead
efforts to reconstruct their own
hometowns, even as the United
States, its allies and the fledgling Iraqi
democratic government assist.
"To bring a city back to life, It has to
be done by the people of that city he
said told Fallujah's civic leaders.
The No. 2 official at the State
Department, Zoellick arrived in Iraq
a day after Defense Secretary Donald
H. Rumsfeld visited. The two Bush
administration officials did not cross
paths. Both trips were kept secret for
security reasons until their entourages
landed in Baghdad.
Pilgrims view Pope John
Paul It's tomb
VATICAN CITY - Clutching rosaries,
medals and flowers, thousands of
people filed past the simple white
marble tomb of Pope John Paul II on
Wednesday, as the Vatican reopened
the grottoes beneath St. Peter's
Basilica for the first time since the
Some said they had come not only to
pray for John Paul, but also to pray to
him. Many Roman Catholics believe
John Paul, who died April 2 at age
84, was a saint.
"I'm hoping maybe for a little mlracle
said Myrna Palmer, 67, of Hagerstown,
Maryland, in the eastern United
States. "I'm praying to him that my
husband gets his eyesight back
Pilgrims lined up in the crisp morning
air as early as 4 a.m three hours
before the grottoes were reopened.
"We are Catholics, and we had to
see the pope one last time said
Angelo de Tommaso, a 30-year-old
accountant who traveled overnight by
bus from the southern Italian town of
Ginosa to be among the first in line.
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be purchased in addition to
pottery and beadwork from
the Native American popula-
tion. A family who adopted a
daughter from Moldova will
be selling Moldovan crafts
from which the proceeds
will go to benefit orphanages in
"It is important to expose
people to the customs of other
countries because we are
growing into a global society
"The more we can learn
about how people live in other
countries, the richer we become
because we then broaden
our horizons and develop an
appreciation of people from
Seven main events will be
the focus of the day includ-
ing a Mirage Middle Eastern
dance, a Scandinavian dance
named SCANDANS, Latin music
from the band Carnavalito, a
Japanese Bon dance accompa-
nied by the Triangle Taiko drum-
ming group and the Guadalajara
Both the Japanese Bon dance
and the music from Carnavalito
are being offered. Carnavalito
is a nationally recognized Latin
Jazz band based in Raleigh
who has performed at the 1996
Summer Olympics in Atlanta
as well as received the honor
of "Best Recording Artist in the
Triangle" from Spectator Maga-
zine. The Japanese Bon dance,
which is being put on by the
Japan Center East, is an ancient
dance traditionally performed
in the summer in order to honor
one's ancestors. The dance is
simple, involving basic steps with
clapping at certain moments
while the dancers move in a
circle. At the International Fes-
tival, the Bon dance will be
focused on gaining audience
"The whole focus is to cel-
ebrate the countries that we have
here in Greenville Dunn said.
"Also, we want to help
those of us who are not as well
traveled to learn more about
Students at ECU echo the
statements of Dunn.
"I think it is good for people
to think outside of the box said
Ellen Oliver, senior family and
community services major.
"I think people should be
introduced to new experiences
that will help them become more
Dunn said she expects around
7,000 people to attend this year,
but feels this event could grow
into an event that attracts 30,000
people. She said growth would
provide greater sponsorship,
which would allow bigger acts to
be brought in to the event.
"What the festival is really
all about is learning about other
cultures and how we can build
a participatory community here
that is open to diversity and
learning about other cultures
and how we can live together
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AMANDA Q. LINGERFELT Editor In Chief
THURSDAY April 14, 2005
Music pirating Pirates
beware: you could be next
The Recording Industry Association of Amer-
ica targeted college students again Tuesday,
releasing their plans to sue 405 students (in
addition to the more than 10,000 lawsuits
given in the last year and a half) for copyright
The new lawsuits are aimed at students who
illegally trade files on Internet2, a separate
network used by colleges. Many students
switched from traditional Internet file swap-
ping to this service because of its speed and
In reference to the service, RIAA President
Cary Sherman told the public, "This is an
emerging epidemic. We cannot allow a zone
of lawlessness where the normal rules do
The Motion Picture Association of America,
not to be outdone, also said Tuesday it has
plans to sue "several dozen" individuals ille-
gally trading digital movies.
Students could face penalties up to $150,000
per song or movie copied. Sherman told
The Washington Post the average number
of music files on defendant's computers is
2,300, with some students owning almost two
week's worth of music.
While these current lawsuits target Internet2
users, the RIAA is still actively seeking copy-
right infringers on the traditional Internet. TEC
encourages students to be aware of what
copyright infringement is and avoid it at all
ECU'S Information and Technology & Comput-
ing Services note on their Web site that the
majority of campus copyright complaints have
been handled by on-campus authorities, not
in courts. This is not to say, however, that at
any time you couldn't be subject to the RIAA's
or the MPAA's hefty fines.
Ultimately, when you think about it, a dollar
per song download is a small price to pay
against a price of $10,000 per song. Download
at your own risk.
Amanda Q. Ungerfelt
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BER Pirate Rant
( FEDERfiL JUDGES
HE OUT �
Preliminary budget causes usual upoar
How many bureaucrats does
it take to run a school?
Do you hear it? Listen closely
there. Do you hear the sound of fists
thumping on chests? How about the
growing murmur of predicted doom?
Can you hear the caterwauling of
entrenched bureaucrats, the howls of
protest and outrage from politicians
and pundits of all stripes? Can you
hear it? .
These should be very familiar
sounds by now to anybody who has
ears these days. These are the yearly
noises generated by "concerned"
individuals each time the state budget
proposal comes down from the gov-
ernor's office. It is the same thing
year after year after year, especially
the last five years. It goes something
The governor's office releases its
preliminary (note that word) budget
for general viewing and comment. It is
"discovered" that, once again, the state
has a budget shortfall. The press breath-
lessly reports this and predicts typically
dire consequences. Someone, or a group
of someones, blames President Bush
and the Republicans for passing tax
cuts and "costing" (what a crock) the
state money. Oh yeah, someone else
says education will have to be cut to
help make up for the shortfall, teachers
will lose their jobs, classes will be cut,
North Carolina will lose its economic
edge and the sky will fall. Wait, that's
global warming, right? Anyway, disas-
ter will result.
OK, so that's the Cliff's Notes ver-
sion. Still, this scenario, or something
eerily like it, plays out in the public
forum every year of late. It gets tire-
some, mainly because it is all a farce.
Let's look at some oft-ignored facts
Every year that there has been
a budget "shortfall" recently, the
budget has increased from the year
before, sometimes substantially.
Social programs almost always have
their budgets increased or new ones are
created, whether they need it or not.
This happens no matter how bad off
the money situation is. The "More
at Four" program, one of Governor
Easley's pet projects, is a prime
This program was created in another
budgetary "crisis" year. There was a
shortfall of more than $1 billion dol-
lars. The education system was going
to have to be gutted, people were going
to go hungry because social programs
were going to be slashed, yada, yada,
yada. But despite all this, the money
was found for More at Four. As a matter
of fact, so much money has been found
that some programs have enough extra
cash lying around to actively recruit
How many radio advertisements
have you heard recently telling people
the "food stamp" program has changed
and encouraging them to go to their
local office to see if they are eligible?
Think about that: How much did it
cost to pay the people who did that
commercial, to have it recorded, edited,
produced and aired who knows how
Instead of spending that money
trolling for new clients, can you think
of any better ways this money could
have been used?
Another reality that is never touched
upon is most, if not all, of any budget
shortfall could be wiped out just by
removing or seriously curtailing the
"pork" andor discretionary spending.
I won't go into any specifics because I
don't have the space, but suffice it to say
many challenges would fade away if our
esteemed legislators would show some
semblance of restraint in spending our
money. If you are interested in seeing
how much is wasted this way, a simple
Internet search using "NC Budget,
pork" will get you all the information
you need. Back to education
Do you realize that, on average,
there is one bureaucraticmaintenance
position for every teacher employed in
this state? Did you know that all these
positions, be it teacher, staff, clerical,
maintenance, food service, you name it,
fall under the general budget category
of "Education" and are all paid from
the same money pool?
That being the case, why is it that
every time the "education" budget is
threatened we hear all the knee jerk,
Chicken Little cries about losing teach-
ers and classes? Other than to scare us
into agreeing to whatever tax increase,
bond referendum, tuition increase
or other grand scheme to save" our
schools that is? And how often do we
fall for it? Every year.
Think about that as the budget
battle heats up. Think about it the next
time that we are told that there needs
to be a tuition increase. Think about it
every time you see the fees go up. Think
about it and ask yourself this question:
How many bureaucrats does it take to
run a school?
In My Opinion
Government secrecy means less security for us all
(KRT) � Beware all you parents,
firefighters, scientists, librarians and
others who care about public health,
safety and information: Last year the
federal government classified infor-
mation as secret more times than ever
In 2004, Washington bureaucrats
kept secrets a record 15.6 million times,
10 percent more times than in 2003,
and nearly twice as many as in 2001,
according to National Archives data
released April 5.
Imagine you're a citizen activist
or a firefighter concerned about the
threat to your community from toxic
pollutants or explosives from a nearby
chemical plant. Imagine the govern-
ment denies you the data to verify the
nature and extent of the danger. How
can you push local officials to fix the
problems so your children can be safe
at school and home?
Suppose you're an FBI transla-
tor who was fired because you blew
the whistle on agency incompetence
in not acting on evidence that may
have prevented the 911 attack -
and the Justice Department's own
Inspector general backed up your
claims. How can you get the documents
you need to get your job back when
your entire case has been declared a
Such cases make up the thousands
of such denials every year. And ironi-
cally, while government hit a record
for secrecy, the public made its own
record. To gather data from govern-
ment, the public is using the Freedom
of Information Act more today than at
any point since its passage: Last year the
public filed a record 3 million requests.
Perhaps there's a connection. Denied
more data from government, the public
is forced to resort to using this cumber-
some law to get information agencies
routinely deny us.
