The East Carolinian, February 14, 2006


Volume 81 Number 50
February 14, 2006
ECU remembers Coretta Scott King
Dried fruit is a beneficial alternative to mountains of chocolate.
Celebrating Valentine's Day
with candy or carrots?
I Some things to consider
The life and times of Coretta Scott King were fondly remembered Friday by a variety of people, including
Memorial held in Hendrix
ECU students, faculty and
area officials gathered in remem-
brance of the life and work of
Coretta Scott King Friday rriorn-
ing in Hendrix Theater.
The near hour-long ceremony
began with a Microsoft Power
Point presentation. The presenta-
tion included famous voice clips
of King complete with famous
pictures of the civil rights activist.
"Today we assemble to remem-
ber the first lady of the civil rights
movement said Taffye Benson
Clayton, assistant to the Provost
EEOADA Compliance Officer.
Clayton played a key role in the
presentation taking place.
Dr. Marilyn Sheerer, dean
of the College of Education and
interim vice chancellor for insti-
tutional advancement, provided
opening remarks.
"She and Dr. King had
such power in their words
said Sheerer.
"She knew who she was and
understood her purpose in life
M. Cole Jones, president of the
Student Government Association,
introduced the keynote speaker.
The keynote speaker was
Congressman G.K. Butterfield of
the first district. The representa-
tive had recently returned from
King's funeral.
"It's good to be back and see
all of you said Butterfield.
"When you talk about Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr out of
necessity, you must talk about
his wife and life mate Coretta
Scott King
The congressman went on
to talk about many historic
moments of the civil rights era,
namely the passage of the equal
voting rights.act. He emphasized
its historic significance and
Coretta's motivating demeanor.
"Coretta Scott King was key
in motivating Martin Luther
King, Jr in his endeavor for equal
voting rights sail) Butterfield.
He went on to discuss how
the first district is one of the
poorest in the country.
"We have a lot of work to do
in eastern North Carolina. We've
made tremendous progress. We
have work to do
The congressman cited Presi-
dent Bush as part of the reason,
that is spent in Iraq every week.
"The president refuses to talk
about tax cuts Butterfield said.
The congressman was followed
by the ECU Gospel Ensemble,
who provided a spirited and soul-
ful selection fitting for the event.
A personal reflection was then
provided by Regina Twine, presi-
Congressman G.K. Butterfield.
dent of the Black Student Union.
She discussed that despite
her age, she can still appreciate
Coretta Scott King.
"I am not too young to under-
stand the mark Coretta Scott
King made. We, as a young gen-
eration, need to take up the torch
for peace said Twine.
Following Twine was Dr. Glen
Gilbert, dean of the College of
Health and Human Performance,
with closing remarks.
"Clearly Coretta Scott King was
a woman of courage said Gilbert.
Dr. Gilbert discussed some of
the more personal moments in
Mrs. King's life, such as how Dr.
King had to wait six months for
Coretta to accept his proposal.
The presentation thereafter
concluded with refreshments
provided to all who attended.
This writer can be reached at
news@theeastcarolinian. com.
It is very important to many
college students to maintain a
healthy lifestyle while living
away from home. We all know
you need fruits and vegetables,
but when it comes to the holiday
of chocolates and fancy dinners,
what can you do instead of going
on a candy binge? Simply having
chocolate covered strawberries,
cherries or bananas is better for
you than chocolate covered cara-
mel or marshmallows.
Eating healthy seems to be
difficult when your mom isn't
making you do it, but it is a
crucial way of life. A balanced
diet gives you'energy, helps you
concentrate, helps maintain
healthy weight and reduces your
risk of many diseases such as
type-two diabetes, obesity and
some cancers. Keep portion sizes
small and don't go overboard
with the fried food. Grilled and
baked options are a much better
When it comes to going
out on a dinner date with
your valentine, go for a salad
with grilled chicken and a
diet soda. You can get full and
not fat. It's a dream come true.
Fish is also packed with
vitamins and minerals. Even if
you think it tastes like wet sand,
I find that ketchup can fix almost
any problem (unless you are in
need of hair gel, then forget I
mentioned it). If you have to
get the chicken fingers, go with
broccoli instead of fries and water
instead of sweat tea.
This is the time of year when
everyone wants to shed some
baggage, so why not start feel-
ing hotter and healthier while
having fun with the one you
Take a jog instead of a nap
and drink skim milk instead
of whole. Even if you don't see
physical results immediately, you
will feel on top of the world.
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SGA encourages student
involvement and proposes
ideas for the near future
ECU Folk and Country Dancers
co-sponsor contra dance
Contra dance is a form of dancing with English and Scottish roots, similar to the square dance.
A new proposal may bring music downloading to campus through a program called Ruckus.
Undergraduate students
are being presented with
many opportunities
Dances held every
second Saturday and
fourth Friday each month
The ECU Student Govern-
ment Association held their
15th meeting in the Mendenhall
multi-purpose room yesterday.
Many important issues were
discussed and recognized by all
of the senators. Four new sena-
tors were officially sworn in at
the beginning of the meeting.
There were many opportu-
nities to ask questions. Several
people took advantage of this
time. There are a lot of issues
being processed that I had no
idea were happening here.
Dr. Al Smith was one of the
first speakers and discussed
the "pirate connection This
idea proposed a way for ECU
to retain more students from
their freshman year until gradu-
atloxu Ine answei seemed to
simply be to "get the students
more involved said Dr. Smith.
Steps have been taken to send
out information about all of
the organizations on campus
to upcoming freshmen. It was
also suggested to send this
information to all undergrads
and transfer students. Any
ideas can be given to Dr. Smith
at his office in room 214 in
One of the main proposals
of the evening was the idea of
providing free music download-
ing for ECU students. ITCSand
Campus Living have already
met and are excited to try a
Ruckus pilot starting after spring
break. Ruckus is an online music
library with more than 1.5 mil-
lion songs available. It will be
available for free to students
living on campus and for $10
per semester for off-campus stu-
dents. There will also be a movie
subscription that will only be
available on campus for $15
per semester. The movies you
can download are full sxieen
with good quality. Ruckus is
compatible with almost all
portable players except for
the iPod. This is because of
iPod's strict policy with Apple.
Most of you know that ECU
uses Apple products and pro-
vides a discount on il'ods. It
was mentioned at the meeting
that it is very possible for the
school to do the same thing
with other devices in the future
to enhance the convenience
of Ruckus. There will also be a
faculty music subscription avail-
able for $5.99 a month frorri any
location. Subscriptions have to
be updated regularly and must
be canceled if you do not want
it anymore, are graduating or are
not returning to ECU.
If there is an organization
that you are a part of that you
know is not represented by SGA,
you can go to 109 Mendenhall
and make sure your group is
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Last Saturday night, the ECU
Folk and Country Dancers and
the Folk and Arts Society of
Greenville sponsored a contra
dancing event, which included
a potluck dinner, concert, begin-
ner's lesson and a two-hour long
dance session. The event was held
at the Willis Building in down-
town Greenville and was one of
six bi-monthly contra sessions to
be held this spring. The contra
dances, which are one of several
types of dances put on by these
two organizations, are held on
the second Saturday and fourth
Friday of each month and have
been taking place throughout
the year.
Contra dancing derives from
English and Scottish country
dancing and holds some resem-
blance to American square danc-
ing. The basic structure of the
dance calls for two parallel lines
of participants, requiring that
one be accompanied by a part-
ner. Participants move through
the lines with their partners and
follow a simple dance sequence,
repeating with a new set of part-
ners every rotation. This repeti-
tion allows for each participant
to dance with every individual
in both lines and, essentially,
every individual in the room. The
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Enron proceedings underway
as the blame is examined
Who is responsible?
Surely four years after the
second largest corporate account-
ing scandal in Corporate Ameri-
can history, nearly everyone
has at least heard of Enron.
What a shame Enron's fall from
power was. Enron was founded
in 1985 in Houston, Texas and
looked to potentially be placed
on the prestigious Dow Jones
30, which is comprised of the 30
largest companies in America.
However, through the use
of offshore entities, which are
subsidies that a company places
out in other companies to avoid
taxation - there are more than
60 countries in the world that
charge little or no corporate taxes
on foreign subsidies - Enron hid
its losses from mis-management
of the business. Enron's stock
price climbed as high as $90 per
share in August 2000 based upon
inaccurate earnings which failed
to reflect losing entities. Former
Enron CFO Andrew Fastow was
in charge of creating these vir-
tual "dummy" companies. New
accounting legislation called the
Sarbanes-Oxley act was passed in
2002 to impose tighter regulation
on accounting and to crack down
on white-collar crimes.
Former CEO Ken Lay is
charged with using insider trad-
ing, which occurs when a cor-
porate officer uses non-public
information in stock trades for
his own benefit, to make $70 mil-
lion. The Insiiier Trading Act 135
of 1998 in addition to the SEC act
of 1934, strictly prohibits these
practices as part of the sweeping
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ZACK HILL Assistant News Editor
TUESDAY February 14, 2006
Announcements News Briefs
Buccaneer Photo
The ECU yearbook staff would like
to invite all May 2006 graduates
to have their photo taken for the
next ediffon of the Buccaneer
Sessions will be held March
22 at Hendrix Theatre from 9
a.m. - 5 p.m. and March 23 and
24 at Ledonia Wright Cultural
Center from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Call
328-9236 to reserve your time
Slot. Reservations are strongly
encouraged, but not required. For
more information, visit buccaneer.
Art Sale
The School of Art and Design's
annual Valentine sale will take
place Tuesday, Feb. 14 from
10 a.m. - 7 p.m. in the front
foyer of Jenkins Fine Arts Center.
The Small Metals Guild and
Painting Guilds will be displaying
their jewelry, small metals and
paintings. Students and faculty
are encouraged to remember
someone special in their life or
treat themselves to a creative
Salsa Dance
The ECU Folk and Country Dancers
are sponsoring a salsa dance
on Friday, Feb. 18 at the Willis
Building, located downtown at
1st and Reade Streets. Instruction
will be provided by Procopio and
friends at 7:30 p.m. with the dance
following at 8:30 p.m. Music by DJ
Ramon. Fees are $3 for students,
$5 for FASG members and $8 for
the public. This a non-alcoholic,
non-smoking event. For more
information, call 752-7350.
Career Fairs
The Technology Career Fair will
be held Wednesday, Feb. 15
from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Minges
Coliseum The Science Fair will
be held Friday, Feb. 17 from 11
a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Science
and Technology Building. The
Business Career Fair will be held
Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m.
- 3 p.m. in Minges Coliseum. The
Education Fair will be held Friday
Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. In
Minges Coliseum. The Health Fair
will be held Thursday, March 2
from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Carol
Belk Building.
Teachers and Applied
Linguistic Students
A student-run conference offering
opportunities for grad students and
public school teachers to present
their work, both practical and
theoretical, in the areas of applied
linguistics and TESL will be held
in the Bate Building on Saturday,
Feb. 18. This year's workshop
features Dr. Melissa Cahnmann
of the University of Georgia,
who will present "Rehearsing
the Revolution: Using 'Theater
of the Oppressed' to Address
Identity and Power in Language
Education Dr. Cahnmann will give
an additional presentation titled
The Study and Use of Metaphor
to Understand Bilingualism and
Bilingual Education" on Friday,
Feb. 17 at 3:30 p.m. in Bate 3008.
Fees are $10 for ECU students
and faculty, and $15 for all others.
For more information, visit core.
The musical "Godspell" will begin
performances on Thursday, Feb.
