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Duke ethicist explains why Americans
fear death, church-goers are less fearful
Jaivis lecture on death in
Do Americans solely believe
in a divine God?
If the United States was
founded one nation under God,
why are Americans so afraid
of death? In a lecture held last
Thursday, Stanley Hauerwas,
professor of theological ethics
at Duke University, explained
why Americans are more afraid
of death rather than the divine
being himself.
In the medieval church,
Christians feared one divine
God, in which their role on earth
was to earn their way into the
kingdom of heaven. Unlike many
medieval Christians, Americans
today don't really fear God or
understand what it means to
fear him. Instead, they allow
possessions such as money, cloth-
ing, careers and relationships to
become their own personal gods.
Hauerwas said medieval
Christians didn't fear death, but
they feared whether they were
worthy enough for God to enter
heaven. However, he said Ameri-
cans today fear death more than
the process of getting into heaven.
The worst type of death
Americans fear is a slow death.
They want to die quickly and
painlessly, not be a burden
on anyone else, Hauer-
was said. The worst "part of
pain is consciousness
However, medieval Christians
did not want a quick death. They
preferred a slow death in order to
allow enough time to reconcile
with their family and the church.
Again, Hauerwas reinforced that
medieval Christians were more
concerned with earning their
way into heaven rather than
dying quickly and ending the
process. In a sense, they had
unfinished business to handle
before dying, he said.
Medieval Christians also
had faith that God would pro-
vide them with everything they
needed. Nonetheless, Hauerwas
said today's modernization is
causing people to put hope in
other things besides faith.
Today, Americans expect the
medical profession to prolong
their lives, but most of the time
when patients receive medical
help, it's too late. The United
States is now spending nearly
17 percent of the Gross National
Product on medical care and
60 percent of that goes toward
patients in their last year of life,
said Hauerwas.
"You don't know it's their last
year of life until you start taking
care of them. But once you start,
it's very hard to stop the roller
coaster said Hauerwas.
Today, Americans think med-
icine can cure disease but "we
place too much expectation" on
medicine when it simply "teaches
Rosa Parks, civil
rights pioneer,
dead at 92
DETROIT (AP) � Nearly 50
years ago, Rosa Parks made a
simple decision that sparked a
revolution. When a white man
demanded she give up her seat on
a Montgomery, Ala bus, the then
42-year-old seamstress said no.
At the time, she couldn't
have known it would secure
her a revered place in American
history. But her one small act of
defiance galvanized a generation
of activists, including a young
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr and
earned her the title "mother of
the civil rights movement
Mrs. Parks died Monday eve-
ning at her home of natural
causes, with close friends by her
side, said Gregory Reed, an attor-
ney who represented her for the
past 15 years. She was 92.
Monique Reynolds, 37, a
native of Montgomery, Ala
called Mrs. Parks an inspiration
who had lived to see the changes
brought about by the civil
rights movement.
"Martin Luther King never
saw this, Malcolm X never saw
this said Reynolds, who now
lives in Detroit. "She was able to
see this and enjoy it
In 1955, Jim Crow laws in
place since the post-Civil War
Reconstruction required sepa-
ration of the races in buses,
restaurants and public accommo-
dations throughout the South,
while legally sanctioned racial
discrimination kept blacks out of
many jobs and neighborhoods in
the North.
Mrs. Parks, an active member
of the local chapter of the National
Association for the Advancement
of Colored People, was riding on
a city bus Dec. 1, 1955, when a
white man demanded her seat.
She refused, despite rules
requiring blacks to yield their
seats to whites. Two black Mont-
gomery women had been arrested
earlier that year on the same
charge, but Mrs. Parks was jailed.
She also was fined $14.
U.S. Rep John Conyers, in
whose office Mrs. Parks worked
for more than 20 years, remem-
bered the civil rights leader as
someone whose impact on the
world was immeasurable, but
who never sought the limelight.
"Everybody wanted to explain
Rosa Parks and wanted to teach
Rosa Parks, but Rosa Parks wasn't
very interested in that he said.
"She wanted them to under-
stand the government and to
understand their rights and the
Constitution that people are still
trying to perfect today
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpat-
see PARKS page A3
how to go on it doesn't necessar-
ily cure a person, said Hauerwas.
Not only are Americans seek-
ing ways to cure disease, they
want cures for illnesses too.
"Since when did baldness and
aging become diseases?" Hauer-
was said.
This places a burden on the
medical practice because one
responsibility of medicine is to
fulfill specialization - what can
be done not to harm patients.
"Doctors will do the best not to
hurt you, but sometimes they will
hurt the patient Hauerwas said.
Physicians must make deci-
sions that are best for each indi-
vidual patient, but they can mess
up sometimes, Hauerwas said.
"People too often believe
that medicine can cure but the
more you think your doctor is
more important than your priest,
you've got to prove why death
determines what you are Hau-
erwas said.
Christians are also seeking a
cure for pain, not through pro-
longing life, but rather ending jjj
it through suicide. Hauerwas J
categorized two main suicides �
with modern Christians. g
The first-suicide of the meta- �
physical "I gotcha" means.
"Take this, what are you going
to do now Hauerwas said.
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as a form of payback. J
see DEATH page A3 The lecture is supported by a generous gift from the Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church.
Web site offering lectures online
Concern over possible
side effects for students
and professors
College students may soon
have a new way to hit snooze on
the alarm for that 8 a.m. Friday
morning lecture.
This has some in the aca-
demic community concerned.
Pick-a-Prof, a web company
that provides information on
professors to students, is now
gearing up to offer downloadable
lectures. As of now, only four
professors' lectures are avail-
able, but the service is in a trial
period and the company hopes to
expand the service to universities
across the country.
"I think it could help said
Josh Barwick, senior construction
management major.
"If I had professors offering
lectures online, I'd probably
use them
Downloads so far have
been limited but have aroused
enough interest for the com-
pany to plan a spring semester
expansion to include all of about
120 schools that make up its roster.
Currently, the site offers cri-
tiques on professors as well as
class grade histories and stu-
dent comments. The profiles
come from students who are
members of the site and have
taken courses taught by the
There are drawbacks though.
The issue of professor replace-
ment looms in the minds
of many, with the possibility of a
dozen instructors being replaced
by a single, easily available
"You can't replace a profes-
sor in the classroom who's been
educated to his discipline, who's
effective, with something on
the Internet said Henry Ferrell,
professor of history.
"This is nothing more than
the old extension courses. You
might learn the information,
and you might even learn the
ideas, but you miss the educa-
tion part
The warning is echoed
throughout the academic com-
munity - there is no substitute
for the teacher-student-classroom
"Most classrooms involve
interactive learning said
Tonita Branan, assistant professor
of English.
"Neither I nor the students
would discover very much
about literary texts if we did
not question, argue and dis-
mantle both the texts and our
own responses.
The company initially
charged a fee of $5 per lecture,
but has changed the policy to
allow an unlimited number of
downloads after purchasing a
$5 per semester subscription.
Some student governments are
planning to pay for students to
sign up.
Additional revenue is coming
from ads on the Web site, and
professors would share the
profits with Pick-A-Prof. This
has caused some to fear that a
conflict of interest might arise
with professors being paid by
both the university and Pick-
Another topic of debate is
how the service could affect stu-
dent attendance. With the day's
lecture available online to listen
to at their leisure, fear has arisen
that students would stop coming
to class.
"I can see days where I would
just go online instead of going
to class some days said Jason
Blackburn, senior political sci-
ence major.
Pick-A-Prof ensures that
the lectures are intended only
as a supplement to what stu-
dents should already be doing -
going to class, completing assign-
ments and studying for exams.
The same principle applies
to professors' jobs as well - the
lectures are merely an aid.
Thomas Herron, assistant
professor of English, sees a
possible place for Pick-A-Prof in
the college environment.
"My feeling on this is that
it works better for science and
engineering courses where
there's a set curriculum and body
of knowledge to get through
rather than for humanities
courses which tend to have
more variables regarding profes-
sional quirks and range of teach-
ing matter said Herron.
The lectures are intended to
be available to the general public
as well as enrolled students, but
professors have the option of
restricting access to their stu-
dents only.
Opposition from univer-
sity administrations has been
weak so far, but the service has
only been available for a few
weeks. More noise is likely to be
made as the service grows and
more students and professors
become involved.
This writer can be contacted at
news@theeas tcarolinian. com.
Brody physicians chosen by
their peers as 'Best Doctors'
Brody School physicians
receive high honors
It's a who's who in American
medicine - physicians from
around the nation and the world
are screened, surveyed by their
peers and chosen as "Best Doc-
Every year, surveys are issued
to 30,000 physicians across
the United States asking whom
they would choose to treat
themselves or their families.
Twenty-one physicians from the
Brody School of Medicine
were awarded the prestigious
One of them was Dr. Joseph
Zanga, a distinguished professor
in Primary Care, specializing
in pediatrics. He said the Brody
School of Medicine has a reason
to be proud.
"We're being nominated by
our peers, and it feels good to be
in a good group like this because
one of the things it does is make
you want to be even better said
"In the United States, Best
Doctors surveying and research
has identified 33,000 of the best
physicians according to the Best
Doctors Web site.
Zanga said before the recogni-
tion he thought of himself as a
good doctor.
"I have gained more expe-
riences and knowledge, and I
consider myself to be a good
pediatrician Zanga said.
Most people would wonder
if this was a random survey, but
the strength of the survey pro-
cedure is that only the best may
participate. Current best doctor
physicians receive the survey in
order to nominate and vote, so
it's not random.
"This makes all physicians
recognize that we work with a
talented group of physicians
Zanga said.
"All physicians are checked
for licensure, certification and
disciplinary actions taken
according to the Best Doctors
Web site.
"This helps to ensure the
credibility of the physician. The
screening system for the physi-
cians is unmatched for its rigor-
ousness and accuracy
Despite the many qualifica-
tions and accolades, Zanga still
has goals that motivate him to be
an even better pediatrician.
"I want to see that children
from the time they are conceived
until they leave my care in early
adulthood have been provided
the advice, guidance and health
services that allow them to reach
their full potential Zanga said.
"The survey has been in
circulation for 15 years with a
response rate of 40 percent
according to the Best Doctors
Web site.
"Every doctor contacted is
given the opportunity both
to comment (confidentially)
on the other doctors listed
in his or her specialty and to
make additional nominations.
