THE EAST CAROLINIAN
Volume 81 Number 35 WEDNESDAY December 7, 2005
Students professors' rules for dating
Students and professors have certain guidelines for what can and cannot be done in terms of mingling and relationships at school.
Student response is
ECU'S faculty manual states
that the school "does not con-
done amorous relationships
between students and employ-
ees. Members of the University
community should avoid such
liaisons which can harm affected
students and damage the integ-
rity of the academic enterprise
This section also mentions
the possibility of criminal liabil-
ity should the student in question
be under the age of 18. However,
that statement only scratches the
surface of a somewhat-sensitive
issue on campus: Who defines
what an "improper relationship"
is and why has the university
adopted this policy?
The policy stipulates that
there are two situations in partic-
ular that are prohibited at ECU.
One is when a student is having
a relationship with an employee
that "is responsible for evaluat-
ing or supervising the affected
student and the other concerns
having a relationship with a stu-
dent that "is a minor, as defined
by North Carolina law
Basically, if a student is dating
an employee that is responsible
for giving a grade at the end of
the semester, or any employee
that has any bearing on a stu-
dent's academic performance, the
relationship is prohibited. Such
actions are "subject to disciplin-
ary action" by the university.
Those are the rules, but every
policy needs definition. Here are
some pertinent definitions to this
What is an amorous rela-
tionship? "An amorous relation-
ship exists states the faculty
manual, "when, without the
benefit of marriage, two persons
as consenting partners (a) have
a sexual union or (b) engage in
a romantic partnering or court-
ship that may or may not have
been consummated sexually To
be in a position to "evaluate" or
"supervise" a student, means "To
assess, determine or influence
(1) one's academic performance,
progress or potential or (2) one's
entitlement to or eligibility for
any institutionally conferred
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8 Don Joyner discusses tuition options with students.
increase intended to
help students in need
SHC sponsors charity drive
Toys for Tots Is a giving tradition started by the Marine Corps
for Tots drive aids
The Student Health
Center in conjunction with
the Healthy Pirates group is
holding a Toys for Tots drive
this holiday season.
Toys for Tots is a char-
ity that is run nationally
by the U.S. Marine Corps.
The drive encourages every-
one in the community to
donate toys during Christmas
season for needy children.
Everyone is encouraged to
Toys donated are required to
be new and packaged. Used toys
are not allowed.
With no outside support,
the drive is a purely grassroots
effort at giving back to the
"The drive is going very well
so far said Ellen Goldberg,
o Student Health Center repre-
. "The toys are on display at
3 the student health center
� According to marforres.
usmc.mil, the Toys for Tots
program was started back
in 1947 by U.S. Marine
Corps reservists. Taking place
in Los Angeles, Calif the
Toys for Tots came about
when Major Bill Hendricks
noticed there were no charities
that distributed toys for the
With, Hendricks efforts,
the charity managed to collect
5,000 toys the first year the
program took place.
Since then, the drive has
spread into a national
event with businesses and
communities of all
types holding collection
boxes. The aim is to teach
disadvantaged children the
meaning of holiday giving
through a new toy.
The program has grown
tremendously since its
inception. In the past four
years alone, To ys for Tots
has collected and distributed
more than 30 million toys.
Since the program came
about, the Toys for Tots
program has given away 231
million toys to more than
116 million children.
The drive at the Student
Health Center will be finishing
up Dec. 7.
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Great Decisions course set for next semester
Great Decisions Is essentially a study of global affairs and policy.
Speakers from around
nation to speak at
A seminar style course about
international issues will be held
at ECU in the spring semester for
eight consecutive Saturdays from
Jan. 21 - Mar. 11.
Great Decisions is a program
created for the university as well
as the community that includes
discussions and presentations
on international affairs, national
security and U.S. foreign policy.
"The programs are targeted
for anyone yearning to learn
more about international issues
the United States faces currently
said Klrsten Lee, junior psychol-
ogy major and political science
minor, who is acting as the
refreshment coordinator and
publicist at the university level
for the seminars.
Issues in the course will in-
clude reform of the United
Nations, human rights in the face
of terrorism, U.S. relations with
Iran and global health issues with
a focus on pandemics, Lee said.
"Speakers from many profes-
sions will be presenting such as
Thomas Guedes Da Costa from the
National Defense University, Dr.
Jalil Roshandel from Duke Uni-
versity and several other experts
on the scheduled issues Lee said.
The hour-long lectures, which
begin at 10 a.m. each Saturday,
will be followed by a short break
with refreshments and then a
question and answer period that
will last until noon.
"It is important for students,
faculty and community mem-
bers to attend the programs
because feedback will be retrieved
and sent directly to federal policy
makers in the U.S. State Depart-
ment Lee said.
opinions of those who attend
Next year, Richard Kilroy, vis-
iting assistant professor of politi-
cal science and assistant director
of military programs, intends
to allow the newly formed local
World Affairs Council, a S01c(3)
local organization, take over the
planning and execution of the
"We tried to bring in the
community and students and get
them involved, so we're hoping
the World Affairs Council, which
is evolving, can take over next
year said Kilroy.
Great Decisions is also being
offered as a graduate level course
and will be videotaped and
offered on Blackboard, he said.
The programs are free for ECU
students and faculty, although a
briefing book can be purchased
for an additional charge of $20.
Individuals interested in
earning academic credit for
taking part in Great Decisions
can call 328-2349.
For more information, visit
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increase causes mixed
Tuesday evening's open
forum for proposed campus-
based tuition increase drew
curious students and allowed
everyone to voice opinions and
concerns that he oi she may have
about the possibility'of higher
Don Joyner, senior associate
vice chancellor for academic
affairs, and Kevin Seitz, vice
chancellor for administration
and finance, fielded student
questions and concerns. They
also explained some of the
finer points of the proposal,
which would increase a student's
campus-based tuition by about
$100 a semester.
If implemented, SO percent
of the increase would go toward
financial aid and student access,
said Joyner. This would assist
students who have financial
aid. Thirty percent would go to
the Faculty Retention Program,
which maintains the salaries of
ECU faculty, and would provide
the funds necessary to keep
quality instructors at ECU since
the state does not always supply
the desired funds. The final 20
percent is aimed at Student Aca-
demic Enhancement, which is a
key to student success.
"We need to provide
opportunities to allow stu-
dents to become more scholarly
and to have more educational
opportunities outside of the
classroom said Joyner.
The increase would also
help to initiate a "value-added
educational opportunity which
is basically anything that is an
extracurricular activity. ECU is
striving to create new programs
for students to make them well
rounded, including leadership
programs, advising programs and
skill development programs.
Joyner refers to some aspects
of the increase as "students help-
ing students" because of the new
programs that will be offered
if the increase is made. He also
feels strongly about the school's
responsibility to give back to the
"One of our charges as an
institution is to economically
help eastern North Carolina
We have a responsibility to
our communities to help their
high school students that don't
even know that they, too, can go
This gbal can be achieved by
taking half the increase and put-
ting it toward assisting students
who have financial aid.
"One of the best ways to
help a community develop eco-
nomically is through education
What will students get out of
For some, the answer is help.
There are around 1,200 students
at ECU who come from families
that fall under 150 percent or less
of the state's poverty level, which
equates to around an annual
income of $22,000 for a family of
four. In the state, there are 13-14
Tier I counties, which have been
described as the lower echelon
counties. Of those, around 10 are
In eastern North Carolina and
need economic development,
which is what inspires the tuition
One student asked how those
who come from other states
will benefit from the proposed
increase. The response was to
reiterate that the funds going
toward financial aid benefit
anyone who receives financial
aid, regardless of where he or
"The proposed fee increases
- some of them - are simply
ridiculous said Erick Smithwick,
graduate student in business
Some of the increases Smith-
wick referred to were those for
the Athletic Department and a
prepaid legal service for students
who get into trouble at school.
Seitz addressed these concerns,
stating how the Athletic Depart-
ment is "in the middle of the
pack" in terms of funds it receives
due to tuition compared to the
rest of the UNC system schools.
The prepaid legal service has
been "taken off the table and
consequently will not be part of
"Those types of increases are
detrimental to students Smith-
"I just don't see why students
have to bear the burden
A panel called "How to Look
at Tuition over Time was formed
earlier this year to address and
scrutinize tuition. Its goal was
to answer questions like "How
do we keep tuition affordable?"
or "How do we cover our needs
as a university?"
"One of the most difficult
things to do is balance out the
costbenefit equation here said
"The equation has two parts:
revenue and expenses. As the
school grows, expenses grow.
The revenue has to balance
out and if we don't get the rev-
enue we need from the state, it
has to come from elsewhere. This
is a big institution
A major issue that rose during
the forum was safety and whether
or not any of the tuition increase
would go toward making the
campus safer for students.
"We didn't use fee or tuition
money, but we have put in a dif-
ferent proposal for campus safety
which includes adding new offi-
cers Seitz said.
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The Department of Library Science
and Instructional Technology will be
accepting book donations for the
Greenvie Community Shelter. Books
can be dropped off at the Joyner
Library Conference Room 2406
through Dec 1&farrxxe information,
contact Al Jones at 328-6803.
Toys for Tots
Student Health Service will be
collecting new, unwrapped toys
until Friday, Dec. 9 as part of the
annual Toys for Tots program. The
drop box is located In the lobby of
Student Health Service. For more
information, contact Georgia Chikte
or Ellen Goldberg at 328-6841.
John and Jen, a new musical,
will begin 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,
balet 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, cwfeiecueduecuarls.
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. 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.
The last day of classes is Wednesday,
Dec. 7. and Thursday, Dec. 8 Is
Reading Day. Exams begin Friday,
Dec. 9 and end at 4:30 p.m. Friday,
Dec 16. &xnmencement is Saturday,
Dec. 17. Classes for the spring
semester resume on Friday, Jan. 6.
Adult Commuter Services is
offering a Good Morning
Commuter Breakfast from 8:30
- 11:00 am on Wednesday, Dec.
7 in Brewster B-104.
Freshman Parking Permits will be
honored in student parking Zone
B2 on 5thReade, 4thReade, 3rd
Reade and in the A2 zone gravel
lot only 14th Street beginning 4 pm
Thursday, Dec. 15. The earlier time
for freshman permits in these zones
is to accommodate'individuals
loading their vehicles. Loading
permits may be obtained from the
Residence Halls Neighborhood
Service Desks. ECU Red Line
provides transportation to the
freshman lot Please contact ECU
transit or check their Web site to
confirm departure and arrival times.
The Freshman Shuttle will run 6:30
- 9:30 pm Friday, Dec. 16.