16 at 8:00 p.m in McGinnls
Theatre. The show uses songs
to bring the parables of Jesus
Christ to life The story utilizes
various theatrical traditions
such as clowning, pantomime,
acrobatics and vaudeville and
is based on the book by John
Michael Tebelak. Music and Lyrics
by Stephen Schwartz. For more
information and other shows, call
328-6829 or 1-800-ECU-ARTS.
The College of Human Ecology
announces the availability of four
scholarships for the 2006-07
academic year. Awards are for
tuition and fees, and all applicants
must meet scholarship criteria.
The application deadline is Feb.
20,2006. For more information see
your department office or contact
Sandy Jackson at 328-5754.
Valentine's Dinner
Today at the Rock Springs Center
from 6:30 -10:30 p.m. The annual
fundraiser sponsored by the S.
Rudolph Alexander Performing
Arts Series will consist of dancing,
music and French-themed
cuisine. For more information call
Nearly two feet of snow falls on
N.C. mountains, border towns
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A weekend
snowstorm brought nearly two feet
of snow to the mountains of western
North Carolina by Monday morning,
with a few more inches expected
before the weather system dissipated,
probably by the end of the day.
In Buncombe County, western North
Carolina's biggest city, Asheville,
got only an inch of accumulation by
Monday morning, according to the
National Weather Service in Greer,
S.C. Much more fell in the nearby
higher elevations, with 24 inches
reported near Banner Elk.
Glade Mountain, eight miles north of
the Haywood County town of Canton,
reported 18 inches, and even towns
near Asheville in Buncombe County
got their fair share 9.5 inches in
Weaverville and 7 inches in Candler,
meteorologist John Tomko said.
The state Highway Patrol reported no
fatal incidents on slippery mountain
roads as of Monday morning. No
significant power outages were
reported by Progress Energy and
Duke Power as of Monday morning.
With snow continuing along the
Tennessee border and another
couple of inches of accumulation
in the forecast, the Greer office was
preparing another winter weather
advisory at mid-morning, Tomko
In the state's southwestern mountains,
Robbinsville got 20 inches of snow.
Heavy snow with drifts to six feet
deep closed the Cherohala Skyway
a scenic route from the Tennessee
border to U.S. Highway 129 near
Navy plans test flights at landing
field site
PLYMOUTH, N.C. (AP) - The Navy
said it will conduct more flight tests
this week at a landing field site in
Washington and Beaufort counties
as it gathers more environmental
information as ordered by a federal
Flights Monday and Wednesday
will begin about 9 p.m. and last
about an hour. Flights on Tuesday
will start in the afternoon over the
Navy's preferred site for an outlying
landing field.
These flights are designed to collect
empirical data on aircraft noise levels
and responses of migratory waterfowl
to visual and-or noise stimuli from FA-
18 EF Super Hornet flight operations
a Navy statement said.
"Data collected will support the
assessment of potential impacts on
migratory waterfowl from construction
and operation of an OLF at sites near
migratory waterfowl populations and
to observe noise effects of jet aircraft
on waterfowl
The field would be used by jets
stationed at Oceana Naval Air Station
in Virginia Beach, Va and at Marine
Corps Air Station Cherry Point in
North Carolina. The planes would use
the strip to simulate night landings on
aircraft carriers.
More test flights and environmental
studies were conducted by the Navy
after a judge said the service hadn't
sufficiently studied the impact of the
field on a nearby wildlife refuge that
is the winter home for thousands of
geese and swans.
The Navy said it plans to complete
the new study in August.
Five agencies reviewing
classified evidence In White
House aide's case
WASHINGTON (AP) - Five government
agencies are reviewing classified
evidence that I. Lewis "Scooter"
Libby may want to use at his trial
to fight perjury and obstruction-of-
justice charges, according to a court
transcript made public Monday.
During a Feb. 3 hearing, Special
Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald told
a federal judge that the review of
classified materials is being done by
the CIA, National Security Council,
National Security Agency, State
Department and several components
within the White House, including
the offices of the president and vice
Five must-haves for new grads
Helpful tips for making a
good impression
After four (or more) years of
college, that diploma is so close
you can taste it. And that means
a bitter reality: Ready or not, it's
time to find a job.
Fortunately for this year's
seniors, 62 percent of hiring
managers plan to recruit recent
college graduates in 2005, and 28
percent say they will be increas-
ing starting salaries over those
offered last year, according to a
recent survey by online job board
Still, competition will be tight
for jobs in many industries, and
to get an edge on their classmates,
candidates should leverage every
advantage they have. Career-
Builder asked hiring managers for
the top five things they look for
when hiring new graduates. Here
are their answers, and some ways
college seniors can use them to
maximize their job search.
1. Relevant Experience
Twenty-eight percent of
hiring managers cited relevant
experience as their most impor-
tant factor in the hiring decision.
"Unfortunately, college gradu-
ates often underestimate the
experience they have through
internships, part-time jobs and
extracurricular activities said
Matt Ferguson, CareerBuilder's
According to the Career-
Builder survey, 63 percent of
hiring managers say they con-
sider volunteer work to be rel-
evant experience. For students
without much direct experience,
a functional resume, which
highlights a student's abilities
rather than work history, Is a
good choicei
2. Professionalism During the
If new graduates want to be
treated as professionals, they
need to dress and act the part.
A first impression can make
or a break a candidate, so col-
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The outcome of those reviews will
determine whether the case against
Ubby, Vice President Dick Cheney's
former chief of staff, gets bogged
down in a legal battle pitting the
government's desire to protect
national security secrets against a
defendant's right to a fair trial.
Ubby, 55, was indicted late last year
on charges that he lied about how he
learned CIA operative Valerie Plame's
identity and when he subsequently
told reporters.
Plame's identity was published
in July 2003 by columnist Robert
Novak after her husband, former
U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson,
accused the administration of twisting
intelligence about Iraq's efforts to buy
uranium "yellowcake" in Niger. The
year before, the CIA had sent Wilson
to Niger to determine the accuracy of
the uranium reports.
Ubby's trial is set for January 2007.
The case against Libby is on two
tracks one public, one secret. U.S.
District Judge Reggie B. Walton and
lawyers for both sides went into a
secret session after a public hearing
Feb. 3 to discuss classified evidence
that could play a role in the case.
Ga. woman who married
teenager gives birth to couple's
baby, lawyer says
ATLANTA (AP) - A woman accused of
molesting a 15-year-old boy she later
married gave birth to the couple's
child over the weekend, the woman's
lawyer said Monday.
Lisa Clark, 37, gave birth to a 7-
pourfd, 9-ounce boy Saturday, Daniel
Samrnons said.
The baby could be put in state
custody unless Clark can arrange the
necessary paperwork for a friend to
take temporary custody before Clark
is discharged from the hospital and
returned to jail, where she will be held
without bond, Samrnons said.
"Right now, she's struggling with the
trauma of having the child torn loose
from her arms and possibly placed
in foster care while she goes back to
jail Samrnons said in a telephone
Clark's teenage husband turned
up in Ohio earlier this month after
disappearing from a juvenile home in
Georgia. It was not immediately clear
where he was Monday.
District Attorney Lee Darragh did not
return calls seeking comment.
Aspokeswoman forGeorgia's Division
of Family and Children Services said
the agency was not currently involved
in the case.
Clark and the boy she is accused
of molesting married in November.
Georgia law allows children
regardless of age to wed if there is
a pregnancy.
Clark had been free on bond, but
was arrested again last week after
authorities said she had been
communicating with her husband in
violation of a condition of her release.
Arraignment was set for Feb. 24.
Saddam back In courtroom,
lashes out at Bush, Judge
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Prosecutors
tried to link Saddam Hussein directly
to torture and executions, producing
documents with his orders and
handwriting and putting one of his
closest confidants on the stand
The former Iraqi leader and his co-
defendants were forced to attend
the session. Saddam appeared in a
traditional Arab robe and bedroom
slippers instead of his usual crisp suit,
arguing vehemently with the judge
and shouting "Down with Bush as
he waved his finger.
His top co-defendant and half
brother, Barzan Ibrahim dressed
only in long underwear struggled
with guards as he was pulled into the
courtroom. Ibrahim, the former chief
of intelligence, then sat on the floor
with his back to the judge in protest
for much of the session.
The defendants have rejected
court-appointed attorneys named
to replace their own lawyers who
walked out of the trial last month,
and are demanding the removal of
chief judge Rouf Abdel-Rahman.
In Jordan, Saddam's chief defense
lawyer said there were no plans to
end the boycott and denounced the
court for forcing the former leader
to attend.
"This is a cheap attitude Khaled al-
Dulaimi told The Associated Press.
After the raucous start, prosecutors
made their strongest attempt yet to
prove Saddam's role in a wave of
arrests and executions that followed
a 1982 attempt on his life in the Shiite
village of Dujail.
Twenty-six prosecution witnesses
have testified since the Saddam
trial began Oct. 19, many providing
accounts of torture and imprisonment
in the crackdown, but they could not
directly pin them on Saddam.
Pro-Preval protests erupt In
Haitian capital; at least one dead
Supporters of Haitian presidential
candidate Rene Preval erected
smoldering roadblocks across the
capital and occupied a luxury hotel
Monday. At least one protester was
killed, but U.N. peacekeepers denied
witness accounts that they had shot
As Port-au-Prince descended into
chaos, Preval returned to the capital
for the first time since Tuesday's
election. He was the clear winner
with about 90 percent of the votes
counted, but supporters claimed
electoral officials were tampering with
results to prevent him from getting the
majority he needs to avoid a runoff.
Barricades made of old tires were
ablaze across the capital, sending
plumes of acrid black smoke into the
sky. Protesters let only journalists and
Red Cross vehicles pass.
"If they don't give us the final results,
we're going to burn this country
down a protester screamed.
The election will replace an interim
government installed after President
Jean-Bertrand Aristide was ousted in
a bloody rebellion two years ago. A
popularly elected government with a
clear mandate from the voters is seen
as crucial to avoiding a political and
economic meltdown in the Western
Hemisphere's poorest nation. Gangs
have gone on kidnapping sprees,
and factories have closed for lack
of security.
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(KRT) When "My Name
Is Earl" star Jaime Pressly traveled
to her native Kinston, N.C for
the holidays last December, she
didn't know exactly what kind of
reaction she'd elicit among the red-
state citizenry. After all, her sitcom
character Joy, a brassy blonde
bombshell, is married to Darnell
(aka Crab Man), a laid-back black
guy and, well, she was braced for
at least a little flak.
Instead, she was smothered
with enthusiastic inquiries about
her onscreen mate, played by
Eddie Steeples.
"Everywhere I went it was,
'Hey, where's Crab Man? Is he
coming to visit?' 'Oh, he's cool
'That's a good 'fro he's got going
she recalls. "Yeah, they just love
Crab Man
Similarly, Steeples says he
doesn't hear much feedback about
the interracial pairing from the
public. "To be honest he says, "I
usually get 'Man, she's hot, huh?
This matter-of-fact acceptance
comes as good news to television
writers and producers who are
shrugging off hoary concerns
about alienating viewers and
advertisers as they allow love to
bloom between characters of all
races and cultures. Of course,
anyone who has seen "I Love Lucy"
or "The Jeffersons" knows this isn't
exactly groundbreaking stuff, but
with Valentine's Day upon us, it's
worth noting that TV's portrait of
romance is, more than ever, one of
blended colors.