As new names are added to
the pool, each undergoes the
same rigorous peer-evaluation
This writer can be contacted at
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WEDNESDAY October 26, 2005
Blood Drive
The American Red Cross will have
two blood drives this week at ECU.
The first is Tuesday, Oct. 24 from
10 a.m. � 4 p.m. in Wright Place
and the second is Thursday, Oct.
26 from noon - 4 p.m. in the Allied
Health Building.
Benefit Auction for
The Emerge Gallery and ECU
Graduate Student Forum is
hosting a silent benefit auction
Friday, Nov. 4 from 6 - 9 p.m. at
the Emerge Gallery, located at
404 South Evans St. in downtown
Greenville. Ail proceeds will
be donated to children's art
education programs in areas
that were affected by Hurricane
Katrina. For more information, call
Ben Lustig at 412-0841.
Asian Studies Lecture
Steven Heine, professor of
religion and history at Florida
International University, will
present "Zen Hermits and Zen
Samurai' Wednesday, Oct. 26
from 4 - 5:30 p.m. in the Science
and Technology Building. The
lecture is part of ECU'S Annual
Lecture in Asian Studies. For
more information, contact John
Tucker at tuckerjo
or 328-1028.
Lecture on New
Orleans flooding
The recent flooding of New
Orleans was no surprise to at
least one Louisiana geographer
who has studied the city's terrain
for more than a decade. Historical
geographer Craig Colten
of Louisiana Ctate University
will discuss the environmental
and cultural geography of New
Orleans Friday, Oct. 28 at 3:30
p.m. in 349 Flanagan Building.
For more information, contact
Derek Alderman in the geography
department at 328-4013.
Ceramic Guild Mug
The ECU Ceramics Guild will have
its annual mug sale Wednesday,
Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. in
the Jenkins Fine Arts Lobby. Buy
a mug and get free coffee, hot
chocolate or tea all day long.
Homecoming Open
Students and faculty are
encouraged to attend the
Homecoming Open House in the
Taylor-Slaughter Alumni Center
from 9-11 am Saturday. Oct. 29.
Come out to enjoy a continental
breakfast and a front row seat for
the 10 a.m. Homecoming parade.
For more information, contact
Gamma Beta Phi
Gamma Beta Phi will have the last
October meeting for members
Wednesday, Oct. 26 in 1021 Bate.
Please remember to bring dues
if you have not done so already.
Seniors who wish to purchase
honor cords will be able to do so
at the Nov. 2 meeting.
HOSA Meeting
There will be an information
meeting for students interested
in participating in HOSA (Health
Occupations of America) Friday,
Oct. 28 in 14 Mendenhall from 11
a.m. - noon.
Meet the Faculty
ECU students and faculty will get
a chance to learn more about
the school of art when Richard
Tichich interviews Professor Paul
Hartley, coordinator of painting
and drawing for the ECU School of
Art and Design. The event will be
Thursday, Oct. 27 from 5:30- 6:30
p.m. in Speight Auditorium.
News Briefs
Officials meeting In Vegas
explain Dell's move to North
LAS VEGAS (AP) - North Carolina's
Piedmont Triad offered the "whole
package' of financial incentives, a
central location, a ready work force
and an eager political and business
community, Dell computers executive
Kip Thompson said Monday in
outlining his company's decision to
build Its largest plant in the former
manufacturing hub.
"They had all the factors come
together he said at a conference
of economic development officials
and real estate executives meeting
in Las Vegas.
Texas- based Dell Inc. opened the
plant earlier this month with plans
to employ 700 people by the end of
the year and 1,500 within five years.
It's the company's third in the United
States and its largest at more than
750,000 square feet.
Dell was aggressively courted by
state and local officials wanting to
bring high-tech jobs to a region hit by
the downturn in textile and furniture
As part of the deal, the company
received a $318 million incentive
package the largest in state history.
State officials convened a special
session of the Legislature to approve
some $200 million in tax credits.
Thompson said Dell had offers of
similar incentive packages from
other states.
When asked if he would have
considered the move to North
Carolina without the tax breaks, he
said the financial incentives were a
critical piece of the equation.
Thompson also said the area's
proximity to many of Dell's customers
was a factor, as well as a large pool
of manufacturing workers in need
of jobs.
The Piedmont Triad involves the
twelve counties surrounding the cities
of Winston-Salem and Greensboro.
Don Kirkman, head of the Piedmont
Triad Partnership, the economic
development group that helped
woo Dell to the region, said the
area already has begun feeling the
economic effects of the computer
manufacturing plant.
Seven of Dell's suppliers have
followed the company to area, and
publicity from the move has put the
spotlight on the region, he said.
"We've had remarkable publicity. It
validates our key message that the
Piedmont Triad is an ideal location
for any company that manufactures
goods for distribution on the East
Coast market he said.
Kirkman said North Carolina should
expect the company to generate
more than $743 million in tax revenue
over the next 20 years.
After eight weeks, Louisiana
oysters being harvested
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana
oysters are being harvested again,
although it may be another week or
more before people can belly up to
an oyster bar and order a dozen on
the half-shell.
The beds in the eastern half of the
state were tested and retested after
Hurricane Katrina to ensure they were
clean of chemicals or germs from the
water that was pumped out of New
Orleans or ran off of other areas.
Beds in west Louisiana were closed
as a precaution when Hurricane Rita
headed in late September.
Harvesting began in some areas on
Saturday, and the entire state will
probably be open in the next week
to 10 days, said Mike Voisin, owner
of Motivatit Seafoods in Houma and
chairman of the Louisiana Oyster
Task Force.
"It's exciting he said. "I was telling
people last week that if we didn't
get something soon, the harvesters
would lose the calluses on their
Just as restaurateurs face a shortage
of shuckers, harvesters have to get
their deckhands back. "A lot of them
had evacuated Voisin said.
He said there were probably 75 or
80 boats out Saturday about one-
fifth or less the usual number for this
time of year.
Al Sunseri, owner of P&J Oyster Co
was able to slurp down some fat ones
on Sunday, almost as they arrived
at the French Quarter processing
"That was the first time I'd seen
oysters since the storm he said. "It
was really a great treat to go ahead
and open up a bunch and taste them
Acme Oyster House is serving fried
oysters and is hoping to have the
char-grilled and raw oysters in about
a week, chief operating officer Glen
Armantrout said.
"The fried oysters are from Texas
he said Monday. "Although they're
very good, our customers have been
asking for the Louisiana oysters
U.S France push for quick
resolution demanding Syrian
cooperation in Lebanon probe
and France are pressing for quick
adoption of a new U.N. resolution
demanding Syria cooperate with an
investigation into the assassination
of Lebanon's former prime minister,
but Russia is concerned about
destabilizing the Mideast.
Washington and Paris quickly joined
forces to back a report by German
prosecutor Detlev Mehlis that found
evidence of Syrian involvement in
Rafik Hariri's Feb. 14 assassination
and a lack of cooperation from
Mehlis was scheduled to brief the U.N.
Security Council Tuesday morning on
his report. Lebanon and Syria have
also asked to speak to the council,
which is expected to start discussing
a new resolution later in the week,
though diplomats say no draft has
yet been circulated.
The United States has intensified
pressure on Syria following the
report's release Thursday. President
Bush said "serious pressure" must be
applied against Damascus but that
diplomacy must be given a chance
before the United States takes any
military action.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
urged Syria to drop its "nonchalant
attitude" about the Mehlis report's
findings and U.S. Ambassador
John Bolton demanded that Syria
cooperate with the investigation.
French Ambassador Jean-Marc de
La Sabliere said the Security Council
must use "its weight" to discover
"the whole truth" about the Hariri
The Bush administration is talking
about Monday as a target date for a
resolution and a ministerial meeting
of the Security Council to give its
adoption added prominence. But
Russia and China both veto-wielding
members of the council don't appear
in any hurry, and Moscow, which
has close ties to Syria, would likely
oppose sanctions or any reference
to them.
Russia's Foreign Ministry spokesman
Mikhail Kamynin warned in astatement
Saturday that "the settlement of this
problem should in no way lead to
the emergence of a new hotbed of
tension and further destabilization in
the Middle East
U.N. Secretary-General Annan has
extended Mehlis' investigation until
Dec. 15.
He reiterated Monday that the report
was just the beginning of a process,
and when Mehlis completes his work
"the magistrates and the judges will
have to do theirs
The United States and France,
who worked together on last year's
resolution demanding the withdrawal
of Syrian troops from Lebanon,
have been sounding out council
members on the elements of a new
France indicated Monday it would
not support sanctions against
Syria before Mehlis finished his
investigation. Rice also indicated the
United States might be willing to put
off Its push for sanctions.
What appears likely to emerge
Is a resolution demanding that
Syria cooperate with the Mehlis
The Mehlis report accused key Syrian
and Lebanese security officials of
orchestrating the Feb. 14 bombing
that killed Hariri and 20 others.
Mehlis acknowledged that he deleted
references implicating the brother
and brother-in-law of Syrian President
Bashar Assad because he didn't
know the report would be made
public and the allegations were not
The report said Syria's cooperation
In form but not substance "impeded
the investigation and made it difficult
to follow leads To complete the
probe, the Syrian government must
fully cooperate with investigators,
including by allowing Syrians to be
interviewed alone outside Syria, it
Mehlis' findings caused an uproar in
the region and brought swift denials
from the Syrian government, which
called it biased, politicized and
an American plot to take over the
Health ministers, WHO experts, discuss bird
flu prevention during convention in Canada
OTTAWA (AP) � World health minis-
ters meeting in Canada to discuss strate-
gies to fight the spread of bird flu empha-
sized Monday that preventing the disease
from mutating into a deadly human virus
was as important as developing new vac-
cines against it.
That said, some officials at the open-
ing of a two-day conference on battling
a potential flu pandemic were discussing
whether they might have to break inter-
national patent regulations to produce
generic versions of Tamiflu if it came down
to saving their civilians.
"A suggestion that's being made by
some countries is that there are countries
that have the capacity to manufacture
the vaccine, that we actually need to
assist them with technology transfers
Canada's Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh
told a news conference. He said technology
transfers was "a euphemism for loosening
the patent laws
Dosanjh was referring to recent state-
ments by Indian authorities, who are
weighing whether there is enough risk
of bird flu spreading in their impover-
ished nation to invoke a compulsory
licensing clause to lift Swiss pharmaceutical
Roche's patent of Tamiflu, the coveted
anti-flu drug considered by many as
the only viable one that can fight
bird flu.
