The East Carolinian, February 9, 2006
Volume 81 Number 50
Renovations underway at
Mendenhall Student Center
Banners throughout campus let students know about registration.
Registration for
Campus Living
taking place now
f Returning students are
I eligible to win prizes
This room, where The Spot was formerly located, will be the Student Government Association's offices after remodeling is complete.
Former 'Spot' location
will house SGA offices
Exciting new renovations
have been underway at the
Mendenhall Student Center for
the past few months including
changes to Destination 360 as
well as to the former location of
The Spot, which is in the process
of becoming office space for
ECU's student government.
The completion of the West
End Dining Complex last year
brought the emergence of a new
option for students, faculty and
staff with Destination 360 essen-
tially replacing the Mendenhall
dining hall. The convenient
grab-and-go food court, which
initially offered all that The Spot
used to, has undergone further
changes to adhere to growing
customer preferences. Through
surveys, focus groups and direct
feedback, administration was
able come up with new options
that seem to have generated
mixed results. Allison Metcalf
Woodward, marketing program
manager for campus dining,
believes that the changes have
produced favorable responses.
"As a result of these changes,
we have received tons of positive
feedback and customer traffic has
increased over the fall semester
and continues to increase daily
said Woodward.
A couple of the new options
include Sushi with Gusto, which
offers a variety of fresh-daily
sushi, such as California sushi
rolls and spicy tuna rolls, and
Southern Express, which offers
comfort foods like fried chicken
and barbecue for those students
who aren't so inclined to try new
Items that were replaced with
these new options were a deli,
pizzeria, tortilla grill, and a fresh
salad bar. According to Wood-
ward, they were able to replace
the salad bar with a variety of
other healthy options that simply
come pre-packaged.
Although 360 is able to offer
many items that come read-
ily available and comply with
customers on the go, it seems
as though some students who
enjoyed the option of creat-
ing their own meals are not as
pleased with the changes.
"The salad bar was one of my
favorite things and they do not
have that anymore said Meghan
Tally, freshman criminal justice
"It takes forever to get your
food now
While there may be stu-
dents who are unhappy with the
changes, there are also those who
are pleased to see an increase in
"I am a huge fan of sushi, so I
was pretty excited when I found
out they were offering it as a meal
option. My friends and I now
come and eat here a few days a
week said Sean Dunbar, junior
business major.
Also part of the gradual reno-
vation of the student center is
the expansion of the SGA offices,
which used to be located solely
on the second floor of the MSC,
but are now expanding to the
first floor, replacing what was
formerly the location of The
Spot. The current location is dif-
ficult to find; SGA members feel
as though expanding to the first
floor will benefit both the orga-
nization and students alike.
M. Cole Jones, SGA presi-
dent, is extremely pleased that
the organization was given the
opportunity to occupy the vacant
space. He feels that the expan-
sion will increase awareness of
the SGA within the student body
and, in turn, become a better
platform for the organization to
serve the needs of students.
see MENDENHALL page A5
Registration for Campus
Living began on the first of the
month and will continue through
Feb. 23. This year, however, stu-
dents are being offered slightly
more than what they have been
offered in the past.
In addition to being the first
to receive the choice of living in
the impressive new College Hill
Suites, students are receiving
the chance to win prizes such as
an Xbox and even the new iPod
Nano if they decide to live on
campus next year. Eligibility for
the prize sweepstakes requires
that the student be returning to
ECU and have previously lived in
a residence hall for at least one
full academic year.
Other prizes included in the
sweepstakes are a $750 travel gift
card, a Sony PSP, a $250 welcome-
back pizza party arid a variety of
gift cards.
Other changes have also
occurred concerning the new
upper-division halls. College Hill
Suites, Fleming Hall and White
Hall have replaced the previous
upper-division halls and are now
specifically designated for return-
ing students only.
Aside from the sweepstakes,
all students who live on campus
next year will receive a number
of rewards for doing so. Campus
Living offers priority course
registration, money toward text-
books purchases and dining, and
several other bonuses.
The timeline for Campus
Living registration is structured
according to priority. Those
students who currently live on
campus have the first choice
of remaining in the same hall
and even the same room, and
those who must choose another
hall because of changes in hall
priorities have second priority.
Following these two groups,
those students who choose to
remain in the same hall but in
a different room come next, fol-
lowed by those who choose to
live in a different hall entirely.
Finally, registration opens to
all other students at the end.
This writer can be contacted at
Student Foreign Exchange
Program still going strong
New Readership program helps to
broaden students' learning platform
Jill -
a Students can now access publications for free with a OneCard
Study Abroad meetings keep students informed about possibilities of learning all across the globe.
Security returns to pre-
911 standards
Nationwide, colleges have
to deal with tighter restrictions
in regard to foreign exchange
student selection. ECU doesn't
escape this task either.
Before Sept. 11, it was usual
business to obtain student visas.
Afterward, the task became
extremely difficult.
Application screening became
a tedious task and there were
many students who were flat out
denied the opportunity. Training
people to screen applications was
just as time consuming.
"After 9-11, things got very
tight said Terry Rodenberg,
assistant vice chancellor of inter-
national affairs.
"It became very difficult for
students from some areas of the
world, in particular, to get visas
at all, or otherwise, there was a
great time delay
Rodenberg went on to say
how the screening process looked
closely at applications from those
of Islamic persuasion, but did not
dismiss the applications of other
"There was a process by which
the government would investigate
a given student before they would
allow visas to be granted Roden-
berg said. "And there is a certain
amount of time which none of us
could control. It was entirely at the
whim of the U.S. government
He also added that life does
appear to be turning to normal
for the foreign exchange stu-
dent. With a system of checks
that works, now it is possible to
eliminate much of the post 9-11
difficulty that was so apparent.
"Now things within the last
year or so, things are beginning
to turn back to the way they were
before 9-11. Now there are still
checks out there Rodenberg said.
"They are particularly for indi-
viduals of certain countries that
maybe weren't as strong before 9-11
With more time and greater
check security, foreign exchange
programs, for both Americans
and other nationalities, should
continue to prosper. Sept. 11
created an understandable sense
of panic in many people. Nev-
ertheless, the benefit of foreign
exchange programs will continue
to exercise itself for some time.
This writer can be contacted at
ECU is one of 400
campuses involved
The Division of Student Life
has partnered with two of the
leading newspaper publications
in the country, USA Today and
The New York Times, to bring the
Student Newspaper Readership
Program to ECU. The Collegiate
Readership Program, which is
the platform from which ECU'S
program was established, is used
at nearly 400 campuses nation-
wide and is designed to encour-
age students to take advantage
of resources outside of the class-
room by providing them with
varying perspectives on current
news issues.
In addition to the aforemen-
tioned publications, ECU has
collaborated with the Raleigh
News and Observer and The Daily
Reflector to obtain the ability to
distribute regional and national
news to its students free of
The publications are available
at five locations across campus
including Mendenhall Student
Center, Joyner East, the Bate
building, Wright Place and the
Croatan with the use of a student
The program is also used by
more than a dozen departments
within the university as part of
required coursework. Because
of the program, professors now
have the ability to integrate
hypothetical examples from
a textbook with real world
Initially, the university
distributed only The Daily
Reflector and USA Today in the
residence halls as an amenity to
students living on campus. How-
ever, administration acknowl-
edged the benefits of offering
these publications and tool-
further steps to involve jII stu-
Assistant Vice Chancellor
for Student Development Dr. Al
Smith, who is also the director
of the program, is responsible
for bringing this service to ECU
under the instruction of Vice
Chancellor for Student Life Dr.
Garrie Moore. According to
Smith, Moore had suggested that
they take the previous distribu-
tion of the two publications even
further, and thus, the Readership
2 program has evolved.
"Research has shown that
students who read the news
S on a regular basis score higher
than their peers in areas such as
critical thinking, knowledge of
world events and ability to apply
theory to practice. Further, stu-
dents who read the newspaper
are significantly more likely
to be able to articulate their
views on major issues and to be
civically engaged than those who
do not read the paper. These are
the valuesskills that we desire
in our college graduates said
The Collegiate Readership
Program began at Penn State
University in 1997 with the staple
publication being USA Today.
Feedback was so positive that USA
Today has partnered with 300
local and national newspapers
since and has taken on various
forms across the nation's college
campuses. The program is unique
to each campus concerning
which publications are involved
but serves a similar purpose at
each school.
This writer can be contacted at
news@theeastcarolinian. com.
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THURSDAY February 9, 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
begin 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 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.
Vagina Monologues
The Vagina Monologues will run
from Friday, Feb. 10 - 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
vpiCE. For ticket information, call
1 800-ECU-ARTS. Tickets will also
be sold outside the Wright 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
service. "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 to submit an application
is Friday, Feb. 10 at 4:30 p.m.
Interviews will be conducted Feb.
20 - 24. The Induction Program
will take place on March 29
al 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
Skidents interested in applying for
admission to the undergraduate
criminal justice program need
to submit applications by
Wednesday, Feb. 15. Applications
ate available outside of Rivers
105. For more information call
Student Homecoming
Chair Applications
The Homecoming Committee is
currently looking for a person to
fill the 2006 position of Student
Homecoming Chairperson.
The position calls for the applicant
tooversee seven subcommittees,
manage a $19,000 budget, process
expenditures in a timely fashion
and chair all student homecoming
bi-weekly meetings.