A highly compelling coupling
on the hit medical drama "Grey's
Anatomy" involves a black man
and an Asian woman. The critically
acclaimed sitcom "Scrubs" features
a marriage between a Latina and
a black man. On "ER which has
long been a monument to diver-
sity, a woman of Indian descent is
married to a black man.
And those are just a few exam-
ples involving key characters. Toss
in all the various and far-flung tan-
gential depictions and the interra-
cial canvas becomes even broader.
One of the most touching scenes
on "Lost" this season featured the
surprise reunion of Rose, a black
woman, and Bernard, her white
husband. On "Gilmore Girls the
Korean teen, Lane Kim, just went
through a messy breakup with
her white boyfriend. Meanwhile,
there's "Will & Grace which
recently had Will planting a big
smooch on a black man played by
Taye Diggs.
Several industry observers
are applauding the trend. Lillian
Jackson, who writes a "Diversity
Detail" column for the publication
Television Week, spotlighted it as
one of TV's major "breakthroughs
or advances" of the 2005-06 season.
And Dr. Todd Boyd, a professor of
critical studies at the University
of Southern California's School of
Cinema-Television, said recently
in a interview with National Public
Radio that he thinks Hollywood
is being "more open-minded and
perhaps more progressive and will-
ing to represent things" differently
than they have in the past.
Of course, in the not-so-dis-
tant past, such onscreen couplings
occasionally stirred up markedly
different reactions. In 1999, for
example, Eriq La Salle, then one of
the main stars of "ER made head-
lines when he prodded producers
to end his character's interracial
romance with a white woman,
played by Alex Kingston, because
he was "not comfortable" with the
message it sent to black people. And
Aaron Sorkin, creator of "The West
Wing has spoken of the hate mail
he received when he introduced a
story line that had the president's
young white daughter kissing a black
presidential aide.
But 38 years after Captain
Kirk raised eyebrows by kissing
the sexy - and black - Lieuten-
ant Uhura on "Star Trek people
generally are making less of a fuss
about interracial relationships
on television and in real life. In
the past 20 years, the number of
interracial marriages has climbed
from fewer than 700,000 couples
to 1.7 million, according to
the U.S. Census Bureau. That
number is likely to rise because,
as sociologists point out, the
world is becoming more of a
melting pot, and young people
tend to be more blind to race
when it comes to relationships.
Wanting to be in tune with
what's going on in the real world,
television writers - along with their
feature-film counterparts - not only
have become less hesitant to cross
the color line, but they're mostly
handling interracial relationships
in an offhanded manner, refusing
to make race much of an issue.
On "Grey's Anatomy for exam-
ple, other differences between live-
in mates Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh)
and Preston Burke (Isaiah Washing-
ton) have been emphasized: He's
neat; she's messy; he's quietly arro-
gant; she's openly abrasive; he has a
sense of spirituality; she doesn't.
"It's incredibly encouraging
that our viewers haven't gotten
hung up on the race thing says
"Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda
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currently running a major network
drama. "It's not about the fact that
she's Asian and he's black. It's about
the fact that she's a slob, and he's a
neat freak. That's what the whole
relationship is all about
Washington, who plays oppo-
site the Golden Globe-winning
Oh, echoes that sentiment. "That's
beautiful, right? The fact that we've
got (fans) hooked on the human-
ity of these characters - I dig that.
Interracial relationships have been
happening since the beginning of
mankind, and it's great to see tele-
vision becoming less conservative
when it comes to the subject
The "Grey's Anatomy"
approach is prevalent throughout
prime time. A recent episode of
"Supernatural" featured a sizzling
sex scene between one of the show's
white male leads and a black guest
star. Later, the characters acknowl-
edged that their hot-cold rela-
tionship had its pitfalls, but race
wasn't mentioned as one of them.
Similarly, Joy and Darnell occa-
sionally lock horns on "Earl but
skin color hasn't been a factor so
far. As for "ER producer David
Zabel recently told USA Today that
"we don't even talk about (race)
or consider that it's an interracial
relationship" when they deal with
characters played by Parminder
Nagra and Sharif Atkins.
While some consider this color-
blind treatment to be noble- a way
of normalizing such relationships
- others consider it to be a cop-out.
They insist that the medium is too
reluctant to wrestle with the chal-
lenges and complexities of such
"Face it, some writers are just
afraid of going there says Eric
Deggans, a media critic for the
St. Petersburg Times. "Taking on
cultural differences isn't easy, so
they simply make believe they
don't exist
Deggans, a black man, has
been married to a white woman
for nearly 15 years. He says that
even in the most cosmopolitan
of American cities, many citizens
remain race-conscious, and that
interracial couples continually
confront various forms of discrimi-
nation when in public andor when
families mingle.
"When 1 see shows that dwell
in a universe that doesn't actually
exist, it feels somewhat artificial
and it takes me out of the show
he says. "In the future, I'd like to see
producers take more chances and
take the blinders off. To me, that
would make for great drama
He might get his wish, because
TV has more interracial subject
matter on the way. Comedian
George Lopez recently struck a
deal with ABC to produce a sitcom
starring Lisa, Christina and Tanya
Vidal about an interracial family of
three adult sisters and their spouses.
Meanwhile, the forthcoming WB
drama "The Bedford Diaries" fea-
tures scenes of a black college
freshman struggling through a
relationship with a pregnant white
girl still in high school, and an FX
drama called "Thief" places Emmy-
winning actor Andre Braugher in a
marriage with a white woman.
Norman Morrill, creator and
executive producer of "Thief
says he wrote an interracial cou-
pling into the show long before
the current wave of diversified
unions hit the air. Asked why he
felt compelled to cross the color
line, Morrill, who is married to a
Mexican woman, replied, "Because
it feels real to me - because it's
part of the American experience

A rundown of a few inter-ethnic
moments on television:
- In mulling whether to produce "I Love Lucy CBS honchos worry
that viewers will never believe Cuban-born Desl Arnaz as Lucille Ball's
husband - even though they're married In real life. "I Love Lucy"
becomes an Instant hit.
- Alan Freed begins hosting a weekly rock It roll show on ABC, but the
program Is abruptly canceled shortly after black singer Frankle Lymon Is
seen dancing with a white teenage girl.
- Captain Kirk (William Shatner) of "Star Trek" makes history when he
plants a smooch on Lieutenant Uhura INIchelle Nichols). It's heralded as
network television's first black-white kiss.
- While taping a duet with Harry Belafonte for an NBC special, Petula
Clark smiles and briefly touches his arm. Nervous sponsors, fearing the
segment would rile Southern viewers, request that It be cut. Clark stands
her ground and the special airs Intact to big ratings.
- "The Jeffersons" Introduces America to George's married neighbors
- an African-American woman and white man IRoxle Roker and Franklin
- "Ally McBeal" dishes out a double-dose of Interracial romance as the
show's heroine (Callsta Flockhart) falls for Greg (Jesse L. Martin), an
African-American doctor. Meanwhile, Richard Fish (Greg Germann) cozies
up to Ling Woo (Lucy Liu).
- "ER" actor Erlq La Salle, whose character on the show Is dating a white
woman (Alex Kingston), pushes producers to halt the story line because
he's uncomfortable with the message It sends to African-Americans.
- On "Will & Grace Debra Messlng's Grace dates guest-star Gregory
Hlnes In an ongoing story line.
- "Six Feet Under" brings a twist to TV's portrayal of Interracial romance
with a gay couple consisting of a white Michael C. Hall) and a black
(Mathew St. Patrick) man.
- "Friends often criticized for Its lack of diversity, Introduces Charlie
(Alsha Tyler), a black woman who catches the eye of Ross (David
lege students should invest in
a good, conservative business
suit and arrive at the interview
well-groomed and on time. Before
the interview, students should
have thoroughly researched
the company and prepared
answers to common interview
3. Fit Within the Company
Every company has its own
style, and hiring managers
want to be sure a candidate's
personality and work style will
blend seamlessly into the orga-
nization. Before the interview,
job seekers should visit the com-
pany's Web site to read up on
the organization's culture and
mission. New grads should also
try to talk to as many people as
possible who work for the com-
pany to try to get an insider's
4. Education
Employers do consider where
a candidate went to school and
his or her degree, major and
GPA - so it's important to resist
slipping into senioritis. If stu-
dents have finished courses that
directly relate to the position,
they can include it on their
resume in a special "related
coursework" section.
5. Enthusiasm
New graduates should clearly
express their interest in the posi-
tion and convey the energy they
would bring to the job.
When college graduates
finally land that coveted first
job, it's important to recognize
that the first 90 days at work are
really an extended interview.
During this time, it's crucial to
make a positive, professional first
impression to management and
But because many new
graduates aren't accustomed to
a corporate environment, they
can make serious mistakes that
can cost them credibility or even
their jobs. According to hiring
managers, the biggest mistakes
new graduates make on their first
three months on board are:
Coming in late for work
Presenting negative atti-
tudes to co-workers and cus-
Spending too much time on
personal business at the office
Not asking questions
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stock market reform following
the Great Depression.
Four years after these alle-
gations were made public, the
beginnings of the trial of these
officers begins. There is a pleth-
ora of criminal charges leveled
against Lay, his wife and former
CEO Jeffrey Skilling. In addition
to the criminal charges, the SEC
seeks to collect compensatory
damages as well as punitive dam-
ages against the accused. Both
officers could receive decades
in jail if convicted while paying
millions of dollars in fines
Several former officers have
already confessed and been
sentenced such as former Chief
Accounting Officer Richard
Causey, who received 10 years in
jail and forfeited $23.8 million.
He received a reduced sentence
in exchange for testifying against
Lay and Skilling. Lay continues to
perpetuate his innocence saying
"I think the primary reason for
Enron's collapse was Andy Fastow
and his little group of people and
what they did
Skilling has a similar mindset
saying "Quite frankly, there is
nothing I can come up with that I
would think I would do different
given the facts I had at the time
While who is to blame in
the management of the busi-
ness Enron is also used as an
example of stock trading gone
awry. During the late 1990s
during the "Tech Bubble" many
small internet companies were
trading for incredulously high
prices when in fact that had no
earnings to speak of.
"How can trade
for more than Ford and GM
combined? Amazon has never
made a dime. This does not
even make sense said Warren
Buffett, the second richest man
in the world.
Buffett was criticized at
length for his refusal to enter
the tech bubble, as he is notorious
for selecting low-tech companies,
but it seems that Buffett was
right about the tech bubble as he
emerged unscathed when many
Enron's stock price was grossly
inflated on false news but the
hype was promulgated by over-
eager and greedy investors who
wanted to make a quick buck. It
is unfortunate that stock prices
are decided more so on news and
demand than on actual perfor-
mance such as earnings growth,
asset management and efficiency.
Too many times are a stock's fun-
damentals overlooked in favor of
the sexy stock pick which may not
have substance or value.
This writer can be contacted at
news@theeastcarolinian. com.
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heavy person-to-person involve-
ment reflects the basic function
of the dance, which is to promote
a communal atmosphere that is
friendly and welcoming.
Roger Rulifson, ECU biology
professor, described contra danc-
ing as a means of gathering and,
especially years ago, a way for
young people to court each other
and participate in a fun activity
that provided an atmosphere for
being intimate in a legitimate
The dance movements
involved in contra dancing
include dos-a-dos and swing,
hence the square dance com-
The dance is accompanied
by live music, which can vary
between events, but usually con-
sists of some form of old-time,
This coupon good lor
Celtic or blue grass according to
ECU Folk and Country Dancers
president, Leanne Smith. Smith
confessed that she has even
contra danced to jazz music and
that as long as the music has a
beat, it can be applied to contra
What is known as a caller is
also customary at contra dances
and is similar to a guide by whom
heshe teaches the dance move-
ments to participants before
the music begins? The caller
continues to guide participants
throughout the dance and may
or may not cease teaching if the
participants seem to have learned
the movements.