Unregistered vehicles for move-
out must display a one-day permit
from the Department of Parking and
Transportation Services in order to utilize
a 30-minute loading permit Loading
Permits may be obtained from Parking
and Transportation Services when
purchasing a one day permit The 30-
minute loading permit is not valid in (eu
of a University parking permit
The Center for Counseling and
Student Development will present
a grief workshop on Thursday,
Dec. 8 at noon in Wright Building
316. This one-time workshop will
be for students who have lost
a loved one (romantic partner,
friend or family member). The
workshop will be facilitated by
Angela Holman, counselor at the
Center for Counseling and Student
Devetoprnerit Information about grief
and bereavement will be provided.
Development of coping skills and
support services that are available
on campus also will be discussed
For more information, contact
Center for Counseling and Student
Development, 328-6661. Advance
registration will not be required.
Yadkln commissioners seek
referendum on wine sales
YADKINVILLE, NC (AP) - Wineries are
a big part of Yadkin County's growing
tourist industry. But except In five
vineyard tasting rooms and the town
of Yadkinville you can't buy a glass of
wine within its borders.
County commissioners want voters
to say whether they'd like that to
change. They voted 5-0 Monday night
to hold a referendum some time next
year probably February or March on
whether to legalize the sale of wine
throughout the county.
The county's Economic Development
Council recommended the ballot
Tourism revenue in Yadkin County
rose from $24.17 million to $26.95
million an 11.5 percent jump between
2003 and 2004, according to the state
Department of Commerce.
Every county around Yadkin allows
wine sales, and it's also legal In
Yadkinville after voters In 2003 voted
317-315 tc legalize the sale of wine,
though not beer or mixed drinks.
Federal and state laws allow vineyards
and wineries to sell their own wine on
their properties. The county now has
five tasting rooms, the newest of
which Flint Hill Vineyards outside East
Bend opened in October.
Legalizing wine sales throughout the
county would provide an incentive for
tourists who visit those vineyards to eat
in the county's restaurants and stay in
its hotels, industry participants say.
Navy to conduct flights to
PLYMOUTH, NC (AP) - Navy jet
fighters will fly over fields and forests
of eastern North Carolina for two days
this week to collect data on noise
levels and the effect of jet noise on
The flights will be conducted by
FA-18 Super Hornet aircraft. Navy
leaders want to build a landing strip
In Washington and Beaufort counties.
The strip would let jets practice
night carrier landings without the
distracting lights currently near a field
The proposed $186 million project
would be built in the middle of a
Opponents of the project sued in federal
court and an appeals court said the Navy
didn't properly consider environmental
damage the field may cause
Judges on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court
of Appeals ruled last month that the
Navy must conduct more studies but
could move ahead with preliminary
work at the site, which is 3.5 miles
from the refuge where thousands
of geese, ducks and swans spend
The Navy said which days the flights
will occur depends on weather
More on hurricane aftermath
WASHINGTON (AP) - Facing a growing
body count and shortages of food,
water and ice, federal emergency
officials braced for riots in Mississippi
in the days following Hurricane
Katrina, new documents reveal.
Federal Emergency Management
Agency officials knew their response
system had been shattered by the
Aug. 29 storm and were unable to
provide fast help even when the
needs were obvious.
This is unlike what we have seen
before William Carwile, FEMA's
former top responder in Mississippi,
said in a Sept. 1 e-mail to officials
at the agency's headquarters. He
was describing difficulties in getting
body bags and refrigerated trucks to
Hancock County, Miss which was
badly damaged by the storm.
Carwile wrote that he personally
authorized Hancock County to buy
refrigeration trucks because "the
coroner was going to have to start
putting bodies out in the parking lot
The next day, in another e-mail to
headquarters about substandard
levels of food, water and ice being
distributed in Mississippi, Carwile
reported, "System appears broken
The eight pages of correspondence
among FEMA officials, provided
Monday by a special House committee
investigating the government
response to the storm, followed
the release last week by Louisiana
Gov. Kathleen Blanco of more than
100,000 documents. Taken together,
the details from both states provide
evidence of a system in disarray.
The House Government Reform
Committee, chaired by Rep. Tom
Davis, R-Va� is reviewing hundreds
of thousands of documents from
local, state and federal officials
who were involved in the disaster
People In countries allied
with U.S. concerned about
Interrogation of terror suspects
WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice, who is
traveling in Europe this week, said
Monday the United States is following
all laws and treaties on the treatment
of terrorism suspects and has shared
intelligence with its allies that has
"helped protect European countries
from attack, saving European lives
Like other U.S. officials, Rice has
refused to answer the underlying
question of whether the CIA operated
secret, Soviet-era prisons in Eastern
Europe and whether CIA flights
carried al-Qaida prisoners through
European airports. She said the U.S.
"will use every lawful weapon to
defeat these terrorists
Officials with the European Union
and in at least a half-dozen European
countries are investigating the reports
of secret U.S. interrogations in eastern
Europe. The EU has threatened to
revoke voting rights of any nation in
the European Union that was host to
a clandestine detention center.
After the report of secret prisons
overseas, President Bush said, "We
do not torture
US. military forces have held hundreds
of suspects at known installations
outside the United States, including
at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo
Bay, Cuba. The U.S. has adopted
aggressive interrogation techniques
since the Sept. 11,2001, terror attacks
techniques- some fear occasionally
cross the line into torture.
The Bush administration has taken
the position that some terrorism
suspects are "enemy combatants" not
protected by the Geneva Conventions,
which are international treaties that,
among other things, spell out the
rights of prisoners of war. In 2002, a
group of Justice Department lawyers
prepared internal memos that gave
the government more freedom in the
aggressive interrogation of terrorist
Iranian military plane hits tall
building In Tehran suburbs, killing
at least 119
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - An Iranian
military transport plane crashed into
a 10-story apartment building in the
suburbs of the capital Tuesday, killing
at least 119 people, according to state
media and Tehran's mayor.
Police said wreckage from the plane
also hit a gasoline station.
All 94 passengers and crew of the
plane were killed, Mayor Mohammad
Bagher Ghalibaf told The Associated
Tehran state radio said that of the
building's residents, 25 people were
killed and 15 were injured.
Firefighters managed to put out
the fire in the building, which was
damaged and charred but still
standing. The plane's wreckage was
scattered around the building, which
police cordoned off.
The C-130 aircraft struck the building
while trying to return to Tehran's
Mehrabad airport, state television
reported. The building Is in the
Towhid residential complex, a series
of high-rise apartment buildings for
The plane, which belonged to the army
air force, carried 84 passengers and
10 crew members, Iranian television
reported. The official Islamic Republic
News Agency said the passengers were
journalists who were going to cover a
military maneuver in southern Iran.
Female suicide bombers kills
scores at Baghdad police
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Two women
strapped with explosives blew
themselves up at Baghdad's police
academy on Tuesday, killing 27
people and wounding 32, the U.S.
The women blew themselves up in
a classroom filled with students, the
statement from Task Force Baghdad
said. No U.S. forces were killed or
wounded in the attack, it added.
U.S. forces rushed to the scene to
provide assistance, the statement said.
Iraqi police said one bomb exploded in
a cafeteria, while the other detonated
during roll call. Police Lt. AH Mi'tab
said the women were probably
students at the academy, which is
why they were not searched.
Five other female police officers were
among the dead, he added.
Iraqi insurgents have concentrated
their attacks against Iraqi security
forces. Tuesday's attack was the
deadliest against Iraqi forces since
Feb. 28, when a suicide car bomber
attacked mostly Shiite police and
National Guard recruits In Hillah,
On Monday, Defense Secretary
Donald H. Rumsfeld acknowledged
that the insurgency has been stronger
than anticipated, but he also said the
news media have focused on the
war's growing body count rather than
progress that has been achieved.
New suite dorm
for College Hill
Uncensored: Squirrels gone wild
New College Hill
The new dorm is constructed a few yards from Todd Dining Hall.
not depending so heavily on the
meal plan according to Lucier.
Freshmen will not be able
to experience living in the new
dorm. Only upperclassmen will
have the opportunity to live in
"We feel that freshmen will
benefit more from the commu-
nity living style where they're
really going to have the interac-
tion with the whole floor and
get something out of that expe-
rience and then find this as a
better solution for people in their
sophomore and junior years
The new residence hall is
a $32 million dollar project
according to Lucier. The cost of
the project will result in higher
prices to live in the new dorm as
opposed to the current price of
"The building will be approx-
imately 12 percent higher than
the current air-conditioned
double room Lucier said.
This dorm is the first resi-
dence hall built since 1968. ECU
decided to build the new dorm
because they believed students
wanted new amenities that were
not available in the current
dorms according to Lucier.
When asked whether or not
the new dorm would be a big
improvement from the other
dorms, Kim Riddick, sophomore
exercise physiology major, had a
strong message about the idea of
what the students think about
the new dorm.
"Most definitely said Rid-
"A dorm setup like a suite-
style apartment would definitely
be something that ECU is looking
The College Hill neighbor-
hood was the only area on
campus with enough space to
build such a big project. The new
residence hall will be called Col-
lege Hill Suites.
If the new dorm proect stays
on schedule as it is now, it will be
finished in late July and will be
ready for students by August 2006.
Squirrels are all over campus.
College co-eds not only
wild ones on campus
A new residence hall is set to
open in the College Hill neigh-
borhood in August 2006 that will
offer students somewhere truly
suite to live.
The new suite style dorm will
offer all new amenities including
a kitchenette with a full refrigera-
tor, kitchen sink and microwave,
and a private bathroom for each
double occupancy room.
The suitemates will share a
common public area as well. The
public area will contain a sofa, a
chair and the kitchenette.
Aaron Lucier, associate direc-
tor of campus living, revealed
that the dorm would contain
some of 'he basic features stu-
dents currently have access to.
"The new building will have
some of the basic features that
our current dorms have said
"Mainly, it's the Internet
service, cable television and the
laundry service that's included as
part of the room rent
The dorms will also include a
few extra features. A large lounge
area and conference room will be
included in the residence hall.
"In addition, we use the term
suite for Belk and Scott currently
but these are true suites Lucier
"It's almost like a mini apart-
According to Lucier, a kitch-
enette will be placed in each
suite. This will give students the
opportunity to cook meals more
often and not have to depend as
heavily on meal plans.
"In addition, there will be a
floor kitchen on each floor with
a full stove Lucier said.
"So if somebody really wants
to roast a turkey for Thanksgiv-
ing, that will still be available to
them down the hall
A special meal plan will be
offered to students living in the
new residence hall. This will offer
more flexibility for students as far
as spending money on meals and
They can be seen sprinting
across the mall in a frantic rush or
perched upon trees eating their nuts,
but how much is really known about
these spastic little creatures?
Recent evidence suggests they
should not be trusted as much as
they have been in the past.
Squirrelly resident, "Dave the
Brave who got his name after
darting across a pathway seconds
before the football team trampled
that same spot, said there is a lack
of consideration on the part of
ECU for squirrels.
