THE EAST CAROLINIAN
Volume 81 Number 20 THURSDAY
October 27, 2005
Geography is problematic for flood
prevention efforts in New Orleans
New chairman Bemanke followed
by Greenspan into oval office.
Greenspan retires from
Ben Bemanke will replace
Alan Greenspan as Chairman of
the Federal Reserve when Greens-
pan steps down on Jan. 31, 2006
after holding one of the most
influential economic jobs in the
world for 18 years.
President Bush refers to
Greenspan as a "legend Greens-
pan was appointed by Ronald
Reagan to fill an unexpired term
on the board on Aug. 11, 1987.
He was then selected to fulfill
another term on Feb. 1, 1992,
which lasted 14 years. Greenspan
earned his BS, MA and Ph.D.
in economics from New York
University. He has won numer-
ous accolades for his distin-
guished service in government,
including honorary knight com-
mander of the British Empire.
Ben Bernanke, who received his
Ph.D. from MIT in 1979, is the
Chairman of the Department
of Economics at Princeton Uni-
versity. He is a macroeconomist
with interests in monetary policy
and rnacToeconomic history.
He is the director of the Mon-
etary Economics Program of the
National Bureau of Economics
Research and the editor of the
American Economic Review.
Bernanke will continue
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As evidenced by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has always been one of the most flood-prone areas in the US.
LSU professor explains
it's more than just
In the wake of Hurricane
Katrina, a professor from Loui-
siana State University will lec-
ture at ECU Friday in regard to
Hurricane Katrina's impact on
the cultural and environmental
geography in New Orleans.
explain how engineers and urban
developers have modified the city
to keep it from being flooded. He
will also discuss the city's constant
battle to prevent future flooding.
Cohen will speak on his series,
"New Orleans: City Designed to
Flood tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. in
349 Flanagan building.
"New Orleans is a city that has
historical and economic impor-
tance, but it's also in a very suscep-
tible and vulnerable geographic
location said Derek Alderman,
cultural geography professor.
Colten also has an aware-
ness of race in New Orleans.
He understands the modifica-
tions happening in New Orleans
are not necessarily race neu-
tral. A lot of the flooding and
hazards found in New Orleans
have an impact on minority
populations, said Alderman.
"You can't really talk about
the geography of New Orleans
without talking about its famous
African American population
In some cases, including Hur-
ricane Katrina, many of the visible
victims were African Americans
who didn't have the income and
resources to get out of the way.
"That's not a new develop-
ment Alderman said.
Colten finds that it's part
of a much longer tradition in
New Orleans. African Ameri-
cans have often been the
most vulnerable population
in terms of flooding and the
environment, Alderman said.
"We have to address urban
development, theenvironment and
race all together Alderman said.
Initially, it was the ECU Geo-
Club's idea to have someone
speak about what happened
dowji south and to understand
the Contemporary issues happen-
ing in New Orleans right now.
Another reason Alderman
wanted Colten to come is because
of the authority Colten has
gained since Hurricane Katrina.
As soon as Katrina hit New
Orleans, Colten started being
interviewed by national news
corporations across the country.
As far as flooding, water
and engineering are concerned,
Colten has emerged as the public
authority for New Orleans.
"We really wanted to bring
someone in who has years and
years of research in New Orleans
who can really inform ECU and
the public about these issues
Alderman also wanted Colten
to lecture at ECU so that students
can better understand the atmo-
sphere and what causes storms
The department of geography
just began an atmospheric science
program, which allows students
to study hurricanes, storms and
all the different aspects related to
weather and climate as they impact
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White flags in Montpelier, Vt.
represent fallen soldiers in Iraq.
toll in Iraq
Sunni Arab political
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) � The
American death toll reached
2,001 on Wednesday with the
announcement that a soldier died
in an accident the night before.
Three mostly Sunni Arab parties
said they have formed a coali-
tion to compete in upcoming
parliamentary elections as the
minority moves to consolidate
its power in the political arena.
The soldier, whose identity
was withheld pending notifica-
tion of relatives, died in a vehicle
accident Tuesday evening near
Camp Bucca, a U.S. detention
center in southern Iraq, the
military said. The statement
raised by one the number of
U.S. service members killed in
the war a day after the somber
milestone of 2,000 was reached.
A roadside bomb also
destroyed a Humvee in a
U.S. convoy on Wednesday,
but no American casualties
were reported in that attack.
A U.S. warplane also struck
a suspected insurgent safe house
near the Syrian border Wednes-
day and may have killed a senior
al-Qaida in Iraq figure iden-
tified only as Abu Dua who
it said assisted in smuggling
Syrian and Saudi fighters into
Iraq, the U.S. military said.
A military statement said
intelligence sources indicated
that Abu Dua who allegedly was
part of an al-Qaida network along
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NC groups working to save
longleaf pine from scarcity
ROCKINGHAM, NC (AP)
� Not many things today seem
as unending as the interstate. Just
a few hundred years ago, though,
there would have been something
to rival this vast concrete network.
If longleaf pine forests still
stretched uninterrupted from
eastern Texas to southern Vir-
ginia, only a three-day drive
would put the evergreens to a
westbound traveler's back.
"Longleaf pines are in serious
decline said Brady Beck, Sand-
hills Game Land biologist. "About
97 percent have been destroyed
In several short centu-
ries, 87 million acres of the
original 90 million have been
lost to the naval stores indus-
try, logging, and commercial
and residential development.
"Much of the Sandhills.long-
leaf had disappeared by the early
1900s said Pete Campbell, wild-
life biologist for the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service in Southern Pines.
While loggers then and now
value the longleaf for its rot
resistance and strength, the
tree matures too slowly for the
patience of harvesters.
To satisfy the industry's appe-
tite, scoured longleaf stands
began to be replaced with faster
growing slash pine and loblolly
pine between 1930 and 1940.
Though this practice has
hindered the recovery of the once
bountiful trees, it's not all gloom
and doom, death and destruction
for the longleaf pine.
Longleaf resurgence was jump-
started by the discovery of a finan-
cially lucrative use for the slow-
growing tree that didn't require
reaping, replanting and waiting.
"The renaissance of long-
leaf pine has a lot to do with
the pine straw market which
really took off during the
mid-1980s, Campbell said.
Pine straw has given land-
owners an economic reason to
grow the evergreen that isn't
bound by the constraints of log-
ging, he added.
While the continual raking
of needles doesn't restore
ideal longleaf forests, it is a
step in the right direction for
the North Carolina Sandhills
The partnership's objective
is to balance ecological and
economic needs by determining
where conservation is essential
and development tolerable.
"We respect the human ele-
ment Campbell said of people
who generate income from longleaf
products. "We're engaged in a col-
laborative process with landown-
ers to help them achieve economic
goals and conservation goals
This approach has protected
10,000 acres of longleaf forest in
the Sandhills in the last five years.
Regardless of the amount
saved, however, forests that can't
be cared for properly will not be
"The longleaf system requires
fire to maintain itself Camp-
bell said. "When development
encroaches on forests, there's a
conflict because people don't want
fire near their neighborhoods
"We will slowly lose the integ-
rity of the system if wecan'tusefire
Local longleaf forests are proof
positive of the benefit of fire.
The 60,000-acre Sandhills
Game Land manages about
45,000 acres of longleaf pine,
most of which is high quality.
"The whole area was logged
over Beck said, gesturing to a
stand of trees that range in age
from 60 to 80 years. "This is
Beck and his game land col-
leagues frequently burn the long-
leaf ecosystems that have been
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U.S France, Britain ask Security Council
to adopt new, tough resolution on Syria
Syrian People's Assembly discusses UN. report on assassination.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) �
The United States, France and
Britain challenged the rest of
the U.N. Security Council to
adopt a tough resolution threat-
ening sanctions against Syria if
it doesn't cooperate fully with
a U.N. investigation into the
assassination of former Lebanese
prime minister Rafik Hariri.
The pressure on Syria is likely
to intensify Wednesday when a
report by the U.N. special envoy
on Syria-Lebanon, Terje Roed-
Larsen, on disarming Lebanese
militias is released. There are
allegations Syria is continuing
to smuggle arms to Palestin-
ian militia groups in Lebanese
refugee camps, in violation of a
council resolution of September
2004 demanding that all militias
However, Russia and China,
which have veto power, and Alge-
ria, the only Arab member of the
council, have been hesitant to use
the threat of sanctions to back up
a call for more Syrian cooperation.
Russia on Wednesday sig-
naled it would not allow sanc-
tions against Syria.
"Russia opposes sanctions
against Syria spokesman
Mikhail Kamynin said while
accompanying Foreign Minis-
ter Sergey Lavrov on a trip to
Israel, according to the Interfax,
Itar-Tass and RIA Novosti news
agencies. "Russia will be doing
everything necessary to prevent
attempts to impose sanctions
A draft resolution circulated
late Tuesday by the United States,
France and Britain strongly backs
a report by the U.N. investigating
commission that implicated top
Syrian and Lebanese security offi-
cials in Hariri's assassination and
accused Syria of not cooperating
fully with the probe.
The report brought swift
denials from the Syrian govern-
ment, which called it biased,
politicized and an American plot
to take over the region.
Syria's U.N. Ambassador Fays-
sal Mekdad told the council
that every paragraph in the
report deserved to be refuted.
He insisted Syria "has cooperated
faithfully and sincerely" and will
continue to do so.
If adopted, the draft resolu-
tion would require Syria to detain
anyone the U.N. investigators
consider a suspect and allow
the individual to be questioned
outside the country or without
Syrian officials present. It would
also immediately freeze the
assets and impose a travel ban on
anyone identified as a suspect by
The language appeared to be
an effort to pressure Syria into
giving the investigators access
to top security officials - possi-
bly including the brother-in-law
and brother of President Bashar
Assad - who may be implicated
in Hariri's slaying.
Syria would also be required
to renounce terrorism and
"commit itself definitively to
cease all support for all forms of
terrorist action and all assistance
to terrorist groups and to demon-
strate this undertaking through
If Syria does not fully coop-
erate with the investigation, the
draft says the council intends
to consider "further measures
including sanctions, "to ensure
compliance by Syria
"We want a very strong signal
to the government of Syria that
its obstruction has to cease and
cease immediately U.S. Ambas-
sador John Bolton said.
President Bush insisted
Tuesday that the United
Nations hold Syrian leaders
"accountable for their con-
tinuing support of terrorism
But Russian President Vlad-
imir Putin, in a phone con-
versation Tuesday with Assad,
welcomed Syria's stated will-
ingness to cooperate with the
investigation and emphasized
that the council must proceed
The two discussed the "urgent
need for cautious action by the
international community in order
to prevent the emergence of new
sources of tension in the region
the Kremlin said in a statement.
Russia and China have
expressed concern about
any actions that might
destabilize the Middle East.
Council experts are expected
to discuss the resolution over the
next few days and Bolton said
ministers from the 15 council
nations will likely come to New
York on Monday, hopefully to
adopt it. Diplomats said a min-
isterial meeting would add clout
to the resolution and increase
pressure on Syria.
German prosecutor Detlev
Mehlis, who is leading the U.N.
probe, urged Syria earlier Tuesday
to help "fill in the gaps" about
who orchestrated the car bomb-
ing that killed Hariri and 20 other
people in Beirut on Feb. 14.
"I cannot send 500
investigators, which I do
not have, to Syria to look for
documents because I do not know
where I would find them he told
reporters. "It would be a good idea
if the Syrian authorities made an
extra effort by themselves
Mehlis has received an
extension of his mandate until
Dec. IS, which he told the coun-
cil offers "yet another opportu-
nity for the Syrian authorities
to show greater and meaningful
The draft resolution asks
Mehlis to report on the prog-
ress of his inquiry and Syrian
cooperation by Dec. 15,
or earlier if it isn't get-
ting sufficient cooperation.
Mehlis requested stepped
up security for his team of 30
investigators from 17 countf'e�-
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THURSDAY October 27,2005
The American Red Cross will have
two blood drives this week at ECU.
The first was this past Tuesday In
Wright Place and the second Is
Thursday, Oct. 26 from noon - 4
p m. at the Allied Health Building.
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. All proceeds will
be donated to children's art
education programs in areas
that were affected by Hurricane
Katrina. For more information, call
Ben Lustlg at 412-0841.
New Orleans Lecture
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 State 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 at 328-4013.