Individuals of all differ-
ent ages and from all different
backgrounds are drawn to the
dance, and newcomers and
experts alike take part. Actu-
ally, those who are unfamiliar
with the dance are welcomed
and expected as there are intro-
ductory sessions almost always
held before a contra dance.
Contra dancing is espe-
cially popular in New
England, where it was initially
brought to the country, but has
gained a significant following
throughout the U.S. Rulifson
let on that the Triangle area of
N.C. is host to many contra
dancing activities and that contra
cruises have just recently been
created in which the theme of
the cruise would be everything
According to Smith, contra
dancing has been an activity at
ECU since the 1970s and while
it is somewhat underground, the
events have grown in popularity
over the years. Different callers
and musicians are featured at
the bi-monthly events, and the
organizations are able to work
with regional bands in addition
to the local musicians.
Smith encourages students
to participate in the events and
welcomes all regardless of their
familiarity with the dances.
The next contra dance will take
place Friday, Feb. 24 at the Willis
To access more informa-
tion on contra dancing or any
of the other dances that the
organizations host, visit geoci-
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TUESDAY February 14,2006
Our View
Valentine's Day:
What does it really
Everyone has their own little rituals for Valen-
tine's Day. If you are in a long-term relationship,
you and your significant other may trade Hall-
mark Kissing Bears each year or write love-filled
poems. If you are in a new relationship you may
have big, expensive plans for this romantic
day. Sometimes those who are single have
elaborate Valentine's Day plans of their own. No
matter who you are or what kind of plans you
have for February 14, it is important to remem-
ber why this day even exists and what message
we should all be sending to each other.
There are many possible creation legends
when it comes to the day that we affection-
ately call St. Valentine's Day. According to
The History Channel, the first of these legends
suggests that St. Valentine was a third century
Roman priest who lived during a time when
Claudius II decided that single men made
much stronger soldiers and forbid his soldiers
to marry. Valentine, who did not agree with this
decree, performed marriages for young lovers
in secret, thus making him the saint of love.
Another possibility is that Valentine was killed
for helping Christians escape from Roman
prisons where the Christians were being beaten
and tortured, allowing them to be reunited
with their loved ones. In another legend, St.
Valentine was in prison, where he fell in love
with a prison guard's daughter with whom he
wrote love notes that he signed "From your
Valentine Whether one of these legends is
the true origin or if the truth is still unknown,
the moral of the story remains the same - love
will overcome all.
That statement can apply in many different
situations and in many different types of rela-
tionships - love between friends, love between
girls, love between guys, love between family
members and love between lovers. This
Valentine's Day, remember and cherish all of
the love in your life.
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Opinion Columnist
Park it right there, Mister or not
Night time apparently
not the right time
Why is it that every time I see
an ECU vehicle with "Parking and
Transportation" slapped on the
side, I hear the theme from Jaws?
Parking and Transportation vehicles
slowly circle the campus looking
I for their prey, and when they spot
an illegally parked car they make a
bee-line for it. The flashing light on
top of the PStT vehicles cuts through
1 the air like a shark fin through the
water, and the perilously parked
automobile is left with a ticket that
generally ranges between $5-$35.
The Fourth Reich, as the ECU
Department of Parking and Trans-
portation is sometimes affection-
ately referred to, rules automobile
activity on campus with an iron
fist. Ticketing first and asking
questions well, never, the Park-
ing Gestapo roams the campus
seeking those they may devour.
Commandant Mike VanDerven
rules the "Axel of Evil" from his
palatial offices on 10th Street,
dispatching his Parking Control
Officers across campus like they
were Black Riders issuing forth
from the gates of Mordor. They
administer their citations with an
insidious glee that stokes the fire of
hate in their souls. Alright, they're
just doing their job, but they do
seem to take a certain perverse
pleasure in it. The foot soldiers
are professionally uniformed and
outfitted with high tech ticket
dispensers. Such well-dressed
henchmen lead me to envision
VanDerven sitting in a high-
backed leather chair, sporting a
monocle, a riding crop and a uni-
form festooned with iron crosses.
The ECU Department of Park-
ing and Transportation Services
does not beat around the bush,
and if you park around the bush
(or most any other place on
campus) you're more than likely
going to get ticketed or towed.
There are no excuses and no
tolerance in the Department of
P flt T. It doesn't matter if your
dog was still in the car, or your
baby was in the backseat. If you
infringe on their domain, thou
shalt surely be towed.
I'm not saying these people
take themselves too seriously,
but after reading the Parking and
Transportation Ordinance, one gets
the feeling that the fine people at
P&T think it is a divinely inspired
document. There are 17 articles
and 42 fineable offenses in the
P&T Ordinance (my favorite is 42-
Trick Riding of Bicycles). As points
of reference, there were seven
articles in the original American
Constitution and a mere 10 Com-
mandments. However, the P&T
Ordinance is a complex document
containing sub-sections and para-
graphs as well as the main Articles
with such menacing titles as "Pun-
ishment" and "Enforcement
P&T does have a Citations
Appeals Board where one can
grovel before them in hopes of
reducing their citation or (laugh-
ably) request a total annulment.
The Citation Board of Appeals
makes the Spanish Inquisition
seem lame. You can go before
them with your hat in your hand
if you would like, but they might
ticket you for that too.
Enforcing rules and regula-
tions is what the people at the
P&T do best in their vigilant
quest to rid the campus of per-
verse parking. Now I realize that
these rules are legitimate and are
sponsored by the university, but
the Parking Control officers are
certainly some of the most zeal-
ous ECU employees in the execu-
tion of their responsibilities.
Perhaps we should spend some of
the parking budget on additional
security measures. After all,
people deserve to be safe when
they walk to their illegally parked
vehicles in the dead of night.
Speaking of the dead of
night, after 6 p.m. parking offi-
cials should cut the public some
slack. The incident that sparked
this little diatribe occurred last
Wednesday night. I had a 6:30
p.m. class which, in my typi-
cal fashion, I was running late
for. I generally park in a spot in
between Austin and Rawl for this
class, but to my chagrin, all the
spaces were taken. I whipped my
car into a space behind Speight
and bounded off for class. Joy-
ously, I was released from class
early so I made my way back to my
vehicle (which I will not describe
in this piece for fear of retribution.
P&T have eyes everywhere) under
the lights of campus. Upon reach-
ing my uh, "Festiva I saw the
familiar tan envelope under my
windshield wiper and knew that
1 had been busted. The drum roll
started as I opened the envelope
to see what the damage would be.
Sadly it was a $35 ticket, which as
of print time I have yet to pay.
A $35 fine for parking on
campus for a night class is absurd.
I'm not really interested in walk-
ing to class and getting mugged
on my way home, but P&T is
throwing students to the wolves.
The same debacle is reenacted far
too often at the library. The regu-
lar parking lot, perhaps, should
be monitored after dark due to
the fact that it facilitates traffic
to both Joyner and the SRC.
However, the metered parking
should be complimentary. At that
time of night students are just
trying to augment their minds
or bodies, and isn't college really
about self improvement?
A mind worried with thoughts
of parking tickets and meter
times cannot fully concentrate
on the work at hand, and in turn
performance suffers. There is a
correlation between the meddling
P&T and poor grades at ECU.
That is correct. I am holding Mike
Vanderven and his minions per-
sonally responsible for a myriad of
academic troubles here at ECU.
People may disgustedly tell
me to get a parking permit, but I
ask, have we not paid enough fees
and fines here at ECU already?
Free, campus-wide after-dark
parking should seriously be con-
sidered. Personal safety and con-
tinued academic success hang in
the balance. After all, good grades
are my ticket out of here. Assum-
ing, that is, that I don't have a
hold tag due to my actual ticket.
In My Opinion
(KRT) In the 19th and early
20th centuries when, for politi-
cal or economic reasons, one left
one's homeland for somewhere
else, there was finality in the
journey. People landing on Ellis
Island, for example, had a one-
way ticket. Their future lay in the
land in front of them. The land
behind them was history - an
ever-fading memory.
Nowadays, immigrants have it
both ways. They move, mostly for
economic reasons, to new lands,
but remain strongly connected to
their homelands. Cheap airfares,
telephones and the Internet keep
them tethered to the moth-
erlands that bore them. They
are psychologically bifurcated
between the old and the new.
Modern transport and commu-
nications play a role in the duality of
today's immigrants, whether they
have moved from North Africa to
Europe or from El Salvador to the
United States. Today's immigrant
assimilates slowly, or not at all.
I can speak to this as an immi-
grant myself. Asl was born in Africa
and lived in England, there is that
part of me that is not totally Ameri-
can. After 40 years of living here and
endeavoring to absorb an American
viewpoint, I still find myself with
an outsider's perspective. And I
launched into Americanism vigor-
ously: I signed up at my draft board
before I was called, and I avoided
the company of other expatriates.
Yet, I follow British politics as
keenly as I follow American poli-
tics. And I spend hours reading the
news from Africa on the Internet. If
English were not my first language,
if I had come with a family, and if I
had been welcomed into an expa-
triate community would be that
much less American than I am.
Since the bizarre global protests
against the depiction of the Prophet
Muhammad in a Danish newspa-
per, people have been asking why
Muslims who have migrated to new
lands have not assimilated. Well,
they have moved physically but
not spiritually or psychologically.
Pakistanis in Britain fly back to
the Subcontinent regularly and
speak to their own communities
by telephone almost daily.
The British Pakistanis live in
the shadow of their mosques, that
forever will be for them a corner
of Pakistan in Britain. While they
enjoy the benefits of Britain's
welfare society, they treasure
their alien status: the continu-
ation of the life and values that
they failed to leave behind.
The same goes for Muslim
immigrants to Belgium, Denmark,
France, and even faraway New
Zealand. They live not in those
countries but in a virtual caliph-
ate, made possible by technology
and the tolerance of their hosts.
The larger the immigrant
community, the more self-suf-
ficient and the less pressure to
assimilate. It is as true in the
United States as it is in Europe.
Do you think that the Soma-
lis living in Maine will be New
Englanders in one or two gen-
erations? It has not happened to
Moroccans living in France, or
Turks living in Germany. The
famous American melting pot
may no longer be on the boil.
As if language and custom
are not barriers enough to a new
identity and way of life, the bind-
ing absolutism of Islam cauter-
izes its immigrants against new
values, loyalties and possibilities.
When I became an American
dtizen-andl wanted to be an Amer-
ican because America was someplace
special that I wanted to be part of -
my friends celebrated and presented
me with a flag that had flown over
the Capitol. I was glad of my accep-
tance as a full-blooded American
and just a little sad at what seemed
like a rejection of my British past.
This thing of being an immi-
grant is not that easy, even when
you are prepared to bid adieu to
the culture that formed you. There
are no more one-way tickets.
Pirate Rant
Valentine's Day is so overrated.
I didn't know most guys wanted another mother,
not a girlfriend. Hey buddy, when you get your nerve
back give me a call.
Is it mandatory for a guy to dump his girlfriend right
before Valentine's Day? Is it really that torturous of a
holiday? If losing the person most important to me
two years in a row is due to this holiday, I will just
cross it off my calendar in the future!
Don't forget to bring your resumes to the Technology
Career Fair Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
at Minges Coliseum!
