The East Carolinian, October 6, 2005
Volume 81 Number 14
THURSDAY October6, 2005
DeLay continues to
battle allegations of
ethical violations
DeLay addresses his charges at a press conference.
Congress contends with
new money scandal
The federal govern-
ment is in the midst of major
changes to its judiciary and
legislative branches because of
Supreme Court vacancies and a
scandal surrounding the House of
Representatives Majority Leader,
Tom Delay.
The indictments DeLay
faces are grounded in charges
of money laundering during
the 2002 election. If convicted
of the charges, DeLay could get
sentenced to as much as two years
of jail time.
"Both indictments accuse
DeLay and two political
associates of conspiring to get
around a state ban on corpo-
rate campaign contributions
by tunneling the money
through the DeLay-founded
Texans for a Republican
Majority Political Action Com-
mittee to the Republican National
Committee in Washington
according to an MSNBC report.
"The RNC then sent back like
amounts to distribute to Texas
candidates in 2002, the indict-
ment alleges
Some of the other ethical
violations alleged against DeLay
include using funds to direct the
Federal Aviation Administration
to track Democratic state leg-
islators who left Texas in order
to stall a controversial vote on
Also, DeLay has been cited
for unethical campaign fund-
"A Kansas-based energy
company, Westar Energy Inc
donated $25,000 to one of
DeLay's several political action
committees. Immediately
afterward, Westar executives
were invited on a two-day golf
trip with the majority leader.
During that trip, those execu-
tives said DeLay asked to be
advised on any interest Westar
energy had in the upcoming
federal energy legislation
wrote Andrea Seabrook, writer
for NPR.
Party rules forced DeLay
to step aside as majority leader
in light of the investigation.
However, DeLay fully expects to
return to his post as house major-
ity leader.
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Congress is considering revising the Higher Education Act, an act that provides nearly all federal higher education programs.
UNC, NC State students act
against possible aid reduction
Congress could cut
funds considerably
Students from North Caro-
lina State University and the
University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill have joined students
nationwide to protest cuts in
financial aid.
With the cuts coming at the
federal level, the effects would
be felt by college students across
the country.
On Sept. 20, the Student
Government Association
at UNC-Chapel Hill voted to
endorse a statement condemning
provisions in the bill on Sept. 20.
NC State followed suit on Sept.
21. Combined, the two North
Carolina universities represent
about 60,000 students.
The U.S. House of Represen-
tatives is currently considering
re-authorization of the Higher
Education Act. The Higher Edu-
cation Act is the single piece of
legislation that provides nearly
all federal higher education
The act comes up for re-
authorization about every five
years and has been in effect since
196S. The act's purpose is to
allow more Americans to attend
college through the federal gov-
ernment shouldering some of the
financial burden.
"Legislators want to 'trim the
fat but we cannot afford to cut
federal student aid programs any-
more. It's like trying to squeeze
water from a dry sponge said
Ginny Franks, vice president for
Legislative Affairs with the UNC
Association of Student Govern-
The UNC ASG pulls its
193,000 student membership
from all 16 North Carolina uni-
H.R. 609 would freeze
Pell Grant funding for the
next six years. Pell Grants help
about five million low-to-middle-
lncome students attend college
each year. Funds for the Leverag-
ing Educational Assistance Part-
nership program have already
been frozen for the past three
U.S. military launches another
offensive in west Iraq Tuesday
� Some 2,500 U.S. troops along
with Iraqi forces launched their
second major offensive in west-
ern Iraq in a week Tuesday,
sweeping into three towns to
take them back from insurgents
who had killed Marines there
last month.
The U.S. military announced
its first casualties of the offen-
sives, with four troops killed by
roadside bombs during the fight-
ing and a fifth elsewhere.
The assaults in western Iraq
aim to put down al-Qaida in Iraq
and other Sunni-led insurgent
groups that have waged a cam-
paign of violence aimed at wreck-
ing a crucial Oct. 15 national
vote on a new constitution. The
United States has hoped the new
charter would bring together the
country's fractious communities,
but Sunnis sharply oppose it.
Sunni Arab moderates threat-
ened Tuesday to boycott the
voting after the Shiite-led parlia-
ment passed new rules over the
weekend that make it effectively
impossible for Sunnis to defeat
the charter at the ballot box.
The new rules deepened alien-
ation over the political process
among Sunnis, who had decided
to participate in the referendum
but to vote no - but who now
said the Shiites were using their
dominance to stack the deck
against them. A boycott would
undermine the referendum's
legitimacy and strike a blow to
hopes that political progress
would weaken Sunni support for
the insurgency.
"Boycotting the referendum
is a possible option because we
believe that participating in the
voting might be a useless act
said Saleh al-Mutlaq, a leading
Sunni politician.
The United Nations also
expressed concern about the
new electoral rules, saying they
don't meet International stan-
dards. U.N. officials have been
meeting with Iraqi authorities
and are confident that Iraq will
ultimately agree to sound elec-
toral rules, spokesman Stephane
Dujarric said.
"Ultimately, this will be a sov-
ereign decision by the Iraqis and
it's up to the Iraqi National Assem-
bly to decide on the appropriate
electoral framework Dujarric
said. "That being said, it is our
duty in our role in Iraq to point
out when the process does not
meet international standards
In Baghdad, a suicide attacker
set off a car bomb at the main
entrance to the heavily fortified
Green Zone, a district of Iraqi gov-
ernment buildings and the U.S.
and British Embassies. The pow-
erful blast killed two policemen.
The attack came on the first
day of Ramadan, the holy Islamic
month of fasting. Al-Qaida in
Iraq called on its followers to step
up attacks against U.S. and Iraqi
forces and make it a "month of
victory for Muslims and a month
of defeat for the hypocrites and
Previous Ramadans since
the invasion and occupation of
Iraq two years ago saw a spike
in violence in Iraq - especially
suicide attacks, in part because
some Islamic extremists believe
those who die in combat for a
holy cause during the period are
especially blessed.
In another statement, al-
Qaida in Iraq urged Sunnis to
boycott the referendum, saying
U.S. authorities would fix the
vote. "You know very well that
the Americans are going to super-
vise collecting the voting boxes
and counting the votes it said.
The military launched its
latest offensive in a cluster of
cities in the Euphrates River
valley about 140 miles northwest
of Baghdad. Code-named "River
Gate it was the largest U.S.
offensive in the troubled Anbar
region of western Iraq this year,
the military said. It also included
hundreds of Iraqi troops, the larg-
est such contingent of any of the
offensives this year.
Airstrikes by U.S. warplanes
and dozens of helicopters set off
explosions that lit up Haqlani-
yah, Parwana and Haditha before
dawn Tuesday. Barrages of gunfire
also were seen in the night sky.
Large sections of Haqlaniyah's
power were knocked out.
Some of the strikes took out
bridges across the Euphrates in
the area to prevent militants
from escaping over them into the
desert, said Lt. Col. Christopher
Starling, the operations officer
in Regimental Combat Team 2,
which is leading the offensive.
Dozens of roadside bombs
were encountered on the main
arteries into the towns as U.S.
troops moved in, Marine com-
manders said. Later in the day,
U.S. snipers took positions on
rooftops in I laqlaniyah as troops
blared warnings on loudspeakers
ordering residents to stay inside
their homes, witnesses said.
The military launched a simi-
lar offensive on Saturday, 93
miles upriver, by the Syrian
border. Operation "Iron Fist
which continued Tuesday, con-
centrated in the towns of Sadah,
Karabilah and Rumana, aiming
to uproot al-Qaida in Iraq insur-
gents who receive reinforcements
and supplies from Syria. At least
57 militants have been killed in
that operation.
The military said a Marine
was killed Monday by a roadside
bomb in Karabilah, the first U.S.
death in Operation Iron Fist. In
the hours before Operation RJver
Gate began, a roadside bomb
hit U.S. troops in Haqlanlyah
on Monday, killing three, the
military said.
Chancellor Schroeder is facing pressure to leave his position.
German conservatives
press Schroeder's party
to accept Merkel victory
BERLIN (AP) � Conservative
challenger Angela Merkel's party
increased the pressure on Chancel-
lor Gerhard Schroeder on Tuesday
ahead of key talks aimed at resolving
Germany's two-week-old leader-
ship crisis, demanding he drop his
campaign to remain in office after
the country's inconclusive election.
Merkel's Christian Democrats
and the Bavaria-only Christian
Social Union argue that their
candidate should be chancellor
because they are the largest par-
liamentary bloc. The election was
so close that Schroeder's Social
Democrats also claim the right to
rule because it got the most votes
of any single party.
"There will be no negotiations
on the issues if the Social Demo-
crats do not accept that our can-
didate will be chancellor Volker
Kauder, the general secretary of
Merkel's Christian Democratic
Union, told ARD television.
The conservatives are demanding
that Schroeder's Social Democrats
drop their demand for him to be the
next chancellor - and accept Merkel
- for the current round of talks to
advance to full-fledged coalition
negotiations. A third exploratory
round is set for Wednesday.
Dieter Althaus, another senior
conservative, told ARD television
the two parties would have to
"pause" if the Social Democrats
do not relent.
A failure to agree could leave
Germany with a weak minority
government at a time when many
are calling for potentially unpop-
ular action to fix the economy. A
lack of consensus could also lead
to new elections.
Both parties oppose that, saying
Germany needs stable leadership
quickly to tackle high Unemploy-
ment, sluggish growth and budget
deficits as well as to provide leader-
ship in the European Union.
Germany, which has the
continent's largest economy,
will play a key role in the EU as
It wrestles with thorny issues
such as membership negotiations
with Turkey and whether to let
Romania and Bulgaria join the
union on schedule in 2007.
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years and would continue to be
The LEAP program provides
incentives for states to provide
need-based college aid to stu-
dents. The Federal Work Study
Program, which provides about
800,000 jobs to college stu-
dents, would also have its funds
Other sections of the bill
would make it tougher for some
students to receive loans, and
those receiving them would
have a harder time paying them
off because of higher inter-
est rates. The bill also fails to
include the proposed Student
Aid Reward Act, which could
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Long term thinking is
Hurricane Katrina, the
war in Iraq, a ballooning
deficit, the continuing real-
estate bubble, rising interest
rates, continuing poverty and
ascending gasoline prices have
given many people pause about
the state of the U.S. economy as
the deficit grows and big spend-
ing continues to be the norm in
According to Randy Parker,
associate professor of economics,
an upturn in economic growth is
only three to five months away if
the proper action is taken.
"This is just a three to five
month phenomenon, and once
construction starts to rebuild
after Katrina, I would hope to see
a situation where we can main-
tain growth said Parker.
