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June 15, 2005
From the battlefield to the classroom
Students, faculty
discuss life as a soldier
While most college students'
biggest fear is failing the final,
others worry about coming home
safely to take the class. Soldiers
overseas are not just those who have
already dedicated their life to the
service. They are our classmates,
teachers and friends.
When the Army needs more
soldiers, they rely on both the Army
reserves and the Army National
Guard to send troops, while the
governor can also summon the
National Guard. Students in the
Army National Guard have to bal-
ance their education and military
duties during times of national
emergency and war.
Jake Bowen, junior double
major in recreational therapy and
psychology and specialist with
the Army National Guard, was in
northeast Iraq for 10 months in
2004, at "the edge of the crazy part
For him, there was no typical
day, and what he did depended on
a lot of things. Usually, he would get
up, do his job and spend the rest of
the day hanging out, maybe going
to the gym.
"It depended on your unit what
kind of shift said Bowen.
Of course there would be inci-
dents, but Bowen said his unit
would quickly solve the problem
and then return to business as
"We had a couple things happen
in our area but it's not what you
imagine. It's not like the wild west
Bowen said.
Eric Banks, who was called
to duty in the middle of his fresh-
man year at Pitt Community
College, was in Iraq until Febru-
ary 2004, 50 miles northeast of
Baghdad. As a convoy gunner,
he agreed that there was no stan-
dard day. He would provide secu-
rity during transportations to
various locations.
"I didn't really have a typical
day I did a little bit of every-
thing said Banks.
Bowen and Banks both said the
hardest part of war was being away
from family and friends.
"It was supposed to be my
senior year, so all of my friends
wouldn't be here when I got back
Bowen said.
Sgt. 1st Class Jimmy Smith said
that while being away from friends
and family is the hardest thing for
most soldiers who are also students,
many still see the service as a grow-
ing experience. Seeing new cultures
and living in the real world can
make them more focused when
they return.
"It may have delayed them
in what their educational goals
were, but it didn't stop them said
Banks agreed and said though
the job isn't for everyone, he's glad
he went.
"I feel like I grew up a lot; it was
good experience Banks said.
Some of the biggest concerns of
these soldiers are misconceptions
in the media.
"Mainstream media only shows
the all negative you don't see
any of the positive things like the
reconstruction Smith said.
Capt. Dan Heape, assistant
professor in military science at ECU
and currently on active duty with
the Army, said American soldiers
brought schools, hospitals and
roads to an area that was in serious
need, but you don't see any of that
work on the news.
"When we first crossed the
border, there were times when it
almost brought tears to my eyes to
see the type of living conditions
the Iraqi people were forced to live
in by Saddam Heape said.
Heape said when American
soldiers first came to Iraq, they
were not allowed to feed civilians
because it would draw them to
their perimeters. Heape recalled
an older man with some children
who would follow them and pick
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Death row inmates give $5,000 to criminal justice student
Osborne studying to
become a police officer
In April 1992, whenZach
Osborne of Jamestown, NC, was
only six years old, his four-year-old
sister, Natalie, was raped and killed
by his mother's boyfriend.
Haunted by his sister's death,
Osborne dreamed of one day going
into law enforcement.
"Natalie's death has haunted my
family since the day she was found
Osborne wrote in an essay.
"Through realizing this dream
of becoming a police officer, I would
play a key role in preventing situations
like this from ever happening again
Osborne's dream is now coming
true - and he is receiving a little help
from the most unlikely of sources.
Death row inmates from 36 dif-
ferent prisons throughout the country
have raised $5,000 to help Osborne
pursue a criminal justice degree at ECU.
Through their bimonthly pub-
lication, Compassion, the inmates
have raised more than $21,000 to
help send murdered victims' family
members to college. Osborne's
scholarship is the seventh such
award given by the inmates.
Compassion started in 2001. It was the
creation of Saddique Abdullah Hasan, a
convicted killer currently on death row
in Perrysburg, Ohio. Hasan wanted to
find a way for him, as well as other death
row inmates, to help repair some of the
damage they had caused with their crimes.
With the aide of the members
of St. Rose Parish, a local church in
Perrysburg, Hasan started the publi-
cation, which features the artwork,
poetry and essays of death row
inmates from across the country.
The profits of the publication,
which is sold by subscription, are
used to fund scholarships such as
the one given to Osborne.
The inmates receive no com-
pensation or special treatment for
their efforts.
"Despite our bad choices, we still
believe in the concept of
right and wrong said
Dennis Skillicorn, Compas-
sion's editor since 2003.
"We support what
is right; our intent is
Skillicorn, who
has been on Missouri's
death row since 1998,
said the inmates were
touched by Osborne's
story and his plans to
stop future violence.
"We know it may seem
extremely weird for a group of
inmates to want to help this kid
become part of the same system that
put us on death row
said Skillicorn.
"But most of us now
believe in the system
and believe in the law
Skillicorn said that
he hopes subscriptions
for the publication,
currently around
5,000, will continue to
increase, especially to
younger readers.
"For some reason,
younger people tend to look up to
see DEATH ROW page A3

Announcements News Briefs
Summer Salsa Dances
The ECU Fok and Country Dancers are
sponsoring a salsa dance Friday, June
17 at the Willis Buiding at First and Reade
Streets. Instruction by Procopio and Heidi
wi begin at 7:30 pm, and the dance will
be from 8:30-11 pm with music provided
byDd-Ramon. The cost of admission for
students is $3, $5 for FASG members
and $8 for the general public. This is a
non-ateoholicnon-smoking event For
more information, please call 752-7350.