"A lot of people don't under-
stand us - they think all we do
is sit around or run up trees in
circles said Brave.
"Well, we're tired of being
treated like second-class citizens -
we were on this campus first, and
it will soon return to our paws
Should ECU worry? Most
campus residents dismiss it as
nonsense but a growing number of
students are becoming eerily aware
of their increasing presence. One
close encounter involved Randall
Powell, senior philosophy major.
I Two weeks ago as he sat con-
gtemplating the metaphysical
nature of squirrels, he noticed
aone of these furry creatures
was indeed staring back at him.
Unable to divert the squirrel's
gaze, he found himself trapped
in a stare down. He thought
nothing of it until the animal
lunged at him with rabid vigor.
"If I hadn't ducked, he would
have latched on to my face,
man said Powell.
The reporter, a brilliant inves-
tigator and journalist, was able to
track down that very squirrel. When
asked about his behavior, Squir-
rel 64285 complained about his
troubles sustaining enough food.
"I'm tired of people stepping
on my acorns said 64285.
"I mean, I have kids to feed,
you know? I know it probably
wasn't that particular guy's fault
but the rage has just been getting
to me, so I lashed out at the first
person who looked me in the eye
At this, 64285 spat ctheground
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and ran off to join his posse, who was
standing guard at a nearby bench.
Some suspect the squirrels are
currently building up an army for
an upcoming military coup. In addi-
tion to the "Take Back the Campus"
march witnessed last week, some
campus-goers claim they have
caught glimpses of so-called "mini-
gyms" in the highest branches,
leading them to believe the animals
may be preparing for a showdown.
According to one eyewit-
ness, Amanda Johnson, senior
communication major, the
squirrels are definitely up to
"The other day, I saw a squir-
rel drag a piece of pepperoni
pizza twice its size up a tree
"I thought only ants could do
that sort of thing and all the
while it was giving me this evil
look, like it wanted to say, 'don't
touch my pizza or I'll cut you
it was scary
Who will have the final say
in this intra-species showdown?
Should humans trust that their
usually non-violent behavior will
dominate the emerging movement
or should mankind prepare for an
all-out revolt? Does their subordi-
nate position in ECU society make
an attack inevitable? Regardless of
your position, it cannot be denied
these squirrels are upset and they
are not going to take it anymore.
This writer can be contacted at
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right, benefit or opportunity or
(3) to oversee, manage or direct
one's academic activities
What this means is this policy
does not only affect instructors,
it may affect many other types
of employees as well.
Furthermore, if a student has
had an amorous relationship
with an employee in the past,
he or she may not be enrolled
in that employee's class or put
under that employee's authority.
This also goes for relationships of
blood, law or marriage.
In comparison, Duke Univer-
sity has a very similar policy, as
do many other North Carolina
Duke's Policy on consensual
relations states, "No faculty
member should enter into a
consensual relationship with a
student actually under that fac-
ulty member's authority
"Having consensual rela-
tionships with subordinates is
likely to interfere in the ability
of a superior to act and make
decisions fairly and without
favoritism. Even if the superior
is able to avoid being biased, the
other people in the workplace or
learning environment are likely
to see themselves as being less
favored and as disadvantaged by
the personal relationship
On the other hand, Winston
Salem State University's consen-
sual relationships policy is very
"While consenting romantic
and sexual relationships between
faculty and student, or between
supervisor and employee are
not expressly forbidden, such
relationships are deemed inap-
propriate. Faculty are warned
that where a power differential
exists, i.e. faculty-student, super-
visor-employee, if a charge of
sexual harassment is brought,
the defense of mutual consent
will be exceedingly difficult to
prove according to Winston
Salem State University's policy.
Although it is not expressly for-
bidden, facultystudent relation-
ships have to be handled carefully
here as well, due to the possibility
of sexual harassment lawsuits.
For many students, faculty
relationships are not at the fore-
front of their thoughts. However,
when asked, some students had
a good deal to say about ECU's
policy and the subject in general.
"I don't like it said fresh-
man Josh Herring.
"Teachers should be able to
date students. It's a free country
and we're adults now
"If you want to date some-
body, be it your teacher or a jani-
tor, you should be able to. Go for
it said Kayla Mautz, freshman
exercise physiology major.
"I agree with the policy, but
after you're out of their class,
they're fair game said Chel-
sea Parker, freshman nursing
"I've heard of situations
where it (a relationship) does
happen and not only does it
question the credibility of the
student and the professor, it
questions the department and
the institution in itself said
Craig Veltri, sophomore com-
"I'm for the policy but if I
had a hot professor and I could
get an 'A well
"Having the policy is the
right thing to do because more
than likely it (a relationship)
will influence grades said Emily
Hancock, freshman elementary
"There should be no kind of
relationship outside of a profes-
"I have no problem with it
said Jim Bynum, junior English
"If it happens, it happens.
You should be honest with who
you have a relationship with, and
there shouldn't be any bias
"I'd have to agree with the
policy because of the young
students said Matthew Lovell,
freshman communication sci-
ences and disorders major.
"I mean, you have graduate
students and older students, and
it's different I guess it's the age
difference between instructor
and student) that make the big-
gest difference to me
"If a student is not enrolled
in a teacher's class and they're
willing participants, they should
be able to do what they want,
definitely said Ashley Williams,
freshman art major.
"It just depends on what the
ages are said Jeff Felton, fresh-
man print journalism major.
"I guess it's okay. These are
people's personal lives
This writer can be contacted at
Her identity secret, woman testifies
at Saddam trial that she was tortured
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) � A
woman testified at the Saddam
Hussein trial Tuesday behind a
beige curtain and with her voice
disguised, telling the court of beat-
ings, torture and sexual humilia-
tion when she was a teenager at
the hands of security agents.
The ousted Iraqi president
sat stone-faced and silent during
the woman's testimony but later
exploded with anger. Waving a
finger and pounding his desk, he
told the judges to "go to hell" and
vowed not to return to court when
the trial resumes Wednesday.
Saddam, dressed again in a
dark suit and white shirt and
clutching a Quran, complained
that he and the seven other
defendants were tired and had
been deprived of opportunities to
shower, have a change of clothes,
exercise or go for a smoke. "This
is terrorism he said.
The defendants are charged
in the deaths of more than 140
Shlite Muslims in retaliation for
an assassination attempt against
him in the town of Dujail in 1982.
Saddam accused Iran of ordering
the attempt on his life.
Five witnesses - two women
and three men - testified in the
fourth session of the trial, all of
them hidden from the public view
and with their voices disguised to
protect their identities.
The most dramatic testimony
came from the woman identified
only as "Witness A who was a
16-year-old girl at the time of the
crackdown. Her voice breaking
with emotion, she told the court
of beatings and electric shocks by
the former president's agents.
"I was forced to take off my
clothes, and he raised my legs up
and tied my hands. He continued
administering electric shocks and
whipping me and telling me to
speak Witness A said of Wadah
al-Sheik, an Iraqi intelligence offi-
cer who died of cancer last month
while in American custody.
The woman broke down several
times as she struggled to maintain
her composure. "God is great. Oh,
my Lord she said, moaning.
Such treatment of a young
woman is gravely offensive in
traditional Arab culture, and
Saddam was careful to avoid any
insulting gesture in Tuesday's ses-
sion, which was televised in Iraq.
On Monday, he had angrily chal-
lenged male witnesses, insulting
them and suggesting one needed
"Witness A" strongly sug-
gested she had been raped, but
did not say so outright. When
Chief Judge Rizgar Moham-
med Amin asked her about the
"assault she said: "I was beaten
up and tortured by electrical
shocks" but repeated that she
had been ordered to undress.
"They made me put my legs
up. There were more than one of
them, as if I were their banquet,
maybe more than five people, all
of them officers she said.
"Is that what happens to the
virtuous woman that Saddam
speaks about?" she wept, prompt-
ing the judge to advise her to ;
stick to the facts.
She later quoted a security
officer as telling her, "You should
thank your God because you are
here in the Intelligence Center.
If you were in the directorate
of security, no woman would
remain a virgin
Nevertheless, she also said
security guards raped many
fellow female detainees.
When asked by the judge which
of the defendants she wanted to
accuse, "Witness A" identified
Saddam. "When so many people
are jailed and tortured, who
makes such a decision?" she said.
By the end of the day, Saddam
was back to his combative style.
"I will not return he shouted
after the court decided to convene
Hussein reads the Quran.
again Wednesday. "I will not come
to an unjust court! Go to Hell
Under Iraqi law, a court can
force a defendant to attend a trial
if he is not willing, said Iraqi
lawyer Bassem al-Khallli.
But it was unclear whether
the court would force the issue of
Saddam's attendance. The court
has shown considerable deference
to the former president, tolerating
frequent outbursts in violation of
local rules of procedure.
Measures taken to preserve
the witnesses' anonymity com-
plicated the testimony. At first,
defense attorneys complained
they could not hear Witness A
because of the voice distortion.
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Tor best results, squeeze tube from bottom
Supposed words of wisdom, printed on the side
of my brand-new Aquafresh toothpaste tube.
But are they really?
Will I have diminished results if I squeeze the
tube in the middle? Or, daringly, from the top?
My mother always cites one's toothpaste
tube squeezing method as a prime example
of a small detail that could make or break a
relationship, as if such a miniscule difference
in preference could overrule heaps of shared
interests, common goals or beliefs.
I never believed her, but now I'm starting to
Are details what make us who we really are?
Surely they are what make us unique - many
highly valued things in life are appreciated
almost entirely for their details. The quote "it's
the little things in life" does ring true.
But if, in an effort to obtain the best results, we
miss, or lose, these little things - what then? If
we all squeeze the tube from the bottom, will
we be happier? If we don't, will we still get our
Perhaps we should put more thought into our
seemingly insignificant actions, the details of
Perhaps it doesn't matter where we squeeze
the toothpaste, as long as we make damn sure
to get every last ounce out of the tube.
Jennifer L Hobbs
Editor in Chief
Chris Munier Zack Hill
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Passion can be more than skin deep
Anything wort doing
should be done with pride
I feel like I should apologize
for last week's article. It wasn't
exactly one that I put as much
effort into as I have for others.
What can 1 say? It was after the
holidays, I was full of turkey, I
have exams, final papers and
projects coming up it's the per-
fect formula for writer's block.
It was especially nerve wracking
with it being close to the last article
I have to write for the semester. I'm
guessing that a lot of you can prob-
ably sympathize, especially since
the end of this semester means
similar things for all of us. Some of
you are finishing your first semester
at college, others are moving on
in your education either through
grad-school or just continuing your
college education and then some of
you are actually graduating. Who-
ever you are, whatever your major,
whatever your situation, we're all
going to inevitably face choices
about having careers. Whatever it is
you, my readers, plan to do, I hope
you find jobs that you not only
enjoy but are also passionate about.