Some people just don't understand the concept of a
little goes along way, or less is more for that matter,
at least not in the decorating sense of it.
Satires of the Holocaust are extremely more disre-
spectful than Sabres of the prophet Mohammed. The
death of six million people is not equivalent to mis-
representing a holy figure. Iran is taking this too far!
Equality means that everyone should be treated the
same. Is giving minorities things that the majority
does not nave equality? That sounds like the complete
definition of inequality.
As a white person, I am excluded from many types of
financial aid that goes to people who are in far better
situations than me. Is this equality? Should not two
people competing for the same aid he judged on their
financial situation rather than their race?
Does anyone get the crap shocked out of them when
they touch stuff on campus?
Newsflash! Cologne does not cover up stank! Take
a shower and stop subjecting me to your body odor
and horrible smelling cologne.
So I've got a little situation. There are these two girls
who are roommates and I'm crazy about botn of
them, but I don't know which one to pursue. They are
both unique but also very similar, what should I do?
My suitemate has rage attacks and blames them on
being pregnant. It's not my fault you got knocked up,
don't take it out on me when your hormones act up.
I hate finance!
Of North America's 50 largest corporations, 43 are
headed by fraternity men and sorority women. Seven
out of 10 people listed in the Who's Who are Greek.
Eighty-five percent of Fortune 500 executives belong
to a fraternity or sorority. Forty of 47 Supreme Court
Justices since 1910 were fraternity men. Seventy-six
percent of all Congressmen and Senators belong
to a fraternity or sorority. Every U.S. President and
Vice-President, except two in each office, born since
the first social fraternity was founded in 1825, and
three Canadian Prime Ministers,
have been members of a fraternity.
OK, Kayne West compares himself to Jesus because
he struggles like Jesus struggled? Has he read that
whole chapter about Jesus dying on the cross or being
whipped to near death? Oh unless, of course, he means
when Jesus said, "Caesar doesn't care about black
people which then made his album sales skyrocket
Why is it that on Sundays when we want to bowl in
Mendenhall, we have to wait for people who don't
even go to ECU to finish bowling? This past Sunday
there were a bunch of middle schoolers in there!
We hear students often complain, "We pay your
salary Newsflash, if you pay in-state tuition, taxes
or alumni pay 80 percent of your salary. Effectively,
you're on welfare. So justify our investment in you.
Why do some of these RAs take their jobs so seri-
ously? Who is going to tell on them when they give
me a warning instead of writing me up. You guys are
there to keep us safe, not try to kick us out. Instead
of coming up to my room because someone let my
guest in and writing me up, pay attention to the two
sketch guys standing outside of mv building at 2 a.m.
with a Gatorade cap Keeping the door open trying to
follow me to my room!
Why does Campus Living have to bribe us with prizes
to stay on campus? Maybe because it's cheaper to
live off campus, no restrictions, no RAs and maybe
because you feel like you are 18 instead of six!
This is not a rant. This is a "Thank You" to Faheem
for his awesome iTunes. We anticipate accessing your
play list. Don't ever sign off please. -Jarvis Music
Would you prefer to walk? That allegedly empty
Safe Ride van (not that you can actually tell since
the windows are tinted) is very necessary at 11 a.m.
and any other time of day to transport bus drivers
between the Transit garage and campus so they can
get to the hubs. So byv'another great way ECU spends
those tuition dollars" you mean spending a negligible
amount of tuition on transporting a few drivers to
a bus system that gets thousands of people to class
every day? What a novel idea! The buses certainly
won t dnve themselves.
I want to move to Africa so that I can be called an
To the know-it-all who has taken too many English
courses, starting a sentence with a conjunction is
grammatically correct you nimrod - as long as you
are writing in a medium such as news or sports jour-
nalism or writing of that sort. It is even OK in your
English term papers, just not recommended. You
have a college education and haven't been taught
that yet? Sad.
I am still waiting for TEC topublish the Danish Car-
toons, like the University of Illinois newspaper has,
so all ECU students can understand the situation and
controversy over this free speech issue.
What's with all the skateboarders on the brick walk-
ways of campus? That is so loud, and annoying. And
to the guy who nearly broke his neck by attempting
to ollie over a bush because he wanted to get around
me, all you had to do was say excuse me.
To the girl who's a firefighter, I don't care what any
other guy says, it makes you that much hotter!
Yea I stomp when I walk what are you going to
do about it?
My friend sprays her dog with Febreze. I'm sorry but
that does not qualify as giving it a bath.
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online at, or e-mailed to editortheeas1camltntan.
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Page A5 252.328.6366 CAROLYN SCANDURA Features Editor KRISTIN MURNANE Assistant Features Editor
TUESDAY February 14, 2006
Names In the News:
Vargas expecting
Some good news for the folks
at ABC's "World News Tonight" -
Elizabeth Vargas is expecting again.
Vargas, 43, debuted as co-anchor
of the evening newcast with Bob
Woodruff, 44, in January. He was
injured Jan. 29 while covering the war
in Iraq and remains hospitalized.
Now Vargas and her husband,
singer-songwriter Marc Cohn, have
announced they are expecting their
second child in late summer.
The couple have a son, Zachary,
three, and Cohn has two children
from a previous marriage - Max,
14, and Emily, 11. Vargas, who also
co-anchors the ABC newsmagazine
"2020 will continue to anchor both
broadcasts through late summer.
Meanwhile, Diane Sawyer and
Charles Gibson will continue to fill in
for Woodruff until the end of February
as he recovers.
Coming attractions
How did we learn what might end
up at our local Cineplex's in the
days before there were film festivals?
Sigourney Weaver (Alien, The
Ice Storm) was at the Berlin Film
Festival Thursday for the premiere
of Snow Cake, a British-Canadian
production from director Marc Evans,
in which Alan Rickman plays an
English expat living in Canada
who develops a relationship with
Weaver's character, who is autistic.
Scriptwriter Angela Pell said the
inspiration for Snow Cake came
in part from her autistic son.
The lineup in Berlin, where the fun
continues through Feb. 19, also
features a new movie from Sidney
Lumet, Find Me Guilty, based on the
longest Mafia trial in U.S. history and
starring Vin Diesel, Peter Dinklage,
Annabella Sciorra and Linus Roache.
Word has it that the surprise hit of
the festival will premiere on Sunday
- The Night Listener, directed by
Patrick Stettner and based on
Armistead Maupin's best-selling
novel of the same name. Stars
include Robin Williams, Toni Collette,
Rory Culkin, Bobby Cannavale,
Joe Morton and Sandra Oh.
South by Southwest
Meanwhile, we're perking up our
ears for news from the South
by Southwest Festival, which
runs March 10 - 18 in Austin.
Among the film debuts expected
are American Dreamz, a satire by
Paul Weitz about American identity
starring Mandy Moore, Hugh Grant
and Dennis Quaid; 95 Miles to Go,
which follows "Everybody Loves
Raymond" star Ray Romano on a
stand-up comedy tour; and Even
Money, a tale about gambling addicts
starring Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito,
Kelsey Grammar and Ray Liotta,
Let the games begin
Donald Trump wants to test the
mettle of someone hoping for an !
Olympic medal. For season six of
The Apprentice to start production
this summer and for the first time
in Los Angeles, NBC invites fans to
pick an Olympian to join the ranks of
Trump Corp. would-be employees.
Through Feb. 26, viewers can go to to vote for one of
12 participating athletes to brave the
boardroom this fall. (The Apprentice
season five meanwhile, premieres
Feb. 27, featuring regular business-
minded folk who can't luge.)
Local Concerts:
Keith Urban and Pat Green will be
performing at the Charlotte Bobcats
Arena Thursday, Feb. 16.
The Brooks Wood Band will play at Dr.
Unks in Greenville Saturday, Feb. 18.
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 Lovehamers will be performing
at Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte
Tuesday, Feb. 21.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and
Elefant will be at the Cat's Cradle
in Carrboro Wednesday, Feb. 22.
The Kelly Bell Band will be performing
at Dr. Unks in Greenville Saturday,
Feb. 25.
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.
Carbon Leaf will be performing at
ECU Saturday, March 4.
The Take Action Tour will come to
Myrtle Beach, S.C. Tuesday, March 7.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah will be
at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, N.C.
Thursday, March 9.
Oappy Valentine's 0ay
View from both sides: Guys vs. Gals
A view of Valentine's Day rarely heard
It has recently come to my attention that this
week we will be celebrating Valentine's Day and all
of the splendor it has to offer. I am personally look-
ing forward to this year's incarnation of the love
fest because I will be looking forward to spending
that time with a certain pack of ladies. I'm just
joshing you guys, it is more like a herd O' ladies.
Do we need special days to remind us that we
can say or do something nice for one another when
we could just do things any or every day for no
reason. I don't know, it is just a suggestion and may
make things a little nicer around here. However, I
won't hold my breath long enough to see it catch
on, I will only hope.
There is something very nice and magical about
this time of the year, whether you have someone to
spend this day with or not. It makes you appreciate
everything that your significant other does for you.
It is one of the few days when you can tell someone
how much you care about them.
I will try to show what men think about this
day from three perspectives: the single guy, the
semi-married guy and the married guy. Hopefully,
this article will provide some insight into what men
truly think of this day. Well, here it goes, straight
from the horse's mouth.
The single guy I asked about Valentine's Day was
Austin Tew. When asked about what he thought of
the event he remarked, "It's nothing to me because
I don't have a girlfriend to spend it with
Tew went further on to implicate that it is a
"buy chocolate and go to the movies" type of day.
see GUYS page A6
A day for love or franchise?
How can we miss the coming of the infamous
"day for lovers" or Valentine's Day? We can't - it is
everywhere. It's in your e-mail in the form of a virus.
It's in Wal-Mart with red bears and roses smother-
ing you at the automatic doors. It's in the yard with
raffles and drawings for dinners for two and carna-
tions. It's enveloping Wright Place with red boxes
of candy and balloons. It's supposed to be a day of
love, but most people hate Valentine's Day.
I dislike Valentine's Day for many reasons. For
one, it's all about businesses making money. It's the
day for the selling of flowers, candy, cards, balloons
and jewelry. This is mostly because it's considered
a woman's holiday. At least, that's what every guy
I asked said. Most guys could care less whether or
not their girlfriend gets them anything.
"It's a made-up holiday just to make money,
and you don't need just one day to tell someone
you love them said Stephen Reed, senior exercise
physiology major.
I think everyone knows this holiday is more
about businesses making money than about love.
Love should be shown every day, not just one day
of the year. I'd rather get a card on a random day
for no reason at all than it strictly being reserved
for Valentine's Day, which would make the gesture
seem somewhat forced.
Valentine's Day also has the capacity to make
someone who is single feel like an outcast. People
are always asking what you got for Valentine's Day
like it's Christmas or something, like if you didn't
receive some bouquet of rare night-blooming jas-
see GALS page A6
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Getting stupid with Cupid
Hitting the bulls-eye with
an interview
It's Valentine's Day, and love
is in the air. Someone must be
held responsible for that debacle.
In a TEC exclusive, I imagined
tracking down the Longbows-
man of Love, Cupid himself, to
get the facts on breaking hearts,
making love and Bon Jovi.
I met Cupid at a bar on the
outskirts of Sandusky, Ohio. He
asked me to wager on a game of
darts. Fancying myself some-
thing of a marksman, I agreed. I
quickly found myself down $75.
We sat down for some hard liquor
and hard questions, and by the
time we were finished, we'd had
enough of both.