Sunday In the Park
Celebrate Father's Day at Town
Commons on First Street The Greenville
Summer Pops Orchestra will be
performing a free concert from 7 - 8 p.m.
The theatre classic Grease will be
performed June 21 - 25 at 8 p.m.
in McGinnis Theatre. Tickets are
$30 for the general public, $27.50
for senior citizens and current ECU
faculty and staff and $20 for youth or
ECU students in advance, or $30 at
the door. For more information, visit
SummerTheatre.cfm or call 328-6829
it 1-800-ECU-ARTS.
Driving for a Cure
The Marley Fund w hold its third annual
"Driving for a Cure" golf tournament June
23 at Ironwood. Registration and lunch,
provided by Outback Steakhouse, will
begin at 11 am, followed by the shotgun
start at 12:30 p.m. Refreshments will be
provided by Coastal Beverage Company
and Minges Bottling Group. There will
also be a $20,000 putting contest and
prizes including a Harley Davidson and
Nissan Alfjma for hole in ones. Anyone
can sign up for a four-person team with
a $400 donation. For more information,
call Marley Fund at 215-0925.
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Judge rules In favor of
Earnhardt's racing team
CHARLOTTE, NC - A judge ruled in
favor of the late Dale Earnhardt's car
owner Monday, saying an insurance
company failed to share legal
documents in the case over whether
benefits should have been paid after
the NASCAR star's death.
Earnhardt died Feb. 18,2001, in a last-
lap crash in the Daytona 500.
Davidson County Superior Court Judge
Kimberly S. Taylor issued the order
against United of Omaha Ufe Insurance
Co. following 12 days of proceedings.
Taylor declined Richard Childress
Racing's request to enter a default
judgment of $3.7 million, plus interest,
and triple that amount as allowed
under state law.
Court clerk Brian Shipwash said Taylor
informed the jury about her ruling
Monday afternoon.
"The judge explained to the jury
that the issues related to whether or
not the defendant conducted a fair
investigation of the matter and whether
unfair trade practices had occurred
had already been decided in favor of
the plaintiff he said. "The sole issue
now is damages
Jurors will return Tuesday to hear
arguments about whether RCR is
entitled to the monetary damages.
Last week, attorneys for both sides
discovered the legal department of
Mutual of Omaha, the parent company
of plaintiff United of Omaha Life
Insurance Co failed to share 18 pages
of relevant documents before trial.
The Lexington Dispatch reported on
its Web site Monday that attorneys
discovered the papers were missing
June 7, when a special investigator
for Mutual of Omaha testified he had
reviewed the documents in question.
All three aboard cargo plane
survive crash near Fort Lauderdale
MIAMI - A World War ll-era cargo
plane sheared off treetops and
narrowly missed homes and a major
intersection as its crew guided it to
a fiery landing on a Fort Lauderdale
road. Miraculously, all three people
aboard survived.
The DC-3 cargo flight en route to
the Bahamas crashed shortly after
takeoff Monday near Fort Lauderdale
Executive Airport, according to the
Federal Aviation Administration.
"We're very thankful" that no one was
killed in the crash, pilot Charles Riggs
said from his hospital bed.
The survivors were "sitting up and
talking on their cell phones" hours
after the crash, hospital spokeswoman
Maria Soldani said. Two people on the
ground also were hurt, one seriously.
Co-pilot Charles Wirt told firefighters a
fuel line broke and one of the plane's
two engines was in flames before
the crash, said Stephen Mclnerny,
assistant chief of operations for Fort
Lauderdale Fire Rescue.
Wirt and passenger Hector Espinoza
were in fair condition late Monday.
Espinoza told emergency room
personnel that "he jumped from the
cockpit and landed on the concrete
Televised images showed firefighters
putting out the blaze, the bumed-out
cockpit and cabin wrecked near parked
cars on a residential street. The plane's
left wing did the most damage, uprooting
trees and flinging broken trunks and
branches into vehicles, homes and
apartments; several roofs were hit.
Jay Huber was in his backyard feeding
his birds when he heard a "terrible
engine noise
The plane narrowly missed a major
intersection, but Riggs said they did
not see that as they aimed for the
street. "It flew perfectly right until
we impacted the tree and then the
ground he said.
South African president dismisses
his deputy and heir apparent
CAPE TOWN, South Africa - President
Thabo Mbeki dismissed his deputy
Tuesday after he was implicated in
a corruption scandal, throwing wide
open the question of who will become
the next leader of South Africa.
Deputy President Jacob Zuma, who
retains widespread support, had been
groomed to take over from Mbeki at
the helm of Africa's economic and
diplomatic powerhouse when he
stands down in 2009.
Mbeki noted that Zuma has not been
charged, but he said a high court
judge's ruling that he had a "generally
corrupt" relationship with his financial
adviser required the president to act.
"I have come to the conclusion that
the circumstances dictate that in
the interest of the honorable deputy
president, the government our young
democratic system, and our country, it
would be best to release the honorable
Jacob Zuma from his responsibilities
as deputy president of the republic
and member of the Cabinet" Mbeki told
a special joint session of Parliament.
Zuma's longtime friend and adviser,
Schabir Shaik, was sentenced June 8 to
15years in prison for corruption and fraud.
The high court in the eastern coastal
city of Durban found that Shaik made
payments to Zuma totaling $178,000 in
violation of anti-corruption legislation
to fund a lavish lifestyle.
