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APRIL - CHANCELLOR BALLARD
AUGUST - HURRICANE KATRINA
Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on Aug. 29. It was a category four hurricane that hit the below-
sea-level city and left more damage than Hurricane Andrew did in Florida in 1992. 2005 was the most
intense hurricane season on record with 21 names storms in the Atlantic Ocean.
FEBRUARY - JEANETTE LEE
JUNE-WRIGHT PLACE
NOVEMBER - MATT COHEN
2005 ECU Events
January 2005 Ceremony marks reopening of Flanagan
The Flanagan Building reopened Jan. 6. This was the sixth renovation in the building's
history and cost about $14 million. The renovations provided room for offices, labs and class
rooms in a variety of academic departments.
February 2005 The 'Black Widow' challenges Greenville
Billiards Star Jeanette Lee, known as "The Black Widow challenged patrons of Tie Breakers
sports bar. She also took time to do trick shots for the amusement of fans. She complimented
the passion of the people at Tie Breakers and said she had fun.
March 2005 West End dining open for operation
The new dining center in the western neighborhood cost $13 million and started
construction in fall 2003. The center gives students opportunities to taste foods from venues
such as Subway and Mongolian grill.
April 2005 Ballard installed as ECU chancellor
Steve Ballard began his term as chancellor earlier this year. He is the 10th person to serve as
chancellor. He has made it his goal to compare ECU to national standards.
May 2005 Things looking up for downtown Greenville
The Uptown Greenville Society made efforts throughout the year for improving the "uptown"
area of Greenville. One of their projects involved the extension of the greenway system.
June 2005 Wright Place undergoes renovation
The installment of the pizza restaurant, Sbarro, was the biggest addition to Wright Place after
it was renovated. Wright Place work was among the myriad of construction jobs completed at
ECU.
July 2005 ECU physician first to use device on patients
Dr. Gordon Downie used a Aero Tracheobronchial Stent, a tubular device for clearing the airway
on a 55-year-old woman with cancer that spread to her lungs. This was the first time the
experimental procedure was performed. She had a tumor in her airway that hindered her breathing.
August 2005 ECU has record enrollment
Roughly 4,900 students returned to the dorm this year and about 3,500 freshmen moved into
Garrett Hall. The current student population is about 23,500.
September 2005 Make way for McCafe
McDonald's renovation this year strayed from the traditional McDonald's theme. The new shop
features the same Big Macs along with more of a coffee house environment.
October 2005 Reggae on the Pitt County Fair Grounds
Ten thousand people enjoyed live reggae music before Halloween. This was the ninth annual
"Reggae on the Lake" hosted by Pi Kappa Phi and lasted from noon to 10:30 p.m. The show
cost $40,000 to host.
November 2005 ECU student Matt Cohen runs for mayor
Matt Cohen, senior political science major, constructed a campaign for the mayor's office and
was able to capture about 8 percent of the vote against heavily favored incumbent, Don
Parrott. Cohen spoke with TEC three times about campaigning to be a student mayor. His
focal points were improving the local environment and bringing students into the arena
of local politics.
December 2005 ECU implements Higher One Card
The move to Institute ECU'S new financial aid refund card caused quite a stir on campus.
Some groups took steps to boycott it. Nonetheless, the card was approved by
the administration.
MAY - UPTOWN GREENVILLE
JANUARY - FLANAGAN
DECEMBER - HIGHER ONE
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CHRIS MUNIER News Editor ZACK HILL Assistant News Editor
THURSDAY December 8, 2005
Announcements
Book Donations
The Department of Library Science
and Instructional Technology will
be accepting book donations for
the Greenville Community Shelter
Books can be dropped off at the
Joyner Library Conference Room
2406 through Dec. 15. For more
information, contact Al Jones at
328-6803.
Toys for Tots
Student Health Services 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 Services.
For more information, contact
Georgia Childs or Ellen Goldberg
at 328-6841
New Musical
John and Jen, a new musical,
premieres at 8 p.m. Saturday. Dec.
10 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11
in the Studio Theatre. John and
Jen is an original musical that
takes a look at the complexities
of relationships between brothers
and sisters and parents and
children. The story is set against
the background of a changing
America between 1950 and 1990.
The event is free, but tickets are
required and seating is limited. For
more information, call 328-6829.
ECU Arts Tickets
Subscriptions for the S. Rudolph
Alexander Performing Arts
Series and Family Fare are both
currently on sale. The S. Rudolph
Alexander Series is ECU'S flagship
performing arts series, presenting
a season of nine of the world's
top orchestras, ballet companies,
jazz artists, dance ensembles,
Broadway shows and much more.
The Family Fare series provides
kid-centered cultural excursions
for the entire family. For more
information, contact the Cultural
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Semester wrap-up
Thursday, Dec. 8 is Reading Day.
Exams begin Friday, Dec 9 and
end at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16.
Commencement is Saturday, Dec
17. Classes for the spring semester
resume on Friday, Jan. 6.
Christmas Break
Parking
Freshman Parking Permits will
be honored in student parking
Zone B2 on FitthReade, Fourth
Reade, ThirdReade and In the
A2 zone gravel lot on 14th Street
beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday,
Dec 15. The earlier time for
freshman permits in these zones
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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
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site to confirm departure and
arrival times.
The Freshman Shuttle will run
from 630 -9:30 p.m. Friday,
Dec. 16.
Unregistered vehicles for move-
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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 lieu of a
university parking permit.
Grief Workshop
The Center for Counseling and
Student Development will present
a grief workshop on Thursday,
Dec. 8 at noon in 316 Wright
Building. 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
Development. 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 at
328-6661. Advance registration
is not required.
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Announcement
If you have an announcement
or news tip, contact The East
Carolinian News Department at
328-6366.
National Year in Review
January 2005 Elections held in Iraq
The dictatorship in Iraq gave way to democracy this year.
Iraq held its first elections in about SO years. Supporters of
President Bush consider this a milestone achievement in the
war effort and the initiative to bring freedom to the Middle East.
February 2005 Bush calls election a success
Bush called the election a success and promised the United
States would continue its war on terror. He wants to make sure
lraqeventually gains independence and sovereignty.
March 2005 Terri Schiavo legacy sparks national controversy
When Terri Schiavo was kept alive on a feeding tube, a
nationwide moral debate was sparked. The argument was
one between right-to-live proponents and death-with-dignity
supporters.
June 2005 'Not guilty'
Michael Jackson was acquitted of his 10 child molestation
charges. Final deliberations lasted about 30 hours. Many
around the country were interested in the outcome of the
trial and had strong opinions regarding his involvement
with children.
September 2005 Gas prices at record high -
John Roberts: new chief justice
Mostly as a result of Hurricane Katrina, gas prices skyrocketed to
levels never before seen by Americans. The Gulf Coast is home
to roughly a quarter of the oil the country produces. Problems
in oil-rich regions like Chechnya in Russia and other OPEC
countries led to oil strains as well.
John Roberts earned the U.S. Senate's confirmation after
President Bush appointed him to succeed William Rehnquist as
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OPINION
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editor@theeastcarolinian.com 252.328.9238
JENNIFER L HOBBS Editor In Chief
THURSDAY December 8, 2005
My Random Column
The end is here
Is anyone else glad that the semester is finally
over and we are free for a few weeks?