Frankly, I don't think we
really see a lot of passion in what
i people do tn today's world. To
be honest, today's way of think-
ing seems to be to make a lot
of money with as little effort as
possible. As crazy as it may sound
to some, I can't imagine someone
with that kind of attitude being
very satisfied with their lives.
Sure money is nice, but it can't
replace true satisfaction.
Many of the professors I've
had here at ECU are very pas-
sionate about what they teach
and study. However, I can only
assume that this would only
serve to bore you to read about
ECU professors. So let me tell you
about someone else.
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In the office and workplace of
a man named Neil Clark, there is
a lot of original artwork as well as
that of other local artists hang-
ing on the walls. However, to see
most of Clark's work you'd proba-
bly have to look on people's arms,
ankles, calves, backs, hips, lower
backs or other various places
on the human body. Neil Clark
is a tattoo artist at Garry's Skin
Grafix in downtown Greenville.
Clark's not only an artist, but a
client as well - his forearms are
practically covered in tattoos.
I interviewed Clark for a class
assignment and while talking to
him I felt this incredible sense
of passion that he had for what
he did. Maybe it was due to the
fact that his education was so old
school, he learned to be a tattoo
artist by being the apprentice of
another. That's something that I
feel you don't really hear about
anymore. Most people today get
their schooling in classrooms
and work programs, while being
an apprentice just has this classic
sense of history and pride about
it. I guess that's what really pulled
me into writing and learning more
about the world of tattoo artists.
Clark told me that he likes
to do a lot of bold color work,
and many of the tattoos that he
enjoys doing the most are comic
book inspired and related. In his
portfolio, he showed me this truly
amazing tattoo he did featuring
the comic book character Spawn.
While the style was not techni-
cally wholly his own, the essence
of his own personal style came
through. The picture itself was
a drawing he had done, and not
copied from a comic book.
The more I thought about
it, I began to realize just how
satisfying such a career can be.
If you think about it, each tattoo
he does is in some way unique.
While tattoo artists do use what
might be considered commercial
tattoos, or "flash" as they refer
to it in the business, Clark says
that he and other artists always
try to add some unique style to it
to satisfy their customers. What
makes it even more unique is that
each person that comes in and
asks Clark to do work on them
becomes, in essence, a living
canvas to display their art. While
someone may get a similar tattoo
in the same place as someone
else, there is always some essence
of individuality and original
quality that can be seen in the
works of artists like Clark.
People who appreciate the
work of Clark and other artists like
him come from all kinds of walks
of life: doctors, lawyers, preach-
ers, construction workers, moms,
dads, grandmothers, etc. To Clark,
making his clients happy, his free-
dom to create, the lack of the suit
and tie and being able to fulfill
his ambition of creating tattoos
that are better than the ones his
friends had is really what makes
his job worthwhile.
Most of America probably
thinks that having a job worth
being passionate about means
wearing a suit and tie, carrying
a briefcase, traveling to exotic
locations and making hundreds
of thousands of dollars. While
that may be true for some, in my
experience it is the jobs where
the actual work matters most and
actually interests and concerns the
workers that have people most pas-
sionate about what they do. Clark
is just one of those kinds of people
I've had the pleasure to meet.
It is my hope that you, my
readers, and I can find jobs where
happiness, pride and satisfaction
can be found - even if it does
mean having to wear a suit and
tie. 1 just hope that you will base
your happiness and satisfaction
on more than dollars and cents.
In the end, money really only
makes the world go so far. It's that
little extra "oomph" that keeps it
Letters To The Editor
Letter to the Editor,
In response to Tony McKee's
recent editorial, "Liberals Can't
Change Christmas I have only
one thing to say: Mr. McKee, you
are the problem, not the solution.
I agree that the idea of a "Holiday
tree is absolutely ridiculous.
Name one other holiday that
incorporates a tree and I can see a
point to the madness. It's a Christ-
mas tree. I don't have a problem
with that. I don't have a problem
with cashiers saying, "Merry
Christmas I do, however, have
a problem with your approach to
the issue. You are a farce.
I've sat back and read your tripe
week after week and I just can't
take it anymore. You use the word
"liberal" as if it were an expletive.
I consider myself to be a liberal. 1
also consider myself to be a patriot.
I consider you to be a mindless
buffoon who only regurgitates
"talking points" and shouts blindly
rather than dialogue intelligently
and peacefully. You, sir, are what
is wrong with this country. You,
sir, are what has polarized us.
It is your type of thinking
that has created the political
schism that is now so evident in
the mood of this country. Things
are not that simple. Politics are
not that clear. Issues are complex,
dynamic and delicate. Nothing
is so cut-and-dry as to say that
conservatives are the problem
or that liberals are. There are
subtle shades of gray. You don't
seem to realize that or don't
want to. I'm tired of people like
you doing all of the talking. The
silent majority of this nation has
stood by patiently waiting for
fools like you to stop shouting
into the void and let us live our
lives in peace. So 1 say, "Happy
Holidays to that weary silent
majority. We all deserve a joyous
break from blowhards, windbags
ECU Graduate Student
The common route for many
students is to live in a residence
hall their freshman year at col-
lege. Following this custom, I
now call a dormitory home as
well. For the most part, my expe-
rience with the dorms at ECU has
been more than satisfactory. The
camaraderie developed between
the people within my suite helps
the year pass by. However, some
of the policies that govern these
buildings shape them to be more
like prisons than anything else.
Universities must be willing to
give students the same liberties
they would in an apartment since
they are already willing to charge
the same high price and follow
the same lease contract.
Perhaps the most controversial
rule in the dorms is that we are
not allowed to have visitors of the
opposite sex, regardless of relation,
in our rooms from the hours of
2 -8 a.m. This rule makes it very
difficult for my sister to visit me
because she will have to pay to stay
at a hotel instead of simply staying
with me during her visit, which is
an inconvenience to say the least.
Even if it was not a relative, what
malicious acts occur between 2
and 8 a.m. that cannot between
midnight and 2 a.m.? The visita-
tion policy also stipulates that only
two visitors of the same sex may
stay on weekend and absolutely
no visitor is allowed to stay during
Campus living also reserves
the right to serve any resident
with a policy violation for pos-
session of alcohol or evidence
of intoxication. I am not argu-
WEDNESDAY December 7, 2005
ing whether or not it is right
for people drinking underage
to go without consequence, but
rather that campus living should
not be the ones to enforce this.
If someone is drinking in the
confines of their own room and
not bothering anyone else, there
should be no problem. The only
time disciplinary action should
be taken is if someone is causing
harm or disturbing the peace,
in which case the police should
handle the situation.
Any violation of these or any
other of the numerous policies will
result in a meeting with the warden,
or residence hall coordinator, as it
reads on his door. From there he
determines whether you leave with
a warning or a meeting with the
judicial officers on campus. If a
resident decides he or she is fed up
with the unjust rules, as many of us
are beginning to realize, there is no
option to get money back because we
all signed a nine-month lease prior
to moving in, a prison sentence to
most. In a nutshell, if we are to pay
the same high cost of an apartment
and abide by the same lease con-
tract, we should also be given the
freedom as if we lived on our own.
ECU has been slow to recog-
nize the demands for of its stu-
dents living on campus. Just this
year, the university has started a
pilot program letting visitors stay
overnight in upper class dorms,
regardless of gender. In order for
ECU to change its unjust policies
more quickly than the current rate,
we need to tell them our demands
as students living on campus. And
if they still refuse to cooperate,
they will have to deal with the
loss of profit when more and more
potential residents choose to live
in an apartment or house.
Contrary to what David Mason said about Higher One,
they don't have our pictures and you won't be charged
for credit when you use the card only debit. So just sign
and save the money!
Look for an interview with a Higher One rep either
today or tomorrow on channel nine WNCT TV. If you
don't catch it, at least go to the forum on Wednesday
because then we can stop wondering about this whole
thing and finally get some answers.
To the girl who thanked me for offering to help her
carry her bags up the stairs last Sunday: you are wel-
come. It's nice to see that there are still some girls on
this campus who actually appreciate a nice gesture.
The opinion section should come with Advil. Tony
McKee's horribly composed, ignorant drivel is headache
The only place to stop on 264 is the exit you used to have
to take to go through Wilson or here in Greenville
I agree with Tony McKee. I hate people who have to take
the Christ out of Christmas. Jesus is the reason for the
season, and this is a country founded by and for Chris-
tians. Read the constitution if you don't believe me.
The Java City daytime staff in Joyner rocks! These
women take pride in their frothed milk. The employees
at most of the other Java City stations don't know the
difference between steamed and frothed milk. If I'm
paying multiple dollars for a cup of cappuccino, I want
great frothed milk. Thanks to the awesome milking
mamas in Joyner who always make my day by froth-
ing so well!
A girl died this past weekend after being hit by a car
at ECU. It is on WRAL online, but not in the school
paper? Not in The Daily Reflector! I did not know her,
but I hope she will rest in peace and my prayers are with
her family and the girl who hit her.
Don't cut in line in front of two girls man, the ham and
frozen eggs aren't going anywhere!
If you want to celebrate Christmas with all its symbols,
etc. you have every right to do so in your home. How-
ever, when it comes to public spaces, there is no place
for religious specific symbols in this country.
Either you like me or you don't, make a decision. I
guess I just need to re-read "He's Just Not That Into
You Apparently, you're still just too into your ex.
After four intensive writing classes, a million pages
to read a week and forgetting what sleep feels like, it's
great to know I can always count on my friends to see
me through such a hectic semester!
Gary McCabe, are you sure you aren't a Democrat? Very
few groups have mastered simultaneously whining with
baseless insults. -Concerned Libertarian
Why do Southern people say "do what now?" when
they cant hear what you said. What's wrong with
Why does everyone suddenly have it out for smokers?
Don't you have anything else to worry about? I mean I
know it's bad, but it's our choice and you shouldn't try
to prevent us from smoking outside. If you don't want
smoke in your face when you leave the dorm, then give
smokers a place to smoke.
Those gangster and slang references to George Wash-
ington wow I never thought I would be so happy to
be done with U.S. History in my life! Good ol' A.L. how
I will miss you.
Everyone needs to go to the meeting on Higher One
cards Wednesday, Dec. 7 at S p.m. in Mendenhall
! Hendrix Theater! Even if you don't receive financial
1 aid, your information, including SS number, was given
to a third party by ECU administration without your
consent. Come to the meeting to learn more about what
we can do to change this!
To all the hot girls I see walking around on campus,
who the hell do you hang out with?
I think the Editor-in-chief should take a spelling, gram-
mar, and an overall writing class.
To the river dancer who lives above me: please practice
during normal business hours.
