The East Carolinian, February 7, 2006

Volume 81 Number 48
February 7, 2006
ECU Folk and Country Dancers
celebrate six more weeks of winter
Concert very lively,
The ECU Folk and Coun-
try Dancers had a free concert
at Mudslinger's Coffee Co. on
Thursday, Groundhog Day.
Leanne Smith, English major
graduate student and president of
the group, explained that having
the concert on Groundhog's Day
wasn't for any special reason or
to honor the holiday.
"We chose this date because
it was the first holiday coming
up after we began to plan for the
event said Smith.
Smith said the idea to have a
concert like this one came from
a similar concert they had about
seven years ago called Dylan
night, in which they danced and
sang to Bob Dylan music.
The dance group had a variety
of different performances that
didn't just specifically include
Undergraduate students,
graduate students and professors
performed a variety of different
styles that included playing the
drums, fiddle, bass, guitar and
Native American flutes. The Folk
Arts Society of Greenville also
participated in the concert.
Smith described the concert
as having an "eclectic mixture
of music Roger Robbins, biol-
ogy visiting assistant professor,
played the Native American flutes
at the concert.
When asked how he joined
the ECU Folk and Country Danc-
ers, Robbins said, "I belonged to a
group in Beaufort before I moved
here and then I just transferred to
this group
The group includes experi-
enced performers like Robbins,
who said he has been playing
the Native American flutes for
about eight years, but the group
is also open to inexperienced
"It's open to everyone, kind of
the folk aspect to it. It's all about
learning and we're very tolerant
of beginners Smith said.
"We have beginner lessons
before every one of our dances, so
it's not a progression or anything.
Anyone can come to any of the
Smith said that they had the g
' event at Mudslinger's to bring c
in a different kind of crowd and
to get people to the downtown
Greenville area.
This is the first time they
had this concert, but they plan
to have it again next year along
with other performances based
on the success of the Groundhog
The concert, hosted at Mudslinger's, was held on Groundhog Day because it was the nearest holiday to the pre-planned event date.
Day concert.
The group has at least three
performances each month
according to Smith and encour-
ages everyone to come and watch
or perform in one of the events.
Where to go for good advice
The dance group does contra,
salsa, swing and, sometimes,
disco dances.
The next performances they
have scheduled are Feb. 11 at 6
p.m. and Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at
the Willis Building at First and
Reade Streets. The dance on Feb.
11 will be a contra dance and the
dance on Feb. 17 will be a salsa
To learn more about the
ECU Folk and Country Dancers,
visit their Web site at geocities.
This writer can be contacted at
Prioritizing comes first
A seminar on marriage and
relationships was held in the Brew-
ster building Friday, led by Janie
Sowers. Five females attended and
were at all different ages and situ-
ations in life. All, however, seem
to have the faith and power to
follow their hearts when it seems
nearly impossible. Sowers was a
very attentive and truly interested
listener when anyone spoke of
their own experiences.
The main focus of the seminar
was how to prioritize everything
in life. Many people are balancing
school, jobs, financial situations,
significant others and a social
"I haven't mastered how to get
those extra five hours in my day
said Sowers.
She seemed to empathize with
everyone in the room. Twenty-four
hours is not always enough time,
and you don't have to lose control
if you can't finish everything.
On that level, it is important
to focus on your day-to-day goals,
and let the long term goals work
themselves out as well. It feels
good to finish everything you set
out to do.
"Working smarter is better
than working harder Sowers
She also encourages every-
one to find their passion and
follow it. It is crucial to know
your job and not try to control
everything. She is very eager to
help anyone who could ben-
efit from her empowering semi-
nars and has realistic messages.
When on the subject of not attend-
ing to everyone else when you
need time for yourself, she said,
"The sun comes up the next
morning, and it's not my job to
hang it
Next time she gives one of
these seminars, it would be a
good idea to go. Sowers lets
you know right off the bat
that she is really there for you.
This writer can be contacted at
newstheeastcarolinian. com.
'Vagina Monologues'
opens this Friday
S0AD Iron Pour
The Vagina Monologues, featuring the powerful stories of women of all backgrounds and
lifestyles, will be open from Friday, Feb. 10, to Sunday, Feb. 12 in Wright Auditorium. Tickets are
available at and will be sold outside of Wright Place this week.
Southern winters unfamiliar to
many native Northerners
The School of Art and Design hosted an iron pour outside of the Jenkins Fine Arts building this
past Saturday. The event lasted from 1 - 4 p.m. The hot Iron was poured into molds to make
creations for both class and enjoyment.
Unfamiliar but not
unpleasant for most
We long for those white win-
ters and slay rides in the South,
but is walking to class in mis-
erably freezing weather really
worth it? As it turns out, most
ECU students who have come
here from the northern states are
glad to be away from the bitter
cold of their hometowns.
"It's much warmer and it still
hasn't snowed The warmer win-
ters are part of the reason why I went
south for school said Kate Chi-
quoine, a freshman from Delaware.
Sure it would be nice to have
a snowball fight once in a while
and maybe write your name
on the ground with your own
urine, but with the reality of a
winter wonderland comes a lot
of responsibility. When there is
tons of snow, shoveling paths
and actually being a cautious
driver are among the main safety
precautions. When people aren't
used to it, they think it is neces-
sary to cancel school, appoint-
ments and many other important
things when there is less than
one inch on the ground. Most
of the time, they are not seri-
ously affected. In most cases, the
snow sticks for maybe half a day.
"It snows an inch and every-
one here runs to stock up on a
month's worth of food said
Chris Grare, a New Jersey native.
On the other hand, is it worth
bearing the cold months without
seeing the beauty of the snowy
ground even once?
"I miss the feeling of a white
Christmas. Here, it kind of makes
the season lose what's important to
some of us said Terence Murphy,
a sophomore from New York.
"When 1 grew up on Long
Island, I remember walking 12
blocks (or three) to school in 2 feet
of snow (4 inches) and maybe I am
a better person for it. It really just
depends on your personal outlook
of dealing with the burdensome
weather patterns
For the most part, the North-
ern students prefer wearing the
comfortable winter clothes and
skipping having to wear ski gear to
class. Then again, even if it is just
for a day, a lot of Southern students
here are thinking "let it snow, let it
snow, let it snow
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RACHEL KING News Editor ZACK HILL Assistant News Editor
TUESDAY February 7, 2006
Contra Dance
The ECU Folk and Country
Dancers are sponsoring a contra
dance Saturday, Feb. 12 at the
Willis Building, located at First and
Reade Streets. Potluck supper will
be at 6 p.m concert at 7 p.m
beginners lesson at 7:30 p.m. and
contra dance from 8 -10:30 p.m.
Live, old-time and Celtic music
will be provided by a string band.
Admission is $3 for students, $5
for FASG members and $8 for the
public. For more information call
752-7350. This is a smoke and
alcohol-free event.
Romary Workshop
The Women's Studies Program
is sponsoring a workshop
entitled "Conflict Resolution: The
Essential Skill of Leaders in Life,
the Classroom, the Board Room
and the International Halls of
Power" Wednesday, Feb. 8. The
workshop will start at 5:30 p.m. In
Bate 1031. For more information,
e-mail Cheryl Dudasik-Wiggs at
Vagina Monologues
The Vagina Monologues will
run from Friday, Feb. 10 through
Sunday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. in Wright
Auditorium. Proceeds will go to
the Family Violence Program, Inc.
of Pitt County. Co-sponsors are
the Women's Studies Program
and VOICE. For ticket information,
call 1-800-ECU-ARTS. Tickets will
also be sold outside the Wrigh;
Place the week of performances.
Elite Pirates
Applications are now being
accepted for induction into this
premiere recognition program
designed to honor the top student
leaders at ECU. Only 11 student
leaders will be selected for this
honor based on their academics,
leadership and community
"The Elite Pirates" selected will
receive a university plaque,
induction into The Elite Pirates"
Student Hall of Fame, a $150
leadership honorarium and
receive recognition with other
campuscommunity leaders
during ECU Founder's Week.
Applications are available in 207
Mendenhall Student Center. The
deadline is Friday, Feb. 10 at 4:30
p.m. for submitting your application.
Interviews will be conducted Feb.
20 - 24. The Induction Program will
take place March 29 at 2:30 p.m.
in MSC Hendrix Theatre. Founder's
Week is March 27 - 31. For more
information contact the Office of
the Assistant Vice Chancellor for
Student Experiences at 328-4702.