Of course in wartime a few more
secrets would be expected, but officials
and institutions are too quick to classify
information without fully considering
the public's need to know it. Often
secrecy Is used as a smokescreen to
prevent embarrassment or hide wrong-
doing, as in the Abu Ghraib prisoner
A few more numbers: The new data
show that government has also been
releasing fewer old secrets. Declasslfica-
tion has dropped 70 percent from 100
million pages in 2000 to 28 million
in 2004, the lowest point in nearly a
And secrecy is very costly to tax-
payers. In 2003, the executive branch
spent $120 to make and keep docu-
ments secret for every $1 spent to
declassify others. The overall federal
budget crunch will make it all worse
unless new controls and resources are
put in place. (Openness, by contrast,
can save money: Whistleblowers helped
recoup $1.5 billion in tax money in
On top of all this, federal bureau-
crats have for years been keeping some
unclassified information from the
public by merely labeling it "sensitive
However, if revealing such information
could harm national security, it should
be classified - and if not, It must be
made public. Too often "that's sensi-
tive" or "that's a secret" really means
"I have something to hide
So how do we fix this? Congress and
the executive branch must overhaul the
way the government keeps secrets. The
safety and security of our democracy
- from threats to national security
and public health - depend on the
government's keeping secret only what
is necessary and ensuring the public
has access to all the rest. Americans
deserve a system that holds government
employees accountable for decisions to
keep secrets, eliminates abuse of secrecy
by calling information "sensitive and
reduces overall secrecy.
It is past time Congress and the
executive branch put adequate checks
and balances on secrecy.
Every time your clear BIC
ballpoint pen runs out of ink, you
can literally still see ink inside the
clear plastic encasement of the
pen. What kind of a scam is that?
For the love of god, can you
guys please stop whining about
people talking during movies?
Yes, we get it - it's annoying.
Now get a clue and go make it
a Blockbuster night instead of
whining about the same damn
thing over and over.
Thank you to the features
editors for last Thursday's paper.
Finally someone figured out
how to make the Pirate Rants
The next time you feel it's OK
to slam on your breaks and turn
off the road without using a turn
signal, I'm not going to slam on
my brakes again. I'm going to run
my ugly Saturn into the back of
your 2005 Lexus, tell the police I
hit you because you didn't know
how to use your signal and let
your Insurance company buy me
a brand new car. Have fun with
your new rates.
Who would win in a fight
between Darth Vader and Jean-Luc
Picard as assimilated by the Borg?
If you have cellulite, don't wear
skimpy shorts. It's not flattering.
To the guy who smacks his
gum during exams, you should be
the poster child for jaw wiring.
Those who can't write, edit.
Hey everyone: UNC won.
It's done. It's over, so let's all
quit whining and complaining
about who should have won and
how UNC didn't deserve to win
it. I'm not even a Carolina fan
but if I hear one more person
complaining about how angry
they are about the game I'm
going to scream. Save the anger
for next year, when I'm sure all
the teams in the ACC will give us
something to get fired up about
For those of us who actually
go to class during the day and
then actually work at night, we
need the library open 24 hours
in order to study.
To the person who thinks
women's studies is a pointless
field of study: how dare you tell
me what I'm doing here holds no
importance? Just because there
isn't a specific job that women's
studies majors are geared toward
doesn't mean that we don't work
our aes off.
To all of you "Southern
risers We won the war. From:
Why couldn't you just back
off and leave her alone? Did you
really have to go after her? We
were friends and you knew she
was mine, jerk.
Why do you use KRT articles
in the opinion section? I'm sure
there are plenty of ECU students
who would love a weekly forum.
Look at last Thursday's features
section, for an example.
Gee, last time I checked my
roommate and I were nearly
best friends. Yeah and I have a
dog, thanks. She's a great friend.
Unfortunately she doesn't speak
To those of you who throw
footballs, baseballs, tennis balls
or Frisbees around in the park-
ing lot, please don't hit theors.
I inspect my car every day and 1
know who you are, so if you ding
it, you'll be paying for the damage.
To all of those people with
the brand new Red Sox hats: Go
back to being Braves fans. That's
where you belong.
To the ranter who can't wait
to get out of "this crap town"
because there's nothing to do
except "drink, eat, drink and
go to Wal-Mart: You only make
this city out to be how you really
want it to be. If you have spent
three years or more in this place
without expending your options,
it's your own fault, so stop your
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 editor&theeastcarolinian.
com. The editor reserves the right
to edit opinions for content and
THE EAST CAROLINIAN � NEWS
SGA tickets begin campaigns
Student fees, campus
safety among main
Student Government Asso-
ciation tickets have begun cam-
paigning in preparation for
Monday night's debate and the
April 19 and 20 elections.
Danny Spuller, presidential
candidate for Ticket Three, said
si far his ticket's campaign-
ing process has gone very well
because they have a strong cama-
"Our slogan is 'One tearr. one
dream said Spuller.
Among the issues Spuller
and his ticket plan to change if
elected are a more simple funding
process for ECU clubs by initiat-
ing an online funding process
and effective communication
between students and SGA offi-
cials by having office hours set up
in Wright Plaza. They would also
like to address diversity Issues by
strengthening support systems
on campus and campus safety
by working with Crime Stoppers
to create a neighborhood watch
Terry Gore, presidential can-
didate for Ticket Four, said his
ticket has had a successful cam-
paign so far by putting up ban-
ners and producing a Web site.
Gore said his main focus is
campus safety, the cost of educa-
tion and finding a way for the
SGA to open up and be more
accessible to the student body.
! "I'd like to try to work with
the student media - have my own
radio show or my own column
published weekly in TEC, so stu-
dents can see what I'm doing and
send questions said Gore.
Gore said one of the biggest
issues he hears among students
is the increasing cost of educa-
tion at ECU. Gore said his ticket
would like to make sure students
see the benefit from the tuition
increase by having the library
and computer labs open to cater
to students' needs.
M. Cole Jones, presidential
candidate for Ticket Two who is
running independently, said his
campaign has gone well. Jones
has been on campus campaigning
and talking directly to students.
Jones' platform is "OneCard,
One leader, Committed to Advo-
cate, Revitalize and Develop the
total campus experience
"I want to be like ECU'S One
Card and be with students at all
times said Jones.
Key issues Jones plans to focus
on if elected are health awareness,
communication through univer-
sity relations, total equality among
students, protecting student wel-
fare and supporting a secure
environment for Lady Pirates.
Jones said the most
requested change by students
is to have an SGA President
that is visible and motivated
to fight for student rights.
Jones said implementing
his platform would enhance
the total student experience.
Monday night's SGA debate,
which will be taking place in 221
Mendenhall at 8 p.m has each
candidate expecting different
Spuller said he's hoping to
see many topics brought up for
discussion such as the tuition
increase, student life, campus
security and diversity issues.
However, Gore said he would
like to see the experience and
accomplishments of eachcandidate
as one of the topics of the debate.
"Each candidate should be
judged by what they can get
done Gore said.
Jones said he plans to see the
big issues that are talked about
among students come up in the
debate such as parking, student
athletics and student fees.
Kortney Smith, junior com-
munication major, said this
year will be a very close race.
"There is a lot more promo-
tion and information out there
for students. It's going to be an
interesting race said Smith.
Smith, who plans to attend
Monday night's debate, said
she hopes to see the candidates
narrow their platforms and make
"Some of the things they are
trying to do will increase our
tuition instead of keep it down
Although each ticket plans
to focus on slightly different
issues, one issue they all agreed
on encouraging students to get
involved in the voting process.
"Just make sure you all go out
and vote Gore said.
Spuller said for students to be
informed on the whole ticket and
find a ticket that represents them
as a student.
This writer can be contacted at
The SGA candidate tickets will
debate Monday at 8 p.m. In room
221 Mendenhall Student Center.
Students are encouraged to
attend this debate and get each
candidate's views toward pressing
Issues on campus.
Jeffrey Ake, shown in this photo,
was kidnapped Monday in Iraq.
(AP) BAGHDAD, Iraq � Al-
Jazeera showed video Wednesday
of a man who the U.S. Embassy
said appeared to be an American
who was kidnapped earlier this
week in Baghdad and the hostage
asked Washington to save his life
by withdrawing from Iraq, the
Insurgents, meanwhile, set
off a series of explosions, hitting
a Defense Department convoy in
an attack that killed five Iraqis
and injured four U.S. contract
workers, the U.S. military said.
Another explosion near Kirkuk
killed 12 police officers.
The U.S. Embassy said the
man on the video appeared to
be Jeffrey Ake, a contract worker
from Indiana who was kidnapped
Monday while working on a water
treatment plant near Baghdad.
The station said the man
asked the U.S. government to
begin withdrawing from Iraq and
to save his life. No group claimed
responsibility for the abduction.
White House press secretary
Scott McClellan said the admin-
istration is keeping in touch with
the family of the captive contract
worker, but he said there would
be no negotiating with the kid-
"Anytime there is a hostage
- an American hostage, it is a
high priority for the United
States he said. "Our position
is well known when it comes to
negotiating. Obviously this is. a
More than 200 foreigners
have been taken captive in Iraq
in the past year, and more than
30 have been killed.
Al-Qaida in Iraq said in an
Internet statement that it car-
ried out the deadly car bomb in
Baghdad, which the military said
damaged two SUVs and five cars.
The explosion left charred and
burning cars on the dangerous
road to Baghdad's airport.
"A member of our martyrdom
seekers' brigade mingled in an
American military convoy at the
airport road and exploded him-
self, destroying the infidels al-
Qaida in Iraq said in an Internet
statement. The statement could
not be independently verified.
The car bomb was among four
explosions that rocked central
Baghdad early Wednesday, the
military said. The second was a
car bomb that didn't cause any
damage, and the third was a
"secondary explosion" nearby,
the military said.
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Gladiolus, jasmine and Peony Gardens: 1,
2, and 3 bedrooms. Located on East Tenth
Street close to ECU. For more information
call Wainright Property Management
756-6209 or visit our web-site www.
Houses for rent. From 2 BR 1 BA to 5 BR
2 BA. From $650 to $1200. Also 1 BR
apartments. Now accepting applications
for Fall 2005. Call 252-353-5ld7or email
Spacious 2 Bedroom Apt. WaterSewer
Heat included. Located at 2402 East 3rd
St. Small pet allowed with deposit. May
special -O- down fj 1st Rent of $400 due
une 1 st. Too Good to be true? Come check
these out I Call 758-7575 Kingston Rentals
for more details.