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
There will be an information
meeting for students interested
in participating in HOSA (Health
Occupations of America) Friday,
Oct. 28 in Mendenhall room 14
from 11 a.mnoon.
Meet the Faculty
ECU students and faculty will get
a chance to learn more about
the school of art when Richard
Tichich will interview 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
Emerge Gallery Forum
The Emerge Gailery and ECU
Graduate Student Forum is
hosting a silent benefit auction
Thursday, Nov. 4 from 6 - 9 p.m.
at the Emerge Gallery, located at
404 South Evans St. In downtown
Greenville. All proceeds will
be donated to children's art
education programs in areas
affected by Hurricane Katrina. For
more Information, call Ben Lustig
Annual Iron Pour
It is time for the Annual Iron
Pour at the ECU School of Art
and Design. Please join us
for this special, spectacular
event Saturday, Oct. 29. The
event will take place between
approximately 6-10 p.m.
(depending on how long it takes
for the iron to melt and cool).
You will not need to be here for
the whole four hours but will
be able to enjoy the event for
whatever amount of time that
you have You may park In front
of Jenkins Fine Arts Building
and either walk through the
building, downstairs to the
backyard or park In front of the
building and walk around to
Trustee Way to the backyard
area. Please be sure to dress
appropriately (long pants, long
sleeves and closed toe shoes).
The School of Art and Design
is very proud of this event and
hope that you will be able to
Greene resigns from NC lottery
commission after one meeting
RALEIGH, NC (AP) - A former Charlotte
city council member resigned
Tuesday from the new North Carolina
State Lottery Commission, saying he
doesn't have the time to devote to
Malachi Greene faxed his resignation
to Gov. Mike Easley a day before the
full nine-member commission was to
hold its second meeting.
The commission's job is to start up
the new North Carolina Education
Lottery, which was signed into law in
"Because of previous commitments
requiring extensive dedication of my
time and resources, I realize that I
cannot be an effective member of
the Lottery Commission Greene
wrote in his three paragraph letter. "I
The governor has accepted
Greene's resignation, said Easley
spokeswoman Jill Lucas. Senate
leader Marc Basnight, D-Dare,
who recommended Greene to the
commission, will advise the governor
on a replacement.
Efforts by The Associated Press to
reach Greene were unsuccessful.
He told The Charlotte Observer In an
interview that being a commissioner
was just too much to handle right
'I am a private citizen who Is not
wealthy, nor am I at this point in
a health position to run all over
creation Greene was quoted as
Greene was among the more vocal
members at the commission's
first meeting Oct. 6, urging the
commission to ensure that minorities
were afforded a fair chance at lottery
contracts and jobs.
Colorado wrestles with tax limits
while other states watch and wait
DENVER (AP) - The campaign over
whether to loosen Colorado's strict
tax limits has spun Into silliness as the
Nov. 1 election nears, prompting one
official to parachute out of a plane for
the cameras to dramatize the state's
falling economic fortunes.
Yet, the consequences are serious,
not only for Colorado, which could
face deep budget cuts if restrictions
are not relaxed, but for other states
considering their own version of the
Taxpayer's Bill of Rights.
"Colorado is the touchstone for the
anti-tax movement said Floyd Ciruli,
an Independent state pollster.
California will vote on whether to
limit state spending on Nov. 8. Other
states considering their version of
the measure include Kansas, Ohio,
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populations, said Alderman.
He said Colten's speech would
be perfect for students interested
in what causes these storms.
Students can also earn an Atmo-
spheric Science certificate through
the geography department.
Alderman previously knew
Colten and his work in historical
geography. Alderman said LSU is
considered one of the really nice
geography departments in the
country. Colten was also honored
as the Carl O. Sauer Professor
in honor of the famous, distin-
guished cultural geographer.
In Colten's most recent book,
An Unnatural Metropolis: Wrest-
ing New Orleans from Nature, he
focuses on the modifications
made to the natural environment
in New Orleans.
His other publications include
"Reintroducing Nature to the
City: Wetlands in New Orleans"
Environmental History, 2002) and
The Road to Love Canal (1996).
Colten has been quoted in
USA Today, The New York Times,
US News & World Report, and his
research has been featured on
CNN, NBC, CBS and National
Colten's visit is sponsored by
the GeoClub student organiza-
tion, the Department of Geogra-
phy, the Coastal Resource Man-
agement program, the Coastal
Society and the Thomas Harriot
College Hazards Research Center.
A reception and book signing will
follow the lecture.
For more information, con-
tact Derek Alderman at 328-4013
or e-mail aldermandteecu.edu.
This writer can be contacted at
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the Syrian border was in the
house at the time of the attack
but his body has not been recov-
ered. The statement also accused
him of kidnapping and execut-
ing people after trying them
in makeshift religious courts.
Elsewhere, at least 10 Iraqis
were killed in attacks and an
Internet statement claiming
that the country's most feared
terror group has abducted two
Moroccan embassy employees.
The U.S. Senate on Tuesday
observed a moment of silence in
honor of the fallen Americans.
"We owe them a deep debt
of gratitude for their cour-
age, for their valor, for their
strength, for their commitment
to our country said Republi-
can Majority Leader Bill Frist.
The milestone came amid
growing doubts among the U.S.
public about the Iraq conflict,
launched in March 2003 to
destroy Saddam I lussein's alleged
weapons of mass destruction.
No such arms were ever found.
In Iraq, many people heard
of the 2,000 figure on Arab
satellite TV channels such as
Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya.
Some Iraqis complained that
the attention was misguided
because far more Iraqis have
died in the conflict than Ameri-
cans. No one knows an exact
number of Iraqi deaths, but there
is some consensus, including
from a U.S. military spokesman
and outside experts-that an
independent count of roughly
30,000 is a relatively credible
tally of Iraqi civilian deaths.
An Associated Press count
of war-related Iraqi deaths from
the time Iraq's elected govern-
ment took office on April 28
through Tuesday found at least
3,870 Iraqi deaths in that period
alone. More than two-thirds
were civilians while the rest
were Iraqi security personnel.
"I hope the number of
Americans who die goes even
higher said Omar Ahmed, 36,
the Sunni Arab owner of an elec-
tricity shop in Dora, one of the
most violent parts of Baghdad.
Nearby, Ali al-Obeidi, a 28-
year-old Sunni Arab, said he hoped
the U.S. losses would prompt
the United States to leave Iraq.
"It makes me happy he
said about the grim 2,000 dead
soldiers milestone. "They're an
Al-Obeidi said the number
pales in comparison to the thou-
sands of dead Iraqis. "The Iraqis
are my brothers. We saw nothing
good from the Americans. They
hurt us and their presence in Iraq
is to blame for all the Iraqi deaths
Such feelings are not shared
by many of Iraq's majority Shi-
ites, who were freed from the
oppression and discrimination
that they suffered under Saddam.
"Remnants of Saddam's
regime are cooperating with al-
Qaida in Iraq. And this, the killing
of the Americans, will affect the
stability and rebuilding of Iraq
said II,imikI al-Sumaysim, 54, a
Shiite shop owner in the Shiite
holy city of Najaf. "The Ameri-
cans liberated us and they will
help us to rebuild our country
Abdul I.ili.ii Hassan, 48, a
Shiite government electricity
worker in the southern city of
Basra, said the growing U.S.
death toll could be the result
of poor planning by Bush.
Maine, Nevada, Oklahoma and
TABOR, a constitutional amendment,
limits tax and spending increases
by linking them to inflation and
population. The caps were painless
when the economy was booming,
but when a recession hit in 2001,
Colorado lawmakers were forced to
carve $1.1 billion from the budget over
three years, much of it from education
and health care.
Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper,
a Democrat, dramatized the state's
falling economic fortunes In a
parachute jump this month for a
television commercial. In another
instance, a wanted poster warned
that Republican Gov. Bill Owens, a
fiscal conservative with a reputation
for cutting taxes, had been kidnapped
by "a radical, anti-taxpayer gang of
U.S. agrees to Japanese proposal
on relocating Okinawa base
TOKYO (AP) - The United States
accepted a Japanese proposal for
the relocation of a U.S. air station on
Okinawa on Wednesday, resolving a
dispute that had blocked progress on
military realignment talks and caused
friction between the two allies.
The plan, which scuttles a Un-
favored proposal to construct a
heliport on a coral reef, will move the
functions of Marine Corps Air Station
Futenma from a congested city to
inside another American base on the
island, Japan's foreign minister said.
Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura
also said that upcoming broader
talks on the realignment of the U.S.
military In Japan would lead to the
reduction of thousands of the 14,600
American Marines on Okinawa. The
U.S. Embassy would not confirm
The agreement to relocate the
Futenma base was welcomed by
"The plan we have accepted today
provides a comprehensive,
capable and executable solution
for the replacement of Futenma
in an expeditious and complete
manner U.S. Deputy Undersecretary
of Defense Richard Lawless said at
the American Embassy.
Japanese officials said the deal
resolved what had been turning Into
a tense standoff over the relocation
of the base. The plan to build a
new heliport on reclaimed land
had faced stiff opposition from
Wednesday's deal lifted the main
stumbling block to an agreement on
the realignment of the 50,000 U.S.
troops based in Japan. An interim
agreement on realignment is to be
released in Washington during U.S
Japan talks on Saturday.
Washington and Tokyo agreed nearly
10 years ago to move the Futenma air
station to a less crowded location on
Okinawa as part of an overall plan to
reduce the burden of the U.S. military
presence on the tiny island.
Okinawa hosts most of the U.S.
troops in Japan, and residents have
long complained of crime, crowding
and noise associated with the bases.
Protests against the presence peaked
in 1995 following the rape of an
Okinawan schoolgirl by three U.S.
Machimura said cutting the number
of Marines on the Island would also
soothe local opposition to the military
"I want to show the people in Okinawa
what kind of burden reduction there
will be. It's going to be a very large
scale reduction he said, adding
that the reduction would be "in the
On the Futenma dispute, research
had already begun on a proposed
replacement heliport to be build at
Henoko off the coast of Okinawa.
But environmentalists, residents and
other opponents say the plan would
wreck one of the area's last healthy
coral reefs, and have mounted regular
protests to block the research.
In the face of that opposition, Japan
had come up with a proposal to
combine the air station's functions
with nearby Camp Schwab.
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An Iraq civil war would be felt far
beyond its borders, experts say
all-out civil war in Iraq could
shake the political foundations
of places beyond that stricken
land, sending streams of refugees
across Iraqi borders, tempting
neighbors to intervene, and
renewing the half-buried old
conflict of Sunni and Shiite in
the Muslim world, Middle East
"If it's a war between Sunni
and Shiite, this war might be
extended from Lebanon to
Afghanistan says Diaa Rash-
wan, an Egyptian expert on
In a series of Associated Press
interviews, other regional spe-
cialists didn't foresee such falling
dominoes - open war between
Islam's two branches spreading
elsewhere from Iraq. But they
believe regional tensions have
already sharpened because of
the rise of Iraqi Shiites to power
under U.S. military occupation.
This "really changes the
power structure in the Middle
East, not only in Iraq, but in
Lebanon and Saudi Arabia said
longtime U.S. Mideast scholar
William R. Polk, referring to two
other Arab lands with fragile
Iraq's new constitution,
approved in an Oct. 15 referen-
dum whose results were certified
Tuesday, is largely opposed by
the Sunni Muslim minority,
since it could lead to a virtual
breakup of the country into oil-
rich Shiite and Kurdish regions
in the south and north, and a
resource-poor Sunni center.
A permanent government
will be elected Dec. IS, inevitably
controlled by the Shiite major-
ity. Many fear this will lead to
clashes between Sunni and Shiite
armed groups, transforming the
Sunnis' long-running anti-U.S.
insurgency into a civil war.
A key neighbor has voiced
"All the dynamics are pulling
the country apart Saudi Arabia's
foreign minister, Prince Saud al-
Faisal, said of Iraq. Speaking
with Washington reporters on
Sept. 22, the Saudi also warned
that Iraq's disintegration would
"bring other countries in the
region into the conflict
Turkey and Iran top that list.
The Turks might be tempted to
intervene in Iraq's north to keep
its autonomous Kurds from sup-
porting Turkey's own Kurdish
separatists. Shiite Iran might act
- with arms, intelligence, even
"volunteers" - to ensure victory
by a friendly Iraqi Shiite leader-
ship in any civil war, analysts say.
"The Turks would be the most
worried and have the most capac-
ity" - a strong military - "to do
something about it said Polk.