Criminal Justice
Application Deadline
Students interested in applying for
admission to the undergraduate
criminal justice program need
to submit applications by
Wednesday, Feb. 15. Applications
are available outside of Rivers
105. For more information, call
Take My Picture
Joyner Library is looking for
students who are interested in
volunteering as models for photos
to be used in library publications
and other materials. Interested
individuals should contact Bill
Bunting at buntingw(,
Student Homecoming
Chair Applications
The Homecoming Committee is
currently looking for a persori to
fill the 2006 position of Student
Homecoming Chairperson.
The position calls for the applicant
to oversee seven subcommittees,
managea$19,000 budget, process
expenditures in a timely fashion
and chair all student homecoming
bi-weekly meetings.
To apply for the position, all
applicants must be full-time
students in good standing with
the university, have a minimum
cumulative GPA of 2.5 and have
a class standing of sophomore
or higher. This is a paid student
position. All applications must
include a letter of interest and
resume of related experience
and should be e-mailed no later
than Feb 10 to Adeea Rogers at
rogersa(a;ecu edu. You may also
drop off your letter of interest
and resume to 218 Mendenhall
Student Center, Mon. - Fri. from
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
News Briefs
Body parts cache leads to arrest
of Selma couple
SELMA, N.C. (AP) Decom-
posing body parts of one or possi-
bly two people were found near a
Johnston County farmhouse, and
the husband and wife who lived
there have been arrested.
Investigators were looking for
a man named Ceasar Ruvalcava
Ortiz, after receiving a tip Friday
that someone had been killed
on the farm property on Aug. 4,
1997, Johnston County Sheriff
Steve Bizzell said.
Deputies searched the prop-
erty Saturday and found plas-
tic bags of decomposing body
parts. A local medical examiner
said the remains might be of
two people.
Investigators suspect that
at least some of the remains
are those of Ruvalcava, Bizzell
said Sunday.
Robert "Bobby" Bruce Pollard,
34, was charged Saturday with
first-degree murder and his wife,
Cecelia Louise Pollard, 34, was
charged with being an accessory
to murder.
Bobby Pollard was also
charged with possessing mari-
juana and a weapon of mass
destruction- a sawed-off shot-
gun. He was held without bond
and Cecelia Pollard was held on
$500,000 bond.
Bizzell said Ruvalcava and his
girlfriend, Robin Clark who was
related to Louise Pollard often
stayed with the Pollards in 1997,
Bizzell said.
Relatives reported Clark miss-
ing on Aug. 9, 1997, when she was
17 years old, said Ronnie Stewart,
chief of operations for the Wake
County Sheriff's Department.
Last year, a Carrboro police
officer responding to a call at an
apartment met a woman who
identified herself as Robin Clark
and said she simply had a falling
out with her parents. Her name
was removed from a statewide
database of missing person's
reports in January 2005.
left note
(AP) Jacob D. Robida, 18,
was fatally wounded Saturday
when he opened fire on police
at a roadblock following a high-
speed chase in Arkansas. He was
shot twice in the head and died at
a hospital the following day.
In New Bedford, where police
say Robida attacked patrons at
Puzzles Lounge with a hatchet
early Thursday and then opened
fire with a handgun, detectives
found what they considered a
troubling message in Robida's
room at his mother's home.
"We didn't interpret it neces-
sarily as a suicide note, but it was
certainly the note of a desperate
man who had some plans to con-
tinue doing something violent
Bristol County District Attorney
Paul Walsh Jr. said.
The contents of the note
were not released. It was unclear
whether Robida left the note before
or after the nightclub attack.
Robida's mother told police
her son had come home after
the attack around 1 a.m. with his
head bleeding, then left again.
Police searched his room,
finding the message, an appar-
ently homemade poster with a
Nazi swastika and anti-Semitic
writings, as well as a makeshift
coffin, Walsh said.
The significance of the coffin
was unknown, he said.
A police report released
Monday said investigators also
found weapons, including 85
rounds of ammunition, a Samu-
rai sword, one knife and two
knife sheaths in Robida's room. A
knife without a sheath was found
outside of Puzzles.
They also found two bumper
stickers that read: "I dress this way
to scare your kids" and "My day is
not complete until I've terrified a
complete stranger the report said.
Police were trying to deter-
mine whether Robida had any
accomplices in New Bedford or
elsewhere, though evidence sug-
gests he acted alone, Walsh said.
After the tavern attack, Robida
surfaced Saturday in Arkansas,
where he killed Gassville police
officer Jim Sell at a traffic stop,
setting off a 20-mile chase that
ended in a gun battle when
Robida allegedly shot and killed
his passenger, 33-year-old Jen-
nifer Rena Bailey.
Authorities now believe the
woman was a relative of Clark's,
Stewart said.
Bizzell said deputies are trying
to track down Ruvalcava's family
members in Texas and Mexico.
Troops returning from war zones
dying on motorcycles
More troops have died in off-
duty motorcycle accidents since
the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11,
2001, than have been killed in
combat in Afghanistan over that
same time, according to safety
Military commanders in
North Carolina say the deaths
are largely the result of boredom,
bonus pay, and adrenalin to burn
off after troops return from wars
in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Nearly 350 troops have died
on bikes since the 2001 terror-
ist attacks. That's compared
to 259 killed while serving in
Nearly 1,000 more troops
have been injured on bikes.
The military has enough of
a challenge maintaining a force
that repeated deployments have
left severely stretched, accord-
ing to two reports released last
month, one commissioned by the
Pentagon, the other by Congres-
sional Democrats.
Troops say the bikes fill the
adrenalin void they left behind
in the war zone.
"Riders who have been in
accidents have told us that it's
the legal crack cocaine said J.T.
Coleman, a civilian spokesman
for the Army's Combat Readi-
ness Center in Fort Rucker, Ala
which tracks accidents among
soldiers. "They say it gives them
the same adrenaline rush they
get driving their tank through
Baghdad or whatever
Owner of bus that exploded,
killing 23 during hurricane
evacuation, pleads not guilty
MCALLEN, Texas (AP) The
owner of a tour company whose
bus exploded and killed 23 nurs-
ing home residents as they fled
Hurricane Rita pleaded not guilty
Monday to conspiracy and safety
Global Limo Inc. and its
president and director, James
H. Maples, are accused in
a three-count federal indict-
ment of conspiring to falsify
driver time records and failing
to inspect buses to ensure their
Maples, 65, didn't comment
as he left the courtroom. His
attorney, Charles Banker III, has
said the government was blam-
ing Maples for "something that
was really completely out of his
control Maples was arrested
Wednesday and released on a
$75,000 bond.
The bus erupted into flames
Sept. 23 on a freeway near Dallas
while carrying evacuees from a
Houston nursing home as Rita
gathered strength in the Gulf of
Mexico. The driver and some pas-
sengers escaped, but others were
caught inside as patients' oxygen
tanks exploded.
The accident accounted for
almost one-fourth of the approxi-
mately 100 deaths linked to Hur-
ricane Rita.
Federal regulators shut down
Global Limo's bus operations
after the fire, saying the condi-
tions of its vehicles and drivers
"are likely to result in serious
injury or death A grand jury
declined to indict the driver.
The conspiracy charge, the
most serious, carries up to five
years in prison and a $250,000
fine. If the company is convicted
on that charge, it could be fined
U.S. Magistrate Judge Dorina
Ramos scheduled jury selection
for early April.
Seizing property for religious
school ruled unconstitutional by
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seized a woman's home to help
a religious group build a private
school in a blighted Philadelphia
neighborhood, a state appeals
court ruled Monday.
In a 4-3 ruling, the Com-
monwealth Court said the
Philadelphia Redevelopment
Authority should not have taken
the property in 2003 to allow
the Hope Partnership to build
a middle school.
The court said the seizure by
eminent domain ran afoul of a
clause in the U.S. Constitution
that keeps Congress from estab-
lishing religion or preventing its
free exercise. The Hope Partner-
ship is a venture of the Society
of the Holy Child Jesus and the
Sisters of Mercy.
"The evidence shows that
the Hope Partnership desig-
nated the land that it wanted
and requested the authority to
acquire it, and the authority
proceeded to do so wrote Judge
Doris A. Smith-Ribner, writing
for the majority. "This joint effort
demonstrates the entanglement
between church and state
The authority may not take
private property, and then give
it to a religious group for its pri-
vate development purposes, the
court ruled.
In a dissent, Judge Dan Pel-
legrini said there was no evidence
that the project was designed to
establish a religion, but rather
was meant to serve residents of a
poor neighborhood.
