The East Carolinian, December 6, 2005

Volume 81 Number 34
December 6 2005
Student Poll
Higher One cards:
yea or nay?
"The debit card is
something new and is a
step up for students
"I think if you want
the card, yop should get it.
It sounds like a good idea,
but some things need to be
implemented better such
as distribution and infor-
mation - people don't
understand it
"I'm a little skeptical
about a third party having
my money
"I think the debit card
simplifies the process by
eliminating some of the
paperwork. It seems more
"On behalf of the Stu-
dent Government, we
totally agree that the stu-
dents of ECU have not been
properly educated about the
truth of the Higher One ini-
tiative - therefore we have
created a student forum so
students can get all of their
questions and concerns
officially addressed from
representatives of Higher
One and the university
Pros, cons of new Higher One Card
No more long lines
for refund checks
Advantages of new debit
ECU has teamed up with
Higher One to initiate the system
of getting refunds through a
debit card.
A total of 33 institutions,
including ECU, are under con-
tract with Higher One to distrib-
ute refunds through debit cards.
Many students are skepti-
cal of receiving their refunds
through Higher One and wonder
how credible the company is at
keeping their personal informa-
tion confidential.
Charles M. Hawkins, senior
associate vice chancellor for
financial services, checked out
the company's credibility before
agreeing to a contract with the
"We called other institutions,
and they were very positive about
their experience with this said
Students are also worried
that the company will be able to
release or sell their information
to other companies.
"This is still a very secure
environment Hawkins said.
"The company cannot sell
this information. They are held
to the same standards ECU is
held to
There are two main reasons
why ECU decided to introduce
the debit card. The school was
receiving a lot of complaints
about the long wait for the refund
checks and the school would not
be able to continue to produce
the checks with the same admin-
istrative systems.
"We're putting in new admin-
istrative systems and as part of
that, it's going to be a very dif-
ficult process for us to produce
these types of checks Hawkins
A misconception students
may have is that the debit card
would be the only source for
receiving their refunds.
A direct deposit to your
OneAccount is just one of the
options available to students to
get their refunds. The two previ-
ous options of direct deposit to
another bank of your choice and
a mailed paper check are still
There are three options in
total. All of these options are
available through Higher One.
There are numerous advan-
tages to students getting their
refunds through the new card
versus the previous way. Some of
the advantages include reduction
in waiting time for a refund and
summary and status of refund
viewable 24 hours a day online
at Higher One's Web site.
Students are not locked in
their method of receiving their
refunds. They are free to choose
an alternative method to get their
refunds from the three options
see PROS page A3
Chris LaConte with the new ECU Debit Card. LaConte is Higher One's Student Liaison for ECU.
Disadvantages of ECU Debit Card
Students express
negative opinions
Many students are upset
with the ECU debit card that has
been distributed throughout the
Students are concerned about
whether or not they are secure
using the ECU debit card and
many still question how the
process works.
Portland State University
already attempted to boycott
the Higher One financial man-
agement company, and now
ECU students are following a
similar pattern. Many students
who walked by the Wright Plaza
Friday were handed flyers saying
to boycott the ECU debit card.
Even though the problem was
resolved with PSU, some people
at ECU still do not trust Higher
One. David Mason, senior Eng-
lish major who passed out the
flyers, said he did not want to
sign up with Higher One because
he was concerned they already
have too much of his personal
Mason does not trust Higher
One because they are not a
member of the Better Business
Higher One, a Connecticut-
based company, partnered with
Stereotypes, racism discussed in forum
'Can you judge a book
by its cover?'
What is racism? Is it a part
of human nature What are ste-
These are just a few of the
questions posed at "Can You
Judge a Book by Its Cover?" a
forum on stereotypes, racism,
and discrimination held by the
Black Student Union in Bate 1032
on Wednesday, Dec. 30.
"This is a program for the
whole campus said Patrick
Dixon, event facilitator.
"We want to break down mis-
conceptions about certain groups
and people
In response to the question
"what is racism?" the panelists
had varying responses.
"Race is something that is
socially constructed, we have
to unlearn this behavior said
David Dennard, professor of
Carolyn Schacht, professor of
sociology, pointed out that race
is not always easy to see.
"Today racism has mutated
into a more subtle form Schacht
"You might find whites with
attitudes that whites are smarter,
not blacks are dumb. It is not
necessarily an overt hatred, but
a slight discomfort, distrust or
Another topic evoking an
array of answers was stereotyp-
"We all stereotype. Our brain
uses it to make sense of the
world Schacht said.
"But when we become fixated
on them, we can't learn from
experience and then we're stuck
Reginald Watson, professor
of English, pointed out the con-
nection between stereotyping
and racism.
"It's the foundation for
racism Watson said.
As an example, he recalled
an incident during his first days
of college in which a profes-
sor assumed he was an athlete
instead of an English major
because he was black.
"We have to deal with stereo-
types on all levels Watson said.
"Stereotypes cross all bound-
Dennard said stereotypes
are not necessarily the result of
"In some cases, they are cre-
ated to justify something, like
slavery Dennard said.
Dea Papajorgji, graduate stu-
dent in International Studies,
warned against developing bias.
"You're setting yourself up
that if you don't look like me, we
don't have anything in common
Papajorgii said.
"You don't learn as much
about your environment
Allison King of the Intervar-
sity Christian Fellowship noted
that stereotyping and racism
often come from feelings of
"At the heart of stereotyping
there is a fear of the unknown
King said.
Discrimination does not
always follow racial boundaries,
as homosexuals are often more
outcast than any other group.
"It'snot learned, it'ssomething
you are born with said Thomas
Doyle, senior class president
Dennard followed by express-
ing some of his own personal
views on homosexuality, namely
that there are no certain behaviors
and appearances by which homo-
sexuals can be determined.
"If we were to try and get rid
of all the gays and lesbians in
society, civilization would crum-
see FORUM page A2
ECU in October 2005 to improve
the disbursement of financial aid
checks, which will take affect Jan.
4, 2006.
Along with students who
have expressed their opinions on
ECU OneStop and PartyEastCaro-, Mason said Higher One
gave out his personal informa-
tion including a photo without
his consent and he feels that is
neither right nor legal.
ECU provided Higher One
with students' names, addresses
and Social Security numbers.
However, ECU spokesman John
Durham said in an article with
The Daily Reflector that ECU
see CONS page A3
Boll's: Best
pizza three
years strong
Pizza in downtown area
A decade later, Lasik good, not revolutionary
CHICAGO (AP) � Chris-
topher Tomes, 43, opened his
eyes one morning, looked out
the window and could read the
license plate of a parked car with-
out his glasses.
He'd had Lasik eye surgery the
day before, becoming one of the S
million Americans seeking to shed
their eyeglasses with laser vision
correction during the past decade.
"It's exceptional Tomes said of
his vision nine days after surgery.
"I'm extremely happy I did it
Since U.S. doctors began
offering laser vision correction
in 1995, safety has improved and
new methods give people with
more severe vision problems a
chance to have the procedure.
But there's still no guarantee
of 2020 eyesight, the procedure's
long-term safety is unknown and
one recent study showed nearly
18 percent of patients require a
second Lasik treatment. A lack of
health insurance coverage keeps
the procedure a luxury item,
affordable only to people who
can spare $3,000 to $5,000.
In addition, a technology
arms race means some vision
clinics are bragging about their
new equipment and techniques,
such as wavefront-guided Lasik
and a new "blade-free" method.
That further complicates a con-
sumer's decision.
"You listen to the radio, you
hear the ads said Chicago refractive
surgeon Dr. Colman Kraff. "A lot of
it is trying to market to the patient
to scare them a little bit into having
one procedure over another
The average Lasik patient
is about 39 years old with an
income of about $88,000, said
Dave Harmon, president of
Market Scope, a company that
tracks the industry.
"Their education level is sig-
nificantly higher than average
1 larmon said. "Very few people in
their 20s have it done. Very few
people in their 50s have it done S
Patients choose their doctors
by word of mouth, Harmon said.
Friends' endorsements led
Tomes, the Chicago Lasik patient,
to Kraff's downtown clinic.
Tomes, who heads a company
that creates animated advertising
for the Web, had grown tired of
misplacing his glasses.
"Glasses are easy to leave
on an airplane he said. "I was
losing, on average, three or four
pairs of glasses a year, and that
got expensive
Tomes met with Kraff and
learned he was a good candidate
for Lasik. He chose all the new tech-
Lasik recipients tend to be wealthier with higher education levels.
nology Kraff had to offer: both the
"wavefront" method, which creates
a custom map of the corneas, and
the "blade-free" procedure.
Conventional Lasik surgery
is based on the patient's glasses
prescription. Wavefront-guided
Lasik bounces light waves off the
back of the eye to create a 3-D
map that's used to guide the laser
treatment. One small study of 25
patients suggested that wavefront
Lasik yielded fewer nighttime
distortions, such as halos and
glare, than conventional Lasik,
and resulted in better vision for
slightly more patients.
Tomes didn't have severe
nearsightedness or an astig-
matism, but wavefront-guided
Lasik recently was approved by
the Food and Drug Administra-
tion for both those conditions,
expanding the number of people
eligible for the surgery by about
1 million. It's also been approved
for farsightedness.
Tomes also chose to go "blade-
see LASIK page A2
Students and faculty alike
searching for delicious pizza must
search no longer.
Just take a walk down to 123
East Fifth St. to be greeted by
Boli's Pizzeria, home of the best
pizza in Greenville for three years
In a recent taste test held
in pursuit of the best pizza this
year, Boli's was voted tops by the
city of Greenville for its third
consecutive year.
Currently in its 15th year of
operation, Boli's was founded in
1991. Since then, it has become
a popular eatery as well as night-
spot featuring live music, bar
specials and an entertaining
Owner John Tesoriero, who
has been running the restaurant
for three of the 15 years the estab-
lishment has been around, attri-
butes Boli's success to a number
of things.
"We have a waiting staff that
pays attention to its custom-
ers. We make everything from
scratch. Everything is fresh and
I think quality is a big part of it
all Tesoriero said.
Tesoriero was asked which
pizza venues he thought were the
best competition.
"As far as pizza goes,
Michaelangelo's Tesoriero said.
"And CPW's is a good restau-
rant as far as comparing us with
Boli's is purely local to the
Greenville area. There was an
expansion of Boli's some years
ago in Nags Head named Cicero's.
The establishment is no longer
Tesoriero, while focusing
solely on Boli's management
right now, is considering expand-
ing the Boli's name again.
"I'm in the process of buying
this out right now, and then we'll
go from there Tesoriero said.