As for myself I am glad the semester is over.
The long hours of working here, plus the time-
consuming tasks of school and homework
are drawing to a close and I am finally able to
sleep in for once In many weeks. No longer
will you see guys sleeping on the benches of
the second floor of Bate or friends so hyper
they can't sit still from caffeine pills and too
much sugar.
Classwork, homework, studying and finals are
all coming to a rapid close. We here at TEC
would like to wish you all a happy holiday
season and a relaxing break.
As for myself, I am heading to the West Coast
to spend time with members of my family that
I haven't seen in several months. I am excited
and will enjoy the much needed break.
I just wanted to extend an invitation to work with
us this upcoming semester. All you need to do
is come in with a resume and fill out an applica-
tion. We need more staff writers, photographers
and copy editors. If you are interested, please
come in because we would love to have you.
It has been great hearing from all of you in pirate
rants and letters to the editor, and I hope you will
continue giving us feedback next semester.
I hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday
break. Enjoy spending time with your families,
and friends. I hope travel is easy and safe.
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Pirate Rant
Opinion Columnist
Things that I absolutely love right now
Step one toward my New
Year's resolution
GARY MCCABE
BITTER BOULEVARD
This semester has really taken
its toll on me. I've always consid-
ered myself a pretty unhappy,
cynical person, but as of writing
this article I've finally reached
a level that even I think is
unhealthy.
I've turned into a very
anti-social person. I walk across
campus with my head down like
Charlie Brown on Christmas Eve.
I wear dark sunglasses to avoid eye
contact with people. I keep my
headphones on so I don't have to
hear people. I've closed off most
lines of communication with
people and prefer to be alone. I
can blame it on my mountain of
schoolwork and my multiple TEC
articles, but to be honest, I think
it's of my own doing.
I'm an angry person. How-
ever, I never realized just how
angry I've become lately. I guess
writing an opinion piece listing
the 10 things that I hate most is
a pretty clear sign that I've got a
problem - especially when one
entry on the list consisted of
more than 60 percent of Ameri-
cans (although that was sort of
tongue-in-cheek.)
I guess the second sign was the
other day when I was in my Copy
Editing and Design class when
one of the lovely young ladies in
my group, while talking about
a recent article of mine, asked,
"Why are you so angry? You seem
like a really nice guy And I didn't
have an answer for her.
So here's the deal. Most people
get depressed around the holi-
days. I'm going to do the opposite.
My New Year's resolution is going
to be just that. I want to be social
and fun. I want to be the person
people like to be around - not the
person they like to write nasty
pirate rants about.
So my first step is to respond
to last week's venomous article
where I simply named 10 things I
hated. I'm going to use this space
as a companion piece - things
I love. Hopefully I can think
of some things. And hopefully
Bush will do something stupid
over Christmas break so I can
tear him apart when I get back
so I never have to write about
myself again.
Puggles and Pandogs. Go
to Google Images and type in
"puggle" and then "pandog" and
brace yourself for what could pos-
sibly be the cutest little animals
ever - that is, 1 suppose, until
dog breeders get to work on the
"panduggle
Michelle Rodriguez's
DL'I. Last week I was upset that
Rodriguez was ruining "Lost"
with her poor acting and Clint
Eastwood-with-breasts dialogue
and delivery. All season I've
been hoping that somehow her
character would fall off a cliff or
be eaten by Hurley - anything
so long as she doesn't appear on
the show any longer and it can
get back to the characters that
made it great.
Last week, Rodriguez was
pulled over in Hawaii for driving
under the influence of alcohol
- but wait, it gets better. She's
on probation in California for
the same offense and this latest
arrest could end in jail time and
subsequently would have to be
written off the show.
George Bush's "holiday"
cards. The Religious Right is
boycotting businesses like Target
for offering customers a "Happy
Holidays" rather than the
traditional "Merry Christmas
Well, apparently our Commander
and Chief sent out his annual
batch of cards wishing recipients
a very "Happy Holidays Great
- hopefully the Religious Right
now will boycott their Golden
Boy Bush and we finally get
that approval rating down to
single digits. I know we can do if
we try
The Opie 8c Anthony
Show. You may recognize their
names even if you're not a fan of
talk radio. They were fired from
WNEW in New York City when a
promotion of theirs ended with a
couple having sex in St. Patrick's
Cathedral. They sat on the bench
for two and a half years and made
the jump to XM, but it didn't take
long before they found them-
selves in trouble again.
They currently run a
promotion called "Assault on
the Media" where they encour-
age fans to jump into the shot
of live news screaming "Opie
and Anthony and holding up
signs. Apparently, one fan took
it way too far and blew an
air horn in the ear of an ABC
newsman. Opie and Anthony
were given the rest of the week
off on Wednesday and things are
beginning to look eerily similar
to what happened after the St.
Patty's incident.
Rumors are going around
- where else? - the Internet that
heads might roll because the
interim governor of New Jersey
is involved now. However, I
doubt that would happen. Opie
and Anthony put on a great
show and are XM's only viable
alternative to Howard Stern once
he moves to Sirius. It's a shame,
though. Every time the show gets
in trouble, it's for their idiotic
fans, not them. If the show lasts
another week, please check it out.
If it doesn't, I suppose I had better
start pricing Sirius receivers.
Christmas Break. I can't
be the only one who needs a
break. The past three and a half
months have worn on all of us
but it's been especially brutal
on me. I'm a few credits from
graduating so it's a mad dash to
get them in before the end of
the spring semester and unfortu-
nately, it's added up to 20 credit
hours this semester. I just want to
get out of Greenville where there
are no schedules, no due dates
and no obligations so I can come
back here in January with new
batteries, ready to take on the
world. I feel better already.
In My Opinion
(KRT) � I don't know about
you, but I sometimes grow weary
hearing big-picture thinkers tell us
we need more mathematicians and
scientists. Maybe it was because I
wasn't very interested in those sub-
jects as a kid. Whatever, all the talk
about math and science can leave my
politics-and-history mind blank.
Several students in suburban
Allen, Texas, said the same thing
the other day. When I asked a
classroom of high schoolers how
many wanted to study math and
science in college, one student
shot up his hand and said we
shouldn't forget the "bohemian"
side of the brain, meaning the side
that worries about things like war
and peace. A number of his fellow
students nodded.
I like their independence, but
here's the plain truth that people
like me need to remember: We
either champion math and sci-
ence, or we lose our footing in the
world. That's hard to imagine since
we're the Big Cat economically,
militarily and politically.
But if our schools downplay
math and science, Americans will
become the 7-foot basketball player
who stumbled over his own clumsy
feet running down the court.
While we're trying to get back up,
little fast guys will run right by.
I .iin.i! Alexander sounds like
a prophet when you get him
talking about this challenge. You
might expect that from a former
secretary of education and ex-uni-
versity president.
Now a Republican senator
from Tennessee, he worries about
India and China producing more
engineers than the United States.
It bothers him that we lose top
students from other countries after
they attend our colleges. And he's
concerned that our job base will rot
without enough of the science and
technology students who've pro-
pelled our economy since the 1960s.