Last June, the U.S. Supreme
Court ruled 5-4 that New London,
Conn had the authority to take
homes for a private develop-
ment project. That ruling has
been greeted with widespread
criticism, and several states have
been reviewing their laws related
to eminent domain.
Face transplant patient says
she looks 'like everyone else'
AMIENS, France (AP) The
Frenchwoman who made
medical history as the recipient
of a partial face transplant gave
the world its first look at the
results on Monday.
"I now have a face like every-
one else Isabelle Dinoire said at
her first news conference since the
groundbreaking surgery
in November.
In speech that was heavily
slurred, she explained how she
was mauled by a dog last year
and thanked the family of the
donor who gave her new lips, a
chin and nose.
A circular scar was still vis-
ible where the face tissue was
attached in the 15-hour opera-
tion in Amiens.
Dinoire appeared to still have
great difficulty moving or even
closing her mouth, which often
hung open. But she said that she
was regaining sensation.
"I can open my mouth and
eat. I feel my lips, my nose and
my mouth she said. During
the news conference, while one
of her surgeons was speaking,
she lifted a cup to her lips and
appeared to drink.
In terms of coloring, the
match between her own skin and
the graft was remarkable.
"I expect to resume a normal
life I pay homage to the donor's
family she said.
"My operation could help
others to live again
Dinoire, a divorced mother
of two teenage daughters, spoke
frankly about the attack in May
by her Labrador. She said she was
passed out when the dog mauled
her and that she did not imme-
diately realize the extent of her
disfigurement when she awoke.
"When I woke up, I tried to
light a cigarette, and I didn't
understand why I couldn't hold it
between my lips she said.
She added that she then
went to look at herself in a
mirror and was horrified by
what she saw. She also explained
the difficulties of life with
disfigurement, saying she suf-
fered stares when she went out.
"I understand all people who
have a handicap she said.
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JENNIFER L HOBBS Editor in Chief
TUESDAY February 7, 2006
Our View
Technology today
I love cell phones. I really do. I think that the
invention of the cellular telephone has been
one of the milestones in our society. We have
the capability to contact anyone, anywhere, at
any time. E-mail is no longer confined to the
realm of a computer. Cell phones have the
ability to connect friends and families and even
save lives by giving us access to lines of com-
munication with emergency services instantly.
Whether it is for work or play, cell phones place
the world at your fingertips.
Technology in our society has given us power
that was unimaginable just a decade or so ago.
The benefits of cell phones are undeniable.
However, with power comes responsibility.
Our society holds standards of etiquette for our
everyday interactions. Why do those lines of
appropriateness become so blurred when we
move from the real world to the world of tech-
nology? We all know that talking loudly in a
movie theater is unacceptable and distracting
to the people around us. Why then do some
people assume that the ringing of a cell phone
is not just as - if not more - distracting?
General societal standards dictate ttat it
would be rude to completely ignore someone
when they speak to you. So why do some
people think it is OK to interrupt a sales clerk
assisting them in a store in order to have a 15
minute conversation on the phone? Have we
allowed technology - and its ability to render
face-to-face communication unnecessary
- to diminish our appreciation for the people
around us?
Cell phones are amazingly powerful tools, for
which we should all be thankful. Just remem-
ber that like all power tools, cell phones can be
destructive if they land in careless hands.
Shooting themselves in the foot and other places
Drugs, Violence
Permeate Hip-Hop
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Mainstream hip-hop culture
is senseless, needlessly violent
and a large reason why African-
Americans still face negative
stereotypes concerning illicit
activities and behaviors.
As Black History Month rolls
on, Black Americans should con-
sider ways to improve their social
image, and to begin doing so they
need to examine why they are
sometimes looked upon nega-
tively. Many African-Americans
may claim that latent racism is the
reason for their negative portrayal
in modern America, but at least
some of the responsibility for their
current plight falls on themselves.
Mainstream hip-hop culture is
one that celebrates violence and
crime, and, in so doing, ignorance.
African-Americans contend
that they are portrayed less than
positively by the media, and
while that is often the case, they
are at least partly to blame for
that situation. Their most popu-
lar celebrities are rappers and
hip-hop artists that receive adu-
lation in the African-American
community akin to Messianic
status (see this month's cover of
Rolling Stone feat. Kanye West).
The negative influence of hip-
hop culture is broad in its reach.
A generation of African-Ameri-
can youths have been raised
on the violence and inanity of
hip-hop, and it has produced a
crop of young people who believe
that violence, drugs and criminal
activity are not only acceptable
behaviors, but are also their best,
and perhaps only, options to rise
above the abject poverty that
many of them are raised in.
Rappers both past and present
have ascended to the pinnacle of
the hip-hop world based on thug
personas and "street cred Tupac
Shakur, considered by many not
only to be the best rapper ever,
but also a visionary and poet, was
immersed in the so called "thug
life" and its unnecessary violence
to such a degree that it led to his
untimely death.
A myriad of high profile hip-
hop artists have been incarcerated,
due to their violent behavior and
involvement in illicit activities.
Suge Knight, the oft-maligned co-
founder of Death Row Records, was
sent to prison for five years for vio-
lating his parole when he stomped
someone's head in a Las Vegas
melee. Mystlkal is currently serving
six years for forcing his hair stylist
to perform sex acts, and of course
the much-ballyhooed 50 Cent has
spent time in the stony lonesome.
50 Cent's crack business, and
an incident in 2000 in which
he was shot several times, gave
him unlimited "street cred" and
made him a hero in the 'hood.
Since when was getting shot cool?
Since when was dealing rocks
cool? Who knows? Apparently
in hip-hop, people involved in
those sorts of things are to be
looked up to. That is where hip-
hop is letting African-Americans
down. Oprah is not the only
African-American to be duped
recently. The intoxicating sums
of money generated by the rap
industry are blinding many Afri-
can-Americans, and they are sell-
ing the hard work and sacrifices
of past Civil Rights leaders down
the river in order to make a buck
and live the mythical "thug life
A radical culture shift seems
unlikely as creativity is generally
lacking in the hip-hop genre. A
Black "Grunge" revolution does
not seem imminent, or even
possible, as there is presently
a dearth of Black musical vari-
ety. While soul and R&B have
their niches, hip-hop dominates
African-American culture. From
fashion and styles to general
attitudes, hip-hop has left its
indelible mark on Black America.
The progression of musical styles
and content has stagnated to
the point that the majority of
hip-hop is a cesspool of same-
ness. Countless 50 Cent and
Jay-Z clones fill MTV and BET
programming with indistin-
guishable rhymes degrading
women while glorifying drugs
and violence. A majority of Afri-
can-Americans, especially the
younger generations, are more
than happy to go along for the
ride as they run out to buy art-
ist's albums, shoes and apparel.
Hip-hop is not an entirely
negative genre of course. Art-
ists from KRS-One to Common
have been positive influences
with socially and politically
conscious messages. For many
years Common was an under-
ground voice, fighting against
the onslaught of mainstream
"gangsta rap It's unfortunate
that artists such as Common
along with Mos Def and Talib
Kweli are often overlooked and
under promoted. The responsibil-
ity for that lack of exposure falls
not only on the record labels that
push commercial "gangsta rap
but also the legions of fans, both
Black and White, that eagerly
gobble up the fodder.
The line between fantasy and
reality becomes dangerously blurred
in the hip-hop world, and that
spills over into every day life as
well. People are being robbed and
gunned down all over Greenville,
and to say that hip-hop culture
hasn't played some role in that
would be naive. Black youths across
town have been involved in numer-
ous violent incidents recently, and
such acts are condoned, if not
applauded, in the hip-hop culture.
Rap and hip-hop are leading
exports of the Black community
and that is why they tend to reflect
so poorly on the whole. The drugs
and violence touted in hip-hop
are bad for the African-American
image, but good for business (i.e.
50 Cent's gratuitously violent
video game). It is up to the Afri-
can-American community to
decide whether they think money
or a positive social image is more
important. If any movement or
culture lauded drugs, violen.ce
and misogyny it would be wrong.
Hip-hop, especially its mainstream
forms, does that today. That in
turn, leads to a negative perception
of African-Americans in general.
Slavery has been gone for nearly
150 years, and the Civil Rights
movement revolutionized America
decades ago. It is time for African-
Americans to become more pro-
active and take responsibility for
their social image. I seriously doubt
Dr. King would ever stand behind
a podium in Washington, D.C
and proclaim, "Skeet, skeet, skeet
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In My Opinion
(KRT) It would be easy, with
Samuel Alito now on the Supreme
Court, to predict that if another
seat comes open before President
Bush leaves office the ensuing
confirmation battle would be one
for the record books.