"But we are thinking about
opening another location
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CHRIS MUNIER News Editor ZACK HILL Assistant News Editor
TUESDAY December 6, 2005
Announcements News Briefs
Tuition increase forum
Students are invited to an open
forum to discuss proposed
tuition increases Tuesday, Dec.
6 at 5 p.m. in the Mendenhall
Multipurpose room. This will be
an opportunity to provide input
and ask questions.
Book Donations
The Department of Library Science
and Instructional Technology will
be accepting book donations for
the Greenville Community Shelter.
Books can be dropped off at the
Joyner Library Conference Room
2406 through Dec. 15. For more
information, contact Al Jones at
Computer Science
Club Meeting
The Computer Science Club is
meeting this Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 6
p.m. in Austin 307. They welcome
anyone who has an interest in
computers or technology.
New Musical
John o.ndJen, a new musical, will
be performed at 8 p.m. Saturday,
Dec. 10 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec.
11 in the Studio Theatre John and
Jen is an original musical that
takes a look at the complexities
of relationships between brothers
and sisters and parents and
children. The story is set against
the background of a changing
America between 1950 and 1990.
The event is free, but tickets are
required and seating is limited. For
more information, call 328-6829.
ECU Arts Tickets
Subscriptions for the S. Rudolph
Alexander Performing Arts
Series and Family Fare are both
currently on sale. The S. Rudolph
Alexander Series is ECU'S flagship
performing arts series, presenting
a season of nine of the world's
top orchestras, ballet companies,
jazz artists, dance ensembles,
Broadway shows and much more.
The Family Fare series provides
kid-centered cultural excursions
for the entire family. For more
information, contact the Cultural
Outreach Office, or visit ecu.
Globalization lecture
Dr. Victor Da Rosa, a professor
of sociology at the University of
Ottawa in Canada, will present
"Globalization and the Impact
on South America Wednesday,
Dec. 7 at 6:45 p.m. In Flanagan
265. Dr. Da Rosa is a native of
Portugal and has conducted
research all over the world. For
more information, contact the
office of International Affairs.
Semester wrap-up
The last day of classes is
Wednesday, Dec. 7. Thursday, Dec.
8 is Reading Day. Exams begin
Friday, Dec. 9 and end at 4.30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 16. Commencement
is Friday, Dec. 17. Classes for
the spring semester resume on
Friday, Jan. 6.
ECU sculptor wins
best in show
Hanna Jubran, a sculpture
professor at ECU, was awarded
best in show this month for his
work. Mountain Landscape.
Jubran won the Great Eastern
Management Prize for Best
in Show 2005-2006 from
the ArtlnPlace Foundation of
Chariottesville, Va.
Landscapes are often depicted
in two-dimensional formats,
Jubran said, and he wanted to
challenge himself to capture a
landscape in a three-dimensional
format The circle represents
either the sun rising or setting,
and the diagonal forms
represent the clouds, mountains
or the horizon, he said.
"Although this sculpture is
painted specific colors, its hues
change depending on the time
of day and season Jubran said.
They also change as you move
around the sculpture and as
its relation to the background
shifts. Between nature and the
sculpture I am condensing time
and space"
The painted steel sculpture,
located on Emmet Street near
Barracks Road in Chariottesville,
will be on display through
September 2006. Jubran shares
the best in show title with
another sculptor.
NC Democrat among four
proposing changes to curb
lobbyist Influence
WASHINGTON (AP) - Four Democratic
House members, including one from
North Carolina, on Monday proposed
rules changes that would make it
more difficult for lawmakers to sneak
provisions into legislation on behalf of
special interests.
The proposals also aim to stop
lobbyists from arranging and secretly
financing travel for House members.
Rep. David Obey of Wisconsin,
ranking Democrat on the House
Appropriations Committee, said he
did not seek support from majority
Republicans and didn't expect any.
Rather, Obey and his colleagues
hope for public support, following
revelations that members of Congress
gave legislative help to lobbyist Jack
Abramoff who returned the favors with
contributions and privately financed
Obey Is joined in the effort by Reps.
Barney Frank of Massachusetts, Tom
Allen of Maine and David Price of
North Carolina.
Obey, in an interview, said he was
angry that a recently passed food and
farm spending bill included a measure
that allowed small amounts of non-
organic substances in products
labeled "USDA Organic He said
many appropriators who approved
the compromise bill did not know the
provision was there.
"If you got some lobbyist working the
system so he gets something slipped
in without a vote, or he convinces the
leadership to take something out, you
might as well hire the lobbyist to be
your congressman Obey said.
The Justice Department is investigating
whether Abramoff, already charged
with fraud in a Florida case, won any
undue influence through donations
and favors for lawmakers.
Obey said the travel restrictions were
travel from illegitimate travel. You get
stories that make the whole institution
look bad
Former House Majority Leader
Tom DeLay, R-Texas, was among
lawmakers whose travel was financed
by Abramoff, although DeLay said he
was not aware of that at the time. A
nonprofit group was listed as the
House ethics rules ban lawmakers
from accepting trips financed by
lobbyists or registered agents of
foreign countries.
Former N.C. congressman gets
send-off before prison
hundred supporters of former Rep.
Frank Ballance Jr. gathered for a
farewell lunch before the Democrat
heads to prison at the end of the
"It just validates what I've already
known, that friends stand by you.
Regardless of hardships and
difficulties in life, friends don't let you
down Ballance said.
The gathering was held Saturday
at Nebo Baptist Church in Hertford
Ballance, who resigned his seat
in Congress for health reasons, is
scheduled to report to federal prison
Dec. 30. A federal judge sentenced
him to four years in prison after
Ballance pleaded guilty to tunneling
tax dollars into his foundation and
using $100,000 for himself and his
Many of his family members also
attended the luncheon including his
son, former District Court Judge Garey
Ballance who was sentenced to nine
months in prison on a misdemeanor
tax charge.
not financing the travel or having
influence over it.
Former Sept. 11 panel: U.S.
ASHINGTON (AP) - The former Sept.
11 commission is giving Congress
and the White House poor marks
on protecting the U.S. against an
inevitable terror attack because of
their failure to enact several strong
security measures.
The 10-member panel, equally
divided between Republicans and
Democrats, prepared to release a
report Monday assessing how well
their recommendations have been
followed. They say the government
deserves "more F's than A's" In
responding to their 41 Since the
commission's final report in July
2004, the government has enacted
the centerpiece proposal to create
a national intelligence director. But it
has stalled on other ideas, including
improving communication among
emergency responders and shifting
federal terrorism-fighting money so it
goes to states based on risk level.
Congress established the
commission in 2002 to investigate
government missteps that led to the
attacks of Sept. 11,2001. Nearly 3,000
people were killed when 19 Arab
hijackers organized by al-Qaida flew
airliners into New York City's World
Trade Center and the Pentagon and
caused a crash in the Pennsylvania
The panel's 567-page final report,
which became a national best
seller, did not blame Bush or former
President Clinton for missteps
contributing to the attacks but did
say they failed to make anti-terrorism
a higher priority.
The commission also concluded that
the Sept. 11 attack would not be the
nation's last, noting that al-Qaida had
tried for at least 10 years to acquire
weapons of mass destruction.
Rice defends U.S. terrorism policy as
she heads to Europe amid reports of
secret CIA prisons
WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice turned the
designed to "separate legitimate unprepared for next terror attack tables on European critics of tough
Christmas economy should
feature heavy retail sales
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U.S. tactics in the war on terror
Monday, maintaining that intelligence
gathered by the CIA has saved
European lives.
Responding for the first time in
detail to the outcry over reports of
secret CIA-run prisons in European
democracies, Rice said the United
States "will use every lawful weapon
to defeat these terrorists
But in remarks as she prepared
to leave on a trip to Europe, she
steadfastly refused to answer the
underlying question of whether the
United States had CIA-operated
secret prisons there.
Strong earthquake Jolts east
Africa, workers In Nairobi flee
buildings In panic
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - A strong
earthquake struck the Lake
Tanganyika region of east Africa
on Monday, sending workers in tall
buildings in downtown Nairobi fleeing
their offices in panic. There were
no immediate reports of injuries or
The quake, with a preliminary
magnitude of 6.8, struck at 2:20 p.m.
(7:20 a.m. EST) and was centered
near the Congo-Tanzania border,
about 600 miles southwest of the
Kenyan capital, the U.S. Geological
Survey said.
The USGS said the quake was
located about six miles below the
surface, and shook the ground in at
least three Kenyan towns, including
Nairobi. It also was felt in the Kenyan
coastal city of Mombasa.
"We felt the tremor in our offices.
People fled their buildings to save
their lives, but so far we have no
reports of casualties said Elmon
Mahawa, the regional commissioner
for Kigoma, a Tanzanian town on the
shores of Lake Tanganyika.
In Bujumbura, the capital of the
central African nation of Burundi,
an Associated Press reporter felt
the three-story building sway in two
waves of the quake.
The region is located along the Great
Rift Valley, which runs for 3,000 miles
between Syria and Mozambique and
passes through the Dead Sea, below
Jerusalem's eastern hills.
Not quite marriage, but gay civil
unions are coming to a taboo-
smashing Britain
Associated Press Writer
LONDON (AP) - Pop star Elton John
is tying the knot with filmmaker David
Furnish four days before Christmas,
when gay civil unions become legal
in England. Fellow pop star George
Michael says he'll follow suit next
Dec. 21 marks a transformation in
social attitudes in this country, where
only 17 years ago Margaret Thatcher's
government enacted "Clause 28"
a law banning local authorities
and schools from doing anything
that could be seen as promoting
The change has been generally
cheered and Britain's two gay
meccas, Soho in London and the
southern beach resort of Brighton,
are competing to be the center
of attention on Dec. 21. London's
Westminster borough, which is run
by the same Conservative Party that
enacted "Clause 28 is opening its
town hall to gay couples early on
the big day.
The Netherlands, Canada, Belgium
and Spain have legalized same-
sex marriage. But Prime Minister
Tony Blair's center-left government
dropped the word "marriage" from
its legislation rather than run afoul
of legislators who feel the word has
religious connotations.
The law passed last year permits civil
ceremonies that will give same-sex
couples such benefits as the right to
a partner's pensions and exemption
from paying inheritance tax on a
partner's home.
Buying presents is a large part of what makes the economy go
Spending overload can
With the Impending Christ-
mas holiday only weeks away, the
American economy is braced to
feel the effects of a massive shop-
ping flock at malls and depart-
ment stores around the country.
With children and teenag-
ers being a big proportion of
Christmas gift giving, the toy
industry comes away from the
season smiling. Toy sales alone
accounted for nearly $30.6 billion
in 2002 according to the Census
Bureau's Web site Of
this amount, $10.3 billion was a
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result of video game sales. With
the release of Microsoft's X-Box
360, expect this number to rise
dramatically this year.