The World Trade Organization in 2003
decided to allow governments to override
patents during national health crises,
though no member state has yet invoked
the clause.
"It may not be resolved here; but there
are countries out there that are saying
they will defy patent protections and
we couldn't be judgmental if people are
dying Dosanjh said.
World Health Organization Director
General Lee Jong-Wook said the confer-
ence delegates were consider a proposal
by Mexico for the wealthier nations to
put aside 10 percent of their stockpiles
of Tamiflu and other potential influenza
drugs for poorer nations. He said some
nations had suggested S percent was more
in line with reality, but conceded some
countries likely would horde drugs in the
face of a true pandemic.
"In time, when there's a real need for
Tamiflu, the basic instinct will be, "This is
for our people and it's an unnatural act
to share this precious small quantity of
medicines with others Lee said. That is
why, he said: "It makes a lot of sense to try
and put out the fire out there, rather than
waiting for this wave to reach you
Lee emphasized the need for transpar-
ency and immediate reporting of any cases
of avian flu. China was widely criticized
in the early stages of SARS for not going
public with its cases.
Dt. Jacques Diouf, head of the U.N.
Food and Agricultural Organization, said
countries must not overlook the goal of
tamping down bird flu in Southeast Asia
while obsessing over the development of
antiviral drugs.
As the world takes prudent measures
to prepare for a major human pandemic,
greater measures must be taken to stop
this disease, in its tracks, at its source, in
animals. This is very possible. It can be
done Diouf said. �
He said it would take more money to
make a dent in efforts to wrestle under
control the highly pathogenic HSN1 virus,
which is endemic in parts of Asia. He said
140 million chickens and ducks had been
culled in Southeast Asian, costing those
countries $10 billion and devastating rural
Diouf suggested it would take $1 bil-
lion to make a dent in efforts to wrestle
under control the highly pathogenic
HSN1 virus, which is endemic in parts of
Asia. However, only $25 million has been
As the conference convened, European
health officials were meeting in Copenha-
gen to review that continent's readiness for
a possible human pandemic.
The deadly H5NI strain of bird flu
has been confirmed in Russia, Romania
and Turkey, and experts in Britain were
trying to determine Monday whether six
Croatian swans found last week had HSN1
a strain that scientists fear could mutate
into a virus that would easily spread
Though medical research has advanced
tremendously since the Spanish flu of
1918, which claimed as many as 50 mil-
lion lives worldwide, air travel and open
borders make the threat of pandemic
Dr. David Nabarro, the U.Ns point
man on bird flu, caused a stir last month
when he warned that a pandemic could
kill anywhere from 5 million to 150 mil-
lion people, prompting WHO to try to
dampen fears by estimating 7.4 million
deaths was a better forecast.
The bird flu remains the greatest threat
in Southeast Asia, where the virus has
killed more than 60 people since 2003,
mostly poultry farmers and their relatives
in Vietnam and Thailand. Indonesia and
Cambodia have also suffered a combined
seven deaths.
The latest death was reported Tuesday
by Indonesia. Ministry of Health official
Hariadi Wibisono said a 23-year-old man
from West Java province died in late Sep-
tember and the death was confirmed as
stemming from bird flu by a Hong Kong
lab Monday.
Professors working to develop
instruments to detect cancer
Li hard at work doing research in his laboratory.
Trapping living cells with
laser beams
ECU physicist Yong-qing Li
and his colleagues have received
$24,000 of grant money from
ECU'S Division of Research and
Graduate Studies to further
study a new cancer cell detection
Laser Tweezers Raman Spec-
troscopy, in layman's terms,
isolates a living cell with an
Infrared laser beam while a
Raman spectrometer identifies
the properties of the cell by the
vibrations it emits.
Li and Thomas McConnell,
professor of biology, will team
up with John Wiley, pediatrics
professor and Ted Bertrand,
microbiology and immunology
professor, both from the Brody
School of Medicine, to develop a
specialized instrument that will
combine the functions of LTRS
and the image forming capabili-
ties of a microscopy.
"The long-term goal of this
research project is to rapidly
characterize and differentiate
human normal, pre-malignant
and tumor cells at single-cell
level, characterize and target
chromosomal abnormalities at
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lead to cancer said Li.
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the LTRS technique for a few
years, he said he decided the
technique could be used for
cancer cell detection in 2004
and the research will impact the
way doctors will be able to detect
"It will lead to a new approach
to the rapid detection and diag-
nosis of various cancers and will
provide a unique tool for the
analysis of chromosome abnor-
malities Li said.
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the civil rights icon: "She stood
up by sitting down. I'm only
standing here because of her
Speaking in 1992, Mrs. Parks
said history too often maintains
"that my feet were hurting and
I didn't know why I refused
to stand up when they told
me. But the real reason of my
not standing up was I felt that I
had a right to be treated as any
other pas'senger. We had endured
that kind of treatment for too
Her arrest triggered a 381-
day boycott of the bus system
organized by a then little-known
Baptist minister, the Rev. King,
who later earned the Nobel Peace
Prize for his work.
"At the time I was arrested I
had no idea it would turn into
this she said 30 years later.
"It was just a day like any other
day. The only thing that made it
significant was that the masses
of the people joined in
The Montgomery bus boy-
cott, which came one year after
the U.S. Supreme Court's land-
mark declaration that separate
schools for blacks and whites
were "inherently unequal
marked the start of the modern
civil rights movement.
The movement culminated
in the 1964 federal Civil Rights
Act, which banned racial dis-
crimination in public accom-
After taking her public stand
for civil rights, Mrs. Parks had
trouble finding work in Alabama.
Amid threats and harassment,
she and her husband, Raymond,
moved to Detroit in 1957. She
worked as an aide in Conyers'
Detroit office from 1965 until
retiring Sept. 30,1988. Raymond
Parks died in 1977.
"Rosa Parks: My Story was
published in February 1992. In
1994 she brought out "Quiet
Strength: The Faith, the Hope
and the Heart of a Woman Who
Changed a Nation and in 1996
a collection of letters called
"Dear Mrs. Parks: A Dialogue
With Today's Youth
She was among the civil
rights leaders who addressed the
Million Man March in October
In 1996, she received the
Presidential Medal of Freedom,
awarded to civilians making
outstanding contributions to
American life. In 1999, .she was
awarded the Congressional Gold
Medal, the nation's highest civil-
ian honor.
Mrs. Parks received dozens
of other awards, ranging from
induction into the Alabama
Academy of Honor to an NAACP
Image Award for her 1999 appear-
ance on CBS' "Touched by an
She was born Rosa Louise
McCauley on Feb. 4, 1913, in
Tuskegee, Ala. Family illness
interrupted her high school
education, but after she mar-
ried Raymond Parks in 1932, he
encouraged her and she earned a
diploma in 1934. He also inspired
her to become involved in the
Mrs. Parks was a beloved aunt
to 13 nieces and nephews.
"She wasn't the mother of
the civil rights movement to
me Susan McCauley, one of
her nieces, said last year. "She
was the woman I wanted to
Her later years were not with-
out difficult moments. In 1994,
her home was invaded by a 28-
year-old man who beat her and
took $53. She was treated at a
hospital and released. The man,
Joseph Skipper, pleaded guilty,
blaming the crime on his drug
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in public after 2001, when she
canceled a meeting with Presi-
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Hauerwas not only explained
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but also as an emotion many
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one day, which again creates a
terrible fear about dying Hau-
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In the broad scheme of things,
Hauerwas said Americans are not
Christians. Many Americans
who call themselves Christians
have failed to understand the
true concepts of the Bible.
"They've failed to under-
stand in what way we've got a
problem with war and in what
way we've got a problem with
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more concerned with money and
wealth, whereas the gospels say
if people had too much money,
there was a problem.
Americans fear death and
the consequences of how they
lived on earth, but Hauerwas
explained that Christians don't
fear death - they fear God and
living a life unworthy of Him
while on earth.
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lives because they don't want
to leave behind what they
have earned on earth. How-
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JENNIFER L HOBBS Editor in Chief
WEDNESDAY October 26, 2005
My Random Column
Driving in Greenville 101
It came to my attention yesterday while driving in
the rain that we needed to be reminded of the rules
that we learned so long ago when we first took our
driving tests.
Did you know that it is a law in NC that if you have
your windshield wipers on, you must have your lights
on? I would suggest that even if you dont think it is
necessary for you to have your lights on during the
day, that when it is raining, keep them on. If you have
them on, chances are that car that wanted to be in
your lane at the same time you were in it might see
you. Also, as you know rain reduces visibility and
greatly increases your risk for hydroplaning. If you are
to hydroplane, take your foot off the gas and resist
the instinct to break Keeping the steering wheel
straight and letting the car slow down on its own
will allow the tires to grip the road again and not go
speeding off of the road or into another car.
Other things that are good to remember in Greenville
are that you have to yield to pedestrians, railroad
rules, where not to park, traffic signals, what to do
when you meet an emergency vehicle on the road
and other things we may have forgotten.
On campus especially, giving pedestrians the right-
of-way is important At intersections with or without
crosswalks, vehicles must yield. But on the other
hand, pedestrians are supposed to obey the same
signal as drivers when crossing at a light Now I
know some fools like to walk out in the middle of the
road without looking, but if you are driving anywhere
near campus just be careful of them.
I absolutely hate the Greenville trains, and get
stopped by them almost every Tuesday and Thurs-
day. But when you happen to be halted by those red
flashing lights, you have to stop. Donl try to speed
up to pass over the tracks, that is just stupid. If you
do happen to make it over, then you were lucky, but
you may not end up as lucky the next time. When
the train is done on the tracks, wait until the red lights
have completely stopped flashing. Also make sure
you remember that some vehicles do have to stop at
the tracks even if there is no train, so if you are behind
one of them just slow down and be patient
If you hear a siren or see flashing lights from an
emergency vehicle, pull over to the right There is no
sense in blocking the way of them for any reason. If
you needed their assistance and you were stuck in
the back of the ambulance because people couldnl
pull over to let you pass, you wouldn't like it much
now would you?
I know on streets around campus, there are those
nice signs that say "No Parking They aren't there as
a joke, and you will be towed. If you are parked too
close (25 feet or less) from an intersection, unless
otherwise marked, you can get a ticket too. Drive-
ways and intersections are a definite thing to take
into consideration when parking. You will be towed
or ticketed which would have been eliminated if
you had not parked where you weren't suppose to.