After all, if Bush did fill a
third seat, he essentially would
be able to remake the nation's
highest court in his own image.
However, given what we have
learned from the confirmation
battles over John G. Roberts Jr. and
Alito, the idea that Ted Kennedy &
Co. might be able to stop another
Bush nominee who is similar to
those two men might well be more
rhetoric than reality.
Last year, before the death of
Chief Justice William Rehnquist
and the retirement of Sandra
Day O'Connor, both Roberts and
Alito fit the profile of the type of
judge who conventional wisdom
held would inspire a Democratic
battle to the death.
Democratic interest groups
had boasted they would never
allow Bush to put that kind of
justice on the court, much less
two of them, or would at the least
wage a scorched earth campaign
that made the president pay a
heavy political price.
That is because with Alito
joining Antonin Scalia, Clarence
Thomas and Roberts on the court,
that provides four strongly conser-
vative votes. The swing member
is now Anthony Kennedy, who
most Democrats have always
thought was less inclined toward
their legal philosophy than
O'Connor, whom Alito replaced.
But should another vacancy
occur, it is hard to look at the
past six months of Supreme Court
politics and conclude that even if
Bush gets to appoint what would
be the fifth vote on the nine-
member court, the confirmation
fight would turn out differently.
To borrow a phrase from Saddam
Hussein, Bush's foes predicted the
mother of all battles to stop anyone
they considered to be a strict-con-
structionist conservative on the high
court. But they could not deliver.
Bush's opponents could not
even muster enough votes to
filibuster either man, much less
defeat Roberts or Alito on an up-
or-down vote.
Candidly, the lessons of the
Alito and Roberts confirmations
are that Democrats had better
either take back control of the
Senate this November or get
darned close, if they really want
to stop the next Bush nominee,
should that be in the cards.
And, they had better pray for t he
health of John Paul Stevens, who
is both the most liberal member
of the court and its most senior
member. He will be 86 in April.
Stevens, who has served on
the court for 30 years, spends
much of his time at his Florida
home. The expectation is that
he will wait for a Democratic
president before giving up his
seat willingly. The court's next
most liberal member is Ruth
Bader Ginsburg who will be 73
in March and has been treated
for colon cancer.
Yet, the 2008 presidential
election is almost three years
away. If the Democrats were to
win back control of the Senate
this year - an unlikely but not
impossible task - that would
change the dynamics of any
Supreme Court appointment.
Republicans currently hold 55
of the 100 seats plus the tiebreaker
in Vice President Dick Cheney.
History teaches they will lose
some of those seats in November
and current polls show Americans
saying they are in the mood for
political change.
Absent such a major elec-
toral shift, however, the Alito
and Roberts confirmation fights
show that Democrats claiming
a nominee is out of the judicial
mainstream - which was their
argument made against both
men - doesn't cut it. Neither
were opponents' cries that by
confirming Roberts and Alito
senators were endangering the
continuation of legal abortion,
which was aimed at energizing
Democrats and a handful of
moderate Republicans.
Thus, should Bush get another
Supreme Court appointment and
offer a third conservative who
passes the competence test, the
Democrats will need to find a
new strategy, either that or hope
for election gains in November.
Pirate Rant
Everyone needs to start going to the hockey games.
They cost less than any other ticketed sport, and
these guys are awesome and exciting. No one seems
to notice that they are among the few elite teams in
the South, and boast an impressive record.
No thanks to the guy that practically ran to steal the
last seat on the bus. Thanks to the true gentleman
that gave up his seat, walked to the front of the bus
and offered it to me
To the guys who have been fencing at the bottom of
the hill late at night, you guys are freaking awesome,
makes me wish I knew how to do that.
I can't stand Oprah!
To the person that wrote the article about jean shorts
being out of style. Screw you and your jacked up sense
of style. If you got a problem with me wearing jean
shorts come see me, I'll be the one wearing jean short
the whole summer.
Tuesday Night: Carolina vs. Duke, enough said.
ECU looks out for their own, if you go here as an
undergrad and want to go to the medical school,
they'll take you before they take someone from
another college.
In response to the letter to the editor in Thursday's
issue: I understand your plight, however, do you need
a month to truly remind you of what your people
have overcome? It is not just African Americans that
overcome adversity in this country, you don't see any
other minority groups with a month set aside. Are you
using the month as a reminder or as a crutch?
Thank you Target for scheduling me to work on
Superbowl Sunday when I asked off three weeks ago
thank you.
So yeah I saw that article about jean shorts making a
comeback! I don't think so and I better not see anyone
wearing one or my head might just explode.
I need a friend, somebody help
Maybe I'm biased since I'm a redhead, but what's with
all the bleach blondes at ECU? We all know that's not
your real hair color, give it up already.
Who decided it would be a good idea to start selling
ice cream in the Rec Center?
To: ECU Students - Rude is a horrible way to go
through life. From: A fed up waitress.
If it is your friend's birthday and you are to go out
with that person with everyone to a club, don't leave
i to go somewhere else because (a) you can't drink or
(b) you are not having fun. True friends will stay and
make themselves have fun. Be a true friend to your
friends. The world does not have to bend to your ways
but they way that you should act.
No seriously PICK UP YOUR FEET!
For the Band: He's in the clarinet section, I also think
the conductor is cute.
To the person that almost hit me on Friday, I was
already crossing the street when you turned to go
down behind the dorms And I had looked before
I crossed and I did not see any cars that had a signal
blinking. So maybe if you were more courteous and
aware of proper driving skills you would not have had
to drive all up on me and I would not have given you
a go to hell look. You are on a campus that is mainly
pedestrian, oh and by the way North Carolina law
states that pedestrians have the right of way no matter
what, even if they are in the wrong!
Does our tuition pay for all the lame modern art
sculptures on campus? If so do something cool for
once like a statue of David Garrard.
Alright, you can keep your Black History Month on a
few conditions. When they come out with a White
History Month and White Entertainment Television,
you can't say a word.
I think Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger have a secret
love affair going on, beyond Brokeback Mountain!
Does anybody notice how many squirrels are on
campus? They are just rats with fuzzy tails.
Who needs an alarm clock when they start drilling in
the basement of Fleming promptly at 8 a.m.? What are
they doing down there? I'm trying to sleep!
So you know that area on 10th Street down past Uni-
versity Manor where the street signs say that we can
resume a safe speed? What exactly does that mean?
Are we supposed to stay around 45 mph since that
was the last speed limit posted, or can we drive faster?
Because, to me, a "safe speed" could be 80 mph as long
as I'm not running any red lights or ramming other
cars. This confuses me.
A note for all of the girls. Guys don't care what is in
fashion or not. Simple fact - Southern guys will con-
tinue to wear jean shorts because we don't care what
Northern girls think. Get rid of the hideous UGGs
before you mention a word about fashion!
First and foremost: Kanye West is not an idiot, he is
a very intelligent and well-informed individual who
deserves a lot of respect. Second: Kanye was appear-
ing on Rolling Stone not in a literal but in a figurative
sense- illustrating his commitment to spread his
"word" and to uplift the black community. Proof?
Look at Kanye's blatantly truthful statement about
Bush's attitudes toward the Black Community in the
aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
I've decided physics is a foreign language that can
never be understood.
To the girl who believes she figured out the mystery
of Greeks. Not all members of fraternities and sorori-
ties dress up for class. And we choose people based
on values and common interest as ourselves. So go
ahead and stereotype us, you obviously have no idea
what we're all about.
I take the elevator to the second floor because I just
had knee and hip surgery and can't walk up stairs.
Not all of us are lazy.
Black History month is the only month that African
Americans idealize people they should, like Bob John-
son, JC Watts or MLK Jr. Usually ignorant rappers get
all the respect. Yeah for black history month!
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TUESDAY February 7, 2006
Names in the News:
Madonna opens event
Five-time Grammy winner Madonna
will team up with virtual band Gorillaz
to open the 48th annual Grammy
Awards. The Recording Academy
said Gorillaz will perform in 3-D
color animation, a first for network
TV, reported. Madonna
has no nominations this year, but
Gorillaz's Feel Good Inc featuring
De La Soul, is nominated for record
of the year, best pop collaboration
with vocals and best short-form
music video. The brainchild of Blur
frontman Damon Albarn, the Gorillaz
are a blending of rock and hip-hop
that represents band members
as cartoon alter egos created by
animator Jamie Hewlett.