Ed Yardeni, an economic fore-
caster with Oak Associates Ltd
and Phillip Verleger, an energy
analyst at the Institute for Inter-
national Economics, recently
spoke with Knight Ridder about
the state of the U.S. economy
as well.
Yardeni expressed a similar
sentiment to Parker's that stag-
flation could last for six months
until recovery begins, although
Yardeni was a bit more sheepish
about the economy's ability to
withstand the damage done by
Katrina and Rita.
Verleger was less optimistic
as he compared recent economic
problems such as the wars in
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THURSDAY October 6,2005
Volunteer Guardian
and Utem Program
The Volunteer Guardian and Utem
Program is looking for advocates
for abused and neglected
children. Volunteers are trained,
and then appointed along wtoi an
attorney advocate to represent the
child's best interests In juvenile
court proceedings.
The program works with other
agencies to locate and develop
resources that would benefit
the child and hisher family.
Volunteers can assist by speaking
up for a child's right to grow up in
a safe and caring environment.
For more information, contact
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Training classes for new volunteers
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National Depression
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Event Date: Thursday, Oct. 6
Time: 9 a.m. - 5 pm and 7 - 9 pm
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and staff for anxiety, depression,
post-traumatic stress disorder
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Contact: Center for Counseling and
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The Pajama Game
Event Start Date: Friday, Oct. 7
Event End Date: Tuesday, Oct. 11
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Oct. 9,8 p.m Oct. 10,8 p.m Oct.
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News Briefs
NC Arm agrees to pay fine for
shipping products to Hong Kong
crime-scene investigation prod-
ucts company that a former state
senator once headed has agreed
to pay a $400,000 fine resulting
from charges that it illegally
shipped products to Hong Kong.
If Sirchie Finger Print Labo-
ratories of Youngsville violates
federal export laws between now
and 2010, or if it doesn't pay the
fine by Oct. 21, It could face a
five-year ban on exporting.
In addition, John H. Car-
rington, a former five-term sena-
tor from Raleigh, accepted a
five-year export ban on him per-
sonally. He did not deny or admit
guilt as part of the settlement,
according to public documents.
Carrington could not be
reached for comment Tuesday, The
News&Observerof Raleigh reported.
Sirchie and Carrington had
been cited in connection with
the export of fingerprint imaging
equipment, fingerprint ink and
fingerprint powder to Hong Kong.
U.S. companies are not
allowed by law to sell fingerprint
equipment to about a half-dozen
nations and territories with a his-
tory of human-rights violations.
Federal authorities said in the
documents that Sirchie and Car-
rington conspired to evade the
export laws by shipping the prod-
ucts to Hong Kong through Italy.
Both Carrington and Sirchie
were charged with 181 violations
of U.S. export regulations involv-
ing products valued at more than
11.4 million. Federal authorities
said the violations occurred from
1999 to 2004, a time when Car-
rington was in the state Senate.
Carrington has said previ-
ously that he did not knowingly
send products to Hong Kong but
that some could have ended up
there through distributors in
other countries that do not face
the same export restrictions as
U.S. companies.
Carrington signed the settle-
ment documents Sept. 19 and
is identified as the company's
former president. The compa-
ny's settlement documents were
signed Sept. 16 by Scott E. Car-
rington, who is listed as the
company's current president.
The company employs more
than 100 people and produces
nearly 2,000 types of law enforce-
ment products, including finger-
print powder, rape kits and spe-
cial lighting for crime scenes.
Two farmers sue over USDA's
formula for tobacco buyout
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) � Wil-
liam Neese began farming burley
tobacco in southwest Virginia's
foothills when he was 12. He
quit only because payments from
a federal tobacco-quota buyout
promised to help him exit a busi-
ness that no longer guaranteed
But in March, the 52-year-
old farmer from Abingdon was
stunned to learn that he would
receive only a third of what he
had expected from the $10.1
billion buyout. Other longtime
growers were getting similar
unwelcome surprises.
Now Neese and another
Virginia farmer have sued the
U.S. Department of Agriculture,
accusing it of steering away from
Congress's directives and effec-
tively slashing their payments.
For Neese, that means he
would receive about $190,000
rather than the $563,000 he
expected. The other burley
farmer, Daniel M. Johnson of
Meadowview, would get $217,000
versus $503,000.
The farmers say the agency
replaced a simple calculation
approved by Congress with a
complex formula that cuts pay-
ments to many farmers.
"I didn't realize that if the
House passed it, the Senate passed
it and the president signed it,
that the USDA had any power
to change it said Neese, who
stopped growing tobacco last
year and now raises more cattle.
"I guess we're getting an educa-
tion here
A spokesman for the USDA
declined to comment and
deferred to the Justice Depart-
ment, which said it planned to
file a response in October.
But in an April letter to U.S.
Sen. George Allen, an official
with the Agriculture Depart-
ment said a lot of farmers got the
false impression that they would
receive payments based on their
2002 tobacco quotas. Quotas,
which represent the amount of
tobacco that growers can market,
have been assigned to individual
farms since 1938.
"We understand many farm-
ers were mistakenly led to believe
that they would receive payments
based on the farm's 2002 effec-
tive quota wrote J.B. Penn, a
USDA undersecretary. "However,
the statutory language requires
many adjustments to be made to
the 2002 effective quota when
calculating payments for pro-
Exactly who contributed
to any miscommunication is
Penn's letter came after Allen
raised questions about possible
inequities in the agency's for-
mula. In March, Allen told Penn
in a letter that he was concerned
that the USDA's formula appeared
"to deviate from the clear direc-
tion" of the law.
The farmers' lawsuit emerged
from Congress's decision last
year to end the federal program
setting price and production
controls on U.S. tobacco. Tobacco
quota holders will be paid over a
decade to compensate for losses
as this system ends.
The buyout will be funded
from assessments on tobacco
companies. About $9.6 billion
was to go to quota holders and
producers, while the remain-
der was to pay outstanding
Under the law passed by Con-
gress, farmers who grew tobacco
in 2002, 2003 and 2004 would
receive $3 per pound, based on
their 2002 quota. Owners of
tobacco quota, which includes
landowners who lease their pro-
duction licenses to active farm-
ers, would get $7 per pound.
Iraq's parliament reverses
last-minute change ft made In
referendum voting rules
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) � Iraq's
National Assembly voted on
Wednesday to reverse last-minute
changes it had made to rules for
next week's referendum on a
new constitution following criti-
cism by the United Nations and
a boycott threat by the Sunni
After a brief debate and with
only about half of its 275 mem-
bers present, the assembly voted
119-28 to restore the original
voting rules for the referendum,
which will take place Oct. IS.
Washington hopes a "yes" vote in
the referendum will unite Iraq's
disparate factions and erode
support for the country's bloody
U.S. and U.N. officials hope
that restoring the original rules
will avert a boycott of the refer-
endum by the Sunni minority,
an action that would have deeply
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grant aid.
Cuts in federal graduate stu-
dent aid have also been part
of the discussion in Congress.
A group of about two dozen
conservatives in the House of
Representatives has proposed
eliminating subsidized loans to
graduate students.
"Undergraduate aid is on the
chopping block in H.R. 609 and
Budget Reconciliation and grad
student loans are on the chop-
ping block in 'Operation Offset
Franks said.
Organizations nationwide
organized a protest call to con-
gressional representatives on
Sept. 20. Several petitions are
circulating online in an attempt
�o dissuade politicians from
allowing the cuts.
For information, students can
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News Briefs Continued
Merkel and Schroeder are
negotiating over how to govern
together in a so-called "grand
coalition" because neither
won a majority for their pre-
ferred coalition in inconclu-
sive Sept. 18 elections. Merkel's
Christian Democrat-Christian
Social Union group has an edge
of four seats, 226-222, over the
Social Democrats in the 614-seat
lower house, or Bundestag. To
build a government, a bloc needs
at least 308 seats.
Parliament must convene
by Oct. 18 - if it cannot choose
a chancellor in three rounds of
secret-ballot voting, President
Horst Koehler can name the
candidate with the most votes to
head a minority government - or
dissolve parliament for another
election campaign.
Speaking to an agricultural
industry union in Bonn, Franz
Muentefering, the SPD party
chief, said the Social Democrats
were ready to move ahead and
could vote on Thursday whether
to enter into formal, full-fledged
coalition talks with the conser-
undermined the credibility of
the vote and set back efforts to
bring Sunnis into the political
"The government is com-
pletely keen to make the con-
stitutional process legitimate
and of high credibility and we
are concerned about the success
of this process rather than the
results of the referendum gov-
ernment spokesman Laith Kubba
said after the vote.
Many Sunnis oppose the
charter and want it rewritten,
believing it would divide Iraq
and leave Shiites in the south and
Kurds in the north with virtual
autonomy and control over the
country's oil wealth.
The original rules, now
restored, mean that Sunnis can
veto the constitution by getting
a two-thirds "no" vote in three
provinces, even if the charter
wins majority approval nation-
wide. Sunni Arabs are dominant
in four of the 18 provinces.
On Sunday, Iraq's Shiite- and
Kurdish-controlled parliament
effectively closed that loophole
with their rule change. The
legislature decided that a simple
majority of those who cast votes
means the constitution's victory
- but that two-thirds of registered
voters must cast "no" ballots in
three provinces to defeat it.
That interpretation had
raised the bar to a level almost
impossible to meet. In a province
of 1 million registered voters, for
example, 660,000 would have
had to vote "no" - even if that
many didn't even come to the
After Wednesday's vote, the
deputy speaker, Hussein , said
the parliament now agreed that
the word "voter" throughout the
election rules means someone
"who did really cast his vote in
the referendum" - both for the
purposes of passing the referen-
dum or for getting the two-thirds
threshold needed to defeat.
In behind-the-scenes nego-
tiations Tuesday, U.N. and U.S.
officials pressed Iraqi legislators
and government officials to
reverse that change. The U.N.
said the change was a violation
of international standards.
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be over very soon. And 1 think
I will go back to be majority
leader said Delay in a Fox News
The damage done to the
Republican majority in Con-
gress may outweigh the damage
of DeLay. Researchers believe
people focus more on Congress
as a whole.
"Many may hold the Con-
gress in very low regard but they
nonetheless love their congress-
man wrote Richard Fenno,
author of If, as Ralph Nader says,
Congress is 'The Broken Branch?'
How Come We Love our Congress-
man so Much?
If this theory holds true,
DeLay's constituents will still
support him, if he gets past his
legal dilemmas.
A New York TimesCHS News
poll showed Congress at only a
34 percent approval rating earlier
in September. Pollingreports.
com conducted surveys asking
Republicans, Democrats and
independents whether or not
DeLay should return to his post
as majority leader if he is acquit-
ted of charges.