TEC: Could you put some more
clothes on before we start the
Cupid: Play it as it lies, baby.
TEC: Fair enough. How do you
keep your youthful appearance?
Cupid: It's actually a rare genetic
condition known as GCD, Gary
Coleman Disease.
TEC: Whatchu talkin' bout,
Cupid: That's not funny.
TEC: You're right. Moving on,
what possessed you to start
shooting people with arrows,
thus causing them fall into this
accursed thing called "love"?
Cupid: Well, when I was seven
I got a Nerf bow and arrow. My
mother (Roman goddess of love,
Venus) said I'd shoot my eye out,
which I nearly did. We got sick of
saying "You're it" when someone
got shot. To spice it up a little, we
worked up some magic so that
when you got shot, you'd fall in
love with a girl and get cooties.
In college, we used it for other
purposes if you catch my drift.
TEC: You injected yourself?
Cupid: Who do I look like, Jose
TEC: Not even close.
Cupid: I might have poked
myself a time or two.
TEC: You had a highly publi-
cized romance with the Roman
socialite Psyche. Can you tell me
about that?
Cupid: Psyche? More like Psycho.
She was insane. She literally
loved me to death. I actually
had to bring that chick back to
life. A decision I, and my bank
account, regret on a daily basis.
TEC: Indeed. It was an odd pre-
nup. She wasn't allowed to look
at you, but apparently she was
entitled to half of your net worth?
Cupid: Seemed like a good idea
at the time.
TEC: Love hurts.
Cupid: So does alimony.
TEC: Name the top three archers
of all-time.
Cupid: Cupid, Cupid and let me
see Cupid.
TEC: Robin Hood and Legolas
don't make the list?
Cupid: Are you familiar with
the phrase, "You couldn't hit the
broad side of a barn?" Yeah, well
that was about Robin Hood. As
for Legolas, he's a fairy.
TEC: Actually, he's an elf.
Cupid: Whatever.
TEC: Finish this quote, "Shot
through the heart and you're to
Cupid: Says who?
TEC: Uh, Bon Jovi.
Cupid: Figures.
TEC: People have said many
things about love: love stinks,
love bites, love can keep us
together. What does Cupid say
about love?
Cupid: If loving you is wrong,
how much will it cost me to be
TEC: Any final thoughts?
Cupid: Love is a battlefield, and
I'm packin' heat.
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Buy my valentine
U.S. consumers will spend almost (&
$14 billion on Valentine s Day gifts this
year, mostly on their spouses or sweeties. j
Spending going
Average spending per person
$120 -
How much average consumer
will spend on
other i $64.63
$100 89
Other family
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What average consumer plans to
spend on hisher significant other
Co-workers I $2.56
I $4.38
By age
Highest, lowest
Ages 25-34
Ages 55-64
Great expectations
What men and women plan to give their significant others
and what they want to get
Plan to give
Night out 71
Plan to give
Night out 6f
Want to get Night out62
Book, CD45
Book, CD53
Want to get Night out62
Source: National
Retail Federation
survey of 6,618 U.S.
adults, Jan. 4-11,
2006, margin of
error: -1
percentage points;
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survey of 1,016 US
adults, Jan. 26-29,
. 2006, margin of
error: - 3
percentage points
Graphic: T.G. Tso,
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"Includes DVDs, games
Gifts that will drive them wild
It's the thought that
counts, right?
Valentine's Day is a day for
lovers everywhere. Guys usu-
ally have a dinner date planned,
whether it is out in a restaurant
or something quiet and special
at home. Girls are anxious to
see what their significant other
has planned and may even have
plans of their own. Clothes,
flowers, candy, cards, candles
and jewelry are all basic gifts to
give and receive on Valentine's
Day. This tradition has been long
lasting, and while there are many
out there who love and anticipate
this day of love, some still ques-
tion this tradition.
"1 don't understand why so
many people get into Valentine's
Day. Even if you do have some-
one, why is there one specific day
to show how you feel? I believe
you should express that all of
the time, so I don't really plan
to do too much on this over-
rated occasion said Jean Mar-
shall, freshman business major.
While it's not for everyone
(even those who have a lover),
this day you will find most flo-
rists busy, grocery stores empty
and Wal-Mart packed. You will
find all the "last minute" people
picking up a little something for
their sweetie, trying to get just
one more rose or meeting those
who simply forgot.
Many struggle to find that
perfect "something" that will
express their feelings. Material-
istic things will work on some.
Popular gifts include dress shirts,
CDs, massage oils, gift certifi-
see GIFTS page A6

Attention ECU Sophomores
If you have earned 45-60 hours and at least 30 of them were
completed at ECU (not counting Math 0001 or 0045),
you are required to respond to the
Sophomore Survey
before you can pre-register for either
Summer or Fall 2006 courses.
If your earned credit hours fall within these limits you will receive a
message at your ECU Exchange email address asking you to participate
in the survey, and your record will be "tagged" so that you cannot register
until you have responded to it. If you do not receive the email notice, it
means that the survey and registration restriction does not apply to you.
When you are taking the survey, as soon as you submit your responses
the "tag" will be removed from your record so that you can pre-register.
Registration staff can verify that your responses were received and that the
tag was removed.
Note: Although we really want your feedback to the survey questions,
you may choose to opt out by submitting a blank form. Opting out will
also remove the sophomore survey tag that would prevent you from
The survey period is March 2 - April 24. During that period you can
complete the survey by going to the ECU "One-Stop" web site, entering
your ECU Exchange email userid and password to sign on, and clicking on
"Sophomore Survey" in the box labeled "Surveys You can also access the
"One-Stop" from:
Mendenhall Computer Lab, Wright Place Cafeteria, the Austin Building,
and Joyner Library East.
For this survey you are emailed an announcement on March 2. Later you
are sent an email reminder, and then a postcard, if you have not responded
to the survey.
Please respond to the survey as soon as possible after the survey opens on
March 2 and certainly before sophomore pre-registration begins on March
23. This will also help you avoid delays during pre-registration when the
workload on ECU computers is at a peak. All remaining tags for this
survey will be removed from student records on April 25, the day after
the survey closes.
GUyS from page A5
GdlS from page A5
It seems that many people share the sentiment of
a commercialized holiday created by the Hallmark
Card people working together with the Easter Bunny.
Then I asked John Keefe, a guy in a serious relation-
ship, what his thoughts were about the special day.
"It is about celebrating the relationship and trying
to expand into new areas all the time said Keefe.
That is one great way to look at the day, as an
event to get one another closer in the effort to grow
together or at least trying something new.
Now, why don't we hear what the married guy has
to say about the day? I asked my father about what
Valentine's Day meant to him. He stated, "Over the
years it has meant to me how much love I have for
your mother and also how much love she has for me
This profound statement is no more evident in
the recent celebration of my parents' silver anniver-
sary - something I will hope to strive toward and be
a part of one day. One day ladies, one day.
For now, I will take the lesson of their enduring
love and selfless sacrifices for each other as a big
lesson on what growing up and finding someone
special to share time with is all about. In my case,
it might be finding someone who is great enough
of a person to put up with my shenanigans. I bid
everyone a sincere Happy Valentine's Day and hope
it all works out for you and your endeavors. Guys,
try doing something unique.
This writer can be contacted at
mine and orchids, it automatically means you had
a bad Valentine's Day and a night full of nothing
but ice cream and re-runs.
Of course, if you are in a committed, loving rela-
tionship, even if you know Valentine's is a franchise
holiday, you are still accustomed to receiving and
giving a gift. Let's not kid ourselves, we all love gifts,
but we shouldn't base whether we had a good day
or not on the fact that we got a gift. We should be
happy to have at least one person who loves us
not just on Valentine's Day but every day - whether
it's a parent, boyfriend, girlfriend or friend.
Being single on Valentine's Day can be extremely
depressing if you choose to sit and wallow in the
fact that no one has realized your wonderful per-
sonality and attributes yet. I've spent a Valentine's
Day or two wondering what it was that I was miss-
ing or lacking, then I got over it. Valentine's Day
isn't just for lovers it's for friends and family too.
I had to figure that out for myself.
My mom and dad each send me a bouquet of
flowers. Dad sends roses and mom sends wild flow-
ers. My friends, who are also single, call me and we
talk for hours or have some kind of girl's night in.
So even though Valentine's Day is about making
money, it's a gentle reminder that no one is prom-
ised tomorrow and rather than just showing our
love one day a year, we should show it every day.
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from page A5
cates, jewelry, iPod accessories, video games, bath
stuff, magazine subscriptions and DVDs. While it's
great that many can afford these gifts, remember
it's not the price that counts. What does a gift like
this say? Will your boyfriendgirlfriend love you
more if you buy them pricey things? Does the gift
truly represent how you feel? Store-bought gifts
are nice, but keep in mind that you don't have to
spend tons of money to let someone know how you
feel. Around days like this, stores raise prices and
customers become greedy when they are shopping;
they want the last box of chocolates or the only
pink teddy bear left in town. If you don't want to
be caught in that crowd, hopefully you've finished
your shopping and already have plans.
"I like things that come from the heart. You
can't buy true love, so thoughtful gifts mean
the most to me. Homemade cards are the best
and the gifts that have been thought out and are
personalized really make me feel like someone
cares said Lallie Jones, sophomore art major.
Roses and chocolates are favorites, but nothing
can replace a sweet card. Bring out the markers, scis-
sors and glue and express your feelings through art
or simply print a cute card from the Internet, both
are free and easy ways to begin the gift. There are
tons of ideas online and in magazines that can help
create that perfect gift. Valentine's Day seems to be
keeping up with the pace of technology, so creating
CDs has been extremely popular over the past few
years. If heshe likes poetry, gathering some love
poems and creating a small book would be ideal.
Valentine's Day has a long history, but seems to
have evolved over time and has become a day that
makes people stress and not really focus on the main
idea. Express your true feelings this year the right way.
It's not the gift's cost, but the thought that matters.
One of the most popular gifts on Valentine's
Day is a dozen roses. Their beauty and fragrance
make them a traditional gift, and the red ones are a
symbol of love. Whether you get a dozen or a single
rose, they convey the depth of your feelings.
Nothing melts one's heart like chocolate.
Truffles, milk, dark or nutty, none of them last long,
but the memory will last a lifetime. Valentine's Day
gifts reflect your thoughtfulness and express your
feelings, so be sure to demonstrate them in the right
way on this very special day.
This writer can be contacted at
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TUESDAY February 14, 2006
Sports Briefs
Strength and Conditioning
take championship
ECU'S Strength and Conditioning
staff, under the direction of second-
year coach Mike Golden, practiced
what they preach on a daily basis
by capturing the mixed men's team
division title at the 100 percent Raw
World Powerlifting Championships
at the Beyond Fitness Gym over the
weekend. The squad, which competes
under the team name "ECU Pirate
Factory accumulated the highest
number of total points based on
individual performances throughout
the competition, which included three
basis lifts - the squat, bench press
and dead lift. Individual champions,
competing in different weight and
age divisions, were determined by
the highest combined sum of each
of the three lifts. Each competitor
was allowed three attempts at each
event with the heaviest successful lift
counting toward each athlete's total.