T6 apply for the position, all
applicants must be full-time
students in good standing with
the university, have a minimum
cQmulative GPA of 2.5 and have
a class standing of sophomore
of higher. This js a paid student
position. All applications must
inplude a letter of interest and
resume of related experience
arid should be e-mailed no later
than Feb. 10 to Adeea Rogers at You may also
drop off your letter of interest
and resume to 218 Mendenhall
Student Center, Monday - Friday,
from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m
ASU Poet Visits ECU
Joseph Bathanti will give a lecture,
"We the People" at 4 p.m. Feb. 13,
in the Great Room in Mendenhall
Student Center. Bathanti, a
professor of creative writing at
Appalachian State University, will
discuss people, place, identity and
colture. A reception is at 3:30 p.m.
Sponsored by ECU Department
of-English, the Albemarie Literary
Council and the N.C. Humanities
Council. Contact Dana Hay at
S0AD Valentine's Sale
The School of Art and Design will
hold their annual Valentine Sale on
Monday and Tuesday beginning
at 10 a.m. The small Metals Guild
and the Painting Guilds will be
displaying their jewelry, small
metals and paintings in the front
foyer of Jenkins Fine Arts Center
News Briefs
Report: Chicken-maker to open
restaurants In Mexico
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Bojangles'
has signed a deal with a North
Carolina native living south of
the border to open a chain of 10
restaurants in Mexico, The Charlotte
Observer reported Wednesday.
The fast-food company based in
Charlotte, known for its spicy chicken
and fresh biscuits, completed a
deal last week with the Mexicajun
investment group owned by Henry
Gurganus, a native of Snow Hill,
The stores are to be built over five
years, with the first projected restaurant
to open in Puebla, southeast of
Mexico City, in three to five months,
Bojangles' executive vice president
Eric Newman told the newspaper.
"We hope to expand this group's
growth plans beyond the initial 10 as
circumstances permit, and we may
add to their development with others in
different parts of the country he said.
Gurganus has been doing business
for nine years in Mexico, where he
moved his apparel business in search
of cheaper labor. He has lived there
for three years.
Gurganus said he introduced his
Mexican-bom wife, Anacelia Cervantes
Rabago, to Bojangles' chicken on a
trip home last year. She liked it, and the
couple also noticed the restaurants
had a lot of Mexican customers.
The seed was planted he said.
Affidavit: Ex-publlcist claimed
sexual encounters with 50 kids
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A teenage
girl who allegedly had a lengthy
sexual relationship with a former
NASCAR publicist told authorities the
man claimed to have victimized more
than 50 children across the country,
court documents indicate.
Richard "Chip" Williams, 48, was
charged last week with raping a child
and soliciting a minor for sex over
the Internet. He is being held on $2
million bond.
He is accused of raping a 14-year-
old girl whom he met on the Intemet
when she was 11, and arranging to
meet what he believed was another
teenage girl for sex.
An affidavit filed in the case says the
14-year-old girl said she had sex with
a man she knew as "John Wisham
which police say is the identity
Williams used online.
She said Wisham claimed "to have
been with over 50 children in various
forms of sexual exploitation
"Hogwash responded Williams'
attorney, Locke Clifford.
The affidavit was part of a search
warrant sought by a Guilford County
sheriff's detective as officers
prepared to search Williams' home
and business in Mooresville.
Williams was NASCAR's spokesman
from 1982 to 1994 when he started
his own business.
The affidavit, filed by Detective George
Moore, describes how the case
against Williams developed, starting
with the 14-year-old girl's claim that
she began performing sex acts for
Wisham when she was 11.
Presidents Join
mourners at King funeral
ATLANTA (AP) - Reunited with her
husband at last in death, Coretta
Scott King was laid to rest beside the
tomb of her husband after a stirring
funeral with 10,000 mourners that
was both lyrical and mournful, and
at times political.
The interment Tuesday capped a day
when four U.S. presidents and more
than three dozen speakers took turns
remembering King for her efforts to
realize the Rev. Martin Luther King
Jrs dream of equality for nearly 40
years after his assassination.
"Coretta Scott King not only secured
her husband's legacy, she built her
own President Bush said. "Having
loved a leader, she became a leader,
and when she spoke, Americans
listened closely
The immense crowd filled the New
Birth Missionary Baptist Church a
modem, arena-style megachurch in
a suburban Atlanta county that was
once a stronghold of the Ku Klux Klan
but today has one of the most affluent
black populations in the country.
The funeral included numerous
members of Congress, veterans of
the civil rights movement and songs
byStevie Wonder and Michael Bolton
through soaring, gospel-infused
performances. King died Jan. 30 at
age 78 after battling ovarian cancer
and the effects of a stroke.
Bush calls for ending Social
Security death benefit, cutting
benefits to dropout survivors
WASHINGTON (AP) - If President
Bush gets his way, the venerable
$255 Social Security death benefit
will fade into history. And 16- and
17-year-old high school dropouts will
lose their monthly survivor payments.
Not however, if Democrats get theirway.
The Republican Congress has given
a whole new meaning to the term
'women and children first Illinois
Rep. Rahm Emanuel, chairman of the
House Democratic
White House officials defended the
proposals, included in the budget
that Bush submitted to Congress on
Tuesday and estimated to trim costs
by $3.4 billion over the next decade.
"Children who have lost a parent need
every assistance and encouragement
we can provide, and everything
the federal government can do to
encourage them to stay in school and
rjet an education makes it that much
more likely that they can succeed
said Scott Milbum, a spokesman at the
Office of Management and Budget.
Bush's budget includes a proposal
to change the calculation made for
Social Security disability payments
for people who also receive worker
compensation benefits.
In addition, it calls for the Social
Security Administration to implement
a new system to obtain accurate
information about the state and local
pensions paid to retirees who also
qualify for federal retirement benefits.
Together, the proposals relating to
disability payments and state and
local retirees would save an estimated
$2.8 billion over the next decade,
according to administration estimates.
Unlike a year ago, Social Security
did not figure prominently in Bush's
legislative agenda. Then, fresh off
a re-election campaign, he urged
lawmakers to overhaul the program
to create personal savings accounts
while cutting back on future benefits
for workers who are younger than 55.
Democrats rallied in opposition, and
Republicans shrank from the political
challenge of remaking a program
that provides benefits to millions of
elderly voters.
Nepalese vote marred by low
turnout after rebel assault,
boycott; 6 dead
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - A rebel
attack and the Nepalese army's
shooting of'protesters marred the
first elections in seven years, as few
voters turned out at schools, shrines
and temples for municipal balloting
seen as a referendum on the king. At
least six people were killed.
Maoist rebels and nearly all the
major political parties had pledged
to disrupt the poll, calling it a sham
intended to legitimize the rule of King
Gyanendra, who seized power a year
ago. The government warned it would
shoot anyone trying to do so.
Hours before polls closed in the
southwestern town of Dang, the
army said, "soldiers were compelled
to open fire" on some 150 protesters
trying to interfere with the vote. One
was killed and one was injured.
Attempts to reach Dang by telephone
to verify the army's account were
unsuccessful because phones there
were not working. It was unclear why.
Three communist rebels were killed
in two separate clashes. The Defense
Ministry said two rebels were killed
when Maoist insurgents launched
a major assault hours before polls
opened on the eastern town of
Dhankuta, where the guerrillas
bombed at least 12 government
buildings and destroyed the local bank.
The insurgents also killed a
policeman and a civilian, and took
seven government officials and
three policemen hostage during
the assault, a police official said on
condition of anonymity because he
was not authorized to talk to the media.
Another rebel was killed in a clash
with soldiers in the western town
of Dhangadi, the ministry said in a
statement without elaborating.
The king seized power Feb. 1, 2005,
claiming the move was necessary to
defeat the Maoists, whose decade-
long fight for a communist state has
cost 12,000 lives. But fighting has
persisted in the Himalayan land of 27
million people, and the economy has
only worsened per capita income is
less than $25 a month,
Afghanistan welcomes debt
cancellation by U.S other
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghanistan
on Wednesday welcomed a move by
the United States, Russia and Germany
to cancel all of the nation's debts.
The Bush administration said Tuesday
it will forgive the entire $108 million
that Afghanistan owes to the United
States. The debt will be canceled
through the procedures of the Paris
Club, an informal group of creditor
nations which also includes Russia
and Germany.
The announcement came a week after
nearly 70 nations and international
bodies pledged $10.5 billion to help
Afghanistan fight poverty, improve
security and crack down on the
drug trade.
On Monday, Russia said it was ready
to write off $10 billion that Afghanistan
borrowed from the Soviet Union.
Russia assumed Soviet liabilities
and credits after the Soviet system's
Russia said the debt cancellation
was contingent upon Afghanistan
fulfilling the requirements of a World
Bank program aimed at reducing
poverty and taking steps to develop
economic and trade ties with creditor
Germany has also announced its
intention to forgive all of Afghanistan's
More than 1,600 people have died
in the past year as militants have
stepped up attacks. About 20 suicide
attacks have been reported across
Afghanistan in the past four months.
Horse slaughter to continue despite
congressional attempt to halt it
slaughter for meat will continue
in the United States, despite votes
in Congress to halt the practice,
the Agriculture Department
announced Tuesday.
American horse meat is sold
mostly for human consumption
in Europe and Asia, although
some goes to U.S. zoos.