Seventy-eight percent of
Republicans said he should
return. While 50 percent of
Democrats and 66 percent of
independents think he should
return as floor leader.
House Minority Leader Nancy
Pelosi does not believe DeLay's
scandal will aftect the opinion
of Congress. She.said the scandal
is more of a referendum on con-
gressional Republicans. She said
they were "plagued by a culture
of corruption
New York Representa-
tive Tom Reynolds, chairman
of the National Republican
Congressional Committee,
said Democrats are attacking
DeLay because he wins against
"Democrats resent Tom DeLay
because he routinely defeats
them - both politically and leg-
islatively said Reynolds.
Howard Dean, chairman of
the Democratic National Party,
gave a speech to Massachusetts
Democrats, criticizing the former
house leader.
"DeLay ought to go back to
Houston where he can serve his
jail sentence said Dean.
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Our View
Can the Pirates
redeem themselves
this weekend
against Rice?
The ECU football program lost a golden
opportunity to strengthen the Pirate nation
last week in a 33-7 loss to Southern Miss.
Granted, the gridiron Bucs were just 1-2, but
students were excited about the prospect of
a competitive football team, because for once
in most of their college careers, the Pirates
were expected to win this season.
Following moral victories against Wake
Forest and West Virginia, if there is such a
thing, ECU fumbled the ball against Southern
Miss, literally. College football enthusiasts
across the country will dismiss the 33-7 loss
as a blowout and continue on across their
local sports page. But for the first time in
years, ECU has competed in at! four of their
matchups this year. Five turnovers against
the Golden Eagles doomed their chances,
but any fan with knowledge of the game can
take a look at the statistics and take solace
in the fact the Pirates went toe to toe with
the opposition.
ECU has another opportunity to right the
ship when they host Rice on Saturday and
win some of the student fans who were lost
in the wake of another defeat. There isn't
much pride around campus in the program
for fair-weather fans across campus, but a
victory over the Owls will match ECU's win
total for last season and maybe get some of
the people who love Saturdays more for the
tailgating than for the action on the gridiron
into Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
JENNIFER L HOBBS Editor in Chief
THURSDAY October 6, 2005
Opinion Columnist
Did Bush make the wrong
decision in nominating Miers?
Or was he just exercising his
executive privileges?
A softer Conference USA schedule will help
the Pirates turn the program around and it
looks as though the coaching carousel in
Greenville has stopped and will keep new-
comer Skip Holtz squarely in control. There
are some bright young stars hitting the field
this weekend, including quarterback James
Pinkney and receiver Aundrae Allison. The
duo will have the opportunity to rewrite some
of the school's record books before their
career is over. Let's just hope someone is
there to see it.
Our Staff
Jennifer L Hobbs
Editor in Chief
Chris Munler Alexander Marclnlak
News Editor web Editor
Carolyn Scandura Kristin Murnane
Features Editor Assl Features Editor
Still taking heat for an unpopular
war, a lackluster response to Hurricane
Katrina and skyrocketing gas prices,
you would think that President Bush
would be walking on eggshells right
now. Bush's popularity is reaching
what I like to call "Jimmy Carter ter-
ritory" and lame duck or not, you
would think that he would use every
opportunity to try and win the support
of Americans.
Recently, a golden opportunity
presented itself: the retirement of
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor from
the Supreme Court. This was a chance
for Bush to knock one out of the park.
It wouldn't be easy, but maybe, just
maybe, if Bush found the perfect candi-
date - one which liberals, conservatives
and everyone in between could get
behind - maybe he could finally make
some real progress with the American
But somehow, Bush has managed to
choose a candidate that nobody wants.
And some exhaustive search it must
have been for him - he chose his former
personal attorney, Harriet Miers. Maybe
it's me, but when the president looks for
a candidate for any position, they prob-
ably should also consider people who
aren't on their Buddy List. If Bush had
done that, maybe we wouldn't have had
an expert on Arabian horses in charge
of FEMA during Hurricane Katrina.
Or maybe 1 have it wrong. Maybe
he's finally trying to be the "uniter"
that he's always claimed to be. Maybe
his grand design is to bring people
together in opposition to Miers. I'm
not sure why. It's just the only theory
I can think of. I don't understand his
reasoning with this selection because
there's something for all sides to hate
about her.
Bush's hardcore, conservative base
cannot be satisfied with the selection of
Miers, a successful lawyer with a paper-
thin portfolio and apparently pro-gay
leanings. Never before serving as a
judge, conservatives will have no track
record to refer to and instead, must
simply take her word that she stands
for their conservative values.
That's a hard pill to swallow with
Justice Souter fresh in their minds.
Justice Souter was nominated for the
Supreme Court by President H. Bush
and confirmed in 1990 but clearly is
now one of the most liberal justices on
the bench. Are conservatives willing to
take that chance with Miers?
As for liberals, if Bush is offering
Miers as some sort of peace offering
because she's apparently more moder-
ate than his other options, then it's
another one of the many words he
doesn't know the meaning of. Accord-
ing to the Oct. S, 2005 edition of the
Washington Post, Miers is a devout
born-again Christian and fiercely
What does President Bush expect
Democratic Senators to say? "So let
me get this straight, Mr. President. In
exchange for a smooth confirmation for
Miers, we get a Justice who might vote
to overturn Roe v. Wade if it ever came
up? Awesome
Basically it comes down to this. If
Miers wasn't so close with President
Bush, she would never have been in
the running, let alone chosen to replace
Justice O'Connor. She has no creden-
tials. She's never been a judge. She's
never written opinions. We don't know
where she stands on most issues and we
probably won't any time soon either
because all of her legal documents from
her work as a counsel in the White
House will be withheld from the public
and Congress because President Bush is
exercising his executive privilege.
The fact that she's a liberal or a con-
servative doesn't really bother me. It's
the fact that she's been nominated to
the most important court in the United
States and she has absolutely no right
to be there. Does George Bush seriously
think that she's the best candidate to
be the next Supreme Court Justice - the
court which directly affects the lives of
every U.S. citizen?
There are hundreds of more quali-
fied people in this country. Hell, just
turn on your television to in the early
afternoon and you'll see a handful
of them. I mean, seriously, Judge Joe
Brown would be 10 times the Justice
that Miers would. I guess that's why
he'll never have a shot at the job: we
only get mediocie public officials
these days. It's especially true with the
Bush administration. It seems like he
appoints the worst people possible so in
contrast it looks like he's doing a great
job as president.
Pirate Rant
To the couple in my physics class,
Flease stop making out during class,
think it is absolutely ridiculous
that during an hour-long class you
cannot control yourselves and keep
off of each other. It's really disgust-
ing and annoying. Do me a favor,
get a room!
I'd be Ed McKim's personal trainer
anyday. He looks like he knows how
to make a woman happy.
Kristin M. from features, will you
marry me?
Why is it that some people feel the
need to cheat and ruin the testing
environment for their fellow stu-
dents? If you cheat on tests while you
are in nursing school then how did
you get into the program initially?
Have some class and do your own
test because eventually you will get
I love George W. Bush!
1 think it's ironic that the Marketing
Education bulletin board on the
second story of Bate has nothing
posted on it.
Hey Mr. Frat-tastic pink shirt with
your popped collar, not all art
students listen to that trash. Stop
grouping us together and maybe you
won t be grouped either.
Why do Ford and the other Ameri-
can car manufacturers even bother
running advertisements claiming
their sedans get 25 MPG? That's like
saying you're the smartest student in
the remedial math class.
Did they have a sale on ugly brown
culottes that I didn't know about?
Wish they had told me so I can con-
form to every other girl here.
First of all, Good Charlotte sucks
and anyone who likes them must be
lame. Second, I would rather work
in a coffee shop in NY than live in
Greenville with boat shoe-wearing,
beer guzzling conformists. And
third, Dave Matthews blows.
To the guy who said that it must really
suck to be like every other girl: We do
not all look the same. Maybe you're
just too shallow minded to look past
the hot blondes who all dress the
same. There actually are hot girls
out there with their own style, and
their own minds.
Attention Southern Drivers: YOU
SUCK! Don't block the right lane at
a stoplight when the left lane is wide
open. I want to turn right on red!
I tried to get my student ticket from
the box office before the game on
Saturday but was told my OneCard
wouldn t swipe. It swipes everywhere
else, but why couldn't the ticket
staff just type in my social security
What does the 'd' in "B-GLAD"
stand for?
I am writing to persuade TEC to run
an article of the election of Erskine
Bowles to be president of the UNC
System. This is a major decision that
will effect all students in the state
public university system.
insert drysarcasticmean com-
ment here about people who com-
plain about people in the Pirate Rant
column. Silly peoplo
I understand how difficult a task it
must be to swipe someone's One-
Card. But could the employees of
the SRC, especially the management,
be a little nicer. You people have no
customer service concepts at all.
To the annoying individual who kept
making stupid remarks about the
Southern Miss coach's stick at the
game Saturday: you weren't funny.
However your little Jazz hand dance
was. Too bad you were being serious
on that one.
Tony Zoppo
Sports Editor
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Head Copy Editor
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Photo Editor
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Asst. Sports Editor
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Asst. Copy Editor
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Production Manager
In My Opinion
Harriet, we hardly know you
To all of you people who are anti
Greek, STOP coming to our parties
(especially Reggae), hitting on soror-
ity girls, and popping your collar!
To the person who dislikes Flag
Football referees, become one and
see how it is dealing with people
like vourself, who would never miss
a call.
Serving ECU since 1925. TEC prints 9,000 copies
every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the
regular academic year and 5,000 on Wednesdays
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the editorial board and Is written by editorial board
members. TEC welcomes letters to the editor which
are limited to 250 words (which may be edited for
decency or brevity). We reserve the right to edit or
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(KRT) � President Bush's choice of
Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court
should eventually end the debate about
his intelligence.
Democrats, who have long ques-
tioned his Intellect, now must hope
their rhetoric matches reality and he
Isn't smart enough to judge how she'll
rule once on the bench.
Conversely, his supporters must
take the pick on faith - trusting that
she won't be this Bush's David Souter,
whom the president's father named to
the court and turned out to be among
its more liberal members.
That's because there is little evi-
dence how Miers thinks about some
of the most controversial issues of the
day. Given the confirmation process,
we are unlikely to find out until she
begins issuing rulings.
Of course, it's pretty apparent that
Miers is a pro-business conservative
who had previously given money to
some Democrats - in the 1980s, when
the party actually was competitive in
Texas - before joining the president's
team more than a decade ago.
She pays lip service to the notion
that judges should interpret existing
statutes, not make them by taking the
law further than the elected representa-
tives are willing to go.