Don't you think there is already enough negativity
around here? Don't get me wrong I enjoy reading (most
of) the rants but maybe you should consider adding a
"raves" section to this paper. Maybe it will increase the
positive entries. My rave: A million thanks to the few
gentlemen still around who are willing to give up their
seat on an overcrowded bus to a female. I love seeing
that there are still some respectable men that hold on
to traditional values. Your parents did great!
This goes out to all those girls who think they live in
Orange County and worship "Laguna Beach" charac-
ters. Geez get a life!
Here's an idea instead of spending outrageous amounts
of money on fountains and stuff like that, how about we
get the dance and theater majors some new facilities? I'm
kind of tired of dancing around columns Thanks!
To the sweet lady cashier at the Croatan: Thank you for
making me smile every morning at 7:30. You are always
so sweet and kind. You really brighten my day.
I am very thankful for the ECU Transit system. I rely
on it day after day. It would just be nice If they would
come on time and leave on time. I've been left in the
past two weeks because the bus left three minutes before
scheduled time. I have been late for class numerous
times because the bus has been 15-30 minutes late. I
understand traffic, but IS minutes late I do not under-
OK, so I learned a very important fact yesterday about
Benjamin Franklin. I wrote a whole paper on him
leading up to his presidency. Newsflash, he was never
a president. Sad thing is, I am a history major. Let's just
say Mr. Ben and I are on bad terms right now.
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Top 5 Movies
1 Harry Porter and the Goblet of
2. Aeon Flux
3. Walk the Line
4. Yours, Mine and Ours
5. Just Friends
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Top 5 Pop Albums
1. System of a Down
2. Kenny Chesney
3. Various Artists
5. Various Artists
Top 5 TV Shows
1. "Desperate Housewives"
3. "Grey's Anatomy"
4. "Without a Trace"
5. "Survivor: Guatemala"
Top 5 DVD Rentals
. War of the Worlds
2. The Polar Express
4. The Skeleton Key
5. Christmas with the Kranks
Top 5 Books
2. Light from Heaven
3. At First Sight
4. The Camel Club
ArlBS - Finish up what you promised.
You gain a lot more than the
satisfaction you get by marking the
job done. You'll win valuable kudos.
Taurus - Your friends are eager to
help and have lots of imaginative
suggestions. Rely on help from them,
rather than digging into your savings.
Gemini - Listen respectfully to a
person with unusual ideas. If this
works, you stand to benefit, so
check it out.
Cancer - Postpone travel and new
adventures until you've finished the
job you've already agreed to do. It'll
be more fun later, too.
Leo - It's good to know how much
money you have and how to get
more if you need it. Take on a
second job instead of going into debt
Virgo - There's a flurry of activity
over the next few days. The overall
outcome is good, however, so don't
get stressed out about it.
Libra - Creative work pays well now,
so crank out as much as you can.
The stuff you make for your own
house counts as money saved.
Scorpio - Encourage creative ideas
and a loved one comes up with a
doozie. Go along with the program
and you'll have a wonderful time.
Sagittarius - Fix up your place with
. the help of items you've long kept
hidden. Bring them out slowly to
retain their value.
Capricorn - Study the situation
carefully over the next few days.
Then, follow a hunch to come up
with the right answer.
Aquarius - An older, wealthier
person is feeling much more
generous now. Go ahead and ask
for whatever you want. You'll get
some of it.
PlSCes - All of a sudden the sun
comes out from behind the clouds.
The world's a wonderful place
again. Share this moment with your
What to buy any man
From dude to Dad: Gift ideas for the
hard-to-shop-for man in your life
Well kids, it's that wonderful time of the year.
Time to buy everyone and their dog a gift for the
holiday season. Now ladies, this is an article writ-
ten by a guy for guy gift ideas, so don't be bashful
about listening to ol' Borrego.
With the simple fact that the semester is
ending coupled with nobody having any time due
to finishing proects and papers, it is certain that
there will be a mad dash to find whatever makes
sense for a gift. Here are a few ideas.
For college guys: This should be electronically
oriented. Video games such as "Madden '06" or
"March Madness '06" are always safe bets. These
games are available on multiple consoles and
therefore are a convenient gift. If he doesn't like
sports games, try any of the Medal of Honor series
WWII shooting games.
DVDs such as War of the Worlds, The Family
Guy Movie, Aqua Teen Hunger Force Vol. 4 and The
40 Year Old Virgin make great movie gift ideas. The
Star Wars Trilogy, Scarface, Animal House and Full
Metal Jacket should not be forgotten either.
IPods and Creative MP3 players are excellent
for people who love listening to music every-
where. Look at the PSP, which functions as an
MP3 player, portable hand held game console and
DVD player. The games and DVDs are smaller to
fit the portable unit, however- the PSP doesn't
play regular sized DVDs or CDs.
Decent music CDs are hard to find through
all the garbage "artists" put out these days and
charge $15 for. However, one album I will recom-
see GUY GIFTS page A6 Surprise the men In your life with many thoughtful, Inspired gifts.
Holiday gifts for ladies
What that special lady will love this
It's that gift giving time of year and guys
everywhere want to know what the perfect gift
is for that special woman in their life whether
it be a sister, mother or girlfriend. Guys can go
horribly wrong if they don't think about the gift
or the personality of the recipient. It's easy to go
wrong, but certain gifts are classics and are gifts
every woman would love.
For starters, women of all ages love jewelry,
especially something that sparkles. Earrings,
necklaces, bracelets and rings are always welcome
gifts. Diamonds, after all, are a girl's best friend.
Before buying jewelry for a woman, know the type
of woman she is. Some women like platinum and
some white or yellow gold. Make sure you check
to see which type she prefers or she'll only wear
it when you ask about it.
When buying a ring, one should know the
ring size of the recipient. This will save a trip to
the jeweler for a resizing. If buying earrings, please
find out what type of earrings your woman wears.
A lot of women still wear clip-on earrings and
you'd never know the difference.
There are plenty of places to buy jewelry at
Colonial Mall. Most of the jewelry stores have sales
now that it's after Thanksgiving. They also have
many special offers for the holidays. Some women
are allergic to some types of precious metals, so
find out before you purchase that type of item.
Another gift women always love is clothing.
Clothes, purses and shoes are things most women
can't go a month without buying. When buying
clothes or shoes, it's always nice to know the recip-
ient's size. It's easy to sneak a peak inside their
From Mom to maiden, any woman In your life will love jewelry.
see GIRL GIFTS page A6
The most wonderful
time of the year
Holiday celebrations fill the air
The beginning of December signals the begin-
ning of holiday preparations around the world. The
winter months bring about many holiday celebra-
tions not only for us here in the United States, but
for countries around the world as well.
The most cel-
in the United
States are Christ-
ebrates the birth
of Jesus on Dec.
around the world
mas by attending
their homes and
enjoying a feast
this year from Dec. 25, 2005 - Jan. 2, 2006. The
eight day celebration occurs every year on the 25th
day of the ninth Jewish month of Kislev. Hanukkah
means dedication and the holiday itself celebrates
just that - the dedication of the Jewish people to
their faith by struggling to obey God's command-
ments. The nine candles of the menorah are lit
one each night during Hanukkah. Eating fried
foods and playing dreidel, a gambling game played
with a square top, are also traditional parts of the
Kwanzaa is a celebration of African-American
values such as family, community involvement and
ment. The holi-
day is not linked
to any religious
aspects - rather
it is a time for
cans to better
year on Dec. 26
and lasts until
Jan. 1. During
known as the Nguzo Saba. On the last night of
the celebration, there is a large feast in which cer-
emonies and cultural expressions are held to bring
African-Americans closer to their roots.
In the Scandinavian countries of Sweden,
Norway and the Swedish speaking portions of
Finland, people celebrate Saint Lucia day on Dec.
13, the shortest day of the year. On St. Lucia day,
young girls dress in white dresses and a crown of
candles, while boys dress in white pajamas while
wearing gold pointed hats. In the morning, one of
the daughters of the family will wake the household
with coffee and saffron bread. Later in the day, boys
and girls go about the streets singing traditional
songs and everyone visits friends and family.
In India, Diwali is celebrated as a way to sig-
nify the renewal of life. Diwali also signifies the
approach of winter as well as the beginning of the
sowing season. In following with the theme of the
�renewal of life, Indians often wear new clothes.
Festivities for the day include the lighting of small
oil lamps (diyas) all over the country, fireworks and
the devouring of sweets.
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On Saturday, Dec. 10, The Edwin
McCain Band will be performing at
the Greenville Convention Center.
When gentlemen in medieval Japan
wished to seal an agreement they
urinated together, crisscrossing their
streams of urine.
The sting from a killer bee contains less
venom than the sting from a regular bee.
An 'aglet' is the plastic or metal tip of a
Today's top fuel dragsters take off with
more force than the space shuttle,
Sheep can recognize other sheep from
Santa's little helpers
always gets short end
TOMEK A STEELE
He's making a list and check-
ing it twice, no doubt since
iChristmas is just around the
corner. Santa only works one
day a year and he gets all the
glory and all the credit. But it's
the elves that are the true magic
makers behind Christmas.
j It's time we stop and give
Ithe little helpers a nod of appre-
ciation, maybe even a cookie.
After all they work every day
of the year. What is it that we
are teaching our children and
youth when we praise a man
(who sits around eating cook-
lies and drinking milk all year
llong while Mrs. Claus does his
laundry and cooks his meals?
We should be teaching them
how hard work and dedication
should be praised. How the
hard work of the little elves
put smiles on the faces of chil-
dren all over the world each
year. Elves work hard during
the year, acknowledge that.
The mythical creature known
as the elf has been documented
for hundreds of centuries in
ancient Scandinavian and
German mythology. Elves were
described back then as beautiful
human-sized beings that pos-
sessed powers that could help or
The modern day elves are
thought to live forever and never
age. They spend most of their time
in Santa's factory at the North
Pole assembling homemadetoys
such as trains and wooden horses.
Elves wear little vests and
tights with curly toed shoes and
often sing songs during their toy
making at an abnormally high
pitch. They also tend to Santa's
reindeer and the rest of Santa's
property. Elves keep upthe grounds
and have many daily chores.
There have been many movies
that are attributed to the image
and characteristics of the modern
day elf. One major movie was,
wouldn't you know it, �f starring
actor Will Ferrell. Elves in the
hit movie The Lord of the Rings
have the original characteristics
of the first mythological elves.
Elves have also helped to
advertise for different types of
foods. The Keebler Elves live in
a tree and bake delicious cook-
ies that we eat every day and
can purchase from any grocery
The popular cereal Rice Krisp-
ies also utilizes elves as a mascot
lor advertising purposes. Stuip.