Congress didn't ban horse
slaughter outright. Instead, law-
makers last year used a tactic that is
common in spending legislation.
Horses must pass inspection by
department veterinarians before
they are slaughtered, so lawmak-
ers voted to yank the salaries and
expenses of those inspectors.
Department officials main-
tain the law requires inspections
regardless. They announced Tues-
day they will pay for live horse
inspections by charging the
slaughter plants for inspections.
Rep. John Sweeney, R-N.Y
denounced the decision, saying,
"Commerce and greed have ruled
the day
"To end this practice, Con-
gress, with widespread public
support, passed this amendment
by a landslide vote in both the
House and the Senate said
Sweeney, who serves on the
House Appropriations Commit-
tee. "This action is a direct defi-
ance of congressional intent
The department "is thumb-
ing its nose at Congress said
Michael Markarian, an official
of the Humane Society of the
United States. "The lives of Amer-
ica's horses, which have served us
faithfully and provided us with
companionship, are at stake
The department acted on
requests from slaughter plants, two
in Texas and one in Illinois, which
said their communities could be
facing $41 million in losses.
Compared with the huge
beef, pork and poultry industries,
horse meat is a tiny business: Last
year, plants slaughtered about
88,000 horses, mules and other
equines, according to the USDA.
Defenders say it's a low-cost,
humane way of ending a horse's
life. By law, horses and other
livestock must be unable to feel
pain before they are killed.
"We know there's not
enough resources to care for
these animals when they are no
longer useful said former Rep.
Charles Stenholm, D-Texas,
a consultant to the slaughter
plants. "Without this option, it's
more likely that these animals
will be subject to inhumane
Even if horse slaughter ended
in the U.S plants in Canada and
Mexico would take over some of
the business, he added.
In letters to Sweeney and
other lawmakers last month,
department lawyer James Michael
Kelly pointed out Congress did
not prevent other inspections, of
carcasses and meat, that are part
of the horse slaughter process.
Fee-for-service inspections
are currently done for more
exotic animals, such as bison,
deer, elk or rabbits.
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Disabled man appreciative of one-handed game controller
(KRT) SAN JOSE, Calif.
Nintendo has been in the tech-
nology spotlight since announc-
ing plans for a video-game
controller that can be used with
only one hand.
But a disabled fan in South-
ern California took notice for
reasons that had nothing to do
with the excitement about the
next generation of interactive
To Travis Taft, 19, the con-
troller was a stunning godsend
in his fight against an injury that
left him a quadriplegic.
Like many people with
spinal-cord injuries that affect
all four limbs, Taft retains some
use of his arms and hands. But
it's not enough for effectively
operating the typical, two-hand
game device. He's confident his
relatively strong right hand will
be able to manipulate the new
controller, which is part of the
Revolution game system that's
still under development by
"Video games have been a
major factor in my life said
Taft, who has resolved to take
the most optimistic approach
possible to his rehabilitation.
"I was eagerly hunting for some
way to get back into it
Marcie Roth, chief executive
officer of the National Spinal
Cord Injury Association, said
Taft fits into a large category
of injured people in their teens
to 30s whose overall health is
closely connected to resuming
activities they love.
"Being able to restore nor-
malcy is all the difference in
the world in terms of the rest
of their outcomes Roth said.
"People who believe they can
do the things that were pleasur-
able to them before the injury
are people who are going to
seek positive outcomes in other
ventures as well
Nintendo is expected to make
the Revolution game system and
one-hand controller available
late this year.
Taft, who was injured while
body surfing two days after
arriving home from his fresh-
man year at college, also tried to
point out the controller's break-
through value for the disabled
by writing a letter published
in Electronic Gaming Monthly
Taft, who lives in Pacific
Palisades, Calif has struggled to
satisfy his game cravings while
he waits for the Revolution's new
Nintendo was focused on
innovative game design when it
decided on a one-hand control-
ler. But Beth Llewelyn, senior
director of public relations, said
the Mercury News inquiries
about Taft's reaction are "some-
thing we're looking into now
By coincidence, Nintendo
games also became a key ingre-
dient in a recently developed
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THURSDAY February 9, 2006
Our View
Super Bowl commercials
not all that funny
Did anyone else find the commercials during
the Super Bowl this year, with the exception of
a few, to be not only boring, but also lacking
in quality? I don't know about you, but I was
expecting a plethora of funny beer, car or Web
site commercials, but all I saw were confus-
ing concepts or just lame ideas. For example,
there was a commercial for the H3 Hummer
that completely boggled my little mind. If you
weren't watching, the Hummer commercial
revolved around two creatures, one looking like
a cross between Godzilla and Swamp Thing,
the other looking like Tin Man on creatine.
These two creatures meet, fall in love and give
birth to the H3 Hummer. Personally, I don't
see an overpriced, gas-guzzling sports utility
vehicle as the product of a giant lizard and a
walking television antenna. I'd see it more as
the red-headed step-child of a Humvee and a
Honda Element.
Another incredibly un-funny commercial was
one of the many Diet Pepsi commercials,
although I have to admit, I've disliked their com-
mercials ever since the "Machine" was added as
a member of the New England Patriots. Anyway,
to sum it up, a Diet Pepsi can and his agent go
into the artist formerly known as Puff Daddy,
P. Diddy, whatever's office and Diddy makes
this can of soda a musical sensation. Granted
the repeated sound of a can opening is better
than most of the music on the market right
now, but the commercial still lacked the funny.
There were also a lot more local commercials
aired than I had expected. I didn't imagine
that I'd go from watching the Rolling Stones to
watching some local law firm or car dealership
commercial that looks like it was put together
by a 12-year-old with a camcorder.
On the bright side, there were a few genius
commercials. My favorite of the night was the
Anheuser-Busch Junior Clydesdale commer-
cial in which a little horse tried to pull the big
Budweiser wagon, and with the help of some
Clydesdale veterans pushing from behind, the
little guy pulled the wagon out of the barn in
which it was stored. Honestly, I was tearing up
after watching this. He was like the little horsey
that could.
At TEC, we are supporters of good commer-
cials, and I, for one, would like to lead a protest
in support of funny commercials for 2007.
Anyone want to join me?
Pirate Rant
Opinion Columnist
Seahawks were cheated from winning
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Stupid referees ruin
Super Bowl, my buzz
It isn't often I feel grateful
for being broke. On Sunday
night, though, while sitting on
the second floor of Buffalo Wild
Wings - surrounded by big screen
TVs, an empty basket of chicken
tenders left on the table, five
Miller Lites in my belly and half
a pack of Marlboros left in my
shirt pocket -1 actually thought
to myself, "Thank God I didn't
have any extra cash to bet on the
Super Bowl Why? Because 1 was
stupid enough to think that the
Seahawks actually had a chance
of winning.
And judging from the talking
heads at ESPN, the overwhelming
presence of "Terrible Towels" at
Detroit's Ford Field and the erup-
tion from those watching the
game with me at Buffalo Wild
Wings when the Steelers took the
field, it didn't seem like anyone
wanted to see the Seahawks bring
the Lombardi Trophy home tri
Seattle - especially the refs offi-
ciating the game.
Now before I begin this rant,
I'd like to make it clear that I am
in no way a bitter Seahawks fan.
For the record, I've been a Miami
Dolphins fan so long that I'm not
sure why I even began following
them. My brother always says
that it's because the first football
game I ever watched was a contest
between the Dolphins and the San
Francisco 49ers and because my
brother was already a huge 49ers
fan, I started rooting for the Dol-
phins just to get under his skin.
So I could care less who won
the Super Bowl because my team
was out of the running in week
four of the regular season. How-
ever, what 1 saw on Sunday night
was ridiculous. The Seahawks
were cheated out of a champion-
ship with horrendous calls and
phantom penalties and if 1 worked
for the organization, those ref-
erees would have to think twice
before they started their cars.
Of course, I don't, so there's no
reason to worry.
Sure, the Steelers' victory was
a storybook ending to the season.
The hard-working squad who
fought their way into the play-
offs, defeated the number one,
two and three seeded teams in
their conference and decimated
the undisputed NFC champion
Seahawks makes for a great story.
The fact that future Hall of Famer
Jerome Bettis retired with a long
overdue championship ring
almost makes the story sappy
enough to make this a "Lifetime
Movie of the Week
Admittedly, the Steelers prob-
ably didn't need any help to win
the game, but they sure got it.
Early in the game, with the game
still tied at zero, the Seahawks
drove down the field effortlessly
and lit up the scoreboard when
quarterback Matt Hasselbeck
found wide receiver Darrell Jack-
son wide open in the back of the
end zone.
The touchdown pass was
negated, however, by an official's
ruling that Jackson "pushed
off" of free safety Chris Hope,
creating the necessary space to
make the catch. "Pushing off" is
a penalty, but what Jackson did,
which replays showed to be little
more than touching Hope on the
shoulder, is not. The Seahawks
had to settle for a field goal
instead of the touchdown.
The devastating penalties
kept coming. A huge punt return
was taken away by a holding call.
A pass which would have put
the Seahawks deep into Steel-
ers territory was reversed by a
holding call (Hasselbeck threw
an interception three plays later
and was flagged for an "illegal"
low tackle). In the fourth quar-
ter, Steelers' quarterback Ben
Roethlisberger attempted to call
a timeout a full second after the
play clock ran out. He was given
the time out, however - not the
penalty. And 1 won't even go
into Roethlisberger's rushing
touchdown where the ball never
actually crossed the goal line.