Judge Hillary Squires said Zuma was
also aware of his friend's efforts to
secure him a $74,000 a year bribe from
French arms trading company Thint
Holdings - formerly Thomson CSF - to
deflect corruption investigations related
to a massive 1999 weapons deal.
CMN holds fundraiser in Harris Teeter produce section
Fundraiser benefits local
children in need
Harris Teeter, located on Charles
Boulevard, held a fundraiser
Wednesday morning to help raise
money for the Children's Miracle
Network, a charity that specializes
in helping sick children.
Partnered with CMN and
Harris Teeter was Produce for
Kids, an organization that allows
donations to be made to CMN
when customers purchase certain
produce products.
"One hundred percent of the
money stays local said Cheryl
Miller, senior vice president of
Produce for Kids
CMN has been helping chil-
dren for 20 years in the Greenville
area and has earned $8.7 million,
while Produce for Kids has only
been raising money for three
years and has earned $235,000
nationwide. All the money goes
to children who are sick and need
monetary help.
Davis Pugh, four-year-old
cancer survivor and 2005 NC
ambassador for CMN, attended the
event and was evidence that CMN
and Produce for Kids really helps
any child in need.
"A lot of people have this
misconception that it's just for
terminally ill patients said Janna
Pugh, mother of Davis. "But it's for
any kid that walks through those
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hospital doors. They could have
asthma or obesity problems, it
doesn't matter. If they're sick, they
benefit from this
Pitt Memorial Hospital will be helped.
"My attitude is somewhere
down the road you're going to know
someone who needs help. It could be
a child, a grandchild or just a friend.
It's just so great to have community
support like this Pugh said.
CMN holds fundraisers all year
long, and June has been especially busy.
"We just had our 20th broad-
cast fundraiser, and we reached our
goal of $1.5 million dollars said
Rhonda James, CMN coordinator.
Harris Teeter is also thrilled to
be a part of this miracle.
"Harris Teeter has always been
big with supporting the commu-
nity said David Gordon, store direc-
tor. "We always try to make an effort
to help, and it's a great charity
James said the money from
these fundraisers goes directly to
the children and has helped locally
many times.
"This money really does help James
said. "Derrek Gaskins, who was acciden-
tally shot when he was 11 at dose range
by his older brother, then 14. His brother
stayed calm and put pressure on the
wound Scott Sagraves, the trauma sur-
geon, saved him. This is where the money
is used; this is why CMN is important
Davis simply had one thing to
say about donating to CMN. Simply
put with a smile and a shrug, "It
helps me
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donations to CMN, you can call 1-
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Death Row nom Page m
and idolize inmates, especially those
on death row he said. "We want
to warn them and to get through to
them that the choices we made are
not the right ones
However, Skillicorn also said
that the message of Compassion is not
only one of warning, but one of hope.
"We want to demonstrate to
people that even those of us who are in
the worst possible circumstances can
make a difference said Skillicorn.
"We want to make every last
day count
This writer can be reached at
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Pirate Rants
When did the Pirate Rants
become a place for people to shame-
lessly flirt with each other? If you
want a date with a bus driver or
the guy who drives the blue station
wagon then ask them out! I miss
the days when the Pirate Rants were
full of witty, observational humor!
Come back to me real Pirate Rants!
Isn't the summer supposed to
be relaxing and the time to get a
tan while lounging by the pool?
If it is, then why am I working
two jobs, taking summer classes,
and spend all my extra time on
homework and have yet to see the
sun except through the windows
in my office?
It's good to see that Peter Kali-
jian has moved on in terms of his
stories to true injustices in the
world beyond the injustice of social
change and free-thinking that Tony
Is forever whining about. It would
be nice if Tony would realize what's
really wrong in the world, and it's
got nothing to with partisanship,
democrats or republicans.
Hey, let's all blame the teach-
ers for us not doing well on tests,
because we all know they make the
tests way to hard anyway.
Who thinks that the jury was
wrong in the verdict of the Michael
Jackson trial?
Tony McKee, how many
readers do you expect to gain
when you start your article with
a crude, insulting, self-righteous
phrase like "It has been confirmed
beyond all doubt: The LiberalDem-
ocrat powers-that-be are racist, di-
visive, sexist, intolerant, politically
incorrect, lying, immoral, im-
mature nut cases"? Perhaps you
should take a few classes on writing
a strong argument before you write
another article.
Well, it is obvious that all of the
intelligent, creative ranters have
gone elsewhere for the summer.
Nobody cares if you think the bus
driver is hot or if you blame your
miserable classroom performance
on the professor. And canceling
class when it rains? Get over your
lazy self, loser.
We can't get Pepsi either, the
machines are empty in Austin
Please help us out Coca-cola
How much more do we have
to read opinions of Mr. McKee?
Don't you have any other people
with opinions or does Mr. McKee
represent TEC's only opinion? Let's
get some new opinions, please!
Who out of us knows that one
person who thinks they know
everything but is wrong to those
of us who DO know everything?
You know them too?
Scientology? Ever heard of it? It
is a religion that Katie Holmes is now
embracing instead of being Catholic
as she used to. The power Tom
Cruise has over her is remarkable.
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In My Opinion
Lawsuits plaguing, straining economy
What are the secrets
behind these lawsuits?
I received two unsolicited
pieces of mail last week that really
annoyed me. Chances are that
some of you may have received
one or both of them also. No, I
am not talking about that bane of
human existence known as junk
mail, although these will end up
in the same place. I am referring to
information letters about current
or pending class action lawsuits
that I may (note that word, may)
be eligible to join. These are not
the first letters of this type that I
have received, nor, unfortunately,
will they be the last.