Dec. 2002 had retail stores
pocket around $32.4 billion in
consumer cash. This amount
was up 47 percent from the pre-
vious month, which was $21.9
billion. Other stores that had
sizable jumps in profit between
November and December were
clothing stores (44 percent),
jewelry stores (163 percent),
book stores (87 percent), sport-
ing goods stores (59 percent) and
radio, TV and other electronics
stores (56 percent).
The Internet managed to pull
in $13.8 billion in sales back in
2002. With the increasing popu-
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number to increase even more
three years later.
Many holiday shoppers fall
victim to the allure of credit card
spending. According to holidays., many people do
their holiday shopping with a
credit card, promising them-
selves that they will pay off the
debt in the next few months.
Thanks to credit card interest
and other factors, people end
up over their heads in debt
unexpectedly. Most people refer
to this as "holiday hangover
The Web site goes on to offer
advice as to how to avoid the mis-
conceived credit card benefits.
Cash is the best way. Throughout
the year, set aside money for the
purpose of buying gifts. It helps
to figure out ahead of time who
you are purchasing gifts for and
how much you plan to spend.
Once your money runs out, you
are finished with your shopping.
Many students have found
responsible ways of dealing with
an alternative to cash, while
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11 "I attempt to use a depart-
ment store cards like Sears and
Belks said Derrick Foss, sopho-
more political science major.
"I've found that interest rates
are lower with these cards than
credit cards. Plus, it's easier to
budget because that money is
only going toward one store
"I usually use cash. It makes
it easier to balance my money
without going into debt said
Kathy 0, freshman print journal-
ism major.
People who have difficulty
saving money can join groups
at banks that specialize in set-
ting aside money for the holiday
season. Knowing where you will
be shopping is important as well.
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ble because they are all over the
map Dennard said.
Jon Massachi recalled some
his own difficulties caused by
people's preconceptions about
people with disabilities.
"People will ask because I use
crutches, am I also deaf, dumb or
retarded Massachi said.
"Theanswersareno, noandno
Because of his middle eastern
and Jewish heritage, Massachi
has encountered additional dis-
"I get searched every time I go
to the airport Massachi said.
"They ask, 'Is he Jewish? Is he
Muslim?' It doesn't matter, I'm
an American citizen
Hanna Zhu, White Hall resi-
dence coordinator, feels that
many problems of racism and
discrimination are rooted in
people's lack of effort in forming
their own beliefs.
"1 think we tend not to think
for ourselves, we just believe what
we're told Zhu said.
"But we're all capable of
thinking for ourselves
Refreshments were available to
the near 100 attendees, and audi-
ence members were invited to pose
their own questions after the panel
finished discussing the topics.
"This is a way to share our
knowledge in an open dialogue
and strengthen the Black Student
Union at ECU Dixon said.
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free that is, the doctor used a
new laser technique, instead of a
disposable blade, to create a flap
in the cornea. All Lasik surgeries
include making this thin, hinged
flap, a layer that is folded back
into place after the laser treat-
ment to speed healing.
In the blade-free procedure,
the surgeon uses a brand-name
laser, called the IntraLase, to create
thousands of tiny bubbles under
the surface of the cornea. The
bubbles allow the surgeon to peel
a flap from the cornea with a small
blunt tool, called a spatula.
The blade-free procedure
takes a few minutes longer com-
pared to the usual method, is
more expensive and is not neces-
sarily superior for every patient,
Kraff said.
Although the only studies
comparing the two techniques are
small or funded by industry, results
in vision correction appear similar.
Some doctors have reported more
redness of the eyes with the blade-
less technique, possibly due to the
longer time the patient's eye is held
still by suction.
But the word "blade-free"
makes patients more comfort-
able psychologically, Minne-
apolis refractive surgeon Dr.
Elizabeth Davis said. "They have
the heebie-jeebies about a blade
going across the eye she said.
Even with "blade-free" in
his plans, Tomes felt a moment
of anxiety before his operation.
That was when he read and signed
forms listing all Lasik's risks.
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many, many complications he
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out at me. It was the potential,
but rare, that the machine in the
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given by Higher One.
Students would not have to
worry about using the card in
select locations. The card would
practically be accepted every-
"Students have the flexibility
of using the card anywhere in
town that accepts MasterCard
said Dee Bowling, cash opera-
tions manager.
"Students do need to realize
the card can only be used under
those circumstances and that it
isn't a credit card
A free checking account
with no minimum deposit or
overdrafts is included. An option
called "friends and family" is
also available.
"So if parents want to deposit
money or send money to a
student's account to be depos-
ited on behalf of the student,
it's a way for the family to make
funds available to students also
Bowling said.
There is a huge difference
in the amount of waiting time
students would have to endure
under the new system versus the
old one.
Students will be able to
access their funds the same day
through the choice of receiv-
ing the refund through the
debit card. The options of direct
deposit and paper check would
also be a lot faster.
"With the debit card, they
will receive their funds the same
day Bowling said.
"We will transfer that data
to Higher One daily. Direct
deposit is one to two days and
then five to seven days, taking
into account the mailing for a
COnS from page
paper check
Some students seem to real-
ize how much faster they will be
able to access their funds using
the new ECU Debit Card.
When asked if the new card
was a good alternative to the pre-
vious ways of receiving refunds,
Craig Brown, freshman archi-
tecture design major, quickly
responded on the matter.
"Yes, because with some
people, they might need the
money right away said Brown.
, "Instead of waiting because
of a posting date, they could go
ahead and slide the card through
and get the money they need if
they have to pay a bill or some-
Brown also believes the new
card will cut back on the hassle
involved in getting refunds if an
incident were to occur with a dis-
crepancy in not getting money
on the correct date or not getting
the correct amount.
The contract with Higher
One is not a permanent setup.
ECU has a three-year contract
with the company. After the
contract expires, ECU will resort
to other methods of disbursing
According to I lawkins, during
the three-year period, proposals
will be sent to other companies
and banks in hopes of finding
someone who will be able to offer
the same options to students to
receive their refunds and also
combine the OneCard services
with the debit card.
There is student involvement
in the distribution of infor-
mation about the debit card.
Hawkins admits that there have
been a lot of questions about
whether or not students were
involved in the implementation
of the card.
"Part of the implementation
plan with Higher One includes
what they call the B-4 cam-
paign Bowling said.
"Basically, Higher One e-
mailed all students and said
'here's what we're getting ready
to do, and we would like to invite
students to participate in the
B4 campaign, learn more about
Higher One and your refund
"The first 100 students who
signed up for B-4 were also the
first 100 students to receive their
cards, so they got their cards
before anyone else Bowling
"As far I understand, these
students have been meeting with
�other students so that students
can talk to students about the
SGA also has been involved
in letting students know about
the new card system and how it
works. To answer any questions
and concerns that students may
still have about how the card
works, they can attend the open
forum that will explain how the
card works.
The forum will be Wednesday
at 5 p.m. in Hendrix Theater. The
forum will be open to questions
for ECU administrators, SGA and
Higher One representatives.
More information can be
obtained from their Web site at
This writer can be contact at
Stepfather trying to keep daughter
alive after he violently beat her
� Photos hanging on Allison
Avrett's living room wall show
her daughter Haleigh as a smiling
little girl with brown bangs hang-
ing over her squinting eyes.
Most of the pictures were
taken before Avrett gave 1 laleigh
up for adoption five years ago
and long before the alleged beat-
ing that landed the 11-year-old
in a hospital attached to the
ventilator and feeding tube that
keep her alive.
Now, with Haleigh's dpctors
saying she will never recover
from her vegetative state, the
child is at the center of a right-
to-die legal struggle.
The state Department of
Social Services, which has had
custody of Haleigh since she was
hospitalized Sept. 11, wants to
remove her from life support.
Her stepfather, Jason Strick-
land, who is charged in her beat-
ing and could be tried for murder
if she dies, wants to keep her
alive. Strickland is free on bail
while awaiting trial.
A juvenile court judge has
ruled that Haleigh should be
allowed to die. Strickland has
appealed, and the state's highest
court is scheduled to hear argu-
ments in the case Tuesday.
Avrett, who gave up her
parental rights when she let her
sister Holli adopt Haleigh in
2000, says her daughter should
not suffer anymore.
"They say the most she might
ever do is open her eyes said
Avrett, a 29-year-old stay-at-
home mom with two other
children. "I don't want her to sit
there longer than she needs to
Police say the injuries that
left Haleigh with severe brain
stem injuries came at the hands
of Strickland and his wife Holli,
Allison Avrett's sister.
Within two weeks of the
couple pleading innocent to the
beating, Holli Strickland was
dead, fatally shot in her grand-
mother's West Springfield apart-
ment. The body of her 71-year-old
grandmother, Constance Young,
was beside her. The possible
double suicide or murder-suicide
is still under investigation.
In a legal brief filed ahead of
Tuesday's hearing, Strickland,
31, asks to be declared Haleigh's
de facto parent. His lawyer,
John Egan, insists his client is
not motivated by the chance he
could be charged with murder if
the girl dies.
"We should be coming down
on the side of life as opposed to
death he said.
In 1998, Avrett moved with
Haleigh to Virginia to live with
her boyfriend. A few months later,
Avrett sent Haleigh back to Mas-
sachusetts to spend the summer
with Holli and her former hus-
band, Jonathan Poutre.
Within a few weeks of
her daughter's return to Mas-
sachusetts, the Department of
Social Services took custody of
Haleigh and began investigating
allegations she was abused by
Avrett's boyfriend in Virginia. A
DSS spokeswoman refused to com-
ment because of privacy issues.
Avrett said her boyfriend was
ultimately cleared. But by then,
the Department of Social Services
had placed Haleigh in permanent
foster care with Holli and Jonathan
Poutre. By her own admission,
Avrett was not doing everything
she could to regain custody.
"I stopped all contact for
a while with DSS, my sister
and Haleigh Avrett said. "I
couldn't handle the stress, so
I took myself out of the situa-
tion. I needed a break from it
Avrett broke up with her boy-
friend and married another man
in 1999. A year later, after what
Avrett said had been several years
of strong recommendation by
the social services department,
she agreed to let her older sister
formally adopt Haleigh.
Holli had a degree in child
care and had been Avrett's role
model growing up. The arrange-
ment was OK for Avrett, who
was content to have frequent
visits with Haleigh and still felt
involved in her life.
"We were always a close
family Avrett said.
But Avrett said things started
to change after her sister divorced
Jonathan Poutre and married
Jason Strickland.
"When Jason came into the
picture, we started seeing less of
Haleigh she said.