Persian Iran, sharing a long
border and a history of warfare
with Arab Iraq, has multiple
interests in its neighbor's future,
noted W. Andrew Terrlll, Mideast
specialist at the U.S. Army War
The Iranians clearly don't
want a return to a hostile Sunni-
led Iraq like that of ousted Presi-
dent Saddam Hussein. But Terrill
said Tehran also must worry
about a Shiite-run government
that is too reliant on Washington
"that is willing to accept perma-
nent U.S. military bases that may
be used to threaten and intimi-
date the Iranian regime
Two mostly Sunni neighbors,
Syria and Jordan, are largely
unable and unlikely to try to
influence a civil war next door,
analysts say. But both would bear
a heavy burden if Iraqi Sunnis
were driven to seek refuge across
the border, fleeing Balkan-style
"ethnic cleansing" a prospect
haunting regional officials.
"What's happening in Iraq
is already affecting the region.
There are a half-million Iraqis in
Jordan, a country of 5 12 million
people Hasan Abu Nimah, a
former Jordanian U.N. ambassa-
dor, told the AP. An even greater
influx "would put a strain on
services and schools and create
difficulties of all kinds
Egyptian analyst Mohamed
el-Sayed Said worries about a
broader struggle between Islam's
two branches - the Sunnis, long
dominant in the Arab world, and
the schismatic, often oppressed
Shiites, historically viewed as
"Not in recent memory have
we had a civil war between
Sunnis and Shiites noted Said,
deputy director of Cairo's Al-
Ahram Center for Political and
Strategic Studies. "If we have
one in Iraq, it would probably
inflame divisions in other coun-
tries, particularly Lebanon and
In Lebanon, analysts say, the
Shiite party Hezbollah may draw
on Iraq's Shiite ascendancy for
political and material support
in its contest for power with
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THURSDAY October 27, 2005
Hockey back and
better than ever
You have to tip your hat to them. As devas-
tating of a blow that it was for the National
Hockey League to shut down shop last year
and become the first North American Profes-
sional sport to ever cancel an entire season
due to labor disputes, they have come
through in spades as far as marketing the
game now that it is alive and kicking again.
The NHL has made many changes in its
style of play for the future and it couldnt
have come at a better time. This brand of
hockey is faster and chock-full of scoring
opportunities. Though we don't have an
official statistic, the league average of com-
bined goals per night has to be somewhere
around the eight or nine mark
That is an astounding shift from the four to
five goal average the NHL had put up in
earlier years. Not only is this how hockey
should be, it's how it needs to be.
Anyone who ioves the game is going to
come back to watch it on television or in the
stands, no matter what However, where the
NHL has suffered since it's infancy is in the
wider demographic of people who are fringe
fans or just beginning to team about the game.
No one wants to see the New Jersey Devils
run the trap to perfection night in and night
out viciously strangling each offense they
face, and sneak out with a 2-1,2-0.3-1 win.
But everyone loves to see a team like the
Carolina Hurricanes, a squad in the old NHL
that was horrible after it's magical Stanley
Cup run, race up and down the ice with
reckless abandon, flashing their finesse and
put 40 shots on goal.
The latter is what hockey fans all over the
world have seen so far this year. The NHL
still has a lot of work to do, but the foundation
they have provided for their future so far is
a solid one. Now they need to concentrate
on further down the road and getting their
games back on popular networks such as
ABC and ESPN rather than OLN and NBC.
For the most part, Pirate Pride is not some-
thing that ECU is lacking, but what about
giving some support to the Carolina Hur-
ricanes? The NHL has provided a rundown
of their rules and regulations fa new hockey
goers on their Web site nhl.com. There is
even a hockey game coming up Friday,
October 28 at the RBC Center.
All in all though, congratulations on coming
back with a bang Gary Bettman and com-
pany, it was worth the wait
Jennifer L Hobbs
Editor in Chief
Head Copy Editor
Asst Features Editor
Asst Sports Editor
Asst Copy Editor
Asst Photo Editor
Serving ECU since 1925. TEC prints 9,000 copies
every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the
regular academic year and 5,000 on Wednesdays
during the summer. "Our View" is the opinion of
the editorial board and is written by editorial board
members. TEC welcomes letters to the editor which
are Imlted to 250 words (which may be edited for
decency or brevity). We reserve the right to edit or
reject letters and all letters must be signed and
include a telephone number. Letters may be sent via
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Neil Young is Canadian, not American
Simple message: Negative-
reinforcement doesn't work
While I'm fairly new to the Opinion
section here, regular readers of TEC may
or may not recognize my name from the
Features section where I've been a writer
for over a year now. Last week, while
writing a piece on Neil Young's new
album "Prairie Wind I made a huge
mistake which I'd like to talk about.
In the opening of my piece, I placed
Neil Young in the upper-echelon of
American rock stars - only behind Elvis
and Bob Dylan in terms of greatness.
Only there was one big problem with
that opening (besides being hackney)
- Neil Young isn't an American. Neil
Young is a Canadian.
What's worse than my terrible
mistake is the way I learned of it. The
day that TEC ran the article, I woke up
and in the course of my regular morn-
ing routine of English Muffins and
watching Saved by the Bell reruns, I
checked 7"�C"s web site to read whether
my opinion column for the week had
gotten any feedback yet.
The opinion piece had not received
any yet but while scrolling down the
main page, 1 noticed something odd:
my Neil Young review had already
received four pieces of feedback. I rarely
get feedback from readers on my Fea-
tures articles so when I saw that, I just
sat there and thought to myself, "This
cannot be good And it wasn't.
Four separate responses, one over-
whelming message: "Neil Young is
Canadian - and Gary McCabe is an
idiot My heart sank. I couldn't believe
that I had made such a careless error
- made all the worse because I knew
that Neil Young is from Canada - and in
my haste to differentiate him from the
vastly superior British stars like John
Lennon and Eric Clapton (where he
wouldn't even crack the top 20 on the list
of best) -1 turned him into an American.
Don't get me wrong - I'm not
making an excuse whatsoever. Whether
TEC is a college paper or not, my job as a
staff writer is to provide accurate infor-
mation at all times and I clearly did not
do that on the Neil Young piece. There is
absolutely no excuse for what I did and I
wholeheartedly apologize for it. Quickly,
I responded with a piece of feedback
of my own to apologize to the readers
Red-faced and embarrassed, I hoped
that the message would settle the issue
for good and hopefully I could learn
from my mistake and put it behind me.
But I would have no such luck. Three
days after the incident, I checked again
and three more messages had been left,
offering nothing new - just piling on
with the fact that I messed up.
Actually, I was fine with it too. I
deserv it, I told myself. But then I
received an email that completely set
me off. It was from somebody named
Curt Hooper. "I'm surprised you didn't
mention that Jimi Hendrix wrote "Like a
Rolling Stone the email stated. "What
were you smoking when you wrote that
Neil Young review? Can I have some?"
First of all, Bob Dylan wrote "Like a
Rolling Stone" -1 even double-checked.
Second, was this really necessary? I had
already apologized and related how bad
1 felt about it. And this guy feels like it
wasn't enough - that he felt it necessary
to pour salt on the wounds with his
smug, sarcastic letter.
1 tried to be rational about it. I tried
to tell myself that I deserved to be heck-
led - but I couldn't. Something is wrong
with our society. 1 began thinking of the
countless other articles that I have writ-
ten in the past - articles where I really
took my time to make sure they were as
perfect as possible.
In those articles, many of which I'm
pretty proud of, I rarely get a message
from readers saying something posi-
tive. Nobody ever gives me feedback
saying, "Hey, that was interesting" or
"I enjoyed the article
But the one time I make a careless
mistake - the first time - people can't
wait to jump on my back. They couldn't
respond fast enough. I don't know
what it is about our nature. Maybe
people only feel better when they tear
somebody apart. Maybe these readers
just didn't think I would notice the
first three posts and decided to reiter-
ate it just-in-case. Or maybe we're just
becoming a society of scumbags.
I don't know what it is but I see
it every day. We've become a soci-
ety of negative-reinforcement. If
you're on a busy commuter bus and
you give up your seat to a young
lady, you rarely hear a 'thank you
But if you don't offer it, she
stares at you like she just recognized
you from "America's Most Wanted"
or says "gee, what a gentleman I
know because I've heard it happen.
Nobody appreciates the people
who work in ECU'S dining halls - the
people working hard to prepare enough
food for thousands of people a day.
But the minute somebody has
to wait in line an extra minute or
two for their burger, it's always
"Why don't they do their job?"
I've got very simple advice, let's just
try and be better people. Let's try to be
more positive and understanding. Nega-
tive-reinforcement does not work. All
it does is make somebody feel inferior
and apathetic toward what they do.
However, I want you to disregard
that advice when it comes to my work
for TEC. I'm young and I'm still trying
to learn and unfortunately mistakes
happen. If or when I do screw up, 1 want
you to pounce on me. I know by writ-
ing this that I'm opening myself up to
it anyway so I'll just learn how to deal
with it. And don't placate me by writing
nice things about my articles either
I'm just kidding.
In My Opinion
Lieberman dons Gore's green eco-policies
(KRT) WASHINGTON- When Al
Gore picked Joe Lieberman as his run-
ning mate in the 2000 election, the
mild-mannered Connecticut senator
was hailed by media pundits as some-
one who would help moderate Gore's
extreme environmental views.
Yet Lieberman spent much of his
time on the campaign trail nodding in
agreement as Gore attacked SUV's and
the middle-class Americans who drive
them as despoilers of nature.
Now, Washington insiders say Lieber-
man is gearing up to replace Gore as the
green's champion in the 2008 race for the
Democratic presidential nomination.
The Yale law school graduate
made his first move in early Octo-
ber with a speech to students and
faculty at Georgetown University
that his office touted as "a major
address on energy independence
The speech, which was greeted by
thunderous applause, evoked memories
of Jimmy Carter's failed "command-
and-control" energy policies of the late
1970s when American motorists were
forced to queue up in long lines at fill-
ing station pumps because of govern-
ment-induced gasoline shortages.
"The era of big oil is over the
62-year-old senator declared. "I fear
that we are literally watching the
slow but steady erosion of America's
power and independence as a nation
we're burning it up in our engines
and spewing it from our tailpipes
because of our absolute dependence
on oil to fuel our cars and trucks
Lieberman's dream is to cut the
fossil fuel consumption of America's
motor vehicles in half over the next
two decades by having the federal
government subvert the free market
with a series of "do it or else" legislative
mandates. They include:
Enforcing a requirement that 50 per-
cent of all domestic and foreign auto sold
in the U.S. are either hybrid or use alter-
native fuels within two decades time.
A program that provides federal sub-
sidies to ensure "an adequate number"
of alternative fuel service stations across
the nation. A requirement that tough-
ens fuel-efficiency standards for trucks.
Federal subsidies to domestic auto
makers for retooling manufacturing facil-
ities for alternative fuel cars and trucks.
While Lieberman complains
the world is running out of oil and
the U.S. has barely enough refining
capacity to meet today's demand,
it should be noted that he and his
liberal brethren in the Senate have
staunchly opposed virtually every
effort to tap into America's vast, but
dormant natural gas and oil reserves.
One of the reasons so much of the
nation's oil and gas production and
major refineries are located in the hurri-
cane-battered Gulf Coast region is that
northeastern "greenies" like Lieberman
have refused to allow offshore drill-
ing in the Atlantic and Pacific. Not to
mention, the Alaskan National Wildlife
Refuge, a small, barren area that con-
tains enough oil to wean us from Saudi
Arabia's reserves for the next century.
Lieberman also has been a
staunch backer of the Kyoto Accord,
an antiquated treaty that would
force a one-third reduction in U.S.
energy use and plunge America into
a deep and long-lasting recession.
The hard reality is that there really
are no good energy substitutes for such
fossil fuels as oil, natural gas and coal
and Lieberman knows it.
He also knows that huge leaps
forward in technology over the past
decade allow us to tap long-known and
long-hidden reserves in a cost-efficient
and environmentally friendly manner.
Lieberman's attacks on Big Oil
would be laughable, if it were not for the
fact that millions of poor New Engend-
ers will have difficulty affording home
heating oil this winter because of the
misguided energy policies he supports.