Alexander is using his Senate
seat to try to correct these shortcom-
ings, championing a math-and-
science initiative that could turn
into this generation's moon shot.
The two-time presidential candi-
date also believes the issue could
help rescue his party from its dol-
drums, where Democrats outpace
Republicans in every issue except
leadership, according to a recent
ABC NewsWashington Post poll.
During a recent interview as
the Senate wrapped up a day of
business, he started our talk by
handing me a piece of paper that
he carries around like a daily Bible
verse. It featured this quote from
Nobel Prize physicist Steven Chu:
"The single most important thing
that America must do is keep its
edge in science and technology
Alexander and a few colleagues
asked the National Academy
of Sciences to outline the 10
most important things Amer-
ica can do to keep that edge.
They came back with "Rising
Above the Gathering Storm a
report that includes these goals:
-Improve K-12 math and sci-
ence education.
-Strengthen the nation's com-
mitment to research.
-Increase the talent pool by
improving higher education.
-Provide more incentives struc-
ture for innovation.
Each goal contains specific
requests. They range from recruit-
ing 10,000 science and math
teachers to increasing federal
investment in fundamental
research to providing 25,000 new
scholarships for U.S. undergrads to
ensuring that all Americans have
broadband Internet access.
Alexander is drafting a bill
with Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M
to include these ideas.
That's right, working with a
Democrat. This is the sort of cause
that transcends party politics, and
that's one reason Alexander hopes
President Bush makes it a center-
piece of his State of the Union
message next month. Only the
president, he says, can truly focus
the nation on this need, and that
includes reaching students like
those I spoke with in Allen.
The move would help the
president, too. He needs domes-
tic issues to save himself from a
ruined presidency. Iraq's not going
to do it, that's for sure.
Alexander, of course, knows a
few things about the presidency.
The last you probably heard of
him was when he was running for
the White House in his red plaid
shirt. He fell short of the GOP
nomination in 1996 and 2000
because he doesn't ooze intimacy
on the tube or hurl lightning bolts
at opponents.
I now agree that God is a little kid on an anthill, but he
isn't holding a magnifying glass - he's got a fan and a
bucket of icy water. And he's laughing.
Mr. McCabe, does it pain you to write that dribble as
much as it does for me to read ft.
Hey stupid with the rant about Kanye and WZMB.
Do you listen? WZMB is the best station in all of
Greenville.
Thank you Ms. Verna for cleaning up Jones Hall so
nicely! I just love seeing your smiling face everyday!
Thanks again!
It is absolutely ridiculous to have to make an appointment
to get blood taken when you already have the prescrip-
tion for it and the only reason for the appointment is so
some nurse can sign the slip that the doctor has already
signed, who is the doctor that ordered the blood to be
taken in the first place!
Once again, thank you TEC for telling us about events
after they happen. I would have loved to go to the World
War II talk two weeks ago, but all I got from it was an
article and a picture. I would also love to see the hockey
team, but since they never play tomorrow (they always
play yesterday) I guess I'll never get to see them. Why
not put upcoming sports events in the margins instead
of stupid fashion ideas, movies that no one watches and
albums that are just commercialized, sold-out junk. Try
being effective at communicating the news and future
events.
Why are all the computers in the Austin Lab so crappy
they take forever to load and I do not have enough time
in my day to deal with that? The other day there was a
line all the way out the door. I mean come on, buy some
good computers like Gateways!
I am Ranting because my Rant never gets posted. I read
TEC every time it comes out in hope that they would get
posted. I think this thing is rigged.
; Anybody else feel like they're talking to someone from
! another planet when they talk to the opposite sex? I
do!
Tony McKee, I find it interesting that you hate when
i "Liberals" push their views onto others, but you are
advocating pushing your views on the Christmas issue
on the entire campus. Maybe, just maybe, some people
have a different religious holiday and don't give a crap
if your Christmas is merry. "Happy Holidays works for
every religion. Show some respect.
Our country was founded on the principle of freedom
of religion, not the suppression of all religions. Suppres-
sion of religion is why we left our respective countries
of origin.
Why is there a noise policy on college hill if all we have
to listen to during exams is f construction! I mean
the jackhammers and construction workers is 10,000
times louder than anyone in the actual dorms. Get your
policy right people.
To the people in the back of Jones who are working for
the Galley, can you please stop slamming doors, talking
obnoxiously loud, smoking, backing up trucks that beep
warnings, loading and unloading stuff at two o'clock in
the morning! This is a 24-hour quiet zone and if I can get
written up for violating that, then you should too!
There was a horoscope in yesterday's paper. I thought The
East Carolinian stopped doing those. What a relief I once
again have a way of making important life decisions!
Why in the world is my comment to Tony McKee's ridicu-
lous article no longer posted under his editorial?
Gary McCabe, I almost look forward to hating your
articles on a weekly basis now. I haven't read writing of
your caliber since I flipped through a copy of the National
Enquirer in the grocery store line.
As a Southerner myself, I can say that Southerners take
pride in their hospitality and politeness. Saying "excuse
me" when you didn't hear someone can sound offensive.
"Do what? is a polite way for Southerners to ask you to
repeat yourself. Hope that feeds your concern.
As a member of the vast right-wing conspiracy, I say Tony
McKee is an embarrassment as a Republican. Yes, he
writes on conservative political issues, but It seems more
like he "copies and pastes" the e-mails you get from your
annoying co-workers and calls them articles.
Kristin Day, it's sad to see that this last article of your
long, seven-week process was produced on such a whim.
Your words seemed careless, almost as though people
who read your article wouldn't catch on that you may
not have been to passionate about the subect.
Freshmen, just in case you haven't noticed, we don't
wear other schools' apparel. We had a huge article about
wearing other schools named in the newspaper last year.
If you're getting dirty looks around campus, especially if
you're wearing a State or UNC shirt, it's probably because
you aren't supporting ECU.
What the heck is up with the news section writing
; features stories? They're twice as corny and not as wefl
I written. Stick to news, it's what you're Defter at. Having
I two restaurant reviews on the same day in two different
sections is a great way to embarrass your newspaper.
Terry Holland is the greatest AD ever. As of Dec. 6 ECU
will no longer be associated with men's pansy ball I
mean soccer. Thank you Terry Holland for dropping
soccer and freeing up more money for football.
Why are students so stressed out over final exams? It's
final exams, not the end of the world.
Everyone wants to complain about the tuition Increase
; but only a handful of people showed up to address the
issue. Complaining is nof going to get you anywhere.
You have a voice use it!
Tony McKee's article is the best article I've ever read in
! TEC! Go Tony!
j I was late to class on Tuesday because a monk In front of
Joyner thwarted me! Talk about bizarre.
I News flash Trevor: Rent is a rock opera, if you were to see
the stage production it would be nothing but singing.
; But hey buddy I won't hold It against you. Learn how to
use spell check, learn how to use grammar check, and
learn how to give good movies good reviews and you
should be fine.
To the guy at Todd who dropped his tray in front of the
whole cafeteria: my friends and I didn't laugh. We actu-
ally ran out looking for you And to the people who did
laugh, get a freaking life, you are in college now, start
acting like it! 6
j It's fairly obvious that the writer of the Lone Star review
failed to do some research, since their restaurant sani-
tation rating was 68.0 on July 18 of this year. It's also
abundantly obvious that the managers and staff there
knew he was reviewing the place for the newspaper.