Manson hits the hookah
Brian Warner, better known as
Marilyn Manson, will portray Alice in
Wonderland author Lewis Carroll in
a new movie. Phantasmagoria: The
Visions of Lewis Carroll will also mark
Manson's writing and directing debut.
"It's a kind of art-house horror;
what people expect from Manson,
they're going to get here said
the film's producer, Alain de la
Mata. Manson will head to the
Berlin Rim Festival's European Rim
Market to drum up financial support
for the flick, which is budgeted at
about $4.2 million. The film is set
to begin production in the summer.
Reunited and It feels so good
The three teenage stars of the
Harry Potter films are gathering
for the fifth film in the wizard saga,
Harry Potter and the Order of the
Phoenix. Filming begins next week
with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson
and Rupert Grint reprising their roles
as teenage wizards. Britain's David
Yates will direct and Vera Drake
star Imelda Staunton will star as the
new "Defense Against the Dark Arts'
teacher at Hogwarts school. Phoenix
is expected to be released next year.
Broadway bound
The divine Martin Short is preparing
to take on Broadway Aug. 10 in Martin
Short: Fame Becomes Me, after stops
in Los Angeles and Chicago.
"It's kind of a loving satire of one-man
shows and my struggle to open a
vein and be forthright and pour out
the angst of my life, even though I
don't have any angst he told the
New York Times.
"So I'm forced to make it up
Boy George pleads not guilty
Ex-Culture Club diva Boy George
protested his innocence of a cocaine
possession charge Wednesday in
Manhattan Criminal Court. George,
44, whose real name is George
O'Dowd, was arrested in October
of last year after police responding
to a burglary call at his apartment
in Manhattan found 13 plastic bags
of cocaine. He could face up to five
years in prison if convicted.
Local Concerts:
Nada Surf will be at the Cat's Cradle
in Carrboro Friday, Feb. 10.
The Pietasters will be at the Cat's
Cradle in Carrboro Saturday, Feb. 11.
Larry the Cable Guy will be performing
at the RBC Center in Raleigh Saturday,
Feb. 11.
Matisyahu will be performing at the
Cat's Cradle in Carrboro Wednesday,
Feb. 15.
Keith Urban and Pat Green will be
performing at the Charlotte Bobcats
Arena Thursday, Feb. 16.
The Jagermiester Music Tour
with Disturbed, Nothingface and
Bloodsimple will come to the House
of Blues in Myrtle Beach, S.C Sunday,
Feb. 19.
INXS and special guest Marty
Casey & The Lovehammers will be
performing at Ovens Auditorium in
Charlotte Tuesday, Feb. 21.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and
special guests Elefant will be
at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro
Wednesday, Feb. 22
OAR will be performing at Ovens
Auditorium in Charlotte Saturday,
Feb. 25.
G. Love and Special Sauce will be
performing at the Lincoln Theatre in
Raleigh Friday, March 3.
The Take Action Tour featuring
Matchbook Romance, The Early
November, Silverstein, Paramore and
Amber Pacific will come to Myrtle
Beach, SO Tuesday, March 7.
Jerry Seinfeld will be performing
at the Progress Energy Center for
Performing Arts in Raleigh Friday,
March 10.
Circa Survive, Saves the Day and
Moneen will be performing at the
House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Saturday, March 25.
Black History Month at ECU
Not just another month,
celebrate with pride
In the fast paced world that
we live in today, many people
often take for granted the every-
day luxuries and rights that we
enjoy thanks to the people who
came before us. For 80 years,
the United States has celebrated
Black History Month by honor-
ing the many black inventors,
writers, activists and leaders
who have come before us.
The idea originated in 1926
as Negro History Week by Carter
Woodson. Woodson was the
son of former slaves, who while
attending school, was stunned
to find that blacks were gener-
ally forgotten in American his-
tory books and that when they
were mentioned, it was in an
inferior manner. From then on
Woodson made it his goal to
acknowledge the contributions
to this country made by blacks.
He established the Associa-
tion for the Study of Negro Life
and History, now known as
the Association for the Study
of Afro-American Life and
History, in 1915. This associa-
tion charges blacks to become
historians of their history by
searching for and preserv-
ing their accomplishments.
Woodson decided that
February was the appropriate
time to celebrate black his-
tory because the birthdays of
two individuals who greatly
Freedom's Journal was the first African American newspaperto be published in the United States. Copies
of this paper are now on display for Black History Month at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
portrait of the American jazz
legend as well as some of his
most famous works. Tickets
can be purchased in advance
by calling 1-800-ECU-ARTS or
by visiting Prices
are $30 for the general public,
$29 for ECU facultystaff, $15
for youth and $10 for ECU stu-
dents. All tickets purchased at
the door will be sold for a flat
rate of $30.
Whatever your nationality,
race or religion, remembering
the contributions from our past
can help us appreciate our pres-
ent. By celebrating black history
this month, we are celebrating
a part of American history that
was almost forgotten until one
man decided to fight to bring it
not only in our history books,
but into our lives.
For more information about
Black History Month, please
Thii writer can be contacted at
influenced the black population,
Frederick Douglass and Abraham
Lincoln, occurred in this month.
However, February is also a sig-
nificant month because it was in
February that blacks were granted
the right to vote due to the 15th
Amendment and the National
Association for the Advancement
for Colored People (NAACP) was
"We should emphasize not
negro history, but the negro in
history. What we need is not
a history of selected races or
nations, but the history of the
world void of national bias, race
hate and religious prejudice
said Woodson when speaking out
about Negro History Week.
This month on .campus there
will be several events to honor
Black History Month. Attending
these events may prove to be not
only enjoyable, but enlightening
and educational as well.
A Black History Month Con-
cert, "A Tribute to Motown will
be held Saturday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m.
The concert is sponsored by the
ECU Jazz Program and will fea-
ture "Aishah
An African American Reading
Circle will take place from 7-8:30
p.m on Thursday, Feb. 23. This
event will take place in the Ledonia
Wright Cultural Center Gallery.
"Unforgettable: The Nat King
Cole Story" will be performed Sat-
urday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. in Wright
Auditorium. This production
will feature an autobiographical

Did You Know?
African-Americans developed crop
rotation, the traffic light the mail
box, the gas mask, the fountain pen,
the typewriter, the telegraph, the golf
tee, the automatic gear shift, the
commode toilet the method ot dry
cleaning clothes, the electric lamp,
the automatic car coupler and the air
brake for the railroad; however, only
four are Inducted Into the National
Inventors Hall of Fame.

'Vagina Monologues'
will entertain, inform
Valentine's Day Event from FRIENDS of
S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts
Dinner and dance soiree
to be held
Much more to this event
than meets the eye
Eve Ensler's The Vagina Mono-
logues is coming to ECU Feb. 10
- 12 as part of the V-Day College
Campaign. The Vagina Mono-
logues was written by Ensler to
convey wom-
en's sexuality
and strength
through humor
and grace.
Ensler wrote it
ajter interview-
ing more than
200 women.
The play has
been translated
into 35 differ-
ent languages
and runs in
theatres all
over the world.
While performing The Vagina
Monologues, Ensler was inspired
to create a global movement to
stop violence against women
Did You Know?
hence the creation of V-Day.
"V-Day is a global movement
to stop violence against women
and girls. V-day is a catalyst
that promotes creative events
to increase awareness, raise
money and revitalize the spirit of
existing anti-violence organizations
"Through benefit perfor-
mances of The Vagina Monologues,
unique documentary film proj-
ects and inno-
vative gather-
ings designed
to change
social atti-
tudes toward
violence, V-
Day generates
broader atten-
tion for the
fight to stop
worldwide vio-
lence against
women and
girls including
rape, battery,
incest, female genital mutila-
tion (FGM) and sexual slavery
see V-DAY page A5
-33 percent of all women have been
abused In their lifetime.
-In 2001 more than half a million
women were victims of violence at
the hands of an Intimate partner.
-A convicted rapist Is 50 percent
more likely to receive probation
than a convicted robber.
Romantic outings for Valen-
tine's Day are usually detrimental
to one's nerves, patience and
wallet. February comes along
and suddenly questions of what,
when, where and how much
come bombarding in from all
directions. If you are looking
for an outing that is low in cost,
high in quality and won't leave
you waiting for a table, then the
FRIENDS of the S. Rudolph Alex-
ander Performing Arts Series has
an event for you.