There is usually yellow or red paint of the curb, but
most of the places I have seen, it has been worn
off. Just pay attention.
Driving down 4th Street is dangerous, especially
around lunchtime during the week. There are so
many intersections that have flashing yellow or red
signals or stop signs that people go crazy. Last
week I was almost hit twice from the crazy drivers.
A flashing red signal means the same thing as a
stop sign, STOP! Flashing yellow signals mean to
proceed with caution, not race down the road like
a speed demon.
These are just a few of my driving tidbits that will
make you a better, more road friendly person driv-
ing around Greenville. Just pay attention and be
patient, you aren't any more important then anyone
else. Driving is a huge responsibility and a privilege,
so treat it as such.
Jennifer Hobbs
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Opinion Columnist
The anti-abortion line from my view
My thoughts on the abortion
I went home over Fall Break and
I spent most of my time sleeping or
reading. 1 did help my parents move
furniture and clothes around, and 1
helped my dad install some new shelves
In one of the rooms of our house. To
do the latter, I had to drive my dad
to Lowe's and Home Depot to pick up
the materials. For those of you familiar
with Greensboro, NC, 1 live just off of
Battleground Avenue near Friendly
Avenue, and the Lowe's and Home
Depot that my dad I went to are very
close by. We had just finished going
to Home Depot, driving down Battle-
ground Avenue towards Lowe's, when i
saw something I thought I would never
see in my home town: an anti-abortion
demonstration that seemed to extend
all the way down the street.
They carried sings that said things
like "Abortion Hurts Women and Kills
Children" and "Adoption is Always
an Option" and other things to that
affect. While some may automatically
be in agreement or disagreement when
they see something like this, I was just
surprised this was happening. Maybe
it's just hometown-syndrome, but I just
never thought 1 would see an anti-abor-
tion rally in Greensboro of all places.
There were all kinds of people there:
men, women, young, old, white, black,
Hispanic, Asian, short, tall, big, small,
etc. In some ways it was nice to see a
peaceful display of people exercising
First Amendment rights, but I was a
little disheartened to see children hold-
ing signs and standing alongside their
parents. 1 just couldn't help but wonder
if those kids actually understood what
they were doing, or if their parents
were just imposing their beliefs on
their children.
This did however give me the
opportunity to reflect on my own
feelings about abortion. This is what I
came-up with.
If a friend asks you just out of the
blue what you think about abortion, get
rid of that friend. Because 1 seriously
doubt a real'friend would ask you such
a mentally and emotionally difficult
question at random like that. When I'm
asked about my feelings about abortion,
I get the same feeling I might get if
someone asked me how I would rather
die. It's just not one of those questions
you would want to answer.
Our society makes the abortion
issue out to be a black-and-white issue,
where you're either for it or against it. In
reality, it can be such a circumstantial
The options available for people
with "unwanted babies" aren't that
great either. You can have the abor-
tion or endure the difficulty of preg-
nancy, have the baby and give it up for
adoption. That's it. Maybe, aside from
religion and politics, it is because we
only have two choices that this has
become such a black-and-white issue.
Where is the third option? Is sci-
ence even working toward finding a
way to make everyone happy? As a
science-fiction fan and aspiring sci-
ence-fiction writer, I can't help but
think some form of technology could
exist in the future to make both sides
happy. Like some kind of a method
where an unborn fetus can be safely
extracted and raised in an artificial
womb. While this may not even be
possible in the distant future, the fact
is that it doesn't appear that efforts
are being made to create more options
that benefit the mother, the child and
anyone else involved.
The problem with pro-abortion and
anti-abortion activists is that they look
at different times. Pro-abortion activists
are worried about people in the now,
and anti-abortion activists are worried
about people in the future. "Who" and
"when" are great things to think about,
but I think the real questions to think
about are "why "what and "how As
in, "Why did I arrive at this situation?
"What did I do that brought me to this
situation I'm in?" and "How did I get
into this situation?"
It seems to me that people only really
think about abortion when they are star-
ing at in right in the face, probably as the
result of some regrettable decision. It Is
our behavior in the now that affects the
decisions we make maybe not tomorrow
or even the day after, but eventually are
decisions we have to make or may be
unable to make.
Remember Newton's third law?
Every action has an equal and opposite
reaction. Until people learn that what
they do, no matter how insignificant
it may seem at the time, has a result
that may be a burden or a blessing to
themselves or others abortions will con-
tinue to be a necessary evil in our society.
My final word on abortion is this: I
think it is sad when a child dies, even
if that child's status of being a child
is questioned. However I can't hold
malice and ill feelings towards those
who feel that they can't or don't want to
bring a child into this world. Everyone's
circumstances are different, and I just
hope that the decision they make has
results they can be satisfied with. I just
wish that those who can have children
would be more willing to help those
that can't have children. Children are
the future, and in order to create a good
future we need to create a good past for
them to learn from.
Letters To The Editor
Dear Editor:
In an Oct. 11 Letter to the Editor,
The College of Education's Jamin
Carson answers the question "Could
animal rights activists be racist?" in
the affirmative, on the grounds that
"they hate all people Carson believes
that if I concede that animals have
rights, when doing so is contrary to
the Interests of people, I must be doing
so because I hate people. But Carson
affords rights to other people, even
when respecting their rights is contrary
to his own interests. I suppose It follows
that Carson hates himself.
Carson makes the surprising claim
that if animals have rights, "wje could
not eat vegetation because doing so
would shorten the supply of food that
herbivores and omnivores depend on
for their lives By parity of reason-
ing. It follows that if other humans
have rights, I could not eat vegetation,
because I would be shortening the
supply of vegetation for other people.
He also says "ajnimals have no
rights because rights are applicable
only to beings of reason and choice.
Animals have neither Apparently
Carson doesn't believe that infants or
the severely mentally disabled have
rights, either (since they don't reason).
Hey, if they had rights, then we couldn't
eat baby sandwiches, or make shoes
from the skin of the severely mentally
disabled. You'd have to really hate
people to deprive us of these goods.
Carson says further that it does not
follow from this that animals should
suffer needlessly. True, but if we should
kill animals for their meat and skin in
such a way as to minimize their suf-
fering, isn't it because these beings do
in fact have some moral status, despite
their lack of rationality? If not, then it's
hard to see why it would be wrong to
make them suffer, needlessly or not.
John Collins
Assistant Professor
Department of Philosophy
Pirate Rant
Tothe Friday morning news guy on91.3.
You're funny-1 want to be your groupie.
Leave it to ECU to schedule the Career
Fair and Graduate School Fair on the
much for exploring your options.
Hooray for anatomy practicals! I now
completely hate thehuman body I Yay!
So just because I can tie a bow tie
ana rock a pink shirt any day of
the week don't pick fun of me. I
listen to sweet 80s music and chill
hard like my fraternity brother
Jimmy Buffet tnit you still pick fun.
To all you liberals out there with
your John Kerry stickers STILL on
your car. The election is over, and
its 2005. The data on your auto-
mobile is expired and rubbish.
To the group in Destination 360
on Tuesdays and Thursdays play-
ing card games: there are other
people trying to enjoy their food
and talk with their friends. I'm glad
you're having fun and all, but can
you please respect the rest of us?
Before you complain about what bus
drivers do, maybe you should try and
sit behind the wheel. First of all, if we
leave you, it's because we didn't see
you. If a bus sits and waits, it's because
they were running extra early. And,
the speed limit on College Hill is IS
mph - if this bus is making you late,
maybe you should consider walking.
Thank you for NOTHING Armark.
Your food is only a rental and you
have kept this campus under your
control by not allowing great restau-
rants and other food to come here.
To the girl who walked past me on
Wednesday and told me to smile, thanks!
You're right, it really isn't that bad! Its
people like you who make me smile!
This is to the tall blonde chick that
is in the library a lot and likes to play
Super Collapse II. You are so classically
beautiful, graceful and everything I
could imagine a girl could be. I wish
I could be the guy that makes you
laugh, but 1 am too shy to say any-
thing. I just wanted you to know that
seeing your smile brightens my day.
Newsflash! If you have to wear a shirt
that says "Very Sexy" or "I'm Cute" you
do not fit any of those descriptions. So
save your money and buy something
more descriptive of the true you.
You know, if I wanted a running
count of how many minutes were
left in class, I'd look at my watch.
Dear Hobbit-Feet, please put
your shoes back on. Thanks.
To my biology lab teacher: just
because you just graduated two
yean ago doesn't give you the right
to be the worst teacher at ECU.
Don't you hate when people walk
around campus like they aregrown men
and have never worked a job in their
lives? Look students, if you don't work
then don't go around talking about
how much stuff you got. Young men of
ECU grow up and start being real men,
don't live off your parents success.
I'm going as a pirate. Eye patch, ban-
dana, sword, might do the hula for a
sorority, see what happens. I will be
drinking a lot of rum, which I know.
George Carlin! New standup coming
November to HBO! Tune in ityou hate
Bush. Youlawwhe'sgoingtodesfroy him.
Look, I'm not gay. I'm not. The
sight of a naked man repulses me.
But, if I was gay Orlando Bloom,
all right? That's all I'm saying.
There were a few more assaults and rob-
beries around campus lately. Maybe the
police should worry less about alcohol
and more about protecting students.
Does my professor have to tell me - in
front of the whole class - that I did disap-
pointing work on my exam? Awesome.
Transit is not your personal taxi.
Our routes operate on a sched-
ule, which means sometimes we
leave as soon as we stop and other
times we leave five minutes later.
The majority of the interior of the art
building is nearly repulsive. Every-
thing from cobwebs, crap growing
in broken lockers, filthy windows, to
a lack of hand soap! lam truly dis-
appointed. Funding could be better
spent new lockers, a good interior
pressure wash, fresh paint, working
easels and stools ECU should be
proud - most of the other buildings
are pleasant to look at inside and out.
Guess who has a better over-
all record in football than all the
How does someone get robbed
outside of Boli's? What did all the
cops have their faces buried in the
pizza to miss a sawed off shotgun?
Why do I have to pay more for the
green bubble sheets? They are smaller
than the blue ones yet cost more.
To the people who claim to love classic
rock and their two favorite songs are
"Stairway to Heaven" and "Free Bird
turn off the radio and go to a record
store you don't know what good
musk is (This is dedicated to the guy at
Ham's open mic night that kept scream-
ing for the musicians to play the most
mainstream classic rock songs ever.)