Spacious 2 k 3 bedroom duplexes, walking
distance to campus, pets ok with fee,
fireplace, limited availability, call today for
security deposit special! 758-1921
Spacious 2 & 3 Bedroom Townhouses Full
Basement Enclosed Patio WD Hook-up
ECU Bus Route No Pets 752-7738 Available
Jury 1st and August 1st.
218 A Wyndham Circle 2 Bedroom 2 Bath
Duplex Close to ECU Available in June No
Pets Call 252-714-1057 or 252-756-2778
Pmebrook Apt. 758-4015 1&2 BR apts,
dishwasher, GD, central air fir heat, pool,
ECU bus line, 6,9 or 12 month leases. Pets
allowed High speed internet available. Rent
includes water, sewer, k cable
1, 2, & 3 bedroom apartments for rent:
Beech Street, Woodcliff, Cotanche Street,
Eastgate, Forest Acres, Park Village. ECU bus
stop. For more information call Wainright
Property Management 756-6209 or visit our
Looking for someone to take over final 1
to 2 months of lease beginning June or
ury. Walking distance to campus 2 bdrm
1 f2 bath $640month water sewer cable
internet included. Call 252-412-7393 or
Cannon Court Cedar Court: 2 bedroom 1.5
bath townhouses for rent ECU bus stop. For
more information call Wainright Property
Management 756-6209 or visit our web-site
3 Bedroom 2 12 Bath Townhome.
Spacious, 1 12 miles from ECU. On
Busline, Pool, AC, Dishwasher, carpet, no
pets. Available Jury 1st Call 252-717-1028
or 910-358-5018 $650mo.
Now Pre-Leasing: 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms
located near campus. Beech Street, Cannon
Court, Cedar Court, College Town Row,
Eastgate, Gladiolus, Jasmine, Park Village
and Woodcliff. For more information
call Wainright Property Management
756-6209 or visit our web-site www.
Mocks to ECU, Pre Leasing, Houses
- All siies, Available May, June,
My, August - Call 121-4712 OH
Walk to campus, 3 bedrooms, 1 12 baths,
hardwood floors, ceiling fans. All kitchen
appliances, washerdryer, storage shed,
attic, large frontback yard, $650.00 per
month. Available August 1 St. Meade Street,
2 Bedroom house for rent on Elm Street
between 4th and 5th Streets. Really nice
inside, washer and dryer included, walk to
campus. Great house. Available June 1 st for
$65fJ. Call 341-8331
For Rent - 2 bedroom 1 bath brick duplex,
central air, Stancil Drive. Walking distance
to ECU. $540month. Pets OK w fee. Call
One, Two, Three and Four Bedroom houses
walking distance from ECU Pets OK Fenced
Yard Central Heat AC Call 531-5701
Available Summer and Fall
1 fj 2 bedroom apartments, walking distance
to campus, WD conn pets ok no waghttmit,
free water and sewer. Cal today for security
deposit special -758-1921.
108 Stancil. Student Special! Walk to Class.
3BR1 BA Duplex. HW floors, WD hookups,
Pets allowecl with fee. Available first of May.
$650month. Call Kiel at 341-8331.
Apartment in Pirates Cove for sublease.
Preferably a girl. Utilities included. Rent is
$375, first month free. Please contact me
Allison at 757-617-3240.
Pirates Cove Sublease: Three bedrooms
available for individual subleases during
May, June, and July. $375 all inclusive with
lots of amenities. Call (252) 758-1963 or
Now accepting applications for summer
and fall semesters at the following locations:
Captain's Quarters, Sycamore Hill, and
University Terrace. Call Hearthside Rentals
Need a place for the summer71 need someone
to sublease my apartment. 11th Street, walk
to campus, pet friendly, hardwood floors.
Rent $287 12 utilities. 704-437-1842
Extra large bedroom available this May
in 3 BD3 BA at Pirates Place Apartments.
$295 mo. 11I utility and cable. Call (336)
Roommates needed for next year Lease
starts June 1st. House is located on 4th and
Summit Rent b only $280 per month. Please
call Anna (252) 258-1586 Thanks
2 female roommates needed to share
3BR2BAConob in Forbes Woods beginning
in July. $230 rent includes water, sewage,
cable. 252-327-2741 or MRC0902�mail.
2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4 Sale Great
Condition Slate Blue with grey Interior Roof
Rack, Towing Package, Alloy Wheels, CD Player,
and much more. $69,000 Miles $12,525
Negotiable Contact: (724)2880337
1996 Range Rover, Perfect Condition.
White, tan leather. 4X4. New cost $62,000.
Only $9800. AC Sunroof 144K miles. Must
see Rusty 717-1028.
Paid Democracy Internship: Help
continue the civil rights and voting rights
movements. Greenville and Charlotte
summer internships for undergrads. Pays
$2000. Contact: www.democracy-nc.org
The Green Room is Hiring! Make Quick
Cash! No experience needed! Set you
own schedule! Will train. Contact us
for more info! (252)321-1219 or email:
Experienced sitter needed to care for creative
7-year old girl beginning May 31. Sitter must
be available by noon M-F and must have
driver's license, car, and excellent references.
(Passion for playing Barbie helpful, but not
required) Call 531-9426
ECU prof, seeks experienced sitter(s) for
care or 3 boys at our house or yours. 4
daysweek: 14m. 6t3yr. all day; 4 12
yr, 11:45 pick-up (May), all day (June).
Rate competitive. Valid driver's license fir.
references required. Contact: reidi@mail.
Spring Break 2006. Travel with STS,
America's 1 Student Tour Operator to
Jamaica, Cancun, Acapulco, Bahamas,
and Florida. Now hiring on-campus reps.
Call for group discounts. Information
Reservations 1-800-648-4849 or www.
Lifeguards, Swim Instructors and Coaches.
Greenville, Farmville, Wilson, Goldsboro,
Ayden, Atlantic Beach. Call Bob, 714-0576.
We are currently accepting applications for
student office assistant in the radio station
at ECU. This position is for the first summer
session only. Interested students should be
good in math and attention to detail. Come
by the office in the basement of Mendenhall
Student Center for an application. Deadline
is April 20,2005.
Barefoot Bernie's Bar k Grill located on
the Outer Banks is now hiring for ALL
full and part time positions. Competitive
wages k great work environment! Please
call 252-251-1008 or email resume to
email@example.com You may
also go to our website at Barefootbernies.
com for an application.
Tiara Too lewelry Colonial Mall Part-Time
Retail Sales Associate Day and Night Hours
Must be in Greenville Year Round Apply
Food Delivery Drivers Wanted for Restaurant
Runners Part-time Position. Some lunch
time and weekend availability required.
Reliable transportation a must. Call 756-
5527 Between 2-5 and leave message if
necessary. Greenville Residents only. Sorry
no dorm students.
Need FTbut only have PT hours available?
I am looking for individuals to help me
spread the word about VOIP. Earn up
front money and residuals. Graduate with
a degree and an ever increasing income
stream. Get paid every month for what
you do today. Call to learn more about this
exciting opportunity. 252-558-4284.
Movie ExtrasModels Needed Young Faces
Needed to Fill a Variety of obs! Candidates
Needed for Crowd and Background Scenes
for Local Productions. No Experience
Required All Looks Needed! Up to $22
Hourly Call 1(800) 280-0177 Now for
Want to work at the beach this summer?
Clawsons Restaurant in Beaufort is seeking
summer employeesforall positions. Visit www.
clawsonsrestaurant.com for application.
EOE 252-728-2133 Great money for a little
commute to the beach!
Attention College Students National
Company 80 years in business now
recruiting for Part-time work. Opportunity
for $300-500per week. Only hard workers
need apply. Call 756-3861 10-5p.m. only
Need a job? We are looking for responsible
people to fill positions for this summer and
onward. Part time positions are available
for all shifts. Food service experience is
desirable. Call Chris at the Tropical Smoothie
Cafe for an interview: 252-531-2996.
Work Hard, Play Hard, Change Lives! Girls
resident camp looking for counselors,
wranglers, lifeguards, boating staff, crafts,
nature, unit leaders, business managers,
and health supervisor. $200-340weekl
May 28-Aug 7. Free Housing! www.
keyauwee.com Contact (336) 861-1198 or
Bartending! $250day potential. No
experience necessary. Training provided.
(860) 965-6520 ext. 202.
Carolina Sky Sports
Primrose School - Raleigh N.C. is looking
to hire qualified Child Development
graduates. Great compensation package.
Fax resume to 919-329-2930 or call 919-
Chi Omega and Alpha Delta Pi Annual Pig
Pickin' Thursday April 14th at 5.00 @ the
Chi Omega House. $4 to get in and have a
good time! Come join us!
The girls of ADPi would like to invite the
entire ECU fir Greenville public to come
out on April 15, 2005 to our first pie-a-pi
k BBQ, tor just $1 you can throw a pie
in your favorite pi's face, enjoy great BBQ
k support the Ronald McDonald House!
See you there!
The sisters of Phi Beta Chi would like to
congratulate our new Beta Class: Melissa,
Shonda, Janna, Ashley, Brittany and Aimee.
We love you girls!
Sigma Sigma Sigma would like to
congratulate Heather Barbour for getting
a Cfiair on Panhellenlc. We are so proud of
you! Today's the last day to sign up for golf
tourney-Call Jessica @ 347-6449 to play.
The sister of Phi Beta Chi would like to
announce our new sister of the week,
President Christi Turner. Congratulations
and we love you I
Dystonic Showl Live at Peasants This Friday
April 15th. Doors Open 10 PM $5. Mediocre
Rock From OK Musicians. Last Show at
Peasants Before Closing.
The fourth annual Minority Student Bail
will take place April 23 at 8 p.m. in the
Murphy Center. For ticket information
contact the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center
Co-ed Closet Chaosl High Fashion at
Low Prices. Downtown Greenville next
to Scores. All proceeds benefit the Family
Violence Center. Tuesday-Saturday.
The Advisory Board of the ECU
Student Transit Authority iscurrently
accepting applications for the position of GCH CTOl M0 HOQCT.
Minimum qualifications include:
1. Current ECU student
2. Must register for at
least nine hours for the
Fall 2005 semester.
3. In good standing
with the university.
4. Minimum 2.3 GPA
5. Valid North Carolina
Class "B" Commercial
Driver's License with
Applications are available
from the Transit Garage:
1501 N. Memorial Dr.
Greenville, NC 27834
Deadline to submit your
application along with a
letter of interest is:
Monday April 18
All applications must be
1501 MN. Memorial Drive
Greenville, NC 27834
Across from ECU Rec Center, April 16th 2005
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Greenville, NC 27858
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Survey to find out needs
and wants of students
The ECU Information Technol-
ogies Department is conducting a
survey for ECU students and staff.