Golden was one of six ECU Pirate
Factory first-place winners, joining
Danny Wheel (Director of Olympic
Sports), Nate Barnes (strength and
conditioning graduate assistant),
Jason Spruill (intern), Mike Yartin
(intern) and Kevin "Twitch" Ferelli
(equipment room) in the champion's
circle. In addition, weight room
volunteers John Fisher and Bill
Simmons earned second-place
finishes. Golden also cited assistant
coach Michelle Clayton-Boswell, who
is currently ranked third nationally
in the Olympic Lifting category,
for her contributions assisting
ECU Pirate Factory's preparation
and development efforts. The 100
percent Raw Powerlifting Federation
is drug-free and prohibits the use of
supportive lifting suits, knee or wrist
wraps in its competitions.
Harrell And Quick earn Weekly
C-USA accolades
For their efforts in leading ECU
to a perfect 5-0 weekend record
and the FAU Worth Invitational title,
senior Ashley Quick and junior Keli
Harrell were named Conference
USA Hitter and Co-Pitcher of the
Week, respectively. Harrell shares
her honor with Houston sophomore
Angel Shamblin, who one-hit No. 22
Oregon in her first start of the season.
Quick, who delivered two game-
winning hits, and Harrell, who was
3-0 in the circle with 21 strikeouts,
were instrumental in leading the
Pirates to the championship. Quick
batted .455 (5-for-11) with five RBIs
helping lead the Pirates to the FAU
Worth Invitational championship. The
senior delivered two game-winning
hits during the Pirates' 5-0 start to the
season. Quick had the lone RBI in a 1 -
0 victory over FAU and also delivered
a two-run, seventh-inning double in a
3-1 victory over Purdue. Harrell went
3-0 with complete game victories
over Bethune-Cookman, Purdue
and South Carolina on the weekend
en route to earning MVP honors at
the FAU Worth Invitational. The junior
fanned 21 batters in 21 innings
pitched, surpassing the 500 career
strikeout mark. She is only the ninth
player in C-USA history to achieve
that feat. Harrell shares the Pitcher
of the Week honor with Shamblin,
who limited No. 22 Oregon to just
one hit as she opened her season
with a complete-game shutout at .
the WilsonDeMarini Invitational, The
sophomore fanned eight Ducks in
her seven innings of work and carried
a perfect game into the fifth inning
before allowing a walk.
Shortt agrees to plead guilty In
steroids case
A doctor accused of writing
illegal steroid prescriptions to football
players has agreed to plead guilty to
one federal conspiracy charge as
part of a plea agreement, according
to court documents. Alternative
medicine physician James Shortt,
59, will plead guilty to one count of
conspiracy to distribute anabolic
steroids and human growth hormone.
In exchange, prosecutors will drop
42 similar counts against the West
Columbia doctor, according to
papers filed Monday in U.S. District
Court in South Carolina. Shortt faces
up to five years in prison and a
$250,000 fine. A spokeswoman for
U.S. Attorney Johnny Gasser said
in these types of cases, sentencing
usually occurs two or three months
after the plea agreement has been
reached. Shortt has been free on
bond since he was indicted last
September. The indictment didn't
specify who received the drugs Shortt
prescribed but a person familiar
with the indictment said they were
current and former members of the
Carolina Panthers, bodybuilders and
at least one police officer. The source
spoke to The Associated Press on
the condition of anonymity because
the investigation was ongoing and
did not name players. Last week,
U.S. District Court Chief Judge Joe
Anderson said he would allow some
parts of Shortt's interview on HBO's
"CostasNow" program to be shown
to jurors. In the interview, Shortt said
he treated about 18 NFL players with
anabolic steroids or human growth
Pirates squeeze series from Terrapins
Billy Godwin starts ECU
career with two wins
It all happened so fast. After
Adam Hodges hit a sacrifice fly to
knot the rubber match between
Maryland and ECU at four in the
bottom of the ninth, ECU Head
Coach Billy Godwin proved he
belonged at the Division One
On the very next pitch, he
gave sophomore shortstop Dale
Mollenhauer the sign for the
squeeze play and it was executed
to perfection, as the lefty laid
down a perfect bunt to bring
home Stephen Batts for the
game and series winner Sunday
afternoon at Clark-LeClair
"I just thought the momen-
tum right there was on our side
said Godwin.
"To react quickly on the first
pitch is a thing I've done in the
past. I just thought it was the
right call
Maryland Head Coach Terry
Rupp sure didn't think it was
the right call. However, the call
he disagreed with was the one
made by home plate umpire Larry
Howard. It looked as if Terrapin
catcher Chad Durakis had the
plate fully blocked, but Batts
apparently found an open spot
and slid in safe.
The Diamond Bucs opened
the series with a 6-1 win and it
looked as if they would Cakewalk S
through their opening series, but 8
Maryland responded strongly, 3
beginning Sunday's double- g
see BASEBALL page A9 The Diamond Bucs took two of three from ACC foe Maryland and will play next against the always-tough College of Charleston.
ECU hangs tough, eventually falls, 72-64
Pirates off to worst-ever
start in Conference USA
The Pirates are still trying
to find the right pieces to be
consistent in Conference USA.
The puzzle wasn't solved, as evi-
denced by ECU'S 72-64 bow to
a talented UAB team in front of
6,365 fans at Bartow Arena.
UAB guard Marvett McDon-
ald scored 15 of his 18 points in
the second half to notch the Blaz-
ers 13th win in 15 games. Starting
small forward Wen Mukubu and
sophomore guard Paul Delaney
scored 12 points apiece for UAB
(17-5, 7-2 C-USA). Freshman for-
ward Lawrence Kinnard added
10 points.
Corey Rouse dominated the
interior by notching 18 points
and adding 13 rebounds. The
senior tallied his 13th double-
double of the season on 8-for-ll
shooting. Freshman guard Sam
Hinnant connected on four treys
and a field goal for 14 points,
while Jeremy Ingram totaled 13.
ECU (7-15, 1-8 C-USA) led by
as many as six in the early going
as both teams struggled to find
the basket. However, UAB clawed
to a 28-25 halftime lead despite a
dismal 29.6 percent shooting.
"We didn't make any shots
said UAB Head Coach Mike
Anderson in a press release
according to UAB's Web site.
"I didn't think we were attack-
ing. We were tentative. We had
some guys come off the bench
and do some good things for us.
We had a lot of guys doing a lot
of things, and they gave us some
quality minutes and allowed us to
get the lead before halftime
UAB built a 10-point lead due
to seven consecutive points out
of the gates in the second frame.
The Blazers built up a 14-point
margin with 13:58 remaining,
but ECU, losers of eight of their
last nine games, showed flashes
of resiliency.
The Pirates pulled within
four points on four different
occasions, but couldn't manage
to inch closer. A Rouse dunk
brought ECU to within 52-48,
but McDonald's jumper and free
throws from UAB senior forward
Brandon Tobias sealed the Pirates'
ECU'S turnover bug-a-boo con-
tinued as the Pirates committed 26
unforced errors leading directly
to 32 Blazer points. Point guard
Courtney Captain and sophomore
Tom Hammonds were guilty of
five apiece, while two others com-
mitted four each.
Rouse and the Pirates domi-
nated the glass, out-rebounding
the guard-oriented Blazers by a
41-28 margin. However, the Pirates
early shooting woes and UAB con-
necting on 53.8 percent (14-for-26)
in the second half spelled doom.
ECU played without Japhet
McNeil and Jonathan Hart, who
remain suspended due to a vio-
lation of team policy. The sus-
pended players corribined for 20
starts and deprived Pirate Head
Coach Ricky Stokes of 27.4 and
16.7 minutes per game respec-
tively. Eight players combined
for double-digit minutes while
all eligible players entered the
The Pirate loss continued
ECU'S sole possession of last place
in C-USA, while UAB remained
in third. The Pirates are one
game behind both Marshall and
Southern Mississippi.
ECU, which is off to its worst
start ever in five years of C-USA
play, will travel to Houston to
take on Rice. The midweek game
will be nationally televised on
CSTV Wednesday. Tip-off is
scheduled for 8:05 p.m.
This writer can be contacted at
Lady Pirates end week
in dramatic fashion
ECU falls to UAB in triple-OT thriller
The Lady Pirates lost a heartbreaker to UAB in triple-overtime.
The past week was just one of several bumps in
the road that is the 2005-06 season for the Lady
Pirates basketball team. Now sitting at middle
ground in the Conference USA standings with
only a handful of games left in the season and the
C-USA tournament fast approaching, it's in the
hands of the Lady Pirate players to shape how this
season ends.
In the three games played during the week of
Feb. 6 - 12, ECU (14-9, 6-6) picked up one substan-
tial 20-point victory over Memphis, but dropped a
couple later in the week.
ECU began the week with a trip to Houston to
take on Rice (11-12, 7-5). From the start, Rice out-
paced the Pirates and got out to an early 17-point
lead, 25-8.
After shooting 45 percent (13-of-29) during the
half to ECU'S 17 percent (6-of-36), the Owls entered
halftime leading comfortably, 48-23. They would
hold at least a 20-point lead until the final nine
minutes when Jessica Slack hit a three to put the
Pirates behind by 19.
The play jump-started a 14-2 Pirate-run, which
cut Rice's lead to seven. However, with only a
minute left on the game-clock, the only thing ECU
could do was foul and hope for missed attempts on
the part of Owl shooters.
Rice guard Latrice Elder, the primary target of
the late game fouls, came up big for the Owls by
connecting on 9-of-10 tries from the line, sealing
the 73-65 win for the home team. Rice's win can
largely be attributed to their bold performance at
the free-throw line, hitting 36-of-41 attempts, a
school record.
ECU's potent force of freshmen guards Jasmine
Young and LaCoya Terry each recorded a team-best
15 points with Slack adding 10. Terry also grabbed
a career-high seven boards.
Friday night, the Lady Pirates looked for
redemption at Williams Arena in Minges Coliseum
as they took on bottom-of-the-barrel Memphis
(3-19, 1-10).
Less than four minutes into the game, ECU had
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America's gold standard: no price too high
(AP) Americans are great at
sports the rest of the world can
barely afford.
Sure, it's not the most hon-
orable, most satisfying or even
the most cost-effective way to
become a Winter Olympics super-
power, but guess what?
It works.
And with an American TV
network still picking up the lion's
share of the Olympic tab and
exerting just as much influence
on the roster of sports included
in the games, that isn't going to
change anytime soon.
Through the close of play
Monday, two of the four golds
and four of the six medals
claimed by Americans at these
Olympics have been won by
"This Gretchen Bleiler said
moments after nailing down the
silver half of another 1-2 U.S.
medals punch in the halfpipe, "is
absolutely unbelievable
That just might hold up over
the next two weeks as the over-
statement of these Olympics.
The only thing unbelievable
about what happened in halfpipe
Monday is that Norwegian Kjersti
Buass managed to wedge herself
between all the other Americans
- Hannah Teter (gold), Kelly
Clark (fourth) and Elena Hight
(sixth) - to steal the bronze.
Honestly now, who else did
Bleiler think was going to win?
Paulina Ligocka of Poland, a
country with one halfpipe venue,
and a square one at that?
Svetlana Vinogradova of
Russia, a country with two more
halfpipes than Lenin's Tomb?
"Medaling at the Olympics
Bleiler added, "has been a dream
of mine since I was a little girl
Good thing that Bleiler wasn't
born until 1981, Since snow-
boarding didn't became part of
the Winter Olympics until eight
years ago at Nagano. Before
becoming a shredder, Bleiler tried
swimming, diving, soccer and
then women's hockey, another
one of those sports that has
been the equivalent of an ATM
machine for a U.S. team looking
to cash in medals.