Over the last five or six years,
I have received more than 10 of
these letters. Each one has been
essentially the same - time and
money wasting attempts by lawyers
of questionable ethics to gouge as
much as they can from some busi-
ness based on ridiculous claims of
"injury" or some other such crap.
There are words for these kinds
of actions. Two that are printable
are "frivolous" and "lawsuit
And these lawsuits have become a
plague on the economy, as well as
another stain upon the legal profes-
sion. The two solicitations I got are
prime examples of this.
One of the letters concerned
HP. It appears that somebody did
not like the fact that the preloaded
version of Windows XP on HP's
computers did not include a couple
of options that are available on the
software that you can buy off the
shelf. The fact that HP had done
customer surveys, focus groups
and other research that determined
that the majority of customers
didn't usewant those features
doesn't make one bit of difference.
Someone saw an opportunity
to dip into HP's "deep pockets"
and went for it. The other letter
I received detailed an even more
ridiculous circumstance.
One of the major music services
had a class action suit filed against
it because it committedthe unpar-
donable sin of not fully outlining
in its membership contract that
"shipping and handling" included
things like labor, materials, pack-
aging, etc. Shame on them! Scan-
dalous! They must be punished!
Punished they were, with fairness
ruling the day. Kinda.
The case was settled out of
court. The settlement stated that all
the "wronged" parties (that would
be customers like me and the other
99.6 who know that "shipping
and handling" is a catchall phrase)
will receive either one or two CD's
at a 75 discount with free ship-
ping. Oh yeah, they also have to
pay lawyers' fees.
And here is the biggest dirty
little secret behind these law suits:
lawyers getting money. And get
their money they do. Lawyers are
invariably one of the first people
to receive money (and they do
receive money), even before the
people they sue on behalf of.
As a matter of fact, plaintiffs in
these class action type lawsuits
almost never get money. They end
up with coupons for free cereal,
free movie rentals, discounts on
CD's, etc. Whatever they receive
never comes close to what the
attorneys rake in.
The attorney's fees for the
music case were not specified (care
to guess why?). There was just a
rather ambiguous statement that
the defendant will pay such fees,
not to exceed one million dollars.
Think about that.
For all you who think that
screwing, er-r-r-r, suing corpora-
tions for the littlest thing is jus-
tifiable, ask yourself one question
- who ultimately pays the price
for these lawsuits? Well? It sure
isn't the company. Ultimately, the
cost of defending against andor
settling these lawsuits is deferred
and comes out of your pockets
and mine.
This does not apply just to class
action suits. The out of control per-
sonal injury lawyers end up causing
the same backlash.
Ponder that the next time you
wonder why that CD costs so much.
Think about it when you notice
that the price of cereal, movie
rentals, soda, clothes, personal care
items or anything else. But really
put on your thinking caps and try
to compute how much the price
went up because of a lawsuit when
you see asinine warning labels on
products. You know what I mean
the hair dryer with "Do not use
in shower the electric router with
"This product not intended for use
as a dental drill the digital ther-
mometer with "Do not use orally
after using anally and one of
my favorites, the sleeping pill box
with "May cause drowsiness You
know that most of these, and other,
warnings resulted as the result of a
lawsuit, threat of a lawsuit, settle-
ment or some knucklehead calling
and complaining. And each one
costs us money.
So while the lawyers think up
new, idiotic and frivolous reasons
to sue companies (and rake in the
big bucks) under the guise of "pro-
tecting" the consumer, and you
wander the store aisles laughing at
stupid warning labels, remember
that you, the consumer, are the
one getting the short end of the
stick planted in anatomically sensi-
tive areas.
Can you feel it?
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up the scraps left over from MREs.
The soldiers soon started leaving
food for them.
Heape also told of one of Sad-
dam's palaces they raided. Inside
was beautiful art and plumbing,
while outside of the palace walls, a
family was using a rain puddle as
their water source.
"Right outside the walls
people are living in shacks
Heape said. "Not five feet from
them was plumbing and good
drinking water
The conditions in Iraq are
still not great according to Heape,
but they are 10 times better than
when Americans first arrived.
Bowen said troops are doing just as
much rebuilding and water treat-
ment as fighting.
"In my opinion, this isn't so
much of a war anymore. It's a
humanitarian effort Bowen said.
After his experiences, Bowen
can't understand war protestors.
He said he didn't hear much from
the protestors before the war began,
but after some tragedies they were
everywhere. Bowen also said he
has encountered a few people who
blame the soldiers. While in Iraq,
he would visit an online chat room
and see random comments such as
"way to be a good little robot
Heape said the only nega-
tive comments he ever heard
were from people who just didn't
agree with the war, but he never
heard anything directed toward
the soldiers. He thinks they
disagree with the war because they
have forgotten.
"I think people don't think
they've forgotten about 9-11 or
they don't realize the magnitude
of what terrorism is about or the
extent these people are willing to
die for Heape said.
"We've all seen H first hand
they don't care. If they can
take one soldier or one American
with them, they can justify the
15 Iraqis they've killed we
can't lose our support of the war
on terrorism
Of course, there is a lighter
side to being overseas. Banks
said that while in Iraq, he and
his friends would take free time
to play pool and drink a beer
- sort of.