Anyone who genuinely believes
government bureaucrats are capable of
running the oil and gas industry more
effectively than private entrepreneurs
ought to be forced to rely exclusively
on the U.S. Postal Service for their com-
munication needs and Amtrak for their
No one ever accused Lieberman
of being a naif - after his energy
keynoter at Georgetown University,
however, he opened himself to the
charge of being just another dema-
gogic politician. Just what we don't
need in the White House come 2009.
Under ArmorUNDER is the key word.
Wearing a tight shirt does not make you
look bigger. It just draws attention to the
hard nipples on your bird chest.
I love it when I see a smoker w
Strong" and "Breast Cancer" v
I hate it when people put baby pictures on
fiicebook We get it, you were cute ONCE!
Dear guys wearing sweaters, We aren't cool
anymore. Please stop swearing our style.
Sincerely, The Backstreet Boys.
Fall break wasn't long enough.
I'm tired of hearing people complain about
how our troops shouldn't be overseas. Did
you forget why they were over there?
I've had no problems with any of the
workers at the 360. Sandra, Shameeka and
Selena are all very nice. But then again, I am
nice to them. If they are "rude to your face
maybe it's you ana not them.
I played racquetball once too and found 40
bucks! It must be a good luck sport.
Hello! Girls don't flush toilets because
they're made of sugar and spice arid every-
Why do guys tell a giri they feel a certain
way, thenafew hours later ask that same girl
for advice on how to pick up her friend?
Tony Mckee: Can you surprise me and do
research for once?
To the person who wrote the pro-libertar-
ian article in TEC, it's nice to know some-
one else understands that there were other
people to vote for besides Bush and Kerry.
Yes, there are still loyal girls on campus.
There are girls who don't constantly party.
It's just that most guys are too blinded by
the skinny bimbos with blonde hair and big
sunglasses to see the real guis around them.
Why don't they just give up on Fluid
Dynamics 101 ana turn Wright Fountain
into a parking lot. However small it would
be, it would still prove more useful.
The point of school spirit is to wear purple
and gold not light or navy blue; or other
college colors. Go pirates
To the guy looking for the loyal girls: I'm
guessing you can't find any because you
keep looking into the same type of girls
every time. Stop being so shallow. We're
not hiding. You just aren't looking at what
is right in front of you.
To the ONE nice Aramark employee who
works at The Croatan's cash register in the
morning - she knows who she is - you
brighten my day, and the days of the other
people who go in there!
My roommate is messy, how about yours?
What is really happening with all that
Hurricane Katrina money?
I would really appreciate it if some of those
girls in Clement would just go to bed and
stop walking around because they are
To the kid in my marketing dass wearing the
Cubs bat, you are not as smart as yon think
To the guy playing the guitar in his room:
You play great and I wish I could have
How can you tell who really is a college
student on campus?
Why are there six T.V.s tuned to five differ-
ent channelsin the TV. room? Andlcould
not hear any of them well enough to tell
what was going on.
Don't let the media board automate
WZMB. Save our college radio!
I didn't choose to haw children you did
and I should not be made to suffer because
of that. 1 shouldn't be forced to put up with
your kids in the llbrary,store or restaurants.
Yes, it is your right to have them but it's my
right to not have to put up with them.
Whoever keeps writing me parking tickets
is an agent of the devill swear! 1 cast thee
out demon! Now go away!
Last time I checked it was the middle of
October so why every time I got to class in
the Science and Tech building do 1 have to
dress for below zero temperatures??
Third time is the charm? Howabout lefs get it
right for once, Terry Holland needs to go
Is it really that difficult to say those two
little wordsThank You" when someone
takes time out of their busynon busy
schedule to hold the door open for you?
You are such inconsiderate people. You'd
think I was rude if I let it shut in your face
To the guy wondering where the nice,
genuinely wholesome females are "hiding
definitely not in the clubs.
To the girls that still think it's still summer;
maybe the weather channel can help you
just a tank top and a pair of booty snorts.
We need more love in the world! Because
some people fust don't know how to smile.
To the girl on the sidewalk who passed in
front ofme; if you're going to walk ahead
of me try and at least walk more than two
miles an hour.
To the folks at West end Dining hall; 1 know
it is hard to get up In the morning but when
you are serving us breakfast you could at
least fake a smile Instead of moving slow
like you hate your ob.
Not all girls on the third floor are snobby.
Make sure you register for spring classes or
you will be stuckln the fall!
To the guy that was walking around the all
time - tut next time you wont be so lucky.
Even if a giri doesn't meet your "hot" stan-
dards, give her a chance, she could be the
best thing that has ever happened to you.
Is it me or is Flanagan colder than every
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able to re-establish themselves.
Prescribed fires maintain the
forests' proper appearance and
These systems are character-
ized by an open, park-like look
with a single species - longleaf
pine - dominating the over-story,
Beck said. There's barely any
mid-story, but the ground cover
is very diverse.
Many of the ground cover
plants and shrubs rely on flames
Without fire, mid-story
species such as scrub oak will
quickly obscure the lower-grow-
ing grasses, herbs and flowers
from the sunshine they need.
"Sunlight hitting the ground
makes the longleaf forest plant
diversity possible Beck said.
Fire is also good for plants for
several other reasons.
Wire grass, for instance,
requires fire to flower and release
its seeds. Autumn gentian, whose
startling blue flowers unfurl this
time of year, is similarly depen-
dent on a healthy longleaf system.
The pine tree itself is no dif-
ferent - its seeds need fire just
After an area has been
burned, the forest floor has more
clear space and bare soil for seeds
to germinate in, Beck said.
The vegetation and debris
that has been scorched and left
behind as ash is also important.
Fire is part of the nutrient
cycle, he said, because the ash
acts as a sort of fertilizer for
And when plants and trees
flourish, so do the animals.
nest in older longleaf pines.
The birds also get the majority
of their food from the trees in
which they live.
"The pines, that's where the
woodpeckers get all their ants,
spiders, grubs" and other meals,
and roughly 16 other longleaf
forest dwellers, are listed as fed-
eral species of concern.
The fox squirrel, northern
pine snake, southern hognose
snake and pine barrens treefrog
all seem to be suffering the same
fate as their forest home.
"As federal species of con-
cern, they aren't listed as threat-
ened or endangered, but this is
because we don't know enough
about them Campbell said.
"There are projects under way
: to learn about these animals he
continued, "but our concern is
that if we take too long to see
what they require, their habitat
will be gone
This is why the NC Sandhills
Conservation Partnership is
working to protect the entire long-
leaf ecosystem, rather than just
what one or two animals need.
"Our goal is to be proactive so
that these species won't be listed"
as threatened or endangered in
the future, Campbell said
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Greenspan's policies. Bernanke
certainly seems to have the
esteem of Bush.
"Ben has done path-breaking
work in the field of monetary
policy, taught advanced econom-
ics at some of our top universities
and served with distinction on
the Fed's board of governors said
Bush. "He has earned a reputation
for intellectual rigor and integrity.
He commands deep respect in the
global financial community
seems to have inspired inves-
tors as well, pushing the Dow
Jones Industrial average to its
best one-day gain in nearly six
months. That is significant as
some economists have ques-
tioned whether or not Bernanke's
lack of corporate and Wall Street
experience would be an issue or
not. Clearly, those concerns seem
to have abated.
Some Senate Democrats have
concerns about Bernanke.
"It will be important that
Mr. Bernanke demonstrate
that he is committed to guid-
ing the economy to produce
results for all Americans rather
than promoting partisan poli-
cies that benefit special interests
and an elite few said Harry
Reid, Senate Minority leader.
"Bernanke has first-rate
academic qualifications, but we
need to have a thorough hearing
on him to explore a number of
issues including his ability to
render independent judgments
said Senator Paul Sarbanes.
Despite concerns about Ber-
nanke's corporate experience and
perceived lack of independence
from Greenspan and the Bush
administration, he is expected
to be confirmed by the Senate
around Thanksgiving and to
begin his term in February.
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WASHINGTON (AP) � Like
fussy children, lawmakers on
Capitol Hill sometimes need a
spoonful of sugar to help the
medicine go down. This budget
season, the medicine is a $39
bill. The sweetener? Lots of new
spending to go along with the
Republicans are touting the
upcoming budget bill as the first
effort to cut federal benefit pro-
grams in eight years. But there's
no shortage of grumbling from
fiscal conservatives over the new
spending padded into the Senate
version of the budget heading to
the Senate floor next week.
The nation's doctors would
get an $11 billion reprieve next
year from a scheduled cut in their
Medicare payments. Dairy farm-
ers won a $1 billion extension of
milk income payments. College
students would get more than8
billion in new grants, and more
disabled children would retain
Medicaid health coverage.
Then there's $3 billion to
help people watch TV. That
money will subsidize television
converter boxec for an upcom-
ing changeover to digital broad-
The flood of new spending
programs is made possible by
congressional budget rules that
permit deficit-cutting legislation
to carry new spending so long as
it's paid for with new receipts or
spending cuts elsewhere.
Fiscal conservatives are less
than thrilled. They're pushing
to limit spending add-ons so
Congress will be able to make net
spending cuts that exceed those
called for under the budget plan
passed earlier this year. The spate
of new spending makes that a lot
"My concern with the cur-
rent (bill) is that it's going to be
packed with more goodies that
are going to chip away at the
effectiveness of it said Stephen
Slivinski, director of budget stud-
ies for the conservative CATO
All told, Senate committees
would add more than $30 bil-
lion in new spending, offset by
cuts elsewhere and some new
revenues. House GOP leaders
vow to limit the amount of new
spending in an attempt to cut
spending by $50 billion. Still, the
House version of the budget plan
will include at least some new
spending, though not as much
as the Senate.
The Senate measure is
designed to save $35 billion,
but the Congressional Budget
Office calculates it would actu-
ally reduce net spending by
$39 billion. Some of the unex-
pected bonus may be claimed for
Senate conservatives such
as John Ensign, R-Nev, vow to
knock some spending out of
the bill during floor debate next
For many lawmakers, though,
the spending add-ons are critical
to winning their votes. In the
Senate Agriculture Committee,
for example, extending the Milk
Income Loss Contract program
helped secure the vote of Rick
Santorum, R-Pa for the overall
package of farm cuts. The MILC
program pays farmers when milk
prices are low and its benefits
are especially popular in states
with smaller dairy herds, like
"Some of those spending
items are in there, quite frankly,
to grease the skids for other
stuff said G. William Hoagland,
top budget aide to Senate Major-
ity Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn. "If
you start taking pieces out, you
will jeopardize the final vote
Senate Finance Committee
Chairman Charles Grassley,
R-Iowa, confronted a similar
dynamic assembling measure
with $10 billion in net cuts to
Medicaid and Medicare, the
federal health care programs for
the poor and elderly. That bill
includes $16 billion in spending
add-ons, financed by $26 billion
in spending curbs.
The new programs in Grass-
ley's plan, approved by Finance
on Tuesday, include modest
temporary Medicaid coverage
for hurricane victims and a new
$ 800 million plan to help parents
with severely disabled children
retain Medicaid coverage. Grass-
ley told reporters he could have
saved taxpayers more money if
he'd assembled the package with
ranking Finance Democrat Max
Baucus of Montana.
"My (Republican) colleagues
are not brave enough Grassley
The broader budget bill is also
partially financed by some easy-
to-swallow provisions such as
$10 billion to be raised through
government auctions of the air-
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money as it gets in Washington.
But only half of the $10
billion In television spectrum
sales would help trim the deficit
under a spend ing-heavy plan by
Commerce Committee Chair-
man Ted Stevens, it-Alaska. In
addition to $3 billion for digital
converter boxes, $1 billion would
go to state and local governments
for improved communications
equipment for first respond-
ed, while $500 million would
upgrade 911 emergency call cen-
ters and fund national alert and
tsunami warning centers.
There's a little sleight of hand
in there as well. About $3 billion
in projected savings from a new
Medicare "pay for performance"
initiative for hospitals is illusory.
Lawmakers claim $4.5 billion in
savings from the plan, which
withholds a small portion of
hospital Medicare payments and
rewards better performing hospi-
tals later on.
But most of that is phantom
savings generated by simply
shuffling money between fiscal
years. Still, it's used to offset real
"Two-thirds of that ($4.5 bil-
lion) is totally bogus said Sue
Nelson, a former aide to Senate
Budget Committee Democrats.