"The survey is students'
opportunity for them to share
with us what they need said
Jennifer Raby, information and
communication specialist with
the ITCS center.
The survey is labeled ITCS
and is randomly sent to various
students via e-mail.
According to Joe Norris, the
ITCS survey has two separate
parts. The first part is asking
students general questions about
their satisfaction with ECU'S
"We just want to know how
we are doing said Norris.
The second part of the survey
asks for student opinions about what
ECU is doing right or wrong and
what types of things students are
interested in having in a server.
Things like MP3 access down-
loads and new music servers are
common suggestions made by
According to Raby, the survey
was sent out to 20,000 students
and has since yielded a 10 per-
cent response rate.
"We'd like to see a higher
response rate percentage
Raby is sending all students a
reminder e-mail Friday in hopes
of drawing more participants.
The survey is not extensive
and only takes about eight to 10
minutes to complete.
Before coming up with the
idea to conduct a campus wide
survey, information technologies
got their feedback from small
student committees. According
to Norris, the committees were
useful, but they wanted more.
"We want a large sample of
student opinions. We want to
know how we can help and what
we could do to make a differ-
ence Norris said.
According to Norris, they
got to a point where they were
looking at what they offered and
then brainstormed what they
"We needed to get the feed-
back from students in order to get
legitimate input into the process
of improvement Norris said.
The academic computing
team is a team that runs the ACE
computing center at ECU. They
did most of the organization of
the ITCS survey. Along with being
submitted to students, the survey
was submitted to faculty and staff.
"It will be Interesting to com-
pare what the faculty says they need
for use in the classroom and what
students want to use Norris said.
The results of the survey
are not yet available and stu-
dents may be finding them in
their mailboxes. The results
should be in and evaluated
by the middle of May. They
will be published on the ITCS
Web site and will be available
to those who are interested.
"I do expect to see some soft-
ware and services introduced by
students that I have never heard
of, and that is what we want
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"I got it and was not really
sure what it was. I went ahead
and filled it out and I'm glad
I did because I like to give my
opinion when it is going to be
put to good use said Dougherty
When all of the student feed- '
back is collected and reviewed, the
academic computing team plans to
pick out the greatest needs and wants,
from students and take those to the
student government for funding
options. With the help and par-
ticipation of the student body, ECU
ITCS is ready and willing to make as
many people as possible happy with
their service options.
geology major, plans to participate.
"I plan on filling out one
of the surveys. There are a few
things that I would like to com-
ment on and I'm glad that we get
a chance said Jernigan.
"We are interested in hear
ing what people need. We have
a responsibility to fill those
needs Norris said.
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Johnston said. �
"Anything done at th�
departmental level is recogni-
Although many students '
may not plan to attend com-
mencement this year, seniors
like Kevin Skinner, 22, feel it is
an important milestone in their
Skinner, senior construction
management major, said he and
his fellow graduates deserve to
be honored by ECU after all of �
the time and money they have
invested in their education.
"I want to spend as much
time as possible reflecting on this
part of my life said Skinner.
"I want to savor the day �
Students who have not yet
made reservations for com-
mencement may do so through
OneStop. Johnston asks they
do so by April 29, so they may
arrange for adequate seating for
all the candidates.
"We are really careful that
day to make sure that everyone
gets a seat Johnston said.
"It helps us in planning
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five years, it would be evident
the problems are not going
to be solved through tuition
increases alone, so universities �
need to look at other financial
resources in meeting their needs. �
Ballard said he agrees with
the point that there are other
resources available universities'
need to pursue. He said there are
12 sources of revenue and ECU is
going to be aggressive on improv-
ing all of those sources.
Ballard said ECU is not as
good on all of the revenue sources
as we need to be, citing private ,
fundraising as one of the sources
In need of improvement.
"We have to get better we
won't get better overnight but
we do have to get better Bal' '
Ballard said ECU is commit-
ted to providing 100 percent of
the demonstrated need of our
students to ensure access.
"We have no business in"
asking for tuition increases unless ,
we take access and affordability
seriously I think we take it'
very seriously Ballard said.
Ballard said the question of .
what to do with tuition is com- '
plicated and he would prefer the ,
state providing a higher percent-
age of the costs of education, but
it would be naive for a chancellor , �
in just about any state to rely on
state funding to meet the rising'
"We have to ask a question
of how can we deal with the,
cost increases, ensure access to '
our students and also have high"
quality programs Ballard said '
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What kind of pet do
you have and why do
you like it?
"A snake because
it doesn't take up a lot
of space and it is easy
to take care of and
because it is different
"Pet Rock. I like it
because it rocks
black cat. I like it for
its personality and it's
the only cat I have ever
seen that drools
to clean up after them is
a full time job
"Dog and Cat. The
dog is really my sister's
and I always have to
take care of it, so I usu-
ally only think 'stupid
"Dog. I like my dog
because he acts like a
person. He has a person-
ality, he's not just a dog
"Cat. He was a stray
and ran in, so I kept
him. He has a distinct
Birds fly above the
Dogs are great animals to
have as pets, but they don't have
the biggest intelligence of all the
animals in the animal kingdom.
Cats aren't that sharp either,
unless you count those claws they
use to tear into furniture and
sometimes you. Contrary to what
you may have seen in The Little
Mermaid, fish can't really talk
either. They just swim around.
As a matter of fact, if one desires
a higher breed of pet, where can
Birds are the coolest animals
to have as pets. If you reside on
campus, you're out of luck in
pretty much all pet situations.
According to the 2004-2005 ECU
Resident Handbook, "pets, except
freshwater fish, are not permitted
in residence halls
However, if you're looking to
move off campus and are looking
for some feathered companion-
ship, consider the benefits of a
bird. According to the Humane
Society, 19 million birds found
homes in households throughout
the United States. Birds are fun to
watch, a lot more fun than a fish.
They can also fill your house or
apartment with pleasant sounds,
or unpleasant sounds depending
on the bird. Sounds vary with the
bird, but some bird songs can be
quite pleasant to hear. Covering
up a bird's cage can cut down on
The Humane Society does
stress that birds are not the pet for
someone who is rarely at home.
"They can be great compan-
ions - they usually attach them-
selves to one or two people in
their lifetimes. If you don't con-
tinually hand-train them, they
become distrusting of people
said Kathryne McCoy, junior
musical theater major, who owns
"I guess you can call them
pretty labor-intensive animals
They also have one great
advantage over other pets: some
birds can learn to talk. They
can-learn some tricks like other
animals, such as shaking their
heads in positive or negative reac-
tion, waving and some conversa-
tion. The African Grey Parrot
can understand and use human
conversation. Most of their time
talking is mere imitation. Male
birds are typically easier to teach
to talk, and according to McCoy
they like to stare at themselves
in mirrors. Imitation can be any .
sound from a phone ringing
to a phrase their owners say i
� Buying a bird can be fairly
cheap or expensnA Some para- '
keets can go for as low as $20
but some of the larger birds with
longer life-spans can jump into '
the thousands. There is also
money you'll have to delve out
to pay for a cage, toys and food.
Costs can pile up, but over time,
it's worth it if you really grow to
love your bird.
Birds can live for a long period
of time. Life spans can be as short
as eight years or as long as 120
years. Often birds are bequeathed
to family members in wills
and stay in families for
The bodies of birds are not as
frail as popular thought insists,
but they are sometimes prone to
A bird can do what any other
animal can do: bite, but the trick
see BIRDS page B2
'rating man's best
friend, the dog
John Gray was a constable
in the town of Edinburgh, Scot-
land during the mid-19th cen-
tury who owned a Skye terrier
named Bobby. Every day, Gray
would take Bobby along with
him on patrol and when 1 p.m.
came around, the two would
have lunch at Traills Coffee
House, with Bobby sitting at
Gray's feet, eating a bone.
However, as the years passed,
Gray developed tuberculosis
and soon passed away. Gray was
buried at the historic Greyfriars
Kirk, which was not far from the
coffee house. Bobby was seen
following the funeral proces-
sion and not long after, he was
spotted inside the graveyard,
sitting near his master's grave,
Though dogs were prohib-
ited from the graveyard and
Bobby was occasionally chased
away, he always found his way
back to his master's grave, only
to leave to have lunch at Traills
"Coffee House every day at 1 p.m.
Eventually a shelter was built for
Bobby where he could live and
continue to keep guard over his
master until his own death 14
Bobby's story, which later
became a children's tale and
subsequently a Disney film, is
well known to many around
the globe, though many do not
realize it actually did happen.
If you don't believe it, Bobby's
bowl and collar are on display
in Edinburgh's Huntly House
museum and a bronze statue of
Bobby resides at the entrance
of the graveyard, still standing
This is just one of the hun-
dreds of amazing stories involv-
ing dogs, but there is a common
theme to all of them. Each story
attributes certain characteristics
to dogs, which we associate with
them today. Loyalty, depend-
ability and intelligence. Above
all, these stories exemplify
why dogs are man's best friend.
These qualities in dogs aren't
recent occurrences either. In
fact, their loyalty to its master
can be traced back more than
"When Pompeii, the Roman
community destroyed by Mount
Vesuvius in A.D. 79, was finally
excavated, searchers found
evidence of a dog lying across a
child, apparently trying to pro-
tect the youngster according
"Cats are traitors, they'd put
a knife in their owner's back If
they could, but not dogs. Dogs
are loyal and sweet and just
plain awesome said Shane
trying to save
her master but
there are liter-
where a dogj
body's death, typ-
ically in amazing
heroes need help
sometimes, which was!
certainly the case foil
Jim Leonard, who workfl
with the Seneca Countjg
and has received
five life-saving awards for mer-
itorious performance. After
working a late shift, Leonard
was sleeping, when his new
Rottweiler puppy Zoey, woke
him up by licking his face. Even
though she was a puppy, it was
unusual behavior for Zoey.
Leonard had taken the dog
outside only a few hours earlier,
so he tried to convince the dog
to go back to sleep for a few
hours. Zoey was persistent and
eventually got Leonard out
of bed to take her for a walk.