As part of their annual fund-
raising event, the Valentine's
Dinner Dance Soiree will be
held at Rock Springs Center in
Greenville on Valentine's Day
from 6:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Mary Ruth Helms, marketing
associate for the Cultural Arts
Outreach program, said "This
is the seventh year we've put
on the dance, and it has always
been very successful for both
the guests and our program
Helms said on average
there are about 200 guests that
attend the event, and they usu-
ally raise more than $9,000
through auctions and drawings.
This year the theme of the
event is "An Evening at Ver-
sailles The event will offer a
fantastically elegant dinner full
of candlelight, champagne, danc-
ing, music and mouth-watering
cuisine. Cocktail hour begins this
evening before guests are seated
Dance with the one you love on Valentine's Day through FRIENDS.
in a room surrounded in hues
of pink, creme and champagne.
Alison Bennett-James and Peggy
C. Taylor, who are in charge of all
decorative elements of the affair,
promise that "The guests who
find the centerpieces irresistible
will be pleased to know they will
be available for purchase
There are a variety of salads,
main course meals and even
vegetarian options for all guests,
followed by a lovely dessert and
champagne. Dancing follows
see FRIENDS page A5
ECU Campus Dining: Offering something for everyone
There are a lot of options,
choose wisely
I remember Campus Dining.
When 1 lived on the Hill, I ate
at Todd almost every day. That
was before the dawn of time
when West End was but a dream.
Anyway, Todd offered a scintil-
lating menu, and as a freshman
I thought I would eat as a king
during my time at ECU. My
parents certainly paid a king's
ransom for my meal plan. Once
I sat down to eat with some of my
buddies, however, 1 realized that
the food was not always a treat to
the palate. Indeed, many people
faced races against time to make
it back to their hall to uh, take
care of things. At any rate, Todd
was there for some good times,
and the Galley came through
with some late night snacks.
Since that time, Campus Dining
has made some improvements to
the campus dining experience to
help students feel like they have
gotten more bang for their buck.
The Campus Dining Web site
asks, "Who says you will miss
mom and dad's cooking?"
Well, I will actually. Espe-
cially if you're from the South,
no one cooks a meal like mama,
and you know it. That being said,
Campus Dining does offer some
adequate services from which
you can partake.
Campus Dining offers 12 sites
across campus where students
can use their meal plans. The
big two, of course, are Todd and
West End Dining Halls. Every day
students are offered a smorgas-
bord of delights from which to
choose. There is the old saying
that preaches quality ahead of
quantity, and it holds true here.
Wright Place and Destination
360 are convenience store type
setups which are, true to the
title, convenient. If you're on
your way to class, you can grab
a drink and a sandwich and be
about your business. You'll look
supremely important barreling
across campus with a bottle of
water, and nothing says "I've got
money" like chomping on a bagel
while talking on a cell phone.
The Croatan is a popular
choice for people to grab some
food. Chick-Fil-A is featured
there, and everyone knows it is
delicious. There are also some
other campus dining options
offered, as well as a small conve-
nience mart. More importantly,
perhaps, the Croatan is a place
to see and be seen. If you're
going to pick up a biscuit there,
be sure to bring a posse andor a
lady friend.
If you want to be really pre-
tentious, you can pick up a latte
or some other type of coffee
drink at one of the Java City
locations around campus. Be
sure to be rude and huffy with
the employees because that will
Todd Dining Hall on College Hill
surely make them work faster. (If
you actually believe that, you are
probably one of the rude ones.)
If you're a 'meathead type you
can get a little pick-me-up at the
Center Court Juice Bar at the
Student Recreation Center.
The Galley is the place to be
on the Hill. You can get almost
anything that you want there.
With a convenience mart, Java
can offer many culinary delights.
City and a lot of good hot food,
the Freshman 15 will be an inevi-
tability. The Reade Street Market
and Subway are the Galley's
counterparts on the West End.
I always hope to see Jared from
the Subway commercials when
I go there, but it never happens.
There is a guy in my history
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February 14 2006
Mendenhall Multipurpose Room
February 14 2006
Mendenhall Multipurpose Room
Refreshments will be served
FNendS from page A4
the dinner, live music provided
by the Emerald City Big Band, a
popular 20-piece band featuring
three vocalists. They will play
a mix of swing, pop, jazz, big-
band and beach music. Melba
Tripp, a member of the Valen-
tine's committee overseeing the
event, remarked the band is "a
wonderful dance band, and is
entertaining for those who prefer
to relax at the table and listen
There will be a live and silent
auction at this event, and items
include spa packages, home
decor items, gourmet dinners,
NASCAR tickets, local artist
paintings, golf extravaganza,
golf shirts and countless other
Another part of the fundraiser
is the selling of 75 hand-decorated
champagne flutes, one of which
will hold the winning ticket for
a Lagos silver and gold diamond
pendant, compliments of Lau-
tares Jewelers.
Helms said there will be a lot
of French-inspired decorations,
like a 10-foot Eiffel Tower that
was constructed for the event, as
well as a wall of mirrors and other
quaint decorations to set the
ambience of France for the guests.
"For those who can't make
it to France for Valentine's
Day, we have decided to do
the next best thing - bring
France to Greenville Helms
added laughing. It is an event
of wonderful food, dancing and
prizes, and should give every-
one a chance to have a great
Valentine's Day. Couples and
singles are encouraged to attend,
and there will be special tables
for those singles looking to find
some love on Feb. 14 as well.
Tickets can be purchased
at the Central Ticket Office
located in Mendenhall. Tickets
are priced at $65 for individuals
or $130 per couple and are only
available for a limited time. For
tickets or additional informa-
tion, interested parties can
contact the Central Ticket Office
at 1-800-ECU-ARTS or visit the
Cultural Arts department Web
site at ecu.eduecuarts.
This writer can be contacted at
V"U3y from page A4
according to
V-Day strives to create a world
where women can spend their
lives thriving rather than surviv-
ing or recovering from terrible
things they have experienced.
"By raising money and con-
sciousness, it will unify and
strengthen existing anti-vio-
lence efforts. Triggering far-
reaching awareness, it will
lay the groundwork for new
educational, protective and
legislative endeavors through-
out the world says the
mission statement at
Since the creation of V-Day,
the organization has raised
more than $25 million.
Tickets for The Vagina Mono-
logues can be purchased online
at or by calling 1-
800-ECU-ARTS. Student's prices
are $8 in advance and $10 at the
door. General admission tickets
are $12 in advance and $15 at
the door. The performance will
begin at 8 p.m. each night.
This event is sponsored by
ECU Women's Studies Program,
VOICE, the Office of Student
Experiences and the ECU Student
Union. All proceeds from the per-
formance will go to the Family
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County. The goal of the perfor-
mance is to raise awareness to stop
violence against women and girls.
Do your part by attending an
upcoming performance of The
Vagina Monologues and learning
more about V-Day. Knowledge
is power, so by learning more,
you can help fight abuse against
women and girls.
Formore information about The
Vagina Monologues and the V-Day
College Campaign, visit
This writer can be contacted at
Dilling from page A4
class that looks a lot like him
though. There's also Marie's,
a snack bar, located at Minges.
For more information about
Campus Dining and their
services, you can visit their
Web site at ecu.edudining.
Well, that's your Campus
Dining overview. You could
bring your lunch to campus
if you want to get beat up. Prices
are a little steep, but try to find
a college that doesn't charge
an arm and a leg for their food.
It will all be water under the
bridge soon enough, however.
So eat, drink and be merry,
for tomorrow we graduate.
This writer can be contacted at
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Student Homecoming Chair
Hie Homecoming Committee is currently looking for a person to fill the 2006 position of
Student Homecoming Chairperson.
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The position calls for the applicant to:
Oversee seven (7) subcommittees
Manage a $19,000 budget and process expenditures in a timely fashion
Chair all student Homecoming bi-weekly (Spring) and weekly Fall meetings
To apply for the position, all applicants must:
Be a full-time student in good standing with the University
Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
Have a class standing of sophomore or up
This is a paid student position. All applications must include a letter of interest and resume
of related experience and emailed no later than February 10, 2006 to Charlie Brown,
brownchar( You may also drop off your letter of interest and resume to
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Page A6 252.328.6366 TONY Z0PP0 Sports Editor BRANDON HUGHES Assistant Sports Editor
TUESDAY February 7, 2006
Sports Briefs
ECU'S McNeil, Hart suspended
ECU junior guard Japhet
McNeil and sophomore
forward Jonathan Hart have
been suspended indefinitely
for conduct detrimental to the
team, announced Head Coach
Ricky Stokes on Monday. Neither
will play in Saturday's game
against UAB in Birmingham, Ala
McNeil leads Conference USA in
assists with 6.65 per game and
ranked fifth in the latest NCAA
statistics published Jan. 31. He
has distributed 133 assists this
season, which is an ECU single
season record. McNeil had started
15 games this season, while
averaging 4.9 points in 27 minutes
per game. Hart was averaging 4.2
points and 3.3 rebounds in 17
minutes of action per game this
season and had started each of
the past three games.