"It's a payment shift
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Why Is Halloween such a big deal in
Dear Spooked Out,
Because it's simply another reason
for college students to engage in
more drunken debauchery. Basically,
downtown Greenville Is blocked off
and students from colleges near and
far come to witness our beloved town
turn into a mini Mardl Gras. If you're
not looking to be with the masses
of people downtown, I'm sure just
about everyone and their uncle will be
hosting some sort of party between
Friday and Monday. Everybody likes
dressing up and embarrassing
themselves. Enjoy your weekend, and
please at least try to stay safe.
1 cup ricotta, drained
1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano,
a couple of handfuls
12 pound fresh mozzarella, small dice
A handful of chopped flat-leaf parsley,
a couple of tablespoons
1 egg yolk, beaten
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Few grinds black pepper
1 teaspoon Essence, recipe follows
12 pound thinly sliced prosciutto,
about 10 slices
6 sheets phyllo dough, from frozen
foods aisle of your market
12 stick melted butter
Black olives, for eyes
Red and green bell peppers, to cut
into Egyptian shapes to decorate
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Race parchment paperon baking sheet
Mix together cheeses, parsley, egg
yolk, garlic, pepper and Essence.
Lay out the prosciutto on a flat
surface so it overlaps slightly. It
should create a surface that is about
12 to 13 inches long.
Place the cheese mixture in the
center of the prosciutto and roughly
shape into a mummy form.
Wrap the prosciutto around the
cheese mixture sealing it in completely
and reshape the mixture to look like a
mummy with a rounded head and the
body tapering at the bottom.
Place a sheet of phyllo on a work
surface, brush with melted butter,
repeat with two more sheets, placing
them on top of one another. Do not
brush top sheet with butter.
Lay the prosciutto wrapped cheese in
the center of the phyllo and wrap the
phyllo around the "mummy
Butter the outside of the phyllo and
then reshape Into the mummy shape.
Place one of the remaining sheets �
of phyllo on the parchment lined
baking sheet, brush with melted
butter, repeat with the remaining
two sheets, placing them on top of
Carefully slice the phyllo into 12-
inch wide strips horizontally. Lay the
wrapped mummy in the center of
the sliced strips and wrap the sliced
pieces around the mummy so it looks
like bandages. Gently brush the top
Bake for 20 minutes or until golden
brown on the outside.
When the mummy is just a few minutes
from coming out of the oven, place
drained roasted red peppers, basil
leaves and garlic in the food processor
and pulse grind into a pepper puree.
Transfer to a small serving bowl.
Decorate the mummy with black
olives and pepper shapes and
transfer him to his "coffin" with two
wide, long, offset spatulas.
Serve with red pepper puree.
Vampire Blood Drinks
1 gallon cranberry juice
1 gallon orange juice
1 cup raspberry sorbet
1 quart seltzer
Body Part Ice Cubes, recipe follows
Mix the juices together. Add the
sorbet, softened, and stir until It
disappears. Add the seltzer.
Before serving, chill with the Body
Part Cubes and hands.
Pour into glasses and stir with glow
stick swizzle sticks.
Body Part ice Cubes:
12 cups cold water
2 to 3 drops green food coloring
1 roll packing tape
1 roll plastic wrap
2 plastic gloves
1 plastic Halloween face mask
Color the cold water with green food
coloring to make it stand out against
the background of the punch.
Use packing tape to seal of the eyes,
nose and mouth openings of the
mask. Line the Inside of mask with
plastic wrap to prevent leaking. Place
It in a bowl that will hold the mask
as still as possible while freezing. Fill
with the colored water up to the line
of the mask, making sure not to spill
over if possible. Place bowl in freezer
to solidify, at least 24 hours.
Fill two gloves with colored water
and twist and knot opening closed
to make a tight seal. Freeze gloves
for 12 to 24 hours.
When frozen, cut plastic gloves off.
Take ice out of mask, putting hot
water on the outside of the mask, if
necessary, to help it come out easily.
HALLOWEEN HOWTO: FACE PAWT
Roll half a piece of cotton
into a 2 Inch long strip. This
strip will be used to make the
outline of the bullet hole. Also
gather all of your supplies:
-Cotton balls, Q-Tlps
-Living Nightmare Fake Skin
-Metron Red and Metron Blue
-Cinema Secrets Blood Gel
Dip the string of cotton into
Living Nightmare Fake Skin and
connect the ends of the cotton.
Cover the ring In latex a second
time and let dry. After drying
poke the middle out of the ring.
This will create a hole-in-the-
head look that will eventually
look like a bullet hole with skull
fragments showing through.
Attach the ring to the skin of the
victim and cover with liquid latex.
Allow this layer to dry and then
cover the ring again to be totally
sure that It will stay on all night,
through movement, sweat and
people wanting to touch your
face all night. The white color
Inside the ring should remain
visible after this step Is complete.
Apply Metron Red and Metron
Blue cream makeup to the ring
and surrounding area with a
small make-up sponge with a
patting technique. Any mixture
of these colors will make a rich
bruising color. Keep the darker
colors more on the ring because
this is where the actual trauma
to skin and bone occur.
Have the victim lay their head
back and fill the middle with
Cinema Secrets Blood Gel.
Wait and let dry then add one
trickle of blood with a Q-Tip.
Adding the Cream Metron
Colors around the eyes and
lip will add bruising. Putting
cotton under the victim's lip
and bruising adds a fat lip look.
ECU'S fwest Halloween costumes
It's all about being
It's that special time of year
again. The most celebrated hol-
iday at ECU is right around
the corner. Many students are
already gearing up to parade the
streets of downtown Greenville
along with hundreds of students
from other universities. One
thing ECU is known for is the
outrageous Halloween celebra-
tion downtown and the cool
original costumes students make.
"Last Halloween I was a but-
terfly. I love butterflies. I wore all
black and bought the wings from
a Halloween store and I made
the antennas myself said senior
psychology major Amber Jones.
In the past years some of the
popular costumes were pimps and
hoes, playboy bunnies, trench
maids, Superman, Batman, Cat
Woman, ghosts, witches, vam-
pires and schoolgirls. These
traditional and hopefully
students will get more
creative this year.
it's all about being
a costume that
screams "I have
arrived" is what's
going to set one
apart from the
other students that
will be packing the
streets of Greenville.
The best way to
achieve this is to
go with something
Making your own cos-
tume is a great way to go when
low on cash. Some of the more
creative costumes come out
of television shows or popular
movies. The best costumes have
been well thought out and home-
made and most grab ones atten-
tion by being just plain funny.
Last year, one student made
a costume that looked like a
lemonade stand, with the title
"One Night" at the top, making
himself a one-night stand.
For those who have money,
Greenville has a ton of places
to find inspiration and cos-
tumes. Halloween Express across
from Colonial Mall has a great
selection of costumes for people
of all ages and costume accesso-
ries such as canes, beards, teeth
and capes. Spirit Halloween
Store on Red Banks Road is also
another neat place to get cos-
tumes and costume Ideas.
These stores will probably
see much of the ECU students
business during Halloween so
chances are if you shop at those
places you will be likely wear-
ing the same costume as forty
or more other people. Wal-Mart
also has costumes and accesso-
ries that are 40 percent off and
K-Mart has 50 percent off of their
entire Halloween inventory for
those who are short on cash.
Some of the popular cos
tumes last year that were
creative and original were
the rapper Little John and
his infamous pimp cup,
"The Chappelle Show's"
respected crack head
Tyrone, Sponge Bob
and a group of
sexy school teach-
ers. All of these
Another place to
get unique costumes is
online. The Internet
is a great source
when trying to
locate the per-
costume or acces-
sory. Adult costume
sites offer a vari-
ety of Halloween
gear ranging from
angels and fair-
ies to witches and
wizards. For those
last minute cos-
tume ideas ordering a costume
online can come in handy
since most sites have next
day delivery and clearance
This Halloween is sure to
be filled with
and creative cos-
tumes. Make sure
to make your own
a one of a kind
will go down
in ECU Halloween his- �
tory. It's all about being
imaginative and using
the resources you have
to make the hottest most
talked about costume ever.
Models from Halloween
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Spirit Halloween 252-353-1313
Target, Wal-Mart and K-Mart
Haunting decorations to thrill party guests
Turn your dorm, house or apartment
into a Halloween zone
Halloween Is just around the corner. While
some students have been planning their costumes,
activities and decorations for months, TEC is going
to give you a crash course right before the big event.
Many think the costume is the most essential
element and not enough attention is paid to the
If you choose to have all your friends' party at
your house, be sure to have all the necessities, but
also keep the Halloween spirit with fun and spooky
decorations. Since we are college students, little
effort, low cost and creativity are essential.
"Even though it takes time, I always carve a
pumpkin every Halloween. Each year I create a dif-
ferent face or character said sophomore English
major Ashley Williams.
Simply draping a white sheet or pillowcase over
a balloon and tying below the head can make large
hanging ghosts that will sway in the breeze. Small
ones for indoors can be made from smaller balloons
(such as water balloons) and white paper napkins.
Creepy looking headstones can be created from
painted cardboard or wood. You can always go to
Wal-Mart, Target or the Dollar Tree to buy a spider
web and spread it across a window or in a door way.
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to look jointed. Faces can be made
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resemble bat wings, draw on eyes
and mouth, then hang with from
a string or rubber band.
" I love to decorate everything
and make it look festive, not only
for Halloween, but for every
holiday. Decorating everything
is just as fun as picking out the
perfect costume said freshman
biology major Alina Panchuk.
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of the many stores in Greenville
that have Halloween decora-
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sales on their decorations to
clear room for the winter holi-
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such as Wal-Mart, Target, K-
Mart and even some of the spe-
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People love Halloween and
it is easy to understand why:
it allows people to show their
creativity in a variety of ways.
Many create their own costumes,
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imaginations run wild. Be safe
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but be sure to have plenty of safe
fun because these are, the best and
most memorable years of your life.
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only talk station in Greenville
to cover local high school foot-
ball. Local and national news
programs are also aired every day
of the week.
Pirate Radio has two towers,
one for each station. The towers
for Pirate Radio 1250 are located
in Farmville, NC, and Pirate Radio
930 towers are located in Wash-
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from Greenville and surround-
ing areas to more western loca-
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Mount, while Pirate Radio 930
reaches regions east of Greenville
toward the coastal areas.
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For example, from noon - 3 p.m.
listeners can hear Tony Rome
on Pirate Radio 1250, or on
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tune into Rush Limbaugh. How-
ever shows like Live 9 5, Prime-
time with the Packman, local
program and ESPN Radio are
all simulcast on both stations.
The most popular shows on
Pirate Radio are Live (� 5 with
Troy Dreyfus and Jonathan Ellerbe,
Primetime with Packman and ECU
game day pre and post game
shows. Co-owner Troy Dreyfus
explains that what you listen
to "just depends on your taste
some may like sports, while some
may want to hear the news
Pirate Radio tries to appeal to
everyone. Many, if not most, of
the devout Pirate Radio listen-
ers are ECU students and fans,
though Dreyfus says that, "our
Pirate Radio primary listeners
are those that have ears
Dreyfus explains that Pirate
Radio means to focus on what
is local. And while ECU sports
are a major part the events in
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attention they deserve Friday
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Many of the stations' part-time
hosts are familiar T.V. faces
around Greenville, such as Billy
Weaver, Dan Ebherhard and
Brian Bailey. And several of Pirate
Radio's hosts are ECU graduates,
which brings the little station
closer to home. The Pirate Radio
team consists of about 15 people,
who are all committed to ECU
sports and, of course, to the fans.
Troy Dreyfus and Jonathan
Ellerbe are obviously diehard
ECU fans. They attend and pro-
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ECU home games. While they
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definitely be there to get the
Dreyfus and Ellerbe are both
ECU graduates with degrees in
Communication. They each
have worked for other radio
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could do even better. The two
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the top. Pirate Radio is now a
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on-air hosting, to changing the
roll of paper towels - whatever
needs to be done, it gets done.
The advice that Dreyfus gives
to students who are looking
for a career in radio is to get
involved now, while in college.
Students should check out our
campus radio station, WZMB,
they should be persistent and
not be afraid to start at the
bottom. Talent, motivation and
personality are what radio sta-
tions want in their employees.
"Just remember that there are
a hundred other people just
like you, what are you doing to
separate yourself Dreyfus added.
Dreyfus and Ellerbe certainly
have separated themselves from
the pack. Founded in 2003, Pirate
Radio has not stopped grow-
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and to the community. But it is
the fans that make Pirate Radio
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TEC Top 10: Week 5
The Panthers defeated the Lions
In dramatic fashion last week.