Zoey's behavior remained odd,
as she refused to move from
the kitchen door, only to be
goaded into coming outside
When Leonard went back
into his house, he was over-
whelmed by the smell of what
turned out to be methane gas.
Zoey had noticed the smell long
before it would be detectable by
a human nose.
"She's my hero. She knew it
wasn't supposed to
smell like that and
Onyx, an adopted cat, is described by her owner Tanesha Sistrunk as being "the queen of the house
The ultimate pet
A person can prefer either
cats or dogs. That's not to say you
can't like both, but usually an
individual would classify himself
or herself as either a "cat person"
or a "dog person Cats, which are
traditionally high maintenance,
are considered a more feminine
pet. They are typically harder to
please than dogs and they are
particular about everything. Cats
tend to be very moody as well.
Dogs, on the other hand,
have a tendency to be more play-
ful and fun. Dogs are a "man's
best friend" for a reason. They
have no problem with dirt or
mud and they look better on the
back of a truck. While teaching
your cat a trick may prove to
be more difficult than it would
with a dog, cats make up for the
fact they are harder to please by
having an abundance of class.
As Robert De Niro said in Meet
the Parents, "Cats make you work
for their affection. They don't sell
out like dogs do
What makes cats great pets
is the fact that once you gain
their affection, it can turn into a
loving and meaningful relation-
ship. It's a sense of accomplish-
ment, winning the attention of a
very particular cat. Pleasing a cat
can prove to be very challenging,
but once it happens, it can be
Cats are easy to take care of
as well. Leaving one at home for
the weekend shouldn't prove to
be a real problem. A cat's litter-
box can go a few days without
being changed and a self-feeder
can take care of the cat's food
for a while.
Cats are very self-reliable
as well. They don't depend on
humans the same way dogs do.
While walking a dog everyday is
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Small animals make great pets.
Rodents can also be the
For some people a dog or cat
might seem like too much to
handle as a pet, especially for
college students. If this applies to
you, then something in the rodent
family might be of better interest.
"Rodents" include rabbits,
mice, rats, ferrets, guinea pigs,
gerbils, hamsters and chinchillas,
Overall these animals are
fairly inexpensive and most are
easy to take care of, except rab-
bits and ferrets. They need more
attention and human contact in
order to exercise and keep their
The word rodent is derived
from a Latin word meaning
"gnaw" since they constantly
need something to chew on.
Rodents have incisor teeth,
which means they are constantly
growing and need something to
chew on in order to keep them
from getting too long. If they do
get too long it can hinder them
High quality food and fresh
water is recommended for all
rodent species. Various fruits,
I such as grapes and apples,
and vegetables, like carrots,
are also some treats they
tend to prefer.
Rabbits are cute,
cuddly and soft, which is
why they are often a popular
choice from the rodent family.
They are usually timid and quiet,
but are not as easy to own as they
"I had a rabbit once when
I was little and 1 loved that it
was soft and cute, but the only
bad part about it was that it
smelled bad said Jennifer
Bailey, junior social science edu-
They have the same nature as
wild rabbits, meaning they chew
things and need a lot of room to
roam and play. Owners must give
rabbits as much attention as pos-
sible to build their trust and for
them to stay entertained.
Even though they enjoy the
company of people, rabbits do
not like to be held and should be
highly supervised with children.
Also make sure they are out of
dog's and cat's reach for their
"A few dogs ripped into the
cage and killed my rabbit, so
make sure the cage is safe Bailey
Ferrets on the other hand no
longer have any wild instincts,
like hunting. All are domesticated
Ferrets are unusual in that
their original color is albino, but
they can be bred to be another
These animals are very play-
ful, so they need time and some-
one to play with for a large part of
the day. Two ferrets get along well
and are not hard too handle.
Males weigh between two and
five pounds and females will be
Ferrets love to get into every-
thing, so owners have to "ferret
proof" everything and be ready
to find them under pillows,
in laundry and maybe going
through trash cans.
"I've always wanted a ferret.
They are so cute and when I was
little, I wanted to carry them
around with me said Courtney
Steffenhagen, sophomore child
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As for the smaller rodents,
hamsters are a popular
rodent of choice among chil-
dren and college students. They
are not too hard to take care of,
but their care entails more than
The main thing hamster
owners need to do is make sure
they are eating healthily, that
they are in an area that is not
too hot or cold and that they
are in an appropriate area of the
household. They are nocturnal,
so hamsters need a quiet place
to sleep during the day and a
place where they can be noisy
Chew toys and a wheel are
a must for hamsters, along with
constant fresh fruits and veg-
Also, do not try to raise more
than one at a time - they are vio-
lent when they are adults.
Gerbils are probably the
easiest rodent to own. They do
not startle easily and they are
Homes with children or
a college apartment would be an
ideal setting for gerbils. Often
times, they will be seen stand-
ing on their hind legs trying
to see what is going on
The only thing that sets ger-
bils apart from the rest is they
require a cage that lets them
burrow. They do not need a
Mice and rats are easy and
inexpensive pets to own. They
constantly groom themselves
throughout the day, so as long as f
the cage is clean, they should not �
smell too bad.
Rats, surprisingly, are the
most intelligent of the rodent
family. Both mice and rats are
alert, social and entertaining.
Like hamsters, they are also
nocturnal and great pets for
Guinea pigs are the most
affectionate of rodents. When
their owner comes home or is
playing with them, they are
known to chirp or whistle from
They are social, but all small
rodents need to be handled
gently. Guinea pigs are unable
to produce Vitamin C naturally,
so their diet needs to include
things like cabbage, dandelions
All small rodents are sensitive
to temperature. They need a place
that ranges from 68 - 72 degrees
and provided with ventilation,
but no draft.
"1 would never have a rodent
for a pet anymore because 1 just
don't like pets in general. They
are way too much trouble Bailey
To see information and find
more on various pets visit ani-
Living with all things cold blooded
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is just not invading its space
too early or trying to jump into
loving it. As a human being, if
someone you don't know enters
your personal bubble and starts
touching you, you might be
prone to strike somehow, so that
is simple common sense.
However, birds when trained
right, can be very friendly and
even loving animals. McCoy's
bird, a lovebird named Maui, sits
on her shoulder and even kisses
her, complete with sound. It can
also play peek-a-boo.
If you're a clean freak, a bird
may not be for you, because
around their cage, shedding
feathers and waste can be a
problem. If your bird spends
time outside its cage, you may
also find the occasional waste on
All in all, a bird is a little
more work to maintain and get to
warm up to, but once they do you
can have a lifetime companion.
The birds that can be trained are
a lot of fun and another thing to
show off to friends. Just be care-
ful what you repeat around them,
unless you want your parents to
find out what your new favorite
word is or what you happen to
think of them.
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While being away from
home, keeping a pet may be an
easy way to deal with the most
stressful conditions of college
life. Although it requires a little
responsibility and awareness,
pets bring enjoyment and the
healing power to cure home-
sickness. On and off-campus
residents experience difficulties
when it comes to having certain
pets. When you are living on
campus, students are only lim-
ited to freshwater fish.
"We only limit students
to freshwater fish because
of health reasons. It is hard
when you are living in tight
conditions, similar to a hotel
environment said Wayne
Newman, director of marketing,
"If you are allowed to have
fish, I think you should have
other pets said Amanda Peebles,
sophomore business finance
"I think it is a little unfair
to be limited to freshwater pets,
but I think it would also depend
on the roommate and also being
able to keep a controlled environ-
ment said Latrisha Allen, senior
marine biology major.
Freshwater fish are convenient
and student friendly, mainly
because they don't require a lot
of attention or special care and
they are easy to feed and main-
tain, unlike saltwater fish. Other
easy to care for pets are reptiles,
an ideal off-campus pet, but not
recommended on campus. Most
of the time, they do not require
any special attention - reptiles
get the benefit of being left alone.
These hypoallergenic creatures
do not require much space, but
may be a slight pinch in the
pocket to feed.
Two of the most common
freshwater fish to have are Bettas
and Angelfish. A male Betta
should be kept in a tank alone to
avoid aggression and keep other
fish from nipping at their long
fins, although female Bettas can
be kept in tanks together. It is
essential that these colorful crea-
tures are fed With quality flake
food, frozen and dried blood
Fish are a common college pet because they are versatile, colorful, entertaining and easy to care for.
worms or even thinly sliced hard
boiled egg yolks. Most of all, it
is important to be familiar with
their habitat. They may be kept
in small fish bowls, but argu-
ments have been brought up as
to the size of the fish bowl or
"I have a Betta named Velvet
and it's not hard to care for my
fish, but the water on campus
sucks, there are too many chemi-
cals in it which results in me
having to buy spring water for
my fish Peebles said.
Angelfish are another easy
freshwater fish to care for. They
may grow up to 6 inches long
if properly cared for. Some are
silver with vertical designs and
others are partially black. They
can be kept in tanks with other
fish if they are not aggressive or
frequent fin nippers. They are
also easy to feed because they
eat a variety of commercial flakes
and frozen dried foods. They also
eat romaine lettuce, zucchini and
peas. Even though these creatures
are freshwater fish, they are
among the most beautiful fish
Captive-bred reptiles are the
easiest to care for, but these
exotic creatures intimidate some
Two common reptiles are
corn snakes and leopard geckos.
Corn snakes are popular among
pet snake keepers and they may
come in various colors and pat-
terns. It is important to keep
these creatures in well ventilated,
sealed cages or even aquariums
with ventilated lids. Also con-
sider that corn snakes need shel-
ter to feel secure, so provide an
interior shelter or box within its
cage. A heating light or heating
pad may also be appropriate for
keeping these snakes warm. The
pocket pinching factor in caring
for these animals are providing
them with appropriate nutri-
tion. Since they prey on rodents,
it is best to feed these animals
pre-killed rodents once a week.
Another reptile which may not
be quite as pricey is a leopard
gecko. They are also available in
various colors and designs. These '
delicate reptiles feed on insects
which can be bought from pet
stores, but it is best to figure out
where your pet food supply will
come from before purchasing a
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ECU religion class
participates in field trip
Students get out of
Members of an ECU religion
class got their hands dirty for a
good cause this past weekend.
Eighteen students, along
with several people from the
community, chased chickens
and learned about farms and
environmental issues at "Farm
Day The event was organized
on a local emerging organic farm
by Calvin Mercer for his Religion
and Social Issues class.