Crackle and Pop are three of
the most famous elves in today's
society. They have paved the
way for elf entrepreneurs.
There aren't any stories out
there about Santa praising the
elves for all their never-ending
hard work. ECU should start
a new tradition that includes
acknowledging the determina-
tion, dedication and persistent
labor of the elves. Maybe chil-
dren should be encouraged to
write thank-you letters to Santa
for his one day of hard work as
well as his little helpers that
spent tedious hours hand paint-
ing scary porcelain dolls.
It's time that we pay more
attention to Santa's little help-
ers as well as his wife Mrs. Claus.
She, too, goes unnoticed and
is merely mentioned as Santa's
wife. She deserves credit for
all the meals she prepares for
him and cleaning his no doubt
disgusting suit every year that's
filthy with chimney soot.
For all those who appreciate
elves and what they do to con-
tribute to a successful Christ-
mas, leave out an extra cookie
this year and leave a note to
let Santa know it's for his little
helper not him.
This writer can be contacted at
Elves work hard all year to build holiday toys for children all over the,
world and never seem to get any credit from Santa or the world
THE EAST CAROUNIAN � FEATURES
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1958 and now
Americans were asked this year if they
could have their choice of any one
holiday gift, what it would be;
their answers compared
to the same survey
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Three Kings Day is the Mexi-
can equivalent to Christmas.
Celebrated twelve days after
Christmas, Jan. 6, it is the last day
of the Christmas season. Three
Kings Day commemorates the
Biblical story of the three kings
that traveled to Bethlehem in
order bring gifts to the baby Jesus.
In Mexico, families give gifts
on Three Kings Day rather than
Christmas and children leave
their shoes out in hopes that the
three kings will leave them gifts
On the full moon in Novem-
ber, natives of Thailand celebrate
Loy Krathong. On this day kra-
thongs made of a flower, candle
and three incense sticks are lit
and placed in the water. This tra-
dition is said to bring good luck
to the people by granting wishes.
If your krathong stays lit until out
of sight, it is said that your wish
will come true. This celebration
first began as a way to mark the
end of the rainy season and the
arrival of the rice harvest.
This is the most important
time of the year to spend time
with your family, friends and
Holidays may vary from
country to country, but one thing
is for certain- each one has their
own blend of traditions and cel-
ebrations. There's no doubt that
people everywhere are begin-
ning preparations for the big-
gest holiday season of the year.
This writer can be contacted at
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mend is Matisyahu's Live at Stubb's. This is a great
reggae album with a bit of a message and laid-back
demeanor. If the message isn't what he likes in
music, try rap or anything other than Lilith Fair. 1
admire the feminist movement, but the last thing
I want to hear in a gift from a girl is about how
much I suck.
For Dad: Cologne, golf clubs, power tools and
electronics, such as a computers or DVDs, should
be well received. Also, sports apparel such as col-
legepro team hats, sweatshirts and coats are very
nice gifts. Heck, I bet they even make sport team
panties for the fellas.
DVDs seem to make good gifts for dad because
they are convenient and easy to deal with. Even gift
certificates to their favorite eatery is always good,
because if you play your cards right, then you can
go with him as well.
For Pets: If you are getting your pets something,
that's kind of weird. It's cool to have an obsession,
but this comes off a bit creepy. Try giving your pet
some of your food.
Now everybody, realize that the meaning of
the holidays is nowhere near the mall, CD store or
even the strip club. Wow, who said that? Leaving
people alone is good enough for them at times.
So don't underestimate the power of well-timed
silence, which goes double for the guys reading
If you find yourself in a bind for cash and in
need of gifts, give of yourself. Do something nice
for the people in your life. Make a CD, a collection
of thoughts or even a simple thank you holiday
card would be nice. The holidays are about giving
of yourself, remember that people. Also, don't forget
the power of a good bottle of liquor can go along
way. Happy holidays everyone, enjoy it.
This writer can be contacted at
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shoe. Make sure when you do
look, you choose a shoe similar to
the pair you plan to buy. This is
because some women vary shoe
sizes between dressy shoes and
sneakers for comfort purposes.
"I, personally, will be happy
to just be rid of finals for Christ-
mas, but materialistically I want
a new laptop and maybe some
clothes and shoes for Christmas
or just anything I don't have
to pay for said graduate nurs-
ing student Tonica Brimage.
Che Bella Boutique, Victoria's
Secret, The Charmed Peacock,
Express, Gap and Old Navy have
a huge selection of trendy clothes
and accessories for women. If
unsure of buying a certain item,
purchase a gift card to a woman's
Zappos.com has a wide vari-
ety of shoes that can be pur-
chased online. They have huge
deals on all major designer shoes
and make it super easy to find
exactly what you are looking
for. Their search engine allows a
person to choose the size, price,
color, type and height of a sh6e
and picks it all out for you.
Women love technology
just as much as the guys do
so gifts such as laptops, iPods,
Blackberries and digital cameras
are good. If you know what
types of things your recipient
likes, it's always a great idea to
incorporate that into the gift.
Best advice - listen very care-
fully for her little secret hints
and on Christmas, she may just
cry because your insight was so
This writer can be contacted at
Gifts for Her
Che Bella Boutique
698 E Arlington Blvd.
The Charmed Peacock
408 S Evans St.
714 SE Greenville Blvd.
Shop for shoes online at:
Wrapping that special gift for your lady will impress her.
Express yourself this holiday sea:
and send your funniest pictures
to your friends and family. Stop by
ECU Dowdy Student Stores computer
department during our Photo Booth event and
we'll hook you up with a
free song of your choice
from iTunesMusic Store.I
If your picture ends up
being the wackiest of
them all, you'll win
50 (Tunes songs!
Hurry in! Limited Time offer!
ay season, put a little jingle in your pocket
Sell your books back at Dowdy Student Stores
Get cash for the holidays or next semesters books.
Book Buyback runs December 7�16:
Wednesday, Dec 7-8 am to 7 pm
Thursday, Dec 8 � 8 am to 5 pm
Friday, Dec 9 � 8 am to 5 pm
Saturday, Dec 10 � Ham to 3 pm
Monday, Dec 12 � Thursday, Dec 15 � 8 am to 7 pm
Friday, Dec 16 � 8 am to 5 pm
25 Off East Carolina Alumni Apparel,
Gift items, and Diploma Frames
Congratulations, December Grads
Everything the "soon-to-be graduate" needs is available
through ECU Dowdy Student Stores. An extensive line of
diploma frames and the official East Carolina University class
rings can also be found at the Dowdy Student Store. You're
almost there. Let us help you make
this a time you'll always remember.
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WEDNESDAY December 7, 2005
Union claims Eagles' request
Is 'double discipline'
The NFL Players Association filed
a grievance against the Philadelphia
Eagles on Tuesday, claiming the team
breached Terrell Owens' contract by
trying to get back part of the wide
receiver's signing bonus and by
leaving him inactive for the rest of the
season. The union said the team was
breaching the maximum discipline
clause in its agreement with the
NFL Owens was suspended for four
games by the team after run-ins with
quarterback Donovan McNabb and
coach Andy Reid. The suspension
was upheld in arbitration and the
team has said it will make him inactive
for the rest of the season. But the
union alleged that the Eagles' request
to return a portion of signing bonus
money constitutes "double discipline
The Eagles wouldn't comment on the
matter. Owens' suspension without
pay cost him $764,706 of his $3.25
million base salary for this season.
He is owed $955,882 over the final
five games. The Eagles reportedly
informed Owens he must repay
$1,725 million of the $2.3 million
signing bonus he received In March
2004. The team could withhold his
pay the rest of the season because he
never returned the signing bonus.
Burnett scores $55 million,
five-year deal with Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays kept up
their spending spree on Tuesday by
agreeing to terms with starter A.J.
Burnett on a $55 million, five-year
contract. The deal was announced at
baseball's winter meetings just hours
after .the Blue Jays gave general
manager J.P. Ricciardl a three-year
contract extension. The Blue Jays,
who already gave B.J. Ryan the
richest contract ever for a reliever,
then reeled in Burnett, the best starter
on the free-agent market. It was the
second major free agent signing this
offseason for the Blue Jays, who gave
closer Ryan a $47 million, five-year
deal last week. A 28-year-old right-
hander with a 98 mph fastball and
a no-hitter on his resume, Burnett
was also coveted by the St. Louis
Cardinals - they would only offer four
years. Burnett is 49-50 in his career,
all with Florida. He had reconstructive
elbow surgery and missed almost all
of the 2003 season, then went 12-
12 with a 3.44 ERA last year before
being banished from the team In the
final week after criticizing manager
Jack McKeon and his coaching staff.
A.J. Burnett will have to learn a new
league, but the fact he'll play second
fiddle to the YankeesRed Sox in his
division and Roy Halladay on his own
team is most significant. The former
is potentially bad news, especially
because he no longer has a pitcher's
park to call home - his ERA was
almost a run better at home, 2.95
- and those are some big lineups
he'll have to face more regularly. The
latter is the good news: Burnett is still
a sub500 pitcher, so not having to
serve as a staff ace will help him work
on reaching his vast potential. Burnett
received a $6 million signing bonus
and a salary of $1 million for 2006
before his pay jumps to $12 million
through each of the last four years of
the deal. He has a limited no-trade
clause that allows him to block a deal
to 15 teams.
Ex-Boston skipper Little hired
as Dodgers manager
Former Boston Red Sox manager
Grady Little was hired Tuesday to
manage the Los Angeles Dodgers,
who had been without a field boss for
more than two months. The 55-year-
old Little received a two-year deal with
an option for a third. He beat out Jim
Fregosi, John McLaren, Manny Acta
and Joel Skinner for the chance to
succeed Jim Tracy, who parted ways
with the Dodgers on Oct. 3 - the day
after the club completed its second-
worst season since moving west from
Brooklyn In 1958. With spring training
just two months away, the Dodgers
are behind every other team in trying
to get ready for opening day. That
would be Little's Ill-fated run with the
Boston Red Sox from 2002-03, where
he compiled a 188-136 record. But
he was second-guessed for leaving
starting pitcher Pedro Martinez In
too long in Game 7 of the '03 AL
Championship Series, which the New
York Yankees won in 11 innings. In
the fallout, Little's contract was not
renewed. But Red Sox president Larry
Lucchino was glad that didn't prevent
Little from getting another job. Little
laughed when told of Lucchlno's
comments. Little said he didn't dwell
on the Yankee Stadium collapse or
the harsh commentary In Boston,
where Web sites sprung up with
names like "Surviving Grady Some
- but not all - of the venom dissipated
when the Red Sox won it all the next
year. But more than two years after
Game 7 - when he was asked just
two questions, both about leaving
Martinez in - the same questions are
Pirates come up short to UNCG
Spartans led for final
5:39, ECU drops second
Josh King hits the floor hard Tuesday night in the Pirates' loss to UNC Greensboro.