Here are the facts. Roethlis-
berger had a hoircndous game,
completing only nine passes
and throwing two interceptions.
Aside from a 75-yard run in the
third quarter, starting running
back Willie Parker only ran for
18 yards. Basically, the Seahawks
outplayed the Steelers in almost
every way imaginable but some-
how lost the game 21-10.
On Monday morning,
Seahawk coach Mike Holmgren
addressed some 15,000 fans
who assembled at Qwest Field in
Seattle. "We knew it was going
to be tough going up against the
Pittsburgh Steelers he said to
the crowd.
"I didn't know we were going
to have to play the guys in the
striped shirts as well
There's no doubt the Walrus
(my pet name for Coach Hol-
mgren) will be punished for that
comment and will probably have
to pay a hefty fine for criticizing
officials, but he's got a legitimate
gripe. The officials were directly
responsible for, at the very least,
an 11-point variance in the score
and a shift in momentum whose
effect can't be measured.
So they blew it. They're
human and by nature, humans
are imperfect and make mistakes.
But why then are these officials
above reproach, almost infal-
lible? All the technology in the
world means nothing when half
of the penalties in the book are
not subject for review during the
game (such as the penalty for
pushing off).
The Super Bowl means far
too much for the current state
of officiating and I'm not just
talking about the millions of
dollars in illegal bets. Referees are
part-time employees of the NFL.
There is almost no penalty for an
official who makes a bad call that
affects the result of a game. Head
coaches, at the most, can only
challenge three plays in a game
and can only challenge the call
on a very specific type of play.
Things have to change.
How about this following the
ACC's lead? After a Duke-Florida
State basketball game, the league
suspended the entire officiating
crew for incorrectly handing out
technical fouls to two players. The
point was obviously well-taken
by the rest of the officials in the
league. During Tuesday's Duke-
UNC game, the officials called
very few penalties throughout the
game and seemed hesitant to do
so when they did.
That's how NFL officials
should be from now on - afraid
of something. The NFL needs to
send a message to their officials
right now. Instead of handing a
$50,000 fine to Coach Holmgren
for speaking his mind about an
injustice, the NFL should take a
look at the game he's complaining
about and if they see no problem,
they're as blind as those referees.
Letters To The Editor
Dear Editor,
One of the greatest myths
about black people is that we are
a people without a past. Since
this myth through time has
been interwoven into the social
construct of American culture, it
is no wonder that white people
think that black history can
be condensed into one month.
This myth is not true; we are
a vital element of American
history. Africans were the first
people to explore the new world,
and the first person killed in
the American Revolution was
Crispus Attucks, a black man
who modeled the quote "give
me liberty or give me death
However, blacks have still only
earned the shortest month of the
year to celebrate a people who
helped build this country.
Why do we continue to
support Black History Month?
Why not abolish it? The truth-
ful answer is things can only be
omitted if you are sure they will
not be forgotten. BHM is not a
time of militancy and anger, it
is a time of reflection. We reflect
on the triumphs and accomplish-
ments of our past through the
faces of adversity, and at the same
time, use this month to teach
others about our culture that
has been abolished from the his-
tory books. I say when in history
books, blacks and women are all
incorporated on the same pages,
only then can we even speak of
abolishing BHM. Until that day,
we will continue to use BHM as a
time to not only celebrate, but to
secretly educate.
Blacks are asked not to look
back, but how can we not? His-
tory is cyclic - perpetual bound
to resurface in the present. We
are asked not to look back because
white people are scared that if
they look back with us, then they
will have to admit that what was
done to black people was wrong.
Mr. Brock claims that if we look
back then feelings of animosity
will raise, but I ask you how can
it not? When we celebrate our
people, we are also celebrating
their struggle. A past filled with
rage, injustice, lynches and lashes
all because of the color of their
skin. Looking back does not make
us militant and hostile, it makes us
appreciate all that we have. We look
back with a sense of pride for our
ancestors who beat all the odds;
whites look back on the past with
shame because all your people did
was to beat on us.
BHM has not distracted
or deterred us from our prime
objective - equality. If anything,
it brings us back ip focus. Equal-
ity will not come in the form
of changing Columbus Day
to Carver Day or singing the
"National Negro Anthem" after
the "Star Spangled Banner
Equality is simple; it is recogni-
tion for all that we have done. A
conscious effort to eradicate the
negative stereotypes which Mr.
Brock believes are the doings of
blacks; or I say that every ECU
pop-up gives the same descrip-
tion; of a tall black man, wearing
baggy clothing. That is not a fact;
that is a racial profile. Equality
is defining a woman or man
not by the color of hisher skin,
but by the content of hisher
Thank you,
Jessica Ledbetter
I think it is sexy when a girl shows initiative and asks a
guy for his phone number. Society always puts pressure
on the guy to make the first move. While 1 personally
never shy away from asking a girl her number and nearly
always get the number, I think that girls asking guys
out would show more equality in the courting game.
Dude, do not listen to the person telling you to work at
McDonald's and give up medical school. That person is appar-
ently as bright as they are tactful. What the world really needs
in a doctor is someone who is caring and listens.
Can someone please tell me what Hart and McNeil got
suspended for? From one ECU athlete to another: way to
go guys for screwing up or way to go Stokes and Holland for
It's a shame that TEC can dig up info to write an article
about someone being charged with murder (which
didn't happen at ECU) but cannot write an article
sending condolences to the family of the young lady
who was killed in a car accident a few months ago.
Everyone should go watch a rugby game. They are free! They
are also more exciting than football. The players don't wear
pads and play with more heart and intensity. These players
deserve the scholarships and respect. Go Pirate rugby!
Some people who live in the dorms need to stop taking
showers at 2 or 3 a.m. My room is right next to the
showers and it wakes me up all the time. Find a decent
hour to take a shower. Don't bother everybody else
because you all of a sudden needed to take a shower.
I am definitely agreeing with the "pick up your feet 1
think it's the same person; he just walks around all day.
To the person who figured sororities out, I love you. But I
have to be a neutral party here. Perhaps these sorority girls
really do things for our community, and perhaps they do
really have deep genuine connections. What they do for the
community is make everyone else feel more unique. I know
: it raises my self-esteem.
Does Daniel Brock think that white kids are not affected by
their pop culture icons?
Why are people ranting and raving about whether or not
to save Black History Month when it really isn't going any-
George Bush hates black people. That is why his Secre-
tary of State is black. That is why his former Secretary
of State was black. Kanye West is not, and never will be,
Jesus. Maybe if he were, he would have been able to stop
Hurricane Katrina. Bush is only a man; Kanye is a god.
My professor made my day by not having class today. Sorry
he was sick, but it was a welcomed surprise.
You North Carolina folk fancy getting hitched young. You
afraid them northern city slickers are going to steal your
women folk? You reckon that?
When you let the pizza guy have the change from the dollar
(i.e. giving the pizza guy $18 when the pizza costs $17.12),
that is not a tip. If you are unable to afford to tip a person who
brings a pizza to your house or dorm room, then you cannot
afford pizza. Tip the pizza guy $3 so he can afford gas.
Everyone needs to buy their tickets to see the Vagina Mono-
logues. I've heard too many people whine and say "ew" because
, it's about women issues (that every woman wants to say but
doesn't). It's a funny show with taiented women performing
and it's for a great cause. The show runs February 10 -12 at 8
p.m. in the Wright Auditorium.
I 1 love the editors of TEC. In the Seahawks article alone, there
were six sentences starting with conjunctions.
: Why are ECU cops so useless? They spend all their time
I accusing me of being a domestic terrorist for being in a
i group on Facebook, rather than eating donuts like real cops.
! There is already White Entertainment Television. It's called
Can someone explain to me who needs Safe Ride at 11 a.m.?
I see these vans riding around campus all day, usually empty,
with the buses, of course, following behind. Another great
way ECU spends those tuition dollars!
I'm so glad that our sports writers' research skills are so
advanced that they can use such astute analyses as "It hurts
or "I can't really say much or "We stubbed our (collective?)
foot a couple of times" as references for their articles.
Was the guy who wrote the campus-dining'article being
serious or sarcastic? Urn, he doesn't live on campus, so how
would he know?
What is the sense in someone riding their bicycle in traffic
when there is a perfectly good sidewalk three feet away. 1
mean, do these people have a death wish? Bicycles should
stay clear of traffic.
To the person who thinks Kanye West is a very intelligent
and well-informed individual who deserves a lot of respect.
To get respect you have to give it and last time I checked, he
was still an American citizen.
I am a third year African American student. 1 would like
to send this rant to thank TEC for your great coverage of
blacks including the Black History Month Issue last year and
the year before, the several Rosa Parks pictures and articles
this year and the front page coverage of MLK day both last
year and this year. I have all of these hung on my bedroom
wall. While myself and most of my black friends have been
completely satisfied with TC's coverage of us, 1 have seen
black students do nothing but complain when something
doesn't go their way with TEC. I sincerely hope you people
will realize that with newspapers, very rarely will everything
be perfect to your liking.
OK, it's Black History Month, but can the opinion columnists
be a little more creative and write about something else besides
bashing hip-hop culture? It's getting old people!