Thanks to the Black Student Union for addressing stereo-
types, discrimination and racism in a great forum. Now I
ust wish that the administration would address it.
Ladies, I love you and by you I mean plural "all of you
Jo the person who had a "Gentleman" give his seat up
for her, this is a front! I have gotten on many crowded
buses and was never once offered a seat. Why' Because I
am probably not skinny or pretty enough for them, or I
am not a Sorority girl Not that I care, however!
Do not tell a girl you want to be single for a while. Just
say, I m sorry, I am just not interested in you We know
that those lines are bullsh't!
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The concourse where the
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Gardner said four to five
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Page B1 features@theeastcarolinian.com 252.328.6366 CAROLYN SCANDURA Features Editor KRISTIN MURNANE Assistant Features Editor
December 8, 2005
Got Questions?
Dear Features,
It's getting cold outside and I was
wondering If flannel Is still "In" or If It
lost its popularity like grunge music
did?
-I love the 90s
Dear I love the 90s,
While some believe that the flannel
shirt and jeans combination should
stay In the era of Nirvana and Pearl
Jam, we're starting to think that
the always toasty flannel shirts are
making a comeback. If you've seen
those Old Navy commercials they're
running for the holidays, they feature
a very attractive man (think of the
Brawny paper towel man) wearing
their new flannel shirts. I'd say that It's
a safe bet to Invest In a flannel shirt or
two and if the trend disappears again,
at least you'll have a set of clothes
for camping.
Cheese strata wttfi ham and tomatoes
1 teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon
unsalted butter
12 large eggs
1 12 cups milk
12 cup heavy cream
Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
14 teaspoon freshly ground black
pepper
1 cup diced baked ham
1 cup Oven-Dried Tomatoes, chopped,
recipe follows
1 tablespoon minced flat-leaf parsley
leaves
1 12 teaspoons thinly sliced fresh
chives
2 cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar
cheese (about 8 ounces)
1 pound sourdough bread (boule
preferred), crust removed and cut Into
1-Inch cubes
Grease a 3-quart gratin dish or
casserole with 1 teaspoon of the butter.
In a large bowl, whisk together the
eggs, milk, cream, nutmeg, cayenne,
salt and pepper. Set aside. In a
small bowl, toss together the ham,
tomatoes, parsley and chives.
To make the strata: Scatter a 12 cup
of the cheese over the bottom of the
buttered dish, cover with one-third of
the bread and then half of the tomato
mixture. Repeat. Top with a final layer
of bread and remaining cheese.
Pour the egg mixture over the strata
"id gently press It down with the
ck of a large spoon to make
sure the top layer Is moistened with
the custard. Melt the remaining 1
tablespoon of butter and drizzle it
over the strata. Cover with plastic
wrap and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
F. Bake the strata, uncovered, until
golden brown and slightly puffed,
about 45 to 55 minutes. Let rest 10
minutes before serving.
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Oven-Dried Tomatoes
2 pounds ripe plum tomatoes, cored
and cut in half lengthwise
1 12 teaspoons kosher salt
Extra-virgin olive oil (optional)
Fresh herb sprigs, like thyme,
rosemary, or sage (optional)
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
Arrange the tomatoes cut side-up
In a single layer on a baking sheet.
Sprinkle with the salt. Dry In oven
until slightly shriveled but still plump,
about five to six hours.
If not using Immediately, store the
tomatoes in a sealed container in
the refrigerator, for three to four days.
Alternatively, layer them In a container
with the herbs, cover with olive oil,
and store, covered, in the refrigerator,
for up to two weeks.
Yield: about 2 cups
Chocolate Fondue
In a microwave-safe bowl,
mix the sugar, heavy cream,
chocolate and butter together
and microwave for two minutes.
Take out of microwave and give it
a quick whisk. Add wine and whisk
again. Transfer to a fondue pot with a
flame underneath. Serve with pound
cake cubes, strawberries and blscotti
bits on the side, for dipping.
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup heavy cream
8 ounces chopped bittersweet
chocolate
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon cabernet sauvlgnon
Pound cake cubes, for dipping
Strawberries, cleaned, for dipping
Blscotti bits, for dipping
Fun Facts:
Due to gravitational effects, you
weigh slightly less when the moon
Is directly overhead.
The Nobel Peace Prize medal depicts
three naked men with their hands on
each others' shoulders.
Forest fires move faster uphill than
downhill.
The glue on Israeli stamps Is certified
kosher.
HOLIDAY MOVIES SURE TO WARM
HEARTS, PROVIDE ENTERTAINMENT
Watching movies with loved ones Is a great holiday activity.
Top 10 holiday movies
SARAH CAMPBELL
STAFF WRITER
During the holiday season,
one of my favorite things to
do is watch holiday movies
with my family and friends.
There is nothing better than
sharing laughter, tears and
excitement with the people
closest to your heart. If you're
looking for perfect holiday
movies to enjoy with family
or friends, look no further.
Home Alone
Nothing makes you appre-
ciate family more than this
movie. McCauley Culkin stars
as 8-year-old Kevin McCal-
lister who wakes up to find
that his family has left for
Christmas vacation without
him. He's thrilled to be home
alone, until two burglars attempt
to break in. By the end of the
movie you are reminded exactly
what family is all about and
the true meaning of the winter
holidays.
National Lampoon's
Christmas Vacation
Trouble ensues when Clark
Grlswold, played by Chevy Chase,
invites his entire extended family
over for Christmas. One thing
after another goes wrong for the
Griswolds, but they stick together
as a family through it all. This
movie will have you laughing
out loud from start to finish and
leave you feeling just a bit better
about your own eccentric family.
How the Grtnch Stole
Christmas
The animated version of this
movie is my favorite, because
growing up I remember watching
this classic on television every
year with my entire family. The
grinch is disgusted with the
happiness that Christmas brings
to the Whos in Whoville, so he
plots a way to ruin Christmas.
The tables eventually turn and
he ends up becoming just as
jubilant as the Whos. This movie
reminds me that a little bit of
kindness can mean the world to
someone.
Love Actually
I fell in love with this movie
the first time I saw it. The premise
of the movie is that "love actu-
ally is everywhere The movie
is set around Christmas time and
filled with characters searching
for or, in some cases, stumbling
upon love. The stories represent
different kinds of love, bolstered
with various obstacles for each
character. If you're a victim of a
broken heart, this movie will give
you hope and make you believe
in love again.
The Santa Clause
This movie is one of the best
because you get a peak inside the
lives of Santa and everyone else
living at the North Pole. When
Santa Clause falls off the roof
of Scott Calvin's (Tim Allen)
house on Christmas Eve his son
convinces him to put on the red
suit. After doing so he begins
delivering gifts to the children of
the world and wakes up to find
himself at the North Pole. Over
the next year Scott transforms
into Santa, creating questions
among friends, coworkers and
family. This movie gives me hope
that anything is possible if you
just believe.
Miracle on 34,H Street
When the real Santa Clause
begins working at Macy's, mira-
cles follow closely behind. How-
ever, when he begins telling
people that he is actually Santa
Clause rather than just a store
Santa, he is thought to be crazy.