To the girls running around the drunk
bus Friday night screaming "my room-
mate's in jail' you were way too drunk
to function stay home next time you
decide to consume that much alcohol!
Can I have my earring back? If I knew
1 was going to lose it! wouldn't have
wasted my time going home with you.
Aww now that Cancun is destroyed,
where are all the sorority girls
going to go for spring break? "Girl's
gone wild" is going be so mad!
tf udenl and itaffln the ECU community to voice their
tions. Stdmtisskms can be submitted anarmoitsry
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Top 5s:
Top 5 TV Sho
2. "Desperate
3. "Lost"
4. "Without a"
5. "CSI: Miami

Arts & Entertain
Page A5 252.328.6366 CAROLYN SCANDURA Features Editor KRISTIN MURNANE Assistant Features Editor WEDNESDAY October 26, 2005
Top 5s:
Top 5 Movies
1. The Fog
2. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of
the Were-Rabbit
3. Elizabethtown
4. Flightplan
5. In Her Shoes
Top 5 Pop Albums
1. Alicia Keys
2. Nickelback
3. Gray Allan
4. Black Eyed Peas
5. Kanye West
Top 5 TV Shows
2. "Desperate Housewives"
3. "Lost"
4. "Without a Trace"
5. "CSI: Miami"
Top 5 DVD Rentals
1.The Amityville Honor
2. The Interpreter
3. The Longest Yard
4. Robots
5. Crash
Top 5 Books
1. The Lincoln Laywer
2. A Breath of Snow and Ashes
3. Son of a Witch
4. Blue Smoke
5. The March
Aries - You'll be feeling frisky, but it's not
a good time to gamble. Losses, both
emotional and financial, could result.
Taurus - You may be in a hurry, but
don't get frantic. You still have time to
think before taking action.
Gemini -There's plenty of work in the
coming year, maybe more than you
want. Don't complain, it's a good thing.
Cancer - The nicest items usually
cost more unless you find a killer sale.
There is a way to bring more money
in. Use your experience.
Leo - In life, things don't always fit
neatly into the little boxes we've
prepared for them. Watch out for
square pegs in round holes.
Virgo - One of the interesting things
about learning is that sometimes you
find out what you thought is incorrect.
Be careful that could happen.
Libra - Gather with friends to start
developing a method for success.
Outline your goals and don't be afraid
if there's not enough money yet.
Scorpio - Choose your words
carefully when addressing important
people. Being too respectful is better
than not respectful enough.
Sagittarius - The path ahead looks
clear, but it's not. It's booby trapped.
Proceed, but with caution.
Capricorn - Friends offer advice on
investments or where you should go
to borrow money. Don't take it. You
can figure out a better option.
Aquarius - It's hard to get a new idea
across now, so save your breath. Ask
questions and let other people try to
convince you, instead.
Pisces - There's more work coming
in, just when you'd like to take the day
off. Do it while you've got It. There will
be time for sleeping later.
Fun Facts:
Americans eat nearly 100 acres of
pizza every day - that's approximately
350 slices per second.
If you toss a penny 10,000 times, it will
not be heads 5,000 times, but more
like 4,950. The heads picture weighs
more, so it ends up on the bottom.
Lake Nicaragua in Nicaragua is the
only fresh water lake in the world that
has sharks.
The higher the income, the more
likely an American man will cheat
on his wife.
An apple, potato and onion all taste
the same if you eat them with your
nose plugged.
The oldest pig in the world lived to
the age of 68.
When your face blushes, the lining of
your stomach turns red, too.
Cattle are the only mammals that pee
The most popular condom sold in
Taiwan is only 4.2 inches long.
The tongue is the strongest muscle
in the human body.
Oak trees are struck by lightning
more than any other tree.
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Don't leave the Playstation to see 'Doom'
Yet another video game
Remember growing up and
going to your friend's house to
play video games? Remember
when he wouldn't let you play
and you were just forced to sit
there and watch? Watching Hol-
lywood's latest video game adap-
tation, Doom, is kind of like that.
Doom stars The Rock as Sarge
and Karl Urban as John Grimm,
two Marines in the near future
who are deployed to Mars, along
with the rest of their team, to
solve a small problem concerning
scientists gone missing.
Once they get there, we meet
Grimm's sister Sam (Rosamund
Pike) who informs them of an
archeological dig they have been
conducting. They found a species
that contained an extra chromo-
some not found in humans. She
figures that if they could inject
humans with that extra chromo-
some, there would be no more
The only problem is that
the extra chromosome turns
humans into killer monsters who
go around biting people, trans-
forming them into zombies and
eventually monsters as well.
One by one, these monsters
begin to take out Sarge's entire
team. Now, it's a war against
Marine and monster.
Yeah, I thought it sounded
dumb too. In recent years, Hol-
lywood has gotten carried away
with adapting video games. This
is where the money lies and that
is obviously the reason behind so
many adaptations already - and
there are plenty more to come.
Directed by Andrzej Bart-
kowiak, Doom does take one small
piece of creativeness - filming
one short segment in the first
person shooter mode in which
the game is played. This happens
toward the end and is short lived,
but interesting to see on the big
screen. I'm sure future adaptations,
like the anticipated adaptation of
Halo, will do the same thing.
It will only be impressive to
see on the big screen, but I'm
not sure what to tell you. This
movie is one of the absolute worst
abominations to hit theaters this
year. Going to it to see this one
scene would be a waste of your
time and money.
Normally, I wouldn't focus
too much time on screenwriting
and acting for something that
is nothing more than a simple
video game adaptation. But when
these things are ranked among
the year's worst, I need to.
I'm not too sure what The
Rock wants to do with his career.
This role fits him well, but he had
to have been laughing out loud
while reading the screenplay to
this film. His lines (including
one in which he uses the famous
Marine slogan "Semper Fi") are
examples in how not to write
dialogue in films. He shows no
dedication for anything he is
doing in this film. It's almost like
someone forced him to sign the
contract to this film. If I were him,
I'd fire my agent immediately.
Doom is the worst movie that
has come out all year. Plain and
simple. I don't know if there is
any other way I can stress that.
The average viewer, upon leaving
the theater, would probably have
rather watched their friend play
video games all afternoon. And
the sad thing is, there's more to
come of these adaptations. Spy-
hunter, Halo, Hitman, Splinter Cell
and Blood-Rayne and are on the
table to be video game adapta-
tions. Let's hope that they spare
us and not try to adapt something
like Madden to the big screen.
Lesson learned: In the
future, spare yourself the agony
and stick with the video game
that you already have at home.
Grade: F
This writer can be contacted at
Oscar happenings possible in
the 'North Country'
A powerful new film from
director Niki Caro
Every time we apply and
get a new job somewhere, one
of the sheets of paper every-
one has to sign is an acknowl-
edgement of a sexual harass-
ment policy. We know what it
is and what happens to us if we
are accused of the action. This
is because of the first sexual
harassment class action lawsuit
case Jenson v. Eveleth Mines.
Niki Caro's North Country is a
fictionalized story which is very
loosely based on the events sur-
rounding that case.
North Country takes place
in the late 1980s in the mining
towns of Minnesota. Academy
Award winner Charlize Theron
stars in yet another Oscar-worthy
performance as Josey Aimes.
Josey has just left her abusive
husband and taken her two chil-
dren (Elle Peterson and Timothy
Curtis) with her to her par-
ent's (Richard Jenkins and Sissy
Spacek) home. Her father Hank
attempts to put her in her place,
saying that she needs to grow up
and resolve their differences with
words. He has the audacity to ask
her if the reason she was beaten
was because he caught her with
another man, as if that reaction
was acceptable. Her mother Alice
supports her to some extent.
While working at a beauty
Josey Aimes, played by Charlize Theron, addresses union members.
shop, Josey runs into an old friend
named Glory (Frances McDor-
mand) who informs her that she
could make six times the amount
of money she's making now by
working at the iron mines. To
her father's dismay, she accepts.
The men of the mines out-
number the women there 30
to one. They don't believe that
working in the mines is a wom-
an's job. Through many blatant
acts of harassment, the men
make their point known to
these women that they are not
wanted. An old high school
friend of Josey's (Jeremy Renner)
is assigned as her boss and gives
her a lot of grief.
Things get worse. Josey
and other women are seri-
ously abused verbally by the
men. Physical harm also occurs
when one woman, Shelly
(Michelle Monaghan), is tipped
over while in a port-a-john.
Josey tries to make her com-
plaints known to the head of the
company, but she is shot down
when.they tell her to either
quit now or tough it out. Josey
gets the idea to sue the entire
company for allowing this type
of harassment to happen. She
takes her case to Bill White
(Woody Harrelson), a former
New York lawyer and friend of
Glory's husband (Sean Bean).
North Country may come
across on the surface as noth-
ing more than a Lifetime movie.
This, however, is not the case.
The movies you see on Life-
time are normally filled with
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Franz Ferdinand's second CD
Lead singer and guitarist of Franz Ferdinand Alex Kapranos performs.
New CD from the
Scottish disco-rock band
It's been an up-and-down
year in terms of new albums
from the musical heavyweights
this year. Sure, there have been
a handful of amazing albums
namely Weezer's Make Believe,
The White Stripes' Get Behind Me,
Satan and Kanye West's Late Reg-
istration - but this year has had
more than its share of bad albums.
Face it, the new Audioslave
record is terrible. Nine Inch Nails'
With Teeth is so trite and unmov-
ing. Oh and don't get me started
on the new Foo Fighters' record.
Actually, I'll say it: how can a
band be that successful making
such generic, soulless rock 'n'
roll? In Your Honor is so bad that
it ruined for me their songs that
I actually liked.
So I had some trepidation
when I read in early summer that
Scottish disco-rock band Franz
Ferdinand were busy preparing
their second album for a fall release
so close to their debut last year.
Here's a little back informa-
tion on the band because, quite
frankly, they're pretty obscure
and I'm pretty sure a lot of people
have never heard of them - wait,
let me double check my facts
- nevermind. If you've never
heard of Franz Ferdinand and
their smash hit "Take Me Out
then you must not own a radio
nor have you walked past one in
the past IS months because radio
stations can't seem to go 4.7 sec-
onds without spinning it.
That's why I was afraid to
hear the new album You Could
Have it So Much Better. "Take Me
Out" caught on so fast and Franz
became so critically-lauded and
popular that they couldn't pos-
sibly live up to their hype - that
after "Take Me Outfever died
down, the band sadly would have
the fate of every other one-hit
wonder in history.