To all the young women out there who are not blondes, 1
would pick a brunette or red head over a blonde any day.
Valentine's Day's coming? Aw crap! I forgot to get a girlfriend
To the girl who is angry about paying a fee for having pets in
her apartment, why don't you buy your own house to keep
these pets in? Once a pet has completely urinated all over
carpet, it will smell like that for all time to come. I do not want
to live in an apartment that smells like an outhouse because
the former tenant had to have her pets that are her "family"
live with her. So either pay the fee or don't bring your pets.
1 think Kayne's statement was powerful. Yes, like Jesus, he was
sacrificed to the media after his President Bush comments this
summer, and like Jesus, he's here to save us from the current
era of Rap. His lyrics and music are superior to most other
rappers out there now.
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Plans to roll out new GRE exam delayed
(AP) Students worried
about planned changes to the
GRE graduate school entrance
exam are getting a reprieve: the
test's makeover is being pushed
back a year - until October 2007.
A new, longer and more
expensive version of the GRE
General Test, taken annually by
500,000 students applying to
graduate school, was supposed
to be rolled out this October. But
the Educational Testing Service,
which writes and administers the
exam, said Wednesday that date
would be pushed back because of
logistical problems.
Most students already take
the GRE on a computer, but ETS
is switching to a more secure
Internet-based system. The
change is designed to expand
access, but the new version will
still be taken only at assigned
locations on any one of about
30 test days per year. Mari Pearl-
man, senior vice president of
the higher education division
of ETS, said it wasn't clear there
would be enough capacity to
accommodate all test-takers by
this October.
"There are some rather formi-
dable scheduling complications
she said. "You need to be certain
on all 30 days you have the seats
you need
For students, the change
simply means they will have'
another year to take the old ver-
sion - something some experts
say is an advantage.
The new version of the test
will last four hours instead of
two-and-a-half, and eliminates
antonym and analogy questions
to emphasize critical reasoning
ones. In the math sections, it wilt
focus less on geometry and mor
on data interpretation. The cur
rent price- $115 for U.S. students
- is expected to increase.
"Based on the severity of the
changes, we were recommend-
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After questioning students,
administration and staff about
their opinions on the expansion,
Jones said that two keys words
continued to surface.
"Visibility and accessibility;
where we are currently is not
very visible nor is it easily acces-
sible Jones said.
Jones stated that once
the SGA executive offices are
relocated, students will be
able to see the work of their
student government. The space
will be more open and students
will have the opportunity to simply
walk into the offices and express
their concerns.
"This is the student center,
so why not have your student
government in a location to
which students can easily find
them? There are always going
to be issues and concerns that
come up during the school year
or even ideas from students who
may not be involved in SGA, and
they need to be able to locate us
Jones concluded.
The current location of
the SGA executive offices will
remain in use by the organiza-
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Senate and Cabinet space.
The renovation of the new
location from its former use as
a student convenience store will
remain the same in area due to fire
codes and is expected to be com-
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Jones encourages students to
become involved with the SGA
whether through active member-
ship or simply pursuing the oppor-
tunity to have their voices heard.
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Page B1 252.328.6366 CAROLYN SCANDURA Features Editor KRISTIN MURNANE Assistant Features Editor
THURSDAY February 9, 2006
Campus Confessions:
I purposely am very noisy In the
morning to get back at my roommate
for being so loud at night when I'm
trying to sleep.
I don't exercise at all even though
people think I do. Looking good is in
my genes I guess.
I'm not going to the big graduation.
The departmental one will do.
Yesterday I was caught watching pom
by my girlfriend's mom.
Am I the only person who actually
likes to eat all of their broccoli?
Butterflies' wings and overall
appearance make me extremely
angry. I'm not sure why, I guess I was
bom without that part of the brain.
The Snuggle bear upsets me. I mean,
how do you get this all white bear
with dark brown eyes? He is the bane
of my existence! I will find a way to
eradicate the Snuggle bear eventually
stupid fluffy bear!
I love the taste of Pepto-Bismol.
Wintergreen flavor rocks!
I am crazy about an ex-boss, now
co-worker who has been a very good
friend for a few years. My boyfriend
doesn't know and probably never will!
I don't want to get married and have
kids. I really want to call off the whole
wedding thing and die an old maid.
I'm making up things to confess
because I want my confession to
be In TEC.
I confess that every time I walk across
Wright Plaza, I pretend like I'm on a
catwalk in Milan, so don't get In my
Even though I may be a man, I am
scared to death of mice.
I fantasize about Jake Gyllenhaal
making out with me on the Mall area
on campus and all the girls and guys
are just oozing with envy.
I like guys and their mesh shorts!
I got married last year and my parents
don't even know about it. How does
that work, you ask? I don't know.
I hooked up with your boyfriend while
you were away because he was
curious, if you know what I mean.
I eat the new creme and cocoa
flavored Turns like they're candy.
I seriously want to punch my best
friend in the face.

I'm a guy and I love wearing thongs.
I hate when people are late.
Truffle tarts with raspberries
1 12 cups chocolate wafer crumbs
6 tablespoons melted butter
1 recipe Dark Chocolate Truffles,
recipe follows, whipped but not
shaped into balls
6 fresh raspberries
Use a fork to mix together the
chocolate wafer crumbs and butter.
Spray the cups of a six-muffin tin
with a vegetable spray. Line the cups
with strips of parchment or waxed
paper, cut so that they are as wide
as the diameter of each cup and
long enough to overhang the sides
(you'll need this overhang to remove
the tarts). Use the bottom of a small
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bottom and sides of the muffin cups,
building the sides up to only about 1
12 inches. Place a raspberry In the
center of each crust and with a pastry
bag or small plastic bag with the
comer snipped off, fill the tarts with the
truffle mixture. Smooth the tops and
refrigerate until set, about two hours.
Dark Chocolate Truffles:
12 cup heavy cream
8 ounces good-quality (70 percent)
bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup cocoa powder, for dusting
In a saucepan, bring the cream just
to a simmer over low heat. Pour the
cream over the chocolate in a bowl
and let stand about 10 minutes to
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and stir until smooth. Set aside to cool
for 1 hour at room temperature. Then
beat the chocolate at medium speed
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about two hours until firm.
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to scoop out balls of chocolate;
place them on the plate with the
cocoa powder and roll between two
forks to completely coat with the
cocoa powder. Then use the forks to
carefully transfer them to a parchment
or waxed lined baking sheet.
New Orleans: Heart of American music
Jazz, ragtime and blues
have influenced modern
popular music
If there's one city that can be
credited with the greatest influ-
ence on American music, it's New
Orleans. In the early 20th century,
a mix of cultures from Africa,
Europe and Latin America con-
vened in New Orleans, produc-
ing several new genres of music,
mainly jazz, blues and ragtime.
Vocal and melodical styles from
Africa combined with the compo-
sitions and arrangement styles of
European classical to form New
Orleans' first original form of
music, ragtime. Many African
American musicians got their
start playing in marching bands
that were popular from 1900
until 1920, and ragtime became
the first form of popular music.
The next time you're in the
club and you're dancing to that
infectious four-on-the-f loor beat,
thank ragtime, as that's where
it originated. Jazz eventually
evolved as it combined with
blues styles and composition
and is the most familiar music to
modern day New Orleans along
with blues. Jazz is truly American
music and is noted especially for
its freedom of improvisation.
Improvisation is making up
music on the spot and is at the
heart of jazz music. Musicians
can express themselves in the
moment, injecting their soul into
a song, making it different every
time they play it. This is one
of the reasons jazz is a popular
form of live music. It's very much
dependent on the mood of the
musician as well as the energy
of the crowd, creating a special
bond between the audience and
performer - and New Orleans,
after a century of music, is still
the best place to find quality jazz
and blues music.
Contrary to popular belief,
New Orleans does still exist.
The 2006 Jazz Festival, which
has been previously located in
the French Quarter of the city,
will still be held this year in
the same location. This is not
to say Hurricane Katrina wasn't
devastating. Along with the
lives and homes of the people
of New Orleans, many antique
and cherished instruments at
jazz clubs were destroyed. The
once rich music scene of Bour-
bon Street and the rest of the
city are struggling to get back
on their feet. Local musicians
have scattered around the coun-
try, but New Orleans is making
Though Hurricane Katrina was devastating, Bourbon Street in New Orleans is still music central.
Heavy Rotation

An inside look at WZMB
from the music director

There's something about
the spirit of college radio that a
lot of people just don't under-
stand. Sometimes 1 think people
don't realize how much effort
goes on behind the scenes of a
station and are a little too quick
to criticize.
It's not nearly a"s easy as
saying, "well I have a bunch of
music and a microphone, let's
I have to do at
the station, for
example, is listen
to all the CDs we
receive each week,
review them and
put them in
rotation (heavy,
medium or light)
based on a billion
factors such as
FCC compliance,
genre, if it sucks
you know, that
kind of thing.
Sure, I can imag-
ine what you're thinking:
"Yeah, it's got to be real
tough - the whole listening to
music thing
But when you have to
endure 10 crappy, under-pro-
duced CDs that all sound the
same just to find one decent
enough to add to rotation, it can
get tiring. On top of that, when
label representatives really
push a CD that you think is no
good, it can be a real downer.