ECU Head Coach Ricky Stokes
has joked about how his team has
given him a few more gray hairs.
After two consecutive losses and an
especially tough one Tuesday night,
Stokes isn't laughing anymore.
A pesky UNCG (5-3) squad
squeaked out a 78-70 win over
ECU (3-3) in yet another sobering
defeat to an instate opponent at
home. Twice the Spartans banked
through 3-pointers as the shot
clock was winding down in the
"We made some crazy shots said
UNCG Head Coach Mike Dement.
8 "It's a good win for us
� Ricky Hickman scored 24
. points on 8-of-13 shooting. Kevin
S Oleksiak added 23 on S-of-6 from
"They took some tough shots
in the second-half said senior
forward Corey Rouse.
"It seemed like we were in the
right spot at the right time, just
that we couldn't respond
David McClenny built a 59-
52 UNCG advantage with 4:30
remaining with a 3-pointer from
the top of the arc. ECU cut the
lead to four with 3:39 left, but
couldn't venture any closer.
"The ball did take a few pecu-
liar strange bounces said first-
year Head Coach Ricky Stokes.
Freshman Sam Hinnant
fresh off a 1-for-lO outing at Old
Dominion led ECU in scoring,
notching 18 points on 6-of-ll
from the field. Hinnant, who has
started every game, also had eight
assists in 29 minutes.
The Pirates started off slowly
against the Spartan match-up
zone. After posting the first six
points of the game, UNCG built
14-8 lead. ECU muscled back
with a six-point spurt before both
teams traded baskets for the 25-
25 halftime score.
Courtney Captain notched
see PIRATES page A8
Slmms is an ECU soccer alumnus.
SID � The ECU Department
of Athletics will discontinue its
men's soccer program as an inter-
collegiate sport effective immedi-
ately, Director of Athletics Terry
Holland said Tuesday.
After a two-month evalu-
ation, which was conducted
concurrently with the search for
a new head coach, ECU's senior
athletic administration (Holland,
senior associate athletics direc-
tor, senior woman administrator
and faculty athletics representa-
tive) unanimously decided that
the program should cease varsity
"In our discussions with coach-
ing candidates, it became clear that
a significant increase in resources
would have to be made available
to men's soccer to Improve our
competitive position in Confer-
ence USA Holland said.
"The only source for the
needed resources would be from
the budgets of our other pro-
grams and we do not feel that any
of our programs could withstand
a significant budget reduction
without an equally significant
loss of competitiveness for the
team(s) involved. It has become
obvious to us that our current
strategy has been largely ineffec-
tive in terms of on-field perfor-
mance. Of even greater concern
is the record against our confer-
ence opponents during a total
o of 23 years in the Colonial and
Including the Pirates' 0-15-1
overall record in 2005, ECU has
posted just one winning season
in 41 years of competition dating
back to 1965. Furthermore, ECU
has produced a 17-151-5 league
mark while a member of the CAA
and C-USA. Since joining C-USA,
the Pirates have registered a 7-37-
3 record and have won just two
conference games during the past
"While we all regret the effect
that this decision will have on
current men's soccer players
enrolled at ECU, we believe that
continuing the current course
is just as unfair to those young
men, as well as to future recruits
and staff members Holland
The athletics department
will honor all current men's
soccer scholarships as well as
any grants-in-aid that have been
offered by the coaching staff.
In addition, ECU will assist any
team members wishing to trans-
fer by granting a release and will
provide ancillary support, as
permitted by the NCAA, to the
men's soccer club team(s) which
play under the supervision of the
ECU Department of Recreational
"During the next three years,
it is our desire to carefully evaluate
the intercollegiate soccer environ-
ment to determine if there is a
realistic approach to building a
men's program on a solid foun-
dation that provides varsity com-
petition for ECU students with a
better opportunity for on-field
success Holland said.
Chad Halverson, who was
appointed the Pirates' interim
head coach July 22 after the
departure of Michael Benn, will
be retained and has been offered
a reassignment to a position on
the women's soccer staff under
the direction of Rob Donnen-
Despite the termination of
the men's soccer program, ECU,
along with Memphis, tops all
C-USA institutions with the
highest number of intercollegiate
sports sponsored with 19. Among
regional competitors, the number
of Pirates' programs will be con-
sistent or higher than Cincinnati
(17), Clemson (19), Pittsburgh
(19), South Florida (18), Wake
Forest (18) and West Virginia
(17). ECU currently fields 10
women's programs and will now
support nine men's teams.
Playoffs remain a
(KRT) � Peace and joy reign
throughout the college football
land. Or at least there's no gnash-
ing of teeth and bitter accusa-
tions of the usual idiocy.
The Bowl Championship
Series, lo and behold, worked.
For a change. Unlike the typi-
cal chaos, the system actually
did what it was supposed to do:
Ensure that the best teams in the
land USC and Texas will square
off in a reasonable facsimile of a
Most everyone seems con-
tent. But not us.
If we were the boss of college
football and could issue an official
decree, there would be no BCS. No
antiquated bowl games. No post-
season matchups based more on
popularity (hello, Notre Dame!)
than merit (sorry, Oregon).
Imagine a playoff. Six-
teen teams. A national football
tournament. A gridiron version
of the NCAA basketball tourney,
only better. March Madness with
That's exactly what we've
done, figuring that if the BCS
can crown a mythical national
champion, we can stage our own
mythical national champion-
ship tournament. College sports
writer Jon Wilner, who has a vote
in the Associated Press top 25
poll, selected his own 16-team
field modeled on the Division
I-AA system and then predicted
how the brackets would play out.
It's intended to be fun. You know,
sort of like the way a playoff
would be a blast.
Sure, the Orange Bowl contest
between Penn State and Florida
State is a nice story, and endless
source of geezer jokes, with the
Joe Paterno-Bobby Bowden show-
down. Some people outside of
Pennsylvania and Florida might
even care. But what if JoePa's
team was battling through a
tough field as Wilner envisions
to play USC in the title game? You
bet the whole country would care.
And speaking of betting,
imagine the bracket pool possi-
bilities. (Not that we're endorsing
blatant lawbreaking, of course.)
"I agree it would be a tre-
mendous buzz said Grant Teaff,
head of the American Football
So what are they waiting for?
C'mon, this isn't exactly rocket
"But it's just not feasible he
Teaff's point: Even if the
public holds its collective breath
until turning Michigan blue
in the face, there are too many
entrenched interests, many well-
meaning, that make a playoff
For instance, most college
presidents say they won't endorse
a plan that could lengthen the
season into the second semester
of school. Of course, these are the
same folks who allowed confer-
ence title games as well as the
addition of a 12th regular-season
game starting next year. Both of
those, of course, cut into the class
time that presidents claim to be
The biggest issue, though,
is that a playoff would require
blowing up the bowl system, and
that's not going to happen. The
majority of presidents, athletic
directors and coaches love the
bowls, including the Meineke Car
Care Bowl. This year's bloated,
28-bowl postseason means 56
teams get a postseason reward
even if many don't deserve it
and half of them go home happy.
And you, dear reader, are
part of the problem. Except for
a handful each holiday season,
see PLAYOFFS page A8
Manning is on his way to yet another stellar season.
The NFLs Best, Worst
and just Plain Bad
The NFL this year has had its
usual slate of powerhouses, perform-
ers and teams that are just stuck in
purgatory. The stories of this year
are captivating, some are the same
old song and some are people
who just need to face the music.
The Indianapolis Colts are in
the playoffs, but no one's been
questioning that for a few weeks.
They're chasing something bigger
altogether. Peyton Manning and
his invincible boys in blue are
competing against the 1972
Dolphins for that perfect record,
and they've already dominated
the first half much like their
football games. On the average
they've won by about 17 points,
and haven't had much tension
to speak of all year. Coach Tony
Dungy is trying to keep them
focused on the playoff hunt, but
it's very hard for him amongst
growing optimism for the unde-
feated season. They've still got
the playoffs to come, but it's a
safe bet that Manning's Colts are
making reservations in Detroit
next year. They're pretty well safe
as AFC South Champions.
Throughout the rest of the
AFC, teams have been reversing
fortunes all year. The Broncos
have someone else wearing Jake
Plummer's uniform and he's
been guiding them to the top
of the AFC West. The defending
champion Patriots have become
a MASH unit and are lucky to be
at the top of the AFC East. The
Cincinnati Bengals are for real
and holding a tight grip on the
lead in the AFC North after their
win in Pittsburgh.
In the NFC things are a little
more muddled up, but still tight.
The Seattle Seahawks are flying
over the hump and holding the
lead in the NFC West. The Caro-
lina Panthers are in control in
the NFC South over the Atlanta
Falcons and Tampa Bay Bucca-
neers. The surprisingly powerful
Chicago Bears are standing atop
a flip-flopped NFC North. In
the NFC East, which has been a
dogfight all year, the New York
Giants' big win over Dallas this
weekend has put them on top and
Eli Manning looking solid.
With that, who are the top
signal-callers in their division?
Which quarterbacks are for real
and which are not who they say
they are? Here are the top five in
1. Peyton Manning, India-
napolis Colts. Manning is a no-
brainer at the top. He's too domi-
nant, too cerebral and he can't
be stopped. For the last two years
every defensive coordinator to
face the Colts has had to give Man-
ning his two touchdowns straight
up and hope that's all he gets.
2. Carson Palmer, Cin-
cinnati Bengals. Considering
this is just his second year as the
starter in Cincinnati, Palmer is
very impressive. After this week's
performance against Pittsburgh,
he set a single-season NFL record
with a plus 100 quarterback
rating in six straight games.
3. Jake Plummer, Denver
Broncos. It's very hard to put
Plummer on this list, but he's
been too efficient to ignore.
This season he's finally broken
the barrier and thrown more
career touchdowns than inter-
ceptions, and with a good run-
ning game he's been looking slick
when throwing deep off the play
action. I think Mike Shanahan
just kidnapped Matt Leinart.
4. Drew Brees, San Diego
Chargers. The Bolts are not
leading their division but they
have slid into the second wild
card spot in the AFC and Brees
has been very efficient in help-
ing them get there. His three-
interception game against Wash-
see PERFECTION page A8 f
THE EAST CAROLINIAN � SPORTS
Bowl teams often come
up short on academics
PlayOffS from page A7
(KRT) � Fifty-six teams cel-
ebrated bowl bids that officially
were announced Sunday. And
then came the sobering reminder
Monday, with the release of the
annual graduation-rate study
by the university of Central
Florida's Institute for Diversity
and Ethics in Sport, that many
of the schools that produced
winning teams this fall didn't
manage quite the same success
in the classroom.