However, thanks to believers
around the world faith is restored
in him as well as the friends he
makes along the way. There are
two versions of this movie, both
are alike and just about equal
in quality but history proves
originals to be better.
A Christmas Carol
There are so many versions of
this movie that I can't pick one
as being the best. However, the
premise of the movie is magical.
We join Ebenezer Scrooge on
his journey to Christmas past,
present, and future and learn
that Christmas is all about the
company you keep. I love this
movie because it transforms
Scrooge's pessimism into hope
and kindheartedness.
The Nightmare Before
Chrtstmas
This is one of Tim Burton's
most popular animated movies
about how Christmastown is
taken over by the pumpkin king
from Halloweentown trouble
ensures. This movie is lighthearted
and hilarious - I recommend
this one not only for the winter
holidays, but anytime of the year.
Charlie Brown Chrtstmas
When Charlie Brown has the
holiday blues he seeks out some
professional help from none
other than his friend Lucy.
Lucy suggests he become the
director of the Christmas play.
In doing so Charlie Brown
finds out that Christmas is
more than just the commer-
cial holiday that he thought
it was, it is also a time to
spend celebrating with friends.
It's a Wonderful Life
When George Bailey (James
Stewart) falls on hard times
and believes the only way to
solve his problems is suicide he
decides to jump from a bridge
into freezing water - however
his guardian angel Clarence
(Henry Travers) saves him.
Throughout the movie Clar-
ence gives George a look at
how his life affected so many
others. This is my favorite
Christmas movie of all time
because it makes me appreciate
what my life means in perspec-
tive to others.
Each of these movies brings
to life the holiday spirit and
reminds each and everyone one
of us that the important things
in life aren't gifts, but rather
sharing memories together
with friends and family, and
believing the impossible.
If you need more movie
ideas to keep you busy, try
watching A Christmas Story,
Eight Crazy Nights or Elf. What-
ever you decide to watch, enjoy
that time alone or with those
special people in your life.
This writer can be contacted at
features@theeastcarolinian.com.
TEC'S
Masterpiece
Spotlight
,
The best of 2005
VQEGii Flux' surpasses expect aliens
A surprisingly good
the MTV series
TREVOR KIRKENDALL
STAFF WRITER
based on
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STAFF WRITER
Although I never expected
to see it so soon, December is
here and within a few short
weeks, 2005 will be but a fond
memory for most of us. This
semester, I've had the privilege
of sharing with you some of my
personal favorite films, albums,
songs and books - all I feel con-
fident in calling "masterpieces
Whether you agreed with me
or not - and most people prob-
ably didn't agree that Revenge
of the Nerds was a masterpiece
- hopefully you enjoyed reading
my selections every week.
Sorry - I kind of got off-
track there. Like I said, 2005
will be behind us soon so I
would like to do something
a little different with this
column - my last, I believe
- and that is to run down the
few actual masterpieces of 2005.
I say few because, quite frankly,
this has been a terrible year for
music and film. I've said it before
that I was really excited about
a lot of this year's CD releases
and I've really been let down
- especially by the Foo Fighters.
In Your Honor is utter garbage.
In terms of movies, there
hasn't been a single film released
this year that could have nomi-
nated for Best Picture last year
which means by default, this
year's Oscars will be terrible. I
mean, it's a sad state of affairs
when the best film I've seen
in theaters all year was The 40
Year-Old Virgin. And in terms
of books, to be honest I really
haven't had the time to read any-
thing new - this has been a very
taxing year for me personally.
So without further ado,
here's the short-but-sweet
list of 2005's masterpieces.
Downfall: Technically this
should have been on last year's
but you'll have to forgive me
- this film, which depicts the final
days of the Third Reich, wasn't
released on DVD until August.
This film mesmerized me.
Expectations were not that high from many
critics around the country for Aeon Flux, a futur-
istic film based on the 1995 MTV series of the
same name. The studio didn't even screen the
film prior to its release to avoid any potential
critical backlash that may have occurred. My
expectations were not high, but after seeing
this film it has exceeded all expectations and
has proven to be enormously entertaining.
Aeon Flux stars Charlize Theron as the hero-
ine of the film. It takes place some 400 years in
the future after a killer virus has wiped out 99
percent of the population. The remaining five
million people have been placed in a secluded
city called Bregna, the last city on Earth.
The man who cured the virus is Trevor Good-
child. His seventh generation descendent is played
by Marton Csokas and goes by the same name as
his ancestor. He is the one in control of the city.
Aeon is a Monican, a group of rebels who
attempt to fight the Goodchild government. The
government is out to get the Monicans and they
do so by killing suspected members. One day,
they kill Aeon's sister (Amelia Warner), despite
the fact that she is not a Monican. This sets up
a deadly assault on Trevor Goodchild himself.
Aeon, with the help of her partner Sithandra
(Sophie Okoneda), infiltrate the main office
complex of the Goodchild government. Here we
meet Trevor Goodchild and his power hungry
brother Oren (Johnny Lee Miller).
Soon after the infiltration, Aeon comes face
to face with Trevor but can't find it in her to
see AEON page B2 Charlize Theron, the main character of this film, uses many technological weapons
Oscar-Buzz starting early this year
see 2005 page 83
A look at what films are
in the running for the
year's biggest prizes
TREVOR KIRKENDALL
STAFF WRITER
The end of the year is finally
here and overall the movies that
have been released thus far have
made this year a good one.
This year, out of the nearly 60
films I saw, I awarded the follow-
ing films a perfect four-star (A)
review: Batman Begins, Broken
Flowers, Capote, The Constant
Gardener, Crash, Good Night, and
Good Luck, A History of Violence,
Hustle & Flow, Murderball, North
Country, Pride & Prejudice, Sin City,
Stay and Walk the Line.
There is still about a month
left of the calendar year and the
movies that usually come out in
December are the ones that will
usually win an Oscar for Best
Picture of the year. As a matter of
fact, since 1990, seven films that
have won the best picture Oscar
were released in December, four
of which came in the last four
years. The chances that we have
not yet seen this year's winner
are still pretty good. There are
many films that could be in the
running for that
award, as well as
others that have
yet to make an
official release.
Crash, the
racially driven
drama staring
Sandra Bullock,
Matt Dillon
and Don Chea-
dle, has become
a rather big hit
since its Septem-
ber release on
DVD. This film
was my choice
for best film of
the year up until
very recently. It
was, however, not all that impres-
sive at the box office due to its
limited release status. The Acad-
emy does recognize box office in
its consideration.
The same can be said about
Ron Howard's Cinderella Man.
This was another very good film
that seemed to go overlooked by
the public. If anything comes
from this, it should be a Best Sup-
porting Actor for Paul Giamatti,
who went overlooked in both
American Splen-
dor and Sideways.
The Con-
stant Gardener, a
small politically
charged thriller
staring Ralph
Flennes, was also
released during
the summer. Its
director, Fer-
nando Meirelles,
was a surprise
nomination in
2003 for his Bra-
zilian film Cify
of God. He has a
chance to pick
up nomination
number two, but
he's considered a dark horse.
Other films have been gen-
erating buzz in a limited release
status. Some have since gone
wide while others remain limited.