Because she has never been a judge,
or gone through congressional confir-
mation hearings for her White House
jobs, however, we really don't know
much about the nitty-gritty of how her
mind works.
Barring a revelation that one
assumes the White House vetting
process has screened for, the chances
of stopping her confirmation are slim
to none.
It's poor politics, especially for Red
State Democrats who have to seek re-
election, to turn someone who looks
like your grandmother into Public
Enemy No. 1, no matter how much cash
abortion- and gay-rights groups may
have given to their campaigns.
Which is why if Bush's criterion
for picking a Supreme Court justice is
someone whose personal views are so
unknown their impartiality can't be
called into question, he gets an A.
But if his goal is a justice he can
absolutely count on to be a reliable
conservative vote on controversial
cases, then it's not clear to the rest of us
- although obviously it is to him - what
grade he should get.
After all, Bush is one of the few
people on Earth who has the insight
to know, or reasonably suspect, how
she will rule.
One would assume that the presi-
dent is sure of her views and values.
He has known her for more than a
decade, and she is the chief White
House lawyer.
Yet because there is little, if any,
public record that would lead a prudent
person' to conclude where she stands
on the most controversial matters - like
abortion, gay rights, immigration, etc.
it will not be clear to most of us or, for
that matter, to the senators who must
confirm her, how she will vote.
Goody-goody types will applaud
that, but practical politicians want to
know what they are getting.
We have our suspicions, and the
company she has kept in recent years
would appear to provide clues.
Yet history shows that presidents
can appoint Supreme Court justices
expecting them to have a specific judi-
cial philosophy and be proved wrong.
Just look at Souter, a New Hamp-
shire Supreme Court justice when
tapped for the high court on the expec-
tation by the elder Bush that he was a
reliable conservative vote like Antonin
Dwight Eisenhower was none too
pleased with many of the rulings by
Earl Warren, whom Ike made chief
But in both of those cases, the presi-
dents did not know their nominees or
their judicial philosophies well before
Miers is another story.
Howard Dean St Co. have been
arguing for years that Bush isn't intel-
lectually up to the job. Making fun
of his intelligence has been standard
cocktail-party chatter since his first
We won't know for a while, but, in
the end, picking Harriet Miers for the
Supreme Court will prove once and for
all just how smart Bush really is.
If the salad was that nasty, why
did you buy it? They come in clear
plastic containers so you can see if
It's starting to rot. In fact, why did
vou buy a salad on campus? You were
ust asking to be ripped off.
To the sorority girl in my marketing
management class, when you come
in and your usual seat isn't open,
don't get the pissed off look on your
face. There are 20 other seats in the
room that you can sit in.
I am a freshman here at ECU and
I love TEC. However, I was seri-
ously disgusted about the articles
on ' What's Hot Shouldn't we be
enforcing uniqueness and individu-
ality, not how to look like everyone
Not that I'm hating or anything,
but don't some of you people have
things to wear that aren't plastered
with Greek letters?
Why do you have to sign in to the
computer labs, you ask? Because
when you steal something, we can
catch you.
With flag football it Is not the best
athletes who win the games It's the
team who understands the rules
because it is not the ref who is throw-
ing the ball down the field or com-
mitting the penalties, it's you so get
over yourself you perfect person!
Whoever made that comment about
Music Appreciation being easy
you must not have Newsome. He
makes that class ridiculously hard!
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Iraq and Afghanistan, rebuilding
after Katrina and rising deficits
paralleling former President
Lyndon Johnson's problems
with the Vietnam War and his
ambitious Great Society spend-
ing program in the late 1960s. He
underscored the fact that the econ-
omy in the 1960s could not hold
up against the strain, which led
to tax increases and a long battle
to control rampant inflation.
Parker is adamant about the fact
that forecasting economic trends
tends to be a very difficult exercise.
"Prediction is always a dif-
ficult thing, especially when it
deals with the future Parker said.
"You must remember to
always look at these things in
the long term
Although the rebuild-
ing efforts in the Gulf will
increase the deficit, there is no
doubt that the Gulf ports will
be rebuilt with federal funding,
Parker said.
"I know people have called on
the president to raise taxes or get
rid of the tax cuts fearing mas-
sive deficits, but there are ways
to pay for this without hurting
economiogrowth, which raising
taxes would do Parker said.
"The tax cuts from 2000 and
2001 have made the recent reces-
sion not as bad as itj could have
been, and raising taxes is not a
good way to cut deficits as studies
have shown
Allowing the economy to
grow without touching taxes and
getting a gpod handle on spend-
ing is the way to pay down the
deficit, Parker said.
"President Bush has done
everything, but in spite of Iraq
and Katrina, he hasn't controlled
spending and that's why the defi-
cit continues to grow he said.
"But the deficit is actually
under control if we look at it in
absolute dollar terms
In proportion to the Gross
Domestic Product of our econ-
omy, the deficit is 3 percent.
Parker said if the ratio reaches 7
or 8 percent, then the deficit will
be a major issue.
"You've got to keep it in per-
spective, those foreign investors
who are holding our bonds are
increasing the line of credit here
- so they're actually doing us a
favor Parker said.
"Financial capital flowing
into the country is a sign of
strength, not weakness - they're
looking at the U.S. as a good
Interest rates have also been
an issue in recent years as they
dropped to a historic low of one
percent, but have gradually been
increased by Federal Reserve
Chairman Alan Greenspan.
"The worry is about curbing
inflation Parker said.
'Greenspan is raising interest
rates while the economy is grow-
ing to reach an equilibrium rate
that would control inflation and
maintain growth
Some people believe that
Greenspan is doing this to slow
down the real estate bubble
before sharp price drops burst the
bubble, Parker said.
"This bubble cannot be sus-
tained anymore than three to five
years Parker said.
"Nobody knows what will
pop it, but ask yourself what
drives the herd mentality - I
don't know
Parker is especially concerned
about salt water real estate, homes
being bought and sold on the
coasts, which are appreciating at
amazingly high rates.
"In Miami, people are buying
beach front property and selling
it within days with an apprecia-
tion rate of 25 percent a year
he said.
"This simply can't last
Banks allowing creative
financing gimmicks and giving
out risky interest-only loans are
heading for financial ruin if the
bubble bursts.
"Assets will take a hit else-
where but not nearly as bad as the
salt water real estate he said.
"People are saying, 'Gorilla?
I don't see a gorilla' - so as an
economist I say, 'Hey, look at
that gorilla
Poverty is also a problem now
brought into the forefront of
debate after the debacle in New
Orleans exposed rampant pov-
erty in a major American city.
"You could go into any city
and find the same kind of pov-
erty, and if people weren't aware
of this they're not paying atten-
tion Parker said.
"It reminds me of the famous
line in Casablanca, 'I'm shocked
- absolutely shocked - to find
gambling here
Since Johnson's Great Society,
more than $6 trillion has been
spent on eradicating poverty,
yet the rate of poverty remains
the same.
"There are four ways
to avoid poverty: graduate
from high school, don't get
married when you're a teen-
ager, delay having children
until you're married and
don't abuse drugs or alcohol
Parker said.
"Among people who
follow this advice, the chances
of living in poverty are almost
According to Parker, the gov-
ernment can do little about the
rate of poverty.
"It's the cold hard truth - if
we could do something, I'm more
than willing to spend more he
Another 500 pound gorilla in
the room is Medicare, which may
be in dire straits in the future.
"Social security does have a
solvency issue, but it can easily
be solved even without privatiza-
tion - the real problem that no
one's talking about is Medicare
Parker said.
Funding for Medicare is
largely dependent on technologi-
cal innovations, and such things
are very difficult to estimate the
costs of using.
"We don't have a clue how
much it will cost in the future to
keep all our citizens healthy - If
anyone says they know, they're
lying Parker said.
"No one even wants to talk
about it
All in all, Parker is optimistic
about the economic trends in
the U.S.
"You have to think in terms
of long term growth Parker
"If we continue to have a
trained workforce, available
educational opportunities and
the entitlements question is
addressed, I'm very optimistic
about the future - in other words,
there's not going to be a deficit
monster chasing you down any-
time soon
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THURSDAY October 6, 2005
Got Questions?
Dear Features,
Why is there such a double standard
with men and women and their sexual
relationships? Men who have sex
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appreciate it. Why does this double
standard occur?
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Dear Gettin' down in G-Vegas,
We are not exactly sure why this
double standard exists, but we do
agree that it is not right. Promiscuity,
whether it be male or female, may
seem fun at the time but Is actually
quite dangerous. The STD rate
around here is awfully high, with
about one in four students carrying
an STD. While we can't fix the name
calling or stereotyping, we can advise
you that casual sex isn't the safest
thing to do, Also, never forget that
safe sex is always the best way to
go, unless you're planning on being
another of those one In four students.
Apricot Chicken:
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2
turns of the pan
2 pounds chicken tenderloins, cut in
12 across on an angle
Salt and pepper
1 large onion, chopped
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
12 dried pitted apricots, chopped
2 cups chicken stock
1 cupapricotallfruitspread or preserves
3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf
parsley, for garnish
Heat a large skillet with a lid over
medium high heat Add oil and chicken.
Season with salt and pepper. Lightly
brown the chicken a few minutes
on each side, add onions. Cook five
minutes. Add vinegar to the pan and
let it evaporate. Add apricots and
stock. When stock comes to a bubble,
add preserves and stir to combine.
Cover pan, reduce heat and simmer
10 to 15 minutes. Serve chicken
with a sprinkle of chopped parsley.
Grilled Green Chill Quesadlllas:
3 fresh chile peppers, such as
poblanos - any variety may be used,
according to your tolerance for heat
4 (12-inch) large flour tortillas
3 cups (34 pound brick) smoked
Cheddar (recommended: Cabot
brand, shredded)
1 cup store bought salsa verde,
available on chip and snack aisle or
in Mexican food section
1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves
Heat a grill pan over high heat. Place
whole chiles on grill and char all over,
about 10 minutes. Remove from heat
and split chiles. Scrape away seeds
with a spoon and slice.
Heat a large nonstick skillet or griddle
over medium high heat Char the tortilla
and blister it on one side, 20 seconds,
then flip tortilla Cover half of the tortilla
with cheese and chilles, then fold over.
Press down gently with spatula. Cook
quesadllla 15 seconds more on each
side, transfer to a cutting board. Repeat
Pile up two completed quesadlllas at
a time and cut into three generous
wedges. The yield will be 12 pieces
from four quesadlllas. Serve slices
on a large platter with small dishes of
salsa verde and sour cream for topping.
Garnish the platter and toppings with
chopped cilantro.