Twenty-three of those teams,
or 41 percent, didn't receive
a passing score of 925 on the
NCAA's new Academic Progress
Rate, and 27 didn't notch SO
percent or better graduation rates
based on the most recent statis-
tics available from the NCAA.
"But I think there's almost an
air of anticipation that things are
finally going to get better said
Richard Lapchick, the study's
author and the chair of UCF's
DeVos Sport Business Manage-
ment graduate program.
He pointed to NCAA sanc-
tions that will kick in during
the new year for schools that
fall below the 925 mark, which
roughly correlates to a 50-per-
cent graduation rate. The threat
of lost scholarships may do
more to spur change than an
annual embarrassing mention
in Lapchick's report.
Of the five bowl-bound Flor-
ida schools Florida State, Florida,
USF, UCF and Miami UCF is
the only program with a foot-
ball team below the cutoff. The
Golden Knights scored an 880,
with a 34 percent athlete gradu-
ation rate compared with 51 per-
cent for the overall student body.
APR numbers across the
board are likely to improve next
year, thanks to the threat of sanc-
tions and tweaks that have been
made to the NCAA's equation. In
its first year, the APR penalized
programs as not graduating ath-
letes who transferred or left early
for a pro draft, and didn't credit
them when athletes transferred
in and did graduate.
One flaw the NCAA has yet
to address, Lapchick said, is that
APR statistics aren't broken down
by race, as graduation rates are.
Such numbers are necessary, he
says, to underscore an alarming
disparity between the educa-
tional experiences of black and
white students whether they are
athletes or not.
USF is one of the few schools
that had a higher graduation rate
by 21 percent of black football
players than white.
Some conferences also fared
better than others in the study,
with the Atlantic Coast Confer-
ence and Big East hitting the
925 benchmark for all of their
bowl-eligible schools. The ACC
has eight such teams.
The Pac-10, on the other
hand, does not have a single
team in a bowl this year with an
APR score of 925 including top-
ranked USC, bound for the Rose
Bowl next month.
Next year, though, the pic- ,
ture finally may look different '
with the long-awaited penalties
"You could have not gradu-
ated an athlete for three or four
decades and there would have
been no NCAA sanctions Lap-
chick said. "That's has been one
of the huge holes in the NCAA
PiratBS from page A7
13 points. Rouse and Tom Ham-
monds had 11 apiece. Ham-
monds built the biggest Pirate
lead in the second-half off a
3-pointer with 11:10 remaining.
But the Spartans' lucky breaks
were too much to overcome.
"We were a little disappointed
in our defensive communication
"We didn't rebound the ball.
But as we well know, (building a
program is a process
ECU will play at home against
Western Carolina on Dec. 10.
Despite a four-year hiatus in
the series, both squads were actu-
ally familiar with one another.
Two sets of former teammates
found themselves on opposite
benches rather than exchang-
ing high-fives. ECU guard Josh
King and UNCG forward Dustin
Everette were teammates at Trin-
ity High School. Up north, ECU
guard Japhet McNeil and UNCG
forward Brian Beckford each
attended Christ the King High
School in Queens, N.Y.
UNCG Head Coach Mike
Dement graduated from ECU in
1976. Sitting next to Dement was
Spartan assistant coach Brooks Lee,
PerfeCtiOII from page A7
ington was an aberration- the
Chargers are in a position now to
look very bad if they release Brees
for Philip Rivers next year.
5. Tom Brady, New Eng-
land Patriots. Brady is a token
addition to this list, but he's
simply the leader on the field and
always gives his team a chance to
win games, even without a good
running game. How long he can
keep winning without it remains
to be seen.
1. Eli Manning, New York
Giants. Yes, I do think Manning
the Younger has the chops. In his
second year in the NFL, he's got
the G-Men on top of a division
where Donovan McNabb, Drew
Bledsoe and Mark Brunell are
under generally center in com-
petition. For a kid who was at
Ole Miss three years ago, that's
intangible you can't measure.
2. Matt Hasselbeck,
Seattle Seahawks. He's not
a cowboy anymore, he's just
making good plays and is doing
just enough to keep all the pres-
sure off of Shaun Alexander.
His QB rating is the highest of
the NFC quarterbacks who have
started all 12 games.
3. Mark Brunell, Wash-
ington Redskins. I would call
Brunell a comeback player of the
year candidate, because his arm
was pronounced legally dead at
one point. Santana Moss would
beg to differ- he's hauled in more
30 yard passes than anyone in
the NFL. They will likely not
make the playoffs, but things do
look good for Joe Glbbs. Who
wants to campaign to give the
NFC East's second place team the
NFC North's playoff bid? .
4. Jake Delhomme, Caro-
lina Panthers. Call me Homer,
whatever, but Delhomme is the
ragin' Cajun leader of this team,
and unlike Michael Vick, he can't
bail himself out by running, and
ask yourself, would Steve Smith
be an MVP candidate with Chris
Weinke under center? Delhom-
me's QB rating Is actually third
in the NFC behind Brunell and
5. Michael Vick, Atlanta
Falcons. Vick is still the most
exciting player in the NFL to
watch, but it's not because he's
a great quarterback. He plays a
position where he's always in a
position to rip off 20 yards per
rush, but he throws too hard for
his receivers. He may have put
up a lot of yards and played well
against the Miami Dolphins, but
so did J.P. Losman. We're still
going to ask questions about your
Now, the one story in the
NFL this year that is not being
told is this: Brett Favre needs to
finally hang it up this year. The
man is old, too old to be effective
anymore. Disagree? David Carr,
Trent Dilfer and Chris Simms all
have higher QB ratings, and he's
only on top of the NFL quarter-
backs in one category: intercep-
tions. He's thrown 21 this year,
four more than second place
Aaron Brooks and eight more
than third place Jake Delhomme
and Kyle Orton. He's fumbled
away more footballs than Joey
Harrington this year.
Say that he's had a depleted
receiving corps if you will, but
watch the games. Against Chi-
cago this weekend, Favre had his
team down inside the red zone
near the end of the first half, and
under pressure he threw an inter-
ception doing that classic Favre
chucking. You know that classic
Favre chuck, where he takes a
minute on the run to say a prayer
and then offers the football to
the highest jumper.
Don't get me wrong, Favre
has done some great things at
quarterback over the years. At
one point he was very effective,
very good and very consistent.
Over the last few years, however,
his receivers have been making
him look good by catching some
high passes in the air and haul-
ing in some errant throws. Now
he doesn't have it and when he
throws up those prayers, the
other team is there to make the
catch. It's time for Favre to call it
quits and reflect on a great NFL
career. At least he's got more Super
Bowl rings than Dan Marino.
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Mike Castro tried to enter
the game with 13:58 remaining
in the first half. But as senior
from Brooklyn, NY ripped off
his practice jersey, he only had
a white T-shirt on. Castro had to
wait for an equipment manager
to retrieve his jersey, still in the
locker room before entering the
contest. Castro finished with six
points in 18 minutes.
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Notre Dame received their BCS bowl bid against OSU while Oregon got the cold shoulder.
the bowls are essentially mean-
ingless. But enough of us watch
them on TV, or travel to Tempe,
San Diego or Orlando to see them
in person, to keep the illogical
If enough people stopped
paying attention, you better
believe that ADs, presidents
and coaches would find a way
to make a playoff "feasible" and
keep the money flowing.
Instead we have the BCS the
creation of a cartel of six major
conferences, Notre Dame, TV
executives and the four major
bowls. Using a mix of human and
computer polls, it's supposed to
ensure No.l playing No.2, but the
system keeps proving to be flawed.
Two years ago USC, despite
finishing firs; in both human
polls, didn't get to play in the
big game. Last season, unbeaten
Auburn got stiff-armed from
the title contest. And Cal also
missed out on playing in a BCS
game thanks to a voting process
worthy of a banana republic.
It became such a fiasco last year
that the AP no longer allows its poll
to be used in the selection process.
This season the BCS didn't
cause its usual controversy,
marking the fourth time in
eight years that it matched
the consensus top two teams.
That's not a blind-squirrel-
finds-acorn percentages, but
it's not good, either. One Texas
congressman even is conduct-
ing hearings about the BCS.
"Why in the world can't
we have a playoff system?"
Auburn Coach Tommy Tuber-
ville asked in July. "Until the
media or the fans start really
getting involved in this, we won't
change it because our board is
not loud enough
He was referring to the
coaches' association. But, Teaff
contends, the group won't be
beating the drum for a playoff
which the presidents would have
to approve anyway. Teaff recalls
being on an NCAA committee in
the early 1990s that looked into
making the change.
"We met and talked and
studied and pondered every
conceivable scenario, and it was
finally concluded that Division
I couldn't have a playoff Teaff
said. "That's the reason why
there isn't one
He offered another thought.
"The coaches, by and large,
already believe we have a
playoff system Teaff added. "If
you don't think so, just ask those
folks with one loss if they feel the
regular season really is a playoff
The BCS is in business
through at least January of 2010,
and it will continue to slap duct
tape on the contraption. Look for
a "plus one" matchup where the
two highest-rated teams after the
BCS games meet in a showdown
to eventually show up on a TV
network near you.
So our national football
tournament will remain only a
That's because, unfortu-
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From the National Family
Caregivers Association and
the National Alliance for Cartgiving
with the generous support ofSisai Inc.
ATTACK ASTHMA ACT NOW
fall 2005 - alpine black wristlet
and brush & pencil
little toggle tote
516 S. Cotanche � Greenville, NC
THE EAST CAROLINIAN � SPORTS
books at U.B.E. You'll move quickly through any line and
get top dollar from the book buying experts at U.B.E.
And you'll have a jingle in your pocket for end of
semester festivities and holiday fun. So dig in, matey.
Sell your books for cash during the U.B.E. Buyback.
U.B.E. Uptown Greenville � 516 South CotancheSt.
in tt 3 0 IWe Fricdnesday & Thursday, December 7&89:00am to 6:00�
ay, December 99:00.m to 7:00pm
Saturday, December 1010:00au to 5:00.m
Sunday, December 11CLOSED
Monday-Friday, December 12-169:00am to 7OO.m
We're Open on Commencement Day Do mto Pirate shopping before heoding out of town1
HOURSSaturday, December 179:00�m to 6:00am
U.B.E. Remote Book Buyback at the Alpha Phi House (Bottom of College Hill) Just jog down to Alpha Phi and trade those books for cold cash!
in K Z 0 IWednesday, December 79:00.m to 5:00am
Thursday, December 8 no remote (reading day)
Friday, December 99:00�m to 5:00am
Saturday & Sunday, December 10-11NO remoteclosed
Monday-Friday, December 12-169:00am to 5:00-m
U.B.E. WE PAY MORE FOR USED BOOKS
Uptown Greenville 516 South Cotanche Street www.ubeinc.com I 758-2616
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