One of these films is A History
of Violence. This film may not
earn a Best Picture nod, but it
could possibly earn nomina-
tions for its leading stars Viggo
Mortensen and Maria Bello.
Capote, the biopic about In
Cold Blood author Truman Capote,
is the best film of the year thus
far. Philip Seymour Hoffman
will win the Oscar for Best Actor.
He has some competition, but
right now he's generating the
same buzz as Jamie Foxx did last
year for his performance in Ray,
which he eventually won. Capote
could end up being a Best Picture
nod, but look for it to defiantly
secure a nomination (and win)
for Hoffman and Best Support-
ing nods for either Clifton Col-
lins, Jr. or Catherine Keener.
George Clooney made his
debut as director with Good
Night, and Good Luck, a story
about Edward R. Murrow and
CBS's outlash at Senator Joseph
McCarthy's anti-communism
politics in the 1950s. David
Strathairn will earn a nod for
playing Murrow and Clooney
could earn a Best Director nod.
At one point, farhead looked
like it could make a run for Oscar
gold, but with mixed reviews upon
its release, its chances of snagging
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Aeon
from page B1
kill him, even though he's the
man who ordered her sister to
be killed. There is an interesting
connection here between both
Aeon and Trevor, but she doesn't
know what it is. Now, Aeon is
ordered to be hunted by her
fellow Monicans for not taking
out the target when she had the
chance.
Director Karyn Kusama, who
won Best Director and the Grand
Jury Prize at the 2000 Sundance
Film Festival for Girlfight, makes
her second appearance behind
the camera. She doesn't let the
special effects needed for this
film to tell the story. Judging
by the images on the preview, it
almost looks like this will be a
CGl-laced feature. And it is, but
she doesn't over do it. The effects,
although not first rate, are merely
for background usage only.
Aeon Flux isn't a great movie
by any means. I went into this
film with very low expectations
(like it was going to be as bad as
Rent) and was surprised to find
that this film was very enter-
taining. Running at just over 90
minutes, the film's action never
lets up and keeps the audience
engaged for the entire time.
The screenplay might not be
great. The special effects are far
from the year's best. The acting
isn't what you'd expect with two
Oscar winners (Theron and Fran-
ces McDormand in a small role)
and another nominee in the cast
(Okoneda), but it is quite enter-
taining. And sometimes, enter-
tainment is really all you need to
make a movie going experience
fun. The fans of the old TV series
should also be impressed.
Grade: B
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anything more that techni-
cal categories has diminished.
The most outstanding period
piece of the year is Pride & Preju-
dice. This film is most likely to
make a run for Best Actress for
Keira Knightley.
Knightley will have some
competition in this category with
Reese Witherspoon for her June
Carter Cash portrayal in Walk
the Line. Joaquin Phoenix should
also snag Best Actor, but the win
will probably go to Hoffman for
Capote. Walk the Line itself might
be just strong enough to snag a
Best Picture nomination too.
George Clooney appears on
the list of hopefuls once again,
this time as a Best Actor candi-
date for the politically charged
Syriana. He might be looking at
being the first person ever nomi-
nated for both a Best Director and
Best Actor for different films in
the same year. Syriana, written
and directed by Stephen Gaghan
(Traffic) opens in wide release
this Friday.
This brings us up to Decem-
ber. Many of these films have
been screened to many critics
around the country who have
helped add to the growing buzz.
First up is Brokeback Mountain,
an unusual love story staring
Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllen-
haal as two cowboys in the 1960s
that form romantic relationships
despite being married. This film
has already generated enough
buzz to leave assumptions that
this film may not only be nomi-
nated for the top prize, but win
it too. Ledger is also favored for
a Best Actor nod.
Memoirs of a Geisha, directed
by Rob Marshall (Chicago), opens
later this month. It's a who's who
in Asian celebrities staring Zhang
Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Gong Li and
Ken Wantanabe.
The Producers brings the
famous Broadway musical to
the screen once again. It first
appeared as a comedy by Mel
Brooks (which won a screenplay
Oscar in 1968). Now, Nathan
Lane, Matthew Broderick, Uma
Thurman and Will Ferrell star in
the big screen musical adaptation.
The New World is a retelling
of the Jamestown story told
this time by Terrence Malick
(The Thin Red Line). Colin Far-
rell, Christopher Plummer and
Christian Bale star in this epic
film.
Match Point is Woody Allen's
first film to take place outside
New York. Set in London, it tells
the tale of love gone bad. Scarlett
Johansson stars in the film that
could finally earn her an Oscar.
This film generated in enormous
amount of buzz from the Cannes
Film Festival back in May.
Finally, Steven Spiel-
berg's Munich is the odds on
favorite to win Best Picture
and no one has even seen it.
It tells the story of four men
assigned by the Israeli govern-
ment to track down members
of a Palestinian terrorist group
who killed Israeli athletes at the
1972 Munich Olympic Games.
Many of these films are
already in limited release in larger
cities. As we leave Greenville for
the break, check out one of these
smaller Oscar contending films
rather than braving the long lines
to see some big blockbuster.
I have been studying the
tendencies of the Academy for
more than 10 years and I can
make a safe assumption that
this year's Best Picture nominees
will be five of these seven films:
Capote, Good Night, and Good Luck,
Walk the Line, Syriana, Brokeback
Mountain, Memoirs of a Geisha or
Munich.
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2005 from page B1
Downfall takes place primarily
in Hitler's underground bunker
as Berlin is under siege from the
Russian army. The war is all but
over - but no one, and certainly
not Hitler, will admit it. Slowly
the German dictator unravels,
losing all touch with reality as his
life's effort blows up in his face.
Bruno Ganz plays Hitler with
such ferociousness and convic-
tion that you cannot take your
eyes off of him. It's his perfor-
mance, as well as the pristine
portrayal of the time, that makes
this an absolute masterpiece.
Resident Evtt 4: I've never
included a video game in this
column, which is odd because
video games take up pretty much
the bulk of my time outside of
school work. I never liked the
Resident Evil series - basically
because it was difficult to control.
But with the Gamecube's Resident
Evil 4 they upped the graphics,
got rid of the zombies and made
it a breeze to play by turning it
into a first-person shooter.
The result is probably the
most tense, most beautiful, most
entertaining video game
ever made. The game will
get under your skin. It's
impossible to stop playing.
And most importantly, you'll
have months of nightmares to look
forward to - nightmares about
burlap sack-masked, chainsaw-
wielding rednecks. Scary stuff.
The White Stripes - Get
Behind Me Satan: Jack and
Meg White could have just
rehashed 2003's Elephant and
this album still would have
made this list. However, the
Stripes don't seem to know the
meaning of "cruise control
It's a strange album. For
a band that became famous
for loud, thrashing guitar and
pounding drums, Satan is almost
meek in comparison to their
earlier work. I mean, Jack became
a bona fide guitar god with Ele-
phant's "Ball and a Biscuit but
there's nary a solo to be found on
this entire album. Normally I'd
be angry when a band switches
gears so abruptly, but you can't
argue with results. Jack's lyrics
are sharper than ever and his old
school, 1950s rock 'n' roll piano
work is overwhelming. Subdued,
unconventional, amazing -1 love
this album.