Pina Colada Sundae:
2 tablespoons butter
12 cup sugar
12 Inch peeled ginger, grated
14 ripe pineapple, peeled, cored and
cut Into chunks
Coconut sorbet or ice cream
12 cup rum
Maraschino cherries, for garnish
Ginger cookies, for garnish
In a small saucepan, heat the butter.
Add the sugar and ginger. Stir together
until the sugar dissolves. Continue to
stir until the sugar starts turning light
brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the
pineapple chunks, toss to coat and
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2 quarts skim milk
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Don't dive 'Into the
Hollywood's recent
failure at adventure
Into the Blue attempts to be
too many movies at one time. It
doesn't know what type of film it
wants to be and by the time the
film ends, we've been treated to
so many different types of films
we're not entirely sure what film
we just watched.
Paul Walker (Fast and the
Furious) plays Jared, a beach
bum living on a shipwrecked
houseboat in the Caribbean
who has aspirations of finding
buried treasure underneath the
waters someday. His girlfriend
is Sam (Jessica Alba), but we
never get any feel for who she is.
Yes, she's Jared's girlfriend but
it appears the only reason why
Alba is in this film is so she can
swim around in next to nothing
as a ploy to only make more box
office money.
Jared's brother Bryce (Scott
Caan) pays a visit to his brother
for a week with a new girl he
just picked up named Amanda
(Ashley Scott). The four hang
out on a boat and go diving as a
means for relaxation.
They start to find articles
of "treasure" under the sand
and decide to go digging for
more. This becomes very difficult
seeing how they don't have the
proper tools to be searching for
a shipwreck. What they do find,
however, is the remnants of an
airplane crash. Inside, they find
something of a little more value
than pirate treasure. Due to legal
issues surrounding the contents
of the airplane, they decide it
would be in their best interest
to leave it alone. But they know
this plane is down there now
and they assume someone will
come looking for it. Well, guess
what? They do. Now we're into
the thickness of this less than
menacing plot.
Written by Torque scribe Matt
Johnson, Into the Blue is a film
that attempts to be another
adventure film. This film would
Piip' TECs
D,uc Masterpiece
Paul Walker plays Jared, Jessica Alba plays Sam, Scott Caan plays Bryce and Ashley Scott is Amanda.
have worked had there not been
any plot twist surrounding the
illegal contents of a plane wreck
in the waters. This portion of the
plot was added as an attempt to
add thrills. The thrills fail. We do
see a nice development between
the brothers Jared and Bryce, but
the women of this film are only
there for looks and not for plot
development. This film would
have worked fine without Alba
and Scott, but it may not have
sold many tickets at all.
The one positive note about
the plot is that the types of
obstacles these divers encounter
are nothing too extraordinary.
They don't have to do superhu-
man things in order to get away
from a conflict. We see this
happening in every other action
thriller lately where the main
characters have to get away from
something in a most unrealistic
fashion. This is not the case in
Into the Blue. Everything that hap-
pens is real and our suspension
of disbelief is not required, except
for the fact that their breath can
be held underwater as long as a
Directed by John Stockwell
(Blue Crush), Into the Blue goes
from beginning to end in less
than two hours and covers just
about every single genre of film
one can think of. It succeeds at
being an adventure film, but
it doesn't cross into the action
realm with any ease. Its thrills
are misused and ill-timed. It
attempts at a romance, but with
Alba's character not being devel-
oped, we don't feel for either her
or Walker. It attempts at being
see BLUE page B2
Don't get Trapt' into buying this CD
Familiar, yet odd Images represent Trapt's sound,
New album by nu-metal
band will ruin your day
For me, the best part of
writing for TEC is that I get
turned on to a lot of cool new
music which I probably would
never hear otherwise. It's very
refreshing when I have to review
an album that I've never even
heard of and I find myself really
enjoying it.
The worst part of writing for
TEC, on the other hand, is when
I have to review and album that
is absolutely atrocious. I hate It
for two reasons. First, when I
review an album, I try to listen
to It at least three times from
beginning to end so that I may
give a fair and qualified analysis
of it. When it's an incredibly
bad album, it's hard enough
just listening to it once without
scrolling through the playlist
of your MP3 player looking for
something better. Three more
times is simply torture.
Second, when I sit down
to write my review, I'm not
allowed to use the four-letter
words which come so naturally,
and describes these albums
so accurately. It forces me to
be creative with my thoughts
and really challenge myself
to convey my feelings prop-
erly. Trapt's latest album Some-
one In Control is one of those
atrocious albums.
Someone in Control is every
four-letter word that you can
imagine rolled into a ball of
pretentious nu-metal garbage.
And if It weren't for my mini-
mum word count, I would
leave it at that, wipe my hands
clean of this article and run to
the nearest neurosurgeon to
have the portion of my brain
which contains the memory of
listening to this album removed
forever. However I do have a
minimum word count and I am
a professional, so instead, I'll
explain myself.
First and foremost, I can
say with absolute certainty
that Trapi singer and guitarist
Chris Brown could be the worst
lyricist since Fred Durst. Brown
tries to come off like he's some
sort of profound, tortured soul
like Kurt Cobain.
The only problem is I doubt
that Cobain ever would have
written this: "You're going to
have to carve me from stone
Right to the bone or I'll end up
alone "Weird" Al Yankovic has
written deeper lyrics than him.
It gets worse. On "Stand Up
Brown writes: "How my anger
has grown I've got a feeling
Inside that 1 can't seem to con-
trol Who does he think he is?
The Incredible Hulk?
see TRAPT page B2
HIM's 'Dark Light' attempts to lyrically light up United States
New CD hits the
airwaves hard
Globally known rock stars
of HIM have finally come
out with an American debut
titled Dark Light. HIM has
been in the rock scene since
1997 when they came out
with their first album Great-
est Lovesongs, Vol. 666. Since
then they have produced two
additional albums, but never
in the United States until now.
HIM's first single off of
Dark Light, "Rip Out The
Wings Of A Butterfly" presents
the public with lyrics like
"Come on, and show them your
love, rip out the wings of a but-
terfly. For your soul, my love,
rip out the wings of a butterfly
With darker and slightly
violent lyrics and song
titles like "Killing Loneli-
ness" and "Vampire Heart
the actual melody and mood
Is something quite differ-
ent then you would expect.
The tempos of the songs are con-
stantly fluctuating with HIM's
combined hard-rock edge and
classic lyrics In such a way that
is quite appealing to a range of
listeners, and meshes well with
different genres.
Melodically the songs are
quite interesting, especially with
the tracks "Killing Loneliness"
which begins with a piano intro-
duction that flows Into more
hard edged rock, and "In The
Night-Side Of Eden which ends
with the lyrics "Forever we are,
forever we will be, forever we'll
be crucified
Junior Rob Hlleman, a man-
agement major at ECU said "HIM
is the greatest band in the entire
world and everyone needs to
realize It Hileman has been a
dedicated HIM fan since they
came out with their first album,
and claims that this new one is
surprisingly very different.
"Dark Light isn't exactly what
I expected out of HIM, but I think
they have just made a change to
their music style and It's some-
An image like this can only portray darkness.
thing I'll have to get used to
Ville Valo, lead vocalist of
the group said in a recent press
release that he knew exactly
what HIM was striving for with
their new album.
"I wanted them to be cool live
songs, straight in the face kind of
stuff. But it's really melodic at the
same time he said.
The group feels their songs
in this new album are classic
HIM songs, which include
famed tales of love and desire
that inspire fans to worship at
the altar of the Heartagram.
"It's very much what 1 wanted
us to. be since the beginning. "
Valo added.
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'Capturing the
For longer than I'd care to
admit, I thought that all docu-
mentaries were the outdated,
boring films I was shown in
my sixth grade science class.
For all I knew, the pinnacle
of documentary filmmaking
was The Miracle of Life or those
car-crash films they showed in
Drivers' Education.
I was young. I was stupid. 1
was about 20-years-old. Then
when working at a very promi-
nent video chain, which I
won't name because they
don't deserve any free public-
ity, I stumbled upon the film
Capturing the Friedmans.
From the opening mon-
tage, a collection of clips from
actual home movies, the Fried-
mans appear to be an average,
middle-class American family.
The patriarch of the family,
Arnold, is a retired, award
winning high school teacher.
His wife, Elaine, is an astute,
headstrong homemaker. The
couple had three children:
David, Seth and Jesse.
Any sense of normalcy,
however, is dashed imme-
diately. In November 1987,
Arnold was nabbed in a sting
operation for the possession
and distribution of child por-
nography. As police inves-
tigated the matter, though.
they realized that the problem
may have much greater than a
stash of lewd magazines.
Arnold taught a computer
class for young children out of
his basement and while search-
ing the Friedman home, police
seized a roster of enrolled
students and followed up on
the lead. Things became even
darker for the Friedman family
the day before Thanksgiving
in 1987. Arnold and Jesse
were both arrested for sexu-
ally abusing multiple children
from the computer class.
The rest of the film focuses
on the subsequent trials of the
two Friedmans and grapples
with the essential question at
hand: "Were Arnold and Jesse
guilty of the horrific crimes for
which they were accused?"
At no time during the
film does filmmaker Andrew
Jarecki offer an answer to that
question. Instead, he focuses
on presenting the facts and
points of view from nearly
every perspective possible.
The film features in-depth
interviews with Jesse, Seth
and Elaine Friedman as well
as students who claim to be
have been molested, students
who claimed that they were
not, lawyers, experts and
nearly everyone involved with
what would become of the
most bizarre criminal cases in
American history.
The most engaging por-
tions of the film, though, are
the home video and audio
recordings of the Friedman
family which present a candid
look of a family as it disinte-
grates before our eyes.
From the family fights
about the accusations to
the emotional confessionals,
Jarecki unabashedly shows
the fear, the anger and the
uncertainty of the Friedman
clan as they attempt to deal
with the situation which has
presented itself.
This film has stuck with me
in the two years since I origi-
nally saw it. Unlike the propa-
ganda of Michael Moore films,
it has no agenda and ultimately
leaves viewers unsatisfied in
that even the filmmakers do
not know what the truth is. But
that is the beauty of the film
- the truth, as in life, can never
be certain. Watch this film and
prepare for the months of per-
sonal in-depth contemplation
of your own.
This writer can be contacted at

Ir8pt from page B1
Unfortunately for Trapt, bad
song writing isn't the only prob-
lem plaguing this album. I can
deal with bad song writing.
Admittedly, I'm not the toughest
music critic in the world and nor-
mally I will find some redeeming
quality in music that I dislike.
I hate The Doors but I'll listen
to the extended keyboard solo
during "Light My Fire" any day.