Georgia rolled over Arkansas In
their most recent game.
Longhorns take BCS lead from mighty
ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
The BCS polls are now out and surprisingly,
defending champion USC is not on the top of the
list as Texas has garnered top honors by the slim-
mest of margins. Virginia Tech sits at No. 3 with
Georgia, Alabama and UCLA rounding out the
Ironically, the Longhorns could find themselves
pushed out of the title game even if they remain
undefeated. USC will most likely take the first spot
soon and the Hokies could leapfrog the Longhorns
based on the strength of schedule factor. We'll have
to wait and see how that potential controversy.plays
out, but now it's time to get to the picks.
Last week's record: 6-4
Season record: 21-19
No. 13 Boston College at No. 3 Virginia
Boston College is a major hurdle for the Hokies
in their quest for a national title as the Eagles head
into the matchup with a 6-1 record. A loss for VT
will result In a four way tie for first place in the
ACC, but don't expect that to happen, at least for
another week. If the Hokies get past Boston College,
which I think they will, it sets up an interesting
clash with No. 6 Miami the following weekend.
But one game at a time and this Saturday, the VT
defense, and not the electric Marcus Vick, will be
the deciding factor. Get ready for a slugfest, the
Hokies are allowing nine points a game, the Eagles
14. Virginia Tech wins 17-13.
No. 4 Georgia at No. 16 Florida
It seemed as though the Bulldogs finally had
a team that could make a run at a national title,
but unfortunately quarterback D.J. Shockley was
injured In a win over Arkansas last weekend. He's
out for the team's trip to one of the more hostile
playing environments in the country and that
could spell the end of Georgia's undefeated season.
Florida has been inconsistent in the big games
over the past several years and it's a question mark
whether they show up to play. As many times I've
picked them and been burned, Shockley's injury
is too much to overcome on the road. I'll take the
Maryland at No. 10 Florida State
The Seminoles iose one of these almost every
year. Fortunately a defeat from an inferior team
already occurred against Virginia earlier this season.
FSU is back on track and that spells trouble for a
Maryland team that has been average at best on
both offense and defense. Seminoles' freshman
quarterback Drew Weatherford has FSU fans thank-
fully forgetting about the Chris Rix era, throwing
for nearly 2,000 yards and completing over 60 per-
cent of his passes. He will be a good one for years to
come. Chalk up a victory for FSU, 31-14.
North Carolina at No. 6 Miami
UNC defeated the Hurricanes last season on a
42-yard field goal by Connor Barth, giving the Tar
Heels their first win over a top five team in school
history. But that was in Chapel Hill and UNC will
be in for a rude awakening this week. Look for the
Hurricanes to romp all over Carolina. Miami boasts
one of the top defenses in the country and that's
bad news for a UNC squad that is averaging under
20 points per game. The Hurricanes haven't allowed
more than seven points in a contest in every outing
this season except for one. The trend continues as
FSU wins 30-3.
South Carolina at No. 23 Tennessee
How the Volunteers are ranked in the Top 25 is
beyond me. They have one impressive win on their
resume and that's was an improbable comeback win
over LSU earlier this season. To make matters worse,
their starting running back Gerald Riggs is out for
the season with an ankle injury. Gamecocks' coach
Steve Spurrier will stick it to his long time nemesis,
Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer, and win 20-12.
Chicago at Detroit
Chicago is probably the most underrated team
in a dismal NFC North division. The Bears have
a dominating defense with some possible future
stars on offense in running back Thomas Jones and
quarterback Kyle Orton. Wins within the division
are always key, especially when you know for a fact
only one team is coming out of this one, probably
with a record of 7-9. Detroit has no quarterback.
Joey Harrington's time full of interceptions is over
and Jeff Garcia is just a stop gap until next season.
My advice to Detroit is to lose on purpose and draft
Matt Leinart next year. That goal starts this week.
Chicago wins 17-10.
Washington at New York Giant
The Redskins have now proved they have the
ability to hang in the talent laden NFC East. With
each team sitting at four wins each, this game will
have a significant impact down the road. Wash-
ington isn't just a defensive team anymore, they
rank second in the NFC in total offense and third
in defense. The Giants have compiled a 3-0 record
at home this season, but I think they get their first
blemish this week. The Redskins will start getting
the respect they deserve after a 23-13 victory.
Shockey set up the game-winning
TD with this 24-yard reception
last week against Denver.
Jacksonville at St. Louis
Perhaps the only person benefiting from the
remainder of the season for the Rams is fantasy
football owners of Rams running back Stephen
Jackson. 1 lead coach Mike Mart, is done for the year
with health Issues and quarterback Marc Bulger is
battling injuries. Jackson's carries will go up, but
his yardage total might not this week against the
Jags. Jacksonville has the second ranked defense
in the NFL and look for that to propel them past
St. Louis, 20-16.
Minnesota at Carolina
With their season on the brink, Vikings' quar-
terback Daunte Culpepper found a way to will his
team to victory in a comeback win over Green
Bay last Sunday. But don't look for them to put a
winning streak together anytime soon. Carolina
is a formidable opponent, but they also have some
weaknesses they need to address. Jake Delhomirie
is turning the ball over and running back Stephen
Davis is averaging just 3.1 yards per carry. Those
numbers will improve this week, but both squads
will have a tough road ahead to make the post
season. Panthers win, 27-17.
Philadelphia at Denver
The Eagles found a way to pull a win out from
somewhere as Denver found a way to throw one
away last week. It seems as though Philadelphia
just isn't as strong as they have been with an ailing
Donovan McNabb and complete lack of a ground
game. If the Eagles can't start running the ball,
their playoff run will be over. Meanwhile, the
Broncos are playing stifling run defense. McNabb
may throw close to 50 passes again this week and
that doesn't bode well for the Eagles. Denver takes
this one, 23-17.
Marcus Vlck has been stellar so
far this season for the Hokies.
Lady Pirates set eyes on C-USA Tournament
ECU volleyball prepares
for SMU, Tulsa
With only seven more Con-
ference USA games left on ECU
Volleyball's schedule, the Lady-
Pirates are now forced to play
with more determination than
ever in hopes of placing high In
the C-USA Tournament. ECU
is currently tied for seventh in
C-USA with a 4-5 record and
will try to improve on it this
weekend as they face SMU and
Tulsa at home.
"Our goal is to be a top four
seed in the C-USA Tournament,
since the top four teams earn a
bye said first year Head Coach
"1 feel we can achieve this by
doing what it takes to win this
weekend, in order to have that
Much of the team's success
thus far this season has relied on
senior Pam Ferris. Ferris leads the
team in kills this year with 320
and is averaging a remarkable
four kills per game.
"Pam Ferris Is a huge asset
to our team this year Rushing
"She is doubling her hitting
percentage from recent years
and is starting to get into career
Overall the Lady Pirates have
a record of 13-9 this season. Ferris
contributes the team's success to
the new coaching staff and the
amount of work they have put
"The success we have been
having is a combination of hard
work and dedication said Ferris.
"Our new coaches have also
helped us out and we are all
determined. The team has gotten
closer and things are clicking. We
know that losing is not okay and
we practice to win
The team has indeed started
to click as they have combined
for a hitting percentage of .239
compared to their opponents
.218. On defense the team has
combined for 1288 digs com-
pared opponent's 1191.
"Having a high hitting per-
centage is one of our keys to our
success Rushing said.
"We have a lot of talented
hitters working with our setter
Heidi Krug to help us achieve the
high percentage. Playing smart
and being able to learn as we go
through the season also adds to
ECU will have their hands
full with SMU in their first game
of the weekend. SMU is currently
ranked fourth in C-USA with a 6-
3 record but has an overall record
of 10-11. Sophomore Rachel Giu-
bilato leads the way in kills for
the Lady Mustangs with 304. On
defense junior Jennette Evanco
leads the team in digs with 411,
averaging 5.2 a game.
luis.i is id second place In C-
USA, boasting a 7-2 record, 20-3
overall. The team is also on a five
game winning streak that stretches
back to the beginning of Octo-
ber. Sophomore Kassiana Urnau
leads Tulsa with 273 kills. Senior
Evyn Wills supplies the defense
with 399 digs so far this year.
Besides having a great attack
presence in Ferris, ECU also
has strong defense as freshman
Trish Monroe along with Ferris
has combined for 520 digs. Krug
provides much of the assists on
see C-USA page S5
(AP) � Four teams sit atop
the Big Ten lead with a loss,
with another three stuck on two
losses waiting for the co-leaders
to stumble in the final four weeks
of the conference race.
Here's what remains for the
Penn State (7-1, 4-1): Purdue,
Wisconsin, bye week, at Michi-
Wisconsin (7-1, 4-1): at Illi-
nois, at Penn State, Iowa, bye
Northwestern (5-2, 3-1):
Michigan, Iowa, at Ohio State,
Ohio State (5-2, 3-1): at Min-
nesota, Illinois, Northwestern, at
Of course, the game of the
year figures to be Wisconsin at
Penn State on Nov. 5. But don't
go asking Joe Paterno about his
team's prospects in that game
or any other game beyond Sat-
"I am learning about Purdue,
period, one game at a time. That
has been my life not only as far
as football goes, but everything
in my life said the 78-year-old
coach. "Take care of the little
things first and the big things
will take care of themselves. I
have never felt that I had the
luxury of being able to go beyond
Purdue is clearly the biggest
disappointment in the confer-
ence. Some thought the Boil-
ermakers might just steal the
championship - instead, they're
Still, Joe Pa isn't checking out
the terrain in November.
"I know sometimes you say,
'Ah, he is full of baloney Paterno
said of reporters questioning his
focus on the Boilermakers.
"I am telling you that the
only thing I am worrying about
right now is whether we can beat
MICHIGAN MAN: New Eng-
land Patriots quarterback Tom
Brady once asked Jon Falk, Michi-
gan's equipment manager, which
of his slew of championship rings
was his favorite.
"The next one Brady recalled
The next time Falk, who
has been at Michigan 1974, will
work during a game is unknown
because his leg was broken after
being hit on the sideline at
Iowa. He had surgery earlier this
"I went into the training
room after the game and Jon
had tears in his eyes as I talked
to him Wolverines coach Lloyd
Carr said. "I said, 'You must be in
unbelievable pain He says, 'No,
I was just thinking next Saturday
is going to be the first Michigan
football game I have missed in
DIRTY WORK: As the nation's
third-leading rusher, Laurence
Maroney is no secret.
But Minnesota's big-time
running back doesn't owe
all that success to a stout
offensive line or his
away speed. Gophers
receivers have developed into
excellent downfield blockers.
This season, Maroney has
scored nine times, Including
once on a pass. Six of those TDs
came from distances of 30 yards
or more, an impressive statistic
that wouldn't be possible without
receivers sustaining their blocks
in the secondary.
"Our wide receivers love to
block sophomore Ernie Wheel-
wright said. "We like catching the
ball, but we get a lot of enjoyment
out of blocking for Laurence
FAREWELL TOUR: The Barry
Alvarez farewell tour stops in
Champaign this week when No.
15 Wisconsin takes on lowly
Illinois. Alvarez, who's stepping
aside as head coach at the end of
the year, is 7-5-1 against the Illini
since taking over at Wisconsin
"He's done an unbelievable
job with their program. When
you go back and you look, up
until just maybe two three years
ago, his staff was pretty much
intact for such a long period of
time first-year Illinois coach
Ron Zook said.
"To me, that really says a
lot. You look at the record and
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you can see what he's done,
but when you see coaches that
stay there for a long period
of time, I think it says a lot
about the way he runs the
BEAT-UP BADGERS: Several
Wisconsin players have bumps
and bruises, but don't expect
them to get a rest any time soon.
Alvarez said his team is the
only one in the Big Ten that has
not had a bye week yet this year
and its week off doesn't come
until after the final Big Ten game
against Iowa on Nov. 12. Iowa
has the previous Saturday off to
prepare for that game, marking
the third time a Badgers' oppo-
nents will have had two weeks
to get ready.
Alvarez said he is holding
lighter practices to keep his team
"I'm sensitive to the length of
the season and how beat up a lot
of our people are he said.
IN THE ENEMY CAMP:
Minnesota head coach Glen
Mason played at Ohio State
under Woody Hayes, and then
was an assistant for eight years
under Hayes and Earle Bruce at
his alma mater.