Sitting on plastic buckets
on the farmhouse porch, par-
ticipants listened as farmers Joe
and Beth Miller described the
struggles of the modern day small
"What really made us start
farming was our desire for good
things to eat said Beth.
She compared the experience
of eating a fresh organic tomato
with a grocery store tomato
shipped in from afar and grown
"I grew up on a farm in Penn-
sylvania and I remember the first
time I ate asparagus from a can at
a restaurant Beth said.
"I looked at it and said what
is this dark, limp, tasteless
thing. Asparagus is bright green,
a bitcrunchy and good. I found
out most of the world does not
eat close to the land
Students showed positive
reactions to the day's events.
"Farm Day was a great way
to observe the natural functions,
tendencies and maintenance of a
variety of organisms, from pecan
trees to honey bees said David
Huffman, freshman biochemis-
"It is important to sit in the
classroom and read books about
the Issues surrounding modern
food production said Mercer.
"But it can also certainly
help to get a hands-on feel
for the issues by being on the
land and seeing how the academic
discussion plays out in real
Part of the day involved work-
ing on the farm, as students
divided up tasks that included
weeding blueberries, building a
fence, cleaning out a chicken pen,
tightening a clothes line, sewing
clothes and chasing chickens
who escaped from the pen.
Joe's main passion on the
farm is making honey which
he sells to neighbors and other
interested people. He said the
process of beekeeping and later
at the potluck meal students
enjoyed fresh baked bread and
honey from the farm.
"I think everyone should eat
at least one piece of food a day
where they know the farmer's
name said Susan Vickery, one
of the participants.
Nursebees Apiary is located
several miles from Greenville.
In addition to the bees, the farm
includes fruit trees, chickens, pigs
and many vegetables, including,
of course, bright green, crunchy,
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was smart enough to wake me
up Leonard told dogsinthenews.
Smart is a word that comes up
a lot when speaking of dogs.
"Dogs are very smart. They're
the only animal we would trust
to lead blind people around.
I've never seen a seeing-eye cat
walking down the street said
Kyle Hoffman, freshman biol-
Smart may be one thing, but
some dogs are brilliant. Rico is
a dog featured in newspapers
around the country last year.
He is a border collie with the
vocabulary of'a 3-year-old, but
most importantly, he can acquire
and use language much like a
human being. That makes Rico
smarter than most chimps. He
can do much more incredible
According to Bill Bishop of
statesman.com, " research-
ers would place 10 items in a
room in the house while Rico
and his owner waited in another
room. Rico would then be told to
fetch an item while the humans
waited out of sight. Rico retrieved
the correct item 37 out of 40
Dogs have been alongside
humans since prehistoric times.
While the human species has
continued to evolve, our strong
connection with dogs has never
faltered. Occasionally, there are
stories of dog attacks, but typi-
cally it is because the animal has
been abused or has lived in poor
conditions. For the most part,
stories and memories involving
dogs show them to be bright,
friendly and loyal animals, very
deserving of the title "man's best
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great exercise, it is a major chore
that may get repetitive or annoy-
ing. Taking the dog out and feed-
ing it must be done on a regulated
schedule, which may take away
the freedom of enjoying a pet.
Having to walk your dog con-
stantly makes it impossible to.
leave it alone for a few days.
The added inconvenience of
dropping the dog off at a kennel
whenever a vacation is needed
can be tiresome. Another option,
having to pay a kid in the neigh-
borhood to watch the dog, can
be expensive. In the end, the
expenses of leaving a dog out-
weigh those of cats.
All pet ownership requires a
lot of responsibility and money,
but taking care of a dog is much
more difficult. In addition to
that, dogs are louder, take up
more space and have a ten-
dency to be aggressive. That is
why many apartments in the
area prohibit dogs while cats
"Cats are very sweet, they
are a comforting pet to come
home to and they are very easy
to take care of said Maryanne
Dotson, freshman elementary
Cats can certainly prove to be
reliable, in some cases, they may
even save your life one day, as
was the case of David Simpson.
According to the Telegraph &
Angus of Bradford, West York-
shire, UK, David Simpson's cat
saved his life when his house
caught on fire. The resourceful
feline jumped up and down on
her owner's bed and screeched
loudly until he woke up.
"I would have been dead
if it wasn't for the cat because
I could not have gotten out of
the upstairs bedroom if the fire
had been any worse. The cat has
saved my life. I was fast asleep
and the next thing I knew my
cat was screaming, jumping up
and down, and running up and
down the stairs. I know that if she
gets up there, something must
be wrong Simpson said of his
For the cat lovers at ECU,
many local apartment owners
realize the ease involved in caring
for cats and allow renters to keep
them, but not dogs. The Beech
Street Villas, located on Beech
Street right off of Fifth Street allow
cats with a fee. Paladin West apart-
ments also limit pet ownership to
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cats for renters. Many students
look for apartments with their
pets in mind. While it requires
a lot of responsibility, living in
an apartment with a pet can also
alleviate the loneliness.
"When I start looking for
apartments in the area, I'm defi-
nitely going to keep in mind my
pet cat. I really miss my cat from
back home, I would definitely like
to come home to him every day
said Mark DiMarco, freshman
computer science major.
Cats can also be very easy to
read. You can tell a cat's mood
by their eyes. Whenever a cat is
frightened or excited, their pupils
will become very large and round
and when they are angry, they
will narrow their pupils.
Some cats spend most of
their time in hiding. Finding a
cat once it finds a good hiding
spot can take hours and is quite
troublesome. A cat can fit any-
where its head can, since they
do not have collarbones. You
may have noticed a cat sizing
a particular spot with its head,
to see if It can fit the rest of
its body. However, since a cat
spends anytime between 16
- 18 hours a day sleeping, it is
unlikely a cat will spend most
of its time hiding in a place it
While cats are not always as
friendly as dogs, they can be just
as affectionate and loving as one.
Fotthose of us who absolutely love
cats, the rewarding experience of
caring for one is well worth it.
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THURSDAY April 14, 2005
Pirates prepare for spring scrimmage
Annual PurpleGold game concludes
spring practice during festive weekend
ECU football Head Coach Skip Holtz will unveil
his long awaited blueprint for success. The 22nd
Annual Great Pirate PurpleGold Pigskin Pigout
Party will mark the first chance the public can see
the revamped ECU football team. The spring game
will be held inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium Satur-
day, April 16 at 3 p.m.
The scrimmage will be the 15th and last spring
practice allowed by NCAA regulations. Since March
7 when spring drills started, Holtz and his staff have
installed offensive and defensive schemes, defined
their first depth chart and seemingly found a start-
Redshirt freshman Davon Drew is currently
listed as the No. 1 quarterback. The New Bern native
passed for 232 yards on 21-of-32 attempts. Drew,
listed at 215 pounds, threw his first touchdown in a
scrimmage to Robert Tlllman on a 28-yard strike.
Former JH Rose standout Kort Shankweiler
hasn't given up on the starting ob just yet. Shank-
weiler, the son of offensive coordinator Steve, passed
for 146 yards on 12-of-25 attempts. The converted
fullback also notched his first TD pass totaling 34-
yards to junior Edwin Burke.
The coaching staff conducted a player draft to
select roster positions after Wednesday's practice.
Players will have final chances to be evaluated on
the field heading into the fall. The entire second-
ary and defensive line is still up for grabs as is
Trash talk is common among players as only
pride is on the line. Past coaches have made the
losers serve the victors ice cream while wearing
aprons. No such wages have been made public.
Holtz hopes that.no major injuries occur, as a
number of players will not participate because of
various injuries. Linebackers Chris Moore, Dashaun
Stephens and Pierre Bell are not expected to play
as well as receivers Iverlck Harris and Bobby Good.
Other notables include tight ends Sean Harmon
and Shawn Levesque and quarterback Patrick
The spring game is the center of a weekend filled
with tradition and festivities. The activities start
tonight with the Pigout Golf Tournament Auction
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on the auction block will be authentic jerseys. On
Friday, letterwinners and patrons will participate
in the Pigout Golf Tournament held at Ironwood
Country Club. Former ECU and NFL great Earnest
Byner will be the guest of honor. Past letterwinners
will also hold a tailgate party with Holtz at 7 p.m.
Inflatable rides, fireworks and a pig-cooking
contest are scheduled for Friday night beneath
Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. On Saturday, The Craig
Woolard Band, a local beach music band, will be
on hand as well as many different plates of eastern
North Carolina barbecue.
Admission to the game is free for students with a
valid One Card. However, for the general admission,
advanced tickets are priced at $4 for the game or $8
with the addition of a plate of barbecue from the
PurpleGold Pigskin Pigout Party. Advanced tickets
can be purchased at the ECU Athletics Ticket Office
or by calling 328-4500 locally or 1-800-DIAL-ECU
outside the Greenville area. Barbecue plates pur-
chased on Saturday will cost $5.
An estimated crowd of 10,000 is expected to be
in attendance. All event proceeds support the Pirate
Club and the athletic scholarship fund.
This writer can be contacted at
Student Pirate Club starts spring drive
with high expectations for 2005-2006
There are 32 existing Pirate Club chapters and 1,893 students are members of the SPC
Organization has record
goal of 2,500 members
The Student Pirate Club is
on a clear mission to be the best
student athletic support organi-
zation in the country. Using their
Spring Drive as a springboard, the
SPC plans to sign up In excess
of 2,500 memben for the 2005-
2006 academic year.
"We take a lot of pride in
being the largest student organi-
zation on campus said Execu-
tive President Seth Horton.
"The more support that we
can show to our team and con-
ference commissioners can be
important for the future
The SPC acts as one of the 32
existing chapters of the Pirate
Club, also known as the ECU
Educational Foundation. In
2004, the 1,893 members served
as the second largest chapter
only behind Pitt County. The
SPC generated 23.2 percent of
the entire Pirate Club mem-
bership. In 2004, SPC pledged
$47,230 in donations to benefit
the annual athletic fund. With
2,500 members, the SPC would
The SPC provides benefits to
members that regular students
don't receive. For $25, students
receive a SPC shirt, receive priority
for ticket pick-up, invitations to
Pirate Club functions and accu-
mulation of priority points for
future Pirate Club membership.
Other benefits include invitations
to meet ECU coaches and play-
ers, a subscription to the Pirates'
Chest newspaper and invitations
to cookouts and socials.