According to court docu-
ments filed by Strickland's
lawyer, Haleigh had been hos-
pitalized during the past three
years for self-inflicted injuries.
The girl's alleged tendency to
hurt herself is a cornerstone of
Strickland's defense.
complied with federal laws to
provide information with Higher
One, which is considered to be a
university partner.
Under the Federal Educa-
tion Right to Privacy Act, ECU
is allowed to share information
with its partners.
Students are also afraid that
Higher One could sell their
information to other companies
or schools.
"I want to know what's going
on with my money because
1 don't trust this company
Mason said.
"The card is only complicat-
ing things said Jesse Creech,
sophomore psychology major.
"Most people already have
a bank account and either�a
credit or debit card. Everyone on
campus has a OneCard, so 1 don't
see the point of having an ECU
debit card too
Chuck Hawkins, senior asso-
ciate vice chancellor for financial
services, said the only advantage
to having a debit card is for stu-
dents receiving financial aid who
do not already have a checking
There are three options to
receive financial aid refunds
- through the debit card, direct
deposit or a mailed check.
Dee Bowling, cash operations
manager, said each student who
anticipates receiving a refund
of any sort still needs to use the
card data to authenticate them-
selves to Higher One and then
make a choice.
Steps for authenticating the
ECU debit card can be found on
their Web site at
Using this third party system
brings up concerns among stu-
dents who think the money will
still take longer to transfer from
a bank so far away, but it will still
take the same amount of time or
even quicker.
Students also do not under-
stand why ECU cannot direct
deposit checks directly into their
existing account.
Students can still use their
bank accounts to directly deposit
financial aid, but since the uni-
versity is in contract with Higher
One, they must first sign into the
Higher One system and make the
choice between continuing their
own accounts or signing up for
the Higher One account.
ECU never directly deposited
checks directly from the univer-
sity into students' accounts. They
always used a third party system.
The system will be exactly the
same, except ECU will be going
through Higher One instead.
"I would still have to give
Higher One my banking account
numbers, and I really don't trust
that Mason said.
The Higher One bank also
does not have local ATMs nor
does it have a local branch office.
ECU will soon have three ATMs
on campus, two on east campus
and one on west campus said
There is no service charge for
students who choose to withdraw
from a Higher One ATM.
However, students who
choose to withdraw money from
other bank companies aside from
Higher One, like Wachovia or
BB&T, will have to pay a service
When asked if ECU thought
about the rarity of Higher. One
ATM machines nationwide,
Bowling said she could certainly
talk to Higher One about some
change, but for now the mar-
keting plan includes the three
Higher One ATMs that will soon
be on campus.
If students are not near the
university, the only way they
can have access to a Higher One
ATM is if they are near a univer-
sity town that is partnered with
Higher One.
"It doesn't make sense
because if you can't find a Higher
One ATM, you're going to get
charged using another ATM
said Starla Wood, junior dance
performance major.
This is especially true since
there are only 33 schools in the
nation who have Higher One
Students are still concerned
that Higher One charges hidden
fees. When he entered his debit
card pin number, Mason said
he was charged 50 cents every
It is important for students
using the ECU debit card to select
the "credit" option when paying
rather than "debit" in order to
avoid being charged an extra SO
cents from their account.
"Don't treat the ECU debit
card as a pin transaction and you
will be fine Bowling said.
Like any checking account,
there are fees for additional
services such as overdrafts, wire
transfers or stop payments.
Yet, students are concerned
they can only take out a maxi-
mum of $S00 a day out of their
Higher One account. However,
that is a common process among
the banking industry for there to
be a limit on daily withdrawals
Bowling said.
The ECU debit card is not the
same as the ECU One Card, and
ECU does not currently have the
software capability to combine
both cards.
Willy Lee, director of uni-
versity printing and graphics, is
currently working on a system to
allow the One Card to be com-
bined with the ECU Debit Card.
When the temporary arrange-
ment with Higher One expires
in 2007-2008, the university
plans to look at a request for
proposal to eventually integrate
both systems.
Soon the system will be simi-
lar to that of UNC-Chapel Hill
and NC State, which are both
partnered with Wachovia Bank.
Katie Tinney, sophomore at
UNC-Chapel Hill, said she loves
her UNC One Card.
"I use it every day, mainly the
debit part of it said Tinney.
In the meantime, Higher One
has launched its B-4 campaign to
serve as a liaison between SGA
and students. Considering that
Higher One is such a new com-
pany, students in the campaign
may not know all there is to
know about the company, which
may pose problems.
Michael Bannister, junior
nursing major, said he has not
heard much about the B-4 cam-
paign but he did read about the
Higher One Card Forum, which
will allow students to ask ques-
tions about the debit card.
"Even though Higher One
has contracts with 32 schools,
these three guys who graduated
from Yale four years ago who
opened up this business can do
whatever they want with stu-
dents' money Mason said.
A question and answer ses-
sion will be held Wednesday at
5 p.m. at Hendrix Theater. Stu-
dents and faculty are welcome
to attend.
For more involved questions,
students may also contact the
student liaison department at
1-888-809-6180. The Higher
One customer service number is
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TUESDAY December 6,2005
Our View
Basketball season
finally underway
As the ECU men's basketball season gets
underway, Pirate fans can only wonder what
might have been. ECU has started the year 3-2
under the direction of new head coach Ricky
Stokes. A solid yet humble beginning as the
Pirates have fallen to Gardner-Webb and Old
Dominion with two wins against Wofford and
another over North Carolina A&T.
The Pirates have some young talent anchored
by veterans Corey Rouse and Japhet McNeil
and Rouse has been exceptional thus far, aver-
aging 18.2 points and 11.8 points per game.
Newcomers Sam Hinnant and Courtney Cap-
tain have also provided offensive firepower.
Unfortunately, Stokes has little depth on his
bench. That has fans wondering how far the
Pirates could go in Conference-USA with the
services of recent transfers Frank Robinson,
Belton Rivers and Mike Cook.
All three could have been stars in the league
and with Rouse down low, given ECU a great
chance to make the NCAA tournament. But as
it stands now, Robinson is averaging almost 10
points per game at Cal St. Fullerton, Rivers is
scoring 15 points per game for Tennessee Tech
and Cook is sitting out a year after transferring
to Pittsburgh.
Hopefully Stokes can keep his current talent in
the program while continuing to bring in fresh
faces that will take ECU to the next echelon in
With the former conference powerhouses
departing, such as Louisville, Cincinnati and
Marquette, the Pirates looked primed to finally
make a run at the top of the standings in the
2005-2006. It's still early, but it looks as though
ECU will not be making a NCAA appearance
come March with the lack of size and depth
on their roster.
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Opinion Columnist
Liberals can't change
What has happened to
I noticed a rather disturb-
ing and troubling thing when
Christmas decorations started
appearing in stores shortly after
Memorial Day Christmas is
As the decorations gradually
appeared "Season's Greetings"
"Happy Holidays "Merry X-
mas" and other generic greetings
proliferated while "Merry Christ-
mas" appeared to be missing in
action. Christmas' disappearance
didn't really register at first,
especially since few stores put
out Christmas decorations in
September. As the months have
progressed however, and more
and more stores and businesses
have put up decorations, Christ-
mas has become conspicuous in
its absence, both in writing and
as a verbal greeting.
That is wrong.
I have heard and read news
reports highlighting the actions
of sick, morally bankrupt indi-
viduals who have destroyed
Nativity scenes or sent threaten-
ing letters to homeowners who
put up Christmas decorations.
That is wrong.
1 have followed the court
rulings stating that towns and
municipalities cannot display
Nativities or any decorations
that even slightly hint at a reli-
gious theme. As always, the jus-
tification for this lunacy is the
non-existent, wholly invented
Constitutional "separation of
Church and State" clause.
That is wrong.
I, along with every clear
thinking person who heard or
read the news report, shook
my head in amazement and
contempt at Boston's attempt to
rename their official Christmas
tree the "Holiday Tree Their
reasoning? They did not want to
offend anyone.
THAT is wrong on SO man
levels as to be incalculable.
All this nonsense is the result
of Liberalism and Political Cor-
rectness run amok. We are now
reaping the rewards of years
of policy making by head-in-
the-orlfice Liberal politicians
and judges who have made it a
personal goal to outlaw any refer-
ence to Christianity in this coun-
try, all in the name of 'diversity"
and not "offending" people from
other culturesreligions. What a
load of crap.
This country was founded by
Christians as a Christian nation.
Even the most cursory examina-
tion of historical documents will
bear that out. God is as much a
part of the fabric of this nation
as the land we stand on, and
nothing that Liberals do or say
can change that fact, no matter
how hard they try. And they have
been trying.
They have managed to get the
Ten Commandments out of many
public buildings and courthouses
despite the fact that the Western
system of laws and morals are
built upon those Command-
ments. They have made it illegal
to pray in schools or on public
property despite the fact that
Congress, the Supreme Court
and many other Federal Courts
start each session with a prayer.
Liberals have done all this, and
are doing still more, with a straight
face while hypocritically violating
their own top Commandment:
offend no one. It strikes me as
odd that Liberals are so willing
to offend the vast majority of the
citizens of this country (i.e. Chris-
tians) in the name of promoting
diversity and not offending people
from other cultures.
Liberals tell us that they
know more, understand more
and care more than the rest of us
and that we should just let them
run our lives for us. We are told
that our beliefs and culture are
evil and we shouldn't try to force
them upon others. They tell us
all this without giving a damn
that they are defecating on the
culture of the very people who
put them in power. I don't get it.
Then again, I'm not supposed to
- I'm not a Liberal.
There is a backlash begin-
ning against such insanity.
There is a Pastor in Raleigh who
has started a movement to not
spend money at establishments
that do not display or say "Merry
Christmas This movement is
growing extremely rapidly, and
it is not just a local phenome-
non. There are grass root groups
popping up all over the country
with the same message: you
want our business you respect
our beliefs. Things will change
very rapidly once the wallet feels
the pinch.
I am not advocating or sug-
gesting you only spend money
at establishments that respect
this country's Christian heritage.
That choice is yours. I am sug-
gesting that if you are tired of
being trod upon, bad mouthed,
and derided by Liberals for what
you believe, do something.
Say "Merry Christmas" to
everyone you see or off campus.
Say it to every cashier and door
greeter. Say it to every stinking
Liberal you know just to watch the
steam come out of their ears.
This is the season to celebrate
the birth of Christ. It has been
Christmas for centuries Liberal-
ism cannot change that.
So, say it loud. Say it proud.
Just say it.
In My Opinion
(KRT) � Happy holidays,
workers of the world! It's that
joyous time of year when work-
places resemble the joke about
Russian factory workers: "We
pretend to work, and the bosses
preiend to pay us
Alas, for those without secure
employment, that's not funny.