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Page B4 sports@theeastcarolinian.com 252.328.6366 TONY ZOPPO Sports Editor BRANDON HUGHES Assistant Sports Editor
THURSDAY December 8, 2005
Holland on the future of ECU Athletics
12-8-05
An in-depth Q&A with
the Pirates' head honcho
ERICGILMORE
SENIOR WRITER
The East Carolinian's Eric
Gilmore was able to track down
ECU'S Athletic Director Terry
Holland for an Interview per-
taining to Holland's time at
the university thus far. Holland
has revamped ECU Athletics
in the past year-plus, bringing
in new coaching staffs for the
football, basketball and baseball
programs.
Eric Gilmore: Skip Holtz
just began the second year of his
five-year contract. With media
appearances, his guaranteed
salary this year was approxi-
mately $390,000. Comparatively,
Al Groh, the coach whom you
hired at Virginia now has a guar-
anteed salary of $1.7 million.
After going 5-6 this year, is there
a possibility of increasing Holtz's
pay or extending his contract?
Terry Holland: Coach Holt
and his staff have done a marvel-
ous (ob of restoring the pirate
pride and spirit and we hope to
keep them all under contract for
as long as possible.
EG: According to Holtz, his
team and this program are "still a
work in progress but the media
and fans seemed to label the
200S season a success. Judging
from your vantage point, was this
season successful?
TH: More important than
the won-loss record or the result
of any particular game is the fact
that this staff and team members
built a "foundation" that can sup-
port a championship program.
EG: With the increase in
overall scheduling for 2006,
what indicators will make next
year successful? What are your
expectations?
1H The only goal is to put
a team on the field that has an
equal chance to win against any
competition on any given Satur-
day. As long as we are progressing
toward that goal, the won-loss
record or individual game results
will eventually take care of them-
selves.
EG: The SGA senate recently
voted to support the athletic
department's $50 increase in
student fees. The $436 fee pumps
over $10 million directly into
the athletic budget. Is it fair for
students to fund approximately
half of the athletic budget?
TH: The ECU student fees
are comparable to those at other
institutions. So, I guess the cor-
rect way to look at it is that the
students are doing their part - is
everyone else doing their part?
EG: In recent interviews,
you've mentioned expanding
Dowdy-Ficklen stadium. You've
spoken of a six-story building
that would encompass football
offices and more luxury suites.
How much would this structure
cost and when do you expect it
to be completed?
TH: 1 have clearly said that
is my vision but that it is the
vision of someone who does
not know what they are talking
about. The circle of excellence
campaign include; funding for
hiring someone who can tell us
what can be done and how much
it will likely cost.
EG: Your expertise is
undoubtedly in basketball. You've
experienced 418 wins in 21 years
at both Davidson and Virginia.
While you've enjoyed success,
ECU never really has. How much
tougher is building the basketball
program compared to football
and baseball?
TH: It is harder simply
because it has never been done
so there is no tradition to point to
that helps people believe we can
do it. So we have hired coaches
who have been part of building
championship programs to pro-
vide that credibility - but they
cannot do it without a lot of help
from all pirate fans.
EG: Ricky Stokes and his
team have stated their goal is to
have a winning season. Similar
to the football question, what are
your expectations for the basket-
ball program - both this season
and beyond?
TH: Again, building a solid
foundation for success on and
off the field and court is the first
step and continuing toward that
goal is the next step.
EG: Billy Godwin was first
named "interim head baseball
coach" upon randy Mazey's
suspension. At that time, you
stated that there would be a
national search at the conclu-
sion of the upcoming season.
Instead, Godwin was named head
coach on Nov. 2. Why the
change?
TH: We felt that Billy Godwin
was the person we wanted to lead
our program and that waiting
until the end of the season would
be unfair to this year's team as
well as this year's recruiting class.
If we could have "Interviewed"
coach Godwin earlier, we would
have been able to make a simul-
taneous announcement. But,
of course, it was impossible to
interview anyone until the deci-
sion on coach Mazey had been j
made. '
EG: At Virginia, your athletic
program was in contention for
the sears cup yearly. Most of
ECU'S Olympic and non-revenue
sports need significant upgrades.
What has to be done to improve
programs such as golf, tennis and
cross-country?
TH: I always believe that
facilities are the most important
investment an athletic program
can make since those facilities
will serve generations of athletes
The ECU football program compiled five wins in Holland's first year as Athletic Director.
and coaches. The second level
of investment would be to hire
outstanding coaches, and the
third level would be scholarship
support to the maximum allowed
by the NCAA.
EG: Why was the decision
made on Tuesday to discontinue
the men's soccer program?
TH: It was initiated by the
need to hire a new coach - I
found that I could not ask a coach
to take the position until ECU is
capable of providing the men's
soccer team with the support
necessary to have a fair chance
against our conference oppo-
nents. The record over 23 years
in the CAA and Conference USA
of 17-151-5 means that we have
averaged less than one conference
win per year for over two decades.
That is a clear indication that we
have not provided the necessary
support in the past and we are not
currently positioned to provide
such support.
EG: Do you think ECU will
add one of the following varsity
sports within the next decade:
lacrosse, hockey, wrestling, crew
or rugby?
TH: Since ECU has 19 sports
(after the loss of men's soccer)
that means we support more
see HOLLAND page BS
Steroids issue raged in 2005
Congress plays large role
in the controversy
RON CLEMENTS
STAFF WRITER
With the recent death of pro-
fessional wrestler Eddie Guerrero,
the World Wrestling Entertain-
ment announced this week that
it will begin random drug test-
ing for its athletes - something
long overdue in pro wrestling.
Guerrero's death put the cap on
a 2005 year, which was plagued
by the issue of steroids in profes-
sional sports.
It's been just over since the
death of former baseball player
and drug abuser Ken Caminiti,
and his death and admitted drug
abuse along with Jose Canseco's
book citing rampant steroid use
in baseball was held over the col-
lective heads of baseball's brass
entering 2005.
In March, Congress decided
to step in calling onto the carpet
many of the players named in
Canseco's book and some of
baseball's top management,
including Players' Association
President Donald Fehr and Major
League Baseball commissioner
Bud Selig. Not much was accom-
plished from the hearing, aside
from Selig vowing for stiffer
penalties for violations of MLB's
new drug policy. The one real
highlight was 20-year veteran
Rafael Palmeiro, one of the play-
ers cited in Canseco's book as a
see STEROID page S5
Bush has been arguably the most explosive offensive player in college football this season.
Heisman profile: Reggie Bush
swivels his way to stardom
Victor Conte, of BALCO, is one of the main pieces ot the puzzle In baseball's steroid explosion.
� )
(AP) � Reggie Bush raced
around left end, easily leaving
most Fresno State defenders in
the dust, though a few had angles
on him.
Some 30 yards downfield,
the Southern California star was
hemmed in near the sideline
- so he stopped. With would-be
tacklers whizzing by him, Bush
changed direction, cruised all
the way across the field and into
the end zone.
The 90,000-plus fans packed
into the Los Angeles Coliseum went
wild. And with that you-had-to-
see-it-to-believc-it 50-yard touch-
down, the competition for the
I leisman Trophy might have ended.