"In football, SPC members sit
in Sections 16 and 17 Horton
"Next year, we are starting
a new exclusive SPC section for
basketball that will be some of
the best seats in the house
"Before we had the masses
join just to get a ticket and a
T-shirt. We need to educate
everyone that it's more than a
� ticket and a T-shirt. The baseball
g stadium and Murphy Center
were both privately funded said
3 Michael Ward.
The SPC was formed in the
o early 1990s. Over the years,
only a single person has been
appointed to serve as a liaison
between the students and Pirate
Club. However, this year, an
executive board was selected by
Horton and Assistant Pirate Club
Director and SPC Advisor Michael
Ward. Eric Gilmore serves as vice
president, Rebecca McKenzie as
secretary and Julie Eshbach as
freshman coordinator. The rest
of the board consists of Jonathon
Downs, Melissa Hamm, John
Perdue, Traye Smith, Justin Wal-
see SPC page 66
McCants announced his decision to declare on Wednesday.
McCants leaving North
Carolina for NBA draft
Pirate Club provides funds for athletics
Pirate Club members discuss several Issues at a recent meeting.
Over $3 million raised for
athletic program last year
The Pirate Club, also known
as the ECU Educational Foun-
dation, serves as the backbone
of private financial support for
ECU's athletic department. A
multi-million dollar market
annually, the Pirate Club is
continually faced with prying
money from donors in order to
facilitate growing budget costs,
undergo special building projects
and maintain athletic support
"The Pirate Club is the friend
raising and fundraising arm of
Pirate athletics said Executive
Director Dennis Young, who has
served in that capacity since Sept.
"First and foremost, the Pirate
Club is a business. On average,
anywhere from $5 - 8 million
in annual contributions flood
through this organization. There
is never a dull day
As of now, the Pirate Club
has 8,132 members in 32 existing
chapters ranging from Florida to
the Washington Metro region.
Each chapter has a volunteer
community director, who serves
as the representative in charge
of getting and retaining current
members as well as identifying
and signing up new members.
The chapter heads are chal-
lenged to doing a fundraiser each
year, which accounts for nearly
$130,000 in annual support,
according to Young.
Athletic director Terry Hol-
land equated the volunteers
to being "on the front lines of
ECU athletics" in a letter to
representatives dated Feb. 19. He
went on to say that every Pirate
Club member is "worth his or her
weight in gold
The Pirate Club's goal is to
develop support for ECU from the
108,500 living alumni. The fund-
raising can be done in a number
of ways. An annual auction, held
on May 21, usually raises $70,000
while Trade Oil Company puts
on a golf tournament each year
and it raises $50,000, according
The Pirate Club was formed
by former Chancellor Dr. Leo
Jenkins in October 1961. Almost
a year later, the construction of a
new football stadium was under-
way. Numerous donors such as
Dr. Ray Minges, Walter L. Wil-
liams and Bill Clark have helped
pave the way for construction of
new athletic facilities and athletic
In the past five years,
the Pirate Club raised $10.2
million of the total $12 million
see PIRATE CLUB page B7
(AP) � North Carolina junior
Rashad McCants said Wednesday
he will enter the NBA draft, after
helping the Tar Heels win their
fourth national championship
McCants, the team's second-
leading scorer at 16 points a
game, said he was in the process
of hiring an agent, a move that
would prevent him from return-
ing for his senior season. But he
said he would continue working
to earn his college degree.
McCants said he came back
to school after his sophomore
season to win a national champi-
onship. He also said he wanted to
follow in the footsteps of Michael
Jordan, who helped North Caro-
lina win a national title before
leaving for the NBA as a junior.
"1 felt like my whole reason
for coming back last year was to
get those goals accomplished
McCants said at a news confer-
ence. "And I did
made official a decision that had
been expected for more than a
week. Less than a day after the
Tar Heels beat Illinois 75-70 in
the NCAA final, coach Roy Wil-
liams addressed McCants' future
by saying, "We could lose some
guys, there's no question about
that. And we are going to lose
Williams said Wednesday that
McCants had his "complete sup-
port" in jumping to the NBA.
Others might soon follow.
Fellow juniors Sean May and
Raymond Felton, and fresh-
man Marvin Williams are also
considering their plans for
On Tuesday night, Felton saifl
he made a decision but wasn't
ready to announce it. Williams
said he was leaning one way,
while May, the Most Outstanding
Player of the Final Four who has
said he plans to stay in school,
wouldn't commit to returning
for his senior year.
If all four underclassmen
leave along with seniors Jawad
Williams, Jackie Manuel and
Melvin Scott, the Tar Heels will
lose their top seven scorers.
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soon become norm after final vote
(KRT) � An annual 12-game
,season in major college footbail
Is one step from reality.
j . The NCAA's Division 1 man-
agement council threw its support
behind the schedule change in
Division I-A and I -A A starting in
2006 during meetings this week
in Indianapolis. That and other
legislative proposals approved by
the council will be forwarded to
the board of directors for a final
vote on April 28.
Current legislation allows
for scheduling 12 games only
during infrequent years in which
14 Saturdays fall from the last
weekend in August through the
end of November. That happened
in 2002 and 2003 and will next
occur in 2008. If approved by the
board, schools will be able to play
12 games in the normal 13 weeks
that fall in that period.
The Big 12 Conference spon-
sored the proposal along with the
Big East Conference. Big 12 com-
missioner Kevin Weiberg said the
league seeks greater scheduling
Weiberg said conference foot-
ball players prefer playing 12games
rather than having two off weeks.
The conference and the NCAA
say research shows injuries don't
significantly increase by playing
11 or 12 games over 13 weeks.
The only Division I-A league
to vote against the proposal was
the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Ron Wellman, Wake Forest ath-
letic director and the council's
new chairman, said the league's
primary objections centered on
"We believe the season is long
enough at 11 games Wellman
said. "And we actually enjoy
having a bye week or two
Weiberg said he doesn't
expect the proposal to sail easily
through the board of directors, a
collection of 18 university presi-
dents and chancellors chaired by
Kansas' Robert Hemenway.
Weiberg said an added home
game would mean an average of1
million more for a Big 12 school.
Some members would benefit by as
much as $4 million, he said.
The council also approved
allowing men's basketball play-
ers to be redshirted even after
playing in preseason exhibitions.
It didn't support allowing basket-
ball coaches to watch their play-
ers play before practice begins.
Another proposal sent to
the board would allow athletes
admitted as academic partial or
non-qualifiers to regain a fourth
year of eligibility if they have
completed 80 percent of credits
toward a degree after their fourth
year in school.
The council approved requir-
ing athletes in their final season
to pass six hours to be eligible for
postseason play that takes place
during the same semester. For
example, a senior football player
would have to pass six hours to
play in a bowl.
The council also OK'd adding
scholarships forgymnastics, soccer,
volleyball and track and field.
Other than supporting the
12-game football season, the
council didn't act on changing
the length of season in any other
sports. Nor did it deal with atten-
dance requirements for Division
1-A football membership that
were tabled at the January con-
vention at the Gaylord Texan.
from page 85
lace and Allison Walters.
"We have an unbelievable
Board of Directors put together
this year that will make the SPC
go to the next level Horton said.
"We have 10 students that
are diehard Pirate fans that will
help to make us one of the best
student athletic organizations in
The board holds bi-monthly
meetings and helps to maintain
the current donor database. The
board has drafted a proposal to
the SPC for purple Pirate Pride
wristbands. Other ideas have
included members being able to
print tickets online, more exclu-
sive seating arrangements and
"When you have an organiza-
tion as big as the SPC, it's easy to
make people a number Horton
"It's important that we keep
our focus on each individual
member. We want every member
to be able to interact with the
Currently, the Spring Drive
is aimed at returning students.
Signing up now will allow for
members to pick up their T-shirt,
football tickets and membership
cards in one package during the
first week of school. Applications
can be found on the Web site,
If Horton, Ward and the
Executive Board meet their goals,
it might be a very long line.
This writer can be contacted at
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Sox finally ended their so-called
Curse of the Bambino by win-
ning the 2004 World Series.
So Chicago Cubs fans hope it's
their turn now. After all, It's
been 96 years without a World
If only that (fill in your exple-
tive here) Billy Goat Curse hadn't
gotten in the way. Cubs fans
think, "We would have won it
In 2003 Ah, yes, the Billy Goat
Curse, the root of all evil for
Once upon a time, the
Cubs were perennially good.
They were the first team to win
consecutive World Series, 1907-
08, and played in two more
World Series in the next decade,
plus another five in the years
1929-4S, although they didn't
According to local legend, the
Billy Goat Curse began in 1945
when William "Billy Goat" Sianis'
pet goat was either ejected or not
permitted to enter Game 4 of the
World Series against Detroit. As
with most urban myths, there
are different variations on the
The Billy Goat Tavern's Web
site(billygoattavem.com) says: "A
local Greek, William "Billy Goaf
Sianis, owner of the Billy Goat
Tavern and a Cubs fan, bought
two tickets to Game 4. Hoping
to bring his team good luck, he
took his pet goat, Murphy, with
him to the game.
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from entering, saying that
no animals are allowed in the
park. He appealed to the owner
of the Cubs, IK. Wrigley, who
said, Let Billy in, but not the
"Sianis asked, Why not
the goat?' Wrigley answered,
'Because the goat stinks
The Web site goes on to
explain that Sianis was so upset
he exclaimed, "The Cubs ain't
gonna win no more. The Cubs
will never win a World Series so
long as the goat Is not allowed
In Wrigley Field. The Cubs were
You might not believe in
curses, but let's note that the
Cubs did not make it to postsea-
son play again until 1984, when
they lost the National League
Championship Series in five
games to the San Diego Padres.
In 1989 the Cubs lost the
NLCS to the San Francisco
Giants, and in 1998, they were
swept by the Atlanta Braves In
the NL division series.
Every near-miss was inter-
preted hy Cubs fans as evidence
of tlie curse. In 1969, for example,
when the Cubs led the National
League Fast by eight games in
early August, they eventually
lost to "The Amazin' Mets an
expansion team that had been
the laughingstock of baseball.
It didn't help that during a key
series against the Mets in New
York, a black cat crossed in front
of the Cubs' dugout.
In 1973, the Cubs lost 49 of
their final 76 games to go from
first in the division to next-to-
last. And in that 1984 NLCS loss
to the Padres, the Cubs won the
first two games in what was then
a best-of-five series.