"We can't have alcohol, so we
had this near beer. It's the nastiest
stuff in the world, but we'd order a
round of beer and play pool

Video of Iraq
You can view Sgt. 1st Class Smith's
video, see pictures of his trip to Iraq
and get a first hand look at life as a
soldier Thursday at 1 p.m. In 339 Rawl.
Smith said some of the soldiers
made a tiny coffee shop with plastic
tables and chairs. He and one of
his friends built their own private
office complete with air condition-
ing and lights.
"That was a little peace you
could go to Smith said.
Heape said no matter where
they are, American soldiers make
fun. When he was in Iraq, he didn't
have any of the luxuries Bowen,
Banks and Smith had. They made a
golf course in the desert and held a
nine-hole tournament the day after
Baghdad fell.
Bowen said although there are
fun moments, being a student at
war can be difficult.
"For a college kid, this situa-
tion is so much more unique, and I
really think it's almost more stress-
ful Bowen said.
"You're leaving school
and you're in the middle of your
degree, and you come back two
years later and you have to go to
class when you haven't seen any
of the material
Through all the hardships,
Bowen said they appreciate any
support. While on the Internet,
someone asked Bowen if he wanted
anything. Bowen said he wanted
music because he hadn't heard
anything new.
"He sent me six CDs that he
burned, and that meant a lot
Bowen said. "I was very happy to
get those CDs
Banks said they do have fun
overseas - they have Internet
access, places to eat, things to do
and air conditioning - but it's back
to work for student soldiers once
they leave the perimeter.
"They're normal kids, men and
women, but they kn?w when to get
serious Banks said.
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Pitt and Jolie show
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With Mr. & Mrs. Smith, we finally
have a chance to see what kind of
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Angelina Jolie have. They've been
in the rumor mills for quite some
time, and this is the first chance we
have to see the two together.
Mr. & Mrs. Smith is a high
energy action film that packs
enough punch to thrill every-
one in the audience. Pitt and
Jolie play John and Jane Smith, a
couple suffering from some difficul-
ties in their marriage. They seem
to be bored and think of their
existence together as dull. Having
seen the previews, everyone knows
what's coming later in the film, but
director Doug Liman doesn't jump
right into that. Instead, he develops
his characters into a couple that is
quite possibly a mirror image of
many married American couples.
We then discover that both
John and Jane work for different
agencies that send their agents
around the world to kill people who
are threats. As luck would have it,
both John and Jane are assigned
to the same target, where they dis-
cover that they both are assassins.
Liman pretty much puts an end
to plot's continuance right here.
There are several different ways
this film could have been resolved,
but all of these possibilities would
have been unbearably cheesy. Up
until this point, we
have grown fond of
both Pitt and Jolie's
characters, so there
is no true antagonist.
Instead, the Smiths
must resolve their
differences alone. The
female assassins who
work with Jolie try to
help, but she doesn't
want their assis-
tance. As for Pitt, his
friend Eddie (Vince
Vaughn) wants to
see Jolie dead for his
own sake, but he isn't willing to do
anything about it.
Written by Simon Kinberg,
the screenplay surprisingly leaves
few flaws and questions to be
unanswered - that is until the
last half hour or so. But with that
aside, it seems as if Kinberg wrote
this screenplay with the intent on
having a real life Hollywood couple
play the Smiths. The casting of Pitt
and Jolie in these roles was the right
Sure, the screenplay does have
its fair share of holes that seem
to happen all at once in the last
half hour, but that doesn't really
matter here. The point
that Pitt and Jolie have
some of the best on-
screen chemistry that
has been seen all year
makes the film work the
way it was intended.
At the time this was
filmed, both Pitt
and Jolie were going
through difficult times
in their own personal
lives, which makes this
more believable. The
best moments of the
film come when Pitt
and Jolie are not blowing stuff up,
but working out their marriage
issues, either verbally or with the
use of guns.
Director Liman has now grown
out of his earlier comedy films such
as Swingers and Go and into the
Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Arnon Milchan at the movie's premier.
realm of great action directors. His
previous action flick was The Bourne
Identity, in which he showed his tal-
ents at directing such scenes as car
chases. There is a car chase sequence
in Mr. & Mrs. Smith that is both
thrilling and comical, involving
a minivan and a series of BMW
sports cars. Liman knows what
makes action films good, which is
why this one works too.
The entertainment level of
Mr. & Mrs. Smith is what really
drives this film home. Its humor
and big budget action sequences
make this one of the best
films of the summer thus far.
It's one of those summer movies
that is so enjoyable that you will
be glad you forked out full price for
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Father's Day: June 19, time is running out
From the
Sonora Smart
Dodd from Spokane,
Washington was one of
six children. Her mother
passed away, and her father
was left to raise six children
alone. His patience, hard
work and tolerance inspired
Sonora. She decided since all
the mothers got recognized
on Mother's Day, that fathers
should also get a day of recogni-
tion. She began working through a
Protestant church in her town to
promote this holiday in progress.
She decided every third Sunday
in June would be the day to show
gratitude and appreciation to all
the hardworking fathers. Instead
of wearing a carnation like on
Mother's Day, she thought that a
single rose would be appropriate.
Sonora formed many petitions
and committees to promote this
holiday. Although she put forth
much effort, Father's Day did not
catch on as quickly as she had
hoped. The Associated Men's Wear
Retailers of New York began pro-
moting this holiday because they
knew the commercial potential.