There's so much going on
behind the scenes that it's
impossible to cover it all right
here in this column. The best I
can do is confess my satisfaction
with WZMB and the solid cast
of people I get to call co-workers.
What I love about the sta-
tion are the people and the
personalities on and off the air.
You can never be sure what to
expect when you tune in - the
dull, monotone sound of a new
DJ fumbling around the control
board for the first time or the
seasoned "real DJ-like" sound
of the more experienced DJs
getting into the show's vibe.
Outside the booth, even
those finding their on-air voices
have plenty of personality
to back it up off-air. The stu-
dents at WZMB work hard
to bring programming that
will appeal to a wide range of
listeners, and they try hard
to constantly improve things
that the listeners may not
be satisfied with. But there's
only so much they can do.
A lot of flack has been fall-
ing on WZMB's station manager.
Hopefully in the next issue of
Heavy Rotation I will get a
chance to let her set the record
straight and defend herself.
Personally, I couldn't
imagine anyone thinking that
WZMB isn't a better alternative
to the other
on main-
stream sta-
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I know
for a fact
that we
bring a true
to local
radio in the
area. Based
on the
amount of
new music
I put into
rotation alone, we provide more
underexposed and indepen-
dent artists with airplay than
pretty much every other station
in Greenville.
The truth Is that WZMB
does a great job of providing
an alternative to everything
else that is broadcasting. If you
disagree, maybe college radio
isn't for you and maybe you just
won't get it.
College radio is where com-
mercial DJs start, it's where on-
air personalities are developed
and it is meant to be a training
station for those who want to
broadcast in the future.
Luckily, WZMB also show-
cases a wide range of pro-
gramming and manages to
broadcast a lot of genres for
a lot of listeners.
Maybe it's not meant for
you if you don't understand
that, but for me, college radio
is something unmatched by
any other radio broadcast.
Until we meet again, be sure
to listen to WZMB, 91.3 FM as
we continue to put the "rad"
back into radio.
about WZMB and music In general,
as well as check out weekly charts
and new music added at the station,
and get your chance to reply to the
author, you can check out the Music
Director's blog, Heavy Rotation, at:
Or the WZMB official site:
This writer can be contacted at
a slow return to its prior form.
Local musicians are what
make New Orleans' music scene
so special. Musicians and bands
such as Louis Armstrong, The
Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Galactic,
Sydney Bechet and Harry Con-
nick Jr. span decades in their
sound, but all have the spirit of
New Orleans to thank for influ-
encing their music. The party-
like atmosphere of New Orleans
was perfect for energetic jazz and
blues to originate and develop,
with nightclubs and bars on
every corner and hoards of party
animals roaming the streets. The
city became an epicenter of musi-
cal innovation and its influence
has spread across the world.
As Louis Armstrong once
said, "If it hadn't been for jazz,
there wouldn't be rock and roll
New Orleans' native jazz and
blues is responsible for spawning
several different kinds of music
including rock, swing and bebop
American music started in
New Orleans and is being pre
served and developed there today
by local musicians who house the'
soul of the city in their music, not'
in any building or instrument'
that can be destroyed by catastrd-
phe, proving the enduring spirit
of the music and its people. '
This writer can be contacted at'
features@theeastcarolinian. com. !
First Violet Nine release walks
line between mainstream, indie
Debut CD slightly bland
The Boston-based Violet Nine
have teamed up with producer
Greg Archilla to complete their
first full-length studio album.
Due out April 4, Any Wonder
is being released through PKG
Entertainment, a company
focused on distribution of inde-
pendent music and movies.
Archilla, the producer behind
albums from artists Matchbox
20, Collective Soul and Edwin
McCain, is stepping outside of
the sound you might normally
expect him to produce. It seems
odd that Archilla would step so
far out of the styles he's been so
successful producing and work
with an independent band.
Violet Nine's sound is tough
to describe even though it's not
really uncommon or ground-
breaking; it's just hard to put
your finger on. Those familiar
with the Richmond-based band
Fairweather (now broken up)
won't find the instrumenta-
tion and arrangements on Any
Wonder very new or challenging.
It is reminiscent of the pop-y yet
vaguely punkish style most are
familiar with from radio stations
across the country.
Clean guitars are interwoven
to make good textures, but the
sounds are too familiar. There's
no material here that you haven't
heard from any other modern
punk-popemo band today (see:
Armor For Sleep, Park, Taking
Back Sunday). Interweave that
with overdriven guitars for cho-
ruses and bridges and you're look-
ing at a classic formula sure to
appeal to ears looking for a famil-
iar sound, but it offers the rest of
us something to be bored with.
Vocally, however, I was sur-
prised at first. The range of singer
Ben Consoli is pretty good. At
times, he can hit some notes
reminiscent of Jeff Buckley and
he has a tone that rings eerily
similar to the late Buckley's J
impressive voice.
Lyrically, however, Consoli '
falls a little short. It seems even .
words couldn't escape being
played safe in Any Wonder's
formula. Lines like: "Warm and
comfortableWith the sunWill .
you miss me?You're too strong
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'The Sunny Side of the Moon'
Someone seriously 'cut
the cheese' this time
Well, one and all, it is time
for another CD review. The CD
I am focusing on this time is
called The Sunny Side of the Moon:
The Best of Richard Cheese. As you
might have guessed, this album is
a greatest hits collection of music
from Richard Cheese.
What you might not have
guessed is that this is an entire
album of cover songs rang-
ing from Sir-Mix-a-Lot to Nir-
vana. Another thing that you
might not have guessed is the
Vegas-lounge style of singing
in which this CD is delivered.
I must honestly say that the
singing style is probably the only
funny thing about this CD. It is
truly interesting to find "Baby
Got Back" done by a strip club
crooner and followed up with a
rendition of "Girls, Girls, Girls
It is entertaining, but this type of
thing seems hardly impressive.
There is absolutely no origi-
nality factor to speak of, not to
mention artistic contribution
in sight.
Gone are the arguments that
Weird Al Yankovic is like this guy,
maybe, but at least Weird Al can
make up new words to the songs
he chooses to butcher, and those
songs are funny.
One of the only bright spots
about this CD is the actual selec-
tion of tracks. Seriously, the
bands range from Pink Floyd to
the Beastie Boys.
If you like 1930s jazz with
no words, the music will be to
your liking. To tell you the truth,
I kind of like the music. Jazz and
lounge music really isn't all that
bad - it at least gives you a good
vibe. But even elevator music
sounds better than this.
It does have one redeeming
factor, though. I love the fact
that you can actually hear all
the words to a song. Further-
more, you can actually hear how
half-wit and "special" artists are.
I would hope that artists were
on drugs if they were writing
these songs, at least they would
have a valid excuse as to why their
lines are mindless and disposable.
Another thing that was quite
entertaining was listening to
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Now this is Meade Street music
Greenville's burgeoning
music scene
From Tuesday night house
parties to jam band tunes in the
afternoon, it's all happening at
The corner of Third and Meade
Street, Greenville's Haight-Ash-
bury, minus the acid.
Third and Meade looks like
any other place in between First
and Fifth Streets - rough around
the edge houses sit waiting for
the next party and cars with
fraternity stickers line the streets.
However, Meade Street has a
flourishing music scene not likely
to be matched anywhere else in
The Meade Street sound can't
be pigeonholed, with everything
from post wave to prog-metal
on tap. Though musical styles
differ, all the Meade Street musi-
cians share a passion for making
music, reviving the Greenville
music scene and for other um,
TheJam Band
Jay Diehl, lead guitarist and
musical leader of the jam band
Meade, is not happy. The last
several rehearsals have been
sloppy and he doesn't know
what's wrong. He also has a
dinner engagement that he's
about to be late for, so the
band runs through "Franklin's
Tower" and calls it an evening.
Diehl heads out, drummer
Nick Verdis steps outside for aciga-
rette and the rest of the band mulls
around, still under the effects of
some pre-rehearsal activities.
Meade has been playing
together since the summer of
2005. A couple of lineup and
name changes have led them to
where they are now. The constant
has been their practice space at
300 Meade Street, or Club 300
as it's known to the people who
frequent it. It's also Verdis' and
bassist Don O'Gorman's house.
Verdis and O'Gorman, both
from Maryland, have been play-
ing together since high school.
They had been looking to get
another band together since their
last group, the Baltimore-based
Hangin' Loose, broke up.
Enter Diehl. Verdis, O'Gorman
and singer Adam Nye had been
jamming for a while when Diehl's
fiancee, an employee at Outback
Steakhouse with Verdis and Nye,
introduced Diehl to the group at
a Fourth of July party.
Diehl, who at age 24 is older
and more experienced musically
than the rest of the band mem-
bers, immediately provided the
group with direction, leadership
and a signature guitar sound.
Verdis refers to Diehl as the
"backbone of the band
It's been an interesting
road to Meade Street for Diehl.
Originally from New Jersey,
he's played such well known
venues as the Stone Pony in
Ashbury Park and New York
City's Lions Den with his previ-
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for that" aren't appalling, they're
just not saying anything new.
They may have a long way to
go before I will give them credit,
but that doesn't mean they
don't have potential. If Consoli
can take his lyrics somewhere
new and the formulaic concept
that follows song after song is
dropped, I'm confident Violet
Nine could produce better music.
By emphasizing their strengths
(and Consoli's voice is the big
strength here) and building off
of them, they might be able to
put together some better tracks
on future albums.