I mean, the band does have
all the makings of a one-hit
wonder: off-beat personalities, a
peculiar band name, an insanely
catchy first single and an uncon-
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Wrestler-turned-actor The Rock" plays a main character in the film.
TEC's Masterpiece
The Libertines move
'Up the Bracket'
It's funny what British
music translates to American
audiences and what doesn't.
I mean, there can be no God
if somehow the Spice Girls
can become a worldwide
sensation and top American
music charts while the amaz-
ing English band the Liber-
tines are a mere footnote to
the Kate Moss cocaine story
in this country. I suppose
had they stuck around a bit
longer maybe that wouldn't
have been the case, though.
The story of the Liber-
tines is short. In 2002, the
band released their first single
"What a Waster which was
adored by fans and deplored
by the press for its blatant
use of profanity and infor-
mality. The adoration was
warranted - "What a Waster"
is classic British punk with a
slight pop edge which would
compare to legendary bands
like the Jam, the Sex Pistols
and the Clash quite favorably.
With their first single doing
well on the charts and their
second successful single ("Up
the Bracket") only building
the band's notoriety, the band
released their debut full-length
album titled Up the Bracket.
Up the Bracket was released
in October 2002 and was
produced by Mick Jones, the
famed guitarist of the Clash.
With its distorted, bouncy
guitar licks, slurred vocals and
borderline profound lyrics, Up
the Bracket is the brainchild
of Libertines co-frontmen
Pete Doherty and Carl Barat.
Describing the Libertines'
sound to the uninitiated is
actually pretty easy: the Lib-
ertines sound like the older,
wiser and more hardened cous-
ins of the Strokes who grew up
on the other side of town and
thus have a much darker, grim
disposition. Oh and they're a
lot better than the Strokes too,
despite being disregarded as
the "British Strokes" by a lot
of American rock critics.
The album bursts open with
"Vertigo a drum tour-de-force
and oddly jazzy little ditty, and
quickly moves to "Death on
the Stairs featuring a wicked,
circular guitar riff and a nihil-
istic attitude. Come for the
guitar work and stick around
for the painfully perfect vocals
of Doherty as he begs "please
kill meoh baby, don't kill
me Not only is it the best
track on the album - it's the
most addictive, most amazing
song I've heard in a long time.
"Horror Show "The Boy
Looked at Johnny "I Get
Along" and "Begging" are fairly
straight-forward guitar heavy
romps fueled by Doherty and
Barat's uncanny ability to make
a rock song with wonderfully
poetic and poignant lyrics.
Like a good Beatles record
and unlike a good Strokes
record, the Libertines are
unafraid to deviate from the
script at times and use a variety
of vastly different styles on
an album. The end of "Boys
in the Band is a brash, self-
gratifying ode to themselves,
the chorus sounds more like
a drinking song than a punk
song. The Beatle-esque "Radio
America" is a vast departure
- acoustic guitars and subdued
drums, it's nearly a folk song.
"The Good Ole' Days" is similar
until the band wakes up with
some scorching guitar work.
Of course, the band knows
their bread-and-butter and
does it well. "Time for Heroes
"Up the Bracket" and "What
a Waster" are definitive Lib-
ertines works: raw, genuinely
enjoyable rock 'n' roll music
with the swagger of band who's
been doing it for years. Only
this was their first crack at it.
Unfortunately, the band
broke up in 2004 following
turmoil in the band stem-
ming from Doherty's crippling
addiction to crack-cocaine.
The band released another
album following Up the Bracket
but sadly you can hear the toll
which the drugs and success
had taken on the band. The
remaining members have all
found new projects includ-
ing Doherty's babyshambles,
which has an album due in
November. If it's half as good
as his work on Up the Bracket,
you may want to check it out.
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cheesy acting and corny dia-
logue. There are no elements
of this so-called cheese found
anywhere in Michael Sietzman's
screenplay. The story line and
the way in which the issues at
hand escalate are written in
a delicate manner. He doesn't
start out with heartbreaking
scenes of harassment early on.
He saves the most emotion-
ally charged scenes for the end.
North Country does have some
of the most gut-wrenching and
heartbreaking scenes I've seen
in any mcvie this year. This is
mostly due the outstanding role
played by Charlize Theron. She
embodies the trauma her char-
acter was going through. We see
her strength clear as day as she
attempts to tough it out in her
job. She needs the money to feed
her kids and eventually move out
of her parents' house.
The story doesn't just focus
on her either. We also see strong
supporting performances in the
subplots that add a lot of depth
to the overall film. The stron-
gest supporting performance
comes from Oscar winner Fran-
ces McDormand. She's a little
more hard-surfaced as opposed to
Josey- the men don't bother her
as much. Sean Bean, who plays
Glory's husband, is also strong in
his role. In a town where making
fun of women in the work place
is an everyday occurrence, Bean's
character makes it a point to care
for his wife. We get the impres-
sion that he would do anything
for her. Richard Jenkins, who
plays Hank Aimes, also has
several powerful scenes. I really
liked the way his role was writ-
ten into the film. His conscience
changes on him throughout
the film and he conveys this
very well using facial expres-
sions and little to no dialogue.
Directed by Niki Caro, who
directed the outstanding film
Whale Rider in 2003, North Coun-
try is about as inspirational as
films get. Caro approached this
film from a much different angle
than any male director would
have. The men do look like the
bad guys here, but in all good
reasons. She doesn't make them
look as evil as a comic book vil-
lain, but makes them look like
true villains that we brush shoul-
ders with in our everyday lives.
Although the ending is some-
what unpolished, North Country
is a mesmerizing display of emo-
tion that hasn't been captured in
cinema all year long. It has the
appearance of a film that was
made for just Oscar consider-
ation, but is still one of the most
superb films of the year. The most
shocking thing about this is that
all this action takes place in the
late 1980s. It's hard to imagine
that this type of treatment was
acceptable in the work environ-
ment only 20 years ago. Today,
we have a standard of how every-
one is supposed to act on the job.
This film was for the woman
who made the case important.
Grade: A
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ventional song style. I didn't
want to see that happen to
Franz Ferdinand. I didn't want
them to become the next Dexy's
Midnight Runners - their debut
was just too good to see them
relegated to that fate.
So again with trepidation
I waited for the follow-up and
when I bought the album on Oct.
4, all my fears were put to rest
by the first song alone. The first
song is "The Fallen" and it trumps
almost any song on Franz's debut.
Guitarists Alex Kapranos and
Nick McCarthy sling knockout
riffs back and forth at each other
over a deliriously frantic hook.
It's not a vast departure from
the first album - but so what?
The best moments of You
Could Have it So Much Better are
when Franz does what it does
best: funky, disco-slick rock 'n'
roll. The second track and the
first single off the album, "Do You
Want To is a boisterous romp.
A handful of songs on the
album are the same way - hook-
heavy and so fun and bouncy
that it's nearly dance music.
"Outsiders "This Boy" and the
titular track are living proof that
the band knows how to make
more fun, original rhythms with
just two guitars, a bass, drums
and a crooning howl than any
other band of this generation.
If anything, the only prob-
Lead singer Alex Kapranos, drummer Paul Thomson and bass
guitarist Nick McCarth performing at Madison Square Garden.
lem I can find with the album
is that sometimes Franz tries to
pack too much into their songs.
Two tracks in particular, "Well
That Was Easy" and "Evil and a
Heathen" have dramatic shifts in
the tempo and rhythm - inten-
tionally - but the songs would
work better if they took the vari-
ous rhythms and broke them up
into their own songs instead of
one huge conglomerate. That's a
minor detail, though.
It's not all effervescent guitar-
pop-rock on the album and
sometimes Franz gets down-
right gloomy. "Eleanor Put Your
Boots On" is a moving piano-
driven tune that shows off the
band's more sensitive side (and
Kapranos' Paul McCartney-like
vocals). Franz's slower tunes
("Eleanor "Walk Away" and
"Fade Together") are placed per-
fectly on the album giving it the
perfect formula for a follow-up.
Franz got it right with You
Could Have it So Much Better.
They gave their fans enough
of what they already wanted
and tweaked it ever so slightly
meanwhile branching out to
show what they're truly capable
of. Most bands can't win on the
second record. If it's too similar
to the first, they lose. If it's too
different, they lose. Franz found
the formula which broke the
"sophomore slump I know every
other rock critic in the world
has said it but here it goes: You
can't have it much better than
You Could Have It So Much Better.
Grade: B
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WEDNESDAY October 26, 2005
Sports Briefs
Homestead Speedway suffers
hurricane damage
Homestead-Miami Speedway
suffered "significant damage" to
light poles, the grandstands, catch
fencing and the garage suites during
Hurricane Wilma. But the necessary
repairs are expected to be completed
in time for the speedway's biggest
event, NASCAR's Ford Championship
Weekend that runs Nov. 18-20,
speedway president Curtis Gray
said Monday. The major damage
was caused by the quarter-mile long
garage suites structure, which Gray
said literally seemed to be lifted into
the air around 6:30 a.m. The flying
structure took out 12 of the custom-
built light poles along pit road that
are part of a new $8.5 million lighting
project for night racing. Parts of the
structure landed in the catch fencing
that is in place primarily to prevent
airborne cars and flying debris from
leaving the racetrack and hitting
fans in the grandstands. One part of
the garage suites structure flew over
the grandstand and took out another
custom-built light pole. Another
part of the structure flew over the
grandstand, landing on the outside
of the track and doing damage to
a sixth-floor suite along the way. As
soon as the high winds subsided,
assessment of the damage began.
No immediate dollar amount was
Coach Summltt's father dies
at 83
Richard Head, father of Tennessee
women's basketball coach Pat
Summitt, died at 83. Head died
Sunday at his home in Henrietta, the
Boyd Funeral Home said. Friends
of the family said he had been ill
for about a year. Summitt missed
practice in Knoxville on Monday to
be with her family. She often credited
her father, a tobacco and dairy farmer,
with instilling in his three sons and
two daughters a strong work ethic
and sense of discipline. Head put up
a basket on the family farm's hayloft
so his children could play basketball
after finishing chores. Later, he moved
the family to a neighboring county so
his daughter could enroll at a high
school that had a girls' basketball
team. Besides his children, Head
is survived by his wife, Hazel, and
brothers Conroy and Hughes. The
funeral is scheduled for Wednesday
at Mount Carmel United Methodist
Green out for the season with
torn thigh tendon
The Green Bay Packers are losing
playmakers even faster than they're
losing games. Running back Ahman
Green is the latest casualty. He was
lost for the season with a ruptured
right thigh tendon Sunday, when the
Packers blew a 17-point lead and
lost to the beleaguered Minnesota
Vikings. On Monday, coach Mike
Sherman glumly announced that
Green will undergo surgery this
week and that wide receiver Robert
Ferguson will miss up to a month with
a torn lateral cruciate ligament in his
left knee. That leaves the Packers
(1-5) without their top two running
backs and three of their top receivers
as they head into a brutal stretch in
which they face Cincinnati, Pittsburgh,
Atlanta, Minnesota and Philadelphia.