Three other members of his
staff have extensive ties to Ohio.
Only one, however, has to watch
what he says at family gatherings.
The Golden Gophers first-
year receivers coach is Luke
Tressel, the nephew of Ohio State
head coach Jim Tressel and son
of the Buckeyes running backs
coach, Dick Tressel.
"Their wide receivers might
be the second-best coached in
the country behind ours Jim
Tressel said, cracking a smile.
C-USA from page B4
offense as she has racked up 1041
throughout the season.
Coach Rushing feels
that the key to winning this
weekend relies on the team's
ability to carry out what
they need to do in order to win.
"We are going to tweak the
defense a little bit in the games
this weekend Rushing said.
"Right now we need to pay
attention to what we need to do
rather than what the opponents
need to do"
The first game of the week-
end for the Lady Pirates begins
Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. in Minges
Coliseum. The game against
Tulsa will then be played Oct.
30 at 1 p.m.
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Deep roots: Pickett and Brown go way back
Players' two parts of
defense nicknamed the
Brown and Pickett have been tight since middle school
Lorenza Pickett remembers
watching Dontre Brown pass him
in a car while he waited at his
middle school bus stop. At the
time, Pickett had no idea that
Brown's path would intertwine
with his for the next eight years.
"We called them puppies
said former high school coach
Bob Pa roll.
"It didn't take long, once we
had them in the weight room,
to know that we had something
special. They wanted to do well
and be successful
Merely boys then, the two
have grown together into men.
"Pickett and Brown are
team guys said ECU defensive
line coach Donnie Thompson.
"They hang tojythetjytien
t hey can and berth att rt�r Rood
Both defensive linemen have
hung together since they were
constricted to bikes four houses
apart in Fayetteville.
"We'd get home from practice
or on a Sunday after the game
when we d4MUMXK)iUjAbn
do, he'd come over tit mtinis
"Or I'd go over to his house
and we'd play video games. We
were boys who just happened to be
down the street from each other
Brown and Pickett teamed
together with Jon Ingram
and Calvin Lowry to finish
54-8 throughout their careers
at Douglas Byrd. Lowry is a
three-year letterwinner at
safety for Penn St. But it was
Brown and Ingram at the
two defensive end spots
combined with Pickett at
middle linebacker that earned
the nickname of a Bermuda
"Balls would come up in there
and just get lost Pickett said.
"You'd never see people again
and stuff like that
"If you stuck your nose in
there, you very well could get it
bloody Paroli said.
"That's what happened a lot
Pickett was elected to the
Shrine Bowl, a collection of the
state's best players, during his
senior season while Brown omit-
ted. Brown was named to the
all-state unit asdvros a two-time
aH-county aetotton. Both had
extensive collegfate offers, but
chose to be Pirates.
"You never, ever had to worry
about them off the field Paroli
I "That's the kind of kids they
were though. They did every-
t that you would hope young
would do to get them to
the next level
"We came up to Greenville
on our recruiting trips together
"We were roommates at The
Hilton on our visit. It all hap-
pened in one day. When I got
my call from coach Jette, he got
Since the two knew each
other, it was only natural that
they roomed together two years
in Scott Residence Hall.
"He's got his own views said
"I've got my own vtews. He's
kind of old timey and I'm not
Still though, Brown said the
two have been like brothers
through the years.
"Every once in awhile
brothers have to throw their
hands, but we weren't going
to let anyone else mess with
On the field, the duo has
served as mentors for some of
the younger classmen trying to
achieve their brotherhood status.
"Both of them are team lead-
ers sophomore defensive tackle
Mark Robinson said.
Intensity that you can't help
but follow him. And Dontre
is a veteran who's been there
for awhile. He's like an
older brother teaching us what
Both players received
team awards last 4tyjpn
Pickett earned th Swin-
dell Memorial Award, which
recognizes a player who best
demonstrates a "Big Team, Little
Me" attitude. Brown was the
recipient of the "Most Improved
Defensive Player-of-the-Year" at
the end of the 2004 campaign.
Pickett, because he played
as a freshman, is a senior
while Brown will have another
year of eligibility after this
"He's a true Pirate Thomp-
son said about Pickett.
"The down thing for him and
myself is that I won't get to coach
him long enough. Being a senior,
if we had more time together,
we would do more positive
Pickett has battled through
injuries throughout his senior
season. The senior has logged
eight tackles in three game
appearances. Brown, no stranger
to the training table due to four
knee surgeries has 11 tackles and
a fumble recovery.
Asked about the video games
back in his adolescents, Pickett
claimed that he can beat Brown
fairly in Madden. But he claimed
�j�wn often beat him simply
icause of memory cards and
cheat codes. Neither of them
"We're still competitive
"A loss will leave a terrible
taste in your.mouth
"You just got to beat the
?ptem Brown said.
"Losing is something I'm not
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Robert Lee was visibly
frustrated when Head Coach Skip
Holtz decided to send his offense
out on 4th-and-2 from the
Memphis 33. Lee had full
confidence in his leg to be able
to make the 43-yarder. Through
seven games, Holtz surely has
full confidence in Lee.
Lee, a junior college transfer
from Trinity Valley Community
College, was asked to fill an
immediate void due to Cameron
Broadwell's graduation. Lee has
developed ECU'S most reliable
Lee is 10-of-ll in field goal
attempts. His only miss came
against SMU, a 44-yarder, in
front of a crowd of approximately
85 people gathered to watch
him play. Lee, from Longview,
Texas redeemed himself later
by making a chip shot 24-
The highlight of Lee's
season came against Wake
Forest when he connected on
a career-high 51-yarder. Lee
has also made field goals from
distances of 35 and 32. Most of
Lee's attempts have come within
30 yards (7-for-7).
The junior has also been auto-
matic on extra-point attempts.
Lee has connected on all 19
PAT attempts tying him with
Pete Conaty (1976). Lee's 19
consecutive PATs moved him
into sixth-place on ECU's con-
secutive PAT attempts list. Over-
all, Lee has converted 47 straight
extra-point attempts dating
back to his JuCo days at
Lee averages 1.43 field
goals per game. His average
ranks him No. 28 nation-
ally. Among the top 28, Lee's
accuracy (90.9) ranks first. Lee
is also the leading scorer on the
team. He averages 7 points per
game, which is No. 86 nation-
ally and seventh in Conference
Chad Holcomb, Kevin
Miller and Broadwell have led
the string of above-average
kickers over the last decade. If
Lee continues his progression,
he could leave his mark above
the stated three.
But every kicker must
prove themselves to their
teams during critical moments.
In practice every Wednesday, Lee
is tested at his ability to
knock through a long kick in
a pressure packed situation.
More often than not, Lee
comes through with 50-plus
yarders in practice. However,
Lee has never had the chance in
a real game. Until then, Lee will
have to rely on his team to get
into scoring position. But usually
one time, they are going to have
to rely on him.
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Pirates must play
for four quarters
ECU has yet to put together a solid 60-mlnute game so far this season. Photo by Kyle Fisher
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Establish the running game
Junior quarterback James Pinkney has proven
he can become one of greatest signal-callers in
school history with his performance this season.
Pinkney has thrown for 1,810 yards and completed
61.1 percent of his attempts, throwing 11 touch-
downs and just three interceptions. His 140.76 effi-
ciency rating ranks him third in Conference USA.
He can enjoy even more success if ECU can
begin to mount a substantial running threat. If
it seems as though this is said every week, then
you are seeing it right. The Pirates are loaded with
speedsters in the backfield, but haven't been able
to make opposing defenses pay in 2005.
Chris Johnson leads the team with 461 yards
rushing, but boasts just a 3.6 yards per carry aver-
age and a long run of 24 yards. His speed should
enable him to boost those statistics much higher.
Reserves Brandon Fractious and Dominque Lindsay
have had similar trouble churning out big chunks
Johnson isn't going to plow many linebackers
over and he needs to utilize his outstanding speed
to get to the outside. The coaching staff should
make a conscious effort to get him outside the
tackles against UCF on Saturday.
Johnson is second on the team in receptions
and receiving yards, displaying those playmaking
capabilities, but he needs to produce when Pinkney
hands the ball off to him. ECU has tallied 740 rush-
ing yards as a team this season compared to 1,578
yards allowed on defense and the Pirates grinding
out just 46 yards on 16 carries last week in a 27-24
loss to Memphis. That effort isn't going to get it
done on Saturday. Pinkney needs to continue to
display his mobility and the offensive line must do
a better job opening up lanes and enabling Johnson
to bust off some big runs.
Contain UCF's balanced offense
ECU gave up 226 rushing yards to arguably
the nation's best running back last week against
Memphis. DeAngelo Williams carried the ball a
career-high 39 times at 5.8 yards a clip. Unfortu-
nately, that seemed almost like a moral victory
for the Pirates, which ranks last in C-USA in run
UCF is one of the more balanced offenses in the
conference and poses a viable threat to the Pirates'
exceptional secondary. ECU ranks second in C-USA
Last year and even into this
spring, Steven Moffett was fight-
ing for his quarterback job.
That's not much to boast con-
sidering that UCF went 0-11 in
2004. Now though, Moffett is
fighting for wins.
Moffett, a junior, has flour-
ished in his second year under
head coach George O'Leary. The
Golden Knights are tied with
Southern Miss atop the Eastern
division in Conference USA.
UCF's 4-3 overall record in their
first season in C-USA is surpris-
ing considering how Moffett and
O'Leary clashed in 2004.
Moffett rotated through a
three quarterback carousel in
2004. Moffett, who started three
games as a true freshman, had a
string of three games when he
passed for more than 260 yards.
Yet, Moffett failed to throw for
more than a 100 in the next
three. O'Leary called for Moffett
to be 'tougher in the huddle
A stress fracture in spring
practice to Kyle Israel slated
Moffett to be the 2005 starter.
With the help of an unforeseen
running game, Moffett hasn't
looked back. Through seven
games, Moffett has thrown for
12 touchdowns and only four
Helping Moffett again are
his receivers. Both statistic lead-
ers, Mike Walker and Brandon
Marshall, saw significant playing
time in the defensive secondary
due to injuries in 2004. Now
though, Walker and Marshall
provide a 1-2 punch similar to
Kevin Smith and Jason Peters in
Moffett has thrown for 1,590
yards, which ranks sixth in
C-USA. The junior's passing
accuracy (61.8 percent) has also
significantly improved. Moffett
ranks No. 26 nationally in pass-
ing efficiency (142.7 rating) and
second within C-USA behind
only UAB quarterback Darrell
Big beneficiaries of Moffett's
improvements have been Walker
and Marshall. Marshall has
snagged six touchdowns while
Walker has five. Moffett has
thrown a touchdown in ten
consecutive games dating back
to Nov. 6, 2004.
Most of Moffett's success
has come in the first quarter.
Moffett was 10-of-10 passing for
182 yards and three touchdowns
in UCF's first three possessions
Moffett's string of 10 consecu-
tive completions ranks sixth in
In 2005, Moffett is 32-of-
43 in the first quarter, passing
for 504 yards while completing
74.4 percent of his passes. ECU
has been outscored 55-24 in the
first quarter and 123-77 in the
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Moffett will try to be one of few quarterbacks this year to have success against the ECU secondary.
Pressure on Pinkney crucial for UCF
in pass defense, but they will be tested for the first
time in several weeks on Saturday.
Junior quarterback Steven Moffett is having an
exceptional season, throwing for 12 touchdowns
and just four interceptions. Mike Walker and Bran-
don Marshall have combined for over 1,000 yards
receiving and 11 touchdowns.
It will interesting to see their offensive game
plan this weekend. They pose a threat both run-
ning and passing, but will most likely attempt to
take advantage of ECU's run defense. Look for
freshman Kevin Smith to see the bulk of the car-
ries with junior Jason Peters getting some touches
Prepare for a shootout
So how does a team prepare for an offensive
outburst of points? When both teams are likely
to move the ball with success, the primary way to
gain the upper hand is to win the turnover battle.
The Pirates have produced in that category all
season, ranking fifth in C-USA in turnover margin.
Pinkney has taken care of the football, tossing just
three picks, and for the most part, the Pirates have
avoided game changing mistakes.
ECU also needs to outperform UCF in other
areas, such as special teams, time of possession
and field position. A win in these categories will
usually equal a win on the scoreboard, particu-
larly in a high-scoring affair. Placekicker Robert
Lee will have to continue his accurate boots and
dangerous punt returner Travis Williams is due for
a breakout game.