ACC suspends ere w for tech call
Referees who worked Satur-
day's game between Florida State
and Duke were given a one-game
suspension for an unnecessary
technical foul on a Seminoles
player, the Atlantic Coast Confer-
ence said Monday. The crew of
Mike Eades. Ray Natili and Ed
Corbett shouldn't have assessed
a technical foul to Florida State's
Alexander Johnson in the second
half of Duke's 97-96 overtime win
Saturday, said John Clougherty,
ACC coordinator of men's basket-
ball officials. The technical was
Johnson's fifth foul, and he left
the game with 9:23 remaining.
Johnson had 13 points and 11
rebounds before he went to the
bench. Johnson picked up his
fourth foul for an intentional foul
on Duke center Shelden Williams,
who quickly got to his feet and
bumped into Johnson. Televi-
sion replays showed Johnson
attempting to back away from
the altercation, which resulted in
technicals for both players. Refer-
ees also whistled Johnson for an
intentional foul against Williams
in the first half.
Hedican replaces Miller on US.
hockey team
Carolina Hurricanes defen-
seman Bret Hedican has a
chance to match the gold medal
his famous wife captured 14
years ago. Hedican, who is mar-
ried to Olympic champion skater
Kristi Yamaguchi, was selected
Monday to the U.S. hockey team
to replace injured Los Angeles
Kings defenseman Aaron Miller.
USA Hockey also announced
tne three-person taxi squad,
whose members will be pressed
into action in Turin, Italy, only if
a player is knocked out of the
tournament by injury. The addi-
tions were Carolina forward Matt
Cullen. New Jersey defenseman
Paul Martin and Buffalo goalie
Ryan Miller. When the original
23-man roster was chosen in
December, Ryan Miller was left
off because he was recovering
from a thumb injury. However,
he has been in peak form since
his return while team members
Rick DiPietro (New York Island-
ers), Robert Esche (Philadelphia
Flyers) and John Grahame
(Tampa Bay Lightning) have
struggled with injuries and
inconsistent play. Hedican will
be making his second Olympic
appearance. He had no points
in eight games during the 1992
Albertville Games, the same
Olympics in which Yamaguchi
won the women's figure skat-
ing gold medal. Yamaguchi, a
two-time world champion, was
inducted Into the U.S. Olympic
Hall of Fame in December,
one month after giving birth to J
the couple's second daughter. &
Hedican has five goals and 13 i.
assists in 51 games with Caro- g
lina this season while averaging
more than 20 minutes played
per game. With the additions of
Hedican and Cullen, Carolina
now has four players on the U.S.
squad. Hurricanes right wing
Eric Cole was an original pick
as was Doug Weight, who was
traded by St. Louis to Carolina
last week.
Steelers win the big one
Hines Ward MVP in Super Bowl XL
All that talk between Joey Porter and Jerramy
Stevens didn't amount to much. Porter had just
three tackles in Super Bowl XL, while Stevens tallied
three catches for 25 yards, but did score a touch-
down following a Ben Roethlisberger interception.
Roethlisberger had a miserable night statisti-
cally. Big Ben was just 9-21 passing for only 123
yards and two interceptions. Jerome Bettis, play-
ing in the final game of his career, was held to 43
yards rushing. Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck
threw for 273 yards and a touchdown to Stevens,
while league MVP Shaun Alexander was only five
yards shy of 100. All this means Seattle won, right?
Pittsburgh's defense led the way and the offense
made the plays it had to'make to earn the Steelers a
21-10 victory over the Seahawks in Detroit Sunday
for Pittsburgh's record-tying fifth Super Bowl title.
Pittsburgh tied San Francisco and Dallas with its
five Super Bowl titles.
Two big plays busted the game open for the
Steelers. On the second play of the third quarter,
former UNC Tar Heel Willie Parker followed a
great lead block by pulling guard Alan Faneca and
out-sprinted the Seattle defenders 75 yards for a
touchdown and a 14-3 lead. The run was the lon-
gest rushing play in Super Bowl history, eclipsing
Marcus Allen's 74-yard run in Super Bowl XVIII.
An end-around pass from Antwaan Randle-El to
game MVP Hines Ward for a 43-yard score sealed
the win and the "One for the Thumb" for the city
of Pittsburgh.
The Seahawks scored first, marching down the
field before their drive stalled following a ques-
tionable offensive pass interference call on Darrell
Jackson to negate a touchdown. Seattle settled for
a 47-yard field goal. The Seahawks continued to
move the ball up and down the field in the first
half, only to have the Steelers defense force a field
goal attempt. Seattle kicker Josh Brown missed a 50
and a 54-yard field goal.
Mistakes and questionable officiating plagued
the Seahawks the entire game. Seattle receivers had
several drops and bad footwork on two consecutive
would-be completions near the sideline, one of
which would have been a touchdown. Hasselbeck
and Head Coach Mike Holmgren did a horrible job
of clock management near the end of the game.
see STEELERS page A8
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Steelers'
Super Bowl XL win over the Seattle Seahawks Feb. 5 in Detroit. The victory marked Bettis' last game.
Houston holds off ECU in overtime, 64-60
Questionable traveling call erases ECU
last-ditch effort against Cougars
At the end of regulation, Houston point guard
Lanny Smith sat in a rage, upset with a lack of a
whistle during a last-second drive to the basket.
But it was ECU and their respective fans that would
leave in a firestorm following a referee's controver-
sial overtime decision.
With the Cougars holding a two-point advan-
tage with just 4.6 seconds remaining in overtime,
Houston's Brian Latham missed both free throws.
ECU'S Taylor Gagnon corralled the rebound and
sent a midcourt outlet pass to a streaking Jeremy
Ingram. The sophomore guard received the ball and
tried to dodge a Houston defender.
It was then - with 1.2 seconds left - that a referee
issued Ingram for a traveling violation. After the
turnover, Ramon Dyer sank two free throws with
0.2 remaining to seal the 64-60 Cougar road win.
"Oh, man, I thought it wasa legit play said Ingram.
"I was just trying to make a play, but 1 wasn't
able to make a play. They made the call. I'm not
going to bash the referees because that's not my
style. They made the call, and 1 respect it
Gagnon, visibly frustrated on the court, ques-
tioned the official after the call was made.
"When the referee first blew the whistle, I
thought it was a blocking call said Gagnon.
"That's a tough call to call, but we shouldn't
have been in that position in the first place and
have to live with it
"It was a dogfight said Houston Head Coach
Tom Penders.
"I thought they matched up very well with
us, and I'm happy, and proud to come out of here
with a win. I think both teams were exhausted at
the end, and we made a couple more shots than
Head Coach Ricky Stokes stares out onto the court during the Pirates' heartbreaking overtime loss to Houston.
see PIRATES page A8
Lady Pirates victorious over Marshall
Three Pirates net double figures
Crisp gets deal from Bosox
New Boston center fielder
Coco Crisp avoided arbitration
by agreeing to a $2.75 million,
one-year contract with the Red
Sox Monday. The team also
announced a $3 million deal
with free-agent shortstop Alex
Gonzalez. The 26-year-old Crisp
was traded to Boston last month
after Johnny Damon agreed to
sign with the New York Yankees.
He inherits Damon's center
field job and ieadoff position
in a lineup expected to include
five new starters, four acquired
after last season. Crisp hit .300
with 16 home runs and 69 RBI
for Cleveland last year, while
Damon batted .316 with 10 home
runs and 75 RBI.
For the first time this season, the Lady Pirates
were involved in a finish that separated them from
their opponent by only one point. Coming out as
the victor in Saturday's contest versus conference-
foe Marshall (10-10, 5-4), ECU continued its long
climb to the top of the Conference USA standings
by beating the Thundering Herd 57-56.
In front of a home crowd of over 1,600, the Lady
Pirates (13-7, 5-4) fell to an early 14-point deficit
as the score sat at 17-3. ECU Head Coach Sharon
Baldwin-Tener called a timeout to regroup her play-
ers. That move led to a 10-2 Pirate run, which cut
Marshall's lead to six.