Brett Favre's arsenal now features
third-down back Tony Fisher, who
has rushed for 20 yards on 14 carries
this season, and newcomer ReShard
Lee (seven carries for 7 yards) and a
receiving corps that consists of 5-foot-
8 kick returner Antonio Chatman (10
catches) and former practice squad
member Jamal Jones (zero catches)
behind Donald Driver, who will surely
see more double teams. Green is the
fourth key player to sustain a season-
ending injury, joining Pro Bowl wide
receiver Javon Walker (ACL), backup
running back Najeh Davenport
(ankle) and rookie receiverreturner
Terrence Murphy (neck)s. Coach
Mike Sherman maintained his stance
that the Packers, who haven't had a
losing season since 1991, won't cash
it in now. And why should they? They
play in the league's worst division with
Detroit and Chicago atop the NFC
North at 3-3.
Hamlln Inspires Seahawks
with videotape
Just before Ken Hamlin returned
home this weekend, the Seattle
Seahawks safety prepared a surprise
for his teammates: a videotaped
message from his hospital bed. The
unannounced sight of Hamlin, who
is recovering from a severe beating
he took in a fight outside a nightclub,
at the end of a film session came as
such a shock that the players forgot
about the cheeseburgers they were
waiting to eat. The Seahawks were
wrapping up their Saturday night film
session and already bee-lining for
the snack table when Hamlin - who
suffered a fractured skull, blood clot
near his brain and bruised brain
tissue in the assault - was staring
back at them on the big screen.
The message had its other desired
effect, inspiring Seattle to a stunning
13-10 win over the Dallas Cowboys
on Sunday.
Wellington Mara dies at 89
(AP) � Wellington Mara of
the New York Giants, one of the
NFL's most influential owners
for more than a half century and
the last of the league's founding
generation, died Tuesday. He
was 89.
Mara, who was elected to the
Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997,
died of cancer at his home in Rye,
the team said.
Mara's influence went far
beyond the Giants. He clearly was
one of the most important figures
in NFL history.
"Wellington Mara repre-
sented the heart and soul of the
National Football League NFL
commissioner Paul Tagliabue
said. "He was a man of deep con-
viction who stood as a beacon of
One of Mara's greatest contri-
butions came in the early 1960s.
He and brother Jack, owners of
the biggest team in the biggest
market, agreed to share television
revenue on a leaguewide basis,
dividing the huge amounts of
money available in cities like New
York with smaller markets from
Pittsburgh to Green Bay.
Part of that agreement meant
that the Giants ceded the right
to sell their own games to televi-
sion for a leaguewide contract, in
those days with CBS. That con-
cept of revenue sharing allowed
the NFL to thrive and remains in
place today.
He also served during the
1970s as chairman of the NFL's
Management Council, which
negotiated labor contracts, and
as a member of the competition
In 1989, he and group of older
owners wanted Pete Rozelle's suc-
cessor to be Jim Finks, then the
New Orleans general manager,
rather than Tagliabue, then a
league lawyer. Mara thought
the league should be run by a
football man.
But Mara and several other
old-guard owners finally agreed
to break a stalemate of four
months by throwing their votes
to Tagliabue and he became
one of the new commissioner's
staunchest supporters, a man
Tagliabue often leaned on for
Tagliabue wasn't the only one
who sought out Mara. His advice
also was invaluable to other
owners, league officials, media
and even fans.
"When Well Mara stood
to speak at a league meeting,
the room would become silent
with anticipation because all of
us knew we were going to hear
profound Insights born of eight
decades of league experience
Tagliabue said.
Mara became a Giants' ball-
boy at age 9 on Oct. 18, 1925
after his father, Timothy J. Mara,
bought the team. He stayed fully
involved in its operation for
almost 80 years, except for three
years while in the Navy during
World War II. Until he became
ill last spring, he attended most
practices and every game.
In 1930, at 14, his father
made him co-owner with older
brother Jack, and he ran the
club until several years ago when
son John took over day-to-day
But from 1979 on, while the
team was run by general man-
agers George Young and Ernie
Accorsi, Mara had final say on
football decisions. He was the
one who decided to fire Jim Fassel
after the 2003 season and replace
him with Tom Coughlin.
"I've never had more respect
for anybody in this business, or
Mara smiles alongside his Pro Football Hall of Fame bronze bust after being inducted into the Hall of
Fame, July 26,1997 in Canton, Ohio. He was the last of the league's founding generation,
in any business, or in any walk of
life, than Wellington Mara said
Coughlin, an assistant on earlier
Giants teams. "To say Wellington
Mara is one of a kind, I would
endorse that wholeheartedly
Before last Sunday's game
against Denver, Coughlin told
his players of Mara's condition.
The Giants won on a touchdown
pass from Eli Manning to Amani
Toomer with 5 seconds left. In
the locker room after the game,
the players chanted "Duke, Duke,
Duke" - Mara's nickname.
Manning later said he had
been told by one of Mara's grand-
sons that the owner awakened
in time to see the winning play,
then smiled and went back to
The players, current and past,
all admired him.
"After games, you'd walk
into the locker room and he'd
be standing right there to shake
your hand, win or lose running
back Tiki Barber said. "That was
one of the moving feelings about
playing for the New York Giants,
having your accountability given
to you as soon as you walked into
the locker room
see MARA page A8
There's no 'L in fun
ECU Head Coach Wayne Cox speaks to the team after one of their practices earlier this year.
ECU ice hockey team
earns first victory
Team split games on
Richmond road trip
For the ECU club ice hockey
team, the opening face-off in
Richmond, Va. was a mere for-
mality to a year's worth of effort.
It didn't matter that the Pirates
started their inaugural game
against Virginia Commonwealth
near midnight. Or even that not
many people were watching.
All that did matter was that the
Pirates finally played - and won.
ECU used two goals from an
unlikely source to win its first
ever intercollegiate match-up
3-1 against VCU. Little-used
freshman center Daniel Hopkins
notched the first-ever goals for
ECU against Rams goalie Jeremy
The Pirates came out with
intensity, but found themselves
down 1-0 after the first period.
Hopkins responded in the second
with a wrist shot that went short
side on the VCU goalie. Hopkins,
an Easton, Md. native, scored on
his first shift while being rotated
in with the fourth line.
During the deciding third
period, Hopkins scored again,
this time a blast that went top
shelf on Sacra's glove side. Nearly
30 seconds later, Pat Szwec iced
the game to put ECU up 3-1.
Szwec's goal was assisted via a
pass out of the corner from fresh-
man Seth Percy.
Brent Falcon, team president,
helped stymie the Rams attack
as goalie. Falcon formulated the
idea for a club team nearly two
years ago. However, last year
was spent fundraising and going
through the bureaucratic wait-
ing period in order to enter a
The Pirates had to wait more
than a year to play their first
game. However, the wait wasn't
nearly as long as their second.
Fewer than 18 hours later, ECU
traveled across town to take on
the Richmond Spiders.
Richmond won 7-3 on a
game that was cut short due to
an oddity rarely seen in hockey.
The Zamboni driver clipped the
boards during the intermission
between the second and third
periods. The crash ripped out an
entire piece of the bottom kick
plate, something that was unable
to be repaired. According to Blue
Ridge Hockey Conference rules,
Richmond was ruled the winner
because two periods were already
The Spiders took the early
lead, scoring on the game's first
shift. ECU responded with a
Kevin Jarvies goal. Pat Szwec,
who scored the insurance goal a
night earlier, added his first assist.
Richmond took advantage of
ECU'S inexperience by scoring
four consecutive goals. Mark
Linzer notched his first goal to
close the margin to 5-2. Szwec
netted his second assist on
Linzer's goal.
The Spiders responded with
another goal to push the lead
again to four. Hopkins scored his
third goal of the weekend. Jon
Koritz and Tyler Falcon teamed
on the Hopkins assist.
Richmond climbed to the
top of the conference stand-
ings of the Northeast Division
with eight points. ECU is tied
with Clemson and Appalachian
State in the Southwest Division.
All three teams have 11 games
The Pirates will play their
first-ever home games on Oct.
28 and Oct. 29. ECU will host
Radford in a conference match-
up at Bladez on'Ice in Greenville,
located on Red Banks Road across
from Overton's. The Pirates and
Highlanders will drop the puck
at 9:30 p.m. on Friday and 12:30
p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $2
at the door.
This writer can be contacted at
sports@theeastcarolinian. com.
America's desecration of
youth sports
You've heard the stories, prob-
ably because some friend at work
has told you or because you've
read it on a bulletin board. Most
of the stories are so hopelessly
absurd that people tell other
people just to shock them.
An angry father punches out
his son's coach over a call he
doesn't like.
Parents engage in heated
arguments about whose child is
better until they corhe to blows.
A coach reacts angrily to a
star player being pulled from a
game, perhaps in violence. One
coach in Montgomery, Ala. shot a
parent in the lower back for pull-
ing a boy off his football team.
The sad thing is none of these
problems are taking place on a
pro sports field, a college field or
even a high school field.
These acts of violence have
often occurred in the presence
of young children.
Youth sports violence occurs
all the time, and it's a sad by-
product of adults breaking the
same youth sports command-
ment they push on their chil-
dren: It's about having fun, not
winning or losing.
What the parents don't tell
their children in words, but often
do tell them in action is that it
is about having fun, but losing
isn't much fun. Even though
every child is supposed to enjoy
playing the game and being
active, there's certainly no "L" in
"enjoy is there?
A lot of people try to under-
mine the violence that goes on
in youth sports, but it is NOT
as rare as people would have us
think. According to the National
Alliance for Youth Sports, these
acts of violence have occurred in
this year alone:
A baseball umpire broke his
hand and suffered a cut to his face
after fighting with a parentcoach
at a 14-year-old league game.