There are no such redeeming
qualities on Surname to Control.
Describing the music is easy.
Tune into 99X for an hour and
you're bound to hear their break-
out hit "Headstrong" from their
debut album. Once you hear
it, you'll know exactly what to
expect from Someone to Control
because that's exactly how the
music sounds - exactly like
everything else they've done.
After 20 minutes of listening, I
had to double check that my
stereo wasn't set on repeat.
If this is the state of metal
music, then metal is officially
dead. Their "power chords and
pouting" feels so indolent and
boring. Trapt seriously needs to
loosen up. I have to believe that
they're capable of something
better - anything would be a step
up from this album. The band
from page B1
needs to expand their horizons,
try playing more than one chord
maybe. I think that they're tal-
ented instrumentally but they
just seem dead-set on making
awful music.
Above all else, Brown needs
to lighten up. Rock 'n' roll is
supposed to be fun. I would
assume that he's a millionaire
from "Headstrong" alone and
probably has a nice life. So why
does he come off like the gloomy
guy at the coffee shop reading his
poetry that no one likes. Every
song on Someone to Control pits
Brown as a victim or an outcast.
Maybe people don't like him
because he's such a pretentious
crybaby. Lighten up!
I do have one positive com-
ment about the band to end
with, though. Trapt is a very good
name for this band. It describes
perfectly the feeling people
have when they buy this album
and realize the next day that
most retailers won't give them
their money back just because
it's terrible. Don't be one of
those people.
Rating: F
This writer can be contacted at
a horror by taking place in the
most shark infested waters of
the Bahamas, but the sharks are
introduced as friendly rather
than menacing. This does not
create the element of fear for the
sharks that was desired by the
filmmakers. In films like laws,
the shark was the villain and was
introduced to us as such. In this
film, they are just kind of there.
Had this film stayed an adven-
ture film of four people in search
of buried treasure, it would have
been halfway decent. Instead it's
a film that will quickly be forgot-
ten in the minds of filmgoers
who would prefer the best films
from every genre this film tries Si
to cover.
Grade: C-
This writer can be contacted at
features@theeas tcarolinian. com.
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The movie plays out like
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to Peter's ignorance. They have
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who the family is actually embar-
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Stewie (MacFarlane) who has
aspirations of world domination.
He's the most intelligent member
of the family. There's also the dog,
Brian (voice also by MacFarlane)
who talks to members of the
family, especially Stewie. Brian is
the voice of reason for the Grif-
fin family.
The film follows Stewie as he
continues to struggle in finding
himself. He rants about how he
cannot believe that he comes
from the same gene pool as Peter
and Lois. Meanwhile, Peter takes
on a job at the local television
station doing a segment in which
he rants about things that really
grinds his gears. This propels him
to celebrity status throughout
the town.
Stewie senses something one
day while watching the TV with
his family. He sees a news report
from San Francisco featuring
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a guy who looks just like him.
Stewie thinks that this is his real
father. He and Brian head out
west to track this guy down. He's
in for a surprise, however, once
he gets there.
For those who have seen the
show, imagine all the laughs that
are packed into one 30 minute
show. This film has enough
laughs to fill up three episodes.
There are some classic "Family
Guy" moments and some classic
characters from past episodes
making cameo appearances
(remember Mr. Kool-Aid from
the very first episode?). There
are moments that will make you
fall from your chair because of
the ridiculous things said from
everyone's favorite fat guy, Peter.
Fans of this hilarious televi-
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Stewie Griffm: The Untold Story
don't deserve to be called fans
for much longer. It has been out
for over a week now so all the
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and for those who have not ever
seen an episode. It introduces the
characters well enough so people
who know absolutely nothing
about the show will be able to
follow. The gags might not make
a whole lot of sense, but hey, it's
meant to be funny, not thought
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THURSDAY October 6, 2005
VC Top 10: Week 2
Wmok inside this weekend's top
ith college football in full swing and several
surprise NFL teams emerging with tapttssive starts,
TEC Top 10 can only jet tougher as the season
rolls along.
Week one featured several upsets in the college
ranks. .1 rid my record ranks accordingly with a 6-4
mark Above .500, but disappointing to my high
standards. Week two features some key conference
NCAA matchups with the game of the week pitting
No. 5 Georgia against No. 8 Tennessee.
Washington, Cincinnati, Tampa Bay and
Indianapolis are the lone undefeated teams in pro-
fessional football and the Redskins hit the road to
face the Broncos this week. Will they stay unbeaten?
Let's check that out. along with host of games in
this week's edition of the TEC Top 10, where only
the toughest matchups are selected.
NC State at No 24 Georgia Tech
We start with the Wolfpack battling the Yellow
Jackets tonight. Talk in Raleigh has centered around
their athletic defense, but with a 1-2 record and
a defense that ranks fourth in the ACC, the Pack
�rent looking like the major bowl team they were
predicted to be. The talent is there, but quarterback
Jay Davis has some big shoes to fill as fans are still
big over Philip Rivers and he fust isn't capable.
the other side, Tech will attempt to recover from
a 51-7 loss to Virginia Tech last week. The Jackets are
3-1 this season, but haven't played well on offense
since their opener against Auburn. Quarterback
Reggie Hall needs to improve on his47.3 completion
percentage and leading rusher P. J. Daniels has just
one touchdown. This game will be decided between
two solid defenses and I'll take the Wolfpack 27-23
In my upset of the week.
Virginia at No. 18 Boston College
It may pain old school diehard ACC fans for
Boston College to be chewing up the conference
rnpetition, bul that's exactly what's happening
t h is season. The Eagles have earned a national rank-
ing with � 4-1 record and will take on a Cavaliers
squad that may or not be for real. The Cavaliers
are waiting to bust into the rankings with a 45-33
loss to Maryland as their lone blemish this season.
But five of then linal seven opponents are ranked,
including the Eagles. A loss here could set the tone
for a downward spiral toward the bottom half of
the ACC. Look for that to happen on Saturday.
Boston College's two-headed monster in the back-
field will conrittKe to rip up the competition. L. V.
Whitworth and Andre Callender have combined
for 627 rusliing yards, averaging 4.6 yards per carry,
but it's the Eagles defense that has Boston College
earning respect ar und the country. B is allowing
just 10 points per contest and has given up more
than one touchdown just once in five games. The
1 rend continues with Virginia falling 28-13.
No. 5 Georgia at No. 8 Tennessee
The biggest game of the weekend will pit the
Bulldogs and Volunteers in a classic SEC battle.
Georgia has always had a squad that was almost
there, losing just one or two keys games eacrjseason
that keeps them out of contention for the national
championship. This could be one of those season
defining performances. If not for former backup
Rfck Clausen taking the reins under 1 enter and lead-
ing Tennessee to two straight wins, t he Bulldogs are
a lock for this pick. If this game is in t.eorgia, it's
a lock But the SEC could be decided at Tennessee,
one of the toughest venues for the opposition in
all of college football. Easily the hardest pick this
week, I've flip-flopped on this one, but home field
advantage keeps Georgia from making it over the
hump this season. Volunteers win 27-26.
No. 6 Mo State at No. 16 I'enn State
Perwft Stifle continued to roll with a convincing
win over Minnesota last Week and enters their battle
with the Buckeyes undefeated at 5-0.1 low long can
the Nittany Uons prolong their remarkable 200S
start? They will get easily their toughest test of the
season hosting Ohio State. The Buckeyes seemed to
have decided on their starting quarterback and Troy-
Smith over Justin Zvttck it the right choice. Smith
was electric against Iowa last week, completing
13-of-19 passes for 191 yards and running for 127
yards on 18 carries, totaling four touchdowns. With
Smith, the Buckeyes might just shed their reputa-
tion as a boring, field position offense. Penn State
proved they were underrated with their dominating
performance against the Gophers and will continue
to get respect with a competitive battle this week-
end. However, OSU has the defense needed to stifle
one of the top offenses in the country. The Buckeyes
win a close one, 24-19.
Carolina at Arizona
The Panthers saved a season in danger ot going
south early by holding off a Green Bay comeback
last Monday night. Now Carolina is right in the
thick of the NFC race again. Talk of a Super Bowl
appearance may have been more hype than any-
thing before the season started, but if quarterback
Jake Delhomme can find other targets besides
emerging superstar Steve Smith like he did against
the Packers, Carolina could have one the top
offense in the league. Arizona is Arizona, a losing
team with little hope for a playoff appearance. But
there are bright spots, in part ic ula r quarterback Josh
McCown. With Kurt Warner out with an injury,
McCown has shown ability. Needless to say, the
Panthers have them overmatches and improve to
3-2 with a convincing ills win.
Philadelphia at Dallas
If the season ended today, Eagles' qua
Donovan McNabb is the league MVP McNabb has


No. 10 California at No. 20 UCLA
Before the season even began, we knew the Pac-
10 would battle for second place behind juggernaut
USC. These are the two teams vying for that posi-T
tion. Both teams come into the matchup unbeaten
and will pose a threat to the Trojans down the road.
But for now, these two offenses will light up the
scoreboard, featuring some of the best talent you've
never heard of. California features Justin Forsettj
and Marshawn Lynch, perhaps the best backfielc
tandem in the country. UCLA's quarterback Dre
Olson has thrown for over 1,000 yards, including
eight touchdowns and just two picks. I'll take Cali-
fornia In a shootout, 38-31.
completed 63.2 percent of his throws and leads the
NFL with 1,333 yards passing and 11 touchdowns,
not to mention battling an injury that will require
surgery after the season. Terrell Owens could be the
best receiver in the NFL this season, especially if
Randy Moss is punished for having Ricky Williams'
syndrome after basically admitting to smoking
marijuana. In Dallas, quarterback Drew Bledsoe is
Parcells. The Cowboys have had t
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catches uTrrc East'ii arguably the toughest
division in the M Land both squads need wins in
tbtse matchups. A�thMiggame for McNabb in
company and who knows, Owens might have a
�Jr.Ion for us on the Cowboys star at midfield.
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to improve to 4-0 In Denver, which looked like a win 24-20.
break in the schedule before the season started.
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quarterback Jake Plummer has taken care of thej;
ball for the most part, throwing four touchdowns1
and three interceptions this season. Redskins run-
ning hack Clinton Portis returns to face his former
team in what cbuld be a breakout game for the starjjg jgn
in 2005. Portis is on a mission to prove he belongs
among the NFls elite backs and will need the
Washington passing game to keep up their output
that got started during the fourth quarter against
Dallas for that to happen. I think Washington's
defense rattles Plummer to force a couple turnovers
and take another close victory, 23-14.