Recall the old social con-
tract regarding work: A person
started his career as an enthusi-
astic young person who overper-
formed and was undercompen-
sated for it. That was acceptable
because, over the next 35 years,
he rose to a position where he
could underperform and be
overcompensated. It all evened
out over the lifetime.
This caricature of secure
employment is now just another
joke. That industrial-era bar-
gain is going, going, gone. See
General Motors' big reductions
in employee health insurance,
while its suppliers seek wage cuts
of as much as two-thirds.
The old industrial-era system
assumed fixed employment, not
mobility, with education and
training primarily associated
with promotion (and college
tuition deductible only If improv-
ing skills in the present job). That
system gave us employer-funded
health insurance and pensions
benefits that were lost if the
employee left. That era also
produced legal definitions of
full-time, part-time and overtime
that seem quaint when work can
occur anytime, anywhere linked
by communications networks.
Today, people have been cut
loose. For some, this is liberation
from indentured servitude; they
set their own terms of work as
self-employed "free agents But
most are simply adrift.
For well over a decade, some
companies have tried to make
people a "variable cost" rather
than a fixed obligation by con-
verting employees into inde-
pendent contractors without
benefits. The term "outsourcing"
originally referred not to shifting
jobs to China and India but to
replacing permanent employees
with temporary ones on some-
one else's payroll. In the 1990s,
the temporary-staffing industry
accounted for 10 percent of all
U.S. job growth, despite account-
ing for only about 2 percent of
total jobs, an MIT economist
found. In 2000, Microsoft settled
a lawsuit by "permatemps" (who
claimed they were indistinguish-
able from regular employees) for
$97 million, ending a dispute
that started in 1992.
Demographic changes pose
a further challenge. If you've
missed the media hype, baby
boomers start to turn 60 on
Jan. 1. Surveys show that a high
proportion of them want to keep
working, perhaps at a new career,
perhaps community service, but
with time for leisure or grand-
Social policies and organi-
zational practices have not fully
dealt with new realities. America
needs creative ideas that are good
for people and for the future of a
dynamic economy:
Health care. Instead of
demanding more from employ-
ers, including squeezing small
businesses as some states pro-
pose, let's work toward universal
tax-supported health-care cover-
age. A Gallup poll shows that 79
Pirate Rant
percent of Americans want it,
and 69 percent are willing to pay
for it with higher taxes.
Lifelong learning. Imagine a
GI Bill for veterans of industry
wars to pay for college after they
suffer from corporate restructur-
ing. Or Pell Grants (designed for
young college students) extended
to retirees who want education
for a new career. Higher educa-
tion builds skills that build the
Savings. It's time for portable
tax-advantaged savings accounts
accessible at times of greatest
need and matched by low-interest
loans as well as employer contri-
butions. People could draw funds
when the family is growing, or
for education when changing
fields, without losing tax advan-
tages. This would supplement,
not replace, Social Security.
Work time. Some people
have flexible work hours. Why
not extend this and add flexible
work years? Parents of young
children might want months off
during their kids' summer vaca-
tion. Mature workers might want
months off during the cold winter
season. Internet auctions could
be used to match them, inside a
company or across. Continental
Airlines' Web site enabling flight
attendants to trade schedules is a
useful model.
What are your own needs,
preferences and ideas? Whether
you're burdened by end-of-year
deadlines or pretending to work
between holiday preparations,
take a moment to e-mail me
about your situation. A national
dialogue about the future of work
could produce the holiday gift
that keeps giving.
It's funny how PB's was charging $7 to get into that hole
in the wall. Then we can wait shoulder to shoulder for
20 minutes to get a warm beer and be expected to tip.
Bars in NYC, DC, and Philly sometimes don't charge
that much and their bathrooms are worth more than
PB's Itself!
Gary McCabe gives libertarians a bad name. First, he
admits to arbitrarily writing off entire sections of the
country, particularly the ones who wished to fight for
self government instead of submitting to the federal
government, then he writes dumb opinion pieces which
include him admitting to liking "Lost" while admonish-
ing us for not watching "Arrested Development
I've got Nextel tooturn OFF your DC speaker it's just
obnoxious in public.
Damn these final exams - is it our professor's job to
. make our lives hell? Did you know suicide rates are up
around exam time?
Where are the rest stops and gas stations along 264? I'm
getting tired of stopping on the side of the road!
Is it me or does it seem like there are too many fake,
shallow valley girls on campus?
All the conservatives who are so against liberals, times
are changing, so 1 suggest you open your minds a tiny
bit and learn something about society.
To the girl who doesn't think boys deserve to feel special,
now there's a good reason why boys cheat on girls!
Attention ECU students: Where is the school spirit?
Majority of the students 1 see on campus are wearing
shirts and hoodies displaying the names of schools
other than ECU! Why don't you just go to that school
Never take your car to Aamco Transmission. My car was
gone for two months, came back with more damage
than it went in with and they still charged me for the
repair. And customer service can't do jack!
1 hate it when people who go to school on grants and
stuff like that get that huge refund then brag about it
and end up blowing it all away. Get a life.
Hey Subway! Don't turn on your OPEN sign if you're
not open, and won't be open for another 45 minutes!
You-give us hungry people false hope.
Why does the Political Science Library have a picture
of every modern president except Richard Nixon? 1
thought the Political Science Department was sup-
posed to be the most unbiased department on a college
I am so sick and tired of coming to the library at night
and there are kidsteenagers on the computers down-
loading music. Where is the security? We need some
type of system of knowing who is an ECU student to
use our library!
Everyone should attend the Higher One meeting on Dec.
7. Come with questions, because we deserve answers!
To the girl who decided to get the lab assistant to kick
me off the computer lab in Mendenhall thank you. I
understand that you needed to use the scanner but was
it necessary for you to make me move when I was right
in the middle of printing off my homework?
Yaay! Classes will be over soon and I'll have plenty of
free time to celebrate and what not. I'm sure some will
spend ALL their time studying. Stop fooling yourselves
thinking that makes you better than everyone. Go out,
enjoy college and live a little. It costs you to come here,
have fun while it lasts!
I seen you downtown last weekend with your Michael
Jackson jackets. Salt and Pepa WAS hot
DEARTREVOR K1RKENDALL, You wrote in Thursday's
paper that "the actors in Rentj have very poor singing
skills yet you maintain that you would have liked to
have seen the musical on the stage. Moron. The origi-
nal Broadway cast (minus 2) stars in the movie so you
wouldn't have liked the stage production either.
1 understand that the Commuter Shuttle runs on a 20
min. schedule but why does it have to sit at the bottom
of Minges for so long? Why not have the library and
the stadium be the stops where they sit? Because its
a real pain to get off and get to class at Minges with a
whole bus load of people who try to cram on the bus
right before the classroom buildings.
Why does WZMB play so much Kanye West? I tuned
into Blue Note last week and heard I lip-Hop. There are
ten stations in Greenville that play Kanye. Why can't
WZMB be different?
To the person who broke into my car when it was parked
in my driveway and stole a whole bunch of my friend's
stuff, you're a worthless loser. I mean seriously, who
steals change?
Fellow Rec center users: Please take the time to remove
plates from bars, machines, etc. If you can shoulder
press 270 pounds, you can move them back to the rack.
It isn't as easy for some of us to lift that much - and
I'd rather get the workout in correct form than from
struggling to pick up behind you. And yes, I know
there are weight-room attendants, but this isn't their
sole responsibility.
1 am pretty sure that the writer who "reviewed" RENT
for this paper didn't see the same movie I did. I, as well
as all the other people I know who have seen it, thought
that It was absolutely amazing.
Why does every computer in the Rawl computer lab
take at least five minutes to boot?
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users, and excessive partiers, get over it. North Carolina
; is a tobacco state, everyone has one, and if they can
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Picks of the Semester:
40 Year-Old Virgin
Harry Potter: The Goblet of Fire
Walk the Line
Nickel Back - All the Right Reasons
Spill Canvas - One Fell Swoop
Madonna - Confessions on a Dance
Green Day - Sutef in a Bible
"Desperate Housewives"
"Boston Legal"
"Grey's Anatomy'
Local Concerts:
U2 will be at the Charlotte Bobcats
Arena Monday, Dec. 12.
Saves the Day, Senses Fail and The
Early November will be at The NorVa
in Norfolk, Va. Wednesday, Dec. 14.
Dolly Parton will be at the Charlotte
Bobcats Arena Thursday, Dec. 15.
Clay Aiken will be performing at the RBC
Center in Raleigh Thursday, Dec. 22.
General Johnson and Chairman of
the Board will be performing at the
Lincoln Theatre In Raleigh Friday,
Jan. 13,2006.
Nada Surf will be at the Cat's Cradle In
Carrboro Friday, Feb. 10,2006.
Jerry Seinfeld will be performing
at the Progress Energy Center for
Performing Arts in Raleigh Friday,
March 10,2006.
Names In the News:
It's a girl
While the rest of the world is
preoccupied with war and global
warming, this column chews on
different meat. Our philosophy is
simple, sure, Baghdad doings are
important, but, goodness gracious,
we're dying for dish on that
irrepressible Britney Spears (more
on her later). Star struck as we are,
we're telling about the good news
out of the Jennifer Gamer-Ben Affleck
camp. As The Associated Press
tells it, the beautiful 33-year-olds
have produced a beautiful offspring
- Violet. "Mother, father and baby are
doing great the couple's publicists
say. The flower child was bom around
6:30 p.m. Thursday, although no one
will say where. Garner and Affleck
were married in June. Little Violet is
the first child for Bennlfer two. Affleck
costarred with Garner in 2003's
"Daredevil She divorced actor Scott
Foley in March 2004 after a three year
marriage. Affleck famously courted
Jennifer Lopez (Bennlfer one) until
the two broke off their engagement
in January 2004.
When titans meet
Folks at CBS are agog, atwltter and
very happy with the news that Oprah
Winfrey's appearance Thursday night
on "Late Show With David Letterman
her first appearance with Dave In 16
years drew an audience of 13.45
million viewers. That's the largest
group to tune into the program in
more than 10 years, CBS officials say.
Actors and alcohol, part one
Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston,
another fun couple we love to keep
track of, were pulled over by Scottsdale,
Ariz police this week. Vaughn, who
was driving, was given a sobriety test,
which proved he was "not drunk
We determined he had something
to drink but was not over the legal
(impairment) limit cops told The AP.
"We suggested that he not continue
to drive Vaughn parked the van he
was driving, then he and Aniston
got into the car of a friend who'd
been following them. (Entourages
can be oh-so handy.) Cops didn't
say why they pulled Vaughn over in
the first place. Maybe they wanted
Vince's take on global warming.