A youth baseball coach and
former major league pitcher got
suspended for getting in a yelling
match with the opposing team's
parents. This occurred in a 9- and
10-year-old baseball league.
A parent choked a hockey
coach because his 9-year-old
son missed a practice and was
consequently benched for a few
Also, let's not forget the story
from Montgomery, Alabama,
where a youth football coach
shot the father of his 12-year-old
player for removing him from the
football team.
The NAYS at one time stated
that 110 violent incidents have
occurred in youth sports in the
United States between 1999 and
October 2004. Every time a youth
team suits up, some hothead
parent or overzealous coach
(which we have all seen one or the
other) provides a horrible exam-
ple for their children by losing
their temper over the game that
they preach is supposed to be fun.
The thing most of these
hothead "role models" don't
understand is that children do
model everything they see and
children rarely follow the advice
"Do as I say, and not as 1 do
Time after time, parents either
live out their athletic dreams
through their children or push
them and push them until their
child equates performing on
the athletic field to receiving
their parent's love.
Consider the reality show
"Sports Kids Moms and Dads"
on Bravo, where overzealous
and obsessive sports parents
are chronicled pushing their
children to excellence on the
field at all costs. Craig, one of
the fathers, actually quit a full-
time, well-paying job to coach
his 8-year-old son Trenton seven
days a week through personal
practices, games and sessions
with a hired semi-professional
player. According to a statement
on the Bravo Web site, Craig says
that "his future and my future are
tied to his dream of being an NFL
football player
Who thinks it's fair to put the
strain of your personal future on
your pre-adolescent son? That
sort of pressure could powerfully
stigmatize young Trenton, but he
doesn't know or care. His father
plays sports with him seven days
a week.
Do you have15,000 to spend
on your child's sports experi-
ence? One mother does. Sharon,
another parent on that show,
actually spends about that much
a year on her daughter Sarah's
cheerleading career (it helps that
her husband is a lawyer). How
does that affect Sarah? Little
Sarah (eight years old) practices
usually more than six hours a
day, including cheerleading team
practice and personal work. It
gets to the point where mother
even coaches Sarah personally
and works on her routines.
What kind of expectations
would you think you'd get if
your mother invested $15,000 a
year on your sport before you hit
puberty? Fun must be somewhere
pretty low on the totem pole if
see YOUTH page A8

Instant replay in baseball?
The human element has
always been in the game
Safe? Are you kidding me?
Those were the thoughts
running through my head as I
watched game two of the Ameri-
can League Championship Series
between the Chicago White
Sox and the Los Angeles Angels
of Anaheim. The controversial
call started when White Sox
catcher A.J. Plerzynski swung
at a pitch for strike three in the
dirt. Homeplate umpire Doug
Eddings pumped his fist signify-
ing an out, but Angels catcher
Josh Paul tossed the ball back to
the pitcher's mound believing the
call to be out number three.
Instead Pierzynski starts for
his dugout then sees Paul toss the
ball back and Pierzynski runs to
first, i le was ii!ed safe at first and
the White Sox went on to win the
series and advance to the World
Series. After watching the replay
a million times and listening to
the TV analysis over-analyzing,
the strike three pitch did not hit
the dirt - the catcher did in fact
catch it.
That play started the con-
versation of instant replay in
baseball. As fate would have
it, Sunday night's game two of
the World Series between those
same Chicago White Sox and the
Houston Astros, featured another
controversial call, made by plate
umpire Jeff Nelson.
Jermaine Dye of the White
Sox apparently went around on a
check swing that would have been
strike three, but Nelson called a
hit by pitch. Replay showed that
the ball grazed Dye's bat and did
not come close to hitting him.
The bases were now loaded as Dye
took first base and what happens
next? Paul Konerko - grand slam,
6-4. Yet another White Sox win
over a blown call.
Now that college football has
instant replay, those highly emo-
t ional games are slowed by replay.
The NFL has instant replay and so
far it has worked out.
But what about baseball? I
don't think so.
People already complain that
the games are too long anyway
and now you want to talk about
instant replay? The NFL has had
replay before, then got rid of it,
and now it's back, but baseball
has never had anything like
instant replay.
Major League Baseball Com-
missioner Bud Selig has already
instituted enough ridiculous
ideas into the game, such as this
new World Baseball Champion-
ship. It's a possible U.S. versus
the world All-Star game and
gives home-field advantage in the
World Series to the winner of said
exhibition game.
Replay is a different evil when
it comes to baseball.
The human element has
always been part of the game.
Granted, umpires and referees
should not change the outcome
of a game, but they're human.
There are so many different calls
that are made during a baseball
game: balls and strikes, fair or
foul, a great catch or did he trap
Conventional thinking would
tell you that if a manager thinks
a called ball is a strike 10 or 20
times during a game, that's 10
or 20 times play stops to review.
That's just for one manager.
Maybe I'm just old school and
don't like change, but this is base-
ball, our national pastime. Keep
the game as it has been for more
than a century.
I mean, what's next? Baseball
players taking steroids?
Oh wait a second
This writer can be contacted at
from page A7
"Wellington Mara is the face
of not only the New York Giants
but the NFL tight end Jeremy
Shockey said. "He's a pioneer
and the guy that everybody looks
up to
When former players became
ill, Mara would find them doc-
tors, pay their medical expenses
and arrange help for their fami-
lies. Many old-timers were on the
payroll as scouts or advisers. Even
in this era of sophisticated scout-
ing, it wasn't unusual for Young
or Accorsi to get a call from a
former player recommending the
Giants look at some prospect.
In most cases, the team was
well aware of the prospect, but
Mara never dropped any of those
old "scouts" from the payroll.
Mara always considered him-
self a football man first, running
the on-field operations through
the 1950s until 1979 while Jack
and then Jack's son Tim ran the
business end. The team was suc-
cessful during the '50s and early
'60s with such stars as Frank Gif-
ford, Y.A. Tittle, Sam Huff and
Roosevelt Brown and a coaching
staff that included Tom Landry
and Vince Lombardi as assistants.
In 1979, on the commission-
er's recommendation, the Maras
agreed to hire Young as general
manager and the team again
became a power.
It won Super Bowls in 1986
and 1990 with Bill Parcells coach-
ing a team that starred Lawrence
Taylor and Phil Simms and stout
defenses. The 1990 team featured
one of the best coaching staffs
assembled: future head coaches
Coughlin, Bill Belichick, Al Groh,
Charlie Weis, Romeo Crennel and
Ray 1 landley.
In 1991, Tim Mara and his
family sold their share of the
team to Robert Tisch. Tisch and
Mara were officially co-owners
and Tisch ran much of the busi-
ness affairs.
Mara is survived by wife
Ann, 11 children and 40 grand-
YOUth from page A7
that's the case.
That is the all-consuming
problem. Sports used to be the
sanding tool that put the finish-
ing touches on a well-rounded
individual. It used to be the
backdrop for friends to bond and
forge memories they would talk
about for vears.
Republic of
Yet on some fields, coaches
and parents deep-six their chil-
dren by showing them that fun
is a secondary or tertiary goal.
Score lots of points and win are
goals one and two.
Do you want to make a dif-
ference? Volunteer to coach a
youth sports team, or join NAYS.
You as the parent, the coach, the
role model, can make a difference
and preserve the fun of sports for
your child. Or you can ruin your
child's love of the sport.
The choice is yours.
This writer can be contacted at

World of Wellness
Healthy Lifestyle Team and the
Healthy PIRATES Bring You the World.
Sat. 2:30pm - 6:30pm
Student Rec. Center
Draw string
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If you are interested in attending law school or would like to find out more information
about what law school is like
then these events arc for YOU!
Come join us!
Elon University School of Law, Charlotte School of Law, North Carolina Central
University School of Law and Campbell University-Adrian Norman Wiggins School of
Law will all be here during the week, along with Kaplan to discuss the LSAT. We will
also have a panel of local lawyers who will share an
inside look at life of a lawyer!
Check the schedule on the Academic Enrichment Center website, under "Calendar of
Events" http:www.ecu.eduadvisingaecStratagies.htm
or give us a call at 328-2645!
Look forward to seeing you throughout the week!
2 Bedroom, 1.5 Bath Townhomes
1212 Red Banks Rd. � Greenville, NC
� On-site Management
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SGA gets a
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The office of
Student Government
will be changing its phone
number effective
November 1st The new
number will be ECU-4SGA,
that's 328-4742.

Page A9
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Join Us At Our Annual Book Sale
The Friends of Joyner Library at East Carolina University will hold their annual Book Sale: �
When: October 28-30, 2005
Where: Willis Building Auditorium, 300 East First Street, Greenville, North Carolina
Friday - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday � 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
What: Find an extensive selection of books from a variety of topics and genres including: biographies, mysteries, "how to"
books, foreign language, textbooks, computer books, and much more! Book prices typically range from $.50 to $2.00.
Why: All proceeds from the sale will go towards supporting the Friends of Joyner Library.
How: Admission is free. The public and students are invited to attend. Ample free parking will be available in the vicinity of the
venue. To request more information, please contact us by calling 252.328.4090.
Driving Directions
From the East Carolina University campus, follow Tenth Street (10th Street) towards its intersection with Charles Boulevard. Take
a right at the stoplight on to Charles Boulevard. Follow Charles Boulevard approximately .2 miles to the stoplight and intersection
at Rcade Circle. Take a right on to Reade Street and follow it approximately .4 miles. The Willis Building will be on your right, just
before you reach First Street (1st Street). Parking will be located in the designated public parking areas, as well as in the designated
University parking lots.
About the Friends of Joyner Library
The Friends of Joyner Library at East Carolina University is a nonprofit organization that provides financial support to the library,
which serves the university and the region. Gifts to the library are used to fund projects or purchases that may not be funded through
the annual budget. Serving to elevate public awareness and raise funds for the library, their goal is to enrich both intellectual and
educational environments for faculty, students, and citizens of eastern North Carolina.
Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact the Department of
Disability Support Services at least forty-eight hours prior to the event at 252.737.1016 (VoiceTTY).
J. Y. Joyner Library

The East Carolinian, October 26, 2005
East Carolina's student-run campus newspaper was first published in 1923 as the East Carolina Teachers College News (1923-1925). It has been re-named as The Teco Echo (1925, 1926-1952), East Carolinian (1952-1969), Fountainhead (1969-1979), and The East Carolinian (1969, 1979-present). It includes local, state, national, and international stories with a focus on campus events.
October 26, 2005
Original Format
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