With much advertising and help,
President Lyndon Johson signed a
proclamation in 1966 stating the
third Sunday in June as Father's
A tie and a red rose are two
of the most traditional gifts on
Father's Day. Tobacco products
and shirts follow close behind. In
the early 1920s, giving ties as a
symbolic gesture of love was only
criticized. Today, many dads receive
gag gifts such as sexy underwear or
practical items such as brownies,
plants, socks or pipes. The rose is
almost a must on Father's Day, like
on Valentine's Day for girls. A red
rose is to be worn if your father
is still living and a white rose to
remember your father if he has
"I plan on going home to sur-
prise my dad on Father's Day said
Dustin Wilkie, graduate student.
A recent survey showed that
clothing was on the top of the
Father's Day list with home
improvement and gardening items
in close second. If your dad loves
the outdoors, a tree or shrub would
be appropriate. Organizers of all
sorts are always a great idea. They
will help your dad in the garage,
attic or shed. If your dad loves to
grill out, consider grilling uten-
sils, gadgets or smokers. Pick your
dad's favorite hobby and order a
magazine subscription. He's sure
to love reading about the things he
loves to do.
"Since my dad lives in New
Hampshire and I can't go to see
him, I ordered him a year sub-
Top 10 Gift Ideas
10. Automatic card manager
9. Swiss Army knite
8. Fishing equipment
7. Golf equipment
6. Dress wallet
5. Wine
4. Grooming set
3. Facial care Items
2. Sport concert tickets
1. Watch
For more Information on any of
these items, visit
scription of Sports Illustrated said
Dennis Duff, a communication
If you want those pricey gifts,
consider golf items, an IPOD, a
new watch or a new digital camera.
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The first performance in the
ECULoessin Summer Theatre
series is Grease, the famous 1950s
rock 'n' roll musical about the T-
Birds and the Pink Ladies at Rydell
We're all familiar with the story
of greaser Danny Zuko and Sandy,
the new naive girl in town. This
musical found mainstream success
in 1978 with the film adaptation
starring John Travolta and Olivia
The musical itself is co-written
by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.
The show debuted off-Broadway in
1972 at the Eden Theatre with Barry
Bostwick and Carole Demas staring
in the lead roles. It was instantly
popular with the public, but not so
much with the critics. It was later
nominated for nine Tony Awards,
including Best Musical. Between
four different theatres, Grease ran
for a total of 3,388 shows, includ-
ing shows at the Royale Theatre
on Broadway, where it ran from
November 1972 through January
1980, a record for the time.
Starring in ECU's production
of Grease as Danny Zuko is Chris
Van Hoy, a Fayetteville native who
now lives in New York and tours the
country performing in plays and
musicals. He has appeared in sev-
eral national tours, which include
The Full Monty, A Wonderful Life
and Crazy For You! His credits also
include Ginger with Donna McK-
echnie, Cabaret and South Pacific.
Also starring is Angela Sephton
Chris Van Hoy will play the role of
Danny, the hunky T-Bird we love.
Even the 'Grease' posters are fun.
as Danny's love interest Sandy
Dumbrowski. Kristin Wethering-
ton, Jake Stewart, Rob Bradford,
Aaron Pratt, Kristin Sears, Kristy
Young and Clay Boney round off
the cast. John Shearin directs the
show with choreography by David
Wanstreet. This 1950s based rock n'
roll musical will feature the classic
gum chewing, hubcap stealing,
hot rod loving boys and their wise
cracking girls, just as in the past.
The gang sings and dances their
way through the classic scenes we
all know and love like the pajama
party, the prom, the burger palace
and the drive-in movie.
"A lively and funny musical - as
well as the dancing one in town
It's a winner The songs are dan-
Angela Sephton will play the role
of Sandy, the new girl in town.
dies that portray! the early rockers
with zip and charm The sheer
energy of Grease carries all before
it says NY Daily News.
Grease opens Tuesday, June 21,
and runs through Saturday, June
25, showing nightly at McGinnis
Theatre at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m.
showing on Saturday. Tickets are
$20-30 in advanced and can be
purchased at the McGinnis The-
atre box office on campus or by
visiting the Web site at ecuarts.
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the door the night of the show for
$30. For more information, call 1-
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not have a lot of cash hanging
around for expensive gifts, stick-
ing with a heartfelt gift is always a
good solution. Dads love the time
put into a gift rather than the actual
dollar amount.
Many people have lost their
father or their father has been
deployed. If that is the case, be
sure to remember him by wear-
ing a white rose. It's important to
remember all the things you have
learned and gained from him.
Some people even honor a man in
their life who has been a father-like
figure. Whatever your situation, it's
very important to let these men
in our lives know how much they
truly mean.
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A tie is a classic Father's Day gift.

Summer heats up
with student art
Gray Gallery showcases
Textile Talents
Summer is in full swing, and
so too is the latest exhibit at ECU's
Gray Gallery. This month, the
School of Art and Design is pre-
senting "Showcase: Textile Talents
2005 an exhibition of under-
graduate student work from 17
institutions in the southeast.
The show began as an idea at
last fall's meeting of the Southeast
Fiber Educators Association. In an
effort to promote opportunities
for fiber artists and educators, as
well as examine trends in fiber
arts, the group decided to hold an
exhibition. More than 50 pieces are
on display as part of this show, rep-
resenting each member institution
and a variety of fiber art forms.
"As you can see from the show,
the term fiber arts really covers a
lot of ground said art professor
and textile coordinator Christine
"It includes wall pieces, quilts,
sculpture, installation, weaving,
fabric design, fashion and book
arts said Zoller.