During the remaining 10 minutes in the half,
the Lady Pirates had trouble gaining any ground
in the scoring department, but succeeded in not
allowing the Herd to pull away. However, the last
three-and-a-half minutes saw ECU mount a 9-3
run headed by guards Impris Manning and LaCoya
Terry, each of whom finished with 12 points.
The Lady Pirates continued to play catch-up in
the second half and tenaciously held the Herd to
a maximum lead of only six. Freshman guard Jas-
mine Young closed the gap to three with her first
three-pointer of the game, shifting momentum to
the Lady Pirates.
With 12:33 left in the game, ECU acquired its
first lead of the contest as Young snatched the ball
from Marshall-guard Bridget Chacon, setting up
the easy basket.
This appeared to be the climax of the game as
the Lady Pirates took over in the form of a 16-3 run.
Up by nine with mere minutes left on the clock, all
the Lady Pirates had to do was hold strong.
However, Herd juniors KaShawna Curry and
Modupe Ishola led a Marshall-rally and reclaimed
the lead with 2:14 left on the game clock. Just 30 f
seconds later, Terry hit a mid-range jumper to put 1
see LADY PIRATES page A8 The Lady Pirates broke .500 again in Conference USA

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If Seahawk fans are griping
about anything today, though, it
is the officiating. There was the
controversial dive into the end
zone by Roethlisberger in which
the ball never really appeared
to be over the goal line, but was
ruled a touchdown. There was a
controversial call on Jackson's pass
interference to negate a touch-
down. There was a phantom
holding call on Shawn Locklear
to wipe out a huge pass comple-
tion inside the Pittsburgh three.
In the next play, Hasselbeck made
his only mistake - trying to throw
over the top of Porter and, instead,
overthrowingjackson and having
the ball picked off by Ike Taylor.
Hasselbeck made the tackle, but
was penalized on the tackle for a
hit below the waist, even though
he never touched anyone other
than Taylor.
from page A6
they did
Houston's Dyer notched 17
points and added 18 rebounds
during a game-long rebounding
duel with ECU forward Corey
Rouse. Dyer's biggest basket came
from beyond-the-arc with 4:20
remaining in the extra frame that
swung the momentum directly
in Houston's favor.
"Ramon Dyer's three from the
corner was huge said Pender.
"It gave us a little separation
Dyer received an open look
due to Smith's dribble penetra-
tion against ECU'S zone defense.
Smith tallied a game-high 20
points with six threes and dis-
tributed eight assists. The tem-
peramental junior missed an
opportunity to seal the game
inside regulation, misfiring on an
off balance shot in the lane.
But the Pirates' missed oppor-
tunities as well. Rouse's off-bal-
ance layup was errant on ECU'S
last possession inside regulation.
The junior finished with nine
points and 17 rebounds, but went
2-of-6 in overtime from the char-
ity stripe. Courtney Captain's late
turnover also erased a potential
game-winning possession.
"I was pleased with our effort,
but I was not pleased with our
execution down the stretch said
ECU coach Ricky Stokes, alluding
to ECU'S 23 turnovers.
"We did have some opportu-
nities to win the game
Ingram led ECU in scor-
ing, grabbing his second career
double-double with 18 points and
10 rebounds. Freshman guard
Sam Hinnant added 13 points.
ECU (7-14, 1-7 C-USA)
stormed out of the gates to notch
the game's first 12 points, ignit-
ing a crowd of 5,641 fans inside
Williams Arena at Minges Coli-
seum. Houston (14-6, 5-3 C-USA)
fought back, taking their first
lead minutes later by scoring the
next 14 straight points.
After the teams traded three
point jabs, ECU reeled off a 16-0
run midway over a three minute,
32 seconds span. The Pirates'
consecutive threes from the left
corner by Ingram and Hinnant
capped the scoring streak.
Officiating Problems
Neither head coach was happy
with the three-man officiating
crew of Bill Kennedy, Kyle Neve
"There were plays like the ball
going out of bounds where an ECU
player literally punched it out of
bounds and ECU got the ball
Penders said of the officiating.
"It evened out, you know.
The calls were like 'flip a coin
'get out the Ouija board for
a good part of the night
Stokes, a bit more reserved,
declined to comment on the
travel call or the entire crew.
"1 thought the officiating was
pretty consistent Stokes said
without offering the direction of
the consistency.
"I think I'll leave it at that. I
don't think you can get in trouble
for saying that, can you?"
This writer can be contacted at
sports@theeas tCarolinian, com.
Lady PlBtBS from page A6
ECU back on top by one.
The final 90 seconds saw no
more scoring from either side as
the Lady Pirates held on to claim
the victory.
Junior Cherie Mills netted
her eighth double-double of
the season with a game-high 15
points and 10 boards. Jasmine
Young also added her own
game-high statistic as she
contributed nine assists
to the Lady Pirate victory.
Next weekend, the Lady
Pirates will host Memphis and
UAB at Williams Arena in Minges
Coliseum, two must-wins if ECU
desires to catch first and second
place Tulsa and SMU in the C-
USA standings.
This writer can be contacted at
But in the end, it was all about
"The Bus Bettis announced prior
to this season that it would be
his last, and with the Lombardi
Trophy in his hands, he confirmed
his retirement on the podium fol-
lowing the game.
"I'm a champion. I think the
Bus' last stop is here in Detroit
Bettis said.
"It's official, like the referee
It couldn't have been a better
storybook ending for Bettis, play-
ing in his hometown to cap a
13-year NFL career, in which the
last 10 years have been with the
Steelers. The future Hall-of-Famer
finishes his career fifth on the
NFL's all-time rushing list and as
a Super Bowl champion.
This writer can be contacted at
sports@theeastcarolinian. com.
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For Seahawks, it's Motor pity
(KRT) This loss will gnaw
at them the rest of this winter. It
will follow them into off-season
workouts. It will haunt their
The Seahawks will wake up
out of a sound sleep in a cold
sweat and remember the dropped
passes, the missed field goals, the
punt that rolled dead on their 2-
yard line, the penalties.
They will look at the game
film later this week and realize
they should have been ahead
about 24-0 at halftime. They
will see that they kicked the
Pittsburgh Steelers up and down
Ford Field.
They will see Walter Jones
burying Joey Porter deep into the
artificial surface. They will see
Jerramy Stevens running open
in the middle of the field, time
after time after time.
But they will also see the
blizzard of mistakes and they
will wince at what might have
"We stubbed our foot a
couple of times wide receiver
Joe Jurevicius said.
"And that's all I have to say
on that
In a game that will be remem-
bered for its lack of artistry, the
better team didn't win Super
Bowl XL. The Seahawks lost,
"It hurts center Robbie
Tobeck said.
"It really, really hurts
The Hawks outgained Pitts-
burgh by 57 yards. They held the
ball six minutes longer. They had
six more first downs.
Matt Hasselbeck, the losing
quarterback, played well. Ben
Roethlisberger, the winning
quarterback, was awful. It was
the worst performance by a win-
ning quarterback in the 40-year
history of this game.
Roethlisberger was 9-for-21
passing. His rating was 22.6. He
threw two interceptions. But the
Steelers are the world champions.
The Steelers made three plays.
That's all. But that was enough.
"You can talk about X's and
O's, this and that, story lines, all
of that's well in good in the week
leading up to it Tobeck said.
"But on game day, it's who
makes the most plays. We were
prepared for what they showed
us. But, you know, execution
The Steelers' defense bent.
The Seahawks' offense broke.
The Steelers couldn't cover
Stevens, but he covered him-
self. He dropped three passes.
If he had caught all three, the
Seahawks would have won. Pitts-
burgh's Hines Ward was the
game's MVP, but Stevens was as
much of a factor in the Steelers'
win as Ward.
It was the Seahawks' game to
win. And they lost it. This was
their chance to take a champi-
onship back to Seattle. And they
dropped it.
Shoulda. Woulda. Coulda.
Guard Chris Gray was flagged
for a drive-stalling hold on one
possession. Wide receiver Darrell
Jackson and tackle Sean Locklear
were victimized by bad penalty
calls that cost the Seahawks two
Josh Brown missed long,
but makeable, field goals from
50 and 54 yards. Jackson didn't
recognize a blitz, leading to an
incompletion late in the first half.
Peter Warrick failed to catch a
punt and allowed the ball to roll
dead on the 2. And Hasselbeck
threw a fourth-quarter pick at the
Steelers' 27, after the Hawks had
driven 71 yards.
"I can't really say much
offensive coordinator Gil Haskell
"What can you say?"
A loss like this can leave
you speechless. It can make you
grope for answers that don't
exist. It can make you look at
your perfect game plan and
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