The problem with Any Wonder
and albums like it is that they
don't offer listeners anything
new. It treads familiar ground,
but when did that become the
goal of music?
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"Gin and Juice" which was basi-
cally read verbatim. These rap-
pers are amazingly funny. I must
say, I think this version is about
as good as it gets. It is just that
funny and vulgar. I think these
guys are just angry and need a hug.
Even rap sounds better with-
out demeaning and objectifying
women all the time. At least, that is
what I believe; 1 am not sure if it's
been tried to date. So I guess you
can call me old-fashioned about
not treating women like poop.
1 mean, even rappers can
occasionally play their own
music and even write their own
words. This album is to music
what Michael Jackson is to satis-
factory daycare.
In summation: the album
gets a C It's only saved by the
actual music, which is written by
other people, and by the fact it
sounds like Vegas music.
Everyone loves to hear a song
that is familiar, but sometimes
it is just better to stick with the
It's really not even worth
the time and space to download.
Hopefully the next album will be
a good one. I'll keep searching.
Grade: C-
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He moved to North Carolina
in 2003 to be with his girl-
friend while she attended college.
Verdis has had some high-
profile gigs as well. He's recently
started playing drums full time.
Previously, he was lead singer
and guitarist in Hangin' Loose.
He won a song writing contest
in 2003 and appeared on stage
with OAR at MTV's Spring Break.
Meade also has local connections,
as lead singer Adam Nye's brother
is the bass player for Gouda.
Meade has played shows at
Ham's Restaurant and at various
fraternities. They have plans to
cut a live demo at the Red Rooster
and will be in the upcoming
Battle of the Bands at Ham's.
They also hope to play some
shows with other local bands
such as Fifth Generation.
"We just want to get out and
play. We want to play with other
local bands with similar interest
and try to revive the music scene
in Greenville said Diehl.
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He and some of his buddies and
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of a promoter since that band
called it quits. His residence,
"The Bonque House as it is
known, is home to weekly parties
featuring bands from as far away
as New York.
"Bonque House" parties host
upward of 80 people and is
known for high energy shows
that have left the place a little
worse for the wear. The back
yard is a collage of beer contain-
ers, overturned lawn chairs and
tossed aside water hoses.
"The back yard is a place for a
drunk good time said Cashion,
as we stood on his back porch.
Back inside, Kenny Creech,
a "weekend fixture" at "The
Bonque House" who bears a
striking resemblance to the late
Jerry Garcia, gleefully suggests
that everyone get drunk. It is the
middle of the afternoon, after
all. That is the attitude at "The
Bonque House" - one of a good
time free for all.
"We like to sex it up and have
a good time, but not in a down-
town sort of way says Cashion.
"Downtown is a lust beast with
the clubs. We want to provide a
good time with good music that
the artists really care about
"The Bonque House" isn't
discriminating about its acts as
long as they have an independent
spirit and passion for their music.
The parties have featured eclectic
styles including hip-hop, indie
and rock. Recent parties have
seen out of state acts Quiet Life
and Dan Denson perform.
Cashion sums it up well:
"Everyone is welcome at the par-
ties. We want to have a good time
and help out the music scene in
The Studio
In a room with a ceiling so
low you have to stoop down to
keep from hitting your head,
Tony Chambers is setting up
the studio that will be home to
his production company, Dual
A drum kit is on one end
of the long, narrow loft and a
Pro-Tools system is at the other
end. In between are a couple of
keyboards and a couch. Along
the far wall, several guitars and
a bass sit on a rack.
Chambers and his room-
mate Brian K. Price are Third
and Meade newcomers, but
they're jumping right into the
scene. They've already dis-
cussed cutting a demo with
Meade and are planning to host
some band parties of their own.
Their musical tastes range
from funk to reggae to metal,
but they're open to anything.
"Yeah, we'll work with any-
body as long as they're original.
We've got a Pro-Tools set up and
Brian is awesome with Reason
5.0 (electronic programming
software) said Chambers.
Other groups, such as Captain
Snatch, a rock n' raunch band,
play and practice on Meade Street
as well. Captain Snatch drummer
Dal Stephenson is happy to see
the scene growing,
"It's nice to walk out of your
house and hear a four piece band,
as opposed to someone driving
by with their windows down,
blaring music
Many people bemoan the
state of live music in Greenville
but it is alive and well on Meade
Street. Sometimes students over
look what is right beneath their
nose. The artists living there
hope that it will spread to the
rest of the city.
"Promoters downtown need
to know that if they book bands,
they're going to make their
money. We can guarantee a
crowd, so they shouldn't worry
about that said Cashion.
Will the Meade Street scene
explode on Greenville, or will
the sounds of Sean Paul and
Kanye West continue to domi-
nate downtown? The answer to
that is up to you.
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Page B4 252.328.6366 TONY ZOPPO Sports Editor BRANDON HUGHES Assistant Sports Editor
THURSDAY February 9, 2006
RH Starters
TJ Hose
Shane Matthews
Carter Harrell
Mike Five
Chad Jennings
Cody Leggett
Michael Hill
.Josh Dowdy
Jason Neitz
Jeff Ostrander
Kevin Rhodes (CD
Chris Powell (CU
Designated Hlters
Adam Hodges
Terrapins are coming
out of their shell
Terrapins poised for
breakout season
When it comes to college ath-
letics, baseball above the Mason-
Dixon line and winning just
don't go together. While there
may be exceptions to the rule (see
Notre Dame and St. John's), typi-
cally collegiate baseball teams
in the northern regions of the
United States tend to struggle
year in and year out.
The Maryland Terrapins are
no exception to that rule. With
only one winning season in the
past seven years, the men in red
seem to be the blunt of a lot of
jokes when baseball season rolls
The term "Mighty Turtles"
may seem like an oxymoron now,
but the 2006 Maryland squad has
np intention of remaining punch
lines and fodder for jokesters alike.
Coming off of an average
season that produced a record
of 25-31, the Terrapins return
one of their deepest lineups in
the last decade. In an interview
with, Head Coach
Tfcrry Rupp talked about what he
believes could be the best Mary-
land team he has had in his six
years at the helm.
; "Unlike in past years, we are
deep at every position said Rupp.
"We've got an opportunity
to use a different combination of
players to attack any situation
"If an opponent doesn't
catch-and-throw that well, we'll
go with our speed. On the other
hand, if they are a strong defen-
sive team, then we may go with
our best hitters
Just how deep can they be?
"I can see a lot of different
guys making significant contri-
butions this season
Coming into this weekend's
series against ECU, Rupp already
has the luxury of having the top
two spots in his pitching rotation
set. Seniors Seth Overbey and
Ben Pfinsgraff will betwoofthe
three guys that the Diamond Bucs
will face over the weekend. The
third starter is likely still up for
Pfinsgraff returns as the
undisputed ace of the staff. The
smooth righty led the team
with a 3.45 ERA and four
wins during the 2005 season.
In 10 of 11 outings, Pfinsgraff
lasted at least 5.0 innings, so
pitching a lot of innings this
season will not be anything new
to the veteran. Rupp believes that
his senior go-to-guy is one of
the best hurlers in all of college
"Ben is a proven pitcher who
has shown he can beat anyone in
the country Rupp said.
"We're looking for him to be
our number one guy and have a
good season for us
Overbey will be looking to
make the tricky transition of relief
pitcher to full-time starter for the
2006 campaign. Overbey was 3-1
in 17 appearances last season.
Maryland's middle relief
during the weekend against the
Pirates will come from lefties Brett
Tidball and John Dischert. Right-
hander Brad Taylor will also
get some innings out of the
Sophomore Brett Cecil has
emerged as the closer for the
turtles. In 43.0 innings last
season, Cecil struck out 40 while
only walking 13. He also was
second on the team in appear-
ances with 18.
The Terps depth at all posi-
tions can be both a blessing and
a curse. While it is nice to have
options everywhere, figuring out
who will play where is another
battle all in itself. With that said,
let's take a look at Maryland's
potential infield lineup
Perhaps the only sure thing
of the bunch is the starting first
baseman. Senior Jordan Wilson
will play first for the Terps in
2006. In 2005 Wilson had a
career season at the dish, hitting
.301 with 11 doubles, 35 RBI and
three home runs. Wilson is in his
fifth season at College Park, so he
will be the leader for the Terps on
the infield.
Rupp will look to junior
Dan Melvin and sophomore Joe
Palumbo to split time at second
base. Melvin led the squad last
season with a .306 average, while
Palumbo will provide versatility
at the plate with his switch-hit-
ting abilities.
Sophomore transfer Steve
Braun, a 35th round pick by
the Oakland Athletics in 2005,
will likely play shortstop for the
Terps in 2006. Early signs point
to Braun as the leadoff hitter for
At the hot corner, freshmen
newcomers Mike Murphy and
Dan Benick will share time there,
although Murphy is the early
favorite to start.
There is no question as to
who will play catcher for the
Terps. Sophomore Chad Durakis
has solidified himself as the
everyday guy. Last season, Dura-
kis hit .286 with 27 RBI.
As far as the outfield goes for
Maryland, senior Brian Jarosinski
will hold down leftfield. During
his sophomore season in 2004,
Jarosinski hit 16 home runs,
drove in 58 runners and recorded
a slugging percentage of .571.