Vaughn and Aniston will costar in
next summer's The Break Up. We're
not sure whether it's biographical.
Actors and alcohol, part two
Apparently the pressure of starring
in a hit TV show drives gals to drink
a bit too much. Such is the word
from Hawaii, where "Lost" actresses
Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia
Watros were arrested in separate
incidents on the same day for driving
under the influence. The AP reports
that each woman failed sobriety
tests after their vehicles were spotted
weaving on the same highway 15
minutes apart Thursday. They were
released on $500 bail apiece.
Staying together?
There is good news in Hollywood
coupledom. The New York Post
tells us that comedian Kathy Griffin
Is "trying to make it work" with
husband Matt Mollne. Though the
marriage has had some bumps
lately, the two were seen partying
together in L.A. the other night.
Survival of the Fittest: Final thoughts
We are finally done with
this semester challenge
Wow, what a crazy semester
this has been. 1 would have
never imagined back in Octo-
ber that by the time December
rolled around, I'd actually enjoy
going to the gym and anxiously
wait for each Friday afternoon
where I'd get my butt kicked
by one of our personal trainers.
I know that I didn't win this
competition, but I'm definitely
pleased with my improvements.
For me, it wasn't losing the
pounds that was important, it
was getting my BMI down (which
I did) losing some inches (which
I also did) and lowering my heart
rate (which I definitely did). 1 feel
healthier now than I did a few
weeks ago, and I feel like I'm actu-
ally kind of in shape. Granted I
still eat pasta like it's my job, but
I'm working on it.
1 want to thank all of the
higher-ups at the SRC for making
this happen, but most impor-
Kristln M. happily looks over her "before and after" fitness profiles
The numbers say it all
Kristin D. gets her BP taken, proving her to be the "Survival" winner.
of inches we lost in seven weeks
is pretty amazing, so it's good to
know we really did accomplish
something we were all too lazy to
do on our own. I think I did reach
my goal to look better for my
upcoming bridesmaid appear-
ance and as long as I don't go
out of control during Christmas,
I shouldn't have to worry too
much about the summer.
We have to attribute most of
our success to our trainers Nathan
and Warren, but I also know most
of us don't have a couple hundred
dollars to spend. For anyone like
me who wants to shape up but
doesn't have the money for a per-
sonal trainer, you should really
consider getting a group fitness
pass. They're not that expen-
sive and the instructors really
know how to push the class.
Thanks to everyone at SRC for
putting up with us and we'll defi-
nitely be seeing you there a lot.
It's over. It's finally over.
No more skipping work to go
to the gym. No more rampant
delirium from hunger. But it was
all worth it.
Now that we're done, I'm
actually kind of sad. While
I struggled through many of
Nathan's training sessions and
Erin's insane RPM classes, the
whole thing was starting to get
easier and, surprisingly, more
fun (although I'm sure discuss-
ing Showgirls and Cartman in the
Special Olympics helped).
Most of all, now that I've
"won" whatever competition we
were having, I wish we would
have put some sort of prize in the
deal. Like, a bonus check or a car
or even drinks at 519 on TEC'stab.
Hell, I ended up there anyway.
While we didn't lose many
pounds, Nathan says the amount
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Ed M. is running so fast that no camera could capture a clear image.
tantly, I'd like to thank our
trainers Warren and Nathan
for putting up with me. I've
enjoyed this experience so much
that I'm hiring Nathan to kick
my butt for another couple
of months next semester. So
hopefully by the time school
ends, I'll be one sexy assistant
editor. Thanks for reading, and
I hope that we've motivated
you to start a healthier lifestyle.
Heck, if I can do it, so can you.
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OK, so I didn't win, but it
was all worth it
For this year's Survival of
the Fittest competition, I had
no doubt in my mind that I was
in for a tough challenge. My
lifestyle was sedentary at best
and I needed to change that.
Though I didn't get as dedicated
as Kristin Day, I found the over-
all experience very helpful. The
fitness evaluation was thorough,
heartbreaking and the trainers
we worked with (Warren, Nathan
and Chelsea) did a wonderful job.
The trainers we worked with
outside of our personal training
sessions were demanding as well,
(I did spinning with Hannah,
and Erin) but it was very worth
it. 1, unfortunately, got a little
too caught up in schoolwork
as I usually do and missed two
workouts. It was at times like
these I would kick myself for
not listening to an old friend's
adage, "It's just that you have
terrible time-management skills
Anyway, I learned a lot of
good things, and I plan to spend
the $50 on a GoldPass next
semester so that I can continue
to do the Wednesday and Sunday
RPM spinning classes and any-
thing else that looks good. The
personal workouts topped all, but
as a poor college student in one of
the most demanding degree pro-
grams at ECU, I can't afford to do
that next semester until I make
a Web site where I hold a little
rabbit hostage until 1 earn enough
money to set him free which
has already been done, so I'd
have to think of something new.
I would have also liked to
have met with a dietician during
this time, so that I could get a
stable diet and grocery list that
I could use to help me eat in a
healthy manner again. But all
and all I commend Kristen Mur-
nane for the job she did setting
this up and I commend Kristin
Day for being the most dedicated.
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A day in the life of:
Shopping Mall Santa
Barnes and Noble
book signing event
What those jolly men
have to go through
One of Santa's little helpers sits on his lap for a well deserved break.
Around the holidays, shop-
ping malls are crazy places.
People run amok buying as much
as they can, as quickly as they
can (except for those high school
punks that loiter in and around
the food court). In the center
of all this someone thought it
would be a good idea to construct
a giant castle, bring in bushels of
fake snow and have Santa come
hang out to listen to the demands
of insane children.
Well it worked.
Parents are pushed, pulled
and dragged into line by kids
demanding every toy on earth.
Along with that they must wait
and wait and wait in line
to see "Santa Claus Once they
reach the front of the line, they're
face to face with The Man. It's
time to put up or shut up for
the kids, and when was the last
time a kid shut up? They drone
on and on, about this and that,
blah, blah, blah. But when it's all
done they get a photo with Chris
Cringle, flash an adorable smile,
ad behave like civilized people
for at least the next 30 minutes.
But after every kid leaves and
Santa becomes a fading memory
in their minds, there's another
see SANTA page A6
Barnes & Noble Is hosting a discussion and book signing on
Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. with Art Chansky, author of Blue
Blood: Duke-Carolina: Inside the Most Storied Rivalry in College
Hoops. The book chronicles the 50 years of rivalry between Duke
and University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Remember to get
to the event early to purchase your copy of the book and get a
good seat. Enjoy this amazing opportunity.

Lone Star Steakhouse and
A little piece of Texas and
Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon Is located off of Greenville Boulevard
The place to go for a
great experience
There Is a place in Greenville
that everyone should go to
eat and it's called Lone Star.
While many other places try to
find an equal balance of good
food and good service, this
eatery stands alone. Not only do
the servers at Lone Star possess
unparalleled service but they
also contain a kitchen staff able
to properly create your favorite
menu Items.
As an example, I order a sir-
loin steak medium rare expect-
ing it too be well overcooked.
However, much to my pleasant
surprise, the steak was perfectly
created. I was completely taken
by surprise in the fact that
this was the first time in all of
Greenville I had ever received my
food the way ! wanted it.
Being a man from the great
state of Texas, this establishment
had a lot of pressure to overcome
from my expectations. Equally
as surprising was the service at
Lone Star. The waiters and wait-
resses were quite able to take care
of my dinning needs. These indi-
viduals actually anticipated what
1 would potentially require next
and would bring it to me before
I even had to ask for anything
at all. Doing something because
you know it will have to be done
is what I call service. Maintain-
ing this type of service all the
while talking to me about sports,
my food quality and service
made me feel quite comfortable.
As impressed as I was by
the service, this lets me further
know that it couldn't have been
possible without some great
managers backing therr employ-
ees and training them properly.
Under new management, the
Lone Star Steakhouse is fronted
by the GM Gene McKain, Brice
Baxter and manager Randy
Watts. 1 personally met McKain
and Watts, both of which were
very interested in how the meal
was meeting my expectations.
Everyone at the establishment
was so helpful and truly sincere
about helping me with anything
I needed which included recom-
mending a few dishes and drinks
to serve my palette. The rating
process and some examples of
offered Items are features of this
article you are sure to enjoy.
Food: A. Never have I been
so satisfied with the actual get-
ting of what I ordered. Some
things to recommend steak and
lobster combo, San Antonio
sirloin, smoked prime rib and
don't forget about the grilled
chicken and sweet bourbon
salmon. Honestly, you can't go
wrong with any of their other
combo's such as the filet & king
crab combo.
Service: A. I can't over-
state the importance of good and
timely service. The staff holds
the air of really caring about
serving their customers and
getting it done right. I did not
have to wait for anything while
dinning, it was already there or
in the process of getting there.
Drinks: A. I personally
tasted the mistletoe martini
and thought it was great. Made
of Malibu and Midori melon
liqueur, it's a very nice smooth
and sweet taste to balance the
light alcohol taste. Also, try the
holly jolly colada. This is one of
the best drinks I have ever had.
It was like a strawberry pifia
colada with alcohol. Visit my
friend Jeff Gorich, MBA In
international business and get
some of this goodness while it's
still cold.
To wrap up the review, an
A is the order of the day. I fur-
ther recommend the queso and
spinach dip, as the spinach dip Is
brand new and very tasty. If you
have room, try the key lime pie
or homemade cobbler. Be sure
to get a great gift for someone in
the form of gift certificates. I'm
sure everyone involved would
be very thankful for such a gift.
Keep in mind that Lone Star
also does large parties in their
designated Alamo Room. Try
this great eatery and see what I
am talking about. I promise you
will not be left unsatisfied.
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Features fitness tips
Exercise can lift the blues
Getting active helps relieve the sleeplessness, anxiety and
feelings of being overwhelmed that stress and moderate
How different kinds of physical activity help
calms like
by raising
brain s
alpha wave
activity M
V- Fast-paced sports
require concentration
and displace negative thoughts
Team sports
provide pleasant
company and
prevent social
isolation, a risk
in depression
Solo exerdM offers
to calm your mind
and work out
hurt, aggressive
Vigorous exercise tires
muscles in a beneficial way
relieves tension, lifts mood
and promotes deep sleep
Deep, persistent depression is a serious
health problem; a counselor or therapist
can provide effective relief
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Around the winter holidays is one of the most common times for
people to feel a little down in the dumps. It has been scientifically
poven that exercislhg can help you get out of that slump, have more
energy and reduce any stress or anxiety about the end of 2005.
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child poised to leap into Santa's
lap. All day. Every day.