For all the fuss made over
the best-ever U.S. effort at Salt
Lake City four years ago, it's
worth noting that nearly half of
the haul - 16 of 34 medals - was
in sports that cost a lot to play
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U.S. women go 1-2 in half pipe
(KRT) Hannah Teter has spent her life trying
to keep up with her three snowboarding brothers.
On Monday, she quit following.
Teter, 19, won the gold medal in the halfpipe,
while her U.S. teammate, Gretchen Bleiler took the
silver. Only Norway's Kjersti Buaas prevented an
American sweep, stealing the bronze from defend-
ing Olympic champion Kelly Clark.
"(Hannah) was always the rag-tag little torn
girl, kind of following around and trying to keep
up with her older brothers and do her thing
said Amen Teter, who manages the professional
snowboarding careers of Hannah and brothers
Elijah and Abe.
"Hannah's always been about keeping up
with the boys. It shows. She's always like, T can
do that
Snowboarding has been the best news for the
U.S. Olympic team thus far. The U.S. won four of
the six medals awarded in the all-American sport.
Shaun White and Danny Kass won the gold and
the silver respectively Sunday, with Mason Aguirre
finishing fourth.
"We set some high goals U.S. coach Bud
Keene said.
"We wanted to sweep everything. Our actual
stated goals were two medals for men and two
medals for women, which is exactly what we got.
We're stoked about that
Riders get two trips down the chute in the
halfpipe final, with only their best score counting.
On Clark's final run, knowing she was in fourth
place, she went for broke with a go-big run. Clark
had the gold medal until losing her balance on the
landing of a 2 V4-spin jump at the end.
"She would have won with that run Keene
Clark, who scored a 47.9 out of 50 to win the
gold in Salt Lake City in 2002, had a 41.1 on her
first run Monday. Buaas scored a 42 on her second
attempt for the bronze.
But Clark was the first to congratulate Teter
and Bleiler and stayed around to watch the flower
ceremony afterward.
"I really went for it said Clark, who was born
in Newport, R.I and now resides in Mammoth
Lakes, Calif. "I figured I might as well leave here
not regretting anything, and that's how I'm leav-
ing today. There was amazing riding thrown down
today. The people who are on the podium are the
people who should be on the podium I'm so
happy for my friends
It was Teter's day from the start.
The Belmont, Vt native had the gold medal
won on her first run in the finals, with a frontside
900 scoring her a 44.6. But her victory lap was
even better.
Teter turned "Strive Roots" on her iPod and
put on a show.
Jumping into a crystal-clear blue sky, Teter hit
a frontside 540 followed by a frontside 900 to wow
an estimated crowd of 7,000 and the fudges. She
scored a 46.4.
"I was standing up there, and Gretchen went
and just threw down so hard, and I thought she
had me Teter said of Bleiler, who had her final
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Friday April 21, 2006
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header with a 1-0 shutout, and after running out to
a 4-0 lead in game three, things were not looking
good for Purple Nation.
"We lost that first game 1-0 and won the second
game after being down 4-0 Godwin said.
"We could have packed it in and folded up at
that point, but they didn't. I was real proud of the
club from the standpoint of the character of our
Maryland pitchers held the Pirates scoreless for
IS innings straight dating back to game one, but
finally in the sixth inning of game three down
four runs, the bucs found their stride at the plate
Freshman Drew Schieber singled to begin the
inning. After Mollenhauer struck out, Jay Mattox
stepped to the plate and delivered a two-run job,
cutting the Terrapin lead down to two. Jake Smith
later scored in the inning on a Jake Dean sac fly.
Shane Matthews, in his first start since the
first series of 2005, was shaky at times, going
4.2 innings, giving up four runs off of four hits
and two walks. Scott Andrews and Kevin Rhodes
combined to hold Maryland scoreless for the rest
of the game, allowing the Pirates to steal the game
in the ninth.
Rhodes was the beneficiary of the ninth inning
rally as he picked up his first win of 2006.
In game two, redshirt sophomore Dustin Sasser
was the hard luck loser as he dazzled the Terrapins
for seven innings only to watch Brett Tidball and
Brett Cecil one-up him as the Pirates fell 1-0.
Sasser, making his first start since undergo-
ing Tommy John Surgery at the end of the 2004
season, was very impressive, going 7.0 innings. The
southpaw surrendered only five hits while striking
out the same number.
"Dustin was great today Godwin said.
"I was certainly encouraged by that
The one run Maryland mustered was unearned
in the fifth inning, after freshman second baseman
Chris Buss committed an error that later lead to the
only run of the contest.
The story of game one was the pitching per-
formance of sophomore T.J. Hose. Hose struck
out eight and walked only one batter, leading the
Pirates to a 6-1 win to open the 2006 campaign.
The Maryland native had the Terrapins wishing
he were wearing red and black, as he pitched six
strong innings before giving way to freshman
Josh Dowdy.
Maryland looked as if they would get to super
sophomore in a big way as they began the fifth with
runners on second and third with no one out after
a throwing error by catcher Jake Smith.
Hose, however, showed the poise of a major
leaguer as he responded by striking out the next
three Terp hitters to end the fifth.
Infielder Stephen Batts was converted to out-
fielder just hours before game one, and he immedi-
ately made his presence felt, as he took a homerun
away from leadoff batter Steve Braun to open the
game. Batts then led the team at the plate on the
day, collecting three hits.
Adam Witter and Smith both homered for the
Pirates (2-1).
ECU returns to action Friday as they host the
College of Charleston at 3 p.m. at Clark-Leclair
This writer can be contacted at
sports@theeastcarolinian. com.
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(think freestyle skiing) and weren't even part of
the Olympic program as recently as 1988.
Sixteen nations were represented on the start
list for halfpipe, which says more about the tenacity
of an American entrepreneur named Jake Burton
than it does about the quality of the competition
worldwide. As a teenager in Vermont in the late
1960s, he figured there had to be a more entertain-
ing way to get down a mountain than strapping
on skis.
Burton didn't invent the snowboard. A rough
version, essentially two skis strapped together, was
around almost 100 years ago. When Burton started
shredding, it was on something called a "Snurfer a
board with a rope attached to the front that surfers
adopted to pass the time between days when it was
too cold to ride waves.
Convinced he was on the verge of the next big
thing, Burton moved into the barn on a farm in
Vermont, hired some friends, looked after the live-
stock to pay the rent and started manufacturing 50
snowboards a day. He sold 300 the first year.
"Some genius I was Burton laughed Monday,
about two hours before the U.S. women and plenty
of the other competitors zoomed down the halfpipe
on boards with his name writ large on the tips.
Back then, few ski resorts in the U.S. allowed
snowboarders on their slopes. First, they raised
liability questions and then what Burton called
"behavorial issues Lift operators weren't crazy
about long hair and baggy clothes, and they liked
the attitude least of all. But grudgingly, once the
people in charge figured out kids who accompa-
nied their parents would spend more money on
the slopes than on the video games in the arcade,
they started to come around.
Burton's sales more than doubled every year
for 15 straight years after that first one. His forays
into Europe went nearly as well, and Japan and
China are the latest frontier. As the number of
skiers continues to drop steadily, the number of
snowboarders has zoomed to the point where they
make up one-third of all the visitors to a ski resort
today. Almost overnight, as Burton likes to say,
shredders went from being a threat to the saviors
of the industry.
But worldwide popularity isn't the same thing
as worldwide competitiveness.
As the gold and silver medalists enlightened
and entertained a roomful of reporters with their
take on American dominance, "USA! Represent-
ing Bleiler called out at one point, or their taste
in music, "Communicate" was the song Teter played
on her iPod while shredding toward gold, "by a
band you probably never heard of, called Strive
Roots one of their coaches counted up the number
of first-rate halfpipe venues back in America. He
stopped at 20.
The only halfpipe back in Poland, on the other
hand, was constructed by a former engineer who
quit his job to become that nation's coach and
build it. His name is Wladyslaw Ligocki, and his
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already pulled ahead to an 8-0
lead, but within a few more min-
utes, gained even more ground
and sat 16-points ahead, 22-6.
Memphis, however, wasn't
going to go home quietly; a for-
midable 23-15 run closed the gap
to eight as the score stood at 37-29
at halftime.
The second half began with
momentum still on the side of
the Tigers as they cut the lead
even thinner, reaching to within
five points of the Lady Pirates.
However, ECU tore off a 15-4
run lead by freshman forward
Jessica Honesty and Cherie Mills,
the night's leading scorer with
21 points accompanied by eight
The Lady Pirates were stingy
on defense from that point on,
holding the Tigers at bay and
allowing a mere 12 points in the
latter part of the second half.
ECU would never look back, win-
ning the game 74-54.
Capping off the week was a
seemingly normal game against
UAB (13-10, 6-6) that turned in
to one that Pirate fans don't see
on a regular basis.
Never parting by more than
six points but changing leads
17 times, the Pirates and Blaz-
ers fought until the final horn
- four times.
During regulation, the two
teams played on par with each
other, entering the half tied-up
at 38-38. Both teams scored 35
points in the second half, send-
ing the game to overtime with
the score at 73-73.
The first two overtime peri-
ods ended with both teams scor-
ing six and nine points in each
period respectively. Both teams
had a chance at the win in each
period; UAB's Crystal McFadden
missed a mid-range jumper in the
first period, ECU'S LaCoya Terry
hit the front of the rim on a six-
footer in the second.
In the third overtime period,
senior guard Ebonee Downey
came up big with 24 seconds to
go, hitting a three to tie the game
at 94-94. On the ensuing pos-
session, UAB's Carmen Guzman
drew a foul from Cherie Mills
with 0.6 seconds left to send her
to the free throw line for two
shots. She converted both and
sealed the win for the Blazers,
Mills captured her 20th
double-double of the season in
the losing effort and was one
of four Pirates to reach double
figures. Senior LaToya Horton
grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds
and Terry reached a career-high
in assists with six.
The Lady Pirates are on the
road again this week. They travel
to El-Paso Friday to take on UTEP
(13-11, 5-7) and face Tulane (11-
10, 5-7) Sunday in New Orleans.
Only two games remain before
the C-USA tournament, both
of which will take place in
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daughter and nephews fill out the
Polish squad.
Vinogradova, meanwhile,
considers herself lucky to have
grown up in Novosobirsk, Russia,
where there was a halfpipe already
built by the time her gymnastics
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"So I was like, 'Whoa, I'm going
to have to step it up Then, my
coach, Bud, was like, 'OK, victory
lap 1 was like, 'No way, a victory
lap 1 just wanted to step it up
and do my thing and go as big as
possible and totally represent. My
brother, Abe, has helped me with
my style so much throughout my
career. Thank you family
Bleiler's 43.4 on her final
run allowed her to leapfrog
Buaas. The Snowmass Village,
Colo resident, had been in
third place after Buaas surprised
even herself by knocking Clark
off the medal stand with the run
of her life.
"All of us were hoping for
a (U.S.) sweep said Bleiler,
who was kept out of the 2002
Olympics on a tiebreaker.
"But Kjersti stepped it up.
She rode an amazing race. She
deserves it. It's disappoint-
ing because Kelly and Elena
(Hight, who finished sixth) are
amazing riders, too On any
given day, any of us could have
gotten on the podium
Buaas admitted she "never
thought it was possible" to pre-
vent an American sweep. The U.S.
team had the rest of the rider's
right where they wanted them.
"We definitely were in the
other teams' heads he said.
"When these girls come
rolling into a halfpipe compe-
tition, we're rolling in like a
freight train. It scares the crap
out of everybody. You see the
way they ride. It's head and
shoulders above the rest of the
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