Although the slugger had a down
junior season, Rupp expects that
just to be a bump in a great career
for his leftfielder.
see TERPS page B6
A conversation with starting
pitcher Dustin Sasser
Dustin Sasser played an instrumental role in the
ECU baseball team's run to the super-regional and
51 win season in 2004. While the Pirates eventually
bowed out to national runner-up South Carolina,
the Diamond Bucs of 2004 were arguably the best
team in the school's rich baseball history. Sasser had
a lot to do with that. He led the team in appearances
that season and was called upon repeatedly out of
the bullpen to work out of tough jams.
After the season was over, Sasser underwent
Tommy John Surgery, which effectively ended any
chance he had to play during 2005.
I recently sat down with the red shirt, and
we discussed many things from his rehab to the
Mazey situation and his outlook for this team this
Brent Wynne: How does the arm feel?
Dustin Sasser: It feels good. I'm about 14 months
into it and no pain whatsoever.
BW: Take me through the rehab process.
DS: After surgery, you're in a cast for a week.
You can't move it or anything. After a week, you ?
get put into a brace, which lets you move your arm "
a certain amount of degrees each week. Once you $
get your flexibility and extension back in your arm,
then you can start doing 5 pound wrist curl weights, a
You keep moving up on weights and four months
after surgery you start lightly tossing some.
BW: Are you where you need to be strength and
endurance wise heading into a new season?
DS: I do. You won't be 100 percent until 14 to 18
months after the surgery. Now I'm at 14 months. My
velocity is a mile or two faster than it was before.
BW: How fast?
DS: Eighty-eight, 89 and even 90 every once
in a while.
BW: How does it feel knowing that you're finally
about to get some real game experience again?
DS: It's unbelievable. Prior to my surgery, I
had never been out of baseball for more than six
weeks. I had the surgery, and now I've been out of

the game for a little over a year. I'm getting back
into the swing of things and 1 just can't wait to
start playing again.
BW: What kind of role do you think you'll play
on this year's team?
DS: I hope to be a starter. I think I'm a better
pitcher as a starter. My whole life I've started up
until my freshman year, and 1 kind of expected
that and I was fine with it. But this year, I've
been working hard and my arm's healthy, and
I want to take our team to a championship.
BW: Why are you guys not ranked?
DS: I think it's disrespect. But we never really
see SASSER page 86

Seahawks' Holmgren should have accepted blame
Holmgren glances up at the scoreboard during
Seattle's 21-10 loss in Super Bowl XL.
(KRT) Seattle, once associated with coffee,
should be better known now for the kind of fine
whine derivative of sour grapes. You thought
the Seahawks and their fans were beaten pretty
soundly in the Super Bowl? They have been far
bigger losers since.
Will you people shut up already?
A couple of debatable penalty flags fall the
wrong way and you're going to start wincing
and weeping and limping around on that lame
Aside to Team Mocha Latte: Your Seahawks
lost, 21-10, for lots of reasons primarily summa-
rized in the technical phrase, "played lousy You
know how Steelers fans swarmed Detroit by about
a 10-1 margin over Seattle fans? That mirrored the
Seahawks' shrunken team effort on the big stage.
There was no shame in losing the game. There
has been much shame since.
You expect it from fans, maybe, after they have
waited 30 years for a Super Bowl and their team
cowers from the occasion and they're looking for
a place for their disappointment. So they look for
the easiest place.
You even expect the woodwork to emit a few
token conspiracy theorists with their grainy home
movie that purports to show a man in a striped
shirt on a grassy knoll. Yeah the game was fixed.
Oh yes. Everybody was in on it but the Seahawks!
(The head referee is sitting on a mountain of cash
in Monaco today. Paul Tagliabue and Dan Rooney
are with him and the three are high-fiving amid
gales of maniacal laughter).
You expect that desperate nonsense from
losing fans.
But you expect more from the beaten head
coach. From him you expect a measure of grace.
Some class. An assumption, dare say, of personal
Instead Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren told
a crowd waiting for the team in Seattle: "I knew
we were playing the Pittsburgh Steelers. I didn't
know we were going to have to play the guys in
the striped shirts as well
That's an egregious statement that should earn
Holmgren a six-figure league fine and stain him
for as long as he coaches.
It Is almost stunning, unprecedented, to hear
after a title game. Not in Super Bowl history have
the winning team and whining team separated
so clearly.
Holmgren insults the integrity of the NFL, Its
officials, the championship game result itself and,
mostly, the Steelers, who deserve better.
Worse in some ways, he is excusing himself
and his team from culpability. He is shifting blame
from where it belongs - in the mirror.
We've all heard the predictable jokes by now.
Like, "Ninety million people watched the game.
Too bad they didn't Include the officials And,
"The Steelers had a victory parade. The grand
marshal was referee Bill Leavy
Meantime we're still waiting for Holmgren et
al to man up.
Seattle was driving for a possible 17-14 lead
until the most ill-timed, crucial interception
imaginable. Matt Hasselbeck threw that ball, not
the referee.
How about Holmgren managing the clock like
a baboon trying to decipher a Rubik's cube? Are
we blaming the officials for that, too?
Who was covering Hines Ward? The back
How about Pittsburgh's trick-play scoring pass
or Willie Parker's Super Bowl-record run? Were
the guys in the striped shirts blocking Seahawk
Thanks largely to Holmgren and his blamers,
history won't look kindly upon this Super Bowl.
In the days since, nobody was talking about the
scintillating football or the might of the Steelers.
People were talking about a streaking sheep, a cen-
sored halftime show and the yellow flags.
Then there was the brouhaha over the suspi-
cious no-shows by Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw
from the pregame Super Bowl MVPs ceremony.
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Baloney. What a couple of ingrates. With fwje'
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that allowed both men's fame, and they can't
come back for a curtain call on the event's 40th
The NFL gave its former MVPs first-class air fare
for two, a Cadillac for the weekend, a hotel suite,
two game tickets, tickets to the commissioner's
party and two other private parties, plus $1,000
for "incidentals
If you believe their excuses, it's still lame. The
family would understand their being in Detroit
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an extra day. Both come off like
guys protecting themselves from
bullets with their families.
The only other living Super
fiowl MVP to snub the ceremony
vs our own Jake Scott, the
Dolphins' Super '70s safety, but
hfc's in a whole different cat-
; .Scott is a true iconoclast
who has turned down every
Dolphins function. He is Bobby
Fischer, J.D Salinger. Scott sup-
posedly couldn't attend because
he was vacationing in Australia.
Jake could have been visiting
Flint and wouldn't have showed
Besides, nobody outside of
a few venerable Dolfans missed
Scott, while Montana and Brad-
shaw were conspicuous by their
absence, Montana as the most
decorated, iconic Super Bowl star
of all, Bradshaw for turning his
back on his franchise.
Montana and Bradshaw
should have been there, period.
But still not as much as
Holmgren should have stood up
and shouldered the Seahawks'
loss instead of weakly pandering
to his fans' misplaced emotions.
SdSS6r from page B4
get respect preseason in any of
the polls. That makes our team
Guive. With us going into Cal.
State Fullerton and Rice, if you
can't get up for those games, you
can't get up for any games. And
With us not being in any of the
polls this year, I think this team
has more to prove than any other
team that's ever been here.
; i ;BW: Were Holland's actions
o(Hhe Mazey situation right?
DS: I think the decision that
he made was right, and 1 think it
was best for the rest of the team.
1 had no problem with coach
Mazey and I think the world of
htm. He's a great guy and a great
coach. The decision Holland
made was the right decision, and
we'are all behind him. Coach
(Billy) Godwin is a great guy.
BW: So the overall attitude
toward Godwin and his new staff
is positive so far?
DS: Yeah. He came in and
he's all about respect. He said
he wanted to earn our respect,
and not necessarily that we have
to earn his. He's coming into
an entirely new program, and
he really, really preaches team
chemistry and working hard. He's
done a really great job.
BW: How good can this pitch-
ing staff be?
DS: This pitching staff could
be as good or better than the pitch-
ing staff was my freshman year.
BW: How do you pick starters
out of this group?
DS: You really don't (chuck-
ling). Coach Godwin said it like
this. "I feel like this year with the
staff we have, if everybody stays
healthy, it's one of those things
where you can go in and pick out
of a hat and say yep you're start-
ing today and have no problem
with it. I think we're that good.
BW: How good can this team
be as a whole?
DS: I think if we execute,
throw strikes and put the ball in
play, I think our win total could
be 50 to 55.
Fifty to55. Looks likeSasserand
the Pirates are thinking Omaha.
This writer can be contacted at
sports@theeastcarolinian. com.
TBrpS from page B4
'; Brian looks better than he
ever has at the plate right now
and I expect big things from him
this year Rupp said.
Centerfield will by played by
Speedy sophomore Nick Jowers.
Jowers experienced limited action
last season as a freshman, but is
expected to deliver big as a starter
this season.
Terp senior Matt Maropis, an
infielder turned outfielder, will
play right this season. In 2005,
Maropis swiped a team leading
19 stolen bases along with scor-
ing 34 runs. He will continually
pose base running threats to
opponents throughout the
Don't expect Maryland to
come into Clark-LeClair Stadium
this weekend and be an easy
foe. This is a new team, and the
Terps will look to begin the 2006
season the rights way - with a
series win over the Pirates.
Game on.
This writer can be contacted at
sports@theeastcarolinian. com.
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