Who is this man sitting in a
castle, wearing a ridiculous suit,
as children sit in his lap and
babble on? No, in this instance it
is not Michael Jackson. It's your
local Shopping Mall Santa.
If you're able to read this, it's
fairly reasonable to assume that
you know this man is not really
Santa. He's not some sort of
North Pole stem cell project, he's
not a lieutenant in Santa's crime
syndicate and he's not, contrary
to popular belief, Santa's younger,
less marketable brother. No, this is
just a regular guy, but for all that
he puts up with, he truly does
possess the real Christmas Spirit.
Many children remember
sitting on Santa's lap when they
were little, but whether that
was a pleasant experience or
not is another story entirely.
Everyone knows that each mall
Santa is different, which begs
the question, what about Green-
ville's Shopping Mall Santa?
Having the curious mind that
I do, I went to the Colonial Mall
last week to have a word with
the man that would be Santa.
He seemed to be in good enough
spirits, although he repeatedly
berated women, referring to
them as, "Ho, Ho, Ho's I could
have thought of a more comfort-
able place to do an interview
than someone's lap, but I went
with the flow. This St. Nick
had plenty to say about being a
Shopping Mall Santa, the Chris
Cringle in whose image he was
created and, of course, the ladies.
TEC: How did you get started
as a Shopping Mall Santa? Were
there any special skills involved?
Santa: No, you need a beard.
Pretty much a beard and toler-
ance for kids.
TEC: Is there a Santa Union or
Guild that you're required to join?
Santa: Not that I'm aware of.
TEC: One question I'm sure
many people have: What do you
do the rest of the year?
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Santa: I'm unemployed rij;ht
now. I'm on disability.
TEC: Is it a point of pride for
you that you're the premier Santa
in Greenville and not the Santa
at the crummy mall across town?
Santa: I think being a Santa
anywhere is a good thing. I'm
not so proud of a mall, or any
particular place. As long as you're
a good Santa with the kids.
TEC: Walk me through your
typical day being a Shopping
Mall Santa.
Santa: Well you come in
and you put your Santa suit on
(pauses). And then you come and
you sit here, and you wait for chil-
dren to come and visit you.
TEC: Do you have any horror
stories or amusing anecdotes that
have happened with the kids?
Santa: Not horror stories
really. One time 1 had a boss'
daughter throw up on my lap
she wanted a pony.
TEC: Did she end up getting
that pony?
Santa: No, I don't think so.
TEC: A question that I know
the public wants to hear the
answer to, when you're taking
photos with the kids, which side
is your good side?
Santa: I don't know if there
is a good side to tell you the truth.
Whatever side they take it on.
TEC: All right. Finally, is
being a Shopping Mall Santa
a young man's game and how
much longer do you see yourself
being Santa?
Santa: I'll do Santa till I
can't do it anymore. When you
reach a certain age you're better
at it than when you're younger.
I did it when I was young too,
because I've had the white beard
for years now. I think you get
better with age.
TEC: Like wine?
Santa: Like wine and women.
TEC: Ha, ha, ha.
Santa: Ho, ho, ho.
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TUESDAY December 6, 2005
Sports Briefs
Kansas State hires Prince as
Snyder's replacement
Kansas State has hired Vir-
ginia offensive coordinator Ron
Prince to replace Bill Snyder as
head coach, athletic director
Tim Weiser said Sunday. Weiser
said the school will formally
announce the hiring Monday.
The 36-year-old Prince, raised
about 20 miles from Manhattan
in Junction City, will become
only the fourth black head foot-
ball coach in Division I-A, join-
ing Washington's Ty Willing-
ham, Mississippi State's Sylvester
Croom and UCLA's Karl Dorrell.
A lineman at Dodge City Com-
munity College and Appalachian
State, Prince spent five seasons at
Virginia, the last three as offen-
sive coordinator. He also coached
at Dodge City, Alabama A&M,
Cornell, South Carolina State and
James Madison, and spent four
seasons as an NFL Minority Fel-
lowship intern with Jacksonville,
Washington, Atlanta and the New
York Giants. Snyder led Kansas
State to a 5-6 mark this season.
He took the Wildcats from being
the nation's only 500-loss team in
1989 to 11 consecutive winning
seasons through 2003, when the
they won thfe Big 12 title. Two of
Snyder's former assistants who
had been prominently mentioned
in speculation about his replace-
ment took themselves out of the
running last week. Jim Leavitt
agreed to a contract extension as
South Florida's head coach, and
Brent Venables said he wants to
remain defensive coordinator at
Browns' Edwards out for season
Browns' rookie wide receiver
Braylon Edwards will miss the rest
of the season with a knee injury,
yet another setback for one of
Cleveland's first-round draft
picks. Edwards, the No. 3 overall
selection in the draft, tore the
anterior cruciate ligament in his
right' knee while trying to make
a leaping catch in the fourth
quarter of Sunday's 20-14 loss to
the Jacksonville Jaguars. Edwards'
knee buckled awkwardly to the
inside after he landed stiff-legged
on the incompletion. Edwards
had caught two touchdown
passes from fellow rookie Charlie
Frye. Coach Romeo Crennel said
surgery has not been scheduled.
Players with similar injuries typi-
cally need eight to 12 months of
rehab to recover. Since the Browns
rejoined the NFL in 1999, their
top picks have either been busts
or injured. Of the seven picks,
only center Jeff Falne (2003) is
starting for the team. Last season,
tight end Kellen Winslow, the
club's top pick in 2004, broke his
leg in Week 2. He missed all this
season after injuring his knee in
a motorcycle accident, and was
on the sideline for the first time
on Sunday.
Indians sign Byrd - eye Nomar,
Free-agent pitcher Paul Byrd
signed a two-year, $14.25 mil-
lion contract Monday with the
Cleveland Indians, the club's first
move in what could be a busy few
days at the winter meetings in
Dallas. Byrd will make $7 million
in 2006 and 2007, and the deal
includes a club option for 2008
that could raise the value to $22
million over three seasons. The e
35,year-old Byrd went 12-11 with '
a 3.74 ERA in 31 starts for the Los
Angeles Angels last season. He
turned down a new deal with the
Angels and offers from Baltimore,
Kansas City and Texas to rejoin
the Indians, who drafted him
in 1991. Byrd joins a solid rota-
tion that includes C.C. Sabathia
(15-10), Cliff Lee (18-5) and Jake
Westbrook (15-15), but still needs
another starter. But a bigger pri-
ority is a closer, and the Indians
appear to be targeting Trevor
Hoffman, who has been offered a
two-year deal to stay with the San
Diego Padres. Also, the Indians
have expressed interest in signing
free agent Nomar Garciaparra.
The club has discussed using Gar-
ciaparra as a utility player at first
base, third base and right field.
Byrd and Shapiro broke in with
the Indians at roughly the same
time, and have remained friends
since the early 1990s. Cleveland
selected Byrd in the fourth round
in 1991, and he spent four seasons
in the club's minor league system
before being traded to the New
York Mets in 1995. Byrd had his
best season in 2002, going 17-11
with a 3.90 ERA for the Royals. He
brings the Indians some postsea-
son experience. Byrd made two
starts in the AL championship
series, beating eventual World
Series champion Chicago White
Sox in Game 1.
Women's basketball wins
Lady Pirate Invitational
ECU center Cherie Mills takes MVP
honors, records second double-double
Since their season-opening loss at Duquesne a
couple weeks back, the Lady Pirates basketball team
rebounded by collecting a tournament victory,
six-straight wins, and a top spot in the Conference
USA standings, not to mention getting off to their
best start in 18 years.
The Pirates (5-1) faced off against Southern
University (2-2) on Saturday to kick off the CPW's
Atavola Market Cafe Lady Pirate Invitational Tour-
The teams went back and forth throughout the
first half, exchanging the lead six times. However,
the Lady Pirates dominated the Jaguars in the paint
outscoring them 18-8.
The give and take play continued in the second
half yt the Lady Pirates maintained their lead
throughout, staying ahead by a thin margin.
"We have a really young team and, as you can
tell sometimes, it really shows said Lady Pirates
Head Coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener in a quote to
ECU Sports Information.
"Sometimes the players make bad decisions but
every day they come out and they want to compete
and they want to win
With 1:30 left on the game clock, Southern
guard Rolanda Monroe managed to cut the deficit
to only two off an ECU turnover.
A few moments later with the score 56-53,
Southern missed a chance to tie it up with a three.
see BASKETBALL page A8
Freshman guard Alicia Person looks to escape a defender In the Lady Pirate Invitational.
Heavyweights set to
settle it on the field
Hockey splits with VMi
The ECU Club Hockey team split its weekend series against
VMI, winning the first matchup 6-4 and dropping the second
5-2. Mike Ormsbee, Ian Falcon and Tyler Falcon led the attack
in game one, scoring a goal and notching one assist each.
VMI rebounded In ame two, breaking a 2-2 tie with three
goals in the final period. Seth Percy and Ormsbee tallied goals
for the Pirates In that meeting. ECU now sits at 7-2 overall
and In second place behind VMI in the Blue Ridge Hockey
Conference. The Pirates will face Clemson on Jan. 13.
Pirates fall to ODU
USC running back Reggie Bush celebrates his team's blowout victory over rival UCLA on Saturday.
(KRT) � Top-ranked USC
pounded UCLA so badly in
its 66-19 victory Saturday, the
Coliseum scoreboard couldn't
lake it, malfunctioning after the
Trojans had scored their eighth
Some 1,500 miles away,
second-ranked Texas already
had made a statement of its own,
scoring on nine of its first 10
possessions in a 70-3 blowout of
Colorado in the Big 12 champi-
onship game in Houston.
Now, these two undefeated
heavyweights ranked 1-2 all
season in the polls will square
off in the BCS championship
game Jan. 4 at the Rose Bowl.
This is one time the BCS which
is designed to match up the two
best teams in the national title
game got it right.
The BCS' flaws have been
cannon fodder for media criti-
cism since 2000. But this time,
there is no real controversy to
explore no team like Auburn,
which was knocked out of the
BCS game last year by USC and
Oklahoma, then finished 13-0
after its Sugar Bowl win, to gum
up the works - or no repeat of
2003, when USC finished No. 1
in both polls and still was elimi-
nated from the BCS title game
because the Trojans who eventu-
ally split the title with LSU were
No. 3 in the computers.
"I saw Texas was winning big
just like we did USC defensive
end Frostee Rucker said.
"They've been outstanding
week in and week out. We're
going to give the people the game
they wanted
The Trojans, who have won
34 straight games and arguably
have the best offense in modern
history, are an early six-point
"(USC) has just been blowing
see FOOTBALL page A8
Trade talk bubbling ahead
of baseball meetings
(AP) � The winter meetings
are back in Texas for the first time
since 2000, when teams spent
nearly $739 million on 24 free
agents, including $252 million
on Alex Rodriguez and160 mil-
lion to Manny Ramirez.