A rare combination of speed,
power and shiftiness, the 6-foot,
200-pound Bush had the game of
a lifetime that November night,
� rushing for 294 yards on 23 car-
ries and setting a Pac-10 record
with 513 all-purpose yards as
No. 1 USC outlasted Fresno State
50-42.
USC coach Pete Carroll said
a, he hadn't seen a performance like
that in 40 years.
"The game I remember was
when Gale Sayers played against
the 49ers (in 1965), he scored six
touchdowns Carroll said. "That
was way back when.
"I've always thought that was
the kind of guy Reggie is like
Ot hers have said the samething.
"It's a great honor to be com-
pared to somebody like that
Bush said of Sayers, the former
Kansas and Chicago Bears star.
"I've evolved into my own person
and running style. I've been
playing this game since I was 8
years old
The 20-year-old Bush, a
junior from the San Diego area,
completed the regular season
last weekend with another show-
stopping performance, gaining
260 yards on 24 carries in a 66-19
triumph over UCLA.
The Heisman will be awarded
Saturday night in New York. It
was no coincidence Bush wore a
Yankees baseball hat last Sunday,
when it was formally announced
the Trojans would play No. 2
Texas for a third consecutive
national championship Jan. 4 in
the Rose Bowl.
"I plan on going to New York,
so I'm preparing myself he said
with a smile.
Bush was a finalist last Decem-
ber, when teammate Matt Leinart
won the award. It appears the
roles will be reversed this year.
"What would it mean? It
would be everything Bush said.
"I'd be lying if I said I didn't want
to win it
"Over the summer, I wanted
to focus on being a complete
running back, working on pass
blocking, running between the
tackles he said. "I really wanted
to become a complete running
back this year, and I think I have
Bush rushed for 537 yards as
a freshman and 908 as a sopho-
more. He gained 1,658 yards
on 197 carries in 12 games this
season, and his 8.9-yard average
per carry is tops in the country.
His 138.2-yard average per game
ranks fourth.
He also led the country in
all-purpose yardage with 2,611
yards for a 217.58-yard average
per game, and his 18 touchdowns
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Holland from page B4
sports than other C-USA schools
and more than many of our com-
petitors from BCS conferences
with much larger budgets. Unless
someone knows something that
I don't know, I believe that until
ECU's athletic budget is compa-
rable to those schools with 20
or more sports playing division
1A football, ECU will not add
a sport.
EG: What are the advantages
and disadvantages of competing
in C-USA?
TH: The disadvantage is the
distance from our conference
opponents requiring our teams
to do a better job of non-confer-
ence scheduling to create and
keep local rivalries (as we have
done in football recently). The
advantage of C-USA is that we get
to play in major media markets
throughout the southeast and
into the southwest - Orlando,
Birmingham, Memphis, New
Orleans, Tulsa, Dallas and Hous-
ton.
EG: Ever since you arrived,
it's seemed that ECU's goal
has been to position itself for
a potential move into another
athletic conference. What makes
ECU a lucrative program when
the next round of realignment
occurs?
TH: We are not positioning
for another conference except
to protect ourselves if and when
another re-alignment occurs.
As we found out the hard way,
C-USA is a major source for other
conferences to raid.
EG: You instilled a rigor-
ous class attendance policy for
student-athletes causing them
to lose their scholarship if they
miss three or more classes. How
has the policy been received and
is it enforceable?
TH: It has been well received
but enforcement is totally depen-
dent on the willingness of pro-
fessors to provide the athletic
department with attendance
information. About 60 percent
of the professors respond to our
requests for information but
we are slowly increasing that
percentage.
This writer can be contacted at
sports@theeastcarolinian.com.
Bush
from page B4
tied for seventh.
"He's got my vote Leinart
said of Bush, whose SS4 yards
rushing in the last two games are
the most ever by a USC player in
back-to-back games.
Leinart became the sixth
USC player to win the Heisman,
joining tailbacks Mike Garrett
(1965), O.J. Simpson (1968),
Charles White (1979), Marcus
Allen (1981), and quarterback
Carson Palmer (2002).
Allen and Bush both attended
Helix High School in Spring Valley.
"He's probably the fastest guy
who's ever played at a running
back position said Garrett, now
the USC athletic director. "Gale
Sayeis was very fast. O.J. was
very fast. This kid (LaDainian)
Tomlinson in San Diego is very
fast. I think Reggie's faster than
all of them.
LaMar Griffin, Bush's stepfa-
ther, said in a televised interview
during the UCLA-USC game that
he believed Bush would pass up
his final year of eligibility to play
in the NFL next season.
Bush insists he hasn't made
a decision.
"I really hope he does the
right thing for himself Garrett
said. "Last year, I think it was the
right thing for Matt
Leinart passed up an oppor-
tunity to become an instant
millionaire last January when he
decided to return to USC for his
senior year.
"Reggie could be a different
case Garrett said, an obvious
reference to the hitting all run-
ning backs take, making their
professional careers far shorter
on average than quarterbacks.
"I think he's a reasonable
person who will make a reason-
able decision Garrett said. "I
just want him to do the right
thing for himself. If he stays, that
would be great for us. If he goes,
it would be great for him
It would likely also be great
for the NFL team that selects
Bush, who's expected to be one
of the top selections, if not No.
1, in the draft next April should
he decide to come out.
"I'll think about it after the
season he said.
USCis37-l sinceBush enrolled.
Bush said whenever he does
go pro - this year or next year -
he'll just be happy to be there.
"For me he said, "just to get
a chance to make my mark in the
NFL is a dream
SterOid from page B4
steroid user, shaking his finger at
congressmen while denying ever
using performance enhancers.
Three other stars thought to
have used steroids, Sammy Sosa,
Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds,
did not say much at the hearing.
Sosa just denied use - McGwire
refused to answer questions on
the issue, casting doubt on his
integrity as a ball player - and
Bonds was not subpoenaed to
attend the hearing.
In September, Palmeiro was
suspended by Major League
Baseball because the Baltimore
Orioles slugger and member of
the 500-homer and 3,000-hit
club popped positive for steroids.
MLB's new drug policy was vindi-
cated and Palmeiro received the
proverbial black eye and prob-
ably saw his induction into the
Hall of Fame slip away. Nine MLB
players were suspended during
the 2005 season for steroid use.
Baseball was not alone in
its steroid issues. The NFL also
had a steroid hangover of sorts
from the 2004 season. While
the congressional hearings were
taking place in Washington, a
story broke from Charlotte that
accused three Carolina Panthers
players of shooting up during
Carolina's 2003 Super Bowl
season, and just days before their
appearance in the Super Bowl in
January 2004.
The investigation into the
alleged Carolina drug use is
ongoing. Just last week, the
doctor who allegedly gave the
Panthers' players the steroids tes-
tified that he "advised the players
how to take the drugs without
failing league tests
While the issue of steroids
continues to loom over profes-
sional sports heading into a new
year, the brass in all of the major
sports leagues continue to strug-
gle with the players' unions to
work out a settlement agreeable
to everyone. Progress has been
made and is still being made on
the subject of steroids because
the issues of 2005 are something
the NFL, MLB or any other league
wants to deal with in 2006.
This writer can be contacted at
sports@theeastcarolinian. com.
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