Each member school - including
ECU, North Carolina State Univer-
sity, Florida International Univer-
sity and Virginia Commonwealth,
among others - selected and submit-
ted three or four pieces of student
work. ECU entered work by students
Kelly Kye, Kara Maloney, Patricia
Mayberry and Jodi Stevens.
These submissions represent
an assortment of techniques and
incorporate an array of materials,
from the deep blue silk Maloney
draped on a dressmaker's frame to
the mixed media that Mayberry
used to create a hat and earrings.
These four students and their
works are also symbolic of a grow-
ing and diverse textile program at
ECU. There are currently about 18
to 20 undergraduate students and
four graduate students majoring in
textiles. As is evidenced by the broad
range of exhibited art, ECU textile
students have Interests in all things
fiber arts - gallery work, industry,
production, fashion and costume.
In fact, the textile classes are
popular among all art students,
even those who are not specifically
focusing on this discipline.
"The classes are usually always
full with art students from all areas
taking them Zoller said.
And now, art students have
another perspective offered in
ECU's textile program. Jan-Ru
Wan, hired just last year, brings her
expertise in fashion and weaving, as
well as fiber installation and sculp-
ture, to the school. Zoller believes
Wan, originally from Taiwan, will
be a great asset in promoting the
program on a regional and national
basis, as well as increasing the
�number of international students
studying textiles at ECU.
The current exhibit at Gray
Gallery is certainly a good start
to exposing the local community
and university campus to these
art forms, as well as sharing work
from each school with educator and
student peers.
To view the exhibit until its
close on June 30, visit the Gray Gal-
lery on the second floor of the Jen-
kins Fine Arts Center. The building
is located on the ECU campus off
Fifth Street and is open free to the
public Monday through Thursday,
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Softball Has Four
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The Lady Pirates had one of the most successful seasons in ECU softball history this spring.
SID � Four members of the East
Carolina softball team have been
named to the 2005 North Carolina
All-State University Division Team
as voted upon by the North Caro-
lina Collegiate Sports Information
The Pirates placed the most
players of any school on the team
after posting a 55-19 record this
past season. Senior Kate Manuse,
a first team All-Conference USA
selection and member of the All-
Southeast Region second team, led
the Pirates with a .395 average, 14
home runs, 40 RBI and 21 doubles.
Keli Harrell, a sophomore pitcher,
paced ECU with a 29-11 mark
and led C-USA in seven categories
including wins, saves and strike-
outs. Krista Jessup, a second team
all-conference performer, posted
career-highs in batting average,
runs, hits, on-base percentage and
stolen bases. Utility Player Mandi
Nichols, an All-Southeast Region
first-team member and second team
C-USA selection, finished her career
ranked among the school's all-time
leaders in home runs.
q NC State and Elon each placed
w two players on the team, while
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Pos. NameSchool
pKeli HarrellECU
pAbbie SimsNCSU
CKrista JessapECU
IFJennifer BonillaUNC-G
IFJen ChamberlinNCSU
IFKate ManuseECU
IFKrista SearleUNC-W
OFMegan BorgaardElon
OFDani ConcepcionElon
OFRachael RiopelG-Webb
UTMandi NicholsECU
Gardner-Webb, UNC Greensboro
and UNC Wilmington each placed
one member on the squad.
The team consists of players
from NCAA Division I universities
and colleges throughout the state.
North Carolina sports information
professionals submitted nominees.
NCCSIA members voted for the
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Zen Master back in business with the Lakers
After his first stint with LA, Jackson
deemed Bryant "uncoachable
LOS ANGELES (AP) � Phil and
Kobe, together again.
Phil Jackson was back with the
Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday fol-
lowing a breakup that took a year to
mend, and back to coaching Kobe
Bryant - a player he once called
"This is something I never
thought could possibly happen
Jackson said Tuesday at a Staples
Center news conference. "It's a
pleasure to come back
Jackson, who won three cham-
pionships with the Lakers in five
years, was let go last June 18 by
owner Jerry Buss.
The buzz about Jackson's pos-
sible return began almost imme-
diately after his replacement, Rudy
Tomjanovich, left in February
' - despite Jackson's book detailing
the 2003-04 season in which he
made disparaging remarks about
the franchise, including saying
his superstar guard was "uncoach-
"I think it's a matter of trust,
a matter of rebuilding the trust
that we had Jackson said of his
relationship with Bryant. "And yes,
I have talked to Kobe; he actually
called me this morning to con-
gratulate me on the job. And I felt
confident that he's confident that
we can go forward
Bryant's reaction to a possible
return by Jackson seemed luke-
warm at best during the past several
months. But Bryant released a more
positive statement through his
agent Tuesday.
"When the Lakers began the
search for a new head coach, I put
my complete trust in Dr. Buss and
(general manager) Mitch Kupchak
to select the person they thought
was best for the Lakers' organiza-
tion Bryant said. "In Phil Jackson,
they chose a proven winner. That is
something I support
Jackson's latest deal is for three
years. Terms were not announced,
but it's believed he'll be earning
between $7 million and $10 million
per year, which would make him
the highest-paid NBA coach ever.
Jackson said he's been
approached over the last-three
weeks by fans and non-fans asking
him when he was coming back.
"One of the reasons why I've
returned is the support has been
so tremendous in this city he said.