With many top free agents
this offseason already commit-
ted, the focus this time around
is likely to be on trades rather
than signings.
Relievers Billy Wagner and
B.J. Ryan, first baseman Paul
Konerko, outfielder Brian Giles
and shortstop Rafael Furcal
already have agreed to contracts,
with Furcal leaving the Atlanta
Braves over the weekend to accept
a $39 million, three-year offer
from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Top remaining players in a
weak free-agent group include
center fielder Johnny Damon and
pitchers A.J. Burnett and Kevin
Millwood. With a paucity of top
talent available to sign, there will
be plenty of trade talk going on
at baseball's annual swap session,
which had been devoid of big-
name deals in recent years.
"This particular free-agent
market is difficult said New York
Yankees general manager Brian
Cashman, stymied in his search
for a center fielder. "Because of
that, it's going to promote a lot
see BASEBALL page A8
Corey Rouse poured in 14 points and pulled down nine
rebounds in the Pirates 79-53 loss at Old Dominion Saturday
night. Monarchs' senior guard Isaiah Hunter led the way for ODU
with 20 points, sparking his team to their fifth win of the season
as they improved to 5-1. Alex Loughton, another ODU senior,
also played a big role in the Monachs efforts as he scored 12
points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his third double-double of
the season. ECU will return home this week for home games
against UNC Greensboro and Western Carolina. The Pirates
will take to the floor against UNCG tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in
Mlnges Coliseum.

Basketball from page A7
The Jaguars were forced to foul to try to keep the
win within reach but the Pirates converted three
free throws to stay on top and take home the win,
It is teaching us a lot by playing in these
close games said Baldwin-Tener.
ECU center Cherie Mills recorded her second
double-double on the season, tallying 21 points
and grabbing 14 boards.
"Cherie is doing a great job said Baldwin-
"She was big on the boards I thought she
played very physical against their players
The Lady Pirates continued their winning
ways Sunday against Drexel (2-3). The game saw
three Pirates reach double figures in the 12-point
By the 10-minute mark in the first half, ECU
was up 17-5. The Lady Pirates managed their lead
the entire game, never giving it up once.
"We have a lot of balance and depth and I knew
that we were going to have to play a lot of people
todav said Baldwin-Tener to ECU SID.
"We had a tough game yesterday ,
Jasmine Young led all Pirate scorers with 16
points and four steals in 35 minutes.
"She makes a lot of things happen and she
played a really solid game today said Baldwin-
The Lady Pirates held the Dragons at bay in
the second half to seal the victory, 66-54. Almost
a third of ECU's points came off the bench.
"It is good when you can have people playing
10-12 minutes, be able to help us and be productive
on the floor said Baldwin-Tener.
It is the first time since 2002-2003 that ECU
took home the Lady Pirate Invitational tournament
The Lady Pirates are back on the hard-
wood again Dec. 7 as they take on Virginia
Commonwealth in Greenville. They will be
contending for their 500th win in program
This writer can be contacted at
from page A7
people out right and left Texas
coach Mack Brown said. "When
I walked out of the stadium Sat-
urday, I was feeling pretty good
and a guy walks up to me and
says, Don't get too comfortable,
big boy. Reggie Bush has run for
175 yards in the first quarter
That will put a dent in your
Brown has enormous respect
for what USC coach Pete Carroll
has accomplished. Me made a
point to call Carroll just last week
to tell him as much.
"We're sitting on 19 (straight
wins) and there's tremendous
pressure on our players to keep it
going Brown said. "When I first
got to Texas, somebody said to
me, You know, coach (Darrell)
Royal won 30 in a row You've
got to be kidding
Brown knows better than to
bait the Trojans, especially after
UCLA's trash-talk backfired.
The Trojans ripped off 679
yards of total offense against the
Bruins and never punted once as
they rolled to the most lopsided
victory in the series since USC's
76-0 victory in the schools' first
meeting in 1929. As for USC's
supposedly porous defense, it
sacked UCLA quarterback Drew
Olson five times, forced five
turnovers, recovered three, and
contributed one touchdown.
"A lot of people were talking
about our D-line and them being
able to run on us defensive
tackle Sedrick Ellis said. "I can't
speak for the whole defense, but
it bothered me
Carroll has been bothered
himself, according to an ESPN
report, privately complaining
to NFL scouts about the media
trying to influence Bush's deci-
sion whether to turn pro, sug-
gesting his All-American junior
tailback will come out if he is
assured he will go No. 1 in the
draft. Bush's father Lamar said
after the game that it was time
for his son to fake his talent to
the next level.
Bush, who rushed for 260
yards against the Bruins, has
been operating on a different
planet and appears to be a lock
for the Heisman Trophy, ahead of
Texas quarterback Vince Young.
Bush and junior tailback Len-
Dale White, who added 154 yards
on Saturday, should be salivating
about the thought of running
against a Texas defense that gave
up 277 yards on the ground two
weeks ago to Texas A&M.
As explosive as the Trojans
are, though, it's the Longhorns
who lead the country in scoring.
They averaged 50.9 points and
have gone over 60 points four
times. They have the necessary
speed to match the Trojans,
along with the defense, quarter-
back and special teams. And they
will have additional motivation
after Bush makes his Heisman
acceptance speech on Saturday
in New York.
While there was no contro-
versy over the BCS champion-
ship game, there was still Pac-10
sentiment to make Oregon (10-1)
one of the two at-large selections
in the BCS.
But the Fiesta Bowl, which
lost its Big 12 anchor Texas to the
Rose Bowl, had been salivating
over the idea of selecting a resur-
gent Notre Dame (9-2) with its
first pick for the past month and
had no choice but to take Big Ten
co-champion Ohio State (9-2) as
a second at-large after the Buck-
eyes rose to fourth in the final
BCS standings, guaranteeing
themselves a spot in a BCS game.
Notre Dame likely would beat
Oregon on a neutral site, espe-
cially with quarterback Brady
Quinn. But the Irish figure to
have a much more difficult time
with the Buckeyes, who looked
like they had Texas beaten at
home early in the season and
have a better defense by far than
anything Notre Dame has seen.
It should be interesting to
see how Quinn, who grew up in
Dublin, Ohio, not far from OSU's
Columbus campus, does against
his state school. A big day could
make him a preseason favorite
for next year's Heisman.
BaSBball from page A7
more aggressive trade discus-
Ramirez, unhappy, with life
in Boston despite winning the
World Series MVP award in
2004, is the biggest name avail-
able. But he can veto trades and
is owed $57 million over the
final three years of his contract,
complicating efforts to deal him
by the Red Sox, the only major
league team without a general
"He's still one of the top
three or four hitters in baseball
Boston assistant GM Jed Hoyer
said, adding that more than
a dozen teams have inquired.
"They haven't been able to meet
the price that we would want
for Manny. We're certainly not
going in with the expectation
that we're going to have to make
a trade. Teams would have to step
up and beat our expectations
Florida has been the most
active team in the trade market,
dealing 2003 World Series MVP
Josh Beckett and third baseman
Mike Lowell to Boston, first base-
man Carlos Delgado to the New
York Mets and second baseman
Luis Castillo to Minnesota.
Catcher Paul Lo Duca could
be joining Delgado on the Mets,
and center fielder Juan Pierre
appears to be available.
"Obviously we have been
very active. I would anticipate as
we head to Dallas we're going to
remain active said Marlins gen-
eral manager Larry Beinfest, who
has cut about $32 million from
a payroll that was $60 million at
the start of last season.
Pitchers who could be switch-
ing teams include Boston's David
Wells, Oakland's Barry Zito, the
Mets' Kris Benson and Arizona's
Javier Vazquez, who filed a trade
demand last month. Texas might
part with a pair of All-Stars,
second baseman Alfonso Sori-
ano and third baseman Hank
Blalock, as it seeks pitching.
Tampa Bay catcher Toby Hall
and Philadelphia's Bobby Abreu
and Pat Burrell could possibly get
dealt, as could outfielder Jason
"We've had enough dialogue
that something could happen
said new Texas general manager
Jon Daniels, at 28 the youngest
GM in the majors.
Blalock could be a fit for Min-
nesota, looking for a third base-
man and a designated hitter after
acquiring Castillo on Friday.
"You can kind of compress
exactly who you need to talk
to Twins general manager Terry
Ryan said. "You diminish your
needs a little bit, and now you
can move on to the next
Arizona, Baltimore, the Los
Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia,
Tampa Bay, Texas head into the
meetings with new GMs.
"There are so many people
down there, it can be some-
what hectic Oakland general
manager Billy Beane said. "We all
go into the meetings expecting a
lot. Once a guy signs, that speeds
up trade talks. With a lot of new
GMs in place who are probably
looking to do something, there is
an atmosphere of anticipation
Free agents still on the market
include designated hitters Mike
Piazza and Frank Thomas, reliev-
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I-8OO-ACS-23U5 or
ers Bob Wickman and Trevor
1 loff man, catchers Bengie Molina
and Ramon Hernandez, and out-
fielder Sammy Sosa. Then there's
Nomar Garciaparra, who appears
willing to play just about any
Pitcher Paul Byrd and Cleve-
land agreed Monday to a $14.25
million, two-year deal.
Baseball's big free-agent
deadline passes at midnight F.ST
on Wednesday. Free agents not
offered salary arbitration by their
former clubs before the deadline
can't re-sign until May 1. After
the deadline, teams won't lose
draft picks for signing any free
agent not offered arbitration.
"It's quite possible it could be
a dog and pony show until after
Dec. 7 San Francisco Giants
general manager Brian Sabean
said late last week.
Teams that didn't land their
top free-agent choices are trying
other paths.
"We were looking at Konerko,
but I think now what we're going
to have to do is get some alterna-
tives in place Angels manager
Mike Scioscia said. "If a magic
bat isn't added to our lineup,
hopefully we'll have some help
from in-house
Cashman said the narrowing
of choices forces decisions.
"When people strike out on
Plan A, B, C and D he said,
"they go into overdrive for the
remaining opportunities. And,
therefore, teams are more will-
ing to do certain things in mid-
December and January that they
may not have considered doing
in early November
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The East Carolinian, December 6, 2005
East Carolina's student-run campus newspaper was first published in 1923 as the East Carolina Teachers College News (1923-1925). It has been re-named as The Teco Echo (1925, 1926-1952), East Carolinian (1952-1969), Fountainhead (1969-1979), and The East Carolinian (1969, 1979-present). It includes local, state, national, and international stories with a focus on campus events.
December 06, 2005
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3cm x 2cm
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University Archives
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