Play for 60 minutes
It's unfortunate college football lasts for four
quarters, because ECU could be sitting in first
place in C-USA. But the Pirates have struggled in
the first half of games this season, particularly in
the first quarter where they have been outscored
55-24. Last season, if the Pirates were trailing early,
they packed it in and accepted another loss. But
this year, head coach Skip Holtz has led a strong
second half team. The Pirates have outscored
opponents after the break, 92-67, thanks in large
part to the big play capabilities of Pinkney and
receiver Aundrae Allison, who continues to be
among the nation's leaders in receptions and
ECU needs to get on the board early against
UCF and come out ready to play on the defensive
side of the football. They seem to get stronger as
the game progresses, but an exceptional effort for
60 minutes will be needed to notch their fourth
victory of the season.
The Golden Knights march
into Greenville this weekend in
a tie for first place with Southern
Mississippi in the Eastern Divi-
sion of Conference USA. After
a 0-11 season last year, UCF is
proving to critics that they are
the real deal this season. If they
hope to leave Greenville with
first place still secure, they will
have to do the following.
1. Pressure the quarterback:
UCF only has 11 sacks as a unit
this season, and it will be a seri-
ous problem if they don't find a
way to hurry James Pinkney. JP
has proven time and time again
that if he has time to throw the
football he will pick an oppos-
ing secondary apart. He is very
accurate and rarely misses an
It is crucial for the Knights to
gain pressure up-field with their
down lineman. UCF cannot get
blitz happy on Plnkney's offense
or he will hurt them every time
they try. ECU's field general has
proven to be quite deft at deal-
ing with opposing defenses that
send five, six, sometimes even
The Golden Knights will
look to Paul Carrlngton, Frisner
Nelson, Keith Shologan and
Chris Welsh to make it a long
day for JP. Carrington, who leads
the team in tackles for loss (6.5)
and sacks (4), will be the main
threat on the Knights' defense to
pressure Pinkney into potential
2. Try to exploit the Pirate
secondary: ECU has a much-
improved secondary under Skip
Holtz. With the play of Pierre
Parker, Demetrius Hodges, Zach
Baker, and Kasey Ross, the down-
field of the Pirates' defense has
been impenetrable at times.
UCF Quarterback Steven
Moffett is the playmaker for the
Golden Knights and will have
his hands full this weekend in
trying to go downfield on ECU.
Moffett and the UCF coaching
staff need to go back and check
the Southern Miss tape when
the Eagles came in with a pic-
ture perfect plan in the passing
game that wore down the Pirates'
Hit the short routes in the
flats and up the seams - utilize
your tight end. Southern Miss
is the only team to try this
approach against ECU's defense
all year and they drubbed the
Pirates 33-7 in Dowdy-Ficklen.
That would have been an accom-
plishment even in past years
with how well ECU plays on their
UCF has to allow Moffett's
athleticism to take over also.
While many coaches always
stress to running quarterbacks
the importance of being able to
pass in the pocket, ECU hasn't
seen a running quarterback all
year - use that to your advantage.
Moffett is certainly no Michael
Vick and won't learn to run, but
it wouldn't hurt to add a few
wrinkles into the offense that
allows him to try and run on
In any case, the six-foot,
three-inch, 210-pound UCF Mof-
fett will look to spread the ball to
his talented receivers.
Junior Mike Walker and
Senior Brandon Marshall have
combined for 11 touchdowns
this season. Both players are
averaging over 80 yards receiv-
ing per game. If Moffett can get
Walker and Marshall the ball,
in either the short or long field,
the Pirates may be in for a long
3. If you get it, don't sit on
the lead: If the Golden Knights
run out to an early lead, and try
to sit on it, they will be in for an
unpleasant surprise come the
The Pirates have been atro-
cious in the first half this year
nit have fought back time and
time again in the later part of
the game. Most recently, the
Pirates erased a 17-point half-
time deficit against Memphis to
lose only by three points. Earlier
this season, the Pirates pulled to
within six points of Wake Forest
after trailing 31-6 at the break.
UCF defeated that very same
Memphis team 38-17 three weeks
ago in Orlando and in that game
jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the
first quarter and then gave it up
before halftime when Memphis
tied it up at 14 going into the
locker room. UCF cannot afford
to be complacent with the lead
on this Pirates' squad or they
will pay for it dearly when it
counts most - when the clock
has reached 0:00.
UCF beware, a big lead no
longer equals the Pirates laying
down. That was last year's team
This year's squad fights to the
finish every game.
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Homecoming 2005 The East Carolinian
It's a Pirate
Events for students and
alumni to enjoy together
Though many students are only
thinking about the upcoming week-
end in relation to Halloween activi-
ties, there is actually something much
more important going on. Homecom-
ing at ECU begins Friday, Oct. 28 and
all current and past ECU students are
invited. There are Pirate fans spread
out all over this state and country who
will come together to celebrate being
members of the Pirate Nation this
weekend, and it is our duty to show
some southern hospitality. With many
special events and a sure to be great
ECU football game against Central
Florida, Homecoming 2005 will be
something to remember.
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THE EAST CAROLINIAN � HOMECOMING
Incredible people who
began their careers at ECU
One of the most important
events occurring on Friday, Oct.
28 to kick-off the-Homecoming
weekend is the Outstanding
Alumni Awards Ceremony. The
ceremony will be held at the
Greenville Hilton from 6-9 p.m.
and will honor some incredible
people who started their careers
and gained inspiration from ECU.
This year, there are four
awards being given out. The
first award will be given to James
Cromartle, one of America's
leading historical artists, from
the class of 1966. Cromartie is
credited for introducing a style
of painting called "Hard-Edge
Realism" in 1968. Cromartie
painted the official White House
portrait and has been com-
missioned to paint significant
historical landscape portraits
such as the U.S. Capitol, Smith-
sonian Institute buildings and
the Cape Hatteras lighthouse.
The second award will be
given to Dr. Dee Lowdermilk
who graduated from ECU with
a B.S. degree in nursing in 1966.
She later received a M.Ed, and
Ph.D. from UNC at Chapel Hill
where she works today in the
School of Nursing as a clinical
professor. She is co-editor of two
maternity and women's health
textbooks and a leader in the
North Carolina Section of the
Association of Women's Health,
Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.
Lowdermilk is one of North
Carolina's Great 100 RNs for
Excellence and is a Fellow in the
American Academy of Nursing.
The third award will be given
to Clay Walker, who is the Senior
Vice President for Players Inc,
the licensing and marketing
subsidiary of the NFL Players
Association. Under Walker's
management, the revenue gen-
erated from sales of Player's Inc.
licensed merchandise has grown
from $350 million in 1994 to
$750 million. Walker had the
foresight to encourage the devel-
opment of licensing fantasy foot-
ball when no other sports leagues
were doing so. Walker graduated
from ECU with a Bachelor of Arts
in English in 1989. He was named
to the Advancement Council for
the School of Health and Human
Performance at ECU and serves
as an adjunct professor of sports
management at George Washing-
ton University. He is on the Board
of Directors for the National
Council of Youth Sports and on
the Board of Directors of USA
Football. Recently, Walker was
selected by Street & Smith's Sports
Business Journal as a recipient of
the Forty Under 40 award, which
honors the 40 most influential
people In sports business under
the age of 40 each year.
Conwell Worthington, the
fourth award winner, graduated
from ECU with a Bachelor of
Fine Arts degree and a minor in
voice and piano in 1972. He is
the Co-President and Chairman
of Cornerstone Entertainment
International, Inc. located in
ton joined The Walt Disney
Company in 1988 and held
various leadership roles
including producer of Walt Disney
Theatrical Productions for the
internationally run musical stage
shows of Beauty and the Beast, the
producer of the opening entertain-
ment of Nl 1L, Mighty Ducks shown
nationally on ESPN, the MLB
All-star game in Anaheim, the
Super Bowl in Florida and more
than one-thousand special events
at Disneyland and Disneyworld.
Worthington has co-directed the
critically acclaimed one-woman
comedy, Vatican II: What the Hell
Happened, is the associate
producer of Dirty Dancing, the
stage musical in Sydney and
Melbourne, Australia and will
direct a new Broadway show
about the American Civil War
entitled, Crossroads to Freedom.
With these kinds of
incredible people having
graduated from ECU, the career
options are endless for cur-
rent students. Make plans to
attend the awards ceremony and
hear these honorable alumni
talk about how their experi-
ence at ECU made all of their
sible. Maybe one day it will
be you up on that stage talk-
ing about how ECU helped
you accomplish your dreams.
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Homecoming Court 2005 I GAM E DAY S' IAIS
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T I DRAMATICALLY AFTER 2002 AND
UCF HAS BEEN ON THE WAY UP. THE
KNIGHTS COME IN AT 4-3. 3-1 IN CONFERENCE USA AND
BOAST A 38-17 VICTORY OVER THE MEMPHIS TIGERS ON THEIR
RESUME. HERE IS THEIR STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN THUS FAR
POINTSGAME - 25.6
TOTAL OFFENSEGAME - 383.7
RUSHINGGAME - 139.4
PASSINGGAME - 244.3
TIME OF POSSESSION - 32:28
THIRD DOWN CONVERSION - 40
TOTAL TURNOVERS - 12
SCORING BY QUARTER: 1ST 2ND
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PINKNEY AND AUNDRAE ALLISON
MOVED UP IN ECU'S RECORD BOOKS AS PINKNEY PASSED JEFF
BLAKE TO MOVE INTO THIRD IN COMPLETIONS (635), WHILE
ALLISON BECAME THE PIRATES' 6TH LEADING WIDE RECEIVER
IN SINGLE-SEASON YARDAGE (759). HERE IS HOW ECU'S
SEASON STATISTICS BREAKDOWN FOR SATURDAY'S GAME
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Appearance by Coach Skip Holtz,
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Announcement of Homecoming Court
Top 3 Homecoming Skits
Creating a float to
please the masses
Each year student organi-
zations sign up for the huge
task of assembling a float.
This year's theme is "Purple
Reign Sharing the Treasures of
East Carolina and Student Un ion
President Thomas Doyle said the
Student Union float idea came
about through group efforts.
The Student Union has com-
peted in the Homecoming Parade
for years. They won the Spirit
Cup four years consecutively,
yet last year could not compete
due to a regional conference.
When asked what their secret
of winning is, Doyle said "We
have hard working committee
chairs and some great volunteers
The floats must be designed
not only with the homecoming
theme in mind, but the theme
must also appear somewhere on
the float. Floats are not allowed
to be taller than 12 feet from the
pavement and organizations are
in charge of transporting and
maneuvering their own float.
It is a lot of work, but ECU
student organizations are spir-
ited groups all after that spirit
cup for a chance to win cash
prizes and bragging rights.
The Homecoming Parade
will kick off Saturday, Oct. 29
at 10 a.m. Floats will be at the
Wahl-Coates parking lot at 8:30
a.m. to be judged. Judges are
community members and will
grade on theme design, creativity
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EVeiltS from page C1
Friday kicks off Homecoming
weekend with an Alumni Schol-
arship Golf Classic at Ironwood
Golf & Residential Community
from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. This
tournament is to support a schol-
arship fund for ECU students.
Beginning at 12 p.m. on
Friday, there will be an alumni
homecoming luncheon and
campus tour to show off all the
recent campus improvements.
Friday at 7:30 p.m. there
will be a MPHC Greek Step-
Show at Wright Auditorium to
benefit two families who were
victims of Hurricane Katrina.
The families will be attending
the show and will be presented
with the money at the show.
Friday wraps up with
Free Boot Friday in Uptown
Greenville. Enjoy live music from
The Clumsy Lovers, food and cold
beverages from 5-8 p.m. at the
corner of Sth and Evans Streets.
Friday's events will end
with the Outstanding Alumni
Awards Ceremony at the
Greenville Hilton from 6-8 p.m.
At 10 a.m. on Saturday, the
parade will begin and at 11:30
a.m. there will be the Pirate
Tailgate Contest. Each entry
will be judged on food, dec-
oration, atmosphere, music,
spirit of attendees and how
well they incorporated the
theme into their tailgate event.
The football game, ECU versus
Central Florida will kick off at 2
p.m. Don't forget to Paint It Purple
on Friday and show your Pirate
Spirit at the game on Saturday.
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