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recently made headlines saying he wasn't sitting
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news for him. Rivers' agent needs to hit the phone
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Dber 6, 2005

2005-06 ECU swimmers, divers preparing for season
Kobe setting lofty goals
for Pirates
Usually, the closest many
ECU students come to the uni-
versity's swimming and diving
team is taking the swim test in
Minges Pool. Well, the complex
isn't there just for exercise stu-
dents. It also is the home turf
of one of the most successful
teams on campus. The glory days
aren't over for this juggernaut,
Head Coach Rick Kobe's
swim team has an ambitious
outlook as always this season, as
they prepare for the season with
much the same goal Kobe has
sold his team on for the past 23
years. His attitude is to aim high
- Kobe's team goals for this year
are to go undefeated, win the
Conference USA championship,
and have a team grade point
average of 3.0 or above.
"We've never done all three,
we've done two out of three a lot
of times said Kobe.
Coach Kobe's office is a very
visual representation of the swim
team's success. On one side of
his office sit a number of C-USA
championship trophies, the most
recent from 2003, and his highly
vaunted Master's Coach Award
hangs on the wall behind him.
In his 23 years as ECU head
swimming coach, his athletes
have set 214 varsity records.
24 NCAA qualifiers were Pirate
swimmers, as were four NCAA
All-Americans, one Olympic
participant, and 138 individual
event conference champions. He
has personally won a Coach of
the Year honor eight times. Yet
with all his success, and his .724
win percentage standing as the
best among Pirate coaches with
five years experience, Kobe still
demands success from his team
year in and year out.
The year will demand the
highest level of competition
from his players as usual, also.
His team has been invited to
swim in the Nike Cup and the
U.S. Open of swimming, two
events which will put his swim-
mers up against the best in the
country and the world. Add that
to a schedule that already brings
major schools like Duke, Virginia
Tech and Georgia to the pool and
there is little room for error.
Kobe has a lot of confidence
in his swimmers even with their
tough schedule. He believes that
this year's women's team could
be the strongest ever, with nine
seniors leading the squad. He
also sees strength in the men's
team even though they've gradu-
ated a very talented group. They
have one senior, so Kobe sees a
lot of development to come for
"They both will be very
strong. The girls are more of a
veteran team, and they could
have a special year
The women's team returns
a strong lineup that looks to be
tough to beat in the individual
medley, and returns a deep
lineup in the backstroke. They
also look to be very strong in
the sprint freestyle and distance
freestyle events. Look for senior
Holly Williams to be prevalent
on scorecards, as well as Jackie
Royce, Kelly Shinton and Sarah
The women's diving team
also looks for a huge season.
Diving Coach Rich MacDonald
expects a lineup of experienced,
strong divers. The team will be
led by seniors Lucy Hicks and
Abbey Hillen, as well as last
year's Most Oustanding Diver
winner Christie Icehower.
The men's swimming team's
lone senior, diver Robbie Derr,
sat out last season due to shoul-
der surgery but looks to end
his career on a high note after
breaking numerous freshman
and varsity records (all but one
of each, to be specific).
The swimming team for
the men should be strong in
the individual medley and the
backstroke, as well as a deep
group in the butterfly event.
Charlie McCanless, Rob Pearce,
Josh Barthlow and other Pirate
men will be very important to
watch this year as the young
men's swim team builds a strong
foundation for success.
For those swimming illiter-
ate Individuals, Kobe invites
you to come and watch an ECU
swimming meet. You need to
come early to get a seat, however
- ECU'S swim meets regularly
fill up the Minges Pool complex,
with a 340-350 average that fills
up the area. Every person who
comes to an ECU swim meet
gets a pamphlet with the scoring
systems and schedule, so you can
keep up. You will be comfortable,
because the Minges complex has
a computer controlled climate
that helps alleviate one strain of
seeing swim meets.
Kobe feels that the swimming
team is truly something worth
watching and looks forward to
another successful year.
"The tradition of swim-
ming here is second to none,
it's one of our top programs and
we're proud to keep it at that
level. These are top Division I
athletes that could've gone else-
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Jermarcus Veal: Leading the way
Senior fullback helps
ECU open up offense
Sandwiched in between film
sessions and practice time, Jer-
marcus Veal had a rare chance
to relax on Monday night. Veal
watched his fullback predecessor
Vonta Leach get a starting nod
while paving the way for the
Green Bay Packers' backfield.
"That's who I want to be like
said Veal referring to Leach.
"You see him now in the NFL.
In the back of my mind, I'm like
'all I have to do is play 10 times
harder than he did Then, I can
do the same thing
For Veal, emulating Leach is
not something new. Veal appren-
ticed two years behind Leach as
a linebacker before being con-
verted to fullback in 2003. The
understudy has been doing it his
entire career.
"At practice, when Vonta was
here, I'd look at every play he
ran Veal said.
"I'd see how he took on the
blocks and how physical he
Veal established his roots
in Wain Koubins, Ga. While
at Northside Ingi. School, Veal
recorded 250 tackles, ISO as a
senior. It was only natural for
Veal to be at headhunting from
the linebacker position.
"I'd played linebacker since
I was seven years old Veal said.
"I picked that up from my
family members. A lot of them
were linebackers so I was carrying
on the tradition
After two years at ECU as
a linebacker. Veal's spot was
reflected to the offensive side of
the ball. Much like Leach, Veal
was upended from a position he'd
played since his youth.
"I love hitting Veal said
with a smile.
"The transition to fullback,
it's the same. You're still going
to hit people, but this time you
have to stay on and move them
out of the way
In 2004, Veal was in the
starting lineup for 10 of the 11
games. While he was the lead
blocker in a two-back set, Noah
Brindise's spread offense didn't
allow for him to get on the field
very often.
"You can say that the fullback
doesn't get a lot of attention
Veal said about his lack of sta-
"I'm like a glorified lineman.
I just get in there and do the
dirty work
Veal was rewarded for his
continued work ethic through
his eight receptions for 64 yards.
He also caught two touchdowns,
both in goal line situations.
"It felt good Veal said of the
two scores.
"The last time I scored a
touchdown was in middle school
so it was really exciting
Veal has yet to find the end
zone this season. So far, he has
one measly three-yard catch. But
ask anyone on the team and the
senior is a more dynamic player.
"He does everything we ask
him to do said running backs
coach Junior Smith.
"He's improved his funda-
mentals. I think that all starts
with him wanting to be a winner
Veal's improvements has let
the offensive staff open up the
offense from a strictly four-wide
receiver set.
"What you're looking for is
size, toughness, physicalness,
aggressive said Head Coach Skip
Holtz about his ideal fullback.
"I look for a guy who will
really run In there and isn't
going to stop his feet on contact.
Having an established fullback
makes our offense more multiple
Trying to take the brunt of
the offense off James Pinkney's
shoulders in the passing game,
ECU implemented more I-for-
mations against Southern Mis-
"I'll help James Veal said.
"If he's passing, I help pass
protect. If Chris is running, I
help block. It doesn't make a dif-
ference to me. I just try to be a
team player
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idol is and he doesn't flinch. It's
Ju Pepp.
"I like to come really hard off
the end in pass rush said Hands
before the season started.
"Go straight for the quarter-
back or whoever has the ball in
the backfield. Kind of like Julius
Hands' infatuation with Pep-
pers borders on obsession.
"Julius Peppers is a big part
of my life Hands said.
Hands wanted to emulate the
footsteps of the Panther All-Pro
defensive end so badly that he
originally verbally committed
to play for UNC. Hands attended
Hargrave Military Academy
directly from Laney High School
in Wilmington, NC. Going to
prep school helped him increase
his grades and his maturity level.
But fortunately for the
Pirates, one failed class landed
him at ECU. He, along with
teammate Brandon Setzer, had to
make grade requirements before
they were allowed to participate
in football drills. Hands sat out
the entire 2004 season
It didn't take long for Hands
to make his presence known.
Hands, a physical specimen
at 6-feet, S-inches and 270
pounds, made a sack in his
first collegiate game. Just two
games into 2005, Hands was
inserted into the starting lineup.
Hands has recorded three
sacks in four games. Since receiv-
ing the starting nod, Hands has
batted down a pass, forced a
fumble and recorded a season-
high 21-yard sack. He is currently
tied for 13th on the team with
nine tackles.
"One of the biggest bright
spots of the whole day was
Marcus Hands said Skip Holtz
following the Southern Missis-
sippi game.
"He played tremendous. He
was all over the field. They could
block (him
Hands will have a different
duty this week against Rice.
Instead of rushing the quarter-
back in the pocket, Hands will
have a role in stopping Rice's
rushing attack.
"This is assignment football
Holtz said. "You have to have
somebody on the dive, some-
body on the quarterback and
somebody on the pitch
Hands' role will be to force
the Rice quarterback to make
a decision. While doing so, he
will face blocks from all angles.
Unlike most weeks, he will be hit
by tackles, wide receivers, tight
ends and fullbacks.
"We're going to have to play
well up front Holtz said.
"It's going to be a big chal-
lenge for our front four. Our
entire front seven is going to
have to be accountable
Joel Armstrong
Joel Armstrong has a perfect
name for a quarterback. But in
a sense of irony, Armstrong is
rarely asked to pass. The Rice
sophomore relies more on his feet.
In Rice's rushing attack,
Armstrong runs the show. He can
hand it off to the fullback on a
dive or spread the field out with
his athleticism.
"They have a very athletic
quarterback in Armstrong said
ECU head coach Skip Holtz.
"He can turn and handle the
ball. He moves the team up and
down the field
The Longview, Texas native
burst onto the scene last season as
a redshirt freshman. He uprooted
incumbent quarterback Greg
Henderson, starting the final
four games. During that span,
Rice went 0-4. But, that included
a narrow 35-28 to UTEP.
Armstrong is the team's lead-
ing returning rusher with 608
yards on 114 attempts. He was
the 22nd Owl to gain 100 yards
in a game under Hatfield when
he totaled 120 against San Jose
St. The 2004 Rice squad led the
nation in rushing averaging
306.5 yards per game.
Rice's option-oriented attack
doesn't include many passes. But
when Rice does air it out, Arm-
strong is capable. He passed for
341 yards and two touchdowns
last season.
During the current three-
game losing streak, Armstrong
has passed for 119 and run for
111 yards in three games. He is
the second-leading rusher on
the team averaging 37 yards per
But the statistics are mislead-
ing. Armstrong is the important
cog that keeps the rushing attack
going. His speed has already
caused some problems for the
Pirates in practice.
"There aren't a lot of options
Holtz said in his weekly press
conference referring to ECU's
problems trying to find a guy to
emulate Armstrong in practice.