Then, it happened again in
2003 in the infamous poslseason
that made Steve Bartman the
scourge of Chicago. The Cubs
had won the division series
against the Atlanta Braves and
took a commanding 3-1 lead
in the NLCS against the Florida
Marlins. The last two games were
in Chicago, with Cubs aces Kerry
Wood and Mark Prior scheduled
With the Cubs leading
3-0 In the eighth inning of
Game 6, things began to go awry
Bartman, a fan seated near the
wall on the left-field foul line,
reached out for a foul fly ball
that outfielder Moises Alou
might have caught for the second
Instead, the out was denied,
shortstop Alex Gonzalez soon
botched a ground ball, and the
Cubs came apart at the seams
during the Marlins' eight-run
inning. Florida won the sixth
and seventh games to take the
National League pennant.
"Curses screamed the Chi-
cago Sun-Times on its cover.
With Prior and Wood having
arm problems this spring, and
closer Joe Borowski out for at
least the first six weeks, there is
speculation that The Billy Goat
Curse is getting an early start on
the 2005 season.
But first baseman Derrelrbee
said, "I don't think too nxfpy
people in here believe inthe
curse. I don't. 1 guess when you
don't win a World Series in 100
years or whatever it is, they want
to blame it on something
There have been many
attempts to exorcise the curse.
In 1950, according to dacurse.
com, Wrigley sent a letter of apol-
ogy to Sianis in hopes he would
reverse the curse.
Sianis said he was ready to lilt
the curse in 1969. His nephe'W,
Sam, who now owns the Billy
Goat Tavern, has brought a goat
to Wrigley Field with the blessing
of the Cubs several times, includ-
ing before the 1984 playoffs.
In the spring of 1997, the
Cubs held a curse-removing
news conference at the Billy
Goat Tavern. And in February
2004, the hated "Bartman" bail
was blown up in an attempt to
erase the hex.
"Harry Caray's the Chicago
eatery named after the former
Cubs announcer, even cooked
the ball's remnants and blended
them with Budweiser for a "curse-
ending sauce" that was sefyjbd
over spaghetti to Cubs fansln
Thus far, nothing has worked.
Perhaps Cubs shortstop Nomar
Garclaparra has the best Way
to deal with it. "I don't believe
in curses he said. "I'm from
Pirate ClUb from page 85
for the Murphy Center while
they exceeded their $6 million
goal and donated $10.2 million
of the $11 million total for Clark-
There are 11 different mem-
bership levels ranging from
Golden Sabre, which pledges
$15,300 or above to the Crew
level, which promises $75 - 149
annually. As the contribution
rises, so does the amount of
Each Pirate Club member
is given a membership number
and registered in a database.
The database amounts priority
points over the span of a lifetime,
which help members to receive
better tickets and parking
The Pirate Club needs every
member possible. As of the 2004
budget, each scholarship costs
$15,300 on average. Currently
the Pirate Club can only fund
76 percent of its total budget,
which amounts for a $1.3 million
The Pirate Club and its
contributors serve a purpose
that can't be counted in money.
According to Young, the
substantial rise of the Student
Pirate Club is a bright light to the
future of ECU athletics.
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(KRT) � I suppose the worst
thing, other than the fact that l.os
Angeles Avengers player Al Lucas
will never go home to see his wife
and child again, is that there
is no one or nothing to blame.
It seems that Lucas' tragic
death in Sunday's Arena Football
League game was the result of
nothing more than a freakish
mjicrv that hurt his spinal cord so
badly, it caused his death.
It's the saddest clichf in life,
a person dies while doing what
he loved to do.
Well, I'm sorry, but doing
what you love to do isn't supposed
to kill you when simply playing
a game is what you love doing.
You're not supposed to die
from making a tackle in football
You're not supposed to have
your life and the lives of those
around you irreparably shattered
because you were seeking mar-
ginal fame and minimal fortune
entertaining fans as a player in
the Arena League.
It looked routine.
On a seemingly ordinary
kickoff return, television replays
showed Lucas bending down to
make a tackle when the ballcar-
rier for the New York Dragons and
a blocker tumbled over his head,
with the blocker's leg appearing
lo hit Lucas in the head.
You see that sequence a hun-
dred times in a football season,
and every player gets up just fine.
When Lucas did not move,
I'm sure those around the 26-
year-old him thought Immedi-
ately of possible paralysis.
This, however, was much
more tragic. The unthinkable had
The 6-foot 1-inch, 300-
pound lineman, who had played
two seasons with the Carolina
Panthers, was taken off the
field, and efforts to revive him
immediately began at the Staples
Center. He was quickly taken
to California Hospital Medi-
cal Center, where he was pro-
nounced dead when continued
efforts to revive him failed.
It was a routine tackle, some-
thing you see millions of times
while watching football at any
level, the very essence of the game.
Had Lucas been a step slower,
had he been a half-inch to his
right or left on the tackle, had
anything been ever so slightly dif-
ferent, so that he was not in that
exact spot at that exact moment,
it very well might have finished
as just another routine play.
And that's frightening,
because that's the only differ-
ence between what happened
Sunday and what has happened
on billions of forgotten tackles in
Other than banning tackling,
how do you legislate safety into a
situation like that?
"Something like this Is com-
pletely out of our minds as a
worst-case scenario Chris Jack-
son, a former Avengers teammate
of Lucas, told the Los Angeles
limes. "A season-ending Injury
or career-ending Injury, but never
this, never, never this
Because only a few NFL and
college football players have
died as a direct result of in-game
Injuries, we tend to forget that
football isn't a just a contact sport
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Because season-ending and
even career-ending injuries are
accepted risks, we forget that the
body was not meant to sustain the
violent impacts that consistently
occur during football game.
The physical attributes play-
ers use to survive football games
are the ones nature gave our
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Whenever I go into a locker
room after a football game and
I see the mangled bodies of the
warriors who have just performed
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first thoughts is, "This is a hard
way to make a living
Broken bones, chronic pain
that will hamper the quality
of life long after the final snap,
possible paralysis, perhaps even
shortened life spans all are
accepted risks of playing football.
But not instant death.
I believe that boxers and
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athletes who understand that
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time they step into the ring
or start their car engines.
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to be investigated.
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great need to overhaul the game
and make it safer. All things con-
sidered, it's probably about as safe
as it can be.
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was a freak occurrence a tragic,
seemingly unavoidable conse-
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TOBACCO ACCESSORIES � ADULT NOVELTIES
EXOTIC CIGARETTES � T-SHIRTS
Rolling Papers � Glass Pipes � Loose Tobacco
Stickers � Blow-up Friends & Farm Animals � Incense
Body Piercing & Jewelry � Detox Solutions � Candles
Hair Dye � Adult Videos � Black Lights � Whipcream
Gag Gifts .and a Bunch of Other Cool Stuff
Welcome Back Students!
Show Your Student ID And Get
13 OFF EVERYDAY!
205 E. 5th Street
$5 Domestic Pitchers!
Dueling feiano Show
Evry Thursday Night!
Dueling Pianos -
n. dueling piano
A piano show where you request your favorite
song, sing along and have the time of your li
OPEN 24 hours Fridays & Saturdays
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an extra $5 on your
2nd and 4th donation
I'm a Student and a Plasma Donor
I Names: Lindsay & Lisa
J Hobbies: Shopping & Swimming
Why do we donate Plasma?
We donate to buy new furniture for the apartment
Earn up to $170mo. donating plasma in a friendly place.
DCI Biological of Greenville � 252-757-0171
2727 E. 10th Street � Down the Street from ECU � www.dciplasma.com
TT A U T-
EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY
50 OFF ENTREES
with drink purchase
and college ID
THE EAST CAROUNIAN � SPORTS
COMFORTABLE LIVING AT AFFORDABLE PRICES! PRICES RANGE FROM $350-$595
2 & 3 Bedroom apartment homes
Swimming Pool � cable TV
Walk-in Closets � mini blinds
washer Dryer provided
Pet Friendly � 1-12 Bath
Great outside Lighting
planned social events
24 Hour maintenance
ecu & greenville city bus lines
2 BEDROOM 890 SQFT.
3 BEDROOM 1,050 SOFT.
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1 &2 BEDROOM APARTMENT HOMES
2 BEDROOM TOWNHOMES
2 SWIMMING POOLS � MINI BLINDS
Cable TV � Cat friendly
MULTIPLE 2 BR. FLOOR PLANS
Free Heat in Townhomes
Washer dryer connections available
Balconies patios in Some units
24 Hour Emergency maintenance
ECU & Greenville city bus Lines
DOWN THE HILL
1 BEDROOM 665 SQFT.
2 BEDROOM 875 SQFT.
2 BEDROOM 1000 SQFT.
1 BEDROOM 650 - 675 SQ FT.
2 BEDROOM 840 SQFT.
2 BEDROOM 1000 SQFT.
COMING SOON LOOK FOR - TENNIS COURTS & FITNESS CENTER
FREE Wireless Internet & FREE Cable
"Resort Style living with all the amenities you can dream ofJ'tsl
University Manor � www.collegeparkweb.com
3535 E. 10th St. � Greenville, NC 27858
THE EAST CAROUNIAN � SPORTS
SPRING IS HERE AND SO ARE WE!
ECU STUDENT UNION
April 15: Kinsey Sexperts Panel 7PM Hendrix
April 15: Comedian: Steve Hofstetter 8pm Multi-Purpose Room
April 16:Blu Moon Film Festival (Student) 5PM Hendrix
April 16:The Amazing Race: 2nd Annual SURHA
Scanvenger Hunt- registration begins at noon in Wright Place
April 18: Polynesian Luau 3PM MSC Brickyard
April 19: Philadelphia 7PM Hendrix
April 20: Lemony Snicket (Blockbuster)
Bad Education (Mercury) April 20-April 24
April 23: Moulin Rouge Midnight in Hendrix
April 23: Rockit 2 on 2 Breakdance Competition Rec Center 6PM
April 24: Mae with Baumer and Burning Through 2pm MSC Brickyard
April 27: Meet the Fockers April 27-May 1
ECU GETS TWISTED
Featuring The Capulets, Devon,
Little Brother, and Citizen Cope
12-6PM On the Mall between
Joyner Library and Jarvis Hall
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