"It is a town that truly supports its
team and has a tremendous amount
of affection for it
Jeanie Buss, the owner's daugh-
ter and the Lakers' executive vice
president of business operations,
publicly lobbied for months for
the return of Jackson, her longtime
Jerry Buss said in early May he
believed Jackson and Bryant could
"Oh, definitely. No question
Buss said. "These people want to
Jackson, who turns 60 in Sep-
tember, has had health issues in the
past and underwent an angioplasty
two years ago. He told ABC-TV
before the opening game of the
NBA Finals that he had a series of
tests showing he was "100 percent
Jackson's dismissal a year ago
set in motion a makeover of massive
proportions that proved disastrous
for the Lakers. Dominant big man
Shaquille O'Neal demanded a trade
and superstar Bryant opted out of
his contract to become a free agent
see JACKSON page A14
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JaCkSOIl from page A13
the same day Jackson's five-year run
as coach ended.
The following month, O'Neal
was traded to Miami while Bryant
stayed with the Lakers.
Tomjanovich succeeded Jack-
son, signing a five-year, $30 million
contract, but lasted barely half a
season, citing health reasons when
he suddenly resigned Feb. 2.
With injuries playing a major
role, the Lakers lost 19 of their
last 21 games under interim coach
Frank Hamblen to finish 34-48
and out of the playoffs for just the
second time since 1976.
Jackson has coached nine NBA
championship teams - six with the
Chicago Bulls and in his first three
years with the Lakers - from 2000-
2002. That ties him with former
Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach
for the most in league history.
Jackson also has a record 175
postseason victories and is tied for
10th on the NBA's all-time list with
830 wins in just 14 seasons - nine
with the Bulls and five with the
Lakers. He has a .723 regular-season
winning percentage and a .717
postseason winning percentage.
The Lakers were 285-125 in
the regular season and 68-28 in
the postseason under Jackson.
But this figures to be his biggest
challenge since the current team
doesn't appear to have what it
takes to return to elite status any
time soon.
The Lakers are well over the
salary cap, restricting their ability
to bring in high-priced free-agent
talent for at least two years. Their
defense was abysmal last season,
they had an unbalanced roster with
too many small forwards, they had
virtually no inside presence on
either end of the court and they
were suspect at point guard.
"I'm not the panacea for this
basketball club Jackson said. "It's
going to take plenty of hard work
and dedication over the course of
the summer to change the face of
this team
Jackson spoke to several other
teams, including the New York
Knicks, but made it clear he would
make a decision on the Lakers' job
before giving serious consideration
to anyone else.
Jackson's decision to rejoin
the Lakers should speed up the
process of fillihg other job open-
ings around the league. There are
coaching vacancies in Minnesota
and Portland, and Seattle coach
Nate McMillan's contract expires
at the end of this month.
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Lockout could tarnish rep
of struggling league
After the dreadful lockout
shortened the 1998-1999 season, it
looked as if the NBA would do all
it could to prevent such an occur-
rence in the future. Unfortunately,
history could repeat itself in less
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the bright young stars like Lebron
James, Dwayne Wade and Amare
Stoudemire coming into their
own, the league should be looking
at a bright future. This, however,
means the league's higher-ups will
do anything to tarnish a league
that has just seen its most exciting
season since the Michael Jordan
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It's young players like these pictured at an NBA pre-draft camp
who may be hurt the most if a lockout is to occur.
ing Agreement, the negotiations at
one time appeared to be going a
lot better than the '98 disaster, but
then things, of course, hit a snag.
The negotiations hit a snag May 18,
after constructive talks in March
and April, and now the result is
anyone's guess. If the talks con-
tinue to be unconstructive between
now and June 30, the league will
most definitely be heading toward
its second lockout in less than 10
years, starting July 1.
After all the terrible P.R. the
NHL has received from its lockout,
it would seem the NBA would do
all it could to avoid the same fate.
With TV ratings and fan interest
still on the decline following its
previous lockout in '98, it would
seem the NBA would show more
urgency during these negotiations.
The big issues in these negotiations
include a higher age-minimum,
lower guaranteed contracts and a
stricter drug testing policy. Right
now, the two sides can't agree on
any of them.
At first, David Stern and the
owners wanted the age-mini-
mum to be 20 instead of 18, but
no agreement could be reached.
Stern and the owners have since
made concessions to lower that age
minimum to 19. For the contract
lengths, Stern and the owners
wanted the guaranteed lengths
of contracts to be lowered from
seven years to four years, but
they have since conceded for five
years. Drug testing policy issues
have gone a little better, but the
union still wants the policy to
be less stringent.
If a lockout were to cost the
league games, expect things to
get rough for the NBA. With the
league, at large, still in the midst
of a disconnect between fans
and players, a lockout would be
devastating, especially if it takes
away part of the season like it did
in '98. The team that would prob-
ably be most affected by a lockout
would be the second-year Charlotte
Bobcats. With a sterling new arena
set to open in Uptown Charlotte
next season, a lockout would be a
crushing blow to a franchise still
trying to gain its footing, while at
the same time trying to erase the
bad memories left behind from the
bitter departure of the Charlotte
Hornets in 2002. NBA cities, in gen-
eral, will also feel negative effects
from a lockout. If games are lost,
employees at NBA arenas would feel
the most severe effects.
The league has to go the extra
mile to make sure negotiations
go as smoothly as possible from
here on out. It took a mammoth
homerun race between Mark
McGuire and Sammy Sosa to
get people interested in base-
ball again and that was, and per-
haps still is, this nation's pastime.
Basketball is far from a national pas-
time, and the finals this year alone
hurt NBA marketability for the
following season. Time to buckle
down boys, or you may be on ice
much like the NHL isn't.
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