"We're probably going to turn
to one of the wide receivers
Hatfield trusts Armstrong's
decision making to go with
his athleticism. On the option
variations Rice employs, it's
Armstrong's decision which lane
to choose. He must make a defen-
sive player commit to him before
His pitches the ball. If a player
doesn't step up to Armstrong,
then he will eat up the clock and
field position.
Armstrong shares time with
redshirt freshman Chase Clem-
ent. But Armstrong has carried
the few accolades thus far. He
scored Rice's first touchdown
of the season against UCLA. His
93-yard effort against UAB was
the season-high for an Owl this
Pirates must convert on Starting with fresh mentality
offense this time around essential for Owls this week
Demetrius Hodges and the Pirates' secondary are looking to get back on track against Rice.
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ted of
You wouldn't know it from
ECU's crushing 33-7 home loss
to Southern Miss, but the Pirates
were proficient moving the ball
on the Golden Eagles' defense
last week. ECU racked up nearly
400 yards of offense, but with
just one touchdown to show for
their effort.
The reason? ECU turned
the ball over five times, includ-
ing four fumbles. Head coach
Skip Holtz said it best in the
post-game press conference.
"I don't care who you are - I
don't care if you're the Packers
playing a high school team - if
you have five turnovers, you're
not going to win said Holtz.
"If you hold the ball high
and tight and secure it prop-
erly, it shouldn't come out. But
it seemed like the thing was
greased tonight
Running backs Chrisjohnson
and Brandon Fractious coughed
it up three times and quarter-
back James Pinkney fumbled
once and tossed an interception
for the Pirates, who entered the
game tied for second in C-USA
in turnover margin.
ECU must get back to that
mentality against Rice. The
Owls haven't posed much a ball
hawking threat on defense,
ranking dead last in the confer-
ence in turnover margin.
The double and triple teams
have finally caught up with
iunior receiver Aundrae Alli-
son. After ranking among the
nation's leaders through the
first three games of the season,
the junior college transfer was
corralled by Southern Miss,
notching four receptions for just
20 yards.
Allison still leads C-USA in
receptions per game (eight) and
yards per game (116.0), and he
needs to continue that output in
order to give Pinkney a proven
deep threat receiver.
It was evident the Pirates
needed more targets for Pinkney
to throw to, but other than con-
verted running back Robert Till-
man, ECU has had few options.
Bobby Good, who led ECU in
receiving last season, has been
hampered by injuries and Kevin
Roach, who caught 26 passes in
2004, has just two receptions
this season.
Until someone steps up, Alli-
son will have to fight through
the attention opposing coaches
will throw at him. He should find
some openings in a porous Rice
secondary. The Owls are 11th in C-
USA in pass defense, allowing 273
yards per game through the air.
Coming into the 2005 season,
the Pirates knew they had solid
individual special teams per-
formers. Their only question
mark was transfer placekicker
Robert Lee. It turns out Lee has
been the only sure thing for that
unit, connecting on all eight of
his extra-point attempts and 6-
of-6 field goals, including a long
of 51 yards.
After a stellar season return-
ing punts in 2004, Travis Wil-
liams has been held in check by
opponents this year. Williams
returned a punt 52 yards in the
season opener against Duke,
but has since tallied just eight
return yards on five attempts.
Even though teams are aiming
kicks away from the speedster,
Williams needs to make the big
plays Pirate fans have become
accustomed to when he does get
his hands on the ball.
Junior punter Ryan Dough-
erty was among 40 college foot-
ball punters named to the 2005
Ray Guy Award watch list as
potential candidates for the top
collegiate punter of the year prior
to the season, and rightfully
so. Dougherty, a two-time All-
Conference USA selection, was
also named the No. 5 preseason
punter nationally.
But Dougherty has struggled
through the first four games,
averaging 38.9 yards per punt,
good for ninth in C-USA. He
needs to kick that powerful leg
into high gear to aid the Pirates
in the field position battle.
Dougherty witnessed a similar
start in 2004, but recovered
nicely, averaging 43.9 yards per
kick in the last six contests.
Southern Miss absolutely
torched the Pirate linebackers
and secondary with the short
and intermediate passing game
last week. Golden Eagles' quar-
terback Dustin Almond com-
pleted 23-of-34 passes for 324
yards and two touchdowns.
The gridiron Bucs should
have little trouble improving
on that area on Saturday. Rice is
easily the worst team statistically
in passing offense in C-USA, tal-
lying just 86.7 yards per game
through the air.
With the Owls posing such
little threat with the passing
attack, the Pirates should key on
forcing turnovers, packing the
box with eight defenders and
jumping on those short routes
that caused them such a head-
ache against Southern Miss.
Rice quarterbacks Chase Clem-
ent and Joel Armstrong have com-
bined to complete just 42 percent
of their passes for 260 yards and
just one touchdown this season.
Look for the ECU secondary
to have a field day and senior
safety Zach Baker, who is second
in C-USA with three picks, to add
to his total.
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The Rice Owls soar into
Greenville this weekend bat-
tered and bruised, mentally and
physically. The Owls have lost
their first three contests by a
combined score of 57-159, and
ECU poses another big defensive
challenge for Rice, who hasn't
proven that they can stop anyone
yet. This marks their fourth
straight road game to begin
the season. Though their sched-
ule has been brutal to this point,
if they can do the following
three things effectively this
weekend, we might be in for a
In their first three games this
h season, the Owls looked like
ECU did against Southern Miss
- they simply can't hang on to
�� the pigskin. Rice has turned the
�o' ball over eight times in their
� first three contests. In turn, they
5 only have one takeaway to their
Due to their abundant
amount of turnovers, Rice has
also given opponents excel-
lent field position time and
time again. Several times in
their first three games the Owls
have handed the ball over in
their own territory, giving
their opponents a short field to
work with. No team can win a
football game if they give their
opponent field position like that
Protecting the football has
been a major issue for this team
all year, but you also have to
consider the teams they have
played - UCLA, Texas and UAB.
Not to mention every single one
of these games were on the road.
They face another tough road
test this week against ECU in
Dowdy-Ficklen, a place where
ECU usually plays solid football.
However, if they can plug the
holes long enough to play the
Pirates for 60 minutes they will
keep the game close.
Despite all the turnovers,
the Owls have actually won the
time of possession battle this
season by a very slim margin,
30:34 to 29:26. That may seem
impressive, but in their first
three games opponents were
scoring so quickly that Rice had
no choice but the hold the ball
longer than their opponents.
Turnovers notwithstanding in
this game, if James Pinkney and
the ECU offense have the ball
almost 30 minutes against a ter-
rible defense, It's going be a long
contest for the Owls.
Rice will have to plan on
doing what many teams look to
do against ECU - focus primarily
on the running game. If they
can establish the ground game,
particularly early, they will be
able to increase their time of
Tailbacks Quinton Smith,
and Andrew Cates and quar-
terback Joel Armstrong will see
the majority of the touches for
Chase Clement isn't the Owls' number one choice at quarterback
but he will split time with teammate Joel Armstrong.
the Owls. If the Owls can avoid
falling behind early and being
forced out of their comfort zone
into their passing game, the
time of possession should lean
in their favor.
Rice has already played in
front of 44,000 fans at UCLA,
88,000 at Texas, and played the
Conference USA frontrunner
UAB on the road as well. These
three teams have only a com-
bined two losses. They aren't
playing a top 25-caliber team
this week, as much as we would
like to dream.
Understanding that, the Owls
can come into Greenville feeling
strengthened by their tough
early schedule. Anybody that
opens with those three schools
on the road will always have a
degree of toughness coming into
the next game. I expect the Owls
to be hungry and determined
flying into Dowdy this weekend,
with as much confidence as any
0-3 team in the country.
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Career possibly over for
Asheville prep player
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(AP) � El-Don Beasley has
never cried this much before.
But when his tears dry, the
pain in Beasley's voice is another
indication that the 16-year-
old from Asheville Roberson
understands his football career
is over.
"It's just really hard Beas-
ley said. "I get angry because it
doesn't seem fair. Football is what
I loved to do, and I had a lot of
Beasley's body went numb
on Sept. 16 after the sophomore
defensive back made a tackle just
57 seconds into Roberson's 17-10
win over Freedom. Beasley was
taken from the field in an ambu-
lance and later released from
Mission Hospitals with a bruised
neck and concussion.
But a magnetic resonance
imaging test performed last week
by Dr. Keith Maxwell of South-
eastern Sports Medicine found
a rare birth defect in Beasley's
spine. Beasley was diagnosed
with congenital spinal stenosis,
a condition that increases a
person's risk of damage to the
spinal cord, especially through
contact sports.
By continuing to play foot-
ball, Beasley would risk paralysis.
"El-Don came into my office
and told me, and at first I thought
he was joking because he does
that a lot Roberson coach Mike
Houston said.
"But once 1 realized he was
serious, you could see how heart-
broken he was. He's a great,
talented kid who always has a
smile on his face. To see him
teary-eyed like that, it was dif-
ficult to handle
Beasley's family has given
Maxwell permission to discuss
his diagnosis with the Citizen-
Times. Maxwell said this is only
the second local case of congeni-
tal spinal stenosis he has seen in
19 years.
"If there was ever a kid around
here who had major Division I
college talent written all over
them, it was El-Don Maxwell
"But with his condition,
he was an accident waiting to
happen. I know these last couple
of weeks haven't been easy on
him. But as I've told him, God has
closed one door in his life, and
now a new one is open
Without football, there are
still plenty of avenues for Beasley
to explore. Houston said that
Beasley is an exquisite artist who
often creates drawings of pro
athletes. And Beasley was also
a member of Roberson's state
championship track and field
team last spring.
"I've just told (Beasley) to
keep his head up though all this
Rams senior tailback Vernon
White said. "No one deserves to
have something like that happen
to them. I know we feel lucky that
he's OK, and I think it's taught
everyone not to take things for
Instead of shying away, Bea-
sley has been at games and
practices with the Roberson
football team since his diagno-
sis. On Fridays, Beasley can be
seen on the sidelines wearing
the same navy blue uniform
that emergency workers cut
off the night he was injured.
Beasley's mother, Eleanor, has
since stitched the uniform back
"It's not easy to watch if I
can't play. Sometimes I don't
want to watch Beasley said. "But
I know my team needs me there
to support them. Even if it is hard
for me, I need to be out there
Houston said he'd be disap-
pointed if Beasley doesn't pursue
his talents in art or another sport.
"I know that so many of El-
Don's dreams revolved around
football, and I hope he sticks with
our team as long as he's here at
Roberson Houston said. "But
there is so much more to El-Don
than football. I don't have any
doubts that his artwork is going
to take him places. And it's not
going to surprise me If he suc-
ceeds in another sport. That is
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